Well Done to Cameron Bell and Tilly Simpson for getting selected to run for England (North) at the U20 International. Cameron finished 7th in his race with a time of 1.57.39 and Tilly came 1st in a close race in 2.10.17.
On Sunday 24 July despite many being away on holiday, our athletes rallied on the day competing in their full allocation of events. They all put outstanding performances and won the final league meeting achieving promotion in a tight league race between Middlesborough, Rotherham and Hallamshire. Congratulations to Middlesborough who were also promoted.
Our grateful thanks also go to all the officials and parent volunteers who made sure we received our full points score for officiating.
It is with great sadness that we learned that Ian Wainwright passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Ian will be well known and fondly remembered by many of our senior athletes who benefited from his coaching and support over many years.
Ian devoted himself to athletics for more than 60 years as an athlete, qualified official, club stalwart and coach. He was a fine athlete in his own right. Ian’s own account of his athletics career provides a fascinating view into his development as an athlete and his sheer love of athletics and sport in general.
It is as a coach, role model and friend that he will be remembered by many athletes in our group and the many more that he inspired with his love for the sport over many decades. They will also remember the generosity and hospitality they enjoyed at Ian and Margaret’s home, enlivened by Ian’s endless anecdotes and humour. For our younger athletes and parents, our current group and its overall philosophy derives from Ian. He was head coach and the driving force behind the group until a terrible accident at home left him with broken vertebrae in his neck.
Ian spent untold hours coaching at the track, on the roads and over the country. He was constantly on the phone to athletes, discussing training and offering encouragement and support. Even after his accident, Ian made sure that he remained in close contact with his athletes. One of his proudest moments was to carry the Olympic torch in the lead up to London 2012—supported by family, friends and athletes with banners and balloons— in recognition of his contribution to athletics.
There are still many in the group who experienced sessions that not only taxed their physical abilities but also Ian’s fondness for mathematical or word puzzles that had to be solved as the session developed. Ian also inspired his athletes by his own example, running every day and carefully logging his mileage over many years. On one memorable occasion, while running with the group through a pine forest as a warm up before a track session, another group passed in the opposite direction with the coach at the back on a bike. Ian turned and shouted loudly, ‘coaches run!’
Everyone who encountered Ian will remember his forthright and honest views, his compassion, generosity, support, love of life and his sense of humour. Ian’s philosophy of life is aptly summed up in the words of one of his great heroes, Emil Zatopek: ‘Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.’
Ian’s funeral will take place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday 4 August at 12.30 pm.
Saturday 16th July
Some good performances at the YDL this weekend. For the U15 Boys 100m, Danai Mahachi came 4th in the A race in 12.8 and Peter Clayton came 3rd in the B race in 13.5. Danai Mahachi also came 3rd in the 200m in 27.0. In the 300m, Alex Durrant finished 4th 48.4 and Peter Clayton came 3rd in the B race in 45.4. Gabriel Gisborne had a good race to finish 3rd in the 800m in 2.11.0 and Alex Durrant came 2nd in the B race in 2.22.3. In the 1500m, Taylor Hill came 2nd in 4.41.3 and James Hartley came 2nd in the B race in a time of 4.54.7.
In the Discus, Gabriel Gisborne came 4th with a throw of 18.2m. For the Shot Putt, James Hartley came 5th with 5.52m and Taylor came 5th in the B group with a throw of 5.42m. James Hartley also came 4th in the Javelin with 17.31m and Taylor Hill came 4th with 11.04m. In the Long Jump, Peter Clayton finished 4th with a jump of 4.51m and Alex Durrant came 5th with 3.60m. Gabriel Gisborne also competed in the High jump where he came 2nd with a jump of 1.60m.
