Category Archives: Track & Field
Stunning performance see Charlotte throw qualifying distance for European Junior Championships – Sam 2nd in first U20 Hammer Competition at Loughborough
In 2018 Charlotte Williams – or Charlie as she is known to us at the Harriers – managed to throw in competition just six times which resulted in five wins and one third place. She won the Mid Lancs League fixture on July 28th (53.07m) (3kg); won the UKYDL Regional Final with 57.11m (3kg) on July 29th; won the Northern U17 Championships with a throw of 57.20m (3kg) on 11th August, came 3rd in the National U17 Championships with 57.41m (3kg) on 26th August and finally threw 54.12m at the Hammer Circle reunion (4kg) in October. This was a brilliant set of results, but all the time she was having to deal with injury problems, which very few know about within the sport.
Last year was also a momentous year in a different way for this talented Hammer Thrower and that was because she had to contend with surgery on her Meniscus and Anterior Cruciate Ligament, injuries which can be career threatening. Injuries, as they say in all sport, are part and parcel of your life and it is how you deal with them that counts. It is however, a lot more difficult at 16 years of age to have to cope with that and it takes real strength of character, dedication and commitment as well as a dogged determination to fight back and to not only recover, but to come back even better – and that is exactly what this young woman has done.
At the weekend, Charlie cemented that comeback in stunning style. On Saturday she competed in two Hammer events on the same day at Loughborough – Senior Women’s Hammer and U20 Women’s Hammer. She came 3rd in the Senior Women’s event (4kg) with a massive new PB throw by 4 metres, of 58.67m and 45 minutes later, lined up for the U20 Competition where she improved her personal best even further with 59.09m which gave her the qualifying distance for the European Junior Championships. A delighted athlete spoke briefly to the Club afterwards commenting that she was “very happy to have come out on my first competition with a huge 5 meter pb and to get the European standard is even better. Hopefully there will be more to come this season!“
L-R Lucy Marshall (2nd) – Annabelle Croasdale (1st) – Charlotte Williams (3rd)
L-R Phoebe Baggott (2nd) – Charlotte Williams (2nd) – Jasmine Routledge (3rd) – Michael Hitchon Coach to Charlotte Williams
Sam Gaskell is another very talented Hammer Thrower at Blackburn Harriers. As an U17 in 2018 Sam won the English Schools with a lifetime best of 68.75m (5kg) which was the culmination of his season. Prior to that, Sam won the Liverpool Throws & Jumps Open in April with 59.23m (5kg); Won the Lancashire County Championships in may with 64.65m (5kg); Won the Lancashire Schools Championships on June 9th with a throw of 65.18m (5kg); Won the National U17 Championships at Bedford, throwing 67.01m (5kg) and finally came 2nd in the SIAB International at Grangemouth with a throw of 65.58m (5kg).
At Loughborough on Saturday April 13th – Alan Bertram Memorial Hammer Meeting – Sam opened up his season as a bottom of age U20 throwing the heavier weight of 6kg for the first time in competition – and what a good start – as he threw 61.97m to take 2nd place overall. A mention too here for their Coach Michael Hitchon who has helped get Charlotte and Sam to this level and who puts in an unbelievable amount of time, not only with these two athletes, but also in trying to develop a new generation of Hammer Throwers. In terms of National Rankings at this very early stage in the season, Charlotte is in 2nd place with Sam in 3rd.
L-R Sam Gaskell (2nd) – Ben Hawkes (1st) – Shaun Kerry (3rd)
Lancashire Combined Events Championships & Quadrathon – April 6th and 7th at Hyndburn
U17 Liberty Thompson took on the Inter-Girls Heptathlon at the Championships finishing 4th with a combined total of 2732 points – during the event she set a new PB in the High Jump of 1.47m, set another one in the Shot Putt (3kg) with a distance of 8.68m and added another 40 points to her overall total (RESULTS).
Rory Teare (U15) competed in the Junior Boys Pentathlon finishing 4th out of 5 athletes contesting the event with a combined total of 1627 points. During the day he posted a new 800m PB of 2.42.7 – an improvement of 13 seconds, added 9cms to her his High Jump which he won, clearing 1.59m for a new PB, just missed a new personal best in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.34m, added over a metre to his Shot Putt (4kg) with a throw of 6.57m for yet another new PB, all of which was good enough to secure a Lancashire Vest for him (RESULTS).
