Category Archives: Endurance
Three Wins in a row leave Harriers at top of the Division in Northern League – Top 3 for Ben and Joanne Wins Women’s Race at Hendon Brook – Tom 2nd at Lostock Hall 5k
Huge congratulations to all Blackburn Harriers who competed for the Club at the weekend in the Northern League in what can only be described as very oppressive weather conditions. Just watching was enough to drain you in the heat, let alone competing. Missing quite a number of athletes, the fixture was always going to prove to be a tricky one and so it proved as the team triumphed by just eleven points from Holmfirth in 2nd and Bolton in 3rd position at the end of the day.
It was a day not for personal bests, but as the saying goes – points make prizes – and that is what the team set out to do, accumulate points wherever it could. In this regard John Cookson, one of the teams Javelin throwers set the tone for the day by agreeing to do the 3000m steeplechase to fill in for one of our regular Chasers who had been taken ill. Great attitude and spirit on display as was the case right throughout the team as they realised 16 wins, 17 second and 20 third places and half a dozen new personal bests throughout the day.
After the first three fixtures the Divsion standings are:
(1) Blackburn Harriers 18.0 League Points 1253.5 Match Points
(2) Holmfirth 14.0 11189.0
(3) Bolton 12.0 1066.0
(4) Spenborough 10.0 981.5
(5) Bury 6.0 956.5
(6) East Cheshire 3.0 846.0
Anna Peers was in great form again winning the ‘A’ Discus (35.63m) & ‘A’ Javelin (34.89m) adding 3rd spot in the Hammer ‘A’ (24.83m) plus 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot with 9.89m. She was supported in the ‘B’ events by Teigan Fawcett who took 2nd spot in the Discus with 20.81m, Millie Coy who won the Javelin with a throw of 27.47m and Emily Taberner 2nd in the Shot Putt with 8.25m. Similarly in the Men’s events Anthony Kent took two wins in the ‘A’ Hammer with a new PB of 39.57m nearly four metres than his previous best plus a win in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.84m: then won the ‘B’ Discus with 32.07m before setting his second new PB of the day Javelin where he placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a throw of 35.03 which bettered his previous best of 34.27m. Nathan Billington had a good day with the Hammer too winning the ‘B’ with a throw of 37.03m just a metre down on his best as did Tony Balko placing 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus with 32.54m and 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt with 9.66m – all of which made a great contribution of points to the overall total.
Bailey Madden and Emily Warren shared the 100 & 200m responsibilities with Bailey placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 and Emily 3rd in the ‘B’ with 13.7. It was 3rd place for both girls in the 200m as Bailey ran 26.7 in the ‘A’ and Emily 27.9 in the ‘B’ – this was Emily’s first competition of the year after battling back from injury. In the Men’s Sprints Brandon Zinyemba took on the ‘A’ 100 & 200m finishing 3rd in the 100m (11.3) and 3rd again in the 200m with a time of 22.8. Dominic Bretherton ran the ‘B’ races coming home 2nd in the 100m in a time of 11.6 and running 23.4 in the 200m for 3rd spot.
Some great running int he Relays by the teams with the Women – (Emily Warren, Chloe Bleeks, Bailey Madden, Teigan Fawcett) – finishing 2nd in the 4 x 100m in 52.2 being pipped by 0.5 sec and winning the 4 x 400m – (Charlie Coy, Katie Buckingham, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, Maddie Elliott) – winning in a time of 4.14.5.
The Men’s 4 x 100m team – (Chris Brand, Dominic Bretherton, Nicholas Massey, Brandon Zinyemba) – came 3rd in 46.0, just a tenth away from 2nd place as Brandon finished the last leg with an hamstring injury. In the 4 x 400m – (Sam Hodkinson, Solomon Brown, Marc Hartley, James Marchant) – finished 5th in 3.43.8.
MIDDLE DISTANCE AND ENDURANCE
The Women’s 400m saw Charlie Coy place 4th in the ‘A in 62.2 and Hannah Cookson 5th in the ‘B’ (66.8) with Hannah doubling up in the 800m finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.33.5 as Maddie Elliott came in 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m clocking 2.22.3. In the 1500m Maddie Elliott and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh both ran really well judged races to take victory in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races in 5.00.4 and 5.19.5 respectively. Katie Buckingham ran a really gutsy race in the 3000m as she led for virtually the whole race with the Holmfirth athlete tied to her like glue in 2nd spot – the Holmfirth athlete accelerating on the last lap to take the win with Katie in 2nd (11.07.7).
In the Men’s 400m – James Marchant took the ‘A’ race on from the front and led until the last ten metres before being pipped in by the Bolton athlete, James clocking 50.9 with Sam Hodkinson clocking 55.6 in the ‘B’ for 5th spot. James then ran the ‘A’ 800m and finished 2nd in that race with 1.58.5 and again being pipped in the last ten metres of the race – Tim Raynes doubled up in the 800 and 1500m and set a new PB in the ‘B’ 800m of 2.02.5 (2nd) – two tenths beter than his previous best and in that heat, no mean achievement. In the ‘A’ 1500m Tim gave it everything from the word go leading for three laps before finishing 4th in 4.06.1 – just half a second outside his best and he was backed up by another good run by Marc Hartley taking 2nd in the ‘B’ race clocking 4.18.0. The 5000m – which had a water station on, demonstrating how hot it was – saw Jack Hindle run the perfect race tucking in behind the Spenbourough and Bury athletes for virtually the whole race and then went for it on the last lap to win the ‘A’ race in 16.06.6 whilst in the ‘B’ Karl Billington ran a really brave race to finish 3rd in the ‘B’ in a time of 16.35. Chris Davies took on the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase and missed winning by a tenth of a second as he worked through the field on each lap to finish 2nd in 10.37.0 along with John Cookson taking 5th spot in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.38.8 – all of those athletes – men and women – competing in the endurance events should salute themselves for the efforts put in given the heat of the day, which can only be described as stifling.
Mixed results in the Hurdles with Millie Coy running close to PB form with 70.4 for 3rd place in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles and Liberty Thompson 82.2 in the ‘B’ for 4th place and uttering those immortal words as she came off the track, ‘that was horrible – i would rather do a 1500m than do that again’!!!! The Men’s 400m Hurdles saw maximum points for the Harriers as Solomon Brown won the ‘A’ in 60.4 and Nicholas Smith the ‘B’ in 62.8 with Nicholas going on to place 4th in the 110m Hurdles (20.6). Chloe Bleeks and Liberty Thompson took on the Women’s 100m Hurdles – Chloe placing 4th in the ‘A’ with 18.9 and Liberty 3rd in the ‘B’ in 20.4.
