Category Archives: Track & Field
Ben in top 5 at Percy Pud 10k – Wins for Ben and Jayden at Sportscity Indoor Meeting – Harriers qualifying for Lancashire Schools Champs – Sportshall kids Shine – Junior Endurance Monthly Award
Two thousand, eight hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Percy Pud 10k which was won in a course record time of 29.13 by Jack Martin of Stocport with second placed Andrew Heyes also breaking 30 minutes iwht a time of 29.31. There was a battle for 3rd place between James Straw and Ben Fish which saw Straw take 3rd in 31.11 and Ben coming home in a time of 31.15 in 4th for a seasons best time. This was Ben’s 5th 10k this year, having won four of them and afterwards he commented that the “Race went well, knew no one would touch the first two. Disappointed I couldn’t pull away at 7km and secure third”.
Also running in this Race was V40 Paul Jeffries who came home in 245th place with a time of 41.38 and he told the Harriers “This morning i took part in the Percy Pud 10k race in Sheffield organised by the Steel City Striders, It was a nice surprise to see a friendly face (Ben Fish), 41:38 chip time and 245th out of a field of 2860 competitors, the weather was cold and wet, i found the course to be quite challenging but felt strong on the hill climbs, also met a few sporting heroes before the race, Michael Rimmer and Eilish McColgan.
Michael Rimmer – Paul Jeffries – Eilish McColgan
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 2nd
Ben Brampton, Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock all competed at the first in this years six fixture Indoor Series held at Sportscity.
It was agreat start for new member Jayden Riley (U15) as he won the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.29 with Ben Boocock behind him in 2nd place clocking 9.57 which was seven tenths faster than his previous best so far and a new PB. Long Jumper Ben Branton (U17) tried the 60m and had a cracking run to win in a time of 7.71 which was six tenths faster than his last run over the distance indoors and another new PB. It didn’t go as well in the Long Jump for Ben as he finished with a leap of 5.11m for 13th place out of 19 competitors.
Blackburn Schools Cross Country Championships – Sarturday December 1st at Witton Park
There were some very good results for Blackburn Harriers at the Town Schools Champs with all of these qualifying for the Lancashire Champs in February 2019. The official results are not yet available but at least 9 Blackburn Harriers have qualified – Hayden Mercer – Isaac Butler – Theo Watson – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Amy Davies – Ruby Cain – Eva Knowles. – without the official results we are not able to declare any other runners as having qualified at this stage.
Hayden Mercer (2nd) – Isaac Butler (1st) – Theo Watson (3rd)
Hollie Cubbon (2nd) – Leah Hoole (1st) – Kate Cookson (3rd)
Amy Davies (1st ) – Ruby Cain (3rd)
Sportshall Competition – Blackpool Sunday December 2nd
Sunday saw the second round of this years Lancashire Sportshall Competition take place once again at Blackpool. Team Manager for the day for both Boys and Girls was Sportshall Coach – Lindsay Davies who said that it was “Another enjoyable day at Sportshall but a bit quieter than usual, probably due to the cross country day before. Our little Harriers are mostly new to the competition this year but that didn’t stop them putting every effort into the competition”.
Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Alesha Hindle, Imogen Robinson and Brooke Szatkowski, who have done many competitions now, put in fantastic performances for the Under 11 girls. Evie Fort, Megan Purkis and Sammy Peacock, Maisie Taylor, Alex Peacock and Isabela Thompson who are all relatively new at Sportshall did fantastic too in the under 11 girls.
Under 11 boys consisted of Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Cameron Osborne, Henry Gibson, Rohan McGoy, Jack Duxbury and Findlay Carroll, Matthew Lowe, Theo Robinson and Sam Craven, again as with the girls, we have a few new to Sportshall but they also put in some tremendous performances.
In the Under 13 and 15 Girls, we had some great performances from Niamh Gater, Lucy Rishton who had an impressive speed bounce of 81, Sophie Gibson, Uma McGoy, Isabelle Hartley and Imogen Mansfield also Myah Booth who won the under 15 girls athlete of the match. Under 13 and 15 Boys we had Aidan Downes, Isaac Butler (84 in Speed bounce) and Hayden Mercer.
The Harriers scoring relay teams were:-Under 11 girls, Alisha Lehner, Imogen Robinson, Evie Fort and Brooke Szatkowski, Under 11 boys, Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Findlay Carroll and Matthew Lowe. Under 13 girls, Lucy Rishton, Niamh Gater, Isabelle Hartley and Sophie Gibson. Under 15 girls, Imogen Mansfield and Myah Booth. Under 15 Boys Hayden Mercer and Isaac Butler. All athletes were very well behaved on the day and are a credit to the club, it is an honour to have such amazing young athletes.
Thank you from Coach Lindsay.
Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month
This Award is given each month to an athlete in the Junior Endurance Group and is decided byt he two Coaches – Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley. Their decision is based on the youngsters attitdue to training, their consistency in attending, their behaviour and ability to listen and take instructions and guidance on board and importantly, to understand the importance of supporting all the other members of the Group.
The winner for October was Eve Coulson and the winner for November was Lulu Sharp.
Eve Coulson (October)
Lulu Sharp (November)
Tim Wins Preston 10 and Harriers Win 1st Team – Tour of Pendle & Litton Birks Loop with the Harriers – Paul runs Remembrance Day 10k
It turned out to be a very good weekend for the Harriers. After winning the Senior Men and Senior Women’s Red Rose cross country race at Marl Pits, the Senior Men were out at the Preston 10, a local race with a long history and featuring a field in excess of 500 runners.
Tim Raynes who has been in excellent form, winning the Red Rose cross country races at Leigh and Bolton, was making his debut over this distance and was up against some very good runners at the front end of the race. That excellent form came to fruition again which saw him win the Race in a time of 52.10 – 26 seconds in front of 2nd placed Rob Danson (52.37) and Adam Sciacca (52.43) and Chris Livesey (52.44) fighting it out for 3rd spot. Three places in the top ten by the Harriers meant that the Club won the Team prize too.
After the race, Tim spoke to the Club and told us “I came into the race not really knowing what to expect, having not run a 10 mile race before. Knowing that there was a decent field at the front, I decided to stick in with the lead group and see how the race progressed. After the first lap of 5 miles, it was down to a group of 4. At this point, Adam Sciacca upped the pace in an effort to get away. I tucked in behind him, however it was enough to drop Rob and Chris. Getting to about 7 miles though, I could sense Adam was starting to tire. I bided my time but, knowing that Rob and Chris may start to close, attacked with just over two miles to go. It was really pleasing to get the win, and great to pick up the team prize as well – well done to the other lads on some great runs. Great to be part of such a strong training group, which is clearly pushing all of us on.”
Karl Billington is going from strength to strength, evidenced by his 6th place today in a time of 54.23 and over a distance, which like Tim, he was making his debut in. Post-race Karl spoke to the Club commenting “Really happy with my debut 10miler, found the last mile tough. Lots of work to be done before Ribble Valley and the barca half”.
Next home for the Harriers was Chris Davies who was part of the Senior Men’s winning team the previous day at Rossendale. Chris ran just eight seconds outside of his personal best, posting a time of 56.14 in 10th place. Chris also won the V40 category too and afterwards told the Club about his weekend saying that he was “Really pleased with this weekends performance’s. Marl Pitts XC is always a tough race and I came away from that in good condition to have a good stab at the Preston 10. I started off the race feeling great and came through the 5 mile marker in good shape and on for a PB but unfortunately I got to 7 1/2 and knew I was starting to slow down. I got on to the duel carriageway and just had to dig it out with 2 miles to go and just missed out on a PB. Not to concerned though. It was a strong run after the XC and has only made me more confident in getting a PB at the Ribble Valley 10K. I’ve had a great year and it’s helped running with a great Senior group which has also been improving all year. Onwards and upwards”.
In 15th place came Calum James Holmes with a new PB of 57.40 which was a three minute improvement on his previous personal best over the distance and he, like Chris, ran in the successful Senior Men’s cross country team the day before. Calum commented about his weekend saying “I raced today even though I did Cross Country at Marl Pits. I felt okay doing it and was confident I was going to pb this morning at Preston. I finished 15th in 57 minutes which is five minutes better than last year, and also Blackburn won the Team race. I would also like to congratulate my team mates Chris, Tim and Karl who finished top ten”.
Even though Victoria Mousley has been unwell, she still ran the race after entering a while ago coming home in 249th (79.00). V55 David Morris also ran, placing 446th in a time of 97.29.
Tour of Pendle – Saturday November 17th
RACE RESULTS (Noy yet available)
Four Blackburn Harriers were on the line for this race Helen Leigh – Danny Teare – John Horrocks – Gary Pearse – and it was who John led the way home as he finished in 54th position clocking 2hr 52 which was a pretty good performance given that John had been plagued with an injury. After it was all over, John spoke to the Club about the day and his race saying “Tour of Pendle. What a race. Good day for it with a coolish wind on the tops. Coming into it I’d been struggling with an slight injury so not been able to do the training that I wanted to so I aimed to be under 3 hours. Stood on the start line I said to myself set off steady and try to pace it, that went in the bin as soon as go was shouted. Managed a good pace to the bottom of geronimo where I was happy to see my dad for some good old jelly babies and a Capri sun. Worked a treat and kept me going to the top of mearley climb. At this point I was placing early 30’s and felt good to push for top 30, then the dreaded big end climb came and I blew up. From the trig point back down to the finish at barley was the longest 2.5 miles I’d ever run. Ended up 54th in a time of 2 hours 52. Veg soup never tasted so good! Definitely be back next year. Well done to all the harriers who ran and thanks to the marshals as always”.
