Category Archives: Track & Field
A packed out evening at the Mill Hill Working men’s Club saw Blackburn Harriers celebrate the success of all our athletes over the previous year across all disciplines – Track & Field; Cross Country, Road, Fell and Sportshall.
Club Chairman Tony Wood started the evening with a special mention of the first of our two Guest Presenters – Samantha Murray. Samantha who joined the Club as a 15yr old went on to achieve magnificent success in the Modern Pentathlon winning the Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympics and became World Individual Champion in 2014 – outstanding achievements along side so many others over the years including winning the British Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
First Award of the evening – The Junior Squad Trophy – goes traditionally to the Sportshall Group which sees the Coaches nominate three Boys and three Girls. The Boys Nominations were Harrison Allcock, Thomas Flynn, Matthew Smith and the Girls Niamh Gate, Kady Thompson, Molly Grimshaw with Harrison and Niamh taking the Award.
The U11 Endurance Award is given to recognise the efforts of the junior endurance athletes particularly during the 2016-17 cross country season. For the Boys the winner was Oliver Gill and for the Girls Isabelle Hartley.
Junior Team Contribution to Track and Field Award goes to the junior athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2016 Track and Field season in the UKYDL, Mid Lancs and Lancashire County Championships. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret took the U13/U15 Boys Award followed by three winners of the U13/U15 Girls – Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole. In the U17/U20 Male age category there were also three winners with Ben Whittaker, Jacob Roberts and Nicholas Smith and in the Female category Emily Warren and Chloe Bleeks were the winners.
Junior Merit Award is presented to athletes new to the UKYDL who have impressed their respective team managers and coaches throughout the season with the winners in the U13’s being Kate Cookson, Nicky Saunders, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Rory Teare with Queen Tanimowo, Millie Coy, Sam Hodkinson and Jonathan Gough taking the Award in the U15’s.
This award – Senior Team Contribution to Track and Field – goes to the athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2017 Track and Field season with a combination of Northern Senior League, Mid Lancs and Lancs Champs used to decide the winners. For the Men the winners were Chris Davies and Tim Raynes and for the Women Anna Peers.
Junior Team Contribution to Cross Country Award goes to the Junior athlete that has competed in most club XC fixtures through the season. Red Rose and Mid Lancs Leagues, Lancs, Northern and National Champs. Boys Winners Ethan Barbarewicz (Total of 10 MLL XC and Red Rose XC as well as County and Northern) Girls Winner Amy Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National). For the Seniors the Award went to Chris Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National and for the Women, Lindsay Davies took the Award (4 out of 5 MLL XC and 3 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National).
The next two Awards presented on the night covered the U13/U15 and U17/U20 Age Groups, the first of which was for the – Most Promising Young Athlete – an Award that highlights athletes that are usually new to the Harriers or just starting with the juniors and have started to make good progress through training and competing regularly and particularly look to have great prospects ahead for them. For the U13/U15 Age Category the Boys Winner was Dexta Thompson and for the Girls Hollie Cubbon. In the U17/U20’s the Winners were Bradley Meikleham and Emily Taberner. The second of these Awards – the Most Improved Young Athlete – went to Matt Ramsden for the U13/U15 Boys, to Myah Booth for the U13/U15 Girls, Ben Whittaker and Chloe Bleeks for the for the U17/U20’s.
The next Award presented on the night – Outstanding Junior Commitment – went to athletes that have shown commitment and application beyond what would normally be expected in order to improve themselves or support their team mates. Cameron Harris won the Award for the U13/U15 Boys for achieving a National Standard 45.54m in the Javelin at English Schools and ending the season on top of the North West Rankings and 19th Nationally. Eleesha Charnley took the U13/U15 Girls Award for her contribution in T&F, XC and Fell as well as being a key member of the road relay squad. Anthony Kent won the U17/U20 category after finishing the season ranked number one in the North West, 12th in the country and reaching the English Schools Final – Coach Jim Kerrigan receiving his Award. Maddie Elliott took the Female U17/U20 Award for competing more XC than any other in this age group, at T&F, and a key member of the relay squad.
The Club’s next award – Club Road Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the roads and conducts themselves in a manner that is a great example to the other members around them. The Women’s Winner was Rachel Wood who won the San-Francisco Marathon and South Cheshire 20 and for the Men the Award went to Joe Monk for a season which saw him set new personal bests at 10k, 10mile and Half-Marathon.
At this point in the evening it was time for the introduction of our next Guest Presenter – George Woodburn. The Club Chairman introduced George as a long standing member of the Harriers, joining way back in 1964. After a successful career as an endurance runner which saw him run 30mins for 10k, 67 mins for the half-marathon and 2.26 for the marathon and after 53 years membership George has continued to be extremely active in the Club as a Coach and Committee member.
The Club Fell Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the fells. The deserved winner was Dexta Thompson who had a great season placing 3rd in the U13 FRA Champs – the English Junior Fell Champs 6 race series. He backed that up with 2nd in the BOFRA U12s, taking the Lancashire U13 Fell title and also winning his age category in the Junior Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix Series.
Going from juniors to veterans, the winners of the Best Veteran Athletes Award went to Ben Fish who during the course of the season competed on the Track at 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m and Steeplechase as well winning eight road 10k and half-marathon races. For the women, this Award went to Victoria Mousley after winning the 5k Veteran title at Horwich and recording six other wins at 10k and half-marathon. There was a second Veteran’s Award which was a Merit Award for Road Running and this was won by Carmen Byrne who recorded four wins at 10k and 10 mile.
Normally there is just one Award for the Triathlete of the year but this year there were two. Our first Winner was Brian Fogarty after a tremendous performance in the British Ironman Championships where he placed 11th overall and first amateur. Our second Winner was Jack Hindle after a a stunning win at the Helvellyn Triathlon where he won the event by a full twelve minutes in front of the previously undefeated professional.
Many of our junior athletes participate in a variety of events, even if not true multi-eventers, This award – Best Junior All Round Track and Field Performance – reflects their versatility and the overall contribution they make to the Track and Field squad. Our Boys Winner was George Whittaker who competed in ten different events during the season for the Club whilst the Girls Award went to Liberty Thompson who competed in nine events overall throughout the year.
