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New PB for Jacob at National Championships – Victoria wins British Masters Road 5k Championships – Shot Putt PB for Tony at Sportscity

England Athletics U20 / U23 Championships – 17/18th June

A great day in the sun for Jacob Roberts at this years National Championships in Bedford as he set a new personal best throw of 65.27, finishing 4th in a very high quality competition featuring the leading U20 Hammer Throwers in the country.

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At the end of the Championships Jacob spoke to the Club about his weekend and told us that he had a Great day at Bedford England Athletic Champs. Good comp with some great throwers .Got a new P.B of 65.29 and finished 4th i never gave up the chase. Now looking forward to English Schools and Welsh International in July”.

Joe Moran Memorial Veterans Open Meeting – Sportscity

Two Silver Medals for V50 Harrier – Tony Balko – at Sportscity including a new PB in the 6kg Shot Putt where he placed 2nd with a throw of 10.19m, his previous best being 10.13m. He followed that up with a 2nd spot in the 100m posting a time of 14.0sec.

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Vets 5k Road Championships – Sunday June 18th

Great running by Victoria Mousley who became the BMAF 2017 V35 5k Champion at Horwich over the weekend and backed up by Carmen Byrne who took Bronze Medal in the same age category.

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Victoria Mousley…………Super hot one today and I was very greatful it was only 5k. I saw one of my old uni friends at the start who said to me “hey you might win this” and I said “no chance” genuinely thinking I may be in with a chance of a vet 35 placing but not a chance of top 3. The first lap was probably the worst…just so hot and a really dry mouth. There was great support on the course and my dad was there with my little girl…the best cheerleader ever! Having a two year old scream at you on every lap to “go mummy go!” at the top of her voice certainly spurred me on on the last lap when it was a real battle between what would be the top three ladies. A good event and absolutely Inspiring to see folks of 60 and 70 still pulling out great times. Really chuffed to finish first in a time of 18.45 and be the British Masters 5k champion!”19143921_1384818884916801_8224517777479122907_o

Carmen Byrne……….“I enjoyed the race, I’ve not raced a 5k for ages and was pleased my annoying niggles finally seem to be getting better”.

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Freckleton Half Marathon – Sunday June 18th

Four hundred and thirty very hardy souls ran this years Race, one which for many years has been associated with what might be called ‘warm conditions’ – this years race – won by David Rigby in 71.15 – lived up to those expectations in more ways than one with blistering heat.

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Derek Reilly (V45) led the trio of Harriers home with a time of 86.37 in 18th place, followed by Matt Nuttall (V45) in 41st spot in 92.54 and V45 Carol Reilly in 118th place posting a time of 1hr 47.13 – A tough race for all the athletes in extreme conditions.

Barrowford Grand Prix 5k – June 16th

Thirty one athletes in this Race won by Liverpool Harrier Jonny Mellor in a pretty swift time of 14.27 ahead of Andrew Davies in 2nd in 14.42.

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Shaun Livesey, Ben Costello and Andy Buttery were among the runners which saw Shaun finish 12th in a time of 16.41 and 2nd V40 on the night – Ben came home in 16th place (17.14) with V45 Andy 20th in 17.28 and 2nd V45.

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Barrowford Junior Races

Dexta Thompson carried on his good form by winning the 2k event – featuring thirty seven young athletes – in a time of 7.10 ahead of Robbie Smedley in 2nd.

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In the U9 Race of 1k contested by Felix Thompson among twenty six other youngsters, saw him place 4th in a time of 4.12, the Race being won by Harry Jordan in 3.51.

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British Fell Championships

This years Fell Championships were held in steaming hot weather last weekend – won by Sam Tosh in a time of 1hr 12. 51 – and contested by four hundred and fifty one runners including three Blackburn Harriers – John Horrocks (202nd – 1hr 37.16), Tom Cubbons (204th – 1hr 37.32) and John Orrell (399th – 2hr 01.51).

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After the Race all three runners spoke to the Club commenting on their day – Tom Cubbon The British and English championship counter at Tebay was run in hot weather, which meant I was determined not to overcook the long drag up to Uldale Head. The strong breeze on the tops did help to cool us, but a head dip in Carlinggill Beck was still most welcome. I tried to push on a bit on the traverse to Linghaw but knew the killer climb to Blease Fell needed something leaving in reserve. It was pretty tough to say the least! Even so, after picking up quite a few places on the 3 mile descent to the finish, I was left to contemplate that I could have gone a bit harder in the first two thirds of the race. As always the best bit of a summer fell race was still to come, I.e. lying on the grass at the finish discussing what might have been!”

