Monthly Archives: April 2015
Good starts to the season with PB’s for Karl Billington and Zac Howe at the Watford Open Graded Meeting on Wednesday April 22nd.
Full Results HERE
Karl competed in the 3000m won by Scott Halstead in 8.15.98 coming in an excellent 4th with a new PB of 8.17.19 and was delighted telling the Club that he was “absolutely over the moon to finally run under 8 20, it’s been a long 5 year wait to do this. It was a very messy race with around 30 people in the race, I was running in lane 3 for the first 600m. It was a very slow first half, i ended up running at 4 02/3 second 1500. So there’s hopefully more to come in a honest race”. Zac ran in the 800m won by Joe Strange in 1.52.73 – with Zac finishing 3rd in a new PB in another excellent time of 1.53.92 – over two seconds faster than his previous best.
Lancashire Combined Events and Quadrathon – at Hyndburn April 25/26th
Full Results HERE
There was a good turn out from the Harriers at the Combined Events and also in the Quadrathlon by the Clubs Sportshall youngsters with six of the Harriers competing setting 16 new PB’s between them.
Standout performance of the day came from Nick Massey in the Junior Boys Pentathlon. Five Events – Five Wins – Five new PB’s – 2450 points and a Gold Medal. A perfect record. Nick reduced his 80mH time down from 12.71 to 11.6, increased his Shot Putt from 9.21m to 9.40m, increased his Long Jump from 5.00m to 5.42m, his High Jump went up to 1.53m from 1.50m and he finished off with a two second PB in the 800m (2.23.8). Josh van der Linde collected 1729 points to take Bronze Medal in the event setting a new PB of 1.53m in the High Jump which was a significanrt increase on his previous best of 1.35m.
In another impressive performance Ross Liddle contested the Inter Boys Octathlon and won the event with a points total of 3649 and of the eight events, four of them, Discus (20.49m) , Javelin (20.82m), 400 (56.2) and 1500m (5.11.9) were events he had never competed in before. Of the other four, he set new PB’s in the 100mH (14.7) – High Jump (1.63m) and Shot Putt (10.05m). All this after overcoming a broken leg. Cameron Massey took 3rd place and Bronze Medal in this event with 3194 points and setting two new PB’s in the 400m (57.5 which was a big chunk off his previous best of 61.8 and in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.51m.
There was a disappointing turn out in the Senior Girls and Boys Heptathlon with the two contestants in the Senior Girls being Blackburn Harriers Roxanne Oliver and Polly Pearse. Roxanne took 1st place with 3352 points to Polly’s 3057 points in 2nd. The contest saw Roxanne set three new PB’s in 100mH (16.2), High Jump (1.47m) and Javelin (24.93m) with Polly winning the Highh Jump and Long Jump events.
Tackling the U13 Boys Pentathlon for the first time – Jamie Teare duly won the competition with five straight wins in the 75mH (15.0) – Shot Putt (5.98m) – Long Jump (4.27m) – High Jump (1.32m) and 800m (2.37.4). Amongst these performances he set new PB’s in the Shot Putt and High Jump, so a very successful debut for Jamie.
In the Quadrathlon the Harriers 14 youngsters from the Clubs Sportshall Group competing which was a really good turnout and they produced 13 new PB’s between them over the weekend.
(Stan Taylor presenting the Medals to Emily Raine in 3rd place)
In the Y 7/8 Girls Quadrathlon Emily Raine took the Bronze Medal with 2014 points and Olivia Blow came 5th with 184 points. Emily cut a full second off her 100m for a new PB of 14.4 and set another new PB in the Long Jump by half a metre (4.01m). There was also a new PB for Olivia in the 100m (15.0).
Eleanor Allsop and Millie Peel took part in the Y %/6 event on Saturday and finished in 3rd and 4th place with Eleanor on 160 points and Millie on 86 points. Eleanor set a new PB by half a second in the 75m (12.1). Millie just missed a PB in the 75m (14.3) by 2 cms. In the same event held on the Sunday, Leah Hoole took 4th place with 163 points and set a two new PB‘s in her 75m with a time of 12.8 and in her 600m with 2.13,7.Danielle Probert came 8th (130 points) – Henrietta Reed 12th (100 points) and Caterina Lombard 10th with 97 points in the same event.
Rory Teare, George Whittaker, Kyle Pomfret and Ben Boocock all competed in the Y 5/6 Saturday Quadrathlon with Rory taking the Bronze Medal in 3rd place (127 points), George placing 4th (176 points), Kyle 5th (171 points) and Ben 10th (147 points). Rory set things rolling with a new PB in the 75m (12.0) and then chopped off a huge 5 seconds in his 600m for another new PB of 2.05.1.George’s 2.11.7 600m was a big new PB by eight seconds over the distance as was his 75m where he reduced it from 12.8 to a new PB of 12.1 Kyle set two new PB’s in the 75m with 12.6 and in the 600m (2.11.7). To complete a hat trick of PB’s for these young lads, Ben knocked nearly nine seconds off his best time to set a new PB of 2.19.7 in the 600m and set another PB in the 75m with a time of 12.1, down by nearly a second.
