Chevin Chase 26 Dec 2013 A perfect bright still blue sky day for the 2013 Chevin Chase. Muddy in places with occasional icy patches to keep you on your toes. Fancy dressers were out in force including Kerry in elfish mode and Phil ringing out the bells. A few of us – myself, Sue Fulton & Stephen Fry to my knowledge) ran on late switch numbers (too late to change the names) and it was good to see the Vesey family keeping their running legs on the go. Jonny Brownlee was first home in 39.02 and Ellie Kitchen had a great run (50.57) to finish 10th behind ladies winner Pauline Munro 45.34 who was almost 3ms clear of the other ladies. Continue reading
A fantastic 6 Bingley teams (48 runners!) took to the hills around Keighley and Bingley in today’s Gathering Winter Fools Relay – 2 ladies, 3 mens and a mature gentlemen’s team.
Our A team won the race outright, our B team came home 3rd, our ladies A team were 2nd ladies and our mature gentlemen won the best Festive baton contest for their Bingley striped hospital pee bottle!
Well done to everyone who raced and to the team managers for getting so many runners to take part.
Fantastic to see so many male, female, young, old, new runners and seasoned campaigners giving their all for Bingley Harriers.
The overall picture is still encouraging, but the big increase in numbers of youngsters attending training is not yet reflected in the numbers who have competed in the league. It is true, however, that many of our “new” runners are not yet old enough, and we hope that they will take the opportunity to run in the PECO races.
As last year, 34 Club members ran at least once, with 21 of them running 3 times, which qualified them for an overall position. Ten of them ran in all four races.
We had entries in each of the 8 junior races, and in 3 of those we managed an overall position, the best of which was achieved by the U11 Boys in 6th place. Both the U13 Girls and U13 Boys finished 7th.
Not only were the U11 Boys our most successful team, but they were also the most consistent: all 6 of them achieved an overall position, and 4 of them were ever-presents. They well deserve a special mention.
Individual performances have been fully covered in other reports on our website, but I really must mention our two outstanding achievers: Emile Cairess was an emphatic overall League Champion in the U17 Men, and he, like Vicki Merrick, who finished in a splendid 3rd place in the U15 Girls, is at the bottom of the age-group. Congratulations to them, but also to every runner who took part: we hope to see many of you taking part in the even bigger racing challenges to come, at both Club and School level, in the New Year.
Overall positions (* indicates those finishing in all 4 races)
Under 11 Boys
5th Joseph Carnelley*
33rd Joseph Childs*
37th Dylan Thornton*
44th Harry Miller*
45th Leo Maitland
51st Sam Mantle
Under 13 Girls
15th Katie Smith*
22nd Lucy Miller*
52nd Lucy Shutt
Under 13 Boys
17th Reuben Mantle
34th Jonathan Sutcliffe*
39th Jack Bradley
56th Mason Cameron
Under 15 Girls
3rd Vicki Merrick*
28th Abi White
Under 15 Boys
19th Matthew Merrick
51st Adam Thompson*
54th Ryan Bradley
Under 17 Women
9th Sarah Dewhirst*
Under 17 Men
1st Emile Cairess
21st Daniel Smithurst
The last race in the League took place on December 1st, a surprisingly mild day, and the course at NunRoydPark was as dry as I can ever remember.
Once again we had representatives in all of the races, even if we managed only three scoring teams: the U11 Boys were 6th, the U13 Boys 7th, and the U15 Boys 10th.
Individually, there were some outstanding performances: Emile Cairess clinched the overall U17 title with a controlled piece of front running; Vicki Merrick showed her racing qualities to finish 2nd in the U15 Girls; Reuben Mantle, after a very fast start, showed great determination to hang on to 9th place in the U13 Boys. I should also mention the continuing progress of Ruby Firth in the U11 Girls, and Jack Bradley in the U13 Boys.
Full results below: U11 Boys: 4th Joseph Carnelley; 34th Joseph Childs; 38th Dylan Thornton; 41st Harry Miller; 48th Sam Mantle. U11 Girls: 16th Ruby Firth. U13 Boys: 9th Reuben Mantle; 36th Jack Bradley; 39th Jonathan Sutcliffe; 55th Mason Cameron. U13 Girls: 16th Katie Smith; 24th Lucy Miller. U15 Boys: 17th Matthew Merrick; 54th Ryan Bradley; 55th Adam Thompson. U15 Girls: 2nd Vicki Merrick; 27th Abi White. U17 Men: 1st Emile Cairess; 25th Daniel Smithurst. U17 Women: 14th Sarah Dewhirst; Katy Boden 21st.