L-R Helen Leigh – Danny Teare – Martin Haworth
Fabulous to see Helen Leigh back on the Fells racing again. This athlete has gone through more injuries & operations than you can shake a stick at, but her determination knows no bounds as she showed at the weekend and as she told the Harriers afterwards “The Tour of Pendle is not for the faint hearted and there’s not many races tougher when it comes to fell racing. Just shy of 17 rough miles and 5000ft of climbing, my only real aim was to get round with both my hips still intact! I tried to pace sensibly and despite fuelling well, I still started cramping from about mile 10 where the real hard work begins. I found myself in a good position and was chasing hard for 3rd but had to settle for 4th in the end and 98th overall in 3.02. In super windy conditions I was over the moon with this, and so so happy to have finished a race in one piece after a near 3 year hiatus!“
Gary Pearse having competed in the Short Circuit 33 mile race just a couple of weeks ago was the next athlete in for the Harriers. Speaking after the race Gary said that it was a “Good day conditions wise, but the usual Pendle cloud was hanging on the tops and it was windier than expected from the calm conditions in Barley. I risked running with a long recent outing in my legs which proved my undoing, but as I was also raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation I was definitely completing the race. Great to see Helen Leigh back racing and John Horrocks in good form. The usual healthy pace on the road out was checked by the first climb to the Trig. It was lovely to run for a short while with Helen before she showed me a clean pair of heels. Wheels well and truly came off on the second to last big climb/decent and I was on the edge of cramping entirely before I hit the road and stretched out again on the run in. It was brilliant to see Helen and Jean at the finish. Great to be out again in this iconic fell race and especially well done to Helen and John.
I would also like to add to the tributes to George Kirby, a time for reflection and celebration of a remarkable person”.
Danny Teare unfortunately had to drop out of the race after looking forward to it, but said post-race that it had been “Fantastic conditions for the race, with over 500 pre-registered. Several Harriers on the list and many familiar faces lined up. I was raring to go and felt well prepared. Training had gone well, no injuries and the pre-race fuel was all safely on board. Half way round I was a few minutes ahead of last years pace and feeling like I could eek out a bit more in the second half. However, half way up the climb from checkpoint 5, I realised I was shedding places and couldn’t seem to get my head down and push on. I took shelter at the top and took more fuel + drink on board, letting it settle for a new minutes before heading off again….. but after a further 500m, I just didn’t feel confident that I could take on the last 2 climbs without having to bail out. I opted for safety first, took a right hand turn and headed back to Barley under my own steam. Disappointing not to finish but glad that I didn’t get into a difficult situation that would have put stress on myself and the marshals. Great event as ever and very well run. Good turnout from BBH and well done to all who took part. (I will look to put it right next year!!)”.
Litton Birks Loop – Saturday November 17th
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson ran this fell race which was a new one on the calendar and won by Ted mason of Wharfedale in a time of 36.44. John placed 47th overall in a time of 56.22 whilst Ian came home in 51st spot clocking 57.58.
John enjoyed the race and commented afterwards “A new race, and having no idea where we were going apart from around Birks Tarn at the top, it was a case of keeping your head down and just keep moving forward, upwards, upwards and more upwards! A beautiful day but a climb that seemed to never end. 22.49 before I reached the trig at the top. Then a loop across the moors and around the tarn, before a ‘not so fast’ decent (11.32) on steep rocky slippy limestone. A bottle of specially brewed fell race beer and chip butty at the end. What’s not to like about Fell Running!”
Ian was equally effusive about the race commenting “1st time this event was hosted, a BS cat race, 4.8 miles and just over 1200 feet of ascent, a flat plateau on the top, views to die for and then 1200 feet of decent!! A bit of a tough one, but for a fiver entry fee, which included a bottle of beer and a chip butty, what was not to enjoy. Having been out of action with a dodgy ankle for a couple of months it was great to have a go and see what happens, ankle survived and some confidence restored. Looking forward to the David Staff Memorial Fell Race next week”.
AFTER – Ian Clarkson & John Orrell
BEFORE – Ian Clarkson & John Orrell
Windmill 10k – Sunday November 11th
Paul Jeffries has a recent set back with a hip bursa, but felt good enough to run the Lytham Windmill 10k on Remembrance Sunday. V40 Paul finished 41st place overall on the day clocking a time of 41.52.89 out of race featruing 1227 finishers. Paul told us afterwards that “it was a better run than I could of hoped for”.
Chris Wood is a Life Member of Blackburn Harriers having joined the Club in 1965. On the night he received his Life membership Award at St Marks Club along with another Harriers Legend – Chris Fay, Chris commented on how much Blackburn Harriers had meant to him and what the Club had done for him. He represented the Club as an athlete during which time he won the Jersey Marathon in a time of 2.28, went on to serve on the Harriers Executive Committee as Secretary and then dedicated himself to a lot of hard work in becoming a Starting Official where he has gained a considerable reputation leading to recognition at national and international level. Even though he has reached a very high level of competence, officiating as he does at the top athletic meetings, he can still be found on a Saturday officiating at grass roots athletics in the Mid Lancs Leagues and other similar events, always intent on putting back the maximum into the sport he loves.
