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Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad shine in Lancashire Sportshall League with Harrison winning Athlete of the Match
Lancashire Sportshall League 2018-2019
The Club’s Sportshall squad have put in a tremdous performance in this years League which stretches from November 2018 through to January 2019 – covering three fixtures at Stanley Park Blackpool. Over the season, the Harriers finished in 2nd place behind Preston in the eight team League; And as Simon Pollard said afterwards “A great day competed in a great spirit. Roll on the Regionals on 24th March “.
Team Managers and Sportshall Coaches – Simon Pollard for the boys and Lindsay Davies for the girls – were delighted with all of the young Harriers and their performances, both individually and overall as a team.
Boys Team manager Simon Pollard reflecting on the day, told the Club “13 U11 and 4 U13 Boys made up the Harriers Boys team, helping the team to second place overall over in the 2018/19 Sporthall season.
All the athletes displayed great behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm and this in turn led to strong performances, notably Harrison Allcock being Athlete of the match, who placed first in the 2 lap (23.4 Sec), Long Jump (204cm), Speed bounce (80) and gained a distance of 6.45m in the Shot put, for the U13 Boys and Matthew Smith missing out on the same award for U11s by just one point. Aside for these two athletes mentioned other performances worthy of highlighting (I know they all are!) were Alfie Ward, placing second in the 2 Lap with 24.9 secs, Aidan Downes with a second place finish in the U13 standing triple jump with 6.04m and Codie Dewhurst with a score of 80 in the speed bounce a second place in the 6 Lap with 85.9 Sec. Worthy of note were strong performances by first time Sportshall entrants Abdollh Shriha, Daniel Smith and Theo Robinson. Finally relay teams: Alfie Ward, Matthew Smith, Kingston Turner and Adbollh Shriha had a good run in the U11 Grand Prix relay, with Harrison Allcock and Aidan Downes competing up an age group in the U15 level in the 2 x 2 relay and Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith taking on the U13 6 lap Paarlauf “.
The Girls Team Manager – Lindsay Davies – was equally effusive about how the girls had acquited themselves and commented that she was “a very happy coach and girls team manager, all the Sportshall kids really pushed themselves today and we had some fantastic performances” explaining that the different age groups finishing the season in the following positions overall:-
“This is calculated over all 3 matches out of 8 teams which are, Blackburn, Blackpool, Broughton Primary, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Chorley and Hyndburn. We had a lot of new starters so to come 2nd overall is a massive achievement. Lots of training from now till December to try and come back and beat Preston who beat us to the top slot. Great performances from Alisha Lehner who is a previous Athlete of the match with a 1st place in the 1 Lap with 12.7 and Alesha Hindle with a 1st place in the Balance Test with 60 seconds. So proud of all the girls who were smiling all the way through the day and very well behaved”.
Senior Men & Women win at Red Rose – Sportshall with the Harriers youngsters – Gary & Jonathan tackle an Ultra – Helen is back
What a tremendous performance by the Harriers at the latest fixture of the Red Rose League held at Leverhulme Park in Bolton on Saturday. In a week in which the Club mourned the passing of its President – George Kirby – the athletes dedicated their runs in his memory and the work that he did over nearly seventy years in the world of athletics, and central to that, Blackburn Harriers & AC.
Senior Men’s Team Captain – Paul Guinan – summed it up saying “Another great performance from Blackburn Harriers, a real team spirit has developed with a healthy competitive edge, the results don’t lie. A fitting tribute to the great George Kirby”.
Senior Women’s Team Captain – Joanne Nelson – echosed those sentiments as she told the Club about the Senior Women’s performances and what it meant “Fantastic team effort for the Blackburn Harriers Ladies with our highest amount of runners this season taking part at Bolton. Annabel Ralph was first back in 4th place followed by Victoria in 6th, myself 7th, Katie 8th and Carmen 9th which was fantastic “packing” and made for a really exciting race. Ellen was “lucky for some” in 13th and Carly followed in 17th. Lindsay was next in 41st and Jan was 103rd. The ladies team is going from strength to strength with everyone giving their absolute best. The results were a fitting tribute to George Kirby with first ladie’s team and first ladie’s vets team.
The day couldn’t have turned out better with the Men’s Senior Team winning both the Senior Race and Team alongside the Women’s Senior Team who won the Team and Vet’s Team 1st places. Added to that Joanne Nelson won the Women’s V45’s, Carmen Byrne won the Women’s V40’s, Chris Davies won the Men’s V40’s.
(L-R – Lindsay Davies – Ellen Sagar-Heaketh – Katie Buckingham – Jan Buckingham – Cary Edwards – Joanne Nelson – Carmen Byrne – Annabel Ralph – Victoria Mousley)
It was a great debut for Annabel Ralph having recently joined the Harriers, she led the team home in 4th place overall clocking a time of 21.15. Great packing by the team saw Vicci Mousley run 22.10 in 6th place, Joanne Nelson with a time of 22.06 in 7th, Katie Buckingham (22.22.) in 8th, just one second further back – Carmen Byrne 9th with a time of 22.23 which gave the Harriers 5 places in the top ten.
