Category Archives: Endurance
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.
Back to Back 3.48’s for Rob over 1500m – Jess competes in Ostrava 1500m – Aysha raising money for Alder Hey – Win for Harry at Grasmere
Watford BMC – Wednesday June 13th
Rob Warner made the break through over 1500m last year when he beat the 3.50 barrier for the first time. In June Rob has consolidated that form with consecutive runs of 3.48 at Loughborough and on Wednesday at Watford clocking 3.48.64 in 6th place. Following the race Rob spoke to the Harriers and said that it was “really nice to backup my PB with another 3:48, there was a lot in the race so it made it quite messy for the first 600 but then it started settle down. I got in a good position with 500 to go and felt as though I could have kicked on for a 3:46/47 but my legs just died a bit on me in the last 200! But overall very pleased and managed to finish ahead of some decent guys in a strong field”.
After running a seasons best 800m at Loughborough on June 6th Jess Judd – currently in 8th place in the 1500m National Rankings – was competing in an IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Ostrava – on June 13th – coming home in 9th place with a time of 4.10.07. Afterwards, Jess spoke to the Club about her race commenting “Ostrava was going really well up until about a lap to go where I just started to tire, and badly tired with 200m to go meaning I lost a good position and the chance of a good time! Happy to have learnt lots from the race and have struggled this year since Australia and the track season has been a bit of an odd one! Feel like Ostrava was a step in the right direction just not quite where I want to be yet”.
Aysha’s Fundraising for the Alder Hey Neurosurgery department
Aysha Karolia is an U17 member of Blackburn Harriers who competes in Hurdles and Sprints and is hoping to do a colour obstacle rush for Alder Hey Children’s Charity because she would like to support neurosurgery at Alder Hey.
WHY IS SHE DOING THIS?
Let Aysha explain:
“My name is Aysha, and I have undergone surgery, after 2 years of investigations. Recently I had to undergo a discectomy/nerve root decompression due to having degenerative disc disease which is unusual for someone of my age. (This causes a pain down either one or both sides of the leg unfortunately for me it was both after a fall and caused me to be at risk of slowly losing sensation in my legs). After my 3 month recovery and the rehab which follows-which I’m currently in now, and after being given the go ahead I am hoping to resume athletics. Sadly, I won’t be able to return to my previous fantastic running group, the Blackburn 5K in case I have a relapse. So, i am planning to do a short fun run/obstacle course instead of a 5K, to raise money.
Hopefully, I will recover fully and be able to return to Blackburn Harriers, to train and get ready for competitions mid 2019. I hope to do this to mark my recovery but more importantly to raise money for the fantastic neurosurgery department at Alder Hey so they can carry on with the amazing work they do everyday”.
If you would like to support Aysha and Alder Hey you can do this by making a donation via the JustGiving page which has been set up and can be accessed⇒⇒⇒ HERE
Grasmere Gallop – Sunday June 3rd
Harry Wilkin went to this race – 5.7km – with the intention of winning it after coming so close the year before; And he did just that coming home 1st in a time of 23.10.6 which made him the overall race winner and 1st Junior. Mark and Clare Wilkin also ran the race which saw Mark clocking 27.49 to finish 4th Senior and Clare 34.35 in 12th position.
Night of PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Ben takes 2nd place in Potteries ‘Arf – New 200m PB for Ross at Northern Championships – Weets Fell Race – Carmen 2nd in Rochdale 3 Day Event & Joanne Wins Knowl Hill Fell Race – Top 6 for Ben & 2nd Woman for Victoria at Catforth 10k
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 12th
A good night for the Harriers at the latest Trafford meeting with a number of athletes all improving their personal bests. The evening kicked off with a great 3000m ‘A’ Race which saw Blackburn Harriers Tim Raynes whose 3000m personal best was 8.34.14 get in amongst a field featuring athletes with personal bests from 7.46 through to 8.30. Tim eventually finished 17th clocking a time just half a second outside his best of 8.34.66 as the race was won by Jonny Mellor in a time of 8.04.39 from Tom Lancashire in 2nd and Charlie Hulson in 3rd – just a second separating the three of them at the line.
James Marchant ran the second race in the BMC 800m (RESULTS) equaling his personal best in a time of 1.53.30 set at Loughborough just a week ago and showing great consistency of form.
(James Marchant Number 611)
Over on the Field, Tony Balko (V50) was setting the sixth new personal best on the night for the Harriers with a new PB in the Discus (1.5kg) winning the event with a throw of 36.55m – following that up with a 3rd place throw of 10.48m in the Shot Putt (6kg).
Joe Gebbie and Sam Hodkinson ran the 800m in Heat 4, both of them having great runs to record new PB’s. U20 Joe went into the race with a best of 2.05.7 and ran a great back straight and home straight to chop a huge three and half seconds off he time to set a new PB of 2.02.1 in 3rd place. Bottom of age U17 Sam emulated that run as he cut nearly three seonds of his best for a new PB of 2.04.9 in 7th position.