In the U13 Boys, Joel Vernon won his 100m with a time of 13.0, with Kayden James matching his performance and finishing 1st in the B race in 13.1. They both went on to win their 200m races, Joel Vernon finished in 26.8 and Kayden James got 27.9. In the 800m, Luke Baxter came 2nd in 2.43.0 and Jonah Patton came 2nd in the B race with a pb of 2.51.9. More pbs achieved in the 1500m with Dylan Stevens coming 3rd in 4.56.7 and Jed Darley 1st in the B race with a time of 5.05.6. In the 75mH, Sam Oliver came 2nd in 16.5 and Sam Kelly also came 2nd in 18.5.
In the Javelin, Dylan Stevens came 5th with a throw of 13.28m and Sam Oliver came 5th in the B group with 10.96m. Emaniel Lawal came 3rd in the Shot Putt with 6.68m and Sam Kelly came 4th with 5.30m. In the Long Jump, Joel Vernon came 2nd with a jump of 4.38m and Kayden James won the B group with 4.33m. Sam Kelly came Joint 2nd in the High Jump with a jump of 1.20m and Sam Oliver came 2nd in the B group with 1.15m.
For the U15 Girls, in the 100m, Acacia Williams-Hewitt came 1st in 13.1 and Nicole Hague came 1st in the B race in 13.3. Acacia Williams-Hewitt also won her 200m race in 26.8 and Ellie Koziupa won her race in 27.8. In the 300m, Lucy Revitt came 2nd in 43.8 and Ellie Koziupa came 1st in the B race in 44.7. Jodie Hill came 1st in the 800m with a pb of 2.30.0 and Holly Booker won the B race in 2.33.8. In the 1500m, Laura Trask won the A race in 5.12.9 and Ellie Rogers got a pb in the B race coming 1st in 5.20.1. Nicole Hague came 1st in the 75mH in 12.1 and Lucy Revit also won her race in 12.7.
Lauren Foletti came 3rd in the Discus with 17.61m and Sophie Oliver came 1st in the B group with a throw of 15.50m. In the Hammer, Sophie Oliver came 3rd with 18.56m. Lauren Foletti came 1st in the Javelin with 24.86m and Lucy Revitt also came 1st in the B group with 19.30m. In the Shot Putt, Acacia Williams-Hewitt came 2nd with a throw of 8.62m and Lauren Foletti came 4th in the B group with 6.26m. Nicole Hague finished 1st in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.79m and Laura Nunn came 2nd in the B group with a Personal best jump of 4.51m. In the High Jump, Ellie Rogers came 2nd with a pb jump of 1.4m and Sophie Oliver also came 2nd with 1.30m.
For the U13 Girls, Eniola Ajagbe came 2nd in the 75m in 10.5 and Jaime Hemsworth came 2nd in the B race in 11.5. In the 150m, Eniola Ajagbe came 3rd in 21.0 and Claudia Turnell came 1st in the B race in 21.3. In the 800m, Claudia Turnell came 1st in 2.35.9 and Isobel Causer also came 1st in 2.39.3. Zena Hartley won the 1200m in 4.03.2 and Georgia Robertson came 1st in the B race with a pb of 4.09.7. In the 75mH, Madeleine Anderson came 3rd in 15.0.
Gabrielle Anderson got a huge pb coming 1st in the Javelin with a throw of 19.05m, Madeleine Anderson also won with a pb of 15.05m. In the Shot Putt, Iris Szurko came 2nd with a pb throw of 5.70m and Claudia Turnell came 1st in the B group with a throw of 5.66m. In the Long Jump, Iris Szurko came 4th with a seasons best jump of 3.58m and Gabrielle Anderson came 2nd with 3.40m. In the High Jump, Iris Szurko came 1st with a pb jump of 1.30m and Madeleine Anderson finished 1st also with a pb of 1.25m.
In the non-scoring races, Mathyr Wilder (U15G) came 1st in the 100m in 13.7 and Laura Nunn came 3rd in 14.1. In the U13 Girls 75m, Gabrielle Anderson came 3rd in 11.7. In the U13B 100m, Emanuel Lawel came 1st in 13.6 and Luke Baxter came 4th in 15.2. May Quinn (U15G) won the 800m in 2.42..
