Category Archives: Track & Field
Charlotte wins Silver at National Championships — Harriers Medals and PB’s at Mid Lancs Medal meeting — Rob wins Watford 3000m — Joe is 1st Junior Man — Cookson’s on Tour!!
England U15 & U17 National Track & Field Championships – August 26/27th
Going into the National Championships Charlotte Williams had had a very good season winning the Lancashire Schools Title, the Lancashire County Title, winning Silver at English Schools, Silver again at the Northern Championships as well as a Bronze Medal at the SIAB International in Dublin. Entering this weekends National Championships ranked 2nd in the country, Charlotte put in another cracking performance capping of a great season in winning the Silver Medal with a throw of 58.07m.
Charlotte spoke to the club following the Championships to tell us “I am very pleased with my performance at Bedford this weekend and to come away with a silver medal at a huge event like that with a big field of 20 girls who are all good throwers is great, it has brought my season to a brilliant end and I will now be working towards the 2018 season. Thanks to everyone for all the support”.
U17 Sam Gaskell had also qualified for the Nationals in the Hammer currently in 8th place in the National Rankings with a throw of 59.11m. In the Final Sam threw 49.14m to finish in 11th place.
(Charlie with her Coach Mick Hitchon)
Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Saturday August 27th
Glorious sunshine greeted the athletes on this final day of the Mid Lancs T & F League for 2017. The Harriers had twenty four athletes competing on the day who produced fifteen personal bests and eight gold medals.
(A special mention to the unsung heroes – the officials who give their time voluntarily)
Some really good performances and highlights for the Harriers on the day and none more so than Emily Taberner’s hat-trick of new PB’s in the U17 Women’s Throws – she obliterated her Shot Putt best by over two metres in placing 2nd (10.13m), added two metres to her Javelin to place 5th with 30.97m and added a metre and a half to her Discus finishing in 3rd place with 22.70m, all of which won her a Silver and Bronze Medal. Abigail Brown was also in personal best form beating her previous Discus best by nearly 4 metres winning the event with a new PB throw of 23.85m to take the Gold medal. She took a second Gold Medal in winning the Hammer (27.23m) before rounding off the day with a 4th placed distance of 7.28m in the Shot Putt. Nicole Saunders had a good day too in the U13 Throws finishing 4th in the Shot Putt (7.53m) before winning two Gold Medals and setting new PB’s in the Hammer with 29.29m and the Javelin with a throw of 26.05m. Anthony Kent U17 also had a very good day winning two Gold Medals in the Discus where he is ranked 12th in the country with a throw of 40.23m and Shot Putt with 12.89m which was just outside his personal best.
New member U15 Matthew Heywood is settling in to the Club which can be seen in his 4th placed throw of 7.27 which was a new PB by nearly a metre and a half and a 4th placed throw of 20.01 in the Discus. Kieran Carroll won Silver in the U15 Boys Javelin with a new PB of 27.25m as well two 5th places in the Discus (18.39m) and Hammer (15.48m). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (U13) also got in on the new PB’s with one in the Hammer placing 4th (16.38m), 4th in the Discus with 18.82m before winning Silver in the Javelin with a distance of 22.01m. Other U13 Boys were having a go too in the Throws which saw Isaac Butler take two 4th places in the Shot Putt (4.89m) and Javelin (18.67m). Dexta Thompson finished 6th in the Discus with 12.68m – an event he has never done before – and 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 18.53m.
In the Sprints there was a new PB for U17 Emily Warren in the 200m clocking a time of 26.50 in 2nd place which was four tenths faster than her previous best and this after she had equaled her personal best in the 100m (3rd) in 12.80. Chloe Bleeks also ran the 100/200m double taking 7th place in each with 13.30 in the 100m and 28.50 in the 200m. U17 Ben Whittaker doubled up in the 100/200m finishing 5th in the 100m (12.30) and 4th in the 200m (25.20). Seniors Paul Coffey and Reece Phillips were also in action with Paul finishing 3rd overall in the 100m (11.40) and 5th in the 200m clocking 23.20 – Reece placed 9th overall in the 200m in a time of 25.80 in his first run over the distance since 2014. U15 middle distance boys Zachary Walmsley and David Holman threw themselves into the 200m with Zachary taking 5th in 29.20 and David 7th in 31.20, an event that he hasn’t tackled before. U13 Isaac Butler finished 5th in Heat 2 of the 100m with a time of 15.5 which was just a tenth outside his personal best.
One of the highlights of the day on the track was the attempt by U15 Matt Ramsden to break his 3000m personal best after finishing 4th at the Northern Championships last week. The 3000m at the Mid Lancs is usually a mixed race with male and female and different age groups all running together. Matt whose personal best is 9.34.4 ran with senior athlete Chris Davies and kept with him the whole of the race until just after the 300m mark to go. Chris pulled slightly away from him to set a new PB by four seconds of 9.21.1 (2nd) and Matt chopped a huge 10 seconds off his previous best time to set a new PB of 9.24.4 in 3rd place overall and 1st U15 Boy – the run keeps Matt at the top of the North West Rankings and moves him up to 18th place nationally. Jasmine Aherne also ran a new PB of 12.39.4 to take the U17 Women’s Gold Medal in the same race.
