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Harriers Win Match 2 In Northern League Division One – Holly Pole Vaulting in Rabat – Tom Runs Settle Hills
Northern League Division One – Wigan Sunday June 16th
After winning the first Match of the season at Witton Park by just 21 points from Team I.O.M in 2nd place, the Harriers knew they would be in for another tough match at Wigan, which is what happened after another battle with Isle of Man and only finally resolved with the last events of the day in the Relays – with the Harriers edging it by just six points. On the eve of the match we had a number of late withdrawals which looked like it might have an impact on the final result, but fortunately, the team was able to cope with the unexpected losses.
The competition is extremely close in Division One with six points separating 1st and 2nd and six points separating 3rd and 4th places on the day – all of which makes for exciting athletics.
The wind was a huge factor on the day with sprinters running into minus 3 and 4 headwind and middle distance athletes getting a clobbering too, so fast times went out the window, with races being run more tactically than would normally be the case. An example of this was the Men’s 1500m where the whole field virutally, were together at the bell which meant it was a one lap burn up into the wind. Marc Hartley and Matt Ramsden, who was making his debut in the Senior League were the two who took this on with Marc coming 3rd in 4.12.9 and Matt 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 4.14.9. Marc was given the same time as 2nd place as he he strained every last sinnew to push past on the inside lane. Great experience for Matt too as he was just outside his outdoor 1500m personal best in a type of race he hadn’t been involved with previously.
Marc Hartley (1) – Matt Ramsden (11)
Matt Ramsden (11) – Marc Hartley (1)
Same too in the 800m with Dominic Walton giving it everything alongside Morrison from West Cheshire all the way up the home straight – Dominic edging it with both athletes given the same time of 1.54.4 and Joe Gebbie running fabulously to kick from 150m out and come home a confortable winner of the ‘B’ race in 2.04.3. Great points were won in the 400m with Dominic Walton taking 2nd spot in the ‘A’ (51.9) and Paul Bradshaw, after pacing at Loughborough the night before, winning the ‘B’ in 52.7.
Dominic Walton (1) 800mJoe Gebbie (11) 800mDominic Walton (1) 400mPaul Bradshaw (11) 400m
Ben Fish and Jack Hindle were back together for the 5000m with Ben coming home a comfortable winner in 15.18 and that, after running 14.54 at the Podium on Friday night. Jack who has been affected by an injury is feeling his way back and delivered a great result, winning the ‘B’ in 16.32.8. The 3000m Steeplechase delivered more good points as Chris Davies, who had also run a 5k PB at the Podium on Friday night came home in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ with 10.50.2 and Nicholas Smith – just 40 minutes after winning the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles, won the ‘B’ Steeplechase in 11.24.1.
Jack Hindle (11) – Ben Fish (1)Ben Fish (1) 5000m Jack Hindle (11) 5000m
Nick Smith (11) – Chris Davies (1)Chris Davies (1) Nick Smith (11)
In the Women’s 400m – Charlie Coy and Eleesha Charnley paired up with Charlie clcoking 63.2 in 5th and Eleesha running 64.7 in the ‘B’. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and Eleesha Charnley were the pair in the 800m with Ellen putting in a strong finish to come 3rd (2.26.7) and Eleesha with the same, pulling away to win the ‘B’ in 2.27.6 and given the wind, not bad times at all.
Charlie Coy (1) 400mEleesha Charnley (11) 400m
Eleesha Charnley (1) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (11) 800m
Because of the withdrawals from the Women’s team, Annabel Ralph and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh doubled up with Annabel running from the front literally into the wind, to win the ‘A’ 3000m in 10.56.3 and clock 5.12.1 (5th) in the 1500m – Ellen doubled up in the 800/1500m and clocked 5.26.2 in 4th spot in the ‘B’.
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (1) Annabel Ralph (11)
Annabel Ralph leading in the 3000mAnnabel Ralph (1) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (11) 1500m
The Throws squad delivered again, as they continually do, making such a great contribution to the teams performances and final rresults. Charlotte Williams – recently selected for GB – was up against a very good hammer thrower from Wigan but won the contest, throwing 60.31m to the 2nd place 58.07 with Emily Taberner placing 6th in the ‘B’ (19.28m). Anna Peers and Millie Coy are a fantastic pairing in the Javelin and in this latest fixture Anna won the ‘A’ with a seasons best 38.38m with Millie placing 2nd in the ‘B’ another seasons best throw of 31.26m. More points won and this time in the Discus with Anna placing 3rd (35.58m) and in the Shot where she placed 5th (10.29m) with Emily Taberner coming 4th in the ‘B’ (8.26m).
Charlotte WilliamsEmily TabernerAnna Peers Millie Coy
Tony Balko and Anthony Kent are another great team who work really well together in the Men’s Throws. In the Hammer there were two 2nd spots for us with Anthony in the ‘A’ (43.74m) and Tony in the ‘B’ (29.09). Onto the Shot and it was a 3rd and 2nd as Anthony came 3rd with (11.40m) and Tony 2nd again in the ‘B’ with 9.67m. The final Throws event for them – the Discus registered two 3rd places – Anthony with 35.04 – just outside his personal best and Tony 29.25m in the ‘B’. The Javelin saw Cameron Harris just pipped by some 30cms into 2nd place with a distance of 47.33m with John Cookson throwing inches short of 30m in 3rd place in the ‘B’ (29.79m).
Anthony Kent Tony BalkoCameron Harris John Cookson
Sprint times were ruined by the wind and some of the sprinters must have looked aghast at the results because of it. Still, races are races, whatever the conditions and it is the same for everyone. Brandon Zinyemba’s blocks slipped at the start of the 100m ‘A’ race which cost him and he came home 3rd in 11.8 – the winner clocking 11.7. Dominic Bretherton ran the ‘B’ not feeling well and finished 4th in 12.1. In the 200m Brandon came 3rd again clocking 23.6 with Kyle Mashiter coming in to replace Dominic and running really well for 23.9 in 3rd place.
Brandon Zinyemba (1) 100mDominic Bretherton (11) 100mBrandon Zinyemba (1) 200m Kyel Mashiter (11) 200mKyle Mashiter (297) Non-Scoring 100m Ben Whittaker (299) Non-Scoring 100m
The Women’s sprinters squad was seriously down with three of them not available and it was left to Imogen Mansfield and Emily Warren who has been recovering from a bad illness to take up the mantle – Imogen clocking 13.7 in 5th in the ‘A’ 100m and Emily 13.9 in the ‘B’ (5th). In the 200m it was Emily again and this time joined by Millie Coy who had earlier fallen in the Hurdles and grazed her knee. Millie still clocked 27.8 in 5th (‘A’) and Emily also 27.8 in the ‘B’ (5th).
Imogen Mansfield (1) 100m Emily Warren (11) 100mEmily Warren (11) 200m Millie Coy (1) 200m
Sisters Charlie and Millie Coy took on the 400m Hurdles where Millie slipped and fell but bravely, still got up to finish to register points for the team and Charlie also placed 3rd in the ‘B’. Good points added in the Men’s Hurdles as Solomon Brown took 3rd in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles in 59.5 and Nick Smith won the ‘B’ in 63.1; And in the 110m Hurdles, Ben Whittaker kept up his record by winning the ‘A’ into a headwind in 17.4 with John iLunga providing good support in the ‘B’ placing 2nd in 21.3 which was a good result for John who has been wrestling with an injury now for quite a while.
