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Track & Field Season opens for the Harriers

 A very windy, cold but bright day greeted the athletes at the first Mid Lancs League fixture of the year at Blackpool.

 Full Results HERE

The big talking point of the day for the Harriers was around the question – who would win the unofficial 100m sprint championship from these boys?

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The pre-Race favourite Jamie ‘Blue Boy’ Vickery took the bragging rights when finishing 2nd in a PB time of 11.00sec, followed by Oliver Aspden in 3rd equalling his PB of 11.20, Archie Braysford – a tenth outside his PB in 4th with 11.30, Dominic Bretherton in 5th with setting a new PB of 11.30 and Paul Coffey in 6th (11.40). Jamie went onto win the 200m in 23.10 with Paul in 3rd place (23.90).

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 Tony Balko had an early outing in the Throws following some really hard gym sessions including one the night before. In the Shot Tony took 5th spot with 9.41m, 2nd in the Discus with 27.41m and 6th in the Hammer with a throw of 29.07m. New member Simon Brown, in his first outing for the Club won the Mens Senior Discus with 40.47m which is an excellent start to the season following a long period of injury and no competition.

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In the U17 Mens Throws Connor Davison had a really good day winning the Shot Putt with 10.84m, taking 3rd in the Discus with 26.37m and 6th in the Javelin (28.14m).

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Jacob Roberts was again in good form winning the U17 Mens Hammer with a Throw of 48.03m. All the Throwers had pretty bad conditions to deal with in terms of the swirling wind.

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U15 Boy Anthony Kent had a good day with a 3rd place in the Shot Putt (8.77m) and winning the Javelin with 27.07m. He had three foul throws in the Javelin but that is a learning experience for him. New member Lucas Davies also had a good introduction into competition along with Anthony finishing 5th in the Discus with 15.35m, 11th in the Javelin (15.60m) and 9th in the Shot Putt (5.75m).

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U15 Eloise Littlefair competed in the Throws where she took 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 9.05m and a new PB – 2nd in the Discus with 19.54m and 6th in the Javelin with 21.94m. This was a good performance after an extended period of being unable to train because of injuries.

Another U13 having a good day was Olivia Blow who finished 2nd in the 100m in 15.10 knocking four tenths off her best time to set a new PB of 15.10sec and then competed in a monster field of 32 Long Jumpers where she finished 18th with 2.98m.

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In the U15 Girls 1500m, there was a good race which featured Amy Davies and Kirsty Hamilton who ran neck and neck throughout the last two laps with Kirsty having the edge down the home straight. Amy finished 2nd in 5.42.10 and given the wind that represented a solid race for her.

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Joe Pearse who has recently cleared 2.04m in the High Jump duly won the Senior Men’s HJ with a leap of 1.95m and pleasing to see him jump without a knee support which throughout his 2014 season was part of the his sports bag.

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Huzaifa Hanif ran his best 800m Race to-date taking 9 seconds of his previous best to set a new PB of 2.05.50 in the U17 event. With splits of 63 and 62 he was a whisker of catching the winner right on the line. He then went and ran the 100m – against advice – finishing 6th in 12.30sec which knocked four tenths of a second of his old time to set a new PB.

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U13 Boy Sam Farnworth had an excellent day when he grabbed himself a new PB in the 100m with a 2nd placed 13.90sec and then went on to win the 200m in a time of 30.90sec which was his first ever attempt at the distance.

New member Leon Thomas was itching to compete for the first time taking on the 200m and finishing 5th with 32.10 and that after he had earlier run the 800m taking 6th place in a good time of 2.43.70.  Another new member – Luke Ingleson – was equally eager to compete for the first time and ran the 800min in 9th place (2.55.10) as well as the 200m where he finished 3rd with 33.70sec just behind Jamie Teare who took 2nd place in 32.50sec in his first ever attempt at the distance. Jamie went on to set a new PB in the U13’s 1500m knocking three seconds off to set a new PB of 5.16.40 and 2nd in the Race. Jamie kept up with setting new PB’s to take another one in the Shot putt – 5th with 5.78m – over a metre better than his previous best.

