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Ben & Joanne Win Hendon Brook with Team and Vet Wins – 18 New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs – Holly Wins in Germany – 3rd U23 at Skiddaw for Tom – Catforth & Lostock 5k’s
Hendon Brook 13.5 Mile Road Race – Sunday July 7th
What a day for the Harriers at Hendon Brook — hot all the way both in terms of the weather and the performances. Blackburn Harrier – – Ben Fish won the Race – – in a time of 77.04 at the head of six senior men in the top eleven places.
All Hendon- Brook Photos courtesey of David’s Running Photos
Ben Fish Ben Fish
In 4th spot came Chris Davies (84.15) which also won him the V40 1st Prize, followed by Ben Costello in 6th clocking 87.27, Calum Holmes in 9th (89.28), John Horrocks in 11th (93.05) with Paul Brindle 12th clocking 93.15 which gave him the 1st V45 Prize and the 2nd Vet category win of the day along with the Team win.
Chris Davies Ben CostelloCalum Holmes John Horrocks (98) was running the Race for the first time and told the Harriers That it was a “Top race today! First time I’ve done Hendon Brook And be back next year to have another bash. Well done to all the Blackburn Harriers that ran today, all top performances. Everyone’s getting stronger and stronger. Great to see!”
Paul Brindle (66) – John Horrocks (98)
Paul Brindle (66) talked to the Harriers after he had finished saying that “This race is an absolute brute and if you fancy challenging yourself, it’s a must. What should be mentioned is how well the Burnley & Pendle grand prix is run. From cheap local races, to raising money for local charities. Hendon Brook is the jewel in the crown, longest and by far the hardest. There’s always a buzz around on Hendon Brook day. It’s just a privilege to be part of. When your club absolutely smashes it, takes most of the prizes, it makes all the hard work in training worth while”.
After the Race – Ben Fish overall winner spoke to the Club saying “The club is going from strength to strength with another strong display. Great tuns from the lads, packing out those top 10 places and the women bagging a one two“.
Chris Davies added his thoughts about the day too commenting “A tremendous effort from everyone in the Blue & White today, some cracking times, especially the winning time. Awesome effort from Ben Fish. Great from ladies as well. The club is very strong at the moment and locally we seem to be really dominating now, certainly competing that’s for sure. Happy with my time, a couple of minutes shaved off my last time, down to 1:24 now so very pleasing. Well done again everyone”.
Calum Holmes was doing the Race for the second year running and told us “It was a great turn out for us today at Hendon Brook and it’s got to be one of the hardest race’s in the uk with over 2000ft of climbing all on road for 13+miles. We all worked hard and even won team prizes, I found the course very tough but I guess if you pace it well it will reward you back especially saving yourself for the last hill which was lenches – that’s the most brutal part – and I got around the same time as last year”.
L- R Paul Brindle – 1st Woman Joanne Nelson – Race Winner Ben Fish – Chris Davies
Then it was the Women’s turn with a 1 – 2 for Joanne Nelson winning the Women’s Race in 1hr 38.52 and also the 1st FV45 Prize with Victoria Mousley in 30th spot (1hr.40.11) winning the 1st FV35 Prize – making it four wins in four Veteran categories overall. Women’s winner Joanne told us “Great runs by everyone on THE thoughest half marathon plus race. Great team spirit from everyone – Also.. thanks to George for the support throughout the course and Lindsey“ whilst Victoria commented “Enjoyed today despite feeling very nervous at the start! Cracking run from Joanne who powered past me and kept going. Happy with a girls 1,2 and the men were fantastic. Ad always great support and comraderie between our gang and brilliant support on the course from George and others. Thank you all”.
Joanne NelsonVictoria MousleyL-R ‘Cooling Down’ – Victoria Mousley – Joanne Nelson – Paiul Brindle
In between Joanne and Victoria came Matthew Poole (28th) running a time of 1hr 39.26 with Gary Pearse (V50) in 53rd running a time of 1hr 47.12, V45 Jason Harbour (70th) in 1hr 52.42 and V45 Paul Wilkinson coming home in 160th (2hr 18.47).
Gary PearseJason Harbour Paul Wilkinson
Mid Lancs Track & Field League – Lancaster Saturday July 6th
Another warm but windy day greeted the athletes at Lancaster as Fixture number 4 of the season took place at the Salt Ayre Athletics Track which will be followed by Fixture number 5 at Litherland Sports Park on Saturday 3rd August and the final Fixture of the season – The Medal Meeting – at Blackpool on Saturday 24th August.
Three Heats for both Senior Men’s 100m and Senior Men’s 200m saw Solomon Brown and Ben Whittaker pair up for the Harriers with Solomon destroying his personal bests in both, firstly in the 100m where he clipped four tenths off to set a new PB of 11.8 (2nd) in Heat 2 and then knocked nearly a full second off his 200m time, clocking a new PB of 23.50 in winning Heat 2. Ben ran solid times of 12.00 in the 100m (6th) and 24.50 (5th) in the 200m.
