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Results Round Up – Seasons Best for Tom at Trafford – Victoria Wins Hunter 5k Series – Holly 4th in Zurich Diamond League – Matthew Posts two new U11 Meeting Records – Top Ten for Jonathan and Derek at Golden Ball 20 – Top 5 for Paul at Garstang Half – Southport Open meeting – Burnsall Fell Race
Trafford 10k – Sunday September 2nd
Some great racing at the Trafford 10k on Sunday which incorporated the National 10k Championships which saw Ribble Valley 10k winner – Marc Scott – take the victory in a time of 28.57 from Andrew Butchart (28.28).
Blackburn Harrier Tom Blaney ran in this Race posting a time of 34.25 in 76th place out of a field of 1000 runners which was a seasons best.
Victoria Mousley ran the Hunter 5k Series this summer consisting of four races in which she was pretty consistent winning the Series overall. Victoria finished 10th, 2nd woman and 1st Vet in the May Race in 19.22; 10th again in the June Race with a time of 19.30, 1st woman and 1st Vet; 13th in the July Race (20.12) – 2nd woman and 1st vet and in the final Race on August 28th she wrapped up the Series placing 12th overall, 2nd woman and 1st Vet in a time of 19.48.
Holly Bradshaw competed at her penultimate meeting of the season at the Diamond League Fixture held in Zurich last week where she finished in 4th spot clearing 4.57m. Among the highlights of the season for Holly was her Bronze Medal jump of 4.75m in the European Championships, her win for GB in the Athletics World Cup in the Olympic Stadium and her 3rd place finish in Jockrim where she cleared 4.80m.
Burnley U11 Open medal Meeting – Sunday September 2nd
This is a popular local meeting held annually which gives youngsters from U8’s through to U11’s a chance to compete against one another in a number of Track and Field Events and this one featured quite a few Blackburn Harriers. Junior Endurance Coach – Lorna Sharp – commented “I just wanted to say well done to all the kids who competed today in the Burnley U11 meet. This was a great opportunity for the U11’s to get a chance to compete in a local event and for some of them their first competition, the nerves were quickly subsided, lots of medals were won and lots of smiles which is always good see the kids having fun whilst competing”.
One of the stand out performances of the day was that of U11 Matthew Smith who set a new meeting record of 1.41m in winning the high jump and then set a new record time for the 600m – winning the race in a time of 1.51.3 and some two seconds clear of the 2nd placed runner. He wasn’t that far off a hat-trick of wins either as he leapt out to 3.82m in the Long Jump to take 3rd place. Sister Charlotte Smith got into the winning act too as she came 1st in the U8’s 50m in 9.0sec, came 3rd in the 150m (28.5) and won the Long Jump with a leap of 2.55m – and she is only 7yrs old! Quite a few of the youngsters were competing for the first time which was the case for U9 Liam Bennison who finished 3rd in the 50m (9.8), 3rd again in the 150m in 29.4 and 4th in the Long Jump with a distance of 2.31m. U9 Lulu Sharp ran 31.0 for the 150m, came 2nd in the Cricket Ball (14.15m) and 5th in the Long Jump with a leap of 2.28m. Alexander Brien (8th) and Felix Thompson (10th) ran the U10 Boys 75m clocking 13.0 and 13.2 respectively which Felix followed up with a 2.12.2 600m placing 4th overall with Alexander in 10th spot (2.26.9). U10 Loucas Lancashire also contested the 600m in this race coming home in 5th position in a time of 2.16.7 and then finished with a jump of 2.72m for 7th place in the Long Jump. On to the Cricket Ball which saw Loucas take 3rd spot throwing a distance of 28.25m as Felix placed 5th in the same competition with a throw of 26.72m.
In the U10 Girls Hannah Davies had a good day too as she won the 600m in 2.05.8 and then took 2nd spot in the Long Jump with 3.12m. U11 Isaac Smith ran a time of 12.9 in the 75m (7th) before clocking a time of 2.31.8 in the 600m for 7th position and 7th spot in the Cricket Ball (23.28m). U11 Lydia Houghton was one of 15 runners in the 75m as she finished equal 12th with a time of 13.6 and going on to throw 3.86m in the Shot Putt. U11 Findlay Carroll took to the Cricket Ball competition in style, winning it with a throw of 30.74m and finished his day with a leap of 3.01m in the Long Jump.
Golden Ball 20 – Sunday September 2nd
V50 Jonathan Bridge had a pretty good day in this race clocking 2hr 17.39 in this 20 mile race to come home in 6th spot overall with V45 Derek Reilly another four places further back in 10th spot running a time of 2hr 23.51.
Garstang Half-Marathon – Sunday September 2nd
Just down the road from Lancaster, V45 Paul Brindle ran the Garstang Half and finished in 4th place and 2nd V45 in a time of 86.43.
