A really good performance by the Harriers – posting 28 event wins and 24 second places – saw the Club retain its Northern League Division One status at Doncaster when it won the Play Off Fixture by a big margin of 105 points. With Derby finishing in second spot, it means that Division One for 2015 will have the same line up of Teams.
Women’s Results HERE
Men’s Results HERE
Team Manager – Richard Taylor – “The Team had a dodgy start to the season with our last place finish at Hull where we were a little short-handed to say the least. We picked up then with each fixture placing 5th at Sportcity (very close to 2nd), a 3rd at Derby and then winning the final fixture at Blackpool. That was enough to lift us off the bottom, but not totally avoid the threat of relegation and so we had to attend the play-off match at Doncaster yesterday. Whilst we await official results, we were so far ahead on the day that we were presented with the winners shield anyway – I cannot imagine the play-off ever having been won so convincingly.
So well done to everyone, athletes and officials as it was a great effort. I hope everyone takes on board though the need to get as close to full teams out at every fixture.”
AND A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR OFFICIALS WHO HAVE BACKED UP THE TEAM ALL SEASON
One of the outstanding performances of the day came from Oliver Aspden who broke the Club Record for the 400m Hurdles (55.5sec) held by Richard Denning which was set way back in 1972 at Crystal Palace. Oliver cut a full second off that time and set a new PB when he won in 54.5sec.
Great points were accumulated in the Throws. Sarah Henton took 2nd (10.12m) in the Shot Putt with Rebecca Orrell also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 7.36m. In the Javelin, Rebecca Sullivan finished 2nd with 26.57m and Sarah won the ‘B’ (26.14m). On to the Discus which saw two wins for the Club with Sarah winning the ‘A’ (36.79m) and Rebecca the ‘B’ (21.94). Another 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer for Rebecca (37.21m) and 1st for Sarah in the ‘B’ with 31.05m. On the Men’s side Jack Vickery took 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 40.31m and Tony Balko also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 29.97m. In the Discus Tony took 3rd place with 26.33m whilst Jack placed 2nd in the ‘B’ (24.57m). Joe Pearse had a solid throw to come 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin (35.51m) and Jack came 4th in the ‘B’ (21.16m). There was a 4th place for Tony in the Shot Putt ‘A’ (9.32m) and 3rd for Jack in the ‘B’ with a throw of 6.76m.
Great points again from the Team’s Hurdlers. It was a double win in the Women’s 400m Hurdles with Roxanne Oliver winning the ‘A’ in 70.2 and Katie Buckingham the ‘B’ in 74.2. Roxanne then took 2nd place in the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (16.8) and Sophie Taylor 3rd in the ‘A’ with 19.3. In the Men’s Hurdles it was two wins and a second – with a new Club Record of 54.5, Oliver Aspden won the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles and Connor Makin won the ‘B’ with 58.2. In the 110m Hurdles Kail Sturgess took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ (18.1) and unfortunately, Oliver’s blocks slipped at the start of the ‘A’ Race and he didn’t finish.
In the Sprints Morgan Angland ran solidly in the ‘A’ 100m for 3rd (13.5) and Olivia Brooks also took 3rd in the ‘B’ with 13.6. In the 200m Rebecca Sullivan who has had serious problems with health and injuries this year took 4th spot in the ‘A’ (28.5) and Morgan, doubling up came 2nd in the ‘B’ with 28.7. Paul Coffey, competing with a quad injury, had two seconds in the ‘A’ 100m (11.5) and 23.5 in the ‘A’ 200m. Dominic Bretherton won the ‘B’ with 11.7 and Oliver Aspden made up for his disappointment in the High Hurdles when won the ‘B’ 200m with 23.00 to make it three wins on the day.
A great run by Phoebe Howe saw her take the Women’s 400m ‘B’ in 63.4 after a great tussle with Melissa Evans from Leigh. Phoebe then recorded a double victory when she won the 800m ‘B’ Race in 2.30.00 in a another very close race with Sarah Holford from Derby who was just two tenths of a second behind in 2nd place. Roxanne Oliver took 5th place in the 400m ‘A’ (67.4) and Liz Greenwood ran a strong race to take 2nd in the 800m ‘A’ (2.26.9) and then took another 2nd in the 3000m with 10.29.4………..Katie Buckingham ran the ‘A’ 1500m – not a distance she is used to – for the Team and finished 4th place with a solid 5.13.4 with Beckie Taylor who came up from Bangor to run for the Team placing 3rd in the ‘B’ (5.24.1) and another 3rd in the 3000m ‘B’ with 11.33.
On the Men’s side there was a double win in the 400m for Connor Makin in the ‘A’ in 52.4 and Zac Howe in the ‘B’ (54.0). Zac went on to set a new PB in the ‘A’ 800m winning with a time of 1.56.00, beating in Callum Chambers of Derby by eight tenths of a second. Morgan Philips ran a really strong race in the ‘B’ 800m to take 2nd with 2.04.2, just getting out kicked in the last bit.
In the Steeple Chase, Chris Barnes won the ‘B’ Race with 10.54.6 and Joseph Howe placed 4th in the ‘A’ Race (10.51.9). There was a double, double in the 1500m and 500m. Ben Fish won the 1500m in 4.08.8 and Rob Warner won the ‘B’ in 4.09.9. In the 5000m Ben won again – winning every League 500m Race this year – in a time of 15.03.4 and Karl Billington took the ‘B’ Race with 15.58.2 for his second consecutive 5000m victory this season.
The Teams Jumpers added a lot of points to the teams overall victory total. Morgan Angland with a new PB of 5.10m was 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump and Olivia Brooks won the ‘B’ with 4.91m. In the Triple Jump, Polly Pearse came 2nd with 9.67m and Sophie Taylor took 3rd in the ‘B’ (8.39m). Polly took another 2nd place in the High Jump ‘A’ with 1.55m and Rebecca Sullivan won the ‘B’, again with 1.55m……….Kail Sturgess won the ‘A’ Long Jump with 6.29m and Ben Aspinall made it a double win by taking the ‘B’ with 6.23m. In the Triple Jump they reversed order with Ben setting a new PB of 13.47m to win the ‘A’ and Kail 12.30m in winning the ‘B’. Over at the High Jump Joe Pearse came 2nd with 1.90 (the winner jumping 2.00m) and Oliver Aspden won the ‘B” with 1.70m. In the Pole Vault Polly Pearse was the only competitor in the ‘A’ Event and took maximum points and as an example of Team spirit, hats off to Katie Buckingham who had a go at the ‘B’ Pole Vault, having not touched a Pole in two years. She did it for the Team and only just missed getting over the opening height of 1.70m. Great effort and commitment. Joe Pearse protecting himself from injury jumped 2.50m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Ben Aspinall made 2nd place with 2.10m. Again a great set of points accumulation.