Monthly Archives: April 2017
World Masters Silver Medal for Mike – Matt shines in Mini-Marathon – 3000m PB’s for Joe & Tim at Trafford – Club Records for Anthony & Anna and 32 PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs
In a week of notable performances by the Harriers, both at individual and team level, it is more than worth mentioning achievements at both ends of the age scale to demonstrate that perhaps you are never to young and never too old to compete and to succeed.
Matt Ramsden was selected to run for the North West in the London Mini-Marathon for the second year running. In 2016 he posted a time of 16.14. This year he finished 35th out of 235 five young athletes in a massively improved time of 15.53 over the three mile course and was 2nd counter for the North West – Matthew McKay being first (15.20). Matt told the Club “I had a good race in London today. I came 35th with a time of 15:53, that is 1 minute and 21 seconds faster than last year”.
In the World Masters T & F Championships, V70 Mike Hazlewood – still wearing the Blue & White – took on the challenge of competing against the best there is in the world in his age category and he came away with a World Championship Silver Medal in the Javelin (31.24m) and also finished 6th in the Hammer Final (31.36m) before he had to pull out with a hamstring injury. Mike told the Club that this injury and subsequent surgery “probably puts an end to this season” but he will back again next year. A fantastic attitude and inspirational for all those ‘younger’ athletes who think their athletic career is over. Brilliant achievements by both Matt and Mike.
Trafford Open Meeting – April 25th
Three Blackburn Harriers took part in the ‘A’ 3000m Race at Trafford which featured 25 athletes. First athlete in for the Harriers was Ben Fish who is having a fine year, finishing 3rd on the night in a time of 8.31.85 and in his first 3000m Race since 2009. Second in came Joe Monk who won the Blackpool 10k at the weekend. On the night, Joe set a new PB of 8.45.29, an improvement of 6 seconds from his previous best time over the distance. Third home came Tim Raynes in only his third ever trip over the distance and he too posted a new PB of 8.46.91 knocking nearly three seconds off his previous personal best.
The first fixture of this years Mid Lancs at Blackpool saw two Club Records broken by the Throwers which saw Anna Peers take the old record from Holly Bleasdale in the Javelin (37.60m) when she placed 2nd with a distance of 39.05m. The second Club Record of the day had lasted fourteen years and that was in the U17 Men’s Shot Putt which stood at 12.30m (Adam Lovick). Anthony Kent added 37cm to that when he placed 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 12.67m so congratulations to both of them. It is often said that young athletes find it easy to get new PB’s and it is true. As they progress they get quicker and stronger, but they still have to go out and perform and today was such a day as the youngsters set thirty two new personal bests.
In addition, one of the delights of the Mid Lancs League is to see young athletes having a go at competition for literally the first time, some for the first time in a new event and others who are in their first full year of competition after perhaps having a cross country season behind them. Yesterday saw a number of young athletes from Trawden – Paige and Ellie Singleton, Sophie Stanworth, Hannah Eccles, Abigail Stratton, Holly Crook, Isabel Hartley and Joe Sims – who have joined the Harriers to compete in Track & Field and it was great to seen them getting stuck in and enjoying the day.
Continuing with the Throws Events, overall, it wasn’t a bad day for them. In the U17 Men – Lucas Davies took a hat-trick of new PB’s, firstly adding a metre in the Shot Putt (6th) with 8.61m, extended his Discus best by over a metre and a half with 25.05m (5th) and topped the day off by adding over two metres to his Javelin PB, coming 2nd with a distance of 29.00m. Anthony Kent added to his new Club Record with a win in the Discus (40.05m) and a 2nd placed throw of 43.91 in the Hammer. Sam Gaskell won the U17 Men’s Hammer with a throw of 49.60m which was well within his compass as he has already thrown over 58m in April. Anna Peers added to her new Club Record with a win in the Discus (34.53m).
In the U15 Girls Myah Booth took 2nd spot in the Shot Putt with 9.41m which was just short of her personal best and came 3rd in the Javelin with a big new PB of 27.08m which was over three metres further than her previous best. Izzy Thompson also had a very good day in her U15 Throws events setting a new PB in the Discus by over three metres (23.31m) and winning the event, came 9th in the Javelin with 19.97m and set another new PB in the Hammer (4th) with 21.94m. (U15) Sophie Stanworth 9th with 5.96m, (U13’s) Hannah Eccles (6th) with 4.70m and Paige Singleton (11th) with 3.42m all had a go at the Shot Putt for the first time which was good to see.
In the U15 Boys George Whittaker placed 4th with 19.24m in the Javelin whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret fell just short of his PB in the Hammer, finishing 2nd with a throw of 16.04m and this with the heavier weight. U17 Abigail Brown was another athlete who set a hat-trick of new PB’s on the day when she placed 3rd in the Shot Putt with 7.15m, 3rd in the Discus (17.55m) and 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 18.88m. Abigail added a metre in her Shot Putt, a metre and a half in her Discus and a whopping five metres in her Javelin.
In the Jumps competitions U15 Jonathan Gough got his season off to a great start with a new PB of 5.06m in the Long Jump to win the competition whilst bottom of age U13 Codie Dewhurst had his first effort at the event and cleared 3.00m (16th) and U17 Chloe Bleeks set a new PB of 4.43 in her long Jump (6th). In the High Jump Jamie Teare cleared 1.50m in the U15’s for 4th spot, brother Rory Teare cleared 1.30m in the U13’s whilst Emma Love set a new PB of 1.33m – equaling the U13 Club Record – when she won the U13 High Jump. Holly Crook (4th) with a clearance of 1.20m and Abigail Stratton (9th) clearing 1.00m also tried there hand at the High Jump for the first time.
