Monthly Archives: June 2015
Fantastic nine in a row for Ben – Podium 5k – a Win for Jack Hindle & 2nd for Josh at Turner Up-Hill – Aggies Staircase – Pilling 10k
Six hundred and one runners turned up at this years Freckleton Half-Marathon in cooler weather than is usual for this particular event. There was nothing very ‘usual’ about the outcome though. Blackburn Harrier Ben Fish won for the ninth consecutive year in a time of 69.19, nearly half a minute in front of the 2nd placed finish John Mason.
Its an incredible feat to have won this race nine years in a row and who would bet that Ben won’t target a straight ten next year. After the Race he told us that the “Race went well, windy, but cool unlike last year which was boiling! John Mason chased me all the way. Won by 20 secs for 9th win”. Three other Harriers also ran the Race – V40 Allan Hartley coming in 105th in a time of 1.36.28 – V40 John Cookson in his debut Half-Marathon was 138th (1.39.20 and Dave Morris (492nd) also running this distance for the first time in 2hrs.15.08.
The latest Race in the Podium 5k Series took place last Saturday night – June 20th – and saw another win for Chris Livesey in 15.04. Blackburn Harriers Tim Raynes and Andy Buttery ran in the ‘A’ Race featuring 28 athletes with Tim clocking 16.08 in 11th place and Andy 16.43 in 20th. Laura Hesketh who runs on the Track for Blackburn Harriers ran in the ‘B’ Race placed 7th in 19.14.
The next Race in the Series takes place on July 18th and is a 10k and all Race details HERE
Turner Up-Hill Race
Jack Hindle and Josh Boyle ran really well at the Turner Up-Hill Race at the weekend with Jack winning the U18 Boys Race and Josh coming 2nd in the U16 Race.
U18 Boys Results HERE
U16 Boys Race Results HERE
Jack won his Race in 20.41, nearly half a minute in front of 2nd placed Chris Law from Holmfirth. He was delighted with his win and told the Club that he was “Really happy to get a win, my form is starting to come in now at the right time. It was a tough ascent to the summit finish but felt strong, happy to know that the hill training is paying off.” Josh was in a very competitive race with less than 30 seconds separating the first four. Josh came 2nd in the end in 16.33 just four seconds in front of 3rd.
Starting at the top of Punstock Road, the route climbs a footpath, turns right onto the track past Robin Hoods cottage, then left to follow an enclosed footpath to the main track, and left up to Darwen Tower.
It then descends through the small quarry onto the main track towards the top of Bold Venture Park, before turning right to climb steeply up a rough path known as Jacobs Ladder, then across the moor top, and on down to the foot of Aggies Staircase.
Aggies Staircase is the shortest but steepest of the three climbs, and from the top you will return just below the Tower, and then descend the way you first came up towards Sunnyhurst. At the gate at the bottom turn right, retracing your steps; continue past Robin Hoods cottage, then turn left down the path to the finish at the top of Punstock Road
Full Results HERE
This local favourite Race – Aggies Staircase – attracted 115 runners last Thursday evening and was won by Ben Coop from Bury in 30.06. Liz Greenwood had a very good Race finishing 7th overall in a time of 33.26 and was also the 1st female runner home. Liz was followed by Danny Maynard in 53rd (38.22) – John Cookson (65th) in 39.53 – Danny Teare (74th) in 41.25 and Ben Armstrong (87th) in a time of 42.47.
V50 Jan Buckingham is chasing her 10k’s and ran the Pilling 10k on June 20th finishing 28th in 50.16. She was 2nd V50 in the Race, the fifth time that she has achieved that since September which is really consistent.
A chance for Sportshall Athletes aged 8, 9 and 10yrs to compete was provided at the Burnley Open Medal Meeting last Sunday – June 21st – and 14 young Harriers took the opportunity.
Full Results HERE
Just one Harrier in the U9’s – Rimini Bellusci – who took on the Long Jump, 50 metres and 150 metres finishing 3rd in the 150m in a time of 27.90 – 7th in the 50m (9.50sec) and 8th in the Long Jump with 2.18m which was a really good effort.
In the U10’s the Club had seven athletes competing in quite a number of events. Kate Cookson won the 600metres with a time of 2.10.7, took 8th place in the Long Jump with 2.63m and won the Shot Putt with 3.69m. Another winner for the Harriers was Issac Butler taking the 600m in 1.59.6, came 2nd in the Long Jump with 3.05m and 9th in the Cricket Ball with a throw of 19.26m. Natasha Hill took 8th place in the 600m (2.22.0) and one place behind came Jadyn Armstrong with 2.28.1. These two girls reversed positions in the 75m with Jadyn finishing 6th (13.30) and Natasha 7th (13.90). Grace Targett ran 14.10 in 9th place. In the Long Jump Natasha was 10th with a jump of 2.49m, Jadyn came 11th (2.40m) and Grace 13th (2.24m). In the 600m Samual King ran 2.26.5 ,jumped 2.38m in the Long Jump and threw the Cricket Ball 21.0m in 7th spot. Oliver Proctor was the sole Harrier in the 75m placing 8th with 13.40sec. Oliver then jumped 2.71m in the Long Jump (6th out of the 15 entered).
Leah Hoole took 3rd spot in the U11’s 600m which featured 16 runners in a time of 2.04.4, a new PB by 10 seconds with Molly Nicholls in 8th (2.15.1) and Danielle Probert (13th) in 2.22.5 – a new PB. Alice Townson was one of 22 runners in the 75m and finished in 5th with a time of 12.5sec, a new PB by four tenths of a second, followed by Leah Hoole (11th) in 12.9sec, Molly Nicholls in 15th (13.2sec), Sian Coverley 20th (15.1sec) and Caterina Lombard (22nd) in 15.9sec.
In the Long Jump Leah Hoole set another PB finishing 4th out of the 17 athletes competing with 3.20, over half a metre better than her previous best. Another new PB was landed by Alice Townson in the Long Jump and again by over half a metre when she finished 5th, one place behind Leah with 3.15m. Three other youngsters competed in the Long Jump with Danielle Probert placing 15th (2.37m) – Caterina Lombard (16th) with 2.29m and Sian Coverley 17th (2.16m). There was a win for Danielle Probert in the Cricket Ball with a throw of 25.93m, Caterina Lombard finishing 5th (16.80m), Molly Nicholls in 9th (12.65m) and Sian Coverely 10th (10.66m). A win also for Alice Townson in the Shot Putt with a throw of 4.55m – the Meeting record was set in 2003 at 5.14m so not beyond reach.
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