Monthly Archives: May 2016
It was the ninth year in a row that Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Group have taken on Kirkham Grammar School, a fixture which has been won by Kirkham for the first 8 years.
Would it change this year and produce a win for the Harriers?
Well Indeed it did. So big congratulations to all the youngsters who turned out and gave of their best on the day, leading to the victory. Congratulations also to the young athletes from Kirkham Grammar School who helped make the the day and the athletics a very enjoyable occasion.
(Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Team – v – Kirkham Grammar School)
Alison Hulme who is the Sportshall Group Co-ordinator and also organiser of these fixtures was delighted to be able to report the win for the Harriers and told us “On Saturday 21 May 2016, after 6 years of trying, Blackburn Harriers’ U11 team finally got their hands on the Centenary Shield, beating Kirkham Grammar Junior School in a very close competition! The competition was started in Blackburn Harriers’ Centenary year (2010) and involves teams of 10 boys & 10 girls competing in 4 track events, 4 field events and 2 relays. The Kirkham teacher who devised the competition is Alf Oddie, who competed for Blackburn Harriers for many years.
After the track events the scores for both teams were even on 44 points; Blackburn pulled slightly ahead after the field events with 91 points compared to Kirkham’s 85 points. First place finishes by both Blackburn boys & girls 4x100m relay teams secured the victory, with Blackburn scoring 141 compared to Kirkham’s 123 points overall.
Blackburn girls were particularly strong with 1-2 finishes in 150m (Holly Bell & Charlotte Clapham), 600m (Kate Cookson & Caroline Woodworth), Long Jump (Sacha Brown & Holly Turner) and Triple Jump (Kate Cookson & Emily Cottam). For the boys, Harrison Allcock was first in 60m & long jump and Isaac Butler had an impressive run to win the 600m. Special mention must go to Jadyn Armstrong who bravely finished her hurdles race after taking a nasty tumble. Other team members were: Natasha Hill, Lucy Ramsden, Harry Anderton, Codie Dewhurst, Thomas Flynn,Alexander Galiatsatos, Oliver Proctor, Saul Sharp, Harry Thomas, Theo Sturgess.
Thanks go to the Kirkham teachers, Jean Leigh, Danny Maynard and all of the parents & relatives who made this event a success”.
(Ben Armstrong & John Cookson Team Managing for the Blue & Whites)
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On the road to Rio with Sophie 3rd in Halle Hammer with over 71metres – Brian excels again in Lanzarote Ironman and qualifies for World Championships
Förderverein Hallesche Werfertage
Blackburn Harriers Hammer Thrower – Sophie Hitchon – is in Olympic year and has already had a really good start to the season, throwing further than the Olympic qualifying distance, along with quite a lot of traveling!!
She kicked off on May 7th in the Jamaica International Invitation with a 3rd placed throw of 70.65m, then moved on to Beijing on May 18th, throwing 71.71m (4th) at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting.
Three days later she was in Germany (Halle) at the Förderverein Hallesche Werfertage Meeting – May 21st – and placed 3rd with another throw of 71.63m.
Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote – May 21stBlackburn Harrier – Brian Fogarty – put in another fantastic performance at what has been described as one of the toughest Ironman Events in the world last weekend, when he took on the Club La Santa Ironman in Lanzarote.
Brian finished 23rd overall and 2nd overall in his Age Group category (30 – 34) in a time of 9hr 34.32 and it is worth noting that his Bike Split time of 5hr 11.11 was only bettered by the first ten in the Race which demonstrates the power of his performance.The Event is described on its website as “Located on the northern edge of the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa, this race is considered by many to be one of the toughest IRONMAN events in the world. 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 2551 m. 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”.
Brian has once again qualified for the World Championships in Hawaii demonstrating both his quality and consistency at international level. Brian was very happy with how things went for him and spoke to the Club after the event commenting that the “Lanzarote Ironman was a massive race for me. I had my best performance there last year and I was confident I had improved, although a lack of running due to injury at an important time in my prep did have me slightly worried. The swim is a mass start in the sea and it was the most brutal I’ve ever experienced so to get come out in a PB 1:02 was a good start for me, this set me up nicely for the extremely tough bike leg…….
……..My cycling has been a big focus over the winter months and it paid off. Completing the 112 miles in 5:11, 15 minutes off last year and putting me right up with the top pro’s…….
