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Gloriously hot weather greeted the athletes at Trafford for Round 3 of the YDL Lower Age Group Northern West One Division on Sunday. As in the first two fixtures, the Harriers finished sixth on the day but this shouldn’t distract from a lot of fine performances by the athletes in the U13 and U15 Age Group categories. Many of our U13’s are bottom of age and in their first year, so it is a steep learning curve for them, but they will benefit from the experience next year.
Full Results HERE
On the day the athletes provided eleven wins, six second and five third positions, twenty one personal bests and a new Club Record. This was set by Eloise Littlefair in the U13G Shot Putt with a throw of 9.13m beating the old record set by Caris Lake in 2001 (8.78m). This put her into 11th place in the National Rankings and 2nd in the North West. Eloise also won the ‘A’ 70mH in 12.4sec placing her 3rd in the North West Rankings and 55th Nationally and then she went on to win the Javelin with a throw of 20.80m to make it three events three wins. Anjalie Singh won the ‘B’ 70mH in a PB of 13.5 – Anjalie also set new PB’s in the Long Jump and Javelin to cap off a good day for her too. Elliot Grime (17.2sec) for the first time ever and Luis Billington (17.2sec) in only his second competitive attempt took on the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles. English Schools qualified Cameron Massey continued his good form winning the U15 ‘A’ 80m Hurdles in an untroubled 12.3sec putting him 3rd in the North West and and 16th in the National Rankings. Nicholas Smith took second place and a PB in the ‘B’ Race (16.0sec). In the Girls U15 80m Hurdles Esme Pearse (5th) ran 13.9sec and Eleanor Grime 4th (15.0 sec).
New member Sam Pearson-Moore had a great debut for the Club at his first ever competitive fixture. He finished second in the Javelin with 31.28m and not far from the winner who threw 33.03m. Sam then went and won the Discus ‘B’ with 18.01m to mark a very promising start. Jacob Roberts, another English Schools qualifier had a really fine day. He set two new PB’s in winning the ‘A’ Hammer in 39.58m and then came 3rd in the Pole Vault with 2.00m, an event which he hasn’t done at training this year. Jacob now stands at the top of the North West Rankings and 17th Nationally.
In the U13’s Seth Elliott threw 17.22m (5th) in the Javelin ‘A’ and Billy Walpole (5th) 16.93m in the ‘B’. Brother Jimmy Walpole finished 5th in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (3.91m) and Jamie Teare, willing as ever putted 4.52m for 6th place. Emily Warren supported the Throwers with a good 2nd in the U13G Shot (5.64m) and Baylie Thompson (4th) 13.10m and along with Rose Abbott (3rd) 11.55m took solid points in the U15 G Discus – Baylie then placed 6th in the Javelin (12.99m) and Megan Clarkson 4th with 7.98m. U15 Maddie Elliott helped out in the Shot Putt placing 6th (4.00m) as did Hanzala Hanif in the U15 Boys Shot with 6.08m (6th).
In the Sprints U15 Hanzala Hanif ran 16.5sec in the ‘A’ 100m (6th) and 2nd in the 200m ‘B’ (26.5sec) with Nicholas Massey 26.3sec (5th) in the ‘A’ 200 to equal his PB. U13 Ben Cecil (5th) 14.4 in the ‘A’ 100m and 4th (28.9sec) in the ‘A’ 200m along with Luis Billington (6th) in the ‘B’ with 15.3sec earned more points for the Club. Hannah Cookson and Eleanor Grime contested the U15G 100m and posted 14.2sec (5th) and 14.9sec (6th) respectively. Maddie Elliott (31.5sec) 6th and Rose Abbott (33.4sec) 6th rowed in and helped out in the U15 G 200m. U13 Emily Raine ran 11.2 sec (3rd) in the ‘A’ 75m and Olivia Blow 11.8sec (4th) in the ‘B’ Race which was a PB for her. Also running her second PB of the day was Emily Warren in the ‘A’ U13G 150m winning in 20.8sec with Amy Davies taking 6th spot (24.1sec) in the ‘B’ Race in her only second outing over the distance. Baylie Thompson tackled the U15G 300m ‘A’ (6th) 49.6sec and Megan Clarkson ran the ‘B’ (4th) in 48.2sec.