Southport Waterloo Open Meeting – Saturday September 1st
Myah Booth currently lies in 10th place in the National Rankings for 75m Hurdles with a time of 11.34 clocked at the English Schools Championships this year. Next year she moves up to U17’s and decided to tackle that distance – 80m Hurdles – for the first ever time at the Open Meeting over the weekend and didn’t too badly at all, winning her event in a time of 12.7. Also competing on the day for the Harriers was U15 Matt Heywood who placed 5th in the Shot Putt with 8.57m and 4th in the Javelin with a throw of 24.88m.
Burnsall Fell Race – Sunday 2nd September
Dexta Thompson had a run out at this latest in the Bofra Series contesting the U14 Race which featured Boys and Girls running together. Dexta finished 5th in the Boys Race with a time of 8.12.
PB’s for Joe & Amy + a Win for Tony at Trafford – Seasons Best for Karl at Podium 5k – Holly 4th in Germany – Wins for Tobi and Nicky at Trafford Medal Meeting – Pilling 10k
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday August 28th
U20 Joe Gebbie has had a great season this year finishing off on a high with a new 800m PB of 1.59.87 (5th) at the final Trafford Meeting of the season and the first time he has broken the 2 minute barrier. This new personal best represents a seven second improvement since April. U17 Amy Davies also set a new PB over 1500m (2nd) as she ran a good race to clock 4.57.47, a second and a half improvement from her previous best (2017) and a four second improvement on her seasons best.
U17 Sam Hodkinson came within a second of setting a new PB as he ran a time of 2.06.19 to place 6th in his Heat. Jess Judd ran the 1500m in an all male field and gave it a real go mixing it with all the front runners in the sixteen strong field, coming home in 7th spot with a time of 4.09.27. V40 Chris Davies took on the 3000m with the ambition of setting a new PB and he wasn’t far off as he ran a seasons best 9.23.57 in the ‘A’ Race (10th) – just two seconds slower than his previous best.
After picking up two Bronze Medals at the British Masters Championships over the weekend in Hammer and Shot V50 Tony Balko was out again in Discus and Shot at the Trafford Meeting winning the Discus event with a throw of 35.99m followed by a 3rd place int eh Shot Putt (10.37m).
Bank Holiday Podium 5k – Monday 27th August
A wet and windy day for the athletes at this popular 5k Race run on the cycle track at Barrowford which attracted 65 runners in the ‘A’ Race and 43 in the ‘B’ and among them five Blackburn Harriers. The ‘A’ Race was won by Nick McCormick in a pretty rapid time of 14.46 whilst the ‘B’ winner – Ashley Crawford – clocked 17.16.
(All Podium 5k Photo’s courtesy of David Belshaw)
Karl Billington led the way home for the Harriers in the ‘A’ Race crossing the line in a seasons best time of 16.17 for 23rd place and a 24 second improvement from his last outing on this course. John Horrocks who has been racing a lot on the Fells this year was next home for the Club clocking 17.00 exactly in 46th place with V45 Paul Brindle in 55th position (17.22) and V45 Paul Guinan just five seconds further back in 17.27 (58th). Harry Wilkin ran in the ‘B’ Race running a time of 19.43 in 21st spot.
Internationales Stabhochsprungmeeting der Frauen – Sunday August 26th
(Holly 4th from the Left)
Holly Bradshaw was back in Germany over the weekend in an International Pole Vault Competition which saw her up against ten othet top class Pole Vaulters including Katie Naegeotte, Sandi Morris and Yarisley Silva. Holly cleared first time at 4.34m, 4.48m and 4.60m before going out at 4.70m to finish 4th overall to Katie Nageotte who won with a clerance of 4.80m.
(All Photo’s courtesy of Danny Schott)
Trafford Bank Holiday Monday medal Meeting – August 27th
U13 Lucy Ramsden ran the 70m Hurdles featuring three Heats and fifteen athletes finishing 3rd in Heat (2) and 8th fastest overall with a time of 13.27. U15 Ben Boocock ran the 80m Hurdles which had just one race as he placed 3rd in a time of 12.95 and just a tenth slower than his personal best. Like Ben and Lucy, both of who had competed in the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting on Saturday, Tobi Olidapo was out again in the U13 Boys 100m which had three Heats. Tobi won Heat (1) in 13.54 and the fastest run of all three Heats. There was another win for the Harriers, this time in the U15 Girls Discus which saw Nicky Saunders – competing for the third time over the weekend – head the field of eight athletes to win with a distance of 27.92m, following which she placed 6th out of thirteen in the Javelin throwing 23.27m. In the U11 Races George Ramsden tackled the 600m coming home in 7th spot out of twelve runners in a time of 2.10.14
Pilling 10k – Saturday August 26th
V40 Paul Jeffries just missed out on a new PB at this local 10k road race as he came home in 14th position with a time of 42.34 and afterwards commented to the Club that “he had a really good run after taking on board some advice from the Coaches…..just missed out on beating my PB by 4 seconds must try harder haha!”
