Category Archives: Track & Field
Harriers Win Division 1 of UKYDL (LAG) League – Sam Wins Silver Medal for England at SIAB International – Jess Breaks Women’s 3000m Club Record – Seasons Best times for Alison, Rob & Jess at BMC – Ingleborough Mountain Race – Burnley 10k
For the second successive season, Blackburn Harriers have won their Division of the UKYDL (Lower Age Group) – 2017 saw them triumph in winning Divsion 2 West and this year they pulled it off again after recording three wins and a second to be crowned Champions in Division 1 West with Crewe & Nantwich in 2nd place on the day and 2nd overall in the season.
At this, the fourth and final fixture of the season, the Team recorded 15 individual wins, 27 second and 22 third places along with 21 new PB’s and a new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team who ran 56.5 consisting of Codie Dewhurst, Isaac Butler, Harrison Allcock and Tobi Olidapo.
An excellent day for the Club’s U15 Boys sprinters which saw Kyle Mashiter finish 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.6 and then absolutely smash his 200m personal best time as he clocked 23.5 to win the ‘A’ 200m by the width of his vest on the line – a time that was a full second faster than he has run previously. Ethan Downes followed suit in the ‘B’ 200m winning in a new PB time of 24.2 – four tenths faster than his previous best. Ben Boocock and Rory Teare joined up with Kyle and Ethan to come home 3rd in the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 52.0 seconds. Amy Wiggins and Abigail Armas took on the U15 Girls 100m with Amy placing 5th in 13.9 and Abigail 3rd in the ‘B’ (14.2) and that after nearly falling at the start of her race. In the 200m Amy came 5th in 28.8 whilst Maia Bowman clocked 29.3 for 4th spot in the ‘B’ race. Myah Booth and Abigail Armas along with Amy and Maia clocked 53.6 for 4th place in the 4 x 100m Relay.
Great start for the U13 Boys in the Sprints which saw Tobi Olidapo win the ‘B’ 100m in 13.5, backed up by Harrison Allock in the ‘B’ with another win in a time of 14.0. Isaac Butler and Theo Watson took over in the 200m with Isaac setting a new PB of 29.8 in 2nd spot and Theo coming home 3rd in the ‘B’ (30.5). Kate Cookson and Amelia Burton were the 75m duo in the U13 Girls Sprints with Kate running a time of 11.2 in the ‘A’ (3rd) and Amelia 11.4 in the ‘B’ for 4th position. In the 150m it was Kate Cookson doubling up and running 21.7 in a very close race for 2nd spot and Lucy Ramsden also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a time of 22.6. Amelia Burton and Niamh Gater came in for the 4 x 100m Relay along with Kate and Lucy, clocking 60.7 in 4th place.
Sprinter Kyle Mashiter demonstrated his throwing abilities as he took 2nd place in the U15 Boys Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.67m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ as Matt Heywood also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with 8.82m. Matt had a very good day indeed as he added wins in the ‘A’ Discus and Hammer with 25.03m in the Discus after a 40.43m throw in the Hammer which sees Matt currently ranked 16th Nationally. Harvey Ashworth added valuable points in the ‘B’ Discus with a 2nd placed throw of 14.70m whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret went one better in the ‘B’ Hammer – winning with 18.63m. Ethan Downes and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret teamed up in the Javelin with Ethan coming in 3rd in the ‘A’ (22.52m) and Kyle 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 21.31m.
English Schools Hurdler – Myah Booth – showed her prowess in the Throwing events too as she posted another win in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.18m followed by Izzy Thompson who made it a great haul of points in that event as she placed 2nd with 7.39m before going on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 22.62m. Nicky Saunders had a pretty solid day as well taking 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus (25.44m), 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.34m and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.15m. Adding more points to the total Grace Bontoft took a very good 2nd place in the ‘B’ Hammer with 18.26m.
Saul Sharp and Harrison Allock both took 2nd place in the U13 Boys Shot Putt with 5.49m and a new PB for Saul and 5.48m for Harrison – Isaac Butler added a 4th placed throw of 19.76m in the ‘A’ Javelin to complete the Throws events for the U13 Boys. The U13 Girls excelled in the Throws posting 3 wins and a 4th place in total – Charlotte Clapham won the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 6.35m whilst Tilly Pollard won the ‘B’ with 6.27m. Caroline Woodworth won the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 22.01 whilst Madison Bontoft in her first competitive season came 4th in the ‘B’ with 10.26m.
The U15 Boys 80m Hurdles saw Ben Boocock come home in 3rd place in the ‘A’ race with 13.5 as Rory Teare placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 15.3. Some controversey in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 75m Hurdles as Myah Booth was given 2nd place in a time of 11.6, with many observers considering that she had won the Race, however the Officials decision is the only one that matters – Danielle Probert finished 5th in the ‘B’ with a time of 17.6. Codie Dewhurst came in 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 75m Hurdles with a new PB by three tenths of 16.5 with Keaton Pickering, unfortunately picking up an injury during the race in 4th place in the ‘B’ (19.3). The U13 Girls 70m Hurdles had Lucy Ramsden running 12.9 in the ‘A’ for 2nd place and debutant Jessica Cole winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 12.4, over half a second faster than her previous best.
Rory Teare had a very good day in the Jumps events as he set a new PB in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with 4.39m in 5th place and another new PB in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m (4th), a height he has been targeting all season – Zac Walmsley finished 5th in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 3.73m and Hayden Mercer cleared 1.35m in the ‘B;’ High Jump. Amy Wiggins and Rebecca Barton both placed 6th in the U15 Girls Long Jump with 3.76m and 3.40m respectively whilst in the High Jump – Danielle Probert cleared 1.25m for 5th spot and Rebecca Barton also 1.25m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.
In the U13 Boys Long Jump, sprinters Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allock earned good points for the team with Tobi placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (4.13m) and Harrison 2nd in the ‘B’ with 3.88m – just short of his personal best. Tobi then went on to the High Jump – the first time he has done the event – and cleared 1.30m in 3rd place whilst Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.20m in the ‘B’ and also 3rd. U13 Niamh Gater finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a new PB by 18cms of 3.85m with Tilly Pollard also setting a new PB in the ‘B’ with 3.17m (5th). Jessica Cole mainatained her impressive debut for the Harriers as she cleared 1.30m in the U13 Girls High Jump for 2nd place and well backed up by Charlotte Clapham in the ‘B’ as she won that with a clearance of 1.25m.
