Category Archives: Endurance
Holly takes 2nd place in Diamond League Pole Vault – Chris Wins Keswick Half-Marathon – Steven makes Top 5 at Coniston – Harriers at BUCS
The first Diamond League fixture of 2018 took place in Doha on Friday May 4th which featured Blackburn Harriers Holly Bradshaw in the Women’s Pole Vault.
Holly cleared 4.64m at her first attempt and then went on to try and clear 4.74m. Sandi Morris from the US ran out the eventual winner clearing 4.84 with four athletes – Holly Bradshaw, Katie Nageotte, Nikoletta Kiriakopoulou and Katerina Stefanidi all on 4.64m. Holly took the 2nd spot on count back which was a very good result in a field containing some of the worlds best women pole vaulters.
(Holly with the other Pole Vault competitors in Doha)
Keswick Half-Marathon – Sunday May 6th
It was a blistering day and those athletes who turned up to run the Keswick Half-Marathon knew they were in for a ‘roasting’ – all seven hundred and thirty three of them. Chris Arthur was a comfortable winner of the race clocking a time of 73.30 which is extremely impressive given the nature of the course and the weather conditions on top. He was nearly eight minutes in front of the second and third placed runners – Gareth Pritchard (81.19) and Sparrow Morley (81.56).
After the Race, Chris shared his thoughts with the Club, telling us that it was “Another brilliantly organised race in the North Lakes with a tonne of support out on the route. Certainly not a PB course but I doubt there’s a more scenic one in this country. Pace was pretty much where I wanted it half way, with the intention of picking it up in the (relatively) flatter second half. Unfortunately my legs had other ideas and it became a slow plod back into Keswick. Whether the heat sapped all my energy or I’d overestimated how much there was in the first place I couldn’t say… still, it was all I had yesterday so I can’t ask for more than that”.
Coniston – May 5th
Two hundred and forty seven runners turned out at Coniston this year in the heat of the Bank Holiday weekend. Ian Holmes won the Race comfortably in 1hr 15.22 from Peter Davis in 2nd place (1hr 20.54).
Blackburn Harrier Steven Snape who has been in very good form on the Fells this year, maintained that as he finished 5th in 1hr 22.38. However, and unfortunately, taking a wrong line cost him the chance of 2nd spot as he explained to the Club after the Race “Fantastic day racing in the lakes. I held onto the legendary Ian Holmes for the majority of the race until the last descent where I lost touch of him and from there I lost a lot of time taking a wrong line and slightly lost which cost me a lot of time and a further 3 places. I will learn from it but I’m feeling strong ready for the inter counties in 2 weeks”. V50 John Orrell ran the Race too, finishing in a time of 2hrs 09.21 in 220th place.
BUCS at Bedford – 5 – 7th May
The British University T&F Athletics Championships are one of the highlights of the year when some of the Best young athletes in the country get selected by their Universities to compete against one another and this year, at Bedford.
Five Blackburn Harriers competed in the Championships – Joe Howe in the 3000m Steeplechase – Morgan Angland in the 100m clocking 13.31 in Heat (4) – Katie Buckingham in the 1500m running a time of 5.03.75 in Heat 1 finishing in 9th spot – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh also in the same Heat 1 of the 1500m where she placed 13th in a time of 5.14.94 and Roxanne Oliver in the 100m Hurdles, running in Heat 3 a seasons best time of 15.12 (5th) and also part of the 4 x 100m Relay squad which took 5th place.
Joe Howe set a new personal best for himself in the 3000m Steeplechase race on Saturday, posting a time of 10.06.40, qualifying for the Final which was held on Monday. Joe was ill all over the weekend but still ran the Final rather than withdraw, clocking a time of 10.48.72 and afterwards Joe let the Club know how the weekend went for him saying that he “had a decent run on Saturday in the steeplechase qualifying for the final in 10.06. Unfortunately I was quite ill for the rest of the weekend and probably should have missed the race today – decided to run anyway and struggled around. A little disappointed because I know I should be able to run sub 10 but hopefully that’ll come later this season”.
The athletes spoke to the Club about their weekend experiences with Katie Buckingham telling us “I had a decent 1500m slightly off pb pace but still a good season opener, and an entertaining 4×400 leg in a team of cross country runners! Great weather, great team, great event, and a good way to end my 3 years running for UoN”……… Roxanne Oliver said that she “Made it to the semi’s in the hurdles and we came 5th in the 4x100m final! Left with an injured knee but I have thoroughly enjoyed my last ever BUCS outdoors”.
Morgan Angland commented “due to an injury I pulled out of my hurdles. But I enjoyed my first experience of BUCS and looking forward to coming back injury-free”……...Elleen Sagar-Hesketh said “Well it was an okay run out, still early season really so lots of time to get my time down”.
Jan Buckingham has recently taken up competing in Duathlons, the latest one being the Clumber Park event which had been rearranged after falling foul of the ‘beast from the east’. Jan competed in the Sprint Duathlon and came home in 260th place out of a three hundred and twenty four strong field, posting a combined time for the two runs and bike ride of 1hr 28.39.
Speaking to the Club after having been caught on the M62 traffic jam for six hours!! an exasperated Jan told the Club that she “Had a go at the Clumber Park Duathlon today. A fantastic rearranged event from March, as it was postponed due to the weather. Needless to say, it was glorious, even a bit warm really. Was especially pleased with my bike element as not raced at that pace before. The two runs were expected as I only have one ‘slow’ speed!”
