Monthly Archives: December 2018
Race Records broken at Ribble Valley 10k & Harriers set 12 New PB’s + Northern Championship Medals – Burnley Christmas Cracker 4 Mile – Boxing Day 10k – Whinberry Naze
Ribble Valley 10k – Sunday December 30th
What a fabulous day at this years Ribble Valley 10k which also hosted, once again, the Northern 10k Road Racing Championships. The Race was sold out with a month to go and included some top athletes, amongst them International runners such as Marc Scott, Jonny Mellor, Patrick Dever, Beth Potter, Jess Judd and Gemma Steele.
Outstanding performances by Marc Scott who won the race in the 5th fastest 10k posted time nationally of 28.58 and a new Race Record – just one second outside his personal best of 28.57 which is the 4th fastest time in the country in 2018. In second place came Jonny Mellor who was the existing Race Record holder (29.10 run in 2011) clocking a cracking time of 29.19 just nine seconds outside the time he recorded in 2011. In 3rd place there was a new PB for Patrick Dever who recently finished 5th in the European U23 Cross Country Championships of 29.24 – half a minute quicker than his previous best.
Beth Potter who came 2nd to Laura Weightman in the 2017 Race, had a brilliant run to win the Women’s Race in a new Race Record time of 32.07 – the previous one of 32.20 set by Helen Clitheroe in 2005. Beth’s time, which like Marc Scott, earned her a £200 win bonus on top of the £200 first prize, improved her personal best by a massive 53 seconds. Her time of 32.07 also saw her move to 2nd place in the national ranking behind Elish McColgan. In second position was Jess Judd of Blackburn Harriers who was making her debut over this distance on the Road – and what a run she had clocking 32.42 to move her into 5th place in the National Rankings. In 3rd place came another International – Gemma Steele who clocked 33.53.
Behind Marc Scott’s 28.58 came eight other athletes posting sub 30 minutes runs and 37 in total running uner 32 minutes with ten women athletes achieving sub 36 minute times.
Great credit to the Club as they still managed to turn out 31 athletes to compete in the Race alongside 50 volunteers who helped to put the Race together and run it on the day.
Of the 31 athletes running for the Harriers – twelve of them managed to set new personal bests – won the Women’s Team 1st Prize in the Open race (Jess Judd – Katie Buckingham – Annabel Ralph) with Jess Judd winning the Women’s Northern Gold Medal as well as leading the Women to a Gold Medal in the Northern Women’s Team.
Blackburn Harriers athletes recorded a whole number of new personal bests in the Race which saw Rob Warner (13th) as first home for the Club in a time of 30.42 (18 seconds faster than his previous best). Tim Raynes was just one place further back as he reduced his personal best by 27 seconds clocking 30.46. In 34th spot came U23 Jack Hindle – who has achieved notable success in triathlon this year – in 34th place with a time of 31.49 which was a massive new PB by 41 seconds.
In 44th place came Karl Billington who ran a seasons best of 32.34 with Jess Judd breathing down his neck in 47th place (32.42). More new PB’s for the Harriers and the latest one coming from Josh Holgate who chopped a whopping one minute and 12 seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 32.54.
Jess Judd (61) & Karl Billington (17)
V40 Chris Davies was the next Harrier home setting a new PB as he clocked 33.08 in 59th position – a new best time by 24 seconds. Jacob Watson placed 62nd in a time of 33.28 and he was followed home by another debutant over the distance – U20 Tom Marchant who had an impressive debut clocking 33.40. U23 Calum Holmes cut nearly a minute off his previous best time as he set a new PB with a time of 34.15.
Another impressive run by U20 Joe Gebbie saw him post a new PB by a minute and 23 seconds in 102nd place with Paul Bradshaw recording a seasons best time of 35.25 in 119th. Annabel Ralph in her first 10k race since 2016 set a new PB by over a minute as she ran 37.18 in 179th place.
V45 Paul Guinan ran a time of 37.36 (191st) with V50 Jonathan Bridge in 227th in a seasons best time of 38.45. U17 Harry Wilkin was making his debut over 10k in a road race and clocked 39.30 in 246th spot with John Foster also making his debut over the distance, being given the same time in 251st.
Katie Buckingham set a new PB by fifteen seconds as she recorded a time of 39.27 in 261st. Keeping the new PB’s going was V40 Paul Jeffries as he reduced his best time for the distance by three quarters of a minute to post 40.53 in 301st place and he was followed home by V50 Gary Pearse in 325th position (41.27).
Katie Buckingham (307) smiling far too much!
Good to see Sam McCreadie back racing after such a torrid time with injuries over the last three years as she clocked 41.30 (341st) with V45 Lindsay Davies in 442nd place recoding a big new PB by a minute and three quarters of 44.23 and she commented after the Race “Extremely happy with my PB today, knocked nearly 2 minutes off, great conditions and great race, I enjoyed it very much, one of my favourite 10k’s. Felt fantastic the first 5 mile bit then the last mile I struggled a little bit but I knew I had put enough in to be able to ease off a little bit and still get a decent PB. Well done to all Blackburn Harriers who all did very well.Thank you to all the marshalls and officials who make this race run very smoothly”. V50 Ian Clarkson missed a new personal best by just five seconds as he clocked a seasons best time of 44.47 (457th) and told the Club afterwards “first of all, many thanks to the team who make it happen especially the hi hiz crew, without this lot it there would be no RV10k, much appreciated. Got me a 44:47 this year, last year 45:04, very happy indeed. Perfect conditions on a lovely undulating course, somewhat different to my usual terrain of hills, peat bogs, and uneven ground!! But a pleasure to take part and get under 45 minutes”.
