Category Archives: Track & Field
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”.
PB for Joe & Trafford Results for the Harriers – Tony Wins the Discus at Trafford – Tom Wins Elswick 10 Mile – Ben takes 2nd spot at Padiham 5k
There was some very consistent running from the Harriers last night with our athletes tackling 800m and 1500m races. Jess Judd was the first Blackburn Harriers athlete on the track running in an all male 800m race won in 2.01.47. Jess posted her second successive 2.04 clocking in the last week as she came home in 6th place with 2.04.55. Nick Smith was the next Harrier in the series of eleven 800m races which saw him finish less than two seconds outside his best with a time of 2.12.50 in 7th position.
Maddie Elliott just missed out on a PB in Heat (9) posting 2.17.65 in 3rd place finishing up in Lane 4 as she strived to get that little bit extra out of herself towards the finish. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh was unfortunate in Heat (10) of the 800m as she was cut up and spiked when going really well and after attacking the first 400m with real intent. Ellen came home in 6th place clocking 2.24.91.
It was a good nights work for Joe Gebbie at the latest Trafford Grand Prix Meeting as he posted a new PB of 4.13.68 for the 1500m in a sixteen strong field with some aggressive running right from the start and saying afterwards that he felt ‘strong and good throughout the race’. Sam Hodkinson was also hoping for a new personal best but missed out in the end as he clocked 4.26.40 in a race won in 4.24.13 – the first lap run in 70 seconds.
In the Field – Tony Balko – entered the Discus and Shot Putt recording a win in the Discus (1.5kg) with a distance of 37.00m and a 2nd spot in the Shot Putt (7.26kg) with a throw of 10.54m – just 37 cms off his personal best.
Alison Lundy and Rob Warner ran in the BMC Races with Alison taking on the 800m and Rob the 1500m. This is Alison’s fourth 800m race this season which has seen her race consistently posting times of 2.10.76, 2.09.78, 2.08.61 and in her race tonight, a time of 2.08.57 and a seasons best.
Rob ran a seasons best 800m last week at Tipton and chose the 1500m at Trafford tonight, a distance where has already run twice in 3.48 this season – last nights race didn’t go as well, as he finished in 3.57.36.
Elswick 10 Mile Road Race – Saturday July 21st
Just over a hundred runners in this local ten mile road race, won by Blackburn Harrier Thomas Blaney in a new PB time of 57.27, a time well over a minute faster than his previous best over the distance.
Tom spoke to the Harriers about his Race and what he is looking forward to over the next period saying “I am aiming to do a few half marathons next year so I wanted to do a few 10 milers starting with this one to build my experience over the longer distances. My plan was to not get carried away and pace around 5.40-5.45 having an easier first 5 and build on the last 5. There wasn’t any competition on the day which made it a lot easier to run my own race. I went through the first 5 in roughly 28.50 and the second in 28.37, I felt pretty comfortable and was pleased to take the win. The course is mostly flat with a couple of undulations, I’d recommend it as I think it has PB potential and it is well organised. It would be great to get a few of us there next year!“
Padiham Greenway 5k – Wednesday July 25th
Another good run for Ben Costello at this local 5k race featuring rwo hundred and twenty three runners – Ben came 2nd overall in a time of 16.15 behind the Race winner Callum Davidson (15.52). V50 Jonathan Bridge had a solid run too coming home in 36th place and clocking a time of 19.06 – his first race over the distance for two years.
After running the Junior Races at Burnley on Sunday, a number of the Harriers youngsters – ten in all – were out again at the Padiham Junior Race.
(Photos courtesey of David Belshaw)
Charlotte Smith ran in the first race of the evening for U7 & U9’s finishing 12th out of 18 in a time of 4.41. The U11/U13 Race saw three Harriers finish in the top ten out of field of sixty five young runners – and it was Codie Dewhurst who led them home as he placed 2nd overall in a time of 7.11, just three seconds behind the winner Helena White and four seconds in front of 3rd placed Matthew Smith who ran 7.15.
Daniel Smith was the next home in 7th place overall with a time of 7.26 and followed in by Oliver Gill who placed 18th (7.54), Theo Robinson in 20th spot (8.00), Harry Sambrook (24th) with a time of 8.05, Imogen Robinson clocking 8.41 in 38th position, Libby Neal (8.56) in 44th and Tippi Francis in 48th as she ran 9.01.
