Monthly Archives: June 2013
On a pleasant but windy June 15th day, quite a number of Harriers made the trip up to Lancaster to compete int he Mid Lancs T & F League.
Full Results HERE:
Paul Coffey doubled up in the 100 (12.1) & 200m (24.6) which were slightly down on his recent good form. V50 Phil Hall was at it again, mixing it up with the youngsters in the 800m for a season’s best (2:09.50).
A number of the athletes contested the Throws events including Shanteep Sivarajah, Connor Davison, Rebecca Orrell, Jacinta Davison, Gareth Johnson, Cameron Massey, Elizabeth Ashcroft and Corie Shorrock
In the Shot Putt, Shanteep posted a PB and took 3rd place with 9.83m and Corie came 4th with 9.22m. There was another 4th place for Corie in the Discus (17.94m) – and in the Javelin Shanteep won the event with (44.61m). Connor took 2nd place with a cracking new PB of 10.68m in the Shot Putt but was a little down on his best with 24.63m (4th) in the Discus and not far off his PB in the Hammer with 26.21m (2nd).
Rebecca took 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.75m), 2nd in the Discus (27.94m) and won the Hammer Throw with 31.45m. Jacinta also had a go at the Throws with a 3rd place in the Shot Putt (7.33m), and a 16.33m effort in the Hammer. U15 Elizabeth chanced her arm with a 6.59m Shot Putt as well, a little bit down on her PB.
U15 Cameron, who is setting himself for competing for Lancashire this coming weekend in the Pentathlon was just four tenths outside his 800m PB with 2.29.60; got a new PB in the High Jump (1.35m) and then went on to another PB (7.79m) in the Shot Putt.
Gareth Johnson won his 100m Race in 12.1 but admitted to ‘switching off’ a little which lost him the chance to challenge his PB 0f 12.0secs. Next Time!! Whilst it was good conditions for the Sprinters, for the Middle Distance events, the wind did them no favours. But this didn’t stop Jack Hindle from posting a new PB of 4:35.50 (2nd) in the 1500m who ran a very sound tactical race. In the U15 Boys 1500m, Byron Abbott, like Jack, ran an excellent tactical race, his best to-date on the Track, judging it almost to perfection and won with a time of 4:40.10 – in the same Race Thomas Harbour also ran really well equalling his PB of 4:44.4 for 3rd place and having posted the same time just 10 days ago, Thomas is clearly in good nick. Rhys Charnley ran 2:47.10 in the U13 Boys 800m.
There some really good performances amongst the Women as well on the Track. Grace Handley ran a good 3rd in the U15 800m ((2:27.50) just under two seconds off her PB in trying conditions. Katie Buckingham who is in a great run of form doubled up in the U17 Women’s 800 and 300m. In the 800m she came 2nd (2:33.40) and in her first ever 300m won it almost on the line because of a refusal to be beaten (45.50) the same time as given to 2nd place. Another young U15 athlete who doubled up was Charlotte Taylor in the 100 and 200m. Her first ever competitive 100m race saw her come in with a time of 13.80, but in the 200m, her stronger event she came 2nd (27.90 and same as the winner) knocking half a second off her PB in the process. In the U15 Girls Long Jump there were 30 contestants – Morgan Angland (4.32m) for 4th place and Elizabeth Ashcroft (4.13m) 7th, jumped just below their PB’s. Ben Aspinall, another athlete who has been breaking his PB’s recently and Gareth Johnson also went in the U17 Men’s Long Jump with Ben winning (5.42m) and Gareth 3rd (4.48m). Ben then went to double up in the Triple Jump winning it with 12.01m.
Well, the Cookson family certainly know how to do it is style. On June 9th they took a car ride up to Morecambe to enter Hannah and Kate into the 1 mile Fun Run and dad John into the 10k.
Well – Hannah won the race and got a CD Player for her fine performance and Kate came 6th. As for Sportshall Coach dad, well he says he was at the Race but they don’t seemed to have picked him up on the Results radar.
Some of the Harriers youngsters contested the FRA Junior Uphill Only Championship Race at Sedbergh on Saturday July 9th.
Full Results HERE: (Thanks to Woodentops.org.uk. for the photo’s)
Liz Greenwood and Grace Handley dashed over to the Race, after being given the wrong information about the scheduled time for the 1500m Race at the Lancashire Schools Championships held at Wigan on the same day, which prevented them from racing there.
Both of them made up for not having the chance to compete at Wigan by winning their respective Age Group Races at Sedbergh. In the U14 Race which combined both Boys and Girls, Grace placed 9th overall in a field of 39 and 1st U14 Girl (14:36). In the U16 Race, again combining Boys and Girls Liz was 15th overall out of 28 and 1st U16 Girl (27:49).
Liz with 2nd placed Jennifer Willison from Derby AC (29:19) and 3rd placed athlete Ellie Lambert from Wharfedale (31:09)
Grace with runner up in the U14 Race – Emma Clapton from Scarborough (14.52).