The biggest new PB of the day for the Harriers came for V40 Paul Whittaker who clocked 45.25 (474th) nearly five minutes quicker than his first ever 10k race in this his debut year for the Harriers. V60 Michael Blacklidge clocked 45.25 (478th) with V45 Julie Coy running a time of 46.38 in 533rd spot. Next home for the Club came Becky Shorrock in a time of 47.48 (590th) with V50 Mark Wilkin just seconds shy of his personal best in 610th (48.14), Michelle Teare V45 clocking 50.17 in 726th and not far off her personal best time either, V50 Jan Buckingham in 888th place with a time of 54.13 and V55 David Morris 1020th position in a time of 57.33.
Mike Blacklidge (243)
Julie Coy (443)
Becky Shorrock (1335)
Burnley Christmas Cracker 4 Mile Race – Monday December 24th
One hundred and ninety nine runners ran in this race won by U23 Max Wharton in a time of 20.16 from David Rigby in 2nd place (20.31. Blackburn Harrier Calum Holmes had a good run to place 5th, clocking 22.29 and 2nd U23 in the age categories. Rebecca Woodworth was also having a run in this race and finished in 82nd place with a very solid time of 33.56.
Boxing Day 10k at Worden Park
Rebecca Woodworth ran her second race in two days – after running the Burnley Christmas Cracker 4 miler on Christmas Eve, she was out again on Boxing day at the Worden Park 10k where she posted a time of 54.43 which was a massive new PB by nearly five minutes sincer her first ever race over 10k in October this year.
Junior Endurance Group
Day after Boxing Day and the Harriers turn out for a training session as they prepare for the Lancashire Cross Country Championships in just over a weeks time – with Coaches – Andrew Knowles – Michael Sharp & Lorna Sharp
Whinberry Naze Dash Fell Race – Boxing Day
This very popular Boxing Day Fell Race organised by Steve Duxbury and Rossendale Harriers saw John Orrell competing as he usually does in this Race.
John Orrell spoke tthe Club about the day, commenting “Whinberry Naze, Boxing Day. What has become a Christmas tradition for me is a trot over to Rossendale for the Whinberry Naze fell race on Boxing Day. Not quite a turkey trot but definitely some festive fun. While most favour wearing their Christmas party outfits, I prefer to work off those extra mince pies with just a bit of tinsel. For me, I’m still racing, so it’s all about time. Head down, up into the mist, smarties from Santa at the trig, still in the mist, humbug hat off and back down as quick as I can. Tricky in places with the mud but crossed the line around a minute and a half quicker than last year. Great to see Lady Fell Harrier Helen enjoying Boxing Day too. Next up, hope to race Alistair or Johnny Brownlee at Auld Lang Syne, and then over to Kirkby Stephen for Nine Standards. Happy New Year. See you all there! PS. No results yet, but about 104th out of 200 in 35.33″.
RESULTS (none available currently)
New PB’s for Harriers at Sportscity Indoors – On the Fells at Stoop & Kong Winter Fell Series – Turkey Trot
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 16th
The second fixture in this years Indoor Series at Sportscity took place on Sunday with a number of Blackburn Harriers athletes involved in the action, setting four new personal bests between them.
U15 Hayden Mercer was running his first ever race Indoors and chose the 600m where he was up against another athlete – Thomas Manton – who was three seconds faster than him over 800m this year. Hayden closed that gap coming just three one hundreths behind him to place 2nd in a debut time of 1.34.44.
Ben Whittaker in his first year as an U20 started off in terrific style, winning his 60m Race in a time of 7.77 which was a new PB by three tenths – going into the race, five of the other six competitors all had better personal best times than Ben which makes his run even better. Brother George Whittaker – contesting the U15 Boys 300m – placed 3rd in a time of 43.30 which was a big 3.7sec PB from last year when he posted a best time of 47.00.
Myah Booth who moves up to U17 this year took on the 60m Hurdles and Shot Putt. She finished 2nd in the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.26 – an improvement of three tenths for a new PB and then placed 3rd out of eleven competitors in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.20m.
There were only two competitors in the U15 Boys 60m Hurdles – both of them Blackburn Harriers. Jayden Brammer crossed the line in 1st place with a time of 8.99 to set a new PB by three tenths, his previous best being 9.29 at the first fixture in the Series on December 2nd. Ben Boocock took second spot also with a new PB as he clocked 9.56 – running 9.57 in the December 2nd fixture.
Stoop Fell Race – Saturday December 15th
U20 Thomas Marchant was back on the Fells racing at Stoop, his last outing being at the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships (Grasmere) back in October. This Race covers 8km and 250m of ascent with 209 runners on the start line. Tom had a very good run coming across the line in 13th place, clocking a time of 34.33 – the race ebing won by Jack Wood in 30.27, six seconds infront of 2nd placed Sam Tosh.
(Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant)
Tom Marchant spoke to the Harriers about his race saying that “The race was a fast pace from start to finish. when I set off I started with the front pack and followed their pace for the first 2 miles or so and managed to keep with it until reaching the top of the first climb where my legs, unfortunately had gone from the fast climbing. However I managed to finish fast and strong. Overall a top performance, back feeling good again and happy with the result despite the cold-ish and windy weather on top of the climbs ”
Tom Marchant with Coach Noel Finucane
Kong Winter Fell Series 2018 – Saturday December 15th
One hundred and six finishers in this race won by Tom Simpson in 40.11 and run in pretty appalling weather conditions. Round things and brass monkey could have been key words!
