Daily Archives: July 10, 2017
Silver for Charlotte at English Schools – – New Personal Bests for Sam, Ross & Cameron at English Schools – – Rob sets new 1500m PB at Loughborough
English Schools Championships – Birmingham 7 – 8th July
One of the highlights of the year is the English Schools T & F Championships where the leading athletes in their respective School Year Age Groups go head to head with the best of their peers throughout the country. Good news for Lancashire as well as they won the Group B Bradford Cup from Cheshire (2nd) and Buckinghamshire (3rd).
Lancashire County Win (Video)
Charlotte Williams…..had a great competition coming away with a Silver Medal in the Hammer (3kg) – 2nd place out of a field of twenty one hammer throwers with a throw of 59.45m – plus being selected to represent England next week in the Ireland International Event, made it a very good weekend all round. Delighted, Charlie told the Club “This weekend has been a great success for the Lancashire team and for the Blackburn Harriers that we’re lucky enough to get into the team. I finished 2nd in my competition with a throw of 59.41cm, just one metre short of my personal best. Knowing I had a silver medal at an English Schools Championship was amazing but finding out I’ll be doing the internationals the next weekend competing for England was just amazing. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helps including my parents, coach and club. Also well done to all Blackburn Harriers!“
Jacob Roberts..came 4th in the Senior Boys Hammer (6kg) with a throw of 63.45m and had one of the most consistent rounds of all of the throwers. A very positive Jacob spoke to the Club after the Championships and told us that “It was a fantastic comp at Birmingham for ESSA 2017. Though I came 4th it was a close battle. I was consistent with my throws. Now I am getting ready for my International in Cardiff on Wednesday – July 12th. Thanks to Michael my Coach and my Physio Anne-Marie”.
Ross Liddle….was ‘buzzing’ after the Heats as he reflected on his qualifying time of 54.25 – a new PB – and a new Club Record for Blackburn Harriers. In the Final Ross finished 6th in a high quality Race with a time of 54.88. Speaking to the Harriers, Ross told us “It was a great experience on the whole. I achieved my aim of making the final and managed to knock 3 seconds off the time I ran at English schools last year. I can’t thank Bob Groves and Ramzi Dabbar enough for all the help they’ve given me!“
Sam Gaskell was another Blackburn Harrier who had a fine weekend setting a new PB distance of 59.11m in the Hammer (5kg) to finish just outside the Medals in 4th place out of sixteen fellow competitors. Pleased with getting a new personal best Sam told the Club that he was “happy that I finally got another PB (59.11m) and I’m looking forward to next years ES when I’m in the top end of U17″
Anthony Kent placed 8th out of thirteen athletes in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 41.00m just a little bit down on his personal best off 44.31m but was delighted to have qualified for the Championships and when speaking to the Club after Anthony told us that “English schools was a brilliant experience that i thoroughly enjoyed and i look forward to working hard to get back there next year”.
When Cameron Harris joined Blackburn Harriers eighteen months ago, his Coach – Jim Kerrigan – told him he could get him to English Schools, and that he did. Cameron at his first appearance at the Championships finished 12th out of twenty three in the Javelin (JT600), throwing a new PB distance of 45.54m, nearly a metre further than he has thrown before. His mother Rachel commented that Cameron“was very impressed with how everyone supported one another. It wasn’t just about Who was the best it was about doing your best and celebrating that”. Cameron himself told the Club “”I remember the first time I came to Harriers Jim told me he would get me to the Nationals, and he has! It was great just to take part.”
BMC Grand Prix at Loughborough – July 8th
A great Race for Rob Warner at the weekend in the 1500m at the Grand Prix Fixture in Loughborough when he finished 4th out of a field of 14 athletes in a new PB time of 3.51.34 – two seconds faster than his previous best time.
A delighted Rob spoke to the Club after the Race and told us that he was “Really really happy with finally cracking a PB for the 1500!! I ran 3:51.34 and finished 4th! I took the race on and sat behind the pace maker and went through 800 in 2:03. I then tried to push on as I’m quite prone to losing concentration from 800-1100, so I was really pleased that I managed to push on at that point but I just didnt have the finishing speed to hold off the others which I guess I can put down to pushing on earlier in the race! Saying that though, overall I’m really happy with how positively I ran the race and to come away with over a 2 seconds PB which I’m really happy with!”
