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Comments Off on More Awards for Olympic Bronze Medallist Sophie Hitchon – Great season for Charlie ends with 3rd place in the all time British Rankings

More Awards for Olympic Bronze Medallist Sophie Hitchon – Great season for Charlie ends with 3rd place in the all time British Rankings

Hammer Circle Reunion Open Woodford September 24 – 25th 2016

A great weekend for Sophie Hitchon, Mick Hitchon and Charlotte Williams at the Hammer Circle Reunion Open saw all three pick up very prestigious awards for the Hammer.

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(Mick Hitchon – 2nd from left on the front row)

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Michael Hitchon received the Don Anthony award for Olympism, awarded to Sophie Hitchon, (currently in America training) from Hammer Circle President Peter Aston. This award ’embodies the principle of Olympism in an exceptional way that deserved suitable recognition’.

Sophie won three Awards altogether including The Bertram Trophy which is given for ‘outstanding performance at World level” as well The Hammer Circles Ladies Plate awarded for the ‘longest throw by a Senior Woman’.

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(Mick receiving Sophie’s Don Anthony Award from Peter Aston)

Michael also won an award himself recognising his own coaching successes in previous years as well as currently which have included coaching Sophie and now bringing U15 Charlotte Williams and U17 Jacob Roberts through to the top of their event. This Award – The Webb Quaich –  is presented to ‘someone who has voluntarily given extraordinary time, energy and expertise in some way, which has benefited the British Hammer throwing fraternity’.

Charlotte competed at the Woodford meeting winning the U15 Girls Hammer Competition with a throw of 57.10m. That throw means that Charlotte is :

(1) 3rd on the all time list in the British Rankings – (1) 58.01 – (2) 57.74m – Charlie 57.10m

(2) set a new PB

(3) she broke her own Club Record which was previously 55.89m by well over a metre

(4) she finishes the 2016 season in second place in the National Rankings

(5) for her efforts during the season Charlotte was awarded The Paul Dickenson Salver for the best under 15 girl of  the year.

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(Charlie with Coach Mick Hitchon )

It was a very happy Charlie speaking to the Club after the weekend telling us “So today I finally reached what I have been aiming for. I got 57 meters 10cm. Which is the 3rd ever best throw by an U15 girl and only 1 meter behind the best ever throw. To get this I had to put a lot of effort and hard work in, but it shows it all pays off! For my last competition of the season I am very pleased with the throw! I am very excited for next seasons throws but before all that, is hard winter training. Also I’d like to say thanky ou to everyone who supported me this year, Mick, mum, dad and all of Blackburn Harriers”.

 

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Comments Off on Top ten for Harriers Senior Men and U17 Women at Northern Relay Championships – Harriers at English Schools Fell Championships – John ‘dives in’ for the Club

Top ten for Harriers Senior Men and U17 Women at Northern Relay Championships – Harriers at English Schools Fell Championships – John ‘dives in’ for the Club

Northern Road Relay Championships – September 25

Great turnout by the Harriers yesterday in the Northern Championships at Sportscity with the Men’s Senior ‘A’ Team finishing tenth overall with a combined time of 1hr 45.33 out of the 100 Teams completing.

Senior Men’s RESULTS

Rob Warner went off on the 1st leg (17.40) coming home in 33rd spot, handing over to Jack Hindle (18.00) who picked up eight places followed on Leg 3 by Zac Howe (17.58) who pulled back another place to bring us up to 24th place. Leg 4 saw Tim Raynes (17.19) pull back 6 places and Ben Fish running the fastest Leg of the day for the Club (16.42) pulled back another 7 places to put us in reach of a top ten finish. Joe Monk (17.54) picked up that vital place on the last Leg to bring the Team home in 10th place.

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The U17 Women’s Team also finished in the top 10 on the day being led home by Maddie Elliott on Leg one (11.46), and backed up by Hannah Cookson on Leg two (12.30) and Natalya Irvine Leg three with a time of 13.10. Maddie handed over to Hannah in 12th place who pulled back four places to 8th and Natalya hung in to ensure the top ten spot.

U17 Women’s RESULTS

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Back to the Senior Men with the ‘B’ Team who ran consistently well with just a minute between the slowest and fastest Legs. Andy Buttery took Leg one  (18.41) to hand over to Conrad Mckee in 55th place who posted a time of 19.47 handing over to Shaun Livesey (8.57) who took back four places to bring the Team into 56th position. Chris Davies took Leg 4 running the fastest leg of the day for the Team in 18.15 and as result  clawed back a huge 12 places to leave us 44th place. Tom Blaney (19.21) pulled back another 5 places to leave Derek Reilly on the last Leg in 39th place finishing with a time of 19.41 and placing the Team in 43rd place.

