Category Archives: Track & Field
Sophie at Golden Spike in Ostrava – New 3000m PB for Tim at Trafford – Witton Open Meeting has longest Hammer throw of 2017 for U17 Women
56th Ostrave Golden Spike – 27/28th June
Sophie Hitchon was competing again at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, just days after representing Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Lille at the weekend. While things didn’t go as well as they might have at the Championships, Sophie bounced back in emphatic style at the Golden Spike Meeting – finishing 4th in a quality field with a throw of 73.68 and her second 73m plus throw on the night.
After the Meeting Sophie spoke to the Club about the Team Championships and her Golden Spike result saying that “After a tough few weeks of competitions I was disappointed that I couldn’t get more points for the team at the European Team Championships. I was very pleased with the competition in Ostrava to get back to where I started this year. I am looking forward to competing at British championships this weekend it is always great to compete on home soil”.
Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were out at the latest Grand Prix Meeting at Stretford on Tuesday night contesting the 3000m. A big field of twenty four runners saw Dejene Gezimu take the win in a time of 8.29.39 with Tim in 11th spot and posting a new PB time of 8.40.52 which bettered his previous best by six seconds. Tim spoke to the Club after the Race commenting “Pleased with how my race went. Got a little stuck on the first lap, but managed to work my way up through the field. I was happy to finish quite strongly, and am now looking forward to running at Stretford again next Tuesday night for the 5k.”
Joe finished in 15th place in a time of 8.49.37 four seconds away from his previous personal best for the distance and speaking to the Club he told us that he thought he “hit a bit of a plateau in the 3k, sticking between 8:45-8:50, seem to get to 2k and then struggle. Not too disappointed as my training is showing that I should be close to 8:40, just need that 800m/1500m speed now to kick on”.
The second of this years Blackburn Harriers T & F Open Meetings took place on Wednesday June 21st including some really good competition over the different events.
The U17 Women’s Hammer was a standout competition with the top two Women in the country battling it out – Tara Simpson-Sullivan from Wigan Harriers and Charlotte Williams from Blackburn Harriers. Tara threw a new life time best of 61.67m to finish ahead of Charlotte in 2nd place with a throw of 57.35m. The came Hannah Blood (Sale) in 3rd with a new PB of 47.78m, Charlotte Sturchbury (Liverpool Harriers) in 4th with 46.27m, Emma Louise Vickers Preston Harriers) in 5th throwing 41.97m and in 6th Rhiannan Lowe (Preston Harriers) with 36.56m. Nicky Saunders (Blackburn Harriers) and Tamalyn Dickinson also threw new PB’s in the U13 Girls Hammer with Nicky taking the win (21.09m) and Tamalyn 2nd (20.93m). Jacob Roberts (Blackburn Harriers) set a new personal best with his last throw in the Junior Men’s Hammer (65.64m).
There was an impressive winner of Heat (1) of the Mile with Robb Webb of Rossendale taking the Race in a time of 4.27.1. Impressive also in the same Heat were the runs of Blackburn Harriers U15’s Sam Hodklinson and Matt Ramsden which saw Sam run a time of 4.45.8 out sprinting Matt in the home straight who finished 3rd in 4.46.3 and they were followed by fellow Harrier U17 Nick Smith finishing strongly in 4th spot in a time of 4.47.2. Blackburn Harriers and U17 – Bradley Meikleham won the 1000m in a time of 2.53.6 ahead of Preston Harriers U23 Rachael Scott in 2.56.9.
In the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles there was another impressive win by Blackburn Harriers Myah Booth in a new PB time of 11.6 which was one tenth inside the English Schools qualifying time with new PB’s for Queen Tanimowo in 2nd (12.0) and Christie Sturgess in 4th (12.9). Blackburn Harrier Emily Warren was also among the new PB’s with a time of 12.6 in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles. U17 Solomon Brown (Blackburn Harriers) ran his third successive PB over the 400m Hurdles recording a time of 63.4.
There was an air of anticipation as the Harriers arrived on another scorching hot day at Bury Athletic Club for Fixture (3) of the UKYDL Division 2 on Sunday June 18th – realised as it was – on a day which produced 18 wins, 23 second places and 18 new PB’s – leading to another win, keeping the Club at the top of the League going into the final fixture at Ashton-Under-Lyne on July 15th with a very good opportunity to finish the season as champions and promotion to Division1.