Jonathan Gough had a good day winning the ‘B’ Long Jump with a new PB of 5.67m and finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with 12.25m, just cms short of his personal best. Having lost one of the Long Jump and High Jump athletes at the very last minute on the morning of the fixture Brandon Zinyemba and Nicholas Smith were asked to fill in and put in great performances. Brandon came in 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a leap of 5.83m and that with only two jumps as he had to go and prerpare for his 100m race. Nicholas has only ever done Triple Jump once before in competition and he finished up winning the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.99 and a new PB. Nicholas then went on to place 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing a new PB height of 1.70m with Nick Massey clearing 1.45m in the ‘B’ in 3rd position.
Chloe Bleeks and Bailey Madden contested the Long Jump which saw Chloe place 3rd in the ‘A with a leap of 4.54m and Bailey 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.34m). In the Triple Jump Ellen Sagar-Hesketh added a 3rd place in the ‘A’ to the total of points with a jump of 9.94m as Chloe Bleeks won the ‘B’ clearing 9.67m. The High Jump saw Liberty Thompson clear 1.45m for 3rd in the ‘A’ and Teigan Fawcett 1.40m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.
Hendon Brooks ‘Half-Marathon’ – Sunday July 8th
This Race has a hell of a reputation. First of all it is 13.5 miles long; secondly it is a brute of a race with hills and thirdly, you really don’t want to be running this in temperatures that would normally put a bull elephant down!
But race they did – all one hundred and eighty six of them – the race being won by David Rigby in 81.36.
Ben Costello had a cracker of a race in tne conditions, crossing the finish line in 3rd position with a time of 86.30 and though ‘he couldn’t feel his legs’ on Monday, he did speak to the Harriers about his race commenting “I’ve heard about Hendon brook being one of the toughest road races in the country so I decided to give it a go.the race got quite spread out at the start so I knew I would be on my own for most of it was just a case of keeping my head and running it like a hard training run.the first real test came at around 5 mile where I was really struggling on one climb at this point I was in 3rd which a runner came past me and created quite a gap over a short distance.it was hard to get a rytham going as they was a hill around every corner.towards the end of the race around 11 miles I found something in me to claw it back from 5th place to finish 3rd.given the conditions and my legs not used to racing that distance I was very pleased with my run.but won’t be tackling another half marathon for a while”.
Also having a great run on the day was Joanne Nelson who placed 24th overall in a time of 1hr 42.33 to give her the prize for 1st Woman and 1st Vet Woman. Afterwards Joanne told the Club “This is the 3rd time I have run Hendon Brook and definitely the hottest. I decided to run it as I haven’t run over 8 miles recently so thought I might as well throw in a couple of hills as well. I’m pleased to have been first female back, and picked up garden table and chairs as my prize, (well Paul picked them up because i was far too tired after running 13.5 miles and 2000ft of climbing.) It was a really nice day, well organised with lots and lots of drink stations and people cheering on (funny how they always tend to support on a climb). Glad to have made the distance, not my best time, but happy with the conditions”.
Lostock Hall 5k – July 7th
In the same sweltering conditions – Tom Blaney – jpined one hundred and fifty other runners at this local race and ran a very solid time of 16.49 to take 2nd place in the race.
English Schools qualification for Harriers – Mid Lancs T &F League at Litherland – Harriers Win Team at Astley Park – John & Thomas in top 5 at Stoodley Pike – John 2nd at Cuerden 10k – Don Ashton Memorial Race – Skiddaw Fell Race – Trailblaster
English Schools Qualification
Huge congratulations to those young Blackburn Harriers athletes who won selection to represent Lancashire at this years English Schools Championships which are being held on the weekend of July 13th & 14th at the Alexander Stadium.
At the Lancashire Schools Championships Kyle Mashiter ran 11.7 to win the Junior Boys 100m (PB is 11.6), Myah Booth ran 11.7 to win the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (PB is 11.6), Nicky Saunders threw 26.93m to win the Junior Girls Discus (PB is 28.79m), Matthew Heywood won the Junior Boys Hammer with a distance of 39.82m (PB is 41.84m) and Sam Gaskell was the winner of the Intermediate Boys Hammer throwing a distance of 65.18m (PB is 67.01m)..
(Kyle Mashiter)(Myah Booth)(Nicky Saunders)(Matt Heywood)(Sam Gaskell)
Mid Lancs T & F League – Litherland June 30th
Yet another Track & League fixture held in blazing sunshine last weekend at Litherland with well over forty athletes competing for the Club. Some of the events didn’t have too many competitors, due in part you lots of young athletes being involved in exams and also because of the impact of things like holidays etc.The Harriers produced over twenty new personal bests on the day, with a number of them in endurance events which was a bonus give the temperatures.
The Men’s Senior 1500m was a case in point with just three athletes, the race being won by Joe Gebbie in 4.15.50 with Nicholas Smith in 2nd spot (4.51.00). Jonathan Gough won his Heat of the U17 Men’s 100m in 12.60 with Ben Whittaker in 4th place in the same Heat (12.70). Going onto the 200m Jonathan made up for his modest run in the 100m to run 25.40 in his Heat of the 200m (2nd) which was a new PB by six tenths. It was a one, two, three in the U17 Men’s 800m with Matt Ramsden (2.07.60) just holding on for the win in a new PB time from Sam Hodkinson who finishing like a train in 2nd (2.07.70 and Findlay Sullivan in 3rd place clocking a new PB time of 2.13.50 – some four seconds better than his previous best.
Heat (2) of the U15 Boys 100m had Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 4th position (14.80), Rory Teare in 5th with a new PB by three tenths of 15.00 and Sebastian Burton 6th (15.90). The U15 Boys 200m had Zach Walmsley clocking 28.40 (4th) – a new PB by eight tenths in Heat (1) and Sebastian Burton running 32.90 in Heat (2) for 4th place. George Whittaker ventured into new territory taking on the U15 Boys 400m and taking the win in 61.50 whilst in the 800m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret ran a time of 2.29.60 (6th) just a second outside his best with Sebastian Burton clocking 2.48.30 in his first ever attempt at the distance.
U13 Daniel Smith had his first ever attempt at the 100m posting a debut time of 16.50 (6th) in Heat (2) whilst in the 200m Isaac Butler chopped a full second off his time to set a new PB of 30.50 in Heat (2). The U13 Boys 800m had thirteen runners, the biggest field of the day on the Track – four Harriers in the Race led home by new member – Theo Watson in 4th place, chopping four seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 2.30.20, followed by Isaac Butler in 6th (2.31.10) also with a new PB by nearly three seconds, Saul Sharp in 11th (2.43.30) and Daniel Smith 12th with a time of 2.47.00.
