Monthly Archives: January 2017
Arriving at Knowsley Park for this years Northern Championships we were met with an announcement from the tannoy that the ‘going was soft’ and by the time the Senior Men went off at 3.05pm it was indeed that – with plenty of mud to boot. It was also great to see Blackburn Harrier – Lee Thompson – taking on the responsibility of Race Referee for the day.
The Senior Men’s Race saw a big field of 676 runners headed by the eventual and very impressive winner – Ben Connor in a time of 41.13 over the 12k distance.
The Harriers Senior Men’s Team finished 11th of the 50 Clubs competing and were led home by Rob Warner – who had run very impressively at the Cross Challenge in the Cardiff Cross Challenge the week before. Rob placed 25th in a time of 44.00 with Tim Raynes in 60th (46.16) and Tom Blaney 90th place posting a time of 47.44.
Next in came Shaun Livesey in 137th spot (49.54), Chris Davies just four places further back in 141st (50.00), Ben Costello in his first ever Northern Championships in 283rd position (54.56), Andy Heys posting a time of 60.21 (424th) and Danny Teare 606th in 70.44.
One of the runs of the day came from Liz Greenwood in the fifty five strong Junior Women’s Race won by International Harriet Knowles Jones. Liz entered as bottom of age had a very good run placing 6th overall in a time of 22.42 and with two more years in this age group, the future looks very good.
In the Junior Men’s Race, Joe Monk had a very good run in a quality race won by Scott Beattie from Morpeth with local Junior athlete Patrick Dever in 2nd. Joe had a very good run placing 16th overall in a good time of 29.06. Having lost his shoes for the second lap during the race, Marco Maggio found it very tough going and came home in 74th (39.40). All credit to him for completing the Race.
Just four women out in the Senior Women’s Race which saw Victoria Mousley finish in 49th place (35.31) with Beckie Taylor in 58th (36.30), Michelle Teare 255th in a time of 47.17 and Lindsay Davies with a time of 57.40 placing 338th.
The U13 Girls Race featured 223 young athletes and it was a delight to see as they came over the top of the climb at the start.
The Harriers U13 Girls took 14th team place out of the 22 Teams competing and were led home by Hollie Cubbon in 44th position in a time of 13.12 with Eleesha Charnley just three seconds and three places further back in 47th (13.15). Just one second and two places separated Caroline Woodworth in 163rd (15.12) and Keira Haxton 165th (15.13) and they were followed in by Kirsten Coleran (191st) in a time of 16.05.
U13 Boys also had a big field featuring 213 youngsters covering twenty five Clubs. Unfortunately the lads were one short for a Team but that didn’t stop Kyle Taylor-Pomfret from giving it a good go coming home in 87th place (12.53) followed by Ethan Barbarewicz in 110th (13.16) and Rory Teare in 148th (13.41).
Amy Davies had a good run in the U15 Girls Race featuring 179 runners when she placed 34th in a time of 17.39 and just ahead of some of her local rivals. In the U15 Boys Race the Harriers took 10th spot in the Team competition in a field featuring 171 runners and 19 Teams overall.
Matt Ramsden was the first Harrier home in 23rd position posting a time of 15.03 and he was supported by Leon Thomas in 57th place (15.45), Sam Hodkinson 61st with a time of 15.51, Bradley Meikleham in 93rd (16.29) and Jamie Teare in 100th spot (16.39). Making their debut at this championship level which can often be daunting were Ethan Joyce (129th) in 17.34, Harry Wilkin with a time of 19.19 in 155th place and Thomas Betty 156th in 19.21. Good experience for all of them.
Two women and two men in the U17 Races with Nicholas Smith placing 114th in a time of 24.19 and Joe Gebbie, another young athlete making his debut at the Northern Championships placing 118th in a time of 24.25. Maddie Elliott and Natalya Irvine ran in the U17 Women’s Race with Maddie finishing in 44th position (23.19) and Natalya 89th in a time of 26.24.
The latest fixture in the Winter Indoor Series at Sportscity took place on Sunday January 29th with a number of the Harriers competing over sprints, sprint hurdles and throws.
