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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)
Harriers Win Northern League – Jack Smashes Course Record to Win Snowman Triathlon – Chris Wins Race and Series at Astley Park – Thomas runs at England Mountain Running Championships – Top ten finish for John at Whittle Pike Fell Race – Worsthorne Moor Trail Race
Northern League Division 2WC – Saturday August 4th
Another Saturday, another glorious day and another great performance by the Club in the last of this years Northern League fixtures, held at Cleckheaton. At this time of year, all teams are affected by holidays and when you throw in work and injuries, it can be a stressful time for team managers, trying to put their best teams out. The Harriers went into this fixture missing more athletes than we have done this year, but what a reaction from everyone. New athletes came in and performed tremendously well. Other athletes took on more events than they would have been expected to do just to keep us in the hunt for a win on the day and to make it a clean sweep of four matches, four wins. In the end we came up just seven points short as the team finished second to Holmfirth – the team spirit was amazing as can be evidenced by some of our throwers who took on high jump, sprints and sprint relays after losing a number of our 1st chcoice sprinters for the day – you really can’t ask for more. What a fabulous group of athletes to be part of.
A great start for the Sprinters as Bailey Madden won the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 and backed up by Emily Warren in the ‘B’ with a 2nd placed time of 13.3 followed by both women taking 3rd places in the 200m with times of 26.8 and 27.5 respectively. The Men’s Sprints squad having lost three members to holidays and injuries were under pressure – Dominic Bretherton who was nursing an injury himself still managed to run the 100m in 11.7 for 4th place and in the ‘B’ Hammer thrower Nathan Billington volunteered to step in and ran a very credible 13.6 for 6th. U17 Ethan Joyce was competing at his first Senior event and stepped into the ‘A’ 200m at the last minute to run 26.0 in 6th place with Nicholas Massey clocking 25.6 (6th) in the ‘B’.
Holidays meant that we had no women athletes in the 400m or the 400m Hurdles – in the Men’s 400m Ethan Joyce made his debut at the distance for the senior team, running 55.1 in the ‘A’ for 4th spot with Joe Gebbie taking 2nd in the ‘B’ in a new PB of 55.7.
The Women’s 800m saw Jess Judd making her debut for the Club in Team events as she tore through the first 200m, going on to win the ‘A’ race in 2.06.2 with Alison Lundy making it maxoimum points in the ‘B’ with a winning time of 2.15.9. Maximum points again in the 1500m as Alison Lundy won the ‘A’ in 4.45.8 and in the ‘B’ a great run by another U17 making her debut at senior level – Amy Davies – winning with a seasons best time of 5.03.1. The Men’s 800m ‘A’ Race saw Rob Warner run a seasons best 1.56.2 in 2nd place with Joe Gebbie running a new PB of 2.01.9 in 3rd place in the ‘B’. Tim Raynes clocked 4.06.7 as he led from the front in the 1500m ‘A’ race to come home in 3rd place – and – echoing the spirit within the team on the day, Chris Davies stepped out of his comfort zone to run his second ever 1500m, clocking a massive new PB by 20 seconds of 4.26.5 in 2nd position.
The 3000m produced maximum points again as Jess Judd ran away with the ‘A’ race from the off, winning in a time of 9.20.0 with another great run from Joanne Nelson in the ‘B’ as she won very comfortably in 11.01.9. Marc Hartley was another athlete carrying an injury who pushed himself through the pain barrier to run the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase finishing 3rd in 10.51.8 with Karl Billington volunteering to run the ‘B’ race and earning the team very good points with a 2nd placed run of 11.19.2. Rob Warner having run the 800m doubled up in the 5000m and won the ‘A’ in 16.01.6 with Tom Blaney making his senior team track debut running a great race to win the ‘B’ in 16.33.9.
Wonderful to see Polly Pearse back in action for the team as she ran 16.9 in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles for 2nd place whilst Nicholas Smith ran 21.8 for 3rd in the Men’s 110m Hurdles and John iLunga 21.6 in the ‘B’ fopr 3rd spot. Nicholas and John also teamed up int he 400m Hurdles with Nicholas taking 2nd in the ‘A’ (62.5) and John 3rd in the ‘B’ equaling his seasons best of 69.6.
Anna Peers and Emily Taberner made a great contribution to the team total in the Throws. Starting in the Hammer Anna came 3rd in the ‘A’ (27.01m) and Emily 2nd in the ‘B’ with 18.13m. The two of them went on to win the Discus with Anna throwing 35.13m in the ‘A’ and Emily 22.37m in the ‘B’. On to the Javelin and another double win which saw Anna throw a seasons best of 38.40m in the ‘A’ and Emily 29.19m in the ‘B’. And in the last of the Throws events Anna took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.17m and Emily also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 7.95m.