At the end of the day, both John and Ian reflected on the race with John commenting “I woke up Saturday morning and thought F.A.B., Thunderbirds are go, and another Lakeland race! Then I remembered it was S.O.B. not F.A.B. and a race that was part of the Kong Winter series. Now that’s not King Kong, he was in a different race! So what is S.O.B.? Well, a short intense 5 mile blast over Stile End, Outerside and Barrow. That’s 3 Lakeland fells, 2 of which were Wainwrights and 1640 ft of climbing.The forecast said winter! It was! Frozen ground from the off. Temperatures below zero on the tops and winds that were whipping up to gale force. Windchill was promised at -22, so I did feel the nip, especially wearing shorts………………………The clubs recent Fell running promotion seemed to be paying dividends as the number of blue and whites on the start line had doubled. So 2 of us set off! Keeping ahead of Ian, I held back a little after the gate and allowed him to come alongside. I attempted to point out a sneaky line off the top of Barrow for our return. Pushing on I thought that may be a mistake when we come to that descent. Sure enough after keeping ahead on all 3 climbs he shot past me on the Barrow descent. He took the ridge, I took the sneaky line, but favouring to keep my 2 front teeth for Christmas, I minced about on the technical stuff and lost time. By now Ian’s, ‘no fear’ descent gave him a clear lead. All I could see was his bobble hat away in the distance as I tried to chase him across the final field. Through the woods, over the bridge, down the lane and done, 47 seconds behind the man from Mellor! The journey home down the M6 was another story. Thanks Storm Deirdre!”
John Orrell (32) & Ian Clarkson (101)
Ian Clarkson told us “John Orrell and myself were in action Saturday 15th December, taking part in the Kong Winter Fell Series, which is five races held over the winter in the Lake District. The S.O.B Fell Race (Stile End, Outerside, Barrow) 2nd Race in the series and our 1st. It is just under 5 miles with over 1600 feet of ascent on a very bitterly cold and windy day, perfect!! A nice steady start with a gradual climb that got a bit steeper and off John goes, onwards and upwards. Stile End out of the way, then gingerly drop down and upwards to Outerside, with some good running up towards Barrow, where I catch a glimpse of John!! Barrow has a wonderful descent back down, time to go!! Catch up with John, leave John, deal with the sting in the tail, slight ascent through some woods, hit the tarmac and finish. 1:02:37. A lovely little race in fresh conditions.
Turkey Trot – Saturday December 15th
Three hundred and forty five runners turned up for this, and rumoured to be the final ever running of this very popular race which provides for a lot of fun, plenty of prizes and fond memories of a good day out. The race was won by Chris Houldsworth in a time of 27.38 with Gary Priestley in second (29.13).
(Photos courtesy of David Belshaw)
Eight Blackburn Harriers ran the main race which saw Calum Holmes be the first Harrier across the line for the Club in 14th place overall – clocking a time of 33.51 and followed in by U17 Harry Wilkin in 26th spot (35.44) with Daniel Balshaw in 33rd spot (37.01.
Calum James Holmes
Great to see Sarah Toms back up North and running for the Club as she came home in 63rd position with a time of 42.29 and ahead of V45 Paul Wilkinson (85th) and Mark Wilkin (86th) with respective times of 46.39 and 46.48. V55 David Morris finished in 179th place (59.56) with V50 Clare Wilkin in 197th running a time of 62.27 and V40 Lorna Sharp in 212th position (64.30).
Sarah Toms & Mick Toms
Mark Wilkin (366) & Paul Wilkinson
Clare Wilkin (364)
Three of the Juniors ran in the earlier Race – The Junior Turkey Trot – and Keith Gill was there to watch them, commenting “On a cold winter’s morning a small field of u13 runners did the Hurst Green Santa Express trail run. A picturesque course through the woods was the perfect backdrop for the 1.5 mile fun run. Oliver was 1st runner home, with Saul in 3rd and Lulu safely in the pack. An enjoyable morning with a selection box prize to kick start xmas”
Lulu Sharp (134) – Saul Sharp (135) – Oliver Gill (125)
Oliver Gill Saul Sharp
Lulu Sharp (134)
Team Wins for Senior Men – U13 Boys – U15 Girls – Matt wins U17 Race at Mid Lancs – John comes 3rd at Longridge 7
‘Proper’ cross country conditions greeted the assembled athletes at Wilson Playing Fields for the third of six Mid Lancs League fixtures (2018-2019) – wind, rain, mud – on Saturday December 8th. This didn’t put off the Harriers athletes as seventy of them wearing the Blue & White, battled against the elements. There were delays to some races whilst the course was re-checked and confusion in some races as to the route itself. This raises once again, the issue of volunteers coming to the assistance of athletic clubs in putting on events. The truth is there are far too few who contribute to the running of the sport and without a serious renewal of Officials and people who are prepared to help put events on, not only in cross country but in track and field too, there is a likelihood that events will be cancelled. There was, and will be criticism of what happened on Saturday, but, spare a thought for those handful of volunteers led by Norman Mitchell who had the responsibility of putting on this fixture with not enough people to help.
Many thanks to photographers Daniel Belshaw and David Wood, plus others whose photos we have used for this report – The Harriers camera got affected by the weather and went down for the day and apologies for those athletes whose photo doesn’t appear.
After three fixtures in this years League, the Harriers standings are:-
U11 Girls 1st
U11 Boys 1st
U13 Girls 1st
U13 Boys 1st
U15 Girls 1st
U15 Boys 4th
U17 Women 1st
U17 Men 1st
The U11 Girls got the day off with the first race featuring sixty two runners and definitely not deterred by the conditions. The Harriers finished as 2nd Team to Lancaster, just missing out on the win by four points. Imogen Robinson led the team home in 5th place clocking a time of 8.46 with Hannah Davies one place behind in 6th (8.52), Charlotte Sousa in 25th with a time of 9.44, Lulu Sharp (46th) running 10.28, Isabella Pacelli one second behind in 47th (10.29) and Maisie Taylor coming home in 56th place (11.23).