(Joanne Nelson & Victoria Mousley)
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh was the next home in 13th position (23.00) with Carly Edwards in 17th spot (23.28). Lindsay Davies came home in 41st place running a time of 25.45 and it was good to see Jan Buckingham back out racing as she finished in 103rd place (30.43).
Wearing Black Ribbon in memory of our Club president – George Kirby
(Back Row – Mark Almond – John Chaplin – Chris Davies – Paul Brindle – Jack Hindle – Karl Billington – Tim Raynes – Marc Hartley —- Front Row – Ben Costello – Paul Bradshaw – Calum James – Josh Holgate – Danny Collinge – Allan Hartley)
Tim Raynes is in very good form and showed that by taking his second successive win in the Series in a time of 34.57 after winning at Leigh, some ten seconds in front of 2nd placed Benjamin Coop from Bury. After the Race was over, Tim commented to the Club that “It was great to see so many Harriers out in force again today with great performances across the board. Given all George’s work at Blackburn Harriers over many years, it felt like a fitting tribute to him”. Just like the Senior Women there was great packing from the Men as they secured 8 out of the first 18 places. Jack Hindle was next home behind Tim in 5th spot (35.29) followed by Ben Costello in 7th (35.58), Josh Holgate in 8th place (36.04), Karl Billington in 12th (36.50), Danny Collinge (14th) running a time of 37.35, Marc Hartley in 17th (37.49) and Chris Davies 18th just one second behind in a time of 37.50.
Start of Men’s Race VIDEO
Tim Raynes Jack Hindle Ben Costello
Jack Hindle said it was a “Great performance once again from Blackburn. As Braddy said, it was all about a great showing in memory of George. And it definitely was. Fantastic to see everyone giving 100%, with an awesome team spirit”.
Ben Costello commented “Another great performance from everyone at the club again. Great to see everyone turn out for George. Personally was happy with my run – absolutely fantastic group down at Blackburn“.
Josh Holgate Karl Billington Danny Collinge
Josh Holgate spoke to the Club at the end of day telling us that it was a “Top performance and turn out from all involved today. Personally it turned out to be a good run by myself so very pleased with that! Sadly never had the privilege to meet George but I heard plenty of interesting things about him pre race today, which makes me wish I had the chance. It was clear how well regarded and respected he was amongst all those involved at the club”.
Karl Billington added that it was a “Good overall team performance from the guys and girls. Not one I particularly enjoyed but on to the next one”.
Marc Hartley Chris Davies
Tom Blaney was the next Harrier across the line in 22nd position (38.34) with Calum James making his cross country debut for the Club one place further back in 23rd (38.42). Paul Bradshaw finished in 27th place with a time of 39.07 followed by Paul Brindle in 40th place (40.21), Mark Almond (85th) clocking 44.02, Chris Balderson in 87th with a time of 44.06, Craig Greenough (113th) in 46.16, V60 John Chaplin running 46.28 in 116th place and Allan Hartley (178th) with 53.14.
Tom Blaney Calum James Paul Bradshaw
Calum James said he “Really enjoyed my first Cross Country for Blackburn Harriers, finished top 25 (23rd Place) overall and five minutes quicker than last year time was (38.42) was a tough course but excellent team performance from everyone”.
Paul Bradshaw spoke for all the athletes and the Club when he said that it was a “Top performance by everyone. George Kirby and his legacy was a topic of conversation pre race and I’m sure he would of been looking down watching today’s performance by all the clubs runners with a smile and sense of personal achievement at what he has helped to build and lead over the years”.
Paul Brindle Mark Almond Chris Balderson
John Chaplin told us that it was
“Another great club performance. George would have been proud”.
Craig Greenough John Chaplin Allan Hartley
At the Junior end of the Race the U11 Boys finished 4th out of 14 teams with Matthew Smith, Oliver Gill and Findlay Carroll being the Teams counters. Matthew was the first one across the line for the Club in 6th place overall in a field of ninety two, clocking 6.51. He was followed in by Oliver in 10th place running a time of 6.58 with Findlay in 34th spot (7.30), Archie Bolton in 54th place (8.04), George Holman (62nd) running a time of 8.14 and Isaac Smith in 84th (9.18). In the U11 Girls Race featuring ninety runners, Hannah Davies finished in 16th position running 7.53 – with just seven seconds separating 12th place through to 18th.
(Back Row – Oliver Gill – Matthew Smith – Isaac Smith – Archie Bolton — Front Row – Findlay Carroll – George Holman)
Ten teams and fifty four runners in the U13 Boys race which saw the Harriers place 4th overall. Ben Livesey and Saul Sharp battled it out for the first Harrier to finish which Ben edged it narrowly by one second in 17th place (12.45) and Saul 18th in a time of 12.46. Codie Dewhurst was the next one in (22nd) with a time of 13.04 followed by Daniel Smith in 26th place (13.19).