The 300m always comes after the longer distance and can have an impact on those who have doubled up. Harvey Ashworth was in a pretty quick U15 Boys 800m race which saw him run 2.13.5 in 3rd place behind two lads in first and second who both ran 2.08. Harvey then ran 44.1 in the 300m ‘A’ Race (6th) with Zac Walmsley cutting a tenth off his best time to set a new PB in the ‘B’ race of 43.5 (3rd). Hayden Mercer ran a new PB of 2.12.9 in the ‘B’ 800m after leading from 500m out, finishing 3rd. More personal bests came in the U15 Boys 1500m – the ‘A’ race was won in a very fast time of 4.20.8 – which saw David Holman and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret run intelligent races as they looked to be competitive all the way round and it certainly paid off as David cut nearly six seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 4.49.2 (4th) in the ‘A’ Race with Kyle chopping a whopping 8 seconds off his pervious best for a new PB and a win in the ‘B’ of 4.50.9.
The U15 Girls 300m saw Eleesha Charnley clock 45.0 in the ‘A’ (3rd) with Leah Hoole cutting nearly a second off her previous best to set a new PB time of 47.6 in the ‘B’ (4th). The two girls had previously run the 800m with Eleesha clocking 2.28.8 in the ‘A’ Race for 2nd place and Leah setting her second new PB of the day by just two tenths as she also placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.33.3. In the 1500m Sophie Stanworth ran a time of 5.22.9 in 4th place whilst Rebecca Ramsden placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 5.46.0.
Theo Watson in hist first competitve season for the Club ran 2.33.4 in the U13 Boys 800m in 3rd place with Saul Sharp giving good back up in a very close run ‘B’ race as he placed 2nd in 2.39.5. Isaac Butler set himself his second new PB of the day in the U13 Boys 1500m clocking 4.55.3 – nearly four seconds quicker than his previous best – to take 2nd place after leading from the off virtually and for the first 1200m. Another new PB for Codie Dewhurst – and his second of the day – as he clocked 5.20.3 in the ‘B’ race in 2nd place with the time three and a half seconds faster than his previous best. Caroline Woodworth posted a time of 2.40.4 in the U13 Girls ‘A’ 800m for 3rd place as Keira Booth ran a very gutsy race to also finish 3rd in the ‘B with 2.48.3. Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton ran the 1200m which saw Kate just pip Keira on the line which meant that Kate placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a time of 4.11.9 and Keira winning the ‘B’ with a time of 4.12.2.
SIAB International – July 21st
Not a bad couple of weeks for Blackburn Harriers U17 Men’s Hammer Thrower – Sam Gaskell. After winning the English Schools and going to No. 1 in the National Rankings, setting a new personal best and breaking the Harriers Club Record – Sam was selected to compete for England at the SIAB International held in Grangemouth last weekend.
Sam finished in 2nd place behind Kenneth Ikeji who won with 67.29m as Sam threw 65.58m earning him the Silver Medal.
(L-R Sam Gaskell – Kenneth Ikeji – Sean Maher)
IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games – July 21/22nd
Jess Judd ran a 3000m seasons best time by some thirty seconds of 8.53.9 at the Anniversary Games last weekend, breaking the Blackburn Harriers Club Record which had previously been held by Pauline Powell.
BMC Regional Races – July 17th at Tipton
Four days before the Anniversary Games, Jess Judd entered a BMC 800m at Tipton on July 17th which was an all male field and clocked a seasons best there too with a time of 2.04.26. At the same meeting Alison Lundy continued the run of seasons best times as she won her 800m race in a time of 2.08.61. Not to be outdone – Rob Warner clocked 1.56.51 in his 800m race for a hat-trick of SB’s on the night.
Ingleborough Mountain Race – Saturday July 21st
This Race covers 6.8 miles in distance & nearly 2000ft of climbing and was won by Josh Boyle in 48.38. Four Blackburn Harriers took part in the Race – John Horrocks – Thomas Marchant – Ian Clarkson and John Orrell.
John H. and Thomas finished in the top 20 places with John coming home in 12th spot in a time of 55.19 with Thomas in 20th clocking 56.54. Ian – “Blood and sweat on Ingleborough Mountain Race, Saturday 21/07/18, 6.8 mile, AM cat race, approx 1900 ft of climb and the same at break neck speed, with tumble thrown in, back down!!” – was next home in 134th running a time of 75.05 and John O. with a time of 78.13 in 153rd position. After the Race John Orrell commented on the day saying “Four of our relay team made it to today’s Ingleborough Mountain Race. Two of the Wainwright Warriors put on a good show for the Harriers with John and Tom having great runs. Two of our Blue and White Fell Bashers came home a little later. Ian certainly did a bit of fell bashing, crashing to the ground in spectacular fashion. He went to a lot of trouble for free cake and bandages from the St. John’s Ambulance. I lost the plot losing big time on the decent. Opting for softer ground to protect my dodgy knee I left the main path, went left and right in the fog and ended up crossing bogs, ditches and losing 8 minutes. That’s fell running!”.
(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)
Towneley Park 10k – July 22nd
Two hundred and fifty finishers in this race won by Callum Davidson in a time of 34.22. Ben Costello had a solid race to come home in 7th place with a time of 36.18.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)
The Junior Races were split into age related races – three in all – U17/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17’s.
Just one Harrier in the U7/U9 race – Charlotte Smith who ran a time of 4.09 in 7th place out of twenty one youngsters. The U11/U13 Race saw Matthew Smith continue his good form with 3rd place in 7.29 in a sixty four strong field where the winner and 2nd placed runners were given the same time of 7.07. Codie Dewhurst came home not far behind Matthew in 7th place overall with a time of 7.46 and he was followed by in 13th position (7.55), Theo Robinson in 23rd place (8.30) and Imogen Robinson in 27th place overall, 3rd F11 and with a time of 8.38.
Ben breaks Course Record at Horwich – Higher & Higher for Holly – Sam moves to No. 1 in the National Rankings – Seasons best for Jess – Janine & the Ironman
35th Jubilee Road Series at Horwich – Wednesday July 18th
Race (3) in this years Series and held once again on a warm and humid night saw another fine performance by the Harriers which produced the Race Winner, Team 1st place and Vet Category wins.
Topping the performances was the run of Ben Fish who broke his own course record when he clocked a time of 25.18 to win the race from Tim Raynes in 2nd place with another very fine run of 25.58. The Harriers had seven of the first ten places with Jack Hindle coming home in 3rd place overall in a time of 26.48. Just behind – Ben Costello, Chris Davies and Tom Blaney – had a great battle for 6th place which resulted in Ben in 6th with a time of 27.31, the same time given to Chris in 7th place and Tom in 8th in 27.36. Coming home in 9th place came Karl Billington running 28.06 followerd by Paul Guinan in 15th spot with 30.29. Chris Davies won the V40 category alongside Paul Guinan who won the V45’s. Lindsay Davies was the sole woman runner for the Harriers finishing in 52nd place overall in a time of 37.37 and 3rd V45 and she was followed by V55 David Morris in 89th (51.31).