The Team got off to a great start on the track winning 5 of the 7 Hurdles Races with a 2nd and a 5th spot in the other two. U13’s Emma Love placed 2nd in the 70m Hurdles (12.90) with Paige Shannon taking a win in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.50. U13 Boys Rory Teare and Ben Boocock won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 75m Hurdles with Rory clocking 13.90 and Ben 14.20. The U15 Girls 75m Hurdles saw Myah Booth win the ‘A’ in 12.00 and Queen Tanimowo the ‘B’ with 12.60. Jamie Teare took 5th spot in the U15 80m Hurdles in a time of 17.20.
The Team won consistent points in the Sprint events too – Kyle Mashiter running 12.4 (4th) in the U15B ‘A’ 100m backed up Jonathan Gough in the ‘B’ (3rd) in a time of 12.80. Kyle placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 200m in 25.2, a new PB by six tenths whilst Sam Hodkinson also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ posting a time of 26.4. Sam was out again in the 300m taking another 2nd spot in the ‘B’ in a time of 40.00 with Leon Thomas placing 4th in the ‘A’ (43.9) which was a new PB by four tenths.
Bailey Madden and Millie Coy picked up great points in the U15 Girls 300m with Bailey taking 2nd in the ‘A’ in 44.4 and a superb first 60metres saw Millie win the ‘B’ Race in a time of 44.2, her first ever competitive run over the distance. Caiden Hesketh ran a time of 28.6 – a new PB – for 4th spot in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 200m with Christie Sturgess taking 3rd in the ‘B’ Race also with a new PB of 28.8. In the U15 100m Queen Tanimowo ran 12.4, a new PB by 7 tenths for 5th spot in the ‘A’ Race and Amy Wiggans 14.5 in the ‘B’ (14.5).
In the U13 Boys there was a 5th spot and a new PB for Hayden Mercer in the ‘A’ 100m (14.6) and 7th for Codie Dewhurst in the ‘B’ with a time of 16.40 – and in the U13 200m – Rory Teare ran 31.7 for 6th place in the ‘A’ and Saul Sharp 32.2 also for 6th in the ‘B’ Race. Two 4th spots for Holly Bell in the ‘B’ 75m Race running a new PB time of 11.70 and again in the 150m with a time of 22.5 – Shannon Paige ran 11.20 for 4th spot in the ‘A’ 75m with Eleanor Allsop finishing 5th in the ‘B’ 150m (22.6).
Great performances in the Relays too for the Club taking 5th spot, 3rd, three 2nd places and a win – the U15 Girls winning the 4 x 300m in 3.00.1 and placing 2nd in the 4 x 100m in a time of 54.2 just six tenths outside the Club Record which has been held since 1986 — the U15 Boys took 2nd in the 4 x 100m in 51.40 and 2nd again in the 4 x 300m posting a time of 2.55.6 — whilst the U13 Boys the Team took 3rd spot in the 4 x 100m (58.70) and the Girls came 5th in 59.5.
One of the performances of the day came from U15 Cameron Harris who threw a National Standard distance and a new PB of 44.80m to win the ‘A’ Javelin event – in the ‘B’ Javelin Kieran Carroll just missed out by cms in winning the ‘B’ finishing 2nd with a distance of 25.04m. George Whittaker threw 8.60m in the U15 ‘A’ Shot Putt with sprinter Kyle Mashiter stepping in for the ‘B’ taking 5th place (5.90m). Kieran Carroll was out again in the Discus for 5th spot in the ‘A’ (18.34m) with George Whittaker earning 4th place in the ‘B’ with a throw of 14.45m – that old saying of ‘you can’t keep a good man down’ applied to Kieran Carroll who made it a hat trick of throws events with a 13.05m throw in the U15 ‘A’ Hammer.
Myah Booth got the U15 Girls off to a good start in the Throws events winning the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.71m) with Liberty Thompson placing 5th in the ‘B’ (6.02m) which was a new PB. Izzy Thompson continued with stacking up the points taking 2nd place in the ‘A’ Discus (19.34m) and 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 19.47m. Myah Booth doubled up in the U15 Girls Javelin with Myah placing 2nd in the ‘A’ (25.45m) and Millie also 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 22.72m.