Keira Haxton had a really good run in the U13 Girls race to finish 12th in a time of 13.10 in the sixty seven strong field – the team finishing 8th out of 11 teams competing on the day. Next home was Kate Cookson in 17th place clocking 13.26 with Caroline Woodworth in 39th (14.23) and Isabelle Hartley in 49th with a time of 14.42. Ethan Barbarewicz finished 12th in the U15 Boys race which had thrity nine runners, posting a time of 16.12.
Sportshall – Sunday 4th November
Last weekend it was the turn of the Harriers youngsters to compete – in the first Sportshall competition of this years 2018 – 2019 season and they did pretty well with Eleesha Charnley winning the Athlete of the Match at the Blackpool competition and Alisha Lehner U11 Girls Athlete of the Match.
Competing for the U11 Girls were — Alesha Hindle, Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Brooke Szatchowski, Charley Capstick, Charlotte Sousa, Demi Casey, Emelia Stockton, Evie Fort, Hannah Davies, Imogen Robinson, Leah Walker, Lulu Sharp, Poppie Turner….for the U13 Girls were Isabelle Hartley and Uma Mcgoy and U15 Girls — Eleesha Charnley, Holly Sousa and Myah Booth“.
Lindsay Davies – Girls Team Manager commented on the day telling us that it was a “Great day and a lot of our athletes doing it for the 1st time, quite a few tears at the beginning due to nerves but once they all got competing together they all started having fun. New to Sportshall little pocket rocket Demi Casey was very enthusiastic, asking me every two minutes “when am I next on”. So proud of my girls, they really put the effort in. Alisha Lehner was crowned U11 girls athlete of the match with a great performance of two 1st places in her events.
Eleesha Charnley was also crowned athlete of the match in the U15’s. Fantastic U15 Relays team with Eleesha and Myah Booth romping it home, Myah and Eleesha stormed to victory with a huge lead. U13’s Relays saw Lulu Sharp and Alesha Hindle step up from the under 11’s to join Isabelle Hartley and Uma McGoy, they gave it their all against some tough opposition. There were two under 11 teams. The scoring team was Hannah Davies, Brooke Szatchowski, Imogen Robinson and Alisha Lehner. It was a very fast race and they finished in 2nd place. The non scoring team was Leah Walker, Charley Capstick, Demi Casey and Emelia Stockton, all of these were doing this competition for the first time and they all said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to all my girls.
Simon Pollard – Boys Team Manager – was equally happy with the performance of the lads, outlining how it all went. “Two under 15 boys supported the club last Sunday with Hayden Mercer taking best advantage and being awarded athlete of the match for his efforts. Hayden achieved first place in the 2 lap (not his preferred distance but he fancied giving it a go) with a time of 22.1 seconds. This was followed up with a 6.94m standing triple jump, again achieving first place and a score of 75 in speed bounce, also gaining first place. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, in his first outing at Sportshall, achieved second place in the 4 lap with a time of 51.2 seconds, 70 in the speed bounce for 4th place and a leap of 5.94m in the standing triple jump at his first attempt at the event. Hayden and Kyle then teamed up to win the 2x lap relay. A great way to round of the day”
In the Under 13 Boys “Harrison Allcock took a Sunday out of his usual Sunday Football Schedule to support the club achieving 79 in speed bounce for second place, a 24.0 second 2 lap for 4th place and a 1.98m standing long jump for 5th place. Harrison then led out the relay team to compete in the 1 lap relay, supported by 3 of our newer under 11s who did themselves credit”.
In the U11 Boys “A number of them were making their debuts for the club at this event, having recently joined the Sportshall team. Team spirit was high, as was the level of effort displayed on the day. Finlay Carroll achieved a time 15.0 seconds in the high stepper and a standing long jump of 1.40m. This was followed by a time of 26.8 secs in the 2 lap and a score of 7 in target throw. Jack Duxbury, making his debut, achieved a score of 30 in speed bounce, a time of 14.5 seconds in the 1 lap, a standing long jump of 1.40m and a distance of 3.50m in the chest push. All of these are PBs for Jack so he has times and targets to aim to beat at the next meeting. Kingston Turner achieved 48 in the speed bounce, a height of 39cm in the vertical jump, a score of 4 in target throw and 13.4 secs in the 1 lap. Mason Bowman started with scoring 45 in speed bounce, a time of 13.0 seconds in the 1 lap ((9th place), followed by a standing long jump of 1.66m and a chest push of 4.25 m. Matthew Smith, coming off a great outdoor season achieved 5th place in speed bounce with a score of 52 (without the distraction of an officials whistle in the one lap his score would have been higher), followed by a standing long jump of 1.82m for 7th place. This he then followed with a 2 lap time of 25.1 seconds and a chest push distance of 6.25m gaining him 2nd place in this event……………………….
