Monthly Archives: March 2013
Ben followed up his 29:58 10k run at Trafford recently by lining up at the Finchley 20 mile Road Race on the 17th March. He won the Race in 2011 and added to his growing reputation by winning it again this year, beating Phil Wicks in a fast finish by just 4 seconds in a time of 1:44.09, nearly three and half minutes faster than he won the Race in 2011. Ben’s target is to get the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and he looks on course with runs like this.
For those who haven’t seen Holly Bleasdales BBC Interview following her fabulous Gold Medal at the European Indoor Championships just click on this link and you will be able to get it.
The week after winning the Gold Medal, Holly went to the Vault Festival at Sports City and won that as well with a Vault of 4:61m to continue an amazing season so far.
At the weekend, long time Blackburn Harrier, Mike Hazelwood who now lives in Sweden visited our shores to compete in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships at Lee Valley. Mike is a Vet 65 and competed in 5 competitions Shot Putt; Weight; Discus, Hammer and Javelin and these were Mike’s Results:
Shot Putt Silver Medal 10:56m
Weight Silver Medal 13.81m
Discus Silver Medal 34.27m
Hammer Bronze Medal 35.79m
Javelin Bronze Medal 30:27m
Congratulations to Mike who is 67yrs of age and still showing that athletics and competitive athletics is something that can be taken right through life – it doesn’t just belong to the young!!
Some fine performances this weekend in the Trafford 10k (March 10th) which had 743 finishers. Ben Fish led home the Harriers in 2nd place overall in a time of 29:58 which was an excellent time given the very windy conditions. Karl Billington ran really well for a new PB of 30:32, as did Peter Matthews who also ran a PB in 32:06. With Ben 2nd in the Race, Karl 7th and Peter 26th, the Harriers won the Team prize as well. There were other really good runs too. Andy Buttery, training for the London Marathon, finished 53rd overall in a time of 33:28; Shaun Livesey 76th in 34:18; and Steven Foley 188th in 38:30.
At the RODDLESWORTH ROLLER (March 10th), John Sutton had a fine run finishing 4th overall out of 173 runners in a time of 36:10min with the ever improving Christopher Davies just two positions behind in 6th place overall in 37.46min. A good run by Joseph Howe saw him come in 18th place in 39:44min and backed by John Cookson 38th (42:47); Paul Wilkinson 57th (44:40) and Michael Nolan 64th (45:28).
In the DAFFODIL DODDLE – 192 runners – run at the same venue before the main Race, there were a lot of Harriers youngsters out competing. Pride of place goes to 16yr old Harry Paige who won the Race by 18sec in a time of 10:13min and also won his age category. He was followed in by Byron Abbott 3rd overall and winner of his age category M14; new member Joe Monk in 5th place and winner of his age category M15; Thomas Harbour in 7th place and winner of the age 13 male category; Jack Wilkinson in 11th place and also winner of his age category M12 along with Natalya Irvine in 12th place who also won her age category F12. Six runners in the top 12 places and all winners of their respective age categories. And the Harriers didn’t stop there. Eleesha Charnley finished 55th in the Race and won the F9 age category and with a huge smile on her face as always.
But this was by no means the end of it for the Harriers. Hannah Cookson finished in 24th place; Kelsey Rutherford in 26th; Phobe Howe in 29th; Rhys Charnley 34th; Charlotte Taylor 56th; Rose Abbott 68th; Oliver Wilkinson 93rd; Kate Cookson 138th as a 6yr old and Skye Summer 155th.
16 young runners competed in the race in not the best of conditions and they did themselves and the Club proud.
INTER-COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT COFTON PARK (March 9th)
Not been a good year at all with regards to the weather and state of the Courses and the Inter-Counties were no exception with deep mud in places.
A number of Blackburn Harriers were selected for Lancashire. In the U15 Girls we had Liz Greenwood (109th); Grace Handley (18th) and Deni Impett (119th); U17W Katie Buckingham (172nd); U20W Jacinta Davison (126th); Senior Women Becky Taylor (225th) and Helen Leigh (175th); U15B Byron Abbott (192nd); U20M Rob Warner (67th) with three 2nd Claim Members for Blackburn Harriers – Gary Priestley (44th), Tom Cornthwaite (75th) and Josh Tighe (131st) all selected for the Senior Mens Team.
Full Results can be seen via this link:
TRACK & FIELD
The T & F season is starting to emerge and there was a first outing for a few of the Harriers at Blackpool’s traditional warm up meeting, although warm it wasn’t, with a biting easterly wind.
Morgan Angland opened by winning the U15 G 80m Hurdles in a time of 13.2sec. Also winning his event was Morgan Philips in the U17M 1500m in a time of 4:45min. In the Field Events, Nathan Billington came in 3rd with a throw of 33.25 in the U17M Hammer. Rebecca Orrell competed in the U17W Shot Putt (4th) 7.67m; Discus (3rd) 25.43m and finished the day off with another 3rd in the U17W Hammer 28.36m. Joe Pearse got in there as well (2nd) in the U20M Shot putt 8.89.
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