Category Archives: Track & Field
Charlotte Wins Bronze at National Championships – Tony Wins Bronze Medals at British Masters Championships – New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Jess doubles on 1500m & 3000m at Watford – Top 5 for Thomas at Malham
England National Track & Field Championships – Bedford 25/26th August
What a year for U17 Charlotte Williams! Started off thinking that she wouldn’t be able to compete in 2018 after undergoing surgery on her Meniscus and ACL – yet here she is, in only her fourth event of the year, throwing a seasons best distance of 57.41m to take 3rd place and the Bronze Medal at the National Championships. A delighted Charlie told the Club after receiving her Medal “To win a bronze medal at the National Championships when I got told I wouldn’t even be back throwing until November was a great surprise and the best way to end my season. Thankyou to everyone in the club for the constant support”.
After qualifying and competing at English Schools this year and achieving a National Standard, Myah Booth ran in the 75m Hurdles which featured three Heats. Myah was in Heat (3) and came home 3rd in 11.90 making her 9th overall in the three Heats, just missing out on the Final by one place. She had also entered the Shot Putt placing 10th in the Final with a distance of 10.21m.
U15 Nicky Saunders was also competing at the National Championships in the Discus, the day after competing in the Mid Lancs League Medal Meeting in Blackpool. At the National Championships Nicky finished 8th in the Final with a distance of 27.55m.
British Masters Championships – 25th & 26th August
V50 Tony Balko has been targeing the British and World Masters Championship this year and the first Leg of that double took place over the weekend in Birmingham. In the Discus Final Tony threw a little under his personal and seasons best (36.55m) to finish in 4th place.
Despite the terrible weather conditions for throwing, Tony came away with two Bronze Medals which sets him up nicely for the World Masters Championships being held in Spain in September. Tony’s Bronze Medals came in the Hammer (6kg) with 3rd place distances of 38.87m and in the Shot Putt (6kg) 10.35m. He also added two 4th place finishes in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 36.55m and also 4th in the 11.34kg Weight (12.11m).
Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Blackpool Saturday August 25th
Another Mid Lancs Track & Field season came to an end on a warm but windy day in Blackpool with athletes from affiliated Clubs competing for Medals and among them – thirty two from Blackburn Harriers who set fourteen new personal bests and fourteen wins.
(L-R Medal Winners – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Matt heywood – David Holden – Isaac Butler)
Anthony Kent (U20) is finishing the season in style with a new PB in the Senior Men’s Hammer (7.26kg) of 42.82m, over 3 metres further than he has thrown this season. He backed that up with a 2nd place in the Discus with 30.78m and 3rd in the Shot Putt (10.84m). Similarly in the Senior Women’s Throws events where Anna Peers has wracked up a whole number of wins in this years Northern League and taking a win and two seconds places today – throwing 35.53m to win the Discus, 9.40m in 2nd spot in the Shot Putt, rounding off the day with a throw of 35.92m in the Javelin for 2nd place. U17 Abigail Brown took on three throws events too, placing 6th in the Shot Putt (6.79m), 3rd in the Discus (21.85m) and 4th in the Hammer with a throw of 30.83m. U17 Millie Coy was looking to Medal in the Javelin and placed 5th with a throw of 29.58m.
U15 Matt Heywood is another young athlete who has had a very good season in Throws events as evidenced by his performance here. In winning the Hammer with a throw of 41.69m he showed how far he has progressed from his first ever Hammer throw of 23.33m just 12 months ago. He came 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.79m and won the Discus with a new PB distance of 31.49m – an improvement by over two metres. George Whittaker and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret were also contesting the Throws with George coming home 4th in the U15 Boys Discus (26.30m) and Kyle 2nd in the Hammer with 24.51m and just outside his personal best. U13 Dexta Thompson had a go at the Throws events placing 2nd in the Javelin with 23.68m – just 7 cms off his best and 3rd in the Discus with his second ever attempt at the event (13.22m).
U15 Grace Bontoft is in her first competitive season in Throws and took on Shot Putt, Discus and Hammer recording 6.52m in the Shot Putt (5th), 15.18m in the Discus (6th) and 25.88m in the Hammer placing 4th. Nicky Saunders continued her good season by winning the U15 Girls Discus (28.89m) and a new PB by just 3cms, won the Hammer with a throw of 34.77m – a massive new PB by over 3 metres and finished 5th in the Javelin with 23.68m. Madison Bontoft (U13) and also in her first competitive season in Throws nearly doubled the distance she has thrown in the Shot Putt as she reached a distance of 6.50m for a massive new PB, and set another new PB in the Javelin by a metre, throwing 12.19m in 9th position. Caroline Woodworth took on the U13 Girls Discus, placing 6th with 16.67m and 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 17.75m.
U17’s Solomon Brown and Benjamin Whittaker were in action in the Sprints which saw Benjamin finish 3rd in Heat (2) of the 100m in 12.10 a new PB by two tenths and 6th in the 200m Heat (1) clocking 24.90 – Solomon came home in 5th in Heat (1) of the 200m posting a time of 24.40, a new PB by nearly a second. U15 Ben Boocock ran his first ever 100m race clocking a time of 13.50 in 8th place whilst George Whittaker ran 26.80 in the 200m for a new PB by two tenths. U13 Tobi Olidapo has made a very big impression in his first season sprinting for the Club and ran well again today to record a time of 13.00 in 3rd place in Heat (1) of the 100m.
The entries in the Senior Women’s Sprints were sparse to say the least with just two athletes in the 100m and 200m – Chloe Bleeks won both races comfortabley running 13.50 in the 100m and 28.10 in the 200m. U17 Millie Coy knocked two tenths of her previous best time to set a new PB of 13.10 as she won Heat (1) of the 100m, going on to come a very, very close 2nd in the 200m with 27.10 – the same time as given to the winner.