Well Done to all those who competed, Hallamshire finished 1st team on the day and is currently 2nd in the League standings.
Whatever the final result the athletes put in a stunning effort today and again were the noisiest club giving loads of cheers and applause to their fellow athletes.
Well done everyone (including the officials who had a lot to contend with).
HALLAM CHASE (Sheffield)
The course is only 3¼ mls long but has a total climb of 800ft, and is an out and back run, starting at the top of the hill at one side of the valley, down into the valley, up to the top of the other side, and then returning.
The surfaces you run on are, road, grass fields with stiles, tracks and a steep rocky path call Den Bank. The field before Den Bank on the return leg produces some interesting running (walking) styles which can be seen on “YouTube Hallam Chase 2007”
As I live in Nottingham, I ran this race as a Special Guest by the permission of Hallamshire Harriers, as it was the 90th anniversary of my father (who was a member of Hallamshire Harriers) winning this race in 1926, and for this I thank Steve Moran and Carol Varns.
I gave the organisers details of my recent races and was given a start time of 50secs. The last man started at 16m 40s!!!!
There were 63 runners this years and I started 5th and took it easy down the hill to Den Bank, overtaking 3 but being overtaken by 2 runners (who finished 1st & 2nd).
The fields and stiles to the stream in the valley went well, as did the start of the climb up the other side, as I moved into 3rd place!!!
The rest of the climb up the hill was good and I turned only about 150yds behind the leading two.
Returning to the valley was interesting, for as I ran down the field, runners were coming up, which presented difficult situations at stiles, small gaps and stone steps!!!
After the stream, I switched into Crawler gear, and started the climb up the fields. Unfortunately the field before Den Bank proved too much and I started to walk (see YouTube).
At the bottom of Den bank I was still 3rd, but a look over my shoulder showed a line of runners close behind. Den Bank was hard, and on the only flat piece of the course (50yds) I could not get my legs to run again and was overtaken by3 runners, but I got them going and ran up final part of the hill into the sports field, but was overtaken by more runners. The legs were still working, but 2 more runners went past me on the final run in and I finally finished in 20th place.
On actual running time I was 57th out of 63, but as the only one over 70yrs I collected the prize for the Oldest Runner (2 bottles of Beer).
It was a very special and emotional occasion for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it especially as I was allowed to run in a Hallamshire Harriers vest.
The Yorkshire Championships was a very successful weekend for Hallamshire, with many medals won from all age groups.
In the U13B 100m final Hallamshire claimed all 3 medals with Joel Vernon finishing 1st in 13:31, Kayden James coming 2nd with a PB of 13.47 and Nathaniel Dyas in 3rd with 13.93. For the U17 Women Alicia Littlejohn finished 5th in Heat 2 with a PB of 13.54. In the U15G final, Acacia Williams-Hewitt came 2nd in 12.61, Lucy Revitt finished 6th with a PB of 13.08 and Nicole Hague came 8th also with a PB of 13.31. Freya Sedgewick came 6th in Heat 2 of the U15G 100m with a time of 14.20. Ben Kelly came 5th in Heat 1 of the U17M 100m in 12.20.
In the 200m, Hermione Archer came 2nd in the U20W final in a time of 27.32 and Acacia Williams-Hewitt finished 1st in the U15G final with a PB of 25.50.
Lucy Revitt came 3rd in the U15G 300m final with a Seasons best of 43.08, after winning her Heat in 44.07. Ryan Selman finished 6th in the U17M 400m final with a PB of 62.46. Caitlin Tevendale came 3rd running 66.29 in the U20W 400m. Charlotte Slack came 4th in a strong Senior womens 400m race in a time of 59.70.