In the Sunday Y 3/4 Girls event Amelia Cowin came 4th with 111 points and in the Saturday Boys Y 3/4 event Max Peel came 7th (97 points) and Oliver Newsham 8th with 78 points.
Danny Teare gave a flavour of some of the events when he commented that it was a “Cold day – wind, rain, 7 degrees. Great camaraderie between the team. In particular, the Massey brothers were helping the u13 boys with the long jump, coaching tips etc – but in particular they were really supportive. Jamie and Rory were really chuffed to be getting such support from athletes to which they look up. Ben Aspinall came down just to watch and support our athletes. However, he was very proactive in helping Jamie with his LJ too. Jamie got 4.27 PB – that support made all the difference.
The yr 5 quad lads had a great time. They were joining in all the warm ups that Caer was running, and they played football constantly between the events! Think it was a fast day for them – faster than it was for the cold parents and marshalls! Caer did a great job, especially with the team tent! John and I were taking notes!Jamie had a blast of a day. He was first in each event and was consistently saying what a great day he was having. He was pumped. Rory was a tad disappointed with third – but he was still very happy with his day.
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Seven hundred and one finishers at this years Three Peaks Race, staged in bad weather and best summed up by one of the Harriers – Richard Taylor – when he said “Rough – drizzle all round PYG with low cloud and strong winds on top. Sleet and driving wind up Whernside. Snowing on Ingleborough. Underfoot was squelchy most of the way up Whernside – couldn’t feel my feet for an hour. Slippy off Ingleborough on all the wet limestone”
Not a day for the faint hearted!
(some photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org.uk and Andy Holden)
Full Results HERE
Shaun Livesey led the Harriers home in a fine 66th place with a time of 3.34.39. He said “I was gonna go out hard, however I payed the price. Still 4 mins quicker than last year in what were poor weather conditions. Still next year”.
Helen Leigh was next home in 108th place – and 4th Woman overall – with a PB on the course – knocking 13 minutes off her previous best and in such bad weather – finishing in a great time of 3.42.27 and said after the Race that she was “Well chuffed with this …..Felt strong despite occasional vomit in mouth and mild hypothermia. Hard work paying off” No faint hearts there then!
Chris Barnes took 166th place in a time of 3.54.17 – Gary Pearse placed 184th in 3.56.57 – Andy Heyes with a time of 4:36 finished 464th and Richard Taylor 686th in 5.24.21. Commenting again on the conditions Richard told us having done 6 Three Peak Races that “The toughest – Whernside was the worst I’ve known it in recent years. Wet, almost freezing cold underfoot and sideways sleeting towards the top. You then run off in to the wind and sleet”.
Matt Nuttall and Beckie Taylor went into the Race carrying injuries and paid the price – not helped by the conditions – and unfortunately had to drop out – Matt at Hill Inn and Beckie at Higher Birkwith.
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This years London Marathon saw five Blackburn Harriers – Chris Davies, Conrad McKee, Rachel Wood, Paul Bradshaw, and Allan Hartley – racing and three of them gained new Personal Bests.
First one home was Chris Davies who ran a new PB of 2.49.41 which cut nearly 13 minutes of his only previous attempt at the distance – Manchester Marathon 2014 (3.02.31). He was delighted with his Race and commented “Will try again with this one. Managed a 2:49:41 today at the London Marathon, really pleased with it”. This time gives Chris an automatic Fast For Age Entry in 2016.
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( In lieu of a photo – The 2.49.41 Vest)
Next in was Conrad McKee who had been struggling with an injury but was determined to compete as he was also running to raise money for his adopted Charity Addiction and he did really well to clock a time of 2.55 in his first ever Marathon. Afterwards he posted “Just a massive thank you to everyone who got me to the start line today and to everyone who sponsored me. Family, in laws, running club mates, everyone has been absolutely fantastic”.
Not far behind was Rachel Wood who ran 3.03 in her Marathon debut, a time which, like Chris gives her an automatic entry into the 2016 Race said afterwards “I’m gutted, I didn’t run under 3 hours.” No need to be, a great run and well deserved after all the training that went into it under the watchful eye of her dad.
Paul Bradshaw was attempting his third Marathon having run 3.22.41 at Liverpool in 2011 and 3.18.57 at Liverpool again in 2012. Paul set a new PB in London running 3.12 and said “Thanks for the support today…….. PB of 3.12 despite being hit by a John Barnes free kick with 5K to go.Awesome atmosphere, the people of London certainly get behind you”
Allan Hartley whose PB going into London was 3.21.25 had been carrying an injury and had to cut back on some of his training, so to run 3.23.14 was a great effort and he told the Club that “I felt i ran fairly well to say i had a bit of an injury, i was just steady away at 7.30 pace till about 23 mile then lost it a bit , but happy with my time”.
Cannot possibly leave this report without paying tribute to Paula Radcliffe. To run 2.37 without the proper training was fantastic, but more than that, the Race and her run gave the public at large an opportunity to see this fantastic athlete – the best female endurance runner ever produced in Britain and one of the most inspirational of athletes. Her 2.15.25 at the London Marathon was an astonishing run and set new bench marks for Women’s Marathon running. Whether any other female runner attains that bench mark in the near future, I am not so sure.
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