Category Archives: Endurance
46 Medals and 43 New PB’s at Lancs Champs for Harriers – BMC with Alison – Ben Wins Pinhaw – Tom represents Lancashire at Inter-Counties Fell Championships – Top 3 for Paul at Chorley 10k -John Chaplin 1st V60 at Haigh Hall – Andrew takes on Majorca Half-Ironman – Junior Aquathon/Duathlon
Lancashire County T& F Championships – May 12th and 12th – Stanley Park Arena
It was a great weekend for the Harriers as the weekend produced sun and a string wind on Saturday and sun and less wind on a close to ideal day for athletics on Sunday. The weekend saw the Harriers win 23 Gold Medals, 14 Silver and 9 Bronze alongside setting no fewer than 43 new PB’s.
This report is missing quite a lot of athletes and their efforts simply because of the numbers involved and the time to collate all of the information.
Some standout perforamnces over the weekend none less so that that of Matt Ramsden who won double Gold in the 1500m (Saturday) with 4.20.2, outside his best but won with real tactical acumen followed on Sunday by another great run to win the U17 Men’s 3000m in a new PB time of 8.47.50 which elevated him up to 6th in the National Rankings at the current time. U15 Jayden Riley had a brilliant weekend too as he had a winning double – firstly inn in the 80m Hurdles clocking a new PB of 11.7 and then running another new PB of 11.4 to win the 100m – both perfomances taking him into 3rd place in the National Rankings in both events on Sunday night. Ben Boocock added a Silver Medal to his collection as he ran 12.3 in the 80m Hurdles alongside Jayden.
Matt RamsdenJayden Riley
Charlotte Williams led an avalanche of very good performacnes in the Throws Events as she won the U20 Hammer competition with a throw of 58.00m followed by a double Gold for U20 Anthony Kent – winning the Shot Putt with a new Club Record and new PB distance of 12.76m followed by a throw of 41.87m in the Discus. U20 Sam Gaskell followed that up with a Gold in the Hammer throwing 59.07m as Anna Peers also struck Gold in the Senior Women’s javelin with 38.30m and Gold in the Discus with 35.86m. Myah Booth set the second new Club Record of the weekend as she won Silver in the U17 Women’s Shot Putt with a throw of 11.31m.
Charlotte WilliamsAnthony KentSam GaskellAnna PeersMyah Booth
On Day (1) there were Throws new PB’s for U13 Kady Thompson in the Javelin (14.03m), Madison Bontoft also in the Javelin (15.96m) – Shot Putt (7.17m) and Discus (15.16m), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw two new PB’s in the Discus (21.77m) and won a Silver medal in the U15 Hammer with a distance of 28.12m. U15 Codie Dewhurst set a new PB in the Discus (11.57m) as did Sebastian Burton in the Hammer (22.07m) and Nicky Saunders in the U15 Javelin, taking Bronze with 24.79m. Nicky came back on Day (2) and threw English Schools qualifying distances and new PB’s in Discus (29.99m) and Hammer (36.75) both of which she won before rounding her championships off with a new PB in the Shot Putt (8.54m). Adding to this continuing achievement of new PB’s were Caroline Woodworth in the U15 Shot Putt (7.66m) and in the Discus (16.20m) along with Grace Bontoft setting a new PB in the U15 Hammer with 31.11 plus Cameron Harris throwing 51.68m for a Gold in the U17 Men’s Javelin. Abigail Brown joined the athletes setting new PB’s with her throw of 26.21m in the U20 Women’s Discus which won her a Silver Medal.
Madison BontoftKyle-Taylor-PomfretSebastian BurtonNicky SaundersCaroline WoodworthCameron HarrisKieran Carroll
There were new PB’s too in the U13”s as Harrison Allcock won Silver in the Shot Putt with 6.54m as Mille Coy won Gold in the U17 Women’s Javelin with a distance of 34.55m whilst Matt Heywood came away from the Champs winning three Medals – Silver in the Shot Putt (8.09m), Silver in the Hammer (48.46m) and Bronze of the Discus with 26.47m.
Harrison Allcock continued with his good start to the season winning Silver in the U13 Boys 100m with a new PB of 13.3 on Day (1) before going on to win Gold in the 200m on Day (2) in another new PB time of 27.9. U13 Stephen Alberts set a new 200m PB of 31.2 and there were also new PB’s for U13 Girls Amelia Burton in the 100m (14.1) in the Heat and 14.2 in the Final as well as a new PB of 14.7 for Alisha Lehner in the U13 Girls 100m (14.7).
Harrison Allcock Stephen Alberts
Amelia Burton Alisha Lehner
Kyle Mashiter in the U17 Men’s 100m clocking 11.6 in the Final of the 100m (4th) and new PB’s of 13.3 both for Imogen Mansfield and Amy Wiggans in the U17 Women’s 100m. Bottom of age U20 Ben Whittaker clocked a new PB of 11.9 in his 100m race whilst Brandon Zinyemba clocked 11.1 in the Senior Men’s 100m for a Silver Medal.
Kyle Mashiter Ethan Downes
Imogen Mansfield Amy Wiggans
Ben Whittaker Brandon Zinyemba
Ben Stratton just missed out on Gold in the U13 Boys 1500m Final as he went from 400m out to try and win, finishing up with the Silver in a time of 4.53.4 whilst U13’s Daniel Smith (5.13.5) and Oliver Gill (5.15.9) both set themselves new PB’s in the race. U15 Zachary Walmsley set himself a new PB in the Heats of the 300m with 40.5 before winning Bronze in the Final (41.5), going on to set a massive new PB by 30 seconds in the 1500m, clocking 4.49.3 with Saul Sharp also setting a new PB of 5.07.7 in the same race. Bottom age U15 Jack-Paget Fowler was running his first ever 800m race with a time of 2.32.7 with Codie Dewhurst clocking (2.33.5) in the same 800m Heat. U15 Keira Haxton did exactly the same as Zachary as she clocked new PB’s in her 300m (48.1) and 1500m (5.19.6), an improvement of 12 seconds.
Ben Stratton Daniel Smith
Oliver Gill Zachary Walmsley
Saul Sharp Jack-Paget Fowler
Codie Dewhurst Keira Haxton
The U15 Boys 1500m witnessed three new PB’s for the lads with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret clocking his new PB of 4.47.6, Zachary Walmsley with 4.49.3, Dexta Thompson 4.50.8 and the third new PB by Saul Sharp (5.07.7).
L-R Saul Sharp – Kyel Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Zachary Walmsley
Kate Cookson chopped over 3 seconds of her previous best to set a new PB of 46.0 in her 300m race whilst U15 Abigail Stratton chopped a whopping 10 seconds off her 1500m time, setting a new PB of 5.52.4 to win Silver. U17 Ethan Barbarewicz set himself a new personal best in the 1500m with his 4.52.0 clocking – an imporvement by three seconds. U20 Maddie Elliott ran an impressive race, controlling it all the way round as she shot down the finishing straight to clock a winning time of 4.48.6 and the Gold Medal. It has to be said that setting new PB’s on Day (1) wasn’t easy in the middle distance races with a really strong wind down the back straight. U20 Joe Gebbie ran a great race to clock a new PB of 1.59.0 to win the Silver Medal as did U15 Hayden Mercer who set a new PB of 2.07 to win Silver and an improvement of 2 seconds with bottom of age Theo Watson in his first ever Championship race, also setting a new PB of 2.17.2 in the Heats – running 2.21.4 in the Final.
Leah Hoole made a real breakthrough in the U15 Girls 800m setting a new PB of 2.29.0 to win her Heat of the 800m before impriving that to 2.28.8 in the Final on the same day. Keira Haxton rounded off her Championships with a hatrick of new PB’s as she clocked 2.34.6 in the 800m. U13 Matthew Smith tore his previous best 800m time up, running a new PB of 2.24.1 to win the Gold, reducing his time from 2.31.4. U20 Nick Smith took the Gold in the 3000m (9.49.3) after running the race with all age groups combined. Seniors Tom Blaney and Annabel Ralph took on the 5000m which was men and women running together with Tom clocking 16.31.4 and Annabel 18.19 and with 12 laps into a strong wind, the times were pretty good.
Leah Hoole (904)
Leah Hoole (904) – Hollie Cubbon (901)
Keira Haxtion (902)
Matthew Smith (506)
Nicholas Smith Tom Blaney (297) Annabel Ralph (399)
On Day (1) Myah Booth struck Gold as she won the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.1which is a tenth outside the English Schools qualifying time, which she has already run prior to the Championships. Millie Coy was first up over Hurdles on Day 2 winning the 300m Hurdles in 47.5 as U20 Solomon Brown won Gold in the 400m Hurdles (60.7) and John iLunga set a new PB in the Senior Men’s 400m Hurdles clocking 64.7 for Silver and a new PB by nearly two seconds. Isabelle Hartley’s time of 12.9 was a new PB for her in the U13 70m Hurdles.
