Monthly Archives: September 2017
U15 Boys win Gold and U13 Boys win Silver at Northern Road Relays – Ben Fish 3rd Fastest Leg in Senior Men’s Relays
Another good day for the Harriers in this years Northern Road Relays staged at Sportscity. Eight days ago at the North West Road Relays the Harriers won 8 Team Medals and added to that a Northern Gold Medal for the U15 Boys and a Silver Medal for the U13 Boys.
Paul Guinan who has taken over as Team Manager along with Ben Fish spoke to the Club after the days events had finished and told us “Taking over the position of Senior Mens Relays Team Manager didn’t really need that much thinking about, l have been at the Club for many many years !! I don’t really think l can fail, taking over at a great time with plenty of senior athletes available for selection and great foundations in place, a testament to all the hard work that has been done by my predecessors, so onwards and upwards we go together. I have really enjoyed the last two weekends, the first being the North West Relays followed by the Northerns, my first as Team Manager. l could not ask for any more from the athletes that took part, some great runs in both relays showing what we are about and thats performing the best you possibly can. That was evident throughout all teams, so a big thank you. The A team has qualified for the Nationals in early October after a fantastic performance in taking 8th place at the Northerns, which included a “stunning” run by Ben Fish, running the third fastest leg of the day in 19:36, some 14 years since the “great” Mike Green ran the third fastest leg at Birchwood, a team in which l was apart of ! Thanks Richard T. Just to confirm to you all that Ben is my assistant in this venture, he will be involved in team selection and any other business that needs addressing. An area that is really important to myself and Ben is that all Senior runners are valued and important to us, each athlete will play an important part in the direction we want to go as a team”.
The Senior Men’s Race was contested by one hundred and eleven Teams which saw the Harriers come in 11th and 77th and also running an incomplete third team with five runners. The ‘A’ Team secured automatic qualification for the National Road Relays on October 7th and are looking forward to that. Some great running by the lads with Joe Monk going off on 1st leg running a cracking time (20.01) to hand over to Chris Davies (21.52) in 13th. Chris Arthur took over on Leg 3 in 27th and pulled that back to 21st with another cracking time of 20.05. Tim Raynes then took back eight places, running a time of 20.19 to hand over to Shaun Livesey in 13th spot. As Shaun came in lying in 15th position in a time of 22.16 he handed over to Ben Fish on the final leg – and what a leg he ran, clocking 19.26, the third fastest leg of the day. Ben actually ran a faster time then every other athlete in the first five teams and only one athlete ran faster in the first ten teams!
Ben who told told the Club that he was very “happy with his form” also made the point that it was “Top running guys, Lincoln won by a long way, but looking at Joe, Chris and Tim’s times we’re not that far behind. I think we’re close to nailing top 5 next year and beyond”.
After the Race Tim told the Club “Great runs from all the lads, from Joe starting us off so well up to Ben’s phenomenal final leg. On a personally note, reasonably happy with my leg. Having faded last week, I set off a bit more conservatively and was able to finish strongly (although perhaps just left a little too much in the tank in the early part of the leg)”.
Joe Monk also commented “Great result for the team, came through very strongly. Over the moon with the run, but an unbelievable run by Ben on the last leg to pull us back to 11th”.
Chris Davies was happy about the day when speaking to the Club saying “I had a good start, middle two laps were steady and my last mile was the quickest, so happy with that”
The Harriers ‘B’ Team came home in 77th spot being led off by Ben Costello on Leg (1) in the fastest of the six legs clocking 22.04 with Danny Maynard 24.40 on Leg (2). John Cookson took on Leg (3) running 26.29 before Matt Nuttall on Leg (4) ran 22.44 followed by Karl Billington on Leg (5) with a time of 25.23 – a big improvement from the the North West Relays and John Chaplin on Leg (6) running 24.54.
The Men’s C Team was unfortunately just one runner short which had Danny Teare (29.00) on Leg (1), Marco Maggio (26.27) on Leg (2), Andrew Knowles (27.37) on Leg (3), Mark Lord (29.22) on Leg (40) and Mark Bleasdale (24.01) on leg (5).
Just one team in the Senior Women as a number of our athletes were unfortunately not available. Carmen Byrne led off on Leg (1) alongside eighty two other athletes coming home in 22nd spot with a time of 22.42 commenting “I knew it’d be a quick start so wanted to set off at a decent pace without getting too carried away. I started picking people off after the first 1.5k ish and finished strongly. Some tight turns on the course made me realise I have the turning circle of a van, so that’s something to work on”. Catherine Guinan who hasn’t run much lately took on Leg (2) coming home in 55th spot (29.40) before handing over to Lindsay Davies on Leg (3) coming in 54th in 28.01 – the final leg was run in 28.14 leaving the team in 56th position.