U17 Bailey Madden was at her second ever Indoor Meeting and just ran the one race – a Heat of the 200m and won it in a new PB time of 27.63, which is three tenths quicker than her run in early January and a great start to her first season Indoors.
Also setting a massive new PB was U15 Myah Booth in the 60mHurdles placing 2nd in her Heat in a time of 9.69, over three quarters of a second faster than her previous best. Myah just missed out on a PB in the 60m (6th) in 8.91 and finished the day off with a Shot Putt throw of 8.81m. U15 Millie Coy also ran the the 60m Hurdles and set a new PB of 9.93, down from 10.04 at her first ever indoor hurdle race in December whilst Phoebe Baxter also in her first ever Indoor Race placed 4th in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 10.49.
Chloe Bleeks (U17) had a great day too in her second outing of the Indoor season winning her Heat of the 200m in 28.45 and then taking 2nd spot in the 60m with a new PB of 8.58, nearly three tenths faster than she has previously run.
Bottom of age U20 Ross Liddle who is concentrating on 400m and 400m Hurdles this year, took on the 600m at his first outing of the year, posting a time of 1.25.63 for 5th spot, this being his first ever trip over the distance.
U15 Christie Sturgess was tackling two events for the first time in her age group – the 60m posting a time of 8.87 (5th), the 60m Hurdles (4th) in 10.30 and then wasn’t far off her PB in the 200m (4th) in a time of 29.42. Another couple of young athletes U17 – Teigan Fawcett and U15 Queen Tanimowo – are also in their first ever Indoor season. Teigan ran the 60m and set a time of 9.08 whilst Queen set a seasons best of 8.71 in the 60m (5th) and then went and won her 60m Hurdles in a time of 10.20.
Ben Fish took second place whilst Rachel Wood took 3rd place in the Senior Women’s Race for the Harriers in the Four Villages Half-Marathon at the weekend and in not the best of conditions, the Race being won by Mohammad Abu Rezeq in 67.24.
RESULTS ⇒ HERE
Ben Fish has a really consistent record in this Race placing 2nd in 2016 (67.55), 3rd in 2014 (65.58), 3rd in 2010 (67.07) and this year finishing in 2nd spot with a time of 68.04. Rachel Wood who had set her Half-Marathon PB on this course in 2016 (83.37) wasn’t far away again finishing 6th woman overall and 3rd in the Senior Women category with a time of 84.16.
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall)
Towneley Hall in Burnley was the setting for Fixture (4) in the Mid Lancs League which also saw big numbers out on the day, none more so than the U11 Age Group fielding a hundred and fifty three boys and girls.
Towneley Park Results ⇒ HERE
Series Individual Standings to-date ⇒ HERE
The U11 Girls put in another very good performance to take 2nd Team on the day and led home by ever improving Kate Cookson in 6th place (7.57). Great backing up also from Caroline Woodworth (8th) in a time of 8.05, Keira Haxton (17th) in 8.32, Hannah Davies (23rd) in 8.47, Eva Knowles with a time of 8.59 in 31st spot and Isabelle Hartley 37th in 9.06. The U11 Boys were 6th Team on the day and they were led home by another improving young athlete – Saul Sharp – in 15th place (7.57) with good support from Oliver Gill just two seconds further back in 19th position (7.59) and George Ramsden (49th) in 8.48.
(L-R Isabelle Hartley; Keira Haxton; Caroline Woodworth; Kate Cookson; Hannah Davies; Eva Knowles)
Eleesha Charnley was the first Harrier home in the U13 Girls, placing 8th in 10.29 with Leah Hoole in 19th spot (10.55) and Ella Hardman (57th) in a time of 14.14 all of which, resulted in the Girls being 6th Team on the day. The U13 Boys had six runners out on the day who combined to earn a 3rd place for the Tea. Ethan Barbarewicz was first home for the Club (16th) in 11.37, with Kyle Pomfret right behind him in 17th place (11.41). Great packing by the lads saw David Holman come home in19th place (11.47), George Whittaker in 20th (11.48), Joseph Joyce 21st in 11.49 and Rory Teare 30th with a time of 12.03.
