Category Archives: Track & Field
Gold for Holly – Silver for Jess and 4th for Charlotte at British Championships – 39 Medals and 20 New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Harriers on the Fells at Pendleton
British T&F Championships – Saturday August 24th
Holly Bradshaw is just five weeks away from competing at this years World Champioinships in Doha and what better way to prepare that winning the British Championship title – her 12th in all – with a Championship Best perforamnce and seasons best vault of 4.73m.
Holly spoke to the Club after the Championships commenting “To win my 12th British Title (7th Outdoors) in a SB and CBP is an honour, especially wearing the Blackburn Kit. I felt really good today – it’s been 6 weeks since I jumped full run in a competition so when the bar got higher I lost a bit or discipline but I’m in good shape, probably the best ever so I am now looking forward to Doha. It was also tricky being so hot and being out there so long so I have two more competitions now where I can really attack the 480 barrier“.
Jess Judd had another great run to make it the second Blackburn Harrier to qualify for the World Championships in Doha, this time over 5000m. Having recently set her 5000m personal best of 15.16.47 and having won the World Student Games 5000m, Jess continued with that rich vein of form to take Silver Medal at the Championships in a time of 15.35.82 and just a second in front of Laura Weightman in 3rd (15.36.73) – the race being won by Eilish McColgan (15.21.38). Next stop – the World Track & Field Championships.
An absolutely delighted Jess spoke to the Harriers after her Race telling us “I’m so happy, I really didn’t expect it but I trusted in my training and race plan and did what I had to do and come top 2! Over the moon and honestly never expected it to happen which just makes it even better! Has been a great year as my first real attempt at the 5k so to make the world champs is a dream come true!“
Charlotte Williams finished off here 2019 season at this years British Championships held in Birmingham at the weekend where she placed 4th with a distance of 58.70m – just 15cms off a third placed Bronze Medal. She was competing in her first Senior British Championships which involved three senior women, three U23 women and Charlotte, who is only 17yrs old which is a fabulous achievement.
Charlotte finishes the season as No. 1 in the Women’s U20 Rankings and 7th overall and the only U20 Woman in the top ten which alongside winning her first GB Vest this year, makes the season very special indeed. After the Final, Charlotte spoke to the Harriers about the day and her season saying “Competing in the British Championships at 17 years old was an amazing experience. I didn’t get the result I wanted but I am overwhelmed with the long season I have had and how it’s gone. Now for a short break then back in September to put all my effort into winter training. Thankyou for everyone this year who has helped and supported me, it means so much and pushes me through. Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better’
Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Saturday August 24th
Glorious sunshine at Blackpool for the final fixture of this years Mid Lancs T&F season, ending as it does with the Medal Meeting. Athletes having contested a minimum of two fixtures throughout the season, qualify for a Medal for placing first, second or third at the Medal meeting on the day. Blackburn Harriers picked up a bag full of medals with seventeen winners, fourteen seconds and eight third places alongside twenty new PB’s.
One of the highlights of the day for the Harriers was the sight of Joanne Nelson (V45) running 4.56.20 to take her into second place in the V45 National Rankings behind Caroline Hoyte. Joanne went through 800m in 2.36 and then ran a 72 second last lap to smash her previous best time of 5.01.0 by over four and half seconds. Fantastic performance.
Joanne Nelson (253)
Anna Peers has had another fine season, being an integral part of the Northern League Division One team which won the title this year. Again at the Medal Meeting Anna took another couple of wins in the Senior Women’s Shot Putt with a big new PB by over half a metre (11.38m) before going on to win the Javelin with 37.94m and taking 2nd spot in the Discus with 33.96m. Great to see Sarah Henton out again for the second time this season – hoping to see much more of her in 2020 – as she won the Discus with a throw of 36.26m. Abigail Brown finished 4th in the Discus which had a pretty strong field, throwing 27.35m.
Anna PeersSarah HentonAbigail Brown
Another mainstay of the Clubs Northern League Division One Team – Anthony Kent – had another good day – first of all winning the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with 11.20m, winning the Discus with 39.20m for a new PB by nearly three quarters of a metre and then added over a metre to his Hammer best for a new PB and the win, throwing 46.73m. Good also to see Nathan Billington back in action in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with a throw of 8.55m (4th) and 33.91m in the Hammer (2nd).
Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Discus)Nathan Billington (Hammer)
In the Jumps – Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson were among eight athletes which saw just 31cms separate 1st place (4.79m) to 7th (4.48m). Imogen placed 6th with 4.57m as Liberty jumped out to 4.11m in 8th – just outside her personal best after which she was just 5cms shy of her best in the High Jump, clearing 1.45m in 3rd and ending her day with a throw of 19.86m in the U17 Women’s Javelin (3rd). U17 Ben Branton leapt out to 5.43m in the Long Jump in 2nd place. U13 Findlay Carroll came 8th in the Long Jump with 3.29m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was back in action after a six week lay off due to a broken wrist – doing the High Jump – and went straight back into the High Jump on the day, clearing 1.40m in 8th place. Lucy Rishton jumped out to 3.80m in the U13 Girls Long Jump for 4th spot in a field of 19 with Niamh Gater in 7th place (3.73m) which was just cms outsider her best.
Liberty ThompsonFindlay CarrollKyle Taylor-PomfretLucy Rishton Niamh Gater
The U15 Girls Long Jump featured 14 competitiors with Kiera Booth placing 8th (3.76m) and Skye Greenacre 10th with a jump of 3.70m. In the High Jump Skye added 10cms to her previous best for a new PB clearance of 1.35m with Kate Cookson coming in 8th with a clearance of 1.30m.
Skye Greenacre Kate Cookson
Sebastian Burton had a good day too setting a new PB in the U15 Boys Hammer by over two metres with 24.46m and then set a big new PB in the Javelin by over 5 metres to come 2nd with 21.47m. Toby Mansfield took on Shot Putt and Discus in the U13 Boys placing 3rd in the Shot Putt with 5.20m before going on to throw 15.03 in the Discus and 18.77m in the Javelin (5th) with Findlay Carroll in 4th (19.16m).
