Monthly Archives: May 2017
It was a big night at Sportscity on Saturday evening – May 27th – with European Championship qualifying times up for grabs. Rob Warner, Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were all competing for the Harriers over the 5000m with all of them having very good runs – Rob and Tim setting new personal bests for the distance.
Rob Warner…was put into the ‘B’ 5000m Race won in a time of 14.21.7. Rob’s previous PB for the distance going into the meeting was 14.49.3 which he reduced by another 13 seconds to post a new lifetime best of 14.36.21 – placing 8th in the twenty one strong field – and this just a week after setting a new 10000m PB (30.46.13) at the Night of 10000m’s in Highgate. After the Race Rob spoke to the Club and said that he was “Really pleased with the 5000m last night, the pacing was a bit sporadic for the first mile or so which made it quite tough but it settled down and was on pace through 3k. Would have liked to sit with the lead group a little longer but managed to close in about 65 which is promising! Overall happy with a 13 second PB!”
Tim Raynes best time going into the ‘C’ 5000m Race was 15.07.45 run at the Northern Championships in 2016 – cutting nearly four seconds off that Tim set himself a new PB of 15.03.93 finishing in 3rd place telling the Club “I went into the race hoping to be somewhere close to the 15 minute mark. Conditions were fairly windy but I managed to sit in with a group of athletes looking for similar times. Was really hanging on for the last few laps, but managed to dig in to keep contact with the lead group. Unfortunately just didn’t have enough on the last lap to dip under 15 or get the win. Pleased to get a PB though, and hopefully there is more to come. Well done to both Joe and Rob for great runs!”
Joe Monk had a pretty hectic weekend — running at Sportscity and the day after taking on the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half-Marathon — was also in the ‘C’ 5000m Race along with Tim and missed setting a new PB by just a second coming home in a time of 15.25.67 but when speaking to the Club after the race he was “pretty happy with the run, was the only one to really go with the pacemaker and paid for it, running 4:43 for the first mile. If I paced it properly I would have run a PB, just got too carried away as racing on the track can almost force you to go off hard and you pay for it later. Did the Rock n Roll half the day after as a `steady `long run, just wanted to run comfortably and was surprised to run 74:31 given my intention was just to do it at 6 minute pace. Well done to Tim running a very good time, getting close to that sub 15!”
(Joe Monk at the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half-Marathon – Sunday May 29th).
There was a threat of thunderstorms and heavy rain as athletes gathered for the second of this years Mid Lancs fixtures at Witton Park yesterday, but thankfully it didn’t materialise and the day went off in warm weather the predominate feature of the day which also featured fifty six Blackburn Harriers competing on the Bank Holiday weekend.
Many thanks once again to all the Officials who helped run the day almost on a skeleton crew basis and there is little doubt that the whole issue of having enough and competent Officials is a serious issuing facing the sport of athletics. Athletics in general as well as Blackburn Harriers is crying out for parents of athletes to volunteer to come forward and train up to be Officials, progressing through to a point where they actually run events.
(Harriers Officials L-R Janet Brookes – Caroline Thompson – Jonathan Davison – Jean Hoyle – Jim Kerrigan)
Apologies for the poor Throws Photo’s and others – experimenting with camera settings when trying to capture good movement shots, proved to be a disaster – lessons have been learned!!!
The development of the Harriers Throws Squads has been very impressive and evidence of that was seen again at this latest fixture with wins in the Hammer for U17 Jacob Roberts winning the Senior Men’s Hammer with 55.47m, Sam Gaskell winning the U17 Hammer with a distance of 44.68m and Charlotte Williams winning the U17 Women’s Hammer with 56.53m. There were also throws of 30.61m for V50 Tony Balko in the Hammer (4th) plus 3rd in the Discus (29.16m) and 19.72m for Izzy Thompson in the U15 Girls Hammer (5th).