(Jean Hoyle officiating at Sportshall)
……………”Rohan McGoay, another sportshall debutant kicked off his season with 31 in speed bounce followed by a height of 24cm in the vertical jump. In the 2 lap Rohan achieved a score of 27.9 second and he rounded off with a 3.0m chest push. Sam Craven achieved 42 in speed bounce and a height of 30cm in the vertical jump, a distance of 4.0m in chest push and a time of 30.2 seconds in the 2-lap. Debutant Tom Hunt completed the high stepper in 17.6 seconds, gained a height of 25cm in the vertical jump, achieved a score of 4 in target throw and completed the 2 lap in 30.5 seconds. Tom now has markers to beat in the forthcoming meets in December and January”………………“The Under 11s relay team, consisting of Finlay Carroll, Kingston Turner, Matthew Smith and Mason Bowman competed strongly and special mentions should be made of Jack Duxbury, Sam Craven and Rohan McGoay who all stepped up to support Harrison Allcock in the under 13s relay. High levels of commitment, behaviour and team spirit made a great day of action with more to come in future sportshall meets”.
Short Circuit Ultra – November 2nd
This is a 33 mile long race organised by Pink Panther Ultra Marathon Events who specilaise in these types of Endurance running races.
Basic Route Details: Starting in Otley the route goes straight up the steps to Surprise View at the top of the Chevin it then heads over to Bramhope then Cookridge. Then around the runway of Leeds Bradford Airport (outside the fence!) Over to Yeadon Tarn then Guiseley Woods, up to Hawksworth, then Menston up onto the moors towards Ilkley and the famous Cow and Calf Rocks, down through Ben Rhydding and up to Timble then across to Norwood along the beautiful Lindley Wood Reservoir through Leathley to the finish at Pool-in-Wharfedale.
Gary Pearse and Jonathan Bridge have embarked on a new stage of their endurance careers, taking on this 33 mile race. The Race featured ninety two finishers, with the winning time for Alastair Murray 4hrs 45.42. Gary and Jonathan – both V50’s – did really well at their first attempt finishing in joint 20th place with times of 6hr 01.19 – only the first five runners actually broke 5 hours.
After the Race Gary told the Club that “Had the idea that getting ever slower may as well try the challenge of going further so an ultramarathon at relatively short notice was entered and coerced Jonathan in joining me post his Amsterdam Marathon. The unaptly named Short Circuit around the hills/tracks/roads/fields/moors surrounding Otley and Ilkley. 33miles/53km with over 4000 feet of climb, completed in a time of 6.01 as we finished together joint 20th. The bonus of a couple of vet prizes made for a memorable day. Never eaten or drunk so much in a race in what was an exceptionally well organised event. Next up the the Tour of Pendle if legs allow!”
Trossachs Night Trail Series 2018/19
Each race will follow forest trails and fire roads in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, courses will be marked with reflective tape and head torches are mandatory. In the event of bad weather the race may be cancelled or the route changed.
Helen Leigh is back – who would have doubted it, and what a race to come back in as she told the Club “Did a race George!! Hips held together (kind of) and smashed the race. Was 2nd lady and only by a few secs, 30th overall so nice to have a blast out and felt pretty strong considering”.
Finally Paul Wilkinson and David Morris had a run out in the Through The Villages Race recenlty with Paul placing 212th out of 360 finishers in a time of 75.00 and David 333rd in 92.31.
National Sportshall Final – Sunday April 15th
Eleesha Charnley, an U15 young athlete and a member of Blackburn Harriers since she was seven years of age and just a couple of months short of her 8th birthday, recently became the Northern Sportshall Champion which qualified her for the National Championships held at Sportscity.
And what a great performance she put in – taking on the 4 Lap Race, Speed Bounce and Standing Long Jump against the other U15 Girls who had qualified from all over the country. Eleesha finished joint 10th overall out of seventy three athletes – placing 8th in the 4 Lap Race – 5th in the Speed Bounce and 10th in the Standing Long Jump. She was delighted with her qualification and performance at the Championship Final and told the Club after that “It was the most amazing experience to walk out at the front of my team carrying the banner. The standard was phenomenal but I felt very pleased that I could compete in such a good field of competitors and give them a run for their money. Although I did not get in the the winning medal position it was still great that I could get there. Thanks to Blackburn Harriers once again for making this possible”.
Another very good performance by Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad at the weekend taking 3rd overall including 2nd Team in the U11Girls – 3rd in the U11 Boys – 3rd in the U13 Girls – 3rd in the U13 Boys and 4th in the U15 Girls. Some of the youngsters posted new personal bests and for the second fixture in a row, the Harriers produced an athlete of the Match – Niamh Gater winning it for the U11Girls, after Harrison Allcock had won the Athlete of the Match for the U11 Boys in the first fixture. After the first two fixtures the Harriers are in 3rd position overall in the League Table.
Caerwen Butler commented on the performance of our young up and coming athletes saying ‘Blackburn Harriers had another fantastic turn out for the second Lancashire County Sportshall Event in Blackpool on Sunday 14th January 2018. Over 40 athletes competed in every age category apart from one. The children were brilliantly behaved and all tried their hardest at each event. There were lots of individual personal bests and even some club records were broken on the day. Some younger children took up the challenge in their first competition with a brave and competitive attitude- well done to all those who were there for the first time.
Notably Niamh Gater won Athlete of the Match for the Under 11 girls for the combined total of events scored. Harrison Allcock won this in November for the Under 11 boys. We have some very talented athletes coming through to the Under 13’s next year and had such strength in depth on the day in both the Under 11 age categories.
