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Bingley Harriers & AC are considering a new position of Events Coordinator to further strengthen the ability of the club to meet the expectations of members for the future.
Members will no doubt be aware that the club recently appointed Keith Daniel as Coaching Coordinator.
Following the appointment of the Coaching Coordinator the Strategy sub-committee and full committee agreed the next priority will be to appoint an Events Coordinator to further strengthen and improve the overall club structure.
On a hot Sunday morning, made hotter by the city centre location, all nine of our Bingley runners came home with at least one medal.
We took two team awards:
1st Prestatyn RC total 1:22:51
2nd Bingley Harriers 45 Fred Gibbs 24:22 4 David Barber 29:11
124 John Smithurst 29:24 total 1:22:57
1st Bingley Harriers 105 Bryan Parkinson 21:28 9 Gerry Bell 21:35
5 Les Haynes 21:55 total 1:04:58
Bingley also won four individual medals. It appears that the results on the day were decided on the gun time rather than the chip time
– perhaps the chip times were not available on the day. Unusually, the results do not separate male and female vets.
Sue Becconsall, for example is listed as 11th vet 55, but was 2nd F55. Be that as it may, individual medals were awarded to:
John Convery, 2nd M55 chip time 17m-15
Leslie Watson, 3rd F45 chip time 19m-42
Sue Becconsall, 2nd F55 chip time 20m-07
Fred Gibbs, 3rd M75 chip time 24m-14
Well done Bingley!
Well named killer race. Big turnout, lots of juniors.
Only a few Bingley runners.
Be a great club race for next year.
Want to feel insignificant in your running?
When 9 year olds come sprinting past you and leave you in the dust.
Michael Long : first vet male over 60. For the third year running.
See attached photo. You can see how much I am enjoying the race.
Note the look of pity on the junior just about to overtake me.
Report by Mick Long
A beautiful day of sunshine and fluffy clouds faced the 57 runners that started this years Blackfell race. After a slight delay to allow a tractor to lift a car out of a ditch (this is the Dales!) the race got under way with the tough start up Top Mere Road. After the runners crossed the road above Park Rash the race enters the open fell and the terrain start to become tougher. After the visit to the Snake Pit the little matter of the “small” climb back to Blackfell Crags (where the race gets it name) after which the running becomes slightly easier. A blast past the summit and down to the remote Grouse Butt checkpoint leaves the runners with the route choice back to Hag Dyke. Once the runners have dropped their last tag at the Scout lodge its a downhill trip to the finish and relief!
This years race was won by Ted Mason of Wharfedale Harriers (and a massive thanks to Ted for allowing us to use his field for the registration and finish) in a new course record of 1:20:35 closely followed by his team mate Sam Watson in 1:21:43 (which also broke Sam’s old record from 2016), third home was Pete Darwood (Unattached) in 1:26:46. Ted told me he was off shearing sheep after the race, another Dales thing!
First Lady home was Majka Kunicka of Penistone Footpath Runners in a new record time of 1:44:23. Second lady home was Jean Powell of Wharfedale in 1:51:54 and third was Lesley Watson of Bingley Harriers in 1:57:46.
The team prizes were take on the men’s side by Wharfedale Harriers with 1st (Ted Mason), 2nd (Sam Watson), and 5th(Dave Kirkham) and the ladies team prize was taken by Bingley Harriers with 2nd (Lesley Watson), 3rd (Denise Wright), and 4th (Becky Weight).
Well done to all the runners and thank you to all of the marshals and helpers on the day. A special thank you goes to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue who had to be called out to rescue one of our marshals who unfortunately broke their leg descending from the fells. And our thoughts are with Sara Daniel on a speedy recovery to what looked like a nasty break to her leg.
Full results can be found here.
Kingston Upon Hull Sunday 4th June 2017
After last month’s first meeting it was clear that our team was neither out-worked or out classed; we were simply smaller in numbers, despite putting out our biggest team in many years. This match was no different. Being in Hull there is an expectation that it will be windy, and it was. The sunshine made it an enjoyable day for spectators but hard going for those on the track. Electronic timing and wind speed measurement gave context to the performances, and anything like personal bests on a day like today were notable. The blustery conditions were measured at times as a wind speed of negative 4m per second. However, the day started off in winning style with victory for Oliver Robinson in the men’s 400m hurdles, followed by two personal bests in the men’s 800m for Archie Scott and Tommy Thorpe. In the field Phil Jones posted a season’s best in the A-string Hammer, whilst James Abbott, earned a personal best in the B-string. Katie James also jumped a season’s best in the women’s long jump.
The day continued with positive performances including a win for Demetric Nelson in the 100m A-string, a victory he repeated in the 200m later in the day; both victories were backed up by a second places in the B-string for Aidan Leach.