Sebastian Burton (Hammer)Toby Mansfield (Discus)
U15’s Grace Bontoft and Kate Cookson were part of 10 strong field in the Shot Putt placing 8th (7.25m) and 10th (6.73m) respectively. Grace joined Nicky Saunders in the Discus which saw Nicky win the competition with a throw of 30.59m with Grace setting a new PB with her 16.35m (6th). On to the Javelin which saw Nicky place 4th (25.22m) after finishing 2nd in the Hammer with 36.65m and for Grace, it was another new PB in the Hammer with her throw of 31.33m in 3rd.
Nicky Saunders (Hammer) Grace Bontoft (Hammer)
The U13 Girls Throws saw Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft in the Shot Putt. Northern Silver Medalist last weekend – Tilly Pollard – continued that good form as she won with a throw of 7.81m backed up by Madison who came 2nd with 6.72m. Kady Thompson joined the two girls in the Discus with Tilly recording her second win of the day with a new PB by over a metre (24.25m), with Madison in 3rd also with a new PB of 15.22m and Kady in 5th making it a hat-trick of new PB’s in the same event with her throw of 13.73m. Kady then set a new PB – her second of the day in the Javelin with 19.82m in 2nd as Madison also set a new PB in the event with 16.55m in 4th.
Tilly Pollard (Discus) Madison Bontoft (Discus)Kady Thompson (Discus)
In the Sprints Ethan Downes contested the U17 Men’s 100m, running 12.00 in 4th place. U13 Daniel Nuttall clocked 13.90 for a new PB by a tenth in Heat (1) of the 100m with Harry Sambrook coming 2nd in Heat (2) with 15.30 followed by a 30.80 clocking in the 200m (7th).
Ethan Downes (253)Daniel Nuttal (32)Harry Sambook (26)
U15 Skye Greenacre clocked 14.60 to place 12th out of the three 100m Heats as Amelia Burton ran 14.80 to place 7th out of the three Heats of the U13 Girls 100m with Lucy Rishton clocking 15.20 in 14th spot which was a new PB by one tenth.
Skye Greenacre (185) – David Wood PhotoAmelia Burton (14)Lucy Rishton (25)
U15 Hayden Mercer and U17 Ethan Barbarewicz took on the rather challenging 800m / 400m double with just around 20 minutes recovery between the 800m, run first, followed by the 400m. Ethan smashed his 800m personal best with a new PB of 2.17.80, knocking a hugle 10 seconds off his previous best time set in May this year before clocking 67.80 (4th) in the 400m. Hayden Mercer was a very comfortable winner of the U15 Boys 800m (2.14.30) before going on to win the 400m in a time of 57.90.
Hayden Mercer (22) 800mHayden Mercer (22) 400mEthan Barbarewicz (8) 800mEthan Barbarewicz (8) 400m
U17 Harry Wilkin ran 5.02.80 in the 1500m, a race which unfortunately featured just two runners in that age group. Codie Dewhurst, Sebastian Burton and Umair Rafiq all ran in the U15 Boys 800m won by Hayden Mercer with Codie coming home in 4th (2.33.10), Sebastian in 5th (2.34.10) and Umair in 8th (2.37.00) which was a big new PB by some four seconds. Dexta Thompson was the next one to pull off a big new PB by four and half seconds as he clocked 4.44.00 in the U15 Boys 1500m in 4th place whilst in the U13 Boys 1500m there was a win for Ben Stratton who came from behind on the home straight to take the race virtually on the line in 5.00.50.
L-R Ben Stratton – Kyel Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Harry Wilkin
Harry Wilkin 1500m (295) – David Wood PhotoSebastian Burton (13) – Codie Dewhurst (17)
Umair Rafiq (24) – David Wood PhotoDexta Thompson (197)Ben Stratton (29)
Harry Sambrook ran 2.41.30 in the U13 Boys 800m (4th) alongside Findlay Carroll in 6th place with 3.00.10. Leah Hoole ran a well judged race in the U15 Girls 800m, as she just missed winning the race with a fast finish, by three tenths, clocking 2.30.20 in 2nd spot with Molly Nicholls in 8th spot in a time of 2.44.30.
Harry Sambrook (800m)Leah Hoole (193) 800mMolly Nicholls (800m)
There was a one, two three in the U15 Girls 1500m which was won by Abigail Stratton in 5.14.80, with Keira Haxton in 2nd (5.15.00) and Kate Cookson in 3rd place running 5.19.80 which was a new PB by over four seconds. In the U13 Girls middle distance races, Amelia Burton and Eve Coulson ran in the 800m with Amelia in 6th (2.49.20) and Eve in 9th (2.54.80) whilst Faith Gillibrand ran the 1500m for the very first time, clocking 5.53.30.
L-R Kate Cookson – Abigail Stratton – Keitra Haxton – Faith GillibrandAbigail Stratton (28) – Keira Haxton (19) Kate Cookson (16) 1500mAmelia Burton (14) 800m Eve Coulson (214) 800mFaith Gillibrand (18) 1500m
Pendleton Fell Race – Saturday August 24th
Tom Marchant, Craig Greenough, John Orrell, Danny teare, Ian Clarkson and Mark Wilkin Blackburn Harriers all ran in this Category AS. 5 miles / 1499 ft. Race featuring 157 runners run in fabulous weather, which was also hosting as the Selection race for the Senior, U23 and U20 teams at the Home International Races on 21st September. The Race was won by Ilkley’s Tom Adams in 35.24 from Chris Houldsworth in 2nd (35.33) and Joe Baxter in 3rd (35.44).
Tom Marchant was first across the line for the Harriers with a time of 45.51 in 52nd place and he was followed by V50 Craig Greenough in 83rd (51.48), V50 Mark Wilkin in 98th place (55.12), V50 John Orrell (106th) clocking 58.24, V40 Danny Teare in 115th spot with a time of 60.03 and V50 Ian Clarkson running 61.03 in 122nd position.