What a brilliant eight days for the Harriers U15 and U13 Boys squads. At Blackpool the U15 Boys Team won the North West and Lancashire Gold Medal whilst the U13 Boys won Silver in the North West and Gold in the Lancashire Championships.
Fast forward eight days to the Northern Road Relay Championships – a much stiffer task – and the squads came up trumps again with some fabulous performances. Leon Thomas led off the U15 Boys in a pretty fast leg coming home in 11th place in a time of 11.25 to set the stage for the team to go on. Leg (2) saw Sam Hodkinson run the third fastest time of the Leg (11.06) to pull back 8 places and leave Matt Ramsden on the final Leg (3) setting off some twenty seconds behind the then leaders – Durham. Matt ran the second fastest time of the Leg and the 5th fastest Leg of the entire day (10.50) to overtake the teams in front and turn a twenty second deficit into a seventeen second victory to secure Gold. Our ‘B’ Team came home in 29th place which saw Harry Wilkin on Leg (1) running 12.12, Ethan Barbarewicz on Leg (2) clocking 12.41 and Jamie Teare running a great Leg (3) picking up seven places and posting a very good time of 11.48. After the Race Sam summed up everyone’s feelings telling us that he was “very pleased with our performance and hopefully we can do Blackburn Harriers proud in the Nationals……and I’m buzzin”.
The U13 Boys squad also go from strength to strength. Like the U15 Boys, they are a squad of young athletes all pushing for a place in the ‘A’ Team which is great to see. Leg (1) saw Hayden Mercer – “I’m so proud of how the team ran and I love wearing my Blackburn Harriers vest” – finish in 21st place (12.24) handing over to Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on Leg (2) who had another amazing run following his exploits at the North West Road Relays the week before. Kyle took back nine places in running the 6th fastest time of the Leg (12.18) to hand over to Dexta Thompson on the final Leg (3) in 12th place. Another great run by Dexta saw him clock 11.40 – the third fastest time of the Leg and the third fastest of the entire day – and overtake ten of the eleven athletes in front of him to bring home the Silver Medal for the Team. The Club’s ‘B’ Team was led off by David Holman who ran a great first Leg to clock 12.19 in 15th place. Rory Teare took over on Leg (2) running 13.29 and handing over to Isaac Butler in 24th spot who ran 16.13. Our ‘C’ Team had Saul Sharp on Leg (1) running a time of 14.06 handing over in 51st place to Sebastian Burton (15.09) who pulled back four places and Codie Dewhurst taking three more places which meant the team finished 43rd, Codie clocking a time of 14.21.
Forty seven teams lined up in the U13 Girls Race with the Harriers coming home in 13th which was a pretty solid performance and just 23 seconds away from a top ten position. Leah Hoole ran the fastest time on Leg (1) in 13.17 to hand over to Kate Cookson on Leg (2) in 14th place. Kate clocked 13.58 passing on to Hollie Cubbon on Leg (3) who pulled back two places with a time of 13.30. Caroline Woodworth ran leg (1) in a time of 14.17 in an incomplete team.
Two teams out in the U15 Girls featuring forty one teams overall. Amy Davies, Hollie Oldham and Eleesha Charnley ran for the ‘A’ Team with Charlotte Collin, Alex Taylor and Rebecca Ramsden competing for the ‘B’ Team. Amy placed 23rd on Leg (1) with a time of 13.24 before handing over to Hollie on the second Leg who ran 15.03 (29th) before Eleesha (13.14) pulled back nine places on Leg (3) to bring the team home in 20th position. The ‘B’ Team saw Charlotte run 15.23 (39th) on Leg (1), Alex clocking 15.31 in 35th on the second Leg and Kirsten (15.20) pulling back one place on Leg (3) to finish 34th.
Harvey Griffin ran Leg (1) for the U17 men coming in 16th with a time of 11.56 out of the forty strong field. Leg (2) saw Bradley Meikleham pull back another two places to move the team up to 14th with a time of 12.14 who in turn, handed over to Joe Gebbie (12.35) on the final leg to keep the team in 14th place overall. The U17 Women’s team just missed out on a top ten place finishing 11th. Maddie Elliott ran 13.37 on the first Leg to hand over to Hannah Cookson in 10th place (14.20) who pulled back a place to come home 9th setting Freya Black off on the final leg. Freya ran 15.50 which meant the team finished 11th just one second in front of Preston to be first Lancashire Team home.