In the U17M 800m, Joshua Francis came 5th in Heat 2 with a PB of 2:21.21. Saskia Huxham won the U17 Womens race with a PB of 2:14.66. Alex Durant finished 6th in Heat 1 of the U15B race with a time of 2:23.18. In the U15G Tati Wilson finished 7th in the 800m final in 2:36.85. Earlier in the day, Tati had won her heat in 2:30.09 with Ellie Rogers running a PB of 2:35.97 for 4th place in Heat 1. Sophie Oliver came 8th in Heat 2 with a PB of 2:55.20 and Holly Booker finished 5th in Heat 3 in 2:35.56. In the U13G 800m, Ruby Simpson won Heat 1 in 2:30.73 and Emily Hunter came 3rd with a PB of 2:37.70. In Heat 2, Zena Hartley won in 2:31.26, Summer Ludlam finished 7th in 2:49.92 and Georgia Robertson came 3rd in Heat 3 with a PB of 2:39.11. The U13G final was a high quality race with Ruby Simpson taking the gold medal with a PB of 2:22.95, Zena Hartley had a strong race to finish 2nd also with a PB of 2:26.58 and Emily Hunter came 6th gaining another PB of 2:35.14. Charlotte Slack took the bronze medal in the senior women’s 800m in 2:18.41 (with the first 4 women all on 2:18).
Connor Milnes dominated the senior men’s 1500m, leading from the gun in a strong wind to win in 4:04.49. Josh Walton was 5th in the U20M 1500m (the official time has not been included in the published results). David Lewis was 12th in the U17M 1500m in 4:39.39. In the U15G 1500m, Jodie Hill finished 2nd in a high quality race with a PB of 4:56.32. Laura Trask and May Quinn both ran pbs, with Laura finishing 6th in 5:11.48 and May 10th in 5:28.48. Taylor Hill was involved in a fast U15B 1500m, eventually taking 5th with a new PB of 4:36.88. Ben Shaw ran well to finish 13th and improve his pb to 4:57.92.
Hannah Fletcher won the senior women’s 3k, running a new pb to take the gold in 10:00.29. Imani Wilson also ran a pb to win the U20W 3k in 10:54.52 with Lilly Fletcher taking the silver medal in 11:01.24.
In the 75m Hurdles final, Lucy Revitt (U15G) came 5th with a PB of 12.86 and Nicole Hague after a bad fall at the start, showed her determination and got up to finish 8th in 19.33. In the 80m Hurdles, Gabby Craft (U17W) finished 4th in 13.05. Ben Kelly came 1st in the U17M 100m Hurdles in 17.54 and Saskia Huxham also came 1st in the U17W 300m Hurdles with a PB of 45.79.
In the High Jump, Ayman El-Amrani (U17M) came 3rd with 1.70m. For the U20W, Hermione Archer came 5th with a seasons best jump of 1.40m. James Lee won the U20 Mens with a seasons best of 1.90m. In the U15G, Ellie Rogers came 9th with 1.30m, Sophie Oliver came 11th with 1.25m and Freya Sedgewick finished 12th with a jump of 1.15m. Sam Kelly came 6th in the U13 Boys with 1.20m and Erin Lobley finished 2nd in the U13G with a PB jump of 1.48m.
Nathanial Dyas came 7th in the U13 Boys Long Jump with a PB of 3.61m and Erin Lobley (U13G) won gold with 4.72m. Nicole Hague finished 2nd in the U15G also with a PB jump of 4.90m. For the Under 17s, Alicia Littlejohn came 8th with 4.66m and Ryan Selman came 5th with a jump of 4.71m. Elaine Williams finished 3rd in the U20 Womens long jump with 4.87m and Heermione Archer came 4th with 4.53m.
In the Shot Putt, Nathanial Dyas (U13B) came 4th with 5.84m and Erin Lobley (U13G) won another gold medal with a PB throw of 8.76m. Alicia Littlejohn (U17W) finished 11th with 8.59m and Nathanial Thompson (U20M) came 2nd with 11.32m.
In the Discus, Joshua Francis (U17M) finished 1st with 22.70m, Charlotte Mather (U20W) came 4th with a Seasons best throw of 29.61m and Sophie Oliver (U15G) came 7th with 13.71m.
George Perkins came 4th in the Senior mens Hammer throw with 43.05m.