Jonathan Gough won the U17 Men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 12.86m just a few coms short of his previous best to secure the Gold Medal – U13 Harrison Allcock had a cracking championships and cemented that with a new PB of 4.34m in the Long Jump as Matthew Smith won Bronze in the U13 Boys High Jump (1.40m), U13 Daniel Smith set a new High Jump PB of 1.35m and U13 Alisha Lehner set a new PB of 3.03m in the Long Jumps,
Imogen MansfieldChloe Bleeks
Birmingham BMC Gold Standard Races – Tuesday May 8th
Just the second race of the year for Alison Lundy after her 2.10.63 clocking at the British Indoor Championships in February. Alison 2.13.72 in 3rd place.
Pinhaw Trail Race – May 10th
Over 250 runners ran in this, the second round of this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series. This on was won by the Harriers Ben Fish (29.56), well over a minute clear of Jonathan Cleaver in 2nd place (31.13). Chris Davies had a strong run to take a top 5 place (5th) in a time of 32.00, which also gave him the 1st V40 prize on the night.
Next home for the Club was Calum Holmes made it 3 out of the first eleven home as he clocked 32.55 in 115th position with Matthew Poole in 35th (35.56), V50 Gary Pearse in 66th running a time of 38.34 and Lindsay Davies coming home in 100th place (41.51) and 1st V45 woman.
Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships –
The Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship was incorporated in the Flower Scar Fell Racerun at Todmorden. The race covered a distance of 13.3 km and ascents of 660m. Lancashire Senior Men were 5th out of 20 Counties taking part, just behind Yorkshire with Derbyshire overall winners. Blackburn Harrier Tom Marchant came 71st out of 166 runners and was 8th U23 in a time of 1 hr 5 minutes 2 seconds. Tom ran a great race and and a fabulous effort representing Lancashire on a tough undulating course.
Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos
The Haigh Hall Race – Wednesday May 8th
One hunded and twenty six runners in the first race of this summers series which was won by Sale Harriers Daniel Gray in 23.43. John Chaplin had a great run to come in 1st V60 and 21st overall in an excellent clocking of 28.40 for this 4.2 mile race.
Chorley 10k – Sunday May 12th
Well over a 1000 runners in this local race held in Chorley on Sunday, won by Red Rose athlete – simon Croft in 34.35. The Harriers Paul Bradshaw took a top 3 place clocking 37.35 (3rd)
Kendal 10k – Tuesday May 8th
Great to see Peter Banks back racing at the Kendal 10k last week, being among one hundred and seven runners in the mid week race won by Rob Danson in 32.10. Peter who will be 59yr at the end of the year, finished in 18th position (39.07) and commented after the race that he had“Set my target at 40mins so pleased with my time hoping to to knock a minute off at next one at the end of May”.
Endurance Coach Andrew Knowles had set his sights on doing this Race and had been putting some good training in to get himself ready. Andrew had a very good day clocking a combined time for the Swim, Bike and Run of 5hr:15:17. He placed 35th from 306 in his age category and 535 overall from the 2384 finishers.
Andrew told the Club that the “The largest IM in Europe, 68 countries represented and arguably one of the strongest fields. Very pleased with each discipline, all went as planned and finished with a 1:45 Half marathon in 32 degrees, I could not of got any more out of myself. Thanks to the Preston Chaingang, Blackburn Harriers (B team) and coach’s, Nick and Marc at “the endurance coach’, Secret Training for nutrition (it was perfect, no flat spots) and especially Louise and Eva X”.
Deva Junior Aquathlon 2019
William Grundy won the Deva Junior Aquathon by nearly a minute with a combined time of 7.32 for the 150m Seim and 1200m run.
Saul Sharp competed in the British Triathlon North West Junior Series and came 6th out of 22 with a Swim of 400m and Run of 2800m.
Lancaster Open Medal Meeting – Bank Holiday Monday
Matthew Smith (U13) won himself three golds at this Open Meeting – in the 800m: 2.32.1 (less than a second outside PB); Long Jump: 4.28m and HJ 1.40m U11 Zachary Hearle ran for the Harriers too in the 600m, running a time of 2.11.3 finishing 3rd out of the ten strong field and also ran the 80m clocking 12.2 in 2nd spot. The youngest of them all – Charlotte Smith – won the 80m in a time of 13.8 and came home 3rd of 9 runners in the 600m with a time of 2.19.5.
New PB’s and Wins for Harriers at Mid Lancs – John Top 5 at Gt Hambledon & Vicci 2nd Woman – Annabel Wins Astley Park – Wray Caton Moor with John – Top 5 for Daniel at Avenham Park
Mid Lancs T & F League – Hyndburn Saturday May 4th
Start of a very busy week for the Harriers as another early season Track & Field fixture was held in a mix of weather – sun and cloud making for a relatively cold day with a bad wind impacting on both Sprint and Middle Distance times as it blew down the home straight.
U20 Ben Whittaker ran the Senior 200m Heat (1) coming home in 25.00 (2nd) with John iLunga placing 4th in 26.00 and a new PB by over half a second backing that up with a 2 second plus new PB in the 400m as he clocked 58.90 in 3rd spot. U17 William Dixon had his first ever attempt at a 100m race on the track with 15.8 in 5th place. Showing how strong the wind was, Jayden Riley (U15) who clocked 11.63 the week before won his 100m Heat with the fastest time of all three Heats in 12.30. U15’s Stephen Alberts and Codie Dewhurst had a crack at the 200m in separate Heats with Stephen running 31.7 (6th) at his first attempt over the distance and Codie clocking 31.2 in 4th. U13 Harrison Allock was back in competition after a short period out and clocked 14.50 (2nd) in his Heat of the 100m with Daniel Nuttall winning his Heat in a time of 15.00 at only his second ever effort at the event. Daniel then tackled the 200m which he had never done previously and clocked a good time of 30.40 in 3rd whilst Harrison Allock won his 200m Heat in 29.50 which also saw George Ramsden run a time of 33.30 in 4th. Oliver Gill and Isaac Smith ran in Heat (3) of the 200m with Oliver clocking 33.00 and Isaac 42.50.
Ben Whittaker John iLunga
William Dixon Jayden Riley
Harrison Allcock Daniel Nuttall
Oliver Gill Isaac Smith
Imogen Mansfield warmed up for the UKYDL Match the next day with 14.10 clocking (3rd) in Heat (2) of the U17 Women’s 100m. The U17 200m saw Hollie Oldham win Heat (2) in a time of 28.60 for a new PB by three tenths with Rebecca Ramsden in 3rd place clocking 29.80. Eleesha Charnley came home 2nd in the 300m in a time of 44.0. In the U15 Girls sprint races Keira Haxton ran 16.40 in 4th (Heat 3) with Skye Greenacre running 15.10 (6th) in the first Heat – and in the 200m – Leah Hoole won Heat (2) in 28.90 with Rachael Jesse (5th) clocking 30.10 in Heat (1). Hollie Cubbon ran the U15 Girls 300m (5th) in a time of 48.90.
Imogen Mansfield Hollie Oldham
Rebecca Ramsden Eleesha Charnley
Skye Greenacre Leah Hoole
Rachael Jesse Hollie Cubbon
U20 Anthony Kent was among ten in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt, placing 2nd with 11.63, adding another 2nd place in the Discus with 33.00m, as Nathan Billington won the Senior Men’s Hammer with a distance of 39.97m. Rohan Johnson was competing for the very first time in the U17 Men’s Throws and he had a pretty good day with 8.10m in the Shot Putt (4th) and 21.64m in the Hammer (2nd). Matthew Heywood threw 8.07m in the Shot Putt and before that won the Hammer with a distance of 47.08m.
Nathan Billington Rohan Johnson
Kieran Carroll won the U17 Javelin (30.75m) and just outside his PB with George Whittaker coming 2nd (26.40m). In the U15 Boys Throws – Stephen Alberts tried the Shot Putt for the first time reaching 5.44m (4th) – Codie Dewhurst threw 11.02 in the Discus which was a new PB for him and Sebastian Burton threw 14.84m in the Javelin, a new PB by nearly a metre, and 20.41m in the Hammer (2nd). Toby Mansfield and Findlay Carroll contested in the U13 Throws with Toby finishing 7th in the Shot Putt (5.22m) and Findlay throwing 13.79m in the Javelin in 7th position.