U13 Nicky Saunders just can’t stop winning, her latest outing seeing her win the Javelin (24.73m), the Discus (26.61m) and an amazing new PB and Club Record Shot Putt with 9.36m which is a metre and a half further than her previous best.
U17 Lucas Davies won the Javelin with 26.64m came 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.99m) and 2nd in the Discus with a new PB of 28.38m. U17 Anthony Kent who has already achieved the English Schools and National Standard qualification won the Discus with a throw of 41.66m and the Shot Putt with 12.71m. In the U13’s Kyle Taylor-Pomfret won the Javelin (22.39m), whilst Dexta Thompson came 4th (19.68m), Isaac Butler 7th (14.36m) and Codie Dewhurst 8th with a distance of 12.82m. U15 George Whittaker threw 24.76m in the Javelin for 3rd spot and a new PB by over 2 metres.
Great to see Holly Brookes back competing after having shoulder problems, in the Senior Women’s Discus (4th) with 22.63m and the Shot Putt – 4th again – with 7.42m. U17 Emily Taberner was competing in just her first competition of the year and up in age category taking 3rd in the Discus with 20.82m and 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.55m. Abigail Brown set a new PB in her U17 Shot Putt (4th) with 8.26m, placing 6th in the Javelin with 21.54m. Bottom of age U15 Izzy Thompson placed 8th in the Shot Putt with 7.08m and 2nd in the Discus (22.51m). Myah Booth who has just set the English Schools qualifying time for the U15 75m Hurdles came 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 24.69m with Caiden Hesketh in 3rd spot (22.60m) an event that she has never competed in before. Caroline Woodworth (U13) decided to chance her arm at the Throws instead of her usual Track race and did really well coming 2nd in the Discus (16.24m), 5th in the Javelin with 20.51m and 10th in the Shot Putt with 4.09m. Danielle Probert just missed out on a new PB in the U13 Girls Javelin finishing 8th with 17.96m.
Lots of sprinters out for the Club too with Dominic Bretherton taking 2nd in the 100m (11.60) and 2nd again in the 200m (23.8). U17 Ben Whittaker set a new PB by two tenths in the 100m with a time of 12.30 (4th) and another new PB in the 200m – 2nd in 25.3. U15 Kyle Mashiter also got in on the act with a new PB of 12.20 in winning the 100m followed in by Jonathan Gough in the U15 Boys Heat (1) 200m placing 2nd in 26.70, the first time he has raced over the distance – and V50 Tony Balko ran the 100m in Heat (2) posting a time of 13.5.
Sam Hodkinson took a break from 800’s to have a go at the 200m and duly won Heat (2) in 26.6. U15 Jonathan Gough entered the U17 Boys Triple Jump and won it with a leap of 11.10m – (the Club record being 11.30m) – and again, the first time he has competed in the event in a T & F fixture – expect the Club Record to go this year. U13 David Holman took on the 100m instead of his usual longer race and ran very well for 3rd spot and a time of 14.2 followed by Codie Dewhurst in the same Heat (7th) in 15.50 and a new PB.
There was a new PB of 13.30 for Chloe Bleeks in the U17 Women’s 100m (3rd) and a win in the 200m (27.6) showing great acceleration off the bend to set up the win for herself. Next up with a new PB came Queen Tanimowo in the U15 Girls 100m – 2nd in 13.10 Heat (1) followed in Heat (2) by a new PB for Bailey Madden winning in 13.0 – in Heat (3) a new PB for Myah Booth 2nd in 13.5 – in Heat (4) Aysha Karolia after a lay off came 4th in 14.4 – in Heat (5) it was Abigail Armas placing 3rd in a new PB for her of 14.10 and in Heat (6) Maia Bowman came home in 2nd spot with a time of 14.20. In the U15 200m’s Bailey Madden placed 2nd in 27.70 and Christie Sturgess 4th (29.00) in Heat (1) with Macy Haworth in Heat (2) 4th (29.60) and her first race over the distance – and – in Heat (3) Aysha Karolia also 4th in a time of 30.7.