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The ‘C’ Team showed some consistent running with four of the runners having just 22 seconds between them – new member Ben Costello ran 20.24, John Sutton 20.02, Sean Proctor 20.09 and Stephen Schofield 20.22. With Joe Howe running 19.27 on Leg one and the fastest Leg for the Team on Leg 2 (19.07) the Team finished in 63rd place.

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Unfortunately the ‘D’ Team got disqualified with one of the runners having gone in early along with a number of other runners in other Teams which led to six disqualifications altogether. Results for the Team were Paul Wilkinson (26.10), John Cookson (22.26), John Chaplin who had a heavy fall during the Race (22.35), Danny Maynard (21.46) and fastest Leg of the day, followed by Michael Sharp (25.35).

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Two Teams out in the Senior Women’s Race with the ‘A’ Team of Samantha Murray, Liz Greenwood, Rachel Wood and Grace Handley putting in a pretty good performance to finish 14th overall in the 64 Team competition. Again in the Women’s Race four Teams were disqualified with a runner in each team going into the finish too early which really shouldn’t be happening in a Championship.

Senior Women’s RESULTS

Olympian Samantha Murray, led the ‘A’ Team off on the first Leg in 40th place in a time of 20.07. Having attacked the first lap, Sam found the second lap much tougher and handed over to Liz Greenwood coming back from injury (18.48) who ran a very good Leg to improve the Team position by 13 places. Rachel Wood who is training for a half marathon was strong and posted the fastest leg for the Team (18.35) and pulled back another 12 places in handing over to Grace Handley (19.35), another athlete coming back from long term injury who held onto 14th spot.

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The Women’s ‘B’ Team saw Carly Edwards on Leg one with a time of 20.42 with only one other athlete in the ten teams in front of the ‘B’ Team running faster. Carol Reilly, another athlete coming back from long term injury went on Leg 2 (22.17) followed by Lindsay Davies who was feeling under the weather on Leg 3 (31.22) and new member Annabel Farrar on Leg 4 posting a time of 26.00.

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The U15 Boys had a pretty good run finishing 14th out of the 32 Teams competing. Matt Ramsden had another fine run on Leg one, running sensibly in the first part to work his way through to 9th place in a time of 9.38. Leon Thomas maintained the place on Leg two (10.10) to hand over to new member Sam Hodkinson in only his second ever competitive race who posted a time of 10.27.

U15 Boy’s RESULTS

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English Schools Fell Running Championships – September 25th

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Ninety three Boys and Girls went off in the Year 7 Race with Edward Lee coming home 34th overall and 27th in the Boys Race (22.53) – Rory Teare just behind in 36th overall and 29th in the Boys Race (23.01). Hollie Cubbon gave both boys a run for their money placing 37th overall and 8th in the Girls Race in a time of 23.02.

Year (7) Individual Results

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Jamie Teare went in the Year 8/9 Race which featured a big mixed field of one hundred and fifty one runners and finished 23rd overall and 22nd in the Boys Race in a time of 24.17.

Year (8/9) Results

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Yarrow River Splash 10k Trail Run

Madness sometimes takes over and Blackburn Harrier V40 John Cookson certainly threw himself into the ‘drink’ along with one hundred and sixty other runners. After finishing a very good 15th overall in a time of 50.34 he told the Club “What a cracker. The course was a real mix. The terrain was a bit of trail mixed with XC, Witton trail relay , millennium way relay, road and the course undulated from start to finish. Add to that 2 river crossings and it was treat of an event. Contrary to the photos it did not include open water swimming. On the plus side I came 15th. Nose bleed territory that for me. Time of 50.34 which sort of indicates how tough the course was”. V45 Michael Sharp also threw himself into the event and finished 58th in a time of 61.52.

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(In and out!!!)

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Harriers Sportshall youngsters shine in Quadrathlon

Wednesday 14th September saw Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Coaches organise a Club Quadrathlon with assistance from other Club Coaches and Officials. The night was a great success which was echoed in the report on the night provided by Damian Clapham.

