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It was the ninth year in a row that Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Group have taken on Kirkham Grammar School, a fixture which has been won by Kirkham for the first 8 years.
Would it change this year and produce a win for the Harriers?
Well Indeed it did. So big congratulations to all the youngsters who turned out and gave of their best on the day, leading to the victory. Congratulations also to the young athletes from Kirkham Grammar School who helped make the the day and the athletics a very enjoyable occasion.
(Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Team – v – Kirkham Grammar School)
Alison Hulme who is the Sportshall Group Co-ordinator and also organiser of these fixtures was delighted to be able to report the win for the Harriers and told us “On Saturday 21 May 2016, after 6 years of trying, Blackburn Harriers’ U11 team finally got their hands on the Centenary Shield, beating Kirkham Grammar Junior School in a very close competition! The competition was started in Blackburn Harriers’ Centenary year (2010) and involves teams of 10 boys & 10 girls competing in 4 track events, 4 field events and 2 relays. The Kirkham teacher who devised the competition is Alf Oddie, who competed for Blackburn Harriers for many years.
After the track events the scores for both teams were even on 44 points; Blackburn pulled slightly ahead after the field events with 91 points compared to Kirkham’s 85 points. First place finishes by both Blackburn boys & girls 4x100m relay teams secured the victory, with Blackburn scoring 141 compared to Kirkham’s 123 points overall.
Blackburn girls were particularly strong with 1-2 finishes in 150m (Holly Bell & Charlotte Clapham), 600m (Kate Cookson & Caroline Woodworth), Long Jump (Sacha Brown & Holly Turner) and Triple Jump (Kate Cookson & Emily Cottam). For the boys, Harrison Allcock was first in 60m & long jump and Isaac Butler had an impressive run to win the 600m. Special mention must go to Jadyn Armstrong who bravely finished her hurdles race after taking a nasty tumble. Other team members were: Natasha Hill, Lucy Ramsden, Harry Anderton, Codie Dewhurst, Thomas Flynn,Alexander Galiatsatos, Oliver Proctor, Saul Sharp, Harry Thomas, Theo Sturgess.
Thanks go to the Kirkham teachers, Jean Leigh, Danny Maynard and all of the parents & relatives who made this event a success”.
(Ben Armstrong & John Cookson Team Managing for the Blue & Whites)
Sportshall Regional Final
Blackburn Harriers athletes were selected to compete for Lancashire in the North West Regional Final held on Saturday March 5th and they were Hannah Cookson in the U15’s, Eleesha Charnley and Emily Raine in the U13’s. Lancashire were competing against Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Full Results for U13 Boys & Girls + U15 Boys & Girls HERE
(Photo’s courtesy of John Cookson)
Hannah Cookson competed for the U15 Girl’s Team which finished 3rd in the competition overall. In the Standing Long Jump she set a new PB of 2.09m; in the 4 lap Race she came 5th out of 12 athletes, in the Speed Bounce 9th out of 12 and in the 8-Lap Parlauf (in pairs) she finished 2nd. Overall Hannah came equal 17th out of 24 U15 girls.
(U15 Girls – Hannah Back Row in the Middle)
In the U13 Girl’s Lancashire came second overall with 608 points, just 20 points off the winners – Greater Manchester whilst in the U15 Girl’s Lancashire came 3rd with 562 points to Greater Manchester who made it a double with 683 points.
(Emily 2nd from Right Back Row – Eleesha 2nd from Right Front Row)
Emily Raine and Eleesha Charnley competed in the U13 Girls Match. Emily came 3rd out of 8 in the 2-Lap Race, won the Standing Triple Jump with a leap of 7.02m which which we believe is a Lancashire Record and finally was part of the 4 x 2-Lap Relay in which Lancashire came 3rd.
Eleesha finished in 6th place in the 6-Lap Race, came 5th in the Standing Long Jump with a jump of 2.19m and topped off her day with a win in the 8-Lap Parlauf (in pairs).
2016 Lancashire Sportshall League
It has been an excellent season for the Clubs Sportshall Squad which has resulted in six of them being selected for the Lancashire Squad and finishing Runners Up in the League for 2015/2016.
Alison Hulme who is Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Co-ordinator was very pleased with the Clubs performances in this years Sportshall League and said after the last fixture on Sunday that “We secured second place behind Preston Harriers in the Lancashire Sportshall League. Thank-you to all the parents, coaches, helpers & athletes who have contributed to this success. We had a fantastic turnout of 39 athletes”.
