Monthly Archives: March 2017
Over 9000 runners – including 3000 women – took part in the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon in San Francisco last weekend – March 26th. Blackburn Harrier Rachel Wood was over there on holiday and decided to run the Race and what a Race she had being 1st Woman on the day with a winning time of 85.29. Given the nature of the Course her time looks extremely good and sees her in PB shape.
After the Race Rachel spoke to the Club about her experience saying that “I travelled around Calfornia (LA/Vegas and San Francisco) with friends from university last week and decided to race the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco half marathon to finish my USA trip in style! The race started at 6.15 in the morning. Weather was cold and wet. The course was extremely hilly. I loved racing across Golden Gate Bridge, it is such an iconic landmark, i was just buzzing running across it I didn’t expect to run a fast time as my preparation was not the best. I won the ladies race by 3 minutes and my time was 1:25.29 which isn’t bad considering the steep hills. I am going to start my marathon prep for Berlin in September soon which i am excited about”.
See Rachel’s interview after the Race⇒HERE
On this form and on the fast Berlin course, expect another big performance from Rachel.
Top 10 for Harriers at Northern 12 Stage – Gold and Silver Team medals in U15 & U17 5k Championships – Another win for Brian at Fire Fighters Duathlon
It was a glorious day for this years 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays at Blackpool, a day which also included the introduction of a 5k Road Championships for U15 and U17 athletes. Looking back over the last ten years or so of results for the Harriers, this years 8th place was the best since 2007 when we took 6th place. Since 2005 the Club has been pretty consistent with three 11th places, a 10th place, two 9th places, an 8th place, and a 7th place – (2013 was cancelled because of the weather).
Great battle between the ‘A’ Teams of the Harriers and Barlick on the day with athletes from both Teams cheering on their Leg runners at every stage. To do battle over 12 Legs covering something like 80k and to end up with just 14 seconds separating the two Teams shows how competitive the day was.
Rob Warner led off on the first leg bringing us home in 14th spot (30.18) handing over to Jack Hindle on the 2nd Leg who covered it in a rapid 16.49 and gaining four places. Joe Monk then took on the second Long Leg (31.23) to keep us in 10th followed by Tom Blaney (17.06) handing over to Tim Raynes for the third Long Leg who had a great run (30.28) to pull us back to 10th. Matt Nuttall kept that place (17.38) handing over the Ben Fish who had a storming Long Leg (29.31) and 13th fastest Long leg of the day, bringing the Club up to 7th spot. Real consistency from the last five Short Legs meant that we lost just one place – to Morpeth – to come home in 8th. Shaun Livesey (17.34), Brian Fogarty (17.39), Paul Guinan (17.47), Ben Costello (17.35) and Chris Davies (17.04). That 12th Leg battle between Chris Davies and Stephen Chew was great to watch and the sight of the two of them being roared home in the sunshine was a delight.
At the end of the day there were some great comments from the lads with Ben Fish “What a performance by the team! Everyone put a shift in today and we thoroughly deserved one of our best results in the past decade. We’re creeping up the positions, top 5 soon!”…….Jack Hindle “Fantastic running by everyone. Everyone looked on top form and running happy. It’s great to see the senior men holding their own in a top quality field. It shows that we have depth in numbers and we can only get better”.…………..Rob Warner “Well done to everyone yesterday! Showed just how much our senior team has come on recently. One to forget for me on a personal note but a fantastic team result! Well done guys”.………….Tim Raynes “I really enjoyed the day, it was great to see everyone pull together and produce a great team effort. Our battle with Barlick made for great viewing too, well done to Chris for bringing us home in 8th! Found my leg quite hard going, but just tried to grind it out to get as much as a lead over Barlick as possible”.………..Ben Costello “Fantastic day out and a great event,going into 11th leg i knew what I had do throughout the race to keep us ahead of Barlick. When I was 2 miles round I knew I couldn’t let it slip with the support coming from all over the park it really set me up to extend the gap once i was on that track I knew I had to give Chris enough to see us home. Everyone should be proud of themselves. I am proud to be part of a fantastic club with great runners and coaches”……….Chris Davies “Always look forward to the Road Relays, it’s great when all the Senior guys get together, always a fun day. The result was an excellent one. To finish eighth overall was fantastic and shows how strong we’ve become as a group. On an individual note, not easy to run when being up for work at 5am but felt good none the less. Didn’t expect to be involved in a last leg like that. Both Blackburn and Barlick competed hard against each other all day, in a great way as well. The support from my team mates around the course was incredible, especially near the end when I needed it. Ben Costello and Shaun Livesey were great for that. Stephen Chew pushed me all the way and I knew he would but i was just glad to hold on. Well done again guys, a great team effort. Well done also to all other Blackburn Harrier runners who competed on the day as well”……….Shaun Livesey “Really got a buzz watching Ben, then Chris finishing off the job in a close battle with local rivals Barlick. Great day, great weather. Well done everyone involved”…….Brian Fogarty “Fantastic effort by everyone, all giving everything they had for the cause. Not just the athletes but the people who contribute to the organisation of the teams. It’s pleasure to be involved. With Ben pushing the limits at the top it’s filtering down to everyone and creating some great depth in the squad. Let’s all keep pushing on!”……..Bryan Searby summed up the spirit of the day telling us “I was proud to be part of the ‘B’ team – felt I had a good run pushed hard over took a few people who I have always been behind. Went into it feeling nervous as i did not want to be the slowest but pleased with the results. Fantastic running from the ‘A’ team proud of you guys. My goal one day is to be in the A team”.