Series Standings after three Races – (these only included runners who have run all three Races)
(L-R Jack Hindle – Ben Costello – Tim Raynes – Karl Billington – Chris Davies – Paul Guinan – Ben Fish – Tom Blaney) (Lindsay Davies) (David Morris)
The Harriers youngsters turned out once again at this popular local race for young athletes covering age groups from U9 through to U15 and separated into different age related races.
(L-R Hannah Davies – Charlotte Smith – Daniel Smith – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill – Sam Aspey)
And it was another powerful run by 9yr old Sam Aspey who took 2nd position overall in a time of 5.46, just five seconds behind the winner Ethan Davies who clocked 5.41 for the 1 mile course. If there had been a Team prize the Harriers would have won it as they had four in the first nine spots with Sam being followed home in 3rd place by Matthew Smith (5.48), Daniel Smith in 5th with a time of 5.52 with Oliver Gill in 9th place running 6.05. Findlay Carroll was the next across the line for the Club in 14th position (6.24) followed by Hannah Davies in 20th (6.37) and Charlotte Smith (46th) with a time of 8.28.
(Sam Aspey & Matthew Smith)
Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting – 16 – 17th July
What a great season Holly Bradshaw is having in the Pole Vault. After finishing 4th in the Commonwealth Games with a clerance of 4.60m Holly has gone on to clear 4.64m, 4.66m and 4.72m before clearing a seasons best of 4.75m as she won the Pole Vault for GB at the World Athletics Meeting in London last weekend – seasons best that is – until last night when she cleared 4.80m in Germany for 3rd place.
Delighted with her latest performance, Holly spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I was super shocked to have jumped 4.80m. I know 4.80m – 4.90m is in the tank but it would need to be the perfect day with the perfect conditions and me feeling absolutely fantastic and yesterday really didn’t feel that day. It took 3 attempts to clear 4.45 my opening bar and then the other bars were scrappy too but seemed to just pop over 4.80 out of nowhere! I’m feeling really confident at the moment and know my jump is coming together. I know now that on a very good day when I’m jumping my best I can clear the British Record which is exciting”.
Conratulations to Sam Gaskell. Following his win at the English Schools Track and Field Championships last weekend, Sam has moved to the top of the British National Rankings with his throw of 68.75m.
There was a season’s best run for Jess Judd at the Charnwood AC Open Meeting held on July 11th. Jess entered the Men’s ‘A’ Race and clocked a time of 2.05.22.
If your going to take on an endurance event why not give the Ironman a go? And this is exactly what Janine Fallon did so huge congratulations for entering the Bolton Ironman which was also a qualification race for the World Championships. Janine’s ambitions were to finish this event and told the Club after it was all over that it was “Probably the biggest challenge I have done so far is signing up to the Ironman 10 months ago, but on Sunday after a pre race talk from our very own professional Ironman Brian Fogarty who told me I can do it.. I went for it, swim went better than planned as I am not the greatest, to a steady bike ride staying on it and away from punchers was the biggest challenge as lots suffering unfortunately and sadly and battling on to stay in front of the cut of times and just getting to the run, bike complete the run started and so did familiar faces of people cheering me on, Joanne Nelson, Paul Brindle, my partner Lee Shorrock and lots lots more, local club Blackburn Road Runners at the food station cheering me on, 4 laps done and into the town centre trying to fight back to tears I head to the red carpet and to hear the famous words… YOU ARE AN IRONMAN… was amazing after 13:45 I did it”.
Sam sets new PB, breaks Club Record and Wins English Schools – Myah Breaks Club Record at English Schools – Holly Wins Pole Vault and Sophie takes Silver in the Hammer at Athletics World Cup – Pauline Wins Burnley 10k & Top 3 for Marc – Tony Wins Pentathlon Throws Championships – Victoria Wins Caldervale 4 – Rose 5k – Sharp’s on Tour
English Schools T & F Championships
Blackburn Harriers had five young athletes at this years Championships having won selection for Lancashire following the County Schools Championships; And the athletes did very, very well indeed.
Sam Gaskell contested the Inter Boys Hammer and in the Final, the first seven all threw distances further than the National Standard with three more achieveing the English School standard, so it was going to take an exceptional throw to win – and that is exactly what Sam did with a distance of 68.75m which was a new PB, broke the Club Record and left him ranked No.1 in Britain for the U17 Age Category. What a fabulous performance and after the championships Sam in his own modest and unassuming way told the Club “Just want to say that I am thankful for what the club does to help and support me as a Blackburn Harrier, I really appreciate all of it. I would also like to thank Mick Hitchon (my Coach) who helps me day in and day out. Thank you“.
Myah Booth was over the moon to win selection for the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles after achieving victories in the Lancashire County Championships as well as Lancashire Schools Championships. Drawn in Heat 3 Myah ran a fabulous race to clock a National Standard and new PB time of 11.34 placing 3rd and qualifying for the Semi-Final – her time also breaking the Harriers Club Record. In the Semi-Final she ran an English Schools standard time of 11.41 to come home 6th. Speaking to the Harriers after the Championships Myah told us “This weekend has been the most amazing experience and I am very pleased with my races. In the heat I was in lane 7 which I wasn’t too pleased about however went and ran 11.34 which was a new PB and under the national Standard!!! I had an automatic place in the semi-final as I finished 3rd in the heat. In the semi-final I wasn’t in the best lane again (lane 8) however I still ran a very good race with a time of 11.41. It wasn’t as quick as the heat and I didn’t qualify for the final but I ran a PB which is most important and I’m very pleased with my races. Overall it was an amazing experience, well done to all the Lancashire team and the four other athletes from Blackburn Harriers who did extremely well! Thank you to all my coaches and the support from the club”.
For Kyle Mashiter it was at his first English Schools Championships in the Junior Boys 100m where he ran 11.97 in Heat 3. Although this a a bit off his personal best of 11.6, it is worth pointing out that the last three in the Final all ran slower times than Kyle’s best. Speaking to the Club after the Championships, Kyle was really positive commenting “It was an amazing experience and just to get their was an accomplishment no matter what place I came”.
Matt Heywood was also at his first English Schools, a fine achievement in many ways, as until this year Matt had only ever thrown in one Hammer competition – a local end of season Open Meeting where he reached a distance of 23.33m with the 4kg Hammer. In the Final of the Junior Boys Hammer featuring seventeen throwers, Matt came in 10th with an English Schools standard distance of 38.64m which was great reward for the efforts he has been putting in over the first six months of this year. Matt told the Harriers “English Schools was great. In my hammer i didn’t do as well as i wanted but as it was my first time there I blame it on nerves. When i walked into the circle there was alot of people crowded adound which made me nervous I came 10th over all and got all my throws out of the cage”.