Harriers Win Division 1 of UKYDL (LAG) League – Sam Wins Silver Medal for England at SIAB International – Jess Breaks Women’s 3000m Club Record – Seasons Best times for Alison, Rob & Jess at BMC – Ingleborough Mountain Race – Burnley 10k
For the second successive season, Blackburn Harriers have won their Division of the UKYDL (Lower Age Group) – 2017 saw them triumph in winning Divsion 2 West and this year they pulled it off again after recording three wins and a second to be crowned Champions in Division 1 West with Crewe & Nantwich in 2nd place on the day and 2nd overall in the season.
At this, the fourth and final fixture of the season, the Team recorded 15 individual wins, 27 second and 22 third places along with 21 new PB’s and a new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team who ran 56.5 consisting of Codie Dewhurst, Isaac Butler, Harrison Allcock and Tobi Olidapo.
An excellent day for the Club’s U15 Boys sprinters which saw Kyle Mashiter finish 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.6 and then absolutely smash his 200m personal best time as he clocked 23.5 to win the ‘A’ 200m by the width of his vest on the line – a time that was a full second faster than he has run previously. Ethan Downes followed suit in the ‘B’ 200m winning in a new PB time of 24.2 – four tenths faster than his previous best. Ben Boocock and Rory Teare joined up with Kyle and Ethan to come home 3rd in the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 52.0 seconds. Amy Wiggins and Abigail Armas took on the U15 Girls 100m with Amy placing 5th in 13.9 and Abigail 3rd in the ‘B’ (14.2) and that after nearly falling at the start of her race. In the 200m Amy came 5th in 28.8 whilst Maia Bowman clocked 29.3 for 4th spot in the ‘B’ race. Myah Booth and Abigail Armas along with Amy and Maia clocked 53.6 for 4th place in the 4 x 100m Relay.
Great start for the U13 Boys in the Sprints which saw Tobi Olidapo win the ‘B’ 100m in 13.5, backed up by Harrison Allock in the ‘B’ with another win in a time of 14.0. Isaac Butler and Theo Watson took over in the 200m with Isaac setting a new PB of 29.8 in 2nd spot and Theo coming home 3rd in the ‘B’ (30.5). Kate Cookson and Amelia Burton were the 75m duo in the U13 Girls Sprints with Kate running a time of 11.2 in the ‘A’ (3rd) and Amelia 11.4 in the ‘B’ for 4th position. In the 150m it was Kate Cookson doubling up and running 21.7 in a very close race for 2nd spot and Lucy Ramsden also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a time of 22.6. Amelia Burton and Niamh Gater came in for the 4 x 100m Relay along with Kate and Lucy, clocking 60.7 in 4th place.
Sprinter Kyle Mashiter demonstrated his throwing abilities as he took 2nd place in the U15 Boys Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.67m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ as Matt Heywood also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with 8.82m. Matt had a very good day indeed as he added wins in the ‘A’ Discus and Hammer with 25.03m in the Discus after a 40.43m throw in the Hammer which sees Matt currently ranked 16th Nationally. Harvey Ashworth added valuable points in the ‘B’ Discus with a 2nd placed throw of 14.70m whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret went one better in the ‘B’ Hammer – winning with 18.63m. Ethan Downes and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret teamed up in the Javelin with Ethan coming in 3rd in the ‘A’ (22.52m) and Kyle 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 21.31m.
English Schools Hurdler – Myah Booth – showed her prowess in the Throwing events too as she posted another win in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.18m followed by Izzy Thompson who made it a great haul of points in that event as she placed 2nd with 7.39m before going on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 22.62m. Nicky Saunders had a pretty solid day as well taking 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus (25.44m), 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.34m and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.15m. Adding more points to the total Grace Bontoft took a very good 2nd place in the ‘B’ Hammer with 18.26m.
Saul Sharp and Harrison Allock both took 2nd place in the U13 Boys Shot Putt with 5.49m and a new PB for Saul and 5.48m for Harrison – Isaac Butler added a 4th placed throw of 19.76m in the ‘A’ Javelin to complete the Throws events for the U13 Boys. The U13 Girls excelled in the Throws posting 3 wins and a 4th place in total – Charlotte Clapham won the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 6.35m whilst Tilly Pollard won the ‘B’ with 6.27m. Caroline Woodworth won the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 22.01 whilst Madison Bontoft in her first competitive season came 4th in the ‘B’ with 10.26m.