Millie Coy (1) ‘flying’ in the 400m Hurdles Charlie Coy – 400m HurdlesSolomon Brown (1) 400m Hurdles Nick Smith (11) 400m HurdlesBen Whittaker (1) 110m Hurdles John iLunga (11) 110m Hurdles.
Joe Pearse was in action again over the High Jump after winning the first Match with a 1.90m clearance, Joe added another 5cms to win the ‘A’ again with a clearance of 1.95m with two good High Jumpers from the Isle of Man posting jumps of 1.80m and 1.85m. John iLunga gave us more invaluable points clearing 1.60m in the ‘B’ for 3rd place. Jonathan Gough is on a good streak at the moment, braking through the 13m barrier in the Triple jump recently, he came 3rd today in the ‘A’ with a leap of 12.93 and just 30cms off the winner and then broke through the 6m barrier in the Long Jump twice, placing 3rd in the ‘A’ with 6.09m having already jumped 6.01m. Ben Branton had a good last jump in the ‘B’ Long Jump to win 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 5.77m as Nick Smith – already having won two ‘B’ events – placed 3rd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 10.47m.
Joe Pearse with his ‘high jump shorts’
John iLunga saying to Harriers Officials Dave Kent and Nikki Hartley ‘how about that then’Jonathan Gough – breaking through the 6m barrier in long jump Ben Branton Long Jump
The Pole Vault saw Poppy Mae Preece who has only just started athletics over the last couple of months, set a new PB height of 1.90m in the Pole Vault to take a valuable 3rd place in the ‘A’. Paul Bradshaw also set a new PB of 2.50m to place 4th in the ‘A’ where the winner – Chris Lamb – posted a very good height of 4.60m.
Poppy Mae Preece
Liberty Thompson who isn’t a Long Jumper stepped forward to help out and jumped 3.93m to take 6th place and gain a couple of points and then cleared 1.45m in the ‘A’ High Jump in 4th place. It was then Imogen Mansfields turn to help out in the ‘B’ High Jump, which isn’t her speciality and won some points by getting over 1.15m (4th) in the ‘B’. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh who has done Triple Jump three times in the last two years, took on the ‘A’ and jumped 9.62m in 5th place with Eleesha Charnley, who has only ever done it once before also finished 5th in the ‘B’ with 8.31m which was 10cm further than her only other jump in the event – great team spirit by these young athletes in filling in.
Imogen Mansfield Liberty Thompson
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh Triple Jump
The Women’s squads for the both Relays were severely depleted but that team spirit came out to make sure teams were entered in both – the 4 x 100m – (Mansfield – Thompson – Millie Coy – Warren) – ending with a 5th place in 54.20 and the 4 x 400m – (Charlie Coy – Ralph – Charnley – Sagar-Hsketh) – resulting in a 4th place in 4.29.2. The Men’s Relay Teams shone – winning both Relays for maximum points. The Club Record for the Senior Men’s 4 x 100m is 43.1 and was set in a BAL Match in 1971 (Swansea). The team – (Brown – Breetherton – Mashiter – Zinyemba) – ran 44.9 on the day in winning and although quite a stretch, there is little doubt that in good conditions, this time could come closer to the record before the end of the season.
L-R Kyle Mashiter – Dom Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Sol Brown
The Men’s 400m team – (Marchant – Gebbie – Walton – Bradshaw) – won by four seconds, clocking 3.28.2. James Marchant hasn’t raced since July 2018 because of an ongoing injury, so this was a test, which he duly delivered on, holding off the other teams to hand over to Joe Gebbie who was momentarily overtaken before he came back with a real drive in the home straight to hand over to Dominic Walton on Leg 3, powering round to give Paul Bradshaw a lead which he maintained and extended to lead the team home in a win by nearly four seconds.
L-R – Joe Gebbie – Dom Walton – Paul Bradshaw – James Marchant
Diamond League – Rabat Sunday June 16th
Holly Bradshaw was in Morocco at the weekend for the Diamond League fixture among a top clas field of Pole Vaulters including among others – Sandi Morris, Anzhelika, Kaie Nageotte, Katerina Stafanidi, Yarisley Silva.
The competition was won by Sandi Morris with a clearance of 4.82 and Holly placed 9th overall with 4.57m.
Settle Hills fell Race – Sunday June 16th
Over a hundred and fifty runners in this race, won by Matlock AC’s Danny Haworth in a time of 48.38 with Hattie Archer (Hallamshire) winning the Women’s Race in 10th place overall, clocking 54.19.
Blackburn Harrier Tom Marchant had a very good run to come home in 16th spot with a time of 56.44.
Tom Marchant (7) just behind Woman’s Race Winner hattie Archer
Six New PB’s for Harriers at Podium 5k – Jess Wins BMC 5000 with new PB & Season’s 5000 best for Rob – Rachael’s back
Podium 5k – Friday June 14th
Thirty three athletes lined up in the latest of the fast 5k Races put on at Barrowfordlast night, won in a new race record of 13.54 by Derby’s Ben Connor with four sub 15 minute athletes behind him.
First of those for Blackburn Harriers was Ben Fish in 5th spot clocking 14.54 in his first actual 5k road race since July 2016 and a new personal best on the course. Next Came Ben Costello in 15th position with a very solid time of 15.43 and just 12 seconds shy of his personal best. Jacob Watson was just behind, ducking 16 minutes for the first time, following another fine run of 15.46 in 18th spot and a massive new PB by half a minute. Calum Holmes joined the new PB’s on the night as he chopped 20 seconds off his previous best to clock 16.35 in 33rd.
Ben Fish (279) – Ben Connor (116) – Nick McCormick (283) – Matt Crehan (291) – Matt McKay (232)
Ben Costello (82)
Jacob Watson (266)
This Race featured seventy six runners and was won by Salford’s Paul Bannister in a pretty rapid time of 15.57 – the first six in this race all running times within the 16.30 limit of the main race. Chris Davies posted the third new PB of the night for the harriers chopping a huge 40 seconds off his previous personal best (16.57) to take 3rd spot in a time of 16.17. John Horrocks who has been running really well on the Fells this year was next home for the Club in 9th place in a new PB – the fourth on the night so far – of 16.41, an improvement of nineteen seconds. In 24th position came Paul Brindle with the fifth new PB on the night by fourteen seconds, with a time of 17.08. Victoria Mousley was the Harriers fourth athlete in this Race clocking a time of 19.30 in 72nd position.
Chris Davies (20)
John Horrocks (282)
Paul Brindle (284) Victoria Mousley (9)
This Race was massive with one hundred and eighty nine runners participating and eventually won by Queensbury Running Club’s Paul Greenwood in 17.43.
John Foster was the first across the line for the Harriers in 18th spot running a time of 19.34, followed by V50 Paul Smith in 38th who is just starting out on his running career, with a good time of 20.24. Making it six new PB’s overall on the night, Lindsay Davies broke her personal best by just over two minutes for a huge improvement, finishing with 21.42 in 67th and she was followed in Helen Dawson-Smith in 141st place in a time of 24.50 – her first competitive run since July 2018.
John Foster (243) Lindsay Davies (19)
Helen Dawson-Smith (5)
Three Races for the youngsters – U7/U9 (25 runners) – U11/U13 (84 runners)- U15/U17 (28 runners).
