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After a difficult season for our Senior squad in 2012 in which we fell victim to that old curse of injuries, holidays, university, other competitions/championships etc, we were relegated from Division One down to Division 2WC. At the end of the last fixture of the season we vowed to bounce straight back, and we did it in real style, winning every fixture in Division 2WC and qualifying for the Promotion Match at Doncaster on Saturday 7th September.
At the Promotion Match, again through injuries, we were missing some key athletes, but Team Manager Richard Taylor, who told us ‘it would be tight on the day’ juggled the Team admirably. With the withdrawal of Bolton from the Match we were up against Gateshead, Derby, West Cheshire and Leigh and it did indeed prove to be a tight fixture with single figure points separating Clubs at the top of the Team Standings throughout the day. Indeed, as we approached the end of the Match, with just the Women’s Javelin event to be concluded, Blackburn Harriers led the fixture by just one point – but that was enough to ensure that the Club won the Promotion Match by just 4 points with Derby AC in second place and both Clubs being promoted.
Full Results HERE
The day ended with firstly the Derby Team Manager and then our own Richard Taylor being thrown into the Water Jump in celebration – a fitting end to a great day and performance.
After the Match had finished, Men’s Team Captain Ben Fish was delighted with the Clubs performance and told us that “it was a proud day to be a Blackburn Harrier, we’ve been at the top all season and deserved to win promotion, which we made sure of yesterday. Brilliant effort by all concerned. We’ve got a cracking team and I’m sure we can be up there in Division 1 next season “.
Steeple Chaser Chris Barnes in his first full season for the Harriers in T & F was also delighted to be part of a winning team and said at the end of the day that it was “A fantastic result at Doncaster in the play-offs with the usual outstanding individual performances, as well as one or two stepping up to the occasion on the day, but the most impressive thing this season has to be the size and quality of the squad used throughout the year. The number of people turning out for the Harriers in the Northern League this season is testament to the hard work put in by Richard and all the team “.
In difficult and windy conditions the overall performance of the Team was really solid, as we registered 12 wins – 21 seconds – and 23 third places. It’s not possible to single out every contribution but amongst the performances were some notable ones all setting new PB’s starting with Abby Edmundson’s 3rd placed Long Jump (5.43m) making her the 5th in the rankings of all women Long Jumpers in the Club’s history.
Paul Coffey lowered his 200m PB down to 23.6sec and was clearly delighted as was Jack Lonsdale in the 400m with 53.1 More PB’s were set by Chris Barnes who won the ‘A’ 3000m Steeple Chase in 10.35.9 and for Chris Davies who made it a double winning the ‘B’ Race and knocking 23 seconds off his previous best with 10.55.6. Joe Pearse cut half a second off his 110m Hurdle time (17.6) in winning the ‘B’ Race. Jamie Vickery doubled in the 100m with 11.3 and a seasons best 22.9 secs in the 200m . Brother Jack Vickery was part of the Men’s Throws group with Tony Balko, Shanteep Sivarajah, Corie Shorrock and Joe Pearse who found themselves up a very strong Derby AC Throws Team.
The Women’s 3000m and Men’s 5000m gave the Harriers really good points with Ben Fish winning the ‘A’ 5000m in 14.41.7 and Gary Priestley winning the ‘B’ Race in 15.26.3. Sarah Ridehalgh took 2nd in the ‘B’ Race (11.04.7) with Candice Heyes also taking 2nd in the 3000m ‘A’ Race with 10.35.3.
Women’s Team Captain Sarah Henton had a good day winning the Discus (45.47m) – the Hammer ‘B’ (34.40m) – 2nd in the Javelin ‘A’ (29.58m) and 3rd in the Shot Putt ‘A’ (10.94m). Backing her up in the Throws was young Rebecca Orrell with 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (34.77) and 2nd in the Discus ‘B’ (26.27). In the Women’s Hurdles there were wins for Roxanne Oliver in the 400m Hurdles and Sophie Taylor in the 100m Hurdles. Abby Edmundson added to her Long Jump PB with a 2nd ‘A’ Triple Jump (10.89m) and U17 Polly Pearse had a really good day with three 2nd places – 9.83m in the Triple Jump; 1.50m in the High Jump and 2.10m in the Pole Vault. Katie Buckingham took 2nd place in the 400m Hurdles and the 1500m Women’s duo of Rachel Wood and Beckie Taylor scored good points in the 1500m. Zac Howe 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m (1.58.7) and 3rd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump 10.70m scored well as did Robert Warner who doubled in the ‘B’ 800m (3rd) and ‘B’ 1500m (2nd). Sister Phoebe Howe gained invaluable points, not least of which was her 3rd place in the 100m, which she had never done before. Rachel Leech was consistent in the 200m and 400m double running 28.9 and 63.8sec.