The older athletes competed brilliantly too and with only a handful in each category they still managed to finish in the top 3 in the Under 13’s categories. A special mention to Liberty Thompson who gained all the points for the Under 15’s in the individual events and thanks to Claudia Lewis who joined her in the relay and stepped up an age category.
On the day we came 3rd overall with 379 points and second was only 23 points in front. Given that we had no athletes in one age group I think this is a tremendous achievement. The coaches are extremely proud of all the athletes and how much they gave on the day. Well done Blackburn Harriers- a brilliant day that produced loads of smiles’
A packed out evening at the Mill Hill Working men’s Club saw Blackburn Harriers celebrate the success of all our athletes over the previous year across all disciplines – Track & Field; Cross Country, Road, Fell and Sportshall.
Club Chairman Tony Wood started the evening with a special mention of the first of our two Guest Presenters – Samantha Murray. Samantha who joined the Club as a 15yr old went on to achieve magnificent success in the Modern Pentathlon winning the Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympics and became World Individual Champion in 2014 – outstanding achievements along side so many others over the years including winning the British Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
First Award of the evening – The Junior Squad Trophy – goes traditionally to the Sportshall Group which sees the Coaches nominate three Boys and three Girls. The Boys Nominations were Harrison Allcock, Thomas Flynn, Matthew Smith and the Girls Niamh Gate, Kady Thompson, Molly Grimshaw with Harrison and Niamh taking the Award.
The U11 Endurance Award is given to recognise the efforts of the junior endurance athletes particularly during the 2016-17 cross country season. For the Boys the winner was Oliver Gill and for the Girls Isabelle Hartley.
Junior Team Contribution to Track and Field Award goes to the junior athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2016 Track and Field season in the UKYDL, Mid Lancs and Lancashire County Championships. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret took the U13/U15 Boys Award followed by three winners of the U13/U15 Girls – Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole. In the U17/U20 Male age category there were also three winners with Ben Whittaker, Jacob Roberts and Nicholas Smith and in the Female category Emily Warren and Chloe Bleeks were the winners.
Junior Merit Award is presented to athletes new to the UKYDL who have impressed their respective team managers and coaches throughout the season with the winners in the U13’s being Kate Cookson, Nicky Saunders, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Rory Teare with Queen Tanimowo, Millie Coy, Sam Hodkinson and Jonathan Gough taking the Award in the U15’s.
This award – Senior Team Contribution to Track and Field – goes to the athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2017 Track and Field season with a combination of Northern Senior League, Mid Lancs and Lancs Champs used to decide the winners. For the Men the winners were Chris Davies and Tim Raynes and for the Women Anna Peers.
Junior Team Contribution to Cross Country Award goes to the Junior athlete that has competed in most club XC fixtures through the season. Red Rose and Mid Lancs Leagues, Lancs, Northern and National Champs. Boys Winners Ethan Barbarewicz (Total of 10 MLL XC and Red Rose XC as well as County and Northern) Girls Winner Amy Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National). For the Seniors the Award went to Chris Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National and for the Women, Lindsay Davies took the Award (4 out of 5 MLL XC and 3 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National).
The next two Awards presented on the night covered the U13/U15 and U17/U20 Age Groups, the first of which was for the – Most Promising Young Athlete – an Award that highlights athletes that are usually new to the Harriers or just starting with the juniors and have started to make good progress through training and competing regularly and particularly look to have great prospects ahead for them. For the U13/U15 Age Category the Boys Winner was Dexta Thompson and for the Girls Hollie Cubbon. In the U17/U20’s the Winners were Bradley Meikleham and Emily Taberner. The second of these Awards – the Most Improved Young Athlete – went to Matt Ramsden for the U13/U15 Boys, to Myah Booth for the U13/U15 Girls, Ben Whittaker and Chloe Bleeks for the for the U17/U20’s.
The next Award presented on the night – Outstanding Junior Commitment – went to athletes that have shown commitment and application beyond what would normally be expected in order to improve themselves or support their team mates. Cameron Harris won the Award for the U13/U15 Boys for achieving a National Standard 45.54m in the Javelin at English Schools and ending the season on top of the North West Rankings and 19th Nationally. Eleesha Charnley took the U13/U15 Girls Award for her contribution in T&F, XC and Fell as well as being a key member of the road relay squad. Anthony Kent won the U17/U20 category after finishing the season ranked number one in the North West, 12th in the country and reaching the English Schools Final – Coach Jim Kerrigan receiving his Award. Maddie Elliott took the Female U17/U20 Award for competing more XC than any other in this age group, at T&F, and a key member of the relay squad.
The Club’s next award – Club Road Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the roads and conducts themselves in a manner that is a great example to the other members around them. The Women’s Winner was Rachel Wood who won the San-Francisco Marathon and South Cheshire 20 and for the Men the Award went to Joe Monk for a season which saw him set new personal bests at 10k, 10mile and Half-Marathon.
At this point in the evening it was time for the introduction of our next Guest Presenter – George Woodburn. The Club Chairman introduced George as a long standing member of the Harriers, joining way back in 1964. After a successful career as an endurance runner which saw him run 30mins for 10k, 67 mins for the half-marathon and 2.26 for the marathon and after 53 years membership George has continued to be extremely active in the Club as a Coach and Committee member.