The U15 Boys 80m Hurdles saw Ben Boocock come home in 3rd place in the ‘A’ race with 13.5 as Rory Teare placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 15.3. Some controversey in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 75m Hurdles as Myah Booth was given 2nd place in a time of 11.6, with many observers considering that she had won the Race, however the Officials decision is the only one that matters – Danielle Probert finished 5th in the ‘B’ with a time of 17.6. Codie Dewhurst came in 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 75m Hurdles with a new PB by three tenths of 16.5 with Keaton Pickering, unfortunately picking up an injury during the race in 4th place in the ‘B’ (19.3). The U13 Girls 70m Hurdles had Lucy Ramsden running 12.9 in the ‘A’ for 2nd place and debutant Jessica Cole winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 12.4, over half a second faster than her previous best.
Rory Teare had a very good day in the Jumps events as he set a new PB in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with 4.39m in 5th place and another new PB in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m (4th), a height he has been targeting all season – Zac Walmsley finished 5th in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 3.73m and Hayden Mercer cleared 1.35m in the ‘B;’ High Jump. Amy Wiggins and Rebecca Barton both placed 6th in the U15 Girls Long Jump with 3.76m and 3.40m respectively whilst in the High Jump – Danielle Probert cleared 1.25m for 5th spot and Rebecca Barton also 1.25m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.
In the U13 Boys Long Jump, sprinters Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allock earned good points for the team with Tobi placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (4.13m) and Harrison 2nd in the ‘B’ with 3.88m – just short of his personal best. Tobi then went on to the High Jump – the first time he has done the event – and cleared 1.30m in 3rd place whilst Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.20m in the ‘B’ and also 3rd. U13 Niamh Gater finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a new PB by 18cms of 3.85m with Tilly Pollard also setting a new PB in the ‘B’ with 3.17m (5th). Jessica Cole mainatained her impressive debut for the Harriers as she cleared 1.30m in the U13 Girls High Jump for 2nd place and well backed up by Charlotte Clapham in the ‘B’ as she won that with a clearance of 1.25m.
The 300m always comes after the longer distance and can have an impact on those who have doubled up. Harvey Ashworth was in a pretty quick U15 Boys 800m race which saw him run 2.13.5 in 3rd place behind two lads in first and second who both ran 2.08. Harvey then ran 44.1 in the 300m ‘A’ Race (6th) with Zac Walmsley cutting a tenth off his best time to set a new PB in the ‘B’ race of 43.5 (3rd). Hayden Mercer ran a new PB of 2.12.9 in the ‘B’ 800m after leading from 500m out, finishing 3rd. More personal bests came in the U15 Boys 1500m – the ‘A’ race was won in a very fast time of 4.20.8 – which saw David Holman and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret run intelligent races as they looked to be competitive all the way round and it certainly paid off as David cut nearly six seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 4.49.2 (4th) in the ‘A’ Race with Kyle chopping a whopping 8 seconds off his pervious best for a new PB and a win in the ‘B’ of 4.50.9.
The U15 Girls 300m saw Eleesha Charnley clock 45.0 in the ‘A’ (3rd) with Leah Hoole cutting nearly a second off her previous best to set a new PB time of 47.6 in the ‘B’ (4th). The two girls had previously run the 800m with Eleesha clocking 2.28.8 in the ‘A’ Race for 2nd place and Leah setting her second new PB of the day by just two tenths as she also placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.33.3. In the 1500m Sophie Stanworth ran a time of 5.22.9 in 4th place whilst Rebecca Ramsden placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 5.46.0.
Theo Watson in hist first competitve season for the Club ran 2.33.4 in the U13 Boys 800m in 3rd place with Saul Sharp giving good back up in a very close run ‘B’ race as he placed 2nd in 2.39.5. Isaac Butler set himself his second new PB of the day in the U13 Boys 1500m clocking 4.55.3 – nearly four seconds quicker than his previous best – to take 2nd place after leading from the off virtually and for the first 1200m. Another new PB for Codie Dewhurst – and his second of the day – as he clocked 5.20.3 in the ‘B’ race in 2nd place with the time three and a half seconds faster than his previous best. Caroline Woodworth posted a time of 2.40.4 in the U13 Girls ‘A’ 800m for 3rd place as Keira Booth ran a very gutsy race to also finish 3rd in the ‘B with 2.48.3. Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton ran the 1200m which saw Kate just pip Keira on the line which meant that Kate placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a time of 4.11.9 and Keira winning the ‘B’ with a time of 4.12.2.