Nicky Saunders an all round thrower was selected for the Junior Girls Discus in her debut at the the English Schools Championships and perfomrmed very close to her personal best as she threw an ES standard 27.99m coming 12th out of 20 in the Final telling the Harriers that “it was a great experience and would love to go again, everyone who went had good fun“.
Athletics World Cup – July 14 & 15th at Olympic Stadium
Holly Bradshaw ‘collected full points for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She had a perfect series leading up to 4.75m which was an impressive show for the British crowd who really got behind the first event of the evening. Clearances at 4.50m, 4.60m, 4.68m and 4.75m put pressure on her opponents who could not respond. America’s Katie Nageotte held her own against the Briton up until 4.68mm but three fouls at 4.75m saw her competition come to a close’ (Athletics Weekly). Holly said afterwards: “It was good. I was really excited to come here and compete. It’s a different event, it takes me back to my roots when I used to compete for Blackburn Harriers when you used to collect points. I was really excited to get the win and the eight points. It feels amazing. “I am really pleased with my height. I kind of wanted to go over 4.82m which would have been a British record. But for me at the minute I am building nicely towards the European Championships. I had so much fun out there. I am really pleased. The crowd was amazing; it really picks you up and energises you.” (Athletics Weekly)
Sophie Hitchon had a great competition too as she took Silver Medal with a seasons best throw of 73.48m which followed her success in winning the British National Title throwing 72.22m. Adding seven points to the British team total meant that with Holly’s win in the Pole Vault, the team got off to a great start on the first day.
Run For All Burnley 10k – Sunday July 15th
Over eleven hundred finishers in this Race – not easy with a number of climbs included – won by Tom Cornthwaite in 32.32 from Morpeth’s Nick McCormick in 2nd place (33.08).
Three Blackburn Harriers running in this race with Marc Hartley the first one home in a time of 34.55 taking 3rd place overall and after the race, commented to the Club that “Despite knowing the roads and the route really well it was tough going out there today. Quite a few testing climbs and tight turns which upset my rhythm somewhat. I thought the heat might get the better of me with a couple of K’s to go but I thankfully managed to hold on for 3rd as Tom and Nick were having a race of their own!”.
Next home was Pauline Powell in 15th place overall clocking a time of 38.16 to be the winner of the Women’s Race and 1st Vet. Jonathan Bridge was 2nd V50 and came home in 28th place overall running a time of 40.05. Post Race Pauline spoke to the Harriers saying “I enjoyed the Asda 10k today is was a great event and a really good atmosphere! Didnt feel too good in myself after suffering with a bad cold all week, so was happy to break the course record!”
British Masters Combined Events Championships
Tony Balko who has targeted the World Masters Championships in Malaga this coming September was out at the British Masters Combined Events Championships held in Sheffield on Saturday competing in the Throws Pentathlon. Tony won this event in the V50 category in 2017 with a points total of 2503 and this year he replicated that victory to take the title again with a points total of 2918 – a new personal best points total for the competition which includes Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin and Weight.
CalderVale 4 – Thursday July 12th
A reasonably close race to establish a winner of this one with Gareth Booth taking the honours from Chris Davies – Gareth clocking a winning time of 20.37 and Chris 20.46. Victoria Mousley won the Women’s Race and was also the 1st Vet in a time of 24.12 coming home 13th overall out of the near 150 strong field. Allan Hartley was the next Harrier home in 33rd place running a time of 27.53 with Lindsay Davies just one place further back in 34th in a time of 28.18.
After the Race Chris Davies who runs Blackburn Harriers Club Championships, commented on the events of the night saying “The Calder Vale 4 Mile Supper Run is not a race I have done before. I decided to put it into the Club Championships and thought it would be a good run for everyone just to have a bit of a blast out. It didn’t get the turn out that I was hoping for but never the less we did get a few Harriers out on the night. Unfortunately the course comes out a little short of 4 miles but is still a good run. I had a game plan for the run but just before the race I was told what the course would be like. The first mile doesn’t allow you to set a fast pace with a decent climb at the start which slows you down. After the first mile I decided to attack and look to run the course as fast as I could. I wanted to see how good a condition I was in and I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. My speed was great but unfortunately Gareth Booth of Horwich was in Town and I couldn’t quite keep up with him. I was only nine seconds of him in the end but the main goal of the night was to have a good run, use it as a training run if you like and I feel that I got what I wanted out of it. A good nights work. Very happy”.
Women’s Race winner Victoria Mousley told us that she “Entered this one as a last minute idea with my friend Jo. After warming up on the first mile which was steep uphill, I got into a bit of a panic as we set off. The last time I had an uphill start I had a bit of a breathing issue and I got myself all wound up going up the first hill and got a bit panicky and didn’t feel good at all. Once we got to the top I was OK. It was def an undulating course. But managed to keep going and was happy to take the win. Great to see the other Harriers there and we all finished close together really. Great pie and peas too!!“
(Photo courtesy of Run Photo Run)
Lindsay commented too on her Race telling us “Fantastic race, one hell of a climb in the first mile. Fantastic views when you get to the top and could see the front runners (Chris and Gareth Booth) in the distance. Enjoyed the race and was chasing Allan Hartley all the way round, he just got away from me at the end. It was a great 600-800 metre descent back to the finish line. Really pleased to win my age category again after winning it at trawden and well done to Victoria, Chris and Allan who also put in brilliant performances”.
(Photo courtesy of Run Photo Run)
Rose Inn Series – Race (2) Tuesday July 10th
Paul Bradshaw was running his second race of the Rose Inn Series which was won in a time of 20.19. In the first race of the Series, Paul ran a time of 22.58 finishing 20th overall. In the latest Race he came home in 13th out of a field of nearly two hundred clocking a time of 22.24, over half a minute improvement on the same course.
Saul Sharp competed in the Ironman kids today – Saturday July 14th – in Bolton Town centre. The distance was 1200m starting and finishing at the town hall. It wasn’t officially timed, but unofficially he ran a time of 4:06. He showed a great attitude and had a cracking run with a brilliant sprint finish.
Meanwhile – Saul’s mum – Lorna Sharp – who is a Junior Endurance Coach with the Harriers competed in the Pendle Running Festival at the weekend finishing 28th out of seventy five runners in a time of 56.48 for the 5 mile race. (RESULTS).
Holly clears 4.72m in Germany – New PB’s and a Win for Solomon at Inter-Counties T & F Championships
Tegernsee Tal Springermeeting – July 7 – 8th
Held in Rottach-Egern, Germany, Holly Bradshaw’s latest competition saw her clear 4.72m for 2nd place, the same height as the winner – Americal vaulter Katie Nageotte who won on countback. Holly’s last three competitons have seen her go higher each time with 4.60m 4.66m and now 4.72m.