Chris was recently informed that he had been elected to sit on the UKA Officials’ National Peer Group as one of three representatives of the starting fraternity. This involves assesing and recommending people for promotion to L4 and the National Active List as well as drafting the selections for those who will be appointed to officiate at National, International and televised meetings.
To give some idea of what a successful candidate has to have done in order to become eligible for election to the Peer Group you need to have been a chief official at a major L5 meeting – in 2018 Chris was Chief Starters’ Assistant at both the Athletics World Cup and the Manchester International. He was also a starter at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix and the Muller Diamond League at Birmingham. At the latter Steve Cram commented on TV how measured and polite he was in instructing the athletes!
At the next level down Chris was Start Coordinator at both the indoors and outdoors BUCS as well as the EA Senior Indoor CE at which he caused a stir by refusing to start a BMC 3k as there were too many in the field for safety! This got Chris an “A” assessment from the National Technical Delegate for making the correct call and then not backing down.
In addition to receiving recognition at the above Chris has been heavily committed to developing an electronics start system, working closely with Nigel Holl of UKA. Chris outlined what had been involved – telling the Harriers that “Every two years European Athletics makes innovation awards in five categories; this year is a competition year. Back in June Nigel suggested that we make a submission for TESS (The Electronic Start System), which we did with only three days to go before the deadline. I received an email today from European Athletics in Lausanne to advise that we had won the “Technology” category! The winners of the five categories are then taken forward to be assessed as the overall winner to be awarded in Lausanne next month”.
Many congratulations from everyone at Blackburn Harriers
Winning Start for Harriers in Cross Country Season – Jess 4th at Cardiff Cross Challenge – New PB’s for Chris and Calum at Manchester Half-Marathon – Charlotte & Matt Shine at Hammer Circle – John Debuts in Duathlon
Contrasting conditions at the start of the cross country season with good weather at Leigh for the Red Rose league fixture and pretty wet, muddy and windy at Ulverston which hosted the first Mid Lancs fixture of the season.
(ALL RED ROSE PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHARD MARCHANT)
Great Start for the Club at Leigh in the opening fixture in the Red Rose League as the Senior Women won both the Team and the Vet Team after great running and packing by the athletes. Leading the Club home to the Team win was Katie Buckingham who finished 3rd overall clocking an impressive time of 20.41 with Carmen Byrne in 5th (20.49), Joanne Nelson in 6th (21.04), Victoria Mousley in 7th (21.17), Carly Edwards 16th (21.59) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (20th) with a time of 22.39 securing the win. The winning Vet Team win was headed by Carmen Byrne in 2nd place, Joanne Nelson in 3rd and Victoria Mousley in 4th.
Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was really pleased with the teams performances and commented at the end of the day that it was “A fantastic start to the Red Rose cross country season from the ladies. A great turn out in Leigh with 2 teams. First home was Katie in an outstanding 4th place. She was well supported by Carmen in 6th and myself 7th which resulted in first team. Victoria was next to finish which secured first vets team too. Double whammy!! Carly and Ellen ran well to ensure Harriers had a second team. A fabulous day. Looking forward to the next fixture at Bolton. Great team work, ladies!“
The Senior Men also had a cracking day which saw Tim Raynes win the race outright and the Harriers winning the Team as they had all six counters home in the first 14 places. Tim headed the field of nearly two hundred athletes winning by nearly half a minute in 33.45, backed up by some very good runs from Ben Costello in 3rd spot (34.20), Karl Billington in 7th place (35.00), Josh Holgate 8th (35.09), Jacob Watson 12th (35.54) and Marc Hartley 14th in a time of 36.13.
Paul Bradshaw was the next Harrier across the line in 31st position clocking 38.13 followed by Paul Brindle in 33rd (38.23), John Horrocks (43rd) running a time of 39.38, Thomas Marchant 55th and 3rd U20 on the day with a time of 40.57, V50 Chris Balderson in 68th place (42.01), V45 Craig Greenough (8th) in 42.53, Mark Almond running 43.55 in 99th place and Allan Hartley in 169th posting a time of 50.35.
With most of the Harriers Junior athletes competing in the Mid Lancs at Ulverston, there were just a few competing at Leigh with Harry Sambrook in his first year as an U13 placing 40th out of a field six in a time of 11.45 – Isabelle Hartley running in the U13 Girls Race coming home in 39th out of 63 with a time of 11.48 and George Whittaker finishing 18th out of forty one in the U15 Boys Race (14.26).