In the Senior Men’s Sprints Dominic Bretherton ran 11.5 in the 100m (3rd) and 23.90 in the 200m with Paul Coffey running 11.80 in the 100m and 25.30 in the 200m. Daniel Hamilton in his first ever competitive race ran 13.30 (5th) in the 100m whilst V50 Tony Balko powered his way to a 13.90 clocking.
Bottom of age U17 Ben Whittaker had a good day setting two news PB’s, firstly in the 100m with 12.50 (5th) which was three tenths quicker than his previous best and taking 4th spot in the 200m (25.90) four tenths faster than his previous outdoor time. U15 Jonathan Gough destroyed his 100m PB when finishing 4th in 12.80, his previous best being 14.60. U15 Ben Branton decided to have a go at the Sprints which was his first ever race on the Track – Ben had a good start to take 5th spot in 14.20 and in the 200m George Whittaker posted a time of 29.40 in 6th place.
There were also new PB’s for both U13’s Rory Teare who ran 30.80 (5th) in the 200m and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret winning the second Heat in a time of 32.00. Joe Sims had a go at his first ever track race in the U13 Boys 100m and ran 18.70, later taking on the 1500m running a time of 5.59.30 which wasn’t bad for a young lad – bottom of age – who had never done the events before. In the U13 Girls Leah Hoole decided to have a go at the 100m and set a new PB by four tenths running 15.50 (6th) in Heat One as did Abigail Stratton in her Heat cutting half a second off her previous best when she placed 3rd in 15.30 whilst in Heat 4, Holly Crook ran her first ever track race in the 100m coming home in 5th place (16.00). In the U13 200m Keira Haxton in her first ever track race ran 34.20 (7th), Hannah Eccles, also in her first ever track competition posted a time of 32.50 and Paige Singleton who hadn’t run a 200m previously set a time of 37.60 in 7th spot.
On to the U15 Sprints which saw Bailey Madden cut four tenths off her 100m time for a new PB of 13.50 (3rd) and took 2nd position in the 200m (28.20). Myah Booth also set a new 100m PB shaving three tenths off her previous time for a new PB of 13.80 (3rd) followed by another new 100m PB for Christie Sturgess with a time of 14.20 (4th), down by a tenth and a new PB for Liberty Thompson cutting three tenths off her 100m time for a new PB of 14.90 (4th), following that up with 32.30 in the 200m (4th). U17 Emily Warren ran two second placed races, firstly in the 100m with 13.40 and then in the 200m with 28.10. There was also a new PB for Chloe Bleeks in the 100m (13.50) in 4th spot and then a 3rd place in the 200m with a time of 28.70.
Eleesha Charnley and Sophie Stanworth tackled the 300m for the first time with Eleesha posting a time of 46.00 (2nd ) and Sophie 47.70 for 5th place. Both were back in action in the 800m which saw both girls set new PB’s. Firstly Sophie had a great battle with Abigail Earnshaw to edge her out and win the race, cutting 16 seconds off her previous best in a time of 2.27.30. Eleesha came home in 3rd place, two seconds faster than she had run before in 2.30.30 for another new PB. Maia Bowman ran 3.14.20 (16th) and Ella Hardman 3.21.50 in 17th place.
In the U17 Women’s 800m it was a repeat with a hell of a tussle between Maddie Elliott (2nd) in 2.22.40 and Lydia Wilcox who won the Race. In her first ever 800m Race, Freya Black ran well in 4th place to set a time of 2.37.90.
Good battles all the way in the Middle Distance events and none more so than in the U15 Girls 1500m which saw Amy Davies just get pipped on the line (2nd) in a time 5.15.80 by Annie Duffy. U13 Leah Hoole was another who had a great run in the 800m setting a new PB of 2.36.80 to place 2nd over four seconds faster than her previous best. Hannah Eccles who is new to Track racing finished really well to place 6th in 2.50.7 with Molly Nicholls in 10th (2.53.20) which was her first ever 800m race as it was for Keira Haxton who finished 15th in 3.01.20. Just one athlete in the 3000m which saw a distance debut for Isabel Hartley who came home in 6th place with a time of 12.32.70.
The U13 Boys 800m produced a cracking race too between James Bowman (Kendal) and Dexta Thompson. Dexta’s previous 800m PB was 2.43.3 and his recent 1500m PB’s showed that he his in good form. Just four tenths of a second separated the two lads at the end with Dexta setting a new PB of 2.26.90 – over 16 seconds better than his previous best – to finish 2nd. A good day and a very good run also for U15 Jamie Teare who won the 1500m in a new PB time of 4.38.40. The new PB’s were flying in and there was another in the U13 Girls for Hollie Cubbon who chopped over five seconds off her previous best with a 2nd placed new PB time of 5.26.60 and she was followed by another big new PB for Abigail Stratton in 3rd with 5.28.20, some 13 seconds faster than her best to-date. It was a track debut over 1500m for Holly Crook placing 5th in 5.49.7 as it was for sisters Paige Singleton – 7th in 6.02.20 and Ellie Singleton – 8th in 6.06.80. Final new PB of the day for the Middle Distance athletes came for George Whittaker who really deserves his new best time of 2.34.50 in the U15 Boys 800m – a new PB by seventeen seconds.