After the competition Holly shared her thoughts with the Club commenting “I am definitely building as the season progresses which was always the plan off the back of the Commonwealth Games. I haven’t took a break and just trained straight through so we knew the closer we got to the Europeans the better shape I would be in and the better I would be jumping and it’s nice to know the plan has worked. I felt really great in Rottach, my body felt good and I felt fast and strong! It’s such an amazing competition with such a great atmosphere in such a special little place, it’s hard not to just love life! The meet organiser puts on a great show and really makes the environment perfect to help us athletes. I am now looking forward to my next couple of meets to try and keep building momentum, ready for the Europeans in 3/4 weeks time.”
(Holly Bradshaw and Katie Nageotte)
U15 & U17 Inter Counties Track & Field Championships – Leigh Saturday July 7th
Thirteen Blackburn Harriers athletes won selection to represent Lancashire at this years Inter-Counties Championships held at Leigh, including:
Kyle Mashiter – Ethan Downes – Ben Boocock – George Whittaker – Matthew Heywood – Bailey Madden – Millie Coy – Amy Davies – Liberty Thompson – Myah Booth – Nicky Saunders – Solomon Brown – Matt Ramsden
Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes ran the U15 Boys 100m which saw Kyle in String (1) finishing 3rd clocking 11.60 which matched his personal best – the first five all being given the same time and Ethan in String (2) who was first with a time of 11.73 – a new PB, his previous best going into the competition being 11.8. Just four athletes in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles which finished with Ben Boocock in 3rd place in a time of 13.28. Liberty Thompson ran in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles coming in with a time of 14.09. Some great times recorded in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles, the winner clocking 11.40. Myah Booth set a new PB of 11.57 to finish 4th overall. Solomon Brown probably had the run of the day as he won the U17 Men’s 100m Hurdles in a new PB time of 14.38, a half a second faster than his previous best set at this years Lancashire Championships.
In the U15 Boys Discus George Whittaker won String (2) with a throw of 29.34m and a new PB by 30cms. Overall George placed 4th in the competition. Matthew Heywood competed in the U15 Boys Shot Putt finishing 3rd in String (2) with 9.08m, just shy of his best and 9th overall. Nicky Saunders had a very good day too throwing a new PB of 28.34m in the U15 Girls Discus and finished 4th overall on the day. Myah Booth was competing in her second event of the day – this time in the U15 Girls Shot Putt – where she finished 2nd in String (2) with a throw of 10.58m making her 3rd overall and just 4 cms off 2nd place.
Bailey Madden took 3rd place overall in the U17 Women’s 100m after winning String (1) in 12.74 and the winners coming from String (2). Five athletes in the U17 Women’s 300m where Millie Coy came home in 2nd spot clocking a good time of 43.19. Two Strings in the U17 Women’s 1500m which saw some very good times posted, the winner running a time of 4.38.34. Amy Davies ran in String (2) finishing 3rd with a time of 5.03.48 and 9th overall. Matt Ramsden ran a very solid time of 9.09.65 in the U17 Men’s 3000m which put him in 4th place overall – the winner running a time of 9.03.49.
Three Wins in a row leave Harriers at top of the Division in Northern League – Top 3 for Ben and Joanne Wins Women’s Race at Hendon Brook – Tom 2nd at Lostock Hall 5k
Huge congratulations to all Blackburn Harriers who competed for the Club at the weekend in the Northern League in what can only be described as very oppressive weather conditions. Just watching was enough to drain you in the heat, let alone competing. Missing quite a number of athletes, the fixture was always going to prove to be a tricky one and so it proved as the team triumphed by just eleven points from Holmfirth in 2nd and Bolton in 3rd position at the end of the day.
It was a day not for personal bests, but as the saying goes – points make prizes – and that is what the team set out to do, accumulate points wherever it could. In this regard John Cookson, one of the teams Javelin throwers set the tone for the day by agreeing to do the 3000m steeplechase to fill in for one of our regular Chasers who had been taken ill. Great attitude and spirit on display as was the case right throughout the team as they realised 16 wins, 17 second and 20 third places and half a dozen new personal bests throughout the day.
After the first three fixtures the Divsion standings are:
(1) Blackburn Harriers 18.0 League Points 1253.5 Match Points
(2) Holmfirth 14.0 11189.0
(3) Bolton 12.0 1066.0
(4) Spenborough 10.0 981.5
(5) Bury 6.0 956.5
(6) East Cheshire 3.0 846.0
Anna Peers was in great form again winning the ‘A’ Discus (35.63m) & ‘A’ Javelin (34.89m) adding 3rd spot in the Hammer ‘A’ (24.83m) plus 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot with 9.89m. She was supported in the ‘B’ events by Teigan Fawcett who took 2nd spot in the Discus with 20.81m, Millie Coy who won the Javelin with a throw of 27.47m and Emily Taberner 2nd in the Shot Putt with 8.25m. Similarly in the Men’s events Anthony Kent took two wins in the ‘A’ Hammer with a new PB of 39.57m nearly four metres than his previous best plus a win in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.84m: then won the ‘B’ Discus with 32.07m before setting his second new PB of the day Javelin where he placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a throw of 35.03 which bettered his previous best of 34.27m. Nathan Billington had a good day with the Hammer too winning the ‘B’ with a throw of 37.03m just a metre down on his best as did Tony Balko placing 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus with 32.54m and 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt with 9.66m – all of which made a great contribution of points to the overall total.
Bailey Madden and Emily Warren shared the 100 & 200m responsibilities with Bailey placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 and Emily 3rd in the ‘B’ with 13.7. It was 3rd place for both girls in the 200m as Bailey ran 26.7 in the ‘A’ and Emily 27.9 in the ‘B’ – this was Emily’s first competition of the year after battling back from injury. In the Men’s Sprints Brandon Zinyemba took on the ‘A’ 100 & 200m finishing 3rd in the 100m (11.3) and 3rd again in the 200m with a time of 22.8. Dominic Bretherton ran the ‘B’ races coming home 2nd in the 100m in a time of 11.6 and running 23.4 in the 200m for 3rd spot.
Some great running int he Relays by the teams with the Women – (Emily Warren, Chloe Bleeks, Bailey Madden, Teigan Fawcett) – finishing 2nd in the 4 x 100m in 52.2 being pipped by 0.5 sec and winning the 4 x 400m – (Charlie Coy, Katie Buckingham, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, Maddie Elliott) – winning in a time of 4.14.5.
The Men’s 4 x 100m team – (Chris Brand, Dominic Bretherton, Nicholas Massey, Brandon Zinyemba) – came 3rd in 46.0, just a tenth away from 2nd place as Brandon finished the last leg with an hamstring injury. In the 4 x 400m – (Sam Hodkinson, Solomon Brown, Marc Hartley, James Marchant) – finished 5th in 3.43.8.
