Monthly Archives: May 2015
A chilly day greeted the seven teams who contested Fixture 2 in this years YDL (Lower Age Group) fixture at Witton Park. The Harriers came 2nd, again to an impressive Isle of Man Team and are now 2nd in the League table overall and in with a chance of promotion to League One as the top two teams are promoted at the end of the season.
Full Results HERE
Because of the holidays, the Club was missing a number of athletes and the Team did extremely well to finish in 2nd place on the day, a day which saw the Team register 17 individual event wins plus one of the Relays, six second places, 10 third places and a staggering 30 new PB’s.
Amongst the winners on the day were Nick Massey who won the U15 100m ‘A” Race in a new PB time of 12.0sec down from 12.4 and added another win in the 80m Hurdles in 11.8sec before adding more points with a 3rd place in the High Jump (1.45m). Emily Warren had a great day winning the U15 200m in a new PB time of 27.3, then equaled her 75m Hurdles best of 11.9 when she won that and in winning the Long Jump, increased her best distance to a new PB of 4.47m.
Maddie Elliott who ran a very promising 3000m the week before set a new PB by three seconds in the 1500m winning in 5.06.0 which could prove to be significant in the 3000m races of the future for her. Maddie also showed her versatility in winning the 75m Hurdles in a new PB time of 14.1 cutting half a second off her best time. U13 Myah Booth also had a cracking day with a win in the 70m Hurdles in a new PB of 12.8, down from her previous best of 13.06. In addition she set a new PB in the Shot Putt of 6.27m and in the Javelin, another PB with 15.02m up from 13.66m, her previous best.
Leon Thomas continues to impress with another win in the U13 ‘A’ 800m, winning in a time of 2.35.8. Eloise Littlefair is showing a good return to form after her injury issues winning the U15 Shot Putt in a new PB throw of 10.26m, the Hammer ‘B’ in 33.16 which was a new PB by over 5 metres and won the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 21.80m. Charlotte Williams won the U15 Hammer by a long way with a throw of 33.40m and is clearly warming to this event after throwing 35m at the County Championships the week before as well as setting a new PB in the Discus with 24.01m. Jamie Teare set a new PB in the U13 75m Hurdles coming down from 15.0 sec to a new PB of 13.8sec when he finished in 2nd place. In the 1500m he was just one second off his PB in finishing 3rd in 5.07.6.
In the Boys Throws Anthony Kent (U15) had a double win in the Hammer with a huge new PB of 29.61m – up from 21.68m – and in the Discus (24.07m) as well as setting another PB in the Shot Putt (8.97m). Lucas Davies followed suit winning the U15 ‘B’ Discus in a new PB of 22.29, over two metres further than his previous best and added a 2nd place 7.16m Shot Putt to help add more points to the Team’s total. U13 Amy Davies chopped four seconds off her 1200m time to set a new PB of 4.10.40 placing 3rd in the race.
There were plenty more PB’s along the way. Eleesha Charnley ran 22.4 in the U13 150m and 2.55.2 in the 800m, registering a third PB of the day with a Long Jump of 3.53m. Ben Cecil also set three new PB’s in the U15 200m (27.2); the 300m in 43.2 and the Long Jump with 4.56m. Hannah Cookson took a great big three seconds off her 800m PB when she ran 2.25.5 and then added a win in the U15 Girls Long Jump (4.09m) before setting another new PB in the 300m with a 3rd placed 45.9sec.
U13 Solomon Brown equaled his PB when 2nd in 80m Hurdles (15.9sec) adding a 3rd place in the Long Jump with 3.98m. Sam Farnworth took a good 2nd place in the U13 High Jump with 1.25m. U15 Chloe Bleeks set a new PB in the 100m (3rd) cutting nearly a second off to record new time of 14.1sec. There were new PB’s for Marcus Grace in the U15 100m ‘B’ Race in a time of 14.5sec and for Kieran Carroll in the U13 Javelin with a three and half metre improvement to 16.54m in placing 3rd. Charlie Obank took 3rd spot in the U15 1500m in 4.58.9 and Harry Singh also had a 3rd place finish in the U13 High Jump (1.30m). Harry Jackson set himself a new PB in reducing his U13 75m Hurdles time from 16.7 sec to 16.5.
