News Round-up

Scottish Combined Events Championships – Glasgow 11-12th Feb 2012

Amy Marchant & Adam Timms posted excellent scores in the Pentathlon & Heptathlon, each setting or matching a couple of pb performances along the way.

On the Saturday, Adam equalled his 60m pb for the THIRD time, clocking 7.28s and was a bit down on his recent long jump form with 6.53m.In the shot, Adam set a fine seasons best of 12.08m and followed it with another in the high jump, clearing a very handy 1.85m. 

On day two, Adam blasted to a superb pb of 8.31s in the 60m hurdles, but due to the quality of two specialist (Matt Hudson & Mark Johnson), remains in 3rd place on the all time list.

In the pole vault, Adam, currently the club’s top exponent of the event, was very close to his best, with a clearance of 4.20m.

The final event, the 1000m, produced a time outside his usual 3 minute form, but 3.05.19 was still a top effort and contributed to an overall tally of 4962, not far off his best score and a 7th place finish.

Amy competed in her Pentathlon on the Sunday, starting off with a time just shy of her pb in the 60m hurdles, clocking 9.12s.

In the high jump, Amy was in superb form, producing her best performance for 3 years, equalling her pb of 1.72m to win the event.

Another fine effort in the shot with 11.69m was also the longest of the day and by now she was set up for a great score. 

Amy was probably a little disappointed with 5.09m in the long jump, as her closest rivals landed jumps closer to 5.50m, but her 800m wasn’t far off her best time with 2.34.04.

Experienced international Katia Lannon’s excellent 2.22.53 sealed the championship win for her, but Amy added 35 points to her pb with a fantastic 3632 in 2nd place.


RAF v British Universities – Sheffield (EIS), 15th Feb 2012

Kadeena Cox posted a seasons best in the 200m, finishing 2nd with a fine 25.25s.


Dorothy Hyman Series (3000m) – Cudworth, 15th Feb 2012

Darren Middleton made an early season foray on the track, winning with 9.17.8.


Varsity Field Events & Relays Match – Lee Valley 18th Feb 2012

Pole vaulter Tom Wagner, representing Cambridge University, was down on his January form, finishing 6th with a clearance of 3.20m.


Sydney Track Classic – Sydney, AUS 18th Feb 2012 

Double world champion and multiple World Record holder Hannah Cockroft  further reduced her T34 400m global best with a time of 59.99 at the Sydney Track Classic. She has gone quicker (58.59), but not in a ratified event.

She finished fifth overall in the mixed classification race with T54 Shelly Woods  finishing fourth in her second quickest time ever (57.28).

“I’m very pleased with the progress of Hannah (Cockroft) and Shelly (Woods) throughout their lengthy two month training camp in Australia,” said UKA Head Coach Peter Eriksson. “Their good results have been performed across a number of events even though they’re just training through as part of their preparation for the Paralympic Games. Hannah’s World Record and Shelly’s second best time ever over 400m are a great indication that we’re on the right track in our plan for even greater things to come.”

“I’m really happy with how things are going out here,” said Cockroft who, along with Woods, has just over a week left in Australia. “It’s just proving that all the hard work being done is really being put into practice out on the track. I know that there’s still a lot of things that need to be done, and I was pretty annoyed when I got to the end of the race as I felt like I could have given it more, but it’s only February and I’m still in winter training mode, so to be breaking World Records now is awesome as I know that I’m on the right track to smash up my races at the Games!

Cockroft will open her UK outdoor season in May while Woods will next compete in the Virgin London Marathon on 22 April.
Hannah also finished 5th in the 100m with 18.87s, outside her best of close to 18 seconds. 


Leeds City Open – South Leeds Indoor Track 18th Feb 2012

In the U11 age group, Emily Tate competed in the 60m and long jump, finishing 7th in the long jump with 2.31m and equal 3rd in the sprint with 9.8s, which places her 5th on the club all time list.

There was some fine competition in the U13 girls, firstly in the 60m, where Bronwen Brown made a big improvement, moving up to equal 7th on the all time list with 9.0s which was joint 2nd quickest of the day.Rebecca Lister, Megan Sanders & Grace Plater all ran 9.3s for equal 5th place and now all share 12th place on the rankings list.Fiona Oddy entered the rankings list in 20th place with a time of 9.8s and Jessie Mogridge was just outside her best with 9.9s.