Back Row L-R Oliver Gill – Daniel Smith – Matthew Smith – Codie Dewhurst
Fron Row L-R Imogen Robinson – Theo Robinson – Charlotte Smith – Hannah Davies
The U11/U13 Race – approx. 2k – was won by Trawden’s Ben Stratton in a time of 7.00. Oliver Gill was the first across the finishing line for the Harriers in 4th place in a time of 7.32 with Matthew Smith in 9th (7.56), U11 heo Robinson (12th) clocking 8.01, Imogen Robinson 19th running a time of 8.10, Hannah Davies running 8.19 in 22nd spot, Harmony Hacking (U11) in 35th position with a time of 8.39 and U11 Charlotte Smith in 67th with 10.00.
Oliver Gill (560) Matthew Smith (425)
Theo Robinson (543) Hannah Davies ( 549)
Harmony Hacking (466) Charlotte Smith (426)
Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran in the U15/U17 – approx 3k – Race won by Clayton’s Michael Stevens in 10.39. Codie came home in 6th spot clocking 11.21 with Daniel in 9th place in a time of 11.30.
Codie Dewhurst (234) Daniel Smith (561)
Loughborough Grand Prix – Saturday June 15th
After winning the BMC 1500m race at Sportsicty last weekend, Jess Judd was out again at Loughborough in the 5000m and ran another cracking race to set a new personal best of 15.31.64, some 16 seconds in front of 2nd place and a time which takes her into 5th place in the National Rankings.
Rob Warner ran the 5000m last weekend at Sportcity and went over the same distance again last night in a race featuring 21 athltes. Rob chopped six seconds off his time last Saturday to come home in 10th place clocking a seasons best time of 14.27.96.
Pilling 10k – Saturday June 15th
It’s been quite a while since Rachael Gavin ran a race – back in April 2018 where she set her 5 mile personal best in the Hale Village 5. A bad injury has meant that she has had to take her time in returning and she was rewarded for her patience and hard work in getting back, by completing the Pilling 10k yesterday.
Rachael came home in 16th place with a time of 43.59 to prove she is back and we couldn’t be more delighted for her. In the same race V40 Paul Jeffries ran a time of 41.38 in 11th place.
Tom Wins Catforth 10k – Another Top 10 for John at Two Lads Fell Race – Jess Wins Watford 1500m – Harriers Youngsters at Preston and Burnley Open Meetings
Catforth 10k – Sunday June 9th
Just over a 100 runners took part in this race which saw Blackburn Harriers Tom Blaney take a comfortable win by over two minutes, crossing the finish line in 35.14 for a pretty solid run going into the wind that characterised athletics events last weekend.
Two Lads Fell Race – Thursday June 13th
Horwich athlete – Phil Marsden – headed this one hundred and thrity seven strong field on Thgursday evening, winning in a time of 32.01, some 2 minutes in front of 2nd place.
John Horrocks continued his good run of form with another top ten finish, clocking 35.13 in 6th place.
BMC Gold Standard Races – Watford Wednesday June 12th
Jess Judd and Rob Warner were in action at the Watford BMC Meeting during the week, both of them contesting the 1500m. Jess front ran the race, after turning up to find there wasn’t a pacemaker, clocking 4.12.29 for a very comfortable win, in her first outing over the distance this season. It was also Rob’s first race over the distance this year as he placed 13th with a time of 3.53.98.
Preston Harriers U12’s Medal meeting – Sunday June 9th
A good day out for the youngsters at the Preston Open Medal Meeting covering 75m – 400m – 600m – Long Jump and Cricket Ball competition for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 school children.
Charlotte Smith started her day with a win in the 75m with a time of 12.8 and made it a double in the 400m clocking 1.28.1 in first place completing a hat-trick of wins in the Long Jump with 2.81m. Ben Hopwood won his 75m race in 13.0 as Alex McKinlay finished 2nd in the same race with a time of 13.3. Alex then went and won the 400m in 1.28.6 with Ben in 2nd spot (1.34.0) and Harry Craven in 3rd position with a time of 1.40.7. In the Long Jump Alex came 2nd with a jump of 2.43m as Harry took 3rd (1.89m) whilst Orla Downes ran 14.1 in 4th position in the 75m and then threw 12.05m in the Cricket Ball to take 1st place as Harry Craven who was the only Yr 3 Boy threw 14.14m. Orla went onto the Long Jump placing 3rd out of 4 with a distance of 1.82m.
Henry Gibson and Theo Robinson went in the first Heat of the Yr 4 75m which produced a win for Henry in 11.4 and 3rd spot for Theo with 12.0. Heat 2 had Jack Duxbury in 3rd (12.8), in 4th Frank John son (14.2) and Leon Spence in 5th with a time of 14.8. Theo went on to run in the 400m where he came home in 2nd place with 72.7 followed in 3rd spot by Henry Gibson (80.7), Matthew Sharples 4th (81.3), Frank Johnson 6th (91.1) and Leon Spence in 7th with 96.5. Demi Casey ran in the Yr 4 Girls 400m finishing 8th in 1.49.6, clocked 13.6 in Heat 2 of the 75m (3rd) and then placed 8th again in the Long Jump with 1.82m. Frank Johnson’s third event of the day – Cricket Ball – saw him throw 16.61m in 5th place with Leon Spence in 6th (9.72m). The Yr 4 Boys Long Jump had Henry Gibson in 5th (2.77m) and Jack Duxbury in 6th (2.70m).
Hannah Davies took her first win of the day in Yr 75m with a time of 11.7 with Leah Walker in 5th spot (13.8) and then went on to win the 600m clocking 2.01.6, making it three wins on the day in the Long Jump with a new PB leap of 3.62m. Leah jumped 1.82m in the same Long Jump event for 6th position before going on to throw 2.79m in the Shot (1st). Zachary Hearle is enjoying competition – winning Heat 1 of the 75m in 12.0 before going on to take 2nd spot in the 600m with a time of 2.06.02 and jumping 2.94m (5th) in the Long Jump. Jack Carrington finished 4th out of 5 in Heat 2 of the 75m (12.4) and then ran a time of 2.13.9 in 4th place in the 600m.
Imogen Robinson came home first of five runners in the Yr 6 600m – clocking a huge new PB time of 1.55.9 – in March 2018, the last time she ran a 600m race, her time was 2.23.7 – her time today representing nearly a half a minute improvement. Imogen clocked 11.8 in 3rd spot in the 75m and then set another new PB in the Long Jump with a leap of 3.70m in 5th place. Matthew Smith was a very confortable winner of the 600m race running a time of 1.46.6 and before that, set a new PB in the 75m of 11.1 in 4th spot finishing off with a 2nd placed leap of 4.21m in the Long Jump. Sam Craven ran the same 600m clocking 2.41.2 in 9th before going on to throw 3.80m in the Shot Putt (5th) jumping a distance of 2.44m in the Long Jump (11th).
Burnley U11’s Meeting – Sunday June 9th
U11 Boy Matthew Haxton had a pretty good day at Burnley winning the 75m in a time of 11.3 at the head of 12 other athletes and then went on to run 1.54.8 for 2nd place out of 12 in the U11 Boys 600m which also featured U11 Felix Thompson, clocking 2.16.2 in 9th place. U11 Girl Harmony Hacking took on the same events finishing 6th out of 9 in the 600m with a time of 2.09.4 and clocking 12.4 in the 75m placing equal 7th out of 13 runners. U10 Boy Liam Bennison made it three Harriers running in these two events which saw Liam come home 2nd out of 5 in the U10 Boys 600m (2.10.4) and then running 13.3 in equal 6th place out of 10.