The first race of this friendly league took place in the magnificent setting of TempleNewsam, and our small band of juniors achieved some splendid results:
Years 4-6 Boys 1st Joseph Carnelley 12th Dylan Thornton 14th Joseph Childs Years 7-9 Girls 1st Vicki Merrick 5th Katie Smith Years 7-9 Boys 1st Matthew Merrick 6th Joseph Treasure-Jones Years10-12 Girls 3rd Abi White
We hope that more of our younger runners will be inspired by these results to take part in at least one of the remaining four fixtures, the first of which is on Sunday December 15 in GoldenAcrePark. Details are to be found on the PECO XC website.
Bingley Harriers had a fantastic presence at the prestigious Northern Athletics Indoor event on Saturday 16 November. Twelve athletes and parents made the trip down on the club bus, meeting up with several others who had made the trip under their own steam. But with support, the team took over a whole corner of the arena grandstand and certainly made themselves heard.
The team was made up of a wide range of athletes, ranging from Ben Southern and Jack Muir at their very first events, right up to a host of senior athletes including David Carpenter competing in the V40 age group.
With the 60m sprint up first, Bingley had a great start with lots of personal bests being recorded. Aidan Leach was the first to make his mark as he stopped the clock under 7.5 seconds for the first time. Among others, Hollie Postlethwaite, Joanna Lawler-Rhodes Jacob Gill and Edward Chafer also recorded fast times.
This was followed with the longer track events with George Muir and Edward Chafer battling against each other after being drawn in the same 150m race, before Aidan Leach again smashed his best with 17.56 seconds.
It wasn’t just the track that saw some excellent Bingley efforts; Alfie Warriner and George Muir both set a new marks of around eight metres after moving up to the U17, 5kg Shot Put and Aidan Leach pushed his triple jump best out to 12.08m. Katie Ogden also stepped into the Shot Circle for the first time and set a respectable 6.18m.
Overall, a great day out – but with a strong purpose. These mid-winter events are very useful in identifying weaknesses that can be worked on during the colder, pre-season months, and improved before the regular season starts in the Spring. So the team would like to express their gratitude to the Club for arranging a bus, and providing this opportunity that many could not have taken without transport.
The full Bingley team on the day was: Natalie Morris, Jacob Gill, Alfie Warriner, Ben Southern, Edward Chafer, George Muir, Katie Ogden, Jack Muir, Hollie Postlethwaite, David Carpenter, Joanna Lawler-Rhodes, Lucy Oldroyd, Aidan Leach, Ben Halliwell, Tom Aveyard and Abigail Lampkin.
The next event is December 14, and with all of the athletes expressing their desire to make the trip again – we’re hoping to up the numbers and make an even bigger noise when Ian Eaton takes to the track!
Saturday 18th January 2014 – Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Bradford
10am West Yorkshire Under 11 Trials
2:30pm West Yorkshire Under 13/Under 15 Trials
The entry forms for the Under 11 Trials and the Under13/15 Trials can be found below.
We would encourage as many Bingley Harriers Juniors to enter and have a go. For the under 11 trials it does say that the junior has to be 9 on the day of the competition but if they are nearly 9 and confident we would have no objection to them entering for the experience.
Any parents wishing to help on the day “please” then let me now and I can easily find a job. Help is needed setting up, putting away as well as helping being an official marking scores etc.
Pass the message on and bring mates from school. You need to post in the entry form completed on both sides! With payment and an envelope addressed to yourself so we can send the number and programme.
223 runners stood on Spenborough running track and observed the two minutes silence, before the start. As I looked down at the track, I noticed the man next to me was barefoot and wiggling his toes. It was a bright, but cold frosty morning and one end of the track had been roped-off due to ice. I did not envy him tackling roads, gravel paths, stony paths and muddy fields.