Ben Aspinall who has competed in 16 Triple Jump competitions this season – winning 9, placing 2nd five times and once 3rd and 4th, won again to take maximum points with 12.57. Ben has now put on over a metre and a half on his distance from last year. In the Long Jump he finished 3rd with 5.63m just 3 cm short of setting another PB. Also setting a new PB was Connor Makin when he cleared 1.70m in the ‘B’ High Jump and added a 59.1 400m Hurdle to win the ‘A’ Race and a 54.9 2nd in the ‘B’ flat 400m. Oliver Aspden took a good 2nd place in the 110m Hurdles (16.4sec) and another 2nd in the ‘B’ Long Jump (5.55m). No doubt about team spirit when Christina Carr rows in with throws in the Javelin and Shot Putt, who has been unable to run for the last 2 years following a serious injury.
But in some ways the stars of the show were the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team. At the first fixture of the Northern League season they came last. They went to the 2nd fixture and won; the 3rd fixture and won and in the 4th came 2nd. In the Promotion Match they won again, making it three wins and one second out of five races – and who can forget the cheering from the Harriers squad as Katie Buckingham, Rachel Leech, Polly Pearse and Phoebe Howe ran like demons to support one anothers runs. And who can forget the smile on their faces. What a great way to end the season.
……..and just so they don’t feel left out…………
It was the Annual Mid Lancs Medal Meeting at Wigan on Saturday 31st August and 24 athletes from Blackburn Harriers competed on the day. The Medal Meeting awards Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for all events, but the athletes finishing in those places need to have competed in a minimum of two of the seasons fixtures in order to qualify for the Medals. Some athletes will not have qualified but have still competed, posting good results but not getting a Medal.
Full Results HERE
One young athlete who did qualify was U13 Eloise Littlefair who won the Discus Event, a Gold Medal and smashed her own Club Record by throwing 25.27m. This takes her to 12th place in the National Rankings – headed by Hannah Molyneaux (31.78m) and to 1st place in the North West Rankings. This is a tremendous achievement in her first season and not a full season at that. Eloise also won a Bronze in the Shot Putt (7.26m) and came 4th in the 100m (14.20sec).
All the Throwers posted good perforamnces on the day Jack Vickery taking Gold in the Senior Men’s Hammer (42.38m) and 5th in the Discus (24.72); Connor Davison won a Gold in the U15 Boys Hammer (29.42m) – Silver in the Discus (26.48m) and Silver in the Shot Putt (9.97); Nathan Billington competing in just the Hammer took Gold with 37.80m in the U17 Age group; U15 Jacob Roberts won a Bronze in the Hammer with 21.26m and then took 7th place in the Discus (17.52m); Cameron Massey finished 4th in the U15 Boys Shot Putt (8.61) and Jacinta Davison finished 7th in the Senior Women’s Shot Putt (6.37m) & 5th in the Hammer (16.77m). Rebecca Orrell had another good day contesting three of the Throws events, winning two Golds – Discus (26.41) – Hammer (37.91) and a Bronze in the Shot Putt (6.74).
In the Sprints there were some mixed fortunes. Paul Coffey in the Seniors won both his 100m and 200m Heats but finished 8th in the 100m overall (11.60) and 5th in the 200m (23.80). U17 Jake Almond took two Silver Medals with 2nd in the 100m (11.90) and 2nd in the 200m (24.30) and U17 Gareth Johnson placed 4th in the 100m (12.30). Cameron Massey just missed out on the Medals with a 4th place in the U15 200m’s (26.30). Huzaifa Hanif posted a 13.20 for 13th place in the U15 Boys 100m and then ran 59.00 for 4th place in the 400m. Bottom of the age U13 Charlotte Williams finished 10th in the 200m (32.50) – 4th in the High Jump (1.15m) and 2nd in the Discus (16.70m). U13 Marcus Grace made his competitive debut in the 100m and ran in one of the four Heats on the day finishing 20th overall (14.80).