John Horrocks First experience of a British and English championships on the fells. Cracking day with some stunning views along the way. Tebay is a fantastic race once you get the first long drag up to uldale head out of the way and then the views just open up. I had a very poor run from start to finish ‘nowt in’t tank’ as they say so very disappointed”.

John Orrell I echo Tom’s words but from a perspective 30 mins behind. It was hot, but little time to quench our thirsts in those stream crossings as I wanted to break 2 hours. Think I came in at 2.01 something, so nearly. Going to come back when it’s raining! Also needed to save myself for my Fathers Day treat- Settle Hills- and that was flippin hot too!!!”

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Harriers win Titles at Lancashire Schools T & F Championships – New PB’s for Joe and Katie at Trafford – Dexta wins again on the Fells

A horrible wet and windy day was the setting for this years Lancashire Schools T & F Championships and it pretty much lasted the whole day. Nevertheless, the outcome for the Harriers is that seven of our athletes have the possibility of being selected – pending the selection meeting –  for the English Schools Championships.

(Lancs Schools Results)

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On the day the Harriers athletes claimed fifteen Lancashire School titles:

Nick Smith – Senior Boys 3000m (9.42.8) – a new PB by eleven seconds

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Myah Booth – Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (12.3)

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Millie Coy – Junior Girls Javelin (31.66m) – a new PB by over two metres

Ross Liddle – Senior Boys 400m Hurdles (55.1)

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Solomon Brown – Inter Boys 400m Hurdles (66.1)

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Anthony Kent – Inter Boys Discus (41.13m)

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Sam Gaskell – Inter Boys Hammer (49.74m)

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Matt Ramsden – Junior Boys 1500m (4.27.1)

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Jonathan Gough – Junior Boys Triple Jump (11.70m) – a new PB by over half a metre

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Cameron Harris – Junior Boys Javelin (42.85m)

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Morgan Angland – Senior Girls 100m Hurdles (16.3)

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Holly Brookes – Senior Girls Shot Putt (7.42m) & Discus (21.63m)

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Emily Warren – Inter Girls 80m Hurdles (12.8)

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Eloise Littlefair – Inter Girls Shot Putt (10.35m) and a Championship Best Performance

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Charlotte Williams – Inter Girls Hammer (56.78m) and a Championship Best Performance

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Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 13th

Three Blackburn Harriers out at the latest in the Tuesday night Trafford meetings – Joe Monk, Katie Buckingham and Joe Howe.

Trafford Grand Prix Results

Joe Monk ran the ‘A’ 3000m which was won in 8.24.15 (Mohammed Abu-Rezeq) finishing in 9th spot out of twenty one athletes competing and finished just a second outside his previous personal best. Joe spoke to the Club commenting that he was pretty pleased with the run, given I’ve had exams running hasn’t been the main priority. Went through 2k in 5:45 and lost a bit of concentration over the next lap which cost me the PB, going to do it again in 2 weeks time and go for 8:40″.

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Next up was Joe Howe in the ‘B’ 1500m Race featuring fifteen athletes and won in a time of 4.05.77. Joe’s personal best going into the Race was 4.20.01 so his 4th placed finish here in 4.12.99 was a big improvement and he told us that he Really enjoyed the race and I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement which makes me optimistic about the rest of the season”.

Katie Buckingham was also competing in the 1500m with a real determination to break the 5min barrier and she did running a new PB time of 4.59.45 (9th) which was six seconds faster than she had run before. Katie prepared for her race ‘meticulously’ and told us Post exams a group of us were ready to road trip and race, so 1st stop was leeds bmc for the boys on Monday, then after a lot of cake and Mcdonalds we embarked on trafford for Nottingham to take the north by storm on tuesday! The race set off fast and both my shoe laces managed to come undone in the first 200m, but once it settled down I really got into the race and chased down the sub 5 target! Really please to finally get sub 5mins and take 20secs off what I ran last year!”

 

The latest Race in the 2017 BOFRA Championships took place on Sunday June 11th at the Hawkswick Dash and in the U12 Race, just eight seconds separated the first four places which eventually saw a victory for the Harriers Dexta Thompson in a time of 8.39 with two seconds separating second, third and fourth.