U17 Ben Branton is his first season as a Long Jumper and showing real promise, has only had five competitions leading up to the this years Medal Meeting. He kicked off his season with a jump of 5.11 and yesterday he leapt out to 5.75m for a new PB in 3rd place. 800m runner – U15 Hayden Mercer – has jumped just once ever in the Long Jump (3.92m) and today in only his second ever attempt leapt out to a new PB of 4.69m (5th). U13 Tobi Olidapo was one of twelve athletes in the U13 Boys Long Jump where he placed 6th with a leap of 4.21m. It’s great when young athletes take on a new event and it comes off as it did for U13 Daniel Smith clearing 1.30m in the High Jump (4th) with Dexta Thompson in equal 6th place. (1.10m). Chloe Bleeks added a 2nd placed jump of 4.24m to her two wins in the Sprints events as U13 Kady Thompson cleared 1.15m in the High Jump to equal her personal best.
Another athlete trying an event for the first time was U15 Hayden Mercer who took on the 400m winning in a time of 57.30, a time which suggest a revision of his 800 personal best. The windy conditions meant that personal bests would be at a premium in the middle distance events with a strong win going down the back straight. Sam Hodkinson ran 4.39.60 for 2nd spot in the U17 Men’s 1500m. In the U15 Boys 800m George Whittaker tried to lead from the front and paid the price a little as he finished in 2nd place with 2.24.90. The U13 and U15 Boys ran together in the 1500m which resulted in a 1/2 for the Harriers in the U15 Boys – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 1st in 4.54.20 and David Holman 2nd in 4.57.60 and a win for Isaac Butler in the U13 race as clocked 5.01.90 with Daniel Smith chopping five seconds off his best time to set a new personal best of 5.20.20 in 3rd place. In the U15 Girls 800m which only had two athletes competing, Leah Hoole placed 2nd in 2.37.20 and Kady Thompson ran 3.07 in the U13 Girls 800m.
U13 Boys Ben Livesey, Codie Dewhurst and Umair Rafiq ran the 800m with Ben clocking a new PB of 2.39.50 in 4th place, Codie in 5th (2.40.70) and Umair running 2.45.70 in 7th. Amy Davies was the only runner unfortunately in the U17 Girls 1500m (5.07.00) as the Senior Women and U15 Girls all ran together – Hollie Cubbon snatched a win with a determined finish in the U15 Girls race on the line in 5.35.10 and in the U13 Girls 1500m Molly Grinshaw placed 5th in a time of 6.01.40 in her first race since June of this year.
Three endurance runners and a sprinter – Codie Dewhurst – Dexta Thompson – Isaac Butler – Tobi Olidapo – made up the Harriers 4 x 100m Relay Team as they clocked 59.10 in second place to Blackpool. Before the Relays Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles placing 2nd (16.70) and 3rd (17.20) respectively and Ben Boocock ran 13.00 in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles. Lucy Ramsden ran 12.80 for 3rd position in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles which equaled her personal best run at this years County Championships.
(L-R Dexta Thompson – Tobi Olidapo – Isaac Butler – Codie Dewhurst)
Watford Open Graded Meeting – Wednesday 22nd August
Jes Judd had a tough evening at this meeting taking on the 1500m and 3000m with an hour of each other. Jess ran both races in an all male field clocking 4.14.04 in the 1500m followed by the 3000m in which she ran a time of 9.09.90.
Malham Fell Races – Saturday August 25th
A good run for Tom Marchant at Malham on Saturday which saw him come home in 4th place with a time of 20.26 just one second behind 3rd placed Rob Carr in 20.25.
Speaking to the Harriers afterwards, Tom commented “The race was fast, short and steep testing the speed and strength endurance. Conditions were perfect, dry with a slight breeze, not too warm. I had a good start and was 3rd going up then started to drop back to 8th but after a tough climb I managed to gain positions on a fast downhill, overall my race went really well and I’m pleased with my performance”
Harriers Senior Team Win Promotion to Division One in Northern League – Jess Wins Home Countries International 1500m and BMC 3000m – Rob Runs seasons best 800m at Tipton BMC – Thomas Runs Junior International Fell Trials at Arncliffe – Gary & Ian at Pendle Three Peaks
Northern League Division One Promotion Match – Doncaster – August 18th
A great day for the Harriers at Doncaster yesterday as the Team secured promotion back to Division One after finishing so close – by just eight points – to the Isle of Man Team which saw both teams deservedly winning the two promotion places. Every one of our athletes, over the whole season, deserve a very big pat on the back. Team spirit and the determination to do well individually and collectively has been fabulous. Athletes have really put themselves on the line to achieve this result and are deserving of all the praise that comes their way.
Jan Buckingham who is the Women’s Team Manager commented after promotion was secured “Congratulations to everyone who has been involved all the way through the season, not just yesterday. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for stepping up and putting their all into the team event, with many people achieving pbs and trying new events to scrape up all the points possible. Its been great to have the new u17s, new athletes to the club, the uni returners, the international elites and of course the core bbh athletes who consistently compete for us, all come together to achieve one goal. Its great seeing the club develop and have the depth of athletes to make this promotion possible. After a few years of depleted ladies numbers, we are definitely growing and the future looks bright! Well done everyone (including the boys)!!”
Holly Bradshaw had been competing in a wind affected Diamond League Pole Vault competition on the day of the Promotion match. The conditions were not in the least condusive to good pole vaulting which could be seen from the winning clearance of 4.60m. Holly placed 5th after clearing 4.40m and afterwards sent everyone in the Team a message saying “Amazing and well done everyone and hope everyone has a welle arned rest”.
Promotion Match RESULTS
Going to start the report at the end! And that is because the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team broke the existing Club Record set in 2005 at Cleckheaton, thriteen years ago. The time clocked that day was 4.08.4 with the team consisting of Leonard, Scarret, Wood, Powell – at Doncaster Alison Leonard as she was in 2005 became Alison Lundy (with a 57.6 last leg) as she, along with Charlie Coy on Leg one (63.2), Ellen Sagar-Hesketh on Leg 2 (63.6) and Maddie Elliott on Leg 3 (62.2) posted a new Club record of 4.06.6 as they finished second to the Isle of Man by one half of a second. The Men’s 4 x 400m Relay team consisting of Ross Liddle, Zac Howe, Solomon Brown and James Marchant ran the fastest time of the season as they won comfortably in a time of 3.34.4.