The Men’s ‘B’ Team finished in 48th place on the day with Paul Brindle leading the Team off in the Long Leg (34.18) followed by Joe Howe who ran a great time of 17.18 matching the times of a number of the ‘A’ Team runners and pulling back seven places, handing over to Derek Reilly who also had a good Long Leg (34.24) and Karl Billington (19.37) taking us up to 39th. Craig Greenough (39.17), Danny Maynard (20.03) and John Chaplin (38.01) kept us in 46th spot. John Cookson (21.07), Gary Pearse who has been out for a long time and great to see him back competing (22.07), Bryan Searby (21.07) meant that the Team held the first leg position.
In the Senior Women’s 6 Stage we had two Teams entered but as a result of injuries and illness the Harriers finished up with just one Team which did really well to finish 13th out of the fifty one Teams competing.
Great to see Grace Handley back racing again and taking on Long first Leg (39.49) to hand over to Victoria Mousley who had a great run (19.38) picking up 14 places to bring us up to 14th overall. Joanne Nelson picked up a further three places running a time of 20.22 which was all the more remarkable given that she was carrying an hamstring injury. A really great Long Leg run from Liz Greenwood on Leg 4 with the 12th fastest Long Leg of the day (36.02) which moved the Harriers up to 8th spot. Jan Buckingham (26.24) and Carol Reilly (23.02) who got thrown into the ‘A’ Team at the last minute did really well to hold into 13th position at the end. Lindsay Davies wasn’t going to be denied the opportunity to run and ran the first Leg (51.13) as the ‘B’ Team so well done to her as she told the Club “I was flying solo on the day and had to run the first leg which was just under 6 miles. In my head all the way round I knew I was going to have to do it a second time around. I felt really good until the second lap, I started to tire due to it being so warm, I carried on pushing and was on for a really good time, had it been a 10k I would have no doubt got a PB. My time was 51.18 and I am really happy with that”.
In the 5k Championships the Harriers won Team and Individual Medals at this inaugural event with some good performances.
Highlight of the day was the Team Gold for the U15 Boys – Matt Ramsden who finished 25 in the English Schools recently had a great run to take individual Silver Medal in a time of 16.44, just two seconds behind the winner – Finley Proffitt (Macclesfield). Top of the rankings for 5k on the Road in the U15’s in 2017 is a time of 16.45 which shows how good a run Matt had. Great running from the other lads too meant that we had our first four counters in the top 18. Following Matt came Harvey Griffin in 4th place with a good time of 16.51, Sam Hodkinson in 13th in a time of 17.31- “well done to everyone today, great team mates and a great afternoon in the sun” – and Leon Thomas (18th) posting a time of 17.49. Just behind came Jamie Teare (23rd) in 18.01 and Bradley Meikleham in 26th place (18.20). Harry Wilkin in his first ever Championship Road Race came 48th (20.37) with Luke Ingleson in 49th (20.48) and Tom Betty 52nd place (23.52).
Amy Davies had a battle with two Salford girls when she finished a few seconds behind them in 7th place with a time of 19.41 in the U15 Girls Race.
Maddie Elliott led the U17 Women through to a Bronze medal when she took 5th place in 19.16 followed by Hannah Cookson in 18th (21.16), Charlie Coy (20th) in 22.20, Freya Black 21st (22.34) and Natalya Irvine 22nd (23.12). In the U17 men’s Nick Smith – “Really enjoyed the race and the course, pleased with my running although was a little disappointed with the time” – ran 18.07 in 35th place and Joe Gebbie 18.26 in 39th who commented “Just wanted to say what a good event it was today and how great it is to be part of a Harriers team. The team spirit and work put in by coaches/team managers is brilliant and is what allows us to enjoy races like today’s”.
Fire Fighters Duathlon
One hundred and sixty two members Teams completed this Duathlon comprising a 5k run, a 22 mile bike ride, followed by a second 5k run and it was Brian Fogarty in really good form, showing a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field along with his team mate Tony Cullen, winning the competition by four minutes in a time of 1hr 53.19.
