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Sophie takes another National Title

Full Results HERE:

Another National Title was won by Sophie Hitchon at Bedford last weekend in the U20/U23 England Athletics National Championships in the Hammer.

With four really consistent Throws and a best of 69.54 beating Louisa James from Shaftesbury into 2nd place by over 10 metres, her 69.54m Throw took the National Title and posted a new Championship Best Performance. In nine competitions this season she has already won 5 of them so far and in only two of them has she thrown less than sixty nine and a half metres which shows great consistency.

Rob Warner was also out on the Track during the previous week at the – Loughborough Students AC Open Meeting – Results HERE – placing 5th in the 800m in a time of 2:01.30

Overseas, Paul Bradshaw was in action in the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg on June 15th in the 800m posting 1:52.07. Results HERE:

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Windy but Warm Day at Lancaster Mid Lancs League

On a pleasant but windy June 15th day, quite a number of Harriers made the trip up to Lancaster to compete int he Mid Lancs T & F League.

Full Results HERE:

Paul Coffey doubled up in the 100 (12.1) & 200m (24.6) which were slightly down on his recent good form. V50 Phil Hall was at it again, mixing it up with the youngsters in the 800m for a season’s best (2:09.50).

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A number of the athletes contested the Throws events including Shanteep Sivarajah, Connor Davison, Rebecca Orrell, Jacinta Davison, Gareth Johnson, Cameron Massey, Elizabeth Ashcroft and Corie Shorrock 

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In the Shot Putt, Shanteep posted a PB and took 3rd place with 9.83m and Corie came 4th with 9.22m. There was another 4th place for Corie in the Discus (17.94m) – and in the Javelin Shanteep won the event with (44.61m). Connor took 2nd place with a cracking new PB of 10.68m in the Shot Putt but was a little down on his best with 24.63m (4th) in the Discus and not far off his PB in the Hammer with 26.21m (2nd).

Rebecca took 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.75m), 2nd in the Discus (27.94m) and won the Hammer Throw with 31.45m. Jacinta also had a go at the Throws with a 3rd place in the Shot Putt (7.33m), and a 16.33m effort in the Hammer. U15 Elizabeth chanced her arm with a 6.59m Shot Putt as well, a little bit down on her PB.

U15 Cameron, who is setting himself for competing for Lancashire this coming weekend in the Pentathlon was just four tenths outside his 800m PB with 2.29.60; got a new PB in the High Jump (1.35m) and then went on to another PB (7.79m) in the Shot Putt.

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Gareth Johnson won his 100m Race in 12.1 but admitted to ‘switching off’ a little which lost him the chance to challenge his PB 0f 12.0secs. Next Time!! Whilst it was good conditions for the Sprinters, for the Middle Distance events, the wind did them no favours. But this didn’t stop Jack Hindle from posting a new PB of 4:35.50 (2nd) in the 1500m who ran a very sound tactical race. In the U15 Boys 1500m, Byron Abbott, like Jack, ran an excellent tactical race, his best to-date on the Track, judging it almost to perfection and won with a time of 4:40.10 – in the same Race Thomas Harbour also ran really well equalling his PB of 4:44.4 for 3rd place and having posted the same time just 10 days ago, Thomas is clearly in good nick. Rhys Charnley ran 2:47.10 in the U13 Boys 800m.

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There some really good performances amongst the Women as well on the Track. Grace Handley ran a good 3rd in the U15 800m ((2:27.50) just under two seconds off her PB in trying conditions. Katie Buckingham who is in a great run of form doubled up in the U17 Women’s 800 and 300m. In the 800m she came 2nd (2:33.40) and in her first ever 300m won it almost on the line because of a refusal to be beaten (45.50) the same time as given to 2nd place. Another young U15 athlete who doubled up was Charlotte Taylor in the 100 and 200m. Her first ever competitive 100m race saw her come in with a time of 13.80, but in the 200m, her stronger event she came 2nd (27.90 and same as the winner) knocking half a second off her PB in the process. In the U15 Girls Long Jump there were 30 contestants – Morgan Angland (4.32m) for 4th place and Elizabeth Ashcroft (4.13m) 7th, jumped just below their PB’s.  Ben Aspinall, another athlete who has been breaking his PB’s recently and Gareth Johnson also went in the U17 Men’s Long Jump with Ben winning (5.42m) and Gareth 3rd (4.48m). Ben then went to double up in the Triple Jump winning it with 12.01m.

