Halifax Hariers
Halifax Harriers Athletics Club - Est. 1888


Hanni claims Bronze and Sam bags PB


Report by Hanni

Hanni claims Bronze and Sam bags PB

The Summer Canal Canter is organised by Its Grim Up North Running and offers runners the choice of several distances ranging from 5k through to Ultra. As the name suggests, the route is along a stretch of canal towpath starting at Kirkstall and heading out and back towards Saltaire depending on the distance of each race.

The Halifax Harriers were represented by 2 female runners who had both opted for the half marathon distance - Sam Sugden, who was using the race to kick start her autumn marathon training and Hanni Maeer, who just fancied getting out of the house on a pleasant Sunday morning. The half marathon route took runners out to Rodley, before turning back to the start and out for a further 3.5miles to Leeds city centre and back to the start again. Hanni started strong, closely tailing the leading 3 ladies to the first turning point where she overtook a Horsforth Harrier to take the 3rd place position. At the half way point she had extended the distance to about half a mile and was hanging on to the 2nd lady who was just ahead. A strong first 10 miles did however take it out of her and she couldn't quite catch the leading 2, however she'd well and truly shaken off the other women in the field and crossed the line in 1.47 as 3rd lady by a considerable distance.

Sam also ran a fantastic race and earned a new PB of 1.55 - a great start to her marathon campaign.




Report by Michael Spence

Halifax Harriers senior men and women covered a round trip of 140 miles to complete at the Northern League match in Crewe at the Cumberland Athletic Arena. The day’s outing proved successful with a 2nd place against the other 6 teams in the League.

James Habergham led the field in a storming 5000m race to finish 1st in 16:01.  He also ran a tactical 800m to finish 1st in 2:01.

In the 1500m, Joe Crossfield returned to good form with a win in 4:14.  He was backed up by Michael Gaughan who was 1st in the ‘B’ race in 4:29.

Talented U/23 Harry Mallinson ran a good 2nd place in the ‘A’ 400m race in 51.2, backed up by Paul Willis 3rd place.  Willis also competed over the 100m and 400m hurdles, both in 2nd places.

In the women’s field section, throwers Jessica Hirst and Megan Ascough excelled.  In the hammer, they both had season best throws – Hirst ‘A’ 40.89m and Ascough ‘B’ 40.00m.  In the discus, Hirst ‘A’ 33.59m and Ascough ‘B’ 23.02m.  In the shot, Ascough 9.60 (PB) and Hirst 8.66m.

Lorna Gill was 1st in the triple jump 10.72m and 2nd in the long jump 5.16m.  On the track, Gill was 1st in the 100m in 12.7.

Yorkshire Champion, Louise Royston, recorded PB’s in both the 200m 25.7 and 400m 56.4.  Also in the 400m, U/20 Lucy Mills had a successful debut for the seniors with 1st in the ‘B’ race 60.7.  Claire Ryan V35 ran the 800m ‘A’ in 2:50 and was 1st in the 400m and 100m hurdles.  Kelly Willis ran a PB in the 200m 29.9.

Sarah Cumber V45 showed how versatile an athlete she is by her 2nd close fought 10:42 in the 3000m following her 3rd V45 at the London Marathon.

To round off a good day for Halifax Harriers, both the men’s and women’s relay teams were 1st in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m.



Report by Raymond

The Brighouse Park Run is a free to enter 5k held every Saturday morning at Wellholme Park, Brighouse.

Last Saturday Halifax Harriers had 24 members using it as one of their Club Championship races.

The first male finisher was Halifax Harriers Simon Johnson in 17:42, setting a M50 age group record.  Second male finisher was Halifax Harriers Michael King in 18:04, closely followed in third place by Halifax Harriers Harry Johnson in 18:10 (1st MJ15/17).

The first female finisher was Halifax Harriers Johanna Sutcliffe in 19:25, setting a F40 age group record.

Other first place age group finishers for Halifax Harriers were James O’Rourke 19:13 (M40), James Johnson 20:01 (MJ11/14), Rachael Beaumont 21:00 (F45), Susan Hall 29:22 (F65).



Report by Raymond


Bank Holiday Monday saw some of Great Britain’s finest athletes compete in the Vitality London 10k round the streets of London on closed roads.  The race starts in the Mall with runners going through Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square then all the way to St Paul’s Cathedral and then back along the Strand, past Downing Street to the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.  The race organisation was excellent and all the needs of the runners were well catered for.

