Monthly Archives: June 2017
Harriers win Titles at Lancashire Schools T & F Championships – New PB’s for Joe and Katie at Trafford – Dexta wins again on the Fells
A horrible wet and windy day was the setting for this years Lancashire Schools T & F Championships and it pretty much lasted the whole day. Nevertheless, the outcome for the Harriers is that seven of our athletes have the possibility of being selected – pending the selection meeting – for the English Schools Championships.
On the day the Harriers athletes claimed fifteen Lancashire School titles:
Nick Smith – Senior Boys 3000m (9.42.8) – a new PB by eleven seconds
Myah Booth – Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (12.3)
Millie Coy – Junior Girls Javelin (31.66m) – a new PB by over two metres
Ross Liddle – Senior Boys 400m Hurdles (55.1)
Solomon Brown – Inter Boys 400m Hurdles (66.1)
Anthony Kent – Inter Boys Discus (41.13m)
Sam Gaskell – Inter Boys Hammer (49.74m)
Matt Ramsden – Junior Boys 1500m (4.27.1)
Jonathan Gough – Junior Boys Triple Jump (11.70m) – a new PB by over half a metre
Cameron Harris – Junior Boys Javelin (42.85m)
Morgan Angland – Senior Girls 100m Hurdles (16.3)
Holly Brookes – Senior Girls Shot Putt (7.42m) & Discus (21.63m)
Emily Warren – Inter Girls 80m Hurdles (12.8)
Eloise Littlefair – Inter Girls Shot Putt (10.35m) and a Championship Best Performance
Charlotte Williams – Inter Girls Hammer (56.78m) and a Championship Best Performance
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 13th
Three Blackburn Harriers out at the latest in the Tuesday night Trafford meetings – Joe Monk, Katie Buckingham and Joe Howe.
Joe Monk ran the ‘A’ 3000m which was won in 8.24.15 (Mohammed Abu-Rezeq) finishing in 9th spot out of twenty one athletes competing and finished just a second outside his previous personal best. Joe spoke to the Club commenting that he was “pretty pleased with the run, given I’ve had exams running hasn’t been the main priority. Went through 2k in 5:45 and lost a bit of concentration over the next lap which cost me the PB, going to do it again in 2 weeks time and go for 8:40″.
Next up was Joe Howe in the ‘B’ 1500m Race featuring fifteen athletes and won in a time of 4.05.77. Joe’s personal best going into the Race was 4.20.01 so his 4th placed finish here in 4.12.99 was a big improvement and he told us that he “Really enjoyed the race and I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement which makes me optimistic about the rest of the season”.
Katie Buckingham was also competing in the 1500m with a real determination to break the 5min barrier and she did running a new PB time of 4.59.45 (9th) which was six seconds faster than she had run before. Katie prepared for her race ‘meticulously’ and told us “Post exams a group of us were ready to road trip and race, so 1st stop was leeds bmc for the boys on Monday, then after a lot of cake and Mcdonalds we embarked on trafford for Nottingham to take the north by storm on tuesday! The race set off fast and both my shoe laces managed to come undone in the first 200m, but once it settled down I really got into the race and chased down the sub 5 target! Really please to finally get sub 5mins and take 20secs off what I ran last year!”
The latest Race in the 2017 BOFRA Championships took place on Sunday June 11th at the Hawkswick Dash and in the U12 Race, just eight seconds separated the first four places which eventually saw a victory for the Harriers Dexta Thompson in a time of 8.39 with two seconds separating second, third and fourth.
Sister Kady Thompson was in the same U12 Race finishing in a time of 12.44 in 34th position while younger brother Felix Thompson ran in the U9 Race placing 8th out of the thirty two runners in a time of 7.04.
Northern T & F Championships
Jacob Roberts added the Northern U20 Hammer Title to his growing list of achievements at Sportscity on Sunday. He has now won the Northern Hammer Title in the U15, U17 and U20 Age Categories which is a very considerable achievement. A delighted Jacob spoke to the Club saying that it was a “Great day today at Northern championships at Manchester. I was happy with my win and becoming Northern champion U20 2017. Could have been better with the distance but it was a win in the end. Looking forward now to England Champs next Saturday”.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Tempest)
Thirty one athletes in this years Northern 5000m Championships – won by Jack Morris of Stockport in a time of 14.39.98 – which featured Tim Raynes from the Harriers who finished in 11th place in a time of 15.24.26 and commented after the Championships “I went in to the race hoping to better the 15:03 I ran a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t to be. Started off fairly quickly through the first 1k, going through in about 2:55/6. My pace then started to drop and, while I was still on for 15min pace going though 3k, faded badly in the last 2k. Perhaps just one race too many for me after racing a lot over the last few weeks.”
Epicman – Middle Distance Triathlon – June 11th
It was a great day for Jack Hindle at the Epicman in Lancaster at the weekend when he won the event at the head of a two hundred and four strong field, recording the second fastest Bike ride of the day (2hr 45.16) and the fastest Run (78.23) – unfortunately because of a fast flowing river, the Swim part of the event was cancelled which is arguably Jack’s strongest part of the discipline.