In the Senior Women’s 800m Hannah Cookson ran a seasons best time of 2.29.30 for 2nd place whilst in the Sprints Megan Tippett finished 3rd in the U17 Women’s 100m in a time of 14.20 with Hollie Oldham taking 2nd place in the 200m Heat (2) clocking 29.00. In the 800m Hollie ran a new PB of 2.38.00 for 2nd place whilst Chloe Gardner came home 4th in a time of 3.00.80. Myah Booth ran just her second 100m race of the year clocking 13.60 in Heat (2) of the U15 Girls 100m with Abigail Armas recording a time of 14.50 in Heat (3). Rebecca Ramsden was just shy by a couple of tenths in setting a new best time in the 200m placing 6th in 29.50. The U15 Girls 800m featuring nine athletes saw a very well judged race run by Sophie Stanworth to take the win in 2.35.70 with Hollie Cubbon in 5th (2.42.30) and Rebecca Ramsden 6th in a time of 2.43.20.
The U13 Girls Track events saw three Harrier sin the 100m with Kate Cookson 5th in Heat (1) clocking 14.60, Amelia Burton (15.10) in 7th spot and Keira Haxton also 7th in Heat (2) with a time of 16.10…..Amelia then ran just outside her personal best running a time of 31.40 for 3rd place in Heat (3) of the 200m. Four Harriers in the 800m field of nine athletes which saw Kate Cookson finishing 3rd with a new PB of 2.36.30, Caroline Woodworth in 4th also with a new PB time of 2.36.90, Keira Haxton in 5th place making it a trio of new PB’s with a time of 2.37.40 and Keira Booth coming home in 7th spot (2.53.10). There was a massive new PB for U13 Molly Grimshaw in the 1500m as she knocked thirteen seconds off her time to set a new best of 5.48.60.
In the Throws events Anthony Kent threw Senior Shot Putt taking 3rd place witjh 10.07m and then went onto Discus where he paced 2nd with a throw of 33.34m just one place in front of Tony Balko in 3rd with 33.08m. The Javelin saw Anthony throw 36.35 for 3rd place which was a new PB by nearly two metres and Tony won the Senior Men’s Hammer with a throw of 34.40m. Just one U17 Javelin Thrower on the day – Cameron Harris – who threw 44.20m. U15 Matthew Heywod took on three Throws events coming 2nd in the field of ten in the Discus (29.27m) – a new PB by two metres; 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.78m and first in the Hammer with a distance of 39.70m. George Whittaker just missed out on a new best in the Discus with a 4th placed throw of 28.93m – Zach Walmsley tried the Javelin for the first time placing 3rd in the U15 Boys competition with 20.76m and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret finished 2nd in the Hammer with 24.25m. Isaac Butler finished the Throws events off for the Harriers as he took 3rd place in the U13 Boys Javelin (19.52m).
Just one Throws event for Anna Peers on the – Senior Women’s Javelin – which she won with a distance of 36.45m. Grace Bontoft was very close to her Shot Putt PB as she threw 6.66m in the U15 Girls Shot Putt before going onto the Discus placing 4th with 15.10m before finishing off with a new PB in the Hammer of 29.18 in 2nd place. Nicky Saunders was in very good form winning the U15 Girls Discus with a new PB of 28.79m, better by a metre than her previous best, came 4th in the Javelin with 24.08m after having won the Hammer with a throw of 29.60m – a massive new PB by three metres. In the U13 Girls Throws events Madison Bontoft set a new PB in the Shot Putt (5th) with 5.94m, set another new PB in the Javelin with 12.99 as well as throwing 11.91m in the Discus. Amelia Burton had her first attempt at the Shot Putt achieving a throw of 4.36m in 7th place and Caroline Woodworth was just outside her presonal best with a 2nd placed throw of 22.14m in the Javelin.
Not many athletes in the Jumps events on the day which saw U17 Ben Branton in only his second ever Long Jump competition leap to a new PB by over 20cms of 5.38m to finish in 2nd place with Benjamin Whittaker in 3rd (5.20) which was a massive new PB for him by nearly half a metre. Ben Branton then tried the Triple Jump for the first time and was just shy of the 10m mark as he jumped 9.97m (2nd). The U15 Boys Long Jump saw Rory Teare place 6th with a new PB leap of 4.30m in 6th place with Zachary Walmsley in 8th (4.07m) in his first ever attempt at the event. Theo Watson and Saul Sharp were two of eleven Long Jumpers in the U13 Boys which saw Theo take the event on for the first time finishing 6th with a jump of 3.68m and Saul jumping 3.60m in 7th spot. Twenty five long jumpers in the U13 Girls event – so spare a thought for the officials in the heat of the day – which saw Kiera Booth finish in 17th place with a jump of 3.48m and her first ever attempt in the discipline.
Astley Park Trail Race (3) – Wednesday July 4th
Race (3) in the Series saw more good runs for the Harriers with Chris Davies and Tom Blaney, neck and neck at the finish with Chris taking 3rd spot overall in 24.57 with Tom just two seconds further back in 4th clocking 24.59. Paul Guinan came in 10th with 26.55 to make it three Harriers in the first ten which gave them the Team win. Allan Hartley came home in 60th place (34.44) followed by Mick Nolan in 64th (35.08), Helen Dawson-Smith making her debut for the Harriers in 79th with a time of 40.08 and David Morris in 103rd position (46.22).
The Junior Race featured 100 youngsters aged from 7yrs through to 14yrs. The Harriers had seven youngsters running with Codie Dewhust the first one of them across the finishing line in a time of 5.47 and 3rd in his age category (M12). Matthew Smith was next home in 15th overall, running a time of 5.51 and was 1st in his M10 category – also in the same category – came Oliver Gill in 18th with a time of 5.54 just three seconds down from Matthew. In the M8 age category William Grundy ran a great time of 6.08 to place 2nd and 24th overall. There were three girls running for the Club with the first one Hannah Davies placing 54th overall and 1st in her F9 category with a time of 6.47 and she was followed by Isabelle Hartley in the F11’s 62nd overall and 2nd in her category (7.13) and Charlotte Smith in the F7 age group – 84th overall and 4th in the category with a time of 8.29.
Stoodley Pike Fell Race – Tuesday July 3rd
Every endurance race at the moment is being run in tempeatures, the like of which haven’t been seen for a long while and certainly not in the sustained way that they have been over the last month. Conditions like these add their own pressures to what are already tough events to do. Eighty one runners tackled this Fell Race on Tuesday night won by Martin Howard in a time of 20.26.
