Daily Archives: June 5, 2017
Warm sunshine stayed in place the whole of the day at Bebington for this years Northern League Division 2 – Round (2). It was also a day when the Harriers, who were missing a lot of athletes, dug deep, doubled up, competed with niggles and injuries and took on events that they wouldn’t normally do and did themselves and the Club proud by finishing 2nd in the Match.
Good results in the Men’s Hammer kicked off the day nicely with Jacob Roberts setting a new PB of 55.59m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ and Nathan Billington also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 38.26m, just 40cms away from a new PB. Charlotte Williams carried on in the Women’s Hammer also setting a new PB by a metre to win the event with a throw of 49.74m. Anna Peers had a cracking day too in the Throws winning all three of her events winning the ‘A’ Discus with 35.36m and backed up superbly by Holly Brooks in the ‘B’ also winning with a throw of 22.09m. Anna then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a distance of 35.36, an event which saw middle distance athlete Charlie Coy for only the second time she has ever thrown Javelin taking points in 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with 13.34m.
It was Anna and Holly again in the Shot Putt with yet another win for Anna (10.81m) and 3rd for Holly in the ‘B’ (7.48m) and throwing with an injured shoulder as she had done all day. Tony Balko and Nathan Billington took on the Discus with Tony placing 3rd with a season’s best in the ‘A’ (30.88m) and Nathan 4th in the ‘B’ with a new PB throw of 22.40m. Sammy Kearns was throwing the senior Javelin for the first time and did really well to get in a throw of 40.00m in the ‘A’ (6th) with Jacob Roberts just cms short from a new PB in the ‘B’ throwing 38.60m for 3rd place.
In the Sprints, Senior Men Dominic Bretherton and Dominic Zinyemba were evenly matched which saw Brandon 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.3 matching his personal best and Dominic 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 11.2. In the 200m it was Dominic in the ‘A’ placing 3rd in 23.4 and Brandon 2nd in the ‘B’ with 23.3. U17 Women Emily Warren competing even though she wasn’t well – and Chloe Bleeks went up against the Senior Women in the sprints with Emily finishing 5th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.3) and 5th also in the ‘A’ 200m with a time of 27.6 which equaled her personal best. Chloe came 5th in the ‘B’ 100m (13.6) and 5th in the ‘B’ 200m with a PB equaling time of 27.5.
Charlie Coy took good points in the Women’s ‘A’ 400m (62.0) in 2nd place followed by Maddie Elliott placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 800m in a time of 2.21.1 which was a new PB by two tenths and Katie Buckingham also taking 3rd spot in the ‘B’ in 2.29.2. Short on distance runners for the fixture – Maddie and Katie doubled up and ran the 1500m too with Maddie running into 3rd place in the ‘A’ (5.00.1) and Katie coming home 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB by seven seconds of 5.05.7. It was a similar situation for the Men’s distance runners which saw Joe Howe in the Men’s ‘A’ 400m straight after he had done the High Jump – (2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.45m) and Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘A’ 10.27.3) – in 5th place with a time of 61.6 – and – U17 Bradley Meikleham in his first ever competition at senior level coming home in 5th place in 58.4.
Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ 1500m finishing 4th in 4.09.3 with Karl Billington 5th in the ‘B’ (4.46.5) followed thirty minutes later by Tim, like other athletes on the day, giving everything to maximise points, running the ‘A’ 5000m and nearly pulling a win off coming home in 2nd place (15.43.7) after making a bid three laps out to front run. Chris Davies who had already run the 3000m Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘B’ 10.49.3) – also doubled up in the ‘B’ 5000m finishing 3rd in a new track PB time of 16.54.9. Chris even volunteered for a Leg of the 4 x 400m Relay if the Team had needed him!