The Best Senior All Round Track and Field Performance went to John iLunga who competed in eleven events for the Club during the season as well as taking on a Decathlon at the Lancashire County Multi-Events Championships. The Women’s Winner was Anna Peers who competed in all the Throws events for the Club in the Northern league amassing a massive one hundred and four points.
Our next two Awards cover firstly – Best Junior & Senior Field Performance and and secondly – Best Junior & Senior Track Performance. Starting with the Juniors for the Field Award, U15 Jonathan Gough won for his 11.70m Triple Jump at Blackpool whilst for the Girls Emma Love won the U13/U15 Award for her 1.40m High Jump at Bury in the UKYDL. Jacob Roberts threw 65.64m at the Blackburn Open which won him the U17/U20 Award whilst Charlotte Williams won the U17/U20 Girls Award for her throw of 60.53m at Loughborough (Ann-Marie receiving on behalf of Charlotte). For the Senior Awards, these went to Joe Pearse for his High Jump of 2.00m at the Bucs Championships in Bedford (Esme Pearse receiving on behalf of Joe) whilst the Women’s Award went to Olympian Holly Bradshaw who broke her own National Record with a jump of 4.81m (Bob Groves receiving on behalf of Holly)
The Junior Awards for Best Performance (U13/U15) were won by Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 at Blackpool in August and Myah Booth for her 11.6 70m Hurdles time at the Blackburn Open. For the U17/U20’s age group Ross Liddle was the male Winner for his time of 50.6 in the 400m at a Northern League fixture in Liverpool and Emily Warren took the female Award for her 12.6 sec in the 80m Hurdles at the Blackburn Open. Rob Warner was the Winner of the Senior Award for his 3.49.1 1500m run at Trafford whilst Alison Leonard took the Women’s Award for 1500m run in Germany clocking a time of 4.24.4. Rob’s Trafford time also saw him win the prestigeous Arthur Almond Trophy which is presented to the athlete with the best Track performance throughout the season.
Our next Award of the evening – Best Schools Championship Performance of the Year – was presented to the athlete that has produced the best performance in a Schools Track and Field event during the season. Winner of the Girls Award for her Silver Medal throw of 59.41m in the English School Hammer Final was Charlotte Williams (Brother George receiving her Award) whilst the Boys Award was won by Ross Liddle for his time of 54.3 in the 400m Hurdles Final.
Four Awards for the Club Championship which is conducted throughout the year over varying types of Races on Road, Cross Country, Trail and Fell. Fifteen Races in total with the best eight performances counting towards the eventual winners. This year saw Lindsay Davies win both the Women’s Club Championship and Club Handicap whilst Chris Davies won the Men’s Club Championship and Ian Clarkson won the Club Handicap.
A very special Award made by the Harriers Club Committee was made to Joe Fleming, the Club’s High Jump Coach. This Award is made in recognition of a contribution made by a member of the Club who has shown commitment and dedication in working for the betterment and improvement of the Clubs athletes and the Club itself. Over many years Joe has displayed all of these characteristics and was a very deserving winner.
At the Club’s Annual General Meeting held recently it was announced that Richard Taylor was standing down as a Committee Member after a number of years in that role, as was the Club Secretary George Davies. George continues on the Committee and was elected Vice-Chairman with Wendy Hitchon being elected the new Club Secretary. In recognition of the work they had done, the Club made awards to both Richard and George which were presented by Wendy.
One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Life Memberships to Olympians Sophie Hitchon, Holly Bradshaw and Samantha Murray. In introducing the Awards, Club Chairman Tony Wood told the assembled Harriers that granting Life membership was a an indication of the contribution that these three athletes had made not only in their own specific events but to the support and development of the Club as a whole and that it was fitting to mark those achievements and contributions in this way. George Davies presented the Award to Samantha whilst Bob Groves received the Award for Holly Bradshaw as she was unfortunately unable to be there and Wendy Hitchon was presented with Sophie’s Award as she was in the US at a training camp.
The Bob Groves Trophy which is presented by the Club’s Hurdles Squad was won by Solomon Brown recognising his step up to 400m Hurdles and his improvement throughout the season. Bob took the opportunity to highlight the progress that Solomon had made throughout the year alongside Club record holder for 400m Hurdles – Ross Liddle.
Charlotte Williams and Jacob Roberts, two of the Clubs very successful Hammer Throwers were presented with International Awards, an Award which recognises the increasing number of athletes that have represented the Club at International level during the year and in 2017 both athletes were selected to compete for England.
On to the Athlete of the Year for Juniors and Seniors which highlighted some great performances. Junior Male Winner was U15 Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 which puts him at the top of the North West Rankings by over half a minute and in the top twenty in the Nationally. The Female Junior Winner was Charlotte Williams for her throw of 60.53m in the Hammer, finishing the season 2nd in the North West rankings and 2nd Nationally.
Senior Male Winner was Rob Warner for his personal best time of 3.49.12 whilst the Female Winner Holly Bradshaw won after breaking her own British Outdoor Pole Vault Record with a clearance of 4.81m.
The Final Award of the evening is the Round Chase Trophy, a trophy that has been in the Club for well over eighty years. And it was fitting that George Woodburn who has contributed so much to Endurance running in the Club was able to present the Cup and the individual medals to the U15 Boys Endurance Squad who have had a fantastic year. They came 2nd in the Red Rose Cross Country League – 1st in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League – won the U15 Lancashire Road Relays and North West Road Relays in Blackpool – followed that up by winning the Northern Road Relays at Sportscity and capped it off with a Silver Medal in the National Road Relays at Sutton Park.
