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Holly Wins International Grand Prix Pole Vault & moves to No. 3 in World Indoor Rankings – Rachel sets new 20m PB – Carmen Wins Central Lancashire 5k – On the Fells with the Harriers at Bleasdale – Top 10 for Calum at Great North Western Half-Marathon – Hayden runs 600m at Sportscity
Holly Bradshaw has had a fabulous two weeks starting with winning her 11th British Title with a winning Vault of 4.80m two weeks ago and then following that up with a first time clearance of 4.81m to win the International Muller Grand Prix Indoor Meeting in Birmingham this weekend. In doing so, Holly was in front of Olympic Champion Katerina Stefanidi as well as world ranking pole vaulters – Katie Nageotte and Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou and puts Holly to number 3 in the World Rankings.
After the meeting ended, Holly spoke to the Club telling us “To get another seasons best and jump 4.81m which is my 2nd best height ever was super exciting, especially in front of a home crowd. I just feel very grateful that everything for me is coming together after years of injury and struggles. I’ve managed to stay healthy and put together 18months of training and that’s really the only difference. I am faster and stronger then ever and that’s why I can compete with the best girls in the world from a shorter approach. I’m excited to see what happens in Glasgow now! Another home crowd getting behind me…I’m just looking forward to it so much!”
Bramley 20 Mile Race – Sunday February 17th
A big field saw six hundred and thirty three finishers in this 20 mile race won by Matthew Richards in a time of !hr 52.59. Blackburn Harriers Rachel Wood had a very good run in preparation for running the Boston Marathon as she placed 2nd in the Women’s Race clocking 2hr 12.50 behind the winner Charlotte Firth (2.06.02). Rachel’s run was a minute faster than her previous best and setting a new PB over this distance was a great effort.
Rachel was asked by the Club how she found the day and her race and she told us “I ran the Bramley 20 mile race on Sunday 17th February in preparation for Boston marathon on 15th April 2019. 20 miles is the longest run in my training plan so far and so i thought the race would be a good test of my fitness at the moment. It was a two lap course and I gradually moved through the field overtaking 3rd and 4th place at around 15 miles. I finished 2nd female overall in a time of 2.12.50. This is a pb for me and it has given me confidence going forward in my training!“
Central Lancashire 5k – Sunday February 17th
Jonny Kay from Bolton won this race, featuring one hundred and thirty four runners, comfortably, in a time of 15.35. Carmen Byrne (V40) contested the race for the Harriers and finished with a time of 20.07 which was good eneough for her to th take the 1st Women’s Prize and V40 Women’s Prize.
Speaking to the Club, Carmen commented “It wasn’t fast, as I’d had to get up at 5am to manage my food properly, so ran strongly until last k, where usually I can pick up pace a lot more, but today despite a mid race snack i slowed up. My 20.07 also included a decent climb and few undulations. Am going to look for a few more 5ks but flatter and with later starts. It was still pretty enjoyable though”.
Sportscity Indoor Series – Sunday February 17th
U15 Hayden Mercer ran the 600m at Sportscity in December 2016 and clocked 1.34.44 in the U15 Race. At the weekend he finished up running in the U17 race – crossing the line in 3rd place – which was a learning experience for the young athlete and afterwards he told us “I had a slow first lap and realised that I was lacking in pace. I accelerated on lap 2 and on the final lap to overtake 2 other competitors. My time was 0.12sec off my PB which I am pleased with after all the winner was an U17 runner! 3rd today in a time of 1.34:56″.
Hayden Mercer (87)
Bleasdale Fell Race – Saturday February 16th
The race starts from Bleasdale Parish Hall, heading north on the road for 200 metres where a cattle grid is crossed before the route leaves the road and crosses farmland for around 1500 metres, likely to be wet and muddy, passing Bleasdale Circle and on to Higher Fairsnape Farm. A farm track now climbs gradually for around 1500 metres to the fell gate. The route then climbs steeply, on rough grass and with some rocks that may be concealed, to reach Paddy’s Pole, check point. From Paddy’s Pole the route descends gradually on a fell path, grass/rock, before climbing gradually to Parlick, check point. From Parlick the route descends steeply, mainly on rough grass with some rocks that may be concealed under grass and reeds. The route then leaves the open fell descending on farmland and tracks past Blindhurst Farm and continues on a track then farmland for the final 2 km.
One hundred and twenty five finishers in this Fell Race won by Oliver Heaton in a time of 37.39. Two Blackburn Harriers ran on the day which saw John Horrocks taking another top ten place on the Fells, running a time of 40.04 in 7th spot. Afterwards, John reflected on the race commenting “Bleasdale Circle. One of my favourites of the shorter fell races. Brilliant day for it as it’s normally blowing a gail and throwing down every time I’ve done it in the past! Had a good climb and decent but died on the last half a mile through the fields back to the finish and lost a couple of places. Fastest I’ve ever run the race so I’m happy!“
Richard Taylor placed 108th (59.47) which was his first outing on the Fells for quite a while and he told the Club after the race fiunished that “Bleasdale is a cracking race and venue that I’ve ran with Jackie in the past. In 2009 when I first raced it I was 10 minutes quicker, despite a wrong line off Paddy’s Pole in the clag costing me a minute or two, so I’ve lost around a minute per year. But I still enjoyed yesterday. Blue sky, great views and a friendly bunch of fellow runners and hope to claw back a few of those lost minutes this spring. Thanks to Bowland Fell Runners or putting on a super little event”
Great North Western Half-Marathon – Sunday February 17th
Over 900 finishers in this wind affected race won by Grant Johnson in a time of 70.37. Calum Holmes came home 10th overall in 79.28 and there was little doubt that everyone’s times on the day had been affected by the conditions, with the wind blowing strongly off the sea.