Seventeen U11 Boys turned out for the Club as they matched the girls taking 2nd team overall behind a very good Trawden AC team. Sam Aspey led the lads home running a time of 7.40 in 4th place with Matthew Smith in 6th (7.51) and Oliver Gill finishing 9th in a time of 8.04 to make up the three counters. William Grundy was the next Harrier across the line in 15th place out of a field of 80 in a time of 8.12 with Theo Robinson making his cross country debut in the Mid Lancs (21st) clocking 8.25. Charlie Haworth wasn’t far behind in 27th spot (8.36) followed by George Ramsden in 41st (8.52) and Felix Thompson 46th in a time of 9.10. In 49th, 50th and 51st came Archie Bolton (9.19), Findlay Carroll (9.25) and Liam Bennison (9.26) respectively. Just five seconds separated the next three Harriers in 56th, 57th and 58th – Alexander Brien (9.37), Loucas Lancashire (9.38) and George Holman (9.42). Harry Russel took 74th place in 11.15 with Evan Potter in 75th (11.26) and Isaac Smith 78th (11.48).
The U13 Girls placed 5th Team on the day with the Harriers highest placed athlete – Keira Haxton – coming home in 14th position in a time of 11.52 with Molly Grimshaw the second Harrier home in 23rd (12.13). Next came Eva Knowles in 28th clocking 12.20 with Keira Booth in 29th (12.28), Caroline Woodworth (33rd) running a time of 12.40, Amelia Burton in 35th position (12.45) and Isabelle Hartley in a time of 12.50 (37th).
L-R Isabelle Hartley – Molly Grimshaw – Amelia Burton – Caroline Woodworth – Keira Booth – Eva Knowles – Keira Haxton
The Harriers U13 Boys had a dominant performance winning the Race with Isaac Butler, Dexta Thompson and Theo Watson the three counters for the win. Isaac won the race in a time of 10.31 with Dexta in 2nd place (10.38) and Theo in 6th spot in a time of 10.48. The stength of the team also lays in the number of young lads who are all really competitive and there were good runs from Jonathan Brindle in 16th place (11.21), Codie Dewhurst in 22nd (11.28), Saul Sharp (24th) in a time of 11.30, Harry Sambrook (27th) clocking 11.37 and new member and debutant – Ethan Lawrence – in 42nd spot (13.15).
There was an impressive run from Eleesha Charnley in the U15 Girls Race which resulted in her coming home in 3rd place overall in a time of 11.22 which helped the Harriers win the Team race from Chorley AC & Tri. Leah Hoole in 12th with a time of 11.47 and Hollie Cubbon in 13th (11.58) were the three counters for the team win. In 33rd spot came Rebecca Ramsden (13.08), with Molly Nicholls in 34th (13.32), new member and cross country debutant – Bella Durkin – in 35th place (13.34) and Eleanor Allsop in 37th (14.10).
L-R Eleanor Allsop – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Eleesha Charnely – Rebecca Ramsden – Molly Nicholls – Bella Durkin
The U15 Boys placed 3rd in the Team race behind Lancaster and Liverpool with Hayden Mercer coming home as the first Harrier in 13th place clocking 10.18 with David Holman just two places and three seconds further back in 15th (10.21). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was the third Team counter in 20th spot (10.30) followed by George Whittaker in 22nd (10.34), Ethan Barbarewicz in 23rd place (10.43), Danny Woodcock in 27th (11.05), Sebastian Burton (28th) with a time of 11.12, Rory Teare in 35th (11.32) and Zach Walmsley (37th) with a time of 11.33.
L-R Sebastian Burton – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Rory Teare – David Holman – Hayden Mercer – Ethan Barbarewicz
The U17 Women’s Race turned out to be short with just ten athletes competing which saw Amy Davies place 2nd in a time of 10.38, just two seconds behind the winner Charlotte Edwards (10.36).
Matt Ramsden won the U17 Men’s Race the hard way. After being led to believe he had finished, he then had to rejoin the race having lost a number of places as a consequence, but fought back to still win the race in a time of 21.59. Sam Hodkinson who suffered in the same way as Matt finished 6th in 22.44 with Jamie Teare in 24th place (24.26) which saw the team finish on the same points – 32 – as second placed Rossendale and winners Lancaster (27).
Maddie Elliott finished 2nd in the U20 Women’s race which featured just six runners, clocking 25.23 behind the winner – Eve Pannone. The U20 Men’s Race had slightly more runners – 14 in total – which was won by Nathan Dunn with Joe Gebbie having a very good run in 4th place (38.07) and Nicholas Smith in 8th spot (41.39).
One hundred and forty four runners took part in the Senior Women’s Race. The Senior Women’s Team had concentrated on the Red Rose League and had won that League so only a few Harriers out at the Mid Lancs which saw the three counters Katie Buckingham having another very strong race as she came home in 8th place overall clocking 24.04 and just one place behind Annabel Mason from Border. Maddie Elliottt was the 2nd counter in 11th place (25.23) with Lindsay Davies the third in 42nd position in a time of 28.15.
Like the Senior Women, the Men’s Senior Team had concentrated on the Red Rose League which they also won and although there was quite a number of the team not running, they still managed to pull off the Team win from Lancaster in 2nd and Preston in 3rd.