(‘Stick with him Matt!!!’)
Leah Hoole had a great day winning the U13 Girls 800m in a new PB time of 2.33.50 whilst in the 1500m Amy Davies ran 5.07.5 to win the U15 Age Category and in the same combined age group race U13 Hollie Cubbon finished 5th in 5.23.5 with Abigail Stratton 6th in 5.55.6. U15 George Whittaker added to the accumulation of new PB’s in the 800m finishing 2nd in a time of 2.28.3 which was three seconds faster than he has previously run. Harry Wilkin finished 5th in the same Race with a time of 5.03.50.
Hayden Mercer and Dexta Thompson battled one another in the U13 Boys 800m with Hayden finishing 2nd in 2.25.10 just under a second outside his personal best – Dexta finished 3rd in 2.26.6 which was just four tenths outside his PB. There was another battle of the U13’s, this time between new member Zachary Walmsley and David Holman in the 1500m which saw David take 3rd place in 5.04.5 and Zachary 5th clocking 5.14.4.
Emma Love took on the U13 Girls High Jump coming in 4th with a clearance of 1.30m and 4th again in the Long Jump out of 21 athletes with a distance of 4.20m and just 1cm off winning a medal…..Abigail Stratton also had a go at the High Jump finishing 6th (1.15m).
Watford Open Graded Meeting – August 23rd
Rob Warner continued his very good season with a win at Watford in the 3000m clocking a seasons best time of 8.28.77 in the race containing 19 athletes. Rob’s time was just two seconds outside of his personal best for the distance set in 2016 and when speaking to the Club he told us that he “was really pleased with the race, I knew there was a couple of guys in there aiming for fast times but unfortunately the first mile a little too slow in 4:34. I went to he front after 4 laps and kept the pace moving along at about 69s and was hoping for some help in terms of getting the pack back on track! Unfortunately, the other two just sat in behind me so I decided to keep the pace comfortable and make a race of it instead of a time trial. I picked it up with 700 to go started to move away with 500 to go, I ended up closing with a 60 last lap and a 29s last 200! I was quite surprised that I ended up running 8:28 as it’s not far off my PB and I felt relatively comfortable and in control – going to have one last go at the 3k at the last Watford and hopefully can look to get under the 8:20 barrier, hopefully the speed I managed to show over the last 600 on Wednesday means a quick time is there if the pace is good from the start”.
Mid Cheshire 5k – Thursday August 24th
Joe Monk was looking for a fast 5k entering this race featuring four hundred and seventy six runners and one which has a reputation for producing fast times which didn’t disappoint – Charlie Hulson winning in a time of 14.34. Joe had a cracking race taking some significant scalps on the day as he finished 8th and 1st Junior Male in a time of 15.18 – one place and three seconds in front of James McNally. Clearly pleased, Joe spoke to the Club after the Race commenting that he “Equalled my PB of 15:18, was a little disappointed as the race didn’t go off quick and was much more tactical due to it being end of season. Happy to equal my best though and kick on now”.
Pilling 10k – Saturday 26th August
A good day for the Harriers Women at this local 10k when they won the Team Race led home by Joanne Nelson in 12th place overall – 2nd Woman and 1st V45 Woman – in a time of 40.22. Then came Carol Reilly in 24th place in a time of 46.25 with Janine Fallon right behind in 25th clocking 46.31.
Afterwards Joanne summed up the Race telling the Club that she “really enjoyed the Pilling 10k. It’s a fairly flat and fast course over 2 laps. After struggling with a hamstring injury since March and health problems since April it was good to get a race completed. We managed to scoop first ladie’s team too, with myself as 2nd lady, Carol as 4th and Janine in her debut as a Harrier in 5th. My time of 40 mins 22 is a few minutes off my best, but ok as an indicator of where I am at. Onwards and upwards….fingers crossed”.
(L-R Joanne – Carol – Janine)
Riverside Half-Marathon – Sunday August 20th
One hundred and twenty six runners in this local Half-Marathon which saw Derek Reilly come home in 8th place and 2nd V45 in a solid time of 82.34. Partner Carol Reilly also raced taking 46th position overall in a time of 1hr 44.25. Riverside Results
Cookson’s on Tour – Somewhere in France, sometime in Summer
The Cookson family have been on holiday in France and found themselves a Race where John, Hannah and Katie were all able to run.
John told us about the experience which sounds pretty good – “We saw a fete day race advertised in the local village but when we made some enquiries we couldn’t enter as it was full. A quick google later and we found a trial race close by. How lucky was that! Kate was the first girl in the fun run and 2nd overall. Hannah and I had a crack at the 8.2km trail race. Hannah was 1st Junior women (30th out of 81 runners). It was a cracking event, a really well organised tough little trail race by a group who do a lot of fund raising work for a multiple sclerosis charity. All runners got a bottle of the local red wine and the fete afterwards included paella whilst entertainment was provided by a brass quartet and a covers band. Hannah got a trophy and bag of goodies for her efforts and Kate got a medal. Only wish we’d packed our Harriers vests! Will know better for next time”.
