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Sam sets new PB, breaks Club Record and Wins English Schools – Myah Breaks Club Record at English Schools – Holly Wins Pole Vault and Sophie takes Silver in the Hammer at Athletics World Cup – Pauline Wins Burnley 10k & Top 3 for Marc – Tony Wins Pentathlon Throws Championships – Victoria Wins Caldervale 4 – Rose 5k – Sharp’s on Tour
English Schools T & F Championships
Blackburn Harriers had five young athletes at this years Championships having won selection for Lancashire following the County Schools Championships; And the athletes did very, very well indeed.
Sam Gaskell contested the Inter Boys Hammer and in the Final, the first seven all threw distances further than the National Standard with three more achieveing the English School standard, so it was going to take an exceptional throw to win – and that is exactly what Sam did with a distance of 68.75m which was a new PB, broke the Club Record and left him ranked No.1 in Britain for the U17 Age Category. What a fabulous performance and after the championships Sam in his own modest and unassuming way told the Club “Just want to say that I am thankful for what the club does to help and support me as a Blackburn Harrier, I really appreciate all of it. I would also like to thank Mick Hitchon (my Coach) who helps me day in and day out. Thank you“.
Myah Booth was over the moon to win selection for the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles after achieving victories in the Lancashire County Championships as well as Lancashire Schools Championships. Drawn in Heat 3 Myah ran a fabulous race to clock a National Standard and new PB time of 11.34 placing 3rd and qualifying for the Semi-Final – her time also breaking the Harriers Club Record. In the Semi-Final she ran an English Schools standard time of 11.41 to come home 6th. Speaking to the Harriers after the Championships Myah told us “This weekend has been the most amazing experience and I am very pleased with my races. In the heat I was in lane 7 which I wasn’t too pleased about however went and ran 11.34 which was a new PB and under the national Standard!!! I had an automatic place in the semi-final as I finished 3rd in the heat. In the semi-final I wasn’t in the best lane again (lane 8) however I still ran a very good race with a time of 11.41. It wasn’t as quick as the heat and I didn’t qualify for the final but I ran a PB which is most important and I’m very pleased with my races. Overall it was an amazing experience, well done to all the Lancashire team and the four other athletes from Blackburn Harriers who did extremely well! Thank you to all my coaches and the support from the club”.
For Kyle Mashiter it was at his first English Schools Championships in the Junior Boys 100m where he ran 11.97 in Heat 3. Although this a a bit off his personal best of 11.6, it is worth pointing out that the last three in the Final all ran slower times than Kyle’s best. Speaking to the Club after the Championships, Kyle was really positive commenting “It was an amazing experience and just to get their was an accomplishment no matter what place I came”.
Matt Heywood was also at his first English Schools, a fine achievement in many ways, as until this year Matt had only ever thrown in one Hammer competition – a local end of season Open Meeting where he reached a distance of 23.33m with the 4kg Hammer. In the Final of the Junior Boys Hammer featuring seventeen throwers, Matt came in 10th with an English Schools standard distance of 38.64m which was great reward for the efforts he has been putting in over the first six months of this year. Matt told the Harriers “English Schools was great. In my hammer i didn’t do as well as i wanted but as it was my first time there I blame it on nerves. When i walked into the circle there was alot of people crowded adound which made me nervous I came 10th over all and got all my throws out of the cage”.
Nicky Saunders an all round thrower was selected for the Junior Girls Discus in her debut at the the English Schools Championships and perfomrmed very close to her personal best as she threw an ES standard 27.99m coming 12th out of 20 in the Final telling the Harriers that “it was a great experience and would love to go again, everyone who went had good fun“.
Athletics World Cup – July 14 & 15th at Olympic Stadium
Holly Bradshaw ‘collected full points for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She had a perfect series leading up to 4.75m which was an impressive show for the British crowd who really got behind the first event of the evening. Clearances at 4.50m, 4.60m, 4.68m and 4.75m put pressure on her opponents who could not respond. America’s Katie Nageotte held her own against the Briton up until 4.68mm but three fouls at 4.75m saw her competition come to a close’ (Athletics Weekly). Holly said afterwards: “It was good. I was really excited to come here and compete. It’s a different event, it takes me back to my roots when I used to compete for Blackburn Harriers when you used to collect points. I was really excited to get the win and the eight points. It feels amazing. “I am really pleased with my height. I kind of wanted to go over 4.82m which would have been a British record. But for me at the minute I am building nicely towards the European Championships. I had so much fun out there. I am really pleased. The crowd was amazing; it really picks you up and energises you.” (Athletics Weekly)
Sophie Hitchon had a great competition too as she took Silver Medal with a seasons best throw of 73.48m which followed her success in winning the British National Title throwing 72.22m. Adding seven points to the British team total meant that with Holly’s win in the Pole Vault, the team got off to a great start on the first day.
Run For All Burnley 10k – Sunday July 15th
Over eleven hundred finishers in this Race – not easy with a number of climbs included – won by Tom Cornthwaite in 32.32 from Morpeth’s Nick McCormick in 2nd place (33.08).
Three Blackburn Harriers running in this race with Marc Hartley the first one home in a time of 34.55 taking 3rd place overall and after the race, commented to the Club that “Despite knowing the roads and the route really well it was tough going out there today. Quite a few testing climbs and tight turns which upset my rhythm somewhat. I thought the heat might get the better of me with a couple of K’s to go but I thankfully managed to hold on for 3rd as Tom and Nick were having a race of their own!”.
Next home was Pauline Powell in 15th place overall clocking a time of 38.16 to be the winner of the Women’s Race and 1st Vet. Jonathan Bridge was 2nd V50 and came home in 28th place overall running a time of 40.05. Post Race Pauline spoke to the Harriers saying “I enjoyed the Asda 10k today is was a great event and a really good atmosphere! Didnt feel too good in myself after suffering with a bad cold all week, so was happy to break the course record!”
