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Northern League Division One at Derby

After disappointing Results in Rounds One and Two this year, the Harriers bounced back at Derby on Sunday having more athletes involved than was possible at the first two fixtures to finish third, just nineteen points behind second placed Sale. Posting eleven wins, seven second and seven third places allied to eleven Personal Bests and and fourteen seasons bests, Team Manager commented that “It was a great team effort and finally we got the rewards for our efforts, with a very strong 3rd place.”

Full Results HERE

Starting off with the Throws Sarah Henton won the Discus ‘A’ with 48.06 and took more valuable points in the ‘B’ Hammer 5th with 30.83m. Rebecca Orrell came 4th in the ‘A’ Hammer (40.05m), took a third place in the ‘B’ Discus (21.94m) and then finished with a seasons best of 7.24m (6th) in the Shot. On the Mens side, Jack Vickery finished 4th in the ‘A’ Hammer with 38.77m and set a seasons best 23.45m in the ‘B’ Discus in 4th. Tony Balko threw 28.68m in the ‘B’ Hammer for third place points and a seasons best 9.35m in the Shot Putt for another third place. Corrie Shorrock set a seasons best 9.70m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (6th) and took 6th spot in the ‘B’ Javelin with 19.79m. Joe Pearse came 5th in the ‘A’ Javelin with 32.47m. Christina Carr another athlete who has been out a long time with injury stepped in to support the Team with a 4th placed 16.22m Javelin in the ‘B’ and 6th in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (8.15m).

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In the Jumps bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall who has been setting PB’s all season had an inspired day setting three PB’s in the Long Jump (6.35m) for 4th place – 2.60m (5th) in the Pole Vault and 13.20m (2nd) in the Triple Jump. Another athlete setting continuous PB’s this season was Connor Makin and posted another in winning the ‘B’ Triple jump (11.60m). Polly Pearse back in regular training posted a new PB in the Triple Jump winning the ‘B’ with 9.96m and then equalled her PB in the Pole Vault (2.20m) for fifth place and later set a seasons best 22.11m in the ‘A’ Javelin (4th). Olivia Brooks set a new PB in the ‘B” Long Jump with 4.94m and gets ever closer to that 5.00m mark. Hurdler Oliver Aspden took to the High Jump and ‘shocked himself’ with a 1.80m clearance and a new PB in winning the ‘B’ event – it is the highest he has jumped since 2011. Roxanne Oliver won the ‘B’ High Jump with 1.35m which gave the Team important points. There was a welcome back too for Abby Leigh-Edmundson after a long absence, a real stalwart of the Club over the years and she showed why competing in the ‘A’ Triple Jump taking second place with 10.37m, a third placed 5.24m in the ‘A’ Long Jump, battled  into a minus 4.2 wind to take second place in the ‘B’100m Hurdles (19.10) and then won the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles (78.1). Not bad for an athlete who hasn’t competed all year and come Blackpool on August 9th will obviously be much fitter. Kail Sturgess, back in training recently and taking on his first competition since 2011 pulled up with a quad problem in the Long Jump after a first effort of 4.71m which was way below what he is capable of.

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On the Track conditions were not good either for the Sprinters, Hurdlers or Middle Distance and Endurance athletes with an unrelenting wind blowing down the home straight. Nevertheless, there were some good performances. Dominic Bretherton set PB’s in the ‘B’ 100m (4th in 12.1) and in the 200m (6th in 25.6). Paul Coffey took the ‘A’ 100m (4th in 11.9) and ‘A’ 200m (5th in 23.8). Olivia Brooks set a seasons best 14.2 (5th) in the ‘A’ 100m and another in the ‘A’ 200m (6th in 28.6). Phoebe Howe set another seasons best in the ‘B’ 100m (14.5) and then took 5th spot in the ‘B’ 200m in 29.4. There were seasons bests in the ‘B’ 400m’s for Phoebe with 65.1 (4th) and Roxanne Oliver (6th in 65.8). Jack Lonsdale got among the seasons bests with a 4th placed 53.6 in the ‘B’ 400m with Connor Makin finishing 6th (56.0) in the ‘A’ Race.