A number of U13 Girls were out tackling the Sprints which saw Kate Cookson finish 4th in 15.10 in Heat (1) of the 100m – Eva Knowles place 5th in 16.00 in Heat (3) — In the 200m it was Leah Hoole coming home in 5th (30.80) in Heat (1) – Hannah Eccles 3rd in Heat (2) with 32.4 – Keira Haxton Heat (3) 2nd in 32.8.
U17 Bradley Meikleham had an existing personal best of 2.39.3 for the 800m and he went out determined to massively undermine that time and that’s exactly what he did by knocking nearly half a minute off to place 4th in a new PB time of 2.12.5. U15’s Ethan Joyce and Ben Branton were also determined to produce good times for the 400m, a race which saw Ethan place 2nd in a new PB of 59.0, some five seconds better and Ben placing 3rd in 61.80 – his first time over the distance in a competitive race. U15 Eleesha Charnley had her first ever competitive 300m track race finishing 2nd in a good time of 46.0. Charlie Coy ran in the Senior Women’s 400m Race and ran a new PB by nearly three seconds finishing 3rd in 60.4. Maddie Elliott was just two tenths outside her personal best over 800m when she came 2nd in the U17 race in a time of 2.21.3.
Amy Davies reduced her best time for the 1500m by three seconds to post a new PB of 5.03.1 in the U15 Race whilst in the U13 Girls middle distance races half a dozen youngsters went for the 800m – Leah Hoole taking 3rd in Heat (1) with 2.34.4 and Kate Cookson 9th in 2.57.3. Heat (2) saw Molly Nicholls run 2.53.9 in 5th with Hannah Eccles in 6th (2.54.00), Keira Haxton in 9th (2.57.0) and Eva Knowles 11th in a time of 3.02.5.
The 3000m race combining male and female mixed aged runners – won by Daniel Collinge in 9.30 – saw three Harriers occupy places two, three and four with V40 Chris Davies agonisingly a second shy of a new PB in 2nd ( 9.34.7), Nick Smith (U17) had a great run cutting seventeen seconds off his previous time to record a new PB of 9.53.7 followed by U15 Jamie Teare, also setting a new PB time of 10.14.7 – some sixteen seconds faster than his previous best time.
U15 Leon Thomas set a new PB in the 800m placing 2nd in 2.09.6 with Harvey Ashworth in 7th (2.22.7) and George Whitakker in 9th posting a new PB time of 2.34.3 a whopping sixteen seconds faster.
Matt Ramsden was chasing the English Schools U15 1500m qualifying time and set a new PB of 4.26.1 (2nd) in the attempt. Harry Wilkin placed 6th in the same race with a time of 5.00.1 and a new PB by nine seconds. The Harriers U13 Boys occupied the first four places in the 800m which saw Dexta Thompson set a new PB of 2.26.2 in winning the race, David Holman place 2nd in 2.31.0, Joseph Joyce also setting a new PB in 3rd (2.34.6) and Isaac Butler making it a hat-trick of new Pb’s in 4th spot with a time of 2.36.4. In the U13 1500m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut eight seconds off his time to set a new PB of 5.08.1 in 4th place to complete a pretty good day for the Junior middle distance runners.
Luke Kenyon (U17) set a new outdoor High Jump PB clearing 1.75m, U17 Ben Whittaker contested the Senior Men’s Long Jump (5th) with 4.74m which was a new PB, U15 Jonathan Gough backed up his PB in the 100m with a jump of 4.84m in the Long Jump to place 2nd and Isaac Butler cleared 1.15m in the U13 High Jump (5th). Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.27m in the U17 Women’s Long Jump (6th), Aysha Karolia (16th) cleared 3.86m in the U15 Girls Long Jump whilst Queen Tanimowo set a new U15 High Jump PB of 1.45m and Keira Haxton cleared 2.46m in the U13 Girls Long Jump.
