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Holly Wins British Title with new Championship Record – 5 Team Wins & 3 Individual Wins at Mid Lancs Cross Country – Harriers set six new PB’s at Barcelona Half-Marathon – Ben Wins 60m Hurdles at at Sportscity – Valentines 10k
What a weekend for Blackburn Harrier – Holly Bradshaw. In her first competitive competition since since winning the Great City North Games back in September 2018, Holly, In winning the British Indoor Championships set a new Championship record and went to Number 3 in the World Rankings.
With prospects of a great year ahead for Holly, she spoke to the Harriers afterwards, telling us “I don’t really know where to start, today was one of those days you just dream of. I didn’t really know what to expect going into the British Champs , I have been feeling really good in training lately but we have been focusing more on getting faster so doing more speed sessions rather than vaulting hence why I am only off a shortened approach. We made the decision back in 2018 that we would skip the indoors and work on getting faster. However we were too tempted with such exciting domestic competitions this 2019 indoors”
Another great day too for the Harriers as sixty athletes turned out. At the Mid Lancs League fixture at Leigh yesterday, they scored Team Wins in the U11 Girls, U13 Boys, U17 Men, Sen Women and Senior Men coupled with 2nd places for U11 Boys, U15 Girls and Senior Men’s Vet Team. In the individual results there were wins for Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys, Matt Ramsden in the U17 Men and Chris Davies in the Men’s V40 age category with Mark Chippendale 2nd V50 and Joe Gebbie 3rd U20 Man.
Seventy eight young girls lined up for the first race of the day which was for U11’s. Eve Coulson who improves every time, led the Harriers home to the Team win as she placed 6th overall in a time of 8.42 after a battle down the home straight with Erica Corns (7th), both being given the same time. Imogen Robinson was just 3 places further back (9th) in a time of 8.44 with Hannah Davies the third counter for the team in 16th place (9.03). Another storming sprint finish by Charlotte Sousa saw her cross the line in 23rd spot (9.17) with Tippi Francis in 49th (9.56), Lulu Sharp in 60th position with a time of 10.28, Isabelle Pacelli (66th) with a time of 10.38 and 8yr old Charlotte Smith edging it in a flat out sprint (68th) running 10.46.
Eve Coulson Imogen Robinson
Hannah Davies Charlotte Sousa
Tippi Francis Lulu Sharp
Isabelle Pacelli Charlotte Smith
Eighty four U11 Boys in the next race where the Harriers (22 points) finished 2nd Team to Trawden (12 points).
Coming into the home straight there was agood contest between Matthew Smith, Luke Ward (Southport) and Sam Aspey as they all strained for the 5th place – Matthew taking it in the end with a time of 7.41, Luke in 6th (7.42) and Sam in 7th (7.44). Ben Ham, running his first ever race for the Hrariers had an outstanding run to become the 3rd counter for the team in 10th place with a time of 8.07 which augers pretty well for his future. Next in was the ‘Blonde Bombshell’ that is Theo Robinson, clocking 8.20 in 17th spot with William Grundy just behind in 20th in a time of 8.26. George Ramsden who is also an improving young athlete finished in 23rd (8.32) followed by Liam Bennison in 29th (8.43), Charlie Haworth in 46th place running a time of 9.02, Findlay Carroll (48th) clocking 9.05, Felix Thompson in 50th place (9.12), George Holman running 9.38 in 62nd, Alexander Brien in 67th (9.50) , Evan Potter in a time of 10.26 (75th), Harrison Waite 80th (10.53) and Isaac Smith in 82nd (11.08).
Matthew Smith Sam Aspey
Ben Ham Theo Robinson
William Grundy George Ramsden
Liam Bennison Charlie Haworth
Findlay Carroll Felix Thompson
George Holman Alexander Brien
Evan Potter Isaac Smith
Short on U13 Girls on the day with just two athletes competing which saw Kate Cookson come home in 24th place out of the 48 girls racing in a time of 8.37 and Isabelle Hartley in 39th place (9.31).
Kate Cookson Isabelle Hartley
It was back to winning ways with the U13 Boys as they took the team 1st place with 19 points to Trawden’s 36 points in 2nd spot. Isaac Butler set off with real intent and hit the front from the gun, holding the lead the whole way round to finish the comfortable winner by 10 seconds in a time of 9.17. Dexta Thompson had another good race too, to place 6th overall in a time of 9.36 with Jonathan Brindle being the 3rd counter with a good run in 12th spot clocking 9.58. The consistency of performance for the lads showed when Daniel Smith came home next in 17th (10.14) and Codie Dewhurst in 19th (10.15).
Codie Dewhurst (2898) – Isaac Butler (2903) – Dexta Thompson (2902)
Dexta Thompson Jonathan Brindle
Daniel Smith Codie Dewhurst
Our U15 Girls team (37 points) ran well to finish 2nd in the team race to Chorley (12 points) – Hollie Cubbon had one of her best races of ther season to be the first counter for the Harriers, taking 10th place in a time of 10.23 with Eleesha Charnley in 13th (10.29), Leah Hoole in 14th (10.35) and Ella Hardman in 33rd spot running a time of 12.30.
L-R Eleesha Charnley – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon – Ella Hardman
Hollie Cubbon Eleesha Charnley
Leah Hoole Ella Hardman
It was 4th place in the U15 Boys Race won by Kendal-Helm (Composite). David Holman led the Harriers home in 10th place clocking 12.47 which was another good run following his 3rd placed finish in the Lancashire Schools Championships the previous week. A solid run from Hayden Mercer saw him place 18th overall in a time of 13.33 with George Whittaker in 25th (13.55), Thomas Brooks in 27th (14.00), Danny Woodcock one place behind in 28th and given the same time of 14.00 and Rory Teare in 35th place (14.51).
David Holman Hayden Mercer
George Whittaker Danny Woodcock (2912) – Thomas Brooks (2909)
The U17 Men’s race provided another Team win for the Club as they scored 23 points to Rossendale’s 30 points in 2nd place. Matt Ramsden set off in 2nd place behind the Kendal athlete with Sam Hodkinson in 3rd. As the race progressed, Matt and Sam took it on to occupy 1st and 2nd places in the race and that is how it finished up with a really emphatic performance by Matt, winning in 17.20 with Sam in 2nd spot clocking 18.08 and Harry Wilkin (20th) in 20.58 who was the 3rd counter in helping the Harriers take the team win. Amy Davies ran a time of 13.59 for 5th place in the U17 Women’s race.