Fabulous racing at this years Armagh International Road Races as sixteen women ran under 9.30 with 49 women clocking sub 10 minute runs over 3k. In the Men’s 5k Race, 113 ran sub 15 minutes overall – 12 of whom clocked sub 14 minute times.
In 2018 Jess Judd clocked 9.03 in 2nd place to Laura Weightman at the Armagh 3k Road Race. One year later, on Valentines Day 2019, she placed 2nd again, this time to Steph Twell (8.59) after running a great race herself in clocking a time of 9.05, just two seconds outside her presonal best. After the Race, Jess spoke to the Club saying “I’m really happy with my race, just not as fast as I’d like to be right now but it is difficult when training for the cross country and getting back from illness and injuries! Think I’m getting there but always nice to know I still have things to work on! Really enjoyed the race and was nice to watch the mens race after too”.
L-R Jess Judd (2nd in 9.05) – Steph Twell (1st in 8.59) – Amy Griffiths (3rd in 9.10)
Rob Warner went into the Men’s 5k Race – won by Topi Raitane in 13.43 – with a personal best time of 14.49 as he placed 81st in the 2018 Armagh 5k. This year Rob chopped another 8m seconds off to clock a new PB of 14.41 in 68th position. Afterwards, Rob told the Club “I perhaps didn’t pace it that well in the middle and started to fade a bit from 3-4k, was a great race to be a part of though with over 100 breaking 15 mins! It was an okay run from me, I would have a liked to be looking more towards 14:30 but I can’t complain with a PB after not the best winter!“
(Photos courtesy of Keith McClure Photography)
L-R George Lowry (70th in 14.41) – Alex Tovery (69th in 14.41) – Rob Warner (68th in 14.41)
Holly Wins British Title with new Championship Record – 5 Team Wins & 3 Individual Wins at Mid Lancs Cross Country – Harriers set six new PB’s at Barcelona Half-Marathon – Ben Wins 60m Hurdles at at Sportscity – Valentines 10k
What a weekend for Blackburn Harrier – Holly Bradshaw. In her first competitive competition since since winning the Great City North Games back in September 2018, Holly, In winning the British Indoor Championships set a new Championship record and went to Number 3 in the World Rankings.
With prospects of a great year ahead for Holly, she spoke to the Harriers afterwards, telling us “I don’t really know where to start, today was one of those days you just dream of. I didn’t really know what to expect going into the British Champs , I have been feeling really good in training lately but we have been focusing more on getting faster so doing more speed sessions rather than vaulting hence why I am only off a shortened approach. We made the decision back in 2018 that we would skip the indoors and work on getting faster. However we were too tempted with such exciting domestic competitions this 2019 indoors”
Another great day too for the Harriers as sixty athletes turned out. At the Mid Lancs League fixture at Leigh yesterday, they scored Team Wins in the U11 Girls, U13 Boys, U17 Men, Sen Women and Senior Men coupled with 2nd places for U11 Boys, U15 Girls and Senior Men’s Vet Team. In the individual results there were wins for Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys, Matt Ramsden in the U17 Men and Chris Davies in the Men’s V40 age category with Mark Chippendale 2nd V50 and Joe Gebbie 3rd U20 Man.
Seventy eight young girls lined up for the first race of the day which was for U11’s. Eve Coulson who improves every time, led the Harriers home to the Team win as she placed 6th overall in a time of 8.42 after a battle down the home straight with Erica Corns (7th), both being given the same time. Imogen Robinson was just 3 places further back (9th) in a time of 8.44 with Hannah Davies the third counter for the team in 16th place (9.03). Another storming sprint finish by Charlotte Sousa saw her cross the line in 23rd spot (9.17) with Tippi Francis in 49th (9.56), Lulu Sharp in 60th position with a time of 10.28, Isabelle Pacelli (66th) with a time of 10.38 and 8yr old Charlotte Smith edging it in a flat out sprint (68th) running 10.46.
Eve Coulson Imogen Robinson
Hannah Davies Charlotte Sousa
Tippi Francis Lulu Sharp
Isabelle Pacelli Charlotte Smith
Eighty four U11 Boys in the next race where the Harriers (22 points) finished 2nd Team to Trawden (12 points).
Coming into the home straight there was agood contest between Matthew Smith, Luke Ward (Southport) and Sam Aspey as they all strained for the 5th place – Matthew taking it in the end with a time of 7.41, Luke in 6th (7.42) and Sam in 7th (7.44). Ben Ham, running his first ever race for the Hrariers had an outstanding run to become the 3rd counter for the team in 10th place with a time of 8.07 which augers pretty well for his future. Next in was the ‘Blonde Bombshell’ that is Theo Robinson, clocking 8.20 in 17th spot with William Grundy just behind in 20th in a time of 8.26. George Ramsden who is also an improving young athlete finished in 23rd (8.32) followed by Liam Bennison in 29th (8.43), Charlie Haworth in 46th place running a time of 9.02, Findlay Carroll (48th) clocking 9.05, Felix Thompson in 50th place (9.12), George Holman running 9.38 in 62nd, Alexander Brien in 67th (9.50) , Evan Potter in a time of 10.26 (75th), Harrison Waite 80th (10.53) and Isaac Smith in 82nd (11.08).