……..The run was very hot this year with little wind and with my lack of running miles I had to start conservatively. I had the perfect start because I was having to slow myself down and still running sub 7min miles.
As Ironman always does, the fatigue and heat did test me but I was still moving well and holding PB pace. The support I had out there was overwhelming, this helped so much and when I had 10k to go I had to dig very deep. This was where tough track sessions and Wednesday runs over winter with the Blackburn Harrier lads really paid off. I was elated when I finished because I knew i executed the best race I could have and got my slot back at the world Championships. I finished with a 3:13 marathon and 23rd overall in one of the strongest fields Lanzarote has seen as it was their 25th Anniversary. A few easy days now before I get back into full training, I have two half Ironman races next before Ironman Uk where I’m looking to improve again with a top 10 result. I’m so grateful for all my support, I couldn’t keep improving without the help of my Sponsor Paul Slone of Universal Cooling Ltd”.
Brian and Ian Cox who also competed and came home in 232nd place with a total time of 11hr 11.24 with Maria, family and support team.
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Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday May 22nd
Chris Davies backed up his win in last years Crazy Cow 10k by winning the Race again this year in an improved time of 35.39, half a minute quicker than in 2015 and speaking to the Club after said “After having run a few races since the London Marathon I new I was running well but this was my first 10K road race. Was looking to hit around 35:30 and was only 9 seconds over that target. I was pleased with the run even though I started to slow in the last mile. It was surprisingly warm especially in the wooded areas of the course so that might have something to do with it. It’s a good start to the road season and I know I will get better. More speed sessions on the track should help and I plan to race more this year on the road anyway so I hope to race myself fit and look to hit a new 10K PB in the coming months”. V40 Conrad Mckee wasn’t far behind in 4th spot (36.53) followed by another V40 – Sean Proctor with a new PB of 39.03 in 14th place and could not have been more happy telling the Club “today’s race went better than expected was happy with my time and a new PB 39:03 all down to the speed work on the track and the help of the Harriers coaches. Conditions couldn’t have been better”.
What a great day for Sam McCreedie in this Race, her first for 18 months and after having had to negotiate injury after injury. Sam finished in 26th place overall out of a field of nearly 600 finishers, with a time of 40.50 and was 2nd Woman home too. The patience and tenacity she has shown over such a long period out has been fantastic and for all those athletes who have had to endure periods such as that, an inspiration, and a reminder that an athlete can recover from injury and get back. She was really happy with the outcome and told the Club “I didn’t know whether to do it and was so nervous before after not racing for 18months!! Would’ve loved to get sub 40 but pleased to get the first one back done and even better to get second lady! Won’t be able to walk tomorrow though”.
V40 John Cookson had a pretty solid run in 38th and managed to bag bragging rights over daughter Hannah Cookson in 64th spot (44.46) who was running her first ever 10k which was a great effort.
Hannah was followed by V55 Michael Blacklidge (74th) in 46.14, V55 Paul Clarke (79th) in 46.47, V45 Michael Sharp (82nd) in 46.52, V40 Lindsay Davies with a new PB of 57.29 in 276th place, telling the Club that it was a “Fantastic 10k, perfect weather, lovely flat course. I felt really comfortable first 3 miles, kept picking a target and trying to pass them and then I would move on to my next target, had to dig deep on the last mile it seemed to go on forever, longest path in Lancashire I am sure. Very happy on getting a PB”. V45 Andrea Rigby (543rd) in a time of 77.00 was the final Blackburn Harrier home.
There was also a Fun Run for the youngsters which produced some very impressive performances in a race won by Dexta Thompson (running for Clayton) in 4.38 and runner up and 1st girl Amy Davies with a time of 5.02. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came home 3rd in 5.11. Amy and Kyle, like Liberty had all competed at Crewe the day before for the Harriers in the YDL Lower Age Group League.
Liberty Thompson, (running for Clayton) after competing for Blackburn Harriers the day before in the YDL ran well for 4th place (5.15). In 6th place came Saul Sharp with a time of 5.28 followed home by Kate Cookson in 8th (5.44), Hannah Davies (11th) in 5.56 and last but by no means least – Lulu Sharp (18th) in 7.24.