Charlotte Wins Bronze at National Championships – Tony Wins Bronze Medals at British Masters Championships – New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Jess doubles on 1500m & 3000m at Watford – Top 5 for Thomas at Malham
England National Track & Field Championships – Bedford 25/26th August
What a year for U17 Charlotte Williams! Started off thinking that she wouldn’t be able to compete in 2018 after undergoing surgery on her Meniscus and ACL – yet here she is, in only her fourth event of the year, throwing a seasons best distance of 57.41m to take 3rd place and the Bronze Medal at the National Championships. A delighted Charlie told the Club after receiving her Medal “To win a bronze medal at the National Championships when I got told I wouldn’t even be back throwing until November was a great surprise and the best way to end my season. Thankyou to everyone in the club for the constant support”.
After qualifying and competing at English Schools this year and achieving a National Standard, Myah Booth ran in the 75m Hurdles which featured three Heats. Myah was in Heat (3) and came home 3rd in 11.90 making her 9th overall in the three Heats, just missing out on the Final by one place. She had also entered the Shot Putt placing 10th in the Final with a distance of 10.21m.
U15 Nicky Saunders was also competing at the National Championships in the Discus, the day after competing in the Mid Lancs League Medal Meeting in Blackpool. At the National Championships Nicky finished 8th in the Final with a distance of 27.55m.
British Masters Championships – 25th & 26th August
V50 Tony Balko has been targeing the British and World Masters Championship this year and the first Leg of that double took place over the weekend in Birmingham. In the Discus Final Tony threw a little under his personal and seasons best (36.55m) to finish in 4th place.
Despite the terrible weather conditions for throwing, Tony came away with two Bronze Medals which sets him up nicely for the World Masters Championships being held in Spain in September. Tony’s Bronze Medals came in the Hammer (6kg) with 3rd place distances of 38.87m and in the Shot Putt (6kg) 10.35m. He also added two 4th place finishes in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 36.55m and also 4th in the 11.34kg Weight (12.11m).
Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Blackpool Saturday August 25th
Another Mid Lancs Track & Field season came to an end on a warm but windy day in Blackpool with athletes from affiliated Clubs competing for Medals and among them – thirty two from Blackburn Harriers who set fourteen new personal bests and fourteen wins.
(L-R Medal Winners – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Matt heywood – David Holden – Isaac Butler)
Anthony Kent (U20) is finishing the season in style with a new PB in the Senior Men’s Hammer (7.26kg) of 42.82m, over 3 metres further than he has thrown this season. He backed that up with a 2nd place in the Discus with 30.78m and 3rd in the Shot Putt (10.84m). Similarly in the Senior Women’s Throws events where Anna Peers has wracked up a whole number of wins in this years Northern League and taking a win and two seconds places today – throwing 35.53m to win the Discus, 9.40m in 2nd spot in the Shot Putt, rounding off the day with a throw of 35.92m in the Javelin for 2nd place. U17 Abigail Brown took on three throws events too, placing 6th in the Shot Putt (6.79m), 3rd in the Discus (21.85m) and 4th in the Hammer with a throw of 30.83m. U17 Millie Coy was looking to Medal in the Javelin and placed 5th with a throw of 29.58m.
U15 Matt Heywood is another young athlete who has had a very good season in Throws events as evidenced by his performance here. In winning the Hammer with a throw of 41.69m he showed how far he has progressed from his first ever Hammer throw of 23.33m just 12 months ago. He came 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.79m and won the Discus with a new PB distance of 31.49m – an improvement by over two metres. George Whittaker and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret were also contesting the Throws with George coming home 4th in the U15 Boys Discus (26.30m) and Kyle 2nd in the Hammer with 24.51m and just outside his personal best. U13 Dexta Thompson had a go at the Throws events placing 2nd in the Javelin with 23.68m – just 7 cms off his best and 3rd in the Discus with his second ever attempt at the event (13.22m).
U15 Grace Bontoft is in her first competitive season in Throws and took on Shot Putt, Discus and Hammer recording 6.52m in the Shot Putt (5th), 15.18m in the Discus (6th) and 25.88m in the Hammer placing 4th. Nicky Saunders continued her good season by winning the U15 Girls Discus (28.89m) and a new PB by just 3cms, won the Hammer with a throw of 34.77m – a massive new PB by over 3 metres and finished 5th in the Javelin with 23.68m. Madison Bontoft (U13) and also in her first competitive season in Throws nearly doubled the distance she has thrown in the Shot Putt as she reached a distance of 6.50m for a massive new PB, and set another new PB in the Javelin by a metre, throwing 12.19m in 9th position. Caroline Woodworth took on the U13 Girls Discus, placing 6th with 16.67m and 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 17.75m.
U17’s Solomon Brown and Benjamin Whittaker were in action in the Sprints which saw Benjamin finish 3rd in Heat (2) of the 100m in 12.10 a new PB by two tenths and 6th in the 200m Heat (1) clocking 24.90 – Solomon came home in 5th in Heat (1) of the 200m posting a time of 24.40, a new PB by nearly a second. U15 Ben Boocock ran his first ever 100m race clocking a time of 13.50 in 8th place whilst George Whittaker ran 26.80 in the 200m for a new PB by two tenths. U13 Tobi Olidapo has made a very big impression in his first season sprinting for the Club and ran well again today to record a time of 13.00 in 3rd place in Heat (1) of the 100m.