Matthew Smith Sam Aspey
Ben Ham Theo Robinson
William Grundy George Ramsden
Liam Bennison Charlie Haworth
Findlay Carroll Felix Thompson
George Holman Alexander Brien
Evan Potter Isaac Smith
Short on U13 Girls on the day with just two athletes competing which saw Kate Cookson come home in 24th place out of the 48 girls racing in a time of 8.37 and Isabelle Hartley in 39th place (9.31).
Kate Cookson Isabelle Hartley
It was back to winning ways with the U13 Boys as they took the team 1st place with 19 points to Trawden’s 36 points in 2nd spot. Isaac Butler set off with real intent and hit the front from the gun, holding the lead the whole way round to finish the comfortable winner by 10 seconds in a time of 9.17. Dexta Thompson had another good race too, to place 6th overall in a time of 9.36 with Jonathan Brindle being the 3rd counter with a good run in 12th spot clocking 9.58. The consistency of performance for the lads showed when Daniel Smith came home next in 17th (10.14) and Codie Dewhurst in 19th (10.15).
Codie Dewhurst (2898) – Isaac Butler (2903) – Dexta Thompson (2902)
Dexta Thompson Jonathan Brindle
Daniel Smith Codie Dewhurst
Our U15 Girls team (37 points) ran well to finish 2nd in the team race to Chorley (12 points) – Hollie Cubbon had one of her best races of ther season to be the first counter for the Harriers, taking 10th place in a time of 10.23 with Eleesha Charnley in 13th (10.29), Leah Hoole in 14th (10.35) and Ella Hardman in 33rd spot running a time of 12.30.
L-R Eleesha Charnley – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon – Ella Hardman
Hollie Cubbon Eleesha Charnley
Leah Hoole Ella Hardman
It was 4th place in the U15 Boys Race won by Kendal-Helm (Composite). David Holman led the Harriers home in 10th place clocking 12.47 which was another good run following his 3rd placed finish in the Lancashire Schools Championships the previous week. A solid run from Hayden Mercer saw him place 18th overall in a time of 13.33 with George Whittaker in 25th (13.55), Thomas Brooks in 27th (14.00), Danny Woodcock one place behind in 28th and given the same time of 14.00 and Rory Teare in 35th place (14.51).
David Holman Hayden Mercer
George Whittaker Danny Woodcock (2912) – Thomas Brooks (2909)
The U17 Men’s race provided another Team win for the Club as they scored 23 points to Rossendale’s 30 points in 2nd place. Matt Ramsden set off in 2nd place behind the Kendal athlete with Sam Hodkinson in 3rd. As the race progressed, Matt and Sam took it on to occupy 1st and 2nd places in the race and that is how it finished up with a really emphatic performance by Matt, winning in 17.20 with Sam in 2nd spot clocking 18.08 and Harry Wilkin (20th) in 20.58 who was the 3rd counter in helping the Harriers take the team win. Amy Davies ran a time of 13.59 for 5th place in the U17 Women’s race.
U17 Boys Winners Sam Hodkinson (2921) – Matt Ramsden (2917) – Harry Wilkin (2918)
Matt Ramsden & Sam Hodkinson
Harry Wilkin Amy Davies
The Senior Men and Senior Women teams following their win at the previous Mid Lancs fixture at Towneley Hall backed that up here at Leigh with another double headed win. The Senior Women’s race saw the Harriers get their three counters across the line in the first eleven places and led by Annabel Ralph who set off right at the front of the Race and finished 3rd overall in a time of 19.59. Great support from Carmen Byrne who crossed the line in 7th place in a time of 21.11( 3rd V35) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 11th running a time of 21.34. Lindsay Davies was next home in 40th (23.58) and followed by Michelle Teare (85th) out of the 155 strong field clocking 26.58 with Nicola Hartley and Helen Dawson-Smith both clocking 28.28, finishing in 114th and 115th places respectively.
Annabel Ralph (392) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (2847) – Carmen Byrne (2856)
Annabel Ralph Carmen Byrne
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh Lindsay Davies
Michelle Teare Nicola Hartley
The Senior Men’s race featured two hundred and fifty one runners and was won by Rob Danson in 32.02 with Luke Minns in 2nd (32.23). The Harriers had their six counters all home in the first 25 places which saw them take the Team win with 96 points from Lancaster & Moreambe in 2nd (110 points).
Marc Hartley had a really good run (33.44) to place 7th overall, supported by Tom Blaney in 11th with a time of 34.36 and just outkicking Chris Davies in 12th (34.38) who also won the V40 age group category along with Jacob Watson also having a good run in 17th spot (35.03). Next Harrier across the line was Mark Chippendale with a strong run clocking 36.19 in 24th place and 2nd V50 on the day, followed home by Joe Gebbie just one place behind (25th) and 3rd U20 man on the day in a time of 36.21. John Horrocks was next home for the Club with a pretty solid run of 37.11 in 38th place with Danny Maynard in 108th in a time of 40.51, V50 Chris Balderson in 113th (41.20) and Allan Hartley in 223rd place (49.37).
Marc Hartley Tom Blaney
Chris Davies Tom Blaney
Mark Chippendale Joe Gebbie
John Horrocks Danny Maynard
Chris Balderson Allan Hartley
L-R Jacob Watson – Chris Davies – John Horrocks – Tom Blaney – Joe Gebbie – Danny Maynard – Marc Hartley
Barcelona Half-Marathon – Sunday February 10th
The Harriers went on tour at the weekend, this time to sunnier climes, as they took on the famed Half-Marathon in Barcelona. Looking for new personal bests, the lads certainly delivered with Team Captain Paul Guinan “What a great weekend with Blackburn Harriers, a brilliant race in a fantastic city, great times by the guys, loved every minute of it, we are the in a great place at present and I’m so pleased I’m a part of this. The lads have done us all proud, we have a very special group of runners”.
