It was great weather for the final fixture of Division One in the Northern League at Wakefield on Saturday August 8th which concluded with just 28.5 Match Points separating the first four Teams. The Harriers went into the fixture with high hopes of a runners up position and even with chances of winning the title, but the closeness of the Teams as the day went on meant it wasn’t an easy task. At one stage, just 2.5 points separated the first four Teams.
Overall for the season the Harriers finished 3rd on the same League Points (16) as the runners up Hull who had an advantage of 32.5 Match Points. Congratulations to Wakefield who defended the title that they won last year.
Full Provisional Results HERE (still to be verified)
It was great to see GB International Alison Leonard competing for the Club and putting in a really good performance, winning the 400m (55.10), the 800m in 2.08.6 and setting a new PB in a rarely done distance for her – the 200m placing 4th in 25.90. Katie Buckingham ran the ‘B’ 400m coming 4th in 63.9 and Phoebe Howe backed Alison up in the 800m taking 3rd place in 2.39.5. Morgan Angland and Hayley Candler took on the 100m with Morgan equaling her PB of 13.1 in 5th and Hayley also 5th in 14.0 and 5th again in the 200m (28.6).
In the Men’s Sprints Dominic Bretherton ran 11.4 in the 100m ‘A’ (6th) and a new PB of 23.9 in the 200m ‘B’ with Paul Coffey placing 4th in the ‘B’ 100m (11.6) and 6th in the ‘A’ 200m (23.2). Morgan Philips took 4th spot in the ‘A’ 400m with 52.4 and backed up by Zac Howe in the ‘B’ Race placing 2nd in 52.1 which equaled his PB.
In a high quality ‘A’ Hammer competition Rebecca Orrell took 3rd place with a throw of 41.5m then took 2nd place in the ‘A’ Discus with 25.74m, 4th spot in the Shot Putt (8.71m) before finishing off with a 2nd placed ‘B’ Javelin (19.38m) to add a good tally of points to the Team total. Rebecca Sullivan threw 24.58m in the ‘A’ Javelin and took 3rd place in the ‘B’ Shot with 8.30m. Roxanne Oliver rowed in for the Team in the Discus ‘B’ (12.89m) as did Phoebe Howe in the Hammer.
In the Men’s Throws Jack Vickery just missed winning the ‘A’ Hammer by 13cms taking 2nd place with 40.36m backed up by Nathan Billington who threw 32.38 with the Senior weight to earn 2nd place. Simon Brown threw 38.88m to finish 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus, then 31.84m in the Javelin ‘A ‘ (4th) and 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 11.56m. Tony Balko throwing with a troubling shoulder came 2nd in the ‘B’ Discus with 30.63m and 3rd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (9.14m). Sam Pearson-Moore earned himself a good 3rd place in the ‘B’ Javelin with a throw of 30.58m
Oliver Aspden had a good win in the 400m Hurdles (58.8) with Joe Howe stepping in to take 2nd in the ‘B’ Race with 65.3 and just three tenths off winning it. Oliver got injured when in contention for the win in the 110m Hurdles and had to pull out – again Joe Howe filled in for the ‘B’ Race to take 4th in 23.1 in an event he had never done before. Katie Buckingham took on the 400m and 100m Hurdles placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 400mH with 68.2 and 2nd in the 100mH (17.6). Roxanne Oliver won the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles in 66.7 and Abby Edmundson in her first Race of the year finished 3rd in the 100mH in a time of 18.8.
Jack Hindle, another athlete who is training for the World Mountain Running Championship Trails in a few weeks took on the 3000m Steeplechase along with Dave Almond. Jack finished 3rd with a time of 10.41.8 in the ‘A’ Race whilst Dave won the ‘B’ in a time of 11.27.4.
Rob Warner, Zac Howe and Karl Billington took on the 800 and 1500m between them and racked up two wins, a second and third for good points. Rob took 3rd in the ‘A’ 800m (2.00.2) with Zac winning the ‘B’ in 2.00.3. Karl took 2nd in the 1500m (4.03.0) in a finish that suggested a lot less than the three seconds gap given in the official results, with Rob winning the ‘B’ Race in 4.03.9. Karl then teamed up with Gary Priestley in the 500m. Gary is in training for the World Mountain Running Trials in a few weeks so his training hasn’t been tailored to a track 5000m but he ran a really good race for 2nd in the ‘A’ with a time of 15.44.5. Karl won the ‘B’ Race in 16.49.2 which was a really good effort having just run a really hard 1500m. Grace Handley took a good 2nd place in the 1500m ‘A’ with 4.57.3 with Rachel Wood also 2nd in the ‘B’ Race (5.23.8). Rachel Jones came in 4th in the ‘A’ 3000m in 10.50.2 and backed up well by Rachel Wood who won the ‘B’ Race in 11.16.5.
In the Jumps Ben Aspinall took a 3rd spot in the ‘A’ Long Jump with 6.22m, 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 11.30m and 3rd in the High Jump with 1.70m. Oliver Aspden came 4th in the ‘B’ Long Jump (5.52m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump with 1.65m. New member Zac Hargreaves competed in the ‘A’ Triple Jump and came 4th with a distance of 11.58m. Morgan Angland set a new PB in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a 4th placed 5.18m and Abby Leigh-Edmundson came 2nd in the ‘B’ with 4.89m. In the Triple Jump Anny took the ‘A’ – 5th place with 10.12m and Morgan the ‘B’ – 5th with 8.37m. Rebecca Sullivan took 5th in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.50m) and Roxanne Oliver 4th in the ‘B’ with 1.30m.