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 Hawkswick Results

Sister Kady Thompson was in the same U12 Race finishing in a time of 12.44 in 34th position while younger brother Felix Thompson ran in the U9 Race placing 8th out of the thirty two runners in a time of 7.04.

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Jacob wins Northern U20 Title – Jack wins Epicman – Dexta 3rd in FRA Junior Championships

 Northern T & F Championships

Jacob Roberts added the Northern U20 Hammer Title to his growing list of achievements at Sportscity on Sunday. He has now won the Northern Hammer Title in the U15, U17 and U20 Age Categories which is a very considerable achievement. A delighted Jacob spoke to the Club saying that it was a Great day today at Northern championships at Manchester. I was happy with my win and becoming Northern champion U20 2017. Could have been better with the distance but it was a win in the end. Looking forward now to England Champs next Saturday”.

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(Photo courtesy of Ian Tempest)

Hammer Results

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Thirty one athletes in this years Northern 5000m Championships – won by Jack Morris of Stockport in a time of 14.39.98 – which featured Tim Raynes from the Harriers who finished in 11th place in a time of 15.24.26 and commented after the Championships “I went in to the race hoping to better the 15:03 I ran a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t to be. Started off fairly quickly through the first 1k, going through in about 2:55/6. My pace then started to drop and, while I was still on for 15min pace going though 3k, faded badly in the last 2k. Perhaps just one race too many for me after racing a lot over the last few weeks.”

5000m Results

Epicman – Middle Distance Triathlon – June 11th

It was a great day for Jack Hindle at the Epicman in Lancaster at the weekend when he won the event at the head of a two hundred and four strong field, recording the second fastest Bike ride of the day (2hr 45.16) and the fastest Run (78.23) – unfortunately because of a fast flowing river, the Swim part of the event was cancelled which is arguably Jack’s strongest part of the discipline.

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Epicman Results

The event consists of a 1.9km Open water Swim, a 90km Bike Ride and a 21km Run to finish described by the Race organisers as follows: The Swim  — The swim will take in the river Lune and is a single 1900m loop. The event will be a deep water start. There will be safety kayaks and a safety boat in the river should you need them. The Bike  — The bike route is a 90km undulating loop with a small ‘out and back’ section to start and finish. The loop with take you on quiet and glorious country lanes around the Trough of Bowland and will pass through Quernmore, Abbeystead, Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn, Bentham, Canton and back to Halton. The Run  — The 21km run route is a flat route on a cycle and footpath along the River Lune. The course is a two loop out and back along the cycle path adjacent to the river Lune. There is a short section to run before joining the loop, you will also run this section on your way back to the finish. The out and back loop is roughly 5.5 miles and there will be a feed stop that you pass three times on the run course which is positioned at the beginning of the loop.

Jack went into the Run three minutes behind in 2nd place after the Bike stage but them made up a massive eight minutes on the run and after the event Jack spoke to the Harriers commenting on his day and told us that he had no real intentions of doing a half in the near future. I’d really started to focus on races that are coming up. I’ve had really hard block of training since finishing uni this year. All three disciplines have been heading in the right direction, and a team mate said to me a week ago, that I would go well at the epicman. After today’s performance, I’m really glad I did it and really have been able to show what I am capable of. The race was run on a really tough bike course, so to run around a 1.18 half marathon is something I didn’t think I was capable of. Really looking forward to seeing what I can do in the upcoming races, and hopefully take to the top step again”.

Mark Bleasdale also had a very good day, earning a top ten finish coming home in 9th place and 3rd V40 in a combined time of 4hr 29.39 – Mark’s splits were 2hr 50.41 for the Bike and 97.43 for the Run.

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FRA Championships – June 10th

It was the final race in the FRA Championships at the weekend which saw Dexta Thompson finish 3rd overall in the U13 Boys – a great result for him. Dexta finished 5th on the day in a mixed boys and girls field of seventy one runners (13.31) which confirmed his Bronze Medal position for the Championships overall. Dexta told the Club that heis happy with it knowing how good the competition has been against kids from fell clubs and with him doing no training other than actual races he just did his best”.

