Thank you to Bagnalls for kindly sponsoring the paint to decorate our equipment container.
You may have noticed that our equipment container at Bradford and Bingley Sports Club is now an environmental dark green colour.
Thanks go to Bagnalls at Shipley, who donated the industrial primer and semi gloss topcoat, making our container the smartest of the group.
All the containers are going to be relocated to tidy up the site and once in its final position it would be good to have a few concrete flagstones to make steps at the entrance.
The YVAA 5K Championship was incorporated in the third race of a series of four, organised by Cannonball Events in Greenhead Park, home to Huddersfield Parkrun. As this event was also a Club Road Championship race, Bingley were well represented and we came away with an impressive number of top awards.
Focussing on the YVAA results, our vets were placed:
First W40 Sarah Flaherty 21m-00
First W45 Leslie Watson 19m-51
Second M35 Tom Needham 19m-22
First M55 Paul Lemmon 20m-55
First M75 Dave Barber 27m-38
First M80 John Smithurst 28m-14
In the open race, Sarah, Leslie, Paul and John were first their age categories
Normally when I write the 37 brave souls set off on a race it means that the weather was terrible, but the same statement can be made for this years race with temperatures close to 30 degrees C and glorious sunshine. The weather coupled with a football match that was taking place at 3pm meant that the entry was a little lower for this years race compared to last years, I really can’t understand why FIFA couldn’t move the time of the match!
The weeks and weeks of dry weather meant that those that could cope with the heat ran fast and this is shown by both men’s and ladies records being broken this year. First home was Alasdair McLeod from Leeds City in a record time of 1:18:53 knocking 1 min 42 sec off Ted Mason’s record from last year. First home for the ladies was Helen Berry from Holmfirth in a record time of 1:44:00 shaving 23 seconds of last year record set by Majka Kunicka.
Many thanks to all the helpers that stepped forward to help this year, this also included a few people from other clubs.
Full results can be found here.
Hope to see you all, and a few more, at next years race.
It was cold and windy on arrival at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield and there were considerably less cars on the parking field than in previous years. The course used in recent years had been changed to that used for 12 man road relays in the past. After the downhill from the start, there was a left turn onto a loop – downhill at first, then steady climbing back to re-join the main road where we left it and continuing up that long hill as usual, bearing right at the top and a long slight rise to the Jubilee Stone. Here we turn right, mainly downhill to that last right turn and a final effort on the rise to the finish. It’s slightly longer at 5.08K per lap v 3 miles (4.83K)
Our 75+ team had a 10:30 start with all the women and more competition this year with three other M75+ teams entered. They arrived at the Park later than planned and Dave Barber joined the start runners with only a couple of minutes to spare and no warm-up. Exmouth “A” had their fastest man on first leg and Bingley on the last. Dave Barber finished in 28-10 with Exmouth almost 3 minutes ahead. Mike Smith’s 25-00 had reduced the deficit to 30s and Les Haynes’ 22-54 produced gold for Bingley, finishing over 5 minutes ahead of Exmouth! Les and Mike were also presented with first and second fastest M75 lap awards.
We were spared the forecast heavy rain and conditions brightened for the M55+ and M65+ race at 12:25. Bingley’s trio of Don Johnson, Bryan Parkinson and Peter Ellerton put in solid performances of 23-26, 22-15 and 24-31; but that was only good enough for sixth M65+ team out of 14. We did beat Holmfirth though. What does it take to be top team? Well they were Oxford City, who posted laps of 20-24, 22-11 and 21-27 – a good pensioners’ day out.
There were less spectators this year to cheer us on, but that was largely offset by the excellent support given by the marshals. The event was well organised and it is inspiring to see some of the best for age in the country putting on the style.
Report by Peter Ellerton. Mens Vets team manager.
Held at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on Saturday 24 March 2018
This was the third year of this event, held for school years 5-7, and the Club had two girls competing who were representing West Yorkshire : Martha Jackson (yr 6), and Rebecca Flaherty (yr 7). They had both won their races in the Bradford qualifying round and in the West Yorkshire round.
In the Year 6 race Martha had a splendid run to come home in 7th position, while
Rebecca continued her wonderful form and was rewarded with a magnificent bronze medal in the Year 7 race.
Congratulations to both of them for representing their County and their Club with such distinction.
We had 5 junior athletes competing in this prestigious event, held once again at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, in Leicestershire, in what were extremely difficult, muddy conditions, and the results were outstanding.
In the U20 Men’s race Matthew Merrick continued his good form with a pleasing 72nd position as part of the winning Yorkshire team, and in the U20 Women’s race Phoebe Francis, making her Yorkshire debut, achieved a fine 79th place.
In the U17 age-group we had two superb performances, with Reuben Mantle being the 3rd Yorkshire counter in 20th place, and Emily Field in 17th place the second counter in another winning Yorkshire team.
Finally, Rebecca Flaherty, in her first year in the U13s, was 2nd Yorkshire counter in a magnificent 15th place.
Congratulations to them all!
The Championships this year were held at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, on a testing course, and in very wintry conditions.
We had eight runners, five representing West Yorkshire and three representing North Yorkshire:
In the Junior Boys Alex Flaherty (WY) came 43rd, Oliver Peace (WY) 221st, and Ben Rees (NY) 314th; in the Inter Girls Emily Field (WY) was 29th, and Ruby Firth (NY) 118th; and in the Senior Boys Reuben Mantle (WY) finished 81st with James Askew (WY) in 225th.
Parliament Hill Fields is to Cross Country what Wembley is to football, and the 12 juniors (and their supporters!) who were there for this year’s National (where there was a record turnout of almost six and a half thousand competitors) all deserve great credit for their commitment. What’s more, the results they achieved were quite outstanding and a tribute to the hard work that they have put in over the winter.
Matthew and Vicki Merrick were our only representatives in the U20 races, and both were competing for the first time in this tough age-group. Matthew achieved a most creditable 59th position and Vicki battled through to 138th.
In the U17 Men’s race Josh Spencer, who had not completely recovered from an injury, finished in 298th place, whilst Reuben Mantle produced a quite amazing run in 19th, surely his best-ever performance over the country.
Equally impressive was Alex Flaherty’s 29th place in the U15 Boys, in his first year in the age-group. He was ably supported by Joseph Carnelley in 85th, a huge improvement on last year, and by Ben Rees in 292nd.
In the U13 Boys there were outstanding runs from both Oliver Peace in 60th place and Samuel Mantle in 63rd, both finishing in front of the Yorkshire champion and both improving by more than 200 places on last year! Jake Wallace, though obviously not feeling too well, fought through to 326th in a field of almost 600 finishers.
In the U13 Girls we had Holly Walters, continuing her fine progress in 351st, and our highest individual placing from Rebecca Flaherty who, in her first year in the age-group, finished in a superlative 16th position.
Huge thanks are due to Martin Peace and to all the others who have coached and encouraged our athletes this season, and I would particularly like to mention Sarah Flaherty and Chris Mantle for their invaluable input on the day.