British Masters Combined Events Championships
Tony Balko who has targeted the World Masters Championships in Malaga this coming September was out at the British Masters Combined Events Championships held in Sheffield on Saturday competing in the Throws Pentathlon. Tony won this event in the V50 category in 2017 with a points total of 2503 and this year he replicated that victory to take the title again with a points total of 2918 – a new personal best points total for the competition which includes Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin and Weight.
CalderVale 4 – Thursday July 12th
A reasonably close race to establish a winner of this one with Gareth Booth taking the honours from Chris Davies – Gareth clocking a winning time of 20.37 and Chris 20.46. Victoria Mousley won the Women’s Race and was also the 1st Vet in a time of 24.12 coming home 13th overall out of the near 150 strong field. Allan Hartley was the next Harrier home in 33rd place running a time of 27.53 with Lindsay Davies just one place further back in 34th in a time of 28.18.
After the Race Chris Davies who runs Blackburn Harriers Club Championships, commented on the events of the night saying “The Calder Vale 4 Mile Supper Run is not a race I have done before. I decided to put it into the Club Championships and thought it would be a good run for everyone just to have a bit of a blast out. It didn’t get the turn out that I was hoping for but never the less we did get a few Harriers out on the night. Unfortunately the course comes out a little short of 4 miles but is still a good run. I had a game plan for the run but just before the race I was told what the course would be like. The first mile doesn’t allow you to set a fast pace with a decent climb at the start which slows you down. After the first mile I decided to attack and look to run the course as fast as I could. I wanted to see how good a condition I was in and I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. My speed was great but unfortunately Gareth Booth of Horwich was in Town and I couldn’t quite keep up with him. I was only nine seconds of him in the end but the main goal of the night was to have a good run, use it as a training run if you like and I feel that I got what I wanted out of it. A good nights work. Very happy”.
Women’s Race winner Victoria Mousley told us that she “Entered this one as a last minute idea with my friend Jo. After warming up on the first mile which was steep uphill, I got into a bit of a panic as we set off. The last time I had an uphill start I had a bit of a breathing issue and I got myself all wound up going up the first hill and got a bit panicky and didn’t feel good at all. Once we got to the top I was OK. It was def an undulating course. But managed to keep going and was happy to take the win. Great to see the other Harriers there and we all finished close together really. Great pie and peas too!!“
(Photo courtesy of Run Photo Run)
Lindsay commented too on her Race telling us “Fantastic race, one hell of a climb in the first mile. Fantastic views when you get to the top and could see the front runners (Chris and Gareth Booth) in the distance. Enjoyed the race and was chasing Allan Hartley all the way round, he just got away from me at the end. It was a great 600-800 metre descent back to the finish line. Really pleased to win my age category again after winning it at trawden and well done to Victoria, Chris and Allan who also put in brilliant performances”.
(Photo courtesy of Run Photo Run)
Rose Inn Series – Race (2) Tuesday July 10th
Paul Bradshaw was running his second race of the Rose Inn Series which was won in a time of 20.19. In the first race of the Series, Paul ran a time of 22.58 finishing 20th overall. In the latest Race he came home in 13th out of a field of nearly two hundred clocking a time of 22.24, over half a minute improvement on the same course.
Saul Sharp competed in the Ironman kids today – Saturday July 14th – in Bolton Town centre. The distance was 1200m starting and finishing at the town hall. It wasn’t officially timed, but unofficially he ran a time of 4:06. He showed a great attitude and had a cracking run with a brilliant sprint finish.
Meanwhile – Saul’s mum – Lorna Sharp – who is a Junior Endurance Coach with the Harriers competed in the Pendle Running Festival at the weekend finishing 28th out of seventy five runners in a time of 56.48 for the 5 mile race. (RESULTS).
Holly clears 4.72m in Germany – New PB’s and a Win for Solomon at Inter-Counties T & F Championships
Tegernsee Tal Springermeeting – July 7 – 8th
Held in Rottach-Egern, Germany, Holly Bradshaw’s latest competition saw her clear 4.72m for 2nd place, the same height as the winner – Americal vaulter Katie Nageotte who won on countback. Holly’s last three competitons have seen her go higher each time with 4.60m 4.66m and now 4.72m.
After the competition Holly shared her thoughts with the Club commenting “I am definitely building as the season progresses which was always the plan off the back of the Commonwealth Games. I haven’t took a break and just trained straight through so we knew the closer we got to the Europeans the better shape I would be in and the better I would be jumping and it’s nice to know the plan has worked. I felt really great in Rottach, my body felt good and I felt fast and strong! It’s such an amazing competition with such a great atmosphere in such a special little place, it’s hard not to just love life! The meet organiser puts on a great show and really makes the environment perfect to help us athletes. I am now looking forward to my next couple of meets to try and keep building momentum, ready for the Europeans in 3/4 weeks time.”
(Holly Bradshaw and Katie Nageotte)
U15 & U17 Inter Counties Track & Field Championships – Leigh Saturday July 7th
Thirteen Blackburn Harriers athletes won selection to represent Lancashire at this years Inter-Counties Championships held at Leigh, including:
Kyle Mashiter – Ethan Downes – Ben Boocock – George Whittaker – Matthew Heywood – Bailey Madden – Millie Coy – Amy Davies – Liberty Thompson – Myah Booth – Nicky Saunders – Solomon Brown – Matt Ramsden
Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes ran the U15 Boys 100m which saw Kyle in String (1) finishing 3rd clocking 11.60 which matched his personal best – the first five all being given the same time and Ethan in String (2) who was first with a time of 11.73 – a new PB, his previous best going into the competition being 11.8. Just four athletes in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles which finished with Ben Boocock in 3rd place in a time of 13.28. Liberty Thompson ran in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles coming in with a time of 14.09. Some great times recorded in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles, the winner clocking 11.40. Myah Booth set a new PB of 11.57 to finish 4th overall. Solomon Brown probably had the run of the day as he won the U17 Men’s 100m Hurdles in a new PB time of 14.38, a half a second faster than his previous best set at this years Lancashire Championships.