Felix Thompson (110)
Harmony Hacking (118)
Harmony Hacking (118)
Liam Bennison (10)
Liam Bennison (10)
Felix Thompson Liam Bennison
Some good performances by these youngsters too in the Field Events which saw Matthew Haxton add to his first and second places on the track, another 1st place in the U11 Boys Long Jump leaping out to 3.77m to take top spot in the eleven strong competition. In the U10 Boys Long Jump – Liam Bennison jumped a distance of 2.30 for 9th spot out of 11 and over in the High Jump – Felix Thompson cleared 1.05m in the U11 Boys event in 2nd place. The Cricket Ball competition which is always popular saw Felix throw 26.88m in 3rd place whilst Harmony Hacking finished 2nd in the U11 Girls with 15.10m.
Harriers have nine winners at Lancashire Schools T&F Championships – Ben 2nd at Potters ‘Arf Marathon – Another Top 10 place for John at Weets
Lancashire Schools T & F Championships at Blackpool – June 8th
An horrific day greeted athletes and officials on Saturday with gusting very strong winds and pouring rain. Junior athletes who have trained all year to try and achieve entry standards for English Schools and needing to win the County Schools Championships with the required standard must have been filled with gloom as they entered the stadium at the beginning of the day. However, Blackburn Harriers athletes didn’t let the weather deter them as they posted 9 Wins, 7 second and 7 third places along with 11 new PB’s in tack and field events. Those who won will now be waiting to see if they have been selcted for the English Schools Championships being held in July.
Many conversations among coaches and parents watching on dwelt on the difficulty of trying to achieve the standards required on days such as this, even for the best of athletes and there were many nods of agreement that perhaps the qualifying standards could be looked at over a period of four weeks say, rather than leaving it all down to one event on a specific day. Obviously a question to be answered by a ‘pay grade’ above that of website writers of reports!
Another topic of conversation covered the role of Officials. Many athletes will have had reason to complain about the conditions hampering their performances and many parents will have bemoaned the cold and wet, but spare a thought for the officials, there at 8.00am in the morning and still there clearing up after 4.00pm in the afternoon. Field Officials, Track Judges, Timekeepers and Starters all out in the rain all day long. More volunteers are needed to take up officiating, otherwise, we are not going to be able to hold these events.
Timekeepers Track Judges
Track Judges – jobs between Track Judging!
Field Officials – still smiling despite the weather
In the 3000m, Inter-Girls, Inter-Boys and Senior Boys all ran together in the one Race. The race quickly developed into a contest between Senior Boy Matthew Mckay and Inter-Boy Matt Ramsden. McKay took the lead the whole way round with Ramsden sticking to him like glue. With 350m to go McKay made a break into the wind and opened up a sizeable gap which was around 15 metres with 150m to go. Coming off the top bend in the finishing straight, Ramsden gave it everything and with McKay (8.57.9) responding to the challenge, Ramsden (8.57.8) managed to hold him off by just a tenth of a second. Cracking race by the two lads.
Matt Ramsden (1)
Maddie Elliott ran against one Senior and one Inter Girl in her Senior Girls 1500m Final, winning comprehensively. Running from the front, Maddie took all the wind in the race, putting in a fast last 150m to clock a winning and new PB time of 4.47.4. Joe Gebbie is running really well and has gone under 2 minutes for 800m on a number of occasions. In the Senior Boys 800m Final he clocked 1.59.4 to finish 2nd on the podium. The Inter-Boys 800m was won in a very good time of 1.58.9 and this was the race that Findlay Sullivan was in where he clocked 2.14.5 in 11th place. Eleesha Charnley came 3rd in the in the Inter-Girls 300m with a time of 44.2
Maddie Elliott (25)
Joe Gebbie (31)
Findlay Sullivan (16)
Eleesha Charnley (16)
Harvey Ashworth ran the Inter-Boys straight Final over 1500m which had a dozen athletes in the race. Harvey came home in a time of 4.35.0 in 9th place. The Junior Boys 1500m was also a straight Final covering sixteen athletes – five of them from Blackburn Harriers representing their various towns. Dexta Thompson ran his fastest race since April over the distance clocking 4.49.3 in 5th place. David Holman was just one place behind in 6th with 4.52.7 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 9th (4.59.6), Jack Paget-Fowler in 12th – his first time ever over the distance running a time of 5.13.3 and Codie Dewhurst in 14th with a new PB by over three seonds (5.16.1).
Harvey Ashworth (1)
Jack Paget-Fowler (3) & Dexta Thompson (28)
Codie Dewhurst (3) Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (32) and David Holman (16)
Nineteen athletes took part in a Junior Girls 1500m straight Final won in 4.50.3 where Abi Stratton took on the eventual winner, as the front runners battled the wind on the back straight four times, resulting in a 3rd placed finish for Abi in a time of 4.52.3.
Abigail Stratton (22)
Hayden Mercer didn’t hang around in the Junior Boys 800m – another middle distance race which went to a straight Final – going to the front and into the wind right from the off and apart from looking behind him a couple of times in the home straight he came home a good winner in a time of 2.11.4, someway outside his personal best, but a good confident and strong run in the prevailing conditions. Saul Sharp also had a solid run and was just three seconds down on his best time, clocking 2.29.8 in 10th position.
Hayden Mercer (1)
It was a straight Final in the Junior Girls 800m featuring fourteen athletes. No middle distance runner was going to enjoy the races on this day with a really bad wind on the back straight. Keira Haxton came home in 4th place with a good time of 2.31.6 which was just two tenths outside of her personal best, so too for Kate Cookson finishing in 7th place with a time of 2.35.5. Rebecca Ramsden ran 2.38.3 in 11th place in the Inter-Girls 800m Final with Hannah Cookson clocking 2.37.7 in the Senior Girls 800m Final in 3rd place.
Kate Cookson (7) and Keira Haxton (17)
Rebecca Ramsden (17)
Cameron Harris went into the Schools Championships as current Lancashire County Champion and undefeated in all competitions this year including already having thrown the Entry Standard for English Schools. This was his first reverse as he came home in 2nd spot with 44.97m in weather conditions which were the exact opposite of what was needed to throw long. Like Cameron, Millie Coy braved the elements in the Inter-Girls Javelin to take the win with a distance of 28.42m.
Grace Bontoft contesting in the Junior Girls Hammer had a very good day with a throw of 30.84m in the Hammer – just 27 cms short of her best and half a metre of challenging the winner as she came in 2nd in the Championships.
In the Inter-Boys Hammer, Matthew Heywood – ranked 7th Nationally – has maintained his very good levels of consistency as he took 2nd spot with a distance of 51.72m – the fourth time he has thrown the Englaish Schools qualifying distance this year already. In the Junior Boys Hammer – Sebastian Burton with a personal best of 22.07m was just shy of that as he threw 21.62m to also finish in 2nd place. George Whittaker was delighted with his new PB in the Inter-Boys Discus, finishing in 2nd place with 32.64m – over half a metre further than his previous best. Nicky Saunders has thrown the Englsih Schools entry standard nine times this year including yet another win for her in the Championships today with a distance of 30.04.
Rory Teare and Liberty Thompson really battled the elements in the High Jump which saw Rory clear a modest, for him, 1.48m in 5th place and Liberty similar, with a clearance of 1.40m in 3rd position.
Jonathan Gough who cleared 13.03m in the Triple Jump just over a week ago, was, like the other athletes in this event, jumping into the wind. He still managed to pull out a good perforamnce as he won the Championships with a leap of 12.34m. Ben Branton was in a four way contest in the Inter-Boys Long Jump, taking 3rd place with a jump of 5.25m and recent new recruit to Blackburn Harriers – Fawwaz Mustapha – also placed 3rd in the Senior Boys Triple Jump with 11.10m.