Harriers Win in Northern League – Harriers Win Team at Astley Park – Tom 1st Junior Man at Gt. Hambledon Hill Race – Gt. Hambledon Junior Races
Brilliant sunshine greeted the athletes at the first fixture of this years Northern League Division 2WC at Witton Park.The Club went into the fixture with quite a lot of athletes missing but still managed to secure athletes to compete in every event which was a huge plus. Special mention to the ‘new and the old’ team of Tony Balko and Anthony Kent along with Anna Peers who took on all of the Senior throws and to some of the sprinters and hurdlers who were stepping up to this level of competition for the first time. Similarly in the endurance events with first appearances on the track for Ben Costello in the 5000m, Joe Gebbie in the 800m, Sam Hodkinson in the 4 x 400m. Bailey Madden, Millie Coy, Jonathan Gough, Chris Brand, Macy Howarth, Liberty Thompson and Aysha Karolia also making their debuts in the Senior League. Great also to see a return to Northern league competition for Paul Bradshaw who had made the trip from Cardiff in order to compete.
(L-R Millie Coy – Solomon Brown – Bailey Madden – Dom Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Old Geezer – Ramzi Dabbar (BBH Sprint Coach) – Charlie Coy – Teigan Fawcett)
Hammer, Long Jump and Pole Vault are always the first events of the day in the Northern League which saw Macy Howarth pick up points in this event, clearing 1.80m for 2nd place in the ‘A’. Bailey Madden – 4th in the ‘A’ with 4.67m and Chloe Bleeks – 2nd in the ‘B’ with 4.57m teamed up in the Long Jump to set new PB’s. Tony Balko won the ‘A’ Hammer (7.26kg) with a new PB of 35.80m – all three events and performances helping to set the tone for the Club for the rest of the day.
The Track programme got under way with Long Hurdles which saw Millie Coy and Aysha Karolia taking on the event for the first ever time – Millie placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (68.6) and Aysha bravely 6th in the ‘B’ (76.8). The Men’s 400m Hurdles saw Solomon Brown and Nick Smith pick up maximum points by winning ‘A’ and ‘B’ races – Solomon 1st in 59.9 a new massive PB by nearly five seconds and 1st for Nick in 61.3 – his first ever attempt at the event. In the Sprint Hurdles Chloe Bleeks clocked 17.7 in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles for 4th place – a new PB by two seconds – with Nicholas Smith (4th) in the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles in 20.1 and John iLunga 3rd in the ‘B’ Race in 20.0.
Dominic Bretherton equaled his personal best in the ‘B’ 100m in 2nd place (11.2) and set a new PB in the 200m ‘A’ race of 23.00 (4th). Brandon Zinyemba took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.2 which also equaled his best time and took 2nd in the ‘B’ 200m in 22.6 – a big new PB by four tenths. Bailey Madden set two new PB’s in the Sprints with a 2nd placed 12.7 in the ‘A’ 100, repeating that in the ‘B’ (2nd) in 26.00 – a new PB by half a second. Chloe Bleeks equaled her best time in the ‘B’ 100m (3rd) clocking 13.3 as Charlie Coy knocked a tenth off her 200m time setting a new PB of 27.4 in the ‘B’ 200m (3rd). Charlie then ran 61.6 in the ‘A’ 400m for 4th spot as Hannah Cookson, showing a return to form placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 66.2. Great to see ‘Braddy’ (Paul Bradshaw) back on the track in the 400m taking 3rd spot in the ‘A’ in 52.7 with Bradley Meikleham posting a new PB in the ‘B’ Race (57.5).
The high temperatures made it tough going in the longer races. In the 800m Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ race and knocked two seconds of he best to set a new PB of 2.02.7 in 4th place with Joe Gebbie in his debut in the Senior League also placing 4th in the ‘B’ with 2.05.8. Tim doubled up in the 1500m and finished 3rd in the ‘A’ race with 4.08.1 as Karl Billington won the ‘B’ in 4.26.2 to gain valuable points for the team. Chris Davies (3rd in the ‘A’) and Paul Bradshaw (2nd in the ‘B’) teamed up in the 300m Steeplechase posting respective times of 10.56.6 and 11.11.3 whilst in the 5000m Ben Fish and Ben Costello took maximum points with Ben Fish winning the ‘A’ in 15.18.5 and Ben Costello on his track debut winning the ‘B’ in 16.11.0.
A number of the athletes had run London recently and were recovering from that experience in the heat – Chris Davies, Ben Fish – as was Joanne Nelson who won the ‘A’ 3000m in a time of 11.01.1 and backed up by Carmen Byrne in the ‘B’ (2nd) in 11.58.2 after setting off like a rocket to post 72 seconds for the first lap! Freya Black made her debut in the Senior League and set a new PB by four seconds as she finished 4th in the ‘A’ race in 2.27.6 with Hannah Cookson running a very solid time of 2.30.1 for 4th place. Maddie Elliott ran a very good race as she battled it out with Katie Oakley to push on in the last lap and win the ‘A’ 1500m in 4.55.1.
After winning the ‘A’ Hammer, Tony Balko went on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 30.71m as debutant Anthony Kent opened his Senior League career by winning the ‘A’ with 35.31m and a new PB by over two metres. On to the Shot Putt where Anthony Kent set another new PB of 11.51m in 2nd place with Tony Balko also taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with a seasons best throw of 9.67m. Tony then won the ‘B’ Javelin with a distance of 31.52m as Anthony placed 5th in the ‘A’ with 32.26m. Anna Peers kept the points tally for the team on the move as she placed 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (27.00m), won the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 36.64m and then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a seasons best throw of 37.76m, finishing her day off with a 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot (10.26m). Supporting Anna in the ‘B’ Throws were Teigan Fawcett who won the ‘B’ Discus with 19.56m, Millie Coy winning the ‘B’ Javelin with 29.65m – her first time ever throw with the Senior weight and Abigail Brown – 3rd in the Shot Putt with 6.79m. A great contribution of points won by the Teams throwers which helped considerably to the eventual win on the day for the Harriers.