Keiran Carroll Sebastian Burton
U20 Ben Whiittaker just missed out on a new personal best in the Senior Men’s Long Jump as he leapt out to 5.11m in 3rd spot. U15 Rory Teare cleared 1.50m for equal 2nd place in the High Jump and Stephen Alberts completed his three events for the day with a distance of 3.56m in the U15 Boys Long Jump (6th).
There were 18 competitors in the U13 Boys Long Jump with 7 of them from the Harriers with the following results – Matthew Smith (2nd) with 4.21m and just 5cm behind the winner; Daniel Nuttall (6th) with 3.86m; Daniel Smith (9th) with 3.64m; Oliver Gill with 3.23m (10th) and Findlay Carroll (11th) just one cm less (3.22m); George Ramsden jumping 2.63m in 16th and Isaac Smith (2.59m) in 17th. It was a 1st and 2nd for Matthew and Daniel Smith in the U13 Boys High Jump – Matthew clearing 1.43m and Daniel 1.35m, a new PB by 2cms.
Matthew Smith Daniel Nuttall
Daniel Smith Oliver Gill
Findlay Carroll George Ramsden
Matthew Smith Daniel Smith
Helen Dawson-Smith returned to Track and Field after a number of years to have a go in the Long Jump placing 5th (2.87m). Liberty Thompson set a new PB in the U17 Women’s Long Jump with 4.02m in 7th as Skye Greenacre jumped 3.93m (12th) and Kiera Booth 3.72m (14th) in the U15 Girls Long Jump. Skye and Eva Knowles teamed up for the U15 Girls High Jump – Skye clearing 1.30m (7th) and Eva also 1.30 in equal 7th. The U13 Girls Long Jump competition was massive with 30 athletes in it – Amelia Burton leaping out to 3.54m in 7th in her first ever attempt at the discipline, Niamh Gater placed 14th (3.42m) and Imogen Robinson (21st) with a jump of 3.29m which was a 29cm new PB.
Marc Hartley gave it a good go in the Senior Men’s 800m finishing 2nd in a time of 2.04.40 in a ten strong field, whilst Jacob Watson made his debut on the track over 1500m, clocking 4.29.70 in 4th place, a race which follows his win over 3000m at Trafford just five days ago. Dominic Walton used the 3000m for a training run and ran 9.43.00. U15 Hayden Mercer ran in a field of 13 in the 800m finishing in 2nd (2.14.80) with Theo Watson in 5th (2.23.40), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 6th (2.24.70, Dexta Thompson in 8th spot (2.27.70 and Sebastian Burton 13th with a time of 2.47.70.
Marc Hartley Jacob Watson
Dominic Walton Hayden Mercer
Theo Watson Kyel Taylor-Pomfret
Dexta Thompson Sebastian Burton
The U15 Boys 1500m saw Codie Dewhurst post a time of 5.19.90 (12th) which was a new PB by four tenths, which given the strength of the wind, as in the other races, made the times better than they at first, seem. Harry Sambrook missed a new personal best in the U13 Boys 800m with by a tenth of a second as he ran 2.40.20 in (8th) as Findlay Carroll ran a time of 2.58.40, also just a few seconds out side his best. Ben Stratton was another impressive winner of the U13 Boys 1500m heading a field of 14 to clock 4.57.5 making it three wins in a row over the distance in the last few weeks and in the same race, Oliver Gill ran 5.25.80 in 5th, Daniel Smith 5.32.70 (7th), George Ramsden 5.59.20 in 11th and Isaac Smith in 14th with 7.08.30.
Codie Dewhurst Harry Sambrook
Finbdlay Carroll Ben Stratton
Oliver Gill Daniel Smith
George Ramsden Isaac Smith
L-R Harrison Allcock – George Ramsden – Daniel Smith
The Women’s 3000m saw Annabel Ralph go head to head with Liverpools Debra Campbell, Annabel coming out on top with 10.37.70 in 1st as Ellen Sagar Hesketh ran strongly into the wind to post a time of 5.15.70 in winning the Senior Women’s 1500m race. Seven athletes in the U15 Girls 800m Heat (1) – five of them from the Harriers – with Leah Hoole winning in a PB equaling time of 2.33.3 and no doubt worth a new personal best without the wind. Kate Cookson placed 4th (2.39.90). Hollie Cubbon 5th in 2.40.90, Caroline Woodworth running 2.48.30 in 6th and Kiera Booth in 7th (2.51.70).
Annabel Ralph Ellen Sagar-Hesketh
Leah Hoole Kate Cookson
Hollie Cubbon Caroline Woodworth
Three U15 Girls ran the 800m in Heat (2) and one the 1500m – Molly Nicholls came 5th in the 800m in 2.48.00, Eva Knowles was 8th (2.49.80) which was a massive new PB by some seven seconds and Millie Sambrook clocked 2.51.20, also a new PB by four seconds. – in the 1500m Abigail Stratton had a good battle with the athletes from Kendal and Lytham before triumphing with the win in 5.02.10 adding to the other new personal bests on the day with her own new PB by three seocnds. U13 Girl Imogen Robinson got in the act setting her new PB 800m time of 2.49.50 in 2nd place, just one tenth behind the winner from Liverpool with Eve Coulson in 4th out of the 12 strong field (2.52.50) also setting a new PB by two seconds.
Eva Knowles (119) – Molly Nicholls (128) – Millie Sambrook (140)
Abigail Stratton (898)
Imogen Robinson (138)
Gt Hambledon Hill Race – Sunday May 5th
Bank Holiday weekend saw two hundred and sixty one runners take on the Gt. Hambledon Hill race which was won by Baildon’s Michael Malyon in a time of 38.35. Among the runners were seven from Blackburn Harriers including John Horrocks, Calum Holmes, Ben Fish, Victoria Mousley, Gary Pearse, Paul Jeffries and Richard Taylor.
Thanks to Helen Leigh and David Belshaw for the photos
John Horrocks was the first home for the Club in a top five place with a time of 40.18, followed by Calum Holmes in 13th (42.08). Ben Fish, who it is rumoured, suffered some ‘navigational issues’ on the day came across the line in 22nd clocking 43.40 and he was followed in by Victoria Mousley in 32nd overall, running a time of 44.58 and was 2nd Woman on the day. Next in came V50 Gary Pearse in 54th (47.20) with Paul Jeffries in 67th (48.27 and Richard Taylor 164th with a time of 60.42. After the Race, Paul Jeffries spoke to the Club telling us “I took part in the Hameldon Hill fell race which was the 40th seniors anniversary of this race and was very well attended.
I had a feeling it was going to be a tough race for me, but decided to give it a good go and just enjoy it. It was a lot harder than I imagined, but got stuck in the best I could. Gary Pearse had given me some good advice on how to approach the race and I took it on board. I’m happy with how it went for me and it was a good event and very well done to all the other Harriers that took part”.
John Horrocks (165)
Calum Holmes (434)
Ben Fish (466)
Victoria Mousley (320)
Gary Pearse (509)
Paul Jeffries (513)
Richard Taylor (482)
The Junior Races consisted of an U7 & U9 Race featuring 25 youngsters; an U11/U13 Race with 72 young runners and an U15/U17 Race of 33 – all of them mixed with Boys and Girls.
The U7/U9 race had Juliet Mousley – daughter of Harrier Victoria Mousley who was running in the Senior Race – having a go along with all the other young children.
Juliet Mousley – Harrier of the future (346)
Oliver Gill & Matthew Smith
The U11/U13 Race was won by Trawden’s Harry Smith by nearly half a minute (10.22) followed by Blackburn Harriers Oliver Gill in 2nd overall (10.48) and Matthew Smith (3rd) clocking 11.01. Alexander Brien came across the finishing line in 27th (12.57) and just one place and one second behind him came Imogen Robinson in 28th with a time of 12.58. Next home was Lulu Sharp in 48th (14.21), followed by Charlotte Smith in 52nd (14.26) and Abigail Guirdham in 67th with a time of 16.58.
The U15/U17 Race saw U15 Codie Dewhurst come home in a time of 14.30 (10th) in a race won by Jack Villiers in 12.48. U15 Jack Paget-Fowler wasn’t far behind Codie in13th spot (14.57) followed by U15 Daniel Smith in 15th (15.07), U15 Leah Hoole in 16th (15.24), Caroline Woodworth 22nd in a time of 16.16 and Sebastian Burton – 23rd and clocking 16.20.