Thomas Marchant (24) Craig Greenough (109) John Orrell (39) Danny Teare (24) Ian Clarkson (140)
The day after Pendleton and still very hot, John Orrell took on another BOFRA Race at Halton Gill finishing in 13th place. RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.
It was a good night for Matt Ramsden and Dominic Walton at Trafford on Tuesday night as both set new PB’s on a night which was pretty good from the point of view of the weather for racing.
Dominic Walton kicked off the night in the 3000m ‘B’ Race which had twenty seven athletes in it. Dominic went into the race with a personal best of 9.13.55 and was looking to lower that. In the event he did, clocking a 3.03 opening kilometre, finishing with a close to 60 second last lap to come home the winner in a new PB time of 9.00.18, just two tenths shy of breaking nine minutes. Calum Holmes ran a time of 10.09.46 to cross the finish line in 16th place.
Dominic Walton (87)Calum Holmes (21)
Next up came Joe Gebbie – (personal best 1.59.00) – in the second Heat of the 800m and was just short of breaking the 2 minute barrier again as he clocked 2.00.67 in 6th place after getting boxed in on the home straight. Nicholas Smith ran in Heat 5 of the 800m running a time of 2.09.86 in 6th spot. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran in Heat 7 with the first lap being run a little bit slower than she would have liked as she clocked 2.25.45 in 7th place.
Joe Gebbie (128)Nicholas Smith (133) Elle Sagar-Hesketh (88)
Matt Ramsden, Marc Hartley, Ben Makin and Harry Wilkin all contested the 1500m. U17 Matt who won Silver at the Northern T&F Championships at the weekend was hoping to run a new personal best for the 1500m and duly delivered with a blistering finish in the home straight to register a new PB time of 4.11.23 in 4th position — as Marc in the same Heat ran 4.14.86 in 10th place. New member for the Harriers – Ben Makin, running his first ever competitive 1500m – had a fine run to clock 4.28.79 in his Heat; And finally in the 1500m races, U17 Harry Wilkin who had to wait until the very end whilst the BMC 1500m races took place made amends by winning the final Race in a time of 5.01.45.
Matt RamsdenMarc Hartley (176)Ben Makin (168) Harry Wilkin (185)
On the Throws side of the evening, V50 Tony Balko – who has entered the European Masters Championships being held in Venice – was out in the Hammer and Javelin taking a win in the Hammer with the senior weight (7.26kg) with a distance of 37.25m and then placed 3rd in the Javelin (700g) with 30.81m.
Tony Balko (Hammer)Tony Balko (Javelin)
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Harriers at Northern Championships – Holly at Muller Grand Prix – PB for Jacob at Podium – Ben & Victoria Win Burnley & Pendle Individual Series Titles – Karl’s in the Mountains – On the Fells with the Harriers – Annabel back racing in 2nd spot
Wavertree Athletics Track – home of Liverpool Harriers – was the venue for this years Northern T&F Championships for U13/U15/U17 age groups, held as it was with a wind that dominated both days competition.
Blackburn Harriers athletes were amongst the Podium winners winning two Gold, three Silver and two Bronze Medals. U15 Jayden Riley continued his excellent season where he is currently ranked 8th nationally over 100m (11.3) and 11th in the 80m Hurdles (11.69) by winning the Northern Gold Medal in the 100m. There were three Heats which saw Jayden qualify for the Final with the fastest time of all three in 11.87 before going on to comfortably win the Final in a time of 11.94 into a minus 3.6 wind with Wirrals Kaleb Legall in 2nd (12.23). Jayden was delighted with his result and told the Club “Another great experience was achieved as I have been able to win at the Northern Championships. I am now looking forward to what comes next in my upcoming races”.
Training partner Ben Boocock was also among the Medals as he took Silver in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles clocking 11.94, an agonisingly six one hundreths outside first place. Ben spoke to the Club after being presented with his Silver Medal commenting “I’m pleased with my time of 11.94 considering the blustery conditions. I was a bit disappointed as I really wanted gold, so I’ll keep up the training so I’ll be ready for the Northerns next season”.
Ben Boocock Inside Lane
U13 Harrison Allcock contested the Long Jump, 100m and 200m all on Day 1 – the 100m featuring three Heats where he clocked 14.29 (5th) in Heat 2 which meant he didn’t qualify for the Final. On to the 200m – again with three Heats where Harrison ran 31.03 (6th) in Heat 2. His third event of the day was the Long Jump with 16 athletes competing – Harrison leaping out to 4.03m in 10th position.
Millie Coy had a great day at the Championships in the U17 Women’s Javelin adding over a metre to her previous best to take the Northern Title and Gold Medal with a new PB distance of 38.71m in a closely fought contest with Southport’s Megan Haworth in 2nd place (38.04m) and Blackpool’s Kacie Calvert in 3rd (31.55m).
Matt Heywood entered the U17 Men’s Hammer and Discus winning a Bronze Medal in the Hammer with a distance of 45.72m before placing 8th in the Discus with a throw of 26.68m.
Matthew Heywood HammerMatthew Heywood Discus
U15 Nicky Saunders was just outside her personal best in the Javelin – on Day 1 – throwing a distance of 25.46m to come in 10th out of the 17 finalists. On Day 2 Nicky was joined by Grace Bontoft in the U15 Girls Hammer with Nicky throwing 34.15m for 5th place in the and Grace placing 8th out of the 12 strong competition with a distance of 28.32m.
Nicky Saunders HammerGrace Bontoft Hammer
In the Discus featuring 13 Finalists Nicky won the Bronze Medal with a throw of 30.29m as Grace placed 9th with 21.46m – a new PB by over 5metres. The Shot Putt Final had Nicky placing 14th (7.72m) and Grace 15th with 7.54m. In the U13 Girls Throws, Tilly Pollard won the Silver Medal in throwing 8.05m with training partner Madison Bontoft in 7th spot (6.66m).
