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6/4/14


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about what the club can provide for you, our plans for the future and much more!

 

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NEW ENDURANCE GROUP

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The club has set up a satellite training group aimed specifically at anyone over 16 years interested in endurance running.  The group is organised within the Run England structure and sessions are held every Tuesday night between 7pm and 8pm from the Richard Dunn Sports Centre at Odsal.  The sessions are totally free with the group meeting at 6.50pm in the old bar room just through reception of the sports centre before setting off out on to the roads.  The group leader is club member Stephen Wolstenholme who is a qualified coach and athlete with many years experience.  The group is intended to appeal to all levels of ability and aspiration with a variety of suitable training sessions provided along with plenty of coaching advice.  A friendly and sociable atmosphere is fostered during the runs as well as the occasional visit to the pub to allow everyone to get to know each other a bit better! 

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For more information go to the RUN ENGLAND website, enter your postcode and mileage then search for Richard Dunn SC Runners. 

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West Yorkshire 5 is a

GREAT SUCCESS!

After a 5 year absence, the West Yorkshire 5 mile road race was brought back to life again and was heralded a great success.  Promoted jointly by Bradford Airedale AC and West Yorkshire Fire Service, the event saw over 100 competitors tackle the undulating circular course which started and finished at Fire Service HQ, Birkenshaw.  Race winner was Will Smith from Keighley & Craven AC in a solid time of 27mins 46secs followed in just 10secs behind by Bradford Airedale's up and coming star Pete Hopson.  The lead was hotly contested from the start and the first 4 finishers were home within just 30 secs.  Athletes and their families were also treated to the superb facilities available at Fire Service HQ with modern changing and showering facilities available as well as a comfortable bar.  Activities for family members and supporters were also available with medals and certificates awarded to those participating in the 'Family Distance Challenge' as well as the chance to have a go at a selection of track & field events such as the shot putt, long jump and balancing test.  High commendation goes to Ben Marchant from Saltaire Striders who kindly gave his time to run as a guide for blind competitor Louise Simpson from Southend AC.  Louise had nothing but praise for Ben's assistance which enable her to complete the course in 56mins 29secs almost 11mins in front of the final runner.  Competitors were full of praise for the event and plans are already underway to ensure the event becomes an annual feature on every runners race calendar.

FULL RESULTS

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Race winner Will Smith from 
Keighley & Craven AC
Race winner Will Smith from
Keighley & Craven AC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd place Pete Hopson from 
Bradford Airedale AC
2nd place Pete Hopson from
Bradford Airedale AC
 
 
 
 
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SPORTSHALL UK FINALS 2013

Birmingham

 

Report by Olivia Belcher 

 

 
 
 
 
Olivia Belcher in action at Birmingham
Olivia Belcher in action at Birmingham
 
 
 
 

I was lucky enough to be selected to be part of the team representing West Yorkshire in the National Sportshall Finals at the LG Arena in the Birmingham NEC on Sunday 7th April. There were 18 teams representing counties across the length and breadth of the Uk including Ireland. Each team consisted of under 13 and under 15 girls and boys. The under 13 teams consisted of 12 female athletes and 12 male athletes and altogether there were over 400 athletes competing. 

The competition began with an Olympic style opening ceremony where all the teams paraded into the area in order. Each team were given a different coloured T shirt to wear to identify them, we were wearing green. The ceremony was very colourful with loud music and flashing lights. Then the competition began.

I took part in the standing long jump, 4x2 relay and the 2 lap race. The competition was very tough. I set a personal best in the two lap race and came joint 20th overall. I also I equalled my personal best of 2.05m in the long jump which placed me 15th out of 24. Our relay team came fourth out of six in the heats but unfortunately only the top three qualified for the final. We finished eighth out of 12 overall in that event. Our team had mixed results with some individuals winning their events and we came in tenth overall in the final standings.

I tried my hardest in every event but at the end of the day it wasn’t just about the winning but also about the experience and the taking part. I was proud to be able to represent my county against the best in the country. I met and competed against a lot of very good athletes and made new friends too.

The competition finished with a closing ceremony, awards and speeches. This is the first time I have ever competed in such a prestigious event and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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WORLD CHAMPION!

  

'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. 

 

 

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Louise Royston with her 
400 metre silver medal
Louise Royston with her
400 metre silver medal
 
 
 
 

WEST YORKSHIRE DOUBLE SILVER

MEDAL WINNER!

 

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.

 

 

   

For more information about Bradford Airedale please contact:

 

Email : bradfordairedaleac@yahoo.co.uk 

Chris Hainsworth

07922109391

 

 

 

 

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