Great North Run with Victoria – Throwers competing in Liverpool & Wigan – Wins & PB’s at Blackpool Open Meeting – Mark runs the Yorkshireman
Great North Run – September 10th
It’s not often you get to run in a Race with 57000 runners but that’s exactly where Victoria Mousley was last weekend in the Great North Half-Marathon where she finished 24th overall in the Women’s Race in a time of 85.32. Given that Victoria went into the race on top of a period of ill-health, her time was an exceptionally good one.
After the Race Victoria told the Club that “It was an amazing experience today. I’d been ill for the last 6weeks. 2 chest infections, perforated ear drum, ear infection and then a bad stomach from all the antibiotics. I wasn’t even convinced I was going to do it till Thursday this week. It was brilliant running with space and being on my own for most of the race… Except for the crowds. For 12.5 miles there are thousands of people cheering and clapping. I haven’t done the gnr since I was 18 but the atmosphere hasn’t changed. I was disappointed with my time as I was hoping for 82 mins. But I had a great day, I’ve already booked the accommodation for next year and I’ll make a better job of it”.
V40 Daniel Whittaker also ran the race finishing in 1305th position with a time of 1hr 33.10 – going through 5k in 20.06, 10k in 42.07 and 15k in 64.15.
Liverpool Throws & Jumps Meeting – September 9th
Arnold Seddon Open Medal Meeting – Wigan September 10th
Jacob Roberts and Charlotte Williams were competing in their final competition of the season at the annual Liverpool Throws and Jumps Meeting. U20 Jacob finished the day with a throw of 64.28m in the Hammer (6kg) just a metre short of his personal best. Charlotte placed 3rd in her Hammer event (3kg) out of twelve with a throw of 51.63m. Been a great season for these two young Hammer Throwers which has ended with Jacob being 4th in the National Rankings (65.64m) and Charlotte 2nd with 60.53m.
Young Throwers U15 Izzy Thompson and U13 Nicky Saunders were out in really bad weather in Wigan which saw Izzy take 4th place in the Discus (1kg) with a throw of 18.95m, 2nd in the Javelin (500g) with 18.49m before finishing off with a new personal best in the Hammer (3kg) throwing over four metres further than she before at 22.65m. Nicky took on the 100m for the first time ever coming home 3rd in a time of 14.4 before taking on her traditional throwing events where she won the Discus (0.75k) throwing 25.42m, placed 4th in the Hammer (3kg) with 18.53m and rounding off with a win in the Javelin (400g) throwing 24.60m.
Blackpool Open medal Meeting – Sunday September 10th
The busy weekend which had started with ninety Harriers competing in the Relays on Saturday continued on Sunday with thirty Blackburn Harriers turning out at the Blackpool Open Meeting in Stanley Park.
Good to see a good number of U11 boys and girls competing with twelve of them entering the Sprints Events. Harrison Allcock kicked the day off with a 3rd place 11.8 in Heat (1) of the 80m followed by Nathan Ashworth in Heat (3) also 3rd in 13.8. Eight U11 Girls all lined up for the 80m which saw Lucy Rishton take 2nd in 12.3 and Isabelle Hartley 7th with a time of 14.0 in Heat (1). Heat (2) had Niamh Gater in 2nd (13.0), Molly Grinshaw 5th in 14.1 and Alisha Lehner 6th (14.3). Heat (3) had four Harriers competing with Tilly Pollard in 3rd (13.9), Sophia Tsykunova 4th in a time of 14.2, Imogen Robinson (5th) clocking 14.3 and Tippi Francis 8th in 15.6. U15’s Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess ran Heat (1) of the 100m posting times of 14.2 (4th) and 14.7 (5th) respectively.
In the Middle Distance Events some of the athletes – as in the Sprint events – were running over these distances for the first time and some had run on the Saturday in the Road Relays. U11 Matthew Smith won Heat (1) of the 600m in a time of 2.00.4 and in Heat (2) Findlay Carroll ran 2.15.1 in 7th spot with Nathan Ashworth in 8th (2.24.3). Five U11 Girls ran in the 600m which saw Lucy Rishton emulate the boys by winning her Heat (1) in 2.06.1 being backed up by Isabelle Hartley in 3rd (2.08.6), Niamh Gater just behind in 4th (2.12.3), Molly Grimshaw one place further back in 5th (2.16.1) and Tilly Pollard in 8th posting a time of 2.25.4. Three more U11 Girls ran in Heat (3) which saw Sophia Tsykunova come home in 6th position (2.22.8), Alisha Lehner 8th in 2.26.0 and Tippi Francis placing 9th in 2.27.5.
