Athletics Report, Match 3, Longford Park, Trafford - Sunday 14th July 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019

Division 2 West central (Holmfirth Harriers, Bingley Harriers, Sale Harriers, Liverpool Pembroke AC & Sefton, Spenborough and District AC, Wirral AC)

Match 3, Longford Park, Trafford.

Holmfirth Harriers put out a strong team for their 3rd Northern track and field league meeting held at Longford Park stadium in Trafford last Sunday. Currently top of the league with a fantastic start to the season, the harriers were looking to secure another win on the day.

Sale hasn’t had the strongest team out on the track with many events left empty, however, we were expecting a strong team as the host of the match and they didn’t disappoint. It was clear from the start that Sale really did mean business and had brought along an exceptionally strong team with a lot of their athletes competing in the English Schools championships over the same weekend.

With the start of the summer holiday season upon us, we had some of our key athletes away, nonetheless, Holmfirth had some top performances and all gave their best.

The day kicked off with the Pole Vault. This year we have several athletes all clearing the opening height in both the men’s and women’s events picking up valuable points for the team. Eddie Hinchcliffe and Henry Burgess were out in force clearing 2.40m to finish 5th and 2nd respectively, whilst in the women’s event, Zara Tyas started her day with a brilliant clearance of 2.0m being the only female to clear a height gaining maximum points for the club.

Alongside the Pole vault, the women’s long jump and men’s hammer were underway with Lauren Storr picking up good points in the long jump after flying in from holiday at 3am. Jumping to a season's best of 4.80m finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ string, supported by Daisy Hinchcliffe who also finished 3rd in the ‘B’ event.

The men’s hammer saw the start of another pairing for Thomas Jennings and Richard Croft who have done most of the throwing events together all season. They both started the day off well with a strong performance in the ‘A’ string for Thomas, throwing 29.19m, supported by Richard, who is relatively new to the throwing events. Both Thomas and Richard paired up again for the discus and the shot put continuing to pick up good valuable points to add to Holmfirth’s total.

In the women’s throws, it was a family affair with daughter Daisy stepping up to help her mum, Ann Smith in the hammer and Javelin. Both picking up good points in their events to finish well in an exceptionally strong field in 4th and 5th respectively, Daisy gaining a hammer debut of 6.82m. Our men’s superstar Javelin thrower Eddie Hinchcliffe, who has been throwing exceptionally well all season secured top points in the men’s ‘A’ event with a throw of 53.36m, supported by Thomas Jennings in the ‘B’ event throwing 28.45m to finish in 4th position.

The first event on the track was the 400m hurdles, where we normally pick up good points. Naomi Harvey Franklin and Zoe Storr opened their day with the hurdles finishing 2nd  ‘A’ and 1st ‘B’ in their events. Both ladies had a busy day out on the track. The men followed the women with Criag Sheard and Eddie Hinchcliffe putting in great performances over the longer hurdles with Craig finishing in 3rd in a time of 69.9secs and Eddie picking up a 2nd place finish in the ‘B’ string in a time of 63.8secs, another PB for the Hinchliffe clan, and one of 2 PB’s for Eddie over the barriers. Both men teamed up again in the sprint hurdles with Eddie heading up the ‘A’ string, to finish 3rd and 4th respectively.

Specialist hurdler Lauren Storr, competed in her favourite event 100m hurdles where she easily won picking up top points, supported by Naomi who also achieved top points in the ‘B’ string. A clean sweep all season for the women’s sprint hurdlers.

The middle distance events saw some of our young talented athletes shine on the track once again with both Ted Chamberlain and Zara Tyas running PB’s in their 800m. Ted had tough competition in his ‘A’ event, with Sale’s Shaun Gee right upon his heels the whole race. Ted’s grit and determination pushed him for the win with a new PB of 1.52.8m, 100th of a second ahead of second. Ted is chasing down Mark Buckingham’s club record and the way he’s going I don’t think it’ll be too long. Jacob Harman supported Ted in the 800m, and after arriving home at 3am from his holiday in the French Alps, he was happy to finish in 2nd picking up good points for the team.

Zara Tyas, fresh off the back on high jumping in the English Schools championships the day before ran a PB in her 800m with a time of 2.14.5mins storming to take top points in the ‘A’ event, while Zoe Storr was back in action 30minutes after her 400m hurdles to finish 3rd in the ‘B’ string.

1500m favourites Julia Jagger and Olivia Sykes both ran well in their events, with Julia running time of 4.58.2mins to finish in 2nd ‘A’ event and Olivia picking up maximum points in the ‘B’ event finishing in a time of 5.06.5mins. Both Holmfirth ladies have run exceptionally well all season with Julie returning to the track after several years off, and Olivia returning to form after an illness.