New Marathon PB’s for Chris in London and Claire at Blackpool – Joe Wins Blackpool 10k – Pauline Wins Bolton 10k
Chris Davies ran his first Marathon in April 2014 in Manchester which was unfortunately measured short. In his debut he posted a time of 3.02.31 which was a great effort in his first ever attempt at the distance. Knowing that he didn’t run the race the way he had intended, he set out to bring the time down and run faster. In 2015 he cut a whopping 13 minutes off his previous time to record 2hr 49.41. One year later in 2016 and again in London he came down ever further to set another new PB of 2hr.46.55. His training for London 2017 gave him the belief that he could knock another chunk off and he duly obliged running a new personal best of 2hr 41.22. A rather happy athlete told the Club “This is probably the best shape I’ve been in since starting running 4 1/2 years ago. I was always feeling confident that I could hit the time I wanted I just had to go and do it. I felt good in my warm up and started the race well. My first mile was a 6:06 which was bang on target and I felt comfortable with that all the way up to the 20 mile mark. I felt OK at this point and pulled out 3 more good miles but the last 3 were the hardest. Mile 24 my pace dipped a little, I managed to rally again for mile 25 but with that big last effort struggled on the home straight. Dug it out though and come through the line at 2:41:21. Really pleased with the result and I gave everything on the day. The support on the day was great from people out there on the course and I would like to say thanks to everyone for all their great support during training for this event and the praise they gave after it. Very much appreciated and it’s great that I know I’m surrounded by a great bunch of people within Blackburn Harriers and out of it.”
Conrad Mckee followed up his 2016 London Marathon time of 2hr. 50.34 with another 2hr 50.19 clocking in 2017 which was a great result for him as he has had to contend with a long period of injuries – Conrad told us afterwards that his “Time was slightly faster. Only slight. 2.50.19 but it was a better more controlled run than the year before. I had hoped to try and dip under 2.45 but I tore some ligaments in my foot 11 weeks ago and didn’t even know if I was going to go to London. Gaz at GW got me fit again and Ben Fish wrote me an 8 week plan to get to the start line. Everything went well and it all clicked in to place on the day. My splits were very consistent on the day with only 4 seconds difference in every 5k from start to finish. I think I will have a stab at Chester in October”.
Sean Proctor clocked a time of 3hr 31.58 which wasn’t what he was expecting, but as all marathon runners know, the distance doesn’t always work out for you on the day. Sean told the Club “I was having a good run up to mile 16 when the hamstring injury I picked up the other week flared up again. Just glad I could limp to finish it in 3:31:58. I will be back training as soon as possible ready for Chester in October“.
Claire Bridge is another Blackburn Harrier who started her Marathon running career in 2014 at the Brathay Windermere Race where she ran a time of 5hr 30.45. In the same year she ran the Chester Marathon – just six months after her first and knocked 53 minutes off her debut time when she ran 4hr 37.04. On to the year 2015 and she chopped a further six minutes off her time with 4hr 31.05 at Chester again and then in 2016 cut another eight minutes off in the Manchester Marathon when she achieved a time of 4hr 23. 08.. At this years Blackpool Marathon, Claire went even further taking another 14 minutes off her previous best to set a new PB of 4hr 09.09. Claire has now reduced her Marathon PB in just over three years by one hour and twenty one minutes and there was little doubt that she was happy about her latest run telling the Club that she was “Delighted to run a big PB today at the Blackpool marathon. It was tough conditions, too hot and quite breezy. I knocked nearly 15 minutes off my Marathon PB. I was 2 minutes inside my half marathon best. Roll on Chester!!!“
Blackpool Marathon RESULTS
Blackpool & Bolton 10k – Sunday April 23rd
Joe Monk added another win to his racing CV when he won the Blackpool 10k in a time of 33.15, nearly three minutes in front of the second placed runner and commented after the Race that he was “pleased to win today, it was windy going out up to 6km and had some twists and turns to contend with so knew a really quick time wasn’t feasible, nevertheless pleased to win and look forward to racing the 3k at Trafford on Tuesday”.
Blackpool 10k RESULTS
Over in Bolton, Pauline Powell made a welcome return to racing, this being her first 10k Race since 2009 and what a return it was. In a field featuring 675 finishers, Pauline placed 9th overall, won the Women’s Race and broke the Course Record. Understandably she was delighted and told the Club “It felt great to be back racing and was happy to break the course record on such a tough course!” Victoria Mousley also had a very good run for the Harriers coming home in 23rd spot in a time of 39.58 which was just twelve seconds outside her personal best and showing what a good run she had, given the course terrain and the wind. Vicci spoke to the Club after the Race and told us “If you manage a sub 40 more than once then it can’t be a fluke. Problem is now I have to make a new target. Perfect day today for a run back in my hometown of Bolton, even had my parents coming out to watch and some friends. The Bolton 10k is a great course with a great variety of terrain, hills, steps, switchbacks etc…..quite a tough one and not one to do if you are looking for a pb. Lovely to see Brian and Michelle at the start and to hear encouragement from them and many others on the way round. All I wanted today was a sub 40 wasn’t too concerned about position. Happy to come away with 4th lady and we’ll done to Blackburn Harriers runner Pauline Powell with first place and course record too”. V55 Paul Clarke was running his third 10k of the year so far at Bolton where he placed 139th overall in a time of 47.25.
Bolton 10k RESULTS
14 Medals for Harriers youngsters in the Quadrathon – Watford Open – Wins for Harriers young athletes at Trafford Open – 2 Wins for Tony in Northern Veterans T & F League
HYNDBURN COMBINED EVENTS DAY 1 QUADRATHLON.
