Category Archives: Track & Field
A win and new 1500m PB for James & New 1500m PB’s for Sam and Harry at Trafford – Tony Wins Double Gold & sets two new PB’s at Northern Masters Championships
Trafford BMC & Grand Prix – Tuesday June 26th
Another red hot night greeted the athletes for the latest in the Trafford Tuesday night meetings with seven Blackburn Harriers amongst the evenings competitors.
James Marchant who has already set a new personal best in the 800m this year took on the 1500m with a new personal best in mind and he did just that as he won the race in a time of 4.02.52 from a fast finishing Bruno Lima in 2nd (4.02.67). Tim Raynes was in a good spot in this same Heat but unfortunately fell approaching the bell as the athletes jockeyed for position.
Bottom of age U17 Sam Hodkinson set a new PB by three and a half seconds in his 1500m race clocking 4.23.66 in 6th place out of a field of fourteen athletes. Another U17 – Harry Wilkin – continued the run of new PB’s as he clipped a second and a half off his 1500m time to place 4th out of fifteen athletes in a time of 4.51.63.
Joe Gebbie and Hayden Mercer took on the 800m which saw bottom of age U20 Joe place 3rd in a time of 2.03.02, less than a second outside his best. Hayden – U15 and also bottom of age – was just eight hundreths away from a new PB in his 800m in 4th spot clocking 2.13.58.
U17 Matt Ramsden and in his first year in the age category was a whisker away from winning Heat (2) of the 3000m as he ran a time of 9.05.96 with a storming final 200m of 30 seconds and just failing to catch the eventual winner just as they crossed the line – Senior Callum Rowlinson ran 9.05.26.
Rob Warner ran the ‘A’ 1500m BMC race and was in contention for most of the race as he placed 4th with a time of 3.50.53, with just over a second separating the first four finishers.
Northern Masters Track & Field Championships – Cleckheaton – June 24th
Tony Balko (V50) had a great Championships at the weekend, winning two Gold Medals and setting two new PB’s. Tony is targeting the World Masters Championships this year and there is no doubt that he is hitting some good form lately.
Tony’s win in the Discus saw him set a new PB with the 1.5kg weight of 38.98m, some two metres better than his previous best and a similar distance saw him set another new PB in the Hammer (6kg) of 39.45m to take his second Gold Medal of the day.
Holly & Sophie in International action – 5000m PB for Tim at BMC – Jess wins BMC 1500m – New PB for Jack at Wilmslow Half – Liberty sets New PB’s in Combined Events – Young William wins his Triathlon
Holly Bradhsaw and Sophie Hitchon are both in good form approaching this years British Championships being held at the end of the month. Holly was competing at the Athens Street Vault in glorious sunshine at the weekend against some of the best vaulters in the world and cleared 4.66m to finish joint 3rd with Kyriakopoulou behind Stefanidi who cleared 4.80m and Silva (7.73m). Sophie was at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting – Madrid June 23rd – finishing 6th in the 12 strong field with a best throw of 71.13m. (MADRID RESULTS)
(Sophie unveiling the Medals for the forthcoming Athletics World Cup)
BMC at Loughborough – Saturday June 23rd
Tim Raynes entered another quality BMC at the weekend – this time at Lougborough in the 5000m. Running in the ‘B’ 5000m Tim set another new PB by a couple of seconds to finish 21st in a time of 14.41.83 as the winner clocked 14.18.25. After recording his latest new personal best, Tim spoke to the Club saying “Going into the race with one of the slowest PBs in the field, I knew it was going to be a case of trying to hold on to the pace for as long as possible. As the race unfolded, it proved to be the case. I ended up running it in a very similar way to the race at Sportcity last month, just going through 3k a second quicker at 8:44 but then struggling a bit over the last 2k. Felt good early on, but had to really dig in the last few laps (particularly as I ended up isolated from the main pack) to make sure I could come away with a PB. Think it’s a pretty fair reflection of my current fitness. Just hoping to get an opportunity later in the summer to be able to try and edge closer to the 14:30 mark.”