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Zac Howe posted seasons bests in the 800m ‘B’ winning in 1.59.7 impressively after taking it on at the bell and in the 1500m for 3rd place in 4.17.8. Rob Warner ‘fresh’ from running at Trafford the previous night finished 4th in the ‘A’ 800m with 2.01.6.  Ben Fish  in the Harriers Endurance squad took on the ‘A’ 1500m finishing a fine second in 4.07.3 before going on to win the 5000m (15.31.8) in not very good conditions at all for endurance runners. Chris Barnes set a seasons best in the ‘B’ 5000m taking 4th spot in 17.21.8 for more good points. The women’s 800m Race proved to be pretty swift indeed (won in 2.09.0) with Liz Greenwood running a seasons best finishing 4th (2.23.9) in the ‘A’ Race and Grace Handley carrying an injury – 5th in the ‘B’ (2.34.8). Liz doubled up in the 1500m for a solid 4th place (5.04.4) and Beckie Taylor went in the ‘B’ (5th in 5.32.5) another seasons best.

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Over at the Steeple Chase Joseph Howe ran in the ‘A’ Race taking a good 3rd place (10.56) and Chris Davies won the ‘B’ Race with a seasons best of 11.08.1. Maximum points were gained in the 400m Hurdles with Oliver Aspden winning the ‘A’ Race by seven seconds in a time of 57.4 and Connor Makin equally impressive in the ‘B’ winning by six seconds in 60.9. In the 110m Hurdles Oliver took 3rd in the ‘A’ (17.6) and Joe came  2nd in the ‘B’ (19.7). Roxanne Oliver finished 3rd in the 100m Hurdles (18.8) with Abby Leigh-Edmundson taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ (19.1) to add good solid points to the team score.

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Harriers do themselves proud at English Schools Championships

Blackburn Harriers had six members of the Lancashire Counties Squad which travelled to Birmingham for this years English Schools Championships, representing themselves, their Club and the County with really good performances including Personal Bests.

Former English Schools Bronze Medallist and Blackburn Harrier Matt Wood - commentating at the Championships for Vinco

Former English Schools Bronze Medallist and Blackburn Harrier Matt Wood with GB 2012 Olympic 400m hurdler Jack Green commentating at the Championships for Vinco

Full Results HERE

Joe Pearse contested the Senior Boys High Jump; Connor Makin Senior Boys 400m Hurdles; Cameron Massey Junior Boys 80m Hurdles; Archie Braysford Inter Boys 100m and 4 x 100m Relay; Rebecca Orrell Inter Girls Hammer and Jacob Roberts Junior Boys Hammer.

Joe finished 7th in the High Jump Final with a clearance of 1.91m in a competition won with a clearance of 2.12m and where the first five all jumped 2.00m and above. Joe told us that The English schools was such a amazing experience and something I have been striving to reach since I started athletics. Even though I had a sub par performance in the high jump I still managed to come 7th in the final, which I was very pleased with. I had such a good time cheering on all the other Lancashire athletes and made some new friends, thoroughly enjoying the time I spent with the whole team”.

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Connor finished 4th in his 400mH Heat with 56.05 setting a new PB by over two tenths of a second and then took 7th spot in the Final (56.71). After the event Connor was effusive in his praise of the competition and what it means to the athletes when he told the Club Pinnacle is the word I would use to sum up English schools for me. Thus far this season I have been struggling for a competitive race and been working towards the standard for 3 years in all from being a non hurdler to 7th at English schools in the 400m Hurdles. On and off the track the event was invigorating and inspiring. The fierce competition really brings out the best in everyone and shows their real colours; on the national stage. Even watching the other events, in awe, made me want to be better and train harder just so that I could be more like them. From what I have fathomed if it wasn’t for the English schools athletes would not get a chance to compete at such a high level and achieve the awesome achievement that is to wear their county vest – it creates so many great memories and unlocks a new pathway to success for all involved”.