(L-R Back Row: George Woodburn presenting the Award – Luke Ingleson, Jamie Teare, Matt Ramsden, Leon Thomas & Sam Hodkinson – L-R Front Row: Harry Wilkin, George Whittaker & Ethan Barabarewicz)
National Road Relays and Silver for U15 Boys – Track & Road Veteran wins for Chris, Shaun and Evan – Wins for Charlotte, Jacob and Sam at Hammer Circle Reunion Open Meeting
National Road Relays day at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday October 7th enjoyed very good weather and some great racing. For Blackburn Harriers, the U13 Boys Squad who had won Gold in the Lancashire Championships and Silver in the North West Championships going on to win Silver in the Northern Championships, had another cracking day finishing in the top 25 with David Holman (14.38), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (15.04) and Dexta Thompson (15.00) combining to place 23rd Team overall which has capped a great four weeks of competition for them.
(David Holman on Leg (1) Start in the U13 Boys Relays)
At the end of the day the three lads all reflected on their performance with David telling us that “It has been a great experience being able to compete in the national road relays. It was a difficult race and I am proud of what we achieved today” whilst Kyle said that he had “had a great day and has really enjoyed the experience. He also wants to say well done to the older boys” with Dexta commenting that he “found the hills and the overall course tough but it was a good experience for the future”
(L-R U13’s Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – David Holman — U15’s Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Leon Thomas)
Next team up for the Club – the U15 Boys Squad – have been in fantastic form over the Road Relay month winning Gold Medals at Lancashire, North West and Northern Championships and safe to say they entered the Nationals confident of a good performance albeit that this was, just like the U13 Boys, their first time competing at National level.
Leon Thomas led off on the first leg featuring seventy five other Teams, clocking 13.33 to come through in 27th spot. Sam Hodkinson charged after the field, pulling back nineteen places in a time of 13.02 to hand over to Matt Ramsden on the final leg. Matt ran the equal fourth fastest leg of the day (12.42) to pull back another seven places, overtaking the then 2nd placed athlete on the home straight to clinch a fabulous Silver Medal for the lads. What a run by all three of them and this is what they had to say after picking up their Medals:
Leon ………“Words cannot describe how proud I am with our Team effort, coming second in such a prestigious competition and winning a silver medal for Blackburn Harriers was the best feeling ever. Well done to all Blackburn Harriers”.
Sam………“I am really proud of myself and the team today. Expectations were high, but not that high. All that training and help from the coaches has paid off. I am on cloud 9. Well done lads”.
Matt………“I am so pleased with mine and the teams performance at nationals. With it being such a vastly talented race coming second exceeded what we expected and the race was such a great experience”.
On to the Senior Men’s Race for the Harriers which saw Swansea win impressively by over a minute in a combined time of 1hr 45.16. The Harriers finished in 35th spot with a total time of 1hr 55.14 less than twenty seconds behind Gateshead.
Team Manager Paul Guinan was pleased with how the day went commenting “Great to be back at Sutton Park competing in the National Relays, we definitely belong there, pitching ourselves against the country’s best, and no doubt doing a really good job of it as well. Solid performances throughout the team and hopefully something we can build on in the near future, a big thank you to all the athletes that ran and also a thank you to those athletes that helped get us there. The athletes are the most important thing about the Club without a doubt, but a big thank you to George, John and Karl for making the trip and supporting the team. The future is bright. Well done all”.
(L-R Most Welcome Guest Jess Judd – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – John Chaplin (Senior Coach) – Karl Billington (Leading Cheerer on the Course) – Chris Arthur – Jack Hindle – Mat Nuttall — Front Row – Paul Guinan (Team Manager) – Tim Raynes)
Rob Warner kicked off the first leg placing 33rd in a time of 18.27, handing over to Chris Arthur on Leg (2) who ran the fastest time of the day for the Club clocking 18.00 and pulling back another nine places. Mat Nuttall went on Leg (3) running a solid time of 20.41 before handing over the Chris Davies on Leg (4) who posted a time of 20.18. Jack Hindle went on Leg (5) and by that time the Team had slipped to 51st place but pulled one back at the end of Jack’s good run in 19.19. Tim Raynes blasted off on leg (5) running a time of 18.29 to pull a massive 15 places back.
At the end of the day the lads spoke to the Club about the Championships with Rob Warner telling us that it “Was a fantastic day for the team yesterday, I felt everyone ran solid legs and in most cases ran quicker than we would have down on paper before the race! Like Chris said, we’ve got a really strong senior men’s side at the moment and if we can keep pushing on we’ll have some great results! On a personal note, I was satisfied with my run out. First time I’ve raced the course at Sutton Park and I really enjoyed it! I’m never quick to be back in top shape after my end of season break after the summer but I felt that I gave a team a solid start and I’m a lot fitter at this time of the year than I have been in previous years!”
Chris Arthur commented “As a relatively new and somewhat sporadic member of the team I’ve really enjoyed the relays as a chance to put faces to names and get to know people a bit better. I can only really echo others sentiments that everyone ran brilliantly and it was great to have the support out on the course. I was very pleasantly surprised by my leg time; I can only assume my ignorance of who I was racing worked to my advantage”.
Mat Nuttall speaking at the end of the day echoed the other athletes when he said “I thought the day went extremely well, every team member gave 100% effort and focused on the job in hand. All of our efforts were galvanised by a great Team Manager and Coaches”.
Chris Davies said that “It’s always great to run for the club and yesterday didn’t disappoint. On a personal note I was looking forward to this one, it had been quite a while since I had run at Sutton Coldfield, nearly five years to be exact so I was keen to see how I would fair this time round. It’s a tough course. It was just over 3 1/2 miles and the first 2 are the toughest. Once their out the way then it’s good running to the finish. I was happy with my time of 20:18, a good solid run so no complaints their. As a team we were all outstanding. Every person (Rob,Chris,Matt,Jack and Tim) all ran great and were a credit to the club and I feel we did ourselves proud with a good solid performance. Team spirit was great and hopefully we can carry on like this and I’m sure in the near future we will come away with a really big result. The Senior group is strong at the moment and is proving to be a good group of runners. Keep it going guys because I’m sure their is a big result coming for us soon”.
Jack Hindle who had such a brilliant event at the Helvellyn Triathlon recently told the Club“It was great to be racing at the national road relays in the seniors for the first time. Pleased with my run, which contributed to an overall strong team performance. Well done to the lads and U15 boys on a fantastic performance”.