Team Manager for the Day – Lindsay Davies – was really pleased with the performance of all of the Blackburn Harriers youngsters at Hyndburn on Saturday, in what can only be described as terrible conditions. Hats off also to the unsung hero’s of the Easter weekend – the Officials – for without them, stood out in the cold and rain for the entire weekend, there would have been no competition all for the young athletes. Can we take this opportunity to make a big appeal to Parents to come and get involved and take on officiating at these events.
Putting aside the weather, the Harriers youngsters performed really well – delivering 14 Medals overall from Kate Cookson (Yr6) Silver; Caroline Woodworth (Yr6) Bronze; Lucy Rishton (Yr5) Bronze; Isaac Butler (Yr6) Silver; Harrison Allcock (Yr5) Gold; Hannah Davies (Yr3) Gold; Olivia Banks (Yr4) Bronze); Oscar Blow (yr4) Gold; Findlay Carroll (Yr4) Silver; Dexta Thompson (Y6) Gold; Saul Sharp (Yr6) Bronze; Kady Thompson (Yr5) Gold and Lulu Sharp (Yr3) Silver.
(Harriers youngsters on Day One at Hyndburn)
The Team Manager gave a breakdown of all of the athletes performances who competed for the Harriers which showed good commitment, effort and achievement by all of them:
Year 5 and 6 girls
Kate Cookson had a tremendous day finishing 2nd in the year 6 girls with 215 points and received a Silver Medal. In the 75m sprint she ran the fastest time in 11.6 seconds, vortex throw she threw the second best throw 21.22m, standing long jump she jumped the furthest with 2.04m and she was first in the 600m race which we don’t have the time for yet. Caroline Woodworth finished 3rd in the year 6 girls with 207 points and received the Bronze Medal. In the 75m sprint she ran 12.5 seconds, vortex throw she threw the furthest with a huge distance of 26.98m, standing long jump she jumped 1.85m, 600m race haven’t got the times for yet. Lucy Rishton hasn’t been with us long at Sportshall but has literally come on in leaps and bounds, second fastest time in the 75m sprint with 11.8 seconds, 17.10m in the vortex throw, a good jump of 1.89m in the standing long jump and finished 2nd in the 600m race no time recorded yet. Lucy finished on 195 points and gained a Bronze Medal for year 5 girls. Holly Bell had a good day too with a fast time of 12.5 seconds in the 75m sprint, vortex throw 15.17m, standing long jump second best jump with 2.02m and 600m race not recorded a time yet. Holly finished with 167 points. Niamh Gater was very nervous on the day but put in a great effort with 12.3 seconds in the 75m sprint, 15.27m throw in the vortex throw, 1.71m in the standing long jump, 600m race not known yet, she finished with equal points to team mate Holly with 167. Caitlin Clarkson put in a good performance with 14.2 seconds in the 75m sprint, a very good throw of 18.27m in the vortex throw, 1.60m jump in the standing long jump and 600m race not known. Another great performance from Madison Bontoft – 13.9 seconds in the 75m sprint, a throw of 8.86m in the vortex throw, standing long jump she jumped 1.64m, 600m race not known, Madison finished on 98 points.
Year 5 and 6 boys
Isaac Butler had a fantastic performance finishing on 217 points and gaining a Silver Medal for finishing 2nd in the year 6 boys, he ran 11.5 seconds in the 75m sprint, a huge throw of 27.87m in the vortex throw, 1.97m in the standing long jump and 2nd place with 1.54.5 minutes in the 600m race. Harrison Allcock also had a great performance finishing with 183 points and finishing 1st in the year 5 boys, earning himself a Gold Medal, a fast time of 11.2 seconds in the 75m sprint, a throw of 19.73m in the vortex throw, a great jump of 1.96m in the standing long jump and a time of 2.14.4 minutes in the 600m race.
Year 3 and 4 girls.
Hannah Davies put everything she had into her events today and gained 1st place in the year 3 girls with 125 points and received a Gold Medal, a very fast time of 9.0 seconds in the 50m sprint, a huge throw of 11.61m in the vortex throw which was the second furthest overall, 1.34m in the standing long jump, 1.30.7 minutes in the 400m race. Olivia Banks had a brilliant day finishing 3rd place in the year 4 girls winning a Bronze Medal with 130 points, 9.3 seconds in the 50m sprint, third furthest throw in the vortex with 11.56m, 1.42m in the standing long jump and finished 1st in the 400m race with 1.25.8 minutes. Chloe Reeve had a good performance, 9.8 seconds in the 50m sprint, 9.79m in the vortex throw, 1.19m jump in the standing long jump, 1.40.4 minutes in the 400m race, Chloe finished with 91 points. Tippi Francis competes with a big smile on her face, 10.3 seconds in the 50m sprint, 7.36m throw in the vortex throw, 1.25m in the standing long jump and 1.48.5 minutes in the 400m race, Tippi finished with 77 points. Megan Jackson is new to competing and again had a big smile on her face during every event, 10.5 seconds in the 50m sprint, 6.83m in the vortex throw, 1.16m in the standing long jump and 2.03.0 minutes in the 400m race, she finished with 66 points.
Year 3 and 4 boys
Oscar Blow had a great day finishing with 157 points and gained himself 1st place in the year 4 boys and received a Gold Medal, he ran 8.3 seconds in the 50m race, threw 18.04m in the vortex throw, a fantastic jump of 1.65m in the standing long jump and ran 1.29.2 minutes in the 400m race. Findlay Carroll was 2nd place in the year 4 boys with 145 points and received a Silver Medal, 8.9 seconds in the 50m sprint, a massive throw of 23.00m in the vortex throw, 1.40m in the standing long jump and 1.29.6 minutes in the 400m race. Jacob Peel put in a great effort and finished with 111 points, he ran 8.9 seconds in the 50m sprint, threw 13.57m in the vortex throw, jumped 1.40m in the standing long jump and ran 1:38.5 minutes in the 400m race.