Daniel Collinge lead the team home in 5th place with a time of 36.36 with fast finishing Tom Blaney in 8th place (37.08) and similarly Marc Hartley in 10th (37.29). Joe Gebbie was running in only his second Senior Men’s race and had a very good run in 16th place (38.07) with Calum Holmes an equally good run in 18th place clocking 38.28. Chris Davies made it our 6th counter in the top 20 places as he placed 20th in a time of 38.37. Mark Chippendale had another good run to place 27th overall in a time of 39.52 – a run which won him the V50 category. Next home was Nicholas Smith in 48th place out of a field of 243, with a time of 41.39, followed in by V50 Chris Balderson in 94th (44.59), Danny Teare (178th) in 51.39 and Allan Hartley in 204th (55.06).
Longridge 7 – Sunday December 8th
Four hundred and eleven runners in the Longridge 7 – a race which has been held annually for quite a number of years now and continues to attract large fields.
This year the race was won in a time of 41.10.71 by Rob Grantham with the Harriers John Horrocks having a very good run himself to place 3rd overall clocking 43.25.46, just three seconds behind 2nd placed Simon Denye. V50 David Morris finished in 284th place with a time of 69.33
Ben in top 5 at Percy Pud 10k – Wins for Ben and Jayden at Sportscity Indoor Meeting – Harriers qualifying for Lancashire Schools Champs – Sportshall kids Shine – Junior Endurance Monthly Award
Two thousand, eight hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Percy Pud 10k which was won in a course record time of 29.13 by Jack Martin of Stocport with second placed Andrew Heyes also breaking 30 minutes iwht a time of 29.31. There was a battle for 3rd place between James Straw and Ben Fish which saw Straw take 3rd in 31.11 and Ben coming home in a time of 31.15 in 4th for a seasons best time. This was Ben’s 5th 10k this year, having won four of them and afterwards he commented that the “Race went well, knew no one would touch the first two. Disappointed I couldn’t pull away at 7km and secure third”.
Also running in this Race was V40 Paul Jeffries who came home in 245th place with a time of 41.38 and he told the Harriers “This morning i took part in the Percy Pud 10k race in Sheffield organised by the Steel City Striders, It was a nice surprise to see a friendly face (Ben Fish), 41:38 chip time and 245th out of a field of 2860 competitors, the weather was cold and wet, i found the course to be quite challenging but felt strong on the hill climbs, also met a few sporting heroes before the race, Michael Rimmer and Eilish McColgan.
Michael Rimmer – Paul Jeffries – Eilish McColgan
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 2nd
Ben Brampton, Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock all competed at the first in this years six fixture Indoor Series held at Sportscity.
It was agreat start for new member Jayden Riley (U15) as he won the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.29 with Ben Boocock behind him in 2nd place clocking 9.57 which was seven tenths faster than his previous best so far and a new PB. Long Jumper Ben Branton (U17) tried the 60m and had a cracking run to win in a time of 7.71 which was six tenths faster than his last run over the distance indoors and another new PB. It didn’t go as well in the Long Jump for Ben as he finished with a leap of 5.11m for 13th place out of 19 competitors.
Blackburn Schools Cross Country Championships – Sarturday December 1st at Witton Park
There were some very good results for Blackburn Harriers at the Town Schools Champs with all of these qualifying for the Lancashire Champs in February 2019. The official results are not yet available but at least 9 Blackburn Harriers have qualified – Hayden Mercer – Isaac Butler – Theo Watson – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Amy Davies – Ruby Cain – Eva Knowles. – without the official results we are not able to declare any other runners as having qualified at this stage.
Hayden Mercer (2nd) – Isaac Butler (1st) – Theo Watson (3rd)
Hollie Cubbon (2nd) – Leah Hoole (1st) – Kate Cookson (3rd)
Amy Davies (1st ) – Ruby Cain (3rd)
Sportshall Competition – Blackpool Sunday December 2nd
Sunday saw the second round of this years Lancashire Sportshall Competition take place once again at Blackpool. Team Manager for the day for both Boys and Girls was Sportshall Coach – Lindsay Davies who said that it was “Another enjoyable day at Sportshall but a bit quieter than usual, probably due to the cross country day before. Our little Harriers are mostly new to the competition this year but that didn’t stop them putting every effort into the competition”.
Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Alesha Hindle, Imogen Robinson and Brooke Szatkowski, who have done many competitions now, put in fantastic performances for the Under 11 girls. Evie Fort, Megan Purkis and Sammy Peacock, Maisie Taylor, Alex Peacock and Isabela Thompson who are all relatively new at Sportshall did fantastic too in the under 11 girls.
Under 11 boys consisted of Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Cameron Osborne, Henry Gibson, Rohan McGoy, Jack Duxbury and Findlay Carroll, Matthew Lowe, Theo Robinson and Sam Craven, again as with the girls, we have a few new to Sportshall but they also put in some tremendous performances.
In the Under 13 and 15 Girls, we had some great performances from Niamh Gater, Lucy Rishton who had an impressive speed bounce of 81, Sophie Gibson, Uma McGoy, Isabelle Hartley and Imogen Mansfield also Myah Booth who won the under 15 girls athlete of the match. Under 13 and 15 Boys we had Aidan Downes, Isaac Butler (84 in Speed bounce) and Hayden Mercer.
The Harriers scoring relay teams were:-Under 11 girls, Alisha Lehner, Imogen Robinson, Evie Fort and Brooke Szatkowski, Under 11 boys, Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Findlay Carroll and Matthew Lowe. Under 13 girls, Lucy Rishton, Niamh Gater, Isabelle Hartley and Sophie Gibson. Under 15 girls, Imogen Mansfield and Myah Booth. Under 15 Boys Hayden Mercer and Isaac Butler. All athletes were very well behaved on the day and are a credit to the club, it is an honour to have such amazing young athletes.
Thank you from Coach Lindsay.
Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month
This Award is given each month to an athlete in the Junior Endurance Group and is decided byt he two Coaches – Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley. Their decision is based on the youngsters attitdue to training, their consistency in attending, their behaviour and ability to listen and take instructions and guidance on board and importantly, to understand the importance of supporting all the other members of the Group.
