Monthly Archives: December 2015
Sunday December 20th saw the second fixture of the popular Sportscity Indoor Series featuring a number of Blackburn Harriers with very good performances including new personal bests and wins.
Sportscity Full Results HERE
Jamie Vickery ran the Senior 60m and 300m finishing 4th in the 60m with 7.35 and then went on to win the 300m in a new PB time of 36.70. Jamie in his own unique style told the Club that he “Ran like an absolute donkey in the 60m, 7.35s. As Simon Cowell once said to Will Young, that was distinctly average. As for the 300m, 36.70, first time under 37 and a huge PB of 0.43 compared to 2 weeks ago! I’ll take it!”
Bottom of age U15 Emily Warren was out again in her second Indoor of the season competing in the 60mHurdles, 60m flat and 300m and put in some great performances. In the 60m flat she placed 4th in a new PB time of 8.43, went on to win the 60mHurdles in another new PB time of 9.62 and then made it a hat trick of new PB’s on the day with a 3rd placed 43.69 in the 300m. A tremendous performance. Emily commented afterwards that “in 300m I got a pb 43.69 then in the 60 hurdles I got a pb 9.62 and in 60 flat I got 8.43 – I came first in the hurdles and 4th in 60 flat and 3rd in 300”.
John Ilunga was competing at his first ever Indoor fixture and had a really positive day. In the 60m he came in 5th with 8.13 and went on to set a new PB of 1.65m in the High Jump (4th) and afterwards John spoke to the Club saying that the day “went well!!! Did really well pleased with my results especially in high jump. In 60m sprint time was 8.13 I did well too but I was just bit scared because it was my first time to do indoor but overall I am really happy”.
Brothers Cameron Massey – ““good day few pbs and finally 3 strode and really looking forward to jan 10th, pb in 300m and 60m hurdles” – and Nick Massey were also competing in their second successive Indoors and they too put in some very good performances. In the 60mHurdles Nick won the Race with a new PB of 8.79 cutting 0.13 sec off his previous best whilst in the same Race Cameron also set a new PB of 9.90 (5th) knocking 0.27 of his previous best. Joshua van der Linde came 4th in the same Race with a time of 9.52. On to the Shot Putt for the three lads with Cameron coming out on top this time, winning the event with a throw of 9.61m, just 3cm behind came Nick in 2nd place (9.58m) and Josh in 5th with 7.38m and a new PB.
Nick winning the 60m Video
In the 60m flat, Nick posted his second win of the day in a time of 7.96 whilst Cameron took 3rd place in his Heat (7.96) and Josh also taking 3rd place in his Heat with a time of 8.28.
Rudolf’s Red Nose Race – Sunday December 20th
(Results not available yet)
Having won the Best 5k the other week, Joe Monk registered his second win in a good time of 27.54 in not very good conditions at all. After the Race he told us that “today was a good win. The course was flooded in parts…I managed to get into an early lead and held it from Gareth Booth….one amusing incident was some foul language a female horserider gave me as I passed her !!! I feel as though I’m running well and look forward to next year”.
Tour de Helvellyn – Saturday 19 December 2015
(photos give some idea of the conditions on the day)
The Tour de Helvellyn is described on the Race Website as ‘a tough circuit around Helvellyn starting and finishing at Askham on the edge of the Lakes. The distance is 38 miles with several thousand feet of ascent and descent. The terrain is tough mountain trails and so fell running and navigational skills are essential. Entries are limited and strictly limited to experienced and competent entrants. This is not an event for novice trail runners!’