U17 Boys Winners Sam Hodkinson (2921) – Matt Ramsden (2917) – Harry Wilkin (2918)
Matt Ramsden & Sam Hodkinson
Harry Wilkin Amy Davies
The Senior Men and Senior Women teams following their win at the previous Mid Lancs fixture at Towneley Hall backed that up here at Leigh with another double headed win. The Senior Women’s race saw the Harriers get their three counters across the line in the first eleven places and led by Annabel Ralph who set off right at the front of the Race and finished 3rd overall in a time of 19.59. Great support from Carmen Byrne who crossed the line in 7th place in a time of 21.11( 3rd V35) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 11th running a time of 21.34. Lindsay Davies was next home in 40th (23.58) and followed by Michelle Teare (85th) out of the 155 strong field clocking 26.58 with Nicola Hartley and Helen Dawson-Smith both clocking 28.28, finishing in 114th and 115th places respectively.
Annabel Ralph (392) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (2847) – Carmen Byrne (2856)
Annabel Ralph Carmen Byrne
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh Lindsay Davies
Michelle Teare Nicola Hartley
The Senior Men’s race featured two hundred and fifty one runners and was won by Rob Danson in 32.02 with Luke Minns in 2nd (32.23). The Harriers had their six counters all home in the first 25 places which saw them take the Team win with 96 points from Lancaster & Moreambe in 2nd (110 points).
Marc Hartley had a really good run (33.44) to place 7th overall, supported by Tom Blaney in 11th with a time of 34.36 and just outkicking Chris Davies in 12th (34.38) who also won the V40 age group category along with Jacob Watson also having a good run in 17th spot (35.03). Next Harrier across the line was Mark Chippendale with a strong run clocking 36.19 in 24th place and 2nd V50 on the day, followed home by Joe Gebbie just one place behind (25th) and 3rd U20 man on the day in a time of 36.21. John Horrocks was next home for the Club with a pretty solid run of 37.11 in 38th place with Danny Maynard in 108th in a time of 40.51, V50 Chris Balderson in 113th (41.20) and Allan Hartley in 223rd place (49.37).
Marc Hartley Tom Blaney
Chris Davies Tom Blaney
Mark Chippendale Joe Gebbie
John Horrocks Danny Maynard
Chris Balderson Allan Hartley
L-R Jacob Watson – Chris Davies – John Horrocks – Tom Blaney – Joe Gebbie – Danny Maynard – Marc Hartley
Barcelona Half-Marathon – Sunday February 10th
The Harriers went on tour at the weekend, this time to sunnier climes, as they took on the famed Half-Marathon in Barcelona. Looking for new personal bests, the lads certainly delivered with Team Captain Paul Guinan “What a great weekend with Blackburn Harriers, a brilliant race in a fantastic city, great times by the guys, loved every minute of it, we are the in a great place at present and I’m so pleased I’m a part of this. The lads have done us all proud, we have a very special group of runners”.
Before the Race………….
Back Row – John Chaplin – Jack Hindle – Danny Teare – John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Paul Bradshaw — Front Row – Karl Billington – Paul Brindle – Tim Raynes – Paul Guinan
Tim Raynes had a fabulous day as he led the Harriers home in the race which featured thousands. Tim clocked a big new PB as he placed 59th overall with a time of 68.40 reducing his previous best time (70.39) by some two minutes. Jack Hindle was the next Harrier firing on all cylinders, as he too, set a new PB clocking 72.44 (151st) – an improvement by a full minute. Karl Billington made it the third new PB of the day coming home in 187th position with a time of 73.58 in only his second ever half-marathon and an improvement by nearly 10 minutes over the time clocked in his first half of 83.13 run in 2016. Yet another new PB, this time from Paul Bradshaw as he chopped nearly two minutes off his previous best of 79.59 to clock 78.08 in 409th place. Team Captain Paul Guinan was next through the line in a time of 84.18 (1030th), followed by V60 John Chaplin with an excellent time of 87.45 (1506th). This run by John puts him in 2nd place in the National V60 Rankings which is a fabulous achievement. Just a couple of minutes behind John came Paul Brindle who ran a time of 89.27 (1895th) followed by John Cookson (3591st) in a time of 97.16 for the 5th new PB of the day as he shaved over half a minute off his previous best time set in 2016. A minute further back came Andrew ‘training for an Ironman’ Knowles in 4013th position clocking 98.36 and Danny Teare who made it six new PB’s on the day with his time of 1hr 48.18 – sixteen seconds faster than his best to-date and in 6386th spot.
…And after the Race
After the Race Photo – Back Row – Matt ‘I am going to Barcelona in the morning’ Nuttall – Tim Raynes – John Cookson – John Chaplin – Jack Hindle – Danny Teare – Andrew Knowles —-Front Row – Paul Bradshaw – Karl Billington – Paul Guinan – Paul Brindle
The lads had a great time as some of them commented to the Club after the Race:-
Tim Raynes “Absolutely fantastic weekend in the February sunshine of Barcelona. Thanks to Guiney for organising, and all the other lads for making it a great weekend. Great course, good conditions, great field … perfect recipe. My race went pretty much to plan, really happy to PB by almost 2 minutes. Well done to all the other lads for some fantastic runs!”
Karl Billington “Great race at Barcelona couldn’t ask for a better for a better half. Great course, well support and great conditions. Happy with a 9min PB. Shout out to El Capitan guiny for the organisation”.
Paul Bradshaw “Cracking Race, well organised and seamless. Happy to PB and run a nice even race”
Obligatory post race ‘refuelling’ with John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Danny Teare
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday February 10th
U15 Ben Boocock and U17 Myah Booth were racing at the latest of the Indoor Meetings held at Sportscity over the weekend. Benran the 60m, a distance which he hasn’t raced previously and had a great run, placing 2nd in a time of 8.14. His second race of the day saw him equal his Silver Medal run in the Northern Championships recently over 60m Hurdles, as he clocked 9.24 to win his Heat. U17 Myah Booth also ran the 60m Hurdles finishing in 2nd place in her Heat with a time of 9.46.
Valentines 10k – Sunday February 10th
Calum Holmes ran in the Valentines 10k this morning won by Karl Darcy in a time of 31,43. Calum Holmes came 6th out of field of 256 runners, clocking a time of 36.09.
Matt Wins Lancashire Schools Title – Jess takes 4th at BUCS XC Championships – Ben Wins Hurdles Silver Medal at Northern Champs – Victoria Wins Winter Warmer 10k & Harriers Win Team Race
This years Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships were in doubt right up to the last minute, but thankfully they went ahead and saw some good championship running as a result, with qualification places for English Schools up for grabs. Thirty four athletes from Blackburn Harriers qualified for the championships.
