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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.
Another weekend, another Divisional League win for the Harriers. Last week the Club topped the U17 / U20 West 2 Division of the Youth Development League and gained promotion to Division One for 2014 as Champions – this weekend in the Northern League 2WC Division at Trafford on August 3rd, the Club won the final fixture making it a clean sweep – four fixtures, four wins and maximum points – we now go on to the Promotion Match at Doncaster on September 7th with the top two at that fixture being promoted to Division One of the Northern League.
Final Results HERE
Another greater performance by the Club at Trafford including 18 individual wins; 16 second places; 16 Personal Bests and 10 Season Bests culminating in a decisive win on the day.
Amongst the Sprinters, Paul Coffey took a 100m (11.9) and 200m (24.00) double victory in the ‘B’ Race. Jamie Vickery finished in second place in the ‘A’ 100m (11.7) and also in the ‘A’ 200m (23.6). Rachel Leech, Olivia Brooks and Roxanne Oliver picked up good points in the Women’s 100m & 200m sharing duties in the 100m and 200m between them. In the non-scoring 100m, three Harriers lined up with Connor Makin (2nd 12.4) leading Corie Shorrock (12.9 3rd) and Michael Carr (12.9 4th) home.
In the Men’s 400m there were PB’s for Jack Lonsdale 3rd in the ‘A’ Race (53.2) and for Joseph Howe 5th in the ‘B’ (56.9). The Women backed this up with Katie Buckingham 4th setting a new PB in the 400m ‘A’ Race (63.1) and Phoebe Howe taking a good 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 64.3.
More PB’s in the middle distance events and this time for Rob Warner 3rd in the 800m ‘A’ (1.58.9) – Zac Howe winning the 800m ‘B’ (1.58.7). Phoebe Howe 4th (2.34.8) and Rebecca Shorrock with a season’s best in 3rd (2.36.9) added invaluable points to the Team total in the Women’s 800m.
The front running tactics of Tom Cornthwaite in the combined ‘A’ and ‘B’ 1500m produced really good dividends with two wins and maximum points – going through the first 400m in 60 seconds, Tom laid the basis of wins for Karl Billington in the ‘A’ (4.01.4) and for himself in the ‘B’ (4.08.2). Then the Women ran really good races with Rachel Wood securing 2nd in the ‘A’ 1500m (5.02.2) and Helen Leigh with a new PB in the ‘B’ (5.05.2).
In the longer endurance events – 3000m and 5000m and both combined ‘A’ and ‘B’ Races – there were four wins giving the team maximum points. In perfectly judged races Candice Heys won the 3000m ‘A’ Race (10.36.6) and similarly in the ‘B’ Sarah Ridehalgh judged it really well and won in 11.03.0. In the 5000m, Ben Fish front ran the combined 5000m to win the ‘A’ in 14.44.5 and Gary Priestley did the same in the ‘B’ posting a win and a new PB of 15.19.3.
In the 3000m Steeple Chase it was the Chris & Chris show with Chris Barnes taking 3rd in the ‘A’ (11.07.7) and Chris Davies finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 11.18.9.
With some notable absentees through injury and other competition, the Throwers in the Team made a good contribution to the Team win on the day through Tony Balko in the Hammer ‘A’ with 3rd place (26.17m); 3rd in the Discus ‘A’ (27.58m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (9.62m) and supported by Jamie Vickery 3rd in the ‘B’ Hammer (19.93m) – Corie Shorrock 3rd in the Discus ‘B’ (23.92m); 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.97m) and 6th in the ‘A’ Javelin (24.54m). Rebecca Orrell took a win in the ‘A’ Discus (28.82m); 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer (37.15m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (7.60m). Along with Rebecca and contributing good points again were Christina Carr in the ‘B’ Discus 2nd (18.95m); 6th in the ‘A’ Javelin (16.28m) and 2nd again in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (8.56m). Rebecca Shorrock rowed in with 4th in the ‘B’ Hammer (12.78m) and 5th in the ‘B’ Javelin (12.06m).
In the Hurdles Connor Makin was unfortunately disqualified just before the winning line after catching a hurdle and falling into the next lane. However, this didn’t deter his performances with a new PB set in winning the 400m Hurdles (57.3). Jamie Vickery took on the 100m Hurdles ‘B’ and won it comfortably with 20.4. Katie Buckingham was another faller in the 400m Hurdles but got back up to finish 4th (73.0) and Roxanne Oliver set a new PB in the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles with (70.4). Abby Edmundson took 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles (17.3) and then went on to take wins in both the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.15m) and ‘A’ Triple Jump (10.82m). Sophie Taylor ran a good 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (17.4), backing it up with 4th in the ‘B’ Triple Jump (8.89m). Olivia Brooks set a PB in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.45m) and took 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.68m)
When you are a Team, when you support one another as a Team, when you roar your fellow athletes on, when you rejoice in their success as much as your own you can achieve anything.