Nicky Saunders Discus
Till Pollard Shot PuttTilly Pollard being presented with her Silver Medal by Northern Athletics President Stan TaylorMadison Bontoft Shot Putt
Matt Ramsden came within two tenths of the Gold Medal in the U17 men’s 3000m. In a race badly affected by the strong wind, the athletes stayed together for the first five laps with the front six starting to break away on lap 6. At the bell there was a move by a few athletes and with 300m to go Matt Ramsden took it on, opening up a 10 metre lead as he went for the finish into the wind. Border Harriers Scott Nutter didn’t give it up and kept closing the gap down the home straight to just take the title on the line in a time of 9.17.94 with Matt in Silver Medal position (9.18.18).
Matt Ramsden (663)
U15 Hayden Mercer and U17 Eleesha Charnley contested their respective 800m events. The U15 Boys had three Heats with Hayden qualifying from Heat 1 with a time of 2.09.37 along with the three athletes in front of him. In the Final Hayden ran 2.11.59 to finish in 6th place. Saul Sharp also ran in the Heats and clocked a new PB of 2.24.95 which was even better given the wind. The U17 Women’s 800m was surprisingly made into two Heats with just nine athletes in total which meant that with 8 to go into the Final – one athlete would miss out. Eleesha qualified from Heat 2 in 2.29.45, placing 7th in the Final with 2.36.35.
Hayden Mercer (189)
Saul Sharp 202Eleesha Charnley (557)
Holly Bradshaw was competing in a badly wind affected Pole Vault competition in Birningham at the weekend along with other world class pole vaulters – Stefanidi, Silva Nageotte – as they all prepare for the forthcoming World T&F Championships being held in Doha in October. Holly who went off a shorter ten stride run up because of the conditions, cleared 4.55m to place 6th overall. Nageotte was quoted on Twitter “Today was one of those days you’re happy to walk away injury free. The Birmingham head wind was the true winner. Congrats to every vaulter that cleared bars today!“
Podium 5k – Saturday August 17th
The latest Race in the Podium 5k at Barrowford was won by Charlie Hulson in a fast time of 14.17 ahead of Southports Ben Johnson in 2nd (14.42) and Ilkley’s Euan Brennan in 3rd (14.52).
Podium 5k Photos Courtesy of Davids Running Photos (David Belshaw)
Three Blackburn Harriers ran in the ‘A’ Race with Ben Fish the first across the line in a time of 15.00 (5th) followed by Jacob Watson who set himself a new road 5k personal best, clocking 15.40 in 16th spot with Ben Costello just behind in 19th place running 15.49. After the Race Jacob said he was delighted with his new PB telling the Club “Surprised myself tonight, I knew I’d be able to run close to my PB but I’m really happy to knock 6 seconds off it. Thankfully I managed to tuck behind a few runners on the early laps to guard myself from the wind! Well done to all Harriers tonight, a great club to be a part of!” Ben Fish commented on his race “Well done to Jacob on his pb, top run. I found it a bit tough, it was a solid run but nothing special”.
Ben Fish (399)
Jacob Watson (312)
Ben Costello (368)
Congratulations to Blackburn Harriers Ben Fish and Victoria Mousley who both won the Individual Titles for this years Burnley & pendle Grand Prix Series. Victoria also won the Women’s Vet 35 Title followed by Chris Davies who placed 3rd overall in the series and first V40 Man with Lindsay Davies first V45 Woman.
Ben FishVictoria Mousley
Sierre Zinal – August 10th
Karl Billington joined a number of his friends in tackling the Sierre Zinal race in the mountains described as ‘One of the world’s most scenic mountain running trails, Sierre-Zinal has been hailed as the “New York Marathon” of mountain races. It is also the oldest of the kind in Europe’.
Also called the “Race of the Five 4000m Peaks”, Sierre-Zinal heads along a daunting 31 km mountain trail involving a 2200 meter elevation gain and a 1100 meter vertical drop in the heart of the Valais Alps. The ingredients that lead to Sierre-Zinal’s enduring success are the stunning scenery, the warm and genial atmosphere, and the overall superb organization of the event. It stands out among the world’s most famous mountain races for good reason!
“As a mountain racer you must experience the tradition and history of this race.” These are the words of Jonathan Wyatt, a record holder of Sierre-Zinal, the Jungfrau Marathon and many other world-famous races.
The Race was won by the world famous mountain runner – Kilian Jornet – in a time of 2hr 25.35, just a minute in front of 2nd placed Petro Mamu. Karl finished in a time of 4hr 46.54 and commented after the race had finished “It is advertised as one of the toughest mountain races in the world, and it didn’t disappoint. It was an unrelenting course where the climbs just didn’t seem to stop. I went out there finish and enjoy the experience, I can’t say I’ve ever done or will do another more scenic race”.
On the Fells with the Harriers
John Orrell was back out on the Fells again for the Harriers taking on races at Hellifield, Farelton Knott and Arncliffe in pretty quick succession. First race up was Hellifield on August 3rd which was a 5.6k race with 260m of climbing and won by Wharfedale’s Harry Coates in 24.59 with John 38th in 39.34. Hellifield Results
Next up came Farleton Knott on August 4th run over a distance of 4.5 miles with1200ft of climbing. Mercia’s Simon Bailey won this race (34.39), as John came home in 58th spot in a time of 62.43. Farleton Knott Results
John at Farleton Knott (921)
Last race in this period of a week came at the Arncliffe Gala August 10th – won again by Mercia’s Simon Bailey in 11.19 with John coming home in 64th spot out of the 123 strong field in a time of 17.40. Arncliffe Results
John Orrell at Arncliffe Gala Fell Race (1038)
A rest for a week and it was then the Pendle 3 Peaks Race on August 17th which saw John joined by Mark Wilkin and Daniel Whittaker for the Harriers featuring one hundred and thirty eight runners. V50 Mark Wilkin was first home in 75th place clocking 2hr 02.32 with V50 John Orrell next through the line (92nd) in 2hr 09.10 with V40 Daniel Whittaker – who as an U20 athlete clocked PB’s of 10.8 and 22.00 for the 100m/200m – coming home in 108th place (2hr 17.38). John commented on the day saying “A shower of rain just after the start put thoughts of a grim day out in my head, but it was not to be and soon Pendle was covered in glorious sunshine. A steady start as I knew what was to come. A tough climb up Ashendean Clough, then The Big Dipper of Mearly Clough. Saving some for the Big End I seemed finally to get my climbing legs back. It’s been a while! Up and over the top, past the trig and home free. ‘Easy’!!”
