Monthly Archives: April 2013
Another year and another London Marathon under blues skies and perfect weather for running. The Harriers had five athletes competing – Allan Hartley; Kaylie Panaro; David Thornton; Mark Almond and Andy Buttery.
Leading the way home was Andy Buttery in 488th place (2:48.58) – PB of 2:37.29. He was followed in by 800/1500m runner David Thornton in 3327th place (3:20.06). Next in was Mark Almond who was running in memory of his father who was the Clubs Endurance Coach for many years and also to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Mark, in his first ever Marathon came home in 3943rd place (3:25.22) and succeeded in raising around £3000.00 which was a huge sum. Allan Hartley whose PB is 3:21.25 came home in 5736th place (3:36.32) and another first time Marathon Runner – Kaylie Panaro – who has trained really hard completed the Race in a really solid 4:07.01 even though she admitted to suffering in the last few miles.
Full Results HERE:
In the Mini-Marathon Grace Handley knocked exactly a minute of her PB finishing 33rd in a time of 18.18sec and to top it all off, the North West U15 Girls Team were first.
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Really good performances from the Clubs athletes who entered the Lancashire Schools and County Combined Events Championships at Hyndburn last weekend – April 20/21st. Sunny on Saturday and great conditions were followed by a real deterioration in the weather on Sunday. However, this didn’t deter performances, with Katie Buckingham running an 800m PB into the wind!!
Full Results HERE :
In the Inter Girls Heptathlon, the Harriers took first, second and third places. Polly Pearse won the event with an overall total of 3045 points covering 80m Hurdles; High Jump; Shot Putt; 200m; Long Jump; Javelin and 800m. Really good performances by Katie Buckingham to take second place with 2938 points and also a really good performance from Olivia Brooks with 2582 points for the Bronze Medal.
In the Junior Girls Heptathlon which featured 75m Hurdles; Shot Putt; High Jump; Long Jump and 800m, Morgan Angland put in a really fine performance totaling 2169 points for the Bronze Medal and just 20 points way from gaining the Silver. Kayla Masterson finished in 8th place (1528 points) and Esme Pearse in 9th place (1167 points) and both did themselves proud.
In the Senior Mens and U20 Decathlon, Joe Pearse continued to improve, recording new PB’s and winning the event which included 100m; Long Jump; Shot Putt; High Jump; 400m; 110m Hurdles; Discus; Pole Vault; Javelin; and a punishing 1500m as the last event. Joe recorded a total of 5166 points which was a cracking performance.
The Inter Boys Octathlon consisting of Long Jump; Discus; Javelin; 400m; 100m Hurdles; Shot Putt and 1500m was contested by Ben Aspinall. Ben finished 4th with 2859 points which was a great effort at his first attempt. It’s rumoured that he wasn’t too enamored with ever considering a 1500m ever again!
Cameron Massey in his first season for the Club contested the Junior Boys Pentathlon comprising 80m Hurdles; Shot Putt; Long Jump; High Jump and 800m and came away with a splendid total of 1682 points and the Bronze Medal – a really good achievement.
Hyndburn Open Quadrathlon
A number of youngsters from the Clubs Sportshall Group contested the Quadrathlon over the weekend. In the Year 5 & Year 6 Boys event on Saturday which featured 75m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump; and 600m Sam Farnworth finished in 4th place overall with 187 points, winning the Year 5 event and Harry Jackson finished in 10th place overall (104 points).
On Sunday, again in the Year 5 & Year 6 Boys event, Jack Fairbanks came 3rd overall (200 points)and won the Year 6 event and Taylor Byrne 5th overall (141 points) taking 2nd place in the Year 6 event.
In the Year 3 & Year 4 event on Sunday – 50m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump and 400m, William Clarke won the competition with 190 points which was another good and really determined performance on the day.
On Sunday in the Year 5 and Year 6 Girls Event, Emily Raine performed really well for 4th place overall (187 points) and third in the Year 5 Event. Emily had to compete in the 75m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump and 600m and there is no doubt that she gave it everything she had on the day.
Christie Sturgess contested the Year 3 and Year 4 Girls Event running the 3rd fastes time of 8.9 secs for the 50m. It was Christies first ever attempt at competition.
Another win for Ben Fish – Triathlon Boys – National 12 Stage – Park Runs & Celebrating with the President
Congratulations from everyone at the Club George and so many sincere thanks for all that you have contributed not only at the Club but to athletics in general.