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Damian wrote “On a bright sunny evening 57 under 11 athletes from Blackburn Harriers and Athletic Club took part in a club Quadrathlon. The event was well supported by parents and officials from the club all volunteering their time to ensure athletes were kept safe and the competitions adhered to UK Athletics rules. A large thanks from all go to everyone that helped and took part to make it a great success. The Athletes competed in School Year groups with Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 all being represented by both Boys and Girls.

The Year 4 Girls Event was won by Hannah Davies with a score of 189 Points, Second was Suzie Townson with a score of 179 Points and Third came Imogen Robinson with a score of 173 Points. The best performance in this year group came from Hannah Davies in the 400m where a time of 1min 24 secs produced a fantastic score of 56.

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In a very close Year 4 Boys event Matthew Smith topped the podium scoring a very impressive 2014 points, Second came Oscar Blow with 201 points and Third was Jack Ingram on 196 Points. Notable perfromances came from Matthew Smith and Jack Ingram (1 min 21secs) in the 400m plus George Ramsden (1m 89cm) in the Standing Long Jump who all scored 59 points for their efforts. DSC_0590

The Year 5 Girls Event was won by Niamh Gater with 163 points, while in joint second came Rimini Bellusci and Tilly Pollard with 141 Points. Other Notable performances included Kady Thompson where a 2min 20second 400m earned her 50 points.

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In the Year 5 Boys Event Harrision Allcock stood on the top step following an impressive score of 204 points, Second spot was taken by Oliver Lord with 180 points and in Third place Thomas Flynn scored 141 Points.

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The biggest field of the evening belonged to the Year 6 Girls where 14 athletes contested the 4 events.The Event finished with Kate Cookson coming out on top of the field Scoring 194 points ahead of Holly Bell and Caroline Woodworth in another Joint Second on 177 points. Notable performances included Isabella Almond throwing 23m 42cm for 46 points in the Howler, Emily Cottam with 3m 32cm for 47 points in the long jump and in a very good 600m race both Kate Cookson (2min 6second – 64points) and Caroline Woodworth (2min 8second – 62 points) scored over the 60 point barrier!

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With another large 13 boy field the Year 6 Boys competed in a very competitive environment throughout the event. First Place was taken by Dexta Thompson with a very impressive 227 points. This included a 1min 53second 600m to score 77 points and win the Performance of the Night! Second place went to Isaac Butler with another impressive 219 points while the third step of the podium was taken by Codie Dewhurst on 179 Points.

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Congratulations to all those that managed to get on the podium and well done to all the other athletes that took part in a very successful evening competition. Many Personal Bests were set along the way showing the progress all athletes have made this summer and we look forward to a brilliant indoor Sportshall Season over the winter.

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New PB’s for Tony at British Masters Championships – Jacob breaks the Club Record for U20 Hammer

British Masters Track & Field Championships – 17/18th September

Tony Balko had been looking forward to mixing it with the best in this years British Masters Track & Field Championships at Alexander Stadium.

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At the close of the weekend Tony summed up his feelings about his performances after finishing 5th in the Javelin with 32.96m, 8th in the Discus with a throw of 34.69m, 8th in the Hammer with 37.07m and 9th in the Shot Putt with 10.12m which included two new PB’s.

Tony’s season has gone pretty well as can be seen:

BMAF 2016 Championships: Javelin – 5th (new PB);  Discus – 8th (SB);  Hammer – 8th (new PB);  Shot – 9th (SB).

Northern Masters 2016 Championships: Discus – Bronze Medal, Hammer – Bronze Medal.

Lancashire County Championships: Hammer – Silver Medal – Mid Lancashire League Medal Championships: Hammer – Silver Medal.

2016 Rankings (M50) 100m – 79th 200m – 134th Shot – 29th (World 463) Discus – 18th (World 202) Hammer – 21st (World 189)

IMG_0928“Winning isn’t everything, but trying to win is!” It’s been a really enjoyable two days at the British Masters Athletics Champs 2016. To go head to head with County, British, European and World Champions in the finals of the Javelin, Discus and Hammer, has been a great honour, with the added bonus of catching up with some old friends and then making some new ones. Championship objective achieved. Despite not being at my best, I’m pleased to have got two new personal bests (Javelin and Hammer) and two seasons bests (Discus and Shot), final results and placings are being compiled. Through new learnings it’s very possible to do much better in the near future championships and reach new personal excellence standards.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”. “So that’s the curtain closed on the 2016 season, time to have a holiday, a few weeks rest, then the 2017 season preparation starts all over again with prime objective of competing at the 2017 European Champs in Denmark. I’ve really appreciated the steady flow of kind words of encouragement and support from family, friends and all at Team Blackburn Harriers throughout 2016. Thank you”.