The U13 Girls Throws events saw Danielle Probert throwing a new PB distance of 5.48m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with Caroline Woodworth taking 4th in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.47m and on to the Javelin where Caroline placed 2nd in the ‘A’ (18.96m) alongside a win in the ‘B’ for Danielle with 16.25m. A trio of U13 Boys featuring Reece Simpson, Theo Sturgess and Dexta Thompson took on the Throws with Reece throwing a new PB of 5.71m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (4th) and Theo 4.85m also a new PB in the ‘B’ for 3rd – two 4th spots in the Javelin saw Dexta throw 20.29m in the ‘A’, a new PB and Theo 11.44m in the ‘B’.
It was very tough conditions for the middle distance runners which made their good performances so much the better. Leon Thomas placed 2nd in the U15 ‘A’ 800m in 2.11.5 after setting a new personal best of 2.09.4 the day before at the Mid Lancs League….Harvey Ashworth knocked two seconds off his previous best time when he finished 2nd in the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 2.20.9. It was a very good quality race in the U15 Boys ‘A’ 1500m being won in 4.16.9 – Matt Ramsden placed 4th in a time of 4.27.6 just one second outside his personal best and Jackson McKay also had a very good run finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ Race with a time of 4.55.7, the first time he has done the distance on the track.
Two good runs in the U15 Girls 800m race saw a 2nd place for Sophie Stanworth in the ‘A in a time of 2.30.6 (4th) and a win for Eleesha Charnley in the ‘B’ (2.31.00) – Amy Davies was a comfortable winner of the U15 Girls ‘A’ 1500m as she pushed the pace to record a time of 5.02.8. The U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m race was a good one with Dexta Thompson never giving up on that 1st place finally finishing 2nd in a time of 2.26.3 which was also a new PB and Hayden Mercer made it a very high scoring event for the Team when he won the ‘B’ 800m in 2.26.9. Three 2nd places and a 3rd in the U13 Girls middle distance races helped to pushed the points totals for the Club – Leah Hoole placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m (2.34.7) with Kate Cookson in 3rd in the ‘B’ (2.49.7) and they were backed up by Hollie Cubbon who came 2nd in the ‘A’ 1200m in a time of 4.19.2 with Caroline Woodworth also 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.27.7).
The U13’s had a very good day in the Jumps – Emma Love won the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m which was a new PB and a Club Record breaking the old one which has stood since 2008 with Danielle Probert coming 2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.15m. It was a double win in the U13 Girls Long Jump Emma Love winning the ‘A’ and Shannon Paige the ‘B’ (3.93m) a new PB. Three wins and a 2nd spot were soon backed up by a double win in the U13 Boys High Jump where Rory Teare set a new PB of 1.40m in winning the ‘A’ and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret also setting a new PB of 1.30m in winning the ‘B’ – Kyle went on to pace 5th in the Long Jump with 3.80m, just 4cm short of his personal best and he was supported by Saul Sharp, also 5th in the ‘B’ with 3.38m and a new PB for him as well. Macy Haworth was the only Pole Vaulter entered from any of the Clubs and cleared 1.80m before she had to stop as the landing mat was so hot.
Highlight Jump of the day for the Team came with a new PB for Jonathan Gough in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump clearing 5.65m for the win and a new PB with George Whittaker taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.33m. Jamie Teare cleared 1.45m in the ‘A’ High Jump (4th) and in the U15 Girls High Jump there was a 3rd spot for Queen Tanimowo with 1.40m in the ‘A’ and a 2nd place for Liberty Thompson in the ‘B’ (1.35m) – Bailey Madden placed 5th in the U15 Girls Long Jump (4.17m) supported by Eleesha Charnley in the ‘B’ jumping 3.84m.
(Thomas Hamer NS 800m)
(Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and David Holman in NS 800m)
Great weather for the third fixture in this years Mid Lancs League which saw Wilson Playing Fields bathed in sunshine and forty eight Blackburn Harriers participating in the events on the day who in turn produced fifteen new personal bests.
One of the stand out performances of the day, adjudged by her Coach Jim Kerrigan, came from bottom of age U17 Abigail Brown in the Hammer. Entering the event for the first time ever she finished 4th with a throw of 30.07m.
