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Youth Development League and a good weekend for the Harriers – (Sunday Upper Age Group) – (Saturday Lower Age Group)
A great result for the Harriers with 22 athletes winning their events at the YDL Upper Age Group Northern West Division 2 fixture at Carlisle on Sunday June 2nd. Up against East Cheshire Harriers; West Cheshire Harriers; Border Harriers and Team North Cumbria the Club finished second to East Cheshire in the first fixture, but managed to turn the tables on Sunday at Carlisle by winning the fixture with East Cheshire in second place. With the third fixture of four due at Witton Park on June 30th and with just 5.5 points separating East Cheshire (1st) and Blackburn (2nd) at the top of the table, it promises to be a cracking day of competitive athletics.
Full Results HERE:
On the day, there some excellent and outstanding performances including in the sprints where U20 Paul Coffey, who is improving with each race ran a PB of 11.6sec and won the ‘B’ Race; U17 Jake Almond came 2nd in the 100m in 11.7 secs and then won the 200m Race in 23.8 secs. Connor Makin put together a really good set of results with 2nd in the 400m ‘A’ Race (54.1); 1st in the 110m Hurdles ‘A’ Race(19.4); 1st in the 400m Hurdles ‘A’ Race (60.3) and 1st in the ‘B’ High Jump with 1.60m.
U17 Ben Aspinall was another athlete with a series of good performances including a massive new PB of 12.60m in the Triple Jump to finish runner up; 2nd in the Long jump with 5.52m and 2nd in the High Jump clearing 1:60m the same as the event winner.
Robert Savage running 2nd Claim for Blackburn and a member of Rossendale Harriers made his debut with a first time ever 800m in 2:15) and then went on to win the 2000m Steeple Chase, knocking a massive 22 seconds off his PB in a time of 7:09.0. Latest debutant’s for the Club in this League were Corrie Shorrock and Macauley Scott. Corrie competed in the ‘A’ events for Discus 3rd (23.41m); Hammer 2nd (19.00m) and Shot Putt 3rd (9.14m). Macauley was 5th in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.75m) won with an exceptional jump by the winner of 1.93m and went on to win both the ‘A’ Long Jump with 5.76m and the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 11.01m.
Gareth Johnson took a 4th place in the U17 100m with 12.1sec and the ran a PB in the 200m in 25.3sec – a 2.3 sec improvement. Robert Wong (U17), back from football won the 800m in a photo finish (2:17.6) and Joseph Howe in his first 1500m race of the year came in 3rd (4:38.7).
In the Male Throws, U17 Nathan Billington came 2nd (35.48m); 3rd in the Hot Putt (8.45m) and 3rd in the Javelin (27.90m) and U17 Sam Charnley with a 3rd place (9.40m) in the Triple Jump, and a 3rd in the 400m (58.1) added more points to the team total.
Another athlete who is improving all the time – U17 Katie Buckingham had a good day with a 200m PB of 28.4 for 2nd place; won the 800m in 2:29.8 and also won the 300m Hurdles in 48.5. Bottom of age U17 Rhiannon Wickham did it again – after winning the 3000m at the first fixture, she backed that up with another win at Carlisle in the 3000m. Rachel Leech also had a really good day winning the 400m in 61.8sec; 3rd in the 200m (27.4sec) and 4th in the Javelin (14.80m).
Amongst the Women’s results were some really good performances including a new Club Record. In finishing 2nd in the U17 Women’s Discus, Rebecca Orrell threw 30.06m to break the existing Club Record which lifted her to 28th in the U17 National Rankings. She backed this performance up winning the U17 Hammer (35.64m) and then came 3rd in the Javelin (21.05m) which was another PB.
Polly Pearse, another bottom of age U17 won the 80m Hurdles in 13.2sec; won the Pole Vault with 2.10m and to make it a hat trick of wins, took 1st place in the High Jump 1.50m. Olivia Brookes also won the Long Jump (4.49m), was 2nd in the Triple Jump with 9.66m, 2nd in the High Jump with 1.45m and 2nd in the 100m (13.4sec). Debutant Natasha Moles won the ‘B’ High Jump (1.45m), took 3rd in the Triple Jump (9.13m). Jacinta Davison with a 3rd place in the 1500m (5:43.9); Hammer a 4th place (18.34m) and Shot Putt 3rd (8.86m) – Jane Saothong Javelin 3rd (10.43m), Long Jump 3rd (3.64m) and Shot Putt 4th (5.10m) – and Sophie Taylor 2nd in the Long Jump (4.47m), 2nd 100m Hurdles (18.1sec) and 3rd in the 200m (30.6sec) all contributed to the Teams winning points total.