Highlight of the day for the Harriers was the Title winning run of Matt Ramsden in the Inter-Boys race featuring 54 runners. Matt (Blackburn) and Rhys Ashton (Lancaster) battled it out the whole way round with Matt keeping a one to two metre lead only. With around 500 metres to go, Matt went for the finish and came home a confortable winner in the end by 5 seconds (18.14) from Rhys in 2nd place (18.19) and Max Cunningham (Rossendale) in 3rd (18.23). Sam Hodkinson (South Ribble) placed 7th in 19.10 and just missed out on a top 6 finish. Harvey Ashworth (Blackburn) ran a very good first lap but faded slightly on the 2nd lap, costing him places as he came home in 21st (20.47) with Ethan Barbarewicz (South Ribble) and Sam James (Preston) in 45th position (23.34). In the Senior Boys Race – Joe Gebbie (South Ribble) finished 10th (25.31) in a race won by Kian Davis (23.34), a race which saw just 11 seconds separate the first four athletes. Hannah Cookson contested the Senior Girls race clocking 18.05 in 10th spot.
Matt Ramsden (481) & Sam Hodkinson (554)
Harvey Ashworth (482)
Ethan Barbarewicz (559)
Sam James (539)
Joe Gebbie (77)
Fifty nine ran in the Year 7 Girls race won by Charlotte Wilkinson (Chorley) in 8.38. Amelia Burton (Hyndburn) had a good run to place 16th in a time of 9.47 with Lucy Rishton (Blackburn) not far behind in 18th place (9.53) and Isabelle Hartley in 23rd (10.07).
Amelia Burton (613)
Lucy Rishton (578)
Isabelle Hartley (579)
An even bigger field in the Year 7 Boys race with 69 nine runners competing in the race won by Jack Lamb (Chorley) in 8.04. Highest placed Blackburn Harrier running for South Ribble, was Daniel Smith with an excellent performance of 8.29 in 5th place and first counter for South Ribble who placed 2nd in the team race. Ben Livesey (Blackburn) came home in 32nd position with a time of 9.11 with Harry Sambrook (Blackburn) in 39th (9.17).
Daniel Smith (747)
Ben Livesey (675)
Hollie Cubbon (Blackburn) had a good race too in the Junior Girls Race won by Ava Lloyd (West Lancs) in 13.07. Holly came home in 10th spot out of the sixty three strong field in a time of 14.18 with Leah Hoole (Blackburn) in 16th place (14.49), Kate Cookson also Blackburn in 20th (15.09), Eva Knowles (Blackburn) clocking 15.24 in 29th place, Keira Haxton (Hyndburn) 40th in 15.51, Caroline Woodworth (Hyndburn) 50th in a time of 16.14 and Lucy Ramsden (Blackburn) running 16.52 in 56th spot. Hollie, Leah, Kate and Eva were all counters for the Blackburn Team which finished 2nd to the winners – Chorley.
Hollie Cubbon (194)
Leah Hoole (193)
Kate Cookson (195)
Eva Knowles (197) and Keira Haxton (228)
Caroline Woodworth (232)
Lucy Ramsden (198)
Amy Davies (Blackburn) took 4th pace in the Inter-Girls Race won by Darcy Lonsdale (Fylde) in a time of 15.18. After being part of the leading group of four over the first lap, Amy got slightly detached and clocked 15.45 with Eleesha Charnley (Hyndburn) working her way through the field, not far behind in 7th with a time of 15.58, Ruby Cain ((Blackburn) in 30th place (18.22) and Rebecca Ramsden (Hyndburn) 32nd in a time of 18.26.
Amy Davies (385)
Eleesha Charnley (417)
Ruby Cain (387)
Rebecca Ramsden (422)
The Junior Boys race was won by Luke Rawcliffe (Fylde) after a tremendously close run race with Tobias Swarbrick (Lancaster) which saw both boys given the identical time of 14.20. There was a top run too for David Holman (Hyndburn) who had his best cross country race of the season as he placed 3rd in a time of 14.31. Next Harrier home was Dexta Thompson (Rossendale) in 9th spot clocking 15.05 with Hayden Mercer (Blackburn) one place further back in 10th (15.13). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (South Ribble) finished in 19th out of the 59 runners in 15.36 with Theo Watson (Blackburn) in 22nd place (15.40), and just one place behind – Jack Paget-Fowler (Blackburn) in 23rd (15.41), Joe Joyce (Chorley) in 28th spot (15.50), Codie Dewhurst (Blackburn) 30th running 15.56, Sebastian Burton (Hyndburn) clocking 16.11 in 33rd and Saul Sharp (Hyndburn) in 35th (16.16).
David Holman (323)
Dexta Thompson (354)
Hayden Mercer (290)
Kyel Taylor-Pomfret (361)
Theo Watson (291)
Jack Paget-Fowler (292)
Codie Dewhurst (295) & Sebastian Burton (326)
Saul Sharp (324)
Jess Judd who ‘gave everything she had on the day’ came home in 4th position in a time of 21.10.2 at this years BUCS Championships held in Exeter after a battle with the first three Women – winner Anna Moller (20.33.0), Amelia Quirk (20.44.1) in 2nd and Mhairi Maclennan (Northern Cross Country Champion in 20.49.9) featuring a field of six hundred and nineteen finishers.
Joe Howe ran in the Men’s Race ‘A’ Race which had 1170 contesting and finishing. Joe had a pretty solid run, ‘similar to his run at the Northerns’ to come home in 174th place in a time of 37.57.2.
Jess with Jo Pavey after the Race
Joe Howe on the left – ‘refuelling’?
Gt. Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships – Saturday February 2nd
In the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships Zachary Walmsley – running for Bolton – came home in 8th place out of a 54 strong field of runners, clocking 12.19 and earning himself a place at the English Schools Chgampionships in Leeds.
Northern U13 & U15 Indoor Track & Field Championships – February 3rd
Terrific performance by U15 Ben Boocock at the Championships this weekend in the 60m Hurdles. Ben qualified for the Final with a PB equaling time of 9.52 and went one better in the Final – cutting nearly three tenths of that time – to clock 9.24 and win the Silver Medal and just 200th’s behind the winner. ben’s parents told us afterwards that they were delighted with the result commenting “Massive thanks to Paul Wibberley today for all his support”.
Winter Warmer 10k – Sunday February 3rd
Seven hundred and ten finishers in this race won by Tipton’s Stephen Corbishley in 34.08. Victoria Mousley had a good run, comfortably winning the Women’s Race for the Harriers in a time of 40.58 and 44th place overall. To cap a good all round day for the Club, the Harriers won the Team Race, Harry Wilkin won the Junior Men’s Race and Chris Davies won the V40 Age Group category.
Victoria was pleased with her run and spoke to the Club after the race was over, commenting “A decent run for me, managed to pull my hamstring just on the sharp hill before the descent into Pleasington but luckily someone from the club told me i was first lady with no other in sight so i just slowed off a bit to ensure I didn’t cause an injury. Happy to finish first lady even though my time was a bit over what i would have liked. Great runs from the Harriers today. Great support on the course too from club members“.