Tim Raynes spoke afterwards saying that he “Really enjoyed the day yesterday. As the other lads have said, great runs from everyone in the team. It was obvious that everyone was giving it all for the club! Really solid position from the club, a foundation that we’ll hopefully be able to keep building on. Top 20 next year?! It was great also to have George, John, Guiney and Karl down to support – made it a top day. Particular congratulations too to the U15 boys for winning the silver. Future is looking bright!”
Chris Davies was out again the day after the National Road Relays competing in the Northern Masters 10000m track race at Ashton (October 8th) – the first time he had run the distance on the track. “Like the National Road Relays I was looking forward to this simply because I had never tried to do a 10K race before on the track. The strategy has to be slightly different to the road simply because their is no rest bite on the track, it’s just all full on. The strategy was to hit 5:40 pace which I managed to do, in fact I was averaging 5:35 pace which was very pleasing having run the Nationals the day before. I ran the race well, I stuck behind another runner up to the 5 mile mark and broke away with 4 laps to go. I got the win so that’s 2 for 2 in the Northern Masters on the track and a good way to finish my track season this year. Probably would have got under 35 minutes but I was having to run wide a lot when lapping other people. Still a good result though”.
Out on the Roads Shaun Livesey who recently won the Cragg Vale 10m – (Cragg Vale Results) – was back on the roads competing in the Cheshire Half-Marathon at the weekend (Sunday October 10th) and it turned out be a pretty good day for Shaun as he finished 2nd over all out of a field of five hundred and sixty four and took the 1st V40 prize with a time of 75.04.
Shaun spoke to the Club with his thoughts about the race saying “After my success at the GP series of races I decided to have another go at the half marathon distance. With some reasonable outings at the two road relay events and a good performance at the cragg vale 10m road race ( placing 1st) I knew that I was in the shape to run 75/74 mins. However shortly after the cragg vale race I started to develop a heavy cold which set my training back. I had chosen to do the cheshire half at Arley hall knowing that the ground was flat and mostly tree lined roads. The day before the race I did a little session involving some short strides to see how my breathing was, from that I decided to race, but still not 100%. Come the day of the race the weather was ideal, I knew the race attracted some fast runners and I had hoped I could get involved in a group and work together. However this did not materialize, I basically ran the whole race on my own, turning it into a time trial. I hit 5m in 28:10 and then onto 10m in 57:05, then the last three miles were a big effort trying to keep my pace under 6min/mile, the crowd certainly helped at this point. I crossed the line in 1:15:04 2nd place and 1st vet 40. With everything considered this could prove to be one of my best every races”.
Evan Cook was on the winning trail again too taking the 1st V65 prize at the Rochdale 10k run on Sunday October 8th. Evan clocked a time of 44.45 which brought him home in 42nd spot out of a race featuring four hundred and thirty five runners.
Hammer Circle Reunion Open – October 7th & 8th
Just one more competition for the Club’s Hammer Throwers which took place at Hull over the weekend featuring wins for U17 Charlotte Williams, U17 Sam Gaskell and U20 Jacob Roberts.
Jacob Roberts went in to the U20 competition (6kg) with a personal best of 65.64m and nearly broke that when he won his event with a throw of 65.50 which he was delighted with as he explained to the Club that it was “a brilliant end to my 2017 competition season with consistent throwing and 14cm off my PB….onwards now to winter season. Thanks to my Coach – Mick Hitchon – and my training partners”. Also just cm’s outside his personal best of 59.11m was U17 Sam Gaskell who threw 59.03m (5kg) to finish 3rd in his event. U17 Charlotte Williams broke her previous personal best in the 4kg Hammer, not once, but twice – throwing 51.94m on Saturday for 3rd place and then extending that new PB on Sunday to 52.23m. Reflecting on her performance with the Club, Charlotte commented “So the last competition of the season ended in great success. Competing in the u20’s, getting a new PB adding an extra 3 metres and also winning the u20’s as a bottom end under 17’s was a really good way to end my season. On to winter training now and hopefully big distances next year. Thankyou to my coach Mick, mum and dad, the club and training partners for the continuous support. Looking forward to the 2018 season”.
And just to round off this latest Post for the Harriers – with thanks to David Belshaw for this photo – of some Blackburn Harriers at the Burnley Junior Park Run on Sunday morning, many of them will be running their first ever cross country Club Race next weekend.
Results Round Up – 10k Wins for Joe, Ben & Pauline – Brian comes 2nd in Sundowner Triathlon – Sub 3hr for Rachel in Berlin – Veteran wins for Chris, Tony, Derek, Carol & Lindsay – English Schools Fell Championships
Due to holidays we are a little behind with Results, so a less than comprehensive run down of recent activities by Blackburn Harriers in this latest Post with apologies for any omissions.
Rachel Wood ran the Berlin Marathon finishing 86th in the Women’s Race clocking her second sub 3hr time of 2hr 59.26 which was just twenty four seconds outside of her previous personal best set in the 2016 London Marathon. She is looking forward to attacking that mark in the 2018 London Marathon. (Berlin Marathon Results)
Joe Monk carried on with his good form on the Roads winning the Southport 10k by over a minute and a half in a time of 32.43. (Southport 10k Results)……….and it was great to see Pauline Powell racing on the roads after winning the Bolton 10k in April (37.54) she won the Burnley Fire 10k on October 1st in a time of 37.44 placing 6th overall and 1st V40 Woman……….in the same Race Ben Costello placed 3rd overall in 35.44 whilst V40 Mark Lord finished 51st overall setting a new PB of 49.17 with V55 David Morris coming home 89th in 61.14. (Burnley Fire 10k Results). Ben Costello has been in good form and on September 17th he won the Burnley Leisure10k in a time of 36.21 and told the Club that.“After a great first leg for the ‘B’ Team at the Northern Road Relays i wasn’t sure how i would perform at the Burnley Leisure 10k. The race started very slow and i sat just off the leader up until the 3k mark where i took the lead. I then controlled the next 4k and at this point i made my move and it paid off by the 9k mark as i knew i had won. It’s an amazing feeling to get my first win so early on in my running career”. (Burnley Leisure 10k Results)
Brian Fogarty is building up to the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii and the latest race in his build up came at the Sundowner Triathlon on September 16th which featured three hundred and eighty finishers in pretty warm conditions. Brian finished 2nd overall and 1st in his age category (30-34yrs) in a time of 4hrs.00.08 just twenty seven seconds behind the winner.The Race combines a 1900m Swim, 56 mile Bike Ride and a 21k run. Richard Fogarty had a very good race too finishing 7th in his age category (35-39) and 58th overall with a combined total time of 4hrs 54.55.