Final memory of the day was in the last event, the 4 x 300m Womens Relay. After a storming opening leg by Katie Buckingham, we slipped a little on the 2nd leg and then Polly Pearse dragged it back on leg 3 to hand over to Phoebe Howe – coming off the top bend, Phoebe was neck and neck with East Cheshire, and with all her team mates screaming encouragement, she rocketed down the home straight to take the win for the Harriers.
Perfect end to a great day.
Saturday June 1st saw the Club competing at Trafford against Team North Cumbria; Wigan & District Harriers; Trafford AC; West Cheshire AC and Wrexham AC in the Northern West Division 1 of the Youth Development League U13/U15 Age Group. Notable on the day were the number of athletes missing as a result of the holidays, the participation of a number of new athletes from Sportshall and the Team spirit that went right through the day. The Harriers finished 5th less than 30 points off 4th place on the day and with the next fixture at Blackburn, it is all to play for.
Full Results HERE:
Even with a depleted squad, the Harriers still managed to get wins in eleven events on the day and amongst them there were some cracking performances.
Liz Greenwood knocked a shade off her 1500m PB, winning the ‘A’ Race in 4:48.3 and in the process achieved the English Schools qualifying time – in the same Race where A and B runners ran together, Grace Handley sliced a huge six seconds off her 1500m best time to record 4:52.9 winning the ‘B’ Race and going really close to the qualifying time for English Schools.
U15 Connor Davison had a great day. He won the ‘A’ Discus (25.93m) a PB by 2.5 metres; the ‘A’ Hammer (24.08) and the Shot Putt (10.39m) another big PB by well over a metre.
Amongst our other winners were U15 Tom Harbour ‘B’ Shot Putt (6.93m) who then knocked 3 seconds off his 1500m PB for 4th place (4:44.4) and in a real team effort took on the 200m for the first time running a credible 27.3secs.
U15 Morgan Angland won the ‘A’ 75m Hurdles (12.4sec) and ‘A’ Long Jump with a big PB (4.62m) – Morgan also had a 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.35m). U15 Elizabeth Ashcroft won the ‘B’ 75m Hurdles (13.0sec) and backed that up with a PB of 4:23m for 4th place in the ‘B’ Long Jump and a 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (7.11m).
Cameron Massey continues to improve – in the U15 ‘A’ 100m he ran 12.8 secs for 5th place; finished 4th in the 80m Hurdles (13.6sec) and 4th in the Long Jump ‘A’ (4.68m). Huzaifa Hanif (U15) competed for the first time for the Club and did really well on his debut. In the ‘B’ 200m he came 4th (28.3sec); 300m ‘A’ Race 3rd (43.1sec) and 5th in the ‘A’ Javelin (18.31m). U13 Anthony Kent in the U13 Shot Putt came in 4th (6.55m).
There were a number of bottom of age U13 Sportshall athletes who moved up to competitive athletics in the League and did very well including young Kimberley Keller who competed in the 75m, 150m and Shot Putt and did really well. Jack Fairbanks ran 15.1sec in the U13 100m; 30.8sec in the ‘A’ 200m (4th) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Long Jump (3:53m). Solomon Brown showed real tenacity by taking on the U13 ‘A’ 800m finishing in 5th place (2:53.2), then the 75m Hurdles 4th in 16.2 secs and the ‘A’ High Jump 4th (1:20m). Liam Lang, another Sportshall athlete went in the ‘A’ Javelin (5th) 13.54m and ‘B’ High Jump (4th) 1:05m. William Fort also got stuck in with a 5th in the ‘A’ Long Jump (3.94m); ‘B’ 100m for 2nd (15.3 secs). Charlotte Williams ran 3:10.9 in the U13 800m ‘A’ Race Shot Putted 5.83m and High Jumped 1:20m for a 3rd place.
In the U15 Girls Eleanor Clegg was 6th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.9sec) and 6th in the ‘A’ 200m (29.5sec). Gabriella Martin took 4th place in the ‘B’ 100m (14.4sec). Next came PB’s for Charlotte Taylor in the U15 ‘B’ 800m (2nd) cutting over 2 seconds off at 2:42.0 and for Olivia Wilson in the ‘A’ 800m (3rd) knocking over 4 seconds off at 2:39.3. Good reward for the training they have been doing. Charlotte also ran the ‘B’ 200m (4th) in 28.4 sec. Olivia then tried her hand at Javelin (4th) 18.45m and a new PB by over a metre. Hannah Cookson in her first ever 1200m won the U13 ‘A’ Race in a time of 4:07.3 with a long run for home from 300m out. She added to that a 2nd in the ‘A’ 150m (21.3sec) and another 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (3.94m).