Before the Race………….
Back Row – John Chaplin – Jack Hindle – Danny Teare – John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Paul Bradshaw — Front Row – Karl Billington – Paul Brindle – Tim Raynes – Paul Guinan
Tim Raynes had a fabulous day as he led the Harriers home in the race which featured thousands. Tim clocked a big new PB as he placed 59th overall with a time of 68.40 reducing his previous best time (70.39) by some two minutes. Jack Hindle was the next Harrier firing on all cylinders, as he too, set a new PB clocking 72.44 (151st) – an improvement by a full minute. Karl Billington made it the third new PB of the day coming home in 187th position with a time of 73.58 in only his second ever half-marathon and an improvement by nearly 10 minutes over the time clocked in his first half of 83.13 run in 2016. Yet another new PB, this time from Paul Bradshaw as he chopped nearly two minutes off his previous best of 79.59 to clock 78.08 in 409th place. Team Captain Paul Guinan was next through the line in a time of 84.18 (1030th), followed by V60 John Chaplin with an excellent time of 87.45 (1506th). This run by John puts him in 2nd place in the National V60 Rankings which is a fabulous achievement. Just a couple of minutes behind John came Paul Brindle who ran a time of 89.27 (1895th) followed by John Cookson (3591st) in a time of 97.16 for the 5th new PB of the day as he shaved over half a minute off his previous best time set in 2016. A minute further back came Andrew ‘training for an Ironman’ Knowles in 4013th position clocking 98.36 and Danny Teare who made it six new PB’s on the day with his time of 1hr 48.18 – sixteen seconds faster than his best to-date and in 6386th spot.
…And after the Race
After the Race Photo – Back Row – Matt ‘I am going to Barcelona in the morning’ Nuttall – Tim Raynes – John Cookson – John Chaplin – Jack Hindle – Danny Teare – Andrew Knowles —-Front Row – Paul Bradshaw – Karl Billington – Paul Guinan – Paul Brindle
The lads had a great time as some of them commented to the Club after the Race:-
Tim Raynes “Absolutely fantastic weekend in the February sunshine of Barcelona. Thanks to Guiney for organising, and all the other lads for making it a great weekend. Great course, good conditions, great field … perfect recipe. My race went pretty much to plan, really happy to PB by almost 2 minutes. Well done to all the other lads for some fantastic runs!”
Karl Billington “Great race at Barcelona couldn’t ask for a better for a better half. Great course, well support and great conditions. Happy with a 9min PB. Shout out to El Capitan guiny for the organisation”.
Paul Bradshaw “Cracking Race, well organised and seamless. Happy to PB and run a nice even race”
Obligatory post race ‘refuelling’ with John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Danny Teare
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday February 10th
U15 Ben Boocock and U17 Myah Booth were racing at the latest of the Indoor Meetings held at Sportscity over the weekend. Benran the 60m, a distance which he hasn’t raced previously and had a great run, placing 2nd in a time of 8.14. His second race of the day saw him equal his Silver Medal run in the Northern Championships recently over 60m Hurdles, as he clocked 9.24 to win his Heat. U17 Myah Booth also ran the 60m Hurdles finishing in 2nd place in her Heat with a time of 9.46.
Valentines 10k – Sunday February 10th
Calum Holmes ran in the Valentines 10k this morning won by Karl Darcy in a time of 31,43. Calum Holmes came 6th out of field of 256 runners, clocking a time of 36.09.
Matt Wins Lancashire Schools Title – Jess takes 4th at BUCS XC Championships – Ben Wins Hurdles Silver Medal at Northern Champs – Victoria Wins Winter Warmer 10k & Harriers Win Team Race
This years Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships were in doubt right up to the last minute, but thankfully they went ahead and saw some good championship running as a result, with qualification places for English Schools up for grabs. Thirty four athletes from Blackburn Harriers qualified for the championships.
Highlight of the day for the Harriers was the Title winning run of Matt Ramsden in the Inter-Boys race featuring 54 runners. Matt (Blackburn) and Rhys Ashton (Lancaster) battled it out the whole way round with Matt keeping a one to two metre lead only. With around 500 metres to go, Matt went for the finish and came home a confortable winner in the end by 5 seconds (18.14) from Rhys in 2nd place (18.19) and Max Cunningham (Rossendale) in 3rd (18.23). Sam Hodkinson (South Ribble) placed 7th in 19.10 and just missed out on a top 6 finish. Harvey Ashworth (Blackburn) ran a very good first lap but faded slightly on the 2nd lap, costing him places as he came home in 21st (20.47) with Ethan Barbarewicz (South Ribble) and Sam James (Preston) in 45th position (23.34). In the Senior Boys Race – Joe Gebbie (South Ribble) finished 10th (25.31) in a race won by Kian Davis (23.34), a race which saw just 11 seconds separate the first four athletes. Hannah Cookson contested the Senior Girls race clocking 18.05 in 10th spot.
Matt Ramsden (481) & Sam Hodkinson (554)
Harvey Ashworth (482)
Ethan Barbarewicz (559)
Sam James (539)
Joe Gebbie (77)
Fifty nine ran in the Year 7 Girls race won by Charlotte Wilkinson (Chorley) in 8.38. Amelia Burton (Hyndburn) had a good run to place 16th in a time of 9.47 with Lucy Rishton (Blackburn) not far behind in 18th place (9.53) and Isabelle Hartley in 23rd (10.07).