Going up in the distances – Chris Barnes set a new PB in the Senior Men’s 3000m in 2nd place (9.41.60); Robert Wong back in some good training posted a season’s best in the U17 Men’s 3000m, winning the event in 10.03.10. U15 Grace Handley was the only girl to contest the 3000m (10.39.00). U15 Thomas Harbour who is having a good end to the Track season,took Silver in the 1500m (4.38.90) in a very good race. Charlotte Taylor (U15) won a Bronze in the 300m (45.10) and Olivia Wilson also took a Bronze Medal with a battling display down the home straight (2.43.40).
In the Jumps, Ben Aspinall U17 won Gold in the Long Jump (5.66m); Gold in the Triple Jump (12.15m) and finished just shy of a hat-trick of medals with 4th in the Javelin (23.48m). Another newcomer and U15 was Conor Hodson who is showing a lot of promise, taking equal Gold Medal position in the High Jump (1.65m). Olivia Brooks took two Medals – Silver in the U17 Women’s High Jump (1.40m) and Bronze in the Long Jump (4.53m) with Jane Saothong in 6th place (4.00m).
The existing Senior Womans Record for the 1500m stood at 4.18.52 and set by Alison In Cardiff at a BMC meeting in 2010.
Last week – 24th August – at another BMC Meeting, this time in Coventry, Alison took nearly 5 seconds off that time to win her Race in a time of 4.13.52 which places her 12th in the National Rankings. Taking into account her 4.42.39 at Oxford on the Track for one mile and her 4.40.00 in the Westminster Mile, shows Alison to be in really good form. In the National Rankings she is 7th in the 800m (2.02.59); 8th for the One Mile on the Track and 6th for the One Mile on the Road.
Full Results HERE
After the Race Alison said ” I’m really pleased, the race felt good start to finish, and I’m so happy to get a pb after so long”.
A number of the Clubs emerging young throwers all contested the U15 / U17 Northern Championships at Wavertree on the weekend of August 17th & 18th. Nathan Billington ( Hammer); Rebecca Orrell (Hammer, Discus and Shot Putt) and Connor Davison (Hammer and Shot Putt) were all hoping to win a medal as was Ben Aspinall in the Triple Jump.
Full Results HERE
Northern Athletics Report HERE
Nathan Billington in the U17 Men’s Hammer threw a new PB by 2 metres with a distance of 41.46m winning the event and taking the Gold Medal.
U17 Rebecca competed in in three events including the Hammer to finish 3rd and win a Bronze Medal with a throw of 37.60m, then threw 28.70m in the Discus for 4th place and 6th place in the Shot Putt (6.23m).
U15 Connor also competed in two Throwing events and made it the third medal of the day for Harriers athletes in coming 3rd in the Hammer (33.70m) and winning a Bronze Medal. He then went on to contest the Shot Putt with a distance of 10.48m for 5th place.
U17 Ben just fell short of making it four medals on the day for the Harriers when he jumped 12.45m for fourth place in the Triple Jump.
Thirty two Harriers competed at Hyndburn on Saturday – August 10th – in good and pleasant weather conditions. There was a second Club Record in the U13 Girls Discus in successive Mid Lancs fixtures and twelve new PB’s.
Full Results HERE
Eloise Littlefair, a new member to the Club and just 11 yrs of age, broke the existing U13 Girls Discus record at the Mid Lancs Ormskirk fixture and then broke it again on Saturday when she added a further 1.5 metres to the existing record, winning with a throw of 20.42cm and this in just her second ever competition. Eloise then went on to win the 100m in 14.6secs and the Shot Putt with 7.99m to cap off a really good day for her. Charlotte Williams, another 11yr old showing promise got in on the act as well. She won her 100m in 14.9sec (the first time she had ever competed at that distance), then finished 2nd in the High Jump with a PB of 1.25m and backed that up with a PB in the Shot Putt (4th) 6.68m.
In the U15 Girls Charlotte Taylor came 4th in the 300m with 45.00sec and she is closing in on the Club Record. Megan Clarkson ran another PB in the 800m finishing 6th in 2.37.40 and Olivia Wilson made it a double with her new PB of 2.38.80 in 7th place. Grace Handley entered the mixed age and gender 3000m Race along with a host of other Blackburn Harriers and cut a whopping 14 secs off her best time setting a new PB of 10.18.30.