Josh Holgate had a battle with the eventual winner and was leading the race as he dropped down to Sandy Lance, approaching the climb up to the Church at Pleasington. In the end, Josh had to settle for 2nd place in a time of 34.17 and commented to the Club after the Race that he “wasn’t sure how the race would go with being on and off with illness the past few weeks and not being able to get the mileage and sessions in, but overall I can’t complain with the outcome. Looking back I probably went off too hard on the climb and found myself isolated on the descent and allowed the Tipton runner to creep up behind. We battled it out from the duck pond to the track but sadly he had that bit more in the legs to push on at the end for the win. Well done to Victoria Mousely on the win and to Tom Blaney and Christopher Davies for having great runs finishing 3rd and 4th. Big push now to add a bit more sharpness for National XC and the 12 stage relays”.
Josh Holgate (325)
Tom Blaney (327) & Chris Davies (171)
Next in for the Harriers came Tom Blaney in 3rd place in a time of 34.50 and afterwards he told told the Club “I really looked forward to todays race as its one of my favourites. In the past few months i’ve only really run XC so i had no idea how that would translate to the road, its fair to say i was pretty pleased with my performance. I had a really tough time hanging on to Chris for most of the race but just found an edge on the downhills and the last mile to take a hard earned 3rd place. Well done to everyone that raced, a great effort by all”.
Chris Davies placed 4th overall which made it three Harriers in the first four places, clocking 35.01 and enough to give him the V40 1st prize. He told the Club.“Always a tough course the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K but even harder this year with the tougher conditions. The majority of the course was runnable but the odd section had his challenges. Overall I had s solid performance, a few seconds down on last year’s time but nothing to get concerned about. I’ve raced alot these last few weeks and trained hard due to Marathon training so things are going really well at the moment. Pleased with 4th position overall, my best in this competition and 1st Vet 40 for the second year running. A good day for myself but great runs from Josh Holgate and Thomas Blaney . A great team effort finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Well done to them and all the other Blackburn Harriers who ran on the day. A special mention for Harry Wilkin who finished 1st Junior Male in 40:23. A cracking time on a tough course. Well done all”.
View from the side of the road
Fifteen Blackburn Harriers ran the race and after Chris Davies finished 4th the next home was U17 Harry Wilkin in 38th place with a time of 40.23 which won him the Junior Men’s first prize. Danny Maynard was the next one in (42nd) in 40.46. V45 Sean Procter was just five seconds behind Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley – in a time of 41.03 (45th) and followed home by V40 Paul Jeffries in 71st (43.03), V45 Craig Greenough (81st) in a time of 43.40), V50 Ian Clarkson – having a break from the Fells this weekend – in 143rd (47.08), V45 Lindsay Davies in a time of 47.19 (146th), V40 Paul Whittaker (167th) clocking 48.02, V50 Mark Wilkin running 48.21 in 179th, Rebecca Woodworth (366th) with a time of 56.36, V55 Alison Armour (532nd) in 63.01 and V50 Clare Wilkin (63.43) in 560th place.
Danny Maynard (444) & Sean Procter (795)
Craig Greenough (263)
Ian Clarkson Lindsay Davies (174)Mark Wilkin (735) Rebecca Woodworth (757)
Alison Armour (21) Clare Wilkin (733)
Twenty young Blackburn Harriers ran in this Junior 2k as part of a nearly two hundred strong field which was a tremendous effort.
The Junior Race saw the Harriers take six out of the first ten places with 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places which was a great effort by them. Amy Davies placed 5th overall in a time of 7.33 for the 2k course, with Saul Sharp having a very good run in 6th (7.37), Leah Hoole 7th (7.45), Daniel Smith (8th) also 7.45 and the same as Sam Aspey – the ‘pocket rocket’ – in 9th (7.45) with Oliver Gill in 10th (7.58).
Then came Caroline Woodworth in 17th (8.44), Charlie Haworth (23rd) with a time of 9.04, Hannah Davies (26th) in 9.06, Charlotte Sousa running 9.07 in 30th, Ella Hardman (9.13) in 32nd place, Lulu Sharp finishing 37th in 9.33, Emily Smith in a time of 9.42 (38th), Tippi Francis (52nd) in 10.15, Sam Craven (64th) in a time of 10.43, Isabella Pacelli in 10.51 (71st), Isaac Smith (129th) in a time of 11.28, Grace Lewarne running a time of 11.37 (86th), Tom Hunt (12.41 in 117th place and Annabelle Logan (125th) with a time of 12.55.
Senior Men & Women Win Mid Lancs at Burnley – Bronze Medals for Matt (U17 1500m) & Dominic (Senior 800m) at Northern Indoor Championships – Victoria Wins Garstang 10k – 3rd Place for Calum at East Lancs Hospice 10k – On the Fells with the Harriers
Another good day for the Harriers on cross country as both the Club’s Senior Men and Senior Women won the Team titles plus a win for the U13 Boys and V45 Women, and runner up team prizes for U11 Girls, U11 Boys, and U15 Girls alongside individual wins for Jess Judd in the Senior Women, Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys and V40 men for Chris Davies.
The Senior Men’s Race featured a field of three hundred and six finishers covering thirty two clubs and a great race at the front end. James Douglas (Border), Rob Warner and Tim Raynes opened up a gap as they battled one another for the win with Douglas (30.08) from Tim (30.14) and Rob in 3rd (30.17). The Harriers took the team title with a total of 70 points to Kendal in 2nd place (145 points).
Tim Raynes (2937) & Rob Warner (2931)
The Club’s six counters were all home in the first 22 positions with Tim Raynes (2nd), Rob Warner (3rd) followed by excellent runs from Karl Billington in 13th (32.22), Marc Hartley just two seconds further back in14th (32.34), Chris Davies 16th and 1st V40 in 32.49 and Tom Blaney (22nd) with a time of 33.16 making up the six counters.
Karl Billington (2936) – Chris Davies (2950) – Marc Hartley (2942)
Next home with another good run was Calum Holmes in 25th position (33.32) followed by U20 Joe Gebbie who was 2nd in his age category on the day, clocking 34.01, Tom Marchant in 39th and 3rd U20 (34.38), V50 Mark Chippendale in 48th running a time of 35.12, Paul Brindle in a time of 35.39 (56th), Danny Maynard (134th) in 38.51, V50 Chris Balderson (144th) with a time of 39.14, Paul Jeffries clocking 39.45 in 157th place, Craig Greenough in 182nd (40.50) and Allan Hartley (261st) in a time of 45.36.