In other Throws Events V50 Tony Balko placed 6th in the Shot Putt with 9.43m and 5th in the Discus (29.40m). U17 Anthony Kent can’t stop winning and threw a new PB of 47.95m to take 2nd spot in the Hammer and then duly delivered another double winning the Shot Putt with 13.03m and the Discus with a throw of 38.40m. U17 Lucas Davies placed 4th in the Shot Putt with 7.42m and 3rd in the Javelin (28.00m) whilst another U17 Sam Gaskell, came 2nd in the Discus (37.12m) and won the Hammer with a throw of 52.97m. U15’s Kieran Carroll and George Whittaker were in action in the Throws – Kieran coming 4th in the Javelin (24.99m) and 2nd in the Hammer (13.97m) whilst George came 5th in the Javelin (23.68m).
Joe Sims, Dexta Thompson and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret were competing int he U13 Throws – Joe throwing 4.11m in the Shot Putt (4th) – Kyle 2nd in the Discus (18.51m) and Dexta 3rd in the Javelin (20.27m). In the Senior Women’s Throws, Holly Brookes placed 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.35m, whilst in the U17’s Emily Taberner came 2nd in the Shot Putt with 7.69m followed in 3rd place by Abigail Brown with 7.59m – Emily then came 3rd in the Discus (17.91m) and 6th in the Javelin with a throw of 24.26m which was a new PB by nearly eight metres. Charlotte Williams won the U17 Women’s Hammer with a throw of 54.51m. U15 Myah Booth wasn’t far away from her personal best when she finished 2nd in the Shot Putt (9.45m) and event which saw a debut for new member Julia Woodworth placing 8th out of thirteen athletes throwing 6.51m before going on to place 6th out of fourteen contestants in the Javelin with 17.21m an event which saw Izzy Thompson come 2nd with 21.29m after coming in 2nd in the Hammer with 20.90m.
Dominic Bretherton ran 11.30 for 2nd place in the senior Men’s 100m first Heat with Daniel Hamilton 5th in Heat (2) in a time of 12.90. U17 Ben Whittaker took on the 100/200 double taking 2nd in the 100m (12.40) before setting a new PB in winning the 200min (24.80), a half a second improvement on his previous best. There was a new PB for brother George Whittaker too in the 100m (4th) in 13.50, a full second being taken off his previous best and then he set another new PB in the 200m (4th) by well over a second to post a time of 28.30. Joe Sims who does absolutely every event with a smile on his face came 5th in the U13 Boys 100m (18.90) and 5th in the 200m (37.80), whilst in the other 200m Heat Rory Teare (30.00) in 3rd just pipped Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 4th (30.70).
U17 Emily Warren wasn’t hanging about in the 100m winning it in a PB equalling time of 13.2 in Heat (2) and making it a double with a win and a new PB in Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 26.90. Chloe Bleeks ran a time of 13.50 (2nd) in Heat (1) of the 100m and 28.20 (2nd) in Heat (1) of the 200m. Bailey Madden won her Heat of the U15 100m in 13.30 whilst Eleesha Charnley won her Heat of the 200m in 28.90 and then set a new PB of 45.8 in the 300m (2nd), punching the air when she was told the time, with Liberty Thompson in the same Heat making her debut over this distance in a time of 50.1 (4th). U13 Abigail Stratton set a new PB in the U13 Girls 100m finishing 3rd in 14.70 whilst Hannah Eccles made her Track debut in another Heat of the 100m placing 2nd in 14.90 and Eva Knowles in the 200m posting a time of 35.80 in her first ever attempt at the distance.
Going up in distance U15 Ben Branton ran 62.40 (3rd) in the 400m and then Leon Thomas ran a new PB in the 800m with 2.09.4 which was a very good performance on such a hot day. U15’s Jamie Teare and Harry Wilkin tackled the 1500m with Jamie placing 3rd in 4.55.9 and Harry 5th in 5.07.1. In the Senior Women’s 400m Charlie Coy ran 62.80 in 3rd spot and Amy Davies set a new PB of 2.28.3 in the U15 800m (3rd) – her first run over the distance since 2014 – with Ella Hardman in Heat (2) coming in 7th (3.22.5).
The U13 Girls 800m saw Hollie Cubbon come 3rd in 2.37.5 and Molly Nicholls 8th in a time of 2.50.0 which was a new PB. In Heat (2) Paige Singleton just pipped sister Ellie Singleton placing 4th in 2.48.5 – a massive new PB from 2016 of 25 seconds, with Ellie taking 5th in 2.49.0 and again another massive new PB by 19 seconds and they were followed by Eva Knowles in 8th position (3.04.6). In the U13 Girls 1500m it was 2nd and 3rd for Abigail Stratton in 2nd (5.28.6) and Hannah Eccles in 3rd (5.58.2).