In the 60m hurdles, Megan rose to 3rd equal on the all time list posting the 2nd fastest time of the day with a speedy 10.6s.Grace was 4th quickest with 11.1s and entered the list in 5th place.Jessie knocked a couple of tenths off her previous best with 12.6s, remaining in 7th place.Louise James makes her first appearance on the rankings lists in 9th position with 13.9s.

In the field, Lois Fish improved her shot pb from just over 4.5m, to well over 5m with a best putt in 9th place of 5.33m, just shy of the club rankings list.

Megan won the long jump, close to her pb with 4.13m and Grace improved her best to 3.84m in 3rd to go 27th equal on the all time list.Fiona & Louise registered their first long jump marks for the club with 3.18m & 2.81m respectively.

In the high jump, Rebecca & Bronwen both cleared 1.25m, Rebecca taking 4th place on countback from Bronwen.On the club ranking list, this moves both girls up to equal 20th, Bronwen improving by a huge 10cm.

In the U13 boys 60m, Jack Hirst (9.1s), Tobi Sanni (9.2s) & Thomas Cryer (9.3s) made their mark on the all time list in 15th, 16th equal and 19th respectively.

Jack also took on the long jump, finishing 4th with 4.00m and just making an entry on that list too in 45th equal.In 11th place, Matthew Adams jumped 3.14m, a little down on his form last year, but matched his pb in the high jump, clearing 1.10m.  

Caoimhe Crampton was in fine form in the U15 girls 60m clocking 8.3s for the fastest time of the day and just outside her best.The fabulously named Florencia Orum ran 9.2s for equal 11th and coming down in distance and surface dramatically, cross country specialist Kimberley Eastwood 9.8s in 18th. 

Caoimhe was again close to her pb in the 60m hurdles, being the fastest once more with 9.5s, equalling the event record, Kimberley finishing 12th with 14.0s.

Kimberley long jumped 3.07 in 10th place, with Millie Bradbury improving by half a metre, finishing 9th with 3.19m. 

In the shot, Vikki Adams couldn’t quite match her mamouth 9m+ effort from December, but still had her 2nd best ever result, in 2nd place with 8.13m.In 3rd, Caoimhe wasn’t far off her best with 8.07m. 

Lewis Renton showed his dramatic improvement over the past year, running the 60m almost a full secomd faster than in the same event in 2011.

His time of 7.8s was joint quickest of the day and so good that it already ranks him 4th fastest on the U15 all time list and he’s only just moved into that age group.

Tom Harrison set a new pb with 8.0s, 3rd fastest on the day and up to equal 8th on the all time list.Matt Harrison with 8.4s, places equal 19th on the list and Harrison Wade 28th with 9.0s.  

In the 60m hurdles, Matt was 3rd quickest with 10.5s to go 10th on the all time list, with Harrison (11.0s) in equal 4th, placing 12th on the list.

Lewis was 3rd in the long jump with one of his best ever jumps, 4.63m.In 7th Tom Harrison leapt 4.40m and Steven Lewis was 9th with 4.07m.Steven was also 6th in the high jump with 1.25m.

Louie Hurley made a huge improvement of over a metre in the shot with 8.72 and Harris Hameed added almost half a metre to his best with 10.71, the longest putt of the day and a record for the event, also placing him highly on the power of ten rankings and elevating him to 26th on the club all time list.

In the U17 womens 60m, Sian Gilmartin-Green entered the ranking lists in equal 17th, finishing 4th best on the day with a pb of 8.7s.Amena Abdelaziz was a little down on her best in 5th with 8.8s, Melody Peterson was 6th with 9.1s, Jade Hargreaves-Partington 7th with 9.2 and Nicola Sawyer 8th in the same time.

Hannah Ukandu was 2nd in the 60m hurdles, moving up to 10th equal on the all time list with 9.8s and in 4th, Melody Peterson makes the list with 11.0s.