Over the Middle Distance events there were some really good performances. U13 Emily Warren set a new PB in the U13G 800m ‘A’ Race with 2.34.2 and ran it tactically spot on – in the ‘B’ Race Olivia Blow took 4th in 3.12.0. Hannah Cookson was another athlete who ran a tactically superb race on the day in the U15G 800m winning in 2.32.8. Megan Clarkson (4th) 5.19.4 and Maddie Elliott (2nd) 5.20.0 took good points in the U15 1500m Races. Amy Davies was just a fraction outside her 1200m PB in finishing 5th (4.19.3) in the U13G ‘A’ Race. Rhys Charnley was our only U15 800m runner on the day and posted 2.45.9 in finishing 6th. Billy Walpole (5th) 2.38.9 – his first ever outing over the distance and Jamie Teare also having his first Race at the distance (4th) 2.35.5 ran in the U13 800m Races. Seth Elliott took a good 4th place (5.14.9) and Daniel Brown (5th) 5.48.5 in the U13 1500m with Nicholas Smith again in his first ever attempt at the distance posting 5.08.7 in the U15B 1500m Race.
In the Horizontal and Vertical Jumps U15 Brothers Cameron Massey (4th) with 4.89m in the Long Jump and 6th (1.40m) in the High Jump and Nicholas Massey 2nd in the Long Jump (4.25m) and equal 2nd in the High Jump (1.40m) earned good solid points. The U13 Boys pairing of Ben Cecil (3rd) jumping 3.88m in the Long Jump and Luis Billington (3rd) with 3.40m added to the points tally. Jamie Teare had a shot at the U13 High Jump and cleared 1.10m for 6th place. Hannah Cookson placed 5th in the U15G ‘A’ Long Jump (4.16m) and was supported by Eleanor Grime in the ‘B’ with 3.72m (6th). Esme Pearse continued with her season of PB’s setting another one in the ‘A’ High Jump winning with 1.49m. Anjalie Singh (5th) 3.85m in the ‘A’ U13 Long Jump set a new PB by half a metre with Emily Raine 5th (3.29m) in the ‘B’. Emily and Olivia Blow both cleared 1.05m in the U13g High Jump.
V65 Mike Hazlewood was out in action at Huddinge AIS Friidrott on June 8th and was understandably happy with his overall performance in the Throws Pentathlon featuring five Throws. Mike told the club that “I managed to win my age group (and beat the current European champion by a huge 15 points!!!). My result was: hammer – 37.42 (757 points). Shot – 10.34 (732), discus- 35.95 (702), javelin- 34.49 (646) & weight – 14.56 (806). Total points 3642”.
Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series
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In the latest round of the Series, Andy Buttery, Gary Pearse, John Sutton and Jonathan Bridge all turned out in this annual very tough Road Race, described as a Half-Marathon, but measuring 13.5 miles instead of the regulation 13.1 miles. (Photos courtesy of http://www.runningpix.co.uk/)
The Race won by Marc Hartley in 83.17 saw Andy kept up his charge for the Vet 40 title overall with a fifth place on the day and second V40 in 89.32. A royal battle took place between John Sutton and Gary Pearse, with John home in 7th place and 3rd V40 (92.30) and Gary seconds behind in 8th (92.33) and 4th V40. V45 Jonathan Bridge took 24th spot at the finish with 97.59 and fifth V45.
Preston Duathlon – June 8th 2014
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Tom Blaney returning from a long period of injury cjose the Preston Duathlon to est out his fitness and was joined by V40 John Sutton. Tom won the event consisting of a one mile run, four mile bike ride and one mile run in 22.25 and John came second in 23.24.
Blackburn Harrier Sophie Hitchon has been selected to represent Team England in the Hammer Throw at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow.
Congratulations to Sophie from everyone at the Club.