L-R John Orrell – Mark Wilkin – Daniel Whittaker
Tour of Norland – Saturday August 17th
After a lay off due to injury, Annabel Ralph was back out racing at the weekend and this time on the Fells at the Tour of Norland.
The Organiser of the Race describes it thus….The Tour of Norland Moor is more like a trail race than a fell race and is a great introduction to fell running. All the hard work is done at the start as the race climbs up North Dean Road (a rough paved bridletrack). Starts/finishes from the excellent facilities of Copley Cricket Club. A 10k race with 270m climb. Minimum age 18 years. Category BM.
Cambridge & Coleridge athlete – Graham Anderson – was the overall winner in a time of 39.16 with Annabel Mason the first woman in 12th place with a time of 44.52. Annabel Ralph had a very good run just behind Mason in 16th spot clocking 45.55.
BLACKBURN HARRIERS Northern League Division One 2019 CHAMPIONS – Rob 2nd in BMC 1500m – Jess & Sophie at European Team Championships – Ben & Victoria Win Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – Preston 5 with Rachael – Harriers on Tour with Andrew & Eva
Northern League Division One Final Match – Saturday August 9th
Blackburn Harriers Senior Team had set out two years ago to try and win Division 2 of the Northern League, qualify for the Promotion Match and ultimately gain promotion to Division 1. In Division 1 the team felt like it had a chance to be competitive to the point where it may challenge for the title. The first part of the ambition was achieved as we won Division 2 in 2018 and finished second in the Promotion Match to Team I.O.M – 8 points separating us – the two teams bothing going into Division 1 for the 2019 season.
The Harriers opened the season with back to back wins in fixtures one (Witton Park) and two (Wigan) before finishing 2nd to West Cheshire in Ellesmere Port. The final fixture took place at Wakefield on Saturday August 10th which saw the Harriers in a closed fought battle throughout the day with the lead changing hands on a number of occassions. When the dust settled, the Harriers had achieved the second part of the ambition set two years ago, being crowned Division 1 Champions as we finished 2nd on the day just three points behind winners Wakefield and making it two Match wins and two 2nd places in the four Match season.
Women’s Team Captain – Anna Peers – told us “The whole team have worked so hard this season, many younger athletes have come and stepped up to compete on our behalf in events that don’t suit their abilities. It’s been great to see the team spirit which I hope will continue into next season”.
The Men’s Team Captain – Ben Fish – who was in the squad the last time the Harriers won Division One told the Club after the Match that “Fantastic to be back up there winning Division 1 again. It’s been a good few years since we were at that level, amazing performances across the board from everyone. To win two out of the four matches and place 2nd in the other two also shows the consistency and commitment we’ve shown this season“.
Tony Wood – President of Blackburn Harriers and Chairman of Northern Athletics – who had been timekeeping for the Club at the Match came over and made the presentation of the trophy to the Men’s and Women’s Team Captains – Ben Fish and Anna Peers and told the Club after that “Winning the Division 1 title and becoming the North’s top track and field club within the Northern League for only the 4th time in the league’s 49 year history is a huge achievement for our club. All our club contributed both on the track and the field together with our hard working officials and our club committee and particularly George Davies and Jan Buckingham as the team managers. Saturday the 10th August 2019 is another day that will go down in our history books and we should all be proud of our club, its strengths, its qualities and its passion for our sport. Long may we shine! “
The weather on the day was a mixture, with sunshine, the odd shower and strong winds which meant that not many new personal bests were about to be set, although as we know, League competition is all about building points throughout the day.
The Club’s Throwers carried on as they have done all season, setting the tone for the day with a double win – U20 Sam Gaskell in his first appearance for the Club’s Senior Men’s team went and set a new PB with the 7.26kg weight to win the ‘A’ Hammer with 58.67m adding over 5 metres to the distance set in his only other competition with the senior weight. Anthony Kent replicated the win in the ‘B’ with a throw of 44.18m to help the team take maximum points in the first event of the day. Anthony then teamed up with Tony Balko in the Discus and Shot where Anthony placed 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 11.63m and Tony won the ‘B’ with 9.82m and in the Discus Tony took 3rd spot in the ‘A’ with a throw of 35.02m as Anthony won the ‘B’ with 30.92m. On to the Javelin and Anthony was joined by Joe Pearse which saw Joe place 4th in the ‘A’ (33.97m) and Anthony also 4th in the ‘B’ with 29.49m.
Sam Gaskell (Hammer) Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Shot Putt)Tony Balko (Shot Putt)Tony Balko (Discus)Anthony Kent (Discus)Joe Pearse (Javelin) Anthony Kent (Javelin)
There was a new pairing in the Men’s 100m/200m double which saw Brandon Zinyemba and Kyle Mashiter double up – Brandon clocking 11.18 in the ‘A’ 100m (2nd) and 23.38 in the 200m ‘A’ in 6th. U17 Kyle is improving all the time and ran 11.62 for 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m and then set a new PB by two tenths in the ‘B’ 200m with his 23.24 clocking to take the win.
Brandon Zinyemba (1) 100mKyle Mashiter (11) 100mBrandon Zinyemba (1) 200m Kyle Mashiter (11) 200m
Dominic Walton ran a seasons best time of 51.23 in the ‘A’ 400m whilst Paul Bradshaw – in the middle of the Pole Vault which had to be taken indoors because of the wind – came out, did a few strides and clocked 54.63 in the ‘B’ for 2nd place. The wind made all of the one lap and above distance a battle for survival at times and Zac Howe and Joe Gebbie combined really well to both place 2nd in the 800m – Zac running 2.01.88 in the ‘A’ and Joe 2.03.69 in the ‘B’.
