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Indoor Combined Events International – Cardiff, 24-25th Mar 2012

Leeds City boasted three athletes as part of the GB team, with the experienced duo of Amy & Katy Marchant, together with debutant Adam Timms, who’s comeback from a long injury layoff has been really impressive.


In the U23 Pentathlon, Amy started with a solid 9.32s 60m hurdles, followed by a good high jump of 1.67m.Her shot putt best of 10.71m was about a metre down on her season’s best and her long jump of 5.03, not far off what she jumped recently in Glasgow.In the 800m, Amy took a massive four seconds off her previous best, giving her a total of 3517 points and 8th place.

Adam started day 1 of the U23 Heptathlon with a fine 7.30s in the 60m, a fraction outside his best and was close to 7m once again in the long jump with 6.94m.A fine pb followed in the shot with a putt of 12.55m, moving Adam up to 15th on the club all time list and a good high jump of 1.84m, placed him an excellent 5th with the final three events to come the following day.

A very good 8.44s in the 60m hurdles held onto 5th place, but disaster struck in the pole vault with Adam failing to register a height.He still gave the 1000m a good go, running just outside his best with 3.00.37.With a  score of 4414 points, Adam finished 10th, but would have finished a few places higher and probably set a new best with a decent clearance in the vault.Still hopefully this will be the first of many international vests with bigger and better things to come.

In the U20 Pentathlon, Katy started off in the best way possible, knocking 5/100ths off her pb and club record for the 60m hurdles with a superb 8.67s.In the high jump, she cleared a very good 1.70m and putt an excellent 12.08m in the shot, her 2nd best ever result which took Katy into the lead after 3 events.

Katy’s long jump has been outstanding this year and she was in great form again with 5.42m, but dropped to 3rd place after superb jumping from some of the other athletes.The last event produced another pb, with Katy running 2.25.07 for the 800m, a 3 second improvement, placing her 21st on the club U20 rankings list.

Katy finished a fine 3rd overall with 3934, missing her pb by just a single point and only 23 points behind the French winner.


Vault London – Carshalton,23rd Mar 2012

Tom Wagner cleared a season’s best of 3.74m in the pole vault, finishing in 3rd place


Bradford 10k, 25th Mar 2012

Dean Jerome ran one of the fastest times in the country this year by an U17, finishing an excellent 10th place in 35.37.


Wilmslow Half Marathon, 25th Mar 2012

In unseasonably warm conditions, Trevor Clough finished 155th (6th M50) with 83.55 and Chris Corcoran 333rd (8th M55) in 91.35, a big season’s best at the distance for Chris.


Midland Counties Open – Perry Barr, 25th Mar 2012

Matt Barton admitted to having no technique or timing and only got one jump in, but it was a fine 14.70m and easily good enough to win the men’s triple jump at Birmingham’s High Performance Centre.


South Yorkshire Series – Sheffield (EIS), 25th Mar 2012  

Lewis Renton equalled his pb, finishing 4th in the 200m with 25.9, in the last fixture of this indoor series of events.


Scunthorpe Open – Quibell Park, 25th Mar 2012

U17 Reece Davison took on the 80m, finishing 8th with 10.1s and ran the 600m in 1.43.6 for 4th place.

Rebecca Lister was close to her best in all three U13 events she contested, finishing 7th in the 80m with 12.4s, 11th in the 150m with 24.3 and 8th in the long jump with 3.56m.

U20 Rob Torch was 2nd in a big 3000m field, running a pb with 9.52.2.


Reading Half Marathon, 1st Apr 2012

Sarah Peterson ran over three minutes faster than in the previous year’s race, finishing 174th (12th woman) in 79.58, moving her up to 6th on the club all time list.


Ivan Stringer Memorial Meeting – Cleckheaton 1st Apr 2012

Several Leeds City athletes made their outdoor season debuts and mainly in the field events.

On the track, Lewis Renton equalled his pb in the U15 100m, finishing 3rd in 12.5s and wasn’t far off his best in the 200m, clocking 26.2s for 4th place in his heat.

