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BRADFORD 1OK RECORD!!!
The club's latest recruit, 19 year old Tesfaye Debele, won the Bradford 10k race beating the previous course record by 24secs. Tesfaye led from the start and had opened a gap of almost 100m from the rest of the field within the first half-mile. Tesfaye was pleased with his run and felt he could have beaten the course record by even more if it hadn't been for the very strong head wind back along Canal Road in to Bradford. Other Bradford Airedalers were thin on the ground due to injuries and other commitments but there was an excellent performance from Christy Holland who blasted her previous best time for the course by 4minutes finishing in 53mins 56secs!!! Christy said after the race that her training had been going really well and that the track sessions at Horsfall Stadium had given her so much more speed than just running on the roads all the time. There was a welcome return for Robert Harrison finishing 7th in the over 60's age group with a time of 48mins 16secs. Robert who has been with the club for over 40 years was one of the top runners in the country back in the 70's and has had a few years out of athletics due to other commitments. Robert said he found the race tough but that he was pleased to be back running in the Bradford Airedale colours again.
TOP INTERNATIONAL COACH
JOINS CLUB !
Once again the club’s reputation for providing a friendly and progressive environment has drawn more local talent in to its membership. Former BAAB Senior International Coach Allen Whitworth has joined the club coaching team and plans to initially take on supporting our endurance group. Wakefield based Allen says, “ I have been away from athletics for a number of years due to illness and work commitments but having retired recently I wanted to get back involved. Having looked around at what athletic club’s in the county were doing I felt that Bradford Airedale seemed to have so much to offer”. The club’s Ethiopian star distance runner, Tesfaye Debele will be the one of the first to join Allen’s new squad along with a number of aspiring hopefuls from this year’s Bradford 10K. As well as endurance, Allen has coached sprints, hurdles, shot, discus and javelin. Between 1972 and 1984 he had a squad of 42 athletes at various clubs and 7 of these athletes competed for England and Great Britain. During this period he also either coached or advised 54 athletes who won county, regional or national titles. Through his work as a National Coach he was instrumental in setting up the National Athletics Academy which provides support, coaching expertise and sponsorship to aspiring talented athletes.
During the early 70’s Allen was also a talented athlete in his own right setting personal bests of 10.9secs for 100m; 22.8secs for 200m; 49.3secs for 400m; 1min 53.5secs for 800m and 3mins 55.8secs for the 1500m.
As an athlete Allen was self-coached and has always felt since that if he had been given the opportunity to receive guidance from a proper coach then he could have performed even better. This is why he has been so passionate about coaching. He wants to ensure that other people are given the opportunities which he never had.
With his positive attitude and incredible coaching experience he is certain that if any athletes have talent then it won’t take him too long to help this talent blossom..
'Old Man Wolstenholme' finished his 2012 track season with another gold medal win. The retired firefighter was competing at the World Firefighter Games in Sydney and won the over 50's 800 metres beating athletes from Hong Kong, Ireland and Australia.
Wolstenholme settled in to second place behind Kam Chung the Hong Kong athlete at the 100m break. Tracking Chung throughout the first lap Wolstenholme made a decisive move with 250 metres to go finishing comfortably in 2mins 28 secs leaving Chung to finish 13 seconds later. Liam Dunne from Ireland was awarded the bronze with Ozzy home boy Glen Richards finishing 4th.
WEST YORKSHIRE DOUBLE SILVER
Louise Royston finished her first summer with Bradford Airedale by winning two medals at the West Yorkshire Track & Field Championships. Twenty year old Louise, formerly of Halifax Harriers, set personal bests this year at the 200m and 400m since joining Bradford Airedale and it was in these events where she won medals at the West Yorkshire Championships. Running 60.72secs gained her 2nd place in the senior ladies 400m and she followed this with another silver medal performance of 27.51 secs in the 200m.
DOING OUR BIT!
On Sunday 25th March 2012, a huge group of our athletes and their families participated in an amazing fundraising event - Sport Relief! In the lovely sunshine and atmosphere we got to meet the famous: Mickey and Minnie Mouse (“WOW”), the mayoress of Bradford as well as the rodeo bull (which our 'more stronger and braver' athletes decided to greet). However, overall the running with our friends and families to raise money for Sport Relief had to be the best part of it. Especially, the race between the parents! An incredible, entertaining day just got better once we realised how much we had raised - over £300. “YEAH”!
Report and photos submitted by Preeya Kaur.
Some of the juniors at the Sports Relief day. 14yr old Preeya is backrow, 3rd from the left.
Parents and kids with a couple of celebratories they met at the Sports Relief day.
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