Medals and new PB’s for Harriers at Northern Championships – Tim sets 3000m PB at Trafford – Dexta and Felix winning the Trophies
Northern T & F Championships – 19/20th August
Two very contrasting days at this years Championships held at the Leigh Sports Village. Saturday saw hailstones, rain and wind which was a remarkable contrast with Sunday as the wind dropped, the rain disappeared and the sun shone and out came the sun cream! At the end of the Championships the Harriers won two Silver and two Bronze Medals and set eight new personal bests.
The U17 Women started the Championships off in the most atrocious conditions with rain and hailstone battering them as they ran into the cage, threw and ran out as quick as they could. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop the athletes from throwing some good distances with Charlotte Williams finishing in 2nd place (54.15m) out of the fifteen strong field to win the Silver Medal. Afterwards Charlotte told the Club that it “wasn’t my best performance but I am happy with what I got considering the horrible weather which makes it very hard to compete and stay focused but overall I am pleased with a silver medal”.
There were more Medals for the Harriers Throws Squad with U17 Anthony Kent winning two Bronze Medals in the Shot where he came 3rd with a distance of 12.76m and third again in the Discus with a throw of 39.94m and afterwards he told the Club that he was “A bit below my best but still an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to the Mid Lancs Medal meeting next week end and hopefully a better result”.
U13 Nicky Saunders competing with the U15 Girls – and the only U13 in the event on the day – also won a Silver Medal in the Discus (1kg) achieving a distance of 25.15m, the first time she has thrown with that weight in competition which was a great result for her. She also threw 7.08m in the U15G Shot Putt (3kg) in 15th position – and – throwing the U15 weight in the Javelin (500g) for the first time she placed 10th over all with a throw of 23.68m afterwards telling the Club “what a fantastic weekend, with great people and I made many new friends and enjoyed both days , a weekend I will always remember 😆 can’t wait for next year, and a medal – what a bonus”. U15 Kieran Carroll had a good championships as well setting a new PB in the Javelin (600g) with a distance of 26.66m (7th) and added a 9th spot in the Discus (1.25kg) throwing 17.20m. Myah Booth finished 9th in the U15 Girls Shot Putt with a throw of 9.21m before going onto the Final of the 75m Hurdles which she had qualified for earlier where she finished 7th in a time of 12.27. Sisters Caroline and Julie Woodworth were competing in the Northern Championships for the first time – U13 Caroline throwing 5.31m in the Shot Putt (12th) and U15 Julie placing 8th in the Discus (1kg) with a distance of 15.82m.
On the Track there were new PB’s for Joe Gebbie, Harry Wilkin and Hollie Cubbon, firstly for Joe in the U17 Men’s 1500m where he lowered his previous best time of 4.30.1 down to 4.26.64 in 7th place and told the Club that he was “Delighted with a new PB today in the 1500m – a pretty big one cutting 3 seconds off my previous PB! The conditions were good and I’d been feeling good in training leading up to the race, so beating my PB was all I was focused on. Nice to see the summer training, particularly a lot of speed work, paying off! A perfect way to close out the season”. Harry cut his time down from 5.00.0 to 4.57.52 in the U15 Boys 1500m (8th) and commented that “was just happy to get a PB under 5 minutes before the last race of his first Harriers season”. U13 Hollie cut a whopping eleven seconds off her previous best to set a new 1500m PB time of 5.15.42 in 10th place and told the Club that she “enjoyed the run even though it was tough and liked running up an age group as it was a fast pace and pushed me on” . U15 Leon Thomas was just outside his personal best of 2.09.4 for 800m running a time of 2.10.8 to place 7th overall in a very strong field that featured a number of athletes in and around the 2.00 minute mark and just above.
Matt Ramsden went into the U15 Boys 3000m with a personal best of 9.34.4, the race featuring a number of youngsters much faster. Matt had a very good run clocking 9.39.15 which was even better than the time suggests as he had to run most of the race in 4th place on his own, the front three opening up a gap early on in the Race. Matt reflected on his Race and told the Club that “after my race today I wasn’t too pleased with my race as a whole. But since I’ve got home I’ve thought over my race again and I have realised it was a good race and I am happy with my performance today. I now understand that I can’t run a pb every race. But over all it was very good!” Wise words from such a young lad who has only just turned 14 a month ago. Amy Davies was also up against some pretty fast girls in the U15 1500m Race and finished in a solid time of 5.03.33 and 6th overall, commenting after the Race that she “wasn’t very happy with my race – I thought I could do a bit better but it was still a nice experience to run with higher experienced people and I would like to do it again”.
The U13 Boys 800m race was run as a time trial with three heats – Hayden Mercer ran a very good race to win his Heat in a time of 2.24.38, a new PB by over two seconds and 10th overall of the seventeen athletes taking part with David Holman (15th) in 2.32.68 just outside is personal best by a second. U13 Caroline Woodworth was up against twenty two other U13 Girls 800m runners and finished 21st overall in 2.46.56, a little under two seconds outsider her personal best. Unfortunately in the U20 Mens 3000m there was only two entries which saw Nick Smith run 9.47.10 just four seconds outside his personal best – a really good effort as he ran virtually the whole race on his own, something that requires real focus and earned him a silver medal. Nick summed up his Race “Really happy to come away from my first Northerns with a medal. Although the time was a bit disappointing, I felt I ran extremely well and would have got a pb with slightly better conditions. Overall a fantastic event, and I can’t wait to race it again next year”.
