Monthly Archives: May 2016
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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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