Due to injury Ed Chafer ended up with a busy day. Originally Ed travelled to Hull just to run his final race of the season in the 4x400m relay before heading off to “Camp America” for the summer. In preparation for his road trip he packed his car full of other athletes and drove to Hull. Within an hour of getting there he was earning points in the high jump, and 400m before ending his season in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay teams. In the B-string 400m, despite the wind, Jevannie Ambrose took 1.5 seconds off his personal best. He took the advice of “the 400m is going to hurt whether you run it fast or slow, so you may as well go out fast” to heart, and he certainly reaped the rewards.
Points were hard to come by in the women’s events however season’s bests were recorded by Alana Gill, Marnie Leach and Olivia Francis. Whilst we recognise that the team is simply not large enough to compete with the bigger clubs in the league, the competition provides our most competitive athletes with a testing ground for their upcoming championship performances. Natalie Morris (high jump) and Joanna Lawler-Rhodes (triple jump) both looked in good form earning big points ahead of upcoming regional and national competitions. Aidan Leach had time for one jump in the men’s triple jump before heading off to the 200m, and leaped out to a near personal best of 12.70m; and with one knee left after an injury in the long jump Danny Crosby still managed 4th place in the B-string. Unfortunately, due to some late withdrawals and lingering illnesses the distance events were left empty on the women’s team sheet. Our men’s team was again supported by Paul Lemmon (spelt correctly I hope), Tom Gomersall, and “Arctic” John Parkin in the steeple chase, and 5,000m. Unlike the first meeting, victory in the relays were a step too far but we scored good points in the men’s and women’s 4 x 100m and the men’s 4 x 400m.
Despite not ending on the same high as the first meeting athletes left knowing they were in good shape coming into the championship phase of the season and many were signing themselves up for the next meeting on 9th July. As always, our officials pulled in maximum points (45), and ensured the meeting ran smoothly. Many thanks to all who were involved in today’s competition (coaches, officials and athletes), the team came 5th overall, and after two matches lie 5th in the league standings.
Hopefully we will see some or all at the next meeting. If you are reading this and fancy a go on the track or in the field contact Andy Warriner (women’s team) or Colin Daniel (men’s team) in the usual way.
The results for YDL Meeting at Lincoln held on May 20th are now available on Po10.
Well done to all who competed,
Drew Walford MU15 12.6 PB
Alfie Vincent MU15 13.0 PB
Sophie Tiler FU15 14.6
Drew Walford MU15 27.0 PB
Jack Muir MU15 27.4
Sophie Tiler FU15 32.4
Gabriella Smalley FU15 54.8 PB
Jack Muir MU15 2.17.3
Megan Ellis FU15 3.19.8
Alicia Kerman FU13 3.26.3
Rebecca Kerman FU13 4.56.3
Alexander Thompson MU15 4.37.9 PB
Mabel Vincent FU13 15.3 PB
Alexander Thompson MU15 1.40 PB
Gabriella Smalley FU15 1.30 PB
Alfie Vincent MU15 4.28
Drew Walford MU15 4.07
Mabel Vincent FU13 3.28
Omaan Rashid MU15 9.38
Josh Butler MU15 6.60
Sophie Tiler FU15 6.79
Gabriella Smalley FU15 5.68
Alicia Kerman FU13 4.58 PB
Rebecca Kerman FU13 3.97
Omaan Rashid MU15 20.48 PB
Jack Muir MU15 25.54
Josh Butler MU15 17.11 PB
Megan Ellis FU15 11.57 PB
Rebecca Kerman FU13 14.47 PB
Alicia Kerman FU13 9.81
The junior seasons bests table has been updated to reflect this meeting.
The next Lower League match is on June 18th so if you or your child is in the U13 or U15 age group and want join in please contact Jill Jones
Photos taken by Geoff Thompson
The conditions were ideal for running with a cool breeze and firm underfoot for the 49 registered on Thursday 20th for a 7.15 pm start. As with last year there were two routes, 6K (blue) for those over 13 and 3K (orange) for 8-13 and anyone else. Tony Kingham and I had set out both courses during the day and there was a slight panic just after six oclock when we discovered someone had been removing the markers towards the end of the course. All was remedied and 37 seniors and 12 juniors were duly registered – not easy given high entry,windy conditions and the fact that many of the numbers were blank!
The table of results are attached and congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part . (Apologies in advance for any inaccuracies )If we keep these courses then we can take the fastest categories as course records and the average as a Harriers template perhaps.
As always, the event would not have been possible without the help of so many and special thanks to Sue Hall for cattle control ( Sue I can confirm that there were at least three runners who would not have taken part otherwise! ),Tony Kingham for setting out and marshalling, Heather and Jason Holder ( parents of a junior competitor ) John Smithurst, Rachel Goulcher ,Gordon Kaye,Mark Westman,Barbara Carney, Dave Weatherhead and Martin Fairall for marshalling and especially to Martin Peace for an inspiring handicap! The runners all came in within a 10 minute window with 63% in the middle 3 minutes, 75% in the middle 4 minutes and the orange route ( juniors ) bunched in the centre of all those – an archetypal standard distribution curve . There was a point when the last 250 meters was completely full of storming finishers – magic and with a touch of genius.