Dominic Walton 400mPaul Bradshaw 400mZac Howe 800m Joe Gebbie 800m
Same again in the 1500m as Tim Raynes and Matt Ramsden both secured 2nd places. Tim made a very strong attempt to take the race to the field in the ‘A’ only to be overtaken in the last 25 metres by the fast finishing Daniel Franks of Wakefield (4.17.46) with Tim clocking 4.18.74 and in the ‘B’ Matt ran strongly to come in 2nd with 4.21.74. In the 3000m steeplechase Marc Hartley set off leading the field into the wind which is never easy and ran 10.38.27 in the ‘A’ race for 3rd spot as Joe Howe clocked a seasons best, even in that wind of 10.58.24 to win the ‘B’. Ben Fish made it three wins out of three in the ‘A’ 5000m winning in June at Wigan with 15.18.0, again at Ellesmere Port in July (15.15.5) and again yesterday at Wakefield with 15.12.36 which was a very good time indeed, given the conditions. Calum Holmes stepped in at the last minute to cover the ‘B’ race and placed 2nd in a time of 17.37.11.
Tim Raynes (1) 1500mMatt Ramsden (11) 1500mMarc Hartley Joe Howe
Our main 110m Hurdlers were missing so Joe Howe and John iLunga stepped in to help the team as John finished 3rd in the ‘A’ (21.45) and Joe 4th in the ‘B’ (27.92m). In the 400m – Long Hurdlers Solomon Brown and Nick Smith delivered yet again as Solomon won the ‘A’ in 59.00 and Nick the ‘B’ in 63.00, the two of them being very consistent throughout the season and scoring a lot of points for the team.
John iLunga 110m Hurdles Joe Howe 110m HurdlesSolomon Brown (1) 400m Hurdles Nick Smith (11) 400m Hurdles
Joe Pearse maintained his 100% winning record in the High Jump which like the Pole Vault was held indoors after being abandoned outside because of the wind. Joe won the ‘A’ with 1.85m whilst Nick won the ‘B’ with 1.65m – another pairing who have been very successful. Jonathan Gough was carrying a hamstring niggle which impacted his jumping as he placed 6th in the Long Jump ‘A’ (5.61m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 11.68m only being able to do one jump. U17 Ben Branton jumped well to secure 2nd spot in the ‘B’ Long Jump (5.53m) and Fawwaz Mustapha was just cms outside his best in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (4th) with 11.84m. Paul Bradshaw picked up more valuable points in the ‘A’ Pole Vault clearing 2.40m (4th).
Nick SmithJonathan Gough Long JumpBen Branton Long Jump
The Relays went really well for the Club – winning both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m. In the 4 x 100m Fawwaz Mustapha was drafted in at the last minute to cover for an injury as he, Kyle Mashiter, Ethan Downes and Brandon Zinyemba brought the baton home in 1st place in a combined time of 46.24 which gave the team three wins out of four throughtout the season.
L-R Ethan Dones – Kyel Mashiter – Coach Ramzi – Fawwaz Mustapha – Brandon Zinyemba
Fawwaz Mustapha to Kyle Mashiter
The 4 x 400m Relay team of Dominic Walton on Leg 1, Zac Howe on 2, Joe Gebbie on 3 and Paul Bradshaw on the final leg won in a time of 3.34.66, some 4 seconds clear of West Cheshire in 2nd.
L-R Paul Bradshaw – Dominic Walton – Joe Gebbie – Zac Howe
Charlotte Williams who has had a fabulous season got the Women’s team off to a great start in the Hammer winning the ‘A’ with a distance of 57.51m with Abigail Brown taking 3rd spot in the ‘B’ (28.57m) which was just shy of her seasons best. The competition suffered from difficulties with the cage which wasn’t helped by the weather. Anna Peers and Emily Taberner took on the Shot Putt with Anna throwing 10.50m in 4th spot in the ‘A’ and Emily 8.98m for 3rd in the ‘B’ which was just 3cms outtside her personal best. Charlotte Williams HammerAbigail Brown Hammer
On to the Discus which provided a great sight for the Harriers with Anna Peers winning the ‘A’ in a new PB distance of 40.33m – the screams could be heard back in Blackburn – as she added over two and half metres to her previous best and that alongside the return of Sarah Henton to competition – her first since September 2014 – winning the ‘B’ with 34.86m, made for a great event. To round the Women’s Throws off for the day – Anna Peers and Millie Coy who have won big points for the Club throughout the season in the Javelin, both placed 2nd with Anna throwing 36.73m in the ‘A’ and Millie – a seasons best distance 32.84m in the ‘B’.
Anna Peers DiscusSarah henton DiscusAnna Peers Javelin Millie Coy Javelin
U17 Bailey Madden was just four hundreths outside her personal best in the 100m clocking 12.64 (6th) with Amy Wiggans placing 4th in the ‘B’ (13.33). Amy then ran the ‘A’ 200m clocking 27.46 in 5th with Millie Coy running 27.33 in 4th spot in the ‘B’.
Amy Wiggans (11) 100m
Millie Coy (11) 200m
Charlie Coy and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh were the pairing in the 400m with Charlie running 64.00 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Ellen 64.64 (3rd) in the ‘B’ race. The Women’s middle distance team had been weakened as a result of holidays and injuries as Ellen who has had a very good season so far in the League, clocked 2.30.57 for 5th in the 800m ‘A’ race as bottom of age U17 Rebecca Ramsden also battled the wind to take 5th place in the ‘B’ (2.53.23) and the first time she has ever run in a senior women’s race. Well done to her. Rachel Wood traveled up from London to double up in the 3000m and 1500m after the team lost a number of its athletes at this distance. She ran well for her first time on the track since July 2016 – clocking 5.15.81 for 3rd spot in the 150m ‘A’ race and 11.02.91 for 2nd in the 3000m.
Charlie Coy 400m Ellen Sagar-Hesketh 400mEllen Sagar-Hesketh 800m Rebecca Ramsden 800mRachel Wood 1500mRachel Wood 3000m
Team spirit was never more evident than in the Women’s 400m Hurdles where Charlie Coy got round to earn some points (6th) in 88.0. Millie Coy just got caught in the last ten metres of the 100m Hurdles, running 17.04 in 3rd in the ‘A’ as Chloe Bleeks took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ race with 20.21.