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This is but the latest achievement gained by Sophie in her athletics career as can be evidenced by her Power of 10 profile below:
Domestic Championships Record
2007 – England Athletics U17 Open Championships HT gold
2008 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2009 – English Schools championships HT gold, England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships HT silver, Aviva England U20 & World Trials Championships HT gold
2011 – BUCS Championships HT gold. Aviva World Trials & UK Championships HT gold. Aviva European U23 Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2013 – England Athletics U23 Championships & European Trials HT gold
Major Championships and International Highlights
2013 – IAAF World Championships HT 10th q. European Athletics Team Championships HT bronze. European Athletics U23 Championships HT gold
2012 – Olympic Games HT 12th, European Championships HT 11th
2011 – IAAF World Championships 13th q. Spar European Team Championships HT 9th. European U23 Championships HT bronze
2010 – IAAF World Junior Championships HT gold
2009 – European Junior Championships HT bronze
2008 – World Junior Championships HT 7th, Commonwealth Youth Games HT gold
Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall capped off a really good weekend at the Northern Championships at Sportscity. On Saturday he won the Lancashire County Schools Triple Jump Title after setting a new Long Jump PB (6.19cm). On Sunday Ben jumped to within 4cm of his Triple Jump PB when he landed 13.03m to take the Bronze Medal. Another cracking performance for an athlete who gets better as the season progresses.
Rob Warner who celebrated his twentieth birthday this week and who has also been in good form setting PB’s at 800m, 1500m and 3000m ran in the 5000m Senior Men’s Race, his first ever attempt at the distance on the Track. The final which featured seventeen athletes and won by Chris Livesey (14.45.95) saw Rob continue that really good form with an 8th place 15.11.22 clocking. No doubt there is a sub 15minute run on the cards by the end of the season.
Joe Pearse who won the Lancashire County Schools High Jump with 1.94m the day before at Blackpool, contested the Senior Men’s High Jump and cleared 1.93m the same height as the bronze medalist but finished an agonising fourth on count back. Oliver Aspden another Harrier in really good form ran 55.59sec in the Heat – finishing second – and in doing so knocked four tenths of a second off his PB, but was unable to contest the Final.
Harriers Athletes were out at the Championships representing their respective Town Schools Teams and in a number of cases, were looking to win their event and set the English Schools qualifying standard for the Championships being held in Birmingham on Friday / Saturday July 11th and 12th
Full Results HERE
Joe Pearse took the Senior Boys High Jump with a leap of 1.94m to secure the standard. Rebecca Orrell won the Hammer (46.02m) and achieved the National Standard, whilst Junior Boy Jacob Roberts took his age group title (39.01m), passing the ES Standard by just over a metre. Connor Makin won the 400m Hurdles (56.8sec) and cemented his place in the squad for the English Schools Championships having already achieved the time. He then went on to win the flat 400m in 52.3sec from Blackburn Harriers team mate Morgan Philips in second place (53.9sec). Archie Braysford in the 100m Inter Boys Race set a new PB of 11.3sec in the heat and then ran a tenth faster in the final (11.2sec) to gain the qualifying standard. Jake Almond in the 200m took a good third place with a time of 23.3secs.
Other Harriers athletes also had very good performances on the day with PB’s and Championship titles. Connor Davison (IB Hammer) added two and half metres to his PB throwing 29.87m to finish runner up in his age category. Katie Buckingham (SG 400m Hurdles) ran a new PB of 66.7sec and took the title. Ross Liddle (61.0sec) and Huzaifa Hanif (64.2sec) were the only two competitors in the IB 400m Hurdles ace which saw Ross coming home first to become Lancashire Schools Champion.
Ben Aspinall finished 2nd in the Long Jump but jumped to a new PB of 6.19m adding 19cm to his previous best set just a couple of weeks ago. He then went on to win the Triple Jump with a solid performance of (12.65m). It took an English Schools qualifying standard to beat Morgan Angland who set another PB in the 80m Hurdles and in really good form, running 12.2sec for a second place finish. Liz Ashcroft also had a really good Race in the 75m Hurdles coming second in a really tight Race and setting a time of 12.7sec just one tenth off her PB. Polly Pearse won the IG High Jump with 1.50m from Amber Swinnerton of Blackpool in second, both clearing the same height, but Polly winning on count back and Natasha Mols in third place (1.40m). Sister Esme Pearse also finished 2nd with a jump of 1.40m in the JG High Jump. New Blackburn Harrier member Oliver Pearson-Moore competed in the IB Javelin and threw 26.30m.