The race was won by Mo Farah in 29:44 and the ladies winner was Steph Twell in 32:34.

Halifax Harriers had been invited to send a men’s and ladies team to the race. Conditions on the day were on the warm side.

First to finish for Halifax Harriers was 16 year old Harry Johnson in 37:36 and the first lady to finish for the club was Johanna Sutcliffe in 40:19.

Other Halifax Harriers runners were:-  Michael King 38:00, Simon Johnson 38:07, Mark Crabtree 40:42, David Ingle 40:52, Marc Rocheteau 44:11, Peter Matthews 47:05, Hanni Maeer 48:45, Wayne Stevens 48:58, Samantha Layfield 49:48.



Halifax Harriers had 4 members running in the Edinburgh Marathon.  First to finish for the club was April Caufield in a PB of 3:10:36.  Second finisher for the club, also  in a PB, was Will Stewart in 3:21:16.

The other Halifax Harriers runners were Will Carver 3:54:22 and Clare Newton 4:37:45.



The race was won by Halifax Harriers Will Smith in 41:21 with his partner Helen Glover, representing Ribble Valley, first lady in 48:43. 

Also running for Halifax Harriers was Peter Clegg who was 14th in 47:47.

Max strikes again with new record


Teenager clocks stunning 1:47.50 at Manchester’s Sportcity,

Max Burgin lit up the first BMC Grand Prix of the season with a stunning 1:47.50 800m win.

Racing at Manchester’s Sportcity, the 15-year-old from Halifax Harriers was content to sit in the pack before edging out Spencer Thomas (1:47.76) in the home straight. His time was a British under-17 record and a world age best mark for the distance.

The previous UK under-17 record had been 1:48.24 set by Sean Molloy in 2012, while Burgin’s best ahead of the race had been his 1:49.42 from last summer.

Small team big performances


Report by Paul Sutcliffe

Halifax Harriers sent a small team to the first match of the season in Division 4W of the Northern Athletics league due to work and other commitments and even one athlete stuck in heavy traffic and unable to make the meeting, next time Lucy. Altogether we had 4 women and 3 men who all performed very well to gain good points.


In the sprints Harry Mallinson came 3rd in 100m A race and 1st in 400m A race. Harry Keighley finished 5th in the 200m A race, 2nd in the 400m B race and 2nd in the 800m A race, Harry posted these results with excellent times in amongst studying for his exams so a great debut when he has higher priorities.

In the field Mark Gaughan and Paul Sutcliffe threw all shapes and sizes to keep the total ticking along. Mark also out sprinted his rival to take maximum points in the 3000m steeple chase. Unfortunately due to there only being 3 fit men we could not put any relay teams out.


In the sprints Lorna Gill won the 100m and Louise Royston won the 200m and 400m A races in quick times assisted by Kelly Willis with a great 3rd place in a strong 200m B race. Hannah Roby also kept up the winning mentality with victory in the 800m.

In the field Lorna continued her brilliant contribution winning the long and triple jump. Louise, Kelly and Hannah also kept the points score moving by filling places in the javelin and shot putt.

The women really shined in the relays taking both, to win both relays with the same team shows how well they performed on the day.

Overall Halifax finished a creditable 5th out of 7 teams and we fully expect that once we can get more teams out we should be able to move up the table and challenge for promotion.

Macclesfield                                273 points

Horwich and Chorley                   263 points

Altrincham                                   261.5 points

Crewe and Nantwich                   239 points

Halifax                                          216 points

Oldham and Royton                     196 points

Wrexham                                     195 points



Report by Raymond

The North Lincolnshire half marathon was run in baking hot conditions.  The organisers did a fine job by providing extra water stations and excellent first aid around the course.

The race started a short walk from race headquarters at Quibell Park Stadium, Scunthorpe.  The runners covered the half marathon on flat country roads and, under normal conditions, this is a PB course, but, on the day, it was just a question of getting round as safely as possible to finish on the running track.

One of the few runners from Halifax Harriers who did set a PB was Michael King, who was first back for the club in 1:26:01.  Other PB’s were set by Will Carver 1:33:51, David Parrington 2:00:34 and Kirsty Carver 2:28:25.

However, it was the Halifax Harriers ladies who brought home the prizes.  The ladies team of April Caufield, Rachael Beaumont, Hazel Berrett and Hanni Maeer were third team.  Hazel Berrett was 1st F55, Rachael Beaumont 2nd F45 and Susan Hall 3rd F65.