The contribution to the teams success this year by the Throws squad cannot be over emphasised as the men and the women have been tremdously consistent throughout the whole season. Today the Men started off winning both ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hammer with Anthony Kent throwing 38.33m in the ‘A’ and Nathan Billington 36.82m in the ‘B’. In the Discus Anthony placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 32.66m followed in the ‘B’ by a win for Tony Balko with a throw of 29.05m. In the Javelin, Anthony threw a new PB by over 2 metres of 38.78m in 3rd with Nathan Billington placing 4th in the ‘B’ (26.77m). And in the final throws events – another double win – with Anthony winning the ‘A’ (11.09m) and Tony Balko also winning the ‘B’ with 9.42m.
In the Jumps Polly Pearse was back on old territory as she jumped for the first time since 2016 posting 4.54m in the ‘A’ Long Jump in 4th, leapt 9.78m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 2nd place and won the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m for a fabulous return to competition. And what about thrower Anna Peers who took on the ‘B’ High Jump to help the team gain points clearing 1.15m in 3rd place. Bailey Madden backed this up really well with 3rd in the ‘B’ Long Jump (4.37m) and then won the ‘B’ Triple Jump with a leap of 9.44m – her first time ever at the event!! In the Men’s Jumps Ben Branton is another promising U17 making his senior debut in the Long Jump where he placed 5th in the ‘A’ with a distance of 5.49m just outside his seasons best. Dominic Bretherton carrying an injury, stepped into to help the team in the ‘B’ and managed to get only one jump, before retiring, which was good enough to win the ‘B’ (4.89m). Nicholas Smith and John iLunga teamed up in the Triple Jump with Nicholas placing 4th in the ‘A” (10.96m) just 3cms outside his personal best and John leapt to 9.94m in the ‘B’ for 2nd spot. The lads then took two 3rd places in the High Jump with Nicholas clearing 1.65m in the ‘A’ and John 1.55m in the ‘B’.
In the Relays, the Women’s 4 x 400m team produced a fine win in 4.09.8 – just a second outside the Club record which has stood since 2005 (4.08.4). In that 2005 team was one Alison Leonard (now Alison Lundy) who was also part of this squad which was led off by Emily Warren, handing over to Alison Lundy on Leg 2, with Bailey Madden on Leg 3 who handed over to Jess Judd on the final leg which saw her catch the leading Bolton athlete at about 250m, pushing on to finish with a 57 second last leg. Another example of the wonderful team spirit here as Emily Warren was running only her second ever 400m and Bailey Madden had never raced the distance before.
When it comes to team spirit, the men weren’t lacking either as the Harriers finished 5th (51.8) in the 4 x 100m – a team which included two hammer throwers who volunteered to make up the squad – so hats off to Nathan Billington, Nicholas Massey, Nicholas Smith and Anthony Kent. Similarly in the 4 x 400m where U17 Ethan Joyce who had already run two races took on Leg 1 (55.7) handing over to Chris Davies who is not a 400m specialist (57.6) with Tim Raynes who had run the 1500m previously along with Chris clocking 56.5 on Leg 3 and then Rob Warner posting a final Leg time of 55.3 after running the 800m and 500m.
(Back Row – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – Ethan Joyce – Tim Raynes — Front Row – Jess Judd – Alison Lundy – Emily Warren – Bailey Madden)
Snowman Triathlon – Sunday August 5th
Jack Hindle took on the Snowman Classic Distance at the weekend – an event described as one of the toughest in the country. Not only did Jack win the event by over five minutes from the 2nd placed finisher Llewellyn Holmes he smashed the Course Record by some twelve minutes to top of a magnificent overall performance clocking 3hr.11.47. Also competing in the event was Craig Greenough who finished with a total time of 4hr 07.29 to finish 32nd male and 10th V40.
On Sunday evening Jack told the Harriers “I’ve had the Snowman as a target race ever since the Slateman. The course on paper looked tough and on the day it lived up to that. I led out of the swim and quickly settled into a lonely ride on the bike. For the first time in a race, it challenged me mentally to keep focus and hold a strong pace. I was happy to come in off the bike and be on familiar mountain running territory. I didn’t feel the best I ever have done off the bike, but still managed to increase my lead over 2nd, making further inroads on the course record. Once again a great and well organised event, and thanks once again to my individual sponsors and supporters”.
Astley Park Trail Race (4) – Wednesday August 1st
The final race in this years Series took place last Wednesday featuring one hundred and seventeen athletes and was won by Chris Davies in a time of 24.44, over a minute in front of second place and meant that he also took the overall Series Winners prize.
Paul Guinan finished in 7th place on the night clocking 26.50 which gave him 4th place in the Series – Chris and Paul also took 1st and 2nd places in the V40 age group categories for the Series. Lindsay Davies was the next Harrier home in 59th place ( 33.43) – 11th woman and 1st V40 with David Morris (V55) in 109th (44.36).
Eighty four youngsters took part in the Junior Race which continues to show that young boys and girls are turning out in increasing numbers at these local short distance races and is good to see. Matthew Smith who has been running very well in this format of events took 7th place overall in a time of 5.46 and being quite a bit younger than all of the runners in front of him – Matthew finished 1st M10 on the night and the leading M10 for the Series.