Cameron Massey who has set no fewer than nine PB’s in different events this year, took the JB 80m Hurdles in 12.0sec which equals the English Schools qualifying standard. Cameron has already beaten that time in other competitions. Brother Nicholas Massey, also running for the Chorley Schools Town Team qualified for the JB 100m final with a fourth placed 12.4sec. In the final, he ran 12.6sec.
In the IB 3000m Joe Monk finished second to Matthew Barnes of Pendle with a time of 9.38.8 which cut nearly 24 seconds off his previous PB set in 2013. Grace Handley was a lone front runner in the Inter Girls 3000m, winning in a time of (10.51.2). Robert Buckley back in competition and free from exams and racing for only the third time this year finished second in the SB 1500m (4.32.4) whilst in the IB 1500m Byron Abbott placed fifth with a time of 4.33.3 in only his fourth outing this year. Over in the JG 1500m, Maddie Elliott made a great effort to win the race and had a real battle with the eventual winner Syd Bairstow from Blackpool. Maddie finished second with a new PB of 5.09.0 nearly two seconds faster. Natalya Irvine finished just behind Maddie in third place with a good time of 5.12.4 in her first ever 1500m track race and Rose Abott also ran for Blackburn with Darwen Schools in a time of 6.01.7.
Sophie Taylor was another winner taking the SG 100m Hurdles (17.2sec); Olivia Brooks just missed out on third place in IG Long Jump with 4.92m setting a new PB as she creeps closer to the 5.0m mark. Jane Saothong missed a PB by a few centimetres when she jumped 4.00m in the IG Long Jump. In the IB Long Jump Caleb Lee hit a big new PB with 5.71m for a fourth placed finish.
Another frustrating weekend for the Harriers at Sportscity. The Club finished in fifth place just 16.5 points off a second place finish and 44 points from winning the Match. Nevertheless, as always with the Harriers, Team spirit was excellent, everyone got stuck in to try and compensate for missing athletes and produced some very good performances to boot.
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The Team spirit was no more in evidence than in the performance of Paul Coffey. Having suffered great personal loss only two days before the fixture, Paul ran the ‘A’ 100m/200m double and the 4 x 100m Relay. In the 100m he equaled his PB of 11.2 – in the 200m he set a new PB of 22.7 before finishing off in the Relays. A fantastic effort by this young man under the most trying of circumstances.
Good to see Paul Bradshaw back in the squad and securing really good points competing in the ‘A’ 400m (2nd in 49.7) and ‘B’ 200m (2nd in 22.9) as well as 4 x 400m Relay Leg (49.2). Paul then went and tried his arm at the Javelin taking 3rd spot with 37.11m. Perhaps a new Javelin star in the making!!
In the ‘B’ 100m Dominic Bretherton ran 11.7. In the Women’s sprints Morgan Angland ran a new PB in the ‘A’ 100m (13.1) with Hayley Candler posting a 14.1 clocking in the ‘B’ 100m Race and 29.9 in the ‘B’ 200m. In the Women’s 200m ‘A’ Roxanne Oliver ran 27.7 equaling her PB. There was another PB for the in form Katie Buckingham in the ‘A’ 400m (62.3) and Phoebe Howe finishing 4th in the ‘B’ Race (65.3).
Katie Buckingham’s Coach Richard Taylor predicted a new PB by four seconds in her 800m and that is exactly what she delivered with a 4th placed 2.22.9. U17 Olivia Wilson stepped in to help out the Team and took 3rd spot in the ‘B’ 800m with 2.41.1 – just over two seconds outside her PB but a really good effort considering she was running in the Senior League. U17 Women Grace Handley and Phoebe Howe then took on the 1500m with Grace running not far outside her PB for 3rd place in 4.55.6 and Phoebe Howe running 5.43.2 in the ‘B’ Race. Ben Fish took on the 1500m (3rd in 4.01.9) and the 5000m winning the ‘A’ Race in 14.57.2 – Jack Hindle set a 12 second PB in the ‘B’ 1500m in 4th (4.23.4) and Chris Davies took on the 800m (6th in 2.14.1) and 5000m (3rd 17.46.8) double which was completely new territory for him.