There was a great battle in the U15 Girls race with the first three all covered by two seconds. Amy Davies finished 2nd in the end (11.16) with the winner clocking 11.15 and third place 11.17. Another really close contest took place in the U15 Boys Race where the Harriers combined to win the Team, competition by one point from Liverpool, Pembrooke & Sefton in second place and Rossendale in third place with the same number of points.. Leading the lads home was Leon Thomas in 5th spot (14.14) and backed up by Jamie Teare (8th) in a time of 14.23, Sam Hodkinson right behind him in 9th clocking 14.26, Bradley Meikleham in 16th place (14.46) and Harry Wilkin (27th) in a time of 27.03.
Liz Greenwood was a comfortable winner of the U20 Women’s Race in a time of 21.43 and was a part of a successful Women’s Senior Team which took the 2nd Team Prize on the day. Liz came 3rd overall and was supported with good runs by Victoria Mousley in 4th place (22.11), Beckie Taylor in 13th spot (22.48), Michelle Teare in 81st position in a time of 29.28 and Lindsay Davies (105th) in 31.31. Victoria also took 2nd spot in the Women’s V35 category.
The Men’s Senior Race saw Tim Raynes lead the Harriers home to 2nd place in the Team Competition, whilst Chris Davies led the Vets Team home for first place in the Vet Team Race. Tim came home in 6th place overall in a time of 33.59 and good packing by the athletes ensured 2nd Team with Chris Davies 11th in 34.45, Tom Blaney 15th with a time of 35.07, Shaun Livesey (25th) in 36.24, Mark Chippendale 33rd in 37.20, followed by Chris Balderson in 140th place (43.30), Allan Hartley 192nd (47.07) and Danny Teare 207th place with a time of 48.49.
East Lancashire Hospice 10k – January 15th
Four hundred and eighty runners contested this Race, described by some of those taking part, as ‘more like Cross Country than a road race’. The weather didn’t help and made the day a tough one. With a combined time of 1hr 50.07, the Harriers were first team on the day with Trawden and Clayton 2nd and 3rd.
RESULTS ⇒ HERE
Chris Davies finished 3rd overall and 2nd V40 in a time of 36.03 was the first athlete in from the Harriers backed up by Paul Guinan in 5th (36.57) and 1st V45 on the day and Ben Costello in 8th in a time of 37.47. Paul Slone was the Club’s next finisher in 45th with a time of 43.35, followed by Warren Smith (63rd) in 44.42, Martin Kerry in 79th spot (46.30), Lorna Sharp in only her second race since May 2016 258th in 58.31, Lindsay Davies came 261st (58.47) and David Morris 308th (61.50).
There was also a Fun Run on the day with 44 youngsters in differing age groups ranging from U8 through to U16’s, the Race being won by Dexta Thompson in 7.35. Right behind him came Amy Davies in 2nd spot (7.55) and first in the Female U16 Age Group. Jasper Smith ran a time of 8.37 which gave him 3rd place in the Male U16 Race and Hannah Davies posted a time of 9.28 making her 2nd in the Female U10’s. Saul Sharp ran a time of 13.40 and was 7th in the Male U12’s and sister Lulu (10.49) was 5th in the Female U8’s. Race.
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series at Sportscity – January 7th
Six athletes were competing at the latest in the Series – Morgan Angland; Chloe Bleeks; Myah Booth; Abigail Armas; Baily Madden and Millie Coy.
Sportscity Results⇒ HERE
It was the first time for Abigail at an Indoors meeting for the Harriers and she came away with 9.41 60m (6th) and a 31.21 200m (4th). Bailey too, hadn’t competed Indoors before and put in a good performance to take 2nd place in the 200m posting a time of 27.94. A good opener too for Millie who was competing for the first time with the Harriers in the 60m Hurdles placing 4th in a time of 10.16 and just a tenth off her personal best.
Myah had a really good day, placing 3rd in all her events – in the 60m she ran 8.97 which was a tenth outside her personal best, then chopped nearly four tenths off her 60m Hurdles time with a new PB of 10.07 and rounded the day off by adding more than a metre to her Shot best with a throw of 9.80m for another new PB. Morgan posted two second places in her events – the 60m in a time of 8.50 and the 60m Hurdles in 9.72 whilst Chloe equalled her PB in the 60m with a time of 8.86 (4th) and then ran 29.21 in the 200m for 2nd place.
