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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.
Full Squad Details HERE
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.
Full Results HERE
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.
After a great start to the season winning the first Match, the Club was looking forward to consolidate its position after Match 2. However, missing a number of athletes through exams meant that the number of athletes available to the Club were reduced. Although Trafford came out the very clear winners on the day, only forty three points separated clubs in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th position, which gives an indication of how close the fixture actually was.
Full Results HERE
As usual, the squad delivered some really good performances which included six PB’s; thirteen SB’s and an English Schools qualifying Standard; ten event wins; eleven 2nd places and nineteen 3rd places.
U20 Connor Makin had a great day of competition in winning the 400mH (56.3) a full two tenths inside the ES qualifying standard time of 55.5 which was a great run and new PB, and set the tone for the squad. He added another PB over the 400m to finish 2nd (51.6sec) and also won the 110mH ‘A’ Race in 17.3sec. Joe Pearse responded in fine style by winning the 110mH (18.2sec); ‘A’ High Jump (1.90m) and ‘A’ Javelin (38.14m); There were wins for Jacinta Davison in the ‘B’ 1500m (5.43.7); Liz Greenwood in the 300m ‘A’ (10.56.4); Liz again in the 1500m S/C (5.44.1); Grace Handley in the ‘B’ 3000m (11.31.3); Connor Makin in the ‘B’ High Jump and a season’s best of (1.65m); U17 Olivia Brooks ‘A’ Long Jump with a season’s best of (4.75m); Ben Aspinall broke through the 13m barrier for the first time in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (13.07m) setting a new PB and Sophie Taylor won the U20 ‘B’ 400mH (77.1sec). Rebecca Orrell won the U17 ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 46.31m to continue her impressive run of form.
There were season’s best performances for U20 Phoebe Howe in the 200m (29.2sec) and 300m (45.9sec) – U20 Joe Pearse in the 400m (53.7sec) – Grace Handley 800m (2.26.8sec) – U17 Chris Dulling in only his second ever 1500m just a second outside his season’s best in the ‘A’ 1500m (4.58.8.sec) – Joe Monk in the ‘B’ 1500m (4.33.9sec) – U20 Katie Buckingham in the Discus (3rd) with 12.94m and 28.1sec for another 3rd in the ‘A’ 200m. Katie then went on to PB in her 1500m by eight seconds to finish 2nd in 5.18.6sec.
Amongst the sprinters U20 Paul Coffey placed 3rd in both the ‘A’ 100m (11.4sec) and in the ‘A’ 200m (23.00sec). U17 Jake Almond won good points with two 2nd place finishes in the the ‘A’ 200m equaling his PB of 23.2secs, 11.7secs in the ‘B’ 100m and added a season’s best in the Long Jump (4.72m). U20 Gareth Johnson ran a season’s best 26.4sec in the ‘B’ 200m. U20 Sophie Taylor ran a season’s best 14.4 sec ‘A’ (100m) and set a new PB of 9.54m in the Triple Jump. Morgan Angland ran 13.4sec for 4th place in the in the U17 ‘A’ 100m and finished 2nd in the ‘A’ 80m Hurdles (12.6sec). U17 Polly Pearse cleared 1.50m (3rd) in the High Jump and added a two more 2nd places in the 80mH (13.5sec) and Triple Jump (8.71m).
U17 Ross Liddle has just come into the Team this year and has made an impressive start taking 4th place in the ‘B’ 200m (25.3sec) and in his first ever attempt at the Triple Jump landed 10.28m for a 3rd place finish as well as taking 2nd place in the 400mH (65.6sec). U20’s Joseph Howe and Rob Savage took on the 800m with Joseph in 3rd place in the ‘A’ Race with 2.06.0 and Rob a season’s best of 2.17.1 in the ‘B’ Race. Both then contested the 2000m S/C and were unfortunately the only two entrants in the Race and Rob had to pull out after clipping the water jump.
In the Throws U17 Connor Davison finished 3rd in the Hammer (25.30m); 4th in the Discus with 23.70m and 5th in the Shot Putt (9.35m). U17 Rebecca Orrell finished 3rd in the Discus (21.42m) and 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.36m. With back up in the Throws events from athletes Gareth Johnson, Paul Coffey, Jacinta Davison, Jabe Saothong, Grace Handley and Joseph Howe who wouldn’t normally do these events, the team were able to claim some good points.
