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Another Win for Ben and Joanne at Greenway 5k – Seasons Best for Rob at BMC – Throws PB’s for Sam at Trafford Grand Prix

Greenway 5k – Wednesday July 24th

Well over two hundred runners contested this 5k run – the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – in very warm and testing conditions which resulted in the Harriers taking almost all the winning categories — Race Winner — Women’s Winner – 1st V40 Man — 1st V45 Man — 1st Women’s V35 — 1st V45 Women — 1st Junior Women.



Ben Fish was the comfortable winner by nearly a minute as he came home in a time of 15.29, at the head of five Blackburn Harriers taking top ten finishes. In 4th place came Chris Davies clocking 16.47 and with it the V401st Prize, followed by John Horrocks in 8th position with a time of 17.31, Calum Holmes – who had run the Burnley 10k three days previously in 35.27 (3rd) – came home in 9th place (17.31) and V45 Paul Brindle in 10th – running a time of 17.43 which also won him the 1st V45 prize.

Photos Courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photo’s)

Ben Fish (201)

Chris Davies (158)John Horrocks (312)Paul Brindle (255)

Matthew Poole – in his first year competing for the Harriers – had another good race to place 20th in a time of 18.25. In the Series Standings Ben is top of the leader Board after Race 11 with Chris Davies in 3rd position and also in 1st V40 place, John Horrocks in 5th and Calum Holmes 7th, Matthew Poole 25th and Gary Pearse 42nd.

Matthew Poole (287)

Joanne Nelson and Victoria Mousley were at it again as they finished 1st and 2nd Women for the third race in a row – Joanne who ran a 1500m PB in the Northern League Division 1 Match last Sunday won in a time of 19.03 and 28th overall with Victoria in 43rd spot overall and 2nd Woman  clocking 19.37. In 63rd spot came V50 Gary Pearse running a time of 20.50 with Amy Davies in 97th position and 1st Junior Woman with a time of 22.33 and followed by Lindsay Davies in 101st clocking 22.42. On the night Joanne won the Women’s V45 1st prize alongside Victoria winning the Women’s V35 prize.

Joanne Nelson (254)Victoria Mousley (198)Gary pearse (362)Amy Davies (159)Lindsay Davies (160)

In the Junior U11 / U13 Race of Boys and Girls – sixty nine youngsters took part in the race won by Trawden’s U13 Harry Smith in 6.47. The first Harrier home was U13 Matthew Smith in 5th spot running a time of 7.32 with U11 Theo Robinson in 14th place (7.49), U11 Harry Smith in 16th position (7.50) and U13 Hannah Davies in 25th place overall with a time of 8.15.

Matthew Smith (72)

Theo Robinson (71)Harry Smith (59)Alexander Brien (41) & Hannah Davies (25)

Next home came U13 Imogen Robinson (28th) clocking 8.18, U13 Alexander Brien (32nd) with a time of 8.22, U13 Emily Smith coming home in 43rd place in her first race for the Club (8.58) and U11 Charlotte Smith in 54th (9.38). The U15/U17 Race saw Codie Dewhurst finish in 10th place out of the 30 strong field in a time of 11.32 with Daniel Smith in 16th spot clocking 12.24.

Alexander Brien (41) & Imogen Robinson (68)Charlotte Smith (70)Codie Dewhurst (94)Daniel Smith (117)

Trafford BMC – Tuesday July 23rd

Rob Warner, Tim Raynes, Tony Balko and Sam Gaskell weere all competing at Trafford on Tuesday evening in their respective events. Rob was in a stacked 1500m A Race with athletes having personal bests of 3.41 through to 3.49. In the end, just seven tenths separated the first 5 finishers with Rob in 5th clocking a seasons best time of 3.48.71 – just two tenths outside of his personal best – in the race won by Adam Craig in 3.48.02.

BMC Gold Standard Races RESULTS

Afrer the Race Rob spoke to the Harriers about the evening saying that he was Very happy with the race and the time, the season hasn’t gone the way I’d have hoped so far so it was really good to put in a good run and be competitive in a top class field! It was slightly slower than I expected through 700m, so I’m quite positive that a pb is there with a quicker start. It was a very close finish with the top 6 all within a second of each other, I may have slightly mistimed my kick and pushed a bit too hard down the back straight as the wheels started to fall off a bit in the last 100m!

Rob Warner (271) Archive Photo

Tim was competing in only his second track race of the season following some time off with an injury – his first being in Division 1 on the Northern League at the weekend over 1500m. Tim went into this Race won by Emilie Cairess in 8.12.99 with an open mind and clocked 9.01.19 in 5th place out of a field of 18 athletes.

Trafford Grand Prix RESULTS

Tim spoke to the Harriers after the Race commenting that he “Went into the race without a particular plan in terms of splits, just hoping a decent time would come from racing those around me. It ended up being a tough slog in the heat. At the front, Emile Cairess hit a 61 on the first lap, which spread the field out early on. From then on I found myself in no man’s land for the whole race, as most of the field (myself included) progressively slowed throughout the race. Hopefully I will be able to have another crack at a 3k before the end of the summer.”

Tim Raynes Northern League July 21st

Sam Gaskell went into this Hammer competition with a personal best of 62.76m and had a very good night as he secured a new PB of 64.95m for himself, an improvement of over 2m with the 6kg Hammer.

Sam Gaskell (Archive Phot)

Tony Balko was also having a good night as he took on the Hammer (6kg) and Javelin (400g) – throwing 31.75m in the Javeling and 38.07m with the Hammer. Afterwards, Tony told the Club that  Despite competing on Sunday, training on Monday and feeling a little bit jaded last night, quite enjoyed the meet, tried a few new things that didn’t quite come off. Good to see Sam smashing it. Preparations are are on track for Project Venice 2019″.

Tony Balko (Archive Photo)