Category Archives: Track & Field
Harriers Alison Leonard and Paul Bradshaw competed at the BMC meeting in Watford on Wednesday May 7th and put in two cracking runs in far from ideal conditions.
After running 2.05.81 at Watford on April 23rd, Alison cut nearly three seconds off that time in winning her 800m race in 2.02.85, a time which sees her placed 5th in the National Rankings at this early stage of the season. She told the Club that this was the “Fastest since 2010 so really happy. Went through in 59 so last 100 was a bit interesting, but really enjoyed it and can’t wait to race again” And further great news for Alison as she has just been informed that she will be representing England in the 1500m at the forthcoming Loughborough International Meeting.
Paul who had a very busy weekend at the BUCS, running in the 800m’s and 4 x 400m for UWIC came second in his 800m in a time of 1.51.51 just marginally outside his season’s best and placing him at 22nd in the National Rankings. After the Race he said that “Watford was great. Really windy and decided to attack into the wind and make it a true run race. As always a good meet put on by the BMC and for early in May I feel I’m now in a good place to sharpen up ready for the coming weeks”.
Full Results HERE
Four members of the Harriers competed at this years British University Championships in Bedford between May 3rd – 5th – Jamie Vickery, brother Jack Vickery, Paul Bradshaw and Karl Billington.
Jamie started off really well in winning his 100m Heat in 11.26 which was a season’s best, but sadly pulled his hamstring and that ended his Championships. Jack took 13th place in the Men’s Hammer with a solid throw of 41.84m and currently lies in 28th place in the U23 National Rankings.
Karl had a Heat of the 5000m to negotiate finishing 4th in 15.09.0 having had to “race the heat in flats just so i could race the final to my full capability” due to problems with his calves. In the Final, Karl finished 6th in 14.53.65 and commented “the first time i have broke 15 minutes on the track for FOUR years this was off a 9 06 first 3k. I feel there is a PB in there for sure just a matter of getting in the right race”
Paul had a real busy weekend with three 800m races and two Races in the 4 x 400m Relay. He started off in his first Heat of the 800m by winning in 1.58.64 and took 2nd place in the semi-final with 1.52.03. Then in the Final he finished 6th in 1:53.35. Next to the 4 x 400m for the UWIC Team and a third position in the semi-final in a time of 3.21.00. In the final, they really excelled and came home with the gold medal in 3.16.46.
Full Results HERE
U13 Charlotte Williams fresh from setting three new PB’s with 12.9 for the 70mH, 1.30m in the High Jump and 7.80m in the Shot Putt at Ellesmere Port on Saturday 3rd May in the YDL Lower Age Group, Charly turned her attentions to the Bank Holiday Trafford Medal meeting on Monday; and what a performance! She took another tenth of a second of her Hurdles PB which is now 12.8sec, added 31cm in winning the Shot for a new PB of 8.11m, to earn silver and gold medals and then topped it off with another silver in the High Jump with 1.25m, just short of her HJ PB.
Full Results HERE
After winning Division 2 with four straight wins and then being victorious in the Promotion Match at Doncaster in 2013, the Club was eager to get its Division One campaign underway at Hull on Sunday May 4th. But sometimes it doesn’t go your way and with a combination of work commitments, injuries, studying for exams and the BUCS, it was a much depleted Team that ventured North. But that didn’t dampen the spirit, as one of our Senior Throwers Tony Balko said “Big well done to all the Blackburn Harriers team at the first meet in the North of England Athletics League Division 1, a scratch team, but everyone gave 100%”.
Full Results HERE
Eight PB’s were set on the day including a cracking run from Oliver Aspden who ran 56.0sec for the 400 Hurdles which is just 0.5 secs off the Club Record held by Richard Demming (55.5) set at Crystal Palace in 1972. In an interesting aside, Oliver’s Coach – Bob Groves – has a PB of 55.6, so the next training session might be interesting!
Senior Dominic Bretherton, U17 Gareth Johnson, bottom of age U20 Jake Almond and U20 Paul Coffey took on the Sprints. Dominic set a PB in the 100m with 11.6, Gareth also set a PB in the ‘B’ Race of 12.0sec. Paul was just a tenth of a second of his PB in the 200m posting 23.7sec and Jake ran 24.2 in the ‘B’ 200m. In the non-scoring 100m, Paul set a new PB of 11.4 as did Jake with 11.5.
The ever reliable Phoebe Howe ran 30.3 in the 200 and then set a season’s best in the 800m ‘A’ Race (2.37.8). Sarah Henton ran 33.8 in the ‘B’ 200m to add to all the points she stacked up in the Throws events. She won the Discus (46.86m); threw 11.03m in the Shot; 29.08m in the Hammer and 32.75m in the Javelin. It is worth stating here that Sarah is a V40 and currently 1st in the National Rankings in her Age Category by eleven metres and 5th overall, which is fabulous achievement.
