Monthly Archives: August 2016
Gold and Bronze Medals & Championship Record at the Northern U15 / U17 T & F Championships for the Harriers
Four Blackburn Harriers athletes went up to the Northern Championships at Middlesborough at the weekend and came back with two Gold and two Bronze Medals along with a Northern Championships Record which was a great performance by them all.
(Northern Champions U17 Jacob Roberts & U15 Charlotte Williams
with Blackburn Harriers Chairman Tony Wood)
Second in the National Rankings Charlotte Williams got the day off to a great start winning the U15 Girls Hammer with a throw of 55.82m which was a new Championship Record. This was Charlotte’s 14th Hammer competition of the year in which she has won 13 and was 2nd in the English Schools, gaining a Silver Medal adding to her wins in the Lancashire Schools and Lancashire County Championships. It has been a very impressive season for her and she spoke to the Club after becoming Northern Champion saying “Today was one of our last championship competitions, I am quite proud of what I got which in the end was 8cm off my personal best what I got last week. I have one more championship competition yet so the next two weeks is going to be lots of work and we will see what happens then”.
Jacob Roberts has had twenty Hammer competitions so far this season winning seventeen of them and placing second in the other three. Over the season he has won the Lancashire Schools and Lancashire County Championships, came 2nd in English Schools, has now won the Northerns and stands 2nd in the National Rankings. Jacob reflected on the Championships saying “I went to Middlesbrough this weekend for the Northern Counties Championships . We had 3 Hammer throwers competing, me, Charlotte and Alex . Good competition with both days being sunny. I became Northern Counties Champion for U17 for 2016. Looking forward now to Bedford National Comp in two weeks. Well done to all athletes from Blackburn Harriers”.
Emily Warren had a pretty good Championships winning a Bronze Medal in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles. In her Heat, Emily came 2nd in a time of 12.12 and improved her time to 12.02 in the Final to finish in Bronze Medal position. Afterwards, Emily told the Club that she was “Really happy to get in the final and in the top three, I feel like I’m slowly making improvements but I’m just happy to be injury free and improving every time”.
Alex Bernstein Starting the season with a PB of 28.36m, Alex has really progressed and now has a PB of 42.69m which is a massive improvement. He is having a very good first season as bottom of age U15. So far he has competed 15 times with the 4kg Hammer winning ten of them, with three second places, one third spot and 11th in the English Schools Final. Included were good performances winning Silver Medals at Lancashire Schools and Lancashire County Championships.
Sophie Hitchon today – at the 2016 Rio Olympics – went into the final throw of the competition needing to throw a personal best to get into the medals. Showing absolute focus and a steel like determination, Sophie smashed her own British National Record, posting a new personal best of 74.54m in a career defining moment.
What she achieved in the Olympic arena is what she deserved for all of the hard work, determination, sweat, tears, highs and lows over the last 8 years. She is an inspiration to everyone in the Blackburn Harriers and to all young athletes everywhere.
Sophie joins Samantha Murray as the second Blackburn Harrier to have won an Olympic Medal.
She is living proof that there are no limits.
Sophie Hitchon smashing her own British Record to win the Bronze Medal in the Rio Olympics……
Inter-Counties Hammer Record for Jacob – New PB and Club Record for Charlotte – Alison and Joe post new 1500m PB’s at Trafford – Mike wins British Master Championships
Northern Inter-Counties Championships at Hull – August 7th
Some great performances by Blackburn Athletes at the Inter-Counties at Hull over the weekend. U17 Jacob Roberts – 2nd in the Hammer National Rankings – won the overall competition with a throw of 65.03m and broke the Inter-Counties Record on three separate occasions on his way to the win. Jacob told the Club that he had “Been to Hull today representing Lancs in the inter – counties comp. I broke the inter – counties record three times today. My best throw was 65.03 . Good day all round from our hammer team”.
U15 Charlotte Williams, also 2nd in the National Rankings, followed suit winning the Hammer with a new PB throw of 55.89m and in the process broke her own Club Record. U15 Alex Bernstein came 3rd overall in his Hammer competition when he won the ‘B’ group with a throw of 38.86. Alex remains at 14th in the National Rankings with a PB of 42.69m. On the Track, bottom of age U17 Hannah Cookson came 2nd in the ‘B’ Group and 9th overall with a time of 2.33.46 in the 800m.
After competing for the Harriers in the Northern League at the weekend, winning the 400m and 1500m races it was good news for Alison Leonard who ran the 1500m at Trafford Grand Prix (August 9th). Competing in the Open Races Alison was pleased about her run and setting a new PB – finishing 8th in a field of 14 – and commented that she “ran 4:08:96, about half a second off previous best and hoping to go faster again at the Grand Prix on the 20th”.
