Monthly Archives: June 2013
A fighting 4th place for the Harriers at Witton and agonisingly, just 29 points off a 2nd place finish.
Full Results HERE
Some great performances on the day with 12 athletes winning their event and another 10 finishing 2nd. Standout performances came from Boy’s Captain Connor Davison. Three events, three wins, 2 PB’s and maximum points. In the U15 Boys Shot Putt Connor increased his PB from 10.68m to 11.33m – in the Hammer he extended his PB by over a metre and a half to 29.60m and then won the Discus with 25:09. There were other really good performances in the Throws events with Byron Abbott winning the ‘B’ U15 Discus (19.49m); Jacob Roberts winning the ‘B’ U15 Boys Hammer (18.09m); Olivia Wilson winning the ‘B’ U15 Girls Javelin (16.86m) and Katie Dudgeon with all Throws over 19.0 m (19.61m and 2nd in the ‘A’ Javelin). Anthony Kent came 2nd in the ‘A’ U13 Boys Shot Putt (7.02m).
Liz Greenwood and Grace Handley maintained their all conquering 1500m form, never having lost their ‘A’ and ‘B’ Races this season. Liz triumphed in the ‘A’ Race with 4:53.9 and Grace in the ‘B’ with 5:02.6. Equally undefeated is Esme Pearse with her win in the U15 Girls Vault (1.90m) her third successive victory in the League this year and is undefeated.
U13 Girl Charlotte Williams had a good day winning the 150m ‘B’ Race (22.9sec); Hannah Cookson put in another cracking 800m Race to win the ‘A’ event in a time of 2:39.6 and then ran 2nd in the ‘A’ 75m (11.1sec); Nicole Edwards won the U13 Girls ‘B’ High Jump (1.15m). Huzaifa Hanif is a new athlete for the Club this year and is proving to be really consistent with 13.6 sec in the U15 Boys 100m and a 2nd place in the ‘A’ 300m (42.4sec). Elizabeth Ashcroft with (13.1sec) in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 75m Hurdles in 3rd place and Lauren Jameson (15.3) in the ‘B’ Race added more points for the Club.
Byron Abbott knocked nearly 5 seconds off his 800m PB finishing 2nd in the ‘A’ U15 Boys event with 2:12.9. New Harrier Liam Atkinson competed in the ‘A’ 1500m winning in 4:35.8 which was his first ever track race and there is no doubt a lot more to come from this young athlete – not to be out done, Thomas Harbour then went and slashed 6 seconds off his 1500m PB winning the ‘B’ event in 4:38.6 and is in really good form.
Some of the young athletes from Sportshall were out again competing for the Team with Daniel Fenwick (15.2sec) in the 75m Hurdles and a 2nd place in the ‘A’ Long Jump with 4.21m; Solomon Brown (16.6sec) 75 m Hurdles and a 1.10m High Jump; Benjamin Cecil (10.39m); Liam Lang (5.17m) Shot Putt ‘B’ and a 1.10m High Jump and William Fort 2nd in the ‘B’ U13 Long Jump (3.83m).
Lots more athletes with solid performances including Charlotte Taylor, Eleanor Clegg, Natalya Irvine, Archie Braysford, Kayla Masterson, Emily Taberner and Anjalie Singh all added valuable points to the Clubs total.
Down at Sportscity this weekend – June 22/23rd – the 2013 Northern U20 / Senior Athletics Championships took place.
A number of Harriers had entered the Championships with Ben Fish, Matt Lalor and Chris Barnes in the Senior 5000m – Karl Billington in the Senior 1500m – Robert Warner in the U20 1500m – Sarah Henton in the Senior Women’s Discus, Jamie Vickery in the Senior Men’s 200m and brother Jack Vickery in the U20 Men’s Hammer.
Standout performance of the day wwho is now a V40 athlete, competing in the Senior Women’s Discus and winning the Gold Medal in a season’s best 49.65m which places her 5th in the Women’s National Rankings and top of the V40 Women’s Rankings.
In not the best of conditions for middle distance racing Ben Fish led the Senior 5000m Men’s race with 500 metres to go but had to settle for 2nd place and a Silver medal in a season’s best 14:44.30; In the 1500m Karl Billington contested the Senior Men’s Race in another season’s best of 4:12.09 (8th) and Robert Warner ran in the U20 Men’s Race 4:12.72 (15th), a bit down on his season’s best so far. Matt Lalor who runs for Blackburn on the track and in his first Championship Track Race over 5000m ran a really good 16:21.30. Jamie Vickery ran 23.36 sec in the 200m Heat – a season’s best – into a headwind of -2.7m/s.
Jack Vickery who is in a rich vein of form this season contested the U20 Men’s 6kg Hammer event and added nearly 30cm to his PB with a throw of 49:67m and 5th place.
Trafford Grand Prix June 25th
Zac Howe had a good run at Trafford to win his Heat (5) 800m Race in 2:01.05 – V50 Phil Hall in Heat (8) ran a season’s best of 2:09.73 (7th) and then doubled up in the 1500m to post another seasons’ best of 4:24.29 (7th) – Tom Cornthwaite after his recent exertions on the Road and Fell contested the BMC Gold Standard 1500m Race on the same night running another season’s best of 4:10.30.
