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Mid Lancs T & F League Sunday July 2013

On a cooler day than recently, sixteen Harriers competed at Ormskirk in the Mid Lancs League.

Full Results HERE

Some great performances came from the five female athletes who competed. U15 Olivia Wilson completed a PB double with 2.38.90 in the 800m (4th) and 20.11 in the Javelin (2nd).

Olivia Wilson

Olivia Wilson

Another improving U15 – Charlotte Taylor – had a real go at the U15 Girls Record in the 300m, missing out by just seven tenths of a second in finishing 2nd (44.90) and two and a half seconds faster than her previous best. She also contested the 200m (2nd) 28.90sec. U15 Liz Greenwood took to the 800m for some speed work and knocked a full three seconds off her PB with 2.21.40 (3rd). Becky Orrell came 2nd in the Shot Putt (7.43m) and 2nd in the Discus (26.59m).

Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte Taylor

Liz Greenwood

Liz Greenwood

Rebecca Orrell

Rebecca Orrell

New Club member and 11yrs old – Eloise Littlefair – showed real promise with a 14.60 clocking in the U13 Girls 100m (2nd) and then won the Discus with a throw of 18.94m which places her 4th in the North West Rankings after her first ever competition.

Eloise Littlefair

Eloise Littlefair

Four PB’s for the Girls and nine PB’s from the male athletes who competed on the day.

Jamie Vickery kicked off proceedings with 2nd in the Senior Men’s 100m Heat One (11.50) and was followed in Heat 2 by Paul Coffey 11.80 (2nd) and Jack Lonsdale in 5th (12.30)  – Mick Angland with a first outing of the season came 3rd Heat 3 (12.1). Jack Lonsdale and Paul Coffey then doubled up in the 200m with Jack winning his Heat in 24.60 and posting a PB and Paul 2nd with 24.40 in his Heat.

Jamie jumped 5.08m in the Long Jump in his first outing in this event since May 2012, and then added 5m to his Hammer PB with a new PB of 21.88m – Paul tried the Javelin 8th (18.07m) just short of his PB.

Jamie Vickery

Jamie Vickery

In the Veteran Category V50 Phil Hall ran a very good season’s best of 2.08.00 in the 800m (5th) and V45 John Orrell posted 2.48.50. V35 Chris Davies who recently knocked 13 minutes off his Half-Marathon PB doubled up in the 1500m (3rd) 4.47.20 and 3000m (5th) 10.16.50, setting new PB’s in both.

Phil Hall

Phil Hall

John Orrell

John Orrell

Chris Davies

Chris Davies

Jack Vickery excelled breaking the 50m barrier with the 6kg Hammer winning with a new PB of 50.53m and followed it up with an 8th place Discus (23.72m).

Jack Vickery

Jack Vickery

Connor Davison had a consistent day with three 2nd places in Shot Putt (9.85m); Discus (25.61m) and Hammer (34.77m). Bottom of age U15 Jacob Roberts, benefiting from some consistent training had a tremendous day in setting three PB’s in his contested events Discus 5th (20.58m); Hammer 5th (21.35m) and Shot Putt 6th (8.61m). Cameron Massey also competed in three events with the 100m (6th) 12.70; Long Jump 13th (4.36m) and a big PB in the Shot Putt with 9.52m, nearly two metres in excess of his previous best.

Connor Davison

Connor Davison

Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts

Cameron Massey

Cameron Massey

In the U17’s Joe Monk in his first competitive 800m ran a good race (7th) in 2.15.30. Gareth Johnson doubled in the 100m (2nd) 12.10 and Javelin (5th) 15.58m. Ben Aspinall leapt 12.64m in the Triple Jump, just short of his PB by 4 cm in winning the event. Ben then came 4th in the Javelin (17.72m) and 3rd in the Long Jump (5.44m).

Joe Monk

Joe Monk

Gareth Johnson

Gareth Johnson

Ben Aspinall

Ben Aspinall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alison Smashes Club Mile Track Record for Women

Alison Leonard had a stunning run at the BMC Mile Race in Oxford on July 20th. The existing Club Record was held by Judith Croasdale who set a time of 4.52.28 in Cwmbran on 26th May 1980.

Full Results HERE

This Record which has stood for 33 years has now been broken by Alison when she won the BMC Mile Race in a time of 4:42.39, beating the old Record by nearly 10 seconds. This result places her  8th in the National Rankings currently headed by Vicky Fouhy (4:34.87).