Amelia Burton (613)
Lucy Rishton (578)
Isabelle Hartley (579)
An even bigger field in the Year 7 Boys race with 69 nine runners competing in the race won by Jack Lamb (Chorley) in 8.04. Highest placed Blackburn Harrier running for South Ribble, was Daniel Smith with an excellent performance of 8.29 in 5th place and first counter for South Ribble who placed 2nd in the team race. Ben Livesey (Blackburn) came home in 32nd position with a time of 9.11 with Harry Sambrook (Blackburn) in 39th (9.17).
Daniel Smith (747)
Ben Livesey (675)
Hollie Cubbon (Blackburn) had a good race too in the Junior Girls Race won by Ava Lloyd (West Lancs) in 13.07. Holly came home in 10th spot out of the sixty three strong field in a time of 14.18 with Leah Hoole (Blackburn) in 16th place (14.49), Kate Cookson also Blackburn in 20th (15.09), Eva Knowles (Blackburn) clocking 15.24 in 29th place, Keira Haxton (Hyndburn) 40th in 15.51, Caroline Woodworth (Hyndburn) 50th in a time of 16.14 and Lucy Ramsden (Blackburn) running 16.52 in 56th spot. Hollie, Leah, Kate and Eva were all counters for the Blackburn Team which finished 2nd to the winners – Chorley.
Hollie Cubbon (194)
Leah Hoole (193)
Kate Cookson (195)
Eva Knowles (197) and Keira Haxton (228)
Caroline Woodworth (232)
Lucy Ramsden (198)
Amy Davies (Blackburn) took 4th pace in the Inter-Girls Race won by Darcy Lonsdale (Fylde) in a time of 15.18. After being part of the leading group of four over the first lap, Amy got slightly detached and clocked 15.45 with Eleesha Charnley (Hyndburn) working her way through the field, not far behind in 7th with a time of 15.58, Ruby Cain ((Blackburn) in 30th place (18.22) and Rebecca Ramsden (Hyndburn) 32nd in a time of 18.26.
Amy Davies (385)
Eleesha Charnley (417)
Ruby Cain (387)
Rebecca Ramsden (422)
The Junior Boys race was won by Luke Rawcliffe (Fylde) after a tremendously close run race with Tobias Swarbrick (Lancaster) which saw both boys given the identical time of 14.20. There was a top run too for David Holman (Hyndburn) who had his best cross country race of the season as he placed 3rd in a time of 14.31. Next Harrier home was Dexta Thompson (Rossendale) in 9th spot clocking 15.05 with Hayden Mercer (Blackburn) one place further back in 10th (15.13). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (South Ribble) finished in 19th out of the 59 runners in 15.36 with Theo Watson (Blackburn) in 22nd place (15.40), and just one place behind – Jack Paget-Fowler (Blackburn) in 23rd (15.41), Joe Joyce (Chorley) in 28th spot (15.50), Codie Dewhurst (Blackburn) 30th running 15.56, Sebastian Burton (Hyndburn) clocking 16.11 in 33rd and Saul Sharp (Hyndburn) in 35th (16.16).
David Holman (323)
Dexta Thompson (354)
Hayden Mercer (290)
Kyel Taylor-Pomfret (361)
Theo Watson (291)
Jack Paget-Fowler (292)
Codie Dewhurst (295) & Sebastian Burton (326)
Saul Sharp (324)
Jess Judd who ‘gave everything she had on the day’ came home in 4th position in a time of 21.10.2 at this years BUCS Championships held in Exeter after a battle with the first three Women – winner Anna Moller (20.33.0), Amelia Quirk (20.44.1) in 2nd and Mhairi Maclennan (Northern Cross Country Champion in 20.49.9) featuring a field of six hundred and nineteen finishers.
Joe Howe ran in the Men’s Race ‘A’ Race which had 1170 contesting and finishing. Joe had a pretty solid run, ‘similar to his run at the Northerns’ to come home in 174th place in a time of 37.57.2.
Jess with Jo Pavey after the Race
Joe Howe on the left – ‘refuelling’?
Gt. Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships – Saturday February 2nd
In the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships Zachary Walmsley – running for Bolton – came home in 8th place out of a 54 strong field of runners, clocking 12.19 and earning himself a place at the English Schools Chgampionships in Leeds.
Northern U13 & U15 Indoor Track & Field Championships – February 3rd
Terrific performance by U15 Ben Boocock at the Championships this weekend in the 60m Hurdles. Ben qualified for the Final with a PB equaling time of 9.52 and went one better in the Final – cutting nearly three tenths of that time – to clock 9.24 and win the Silver Medal and just 200th’s behind the winner. ben’s parents told us afterwards that they were delighted with the result commenting “Massive thanks to Paul Wibberley today for all his support”.
Winter Warmer 10k – Sunday February 3rd
Seven hundred and ten finishers in this race won by Tipton’s Stephen Corbishley in 34.08. Victoria Mousley had a good run, comfortably winning the Women’s Race for the Harriers in a time of 40.58 and 44th place overall. To cap a good all round day for the Club, the Harriers won the Team Race, Harry Wilkin won the Junior Men’s Race and Chris Davies won the V40 Age Group category.
Victoria was pleased with her run and spoke to the Club after the race was over, commenting “A decent run for me, managed to pull my hamstring just on the sharp hill before the descent into Pleasington but luckily someone from the club told me i was first lady with no other in sight so i just slowed off a bit to ensure I didn’t cause an injury. Happy to finish first lady even though my time was a bit over what i would have liked. Great runs from the Harriers today. Great support on the course too from club members“.