SIAB International – July 21st
Not a bad couple of weeks for Blackburn Harriers U17 Men’s Hammer Thrower – Sam Gaskell. After winning the English Schools and going to No. 1 in the National Rankings, setting a new personal best and breaking the Harriers Club Record – Sam was selected to compete for England at the SIAB International held in Grangemouth last weekend.
Sam finished in 2nd place behind Kenneth Ikeji who won with 67.29m as Sam threw 65.58m earning him the Silver Medal.
(L-R Sam Gaskell – Kenneth Ikeji – Sean Maher)
IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games – July 21/22nd
Jess Judd ran a 3000m seasons best time by some thirty seconds of 8.53.9 at the Anniversary Games last weekend, breaking the Blackburn Harriers Club Record which had previously been held by Pauline Powell.
BMC Regional Races – July 17th at Tipton
Four days before the Anniversary Games, Jess Judd entered a BMC 800m at Tipton on July 17th which was an all male field and clocked a seasons best there too with a time of 2.04.26. At the same meeting Alison Lundy continued the run of seasons best times as she won her 800m race in a time of 2.08.61. Not to be outdone – Rob Warner clocked 1.56.51 in his 800m race for a hat-trick of SB’s on the night.
Ingleborough Mountain Race – Saturday July 21st
This Race covers 6.8 miles in distance & nearly 2000ft of climbing and was won by Josh Boyle in 48.38. Four Blackburn Harriers took part in the Race – John Horrocks – Thomas Marchant – Ian Clarkson and John Orrell.
John H. and Thomas finished in the top 20 places with John coming home in 12th spot in a time of 55.19 with Thomas in 20th clocking 56.54. Ian – “Blood and sweat on Ingleborough Mountain Race, Saturday 21/07/18, 6.8 mile, AM cat race, approx 1900 ft of climb and the same at break neck speed, with tumble thrown in, back down!!” – was next home in 134th running a time of 75.05 and John O. with a time of 78.13 in 153rd position. After the Race John Orrell commented on the day saying “Four of our relay team made it to today’s Ingleborough Mountain Race. Two of the Wainwright Warriors put on a good show for the Harriers with John and Tom having great runs. Two of our Blue and White Fell Bashers came home a little later. Ian certainly did a bit of fell bashing, crashing to the ground in spectacular fashion. He went to a lot of trouble for free cake and bandages from the St. John’s Ambulance. I lost the plot losing big time on the decent. Opting for softer ground to protect my dodgy knee I left the main path, went left and right in the fog and ended up crossing bogs, ditches and losing 8 minutes. That’s fell running!”.
(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)
Towneley Park 10k – July 22nd
Two hundred and fifty finishers in this race won by Callum Davidson in a time of 34.22. Ben Costello had a solid race to come home in 7th place with a time of 36.18.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)
The Junior Races were split into age related races – three in all – U17/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17’s.
Just one Harrier in the U7/U9 race – Charlotte Smith who ran a time of 4.09 in 7th place out of twenty one youngsters. The U11/U13 Race saw Matthew Smith continue his good form with 3rd place in 7.29 in a sixty four strong field where the winner and 2nd placed runners were given the same time of 7.07. Codie Dewhurst came home not far behind Matthew in 7th place overall with a time of 7.46 and he was followed by in 13th position (7.55), Theo Robinson in 23rd place (8.30) and Imogen Robinson in 27th place overall, 3rd F11 and with a time of 8.38.
Ben breaks Course Record at Horwich – Higher & Higher for Holly – Sam moves to No. 1 in the National Rankings – Seasons best for Jess – Janine & the Ironman
35th Jubilee Road Series at Horwich – Wednesday July 18th
Race (3) in this years Series and held once again on a warm and humid night saw another fine performance by the Harriers which produced the Race Winner, Team 1st place and Vet Category wins.