Solomon Brown (78) in 100mBen Whittaker (157) in 100mSolomon Brown (78) and Ben Whittaker (157) in 200m
The U17 Men’s 100m saw Kyle Mashiter dominate, winning in a time of 11.5 whilst new member Thomas Monks clocked a good opening time of 13.00 in the U15 Boys 100m in 3rd (Heat 3) – his first race in a competition of this type and then clocked 62.00 in the 400m (3rd) after thinking he might like to try the distance. Four Harriers went in the U13 Boys 100m – with Harrison Allcock running 13.40 – a tenth outside his best time in 3rd spot and Ben Livesey 13.7 (4th) in Heat 1 which was a new PB by two tenths.
Kyle Mashiter (124) in 100mThomas John Monks (951) in 100mBen Livesey (121) and Harrison Allcock (57) in 100m
In the 100m – Heat 2 – Daniel Nuttall crossed the line in 4th place (14.10) whilst Harry Sambrook in Heat 3 ran a time of 14.40 (5th) which was a massive new PB by over a full second. On to the 200m and Heat 1 Harrison ran a new PB by two tenths as he won in a time of 27.50 as Ben Livesey captured his second sprint new PB of the day – finishing 3rd in the same Heat (27.90). Daniel Nuttall made it a hat-trick of new 200m PB’s for the Harriers as he clocked 30.20 – an imnprovement of two tenths in Heat 2 whilst Harry Sambrook smashed his best time for 200m by over two seconds to run a new PB of 30.10 (4th) in Heat 3. The U13 Boys of Harry Sambrook, Ben Livesey, Daniel Nuttall and Harrison Allcock won the 4 x 100m Relay at the end of the programme against a Guest team clocking 58.10.
Daniel Nuttall (129) in 100mHarry Sambrook (139) in 100mHarrison Allcock (57) in 200mBen Livesey (121) in 200m
Daniel Nuttall (129) in 200m Ben Livesey (139) in 200m
L-R – Harrison Allcock – Daniel Nuttall – Ben Livesey – Harry Sambrook – 4 x 100m Relay Team
A seasons best time of 13.30 saw Emily Warren come home in 2nd in the Senior Women’s 100m followed by a pretty solid run of 28.00 in the 200m (3rd). Imogen Mansfield was the next Harrier to post a new PB as she clocked 13.20 – an improvement by a tenth – in 3rd place in Heat 2, and in Heat 4 of the U15 Girls 100m – Skye Greenacre battered her existing best time by nearly a second as she ran a new PB time of 13.60 in 3rd position. Kiera Booth added to the list of growing new PB’s as she knocked a tenth off her 300m best time, clocking 49.70 in 4th place. U13 Lucy Rishton tried out the 100m for the veery first time and ran well to place 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 14.60.
Emily Warren (155) in 100m Imogen Mansfield (123) 100mSkye Greenacre (170) in 100mLucy Rishton (952) in 100m
Nathan Billington was the only Senior Men’s thrower out on the day, winning the Hammer comfortably with a throw of 38.94. U17 Matthew Heywood took on Shot Putt, Javelin and Hammer placing 2nd in the Shot Putt with 8.36m, threw 22.52m in the Javelin and won the Hammer with 46.46m. The U15 Boys Throws saw Codie Dewhurst place 4th in the Shot Putt (4.91m), Dexta Thompson win the Javelin with 22.65m which was a new PB by a metre and Sebastian Burton come 3rd with 15.10m after throwing 20.47m in the Hammer (3rd). Toby Mansfield was in two Throws events for the U13 Boys finishing 6th in the Shot Putt with 5.55m and 2nd in the Discus with 14.97m, whilst Samuel Craven came 8th in the Shot Putt (4.01m), 4th in the Discus with 11.57m and 9th in the Javelin (10.74m) which represented two new PB’s in Shot Putt and Javelin. Findlay Carroll set a big new PB by over four metres as he threw a distance of 19.51m (5th) in the Javelin.
Nathan BillingtonMatthew HeywoodSebastion BurtonToby MansfieldSamuel Craven
Nicky Saunders and Grace Bontoft took on the U15 Girls Throws which had Nicky place 4th out of 14 in the Shot Putt (7.56m), 1st in the Discus with 30.63m in a 15 strong field which was just 2 cms shy of her personal best and 26.00m in the Javelin in 2nd place. Grace came in 6th in the Shot Putt (7.24m) – 14 cms short of her personal best, threw 15.81m in the Discus (12th) and came 2nd in the Hammer with a distance of 29.60m. Madison Bontoft and Tilly Pollard took on the throwing events in the U13’s with Tilly coming 2nd in the Shot Putt (7.29m), 3rd in the Discus with 14.99m whilst Madison came 5th in the Shot Putt (5.43m), 4th in the Discus (13.46m) and 4th again in the Javelin with 13.93m.