Calum Holmes & Joe Gebbie
Tom Marchant Mark Chippendale
Paul Brindle Danny Maynard
Chris Balderson Paul Jeffries
Craig Greenough Allan Hartley
The Senior Women’s Race is combined with the U17 Men and again it turned out to be a very good race with some of the U17 Men trying to battle it out with Jess Judd who won the Senior Women’s Race in a time of 18.14. Very good runs from Katie Buckingham in 6th spot (21.08) and Joanne Nelson in 7th (21.21) made sure that the Harriers won the Team title with 14 points from Border in 2nd (33 points). Carly Edwards was the next Harrier across the finishing line in 13th place in a time of 22.11 out of the 196 strong field. Behind Carly came Lindsay Davies in 41st place (23.46) and she was followed by Carol Reilly in her first cross country run in 3 years (53rd) clocking 24.38, Michelle Teare in 91st (26.47), Jan Buckingham (119th) in a time of 28.2, Helen Dawson-Smith (121st) running 28.27, and Nicola Hartley running a time of 29.11 in 132nd place.
Katie BuckinghamJoanne NelsonCarly Edwards Lindsay Davies (2861) – Carol Reilly (2864)
Helen Dawson-SmithNikki Hartley
Ninety six U11 Girls ran their race and a 114 ran the U11 Boys race which was a great turnout by them and is indicative of what has been happening in cross country running over the last couple of years in this age category. The Harriers U11 Girls (29 points) had to settle for 2nd in the Team Race behind Trawden who totalled 23 points. Imogen Robinson is really taking to the cross country and had another fine run in 8th place (7.30) with a fast finishing Eve Coulson in 10th (7.36) and Hannah Davies clocking 7.43 in 15th counting for the Team. Then came Charlotte Sousa with her typical sprint finish (27th) in 8.00, Lulu Sharp having one of her best runs in 42nd place (8.24), Tippi Francis clocking 8.36) in 54th, 8yr old Charlotte Smith running in her first race for the Club (59th) in a time of 8.45, Isabllea Pacelli 64th with a time of 8.50 and Maisie Taylor in 72nd position (9.09).
Imogen Robinson Hannah Davies & Eve Coulson
Charlotte Sousa Lulu Sharp
Tippi Francis Charlotte Smith
Isabella Pacelli Maisie Taylor
Silver Medalist in the Lancs Championships last weekend – Matthew Smith – came home in 4th in a time of 6.41 with Oliver Gill in 6th (6.48) and William Grundy 13th in 7.05 who were the counters on the day for the Team. One second separated George Ramsden in 28th position (7.21) and Theo Robinson in 29th running 7.22. Charlie Haworth was only a few seconds back in 36th in a time of 7.30 with Liam Bennison in 39th clocking 7.33 and followed in by Loucas Lancashire (55th) in 7.46, Felix Thompson (60th) running 7.55, Harrison Fenton taking 64th spot in 8.00 with again, just one second separating Alexander Brien in 73rd (8.12) and George Holman 74th in 8.13, Evan Potter (93rd) in 8.46 and Sam Craven (107th) in a time of 9.32.
Matthew Smith (2880) – Oliver Gill (2888)
William Grundy George Ramsden
Charlie Haworth Liam Bennison
Felix Thompson (2871) – Loucas Lancashire (2870)
Harrison Fenton Alexander Brien
The U13 Girls race saw the Harriers finish in 5th place with first counter Keira Haxton placing 19th out of 57 runners in a time of 10.03. Keira Booth was the next one home for the Club clocking 10.38 in 29th and followed in by Eva Knowles in 35th (10.48), Amelia Burton running a time of 10.51 in 37th place, Caroline Woodworth (43rd) in 11.08 and Isabelle Hartley with a time of 11.41 in 50th.
Keira Haxton Keira Booth
Eva Knowles Amelia Burton
Caroline Woodworth Isabelle Hartley
Isaac Butler, who had won the Lancashire Championships the week before kept that form going to win the U13 Boys race, clocking 9.50, and lead them to team victory over Preston Harriers by three points. Dexta Thompson who qualified for the Inter-Counties along with Isaac took 3rd spot in 10.13 with Theo Watson in 14th (10.52) being the three counters. More of those one second battles saw Daniel Smith place 18th in 11.00 with Saul Sharp 19th in a time of 11.01 and they were followed in by Codie Dewhurst (27th) in a time of 11.18, Ben Livesey running 11.37 (37th), Jonathan Brindle (39th) in a time of 11.39 and Harry Sambrook in 49th position (12.05).
Isaac Butler Dexta Thompson
Theo Watson Daniel Smith
Saul Sharp Codie Dewhurst
Ben Livesey Jonathan Brindle
Just three points separated rthe Harriers in 2nd place overall from Chorley AC & Tri in the U15 Girls race which saw Eleesha Charnley come home as the first finisher for the Club in 5th place clocking 11.03 with Hollie Cubbon in 8th (11.09) and Leah Hoole (14th) in a time of 11.35 being the the teams three counters. Rebecca Ramsden placed 36th in 12.38, Molly Nicholls (37th) in 12.41 and Ella Hardman (43rd) in a time of 13.27.
Eleesha Charnley Hollie Cubbon
Leah Hoole Molly Nicholls & Rebecca Ramsden
David Holman was the first Blackburn Harriers across the line in the U15 Boys race (17th) in a time of 14.08 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 25th spot (14.30), George Whittaker in a time of 14.56 (29th), Sebastian Burton (31st) in 15.16, Thomas Brooks in 32nd (15.21), Rory Teare 34th in 15.22 and Danny Woodcock (35th) running a time of 15.24.
David Holman Kyle Taylor-Pomfret
George Whittaker Sebastian Burton
Danny Woodcock Rory Teare
Amy Davies had a solid run to place 2nd in the U17 Women’s race in a time of 14.26, as Sam Hodkinson also placed 2nd in the U17 Men’s Race in a time of 18.23 with Findlay Sullivan in 18th place (20.28) and Harry Wilkin (19th) clocking 21.16. The U20 Men’s Race saw Joe Gebbie place 2nd in a time of 34.10 behind the winner – Andrew Thomas, with Thomas Marchant in 3rd (34.38)
Northern Indoor T & F Championships – 12/13th January at EIS
The weekends Championships saw Matt Ramsden and Dominic Walton take Bronze Medals in their respective events as Myah Booth and Annabel Ralph also contested in the Championships. U17 Matt Ramsden – whose personal best was outdoors at the Lancashire Championships in 2018 (4.14.1) – had a storming run in his first evet indoor race to place 3rd in a new PB time of 4.09.54 behind two athletes who finished 2nd and 4th in last years English Schools Championships.
Dominic Walton ran the Senior Men’s 800m and set the fastest time in the Heats as he clocked 1.53.29 to win Heat 3. In the Final, Dominic placed 3rd clocking 1.55.69 and commented afterwards that the Final was “Possibly one of the worst tactical races I have ever ran in my life. I was expecting a slow start which did not happen so found myself at the back for the majority of the race which had me stuck behind an awkward group covering two lanes whilst the two at the front pulled away. Luckily I managed to claw myself back to third in the last 50m of the race so I’m thrilled to win a medal however I would have liked to have another go to see what would have happened if I positioned myself better from the start”.