In the Junior Women’s Pentathlon it was Caroline Woodworth who represented the Harriers finishing in 5th place out of the 7 athletes entered with a combined points total of 1434. Caroline was trying some of these events for the first time ever – clearing 1.17m in the High Jump, 3.10m in the Long Jump, throwing the 3kg Shot Putt for the first time with a distance of 6.72m, running 17.8 in the 75m Hurdles, another event she hasn’t done before and rounding the day off with a time of 2.47.3 in her 800m (RESULTS).
John iLunga competed in the Senior Men’s Decathlon which featured just two athletesalong with Tom Godwin of Blackpool. The ten events saw John run 13.1 in the 100m; a new PB of 61.6 in the 400m; clocked 5.57.8 in the 1500m; ran 21.3 in the 110m Hurdles; cleared 1.59m in the High Jump; 4.86m in the Long Jump; 1.60m in the Pole Vault; threw 7.43m in the Shot Putt; set a new PB of 23.74m in the Discus and finished with a throw of 18.20m in the Javelin for a combined total of 2975 points – an improvement of 160 points (RESULTS).
The U13 Girls Pentathlon saw Kady Thompson and Isabelle Hartley competing, with Isabelle clocking 3.01.5 (800m); ran a new PB of 13.7 in the 70m Hurdles; cleared 1.14m in the High Jump – the first time she has attempted the event; set a new PB in the Long Jump (3.03m) and threw 5.71m in the Shot Putt, another event being taken on for the first time and in the end amassing 1395 points. Kady ran 3.19 in her 800m; 16.2 in her 70m Hurdles for a new PB; cleared 1.17m in the High Jump; jumped 2.86m (Long Jump) and in her first attempt at the Shot Putt, threw 4.85m (RESULTS).
Kady Thompson (Inside Lane)
The Quadrathon – covering Years 3/4 – 5/6 – 7/8 – takes place on the same weekend as the Combined Events Championships and at the same venue – Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn. Many thanks to all the Officials who gave up their weekend to attend both days and ensure that the competitons went ahead. We keep saying it on this site, but without our Officials, who are unpaid volunteers, there won’t be any competions being held anywhere. SO ANOTHER SHOUTOUT to all those parents out there who come to the events to watch, why not have a go at becoming an Official – it is very rewarding to be part of something, the sport of athletics, which provides such a massive opportunity for youngsters to grow and develop.
Year 3 & 4 Boys (Saturday) had three Blackburn and one Pendle lad involved over 50m, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and 400m. Liam Bentham was the overall winner with 152 points, with Frank Johnson in 3rd and Ansh Nama in 4th (RESULTS) —- Year 3 & 4 Boys (Sunday) saw Alex McKinlay finish 2nd out of 5 youngsters with a total of 127 points in the Year 3 event and Alex Burns winning the Year 4 event with a total of 145 points (RESULTS).
Year 3 & 4 Girls (Saturday) had Girls overall with Lulu Sharp finishing 4th out of 5 in the Year 4 event with 135 points (RESULTS) —- and on Sunday Emelia Stockton and Charlie Capstick finished 2nd (96 points) and 3rd (70 points) respectively (RESULTS).
Year 5 & 6 Boys competition includes 75m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump and 600m. On Saturday two athletes from Hyndburn and two from Blackburn Harriers competed against one another with Hyndburn taking 1st, 2nd and the Harriers 3rd (Loucas Lancashire with 176 points) and 4th (Alexander Brien 136 points). Daniel Nuttall, a recent new member for the Harriers ran a good time of 2.02.8 for the 600m in the year 6 event to help him amass 206 points in front of the Hyndburn athlete in 2nd place. (RESULTS) —- On Sunday, Felix Thompson contested the Year 5 competition and finished in 3rd place with 163 points in total behind a Preston athlete in 2nd (172) and Southport athlete who won with 190 points. Felix set a new PB in the 75m (12.7) and a new PB in the 600m clocking 2.06.6 – an improvement of six seconds.
Daniel Nuttall (23)
The Year 6 Boys had two form Blackburn Harriers and one from Southport up against one another which saw Matthew Smith come equal 1st with Joseph Wake of Southport with combined totals of 226 points. In his 600m Matthew chopped a huge 7 seconds off his previous best for a new PB of 1.44.0. Pleasing to see Sam Craven competing here finishing with 128 points which saw him knock a massive 33 seconds off his 600m time to set a new PB of 2.35.6 (RESULTS). Harmony Hacking and Hannah Davies were in the Year 5 event on Sunday with Harmony coming home in 3rd place out of 4 (181 points) and Hannah 4th (157 points). There was new PB’s for both girls in the 75m with 12.2 for Harmony and 12.1 for Hannah 12.1 (RESULTS).