In the U15 Boys Discus George Whittaker won String (2) with a throw of 29.34m and a new PB by 30cms. Overall George placed 4th in the competition. Matthew Heywood competed in the U15 Boys Shot Putt finishing 3rd in String (2) with 9.08m, just shy of his best and 9th overall. Nicky Saunders had a very good day too throwing a new PB of 28.34m in the U15 Girls Discus and finished 4th overall on the day. Myah Booth was competing in her second event of the day – this time in the U15 Girls Shot Putt – where she finished 2nd in String (2) with a throw of 10.58m making her 3rd overall and just 4 cms off 2nd place.
Bailey Madden took 3rd place overall in the U17 Women’s 100m after winning String (1) in 12.74 and the winners coming from String (2). Five athletes in the U17 Women’s 300m where Millie Coy came home in 2nd spot clocking a good time of 43.19. Two Strings in the U17 Women’s 1500m which saw some very good times posted, the winner running a time of 4.38.34. Amy Davies ran in String (2) finishing 3rd with a time of 5.03.48 and 9th overall. Matt Ramsden ran a very solid time of 9.09.65 in the U17 Men’s 3000m which put him in 4th place overall – the winner running a time of 9.03.49.
Three Wins in a row leave Harriers at top of the Division in Northern League – Top 3 for Ben and Joanne Wins Women’s Race at Hendon Brook – Tom 2nd at Lostock Hall 5k
Huge congratulations to all Blackburn Harriers who competed for the Club at the weekend in the Northern League in what can only be described as very oppressive weather conditions. Just watching was enough to drain you in the heat, let alone competing. Missing quite a number of athletes, the fixture was always going to prove to be a tricky one and so it proved as the team triumphed by just eleven points from Holmfirth in 2nd and Bolton in 3rd position at the end of the day.
It was a day not for personal bests, but as the saying goes – points make prizes – and that is what the team set out to do, accumulate points wherever it could. In this regard John Cookson, one of the teams Javelin throwers set the tone for the day by agreeing to do the 3000m steeplechase to fill in for one of our regular Chasers who had been taken ill. Great attitude and spirit on display as was the case right throughout the team as they realised 16 wins, 17 second and 20 third places and half a dozen new personal bests throughout the day.
After the first three fixtures the Divsion standings are:
(1) Blackburn Harriers 18.0 League Points 1253.5 Match Points
(2) Holmfirth 14.0 11189.0
(3) Bolton 12.0 1066.0
(4) Spenborough 10.0 981.5
(5) Bury 6.0 956.5
(6) East Cheshire 3.0 846.0
Anna Peers was in great form again winning the ‘A’ Discus (35.63m) & ‘A’ Javelin (34.89m) adding 3rd spot in the Hammer ‘A’ (24.83m) plus 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot with 9.89m. She was supported in the ‘B’ events by Teigan Fawcett who took 2nd spot in the Discus with 20.81m, Millie Coy who won the Javelin with a throw of 27.47m and Emily Taberner 2nd in the Shot Putt with 8.25m. Similarly in the Men’s events Anthony Kent took two wins in the ‘A’ Hammer with a new PB of 39.57m nearly four metres than his previous best plus a win in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.84m: then won the ‘B’ Discus with 32.07m before setting his second new PB of the day Javelin where he placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a throw of 35.03 which bettered his previous best of 34.27m. Nathan Billington had a good day with the Hammer too winning the ‘B’ with a throw of 37.03m just a metre down on his best as did Tony Balko placing 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus with 32.54m and 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt with 9.66m – all of which made a great contribution of points to the overall total.
Bailey Madden and Emily Warren shared the 100 & 200m responsibilities with Bailey placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 and Emily 3rd in the ‘B’ with 13.7. It was 3rd place for both girls in the 200m as Bailey ran 26.7 in the ‘A’ and Emily 27.9 in the ‘B’ – this was Emily’s first competition of the year after battling back from injury. In the Men’s Sprints Brandon Zinyemba took on the ‘A’ 100 & 200m finishing 3rd in the 100m (11.3) and 3rd again in the 200m with a time of 22.8. Dominic Bretherton ran the ‘B’ races coming home 2nd in the 100m in a time of 11.6 and running 23.4 in the 200m for 3rd spot.
Some great running int he Relays by the teams with the Women – (Emily Warren, Chloe Bleeks, Bailey Madden, Teigan Fawcett) – finishing 2nd in the 4 x 100m in 52.2 being pipped by 0.5 sec and winning the 4 x 400m – (Charlie Coy, Katie Buckingham, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, Maddie Elliott) – winning in a time of 4.14.5.
The Men’s 4 x 100m team – (Chris Brand, Dominic Bretherton, Nicholas Massey, Brandon Zinyemba) – came 3rd in 46.0, just a tenth away from 2nd place as Brandon finished the last leg with an hamstring injury. In the 4 x 400m – (Sam Hodkinson, Solomon Brown, Marc Hartley, James Marchant) – finished 5th in 3.43.8.
MIDDLE DISTANCE AND ENDURANCE
The Women’s 400m saw Charlie Coy place 4th in the ‘A in 62.2 and Hannah Cookson 5th in the ‘B’ (66.8) with Hannah doubling up in the 800m finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.33.5 as Maddie Elliott came in 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m clocking 2.22.3. In the 1500m Maddie Elliott and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh both ran really well judged races to take victory in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races in 5.00.4 and 5.19.5 respectively. Katie Buckingham ran a really gutsy race in the 3000m as she led for virtually the whole race with the Holmfirth athlete tied to her like glue in 2nd spot – the Holmfirth athlete accelerating on the last lap to take the win with Katie in 2nd (11.07.7).