Some athletes were competing for the first time this year and one of them was Michael Carr, a really great Club man who took on the 400m (59.5) and the 400m Hurdles (68.3) in a double to help the Team. U17 Gareth Johnson, another who hasn’t competed this year took on four events, going out of his comfort zone by tackling the 400m (63.2), then jumped 4.68m in the Long Jump and finished off with a PB in the Triple Jump of 9.48m.
Jack Lonsdale and Joseph Howe took on the 800m/1500m double with Jack posting 2.05.6 in the 800m ‘A’ and Joseph getting a well deserved PB in the ‘B’ Race (2.06.5.) which was a huge three and half second reduction. In the 1500m Joseph went even better cutting over six seconds of his PB to set a new one of 4.23.5. Jack ran 4.33.5 in the ‘B’ Race.
Bottom of age U17 Grace Handley got stuck in to help the team running the 1500/3000m double, where she won the ” Race in 10.49.4 and then feeling the effects of that ran in the 1500m (5.15.0). Highlight of the day could well be the 5000m. With all of our best endurance runners not able to make the fixture, Team Manager Richard Taylor (V45) (21.54.3) and John Chaplin (V55) (18.51.3) who was also officiating on the day, took on the mantle in an outstanding display of commitment to the Team’s cause.
Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall took on three events, setting a season’s best in the High Jump (1.65m); jumped 5.45m in the High Jump and rounded it off with a 2nd place 12.52 in the Triple Jump. Olivia Brooks and Jane Saothong also U17’s made good contributions with Olivia jumping 1.48m in the High Jump and 4.62m in the Long Jump – Jane was below her best in the Long Jump with 3.45m but made up for it with a PB in the Triple Jump of 7.84m.
There were three season’s best for Rebecca Orrell in the Shot with 7.13m; Discus 25.47 and Hammer 38.25m. Rebecca is currently in 8th place in the National Rankings using the Senior Weight (4kg) and 12th with the 3kg.
Tony Balko took on all four Throws in his first competition this year with solid performances all round. He threw 29.08m in the Hammer; 28.91m in the Discus; 9.25m in the Shot and finished off with 29.30m in the Javelin. Corrie Shorrock who has spent all year playing Rugby and hasn’t trained, also turned out for the first time this season and set a PB in the Hammer (17.61m); threw 22.24m in the Discus, 20.22m in the Javelin and 9.69m in the Shot.
The sun shone on Ellesmere Port as the first fixture of the YDL Lower Age Group took place on Saturday May 3rd. The fixture, won impressively by Crewe & Nantwich AC saw Blackburn Harriers finishing in sixth position, 40 points off the pace. But that doesn’t tell the whole story as there were some very impressive performances by our athletes including twenty four PB’s, eight individual wins, 11 second places and 12 third places. We also had a number of debutants who were experiencing Track & Field for the first time – So a big thank you and well done to Hanzala Hussain; Nicholas Massey; Jaqui Howard; Amy Davies; Jimmy Walpole; Jamie Teare; Daniel Brown; Emily Warren and Luis Jake Billington who all made great contributions to the Team on the day.
Full Results HERE
Before the fixture started, Cameron Massey was appointed Team captain for the Boys and Liz Ashcroft for the Girls and both led by example on the day.
There were some real stand out performances with two athletes achieving the English Schools Standard.
U15 Boys Team Captain Cameron Massey had a cracking day winning the 80M Hurdles with a Grade One time of 11.9 and going inside the English Schools standard of 12.0sec. He then took two tenths of a second of his 200m PB (25.5sec) to finish second and then capped it off with over half a metre improvement in his Long Jump to win the event with 5.40m. Jacob Roberts in winning the U15 Boys Hammer, improved his PB by over seven and half metres to set a new PB of 38.93m and gain the the English Schools standard of 38m. He went on to add another two metres to his Discus PB with a throw of 22.56m to finish 3rd.