Ben Fish continues on a great run of form winning the Lymm 10k (542 Runners) in Cheshire last weekend in a time of 32:21 and beating in Tarus Elly (2nd) from Salford by 15secs. Ben is aiming for the Berlin Marathon and targeting the Commonwealth Games Marathon qualifying time and he is on course with his current training regime and racing consistency.
Full Results HERE:
You can’t keep those Triathletes down – Matt Nuttall recovering from a very bad shoulder injury and Mark Bleasdale who is training really hard on the Track every week, hopped over to Clitheroe last weekend – April 14th – and competed in the Triathlon there. Mark had a really good day finishing in 11th place (1:34.38) whilst Matt finished in 20th place (1:39.26).
Full Results HERE:
Three Harriers got involved in the latest of the 5k Park Runs at Preston which featured 148 runners on Saturday April 13th. First home was Tom Blaney 4th in the Race (18:09) and second in the 20 – 24 Sen Age Male Group – Tom’s PB for this Race was achieved the week before with 17:45; next came Joe Monk in 5th place overall (19:01) and first Junior Male in the 15 – 19 Age Group – Joe also ran his PB at this Race the week before coming in 6th overall in a fine time of 17:55; And following these two athletes in was Grace Handley 12th overall (19:54) and winner of the Junior Female Age Group category as well as being is first female runner home in all age groups – so a fine performance there.
Joe Monk has been hitting the Races of late sandwiching in between two Park 5k runs the Inter – Club Race which took place on 10th April at Blackpool. Overall 235 runners lined up for this and Joe finished an excellent 29th (23:08).
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Not to be outdone and left out of the results, Rhiannon Wickham turned up at the Cerebral Palsy Catforth 7 on April 14th finishing 25th overall (51:20) and fourth female runner home.
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The same weekend Ben Aspinall and Jack Vickery competed at the Wigan Open T & F Meeting. Both had really good performances. Ben came 2nd in the U17 Long Jump with an excellent new PB of 5:15m and then came equal 1st in the U17 High Jump with 1:60m, just 1 cm off his PB. Jack Vickery won the U20M 6k Shot Putt with a seasons best throw of 48:50, just 35 cms off his his PB of 48.85. Over at the Liverpool Open Meeting on the same day, Paul Coffey ran in the Senior Men’s 100m and finished a very good 5th in a time of 12.2sec – a seasons best and just a tenth of a second off his personal best.
Full Results Wigan HERE:
Full Results Liverpool HERE:
National 12 Stage Road Relays
Blackburn Harriers travelled down to Sutton Park for the 12 stage for the first time since 2007 when they came 24th. The day started brightly as new member Shaun Livesey brought out a calor stove and put the kettle on. – talk about being prepared!!
At the cancelled – due to the snow – Northern 12 and 6 Stage Relays scheduled for Blackpool a few weeks previously, the Harriers had a minimum of two Men’s 12 Stage Teams and two 6 Stage Women’s Teams which were ready to compete. This would have been our best performance for a number of years in terms of the number of athletes and Teams competing. Sadly, a number of these athletes were unavailable for the Nationals which deleted our numbers.
Although we finished with an uncompleted Team of 11 Runners in the Men’s 12 Stage, due to a late withdrawal on Friday, the team had a great day and fully enjoyed the experience and will be back again next year.
Finishing times for the Club were:
Karl Billington (30) 27:43 Mark Bleasdale (44) 17:03 Andrew Buttery (41) 29:32 Zachary Howe (43) 16:41 Shaun Livesey (48) 30:56 Jack Lonsdale (48) 17:33 John Chaplin (54) 32:52 Richard Taylor (59) 20:02 C Davies (59) 32:28 John Cookson (66) 20:33 Chris Barnes (63) 30:58
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And to end the weekend, what better way than to celebrate the 90th Birthday of the Club’s President George Kirby. George, known as Mr Blackburn Harriers has contributed so much to the Club over the last 60yrs that it was an honour to be able to raise a glass to him. Tony Wood, the Club Chairman moved a toast to George and then Ken Adcroft, former Club Secretary and Chris Fay, another stalwart of the Club and former International Runner, paid tributes to George with Chris saying that he hoped that we would all be back in 10yrs for his Centenary celebration. And so say all of us!!