Back Row L-R Matthew Smith Jack Paget-Fowler – Sebastian Burton – Daniel Smith – Leah Hoole – Caroline Woodworth —–Front Row – Oliver Gill – Codie Dewhurst – Charlotte Smith – Lulu Sharp – Imogen Robinson – Alexander Brien
Wray Caton Moor – Bank Holiday Monday
John Orrell was out on the Fells again, this time at the Wray Caton Moor Race finishing in 96th in a time of 1hr.04.36. Afterwards John described his day saying “Wray Caton Moor, 6.8 miles, 1099ft of ascent. Eight years since I last had a go at this. Decided legs were fresh enough after Coniston and tackling Cote de Park Rash watching the Tour de Yorkshire yesterday on the bike. Well not so. Legs were heavy as soon as we hit the first climb. The trig at the top couldn’t come soon enough and I sure could feel those 25% grades from the bike now. Then a great descent, bogs and fields that went on forever too. Happy to pick up a couple of places at the top and two more on the way down”.
Photos by Rebecca Orrell
Astley Park Trail Races – Wednesday May 1st (May Day)
First race of the Series this year with one hundred and four runners taking part in the main race and three Blackburn Harriers among hem – Annabel Ralph, Paul Smith and Martin Kerry.
Astley Park RESULTS
Annabel took a top ten position – 8th overall in a time of 22.52 and was 1st Woman on the night. She was followed in by V50 Paul Smith making his debut for the Club in 30th place (25.44) with another V50 – Martin Kerry – in 50th position and clocking 27.22.
The Junior Race featured 105 youngsters which demonstrates the continuing involvement of youngsters in endurance running. Jake Dickinson of Liverpool won the race in a rapid 4.41 for the mile distance with seven juniors from the Harriers also in the race.
Astley Park Junior RESULTS
First home for the Club was Matthew Smith (8th) in 5.10 followed by Oliver Gill in 9th with a time of 5.11, William Grundy (19th) clocking 5.31, George Ramsden (5.45) in 31st, Evan Potter (6.22) in 48th, Charlotte Smith (7.04) in 72nd and Isla Potter in 76th spot running 7.15.
L-R George Ramsden – Oliver Gill – Charlotte Smith – Matthew Smith – William Grundy
Matthew Smith (89)Oliver Gill (17)Matthew and Charlotte Smith
Avenham Park 5k — Bank Holiday Monday
Ryan Bradshaw headed this race of nearly 250 runners with a winning time of 16.59. Blackburn Harrier Daniel Balshaw had a solid run in his return to racing after injury, taking a top 5 place, clocking 18.21. Carmen Byrne (V40) and another athlete who has struggled with injury over the last three months, marked her tentative first steps back racing by taking 2nd place in the Women’s race and 19th overall with a time of 20.02 and followed in by V50 Jonathan Bridge (24th) in a time of 20.15.
Solid start for Harriers in Premier Division UKYDL – London Marathon & Matt Captains North West Boys Team – Three Peaks – Mid Cheshire 5k – AoC Cross Country Championships at Woollaton Park – Blackpool Aquathon
UKYDL – Lower Age Group Premier Division
The Track and Field season opened up in earnest yesterday in pretty appalling conditions at Sportscity in the first fixture of this years Premier Divsion West. Continuous rain, wind and cold made sure that the Pole Vault was held indoors. The conditions didn’t deter the athletes though and it was great to see such good perforamnces from athletes from all Clubs in these circumstances. In the provisional results, Sale have set down a marker for the Division by winning on the day with Preston in 2nd, Wirral in 3rd, Blackburn in 4th, West Cheshire 5th, Liverpool 6th and Stockport 7th.
The Harriers Lower Age Group Team was a lot different from the team that won Division 2 and Division 1 in successive seasons (2017 & 2018) as most of the top end U15’s had moved up to the Upper Age Group League this year. This and the step up in quality meant it was going to be a tough day for many of the athletes, some of whom were involved for the very first time. However, they still managed to produce seven wins, twelve 2nd and fourteen 3rd places on the day, which is great credit to them all and even though it isn’t unexpected for young athletes to produce lots of new personal bests, it was still good to see them wrack up a host of them on the day in those adverse weather conditions.
Standout performances came from Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock as Jayden clocked 11.7 in the U15 Boys 100m to win the ‘A’ with Ben running a new PB by four tenths of 13.1 to take 2nd spot in the ‘B’. Onto the 80m Hurdles and it was Ben winning the ‘A’ in 12.4 with Jayden taking the ‘B’ in 12.0, the 3rd time since April 13th that he has achieved the English Schools qualifying time in this event and currently lies in 6th place in the National Rankings with Ben in 9th position. Jayden then took on the 200m finishing in 2nd place with an excellent time of 23.7, a time that ranks him 6th Nationally at the current time. Samuel Mutombo ran his first ever competitive race and his first for the Club in the non-scoring race coming home 2nd (time to be confirmed).
Jayden Riley (1) Ben Boocock (11)
Ben Boocock (1) Jayden Riley (11)
Samuel Mutombo (1) – Stephen Alberts (11)
Zac Walmsley chopped over one and half seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 41.8 in the 300m (5th) in the ‘A’ whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut two and a half seconds off his best time clocking a new PB of 43.0 (2nd) in the ‘B’. The ‘A’ 800m race saw Hayden Mercer batter his previous best time by four seconds for a new PB of 2.08.6 in 2nd spot after a great battle with Evan Savage of Sale for the win. Theo Watson is bottom of age U15 and showed great tenacity to hold on for 3rd place in a time of 2.24.0. Codie Dewhurst ran the non-scoring 800m and ran 2.35.9 (4th) with Stephen Alberts just one place behind in 5th, clocking 2.36.2 in only his second ever race over the distance. The U15 Boys saw Dexta Thompson take another sub 5 minute clocking with 4.56.5 in the ‘A’ with David Holman, having played a cup final before he arrived clocking 5.01.1 in the ‘B’ race.
Zac Walmsley (1) Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (11)
Hayden Mercer (1) Theo Watson (11)
Codie Dewhurst Stephen Alberts
Dexta Thompson (11) David Holman (1)
Rory Teare and Theo Watson teamed up in the Long Jump with Rory achieving 4.16m in 5th and Theo 3.96m in 4th in the ‘B’. Rory and Codie Dewhurst in the High Jump saw Rory clear 1.50m in 3rd whilst Codie set a new PB of 1.25 (5th) in the ‘B’. Rory and Hayden Mercer turned out in the Pole Vault for the first time ever and took two 2nd places in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ with Hayden clearing 2.10m and Rory 2.00m in the ‘B’ and after all that, Hayden went and threw 8.05m in his first ever attempt at the Shot Putt to place 5th.
In the Discus, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 5th (15.72m) with Codie Dewhurst (4th) throwing 10.16m in the ‘B’ whilst in the Hammer Kyle added over two metres for a new PB of 27.85m (4th) with Sebastian Burton in his second ever competition throwing a new PB of 21.37m for 3rd spot in the ‘B’. Sebastian also took on the Javelin throwing 13.54m (3rd) with Dexta Thompson placing 5th in the ‘A’ (20.39m). In the two Relays events the U15 Boys 4 x 100m team came 4th with a time of 50.9 and in the 4 x 300m’s – 3rd with 2.56.7. The U15 Girls Relay teams placed 7th in the 4 x 100m (60.7) and 6th in the 4 x 300m (3.23.8) with the U13 Boys 5th in the 4 x 100m (61.5) and the U13 Girls 6th (59.6).
Kate Cookson started the day well for the U15 Girls cutting half a second off her 100m time to set a new PB of 14.0 (7th) with Eleanor Allsop clocking 15.0 in her first ever effort over the distance after which she was just a tenth outside her best, clocking 31.3 in the ‘A’ 200m (7th) with Keira Haxton setting a new PB by two seconds with her time of 30.5. There was a new PB for Leah Hoole in the 300m with her 46.0 clocking in the ‘A’ (4th) with Kate Cookson running 49.0 dead in the ‘B’ and yet another athlete running an event for the first time. Keira and Leah teamed up in the 800m with Leah in the ‘A’ (2.38.9) in 5th and Keira also 5th with a time of 2.42.0. In the non-scoring 800m Eleanor Allsop ran 2.49.0 and Molly Nicholls 2.57.3. The 1500m saw Abi Stratton mix it with the leaders clocking 5.10.4 in 4th place in the ‘A’ race with Hollie Cubbon taking 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.30.2.