Molly Yearby opened her season with 4th in the U17 100m in 14.7s and 6th in the 200m with 30.8s.

In the U13 75m, Khalil Abdelaziz ran an excellent pb, finishing 3rd in his heat with 11.6s, he wasn’t far off his best in the long jump with 3.93m in 4th place and in his first shot competition, he registered a best putt of 5.14 in 2nd place. 

Elliott Hurley & Jacob Fincham-Dukes took on the U17 100m & long jump, Elliott scoring a double win with a fine 11.3s in the sprint and broke new ground again in the long jump with a fantastic 6.89m pb, elevating him to 3rd place on the club all time list.Jacob ran one of his fastest times in the 100m, finishing 3rd in 12,1s and was 2nd to Elliott in the long jump with a fine jump of 6.25m.

Vikki Adams went over 9m in the shot for the second time, finishing 4th in the U15 event with 9.07m and went to 10th on the rankings list with 21.53m in the javelin in 5th place.  

Nicola Sawyer was close to her best in the U17 long jump with a leap of 4.23m and also took on discus and javelin, finishing 4th in the former with 21.48m and 2nd in the latter with 23.94m, not a pb but ranking her 13th on the U17 all time list.  

Amena Abdelaziz was one place behind Nicola in the long jump with 4.17m and 7th in the javelin, a few metres down on her best with a throw of 16.90m.

Alana Walker (F37) threw a big pb with the 4k shot, finishing 8th in the Senior event with 6.38m and was 10th in the discus with a good opener of 16.38m, Anja Fernand placing 8th with 20.13m.

Anja also finished 15th in the hammer with 18.39, Alice Simpson opening her season in 2nd place with a very handy 47.93m.


Watford Open, 4th Apr 2012

Rob Torch was just half a second outside his pb in the 800m, finishing 3rd with 2.01.86.


World Masters Indoor Championships – Jyväskylä, Finland 3-8th Apr 2012

Tony Bowman’s results have been reported earlier, but two more Leeds City athletes competed, Hazel Barker placing 8th in the W50 high jump with 1.36m and Steve Linsell finishing the same position in the M45 event with 1.73m.


Salford 10k, 6th Apr 2012

Aaron Lowery dipped under 36 minutes for the first time, finishing 63rd in 35.25.


Wakefield Open Meeting – Thornes Park, 7th Apr 2012  

There was a good turn out of Leeds City athletes and a number of good early season performances throughout the age groups.

U11 Robbie Watson was 4th in the 80m with 13.05s, placing him 16th on the club all time rankings list.

In the U13 girls 100m, Fiona Oddy, Eve Fincham-Dukes and Charlotte Wade ran their first races at the distance, Fiona clocking 16.39s and Eve 18.45s and Charlotte 16.64s in their respective heats.

Fiona and Charlotte also competed in the long jump, Fiona extending her pb to 3.24m and Charlotte making her debut with 2.86m.

Matthew Adams took on three field events in the U13 boys age group, clearing 1.20m in the high jump, 3.28m in the long jump and setting a new best in the shot with 5.56m.

In the U15 age group, Lewis Renton finished 4th in his heat of the 100m with 12.90s, Israel Dore placing 2nd in the next heat, in a slightly quicker 12.84s.In the 200m, Lewis was 2nd in his race with 26.07, Israel finishing 3rd in his heat with 25.80s.

Harrison Wade was 2nd in the 80m hurdles with 14.97s and in an event where we don’t get many young lads giving it a go, won the pole vault with a very good 2.20m.

Caoimhe Crampton was 2nd in both her 100m heat with 13.49s and in the 200m clocking 26.63s.In her heat of the 75m hurdles she won with a time of 12.67s.

In another heat of the 100m, Jenny Watson ran 14.31s in 3rd place, ahead of Florencia Orum in 6th, running 14.75s, both girls running the distance for the first time.Jenny was 4th in her heat of the 200m in 30.08s and won heat 2 of the 75m hurdles in 13.88s.