(Chloe getting set for the 60m)
John ilunga has been thinking about multi-eventing and dived straight into the deep end, entering the Heptathlon at the England Athletics U20/Senior Combined Events Championships in Sheffield on January 7/8th. With his PB’s in brackets, John posted the following performances – 60m = 8.21 (8.13) – Long Jump 4.76 (4.79) – Shot 8.31m which was his first ever competitive attempt at the event – 60m Hurdles 13.24 again his first attempt ever at the discipline – 1000m posting a time of 3.25.19 and no heighted in the Pole Vault. John finished 23rd overall with a points total of 2223 points.
It was the second fixture in the 2016/17 Sportshall League at Blackpool at the weekend which saw Blackburn Harriers placed 3rd overall after the two meetings with one fixture remaining. The Club’s Sportshall group did really well on the day posting lots of PB’s and an U11 Boy Athlete of the Match – Harrison Allcock – who did Blackburn Harriers proud and himself by being awarded Athlete of the Match with 1st place in high stepper 14.31, joint 2nd place with a PB in speed bounce with 51, 3rd in long jump with a PB of 1.86m and 4th in 1 lap with a time of 12.6. The Boys U11 team placed 2nd on the day whilst the Girls U11 team finished joint 3rd whilst the Girls U13 team was 4th as was the U15 team.
There were some extremely good performances starting with the under 11 girls – Niamh Gater had a tremendous day with the fastest time for the Harriers in the 1 lap with 13.2 and fastest for us in the 3 lap with 41.4, 3rd place in the speed bounce with a PB of 52 and had a great long jump with 1.46 another PB. Hannah Davies also had a great day with a PB in the 3 lap with 44.3 and another PB in the 1 lap with 13.6, her long jump was 1.30 and speed bounce 41. First timer Alisha Lehner was a bit nervous on the day but went on to run 14.2 for 1 lap, long jump 1.46, chest push 4.00 and speed bounce 42. Caitlin Clarkson ran a PB in the 1 lap with 14.2 and ran 3 lap in 45.3, speed bounce PB with 49 and long jump 1.34. Madison Bontoft ran 14.6 in the 1 lap, long jump 1.20, chest push 4.75 and vertical jump 24. Kate Cookson placed 2nd in the speed bounce with 55 and triple jump 4.83, 3 lap 41.9 and 1 lap a PB 13.4. Olivia Banks ran 15.3 in the 1 lap, 47.9 in the 3 lap, 39 in the speed bounce and chest push 4.25.
Charlotte Clapham earned herself a PB in the 1 lap with 13.7, speed bounce PB 49, 5th in triple jump with a PB 4.96 and also competed in the javelin – results not in yet. Kady Thompson ran 47.6 in the 3 lap, chest push a PB of 4.50, speed bounce 40 and 4.86 in the triple jump. Imogen Robinson ran a PB in 1 lap with 14.3, chest push a PB of 3.25, long jump 1.33 and another PB in vertical jump 32. Tilly Pollard ran 14.1 in the 1 lap, chest push 4.75, long jump 1.43 and speed bounce 42. Suzie Townson ran 13.9 in the 1 lap, long jump 1.38, chest push 4.50 and 47.5 in the 3 lap. Lucy Townson 49.4 in the 3 lap, a brilliant time of 13.56 in the hi stepper, vertical jump 29 and also competed in the javelin – results not in yet. Emily Cottam ran 14.8 in the 1 lap and hi stepper 17.34, speed bounce 43 and 48.3 in the 3 lap.
In the U13 Girls Eleesha Charnley was 2nd in the 6 lap with 1.23.4 and 2nd in the long jump with 2.24, ran 24.2 in the 2 lap and speed bounce 73. Danielle Probert ran 27.5 in the 2 lap, vertical jump 31, long jump 4.56 and shot 4.39. U15 Amy Davies had a go today and placed 1st in 2 lap with 24.6 and also 1st in 4 lap with 52.2.