U15 Jonathan Gough wasn’t far off the Medals taking 4th spot in a new PB of 11.74m in the Triple Jump which was a very good performance considering he was jumping with a back niggle. George Whittaker (U15) finished in 9th place in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.09m which was down on his best of 4.50m set in the YDL League fixture in July. U15 Millie Coy set a seasons best in the U15 Girls Long Jump coming in 8th with a jump of 4.13m followed by a 28.19 clocking in the 200m Heats – on the previous day Millie just missed out on the Medals finishing 4th in the Javelin (500g) throwing a distance of 30.73m in horrible weather for the Javelin.
U15 Kyle Mashiter ran the Heats of the 100m not feeling well in a time of 12.94 and had to withdraw from the 200m whilst U17 Megan Tippett in her first ever competition for the Harriers clocked 13.90 in her 100m Heat. Ben Whittaker ran 26.33 in his U17M Heat of the 200m (7th). In the 300m Ethan Joyce set a new PB of 41.77 in 6th place which was a great effort by him especially as he was in his first Northern Championships and up against some pretty quick youngsters.
BMC Grand Prix – Trafford Saturday August 19th
It was BMC time again last Saturday night and some of the Harriers athletes – Tim Raynes, Rob Warner and Ben Fish were targeting good runs and possible new personal bests, all three having had pretty good seasons to-date, securing new Pb’s on the Track and Road.
Tim Raynes went for the 3000m with a current personal best of 8.40.52 and had a great run on the night chopping a full six seconds off that time for a new PB of 8.34.14 and a was delighted when he spoke to the Club following the Race saying that he “Went into last night targeting a sub 8:35 run. With the pacemaker running 8:30 pace, I decided to just settle at the pack early on. Felt good and started to move up through the field in the latter stages of the race, finishing bang on target in 8:34. After a few frustrating performances over the summer (particularly over 5k), I’m really pleased to finish the track season with a new PB by six seconds!”
Rob Warner is another athlete who has had a fine season setting new personal best times at 10000m, 5000m and going under 3.50 for 1500m for the first time in July this year. In the 1500m on Saturday he finished 2nd in the Race in 3.51.17 and told the Club afterwards “Well done Tim great PB last night, fully deserve it!! ‘The target has always been to go under 3:50 for 1500m so I was quite a nice position where I could go out and enjoy this race. Unfortunately I felt terrible through 800m and thought I was going to start slipping back through the field, however, I managed to rally and push through on the last lap and finished in 3:51.17 for my 2nd quickest time ever and a 59s last lap and in 2nd place! I was closing down on first place but left it a little bit too late! Really pleased that 3:51 is now becoming quite consistent for me and hopefully I can push on next season towards 3:45!”
Ben Fish has raced sixteen times this year and won ten of them, finishing 2nd three times and third once which is a pretty good level to maintain, a record so far this year which included a new personal best in the Bath Half-Marathon which he won in 65.16. Ben Targeted the 10000m at Trafford and afterwards spoke to the Club saying that it was a “Great results by the lads, and a special thanks to Tim for lending me his vest, apparently wisdom doesn’t come with age as for the first time ever I forgot my vest at a race!!! Was running solid, as I expected, the race splintered quite early between, those few after sub 29 and those aiming for sub 30. The race really got spread eagled at around 3k and I tried pushing on ahead of the group I was in as the pace was sagging. Half-way was reached in 14:58ish and a couple of laps later I had the pleasure of being lapped by Chris Thompson who was aiming for sub 28:30. I tried to use him as a bit of a pacer to revive my own race and hopefully keep the sub 30 in sight, but it gradually got away from me. Still, 30:14 isn’t too shabby for me, but it’s a tad disappointing to be honest”.
Dexta Thompson won this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Junior Series for the U13 Boys whilst brother Felix Thompson won the Silver Medal in the U9 Boys – congratulations to them both and here, thanks to David Belshaw are some photo’s from the Presentation Night.
(Danny Collinge Presenting the Trophy to Dexta)
(Danny Collinge Presenting to Felix)
( A proud Thompson Family)
Darwen Gala Catherine Dowdall Memorial Race – Saturday August 19th
Three Harriers running in this Race featuring sixty five runners up to Darwen Tower and back won by Marcus Preedy in a time of 26.58.
V45 Paul Brindle was first in for the Harriers in 8th spot (29.08) followed home by Ian Clarkson (V50) in 20th place in a time of 35.21 and V40 Allan Hartley (29th) in 38.20.
Fab Four Race Series – Friday August 18th
Seventy fiver runners in this Race where Andy Buttery finished in 3rd place and 1st V45 in a time of 22.32 over the four mile course. Commenting after the Race Andy said that it was “another step in the right direction at Knowsley Fab Four Series 4miler on Friday, 3rd place in 22.32. Starting to feel stronger”.