Thomas Harbour and Natalya Irvine also competed in the U14 Race – Thomas finished 14th in the Boys Race (15:39) and Natalya 12th in the Girls Race (17:16).
Jack Hindle continued his very promising Fell Season with another good run coming 3rd in in the U16 Race (24.00).
And last but by no means least – our Alayna Irvine – younger sister to Natalya – who ran in the U8 age category of Boys and Girls, finished 13th out of 28 and was 2nd home (3:29) just 3 seconds away from the winner – Sophie Rylance from Ambleside AC.
Now Alayna knows no limits when it comes to running, so to celebrate she decided to run through the fields!!
The 2nd Round of Division 2WC in the Northern League took place in Bury on June 9th on a warm and sunny day. Blackburn were coming off a first round win on home territory in May and hoping to consolidate their position with another win, to stay on top of the Division and push on to the promotion match.
Full Results HERE:
The outcome of the match was another win and anchored by a great run by the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team. A tremendous run by Katie Buckingham on the first leg set up Phoebe Howe who came under immediate attack, but wouldn’t give in and passed over to Polly Pearse on Leg 3 with a slight lead. Polly got hauled back, but in the home straight she proved too strong, holding off the opposition to hand over to Rachel Leech on Leg 4. With the Blackburn and Bury Teams and supporters ‘going mental’ Rachel held off Alana Grundy from Bury by just 0. 9 of a second to round off a great day and win for the Club.
But the win wasn’t just about one event – with 20 wins & 18 second places, and 12 personal and seasons bests, the squad showed that it is pretty good nick.
U17 Jake Almond in his first senior fixture came 3rd in the 100m in a PB of 23.6sec; Ben Aspinall, another U17 enjoying really good form and progress recorded a new PB of 12.68m to win the ‘A’ Triple Jump and then went on to PB in the Pole Vault with 2.30m; Joe Pearse who has been working really hard to get out off the 1.86m mark, hit the heights with a new PB in the High Jump of 1.90m and then went on to PB in the Pole Vault with 2.90m – and in amongst the youngsters was another good performance from Phil Hall – a V50 – who ran a fine race to take 2nd pace in the ‘A’ 1500m in a season’s best time of 4:24.8sec. Connor Mahoney 2nd in the ‘B’ 800m ran a season’s best of 2:05.2 and Joseph Howe also took 2nd place in the ‘B’ 1500m with 4:33.4.
Paul Coffey with 2nd in the 100m (11.6sec) and 3rd in the 200m (24.3) – Jack Lonsdale 5th in the 800m (55.5) – Chris Barnes 3rd in the ‘A’ 3000m Steeple Chase (10:54.7) – debutant Chris Davies in the ‘B’ Chase 2nd (11:38.2) – Kieran Monaghan 2nd ‘B’ 400m Hurdles (64.0) along with Corie Shorrock who may reconsider his thoughts about taking up high hurdling all helped to build a substantial points total for the Club.
Karl Billington and Shaun Livesey took on the 5000m and both ran excellent tactical races resulting in an ‘A’ Race win for Karl (15:39.8) holding off Matthew Pearson from Holmfirth and Shaun Livesey taking 2nd in the ‘B’ Race with 16:53.8.
Oliver Aspden had a really good day with three individual wins – the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles (18.0 (SB); ‘A’ 400m Hurdles (59.7) and ‘B’ Triple Jump (10.96m). Jack Vickery 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer ( 41.36m) & 2nd in the ‘B’ Discus (22.38m) – Lewis Taylor 1st in the ‘B’ Hammer (40.41m) – Tony Balko 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus (27.05) & 2nd ‘A’ Shot Putt 9.59m and in the last Men’s Throws event of the day Shanteep Sivarajah 2nd in the ‘A’ Javelin (47.98m) and Joe Pearse 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin (34.72m) evidenced another good all round performance by the Men’s Throwers.
The Women’s Throws athletes also had a really good day. Rebecca Orrell came 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer 35.09m & 1st in the ‘B’ Discus (27/08m) – Sarah Henton won the ‘A’ Discus with 47.81m, won the ‘B’ Hammer (31.58m), and completed another hat trick of wins on the day for a Blackburn athlete in the Shot Putt with a season’s best of 10.46m and then capped it off with 2nd in the ‘A’ Javelin (26.34m).
On the Track, the ever present Abby Edmundson ran three SB’s in the 100m ‘B’ (13.70) – 100m Hurdles – 2nd (17.4) and a win in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.20m). Katie Buckingham, is going from strength to strength with PB’s in the ‘B’ 200m (27.9) and ‘A’ 800m 3rd (2:27.6). Polly Pearse is another young athlete who gets better all the time, winning the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (17.4) the ‘A’ High Jump (1.50m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ Pole Vault (2.20m). Rachel Leech is growing in consistency and performance – she placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 200m (27.4) won the ‘A’ 400m with a PB of 61.7. New debutants for the Club were 2nd claim athletes Sarah Ridehalgh and Laura Hesketh and both performed really well in the 3000m – Sarah taking 3rd in the ‘A’ Race (11:00.4) and Laura 2nd in the ‘B’ Race (11:15.5) who then went onto to run the ‘A’ 1500m – 4th (5:21.9). Phoebe Howe ran really solidly with a 4th in the 400m ‘B’ and 3rd in the ‘B’ 800m and backed those up with a cracking second leg in the 4 x 400m Relay. Sophie Taylor contested the ‘A’ 100m (14.2), came 2nd in the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles and 4th in the ‘B’ High Jump. Shelley Tattersall ran a PB in the ‘B’ 1500m (5:25.3).