Yet another young athlete making their debut in the Senior League was Jonathan Gough who leapt to a new PB of 11.75m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 3rd place with John iLunga who had come into the competition having been ill all week, in 4th spot in the ‘B’ (10.04m). Sprinter Brandon Zinyemba took on the Long Jump for the first ever time and leapt out to 5.60m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ with Nicholas Massey in 2nd place in the ‘B’ (4.94m). The High Jump saw Nicholas Smith who hasn’t high jumped for two years, take 2nd spot in the ‘A’ with a clearance of 1.55m as John iLunga also took 2nd in the ‘B’ (1.50m). Macy Howarth took on the Triple Jump for the first time and posted a jump of 8.37m in 6th spot as Teigan Fawcett – 5th in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.35m and Liberty Thompson – 3rd in the ‘B’ with 1.35m completed the Jumps events for the day.
Rounding off the day were the Relays an event which usually ends up with all the athletes screaming themselves hoarse as their teams battle it out with each other over the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400m. Cracking perforamnces by the teams on the day tinged with some disappointment for the Harriers as they won the Men’s 4 x 100m with Dominic Bretherton, Chris Brand, Nick Massey and Brandon Zimyemba only to be disqualified for running out of the box on handover 3. In the Women’s Relays, the team – Baily Madden, Chloe Bleeks, Teigan Fawcett – Millie Coy – came 2nd in the 4 x 100m in a time of 51.6 and 2nd too in the 4 x 400m – Hannah Cookson – Maddie Elliott – Freya Black – Charlie Coy in a time of 4.16.2. The Men also took 2nd spot in the 4 x 400m Relay clocking 3.36.6.
Astley Park Trail Race – Wednesday May 2nd
First race of the Series this year saw one hundred and twenty five athletes complete the Senior Race with the Harriers taking three of the first five places and winning the Team prize on the night.
A great run from Josh Holgate saw him cross the finish line in 2nd spot with a time of 24.58 with V40 Mat Nuttall in 3nd place and 2nd V40 with 25.29 and V40 Chris Davies in 5th clocking 25.47. Next home came Paul Guinan in 11th with a time of 26.49 followed by Allan Hartley in 55th (33.32), Michael Nolan in 75th (35.14) and Lorna Sharp (96th) in a time of 38.48.
Nearly as many contested the Junior race with one hundred and eighteen youngsters turning out with seven for the Harriers among them.
Oliver Gill led the Harriers home in 21st position and 2nd in the M10 age Category with a time of 6.03 with Codie Dewhurst in 26th in a time of 6.08 and 2nd in the M11 category. What a great run too from 8yr old William Grundy who won his age category and came 41st overall in 6.24, followed by Harry Sambrook – 9th in the M11 ‘s clocking 6.37. In the F9 age category, Hannah Davies came 2nd in 6.56 and 72nd overall with Isabelle Hartley – 4th in the F11’s – 74th overall in 7.00 and Lulu Sharp – 3rd in the F8’s, 98th overall running a time of 8.03.
Gt. Hambledon Hill Race – Sunday May 6th
Two hundred and twenty eight runners on a red hot day took on this race won by Michael Malyon in a time of 40.15. Five Blackburn Harriers were out in the sun having a go at this one.
(Gt. Hambledon Photos courtesy of David Belshaw & Richard Marchant)
Great run from Thomas Marchant finishing 7th overall in a time of 44.18, taking the 1st Junior Man’s prize too. V50 Gary Pearse was next home for the Club in 46th position (50.29) with V40 Paul Whittaker in 134th spot clocking a time of 61.30 and Richard Taylor (V50) in 159th place in a time of 66.02.
The Gt. Hameldon Hill Junior Races were also run – featuring three age categories of U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17.
The Harriers athletes – Codie Dewhurst, Daniel Smith, Saul Sharp, Oliver Gill, Felix Thompson, Theo Robinson, Libby Neal and Tippi Francis all ran in the U11/U13 Race.
Codie Dewhurst is coming on leaps and bounds and showed it again today finishing 3rd overall and 2nd M13 in 11.16. Next through the line came Daniel Smith (4th in the M13’s), 6th overall and clocking 11.48. In sixth place in the M13 category and 9th overall came Saul Sharp in a time of 11.53 with Oliver Gill in 18th overall and 10th M13 (12.23).
First M11 home for the Harriers was Felix Thompson – 26th overall and 10th M11 in a time of 13.06, followed by Theo Robinson (16th M11) and 32nd overall clocking 13.18. F13 Libby Neal took 46th spot overall and 8th F13 in a time of 14.26 with F11 Tippi Francis placing in 69th position overall, 10th F11 running a time of 16.26.
Rob opens Track Season in good form – Harriers at Anniversay Waltz and Three Peaks – Geoff Doggett Memorial 5k
BMC Gold Standard Races – May 2nd
Rob Warner is into this years Track season in pretty good early form. On April 4th he ran a 3000m at Watford to finish 3rd in 8.35.91, then won a 3000m at Loughborough on April 28th in a time ten seconds quicker (8.25.78) and followed that up with his first appearance over 1500m at the Watford BMC on May 2nd. Rob set new personal best at all distances from 800m through to 10000m on the track last year, finishing with a 1500m PB of 3.49.12. Wednesday saw Rob finish 3rd in the Watford BMC meeting in a time of 3.52.40 which is some three seconds faster than his opening 1500m in 2017 and a pointer to another lowering of personal bests this year too. Pleased with his seasons opening races, Rob spoke to the Club saying “very pleased with how the first few races have gone, in a much better place for the 1500 than this time last year so looking forward to see if I can get down under 3:47 this year!“
Anniversary Waltz Fell Race – April 22nd
This was the last ever Anniversary Waltz and won by Sam Stead in a time of 1hr 40.04 – and was run in memory of Steve Cliff who was remembered on the Race Website “On January 11th 2018 Steve lost his couragous battle with MND. Steve was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. His drive and passion to support the MND Association in trying to wipe out this dreadful disease was second to none. Since his diagnosis in 2015 Steve has been instrumental in raising an incredable £775,000.00 through his own individual challenge events and with his colleagues at Credit Suisse.Steve’s lasting legacy is his detemination and defiance of this terrible disease and that one day we will have a world free from MND”.