The Club Fell Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the fells. The deserved winner was Dexta Thompson who had a great season placing 3rd in the U13 FRA Champs – the English Junior Fell Champs 6 race series. He backed that up with 2nd in the BOFRA U12s, taking the Lancashire U13 Fell title and also winning his age category in the Junior Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix Series.
Going from juniors to veterans, the winners of the Best Veteran Athletes Award went to Ben Fish who during the course of the season competed on the Track at 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m and Steeplechase as well winning eight road 10k and half-marathon races. For the women, this Award went to Victoria Mousley after winning the 5k Veteran title at Horwich and recording six other wins at 10k and half-marathon. There was a second Veteran’s Award which was a Merit Award for Road Running and this was won by Carmen Byrne who recorded four wins at 10k and 10 mile.
Normally there is just one Award for the Triathlete of the year but this year there were two. Our first Winner was Brian Fogarty after a tremendous performance in the British Ironman Championships where he placed 11th overall and first amateur. Our second Winner was Jack Hindle after a a stunning win at the Helvellyn Triathlon where he won the event by a full twelve minutes in front of the previously undefeated professional.
Many of our junior athletes participate in a variety of events, even if not true multi-eventers, This award – Best Junior All Round Track and Field Performance – reflects their versatility and the overall contribution they make to the Track and Field squad. Our Boys Winner was George Whittaker who competed in ten different events during the season for the Club whilst the Girls Award went to Liberty Thompson who competed in nine events overall throughout the year.
The Best Senior All Round Track and Field Performance went to John iLunga who competed in eleven events for the Club during the season as well as taking on a Decathlon at the Lancashire County Multi-Events Championships. The Women’s Winner was Anna Peers who competed in all the Throws events for the Club in the Northern league amassing a massive one hundred and four points.
Our next two Awards cover firstly – Best Junior & Senior Field Performance and and secondly – Best Junior & Senior Track Performance. Starting with the Juniors for the Field Award, U15 Jonathan Gough won for his 11.70m Triple Jump at Blackpool whilst for the Girls Emma Love won the U13/U15 Award for her 1.40m High Jump at Bury in the UKYDL. Jacob Roberts threw 65.64m at the Blackburn Open which won him the U17/U20 Award whilst Charlotte Williams won the U17/U20 Girls Award for her throw of 60.53m at Loughborough (Ann-Marie receiving on behalf of Charlotte). For the Senior Awards, these went to Joe Pearse for his High Jump of 2.00m at the Bucs Championships in Bedford (Esme Pearse receiving on behalf of Joe) whilst the Women’s Award went to Olympian Holly Bradshaw who broke her own National Record with a jump of 4.81m (Bob Groves receiving on behalf of Holly)
The Junior Awards for Best Performance (U13/U15) were won by Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 at Blackpool in August and Myah Booth for her 11.6 70m Hurdles time at the Blackburn Open. For the U17/U20’s age group Ross Liddle was the male Winner for his time of 50.6 in the 400m at a Northern League fixture in Liverpool and Emily Warren took the female Award for her 12.6 sec in the 80m Hurdles at the Blackburn Open. Rob Warner was the Winner of the Senior Award for his 3.49.1 1500m run at Trafford whilst Alison Leonard took the Women’s Award for 1500m run in Germany clocking a time of 4.24.4. Rob’s Trafford time also saw him win the prestigeous Arthur Almond Trophy which is presented to the athlete with the best Track performance throughout the season.
Our next Award of the evening – Best Schools Championship Performance of the Year – was presented to the athlete that has produced the best performance in a Schools Track and Field event during the season. Winner of the Girls Award for her Silver Medal throw of 59.41m in the English School Hammer Final was Charlotte Williams (Brother George receiving her Award) whilst the Boys Award was won by Ross Liddle for his time of 54.3 in the 400m Hurdles Final.
Four Awards for the Club Championship which is conducted throughout the year over varying types of Races on Road, Cross Country, Trail and Fell. Fifteen Races in total with the best eight performances counting towards the eventual winners. This year saw Lindsay Davies win both the Women’s Club Championship and Club Handicap whilst Chris Davies won the Men’s Club Championship and Ian Clarkson won the Club Handicap.
A very special Award made by the Harriers Club Committee was made to Joe Fleming, the Club’s High Jump Coach. This Award is made in recognition of a contribution made by a member of the Club who has shown commitment and dedication in working for the betterment and improvement of the Clubs athletes and the Club itself. Over many years Joe has displayed all of these characteristics and was a very deserving winner.
At the Club’s Annual General Meeting held recently it was announced that Richard Taylor was standing down as a Committee Member after a number of years in that role, as was the Club Secretary George Davies. George continues on the Committee and was elected Vice-Chairman with Wendy Hitchon being elected the new Club Secretary. In recognition of the work they had done, the Club made awards to both Richard and George which were presented by Wendy.