The entries in the Senior Women’s Sprints were sparse to say the least with just two athletes in the 100m and 200m – Chloe Bleeks won both races comfortabley running 13.50 in the 100m and 28.10 in the 200m. U17 Millie Coy knocked two tenths of her previous best time to set a new PB of 13.10 as she won Heat (1) of the 100m, going on to come a very, very close 2nd in the 200m with 27.10 – the same time as given to the winner.
U17 Ben Branton is his first season as a Long Jumper and showing real promise, has only had five competitions leading up to the this years Medal Meeting. He kicked off his season with a jump of 5.11 and yesterday he leapt out to 5.75m for a new PB in 3rd place. 800m runner – U15 Hayden Mercer – has jumped just once ever in the Long Jump (3.92m) and today in only his second ever attempt leapt out to a new PB of 4.69m (5th). U13 Tobi Olidapo was one of twelve athletes in the U13 Boys Long Jump where he placed 6th with a leap of 4.21m. It’s great when young athletes take on a new event and it comes off as it did for U13 Daniel Smith clearing 1.30m in the High Jump (4th) with Dexta Thompson in equal 6th place. (1.10m). Chloe Bleeks added a 2nd placed jump of 4.24m to her two wins in the Sprints events as U13 Kady Thompson cleared 1.15m in the High Jump to equal her personal best.
Another athlete trying an event for the first time was U15 Hayden Mercer who took on the 400m winning in a time of 57.30, a time which suggest a revision of his 800 personal best. The windy conditions meant that personal bests would be at a premium in the middle distance events with a strong win going down the back straight. Sam Hodkinson ran 4.39.60 for 2nd spot in the U17 Men’s 1500m. In the U15 Boys 800m George Whittaker tried to lead from the front and paid the price a little as he finished in 2nd place with 2.24.90. The U13 and U15 Boys ran together in the 1500m which resulted in a 1/2 for the Harriers in the U15 Boys – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 1st in 4.54.20 and David Holman 2nd in 4.57.60 and a win for Isaac Butler in the U13 race as clocked 5.01.90 with Daniel Smith chopping five seconds off his best time to set a new personal best of 5.20.20 in 3rd place. In the U15 Girls 800m which only had two athletes competing, Leah Hoole placed 2nd in 2.37.20 and Kady Thompson ran 3.07 in the U13 Girls 800m.
U13 Boys Ben Livesey, Codie Dewhurst and Umair Rafiq ran the 800m with Ben clocking a new PB of 2.39.50 in 4th place, Codie in 5th (2.40.70) and Umair running 2.45.70 in 7th. Amy Davies was the only runner unfortunately in the U17 Girls 1500m (5.07.00) as the Senior Women and U15 Girls all ran together – Hollie Cubbon snatched a win with a determined finish in the U15 Girls race on the line in 5.35.10 and in the U13 Girls 1500m Molly Grinshaw placed 5th in a time of 6.01.40 in her first race since June of this year.
Three endurance runners and a sprinter – Codie Dewhurst – Dexta Thompson – Isaac Butler – Tobi Olidapo – made up the Harriers 4 x 100m Relay Team as they clocked 59.10 in second place to Blackpool. Before the Relays Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles placing 2nd (16.70) and 3rd (17.20) respectively and Ben Boocock ran 13.00 in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles. Lucy Ramsden ran 12.80 for 3rd position in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles which equaled her personal best run at this years County Championships.
(L-R Dexta Thompson – Tobi Olidapo – Isaac Butler – Codie Dewhurst)
Watford Open Graded Meeting – Wednesday 22nd August
Jes Judd had a tough evening at this meeting taking on the 1500m and 3000m with an hour of each other. Jess ran both races in an all male field clocking 4.14.04 in the 1500m followed by the 3000m in which she ran a time of 9.09.90.
Malham Fell Races – Saturday August 25th
A good run for Tom Marchant at Malham on Saturday which saw him come home in 4th place with a time of 20.26 just one second behind 3rd placed Rob Carr in 20.25.
Speaking to the Harriers afterwards, Tom commented “The race was fast, short and steep testing the speed and strength endurance. Conditions were perfect, dry with a slight breeze, not too warm. I had a good start and was 3rd going up then started to drop back to 8th but after a tough climb I managed to gain positions on a fast downhill, overall my race went really well and I’m pleased with my performance”
Harriers Senior Team Win Promotion to Division One in Northern League – Jess Wins Home Countries International 1500m and BMC 3000m – Rob Runs seasons best 800m at Tipton BMC – Thomas Runs Junior International Fell Trials at Arncliffe – Gary & Ian at Pendle Three Peaks
Northern League Division One Promotion Match – Doncaster – August 18th
A great day for the Harriers at Doncaster yesterday as the Team secured promotion back to Division One after finishing so close – by just eight points – to the Isle of Man Team which saw both teams deservedly winning the two promotion places. Every one of our athletes, over the whole season, deserve a very big pat on the back. Team spirit and the determination to do well individually and collectively has been fabulous. Athletes have really put themselves on the line to achieve this result and are deserving of all the praise that comes their way.