Codie Dewhurst won the M11 age category on the night as he came home in 12th place overall (5.53) with 8yr old William Grundy just behind in 15th place and 1st M8 in the Race running a time of 6.03 which made him also the 1st M8 for the Series – Codie was 2nd overall in the M11 Series. Felix Thompson took 36th spot on the night in 6.45 and was 2nd M9. Hannah Davies was 2nd F9 on the evening and placed 40th overall with a time of 6.50 and was the leading F9 for the Series with F11 Isabelle Hartley three places further back in 43rd (7.07) and 3rd F11 in the Series, Kady Thompson – also F11 in 48th spot with 7.18 and Charlotte Smith in 63rd running a time of 8.05 and 3rd F7 as well as taking a Series 4th place. Oliver Gill who didn’t run on the night finished 2nd M10 over the Series with his bets three races already done
England Mountain Running Championships (Seniors and U20)
Thomas Marchant ran well today and is beginning to find his feet again on the Fells and Mountains after a sustained period of injuries. In a tough race against the the top U20s and in hot conditions Tom battled the whoie way to come home in a time of 51.09 and 19th overall.
After the Race Thomas spoke to the Club telling us how his Race had gone “Today was a tough hard climb testing not just strength endurance but speed endurance, despite not being back to full fitness I was pleased to complete the run especially after being out with injuries over the past few years! The conditions were dry and very hot making it hard to breath, it was an extremely steep climb and long climb that lasted for roughly 4.5 miles and once again the pace of the race was fast from the start onwards despite how steep the course was, overall I’m very happy to be back running on the fells and having this run as good experience”
Whittle Pike Fell Race – August 1st
John Horrocks has been running really well on the Fells and had another very good run in his latest outing taking 7th place overall in a 95 strong field with a time of 48.57 – the race being won by James Kevan in 46.06.
Speaking to the Harriers about his race John commented “Second of the rossendale summer fell series. Slightly extended course this year due to some paths being eroded but stil as tough. Set off well up the first climb, got to the top in 5th and thought I might be able to push for a podium spot but the legs had other ideas. Still enjoyed it and looking forward to next weeks race pilgrims cross!”
Wortshorne Moor Junior Trail Races – Sunday August 5th
Four age group categories at this latest Race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series featuring nearly one hundred youngsters in the four races.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for all the photos from this Race)
The U7/U9 Race with twenty one runners saw Charlotte Smith clock a time of 4.14 to finish 9th and looking at this photo there is little doubt about this young girls determination to do her very best!
It was another win for the in form Matthew Smith in the U11 Race as he was first home in the thirty two stong field running a time of 6.01 with Tippi Francis in 22nd spot overall and 4th F11 in a time of 7.33.
Impressive running in the U13 Race saw the Trawden lads finish 1,2,3 with Blackburn Harriers – Codie Dewhurst (11.04), Oliver Gill (11.29) and Daniel Smith (11.51) in 4th, 5th and 6th places – Libby Neal took 15th spot overall in a time of 14.07.
In the Senior Race won by Thomas Corrigan ahead of a field fearuing one hundred and sicty seven runners, Richard Taylor came home in 84th place with a time of 63.25.
Jess Wins Double Gold at EA Championships & Breaks Club 5000m Record – Mid Lancs T&F League at Barrow – Helen takes the deckchair at Lancaster 5k
CAU Inter-County Championships (Inc England Athletics Senior Championships)
A great weekend for Jess Judd at the England Athletics Championships as she claimed victory in the 1500m with a time of 4.18.01 on Saturday and followed that up with another victory in the 5000m on Sunday in 16.13.47 – – in doing so, Jess broke Blackburn Harriers Club Record for Senior Women 5000m held by Pauline Powell (16.40.04) which has stood since 2001 – her second Club record in the month of July as she now holds the 3000m and 5000m best times.
(Photo courtesey of David Wood)
(Photos courtesey of David Wood)
Rob Warner was also competing at the Championships in the Men’s 5000m Race featuring eleven athletes and won by Alex Teiten in 14.42.42. Rob finished in 9th place clocking a time of 15.13.95. The fact that many of the athletes finished close to a minute outside of their personal bests was testament to the weather conditions endured on the day.
(Photo courtesey of David Wood)
Mid Lancs T & F League – Barrow July 28th
(Photo courtesy of David Wood)
An extremely unusual day in the life of the Mid Lancs. The weather broke from the heatwave as the heavens opened and the wind blew and then the sun came out! The weather, the distance to travel for a lot of athletes and school holidays probably all combined to see one of the lowest turnouts for many a long time in this League – and – even more unusual – all events went off on time! Even so, the track timetable was suspended at one point because young athletes were coming off the track freezing cold and wet through – so congratulations to all athletes and officials who made the journey up to Barrow including fifteen athletes from the Harriers and just two officials – Jean Hoyle (Field) and Lindsay Davies (Track).