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Cameron went in the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles taking third place in his Heat with an impressive 11.91 which is better than ES Standard but needed a time faster than 11.56 sec to qualify for the Final. A great effort and invaluable experience but as Cameron told usthe atmosphere was nerve racking and it was relieving to see bob groves smiling just before my race started”

Archie competed in the Inter Boys 100m and with a seasons and personal best of 11.2 it was always going to be tough going. In Heat 4 of the first round Archie qualified in 4th place with 11.42 to go through to Round Two where he finished last with 11.58. Clearly enthused Archie commented that It’s a great event to attend and experience, it makes you want to progress massively for the next season. Also a proud moment to represent the county”.

Rebecca was one of thirty seven Hammer Throwers in her Inter Girls Competition and she finished in an excellent 8th place with a PB to go with it. In the first Pool of 17 Throwers Rebecca threw a new PB of 47.92m finishing 4th and qualifying for the Final. In the final itself she finished 8th with 47.80m to make for a very consistent and pleasing performance. Speaking to the Club after the Championships Rebecca said that to sum up English School’s I would have to say that it was an unbelievable high level of competition in every event and with the support from the Lancashire team and other spectators made the whole experience amazing and unforgettable. Everyone who competed in their events did really well and should be proud of their performances, even if they weren’t happy with how they did. We should all remember that getting selected to represent Lancashire is a huge honour and we all did team Lancashire proud!

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Jacob was in a straight Final of twelve athletes and finished 9th and with a new PB of 39.94. In his first ever English Schools Championships this was a cracking performance and he clearly enjoyed the experience when he commented after “To sum up my experience from English Schools, I was up against some of the best throwers in my age group. My practice and my competition made me try harder . Even though I only managed to get one out in competition which resulted in a new PB so I was happy with that. I never gave up even when my practice throw ended up being stuck in the net and it took ten mins to get it down. I have enjoyed my experience down at English Schools and made some new friends. Has a team we supported each other and also made some good memories”.

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Top season for Alison brings its reward

In May of this year Alison Leonard ran two 800m races at Watford ten days apart in which she recorded successive times of 2.02.85 and 2.02.79. She followed that up by winning the British One Mile Road Championship in London in a time of 4.33 and then on the back of that ran a 2.01.81 in Belgium at the end of May. Going into the British Championships & Trials for the Europeans Alison was clearly in very good form and proved it in a very big way. She won her heat in 2.01.94 and then finished second in the final to Lynsey Sharp in a time of 2.01.83.

On Saturday July 12th she had an opportunity to set the qualifying time of 2.00.50 for the Europeans in the Diamond League and she took the opportunity with both hands, cutting a massive 1.73 seconds off her PB to record a new best of 2.00.08 and book her place on the plane to Zurich.

Full Meeting Results HERE

Women’s 800m Results HERE

Alison was absolutely delighted, as was everyone at Blackburn Harriers who have seen her battle through injusy over the last few years but never gave in and told us “I am absolutely over the moon and can’t quite believe it! I hadn’t planned my season around going to Zurich so I’m a bit taken aback! I’m proud to have had the chance to wear my Blackburn vest in the diamond league too!”

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ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships

Amongst the competitors at this years Combined Championships held in Stoke – June 28/29th – were Joe Pearse, Polly Pearse, Esme Pearse, Ben Aspinall, Roxanne Oliver, Cameron Massey and Nicholas Massey and between them they set twenty one PB’s and seven season’s bests.

