Category Archives: Track & Field
There have been good early season performances by some of the young women athletes in recent Open Meetings.
Rebecca Orrell competed at the Liverpool Open Jumps & Throws Fixture on April 12th and came away with a first throw of the season of 23.54m in the U17W Discus and a PB of 40.44m in the U17W 3k Hammer Throw. At the Blackpool Open in March, Rebecca with her first 4k Hammer Throw of the season achieved 33.24m.
Charlotte Williams and Emily Raine also competed at the Blackpool Open with good early season results. U13 Charlotte won the 80m Hurdles in a new PB of 12.9, knocking over half a second off her previous best. In the Shot Putt, she extended her PB by another 30cm to take 4th place with 7.06m and backed that up finishing 3rd in the Long Jump (3.73m). U13 Emily took nearly a second off her PB in winning the 80m Sprint with a time of 11.6 and then just missed out on another PB by the slimmest of margins – one second – in jumping 3.39m in the Long Jump.
Full Results for Blackpool HERE
Full Results for Liverpool HERE
Wigan held its Spring Open Meeting on Sunday April 6th and saw Ben Aspinall; Morgan Angland and Jack Vickery all competing from Blackburn Harriers.
Full Results HERE
Ben Aspinall, who has contested all of the seven Sale Harriers Open Series meetings during the Winter, plus the Northern Athletics U17 / U20 / Senior Championships where he took a Bronze Medal in the Triple Jump with 12.53m, showed what good form he is in by winning both the Long Jump (5.78m) and the Senior Men’s Triple Jump with a new PB of 12.91m. There is no doubt that Ben’s hard work during the winter will see him break the 13m mark for the Triple Jump this year and threaten the 6.0m mark in the Long Jump.
Bottom of age U17 Morgan Angland competed at two of the Sale Harriers Open Series meetings, plus the Northern Athletics U17 / U20 / Senior Championships. At Wigan she posted a new PB of 13.2 finishing second in the 80m Hurdles to add to her Indoor PB set during the Winter of 8.41 for the 60m. The season ahead looks really promising for Morgan.
Jack Vickery Jack made his first outing of the year at Wigan to throw 42.22m with the Senior Hammer, which was just slightly down on his PB but a good start to the season.
Other notable performances by athletes Indoors this Winter included Connor Makin at the Northern Athletics U17 / U20 / Senior Championships where he set Indoor PB’s of 52.62 for the 400m and 8.99 for the 60m Hurdles. Cameron Massey – U15 – has had a fine Winter Indoors, competing at all seven Sales Open Series Meetings, Northern Athletics U13 / U15 Championships and the England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Championships. In the Northern Athletics U13/U15 Championships he took Gold winning the 60m Hurdles in a new Indoor PB of 9.36; And during the course of the Winter he set new PB’s in 60m (8.10sec); 200m (25.70sec); 300m (42.46sec); Shot Putt 4kg (10.14m). A superb effort.
Cameron Massey became the Northern Indoor u15 60m hurdles champion at Sheffield on 2nd February winning in a quick 9.35s. This puts him 11th in the national rankings and second in the North West. Another coach Bob Groves success story!
Blackburn Harriers had two of its athletes in great form at the National Indoor Championships this weekend in Sheffield. Holly Bleasdale took home her 4th consecutive indoor title with a vault of 4.73m which puts her top of the world rankings. Alison Leonard almost made it two titles in one day when she was narrowly edged out by Jemma Simpson in the women’s 1500m final with an indoor PB of 4min 14.76secs.
Here is Holly’s interview on Eightlane HERE
Blackburn Harriers enjoyed success at the Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships at Sheffield on 18th/19th January.
Rebecca Sullivan took gold in the womens senior high jump with a height of 1.68m. Rebecca also achieved a PB of 5.12m in the long jump but it wasn’t enough to beat fellow competitor and overall winner, Olympic athlete Katrina Johnson Thompson.
Senior Women High Jump FINAL
1 250 Rebecca Sullivan Blackburn Harriers & Ac 1.68m
2 210 Laura Hanagan Ashford Ac 1.55m
3 238 Katy Robinson City Of Sheffield Ac 1.50m
In his first year at U20 level, Ben Aspinall stepped onto the podium after winning bronze in the triple jump with a best distance of 12.53m. Hopefully more to come in the next 2 years.
Connor Makin again showed his speed endurance capabilities with three 400m races in one afternoon. Connor produced a PB of 52.62s to reach the final. Against some quality position Connor came 4th in the final.
Connor also achieved a PB in the U20 60m hurdles with 8.99s.
Finally after stepping up to the U17s this year, Morgan Angland competed in the 60m hurdles and posted a credible 9.8s to come fourth in her heat.
All track races can be seen on vincosport.com website
Meanwhile in Cardiff at the British Athletics Cross Challenge on the 19th January representing Northern Athletics Harrier’s track men Gary Priestley and Pete Matthews ran well in a competitive field to come 12th and 20th respectively.
A very welcome return for Holly Bleasdale last weekend at the INSA Perch’formance Villeurbanne, FRA on 13-14 Dec 13. Holly has suffered injuries over the last year and has had to be patient in her rehabilitation. That patience and hard work was rewarded at her first outing of the Indoor Season.
Full Results HERE
Holly was pleased with her competition saying ” I am happy to be back vaulting and healthy. After being injured I really value being healthy and doing what I enjoy the most, VAULTING!”
Watch a video of Holly’s 4.61 Jump HERE
Another athlete making his competitive debut in this years Indoor Season was Paul Bradshaw at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix on te 15th December. Full Results HERE
Paul’s victory in the 600m Race in a time of 1.18.73 knocked a whopping 2 seconds off his PB and understandably he was pleased, commenting after the Race “ Competing this early was just good fun. Been running 49/50 through 400m in reps recently in training so thought I would see how long I could hold that pace for. A lot of fun was had and now time for Christmas”. This was a cracking front running display from Paul and you can watch a video of the Race by logging in and signing up for free HERE
Over at Sportscity Paul Coffey, Morgan Angland, Liz Ashcroft, Cameron Massey and Ben Aspinall racked up a load of new PB’s on an excellent day at the Second of the Sale Harriers 6 Fixture Indoor Season.
Full Results HERE
Cameron had pride of place on the day, entering three events, winning one and second in the other two. More importantly he set new PB’s in two events. In the 60m Hurdles he reduced his PB from 10.27 seconds to 9.96; in the 4kg Shot Putt his existing PB of 9.51m was increased to 9.91m which was a great effort. In his first ever attempt at 400m he ran a very creditable 61.80 which is proof of his improving work on endurance. (Watch Cameron’s Hurdles HERE)
Paul contested the 60m Sprint determined to break his old PB of 7.71sec. He went one better running consecutive PB’s of 7.57 and then 7.56. Another athlete who went determined to PB and win here Race (she was 3rd in the first fixture) was Morgan in the 60m Hurdles. And she delivered on her promise with a victory and a reduction from 9.66 to 9.60secs. A good start to her bottom of age U17 age category. Ben Aspinall entered the 60m Sprint and Long Jump placing 3rd in the 60m reducing his PB of 7.78 to 7.74sec. In the Long Jump he was a little off his PB of 5.79m in 8th place (5.42m) but there is no doubt that the longer distances will come. Liz made her Indoor debut this year and and a first ever attempt at the 60m Hurdles and starting really well with 10.37 sec.
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