U15 Matthew Heywood braved the weather to complete three Throws Events to win the Hammer with 37.57m, won the Discus with a throw of 28.96m and came in 4th in the Javelin with a distance of 24.78m which was a new PB by over 4 metres. Continuing with Throws Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw 22.69m in the U15 Boys Hammer whilst Nicky Saunders in the U15 Girls finished 2nd in the Discus with 23.84m and 3rd in the Hammer with a distance of 26.22m. Also in the U15 Girls Throws events – Grace Bontoft threw 11.48m in the Discus (5th) and 25.64m in the Hammer for 4th spot. Sister Madison Bontoft was in the U13 Girls Throws and finished 2nd in the Shot Putt with 6.57m – a new PB by over half a metre – and threw 12.81m in the Javelin (2nd). It was a great sight to see Charlotte Williams back in action for the first time in ten months after recovering from serious injuries involving surgery and rehabilitation. Like all the Throws athletes, she was competing in what might be described as less than ideal conditions but still managed a number of 50m plus throws to win the competition with a distance of 53.07m. Anna Peers was one of just two Senior Women in the Javelin which saw Anna throw just short of her seasons best with 37.44m in 2nd place.
In the Jumps events Kyle Taylor-Pomfret had a jump of 1.35m to finish 10th whilst U17 Ben Branton set a new PB of 5.50m before going on to reach 5.51m in the Long Jump – a 13cm improvement on his previous best.
On the Track U13 Lewis Hardman ran his first ever 100m race to clock a time of 16.50 in 4th place, whilst Ben Livesey ran his first ever race for the Club to post a time of 30.60 in winning Heat 2 of the U13 Boys 200m. In Middle Distance Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, as with all the other athletes – were competing in the wind and rain which meant more like survival than running for times. Kyle placed 6th in a time of 2.35.20 in the U15 Boys 800m which had nine athletes in total.
U13 Boys – Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith – tackled the 1500m which saw Codie score a win with 5.27.30 and Daniel come home 3rd with 5.30.90 and very good efforts in the circumstances. Sophie Stanworth and Hollie Cubbon ran the U15 Girls 800m in what was probably the worst part of the day which had Sophie making a charge in the home straight to get the victory but just missing out in 2nd place with 2.35.10 as Hollie finished 4th with 2.40.00. Keira Booth was one of eight U13 Girls to line up for the 800m ending with Keira in 5th position in a time of 2.54.20 – and – in the U13 Boys, Ben Livesey was making his debut for the Club running a gutsy time of 2.40.80 in 2nd place.
Lancaster Race Series
The Lancaster Race Series had a 5k and 10k Race at the weekend which had Helen Leigh making a very welcome return to road racing – her first since 2016 after a series of continuous injuries. Helen ran the 5k in a time of 19.30 coming home 14th out of a field of seventy two, whilst Paul Jeffries ran the Pilling 10k featuring nearly a hundred runners to clock 42.30 in 22nd place overall – a new PB by nearly a minute and a half – delighted with his run, Paul told us “had a great run on Saturday on the pilling 10k the weather was horrendous with heavy rain and a breeze, managed to gain a new pb, really pleased with the recent results, the track sessions are paying off for sure”
After the 5k Race Helen commented on her first race in two years telling the Harriers “My last minute decision to run the 5km at Lancaster paid off rather well. I’ve not raced in 2 years due to hip surgery but after a recent spell of some steady runs I thought I’d give it a go. Was pleased to run 19.30 and be 2nd lady to the speedy Emily Japp; winning a deckchair, chocolate and wine in the process! It’s about 20 miles too short and 1000m too flat for me, but a race is a race and it was brilliant to blow the cobwebs away”.
PB for Joe & Trafford Results for the Harriers – Tony Wins the Discus at Trafford – Tom Wins Elswick 10 Mile – Ben takes 2nd spot at Padiham 5k
There was some very consistent running from the Harriers last night with our athletes tackling 800m and 1500m races. Jess Judd was the first Blackburn Harriers athlete on the track running in an all male 800m race won in 2.01.47. Jess posted her second successive 2.04 clocking in the last week as she came home in 6th place with 2.04.55. Nick Smith was the next Harrier in the series of eleven 800m races which saw him finish less than two seconds outside his best with a time of 2.12.50 in 7th position.
Maddie Elliott just missed out on a PB in Heat (9) posting 2.17.65 in 3rd place finishing up in Lane 4 as she strived to get that little bit extra out of herself towards the finish. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh was unfortunate in Heat (10) of the 800m as she was cut up and spiked when going really well and after attacking the first 400m with real intent. Ellen came home in 6th place clocking 2.24.91.
It was a good nights work for Joe Gebbie at the latest Trafford Grand Prix Meeting as he posted a new PB of 4.13.68 for the 1500m in a sixteen strong field with some aggressive running right from the start and saying afterwards that he felt ‘strong and good throughout the race’. Sam Hodkinson was also hoping for a new personal best but missed out in the end as he clocked 4.26.40 in a race won in 4.24.13 – the first lap run in 70 seconds.