Saul Sharp in the U11 Boys ran 13.5 in the 1 lap, 40.3 in the 3 lap, 46 in the speed bounce and 5.25 in chest push placing 4th. Jack Probert ran 15.2 in 1 lap, vertical jump 26, javelin 10.75. Another fantastic performance came from Isaac Butler who ran 13.0 in the 1 lap, a PB of 39.5 in the 3 lap placing 3rd, a PB in long jump 1.94 placing 2nd and 17.50m javelin which placed him 1st. Codie Dewhurst ran 13.1 in the 1 lap, 41.8 in the 3 lap, placed joint 2nd place speed bounce with 51 and 14.87 in the hi stepper. Dexta Thompson ran 39.9 in the 3 lap, long jump 5.04, PB in speed bounce 51 and 16.25 in the javelin placing 3rd. Harry Thomas ran 14.2 in the 1 lap, long jump 4.36, speed bounce 48. Matthew Smith ran 13.4 in the 1 lap, speed bounce 47 and placed 4th in chest push joint 4th with 5.25. Finlay ran 1 lap with 14.8, 3 lap 43.6, vertical jump 22 and chest push 3.25. Alex ran 13.4 in the 1 lap, placed 4th in long jump with 1.82, vertical jump 32 and joint 4th in chest push with 5.25.
Blackburn Harriers youngsters pulled it out of the bag in the relays with a fantastic U11 Boys win featuring – Isaac Butler; Harrison Allcock; Matthew Smith; Dexta Thompson whilst the U11 Girls came 3rd after winning the first heat with their team of Niamh Gater; Hannah Davies; Charlotte Clapham; Kate Cookson.
In addition, the Harriers had three non scoring teams which saw Lindsay Davies and John Cookson join in for a laugh at the end of the day and here is the evidence! And many thanks to John and Lindsay and all the other Harriers Coaches and parents who helped out on the day.
Seventeen Team & Individual Medals for the Harriers at Lancashire County Cross Country Championships
A murky, foggy, but warmish day with little or no wind was the backdrop for this years Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park. There was no shortage of enthusiasm or competition as the day’s Races got under way. Blackburn Harriers had a pretty good day with two Team Gold, three Team Silver Medals and four Team Bronze Medals along with two Gold, two Silver and five Individual Bronze Medals making seventeen Medals in total and potentially ten Inter-County selections.
A big thank you to Lancashire Athletics Association and Cross Country Secretary Steve Duxbury and also to Richard Taylor who once again organised the Course Map and Marshals. Congratulations also to the Lancashire Officials who took the decision to hold back the U17 Race to allow the Isle of Man athletes to arrive and take part after their particular difficulties in flying over due to the weather. This kind of attitude and spirit is part of the backbone of our sport and was warmly welcomed.
RESULTS ⇒ HERE
The Men’s Senior Race was eagerly anticipated with Salford, Blackburn, Preston and Rossendale all in the mix and it turned out to be a real nail biter with Salford holding off Blackburn Harriers by just two points, agonisingly close, with Preston in third and Rossendale fourth.
Patrick Dever was an impressive winner of the Men’s Senior Race in a time of 31.33, edging out Gary Priestley who has now finished runner up in the Championships five times. Chris Arthur had another impressive run for the Harriers to lead the Club home to a Silver Medal and an Individual Bronze for himself with a time of 32.47. Tim Raynes was next home in 13th (33.45) with Jack Hindle (17th) in 34.56, Tom Blaney 19th (35.07), Joe Monk 20th (35.12) and Chris Davies 27th with a time of 36.12 and a Silver Medal in the Vet 40’s to go with it.
The Harriers Vets won the Team Title and a Gold Medal with Chris Davies, Shaun Livesey, Paul Guinan and Matt Nuttall being the four counters on the day.
Shaun Livesey was the 7th Harrier home in 34th spot (36.40) in a time that gave him an Individual Bronze Medal in the V40 and was followed by Paul Guinan in 47th (37.58), Richard Stones in 49th place (38.14), Matt Nuttall running with an injury in 52nd (38.20), Joseph Howe 57th in a time of 39.07, Mark Almond in 80th place (41.31), Warren Smith 93rd in 43.49, John Cookson 95th (43.57), Chris Balderson 101st with a time of 44.49, Craig Greenough in 105th spot (45.38), Danny Maynard 109th (45.56), Marco Maggio 115th (46.31), in 125th place Danny Teare (48.48), Andrew Knowles 127th (49.03), Alan Hartley 129th (49.15) and Ian Clarkson 134th (52.36).