Duathlon Results⇒ HERE
Mark Bleasdale along with his team mate Ian Cox came home in 22nd spot and 4th overall in their V40 age category with a time of 2hr 14.43 whilst Andrew Knowles and team mate Stephen Cox finished 44th overall and 3rd in their V50 age category in a time of 2hr 25. 28. Following the event, Andrew descriibed the action on the day telling us that “After a couple of years of relative inactivity, I have steadily picked the training up during the Winter and at least become ‘part of the group’ on Tuesday night track sessions rather than be 100m behind! So I settled on the Fire Fighters Duathlon at Rivington – 5k run – 22mile bike – 5k run – it’s a team event, you race as a pair and should not at any stage of the race be more than 50m from your partner. Last week I literally dusted the Time Trail Bike off pumped the tyres up and was ready to go! Sunday morning dawns and its tipping down, I am trying to remain relaxed when my race partner rings me and says he is running very late, stress builds. So I register both of us, and pushing my bike into the racked transition area, my number puts my between Brian Fogarty and Mark Bleasdale, you couldn’t of written it, 400 athletes and were next to each other , more stress. I’m thinking I don’t want to make a complete … of myself, but the chilled out come back was gone. Run leg 1 went well running back into transition with Mark and his Partner Ian Cox, they then quickly disappeared on the bike, we rode a steady bike leg and ran the 2nd run sub the first so a well-judged and well matched pair, pleased with 3rd Vet 50 and 44th Overall, Mark and Ian 22nd Overall, and no prizes for guessing, the flying bike leg of Brian and partner gave them the Win by a 5 minute margin, well done guys”.
Heptonstall Fell Race – March 19th
Not for the faint hearted and described on the Race Website as ‘The Heptonstall Fell Race is a category BL race across the best of the local landscape around Heptonstall in the upper Calder Valley. The 25 kilometres of route takes in a mixture of steep-sided wooded valleys, upland pasture and pathless moorland. You’ll be hurtling down grassy slopes, struggling across stretches of bog, scrambling up through thick heather, dodging through dense woodland and – most of all – racing over some wild open countryside. If you get the chance to look around, you’ll see for miles across some of the most beautiful and remote scenery in the South Pennines’. Two hundred and forty seven runners in the most appalling conditions, put everything on the line in this years Heptonstall Race won by Jack Wood in 1hr 57.41.
Heptonstall Feel Race Results⇒ HERE
A couple of Blackburn Harriers ran on the day – Shaun Livesey coming home in 34th place and posting a time of 2hrs 21.57 and Andy Heys placing 82nd in a final time of 2hr 37.49.
One Gold and Four Silver Medals for Mike at British Masters – New PB’s for Harriers young athletes at Sportscity Indoors
V70 Mike Hazlewood is still going strong and was recently competing over five Throwing events at the British Masters Championships. Mike spoke to the Club after the Championships telling us that his “Distances were well down on last year but considering I had to walk with a stick for most of Jan & missed 6 weeks training I was happy that hips & knees held out!!”
BMAF Results⇒ HERE
An amazing performance by Mike given his lead up to the Championships to win the Discus with a throw of 35.54m and then go on to win four Silver Medals in the Shot Putt with a distance of 10.88m, the Hammer with a throw of 35.79m; the Javelin (32.41m) and the Weight Throw achieving a distance of 13.79m. Possibility of seeing Mike at the World Masters Championships in New Zealand and we wish him well.
Benjamin and George Whittaker were both making their debut at U17 & U15 and had a very good day even though they were bottom of their age groups at the Indoor fixture at Sportscity setting some new PB’s. Benjamin started off in U17 – 60m – letting nerves get the better of him a bit, he still came 3rd in his heat posting a time of 8.03secs in his first ever attempt at the distance.
March 5th Results⇒ HERE
Benjamin ran a more confident 200m sprint, winning his heat with a time of 25.57 – a new PB which he was really pleased with after only joining the Harriers 12months ago. Benjamin said he “found running on the indoor track a little strange but was pleased overall with how his day had gone. He’s been training hard and says he’s ready for the start of the outdoor season next month”.
George enjoyed his debut in 200m sprint of the U15 race, finishing with a time of 29.12secs, followed by 600m race coming in at 1:52.07 – both of which were new PB’s. George said he enjoyed the races but felt the competition, now he’s at the bottom of his age group with some “very muscular u15s competing against him!”
Bailey Madden added another Indoor win to her Winter Indoor season in the U15 200m with a time of 28.06 – this latest run made it two wins and second for Bailey with 27.63 her fastest time over the three races. U17 Chloe Bleeks posted two seconds in her races with a time of 8.61 in the 60m and 28.40 – a seasons best – in the 200m. Myah Booth and Millie Coy took on the 60m Hurdles with Millie in 3rd place (10.00) and Myah 4th in 10.04. Myah also ran 8.94 in the 60m and came 4th in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.56m.
On March 19th Morgan Angland set a new PB in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 9.46 and is certainly looking forward to the outdoor season. Emily Warren (U17) and bottom of age ran a very good time of 9.79 in her 60m Hurdles and backed that up with a seasons best of 44.03 in the 300m. Chloe Bleeks (U17) set a new PB for herself in the 300m, finishing 4th in a time of 45.65 and then came 2nd in the 60m with 8.65.
March 19th Results⇒ HERE
Ben does the double at Bath and Hastings Half-Marathons – New PB’s for Harriers at Podium 5k – Harriers at Inter-Counties & English Schools XC Championships – Bispham 10 and Roddlesworth Roller
Ben Fish is in great form at the moment winning back to back Half-Marathons at Bath and Hastings over the last two weeks. At Bath with 12570 finishers Ben won in a new PB time of 65.16, a time which saw him over a minute in front of 2nd placed Peter Huck. After the Race, Ben spoke to the Club telling us that he “was hoping to run a pb and definitely feel I’m in my best ever form. However, I was surprised that it was enough to win. I had this race pencilled in a while ago and was expecting to get an ass kicking, hoping to make top 5. The standard wasn’t as high, but I was really pleased with my run, I went to the front from the start and got away from Peter Huck by six miles”.