Jess Judd had a clear victory at the same meeting as she won the Women’s ‘A’ 1500m by nearly four seconds coming home in a time of 4.10.76 ahead of the thirteen strong field. Commenting to the Harriers after the Race, Jess told us “It was probably the best I’ve felt all year, really happy with the race and more importantly winning a race! Excited to see if I can move on from here but just happy to be healthy and fit at the moment”.
Rob Warner didn’t quite have the race he was envisaging as he finished with a time of 3.53.77 in his 1500m race and was his usual critical self as he explained the evenings events afterwards “Not pleased with my race at all really, looking back on it I put too much pressure on myself to get the time for the Champs next week and I ended up far too nervous. I can’t put it down to too much else as I’ve had an easier week and felt good going into the race. Guess it’s something to learn for the rest of the season and if a 3:53 is a bad result then I guess it shows how far I’ve come in the last couple of years. On the bright side, really happy to see Jess take the win and run a 4:10 virtually on her own!”.
James Marchant has run two 800m races recently settting a new PB in the first one and then equaling that time in the subsequent race. James contested the 800m again at Loughborough finishing 7th in a time of 1.55.31.
Wilmslow Half-Marathon – Sunday June 24th
Having been cancelled because of bad weather earlier in the year, the rearranged Wilmslow Half-Marathon was run in completely contrasting weather conditions with temperatures up in the mid 20’s and well over two thousand runners completing the race won by Mohammd Abu-Rezeq in 66.44. Jack Hindle and Paul Guinan were in the race for the Harriers which saw Jack have a quality run to place 11th over all in a new PB time of 73.42 some twenty seconds faster than his previous best. Paul came home in 140th place with a time of 88.56 in his first race over the distance since March 2017.
After Jack had ‘cooled down’ he spoke to the Club about the Race and his reflections on it commenting “t’s been over a year, since I last raced over the half marathon distance. And with my running going well over the past couple of months, I thought I would make the most of a break in the triathlon schedule and run at the rescheduled wilmslow half. I had set out to run sub 73, but quickly realised that the heat on the day, may play a factor. Initially I set out with a strong group of around 6 athletes, holding a strong pace. After around 4 miles, I became detached from the group and more or less ran the rest of the race on my own. With about 5 to go, I really started to struggle, and knew that the target time was slipping away. In the end I finished with 73.43, which is a PB. So I can’t be too disappointed, especially in those conditions. I know there is definitely a lot more to come over the distance, I just need to find the right race at the right time now. Well done to Guiny, who definitely suffered more than me. But a gutsy run to finish, shows he’s still got class”.
ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships – June 23 – 24th
Liberty Thompson is bottom of age U17 and entered her first ever Heptathlon at the North West Combined Events Championships at the weekend which saw her finish in 14th place with a combined total of 2691 points.
The seven events undetaken by Liberty covered the 200m, 800m, 80m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Putt and Javelin, providing a stiff test of all round athletic ability over the two days.
Liberty set a seasons best in the 800m with a time of 2.49.93, then recorded three new personal bests in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.74m, Shot Putt with a throw of 7.25m and Javelin (16.89m). In her other events Liberty clocked 31.27 in the 200m, 14.42 in the 80m Hurdles and 1.36m in the High Jump.
What a great day and fabulous performance for one of the Harriers younger athletes – William Grundy. He entered the Cholmondeley Castle Triathon and won the 8 – 10yr old Cedar Trophy.
William headed the field of one hundred and sixteen youngsters to take the Trophy in a time of 20.32min just two seconds in front of 2nd place.
Harriers Win UKYDL Division 1 Match at Trafford to stay top – PB’s galore at Podium for Harriers – Ben 2nd at Freckleton Half – Victoria 3rd V35 at BMAF 5k Championships – Pauline Wins Colshaw Hall 10k & breaks Course Record – Chris 2nd at Crazy Cow 10k
UKYDL Division 1 (Lower Age Group) at Trafford – Saturday June 16th
Another all round solid performance by the athletes at Trafford gave the Harriers an almost unassailable lead as we go in to the final fixture at Bangor on July 21st. As a result of this latest fixture the Harriers now have a lead of 4 League Points over second placed Crewe along with over a 100 Match Points adavantage too. The Team recorded nineteen wins, twenty second and twenty third places whic speaks to the consistency of the athletes throughout the day.
Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes have produced a lot of wins and points this year in the Sprints and carried on in the same vein at Trafford even thoigh they were running into a headwind, which saw Ethan finish 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m (12.5) and Kyle 1st in the ‘B’ with 12.4. Positions reversed in the 200m with Kyle 2nd in the ‘A’ (24.6) and Ethan 1st in the ‘B’ clocking 25.0. Harvey Ashworth after running his heart out in the 800m placed 5th in the ‘A’ 300m with 44.0 whilst Zac Walmsley came 3rd in the ‘B’ with 43.6. Harvey Ashworth cut a second off his 800m best to set a new PB of 2.10.9 to come hime 2nd in the ‘A’ race and backed up superbly by Hayden Mercer as he won the the ‘B’ race in 2.16.0. Before the 1500m David Holman told his Coach that he ‘always sets a new PB after he has played a football match in the morning’ and he did exactly that running 4.55.0 in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ race – a new PB by 2 seconds.
The Hurdles saw Rory Teare finish 2nd in the 80m Hurdles in 14.9 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret bagging maximum points in the ‘B’ (17.4). In the Jumps, Kyle Mashiter came 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with 5.04m supported by Rory Teare in the ‘B’ with 3.96m (4th). Rory then teamed up with Hayden Mercer to both clear 1.30m in the High Jump for 3rd spot in the ‘A’ and 2nd in the ‘B’. Matthew Heywood is setting some good standards in Throws this year and has already gained English Schools selection. At Trafford he threw 7.68m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt for 3rd spot, 27.31m in the ‘A’ Discus for 2nd and then threw a Grade 2 distance of 41.84m and new PB to win the ‘A’ Hammer. Ethan Barbarewicz backed him up in the Shot Putt with a 4th placed throw of 5.41m and 4th again in the ‘B’ Discus with 12.66m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was going between Hurdles and Hammer but still managed to win the ‘B’ Hammer with a distance of 24.29m. After winning the ‘B’ Hammer, Kyle replicated that victory in the Javelin winning the ‘B’ there too with a throw of 22.04m as Ethan Downes placed 4th in the ‘A’ (23.16m) at his first ever attempt at the event.
Starting with the throws there was a staggering performance by Grace Bontoft in her first year of competition and in her first ever Hammer competition after a short period of training. Grace finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 27.75m which certainly sets the standard for herself. Nicky Saunders won the ‘B’ Hammer with 26.75m, a new PB by nearly a metre and another member of the Harriers who has been selected for English Schools. Myah Booth came 4th in the Javelin with 20.93m. Nicky was close to her personal best in the ‘A’ Discus placing 2nd with 27.27m with Grace Bontoft taking 3rd in the ‘B’ (14.25m) and then in the Shot Putt, Grace earned more good points with a 3rd spot throw of 6.29m which saw Myah Booth comfortably win the ‘A’ with a Grade 1 distance of 10.69m.
Danielle Probert and Leah Hoole were the U15 Girl’s High Jumpers on the day with Danielle coming 4th clearing 1.25m in the ‘A’ and Leah 5th in the ‘B’ (1.15m) at her first ever attempt at the event. Amy Wiggans and Eleesha Charnley teamed up in the Long Jump with Amy clearing 4.02m in the ‘A’ (5th) and Eleesha 3.92m (4th) in the ‘B’. Some dominant running in the 75m Hurdles saw Myah Booth win the ‘A’ into a headwind in 11.9 and Lily-Mae Thomas taking 3rd in the ‘B’ with 14.1.
The 100m’s had Amy Wiggans clocking 14.3 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Abi Armas 14.6 in the ‘B’ (2nd) and in the 200m Amy ran a time of 28.8 in 5th with Maia Bowman in 4th in the ‘B’ in a time of 29.9. In the 300m Eleesha Charnley placed 3rd in the ‘A’ in a time of 45.7 as Leah Hoole came home 4th in the ‘B’ (48.5) – just one tenth outside her personal best. The two of them doubled up in the 800 where Eleesha comfortably won the ‘A’ in 2.28.4 with Leah earning 2nd spot in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.36.8. The 1500m saw Sophie Stanworth come 5th in the ‘A’ in a time of 5.22.1 and Hollie Cubbon 3rd in the ‘B’ (5.28.1).