Jan Buckingham who is the Women’s Team Manager commented after promotion was secured “Congratulations to everyone who has been involved all the way through the season, not just yesterday. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for stepping up and putting their all into the team event, with many people achieving pbs and trying new events to scrape up all the points possible. Its been great to have the new u17s, new athletes to the club, the uni returners, the international elites and of course the core bbh athletes who consistently compete for us, all come together to achieve one goal. Its great seeing the club develop and have the depth of athletes to make this promotion possible. After a few years of depleted ladies numbers, we are definitely growing and the future looks bright! Well done everyone (including the boys)!!”
Holly Bradshaw had been competing in a wind affected Diamond League Pole Vault competition on the day of the Promotion match. The conditions were not in the least condusive to good pole vaulting which could be seen from the winning clearance of 4.60m. Holly placed 5th after clearing 4.40m and afterwards sent everyone in the Team a message saying “Amazing and well done everyone and hope everyone has a welle arned rest”.
Promotion Match RESULTS
Going to start the report at the end! And that is because the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team broke the existing Club Record set in 2005 at Cleckheaton, thriteen years ago. The time clocked that day was 4.08.4 with the team consisting of Leonard, Scarret, Wood, Powell – at Doncaster Alison Leonard as she was in 2005 became Alison Lundy (with a 57.6 last leg) as she, along with Charlie Coy on Leg one (63.2), Ellen Sagar-Hesketh on Leg 2 (63.6) and Maddie Elliott on Leg 3 (62.2) posted a new Club record of 4.06.6 as they finished second to the Isle of Man by one half of a second. The Men’s 4 x 400m Relay team consisting of Ross Liddle, Zac Howe, Solomon Brown and James Marchant ran the fastest time of the season as they won comfortably in a time of 3.34.4.
(Back Row – Zac Howe – Solomon Brown – James Marchant – Ross Liddle) — (Front Row – Alison Lundy – Maddie Elliott – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Charlie Coy)
The throwers have contributed a huge amount to the teams success this season and led from the front by Anna Peers who once again had an excellent match placing 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (24.46m), winning the Discus ‘A’ with a new PB of 37.57m, winning the Javelin ‘A’ with a throw of 39.57m and coming 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.65m. Great back up to in the ‘B’ competitions which saw Emily Taberner set two new PB’s in the Hammer (2nd) with 22.28m, an improvement by over four metres, 1st in the Discus (24.25m) and a new PB by a metre and a half, followed by winning the Shot Putt with 7.83m. U17 Millie Coy goes from strength to strength as she set a new PB by over four metres too in the ‘B’ Javelin throwing 33.76m to win the event for the team.
In the Men’s Throws Nathan Billington was close to his personal best as he threw 37.29m in the ‘A’ Hammer in 3rd place with Anthony Kent winning the ‘B’ (32.59m). Onto the Discus where Anthony threw 32.65m in the ‘A’ as Tony Balko won the ‘B’ with a throw of 29.35m followed by the Shot Putt which was a very good competition, Anthony placing 5th with 10.54m and Tony Balko 4th in the ‘B’ with 9.36m. Final throw of the day was the Javelin which saw Anthony place 3rd in the ‘A’ (36.61m) and John Cookson 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 29.44m.
A very good day for Brandon Zinyemba who finally broke 11 seconds as he clocked a new PB time of 10.9 in the ‘A’ 100m – the same time as the winner. The 200m saw Brandon clock 22.9 in 4th spot and a 3rd place for Ross Liddle in the ‘B’ with 23.1. Bailey Madden and Emily Warren paired up again in the Women’s 100m and 200m races with Bailey placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m (12.6) which equaled her personal best and 3rd in the 200m (26.8) – Emily came 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m with a time of 13.2 and 2nd again in the ‘B’ 200m (27.5).
Ross Liddle last ran a 400m in July 2017 where he clocked 50.6 – one year later he took on the ‘A’ 400m and won the race by a second in a time of 51.4, backed up by Zac Howe who was coming off the back of not a lot of training, winning the ‘B’ race in 54.4. Charlie Coy came home in 3rd in the women’s ‘A’ 400m with a time of 63.5 with Ellen-Sagar Hesketh just one tenth outside her personal best in the ‘B’ posting 61.8 in 3rd, the same time given to 2nd place.
The Women’s team produced five wins and a 2nd place in the Middle Distance events which was a great performance by them. Alison Lundy won the ‘A’ 800m in 2.13.0 whilst Ellen-Sagar Hesketh won the ‘B’ in a very close race in 2.25.4. The ‘A’ 1500m was a great race with Alison Lundy and Rachael Franklin running 1400m side by side bringing the race down to a 100m sprint which saw Alison take it in 4.40.6, the same time as Rachael in 2nd place. Another good and improving run from U17 Amy Davies saw her win the ‘B’ 1500m in a seasons best of 5.01.5. In the 3000m Joanne Nelson took on Rachael Franklin in the ‘A’ race coming home in 2nd spot (11.05.3) whilst Maddie Elliott backed that up really well by winning the ‘B’ in a time of 11.17.6.