Dexta Thompson had an amazing day placing 1st in the year 6 category and also we had Saul Sharp finishing 3rd in the same category which gave us a Gold and Bronze for Blackburn Harriers. Dexta ran the 75m in 12.1, threw the Vortex 28.18m, cleared 1.76m in the Standing Long Jump and won the 600m in a time of 1.55.1. Saul ran the 75m in 11.9, threw the Vortex 19.90m, jumped 1.90m in the Standing Long Jump which was the second longest jump of the day and ran 1.55.8 in the 600m. Felix Thompson also earned himself a Bronze Medal for the Year 3 category. Another Thompson not wanting to be outdone was young Kady Thompson who received a Gold Medal for her efforts in the year 5 category. Lulu Sharp who is bottom of the age group had a go and came 2nd in the year 3 category and received a Silver Medal – in the 50m she ran 10.4 seconds, threw 9.86m in the Vortex, jumped 1.35m in the Standing Long Jump and in the 400m ran 1.39.3 minutes.
Liberty Thompson competed in the tough Junior girl Pentathlon finishing the day on 1631 points which included the following events: (1) 75m Hurdles 13.9 seconds; (2) Shot Putt 5.39m; (3) High Jump 1.23m; (4) Long Jump 3.29m finishing off the day in the 800m and posting a time of 2 minutes 55 seconds.
Only two contestants sadly, in the Senior Men’s Decathlon with one of them being the Harriers John Ilunga who came out on top at the end of the contest. John recorded (1) 100m in 13.0; (2) 110m Hurdles in 22.1; (3) Long Jump 4.98m; (4) Discus 13.84m; (5) Shot Putt 7.76m; (6) High Jump 1.62m; (7) Javelin 21.98m; (8) 400m in 62.7 and (9) 1500m 5.48. Because of the heavy rain the Pole Vault competition was abandoned. After the weekend John told the Club about his event “The weather wasn’t great at all over to days,but it couldn’t stop us to get some PB in certain events. On the first day,I had not a good sprinting in both (100m and 400 ) but the long jump, shot put, high jump went well, I was pleased with the outcome even I could have done better. On Sunday I was knackered, my legs was tired. Surprisingly I came off the hurdles well with a three stride, so happy with a 22.1sec. Discuss and javelin was ok. The pole vault was cancelled due to the weather. Then finished with 1500m, I am not a distance runner but I think I did it well literally with all that fatigue over 8 events and I ran 5.45. Overall it was a great experience, I have learnt a lot and I know what areas I need to improve”.
Watford Open Meeting – April 19th
There were four 3000m Races at the Watford Meeting which saw Rob Warner go in the Final Race featuring 26 athletes and won by John Sanderson in a time of 8.11.37. This was Rob’s second 3000m at this early stage of the season finishing in 14th place with a time of 8.34.11 after running 8.32.83 in his first Race Rob two week ago.
Watch Race VIDEO
(Rob Warner No.49)
Trafford Open Meeting – Easter Monday
Dexta Thompson followed on his good form at Hyndburn – in better weather it has to be said – when he tackled his first ever 1500m at the Easter Monday Trafford Open Meeting and duly won it in a time of 4.55 which puts him in 12th place at the moment in the National Rankings, as the season starts. Sister U11 Kady Thompson set a hat-trick of new PB’s, firstly in the 600m which she won in 2.17.50 – some 10 seconds quicker than last year – jumped 2.65m in the Long Jump (17th) and ran 13.60 for 3rd place in the 75m, a second faster than her previous best.
U13 Joel Booth in his first race of the year set a new PB in the U13’s 100m with a time of 14.32 in 2nd place. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret took 4th place in his 800m race with a time of 2.45.71 then finished 5th in Discus (1kg) with a throw of 15.09m and finished with a season’s best in the Javelin (6th) with 22.14m. U15 Myah Booth was in good form at the Open Meeting winning the 75m Hurdles in a new PB time of 12.51which was over half a second quicker than her previous best time; she then followed that up with another win in the Shot Putt (9.13m) and rounded off her day with a 2nd place in the Javelin – throwing 23.15m. U13 Nicky Saunders was also in on the winning formula taking 1st place in the Discus – throwing 21.49m and backed that performance up with a 2nd place in the Javelin (19.80m) and 3rd spot in the Shot Putt (6.86m).
Northern Veterans League
V50 Tony Balko was competing in the Veterans League on what can only be described as a cold and blustery day. Add to that an issue with a rotator cuff and the two together don’t make for a pleasant day. However Tony still managed to take two wins coming 1st V50 in the 6kg Shot (10.03m) and 1st V50 in the 6kg Hammer (33.56m) even though he was disappointed overall with his performance. Very early days in the season.
New PB’s for Harriers at Salford 10k – Rivington Pike – Top ten for Richard & Jack at Clitheroe – 10k PB for Joe in Isle of Man
At the Good Friday Salford 10k there was a good turn out as always – even with not the best of weather conditions there were five hundred and ninety nine runners finishing – the race being eventually won in an excellent time of 30.49 by Marc Brown. Six Blackburn Harriers out on the day with three of them all recording new PB’s.