– See more at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2039#sthash.SCugQoY2.dpuf
Full Results HERE
Helen Leigh had a tremendous Race finishing 8th overall out of the 136 finishers and the 1st Lady which was a fabulous achievement. Helen spoke to the Club after the Race and said “After the horrendous weather and flooding in recent weeks, I was surprised when I heard the race was still going ahead. Although a huge amount has already been cleared, the aftermath, mixed with 50mph winds and tipping down rain made a tough race even tougher. Having done this in 2012 as one of my first races as “a runner” again and tootling round in 10 hours I was keen to see what I could do. I pushed hard into a brutal headwind for the first 18 miles, this race is an open start with a two hour window so its hard to know where you are placed. The nice bit about it is I set off later and then picked people off all day, and by about half way i had passed all the girls. I then kept pushing in case someone fast had started behind me and was chasing me down! The tailwind down the final 10miles really helped and I was really pleased with my time of 7.21 in the conditions,1st lady and 8th overall”.
The week before Christmas saw 96 runners turn out at the latest of this years Witton Park 5k Runs including seventeen Blackburn Harriers and the winner of the Race – Paul Bradshaw.
Witton Park 5k Run Results HERE
In his first ever run at the Witton 5k Paul led the field home in first place with a time of 17.42 just one second from 2nd placed David Brockway in 17.43. Paul is the third Blackburn Harrier to win this Race alongside Karl Billington and Chris Davies.
Next home for the Harriers came David Almond in 4th and 1st V45 with 18.44. Great to see Sarah Ridehalgh – who runs for the Harriers on the Track – back regularly racing after her long battle with injuries and placing 8th (20.24). John Cookson was next home in 16th in a time of 21.25 followed by daughter Hannah Cookson (20th) in 23.00 and Hannah’s Coach Richard Taylor (24th) in 24.02. Just missing out on a PB by two seconds was – JmM10 Saul Sharp – in 27th (24.49) and behind him, one place further back, was dad Michael Sharp running with Saul in 28th (24.55). Next Harrier home in the JM10 Age group was Oliver Gill (31st) in a time of 25.14 and a new PB followed by Sarah Toms in 34th (25.23) and George Woodburn, also with a new PB at Witton in 35th with a time of 25.38. David Billington was the next Harrier across the finishing line in 41st (26.46) with Carol Cookson in her first ever run at Witton 45th in 27.37, and in the JW10 Age group came Kate Cookson also running at the Witton Run for the first time in 57th spot (29.28). V40 Lindsay Davies came in 58th (29.30) with 7 yr old Lulu Sharp also in the JW10 category next up in 78th and a new PB of 33.10 and mum Lorna Sharp in 79th running with her in 33.12 to complete the list of Harriers out on the day.
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In was Fixture Two in this years Sportshall League last weekend and Blackburn Harriers are having one of their best ever years.
The Harriers Sportshall Co-ordinator – Alison Hulme – was delighted yet again with the performance of the Team and told us after the event that “Blackburn Harriers is in second place behind Preston Harriers in the Lancashire Sportshall League – as far as I am aware, this is the highest position that the Club has ever achieved! All of the girls teams (U11, U13 & U15) and U11 boys are in second place, with the U13 boys in 7th place. Thank-you to all the parents, coaches, helpers & athletes who have contributed to this success”.
The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, earning points for the Club:-
Eleanor Allsop – 1st= 1 lap, 3rd 3 laps, 6th= Speed Bounce (SB)
Hollie Bell (first competition) – 6th= Long Jump (LJ)
Sacha Brown (only in Year 4 & first competition) – 3rd LJ, 3rd= SB
Leah Hoole – 1st SB, 6th 3 laps
Caterina Lombard – 4th Javelin, 5th Triple Jump (TJ)
Emma Love (first competition)– 3rd TJ
Ben Boocock – 2nd SB
Isaac Butler – 4th= SB, 5th LJ
Thomas Sledge – 5th TJ
Harry Thomas – 3rd SB
Myah Booth – 4th Shot Putt
Eleesha Charnley – 2nd LJ, 3rd VJ, 3rd 4 laps, 3rd 6 laps
Emily Raine – 1st TJ, 2nd= 2 laps, 6th LJ, 6th VJ
Christie Sturgess – 4th= SB
Hannah Cookson – 1st SB, 1st 2 laps, 2nd 4 laps, 6th LJ
New personal bests were set by:-
Sam King – SB
Max Peel – LJ, SB, 1 lap
Kate Cookson – LJ
Molly Nicholls – 3 laps
Lily Thomas – SB, 1 lap & 3 laps
Alison also commented that “It was very rewarding as a coach to see many U11s making their sportshall debut, which includes those noted above plus Harrison Allcock, Jalal El-Sakka, Madison Bontoft, Sian Coverley, Kiera Haxton and Demi Thompson”.