In the first race of the day – U11 Boys – Saul Sharp has his best ever race for the club coming home in 4th spot (6.39) and just two seconds off a Bronze Medal. Lots more to come for Saul. Findlay Carrol (32nd) in 7.36 and Matthew Smith in his first ever Race for the Club (36th) in a time of 7.41 made up the Harriers contingent in this Race.
The U11 Girls shone on the day taking the Team Silver Medal, losing out on the Gold by just four points. Kate Cookson another athlete who is improving all the time led the Team home placing 4th in 7.03 and was really well supported by Caroline Woodworth (7th) in 7.11, Keira Haxton (11th) in 7.33 and Hannah Davies (14th) in 7.44. There were more good performances behind these youngsters with Eva Knowles in 16th (7.48), Jasmine Schofield (17th) in a time of 7.49, Kiera Booth (22nd) in 7.59 and Isabelle Hartley (32nd) in 8.17.
The U13 Boys weighed in with a Team Bronze and had eight youngsters competing on the day. Harvey Ashworth had a another good run to be the first Harrier home in 5th place (11.49) and supported by Ethan Barbarewicz in 13th (12.34), Kyle Pomfret (17th) in 12.52, Rory Teare in 22nd spot with a time of 13.03, George Whitakker (25th) in13.22, Jasper Smith placing right behind him in 26th (13.28), Kieran Carroll (39th) in 15.36 and Sebastian Burton with a time of 15.57 coming home in 41st place.
The Girls matched the Boys in the U13’s also taking a Bronze Team Medal with Eleesha Charnley also picking up an Individual Bronze Medal for her 3rd place (12.40) with Hollie Cubbon right behind her also having a great run in 4th spot (12.44). Next home came Leah Hoole in 17th place (13.44), with Kirsten Coleran in 45th (15.44), Molly Nicholls (52nd) in 16.40 and Ella Hardman with a time of 18.22 (55th).
It was a well deserved Team Gold for the U15 Boys as Matt Ramsden led them home in 3rd place to add an Individual Bronze Medal to his own collection (3rd) in a time of 12.29. Really good runs by our other athletes contributed to good packing including Leon Thomas in 8th (13.25), Jamie Teare (10th) in 13.41), Sam Hodkinson with a time of 13.54 (12th), in 14th spot came Bradley Meikleham (14.01), Luke Ingleson (28th) in 15.37 and Tom Betty 31st in a time of 16.35.
In the U15 Girls there was a great run from Amy Davies to secure the County Title and the Gold Medal in a time of 14.38. Two debut runs and good experience at the County Championships came from Hollie Oldham (25th) in a time of 18.18 and Alex Taylor (27th) in18.33.
Nick Smith took 19th spot in the U17 Men’s Race in a time of 21.42 whilst in the U17 Women’s Race, Maddie Elliott lost her shoe and wasn’t well on the day resulting in a 9th place (24.10) for her supported by Charlie Coy in 14th (27.21) and Freya Black 15th in 28.58. Consolation for Maddie was that the Team picked up a Silver Medal.
The Senior Women’s Team took 3rd place and a Bronze Medal with Liz Greenwood, Victoria Mousley, Beckie Taylor being the three counters and Lindsay Davies the fourth Harrier home. Liz led the Team in (11th) in a time of 26.21, a time which also saw her win a Silver Medal in the U20 Women’s Race. Next home came Victoria in her first cross country race for the Harriers in 17th spot (27.18) followed by Beckie in 23rd place (28.17) and Lindsay (58th) in a time of 40.07. Victoria also added another Medal for herself winning the Bronze in the Women’s Vet 35 Age Group. Jack Hindle has had a great year in 2016 and has kicked off well in 2017. Following his PB at the RV10k last week he took 3rd spot and the Bronze in the U20 Men’s Race with a time of 34.56. Joe Monk who has had an equally great 2016, battering his PB’s took 5th spot (35.12) and Marco Maggio in 14th (46.31) ensured that the Team got a Bronze Medal too.
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