Under 13 Results

Championship Final Standings

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Brother Felix Thompson finished off his championships by taking 6th out of thirty two runners in a time of 6.18 whilst Harry Wilkin contested the U15 Race featuring fifty one runners where he came 29th overall in a time of 24.02 having fallen early on which set him back a touch.

Under 9 Results

Under 15 Results

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Jamie Teare competed in the U17 race which was also mixed with Boys and Girls – won by Alex Ediker in 28.07 and Rosie Woodhams for the Girls in 33.27 –  placing 20th out of an entry list of 44 other athletes with a time of 34.45. Jamie spoke to the Club saying that he had “Tried this terrain out at Foe Edge 2 weeks ago so I knew it would be hard.  It was very tough but I enjoyed it.  Well done to all BBH and Lancashire athletes who competed.”

Under 17 Results

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Weets Fell Race – June 10th

Shaun Livesey was among the one hundred and fifty three runners at the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – won by Danny Collinge (39.24) – and had a very good race coming home in 4th position in a time of 41.24 and 2nd V40 on the day.

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Shaun told the Club after the Race that he was ” Needing to do the remainder of the races to qualify for the series in the vet 40 division I had to get myself over to Barnoldswick for this 5.5mile race. The weather wasn’t great but I don’t mind that. I set of steady and the lead 3 pulled away. At around the halfway point two runners passed me on the descent (nothing new there) they must have put around 10-15 seconds onto me, but as we hit the last climb I made a diecision to get back to them before it leveled out. I made contact with them and pushed on past, there was a little half mile grass section with a few gates to contest with but I knew as soon as we hit the tarmac descent to the finish I was confident that they wouldn’t pass me. A good tactical race in the end with a fourth place finish. Next up Barrowford 5km”.

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Two Lads fell Race

John Horrocks had a very good run at this Fell Race featuring one hundred and sixty two finishers  won by Chris Farrell in a time of 31.02. John finished 7th overall in 36.03

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Grasmere Gallop – June 3rd

U15 Harry Wilkin who has been out on the Fells quite a bit lately had a good run to finish 4th (25.15) in a mixed age group race featuring one hundred and twenty seven finishers at the 5.7k Grasmere Gallop last weekend.

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Catforth 10k – June 11th

Just under a hundred finishers in this local 10k Road Race won by Jason Parker in 34.18. Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello got another run under his belt after coming back from injury, running consistently to earn 5th place in a time of 36.18. V50 David Morris placed 70th in a time of 57.02 which was his fastest 10k this year.

Catforth 10k Results

Astley Park Junior Race Series

Nine youngsters from Blackburn Harriers were out in Race 2 of this years Astley Park Junior Series.

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(Back Row – Liberty Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Ethan Barbarewicz- Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies)

Front Row (Lulu Sharp – Hannah davies – William Grundy – Felix Thompson)

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Amy Davies was first Harrier in (8th) with a time of 5.21 and 2nd Girl on the night. Next came Ethan Barbarewicz in 15th (5.35) having a real battle with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 16th (5.36). Hollie Cubbon posted a time of 5.55 in 29th spot and she was followed home by William Grundy (57th) in 6.25 and Liberty Thompson in 62nd with a time of 6.31. Hannah Davies came in 69th in 6.40 with Felix Thompson in 89th (7.11) and Lulu Sharp was 99th in a time of 7.58.

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2nd place for the Harriers in Northern League Fixture at Bebington

Warm sunshine stayed in place the whole of the day at Bebington for this years Northern League Division 2 – Round (2). It was also a day when the Harriers, who were missing a lot of athletes, dug deep, doubled up, competed with niggles and injuries and took on events that they wouldn’t normally do and did themselves and the Club proud by finishing 2nd in the Match.

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RESULTS

Good results in the Men’s Hammer kicked off the day nicely with Jacob Roberts setting a new PB of 55.59m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ and Nathan Billington also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 38.26m, just 40cms away from a new PB. Charlotte Williams carried on in the Women’s Hammer also setting a new PB by a metre to win the event with a throw of 49.74m. Anna Peers had a cracking day too in the Throws winning all three of her events winning the ‘A’ Discus with 35.36m and backed up superbly by Holly Brooks in the ‘B’ also winning with a throw of 22.09m. Anna then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a distance of 35.36, an event which saw middle distance athlete Charlie Coy for only the second time she has ever thrown Javelin taking points in 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with 13.34m.