In the Field – Tony Balko – entered the Discus and Shot Putt recording a win in the Discus (1.5kg) with a distance of 37.00m and a 2nd spot in the Shot Putt (7.26kg) with a throw of 10.54m – just 37 cms off his personal best.
Alison Lundy and Rob Warner ran in the BMC Races with Alison taking on the 800m and Rob the 1500m. This is Alison’s fourth 800m race this season which has seen her race consistently posting times of 2.10.76, 2.09.78, 2.08.61 and in her race tonight, a time of 2.08.57 and a seasons best.
Rob ran a seasons best 800m last week at Tipton and chose the 1500m at Trafford tonight, a distance where has already run twice in 3.48 this season – last nights race didn’t go as well, as he finished in 3.57.36.
Elswick 10 Mile Road Race – Saturday July 21st
Just over a hundred runners in this local ten mile road race, won by Blackburn Harrier Thomas Blaney in a new PB time of 57.27, a time well over a minute faster than his previous best over the distance.
Tom spoke to the Harriers about his Race and what he is looking forward to over the next period saying “I am aiming to do a few half marathons next year so I wanted to do a few 10 milers starting with this one to build my experience over the longer distances. My plan was to not get carried away and pace around 5.40-5.45 having an easier first 5 and build on the last 5. There wasn’t any competition on the day which made it a lot easier to run my own race. I went through the first 5 in roughly 28.50 and the second in 28.37, I felt pretty comfortable and was pleased to take the win. The course is mostly flat with a couple of undulations, I’d recommend it as I think it has PB potential and it is well organised. It would be great to get a few of us there next year!“
Padiham Greenway 5k – Wednesday July 25th
Another good run for Ben Costello at this local 5k race featuring rwo hundred and twenty three runners – Ben came 2nd overall in a time of 16.15 behind the Race winner Callum Davidson (15.52). V50 Jonathan Bridge had a solid run too coming home in 36th place and clocking a time of 19.06 – his first race over the distance for two years.
After running the Junior Races at Burnley on Sunday, a number of the Harriers youngsters – ten in all – were out again at the Padiham Junior Race.
(Photos courtesey of David Belshaw)
Charlotte Smith ran in the first race of the evening for U7 & U9’s finishing 12th out of 18 in a time of 4.41. The U11/U13 Race saw three Harriers finish in the top ten out of field of sixty five young runners – and it was Codie Dewhurst who led them home as he placed 2nd overall in a time of 7.11, just three seconds behind the winner Helena White and four seconds in front of 3rd placed Matthew Smith who ran 7.15.
Daniel Smith was the next home in 7th place overall with a time of 7.26 and followed in by Oliver Gill who placed 18th (7.54), Theo Robinson in 20th spot (8.00), Harry Sambrook (24th) with a time of 8.05, Imogen Robinson clocking 8.41 in 38th position, Libby Neal (8.56) in 44th and Tippi Francis in 48th as she ran 9.01.
Harriers Win Division 1 of UKYDL (LAG) League – Sam Wins Silver Medal for England at SIAB International – Jess Breaks Women’s 3000m Club Record – Seasons Best times for Alison, Rob & Jess at BMC – Ingleborough Mountain Race – Burnley 10k
For the second successive season, Blackburn Harriers have won their Division of the UKYDL (Lower Age Group) – 2017 saw them triumph in winning Divsion 2 West and this year they pulled it off again after recording three wins and a second to be crowned Champions in Division 1 West with Crewe & Nantwich in 2nd place on the day and 2nd overall in the season.
At this, the fourth and final fixture of the season, the Team recorded 15 individual wins, 27 second and 22 third places along with 21 new PB’s and a new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team who ran 56.5 consisting of Codie Dewhurst, Isaac Butler, Harrison Allcock and Tobi Olidapo.
An excellent day for the Club’s U15 Boys sprinters which saw Kyle Mashiter finish 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.6 and then absolutely smash his 200m personal best time as he clocked 23.5 to win the ‘A’ 200m by the width of his vest on the line – a time that was a full second faster than he has run previously. Ethan Downes followed suit in the ‘B’ 200m winning in a new PB time of 24.2 – four tenths faster than his previous best. Ben Boocock and Rory Teare joined up with Kyle and Ethan to come home 3rd in the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 52.0 seconds. Amy Wiggins and Abigail Armas took on the U15 Girls 100m with Amy placing 5th in 13.9 and Abigail 3rd in the ‘B’ (14.2) and that after nearly falling at the start of her race. In the 200m Amy came 5th in 28.8 whilst Maia Bowman clocked 29.3 for 4th spot in the ‘B’ race. Myah Booth and Abigail Armas along with Amy and Maia clocked 53.6 for 4th place in the 4 x 100m Relay.
