Monthly Archives: February 2016
Emily sets a new PB to reach the Final at the Northern U13/U15 Indoor Championships & Joe sets seasons best at Inter-Varsity Match in the High Jump
At her first Northern Indoor Championships, U15 Emily Warren competed in the 60m Hurdles with Heats, Semi-Final and Final which is a lot to take on in one day.
Full Results HERE
In her Heat, Emily took the win in a seasons best time of 9.71 which took her to the Semi-Final and a 2nd place there with a new personal best of 9.56. In the Final she came in 5th with 9.64, a great achievement and just reward for a young athlete who really works hard in training. Watch this space for the future.
Afterwards Emily told the Club that it was a “Big improvement, got to the final, came 5th out of 30, definitely room for improvement, got my confidence back after changing my stride pattern. Overall very good day“
Joe Pearse was out at the Inter-Varsity Match at Lee Valley on February 3rd in the High Jump. This was Joe’s fourth Indoor Fixture this winter and he kicked off with a 1.90m jump on January 10th. On the 23rd January he improved to 1.95 and cleared the same height again on January 31st.
Full Results HERE
In his latest outing at Lee Valley, he increased that to 2.00m. No doubt going in the right direction and now he is injury free he can look forward to extending his PB of 2.04m telling the Club that “I am feeling in great shape and everything is slowly started to come together. I still have a lot to improve on but hopefully a big pb is in the cards this year!”
Wins for Harriers at Lancashire Schools Champs – Team, Vets and Junior Wins at Winter Warmer 10k & Results Round Up
Lancs Schools Cross Country Championships 2016
Some of the worst conditions ever seen for the Lancashire Schools Championships didn’t deter the youngsters from battling it out for selection to the this years English Schools Championships. The size of the fields were all pretty good with the exception of the Senior Boys (13 athletes) and the Senior Girls (10 athletes). The Junior Boys had 72 runners, Junior Girls 55, Inter boys 60 and Inter Girls 45. There were 80 in the Yr 7 Boys Race and 74 in the Girls Yr 7.
Full Results HERE
Liz Greenwood (Hyndburn) who has already won the Lancashire County Championships and took the Bronze Medal in the Northern Championships last week, kicked things off for Blackburn Harriers athletes who were competing for their Towns, by winning comfortably in the Senior Girls Race in a time of 17.17, seventeen seconds clear of 2nd place and sealing selection for English Schools.
The next Race featured the Junior Boys and here Matt Ramsden (Blackburn) continued his great from this year winning the County Championships and finishing 6th in the Northern Championships. Matt took 4th place in a time of 15.49, just four seconds behind 2nd place and secured his selection for English Schools. Also having good runs in the Junior Boys were Jamie Teare (Hyndburn) 12th in 17.01, Leon Thomas (Blackburn) 23rd in 17.53, Jimmy Walpole (Blackburn) 39th in 18.44 and Bradley Miekleham (Blackburn) – 46th in a time of 19.05.
Another young athlete who won the County Championships was Amy Davies (Blackburn) who came 2nd in 15.39 to Alissa Derbyshire and as a result she became the third Harrier on the day to qualify for English Schools. Also running for the Blackburn Town Team was Ruby Cain finishing in a solid 23rd place (17.53) with Anna Lonsdale who also ran well for 25th position in a time of 17.55.
Maddie Elliott (Blackburn) became the fourth Blackburn Harrier to qualify for English Schools with a fine victory in the Inter-Girls Race. Maddie, Elliott Moulding (2nd) and Blyth Fourie (3rd) were in a tight race all the way round with Maddie not giving an inch and coming out the winner by four seconds from 2nd place and 13 from 3rd. Hannah Cookson (Hyndburn) who is ‘praying for the track season and dry weather’ to start took a solid 13th place (20.24) followed by Natalya Irvine (Burnley) in 15th spot (20.38). This was Natalya’s first Race in over a year as a result of injury, so this was a very good performance. Chloe Bleeks (Blackburn) took 19th place in 21.03 followed by Freya Black (South Ribble) in 28th place (22.12).
In the Inter-Boys Race, Zak Hargreaves (Blackburn) placed 20th with a time of 23.56 whilst Nick Smith (Blackburn) came in 33rd in 25.37.
In the Yr 7 Races, Harvey Ashworth (Blackburn) had a pretty solid run finishing 11th in a time of 9.43 and George Whittaker also competing for the Blackburn Town Team came in 69th in 11.41. In the Girls Race there were five girls from the Harriers running with Eleesha Charnley (Blackburn) having a very good run to finish 4th in the 74 strong field in a time of 10.32 and followed by Jess Watson (South Ribble) in 12th spot (11.03), Chrissie Sturgess (Blackburn) 37th with a time of 12.15, Jolie Hoole in 42nd place (12.22) and Anna Dabrowski (Hyndburn) 57th in 13.16.
Winter Warmer 10k
Four hundred and forty runners finished the Winter Warmer 10k and as they set off – with 22 Blackburn Harriers among them – it was clear from the very start with really bad winds, that there wasn’t going to be much chance of PB’s!!