In the U15 Boys 800m the boys were feeling the effects of the Road Relays on Saturday as George Whittaker ran 2.45.8 (7th) in Heat (1) with Isaac Butler clocking 2.36.8 (3rd) and Codie Dewhurst 2.59.0 (7th) in Heat (2). In the U13 Girls there were good runs from Abigail Stratton in the 800m coming home in 2nd spot and clocking a new PB time of 2.51.2 and for Paige Singleton who also ran a new PB in 4th place (3.04.6) with sister Ellie Singleton in 5th in a time of 3.11.0. Saul Sharp posted 5.56.0 in the U13 Boys 1500m whilst Sophie Stanworth won the U15 Girls 1500m in a time of 5.21.1.
Morgan Angland was competing in her final track race before going off to University – she clocked 16.5 in the 100m Hurdles running solo which wasn’t bad given that the conditions were also pretty poor. U13 Boys Ben Boocock and Codie Dewhurst were in the 75m Hurdles along with the U15 Girls Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess. Myah won the Race in 12.5 with Christie 3rd in 14.7. Ben’s time of 13.5 made him the winner of the U13 Boys with Codie 2nd in a time of 17.8 and a new PB.
In the Throws Anna Peers finished the season in good style winning the senior Women’s Shot Putt with a throw of 10.13m and the Javelin with 37.28m before rounding off her day with a 2nd placed throw of 33.68m in the Discus. New Blackburn Harrier U15 Matthew Heywood in his first competitive season set a new PB in the Hammer (4kg), winning the event with a throw of 23.33m, finished 2nd in the Discus (0.75kg) and set a second new PB on the day with 25.48m and came in 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.62 making it a hat-trick of new PB’s. Kieran Carroll (U15) also set a new PB in the Discus finishing one place back from Matthew with a throw of 20.72 and then made it a double new PB in the Javelin winning with a throw of 27.73m. Myah Booth added to the Harriers wins taking the U15 Girls Shot Putt with 8.93m and U13 Ellie Singleton tried her hand at the Shot Putt placing 4th with 3.87m.
In the High Jump Isaac Butler cleared 1.13m in the U13 Boys and Abigail Stratton set a new PB of 1.19m (2nd) in the U13 Girls. Isaac was back out again in the U13 Boys Long Jump placing 10th (3.72m) with Saul Sharp in 12th (3.25m). Four young U11 lads contested the Long Jump which saw Matthew Smith jump 3.63m for 3rd place out of fifteen, Harrison Allcock one place further back in 4th (3.50m), Findlay Carroll 10th with 3.01m and Nathan Ashworth jumping 2.89m for 12th position. Emma Love has had a very good season and rounded it off with another win, this time in the Long Jump when she came out on top of the thirteen girls competing, jumping 3.89m. Twenty two youngsters – including eight Blackburn Harriers – contested the U11 Girls Long Jump which saw Lucy Rishton take 4th spot with 3.39m, Niamh Gater (9th) jumping 3.07m, Tilly Pollard 14th (2.87m), Sophia Tsykunova 15th (2.80m), Imogen Robinson 17th (2.51m), Molly Grimshaw 18th (2.46m), Isabelle Hartley 19th (2.42m) and Tippi Francis 22nd (1.87m).
The Yorkshireman – September 10th
(Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Mark Wilkin had been looking forward to running this Race – won by Owen Beilby in 3hr 26.50 – which isn’t your usual road based Marathon. His first time ever over this distance V50 Mark completed the Course in 5hr 42.22 and afterwards told the Club that it was his “First ever marathon, and hardest physical challenge ever! Felt the hills as only trained up to a flattish half due to sore foot. Was very chuffed to complete it”.
North West Road Relays at Stanley Park – Saturday September 9th
Starting off with torrential rain as the athletes started to arrive, it soon soon brightened up with sunshine all day and it was a pretty good day for the Harriers too at this years North West Road Relays with twenty six Teams entered in all the age groups who between them won 4 Team Golds, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.
The Senior Men had five Teams out placing 10th, 16th, 39th, 56th and 68th overall in the Northwest and 4th, 7th, 17th, 25th and 28th in the Lancashire Championships. Tim Raynes who led off the ‘A’ Team ran the 6th fastest Leg of the day in 20.32 with Joe Howe on Leg 2 in 23.12, Jack Hindle Leg 3 (21.55) and Chris Davies on leg 4 (22.34).