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Tom Cornthwaite who competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track – took to the Roads and Fell in his last three races and in each race he ran a record time which was a tremendous performance.
On June 8th Tom ran the Weets Fell Race for Northumberland Fell Runners in a new record time of 37.14, a record which stands on the new course established in 2003 – Results HERE:
The day after, running for Salford, he contested the final Leg 20 of the Welsh Castles Relay winning it in a time of 55: 34 which was a full three minutes inside the old record set by Stuart Robinson of Blackpool in 2010 – Results HERE:
And then at the Hendon Brook, a race slightly longer than Half-Marathon distance, he won that in another record time of 75.29 – Results HERE: Another Track Runner for Blackburn Harriers – Matt Lalor – also ran in the Hendon brook Race taking an excellent 3rd place in 85:09.
Ben Fish ran the Freckleton Half-Marathon last weekend on a hot day in June. The temperature always seem to go up on the day of this Race. Ben has a fabulous record in the Event. He first won it in 2007 and then went on to win it in 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012 and 2013 – seven wins in a row.
Full Results HERE:
Speaking to Ben after the Race he told the Harriers that his aim was to go out very hard early. Describing it as “not his smartest race”, and whilst getting “a big lead” started to “lose ground in the last few miles”.
Not happy with running the time that he did saying that “I don’t like running slower than 68 mins in half marathons” and need to be better in hot weather he summed up his record breaking win by saying that it was “a good win, but poor time”. He went on…“I think I have got the most wins now and it’s not something I would have expected when I first won this race in 2007, so it means a lot. I would love to win on the 50th anniversary next year”. And who would bet against that.
The Freckleton Race featured 635 runners, and Ben wasn’t the only Harrier to compete. In 125th place was V60 Graham Pomfret in a fine time of 1hr 37min 46sec. Graham has had a long term serious back injury so it is great to see him back racing again. Graham also took 2nd place in the V60 category which was won by Graham West from Lytham St Annes Road Runners. Paul Wilkinson also ran the Race coming 247th (1:48.56.
Still on the Road, The Horwich Town Council 5k Road Race took place on June 16th. In the Open Race, Gary Priestley (runs for Blackburn on the Track) ran a fine 15:29 PB to take 3rd place overall. The Howe Brothers also tackled the event with Joseph just taking the ‘bragging rights’ over Zac. Joseph came 11th (18:15) and Zac 14th (18:35) – Sister Phoebe Howe then competed in the Carnival One Mile Run finishing 8th overall in the mixed male & female Race and 1st female home in a good time of 6.00mins. Another athlete who runs on the Track for Blackburn, Candice Heys also had a fine run in the BMAF 5k held on the same day to come 63rd overall in a field of male and female athletes in 18:26 and took the Bronze Medal for the FV35 category.
Full Results for Open Race HERE:
Full Results for BMAF Race HERE:
Full Results for Carnival One Mile Run HERE:
Full Results HERE:
Three ‘casualties’ during the week – Andy Butterey, David Thornton and Gary Pearse – meant there was some last minute call ups to slot into the Team leading up to the Bradford Millenium Way Relays. Phil Morton, Richard Taylor and John Cookson all threw their hats into the ring to complete the Team on the day.
Leg 1 had John Chaplin and Phil Morton handing over in 13th place. Leg 2 Team Chris Barnes and Chris Davies gained 5 places handing over in 8th position. On Leg 3 Richard Taylor and John Cookson held on to 8th place, with ‘Captain’ Chris Barnes describing it as a great run by the duo running something like 5 minutes faster than their predicted time.
Mark Almond and Jonathon Bridge set off really well and closed down the gap only to miscalculate in the last mile, managing to add 5 miles on to the leg! Any cartographers in the house? This left the Team in 25th place. Shaun Livesey and Matt Nuttall rose to the challenge on Leg 5 setting a Course Record time for the Vets by over 6 minutes (72.39) on Leg 5 to bring the Team back to 15th place.
There were other Harriers out and about on the Fells too. Results HERE: At the Chorley Great Hill Fell Race ( June 15th), Tom Cubbon, Allan Hartley and Jackie Taylor all tackled the Race. Tom came in 14th (44:09) and fourth V40. Allan took 26th position (47:20) whilst Jackie took 37th place (49:28) and won the Women’s V40 prize too boot.
Full Results HERE:
Another National Title was won by Sophie Hitchon at Bedford last weekend in the U20/U23 England Athletics National Championships in the Hammer.
With four really consistent Throws and a best of 69.54 beating Louisa James from Shaftesbury into 2nd place by over 10 metres, her 69.54m Throw took the National Title and posted a new Championship Best Performance. In nine competitions this season she has already won 5 of them so far and in only two of them has she thrown less than sixty nine and a half metres which shows great consistency.
Rob Warner was also out on the Track during the previous week at the – Loughborough Students AC Open Meeting – Results HERE – placing 5th in the 800m in a time of 2:01.30
Overseas, Paul Bradshaw was in action in the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg on June 15th in the 800m posting 1:52.07. Results HERE:
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