Like the Women, the Men were running into a very strong headwind and although it was warm on the day, the wind did impact on times in these distances. Zac Howe ran the ‘A’ 800m in 1.59.8 to finish 4th whilst Joe Gebbie continued his very good season with a win in the ‘B’ Race clocking 2.04.00. James Marchant was another athlete who was coming into the event short of training but still ran pretty solidly for a 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 1500m (4.19.9) whilst Karl Billington who volunteered to run both the 1500m and 5000m ‘B’ races as we were misisng athletes, won the ‘B’ in a seasons best time of 4.22.7.
The 3000m Steeplechase had Chris Davies coming home in 2nd in the ‘A’ with 10.36.7, just five seconds outside his personal best which in that wind was a very good run. Joseph Howe epitomised everything you need to know about wearing the blue and white vest. Having just gone through a period of glandualar fever, Joe ran the ‘B’ to win it and earn valuable points in a time of 12.15.7, a time minutes away from his best time but in terms of the effort and commitment to finish, probably one of his most heroic. Ben Fish has also come off a period of illness and he was up against the in form Ollie Lockley in the ‘A’ 5000m and for 11.5 laps they were neck and neck all the way round; But on the last lap Lockley had the leg speed to pull away from Ben which saw Lockley win in 14.55.7 and Ben finish 2nd with 15.08.6. Karl Billington who had a run a seasons best in the 1500m just 25 minutes earlier ran really well in the ‘B’ to clock 17.07.2 in 3rd place adding more vaulable points to the teams total.
The pairing of Solomon Brown and Nicholas Smith in the 400m Hurdles has proved really productive for the team this year and again so today with Solomon coming 2nd in the ‘A’ in 60.9 and Nicholas winning the ‘B’ as he finished like a train over the last 50 metres to take the win on the line in 63.6. Nicholas and Joseph Howe teamed up in the sparsely populated 110m Hurdles with Nicholas 2nd in the ‘A (20.0sec) and Joseph 2nd in the ‘B’ (23.3sec).
In the Women’s 100m Hurdles it looked as though Polly Pearse had never been away in the ‘A’ Race – only her second race in the event since September 2016 – as she won in a new PB (by three tenths) clocking 16.3; And what about Millie Coy – running her first ever 100m Hurdle race – she won the ‘B’ in 18.3. Millie had started out the day in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles posting 72.5 in 3rd place with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ (76.7).
After posting a new PB in the Hurdles, Polly Pearse took on all three Jumps events finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 4.54m, 4th in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (9.94m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m. Chloe Bleeks came 5th in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.56) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump (9.37m) with Teigan Fawcett coming 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.40m.
Last minute changes on the day meant that Zac Howe stepped into the Long Jump and Triple Jump placing 4th in the ‘A’ Long Jump which he last did in 2012 setting a new PB of 5.28m and then came 4th in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 9.31m. Ben Branton in only his second Senior competition jumped 5.04m in the ‘B’ which was a great effort by this promising U17 young athlete. Nicholas Smith who has contributed such a huge amount to the team this year set a new PB of 11.16m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 2nd place, going on to clear 1.65m in the ‘A’ High Jump (2nd) with Joseph Howe also 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.50m.
Manchester International Match – (incl. Home Countries International)
After winning the 5000m at the BMC in Milton Keynes last Saturday evening, Jess Judd was competing again after being selected to run for England at the Home Countries International at Sportscity on Wednesday night and had a convincing win in the 1500m, winning in a time of 4.11.96 from Beth Kidger in 2nd position (4.22.30).
On Saturday evening – August 18th – Jess contested the 1500m BMC Grand Prix at Stretford featuring thirteen athletes. This was yet another victory this year for Jess as she came home in a seasons best time of 4.07.50 and a couple of seconds in front of second placed Amy Griffiths (4.09.71). (RESULTS)
BMC Races at Tipton – Tuesday 11th August
Rob Warner…….was just under two tenths outside his personal best as he ran a seasons best time of 1.55.68 to finish 4th in the ‘A’ 800m race. RESULTS
Junior Home International Fell Running Trials –
Saturday August 18th at Arncliffe
Twenty young athletes ran this trial race won by Mac O’Malley in a time of 28.21 with Thomas Marchant finishing in 17th position running a time of 33.41. The race was run over 6.8k with 320m of ascent. Thomas has been looking to improve on the Fells this year after being out for quite a long time through injury and this season has helped to lay a good base for himself in 2019.