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Another Win in the Northern League for the Harriers

The 2nd Round of Division 2WC in the Northern League took place in Bury on June 9th on a warm and sunny day. Blackburn were coming off a first round win on home territory in May and hoping to consolidate their position with another win, to stay on top of the Division and push on to the promotion match.

Full Results HERE:

The outcome of the match was another win and anchored by a great run by the Women’s  4 x 400m Relay Team. A tremendous run by Katie Buckingham on the first leg set up Phoebe Howe who came under immediate attack, but wouldn’t give in and passed over to Polly Pearse on Leg 3 with a slight lead. Polly got hauled back, but in the home straight she proved too strong, holding off the opposition to hand over to Rachel Leech on Leg 4. With the Blackburn and Bury Teams and supporters ‘going mental’ Rachel held off Alana Grundy from Bury by just 0. 9 of a second to round off a great day and win for the Club.

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But the win wasn’t just about one event – with 20 wins & 18 second places, and 12 personal and seasons bests, the squad showed that it is pretty good nick.

U17 Jake Almond in his first senior fixture came 3rd in the 100m in a PB of 23.6sec; Ben Aspinall, another U17 enjoying really good form and progress recorded a new PB of 12.68m to win the ‘A’ Triple Jump and then went on to PB in the Pole Vault with 2.30m; Joe Pearse who has been working really hard to get out off the 1.86m mark, hit the heights with a new PB in the High Jump of 1.90m and then went on to PB in the Pole Vault with 2.90m – and in amongst the youngsters was another good performance from Phil Hall a V50 – who ran a fine race to take 2nd pace in the ‘A’ 1500m in a season’s best time of 4:24.8sec. Connor Mahoney 2nd in the ‘B’ 800m ran a season’s best of 2:05.2 and Joseph Howe also took 2nd place in the ‘B’ 1500m with 4:33.4.

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Paul Coffey with 2nd in the 100m (11.6sec)  and 3rd in the 200m (24.3) – Jack Lonsdale 5th in the 800m (55.5) – Chris Barnes 3rd in the ‘A’ 3000m Steeple Chase (10:54.7) – debutant Chris Davies in the ‘B’ Chase 2nd (11:38.2) – Kieran Monaghan 2nd ‘B’ 400m Hurdles (64.0) along with Corie Shorrock who may reconsider his thoughts about taking up high hurdling all helped to build a substantial points total for the Club.

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Karl Billington and Shaun Livesey took on the 5000m and both ran excellent tactical races resulting in an ‘A’ Race win for Karl (15:39.8) holding off Matthew Pearson from Holmfirth and Shaun Livesey taking 2nd in the ‘B’ Race with 16:53.8.

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Oliver Aspden had a really good day with three individual wins – the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles (18.0 (SB); ‘A’ 400m Hurdles (59.7) and ‘B’ Triple Jump (10.96m). Jack Vickery 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer ( 41.36m) & 2nd in the ‘B’ Discus (22.38m) – Lewis Taylor 1st in the ‘B’ Hammer (40.41m) – Tony Balko 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus (27.05) & 2nd ‘A’ Shot Putt 9.59m and in the last Men’s Throws event of the day Shanteep Sivarajah 2nd in the ‘A’ Javelin (47.98m) and Joe Pearse 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin (34.72m) evidenced another good all round performance by the Men’s Throwers.

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The Women’s Throws athletes also had a really good day. Rebecca Orrell came 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer 35.09m & 1st in the ‘B’ Discus (27/08m) – Sarah Henton won the ‘A’ Discus with 47.81m, won the ‘B’ Hammer (31.58m), and completed another hat trick of wins on the day for a Blackburn athlete in the Shot Putt with a season’s best of 10.46m and then capped it off with 2nd in the ‘A’ Javelin (26.34m).