Four Blackburn Harriers paid their own tribute to Steve Cliff and the Race by running – Steven Snape, Craig Greenough, John Orrell and Richard Taylor. Steven crossed the finish line for the Harriers in 6th position overall with a time of 1hr 48.36 followed by Craig in a time of 2hr 22.15 (140th). V50 John Orrell finished in 337th place with a time of 2hr 52.15 with Richard Taylor in 3hr 16.53 (424th) who had his own personal and emotional reasons for running the race as he explained to the Club “The Anniversary Waltz was my first Lakeland Fell race 10 years ago. This year was my 4th time. It carries some of my best memories and is without doubt my favourite race and means a lot to my family. Jackie and I took part together for our Silver Wedding in 2013 and it was perhaps Beckie’s best race in 2012, when she won aged only 18. The race was set up in the 90s to celebrate the wedding of Steve and Wynn Cliff of Bowland Fell Runners. Unfortunately Steve passed away recently following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease diagnosed around two years ago. So this was to be the last running in his memory and hence the record turnout. I’d just like to say thank you to Wynn and Steve for providing my family and I, and a host of runners, with fantastic memories that we can treasure.”
Three Peaks Race – Saturday April 28th
Seven Hundred and one completed the Race won by Tom Owens in a time of 2hr 49.08 from Murray Strain in 2nd (2hr 52.36 and Ricky Lightfoot in 3rd (2hr 53.48). Craig Greenough and Ian Clarkson ran the race for Blackburn Harriers which saw Craig who had run the Anniversary Waltz the week before, clock a time of 4hr 27.53 to come home in 352nd spot and Ian Clarkson in 621st crossing the finish line in 5hr 06.59.
Geoff Doggett Memorial 5k Cowm Race – May Day 2018
Onne hundred and thirty seven athletes ran in this race won by Salford’s Billy McCartney in a time of 16.50. Blackburn Harriers Carly Edwards..had a very good run finishing 27th overall, 4th Woman and in a good time of 20.35. Carly spoke to the Club after the Race telling us “I’ve recently upped my training and have been extending my longer runs with a view to taking part in a couple of target races later in the year. I’ve been running my longer runs at a decent pace and feel that in order to maintain speed it’s important to include a few mid week burnouts. I think I’m more of a distance runner but I’m hoping by keeping my quality sessions along with a few week mid races that I will improve my times in all distances. I’m currently averaging at around 40-50 miles per week with around 3 decent sessions and my longer run being as close to target pace as possible. It’s all about building confidence”.
Harriers Win UKYDL Division 1 Match – 13 Harriers Run London – Matt 2nd North West Counter in Mini-Marathon – Ben 2nd at Ron Hill 10k & Pauline wins Women’s Race – Jack Wins Clitheroe Triathlon – More Results
UKYDL – Division 1
Last year the Harriers won Division 2 of the UKYDL to gain promotion to Division 1, which was a great performance by them and one which showed real consistency throughout the season. Stepping up to Division 1 meant that the Club lost some of the promotion team as they graduated to U17 age group competition whilst at the same time, gaining a whole group of new U13’s emerging from Sportshall competition and junior cross country, who had very little competition experience at this level. But what a team performance they put on as they took on Crewe & Nantwich AC, Lancaster & Morecambe AC, Menai AC, Team I.O.M and Trafford AC winning the fixture overall from Crewe & Nantwich in 2nd place and Trafford in 3rd. Showing great consistency throughout the day, the Harriers scored more Points in the Field Events than any other Team and were just behind Trafford in Track Points won.
It is difficult to include every last performance on the day covering so many athletes and events. The U15 Boys excelled posting nine wins, six second and three third places as well as putting in sixteen new personal bests. The U15 Girls took five wins, four second and seven third places and posted ten new personal bests. In the U13 age group, many of whom were competing at this level and in their events for the first time, the boys posted one win, five second and four third places alongside setting eight new personal bests whilst the girls had four wins, five second and four third places and set thirteen new personal bests. Overall that meant the Team had nineteen wins, twenty second and eighteen third places coupled with a massive forty seven new PB’s. Young athletes always post a succession of new personal bests but they still have to perform. Big congratulations to all of them, their Coaches who support them throughout the year and their Team Managers – Danny Teare for the Boys and Chris and Nicola Thompson for the Girls.
Thanks to U17 Sam Hodkinson who finished his Training Session in the morning and then stayed the rest of the day to support the Team and take photos of many of the athletes and to the Announcer on the day – John Cookson.
Highlights included the emergence of new sprinting duo in the U15 Boys which saw Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes win both the 100/200m double – Kyle running 11.8 and 24.6 whilst Ethan posted 12.1 and 24.9 all new PB’s. Harvey Ashworth set a new PB in the 800m by four seconds with his 3rd placed 2.16 whilst Hayden Mercer literally destroyed his time as he finished 2nd in his 800m race (2.13.9) some eight seconds quicker than he has run before. Jackson McKay continued the theme of big PB’s as he knocked 15 seconds off his 1500m time to set a new PB of 4.40.6 with David Holman also earning himself a new PB in the 1500m (4.59.3). In the Field Events Kyle Mashiter won the Long Jump in his first competitive outing in this event with a leap of 5.39m as Rory Teare set a new High Jump personal best with a 1.45m clearance. Matt Heywood had a great day too finishing 2nd in the Shot Putt with a new PB of 8.98m, 1st in the Discus with an new PB of 27.31m and 1st in the Hammer with a new personal best throw of 36.18m along side Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who also won the ‘B’ Hammer with a new PB of 24.68m. More PB’s were set in the Field Events which saw Kieran Carroll place 2nd in the Javelin with 29.46m and George Whittaker 1st in the ‘B’ Javelin with 28.97m.