The winner for October was Eve Coulson and the winner for November was Lulu Sharp.
Eve Coulson (October)
Lulu Sharp (November)
It was standing room only at this years Presentation Evening held at Mill Hill Working Men’s Club. Some 200 members of the Harriers came to celebrate the achievements of all of the athletes, of the teams and the Club as a whole in the previous year of competition.
There was a special moment at the beginning of the evening when George Woodburn who joined the Harriers in 1965, presented the Presidents Medallion to the newly elected President Tony Wood. In presenting the Medallion – which featured all the names of past Presidents back to 1910 – George Woodburn paid tribute to Tony’s 45 years of dedicated work for the Harriers, as an athlete, team manager, Committee Member and Senior Club Officer.
George Woodburn & Tony Wood
In accepting the Medallion, Tony talked about the role that our former President – George Kirby who had sadly passed away recently – had played in the building and development of Blackburn Harriers, covering nearly 70 years. The tributes that have poured in from the athletic world alongside that of the new Club president, are testament to the affection that George Kitby was held in throughout the athletics world, at local, regional and national level. He made his mark, inspired and mentored many and his contribution will be greatly missed.
A second special moment came when Tony introduced the evenings Guest Presenter – Joe Fleming. Joe had been the Harriers High Jump Coach for many years and has recently had to step down from that role, but in his time, he had seen the emergence of a number of talented High Jumpers, including Rob Brocklebank (2.17m) and Joseph Pearse (2.08m) as well as many others who have competed at a good level under his caoching and guidance.
During the course of the evening there were a couple of special Awards given – the first being the The Bob Goves Trophy. The origin of this Award comes from the Club’s Hurdles Group, who wished to make it an annual award, given to the best hurdler as judged by themselves. The Hurdlers gave the name to the Trophy rather than the Coach and this year it was won by Myah Booth, English Schools finalist.
L-R Bob Groves – Joe Fleming – Myah Booth
The second special Award presented was the Arthur Almond Trophy. Arthur was one of the Harriers most succesful Middle Distance coaches. His wife Sylvia, donated this trophy to be given to a Middle Distance athlete who had performed at a very good level over the course of a season. This year the Award went to Jess Judd for her time of 2.04 for the 800m run at Tipton in July.
The Junior Squad Trophy was won by Matthew Smith for the Boys and Alisha Lehner for the Girls with George Ramsden, Findlay Carroll, Imogen Robinson and Isabella Knighton runners up. These athletes are chosen by the Harriers Sportshall Coaches.
Findlay Carroll – George Ramsden – Matthew Smith – Alisha Lehner – Imogen Robinson
The U11 Endurance Award went to Daniel Smith, Oliver Gill and Hannah Davies – an award presented for U11 athletes who competed consistently in the cross country season.
Daniel Smith – Oliver Gill Hannah Davies
The Junior Team contribution to Track & Field over the season was split into age groups with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Matthew Heywood winning the U13/U15 Boys age category, Nicky Saunders the U13/U15 Girls, Anthony Kent (U17/U20 Men) and Bailey Madden (U17/U20 Women).
Matthew Heywood – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret Anthony Kent
Our Junior Merit Award was split into U13 and U15 age groups with five winners in each age. Niamh Gater, Daniel Smith, Tobi Olidapo, Codie Dewhurst and Isaac Butler won the U13’s and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, Leah Hoole, David Holman, George Whittaker and Harvey Ashworth won the U15’s.
L-R Daniel Smith – Tobi Olidapo – Codie Dewhurst – Isaac Butler – Niamh Gater – Joe Fleming
L-R Harvey Ashworth – George Whittaker – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – David Holman – Joe Fleming – Leah Hoole
Senior Team contribution to Track & Field went to Tony Balko and Anna Peers for performances in the Northern League, Mid Lancs League, County and Northern Championships.
Anna Peers – Joe Fleming – Tony Balko
Senior Leagues Track & Field Merit Award is presented to athletes who are new to the squad and have impressed their Team Managers and Coaches throughout the season. Mens winners were Jonathan Gough, Sam Hodkinson, Solomon Brown and Anthony Kent whilst the Women’s winners were Bailey Madden, Chloe Bleeks, Millie Coy and Emily Warren.
L-R Anthony Kent – Solomon Brown – Joe Fleming – Jonathan Gough
L-R Bailey Madden – Chloe Bleeks – Joe Fleming – Millie Coy – Emily Warren
The Junior Team contribution to Cross Country for the Boys was won by Sam Hodkinson, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Matt Ramsden whilst for the Girls it was Eleesha Charnley and Caroline Woodoworth. The Senior Award in this category was won by Chris Davies and Lindsay Davies.
Matt Ramsden – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Joe Fleming – Eleesha Charnley – Caroline Woodworth
Chris Davies Lindsay Davies
Splitting into age groups again, the next Award was presented for most promising young athlete which saw Hayden Mercer win the U13/U15 Boys, Eleesha Charnley (U13/U15 Girls), Joe Gebbie (U17/U20 Men) and joint winners in the U17/U20 Women – Millie Coy and Bailey Madden.
Hayden Mercer Eleesha Charnley
Joe Gebbie Bailey Madden – Joe Fleing – Millie Coy
The Most Promising Young Athlete Award went to Kyle Mashiter, Ethan Downes, Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allcock in the U13/U15 boys, Keira Haxton (U13/U15 Girls), Solomon Brown (U17/U20 Men) and Charlie Coy and Abigail Brown (U17/U20 Women).