Pendle Three Peaks – Saturday August 18th
The Pendle Three Peaks is a category AM Race run over 9.4 Miles and 2838ft of climbing and had one hundred and forty one finishers at the weekend. The Race was won by Chris Hooldsworth in a time of 1hr 17.22
Gary Pearse and Ian Clarkson competed for the Harriers with Gary the first home in 40th position clocking a time of 1hr.47.56 and followed in by Ian in 108th place (2hr.16.13).
New PB’s for Joe, Nick & Amy at Trafford – Pauline 3rd and 1st V45 at Littondale 4 – Junior Award at the Harriers
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday August 14th
The penultimate Fixture in this years Grand Prix Series held at Trafford saw Blackburn Harriers athletes posting new personal best times. Joe Gebbie, Nick Smith, Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley ran the 800m whilst Tim Raynes took on the 3000m.
First year in the U20’s has seen Joe Gebbie open up 2018 with an 800m time of 2.06.86 which he cut down to a new personal best time of 2.00.29 at Trafford as he finished 3rd in his 800m Heat – good chance of a sub 2 minute clocking before the end of the season. U17 Amy Davies had posted a seasons best of 2.30.54 for 800m at the June Trafford meeting and went into the race with a personal best set in 2017 of 2.28.3. In placing 2nd in her 800m Heat with a time of 2.25.31 she set a new PB by three seconds. The third new PB of the night was run by Nicholas Smith, who up until this season hadn’t run the 800m. His first of only three 800m races saw him clock 2.12.50 which he reduced by three seconds placing 4th in his 800m Heat with a time of 2.09.51. U15 Eleesha Charnley came home in 8th spot, running a time of 2.25.52 in her 800m Heat whilst Senior Tim Raynes ran the 3000m ‘A’ Race featuring twenty five athletes as he finished 3rd in 8.40.40 – the race being won in a time of 8.33.97.
Littondale 4 Mile Road Race – Saturday August 10th
Just twenty four seconds separated the top three women in this race featruing close to a hundred runners and won by Will Smith in 21.01
Pauline Powell continued her good form coming home in 10th place overall, 3rd woman and 1st V45 clocking a time of 24.12 behind Rachel Friend and Helen Glover. Speaking to the Harriers after the Race Pauline said that she “really enjoyed the race it was an undulating 4 mile course, i felt good but could tell i was lacking fast races! It was a good race and finished 24 secs behind the winner Helen Glover”.
Blackburn Harriers Junior Endurance Squad Athlete of the Month
At the Harriers there is a Junior Endurance Group that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Coaches Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley run the Group and have introduced an award each month – ‘Athlete of the Month’. This award is given to a young runner who has shown regular attendance, enthusiasm, displays good behaviour and listens to the Coaches, supports others in the Group and looks to improve themselves.
Below are the first three winners of this Award:
May 2018 Harry Smith
June 2018 Felix Thompson
July 2018 William Grundy
Holly Wins Bronze at European Championships – Jess Wins BMC 5000m at Milton Keynes – Charlotte and Solomon Win Northern Titles – John is 3rd at Pilgrim’s Cross – Another Win for Matthew in the Juniors at Boulsworth
European Championships in Berlin
Holly Bradshaw is having a great year. The British No.1 Pole Vaulter has got progressively better throughout the season which saw her clearing 4.80m in Germany in the middle of July. In the European Championships she qualified for the Final with a first time clearance of 4.50m and went on in the Final to clear 4.55m and 4.65m at the first attempt, passed 4.70m and then cleared 4.75m for the second time this year culminating in a very well deserved Bronze Medal.
Sophie Hitchon qualified for the Hammer Final on Friday with a distance of 68.74m before finishing 8th in the Final with 70.52m. Sophie – British record holder and No. 1 – has said that she is working on a change in her technique and is confident that once she has got on top of that she will become more competitive with consistently longer throws. As Sophie’s sister posted on Twitter “The road to success is always under construction’.
BMC Gold Standard Races – Milton Keynes – Saturday August 10th
After running a time of 2.04.57 over 800m at Watford during the week Jess Judd ran the BMC 5000m on Saturday evening to head a field of twenty one athletes in a winning time of 15.37.23 with Emily Thornhill in 2nd (15.58.31) and Emelia Gorecka in 3rd (16.06.30). In doing so, Jess broke Blackburn Harriers Club Record which was set by Pauline Powell in 2001 and was just three seconds outside her own personal best.
In the week leading up to Milton Keynes BMC Rob Warner ran the 1500m at the Watford BMC on August 8th to clock a time of 3.52.10 in 11th place.
Northern Track & Field Championships at Wavaertree – 10 & 11th August
It was a pretty good weekend for the Harriers at the weekend in this years Northern Championships with a number of Medals being won by our athletes. Charlotte Williams in only her third competition of the year followng injury followed her wins in the Mid Lancs (53.07m) and UKYDL (57.11m) with a throw of 57.20m at the Championships to secure the title with Zoe Price in 2nd place (55.12m)
After the presentation Charlotte spoke to the Club about her comeback commenting “I am very happy to come back into competitions with a win at each one and becoming northern champion. It’s been a hard journey where I never thought I’d be back to this point. I am now training hard and looking forward to nationals in the next two weeks to see what I can do there! I’d like to thank everyone in the club, the coaches and parents for the continuous amounts of support!“
U17 Abigail Brown went into the Championships with a shoulder injury which hampered her performance. In the Hammer she placed 11th in the thirteen strong field with 32.72m and due to the injury wasn’t able to compete in the Discus and Shot. Nicky Saunders won a Bronze Medal in the U15 Girls Discus with a new PB throw of 28.86m placing third out of a field of fifteen competitors and this was after she threw another new PB in the U15 Girls Hammer placing 5th with 31.16m.