Bath Results⇒ HERE
One week later Ben was out at the Hastings Half-Marathon – 2251 runners – in pretty bad weather conditions but still recorded another win which makes it the fifth win out of six races so far this year with a 2nd place in the other. Ben told the Club after crossing the finishing line in Hastings that “it was very windy on the promenade in the last three miles. Very happy with the win and happy with the time considering the weather”.
Hastings Results⇒ HERE
This local 5k Race run on an enclosed cycle track continues to put together good fields and the latest on March 18th was no exception. Thirty five runners in the A-Race which was won by Matt Clowes in 14.27 and the first six athletes all came in under 15 minutes. Joe Monk, Jack Hindle and Tom Blaney all ran for the Harriers and all produced new PB’s which is a great sign the week before the Northern 12 & 6 Stage Relays at Blackpool. Joe placed 12th in 15.34 – a new PB by 17 seconds commenting that he was “Pleased with the run, felt strong but as the wind picked up it got hard in the last 2km, hope to be sub 15:20 in the Summer months. Well done to the lads on getting PB’s as well” then came Jack in 19th place (16.00) – a new PB by 12 seconds who told the Club “Well done to all the lads. Conditions weren’t nice, but you’ve got to make the best of the situation. I’m happy to PB, but slightly disappointed not to be under 16. There’s multiple times in the race where I know I could have easily picked a second up and more. Nevertheless, a solid run and I felt strong. Which only bodes well for the future” Tom was next home in 21st spot (16.09) which was a massive new PB by 42 seconds “Recently i have tried setting myself reasonable targets with races to avoid any unecessary pressure before the race which helps me relax and pace it properly. My target was 16.20 so 16.09 will do nicely and it sets me up to aim for a sub 16 in the near future. The race itself was excellent, i much prefer running in the dark and the standard was incredible just what you need when aiming to set PB’s. Well done to all the Harriers, some quality times on the day!”
A-Race Results⇒ HERE
In the B-Race thirty eight runners lined up including five Blackburn Harriers in not very good weather conditions given the wind which makes the times all the more impressive. Matt Nuttall finished 2nd overall and 1st V45 in a time of 16.57 with Derek Reilly one place further back in 3rd (17.06) a time which gave him a new PB by nearly half a minute. Liz Greenwood had a great run finishing 12th overall in a massive new PB time of 17.33 and 3rd Woman on the night telling the Club afterwards that “I really enjoyed the race and it was a great event. I felt quite strong throughout and was really pleased to come away with big 5k PB despite the miserable weather”.
B-Race Results⇒ HERE
U15 Harry Wilkin ran his first ever 5k Road Race and did really well placing 29th in a time of 20.11 which shows good promise having only just started to compete over the past five months. Carly Edwards also had a very good run with a time of 20.39 commenting that she was “really happy with that as it’s massive improvement from my 21.26. The B race was full of good runners last night. It was quite apparent when I set off that it was going to be a fast race. I just ran my own race and tried to maintain my pace. I saw the clock before I ran my final lap but the wind on the top section made it impossible. I think at this point I had the laura muir gritted teeth expression”.
Bispham 10 – March 12th
Carmen Byrne was making her debut for the Harriers and at the same time running her first 10 mile Road Race since March 2016 and only her second since 2008. Carmen finished 23rd overall in the two hundred and seventy one strong field with a time of 65.51 and was 1st V35 and 3rd Woman on the day too. Afterwards, Carmen told the Club that “It was great to pull on a new club vest, and I could definitely see the benefit of the Tuesday speed sessions over the last 3 miles”.
Bispham 10 Results⇒ HERE
English Schools Cross Country Championships
Full Results⇒ HERE
The run of the day for the Harriers at English Schools came from Matt Ramsden who finished 25th out of the 345 runners in the Junior Boys Race (13.08) and told us that “Because this was the last cross country of the season I wanted to have a good race that I would be pleased with and I am more than pleased with the race yesterday especially considering it was against the best in the country”. Matt was 1st counter for Lancashire and had great back up from Sam Hodkinson (100th) in a time of 13.43 and Jamie Teare (125th) in 13.52. Jamie commented after the Race was over, saying that it was “An amazing experience, finished 125th overall which I think was respectable seeing as I started seventh in the pen so I got held back quite a bit. Well done to everyone who ran” The lads took three of the first four counting places for Lancashire which was a great performance.
Amy Davies competed in the Junior Girls race and had a very good run to place 61st out of 344 runners in a time of 11.48 a time which made her second counter for Lancashire. Speaking to the Club Amy told us that it was “Another great experience, a bit disappointed with my race and felt like I could have done a bit better but overall it was another great weekend and I was happy to be a part of it”.