In the Javelin, Lauren Foletti (U15G) got gold with a PB throw of 28.04m. For the Under 17s, Saskia Huxham came 3rd with a seasons best throw of 28.91m and Joshua Francis came 2nd with 27.71m. Charlotte Mather (U20W) finished 4th with another seasons best throw of 22.66m.
Well Done to all Athletes that competed, it’s great to see so many Medals being won and Personal bests being achieved.
24th April 2016
In the London marathon, Ben Beattie was 153rd in 2:35:08 and Mike Sprot 903rd in 2:51:00. Martin Fuller finished 2825th in 3:07:06. Claire O’Toole finished 4503rd overall and was the 450th woman in a time of 3:18:37. Richard Tompkins came 6175th in 3:28:31. Well Done to all that took part and raised money, especially Richard who raised £1400 for prostate cancer, it’s great to see people representing our club and using there place in the Marathon to raise money for an excellent cause.
Cameron Bell was 23rd in 15:07 in the U17M London Mini Marathon event over the last 3 miles of the marathon course. Taylor Hill came 22nd in the U13B race in 16:57. Mary McCarthy finished 52nd in the U17W in a time of 18:30. In the U15G race, Saskia Huxham came 51st in 18:40 and Eve Crownshaw finished 55th in 18:50. Jodie Hill finished 4th in the U13G race in 17:45, just one second behind 3rd place.
A good start to the Youth Development League in Cleckheaton this weekend with many winning performances and Personal bests.
In the U13G, 75m race, Jamie Hemsworth came 4th in the A race in a time of 11.3 and Eniola Ajagbe got a PB in the B race by coming 1st in 11.0.
Jack Parker also got a PB in the U15B 100m, coming 3rd in 13.2. In the U13B race, Joel Vernon came 1st in the A race with a PB of 13.7. Kayden James came 2nd (B race) with a PB of 13.9. In the Non-Scoring race, Nathanial Dyas finished 1st in 14.4. Acacia Williams-Hewitt finished 1st in 13.1 in the U15G, with her team mate Elle Koziupa also coming 1st in the B race with a PB of 13.5.
In the U13G 150m, Claudia Turnell and Eniola Ajagbe had a good race both running Pbs and coming 1st in 22.2 and 22.0. In the 200m, Jack Parker (U15B) finished 3rd with a Seasons best of 26.8. For the U13B, Joel Vernon (A Race) came 1st in 27.5 and Kayden James (B Race) came 1st with PB of 28.9. In the U15G, Acacia Williams-Hewitt came 1st with a PB of 26.3 and Elle Kosiupa also finished 1st in the B Race in 28.0.
Alex Durant came 4th in the U15B 300m with a PB of 47.6. Lucy Revitt ran a seasons best in the U15Gs race coming 1st in 44.3 and Tati Wilson finished 1st in the B Race with a PB of 46.0.
In the 800m, Alex Durant (U15B) finished 2nd with a PB of 2:22.3. For the U13B, Charlie Sleney came 1st in a PB of 2:35.6 and Luke Baxter came 2nd (B Race) in 2:20.4 which is another PB. Tati Wilson won the U15G A 800m with a season’s best of 2:27.7. Holly Booker knocked 15 seconds off her PB to win the B race in 2:32.0. May Quinn also ran a PB of 2:41.88 to win the non-scoring 800m. In the U13G race Ruby Simpson finished 1st in 2:26.5 and Emma Shipley also finished 1st running a PB in the B race in a time of 2:29.6.
Zena Hartley won the U13G A 1200m in 4:05.0 and Georgia Robertson won the B race in 4:12.2. In the 1500m, James Hartley (U15B) ran a PB coming 4th in 5:10.4. Dylan Stevens finished 2nd in the U13 Boys race in 5:00.8, just outside his pb. In the 15G race, Laura Trask won with a big Pb of 5:20.1, taking 11 seconds off her previous PB and Ellie Rogers won the B race with a Seasons best of 5:37.0.