Great to see the Hurdles on at the Mid Lancs which this year sees an experiment with the timetable to include Hurdles over 70, 75 and 80m for U13 and U15’s. The U15 Girls 75m Hurdles featured four Blackburn Harriers, the Race being won by Myah Booth in 11.8, with Queen Tanimowo in 2nd place with a new PB of 12.0 which was half a second faster than her last race, Caiden Hesketh also running a new PB in 3rd with 13.0 and Christie Sturgess placing 6th in 13.20. Codie Dewhurst ran the U15 Boys 75m Hurdles but there were not times recorded for this race.
Holly Bradshaw had a fantastic competition at the Manchester Games which meant that she has climbed to 4th in the Women’s Pole Vault World Rankings. Clearing 4.50m at the third attempt, Holly went on to clear 4.72m at her first attempt followed by another first time clearance of 4.80m and with daylight between her and the bar.
UIPM World Cup IV, Drzonkow, Poland – 24.05.2017.-29.05.2017.
Samantha Murray was competing for Britain in the 4th Round of this years World Cup series in Poland and finished 18th overall. Sam had a great swim, the fifth fastest of the day with a time of 2.12.04 and was in 5th place going in to the final event of the two day Final.
Sam spoke to the Club after the World Cup Final and commented that there were “Some promising signs during the competition which saw me enter the final event in 5th place. However, I have so much work to do for my overall fitness as I felt totally empty of energy before the run. The competition format I found exhausting with 3 consecutive days of competition. I really struggled to recover after each day. I think I need to invest in some recovery aid to help me for my next event in July. Currently looking at the normatec recovery machine. So if anyone has any advice or experience with this please get in touch”.
Witton Park was once again home to an Open T & F Meeting on Wednesday May 24th, greeted as it was with a warm evening and conducive conditions for good competition and new personal bests in the various events including Sprint and Long Hurdles, Hammer, Discus, 1000m and 1 Mile Races.
One of the highlights of the evening came in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles won by Abigail Pawlett from Stockport Harriers in 11.3, where 4th placed Myah Booth ran an English Schools qualifying time of 11.7 with the three girls in front of her clocking 11.3 – 11.4 – 11.6 and every girl in the Race earning a new personal best. Queen Tanimowo even though finishing in 6th still ran a PB of 12.5.
In Heat 2 there was a win and a new PB for Christie Sturgess (12.) followed in 2nd spot by Caiden Hesketh in her first attempt over the Hurdles with 13.1 and definitely one to watch and another new PB for Liberty Thompson in 3rd place (13.6).
In the 70m Hurdles U13 Girls Race won by Tamalyn Dickinson (12.7), there were good runs from the Harriers Lily-Mae Thomas setting a new PB in 3rd (13.3) and Lucy Ramsden posting 17.6 in her first time over the Hurdles. The U13 Boys 75m Hurdles was won by Hayden Middleton of Preston Harriers in 13.3 with Rory Teare in 2nd (13.6).
U17 Emily Warren had to run solo in the 300m Hurdles and recorded a time of 49.7 as did Curtis Mitchell in the Senior Men’s 110m Hurdles with a clocking of 15.6 – Edward Coles (Preston Harriers) and Nick Massey battled out the U17 Men’s 100m Hurdles with Edward taking it in 14.1 and Nick in 2nd (14.4) – Solomon Brown set a new PB for himself in the U17 Men’s 400m Hurdles of 65.2 as did John iLunga in the senior Men’s race with 66.9 – Laura Hickey of Leigh ran a time of 12.1 in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles with Harry Jackson recording 15.8 in the U15 Boys Race.