In the field, Vikki Adams cleared 1.30m in the high jump for 4th place and was 3rd in the shot, with a best putt of 8.66m.

U17 Elliot Hurley won his heat of the 100m in an impressive 11.43s, Reece Davison finishing 2nd in the following heat a fraction outside his best in 12.32s, with Lamar Lewis 6th in 12.52s.In heat 3, Jack Gape was 3rd with 12.30s, a fine start to the outdoor season and just ahead of Finlay Fuller who ran 12.34s.

Reece was marginally outside his best in the 200m, finishing 4th with 24.73s.

In the 400m, Nick Petrou made a fine outdoor debut, winning with 50.40s and in the 800m, Jack Allison was 3rd, running a pb with 2.08.88, Sam Convery in 8th in 2.21.44.

Jacob Fincham-Dukes was 2nd in the 100m hurdles in 14.54s, Jack Gape in his first race at the longer distance,finishing 5th with 15.43s.

In the field, James Finney continued his excellent progress in the pole vault with a 3.60m clearance, moving him up to 7th equal on the all time rankings list, Harry Petyt going over 2.70m in 5th place.

In the long jump, Jacob won with 6.01m, Jack Gape was close behind with a pb 5.85m in 3rd, Finlay in 4th  with 5.35m and Elliott having an off day with 4.11m in 10th place.

Jade Hargreaves-Partington was 4th in her heat of the U17 women’s 100m in 14.58s, with Molly Yearby 5th with 14.88s.Amena Abdelaziz was 5th in the next heat with 14.93, in the 200m, Molly was 6th in her race with a season’s best 30.59s and in the 300m, Grace Coburn got her season off the ground with 48.11s in 6th place. 

Melody Peterson ran a big pb with 14.66s in the 80m hurdles, finishing 3rd and in the longer event, Nicola Sawyer ran 56.56s, for 5th place in the 300m hurdles.

In the long jump, Melody won the event with 4.54m, Amena in 3rd place with 4.14m and also in the field, Nicola threw 20.93m in the discus placing 4th and was 2nd in the javelin with 23.27m, Amena in 3rd with a season’s best 19.90m.

Jamie Li ran 13.21s in the senior 100m in 7th place and 26.89s in the 200m, finishing in the same position.In the 400m, Mohamed Abshir was 5th in 58.46s and 10th in the 1500m with 4.37.10.

In the field, triple jumper Matt Barton, putt the shot with some success, finishing 3rd with a useful 9.28m.

India Wilson opened her season with 13.63s in the senior women’s 100m and 28.11s for the 200m, finishing 5th in both races, Georgia Yearby taking 3rd in the 200m with 26.37s to go 14th on the club U20 rankings list.Georgia also ran sub-60s for the 400m, finishing 2nd in 59.58s, ranking her 8th all time U20.

In the 800m, first year U17 Gemma Keir, was 3rd in the senior women’s race with 2.22.84, ranking her 32nd on the club U17 all time list.

Throwers Alana Walker (F37) and Alice Simpson both performed well, Alice breaking 50m in the hammer for the first time this year, finishing 3rd with 50.29m and Alana setting a new best in the discus with 17.77m in 4th and putting the 3k shot 6.23m.


George Davis Invitational – Lowell, Ma, USA 7th Apr 2012

Joe Townsend was just outside his 5000m pb, finishing 3rd  in 15.14.72


Guiseley Gallop –  Guiseley, Leeds 8th Apr 2012

Alex & Alistair Davy were Leeds City’s representatives in this multi terrain race, Alex finishing a fine 4th place in 36.17 and Alistair 203rd (6th M60) in 53.22.


Notts AC Easter 10k – Nottingham, 9th Apr 2012

Nick Hooker ran his first race of the year, finishing 6th in 36.20.


CP Sport Grand Prix – Grantham 14th Apr 2012

Alana Walker (F37) was just short of her recent discus pb with 17.45m and had a best putt of 6.22m in the shot.


Liverpool Throws & Jumps Open – Wavertree, 14th Mar 2012

Three Leeds City athletes headed over to the West coast for some field event action.