Congratulations from everyone at the Harriers for breaking this long standing Record.

 

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New Indoor Training Centre gets underway

In a truly Groundbreaking Ceremony held at Witton Park in brilliant sunshine – July 19th –  the first sod was dug to signify the start of the construction of a new Indoor Training Centre and relaid running track.

Pictured at the ceremony are L – R Tony Wood Chairman of Blackburn Harriers & AC – Damian Talbot BwDBC Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Young People – Samantha Murray Silver Medallist at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Modern Pentathlon and member of Blackburn Harriers – Kate Hollern Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and a representative of the Main Contractor Eric Wright.

The Contractor will set up on July 22nd and start actual construction on the Indoor Facility on July 29th. The existing running track will remain open to the Harriers, schools and members of the community throughout construction whilst a date is worked out for the relaying.

Witton Park Athletics Facility Fence view

Witton Park Athletics Facility Fence view

In welcoming all of those involved to the Ceremony Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Young People, said: “This facility will transform athletics in the borough and will be for the benefit of everyone. We hope it will encourage more young people to take up the sport and help make our current talented athletes even better. We have worked with Blackburn Harriers to create a first class venue which will hopefully create the next Olympians”.

Councillor Damian Talbot with Olympic Silver Medalist Samantha Murray

Councillor Damian Talbot with Olympic Silver Medallist Samantha Murray

Samantha being interviewed by Sky News live at the Ceremony

Samantha being interviewed by Sky News live at the Ceremony

 

Responding on behalf of Blackburn Harriers, Chairman Tony Wood said “we are finally here” reflecting  a near 20year campaign to enhance the facilties at Witton Park for athletics. Tony thanked all those involved and in particular BwDBC Councillors, Officers, Planning and Leader Kate Hollern for the tremdous work that they have all put in to realise this ambition. In addressing the Ceremony Tony highlighted the amazing performances by the Clubs three Olympians – Holly Bleasdale, Sophie Hitchon and Samantha Murray in 2012 and their continuing success.

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Attending the Ceremony were George Davies Club Secretary, who along with Tony Wood worked closely with the Borough on this project, Club Stalwart Sylvia Almond, Track Referee and some of the current athletes along with Claire Ramwell Head of Service Culture, Leisure, Sport and Young People and Martin Eden Director of Culture, Leisure, Sport & Young People

Sylvia Almond (n the right) next to Kate Hollern (Leader of the Borough)

Sylvia Almond (on the right) next to Kate Hollern (Leader of the Borough) – on the left Claire Ramwell and on the right Martin Eden

Athletes L - R Chris Matthews; Danny Maynard; Jack Vickery; Zac Howe; Joseph Howe and Helen Leigh

Athletes L – R Chris Matthews; Danny Maynard; Jack Vickery; Zac Howe; Joseph Howe and Helen Leigh

 

 

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Track & Road Results

It was BMC night at Stretford on Tuesday – 16th July – and Karl Billington posted a season’s best in the 1500m B Race with a time of 4.00.31. Tom Cornthwaite (runs for Blackburn on the Track) also posted a season’s best of 4.05.43 in the 1500m C Race.

Full Results HERE

More Harriers were out competing on the same night in the Grand Prix Races. U20 Zac Howe was another Harrier to set a season’s best with 1.57.16 in the 800m and just two tenths off his PB. U17 brother Joseph Howe went one better setting a new PB for the 800m of 2.09.55 whilst sister Phoebe Howe ran 2.30.65 in her 800m race. Robert Warner contested the 3000m and set a season’s best of 8.56.32, an agonising two hundreths of a second off his PB. Josh Tighe who competes for Blackburn on the Track ran the same race in a time of 8.40.3 which was very close to his PB and just just two seconds off.

Full Results HERE

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On The Road

Sweltering weather and hardly conducive to distance running greeted the 410 athletes who entered and ran the Windmill Half-Marathon on Sunday July 14th. Just one Harrier made the trip – the continually improving – Chris Davies – and posted a PB of 81.12min, knocking a massive 13 minutes off his previous Half-Marathon run in January 2013.

Full Results HERE

In the We Love Manchester 10k held on the same day – 1500 runners braved the scorching conditions and amongst them were a number of Harriers women athletes.

Samantha McCreadie in her first ever 10k Road Race finished an impressive 97th overall in 41.23 which was an excellent debut. Backing up Sam were U17 Ella Gregory in 373rd position (47.53) and Kaylie Panaro in 474th (49.11).