In the U13’s Emily Raine set PB’s in the 75m (11.0sec) and (3.48m) in the Long Jump; Emily Laycock reduced her PB in the 75m by three tenths of a second to 12.7sec and Ben Cecil set PB’s in the 100m (14.1sec) and the 200m (28.4sec). Anjalie Singh knocked 16secs off her 800m time to post 3.10.4 and cut over two seconds off her 70mH time to set a new PB of 13.6sec. Charlotte Williams who is in really good form set three new PB’s – with 12.9 for the 70mH, 1.30m in the High Jump and 7.80m in the Shot Putt. Solomon Brown really impressed in his 75mH in winning the event and cutting a whopping 1.6 seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.6sec. Emily Warren came out with a real zing in first ever 800m and took control of the race from between 500 – 600m to win in an excellent debut time of 2.35.0. There were PB’s for Emily Laycock (12.7) in the 75mH and for Ben Cecil in the 100m (14.1) and 200m (28.4). Eloise Littlefair took second place points in the Discus with 21.8m; won the Shot Putt with 8.26m. Sam Farnworth had an excellent day too. The week before he had run the 100m at Wigan in the Mid Lancs League for a time of 15.9 secs and then chopped a huge 1.6 sec off it here to set a new PB of 14.3sec.
U15 Hannah Cookson and looking strong set three PB’s on the day, cutting a huge five seconds off her 800m time to set a new PB of 2.32.8, took three seconds of her 200m PB which is now 28.0 and reduced her 100m time from 14.4 to 14.1 sec. Libby Angland, making a welcome return after being plagued by injuries for so long, duly celebrated by cutting half a second off her 100m time (14.6sec) and improving her High Jump to 1.25m. Esme Pearse creamed nearly five seconds off her 75mH time to set a new PB of 13.5sec. Rhys Charnley cropped 14 seconds of his 1500m time with a new PB of 5.31.2. Baylie Thompson threw 10.67m in the Discus and 13.93m in the Javelin.
After a great first season in the 2013 YDL Upper Age Group Division Two, with the Harriers being promoted to Division One as Champions, there was an air of expectation approaching the first fixture at Bebbington. It turned out be a cracking day, with fine performances, lots of individual event wins and PB’s. Above all it was a tremendous Team performance with every athlete on the day making a contribution to the victory margin of 64 points from Wigan in 2nd place and Trafford in 3rd.
Full Results HERE
None of these fixtures could be put on with Officials, so a big thankyou to all those who gave their time at the weekend.
In the U20’s there were wins for Joe Pearse in the 400m (55.4); 110mH Hurdle ‘B’ (17.0 sec); Javelin (38.32m) and High Jump (1.90). Jack Hindle, who had gone to work at 5.00pm in the morning, and whose dad drove him over to the fixture to do the 3000m which was an exemplary act of Team commitment, duly won the 3000m in 9.42.7. Connor Makin took two wins on the day with a PB in the 400m Hurdles (57.3) and 110m Hurdles (16.5). Rob Savage showing almost flawless technique at the water jump won the 2000m Steeple Chase (7.03.8) and Joseph Howe backed that up by winning the 2000m Steeple Chase ‘B’ (7.27.0) and also ran the 1500m in 4.26.5. Sister Phoebe Howe won the ‘B’ 400m (66.5) and placed 3rd in the 300m Hurdles (52.6). Jacinta Davison won the U20’s Hammer (15.53m); Lottie Latham-Taylor won the Javelin ‘B’ (18.96m) and Jane Saothong jumped a new PB in the Long Jump ‘B’ winning with 4.03. Better performance for Paul Coffey in the 100m (3rd) equaling his PB of 11.6 and running 23.2secs in the 200m (3rd). Katie Buckingham took a 2nd place in the 400m Hurdles (72.0) and Roxanne Oliver won the ‘B’ Race (71.3). Ben Aspinall put in a solid set of performances with a 3rd in the ‘B’ 100m (12.2); 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin (25.00m); 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.83m) just 2cm short of his PB and 3rd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (12.49m).
In the U17’s Byron Abbott, who has been plagued by injuries won the 800m (2.14.2) and took 2nd in the 300m with 10.32.5. Amber Swinnerton, running 2nd Claim for Blackburn had a great debut taking the 200m ‘B’ in 27.8; the 300m Hurdles ‘B’ (48.7) and a 4th placed 44.4 in the ‘A’ 300m. After the fixture Amber told us “ can i just say thankyou so much for such a good day enjoyed it so much you were all so loverly and you included me in everything, I really appreciate it I was really nervous that I would run badly for you and you made it feel like there was no pressure at all so thankyou could you say thankyou to any athletes who aren’t in this conversation like the lads, I hope I did okay for you really enjoyed it amber x”
Continuing with the U17’s Liz Greenwood won the 800m in 2.25.1 and Grace Handley won the ‘B’ Race (2.27.5). Both Liz and Grace then went on to win the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 3000m with Liz clocking 10.40.3. Morgan Angland had a great day too. She took one win and two seconds but recorded PB’s in all three events starting with the 80m Hurdles 1st (12.4); 100m 2nd (13.5) and Long Jump 2nd (4.72m). Polly Pearse won the 80mHurdles ‘B’ Race (13.4) and then added the High Jump for a good double (1.48m). Rebecca Orrell carried on where she left off at Wigan the previous day by winning the Hammer with a new PB of 46.18m, which means she set 4 PB’s in two days in the same event – training must be going well! She also took 2nd place (23.60m) in the Discus and 4th in the Shot Putt (8.47m). Olivia Wilson showed great Team spirit by missing the start of her own birthday party to make sure that we had a full team for the 4 x 100m Relay. Olivia Brooks jumped 8.20m in the Triple Jump (4th) and 1.40m in the High Jump (4th).