The Harrier’s team age group positions were:- U11 Girls 3rd – U11 Boys 2nd – U13 Girls 2nd – U13 Boys 7th – U15 Girls 2nd and among them were first time competitors for the Club making their debut Natasha Harry-Coombes – Ellie Hallam – Grace Hilton – Hannah Short – Oliver Newsham
Emily Raine was the Under 13 Athlete of the Match, winning Triple Jump, Vertical Jump, 2 laps and finishing 3rd in Long Jump.
(All photos courtesy of John Cookson)
The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, earning points for the Club:-
Eleanor Allsop – 3rd= 1 lap, 2nd= 3 laps
Hollie Bell – 5th= Speed Bounce (SB)
Sacha Brown – 3rd LJ, 5th= SB
Leah Hoole – 1st SB, 6th LJ, 5th 1 lap
Claudia Lewis – 5th VJ, 6th Sitting Ball Throw (SBT)
Caterina Lombard – 2nd Javelin
Emma Love – 2nd TJ, 2nd VJ
Danielle Probert – 3rd Jav
Caroline Woodworth – 3rd SBT
Harrison Allcock – 4th SBT
Ben Boocock – 2nd SB, 4th TJ, 4th= Jav
Isaac Butler – 2nd= Jav, 3rd LJ, 4th SB
Codie Dewhurst – 5th 3 laps
Alexander Galiatsatos – 6th 3 laps
Jack Probert (first competition & only in Year 3) – 5th SBT
Saul Sharp (first competition) – 4th LJ, 4th VJ
Harry Thomas – 3rd SB
Connor Wilcock – 5th SB, 6th Jav
Olivia Blow – 5th 4 laps
Myah Booth – 2nd Shot Putt
Eleesha Charnley – 1st LJ, 3rd= VJ, 2nd= 4 laps, 2nd 6 laps
Christie Sturgess – 1st SB, 6th VJ, 6th 4 laps
Hannah Cookson – 1st 2 laps, 1st 4 laps, 2nd= SB, 4th LJ
Besides the above athletes, new personal bests were set by:-
Jayden Armstrong – LJ, SB
Maddison Bontoft – LJ, 1 lap
Charlotte Clapham – SB, Jav, 1 lap
Kate Cookson – 1 lap & 3 laps
Sian Coverley – VJ
Lily Thomas – 1 lap & 3 laps
Thomas Flynn – 1 lap
Max Peel – 1 lap
Emily Laycock – LJ, TJ & 2 laps
PB’s and SB’s for Cameron and Josh at Sportscity – Harriers youngsters represent Lancashire in Sportshall
Cameron Massey and Josh van Der Linde were out again at Sportscity in the popular Winter Indoor Series – Fixture 4 of 6 – last weekend putting in some good performances with every event a new personal best or season’s best.
Sportscity Results HERE
Both athletes took on the 60m Hurdles, 200m and the Shot Putt. In his Heat of the 60m Hurdles, Cameron set a new PB of 9.88 (4th) knocking off just over a tenth, whilst Josh, in his Heat took the win in 9.58 which represented a seasons best.
Onto the 200m which saw Josh set a new PB of 26.16 in 2nd place, cutting nearly a second off his previous best time Indoors. In his Heat, Cameron also set a new Indoor PB of 25.45 placing 2nd.
It was another new PB for Josh in the Shot Putt (5kg) in 5th with a throw of 7.86m and Cameron taking 2nd spot with another seasons best of 9.57m.
Josh commented at the end of the day saying that he “thought that the day was very successful but I need to improve in my Shot Putt. But overall a good day of competing“.
Equally Cameron was happy with the days results commenting that he “3 strode again and both Paul (Coach) and i know exactly where we are going forward to improve drastically and hopefully it will reflected at the next sport city fixture – all round it was a good day”.
Sportshall North West U11’s 2016
Six young athletes from the Harriers Sportshall Squad were selected to compete for Lancashire in the North West U11 competition against Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cumbria. One of the athletes parents described it “overall it was a smooth running and exciting day for the athletes and a great experience” and another parent commented “All the Blackburn Harriers can be very proud of competing for Lancashire”.
The Girls Team finished in 3rd place with 436 points, just seventeen points off a runners up place whilst the Boys were in 5th place scoring a total of 418 points and just 15 points behind 3rd place Merseyside.