Myah Booth went into the Schools Championships as Lancashire County Champion and already having run the English Schools entry standard. She excelled again on the day with another Championship win in a new PB of 11.9. Ben Boocock opened up his season over 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.6 back in April. Working really hard, he got down to within one tenth of achieving the entry standard for English Schools on May 27th. He has obviously peaked at the right time for these Championships as he clipped another two tenths off his personal best to set a new PB of 11.9 in 2nd place. Ben Whittaker was just three tenths outside of his best as he placed 2nd in the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles in 17.0 seconds and Lucy Ramsden ran herself a new PB by nearly three tenths in the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles, clocking 14.0 in 5th place.
Myah Booth (2)
Ben Boocock (1)
Ben WhittakerLucy Ramsden
Jayden Riley goes from strength to strength going into the Championships ranked 6th Nationally and undefeated in eight 100m races so far this season and today, he maintained that record, winning his Heat in 11.4 and then clocking a new PB of 11.3 to win the Final – the 6th time he has bettered the entry standard for English Schools which has also included two National standard times. In the Inter-Boys 100m, Kyle Mashiter did the same as Jayden, winning his Inter-Boys 100m Heat in a new PB of 11.4 and then set his second new PB of the day, winning the Final in 11.3. Chris Brand also in the Inter-Boys, placed 2nd in the Heats with a time of 11.6 to qualify for the Final where he ran 11.9 in 4th spot. Fawwaz Mustapha clocked 12.4 in the Senior Boys straight Final in 4th position. Ben Whittaker knocked another tenth off his 100m best time to-date as he clocked his second new PB in a week over the distance clocking 11.8 for 2nd in the Senior Boys 100m Final.
Jayden Riley (2)Kyle Mashiter (1)
Chris Brand (16)
In the Inter-Girls 100m Bailey Madden (12.7) and Amy Wiggans (12.8 and new PB by four tenths) both qualified for the Final with Bailey getting on to the Podium in 3rd place with an equal personal best time of 12.6 and Amy running another new PB by a tenth to place 4th in a time of 12.7. Rachael Jesse finished 6th in the Heats of the Junior Girls 100m with 13.7 with Abigail Armas coming home in 5th spot in the Inter-Girls 100m Heats in a personal best equaling time of 13.9. 800m runner Leah Hoole was entered into the 200m by her team manager and yet had no athlete in the 800m race for Junior Girls! – in the Heats she ran 28.4 in 5th spot which was a new PB by half a second and all the more remarkable given she was running with an injury.
Bailey Madden (3) and Amy Wiggans (16)
Rachel Jesse (Lane 1)
Abi Armas (2)
Leah Hoole (1)
Eleesha Charnley (3rd) 300m Hannah Cookson (3rd) 800m
Joe Gebbie (2nd) 800m Kyle Mashiter (1st) 100m
Myah Booth (1st) 80m Hurdles Bailey Madden (3rd) 100m
Millie Coy (1st) Javelin Ben Whittaker (2nd) 110m Hurdles
Nicola Saunders (1st ) Discus Abigail Stratton (3rd) 800m
George Whittaker (2nd) Discus Maddie Elliott (1st) 1500m
Matt Ramsden (1st) 3000m Ben Whittaker (2nd) 200m
Liberty Thompson (3rd) High Jump
Potters ‘Arf Marathon – Sunday June 9th
The Potters ‘Arf ended this year with the same 1st and 2nd placed athletes as in 2018 with Matt Clowes in first place and Ben Fish in 2nd.
This year, Ben ran 71.22 in 2nd place in conditions described as ‘warm and sunny, but windy’ which had a clear impact on the times for everyone in the race with only three other runners dipping under 75 minutes.
Ben Fish (Archive Photo)
Weets Fell Race – Saturday June 8th
With the Series Leader – Jonathan Cleaver not contesting this race, Tom Corrigan took a convincing win by some two minutes. Three Harriers were included int he 206 strong field – John Horrocks, Calum Holmes and Victoria Mousley.
John Horrocks is running very well at the moment on the Fells and bagged himself another top ten placing as he came home in a time of 40.59 in 6th place. Next across the finishing line came Calum Holmes, clocking 44.37 in 18th spot with Victoria Mousley having a very solid race in a time of 47.59 (39th) and 3rd in the Women’s race.
John Horrocks (157)
Calum Holmes (180)
Victoria Mousely (194)
As always, great enthusiasm and spirited fields of youngsters took part in the Junior races covering age groups U7 through to U15’s.
Theo Robinson had a great run in the U11 Race finishing 4th out of 35 young runners – the race being won by Trawden’s Callum Singleton. Unfortunately there are only positions recorded and not times for most of the Junior Races.
Theo Robinson (47)
There were 41 runners in the U13 race – 21 Boys and 20 Girls won by Harry Smith which saw Matthew Smith come home in 4th spot followed by Oliver Gill in 6th, Imogen Robinson in 26th (10th Girl) and Alexander Brien in 31st. Again – no times, just please for the results.
Oliver Gill (55)
Imogen Robinson (48)
PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Tom in Mountain Running Trials – Chris and Paul in top 5 at Astley Park & Annabel 1st Woman – Matt & John tackle Pen-y-Ghent Race
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 4th
The evening opend up with the heavens pouring down as U15 David Holman took on the 1500m and hoping to improve his personal best from his current time of 4.44.64 and despite the conditions, that is exactly what he did, cutting another two seconds off his time to record a new PB of 4.42.45.
David Holman (12)
Next up came the 3000m, run again in pretty heavy rain with three Harriers – Ben Fish, Matt Ramsden and Marc Hartley in the ‘A’ Race and Calum Holmes in the ‘B’. The ‘A’ Race featured 25 athletes and was won by Jonathan Shields in 8.29.10. Ben Fish came home in 6th place clocking 8.39.53 in his first 3000m race since April 2017, over two years ago. U17 Matt Ramsden went into the race having already run the English Schools qualifying time and won the Lancashire County Champs and ran another ES qualifying time of 8.49.99 in 10th place. Third Harrier home in the ‘A’ race was Marc Hartley who ran 9.06.79 (20th) with Calum Holmes – in his first 3000m race – clocking 9.54.24 in the ‘B’ Race.
Matt Ramsden (93) – Ben Fish (82)
Marc Hartley (85)
Calum Holmes (121)
Nicholas Smith wasn’t far off a new personal best in Heat (4) of the 800m clocking 2.07.64 in 4th place – bottom of age U17 Eleesha Charnley went into her race with a best of 2.22.8 and came away with a new PB by virutually two seconds ash came home in 3rd spot with 2.20.99.
Nicholas Smith (189)
Eleesha Charnley (170)
British Mountain Running Championships – Sunday June 2nd
(incorporating European MR ChampionshipTrials)
The Senior Men’s and Women’s race had some real quality athletes in the lineup of forty five. Keswick’s Jacob Adlin came out the winner in a time of 31.03 as Sarah Tunstall won the Women’s Race in 36.37. U23 Thomas Marchant racing with the Seniors, came home in 37th position (42.04) and spoke to the Club after thr race about his day, tellung us “Being bottom age U23 and racing in the seniors with some of the best mountain runners in the UK became very daunting however I gave it my all out there on Sunday. The race right from the very start was fast despite the steep climb up to Skiddaw. I felt comfortable with the fast speed climb up to latrig but once I hit skiddaw my legs had gone and it was a slow gradual climb to the top, the finish had been brought down due to bad weather conditions on the summit however I managed to finish the race and will progress from this into the next race”.