In 16th spot came our second Team with Brian Fogarty (21.58), Shaun Livesey (22.53), Andy Buttery (23.32) and Ben Costello (22.59).
Team three in 39th place consisted of Paul Brindle (23.09), Derek Reilly (23.46), Stephen Schofield (23.13) and Karl Billington (27.10).
Our fourth Team in 56th position was led off on Leg (1) by John Chaplin in 25.42, followed by Andy Heys (25.08), Danny Maynard (25.55) and John Cookson (27.49).
Danny Teare ran first Leg for Team five in 30.58 with Matt Nuttall on Leg 2 in 23.46, Mark Lord in 30.39 and Marco Maggio (28.02).
The Senior Women has three Teams out with the ‘A’ Team led off by Carmen Byrne (21.22), Joanne Nelson (21.26) and Carly Edwards (22.12) finishing in 12th place overall (North West) and taking the Silver Medal in the Lancashire Championships. The Race was controversial in that some athletes had run short distances which made the verification of the results very difficult. Our second Team came home in 29th with Carol Reilly clocking 24.30, Janine Fallon 23.00 and Lindsay Davies 25.04. The third Team placed 43rd overall with Michelle Teare (26.35), Charlie Coy (24.23) and Catherine Guinan in 28.46. In the Lancashire Championships our second and third Teams finished in 8th and 16th places.
Outstanding performance of the day came from the U15 Boys ‘A’ Team who won both North West and Lancashire Gold Medals. Leon Thomas led off on Leg (1) in the front with several other athletes clocking a time of 11.07 and handing over to Jamie Teare in 4th place. Jamie took it on and ran 11.19 before handing over to Matt Ramsden on the final leg which he ran in the second fastest time of the day (10.35) to overtake all six runners in front of him and clinch the Gold Medal for the Team. Great performance by all the lads.
Two more teams for the U15 Boys – finishing in 17th place overall (North West) and 4th in the Lancashire Championships with Charlie Ball in his first competitive season on Leg (1) posting a time of 12.23, Harvey Ashworth on Leg (2) having a very good run with 11.35 and Ethan Barbarewicz on Leg (3) in a time of 12.46. Our third team of Harry Wilkin (11.55), George Whittaker (12.58) and Luke Ingleson (13.18) finished in 20th position (North West) and 6th in Lancashire.
The U15 Girls had two Teams on the day with Hollie Oldham running a time of 13.40, Amy Davies 12.32 and Eleesha Charnley 12.50 to take 11th place overall (North West) and 4th in the Lancashire Championships. Our second Team of Charlotte Collin (15.39), Rebecca Ramsden (15.06) and Alex Taylor (15.28) placed 20th overall in the North West and 7th in Lancashire.
Our U17 Women won a Lancashire Gold Medal as the only complete Team on the day which saw Maddie Elliott run 12.02 on Leg (1), Hannah Cookson on Leg (2) clocking 13.31 and Freya Black on the final Leg (14.34) to finish 8th overall in the North West. Chloe Gardner ran in an incomplete Team and was competing for the Club for the very first time and did really well to finish with a time of 15.26.
The U17 Men with Bradley Meikleham who missed the start on the first Leg (19.31), Joe Gebbie who shot off like a rocket blasting the first half of the Race and paying for it later on ran 20.21 with Tom Betty in his first competitive season clocking 23.03 on the final leg. The lads finished 18th in the North West and 5th in Lancashire with Bradley running the 8th fastest time Lancashire time.
It was a Bronze Medal in the Lancashire Championships for the U11 Girls featuring Isabelle Hartley on the first leg in 7.12, Kady Thompson on Leg (2) in 7.12 and Hannah Davies running 7.14 on the final leg which was an amazing example of a finely matched team of equal abilities. Overall in the North West the girls placed 16th. Sadly there was a last minute drop out for our second team which meant that Sienna Rose Wareing (7.09) and Molly Grimshaw (7.06), both with very good times had to run as an incomplete Team. Placing 16th out of the 32 Teams in the North West Championships and 3rd in Lancashire all five girls finished in the top ten fastest Legs in the Lancashire Championships.
The U11 Boys also came home with a medal winning Silver in the Lancashire Championships as they finished 7th overall in the North West. That team featured Harry Sambrook (6.13), George Ramsden (6.37) and Oliver Gill (6.25) whilst our second Team finished in 10th place (North West) and 4th in Lancashire led by Matthew Smith on the first leg in 6.26, Daniel Smith on the second in a time of 6.03 and William Dudgeon (7.16) on the final leg. Great running by some of these young lads who were competing for the very first time.