And keeping a watchful eye over the day’s proceedings
The second fixture of the YDL Lower Age Group was held at Trafford on May 31st with Blackburn finishing in sixth position. The absence of a number of athletes on the day cost the Team, but there were still some very good performances, personal bests and great team spirit as was evidenced by many of the athletes competing in events for the first time. This season will be a big learning curve for many of these young athletes and they will all be the better for it next year.
Full Results HERE
Highlight of the day was the performance of the U13 Girls 4 x 100 Relay squad. Winning the Race in 56.7 they came within 0.7 seconds off the Club Record set in 2006 at 56.0sec.
Cameron Massey had a PB in the U15 100m with 12.4 seconds and then along with brother Nicholas Massey went to win the ‘A’ and ‘B’ U15 Mens 80mH in 12.2 secs and 13.4 secs respectively. Cameron then took a 2nd place in the Long Jump (5.20m) and Nicholas also took 2nd place in the ‘B’ Long Jump with a new PB of 4.32m. In the 200m Nicholas cut his PB to 26.3 (4th).
Jacob Roberts was in the groove again in the U15 Mens Hammer winning it (38.64m) conclusively with his third throw in the last three weeks all inside the English Schools qualifying standard. Jacob also picked up points in the Shot Putt with 3rd place (6.97m) and a 3rd in the Discus (21.41m).
Emily Warren is another athlete who is in good form and won the U13 Girls 150m in 21.4 which was a new PB. She then set another PB in the Long Jump finishing 3rd with 3.94m. Added to these efforts was a solid 3rd place in the 800m (2.43.1). In the 800m ‘B’ Race Olivia Blow cut a big seven seconds off her time for a new PB of 2.59.7 and then went on to pick up invaluable points in the High Jump with 3rd place.
Eloise Littlefair and Charlotte Williams emulated the Massey brothers by winning their ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hurdle Races. Eloise took the ‘A’ in 12.3 secs and Charlotte the ‘B’ in 12.5 secs. Both went onto the Javelin where Eloise added over two metres to her personal best for a new PB of 17.67m finishing 3rd and Charlotte in her first ever attempt threw a really good 16.35m to place 2nd. Charlotte took 4th in the Long Jump (1.25m) and Eloise won the Shot (8.14m).
In the Middle Distance Events, U13 Amy Davies had a really good run in the 1200m (4th) cutting her PB by well over five seconds to 4.18.8 and added a solid 23.3secs for 5th place in the 150m ‘B’ Race. U15 Maddie Elliott in the 1500m took eleven seconds off her PB to set a new one of 5.10.9 finishing second. U13 Daniel Brown in his first ever 1500m Race ran 5.52.5. In the U15 800m Hannah Cookson continued with her good form to win the ‘A’ Race in 2.34.6 and took 2nd in the 300m ‘A’ with 46.1sec. Esme Pearse (4th) in the 800m ‘B’ Race set a new PB of 2.50.2 and then went onto win the High Jump ‘A’ with another PB of 1.48m. Libby Angland (5th) in the High Jump with 1.20m was just short of her PB. In the U15 Long Jump ‘A’ Liz Ashcroft took 5th in the Long Jump (3.93m) and then finished 2nd in the Shot putt (8.24m).whilst Jaqui Howard also took 5th place in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 3.89m to add to her 4th placed 29.8 secs in the 200m and 5th placed 14.2 in the 100m.
U15 Hanzala Hanif took a good 3rd place in the 100m in 13.0secs. In the U13 100m Solomon Brown ran 15.0sec in the ‘A’ Race and Blackburn took 4th place in the ‘B’. Solomon also took a really good 2nd place in the 75mH in 14.8sec. U13 Sam Farnworth set a new PB in the U13 Long Jump (3.69m) and in his first ever attempt at the Hurdles took a good 3rd place in 16.3secs. U13 Emily Raine also set a new Long Jump PB with 3.53m.
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