There some really good performances overall at the Lancashire Schools Championships held at Wigan on June 8th, with a number of athletes from different areas achieving qualifying standards for the English Schools Championships. Among these were some excellent outings by Blackburn Harriers athletes running for their own Town Schools Team.
Full Results HERE:
But there was one achievement – or more correctly – 3 achievements which managed to set a record as far as anyone can tell. Siblings, Esme, Polly and Joseph Pearse all won their High Jump competitions – a unique treble and one that may not be achieved for a long time to come, if ever – big congratulations to all of them.
Amongst other very good results on the day for Blackburn Harriers athletes were Paul Coffey who ran 11.9 in the Senior Boys 100m Final, whilst James Blow won the Inter Boys 100m Heat in 11.8 and then won the Final in 11.5secs. Archie Braysford ran a a great English Schools qualifying time and PB in the Junior Boys 100m of 11.6secs in the Heat which he won. He then went on to finish second in the final, lowering his time to 11.5secs. In the 200m Inter Boys Final Jake Almond finished 4th (23.8).
Connor Makin was unopposed in the Senior Boys 400m Hurdles final (60.7secs) whilst Joseph Howe in the Senior Boys 1500m Final ran a PB (4:29.8) cutting 4 seconds of his his previous best time for a 3rd place. Joe Monk 4th (10:03.1) and Robert Wong 5th (10:05.7) ran solid races in the Inter Boys 300om Final. Macauley Scott finished 2nd in the Inter Boys High Jump in a County Schools Standard of 1.79m. Ben Aspinall who cleared 12m for the first time, the week before, continued his good form and improvement by taking 2nd place with a jump of 12.38m in the Inter Boys Triple Jump.
Nathan Billington add nearly a metre and a half to his PB in the Inter Boys Hammer with a throw of 37.91m. Byron Abbott came 2nd in the Junior Boys 1500m (4:35.2) with a new PB chopping 17 seconds off his previous best. Cameron Massey contested the Junior Boys Triple Jump taking 4th place (10.24m).
Amongst fine performances in the Girls Events Katie Buckingham goes from strength to strength winning the Inter Girls Hurdles in 47.6 – a new PB and just eight tenths of a second from qualifying for the English Schools Champs. There was also a very impressive run from another Harrier – Roxanne Oliver in the same race. Roxanne finished 2nd to Katie in a fine time of 49.1 in her first ever outing over 300m Hurdles.
Sophie Taylor won the Senior Girls 100m Hurdles (16.9) and Phoebe Howe ran 45.4 in the Inter Girls 300m. Olivia Brooks took 2nd place in the Inter Girls Long Jump with 4.56m, a PB by 13cm. Rebecca Orrell won the Inter Girls Hammer with a solid and consistent throw of 33.55m.
Another great performance came from Morgan Angland in the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles. She broke 12 secs for the first time, winning the event in 11.9secs, an agonising one tenth of a second off English Schools qualifying time. In the same Race, Elizabeth Ashcroft placed 4th in 12.7secs – a new PB by 3 tenths of a second and breaking 13.0 secs for the first time.
Other Harriers athletes competing on the day were Corrie Shorrock Senior Boys Shot Putt (9.90m) & Discus (21.08m); Connor Mahoney Inter Boys 800m (2:11.5); Jack Jameson Junior Boys 80m Hurdles (13.5); Jane Saothong Inter Girls Long Jump (3.56m); Eleanor Clegg Junior Girls 100m (14.7); Olivia Wilson Junior Girls 800m (2:42.0) and Gareth Johnson Inter Boys 200m (25.2).
The Deva Triathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon which was held in Chester on June 2nd. 976 Triathletes completed the Race and amongst them were two of the Harriers – V40 Matt Nuttall and Helen Leigh.
Matt finished – training for an Ironman Triathlon – was 168th overall in 2hrs:16min.34 secs and came 16th in his Male Age Group. Helen came 482nd overall (2hrs:32mins.28 secs) to finish 12th Woman in her age group 25 – 29. Describing the “swim as really tough with over a 100 in the start wave and a 900m upstream swim….with lots of kicking and bashing between the swimmers” preventing her from getting into a good rhythm, Helen is confident after a good bike ride and a run where she felt comfortable that she could “qualify” for the Aquathlon World Championships at the next Race in Liverpool in July.
Full Results HERE:
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