Pole Vaulters – Katie Mitchell and Poppy Mae-Preece – with some tips given by the husband of a very famous pole vaulter!! – had a very good day setting new PBs for themselves as Katie came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 2.30m and Poppy also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.10. Things didn’t go as well in the Long Jump where Chloe Bleeks placed 6th in the ‘A’ (4.07m) and Bailey Madden 4th in the ‘B’ (3.83m). Poppy took on the ‘A’ High Jump to clear 1.30m in 5th and in the Triple Jump Ellen Sagar-Hesketh jumping after doing the 800m and 400m, leapt to 9.27m in the ‘A’ (4th) with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ (8.73m).
Chloe Bleeks Long Jump Bailey Madden Long Jump
The Women’s 4 x 100m Relay team of Millie Coy, Amy Wiggans, Chloe Bleeks, Bailey Madden ran a seasons best time of 52.59 in 4th whilst the 4 x 400m Relay team of Charlie Coy, Rebecca Ramsden, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, Rachel Wood ran 4.38.13 in 6th.
Millie Coy – Amy WiggansCharlie Coy Leg 1 400m
L-R Kyle Mashiter – Fawwaz Mustapha – Chloe Bleeks – Ethan Downes – Bailey Madden – John iLunga – Coach Ramzi – Brandon Zinyemba – Millie Coy – Amy Wiggans – Charlie Coy
BMC Trafford – Saturday August 10th
With many athletes looking forward to running some fast times at this latest BMC, it was disappointing to see the weather turn against many of them, the evening dominated as it was, with strong and personal best destructive winds!!
Rob Warner has been in very good form and was hoping to use that form to run a personal best and get a British Championship qualifying time, having been just a second outside it in his last run. In the event, Rob finished 2nd in his 1500m race with a time of 3.52.09 – just under a second behind the winner Bolton’s Jonthan Kay who clocked 3.51.20.
After the Race, Rob spoke to the Club about his evening commenting that he was “quite happy with it! Was tough conditions so the race turned into bit of a tactical race as we didn’t go with the pace, I took it on with about 450m to go and managed to come away with 2nd with a 58/59 last lap so I’m happy with how I raced it. Bit of a shame the conditions weren’t nicer as I think I’m in shape to run a PB, just havent been in a race to do it!
Rob Warner 4th from the left of photo
European Athletics Team Championships
Jess Judd and Sophie Hitchon were in action for GB after being slected to contest the 1500m and Hammer respectively. The European Team Championships are ron a League system with points awarded according to the position that an athlete finishes in their event. With 12 nations participating it means that athletes can win a maximum of 12 points for a win dow to 1 point for finishing in 12th place.
Jess came home in 6th place after going after the race win from a long way out in the 1500m, clocking 4.09.89 – a second outside her seasons best which earned six points for the team – the winner – Sofia Ennaoui – clocking 4.08.37.
Sophie was throwing in only her third competition of the year so far and finished 10th with a throw of 63.23m – the competition being won by French thrower Alexandra Tavernier with 72.81m.
Boulsworth Fell Race – Sunday August 11th
It was a very good finale to this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series at Boulsworth on Sunday featuring well over two hundred runners in the race with all of the relevant winners in the different categories being confirmed. No confirmation needed about the individual winners with Ben Fish taking the Men’s Title and Victoria Mousley taking the Women’s. Great achievement by the two Blackburn Harriers.
Ben Fish won the 5000m for the Harriers on Saturday at Wakefield as part of the Harriers team who won the Division One title. On Sunday, he found himself on the Fells in the final race of this years Grand Prix, leading the whole series as he toed the line at the start. Another fine run by Ben saw him take his ninth consecutive race win on road, trail and fell to take the 2019 title at the Boulsworth race with a winning time of 43.33, some forty five seconds in front of 2nd place athlete – David Mirfield (44.18).With the Race and Series won, Ben told the Harriers that he was “Very happy to win the series. After a dodgy start at Hameldon Hill, it was great to score 9 wins afterwards though technically I consider the Barrowford 5k as fifth. Well done to Victoria winning the womens, Chris Davies, John Horrocks, Calum Holmes and Lindsay Davies on their placings too”.
Having another very good run in 3rd spot was the Harriers John Horrocks (44.59) who has been so consistently good on the fells this year with numerous top 5 and 10 finishes. After the Race John spoke to the Harriers about the day commenting that it had been “Grim conditions for boulsworth today, forgotten about though once we’d starting racing. Enjoyed the route after we’d come off the farmers track with a descent you could have a proper go at. Happy with 3rd place. Well done to Ben on the win and also the series win. Also well done to all the other Harriers in the Grand Prix, it’s been a good one for the club!“
Ben FishJohn Horrocks
Victoria Mousley didn’t run this race as she was doing a country long bike ride for a very good cause. She had however, already cemented the Women’s Title with four race wins, four 2nd and 1 3rd place in the nine counting races. She spoke to the Harriers after the last Race reflecting on the Series and her achievment in winning saying “I hadn’t intended on doing the Grand Prix this year but i did Hambledon then realised I could fit just 9 races in. I knew I would have to do well in all of them to stand a chance of winning. Each race was great fun with different challenges and it is a brilliant series for meeting new people, making new friends and supporting club mates. We had a great turn out at lots of events dominating most of the races. I was delighted to win wrapping up the series before the last races and was really pleased for Ben winning the mens too. Also well done to all the category winners too. Great team effort from all of the Harriers who took part in the races”.
Victoria Mousley Grand Prix Archive photo
Next across the line came Calum Holmes in 29th place with a time of 49.47, followed home by Matthew Poole in 34th (50.45) and having a very good first competitive season for the Harriers and Gary Pearse in 50th running a time of 53.37.