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U15 Hannah Cookson took on the 300m and 200m Races finishing 4th in the 200m with 29.20m and then won the 300m, equalling her PB of 46.1sec but in that wind was definitely PB form. She also competed in the Long Jump  placing 9th in the 20 strong field with 4.07m. Another new member Chloe Bleeks also took on the 300m and 200m double in her first ever competition. In the 300m she ran really well to finish 4th with 49.20sec and took a really good 3rd place in the 200m with 31.00sec.

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Rebecca Orrell travelled to Wigan and Liver pool at the weekend. First fixture up on Saturday was the Liverpool Harriers Throws & Jumps Meeting followed by the Wigan Spring Open meeting on Sunday.

Liverpool Results HERE

Wigan Results – (Not available yet)

Rebecca took 3rd place in the Shot Putt with 8.21m – her PB is 8.51m and then took another 3rd place in a very good quality competition throwing a new PB of 41.52m and she was very pleased with her weekend’s efforts telling us that “Liverpool Jumps and Throws was a great competition of the elite athletes. So I was very pleased with a PB and a bronze medal. Wigan open meeting wasn’t the best of weathers but with two gold medals and distances not far off my PB im very pleased”.

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Hollie Cubbon competed at the British Schools Biathlon Championships in London on March 28th and had a good competition.

Mum Suzanne said after watching her compete that she “did really well at the National schools Biathlon 2015 this weekend coming 16th out of 109 finalists and having to compete a year up as an 11 year old.
She did a 2.53 min 800m run and a 35 second 50 metre swim The event took place in the Queen Elizabeth Park, London and swimming in the 50m Olympic pool was an amazing experience.
The run was hard in windy conditions and on a course that had a few sharp turns but a great event”.

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National 12 Stage Road Relays with the Harriers

ERRA National Road Relays – Mens 12 Stage
at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 11th April 2015

Full Results HERE

Blackburn Harriers who took 11th spot in the Northern 12 Stage Relays finished in 37th place at this years National 12 Stage which was a pretty good result considering there were some athletes not available on the day.

Karl Billington led from the front, literally by having a great run on the first Leg to finish 11th in 27.40 which was also the joint 26th fastest long leg of the day and shared with Ian Hudspith from the eventual winners Morpeth. Ben Fish was just a few seconds behind on his Long leg with 27.44 which had him at joint 32nd fastest Long Leg along with Tesfaye Debele and Robel Bahelbi. Fastest Short Leg was run by Zac Howe in 17.13 closely followed by Chris Barnes with 17.29.

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Karl Billington (11) 27:40
Zachary Howe (21) 17:13
Paul Bradshaw (44) 32:49
Joseph Howe (43) 18:22
Ben Fish (33) 27:44
Chris Barnes (33) 17:29
Shaun Livesey (32) 31:28
Andrew Heys (35) 19:29
Andrew Buttery (37) 32:48
John Chaplin (39) 19:39
Paul Guinan (38) 32:22
Mat Nuttall (38) 18:33

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 When it was all over some of the lads spoke to the Club. Karl Billington was “Really pleased with my run on the first leg. Regardless of missing a few people still a great result and team effort”.

John Chaplin said he “Enjoyed another good club day out. Some great performances, notably Karl and Ben and a great team effort”.

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Paul Bradshaw commented it was “Good fun, no more long legs for me! As it resulted in a ‘settling position’ way below where I should of come home in! Good day though”.

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Chris Barnes told us that it was “Another great day out for the senior men at the national, Karl Billington set the tone with an outstanding run on leg one taking some big scalps, after a settling process we found ourselves racing in and around the mid 30’s. Even missing 3 or 4 ‘A’ teamers we managed to hold or place which shows the depth coming together at the club”.