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Wigan Harriers Arthur Seddon Medal Meeting – September 17th

Seven Blackburn Harriers were over at the Wigan meeting at the weekend, picking up a Club Record, wins and Medals.

Jacob Roberts entered both the U17 and U20 Hammer Competition at Wigan winning the U17 event with a throw of over 64m and then came 2nd in the U20 event with a throw of 60.07 which was a new U20 Club Record. Pleased with his day, especially with the 6kg Hammer, Jacob told the Club Last comp of the season for me and threw in the under 20s comp at Wigan. I haven’t thrown 6kg much this year and well happy that i managed to gain a good PB with 60:07 ( breaking the Harriers club record for under 20’s by over 7 meters plus ) good start for next years comps, need to get some hard winter training in and go far it next year . Thanks again to mick for all his hard work he has done with me”.

U15 Charlotte Williams threw in the U17 Women’s Hammer competition finishing 2nd with a throw of 50.80m whilst Holly Brookes contested the U20’s Discus placing 4th (22.58m).

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U13’s Izzy Thompson and Nikki Saunders don’t let any chance of competing get away from them and they too were out at the Wigan Open meeting and once again picking up medals for themselves. In the Discus it was a one/two with Izzy winning with a throw of 23.30 and Nikki second (21.95m). Izzy then took 2nd in the Javelin (19.71m) with Nikki in 4th (18.95m) both of them rounding off the day with a 2nd place in the Shot Putt for Izzy (7.18m) and 3rd spot for Nikki with 6.62m.

U13 Kieran Carroll performed well in the U13 Boys Javelin taking 3rd place with a throw of 26.24m. and placed 3rd again in the Shot Putt, throwing a distance of 5.48m. U17 Sam Pearson-Moore has been pretty consistent during the season and came 3rd in the Javelin with 38.76m.

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Jack runs for England in Junior Home International – Brian wins Sandman Full Triathlon – Helen tackles the Glencoe Skyline – John is on Scaffell Pike

Junior Home International (U20 and U17) – September 17th

Jack Hindle ran a great Race at Skiddaw on the 27th August – finishing 2nd – to automatically qualify for an England Vest at the Junior Home International last weekend having already been selected to run for England on three previous occasions.

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RESULTS (awaiting)

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Jack was happy about how the race went for him and reflected back on his time as a Junior International for England, telling the Club I remember back to my first fell race years ago and would never have thought I’d go on to race 4 times for England on the mountains. It’s been an absolute pleasure and junior fell running is something I’m really going to miss. After the trial I knew I was in really good shape, and just had to get through next two weeks well before the taper. Everything went pretty much according to plan, and soon I was stood on the start line. Looking around in the warm up there where multiple top class lads, and I knew it was going to be hard. I’d planned to set of quite reserved so that I could keep something back for the hard parts of the climb. The start was fast, but I kept comfortable and soon found myself picking through the field and closing in on the podium positions. All the way up I was so close to 3 lads battling for 3rd. But Tristan from Scotland pulled away to eventually take the last podium position. With me in 4th really close behind. I’m really happy to end my junior mountain running career with such a strong run, and team second”.

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2016 Sandman Full Triathlon – September 18th

Four hundred and seventy Triathletes finished this Race at the weeknd and top of the pile was Blackburn Harrier Brian Fogarty (competing for the FITT Team) winning in a time of 2hr 23.58, a minute and a half in front of the 2nd placed finisher. Other Blackburn Harriers running for the Fitt Team in the event were Ian Cox 14th in 2hr 41.42, followed by Paul Guinan in 29th (2hr 50.00), Paul Slone (89th) in a time of 3hr 01.54 and Richard Fogarty (174th) in 3hr 15.40.

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The Glencoe Skyline is not a Race for the faint hearted – covering some 35 miles and close to 5000m of climbing. As athletes go, they don’t come much tougher than Blackburn Harrier Helen Leigh both physically and mentally, and she needed all those attributes on a day where the course, weather, ill-health and injuries combined to make ‘survival’ the optimum thought. Even so, Helen managed to finish 16th Woman and 107th overall.

Video showing Curved Ridge

This is how the Race Website describes the event “Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning. The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather. The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience”.