John Horrocks Had a very good run to come home in 4th place in a time of 21.50 commenting to the Club after the race that it was a “Cracking little race tonight. Good runable climb with a tricky but fast decent. Happy with how my race went, just managed to catch Tom at the top of the climb after his electric start and felt good to push on to the pike and down. Well done Tom, good running”
Right behind John came U20 Thomas Marchant in 5th place in a time of 22.08 and he told the Club afterwards “I decided to take the lead and make it a fast race, however with a fast climb I started to tire roughly 80 meters from the top losing a few places, the conditions were not too bad still warm but with a nice breeze on top but not too windy. It was a fast race from start to finish and feel like I performed well and maintained a decent position”
(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)
Cuerden Valley Badger 10k Race 2 – Thursday July 5th
After running Stoodley Pike on Tuesday, John Horrocks was back out again racing on Thursday night at the Cuerden Valley Badger 10k in Bamber Bridge which had a field of one hundred and fifty six runners.
The Race was won by Richard Howarth in a time of 36.09 with John in a very fine 2nd place running 37.02 and managing to hold off Karl Hodgson in 3rd place – just one second behind.
Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes Fell Race – Thursday July 5th
This race, held in memory of Don Ashton and known to many over the years for his competitive nature and achievements in endurance running, attracted one hundred and forty two runners on the night and was won Josh Boyle who broke the Course record with his time of 35.42 with Rob Hope in 2nd place (35.55). Richard Taylor was running for the Harriers nad came home in 90th spot with a time of 55.21.
Skiddaw fell Race – Sunday July 1st
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson are getting their build up in for this years Fell Championships underway with their latest venture, the Skiddaw Fell Race won by Orlando Edwards in a time of 72.07 at the head of a ninety eight strong field. and run over a nine and half mile course with over 3000ft of climbing. John finished in 83rd place (2hr 01.24) with Ian in 91st (2hr 10.40). After the race, both of them spoke to the Club about the day
John commneted “Two of the Harriers ‘Blue and White Fell Bashers’ Relay team took to the Lakeland hills on Sunday. Ian Clarkson and myself did Skiddaw Mountain Race. I think he is sending his report and photo soon and here’s a few words from me. It was blisteringly hot, touching 25 degrees on the start line. Temperatures soared as we climbed around Latrigg and made our way up Jenkin Hill. It’s a 4 mile slog to the summit, then round the trig and back down. The steep stoney path was unforgiving, legs turned to jelly, both heels blistered and shoes ripped apart. It felt more like 30 degrees in places too. So close to my target time of 2 hours. Another Grand Day Out!”
(Thanks to Stephen Wilson for the Photo)
Whilst Ian told us “John Orrell, aka Fell Captain, and myself decided to have a run out at Skiddaw Fell Race, cat AM, 9.6 miles, 3150 ft, 12.30pm start and a on a very, very hot day!! Mmmm, physical draining and mentally demanding to keep climbing, at one point about 1000ft in about a mile or so. Plan was to tap away and see what happens, having had dodgy knee syndrome for a month or so, I wasn’t sure what would happen, knee feels good, quads and thighs NOT!! This was a straight up and up and down affair that was relentless on the feet and legs and the sun on the head. Keeping hydrated was the main issue of the event and thankfully I took on enough fluid. Finished in about 2:10 ish at the back end of the field, with the leaders in about 1:10 ish, brutally demanding and fine athletes they are. Hoping to get a couple more Lakeland races in before the Fell Relays in October, and we’ll see what happens. Should be fun!!”
And finally – congratulations to Mark Wilkin – at the Trailblaster – who took on the challenge of the 24 relays this weekend with mixed local running clubs running for the Running4CF charity. Mark covered nearly 25 miles as part of his contribution to the Teams effort in raising money for this very worthy cause. Also a mention to Paul Clarke who didn’t finish in his attempt at the 12 hour solo run, but put in a great effort, commenting after the event “My first DNF, ran 31 miles in 5.32.50, heat got too much just feel battered………….. Enjoyable day though I’d like to thank Greg, Julie, Deborah, Mark and Vicky for their support. Finally would like to thank Jayne for putting up with me and letting me do these races love you babe xx”.
Sophie and Holly Win British National Titles – Ben Wins Alderley Edge 10k – Victoria Wins Lancaster Half – Carmen Wins 5k – Joanne 2nd at Trawden & Matthew Wins U11’s + Vet Wins for Chris and Lindsay
British Athletics Championships (Inc European Trials)
It was a great weekend for the Harriers at the British Championships with three athletes all competing in Finals of their events. Sophie Hitchon smashed the Championship record twice before going on to win the Senior Women’s Hammer title again with a throw of 72.02m and now goes on to represent Team GB at the forthcoming European Championships.
Holly Bradshaw – like Sophie will be representing GB at the European Championships – won her tenth British Pole Vault Title and fifth Senior Title in a row as she cleared 4.60m and was buzzing after the competition telling the Club “To win my 10th British Title is amazing. I was having so much fun out there with all the other British girls and was jumping and feeling really good. 4.60m is a pretty solid mark for me but felt I was worth more than that however the swirling wind made it rather tricky. I’m pumped for the rest of the season now and can’t wait to get back competing in Rottach next Sunday”.
Jess Judd ran a very brave race in the 1500m as she took it on from the start and led until 300m to go finishing 5th in 4.13.56 and told the Club afterwards “I gave it a go just run out of it at the end, so disappointed now but knew I was lacking that top end speed so had to just try anyway! Was tough with the field being so good, but I’m proud for getting out there and giving it a go!” Alison Leonard last ran the British Championships in 2016 where she won her Heat in 2.03.30 before going on to clock 2.02.45 in the Final to take the Bronze Medal. After winning a BMC Race at Tipton on June 19th in 2.09.78 her next outing was this years British Championships eleven days later in the 800m where she ran 2.10.76 in her Heat.
Samantha Murray was competing in the German Open Championshiops for the Modern Pentathlon as part of her build up to the next European Championships being held in Budapest on July 20th. Sam finished in 6th place overall and told the Club “Today was a training competition. I’ve trained a hard block leading into the European Champs which take place on the 20th July. I’m disappointed with my riding but this is pentathlon and I hope I have my bad ride luck out of the way now! Next week I will finish off the work and on the 9th July we fly to Budapest for the taper pre championships. I haven’t won a medal at the Europeans yet, so my heart is set on giving my everything for this event. Of course, anything can happen in pentathlon, so I am level headed and staying focused”.
Alderley Edge 10k – Sunday July 1st
One thousand seven hundred and thirty three runners completed this 10k in blazing heat. It was a day to be sensible given the conditions and is exactly what Ben Fish did as he won the race in a time of 31.49 – half a minute in front of the 2nd placed athlete Stuart Hawkes. Afterwards Ben told us that he “Knew it would be hot, so set off slower than I normally do. Moved up alongside Stuart Hawkes, then just managed to open up a small lead after halfway. I think both myself and Stuart were in form that was faster than those times, but the heat did make it slower. That makes Ben C’s run all the more impressive and 4th was a great result“.