Tim Raynes had his first outing over the Mile on the track to record a winning time of 4.28.9, just heading off Steven Snape from Salford on the last lap in 2nd place with 4.31.3. There were some very good times for Blackburn Harriers athletes over this track distance too as they improved on their one mile road times which saw Matt Ramsden run 4.45.6 (3rd) and Sam Hodkinson 4th in the same race with 4.51.7. U15 Amy Davies did the same in the second Heat of the mile with a time of 5.26.3 (2nd), 10 seconds faster than her road time with U13 Hollie Cubbon knocking eighteen seconds off her road one mile time, recording a new time of 5.48.9 whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (U13) recorded the biggest reduction in his time by 26 seconds setting a new time on the track of 5.39.7. U13’s Caroline Woodworth tried to out sprint a senior athlete on the home straight and just missed out clocking 5.52.9 (7th) with U13 Boy Saul Sharp bravely finishing the race with an injury in a time of 6.34.9.
Nick Smith won Heat 3 of the Mile in 4.53.7 after overtaking Bradley Meikleham in 2nd who had run a 64 second first lap, finishing with a sub five minute time of 4.56.1. There was first Race over any distance for Sipan Ramzi (7th) in 5:53.1 and good times for U15 Jackson McKay (4th) in 5.12.5, U13 Dexta Thompson 5th in 5.14.4 and Harry Wilkin (U15) in 6th spot (5.25.4.
The 1000m distance is a new one for most people and even rarer than the Mile on the Track and was split into two heats with Luke Minns recording an impressive time of 2.27.7 to win his Heat followed by Karl Darcy (2nd) in 2.35.8. Karl Billington (4th) in 2.56.4 and U17 Tom Betty (5th) in 3.19.3 ran for the Harriers. Heat 2 saw an impressive win by U13 Isabelle Merritt in 3.16.4 with Kate Cookson in 3rd (3.37.5), Molly Nicholls 4th (3.42.0, Keira Haxton nearly catching her on the line in 5th (3.42.0) and Eva Knowles in 6th with 3.47.6.
New personal bests weren’t just recorded on the Track – U17 Anthony Kent set a new PB of 44.31m – a National Standard qualifying distance – in the Discus with Lucas Davies just under his personal best in 2nd (27.34m). U13 Girl Nicky Saunders set a new PB and a new Club Record in the Discus with a distance of 28.82m and this from a young athlete who took four County Championship titles in all Throws at Blackpool just a couple of weeks ago. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added a metre to his Hammer to set a new PB of 24.75m and threw 17.40m in the Discus along with Kieran Carroll (U15) reaching 17.57m.
Jacob Roberts set a new PB in the U20 Men’s Hammer adding over a metre to set a new distance of 65.03m, a distance which broke his own Blackburn Harriers Club Record – Edward Jeans of Preston winning with 68.49m and a new PB for him too. Charlotte Williams took the U17 Girls Hammer with a throw of 57.56 – Nicky Saunders took yet another new PB in the U13 Girls Hammer with 20.84 me and there were new personal bests also for two Preston athletes in the same competition, Tamalyn Dickinson (20.14m) and Rhiannan Lowe (U17) with 39.04 and U13 brother George Lowe (18.63m). Sam Gaskell threw 48.61m in the U17 Men’s Hammer.
After finishing 2nd in the first fixture at Bury in bright sunshine, the second fixture of Division West 2 in the YDL (Lower Age Group) at Blackburn’s Witton Park Arena brought with it atrocious weather at the weekend. A very big thank you has to be given to all the Officials who braved the day – it’s a side of athletics that is often taken for granted and we can’t thank them enough.
The fixture was a very tight affair and at the end of the day the Harriers managed to come through and win which puts them top of the League after the first two rounds. The day was a very close fought contest with at times, just single points separating the the first four clubs. On these days, when events are closely contested it is important that teams have consistency throughout the day and that is exactly what the Harriers provided with 17 wins, 18 second and 17 third places plus 31 new personal best performances.