Horwich Race Series – Wednesday August 16th
Ben Fish who won Race 3 in July (25.28) was the winner again at the final race of this years Horwich Series in a time of 25.40 and led the Men’s Team to 1st place on the night. After the Race Ben spoke to the Club commenting that “it was a great win for the team and best times from Chris, Ben and Mark, despite a hold up in the first hundred metres with some horse riders getting in the way! Happy with my run, hoping it’s a good prep for the 10,000m on Saturday”.
V40 Chris Davies had another good run here taking 3rd spot in 28.05 and 2nd V40 on the night which backed up a consistent Series over three races taking two 3rd places and one 2nd. Ben Costello was just one place behind in 4th spot in a time of 29.04 which was a new PB by three seconds. V40 Mark Lord ran a time of 39.24 in 46th place with V50 David Morris in 66th spot (48.18).
At the end of the Series Chris Davies came out the overall winner and also took 1st prize in the V40’s which was a pretty good result for him.
In the Junior Street Race there five young Harriers out in Race One which saw Saul Sharp come home in 6th place out of thirty four runners in a time of 6.17 – followed home by – Hannah Davies in 14th (6.45) – Isabelle Hartley 17th in a time of 6.52 – Tippi Francis is in 26th position (7.22) and Lulu Sharp 31st with a time of 7.53. There were six U9 Girls in this Race and the Harriers youngsters took 1st, 2nd and 4th places. Just seventeen runners in Race two which saw Amy Davies finish 5th overall and 1st Girl in a time of 5.35.
Trafford Grand Prix – Wednesday August 16th
At the latest Trafford meeting Tim Raynes was targeting a PB over the 1500m and did just that in placing 6th in the ‘A’ Race in a time of 4.05.55 with the Race being won by Anthony Whiteman. Tim commented after the Race that he had “Mixed feelings about the race. Recognised Anthony Whiteman on the start line, so I hoped the pace would be good from the start. Didn’t get the lap splits (so was just trying to work out pace from the finish clock) but, looking at the video of the race, the first two laps were both slow. I felt good and started to move up on the third lap and finished strongly (although a long way behind Anthony Whiteman, who destroyed the field on the last lap). Pleased to run well and knock a little bit off my PB, but feel like I could maybe have knocked a bit more off had the pace been a little quicker from the start. Hoping to finish off the track season now with a PB in the 3k at the BMC meet at Stretford on Saturday.”
Rob Warner…was running only his second 800m of the season and was just two tenths outside his personal best over the distance in a time of 1.55.89 in 2nd place, this race being won by James O’Brien. Rob spoke to the Club telling us that he was “quite surprised to get so close to my PB, I haven’t done much training based around the 800 so had about 1:57 as a realistic target. I went through 400 in 58 so was happy to run a slight negative split which hopefully indicates I can go under 1:55 with a slightly quicker first lap. Hopefully bodes well for the 1500 on Saturday!”
V50 Tony Balko having just returned for this years European Throws Pentathlon Championships was out again at Trafford competing in the Discus, Hammer & Javelin. In the Discus he placed 2nd with a throw of 31.55m, won the Hammer (35.94m) and threw 28.31m in the Javelin.
Daniel Whittaker (V40) had a good run at the City of Preston 10 Race featuring two hundred and fifty three runners and won comfortably by Gary Priestley in a time of 52.55. Daniel finished in 18th spot overall in a time of 65.00. (Preston City of 10 Results).
John Sutton was also having a good run on Wednesday August 16th in the Golf Ball Race featuring one hundred and fifty runners, the race being won by Callum Davidson in 38.21. John came home in 5th spot and 2nd V40 in a good time of 43.32 and commented after the race “Probably my best race of the summer, felt great and even when I went wandering off course in the last mile, managed to salvage my place back from Ashley Holt after losing probably 20 seconds or more”. (Golf Ball Results)
Victoria wins at Blackpool & the Harriers win the Women’s Team Race – Dexta wins B & PGP U13 Boys Series
Blackpool Air Show 10k – Sunday August 13th
It was a warm day for the two hundred and forty seven runners competing in Blackpool yesterday in this seaside 10k won by Rob Webb in 33.11.
Air Show 10k Results
Although the Harriers had two men in the first seven, honours on the day go to the Harriers women who won the Women’s Team Race led home by Victoria Mousley in 21st place overall – 1st Woman and 1st V35 in a good time of 39.14. Maddie Elliott was 1st Junior Female in 57th spot with a time of 43.05 with Lindsay Davies running a new PB in 121st place in a time of 50.04.
(Victoria with all the Prizes)
Chris Davies was the leading Harrier in for the Club placing 4th in a time of 34.22 and 2nd V40. Ben Costello came in just three places behind in 7th position with a time of 36.34. In only his second race of 2017 V65 Evan Cook was home in 77th spot with a time of 45.08 followed by V50 Ian Clarkson in 80th running a new PB in 45.27 – well over a minute faster than his previous best. After the Race Ian Clarkson commented that it was a “A flat tarmac affair, up and down the Prom!! A fast and hard race, made easier with Evan Cook pacing with me for 5 mile then the legs started to tire, but I crossed the line in 45:27 and got myself a PB. Happy days and many thanks to Evan Cook for the team work, appreciated”.