Grand Prix RESULTS
BMC Gold Standard RESULTS
One place behind her came Joe Monk who has been setting new PB’s consistently this season. Joe knocked a whopping five seconds off his previous best to come home in 9th place with a new PB time of 4.10.13. Rob Warner entered the BMC Gold Standard 1500m and ran a time of 4.15.80.
BMAF Decathlon / Heptathlon, Throws Pentathlon Championships inc. Summer Classics
Mike Hazlewood is a remarkable athlete and is still competing as a V70. At the end of July Mike entered the British Masters Championships held in Birmingham and came away winning the Pentathlon Weight with a new PB of 3799 points which made him the British Champion in his Age Group.
Mike won all three of his events, taking the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.98m, the Discus with 35.69m and the Hammer with 38.56m. Afterwards Mike told the Club that “despite a good day weatherwise I failed to get the record (about 200 points shy) but I managed to win M70. I have another chance in Sept at Swedish TP”.
Worsthorne Trail Race
Three Blackburn Harriers – Chris Davies, Andy Buttery and Bryan Searby were out on the Trails at Worsthorne over the weekend along with one hundred and thirty three other runners. Chris had a cracking run to finish in 3rd place (42.13), just ten seconds shy of Matt Perry in second spot with Tom Corrigan winning in a time of 40.48; And, in his first year as a V40 Chris won the Vet 40 1st prize on the day. After the Race, Chris reflected “Didn’t know what to expect with this one. Richard Taylor talked me through it a few days before the race but still it’s tough when you’ve never done it before. This race has a lot of everything in it, well worth a go if you want something different. I had another good outing, my form over the last few months has been really good and it stayed with me on the day. The hard work is paying off and I hope it continues into the XC season. Great efforts from Bryan and Andy also. Well done guys”.
Andy Buttery was next home in 11th place (45.28) and was 2nd V45 on the day. Andy commented that “Worsthorne is one of my favourite local races having a good route, good atmosphere and being only £5 entry! This was my 7th Worsthorne and I’ve had some good runs in recent years finishing in the top three in my last three outings including an outright win in 2008. Unfortunately this year I wasn’t in good form on the day and felt pretty off-colour by the top of the first climb to slip from a promising early position to 11th by the end of the race. This I put down to just a bad day rather than anything to worry about. By contrast Chris had another excellent run and paced the first climb well to move steadily away from me and into the top 3 by the finish.”
Bryan Searby came home in 74th place (57.45) and told the Club after the Race that he “hadn’t planned on racing due to struggling with my iron levels but thought I would. Tough 7 mile with 900ft Mix of Trail and Fell. Struggled first mile but dug deep and managed to pick my pace up when I hit the moor. Chris had an outstanding run”.
Blackpool Air Show 10k
Two hundred and forty three runners braved the raging wind at Blackpool to take on this Race won by Andi Jones in a time of 32.49. Four Blackburn Harriers took part in this with Carly Edwards being highest placed in 67th position with a time of 44.47 and 2nd Woman on the day. She was followed in by Michael Sharp in 92nd spot (47.43), new member Annabel Farrar in 163rd (56.49) and Lindsay Davies in 189th place (60.57) who commented “I ran this 10k today, I got out of bed this morning and saw how windy it was and thought OMG Blackpool is going to be horrendous. I was totally right, first mile was behind then the next 4 mile was against hurricane winds, at one point I wasn’t getting anywhere because the wind was blowing me backwards, my breathing was spot on but my legs were really tired. The last two miles was behind again and that’s were I had to make my time up again, had to dig it out with tired legs and finished just over an hour, happy with my time due to losing my pace having to run into the wind”.
Borrowdale – August 6th
This iconic Fell Race covering 17 miles including 6500 feet of ascent (27km, 2000m) saw three hundred and fifty two runners complete the race won by Ricky Lightfoot in a time of 2hr 49.51.
Blackburn Harrier – Andy Heys – has developed a ‘passion’ for the Fells of late and got stuck into one of the hardest around finishing 321st in a time of 5hr 18.35 and said “My first real experience of running a ‘Lakeland classic’. One word to describe this race – brutal! It had everything, Miles of near vertical ascent, traversing fields of boulders, near vertical descents across loose scree, claggy moorland, technical rocky paths, etc…. Quite literally the toughest challenge that I have ever completed. So pleased to have finished the race considering that I nearly threw the towel in on more than one occasion. It’s given me a new perspective on fell running and a real hunger to get back in to the fell’s and tackle more of this type of racing…. , well, when I can walk properly that is”.
