Youth Development League 1 (U13/U15), Cleckheaton

Saturday 24 April 2016

Tati Wilson won the U15G A 800m with a season’s best of 2:27.7. Holly Booker knocked 15 seconds off her pb to win the B race in 2:32.0. May Quinn also ran a pb of 2:41.88 to win the non-scoring 800m.

Tati Wilson won the U15G B 300m in 46.0.

Laura Trask also revised significantly her pb in winning the U15G  A 1500m in  5:20.1. Ellie Rogers ran strongly to win the B race in 5:37.0.

Zena Hartley continued her fine start to the season, winning the U13G A 1200m in 4:05.0.

Dylan Stevens was involved in the most exciting race of the day with the lead in the U13B 1500m changing hands several times. Dylan finished 2nd in 5:00.8, just outside his pb.

Photos available here.

London Marathon/Mini Marathon

Sunday 24 April 2016


In the London marathon, Ben Beattie was 153rd in 2:35:08 and Mike Sprot 904th in 2:51:00.

Cameron Bell was 22nd in 15:07 in the U17M London Mini Marathon event over the last 3 miles of the marathon course.

The appears to be a major problem with results for the other races with athletes missing or given incorrect times and places. The other members of our group representing Yorkshire and Humberside were Mary McCarthy (U17W); Eve Crownshaw and Saskia Huxham (U15G); Taylor Hill (U13B) and Jodie Hill (U13G).

National 6/12 Road Relay Championships, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

Saturday 16 April 2016

Competitors at the National Road Relay Championships were faced with cold winds, sunshine, rain and snow flurries.

The Senior women’s team finished 14th. Nicky Squires got the team off to a good start on the opening long leg, finishing 14th in 31:46. Charlotte Slack, not helped by the cold conditions, was 19th on the 2nd short leg in 20:31. Hannah Whitelam, recovering from injury, was 20th in 20:54. Zanthe Wray on the 2nd of the long legs came in 15th in 32:51. Hannah Fletcher maintained her position on the next short leg with 19:06. Charlotte Ward, making her debut for the team, matched Hannah’s time to bring the team home in 14th in 19:06.

The Senior men did very well to field a complete team despite a number of absences. Tom Bains led off, running the fastest long leg for the team, finishing 25th in 27:39. Nic Barber on the first of the short legs was 31st in 17:11. Ben Beattie finished 35th in 29:25 and Mike Sprot 39th in 18:12. Andy Challenger moved the team up to 31st on his long leg with a time of 27:56. Connor Milnes ran the fastest short leg for the team with a time of 15:47 to move to 28th. Rob Little ran another strong long leg to finish in 25th in 27:50. Gareth Phoenix was 27th in 19:03 and Matt Hobbs maintained the position with 29:22. Sam Peters ran 18:18 or 27th with Zak Mellard gaining one place on the final long leg with a time of 29:35. Josh Walton completed the final short leg in 17:39 to finish 26th.

Many thanks to Hannah Whitelam, Nicky Squires and Andy Challenger for their hard work in getting the teams together.

Photos available here.

Doncaster Spring Open, Keepmoat Stadium

Saturday 9 April 2016

Zena Hartley ran a quick 1200m to win the U13G race with a fine time of 4:02.63.

Dylan Stevens led the U13B 1500m for most of the race only to be caught in the final strides. Dylan was rewarded for his front running performance with a new PB of 4:59.02.

Jodie Hill was 3rd overall but 1st U15G in the 1 mile with a time of 5:27.89, only 2 seconds outside her pb for 1500m last year. Laura Trask was 3rd and Holly Booker 4th, both with pbs of 5:44.94 and 6:01.37.

Mary McCarthy won the women’s 3k in a time of 10:42.46.

Tom Horton set a new pb of 4:23.28 in winning the 1500 steeple chase.

Joe Wilkinson led from the start to win the 3k with a new pb of 8:49.28.

Photos are available here.

Zanthe Wins and Dave Second at Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon, Sheffield

Sunday 10 April 2016

Zanthe Wray produced a fine run to win the Sheffield half marathon, improving her time from last year by 1 minute. Zanthe finished first woman (64th overall) with a new pb of 83:09. Jenny Evans was 2nd (98th) with a pb of 85:36. Kim Baxter was 4th (161st) in 88:31 and Jodie Thake 5th (170th) in 88:47. Michelle Jenkins was 341st in 93:33 and Liz Wilde was 465th overall in 95:49.

Dave Archer narrowly missed out on defending his title, finishing 2nd in 70:50. Nick Spakes ran a new pb of 74:45 to finish 10th with Gavin Keigth 14th in 75:32. Mike Sprot was 44th in 81:53. Robert Wapshott broke his pb by over 5 minutes, running 85:27 for 95th. Ewan South was 133rd in 87:30.

Short videos by our roving camera person, Mary Spielberg McCarthy can be found here: Dave Archer, Dave Archer 2, Zanthe Wray, and Mike Sprot

Steve Wins Manchester Marathon

Sunday 10 April 2016

Steve Bayton produced a fine performance in his debut at the marathon to win the Manchester marathon in 2:22:34. Steve was in a chasing group for the early part of the race, before coming through to take the lead in the latter stages to win in convincing style.

Pete Hodges hopes of running a pb were frustrated by a hip injury in the opening miles. Pete still managed to finish 111th in 2:50:52.

Photos by Hannah Whitelam available here.

Wakefield Spring Open

Sunday 10 April 2016

Cameron Bell opened his track season with a strong run in the 800m. Taking the lead at the bell, he held off senior athletes with a strong kick to record 1:56.12,

In the senior women’s 800m, battling against a cold wind, Charlotte Slack was 2nd in 2:25.98 with Caitlin Tevendale 4th in 2:35.94. Caitlin was 2nd in the 400m in 66.53.

Tati Wilson looked strong in her opening 800m, finishing 2nd in the U15G race in 2:30.29.

Connor Milnes followed the leader in a tactical 1500m, kicking away at the bell to win in 4:14.28. David Lewis made a solid start to his track season running 4:42.19 to finish 5th overall (3rd U17M).

Imani Wilson, making a welcome return to the track, made her debut at 3k, winning in 11:09.56.

Photos available here.

Northern 12 Stage Road Relays, Sunderland

Saturday 2 April 2016

The senior men finished 7th overall in the Northern 12 Stage relays with consistent performances across the team.

Andy Challenger ran a strong opening long leg to put the team in 7th in 20:11. Matt Hobbs was 9th on the first of the short legs with 11:22. Tom Bains held his position on the second of the long legs with a time of 20:46. Ben Beattie was 9th on his short leg in 11:29. Dave Archer gained two places on the third long leg with a time of 20:31. Connor Milnes ran the fastest short leg for the team finishing 7th in 10:48. Rob Little, running the final long leg, looked strong and finished 7th in 20:23. On the final 5 short legs, Gavin Keight ran 11:02, Zak Mellard 11:22, Pete Hodges 11:53, Sam Peters 12:11 and Nic Barber brought the team home in 7th in 11:51.

Photos available here.