Ben Fish had no doubt that it was a “great effort by the guys. Karl got us off to a flyer coming in 11th on 1st leg. Inevitably we dropped back as bigger clubs came through. I was happy with my run and managed to pick a few off. Top 40 is good, we want top 30 next time”.

Andy Heys was very enthused about the day and said “What a day and what an opportunity to be part of the team that represented our club at one of the all-time great club events. It was great to be involved in an event with some of the best road running athletes in the UK. Whilst I didn’t smash any records, I’m pleased with my performance, but will be looking to better on this next year”

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Samantha talks about the Harriers

 Samantha Murray recently spoke to the delegates at a BUCS Conference on University Sport at Twickenham and part of what she said on the day included a piece on her Club – Blackburn Harriers and this is what she had to say:

“Blackburn Harriers support my training and competitions as well as the dedicated club members who turn up every session to both train and coach members: they educate their coaches and celebrate successes. They create a team and community spirit by simple things like having a team tent at cross country events where hot drinks and chairs provide a bit of comfort for parents and athletes.

They have training for all events and abilities from local leagues, sports hall events for youngsters and the London Marathon. They encapsulate and engender community and team spirit. They chase funding for the club and for athletes and offer a Lancashire welcome that makes members feel loyalty and belonging. What they do isn’t just about sport itself- it is about making people feel supported and valued – they encourage young people and their families to recognise that everyone can find a sport to suit them and that everyone can participate – from being a course marshal or competing in the shot put. “

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Sam’s achievements have been fantastic and are rewards for a tremendous amount of talent and bucket loads of hard work and self-belief. This is a list of what she has achieved to-date:

1st World Cup #1 Florida, USA 2015
1st World Championships Warsaw, Poland 2014
7th European Championship Hungary 2014
1st British Championships 2014
1st British Championships 2013
5th World Cup #2 Rio De Janeiro, Brasil 2013
2nd Olympic Games London 2012
3rd World Championships Rome, Italy 2012
3rd World Cup #4 Rostov, Russia 2012
4th World Cup #3  Hungary 2012
1st Hungarian Cup 2012
6th World Cup #1 Charlotte, USA 2012
1st Budapest Indoor 2012
7th World Cup #1 Palm Springs, USA 2011
4th World Cup #4 Budapest, Hungary 2010
7th World Cup #3 Medway, England 2010
16th World Cup #1 Cancun, Mexico 2010
1st Budapest Indoor 2010
7th Junior World Championships Hungary 2010
1st Junior World Championships Team Hungary 2010
1st Junior European Championships Team Portugal 2010
2nd World Championships Team Chengdu, China 2010

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Comments Off on Five Lancashire Titles for the Harriers at Pendle – Rivington Pike Race & Good Friday Salford 10k

Five Lancashire Titles for the Harriers at Pendle – Rivington Pike Race & Good Friday Salford 10k

Lancashire Fell Championships at Pendle Fell Races

A cracking warm day at the Pendle Fell Races on Saturday April 4th saw large numbers of athletes from the U8 age group right through to Senior level competing, many of whom, were entered for the 2015 Lancashire Fell Championships.

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The Harriers did really well with a number of wins in male and female Races. Helen Leigh, running with a strapped calf in the Senior Race which had 291 male and female runners in the field, had a great day finishing 2nd woman (41.51) in 52nd position overall and took the Lancashire title. Beckie Taylor (148th) overall in 48.30 was also among the medals taking the Silver in the U23 Women’s Race. With a number of Senior athletes competing at Rivington and other Races over the holiday weekend, John Orrell  was the sole male senior runner and finished 225th in 54.10.

Senior Results HERE

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Liz Greenwood took her second victory in this years English Fell Championships and also the Lancashire Title when she won the U18 Race by a margin of  three quarters of a minute (33.59) from second placed Sophie Whittaker from Bury and was only two seconds off catching the U18 Men.