Over at Sportscity on Saturday night Rob Warner – who has already run 3.58.01 in winning the 1500m at Loughborough, 8.39.66 for the 3000m and 33.17.76 for the 1000m in the early part of the season – was contesting the 1500m and set himself a new PB of 3.54.26 finishing 5th overall in the 14 strong Race.
Full Results HERE
Rob spoke to the Club afterwards and said that he was “Quite happy with the race, was in a decent position for most of it and coming into the last lap, wanted to be able to pick it up more in the last 300 but didn’t have the speed just yet! Two seconds quicker than I ran there last year though so it all seems promising!”
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Brian Fogarty went over to Lanzarote in confident mood and good form for the Lanzarote Ironman on Saturday May 25th. The conditions – described by the Race Website as ‘Extraordinarily tough conditions made this year’s edition of IRONMAN Lanzarote a bigger challenge than usual’ – but that didn’t stop Brian from performing at the top of his game, finishing 18th overall and taking 3rd place in his Age Group Category. What a performance and just reward for the work that he puts in at training.
The swim course takes place at Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, the main tourist resort of the island. It is a two-lap course with a short running passage between the two laps.
The bike course, well known for challenging athletes with strong winds, takes you all around the island with over 2551m of climbing. Participants will enjoy amazing views and will have lots of support from volunteers along the way.
Finally, consisting of 3 laps, the run course leads you along the flat sea front of Puerto del Carmen, towards the airport and back. You will enjoy beautiful views of the ocean under the intense Lanzarote sun, while feeling the impressive support of thousands of spectators lining the streets.
Full Results HERE
The Club asked Brian for his thoughts about the event and the conditions he encountered and this is what he said:
“Going in to the race I have never been as confident of a good performance, I knew I had done the hard work over the cold wet winter months and I was ready to put it together on what is the toughest Ironman in the world. The conditions on the day meant it would be even tougher than usual but I felt this would work in my favour.
My main aim was to qualify for the World Championships again in Kona and I believed if things went to plan I could get a top 20. So to come 18th, qualify and get a PB marathon of 3:14 in those conditions I am over the moon. This definitely is my best result to date and I still know there is so much more to come. I just need to be patient, keep listening, learning and training hard, with the right people.
I can now go into the UK Ironman Championships with no pressure and confidence of an even better performance”.
Ben Fish was out in another Half-Marathon at the weekend, just a week after finishing third in the Chester Half-Marathon. This time, Ben was back to winning ways, leading home the 330 strong field on a very tough Buxton course which includes climbing to 1508ft/460m in just over 72 minutes. Winning times over the last two years have been 76 minutes, so a great performance from Ben on this course.
Full Results HERE
“Race went well, got a good start and soon established a lead. Felt good on the hills and ran quicker than my last run there in 2010″.
At the Burnley Lions 10k – May 22nd – Gary Pearse finished 3rd V50 in this tough local 10k Race at Colne in a time of 39.51 and placing 24th in the 210 strong field. (Results HERE).
Having a go at the Duathlon – comprising a 5k run followed by a 22k bike ride and finishing with another 5k run – were Chris Barnes and Stuart Furness at the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon on May 23rd. Chris came 12th out of 83 with the first 5k run time of 18.54 and bike time of 41.15 and the second 5k in 19.59 = 1.20.08. V65 Stuart (V66) 27.03 – 47.36 – 29.36 = 1.44.15 (Results HERE)
IFAM Outdoor – Oordegem, BEL May 24th
Alison Leonard has started the season really well having won her second consecutive 800m Race in Belgium at the weekend – May 24th – following her victory at the Trafford BMC Race the week before (2.01.25).
In Belgium she won in 2.00.50. Her first 800m of the season at Trafford on May 5th produced a 3rd placed 2.05.60 which means that in three weeks she has progressed by over 5 seconds. Alison now ranks 2nd nationally behind Jenny Meadows.
The Club spoke to her after the Race in Belgium and asked her how she felt about this latest outing “I’m pleased with the time, it was a bit quicker than I thought I might run but it’s still very early in the season and lots of people are yet to start running fast times, so I need to make sure I keep progressing and getting quicker to stay ahead of the game! Very happy with it but not getting carried away, there’s lots can happen in the rest of the season, but all going in the right direction”.