In the long jump, Hannah wasn’t far off her best in 2nd place with 4.73m, Sian in 4th, setting an indoor best with 4.51m.Melody was 6th, not far off her best with 4.41m, Amena in 7th, again close to best form with 4.33 and Jade Hargreaves-Partington jumping 3.17m in 9th.

A winning putt of 9.67m in the shot set a new event record for Hannah and was also a new indoor best for her.

Nicola set a new best in 4th with 7.33m and Sian putt the 4k ball for the first time, reaching 7.27m in 5th, with Amena 6th setting a new best with 5.62m.

In the U17 mens 60m, Elliott Hurley continued his blistering form, stopping the clock at 7.1s in 1st place, a hand timed pb.

In 4th, Finlay Fuller bettered his previous best with 7.4, moving up to equal 8th on the all time list, Lamar Lewis and James Finney ran 7.6s, 7th & 8th best of the day and equal 18th on the all time list, with Reece Davison 9th in 7.7s and equal 24th on the list. 

Jacob Fincham-Dukes took the win in the 60m hurdles with a rapid 8.7s easily breaking the event record and in 3rd, James Finney in his first indoor hurdles at this age group, making the ranking list in 12th and also breaking the previous event record with 9.1s 

James broke the event record in the high jump, taking the win on countback with 1.80m and in the long jump, Elliott was in winning form again with a fine 6.26m leap breaking his own record from 2011.Finlay was 4th with an indoor pb of 5.63m and Lamar 6th with 5.20m.

Callum Raper was 2nd in his first shot competition for the club, with a decent 9.33m. 


Manchester Open – Sportcity, 19th Feb 2012

A small number of Leeds City Athletes competed in Manchester last weekend.
In the under 17 age group, two of our athletes warmed up in advance of heading to the National Indoor Championships next weekend.
In the 60m hurdles, Jacob Fincham-Dukes continued his consistent form finishing 2nd to the Northern Champion in 8.73s, close to his pb and hitting the last 2 hurdles, probably costing him a new best time.

In the same race Matt Campleman was 3rd, a bit down on his recent good form with 8.92s.
Both athletes also competed in the long jump, with Jacob recording 6.25m in winning the under 17 event and finishing 2nd overall. Matt finished 8th, close to 6m with a best of 5.93m.
Jacob finished the day with 1st place in pool B of the high jump (7th overall), adding a cm to his previous best with a 1.67m clearance, warming up nicely for the Dortmund event.

In the under 17 women, Hannah Walker finished 18th in the long jump with a seasons best of 4.99m just shy of her PB and moving her to 30th equal on the club all time list.

Hannah however did post two new PBs, running the 600m for the first time in 1.46.21, finishing 4th in her race and in the shot putt, improving greatly on her Northern Indoors form with 8.62m, adding 65cms to her best and finishing 7th overall (4th U17), entering the all time rankings list in 23rd place.

Our final representative was Matt Wagner, who finished 2nd with 8.54s in the 60m hurdles just outside his best time.


 Midland Counties Open -Birmingham, 19th Feb 2012

James Paramore improved on his 400m time from the previous weekends Midland Championships, finishing 2nd in his race and setting a new pb with 53.07s.


Brighton Half Marathon 19th Feb 2012

Aidan Adams took on his first half marathon for a number of years, finishing a fine 6th in 74.42, outside his best of under 72 minutes.


Wombwell 5 – Wombwell, 19th Feb 2012

Darren Middleton took to the road for the first time this year and finished a fine 2nd with 26.40.


Scottish Senior Championships – Glasgow, 19th Feb 2012

Marie Dobson set two seasons bests, firstly in the 200m, running an indoor pb and finishing 2nd in her heat with 27.26s.

In the 400m, she was 3rd in her race with 60.23s, the exact same time she ran in the same competition last year.


Yorkshire Veterans Cross Country Championships – Doncaster, 19th Feb 2012 

Martin Farran was the best placed Leeds athlete, finishing 4th M50 with 38.13.The elder statesmen were lead home by Roger Parker 47.13 (11th M60) with Peter Bates and John Mace (Both M60) not far behind in 15th & 16th places (48.28 / 48.42), David Barnes finishing 22nd M60 with 54.35.In the 60-69 team race (3 to score) Leeds were just outside the medals in 4th place, being edged out for 3rd by Holmfirth and not by much.