Myah Booth clocked a new PB of 9.23 finishing 3rd in the U17 Women’s 60m Hurdles whilst Annabel Ralph, like Matt, competing for the first time even at an Indoor race clocked 10.44.05 in the Senior Women’s 3000m in 4th place.
Garstang 10k and East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday 13th January
Victoria Mousley kicked off her racing in 2019 with a win at a very windy Garstang 10k clocking 39.52.23 to finish 23rd out of nearly five hundred runners and spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I decided to do a 10k in Jan as a benchmark to where i am. I know after a few weeks of illness it will be a while till i’m in the 38s again but wanted a starting point. Garstang had much better weather than Blackburn thankfully and despite high winds it was dry. I was hoping to get just under 40 and was happy to run 39.52 on a pretty hilly course in windy conditions. I felt comfortable and had a decent run. A good point to start improving from. Great race and lots of nice catch ups with people.”
Another big field of over 400 runners took on the East lancs Hospice 10k in conditions which weren’t the best but it didn’t stop Calum Holmes from finishing 3rd in a time of 36.33. Another Blackburn Harrier having his first race of the year was Sean Procter who came home in a time of 40.43 and 20th position. Next home for the Club came Paulo Sousa (50th) clocking 44.29 followed by V50 Ian Clarkson (80th) in 47.29 following his Fell Race the day before at Clough Head. Good to see Martin Kerry out again racing as he placed 93rd in a time of 48.26 with Mark Wilkin just three places further back in 96th with a time of 48.20, V45 Rebecca Woodworth in her first race this year (183rd) running a time of 55.25 and David Morris (V55) running 60.03 in 255th place.
Ian Clarkson summed up the conditions on the day as he commented to the Club that “with my legs feeling rather tired from the previous days fell race, I lined up on another wet and windy start line with the idea of just tapping away, nice and steady, that didn’t happen!! I was pleased to get 47:29. A few Blackburn Harriers has a go and well done to all who competed especially young Callum, who came 3rd. It wasn’t easy out there”.
Some of the youngsters had an opportunity to run a Fun Run on the same day which saw a field of sixty six youngsters aged 7yrs to U15’s tackle the wind and rain.
Saul Sharp came 2nd overall and 1st U13 Boy in a time of 9.21 followed by Stephen Alberts – 4th overall in a time of 10.08 and 3rd U13 Boy. Caroline Woodworth finished 6th overall and 1st U13 Girl in 10.38 followed by Charlotte Sousa in 14th (11.21) and Lulu Sharp (16th) 11.46).
Saul Sharp Stephen Alberts
Charlotte Sousa Lulu Sharp
Clough Head Fell Race
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson were out on the Fells again and this time at the Clough Head Fell race which covers 4.5 miles and features around 1800ft of ascent. Ian Clarkson just pipped John in as he finished 113th in 50.48 with John in 117th clocking 51.36.
John described the race to the Harriers saying that “Clough Head is the 75th highest Wainwright and was the object of today’s race. Reaching its 2382ft summit involved a 4.5 mile round trip and 1870ft of ascent. Heading out into the fog a strong westerly wind made difficult the climb over Threlkeld Knotts and on towards Wanthwaite Crags. Making a switch back near the top of what is the northern end of the main ridge of the Helvellyn range we reached the summit with visibility down to about 30 yards. A quick dash towards White Pike on what had become a downward slope, sharp left and down across some steep rough technical scree which hampered my progress. Just out of the mist appeared The Old Coach Road and the quarry behind. Almost home and still in front of the man from Mellor! Only just though as he shot past just before the road and finished 48 seconds ahead. Not a bad day out for the boys in blue!”
Ian was pleased with the day and he commented “John Orrell and myself lined up for race 2 of the Winter Kong Fell Series, Coledale Head Fell Race. The weather conditions were extreme with very high winds and swirling mist making this one a bit of an epic. It went straight up and didn’t relent over the top down. Time came in at 50.48. Over 1800ft of ascent and approximately 3.5 miles. A very short but extremely sharp affair”.
‘Hatted’ (John Orrell) – ‘Naked’ (Ian Clarkson)
Stanbury Splash – Sunday January 13th
Also out on the Fells last weekend was John Horrocks. John ran the Stanbury Splash finishing in 27th place, the day after he placed 3rd in the Ashurst Beacon race – Saturday January 12th – which made it two fell races in two days and a pretty impressive weekend’s efforts.
Following his race at Clough head on the Saturday, also doubling up this weekend was John Orrell – “Been at it again, just couldn’t resist and John Horrocks joined me this time” at the Stanbury Splash. “John Horrocks did great, top 30. Like me he raced yesterday too. For me a weekend double header was never going to produce a PB today. Conditions were rough. The wind was horrendous. Made for a quick return though and in places it blew us off our feet. Just 4 minutes out so not too bad in the end”.
Good Indoor opener for Dominic at BMC – New PB’s for Harriers Juniors at Sportscity Indoors – Out with the old and in with the new on the Fells
BMC Grand Prix at EIS – Sunday 6th January
Dominic Walton opened his Indoor season at the BMC meeting in Sheffield at the weekend and was rewarded with a strong run in placing 2nd to Ben Waterman in the 800m B Race. Going into the race there was a 1.8 second difference in personal bests in favour of Waterman so it was a happy athlete who spoke to the Club afterwards saying “I actually managed to be 0.13 off Ben and I know he’s a strong athlete so I’m pleased I managed to stick with him, my tactic was to sit on his shoulder which I did well. The first 400m was about 3.5/4 seconds too slow so it felt comfortable. The time can be improved hugely but I’m happy to have a first race out, especially happy as it’s my first track race back as a Blackburn Harrier”.
Photo courtesy of Pete Brown Photography
Sale Indoor Winter Series – Sportscity Sunday January 6th
Seven athletes from Blackburn Harriers were in action at the latest in the Indoor Series held at Sportscity last weekend – Senior John iLunga – U17’s Imogen Mansfield, Myah Booth & Ben Branton – U15’s Jess Cole, Lily-Mae Thomas & Ben Boocock.
John iLunga was making his debut over 600m, having never run the distance before and ran 1.43.04 to place 6th before going over to contest the Long Jump where he cleared 4.86m to finish 14th out of the 23 competitors. Also contesting the Long Jump were U17’s Ben Branton and Imogen Mansfield which saw Ben leap out to 5.23m to take 5th place out of the 23 strong field whilst Imogen jumped 4.23m in her first Indoor competition of the season finishing 14th out of 32 long jumpers.