In the Men’s 400m – James Marchant took the ‘A’ race on from the front and led until the last ten metres before being pipped in by the Bolton athlete, James clocking 50.9 with Sam Hodkinson clocking 55.6 in the ‘B’ for 5th spot. James then ran the ‘A’ 800m and finished 2nd in that race with 1.58.5 and again being pipped in the last ten metres of the race – Tim Raynes doubled up in the 800 and 1500m and set a new PB in the ‘B’ 800m of 2.02.5 (2nd) – two tenths beter than his previous best and in that heat, no mean achievement. In the ‘A’ 1500m Tim gave it everything from the word go leading for three laps before finishing 4th in 4.06.1 – just half a second outside his best and he was backed up by another good run by Marc Hartley taking 2nd in the ‘B’ race clocking 4.18.0. The 5000m – which had a water station on, demonstrating how hot it was – saw Jack Hindle run the perfect race tucking in behind the Spenbourough and Bury athletes for virtually the whole race and then went for it on the last lap to win the ‘A’ race in 16.06.6 whilst in the ‘B’ Karl Billington ran a really brave race to finish 3rd in the ‘B’ in a time of 16.35. Chris Davies took on the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase and missed winning by a tenth of a second as he worked through the field on each lap to finish 2nd in 10.37.0 along with John Cookson taking 5th spot in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.38.8 – all of those athletes – men and women – competing in the endurance events should salute themselves for the efforts put in given the heat of the day, which can only be described as stifling.
Mixed results in the Hurdles with Millie Coy running close to PB form with 70.4 for 3rd place in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles and Liberty Thompson 82.2 in the ‘B’ for 4th place and uttering those immortal words as she came off the track, ‘that was horrible – i would rather do a 1500m than do that again’!!!! The Men’s 400m Hurdles saw maximum points for the Harriers as Solomon Brown won the ‘A’ in 60.4 and Nicholas Smith the ‘B’ in 62.8 with Nicholas going on to place 4th in the 110m Hurdles (20.6). Chloe Bleeks and Liberty Thompson took on the Women’s 100m Hurdles – Chloe placing 4th in the ‘A’ with 18.9 and Liberty 3rd in the ‘B’ in 20.4.
Jonathan Gough had a good day winning the ‘B’ Long Jump with a new PB of 5.67m and finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with 12.25m, just cms short of his personal best. Having lost one of the Long Jump and High Jump athletes at the very last minute on the morning of the fixture Brandon Zinyemba and Nicholas Smith were asked to fill in and put in great performances. Brandon came in 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a leap of 5.83m and that with only two jumps as he had to go and prerpare for his 100m race. Nicholas has only ever done Triple Jump once before in competition and he finished up winning the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.99 and a new PB. Nicholas then went on to place 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing a new PB height of 1.70m with Nick Massey clearing 1.45m in the ‘B’ in 3rd position.
Chloe Bleeks and Bailey Madden contested the Long Jump which saw Chloe place 3rd in the ‘A with a leap of 4.54m and Bailey 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.34m). In the Triple Jump Ellen Sagar-Hesketh added a 3rd place in the ‘A’ to the total of points with a jump of 9.94m as Chloe Bleeks won the ‘B’ clearing 9.67m. The High Jump saw Liberty Thompson clear 1.45m for 3rd in the ‘A’ and Teigan Fawcett 1.40m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.
Hendon Brooks ‘Half-Marathon’ – Sunday July 8th
This Race has a hell of a reputation. First of all it is 13.5 miles long; secondly it is a brute of a race with hills and thirdly, you really don’t want to be running this in temperatures that would normally put a bull elephant down!
But race they did – all one hundred and eighty six of them – the race being won by David Rigby in 81.36.
Ben Costello had a cracker of a race in tne conditions, crossing the finish line in 3rd position with a time of 86.30 and though ‘he couldn’t feel his legs’ on Monday, he did speak to the Harriers about his race commenting “I’ve heard about Hendon brook being one of the toughest road races in the country so I decided to give it a go.the race got quite spread out at the start so I knew I would be on my own for most of it was just a case of keeping my head and running it like a hard training run.the first real test came at around 5 mile where I was really struggling on one climb at this point I was in 3rd which a runner came past me and created quite a gap over a short distance.it was hard to get a rytham going as they was a hill around every corner.towards the end of the race around 11 miles I found something in me to claw it back from 5th place to finish 3rd.given the conditions and my legs not used to racing that distance I was very pleased with my run.but won’t be tackling another half marathon for a while”.
Also having a great run on the day was Joanne Nelson who placed 24th overall in a time of 1hr 42.33 to give her the prize for 1st Woman and 1st Vet Woman. Afterwards Joanne told the Club “This is the 3rd time I have run Hendon Brook and definitely the hottest. I decided to run it as I haven’t run over 8 miles recently so thought I might as well throw in a couple of hills as well. I’m pleased to have been first female back, and picked up garden table and chairs as my prize, (well Paul picked them up because i was far too tired after running 13.5 miles and 2000ft of climbing.) It was a really nice day, well organised with lots and lots of drink stations and people cheering on (funny how they always tend to support on a climb). Glad to have made the distance, not my best time, but happy with the conditions”.
Lostock Hall 5k – July 7th
In the same sweltering conditions – Tom Blaney – jpined one hundred and fifty other runners at this local race and ran a very solid time of 16.49 to take 2nd place in the race.