Olivia Brooks and Polly Pearse were out in the U17 Girls category with Olivia taking 1st in the Long Jump (4.72m) and 2nd in the High Jump with 1.40m. Polly took 2nd in the Long Jump (4.11m) and 4th in the Shot Putt (6.32m). Rebecca Orrell had a win double contesting the Hammer and won with a throw of 36.62m and the Discus with 28.83m.
Senior Women Becky Shorrock and Sarah Ridehalgh joined with a number of other Harriers and raced the 3000m with Becky achieving a 10sec PB (11.19.90) and Sarah just missing breaking the 11 minute mark with 11.01.30.
There were some really good performances by the Boys as well in the U13’s and U15’s age groups. Debutant U13 Luke Monaghan tackled the High Jump and finished 5th with 1.20m which was a great start to his competitive career and his first ever competition at this level. U15 Thomas Harbour, who improves race by race took six seconds off his PB winning the 1500m in 4.33.20. Cameron Massey (U15), and one of the Clubs emerging multi-eventers tackled the Long Jump finishing 8th (4.67m); the High Jump 4th with 1.45m and a new PB by 10cms and then posted another PB of 9.52m in the Shot Putt finishing 2nd. There has been a real improvement in Camerons performances over the this season and as with the Clubs other multi-event athletes, the next few years will see them really develop. Huzaifa Hanif entred just one event, the 400m and had a good run finishing 2nd with 58.30. Tom Greene took on the 800m and performed well in coming 6th with 2.32.90. U15 Jacob Roberts who is concentrating on the Throws contested the Shot Putt (13th) 6.04m; Discus (5th) 19.86m and Hammer (3rd) 20.66m and there is undoubtedly a lot more to come from this young lad in the next few years.
In the U17 Mens age groups Joe Monk went really well in winning the 1500m in a new PB – knocking 4 secs off his old time – in 4.33.10. Ben Aspinall ahd a win double with 5.62m in the Long Jump and 12.20m in the Triple Jump. Nathan Billington took 3rd in the Discus (25.19 and won the Hammer (37.56m). Jake Almond doubled up in the 100m (11.90) / 200m (23.80) Sprints with a 3rd place in both. New and promising Club member Jack Hodgeson also had two 3rd places with 4.71m in the Long Jump and 28.56m in the Javelin.
A number of the Clubs U20 Men entered the Senior Events along with some of the Clubs Senior Men with a concentration on the 3000m for a few of them. But it was U17 Jack Hindle who was first Harrier home in 3rd place with a new PB by 3.5 secs clocking 9.35.90. Behind him were Chris Barnes who also posted a PB (9.45.30) 4th; Joe Monk 6th (10.43.4) and John Chaplin 7th (10.44.40).
U20 Paul Coffey took on the Sprint double with a 2nd place 11.90 in the 100m and 24.20 in the 200m for 3rd. Senior Mick Angland and Club Coach set a new PB in the 200m with 2nd (24.90) then Long Jumped 4.75m (4th) and threw 21.50m in the Discus (6th). U20 Corie Shorrock took on four events – 5th in the 200 (26.80); 5th in Shot Putt (8.58m); 7th in Discus (21.02m) and 6th in Javelin (23.09m). Jack Lonsdale posted 2.3.80 in the 800m for 4th place and another of the Clubs multi-eventers U20 Joe Pearse, just back from holiday took 2nd in the Long Jump (5.53m) and 3rd in the Discus (27.07). Jack Vickery (U20) threw 46.55 with the 6kg hammer and then registered 22.82m in the Discus.
Six Blackburn Harriers competed at the latest Trafford Grand Prix held on Tuesday August 6th. Rob Warner had an outstanding run in taking 3rd place in the 1500m knocking over four seconds off his previous best setting a new PB of 4.00.43. Tom Cornthwaite also set a PB in the 3000m with a 14th placed 8.26.62 which was over two seconds faster than his previous best set in 2012.
Full Results for Grand Prix HERE
Alison Leonard raced against men in the 800m finishing in 3rd place (2.03.48). Liz Greenwood took on the 1500m in the mixed boys and girls U15 Category where Liz finished in 10th place (4.49.36). Karl Billington also ran the 3000m in a time of 8.55.12. The effervescent Phil Hall (V50) ran a seasons best and a club vet 50 record in the 1500 finishing 4th in 4.23.02.
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