West Yorkshire Track And Field Championships

Cleckheaton hosted the West Yorkshire Track and Field Championships.

Louise Royston, the Yorkshire and Northern 400m champion, was off to a flying start with victory in the 400m 57:62, followed by 1st in the 200m 26:38 and silver in the 100m.

Lorna Gill, 1st place in the recent league position, was 1st in the 100m 12:77 and gold in the long jump.

Claire Ryan was 2nd in the 400m and 4th in the 100m.

Jessica Hirst again excelled in the throwing events with 2 gold medals in the hammer 37:56 and discuss 30.65m.

In the U/20 age group, Lucy Mills won gold in the 800m, silver in the 400m and gold in the 200m.

Senior Harry Mallinson gained 400m gold in 52:35 and double silver in the 100m and 200m.

Harry Keighley ran a PB and gold in the 400m and a tactical 1st in the 800m.

U/17 George Gillgrass won gold with a new championship record in the javelin 28.67.

Ben Combe was 1st in the 100m with a new PB.  Gillgrass ran 2nd with James Slow PB 3rd in the race.

Vale Of York Half Marathon And Other Races


Twenty members of Halifax Harriers returned once more to Sherburn in Elmet for the Vale of York half marathon.  This race has grown in size over the last five years and attracted some 2000 runners to this flat race on closed roads.  The race has only about 50m of elevation spread over the course and so is a potentially PB course.  The weather conditions on the day were ideal for the first eleven miles or so, then, when the runners were starting to tire, they were met by a stiff head wind into the finish.

Halifax Harriers, however, did have eight runners who set PB’s on the day.  They were James O’Rourke 1:29:03, Keith Lemon 1:40:38, Nigel Taylor 1:44:53, Sophie Baxter 1:46:24, David Parrington 1:52:57, Stefanie Dickinson 1:58:21, Deborah Kirkbride 1:58:27, Audra Naylor 2:17:08.

Other runners for the club were:- Michael King 1:25:16, David Ingle 1:29:31, Mark Crabtree 1:32:05 (3rd M60), Rachael Beaumont 1:38:43, Simon Lea 1:40:30, Margaret Deacon 1:52:04, Hanni Maeer 1:52:30, John Moore 1:57:32, Andrea Ackroyd 2:01:11, Susan Hall 2:15:48, Jenny St Romaine 2:17:10, Martin Haigh 2:21:21.


Five members of Halifax Harriers travelled to Newcastle for the ever popular Great North Run half marathon.  This is a race in which the majority of runners are out to raise funds for their favourite charity or just to experience running with thousands of other people.  Fast times are not easy to achieve due to crowds and time taken to cross the start line.

Halifax Harriers runners were:- Marc Rocheteau 1:44:47, Jazz Sandhu 1:49:42, Samantha Layfield 1:59:43, Paul Bunker 2:00:14, David Cooper 2:06:14.


Halifax Harriers April Caufield and Will Stewart were winners of the mixed pairs at the Yorkshire Pairs full marathon, with a winning time of 4:27:44. 

Also running the full marathon was Will Carver (28th) 4:16:15.

Four Halifax Harriers competed in the half marathon with Steve Sladdin finishing first for the club in 2:02:00.  He was followed by Hazel Berrett 2:30:54, Sarah Sladdin 2:43:42 and Sam Wright 2:51:13.

Will Wins In Record Time

The 10 mile race at Burnsall was won by Halifax Harriers member Will Smith in 54:49 which broke the club record for a M40 by four minutes.  Smith had come second in the race on a number of occasions, but this was his first outright win.

Halifax Harriers Sarah Cumber was the 1st lady yet again at her favourite race in a time of 64:31.

The race is part of the Burnsall Feast Sports held on August Bank Holiday Saturday.  The race starts from the village green in Burnsall with the first of the climbs after about half a mile.  The race then undulates on its way to Grassington, Threshfield and Linton finishing with a long downhill stretch back into Burnsall.  Mark Crabtree was the M60 winner in 70:48 and Sharon Cousen finished in 1:26:54.

Three members of Halifax Harriers ran in the Burnsall Junior fell races.  In the under 10 years, Sam Keighley ran well to finish in 4th place in 4:49.  The Johnson brothers competed in the combined under 16-18 years race.  Harry Johnson was 1st in the under 18 years in 7:40, whilst James was 6th in the under 16 years in 8:44.

Simon Johnson took on the famous ‘Classic fell race’, a short, but steep, race up to the top of the fell overlooking the village with a tricky descent through rocks, bracken and over walls back to the village green.  Johnson finished in 28th place in 19:35.  Sharon Cousen ran on tired legs after running the 10 mile race earlier in the afternoon and finished in 37:31.