A big well done and congratulations to Emma Love, Eleanor Allsop, Leah Hoole, Harrison Allcock, Ben Boocock an Codie Dewhurst.
Boys Team Results HERE
Girls Team Results HERE
Boys from left (Back Row) : 3rd Harrison Allcock, 4th Ben Boocock, 5th Codie Dewhurst
Girls from right (Front Row): 5th Emma Love, 6th Eleanor Allsop, 7th Leah Hoole
In was Fixture Two in this years Sportshall League last weekend and Blackburn Harriers are having one of their best ever years.
The Harriers Sportshall Co-ordinator – Alison Hulme – was delighted yet again with the performance of the Team and told us after the event that “Blackburn Harriers is in second place behind Preston Harriers in the Lancashire Sportshall League – as far as I am aware, this is the highest position that the Club has ever achieved! All of the girls teams (U11, U13 & U15) and U11 boys are in second place, with the U13 boys in 7th place. Thank-you to all the parents, coaches, helpers & athletes who have contributed to this success”.
The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, earning points for the Club:-
Eleanor Allsop – 1st= 1 lap, 3rd 3 laps, 6th= Speed Bounce (SB)
Hollie Bell (first competition) – 6th= Long Jump (LJ)
Sacha Brown (only in Year 4 & first competition) – 3rd LJ, 3rd= SB
Leah Hoole – 1st SB, 6th 3 laps
Caterina Lombard – 4th Javelin, 5th Triple Jump (TJ)
Emma Love (first competition)– 3rd TJ
Ben Boocock – 2nd SB
Isaac Butler – 4th= SB, 5th LJ
Thomas Sledge – 5th TJ
Harry Thomas – 3rd SB
Myah Booth – 4th Shot Putt
Eleesha Charnley – 2nd LJ, 3rd VJ, 3rd 4 laps, 3rd 6 laps
Emily Raine – 1st TJ, 2nd= 2 laps, 6th LJ, 6th VJ
Christie Sturgess – 4th= SB
Hannah Cookson – 1st SB, 1st 2 laps, 2nd 4 laps, 6th LJ
New personal bests were set by:-
Sam King – SB
Max Peel – LJ, SB, 1 lap
Kate Cookson – LJ
Molly Nicholls – 3 laps
Lily Thomas – SB, 1 lap & 3 laps
Alison also commented that “It was very rewarding as a coach to see many U11s making their sportshall debut, which includes those noted above plus Harrison Allcock, Jalal El-Sakka, Madison Bontoft, Sian Coverley, Kiera Haxton and Demi Thompson”.
The Harriers got off to a solid start at the first Lancashire Sportshall League fixture of the season in Blackpool at the weekend!
The highlight of the day was Hannah Cookson being awarded U15 Athlete of the Match, after winning both the 2 & 4 lap races and finishing 3rd in Speed Bounce & 5th in Long Jump. Overall Blackburn were 4th team.
The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, scoring points for their team:-
Ben Boocock – 2nd Speed Bounce, 6th Long Jump & 1 lap
Thomas Booth – 2nd Chest Push
Thomas Flynn – 4th Target Throw, 6th= Speed Bounce
Eleanor Allsop – 2nd 3 laps, 3rd 1 lap, 4th Speed Bounce
Esme Booth – 6th Chest Push
Charlotte Clapham – 4th= Javelin
Kate Cookson – 1st Speed Bounce, 6th Triple Jump
Leah Hoole – 5th Triple Jump, 6th Vertical Jump
Caroline Woodworth – 4th= Chest Push
Myah Booth – 5th LJ &TJ, 6th Shot Putt
Christie Sturgess – 3rd= Speed Bounce
Eleesha Charnley – 2nd Long Jump, 3rd Vertical Jump, 4th 4 & 6 laps
Other athletes who set new personal bests included:-
Jadyn Armstrong – Speed Bounce, 1 & 3 laps
Molly Nicholls – Long Jump, Vertical Jump, 1 & 3 laps – well done new PBs in all 4 events!
Olivia Blow – 2 laps
Emily Laycock – 2 laps
A final mention to Codie Dewhurst who made his Sportshall debut and thanks to John, Ben, Sam & Nikki who organised the long jump event.
(Please note that the next fixture is on Sunday 13th December, not the usual date in January.)
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