Great start for the U13 Boys in the Sprints which saw Tobi Olidapo win the ‘B’ 100m in 13.5, backed up by Harrison Allock in the ‘B’ with another win in a time of 14.0. Isaac Butler and Theo Watson took over in the 200m with Isaac setting a new PB of 29.8 in 2nd spot and Theo coming home 3rd in the ‘B’ (30.5). Kate Cookson and Amelia Burton were the 75m duo in the U13 Girls Sprints with Kate running a time of 11.2 in the ‘A’ (3rd) and Amelia 11.4 in the ‘B’ for 4th position. In the 150m it was Kate Cookson doubling up and running 21.7 in a very close race for 2nd spot and Lucy Ramsden also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a time of 22.6. Amelia Burton and Niamh Gater came in for the 4 x 100m Relay along with Kate and Lucy, clocking 60.7 in 4th place.
Sprinter Kyle Mashiter demonstrated his throwing abilities as he took 2nd place in the U15 Boys Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.67m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ as Matt Heywood also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with 8.82m. Matt had a very good day indeed as he added wins in the ‘A’ Discus and Hammer with 25.03m in the Discus after a 40.43m throw in the Hammer which sees Matt currently ranked 16th Nationally. Harvey Ashworth added valuable points in the ‘B’ Discus with a 2nd placed throw of 14.70m whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret went one better in the ‘B’ Hammer – winning with 18.63m. Ethan Downes and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret teamed up in the Javelin with Ethan coming in 3rd in the ‘A’ (22.52m) and Kyle 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 21.31m.
English Schools Hurdler – Myah Booth – showed her prowess in the Throwing events too as she posted another win in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.18m followed by Izzy Thompson who made it a great haul of points in that event as she placed 2nd with 7.39m before going on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 22.62m. Nicky Saunders had a pretty solid day as well taking 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus (25.44m), 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.34m and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.15m. Adding more points to the total Grace Bontoft took a very good 2nd place in the ‘B’ Hammer with 18.26m.
Saul Sharp and Harrison Allock both took 2nd place in the U13 Boys Shot Putt with 5.49m and a new PB for Saul and 5.48m for Harrison – Isaac Butler added a 4th placed throw of 19.76m in the ‘A’ Javelin to complete the Throws events for the U13 Boys. The U13 Girls excelled in the Throws posting 3 wins and a 4th place in total – Charlotte Clapham won the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 6.35m whilst Tilly Pollard won the ‘B’ with 6.27m. Caroline Woodworth won the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 22.01 whilst Madison Bontoft in her first competitive season came 4th in the ‘B’ with 10.26m.
The U15 Boys 80m Hurdles saw Ben Boocock come home in 3rd place in the ‘A’ race with 13.5 as Rory Teare placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 15.3. Some controversey in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 75m Hurdles as Myah Booth was given 2nd place in a time of 11.6, with many observers considering that she had won the Race, however the Officials decision is the only one that matters – Danielle Probert finished 5th in the ‘B’ with a time of 17.6. Codie Dewhurst came in 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 75m Hurdles with a new PB by three tenths of 16.5 with Keaton Pickering, unfortunately picking up an injury during the race in 4th place in the ‘B’ (19.3). The U13 Girls 70m Hurdles had Lucy Ramsden running 12.9 in the ‘A’ for 2nd place and debutant Jessica Cole winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 12.4, over half a second faster than her previous best.
Rory Teare had a very good day in the Jumps events as he set a new PB in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with 4.39m in 5th place and another new PB in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m (4th), a height he has been targeting all season – Zac Walmsley finished 5th in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 3.73m and Hayden Mercer cleared 1.35m in the ‘B;’ High Jump. Amy Wiggins and Rebecca Barton both placed 6th in the U15 Girls Long Jump with 3.76m and 3.40m respectively whilst in the High Jump – Danielle Probert cleared 1.25m for 5th spot and Rebecca Barton also 1.25m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.
In the U13 Boys Long Jump, sprinters Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allock earned good points for the team with Tobi placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (4.13m) and Harrison 2nd in the ‘B’ with 3.88m – just short of his personal best. Tobi then went on to the High Jump – the first time he has done the event – and cleared 1.30m in 3rd place whilst Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.20m in the ‘B’ and also 3rd. U13 Niamh Gater finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a new PB by 18cms of 3.85m with Tilly Pollard also setting a new PB in the ‘B’ with 3.17m (5th). Jessica Cole mainatained her impressive debut for the Harriers as she cleared 1.30m in the U13 Girls High Jump for 2nd place and well backed up by Charlotte Clapham in the ‘B’ as she won that with a clearance of 1.25m.
The 300m always comes after the longer distance and can have an impact on those who have doubled up. Harvey Ashworth was in a pretty quick U15 Boys 800m race which saw him run 2.13.5 in 3rd place behind two lads in first and second who both ran 2.08. Harvey then ran 44.1 in the 300m ‘A’ Race (6th) with Zac Walmsley cutting a tenth off his best time to set a new PB in the ‘B’ race of 43.5 (3rd). Hayden Mercer ran a new PB of 2.12.9 in the ‘B’ 800m after leading from 500m out, finishing 3rd. More personal bests came in the U15 Boys 1500m – the ‘A’ race was won in a very fast time of 4.20.8 – which saw David Holman and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret run intelligent races as they looked to be competitive all the way round and it certainly paid off as David cut nearly six seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 4.49.2 (4th) in the ‘A’ Race with Kyle chopping a whopping 8 seconds off his pervious best for a new PB and a win in the ‘B’ of 4.50.9.