Bob wins again in the Mountains – Paul PB’s over 3000m – Wins for Chris & Joe in Park 5k – Longridge 7 – All the fun of the Turkey Trot
KOTH Hong Kong Mountain Marathon
Bob Shorrock has been in fabulous form over the Hills and Mountains this year. His latest run saw him take on the Koth Hong Kong Mountain Marathon where he finished 4th overall and yet again, 1st V55 in a time of 3hrs.14.06 which broke the Course Record by a huge 23 minutes. The official report of the Race had this to say about Bob’s run “M55 Bob Shorrock found his new age category to his liking. He came in 4th overall (3:14:06) in a time that was 23 minutes faster than the previous age group course record. I’m pretty confident that Bob would have set a record today on the old course as well”.
Bob told the Club after the Race that “We had the first King of the Hills at the end of November. I had a good run – finished 4th overall and first in the V55. It was a beautiful day low to mid 20s and dry trails – the course starts and finishes on a beach – so a couple of beers with some fellow runners after the race – absolutely wonderful! The next race is 3rd January”. Bob will be back in the country at Christmas and will be running in the Ribble Valley 10k.
Longridge Christmas Pudding 7
As with Races generally in this recent period, conditions weren’t brilliant but 252 runners turned up for the event and among them three Blackburn Harriers.
Full Results HERE
First home for the Club was Chris Davies in 4th position overall in a time of 41.59 and he commented after the Race that he “Came up against three very good runners today at the Longridge 7. Finished 4th, best I could have done. Smashed my course PB on Longridge by 2 mins 20 seconds. 41:57 finishing time. Run it how I wanted to so looking good and feeling confident for Ribble Valley”.
V55 Martin Kerry who ran 3.19 in the London Marathon this year was next in (64th) with a time of 51.06 with Bryan Searby who is in just his second year of training and racing and has come on hugely, finished in 74th place with a time of 52.17.
Gwent League Cross Country
Paul Bradshaw was out on the Cross Country and Indoor Racing as well recently, putting good performances in both.
In the Gwent League Race there was a very big field of 392 runners with Adam Bowden winning the Race in 32.21. Paul had a very good run to finish 54th in a time of 37.34.
The week after saw Paul entered the 3000m Indoors at the Cardiff Met GPI – Christmas Classic.
Cardiff Met GPI Results HERE
Here Paul had another good run, knocking six seconds of his previous best set in 2014 when he finished 5th in a new PB of 9.12.01. Paul told the Club that he “Ran 9.12. Six seconds quicker than last year and a PB. Wanted slightly quicker but not too bad”.
Park 5k Runs Round Up
The conditions last weekend – 12th December – for the Park 5k Runs were pretty atrocious and explained why the turnout wasn’t as high as normal. Nevertheless, 106 runners had a go at Witton Park and a 150 at Preston, both Runs being won by Blackburn Harriers.
Witton Results HERE
Chris Davies set off a double header racing weekend (he did the Longridge 7 on the Sunday) with a first time run and a win in the Witton Park race with a time of 18.10. Not far behind came Mark Almond who set a new PB of 19.55 in 5th place overall. Amy Davies finished 9th and was first Junior Girl in the 11 – 14 age group and first female home in the Race. Oliver Gill was first home in the JM10yrs age group (36th) in 26.04. George Woodburn set a new PB of 26.37 in 40th place followed by David Billington in 43rd (27.29) and Lindsay Davies 45th in a time of 27.54.