Hannah Ukandu posted her first outdoor long jump mark of the season, finishing 4th in the U17 women’s event with 4.66m and landed the 4k shot over 10m for the first time, placing 2nd with 10.13m, moving her up the club all time rankings list to 9th.

Sam Bentley was 2nd in the U20 men’s long jump with a fine pb of 6.64m, moving him up to 16th on the rankings list  and was also in fine form in the triple jump, winning from twin brother Josh with 13.69m (+1.9) to Josh’s 13.33m (+1.8), Josh moving up to 13th equal on the club rankings list, though he has jumped further for his previous club.

(Thanks to Liverpool Harriers & A C for kindly allowing us to use  the two photographs immediately above).


Peterborough Open, 14th Apr 2012

Well travelled Caoimhe Crampton warmed up for the next day at Hull, by competing in Peterborough.She was 4th in both her sprint races, posting a season’s best 13.2s in the 100m and was just outside her outdoor best in the 200m with 27.3s.In the 75m hurdles, Caoimhe ran an equal season’s best of 12.2s to win the U15 event. 


Meanwood Valley Trail Race 7.5, 14th Apr 2012

Nick Hooker was well placed once again, finishing 7th in 46.31, with Rob Gatenby 68th in 57.06, Pete Bates 89th (5th M60) with 59.46.


Kingston Upon Hull Open- Costello Stadium, 15th Apr 2012

U13 Khalil Abdelaziz ran a couple of pbs on the track, with 2nd place in the 75m hurdles in 16.02s, a big improvement on his previous best and an 8th place finish in the 80m with 12.39s, moving him up to 13th on the all time list.In the long jump, Khalil was a little down on his best, in 7th with a 3.60m leap.

The busy Caoimhe Crampton was a little outside her times of the previous day, winning the U15 girls 75m hurdles in 12.47s and placing 3rd in the 100m with 13.25s.Also on the track, Florencia Orum ran the 200m, finishing in 7th place with 29.20s.

Amena Abdelaziz ran a season’s best of 14.21s in the U17 women’s 100m, won the javelin with 17.28m and was 5th in the long jump with 4.23, Hannah Walker winning the event and setting an excellent pb of 5.25m, moving her up to 19th equal on the all time list.Hannah made it a winning double by taking the U17 women’s high jump with a 1.45m clearance.

Gemma Keir was just outside her season’s best in the U17 women’s 800m, winning in 2.23.32 and in the field, talented multi-eventer James Finney added over 5m to his previous best in the javelin, finishing 2nd with 45.43m, rising to 24th on the U17 club all time list.


Brighton Marathon, 15th Apr 2012 

Aidan Adams made a fine marathon debut, finishing 13th in 2.39.37, making the club all time rankings list in 32nd place.


Wakefield Hospice 10k, 15th Apr 2012

Pete Steel was just outside his pb for the distance , finishing 18th in 35.05, Trevor Clough in 38th, running his first 10k of the year in 37.30.


Royal Air Force Life Time Vice Presidents Match – Cosford, 21st Apr 2012

Mark Gilmer (RAF) was 3rd in the 200m with 24.52s and in the 1500m, Chris Wright (Leeds Met), venturing onto the track for the first time this year, was 5th in 4.15.10.

Alice Simpson (Leeds Met) won the shot with 11.85m and was 5th in the discus with 34.74m, both first efforts of the season.


West Yorkshire Track & Field League – York 21st Apr 2012

The poor weather conditions didn’t help performances, but there were still a few rays of sunshine from Leeds City competitors at a cold,wet and at times hail stoney York. 

In the youngest age group, Robbie Watson made a couple of entries on the club all time lists, finishing 2nd in the U11 75m with 12.20s (= 19th on the U11 list) and winning the 600m with 2.01.45, placing an excellent 7th on the rankings list for that event.