Jake Almond set a new PB in winning the 200m in 23.2secs after posting 11.9secs for 2nd place in the 100m. A really good weekend for Jake with three wins and a second in four races. Huzaifa Hanif had a great day knocking three seconds off his PB to finish 2nd in the 400m (55.5) and then jumping 1.50m in the High Jump (3rd). New member Lewis Jardine who hasn’t competed for quiet a while, also had a really promising start with a 2nd place in the ‘B’ 400m (57.1) and 3rd in the 1500m ‘B’ (4.58.5). Chris Dulling in his debut on the Track ran the 800m and ran a pretty good time of 2.21.7 and backed that up with a 4.57.s in the 1500m. Jamie Bamber, competing 2nd Claim for Blackburn took a solid 2nd place in the 100m (16.0sec) and added another 2nd place finish in the Triple Jump (10.66m). Ross Liddle, another debutant on the Track for the Club ran 63.8 in the 400m Hurdles (2nd) and 4th in the Long Jump (5.06) which was a new PB by 6cm.. Connor Davison helped the Club pile up the points with 2nd in the Discus (24.13); 3rd in the Hammer (24.39) and 2nd in the Shot Putt (24.39).
The weekend of April 26th and 27th saw the start of the T & F season for the Club and there were some very fine performances over the weekend.
The first Mid Lancs fixture of the season took place at Wigan, in not the best of weather conditions and with a huge number of athletes from all the affiliated Clubs in attendance, looking to see how their winter training had gone.
Full Results HERE
In the Senior 100m Paul Coffey placed 6th in 12.5secs which he wasn’t at all pleased with. Dominic Bretherton, a new member of the Club had a fine start to his Track season with a win in Heat 2 (12.3secs). U17 Sprinter Jake Almond won both the 100m and 200m Races with 12.3secs and 23.9 secs respectively for a fine double. Oliver Aspden’s 51.40 in the Senior Men’s 400m Race to establish a new PB was excellent, given the conditions on the day. Sam Farnworth ran 15.90 in the U13 Boy’s 100m to take 4th place. Carol Cookson making her debut on the Track in the Senior Women’s 100m ran 17.20secs. Daughter Hannah Cookson took a good third place in the U15 Girls 100m (14.3secs) and then she ran 2.39.1 in the 800m just a second and a half off her PB, and again given the conditions, we can see her breaking that shortly. Amy Davies made her Track debut in the U13 Girls and ran a really promising 2.48.90 to take 3rd place. In another Heat, Olivia Blow ran 3.15.80. In the U13 Girls 100m Emily Raine finishing 5th with 15.60, equal time with 4th place. Olivia Blow ran 16.90 and Emily Laycock 18.00. Emily also did the Long Jump posting 2.77m.
In other U13 Girls events, Charlotte Wiiliams won the High Jump (1.25m) with Eloise Littlefair taking joint third place with 1.20m and Emily Laycock jumping 1.05m. In the U13 Girls Shot, Eloise took 2nd with 8.04m and Charlotte took 3rd place with 7.32m to set a new PB.
Tom Cornthwaite ran three races – the 800m; 1500m and 3000m which was quite a challenge. In the 800m he clocked 2.10.20 for 5th place – in the 1500m he came home in 2nd position (4.17.20) and then in the 300m, went one better by winning it convincingly in 9.08.00. Andy Heys in his first ever Track Race also ran in the 3000m and posted a solid time of 10.31.4. John Cookson ran 2.30.70 for the 800m which was 3 seconds off his PB, but given the wind, there is no doubt that this will be under pressure before the end of the season.
Amongst the Throwers, standout performance of the day came from Rebecca Orrell who threw three successive PB’s in the U17 Womens Hammer finishing with 44.31m. Jack Vickery took 2nd place in the Senior Men’s Hammer with a solid and consistent 41.97m. In the U17 Age Category, Connor Davison won the Shot with a Putt of 10.15m and made it a double win for the day by taking the Hammer with 24.06m. In the U15 Boys category, Jacob Roberts won the Hammer with 31.28m and Cameron Massey finished in 2nd place in the Shot with 8.92m.
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