(Back Row – Zac Howe – Solomon Brown – James Marchant – Ross Liddle) — (Front Row – Alison Lundy – Maddie Elliott – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Charlie Coy)
The throwers have contributed a huge amount to the teams success this season and led from the front by Anna Peers who once again had an excellent match placing 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (24.46m), winning the Discus ‘A’ with a new PB of 37.57m, winning the Javelin ‘A’ with a throw of 39.57m and coming 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.65m. Great back up to in the ‘B’ competitions which saw Emily Taberner set two new PB’s in the Hammer (2nd) with 22.28m, an improvement by over four metres, 1st in the Discus (24.25m) and a new PB by a metre and a half, followed by winning the Shot Putt with 7.83m. U17 Millie Coy goes from strength to strength as she set a new PB by over four metres too in the ‘B’ Javelin throwing 33.76m to win the event for the team.
In the Men’s Throws Nathan Billington was close to his personal best as he threw 37.29m in the ‘A’ Hammer in 3rd place with Anthony Kent winning the ‘B’ (32.59m). Onto the Discus where Anthony threw 32.65m in the ‘A’ as Tony Balko won the ‘B’ with a throw of 29.35m followed by the Shot Putt which was a very good competition, Anthony placing 5th with 10.54m and Tony Balko 4th in the ‘B’ with 9.36m. Final throw of the day was the Javelin which saw Anthony place 3rd in the ‘A’ (36.61m) and John Cookson 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 29.44m.
A very good day for Brandon Zinyemba who finally broke 11 seconds as he clocked a new PB time of 10.9 in the ‘A’ 100m – the same time as the winner. The 200m saw Brandon clock 22.9 in 4th spot and a 3rd place for Ross Liddle in the ‘B’ with 23.1. Bailey Madden and Emily Warren paired up again in the Women’s 100m and 200m races with Bailey placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m (12.6) which equaled her personal best and 3rd in the 200m (26.8) – Emily came 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m with a time of 13.2 and 2nd again in the ‘B’ 200m (27.5).
Ross Liddle last ran a 400m in July 2017 where he clocked 50.6 – one year later he took on the ‘A’ 400m and won the race by a second in a time of 51.4, backed up by Zac Howe who was coming off the back of not a lot of training, winning the ‘B’ race in 54.4. Charlie Coy came home in 3rd in the women’s ‘A’ 400m with a time of 63.5 with Ellen-Sagar Hesketh just one tenth outside her personal best in the ‘B’ posting 61.8 in 3rd, the same time given to 2nd place.
The Women’s team produced five wins and a 2nd place in the Middle Distance events which was a great performance by them. Alison Lundy won the ‘A’ 800m in 2.13.0 whilst Ellen-Sagar Hesketh won the ‘B’ in a very close race in 2.25.4. The ‘A’ 1500m was a great race with Alison Lundy and Rachael Franklin running 1400m side by side bringing the race down to a 100m sprint which saw Alison take it in 4.40.6, the same time as Rachael in 2nd place. Another good and improving run from U17 Amy Davies saw her win the ‘B’ 1500m in a seasons best of 5.01.5. In the 3000m Joanne Nelson took on Rachael Franklin in the ‘A’ race coming home in 2nd spot (11.05.3) whilst Maddie Elliott backed that up really well by winning the ‘B’ in a time of 11.17.6.
Like the Women, the Men were running into a very strong headwind and although it was warm on the day, the wind did impact on times in these distances. Zac Howe ran the ‘A’ 800m in 1.59.8 to finish 4th whilst Joe Gebbie continued his very good season with a win in the ‘B’ Race clocking 2.04.00. James Marchant was another athlete who was coming into the event short of training but still ran pretty solidly for a 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 1500m (4.19.9) whilst Karl Billington who volunteered to run both the 1500m and 5000m ‘B’ races as we were misisng athletes, won the ‘B’ in a seasons best time of 4.22.7.
The 3000m Steeplechase had Chris Davies coming home in 2nd in the ‘A’ with 10.36.7, just five seconds outside his personal best which in that wind was a very good run. Joseph Howe epitomised everything you need to know about wearing the blue and white vest. Having just gone through a period of glandualar fever, Joe ran the ‘B’ to win it and earn valuable points in a time of 12.15.7, a time minutes away from his best time but in terms of the effort and commitment to finish, probably one of his most heroic. Ben Fish has also come off a period of illness and he was up against the in form Ollie Lockley in the ‘A’ 5000m and for 11.5 laps they were neck and neck all the way round; But on the last lap Lockley had the leg speed to pull away from Ben which saw Lockley win in 14.55.7 and Ben finish 2nd with 15.08.6. Karl Billington who had a run a seasons best in the 1500m just 25 minutes earlier ran really well in the ‘B’ to clock 17.07.2 in 3rd place adding more vaulable points to the teams total.
The pairing of Solomon Brown and Nicholas Smith in the 400m Hurdles has proved really productive for the team this year and again so today with Solomon coming 2nd in the ‘A’ in 60.9 and Nicholas winning the ‘B’ as he finished like a train over the last 50 metres to take the win on the line in 63.6. Nicholas and Joseph Howe teamed up in the sparsely populated 110m Hurdles with Nicholas 2nd in the ‘A (20.0sec) and Joseph 2nd in the ‘B’ (23.3sec).
In the Women’s 100m Hurdles it looked as though Polly Pearse had never been away in the ‘A’ Race – only her second race in the event since September 2016 – as she won in a new PB (by three tenths) clocking 16.3; And what about Millie Coy – running her first ever 100m Hurdle race – she won the ‘B’ in 18.3. Millie had started out the day in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles posting 72.5 in 3rd place with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ (76.7).
After posting a new PB in the Hurdles, Polly Pearse took on all three Jumps events finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 4.54m, 4th in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (9.94m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m. Chloe Bleeks came 5th in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.56) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump (9.37m) with Teigan Fawcett coming 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.40m.