Sam Craven (66)
Matthew Smith (Joint 1st) – Sam Craven (3rd)
Hannah Davies (Lane 5)
Saul Sharp, Dexta Thompson and Codie Dewhurst were all involved in the year 8 event on Saturday along with anopther athlete from Blackpool. Saul took the honours winning the event with a combined total of 197 points, with Dexta in 2nd (170 points) and Codie in 3rd (162 points). During the event there were new PB’s set by Saul in the 100m (14.7), 800m with a big improvement of 10 seconds (2.26.0) and another new PB in the Long Jump of 4.02m. Dexta also set a new PB in 800m clocking 2.25.0 and similarly in the Long Jump, adding 18 cms to his previous best for a new PB of 3.39m. Codie kept the trend going with a new PB in the Long Jump with his leap of 3.39m (RESULTS). Katie Capstick finished 4th in the year 7 event on Sunday clocking up 58 points. This was her first ever competition for the Club which was great credit to her.
1st & 2nd for Joanne and Janine – Early season Throws with Tony – Loughrigg Fell Race with John – Andrew in Majorca – New 10k PB for Paul
It has been a busy racing period for Joanne Nelson recently, who is in training for the Liverpool Marathon in May, which she has previously won. One week after running the Northern Road Relays at Birkenhead Joanne went up to run the Conistion 14 (March 30th) finishing 106th in 1hr 37.06 which was the week before running a Leg at the National Road Relays. Fellow Harrier – Paul Brindle – also ran the race placing 19th overall in 1hr 24.53 (RESULTS).
Joanne’s latest race saw her tackle a 20 miler which was part of a series of races covering 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon, 20 miles and a Marathon on the same day, which is one way of spending your Sunday! Joanne won with a time of 2hr 25.30 with another Blackburn Harrier – Janine Fallon – coming home in 2nd clocking 2hr 33.52, making it a 1/2 for the Club.
Afterwards, Joanne told the Harriers about the day saying “Janine and I decided to have a go at “it’s grim up north” organised 20 miler in Cleckheaton for marathon preparation. It’s a newly organised event this year and the second race I have run which has been organised by this group.
The race was a 5 mile out and back repeated; so not too great if you are tired after 10 miles!!
Miles 1-5 and 10-15 are slightly downhill which means miles 6-10 and 16-20 are slightly uphill.
The event included many races, not just the 20 miler, but also 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon and an ultra marathon. It’s fair to say that it was absolutely freezing and we were both happy to finish. First and second place secured for Blackburn Harriers ladies and to top it all there was a selection of free cakes, a choice between free beer, cider or lager, and a medal and trophy.
A good day out”.
Joanne Nelson – Janine Fallon
Northern Masters League – Wednesday April 10th
Tony Balko (V50) has already got a number of competitions under his belt this season, recording a couple of wins at the Spenborough Open in the Hammer (37.83m) and Shot (11.08m). He backed that up at Scunthorpe with another win in the Shot (11.24m and a new PB) and his fourth win in a row, taking the Hammer (37.18). On the 10th April in the Northern Masters League he placed 3rd in the Shot (10.58m) and 2nd in the Hammer with 36.59m). At the Wakefield Open on April 7th, Tony won the Hammer with 37.29m, came 2nd in the Discus (34.31m) and rounded off with another win in the Shot (10.48m).
His latest competition saw him at the Northern Masters League again on April 10th where he placed 3rd out of 7 in the Shot Putt (10.58m), and in the Discus with a throw of 36.59m coming in 2nd. Six Wins, two 2nd and 2 x 3rd places as well as a new PB in the Shot represents a pretty solid start for the 2019 season.
Mitja Marato de Pollença (Pollensa Half marathon – Mallorca)
Andrew Knowles is training for a Half-Ironman and as part of his build up he entered this half-marathon in Majorca on Sunday April 14th. He preceded this race with a bike ride in the mountains the day before lasting three hours and still managed to clock 1hr 50.02 in the race following his mountain efforts.