In Middle Distance events there just six men altogether int he 1500m – 4 seniors and two U17’s – which saw Sam Hodkinson come 2nd overall and 2nd U17 in a time of 4.31.40 and as with all the middle distance races, run into a strong wind on the back straight. Thirsteen runners took part in the U15 Boys 800m with Dexta Thompson running 2.29.50 in 8th, Codie Dewhurst 2.34.20 in 9th and Sebastian Burton in 10th, clocking 2.34.80 as Umair Rafiq ran a time of 5.13.20 (8th) in the 1500m – the first time he has run the distance. Setting his third new PB of the day by a second was Harry Sambrook in the U13 Boys 800m – 6th out of a field of 15 – with a time of 2.38.80 as Ben Livesey ran 2.34.20 in 5th. Oliver Gill ran the U13 Boys 1500m placing 6th out of ten runners in 5.21.20.
Sam Hodkinson (111) 1500mCodie Dewhurst (95) – Dexta Thompson (151) in 800mUmair Rafiq (948) in 1500mHarry Sambrook (139) – Ben Livesey (121) in 800mOliver Gill (101) in 1500m
Three U15 Girls featured in the two Heats of the 800m which saw Keira Haxton get caight on the line and nudged out of 5th place as she clcoked the same time of 2.32.50 in 6th – and in Heat 2 – Caroline Woodworth went to the front of Heat 2 along with Molly Nicholls, a position she didn’t lose – winning in 2.39.10 with Molly in 3rd place (2.43.80). The U13 Girls also had two Heats in the 800m with two Harriers in both. Amelia Burton in her first race over the distance ran 2.43.80 in the first Heat (6th) with Imogen Robinson in 9th (2.51.30) and in Heat 2 – Eve Coulson placed 4th out of 12 runners in a time of 2.49.20 which was just outside her personal best as new member with Charlotte Robertshaw – running for the Harriers on the Track and in her first track race, clocked 2.50.30 5th.
Keira Haxton (108) 800m
Caroline Woodworth (162) – Molly Nicholls (128) 800mAmelia Burton (79) 800mImogen Robinson (138) 800mEve Coulson (169) – Charlotte Robertshaw (953) 800m
In the Jumps events – Kyle Mashiter jumped a few cms outside his previous best to finish 4th in the U17 Men’s Long Jump (5.34m). Dexta Thompson cleared 1.20m in the U15 Boys High Jump (9th) as Oliver Gill equaled his personal best in the U13 Boys High Jump in 5th (1.30m) — whilst in the U13 Boys Long Jump featuring 20 athletes – Harrison Allcock set a new PB by 5 cms, leaping out to 4.39m in 2nd place with Ben Livesey in his first ever Long Jump competition placing 10th with a jump of 3.83m, Findlay Carroll in 15th setting himself a new PB by over 30 cms with 3.57m and Daniel Nuttall in 20th (3.06m). Seventeen girls took part in the U15 Long Jump which had Skye Greenacre in 5th spot (4.04m) and Kiera Booth (15th) with a jump of 3.59m. After the Long Jump, Skye cleared 1.30m in the High Jump to place 11th. U13 Imogen Robinson tackled both High and Long Jump clearing 1.20m in the High Jump (3rd) and 3.47m in the Long Jump coming 15th out of massive field of 28 as Lucy Rishton came 10th with a leap of 3.60m.
Oliver GillSky Greenacre
International Stabhochsprung Pole Vault Meeting – Beckum July 6th & 7th
After finishing 3rd in Lausanne last week with a Vault of 4.72m, Holly Bradshaw was back out just three days later taking the win with a clearance of 4.71m
And the prize…….
Skiddaw Fell Race – Sunday July 7th
Skiddaw is a Category: AM 15.4km/961.6m (9.6miles/2700ft) Race which was won today by Keswick AC athlete – Brennan Townshend in a time of 68.16. Two Blackburn Harriers with both of them having very good runs which saw Tom Marchant coming home in 13th overall and third U23 with a time of 81.29. At the time of posting, the full results still haven’t been published but it looks as though Ian Clarkson’s time is a full 18 minutes faster than he did the race last year as he clocked 1:52:54, so a great race and day for him too.
All Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant
Catforth 5k – Saturday July 6th
In just his 3rd race this year and 3rd since July 2018, Dan Balshaw ran a seasons best time of 18.02 coming home in 5th spot in another local 5kheld at Catforth and organised by UK Road Races. Reflecting on his Race Dan said that it was “my fastest 5k in two years, went off with Rob Affleck and felt good for about 2.5km but faltered in the last half of the race, a couple more weeks training and another 5k will be in order”.
Lostock Hall Carnival 5k – Saturday July 6th
Tom Blaney had a very good run on Saturday at this local 5k running a time of 16.33 to place 2nd out of a field of two hundred and twenty three.
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