Other Halifax Harriers runners times were:- James O’Rourke 1:29:46, Niall Smith 1:32:15, April Caufield 1:34:14, Will Stewart 1:34:40, John Whitlow 1:36:17, Rachael Beaumont 1:38:29, Paul Hopkinson 1:44:59, Nigel Rigg 1:46:25, Keith Lemon 1:47:47, Hazel Berrett 1:48:07, Daniel Ryan 1:52:45, Hanni Maeer 1:53:41, Sophie Baxter 1:57:01, John Moore 1:59:05, Jane Hobson 2:08:06, Susan Hall 2:18:57.

British Miler Club - A Good Start To The Season


Report by Brian

Results from British Miler Club races Leeds, Max Burgin running in the 800m 'A' race finished first in a time of 1.50.4  mins. Which puts him fastest  U/17 and U/20 leader in UK.  James Habergham finish 4th in a time of 1.54.41 mins. Isabel Castellow ran 800 in the 'E' race and recorded a time of 2.18 mins. A good start ahead for the track and field season

Great turnout at BRADFORD 10K


Report by Raymond

The Bradford 10k which was postponed in March due to heavy snow finally took place last weekend.  The weather was kind to the 2,500 entrants with light winds and partial sun.

The race starts and finishes in Centenary Square, Bradford.  The course is mainly flat apart from a small hill just before the 4km point and a small incline as the route reaches the 5k point on the approach to Shipley.

With such good conditions many PB’s were set by Halifax Harriers runners.  Michael Gaughan was first back for the club in 7th position in a PB of 34:44.  Four other men broke the 40 minute barrier with Michael King continuing to rapidly improve.  His time of 37:24 was also a PB.  Third back for Halifax Harriers was Matt Kay 38:41, with new recruit Tom Paget running 39:36, just pipping James O’Rourke 39:39.

Once again, Halifax Harriers ladies were led home by April Caufield, who was 3rd lady in a time of 39:28.  Rachael Beaumont had another good run in 42:55, just missing a new PB.  Hazel Berrett was 2nd F50 lady in 45:50.

Other runners for the club were -  Will Carver 41:02, Will Stewart 42:34, David Nutton 43:15, Mark Gaughan 43:25, Robert Hick 44:50, Nigel Rigg 45:49, Keith Lemon 45:49, Daniel Ryan 46:16, Nigel Taylor 46:40, Angela Clarke 47:02, Sally Shacklock 47:34, Nigel Corns 48:07, Paul Bunker 48:18, Chris Greenwood 48:21, Margaret Deacon 48:38, Kezia Mulhall 48:44, John Moore 49:21, David Parrington 50:20, Sophie Baxter 50:26, Samantha Layfield 51:07, Jenny St Romaine 56:03, Kirsty Carver 58:32, Susan Hall 59:50, Monica Gallagher 1:00:02, Audra Naylor 1:02:08, Penny Saville 1:03:47.



Report by Raymond

Whilst runners in the London Marathon had to contend with record high temperatures, those at the Blackpool Marathon had cool, wet and windy conditions.

Halifax Harriers had thirteen runners in London, with many finding the going tough with results well down on their predicted times.  Sarah Cumber however performed well, finishing as 3rd F45 and 50th lady in the race in a time of 3:02:27.

Other runners for the club were;- Andy Wiggins 3:22:03, Peter Clegg 3:22:59, Mark Crabtree 3:25:54, David Ingle 4:05:32, Jonny Lister 4:21:36, Andrea Ackroyd 4:25:40, Jim Goldsmith 4:27:27, Jaswinder Sandhu 4:32:10, Jude Baines 5:21:15, David Cooper 5:21:15, Sue Radcliffe 5:28:00, Deborah Kirkbride 5:31:05, Kimberley Shedden 5:33:10.

The Blackpool Festival of Running started on Saturday in sunny and still conditions for the 10k race in which April Caufield was 2nd lady in 41:27 with Will Stewart just behind in 42:25. 

On Sunday the weather changed to rain and wind for the half and full marathon.  In the half marathon, April this time was 3rd lady in 1:31:25, with Will this time finishing just in front of her in 1:29:42.

Halifax Harriers had three runners in the full marathon which was two laps of the half marathon course.  Steve Sladdin was just outside his PB with a time of 3:14:10 while Sarah Sladdin ran 4:07:09.  David Parrington had an excellent run to improve his best time for the marathon by almost one hour with a time of 4:28:49.

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