It was a good day for Morgan Angland in a very keenly contested Women’s ‘A’ 100m Hurdles where she finished 2nd in a time of 15.5, just a tenth outside her PB and then in the ‘A’ Long Jump, Morgan got back to her best form leaping to a distance of 5.12m – again in a keenly contested event. Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.33m in the ‘B’ Long Jump for 3rd spot which was just 10cms down on her PB. In the Men’s Sprint Hurdles John iLunga and Joe Howe took this on in the absence of the teams sprint hurdlers and did really well with Joe placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (21.7) and John, as he was the only ‘B’ runner took all the points with a time of 22.4. John was also out in the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles running 67.7 for 2nd place and debutant U17 Solomon Brown did really well to also get 2nd place in the ‘B’ (66.3). Charlie Coy stepped in to do the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles, an event she hadn’t done before and gained good points for the team (3rd) in 82.9 and all done with a smile on her face – all the way round. U17’s Nick Massey and Luke Kenyon took on the Long Jump with Luke clearing 5.54m in the ‘A’ and Nick 5.28m in the ‘B’ – Luke then did ‘A’ Triple Jump carrying an injury placing 5th with 9.91m backed up by John Ilunga in the ‘B’ (4th) with a distance of 9.65m. Luke was also in action in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.65m for 3rd place.
Some good results in the Relays too for the Team – The Women’s 4 x 100m – Morgan Angland – Katie Buckingham – Chloe Bleeks – Emily Warren – saw the Team finish in 3rd spot (52.00) but both Wirral and Liverpool were disqualified in front of them, giving the team win to the Harriers. In the 4 x 400m Women’s Relay – Katie Buckingham – Emily Warren – Charlie Coy – Maddie Elliot ran into 2nd place with 4.19.3. The Men’s 4 x 100m Relay – Dominic Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Nick Massey – John iLunga – placed 3rd but had Liverpool disqualified in front of them moving them up to 2nd with a time of 46.9. The 4 x 400 Men’s Team of Karl Billington – Bradley Meikleham – Joe Howe – Solomon Brown ran a time of 3.59.1 (4th).
Trafford Open Medal meeting – May 29th
It was a good Bank Holiday day out for some of the Harriers young athletes – Jonathan Gough, Joel Booth, Myah Booth and Nicky Saunders – last weekend at the Trafford Open medal meeting.
Myah Booth (U15) contested three events, setting a new PB in the Shot Putt with a distance of 9.94m in 2nd position, followed by a 2nd placed 11.95 in the 75m Hurdles and finishing 5th in a sixteen strong field of Javelin Throwers with a throw of 28.31m. Brother Joel Booth (U13) came 2nd in the 100m with 14.45 whilst U15 Jonathan Gough had a very solid day with a 3rd spot in the 100m (12.75) and 2nd in the Long Jump with 5.22m. U13 Nicky Saunders had a one, two, three day winning the Discus with 24.91m, coming 2nd in the Shot Putt with 7.30m and 3rd in the Javelin with a throw of 20.97m.
Fishwick 5 Mile – May 29th
Bank Holiday Monday didn’t just see athletics on the Track as over on the Road – V40 John Cookson placed 18th in 36.24 and daughter Hannah Cookson 26th in 43.15 – a few bragging rights in that house after the Race!
Cuerden Badger Trail 10k – June 1st
One hundred and eighty three runners took part in this Race which saw life long Blackburn Harrier – Tony Greenwood (V60) who lives in Basle and who has a Marathon PB of 2hr 25.27 and a Half-Marathon PB of 67.13 running in England for the second time this year when he placed 19th in 42.15 and 2nd V60 on the day – in the same Race Joanne Nelson – winner of three Marathons in 2016 – who has been out of training for quite a while finished 51st in 47.36 and 2nd V45 Woman in her first Race since the Northern Relays.
Ben Costello who is back in training after a five week lay off through injury, ran the Burnley 10k at the weekend, a Race won by Gethin Jones (33.00). Ben ran very solidly to finish 7th in a time of 36.28 and told the Club that he had “Had a good week of training this week followed with a good performance at Burnley…….won’t be long before I’m back”.