(Amy Davies – 1st Right)
Madie Elliott also had a good run in the Inter-Girls Race and was 1st counter for Lancashire coming home in 102nd spot (14.03) with Lancashire placed 25th out of the forty four Counties competing. Afterwards she told the Club that “The English Schools is always my favourite event of the year and it’s a great experience to race there. I’m quite happy with my race although for once a hill would have been nice as the course was so flat and fast”.
(Maddie Elliott – 2nd from Right)
Nick Smith placed 190th in the three hundred and twenty four strong Senior Boys Race and placed 6th counter in a time of 25.20 with Lancashire finishing 11th Team out of 39 Counties. Nick reflected on the Race over the weekend and told us that “The English Schools was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed competing for the county for the first time. I was really impressed with my place, especially after starting as eighth in the pen. I hope to be back competing at next years event, where I can hopefully improve my position”.
Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships
Down at Loughborough this year for the Inter-Counties with Rob Warner and Tim Raynes competing for Lancashire in the Senior Men’s Race. Both had great runs to help Lancashire finish 7th County out of thirty two with Rob placing 50th (43.16) – 2nd counter – and Tim 87th (42.00) – 5th Counter.
Inter-Counties Results⇒ HERE
Victoria Mousley got called up for the Senior Women’s Team which finished 8th out of the twenty seven Counties competing and she finished 133rd with a time of 35.14
(Victoria Mousley No 1069)
Maddie Elliott place 59th out of 183 and was 4th Lancashire Counter with a time of 29.00 in the U20 Woman’s Race – Matt Ramsden took the 3rd counting spot in the U15 Boys Race, placing 59th out of 295 in a time of 17.37 with Leon Thomas in 117th position (17.58). It shows how close these championship races are when you consider there was just 21 seconds between Matt and Leon but that represented 124 places. In the U15 Girls Race Amy Davies finished in the 4th Lancashire counting place placing 144th overall out of 295 in a time of 17.42, whilst in the U13 Races – Harvey Ashworth came home 148th (13.19) out of the field of 297 runners and in the U13 Girls Hollie Cubbon took the 4th counting spot for Lancashire coming home 140th out of 304 and backed up by Eleesha Charnley who was 207th in 14.59. Both girls had a really bad start as there was a pile up in which they fell and then had to stop. Hollie tried to work her way up field and managed to pick a lot off on the hills but got boxed in along the way so hard to overtake.
(Hollie No 2911)
Seven Blackburn Harriers out in this local and very popular race featuring 218 runners along with an amazing one hundred and eighty seven youngsters in the Junior Race.
(Courtesy of Sprint Finish Photography)
Roddlesworth Results⇒ HERE
It was a good run for Chris Davies – first home for the Harriers in 2nd place (33.23) and 1st V40 followed by John Sutton in 9th place (35.36) and 2nd V40. U17 Hannah Cookson came home in 69th (43.18) and 4th Woman overall with dad John Cookson ten places further back in 79th place (44.10). In 101st place came V50 Ian Clarkson (46.30) with Lindsay Davies in 153rd position in a time of 53.13 saying that “This is one of my toughest runs and I managed to get round the 5 and a half mile run in a reasonable time of 53.13” and Lindsay was followed by V55 David Morris 200th in 60.52.
In the Daffodil Doddle Amy Davies ran 7.55 for 3rd place overall and 2nd U13 – the race incorporating all age groups from 7yrs and above. Isabel Hartley placed 16th overall (8.46) with Kate Cookson 29th and 2nd in the F11 age group (9.04). Hannah Davies came home 47th overall in 9.33 and was 1st in F8 age group. Daffodil Doddle Results⇒HERE
Team & Individual Medal Wins at Red Rose Presentation – 12 Harriers selected for Inter-Counties XC Champs – U15 Boys win at Mid Lancs – Ben wins Ron Hill 10k – PB’s for Liz & Tom at Trafford
A great start to the weekend for the Harriers when Chris Davies, on behalf of the Club’s senior men, stepped up to accept the Shield from Steve Duxbury for winning the Red Rose League for the first time. Added to this, Tim Raynes finished the Series in 3rd place overall for the Senior Men, the Club came 2nd in the Vets Team Series with Chris Davies taking 2nd place overall in the Vets and winning the V40 Category with Andy Buttery taking Bronze in the V45’s. The U11 Girls team took 2nd place in the Series with Caroline Woodworth taking 6th overall. Eleesha Charnley came 4th in the U13 Girls Series and Amy Davies placed 3rd in the U15 Girls Series whilst in the U15 Boys Series Matt Ramsden earned 2nd place.
Congratulations to the twelve Blackburn Harriers who have been selected to compete for Lancashire in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships being held in Loughborough next Saturday March 11th who are:
U13 Girls Eleesha Charnley & Hollie Cubbon
U13 Boys Harvey Ashworth
U15 Girls Amy Davies
U15 Boys Matt Ramsden & Leon Thomas
U20 Women Maddie Elliott & Natalya Irvine
Senior Men Chris Arthur, Rob Warner, Tim Raynes
Senior Women Victoria Mousley
The 2016 Cross Country season started off in Leigh last October at the Red Rose fixture in lovely sunshine and finished at the weekend, again at Leigh with the Mid Lancs fixture witnessing the sun, but with what might be called a fair amount of water thrown in!!