Heading down from the Clogg and Billycock Pub and approaching the 4k mark saw the eventual winner – Rob Danson (33.45), battling it out with the eventual runner up – Blackburn Harriers Tim Raynes (34.10) and given the conditions, pretty good times.
Full Results HERE
No doubt about the Team Winners on the day as the Harriers took 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th places – Jack Hindle in 4th place and 1st Junior Male (35.26), Andy Buttery in 5th and 1st V45 (35.52), Paul Guinan 6th and 2nd V45 (36.14) and Brian Fogarty racing a week after his fantastic win in the Dubai 70.3 Ironman 7th (36.29). Chris Davies placed 10th in 37.36 which meant that the Harriers had six runners in the top ten.
Next Harrier home was Richard Fogarty in 16th with a time of 39.21 and given the conditions and an easier course, it looks as though his PB is ready to be revised. First Woman and 1st Junior Woman home was 17yr old Liz Greenwood (18th) competing the day after she had won the Lancashire Schools XC Championships in a time of 39.52. Mark Bleasdale placed 21st in 40.04 whilst new member – Sean Proctor – also had a good run coming in 24th with a time of 40.37 and followed by Allan Hartley in 26th (41.01). In 42nd came Maddie Elliott – in her first ever 10k – (42.33), who like Liz had won the Lancashire Schools XC Championships the day before. She was the 3rd Female home on the day and 2nd Junior Female and these results, in the middle of a great cross country season for her, are just rewards for the hard work she puts into her training. Winner of the V65 Age Group was Evan Cook who placed 43rd in an excellent time of 42.41 – a time which puts him in 5th place in the National Rankings.
John Cookson came home in 44.19 (59th) with Warren Smith in 62nd spot (44.35) and Carly Edwards placing 81st in 45.47 a time in those conditions suggesting that she is going to improve her 10k PB before too long. Craig Greenhough was next in for the Club in 86th (45.51) followed by Michael Sharp in 105th (47.16), Mike Blacklidge making his return to the competitive fold in 124th (48.00), Mick Nolan (210th) in a time of 53.01, Lorna Sharp (238th) in 54.58, Lindsay Davies (312th) in 59.31 and David Morris 340th in 62.07.
In the Winter Warmer 2k for the youngsters there was a whopping field of 246 runners with seventeen of them from the Harriers which was a great turnout and included 5 age category wins and 4 runner up positions.
Full Results HERE
Amy Davies continued her good run of form with 2nd overall in the 246 strong field and 1st Girl in 8.09. New member Jasper Smith was 4th overall and 2nd M12 in 8.22 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret just behind in 5th (8.28) and 1st M11 on the day. Eleesha Charnley was 2nd F12 and 19th overall with a time of 8.32 whilst Saul Sharp in 12th place (8.45) was the 1st M9.
Leah Hoole came in 15th (8.50) and 2nd F10 with Eleanor Allsop just one second behind in 16th spot (8.51) and 3rd F10 on the day. Christie Sturgess finished in a time of 9.13 (20th) whilst Mashood Hussain (9.30) came in 25th and 1st M8 out of 18 other runners in the same age category with Oliver Gill running him very close in 26th spot (9.31). In 39th place was Isabelle Hartley (10.02) followed by Hannah Davies (10.17) in 45th place & 2nd F7 out of the 17 girls in that age category. Just three seconds behind in 46th came Khalil Dalal in 10.20 and Alfie Marsden (49th) with a time of 10.31. Lily Thomas was next in for the Harriers in 81st (11.15) with 6yr old Lulu Sharp (82nd) with 11.16 and also winning the F6 on the day. In 118th was Harry Thomas (12.10).
Bucs 2016 Cross Country Championships
Katie Buckingham was racing at this years Bucs Championships as part of the Nottingham University Team and commented, unsurprisingly, given the weather…….“Mud mud mud the probably some of worst weather conditions I’ve ever raced in, so not my ideal race course! Embraced the rain and had a fab day finishing 272nd out of about 600 girls and Notts team finished an impressive 14th! Bring on the dry track season asap!”
Full Women Results HERE
In other Races, David Almond (V45) was down at the Alsager 5 Race at the weekend finishing 71st out of a big field of 917 finishers in a good time of 29.44. (Full Results HERE)
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall)
New member Paul Clarke (V50) had his first race for the Harriers in another big race – featuring 2235 finishers – the Mad Dog 10k at Southport – (Full Results HERE). Paul finished in 374th place with a time of 49.11.
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IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai
Seven hundred and seventy three athletes entered the Ironman 70.3 in Dubai last Friday – January 29th and among them were two Blackburn Harriers – Brian Fogarty and Paul Slone.
Brian put in another great performance to finish 13th overall in the Race – 1st Amateur in the Race overall and Winner of his Age Group (30-34yrs) in a time overall for the Swim, Bike and Run of 3.53.55, a time which was just a couple of minutes away from getting a top ten finish. Brian also won the fastest bike split. His performance has earned him an automatic place for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Australia. When you think that every athlete in front of Brian is a professional, it gives you some idea of the quality performance that he put in.