In the Sprints there were new PB’s for U13’s Kate Cookson in the 75m with a time of 11.5 (7th) and a time of 11.0 for Paige Shannon in her first race over the distance. Kyle Mashiter (U15) took 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m with a new PB of 12.4 as did Jonathan Gough with 12.5 in the ‘B’. U13 Tom Booth 4th in the U13 100m set a new PB of 14.7 (5th), as did U15 Bailey Madden in the ‘A’ 200m with a time of 13.4 (4th).
Sam Hodkinson equaled his PB in the in the ‘A’ 200m (3rd) in 26.0 and then ran a time of 2.12.5 to win the ‘B’ 800m in his first attempt at the distance. U15 Kyle Mashiter had his first run out over the 200m having a pretty good run in the ‘B’ race finishing 2nd in a time of 25.8. Also getting a new PB in the 200m was U13 Joseph Joyce in the ‘B’ race with a time of 31.1. More 200m new PB’s came for Christie Sturgess in the U15 (4th) in 28.9 and for Caiden Hesketh in the ‘B’ which she won in 28.7.
U15 Leon Thomas had a very good day indeed cutting four seconds off his 300m PB to place 3rd in 44.3 and then knocked three seconds off his 800m time to win the ‘A’ race in 2.10.3. U15’s George Whittaker and Queen Tanimowo made their debuts over 300m with George placing 4th in the ‘B’ (47.0) and Queen 5th in the ‘A’ race (46.9).
U13 Lancashire 800m Champion – Hayden Mercer – ran another new Pb of 2.27.5 to take 2nd spot in the 800m ‘A’ race with Joseph Joyce also setting a new personal best in the ‘B’ with a time of 2.35.9. U15 Girls Sophie Stanworth and Eleesha Charnley were on form posting respective new PB’s in the 800m which saw Sophie place 3rd in the ‘A race with 2.25.2 and Eleesha 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.30.1 as did Molly Nicholls in the U13 800m
Hollie Cubbon set a big new PB in the U13 Girls 1200m when winning the ‘A’ Race in a time of 4.06.2, a whopping 9 seconds faster than her previous best and in the ‘B’ Race Caroline Woodworth made it a double win for the Club posting a time of 4.17.9 in her first ever race over the distance on the track. In the U15 Boys, Lancashire County 3000m Champion – Matt Ramsden – set another new PB in the ‘A’ 1500m with a time of 4.29.5 (4th).
Over the Hurdles U13 Emma Love cut over half a second off her previous best for a new PB of 12.8 in the 70mH (3rd) with Lily Mae-Thomas running 13.7 in the ‘B’ race (2nd) and her first attempt at the event in competition. U15 Myah Booth gets closer to breaking the twelve second barrier winning the ‘A’ Race in a time of 12.0 and she was followed by another new PB for U15 Jamie Teare in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 15.6 and a win in the ‘B’ Race.
In the Jumps Liberty Thompson (U5) set a new height of 1.35m in winning the ‘B’ contest while in the Long Jump there were new personal bests for Luke Ingleson in the U15 Boys (3rd) in the ‘B’ with 3.96m – Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys Long Jump (5th) in the ‘A’ with 3.69m – Saul Sharp set a new PB also in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.38m in the ‘B’ and U15 Eleesha Charnley broke through the 4m barrier with a leap of 4.05m (5th) in the ‘A’.
Reece Simpson made his debut in the U13 Boys Shot Putt achieving a distance of 5.08m to place 4th in the ‘A’ whilst U15 Izzy Thompson set herself a new Hammer PB with a throw of 22.40m (2nd) in the ‘A’ and Danielle Probert finished 3rd in the U13 Javelin ‘A’ posting a new PB distance of 18.50m
Unfortunately not many photo’s from this fixture but thanks to those parents who managed to get a few shots and sent them in.
