Introduction to Athletics event, Hillsborough

The cIMG_2894 Hills2 1lub held an Introduction to athletics event at Hillsborough Arena on Saturday 20th August 2016 sponsored by South Yorkshire Sport.  Despite the SWFC v Leeds football match and the wet weather forecast the event went really well and we managed to avoid the rain (well most of the time) and interest from football fans.  We had around 35-40 children turn up between the ages of 6 years to 21 years!  Leaflets were handed out for SIV athletics sessions to children under 8 years, HH club leaflets to those from 8yrs to 16 years and two people (aged 21 yrs) returning to athletics after finishing University were referred to Kate Jones UKA coach.

Many thanks go to Ben Kelly (sprint coach), Sam Kelly (equipment support/photographer), Malcolm Grace and Martin Young (throws coaches), Evelyn Williams (Standing Long Jump coach), Steve Moran for Endurance/Relays, Karen Kelly registration forms/leaflets and Carol (Hurdles).  Now we have tried it out once it looks like it may become a regular summer introduction to athletics event.

YDL Upper Age Team Promoted

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.

Ian Wainwright

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.

Keith Whitelam

UK Youth Development U13/U15, York

Saturday 16th July

13770311_513846582141904_4039265748544160756_nSome 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.


YDL U13/U15 Results

The meeting today was so close we still haven’t had confirmation who has won.LA YDL 190616 a  With just the relays to go we were only 2 points behind Middlesbrough!!!!!

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. LA YDL 190616

Well done everyone (including the officials who had a lot to contend with).


A great story of how on the 90th anniversary of his father winning the Hallam Chase in 1926 his son (aged 70 years) decided to run it in his father’s honour.

HALLAM CHASE (Sheffield)


S1052258The “Hallam Chase” is a Handicap Fell race open to runners from South Yorkshire that has been going since 1862, and is well organised by Hallamshire Harriers.

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 20160531_212713Hallamshire 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 WP_20160531_20_33_28_Prorunners 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.

Yorkshire Track and Field Championships 2016, Cudworth

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.

London Marathon and Mini Marathon 2016

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.