Full Results HERE

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At the St Annes Carnival 5k on July 7th 157 runners lined up with Chris Davies placing 10th (17.57) bottom of age U17 Joe Monk came in 13th (18.13). Katie Trickett in her first race for some time won the Women’s Prize for first lady home in 29th (19.55).

Full Results HERE

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On the same day, John Cookson ran the Catforth 10k and was 47th out of 176 finishers in a time of 44.46.

Full Results HERE

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The day before – July 6th – Chris Barnes 3rd (17.14) and Pauline Powell 7th (18.12) and winner of the Women’s 1st prize ran at the Catforth Cantor 5k.

Full Results HERE

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Samantha Wins Two Team Gold Medals

Samantha Murray who is competing for Britain in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Taipei in August had a tremendous weekend at the European Senior Championships.

Full Results HERE

Sam, along with Katie French and Mhairi won Gold in the Relay Championships and then again in the Team Championships. In the individual event, Sam came 7th overall and this is what she said about the weekend when speaking to the Club:

After graduating from university I managed to knuckle down and get some quality training in before the European Champs. I was feeling good however there were still some gaps in my training, mainly in the running and shooting disciplines. At the competition, we took Gold in the relay and Gold again in the team which were really pleasing results for our squad. In the individual I had a real shot at a medal, as I started in the Combined (run and shoot) in 3rd position. However I let myself down by not managing my anxieties and focusing accordingly on the task in hand…hitting that black ring! It may sound simple, but in practice it requires a controlled mind and refined skill,  both executed simultaneously under pressure. Finishing in 7th is a solid result. I have come home with positives but also clear areas to work on. I have some time off now then on the 22nd July I will begin my preparations for the World Champs which are to be held in Taipei in August. Onwards and upwards as they say!”

Sam is currently ranked 9th in the world and the Harriers send their best wishes to her for the World Championships.

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Harriers U13 & U15 Athletes produce lots of PB’s at final YDL Fixture

The Harriers all though missing quite a number of athletes at the final fixture at Wigan – July 13th – nevertheless put in a great performance to finish 3rd on the day and 4th overall in the League. With a number of debutants for the Club in the U13 age group, there is no doubt that the experience this year will stand them in good stead for next season.

Amongst the debutants were U15 Nectario Maroudas in the 100m (12.6),  200m (26.4) and Long Jump (4.56m) – U15 Declan Livesey in the 1500m (5.20.3) – U15 Connor Hodson in the High Jump (1.65m) – U13 Robyn Mason in the 75m (12.4) and Shot Putt (3.82m) and U13 Tanya Brits in the 800m (3.41.2) backed up in the Javelin (8.99m).

Full Results HERE

Winners on the day included U15 Connor Davison in the Hammer & Shot Putt; U15 Jacob Roberts in the Discus and Hammer; Grace Handley in the 800m; Olivia Wilson Javelin; Brenna McPartlan Shot Putt; Kayla Masterson High Jump; and Esme Pearse High Jump & Pole Vault.

More pleasing was the fact that the athletes produced a whole number of new PB’s  – 22 in all – which is an indication of their progress through the season.

In the U15 Boys there were PB’s for Jack Jameson (80m Hurdles) 13.2; Cameron Massey (80m Hurdles) 13.4; Connor Davison (Hammer) 30.06m; Jacob Roberts (Discus) 18.41m and (Hammer) 18.50m.

Moving to the U13 Boys new PB’s were established by Ben Cecil ((200m) 29.3 and in the (800m) 2.38.8; Rhys Charnley (200m) 30.8; Seth Elliott (800m) 2.45.9; Daniel Fenwick (Javelin) 16.69m and Long Jump 4.30m.

Not to be outdone in the accumulation of PB’s were the girls. In the U15’s Grace Handley front ran her way to victory in the 800m for a new PB of 2.25.1; Olivia Wilson set a new PB in the 200m (30.5) and in the Javelin (18.73m); Brenna McPartlan also took a PB in the 1500m (5.48.4); Elizabeth Ashcroft set a PB in the 75m Hurdles with 12.6; Kayla Masterson in the same event also set a new PB of 13.9 as well as a PB in the High Jump (1.35m).

Three of the U13 Girls came away with PB’s including Anjalie Singh in the 75m (12.3sec) and Long Jump (3.35m); Emily Taberner in the Javelin (16.90) and Hannah Cookson 150m (21.0sec.