Samantha has continued with her great start to the season at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships in Solihull held on Saturday April 6th, winning the Womens Senior event and the overall British Championship. This was a great performance following on from her 5th place (1st British Woman) in the second round of the World Cup Series in Rio recently and she is currently ranked 3rd in the World.
Sam’s victory at the British Championships means she has secured her place in the British Team which competes in the European Championships in Poland in July.
Click on this link and you will be able to read a full report from Pentathlon – GB on Sam’s performances this weekend.
Full Results HERE
Glorious weather greeted the athletes at this years Pendle Fell Race which incorporated the Lancashire Fell Championships.
Full Results here:
First off were 32 animated and excited Under 8 runners and it was a joy to see them enjoying themselves for the few minutes that the Race took. First girl home and winner of the Girls Race was our own Alayna Irivine – 8th overall (and who never stopped running for the rest of the day!!) followed by Kate Cookson in 11th place and an excellent 4th place in the Girls Race.
The next Race for Under 10’s had 57 – 30 Girls and 27 Boys – runners in it with just 8 seconds separating the first four. Eleesha Charnley our effervescent 9yr old had a great run to come home 16th overall and 4th in the Girls Race. Amy Davies making her debut on this type of terrain had a really good run to finish 32nd overall and 11th in the Girls Race.
In the Under 12’s Race – 67 runners with 28 girls and 39 Boys – Hannah Cookson courageously set off like a rocket and was in 3rd place overall at the top of the first climb. However that effort took its toll and Hannah slipped back to 29th overall and 8th in the Girls Race and a fine 3rd in the Lancashire Championships winning a Bronze Medal.
22 Girls and 20 Boys line up for the Under 14’s Race, which provided Blackburn with its second victory of the day so far and first Lancashire Champion. Grace Handley, who is in sparkling form finished 8th over all and won the Girls Race and the Lancashire title. Grace was backed up with fine runs from Natalya Irivine 11th overall, 2nd Girl and 2nd in the Lancashire Championships; Deni Impett 18th overall, 5th Girl and 3rd in the Lancashire Championships; Megan Clarkson 31st overall and 13th Girl; Esme Pearse in 35th place and Georgia Turgoose in 37th place.
A second Championship of the Day was won by Jack Hindle with a cracking run in the U16’s, finishing first overall to win the Lancashire Championships with a 50 second gap to second place. Rhiannon Wickham 9th overall and Phoebe Howe 13th overall finished 1st and 2nd in the Championships providing the Club with its 3rd Championship winner of the day so congratulations to them.
In the Senior Race – 340 runners lined up at the start with Rob Hope (32:13) – Pudsey & Bramley AC winning and Victoria Wilkinson (35:19) – Bingley Harriers the Women’s Race in fine style.
Good runs from the Harriers with two Women and 9 Male athletes. Two of the Men were making their debut – Chris Davies who really enjoyed it and Middle Distance athlete Rob Warner who didn’t and decided to put it down to experience and one not to be repeated he said!!
Chris Barnes led the Harriers team home finishing 29th overall (37:19) and looking strong; Gary Pearse 47th (39:06); Mat Nuttall 64th (40:31); Chris Davies 91st (42:41); Helen Leigh 103rd (43:53) and Bronze Medalist in the Lancashire Championships; Joseph Howe, mixing it with the Seniors for the first time and doing really well in 107th (44:20) and winning the Silver Medal in the Championships; John Orrell 145th (47:04); Paul Wilkinson – fresh from competing in the Carr Hill Triathlon at Kirkham last week where he finished 14th out of 44 competitors – finished 193rd (50:40); Stuart Furness 200th (51:06); a resurgent Jackie Taylor 234th (53:22) and Michael Nolan 259th (55:24).
Eleven Mens Teams and 102 Athletes lined up for this years Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running. Amongst them was Blackburn Harriers Karl Billington. The Festival consists of three Races – a Road Race on Friday – a Hill Race on Saturday and a 4 x 5k Road Relay on the Sunday.
Karl had a really good weekend finishing 6th in the 10k Road Race (32:15); 5th in the Hill Race (22:34) and ran the joint fastest time in the Relay (15:14) in which his Team, St Mary’s finished 3rd. A fine performance overall finishing 3rd in the Individual overall standings with a total of 13 points.
Full Results here:
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