Some pretty good running from Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allcock saw them win both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 100m in 13.4 and 14.3 respectively. Both led from the off and powered there way to the end in good times considering the wind they were running into. This season is a debut season for both of these youngsters who show such a lot of promise already. Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran the 200m after earlier doing the hurdles and took 5th places in both races with Codie clocking 32.3 in the ‘A’ and Daniel 33.2 in the ‘B’ – and this after both lads ran the Podium 2k the night before.
Another U13 Boy in his first season – Theo Watson – with not a lot of training behind him went really well in the ‘A’ 800m placing 2nd in a time of 2.34.6 after running 2.32.9 in his debut race a few weeks ago. Saul Sharp ran the best race he has ever run – not the fastest, but the best – going out from the start of the ‘B’ Race with real determination getting caught with just over 100m to go and then rallying to win by nearly two seconds in 2.42.0 to take maximum points. Daniel Smith ran a new PB in the non-scoring 800m race of 2.42.6 which was better by three seconds whilst Harry Sambrook was just two tenths outside his best time in the same race, clocking 2.46.6. A return to form from Isaac Butler saw him clock 5.01.8 for 3rd in the ‘A’ 1500m and a solid perforamnce also by Dexta Thompson in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.11.5, gaining ground right through the race as he improved his position after a steady start.
In the 75m Hurdles Daniel Smith ran 16.5 for 4th in the ‘A’ whilst Codie Dewhurst ran 16.9 for 2nd spot in the ‘B’. 100m sprinters Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allock teamed up for the Long Jump which saw the lads win a heap of points after Tobi won the ‘A with a leap of 4.30m and Harrison take 2nd in the ‘B with 3.93m whilst in the High Jump Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.20m for 3rd in the ‘A’ and Dexta Thompson gained maximum points in the ‘B’ as he was the only contestant (1.10m).
The Shot Putt saw Harrison Allock add more points as he threw 6.14m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ and a new PB with Harry Sambook supporting him in the ‘B’ taking 3rd place with 4.29m. Final throws event of the day saw Isaac Butler and Dexta Thompson take on the Javelin with Isaac 4th in the ‘A (21.73m) which was a new PB and Dexta 3rd in the ‘B’ (19.28m).
Kate Cookson and Amelia Burton got the U13 Girls effort off to a good start as Kate finished 2nd in the ‘A’ 75m in 11.2 – the same time as the winner – and Amelia also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 11.3 which equaled her personal best. On to the 150m and it was another couple of 2nd places as Kate came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 22.0 and Lucy Ramsden also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 22.9. Caroline Woodworth was just four tenths away from a new PB in the ‘A’ 800m as she placed 3rd in 2.38.7 with Kady Thompson coming home 5th in the ‘B with a time of 3.03.4. Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton were both just a second outside their best times in the 1200m as firstly Kate came 3rd in the ‘A’ race with 4.11.4 and Keira won the ‘B’ in 4.12.1 – both girls pushing one another all the way.
There was a new PB for Charlotte Clapham in the ‘B’ 70m Hurdles as she came home in 3rd with 14.9 alongside Lucy Ramsden who placed 2nd in the ‘A’ in a time of 13.5. In the Long Jump, Niamh Gater placed 5th with a jump of 3.55m ‘A’ and Molly Grimshaw 6th in the ‘B’ (3.20m). Charlotte earned her second new PB of the day as she cleared 1.25m in the ‘A’ High Jump (2nd) and Amelia Burton came 3rd in the ‘B’ with a clearance of 1.15m. The Shot Putt realised maximum points for the Harriers as Aimee Taberner won the ‘A with 6.32m and Tilly Pollard the ‘B’ (6.21m).
Podium 5k – Friday June 15th
Some great racing and at the Podium, a new Race Record and a host of new PB’s for the Harriers – six in total.
Photo’s courtesy of David Balshaw
The Sub 16.30 race was won in a new Race Record time of 14.05 by Richard Allen and well clear of second placed George Lowry in 14.53. Just one second separated Chris Richards 3rd (15.05) and Chris Arthur in 4th spot with a new PB time by six seconds of 15.06. Jack Hindle had a great race too cutting 10 seconds off his best time to set a new PB of 15.26 in 11th place with Marc Hartley one place further back in 15.29 – this was a great way to celebrate his debut for Blackburn Harriers as this time was also a new PB for him by ten seconds. Ben Costello continued the great run of form by the Harriers on the night with his own 10 second new PB time of 15.40 in 19th place overall.