Tobi Olidapo – Joe Fleming – Harrison Allcock – Kyle Mashiter – Ethan Downes
Keira Haxton Solomon Brown
Abigail; Brown – Joe Fleming – Charlie Coy
The Award for Oustanding Junior Committment is given in recognition of those athletes who have shown commitment and application beyond what be normally expected in ordeer to improve themselves or support their team mates – the winners being Maddie Elliott and Charlotte Williams.
Joe Fleming with Charlotte Williams
The Club Cross Country Award went to Rob Warner for the men after his 16th place in the Inter-Counties and 27th in the National Championships – and – to Joanne Nelson for winning the Mid Lancs Veterans Series and 2nd over all in the League.
Joanne Nelson was back up again as a deserved winner of the Best Veteran Award along with Tony Balko picking up his second Award of the Evening. Joanne won six V45 Road Races alongside her cross country wins and Northern League track contributiuons over 3000. Tony won the award for his contribution in the Northern League and his performances in National and World Championships Throws competition. In the Road Veteran Road Running Award, it was wins for Chris Davies and Pauline Powell – Chris having won the Horwich Series (V40’s), Astley Park Series (V40’s), 4 x V40 wins in Road Races, 1 x V40 win at 10 miles and 2nd in the Half-Marathon. Pauline had 5 wins on the road, 6 wins as a V45 and is ranked 3rd nationally in the V45’s for 10k and 10m.
Joanne Nelson Tony Balko
Blackburn Harriers Triathlete of the Year was Jack Hindle after his Series tremendous win in the Slateman, Snowman and Sandman Triathons, winning the Slateman and Snowman, finishing 2nd in the final event (Sandman).
The Best Junior Field Performance went to Kyle Mashiter in the U13/U15’s Boys for his 5.39m Long Jump, Myah Booth in the U13/U15 Girls for her 10.99m Shot Putt Gold Medal at the Lancashire Championships, Sam Gaskell for his 68.75m Hammer Throw to win English Schools Gold and Charlotte Williams for her 57.41m Hanner Throw at Bedford in the U15/U17 National Championships. For the Seniors, the best Field performances came from sprinter Brandon Zinyemba for his 5.83m Long Jump in the Northern League and Holly Bradshaw for her new Club Record in the Shot Putt of 11.56m in the Northern League.
Kyle Mashiter Myah Booth
Sam Gaskell Charlotte Williams
Joe Fleming and Brandon Zinyemba
Best Perforamnce on the Track for Junior athletes ranging from U13 to U20’s and Seniors were won by Kyle Mashiter U13/U15 Boys 11.6 for 100m at Lancashire Championships, Myah Booth (U13/U15 Girls) for her 11.34 in the 75m Hurdles at English Schools, Matt Ramsden U15/U17’s for his 4.14.1 1500m at Lancashire Championships and Bailey Madden U17/U20 Women for her 12.6 100m at Lancashire Championships.
Kyle Mashiter Myah Booth
Matt Ramsden Bailey Madden
The Best Senior Track Performances of the year came from Rob Warner for his run of 3.48.45 in the 1500m at Loughborough and Alison Lundy for her 2.08.62 at Tipton.
Each year an Award is given to the best perforamnces at the English Schools Championships. This year was exceptional as Sam Gaskell won the Championships in the Hammer with a throw of 68.75m whilst Myah Booth ran a better than national standard and a new personal best in the 75m Hurdles of 11.34.
Sam Gaskell Myah Booth
Outstanding Achievment Awards in Track & Field were won by Holly Bradshaw after winning the Bronze Medal at the European Championships and Sophie Hitchon for her 2nd place in the Athletics World Cup.
The Club Championships and Handicap Championships was a double success for Chris Davies and Lindsay Davies, both of whom won the Championship and Handicap Championship.
Chris Davies – Lindsay Davies with Presenter Joe Fleming
The Young Athlete of the Year Award went to Sam Gaskell and Myah Booth, the Award being given to the Junior Athletes who have performed to the highest standards throughout the year whilst the Senior Award went to Rob Warner and Jess Judd.
Sam Gaskell Myah Booth
The Final Award of the evening is the Round Chase Trophy presented to the the Team or Squad who have achieved the best overall performance of the year. This time, the Award went to the Northern League Track & Field Team who set out at the beginning of the season to win Division 2 and get to the Promotion Match where they would have a chance to be promoted to Division One – and that is exactly what they achieved to end a great season for all those athletes involved and for the Club.
Team Captains Anna Peers and Ben Fish accepting the Trophy from Joe Fleming
Some of the athletes who helped make up the winning Team
Blackburn Harriers Senior Men and Senior Women 2018 Red Rose League Champions – Ben & Jacob set new PB’s at Podium 5k
What a way to finish off the season in this years Red Rose League. The Club’s Senior Women won the Team Race on the day to take the Team Title for the year. In addition they won the Vets Team Title for the year and had Carmen Byrne as winner of the V40 Series and Jonanne Nelson as Winner of the V45 Series. An understandably delighted Team Captain Joanne Nelson commented afterwards on the performances of the Team “Harriers ladies smash it at Red Rose Cross Country series!! Not that I like to exaggerate, but the girls did well. 1st vet 40 – Carmen, 1st V45 – myself, first team in the series and first vets team. The last race at Todmorden was certainly a challenge, with hills, mud, and more hills. A fabulous turn out by the women and great team spirit. The ladies should be extremely proud of themselves. Roll on next Saturday at Hyndburn to take on the Mid Lancs fixtures”.