English Schools qualification for Harriers – Mid Lancs T &F League at Litherland – Harriers Win Team at Astley Park – John & Thomas in top 5 at Stoodley Pike – John 2nd at Cuerden 10k – Don Ashton Memorial Race – Skiddaw Fell Race – Trailblaster
English Schools Qualification
Huge congratulations to those young Blackburn Harriers athletes who won selection to represent Lancashire at this years English Schools Championships which are being held on the weekend of July 13th & 14th at the Alexander Stadium.
At the Lancashire Schools Championships Kyle Mashiter ran 11.7 to win the Junior Boys 100m (PB is 11.6), Myah Booth ran 11.7 to win the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (PB is 11.6), Nicky Saunders threw 26.93m to win the Junior Girls Discus (PB is 28.79m), Matthew Heywood won the Junior Boys Hammer with a distance of 39.82m (PB is 41.84m) and Sam Gaskell was the winner of the Intermediate Boys Hammer throwing a distance of 65.18m (PB is 67.01m)..
(Kyle Mashiter)(Myah Booth)(Nicky Saunders)(Matt Heywood)(Sam Gaskell)
Mid Lancs T & F League – Litherland June 30th
Yet another Track & League fixture held in blazing sunshine last weekend at Litherland with well over forty athletes competing for the Club. Some of the events didn’t have too many competitors, due in part you lots of young athletes being involved in exams and also because of the impact of things like holidays etc.The Harriers produced over twenty new personal bests on the day, with a number of them in endurance events which was a bonus give the temperatures.
The Men’s Senior 1500m was a case in point with just three athletes, the race being won by Joe Gebbie in 4.15.50 with Nicholas Smith in 2nd spot (4.51.00). Jonathan Gough won his Heat of the U17 Men’s 100m in 12.60 with Ben Whittaker in 4th place in the same Heat (12.70). Going onto the 200m Jonathan made up for his modest run in the 100m to run 25.40 in his Heat of the 200m (2nd) which was a new PB by six tenths. It was a one, two, three in the U17 Men’s 800m with Matt Ramsden (2.07.60) just holding on for the win in a new PB time from Sam Hodkinson who finishing like a train in 2nd (2.07.70 and Findlay Sullivan in 3rd place clocking a new PB time of 2.13.50 – some four seconds better than his previous best.
Heat (2) of the U15 Boys 100m had Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 4th position (14.80), Rory Teare in 5th with a new PB by three tenths of 15.00 and Sebastian Burton 6th (15.90). The U15 Boys 200m had Zach Walmsley clocking 28.40 (4th) – a new PB by eight tenths in Heat (1) and Sebastian Burton running 32.90 in Heat (2) for 4th place. George Whittaker ventured into new territory taking on the U15 Boys 400m and taking the win in 61.50 whilst in the 800m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret ran a time of 2.29.60 (6th) just a second outside his best with Sebastian Burton clocking 2.48.30 in his first ever attempt at the distance.
U13 Daniel Smith had his first ever attempt at the 100m posting a debut time of 16.50 (6th) in Heat (2) whilst in the 200m Isaac Butler chopped a full second off his time to set a new PB of 30.50 in Heat (2). The U13 Boys 800m had thirteen runners, the biggest field of the day on the Track – four Harriers in the Race led home by new member – Theo Watson in 4th place, chopping four seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 2.30.20, followed by Isaac Butler in 6th (2.31.10) also with a new PB by nearly three seconds, Saul Sharp in 11th (2.43.30) and Daniel Smith 12th with a time of 2.47.00.
In the Senior Women’s 800m Hannah Cookson ran a seasons best time of 2.29.30 for 2nd place whilst in the Sprints Megan Tippett finished 3rd in the U17 Women’s 100m in a time of 14.20 with Hollie Oldham taking 2nd place in the 200m Heat (2) clocking 29.00. In the 800m Hollie ran a new PB of 2.38.00 for 2nd place whilst Chloe Gardner came home 4th in a time of 3.00.80. Myah Booth ran just her second 100m race of the year clocking 13.60 in Heat (2) of the U15 Girls 100m with Abigail Armas recording a time of 14.50 in Heat (3). Rebecca Ramsden was just shy by a couple of tenths in setting a new best time in the 200m placing 6th in 29.50. The U15 Girls 800m featuring nine athletes saw a very well judged race run by Sophie Stanworth to take the win in 2.35.70 with Hollie Cubbon in 5th (2.42.30) and Rebecca Ramsden 6th in a time of 2.43.20.
The U13 Girls Track events saw three Harrier sin the 100m with Kate Cookson 5th in Heat (1) clocking 14.60, Amelia Burton (15.10) in 7th spot and Keira Haxton also 7th in Heat (2) with a time of 16.10…..Amelia then ran just outside her personal best running a time of 31.40 for 3rd place in Heat (3) of the 200m. Four Harriers in the 800m field of nine athletes which saw Kate Cookson finishing 3rd with a new PB of 2.36.30, Caroline Woodworth in 4th also with a new PB time of 2.36.90, Keira Haxton in 5th place making it a trio of new PB’s with a time of 2.37.40 and Keira Booth coming home in 7th spot (2.53.10). There was a massive new PB for U13 Molly Grimshaw in the 1500m as she knocked thirteen seconds off her time to set a new best of 5.48.60.