2016 Brathay Marathon
Five hundred and thirty two runners finished this years Brathay Marathon and among them with a very good run was V40 Shaun Livesey. Shaun was running his second Marathon in the last 6 weeks, having run the Manchester Marathon on April 10th, finished 7th overall and 3rd V40 in a time of 2hr 59.14 which was an excellent time given the nature of the course. No flat Marathon, this one!!
Watch the Race Start Video HERE
Afterwards Shaun shared his thoughts about the Race and his performance with us saying that he “Decided to go up to Windermere for this anti clockwise tour of the lake. I knew it was going to be a though one as all marathons are. My strategy for this one was to stay comfortable on the flats and hills and allow myself to run fast downhill. All the runner’s were led down to the start by a drum band giving the event a bit of an atmosphere. I lined up at the front and we were set on our way by a local farmer with his shotgun. For quite a large marathon it became more like a lonely Sunday training run, from mile three I was running alone. As I hit mile 8 a noticeable climb, i could hear a droning sound in the distance. As I got closer I could see two Highland folk playing the bagpipes, which was a nice touch. I made a continuous decision to pat every runner doing the famous 10 in 10 on the back as I passed them. I passed halfway feeing ok and maintaining a good pace I was drinking to thirst and downing gels every 5 miles. I ran through the busy town of Bowness at around 20m telling myself to keep my form good especially for the crowd. The last hill was approaching named ice cream mountain, it broke me I was reduced to walking some of it. When I reached the top I would have bought a ice cream if I had the money, I was feeling the effects by now. The last four mile were tough as I stumbled in stopping and stretching multiple times and with it losing two places. Glad to run sub 3 on that course I think I finished 7th overall. Time for a few days off”.
Greater Manchester 10k
It is not often that you can run a Race and finish up in 5686th place and run a new PB as well. That’s exactly what V40 Claire Bridge did in the Manchester 10k today with a time of 52.24 – 53 seconds better than her previous best set in 2013.
Horwich Jubilee Series – Race One
Chris Davies was off to a good start in the first Race of this years Jubilee Series at Rivington with a 6th placed time of 29.10. V45 Michael Sharp came home in 66th spot (37.28) with V55 Michael Nolan in 88th (40.52), V40 Lorna Sharp (98th) in 42.56 and V50 David Morris (1210th) with a time of 48.01.
The Junior Race comprising seventy five runners in total were split into two races with 53 in the first and 22 in the second. Hollie Cubbon was the first Harrier home in Race One in (6th) in a time of 6.07 and 2nd girl in the race by just one second. Saul Sharp was the next Harrier home in 10th place (6.27) followed by Isabelle Hartley (23rd) in 7.01 and 2nd U9 girl on the night, again by just one second. New member George Ramsden, also in the U9 age group placed 28th in 7.08 in his debut for the Club. Congratulations also to Dexta Thompson (Clayton) who will be running for Blackburn on the Track, on his 2nd placed run in a time if 5.45 in Race One.
Race two was the faster field featuring twenty two runners which saw Leon Thomas having a really good run coming home in 2nd place with a time of 5.18, closely followed by Matt Ramsden in 4th position with 5.21 and Amy Davies in 11th with a time of 5.47, the fastest girls time on the night in both races.
Alison smashes 1500m PB in Hengelo and goes top of the National Rankings – Joe sets 3000m PB at Trafford & Sam wins U17 Javelin
Alison Leonard took on her first 800m of the season at Trafford – (RESULTS) – on May 17th. In a ‘messy mixed race’ Alison finished with a time of 2.02.25 and commented “all signs are looking good for the next few races” with her next Race being a 1500m race in the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Hengelo on Sunday May 22nd.
And she wasn’t kidding. In Hengelo – RESULTS – she smashed her 1500m PB by nearly four seconds, finishing in 4th place setting a new PB time of 4.09.59 in a Race won by Besu Sado of Ethiopia in 4.05.30. Not only that, her run took her to Number One in the National Rankings with training partner Hannah England in 2nd place.
Joe Monk was over at the Trafford Grand Prix in the 3000m and targeting a PB at the distance. His previous best time was 9.10.00, also run at Trafford and he did it again by knocking off nearly three seconds to set a new PB of 9.07.06. (RESULTS)
U17 Sam Pearson-Moore had his first ever outing at Trafford and it went really well for him as he won the Javelin (700g) with a throw of 38.82 and just outside his PB of 39.55m. (RESULTS)
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