Kate Cookson (1) Eleanor Allsop (11)
Leah Hoole (1) Kate Cookson (11)
Leah Hoole (1) Keira Haxton (11)
Eleanor Allsop (1) and Molly Nicholls (11)
Abi Stratton (1) Hollie Cubbon (11)
Well done to Leah Hoole who took on the Pole Vault for the very first time, clearing 1.80m for 3rd spot whilst in the Long Jump, Kate Cookson jumped a new PB of 3.85m (7th) with Molly Nicholls in her first ever attempt in the event jumping 3.65m in the ‘B’ – And Abigail Stratton taking on the High Jump at the last minute to help the team and clearing 1.15m. Nicky Saunders started off her UKYDL season in good style winning the ‘A’ Discus with a distance of 27.52m, followed by a 3rd spot in the ‘A’ Hammer (33.64m) and 2nd in the Javelin with 23.82m. In the ‘B’ Discus, Caroline Woodworth threw 15.59m in 6th place which was a new PB and took second spot in the ‘B’ Javelin with 21.92m – Grace Bontoft was 3rd in the ‘B’ Hammer (26.26m).
There was an exceptional performance from Ben Stratton in the U13 Boys 1500m. After a brilliant contest between him and the Sale athlete (Oscar Schofield) Ben took the honours with a 13 second new PB of 4.48.0 in the ‘A’ race which placed him at 7th in the National Rankings at the time, with Oliver Gill just one second outside his best time in the ‘B’ running 5.28.7 in 4th spot. Matthew Smith took 4th in the 800m ‘A’ with 2.34.2 as Ben Livesey clocked 2.35.9 to take 2nd place and valuable points for the team in the ‘B’. Ben equaled his PB in the ‘A’ 200m 29.1 in 5th with Oliver Gill setting a new PB by nearly in a second in the ‘B race with 32.1; And it was Ben Livesey again in the 100m running 14.9 (6th) and Harry Sambrook also 6th in the ‘B’ with 15.5 both of whom are more at home in endurance events – Harry running 2.42.5 in the non-scoring U13 800m.
Ben Stratton (1) Oliver Gill (11)
Matthew Smith (1) Ben Livesey (11)
Ben Livesey (1) Oliver Gill (11)
Ben Livesey Harry Sambrook
Daniel Smith ran a good race to finish 2nd in the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles in 14.5 and in the Jumps – Matthew Smith 3rd (1.35m) and Daniel Smith 2nd (1.25m) teamed up in the High Jump with Matthew going on to take 3rd spot in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.18m. Harry Sambrook and Toby Mansfield took on the Shot Putt which saw Harry place 7th (5.36m) and Toby 5th in the ‘B’ with 5.12m before going onto throw 18.10m in the Javelin in 5th place.
Amelia Burton and Lucy Rishton paired up in the U13 Girls 75m sprint with Amelia in 6th 11.4 and Lucy 7th (11.7) – Sophie Gibson ran 11.9 and Tilly Pollard 12.6 in the non-scoring race. Amelia and Tilly took on the 150m with Amelia in 6th (21.7) and Tilly 7th (24.9) in her first attempt at this race distance. Amelia earlier ran 14.0 for 2nd place in the 70m Hurdles.
Sophie Gibson (1)
Amelia Burton Rilly Pollard
Eve Coulson took nearly 2 seconds off her 800m best time to clock a new PB of 2.52.2 (7th) with Kady Thompson in the ‘B’, running the race just to get points for the team in 3.23.6. Faith Gillibrand ran only her second ever track race for the Club as she took on the 1200m, running 4.38.3 in 7th. Niamh Gater and Lucy Rishton contested the Long Jump with Niamh reaching 3.75m (7th) and Lucy 3.34m in 7th also. Kady Thompson cleared 1.15m in the High Jump (=5th). Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft won valuable points for the team as Tilly threw 7.04m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt whilst Madison won the ‘B’ Shot (6.38m) – Madison going on to throw 13.97m for 5th spot in the Javelin and supported by Kady Thompson in the ‘B’ (3rd) with 11.44m.
Eve Coulson (1) Kady Thompson (11)
London Marathon – Sunday April 28th
The London Marathon produced one of the finest performances seen over the distance that you are likely to see, as pre-race favourite Kipchoge, set a new course record of 2.02.37 to run the second fastest marathon time ever, the first being his too.
The Harriers had four representatives in the race – Chris Davies, Paul Guinan, Samantha McCreadie and Charlotte Atkinson.
Chris Davies was looking to make inroads into his personal best time, but the Marathon doesn’t always give you what you want as he told the Club after finishing “Today was a good time of 2:48. Anything under 3:00 hrs is a great achievement. That said it wasn’t what I was looking for and with all the good form I was taking into today I am slightly disappointed. Up to 21 miles everything was looking good but after the 22 mile mark I just simply tied up and was hanging on till the bitter end. It could happen to anyone. The plus side is I now know I can hit the required pace to get the PB that I want, I nearly pulled it off but I think now I have to address my actual marathon training. I train hard but I’m possibly guilty of overdoing it, especially on my long runs, they are to quick. It looks good on Strava on a Sunday dinnertime but I’m obviously not recovering properly. I can take positives from this, it wasn’t a disaster by any means but it gives me something to look at in the way of training. Well done to Paul Guinan, a great time after not doing a marathon for so long and well done to Sam McCreadie also. This hasn’t put me off marathons I look forward to the next one, whatever that may be”.
Chris Davies (Orange Cap)
Paul Guinan had not run a Marathon since 2011and now a V50 he ran a very good race to clock 3hr.01.25 and was a happy man as he told the Club “great to be back in London running the marathon, I forgot actually how hard it can be !! A gap of 7 years since my last, I ran the best I could and gave it a good go, the last few km were pretty tough, I survived !! Looking forward to a little rest now and hopefully have a great summer running for my brilliant club”.
Paul Guinan (24702)
Samantha Mc Creadie (Sam) has run just seven races in the last four years, having endured an horrendous time with injury after injury. Finally injury free – we hope!! – Sam managed to race a 10k, a half–marathon and a 20 miler as part of her preparation for her first ever attempt at the Marathon, and didn’t it go well as she explained to the Harriers when we caught up with her after the race “First marathon and I didn’t know what to expect or how my body would cope with the distance. I wanted 3:59 so I’ll take 3:43:29! Maybe should’ve gone a bit quicker but both hips gave in at 19miles so every step of the last 7 was painful! Great atmosphere, great crowd and so well organised! Well done to Paul and Chris on fantastic times”.
Charlotte Atkinson was a member of Blackburn Harriers as a junior and moved away from the area to live in London after being at University. Recently she has decided to move back home to Lancashire and has rejoined the Club. She was doing her first ever Marathon which she was delighted with, clocking 4hr.03.30. Happy with her run and about returning to the Harriers, Charlotte told us “Ever since I competed in the mini marathon when I was younger I’ve dreamed about running the London marathon and it did not disappoint. It was THE most amazing experience. I struggled through the last few miles but the crowd pulled me along. I can’t wait to return to the Harriers and get back to racing in blue and white!”.
The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is the official British Athletics three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17. If you’re looking for a challenge, the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is your chance to compete against the best new talent in British road running. The course is three miles long, stretching from London’s Old Billingsgate to The Mall. The event is open to entrants from the nine regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and will include teams from all 33 London Boroughs.
Previous winners of the Mini London Marathon and Mini Wheelchair Marathon include four-time Olympic Games gold medallist Mo Farah, and competitors from the London 2012 Paralympics – silver medallist Shelly Woods and David Weir, winner of four Paralympic gold medals and a record seven London Marathons. There are also races for ambulant and para athletes.
In 2018 Matt Ramsden was selected to represent the North West in the Race and clocked a time of 15.52 – this year, Matt was selected again to run for the North West and this time had the honour of competing as the Captain of the North West Boys U17 Team and told us after running 15.20 in 43rd spot – some half a minute quicker than he had run the year before “I was happy with my race considering I got tripped up at the start but I was pleased to get back up and finish the race chasing the others”.
Three Peaks – Saturday April 27th
Completing the circuit of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks is an achievement. Pitting yourself against some of the UK’s best fell runners and setting a record time in what may be winter conditions is an epic performance.
But athletes young and old, male and female, return year after year to challenge themselves on the Three Peaks Race over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The first race in 1954 started in Chapel-le-Dale with six starters and three finishers. Fred Bagley, of Preston Harriers, won in 3hrs 48 mins.
The race record over the current course was set by Andy Peace, of Bingley Harriers, in 1996. His time of 2hrs 46mins 3secs remains unbeaten despite an international field in 2008 when the Race hosted the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge.
Another Bingley Harrier, Victoria Wilkinson, trained for months to knock five minutes off the women’s record set by Anna Pichrtova (Strakova), of the Czech Republic, in the World Long Distance event. Victoria cut it to 3hrs 9mins 19secs in 2017. She claimed a £500 bonus prize, which is on offer to male and female winners who set new records. Victoria finished 13th overall, the highest race position by a lady.