Shaun 2nd at Hendon Brook – Another win for Bob in Mont Blanc 23k Race – – Paul 7th at Ullswater Tri – – Danny makes Duathlon Debut – – Bofra & Alva Games
Hendon Brook – Sunday July 9th
Two hundred and sixteen finishers in this very tough road race won by David Rigby in very warm conditions in a time of 78.22. A couple of Blackburn Harriers competed on the day with Shaun Livesey having a great run to come home in 2nd position and 1st V40 boosting his position overall in the B&PGP Series. After the event Shaun spoke to the Club about how he approached the race telling us that he “had a game plan today and managed to make it stick. The first mile of the race is fast, so I went out hard then settled into it. I was running hard but I was anticipating being caught by Julian Hood maybe by mile 5. It never happened, the further the race progressed the chances of him catching me grew slimmer. I was still running hard and by the time I hit the final climb lenches and knew I wasn’t to be caught. I finished 2nd in a time of 1:25:09 A PB on that course. A good days racing”. Carly Edwards was also out having a run placing 127th in 2hr 06.04.
Bob Shorrock was racing again on Mont Blanc, a venue and Race in which he has had great success. This year he he raced the 23k Course being unsuccessful in getting into the 42k Race. V55 Bob had another great Race at the shorter distance finishing 40th overall out of a field of 1649 – 1st British Athlete and 1st Vet in the 50 – 59 Age Bracket which is how the Race calculates the age groups – in a time of 2hrs 49.05.
Afterwards, he spoke to the Harriers commenting“Mont Blanc was a great weekend again. I was in the half (23K 1650m elevation gain) as I didnt get in the marathon this year (it is a lottery). Set off steady – didnt feel too good until about half way when the climbing started and then I got moving. I passed to V2 second place guy about 1 mile from the finish. it is getting harder as the age groups are 10 years (50 to 59). The course is beautiful and the organisation fantastic. for anyone who loves the mountains, I highly recommend it”
A.W.Jenkinson Ulswater Sprint Distance Triathlon
Paul Brindle …..was flying the flag for Blackburn Harriers in Ullswater which resulted in a win for Jordan Hull (1hr 15.30) at the head of one hundred and twelve finishers. Paul had a very good day coming home in 7th spot overall and 2nd V40 in a combined time of 1hr. 24.29.
After the Event Paul spoke to the Club about how his day had gone saying “With Ullswater tri being a 14:30 start it falls in to my category of being the perfect start time. Matched with beautiful weather in the Lakes it really doesn’t get much better. It’s a great little well organised event and at modern day prices it is cheap. The swim went well even had my very own swim counter shouting my position “19th”. The bike leg started with farmers blocking the traffic. Don’t they know that normal road rules don’t apply triathletes in a race. With a loop taking in Lowther Castle I was back heading to transition. Thought I’d be proper triathlete and leave my shoes clipped in and do a running dismount “9th”. That actually went well but somewhere down the field I sliced my big toe open. I didn’t noticed til half way round on the run but i wasnt stopping, running is my strong discipline and gaining ground. My run counter was shouting things like “you can take them all”. Which I did and managed to sneak up a few places on the last lap “7th”. A brief visit to the first aid tent and I had to head home for family duties”.
The Famous Alva Games – July 8th
This might be called the day when the Thompson Family cleaned up. Dad Chris described the day as “After much debate between us we decided to go up to the Alva games in Alva near Stirling Scotland as this was part of the Bofra championship series and we had heard good things about previously. When we arrived the under 12’s fell race was one of the first events of the day in which Kady and Dexta both competed in. In usual Bofra style this was a very tough course and in Dexta’s words it’s was the hardest climb he has ever done with a very tough descent to follow on the way back down but he gave it his all but still struggled to catch the winner Will Hall who is on top form at the moment but nevertheless he still got a podium finish and was rewarded with a prize of £30 – Kady finished as the 5th girl giving her a prize of £5. Later on the track races on a field began, with Dexta and Liberty both trying the 800m, Dexta then managed to take gold in this event bagging himself a prize of £50. Dexta then also tried to win more money in other events such as the 200/400/1600 but due to a very controversial handicapped start he failed to do so. Liberty managed to secure a 3rd place spot in the 400m and was rewarded with £25 along with £10 for coming 6th in the 200m. Having won a nice pocket full of cash they tried to finish of with the relay prize so we put together a team in the 4x100m with probably the youngest combined mixed age team of the day with Dexta, Liberty and some of their friends from Calder Valley -William Hall and James Duffy. They ran a great race but were unlucky and finished 5 out of 8. Young Felix wasn’t being left out as did a 50m race and won that, gaining a prize of a medal and £2″.
Bofra Results not yet available
Danny Maynard – one of Blackburn Harriers Sprint Coaches – tackled a Duathlon for the first time in Preston at the weekend. Held at the Uclan Sports Centre Danny finished in a time of 50.35, the event featuring a 2 mile run and 8 mile cycle ride and another 2 mile run to finish.
For Athletics News from around the UK, race videos & interviews and discussion on the sport check out eightlane.org
Click here to have a look at eightlane.org.