Thomas Marchant (132)
Astley Park Trail Series – Wednesday June 5th
Race number 2 in this years Series saw V40 Chris Davies run his first one int he Series with a pretty good run to place 2nd overall in a time of 20.42 behind race winner Anthony Valentine. Paul Brindle made it two Harriers in the first five places crossing the line in 5th spot with a time of 21.49. Annabel Ralph who had won Race 1 in a time of 22.52, had another good night too as she came home 1st Woman and 17th overall clocking 23.13, followed by Lindsay Davies in 54th (27.38).
The Junior Trail Race featured 116 young runners from ages 6yrs through to U15’s. 11yr old Matthew Smith was the first home for the Harriers on the one mile course, clocking 5.06 in 8th place as 10yr old Sam Aspey (5.07) in 9th and Oliver Gill 11yrs (5.11) in 11th position showed how close these lads are between each other. Next in was 11yr old George Ramsden in a time of 5.35 in 26th spot, followed by 9yrs William Grundy in 33rd position running 5.42, 10yr old Hannah Davies in 41st (5.55), Evan Potter (11yrs) with a time of 6.17 in 51st and 8yr old Charlotte Smith in 68th running 6.37. Sam Aspey and Charlotte Smith were also the 1st home in their respective age categories.
Back Row L-R – Evan Potter (34) – Sam Aspey (115) – Oliver Gill (17) – George Ramsden (96) – Daniel Smith (89) – William Grundy — Front Row Charlotte Smith – Hannah Davies (119)
Sam Aspey (nearest & Matthew Smith
Oliver Gill George Ramsden
William Grundy Hannah DaviesCharlotte Smith (90)
Pen-y-Ghent Fell Race – JUNE 1ST 2019
Changes to the course over the last couple of years – partly to avoid the erosion near the summit of Penyghent – have pushed the race into the AM category. It is one of the few ‘mountain’ races in Yorkshire. The race leaves the gala field and follows the road through the village towards Brackenbottom. Turn left over river bridge after the church to gain the road passing the old school. Leave this road at Brackenbottom (GR 817723) to begin the climb up through limestone pastures. On gaining the ridge a very steep scramble breaks through the southern crags to the summit of Pen-y-Ghent (GR 838734). The fast descent (note route change made in 2017) to the finger post (GR 837742) is followed by a variety of possible routes to Hull Pot (GR 825745). The next objective is the summit of Whitber Hill (GR 819745) which you can approach any way that suits your stamina level at this stage. Hands on knees with tongue dragging on the ground has proved to be a popular technique on previous occasions. The remainder of the course will be flagged through Whitber pasture to the gate on the walled lane (GR812732). Follow the road retracing the start route back to the Gala field entrance. Please do NOT train on Whitber Pasture. This is private land and is only available on race day. The route is not flagged before Whitber, so anyone with serious ambitions should be doing some homework in case the weather is poor.
Clocking a time of 49.35, Calder Valley’s Darren Kay won the race featuring well over 200 runners and as well as winning, he was also the first Vet.
For the Harriers V50 Matt Nuttall was out in his third fell race innrecent weeks, posting a pretty solid time of 60.25 in 43rd place with fellow Harrier – V50 John Orrell – in 143rd position with a time of 73.53.
Charlie takes 3rd and Bronze medal for GB in Halle – Medals in Discus, Shot & Triple Jump at Northern Championships for Harriers – 25 New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs League – 8 New PB’s for Harriers youngsters at Trafford Open – 3rd place for John at Kelbrook – John at Ingleton and Austwick Fell Races – Harry Wins 5.7k Trail Race at Grasmere – Peter 2nd V50 at Levens 10k
Halle Throws International – June 1st 2019
Another cracking performance by Charlotte Williams – or ‘Charlie’ as she is known by everyone at the Club – at the Halle International over the weekend. On May 19th, Charlotte won her first GB Vest at the Loughborough International where she finished in 5th place with a throw of 59.70. Seven days later, she threw for her Club – Blackburn Harriers – in a UKYDL Upper Age Group Match where she set a new PB of 61.80m which put her in 2nd place in the National Rankings – just 3 cms behind 1st spot. This weekend she won her second GB Vest as she was selected to compete at the famous Halle Throws International, throwing 60.89m to finish in 3rd place behind Sara Killinen (61.74m) and Samantha Borutta (62.11m).
Afterwards, Charlie spoke to the Club about all of this commenting “Getting selected to represent GB for an international competition in Germany was already in its self amazing but managing to get myself to the bronze medal position topped it all off. It was a really close competition and being the bottom age of u20 I really surprised my self against the older girls. Next stop is nationals and then hopefully being selected for the Europeans in a few months time. Thankyou to everyone in the club for the support over the last year and also to Mick for the support and also my parents!“
Sara Killinen (61,74) 2nd — Samantha Borutta (62,11) 1st — Charlotte Williams (60,89) 3rd
Charlotte with her Coach Michael Hitchon
Northern Track & Field Championships
Anthony Kent entered the Championship Discus event as the athlete with the best performance and currently ranked 9th Nationally. As we know, it doesn’t always go your way and on the day (Saturday) Anthony finished up on the Podium in Bronze Medal position with a throw of 40.79m and afterwards“commented, a somewhat below par performance and on any other given day i could have won the discuss by 4 or 5 meters. I was relatively happy with the shot – first time at the Northerns ,a great experience looking foward to next year”.
Anthony Kent Bronze (325) – Aran Thomas Gold (363) – Ruaridh Lang Silver (329)
In the Shot Anthony threw 12.48m to take his second Bronze Medal of the Championships behind the winner David Tood (14.76m) and Shaun Kerry Silver (14.07)
L-R Anthony Kent – David Todd – Shaun Kerry
U17 Jonathan Gough was also on the Podium as he took Bronze in the U20 Men’s Triple Jump leaping out to a new PB of 13.03m behind Finlay Campbell Silver (13.19) and Harrison Whitfield Gold (13.28m). Jonathan has been after breaking the 13m barrier this season and is delighted he has done it so earlt on, telling the Harriers that “i’m over the moon for finally achieveing a jump exceeding the 13m barrier and i certainly surprised myelf by winning a medal in my first U20 competition mto top it all off”.
Jonathan Gough Bronze Medal – Finlay Campbell Silver Medal
U20 Solomon Brown had a very run run in the 400m Hurdles coming home in 5th place with a new PB of 58.50 cutting 1.3 seconds off his previous best time.
Mid Lancs T & F League – Saturday June 1st
Fixture 3 moved to Uclan at the weekend which saw the day shrouded in cloud and rain, rather than the promised red hot temperatures. Many thanks to Helen Whittaker for all the photos of the athletes and also to David Wood who does such a fantastic job, going round the county to record the exploits of the athletes in photographic image, as does David Belshaw – and ‘Meg’ – who give their time freely to ensure that the pictoral record of athletes achievements are preserved for posterity.