Over in Preston on the same day Joe Monk was the sole Harrier in the Preston 5K Park Run winning in a new PB time of 16.47, an excellent time given the weather.
Preston Results HERE
The accent on this Race organised by Chris Barnes is fun and lots of it with athletes dressed up in all kinds of costumes, allegedly reflecting a Christmas look. Jack Hindle heads the field out at the start in what might be called the ‘minimalist look’ – a Santa Hat for comfort!
Full Results HERE
Two Hundred and Eight One runners finished this Race with eight Blackburn Harriers among them. Jack Hindle came 3rd overall (30.28) and was the 1st Junior Male. Shaun Livesey was one place behind in 4th (31.40) and was 2nd V40 on the day. Next in for the Harriers came Liz Greenwood in 16th (34.26) and she was 1st Junior Female and 2nd Female overall. Allan Hartley placed 27th in a time of 36.11 with Paul Wilkinson 65th in 41.53. Daughter and Mum combo Katie Buckingham (73rd) in 43.08 and Jan Buckingham (122nd in 48.58 were followed home by David Morris (197th) 62.30.
It was a fantastic and packed out night at the Harriers Annual Presentation Awards Evening at the Mill Hill Working Men’s Club last Friday – December 11th.
A big thank you to Lee Thompson who provided the display and photographs for the Presentation and to Jim Kerrigan for sorting out all the Awards that the Athletes received on the night.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Club Chairman Tony Wood introduced the Guest Presenter of Awards for the night – Jason Lobo – Life Member of the Club and former Great Britain 800m International who had competed at both the Commonwealth and World Championships.
First Award of the night was for the Junior Squad Trophy and one in which the Sportshall Coaches make the nominations from amongst all the youngsters who participate week in and week out. Ben Boocock, Connor Wilcock and Jayden Brammer were the Boys nominations with Jayden being selected the Winner. In the girls there were nominations Eleanor Allsop, Molly Nicholls and Alice Townson and it was Alice this time who took the Award.
The U11 Endurance Award is given to recognise the efforts of Junior endurance athletes particularly througtout the 2014-15 Cross Country season and the deserved winners were Rory Teare for the Boys and Kate Cookson for the girls.
In the Junior Team Contribution to Track and Field category, an Award that goes to the Junior athlete that has competed in most Club T & F fixtures in the YDL and Mid Lancs League there were well deserved winners in the U13/U15’s by brother and sister duo Lucas Davies and Amy Davies, whilst Connor Davison took the Award for the U17/U20 Boys – and in the U17/U20 Girls it was Rebecca Orrell who won.
The Club’s Junior Merit Award is given to athletes who are new to the UKYDL and who have impressed their Team Managers and Coaches throughout the year in the U13, U15 and U17 Age Groups. The U13 Awards went to Sam Farnworth and Eleesha Charnley, whilst the U15’s went to Eloise Littlefair, Joshua van der Linde and Chloe Bleeks. In the U17’s the Awards went to Megan Clarkson, Sam Perason-Moore and Cameron Massey.
Senior Team Contribution to Track & Field – This award goes to the athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2015 Track and Field season with a combination of Northern Senior League, Mid Lancs and Lancs Champs used to decide the winner. Paul Coffey took the Men’s Award whilst there were joint winners in the Women’s with Hayley Candler and Rebecca Orrell.
The Harriers Senior Track & Field Merit Award was a real family affair and so well deserved as Phoebe Howe, Joseph Howe and Zac Howe were given this award in recognition of their contribution and commitment to the club over the season. Between them they covered 100m, 200m, 400m, 400H, 800m, 1500m, steeple chase, 3000m, triple jump, shot, discus and hammer – a truly fantastic performance and level of commitment to the Club and Team.
Junior Team Contribution to Cross Country goes to the Junior athlete that has competed in most club XC fixtures through the season. Red Rose and Mid Lancs Leagues, Lancs, Northern and National Champs are used to calculate and Championships are used to decide in the event of a tie. Daniel Brown who always runs with a smile on his face and never, ever gives in won the boys and for the girls Hannah Cookson took the Award for her resilience and commitment.