All the sweets and biscuits and most of the fruit went which was heartening and I promise to make the prizegiving a bit more inspiring next year – not my strong point, never having won any prizes! Constructive suggestions welcomed for next year please ( bigger and better! )and once again thanks to everyone who took part and came down on the day – it was a great event.
On a cold and breezy Saturday morning, 19 male and 12 female athletes and a full contingent of officials descended on Rotherham for the first league match of the season. On our return to division two we fielded the largest Bingley track and field team in recent memory. This is reflective of the effort put in by the team managers and coaches at the club to have so many athletes ready to compete. There were some old faces returning to competition and plenty of new competitors making their debut in the senior team. Despite the large numbers turning out, we were met by larger teams, from clubs from larger towns and cities, and ultimately were beaten into 5th place. The team we did beat also got promoted so we certainly have not regressed as a team, merely stepped up a level in terms of the standard of the other clubs in this division. Chloe Burbidge, Olivia Belcher, Olivia Francis, Stephanie Robson, Matt Merrick, Archie Scott, Sam Berry, John Parkin, Paul Lennon, were all competing in the team for the first time, and Danny Crosby returned to the team after a number of years away from competitive athletics.
Our team was as always an interesting mix of youth and experience, we had first year under 17s (15 year olds) competing alongside v50 masters athletes, and quality was not in short supply, with our male club record holders in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m and 1500m all competing. Athletes returned from university just to compete, and others in the middle of revision brought their books and studied during the day. Some of those with jobs booked leave to attend and those with families brought them along to watch, and whilst competing other team members looked after their children. In short, commitment is high for the track and field team and reasons for not competing can be overcome if you want it bad enough.
I once heard it said when judging the “health” of a national team at major championships that strong relay teams suggest strong programmes. Well, after a long day, competing hard, in testing conditions, all four relay teams took to the track for the last races of the day. The women’s 4x100m set the standard in the first race, finishing 3rd, an excellent effort by two triple jumpers, a long jumper and a multi-eventer. They could have been dubbed the Green team, as all are coached by horizontal jumps coach Martin Green! The men’s team, went step further and came second. The women’s 4x400m is arguably our hardest relay team to fill, and the fact that not all clubs manage to field a team, is testament to that. With no out and out sprinters in the team our middle and long distance athletes did us proud and got the baton round in fifth place.
In the final race of the day we had two “rookies” in the men’s 4x400m team. Sam Berry ran the first leg on his debut in the team; training had been going well and despite never having run a competitive race over 400m he did exceptionally well, putting us in a good position handing over to Aidan Leach. Being a “short sprinter” (100 /200m specialist) is no excuse for not running the 4×4 relay and Aidan pushed hard down the back straight gaining places as he went. Fresh from his first outing in the senior team and first ever 800m (2 minutes 11), Archie Scott took on the baton for leg three, inspired from who knows where Archie passed the baton to Oliver Robinson in second place for a last lap tear up with the Kingston upon Hull athlete. Their man had clearly run this leg before. He went wide on the opening bend in an attempt to make Oliver run further, but experience was not lacking for Oliver who has also done this before. He held second all the way down the back straight, and entering the final 200m was in the ideal position. Having beaten their man in the 400m hurdles in the first race of the day, confidence was high as Oliver rounded the bend, everyone finds a little bit more in the relays. When it was time to strike for home coming into the last 100m the Hull man played his final hand, again pushing Oliver wide in an effort to make him go the long way round.
The key to sporting success is often being decisive, but being decisive just before your opposition is almost guaranteed to work. Oliver drifted out into lane 4 and went for the line. The Bingley support in the last 50m went wild and his 50 second run for the last lap proved too much for Hull, the winning margin being just over a second. Job done. The team and their support set off home in high spirits despite our overall position being 5th. Sunday June 4th in Hull is the next league match. Get in touch with team managers if you want to be involved. The results are attached so you can see what it takes to get in the team, train hard, test yourself and join in the fun………
West Yorkshire Track & Field League Match 1 23/04/17
Club Results 80m Rebecca Kerman FU13 13.65 Alicia Kerman FU13 15.07 PB 100m Sam Berry MU17 12.16 200m Sam Berry MU17 24.57 400m Archie Scott MU17 56.65 Paul Lemmon SM 74.85 800m Alicia Kerman FU13 3.21.93 PB Alana Gill SW 2.58.18 1500m Ben Rees MU15 5.11.20 PB James Askew MU17 4.38.98 Paul Lemmon SM 5.10.34 3000m Alana Gill SW 13.05.18 Long Jump Tom Clough SM 2.80 PB Shot Putt 4kg Alana Gill SW 6.15 Shot Putt 7.26kg Tom Clough SM 6.06 Well done to all and it was nice to see people being a little adventurous by trying new events.
The junior seasons best lists have been updated to reflect this meeting.
If I’ve missed any-one or there are any glaring errors please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)