Myah Booth dominated the ‘A’ 75m Hurdles Race winning in a time of 11.9. Amy Wiggans set a new PB in the U15 Girls ‘B’ 100m with a time of 13.60 (3rd) as did Maia Bowman in the ‘B’ 200m with her time of 29.9 (3rd). Eleesha Charnley cut a second off her 300m personal best time to clock 44.4 for 3rd place alongside Abigail Armas who reduced her 300m personal best by two seconds in the ‘B’ Race (50.40). Eleesha then went on to break her 800m personal best time by six seconds as she clocked 2.24.6. In the Field Events Emma Love set a new Long Jump PB with a leap of 4.26m before equaling her High Jump PB of 1.40m alongside Danielle Probert setting a new personal best in the ‘B’ High Jump with 1.35m, an improvement of 15 cms. Myah Booth won the Shot Putt with a Grade 1 throw of 10.35m as Izzy Thompson won the ‘B’ with a new personal best throw of 7.82m and then went on to set a new PB in the Hammer with 22.72m (1st). Nicky Saunders also set a new PB in the ‘A’ Hammer with a massive new PB by over 5 metres (26.12m).
The U13 Girls had a great day posting new personal best in nearly all the events. Kate Cookson (2nd) in the 75m cut a second off her time finishing with 10.80 as Lucy Rishton also set a new personal best in the ‘B’ Race with 11.40 (3rd). Kate was at it again in the 150m with another 2nd place in a new PB time of 22.30 alongside Niamh Gater who also set a PB in the ‘B’ Race with 23.60 (4th). Caroline Woodworth had an impressive day for the U13’s placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m with a six second new PB of 2.38.3 then won the Shot Putt with a PB throw of 6.17m and the Javelin with another PB throw of 22.32m. Kady Thompson in her first year as an U13 cut four seconds off her previous best 800m in the ‘B’ Race with a time of 3.01.9 (3rd). In the 1200m there was a big new PB for Keira Haxton by 20 seconds as she finished 3rd in 4.19.5. Over on the Field – Lucy Rishton placed 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a new PB of 3.88m along with another new personal best for Niamh Gater in the ‘B’ as she jumped 3.67m to win. Madison Bontoft had two wins on a very good day for her as she set new personal best in both events – winning the Shot Putt with 5.82m and the Javelin with 10.67m.
Harrison Allcock set the tone for the U13 Boys as he recorded a new PB in the 100m ‘A’ Race with 14.60 (2nd). Two new personal bests were set in the 800m which saw Codie Dewhurst come home in 3rd place with a time of 2.34.2 in the ‘A’ and Harry Sambrook, also 3rd in the ‘B’ with 2.46.4. Codie then went and set a new PB in the 75m Hurdles with 17.6 (2nd) as Harrison Allock also recorded a second new PB on the day with his 3rd placed 3.80m leap in the ‘A’ Long Jump. Harrison and Codie then combined to set new personal bests in the Shot Putt with Harrison placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (5.47m) and Codie 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.94m) alongside another personal best for Dexta Thompson in the Javelin with 23.17m (2nd).
On a day which was dominated by the hype around whether the world record would be broken in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite Races and whether Mo Farah would break the British Record, the heat came to be the overarching factor which would have an impact on the days proceedings. Among all the speculation around the race – thirteen Blackburn Harriers – all with their own ambitions of PB’s and raising money for very worthwhile causes – Ben Fish, Chris Davies, Joanne Nelson, Paul Brindle, Lindsay Davies, Lorna Sharp, Rachel Wood, Matt Wood, Simon Pollard, Paul Slone, Janine Fallon and Allan Hartley – made the trip down to London for this years Race, run in some of the hottest conditions ever and there was no doubt that it had an impact on all the athletes.
Ben Fish was the first Harrier across the line in 2hr 26.55 followed by Chris Davies (2hr 53.18), James Keir (2hr 56.06), Rachel Wood (3hr 07.37), Joanne Nelson (3hr 08.22), Paul Brindle (3hr 13.47), Paul Slone (3hr 29.21), Matt Wood (3hr 43), Janine Fallon (3hr 45.23), Lindsay Davies (4hr 27.54), Allan Hartley (4hr 49.02), Lorna Sharp (4hr 51.54) and Simon Pollard (5hr 49.17).
After such a tough day, a number of the athletes shared their thoughts about the Race and the conditions with the Club. Ben Fish said it was a“Very tough day out there, so big congrats to everyone. Even on the start line it felt hot and by 10 miles I wasn’t feeling good. Pace slowed and I focused on keeping up the intensity as best I could. I stopped looking at the watch after that. I made up a couple of places after 20 miles and seemed to be going ok. 2hr26:55. Not what I wanted but will do for now”. Chris Davies told us “I would like to start off by saying well done to everyone who took part today. Not just the Blackburn Harriers but the Road Runners, Dashers, Barlick and any of the other local clubs. The conditions were so tough. We have all trained in awful cold conditions for this marathon and to run in something like that today has been a shock to the system for everyone. Well done to everyone that finished and coming away from it safely as well. On a personal note I was on target at the half marathon mark but the heat cranked up and it was pretty much ” Game Over ” at the 16 to 17 mile mark. I new that a PB wasn’t on so I ran at a sensible pace just to get back in one piece. Disappointed that a PB couldn’t be achieved but in those conditions I have to be pleased. It was so hard and brutal and the toughest run I’ve done since starting running. There will be other Marathons and I will live to fight another day. Well done everyone again though, you should all be proud of your achievement today”.
