Monthly Archives: May 2016
There has been lots of coverage on social media about the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10000m PB’s put on by Highgate Harriers last weekend, where there was a fantastic atmosphere as well as some brilliant running on display with races 5 and 6 acting as Olympic qualifying time events.
Blackburn Harrier Matt Wood was involved in presenting the Olympic Trials for 10000m and you can see the – VIDEO – of the atmosphere and reaction of the athletes to it with Matt. There is no doubt that this type of presentation of athletics make it very attractive to watch – a great evening promoting the British 10000 Olympic Trials, lots of entertainment and some great performances.
YDL Lower Age Group – Round Two at the Cumberland Sports Arena in Crewe
With a number of athletes missing and a number making their debut in League competition, some taking on events for the first time to help the Team or just starting out on Track & Field, it was always going to be a tough day, but that didn’t dampen the spirit or the effort of the athletes with new PB’s for U15 Leon Thomas in the 200m (29.7) and 800m (2.25.3) following which he helped the team out by doing the Long Jump for the first time ever and placed 5th with 4.09m). U15 Jamie Teare cut another second off his 1500m time with 4.46.6 whilst brother Rory Teare (U13) set new PB’s in the 100m (15.5) and the 75m Hurdles (15.5) before jumping 1.30m in the High Jump for 3rd place. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut 4 seconds off his previous best in the 1500m running 5.19.9 in the ‘B’ Race and added a 32.4 in the 200m, an event he has never done and took 2nd in the Shot Putt with 5.30m. Kieran Carroll added two metres to his best in the Javelin with a 2nd placed throw of 22.29m whilst U15 Amy Davies knocked two seconds of her PB with a 3rd placed run of 5.11.3 in the 1500m. U13 Libby Ansbro set a new PB in the 75m of 11.0 seconds and Caterina Lombard put her Shot Putt PB up to 4.14m and finished 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin with 11.49m, an event that she hadn’t done prior to the fixture.
There were good wins on the day too for U15 Jamie Teare in the ‘B’ 80m Hurdles (15.7) and for U15 Eloise Littlefair winning the Javelin ‘A’ (28.59m) and taking two good second places in the Shot Putt (10.30m) and Discus (23.43m). U15 Alex Bernstein also racked up a double win in the Discus (26.27m) and Hammer (36.44m) and then added a good 2nd in the Shot Putt with 7.73m. U15 Cameron Harris, another young lad in his first season competitively followed suit with a double win in the Javelin ‘A’ 30.07m and Discus ‘B’ (17.80m) before adding a 5th placed 7.84m in the Shot Putt.
U13 Charlotte Corrigan took 3rd in the 1200m (4.18.1) in a race which saw the front three separate themselves from the rest of the field, staying together until 200m out when the Trafford athlete pulled away to win. U13’s Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole both took 4th places in the 800m with 2.36.3 and 2.46.3 respectively. Eleesha teamed up with newcomer Emma Love in the Long Jump with Emma clearing 3.91m in the ‘A’ and Eleesha 3.81m in the ‘B’. There were some first time competitors in the sprints for U13 Caiden Hesketh (7th) who ran 11.7 in the 75m and Libby Ansbro 11.0 seconds (5th). Caiden then ran the 150m (6th) in 22.5 while Emma Catterall ran 22.8 in the ‘B’ race. U15 Phoebe Baxter ran 14.4 in the 100m for her first outing of the season. U15 Solomon Brown finished 4th in the ‘A’ 80m Hurdles with 14.2 and jumped 4.38m in the ‘A’ Long Jump to set a new PB.
Real consistency from Myah Booth again in the U13’s as it was with the improving Christie Sturgess. Myah came in 2nd in the 70m Hurdles ‘A’ with 12.2 , and added 2nd place in the ‘A’ Javelin (23.30m) and 2nd again in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (8.65m). Christie also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ 70m Hurdles with 13.0 seconds adding good points to the Team total. Liberty Thompson (U15) was having her third 800m race this year and is bringing her times down steadily finishing 6th with a time of 2.44.5, a six second improvement from her first race. U13 George Whittaker earned good points in the ‘A’ Javelin with 2nd place (17.92m) and then had a go at the High Jump to fill in for the Team, clearing 1.15m in his first ever attempt at the event. Brother Ben Whittaker (U15) and nursing a sore foot ran a solid 13.1 in the ‘A’ 100m (5th) and 26.5 (3rd) in the ‘B’ 200m. Another debutant – Bradley Meikleham came in 6th in the ‘B’ 100m with 14.4 and added a 3rd place 18.89m in the ‘B’ Javelin and ran 5.21.9 in his 1500m debut. U15 Ethan Joyce in his first competitive season stepped into the ‘A’ 300m and ran a good race (5th) in 45.3 and then, moving outside of his comfort zone to help the Team he ran the ‘B’ 800m in 2.35.8 (6th). Younger brother Joseph Joyce (U13) showed the same spirit running the ‘A’ 1500m for the first time ever finishing 5th in 5.15.1. U13 Ethan Barbarewicz is in his first season and didn’t blink an eye when asked to do the 200m coming home 4th in 30.7 and then running 2.45.1 in the 800m for 2nd place and just outside his PB set this year. Harvey Ashworth was the ‘A’ runner in the U13 800m and ran a good race, placing 2nd in 2.33.5, just three tenths outside of his PB. U13 Tom Booth squeezes everything out of himself when he races which is really great to see, running 15.4 in the ‘B’ 100m.