The best performance of the day for the Harriers came in the U15 Boys Race when they won the Team Race with four runners in the first six places. Matt Ramsden set the tone from the beginning with the other lads following in like manner. Matt won the race in 13.28 with Sam Hodkinson having a flyer in 2nd place (13.51, Leon Thomas in 5th spot (14.06), Bradley Meikleham 6th in 14.08 and Harry Wilkin 24th in a time of 15.56. Amy Davies also had a very good run in the U15 girls placing 4th overall in a time of 11.12.
Caroline Woodworth got the day off to a great start leading the U11 Girls to 3rd placed Team on the day taking an excellent 5th place in a time of 6.11 and supported by Kate Cookson in 18th (6.39), Keira Haxton 20th in 6.42. Just one second separated Hannah Davies (31st) in 6.57 and Eva Knowles (32nd) in a time of 6.58. Next home came Isabelle Hartley in 51st in the 78 strong field (7.23), Olivia Banks (67th) in 7.54 and Alayna Irvine with a sprint finish worthy of a winner in 70th spot (8.15). The Start line had been moved because of the amount of water on the Course which caused some problems to the runners as they all battled to get to the first corner. In the U11 Boys Race, it led to a number of runners falling and a fair amount of bumping, which unfortunately impacted on Harrier Saul Sharp who had to withdraw. Oliver Gill placed 33rd in the field of 62 runners in a time of 6.34.
Eleesha Charnley who is so consistent in her performances finished 8th (8.24) in the U13 Girls Race with Ella Hardman 59th in a time of 11.33. In the U13 Boys it was new member David Holman who was first home for the Harriers in 14th out of the 54 runners in a time of 11.20, with Ethan Barbarewicz 21st in 11.49, George Whittaker 23rd in a time of 11.55 and Rory Teare in 30th place (12.15) which earned the lads 5th Team place on the day.
In the U17’s Hannah Cookson came 4th in 16.46, with Natalya Irvine 5th in 18.17 in a very small field of just six U17 Women. In the U17 Men with a slightly bigger field of 17 runners Nick Smith had a very good run to place 8th in 20.58 – his first Mid Lancs race this season.
Not many Senior athletes out for the Club on the day – due to the number of other Races going on over the weekend – which saw Lindsay Davies finish in her highest position this season in 86th spot with a time of 30.15. Husband Chris Davies had an excellent run having a real battle with Gary Shaw and Ross Campbell, splitting the two of them in the end to finish 6th with 38.16 and taking the 2nd V40 place. John Cookson (149th) in 50.44 and Andrew Knowles (156th) in 51.07, had their own battle during the race which saw Andrew drawing in John on each lap but with John managing to hold him off at the end.
Ron Hill 10k – March 5th
Four hundred and sixty six runners finished the Ron Hill 10k Race which saw the Harriers finish with three runners in the first eleven – Ben Fish, Ben Costello and Sean Procter. This was Ben’s fourth race of the year and his record to-date is three wins and a 2nd place. Today he won comfortably by over two and half minutes in a time of 31.42. Ben Costello had his best run in a 10k setting a new PB of 35.59 to take 4th place overall whilst Sean Proctor finished 11th just seconds away from his PB in a time of 37.54.
Another good turnout in the Junior Race with 64 runners which saw two Blackburn Harriers finish 1st and 2nd in the Race. Both lads Bradley Meikleham and Harry Wilkin ran the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture at Leigh the day before – Bradley won the race in a rapid time of 5.27 with Harry in 2nd place (5.5o). Saul Sharp came 2nd in the U12’s and 7th overall in 6.29 and sister Lulu finished 29th overall and 4th U10 (8.28).
Trafford 10k – March 5th
This popular and fast 10k Road Race witnessed a sub 29 minute clocking when Chris Thompson won the race in a great time of 28.55, even better when considering the weather on the day.
(L-R Liz Greenwood – Bryan Searby – Joe Monk – Tim Raynes – Tom Blaney)
Some great runs by the Harriers in these conditions. Tim Raynes was just two seconds outside his PB with his gun time of 31.20 (58th) as was Joe Monk in 101st spot (32.17). Tom Blaney (148th) had a great run chopping nearly a minute off his previous time to set a new PB of 33.27 as did Liz Greenwood (250th) who cut over half a minute off her best to set a new PB of 36.38 as well as taking the runner up spot in the Female 15 – 19 Age Group. Bryan Searby ran a solid race and finished 425th in a time of 42.44.
Lostock 6 – February 26th
Two hundred and seventy four runners in this years Lostock 6 won confortably by Michael Cayton in a very good time of 30.37. The Harriers took 4th Team on the day and were led home by Paul Guinan in 10th place with a time of 34.47.
Matt Nuttall was next in (13th) in 35.08 and it was a return to winning ways for V60 John Chaplin who won his age category finishing 26th in a time of 37.34. This was only John’s fourth Race in two years as he has had to overcome injuries and what a way to come back in his first race of 2017. Another athlete – Grace Handley – who has been out for a long time with injuries and illness, also returned to winning ways in her first race of 2017 when she came home in 49th spot (39.18) and was the first U20 Woman in the Race. Michael Douglas came in 87th posting a time of 42.25 and V55 David Morris placed 245th (59.36).