Last minute changes on the day meant that Zac Howe stepped into the Long Jump and Triple Jump placing 4th in the ‘A’ Long Jump which he last did in 2012 setting a new PB of 5.28m and then came 4th in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 9.31m. Ben Branton in only his second Senior competition jumped 5.04m in the ‘B’ which was a great effort by this promising U17 young athlete. Nicholas Smith who has contributed such a huge amount to the team this year set a new PB of 11.16m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 2nd place, going on to clear 1.65m in the ‘A’ High Jump (2nd) with Joseph Howe also 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.50m.
Manchester International Match – (incl. Home Countries International)
After winning the 5000m at the BMC in Milton Keynes last Saturday evening, Jess Judd was competing again after being selected to run for England at the Home Countries International at Sportscity on Wednesday night and had a convincing win in the 1500m, winning in a time of 4.11.96 from Beth Kidger in 2nd position (4.22.30).
On Saturday evening – August 18th – Jess contested the 1500m BMC Grand Prix at Stretford featuring thirteen athletes. This was yet another victory this year for Jess as she came home in a seasons best time of 4.07.50 and a couple of seconds in front of second placed Amy Griffiths (4.09.71). (RESULTS)
BMC Races at Tipton – Tuesday 11th August
Rob Warner…….was just under two tenths outside his personal best as he ran a seasons best time of 1.55.68 to finish 4th in the ‘A’ 800m race. RESULTS
Junior Home International Fell Running Trials –
Saturday August 18th at Arncliffe
Twenty young athletes ran this trial race won by Mac O’Malley in a time of 28.21 with Thomas Marchant finishing in 17th position running a time of 33.41. The race was run over 6.8k with 320m of ascent. Thomas has been looking to improve on the Fells this year after being out for quite a long time through injury and this season has helped to lay a good base for himself in 2019.
Pendle Three Peaks – Saturday August 18th
The Pendle Three Peaks is a category AM Race run over 9.4 Miles and 2838ft of climbing and had one hundred and forty one finishers at the weekend. The Race was won by Chris Hooldsworth in a time of 1hr 17.22
Gary Pearse and Ian Clarkson competed for the Harriers with Gary the first home in 40th position clocking a time of 1hr.47.56 and followed in by Ian in 108th place (2hr.16.13).
New PB’s for Joe, Nick & Amy at Trafford – Pauline 3rd and 1st V45 at Littondale 4 – Junior Award at the Harriers
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday August 14th
The penultimate Fixture in this years Grand Prix Series held at Trafford saw Blackburn Harriers athletes posting new personal best times. Joe Gebbie, Nick Smith, Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley ran the 800m whilst Tim Raynes took on the 3000m.
First year in the U20’s has seen Joe Gebbie open up 2018 with an 800m time of 2.06.86 which he cut down to a new personal best time of 2.00.29 at Trafford as he finished 3rd in his 800m Heat – good chance of a sub 2 minute clocking before the end of the season. U17 Amy Davies had posted a seasons best of 2.30.54 for 800m at the June Trafford meeting and went into the race with a personal best set in 2017 of 2.28.3. In placing 2nd in her 800m Heat with a time of 2.25.31 she set a new PB by three seconds. The third new PB of the night was run by Nicholas Smith, who up until this season hadn’t run the 800m. His first of only three 800m races saw him clock 2.12.50 which he reduced by three seconds placing 4th in his 800m Heat with a time of 2.09.51. U15 Eleesha Charnley came home in 8th spot, running a time of 2.25.52 in her 800m Heat whilst Senior Tim Raynes ran the 3000m ‘A’ Race featuring twenty five athletes as he finished 3rd in 8.40.40 – the race being won in a time of 8.33.97.
Littondale 4 Mile Road Race – Saturday August 10th
Just twenty four seconds separated the top three women in this race featruing close to a hundred runners and won by Will Smith in 21.01
Pauline Powell continued her good form coming home in 10th place overall, 3rd woman and 1st V45 clocking a time of 24.12 behind Rachel Friend and Helen Glover. Speaking to the Harriers after the Race Pauline said that she “really enjoyed the race it was an undulating 4 mile course, i felt good but could tell i was lacking fast races! It was a good race and finished 24 secs behind the winner Helen Glover”.
Blackburn Harriers Junior Endurance Squad Athlete of the Month
At the Harriers there is a Junior Endurance Group that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Coaches Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley run the Group and have introduced an award each month – ‘Athlete of the Month’. This award is given to a young runner who has shown regular attendance, enthusiasm, displays good behaviour and listens to the Coaches, supports others in the Group and looks to improve themselves.
Below are the first three winners of this Award:
May 2018 Harry Smith
June 2018 Felix Thompson
July 2018 William Grundy
Holly Wins Bronze at European Championships – Jess Wins BMC 5000m at Milton Keynes – Charlotte and Solomon Win Northern Titles – John is 3rd at Pilgrim’s Cross – Another Win for Matthew in the Juniors at Boulsworth
European Championships in Berlin
Holly Bradshaw is having a great year. The British No.1 Pole Vaulter has got progressively better throughout the season which saw her clearing 4.80m in Germany in the middle of July. In the European Championships she qualified for the Final with a first time clearance of 4.50m and went on in the Final to clear 4.55m and 4.65m at the first attempt, passed 4.70m and then cleared 4.75m for the second time this year culminating in a very well deserved Bronze Medal.
Sophie Hitchon qualified for the Hammer Final on Friday with a distance of 68.74m before finishing 8th in the Final with 70.52m. Sophie – British record holder and No. 1 – has said that she is working on a change in her technique and is confident that once she has got on top of that she will become more competitive with consistently longer throws. As Sophie’s sister posted on Twitter “The road to success is always under construction’.
BMC Gold Standard Races – Milton Keynes – Saturday August 10th
After running a time of 2.04.57 over 800m at Watford during the week Jess Judd ran the BMC 5000m on Saturday evening to head a field of twenty one athletes in a winning time of 15.37.23 with Emily Thornhill in 2nd (15.58.31) and Emelia Gorecka in 3rd (16.06.30). In doing so, Jess broke Blackburn Harriers Club Record which was set by Pauline Powell in 2001 and was just three seconds outside her own personal best.