Sundowner Triathlon Results
After the Race Brian spoke to the Club saying that “this race was always planned to be a tough training day to prepare for Kona in 4 weeks time. Without any sort of taper i was still looking for a solid performance. Stupidly i managed to forget my wetsuit which meant i had to borrow one which was to small, i struggled to breath so it made it one of my poorest swims for a long time. I managed to make up lost time on the bike and take the lead with the fastest bike split of the day. I ran well my best 1/2 ironman run to date but unfortunately got caught by a better athlete on the day. Taking everything into account i had to be happy with the day. My brother and fellow Blackburn Harrier also competed and did very well”.
Derek and Carol Reilly were out at the Pilling 10k last weekend which saw Derek finishing 5th overall and taking the V45 1st prize in a time of 36.57. Carol went and emulated that by also winning the Women’s V45 category coming home in 40th place and clocking a time of 46.07. (Pilling 10k Results).
In the Audi Run Preston 10k Chris Davies finished 11th overall in 35.14 and 1st V40 with Ben Costello one place behind in 12th clocking 35.27. V40 John Cookson came home in 113th spot (44.27) and V55 David Morris finished 725th (62.20).
In the 5k Race U15 Amy Davies came home in 17th place with a time of 22.21 and was also 1st Female whilst Lindsay Davies also took a prize in winning the V45 Category in 44th place overall clocking 24.08.
Northern Athletics T&F Masters Championships – September 17th
Tony Balko was competing in his final fixture of the 2017 season and finished off in good style with V50 wins in the Hammer; Shot; Discus and Javelin. Afterwards Tony spoke to the Club telling us that he had a “Decent Hammer 35.94m (1), good Shot 10.32m (1 – New PB), Decent Javelin 31.34m (1) and a below par Discus 31.77m. That really is it for the 2017 season. Time to get into the gym and get fitter, faster and stronger to hopefully come out in the 2018 season in better competitive shape”.
Chris Davies took on his last Track Race of the season in the 3000m among a field of twenty one veteran athletes. Chris was a comfortable winner and commented to the Club “I won today at the Northern Masters at Bury. My time was 9:35. I won easily, I was out in front on my own from the off. Having raced yesterday I can’t grumble with the time. It’s been a solid weekend of racing”.
U15 Harry Wilkin ran in the Ron Hill 79th Birthday 5k in Rochdale and did really well in finishing 8th overall out of a field of one hundred and twenty four and was 1st Junior on the night too, posting a time of 20.37. Harry’s dad – V50 Mark Wilkin – also ran the race coming in 39th with a time of 24.53. (Ron Hill Rochdale 5k Results)
(Harry Wilkin with running legend Ron Hill)
The English Schools Fell Championships held at Settle on September 24th saw a number of Blackburn Harriers competing. In the U13 Race of one hundred and three Boys and Girls – won by William Hall in 12.52 – Dexta Thompson finished fourth overall in a time of 13.18 after a real battle with the third place (13.15) and second place (13.11). In the same Race Eva Knowles placed 67th in 18.50 with Alexander Galiatsatos in 96th position (21.17). The U15 race saw one hundred and seventy five boys and girls competing and there was an excellent performance by Jackson McKay (competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track) in finishing 5th overall with a time of 18.48. Also having good runs were Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 66th (23.00) and Hollie Cubbon placing 89th in a time of 24.04. Ninety five runners in the mixed race for U17’s which saw Harry Wilkin having a pretty solid run in 47th place (32.39).
Great North Run with Victoria – Throwers competing in Liverpool & Wigan – Wins & PB’s at Blackpool Open Meeting – Mark runs the Yorkshireman
Great North Run – September 10th
It’s not often you get to run in a Race with 57000 runners but that’s exactly where Victoria Mousley was last weekend in the Great North Half-Marathon where she finished 24th overall in the Women’s Race in a time of 85.32. Given that Victoria went into the race on top of a period of ill-health, her time was an exceptionally good one.
After the Race Victoria told the Club that “It was an amazing experience today. I’d been ill for the last 6weeks. 2 chest infections, perforated ear drum, ear infection and then a bad stomach from all the antibiotics. I wasn’t even convinced I was going to do it till Thursday this week. It was brilliant running with space and being on my own for most of the race… Except for the crowds. For 12.5 miles there are thousands of people cheering and clapping. I haven’t done the gnr since I was 18 but the atmosphere hasn’t changed. I was disappointed with my time as I was hoping for 82 mins. But I had a great day, I’ve already booked the accommodation for next year and I’ll make a better job of it”.
V40 Daniel Whittaker also ran the race finishing in 1305th position with a time of 1hr 33.10 – going through 5k in 20.06, 10k in 42.07 and 15k in 64.15.
Liverpool Throws & Jumps Meeting – September 9th
Arnold Seddon Open Medal Meeting – Wigan September 10th
Jacob Roberts and Charlotte Williams were competing in their final competition of the season at the annual Liverpool Throws and Jumps Meeting. U20 Jacob finished the day with a throw of 64.28m in the Hammer (6kg) just a metre short of his personal best. Charlotte placed 3rd in her Hammer event (3kg) out of twelve with a throw of 51.63m. Been a great season for these two young Hammer Throwers which has ended with Jacob being 4th in the National Rankings (65.64m) and Charlotte 2nd with 60.53m.