And in the ‘B’ 800m U17 Huzaifa Hanif stepped foreward to support the team in his first ever outing amongst senior athletes to run just over a second outside of his 800m PB with with 2.15.6 and then ran a leg of the 4 x 400m Relay. In the 3000m ‘A’ Race Laura Hesketh set a new PB by six seconds in 4th place with 11.09.00 run entirely in the rain. Joseph Howe had a really good run in the 3000m S/C (3rd in 10.37.6) and his first time at the longer distance, usually doing the 2000m S/C. Allan Hartley, usually seen on the Roads and Fells came to help the Team and ran the ‘B’ S/C and took a really bad fall on a bend, but got up to finish in 2nd place (12.30.9) exemplifying the Team spirit of the day.
U17 Rebecca Orrell seems to be setting new PB’s everytime she throws the Hammer this year and she did it again in the Women’s ‘A’ Hammer event on Sunday finishing 4th with 40.28m – nearly two metres improvement – and the first time she has broken 40m with the Senior 4kg weight. Megan Searson, back home from College in the USA for a period came and did the “B” Hammer and took third place with 22.16m. Rebecca took 5th place (24.66m) in the Discus and 6th in the Shot Putt ‘B’ (7.14m). Jack Vickery came back from College to compete for the Club finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer (39.54m) and 4th in the ‘B’ Discus (21.46m). V50 Tony Balko and still going strong, took 5th spot in the Shot Putt (9.35m), 4th in the Discus with 26.24m and 3rd in the ‘B’ Hammer (30.28m).
Great to have Rebecca Sullivan back after several months of illness and although she is not fully recovered, she came along to help the Team in some of the Field Events winning the ‘B’ High Jump (1.60m) and reaching 7.86m in the Shot Putt. U17 Olivia Wilson tackled the ‘B’ Discus and took 4th spot with 14.01m, a PB by half a metre. Polly Pearse won the Women’s ‘A’ High Jump and set a new PB by 2 cm of 1.60m. Brother Joe Pearse had a great day over the High Jump. With an existing PB of 1.93cm – just one cm below the English Schools qualifying standard – he won the competition in a new PB of 1.96cm before going on to have three attempts at 2.00m. U17’s Morgan Angland (4th in the ‘A’ with 4.89m) and Olivia Brooks 3rd in the ‘B’ with 4.64m took steady points for the Club in the Long Jump. Olivia then competed in the Triple Jump placing 3rd with 9.12m and Polly Pearse took 5th in the ‘A’ (9.26m).
Roxanne Oliver took on the Hurdling duties in the 400m and 100m and placed 2nd in both ‘A’ events with 68.3sec in the 400mH and 17.3sec in the 100m H – again, sadly we didn’t have ‘B’ competitors to back this up.
In the Long Hurdles, the eagerly awaited clash between Oliver Aspden and Connor Makin didn’t materialise as there were separate ‘A’ and ‘B’ Races. Oliver was in good form winning the ‘A’ in 56.0sec equaling his PB set at Hull in Match One and Connor similarly winning the ‘B’ in 57.3. Oliver then won the ‘A’ 110mH in 16.4sec and Joe Pearse completed a good day for him winning the ‘B’ 100mH 17.5sec.
Another U17 young athlete who had never competed against Senior athletes before, answered a last minute call to help out and did really well. Ross Liddle backed up ‘A’ competitor Ben Aspinall in the Triple Jump and Long Jump. Ben took 2nd in the Triple Jump with 12.59m 3rd in the Long Jump with 5.93m. Ross leapt to a new PB of 5.37m in the Long Jump in 4th place and then jumped 10.26m in the Triple Jump for another 4th place. Great effort all round by the Team.
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