In the Throws events Anthony Kent threw Senior Shot Putt taking 3rd place witjh 10.07m and then went onto Discus where he paced 2nd with a throw of 33.34m just one place in front of Tony Balko in 3rd with 33.08m. The Javelin saw Anthony throw 36.35 for 3rd place which was a new PB by nearly two metres and Tony won the Senior Men’s Hammer with a throw of 34.40m. Just one U17 Javelin Thrower on the day – Cameron Harris – who threw 44.20m. U15 Matthew Heywod took on three Throws events coming 2nd in the field of ten in the Discus (29.27m) – a new PB by two metres; 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.78m and first in the Hammer with a distance of 39.70m. George Whittaker just missed out on a new best in the Discus with a 4th placed throw of 28.93m – Zach Walmsley tried the Javelin for the first time placing 3rd in the U15 Boys competition with 20.76m and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret finished 2nd in the Hammer with 24.25m. Isaac Butler finished the Throws events off for the Harriers as he took 3rd place in the U13 Boys Javelin (19.52m).
Just one Throws event for Anna Peers on the – Senior Women’s Javelin – which she won with a distance of 36.45m. Grace Bontoft was very close to her Shot Putt PB as she threw 6.66m in the U15 Girls Shot Putt before going onto the Discus placing 4th with 15.10m before finishing off with a new PB in the Hammer of 29.18 in 2nd place. Nicky Saunders was in very good form winning the U15 Girls Discus with a new PB of 28.79m, better by a metre than her previous best, came 4th in the Javelin with 24.08m after having won the Hammer with a throw of 29.60m – a massive new PB by three metres. In the U13 Girls Throws events Madison Bontoft set a new PB in the Shot Putt (5th) with 5.94m, set another new PB in the Javelin with 12.99 as well as throwing 11.91m in the Discus. Amelia Burton had her first attempt at the Shot Putt achieving a throw of 4.36m in 7th place and Caroline Woodworth was just outside her presonal best with a 2nd placed throw of 22.14m in the Javelin.
Not many athletes in the Jumps events on the day which saw U17 Ben Branton in only his second ever Long Jump competition leap to a new PB by over 20cms of 5.38m to finish in 2nd place with Benjamin Whittaker in 3rd (5.20) which was a massive new PB for him by nearly half a metre. Ben Branton then tried the Triple Jump for the first time and was just shy of the 10m mark as he jumped 9.97m (2nd). The U15 Boys Long Jump saw Rory Teare place 6th with a new PB leap of 4.30m in 6th place with Zachary Walmsley in 8th (4.07m) in his first ever attempt at the event. Theo Watson and Saul Sharp were two of eleven Long Jumpers in the U13 Boys which saw Theo take the event on for the first time finishing 6th with a jump of 3.68m and Saul jumping 3.60m in 7th spot. Twenty five long jumpers in the U13 Girls event – so spare a thought for the officials in the heat of the day – which saw Kiera Booth finish in 17th place with a jump of 3.48m and her first ever attempt in the discipline.
Astley Park Trail Race (3) – Wednesday July 4th
Race (3) in the Series saw more good runs for the Harriers with Chris Davies and Tom Blaney, neck and neck at the finish with Chris taking 3rd spot overall in 24.57 with Tom just two seconds further back in 4th clocking 24.59. Paul Guinan came in 10th with 26.55 to make it three Harriers in the first ten which gave them the Team win. Allan Hartley came home in 60th place (34.44) followed by Mick Nolan in 64th (35.08), Helen Dawson-Smith making her debut for the Harriers in 79th with a time of 40.08 and David Morris in 103rd position (46.22).
The Junior Race featured 100 youngsters aged from 7yrs through to 14yrs. The Harriers had seven youngsters running with Codie Dewhust the first one of them across the finishing line in a time of 5.47 and 3rd in his age category (M12). Matthew Smith was next home in 15th overall, running a time of 5.51 and was 1st in his M10 category – also in the same category – came Oliver Gill in 18th with a time of 5.54 just three seconds down from Matthew. In the M8 age category William Grundy ran a great time of 6.08 to place 2nd and 24th overall. There were three girls running for the Club with the first one Hannah Davies placing 54th overall and 1st in her F9 category with a time of 6.47 and she was followed by Isabelle Hartley in the F11’s 62nd overall and 2nd in her category (7.13) and Charlotte Smith in the F7 age group – 84th overall and 4th in the category with a time of 8.29.
Stoodley Pike Fell Race – Tuesday July 3rd
Every endurance race at the moment is being run in tempeatures, the like of which haven’t been seen for a long while and certainly not in the sustained way that they have been over the last month. Conditions like these add their own pressures to what are already tough events to do. Eighty one runners tackled this Fell Race on Tuesday night won by Martin Howard in a time of 20.26.
John Horrocks Had a very good run to come home in 4th place in a time of 21.50 commenting to the Club after the race that it was a “Cracking little race tonight. Good runable climb with a tricky but fast decent. Happy with how my race went, just managed to catch Tom at the top of the climb after his electric start and felt good to push on to the pike and down. Well done Tom, good running”
Right behind John came U20 Thomas Marchant in 5th place in a time of 22.08 and he told the Club afterwards “I decided to take the lead and make it a fast race, however with a fast climb I started to tire roughly 80 meters from the top losing a few places, the conditions were not too bad still warm but with a nice breeze on top but not too windy. It was a fast race from start to finish and feel like I performed well and maintained a decent position”
(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)
Cuerden Valley Badger 10k Race 2 – Thursday July 5th
After running Stoodley Pike on Tuesday, John Horrocks was back out again racing on Thursday night at the Cuerden Valley Badger 10k in Bamber Bridge which had a field of one hundred and fifty six runners.
The Race was won by Richard Howarth in a time of 36.09 with John in a very fine 2nd place running 37.02 and managing to hold off Karl Hodgson in 3rd place – just one second behind.
Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes Fell Race – Thursday July 5th
This race, held in memory of Don Ashton and known to many over the years for his competitive nature and achievements in endurance running, attracted one hundred and forty two runners on the night and was won Josh Boyle who broke the Course record with his time of 35.42 with Rob Hope in 2nd place (35.55). Richard Taylor was running for the Harriers nad came home in 90th spot with a time of 55.21.
