A world record effort from Leigh Harrier

Athletics
Athletics

Leigh Harriers now have a world record holder amongst their members.

On Sunday at the Northern Div. 2 match at Wakefield, Peter Hickey broke the men’s over 55 world 100mts and helped Leigh Harriers go two points clear at the top of the league.

The third Northern league match proved to be a very tight scoring match as Leigh battled hard all day to win by just 1 point ahead of host club Holmfirth, 377 to 376 points, proving that everyone’s performance counts for the team total. With one home match left at Leigh Sports Village Leigh are favourites to win the Division 2 League title. Peter Hickey’s world veterans’ record came in the senior men’s 100 mts clocking a time of 12.00 sec for fourth place. Peter is Leigh Harriers’ second world record holder on the team, Wendy Laing is also a veterans world record holder in the high jump clearing 1.57m in the World Indoor Championships.

The day started well for the Harriers team with Emma Bilsbury and Carla Baines winning maximum points in the ladies pole vault; John Taylor placed 2nd in the men’s ‘A’ pole vault with David Smith 1st in the B event.

The points continued to mount up in the field events – Mark Pendlebury winning the Discus and Shot events and 2nd in the Hammer competition; David Smith was 2nd in the B event, Wane Todd won the Javelin, Peter Todd won the B shot put and was 2nd in the B javelin event.

The ladies were also in good form – Vicky Monaghan and Carla Winstanley winning second places in the ladies Discus – Carla was 2nd in the shot put, Carla Baines winning the B event. Wendy Laing won the ladies High Jump 1.50m, Vicky Monaghan 2nd in the B event, Vicky was 4th in the triple jump Emma Bilsbury was also 4th in the B event.

On the track the ladies continued to pile up the points with Laura Riches winning the 800 mts, 3000 mts and 1st in the B 1500mts; Sarah Griffiths placed 2nd in the 1500mts A race. Courtney Donald won the B 800mts and was 2nd in the 400mts, Melissa Evans was 2nd in the B 400 mts and was 4th in the 200 mts. Katie Fairhurst won 4th places in both the 100 mts A race and the 200 mts B race, Alex Urmston was third in both the 400mts and 400mts hurdles, Phil Williams had a busy day running a PB 400 mts Hurdles B of 68.1 sec 5th place in the B 1500mts and 4th in the A steeple chase .

Duncan McCarrick and John Indricks won 2nd places in the A and B 110m hurdles, Kurtis Aspden was 5th in both the 100mts and 200mts. Peter Hicky 5th in the 200 mts and 4th in the 200 mts Tommy Henders ran a seasons best time in the 800 mts men’s A race of 2:02.0 woth Ryan Butler in 4th place in the B race. The 5000 mts race was an energy sapping race as the temperature rose – Ryan Butler was 5th in the A race with David Smith running A personal best time of 17:18.5 for 3rd place in the B race. Liam Moore won valuable points in the 1500 mts 5th place 4th in the Long jump and 4th in the high jump.

The last league match will be held on home turf at New Madley Park, Leigh Sports Village and should see the Harriers crowned champions.

The under 13 boy’s mile record which has stood since 1985 was broken at Barnsley’s Dorothy Hyman track by Leigh Harriers double county champion Ben McLaughlin.