MIDDLE DISTANCE AND ENDURANCE
The Women’s 400m saw Charlie Coy place 4th in the ‘A in 62.2 and Hannah Cookson 5th in the ‘B’ (66.8) with Hannah doubling up in the 800m finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.33.5 as Maddie Elliott came in 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m clocking 2.22.3. In the 1500m Maddie Elliott and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh both ran really well judged races to take victory in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races in 5.00.4 and 5.19.5 respectively. Katie Buckingham ran a really gutsy race in the 3000m as she led for virtually the whole race with the Holmfirth athlete tied to her like glue in 2nd spot – the Holmfirth athlete accelerating on the last lap to take the win with Katie in 2nd (11.07.7).
In the Men’s 400m – James Marchant took the ‘A’ race on from the front and led until the last ten metres before being pipped in by the Bolton athlete, James clocking 50.9 with Sam Hodkinson clocking 55.6 in the ‘B’ for 5th spot. James then ran the ‘A’ 800m and finished 2nd in that race with 1.58.5 and again being pipped in the last ten metres of the race – Tim Raynes doubled up in the 800 and 1500m and set a new PB in the ‘B’ 800m of 2.02.5 (2nd) – two tenths beter than his previous best and in that heat, no mean achievement. In the ‘A’ 1500m Tim gave it everything from the word go leading for three laps before finishing 4th in 4.06.1 – just half a second outside his best and he was backed up by another good run by Marc Hartley taking 2nd in the ‘B’ race clocking 4.18.0. The 5000m – which had a water station on, demonstrating how hot it was – saw Jack Hindle run the perfect race tucking in behind the Spenbourough and Bury athletes for virtually the whole race and then went for it on the last lap to win the ‘A’ race in 16.06.6 whilst in the ‘B’ Karl Billington ran a really brave race to finish 3rd in the ‘B’ in a time of 16.35. Chris Davies took on the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase and missed winning by a tenth of a second as he worked through the field on each lap to finish 2nd in 10.37.0 along with John Cookson taking 5th spot in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.38.8 – all of those athletes – men and women – competing in the endurance events should salute themselves for the efforts put in given the heat of the day, which can only be described as stifling.
Mixed results in the Hurdles with Millie Coy running close to PB form with 70.4 for 3rd place in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles and Liberty Thompson 82.2 in the ‘B’ for 4th place and uttering those immortal words as she came off the track, ‘that was horrible – i would rather do a 1500m than do that again’!!!! The Men’s 400m Hurdles saw maximum points for the Harriers as Solomon Brown won the ‘A’ in 60.4 and Nicholas Smith the ‘B’ in 62.8 with Nicholas going on to place 4th in the 110m Hurdles (20.6). Chloe Bleeks and Liberty Thompson took on the Women’s 100m Hurdles – Chloe placing 4th in the ‘A’ with 18.9 and Liberty 3rd in the ‘B’ in 20.4.
Jonathan Gough had a good day winning the ‘B’ Long Jump with a new PB of 5.67m and finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with 12.25m, just cms short of his personal best. Having lost one of the Long Jump and High Jump athletes at the very last minute on the morning of the fixture Brandon Zinyemba and Nicholas Smith were asked to fill in and put in great performances. Brandon came in 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a leap of 5.83m and that with only two jumps as he had to go and prerpare for his 100m race. Nicholas has only ever done Triple Jump once before in competition and he finished up winning the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.99 and a new PB. Nicholas then went on to place 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing a new PB height of 1.70m with Nick Massey clearing 1.45m in the ‘B’ in 3rd position.
Chloe Bleeks and Bailey Madden contested the Long Jump which saw Chloe place 3rd in the ‘A with a leap of 4.54m and Bailey 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.34m). In the Triple Jump Ellen Sagar-Hesketh added a 3rd place in the ‘A’ to the total of points with a jump of 9.94m as Chloe Bleeks won the ‘B’ clearing 9.67m. The High Jump saw Liberty Thompson clear 1.45m for 3rd in the ‘A’ and Teigan Fawcett 1.40m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.
Hendon Brooks ‘Half-Marathon’ – Sunday July 8th
This Race has a hell of a reputation. First of all it is 13.5 miles long; secondly it is a brute of a race with hills and thirdly, you really don’t want to be running this in temperatures that would normally put a bull elephant down!
But race they did – all one hundred and eighty six of them – the race being won by David Rigby in 81.36.
Ben Costello had a cracker of a race in tne conditions, crossing the finish line in 3rd position with a time of 86.30 and though ‘he couldn’t feel his legs’ on Monday, he did speak to the Harriers about his race commenting “I’ve heard about Hendon brook being one of the toughest road races in the country so I decided to give it a go.the race got quite spread out at the start so I knew I would be on my own for most of it was just a case of keeping my head and running it like a hard training run.the first real test came at around 5 mile where I was really struggling on one climb at this point I was in 3rd which a runner came past me and created quite a gap over a short distance.it was hard to get a rytham going as they was a hill around every corner.towards the end of the race around 11 miles I found something in me to claw it back from 5th place to finish 3rd.given the conditions and my legs not used to racing that distance I was very pleased with my run.but won’t be tackling another half marathon for a while”.
Also having a great run on the day was Joanne Nelson who placed 24th overall in a time of 1hr 42.33 to give her the prize for 1st Woman and 1st Vet Woman. Afterwards Joanne told the Club “This is the 3rd time I have run Hendon Brook and definitely the hottest. I decided to run it as I haven’t run over 8 miles recently so thought I might as well throw in a couple of hills as well. I’m pleased to have been first female back, and picked up garden table and chairs as my prize, (well Paul picked them up because i was far too tired after running 13.5 miles and 2000ft of climbing.) It was a really nice day, well organised with lots and lots of drink stations and people cheering on (funny how they always tend to support on a climb). Glad to have made the distance, not my best time, but happy with the conditions”.
Lostock Hall 5k – July 7th
In the same sweltering conditions – Tom Blaney – jpined one hundred and fifty other runners at this local race and ran a very solid time of 16.49 to take 2nd place in the race.
English Schools qualification for Harriers – Mid Lancs T &F League at Litherland – Harriers Win Team at Astley Park – John & Thomas in top 5 at Stoodley Pike – John 2nd at Cuerden 10k – Don Ashton Memorial Race – Skiddaw Fell Race – Trailblaster
English Schools Qualification
Huge congratulations to those young Blackburn Harriers athletes who won selection to represent Lancashire at this years English Schools Championships which are being held on the weekend of July 13th & 14th at the Alexander Stadium.