The Clubs U13’s also did themselves proud both boys and girls winning medals. The U13 Girls finished 7th and 25th in the overall North West Championships and took Silver as they came home runners up in the Lancashire Championships – Leah Hoole ran Leg (1) in 13.05, handing over to Caroline Woodworth who clocked 13.53 before Hollie Cubbon on the final Leg cemented that Silver Medal with a time of 13.00. Our second Team had Kate Cookson leading off in 13.52, followed by Eva Knowles in 15.23 and Keira Haxton (14.36) came 8th in Lancashire with Hollie and Leah running the 4th and 5th fastest Lancashire Legs. Another incomplete Team meant that Molly Nicholls (14.30) and Keira Booth (14.36) ran the first two legs.
Our U13 Boys had a great day taking Silver in placing 2nd overall in the North West and Gold for winning the Lancashire Championships. That team had Hayden Mercer run the first leg in 11.45 handing over to Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who had a brilliant leg (11.46) to hand over to Dexta Thompson on the final leg who came home in 2nd spot to clinch the medals.
Good running from our second team saw them finish in 13th place (North West) and 5th in Lancashire with Zachary Walmsley (12.19), Rory Teare (13.12) and Isaac Butler (12.12) backed up by our third team – 30th (North West) and 9th in Lancashire which saw Saul Sharp clock 14.28 on the first leg, Sebastian Burton 14.41 on the second and Codie Dewhurst 14.08 on the last. In the top ten fastest Lancashire Legs Hayden came 3rd, Dexta 4th, Kyle = 4th, Isaac 7th and Zach 9th.
Rob wins Watford 3000m & New York Open Mile – Jack wins Helvellyn Triathlon – Ben runner up at Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon
From Watford to 5th Avenue New York
Rob Warner has had a brilliant season and finished it off with two wins in two very contrasting locations. On Wednesday September the 6th he lined up with twenty eight other athletes at the Watford Open Meeting 3000m. Going into the Race with a personal best of 8.28.77 he won this race in a new PB time of 8.24.48, some four seconds faster than his previous best set in August. Partner Jess Judd also ran in the same Race – the only woman to do so – setting a new personal best for herself (8.43.24).
A delighted Rob spoke to the Club after the Race telling us “I chose to end my track season at the Watford Open graded meet with a 3000m with the aim to run a PB and complete the set from 800m right through to 10,000m for the season! The pace was quite strong from the start with a 2:48 first km, i then had to take it on during the ‘difficult laps’ (laps 4 and5) and went through 2k in 5:38 so I knew a strong last km would get me a PB. I was finding it tough going coming into the last 500m and just wanted to hang onto the back of the two other guys, I managed to dig in and pull out a 29s last 200 to close down on the other two and kicked past over the last 100 to win and finish with a PB! Was really happy to end the track season here and sign off probably my best track season so far!”
On to New York and the 5th Avenue Mile. Rob described entering this as “just a bit of fun as Jess got an invite to the Pro Race” and decided to enter the race as he was there anyway. Rob made it a second win in a week when he won the One Mile Open Race in a time of 4.16. Commenting after the Race Rob told us “My heat was scheduled for 8:20am so it was bit of shock to the system to run a flat out mile so early! I took the race on from the start and went through halfway in about 2:09, I felt really strong and in control through the whole mile and enjoyed the whole thing! Please to win the race and take the tape, I even got a post-race interview on a jumbotron which was a first for me! Ideally would have liked to run sub 4:10 but happy to make it 4 wins in a row at the end of the season, perhaps in more of a race I would have been able to push on towards 4:07ish but can’t complain with the win and was such an amazing experience to run such an iconic race!” Jess also had a great run in the Pro Race finishing 3rd in behind Laura Weightman and Jenny Simpson in a new PB time of 4.18.3.
Helvellyn Triathlon – Sunday September 3rd
A tremendous performance by Jack Hindle last weekend saw him win the Helvellyn Triathlon – described as one of the ‘toughest triathlons in the world’ – by a huge margin of twelve minutes. The performance was all the more remarkable when the second athlete home was a full time professional athlete and hadn’t been beaten this year! After the training effort he has put in, the result was just reward for Jack.