In these type of conditions for endurance runners, times normally go out the window a bit but not for Ben Costello whose personal best pre-race was 33.14. In today’s race he clocked 33.53 in 4th place overall which was all the more impressive and commented to the Club after the race ended “Going into this race with 4 Pbs in my last 6 races I was confident of getting another or being close. The race started slower than expected i went through 2mile at 10.40 so I knew at that point a pb was possible by time the 4k marker came I was on my own and slowing.i tried to push on at the turning point but it was hard with the heat hitting you from all angles. I managed to keep going and finished in 4th place which I am happy about. Well done to Ben on his win and to all the other Harriers that raced this weekend“.
Morecambe Half-Marathon – Sunday July 1st
What a day to take on a Half-Marathon but that is exactly what Victoria Mousley did along with nearly 150 other runners and despite the heat, Victoria won in a time of 1hr 31.58 crossing the finish line in 9th place overall. Afterwards Victoria spoke to the Harriers about her race commenting “I was aiming for 1hr 23 today and fell way short. It was so hot and I struggle like many others in hot weather. I always get a stitch when it’s hot and I did today although not for too long. The course was actually good with plenty of water stations as the route had been altered. I lead from the start and was fairly confident I would win but my legs were so heavy. Happy to win although a bit disappointed with 1.31. My slowest time for years”.
Joan Rhodes and Fred Norris Memorial 5k – Sunday July 1st
One hundred and seventy two runners completed this race, again in blisteringly hot conditions and won by Christopher Merchant in a time of 17.40. V40 Carmen Byrne won the Women’s Race and was also 1st V40 coming away with Trophy, Medal and Wine
After the Race Carmen who has had more than her fair share of injuries and is now thankfully running pain free told the Club “I’m really enjoying racing again and love the Masters races as I find them really inspiring. I ran a well paced start and picked up the pace half way. It was really hot obviously but at least it was only 5k! No pain at all which is great”
Trawden 7 – Sunday July 1st
Featuring well over three hundred runners, the first six finishers matched the very hot racing conditions as just forty five seconds separated them all at the end. Won by Beau Smith in 42.56, there was a 12 second gap to second place with 3rd a further 6 seconds behind, 4th just 2 seconds behind the 3rd place runner and just 10 seconds separating 5th and 6th places.
Many thanks to David Belshaw for all of these photos and thanks also for all the time and effort that he puts into supplying the athletics community with a digital record of everything we do – a fabulous contribution.
Chris Davies had a great run to finish 4th overall and 1st V40 with his time of 43.16. V45 Paul Brindle was the next Harrier home in 19th position clocking a finishing time of 47.19. Then came Derek Reilly – also a V45 – in 28th place (49.47) followed by Joanne Nelson who had a really good race to place 39th overall and 2nd Woman with a time of 51.14. Next home for the Club came V45 Lindsay Davies in 128th place with a time of 60.31 followed by Allan Hartley in 139th spot (62.40).
The Junior Races saw Matthew Smith having a great run to win the overall combined race of Boys and Girls in a time of 8.39 – 18 seconds in front of second place. Theo Robinson finished 11th overall in 9.28, just in front of Felix Thompson who came home in 12th (9.34). Imogen Robinson also had a great run to finish 17th overall in the combined race and 2nd in the Girls Race running a time of 9.56.
The U13, U15 and U17’s all ran together which saw a win for U15 Jack Villiers in 12.00. U15 Dexta Thompson was the first home for the Harriers in 14th place overall with a time of 14.07. U13 Daniel Smith placed 18th overall in 14.40 with U13 Oliver Gill in 24th place (15.21) and Libby Kate-Neal in a time of 17.44 (41st).
Holly & Sophie in International action – 5000m PB for Tim at BMC – Jess wins BMC 1500m – New PB for Jack at Wilmslow Half – Liberty sets New PB’s in Combined Events – Young William wins his Triathlon
Holly Bradhsaw and Sophie Hitchon are both in good form approaching this years British Championships being held at the end of the month. Holly was competing at the Athens Street Vault in glorious sunshine at the weekend against some of the best vaulters in the world and cleared 4.66m to finish joint 3rd with Kyriakopoulou behind Stefanidi who cleared 4.80m and Silva (7.73m). Sophie was at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting – Madrid June 23rd – finishing 6th in the 12 strong field with a best throw of 71.13m. (MADRID RESULTS)
(Sophie unveiling the Medals for the forthcoming Athletics World Cup)
BMC at Loughborough – Saturday June 23rd
Tim Raynes entered another quality BMC at the weekend – this time at Lougborough in the 5000m. Running in the ‘B’ 5000m Tim set another new PB by a couple of seconds to finish 21st in a time of 14.41.83 as the winner clocked 14.18.25. After recording his latest new personal best, Tim spoke to the Club saying “Going into the race with one of the slowest PBs in the field, I knew it was going to be a case of trying to hold on to the pace for as long as possible. As the race unfolded, it proved to be the case. I ended up running it in a very similar way to the race at Sportcity last month, just going through 3k a second quicker at 8:44 but then struggling a bit over the last 2k. Felt good early on, but had to really dig in the last few laps (particularly as I ended up isolated from the main pack) to make sure I could come away with a PB. Think it’s a pretty fair reflection of my current fitness. Just hoping to get an opportunity later in the summer to be able to try and edge closer to the 14:30 mark.”
Jess Judd had a clear victory at the same meeting as she won the Women’s ‘A’ 1500m by nearly four seconds coming home in a time of 4.10.76 ahead of the thirteen strong field. Commenting to the Harriers after the Race, Jess told us “It was probably the best I’ve felt all year, really happy with the race and more importantly winning a race! Excited to see if I can move on from here but just happy to be healthy and fit at the moment”.
Rob Warner didn’t quite have the race he was envisaging as he finished with a time of 3.53.77 in his 1500m race and was his usual critical self as he explained the evenings events afterwards “Not pleased with my race at all really, looking back on it I put too much pressure on myself to get the time for the Champs next week and I ended up far too nervous. I can’t put it down to too much else as I’ve had an easier week and felt good going into the race. Guess it’s something to learn for the rest of the season and if a 3:53 is a bad result then I guess it shows how far I’ve come in the last couple of years. On the bright side, really happy to see Jess take the win and run a 4:10 virtually on her own!”.
James Marchant has run two 800m races recently settting a new PB in the first one and then equaling that time in the subsequent race. James contested the 800m again at Loughborough finishing 7th in a time of 1.55.31.