At the Lancashire Schools Championships Kyle Mashiter ran 11.7 to win the Junior Boys 100m (PB is 11.6), Myah Booth ran 11.7 to win the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (PB is 11.6), Nicky Saunders threw 26.93m to win the Junior Girls Discus (PB is 28.79m), Matthew Heywood won the Junior Boys Hammer with a distance of 39.82m (PB is 41.84m) and Sam Gaskell was the winner of the Intermediate Boys Hammer throwing a distance of 65.18m (PB is 67.01m)..
(Kyle Mashiter)(Myah Booth)(Nicky Saunders)(Matt Heywood)(Sam Gaskell)
Mid Lancs T & F League – Litherland June 30th
Yet another Track & League fixture held in blazing sunshine last weekend at Litherland with well over forty athletes competing for the Club. Some of the events didn’t have too many competitors, due in part you lots of young athletes being involved in exams and also because of the impact of things like holidays etc.The Harriers produced over twenty new personal bests on the day, with a number of them in endurance events which was a bonus give the temperatures.
The Men’s Senior 1500m was a case in point with just three athletes, the race being won by Joe Gebbie in 4.15.50 with Nicholas Smith in 2nd spot (4.51.00). Jonathan Gough won his Heat of the U17 Men’s 100m in 12.60 with Ben Whittaker in 4th place in the same Heat (12.70). Going onto the 200m Jonathan made up for his modest run in the 100m to run 25.40 in his Heat of the 200m (2nd) which was a new PB by six tenths. It was a one, two, three in the U17 Men’s 800m with Matt Ramsden (2.07.60) just holding on for the win in a new PB time from Sam Hodkinson who finishing like a train in 2nd (2.07.70 and Findlay Sullivan in 3rd place clocking a new PB time of 2.13.50 – some four seconds better than his previous best.
Heat (2) of the U15 Boys 100m had Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 4th position (14.80), Rory Teare in 5th with a new PB by three tenths of 15.00 and Sebastian Burton 6th (15.90). The U15 Boys 200m had Zach Walmsley clocking 28.40 (4th) – a new PB by eight tenths in Heat (1) and Sebastian Burton running 32.90 in Heat (2) for 4th place. George Whittaker ventured into new territory taking on the U15 Boys 400m and taking the win in 61.50 whilst in the 800m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret ran a time of 2.29.60 (6th) just a second outside his best with Sebastian Burton clocking 2.48.30 in his first ever attempt at the distance.
U13 Daniel Smith had his first ever attempt at the 100m posting a debut time of 16.50 (6th) in Heat (2) whilst in the 200m Isaac Butler chopped a full second off his time to set a new PB of 30.50 in Heat (2). The U13 Boys 800m had thirteen runners, the biggest field of the day on the Track – four Harriers in the Race led home by new member – Theo Watson in 4th place, chopping four seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 2.30.20, followed by Isaac Butler in 6th (2.31.10) also with a new PB by nearly three seconds, Saul Sharp in 11th (2.43.30) and Daniel Smith 12th with a time of 2.47.00.
In the Senior Women’s 800m Hannah Cookson ran a seasons best time of 2.29.30 for 2nd place whilst in the Sprints Megan Tippett finished 3rd in the U17 Women’s 100m in a time of 14.20 with Hollie Oldham taking 2nd place in the 200m Heat (2) clocking 29.00. In the 800m Hollie ran a new PB of 2.38.00 for 2nd place whilst Chloe Gardner came home 4th in a time of 3.00.80. Myah Booth ran just her second 100m race of the year clocking 13.60 in Heat (2) of the U15 Girls 100m with Abigail Armas recording a time of 14.50 in Heat (3). Rebecca Ramsden was just shy by a couple of tenths in setting a new best time in the 200m placing 6th in 29.50. The U15 Girls 800m featuring nine athletes saw a very well judged race run by Sophie Stanworth to take the win in 2.35.70 with Hollie Cubbon in 5th (2.42.30) and Rebecca Ramsden 6th in a time of 2.43.20.
The U13 Girls Track events saw three Harrier sin the 100m with Kate Cookson 5th in Heat (1) clocking 14.60, Amelia Burton (15.10) in 7th spot and Keira Haxton also 7th in Heat (2) with a time of 16.10…..Amelia then ran just outside her personal best running a time of 31.40 for 3rd place in Heat (3) of the 200m. Four Harriers in the 800m field of nine athletes which saw Kate Cookson finishing 3rd with a new PB of 2.36.30, Caroline Woodworth in 4th also with a new PB time of 2.36.90, Keira Haxton in 5th place making it a trio of new PB’s with a time of 2.37.40 and Keira Booth coming home in 7th spot (2.53.10). There was a massive new PB for U13 Molly Grimshaw in the 1500m as she knocked thirteen seconds off her time to set a new best of 5.48.60.
In the Throws events Anthony Kent threw Senior Shot Putt taking 3rd place witjh 10.07m and then went onto Discus where he paced 2nd with a throw of 33.34m just one place in front of Tony Balko in 3rd with 33.08m. The Javelin saw Anthony throw 36.35 for 3rd place which was a new PB by nearly two metres and Tony won the Senior Men’s Hammer with a throw of 34.40m. Just one U17 Javelin Thrower on the day – Cameron Harris – who threw 44.20m. U15 Matthew Heywod took on three Throws events coming 2nd in the field of ten in the Discus (29.27m) – a new PB by two metres; 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.78m and first in the Hammer with a distance of 39.70m. George Whittaker just missed out on a new best in the Discus with a 4th placed throw of 28.93m – Zach Walmsley tried the Javelin for the first time placing 3rd in the U15 Boys competition with 20.76m and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret finished 2nd in the Hammer with 24.25m. Isaac Butler finished the Throws events off for the Harriers as he took 3rd place in the U13 Boys Javelin (19.52m).
Just one Throws event for Anna Peers on the – Senior Women’s Javelin – which she won with a distance of 36.45m. Grace Bontoft was very close to her Shot Putt PB as she threw 6.66m in the U15 Girls Shot Putt before going onto the Discus placing 4th with 15.10m before finishing off with a new PB in the Hammer of 29.18 in 2nd place. Nicky Saunders was in very good form winning the U15 Girls Discus with a new PB of 28.79m, better by a metre than her previous best, came 4th in the Javelin with 24.08m after having won the Hammer with a throw of 29.60m – a massive new PB by three metres. In the U13 Girls Throws events Madison Bontoft set a new PB in the Shot Putt (5th) with 5.94m, set another new PB in the Javelin with 12.99 as well as throwing 11.91m in the Discus. Amelia Burton had her first attempt at the Shot Putt achieving a throw of 4.36m in 7th place and Caroline Woodworth was just outside her presonal best with a 2nd placed throw of 22.14m in the Javelin.