Full Results HERE
Lancashire County Championships at Blackpool – May 23rd & 24th
A cracking weekend for the Harriers at this years County Championships yielded 29 Medals including 14 Gold, 10 Silver and 5 Bronze as well as English Schools and National Standard qualification standards alongside twenty one PB’s.
Day 1 Results HERE (Saturday)
Day 2 Results HERE (Sunday)
Seven of the Gold Medals went to the Club’s Hurdlers including U13 Sam Farnworth in his first outing over Hurdles this year. His previous best going into the Championships was 16.9 and he blasted that to pieces winning in 13.9 for a great new PB. Having already won four 100m & 200m races this year, Sam is clearly in good form. Sam also equaled his 100m PB (13.8) in taking a Bronze Medal in this event. Nick Massey won the U15 80m Hurdles in a time of 11.6 to set a new PB which places him 8th in the National Rankings – a National Standard – and – all this after getting injured in the warm up, forcing him to withdraw from all other events over the weekend. U15 Emily Warren missed out by 0.1 getting an English Schools qualification when she won the 75m Hurdles in 11.9, a massive increase in her PB of nearly a second.
U17 Morgan Angland ran the National Standard with another big improvement knocking three tenths of a second off her previous time to set a new PB of 11.7 when she won the 80m Hurdles. She then went on to win the 300m Hurdle title on Sunday in a time of 47.4 which gave her a Hurdles double Gold.
The advantage of being able to train Indoors with the athletes who are involved in technical events throughout the winter is obviously paying big dividends. Hurdles Coach Bob Groves said after the Championships that having the Indoor facility mean that “Training throughout the winter makes such a difference to hurdles training and the athletes have done us proud”. Indeed they have.
U17 Ross Liddle took the individual 400m Hurdles Race with 61.1 in what can only be described as the worst of the conditions over the two days, conditions which made quite a difference. Cameron Massey took Silver in this Race which unfortunately only had the two Harriers entered. In the Women’s 400m Hurdles it was again a first and second for the Harriers with just the two of them entered resulting in a win for Roxanne Oliver in 66.4 – a new PB by one second – and 2nd for Katie Buckingham in 66.8 – just a tenth outside her PB – both agonisingly just short of the English Schools qualifying standard of 66.0sec. Why does the win blow at these times?
Ross Liddle – in cutting four tenths off his previous best time – added a Silver to his tally in the 100m Hurdles with a new personal best time of 14.3 in a really competitive Race with the winner. Oliver Aspden had a real battle in the 400m Hurdles with Michael Haslett from Manx Harriers. Oliver ran 57.7 to be edged out of Gold Medal position by three tenths.
Archie Braysford was delighted with his win in the U17 Mens 100m in a time of 11.2 and is reward for persevering through some injuries this year. Qualifying in 2nd place in the Senior Men’s 100m Heats (11.5) – Dominic Bretherton took Bronze in the Final with 11.4. Liz Greenwood had a win double to pick up two gold medals, running her fastest 1500m for a couple of years to set a new PB of 4.45.9 and then won the U17 3000m in a time of 10.25.4 placing her over the weekend at 19th in the National Rankings for the 3000m and 29th in the 1500m. Maddie Elliott had a great run in the U15 Girls 3000m to win in 10.48.9 and this, her first ever attempt at the distance and which, over the weekend, put her at 4th in the National Rankings which is a brilliant achievement.. Emily Raine (U13) took a great Gold Medal winning the 100m in 13.8.
In the Throws, Rebecca Orrell won the U20’s Hammer with a throw of 39.80m which comfortably achieved the English Schools Standard with her PB leaving her at the top of the North West Rankings and 12th Nationally. U15 Eloise Littlefair won the Shot Putt with a throw of 9.75m – a new PB by three quarters of a metre. She then added another 34cm to her Discus (24.17m) for another new PB and Silver Medal. Charlotte Williams also set a new PB in the Discus when she finished in Bronze Medal position (23.84m) but her outstanding event had to be the Hammer where she threw an amazing 35.28m (Silver Medal) for a massive new PB in only her second ever attempt at the event – a throw which was over a metre inside the English Schools qualifying distance and taking her into 16th in the National Rankings.
U17 Connor Davison set a new PB in the Shot taking the Bronze Medal with 11.47m and looking to close in on the 12m mark. A big new PB for U17 Cameron Massey too. His throw of 30.04 to take Bronze in the Discus saw him add over 7 metres to his previous best of 22.74m with the 1.5k weight.