Chris Davies (V40) won the 300m in 9.39.3 which was just 6 seconds outside his personal best and in the heat of this particular day, that was a pretty good run – so too for U20 Nicholas Smith who was just one second outside his PB finishing second (9.54.2). U17 Jasmine Aherne was having her first outing over the 3000m distance and took 2nd place in her age category with a time of 13.08.7.
Middle Distance runner Bradley Meikleham had a go at the Long Jump for the very first time in competition and did well finishing 4th with a leap of 4.71m. Jonathan Gough who recently broke the U15 Club Record for the Triple Jump finished 2nd on the day with a distance of 10.75m, whilst U15 Jamie Teare took a good win in the High Jump with a PB equalling clearance of 1.55m. In the U13 Boys Jumps Rory Teare cleared 4.14m in the Long Jump placing him 4th out of 15 and a new PB by 40cm and in the same event Kyle Taylor-Pomfret also set a new PB of 3.84m – adding 40cm to his previous best, placing 8th out of 15. Rory then added a win in the High Jump clearing 1.35m which equalled his existing personal best. U17 Sprinter Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.17m in the Long Jump (7th) whilst another two of the Clubs Sprinters – Macy Haworth (U15) – came 2nd in the Long Jump clearing 4.30m and Bailey Madden 5th jumping 4.25m in their first competitive outing in the event.
New PB for Jacob at National Championships – Victoria wins British Masters Road 5k Championships – Shot Putt PB for Tony at Sportscity
England Athletics U20 / U23 Championships – 17/18th June
A great day in the sun for Jacob Roberts at this years National Championships in Bedford as he set a new personal best throw of 65.27, finishing 4th in a very high quality competition featuring the leading U20 Hammer Throwers in the country.
At the end of the Championships Jacob spoke to the Club about his weekend and told us that he had a “Great day at Bedford England Athletic Champs. Good comp with some great throwers .Got a new P.B of 65.29 and finished 4th i never gave up the chase. Now looking forward to English Schools and Welsh International in July”.
Joe Moran Memorial Veterans Open Meeting – Sportscity
Two Silver Medals for V50 Harrier – Tony Balko – at Sportscity including a new PB in the 6kg Shot Putt where he placed 2nd with a throw of 10.19m, his previous best being 10.13m. He followed that up with a 2nd spot in the 100m posting a time of 14.0sec.
Vets 5k Road Championships – Sunday June 18th
Great running by Victoria Mousley who became the BMAF 2017 V35 5k Champion at Horwich over the weekend and backed up by Carmen Byrne who took Bronze Medal in the same age category.
Victoria Mousley…………“Super hot one today and I was very greatful it was only 5k. I saw one of my old uni friends at the start who said to me “hey you might win this” and I said “no chance” genuinely thinking I may be in with a chance of a vet 35 placing but not a chance of top 3. The first lap was probably the worst…just so hot and a really dry mouth. There was great support on the course and my dad was there with my little girl…the best cheerleader ever! Having a two year old scream at you on every lap to “go mummy go!” at the top of her voice certainly spurred me on on the last lap when it was a real battle between what would be the top three ladies. A good event and absolutely Inspiring to see folks of 60 and 70 still pulling out great times. Really chuffed to finish first in a time of 18.45 and be the British Masters 5k champion!”
Carmen Byrne……….“I enjoyed the race, I’ve not raced a 5k for ages and was pleased my annoying niggles finally seem to be getting better”.
Freckleton Half Marathon – Sunday June 18th
Four hundred and thirty very hardy souls ran this years Race, one which for many years has been associated with what might be called ‘warm conditions’ – this years race – won by David Rigby in 71.15 – lived up to those expectations in more ways than one with blistering heat.
Derek Reilly (V45) led the trio of Harriers home with a time of 86.37 in 18th place, followed by Matt Nuttall (V45) in 41st spot in 92.54 and V45 Carol Reilly in 118th place posting a time of 1hr 47.13 – A tough race for all the athletes in extreme conditions.