Josh Holgate had a battle with the eventual winner and was leading the race as he dropped down to Sandy Lance, approaching the climb up to the Church at Pleasington. In the end, Josh had to settle for 2nd place in a time of 34.17 and commented to the Club after the Race that he “wasn’t sure how the race would go with being on and off with illness the past few weeks and not being able to get the mileage and sessions in, but overall I can’t complain with the outcome. Looking back I probably went off too hard on the climb and found myself isolated on the descent and allowed the Tipton runner to creep up behind. We battled it out from the duck pond to the track but sadly he had that bit more in the legs to push on at the end for the win. Well done to Victoria Mousely on the win and to Tom Blaney and Christopher Davies for having great runs finishing 3rd and 4th. Big push now to add a bit more sharpness for National XC and the 12 stage relays”.
Josh Holgate (325)
Tom Blaney (327) & Chris Davies (171)
Next in for the Harriers came Tom Blaney in 3rd place in a time of 34.50 and afterwards he told told the Club “I really looked forward to todays race as its one of my favourites. In the past few months i’ve only really run XC so i had no idea how that would translate to the road, its fair to say i was pretty pleased with my performance. I had a really tough time hanging on to Chris for most of the race but just found an edge on the downhills and the last mile to take a hard earned 3rd place. Well done to everyone that raced, a great effort by all”.
Chris Davies placed 4th overall which made it three Harriers in the first four places, clocking 35.01 and enough to give him the V40 1st prize. He told the Club.“Always a tough course the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K but even harder this year with the tougher conditions. The majority of the course was runnable but the odd section had his challenges. Overall I had s solid performance, a few seconds down on last year’s time but nothing to get concerned about. I’ve raced alot these last few weeks and trained hard due to Marathon training so things are going really well at the moment. Pleased with 4th position overall, my best in this competition and 1st Vet 40 for the second year running. A good day for myself but great runs from Josh Holgate and Thomas Blaney . A great team effort finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Well done to them and all the other Blackburn Harriers who ran on the day. A special mention for Harry Wilkin who finished 1st Junior Male in 40:23. A cracking time on a tough course. Well done all”.
View from the side of the road
Fifteen Blackburn Harriers ran the race and after Chris Davies finished 4th the next home was U17 Harry Wilkin in 38th place with a time of 40.23 which won him the Junior Men’s first prize. Danny Maynard was the next one in (42nd) in 40.46. V45 Sean Procter was just five seconds behind Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley – in a time of 41.03 (45th) and followed home by V40 Paul Jeffries in 71st (43.03), V45 Craig Greenough (81st) in a time of 43.40), V50 Ian Clarkson – having a break from the Fells this weekend – in 143rd (47.08), V45 Lindsay Davies in a time of 47.19 (146th), V40 Paul Whittaker (167th) clocking 48.02, V50 Mark Wilkin running 48.21 in 179th, Rebecca Woodworth (366th) with a time of 56.36, V55 Alison Armour (532nd) in 63.01 and V50 Clare Wilkin (63.43) in 560th place.
Danny Maynard (444) & Sean Procter (795)
Craig Greenough (263)
Ian Clarkson Lindsay Davies (174)Mark Wilkin (735) Rebecca Woodworth (757)
Alison Armour (21) Clare Wilkin (733)
Twenty young Blackburn Harriers ran in this Junior 2k as part of a nearly two hundred strong field which was a tremendous effort.
The Junior Race saw the Harriers take six out of the first ten places with 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places which was a great effort by them. Amy Davies placed 5th overall in a time of 7.33 for the 2k course, with Saul Sharp having a very good run in 6th (7.37), Leah Hoole 7th (7.45), Daniel Smith (8th) also 7.45 and the same as Sam Aspey – the ‘pocket rocket’ – in 9th (7.45) with Oliver Gill in 10th (7.58).
Then came Caroline Woodworth in 17th (8.44), Charlie Haworth (23rd) with a time of 9.04, Hannah Davies (26th) in 9.06, Charlotte Sousa running 9.07 in 30th, Ella Hardman (9.13) in 32nd place, Lulu Sharp finishing 37th in 9.33, Emily Smith in a time of 9.42 (38th), Tippi Francis (52nd) in 10.15, Sam Craven (64th) in a time of 10.43, Isabella Pacelli in 10.51 (71st), Isaac Smith (129th) in a time of 11.28, Grace Lewarne running a time of 11.37 (86th), Tom Hunt (12.41 in 117th place and Annabelle Logan (125th) with a time of 12.55.
Jess takes Bronze at Northern XC Championships + Top Ten Places for Senior Women & Men’s & U13 Boys Teams – Top 10 for John at Hoofstones – ‘Gang of 4’ tackle Duathlon
Twelve seconds separated the first three in the Senior Women’s Race which featured forty five Clubs and three hundred and seventy six athletes at this years Northern Cross Country Championships.
Winning the Bronze Medal and leading the Harriers to a very good 8th place overall, Jess Judd ran a great race to finish in 3rd place posting a time of 27.48 behind Lauren Heys in 2nd (27.40) and the winner Mhairi Maclennan (27.36). Great support too came from Annabel Ralph in her first Northern Championships for the Club as she came home in 43rd spot (31.43), Carmen Byrne clocking 33.45 in 82nd, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh finishing in 160th place (37.01) and Linday Davies (217th) with a time of 39.01 who told the Club “The senior women did really well today, top four finishing in 8th place team, well done girls. I found it quite gruelling and long, went off too fast at the beginning and paid for it in the 2nd mile, 3rd mile I went into auto pilot and the rest was just a case of finishing the long and windy path to the finish. I think it is tough mentally too because it is so open and you can see every field and twist and turn. Again well done Girls!! And Jess Judd 3rd place”.