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On the Track, the ever present Abby Edmundson ran three SB’s in the 100m ‘B’ (13.70) – 100m Hurdles – 2nd (17.4) and a win in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.20m). Katie Buckingham, is going from strength to strength with PB’s in the ‘B’ 200m (27.9) and ‘A’ 800m 3rd (2:27.6). Polly Pearse is another young athlete who gets better all the time, winning the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (17.4) the ‘A’ High Jump (1.50m) and 2nd in the ‘A’  Pole Vault (2.20m). Rachel Leech is growing in consistency and performance – she placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 200m (27.4) won the ‘A’ 400m with a PB of 61.7. New debutants for the Club were 2nd claim athletes Sarah Ridehalgh and Laura Hesketh and both performed really well in the 3000m – Sarah taking 3rd in the ‘A’ Race (11:00.4) and Laura 2nd in the ‘B’ Race (11:15.5) who then went onto to run the ‘A’ 1500m – 4th (5:21.9).  Phoebe Howe ran really solidly with a 4th in the 400m ‘B’ and 3rd in the ‘B’ 800m and backed those up with a cracking second leg in the 4 x 400m Relay. Sophie Taylor contested the ‘A’ 100m (14.2), came 2nd in the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles and 4th in the ‘B’ High Jump. Shelley Tattersall ran a PB in the ‘B’ 1500m (5:25.3).

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Pearse, Pearse & Pearse (aka The Lancashire Schools Championships)

There some really good performances overall at the Lancashire Schools Championships held at Wigan on June 8th, with a number of athletes from different areas achieving qualifying standards for the English Schools Championships. Among these were some excellent outings by Blackburn Harriers athletes running for their own Town Schools Team.

Full Results HERE:

But there was one achievement – or more correctly – 3 achievements which managed to set a record as far as anyone can tell. Siblings, Esme, Polly and Joseph Pearse all won their High Jump competitions – a unique treble and one that may not be achieved for a long time to come, if ever – big congratulations to all of them.

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Amongst other very good results on the day for Blackburn Harriers athletes were Paul Coffey who ran 11.9 in the Senior Boys 100m Final, whilst James Blow won the Inter Boys 100m Heat in 11.8 and then won the Final in 11.5secs. Archie Braysford ran a a great English Schools qualifying time and PB in the Junior Boys 100m of 11.6secs in the Heat which he won. He then went on to finish second in the final, lowering his time to 11.5secs. In the 200m Inter Boys Final Jake Almond finished 4th (23.8).

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Connor Makin was unopposed in the Senior Boys 400m Hurdles final (60.7secs) whilst Joseph Howe in the Senior Boys 1500m Final ran a PB (4:29.8) cutting 4 seconds of his his previous best time  for a 3rd place. Joe Monk 4th (10:03.1) and Robert Wong 5th (10:05.7) ran solid races in the Inter Boys 300om Final. Macauley Scott finished 2nd in the Inter Boys High Jump in a County Schools Standard of 1.79m. Ben Aspinall who cleared 12m for the first time, the week before, continued his good form and improvement by taking 2nd place with a jump of 12.38m in the Inter Boys Triple Jump.

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Nathan Billington add nearly a metre and a half to his PB in the Inter Boys Hammer with a throw of 37.91m. Byron Abbott came 2nd in the Junior Boys 1500m (4:35.2) with a new PB chopping 17 seconds off his previous best. Cameron Massey contested the Junior Boys Triple Jump taking 4th place (10.24m).

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Amongst fine performances in the Girls Events Katie Buckingham goes from strength to strength winning the Inter Girls Hurdles in 47.6 – a new PB and just eight tenths of a second from qualifying for the English Schools Champs. There was also a very impressive run from another Harrier – Roxanne Oliver in the same race. Roxanne finished 2nd to Katie in a fine time of 49.1 in her first ever outing over 300m Hurdles.

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Sophie Taylor won the Senior Girls 100m Hurdles (16.9) and Phoebe Howe ran 45.4 in the Inter Girls 300m. Olivia Brooks took 2nd place in the Inter Girls Long Jump with 4.56m, a PB by 13cm. Rebecca Orrell won the Inter Girls Hammer with a solid and consistent throw of 33.55m.

Another great performance came from Morgan Angland in the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles. She broke 12 secs for the first time, winning the event in 11.9secs, an agonising one tenth of a second off English Schools qualifying time. In the same Race, Elizabeth Ashcroft placed 4th in 12.7secs – a new PB by 3 tenths of a second and breaking 13.0 secs for the first time.

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Other Harriers athletes competing on the day were Corrie Shorrock Senior Boys Shot Putt (9.90m) & Discus (21.08m); Connor Mahoney Inter Boys 800m (2:11.5); Jack Jameson Junior Boys 80m Hurdles (13.5); Jane Saothong Inter Girls Long Jump (3.56m); Eleanor Clegg Junior Girls 100m (14.7); Olivia Wilson Junior Girls 800m (2:42.0) and Gareth Johnson Inter Boys 200m (25.2).

