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Club awards night Print
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Monday, 12 May 2014

Thanks to everyone involved in organising and joining in with the club awards night in Frodsham on Friday.  

Everyone who had participated in a competitive event for the club in the year was recognised, as well as specific awards for achievements throughout the club.

The following athletes received specific awards on the night:

Athletes of the year

U11 Girls - Mia Morton

U11 Boys - Jaden Allen

U13 Boys - Jacob Birtles

U13 Girls - Liz Wright

U15 Boys - Chris Larkin

U15 Girls - Jenny Pyatt

Other individual awards:

Girls Cross Country - Isla Bellamy

Boys Cross Country - Jacob Birtles

Sportshall Award - Jacob Birtles

George Bunner Trophy - Jenny Pyatt

 

 
Cheshire T&F League Match 1 - Sunday 11th May Print
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Wednesday, 07 May 2014

The first Cheshire T&F League match takes place this Sunday at Deeside (postcode CH5 4BR for satnavs!).

This league is the one in which ALL club members can (and should!) turn out, from U11s to Seniors.  Taking on clubs from across the County (and elsewhere!), they are a great introduction to T&F meetings with a good programme of events.

Full details of which events are part of this Sunday's meeting are available on the Cheshire AA website here (see the Round 1 details - for most age groups the events are shuffled around each match to ensure all specialisms are catered for).

Team managers ask that all athletes are at the track for 11am so that entries can be organised and athletes warmed up and ready for the start at 12 noon.  There is a track fee of £2.50 payable for each participating athlete, and most age groups can enter 3 events, plus a relay (if a team can be arranged on the day).  

All club members should be aiming to take part in the Cheshire League throughout the year, so why not start this weekend!!  See you there!

 

 

 
Weekend roundup Print
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Monday, 28 April 2014

It was a busy weekend for Harriers, competing in open meetings, taking park in parkrun, and competing in the Upper Age Group of the UK Youth Development League.

At Bolton, Jenny Pyatt, Emma Scott and Ben Sutcliffe represented the club in the Youth Development League. Ben posted club records in the 100m hurdles (14.7s) and triple jump (12.02m) as well as winning the 400m hurdles. Emma posted a club record in the U20 200m (29.7s) as well as taking second place in the long jump. And Jenny dominated the throws, winning each event with club records in the discus (35.49m) and shot put (10.74m), also throwing 30.92m in the javelin.

In Birmingham at the Alexandra Stadium open meeting hosted by Birchfiled Harriers, U11 Meg Corker took gold in the 75m with Chloe Lea in bronze. Meg also came 4th in the 150m whilst Chloe also got a PB in the long jump. In the U13G 800m Maddy Lea knocked four seconds off her PB with a time of 2m41.35s. U15G Liz Wright won her 800m race by over 100m but just missed out on a medal in the time trial format. Kemlyn Shard ran well in the 100m and 200m. A great day was had by all athletes and spectators.

And finally Nick Massey encouraged a good turnout of Harriers at the Delamere parkrun 5k event, with Richard McGeachie the third across the line in 19m05s, Chris Larkin 7th in 19m32s, Nick in 15th (20m36s), Abby Watling 47th (23m51 - a PB!), Natasha Treharne 90th (26m07s) and Isla Bellamy 91s (26m10s).

 

 
Guide to the Track & Field season Print
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Each year we update this "guide to the T&F season" to make the competitive season a little more understandable to new athletes and parents joining the club - hopefully it will be of some use this year too!!

The new Track & Field season is already underway, with Open meetings, YDL meetings and Cheshire T&F meetings showing in the calendar for the coming weeks and months.

Athletics is both an individual and team sport, and this is reflected in the fixtures throughout the year. There are some fixtures that Team Managers would like all athletes to turn out for, some that rely on selection as there are only a few places available, and others which athletes are encouraged to take part under their own initiative.

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Seeking a new treasurer Print
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

A vacancy has arisen on the Committee for the role as club treasurer.

If anyone would like further information about this role, or wishes to put themselves forward for consideration, please contact Bill Smith or any other Committee member for more information.

 
Weekend roundup Print
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Monday, 03 March 2014

A couple of quick highlights worth mentioning from this weekend.

Up in Delamere Forest, it was the 1st anniversary of the weekly 5k parkrun events, which are free to enter and open to all ages.  Chris Larkin placed 4th in the run overall, taking over a minute of his PB in the process, to clock 18m41s.  Aidan Larkin also covered the whole course, also bagging a PB in a slightly slower 36m15s!  Natasha Treharne and Isla Bellamy got stuck into the spirit of things with some fancy dress running too on a lovely morning around the lake, finishing in 29m51s and 30m02s respectively.

Indoors at Sportscity at the City of Manchester Open Meeting, Liz Wright continued her fine indoor season with another new PB - 1m44.85s, which places her 6th on the Powerof10 rankings for the year so far, and also takes over 2 seconds off her club record time set earlier this year!

 
Cheshire County Cross Country Championships 2014 Print
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Monday, 06 January 2014

In typically wet and muddy conditions at Birchwood on Saturday, four club athletes took part in the Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships this weekend, and all can be justifiably proud of their efforts.

The event got off to a great start with the U13s mixed race, with Jacob Birtles and Isla Bellamy pulling on the black and orange for the club over two shorter laps of the muddy and treacherous course.

Things didn't go so well for Isla just after the start as she lost one of her spiked shoes after only about 1/4 of the race.  Showing her typical grit and determination, she unbelievably ran the rest of the race with just one shoe on, and finished in a strong 26th place overall.