The Harriers went into the last fixture of the season top of the Division with East Cheshire as our closest rivals just one League point and 117 Match Points behind us in second place. The athletes knew that if they won the fixture, they would be Champions and be promoted to Division One in the first year of the YDL and what a response. We won the fixture by 111 Match Points to take maximum League points finishing top of the Division.
A great performance by all the athletes who were there on the day and all those who were not but who had made fabulous contributions in the other three fixtures.
Full Results HERE
In this final fixture there were 28 wins in individual events, 16 PB’s and another Club Record for U17 Rebecca Orrell in winning the Hammer with a Throw 0f 38.48m.
Jack Vickery (U20) and Nathan Billington (U17) kept the points total moving upwards with consistent throwing on the day. Jack set a PB in 6k Shot Putt in winning the ‘B’ (9.15m) backing it up with a Season’s Best in the ‘A’ Discus (28.82) for third place. Nathan close to his season’s best in all his events took third in Discus ‘A’ (25.08m); second in the Hammer ‘B’ (37.52m) and third in the Javelin ‘A’ (29.11m). U20 Corie Shorrock took second in the ‘B’ Discus and a SB’s (24.78m); second in the ‘A’ Shot Putt and a PB (10.56m) and third in the ‘A’ Javelin (23.87m). U20’s Jacinta Davison and Holly Ballantyne also rowed in with Throws winning the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hammer with 17.10m and 16.78m respectively. Both Jacinta and Holly won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 1500m making it a double first for both of them on the day.
Amongst the many fine performances on the day were U17 Macauley Scott with two wins and a third on the day with PB’s in all of them – 1.80m in the High Jump – 10.75m in the Triple Jump. 5.71m in the Long Jump. U20 Connor Makin took three wins – 400m (54.6) – 110m Hurdles in a Season’s Best (17.8) – 400m Hurdles (60.9) and a third and a PB in the High Jump (1.69m). U17 Rhiannon Wickham (12.43.1) won the 3000m and in doing so made it a clean sweep of winning every 3000m Race in the Division this year – four races four wins. Another U17 debutant in the 3000m – Ella Gregory won the ‘B’ with 12.48.3 and also ran a PB in the 800m (2.57.3).
U20’s Zac Howe ‘A’ (4.15.7 and SB’s) and Rob Warner ‘B’ (4.28.7) won the 1500m. Rob went on to win the ‘A’ 3000m (9.02). Zac took second in the ‘A’ 400m (54.1) and set a PB in winning the ‘B’ Triple Jump (10.23m). Joseph Howe (U17) and Phoebe Howe (U17) kept the family contribution to the Team points total rocketing up. Joseph won the 1500m SC with a PB of 5.04.5 and Phoebe had a solo run in her 1500m SC to earn maximum points (6.08.6) after winning the ‘B’ 800m (2.31.7). Rob Savage took on the 2000m SC finishing 2nd (7.43.7) after posting 2.26.5 for the ‘A’ 800m (4th).
The Sprinters weighed in with some good performances including setting new PB’s. Paul Coffey (U20) won the 100m ‘A’ with a new PB of 11.6sec and then equalled his PB of 24.0sec in the 200m. U17 Jake Almond competing in the U20 won the ‘B’ 200m (24.1) and finished second in the ‘B’ 100m (11.9). U17 Roxanne Oliver had a stand out day. In the 100m ‘A’ she set a new PB of 13.4 (3rd) then second in the ‘A’ 200m (27.7) and another PB and to top it off came 2nd in the 80m Hurdles with yet another PB (13.1). Gareth Johnson (U17) doubled up in the 100m (12.3) for second place and 200m (25.5) for another second place.
Katie Buckingham (U17) took a win treble in the 300m (45.4) after a great battle with the East Cheshire athlete and just taking it on the line, adding the the 300m Hurdles (49.2) and solo running the 1500m (5.26.7). U20 Rebecca Sullivan also clocked a win double with 64.6 in the ‘A’ 400m and the first time she had ever raced the distance and then won the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.60m. Morgan Philips (U17) ran a good PB in the 800m for second place (4.33.1) and U17 Olivia Brooks took maximum points by winning the High Jump with 1.40m. Joseph Monk (U17) fell just short of his PB in the 3000m in third place (10.09.1). Sam Charnley took a good second place in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (9.62m) and a 4th in the 400m (61.4). Team Managers frantically looked round for Sam who was part of the U17 Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Team and wasn’t at the starting line. All’s well that end’s well and Sam took part in a winning Relay Team (4.06.4)
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