(Paige Shannon (U13) Relays)
(Paige Shannon (U13) Long Jump)
(Emma Love U13 High Jump)
(Emma Love U13 Hurdles)
(Page Shannon U13 Sprints)
(Saul Sharp U13 Long Jump)
(Amy Davies U15 1500m)
Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday May 21st
Seven hundred and thirty three runners at this Race today which saw Blackburn Harrier – Chris Davies – win the Race for the third time in three years in a time of 34.20 and Victoria Mousley win the Women’s Race in a new PB time of 37.59, fifty six seconds better than her previous best in 13th place overall. 2nd Woman in the Race was another Harrier having a good run – Carmen Byrne – who was out at this distance on the roads for the first time since 2013 finishing in 15th spot with a time of 38.47.
Chris spoke to the Club afterwards saying “I wasn’t going to run today due to a bit of a niggle behind my knee. I was struggling on Saturday with it when I went for a jog but I thought I would see what Sunday morning brought and decide from their. My warm up jog felt fine and the rest of my drills were the same. Once I got racing everything went well. My pace was good throughout and I managed to hit my quickest time this year at 10K at 34:20. Pleased with that, considering the niggle and it’s four weeks from having done the Marathon. Managed to bag a mini hi-fi for my efforts, so a good day all round”.
Victoria was very pleased with her run and told the Club that it was “Good day for me. Thought I’d be lucky to get near the ten k time I did at Kendal a couple of weeks ago. Was thrilled to finish in 38.00. I felt pretty strong on the way round and chuffed with a 55 second PB. Great results from the Harriers”.
Carmen told us she “really enjoyed the race, I wasn’t completely sure how my Achilles would cope seeing as I’ve had trouble with them for the past few weeks, but luckily it was only the last 1k which they really bothered me. My first flatish 10k for ages so it was about building up confidence on running on the road again, so was happy to have run 38 something and be 2nd behind VIcky”.
Ben Costello has been out with an injury for quite a while but came back with a very solid run to place 4th overall in a time of 35.56 and told us after the event “Going into the race I knew I wasn’t at my fittest but I knew I could post a good time. I set off with the lead pack of 5 and dropped off after 1 mile, got my rhythm going in mile 2 where I caught one of the people in front and from there got my head down and raced the race how I wanted. Massive well done to Chris on his win”.
Nicholas Smith had a great run cutting nearly a minute and a half off his previous best to place 12th overall in a new PB time of 37.56, not bad for a lad who has had a cold all last week as he told the Club “I really enjoyed the route today, and knowing it was a relatively flat course was aiming for a pb, I achieved this by quite a bit and am really happy with my time! The race had a great atmosphere with lots of support from all the Blackburn Harriers and Blackburn Roadrunners”. Also getting new times were V50 Ian Clarkson who finished in 106th spot in a new PB time of 46.51 – some one and half minutes faster than his previous best – and – Lindsay Davies coming home in 206th with a time of 51.57 chopping three minutes off her previous best time for the distance who was delighted with her run commenting “Really pleased with the way my training is going at the moment, can’t believe how much I have improved. Crazy cow was a brilliant race with 733 runners, I didn’t plan on running for a PB but soon as I got off the start line I just seemed to find a really good pace. At 5k I knew I was on for a PB if I really put my foot down.I kept on going but was starting to slow on the last mile, but with gritted teeth I kept on going and knocked my PB down from 55:48 to 51:47, 4:01 seconds off my 10k PB, not bad after knocking 4:39 seconds off my 5 mile PB on Wednesday night at Horwich”.
Four Harriers in the Fun Run to – Hannah Davies, Amy Davies, Leah Hoole and Ethan Barbarewicz.
FUN RUN RESULTS (Not available yet)
CHRISTLETON 5K – May 19th
Five hundred and seven finishers in this Race won by Dejene Gezimu in 14.48 which saw Blackburn Harrier Joe Monk finish in the top 10 of a very strong field – placing 9th overall in a new PB of 15.18 which was a big reduction of 16 seconds from his previous best run over the distance on the Road.
After the Race, Joe spoke to the Club saying he was “very pleased to run a PB, felt I lost a bit of pace in the 4th km, so I know what to work on, but a strong step in the right direction“.
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