Full Results HERE

(photos courtesy of Myvision4freeCityofStokeAC)

Ben Aspinall who is having a consistently good season with PB’s in Long and Triple Jump set four new personal bests in the U20 Mens competition. In his first 400m of the year he knocked four and half seconds off his previous best with 57.8. Similarly in the 1500m he cut eight seconds off his previous time set in 2013 to record a new PB of 5.37.7. In the 100m Hurdles, the first time he has gone over this distance he set a time of 17.3 and then added a twenty cm increase to his Pole Vault with 2.50m.In the Shot Putt (6kg) a weight he hasn’t thrown before he threw 7.85m and finished off with a seasons best 18.16m Discus Throw. Overall in the U20 Mens Competition Ben finished 3rd and in Bronze Medal position out of the five competitors with a points total of 4194. Ben told the Club that the combined events was really fun and it was such a good weekend with the lancashire team. The competition was enjoyable and I managed to produce a few good performances, despite being inexperienced at a lot of the events. The weather wasn’t the best on Saturday as it was wet and windy so hopefully I can improve my overall score at the English schools at Boston in September. But still very happy to have finished 3rd.”

Joe Pearse – already qualified for English Schools at High Jump – was defending his title this year and set two new personal bests and a seasons best as he did battle with local rival Luke Farnworth for the U20 Mens title. In the 110m Hurdles he broke the sixteen second barrier with a new PB of 15.9 then added ten cm to his Pole Vault previous best for another new PB of 3.10m and set a seasons best in the1500m (5.02.0). Joe finished in Silver Medal position with a points total of 5212.

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Roxanne Oliver set three personal bests in the U20 Women’s competition. She set off with a PB in the 200m (27.4) and ran 2.42.6 in her first ever 800m Race. In only her second ever outing in the 100m Hurdles she knocked three quarters of a second off her best time to record 16.6. In the high Jump which she hasn’t done competitively since 2012, she recorded another PB of 1.41m and in her first ever competitive long jump she set 4.25m as her mark. She rounded it all of with a throw of 6.98m in the Javelin, an event which she hasn’t competed in before and Shot Putt where she set a seasons best of 6.98m. Roxanne finished 4th in the field of four competitors with a points total of 3128. The current Club Record is held by Christina Carr with a total of 3582 so everything to play for.

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Brothers Cameron Massey and Nicholas Massey contested the U15 Mens with Cameron finishing 5th overall out of the 15 competitors with a points total of 2295. Nicholas finished 8th in his first ever attempt at the discipline with 1883 points. Cameron set a new mark in the 800m with 2.22.7 and Nicholas in his first ever 800m Race ran 2.25.5. Cameron added another 20cm to his Shot Putt for a new PB of 10.34 and Nicholas set a new PB in the Long Jump with 4.39m.

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Sisters Polly Pearse and Esme Pearse were contesting in the U17 & U15 Womens events respectively. Polly set a PB in the Shot Putt with 7.58m and had seasons best in the 200m (29.3); 800m (2.49.0); High Jump (1.56m) and Long Jump (4.62m) finishing overall in 9th position out of the field of fifteen athletes to record a solid all round performance over the weekend. Esme set PB’s in the 75m Hurdles knocking off a tenth of a second with 13.1 and in the Long Jump added 14 cm to her best todate to set a new mark of 3.78m.

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Gold and Silver for Sophie and Alison at the National T & F Championships –

 It was Sophie’s third victory of the season and it brought her the National Title and the Gold Medal to add to her her U17 (2007) –  U20 (2008)  and U23 (2013) National Hammer titles.

As British record holder and European U23 champion Sophie Hitchon confirmed her place on the GB team for the European Championships, by winning with a throw of 65.56m. Sophie had already achieved the standard back in May and feels she’s still got a lot more to give and commented after the event  “I’m obviously really happy but disappointed with my performance…. it was partly down to the conditions but I can perform a lot better than that. The result doesn’t show where I am at the minute but I’m fully confident that I can move forward.” Now on to the Commonwealth Games for Sophie with European Championship selection already settled.

Watch Sophie on Video HERE

On the Track Alison Leonard who is in great form at the moment and ranked 7th Nationally ran fractions outside her PB in the 800m Heat and Final. On Saturday in Heat 2 she clocked 2.01.94 to win it and then on Sunday in the final she ran 2.01.83 to take second place and the Silver Medal.