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It was Anna and Holly again in the Shot Putt with yet another win for Anna (10.81m) and 3rd for Holly in the ‘B’ (7.48m) and throwing with an injured shoulder as she had done all day. Tony Balko and Nathan Billington took on the Discus with Tony placing 3rd with a season’s best in the ‘A’ (30.88m) and Nathan 4th in the ‘B’ with a new PB throw of 22.40m. Sammy Kearns was throwing the senior Javelin for the first time and did really well to get in a throw of 40.00m in the ‘A’ (6th) with Jacob Roberts just cms short from a new PB in the ‘B’ throwing 38.60m for 3rd place.

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In the Sprints, Senior Men Dominic Bretherton and Dominic Zinyemba were evenly matched which saw Brandon 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.3 matching his personal best and Dominic 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 11.2. In the 200m it was Dominic in the ‘A’ placing 3rd in 23.4 and Brandon 2nd in the ‘B’ with 23.3. U17 Women Emily Warren competing even though she wasn’t well – and Chloe Bleeks went up against the Senior Women in the sprints with Emily finishing 5th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.3) and 5th also in the ‘A’ 200m with a time of 27.6 which equaled her personal best. Chloe came 5th in the ‘B’ 100m (13.6) and 5th in the ‘B’ 200m with a PB equaling time of 27.5.

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Charlie Coy took good points in the Women’s ‘A’ 400m (62.0) in 2nd place followed by Maddie Elliott placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 800m in a time of 2.21.1 which was a new PB by two tenths and Katie Buckingham also taking 3rd spot in the ‘B’ in 2.29.2. Short on distance runners for the fixture – Maddie and Katie doubled up and ran the 1500m too with Maddie running into 3rd place in the ‘A’ (5.00.1) and Katie coming home 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB by seven seconds of 5.05.7. It was a similar situation for the Men’s distance runners which saw Joe Howe in the Men’s ‘A’ 400m straight after he had done the High Jump – (2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.45m) and Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘A’ 10.27.3) – in 5th place with a time of 61.6 – and – U17 Bradley Meikleham in his first ever competition at senior level coming home in 5th place in 58.4.

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Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ 1500m finishing 4th in 4.09.3 with Karl Billington 5th in the ‘B’ (4.46.5) followed thirty minutes later by Tim, like other athletes on the day, giving everything to maximise points, running the ‘A’ 5000m and nearly pulling a win off coming home in 2nd place (15.43.7) after making a bid three laps out to front run. Chris Davies who had already run the 3000m Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘B’ 10.49.3) – also doubled up in the ‘B’ 5000m finishing 3rd in a new track PB time of 16.54.9. Chris even volunteered for a Leg of the 4 x 400m Relay if the Team had needed him!

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It was a good day for Morgan Angland in a very keenly contested Women’s ‘A’ 100m Hurdles where she finished 2nd in a time of 15.5, just a tenth outside her PB and then in the ‘A’ Long Jump, Morgan got back to her best form leaping to a distance of 5.12m – again in a keenly contested event. Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.33m in the ‘B’ Long Jump for 3rd spot which was just 10cms down on her PB. In the Men’s Sprint Hurdles John iLunga and Joe Howe took this on in the absence of the teams sprint hurdlers and did really well with Joe placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (21.7) and John, as he was the only ‘B’ runner took all the points with a time of 22.4. John was also out in the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles running 67.7 for 2nd place and debutant U17 Solomon Brown did really well to also get 2nd place in the ‘B’ (66.3). Charlie Coy stepped in to do the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles, an event she hadn’t done before and gained good points for the team (3rd) in 82.9 and all done with a smile on her face – all the way round. U17’s Nick Massey and Luke Kenyon took on the Long Jump with Luke clearing 5.54m in the ‘A’ and Nick 5.28m in the ‘B’ – Luke then did ‘A’ Triple Jump carrying an injury placing 5th with 9.91m backed up by John Ilunga in the ‘B’ (4th) with a distance of 9.65m. Luke was also in action in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.65m for 3rd place.