In the week leading up to Milton Keynes BMC Rob Warner ran the 1500m at the Watford BMC on August 8th to clock a time of 3.52.10 in 11th place.
Northern Track & Field Championships at Wavaertree – 10 & 11th August
It was a pretty good weekend for the Harriers at the weekend in this years Northern Championships with a number of Medals being won by our athletes. Charlotte Williams in only her third competition of the year followng injury followed her wins in the Mid Lancs (53.07m) and UKYDL (57.11m) with a throw of 57.20m at the Championships to secure the title with Zoe Price in 2nd place (55.12m)
After the presentation Charlotte spoke to the Club about her comeback commenting “I am very happy to come back into competitions with a win at each one and becoming northern champion. It’s been a hard journey where I never thought I’d be back to this point. I am now training hard and looking forward to nationals in the next two weeks to see what I can do there! I’d like to thank everyone in the club, the coaches and parents for the continuous amounts of support!“
U17 Abigail Brown went into the Championships with a shoulder injury which hampered her performance. In the Hammer she placed 11th in the thirteen strong field with 32.72m and due to the injury wasn’t able to compete in the Discus and Shot. Nicky Saunders won a Bronze Medal in the U15 Girls Discus with a new PB throw of 28.86m placing third out of a field of fifteen competitors and this was after she threw another new PB in the U15 Girls Hammer placing 5th with 31.16m.
U17 Solomon Brown came straight from the airport having flown back from holiday in Bulgaria to win the 400m Hurdles and become Northern Champion in a time of 60.04. After a nights sleep he was back the following day to take Bronze in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.51 and that into a headwind of -2.9.
There was another Bronze Medal in the Hurdles for the Harriers, this time won by U17 Millie Coy in a battling 300m Hurdles Race with a new PB of 47.43. Millie was also back on the Sunday and this time in the Javelin in a competition featuring thirteen athletes where she finished in 8th position (33.06m) some four metres outsider her best.
English Schools Hurdler Myah Booth had a very good Championships as she won her Heat of the 75m Hurdles in a time of 12.04 and again into a headwind of -4.9 going onto claim the Silver Medal in the Final clocking 11.60 – the headwind dropping to -1.7. Then onto the Shot Putt in which Myah threw 10.84m, just 15cms outside rhest best to win her second Medal of the Championships with a Bronze in 3rd place.
Tobi Olidapo had a great first ever appearance in a Championships entering the U13 Boys 100m and Long Jump. Running into a big headwind of -2.6 he won his Heat to qaulify for the Final in a time of 13.62 and then went onto win Bronze in the Final, clocking 13.78 and this time into a wind measuring -3.0. In the Long Jump he wasn’t far away either jumping a new PB distance of 4.52m in 7th place and just 14cms outside the Medals. Also in the Long Jump was Saul Sharp who also had a good day posting a new PB of 3.69m – going on to run a time of 2.44.59 in the U13 Boys 800m.
Tobi’s older brother Tope Olidapo (U17) entered the 100m and 200m – having pulled up with a cramp in the 200m he was back for the 100m on Sunday clcoking 12.98 in Heat (1). Ethan Downes who has had an excellent season this year in the UKYDL, was like all the sprinters running into substantial headwinds and in Ethan’s Heat it measured -3.4 as he ran a time of 12.62 in 3rd place which didn’t get him a place in the Final.
U17 Amy Davies clocked a time of 5.03.97 in the 1500m coming home 6th in the Final whilst Harry Wilkin ran 5.05.46 in the U17 Men’s 1500m. In the U15 Girls 800m – Eleesha Charnley placed 4th in Heat (2) ot three Heats with a time of 2.25.56 which meant she missed qualification for the Final. Hayden Mercer ran the U15 Boys 800m qualifying for the Final as a fastest loser in 2.19.26. A much better performance in the Final saw him run very close to his personal best as he clocked 2.13.82.
The U13 Girls 800m was run as three Time Trials with the winner of each Race taking the three places on the Podium. Keira Haxton ran a really gutsy and competitive race as she fought to finish in 2nd place in her Race with a time of 2.41.89.
In the 3000m Nick Smith was invited to run in the U17 men’s Race as there had been only the one entry in the U20 Men’s 3000m. Matt Ramsden was hopeful of a Medal in the U17 Race which featured a number of good athletes in the Entry List. On the day two of the athletes who lined up were sub 9 minute athletes – Joseph Buckley and Matt Ramsden and that is how the Race finished with Buckley winning in a time of 9.12.07 and Matt in 2nd place closing the winner down all the time in the home straight as he clocked 9.14.52 to win Silver. Nick Smith ran a time of 10.10 and was presneted with the Gold Medal.
Pligrim’s Cross – August 8th
John Horrocks has continued his fine form on the Fells in his latest Race – Pilgrims Cross – which is part of the Rossendale Series. This latest outing saw John take 3rd place in a time of 40.54 with Luke Turnmer taking the win (40.05) and Andy Buttery in 2nd (40.13).
Boulsworth Races – Sunday August 12th
(All photos from Boulsworth courtesy of David Belshaw)
Charlotte Smith maintained her run in the Series on Sunday coming home in 4th place (4.17) in the U9 Girls Race. Matthew Smith has had a great Series and won the U11 Boys race again in a time of 6.59 with Theo Robinson in 7th place in a time of 7.56. Imogen Robinson maintained her good fun with 4th position in the U11 Girls Race clocking 8.16 and followed in by Tippi Francis in 8th place (8.46). Codie Dewhurst bagged himself anothet top three place as he came home with a time of 7.14 in the U13 Boys Race as Libby Neal finished 10th in 9.03 in the U13 Girls Race.