Topping the performances was the run of Ben Fish who broke his own course record when he clocked a time of 25.18 to win the race from Tim Raynes in 2nd place with another very fine run of 25.58. The Harriers had seven of the first ten places with Jack Hindle coming home in 3rd place overall in a time of 26.48. Just behind – Ben Costello, Chris Davies and Tom Blaney – had a great battle for 6th place which resulted in Ben in 6th with a time of 27.31, the same time given to Chris in 7th place and Tom in 8th in 27.36. Coming home in 9th place came Karl Billington running 28.06 followerd by Paul Guinan in 15th spot with 30.29. Chris Davies won the V40 category alongside Paul Guinan who won the V45’s. Lindsay Davies was the sole woman runner for the Harriers finishing in 52nd place overall in a time of 37.37 and 3rd V45 and she was followed by V55 David Morris in 89th (51.31).
Series Standings after three Races – (these only included runners who have run all three Races)
(L-R Jack Hindle – Ben Costello – Tim Raynes – Karl Billington – Chris Davies – Paul Guinan – Ben Fish – Tom Blaney) (Lindsay Davies) (David Morris)
The Harriers youngsters turned out once again at this popular local race for young athletes covering age groups from U9 through to U15 and separated into different age related races.
(L-R Hannah Davies – Charlotte Smith – Daniel Smith – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill – Sam Aspey)
And it was another powerful run by 9yr old Sam Aspey who took 2nd position overall in a time of 5.46, just five seconds behind the winner Ethan Davies who clocked 5.41 for the 1 mile course. If there had been a Team prize the Harriers would have won it as they had four in the first nine spots with Sam being followed home in 3rd place by Matthew Smith (5.48), Daniel Smith in 5th with a time of 5.52 with Oliver Gill in 9th place running 6.05. Findlay Carroll was the next across the line for the Club in 14th position (6.24) followed by Hannah Davies in 20th (6.37) and Charlotte Smith (46th) with a time of 8.28.
(Sam Aspey & Matthew Smith)
Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting – 16 – 17th July
What a great season Holly Bradshaw is having in the Pole Vault. After finishing 4th in the Commonwealth Games with a clerance of 4.60m Holly has gone on to clear 4.64m, 4.66m and 4.72m before clearing a seasons best of 4.75m as she won the Pole Vault for GB at the World Athletics Meeting in London last weekend – seasons best that is – until last night when she cleared 4.80m in Germany for 3rd place.
Delighted with her latest performance, Holly spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I was super shocked to have jumped 4.80m. I know 4.80m – 4.90m is in the tank but it would need to be the perfect day with the perfect conditions and me feeling absolutely fantastic and yesterday really didn’t feel that day. It took 3 attempts to clear 4.45 my opening bar and then the other bars were scrappy too but seemed to just pop over 4.80 out of nowhere! I’m feeling really confident at the moment and know my jump is coming together. I know now that on a very good day when I’m jumping my best I can clear the British Record which is exciting”.
Conratulations to Sam Gaskell. Following his win at the English Schools Track and Field Championships last weekend, Sam has moved to the top of the British National Rankings with his throw of 68.75m.
There was a season’s best run for Jess Judd at the Charnwood AC Open Meeting held on July 11th. Jess entered the Men’s ‘A’ Race and clocked a time of 2.05.22.
If your going to take on an endurance event why not give the Ironman a go? And this is exactly what Janine Fallon did so huge congratulations for entering the Bolton Ironman which was also a qualification race for the World Championships. Janine’s ambitions were to finish this event and told the Club after it was all over that it was “Probably the biggest challenge I have done so far is signing up to the Ironman 10 months ago, but on Sunday after a pre race talk from our very own professional Ironman Brian Fogarty who told me I can do it.. I went for it, swim went better than planned as I am not the greatest, to a steady bike ride staying on it and away from punchers was the biggest challenge as lots suffering unfortunately and sadly and battling on to stay in front of the cut of times and just getting to the run, bike complete the run started and so did familiar faces of people cheering me on, Joanne Nelson, Paul Brindle, my partner Lee Shorrock and lots lots more, local club Blackburn Road Runners at the food station cheering me on, 4 laps done and into the town centre trying to fight back to tears I head to the red carpet and to hear the famous words… YOU ARE AN IRONMAN… was amazing after 13:45 I did it”.