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Latest Results Round Up

Starting off on the Track in this latest report with three Harriers athletes contesting the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford.

Full Results HERE:

Karl Billington who competed in a 5000m on the previous Saturday running 15:27.13 at the Sportscity Grand Prix, continued his progress after an achilles injury to come 6th in the 3000m at Stretford in a time of 8:37.41 – the race being won by Ryan McLeod in 8:18.95.

In the same race and in only his second track race of the season, Gary Priestley – who runs for Blackburn on the Track – ran a season’s best of 8:49.45 (17th). Gary is really mixing it up at the moment having competed  in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships; Mountain Trials, Road Races and Track with quality performances in all disciplines.

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At the same Race Meeting, the effervescent Phil Hall – V50 – contested Race 2 of the 3000m and finished in a season’s best of 9:41.14. This run moved Phil to 6th in the V50 National Rankings for 3000m where he already occupies 6th place for the 800m with a time of 2:10.95 – must be eating the rights things for breakfast!!

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The Chorley Park Wednesday Night Series saw Race 2 take place on Wednesday June 5th won by Anthony Valentine in 23:49. Ten Harriers turned out on the night with the Men taking the 3rd Team spot and the Women 4th. Chris Davies and Gary Pearse fought it out for bragging rights at the end; Chris 27.22 (12th) got in, just one second in front of Gary 27.23 (13th). Steven Foley carried on his recent good form with 28:15 (20th); Allan Hartley starting to race once again after his London Marathon posted 30:37 (41st).

Sam McCreadie 32:01 (58th) who knocked a huge 47 seconds off her PB frightened the life out of Mick Nolan 31:56 (57th) – you had better watch out Mick!  Vet 60 George Woodburn known as a living ‘leg end’ in the Club re-emerged on the racing front with a 35:34 (84th) place and was chased home by Jacinta Davison 35:40 and one minute and forty seconds faster than Race 1 in the Series (86th) – Catherine Guinan 35:44 (87th) – Kaylie Panaro 35:46 (88th) and Ella Gregory 36:55 (94th), a model of even paced running finishing in exactly the same time as Race 1 in the Series.

In the Junior Race 94 youngsters lined up with our own Jack Wilkinson having a really good run to finish in 16th place (5:53).

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Full Results HERE:

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On the Road, Chris Davies continued with a good road racing season so far this year, contesting the Longridge Lions 7 on June 2nd. Chris finished in 2nd place (44:20) just behind Race winner Jason Parker of Preston winning the Race in 43:07.

Full Results HERE:

Continuing his desire to Race and Race often, Chris also contested the Henderson’s End Race organised by Lostock AC won by Darren Kay from Horwich in 46:08. Chris finished 11th of 116 runners who lined up in (54:10) – he also ran in the Preston 5k Park Run on June 8th, finishing 5th (18:36) in a field of 148 runners and running a new PB by 22 seconds.

Full Results For Henderson’s End HERE:

Full Preston Park Results HERE:

Not sure what he is doing in this photo, but maybe it’s a new style of running!!

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Natalya Irvine put in a great performance in the 2013 Junior Regional Tetrathlon Championships in Wales on June 1st and 2nd. She produced PB’s in all classes  run, swim, shoot and in her run phase of 1700m XC her time of 5min.31sec was 4th fastest in the U15 group out of over 200 from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Unfortunately she had a fall at fence 14 on her horse and was momentarily knocked unconscious. Luckily she had a new airbag body protector on! Nat got back on and cleared the remaining jumps but her overall score was dented as well as her pride. Overall, a great performance. Full Results HERE:

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Olympians in Action

Olympic athletes Sophie Hitchon and Samantha Murray have been in action recently. Sophie – currently ranked 20th in the world – continued her very good season by competing at the AEA Classic de Montreuil on June 3rd finishing in 5th place (66.89m). Results HERE:

Meanwhile, Sam Murray was in action in Russia  at the World Cup Final on May 31st.  Unusually for Sam, she came in 30th after getting what was described as a bit of a nightmare horse to compete with. The upside is that Sam won the Swim – (waiting to see if this is a world record) – and fenced really well. Sam who is currently ranked 9th in the World has the European and World Championships to look forward to now.

Full Results HERE:

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