Keeping it in the family was a kind of theme on the night when the Senior Team Contribution to Cross Country went to husband and wife duo Carol and Cross Country Team Manager John Cookson following their daughters Hannah and Kate in also picking up cross country awards.
Next Award – Most Promising Young athlete – on the night highlighted athletes that are usually new to the Harriers or just starting with the juniors and have started to make good progress through training and competing regularly and particularly look to have great prospects ahead for them.
The Age Groups represented cover U13/U15 and U17/U20. Taking the Boys and Girls Awards for the U13/U15’s were Leon Thomas (Middle Distance & Cross Country) and Emily Raine Lancashire County Champion (Sprints) whilst Huzaifa Hanif (400/800m) and Georgina Rickard (Sprints & Jumps) won the Awards in the U17/U20 Age Group.
Following on naturally from the Most Promising Young Athlete came the Most Improved Young Athlete in the same Age Groups recognising established juniors who have really made a step up in their level of training and performance in the last year. Winners here were Ben Cecil U13/U15 (Sprints) – Maddie Elliott U13/U15 (Middle Distance and Cross Country) – Joe Monk U17/U20 (Middle Distance & Road) – Grace Handley U17/U20 (Middle Distance & Cross Country).
The Outstanding Junior Comittment award goes to athletes that have shown commitment and application beyond what would normally be expected in order to improve themselves or support their team mates. Anthony Kent (Turned out in all YDL fixtures accumulating 110 points, as well as 5 Mid Lancs) won the U13/U15 Boys whilst Myah Booth (Turned out in all YDL fixtures (accumulating 88 points and 5 Mid Lancs fixtures) took the Girls Award. In the U17/U20’s it was Ben Aspinall (turned out in all 4 YDL Upper fixtures accumulating 72 points) winning the Boys and for the Girls Katie Buckingham (competed for the club in ten different events in the YDL and NL)
The Club Road Running Award is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the roads and conducts themselves in a manner that is a great example to the other members around them – and – the two deserving winners were Chris Davies and Rachel Wood who both achieved automatic qualifying times for the 2016 London Marathon after excellent results in this years Race. Proud Dad Tony picked up the Award for Rachel.
Two very good young athletes took the honours in the Club Fell Running Award category – Jack Hindle and Liz Greenwood. This Award is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the fells and conducts themselves in a manner that is a great example to the other members around them. Both young athletes had been selected to run for England at International level too.
The Best Veteran Athletes Award goes to our group of veteran athletes who sometimes perform in specific masters events and at other times in regular club fixtures and this year the winners were Tony Balko (Senior Throws Squad) and Rachel Jones (Senior Northern League T & F Team).
Staying with the Veteran’s our Veteran Road Running Merit Award Winners in this Category for the Men were Andy Buttery – Allan Hartley – Evan Cook and for the Women Jan Buckingham and Claire Bridge.
For a second year in a row the winner of the Harriers Triathlete of the Year was Brian Fogarty. Brian has distinguished himself qualifying in successive years for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii, has established himself at the top end of Ironman athletes in Britain and is a very worthy winner.
Two very talented young athletes – Nick Massey and Morgan Angland – won the Best Junior All Round T & F Performance – This award reflects their versatility and the overall contribution they make to the Track and Field squad. Nick competed in 100m, 200m, 80H, 800m, long jump, high jump, javelin and shot over the season which Included a 11.6 sec Grade 1 sprint hurdles, and a shot PB at the ESAA Combined Events National Final of 11.66m – an improvement of over 2m on his previous best. His pentathlon points total there was 2,453. He turned out for the club in all YDLL matches, as well as the County Championships and apart from the ESAA CE was also selected for ESAA T&F Championships in sprint hurdles. Morgan competed in 80H, 100m, 300H, long jump and triple jump in 2015. Including a Grade 1 11.8 sec 80H at the County Championships. She also turned out for the club in three YDL and once in the Northern League and also Competed at the ESAA T&F Championships in sprint hurdles.