Skiddaw fell Race – Sunday July 1st
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson are getting their build up in for this years Fell Championships underway with their latest venture, the Skiddaw Fell Race won by Orlando Edwards in a time of 72.07 at the head of a ninety eight strong field. and run over a nine and half mile course with over 3000ft of climbing. John finished in 83rd place (2hr 01.24) with Ian in 91st (2hr 10.40). After the race, both of them spoke to the Club about the day
John commneted “Two of the Harriers ‘Blue and White Fell Bashers’ Relay team took to the Lakeland hills on Sunday. Ian Clarkson and myself did Skiddaw Mountain Race. I think he is sending his report and photo soon and here’s a few words from me. It was blisteringly hot, touching 25 degrees on the start line. Temperatures soared as we climbed around Latrigg and made our way up Jenkin Hill. It’s a 4 mile slog to the summit, then round the trig and back down. The steep stoney path was unforgiving, legs turned to jelly, both heels blistered and shoes ripped apart. It felt more like 30 degrees in places too. So close to my target time of 2 hours. Another Grand Day Out!”
(Thanks to Stephen Wilson for the Photo)
Whilst Ian told us “John Orrell, aka Fell Captain, and myself decided to have a run out at Skiddaw Fell Race, cat AM, 9.6 miles, 3150 ft, 12.30pm start and a on a very, very hot day!! Mmmm, physical draining and mentally demanding to keep climbing, at one point about 1000ft in about a mile or so. Plan was to tap away and see what happens, having had dodgy knee syndrome for a month or so, I wasn’t sure what would happen, knee feels good, quads and thighs NOT!! This was a straight up and up and down affair that was relentless on the feet and legs and the sun on the head. Keeping hydrated was the main issue of the event and thankfully I took on enough fluid. Finished in about 2:10 ish at the back end of the field, with the leaders in about 1:10 ish, brutally demanding and fine athletes they are. Hoping to get a couple more Lakeland races in before the Fell Relays in October, and we’ll see what happens. Should be fun!!”
And finally – congratulations to Mark Wilkin – at the Trailblaster – who took on the challenge of the 24 relays this weekend with mixed local running clubs running for the Running4CF charity. Mark covered nearly 25 miles as part of his contribution to the Teams effort in raising money for this very worthy cause. Also a mention to Paul Clarke who didn’t finish in his attempt at the 12 hour solo run, but put in a great effort, commenting after the event “My first DNF, ran 31 miles in 5.32.50, heat got too much just feel battered………….. Enjoyable day though I’d like to thank Greg, Julie, Deborah, Mark and Vicky for their support. Finally would like to thank Jayne for putting up with me and letting me do these races love you babe xx”.
Sophie and Holly Win British National Titles – Ben Wins Alderley Edge 10k – Victoria Wins Lancaster Half – Carmen Wins 5k – Joanne 2nd at Trawden & Matthew Wins U11’s + Vet Wins for Chris and Lindsay
British Athletics Championships (Inc European Trials)
It was a great weekend for the Harriers at the British Championships with three athletes all competing in Finals of their events. Sophie Hitchon smashed the Championship record twice before going on to win the Senior Women’s Hammer title again with a throw of 72.02m and now goes on to represent Team GB at the forthcoming European Championships.
Holly Bradshaw – like Sophie will be representing GB at the European Championships – won her tenth British Pole Vault Title and fifth Senior Title in a row as she cleared 4.60m and was buzzing after the competition telling the Club “To win my 10th British Title is amazing. I was having so much fun out there with all the other British girls and was jumping and feeling really good. 4.60m is a pretty solid mark for me but felt I was worth more than that however the swirling wind made it rather tricky. I’m pumped for the rest of the season now and can’t wait to get back competing in Rottach next Sunday”.
Jess Judd ran a very brave race in the 1500m as she took it on from the start and led until 300m to go finishing 5th in 4.13.56 and told the Club afterwards “I gave it a go just run out of it at the end, so disappointed now but knew I was lacking that top end speed so had to just try anyway! Was tough with the field being so good, but I’m proud for getting out there and giving it a go!” Alison Leonard last ran the British Championships in 2016 where she won her Heat in 2.03.30 before going on to clock 2.02.45 in the Final to take the Bronze Medal. After winning a BMC Race at Tipton on June 19th in 2.09.78 her next outing was this years British Championships eleven days later in the 800m where she ran 2.10.76 in her Heat.
Samantha Murray was competing in the German Open Championshiops for the Modern Pentathlon as part of her build up to the next European Championships being held in Budapest on July 20th. Sam finished in 6th place overall and told the Club “Today was a training competition. I’ve trained a hard block leading into the European Champs which take place on the 20th July. I’m disappointed with my riding but this is pentathlon and I hope I have my bad ride luck out of the way now! Next week I will finish off the work and on the 9th July we fly to Budapest for the taper pre championships. I haven’t won a medal at the Europeans yet, so my heart is set on giving my everything for this event. Of course, anything can happen in pentathlon, so I am level headed and staying focused”.
Alderley Edge 10k – Sunday July 1st
One thousand seven hundred and thirty three runners completed this 10k in blazing heat. It was a day to be sensible given the conditions and is exactly what Ben Fish did as he won the race in a time of 31.49 – half a minute in front of the 2nd placed athlete Stuart Hawkes. Afterwards Ben told us that he “Knew it would be hot, so set off slower than I normally do. Moved up alongside Stuart Hawkes, then just managed to open up a small lead after halfway. I think both myself and Stuart were in form that was faster than those times, but the heat did make it slower. That makes Ben C’s run all the more impressive and 4th was a great result“.