It was Matt Wood’s first ever London Marathon and with not the best of preparation behind him as he told the Club afterwards “Really enjoyed my first London marathon, I went into it just wanting to enjoy the experience rather than go for a time, mainly due to a few injuries which meant a lack of training but ended up getting excited over the first few miles and going too quick for my fitness and paying for it later. Lesson learned”.
Joanne Nelson who has survived a very difficult year said she was “Pleased to have completed my first marathon after an 18 month break due to injury and illness. Definitely a test both on your will power and and your ability to cope in the heat. Pretty pleased with the time I got, 3 hr 08 as it gives me a base to work on. Just need some new, blister free feet now. Well done to everyone for competing today”. Paul Brindle commented “What an amazing event, it is something spectacular to be part of. With being injured and thinking of deferring, I decided to race and came up with plan B. Then the weather forecast made plan C best option and at 10 mile plan D evolved, and by the time I got to 24 mile. I’d used up the alphabet of plans so I entered the emotional run hard zone and finish. I go away learning more about my body and sport of running. Well done to all the other Harriers who raced and supported”.
Janine Fallon echoed everyone’s feelings about the day when she told the Club “You never know what the London Marathon is going to throw at you, this year was the heat and humidity… We all conquered it so be proud!!”
Lindsay Davies was running her first Marathon and told the Club that she was “Glad to have finished my 1st marathon, it was horrendously warm, happy with my time considering I was gasping of thirst all the way round even though I took water at every station. The crowds were amazing the atmosphere was electric. Mile 20 is were my legs started to give up, my breathing was fine but my legs weren’t just having any of it”. Lorna Sharp, like Lindsay, was also doing her first ever Marathon saying “Well done everyone x it was ridiculously hot but I drank at every station and carried it with me throughout. The back of my knees/calf were hurting but I don’t stop at all x I’m feeling really proud of myself and everyone who ran!! We did it x”.
Simon Pollard was another Harrier who was raising money for a good cause and told us “Two weeks before the marathon my physio suspected I had a stress fracture of my right shin so I expected the day would result in a “sponsored walk” for the whole distance. In the end I managed 7 miles before having to resort to a brisk walk, finishing in 5:49:17. Given the circumstances this was good result for me but fund raising for my chosen charity Plan International, an international charity focused on improving the lives of some of the world’s poorest children, was always my main focus so am pleased to have raised over £2400. It was great day, with great atmosphere but was grateful when the finish line finally arrived.”
In the London Mini-Marathon the Harriers had two athletes selected to run for the North West in their respective age groups – Matt Ramsden in the U15 Boys and Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys. Seventy athletes from all over Britain were selected for this Race which saw Matt Ramsden finish 17th overall in a time of 15.52 for the three miles making him the second counter for the North West, just one second behind the first counter Fraser Sproul. Isaac Butler ran in the U13 Boys race with less than ideal preparation as he had just flown home from Florida on the Thursday and had to go back to London on the Saturday morning. Isaac enjoyed the experience though and we are sure he will be back next year, his time being 20.45 in 61st spot.
Ron Hill 10k – Sunday April 22nd
Three hundred and ninety runners competed in this Race named after the legendary Ron Hill, seen here at the Race with two other legends of Endurance – John Calvert and Harry Walker.
The race was won by David Rigby in 32.29 with Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello in 2nd place overall clocking a time of 35.18 on a pretty tough course. Pauline Powell won the Women’s Race in a time of 38.38 placing 8th overall and also 1st vet Woman to add to her Prize list.
Also running were V40 Daniel Whittaker 23rd in 42.02 – Jamie Teare 29th in 42.27 and 2nd MJ16 – V50 Mark Wilkin in 112th (49.02) – V50 Paul Whittaker (128th) clocking 50.18 – V55 David Morris (336th) in 68.33. There was also a win for Harry Wilkin in the earlier Junior Run who managed to get his photo taken along with European and Commonwealth Marathon Champion – Ron Hill.
Clitheroe Triathlon – April 15th
A very good start to Jack Hindle’s season as he won the Clitheroe Triathlon last weekend comfortably by over three minutes out of a 250 plus strong field with a winning time of 1hr 23.21 and telling the Harriers that he was “Really happy with how the first race of the season went. It’s always a worry when you’ve had a long winter, as you don’t know where your fitness is going to be at. And whether all three disciplines have been covered well over the winter. Overall I’m happy with where my fitness is for early season, there’s still alot to do and a lot bigger races. But it’s all positive and motivating”.
Richard Fogarty also had a very good event placing 17th overall clocking a combined time of 1hr 38.58 whilst Paul Wilkinson posted a time of 2hr 41.46 in 225th position.
Danny Maynard took on the Trawlerman Aquathon on Sunday April 22nd coming home 3rd in the Swim Run Event.
Mid Lancs Cross Country League Presentation Evening
A very good night in the Premier Suite at Blackburn Rovers saw the Harriers pick up Awards from the U11’s through to Senior and Vet Categories for their performances in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League.
(1) U11Girls 3rd Team and Bronze Medal
(2) U11 Boys 3rd Team and Bronze Medal
(3) U13 Girls 2nd Team and Silver Medal
(4) U13 Boys 2nd Team and Silver Medal
(5) U15 Boys 1st Team and Gold Medal
(6) Sen Women 1st Team Division 3 and Gold Medal
(7) Sen Vet 35 Women 2nd Team and Silver Medal
(8) Sen V40 Men 1st Team Division 2 and Gold Medal
(1) U13 Boys Isaac Butler 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
(2) U15 Girls Amy Davies 3rd in Series overall and Bronze Medal
(3) U15 Boys Matt Ramsden 1st in Series overall and Gold Medal
(4) U15 Boys Sam Hodkinson 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
(5) Senior Women Joanne Nelson 3rd in Series overall and Bronze Medal
(6) Senior Vet Women Joanne Nelson 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
(7) Senior V45 Women Joanne Nelson 1st in Series overall and Gold Medal
(8) Senior V40 Men Chris Davies 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
Deeside Open Meeting – April 15th
Tony Balko who is targeting this years World Masters Championships took himself off to Deeside for the Open meeting there which turned out to be very productive.