As with the juniors, many of our senior athletes participate in a variety of events. Best Senior All Round T & F Performance reflects their versatility and the overall contribution they make to the Track and Field squad. Oliver Aspden took the Men’s Award as he competed in both sprints – 100m and 200m, both hurdles – 110H and 400H – as well as the high jump and long jump and accumulated 76 points towards the NL.
The Women’s Award turned out to have joint winners in Rebecca Sullivan and Polly Pearse. Rebecca competed in the 100m, high jump and long jump as well as shot putt and javelin providing 44 points towards the club turning out three times in the Northern League – whilst Polly – competed in 5 different events for the club turning out three times in the Northern League with 57 points.
This Award for – Best Junior Field Performance – is calculated against the Grade 1 for each event and requires good performances to be considered for it. Winner of the U13/Boys was Jamie Teare (U13B High Jump 1.43 metres at Hyndburn) and for the Girls U13/U15 Charlotte Williams (U13G Hammer 48.62 metres at the Pendle Open, eclipsing earlier performances at English Schools and the National Champs, to rank 4th in the UK and a new Club Record).
In the Boys U17/U20’s Jacob Roberts took the Award (U17M 61.27 metres Hammer at Wrexham Open), beating his earlier Grade 1 distances at the National Championships and at the Northerns that broke a 31 year old club record and a gained a bronze medal whilst for the Girls the winner was Morgan Angland (U17W 5.18 m Long Jump at Wakefield).
The Best Senior Field Performance went to Simon Brown for the Men and Sophie Hitchon for the Women and again, this award is calculated against Grade 1 for each event. Simon threw 40.92 for Discus at end of season Telford Open whilst Sophie had a fantastic season culminating in her Hammer Throw of 73.86m at the World Championships Hammer Final in Beijing.
Jamie Teare for his (U13 Boys 4:55.7 1500m YDLL at Macclesfield) – Emily Warren (U15 Girls 11.69 sec 80mH at Bedford National U15’s, Grade 1 performance) – Morgan Phillips (U20 men 400m in 51.2 at County Championships) – Morgan Angland (U17 Women 11.7 80m hurdles – Grade 1 at the County Championships) were the winners of Best Junior Track Performance.
Best Senior Track Performance went to Karl Billington for his 8:17.19 3000m which was a Grade 1 at Watford and Alison Leonard for her great run in Belgium of 2:00.5 800m a Grade 1 in Belgium, Club Record.
Alison also took the next Award which was the Arthur Almond Memorial Trophy – an Award donated to the club by Sylvia Almond in memory of her Husband – Arthur and the Club’s leading Middle Distance Coach – and awarded to the Best Track Performance each year. Mark Almond stepped up to accept the Award on Alison’s behalf as she was on her way back to her Run Fast Training Group based in Birmingham.
This award – Best Schools Championship Performance of the Year – is presented to the athlete that has produced the best performance in a Schools Track and Field event during the season. Two of our young Hammer Throwers, rapidly moving up the rankings – U17 Jacob Roberts (54.08m for 9th in the Hammer) and U15 Charlotte Williams (43.71m for 5th in the Hammer) were the deserving winners of this Award.
U20 athletes Joe Pearse and Connor Makin won this years Excellence in Track & Field Award with Joe making a clearance of 2.04m in the High Jump at the BUCS Indoor Championships whilst Connor ran a 400m in 50.7 at Indoor Birmingham Games.
This award – Outstanding Performance in Track and Field – is given to an athlete assessed to have produced a top standard T&F performance or consistently high level of performances during the year. Holly Bradshaw wins this with her 4.70m Pole Vault in the World Championships, coming as it did after a very difficult eighteen months with serious injuries.