In the Senior Race Ian Clarkson finished 98th overall in 61.17. (RESULTS)
Harriers Win Northern League – Jack Smashes Course Record to Win Snowman Triathlon – Chris Wins Race and Series at Astley Park – Thomas runs at England Mountain Running Championships – Top ten finish for John at Whittle Pike Fell Race – Worsthorne Moor Trail Race
Northern League Division 2WC – Saturday August 4th
Another Saturday, another glorious day and another great performance by the Club in the last of this years Northern League fixtures, held at Cleckheaton. At this time of year, all teams are affected by holidays and when you throw in work and injuries, it can be a stressful time for team managers, trying to put their best teams out. The Harriers went into this fixture missing more athletes than we have done this year, but what a reaction from everyone. New athletes came in and performed tremendously well. Other athletes took on more events than they would have been expected to do just to keep us in the hunt for a win on the day and to make it a clean sweep of four matches, four wins. In the end we came up just seven points short as the team finished second to Holmfirth – the team spirit was amazing as can be evidenced by some of our throwers who took on high jump, sprints and sprint relays after losing a number of our 1st chcoice sprinters for the day – you really can’t ask for more. What a fabulous group of athletes to be part of.
A great start for the Sprinters as Bailey Madden won the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 and backed up by Emily Warren in the ‘B’ with a 2nd placed time of 13.3 followed by both women taking 3rd places in the 200m with times of 26.8 and 27.5 respectively. The Men’s Sprints squad having lost three members to holidays and injuries were under pressure – Dominic Bretherton who was nursing an injury himself still managed to run the 100m in 11.7 for 4th place and in the ‘B’ Hammer thrower Nathan Billington volunteered to step in and ran a very credible 13.6 for 6th. U17 Ethan Joyce was competing at his first Senior event and stepped into the ‘A’ 200m at the last minute to run 26.0 in 6th place with Nicholas Massey clocking 25.6 (6th) in the ‘B’.
Holidays meant that we had no women athletes in the 400m or the 400m Hurdles – in the Men’s 400m Ethan Joyce made his debut at the distance for the senior team, running 55.1 in the ‘A’ for 4th spot with Joe Gebbie taking 2nd in the ‘B’ in a new PB of 55.7.
The Women’s 800m saw Jess Judd making her debut for the Club in Team events as she tore through the first 200m, going on to win the ‘A’ race in 2.06.2 with Alison Lundy making it maxoimum points in the ‘B’ with a winning time of 2.15.9. Maximum points again in the 1500m as Alison Lundy won the ‘A’ in 4.45.8 and in the ‘B’ a great run by another U17 making her debut at senior level – Amy Davies – winning with a seasons best time of 5.03.1. The Men’s 800m ‘A’ Race saw Rob Warner run a seasons best 1.56.2 in 2nd place with Joe Gebbie running a new PB of 2.01.9 in 3rd place in the ‘B’. Tim Raynes clocked 4.06.7 as he led from the front in the 1500m ‘A’ race to come home in 3rd place – and – echoing the spirit within the team on the day, Chris Davies stepped out of his comfort zone to run his second ever 1500m, clocking a massive new PB by 20 seconds of 4.26.5 in 2nd position.
The 3000m produced maximum points again as Jess Judd ran away with the ‘A’ race from the off, winning in a time of 9.20.0 with another great run from Joanne Nelson in the ‘B’ as she won very comfortably in 11.01.9. Marc Hartley was another athlete carrying an injury who pushed himself through the pain barrier to run the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase finishing 3rd in 10.51.8 with Karl Billington volunteering to run the ‘B’ race and earning the team very good points with a 2nd placed run of 11.19.2. Rob Warner having run the 800m doubled up in the 5000m and won the ‘A’ in 16.01.6 with Tom Blaney making his senior team track debut running a great race to win the ‘B’ in 16.33.9.
Wonderful to see Polly Pearse back in action for the team as she ran 16.9 in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles for 2nd place whilst Nicholas Smith ran 21.8 for 3rd in the Men’s 110m Hurdles and John iLunga 21.6 in the ‘B’ fopr 3rd spot. Nicholas and John also teamed up int he 400m Hurdles with Nicholas taking 2nd in the ‘A’ (62.5) and John 3rd in the ‘B’ equaling his seasons best of 69.6.
Anna Peers and Emily Taberner made a great contribution to the team total in the Throws. Starting in the Hammer Anna came 3rd in the ‘A’ (27.01m) and Emily 2nd in the ‘B’ with 18.13m. The two of them went on to win the Discus with Anna throwing 35.13m in the ‘A’ and Emily 22.37m in the ‘B’. On to the Javelin and another double win which saw Anna throw a seasons best of 38.40m in the ‘A’ and Emily 29.19m in the ‘B’. And in the last of the Throws events Anna took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.17m and Emily also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 7.95m.
The contribution to the teams success this year by the Throws squad cannot be over emphasised as the men and the women have been tremdously consistent throughout the whole season. Today the Men started off winning both ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hammer with Anthony Kent throwing 38.33m in the ‘A’ and Nathan Billington 36.82m in the ‘B’. In the Discus Anthony placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 32.66m followed in the ‘B’ by a win for Tony Balko with a throw of 29.05m. In the Javelin, Anthony threw a new PB by over 2 metres of 38.78m in 3rd with Nathan Billington placing 4th in the ‘B’ (26.77m). And in the final throws events – another double win – with Anthony winning the ‘A’ (11.09m) and Tony Balko also winning the ‘B’ with 9.42m.
In the Jumps Polly Pearse was back on old territory as she jumped for the first time since 2016 posting 4.54m in the ‘A’ Long Jump in 4th, leapt 9.78m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 2nd place and won the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m for a fabulous return to competition. And what about thrower Anna Peers who took on the ‘B’ High Jump to help the team gain points clearing 1.15m in 3rd place. Bailey Madden backed this up really well with 3rd in the ‘B’ Long Jump (4.37m) and then won the ‘B’ Triple Jump with a leap of 9.44m – her first time ever at the event!! In the Men’s Jumps Ben Branton is another promising U17 making his senior debut in the Long Jump where he placed 5th in the ‘A’ with a distance of 5.49m just outside his seasons best. Dominic Bretherton carrying an injury, stepped into to help the team in the ‘B’ and managed to get only one jump, before retiring, which was good enough to win the ‘B’ (4.89m). Nicholas Smith and John iLunga teamed up in the Triple Jump with Nicholas placing 4th in the ‘A” (10.96m) just 3cms outside his personal best and John leapt to 9.94m in the ‘B’ for 2nd spot. The lads then took two 3rd places in the High Jump with Nicholas clearing 1.65m in the ‘A’ and John 1.55m in the ‘B’.