U17 Solomon Brown came straight from the airport having flown back from holiday in Bulgaria to win the 400m Hurdles and become Northern Champion in a time of 60.04. After a nights sleep he was back the following day to take Bronze in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.51 and that into a headwind of -2.9.
There was another Bronze Medal in the Hurdles for the Harriers, this time won by U17 Millie Coy in a battling 300m Hurdles Race with a new PB of 47.43. Millie was also back on the Sunday and this time in the Javelin in a competition featuring thirteen athletes where she finished in 8th position (33.06m) some four metres outsider her best.
English Schools Hurdler Myah Booth had a very good Championships as she won her Heat of the 75m Hurdles in a time of 12.04 and again into a headwind of -4.9 going onto claim the Silver Medal in the Final clocking 11.60 – the headwind dropping to -1.7. Then onto the Shot Putt in which Myah threw 10.84m, just 15cms outside rhest best to win her second Medal of the Championships with a Bronze in 3rd place.
Tobi Olidapo had a great first ever appearance in a Championships entering the U13 Boys 100m and Long Jump. Running into a big headwind of -2.6 he won his Heat to qaulify for the Final in a time of 13.62 and then went onto win Bronze in the Final, clocking 13.78 and this time into a wind measuring -3.0. In the Long Jump he wasn’t far away either jumping a new PB distance of 4.52m in 7th place and just 14cms outside the Medals. Also in the Long Jump was Saul Sharp who also had a good day posting a new PB of 3.69m – going on to run a time of 2.44.59 in the U13 Boys 800m.
Tobi’s older brother Tope Olidapo (U17) entered the 100m and 200m – having pulled up with a cramp in the 200m he was back for the 100m on Sunday clcoking 12.98 in Heat (1). Ethan Downes who has had an excellent season this year in the UKYDL, was like all the sprinters running into substantial headwinds and in Ethan’s Heat it measured -3.4 as he ran a time of 12.62 in 3rd place which didn’t get him a place in the Final.
U17 Amy Davies clocked a time of 5.03.97 in the 1500m coming home 6th in the Final whilst Harry Wilkin ran 5.05.46 in the U17 Men’s 1500m. In the U15 Girls 800m – Eleesha Charnley placed 4th in Heat (2) ot three Heats with a time of 2.25.56 which meant she missed qualification for the Final. Hayden Mercer ran the U15 Boys 800m qualifying for the Final as a fastest loser in 2.19.26. A much better performance in the Final saw him run very close to his personal best as he clocked 2.13.82.
The U13 Girls 800m was run as three Time Trials with the winner of each Race taking the three places on the Podium. Keira Haxton ran a really gutsy and competitive race as she fought to finish in 2nd place in her Race with a time of 2.41.89.
In the 3000m Nick Smith was invited to run in the U17 men’s Race as there had been only the one entry in the U20 Men’s 3000m. Matt Ramsden was hopeful of a Medal in the U17 Race which featured a number of good athletes in the Entry List. On the day two of the athletes who lined up were sub 9 minute athletes – Joseph Buckley and Matt Ramsden and that is how the Race finished with Buckley winning in a time of 9.12.07 and Matt in 2nd place closing the winner down all the time in the home straight as he clocked 9.14.52 to win Silver. Nick Smith ran a time of 10.10 and was presneted with the Gold Medal.
Pligrim’s Cross – August 8th
John Horrocks has continued his fine form on the Fells in his latest Race – Pilgrims Cross – which is part of the Rossendale Series. This latest outing saw John take 3rd place in a time of 40.54 with Luke Turnmer taking the win (40.05) and Andy Buttery in 2nd (40.13).
Boulsworth Races – Sunday August 12th
(All photos from Boulsworth courtesy of David Belshaw)
Charlotte Smith maintained her run in the Series on Sunday coming home in 4th place (4.17) in the U9 Girls Race. Matthew Smith has had a great Series and won the U11 Boys race again in a time of 6.59 with Theo Robinson in 7th place in a time of 7.56. Imogen Robinson maintained her good fun with 4th position in the U11 Girls Race clocking 8.16 and followed in by Tippi Francis in 8th place (8.46). Codie Dewhurst bagged himself anothet top three place as he came home with a time of 7.14 in the U13 Boys Race as Libby Neal finished 10th in 9.03 in the U13 Girls Race.
In the Senior Race Ian Clarkson finished 98th overall in 61.17. (RESULTS)
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