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Harriers clinch victory in match 4 to top their league

After an extremely close final match in Bolton last weekend Holmfirth Harriers came out on top just three points ahead of the hosts earning them a spot in the playoff for promotion.

After many seasonal and personal bests being set at the previous match in Wakefield, confidence levels amongst the team was high.

Kit Burgoyne, who is progressing steadily since taking up athletics only two seasons ago, was the first in action in the hammer throw. He finished 4th with a best effort of 25.34m. He was joined in the B event by “a happy to help out” Will Lander, who is more known for his sprinting prowess. Will put in a great first-ever effort of 16.41m, placing him in third in the B string. These two paired up again in the shot putt finishing in the same positions; this time Kit managed a good PB throw of 9m 27. For the discus, it was first timer Eddie Hinchcliffe who joined Kit in the circle. Both guys were competitive with Kit just a fraction below his PB and finishing 5th A and Eddie finishing 4th B with his 17.65m effort. It was a family affair for the final men's throw event, the javelin, with Eddie and his brother Robert getting 11 points between them with their 2nd and 4th places. Eddie's efforts are getting him ever closer to the leader with a mark of 44.5m on this outing and Robert's effort scored him a new personal best distance of 31.29m.

The Hinchclffe-Smith brothers had a very busy day joining up also in the high jump and both hurdles races. It was Rob who was the A competitor in the high jump and his 1.50m leap placed him 4th with Eddie getting 3rd in the B event. Placings were the same in both hurdles races; Eddie taking the 4th A spot in the high hurdles and Robert finishing 3rd A in the longer event. It's not just high that Robert can jump but he jumps long too; achieving 4th A in the triple jump and 2nd B in the Long jump, behind Kai Sunman's personal best A performance. Multi talented Robert showed what a great team player he is volunteering for the 3km steeple chase as the usual players were away. His 2nd place finish in the B race added to his points tally giving him a 33 points for the day, the best of the whole team. It was Philip Hewitt who was in the A string of this event and he cleared the barriers well to finish 3rd very close behind the Seaton athlete in 2nd. The only 9 pointer from the men came from Eddie Hinchliffe's pole vault, which he's becoming very proficient in with every outing.

The men's 5km saw veterans Dave Watson and Steve Green put in sensible performances finishing in 3rd A and 2nd B with times of 16:31.4 and 16:55.8 respectively.

Chris law took to the track with the team for the first time this season in the 1500m and amongst a competitive field he was 2nd A with regular Niall O'Connell winning the B event. The closely fought 800m featured Lavell Pierre and Kai Sunman with Lavell coming a close 3rd in the A group and and Kai winning the B event. Lavell improved his place to second in the B 400m with a season's best time of 55.2 after Jacob Harman ran a quick 51.5sec to finish 2nd A. Jacob proved he's got what it takes to compete amongst the best sprinters with another 2nd place in the A 200m and a great 3rd in the B 100m in which he was given the same time of 11.8 as the 2nd place finisher. Back where he feels more comfortable, Will Lander was 3rd in the A 100m with a season's best of 11.5sec and won the B 200m in 23.7sec.

The women's events saw 2 Personal bests and 6 seasons bests being achieved.

Experienced throws specialist Katie Zientek recorded three of these seasons bests in her javelin, discus and hammer where she had 3 3rd place finishes along with a 2nd B in the shot putt. Katie was ably supported by Daisy Smith who improved her Javelin PB once again this season to 20.39m giving her a 2nd place in the B group as well as a 3rd in the discus and the high jump. Ann Smith who is the mother of talented Daisy, Eddie and

Robert confidently competed in in the B hammer event finishing in a very strong 2nd place.

The fourth thrower for the Harriers was multi-eventer Naomi Harvey Franklin who was fourth A in the shot. Naomi had as usual a very busy day maxing out with 7 events. It's been a long season for Naomi as she's been competing for her university as well as the club, setting PBs on most outings. Today she had quality talent in her sprint groups which she toughed out to finish 4th in the A 100m and 6th in the A 200m. The longer sprints might be more suitable for her these days as she once again won her A 400M hurdles race and was 2nd in the flat 400m. These 5 competitions along with the two relays earned Naomi 30points making her the top points scorer amongst the women in Bolton. This puts her in the gold position over all for the four events with 133 points at this stage.

In the B 100m Lauren Storr recorded a seasons best of 13.7 seconds placing her in 3rd. She was also 3rd in the High jump equalling her PB and 2nd in the long jump with a fine jump of 4.79m. Lauren's preferred event is the sprint hurdles and she had a perfect race beating her main rival from Blackpool to break the tape in 15.9 seconds only 100th of a second off her season's best which she achieved in the 'home' match at Wakefield.

The B 200m spot was filled by Imogen Clowes, an U20 athlete new to track and field. She ran hard and should be proud of her 5th place in this event along with her 3rd place in the B triple jump, a very technical event which Imogen quickly got the rhythm for.

Our other young newcomer Rebecca Martin took the responsibility of the A triple jump in her stride finishing 4th with 9m31cm, just 4cm of her PB achieved in a youth competition earlier this year. Her 4.02 in the long jump was rewarded with a 4points for her 3rd placing.

The middle distance events saw sisters Ruby and Olivia Sykes winning the A 800m and 1500m respectively. After a second place in the 400m hurdles earlier in the day Stalwart Zoe Storr ran excellently to get 2nd in the B 800m and then Claire Leaver-Hewitt, in her first track race since having baby Olivia last year finished 2nd in the 1500m. In the longest track event for the women in these competitions Maggie Sykes and Helena Croft lined up for the 3k. It was a close race where veteran Maggie was feeling back to her usual fitness and came in 4th A with Helena winning the B group.

The relay events are where the fantastic team spirit really shows amongst this squad both on the track and from the support of those cheering. The men were missing two of their sprint specialists for the 4x100m so the middle distance athletes Kai Sunman, Lavall Pierre had to step up and that they did. They were joined by Will Lander and Jacob Harman: all had clean baton changes and finished 3rd. The same 4 teamed up again for the 4x400m a distance where they all feel more comfortable. They all stormed round and victory was theirs. The women's 4x100m team was made up of Lauren and Zoe Storr, Ruby Sykes and Naomi Harvey-Franklin who like the men were also credited with third place. imogen Clowes and Olivia Sykes joined Naomi and Zoe then in the 4x400 to take the silver position.

The officials play a major role in these team league competitions and because Holmfirth had a full squad of officials: Adrienne Dewhirst, John Mc Fadzean, John Buckingham, Ian Moore, Jonathan Sykes and Ann Smith so they were awarded the full 40points making Harrier's total for the match 408 just 3 points ahead of Bolton.

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