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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)
Alison Leonard continued her season with another season’s best in Belgium at the weekend in the 800m.
Full Results HERE
After breaking the 33 year old Club Record for the mile the week before, Alison improved her season’s best time to 2:02.96 which moves her up to 7th in the National Rankings.
Lancashire finished in 3rd place at the recently held Northern Inter-Counties Track & Field fixture at Hull for U15 & U17 athletes. Competing for Lancashire were a number of Blackburn Harriers – U15 Connor Davison – U17 Ben Aspinall – U17 Nathan Billington – U17 Polly Pearse and U17 Rebecca Orrell.
Full Results HERE
Standout performance of the day for a Blackburn Harrier came from Connor Davison in the U15 Hammer (4kg) where he took his PB from 30.06 m to 36.01m (5th). Ben Aspinall contested the 100m Hurdles (6th) and also set a new PB of 15.76sec. In the U17 Hammer, Nathan Billington threw 36.55 (5th) not far off his PB of 37.91m.
U17 Polly Pearse competed in the 80m Hurdles (8th) where the action was pretty hot and ran 13.03. U17 Rebecca Orrell for once didn’t have the best of days in the Hammer and then competed in the Shot Putt (10th) with 7.77m. Mention also of another athlete – Alexa McTiffin – who does some of her training with Blackburn Harriers and is a member of Hyndburn AC winning her Heat of the 800m in 2.21.58 which was a new PB.
On a cooler day than recently, sixteen Harriers competed at Ormskirk in the Mid Lancs League.
Full Results HERE
Some great performances came from the five female athletes who competed. U15 Olivia Wilson completed a PB double with 2.38.90 in the 800m (4th) and 20.11 in the Javelin (2nd).
Another improving U15 – Charlotte Taylor – had a real go at the U15 Girls Record in the 300m, missing out by just seven tenths of a second in finishing 2nd (44.90) and two and a half seconds faster than her previous best. She also contested the 200m (2nd) 28.90sec. U15 Liz Greenwood took to the 800m for some speed work and knocked a full three seconds off her PB with 2.21.40 (3rd). Becky Orrell came 2nd in the Shot Putt (7.43m) and 2nd in the Discus (26.59m).
New Club member and 11yrs old – Eloise Littlefair – showed real promise with a 14.60 clocking in the U13 Girls 100m (2nd) and then won the Discus with a throw of 18.94m which places her 4th in the North West Rankings after her first ever competition.
Four PB’s for the Girls and nine PB’s from the male athletes who competed on the day.
Jamie Vickery kicked off proceedings with 2nd in the Senior Men’s 100m Heat One (11.50) and was followed in Heat 2 by Paul Coffey 11.80 (2nd) and Jack Lonsdale in 5th (12.30) – Mick Angland with a first outing of the season came 3rd Heat 3 (12.1). Jack Lonsdale and Paul Coffey then doubled up in the 200m with Jack winning his Heat in 24.60 and posting a PB and Paul 2nd with 24.40 in his Heat.
Jamie jumped 5.08m in the Long Jump in his first outing in this event since May 2012, and then added 5m to his Hammer PB with a new PB of 21.88m – Paul tried the Javelin 8th (18.07m) just short of his PB.
In the Veteran Category V50 Phil Hall ran a very good season’s best of 2.08.00 in the 800m (5th) and V45 John Orrell posted 2.48.50. V35 Chris Davies who recently knocked 13 minutes off his Half-Marathon PB doubled up in the 1500m (3rd) 4.47.20 and 3000m (5th) 10.16.50, setting new PB’s in both.
Jack Vickery excelled breaking the 50m barrier with the 6kg Hammer winning with a new PB of 50.53m and followed it up with an 8th place Discus (23.72m).
Connor Davison had a consistent day with three 2nd places in Shot Putt (9.85m); Discus (25.61m) and Hammer (34.77m). Bottom of age U15 Jacob Roberts, benefiting from some consistent training had a tremendous day in setting three PB’s in his contested events Discus 5th (20.58m); Hammer 5th (21.35m) and Shot Putt 6th (8.61m). Cameron Massey also competed in three events with the 100m (6th) 12.70; Long Jump 13th (4.36m) and a big PB in the Shot Putt with 9.52m, nearly two metres in excess of his previous best.
In the U17’s Joe Monk in his first competitive 800m ran a good race (7th) in 2.15.30. Gareth Johnson doubled in the 100m (2nd) 12.10 and Javelin (5th) 15.58m. Ben Aspinall leapt 12.64m in the Triple Jump, just short of his PB by 4 cm in winning the event. Ben then came 4th in the Javelin (17.72m) and 3rd in the Long Jump (5.44m).
Alison Leonard had a stunning run at the BMC Mile Race in Oxford on July 20th. The existing Club Record was held by Judith Croasdale who set a time of 4.52.28 in Cwmbran on 26th May 1980.
Full Results HERE
This Record which has stood for 33 years has now been broken by Alison when she won the BMC Mile Race in a time of 4:42.39, beating the old Record by nearly 10 seconds. This result places her 8th in the National Rankings currently headed by Vicky Fouhy (4:34.87).
Congratulations from everyone at the Harriers for breaking this long standing Record.
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