Award for Outstanding Achievement was won by Samantha Murray who followed up her 2012 Olympic Silver Medal in the Modern Pentathlon to become the Individual World Champion in 2014 a quite incredible performance. George Davies who had been nominated by Samantha for the BBC’s Unsung Hero Award accepted Samantha’s Award on her behalf from Jason Lobo and then accepted an Award presented by the Club in recognition of Samantha’s nomination.
There was another surprise Award too. In 2014 the Clubs Hurdles Squad presented their Coach – Bob Groves – with a Trophy in recognition of all the work he had done over the years to develop the athletes and the Squad. The Trophy itself was to be awarded each year to a different athlete, one who had distinguished themselves in the Hurdles Group and in the Club. Bob took to the microphone to announce that the winner, and a very popular one too, was Christina Carr who had not only been a member of the Club since she was 10yrs old, competed at every level of the Club, has become qualified with a Degree in Strength and Conditioning, helps Coach the Hurdles Group, has suffered a terrible injury requiring surgery, and is, after all that, fighting her way back to training. A most worthy winner.
Chris Davies – for the second year in a row and Jan Buckingham were the winners of the Club Championship Award with John Cookson taking his second year in a row win and Jan Buckingham doubling up, winning both the Open and Handicap sections.
Mick Hitchon who Coaches the Clubs Hammer Group and Senior Sprints Group deservedly won the Members Award which is nominated by the Clubs Committee. This Award reflected the massive amount of work that Mick puts into his squad athletes, involving four and sometimes five training sessions per week – and – there is no doubt that his athletes have gained the benefit of his commitment as they rattle up the National Rankings in the different age group categories.
Two outstanding young athletes won the Young Athlete of the Year – Ross Liddle and Emily Warren. Ross In the ESAA National CE finals took on the 8 event Octathlon setting 7 new PB’s in an outstanding performance and broke the Club Record with a points total of 4395. For the club he competed in the long and short hurdles accumulating maximum points in his four races in the YDL. He also turned out for the NL in 100m and triple jump, accumulating 27.5 points.
Emily at Bedford in the National Age Group Championships ran a Grade 1 11.69 75H. She competed for the club throughout the season also covering 100m, 200m, 800m and long jump. Was ever present in the YDL accumulating 80 points for the club, and turned out twice in the Mid Lancs.
Athlete of the Year is given to the senior athlete who has performed to the highest standards during the year and this year that went to Ben Fish for the Men and Sophie Hitchon for the Women. Ben has had injuries to deal with this year and has for him, not raced as often as he might have wished. However, he has competed in 26 races so far on Track, Road and Cross Country, racking up twelve wins, five 3rd paces, two 4th places and two 6th places – a total of 21 positions in the top six out of 26 races.
Sophie Hitchon’s World Championships Final was the deserved peak to a great season for the British National Hammer Champion and all time British record holder. She followed up her Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games with 5th place at the European Team Championships and went one better to take a magnificent 4th place in Moscow in the World Championship Final in Bejing.
Final Trophy of the night was the Round Chase Trophy an award that recognises the greatest achievement during the year among the different event squads at Blackburn Harriers and it was the Throws Group who won it.
In the Hammer alone athletes include Charlotte Williams, Jacob Roberts, Rebecca Orrell, and Sophie Hitchon recording PB’s, reaching ESAA and National level, breaking Club records and topped off with Sophie’s World Champs 4th place. The Throws squad also included performances in the discus and shot club where Club records were broken by Anthony Kent and Eloise Littlefair and a number with others getting very close.
From L-R Just some of the Throws Squad — Jim Kerrigan (Coach) – Jacob Roberts (Hammer) – Connor Davison – (Shot, Discus, Javelin) – Charlotte Williams (Hammer) – Lucas Davies (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin) – Mick Hitchon (Coach) – Jason Lobo – Anthony Kent (Hammer, Shot, Discus) – Simon Brown (Discus, Shot, Javelin) – Tony Balko (Hammer, Discus, Shot).
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