Wilmslow Half-Marathon – Sunday June 24th
Having been cancelled because of bad weather earlier in the year, the rearranged Wilmslow Half-Marathon was run in completely contrasting weather conditions with temperatures up in the mid 20’s and well over two thousand runners completing the race won by Mohammd Abu-Rezeq in 66.44. Jack Hindle and Paul Guinan were in the race for the Harriers which saw Jack have a quality run to place 11th over all in a new PB time of 73.42 some twenty seconds faster than his previous best. Paul came home in 140th place with a time of 88.56 in his first race over the distance since March 2017.
After Jack had ‘cooled down’ he spoke to the Club about the Race and his reflections on it commenting “t’s been over a year, since I last raced over the half marathon distance. And with my running going well over the past couple of months, I thought I would make the most of a break in the triathlon schedule and run at the rescheduled wilmslow half. I had set out to run sub 73, but quickly realised that the heat on the day, may play a factor. Initially I set out with a strong group of around 6 athletes, holding a strong pace. After around 4 miles, I became detached from the group and more or less ran the rest of the race on my own. With about 5 to go, I really started to struggle, and knew that the target time was slipping away. In the end I finished with 73.43, which is a PB. So I can’t be too disappointed, especially in those conditions. I know there is definitely a lot more to come over the distance, I just need to find the right race at the right time now. Well done to Guiny, who definitely suffered more than me. But a gutsy run to finish, shows he’s still got class”.
ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships – June 23 – 24th
Liberty Thompson is bottom of age U17 and entered her first ever Heptathlon at the North West Combined Events Championships at the weekend which saw her finish in 14th place with a combined total of 2691 points.
The seven events undetaken by Liberty covered the 200m, 800m, 80m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Putt and Javelin, providing a stiff test of all round athletic ability over the two days.
Liberty set a seasons best in the 800m with a time of 2.49.93, then recorded three new personal bests in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.74m, Shot Putt with a throw of 7.25m and Javelin (16.89m). In her other events Liberty clocked 31.27 in the 200m, 14.42 in the 80m Hurdles and 1.36m in the High Jump.
What a great day and fabulous performance for one of the Harriers younger athletes – William Grundy. He entered the Cholmondeley Castle Triathon and won the 8 – 10yr old Cedar Trophy.
William headed the field of one hundred and sixteen youngsters to take the Trophy in a time of 20.32min just two seconds in front of 2nd place.
Ben Wins at Horwich & Harriers Win Team – John 3rd at Sabden – Victoria Wins Hunter 5k – Aggie’s Staircase
35th Jubilee Horwich Series Race (2) – Wednesday June 20th
Race one in this Series held in May saw the Harriers provide the first five athletes home and in this latest race, the first three were once again from the Club. Ben Costello had won the first race and won again last night with a time of 27.09, a nine second improvement on his previous race. In 2nd spot came Chris Davies clocking 27.40 which also better by seventeen seconds and was followed in by Karl Billington, also running seven seconds faster in 3rd place with 27.47. Paul Guinan made it four Harriers in the first seven places and continued the run of improved times as he placed 7th overall (29.47) which was a six second improvement. Lindsay Davies came in 105th with 37.20 followed by Mick Nolan in 123rd with a time of 38.54 – on the night the Harriers added to providing the winner of the Race with the Team prize plus Chris taking 1st V40 and Paul 1st V45.
The Junior Race featuring youngsters from 7 through to 10yrs had fifty six running among which were five Blackburn Harriers. ‘Pocket Rocket’ Sam Aspey was first home for the Club in 5.53 with the winner from Leigh posting a time of 5.37. Just behind came Oliver Gill in 7th spot (6.09) and followed home by Findlay Carroll in 15th (6.34), Hannah Davies (18th) with a time of 6.38 and running for the first time for the Club – Isaac Smith and brother of Daniel – placing 31st in 7.33.
Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race – Wednesday June 20th
Two hundred and twenty four finishers in this race won by Luke Turner in a time of 37.01 which had three Blackburn Harriers competing. John Horrcoks had a very good run to come home in 3rd place clocking a time of 38.29 on what is not an esy course and told the Club afterwards that he was “Happy with that race tonight. Didn’t know how it would go due to having a few under performing races past few but set off steady as I knew it would be a quick start and managed to move up through the field on the climbs. Well done to all the Harriers who have been racing recently. Been some quality results!”
Also competing for the Harriers wre V50’s Mark and Clare Wilkin with Mark finishing in 123rd place in 54.10 and Clare 202nd with a time of 67.44.
Well over a hundred youngsters also ran in the Junior races featuring ages U7yrs through to U17’s. Charlotte Smith was the 2nd U9 girl posting a time of 3.55 whilst Imogen Dawson Robinson came 3rd in the U11 Girls race with a time of 9.50. In the U11 Boys Race Matthew Smith was the winner in 8.27 followed by Theo Dawson Robinson in 7th (9.20) and Felix Thompson 10th posting a finishing time of 9.34.The U13 Race saw Codie Dewhurst finish 2nd overall and 1st Boy in a time of 9.19 with Libby Kate Neal 8th Girl (10.44). Dexta Thompson took 3rd place in the U15 Boys (8.43) as Harry Wilkin finished 6th in the U17 Boys race in a time of 26.23.
Victoria Mousley was racing again just a couple of days after medaling at the BMAF 5k Road Championships at Horwich. This time it was at the Hunters 5k featuring seventy one finishers, held on Tuesday evening June 19th – a race won in a time of 18.40 by Robert Walsh. Victoria who ‘wasn’t pushing it after Sundays Championship Race’ was the first Woman home in a time of 19.30.
Aggie’s Staircase – Thursday June 21st
Over a hundred runners took on this popular local race – Category AS: 6.4km with 350m of climb – won comfortably by Chris Holdsworth in a time of 27.33. First athlete home for Blackburn Harriers was V45 Paul Brindle who came in 8th overall in a time of 32.54 with Joanne Nelson in 30th spot clocking 37.25, Paul Jeffries in 63rd position with a time 42.13, Allan Hartley (67th) in 43.14 and Ian Clarkson in 71st place (43.44).
Harriers Win UKYDL Division 1 Match at Trafford to stay top – PB’s galore at Podium for Harriers – Ben 2nd at Freckleton Half – Victoria 3rd V35 at BMAF 5k Championships – Pauline Wins Colshaw Hall 10k & breaks Course Record – Chris 2nd at Crazy Cow 10k
UKYDL Division 1 (Lower Age Group) at Trafford – Saturday June 16th
Another all round solid performance by the athletes at Trafford gave the Harriers an almost unassailable lead as we go in to the final fixture at Bangor on July 21st. As a result of this latest fixture the Harriers now have a lead of 4 League Points over second placed Crewe along with over a 100 Match Points adavantage too. The Team recorded nineteen wins, twenty second and twenty third places whic speaks to the consistency of the athletes throughout the day.
Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes have produced a lot of wins and points this year in the Sprints and carried on in the same vein at Trafford even thoigh they were running into a headwind, which saw Ethan finish 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m (12.5) and Kyle 1st in the ‘B’ with 12.4. Positions reversed in the 200m with Kyle 2nd in the ‘A’ (24.6) and Ethan 1st in the ‘B’ clocking 25.0. Harvey Ashworth after running his heart out in the 800m placed 5th in the ‘A’ 300m with 44.0 whilst Zac Walmsley came 3rd in the ‘B’ with 43.6. Harvey Ashworth cut a second off his 800m best to set a new PB of 2.10.9 to come hime 2nd in the ‘A’ race and backed up superbly by Hayden Mercer as he won the the ‘B’ race in 2.16.0. Before the 1500m David Holman told his Coach that he ‘always sets a new PB after he has played a football match in the morning’ and he did exactly that running 4.55.0 in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ race – a new PB by 2 seconds.
The Hurdles saw Rory Teare finish 2nd in the 80m Hurdles in 14.9 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret bagging maximum points in the ‘B’ (17.4). In the Jumps, Kyle Mashiter came 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with 5.04m supported by Rory Teare in the ‘B’ with 3.96m (4th). Rory then teamed up with Hayden Mercer to both clear 1.30m in the High Jump for 3rd spot in the ‘A’ and 2nd in the ‘B’. Matthew Heywood is setting some good standards in Throws this year and has already gained English Schools selection. At Trafford he threw 7.68m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt for 3rd spot, 27.31m in the ‘A’ Discus for 2nd and then threw a Grade 2 distance of 41.84m and new PB to win the ‘A’ Hammer. Ethan Barbarewicz backed him up in the Shot Putt with a 4th placed throw of 5.41m and 4th again in the ‘B’ Discus with 12.66m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was going between Hurdles and Hammer but still managed to win the ‘B’ Hammer with a distance of 24.29m. After winning the ‘B’ Hammer, Kyle replicated that victory in the Javelin winning the ‘B’ there too with a throw of 22.04m as Ethan Downes placed 4th in the ‘A’ (23.16m) at his first ever attempt at the event.
Starting with the throws there was a staggering performance by Grace Bontoft in her first year of competition and in her first ever Hammer competition after a short period of training. Grace finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 27.75m which certainly sets the standard for herself. Nicky Saunders won the ‘B’ Hammer with 26.75m, a new PB by nearly a metre and another member of the Harriers who has been selected for English Schools. Myah Booth came 4th in the Javelin with 20.93m. Nicky was close to her personal best in the ‘A’ Discus placing 2nd with 27.27m with Grace Bontoft taking 3rd in the ‘B’ (14.25m) and then in the Shot Putt, Grace earned more good points with a 3rd spot throw of 6.29m which saw Myah Booth comfortably win the ‘A’ with a Grade 1 distance of 10.69m.
Danielle Probert and Leah Hoole were the U15 Girl’s High Jumpers on the day with Danielle coming 4th clearing 1.25m in the ‘A’ and Leah 5th in the ‘B’ (1.15m) at her first ever attempt at the event. Amy Wiggans and Eleesha Charnley teamed up in the Long Jump with Amy clearing 4.02m in the ‘A’ (5th) and Eleesha 3.92m (4th) in the ‘B’. Some dominant running in the 75m Hurdles saw Myah Booth win the ‘A’ into a headwind in 11.9 and Lily-Mae Thomas taking 3rd in the ‘B’ with 14.1.
The 100m’s had Amy Wiggans clocking 14.3 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Abi Armas 14.6 in the ‘B’ (2nd) and in the 200m Amy ran a time of 28.8 in 5th with Maia Bowman in 4th in the ‘B’ in a time of 29.9. In the 300m Eleesha Charnley placed 3rd in the ‘A’ in a time of 45.7 as Leah Hoole came home 4th in the ‘B’ (48.5) – just one tenth outside her personal best. The two of them doubled up in the 800 where Eleesha comfortably won the ‘A’ in 2.28.4 with Leah earning 2nd spot in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.36.8. The 1500m saw Sophie Stanworth come 5th in the ‘A’ in a time of 5.22.1 and Hollie Cubbon 3rd in the ‘B’ (5.28.1).
Some pretty good running from Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allcock saw them win both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 100m in 13.4 and 14.3 respectively. Both led from the off and powered there way to the end in good times considering the wind they were running into. This season is a debut season for both of these youngsters who show such a lot of promise already. Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran the 200m after earlier doing the hurdles and took 5th places in both races with Codie clocking 32.3 in the ‘A’ and Daniel 33.2 in the ‘B’ – and this after both lads ran the Podium 2k the night before.
Another U13 Boy in his first season – Theo Watson – with not a lot of training behind him went really well in the ‘A’ 800m placing 2nd in a time of 2.34.6 after running 2.32.9 in his debut race a few weeks ago. Saul Sharp ran the best race he has ever run – not the fastest, but the best – going out from the start of the ‘B’ Race with real determination getting caught with just over 100m to go and then rallying to win by nearly two seconds in 2.42.0 to take maximum points. Daniel Smith ran a new PB in the non-scoring 800m race of 2.42.6 which was better by three seconds whilst Harry Sambrook was just two tenths outside his best time in the same race, clocking 2.46.6. A return to form from Isaac Butler saw him clock 5.01.8 for 3rd in the ‘A’ 1500m and a solid perforamnce also by Dexta Thompson in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.11.5, gaining ground right through the race as he improved his position after a steady start.
In the 75m Hurdles Daniel Smith ran 16.5 for 4th in the ‘A’ whilst Codie Dewhurst ran 16.9 for 2nd spot in the ‘B’. 100m sprinters Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allock teamed up for the Long Jump which saw the lads win a heap of points after Tobi won the ‘A with a leap of 4.30m and Harrison take 2nd in the ‘B with 3.93m whilst in the High Jump Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.20m for 3rd in the ‘A’ and Dexta Thompson gained maximum points in the ‘B’ as he was the only contestant (1.10m).
The Shot Putt saw Harrison Allock add more points as he threw 6.14m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ and a new PB with Harry Sambook supporting him in the ‘B’ taking 3rd place with 4.29m. Final throws event of the day saw Isaac Butler and Dexta Thompson take on the Javelin with Isaac 4th in the ‘A (21.73m) which was a new PB and Dexta 3rd in the ‘B’ (19.28m).