Speaking to the Club, Brian said that he was “Really happy with the result in Dubai. The race out there was always going to be a sound indicator of where I am in regards to my recovery from Kona. So to win was great and a really good start to my 2016 target to win the overall world athlete award. After coming 3rd last year I am very determined to get the win this year. Dubai was a great experience I was able to share with fellow Blackburn Harrier Paul Slone, who completed his 1st half ironman with a great effort coming 17th in his category. Great preparation for Ironman Lanzerote in May”.
Brian Video HERE
Full Results HERE
Race Website Report HERE
Paul who competes in the 44 – 49 Age Group also had a very good competition finishing 179th overall and 17th in his Age Group – out of 95 athletes in that Age Category – with a combined time of 4.43.59. Paul was pleased with his performance saying “I came 179th out of 751. So I was happy with that in my first event. It put me in the top 25 percent and was a big learning curve. 17th in my age group”.
Another great performance too last weekend from V55 Bob Shorrock who won the third Race in the King of The Hills Mountain Marathon Series in Hong Kong.
This latest Race means that Bob has won the first three of the 4 Race series and will be looking for a clean sweep in the last one coming up at Sai Kung. Bob was pleased, as you can imagine with his performances to date and told the Club that he “Had the 3rd King of the Hills yesterday – finished 9th overall (1st V55). I ran out of gas in the last 10K, so lost a couple of places – need to do a bit more mileage in training ahead of the last race at the end of Feb”.
This was part of the Race Report taken from the Race website which shows how fantastic his performance has been and is a reminder that life really does begin in your 50’s.!!
‘Michael Skobierski took the lead after Sha Lo Tung and led from the front the rest of the way with Pierre-Andrew Ferriere hot on his heals. By Kuk Po CP 5 Michael had opened up a 100 second lead and was able to hold this lead the rest of the way. Michael finished in 3:35:47 and Pierre-Andrew in 3:37:48. After showing great potential in the KOTH Lantau race earlier this month, Michael confirmed his status as a top trail runner in HK. Baptise Piyou surged passed a tiring Guy Connel at the end to finish third (3:42:55) withGuy fourth.Jeremy Ritcey finished 5Th overall and first in his new M40 age category (3:48:32). (Jeremy, one of the few benefits of getting older is that you get to enter a new age category.) Fast open category runners Clement Dumont, Stefand Del Favero and Ng Kwok Lun finished 6th, 7th, and 8thoverall respectively. Bob Shorrock was 9th and first in the M55 category (3:54:54). Bob may be the only person who has won his age group in every KOTH race he has ever entered’.
PB’s and SB’s for Cameron and Josh at Sportscity – Harriers youngsters represent Lancashire in Sportshall
Cameron Massey and Josh van Der Linde were out again at Sportscity in the popular Winter Indoor Series – Fixture 4 of 6 – last weekend putting in some good performances with every event a new personal best or season’s best.
Sportscity Results HERE
Both athletes took on the 60m Hurdles, 200m and the Shot Putt. In his Heat of the 60m Hurdles, Cameron set a new PB of 9.88 (4th) knocking off just over a tenth, whilst Josh, in his Heat took the win in 9.58 which represented a seasons best.
Onto the 200m which saw Josh set a new PB of 26.16 in 2nd place, cutting nearly a second off his previous best time Indoors. In his Heat, Cameron also set a new Indoor PB of 25.45 placing 2nd.
It was another new PB for Josh in the Shot Putt (5kg) in 5th with a throw of 7.86m and Cameron taking 2nd spot with another seasons best of 9.57m.
Josh commented at the end of the day saying that he “thought that the day was very successful but I need to improve in my Shot Putt. But overall a good day of competing“.
Equally Cameron was happy with the days results commenting that he “3 strode again and both Paul (Coach) and i know exactly where we are going forward to improve drastically and hopefully it will reflected at the next sport city fixture – all round it was a good day”.
Sportshall North West U11’s 2016
Six young athletes from the Harriers Sportshall Squad were selected to compete for Lancashire in the North West U11 competition against Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cumbria. One of the athletes parents described it “overall it was a smooth running and exciting day for the athletes and a great experience” and another parent commented “All the Blackburn Harriers can be very proud of competing for Lancashire”.
The Girls Team finished in 3rd place with 436 points, just seventeen points off a runners up place whilst the Boys were in 5th place scoring a total of 418 points and just 15 points behind 3rd place Merseyside.
A big well done and congratulations to Emma Love, Eleanor Allsop, Leah Hoole, Harrison Allcock, Ben Boocock an Codie Dewhurst.
Boys Team Results HERE
Girls Team Results HERE
Boys from left (Back Row) : 3rd Harrison Allcock, 4th Ben Boocock, 5th Codie Dewhurst
Girls from right (Front Row): 5th Emma Love, 6th Eleanor Allsop, 7th Leah Hoole
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