She was obviously delighted and told the Club that she was  “So pleased… I just have to go out and try to run the European champs qualifier. I have until 14th July to try and run it and I’ve got the opportunity to run at the diamond league in Glasgow on 12th July so fingers crossed I can get close. I ran close to my pb 2days in a row so I would like to be able to break through to a new time! So pleased to get a senior uk medal, I feel like I’ve been working for it for a long time!”

See Interview with Alison HERE

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Harriers back on top of the YDL League – & – Mid Lancs Report

The Harrier’s Upper Age Group squad had a great first season in the new League in 2013 winning the second division title and securing promotion to Division One. The first fixture saw the Club get out a strong squad again and won it which was a very good start to the season. Fixture two saw us lose a number of athletes and we finished a very disappointing fifth but less than 50 points from second place. At this weeks latest fixture – Round 3 – we were again without a number of athletes but we had new ones to draft in and pulled off a great result in winning the fixture which puts us back at the top of the League with one fixture to go. Everything to play for and another title to win!!

Full Results HERE

Great spirit in the squad exemplified by athletes stepping out of their ‘comfort’ zone and taking on events that they wouldn’t normally do and it is all credit to them. The final event of the day summed it all up with the Men’s 4 x 400m Relay. The squad led off by Byron Abbott, followed by Jake Almond, Connor Makin and then Joseph Howe battled every step. With Trafford bearing down on the home straight of the last leg, Joseph picked up a gear and held him off with a cracking run.

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U17 Byron took on the 1500m (2nd) in 4.36.4 and the 1500m Steeplechase for the first time ever, winning in 5.15.8. U20 Joseph took a huge chunk off his 2000m SC PB by 39 seconds to set a new one of 6.48.0. He took third place in the 800m (2.06.0) and then helped out with Discus and Hammer to secure more good points for the Team. U20 Connor won the 400m in 53.4, won the 110m Hurdles with a new PB of 16.3secs, won the 400m Hurdles in 59.0sec and took fourth spot in the High Jump with 1.65m for a great total of points. U17 Jake Almond equaled his PB of 11.5 in finishing 2nd in the 100m then set a new PB in the 200m winning in 23.1sec before storming the second leg of the 4 x 400 relay.

In the Sprints U20 Paul Coffey won the 100m ‘A’ in a cracking race where the first three were all timed at 11.3sec. Paul did not let go and took the tape first. He then took second in the 200m in 22.9, took the ‘B’ 400m Race and won it with 57.3sec and also picked up second place points in the Triple Jump with 9.22m and another great bundle of points. U20 Gareth Johnson placed 2nd (12.4sec) in the ‘B’ 100m then took another second spot in the 200m (25.6) and a seasons best; Sophie Taylor was 4th (14.5sec) in the U20 ‘A’ 100m and Mariya Patel in her first ever competitive fixture ran 14.9sec in the ‘B’. Kayla Masterson set a PB in the U17’s 100m ‘A’ with 14.4sec. James Bamber took second spot in the U17 ‘B’ 200m with a new PB of 25.2 sec and then set another PB in the 100m Hurdles with 15.5sec. In the other Hurdles events, Amber Swinnerton who took 2nd place in the U17 High Jump with (1.45m) was 4th in 50.9 in the 300mH U17 ‘A’ Race and with Phoebe Howe being the only ‘B’ runner Phoebe won maximum points with 53.2sec – Ross Liddle cut half a second off his 400m Hurdle time winning in 60.5 sec in the U17 ‘A’ Race.