In the 70m Hurdles, Erin Lobley came 1st in 12.8 and Madeleine Anderson came 1st in the B race with a PB of 16.5. In the U13B, 75m Hurdles, Sam Kelly finished with a PB coming 2nd in 18.1 and Lucy Revitt (U15G) came 2nd in 13.2.
In the High Jump, Gabriel Gisborne (U15B) jumped a PB of 1.53m coming 2nd. Sam Kelly (U13B) also Jumped a PB coming 2nd with 1.25m and Sam Oliver (B Jumper) came 1st with a seasons best of 1.15m. For the U15G, Sophie Oliver finished 4th with a jump of 1.20m. In the U13G High Jump, Erin Lobley came 1st with a jump of 1.35m and Gabrielle Anderson also came 1st (B jumper) with a Jump of 1.10m.
Jack Parker came 1st in the U15B Long Jump with a seasons best of 4.58m and Alex Durant came 3rd (B jumper) with a PB of 3.77m. For the U13B, Joel Vernon came 2nd with a PB of 4.28 and Kayden James also got a PB finishing 2nd with a jump of 3.67m. Lucy Revitt (U15G) came 2nd jumping 4.33m and for the U13G, Gabrielle Anderson jumped a PB coming 3rd with 3.74m and Madeleine Anderson (B jumper) came 2nd with a jump of 3.25m.
In the Shot Putt, Sam Kelly (U13B) came 4th with a throw of 4.23m. Acacia Williams-Hewitt came 1st for the U15G A Group with a PB throw of 9.20m and Tati Wilson also came 1st in the B group with a PB of 7.33m. Erin Lobley (U13G) came 1st with 7.80m and Claudia Turnell came 1st with a PB of 5.71m. In the Discus, Gabriel Gisborne (U15B) came 4th with a PB of 15.44m. For the U15G, Lauren Foletti came 4th also throwing a PB of 14.62m. In the Javelin, James Hartley (U15B) came 4th with a PB of 18.43m. Lauren Foletti had a good throw in the U15G, coming 1st with a PB of 25.58m and Sophie Oliver (B thrower) came 3rd with a PB of 10.81. For the U13B, Sam Oliver came 4th with a PB throw of 11.45m and Dylan Stevens came 2nd with a PB of 10.56m. Gabrielle Anderson and Madeleine Anderson both won there A and B groups in the U13G, both getting PBs of 14.02m and 12.65m.
Saturday 16th April 2016
Competitors at the National Road Relay Championships were faced with cold winds, sunshine, rain and snow flurries.
The Senior women’s team finished 14th. Nicky Squires got the team off to a good start on the opening long leg, finishing 14th in 31:46. Charlotte Slack, not helped by the cold conditions, was 19th on the 2nd short leg in 20:31. Hannah Whitelam, recovering from injury, was 20th in 20:54. Zanthe Wray on the 2nd of the long legs came in 15th in 32:51. Hannah Fletcher maintained her position on the next short leg with 19:06. Charlotte Ward, making her debut for the team, matched Hannah’s time to bring the team home in 14th in 19:06.
The Senior men did very well to field a complete team despite a number of absences. Tom Bains led off, running the fastest long leg for the team, finishing 25th in 27:39. Nic Barber on the first of the short legs was 31st in 17:11. Ben Beattie finished 35th in 29:25 and Mike Sprot 39th in 18:12. Andy Challenger moved the team up to 31st on his long leg with a time of 27:56. Connor Milnes ran the fastest short leg for the team with a time of 15:47 to move to 28th. Rob Little ran another strong long leg to finish in 25th in 27:50. Gareth Phoenix was 27th in 19:03 and Matt Hobbs maintained the position with 29:22. Sam Peters ran 18:18 or 27th with Zak Mellard gaining one place on the final long leg with a time of 29:35. Josh Walton completed the final short leg in 17:39 to finish 26th.
Many thanks to Hannah Whitelam, Nicky Squires and Andy Challenger for their hard work in getting the teams together.