The Club asked Jack about his performance and there was no doubt about his reaction when he told us that he was “Delighted to take the win, and make it my second big race win this year. I’m happy that I’ve managed to develop into a stronger all round athlete at the end of the season. I know there is still a long way to go, but I’m on the road to my end goal. The course at the weekend was the toughest I’ve ever raced on and really tested my fitness. To win it was my goal, but to win by 12 minutes was unexpected. I’m looking forward to the winter and coming back even stronger next year”.
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon – September 10th
Ben Fish went head to head with Jonny Mellor in this very popular Half-Marathon run around a course which straddles the Lake. Ben came home in 2nd place with a time of 65.51 with Mellor taking the win in 64.57. After the Race Ben told the Club that the Race “went well. I knew Jonny Mellor was entered so my aim was to be as competitive as possible, it was neck and neck up until nearly 10 miles where my pace started to fade a little. Not too far off my pb and four minutes quicker than my outing here last year”.
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall)
Joe wins Wigan 10k & Carmen 2nd — Rachel wins Cheshire 20 — Tony wins Gold at BMAF Championships — John sets Ben Nevis PB — Litherland Open Meeting
Wigan 10k – Sunday September 3rd
On a wet and sometimes windy day the Wigan 10k attracted over three and half thousand runners in what was described as a very well organised Race.
For the Harriers Joe Monk had a great run to win the Race in a time of 32.50 and was really pleased with the outcome telling the Club that he was “Over the moon with today, over 3500 runners competing, what a great atmosphere. The first time I’ve run tactically today, sat in for 4km feeling very comfortable then put in a surge and managed to come through, and a bonus to run 32:50. Training is coming together really well now and I’m glad the race today helped to show that”.
Carmen Byrne was just one second off making it a double win for the Harriers when she came home in 2nd place in the Women’s Race with a time of 39.19 (53rd) being pipped on the line. Carmen who is looking forward to this years cross country season gave her thoughts on her race afterwards telling us “still on my quest to get better on the roads ready for cross country, Wigan 10k seemed a great chance to get a good run. I was pretty consistent on pacing, running as first woman right until the line when another woman speed past and pipped me by about 1 second. Overall though it was fun… Just cant wait to get back on the lovely mud now!”
Next in for the Harriers came Ben Costello in 12th place overall, clocking a seasons best time of 35.26 and commenting “Going into the race i knew i was in the best condition i’ve ever been in but with the weather it wasn’t meant to be. My first mile was too quick and i knew from then i would pay for it in the race and around 4k i did this is when i just wanted to finish the race. Overall it wasn’t my best performance but was pleased to get my second quickest time. Well done to Joe on his win and to the other Harriers who ran. My thoughts are with Chris Davies who sadly didn’t look to well after the race had finished”. Chris actually finished up in hospital for rest of the day after being overcome by chest pains during the Race. Remarkably he finished the Race just one place behind Ben in a time of 35.42. V50 Ian Clarkson set a new PB for 10k coming home in a time of 44.42 and was delighted as you would expect and told the Club “I took on the ‘Wigan 10k’ today and came away very happy and pleased. Got myself another PB of 44:42 chip time, 45:02 finish time. Weather conditions, wet and a tad nippy first thing suited me, so I got me head down, found a small group to keep with and cracked on. 3000 entrants and a big party atmosphere and i came 275th. Well happy. Thoughts with Chris Davies, wishing him a speedy recovery”. Also setting a new PB was Lindsay Davies (V45) finishing in 534th position with a time of 48.28 telling the Harriers “Very happy with my new PB, wanted a sub 50 and got a sub 49 with 48:28, felt really good, legs not tired and breathing was well under control, not the best of conditions but the first three miles were very fast with a slight downhill but the wind and rain was in your face the last three mile. Would recommend this race it is the best 10k I have done”.
South Cheshire 20 – Sunday September 3rd
Rachel Wood is in training for the Berlin Marathon later this month and as part of her preparation in the lead up she ran the Cheshire 20 – featuring one hundred and eighty seven runners – finishing 19th overall and the winner of the Women’s Race in a time of 2hr 15.16. After collecting her Winner’s Prize Rachel spoke to the Club saying that “The course was undulating and the weather was damp and windy. I treated it as a hard training run after a few weeks of heavy mileage. I didn’t taper for the race and so my legs didn’t feel fresh but it felt great to win the race in a time of 2:15:16. Not a PB but I am happy with my performance. Bring on Berlin marathon in a couple of weeks time!!”