Andrew spoke to the Club about his training weekend saying “The ‘aim’ was to start with tired legs to mimic triathlon race conditions, so the day before I rode over the mountains for 3 hours. Didn’t quite go to plan as I blistered badly having to stop a few times and take my trainers off and sort my feet out. However I felt the objective was achieved as the whole run was on ‘empty’ so perfect training. 10k and 5k’s races also and a brilliant atmosphere, highly recommend”.
Loughrigg Fell Race – Wednesday April 10th
A wonderful night to race on the Fells for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks on Wednesday evening as he finished 20th overall clocking 30.02 and tolld us after the Race that “The summer night races begin…4 miles up and down loughrigg starting from the park in Ambleside. A record turn out for the race which made the start to the narrow bridge like a 100m sprint to get a good position for the steep road climb onto the first section of the fell. I was going well in about 15th up to the last steep climb when I started to fade a bit and lose a few places. Around the trig point (some good view but not much chance to enjoy) and straight back down the same way. Managed to get a few places back and descend well for once. Finished 20th in a time of 30:02. Definitely be doing this one again!”
(Photo courtesy of Stephen Wilson)
Three Bridges 10k – Sunday April 14th
Paul Jeffries (V40) went into this race – featuring some 300 runners, won in a time of 33.47 (Campbell Ross) – with a personal best time of 40.51 set at the Pilling 10k in 2018. In this race, Paul came across the line in 25th place, clocking 40.41 for a ten second new PB. After the race, Paul reflected on his current form and the race itself saying “the Three Bridges is a race i have done a few times before. I have been getting a lot of advice and support at the club and i am enjoying my running a lot more. Last year i found it tough going in this race finishing with a time of 46:58, which was a slight improvement on the previous years 48:45. I feel i have benefited in a lot of ways by taking part in team events like the road relays and mid lancs xc, and by listening to all the advice given freely at the club. So today i had another crack at the course and came in 25th place in 40:41 which i think is a new pb for me, i have trained a lot more but i couldn’t of done it without the support of clubmates and coaches, many thanks”.
Many thanks to Paul for being part of the Club and we look forward to more new personal best times in the year ahead from him.
The first fixture in this years Mid Lancs T&F League took place at the weekend, on a windy and cool day at Witton Park Arena which didn’t deter a very good turn out of athletes from the affiliated Clubs.
Blackburn Harriers had a very good turn out of their own – over 60 athletes, especially with a number of athletes involved in training sessions at home and abroad, who were looking to see how their winter training transformed into actual performances at the first track and field fixture of the season finishing up with 14 Wins and 20 new PB’s.
Nathan Billington got his season off to a very good start with a new PB of 41.06m in winning the Senior Men’s Hammer – an improvement of a metre and a half. Matthew Heywood – in his first season as an U17 – got off to a flyer with a new PB of 48.07m with the 5kg weight, bettering his previous best by two metres in winning the event. He backed that up with another new PB in the Discus, adding 40cms, of 29.46m (2nd) and finished off with a 3rd placed distance of 7.79m in the Shot Putt. Keiran Carroll (U17) also set a new PB in the Discus by a metre in placing 3rd with 26.03m and set another new PB in the Javelin with a throw of 31.27m. U15 Sebastian Burton was trying the Hammer for the first time ever, coming in 3rd with 6.76m. Amongst the U13 Boys Throws – Findlay Carroll had a go at the Javelin for the first time and managed a distance of 10.77m (6th) and in his first year as an U13 – Toby Mansfield finished 3rd in the Shot Putt with 5.58m.
The Women’s Throws saw Anna Peers open up her season with a 2nd placed effort of 9.83m in the Shot Putt, won the Discus with 35.26m and the Javelin with 37.45m. U20 Abigail Brown, throwing with the Senior Women placed 3rd in the Discus with 25.55m and good to see her back competing after having to contend with injuries last year.
Myah Booth won the U17 Women’s Shot Putt with a distance of 10.65 whilst Millie Coy opened up her season with a throw of 34.59m in 2nd place in the U17 Women’s Javelin after a good competition between her and Megan Howarth of Southport (34.72m). Four girls took part in the U15 Girls Shot Putt featuring 12 athletes – Caroline Woodworth (5th) with a new PB of 6.86m, Grace Bontoft (6th) equaling her personal best of 6.74m, Emily Cottam (9th) with 5.64m and Maiya Elbanna 10th (5.32m). In the U15 Girls Javelin, Caroline finished 2nd with 15.48m, Grace took 4th spot (14.26m) a new PB by two metres as Maiya threw 6.70m in 8th. Grace added a good 2nd position in the Hammer with a distance of 26.64m.