Sam sets new PB, breaks Club Record and Wins English Schools – Myah Breaks Club Record at English Schools – Holly Wins Pole Vault and Sophie takes Silver in the Hammer at Athletics World Cup – Pauline Wins Burnley 10k & Top 3 for Marc – Tony Wins Pentathlon Throws Championships – Victoria Wins Caldervale 4 – Rose 5k – Sharp’s on Tour
English Schools T & F Championships
Blackburn Harriers had five young athletes at this years Championships having won selection for Lancashire following the County Schools Championships; And the athletes did very, very well indeed.
Sam Gaskell contested the Inter Boys Hammer and in the Final, the first seven all threw distances further than the National Standard with three more achieveing the English School standard, so it was going to take an exceptional throw to win – and that is exactly what Sam did with a distance of 68.75m which was a new PB, broke the Club Record and left him ranked No.1 in Britain for the U17 Age Category. What a fabulous performance and after the championships Sam in his own modest and unassuming way told the Club “Just want to say that I am thankful for what the club does to help and support me as a Blackburn Harrier, I really appreciate all of it. I would also like to thank Mick Hitchon (my Coach) who helps me day in and day out. Thank you“.
Myah Booth was over the moon to win selection for the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles after achieving victories in the Lancashire County Championships as well as Lancashire Schools Championships. Drawn in Heat 3 Myah ran a fabulous race to clock a National Standard and new PB time of 11.34 placing 3rd and qualifying for the Semi-Final – her time also breaking the Harriers Club Record. In the Semi-Final she ran an English Schools standard time of 11.41 to come home 6th. Speaking to the Harriers after the Championships Myah told us “This weekend has been the most amazing experience and I am very pleased with my races. In the heat I was in lane 7 which I wasn’t too pleased about however went and ran 11.34 which was a new PB and under the national Standard!!! I had an automatic place in the semi-final as I finished 3rd in the heat. In the semi-final I wasn’t in the best lane again (lane 8) however I still ran a very good race with a time of 11.41. It wasn’t as quick as the heat and I didn’t qualify for the final but I ran a PB which is most important and I’m very pleased with my races. Overall it was an amazing experience, well done to all the Lancashire team and the four other athletes from Blackburn Harriers who did extremely well! Thank you to all my coaches and the support from the club”.
For Kyle Mashiter it was at his first English Schools Championships in the Junior Boys 100m where he ran 11.97 in Heat 3. Although this a a bit off his personal best of 11.6, it is worth pointing out that the last three in the Final all ran slower times than Kyle’s best. Speaking to the Club after the Championships, Kyle was really positive commenting “It was an amazing experience and just to get their was an accomplishment no matter what place I came”.
Matt Heywood was also at his first English Schools, a fine achievement in many ways, as until this year Matt had only ever thrown in one Hammer competition – a local end of season Open Meeting where he reached a distance of 23.33m with the 4kg Hammer. In the Final of the Junior Boys Hammer featuring seventeen throwers, Matt came in 10th with an English Schools standard distance of 38.64m which was great reward for the efforts he has been putting in over the first six months of this year. Matt told the Harriers “English Schools was great. In my hammer i didn’t do as well as i wanted but as it was my first time there I blame it on nerves. When i walked into the circle there was alot of people crowded adound which made me nervous I came 10th over all and got all my throws out of the cage”.
Nicky Saunders an all round thrower was selected for the Junior Girls Discus in her debut at the the English Schools Championships and perfomrmed very close to her personal best as she threw an ES standard 27.99m coming 12th out of 20 in the Final telling the Harriers that “it was a great experience and would love to go again, everyone who went had good fun“.
Athletics World Cup – July 14 & 15th at Olympic Stadium
Holly Bradshaw ‘collected full points for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She had a perfect series leading up to 4.75m which was an impressive show for the British crowd who really got behind the first event of the evening. Clearances at 4.50m, 4.60m, 4.68m and 4.75m put pressure on her opponents who could not respond. America’s Katie Nageotte held her own against the Briton up until 4.68mm but three fouls at 4.75m saw her competition come to a close’ (Athletics Weekly). Holly said afterwards: “It was good. I was really excited to come here and compete. It’s a different event, it takes me back to my roots when I used to compete for Blackburn Harriers when you used to collect points. I was really excited to get the win and the eight points. It feels amazing. “I am really pleased with my height. I kind of wanted to go over 4.82m which would have been a British record. But for me at the minute I am building nicely towards the European Championships. I had so much fun out there. I am really pleased. The crowd was amazing; it really picks you up and energises you.” (Athletics Weekly)
Sophie Hitchon had a great competition too as she took Silver Medal with a seasons best throw of 73.48m which followed her success in winning the British National Title throwing 72.22m. Adding seven points to the British team total meant that with Holly’s win in the Pole Vault, the team got off to a great start on the first day.