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U17 Grace Handley went ‘above and beyond’ taking on the 800m (2nd) 2.30.9; 1500m (2nd) 5.09.3 and a ‘training run’ as she put it in the 3000m to win in 13.31.8. Olivia Wilson backed up Grace in the ‘B’ Race  with a solid 2.47.8 third place and then in the 400m ‘B’ Race set a new PB of 68.9 in  second place. In the ‘A’ Race Jacinta Davison had a seasons best of 69.4 (6th). Joe Campbell set a PB in the 3000m U20 ‘A’ Race finishing second in 10.02.04 and Robert Buckley being the only ‘B’ runner took maximum points with a time of 10.17.0 and the first time he has ever raced over this distance on the Track. Chris Richardson-Dulling backed up Byron in the U17 1500m finishing second (4.55.6) and ran 2.26.7 for 6th place in the 800m. New member Oliver Pearson-Moore – a javelin thrower stepped into help the squad by running the ‘B’ 800 in a time of 2.53.8. Chris Richardson-Dulling 6th (62.8) and Caleb Lee 5th (65.3) contested the U17 400m.  Caleb went on to win the U20m ‘B’ High Jump (1.55m). U17 Lewis Jardine ran in the U20 800m and as he was the only runner, his time of 2.21.3 not only earned him a PB but the team maximum points.

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In the Throws Rebecca Orrell continued her winning streak when she won the U17 Hammer with 46.95m. She then took 4th place in the Discus with 23.11m and 3rd place in the Shot (9.11m). In the U20 Hammer Rebecca Todd took maximum points by winning with a throw of 33.10m and Jacinta Davison made it a double maximum by winning the ‘B’ Hammer with 15.63m. Oliver Pearson-Moore (U17) had his first competitive League fixture in the Javelin and finished a good third with 30.02m. U17 Olivia Wilson set another PB in the Javelin (U20 event) with 3rd place and 21.19m with Sophie Taylor stepping into the ‘B’ and also setting a PB with 13.33m and Jane Saothong weighing in with a good third place in the U17 Javelin 17.80m.

In the Long Jump there were two 4th places in the U20’s for Caleb Lee (4.89m) and Gareth Johnson (4.62m); Natasha Mols 4th in the U20 (3.83m) and Mariya Patel (3.38m) and in the U17 Jane Saothong 5th (3.62m).

Gareth Johnson earned another 4th place in the U20 Triple Jump (8.07m) with Paul Coffey stepping in to help the team with a second place 9.22m in the ‘B’. Ross Liddle was down on his PB for the U17 Triple Jump but still took 4th place (9.92m). U20 Katie Buckingham in only her second Triple Jump in two years also placed 4th with 9.17m and got herself a new PB with Sophie Taylor in the ‘B’ also finishing 4th (8.16m). Natasha Mols set a seasons best in the U17 Triple Jump with 8.44m and a second place for good points in the U17 High Jump (1.35m).

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Mid Lancs Track & Field League Saturday June 28th at Litherland

Not such a good a day as we have been used to recently in terms of the weather and the number of Harriers competing was down owing to other fixtures and races at the weekend but there still some good performances on the day.

Full Results HERE

Paul Coffey who is racing consistently well took the Senior 100m in a time of 11.30sec – with Dominic Bretherton in 4th (11.90) – and Paul then placed 2nd in the 200m (22.9sec) . Reece Philips, just back from injury and dipping his toe into training tested himself in the 200m Senior Race Heat 3 running 26.10 backing it up with a 58.70sec 400m. Brother Morgan Philips finished like a train to take second spot in the Senior Men’s 1500m (4.24.40).

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Paul Wilkinson set a PB in the Senior Men’s Javelin (33.51) and son Oliver Wilkinson emulated that with his own PB in the U13’s Javelin (16.83m) and won the event. Paul threw another PB of 21.99m in the Discus. Connor Davison won the U17 Men’s Shot with 9.53m and the Discus being the only competitor (25.03m). Rebecca Orrell once again won the U17 Hammer with 45.34m.

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U13 Ben Cecil who has competed a number of times in the last few weeks took second place in 100m (14.2) just one tenth outside his PB and then took another second place in the 200m with 29.20. Not content with that Ben then took to the Long Jump finishing 12th out of the 22 athletes (3.69m). Daniel Brown who always runs with a smile on his face and is a joy to watch ran 5.50.00 in the U13 Boys 1500m.

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