In the Sprints Ben Branton was also featuring for the first time in this seasons Indoor Series and chopped half a second off his previous best time as he clocked 7.82 to set a new PB in the 60m for 2nd place.
In the 60m Hurdles Ben Boocock ran his third personal best of this years Indoor Series as he clocked 9.52 to set a new PB in 3rd place over 60m Hurdles. Myah Booth came home in 2nd position in her 60m Hurdle Heat with a time of 9.57 whilst Jessica Cole opened up her season with a 5th placed 10.3 in her 60m Hurdles Heat with Lily-Mae Thomas in 6th, clocking a new PB by half a second with a time of 10.92.
Out with the old and in with the new!
John Orrell saw out 2018 and brought in 2019, on the Fells, a surface he loves competing on, especially when he is joined by other Blackburn Harriers. John told us that “Auld Lang Syne finished my fell racing off in 2018 with a stiff headwind out onto the moors above Haworth and around the ruins at Top Withins. Across the bogs, turn at the trig back down dale with a splash across the beck. Fancy dress for some, even nuns on the run! 6.7 miles and 1000ft of climb in 1.07.03”.
Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org.uk
And the new?
John was out again, very early indeed in the New Year at the Nine Standards Fell race, Kirkby Stephen On New Years Day featuring one hundred and ninety six runners commenting “8 miles, tired legs, 1801 ft of climb but a beautiful day. Perhaps too much to expect a PB only 24 hours after my last race, but worth a try. 1.22.07 but still ahead of a certain Lady Vet English Champion! Soup and dry brown bread at the finish. Nice! Come on boys and girls join me in 2019! Fly the Harriers Fell Flag! Kong race 3 or Stanbury Splash next. Be there or miss out!”
New PB’s for Harriers at Sportscity Indoors – On the Fells at Stoop & Kong Winter Fell Series – Turkey Trot
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 16th
The second fixture in this years Indoor Series at Sportscity took place on Sunday with a number of Blackburn Harriers athletes involved in the action, setting four new personal bests between them.
U15 Hayden Mercer was running his first ever race Indoors and chose the 600m where he was up against another athlete – Thomas Manton – who was three seconds faster than him over 800m this year. Hayden closed that gap coming just three one hundreths behind him to place 2nd in a debut time of 1.34.44.
Ben Whittaker in his first year as an U20 started off in terrific style, winning his 60m Race in a time of 7.77 which was a new PB by three tenths – going into the race, five of the other six competitors all had better personal best times than Ben which makes his run even better. Brother George Whittaker – contesting the U15 Boys 300m – placed 3rd in a time of 43.30 which was a big 3.7sec PB from last year when he posted a best time of 47.00.
Myah Booth who moves up to U17 this year took on the 60m Hurdles and Shot Putt. She finished 2nd in the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.26 – an improvement of three tenths for a new PB and then placed 3rd out of eleven competitors in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.20m.
There were only two competitors in the U15 Boys 60m Hurdles – both of them Blackburn Harriers. Jayden Brammer crossed the line in 1st place with a time of 8.99 to set a new PB by three tenths, his previous best being 9.29 at the first fixture in the Series on December 2nd. Ben Boocock took second spot also with a new PB as he clocked 9.56 – running 9.57 in the December 2nd fixture.
Stoop Fell Race – Saturday December 15th
U20 Thomas Marchant was back on the Fells racing at Stoop, his last outing being at the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships (Grasmere) back in October. This Race covers 8km and 250m of ascent with 209 runners on the start line. Tom had a very good run coming across the line in 13th place, clocking a time of 34.33 – the race ebing won by Jack Wood in 30.27, six seconds infront of 2nd placed Sam Tosh.
(Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant)
Tom Marchant spoke to the Harriers about his race saying that “The race was a fast pace from start to finish. when I set off I started with the front pack and followed their pace for the first 2 miles or so and managed to keep with it until reaching the top of the first climb where my legs, unfortunately had gone from the fast climbing. However I managed to finish fast and strong. Overall a top performance, back feeling good again and happy with the result despite the cold-ish and windy weather on top of the climbs ”
Tom Marchant with Coach Noel Finucane
Kong Winter Fell Series 2018 – Saturday December 15th
One hundred and six finishers in this race won by Tom Simpson in 40.11 and run in pretty appalling weather conditions. Round things and brass monkey could have been key words!
At the end of the day, both John and Ian reflected on the race with John commenting “I woke up Saturday morning and thought F.A.B., Thunderbirds are go, and another Lakeland race! Then I remembered it was S.O.B. not F.A.B. and a race that was part of the Kong Winter series. Now that’s not King Kong, he was in a different race! So what is S.O.B.? Well, a short intense 5 mile blast over Stile End, Outerside and Barrow. That’s 3 Lakeland fells, 2 of which were Wainwrights and 1640 ft of climbing.The forecast said winter! It was! Frozen ground from the off. Temperatures below zero on the tops and winds that were whipping up to gale force. Windchill was promised at -22, so I did feel the nip, especially wearing shorts………………………The clubs recent Fell running promotion seemed to be paying dividends as the number of blue and whites on the start line had doubled. So 2 of us set off! Keeping ahead of Ian, I held back a little after the gate and allowed him to come alongside. I attempted to point out a sneaky line off the top of Barrow for our return. Pushing on I thought that may be a mistake when we come to that descent. Sure enough after keeping ahead on all 3 climbs he shot past me on the Barrow descent. He took the ridge, I took the sneaky line, but favouring to keep my 2 front teeth for Christmas, I minced about on the technical stuff and lost time. By now Ian’s, ‘no fear’ descent gave him a clear lead. All I could see was his bobble hat away in the distance as I tried to chase him across the final field. Through the woods, over the bridge, down the lane and done, 47 seconds behind the man from Mellor! The journey home down the M6 was another story. Thanks Storm Deirdre!”
John Orrell (32) & Ian Clarkson (101)
Ian Clarkson told us “John Orrell and myself were in action Saturday 15th December, taking part in the Kong Winter Fell Series, which is five races held over the winter in the Lake District. The S.O.B Fell Race (Stile End, Outerside, Barrow) 2nd Race in the series and our 1st. It is just under 5 miles with over 1600 feet of ascent on a very bitterly cold and windy day, perfect!! A nice steady start with a gradual climb that got a bit steeper and off John goes, onwards and upwards. Stile End out of the way, then gingerly drop down and upwards to Outerside, with some good running up towards Barrow, where I catch a glimpse of John!! Barrow has a wonderful descent back down, time to go!! Catch up with John, leave John, deal with the sting in the tail, slight ascent through some woods, hit the tarmac and finish. 1:02:37. A lovely little race in fresh conditions.