Success for the Harriers continued at the Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, this time for the Harriers Juniors which saw the Club produce four team wins, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th team place, two individual outright wins and a win in the Men’s V50 category.
The U11’s got the Club off to a good start as the Girls came 2nd in the team event overall with Hannah Davies (7th) in 9.21, Eve Coulson in 8th (9.26) and Imogen Robinson clocking 9.29 to finish just three points behind Kendal-Helm. Isabella Pacelli ran a time of 10.19 in 20th with Lulu Sharp in 36th (11.17) and Emelia Stockton in 39th.
The U11 Boys went one better winning the team race as Mathew Smith came home in 2nd place (8.15), with Sam Aspey in 5th (8.34) and Oliver Gill 12th in a time of 8.52 which helped them finish twelve points in front of Lancaster & Morecambe. Charlie Haworth and William Grundy finished in 15th and 16th respectively, both being given the same time of 9.04 with Findlay Carroll another six seconds further back in 18th spot (9.10). Liam Bennison (28th) in 9.44, Loucas Lancashire (31st) in a time of 9.46, Alexander Brien in 10.21 (42nd), Evan Potter in 47th (11.13), Isaac Smith 50th in 11.36 and Sam Craven 51st (11.38) made it twelve U11 Boys and six Girls who braved the weather to compete and all credit to them.
It was 3rd place for the U13 Girls Team as Kate Cookson finishing 14th out of 40 in the field (10.49), Keira Haxton (16th) in 10.53 and Molly Grinshaw in 18th spot (11.11) were the three counters for the team. Ten seconds separated Amelia Burton in 22nd (11.20), Caroline Woodworth (23rd) in 11.22 and Eva Knowles (24th) clocking 11.30 as Kiera Booth came home in 28th place (11.40), with Libby Neal in 36th (12.58) and Madison Bontoft in her first ever cross country league fixture in 40th (14.16).
Isaac Butler had a very impressive indidvidual win in the U13 Boys race coming home fourteen seconds in front of second place and leading the boys to another team win on the day. Isaac won the race in 10.09 with back up from Jonathan Brindle in 13th place (11.15), Daniel Smith in 17th (11.34), Codie Dewhurst in 19th (11.37), Saul Sharp (24th) with a time of 11.52 and Umair Rafiq in 27th position (12.25).
Eleesha Charnley, Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden teamed up to record another team win for the Harriers in the U15 Girls which saw Eleesha place 3rd overall, clocking 11.05 with Leah in 5th place (11.49) and Rebecca in 17th (13.17). The U15 Boys finished 4th team on the day and were led home by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who took 16th place in the 42 strong field (17.21) with Hayden Mercer in 23rd (17.46), Danny Woodcock (29th) in a time of 18.49, Thomas Brooks 35th in 19.58 and Sebastian Burton clocking 20.33 in 38th spot.
There was an individual and very comfortable win for Amy Davies in the U17 Women’s Race as she clocked 17.31 – nearly 50 seconds in front of 2nd place. The U17 men took the fourth team win of the afternnon as they finished just five points clear of Blackpool with Matt Ramsden taking 2nd spot in 23.20, Sam Hodkinson coming home in 4th place (24.07) and Harry Wilkin in 14th with a time of 27.59. Mark Chippendale had a very good run in the Senior Men’s race coming home 12th overall out of two hundred and fifty one and winning the V50 age category in a time of 36.30. Lindsay Davies competed in the Senior Women’s Race to come home in 36th place overall (32.39) out of a field of one hundred and fifty eight.
Cross Challenge Series 2018
The first race in this years Cross Challenge Series which took place in Cardiff on Saturday October saw Jess Judd come home in 4th place overall (22.04) behind the winner – Anna Moller from Denmark (21.48), Kate Avery 2nd in 21.52 and Emily Hosker-Thornhill 3rd in 21.54.
The second race takes place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on November 24th and is one of the highlights of the cross country calendar in the North West.
Manchester Half-Marathon – Sunday October 14th
Four Blackburn Harriers contested this race featuring some ten thousand runners last Sunday. Ben Fish was the first athlete home for the Club clocking a time of 68.09 and 10th overall in the race.
Chris Davies had a fabulous race, one which he had targeted all year, as he came home in 35th place and 4th V40 in a new PB time of 73.33 – some two minutes faster than his previous best time for the distance. Also getting a massive new PB was Calum James, who was making his debut for the Harriers – Calum ran a time of 84.08 in this same race in 2017 and then reduced that time to 78.57 this year at Blackpool. On Sunday he chopped nearly three minutes off his best time to set a new personal best of 76.06. V45 Paul Guinan came home in 126th position and just seonds outside breaking 80 minutes as he placed 9th V45 in a time of 80.03.
Hammer Circle Reunion – 13/14th October – Hull
More very good performances for Harriers athletes and this time in Field events at the Hammer Circle Reunion event held in Hull over the weekend.