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Some good results in the Relays too for the Team – The Women’s 4 x 100m – Morgan Angland – Katie Buckingham – Chloe Bleeks – Emily Warren – saw the Team finish in 3rd spot (52.00) but both Wirral and Liverpool were disqualified in front of them, giving the team win to the Harriers. In the 4 x 400m Women’s Relay – Katie Buckingham – Emily Warren – Charlie Coy – Maddie Elliot ran into 2nd place with 4.19.3. The Men’s 4 x 100m Relay – Dominic Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Nick Massey – John iLunga – placed 3rd but had Liverpool disqualified in front of them moving them up to 2nd with a time of 46.9. The 4 x 400 Men’s Team of Karl Billington – Bradley Meikleham – Joe Howe – Solomon Brown ran a time of 3.59.1 (4th).

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Good Runs from Rob, Tim and Joe at Sportscity BMC Grand Prix

It was a big night at Sportscity on Saturday evening – May 27th – with European Championship qualifying times up for grabs. Rob Warner, Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were all competing for the Harriers over the 5000m with all of them having very good runs – Rob and Tim setting new personal bests for the distance.

BMC Grand Prix Results

Rob Warner…was put into the ‘B’ 5000m Race won in a time of 14.21.7. Rob’s previous PB for the distance going into the meeting was 14.49.3 which he reduced by another 13 seconds to post a new lifetime best of 14.36.21 – placing 8th in the twenty one strong field – and this just a week after setting a new 10000m PB (30.46.13) at the Night of 10000m’s in Highgate. After the Race Rob spoke to the Club and said that he was Really pleased with the 5000m last night, the pacing was a bit sporadic for the first mile or so which made it quite tough but it settled down and was on pace through 3k. Would have liked to sit with the lead group a little longer but managed to close in about 65 which is promising! Overall happy with a 13 second PB!”

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Tim Raynes best time going into the ‘C’ 5000m Race was 15.07.45 run at the Northern Championships in 2016 – cutting nearly four seconds off that Tim set himself a new PB of 15.03.93 finishing in 3rd place telling the Club “I went into the race hoping to be somewhere close to the 15 minute mark. Conditions were fairly windy but I managed to sit in with a group of athletes looking for similar times. Was really hanging on for the last few laps, but managed to dig in to keep contact with the lead group. Unfortunately just didn’t have enough on the last lap to dip under 15 or get the win. Pleased to get a PB though, and hopefully there is more to come. Well done to both Joe and Rob for great runs!”

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Joe Monk had a pretty hectic weekend  — running at Sportscity and the day after taking on the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half-Marathon  —  was also in the ‘C’ 5000m Race along with Tim and missed setting a new PB by just a second coming home in a time of 15.25.67 but when speaking to the Club after the race he was “pretty happy with the run, was the only one to really go with the pacemaker and paid for it, running 4:43 for the first mile. If I paced it properly I would have run a PB, just got too carried away as racing on the track can almost force you to go off hard and you pay for it later. Did the Rock n Roll half the day after as a `steady `long run, just wanted to run comfortably and was surprised to run 74:31 given my intention was just to do it at 6 minute pace. Well done to Tim running a very good time, getting close to that sub 15!”

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(Joe Monk at the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half-Marathon – Sunday May 29th).

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Good Performances by the Harriers young athletes at Mid Lancs T & F League

There was a threat of thunderstorms and heavy rain as athletes gathered for the second of this years Mid Lancs fixtures at Witton Park yesterday, but thankfully it didn’t materialise and the day went off in warm weather the predominate feature of the day which also featured fifty six Blackburn Harriers competing on the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Many thanks once again to all the Officials who helped run the day almost on a skeleton crew basis and there is little doubt that the whole issue of having enough and competent Officials is a serious issuing facing the sport of athletics. Athletics in general as well as Blackburn Harriers is crying out for parents of athletes to volunteer to come forward and train up to be Officials, progressing through to a point where they actually run events.

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(Harriers Officials L-R Janet Brookes – Caroline Thompson – Jonathan Davison – Jean Hoyle – Jim Kerrigan)

Provisional Results

Apologies for the poor Throws Photo’s and others – experimenting with camera settings when trying to capture good movement shots, proved to be a disaster – lessons have been learned!!!

The development of the Harriers Throws Squads has been very impressive and evidence of that was seen again at this latest fixture with wins in the Hammer for U17 Jacob Roberts winning the Senior Men’s Hammer with 55.47m, Sam Gaskell winning the U17 Hammer with a distance of 44.68m and Charlotte Williams winning the U17 Women’s Hammer with 56.53m. There were also throws of 30.61m for V50 Tony Balko in the Hammer (4th) plus 3rd in the Discus (29.16m) and 19.72m for Izzy Thompson in the U15 Girls Hammer (5th).