Turkey Trot – Saturday December 15th
Three hundred and forty five runners turned up for this, and rumoured to be the final ever running of this very popular race which provides for a lot of fun, plenty of prizes and fond memories of a good day out. The race was won by Chris Houldsworth in a time of 27.38 with Gary Priestley in second (29.13).
(Photos courtesy of David Belshaw)
Eight Blackburn Harriers ran the main race which saw Calum Holmes be the first Harrier across the line for the Club in 14th place overall – clocking a time of 33.51 and followed in by U17 Harry Wilkin in 26th spot (35.44) with Daniel Balshaw in 33rd spot (37.01.
Calum James Holmes
Great to see Sarah Toms back up North and running for the Club as she came home in 63rd position with a time of 42.29 and ahead of V45 Paul Wilkinson (85th) and Mark Wilkin (86th) with respective times of 46.39 and 46.48. V55 David Morris finished in 179th place (59.56) with V50 Clare Wilkin in 197th running a time of 62.27 and V40 Lorna Sharp in 212th position (64.30).
Sarah Toms & Mick Toms
Mark Wilkin (366) & Paul Wilkinson
Clare Wilkin (364)
Three of the Juniors ran in the earlier Race – The Junior Turkey Trot – and Keith Gill was there to watch them, commenting “On a cold winter’s morning a small field of u13 runners did the Hurst Green Santa Express trail run. A picturesque course through the woods was the perfect backdrop for the 1.5 mile fun run. Oliver was 1st runner home, with Saul in 3rd and Lulu safely in the pack. An enjoyable morning with a selection box prize to kick start xmas”
Lulu Sharp (134) – Saul Sharp (135) – Oliver Gill (125)
Oliver Gill Saul Sharp
Lulu Sharp (134)
Ben in top 5 at Percy Pud 10k – Wins for Ben and Jayden at Sportscity Indoor Meeting – Harriers qualifying for Lancashire Schools Champs – Sportshall kids Shine – Junior Endurance Monthly Award
Two thousand, eight hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Percy Pud 10k which was won in a course record time of 29.13 by Jack Martin of Stocport with second placed Andrew Heyes also breaking 30 minutes iwht a time of 29.31. There was a battle for 3rd place between James Straw and Ben Fish which saw Straw take 3rd in 31.11 and Ben coming home in a time of 31.15 in 4th for a seasons best time. This was Ben’s 5th 10k this year, having won four of them and afterwards he commented that the “Race went well, knew no one would touch the first two. Disappointed I couldn’t pull away at 7km and secure third”.
Also running in this Race was V40 Paul Jeffries who came home in 245th place with a time of 41.38 and he told the Harriers “This morning i took part in the Percy Pud 10k race in Sheffield organised by the Steel City Striders, It was a nice surprise to see a friendly face (Ben Fish), 41:38 chip time and 245th out of a field of 2860 competitors, the weather was cold and wet, i found the course to be quite challenging but felt strong on the hill climbs, also met a few sporting heroes before the race, Michael Rimmer and Eilish McColgan.
Michael Rimmer – Paul Jeffries – Eilish McColgan
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 2nd
Ben Brampton, Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock all competed at the first in this years six fixture Indoor Series held at Sportscity.
It was agreat start for new member Jayden Riley (U15) as he won the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.29 with Ben Boocock behind him in 2nd place clocking 9.57 which was seven tenths faster than his previous best so far and a new PB. Long Jumper Ben Branton (U17) tried the 60m and had a cracking run to win in a time of 7.71 which was six tenths faster than his last run over the distance indoors and another new PB. It didn’t go as well in the Long Jump for Ben as he finished with a leap of 5.11m for 13th place out of 19 competitors.
Blackburn Schools Cross Country Championships – Sarturday December 1st at Witton Park
There were some very good results for Blackburn Harriers at the Town Schools Champs with all of these qualifying for the Lancashire Champs in February 2019. The official results are not yet available but at least 9 Blackburn Harriers have qualified – Hayden Mercer – Isaac Butler – Theo Watson – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Amy Davies – Ruby Cain – Eva Knowles. – without the official results we are not able to declare any other runners as having qualified at this stage.
Hayden Mercer (2nd) – Isaac Butler (1st) – Theo Watson (3rd)
Hollie Cubbon (2nd) – Leah Hoole (1st) – Kate Cookson (3rd)
Amy Davies (1st ) – Ruby Cain (3rd)
Sportshall Competition – Blackpool Sunday December 2nd
Sunday saw the second round of this years Lancashire Sportshall Competition take place once again at Blackpool. Team Manager for the day for both Boys and Girls was Sportshall Coach – Lindsay Davies who said that it was “Another enjoyable day at Sportshall but a bit quieter than usual, probably due to the cross country day before. Our little Harriers are mostly new to the competition this year but that didn’t stop them putting every effort into the competition”.
Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Alesha Hindle, Imogen Robinson and Brooke Szatkowski, who have done many competitions now, put in fantastic performances for the Under 11 girls. Evie Fort, Megan Purkis and Sammy Peacock, Maisie Taylor, Alex Peacock and Isabela Thompson who are all relatively new at Sportshall did fantastic too in the under 11 girls.
Under 11 boys consisted of Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Cameron Osborne, Henry Gibson, Rohan McGoy, Jack Duxbury and Findlay Carroll, Matthew Lowe, Theo Robinson and Sam Craven, again as with the girls, we have a few new to Sportshall but they also put in some tremendous performances.
In the Under 13 and 15 Girls, we had some great performances from Niamh Gater, Lucy Rishton who had an impressive speed bounce of 81, Sophie Gibson, Uma McGoy, Isabelle Hartley and Imogen Mansfield also Myah Booth who won the under 15 girls athlete of the match. Under 13 and 15 Boys we had Aidan Downes, Isaac Butler (84 in Speed bounce) and Hayden Mercer.
The Harriers scoring relay teams were:-Under 11 girls, Alisha Lehner, Imogen Robinson, Evie Fort and Brooke Szatkowski, Under 11 boys, Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Findlay Carroll and Matthew Lowe. Under 13 girls, Lucy Rishton, Niamh Gater, Isabelle Hartley and Sophie Gibson. Under 15 girls, Imogen Mansfield and Myah Booth. Under 15 Boys Hayden Mercer and Isaac Butler. All athletes were very well behaved on the day and are a credit to the club, it is an honour to have such amazing young athletes.
Thank you from Coach Lindsay.
Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month
This Award is given each month to an athlete in the Junior Endurance Group and is decided byt he two Coaches – Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley. Their decision is based on the youngsters attitdue to training, their consistency in attending, their behaviour and ability to listen and take instructions and guidance on board and importantly, to understand the importance of supporting all the other members of the Group.
The winner for October was Eve Coulson and the winner for November was Lulu Sharp.
Eve Coulson (October)
Lulu Sharp (November)
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