U15 Matt Heywood won the 4kg Hammer throw with a distance of 44.81m, finished 6th in the 5kg Hammer competition with a throw of 40.08m and 1st in the Weight (16lb) with a distance of 16.81m.
U17 Charlotte Williams had a great weekend as she won the Hammer (3kg) with a throw of 54.61m and then threw a new PB of 54.12 in the Hammer (4kg) and 1st U17.
Lancaster Duathlon – Sunday October 14th
John Cookson made his debut at this local Duathlon at the weekend and was reasonbly pleased with the outcome telling the Club that he “Thoroughly enjoyed it. 5K run, 24K bike and then same 5K run again. A super event for a novice. Only 76 competing on the day. I even managed a top half finish coming 28th. The run was more like a xc taking place as it did through farm land and by the canal. The bike route was undulating so I got found out a wee bit on the up climbs by the more experienced cyclists but I made sure I got my own back on the second run!!”
Fastest Leg of the day for Jess at Northern Road Relays – Jack Wins Suunto Adventure Triathlon Series
A windy but bright day was the setting for this years Northern Athletics Road Relays at Sportscity and for the Harriers, there were twenty two Teams contesting all of the age groups, both male and female which followed on from running twenty eight Teams at the North West Relays held in Delamere a couple of week ago.
The Women’s ‘A’ Team finished in 9th place out of nearly a 100 Teams with Carmen Byrne (23.04) in 32nd spot, Maddie Elliott 23.45 pulling back eight places, Victoria Mousley 23.39 winning back another five places along with the individual run of the day from Jess Judd who anchored the Women’s ‘A’ Team clocking the fastest leg of the whole day (19.52), pulling back another nine places.
The Harriers ‘B’ Team placed 43rd overall with Janine Fallon (26.50), Katie Buckingham (23.30), Hannah Cookson (26.33) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (25.57) followed by the ‘C’ Team of Lindsay Davies (27.27), Catherine Guinan (29.02), Freya Black (27.31) and Becky Shorrock (26.35) coming home in 66th position.
The Senior Men had four Teams competing on the day with the ‘A’ Team just missing the top ten by just two seconds placing 11th overall out of one hundred and twenty eight teams. Tim Raynes ran a great Leg (1) in 14th place (20.34) handing over to Rob Warner on Leg (2) clocking 20.38 and pulling back four places to leave Marc Hartley in 10th spot on Leg (3). Marc ran 21.51 in 14th place overall followed by Ben Costello on Leg (4) with 21.47 and Chris Davies on Leg (5) 21.42 and anchored by Ben Fish with another superb run of 19.50 which took him to within four seconds of the top ten fastest legs on the day and 13th fastest overall on the day.
The Men’s ‘B’ Team put together very consistent times between them as they came home in 34th place U20 Joe Gebbie leading off on Leg (1) in 23.04 and coming in 64th. Karl Billington ran the fastest leg of the Team in 22.12 which brought the team back to 52nd followed by another U20 Thomas Marchant picking up another place on Leg (3) with a time of 23.38. Tom Blaney got us another three places on Leg (4) running 22.47 with Zac Howe clocking 22.28 and gaining another nine places on Leg (5) before Josh Holgate on the last leg secured another 5 places with his run of 22.25.
Our ‘C’ Team came home in 77th position and the ‘D’ Team 108th. Jonny Murphy, making his debut for the Club took on Leg (1) with a time of 23.34 and the fourth Leg in the 23 second bracket produced by the lads. Leg(2) saw U20 Nick Smith clock 26.21 before handing over to Paul Bradshaw on Leg (3) who ran 23.32, pulling back ten places. On Leg (4) with a time of 27.10 it was a welcome return for Mat Nuttall who has suffered from injury for quite a time now and he handed over to Team Captain Paul Guinan on Leg (5) with a time of 23.26 followed by the fastest Leg of the team by Paul Brindle of 23.18.
John Cookson led the ‘D’ Team off on Leg (1) with a time of 27.33 and he was followed by five Legs which all improved the position of the team by a number of places after every Leg. On Leg (2) it was Sean Procter in 27.15 followed by John Chaplin on Leg (3) in 26.35, Leg (4) Allan Hartley in a time of 29.00, Paul Jeffries on leg (5) recording a time of 27.13 and the fastest Leg of the Team was run by Danny Maynard (25.56) on Leg (6).
Great to see a whole lot of Harriers out in the Junior Races and team maanaged by Chris Thompson, Danny Teare, Michael Sharp and Andrew Knowles who had also team managed for the North West Relays at Delamere.
Girls team manager – Michael Sharp – commented at the endo fhte day “A perfect day to race at Sportscity and The girls did themselves proud.They all got there in plenty of time warmed up together with smiles on their faces.We had a couple of the girls who had been Ill this week,one didn’t make it and wasn’t fit to run today and Rebecca who came did amazing to help her team mates out.Very proud of them all and they should be proud of themselves.With the Cross country season coming soon the girls will turnout in force and I can see a great season ahead for them all”.