The men’s 1500m highly contended with strong athletes from Sale, Holmfirth and Liverpool. Aaron Kettlewell ran well to finish in 2nd in the ‘A’ event in a time of 4.07.4mins, less than a second off 1st place, while Lavell Pierre ran well to finish 3rd in a time of 4.33.7mins. Lavell, a great team player also supported Dave Watson in the 5000m, since our other 5000m specialists were unavailable on the day. He ran well to pick up good points in the ‘B’ event finishing 3rd, while Dave, a veteran of the track these days, but still performing ran well to finish 3rd in the ‘A’ string in a time of 16.06.5mins.

The women’s 3000m was run at the warmest part of the day. The 7.5 lap event saw Olivia Dyson, one of our young stars run a super race to finish 3rd in a time of 11.02.8mins, supported by Claire Leaver-Hewitt picking up valuable points in the ‘B’ string to finish 2nd in a time of 11.32.3mins.

Fionn Kerry, normally out doing triathlons, came over to support the club and pick up good points in the 3000m steeplechase finishing strongly in 2nd place in a time of 10.31.7secs, supported by Philip Hewitt who took maximum points in the ‘B’ string in a time of 11.22.7mins. A great performance from both men, especially when Philip nearly didn’t make the event due to a car breakdown. Thanks to Julia who saved the day!

The sprint events which cover 100m, 200m and the 400m saw our young female athletes out in force, with Lydia Throssell and Ella McFarlance heading our strong female team. Both competing together in the 100m and 200m, Lydia ran in the ‘A’ string finishing in 4th and 3rd respectively with Ella picking up great points in the ‘B’ event to finish 2nd in the 100m and 200m. Lydia had another busy day running alongside Naomi in the women’s 400m. Both Naomi and Lydia ran superbly to finish 2nd in their ‘A’ and ‘B’ events adding to our points total, with Lydia storming through on the line to run a PB of 63.4secs.

The men’s sprint specialists Will Lander and Craig Sheard joined forces in the 100m and 200m. Will ran a great 100m finishing in 11.5secs but was given 2nd place despite running the same time as 1st. Craig came 5th in the ‘B’ string event against a very quick field. Both men finished strongly in the 200m with Will coming through to take 4th in the ‘A’ event in 23.3secs, and Craig finishing fast to take 3rd in 24.2secs in the ‘B’ event.

Will had another busy day in the sprints supporting Ted in the 400m event, arguably the hardest track event. Both men ran exactly the same time 51.6secs to finish 3rd and 1st respectively in their event.

The high jump was later in the afternoon, Zara’s best event having PB’d already this year with a height of 1.70m. Zara gained maximum points in the ‘A’ string jumping a respectable 1.60m while Mollie Scaramuzza jumped well in her ‘B’ event to finish 3rd. Mollie also supported Daisy in the discus to pick good points up in the field event.

The men’s high jump saw George Hobbs, a general all-rounder and team player pick up valuable points with a height of 1.40m. George also competed in the long and triple jump supported by Henry Burgess and Lavell Pierre.  George jumped to success in his long jump recording a personal best of 4.30m.

The final events of the day are undoubtedly the most exciting, the 4x100m relays and the 4x400m relays. The women’s quartet in the sprint relay was made up of Lydia, Mollie, Ella and Naomi. The men’s team was made up of Will, Junior George, Jacob and Craig. The ladies finished 2nd behind a strong Sale team in a time of 54.8secs, while the men’s team event was exceptionally close with less than a second separating the top 3 finishes. The Holmfirth men ran well to take 3rd place in a time of 45.3secs.

The 4x400m to finish the day saw the women finish strongly in 2nd place once again just behind Sale. Without Ruby Sykes, Zoe stepped up to the mark supporting her teammates, Julia, Olivia and Zara. The men were chasing down a club record held since 2009. Junior George turned up specifically for this event. After a lot of jumping around, screams from the side of the track, the men stormed round to finish 2nd in a time of 3.27.5, breaking the old Club record by 2 tenths of a second. Both Junior George and Jacob Harman were part of the previous quartet that held the record. This time they were supported by teammates Ted and Will.

A fantastic day out and some unbelievable performances across all events from all athletes. Holmfirth finished second on the day with 397 points to Sale with 510. We currently sit 2nd in the league and hope for a strong day out on the 10th August at Cleckheaton. We are still capable of pushing for promotion at the end of the season and will welcome support from our Club!

A special thank you to our team officials for their support and continued help on the day. They give up their time to help the club and pick up maximum official points for the team. Special thanks to John Buckingham, Ian Moor, Philip Scaramuzza, Jason Tyas, and Marcus Throssell, as well as Lauren Storr and Craig Sheard for managing the team.

Full results can be seen on the link below:https://www.northernathletics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/19NORTH_Division-2WC_M3-1.pdf

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