Caroline Woodworth Grace Bontoft
In the U13 Girls Throws – Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft had a very good day. In the Shot Putt it was a 1/2 with Tilly winning with 8.06m and a new PB by a metre and a half, and won the Discus with a massive new PB by 9 metres with a new PB of 21.52m. Madison finished 2nd in the Discus with 12.47m and just outside her best, came 2nd again in the Shot Putt with 5.94m and won the Javelin with a new PB of 14.79m.
Dominic Bretherton opened up with a win in the Senior Men’s 100m (12.00) with John iLunga – both athletes running in Heat 2 – clocking 12.8 in 4th. In the U17 Men’s 100m Kyle Mashiter in his first season as an U17 clocked 11.90 in 3rd (Heat 1) with Long Jumper Ben Branton clocking 12.40, also in 3rd (Heat 3). William Dixon had a go at the U17 400m and clocked 75.6 in 3rd place whilst U15 Stephen Alberts had his first ever shot at a 400m coming home in 5th (71.40).
William Dixon Stephen Alberts
U13 Harrison Allcock came across the line in 13.9, the same time as that given to the winner in the 100m (Heat 1) with Daniel Nuttall making his debut for the Harriers in Heat 2, clocking 14.6 in 5th spot. Five U13 lads had a crack at the 200m with Harry Sambrook clocking 31.49 (3rd) in Heat 1, Oliver Gill in his first ever effort over the distance running 33.0 (4th) and Findlay Carroll 35.70 in 5th (Heat 2) whilst in Heat 3 George Ramsden clocked 32.60 in 2nd position in his first ever attempt at the distance with Isaac Smith in 6th place (39.00).
Isaac Smith (135)
Chloe Bleeks ran 14.30 in Heat 2 of the Senior Women’s 100m (14.30) and 30.1 (2nd) in the 200m. The U17 Women’s 100m had four Heats with Blackburn Harriers featuring in all of them. Bailey Madden was first up with a time of 12.80 (3rd) in Heat 1, Amy Wiggans also 3rd in Heat 2 in 13.8, Imogen Mansfield 4th in Heat 3 clocking 13.6 and Abigail Armas 6th in Heat 4 with a time of 14.2. Bailey then went on to win the 200m Heat 1 with a time of 27.00 as Amy placed 5th in Heat 2 (30.2).
Imogen Mansfield Abigail Armas
Bailey Madden (122)
Making her debut for the Harriers in the U15 Girls 200m was Rachael Jesse who had a good start to her competitive career, clocking 29.60 (4th) into the wind. Amelia Burton came home in 3rd spot in Heat 1 of the U13 Girls 100m in 14.3 which was a new PB by over half a second. Alisha Lehner ran 15.3 in 5th spot (Heat 2) with Alesha Hindle clocking 16.2 (8th) in the same Heat, both running the distance for the first time. New members Layla Osborn and Sophie Gibson ran in their first ever 100m races with Sophie winning Heat 4 in a time of 14.60 and Layla placing 4th in 15.60 (Heat 3). In the U13 Girls 200m Amelia set another new PB of 30.8 in 2nd place (Heat 1) with Sophie clocking 33.90 in Heat 2 (6th) and Layla 35.0 in Heat 3 (4th).
Amelia Burton (79)
Alisha Lehner (120) – Alesha Hindle (171)
Layla Osborn (164)
Sophie Gibson (165)
Marc Hartley opened up his track season with an 800m and lead into the wind throughout the first 400m and into the 2nd lap, finishing up with a time of 2.07.5 as Danny Collinge clocked 2.12 in 6th. Tom Blaney who has a personal best of 4.29.8 for the 1500m decided to try it out again, and finished really well to knock a huge seven seconds off his time and set a new PB of 4.22.9 in 2nd place with Danny Collinge in 6th (4.43.8).