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Bofra – Arncliffe – Saturday August 12th
Dexta and Felix Thompson raced at the final Bofra race of this years Championships at Arncliffe on Saturday. Dexta who went into the final fixture in 2nd place overall behind William Hall finished 2nd (6.51) to William (6.45), a duel between the two which has enlivened the entire Series and good to see such good competition. Felix finished 5th in his U9 Boys Race in a time of 5.55
(Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
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Boulsworth Fell Race – Sunday August 13th
Boulsworth was the latest round in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix series and was won by the Series leader to-date – Danny Collinge in 42.29 at the head of a 209 strong field of runners. Liz Greenwood had a pretty solid run to come home in 24th place overall, 2nd Woman and 1st WU21 in a time of 49.41.
Boulsworth senior Results
Dexta Thompson has won the U13 Junior Boys Series so didn’t need to run at Boulsworth. It was a good day for brother and U9 Felix Thompson too as he won the U9 Junior Boys Race in 3.52 which gave him the runners up spot for the Series. He needed the win to clinch 2nd spot overall and he went out and did it so congratulations to the young lad. Kady Thompson also had a good run to finish 4th in the U11 Junior Girls Race in a time of 8.59.7 which means she will finish in 5th place overall for the Series and well done to her too.
Boulsworth Fell Race U9 Boys Results
Boulsworth Fell Race U11 Girls Results
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Catforth 5k – Saturday August 12th
This local 5k featured seventy runners won by Gareth Booth in 16.18. Andy Buttery (V45) is back on the road after a long period of injuries with another pretty solid run in 6th place in a time of 17.15. U15 Amy Davies also ran and was 1st female home in 23rd overall in a time of 20.09.
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Charnwood Open meeting – Wednesday August 9th
Kady, Dexta and Liberty Thompson were attending an athletics camp at Loughborough and took the opportunity to enter an Open Meeting at Charnwood on August 9th with very good results for all of them including three new personal bests.
U11 Kady knocked over two seconds off her previous best time for 150m with a new PB of 26.55 for 4th spot before going on to record another new PB in the Long Jump placing 10th with a leap of 3.06m. U15 Liberty was just outside her personal best in the 300m running a time of 50.84 in 6th and then equaled her High Jump personal best with a clearance of 1.35m finishing 11th out of the 18 competitors. U13 Dexta ran the 1500m which included U13, U15, U17, U20 athletes as well as a V35 which was a real mix, coming home in a very solid time of 4.56.4 to take 9th spot in the fifteen strong field. He then went on to throw a new PB in the Javelin (22.15m) finishing 2nd.
(Liberty Thompson )
Pilgrims Cross Fell Race – August 9th
Callum Davidson was the winner of this local Fell race heading the one hundred and forty nine strong field home in a time of 38.48.
V40 John Sutton took a top ten finish with a time of 44.43 and was 2nd V40 on the night whilst Andy Heys came home in 36th spot in a time of 51.37.
Tony 13th at European Masters Championships – – Top Ten for Tim and 1st U20 for Joe at Sale Sizzler – – Andy is back racing – – Shaun leading the Vets Competition in B&PGP Series – – Felix Wins at Worsthorne
V50 Tony Balko had targeted this years European Masters Athletics Championships in Denmark in the Throwing Pentathlon M50 Age Category. Setting a new Shot Putt personal best and throwing a seasons best in the Hammer were among his highlights as he finished 13th out of the twenty six athletes in his Age Group with a total of 2600 points. Tony’s next international target are the World Masters Championships in 2018.
(Tony Balko 4th from left in the front row)
After the Championships Tony reflected on the weekends events telling the Club that the Championships for him were “Good, not great, but definitely with more to come. My first outing in a Great Britain Masters vest at the European Masters Athletics Championships (EMACS) 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark was on the whole a very enjoyable experience. 2017 and the preparation leading up to the EMACS had not been a great year due a number of injuries, particularly an annoying knee ligament issue. So in reality expectations of a great performance were relatively low. However, post Throws Pentathlon event completion I was content to manage a creditable 13th place (out of 26 participating athletes) with a points total of 2680. To be honest if someone had offered me a mid table finishing position at the beginning of the Championships (reflecting on the injury issues), I’d have gladly taken it. What was particularly pleasing was a SB of 36m 98cm in the Hammer and a new PB of 10m 26cm in the Shot Putt. Performances in the Discus (34m 90cm), Javelin (29m 39cm) and Weight (11m 23cm) were on par seasonal averages. However competing in cold, very wet and windy conditions didn’t make it easy, but to be fair it was the same conditions for all athletes. The intention now is to see out the remainder of the 2017 season, then have surgery on the right knee to replace a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), complete the six months mandatory rehabilitation, then hopefully be a better in a position to prepare properly for the World Masters Championships, Malaga in September 2018. I’d just like to say a big thanks to all Blackburn Harriers team mates, coaches and club management for your kind support”.