Tony set a new PB in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 10.91m to place 2nd and then threw a seasons best in the Discus of 33.86m to win that event.
Stoke Open Meeting – April 15th
On the same day Nicky Saunders who is in her first year as an U15 attended the Stoke Open meeting. She finished 3rd in the Discus which was a mixed event of U15 and U17 Women, throwing 26.01m and 1st U15, threw 21.55m in the Hammer for 4th place and rounded off the day with a new PB of 26.70m in the mixed age group Javelin where she placed 2nd U15 overall.
Liberty Thompson had been targeting the Heptathlon at the Lancashire Multi-Event Championships having wanted to do the event for some time now. Her dad and the Harriers UKYDL U15 Girls Team Manager, watched her over the weekend and told the Club about her weekend saying “Liberty had been looking forward to the heptathlon event for quite sometime which is spread over two days one of which was nice weather followed by a day of grey sky with quite a heavy downpour midway through. Day one’s events were 80mh, 200m, high jump and shot put. First up was one of Liberty’s favourite events being the 80 metre hurdles, she ran a great race in a time of 14.4 and finished off in 3rd position, next up was also a favourite in the high jump which hasn’t had much practice on recently and reaching 1.35 on the day which then put her into joint 4th position. Following that was the shot put with a new pb of 6.25m before reaching the end of the day and finishing with a 200m, We thought this event would be one that she would do well in as sprinting is also a favourite but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time and she finished in 6th position with a time of 31.9”.
“Day 2 was the final three events which included long jump, javelin and 800m. First event of the day was long jump in which liberty managed to get another pb in by jumping a distance of 3.50 but while watching her we knew she could of easily added quite a bit to because she kept jumping way to early each time but that’s something to work on, then came the javelin which was also another event she would of been able to gain higher points in but unfortunately her best throw of the day ended in being a no throw so her best recorded score was a throw of 12.61. As we came towards the end of the day we only had the 800m left. Having done our homework on the other girls and they had done the same on the Liberty by researching their times on each other liberty was a clear favourite going into the final event. This for us as parents is where liberty shined, not because she managed to win the 800m in a time of 2.52.6 but it was seeing her going into a race full of confidence, she set of in a pace to win and she did so. This was the highlight for me and Nicola. Unfortunately overall liberty finished 6th out of 6 but due to there only being 2 Lancashire athletes she was able to get selected for the next stage in June. She really enjoyed her weekend and is really focused to improve on all events for future events”.
In the Quadrathon, Dexta Thompson did the year 7 & 8 quadrathon on the Saturday along with Codie Dewhurst. First he did the 100m in which he finished 2nd to Codie, then came along the turbo javelin in which he also finished 2nd then had a not so good time at long jump finishing in 5th place putting him to second position overall on the points table but when he ran the final event of the 800m he ran a slower than normal time but it was enough to secure him a comfortable win and win the days event overall by one point. Kady and Felix Thompson also competed in the quadrathons which saw Felix just two points outside the Bronze Medal place.
Top half finish for the Harriers at National 12 Stage Road Relays – PB’s for Nicky and Win for Sam at Liverpool – Ellen debuts at Sheffield
What a change in the weather! Sunshine and warmth was the order of the day as sixty three Teams battled it out at the National 12 Stage Road Relays in Sutton Park on Saturday April 14th. After finishing 8th in the Northern 12 Stage at Birkenhead, the Harriers were hoping to do well at the Nationals. Even though, like other teams, we lost some athletes from the Northern Team, the athletes ran solidly all day and throughout the team, to take 29th spot overall. Lots of controversy though over the mass start on the final Leg with tannoy announcements not being heard by a number of athletes on one side of the park and also criticism of all but the first four teams being told that they all had to go on the mass start at 4.00pm.
(Final Leg Mass Start)
The 12 Stages consisting of six long (5.8k) and six short legs (3.1k) saw Ben Fish (Leg 5) overcoming his recent illness to post the fastest Long Leg of the day for the Club with a time of 26.53 followed by Tim Raynes – recent winner of the Ackworth Half-Marathon in 70mins – on Leg (1) with 27.04, Rob Warner – who ran 8.35 for 3000m ten days ago at Watford – on Leg (3) in 27.21, Tom Blaney on Leg (9) with 30.40, Thomas Marchant (30.59) on Leg 7 and Josh Holgate on Leg (11) clocking 31.00. Great debut in the blue and white vest for Tom Marchant in his first competitive race for the Club and for Josh Holgate running only his second Relay for the Harriers.
Ben Costello ran the fastest short Leg (10) for the team posting a time of 17.11, just in front of Chris Davies on Leg (2) with 17.17, Joe Howe on Leg (4) in 17.40, Karl Billington on the mass start final Leg with 17.49 and Matt Nuttall (Leg 8) with a time of 17.50, a remarkable time considering he ran the whole thing in pain and Team Manager Paul Guinan (18.48) on Leg (6).
Amy Davies ran in the U15 Girls 5k Championships and had a pretty solid run placing 12th in the 20 strong field in a time of 21.17 the race being won by Katie Goodge from Tonbridge (19.05) comfortably from Megan Dingle (Vale Royal) in 19.36.
More photo’s courtesy of Richard Marchant
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Sam Gaskell opened his competitive season in very good form as he won the U17 Men’s Hammer at the Liverpool Jumps & Throws Fixture on Saturday April 14th.