Run For All Burnley 10k – Sunday July 15th
Over eleven hundred finishers in this Race – not easy with a number of climbs included – won by Tom Cornthwaite in 32.32 from Morpeth’s Nick McCormick in 2nd place (33.08).
Three Blackburn Harriers running in this race with Marc Hartley the first one home in a time of 34.55 taking 3rd place overall and after the race, commented to the Club that “Despite knowing the roads and the route really well it was tough going out there today. Quite a few testing climbs and tight turns which upset my rhythm somewhat. I thought the heat might get the better of me with a couple of K’s to go but I thankfully managed to hold on for 3rd as Tom and Nick were having a race of their own!”.
Next home was Pauline Powell in 15th place overall clocking a time of 38.16 to be the winner of the Women’s Race and 1st Vet. Jonathan Bridge was 2nd V50 and came home in 28th place overall running a time of 40.05. Post Race Pauline spoke to the Harriers saying “I enjoyed the Asda 10k today is was a great event and a really good atmosphere! Didnt feel too good in myself after suffering with a bad cold all week, so was happy to break the course record!”
British Masters Combined Events Championships
Tony Balko who has targeted the World Masters Championships in Malaga this coming September was out at the British Masters Combined Events Championships held in Sheffield on Saturday competing in the Throws Pentathlon. Tony won this event in the V50 category in 2017 with a points total of 2503 and this year he replicated that victory to take the title again with a points total of 2918 – a new personal best points total for the competition which includes Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin and Weight.
CalderVale 4 – Thursday July 12th
A reasonably close race to establish a winner of this one with Gareth Booth taking the honours from Chris Davies – Gareth clocking a winning time of 20.37 and Chris 20.46. Victoria Mousley won the Women’s Race and was also the 1st Vet in a time of 24.12 coming home 13th overall out of the near 150 strong field. Allan Hartley was the next Harrier home in 33rd place running a time of 27.53 with Lindsay Davies just one place further back in 34th in a time of 28.18.
After the Race Chris Davies who runs Blackburn Harriers Club Championships, commented on the events of the night saying “The Calder Vale 4 Mile Supper Run is not a race I have done before. I decided to put it into the Club Championships and thought it would be a good run for everyone just to have a bit of a blast out. It didn’t get the turn out that I was hoping for but never the less we did get a few Harriers out on the night. Unfortunately the course comes out a little short of 4 miles but is still a good run. I had a game plan for the run but just before the race I was told what the course would be like. The first mile doesn’t allow you to set a fast pace with a decent climb at the start which slows you down. After the first mile I decided to attack and look to run the course as fast as I could. I wanted to see how good a condition I was in and I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. My speed was great but unfortunately Gareth Booth of Horwich was in Town and I couldn’t quite keep up with him. I was only nine seconds of him in the end but the main goal of the night was to have a good run, use it as a training run if you like and I feel that I got what I wanted out of it. A good nights work. Very happy”.
Women’s Race winner Victoria Mousley told us that she “Entered this one as a last minute idea with my friend Jo. After warming up on the first mile which was steep uphill, I got into a bit of a panic as we set off. The last time I had an uphill start I had a bit of a breathing issue and I got myself all wound up going up the first hill and got a bit panicky and didn’t feel good at all. Once we got to the top I was OK. It was def an undulating course. But managed to keep going and was happy to take the win. Great to see the other Harriers there and we all finished close together really. Great pie and peas too!!“
(Photo courtesy of Run Photo Run)
Lindsay commented too on her Race telling us “Fantastic race, one hell of a climb in the first mile. Fantastic views when you get to the top and could see the front runners (Chris and Gareth Booth) in the distance. Enjoyed the race and was chasing Allan Hartley all the way round, he just got away from me at the end. It was a great 600-800 metre descent back to the finish line. Really pleased to win my age category again after winning it at trawden and well done to Victoria, Chris and Allan who also put in brilliant performances”.