This years race was won by Brennan Townshend in 2hr 50.22 with Ricky Lightfoot in 2nd (2hr 52.05 and Carl Bell in 3rd (2hr 55.44).
John Horrocks was running this race for the very frst time and was really looking forward to testing himself out finishing 125th out of the 670 finishers with a time of 3hr 55.39. Speaking to the Harriers after the Race John told us that it was his “First go at the 3 peaks race. Fanstastic race and great support through out the course. Set myself a target time of 3:45 but started with a cold day before and given the conditions on the day I knew this would be difficult. Set off steady up Pen-y-Ghent and then picked it up to Ribblehead where I arrived a couple of minutes outside my target of 1 hr 30. The climb up Whernside is always difficult but I really struggled decending off Whernside and getting to Hill Inn checkpoint I thought I was done but no chance I’m getting on that bus!! The climb up Ingleborough I seemed to come to a bit and passed quite a few people to the top. The conditions at the top of Ingleborough where horrendous but it was all downhill from here. Again really struggled on the decent off Ingleborough and it felt like a long way back from the top. Finished 125th in 3 hrs 55. Happy with that for my first go. Thanks for everyone’s support and to people handing me food and drink on the course”.
Matt Nuttall (V50) has a background of running this race over a number of years but hasn’t been able to race that much in recent times. However, his desire to get back to this race proved decisive as he clocked 4hr 01.11 to come home in 153rd position and told us post race that “Love this race , love the history, a few Blackburn Harriers legends have won it and it was good to see them on the day – weather was not a major problem to be fair”.
Matt Nuttall (77)
V40 Craig Greenough was the third runner for the Club and he came home in a time of 4hr 26.47 in 320th place.
Mid Cheshire 5k – Friday 26th April
This was a pretty fast race with the first 16 athletes all running sub 15 minutes – the winner Richard Allen running a time of 14.15 with Nigel Martin in 2nd (14.17) and Ed Shepherd 3rd (14.20). Another 50 athletes clocked sub 16 min times and their is little doubt that this is one of those races that produces fast times over the distance.
Two Blackburn Harriers ran this one, Tom Blaney being across the line first in a time of 16.11(78th) which cements a very consistent run of low 16 minute 5k runs for him. Calum Holmes was the second Harrier and he also had a fine run to equal his personal best time of 16.55 in 139th place.
Association of Colleges Sport National Cross Country Championships
at Wollaton Park – April 27th
Great venue to run cross country as four Blackburn Harriers – Tom Marchant, Joe Gebbie, Maddie Elliott and Freya Black had all been selected to run for the North West. Maddie placed 5th and Freya 25th as the North West Team Women’s won the Silver Medal whilst Tom came home in 7th and Joe 13th to give the North West Men’s Team the Bronze Medal.
L-R Tom Marchant – Joe Gebbie – Freya Black – Maddie Elliott
All Photos from Richard Marchant —— HERE
RESULTS – Not yet available.
Three Blackburn Harriers competed in the BATS Blackpool Aquathon race 2 in the North West Region Junior Series.
Saul Sharp came in 6th in the male swim 300m & 2.4k tun run time 10:44, William Grundy was 1st overall in the 150m swim & 1200m Run 5:13 and Lulu Sharp finished 16th girl in the 150m swim & 1200m 6:15.
L-R Saul Sharp – William Grundy – Lulu Sharp
Jayden 4th in National Rankings & Matthew Joint 1st in National Rankings with 21 new PB’s at Trafford Medal Meeting – Manx Mountain Marathon & Easter Festival of Running – Triathlon with Danny and Mark
Easter Monday Trafford Medal meeting
Fourteen young athletes from the Harriers took on a number of events in the holiday sunshine with some particularly good performances. Not more so than U15 Jayden Riley who won the 80m Hurdles in a time of 11.99, the second time in a week that he has beaten the English Schools qualifying time leaving him in 4th place in the National Rankings and won his Heat of the 100m in a time of 11.63 which also puts him 4th at the moment in the National Rankings.
Another very impressive performance came from U13 Matthew Smith who won the High Jump in a new PB of 1.55m which took him into equal first place in the National rankings. He later leapt out to 4.28m to come 3rd out of 18 in the Long Jump before clocking 2.48.84 in his Heat (1) of the 800m – 12 Heats in all. Bottom of age U15 Theo Watson had an impressive day too as he smashed his 800m to pieces by 12 seconds for a new PB of 2.18.36 (2nd) in Heat 8 and ran 300m for the first time ever, placing 3rd in a very good time of 45.90 as well as obliterating his Long Jump previous best by a metre leaping out to 4.67m to place 6th out of a field of 11 for another new PB.
Matthew Smith (155)
Theo Watson 424
Nicky Saunders (U15) who had competed at the Sheffield Open over the weekend took on three Throws events again here winning the Discus with 26.14m, placing 5th in the Javelin with 25.11m and came 7th in the Shot Putt with 8.00m which was a new PB for her. U15 Caroline Woodworth was also among the Throws events today – just missing a new PB in the Discus with her 15.27m (12th), set a new PB in her Javelin of 23.14m (8th) and set a second new PB on the day in the Shot Putt with 7.28m (10th). U13 Kady Thompson threw 11.21m in the Javelin (9th) and cleared 1.20m in the High Jump, both performances being only just outside her personal bests. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw 24.9m for 10th spot in the U15 Javelin and a new PB with Dexta Thompson achieveing 20.65m in the same event (13th).
L-R Kady Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson
Another new PB, this time for U15 Sebastian Burton who chopped a whopping 11 seonds off his previous best time to set a new PB of 2.31.26 (3rd) in Heat 9. There was also a big new PB for Codie Dewhurst in his Heat of the 800m with a clocking of 2.29.76 (1st) down by over four seconds. That was folowed by a 50.35 clocking in the 300m (6th) and a Long Jump of 3.46m in 11th spot.
Codie Dewhurst (422)
Amelia Burton followed her brother Sebastian setting new personal bests as she cut a full second off her previous best in the 70m Hurdles to run a new PB of 12.75 in 4th place and then ran 10.98 – for her second new PB of the day in the 75m (4th), making iot a hat-trick of new PB’s in the 150m as she improved her best time by a second, clocking 21.57 in 5th spot. U11 Felix Thompson ran 12.94 in his 75m (5th) followed by a 2.12.53 clocking in his 600m race in 6th. And still it went on for the young athletes with more personal bests as Ben Livesey chopped some seven seconds off his 800m time to place 7th in his Heat clocking a new PB of 2.32.76, set another new PB in the 200m with his 29.12 (4th) and just missed out on the 100m, placing 4th with 14.12.
Amelia Burton (32)
Yet another new personal best performance of the day came in the U17 Womens 80m Hurdles where Myah Booth – bottom of age – cut three tenths of second off her best and set a new PB of 12.3 in 3rd position.
In the 1500m U15 Dexta Thompson set a new PB for himself by knocking two seconds off his previous est as he clocked 4.48.50 in 8th place (Heat 2), as did Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who placed 9th in the same Heat, improving his personal best by half a second to 4.50.31. U15 Hollie Cubbon ran in Heat 3 of the 1500m coming home in 6th place out of the 12 athletes, in a time of 5.25.31.
Doncaster Open Meeting – April 20th
Tony Balko (V50) was doing a bit of travelling over the Easter weekend to get some competiton, his fiorst vist being the Doncaster Open. In the Discus he placed 4th with a distance of 34.51m, improved to 2nd position in the Shot with a throw of 11.21m – just 3cms shy of his personal best and rounded the competiton off by winning the Masters Hammer (6kg) with a throw of 37.96m which was a seasons best. On to the York Open Meeting on Easter Monday for Tony thrwoing 36.72m in the Discus and 11.21m in the Shot for the second time over the weekend.
Sheffield Run, Jump & Throws Open Meeting – April 19th
U15 Nicky Saunders travelled over to this Open meeting to compete in the Discus and Javelin. The Javelin (500g) saw her throw 25.80m for 2nd spot whilst in the Discus (1kg) she placed 6th with a distance of 27.68m.