It was a return to the fells for Paul Brindle last weekend as he took on the Midgley Moor Race along with sixty two other runners coming home in 12th place in a time of 49.23.
Then this weekend Paul was out on the Roads in the Lancaster in the 315 Series running the 5k placing 5th in a time of 17.47 and also winning the V45 1st prize.
Joanne Nelson emulated Paul when she ran the 10k placing 4th on a tough course in a good time of 39.04 and also winning the 1st V45 prize. Joanne told the Club after the Race that she was “Fairly pleased with my performance in the last run of the 3-1-5 10k series. I have only run 2 of the series but improved by almost 40 seconds from the first one I ran 4 weeks previously. This time I came in on 39.02. My 10k time has definitely slowed; but this is to be expected when training for a marathon. Overall a great race and finished wishing there was another one next month!!! Paul ran the 5k race and came in 5th place with 17.47… oh how I enjoyed him shouting me on when I had another lap to run. A great set up at Lancaster. Extremely friendly organisers and a great day out”.
Back to the Fells and this time at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round on Saturday – March 4th – won by Rob Hope in 67.15 – seven senior Harriers ran including Tom Cubbon, John Sutton, Craig Greenough, John Orrell, Ian Clarkson, Richard Taylor, Paul Clarke.
Tom Cubbon headed the Harriers home in 53rd spot running a time of 1hr 27.16 and just a minute further back came John Sutton who finished in 59th place with a time of 1hr 28.17 and was in ‘reflective mood’ when speaking to the Club after the Race saying “Solid mileage and decent track sessions all year, even if a lack of stuff on the fells, but I was quietly confident fitness would see me to a decent run at this one. I was doing fine and feeling good when engines inexplicably failed around the half way mark and I was awful after that. All I can do keep going and try to put it right at the Roddlesworth Roller next week”.
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Following John home came Craig Greenhough having a pretty strong run in 103rd place (1hr 35.36), John Orrell (193rd) posting a time of 1hr 52.35, with Ian Clarkson just behind him in 199th spot 1hr.54.00, Richard Taylor (201st) in 1hr 54.27 and Paul Clarke in his first Fell Race 228th in 2hr 05.08.
The Final Fixture of the 2016/17 Sportshall League took place at Stanley Park on Sunday and it went very well for the Harriers which saw the youngsters set an array of PB’s, so many that we lost count – and – two of the Harriers – Isaac Butler and Myah Booth – taking Athlete of the Match on the day.
Overall the Harriers finished 3rd in the League which is a credit to the young athletes, the Sportshall Coaches, Administrators and Volunteers. In terms of the Age Group Team places at the weekend the Girls under 11’s team came 3rd — Girls under 13’s team 4th — Girls under 15’s team 3rd — Boys under 11’s team 2nd — Boys under 13’s team 5th.
(Thanks to John Cookson for all the Photo’s)
Isaac Butler was named ATHLETE OF THE MATCH for the under 11 boys with a great performance from him. In Long Jump he was 1st with 1.98 new PB, he then set a new PB in the Speed Bounce jumping 53, was second in the Javelin with a huge throw of 19.75 also a new PB and ended the day 4th in 3 lap in a new PB time of 39.3.
Myah Booth also won ATHLETE OF THE MATCH for the under 13 girls scoring lots of points for us setting a new PB in 2 lap (24.6), took 1st place in Triple Jump with 6.37, Vertical Jump 49 and set another new PB in Shot Putt with 2nd place 9.81.
The rest of the under 11 boys also performed really well with Harrison Allcock just behind Isaac, jumping 1.82 in the Long Jump in 3rd place, set a new PB with 54 in the Speed Bounce (4th)th set a second new PB in the Sitting Ball throw 5.50 (5th) and took 1st place in the 1 lap (12.3) seconds for his third new PB of the day. Codie Dewhurst continued the string of new PB’s jumping a new PB of 4.47 in the Triple Jump, Speed Bounce 51, then won his second new PB in the Javelin (12.50) and ran 13.1 in the 1 lap.Thomas Flynn jumped 4.19 in the Triple Jump, Vertical Jump 30, and 1 lap 14.0 whilst new member Alex Galiatsatos jumped 1.72 in the Long Jump, Vertical Jump 34 and set new PB’s in the Sitting Ball throw (5.25) and in the 1 lap his time of 12.9 earned him another new PB.
Three more PB’s were set when Samuel King jumped 4.88 in Triple Jump, in the Speed Bounce 41, threw a new PB in the Javelin (15.25) and in the 1 lap ran 14.0 – Jack Probert took new personal bests in the Vertical Jump 30 and set two new PB’s and also in the 1 lap (14.9). Six more personal bests were set by the Boys with Saul Sharp jumping 1.78 for 4th place in the Long Jump (PB), set a new PB in Vertical Jump 45 in 3rd spot and his 1 lap 13.1 was also a new PB. Harry Thomas jumped 1.38 in the Long Jump, Speed Bounce 53 for a new PB followed by his 1 lap time of 14.3. Matthew Smith posted a new personal best of 1.60 in the Long Jump, in the Sitting Ball he threw 5.00, in the Speed Bounce 56 for a new PB and rounded off with a 1 lap time of 13.6. Dexta Thompson set new PB’s in Speed Bounce 52 and in his 1 lap, running a time of 13.4, finishing off with a throw of 14.0 in the Javelin.