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Andy in Helsingborg 10k – Jack wins at Malham – Inter-Counties Fell Championships – Chester Half-Marathon
Springtime 10K, Helsingborg, Sweden – Saturday 14th May 2016
Two thousand and eighty eight finishers in this 10k Road Race in Helsingborg. V45 Andy Buttery whilst working there, ran in this race finishing 6th overall in a good time, given the course and the conditions of 34.43 with the winner coming home in 32.04.
Andy told the Club about the Race commenting “After a week struggling a bit with sore and niggling hamstrings from still adjusting to track racing I was glad I could run a bit more normally the night before the race. The race start was very close to our hotel in the town centre so we could enjoy the race build-up and have no stress of travelling to the event and finding the start etc. I’d also been given an elite number so started in the first of 10 waves, which meant no fighting for a decent starting position. The numerous start waves was one of the many impressive features in a very efficiently organised race! I knew the course well having practiced it a few times on previous visits over the last 12 months and my goal going into the race was to get a podium finish (based on last years results and what I felt I could achieve if I ran really well). I didn’t quite manage it on the day finishing 6th and 21secs off 3rd place, but it was a good battle for 3rd throughout the race with 8 or 10 of us involved after the first two had got away. Some of the lads I knew from joining in training nights with the local club, so that made it interesting!
The course is hilly and there was a strong wind blowing onto the sea front so it’s not a course for a PB. Despite this I was happy with 34.43, which with hindsight is probably a good run and a benchmark for next time! Helsingborg is very much a running town with 3000 entrants, 150 runners taking part from the local club and hundreds of supporters lining the whole route. It made for a great atmosphere and a good experience for my first race overseas!”
Malham Kirkby Fell – 14th May
Jack Hindle took a good win at Malham last weekend leading the 63 strong field home in a time of 22.06 nearly half a minute in front of the second placed athlete. After the Race Jack told the Club about his lead up to the Race and the reasons for doing it saying “I decided to race at Malham last minute. Whilst in the middle of a hard block of training I knew I would be tired, but I wanted to test my legs. I set out steady with another lad, we soon pulled away and then I began to pull away from him on the harder parts of the climb. I didn’t push it on the descent and had quite a lot left in reserve. I was happy to get the win and it’s given me some great confidence for the GB trial next week”.
FRA Inter-Counties Championship 2016
Blackburn Harrier Victoria Mousley was selected to run for Greater Manchester and had a great run to come home as first counter for the County who came 8th overall. Lancashire Women came in as 6th County overall and led by Nicola Jackson who was their first counter. Lancashire Men emulated the Women’s team in also finishing 6th with Chris Holdsworth their first counter. Richard Taylor also had a run out in the Open Section coming home in a time of 1hr 47.31.
Wholan Nook Trail Race
Light warm nights and mid week Fell & Trail Races is a nice way to spend an evening as one hundred and eightY nine runners did at the Wholan Nook Trail Race on Wednesday evening – May 11th won by Julian Hood in 30.24.
Chris Davies was out on his second Race since the London Marathon and it looks as though all that endurance training is paying dividends as finished 3rd in the Race with a time of 31.13. Also running his second race in a week was V40 Bryan Searby who ran well in 60th place for a time of 37.39.
Mearley Clough Fell Race
Josh Boyle was showing his quality again at the head of a 155 strong field in winning the Mearley Clough Race in a time of 30.55, nearly a minute in front of second place.
V40 Shaun Livesey was the first Blackburn Harrier home in a time of 34.48 (9th) with another couple of V40’s John Sutton in 18th spot (36.22) and Tom Cubbon (32nd) in 38.45 behind him. The fourth V40 Bryan Searby came home in 87th in 46.05. Next one in was another Vet, this time a V50 in Ian Clarkson (118th) in 49.44.
A massive field was on the run at this years Chester Half-Marathon featuring in excess of six thousand four hundred finishers. In only his second race since June 2015 V55 Paul Clarke had a good run finishing in 1097th position and telling the Club that it was the “First long race in over 12 months, was expecting about 1hr 50 so I’m well happy with that but last 1.5mile was a killer really felt it in the legs. Injuries in the past hopefully”.
V50’s John Orrell and Ian Clarkson along with V40 Tom Cubbon have been out on the Fells of late including the Coniston, Malhamdale, Cautley Horseshoe and Fairfield Horseshoe.
Coniston Fell Race – April 30th
180 runners lined up for the Coniston Race won by Carl Bell which had Tom Cubbon 51st in 1hr 16.51 and John Orrell in 158th in 1hr 39.49.
Malhamdale Challenge 9 – May 9th
Eighty eight runners in this Race which saw John Orrell have a good run coming home in 23rd place with a time of 95.35, the Race being won by Mark Mon-Williams in 72.28 – (RESULTS) and then just two days later was out again at the Cautley Horseshoe – May 11th – placing 60th in a time of 67.50. RESULTS.
Fairfield Horseshoe, 50th Anniversary Fell Race – Saturday 14th May.
Well done to John Orrell on contesting all four Fell races in two weeks the last of which was the Fairfield Horseshoe. Tom Cubbon had a good run coming home in 76th place out of a field of 317 finishers and with a time of 1hr 44.26. John Orrell was next home (258th) in 2hr 14.33 followed by Ian Clarkson (283rd) with a time of 2hr 24.17 commenting “Perfect weather conditions for a run out on the 50th Anniversary of Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race. A straight up and down affair with a few rocky areas thrown in for good measure, a good day out was had”.
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