Six U17 Men competed in the Hammer alongside U15Boys, U20 and Sen Men. The athletes in the U17 competition came from Preston, Leigh, Kidderminster, Cannock and Blackburn with Blackburn Harrier’s Sam Gaskell coming out on top with a throw of 54.92m. U15 Girl Nicky Saunders was also competing at her second event in the last week which saw her open up on the day with a 2nd placed throw of 24.67m and just shy of her personal best of 25.15. In the Hammer Nicky placed 3rd but set a new personal best with her throw of 21.89, nearly a metre better than previously and then went on to finish 2nd in the Javelin with another new PB – by just one cm – as she set her best throw of the event with 24.82m.
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh was making her debut for the Club this weekend as she ran the 800m Race at the Sheffield Festival of Athletics on Saturday April 14th – her opening race of the season – clocking a time of 2.27.94. After the Race, Ellen spoke to the Club telling us “Very happy to be out racing as a Blackburn Harrier for the first time, a good benchmark to work from and hopefully due for a PB soon in the 800m!”
Holly finishes 4th in Commonwealth Pole Vault Final – Chris Wins Keswick Round The Houses – Victoria Wins Rivington 10 – Pauline Wins Thirsk 10 – Wigan Open – Manchester Marathon – West Lancs Sprint Tri
Blackburn Harrier Holly Bradshaw finished 4th in the Final of the Pole Vault at the Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast in Australia. Fourteen athletes contested the Final won by Alysha Newman of Canada with a clearance of 4.75m with Eliza McCartney in second place from New Zealand (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy from Australia in 3rd (4.60m) the same height cleared by Holly who was placed 4th. Coming against the background of a lot of injuries Holly can be proud of her performance here. Sophie Hitchon – Olympic Bronze Medalist from Rio 2016 – competed in the Women’s Hammer Final and although things didn’t go to plan for her as she gets to grip with a new and changing technique, nevertheless, she beleives that her hard work and application of these changes will reap big rewards in the longer run. Both Women were competing on the World stage, in Finals, which is where they both belong. All credit to them for continually competing and maintaining world level standards. Blackburn Harriers are so immensely proud of their achievements.
Keswick Round The Houses – Tuesday April 11th
Two hundred and ninety nine runners completed this Race held in the picturesque town of Keswick in the Lake District with Blackburn Harrier – Chris Arthur – coming home to win the Race in a time of 27.38, some two and half minutes in front of the second placed athlete – Paul Graves (30.12).
Chris was very enthusiastic about the Race telling the Club “It’s an absolutely brilliant old school race; a random distance, no road closures, no medals or goody bags – just a good blast around the town of Keswick with a huge number of supporters all along the course to shout encouragement. It’s an undulating route so not the fastest but I can’t recommend it enough for the atmosphere”.
Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge – Sunday April 8th
Over three hundred finishers in this Rivington 10 Mile Trail Race won by Tom Carson in a time of 65.41 – and what a run by Blackburn Harrier Victoria Mousley as she won the Women’s Race, coming home in 13th place overall – posting a time of 76.23.
Victoria spoke to the Club afterwards, commenting “I wanted to enjoy this race as I haven’t felt the love for racing and haven’t actually done a race for a good few months with chest infections again. The course was brilliant, trail, fell, hills, a real mixture. I felt good today and ran hard and got a great result”.
Thirsk 10 Mile Road race – Sunday April 8th
Nearly seven hundred runners finished this race won comfortably by Dominic Shaw in 50.30, nearly four minutes in front of the second placed runner – Carl Jones (54.13) and 3rd placed Craig Shearer in 54.15.
Pauline Powell had a great race coming home to win in 35th position overall and clocking a time of 62.23.After the Race, Pauline told that Club that she“Really enjoyed it although wasn’t too keen on the course! Was pleased with how i ran to say its only my third race back!”
Wigan Open Meeting – Sunday April 8th
U15 Myah Booth is looking to get the English Schools qualifying standard for the 75m Hurdles this year and got her attempts off to a good start at the weekend. On Saturday at the Mid Lancs she won her Race in a time of 12.0sec (Hand timed). The day after she went to Wigan and ran in an electronically timed race where she placed 2nd in a time of 11.7 – just one tenth of a second outside the qualifying standard. Also competing at Wigan was U15 Nicky Saunders in the Javelin finishing 8th with a throw of 21.05m.
Manchester Marathon – Sunday April 8th
The popularity of Marathons has never been greater it seems as over nine thousand runners turned out at the Manchester Marathon this year – won by International – Shadrack Tanui in 2hr 21.19 some four minutes clear of the second placed athlete – Ben Johnson from Southport Waterloo (2h 25.04)
Three Blackburn Harriers ran on the day with the first one home – V50 Jonathan Bridge whose personal best for the distance is 2hr 51.16 set in 2009. Manchester was his first Marathon since 2015 when he clocked 3hr 17.49 at Chester. At the weekend and three years later, Jonathan ran faster as he placed 997th in a time of 3hr 14.04. V45 Carol Reilly set her PB in London in 2015 posting 3hr 38.49 and here she was, three years later running a time of 3hr 48.27 which is really solid running from her. Last but by no means least came Paulo Sousa who has a 3hr 18 time to his name for the Marathon. For Manchester, he had what might be called, an unusual warm up event for his race. THE DAY BEFORE MANCHESTER Paulo drove to Kent to do the Spartan Event which included the type of events seen in the photos here:
before driving all the way back from Kent the same day to run the Marathon the day after!! Going through half way in 1hr 34.46 Paulo suffered in the back half and even more so after becoming sick consuming a Gel to try and keep some energy going. In the end Paulo clocked 3hr 47.08, which given the circumstances of the twenty four hours leading up to it, is quite good.
Paul Wilkinson was out in a Triathlon once again – this time in the West Lancs Tri held on Sunday April 8th in Ormskirk. This Triathlon consists of a 400m swim in the pool followed by an 18.5k bike ride and a 5k run taking in the trails around campus before finishing on the running track.
Four hundred and thirty nine finishers in this event which saw Paul come home in 117th spot in a combined Swim, Run, Bike time of 1hr 13.44.
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