Monthly Archives: March 2015
The Harriers had two Men’s Teams and one Women’s Team at this years Northern Relays with the rain stopping just before the off and sunshine greeting the runners on the first Leg.
Men’s Full Results HERE
Women’s Full Results HERE
An unbelievable finish to the Race saw Liverpool, who had the Gold Medal in the bag, go the wrong way on the last leg to hand victory to Leeds and resulted in Morpeth moving up to Silver Medal position and Salford to Bronze.
Just 44 seconds separated the Team from a top ten place. Ben Fish ran the fastest long leg for the Harriers (23.37) and 12th fastest of all Long Legs on the day which was a cracking run and was part of a very good performance by the Harriers ‘A’ Team in securing 11th position overall .Zac Howe ran the fastest Short Leg clocking 12.51 and the last five legs were very consistent with just 31 seconds between fastest and slowest runs.
11 Blackburn Harriers & AC ‘A’ 3:26:59
Mat Nuttall (23) 24:59
Zachary Howe (21) 12:51
Robert Warner (21) 25:15
Shaun Livesey (18) 13:00
Tim Raynes (19) 26:25
Morgan Philips (21) 14:15
Ben Fish (18) 23:37
Chris Barnes (17) 13:19
C Davies (16) 13:00
Paul Bradshaw (16) 13:31
Paul Guinan (13) 13:26
Andrew Buttery (11) 13:21
The second of the Harriers Men’s Team placed 47th overall which was a pretty solid performance. In his first Race for the Club new member Conrad McKee ran the fastest Long Leg for the ‘B’ Team in 27.11 and John Sutton the fastest Short Leg with 13.54. Great spirit shown by the Team especially Brian Fogarty who ran with an infection and was on antibiotics but still completed his leg, as did Paul Bradshaw for the ‘A’ Team who hasn’t been able to train much lately due to illness. Two Harriers also ran in a ‘C’ Team – Mike Blacklidge running the first Long Leg in 33.50 and in his first ever competitive run for the Club, Sportshall Coach Ben Armstrong tackled the first Short Leg and finished with a solid time of 17.35.
47. Blackburn Harriers & AC ‘B’ 3:54:05
Brian Fogarty (51) 27:19
Joseph Howe (50) 13:54
Richard Fogarty (52) 29:21
Daniel Maynard (51) 15:18
Gary Pearse (56) 29:50
Allan Hartley (54) 15:04
Conrad McKee (52) 27:11
Jack Lonsdale (51) 14:03
Paul Wilkinson (55) 17:07
John Cookson (53) 15:15
John Sutton (52) 13:35
Marcus Sheridan (48) 16:08
The Women’s Team finished 44th out of the 55 Teams who completed the Relays which was a good performance considering that we had lost some athletes on the build up to the event. Fastest Long Leg for the Club was run by Beckie Taylor in 32.03 and Catherine Guinan had the fastest Short Leg (18.29) just one second in front of Shelley Tattersall (18.30).
44. Blackburn Harriers & AC ‘A’ 2:25:26
Kaylie Panaro (47) 35:03
Catherine Guinan (49) 18:29
Lindsay Davies (50) 22:17
Rebecca Taylor (45) 32:03
Shelley Tattersall (44) 18:30
Carol Cookson (44) 19:04
English Fell Championships – Round One at Erwood Hall
Saturday 28th March
Liz Greenwood and Josh Boyle contested the first round of this years English Fell Running Championships and started off with excellent wins.
Full Results HERE
(Photos courtesey of www.woodentops.org.uk)
Liz raced in the U18 Age category where boys and girls competed together. Liz was first young woman home in 30.12 nearly half a minute in front of the second placed U20 Ellie Cronshaw from Dark Peak. Liz told the Club that “Despite the wet and windy weather conditions I really enjoyed my first fell race of the season! It was a tough course with a long steady climb up to shining tor made a little easier by the Marshall’s sending us on a short cut the wrong way. A great day was topped off by a win in the first race of the English fell champs series!”
Josh won his U16 Age category Race taking the win in a time of 23.34 some 15 seconds in front of second placed Eliot Matier of Eden Runners. A great start to the Championships for both these talented young athletes.
There were three more wins for the Harriers at the local 5k Park Runs. At the Preston Race one hundred and sixty five runners turned up in pretty bad conditions and among them three Blackburn Harriers. U17 Joe Monk had an excellent Race, winning it outright in a time of 17.11 from Jason Parker in second place and setting a new PB in the Park Run Races said he was “really pleased. Its a good three lap course, it was quite a tactical run as three of us were together after the first lap and I was surprised to find that pace quite comfortable and was able to pick it up on the second lap and get a parkrun pb as well”.
Preston Full Results HERE
Hannah Cookson also had an excellent run taking the Female 1st Prize when she finished 28th in a time of 22.07. Finishing just one second outside of her previous best she said ” I was disappointed to miss out on my course PB by 1 second, but conditions were wet and windy. I was pleased to come first in my age category and 28 overall.”