Young Throwers U15 Izzy Thompson and U13 Nicky Saunders were out in really bad weather in Wigan which saw Izzy take 4th place in the Discus (1kg) with a throw of 18.95m, 2nd in the Javelin (500g) with 18.49m before finishing off with a new personal best in the Hammer (3kg) throwing over four metres further than she before at 22.65m. Nicky took on the 100m for the first time ever coming home 3rd in a time of 14.4 before taking on her traditional throwing events where she won the Discus (0.75k) throwing 25.42m, placed 4th in the Hammer (3kg) with 18.53m and rounding off with a win in the Javelin (400g) throwing 24.60m.
Blackpool Open medal Meeting – Sunday September 10th
The busy weekend which had started with ninety Harriers competing in the Relays on Saturday continued on Sunday with thirty Blackburn Harriers turning out at the Blackpool Open Meeting in Stanley Park.
Good to see a good number of U11 boys and girls competing with twelve of them entering the Sprints Events. Harrison Allcock kicked the day off with a 3rd place 11.8 in Heat (1) of the 80m followed by Nathan Ashworth in Heat (3) also 3rd in 13.8. Eight U11 Girls all lined up for the 80m which saw Lucy Rishton take 2nd in 12.3 and Isabelle Hartley 7th with a time of 14.0 in Heat (1). Heat (2) had Niamh Gater in 2nd (13.0), Molly Grinshaw 5th in 14.1 and Alisha Lehner 6th (14.3). Heat (3) had four Harriers competing with Tilly Pollard in 3rd (13.9), Sophia Tsykunova 4th in a time of 14.2, Imogen Robinson (5th) clocking 14.3 and Tippi Francis 8th in 15.6. U15’s Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess ran Heat (1) of the 100m posting times of 14.2 (4th) and 14.7 (5th) respectively.
In the Middle Distance Events some of the athletes – as in the Sprint events – were running over these distances for the first time and some had run on the Saturday in the Road Relays. U11 Matthew Smith won Heat (1) of the 600m in a time of 2.00.4 and in Heat (2) Findlay Carroll ran 2.15.1 in 7th spot with Nathan Ashworth in 8th (2.24.3). Five U11 Girls ran in the 600m which saw Lucy Rishton emulate the boys by winning her Heat (1) in 2.06.1 being backed up by Isabelle Hartley in 3rd (2.08.6), Niamh Gater just behind in 4th (2.12.3), Molly Grimshaw one place further back in 5th (2.16.1) and Tilly Pollard in 8th posting a time of 2.25.4. Three more U11 Girls ran in Heat (3) which saw Sophia Tsykunova come home in 6th position (2.22.8), Alisha Lehner 8th in 2.26.0 and Tippi Francis placing 9th in 2.27.5.
In the U15 Boys 800m the boys were feeling the effects of the Road Relays on Saturday as George Whittaker ran 2.45.8 (7th) in Heat (1) with Isaac Butler clocking 2.36.8 (3rd) and Codie Dewhurst 2.59.0 (7th) in Heat (2). In the U13 Girls there were good runs from Abigail Stratton in the 800m coming home in 2nd spot and clocking a new PB time of 2.51.2 and for Paige Singleton who also ran a new PB in 4th place (3.04.6) with sister Ellie Singleton in 5th in a time of 3.11.0. Saul Sharp posted 5.56.0 in the U13 Boys 1500m whilst Sophie Stanworth won the U15 Girls 1500m in a time of 5.21.1.
Morgan Angland was competing in her final track race before going off to University – she clocked 16.5 in the 100m Hurdles running solo which wasn’t bad given that the conditions were also pretty poor. U13 Boys Ben Boocock and Codie Dewhurst were in the 75m Hurdles along with the U15 Girls Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess. Myah won the Race in 12.5 with Christie 3rd in 14.7. Ben’s time of 13.5 made him the winner of the U13 Boys with Codie 2nd in a time of 17.8 and a new PB.
In the Throws Anna Peers finished the season in good style winning the senior Women’s Shot Putt with a throw of 10.13m and the Javelin with 37.28m before rounding off her day with a 2nd placed throw of 33.68m in the Discus. New Blackburn Harrier U15 Matthew Heywood in his first competitive season set a new PB in the Hammer (4kg), winning the event with a throw of 23.33m, finished 2nd in the Discus (0.75kg) and set a second new PB on the day with 25.48m and came in 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.62 making it a hat-trick of new PB’s. Kieran Carroll (U15) also set a new PB in the Discus finishing one place back from Matthew with a throw of 20.72 and then made it a double new PB in the Javelin winning with a throw of 27.73m. Myah Booth added to the Harriers wins taking the U15 Girls Shot Putt with 8.93m and U13 Ellie Singleton tried her hand at the Shot Putt placing 4th with 3.87m.
In the High Jump Isaac Butler cleared 1.13m in the U13 Boys and Abigail Stratton set a new PB of 1.19m (2nd) in the U13 Girls. Isaac was back out again in the U13 Boys Long Jump placing 10th (3.72m) with Saul Sharp in 12th (3.25m). Four young U11 lads contested the Long Jump which saw Matthew Smith jump 3.63m for 3rd place out of fifteen, Harrison Allcock one place further back in 4th (3.50m), Findlay Carroll 10th with 3.01m and Nathan Ashworth jumping 2.89m for 12th position. Emma Love has had a very good season and rounded it off with another win, this time in the Long Jump when she came out on top of the thirteen girls competing, jumping 3.89m. Twenty two youngsters – including eight Blackburn Harriers – contested the U11 Girls Long Jump which saw Lucy Rishton take 4th spot with 3.39m, Niamh Gater (9th) jumping 3.07m, Tilly Pollard 14th (2.87m), Sophia Tsykunova 15th (2.80m), Imogen Robinson 17th (2.51m), Molly Grimshaw 18th (2.46m), Isabelle Hartley 19th (2.42m) and Tippi Francis 22nd (1.87m).