U17 Grace Handley won two Silver Medals, first in the 1500m with a time of 4.56.0 and then in the 3000m with 10.34.4, a time which puts her in at 29th in the National Rankings. Amy Davies ran a cracking race in the U13 Girls 1500m to knock six seconds off her time in setting a new PB of 5.20.1. Amy and the eventual winner – Kirsty Hamilton – ran neck and neck to the final bend when the winners kick just took the race away. Jamie Teare chopped six seconds off his 1500m best to set a new PB of 5.06.1 and win the Bronze Medal to boot.
As with all Championships, not everyone gets a medal but that doesn’t mean they haven’t competed really well. Morgan Phillips in the U20 Men’s 400m set a new PB of 51.2, cutting nearly a second off his previous best. Jamie Teare set a new PB in the 75m Hurdles of 14.7. Emily Warren set a new personal best of 27.4 winning her heat in the U15 girls 200m and was unable to contest the Final. Hannah Cookson ran a good race in the 800m Heats – (2.32.7) – to be placed third but with the same time as the 2nd and winner of the Heat and couldn’t go through to the Final with only two to count. Cameron Massey threw a new PB in the U17 Javelin with 31.72m. Esme Pearse placed 5th in the U17 High Jump (1.40m) – Daniel Brown ran 5.33.4 in the U13 Boys 1500m – Mya Booth just missed out on a Medal in U13 Girls 70m Hurdles finishing 4th in 13.6, as did Emily Raine in the U13 Girls Long Jump where she set a new PB of 4.20m to finish just 3cm off the Medals. Lucas Davies placed 5th in the U15 Boys Shot Putt but threw a big new PB which was nearly two metres further than his previous best. Emily Warren set another new PB in the U15 100m Final when she finished 5th in 13.5.
It was the first Race of this years Horwich Jubilee Race Series on Wednesday night which gathered a field of 119 runners and resulted in Individual and Team Wins for the Harriers.
Senior Results HERE
Leading from the front, Ben Fish won the Race in an excellent time of 25.34 with really good runs from Tim Raynes (3rd) in 27.27 – Dave Almond (8th) in 29.29 and Chris Davies in 9th (29.44) all of which meant which meant that the Harriers took the Team Prize on the night. Dave Almond also took the V45 1st Prize and his first prize as a V45.
The lads were obviously pleased with their performance. Ben told us “Great runs by the lads, we had all four in the top 10. Tim did brilliant for top 3. Course was apparently 150-200m short in the past, so times will be slower“.
Dave said he was “Very pleased with my performance tonight. Got my pacing right from the start and moved up a few places on the second lap. Knocked a minute of my PB from last August and managed to pick up my first V45 win! Good turnout from the Harriers tonight and a brilliant win in the team competition“.
Chris commented afterwards “I found the race tough last night, definitely still suffering from the marathon, that said still pleased with the time considering I was struggling going into lap two. Well done to all the guys who helped win the team prize, having four guys finish in the top ten is a great achievement and well done to everyone else who turned up and had ago especially Lindsay Davies (the wife) who had her first go at a 5 mile race and did herself proud. Well done everybody”
Next home for the Harriers came Allan Hartley in 43rd (33.28) followed not far behind by V60 Evan Cook in 52nd with a time of 34.38 and 2nd V60 on the night. Kaylie Panaro took 89th spot with a time of 38.48 with her Coach – George Woodburn – just behind in 96th (40.08). Jan Buckingham was the 2nd V50 Woman in the Race and placed 101st in 41.08. David Morris came 117th in 48.24 and Lindsay Davies in her first Road Race finished just s few seconds further back in 48.28.
Eighty three youngsters in the Junior Race which was great to see and amongst them five of the Harriers Juniors. First home was U13 Amy Davies in 21st spot and 2nd Girl overall in a time of 6.06 with U11 Hollie Cubbon not far behind in 27th place (6.22).
U11 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret continues to improve and finished 34th in 6.32, as does U11 Saul Sharp who came 44th (6.48). 9yr old Isabelle Hartley is enjoying her first few months running and is another youngster who is continuing to improve placing 62nd in 7.48.
Junior Results HERE
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