Amongst the youngsters was David Almond in his first Race for a while because of injury having a very encouraging run finishing 5th in 18.41 which was also a new PB in the Park Run series.
Over at the Cuerden Valley Park Run which featured one hundred and sixty two runners Grace Handley added to the list of winners when she placed 10th overall and 1st Female in 21.45. After the Race she told the Club that “I’ve never done the Cuerden Park run before but it is definitely my new favourite course! The weather wasn’t exactly in my favour as it was heavy rain and strong winds but this only made the course muddier which in my opinion made it better!”
Cuerden Valley Full Results HERE
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It was the last fixture in the Sportscity Indoor Series on Sunday and a number of Harriers competed – with the added spice of the unofficial Blackburn Harriers 60m Sprint Championship at stake!!
Sportscity Full Results HERE
Unfortunately not all the Harriers Sprinters were there for ‘the Champs’ and in the end it featured Jamie Vickery, Dominic Bretherton, Oliver Aspden and Paul Coffey with Jamie taking the ‘unofficial trophy’ and probably more importantly, the bragging rights. Jamie duly ‘took the title’ finishing 3rd in 7.35 in a seasons best with Dominic 4th (7.46) and a PB, Oliver 5th (7.48) and also a PB and Paul 6th in 7.64.
In the lower age group 60m Races bottom of age U17 Cameron Massey finished 6th in 8.02 whilst brother U15 Nicholas Massey placed 4th in his Race with 7.98. U15 Joshua van der Linde won his U15 60m with a new PB of 8.22. Then in the 60m Hurdles Cameron just missed out on a PB by seven hundreds of a second when he finished 2nd in 10.24 with Nicholas suffering the same fate in his 60m Hurdles with a time of 9.18 – eight hundreths of a second from a new PB. Roxanne Oliver delivered a new PB in her 60m Hurdle Race with a 4th place 10.10. Oliver Aspden had the misfortune of being the only athlete in his 60m Hurdles but ran a new PB time of 8.77.
Jamie went on to compete in the 300m and set a new PB of 37.15 when he finished 3rd and said “Obviously really pleased to have taken a chunk off of my pb… But unbelievably frustrated that I made such a ridiculous mistake that cost me at least half a second. Definitely looking good for the transition to the outdoor though!”.
U17 Huzaifa Hanif ran an even paced 600m (1.27.95) which earned him a new PB by one second and a 3rd place in the Race of seven athletes and said afterwards that “I ran the race sensibly and I got 1:27.95 so very happy! “.
Cameron and Nicholas set seasons best in the U15/U17 High Jump with 1.40m for Cameron (9th) and 1.45m for Nicholas (7th). Josh set himself a new High Jump PB with his clearance of 1.35 (12th) and followed it up with another PB in the Long Jump (4.61m) taking 6th spot in the competition of 22 athletes.
From the Indoors at Sportscity to the Outdoors at Stanley Park in Blackpool with athletes starting to get the feel of the forthcoming T & F Season and some of them going up an age group and consequently increasing weights thrown for some of them and distances for others. And what a good start for these young athletes on the day.
Full Results HERE
In the U13’s Luis Billington had a very good day setting new PB’s in the 80m (3rd in 11.8sec) and Long Jump (5th with 3.90m) and added a 4th place 16.7 sec in the 75m Hurdles. Emily Raine flew out the blocks to knock nearly half a second of her 80m time when she won the Race in 11.2sec for a new PB.
There were some impressive performances in the U15 age group too. Hannah Cookson won her 800m in 2.31.8, took 2nd in the 100m with 13.9 and set a new PB in the Long Jump with 4.25m.
Emily Warren also had three very good events setting new PB’s in the 200m which she won in 27.9, then went and won the 75m Hurdles in 12.7 in her first race over the slightly longer distance and rounded it off with a solid 3rd place 800m in 2.38.5. Afterwards she told the Club that “I Was very pleased with my hurdles and 200m results yesterday. I managed to get two pbs in the winter warm up and although my 800 was not as good as I hoped, I’m still making progress. Although I’m at the bottom of the age category I am more confident for the future competitions”.
Another athlete moving up an age group – Eloise Littlefair – took on all the Throws events with the new weights and did really well with a win and two seconds. She won the Discus with a throw of 19.29m, came 2nd in the Shot Putt (3k) with 8.18m and 2nd again in the Hammer (3kg) with a throw of 22.41m.