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“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

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The photo shows a smiling Helen but after the Race she told the Club The Glencoe Skyline was one of the toughest days I have ever had. And that includes the water maker setting on fire in the middle of the atlantic! The race was 55km/4746m of climb. The day started well with a run over from Kinlochleven into Glencoe. It was good running and I found myself in 5th going up Curved Ridge. The weather was good but all set to change as the clag, rain and wind set in. After about 2 hours of happiness the injuries I’ve battled with all year started to creep back in and I struggled going up hill with my hip for the rest of the race and that kind of spoilt what was already a super tough day out. After sliding back through the field I just wanted to get back before dark and Anoch eagach took forever to get across as the rain made it lethal. Think nothing but stubborness and the fact that my van was parked all the way back at Kinlochleven got me round! One ticked off that I’ll never have to do again!

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John Orrell loves the Fells. Just two weeks after tackling Ben Nevis, John decided to take on Scaffell Pike in a 127 strong field and on a glorious day –  the Race being won by Josh Jardine (57.33). V50 John came home in 104th spot with a time of 1hr 43.24

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(photos courtesy of Grand Day Out Photography)

 

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Alison 2nd to Laura Muir and Holly at Gateshead City Games – Ben 2nd and Rachel wins at Lake Vrynwy Half – Mike Wins Vets Throws Pentathlon – Chris sets New PB in Great North Run – PB’s for youngsters at Blackpool Open Meeting – Helen wins in Scotland

Great North City Games – Gateshead

It was one final meeting before the end of the season for two of the Harriers international athletes – Alison Leonard and Holly Bradshaw – as they participated in the Great North City Games on the weekend of the Great North Run.

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Alison took on a pretty impressive field in the One Mile which featured Laura Muir, Katie Mackey (USA), Laura Weightman, Elish McColgan, Steph Twell, Sarah McDonald (Australia), Genevieve Lacaze (Australia), Rosier Clarke and Zoe Buckman. Alison had a great run coming home in 2nd place with a time of 4.34.32 behind the winner – Laura Muir who posted 4.33.99, just three tenths ahead.

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Meanwhile Holly competed in her final Pole Vault fixture of the year which didn’t go as well as she expected, coming off the back of a victory in Poland where she cleared 4.76m and commented afterwards that “My season has officially ended! Its been a year of highs and lows but 2016 has been another brilliant year! I am now gonna take 3 well earned weeks off… where I will be either lying on my sofa or on a beach doing nothing.With the world champs being in London next year, 2017 is going to an exciting year… Can’t blinking wait!”

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Blackpool Open Medal MeetingSeptember 11th

As the Track & Field season comes to an end, athletes are still chasing PB’s at Open Meetings and this was the case for Blackburn Harriers at Blackpool on Sunday.

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U13 Myah Booth claimed two new PB’s, competing in the U15 75m Hurdles she came 2nd in a new PB time of 13.1. Her second new PB came in the U13 Shot Putt where she threw 8.34m for another 2nd place and rounded her day off with an 8th placed 20.53m throw in the Javelin.

U13 Christie Sturgess who had run in the North West Relays on Saturday took on three events setting a new PB in 70m Hurdles with a time of 12.4 in 3rd place. She then won the 100m in 15.0 and topped off the day with a 5th placed 31.8 in the 200m no doubt feeling the efforts of the two days. Emily Raine returning from her holiday, set a season’s best in the U15 100m with 13.8.

In the Throws it was five athletes, six events, five wins and a 2nd. In the Hammer U20 Rebecca Orrell won her event with a throw of 41.69m, followed by wins for Charlotte Williams in the U15 (54.93m) and Jacob Roberts (U17) with a throw of 67.49m. Simon Brown took a double win in the Senior Shot Putt (11.33m) and the Discus with a throw of 38.86m. U15 Cameron Harris placed 2nd in the Javelin (600g) with a throw of 28.47m.

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Swedish Masters Pentathlon – September 10th

Vet 70 Mike Hazlewood set out to break the British Record in the Swedish Championships held last weekend, winning the competition, and told the Club afterwards that he did the Swedish Masters Throws Pentathlon, on Sat 10th, came 1st but failed to get the GB record by 90 points. Unfortunately my hip did not like me running with a javelin in my hand!! I managed 3839 points nevertheless. The weather was perfect so no excuses – My rotation events were ok – just shot & jav let me down! It is just fantastic to see Mike competing at this level as a V70 and still being determined to try and break the British Record. A real inspiration.