More photo’s from the day:
And last but by no means last the Team Managers –
Mick Angland (Boys) John Cookson (Girls)
Sophie is continuing her season with real consistency. At Halle in Germany last weekend – May 25th Sophie was up against some of the top Hammer Throwers in the world, including the winner of this event, Betty Heidler of Germany who threw 74.92m.
Full Results HERE:
The consistency of Sophie’s throwing is one of the hallmarks of her ability and achievements. Her series of six throws consisted of 67.86m; 70.44m; 68.97m; x; 71.16m and 69.96m, all of which gave her 4th place and a season’s best.
Watch Sophie Throwing in Halle HERE:
Thirty four Blackburn Harriers defied the wind on Saturday and early Sunday and basked in the sunshine on Sunday afternoon; And there were some very good performances.
14 Harriers won Gold Medals, 11won Silver and 13 won Bronze medals. Added to that was a Team Medal for the Senior Men’s 5000m with Andy Buttery (16:34.4), Chris Barnes (16:45.4), Shaun Livesey (16:46.90), ‘Youngster’ Tom Blaney (17:12.60) and Gary Pearse (18:29.30) making up the winning team.
And with Woman’s 5000m winner – Helen Leigh (19.07.50) – a Blackburn Harrier who will just not be beaten:
Just as important in the two day competition were the individual performances. In total athletes achieved 32 PB’s and 7 SB’s. In addition, Liz Greenwood recorded a Championship Best Performance in the 3000m winning in 10:15.00 and Rebecca Orrell in the Hammer recorded a throw of 37.82 in winning the U17 Women’s Hammer and breaking the Club Record in the process.
In the Sprints there were PB’s for U17 Jake Almond in the 100m 11.7 (3rd in the Final) and 23.70 in the 200m (3rd in the Final); U17 Gareth Johnson 12.00 in the 100m (Heat) – U20 Paul Coffey also had a double PB with 11.8 in the 100m and 24.00 in the 200m.
Further PB’s were achieved by U17 Ben Aspinall in the 100m Hurdles in 15.8 (3rd in the Final); Katie Buckingham 300m Hurdles 48.3 (3rd in the Final); Polly Pearse 13.2 in the 80m Hurdles (1st in the Final); a SB’s for Rachel Leech in the 400m (60.9) and staying on the Track, Grace Handley ran two PB’s, the first one in the 1500 (4:57.3) and then in the 3000m (10:32.0), winning Silver Medals in both.
Jack Hindle recorded a huge PB in the 3000m knocking 42 seconds of his PB with a 9:39.3 clocking. Joseph Howe, making his debut in the Steeple Chase, ran solo in a time of 5:08.3, took a Gold Medal and moved immediately to 32nd in the National Rankings. Connor Makin added to his growing reputation as a 400m and 400m Hurdle runner with a PB over the flat 400 in 53.3secs.
Some cracking performances in the Field too. Sarah Henton threw a SB to win the Senior Women’s Discus Final with a fine Throw of 49:34. In the Hammer, U17 Rebecca Orrell in addition to winning the event and breaking the Club Record came 3rd in the Shot Putt Final with 8.10m and 2nd in the Discus Final (28.47m; Nathan Billington threw two PB’s and won two Silver medals in the Hammer U17 Men’s Final (2nd 36.53m) and Discus Final with 25.31m – In the U15 Boys Connor Davison won Silver in the Hammer (25.08m).
In other Field Events, there were PB’s for Ben Aspinall in the Long Jump (5.65m & Bronze Medal) and in the Javelin (23.63m). Esme Pearse also had a double PB with 1.35m in the High Jump and 1.90m in the Pole Vault (Gold Medal). Olivia Brooks was another with a double PB 1.45m (Bronze Medal) in the High Jump and 4.54m in the Long Jump Final. Natalya Irvine shone in the U13 Girls Shot Putt winning the Gold Medal with a Throw of 7.92m. There were PB’s for Morgan Angland in the 75m Hurdles (12.00) and Silver Medal and Elizabeth Ashcroft in the same Race with 13.30sec – Elizabeth went on to record another PB in the U15 Girls Long Jump Final with 4.01m.
Joe Pearse had two SB’s winning the High Jump Gold Medal (1.85m) and gaining Silver in the Discus (29.59m).
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