Wakefield Open – Thornes Park Indoor Track 23rd Feb 2012

No doubt getting himself into competition mode for the UK Veterans Indoor Championships next month, Tony Bowman was just outside his M75 best in the 50m hurdles with 9.6s.

In the 50m sprint, he ran the same time of 8.1s in two rounds of races, again a little outside his age group best of 7.8s.

New member Israel Dore ran 6.9s twice in his two U15 50m races, winning the first and finishing 2nd in the other.


BUCS Championships – Sheffield (EIS), 25-26th Feb 2012

Kadeena Cox had been close on a number of occasions to breaking the long standing club record in the womens 60m and nailed it here in the final, after confidently winning both her heat and semi-final with 7.90s and 7.84s.Kadeena claimed an excellent bronze in the final with a fantastic 7.75s, breaking Sarah Shipley’s club record of 7.79s that had stood since 1978.

The next day, she was back to take on the 200m, sailing through the heats and semis, winning both with 25.69s & 24.96s respectively.In the final, Kadeena yet again broke another long standing club record, finishing 4th with a superb 24.68s, surpassing Sarah Hebditch’sh  24.7 from 1989 and crowning a memorable weekend.

Rob Torch took to the boards for the first time, finishing 4th in his heat of the 800m, with a very decnt 2.02.27, but failing to progress any further.

Higher claim members, David Dempsey & Adanna Okeahialam competed, Adanna throwing 10.16m in her pool of the shot qualification and David running 50.43 to win his heat of the 400m and then a pb with 49.49s taking 2nd place in one of the 5 semi finals, amazingly not good enough to make the final.


England U15,U17 & U20 Championships – Birmingham, 25-26th Feb 2012 

Elliott Hurley won his heat of the U17 60m in 7.20s with Matt Campleman being very unlucky to miss out on a semi-final place, finishing 5th in his heat in a pb 7.37s.

Elliott matched his fastest electric timing, when finishing 2nd in his semi-final with an excellent 7.11s, but couldn’t improve on it in the final, finishing 6th with 7.18s, still a very fine time.

In the 400m, Nick Petrou cruised through his heat, easily winning with 50.78s, but didn’t go on to contest the final.Matt ran 52.21 in the same heat, finishing 3rd, close to his best and just missing qualification.

In the field, Andrew Russell and James Finney will probably be a little disappointed with their performances, Andrew finishing equal 6th in the pole vault with 3.50m and James 5th in the high jump with 1.73m. 

On the 2nd day, U15 Caoimhe Crampton was very close to her pb in the heats of the 200m, finishing 4th in hers with 27.25s.In the 60m hurdles, she was again 4th in her heat, not far off her best time with 9.66s.

U17 Hannah Walker twice improved her pb in the 60m hurdles, knocking 4/10ths off in her heat, finishing 5th with 9.41s and then lowering it again in the semi-final, placing 6th with 9.37s to go 8th on the club all time list.

Elliot Hurley was back for the long jump on Sunday and duly delivered the promise we knew he had, claiming a superb win in a new pb of 6.72m, duplicating the distance Jacob Fincham-Dukes jumped to snatch victory from him in the last round at the Northern Championships.

This time Jacob couldn’t quite find that form, but still jumped an excellent 6.59m, just missing out on the medals in 4th place.Matt Campleman was over 6m again, in 9th position with 6.10m.

In a very high class 60m hurdles, Jacob was 3rd in his heat, equalling his pb with 8.67s and set a new best with 8.66s in his semi-final, finishing in 7th place.

Katy Marchant was 2nd in her heat of the U20 womens 60m hurdles, just outside her club record figures with 8.77s.In the final, she was slightly slower, placing 7th in 8.80s.


Snake Lane 10 – Pocklington, 26th Feb 2012

Mark Williams was 84th overall and 9th M50 in 64.44, Chris Corcoran 160th (8th M55) in 68.42 and in 200th (25th woman) Sian Davies surpassed her previous best time for the distance with 71.08, beating the pb she set in the same race last year.