News round-up

Cleethorpes New Year’s Day 10k, 1/1/14

Eager for some 2014 action, Ashley Colley made the trip to the east coast and was 14th in 36.14.



Lancashire Cross Country Championships – Blackburn, 4/1/14

After winning the event in 2011-2012 and missing last year’s event, Simon Deakin finished 7th on this occasion in 33.14, just over a minute outside the winning time.



Yorkshire Cross Country Championships – Lightwater Valley, 4/1/14 

Superb efforts from our athletes at the 2014 Championships, the men’s ‘A’ team winning the team title, lead home by the superb 2nd place run of the very much in-form Jack Simpson.

Joe Townsend, Mike Burrett, Nick Hooker, Adam Osborne and Alex Davy, all finishing inside the top 15 for a crushing win with only 50 points for the six counters.

Such is our strength in depth, that the ‘B’ team were 4th, Tom Edwards, Martin Hilton, Mark Bryant, Dan Grant, Chris Smith and Pete Branney all within 15 places of one another from 23rd to 38th.

Another top finish in the women’s race, Susan Partridge taking a fine 2nd place, Alex Gostling (33rd), Charlotte Wills (36th) and Jennie Guard (44th), finishing 5th in the team competition, narrowly missing the medals with 115 points.

Sean Flanagan was a creditable 4th place in the U20 race, Dominic Owens (14th) lead the U17 team home to a 6th place finish, The U15 team were 5th, Billy Dawson highest placed in 12th position.

The U13 lads were well down the field, but it was good to see us fielding a full team in this age group and in the U13 girls, Poppy Cooke was extremely well placed in 10th, with the team finishing 12th.

The U15 girls were also 12th, Megan Driscoll first home in 38th place. We didn’t have an U17 ladies team, but Laura Cooke and Laura Benson finished 34th and 37th respectively.

Full results at the link below




British Athletics Cross Challenge (Inc Northern Ireland Senior Champs) – Antrim, 4/1/14

In this third leg of the series, Katie Parry finished 30th in a very strong field of 124 with 21.03.




England Athletics Senior Open & Combined Events Championships – Sheffield (EIS), 4-5/1/14

In the U20 Heptathlon we had two entrants, James Finney and Andrew Russell.

James hardly competed at all last season due to injury, so it was great to see him back in action once again.

On day 1, James started off with a pb in the 60m, knocking almost a tenth off his pb with 7.51s (24th club U20 all-time list), Andrew repeating  the feat, taking 2/100ths off his previous best with 7.78s.

Both were shy of their respective bests in the long jump, James only just with 6.31m (30th club U20 all-time list), Andrew a little further behind with 5.82m.

In the shot, James went out to an excellent new pb of 12.10m (11th club U20 all-time list), with Andrew not far off his best with 8.84m.

The pole vault ended day 1 and both lads rose to the occasion, James clearing a big pb with 3.77m (12th club U20 all-time list) and Andrew not far off his best with an excellent 3.97m, one of the best vaults of the day.

At the end of day 1, James was in 5th place with 2531 points, Andrew 8th with 2198.

Both started day 2 with a pb in the 60m hurdles, James clocking 8.98s and Andrew 9.05s and both followed up with probably slightly disappointing 1.77m clearances in the high jump.

In the final event, the 1000m,, both were a few seconds outside their bests, James with 3.24.11 and Andrew with 3.15.19.

Overall, James finished 6th with a total of 4330 points, picking up the Northern Silver medal, Andrew placing 10th with 4058, a 250 point pb and Northern 4th position.


Included in the programme were a number of BMC races and Race Walks and we were represented in both.

Racheal Bamford went 6th on the club all-time list with a tremendous run in the women’s 1500m, clocking 4.22.20 in 3rd place, not a pb, but an excellent indoor best.

Steve Lisgo ran his fastest 3000m in Leeds City colours, clocking 8.20.11 in 2nd place, moving sharply up the all-time rankings list from 41st to 25th.

After her fantastic efforts in Cardiff, Ellie Dooley was in fine form again, winning the 3k walk in 14.01.79, her 2nd fastest time.



Metaswitch Games – Lee Valley, 5/1/14

Julien Gittens (M50) made the trip down to London for some indoor jumping, placing 2nd in the triple jump with a handy 11.83m, but won’t have been happy with 4.94m in the long jump.




Stockton Winter 5k Series – Stockton-on-Tees, 9/3/14

Alistair Davy was 38th overall and the first M65 home in 21.00, over this ‘short’ 5k multi terrain course.