(Photo courtesy of Steve Bateson Photography)
Joe Monk was the first athlete home for the Harriers in 16th place in a new PB time of 32.10 and was also the 2nd Junior Man in the Race overall. Having already run 32.17 in March, Joe was looking to run faster and did that commenting to the Club after the Race that “This was my last 10k before autumn to get a PB, and hopefully sub 32. Legs felt great and went through 5k in 15:38, just 4 seconds off my 5k best, and splits were very consistent. Started to drift off the pack and managed to salvage a 1 second PB. I know I have it in me to run sub 32, hopefully well be well under that come Leeds in November“. Sub 32 is definitely on the cards for Joe.
(Joe Monk at the Post Race Presentation)
Next home came Tom Blaney in 35th place posting a very consistent time of 33.54 who told the Club “After a decent run at Trafford i thought i’d attempt a sub 33 here, the first 5k went great i felt strong and went through at 16.25 just as planned. Mile 4 was a bit slower but i put it down to slight undulation, at mile 5 i felt like death and just could not hold on, i’m not quite sure what happened, i’ve put it down to the fast start. In the end i managed to salvage a sub 34 and will hopefully give it another go in autumn but for now i just want to concentrate on training and enjoy racing instead of looking for pb’s as this served me very well during the cross country season. Well done to the rest of the Harriers today there were some really good quality times produced!“
Ben Costello had a great day when he smashed his PB to pieces. His previous best of 35.57 at Accrington earlier this year was reduced by a massive one minute and 29 seconds when he posted a new PB of 34.28 finishing 45th overall. Absolutely delighted Ben told us “Going into the race I had never felt so physically strong and fast so I knew a good run was on the cards. The weather wasn’t the best but that didn’t stop me I got my head down with a quickest first 2 miles and backed off on mile 3 and 4 to push myself in the last quarter of the race which worked. Well done to all the other Harriers who ran today” Next home for the Harriers came V45 Paul Guinan in 64th position with a solid time of 35.35 followed by Carly Edwards.who posted the third new PB of the day for the Harriers when she placed 218th in a time of 42.47 – forty eight seconds faster than her previous best. Carly was very happy with her run, telling us “I’m really pleased with my effort. I set off comfortably and tried to work my way through. I generally run better on hilly courses but this is something that I need to work on. Despite a few recent knock backs I am pleased to be getting my mileage back up and running well. I am more determined than ever to keep working hard. I know that I am capable of that 40 minute 10k one day. I’ll just keep working until I get it”. Carol Reilly….who has had a difficult year and longer through injury, is back in training and was on the Track for the first time in a year a couple of weeks ago. Carol had a great run in 267th position with a time of 44.42 – just three seconds slower than her PB. No doubt that personal best is going to go soon and she told the Club “My goal today was to feel strong and confident as I’ve not raced much in the last 12 months due to both of my Achilles. I’m glad to say that I achieved this and actually finished in my second best 10k time of 44.42. Would love to get it down to sub 43.0 at some point. You never know right place, right time and all that. Anyway I’m feeling more positive and providing i continue to take care of my Achilles I’m hoping to improve throughout the year. Great running from all my fellow Harriers and thanks for the shout outs”.
Rivington Pike Race
(Rivington Pike Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Three hundred and seventy one finishers in this years Rivington Pike Race won in good style by Chris Farrell in a time of 17.27, twenty seconds in front of second placed Chris Richards.
Just three Blackburn Harriers out on the day which saw new member – John Horrocks – make his debut for the Club and running a very good Race in 26th position (20.37). John spoke to the Club after the Race saying “My first race for Blackburn Harriers and my first at the Rivington Pike Fell Race. It was a great atmosphere up and down with a lot of people watching the race. My aim was to get under 21 minutes which I managed so I was pleased with my run”.
Next home was Andy Heys having a pretty solid run in 57th spot and posting a time of 22.30 who spoke to the Club after the Race and said “My first outing at this iconic and historic race. Felt strong to the top and was able to grab a few places on the fast descent down from the Pike. A really enjoyable race that was well supported throughout – thanks all for the shouts of encouragement. I’ll definitely be returning for more in the future” – and it was great to see Alison Armour back running for the Harriers finishing 333rd in a time of 35.05. Speaking to the Club Alison commented “this was my first fell race for nine years and any race for 2 1/2 years. I was pleased with the climb, the atmosphere was great with lots of encouraging shouts but my descending was diabolical. Anyway plenty of room for improvement for the next race”.
Clitheroe Triathlon – April 16th
It wasn’t ideal conditions on Sunday to say the least! – the bike and run parts of the race being particularly bad with many athletes recalling how they couldn’t feel any parts of their body on the bike and run stages – in the end one hundred and eight eight triathletes completed the event won by Sam Wardle in a time of 1hr.32.58.