Grace Plater ran her first races at U13 80m and 70m hurdles, winning the sprint with 12.35s and finishing 2nd in the hurdles with 13.65s (22nd on club all time list) and was close to her pb in the long jump with 3.70m in 4th place.Alex Pyman was 4th in the 80m with 12.82s and 14th in the long jump with a leap of 3.00m, a little bit down on her indoor form. 

Caoimhe Crampton and Jenny Watson ran 13.39s and 14.55s in their respective heats of the u15 girls 100m, Caoimhe winning and Jenny finishing 2nd.In the 75m hurdles, the positions were the same, Caoimhe running a season’s best 12.15s and Jenny a pb with 13.81s. 

Lewis Renton was 2nd in the 100m in a time of 12.88s, with Keiran Lockwood 4th with 13.37s and in the field, George Armstrong opened his account for the season in the discus with a win, registering 37.18m one of his best ever throws. 

Reece Davison was 2nd in the U17 mens 200m in 25.42s and 4th in the 100m with 12.48s and in the senior events, Tony Bowman (M75) clocked 15.13s & 31.69s repsectively.

Nicola Sawyer stuck to the field events, clearing 1.25m for 2nd place in the U17 women’s high jump and broke her pb in the shot with a putt of 7.49m in 3rd place.

Georgia Yearby took 2nd in the U20 200m with 26.93s and Steve Linsell really struggled in the senior javelin with a shocking 23.76m.


Woodford Combined Events, 21st/22nd Apr 2012

Katy Marchant continued her fantastic progress this year, with an addition of over 200 points to her Heptathlon best, winning the U20 event with 5227, just 31 points off Danielle Freeman’s club record and in the process smashed her javelin pb and the club record.

Katy started off with a slightly windy (+2.2) pb in the 100m hurdles of 14.33s and jumped equal best of the day in the high jump with 1.68m.

In the shot, Katy was a metre or so down on her best with 11.19, but in the 200m, ran another pb with 26.39 (+0.8), moving  above Kirsty Parr on the U20 rankings list. 

In the long jump, Katy had a best leap of 5.32m and then threw a new club U20 and Senior record in the javelin with a magnificent 41.58m, a big improvement on her previous best and 4th on the power of ten rankings.

In the last event, the 800m, Katy ran an outdoor pb 2.25.67 to to cap an amazing day and place her 24th on the UK all time rankings (just behind Jenny Lumley & Danielle Freeman !) 

Jenny Lumley finished 5th overall (3rd Senior), posting her best score for a while with 4800 points.

She started off with 15.48s (+1.8) in the 100m hurdles and cleared an equal best of the day with 1.68m in the high jump.

Jenny followed a 10.30m shot putt with 26.64s (+0.8) for the 200m, her fastest time for a number of years and then went out to 5.20m (+2.7) in the long jump.

Conditions must have been perfect for javelin throwing, as Jenny was in pb form too, improving her previous best from 2007 to 36.17m and finished off with 2.30.09 in the 800m, again her best for a long time.



Anne Marie Redshaw Memorial Open Meeting – Shildon 22nd Apr 2012

Rob Torch broke 2 minutes for the first time in the 800m, finishing 4th in the senior men’s race in 1.59.82.


Sheffield Lord Mayor’s 10k, 22nd Apr 2012

Another weekend and another 10k race for Pete Steel, finishing 4th in 35.39, Martin Farran running a season’s best in 8th with 36.37 (1st M50).


Sheffield Festival of Athletics – Don Valley, 22nd Apr 2012

U17 Nick Petrou continued his excellent start to the season, dipping under 50s, with a 3rd place finish in the U20 race with 49.72s.In the U17 race, Matt Campleman ran his first outdoor 400m of the season, winning in 53.45s.

Gemma Keir won her heat of the U17 women’s 400m with 61.05s, going 18th on the all time rankigs list, in her first season in the age group.

Also in his first year as an U17, Sam Convery ran his f irst 1500m of the season, finishing 7th in 4.48.47 and in winning the senior race, Sam Bucknall got his track season off the ground with 4.12.32.

Ellie Dooley won the U17 women’s 5k walk which took place on the paths around the stadium and was just outside her best time, with 26.10.