The U15 Girls 300m saw Eleesha Charnley clock 45.0 in the ‘A’ (3rd) with Leah Hoole cutting nearly a second off her previous best to set a new PB time of 47.6 in the ‘B’ (4th). The two girls had previously run the 800m with Eleesha clocking 2.28.8 in the ‘A’ Race for 2nd place and Leah setting her second new PB of the day by just two tenths as she also placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.33.3. In the 1500m Sophie Stanworth ran a time of 5.22.9 in 4th place whilst Rebecca Ramsden placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 5.46.0.
Theo Watson in hist first competitve season for the Club ran 2.33.4 in the U13 Boys 800m in 3rd place with Saul Sharp giving good back up in a very close run ‘B’ race as he placed 2nd in 2.39.5. Isaac Butler set himself his second new PB of the day in the U13 Boys 1500m clocking 4.55.3 – nearly four seconds quicker than his previous best – to take 2nd place after leading from the off virtually and for the first 1200m. Another new PB for Codie Dewhurst – and his second of the day – as he clocked 5.20.3 in the ‘B’ race in 2nd place with the time three and a half seconds faster than his previous best. Caroline Woodworth posted a time of 2.40.4 in the U13 Girls ‘A’ 800m for 3rd place as Keira Booth ran a very gutsy race to also finish 3rd in the ‘B with 2.48.3. Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton ran the 1200m which saw Kate just pip Keira on the line which meant that Kate placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a time of 4.11.9 and Keira winning the ‘B’ with a time of 4.12.2.
SIAB International – July 21st
Not a bad couple of weeks for Blackburn Harriers U17 Men’s Hammer Thrower – Sam Gaskell. After winning the English Schools and going to No. 1 in the National Rankings, setting a new personal best and breaking the Harriers Club Record – Sam was selected to compete for England at the SIAB International held in Grangemouth last weekend.
Sam finished in 2nd place behind Kenneth Ikeji who won with 67.29m as Sam threw 65.58m earning him the Silver Medal.
(L-R Sam Gaskell – Kenneth Ikeji – Sean Maher)
IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games – July 21/22nd
Jess Judd ran a 3000m seasons best time by some thirty seconds of 8.53.9 at the Anniversary Games last weekend, breaking the Blackburn Harriers Club Record which had previously been held by Pauline Powell.
BMC Regional Races – July 17th at Tipton
Four days before the Anniversary Games, Jess Judd entered a BMC 800m at Tipton on July 17th which was an all male field and clocked a seasons best there too with a time of 2.04.26. At the same meeting Alison Lundy continued the run of seasons best times as she won her 800m race in a time of 2.08.61. Not to be outdone – Rob Warner clocked 1.56.51 in his 800m race for a hat-trick of SB’s on the night.
Ingleborough Mountain Race – Saturday July 21st
This Race covers 6.8 miles in distance & nearly 2000ft of climbing and was won by Josh Boyle in 48.38. Four Blackburn Harriers took part in the Race – John Horrocks – Thomas Marchant – Ian Clarkson and John Orrell.
John H. and Thomas finished in the top 20 places with John coming home in 12th spot in a time of 55.19 with Thomas in 20th clocking 56.54. Ian – “Blood and sweat on Ingleborough Mountain Race, Saturday 21/07/18, 6.8 mile, AM cat race, approx 1900 ft of climb and the same at break neck speed, with tumble thrown in, back down!!” – was next home in 134th running a time of 75.05 and John O. with a time of 78.13 in 153rd position. After the Race John Orrell commented on the day saying “Four of our relay team made it to today’s Ingleborough Mountain Race. Two of the Wainwright Warriors put on a good show for the Harriers with John and Tom having great runs. Two of our Blue and White Fell Bashers came home a little later. Ian certainly did a bit of fell bashing, crashing to the ground in spectacular fashion. He went to a lot of trouble for free cake and bandages from the St. John’s Ambulance. I lost the plot losing big time on the decent. Opting for softer ground to protect my dodgy knee I left the main path, went left and right in the fog and ended up crossing bogs, ditches and losing 8 minutes. That’s fell running!”.
(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)
Towneley Park 10k – July 22nd
Two hundred and fifty finishers in this race won by Callum Davidson in a time of 34.22. Ben Costello had a solid race to come home in 7th place with a time of 36.18.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)
The Junior Races were split into age related races – three in all – U17/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17’s.