A gloriously warm day greeted the athletes as they lined up for the final fixture in this years Northern League Division One at Witton Park. Congratulations to Wakefield on winning the League this year and you could see how much it meant to the athletes as they lined up for their victory photo on the home straight. The Harriers finished 5th on the day just six points shy of 4th place and thirty points off 3rd.
Track Electronic Timing RESULTS
Dominic Bretherton and Brandon Zinyemba took on the sprints with Brandon taking 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m (11.3) for 3rd place and equaling his PB whilst Dominic came 2nd with 11.4 in the ‘B’. Roles reversed in the 200m with Dominic in the ‘A’ – 6th in 23.3 which was a new PB and Brandon in the ‘B’ – 2nd in 23.4. It was a tough job for Chloe Bleeks and Polly Pearse in the Women’s Sprints – Chloe placing 6th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.7) and 6th in the ‘A’ 200m (28.5) whilst Polly came home in 6th (28.7) in the ‘B’ 200m.
A big treat for the spectators came in the Women’s 400m ‘A’ which saw International Alison Leonard competing for the Club, winning the ‘A’ 400m in a time of 55.2, a distance she hasn’t raced for over a year. Connor Makin is showing the benefit of injury free training at the moment and took 4th place in the Men’s ‘A’ 400m with 54.4 whilst Tim Raynes took on the ‘B’ Race placing 4th in 57.5 over a distance he has never competed at. Connor then took 2nd spot in the 400m Hurdles in 58.6 with Paul Coffey jumping in to help the Club earn some points by tackling the ‘B’ Race where he came 4th in 80.1; And in the Women’s 400m Hurdles, Esme Pearse stepped in to help out with our leading hurdlers not available and came 6th in 86.8.
In the 800m Tim Raynes who had taken on the 400m for the first time ever then took on the ‘A’ 800m for only the second time in his life finishing 5th in 2.05.0 with Karl Billington coming home in 4th in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.13.9. There was a great performance from V45 Rachel Jones in the ‘A’ 800m running the distance for the second time ever since 2004, placing 5th in 2.29.9 and a new PB by 8 seconds. Olivia Wilson who was carrying a niggling injury turned out for the Club to do the ‘B’ 800m coming in 4th (2.39.5). There was another comfortable win in the 1500m for Alison Leonard in a time of 4.36.8 and she was backed up by V45 Joanne Nelson who took 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.12.7. In the Men’s 1500m Rob Warner came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 4.01.1 whilst Chris Matthews won the ‘B’ Race in a time of 4.06.1.
Six wins out of six races followed in the 3000m Steeplechase, 3000m and 5000m. In the Chase, Joe Monk having his first ever effort at the event won the ‘A’ in a time of 10.17.7 whilst Chris Davies won the ‘B’ Race in a new PB time by eight seconds of 10.36.6. In the 5000m it was a win for Gary Priestley in the ‘A’ with 15.26.08 and another win for Ben Fish in the ‘B’ (15.38.5). Great performances in the Women’s 3000m with Rachel Jones winning the ‘A’ (10.32.6) in a seasons best and Joanne Nelson winning the ‘B’ in 11.05.3.
Oliver Aspden set a seasons best taking 2nd spot in the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles of 16.4 and then made it a double win with a clearance of 1.70m in the High Jump. Caleb Lee, competing for the first time this season, came 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump (1.50m), 5th in the Long Jump (4.83m) and 6th in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with 10.00m. Ben Aspinall jumped well in the ‘A’ Long Jump clearing 6.15m for 3rd place. Sisters Polly Pearse and Esme Pearse doubled up in the High Jump with Polly taking 3rd in the ‘A’ (1.55m) and Esme winning the ‘B’ with a clearance of 1.45m. In the Triple Jump Polly set a new PB by nearly half a metre when she cleared 10.35m for 4th spot whilst Chloe Bleeks also set a new PB in the ‘B’ by 15cms clearing 9.35m in 4th place.
In the Men’s Throws Tony Balko came 4th in the ‘A’ Hammer (31.79m), 5th in the ‘B’ Discus with 28.08m and 5th in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (9.28m) whilst Simon Brown took 4th in the ‘B’ Hammer (18.70m), 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus (34.46m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot with a throw of 11.49m. U17 Sam Pearson-Moore threw a new PB by some two metres for 4th in the Javelin with 40.77m with Connor Davison finishing a good 3rd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 30.78m. An excellent Hammer competition saw Rebecca Orrell take 3rd place with a throw of 44.41m with Christina Carr helping out in the ‘B’ taking 6th (17.23m). Rebecca went on to Shot (6th) with 7.92m and Discus (5th) with a throw of 25.48m. Polly Pearse wasn’t far off her personal best in the ‘A’ Javelin (5th) with 25.21m with Rebecca placing 5th in the ‘B’ (16.11m) for her fourth Throws event of the day.
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