Monthly Archives: March 2013
Salford 10 Road Race
Some cracking performances from the Harriers on Good Friday at the Salford 10k. The Vets Team of Andy Buttery 20th overall in 33:17); Mark Almond (47th – 35:11) and the evergreen John Chaplin (75th 36:36) took the Mens Team 1st prize which was an excellent result. John also won the V55 Individual prize with another great run. Mark knocked 49 secs off his PB to show that he is in good form for the upcoming London Marathon, as is Andy who was not far away from ducking under 33 mins.
Another cracking performance from Christopher Davies who finished 95th in 37:39, knocking a whopping 2mins 48 secs off his previous PB. Watch this space!! Steven Foley in a big improvement on his season’s best to-date ran a fine race (102nd 37:46), which saw him get back into PB territory and just reward for a lot of hard work. Shelley Tattersall came 219th in a time of 42:44 and another athlete who is approaching her PB territory. Last but by no means least was Vet 60 Graham Pomfret who finished 265th in 44:39. Graham who ran 3:17.59 as a Vet 55 (only a few months short of being 60yrs of age) and who misssed the whole of 2012 as a result of injury is clearly back. Tough as boots, we call him at the Club.
Gary Priestley (2nd Claim for Blackburn Harriers – Track) was another who had a fine run finishing 7th overall in a time of 31:22, just seconds away from his PB. Matt Lalor, also 2nd Claim for Blackburn Harriers (Track) came home in 19th in 33:15, just two seconds in front of Andy.
Full Results here:
Caldervale 10 Mile Road Race
Three intrepid Harriers turned up for this one, a race described as tough with a deceptively quick first two miles, just before the hills kicked in. First home in 8th place overall (61:32) was Chris Barnes. Richard & Jackie Taylor also made the trip with Richard in 84th (1:18.50) and Jackie in her first Race for a long time in 126th (1:25.58).
Full Results here:
Ben Fish is in great form at the moment. Top class runs recently with a 2nd place (23:58) at the Alsager 5; 2nd at at the Trafford 10k (29:59) and winning the Finchley 20 mile Road Race (1:44.07), was followed up with another PB of 65.27 to finish in 3rd place at the Wilmslow Half-Marathon in a thrilling finish – just 3 seconds behind Patrick Martin of Stockport (2nd in 65:24) – on the 24th March. It could hardly be said that any of these Races enjoyed the best of conditions which means that Ben is in the kind of shape and form to post more top class times this year in his quest to achieve the Commonwealth Marathon qualifying time for GB in 2014.
Sarah Ridehalgh who is in her first year of competing for Blackburn Harriers on the Track as a 2nd Claim member also ran at Wilmslow, finishing in 125th place out of 2000 runners and 5th V35 (83:44). Sarah’s PB for the Half-Marathon might well be challenged this year.
Samantha – 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Modern Pentathlon – is back in action in her first competition since August 2012. Heavily involved in studying for her Degree Finals in April, Sam is having to balance her time between the books and training.
Sam will be competing in 3 of the 5 World Cup Series for 2013 (it’s the best three scores out of the 5 rounds that count). She missed the first round in Palm Springs and competed in the second round of the 2013 World Cup Series held in Rio – 20th March – finishing, despite not having enough training in, in 5th place and first British athlete from the GB Team. Going into the Combined element of the competition, Sam was in 1st place, but an admitted shortage of training in that area didn’t help her. She next competes in Budapest in the 4th Round of the World Cup and then Russia for the Final.
A really good start to the season for the British National Record holder and 2012 Olympic Finalist. Sophie’s first competition this year was at Loughborough – March 2nd – where she took part in the British Athletics Hammer Circle Winter Throws Trials, winning with a fine throw of 70:34m and putting her at the top of the European U23 Women’s rankings.
Next up for Sophie was the European Cup Winter Throws in Castellon, Spain where she led a team along with Alex Smith of seven Throwers which consisted of 4 Hammer Throwers, 2 Shot Putters and 1 Javelin Thrower. In the Group A Final, which turned out to be rather flat in terms of everyone’s performances, only three Women threw just over 70 metres and Sophie finished in 10th place with a throw of 66.69m.
A number of Harriers competed in the Indoor competition at Sportscity on 17th March. Hurdlers, Connor Makin (U20); Ben Aspinall (U17) and Morgan Angland (U15) all coached by Bob Groves, contested the 60m Hurdles. Connor won his Race and got a new PB with an excellent 9.34secs. Ben followed him in the next heat placing second in a time of 9:75secs, just 0.01 off his PB. Morgan also placed 2nd and ran a new PB of 9:99secs.
Ben then tackled the Triple Jump, an event which he is growing increasingly good at, coming 2nd overall and jumping out to 11:96metres – a new PB. Connor tackled the 300m and scored his second win of the day running a fine 38:37secs, just 0.01 off his PB.
In the longer races – 600m – Harry Paige (U20) who is looking forward to this years outdoor Track Season, placed 4th in a time of 1:33.33.
In the 60m Sprints, Senior Jamie Vickery (Coached by Mick Hitchon) won his race in a fine 7.38secs, just 0.14 off his PB and a season’s best. Next up in the 60m was U20 Paul Coffey (Coached by Mick Hitchon) who placed 4th in 7:83 and a season’s best – Paul then went and improved his time and season’s best to 7:75secs in his 2nd 60m race of the day and just 0.04 off his PB.
Cameron Massey (U15) with best performances in all his events, was another young athlete with a PB on the day placing 3rd in his 60m race in a time of 8:18secs. He then went on to win his 300m race in a time of 43:38 and again a new PB and backed that up with another PB in the Shot Putt (4k) by finishing 2nd with a PB of 7:25m.
Three of the Harriers men went to the Ultrafit 10 mile Road race at St. Annes last week end with some good performances. Mark Almond who is training for his first Marathon and will compete in London led the way home in 15th place with a time of 59:43; next was Chris Davies who continues to improve at a rate of knots and he cam home in 27th place in a time of 62:13 in his first ever 10 mile road Race. Stalwart member of the Club, Paul Wilkinson finished in 110th place in a time of 76:06.
English School Cross Country Championships
Think everyone has had enough of the mud, wind and rain this year and the English Schools Championships seemed to round the season off with more of the same!! Nevertheless a number of the Harriers were competing and did really well given the conditions and the standard of ability within the fields. Grace Handley came home in 27th place in the Junior Girls Race (11:40); Liz Greenwood was 40th (11:55) and Jack Hindle came in in 171st place (22:07) in the Inter Boys Race.
Missed but not forgotten!!
Missed out on our last round up of Results were runs for Sarah Ridehalgh who competes as 2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track. Sarah ran the Trafford 10k finishing 183rd in 38:18 and was 3rd V35 overall. Gary Pearse tackled the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Race on 9th March and had a fine race finishing 24th (79:50) out of a field of 199 runners.
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