Just one Harrier in the U7/U9 race – Charlotte Smith who ran a time of 4.09 in 7th place out of twenty one youngsters. The U11/U13 Race saw Matthew Smith continue his good form with 3rd place in 7.29 in a sixty four strong field where the winner and 2nd placed runners were given the same time of 7.07. Codie Dewhurst came home not far behind Matthew in 7th place overall with a time of 7.46 and he was followed by in 13th position (7.55), Theo Robinson in 23rd place (8.30) and Imogen Robinson in 27th place overall, 3rd F11 and with a time of 8.38.
Ben breaks Course Record at Horwich – Higher & Higher for Holly – Sam moves to No. 1 in the National Rankings – Seasons best for Jess – Janine & the Ironman
35th Jubilee Road Series at Horwich – Wednesday July 18th
Race (3) in this years Series and held once again on a warm and humid night saw another fine performance by the Harriers which produced the Race Winner, Team 1st place and Vet Category wins.
Topping the performances was the run of Ben Fish who broke his own course record when he clocked a time of 25.18 to win the race from Tim Raynes in 2nd place with another very fine run of 25.58. The Harriers had seven of the first ten places with Jack Hindle coming home in 3rd place overall in a time of 26.48. Just behind – Ben Costello, Chris Davies and Tom Blaney – had a great battle for 6th place which resulted in Ben in 6th with a time of 27.31, the same time given to Chris in 7th place and Tom in 8th in 27.36. Coming home in 9th place came Karl Billington running 28.06 followerd by Paul Guinan in 15th spot with 30.29. Chris Davies won the V40 category alongside Paul Guinan who won the V45’s. Lindsay Davies was the sole woman runner for the Harriers finishing in 52nd place overall in a time of 37.37 and 3rd V45 and she was followed by V55 David Morris in 89th (51.31).
Series Standings after three Races – (these only included runners who have run all three Races)
(L-R Jack Hindle – Ben Costello – Tim Raynes – Karl Billington – Chris Davies – Paul Guinan – Ben Fish – Tom Blaney) (Lindsay Davies) (David Morris)
The Harriers youngsters turned out once again at this popular local race for young athletes covering age groups from U9 through to U15 and separated into different age related races.
(L-R Hannah Davies – Charlotte Smith – Daniel Smith – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill – Sam Aspey)
And it was another powerful run by 9yr old Sam Aspey who took 2nd position overall in a time of 5.46, just five seconds behind the winner Ethan Davies who clocked 5.41 for the 1 mile course. If there had been a Team prize the Harriers would have won it as they had four in the first nine spots with Sam being followed home in 3rd place by Matthew Smith (5.48), Daniel Smith in 5th with a time of 5.52 with Oliver Gill in 9th place running 6.05. Findlay Carroll was the next across the line for the Club in 14th position (6.24) followed by Hannah Davies in 20th (6.37) and Charlotte Smith (46th) with a time of 8.28.
(Sam Aspey & Matthew Smith)
Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting – 16 – 17th July
What a great season Holly Bradshaw is having in the Pole Vault. After finishing 4th in the Commonwealth Games with a clerance of 4.60m Holly has gone on to clear 4.64m, 4.66m and 4.72m before clearing a seasons best of 4.75m as she won the Pole Vault for GB at the World Athletics Meeting in London last weekend – seasons best that is – until last night when she cleared 4.80m in Germany for 3rd place.
Delighted with her latest performance, Holly spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I was super shocked to have jumped 4.80m. I know 4.80m – 4.90m is in the tank but it would need to be the perfect day with the perfect conditions and me feeling absolutely fantastic and yesterday really didn’t feel that day. It took 3 attempts to clear 4.45 my opening bar and then the other bars were scrappy too but seemed to just pop over 4.80 out of nowhere! I’m feeling really confident at the moment and know my jump is coming together. I know now that on a very good day when I’m jumping my best I can clear the British Record which is exciting”.
Conratulations to Sam Gaskell. Following his win at the English Schools Track and Field Championships last weekend, Sam has moved to the top of the British National Rankings with his throw of 68.75m.
There was a season’s best run for Jess Judd at the Charnwood AC Open Meeting held on July 11th. Jess entered the Men’s ‘A’ Race and clocked a time of 2.05.22.
If your going to take on an endurance event why not give the Ironman a go? And this is exactly what Janine Fallon did so huge congratulations for entering the Bolton Ironman which was also a qualification race for the World Championships. Janine’s ambitions were to finish this event and told the Club after it was all over that it was “Probably the biggest challenge I have done so far is signing up to the Ironman 10 months ago, but on Sunday after a pre race talk from our very own professional Ironman Brian Fogarty who told me I can do it.. I went for it, swim went better than planned as I am not the greatest, to a steady bike ride staying on it and away from punchers was the biggest challenge as lots suffering unfortunately and sadly and battling on to stay in front of the cut of times and just getting to the run, bike complete the run started and so did familiar faces of people cheering me on, Joanne Nelson, Paul Brindle, my partner Lee Shorrock and lots lots more, local club Blackburn Road Runners at the food station cheering me on, 4 laps done and into the town centre trying to fight back to tears I head to the red carpet and to hear the famous words… YOU ARE AN IRONMAN… was amazing after 13:45 I did it”.
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