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Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon – September 11th

This very popular Half-Marathon held on a great course around the Lake saw one thousand, three hundred and forty three runners finish the Race and among them Ben Fish and Rachel Jones who runs for Blackburn on the Track.

 RESULTS

It’s not often that athletes are disappointed with a 2nd place in a big race but Ben was after placing 2nd in 69.56 behind the winner Ryan Holroyd (67.59). After the Race, Ben spoke to the Club and told us “Well done to Rachael, great win. I struggled in that, was challenging the leader Holroyd, but was really hanging on after 5 miles, by 7.5 miles I lost contact and got progressively slower. 69:56 was disappointing, wanted to be at least two mins faster”.

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(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall)

Rachel – (running for Salford) – as Ben said, had a great Race in a time of 80.32 finishing 37th and Women’s Winner. Rightly so, Rachel was really pleased as she prepares for a forthcoming Marathon and told the Club Great day at Lake Vyrnwy half marathon on Sunday was disappointed to not break 80 mins but am pleased with the win and am now looking forward to hopefully breaking 3 hours at Chester marathon!”

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Great North Run

Chris Davies has been in very good form with consistently good training behind him as he went to do the Great North Run in expectation of a new PB and in coming home in 76th in a time of 75.33 he certainly delivered. There is a Marathon PB coming in 2017!!

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Behind Chris came Paul Clarke in 6759th position in a time of 1hr. 52.29 and Paul spoke to the Club later on that day to tell us 1.52.29 official time, disappointed with that. I was going well until mile 10 but it was just too hot and I felt sick, also it was very congested which is to be expected but the heat was a killer for me today. A great race and the atmosphere is fantastic. Well done also to Christopher Davies on a PB and Michael Anthony Sharp on completing the race with an injury”.

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Paul Wilkinson came home in 10437th place under his target time which was a good effort given that he hasn’t been able to do much training – Paul told the Club after the Race that he Was up for Great North Run again for the 16th time. Having not done much running lately due to a back problem I set myself a time off under 2 hours and just got under in a time of 1.58.57. My back held up but lack of training showed at the later end. It was meant to be last North Run but enjoy the weekend with family and atmosphere so much that I probably will book on for next year. It was good to see Chris Davies who had a fantastic run and Mick Sharp and family after the race. Well done guys”.

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Claire Bridge was all smiles on the day coming in 15204th in a time of 2Hr 07.29 and quipped after the Race that she was Narrowly beaten by Mo Farah! Disappointed I didn’t get a PB. Lovely to see a few fellow Harriers out in the Tyneside sunshine”.

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And then there are those days when it just doesn’t go for you no matter what you do. That’s what happened to Michael Sharp who showed real courage in actually finishing the Race and told the Club “Just back from a great weekend in Newcastle and South shields.The kids did us proud on Saturday in their runs and we also watched the city games which featured some great athletes,including Holly Bradshaw and Alison Leonard from Blackburn Harriers. I had an eventful day at the GNR. Just got in my starting pen with minutes to spare. On the run itself after not much training in the last month i decided to run just at a steady pace and was through 7 miles on the hour mark, looking to get 1:50-1:55. Got to 9.3 miles and starting feeling my left hip and at 10 miles that was me done on running, hip knackered for the day. Walked in the last 5k, stopped twice to help 2 distressed runners.The first guy was a real mess, didn’t have a clue where he was. Led him down feet up, called for the medics. Just hope he was ok. They were dropping like flies today, never seen so many runners like that. Saw the kids and Lorna and the Davies family and Jayne Clarke with 800m to go. Managed a little shuffle to the finish and also got a cracking tan. Crossed the line in 2:13:59. Well done Christopher Davies, fantastic time. Well done Paul Clarke, Paul Wilkinson and Claire Bridge. Also bumped into Paul Wilkinson after and had a beer with him to end an eventful day”

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And the youngsters enjoying themselves and getting some cracking ‘selfies’ with the world class athletes……………..

My mate Saul

My mate Saul

Hannah and Lulu

Hannah and Lulu

With Greg Rutherford

With Greg Rutherford

With Holly Bradshaw

With Holly Bradshaw

With Turunesh Dibaba

With Turunesh Dibaba

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Helen Leigh is back on song and demonstrated that with a win in the From-Hel-Back Race in Scotland at the weekend finishing 13th overall in a time of 58.42. With a big Race coming up for her soon, this is a confidence boost after a bout of injuries.

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