Sale Sizzler – Thursday August 3rd
Five hundred and five finishers in this 5k Race known for its quality fields at the front end and fast course. The Race was won in a time of 14.26 (Mohammad Abu-Rezeq) with the first five all going under 15 minutes.
Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were in the race for Blackburn Harriers both looking for new personal bests over the distance. Tim finished in 8th place – 15.08 – just four seconds away from a PB and commented to the Club that he “Wasn’t quite sure what to expect tonight, just wanted to have one more decent shot at a 5k this summer. In the end, I was pretty pleased with my run (despite being a little over 15 again). My first mile was pretty quick and then I slowed over the next two, but was able to pull it together and finish fairly strongly. Looking forward to rounding off the track season now with a few more races over shorter distances.”
Joe Monk was just two seconds outside of his previous best finishing in 12th spot – 15.20 – and won the 1st Junior Man prize too. When speaking to the Club after the Race Joe told us he was “really pleased with run and a massive confidence boost after a few poor runs of late. I think that was arguably my best run over 5k given the course is quite twisty, doing mid Cheshire 5k at the end of August were 15:10 should be a realistic target”.
V45 Andy Buttery is back on song after suffering what he described as ‘his worst running injury year ever’. Having not raced from November 2016 through to June 2017 he was obviously a bit rusty! However on June 16th on his first Race back in the Podium 5k he ran 17.28 (20th) followed by another 5k at Todmorden on June 22nd posting a time of 17.56 (10th). On to July and at Liverpool on the 14th he ran the Knowsley Harriers Summer Fab 4 with a 22.49 clocking in 9th place overall and won the V45 prize on the night. His most recent race came at Lancaster on July 29th in the 3-1-5 Lancaster 5k Series where he again won the V45 age category, running a time of 17.23 in 19th position.
Worsthorne Moor Race – August 6th
The Worsthorne Moor Race featuring one hundred and forty seven runners was the latest in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series which took place on Sunday August 6th and saw Blackburn Harrier – Shaun Livesey – cement his 3rd place overall in the Series standings and 1st in the V40 Age Category with a 5th placed time of 43.05 – the race being won by Tom Cornthwaite in 39.05.
To take wins in a Series like this requires consistency of performance and is exactly what Shaun has delivered – speaking to the Club about the Series and his ambitions for himself Shaun told us “It wasn’t until the first two races had been run did I decide to give the Grand Prix series a go, and try to win the vet 40 category. My series didn’t start well with a poor run at Whoolan Nook placing 17th. Over the next half dozen races I didn’t do any worse than 7th which was good. Next up was Hendon Brook which I had been targeting. Having run it twice before and finishing 2nd and 4th I was confident on running well again. I was pleased to finish 2nd and run a pb on that course. I backed up that run with 3rd at the Townley 10km. With a 6th place at the Greenway 5km and a 5th at Worsthorne this weekend I knew I had secured the vet 40 prize. Making it 3 years on the trot for Blackburn Harriers vets, Andy Buttery 2015, Chris Davies 2016. Also barring a freak result at the last race, I have also secured 3rd place overall. So all in all really pleased”.
Felix Thompson ran in the U9 Junior Races which was a 1k field lap. He was really motivated and determined to try and win it as he is currently 2nd the in standings overall with just one race left to go. And win it he did in a time of 4.03 – just one second ahead of Callum Singleton (Trawden) who clocked 4.04 in 2nd with Harry Jorden (Trawden) in 3rd also running 4.04. Great race between the youngsters.
The last fixture of this years Northern League was held on home territory at Witton Park. It was a particularly significant fixture for the Harriers as there was a distinct possibility of relegation awaiting us if we didn’t perform after a season where the Team suffered from being unable to put out full squads because of injuries, holidays, exams and other competitions. The outcome was a good one for the Club as they took 2nd place on the day just thirteen points behind winners Leigh who also took the League title and were worthy winners.
Thanks to all the athletes who stepped out of their comfort zone to take on added events to secure points for the Team. Thanks also to Women’s Team Manager Jan Buckingham and to George Woodburn for stepping into the Men’s Team management at the last minute, to Janet for providing all of the Officials lunches throughout the season and last but by no means least, to the Cookson’s – John and Carol – who are now on a retainer for the Club in the use of the microphone and results display!!
(L-R ‘Director of Operations (Anne Davies) – ‘doing as i am told‘ (George Davies) – Guest of Honor with Distinction (George Kirby – Blackburn Harriers Club President)
Great start for the Harriers came with U20 Jacob Roberts winning the Hammer with a throw of 54.31m who was heading up a Men’s Throws Team on the day short of some of our usual specialist throwers. Paul Wilkinson came in at the last minute to throw ‘A’ Discus 21.02m (6th) and ‘A’ Javelin 30.26m (6th) with Joe Howe, as ever, taking on as many events as he could for the Team throwing 12.06 in the ‘B’ Discus (5th). Sprinters Brandon Zinyemba and Dominic Bretherton volunteered for the Shot Putt and did really well with Brandon taking 5th in the ‘A’ (8.84m) and Dominic taking 2nd in the ‘B’ (8.59m) for invaluable points in a discipline they haven’t done before. Brandon took the ‘bragging rights’ but can’t be sure that that is the end of this story!!