Boys team manager – Chris Thompson had similar thoughts as he told us after the Junior Races had been completed “This time around only having three teams to manage made it all easier, all my lads turned up in plenty of time allowing me to relax and enjoy every minute of it all. There was some team changes from last time at Delamere but looking results it all worked fine, I know Ben wasn’t keen to go first but showed he was more than capable of doing so and the relays are great for this helping them bring out their strengths, Issac ran a fantastic third leg helping his team close a few places so overall the lads did great and I know it’s tough for them but I hope they all enjoyed it. We were of of only two teams who were able to field three teams on the day which shows how good the cross country will be when we can show our strength in numbers”.
Thirty teams in the U17 Men’s Race which included two teams form the Harriers. The ‘A’ Team saw Jamie Teare lead off on leg (1) coming home in 28th spot in a time of 13.44 followed by Sam Hodkinson on Leg (2) who clcoked 12.35 and gained back five mre places before handing over to Matt Ramsden who ran 11.51 – the 11th fastest leg of the day in the U17 men – brining the team home in 13th and another improvement ten places. Our ‘B’ Team came 30th with Tom Betty running 15.15 on Leg (1), Findlay Sullivan running the fastest on Leg (2) with 13.43 and Harry Wilkin clocking 14.19 on Leg (3).
Nineteen teams contested the U17 Women’s race which had one team from the Hrriers competing. Running the 15th fastest Leg of the day, Amy Davies led the team off with a time of 14.10, followed by Hollie Oldham on Leg (2) with a time of 16.34 and Chloe Gardner on Leg (3) with 18.45 leaving the team in 17th place.
Two Boys Teams were in the thirty seven strong team field in the U15’s whcih saw the ‘A’ team finish in 24th spot consisting of Hayden Mecer on the first Leg (12.13), handing over to George Whittaker on leg (2) running a time of 13.12 and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on the final Leg clcoking 13.02. Our ‘B’ Team came in 36th with Zac Walmsley running a time of 12.36 on Leg (1), Rory Teare (14.30 on Leg (20) and Sebastian Burton (14.43) on the last Leg.
The Harriers ran two Teams in the U15 Girls who finished 24th and 42nd. The ‘A’ Team was led off by Eleesha Charnley with a 13.09 clocking followed by Sophie Stanworth on Leg (2) in 14.53 and Hollie Cubbon running a time of 14.31 on the final leg. Rebecca Ramsden who ran to support the team not feeling well, led off the ‘B’ Team on Leg (1) with a time of 16.11 and backed up by Molly Nicholls on Leg (2) in 15.57 and Eleanor Allsop on Leg (3) with a time of 17.28.
Dexta Thompson brought the U13 Boys home in 10th place after a first Leg run of 13.05, before Theo Watson in his debut season clocked 13.24 on Leg (2) to drop to 13th position. Isaac Butler had a cracking run on the final Leg to run the 6th fastest Leg of all the U13 Boys (12.17) to help the team finish in 7th spot overall out of 37 teams. The ‘B’ Team did really well too finishing 16th overall and led off by Ben Livesey, also in his debut season as he clocked 13.28 on the first leg and backed up by Umair Rafiq on Leg (2) with a time of 13.47 and Codie Dewhurst who clocked 13.20 on the last Leg. The ‘C’ Team ran solidly, led off by Saul Sharp on leg (1) with 15.06, Lewis Hardman another first season debuatant on Leg (2) running a time of 16.25 and Stephen Alberts on the last leg (14.43).
The U13 Girls featured forty two teams and among them, two from Blackburn Harriers. Just forty four seconds in total spearated the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Teams with the ‘A’ team placing 23rd overall in a combined time of 44.36 and the ‘B’ team 27th in 45.20.
Kiera Booth came home in 38th place after Leg (1) with a time of 15.32, after which Caroline Wood worth picked up seven places to move the team to 31st with a time of 14.42 and followed by the fastest leg run by Kate Cookson (14.22) which took another seven places. Keira Haxton ran the 2nd fastest leg of the U13 Girls as she clocked 14.23 on the first leg, handing over to Lucy Ramsden who ran 15.12 and followd don the last leg by Isabelle Hartley running a time of 15.13.
Due to illness the third U13 Girls team was incomplete but that didn’t stop Amelia Burton and Kady Thompson whop wanted to run irrespective and clocked times of 14.41 and 16.17 respectively, so well done to both of them.
Suunto Adventure Triathlon Series
Featuring the famous Slateman, Snowman and Sandman triathlon races, the series is one of Europe’s best loved collection of adventure races. Jack Hindle won the first (Slateman) and the second (Snowman) of the three races and entered the Sandman at the weekend, looking to win the whole Series.
