HOLMFIRTH Harriers again relied on the adaptability of their athletes as they travelled to Hull for the second Northern Track and Field League match of the season.
There were some key athletes missing from the Holmfirth team that travelled to the Costello Stadium for the Division I fixture and they had to use willing volunteers recruited to fill events that were not their specialities to try and secure team points.
The track competition opened with the 400m hurdles with Lauren Storr and Aideen Farrell setting a cracking pace to finish a splendid fourth in the A event in 1 minute 15.2 seconds and second in the B race in 1.17.0, respectively.
Storr was again in action in the 100m hurdles and finished second A equalling her personal best with a time of 15.6.
Teammate Emma Szostak gave a fine performance to win the B event in 19.3.
Peter Franklin and Jake Richardson maintained their rivalry in the 400m hurdles with Franklin setting a new PB of 68.6 in the A race, while Richardson recorded 73.7 in the B race.
It was Richardson and James Little, both endurance specialists, who ran the 110m hurdles finishing a respectable fourth in their respective races.
The clubs distance athletes were in sparkling form and Claire Leaver and Margaret Sykes had strong runs to win the A and B 3000m.
Leaver then gritted her teeth in the A 1500m recording a time of 5.13.8, and she was supported by Katie Franklin in the B race who had travelled up from Birmingham University to take part – her time was 5.17.9.
Ruby Sykes stepped up for the A 800m to clock 2.32.5 and was ably supported by Cara Penfield’s second place in 2.32.8 in the B race.
Dave Watson and Dave Turnbull both won their races in the 5000m to gain maximum points for the club.
Richard Smith ran well in the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase to finish third in 10.31.1, while Richardson gave valuable support with his fifth place in the B race.
Top junior Max Kaye was up against stiff competition in the A 800m where he had a tremendous battle with Hull’s Kris Lecher and Blackburn’s Dominic Walton, being edged into fourth place with a season’s best time of 1.58.9.
The rapidly improving James Little had an excellent run to finish second B, setting a new PB of 2mins 01.8secs.
Kaye’s best result, however, was in the A 1500m, this time supported by Richard Smith in the B. Both had cracking races to finish second with times of 4.06.7 and 4.21.2, respectively.
In the women’s sprint events Storr recorded 13.4 in the ‘A’ 100m, while Harriet Roberts had a busy day picking up valuable team points in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
Roberts was ably supported by teammates Emma Szostac in the 200m and Cara Penfold in the 400m, who set a PB with her 69.2 effort.
In the men’s events Junior George ran 11.3 in the A 100m, while Will Lander dipped under 12 seconds for the first time with his 11.9 run.
Junior’s 51.6 in the A 400m was a seasons best as was Jacob Henton’s 54.1 in the B race. Russell Bamforth had to step up to the A event in the 200m recording 27.9secs.
In the women’s field events Szostak finished sixth A in the long jump with 4.01 metres and Farrell fifth B in the triple jump the positions were reversed with Farrell finishing ahead of Emma with jumps of 9.04 and 8.85, respectively.
Farrell was again in action in the high jump, supported by another non-specialist Katie Franklin, both scoring valuable points for the team with their efforts.
Jacob Henton narrowly missed out on third with his 11.10 effort in the triple jump.
He was joined by Little who secured third B with a jump of 10.00.
Non-specialists Will Lander and Bamforth took part in the long jump, while Franklin set a new PB with his 1.50 leap in the high jump.