Back Row – Lindsay Davies – Annabel Ralph – Becky Shorrock – Jan Buckingham – Katie Buckingham – On the Deck – Maddie Elliott – Joanne Nelson
In the Senior Women’s Race, Katie Buckingham had another fine run taking 4th place overall in a time of 23.12 to lead the Harriers Team to the win. Great packing by the Harriers saw Joanne Nelson finish 5th in 23.24, Annabel Ralph 9th in a time of 23.52, Carmen Byrne 10th (23.53) which gave the team four out of the top ten places. Maddie Elliott was next across the finishing line in 13th clocking 24.31, followed by Ellen Sagar Hesketh in 15th spot with a time of 24.38, Lindsay Davies in 34th place (26.48), just two places behind in 36th – Rebecca Shorrock in a time of 27.03, her first race for a long time following surgery and Jan Buckingham in 76th running a time of 31.34.
There was a cracking race in the Men’s Senior Race which saw Bury just pip Blackburn Harriers by three points on the day. The Harriers had their first six counters in the top fifteen places (4th, 8th, 9th, 10th,13th,15th), but was just not enough as Bury had the race winner and five others in the first seventeen places (1st, 5th,7th,12th,14th,17th).
Back Row – Dominic Walton – John Chaplin – Danny Teare – Karl Billington – Chris Davies – Marc Hartley – Joe Gebbie – Tim Raynes – Tom Blaney – Front Row – Thomas marchant – Calum James – Nick Smith
Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – was delighted with the day and the seasons results commenting that it was “A tough XC to finish off the series, solid performances throughout and a run from a new member that will give him confidence to really push on, a great team performance throughput the series, very pleased and BH back again were we belong, at the top”
Finishing 2nd on the day, the Men’s secured the 2018 Series Senior Men’s Title, retaining the Title they won in 2017 and 2016 after finishing 2nd in 2015. In the early part of the Race, Tim Raynes was leading the field which settled down eventiually to a battle between Tim, Rob Webb from Rossendale and the two Bury lads, Oliver Makinson and Ben Coop and Luke Betts. U20 Oliver Makinson gradually took over the lead and never looked back as he ran out a very good winner in a time of 37.35. Tim came home in 4th place (38.02) which secured him a deserved Series Individual Title after winning at Leigh and Bolton. Added to the Series Individual and Team Titles, Chris Davies won the V40 Title for the Series.
Next home for the Club came U20 Tom Marchant who had a very good race, finishing in 9th place in a time of 39.39 and 2nd U20 with Dominic Walton – in very good winter form – just one place further back in 10th (39.51) and Chris Davies in 11th clocking 40.23, a run which saw him win the V40 category on the day.
Really good packing from the lads had Tom Blaney across the line in 14th place (40.36) with Calum James two places further back in 16th (40.39) and U20 Joe Gebbie right behind in 17th clocking a time of 40.46 and 3rd U20 on the day.
Marc Hartley came home in 23rd place in 42.27 followed by U20 Nick Smith (31st) in a time of 43.42, V60 John Chaplin in 107th position running a time of 53.15 and Danny Teare in 123rd place (55.59).
With concentration for the Juniors on the Mid Lancs Cross Country League and Blackburn Schools Cross Country in the morning, there weren’t a lot out today, however, the U11 Boys managed to secure a runners up spot in the Series Team Title coming second to Trawden.
‘Pocket rocket’ Sam Aspey led the lads off to a very quick start to take an early lead but as the race settled down, the three Trawden lads made their way to the front and stayed there. Sam came home in 4th place with an excellent run clocking 6.44 followed by equally good runs for Oliver Gill in 7th place (7.01) and Matthew Smith in 8th and being given the same time as Oliver – 7.01. Archie Bolton – in his first season on the cross country enjoyed himself as he ran 8.15 in 49th position with George Holman placing 59th out of the 84 strong field in a time of 8.35.
Keith Gill who looks after the U11 Boys at these fixtures summed up the day, commenting “The U11 Boys started the day in 5th place in the Team competition and knew a good performance would move them up the order. With Sam making his Red Rose debut the Team looked really strong. Making their intentions clear Sam and Matthew got flying starts and set the early pace. Great runs in the hilly section followed by exceptional finishes meant all the boys placed well. First Harrier home was Sam in 6:44 winning a finishing straight sprint off to 4th place. Oliver and Matthew finished together in 7:01 for 7th and 8th holding off a group of chasing runners. Archie was next home with 49th in 8:15 and George 59th in 8:35 to complete the Team. 4th, 7th and 8th was good enough to move the Team into 2nd place to finish behind a very good Trawden Team. A great result which has been fantastic to watch and really is a reward for the hard work over the season from the boys and the coaches”.
Oliver Gill & Matthew Smith
Just one runner in the U11 Girls which saw Hannah Davies place 21st out of 73 runners in a time of 8.14 and just two runners in the U13 Girls – Keira Haxton and Caroline Woodworth – Keira coming across the line in 23rd place in a time of 10.06 and Caroline placing 36th clocking 10.28. The U13 Boys also just had one runner – Daniel Smith maintaining his good form from the presvious fixture at Rossendale as he placed 9th overall in a good time of 9.01. Ethan Barbarewicz was the sole runner in the U15 Boys and he also ran well to come home in 10th place with a time of 17.25.
Podium 5k – Saturday December 1st
The latest of the Podium 5k Series, set up to enable fast times had seventy three athletes in the ‘A’ Race won by Jamie Webii in a time of 14.33 and fifty six in the ‘B’ Race won in 16.56 by Toby Middleton.
Ben Costello, Jack Hindle and Jacob Watson ran in the ‘A Race for the Harriers which saw Ben set a new PB by nine seconds, finishing in 24th place with a time of 15.31. Jack was just outside his personal best as he as he came home just one place behind Ben (25th) clocking 15.35. Jacob had a belter of a run too as he reduced his personal best from 16.48 to 16.17 – a new PB by pver half a minute in 43rd position.
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