Mid Lancs fixtures always starts with the Hammer and with some of our Hammer Throwers at other competitions, it was left to Nathan Billington to come up trumps as he won the Senior Men’s event with a throw of 37.17m. The U17 Men’s Hammer had another Blackburn Harrier winning – this time Matt Heywood with 49.49m with Rohan Johnson – in his first season of competition and only his second event ever, placing 2nd (20.55m). Rohan then added nearly a metre in his Shot Putt to set a new PB of 8.91m in 3rd and threw 27.25m in 4th spot in the Discus – the first time he has ever thrown in competition. Following his win in the Hammer, Matthew Heywood placed 2nd in the Discus (28.77m) and 6th in the Shot Putt (7.85m). George Whittaker took on Discus and Javelin finishing 5th in the Discus with 25.19m and 3rd in the Javelin (30.02m) which was a new PB by over three metres. U15 Stephen Alberts set himself a new PB in the Shot Putt with 5.73m (8th) with Codie Dewhurst throwing 11.44m in the U15 Boys Discus (4th), Dexta Thompson 20.35m in the U15 Boys Javelin and Sebastian Burton 10.07m in the Hammer. In the U13 Boys Throws Toby Mansfield placed 4th in the Shot Putt with 5.68m which was a 10cm new PB and threw 13.72m in the Javelin (6th). Sam Craven was having a go for the first time in competition in the Throws events with a throw of 3.93m in the Shot Putt (7th), 8.09m in the Javelin and 12.07m in the Discus. Daniel Nuttall – a sprinter and Long Jumper tried his hand at Shot Putt coming in 6th (5.13m).
Matt HeywoodRohan Johnson
Toby Mansfield Sam Craven
Another clean sweep of the card for Anna Peers in the Senior Women’s Throws winning the Shot Putt with 10.75m), the Discus with 34.55m and finishing off with ther third win of the day in the Javelin (35.19m). At the last Mid Lancs Fixture, Helen Dawson-Smith tried Long Jump and this time it was the Shot Putt coming 6th with 5.38m. U17 Myah Booth came 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.77m as Liberty Thompson placed 5th in the same event with 7.32m before throwing 17.83m in the Javelin (4th). A new PB for Grace Bontoft in the U15 Girls Shot Putt with 7.10m, placing 12th out of 18 girls competing and just missing out on another in the Discus, with her throw of 16.07m in 6th. Caroline Woodworth placed 4th in the Javelin with a distance of 23.23m
U20 Ben Whittaker had a very good day winning the 100m in 12.00 and the 200m clocking 24.30. U17 Kyle Mashiter was a tenth off the winner as he clocked 11.80 in Heat (1) of the 100m whilst in the U15 Boys 100m Jayden Riley once again showed what a good prospect he is clocking 11.50 to win Heat (1) with 800m athlete Hayden Mercer winning Heat (2) in 12.70 – a new PB by some 2 seconds – followed by Samuel Mutombo in 2nd clocking 13.10 and a new PB by 3 tenths, in this, his first comeptitive season and only 2nd time he has run the distance. Ben Livesey had a good day as he an 13.90 for 2nd spot in the U13 Boys 100m Heat (1) and followed that up with a win in the 200m (28.00). Daniel Nuttall clocked 14.00 for 2nd place in Heat (2) which was a big new PB by 6 tenths for this young athlete, who, like a number of others, is in his first competitive season. U13 Isaac Smith ran 39.50 in his 200m Heat.
Ben Whittaker (157)Kyle Mashiter in 3rd
Jayden Riley (900)Hayden mercer (126) – Samuel Mutombo (950)
Emily Warren won the Senior Womens 100m with a time of 13.80 as she starts on her campaign to get back to full competitiveness after a long illness and followed that up with a 29.00 clocking in 3rd place in the 200m. Amy Wiggans was just a tenth outside her best posting a time of 13.3 in Heat (1) of the U17 Girls 100m (4th) with Imogen Mansfield running 13.50 in Heat (2) in 3rd. Myah Booth clocked 27.10 in Heat (1) of the U17 Women’s 200m with Rebecca Ramsden running 30.30 in Heat (2) in 4th spot as Skye Greenacre ran a time of 14.50 (6th) in the U15 Girls 100m Heat (1). Three girls in the U13 100ms which saw Alisha Lehner (5th) with 15.20 in Heat (1), Sophie Gibson (5th) in a time of 14.60 in Heat (2) and Layla Osborn (6th) running 15.50 in Heat (4).
Amy Wiggans (Lane 7)Imogen Mansfield (Lane 2)
Rebecca Ramsden (137)
Alisha Lehner (120)
Layla Osborn (164)
Marc Hartley took on the 800m coming home in 2nd place in a season’s best of 2.04.30 and some 3 seconds faster than his last race. U20 800m runner – Joe Gebbie – took on the Senior Men’s 1500m and clocked himself a new PB by a seocnd as he clocked 4.11.80 in what was described as a ‘shoulder to shoulder battle’ with Reuben Copley (4.11.10). In the 3000m Jacob Watson and Chris Davies contested for the senior men’s race with Jacob coming home in 2nd 9.24.00 and Chris 3rd in 9.34.90 – daugher Amy Davies ran 11.45.10 for 3rd place in the U17 Women’s race. U17 George Whittaker ran the 400m as his third event of the day and clocked 61.00 – a new PB by half a second in 6th. Great run for Ethan Barbarewicz too as he ran another new PB by over 3 seconds – coming home in 7th place with a time of 4.48.90.
Marc Hartley (107)Joe Gebbie (100)Chris Davies (94) – Jacob Watson (947)Amy Davies (93)Ethan Barbarewicz (62)
Getting in on the new personal bests was U15 Hayden Mercer. After a good ‘warm up’ in the 100m (12.7) he went onto win the 400m in 55.80 – a second and a half new PB. No one wants to miss out on improving with new PB’s and U15 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was the next across the line with a new PB by a whopping 4 seconds as he ran 2.20.6 in 5th place with Codie Dewhurst clocking 2.34.80 (11th) and Umair Rafiq 2.41.70 (13th) in the same race. U15 Stephen Alberts had a go at 1500m for the first time and did well to run 5.15.0 in 8th.
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (148)Codie Dewhurst (95)Umair Rafiq (948)Stephen Alberts (173)
In the U13 Boys 800m – Heat (1) – there were thirteen athletes including five from Blackburn, five from Preston which turned out as a victory for the Harriers Matthew Smith in 2.28.30 followed in 6th by Ben Livesey (2.32.10), 8th Oliver Gill (2.34.30) and his first attempt at the distance, 9th Daniel Smith with a massive new PB by six seconds (2.35.90) and Harry Sambrook in 13th (2.42.40). Heat (2) had 12 runners in there with two from the Harriers – George Ramsden ran another new PB with 2.42.80 which was a second better in 3rd with Isaac Smith running 3.33.20 and always with a smile on his face in 12th spot.
Ben Livesey (121) – Daniel Smith (143) – Oliver Gill (101) – Matthew Smith (144)
Matthew Smith – Harry Sambrook – Daniel SmithGeorge Ramsden
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh clocked 2.27.30 in 4th in the Senior Women’s 800m and Rebecca Ramsden ran a time of 2.39.40 in the U17 Women’s 800m (4th). The U13 Girls 800m had two Heats with four Harriers in each Heat. The first one was a close run affair as first, second and third all ran under 2.31 which had Leah Hoole in 3rd place (2.30.9), Kate Cookson in 5th (2.33.60), Hollie Cubbon in 6th with a new PB by three seconds of 2.34.60 and Caroline Woodworth in 10th (2.40.20).
