Monthly Archives: May 2013
At the Westminster Senior Women’s Mile Race May 26th, Alison Leonard ran in a quality field with the Race being won by Hannah England in a time of 4:31. Just nine seconds behind in 6th place was Alison finishing in 4:40.00 and knocking 8 seconds off her PB. This run puts Alison in at number 6 in the National Rankings and 1st in the U23 National Rankings over 1 mile. In the 800m Alison is ranked 5th overall – in the 1500m (indoors) she is 7th and in the 1500m outdoors 24th.
Results of the Westminster Senior Women’s Mile Race HERE:
See Alison Finishing the Race HERE:
On May 19th, Helen Leigh entered the Crosby Lakeside Aquathlon World Championship Qualifier for London 2013, lining up with 201 other men and Women competitors. she finished 8th overall in the Women’s Race and 3rd in her Age Category (25-29) which means she has qualified for the World Championships in her Age Group. Not satisfied with that, Helen is after qualifying for the standard distance triathlon in her age group and will be trying to achieve that this coming weekend – June 1st.
As part of her ‘warm up’ Helen contested the Darwen Aquathlon on 12th May finishing 4th overall and 1st Woman and then went onto be 1st Woman home again and 11th overall at the Salford Quays Aquathlon on 23rd May.
Full Results HERE:
Matt Nuttall has been really putting the training in as he gets ready to compete in yet another Ironman. In his latest outing Matt won the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon – 5k Run – 22k Bike – 5k Run at Rivington by 48 secs (1hr 15.00) on May 25th.
Candice Heyes (2nd Claim Track for Blackburn) competed in the Rossendale Triathlon on May 26th finishing 16th overall and 1st Woman in a fine time of 1hr 14.50 with 247 compettitors completing the Event. Results HERE:
Sophie is continuing her season with real consistency. At Halle in Germany last weekend – May 25th Sophie was up against some of the top Hammer Throwers in the world, including the winner of this event, Betty Heidler of Germany who threw 74.92m.
Full Results HERE:
The consistency of Sophie’s throwing is one of the hallmarks of her ability and achievements. Her series of six throws consisted of 67.86m; 70.44m; 68.97m; x; 71.16m and 69.96m, all of which gave her 4th place and a season’s best.
Watch Sophie Throwing in Halle HERE:
Thirty four Blackburn Harriers defied the wind on Saturday and early Sunday and basked in the sunshine on Sunday afternoon; And there were some very good performances.
14 Harriers won Gold Medals, 11won Silver and 13 won Bronze medals. Added to that was a Team Medal for the Senior Men’s 5000m with Andy Buttery (16:34.4), Chris Barnes (16:45.4), Shaun Livesey (16:46.90), ‘Youngster’ Tom Blaney (17:12.60) and Gary Pearse (18:29.30) making up the winning team.
And with Woman’s 5000m winner – Helen Leigh (19.07.50) – a Blackburn Harrier who will just not be beaten:
Just as important in the two day competition were the individual performances. In total athletes achieved 32 PB’s and 7 SB’s. In addition, Liz Greenwood recorded a Championship Best Performance in the 3000m winning in 10:15.00 and Rebecca Orrell in the Hammer recorded a throw of 37.82 in winning the U17 Women’s Hammer and breaking the Club Record in the process.
In the Sprints there were PB’s for U17 Jake Almond in the 100m 11.7 (3rd in the Final) and 23.70 in the 200m (3rd in the Final); U17 Gareth Johnson 12.00 in the 100m (Heat) – U20 Paul Coffey also had a double PB with 11.8 in the 100m and 24.00 in the 200m.
Further PB’s were achieved by U17 Ben Aspinall in the 100m Hurdles in 15.8 (3rd in the Final); Katie Buckingham 300m Hurdles 48.3 (3rd in the Final); Polly Pearse 13.2 in the 80m Hurdles (1st in the Final); a SB’s for Rachel Leech in the 400m (60.9) and staying on the Track, Grace Handley ran two PB’s, the first one in the 1500 (4:57.3) and then in the 3000m (10:32.0), winning Silver Medals in both.
Jack Hindle recorded a huge PB in the 3000m knocking 42 seconds of his PB with a 9:39.3 clocking. Joseph Howe, making his debut in the Steeple Chase, ran solo in a time of 5:08.3, took a Gold Medal and moved immediately to 32nd in the National Rankings. Connor Makin added to his growing reputation as a 400m and 400m Hurdle runner with a PB over the flat 400 in 53.3secs.