U17 Nick Smith continues to knock lumps off his 10k personal best. His PB as he entered 2017 was 39.21 and in this, his latest 10k, he chopped a further minute off when finishing 11th in 36.55.
Kellbrook Fell Race
A number of Harriers have been out on the Fells over the last week which saw a very good run by V40 Shaun Livesey at the Kellbrook – part of the B&PGP – finishing quickly to take 2nd place in a time of 23.27 behind winner David Mirfield. Shaun also contested the Burnley Lions 10k finishing 4th in a time of 36.21 and 1st V40 on the day. Ben Costello finished 31st in 41.41 with V50 David Morris in 202nd place (65.42).
Kellbrook ⇒ Results
Burnley Lions 10k ⇒ Results
Coniston Gullies Fell Race
Brothers Dexta Thompson and Felix Thompson were competing at Coniston Gullies on May 28th with both having good runs – Dexta came home in 3rd place in the mixed U12 Race with a time of 5.23 whilst Felix took 5th spot in the U9 Race, posting a time of 3.58.
Coniston Gullies ⇒ Results
On June 4th, both lads were out at the Kettlewell in this years BOFRA Championships and this time Dexta went up a place to 2nd in the U12 Race with a time of 6.42 and just one second off the winner William Hall. At Coniston Gullies, Dexta had been eleven seconds behind, so this was a considerable improvement. In the U9 Race Felix came home in 7th position in 6.17, the same time given to 6th place as well.
Kettlewell ⇒ Results
Bryan Searby was at the Hendersons End Race on June 1st finishing 60th in 67.10 (RESULTS) — V40 John Sutton took 9th spot at the Ingleton Scenery Race again on June 1st in a field of 68 runners and posting a time of 34.02 (RESULTS) — John Orrell (V50) took on Pen-y-Ghent on June 3rd along with one hundred and forty other runners to come home in 90th with a time of 73.00 (RESULTS) — and on the same day, Gary Pearse (V50) continued his comeback in the Wharfedale Trail Half-Marathon which boasted four hundred and eleven finishers with Gary placing 69th in a time of 1hr 50.14 (RESULTS).
Pendle Cloughs Fell Race
This Race only saw 30 runners complete the course which is a pretty tough ask. The Race was eventually won by Duncan Coombs in 2hrs 21.02 with Ian Clarkson (V50) coming home in 21st position in a time of 3hrs 22.24 – nearly half an hour quicker than he rain it in 2016.
After the Race, Ian spoke to the Club commenting that he “Took part in the ‘Pendle Cloughs Fell Race’ today, starting off from Downham wth rainy squalls, covering 4100ft of climbing, 14 miles of rough pathless terrain, sheep trods, mixed paths, traversing loose shale and brutal descents and climbs. The weather cleared and the sun and clouds came out to play as well. A very tough fell race that takes you round lesser known parts of Pendle, which has a lot to offer for the off road runner/junkie, this race needs a lot more support, so if anyone is interested get the recces in, put it in your diary for next year and you won’t be disappointed. Last years time 3:51:37 and this years 3:22:34, well happy”.
Samantha Murray – 1410 points – returned to her best form at the weekend winning the British Open Pentathlon Championships at Bath ahead of GB athletes Kate French (1368) and Joanna Muir (1350) which also meant that Sam gained automatic qualification for the European Championships in Minsk this July. A world class 2.11.74 (1st) in the Swim followed by 29 victories in the Fencing Round (1st) set Sam up for the title.
Sam spoke to the Club following her title winning performance and told us that she was “Very happy to become British Champion 2017! It has been a tough season so far for me. Since returning from Poland, I focused all my efforts on recovery and making myself feel good in all training sessions. I enjoyed each event and was able to focus on my processes. Crossing the line first felt amazing especially as I knew my family were in the crowd. This win automatically qualifies me for the European Championship which take place in Minsk, Belarus in July. Let’s go!”
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