Jess Judd with Northern Athletics President Stan Taylor presenting her Medal
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (40)
It was also a good performance by the Senior Men as they, like the Women, finished 8th team out of 53 Clubs and 704 athletes and none more so than the run of Tim Raynes who finished 16th overall – clocking 39.58 to lead the Team in. Afterwards, Tim spoke to the Club about his run and the perforamnce of the team saying “Having finished 33rd last year, my aim was to finish in the top 20 this year. The race got off to a fast start, and I managed to get into a large lead pack of runners. I perhaps paid slightly for the fast start as I struggled in the second lap. Into the third lap, I managed to pull it together and got into a good group. I knew at this point I was a few places outside the top 20, but I was able to push on and pick off runners in front and finish strongly. Overall, really pleased with my run and hope to be able to carry my form into Barcelona Half and the rest of the cross country season. Great runs from the other lads. Fantastic to see us finish 8th, showing the depth of our squad!
Some good packing which helped the final team placing, saw Marc Hartley finish as 2nd counter in 90th position with a time of 42.35 followed by Josh Holgate (42.48), just five places further back in 95th, Chris Davies in 109th running 43.15, Tom Blaney in 120th spot (43.52) and Paul Bradshaw with a time of 45.11 in 168th. Just six places and seven seconds behind Paul came Joe Howe in 174th with a time of 45.18, followed by Calum Holmes debuting in his first Northern Championships for the Harriers (212th) in 46.10, John Horrocks who has been hitting the Fells of late in 236th position (46.49), Paul Guinan in 300th (48.29), Chris Balderson clocking 51.47 in 428th, Paul Jeffries, another Harrier in his first Northern Championships (538th) in a time of 55.27 and Allan Hartley (62.54) in 657th position.
Tim Raynes Marc Hartley Josh Holgate
Chris Davies Tom Blaney Paul Bradshaw
Joe Howe Calum Holmes
John Horrocks Paul Guinan Chris Balderson
Paul Jeffries Allan Hartley
The Harriers U13 Boys produced the third top ten team finish on the day as they placed 8th overall out of the 23 Clubs competing, featuring 201 runners.
L-R Daniel Smith (19) – Oliver Gill (15) – Jack Paget-Fowler (17) – Isaac Butler (13)
Isaac Butler was the first across the finish line for the Club in 26th spot, running a time of 10.32 followed by Dexta Thompson in 33rd spot in a time of 10.42, Theo Watson (81st) in a time of 11.13 just one second in front of Codie Dewhurst in 83rd (11.14), Daniel Smith clocking 11.44 in 126th place, Oliver Gill (11.47) in 131st, Jack Paget-Fowler (132nd) in a time of 11.48 and Ben Livesey (12.19) in 161st position. Just two Harriers in the U13’s Race which saw Keira Haxton place 84th out of the 208 athletes in a time of 12.01 with Isabelle Hartley in 203rd (14.21).
Isaac Butler (13)
Dexta Thompson (20)
Theo Watson (21)
Codie Dewhurst (14)
Oliver Gill (15) – Daniel Smith (19)
Keira Haxton (20)
In the U15 age groups Ethan Barbarewicz placed 141st in a time of 15.02 whilst in the Girls race – Eleesha Charnley was first home for the Club in 74th place in a time of 15.44 with Hollie Cubbon 107th out of the nearly two hundred strong field clocking 16.09 and Leah Hoole in 128th place (16.33).
Ethan Barbarewicz (12)
L-R Eleesha Charnley – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon
Eleesha Charnley (12)
Hollie Cubbon (13)
Leah Hoole (14)
Matt Ramsden finished in the top ten in the U17 Men’s race clocking 20.03 (10th) with Sam Hodkinson in 40th spot running 20.09, the same time being given to the four places between 38 and 41st and Harry Wilkin in 125th place (24.51). Amy Davies clocked 19.56 as she came home in 36th place from 107 athletes in the U17 Women’s race.
Matt Ramsden (9) – Harry Wilkin (10) – Sam Hodkinson (8)
Thomas Marchant and Joe Gebbie ran in the Junior Men’s race and Maddie Elliott in the Junior Women’s. Thomas finished in 25th spot running a time of 28.12 as Joe ran 30.02 in 45th and Maddie in her race clocked 23.23 in 44th position.
St Annes 10 Mile – Sunday January 27th
Two 2nd places for the Harriers in Vet categories at the race today, won by Mike Toft in 58.44 run in a pretty torrid wind.
Jonathan Bridge finished 14th overall out of 335 and 2nd V50 with a time of 68.00 – son Joe Bridge clocking 73.04 in 30th – with Janine Fallon also taking a 2nd place in the Women’s V40 category and 65th overall in a time of 78.51.
Over 200 runners lining up for this years Inskip Half-Marathon, won by David Rigby in a time if 72.10.
V45 Paul Brindle went into the Race with a personal best time of 79.56, which he set in 2018 at this same race. Today, Paul chopped that down by nearly a minute as he came home in 16th place overall, clocking 79.08. Speaking to the Club after the Race, Paul was clearly pleased as he told us that “After nine months of going through the motions training. Marshalling at the RV10K i was inspired to see so many senior Harriers PB. Just a kick up the arse I needed. So at Inskip half it was a perfect day to race, cool and no wind. Taking if steady for the first few mile, my confidence began to come back. Pushing on hard for the last five mile I really enjoyed the battle of trying to PB. Which I surprisingly managed; so great news for Barcelona Half”.