Barrowford Grand Prix 5k – June 16th
Thirty one athletes in this Race won by Liverpool Harrier Jonny Mellor in a pretty swift time of 14.27 ahead of Andrew Davies in 2nd in 14.42.
Shaun Livesey, Ben Costello and Andy Buttery were among the runners which saw Shaun finish 12th in a time of 16.41 and 2nd V40 on the night – Ben came home in 16th place (17.14) with V45 Andy 20th in 17.28 and 2nd V45.
Barrowford Junior Races
Dexta Thompson carried on his good form by winning the 2k event – featuring thirty seven young athletes – in a time of 7.10 ahead of Robbie Smedley in 2nd.
In the U9 Race of 1k contested by Felix Thompson among twenty six other youngsters, saw him place 4th in a time of 4.12, the Race being won by Harry Jordan in 3.51.
British Fell Championships
This years Fell Championships were held in steaming hot weather last weekend – won by Sam Tosh in a time of 1hr 12. 51 – and contested by four hundred and fifty one runners including three Blackburn Harriers – John Horrocks (202nd – 1hr 37.16), Tom Cubbons (204th – 1hr 37.32) and John Orrell (399th – 2hr 01.51).
After the Race all three runners spoke to the Club commenting on their day – Tom Cubbon “The British and English championship counter at Tebay was run in hot weather, which meant I was determined not to overcook the long drag up to Uldale Head. The strong breeze on the tops did help to cool us, but a head dip in Carlinggill Beck was still most welcome. I tried to push on a bit on the traverse to Linghaw but knew the killer climb to Blease Fell needed something leaving in reserve. It was pretty tough to say the least! Even so, after picking up quite a few places on the 3 mile descent to the finish, I was left to contemplate that I could have gone a bit harder in the first two thirds of the race. As always the best bit of a summer fell race was still to come, I.e. lying on the grass at the finish discussing what might have been!”
John Horrocks “First experience of a British and English championships on the fells. Cracking day with some stunning views along the way. Tebay is a fantastic race once you get the first long drag up to uldale head out of the way and then the views just open up. I had a very poor run from start to finish ‘nowt in’t tank’ as they say so very disappointed”.
John Orrell “I echo Tom’s words but from a perspective 30 mins behind. It was hot, but little time to quench our thirsts in those stream crossings as I wanted to break 2 hours. Think I came in at 2.01 something, so nearly. Going to come back when it’s raining! Also needed to save myself for my Fathers Day treat- Settle Hills- and that was flippin hot too!!!”
Harriers win Titles at Lancashire Schools T & F Championships – New PB’s for Joe and Katie at Trafford – Dexta wins again on the Fells
A horrible wet and windy day was the setting for this years Lancashire Schools T & F Championships and it pretty much lasted the whole day. Nevertheless, the outcome for the Harriers is that seven of our athletes have the possibility of being selected – pending the selection meeting – for the English Schools Championships.
On the day the Harriers athletes claimed fifteen Lancashire School titles:
Nick Smith – Senior Boys 3000m (9.42.8) – a new PB by eleven seconds
Myah Booth – Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (12.3)
Millie Coy – Junior Girls Javelin (31.66m) – a new PB by over two metres
Ross Liddle – Senior Boys 400m Hurdles (55.1)
Solomon Brown – Inter Boys 400m Hurdles (66.1)
Anthony Kent – Inter Boys Discus (41.13m)
Sam Gaskell – Inter Boys Hammer (49.74m)
Matt Ramsden – Junior Boys 1500m (4.27.1)
Jonathan Gough – Junior Boys Triple Jump (11.70m) – a new PB by over half a metre
Cameron Harris – Junior Boys Javelin (42.85m)
Morgan Angland – Senior Girls 100m Hurdles (16.3)
Holly Brookes – Senior Girls Shot Putt (7.42m) & Discus (21.63m)
Emily Warren – Inter Girls 80m Hurdles (12.8)
Eloise Littlefair – Inter Girls Shot Putt (10.35m) and a Championship Best Performance
Charlotte Williams – Inter Girls Hammer (56.78m) and a Championship Best Performance
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 13th
Three Blackburn Harriers out at the latest in the Tuesday night Trafford meetings – Joe Monk, Katie Buckingham and Joe Howe.