Despite doing 2 laps of the track (cutting out the icy bit by running across the central grass) and maybe a quarter mile road section, most of us had to queue briefly at a narrow gateway and two stiles. A previous year, I had tried running hard to beat the rush, but paid for it later. From then on it was clearer running on tracks, an uphill road section, downhill to cross very muddy fields, paths up and down to an out and back fast tarmac stretch of the Spen Greenway , and more muddy fields plus woodland path back to finish on the track.
65 ladies finished, led by the consistently fast Margaret Sykes, F40 Holmfirth in 34m-18. No Bingley ladies ran.
The men were headed by regular winner David Watson, M40 Holmfirth in 29m-12.
Bingley were represented by –
Bryan Parkinson 37m-44 47th and 1st M60
Peter Ellerton 40m-24 78th and 3rd M65
Peter Covey 40m-28 79th and 1st M70
Spenborough AC marshalled the event and provided tea, sandwiches and cakes. A job well done.
The overall placing for the year were worked out later and put on the YVAA website. For each race, the male winner is awarded 200 points, next man 199 points and so on down to 1 point. Similarly first lady gets 150 points, next woman 149 etc down to 1 point. Best results from 6 races out of 8 count for age group placings. No Bingley lady did enough races to qualify, but Bingley men featured well in the rankings:
Bryan Parkinson 1st M60 (2nd Jim Weldon, Pudsey P, 3rd John Ward, Abbey R.
Peter Ellerton 2nd M65 (1st William Allen, Tadcaster, 3rd Paul Glover, Kirkstall)
Paul Mitchell ran 5 good races, but unfortunately had to miss the last one due to work commitments. He was placed 7th M50, but if his lowest score from 5 races was added to his total, he would have been 2nd M50. (1st Paul Stevenson, Pudsey & B)
The presentations will take place at the YVAA Awards Dinner at Elland Road Hospitality Suite on Saturday 14 December. Guest places are priced at £25, but any runner who has completed one YVAA Grand Prix race this year can attend for a bargain £15, subsidised by YVAA.
That’s great value at £4 per race! The YVAA Committee do an outstanding job organising these races.
Report by Peter Ellerton
West Park, Leeds, the venue for the third race in the League, brought back memories of the famous Aaron Memorial races, once one of the most prestigious events in the North of England.The weather was very mild, and, although there were muddy sections, conditions underfoot were better than in the first two races.
Twenty two of our runners took part, our lowest total so far, though once again we were (just!) represented in every race. Four age-groups managed to have scoring teams : the U11 Boys were 7th, the U13 Boys 8th, the U13 Girls 8th, and the U15 Boys 9th.
Several of our runners were somewhat under the weather on the day, and some of our “regulars” were missing, but there were some very encouraging performances : in the U11 Girls Ruby Firth, on her debut, had a fine run, and it is a great pity that she had no team-mates to support her ; in the U13 Girls Lucy Miller produced her best performance; in the U13 Boys Jack Bradley showed a big improvement ; in the U15 Boys Max Duckett once again impressed, and Matthew Merrick showed he is getting back to his best ; our two U17 runners, Sarah Dewhirst and Daniel Smithurst, showed commendable determination in their prospective races.
Full results below:
U11 Boys : 11th Joseph Carnelley; 32nd Joseph Childs; 34th Dylan Thornton; 43rd Leo Maitland; 45th Harry Miller; 53rd Sam Mantle. U11 Girls : 19th Ruby Firth. U13 Boys : 27th Reuben Mantle; 37th Jonathan Sutcliffe; 42nd Jack Bradley; Mason Cameron 63rd. U13 Girls : 14th Katie Smith; 17th Lucy Miller; 55th Lucy Shutt. U15 Boys : 13th Max Duckett; 16th Matthew Merrick; 56th Adam Thompson; 57th Ryan Bradley U15 Girls : 9th Vicki Merrick; 30th Abi White. U17 Men : 22nd Daniel Smithurst. U17 Women : 12th Sarah Dewhirst.
Near perfect conditions for the Bingley trio of Sue Becconsall, Fred Gibbs & John Smithurst on Saturday 16th November for the British & Irish Cross Country International. A very fast course of grassland & woods at the Blackweir Fields Cardiff. England taking most of the age Groups with Sue W50 and Fred M70 counting for there country.