Kate Cookson (88) – Hollie Cubbon (92) – Caroline Woodworth (162) – Leah Hoole (115)
Eva Knowles (119)
In Heat 2 Eleanor Allsop smashed her previous best by over 4 seconds as she won the race in a new PB time of 2.35.90 with Molly Nicholls in 4th (2.44.90), Kiera Booth in 5th (2.45.30) and Eva Knowles in 9th (2.52.80). U15 Keira Haxton also set a new PB by half a second in the 1500m running 5.10.10 in 3rd spot and U13 Girls Imogen Robinson and Eve Coulson ran in the U13 Girls 800m with a field of 18 runners – Imogen placing 6th with 2.50.50 and Eve 7th (2.51.00) – a new PB by just over a second.
Eleanor Allsop (58) – Kiera Booth (71) – Eva Knowles (119) – Molly Nicholls (128)
Eleanor Allsop (58)Molly Nicholls (128)
Eve Coulson (169) – Imogen Robinson (138)
Jayden Riley continues with his success in the Hurdles, having won every race he has been in this year, the latest seeing him win comfortably in a time of 11.80 in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles and yet again, another English Schools qualifying time – six in all so far as we approach Lancashire Schools. Codie Dewhurst had never run the 80m Hurdles distance before and ran well to clock 17.00 in 5th. U13 Matthew Smith had never attempted Hurdles in a competition, before taking on the 75m version, running well to post a debut time of 15.90 in 6th position as Daniel Smith came in 4th (14.10) in the same race.
U13 Imogen Robinson and Kady Thompson went in the High Jump with Imogen in =4th (1.20m) and Kady 6th (1.15m). A mind boggling thirty four U13 Girls entred the Long Jump and you have to say that the volunteer Officials surely deserve everyone’s praise when faced with these situations. Imogen Robinson leapt out to 3.55m in 14th place with Layla Osborn in 29th (3.30m) and Sophie Gibson (34th) with a jump of 2.90m. The U15 Girls High Jump saw a new PB by 5cms for Eva Knowles (=3rd) with 1.35m and an equaling personal best clearance of 1.35m for Skye Greenacre in 5th after going out to a 3.88m jump in the Long Jump for 13th place and the first time she has taken on the event.
U17 Women – Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson took on the Long Jump with Imogen in 5th (4.53m) and Liberty 10th (3.79m). Ellen Sagar-Hesketh who has an historic personal best of 5.26m jumped 4.48m to win the Senior Women’s Long Jump. In the U13 Boys High Jump featuring seven athletes – Daniel Smith equaled his personal best of 1.45m as he came in 2nd with Matthew Smith in 3rd (1.35m) and Oliver Gill (5th) with a new PB by 10cms of 1.30m. Oliver then went and set his second new PB of the day in the Long Jump with a leap of 3.30m (13th) as Daniel Nuttall finished in 3rd spot with a leap of 4.07m and a new PB by 19cms and the first time over 4m.
Imogen Mansfield & Liberty Thompson
U15 Rory Teare had a solid High Jump competition clearing 1.55m in 2nd place and in the U15 Boys Long Jump – Hayden Mercer equaled his personal best with 4.69m (5th) alongside Samuel Mutombo in 6th and his first ever long jump competition leaping out to 4.65m. Ben Branton jumped a distance of 5.77m in the U17 Men’s Long Jump as another Ben – this time U20 Ben Whittaker set himself a new PB of 5.67m to win the Senior Men’s Long Jump.
Rory TeareBen BrantonBen Whittaker
Bank Holiday Monday and some of the Harriers youngsters took the opportunity to have a go at this Open meeting and among them Theo Robinson, Harrison Allcock, Benjamin Livesey, Harry Sambrook, Imogen Robinson, Dexta Thompson, Ben Stratton, Abigail Stratton, Kady Thompson, Nicky Saunders and Ben Boocock.
U11 Theo Robinson ran for the first time over 75m and 600m on the track and put in two very good runs clocking 12.08 in 2nd place for the 75m and 1.58.34, again in 2nd place, for the 600m race featuring 12 runners. U13 Harrison Allcock ran the 100m & 200m along with the Shot Putt placing 3rd in the 100m with a time of 13.80, 2nd in the 200m with 27.69 – a new PB by two tenths and 6th in the Shot Putt with 6.22m. Ben Livesey, also an U13, came home 2nd in the 100m with a time of 14.19, 2nd again in the 200m with 29.27 and 4th in the 800m – a new PB by a huge 4 seconds (2.28.62). U13 Harry Sambrook set himself a new PB in the 800m clcoking 2.39.70 in 8th place and it was a new 800m PB by nearly two seconds for bottom of age U13 Imogen Robinson as she ran 2.47.80 and then backed that up with two more new PB’s in the High Jump (1.20m) in 7th spot and 3.73m in the Long Jump – 11th out of 29 in the event.
U15 Dexta Thompson – also bottom of age – ran 4.56.01 in the 1500m (7th). The U13 1500m race Ben Stratton (Trawden athlete who competes for Blackburn on the Track) knock another big chunk off his 1500m best clocking a new best time of 4.44.26 in 2nd position an improvement of nearly four seconds. Sister Abigail Stratton was also 2nd in her U13 1500m race running a time of 4.59.85. U15 Ben Boocock set himself a new personal best in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.10 which is just a tenth off the standard required for English Schools qualification. Starting off the season with a time of 12.6, Ben has made great inroads and is within touching distance of getting the time. U13 Kady Thompson cleared 1.20m in the High Jump for 5th place and added more than 3 metres to her previous best in the Javelin (400g) with her throw of 14.74m. Thrower Nicky Saunders who is a prolific competitor won the U15 Girls Discus (1kg) competition with 28.70m, placed 2nd in the Hammer (3kg) with 33.72m and 3rd in the Javelin (500g) with 23.62m.
Kelbrook – Saturday June 1st
Just short of two hundred runners in this latest round of the Burnely & Pendle Grand Prix Series won by Jonathan Cleaver in a time of 22.21 – a win which keeps him on top of the Leader Board at this stage of the competition.
Another very good run from Blackburn Harrier – John Horrocks – saw him take 3rd place in 23.12 with Calum Holmes also having a good run to make it two Harriers in the top ten as he came home in 6th place clocking 24.07.
John Horrocks (56)
Calum Holmes (19)
V50 Gary Pearse has taken on the Series this year and he ran solidly again for a time of 27.20 in 34th spot as V40 Paul Jeffries wasn’t far behind in his first race of the Series, running 27.33 in 40th position.
Gary Pearse (132)
Paul Jeffries (187)
Ingleton Waterfalls – May 30th
V50 John Orrell ran this last Thursday and came home 54th out of the 81 strong field in a time of 44.28 – the race ebing won by Knaresborough’s James Warburton (30.52).
Three days previous to Ingleton John ran at the Austwick Amble on Monday May 27th, this race being won by City of York athlete Tim Stratton in 48.4. John clocked 75.39 in this one, coming home in 118th spot out of 169 finishers.
U17 Harry Wilkin and dad Mark Wilkin were out at this race which Harry won in 2018. He repeated that again this year, heading the 115 strong field with a winning time of 22.15.
Harry’s brother – Connor — also ran the race and finished 3rd 23.48 whilst dad Mark won the V50 category, coming home in 7th place overall in a time of 25.15.
Connor Wilkin (131) – Mark Wilkin (133) – Harry Wilkin (132)
Levens 10k – Wednesday May 29th
Just short of a 100 runners in this Race won by Wesham’s Rob Danson in a time of 32.30 – some two and half minutes in front of the 2nd placed Kendal runner Luke Bowen. The Harriers Peter Banks (V55) who is running the series came home 12th in 39.31 and was 2nd in the V50-59 age category. In the first race of the series on May 8th, Peter clocked 39.07 at the Kendal 10k.
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