Joe Monk ran the ‘A’ 3000m which was won in 8.24.15 (Mohammed Abu-Rezeq) finishing in 9th spot out of twenty one athletes competing and finished just a second outside his previous personal best. Joe spoke to the Club commenting that he was “pretty pleased with the run, given I’ve had exams running hasn’t been the main priority. Went through 2k in 5:45 and lost a bit of concentration over the next lap which cost me the PB, going to do it again in 2 weeks time and go for 8:40″.
Next up was Joe Howe in the ‘B’ 1500m Race featuring fifteen athletes and won in a time of 4.05.77. Joe’s personal best going into the Race was 4.20.01 so his 4th placed finish here in 4.12.99 was a big improvement and he told us that he “Really enjoyed the race and I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement which makes me optimistic about the rest of the season”.
Katie Buckingham was also competing in the 1500m with a real determination to break the 5min barrier and she did running a new PB time of 4.59.45 (9th) which was six seconds faster than she had run before. Katie prepared for her race ‘meticulously’ and told us “Post exams a group of us were ready to road trip and race, so 1st stop was leeds bmc for the boys on Monday, then after a lot of cake and Mcdonalds we embarked on trafford for Nottingham to take the north by storm on tuesday! The race set off fast and both my shoe laces managed to come undone in the first 200m, but once it settled down I really got into the race and chased down the sub 5 target! Really please to finally get sub 5mins and take 20secs off what I ran last year!”
The latest Race in the 2017 BOFRA Championships took place on Sunday June 11th at the Hawkswick Dash and in the U12 Race, just eight seconds separated the first four places which eventually saw a victory for the Harriers Dexta Thompson in a time of 8.39 with two seconds separating second, third and fourth.
Sister Kady Thompson was in the same U12 Race finishing in a time of 12.44 in 34th position while younger brother Felix Thompson ran in the U9 Race placing 8th out of the thirty two runners in a time of 7.04.
Northern T & F Championships
Jacob Roberts added the Northern U20 Hammer Title to his growing list of achievements at Sportscity on Sunday. He has now won the Northern Hammer Title in the U15, U17 and U20 Age Categories which is a very considerable achievement. A delighted Jacob spoke to the Club saying that it was a “Great day today at Northern championships at Manchester. I was happy with my win and becoming Northern champion U20 2017. Could have been better with the distance but it was a win in the end. Looking forward now to England Champs next Saturday”.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Tempest)
Thirty one athletes in this years Northern 5000m Championships – won by Jack Morris of Stockport in a time of 14.39.98 – which featured Tim Raynes from the Harriers who finished in 11th place in a time of 15.24.26 and commented after the Championships “I went in to the race hoping to better the 15:03 I ran a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t to be. Started off fairly quickly through the first 1k, going through in about 2:55/6. My pace then started to drop and, while I was still on for 15min pace going though 3k, faded badly in the last 2k. Perhaps just one race too many for me after racing a lot over the last few weeks.”
Epicman – Middle Distance Triathlon – June 11th
It was a great day for Jack Hindle at the Epicman in Lancaster at the weekend when he won the event at the head of a two hundred and four strong field, recording the second fastest Bike ride of the day (2hr 45.16) and the fastest Run (78.23) – unfortunately because of a fast flowing river, the Swim part of the event was cancelled which is arguably Jack’s strongest part of the discipline.
The event consists of a 1.9km Open water Swim, a 90km Bike Ride and a 21km Run to finish described by the Race organisers as follows: The Swim — The swim will take in the river Lune and is a single 1900m loop. The event will be a deep water start. There will be safety kayaks and a safety boat in the river should you need them. The Bike — The bike route is a 90km undulating loop with a small ‘out and back’ section to start and finish. The loop with take you on quiet and glorious country lanes around the Trough of Bowland and will pass through Quernmore, Abbeystead, Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn, Bentham, Canton and back to Halton. The Run — The 21km run route is a flat route on a cycle and footpath along the River Lune. The course is a two loop out and back along the cycle path adjacent to the river Lune. There is a short section to run before joining the loop, you will also run this section on your way back to the finish. The out and back loop is roughly 5.5 miles and there will be a feed stop that you pass three times on the run course which is positioned at the beginning of the loop.
