Northern T&F League Match 3 at Bolton Stadium
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Holmfirth Harriers’ athletes were out in force for the Northern League Division 3 match held at Bolton Stadium on Sunday. The weather conditions were warm and blustery which meant that times and distances would be of less importance than the points gained from the athletes finishing position in each event. The athletes responded magnificently to the task.
For the first time since 2010, Holmfirth had 3 athletes competing in the pole Vault. Eddie Hinchliffe and Robert Hinchliffe –Smith made their debut in the Men’s competition. Both cleared 2.30m, with Eddie going on to clear 2.60m to finish an excellent 3rd ‘A’ and Rob finishing 2nd ‘B’. Aideen Farrell cleared the opening height of 1.70m to claim maximum points in the women’s event. This splendid effort got the team off to a flying start.
Zoe Storr was in top form in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles crossing the line 3 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in 72.7secs. She was ably supported by Aideen Farrell in 2nd‘B’ place with a time of 78.9secs. Lauren Storr also had a splendid run in the ‘A’ 100mH to finish 2nd in 16.4secs with Genevieve Durrans also finishing 2nd ‘B’ in 22.6 secs. In the Men’s events Rob Hinchliffe-Smith showed great determination recording times of 23.8secs and 68.4secs in the 110mH and 400mH respectively. Team mates Eddie Hinchliffe-Smith and Craig Sheard also ran well with Eddie’s 22.3secs in the 110mH and Craigs 72.5secs in the 400mH gaining valuable points and putting them joint 2nd in the Top Point Scorers Award.
George Orton performed well to finish 2nd ‘A’ in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump with distances of 5.96m and 12.42m respectively. He was ably supported by the youngest team member, Seth Calvert–Green who gained valuable points with his 4th place finishes in the ‘B’ events. Rob and Eddie again teamed up in the High jump, clearing 1.55m and 1.50m to finish 4th ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively. Holmfirth’s female jumpers, Lauren and Zoe Storr were first in action in the Long Jump. Lauren’s 3rd place in the ‘A’ event with 4.68m heads Holmfirth’s 2016 rankings. Genevieve Durrans set a new PB in the Triple Jump with 9.48m to place 4th’A’ whilst Aideen Farrell was 2nd’B’ with 9.24m. Lauren and Genevieve were again in action later in the day in the High Jump, both clearing 1.35m.
In the Sprint events Harvey Woodhead stormed down the finishing straight to win the ‘A’ 200m in 23.0secs, whilst Craig Sheard ran 24.5secs in a very competitive ‘B’ race. Will Lander was also in good form to win the ‘B’ 100m in 11.7secs and place 3rd ‘A’ in the 400m with a time of 52.4 secs. Will is the new Top Point Scorer leader with 56 points. Kai Sunman gave excellent support with a run of 55.8secs in the ‘B’ 400m. Sophie Spencer, returning from university ran all three women’s sprint events. She was joined by Lauren Storr in the 100m, Aideen Farrell in the 400m and by Amy Kettlewell in the 200m who was making her debut in the League. All our female sprinters found the competition tough, but without their efforts the team would have lost valuable points.
The clubs female distance athletes were in good form. Ruby Sykes in the ‘A’ 800m ran strongly to finish 2nd in 2min 22.4secs, whilst team mate Zoe Storr stormed round to win the ‘B’ race in 2mins 32.7secs. In the 1500m Ruby was 3rd ‘A’ and Zoe was 2nd ‘B’. Maggie Sykes and Helena Croft both had splendid runs to finish 4th ‘A’ and 1st ‘B’ in the 3000m with times of 11mins 02.5secs and 11mins 16.5secs. In the Men’s events Kai Sunman and Pierre Lavell ran identical times of 2mins 06.6secs in the 800m. Aaron Kettlewell teamed up with Niall O’Connell to record 4mins 23.8secs and 4mins 27.0secs respectively in the 1500m both finishing 3rd in their respective races. The 3000m Steeple Chase was the highest scoring distance event with Dan Shaw securing 2nd ‘A’ and Craig Sheard 3rd. Alex Robinson, making his debut in the 5000m, ran a strong race to finish 4th in 16mins 37.7secs, whilst club stalwart Jonathan Sykes finished 3rd in the ‘B’ race.
Kit Burgoyne, currently the Clubs leading Hammer thrower set a new PB with his 26.36m effort. His also recorded 17.74m in the Discus and 8.72m in the Shot. He was joined by veteran Andy Storr who placed 3rd ‘B’ in both the Hammer and Shot with 22.32m and 8.24m respectively. In the Javelin Eddie Hinchliffe was third ‘A’ with an excellent 41.19m, whilst Rob Hinchliffe-Smith also finished 3rd in the ‘B’ event with 29.35m. Katie Zientek once again contributed a large proportion of the team points in the Throws events. Her best performances were winning the Javelin with 26.46m total and her 4th place in the Discus with 19.78m. She was supported in the ‘B’ Hammer, Shot and Javelin events by Ann Smith and by Lauren Storr in the Javelin, their efforts gaining crucial team points.
In the relays at the end of the day’s competition the Men’s 4X100m team continue to dominate. Slick baton passing ensured another win in 44.5secs, just outside the long standing club record. In the Men’s 4 X 400m Holmfirth were 3rd in 3mins 48.5secs. In the Women’s 4 X 100m Holmfirth were 4th in 59.1secs and 3rd in the 4X400m in 4mins 34.7secs.
The team of officials also worked hard throughout the day, Team Manager Adrienne Dewhirst and John McFadzean, Time keepers Kevin Johns and Alwyn Dewhirst, Track Judge John Buckingham, Field Judges Richard Szostac, John McFadzean, Adrienne Dewhirst, James Durrans, Daisy Smith and Jonathan Sykes all played a valuable part gaining maximum officiating points to add to the total.
After 37 events, Holmfirth were in 3rd place with 385.5 points behind Blackpool and Bolton. Seaton finished 4th, Spenborough were 5th and Trafford 6th. Overall Blackpool and Bolton both have 15 points and Holmfirth are currently 3rd on 13 points.
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