U18 Results HERE

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Grace Handley kept the wins going and the number of titles won on the day by the girls when, although battling a big stitch in the latter part of the Race, she took the U16 title in a time of 25.47 some 50 seconds in front of second placed Shauna Williamson from Rossendale.

U16 Results HERE

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Josh Boyle had an emphatic win in the U16 Boys Race winning the Race from the front and the title by twenty three seconds in a time of 19.41. He looked full of running from the off and kept up a relentless pace right through to the finish.

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In the U14 Boys Race Jamie Teare took another medal for the Harriers when he finished 15th overall (20.52) in the mixed field of 67 runners and 2nd in the Lancashire Championship Race to take the Silver. Anna Lonsdale ran out of her comfort zone, never having done a race of this distance before. Finishing 53rd and 19th out of the 29 Girls runners and with a time of 25.48, she enjoyed the day and the experience.

U14 Results HERE

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Amy Davies completed a haul of five individual Lancashire titles when she won the U12 Girls Race which had another big mixed field of eighty nine Boys and Girls. Amy took 49th place overall and was first Lancashire girl home to take the title. George Whittaker in his first ever outing on the Fells finished in 71st place (20.33) and really enjoyed the day, so much so, that he is going to be doing some training around Pendle with his uncle who is a Fell runner.

U12 Results HERE

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Rory Teare had a really good run in the U10’s placing 13th overall in the seventy four strong field with a time of 5.16 and was 10th boy out of 46 in the Race.. Isabelle Hartley in her first ever go at this kind of a race also ran well for 57th place in 6.31.

U10 Results HERE

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Rivington Pike Race – Saturday April 4th

Another great event at Rivington in really good weather and attracting 257 runners on the same day as nearly 300 contested the Pendle Fell Races.

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Full Results HERE

The Harriers had a good day taking the 2nd Team prize with the Harriers first four counters taking 3rd, 8th, 11th and 20th places and agonising two points behind the Team winners Horwich.

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Peter Matthews led the Harriers home in 3rd place with a time of 18.07 and Jack Hindle took 8th spot and the 2nd U20 prize in 19.27 commenting “Really enjoyed the race and happy with a top 10 finish in a high standard senior field! Hope your well!” In 11th place came Zac Howe (19.59) and 4th U20 followed by brother Joseph in 20th (21.04). Just a couple of places behind in 22nd came Chris Barnes in 21.04 and never say die Stuart Furness (V65) came 168th in 28.31 and was 8th V65. It is fantastic that so many runners like Stuart are still turning out to run and compete. V45 Matt Nuttall suffered from an injury and came in 222nd (32.31).

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Good Friday saw the annual fast course Salford 10k featuring 545 runners won comfortably by Gareth Raven with half a minute to spare over second place.

Full Results HERE

First home for the Harriers was V45 David Almond having just returned to training from an injury to finish 120th in 38.01 and said afterwards that Originally I was hoping for a PB today but after missing 3 weeks of training with an injury I’m really pleased to be only 40 odd seconds outside it, and the knee came through fine. A really fast course so will definitely return next year”.

Rachel Wood who has been training very hard for the London Marathon was the next Harrier home in 160th place with a time of 39.39 with Laura Hesketh not far behind in 167th (40.09) who told the Club that she “Was hoping to post a decent time at Salford but the legs felt heavy from after the first mile. Knew from then on it was going to be tough and was happy to finish just over 40 minutes.” 

V40 John Cookson ran 41.49 (2013rd) and commented that “As I’d heard Salford was a flat course, I had PB in my mind before the race, so to finish 20 seconds outside my best was disappointing. I took positives from my even pace with a 20:45 for the first 5k and 21:01 for the second 5k. It was great to get so much support during the race from Barnsey, Lou, Matt, Evan and Tony. Thanks guys.”

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