Jack went into the Run three minutes behind in 2nd place after the Bike stage but them made up a massive eight minutes on the run and after the event Jack spoke to the Harriers commenting on his day and told us that he had “no real intentions of doing a half in the near future. I’d really started to focus on races that are coming up. I’ve had really hard block of training since finishing uni this year. All three disciplines have been heading in the right direction, and a team mate said to me a week ago, that I would go well at the epicman. After today’s performance, I’m really glad I did it and really have been able to show what I am capable of. The race was run on a really tough bike course, so to run around a 1.18 half marathon is something I didn’t think I was capable of. Really looking forward to seeing what I can do in the upcoming races, and hopefully take to the top step again”.
Mark Bleasdale also had a very good day, earning a top ten finish coming home in 9th place and 3rd V40 in a combined time of 4hr 29.39 – Mark’s splits were 2hr 50.41 for the Bike and 97.43 for the Run.
FRA Championships – June 10th
It was the final race in the FRA Championships at the weekend which saw Dexta Thompson finish 3rd overall in the U13 Boys – a great result for him. Dexta finished 5th on the day in a mixed boys and girls field of seventy one runners (13.31) which confirmed his Bronze Medal position for the Championships overall. Dexta told the Club that he“is happy with it knowing how good the competition has been against kids from fell clubs and with him doing no training other than actual races he just did his best”.
Brother Felix Thompson finished off his championships by taking 6th out of thirty two runners in a time of 6.18 whilst Harry Wilkin contested the U15 Race featuring fifty one runners where he came 29th overall in a time of 24.02 having fallen early on which set him back a touch.
Jamie Teare competed in the U17 race which was also mixed with Boys and Girls – won by Alex Ediker in 28.07 and Rosie Woodhams for the Girls in 33.27 – placing 20th out of an entry list of 44 other athletes with a time of 34.45. Jamie spoke to the Club saying that he had “Tried this terrain out at Foe Edge 2 weeks ago so I knew it would be hard. It was very tough but I enjoyed it. Well done to all BBH and Lancashire athletes who competed.”
Weets Fell Race – June 10th
Shaun Livesey was among the one hundred and fifty three runners at the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – won by Danny Collinge (39.24) – and had a very good race coming home in 4th position in a time of 41.24 and 2nd V40 on the day.
Shaun told the Club after the Race that he was ” Needing to do the remainder of the races to qualify for the series in the vet 40 division I had to get myself over to Barnoldswick for this 5.5mile race. The weather wasn’t great but I don’t mind that. I set of steady and the lead 3 pulled away. At around the halfway point two runners passed me on the descent (nothing new there) they must have put around 10-15 seconds onto me, but as we hit the last climb I made a diecision to get back to them before it leveled out. I made contact with them and pushed on past, there was a little half mile grass section with a few gates to contest with but I knew as soon as we hit the tarmac descent to the finish I was confident that they wouldn’t pass me. A good tactical race in the end with a fourth place finish. Next up Barrowford 5km”.
Two Lads fell Race
John Horrocks had a very good run at this Fell Race featuring one hundred and sixty two finishers won by Chris Farrell in a time of 31.02. John finished 7th overall in 36.03
Grasmere Gallop – June 3rd
U15 Harry Wilkin who has been out on the Fells quite a bit lately had a good run to finish 4th (25.15) in a mixed age group race featuring one hundred and twenty seven finishers at the 5.7k Grasmere Gallop last weekend.
Catforth 10k – June 11th
Just under a hundred finishers in this local 10k Road Race won by Jason Parker in 34.18. Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello got another run under his belt after coming back from injury, running consistently to earn 5th place in a time of 36.18. V50 David Morris placed 70th in a time of 57.02 which was his fastest 10k this year.
Astley Park Junior Race Series
Nine youngsters from Blackburn Harriers were out in Race 2 of this years Astley Park Junior Series.
(Back Row – Liberty Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Ethan Barbarewicz- Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies)
Front Row (Lulu Sharp – Hannah davies – William Grundy – Felix Thompson)
Amy Davies was first Harrier in (8th) with a time of 5.21 and 2nd Girl on the night. Next came Ethan Barbarewicz in 15th (5.35) having a real battle with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 16th (5.36). Hollie Cubbon posted a time of 5.55 in 29th spot and she was followed home by William Grundy (57th) in 6.25 and Liberty Thompson in 62nd with a time of 6.31. Hannah Davies came in 69th in 6.40 with Felix Thompson in 89th (7.11) and Lulu Sharp was 99th in a time of 7.58.
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