(Rachel Wood – Women’s Winner with Gary Priestley – Race Winner in 1hr 52.17)
BMAF Throws Pentathlon Championships – 2/3rd September
What a great end to the season for V50 Tony Balko – a season dogged by injury. Last weekend he entered the BMAF National Throws Pentathlon Championships and came away with the Gold Medal. During the Championships Tony set a new PB in the WT (11.34kg) with 11.23m, was just cms outside his personal best in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 10.21m, threw 27.83 in the Discus (1.5kg), 35.49m in the Hammer (6kg) and 29.25m in the Javelin (700g). Tony spoke to the Club and summed up his Championships and season “I’m pleased to have won Gold in the recent British Masters Throws Pentathlon Championships (M50) to draw the 2017 season to a close. It wasn’t a great performance, but just enough to secure a win. It’s been the toughest year yet with regards to injuries. At the start of the year I had a shoulder rotator cuff injury, mid-year a torn adductor and latterly a mild knee ligament tear. In truth it’s been a little bit disheartening to be going into Championships knowing you’re no where near your best, to be able to give 100% and deliver your best. However, all things considered, to finish the year as a British Champion, 13th in Europe in my age group and attain a couple of personal best performances is pleasing. So the plan is now to have a short break, a rest, then get into the gym to start winter training and look towards the 2018 season to try and come out fitter, faster, stronger and hopefully injury free, to go into key Championships in full competitive shape. Huge thanks to my family, friends and coaches for your kind words of support through what has been a very frustrating season”.
Ben Nevis Race – Saturday September 2nd
Four hundred and eighty nine runners finished this years Ben Nevis Race – one of the most iconic on the Race Calendar being a straight up and down run covering 4409ft. This years Race was won by Finlay Wild in a time of 1hr 31.37.
Among the runners was V50 John Orrell who was looking to break the three hour mark and had done a number of Fell Races in preparation. Finishing 422nd in a time of 2hr 59.39, John had achieved his target and was delighted with it as he told the Club.“Great race, great weather. Spent all year living and breathing this race. Determined to beat last year’s time and to break 3 hours. Did it! Yippee!!! 2.59.39 and knocking 23 minutes off last year! Nice surprise to see Helen and her friend giving me a big cheer on the mountain. Jelly babies too. Thanks girls!”
(John Orrell with Blackburn Harrier Helen Leigh leading the support brigade on the day)
Litherland Open Meeting – Saturday September 2nd
As the Track & Field season draws to a close a number of athletes choose to compete at the Open Meetings that different Clubs put on. The Litherland Open Meeting hosted by Southport & Waterloo gave an opportunity for a number of Blackburn Harriers to compete.
Anna Peers who has had a pretty good year competing 23 times recording 14 wins, five 2nd and two 3rd places took on three of the Throws in the Senior Women’s events winning all three with distances of 36.48m in the Javelin, 32.20m in the Discus and 10.19m in the Shot. U15 Cameron Harris who threw a National Standard 45.54m in the English Schools Javelin Final in July won the Javelin event of the day with a throw of 39.47m – competing for the first time since those Finals. U13 Nicky Saunders came 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.34m and then took the runner up spot in the Javelin with 26.87m. U15 Matthew Heywood set two new personal bests – firstly in the Shot Putt with 7.32m (5th) and 23.02m in the Discus (4th).
Then came the ‘Thompson’s on tour’. U9 Felix – (he of the new Dab!) – came 4th in the 75m in 12.6, 7th in the 600m in a time of 2.18.7 and then won the Vortex Ball competition throwing 23.12m. U11 Kady placed 9th in the 600m (2.17.9) just four tenths outside her personal best, jumped 2.90m in the Long Jump finishing 11th out of 18 athletes and came 2nd in the Vortex with a throw of 18.61m. U13 Dexta tackled the Mile Race and ran tactically rather than for a fast time and duly won in a time of 5.26. U15 Liberty set a new PB in the High Jump, clearing 1.40m to finish 4th out of the twelve strong event, 13th in the Long Jump with 3.37m – just short of her best and threw 5.57m in the Shot Putt for 13th position.
Salford 10k – Sunday September 3rd
Two thousand, six hundred and seventy seven finishers in this second big town centre 10k Race of the weekend won by Mohammad Aburezeq in a time of 30.29. V65 Evan Cook ran a seasons best time of 45.35 in 364th place whilst V55 Paul Clark clocked 45.56 in 372nd spot. Clark
Garstang Half-Marathon – Sunday September 3rd
Mark and Clare Wilkin ran the Garstang Half-Marathon – with 170 other runners – the first time for both of them over the distance – Mark finished in 118th position in a time of 2hr 00.49 with Clare placing 158th in 2hr 16.54.
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