Jack finished 2nd on the day but won the overall Series which was his main aim at the start of the season. He had the second fastest Swim, the fourth fastest bike ride and the fastest run of the day to come home in a total time of 2hr 28.15 behind the winner who clocked 2hr 24.26. Afterwards, Jack spoke to the Harriers about the Series and the difference between amateur and professional competition saying “2018 has been a fantastic season for me. Multiple race wins and an overall national series title, is more than I could have hoped for. I’ve had to work hard all year and it certainly hasn’t been an easy task. It’s a stepping stone on a long journey. I’ve been asked throughout the year, whether I have intentions to turn professional as a triathlete. But the bottom line is, I have to be extremely realistic. If I did go into the professional fields, how competitive would I be. How much money would I actually make. At this moment in time, I do myself any justice and would just get swallowed up in the professional ranks, not doing myself justice, sponsors justice and most of all I don’t think I would enjoy myself. This isn’t me saying I’m afraid of the competition or afraid of losing, but professional fields are for the professional athletes. And for me if you can’t go with the pace of the swim/bike or run. Then there’s no point in you being there. Yesterday proved that to me, racing against a newly registered professional, and still being just under 4 minutes back, says to me I am not ready to make the transition. I’ve got a career to establish first, which will allow me to hopefully one day, achieve a dream. But for now it’s back to running around a muddy park somewhere in Lancashire, away from the glitz and glamour of triathlon. Loving every second of a sport that has become part of me. Thanks to the Club for all the support”.
Tony sets New PB at World Masters in Malaga – New PB’s for Harriers at Wigan Open – Ben in Top Five at Bury 10k
World Masters Track & Field Championships – Malaga September 4th – 16th 2018
V50 Tony Balko who has been one of the mainstays of the Men’s Senior Throws Squad for the last ten years had two targets for 2018 – the first to help the Club get back into Division One of the Northern League which we accomplished by winning Division 2WC and then going up with the Isle of Man via the Promotion Match held in Doncaster on August 25th. His other main target was the World Masters Championships held recently in Malaga in the Throws Pentathlon.
Tony did himself proud as he finished the Championships in 13th place overall out of a field of twenty eight and set a new PB of 2981 points after throwing 36.98m in the Hammer; 10.82m in the Shot Putt; 37.21m in the Discus; 35.35m in the Javelin and 12.74m in the Weight.
A roll call of what he has achieved over the season speaks for itself as his competitions included setting seven new personal bests and finishing the season UK V50 ranked No.2 in Throws Pentathlon; No. 3 in Weight (11.34kg); No. 6 in the Discus (1.5kg); No. 6 in the Hammer (6kg); No. 13 in the Javelin (700gm) and No.20 in the Shot Putt (6kg) – alongside medalling at Lancashire County, Northern Masters and British Masters Championships.
World Masters Championships – 13th place Throws Pentathlon 2981 points
British Throws Pentathlon Championships – Gold Medalist
British Masters Championships – Bronze Medal 6kg Hammer
British Masters Championships – Bronze Medalist 6kg Shot
Northern Masters Championships – Gold Medalist 6kg Hammer
Northern Masters Championships – Gold Medalist 1.5kg Discus
Lancashire County Championships – Silver Medalist 2kg Discus
Lancashire County Championships – Bronze Medalist 7.26kg Hammer
Tony is already thinking about 2019 where his target will be the World Masters Indoor Championships to be held in Poland in March.
Arnold Seddon Open Meeting – Wigan Sunday September 16th
The rain and wind didn’t stop five young Blackburn Harriers from competing at one of the end of season Open Meetings at Wigan – George and Benjamin Whittaker – Isaac Butler, Matt Heywood and Nicky Saunders – yielding 5 wins and three new PB’s.
It was a great day for U15 Matt Heywood as he secured three wins in the Shot Putt with 8.12m; the Discus with 30.48m and his best of the day, a new PB by over three metres in the Hammer of 46.40m which takes him to No. 1 in the North West and 8th in the British Rankings. George Whittaker took 2nd place to Matt in the Discus throwing a distance of 30.35m – a new PB by a metre.
U15 Nicky Saunders wasn’t far off her personal best in the Discus as she won the event with a throw of 27.34m going on to take 2nd in the Javelin (23.88m).
U13 Isaac Butler took on the 800m and ran a time of 2.34.6 in 7th position as brothers Benjamin and George Whittaker tackled the 200m – George clocked 26.40 to win his Heat of the U15 Boys 200m and a new PB by four tenths as Benjamin ran a time of 25.00 in the U17 Mens race (6th).
Asda Foundation Bury 10k – Sunday September 16th
Over fourteen hundred finishers in this Race run on Sunday with the winner – Benjamin Coop – clocking a time of 32.23 to win comfortably by over a minute from second placed Jonathon Walton.
After a fair period out with injury, Ben Costello was back racing and ran a very solid race, his first in nearly two months to come home in 4th place overall with a pretty solid time of 35.36.
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