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U13 Nicky Saunders just can’t stop winning, her latest outing seeing her win the Javelin (24.73m), the Discus (26.61m) and an amazing new PB and Club Record Shot Putt with 9.36m which is a metre and a half further than her previous best.

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U17 Lucas Davies won the Javelin with 26.64m came 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.99m) and 2nd in the Discus with a new PB of 28.38m. U17 Anthony Kent who has already achieved the English Schools and National Standard qualification won the Discus with a throw of 41.66m and the Shot Putt with 12.71m. In the U13’s Kyle Taylor-Pomfret won the Javelin (22.39m), whilst Dexta Thompson came 4th (19.68m), Isaac Butler 7th (14.36m) and Codie Dewhurst 8th with a distance of 12.82m. U15 George Whittaker threw 24.76m in the Javelin for 3rd spot and a new PB by over 2 metres.

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Great to see Holly Brookes back competing after having shoulder problems, in the Senior Women’s Discus (4th) with 22.63m and the Shot Putt – 4th again – with 7.42m. U17 Emily Taberner was competing in just her first competition of the year and up in age category taking 3rd in the Discus with 20.82m and 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.55m. Abigail Brown set a new PB in her U17 Shot Putt (4th) with 8.26m, placing 6th in the Javelin with 21.54m. Bottom of age U15 Izzy Thompson placed 8th in the Shot Putt with 7.08m and 2nd in the Discus (22.51m). Myah Booth who has just set the English Schools qualifying time for the U15 75m Hurdles came 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 24.69m with Caiden Hesketh in 3rd spot (22.60m) an event that she has never competed in before. Caroline Woodworth (U13) decided to chance her arm at the Throws instead of her usual Track race and did really well coming 2nd in the Discus (16.24m), 5th in the Javelin with 20.51m and 10th in the Shot Putt with 4.09m. Danielle Probert just missed out on a new PB in the U13 Girls Javelin finishing 8th with 17.96m.

Lots of sprinters out for the Club too with Dominic Bretherton taking 2nd in the 100m (11.60) and 2nd again in the 200m (23.8). U17 Ben Whittaker set a new PB by two tenths in the 100m with a time of 12.30 (4th) and another new PB in the 200m – 2nd in 25.3. U15 Kyle Mashiter also got in on the act with a new PB of 12.20 in winning the 100m followed in by Jonathan Gough in the U15 Boys Heat (1) 200m placing 2nd in 26.70, the first time he has raced over the distance – and V50 Tony Balko ran the 100m in Heat (2) posting a time of 13.5.

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Sam Hodkinson took a break from 800’s to have a go at the 200m and duly won Heat (2) in 26.6. U15 Jonathan Gough entered the U17 Boys Triple Jump and won it with a leap of 11.10m – (the Club record being 11.30m) – and again, the first time he has competed in the event in a T & F fixture – expect the Club Record to go this year. U13 David Holman took on the 100m instead of his usual longer race and ran very well for 3rd spot and a time of 14.2 followed by Codie Dewhurst in the same Heat (7th) in 15.50 and a new PB.

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There was a new PB of 13.30 for Chloe Bleeks in the U17 Women’s 100m (3rd) and a win in the 200m (27.6) showing great acceleration off the bend to set up the win for herself. Next up with a new PB came Queen Tanimowo in the U15 Girls 100m – 2nd in 13.10 Heat (1) followed in Heat (2) by a new PB for Bailey Madden winning in 13.0 – in Heat (3) a new PB for Myah Booth 2nd in 13.5 – in Heat (4) Aysha Karolia after a lay off came 4th in 14.4 – in Heat (5) it was Abigail Armas placing 3rd in a new PB for her of 14.10 and in Heat (6) Maia Bowman came home in 2nd spot with a time of 14.20. In the U15 200m’s Bailey Madden placed 2nd in 27.70 and Christie Sturgess 4th (29.00) in Heat (1) with Macy Haworth in Heat (2) 4th (29.60) and her first race over the distance – and – in Heat (3) Aysha Karolia also 4th in a time of 30.7.