The Race included five members of the Harriers with the first one home being Richard Stones in a very good 6th place overall and recording a time of 1hr 36.21 and probably the only athlete in the field who thought the conditions ‘helped him’ commenting “I was really pleased with my performance yesterday. I think the conditions suited me as I usually struggle in the heat. I’m just glad all the cycling I’ve done this winter is paying off and now looking to put in some good performances at longer distances later in the year. Well done to the other guys too!” Just two places behind in 8th came Jack Hindle (racing for Fitt on the day) in a time of 1hr 37.46 who commented, like others who had to endure the environment “Horrendous conditions yesterday. Had a good swim and was feeling strong on the bike. Made the mistake of not putting an extra layer on for the bike. Meaning towards the later end of the bike I was frozen, couldn’t hold onto the bars and couldn’t put any effort in. With regards to the run I had to jog as I just physical couldn’t move any faster, shivering and not in a good place. Not a true reflection of my fitness, but a big lesson learnt. Well done to Rich and Paul, an achievement to finish in yesterday’s conditions”. Paul Slone was next home in 26th place with a time of 1hr 48.55 which won him the 1st V50 prize. Notwithstanding the weather Paul was happy with his day and told the Club “The weather conditions hampered the race somewhat. The driving rain made the bike leg the most difficult conditions I’ve ever rode in. Only felt the cold after 9 miles from the top of Jeffrey hill. The long fast descents from there on after really had an effect on the core temperature also numbing the hands feet. It was pretty dangerous. Transition was tough struggling to get wet cycling shoes off and wet trainers on with numb fingers. Running with completely numb feet was a new one too. Glad to see the back of the race really. First age group win MV50 so was very happy in the end!“
Richard Fogarty (racing for Fitt on the day) was four places further back in 30th overall, posting a time of 1hr 49.45 and commented after the Race “I was reasonably happy with the swim and bike but the tough weather conditions during the bike got to me and I could hardly feel my body during the run and just couldn’t get into it. Was good to get another race under the belt though!” V45 Craig Greenough came home in 59th spot and completed the swim/bike/run event in 1hr 57.02.
U20 Joseph Howe was over in the Isle of Man at the EASTER weekend competing in the annual Festival of Running – an event that consists of a 10k Race, a four mile Hill Race and a 5k Road Race. With over two hundred entries in each event and nearly one hundred and fifty competing in all three, it proved to be a pretty good weekend and none more so than for Joe.
Joe contested all three Races and put in some very good performances which saw him finish 21st overall in the three race series and 4th U20 Male. In the 10k Race on Good Friday Joe finished 34th out of 296 runners in an excellent and massive new PB time of 34.47 – nearly a minute and half faster than his previous best. On the Saturday Joe finished 22nd in the 206 strong Peel Hill Race field with a time of 22.55 and finished the weekend off in the 5k Road Race on Sunday coming home in 35th spot in a time of 16.43 – just 13 seconds away from his previous best. Afterwards, Joe spoke to the Club about the Festival saying “It was a cracking weekend and I had a lot of fun. The event is so well organised and I was pretty pleased with my three runs as well. It’s going to take a bit of time for me to recover now though”.
Hollingworth Lake 5k – Easter Monday
U15 Harry Wilkin popped over to Hollingworth Lake and ran the 5k Race there to finish 33rd in the two hundred and thirteen strong field. Harry’s time was a very consistent 20.24 which was only just short of his personal best (20.11).
(Harry picking up his prize for 1st U16 Male)
New Hammer Club Records and PB’s for Charlotte & Jacob – new Hammer PB for Nathan – Watford Open – Garstang & Fastrax
The glorious weather this weekend brought some fabulous results for Blackburn Harriers athletes, especially for the Clubs Hammer Squad. Taking part at the Alan Bertram Spring Memorial Open in Loughborough were Charlotte Williams, Jacob Roberts and Nathan Billington.
Charlotte Williams – in her first year as an U17 – put in an outstanding performance. Not only did she win the U18 competition with a throw of 60.53m, set a new PB, beating her previous best with every one of her six throws, she broke her own Club Record and put herself at the top of the National Rankings. A delighted Charlotte told the Club that evening “After spending the last week in Iceland I was reluctant to attend the Alan Bertram Spring Memorial. I trained Saturday afternoon and was completely off balance. Sunday morning I was still undecided but given a nice day good throwing conditions I thought I’d go along. I was so glad I did, I exceeded my own expectations and beat my previous pb with all six of my throws. It felt good and the crowd was behind me all the way. It has really encouraged me to keep going after what was a long hard winter training. My whole team did well that day and feel it was well deserved and we even managed to make the coach smile“.
(Great to see Olympic Medalist Sophie Hitchon helping out with the Presentations)
Jacob Roberts is at the start of his first year as an U20 and what a way to start. The competition saw him take 2nd place with a new PB throw of 63.92, like Charlotte, broke his own Club Record and lies in 4th place in the National Rankings.
In his first year as an U23 Nathan Billington who has been out for quite a while with injuries has managed a good winter’s training and it showed at Loughborough where he set a new PB of 38.66m adding nearly a metre to his distance achieved just eight days ago. Nathan spoke to the Club and old us “I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made this year. Especially after the injuries I’ve had and hopefully will get 40 meters in the next comp”.
Watford Open Graded Meeting – April 5th
Rob Warner was out at his first Track fixture early doors in a 3000m at Watford on April 5th. The Race had 30 athletes in it which is a huge field and was eventually won by Abdishakur Aboulle in a time of 8.29.04. Rob finished 3rd on the night (8.32.83) which was a pretty good run first time up and he told the Club “ I was 3rd in 8:32 so it was a decent start to the season. Was a scrappy race in terms of the pace being all over the place so hopefully will be able to take a bit more off that time over the next couple of races“.
Over at the Wigan Open meeting at the weekend where the attendance was severely affected by school holidays, Christie Sturgess starting this year as an U15 and at her first outdoor fixture this years was just two tenths off her personal best running 29.44 in the 200m.