In a thrilling boys race, Jacob was running in second place for most of the first lap, then was gradually overtaken into 3rd place, with a gathering pack behind him.  He held on strongly, and very nearly re-took the silver medal at the finish to take the bronze medal overall, and book a place in the Cheshire team for the InterCounties event at Birmingham later in the year.

In the U15 boys race, over two long laps of the energy sapping course, Chris Larkin represented the club and put in a determined run.  Complaining of a shoe which had come off at the heel early in the first lap, he managed to keep his spikes on until 100m from the finish where one finally succumbed to the sticky mud, picking up 10th place in the event and placed on the reserves list for the Cheshire team.

Literally picking up the vest (and borrowed spikes) from Chris was Matt Larkin, taking part in his first (and he says, possibly last!) Cross Country race in the V40 category in the seniors race which was completed over 1 short lap plus 4 long laps of the course - which meant 5 times through the bogs of "the bunkers".  Matt finished in 90th place in the seniors race and 18th in the V40 category.

Well done to Isla, Jacbo, Chris and Matt!  And thanks of course to Nick Massey for the time and effort he puts in coaching the cross country squad for the club!!

 
Sportshall - Round 2 Print
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Monday, 18 November 2013

The Sportshall results for Round 2 yesterday at Kingsway are out on the Sportshall website - http://www.sportshall.org/resultsfixtures/results/county-league-results/county-league-results-2013?menu-item=menu-item-2989

Well done to everyone who took part, scorers and non-scorers alike!

Overall, the highlights of the results came in the U13 categories, with the Boys squad of Jacob, Luke, Luke, Tom, Jake and Adam earning the top spot, scoring 161 points to pip Wirral into second place.  In the U13 girls, Lizzie, Charlotte, Emilia, Natasha, Maddy, Skye, Rachel, Elouise, Grace, Hannah, Rebecca, Alex, Jess, Millie and May combined well to tie for 2nd place with St Helens Sutton behind the team from Wirral.

Both of the U11 teams placed 5th in their competitions in very close run competitions and everyone in the squads was putting their hearts and souls into the competition.  Just a few more points would have seen either squad up in 3rd or 2nd place overall, so this competition looks well poised this year!

It's exaggerating a little to say that there were two U15 teams, as there were only two U15 athletes representing the club this weekend, Chris for the boys and Jenny for the girls.  However, both put in maximum effort and scored highly in every one of their events, dropping just 7 points between them out of a possible 128.  The teams finished in 3rd place overall in both the boys and girls categories - just imagine how well they would have done if some of their teammates had turned out too!! 

The final league matches are on Sunday 8th of December, and this will decide which squads progress to the NW League Finals which take place later in January.  And for individual athletes, outstanding performances can also result in selection for the County squads, so there's still a lot to train for!!

 

 
Some end of season stats Print
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Friday, 15 November 2013

Now that the indoor and cross country seasons are in full swing, it's time to reflect on some of the great performances from throughout the year in T&F from Harriers.  

9 performances by our athletes have seen them ranked in the top 100 from throughout the UK this year.

Topping the list, and claiming 3 of those performances is Jenny Pyatt - her throw of 35m65 at Wrexham in September sees her ranked 4th in the UK in her age group, with a throw that also ranks 84th in the "all time" list.  Add to that ranking 45th in the javelin, 82nd in the shot put (and a near miss with 105th in the hammer throw) Jenny has been rewriting the club record book for throws, as well as cleaning up in terms of medals at the Cheshire County athletics championships.

Also ranked in the top 5 in the country is Jacob Birtles, with a time of 2m17.1s for the 800m, also setting club records in the 1500m (46th in the country) and as part of the 4x100m squad.

Lizzie Wright ends the year ranked 56th in the 150m, and 84th in the 800ms, whilst Emily Ross placed 98th in the UK in javelin.  Rounding out the top 100 performances is Ben Sutcliffe who places 65th in the 400m hurdles.

Of course, no performance put in by any club athlete putting their heart and soul into their event should be overlooked, whether or not it ranks in the top 100 in the country - but there's no harm in celebrating these great performances either!!

 

 
Indoors and outdoors - Harriers in action! Print
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Whilst the summer months tend to focus soley on track & field events, the winter months provide a more varied range of events for athletes to participate in, and this was highlighted this weekend.  For photos and other stuff, head over to our facebook feed!

Keeping warm

Taking part in the Dash Indoor Quadrathlon, Elle, Emilia and Liz were at SportCity in Manchester this weekend.  Taking part in the U13 (Elle and Emilia) and U15 girls competitions, they each sprinted, jumped, threw and ran in their competitions to a high standard.  Elle finished 5th overall in the U13G competition, beaten to a podium spot by just 17 points and by athletes from Bromsgrove, Newbury, Kendal and Staffordshire.  Emilia also put in strong performances to take the 16th place in the competition.  Liz also took on competitors from far and wide, highlighting the quality of these events, and placed 13th overall.

Quadrathlon results are available here.

Taking on the mud

Just a few miles away from the warmth and comfort of SportCity, Eleanor, Abby, Isla and Chris were getting up to their necks in mud at the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League in Woodbank Park, Stockport.

Renowned for always delivering a tough course, this year the course was sodden and lived up to its tough reputation.

In her first MACCL event, Abby placed a strong 31st in the 73 strong field of U13 girls, with Isla placing 52nd and Eleanor 63rd overall.  Combining as a 3-man team, the girls placed 13th overall.

Chris ran in his 18th consecutive MACCL race in the U15 boys category and finished strongly in 15th place.

Full results are available here.

Elsewhere?

We're always interested in what Harriers are doing either independently or through school competitions, so if there's something you want to share about your activities, catch us on facebook or contact us through the website.

 
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