In the U17’s Jacob Roberts and Rebecca Orrell had a very good day setting three new PB’s between them in the Throws events. Jacob took on the Shot Putt (5k) for the first time finishing 4th with a distance of 7.89m and in the Discus came 2nd with 21.76m. In the Hammer (5k) he excelled adding 5 metres to his previous best with a throw of 48.65m which got him a 2nd place finish and a new PB as well as putting himself 2nd in the National Rankings and said “Fantastic day at blackpool meeting today got new PB at 48.65 with my new weight of 5kg looking forward to the season ahead “. Jacob’s dad Neil who works with Mick Hitchon and the Throws Group was also delighted about the day and commented “Fantastic day at Blackpool athletic comp . Well done to my son Jacob Roberts on first competition of the season and a new weight of 5kg with a throw of 48.55mts . Also my first competition has a field official really enjoyed it”.
Rebecca took on the Shot Putt (4k) and the Hammer (4k) and like Jacob, didn’t disappoint winning both competitions. In the Shot Putt she won with a Throw of 8.27m and then set a new PB in the Hammer (4k) when winning the event with a distance of 40.55m. This has Rebecca currently first in the National Rankings. Understandably pleased Rebecca said that “It was really good to start competing again after a tough winter training of not being able to throw. So with this in mind I wasn’t expecting to get anywhere near my PB. But my throws were consistent and my furthest throw was 40.55 metres, a new PB! So my first competition of the year started of with a win and a new PB. Bring on the rest of the season!”
Wilmslow Half-Marathon – Sunday 22nd March
Full Results HERE
Two athletes training for Marathons went over to this very popular and always sold out Half-Marathon at Wilmslow featuring 4079 finishers on the day. The Race, won by Ben Siaw in 64.57 saw Ben Fish – who is competing in the Manchester Marathon shortly – take 8th place overall in a time of 67.45 and afterwards he said “I was expecting to be a minute quicker, but feel I’m still making progress. Definitely more better results to come”.
Chris Davies who is preparing for his second ever marathon when he runs London, has had a good build up in his training and finished 66th in 76.52 and a new PB by eight seconds. He later said that he “Was looking for a strong run and managed to knock a few seconds of the PB so I’m really pleased and things looking good so far for London at the end of April”.
Down at the Eastleigh 10k, Karl Billington continues to show improvement in his form after finishing the Cross Country season on a good note with victory in the London Colleges League.
Full Results HERE
Two thousand one hundred and fifty one runners completed this Race and Karl came 2nd (30.50) in a very competitive Race, finishing just three seconds behind the winner and just 8 seconds separating the first four. Karl was “Very pleased with today’s 2nd place, would have liked to run quicker then 30 50 but it was quite windy and the course isn’t as quick as the course my PB is on. But this race gives me confidence heading into track season”. Running as part of the St Mary’s Team Karl and his Team mates picked up second Team prize which was a good end to the day and for them.
Another athlete training for the Manchester Marathon was Kaylie Panaro and Coach George Woodburn sent her over to the Trimple 20 as part of her preparation. And she didn’t disappoint. Having set new PB’s recently at the half-marathon and 10 mile distances, Kaylie was going into this in good form with her target for the Marathon of breaking four hours. Finishing 217th in a field of 531 and in a time of 2.45.29 – a full ten minutes faster than her last 20 mile run in 2014 – puts her well on course to break the four hour barrier. Delighted, Kaylie told the Club that “I’m really pleased with how I ran at the Trimpell 20, it was great practice for the marathon and went to plan, I just hope the weather is as kind on the day”.
Full Results HERE
The writer of this report learned a very valuable lesson when assessing the Race of Brian Fogarty at the Trimple 20. Brian finished 22nd in 2.11.16 and I thought that may be a little under par for him. Until, that is, I found out what he had actually done that day. When I asked Brian how he viewed the outcome of his Race he said this “The race on Sunday went absolutely to plan. I rode to Lancaster hard to fatigue the legs on top of a big week. I wanted the race to replicate the feeling of the Ironman. I paced around 6:40 for the 1st 10 and then slightly increased to around 6:20 pace. it was all comfortable and I felt really strong. This has given me good confidence that i’m well on track for my 1st big race Ironman Lanzerote in May”. Two lessons. Never make assumptions and if you want to make it to the top at any event in athletics, Brian’s hardwork is the kind of thing that you have to commit yourself to.
In the same vicinity Joe Monk tackled the Garstang Gallop, a seven mile road race and had an excellent run to finish 2nd overall and 1st Junior Man in a time of 40.24.
Full Results HERE
Joe wanted to be part of the Clubs Relay Team at Sefton Park this coming weekend but is agonisngly weeks away from being eligible to run in terms of his date of birth. After the Race he said that “I’ll definitely do the relays next year” and went on to comment about his Race “I was really pleased today kept strong until the end, it was a very undulating course so it constantly kept you working”.
And down at Reading in the Half-Marathon Charlotte Atkinson ran her first Race of the year and did really well in setting a new PB (1.37.49) over the distance. She knocked five minutes of the time she ran in the same Race in 2014 so looking like there is a bit more to come yet.
Full Results HERE
Charlotte was “really happy with it! The course was really fast and there was such a great atmosphere it really helped drag me round! Will definitely be running next year aiming for another pb!”
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