The Yorkshireman – September 10th
(Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Mark Wilkin had been looking forward to running this Race – won by Owen Beilby in 3hr 26.50 – which isn’t your usual road based Marathon. His first time ever over this distance V50 Mark completed the Course in 5hr 42.22 and afterwards told the Club that it was his “First ever marathon, and hardest physical challenge ever! Felt the hills as only trained up to a flattish half due to sore foot. Was very chuffed to complete it”.
Rob wins Watford 3000m & New York Open Mile – Jack wins Helvellyn Triathlon – Ben runner up at Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon
From Watford to 5th Avenue New York
Rob Warner has had a brilliant season and finished it off with two wins in two very contrasting locations. On Wednesday September the 6th he lined up with twenty eight other athletes at the Watford Open Meeting 3000m. Going into the Race with a personal best of 8.28.77 he won this race in a new PB time of 8.24.48, some four seconds faster than his previous best set in August. Partner Jess Judd also ran in the same Race – the only woman to do so – setting a new personal best for herself (8.43.24).
A delighted Rob spoke to the Club after the Race telling us “I chose to end my track season at the Watford Open graded meet with a 3000m with the aim to run a PB and complete the set from 800m right through to 10,000m for the season! The pace was quite strong from the start with a 2:48 first km, i then had to take it on during the ‘difficult laps’ (laps 4 and5) and went through 2k in 5:38 so I knew a strong last km would get me a PB. I was finding it tough going coming into the last 500m and just wanted to hang onto the back of the two other guys, I managed to dig in and pull out a 29s last 200 to close down on the other two and kicked past over the last 100 to win and finish with a PB! Was really happy to end the track season here and sign off probably my best track season so far!”
On to New York and the 5th Avenue Mile. Rob described entering this as “just a bit of fun as Jess got an invite to the Pro Race” and decided to enter the race as he was there anyway. Rob made it a second win in a week when he won the One Mile Open Race in a time of 4.16. Commenting after the Race Rob told us “My heat was scheduled for 8:20am so it was bit of shock to the system to run a flat out mile so early! I took the race on from the start and went through halfway in about 2:09, I felt really strong and in control through the whole mile and enjoyed the whole thing! Please to win the race and take the tape, I even got a post-race interview on a jumbotron which was a first for me! Ideally would have liked to run sub 4:10 but happy to make it 4 wins in a row at the end of the season, perhaps in more of a race I would have been able to push on towards 4:07ish but can’t complain with the win and was such an amazing experience to run such an iconic race!” Jess also had a great run in the Pro Race finishing 3rd in behind Laura Weightman and Jenny Simpson in a new PB time of 4.18.3.
Helvellyn Triathlon – Sunday September 3rd
A tremendous performance by Jack Hindle last weekend saw him win the Helvellyn Triathlon – described as one of the ‘toughest triathlons in the world’ – by a huge margin of twelve minutes. The performance was all the more remarkable when the second athlete home was a full time professional athlete and hadn’t been beaten this year! After the training effort he has put in, the result was just reward for Jack.
The Club asked Jack about his performance and there was no doubt about his reaction when he told us that he was “Delighted to take the win, and make it my second big race win this year. I’m happy that I’ve managed to develop into a stronger all round athlete at the end of the season. I know there is still a long way to go, but I’m on the road to my end goal. The course at the weekend was the toughest I’ve ever raced on and really tested my fitness. To win it was my goal, but to win by 12 minutes was unexpected. I’m looking forward to the winter and coming back even stronger next year”.
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon – September 10th
Ben Fish went head to head with Jonny Mellor in this very popular Half-Marathon run around a course which straddles the Lake. Ben came home in 2nd place with a time of 65.51 with Mellor taking the win in 64.57. After the Race Ben told the Club that the Race “went well. I knew Jonny Mellor was entered so my aim was to be as competitive as possible, it was neck and neck up until nearly 10 miles where my pace started to fade a little. Not too far off my pb and four minutes quicker than my outing here last year”.
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall)
Joe wins Wigan 10k & Carmen 2nd — Rachel wins Cheshire 20 — Tony wins Gold at BMAF Championships — John sets Ben Nevis PB — Litherland Open Meeting
Wigan 10k – Sunday September 3rd
On a wet and sometimes windy day the Wigan 10k attracted over three and half thousand runners in what was described as a very well organised Race.
For the Harriers Joe Monk had a great run to win the Race in a time of 32.50 and was really pleased with the outcome telling the Club that he was “Over the moon with today, over 3500 runners competing, what a great atmosphere. The first time I’ve run tactically today, sat in for 4km feeling very comfortable then put in a surge and managed to come through, and a bonus to run 32:50. Training is coming together really well now and I’m glad the race today helped to show that”.
Carmen Byrne was just one second off making it a double win for the Harriers when she came home in 2nd place in the Women’s Race with a time of 39.19 (53rd) being pipped on the line. Carmen who is looking forward to this years cross country season gave her thoughts on her race afterwards telling us “still on my quest to get better on the roads ready for cross country, Wigan 10k seemed a great chance to get a good run. I was pretty consistent on pacing, running as first woman right until the line when another woman speed past and pipped me by about 1 second. Overall though it was fun… Just cant wait to get back on the lovely mud now!”
Next in for the Harriers came Ben Costello in 12th place overall, clocking a seasons best time of 35.26 and commenting “Going into the race i knew i was in the best condition i’ve ever been in but with the weather it wasn’t meant to be. My first mile was too quick and i knew from then i would pay for it in the race and around 4k i did this is when i just wanted to finish the race. Overall it wasn’t my best performance but was pleased to get my second quickest time. Well done to Joe on his win and to the other Harriers who ran. My thoughts are with Chris Davies who sadly didn’t look to well after the race had finished”. Chris actually finished up in hospital for rest of the day after being overcome by chest pains during the Race. Remarkably he finished the Race just one place behind Ben in a time of 35.42. V50 Ian Clarkson set a new PB for 10k coming home in a time of 44.42 and was delighted as you would expect and told the Club “I took on the ‘Wigan 10k’ today and came away very happy and pleased. Got myself another PB of 44:42 chip time, 45:02 finish time. Weather conditions, wet and a tad nippy first thing suited me, so I got me head down, found a small group to keep with and cracked on. 3000 entrants and a big party atmosphere and i came 275th. Well happy. Thoughts with Chris Davies, wishing him a speedy recovery”. Also setting a new PB was Lindsay Davies (V45) finishing in 534th position with a time of 48.28 telling the Harriers “Very happy with my new PB, wanted a sub 50 and got a sub 49 with 48:28, felt really good, legs not tired and breathing was well under control, not the best of conditions but the first three miles were very fast with a slight downhill but the wind and rain was in your face the last three mile. Would recommend this race it is the best 10k I have done”.