Marc Hartley (107) – Danny Collinge (176)
The 3000m had a surpsiingly big field for the Mid Lancs with 13 Senior athletes and two U17 Men included in the biggest field seen in this event for quite a while.The wind made it very diffcult for athletes to attack personal bests, but that didn’t stop U17 Matt Ramsden taking the race to them all and leading from the off with a pretty fast first lap of 67. Averaging 72 second laps overall, Matt finished 1st over all and 1st U17 in a very good time of 9.01.6. Karl Billington worked his way through the field to clock 9.25.4 in 2nd followed by Tom Blaney in 3rd (9.30.5) which represented another massive new PB by twenty nine seconds, with Chris Davies in 5th in a time of 9.35.2.
Jamie Teare had a very solid race in the U17 Men’s 1500m as he clocked 4.40.7 in 8th place. Tom Brooks was running his first ever track race for the Harriers in the U15 Boys 800m and came home in 7th place with 2.31.8 as Stephen Alberts ran 2.35.6 in 10th. Delighted to see a new PB for U13 Harry Sambrook in the 800m by six seconds as he clocked 2.40.1 in 7th (Heat 1) as Isaac Smith ran a time of 3.28.3 in 7th (Heat 2). Ben Stratton set off in the U13 Boys 1500m with real intent leading all the way and taking the wind for an impressive win in 5.08.1 with Oliver Gill in 4th place (5.27.2) and a new PB with George Ramsden in 10th (5.53.6) – a first attempt at the distance.
Jamie Teare (149)
Tom Brooks (178) – Stephen Alberts (173)
Harry Sambrook (139) Isaac Smith
Ben Stratton (899) – Oliver Gill (101)
George Ramsden (135)
L-R George Ramsden – Oliver Gill – Isaac Smith – Findlay Carroll
Three U17 Women in the 800m with Hollie Oldham first across the line in 2.40.9 (4th), Rebecca Ramsden in 5th (2.44.2) and Ella Hardman in 8th place with a time of 2.56.3 which was a new PB by 5 seconds. Four Harriers went in the U15 Girls 800m faturing fourteen athlertes which saw Caroline Woodworth the first one of them home in 6th (2.51.7), Eleanor Allsop in 7th (2.53.1), Millie Sambrook (2.55.8) in 10th and Molly Nicholls in 11th (3.00.1). Abigail Stratton ran a very good race in the U15 Girls 1500m to set a new PB by two seconds of 5.05.8 in 2nd place. Eve Coulson and Faith Gillibrand ran the U13 Girls 800m with Eve coming home 4th out of the 12 athletes in a debut time of 2.54.0 and Faith placing 8th in 2.58.3.
L-R Hollie Oldham – Rebecca Ramsden – Ella Hardman
Hollie Oldham (130) – Rebecca Ramsden (137) – Ella Hardman (104)
Molly Nicholls (128) – Millie Sambrook (140) – Eleanor Allsop (58)
Abigail Stratton (898)
One of the highlights of the day was seeing Jayden Riley run an English Schools qualifying time of 12.00 in winning the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles – the first time he has raced over this distance – and he was followed by Ben Boocock also setting a new PB by just three hundreths a she finished 2nd in 12.3. Amelia Burton and Eve Coulsen both attempted the the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles for the very first time with Amelia placing 2nd in 13.7 and Eve 5th in 17.7.
Ben Boocock (70) – Jayden Riley (900)
Jayden Riley Ben Boocock
Amelia Burton Eve Coulsen
Ben Branton took a solid 2nd place in the U17 Men’s Long Jump which was a good start to his season with a leap of 5.64m alongside Jonathan Gough, also with his first competition of the season jumping 5.51m in 5th spot. Danny Collinge took 3rd spot in the Senior Men’s Long Jump (4.94m) and Chloe Bleeks leapt 4.27m in the Senior Women’s Long Jump (3rd). In the U17 Men’s Triple Jump, Jonathan Gough had a very good opener with a 2nd placed leap of 12.04m, just 23cm shy of his best. Toby Mansfield jumped 3.17m (16th) and Findlay Carrol (2.68m) in 18th in the U13 Boys Long Jump.
Sophie Gibson Layla Osborn
U17 Imogen Mansfield jumped 4.48m in 4th position (U17 Girls LJ) as Skye Greenacre reached 4.13m (8th) in the U15 Girls Long Jump and then cleared 1.30m (7th) in the High Jump. 23 Girls took part in the U13 Long Jump with three Harriers among them – Layla Osborn in 17th (3.33m), Sophie Gibson in 19th (3.02m and Alisha Lehner in 21st (2.96m).