Some cracking performances in the Field too. Sarah Henton threw a SB to win the Senior Women’s Discus Final with a fine Throw of 49:34. In the Hammer, U17 Rebecca Orrell in addition to winning the event and breaking the Club Record came 3rd in the Shot Putt Final with 8.10m and 2nd in the Discus Final (28.47m; Nathan Billington threw two PB’s and won two Silver medals in the Hammer U17 Men’s Final (2nd 36.53m) and Discus Final with 25.31m – In the U15 Boys Connor Davison won Silver in the Hammer (25.08m).
In other Field Events, there were PB’s for Ben Aspinall in the Long Jump (5.65m & Bronze Medal) and in the Javelin (23.63m). Esme Pearse also had a double PB with 1.35m in the High Jump and 1.90m in the Pole Vault (Gold Medal). Olivia Brooks was another with a double PB 1.45m (Bronze Medal) in the High Jump and 4.54m in the Long Jump Final. Natalya Irvine shone in the U13 Girls Shot Putt winning the Gold Medal with a Throw of 7.92m. There were PB’s for Morgan Angland in the 75m Hurdles (12.00) and Silver Medal and Elizabeth Ashcroft in the same Race with 13.30sec – Elizabeth went on to record another PB in the U15 Girls Long Jump Final with 4.01m.
Joe Pearse had two SB’s winning the High Jump Gold Medal (1.85m) and gaining Silver in the Discus (29.59m).
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Three hundred and twenty one runners lined up at the fast flat Christleton 5k Road Race last Friday and among them three Blackburn Harriers.
Full Results HERE
Andy Buttery had a cracking run in 22nd place (15:45) which was just 6 sec outside his 5k PB. This run has lifted Andy to 6th in National V40 Rankings. After a storming 4:30.20 1500m at the Northern League recently which has him 11th in the National V40 Rankings, Andy looks in really good form.
Chris Barnes also ran his PB very close missing out by just 9 seconds, finishing 54th (16:51) and after upping his training under the watchful eye of George Woodburn he looks set to attack his times in the months ahead. Here he is, just tucked into the pack and tracking Andy Buttery.
The third Harrier on the night had a big PB – Shelley Tattersall knocked 36 seconds of her best time which was set in 2012, with a great run (19:50) and is good reward for solid and consistent training.
Brian Fogarty gained his first ever win in the Triathlon at Keswick on May 19th. In a field of 276 finishers, Brian won the overall Race in a time of 2hrs.04.33, just over a minute in front of the runner up.
Full Results HERE:
Brian came out of the pool in 25th place but gained all the time back and more by winning both the Bike Race (1hr.5.10) and the Run (45:30), for a great win. A happy Brian said that “those track sessions must be working”.
Chris Davies continues on a good run of form. Not content with running the 1500m and 3000m at Preston in the Mid Lancs on May 18th, he then contested the Blackpool Beach 10k on Sunday, finishing in 4th place (38:11) out of 125 runners finishing.
Full Results HERE:
Shaun Livesey, fresh from winning the Dallam Dash 10k finished a good 6th in the Wholan Nook Trail Race on May 15th in a time of 28:39 – Results HERE.
The same day in the first Race of this years Horwich Jubilee 5 Mile series, attracting 255 runners, Brian Fogarty running his first ever 5 mile road race finished 9th (28.34); John Sutton 16th (29.04); Joseph Howe, also a debutant at the 5 mile distance had a good race to finish 54th (31.23) and 2nd U17 Man; Allan Hartley 80th (32.46) and Michael Nolan 130th (35.26). Results HERE.
Some of our athletes have also been continuing to put an appearance in at the Park Runs. Liz Greenwood ran at the Burnley 5k Park Run and stormed to the Junior Womens 1st place in a time of 19:34 and a great 3rd place overall in the Race – Results HERE. On the same day, Paul Wilkinson ran at Preston in the Park Run coming 29th out of 136 runners (22:19) – Results HERE.
At the Oldham Park Run on May 11th Phil Morton was really pleased to have lowered his PB to 19:50 coming 9th overall in a Race of 114 runners – Results HERE.
John Cookson competed in the 800m at the Mid Lancs fixture at Preston and then stayed in the area on Sunday, running in the Worden Park 10k at Leyland. John place 54th in a time of 44:44 – Results HERE.
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