South Cheshire 20 – Sunday September 3rd
Rachel Wood is in training for the Berlin Marathon later this month and as part of her preparation in the lead up she ran the Cheshire 20 – featuring one hundred and eighty seven runners – finishing 19th overall and the winner of the Women’s Race in a time of 2hr 15.16. After collecting her Winner’s Prize Rachel spoke to the Club saying that “The course was undulating and the weather was damp and windy. I treated it as a hard training run after a few weeks of heavy mileage. I didn’t taper for the race and so my legs didn’t feel fresh but it felt great to win the race in a time of 2:15:16. Not a PB but I am happy with my performance. Bring on Berlin marathon in a couple of weeks time!!”
(Rachel Wood – Women’s Winner with Gary Priestley – Race Winner in 1hr 52.17)
BMAF Throws Pentathlon Championships – 2/3rd September
What a great end to the season for V50 Tony Balko – a season dogged by injury. Last weekend he entered the BMAF National Throws Pentathlon Championships and came away with the Gold Medal. During the Championships Tony set a new PB in the WT (11.34kg) with 11.23m, was just cms outside his personal best in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 10.21m, threw 27.83 in the Discus (1.5kg), 35.49m in the Hammer (6kg) and 29.25m in the Javelin (700g). Tony spoke to the Club and summed up his Championships and season “I’m pleased to have won Gold in the recent British Masters Throws Pentathlon Championships (M50) to draw the 2017 season to a close. It wasn’t a great performance, but just enough to secure a win. It’s been the toughest year yet with regards to injuries. At the start of the year I had a shoulder rotator cuff injury, mid-year a torn adductor and latterly a mild knee ligament tear. In truth it’s been a little bit disheartening to be going into Championships knowing you’re no where near your best, to be able to give 100% and deliver your best. However, all things considered, to finish the year as a British Champion, 13th in Europe in my age group and attain a couple of personal best performances is pleasing. So the plan is now to have a short break, a rest, then get into the gym to start winter training and look towards the 2018 season to try and come out fitter, faster, stronger and hopefully injury free, to go into key Championships in full competitive shape. Huge thanks to my family, friends and coaches for your kind words of support through what has been a very frustrating season”.
Ben Nevis Race – Saturday September 2nd
Four hundred and eighty nine runners finished this years Ben Nevis Race – one of the most iconic on the Race Calendar being a straight up and down run covering 4409ft. This years Race was won by Finlay Wild in a time of 1hr 31.37.
Among the runners was V50 John Orrell who was looking to break the three hour mark and had done a number of Fell Races in preparation. Finishing 422nd in a time of 2hr 59.39, John had achieved his target and was delighted with it as he told the Club.“Great race, great weather. Spent all year living and breathing this race. Determined to beat last year’s time and to break 3 hours. Did it! Yippee!!! 2.59.39 and knocking 23 minutes off last year! Nice surprise to see Helen and her friend giving me a big cheer on the mountain. Jelly babies too. Thanks girls!”
(John Orrell with Blackburn Harrier Helen Leigh leading the support brigade on the day)
Litherland Open Meeting – Saturday September 2nd
As the Track & Field season draws to a close a number of athletes choose to compete at the Open Meetings that different Clubs put on. The Litherland Open Meeting hosted by Southport & Waterloo gave an opportunity for a number of Blackburn Harriers to compete.
Anna Peers who has had a pretty good year competing 23 times recording 14 wins, five 2nd and two 3rd places took on three of the Throws in the Senior Women’s events winning all three with distances of 36.48m in the Javelin, 32.20m in the Discus and 10.19m in the Shot. U15 Cameron Harris who threw a National Standard 45.54m in the English Schools Javelin Final in July won the Javelin event of the day with a throw of 39.47m – competing for the first time since those Finals. U13 Nicky Saunders came 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.34m and then took the runner up spot in the Javelin with 26.87m. U15 Matthew Heywood set two new personal bests – firstly in the Shot Putt with 7.32m (5th) and 23.02m in the Discus (4th).
Then came the ‘Thompson’s on tour’. U9 Felix – (he of the new Dab!) – came 4th in the 75m in 12.6, 7th in the 600m in a time of 2.18.7 and then won the Vortex Ball competition throwing 23.12m. U11 Kady placed 9th in the 600m (2.17.9) just four tenths outside her personal best, jumped 2.90m in the Long Jump finishing 11th out of 18 athletes and came 2nd in the Vortex with a throw of 18.61m. U13 Dexta tackled the Mile Race and ran tactically rather than for a fast time and duly won in a time of 5.26. U15 Liberty set a new PB in the High Jump, clearing 1.40m to finish 4th out of the twelve strong event, 13th in the Long Jump with 3.37m – just short of her best and threw 5.57m in the Shot Putt for 13th position.
Salford 10k – Sunday September 3rd
Two thousand, six hundred and seventy seven finishers in this second big town centre 10k Race of the weekend won by Mohammad Aburezeq in a time of 30.29. V65 Evan Cook ran a seasons best time of 45.35 in 364th place whilst V55 Paul Clark clocked 45.56 in 372nd spot. Clark
Garstang Half-Marathon – Sunday September 3rd
Mark and Clare Wilkin ran the Garstang Half-Marathon – with 170 other runners – the first time for both of them over the distance – Mark finished in 118th position in a time of 2hr 00.49 with Clare placing 158th in 2hr 16.54.
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