Kate Cookson and Amelia Burton got the U13 Girls effort off to a good start as Kate finished 2nd in the ‘A’ 75m in 11.2 – the same time as the winner – and Amelia also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 11.3 which equaled her personal best. On to the 150m and it was another couple of 2nd places as Kate came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 22.0 and Lucy Ramsden also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 22.9. Caroline Woodworth was just four tenths away from a new PB in the ‘A’ 800m as she placed 3rd in 2.38.7 with Kady Thompson coming home 5th in the ‘B with a time of 3.03.4. Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton were both just a second outside their best times in the 1200m as firstly Kate came 3rd in the ‘A’ race with 4.11.4 and Keira won the ‘B’ in 4.12.1 – both girls pushing one another all the way.
There was a new PB for Charlotte Clapham in the ‘B’ 70m Hurdles as she came home in 3rd with 14.9 alongside Lucy Ramsden who placed 2nd in the ‘A’ in a time of 13.5. In the Long Jump, Niamh Gater placed 5th with a jump of 3.55m ‘A’ and Molly Grimshaw 6th in the ‘B’ (3.20m). Charlotte earned her second new PB of the day as she cleared 1.25m in the ‘A’ High Jump (2nd) and Amelia Burton came 3rd in the ‘B’ with a clearance of 1.15m. The Shot Putt realised maximum points for the Harriers as Aimee Taberner won the ‘A with 6.32m and Tilly Pollard the ‘B’ (6.21m).
Podium 5k – Friday June 15th
Some great racing and at the Podium, a new Race Record and a host of new PB’s for the Harriers – six in total.
Photo’s courtesy of David Balshaw
The Sub 16.30 race was won in a new Race Record time of 14.05 by Richard Allen and well clear of second placed George Lowry in 14.53. Just one second separated Chris Richards 3rd (15.05) and Chris Arthur in 4th spot with a new PB time by six seconds of 15.06. Jack Hindle had a great race too cutting 10 seconds off his best time to set a new PB of 15.26 in 11th place with Marc Hartley one place further back in 15.29 – this was a great way to celebrate his debut for Blackburn Harriers as this time was also a new PB for him by ten seconds. Ben Costello continued the great run of form by the Harriers on the night with his own 10 second new PB time of 15.40 in 19th place overall.
The ‘A’ Race featured fifty six athletes and was won by Luke Turner in 15.59. Paul Bradshaw had a solid run in 23rd place with a time of 17.23 with Paul Guinan a couple of places further back in 25th clocking 17.27 which was a seasons best. New member John Foster was another Harrier who set a new PB on the night as he posted a time of 17.57 in 37th spot followed by U17 Harry Wilkin who cut his previous best time by half a minute to set a new PB of 18.52 in 51st position.
The ‘B’ Race had a massive field of one hundred and fifty eight runners which had Mark Almond, Gary Pearse and Paul Whittaker all competing for the Harriers. V45 Mark clocked 19.30 in 24th place – V50 Gary placed 49th in 20.13 in what was his first ever recorded 5k road race and Paul came home in 108th place with a time of 23.11 in his first 5k road race too.
Three Races for the Juniors involving twenty seven in the U7/U9 Race – sixty in the U11/U13 Race and twenty one in the U15/U17 Race, totalling over a hundred youngsters which was great to see.
U9 Charlotte Smith came home in 12th place with a time of 4.45 in the first race covering U7 and U9 youngsters. In the U11 and U13 Race Codie Dewhurst had a cracking run finishing 5th overall out of the sixty young atletes clocking a time of 7.41 and just behind him came Daniel Smith in 7th (7.49), Matthew Smith in 9th with 7.56 and Oliver Gill in 11th (8.02) which gave the lads four of the top 11 places. Felix Thompson finished in 27th (8.52) followed by Imogen Robinson in 31st (8.57) and 2nd girl on the night and Tippi Francis in 56th place in a time of 11.49.
Freckleton Half -Marathon – Sunday June 17th
Three hundred and fifty six finishers in the annual Freckleton Half-Marathon which witnessed a great tussle between the two front runners in this race – John Mason and nine-times race winner Ben Fish.
Mason eventually took the win in a very good time of 67.19 with Ben taking 2nd spot in 67.57. Commenting to the Club after the race Ben who ran his second fastest time ever on the Course said that “John Mason had pushed me close in the past. I gave it my best shot, I was determined to make it an honest race. I thought the tactic was working, had a gap after 5 miles, but couldn’t respond when John went past in the last 1.5 mile”. Derek Reilly had a pretty solid run in 33rd place clocking 88.42 as did Carol Reilly in 139th position with a time of 1hr 45.26.
BMAF 5k – Sunday June 17th
A larger than usual field this year for the BMAF 5k Road Championships which featured one hundred and sixty nine athletes – the race being won by Darrell Hastie in 15.31 and the first eight across the line all under 16 minutes.
Victoria Mousely and Carmen Byrne had entred for the Harriers which saw Victoria finish in 70th place overall with a time of 18.46 placing her 3rd in the V35 Age Category – Carmen came home in 86th spot with a time of 19.34 giving her 6th place in the V40 Women’s category. After the Race, both athletes spoke to the Club about their races and the build up to it as Victoria commented that she “wasn’t sure how I’d get on on Sunday as I’d felt a bit under the weather the day before. It was clearly a larger field than last year. The weather was nice and apart from the slightly cramped and chaotic start the race was fairly incident free. Three laps. The first felt awful and then settled into my stride a bit. I had a battle at the end with the same lady I battled with last year. I was pleased to finish in the exact same time as last year. A year older but no slower. I’ll take that”.
Carmen told us“There was no hiding in this 5k from my lack of running speedwork over the past 6weeks because of injury. So, with only just getting back running in the past 10 days I can’t be too disappointed to have run a well paced race and look forward to seeing the benefit of regular speed sessions again”.
(L-R Victoria Mousley – Claire Leaver-Hewitt – Carmen Byrne)
Colshaw Hall 10k – Sunday June 17th
Over 1000 finishers in this race won by Richard Coen in 33.25, and there was another top run by Pauline Powell as she won the Women’s Race in a seasons best time of 37.23 coming home in 27th place overall, 1st Woman and 1st V45 – breaking the Course Record on the way. This latest run sees Pauline at 5th in the Women’s V45 National rankings.
Pauline spoke to the Club after the race finished telling us that she “Really enjoyed the race although it was a tough undulating course and windy conditions! So was pleased with my time and i broke the course record. I felt really good so now looking forward to another race!”
Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday June 17th
Well over five hundred runners in this Race won in previous years by the Harriers Chris Davies. He had to settle for 2nd spot this year as the Race was won by Simon Croft in a time of 33.36.70 with Chris in 2nd place clocking 34.15.52 which was a seasons best. Lindsay Davies had a good run too, setting a new PB by nine seconds for the distance of 46.23.45 in 67th place overall and 2nd V45 Woman.
What a good run by 9yr old Sam Aspey as he won the Fun Run in a time of 4.38.95 and another good run too for Eva Knowles who was third overall and first girl in a time of 4.59.87.
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