Garstang Gallop 10k – April 2nd
140 runners ran in this local very tough 10k Race won by Rob Webb in 37.48. Tom Blaney has had a very good winter and it showed when he finished 2nd on the day with a very good time of 38.57. Speaking to the Club Tom told us “leading up to the weekend i hadn’t been feeling too great and thought that i would give this one a miss but waking up to the sunshine on Sunday morning changed my mind. I thought even if i didn’t have a great race it would be good to get out and enjoy the weather if anything else. As the race got underway Rob Webb took off and i knew that i would have been pushing it trying to stick with him and that it could compromise a chance at 2nd as Gareth Booth was also pushing the pace. In the first 3 miles myself and Gareth jostled for 2nd and as the halfway point came i could tell he was slipping away at which point i never looked back, i didn’t want to see a gap build as i wanted the pressure to push my own ability right to the end. When i came into the finish and realized the gap between us and the time i’d run i was very pleased. I was surprised with how negative i felt before the race that i ran as well as i did so it was a good turnaround for me and has left me thinking positively towards Salford 10k in 2 weeks time”.
The latest in the Fastrax 5k Series took place in glorious sunshine, which probably affected the turnout – just 44 runners entering – as many families took advantage of the weather to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Andy Heys and Bryan Searby ran for the Harriers with Andy posting a time of 18.50 in 13th spot whilst Bryan came home in 28th position running a time of 21.22.
Ben breaks Darwen Half Race Record – Harriers Men win the Darwen Half Team – Harriers Women win Lancs Fell Champs + Wins for Eleesha, Dexta and Felix
Ben Fish is in great form, of that there is no doubt. His seven races so far this year have included a hat-trick of Half Marathon wins at Bath (65.16), Hastings (69.52) and Darwen (69.17). In addition he has won a 1500m track race at Trafford (4.09.26), won his two 10k Races at Accrington (31.42) and Blackburn Winter Warmer (32.02). His only ‘defeat’ was at the Four Villages Marathon where he finished 2nd in 68.04 and last week he ran the 13th fastest Long Leg in the Northern Road Relays (29.31). At Darwen today, on a tough hilly course, he set off with real intent, storming up the first hill and finishing the Race just as hard, as he smashed the Course Record – which he holds – by well over three minutes – deservedly taking the bonus prize for breaking the record.
The Harriers had a pretty good day with their first three athletes in First, Third and fourth. Jack Hindle had a great run to take 3rd with Chris Davies taking 4th spot in a time of 77.13. Shaun Livesey came home in 7th (78.35) and with Paul Guinan 10th in (80.14) and Matt Nuttall (11th) in 81.30, the Harriers had six athletes home in the first eleven places.
John Sutton was next home for the Club in 28th position (89.25) followed by Ben Costello in his first ever Half-Marathon – 36th spot (90.54). V40 John Cookson had set a target of 1hr 40 and duly reached it, pushing on at the end to record a time of 1hr 39.14 (63rd). Bryan Searby had a cracking run to set a new PB by one minute and twenty four seconds – on a tough course – of 1hr 40.23 for 66th place and he was followed in by Ian Clarkson in his first ever half-marathon posting a time of 1hr 47.58 (116th) and that after he had raced the Lancs Fell Championships at Pendle the day before!!
Lindsay Davies who was running to raise money for a good cause and also running her first ever Half-marathon came home at the finish in a time of 2hr 15.20 with David Morris in 276th (2hr 24.14).
Lancashire Fell Championships – April 1st
One hundred and ninety athletes contested this years Lancashire Fell Championships won by Chris Arthur in a time of 33.06, over 50 seconds clear of 2nd place and it was a great day for Blackburn Harriers Women as Liz Greenwood (3rd Woman) in 39th overall, Victoria Mousley (5th Woman) 47th overall and Carmen Byrne making her debut for the Harriers (8th Woman) and 72nd overall clinched the Gold Medal and Team title. After the Race Victoria spoke to the Club and gave us here thoughts about her Race and the day “Liz shot off Into the distance from the start and Carmen and I kept passing each other back and forwards for the first mile or so. I was having a hard time for the first mile just being out of racing fells for a few months and for that horrible weird feeling in my arms. (I’m sure people know what I mean!) Anyway having run around the route with Liz on Wednesday I knew it was pretty much straight up for two miles so I dug in….walking hands on knees and running when I could. The cart track gave me chance to overtake a lady in front of me and put some distance between me and the ladies behind me. I’m good at descending and have to cash in on that. The scramble back up to the trig was long and slippery…holding onto bits of grass as you do holding for support. Good to see Shaun taking his video there and offering encouragement or something similar! I was feeling ok at this point and looking forward to the descent. All downhill from here which was great but that tarmac and the cattle grids are really quite hard work! Super result from Liz with more trophies… Medals and vouchers than she could carry! And nice work for the ladies winning the team prize too. “
Andy Heys had a solid run in 64th place on the day with a time of 44.54 whilst Ian Clarkson finished 120th in 52.19.
(Senior Race photos courtesy of David Balshaw)
More good results in the Junior Races too for the Club. Eleesha Charnley won the U15 Girls Race as bottom of age coming home in 8th place overall and 1st U15 Girl. Winning ways continued when Felix Thompson making his debut for the Harriers won the U9 Race in a time of 3.16 followed by brother Dexta Thompson winning the U13 Race (15.15) with all three of them earning the title of Lancashire Champion. Rory Teare had a very solid run in the U13 boys placing 7th in 17.41. Kady Thompson also ran in the U11 Race placing 16th (7.59) just seconds behind Hannah Davies in 15th (7.54). Another debutant on the Fells was Caroline Woodworth who did really well to finish 5th Girl in the U13 Race posting a time of 19.56. Last of the Junior Races witnessed a very good run from Jamie Teare – who wasn’t expecting to be running in the U17 category – but didn’t let that distract him finishing just seven seconds behind the winner in a time 24.51 and picking up a Silver Medal.
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