Jonny breaks 3 hours at first Marathon attempt – New PB’s for Harriers Juniors – Ulverston Tri with Andrew – Dan and Mark in 10ks
Jonny Murphy ran his first race of 2019 – The Manchester Marathon last weekend. This was his fourth ever race on the road, having run two 10k’s (36.22 & 37.08) and a half-marathon (82.36) in 2018. At Manchester he had a great run to break the 3 hour barrier at his first attempt finishing in 645th with a time of 2hr 56.50.
A clearly delighted athlete, Jonny spoke to the Club afterwards and said “Where can I start… Manchester marathon was my first marathon, and having only 3 months to prepare for a marathon a lot of people may have thought I was a a bit mad, but having recently left the marines feeling like I hadn’t succeeded I needed a challenge of this magnitude to fuel the fire again!
The race started and for the first half I felt strong and like I could have pushed a faster pace but I stuck to the game plan and advice of fellow Harrier, Paul Brindle who had some good tips and advice! Thanks Paul 👍🏻.I tried to just run consistent comfortable pace throughout and maybe even push the second half of the race a bit faster depending on how I was feeling. I couldn’t have asked for a better day everything from the weather to the crowds in Manchester where perfect everything just clicked and came together on the day all the training recently with Blackburn Harriers payed off and I enjoyed every minute of 02:56:50 running around Manchester, and look forward to getting back to training and look at what’s next”.
Open T & F Meetings – April 6th / 7th
U15 Ben Boocock – the U15 Silver Medallist over 60m Hurdles in the Northern Indoor Championships earlier this year – ran his first race over 80m Hurdles at Trafford and cut three tenths of a second off his best time achieved in 2018 when he won his race in a new PB time of 12.33. U15 Nicky Saunders had a busy weekend as she competed at the Basingstoke Open Meeting on Saturday in Discus, Hammer and Javelin where she placed 7th in the Discus (1kg) with a throw of 25.56m, 8th in the Hammer (3kg) with a distance of 32.38m and 5th in the Javelin with 25.29m. The day after, Nicky was at the Trafford Open where she won the Discus (1kg) with 28.04m and finished 2nd in the Javelin (500g) with a distance of 24.59m. U15 Saul Sharp ran in the 1500m chopping a huge seventeen seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 5.10.34 in the 1500m.
U13 Niamh Gater had a good day too at Trafford – her first track race of the season – as she clocked 11.7 to come home 2nd in the 75m before going on to jump to 3.61m in the Long Jump placing 6th out of 20 athletes in the event. U13 Harrison Allcock also set a new PB in the 100m with his 3rd place time of 13.73 which bettered his previous personal best of 13.9. He then went onto race the 200m – a distance he hadn’t previously done – and won his Heat in a time of 28.56 which was the 2nd fastest time of the three Heats and followed that up setting a Shot Putt PB of 6.21m (7th), an improvement of 7 cms.
Tony Balko (V50) was at his third Fixture in early season at Wakefield which wasn’t the best of weather for throwing where he won the Shot Putt with a distance of 10.48m and the Hammer with 37.29m as well as placing 2nd in the Discus with a throw of 34.31m. Matthew Heywood has moved up to U17 this year and finished 2nd in the Discus with 26.66m, won the Hammer with 45.55m and placed 2nd in the Shot Putt, throwing 8.30m which was a good solid opening to his forthcoming season in the UKYDL Upper Age Group.
Tony Balko – trying to stay warm at Wakefield.
Ulverston Triathlon – Sunday April 7th
Andrew Knowles – Junior Endurance Coach at Blackburn Harriers – is training for a Half-Ironman in Majorca later in May and as part of his training, he entered the Ulverston Triathlon at the weekend which consists of a 400m Swim, 28k Bike Ride and 5.8km Run – an event which featured two hundred and forty two finishers, won by Tom Rigby in 69.43.
Andrew had a solid day coming home in 36th place with a combined time of 85.08 and told the Harriers “Having a ‘upset stomach’ all week put even starting in doubt, but I really needed to race with Majorca Half Iron Man 5 weeks away it was essential to test myself and equipment in race conditions, It’s been Two and a half years since my last triathlon, and there certainly were a few nerves, so a few deep breaths and here goes, exciting the swim in front of the super-fast ‘Tom Rigby’ (he started 15 seconds behind me) was a decent start.