Not many athletes in the Jumps events on the day which saw U17 Ben Branton in only his second ever Long Jump competition leap to a new PB by over 20cms of 5.38m to finish in 2nd place with Benjamin Whittaker in 3rd (5.20) which was a massive new PB for him by nearly half a metre. Ben Branton then tried the Triple Jump for the first time and was just shy of the 10m mark as he jumped 9.97m (2nd). The U15 Boys Long Jump saw Rory Teare place 6th with a new PB leap of 4.30m in 6th place with Zachary Walmsley in 8th (4.07m) in his first ever attempt at the event. Theo Watson and Saul Sharp were two of eleven Long Jumpers in the U13 Boys which saw Theo take the event on for the first time finishing 6th with a jump of 3.68m and Saul jumping 3.60m in 7th spot. Twenty five long jumpers in the U13 Girls event – so spare a thought for the officials in the heat of the day – which saw Kiera Booth finish in 17th place with a jump of 3.48m and her first ever attempt in the discipline.
Astley Park Trail Race (3) – Wednesday July 4th
Race (3) in the Series saw more good runs for the Harriers with Chris Davies and Tom Blaney, neck and neck at the finish with Chris taking 3rd spot overall in 24.57 with Tom just two seconds further back in 4th clocking 24.59. Paul Guinan came in 10th with 26.55 to make it three Harriers in the first ten which gave them the Team win. Allan Hartley came home in 60th place (34.44) followed by Mick Nolan in 64th (35.08), Helen Dawson-Smith making her debut for the Harriers in 79th with a time of 40.08 and David Morris in 103rd position (46.22).
The Junior Race featured 100 youngsters aged from 7yrs through to 14yrs. The Harriers had seven youngsters running with Codie Dewhust the first one of them across the finishing line in a time of 5.47 and 3rd in his age category (M12). Matthew Smith was next home in 15th overall, running a time of 5.51 and was 1st in his M10 category – also in the same category – came Oliver Gill in 18th with a time of 5.54 just three seconds down from Matthew. In the M8 age category William Grundy ran a great time of 6.08 to place 2nd and 24th overall. There were three girls running for the Club with the first one Hannah Davies placing 54th overall and 1st in her F9 category with a time of 6.47 and she was followed by Isabelle Hartley in the F11’s 62nd overall and 2nd in her category (7.13) and Charlotte Smith in the F7 age group – 84th overall and 4th in the category with a time of 8.29.
Stoodley Pike Fell Race – Tuesday July 3rd
Every endurance race at the moment is being run in tempeatures, the like of which haven’t been seen for a long while and certainly not in the sustained way that they have been over the last month. Conditions like these add their own pressures to what are already tough events to do. Eighty one runners tackled this Fell Race on Tuesday night won by Martin Howard in a time of 20.26.
John Horrocks Had a very good run to come home in 4th place in a time of 21.50 commenting to the Club after the race that it was a “Cracking little race tonight. Good runable climb with a tricky but fast decent. Happy with how my race went, just managed to catch Tom at the top of the climb after his electric start and felt good to push on to the pike and down. Well done Tom, good running”
Right behind John came U20 Thomas Marchant in 5th place in a time of 22.08 and he told the Club afterwards “I decided to take the lead and make it a fast race, however with a fast climb I started to tire roughly 80 meters from the top losing a few places, the conditions were not too bad still warm but with a nice breeze on top but not too windy. It was a fast race from start to finish and feel like I performed well and maintained a decent position”
(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)
Cuerden Valley Badger 10k Race 2 – Thursday July 5th
After running Stoodley Pike on Tuesday, John Horrocks was back out again racing on Thursday night at the Cuerden Valley Badger 10k in Bamber Bridge which had a field of one hundred and fifty six runners.
The Race was won by Richard Howarth in a time of 36.09 with John in a very fine 2nd place running 37.02 and managing to hold off Karl Hodgson in 3rd place – just one second behind.
Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes Fell Race – Thursday July 5th
This race, held in memory of Don Ashton and known to many over the years for his competitive nature and achievements in endurance running, attracted one hundred and forty two runners on the night and was won Josh Boyle who broke the Course record with his time of 35.42 with Rob Hope in 2nd place (35.55). Richard Taylor was running for the Harriers nad came home in 90th spot with a time of 55.21.
Skiddaw fell Race – Sunday July 1st
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson are getting their build up in for this years Fell Championships underway with their latest venture, the Skiddaw Fell Race won by Orlando Edwards in a time of 72.07 at the head of a ninety eight strong field. and run over a nine and half mile course with over 3000ft of climbing. John finished in 83rd place (2hr 01.24) with Ian in 91st (2hr 10.40). After the race, both of them spoke to the Club about the day
John commneted “Two of the Harriers ‘Blue and White Fell Bashers’ Relay team took to the Lakeland hills on Sunday. Ian Clarkson and myself did Skiddaw Mountain Race. I think he is sending his report and photo soon and here’s a few words from me. It was blisteringly hot, touching 25 degrees on the start line. Temperatures soared as we climbed around Latrigg and made our way up Jenkin Hill. It’s a 4 mile slog to the summit, then round the trig and back down. The steep stoney path was unforgiving, legs turned to jelly, both heels blistered and shoes ripped apart. It felt more like 30 degrees in places too. So close to my target time of 2 hours. Another Grand Day Out!”
(Thanks to Stephen Wilson for the Photo)
Whilst Ian told us “John Orrell, aka Fell Captain, and myself decided to have a run out at Skiddaw Fell Race, cat AM, 9.6 miles, 3150 ft, 12.30pm start and a on a very, very hot day!! Mmmm, physical draining and mentally demanding to keep climbing, at one point about 1000ft in about a mile or so. Plan was to tap away and see what happens, having had dodgy knee syndrome for a month or so, I wasn’t sure what would happen, knee feels good, quads and thighs NOT!! This was a straight up and up and down affair that was relentless on the feet and legs and the sun on the head. Keeping hydrated was the main issue of the event and thankfully I took on enough fluid. Finished in about 2:10 ish at the back end of the field, with the leaders in about 1:10 ish, brutally demanding and fine athletes they are. Hoping to get a couple more Lakeland races in before the Fell Relays in October, and we’ll see what happens. Should be fun!!”
And finally – congratulations to Mark Wilkin – at the Trailblaster – who took on the challenge of the 24 relays this weekend with mixed local running clubs running for the Running4CF charity. Mark covered nearly 25 miles as part of his contribution to the Teams effort in raising money for this very worthy cause. Also a mention to Paul Clarke who didn’t finish in his attempt at the 12 hour solo run, but put in a great effort, commenting after the event “My first DNF, ran 31 miles in 5.32.50, heat got too much just feel battered………….. Enjoyable day though I’d like to thank Greg, Julie, Deborah, Mark and Vicky for their support. Finally would like to thank Jayne for putting up with me and letting me do these races love you babe xx”.
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