Halifax Harriers held their Annual Awards Presentation night where over one hundred athletes and parents celebrated the success of junior members at the club’s Track and Field Competition held earlier in the year.
The awards were presented by Max Burgin who has gone through the ranks of the club to become one of the country’s top 800m runners. Max hold the World Record for both the 15 year old and 17 year old 800m and has run the qualifying time for next year’s Olympics.
The junior members competed in races from 60m to 3000m as well as javelin, shot put and long jump.
In the eight year old girls category, Francesca Egerton was the overall champion with twin sisters Alesha and Lily Atkinson in joint second place. The eight year old boys had joint winners Arlan Wiggins and Fionntan Bunker both on 50 points, with Thomas Sanderson just behind on 49 points.
The under 11 girls also had joint winners with Thea McNulty and Eva Engwell both on 55 points, with Jessica Sanderson in third. In the under 11 boys, Josh Cooke was the champion with Ben Slow second and Sam Keighley third.
The under 13 girls had a clear winner with Nia Harrison-Sargeant taking gold in all her four events. Jayde McGregor was second and Olivia Ackroyd third. Kai Daley was the under 13 boys champion with Freddie Bentley second and Oliver Norris third.
The under 15 girls had joint winners Amelia Brown and Heleanor MacDonald both on 70 points, with Niamh Woodhouse third. The boys under 15 champion was Ben Border, with Harley Spears second and Alex Franklin third.
Tegan Hamilton-Adams was the under 17 girls champion, with Verity Clements second and Jess McConnell third. In the under 17 boys competition, with 53 points, was Joseph Shaw. He just pipped his twin brother James for the trophy who was in joint second place with James Johnson, both on 50 points.
U11 Boys and Girls lead the Harriers Challenge at Graves Park
On a day that started with major delays on the M1 with people from all areas of the North of England arriving late, Halifax Harriers youngsters proved that delays had no effects on their performances on a sticky and undulating course. The U11 age group was the stand out highlight of the day.
In the U11 Girls Alesha Atkinson kicked off the relays running 6:05, followed by Ashleigh Dixon in 6:28 and as twins do, twin sister Lily Atkinson also ran a remarkable 6:05 to bring the team home in 14th place in the North of England.
Not to be outshone the U11 boys finished a fantastic 6th team place with Eli Cattermole running 5:26 the quickest in the team ahead of Sam Keighley 5:30 and Joseph Stone brought the team hone in 6th running 5:41.
Nia Harrison-Sargent continued her remarkable progress as an U13 as she came in 1st place on leg one in a very tight finish. Nia ran the quickest time of the day in her age group, one to watch for the future.
Standout performance in the Senior Men and Ladies races was the Men’s A team who finished 20th with new recruit Jorge Thomas running a fast 11:19 for 2 miles on leg two. Jorge took over from Will Smith leg one 11:58, Michael King continued his commitment to the relay squad running 12:49 on leg three and Harry Keighley (U20) running 13:44 on the last leg.
There were many other Harrier teams competing but too many to mention but a special thankyou to Samantha Layfield who stepped in at the final hour to complete a ladies B team. Thank you to Simon Clarke for his massive help too on the day.
Halifax Harriers Sarah Cumber had a great run at the Great South 10 mile Run. Her time of 1:01:56 was a club record for the F45 category and ranked her fourth in the UK. At the same race, husband Geoff Cumber was first M70 in a time of 1:16:12, whilst Heath Reilly ran 1:25:07.
Nearer to home at the Yorkshire 10 mile race, Halifax Harriers has four runners out on the course. First back for the club was Matthew Stott 1:12:03 (PB), followed by Sophie Kelly 1:18:53 (PB), Paul Greenslade 1:23:15 and John Moore 1:26:15.
Halifax Harriers had four runners at the Yorkshire Marathon. The first finisher for the club was Will Carver 3:17:57 (PB), whilst Angela Clarke had an excellent run to set a PB of 3:35:35. Paul Hopkinson ran 3:44:21 and Kirsty Carver 5:51:23.
At the Green Drive Five in Lytham St Annes, Susan Hall was second F70 in a club record of 48:00.