In the U11 Girls Hannah Davies had a first time go at the Javelin and threw 11.25, got a new PB in Speed Bounce with 47, ran 13.7 in the 1 lap and added another new PB in the 3 lap with 43.5. Kady Thompson threw 13.00 in the Javelin, reached 1.44 in the Long Jump, 15.0 in the 1 lap and 48.3 in the 3 lap. Tilly Pollard threw 5.75 in the Sitting Ball throw, in Speed Bounce 41, she set a new PB in Long Jump with 1.44 and ran 14.1 in the 1 Lap Race. Charlotte Clapham carried on setting two new PB’s in the Speed Bounce with 50 and in the Javelin with a throw of 14.00, followed by a Triple Jump 5th place (5.24) and 3 lap time of 43.7. Two more new PB’s for Olivia Banks who ran 15.4 in the 1 lap, in the 3 lap (46.6) a new PB with her second coming in the Speed Bounce (40) before finishing with the Sitting Ball throw distance of 5.00. It was Chloe Reeve’s first outing at Sportshall and ran 15.4 in the 1 lap, Long Jump 1.26, Speed Bounce 43 and Javelin 7.75 which was a great start for her. Imogen Robinson ran a time of 14.5 in the 1 lap, set a new PB in the Long Jump 1.48, in the Speed Bounce 36, and threw 6.75 in the Javelin. Alisha Lehner ran 14.4 in the 1 lap, made 1.34 in the Long Jump, set a new PB in the Speed Bounce with 44 and ended with the Sitting Ball throw of 5.00. One of the performances of the day came from Madison Bontoft who really went for it and produced four new PB’s in the 1 lap PB (14.7), Long Jump (1.52), Vertical Jump (31) and Sitting Ball (4.75).
A great run from Kate Cookson who ran a new PB in the 1 lap with 13.0, the fastest under 11 on the day, in the 3 lap she ran 41.4, in the Long Jump she set another new PB with 1.76, set a massive new PB of 58 in the Speed Bounce and equalled her sisters record for the Harriers 3rd place again. Caroline Woodworth ran a time of 13.6 in the 1 lap, set a new PB in the 3 lap with 41.2, Speed Bounce 53 and reached 7.75 in the sitting ball throw. Holly Turner had a great day too, setting a hat-trick of personal bests in the 1 lap with 13.3, in the 3 lap with 43.1, set her third new PB in the Triple Jump 4.73 and reached 41 in the Vertical Jump. Emily Cottam ran 15.0 in the 1 lap, 48.0 in the 3 lap, in the Triple Jump she cleared 4.76 and set a new PB of 47 in the Speed Bounce.
Leah Hoole ran a time of 27.6 in the 2 lap, set a new PB of 1.78 in the Long Jump, took 4th place in the 6 lap in a time of 1.29.1 and came home in 1st place in the Speed Bounce with 86. Eleesha Charnley ran a good time of 24.3 in the 2 lap, came 2nd in the Long Jump with 2.20, placed 2nd in the 6 lap with another good time of 1.24.4 and finished in 6th place in the Vertical Jump with 51. Lily Thomas was having her debut for the Club at Sportshall and ran a good time of 27.3 in the 2 lap, cleared 1.48 in the Long Jump, set a time of 1.34.7 in the 6 lap and finished with a Speed Bounce effort of 67.
Christie Sturgess ran 25.3 in the 2 lap, set a new PB in the Triple Jump with 5.78 and came 2nd in the Speed Bounce with 81. Emma Love was another welcome first timer jumping 1.84 in the Long Jump, clearing 5.74 in the Triple Jump and in the Vertical Jump reached 51 for 4th place. Liberty Thompson U15’s also had her debut and jumped 38 in the Vertical Jump, came 4th in the Speed Bounce with 72, ran a 2 lap time of 25.7 and a 4 lap time of 54.4. Amy Davies ran 24.7 in the 2 laps for 4th and also gained a 1st place in the 4 lap with 52.5.
The relays at the end of the day was full with a lot of teams from the Harriers. The U15 girls team consisted of Liberty Thompson, Leah Hoole, Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley they came 2nd with Leah and Eleesha stepping up a group. In the U13 girls the Team consisted of Christie Sturgess, Lily Thomas, Alisha Lehner who stepped up from the under 11’s and Myah Booth and they came 4th. Our U11 girls scoring team was Hannah Davies, Caroline Woodworth, Kate Cookson and Holly Turner they came 3rd. The U11 boys scoring relay Team consisted Codie Dewhurst, Saul Sharp, Harrison Allcock and Isaac Butler and they came 1st whilst in our U13 Boys we had four under 11 boys brave enough to step up, they were Alex, Matthew, Sam and Harry so well done to them.
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