One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Life Memberships to Olympians Sophie Hitchon, Holly Bradshaw and Samantha Murray. In introducing the Awards, Club Chairman Tony Wood told the assembled Harriers that granting Life membership was a an indication of the contribution that these three athletes had made not only in their own specific events but to the support and development of the Club as a whole and that it was fitting to mark those achievements and contributions in this way. George Davies presented the Award to Samantha whilst Bob Groves received the Award for Holly Bradshaw as she was unfortunately unable to be there and Wendy Hitchon was presented with Sophie’s Award as she was in the US at a training camp.
The Bob Groves Trophy which is presented by the Club’s Hurdles Squad was won by Solomon Brown recognising his step up to 400m Hurdles and his improvement throughout the season. Bob took the opportunity to highlight the progress that Solomon had made throughout the year alongside Club record holder for 400m Hurdles – Ross Liddle.
Charlotte Williams and Jacob Roberts, two of the Clubs very successful Hammer Throwers were presented with International Awards, an Award which recognises the increasing number of athletes that have represented the Club at International level during the year and in 2017 both athletes were selected to compete for England.
On to the Athlete of the Year for Juniors and Seniors which highlighted some great performances. Junior Male Winner was U15 Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 which puts him at the top of the North West Rankings by over half a minute and in the top twenty in the Nationally. The Female Junior Winner was Charlotte Williams for her throw of 60.53m in the Hammer, finishing the season 2nd in the North West rankings and 2nd Nationally.
Senior Male Winner was Rob Warner for his personal best time of 3.49.12 whilst the Female Winner Holly Bradshaw won after breaking her own British Outdoor Pole Vault Record with a clearance of 4.81m.
The Final Award of the evening is the Round Chase Trophy, a trophy that has been in the Club for well over eighty years. And it was fitting that George Woodburn who has contributed so much to Endurance running in the Club was able to present the Cup and the individual medals to the U15 Boys Endurance Squad who have had a fantastic year. They came 2nd in the Red Rose Cross Country League – 1st in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League – won the U15 Lancashire Road Relays and North West Road Relays in Blackpool – followed that up by winning the Northern Road Relays at Sportscity and capped it off with a Silver Medal in the National Road Relays at Sutton Park.
(L-R Back Row: George Woodburn presenting the Award – Luke Ingleson, Jamie Teare, Matt Ramsden, Leon Thomas & Sam Hodkinson – L-R Front Row: Harry Wilkin, George Whittaker & Ethan Barabarewicz)
Rob PB’s again in 1500m – Carmen wins Vets 5000m – Three Harriers in top ten Senior Race at Padiham – Dexta Wins at Padiham & Ambleside – Harrier’s U11 youngsters at Burnley Open Meeting
In just over two weeks Rob Warner has run two BMC Gold Standard and one BMC Grand Prix 1500m Races, getting faster at each one, earning him a hat-trick of successive PB’s. On July 8th Rob ran 3.51.34 for a then new personal best by two seconds – four days later he set another new PB running 3.51.25 and in his latest Race – BMC Gold Standard – at Stretford (July 25th) Rob broke through the 3.50 barrier coming home 8th in a time of 3.49.12.
A very happy athlete, Rob spoke to the Club immediately after the Race telling us that he “Still can’t quite believe I managed to get under 3:50! It’s been a target for nearly 3 years now and this year is the first time it actually became a realistic one! I was very nervous before the race as it was a pretty stacked field and I knew I was going to need to PB or run close to it just to avoid coming last! I started off quite steadily towards the back and went through 800 in around 2:03 – at this point I thought it was going to be difficult to get sub 3:50. On the 3rd lap I’ve really worked hard on pushing on as this has traditionally been a place where I lose a lot of time in the past, however I managed move up a few places and went through the bell in 2:49/50. So I knew I needed a big last lap! I pushed on and focused on running smooth and trying to keep increasing my pace for each 100m to finish as fast as I can. Coming into 150m to go I was on the shoulder of Ben Connor and with 100 i really thought I was going to just nip ahead of him which would have been a great head-to-head to have! Unfortunately he just managed to hold me off – until the next one! Overall I’m absolutely over the moon, really happy to be back enjoying racing over 1500m again and really looking forward to see if I can take anymore off until the end of the season!“
The current Club Record of 3.44.14 was set by Jason Lobo in July 1993 and who would bet against Rob seriously challenging that over the next couple of track seasons.
On the same night Joe Monk ran the Grand Prix 1500m coming home in 9th spot with a seasons best time of 4.10.35, just two tenths off his personal best of 4.12.13. Ben Fish took on the 3000m featuring twenty three athletes, finishing in 7th place with a time of 8.37.75.
Last weekend Carmen Byrne won a 10k Trail Race over in York and four days later she was on it again, this time winning the Northern Vets 5000m. Carmen speaking to the Club commented on her latest success “My second race in four days was planned to help get me a bit race sharper so was pleased to run consistent laps. Hopefully I can build on this and keep getting some speed back over the next few months”
(Results – Not Yet Available).