Out of the pool and running across the carpark ‘bare foot’ brought it all back, smooth transition and away on the bike, Tom flew past me like I was stood still, it was a tail wind out hitting 40mph a couple of times, it was a case of hold on tight! It’s an out and back bike course, so you can see athletes on the return journey into the headwind and it looked ‘grim’, so full concentration on the return pushing but not over cooking it. Off the bike onto the run, steady start and build was the aim, I felt strong thanks to chasing the Senior men on a Tuesday night all Winter. Result 36th from 180, in 1hr. 25mins, 7th Vet 50 from 48. Winner Tom Rigby 1.09.43. A couple of minutes adrift of the top few V50’s was a pleasing result”.
Fleetwood 10k – Sunday April 7th
Great news to see Blackburn Harriers Dan Balshaw back running a road race after a long term lay off with injuries and illness as he lined up with over 300 other runners at the Fleetwood 10k. He ran his last race – a 5k – in July of 2018 and it was pleasing to see him have such a solid run in his first one back, finishing 5th overall in a time of 38.10 – the race being won by Josh Birmingham in 34.21, some three minutes clear of 2nd place. After the Race Dan spoke to the Club to tell us about his return and said that it was “My first road race in 9 months to the day, over past 4-5 weeks I’ve been slowly building back up the training, so not too disappointed with the time, just need to get back in the rhythm and knuckle down with consistent training and hope the niggles and illnesses are done with.”
Dan Balshaw (114)
Brun Valley 10k Trail Race – Sunday April 7th
Well over three hunded runners in this race won by Shaun Heys in 38.46 on a course which was said to have a bit of everything and not the easiest.
Blackburn Harriers Mark Wilkin ran this one placing 33rd overall and clocking 48.15, a run which earned him the 3rd V50 place out of thirty nine in the same age category.
Mark Wilkin (388)
Harriers Pendle Fell Race Championships under way – Tony sets successive Shot Putt PB’s – Sam heads for London
Blackburn Harrier – John Orell – has organised a Club Fell Championships involving a number of Races and at the moment John says that “Topping the leader board after race 2 and Pendle’s Dark Dash with two races completed : Ian Clarkson and Danny Teare, followed by and on 1 race: John Orrell, Gary Pearse, Craig Greenough, Matt Nuttall and Victoria Mousley. The rest us have a chance to enter the fray at race 3, Pendle, also the Lancs Fell Championship on Saturday 6th April. Don’t forget to tick the box!”
Race 2 was the Pendle Night Race organised by Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team held on Thursday March 28th featuring Harriers in the 121 strong field – Victoria Mousley, Danny Teare and Ian Clarkson. Victoria was the first across the finishing line in a time of 47.56 in 14th place overall and 1st Woman, followed by Ian in 47th spot clocking 58.33 and Danny (69th) running 64.57.
L-R Ian Clarkson – Danny Teare
Spenborough AC Opne Meeting – March 24th
Tony Balko got in some pre season practice by travelling over to Spenborough for their Open Meeting where he took on the Hammer (6kg) and Shot Putt (6kg). Throwing the 6kg weight, Tony set nhimself a new PB in the Shot as he won the event with a throw of 11.08m which bettered his previous best set in 2018 of 10.91m. He then went on to make it a double win on the day in the Hammer with a throw of 37.83m – his previous best here being 39.45m which won him the Northern Masters Championships in 2018.
A week later, Tony was in Scunthorpe for the Scunthorpe & District AC Warm Up – Sunday March 31st where he improved his Shot Putt (6kg) personal best by another 20cms as he placed 2nd with a throw of 11.28m. The Hammer (6kg) saw him finish in 3rd position with a distance of 37.18m and afterwards Tony commented that his “No 1 focus still remains the European Masters Championships in Venice in September. As they say “keep focused, train hard, keep grinding.”
Muddy Bottoms 9 & 17 Race – Sunday March 31st
One hundred and thirty one runners finished this race won by Paul Wearden in 1hr 26.29 which presumably was the time for the 9 mile course. Blackburn Harrier – Sam McCreadie – who is training for the London Marathon, decided to do the 17 mile course and clocked a time of 3hr 13.04. Afterwards she spoke to the Harriers about it saying “just did it as a long training run (and to give my shins/feet a break from the road). It wasn’t particularly quick especially with the stopping to climb over styles/gates/fences (and to map read!). Not sure it’s converted me from road running but a nice change and a good 18mile run done”.
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