The event consists of a 1.9km Open water Swim, a 90km Bike Ride and a 21km Run to finish described by the Race organisers as follows: The Swim — The swim will take in the river Lune and is a single 1900m loop. The event will be a deep water start. There will be safety kayaks and a safety boat in the river should you need them. The Bike — The bike route is a 90km undulating loop with a small ‘out and back’ section to start and finish. The loop with take you on quiet and glorious country lanes around the Trough of Bowland and will pass through Quernmore, Abbeystead, Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn, Bentham, Canton and back to Halton. The Run — The 21km run route is a flat route on a cycle and footpath along the River Lune. The course is a two loop out and back along the cycle path adjacent to the river Lune. There is a short section to run before joining the loop, you will also run this section on your way back to the finish. The out and back loop is roughly 5.5 miles and there will be a feed stop that you pass three times on the run course which is positioned at the beginning of the loop.
Jack went into the Run three minutes behind in 2nd place after the Bike stage but them made up a massive eight minutes on the run and after the event Jack spoke to the Harriers commenting on his day and told us that he had “no real intentions of doing a half in the near future. I’d really started to focus on races that are coming up. I’ve had really hard block of training since finishing uni this year. All three disciplines have been heading in the right direction, and a team mate said to me a week ago, that I would go well at the epicman. After today’s performance, I’m really glad I did it and really have been able to show what I am capable of. The race was run on a really tough bike course, so to run around a 1.18 half marathon is something I didn’t think I was capable of. Really looking forward to seeing what I can do in the upcoming races, and hopefully take to the top step again”.
Mark Bleasdale also had a very good day, earning a top ten finish coming home in 9th place and 3rd V40 in a combined time of 4hr 29.39 – Mark’s splits were 2hr 50.41 for the Bike and 97.43 for the Run.
FRA Championships – June 10th
It was the final race in the FRA Championships at the weekend which saw Dexta Thompson finish 3rd overall in the U13 Boys – a great result for him. Dexta finished 5th on the day in a mixed boys and girls field of seventy one runners (13.31) which confirmed his Bronze Medal position for the Championships overall. Dexta told the Club that he“is happy with it knowing how good the competition has been against kids from fell clubs and with him doing no training other than actual races he just did his best”.
Brother Felix Thompson finished off his championships by taking 6th out of thirty two runners in a time of 6.18 whilst Harry Wilkin contested the U15 Race featuring fifty one runners where he came 29th overall in a time of 24.02 having fallen early on which set him back a touch.
Jamie Teare competed in the U17 race which was also mixed with Boys and Girls – won by Alex Ediker in 28.07 and Rosie Woodhams for the Girls in 33.27 – placing 20th out of an entry list of 44 other athletes with a time of 34.45. Jamie spoke to the Club saying that he had “Tried this terrain out at Foe Edge 2 weeks ago so I knew it would be hard. It was very tough but I enjoyed it. Well done to all BBH and Lancashire athletes who competed.”
Weets Fell Race – June 10th
Shaun Livesey was among the one hundred and fifty three runners at the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – won by Danny Collinge (39.24) – and had a very good race coming home in 4th position in a time of 41.24 and 2nd V40 on the day.
Shaun told the Club after the Race that he was ” Needing to do the remainder of the races to qualify for the series in the vet 40 division I had to get myself over to Barnoldswick for this 5.5mile race. The weather wasn’t great but I don’t mind that. I set of steady and the lead 3 pulled away. At around the halfway point two runners passed me on the descent (nothing new there) they must have put around 10-15 seconds onto me, but as we hit the last climb I made a diecision to get back to them before it leveled out. I made contact with them and pushed on past, there was a little half mile grass section with a few gates to contest with but I knew as soon as we hit the tarmac descent to the finish I was confident that they wouldn’t pass me. A good tactical race in the end with a fourth place finish. Next up Barrowford 5km”.
Two Lads fell Race
John Horrocks had a very good run at this Fell Race featuring one hundred and sixty two finishers won by Chris Farrell in a time of 31.02. John finished 7th overall in 36.03
Grasmere Gallop – June 3rd
U15 Harry Wilkin who has been out on the Fells quite a bit lately had a good run to finish 4th (25.15) in a mixed age group race featuring one hundred and twenty seven finishers at the 5.7k Grasmere Gallop last weekend.
Catforth 10k – June 11th
Just under a hundred finishers in this local 10k Road Race won by Jason Parker in 34.18. Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello got another run under his belt after coming back from injury, running consistently to earn 5th place in a time of 36.18. V50 David Morris placed 70th in a time of 57.02 which was his fastest 10k this year.
Astley Park Junior Race Series
Nine youngsters from Blackburn Harriers were out in Race 2 of this years Astley Park Junior Series.
(Back Row – Liberty Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Ethan Barbarewicz- Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies)
Front Row (Lulu Sharp – Hannah davies – William Grundy – Felix Thompson)
Amy Davies was first Harrier in (8th) with a time of 5.21 and 2nd Girl on the night. Next came Ethan Barbarewicz in 15th (5.35) having a real battle with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 16th (5.36). Hollie Cubbon posted a time of 5.55 in 29th spot and she was followed home by William Grundy (57th) in 6.25 and Liberty Thompson in 62nd with a time of 6.31. Hannah Davies came in 69th in 6.40 with Felix Thompson in 89th (7.11) and Lulu Sharp was 99th in a time of 7.58.
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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