(Photo courtesy of Run Photo Run)
Rose Inn Series – Race (2) Tuesday July 10th
Paul Bradshaw was running his second race of the Rose Inn Series which was won in a time of 20.19. In the first race of the Series, Paul ran a time of 22.58 finishing 20th overall. In the latest Race he came home in 13th out of a field of nearly two hundred clocking a time of 22.24, over half a minute improvement on the same course.
Saul Sharp competed in the Ironman kids today – Saturday July 14th – in Bolton Town centre. The distance was 1200m starting and finishing at the town hall. It wasn’t officially timed, but unofficially he ran a time of 4:06. He showed a great attitude and had a cracking run with a brilliant sprint finish.
Meanwhile – Saul’s mum – Lorna Sharp – who is a Junior Endurance Coach with the Harriers competed in the Pendle Running Festival at the weekend finishing 28th out of seventy five runners in a time of 56.48 for the 5 mile race. (RESULTS).
Holly clears 4.72m in Germany – New PB’s and a Win for Solomon at Inter-Counties T & F Championships
Tegernsee Tal Springermeeting – July 7 – 8th
Held in Rottach-Egern, Germany, Holly Bradshaw’s latest competition saw her clear 4.72m for 2nd place, the same height as the winner – Americal vaulter Katie Nageotte who won on countback. Holly’s last three competitons have seen her go higher each time with 4.60m 4.66m and now 4.72m.
After the competition Holly shared her thoughts with the Club commenting “I am definitely building as the season progresses which was always the plan off the back of the Commonwealth Games. I haven’t took a break and just trained straight through so we knew the closer we got to the Europeans the better shape I would be in and the better I would be jumping and it’s nice to know the plan has worked. I felt really great in Rottach, my body felt good and I felt fast and strong! It’s such an amazing competition with such a great atmosphere in such a special little place, it’s hard not to just love life! The meet organiser puts on a great show and really makes the environment perfect to help us athletes. I am now looking forward to my next couple of meets to try and keep building momentum, ready for the Europeans in 3/4 weeks time.”
(Holly Bradshaw and Katie Nageotte)
U15 & U17 Inter Counties Track & Field Championships – Leigh Saturday July 7th
Thirteen Blackburn Harriers athletes won selection to represent Lancashire at this years Inter-Counties Championships held at Leigh, including:
Kyle Mashiter – Ethan Downes – Ben Boocock – George Whittaker – Matthew Heywood – Bailey Madden – Millie Coy – Amy Davies – Liberty Thompson – Myah Booth – Nicky Saunders – Solomon Brown – Matt Ramsden
Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes ran the U15 Boys 100m which saw Kyle in String (1) finishing 3rd clocking 11.60 which matched his personal best – the first five all being given the same time and Ethan in String (2) who was first with a time of 11.73 – a new PB, his previous best going into the competition being 11.8. Just four athletes in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles which finished with Ben Boocock in 3rd place in a time of 13.28. Liberty Thompson ran in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles coming in with a time of 14.09. Some great times recorded in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles, the winner clocking 11.40. Myah Booth set a new PB of 11.57 to finish 4th overall. Solomon Brown probably had the run of the day as he won the U17 Men’s 100m Hurdles in a new PB time of 14.38, a half a second faster than his previous best set at this years Lancashire Championships.
In the U15 Boys Discus George Whittaker won String (2) with a throw of 29.34m and a new PB by 30cms. Overall George placed 4th in the competition. Matthew Heywood competed in the U15 Boys Shot Putt finishing 3rd in String (2) with 9.08m, just shy of his best and 9th overall. Nicky Saunders had a very good day too throwing a new PB of 28.34m in the U15 Girls Discus and finished 4th overall on the day. Myah Booth was competing in her second event of the day – this time in the U15 Girls Shot Putt – where she finished 2nd in String (2) with a throw of 10.58m making her 3rd overall and just 4 cms off 2nd place.
Bailey Madden took 3rd place overall in the U17 Women’s 100m after winning String (1) in 12.74 and the winners coming from String (2). Five athletes in the U17 Women’s 300m where Millie Coy came home in 2nd spot clocking a good time of 43.19. Two Strings in the U17 Women’s 1500m which saw some very good times posted, the winner running a time of 4.38.34. Amy Davies ran in String (2) finishing 3rd with a time of 5.03.48 and 9th overall. Matt Ramsden ran a very solid time of 9.09.65 in the U17 Men’s 3000m which put him in 4th place overall – the winner running a time of 9.03.49.
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