U17 Maddie Elliott made it three new PB’s on the night as she chopped four and half seconds off her best time to-date coming home in 4th place with a new PB of 2.16.36 as did U20 Freya Black who bettered her previous best time by two and half seconds to set a new PB of 2.24.78 in 5th spot – a 13 second improvement over last year. Eleesha Charnley was the first girl home in this Heat with a time of 2.23.27. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran in the next Heat and clocked a time of 2.25.42 in 8th place followed by U17 Amy Davies in the final 800m Heat of the night where she placed 2nd in 2.30.54, a couple of seconds outsider her best over the distance. Katie Buckingham made it five new PB’s on the night as she broke the 5 minute barrier for just the second time over 1500m clocking a new best time of 4.58.51.
Potteries ‘Arf – Sunday June 10th
Ben Fish took on the Potteries ‘Arf, which is a notoriously tough race even without the heat of the summer that the athletes encountered last Sunday. Over two thousand entered the race which was eventually won by Matt Clowes in a time of 66.53 with Ben in 2nd place and two minutes clear of 3rd, clocking 69.18.
Afrer the race, Ben shared his thoughts with the Club commenting “Yeah it was tough, I knew Clowes was running and if he was in top form I’d have my work cut out. I had a go and we were together for the first few miles. After that he got away and ran a phenomenal time on that course, taking 45 secs off the record. I was a little disappointed I wasn’t closer and think I should have run 30-45 secs quicker”.
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall Photos)
Ross Liddle set a new personal best for the 200m at the Northern Athletics Championships over the weekend. Ross qualified for the Final from his Heat clocking a new PB time of 22.73 before placing 7th in the Final with a time of 22.84. Dominic Bretherton ran the 100m posting 11.84 in his Heat to miss out on qualification for the Final.
Weets Fell Race – Saturday June 9th
Race 6 in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series was on the Fells which saw a new Course Record set by the winner – Gary Priestley – in a time of 37.09.
John Horrocks had a very solid run in 16th place overall psoting a time of 42.57 with V50 Gary Pearse in 49th place in a time of 48.41. In the Junior Races Dexta Thompson ran the U15 Race which seemed unduly long as he placed 3rd overall in a time fo 43.15. The U13’s Race had four Blackburn Harriers running with Daniel Smith 5th (4.07), Codie Dewhurst 6th (4.13), Oliver Gill 7th (4.14) and Libby Neal 16th in a time of 4.53. The U11’s Race had thirty nine youngsters with Imogen Robinson 5th in 3.02, brother Theo Robinson in 8th place (3.07) and Felix Thompson 11th in 3.11.
Keith Gill was watching the action for the Harriers and commented “First up were the U11’s with 3 runners. Performance of the day came from Imogen Dawson-Robinson, after a strong climb she took a very heavy fall on the fastest part of the decent. After a short dusting down, she sprinted to the finish and with a big smile was the first Harrier home in 3:02 for 5th place and 2nd girl. Amazing. Next was Theo Dawson-Robinson in 3:07 for 8th overall closely followed by Felix Thompson in 3:11 for 11th place overall. Next was the U13 race with 4 runners. The 3 boys were closely grouped for most of the race, Daniel Smith found a bit of space during the decent and was first Harrier home in 4:07 and 5th overall, closely followed by Codie Dewhurst in 4.13 and 6th place and Oliver Gill 4:14 for 7th place. Next Harrier home after a solid all round run was Libby-Kate Neal with 4:53 and 16th place overall. Finally the last Junior race was the U15s with just 1 runner, Dexta Thompson. Race details were nowhere to be seen at registration a bit of digging revealed “start with the main race and the marshalls will turn you round at an earlier point”. Expecting a short training run, Dexta had to adapt to a long gruelling course, and 43 mins 15 seconds later returned to the finish for 3rd place”.
Knowl Hill Fell Race – Sunday June 10th
This Race featured one hundred and eighty four finishers and was the third of three races making up the Rochdale 3 Day event which Carmen Byrne had entered. She had a very good weekend too – finishing 2nd Woman overall and 1st V40 Woman.
Her cumulative time total for the three races was 2hrs 29.49 just 12 seconds in front of 3rd place and over two minutes behind the winner. Race 1 saw her placed 21st overall, 3rd woman and 1st V40 – onto Day 2 where she finished 16th overall, 2nd Woman and 1st V40 again and on Day 3 on the Knowl Hill Fell Race she placed 51st overall, 5th Woman and made it a hat-trick of V40 wins. In this race she was joined by Harriers Joanne Nelson and Paul Brindle – which had Joanne winning the Women’s Race and also the V45 category in a time of 57.10 with Paul in 35th clocking 58.17 and Carmen 51st in a time of 60.41.
Catforth 10k – Sunday June 10th
One hundred and fifty two runners braced the blistering heat of the day at Catforth 10k which saw Ben Costello finish in 6th spot overall clocking a time of 35.34 – Victoria Mousley came across the finish line in 14th spot in 39.26 which earned her the runner up prize in the Women’s Race.
(Victoria receiving her prize from Terry Lonergan)
V60 Tony Greenwood finished 17th overall out of a field eighty six in the City of Manchester 5k Series – Race (1) – posting a time of 19.03.
And for something a little different – Jan Buckingham and Michelle Teare had a go at the Ribble Valley 100km Sportive at the weekend – Jan commenting that it was “a tough little event, the Ribble Valley 100km sportive today. Very hilly over the hills and Dales of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Just over 5 hours, Mrs T a mountain goat, kept me going”.
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