Hoofstone Fell Race – Sunday January 20th
Another good run by John Horrocks on the Fells at the weekend following his top 3 place in his previous race, a week ago at Ashurst Beacon. This week John placed 9th overall, clocking 74.58 in the race won by Mark Burley (72.10).
John spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “Hoofstones fell race today, just over 8 miles and 1200ft. Bit of navigation involved in this one which is good as I needed the practice. First 2 miles following the red flags with plenty of climbing up to the first check point, the higher we got the more snow covered the ground and thicker the cloud got which made it more interesting trying the navigate. After the first checkpoint it was then make your own way to Noah dale (CP2) and Hoofstones Trig (CP3) which was straight forward enough. I got to the top in the leading group of 7 and then came the tricky part of navigating back to sportsman (CP1 and CP4) where it was very rough ground and everyone had different ideas of what line to take. I took a compass bearing to try and hit a wall which would take me to the checkpoint but missed it and ended up about 50m to far down. Lost a few places having to run back up to the checkpoint then fast decent to the finish”.
Epic Event Winter Duathlon – Sunday January 19th
Four Blackburn Harriers in this one – Andrew Knowles, Martin Kerry, Danny Maynard and John Cookson – in a field of seventy athletes. Andrew who is training for a half-ironman told the Club that “Sunday’s Epic Events, Winter Duathlon saw 4 intrepid Harriers brave chilly wet conditions. Andrew reports that it was primarily a training race, but let’s be honest a race is a race. The bike leg was an undulating 11 miles with a sting in the tail ‘Hunter Hill’ near Parbold, I thought I was having a ‘solid bike leg’ until a couple of lads flew past me like I was stood still, I edged the bike leg from Martin. The run was also undulating, with Danny running strongly followed by ‘Cookie’, me and Martin. All the lads enjoyed it, overall results as follows Andrew Knowles 29th, 55.35, Martin Kerry 35th,56.18 Danny Maynard 45th, 58.42 John Cookson 56th, 60.14. From 70“.
L-R John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Martin Kerry
South East Lancashire Cross Country League – Saturday January 19th
On the U11 Boys Race, Oliver Gill had a cracking race, placing 3rd and just three seonds behind the winner from Leigh – Sam Barlow. In the U13 Boys Race, Daniel Smith contested in a much smaller field of 21, coming home in 9th spot (14.00).
Keith Gill watched both the lads race and commented after that “With a rare free weekend, Oli & Dan had a run in the SELCC to keep the legs moving ready for the Northerns next week. Always nice to run at a new location and against different people. Oli was up first in the U11s, he had a strong run coming 3rd in a field of 54 boys with 6:06 just a few seconds behind 1st (6:03) and 2nd (6:05). Dan ran in the U13s, continuing his recent good form, he set the early pace and then settled in to come 9th in 14:00. The boys really enjoyed the day out and anybody wanting a change of scenery should consider the next event in Chorley on the 16th Feb with on the day entry costing £6”.
Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad shine in Lancashire Sportshall League with Harrison winning Athlete of the Match
Lancashire Sportshall League 2018-2019
The Club’s Sportshall squad have put in a tremdous performance in this years League which stretches from November 2018 through to January 2019 – covering three fixtures at Stanley Park Blackpool. Over the season, the Harriers finished in 2nd place behind Preston in the eight team League; And as Simon Pollard said afterwards “A great day competed in a great spirit. Roll on the Regionals on 24th March “.
Team Managers and Sportshall Coaches – Simon Pollard for the boys and Lindsay Davies for the girls – were delighted with all of the young Harriers and their performances, both individually and overall as a team.
Boys Team manager Simon Pollard reflecting on the day, told the Club “13 U11 and 4 U13 Boys made up the Harriers Boys team, helping the team to second place overall over in the 2018/19 Sporthall season.
All the athletes displayed great behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm and this in turn led to strong performances, notably Harrison Allcock being Athlete of the match, who placed first in the 2 lap (23.4 Sec), Long Jump (204cm), Speed bounce (80) and gained a distance of 6.45m in the Shot put, for the U13 Boys and Matthew Smith missing out on the same award for U11s by just one point. Aside for these two athletes mentioned other performances worthy of highlighting (I know they all are!) were Alfie Ward, placing second in the 2 Lap with 24.9 secs, Aidan Downes with a second place finish in the U13 standing triple jump with 6.04m and Codie Dewhurst with a score of 80 in the speed bounce a second place in the 6 Lap with 85.9 Sec. Worthy of note were strong performances by first time Sportshall entrants Abdollh Shriha, Daniel Smith and Theo Robinson. Finally relay teams: Alfie Ward, Matthew Smith, Kingston Turner and Adbollh Shriha had a good run in the U11 Grand Prix relay, with Harrison Allcock and Aidan Downes competing up an age group in the U15 level in the 2 x 2 relay and Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith taking on the U13 6 lap Paarlauf “.
The Girls Team Manager – Lindsay Davies – was equally effusive about how the girls had acquited themselves and commented that she was “a very happy coach and girls team manager, all the Sportshall kids really pushed themselves today and we had some fantastic performances” explaining that the different age groups finishing the season in the following positions overall:-
“This is calculated over all 3 matches out of 8 teams which are, Blackburn, Blackpool, Broughton Primary, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Chorley and Hyndburn. We had a lot of new starters so to come 2nd overall is a massive achievement. Lots of training from now till December to try and come back and beat Preston who beat us to the top slot. Great performances from Alisha Lehner who is a previous Athlete of the match with a 1st place in the 1 Lap with 12.7 and Alesha Hindle with a 1st place in the Balance Test with 60 seconds. So proud of all the girls who were smiling all the way through the day and very well behaved”.
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