Padiham Greenway 5k – July 26th
One hundred and eighty finishers in this local 5k Race won by James Hall in 15.44. Blackburn Harriers had three athletes in the top ten finishers – Shaun Livesey being the first of them in 6th place overall and 2nd V40 (17.07), followed by Ben Costello in 7th just three seconds behind in 17.10 and Derek Reilly in 10th with a time of 17.29 which was good packing by the lads.
In the Junior U7/U9 Race Felix Thompson had a cracking run finishing 2nd out of the twenty three strong field in a time of 4.01, just four seconds behind the winner Callum Singleton. Brother Dexta Thompson just keeps on winning even though at this, his latest race, he was troubled with a dodgy stomach. Dexta won in a time of 6.44 to hold of Robbie Smedley in 2nd place. Kady Thompson ran in the same race to finish 5th girl out of 10 and 31st overall with a time of 9.05.
Bofra at Ambleside – July 27th
One day later and Dexta Thompson is at it again – this time winning the U12’s Bofra Race at Ambleside. Ninety runners lined up in the mixed race which he won in a time of 8.36 from Charlie Almond (Ambleside AC) in 2nd place. Kady Thompson came home with a time of 13.53 in the Race (76th). Rob Hope won the Senior Race featuring ninety six runners which saw V50 John Orrell finish in 78th spot (24.06).
(U12 Girls Winner Alice Jones – with U12 Boys Winner Dexta Thompson)
Burnley U11’s Open Meeting
There was a good turnout from the Harriers young athletes – twenty in all – at the Burnley Open Meeting including one U8G – two U9B’s – one U9G – four U10B’s – six U10 G’s – two U11B’s – four U11G’s competing for the Club
U8 Girl Lulu Sharp came 8th in the 150m in a time of 32.7 – 2nd in the Cricket Ball Throw (10.48m) – 9th in the Long Jump with a distance of 1.81m. In the U9 Boys Felix Thompson came 3rd in the 50m (9.4) followed by William Bontoft in 4th (10.3). Same two again in the Cricket Ball Throw with Felix 2nd (22.80m) and William 8th (13.18m). Rounding off the day for these two with Long Jump in which Felix placed 8th (2.42m) and William 12th (1.73m). Hannah Davies competed in the U9 Girls events winning her Heat of the 50m in 8.5 – coming 3rd in the Final with the same time of 8.5. In the 150m she came 2nd in 26.0 and finished her day with a 3rd placed jump of 2.66m in the Long Jump.
The U10 Boys were represented by Matthew Smith who won his Heat of the 75m in 11.8 with Jack Probert 5th in his Heat (14.0), Findlay Carroll 3rd in his Heat (13.2) and Joel Bladon 2nd with a time of 12.3. Sienna Wareing came 2nd in Heat (2) of the U10G 75m with Alisha Lehner 2nd in 12.6, Imogen Robinson 3rd (12.8) and Lydia Houghton 5th (13.5) in Heat (3) and Olivia Banks 3rd (13.6), Tippi Francis 5th (14.5) in Heat (4). Back with the U10 Boys and it was a win for Matthew Smith in the 600m (2.01.4) with Findlay Carroll 8th in a time of 2.15.3. In the Cricket Ball Throw – Findlay Carroll took 3rd place with a distance of 26.20m followed in 4th spot by Jack Probert (25.29m). Sienna Wareing won the Cricket Ball Throw for the U10 Girls reaching 18.35m and she was backed up in 2nd place by Alisha Lehner (15.40m), Olivia Banks (6th) with 13.17m and Lydia Houghton in 9th (10.63m). In the Long Jump Matthew Smith added to his very good day with a 3rd in the Long Jump (3.60m) with Joel Bladon in 9th (3.05m) and Jack Probert 19th (2.42m). In the U10 Girls Long Jump Alisha Lehner placed 11th with a jump of 2.70m, Imogen Robinson (12th) cleared 2.69m, Lydia Houghton (15th) with 2.28m and Tippi Francis finished in 17th spot with a jump of 1.64m. Finishing the day for the U10’s was Joel Bladon who threw 3.24m in the Shot Putt (2.72kg) in 3rd position.
Harrison Allcock and Nathan Ashworth were the U11 Boys representatives which saw Harrison take 2nd place in Heat (2) of the 75m in 10.9 and then ran two tenths quicker in the Final for another 2nd place in 10.7. Nathan Ashworth ran a time of 2.15.3 in the 600m (7th) followed by the Long Jump where he finished 10th with 3.00m. Harrison Allcock won the Long Jump with a distance of 3.80m before finishing 2nd in the Shot Putt (2.72kg) with a throw of 5.14m. Madison Bontoft won the U11 Girls Shot Putt with a distance of 4.62m. In the Long Jump Kady Thompson placed 12th out of twenty with a distance of 2.95m with Isabelle Hartley in 13th (2.94m), Caitlin Clarkson (18th) with 2.64m and Madison Bontoft 19th with a leap of 2.63m. Caitlin Clarkson and Kady Thompson finished 2nd (22.40m) and 3rd (20.77m) with Isabelle Hartley 6th (17.60m) in the Cricket Ball Throw. In the 600m Race Isabelle Hartley came 5th out of 16 athletes in a time of 2.06.4.
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