Calum Holmes (254)Matthew Poole (296)Gary Pearse (250)
On top of Ben and Victoria winning both Individual series Titles – Chris Davies and John Horrocks finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the overall Series to make it 3 Blackburn Harriers in the top 5 with Chris taking the MV40 1st place. In the Women’s final standings Lindsay Davies made it two in the first five as she placed 5th overall and 1st FV45.
Fifty two youngsters contested the U11/U13 mixed race which ended with a great battle between Trawden’s U13 William McCash and the Harriers U13 Sam Aspey – William edging it by just one second (7.11) to Sam’s 7.12 in 2nd spot. Another cracking run too from U11 Theo Robinson coming home in 5th overall and 1st U11 Boy in a time of 7.26 and followed by U13 Oliver Gill in 8th spot clocking 7.32 and 3rd U13 Girl Imogen Robinson crossing the finish line in 15th overall in a time of 7.56. A smaller field in the U15/U17 Race won by William Walker in 18.42 with the Harriers U15 Codie Dewhurst placing 9th in a time of 23.44.
Photos Courtesey of David’s Running Photos (David Belshaw)
Sam Aspey (31)
Theo Robinson (64)Oliver Gill (25)Imogen Robinson (65)
Codie Dewhurst (109)
Preston 5 Mile – Sunday August 11th
One hundred and twenty six runners in this race in Rachael Gavin’s fifth race only since March 2018 after recovering from a long injury. The race was won in a fast time by Aldershot’s Joshua Gray in 23.43 – just three seconds in front of 2nd placed athlete Cambrdige’s Jack Gray (23.46). Rachael clocked 34.52 in 42nd place overall.
Harriers on Tour
Andrew and daughter Eva Knowles didn’t miss the opportunity to fly the Blue & White in Majorca on their holiday recently – running a 7.4k race. They raced on the last night of their holidays in the historic old town of Alcúdia, Majorca in 28 degrees. Eva ran 38.37 for 2nd placed junior and Andrew 32.50 for 75th overal, 5 laps of the old town 7.4k. Eva commented afterwards that “It’s the furthest I have ever raced and it was so hot. It was tough but well worth it in the end”
New PB’s for Jacob & Joe at Trafford – Top 5 for John at Pilgrims Cross – Annabel Wins Astley Park Trail Series + Vet and Junior Titles
It was a good night for Jacob Watson at Trafford on Tuesday night in the 3000m. This was his third race at Trafford this year and also his first year racing on the track. Kicking off with 9.19.95 in April he ran another 9.19. 07 in May and last night smashed that time to set a new PB of 9.03.64 and this after clocking 15.48.3 in just his third race over 5000m at the Northern League Division 1 Match at Ellesmere Port recently.
Similarly a good outing for U20 Joe Gebbie too as he took on the 1500m. Joe’s personal best of 4.11.80 was set in June just after he broke through the two minute barrier for 800m (1.59.0). Joe was one of seven athletes who all posted new personal bests on the night and his 4.11.37 clocking represented a new PB by nearly half a second. Nick Smith went into race 5 of the 800m’s with a previous best fo 2.06.96 and looking to improve on that. In the event, Nick ran 2.09.86. In the Throws there was a win for Tony Balko as he threw 35.71m in winning the Discus (1.5kg) and then finished just outside his seasons best in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 11.21m in 3rd place.
Jacob Watson (71) 3000m
Joe Gebbie (386) 1500m
Nick Smith (286) 800m
Tony Balko (Discus)
Tony Balko (Shot Putt)
Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race – Wednesday August 7th
John Horrocks is adding more top 5 and top 10 finishes to his record on the Fells, the latest being at Pilgrim’s Cross on Wedsneday night. A field of 151 runners contested the race won by Bury’s Ben Coop in 47.39. John had another fine run as he crossed the finishing line in 5th spot clocking 51.38. Reflecting on the race afterwards, John commented “New route tonight for pilgrims cross, Bit longer and more climbing. Better weather this week after last weeks bog swimming for the second race in the Rossendale series. Had a good first climb out but after that struggled a bit so had to really work hard to keep a decent position and finish 5th. Well done to all who ran!”
John Horrocks (14)
Astley Park Trail Series – Wedsneday August 7th
It was the final race of this year’s Series attracting 134 runners and headed by three Trafford athletes in first, second and third places – Danny Lawton taking the win in a rapid 19.18 with 2nd and 3rd places clocking equally rapid times of 20.08 and 20.17.
Three Blackburn Harriers ran with John Cookson being the first across the line in 43rd place overall with a time of 25.58, followed by Lindsay Davies in 61st running 27/08 and Hannah Cookson clocking 28.59 in 79th position. In the overall Series results, Annabel Ralph took the Women’s title with Lindsay Davies taking the Women’s V40 series title.
John Cookson (533)Lindsay Davies (399)
Hannah Cookson (534)
The final race in the Juniors Series had 79 youngsters contesting which saw Isaac Battye win on the night in a time of 4.46 some six seconds in front of 2nd placed Jack Lamb. Sam Aspey was the first Blackburn Harrier home in 5th place and 1st M10 clocking a time of 5.11 with Oliver Gill in 8th (5.19).
Sam Aspey (115)Oliver Gill (17)
They were followed by a trio of Harriers with just three seconds separating them – Kate Cookson (17th) with a time of 5.45, Matthew Smith ((18th) in 5.47, and Hannah Davies (19th) running 5.48. Evan Potter came home in 34th place running a time of 6.19 with 8yr old Charlotte Smith two seconds behind in 35th clocking 6.21.
Kate Cookson (173) – Matthew Smith (89) – Hannah Davies (119)
Evan Potter (34) – Charlotte Smith (90)
In the Junior Series overall – Sam Aspey won the M11 Boys title, Hannah Davies was F11 equal 2nd and in the open male series the Harriers had three in the top ten – Sam Aspey (5th) with Oliver Gill and Matthew Smith in joint 7th.
L-R Evan Potter (34) – Matthew Smith – Sam Aspey (115) – Oliver Gill (17) – Charlotte Smith (90) – Hannah Davies (119) – Kate Cookson)
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