In the Women’s Throws Anna Peers stepped into the Hammer ‘A’ placing 4th with a throw of 27.07m with U17 Abigail Brown finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ 21.94m. Anna then went on to to finish 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus (33.67m) – 1st in the ‘A’ Javelin (37.67m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.27m – and there was great back up in the ‘B’ by U17’s Emily Taberner taking 2nd in the Discus (20.33m) & 1st in the Javelin with 30.52m with Hannah Proctor also taking 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.43m all of which represented a great points total for the Team.
The Men’s Endurance Team produced some great results, despite the windy conditions, with a double win in the 5000m featuring Ben Fish winning the ‘A’ in 14.47.7 and Chris Arthur making his Track debut for the Harriers winning the ‘B’ in 15.32.1. It was another double in the 3000m Steeplechase which saw Joe Howe set a new PB by just two tenths when he won the ‘A’ in 10.07.6 supported by Chris Davies who won the ‘B’ in 10.32.7, just two seconds outside his personal best.
The 1500m produced some pretty good racing with the slowest time 4.39.2. Tim Raynes ran a new PB by a tenth to finish 3rd in the ‘A’ in a time of 4.06.2 and in the ‘B’ it was another debutant for the Club – Steven Snape – who ran 4.12.4 to earn a 2nd place in the ‘B’ Race. In the 800m Joe Monk ran 2.06.5 in the ‘A’ Race for 5th with Zac Howe winning the ‘B’ in 2.02.6, his first Track race following a long period of injury since July 2016. Zac and Joe doubled up again in the 400m with Zac clocking 53.6 in the ‘A’ (3rd) and Joe also taking 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 58.8.
The Women’s Endurance athletes saw Liz Greenwood win the ‘A’ 3000m in 10.40.4 and it was a welcome return for Grace Handley who ran 11.23.7 in the ‘B’ Race for 2nd spot. Liz went on to run 5.00 for 4th place in the 1500m with Maddie Elliott wining the ‘B’ in 5.00.5. Maddie then ran the ‘A’ 800m in 2.22.3 for 4th place with Hannah Cookson taking a good 2nd spot in the ‘B’ race with a time of 2.35.6. Hannah Cookson and Phoebe Howe went in the 400m with Hannah clocking 66.3 (6th) in the ‘A’ and Phoebe placing 5th in the ‘B’ in a time of 74.9.
U17 Bradley Meikleham produced a big new PB in the Men’s ‘A’ Long Jump taking 4th place with a leap of 5.43m – over half a metre further than his previous best. U17 Luke Kenyon placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 4.96m. U17 Solomon Brown also set a new PB in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with a leap of 11.08m in 5th place, an improvement by 35cms. Luke was just outside his PB in the High Jump ‘A’ clearing 1.70m in 3rd and backed up by Joe Howe in the ‘B’ who cleared 1.40m for 3rd spot in the ‘B’ before having to dash off to the Steeplechase. Morgan Angland and Chloe Bleeks won good points in the Women’s Long Jump which saw Morgan place 4th in the ‘A’ (4.84m) and Chloe 2nd in the ‘B’ with 4.53m, a new PB by 10cms. Thrower Anna Peers showed the spirit of the Team in stepping up for the High Jump for the points, clearing 1.15m in the ‘A’ as did Olivia Wilson who had a go at the Triple Jump finishing 6th with 8.05m.
U17’s Solomon Brown and Nick Massey did the Team proud in the 400m Hurdles with Sol taking 2nd in the ‘A’ (66.1) and Nick who is a sprint hurdler also taking 2nd in the ‘B’ in 69.1 – in the absence of our sprint hurdlers Joe Howe took on the 110m Hurdles to come home in 3rd spot (22.1). Great result in the Women’s 100m Hurdles which saw Morgan Angland win the ‘A’ in 15.5 and Chloe Bleeks winning the ‘B’ in 19.7.
In the Sprints Morgan Angland equaled her 100m PB (12.8) in the ‘A’ Race for 4th place with Emily Warren matching that time in the ‘B’ race for 2nd place which was a new PB by a tenth. In the 200m Emily ran 27.2 for 5th in the ‘A’ race with Chloe Bleeks running 28.3 in the ‘B’ in 4th spot. In the Men’s sprints the ‘A’ 100m race was won in a new League Record of 10.5 with the ‘B’ being won in 10.9 and 2nd place in the ‘A’ was 10.6, so a tough but exciting race to be involved in. Brandon Zinyemba ran the ‘A’ in 11.2 (4th) which was a new PB by a tenth and Dominic Bretherton placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 11.3. Same again in the 200m with Brandon in the ‘A’ finishing 3rd in a time of 23.5 and Dominic 2nd in the ‘B’ also with a time of 23.5. The 4 x 100m Relays didn’t go well with the Men’s Team dropping the baton whilst the 4 x 400m relays saw the team finish 4th in 3.44.5. In the Women’s Relays the Harriers finished 4th in the 4 x 100m in 53.4 and 5th in the 4 x 400m in a time of 4.36.5.
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