In the Relays, the Women’s 4 x 400m team produced a fine win in 4.09.8 – just a second outside the Club record which has stood since 2005 (4.08.4). In that 2005 team was one Alison Leonard (now Alison Lundy) who was also part of this squad which was led off by Emily Warren, handing over to Alison Lundy on Leg 2, with Bailey Madden on Leg 3 who handed over to Jess Judd on the final leg which saw her catch the leading Bolton athlete at about 250m, pushing on to finish with a 57 second last leg. Another example of the wonderful team spirit here as Emily Warren was running only her second ever 400m and Bailey Madden had never raced the distance before.
When it comes to team spirit, the men weren’t lacking either as the Harriers finished 5th (51.8) in the 4 x 100m – a team which included two hammer throwers who volunteered to make up the squad – so hats off to Nathan Billington, Nicholas Massey, Nicholas Smith and Anthony Kent. Similarly in the 4 x 400m where U17 Ethan Joyce who had already run two races took on Leg 1 (55.7) handing over to Chris Davies who is not a 400m specialist (57.6) with Tim Raynes who had run the 1500m previously along with Chris clocking 56.5 on Leg 3 and then Rob Warner posting a final Leg time of 55.3 after running the 800m and 500m.
(Back Row – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – Ethan Joyce – Tim Raynes — Front Row – Jess Judd – Alison Lundy – Emily Warren – Bailey Madden)
Snowman Triathlon – Sunday August 5th
Jack Hindle took on the Snowman Classic Distance at the weekend – an event described as one of the toughest in the country. Not only did Jack win the event by over five minutes from the 2nd placed finisher Llewellyn Holmes he smashed the Course Record by some twelve minutes to top of a magnificent overall performance clocking 3hr.11.47. Also competing in the event was Craig Greenough who finished with a total time of 4hr 07.29 to finish 32nd male and 10th V40.
On Sunday evening Jack told the Harriers “I’ve had the Snowman as a target race ever since the Slateman. The course on paper looked tough and on the day it lived up to that. I led out of the swim and quickly settled into a lonely ride on the bike. For the first time in a race, it challenged me mentally to keep focus and hold a strong pace. I was happy to come in off the bike and be on familiar mountain running territory. I didn’t feel the best I ever have done off the bike, but still managed to increase my lead over 2nd, making further inroads on the course record. Once again a great and well organised event, and thanks once again to my individual sponsors and supporters”.
Astley Park Trail Race (4) – Wednesday August 1st
The final race in this years Series took place last Wednesday featuring one hundred and seventeen athletes and was won by Chris Davies in a time of 24.44, over a minute in front of second place and meant that he also took the overall Series Winners prize.
Paul Guinan finished in 7th place on the night clocking 26.50 which gave him 4th place in the Series – Chris and Paul also took 1st and 2nd places in the V40 age group categories for the Series. Lindsay Davies was the next Harrier home in 59th place ( 33.43) – 11th woman and 1st V40 with David Morris (V55) in 109th (44.36).
Eighty four youngsters took part in the Junior Race which continues to show that young boys and girls are turning out in increasing numbers at these local short distance races and is good to see. Matthew Smith who has been running very well in this format of events took 7th place overall in a time of 5.46 and being quite a bit younger than all of the runners in front of him – Matthew finished 1st M10 on the night and the leading M10 for the Series.
Codie Dewhurst won the M11 age category on the night as he came home in 12th place overall (5.53) with 8yr old William Grundy just behind in 15th place and 1st M8 in the Race running a time of 6.03 which made him also the 1st M8 for the Series – Codie was 2nd overall in the M11 Series. Felix Thompson took 36th spot on the night in 6.45 and was 2nd M9. Hannah Davies was 2nd F9 on the evening and placed 40th overall with a time of 6.50 and was the leading F9 for the Series with F11 Isabelle Hartley three places further back in 43rd (7.07) and 3rd F11 in the Series, Kady Thompson – also F11 in 48th spot with 7.18 and Charlotte Smith in 63rd running a time of 8.05 and 3rd F7 as well as taking a Series 4th place. Oliver Gill who didn’t run on the night finished 2nd M10 over the Series with his bets three races already done
England Mountain Running Championships (Seniors and U20)
Thomas Marchant ran well today and is beginning to find his feet again on the Fells and Mountains after a sustained period of injuries. In a tough race against the the top U20s and in hot conditions Tom battled the whoie way to come home in a time of 51.09 and 19th overall.
After the Race Thomas spoke to the Club telling us how his Race had gone “Today was a tough hard climb testing not just strength endurance but speed endurance, despite not being back to full fitness I was pleased to complete the run especially after being out with injuries over the past few years! The conditions were dry and very hot making it hard to breath, it was an extremely steep climb and long climb that lasted for roughly 4.5 miles and once again the pace of the race was fast from the start onwards despite how steep the course was, overall I’m very happy to be back running on the fells and having this run as good experience”
Whittle Pike Fell Race – August 1st
John Horrocks has been running really well on the Fells and had another very good run in his latest outing taking 7th place overall in a 95 strong field with a time of 48.57 – the race being won by James Kevan in 46.06.
Speaking to the Harriers about his race John commented “Second of the rossendale summer fell series. Slightly extended course this year due to some paths being eroded but stil as tough. Set off well up the first climb, got to the top in 5th and thought I might be able to push for a podium spot but the legs had other ideas. Still enjoyed it and looking forward to next weeks race pilgrims cross!”
Wortshorne Moor Junior Trail Races – Sunday August 5th
Four age group categories at this latest Race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series featuring nearly one hundred youngsters in the four races.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for all the photos from this Race)
The U7/U9 Race with twenty one runners saw Charlotte Smith clock a time of 4.14 to finish 9th and looking at this photo there is little doubt about this young girls determination to do her very best!