Full Manx Mountain Marathon – Good Friday 2019
Danny Teare, whio hails from the Isle of Man, decided to take on the full Manx Mountain Marathon last weekend in what turned out to be less than ideal conditions for running 31 miles! As he indicated to the Club “My first attempt at the full Manx Mountain Marathon started very well. Registered alongside 7 time record winner Paul Thompson from Clayton was a good omen, or so I thought. Didnt see much of him after 30 seconds……”
Paul Thompson (1) – Danny Teare (2)
After the Race Danny looked back on the day and the race and told the Club “The race is 31 miles with 8000ft climb, starting in Ramsey and finishing in Port Erin, visiting the 10 highest peaks. It was a hot day, no cloud cover and minimal breeze. The views were totally stunning, much of it new to me, even though I lived there til I was 18. At the advice of Gary Pearse, I was constantly eating and drinking. It was like a mobile picnic up there! At 23 miles and over 6000ft in the bag, sadly I was done… and had to withdraw. The heat was a factor for sure, but I was always going to find that last quarter a challenge anyway. 25% of the field withdrew during the race so I was in good company. Plenty of learnings for next year though. Its still on the ‘to do’ list. I totally recommend the event, put on by Manx Fell Runners. As with all events, the volunteers who marshall and provide food / water really make it. Next year is the 50th anniversary. If anyone fancies it, give me a shout! “
There are three races over the Festival period. The Festival opens on Good Friday evening with a scenic 10 kilometre road race around the streets of Port Erin and Port St Mary in the south of the Island. Male and female competitors run together in this race.
Easter Saturday afternoon sees the action move to the west of the Island for the famous Peel Hill races that take in the summit of Corrin’s Folly. The route starts and finishes on the road but is mainly on grass. The afternoon starts with the men’s race followed by the three mile women’s race.
The final races take place on Douglas Promenade on Easter Sunday morning with the women’s five kilometre road race at 10.30am, followed by the men’s five kilometre road race at 11.15am.
Joe Howe was also in the Isle of Man, competing for Manchester University ‘Alehouse Team’ in the annual Easter Running Festival which comprises three races – 10k Race on Good Friday, Peel Hill Race on Saturday and a 5k Race on Sunday. At the end of the the three races, all those who contested all three – and there were 145 – are awarded points related to their position in each race which saw Joe finish 65th out of 145 runners with a combined total of 227 points. (RESULTS).
In the 10k Race, Joe came home in 10th place out of a field of 266 runners clocking a time of 38.55 (10k RESULTS).
The Friday Race up Peel Hill had Joe running a time of 25.34 to come home in 65th position out of 185 who ran it. (Peel Hill RESULTS) – and in the final race, over 5k on Sunday, Joe clocked 17.27 to finish 56th out of the 197 strong field. (5k RESULTS).
After a hard weekend of running, Joe told the Club that it was “a pretty tough weekend to be honest. I had been pretty coldy in the run up to the festival and realised how much fitness I had lost in a pretty brutal way in the 10k on Friday. I realised it would probably be a good idea to not really push the running over the next two days but still had a decent run in the 5k on Sunday. The weather was really amazing and the weekend was fun as usual”.
Clitheroe Triathlon – Easter Monday
Two hundred and ninety contestants in this Triathlon held in the same hot conditions that other races and events have been held in over this Easter weekend. Whilst it is good for tourists, this kind of weather doesn’t always do the athletes a lot of favours when it comes to endurance type events. This race was won by Daniel McParland in a combined time of 1hr 25.45.
Danny Maynard...finished in 107th position after clocking 7.58 in the Swim, 71.21 on the Bike and 34.36 on the run for a finished combined time of 1hr 56.32 and afterwards, Danny spoke to the Harriers about the event saying “Clitheroe is tough triathlon in any weather, the 25 degree heat was an extra element to overcome. After a good start in the swim, Birdy Brow was as ever challenging on the bike and I was relieved for the downhill. Its safe to say the hills got the better of me and the run was a hard slog to the finish line. This year I was pleased to beat my overall time by over five minutes, glad to see my winter training programme is paying off”.
Mark Almond, competing as a V50 finished just a few places behind Danny in 112th with a combined finishing time of 1hr 57.14 which comprised of a a Swim of 10.33, 68.36 on the Bike and 34.57 on the run. This was Mark’s first ever Triathlon, so it was a bit of a gamble and commented afterwards that “Yes it was my first ever Tri – wasn’t fit going in to it but wanted to give it a go. Swimming didn’t go well and was suprised how tough the run was with “jelly legs” overall really enjoyable and hope to get fitter and have another go”.
Rachel 7th British Woman at Boston Marathon – Salford 10k – Paul Wins vets at Caldervale 10m – Top 10 for Tom at Rivington – John & Matt at Newlands Fell Race
Boston Marathon – April 15th 2019
Rachel Wood continued her Marathon running career which now total five races in all, her first being the London Marathon in 2015 where she clocked 3hr 03.07. On to 2016 to London again where she ran her personal best time of 2hr 59.02; in 2017 she ran 2hr 59.26 in Berlin followed by a 3hr 07.37 in London (2018). Rachel targeted the Boston Marathon this year – and not the easiest by a long chalk especially with Horrible Hill in it – accompanied by her dad – Tony Wood, President of Blackburn Harriers and Chairman of Northern Athletics. For Tony it was a special visit as he told the Club “it was a special visit for me – I went to the US in 1974, 45 years ago, as a camp counsellor with Camp America and I visited Boston then with a fellow runner. He took me to a running shop that was selling the new Nike brand shoes near the start of the Boston marathon and he bought a pair – the running boom hadn’t started yet. He told me then about the race so it was quite emotional to return all these years later to watch my daughter run the race”.
Rachel had another cracking run to finish 7th out of all of the British women racing in a time of 2hr 59.31 to continue her run of Marathons in very consistent times, everyone of which has yielded her a championship qualifying time for London. After the race she spoke to the Harriers saying “I ran the iconic Boston marathon last Monday and it was epic! The course was point to point and was undulating. The race day started with a 1 hour bus ride from Boston downtown to Hopkinton were the start was. It was an enjoyable experience loading onto school buses with other runners and spending the bus journey chatting about all things running. The weather was hit and miss… the race day started with a thunderstorm and by the time I reached the end of the race it was lovely and sunny. My dad travelled over to support me and was at the base of ‘heartbreak hill’ around the 20 mile point. Heart break hill isn’t as steep as Darwen tower but it was tough nonetheless! I was hoping to pb as training has been going well but I didn’t manage it on the day. I crossed the line in a time of 2.59.31… another sub 3 so I am happy with that “.
Rachel Wood (5131)
Salford 10k – Good Friday
Just over six hundred runners ran the traditional Good Friday Salford 10k running in very warm temperatures to say the least and won in a good time of 31.03 by Norman Shreeve (Cambridge & Coleridge). Four Blackburn Harriers ran the race – Jacob Watson, Josh Holagte, Tom Blaney and Calum Holmes.
Jacob Watson missed a new personla best time by just one second – a cooler day w0uld have certainly helped as he clocked a time of 33.09 in 18th place and told the Club after the Race that it was “A run of 2 halves at this morning’s Salford 10k. The first lap flew by and until 6k I was confident of coming away with a PB. Unfortunately during the second lap I did start to fade somewhat, however the support from the crowd and shoutouts from John Chaplin, Marc and Jack helped me keep it together! Crossing the line I knew I’d given it 100% which at the end of the day is all you can ask from yourself. Reflecting on this I’m chuffed to have run so close to a PB and I’m confident I’ll break this pesky 33 minute barrier at some point during the year!” Josh Holgate was just one place and five seconds behind as he ran a time of 33.14 in19th spot.
Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Jacob Watson (706)
Next Harrier across the finish line in was Tom Blaney in 33rd place with a time of 34.15 commenting that “Salford is the first fast flat 10k Ive done since Trafford last year and have been looking forward to it ever since i missed out on Ribble Valley over the christmas break. The weather was great, sunny but not too hot and no wind. I ran the first 5k in around 16.55 which felt comfortable with the hope of pushing on in the second half. Unfortunately it wasnt my day i put every last effort into it but i could not go any faster. A bad day for me but i take positives out of consistent training and staying injury free. Onto the next one. Well done to the other Harriers who ran some great times today its a pleasure to train with such a great group of lads!“
Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Tom Blaney (7)
Calum Holmes made it four Blackburn Harriers home as he crossed the line in 55th position running a time of 35.17 and afterwards reflected on his race daying “I felt okay for the first 6k just tucking in behind Thomas Blaney who also had a great run. I finished in a rather good time which I’m quite happy with, the conditions were hard with the warm weather and unfortunately wasn’t a pb but I’m happy with my run today as I have been off at the moment I’m just going to continue to work really hard with the lads in training and reach my goals for the year, great team work today and great running from everyone as usual upwards and onwards”.
Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Calum Holmes (354)
Caldervale 10m – Good Friday
Paul Brindle and Janine Fallon joined two hundred and forty four other runners on a very warm Good Friday in the Caldervale 10m road race, which was won in a time of 55.33 (Joe Beech).
Paul came home in 4th position and 1st Vet in a time of 63.14 telling the Harriers afterwards that the “Caldervale 10 which I’ve done few times is real test of strength with times slower than normal. Especially when it’s hotter than Spain. You can’t grumble everyone’s in the same boat and it’s how you plan to race. The first two miles are all down hill, the next four go up. Running in the boiling hot Sun I’ve not really run in this year, it was a real test to keep my position. On the top of the last hill I had Mark Holgate breathing down my neck. With two mile to go I went long and kicked on …. 1.9 mile to go cursing myself for being so competitive and just settle 5th maybe 6th but less pain. Trying to block out the inner soft me , I managed to break free but had a very tough last half mile run in. I was slower than previously but in very testing conditions. Happy with 4th overall and age cat win and bottle wine. It really was a Good Friday …. Oh come on it had to be said!!” Janine clocked a time of 75.47 in 41st spot overall.
Rivington Pike – Saturday April 20th
The ‘Rivington Pike’ Fell Race is one of the oldest fell races in todays fell racing calendar. The earliest races date back to the early 1880’s, where the challenge of the foot race to the summit of the ‘pike’ and back, taking in 700ft of ascent and covering over 5km in distance has attracted the very finest athletes ranging from Olympic track runners and Marathoners through to out-and-out fell specialists.
History of the Rivington Pike Races ⇒⇒⇒ HERE
Tom Marchant and Carmen Byrne ran for the Harriers in the race won by Michael Cayton (17.20) – another race run in pretty warm conditions. Tom had a top ten finish, coming home in 7th place with a time of 19.52 and told the Club “Today was a tough, fast and warm race. I knew I had to go off quick at the start and have a fast climb to get to the top with the front group which I achieved. This then set me up for a fast decent where I could catch a few places in which I caught 4 or 5 on the downhill. Overall a very fast race, despite the hot conditions it didn’t affect me too much with having spent a week in Portugal training, so benefited me more for the race. Happy with how the race went and feel a huge improvement within my running”. Carmen finished 96th overall out of a field of 406 which was a pretty good effort after struggling for a couple of months due to achilees problems. After the Race Carmen commented on her return to racing saying “After 7 weeks of mainly cross training it was lovely to be back racing. I set off steady for the ascent and then caught a couple of women on the way down and finished strongly. Looking forward to the next race in a few weeks”.
Tom Marchant (25) Carmen Byrne
Newlands Memorial Race – Saturday April 20th
Rob Jebb had a comfortable win by over four minutes as he took the race in a time of 1hr 40.50 out of field just short of three hundred runners with John Battrick in 2nd (1hr 45.05) and Steve Framklin in 3rd (1 hr 46.46).
John Horrocks and Matt Nuttall represented the Harriers on another hot day which affects everyone in terms of hydration and ther ability to cope overall with the heat. John crossed the line in 41st position with a time of 2hr 06.04 and refelcted on his race to the Harriers after, commenting “Newlands memorial race taking in Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. A quick run out into Newlands valley to begin and it felt very hot so I was looking forward to getting onto the tops for the breeze. The climb up Robinson made it a tough start but once that was out of the way it was mostly runnable on the tops with a good last decent off cat bells. The heat started to take affect after about 8/9 miles and it felt a long way back! Finished 41st in 2 hrs 6″. Matt finished in 79th spot running a time of 2hr 17.09.
John Horrocks Matt Nuttall
1st & 2nd for Joanne and Janine – Early season Throws with Tony – Loughrigg Fell Race with John – Andrew in Majorca – New 10k PB for Paul
It has been a busy racing period for Joanne Nelson recently, who is in training for the Liverpool Marathon in May, which she has previously won. One week after running the Northern Road Relays at Birkenhead Joanne went up to run the Conistion 14 (March 30th) finishing 106th in 1hr 37.06 which was the week before running a Leg at the National Road Relays. Fellow Harrier – Paul Brindle – also ran the race placing 19th overall in 1hr 24.53 (RESULTS).
Joanne’s latest race saw her tackle a 20 miler which was part of a series of races covering 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon, 20 miles and a Marathon on the same day, which is one way of spending your Sunday! Joanne won with a time of 2hr 25.30 with another Blackburn Harrier – Janine Fallon – coming home in 2nd clocking 2hr 33.52, making it a 1/2 for the Club.
Afterwards, Joanne told the Harriers about the day saying “Janine and I decided to have a go at “it’s grim up north” organised 20 miler in Cleckheaton for marathon preparation. It’s a newly organised event this year and the second race I have run which has been organised by this group.
The race was a 5 mile out and back repeated; so not too great if you are tired after 10 miles!!
Miles 1-5 and 10-15 are slightly downhill which means miles 6-10 and 16-20 are slightly uphill.
The event included many races, not just the 20 miler, but also 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon and an ultra marathon. It’s fair to say that it was absolutely freezing and we were both happy to finish. First and second place secured for Blackburn Harriers ladies and to top it all there was a selection of free cakes, a choice between free beer, cider or lager, and a medal and trophy.
A good day out”.
Joanne Nelson – Janine Fallon
Northern Masters League – Wednesday April 10th
Tony Balko (V50) has already got a number of competitions under his belt this season, recording a couple of wins at the Spenborough Open in the Hammer (37.83m) and Shot (11.08m). He backed that up at Scunthorpe with another win in the Shot (11.24m and a new PB) and his fourth win in a row, taking the Hammer (37.18). On the 10th April in the Northern Masters League he placed 3rd in the Shot (10.58m) and 2nd in the Hammer with 36.59m). At the Wakefield Open on April 7th, Tony won the Hammer with 37.29m, came 2nd in the Discus (34.31m) and rounded off with another win in the Shot (10.48m).
His latest competition saw him at the Northern Masters League again on April 10th where he placed 3rd out of 7 in the Shot Putt (10.58m), and in the Discus with a throw of 36.59m coming in 2nd. Six Wins, two 2nd and 2 x 3rd places as well as a new PB in the Shot represents a pretty solid start for the 2019 season.
Mitja Marato de Pollença (Pollensa Half marathon – Mallorca)
Andrew Knowles is training for a Half-Ironman and as part of his build up he entered this half-marathon in Majorca on Sunday April 14th. He preceded this race with a bike ride in the mountains the day before lasting three hours and still managed to clock 1hr 50.02 in the race following his mountain efforts.
Andrew spoke to the Club about his training weekend saying “The ‘aim’ was to start with tired legs to mimic triathlon race conditions, so the day before I rode over the mountains for 3 hours. Didn’t quite go to plan as I blistered badly having to stop a few times and take my trainers off and sort my feet out. However I felt the objective was achieved as the whole run was on ‘empty’ so perfect training. 10k and 5k’s races also and a brilliant atmosphere, highly recommend”.
Loughrigg Fell Race – Wednesday April 10th
A wonderful night to race on the Fells for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks on Wednesday evening as he finished 20th overall clocking 30.02 and tolld us after the Race that “The summer night races begin…4 miles up and down loughrigg starting from the park in Ambleside. A record turn out for the race which made the start to the narrow bridge like a 100m sprint to get a good position for the steep road climb onto the first section of the fell. I was going well in about 15th up to the last steep climb when I started to fade a bit and lose a few places. Around the trig point (some good view but not much chance to enjoy) and straight back down the same way. Managed to get a few places back and descend well for once. Finished 20th in a time of 30:02. Definitely be doing this one again!”
(Photo courtesy of Stephen Wilson)
Three Bridges 10k – Sunday April 14th
Paul Jeffries (V40) went into this race – featuring some 300 runners, won in a time of 33.47 (Campbell Ross) – with a personal best time of 40.51 set at the Pilling 10k in 2018. In this race, Paul came across the line in 25th place, clocking 40.41 for a ten second new PB. After the race, Paul reflected on his current form and the race itself saying “the Three Bridges is a race i have done a few times before. I have been getting a lot of advice and support at the club and i am enjoying my running a lot more. Last year i found it tough going in this race finishing with a time of 46:58, which was a slight improvement on the previous years 48:45. I feel i have benefited in a lot of ways by taking part in team events like the road relays and mid lancs xc, and by listening to all the advice given freely at the club. So today i had another crack at the course and came in 25th place in 40:41 which i think is a new pb for me, i have trained a lot more but i couldn’t of done it without the support of clubmates and coaches, many thanks”.
Many thanks to Paul for being part of the Club and we look forward to more new personal best times in the year ahead from him.
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