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A number of U13 Girls were out tackling the Sprints which saw Kate Cookson finish 4th in 15.10 in Heat (1) of the 100m – Eva Knowles place 5th in 16.00 in Heat (3) —  In the 200m it was Leah Hoole coming home in 5th (30.80) in Heat (1) – Hannah Eccles 3rd in Heat (2) with 32.4 – Keira Haxton Heat (3) 2nd in 32.8.

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U17 Bradley Meikleham had an existing personal best of 2.39.3 for the 800m and he went out determined to massively undermine that time and that’s exactly what he did by knocking nearly half a minute off to place 4th in a new PB time of 2.12.5. U15’s Ethan Joyce and Ben Branton were also determined to produce good times for the 400m, a race which saw Ethan place 2nd in a new PB of 59.0, some five seconds better and Ben placing 3rd in 61.80 – his first time over the distance in a competitive race. U15 Eleesha Charnley had her first ever competitive 300m track race finishing 2nd in a good time of 46.0. Charlie Coy ran in the Senior Women’s 400m Race and ran a new PB by nearly three seconds finishing 3rd in 60.4. Maddie Elliott was just two tenths outside her personal best over 800m when she came 2nd in the U17 race in a time of 2.21.3.

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Amy Davies reduced her best time for the 1500m by three seconds to post a new PB of 5.03.1 in the U15 Race whilst in the U13 Girls middle distance races half a dozen youngsters went for the 800m – Leah Hoole taking 3rd in Heat (1) with 2.34.4 and Kate Cookson 9th in 2.57.3. Heat (2) saw Molly Nicholls run 2.53.9 in 5th with Hannah Eccles in 6th (2.54.00), Keira Haxton in 9th (2.57.0) and Eva Knowles 11th in a time of 3.02.5.

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The 3000m race combining male and female mixed aged runners – won by Daniel Collinge in 9.30 –  saw three Harriers occupy places two, three and four with V40 Chris Davies agonisingly a second shy of a new PB in 2nd ( 9.34.7), Nick Smith (U17) had a great run cutting seventeen seconds off his previous time to record a new PB of 9.53.7 followed by U15 Jamie Teare, also setting a new PB time of 10.14.7 – some sixteen seconds faster than his previous best time.

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U15 Leon Thomas set a new PB in the 800m placing 2nd in 2.09.6 with Harvey Ashworth in 7th (2.22.7) and George Whitakker in 9th posting a new PB time of 2.34.3 a whopping sixteen seconds faster.

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Matt Ramsden was chasing the English Schools U15 1500m qualifying time and set a new PB of 4.26.1 (2nd) in the attempt. Harry Wilkin placed 6th in the same race with a time of 5.00.1 and a new PB by nine seconds. The Harriers U13 Boys occupied the first four places in the 800m which saw Dexta Thompson set a new PB of 2.26.2 in winning the race, David Holman place 2nd in 2.31.0, Joseph Joyce also setting a new PB in 3rd (2.34.6) and Isaac Butler making it a hat-trick of new Pb’s in 4th spot with a time of 2.36.4. In the U13 1500m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut eight seconds off his time to set a new PB of 5.08.1 in 4th place to complete a pretty good day for the Junior middle distance runners.

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Luke Kenyon (U17) set a new outdoor High Jump PB clearing 1.75m, U17 Ben Whittaker contested the Senior Men’s Long Jump (5th) with 4.74m which was a new PB, U15 Jonathan Gough backed up his PB in the 100m with a jump of 4.84m in the Long Jump to place 2nd and Isaac Butler cleared 1.15m in the U13 High Jump (5th). Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.27m in the U17 Women’s Long Jump (6th), Aysha Karolia (16th) cleared 3.86m in the U15 Girls Long Jump whilst Queen Tanimowo set a new U15 High Jump PB of 1.45m and Keira Haxton cleared 2.46m in the U13 Girls Long Jump.

Great to see the Hurdles on at the Mid Lancs which this year sees an experiment with the timetable to include Hurdles over 70, 75 and 80m for U13 and U15’s. The U15 Girls 75m Hurdles featured four Blackburn Harriers, the Race being won by Myah Booth in 11.8, with Queen Tanimowo in 2nd place with a new PB of 12.0 which was half a second faster than her last race, Caiden Hesketh also running a new PB in 3rd with 13.0 and Christie Sturgess placing 6th in 13.20. Codie Dewhurst ran the U15 Boys 75m Hurdles but there were not times recorded for this race.

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