It was another win for the in form Matthew Smith in the U11 Race as he was first home in the thirty two stong field running a time of 6.01 with Tippi Francis in 22nd spot overall and 4th F11 in a time of 7.33.
Impressive running in the U13 Race saw the Trawden lads finish 1,2,3 with Blackburn Harriers – Codie Dewhurst (11.04), Oliver Gill (11.29) and Daniel Smith (11.51) in 4th, 5th and 6th places – Libby Neal took 15th spot overall in a time of 14.07.
In the Senior Race won by Thomas Corrigan ahead of a field fearuing one hundred and sicty seven runners, Richard Taylor came home in 84th place with a time of 63.25.
Jess Wins Double Gold at EA Championships & Breaks Club 5000m Record – Mid Lancs T&F League at Barrow – Helen takes the deckchair at Lancaster 5k
CAU Inter-County Championships (Inc England Athletics Senior Championships)
A great weekend for Jess Judd at the England Athletics Championships as she claimed victory in the 1500m with a time of 4.18.01 on Saturday and followed that up with another victory in the 5000m on Sunday in 16.13.47 – – in doing so, Jess broke Blackburn Harriers Club Record for Senior Women 5000m held by Pauline Powell (16.40.04) which has stood since 2001 – her second Club record in the month of July as she now holds the 3000m and 5000m best times.
(Photo courtesey of David Wood)
(Photos courtesey of David Wood)
Rob Warner was also competing at the Championships in the Men’s 5000m Race featuring eleven athletes and won by Alex Teiten in 14.42.42. Rob finished in 9th place clocking a time of 15.13.95. The fact that many of the athletes finished close to a minute outside of their personal bests was testament to the weather conditions endured on the day.
(Photo courtesey of David Wood)
Mid Lancs T & F League – Barrow July 28th
(Photo courtesy of David Wood)
An extremely unusual day in the life of the Mid Lancs. The weather broke from the heatwave as the heavens opened and the wind blew and then the sun came out! The weather, the distance to travel for a lot of athletes and school holidays probably all combined to see one of the lowest turnouts for many a long time in this League – and – even more unusual – all events went off on time! Even so, the track timetable was suspended at one point because young athletes were coming off the track freezing cold and wet through – so congratulations to all athletes and officials who made the journey up to Barrow including fifteen athletes from the Harriers and just two officials – Jean Hoyle (Field) and Lindsay Davies (Track).
U15 Matthew Heywood braved the weather to complete three Throws Events to win the Hammer with 37.57m, won the Discus with a throw of 28.96m and came in 4th in the Javelin with a distance of 24.78m which was a new PB by over 4 metres. Continuing with Throws Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw 22.69m in the U15 Boys Hammer whilst Nicky Saunders in the U15 Girls finished 2nd in the Discus with 23.84m and 3rd in the Hammer with a distance of 26.22m. Also in the U15 Girls Throws events – Grace Bontoft threw 11.48m in the Discus (5th) and 25.64m in the Hammer for 4th spot. Sister Madison Bontoft was in the U13 Girls Throws and finished 2nd in the Shot Putt with 6.57m – a new PB by over half a metre – and threw 12.81m in the Javelin (2nd). It was a great sight to see Charlotte Williams back in action for the first time in ten months after recovering from serious injuries involving surgery and rehabilitation. Like all the Throws athletes, she was competing in what might be described as less than ideal conditions but still managed a number of 50m plus throws to win the competition with a distance of 53.07m. Anna Peers was one of just two Senior Women in the Javelin which saw Anna throw just short of her seasons best with 37.44m in 2nd place.
In the Jumps events Kyle Taylor-Pomfret had a jump of 1.35m to finish 10th whilst U17 Ben Branton set a new PB of 5.50m before going on to reach 5.51m in the Long Jump – a 13cm improvement on his previous best.
On the Track U13 Lewis Hardman ran his first ever 100m race to clock a time of 16.50 in 4th place, whilst Ben Livesey ran his first ever race for the Club to post a time of 30.60 in winning Heat 2 of the U13 Boys 200m. In Middle Distance Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, as with all the other athletes – were competing in the wind and rain which meant more like survival than running for times. Kyle placed 6th in a time of 2.35.20 in the U15 Boys 800m which had nine athletes in total.
U13 Boys – Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith – tackled the 1500m which saw Codie score a win with 5.27.30 and Daniel come home 3rd with 5.30.90 and very good efforts in the circumstances. Sophie Stanworth and Hollie Cubbon ran the U15 Girls 800m in what was probably the worst part of the day which had Sophie making a charge in the home straight to get the victory but just missing out in 2nd place with 2.35.10 as Hollie finished 4th with 2.40.00. Keira Booth was one of eight U13 Girls to line up for the 800m ending with Keira in 5th position in a time of 2.54.20 – and – in the U13 Boys, Ben Livesey was making his debut for the Club running a gutsy time of 2.40.80 in 2nd place.
Lancaster Race Series
The Lancaster Race Series had a 5k and 10k Race at the weekend which had Helen Leigh making a very welcome return to road racing – her first since 2016 after a series of continuous injuries. Helen ran the 5k in a time of 19.30 coming home 14th out of a field of seventy two, whilst Paul Jeffries ran the Pilling 10k featuring nearly a hundred runners to clock 42.30 in 22nd place overall – a new PB by nearly a minute and a half – delighted with his run, Paul told us “had a great run on Saturday on the pilling 10k the weather was horrendous with heavy rain and a breeze, managed to gain a new pb, really pleased with the recent results, the track sessions are paying off for sure”
After the 5k Race Helen commented on her first race in two years telling the Harriers “My last minute decision to run the 5km at Lancaster paid off rather well. I’ve not raced in 2 years due to hip surgery but after a recent spell of some steady runs I thought I’d give it a go. Was pleased to run 19.30 and be 2nd lady to the speedy Emily Japp; winning a deckchair, chocolate and wine in the process! It’s about 20 miles too short and 1000m too flat for me, but a race is a race and it was brilliant to blow the cobwebs away”.
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