In these type of conditions for endurance runners, times normally go out the window a bit but not for Ben Costello whose personal best pre-race was 33.14. In today’s race he clocked 33.53 in 4th place overall which was all the more impressive and commented to the Club after the race ended “Going into this race with 4 Pbs in my last 6 races I was confident of getting another or being close. The race started slower than expected i went through 2mile at 10.40 so I knew at that point a pb was possible by time the 4k marker came I was on my own and slowing.i tried to push on at the turning point but it was hard with the heat hitting you from all angles. I managed to keep going and finished in 4th place which I am happy about. Well done to Ben on his win and to all the other Harriers that raced this weekend“.
Morecambe Half-Marathon – Sunday July 1st
What a day to take on a Half-Marathon but that is exactly what Victoria Mousley did along with nearly 150 other runners and despite the heat, Victoria won in a time of 1hr 31.58 crossing the finish line in 9th place overall. Afterwards Victoria spoke to the Harriers about her race commenting “I was aiming for 1hr 23 today and fell way short. It was so hot and I struggle like many others in hot weather. I always get a stitch when it’s hot and I did today although not for too long. The course was actually good with plenty of water stations as the route had been altered. I lead from the start and was fairly confident I would win but my legs were so heavy. Happy to win although a bit disappointed with 1.31. My slowest time for years”.
Joan Rhodes and Fred Norris Memorial 5k – Sunday July 1st
One hundred and seventy two runners completed this race, again in blisteringly hot conditions and won by Christopher Merchant in a time of 17.40. V40 Carmen Byrne won the Women’s Race and was also 1st V40 coming away with Trophy, Medal and Wine
After the Race Carmen who has had more than her fair share of injuries and is now thankfully running pain free told the Club “I’m really enjoying racing again and love the Masters races as I find them really inspiring. I ran a well paced start and picked up the pace half way. It was really hot obviously but at least it was only 5k! No pain at all which is great”
Trawden 7 – Sunday July 1st
Featuring well over three hundred runners, the first six finishers matched the very hot racing conditions as just forty five seconds separated them all at the end. Won by Beau Smith in 42.56, there was a 12 second gap to second place with 3rd a further 6 seconds behind, 4th just 2 seconds behind the 3rd place runner and just 10 seconds separating 5th and 6th places.
Many thanks to David Belshaw for all of these photos and thanks also for all the time and effort that he puts into supplying the athletics community with a digital record of everything we do – a fabulous contribution.
Chris Davies had a great run to finish 4th overall and 1st V40 with his time of 43.16. V45 Paul Brindle was the next Harrier home in 19th position clocking a finishing time of 47.19. Then came Derek Reilly – also a V45 – in 28th place (49.47) followed by Joanne Nelson who had a really good race to place 39th overall and 2nd Woman with a time of 51.14. Next home for the Club came V45 Lindsay Davies in 128th place with a time of 60.31 followed by Allan Hartley in 139th spot (62.40).
The Junior Races saw Matthew Smith having a great run to win the overall combined race of Boys and Girls in a time of 8.39 – 18 seconds in front of second place. Theo Robinson finished 11th overall in 9.28, just in front of Felix Thompson who came home in 12th (9.34). Imogen Robinson also had a great run to finish 17th overall in the combined race and 2nd in the Girls Race running a time of 9.56.
The U13, U15 and U17’s all ran together which saw a win for U15 Jack Villiers in 12.00. U15 Dexta Thompson was the first home for the Harriers in 14th place overall with a time of 14.07. U13 Daniel Smith placed 18th overall in 14.40 with U13 Oliver Gill in 24th place (15.21) and Libby Kate-Neal in a time of 17.44 (41st).
A win and new 1500m PB for James & New 1500m PB’s for Sam and Harry at Trafford – Tony Wins Double Gold & sets two new PB’s at Northern Masters Championships
Trafford BMC & Grand Prix – Tuesday June 26th
Another red hot night greeted the athletes for the latest in the Trafford Tuesday night meetings with seven Blackburn Harriers amongst the evenings competitors.
James Marchant who has already set a new personal best in the 800m this year took on the 1500m with a new personal best in mind and he did just that as he won the race in a time of 4.02.52 from a fast finishing Bruno Lima in 2nd (4.02.67). Tim Raynes was in a good spot in this same Heat but unfortunately fell approaching the bell as the athletes jockeyed for position.
Bottom of age U17 Sam Hodkinson set a new PB by three and a half seconds in his 1500m race clocking 4.23.66 in 6th place out of a field of fourteen athletes. Another U17 – Harry Wilkin – continued the run of new PB’s as he clipped a second and a half off his 1500m time to place 4th out of fifteen athletes in a time of 4.51.63.
Joe Gebbie and Hayden Mercer took on the 800m which saw bottom of age U20 Joe place 3rd in a time of 2.03.02, less than a second outside his best. Hayden – U15 and also bottom of age – was just eight hundreths away from a new PB in his 800m in 4th spot clocking 2.13.58.
U17 Matt Ramsden and in his first year in the age category was a whisker away from winning Heat (2) of the 3000m as he ran a time of 9.05.96 with a storming final 200m of 30 seconds and just failing to catch the eventual winner just as they crossed the line – Senior Callum Rowlinson ran 9.05.26.
Rob Warner ran the ‘A’ 1500m BMC race and was in contention for most of the race as he placed 4th with a time of 3.50.53, with just over a second separating the first four finishers.
Northern Masters Track & Field Championships – Cleckheaton – June 24th
Tony Balko (V50) had a great Championships at the weekend, winning two Gold Medals and setting two new PB’s. Tony is targeting the World Masters Championships this year and there is no doubt that he is hitting some good form lately.
Tony’s win in the Discus saw him set a new PB with the 1.5kg weight of 38.98m, some two metres better than his previous best and a similar distance saw him set another new PB in the Hammer (6kg) of 39.45m to take his second Gold Medal of the day.
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