The ‘A’ Race featured fifty six athletes and was won by Luke Turner in 15.59. Paul Bradshaw had a solid run in 23rd place with a time of 17.23 with Paul Guinan a couple of places further back in 25th clocking 17.27 which was a seasons best. New member John Foster was another Harrier who set a new PB on the night as he posted a time of 17.57 in 37th spot followed by U17 Harry Wilkin who cut his previous best time by half a minute to set a new PB of 18.52 in 51st position.
The ‘B’ Race had a massive field of one hundred and fifty eight runners which had Mark Almond, Gary Pearse and Paul Whittaker all competing for the Harriers. V45 Mark clocked 19.30 in 24th place – V50 Gary placed 49th in 20.13 in what was his first ever recorded 5k road race and Paul came home in 108th place with a time of 23.11 in his first 5k road race too.
Three Races for the Juniors involving twenty seven in the U7/U9 Race – sixty in the U11/U13 Race and twenty one in the U15/U17 Race, totalling over a hundred youngsters which was great to see.
U9 Charlotte Smith came home in 12th place with a time of 4.45 in the first race covering U7 and U9 youngsters. In the U11 and U13 Race Codie Dewhurst had a cracking run finishing 5th overall out of the sixty young atletes clocking a time of 7.41 and just behind him came Daniel Smith in 7th (7.49), Matthew Smith in 9th with 7.56 and Oliver Gill in 11th (8.02) which gave the lads four of the top 11 places. Felix Thompson finished in 27th (8.52) followed by Imogen Robinson in 31st (8.57) and 2nd girl on the night and Tippi Francis in 56th place in a time of 11.49.
Freckleton Half -Marathon – Sunday June 17th
Three hundred and fifty six finishers in the annual Freckleton Half-Marathon which witnessed a great tussle between the two front runners in this race – John Mason and nine-times race winner Ben Fish.
Mason eventually took the win in a very good time of 67.19 with Ben taking 2nd spot in 67.57. Commenting to the Club after the race Ben who ran his second fastest time ever on the Course said that “John Mason had pushed me close in the past. I gave it my best shot, I was determined to make it an honest race. I thought the tactic was working, had a gap after 5 miles, but couldn’t respond when John went past in the last 1.5 mile”. Derek Reilly had a pretty solid run in 33rd place clocking 88.42 as did Carol Reilly in 139th position with a time of 1hr 45.26.
BMAF 5k – Sunday June 17th
A larger than usual field this year for the BMAF 5k Road Championships which featured one hundred and sixty nine athletes – the race being won by Darrell Hastie in 15.31 and the first eight across the line all under 16 minutes.
Victoria Mousely and Carmen Byrne had entred for the Harriers which saw Victoria finish in 70th place overall with a time of 18.46 placing her 3rd in the V35 Age Category – Carmen came home in 86th spot with a time of 19.34 giving her 6th place in the V40 Women’s category. After the Race, both athletes spoke to the Club about their races and the build up to it as Victoria commented that she “wasn’t sure how I’d get on on Sunday as I’d felt a bit under the weather the day before. It was clearly a larger field than last year. The weather was nice and apart from the slightly cramped and chaotic start the race was fairly incident free. Three laps. The first felt awful and then settled into my stride a bit. I had a battle at the end with the same lady I battled with last year. I was pleased to finish in the exact same time as last year. A year older but no slower. I’ll take that”.
Carmen told us“There was no hiding in this 5k from my lack of running speedwork over the past 6weeks because of injury. So, with only just getting back running in the past 10 days I can’t be too disappointed to have run a well paced race and look forward to seeing the benefit of regular speed sessions again”.
(L-R Victoria Mousley – Claire Leaver-Hewitt – Carmen Byrne)
Colshaw Hall 10k – Sunday June 17th
Over 1000 finishers in this race won by Richard Coen in 33.25, and there was another top run by Pauline Powell as she won the Women’s Race in a seasons best time of 37.23 coming home in 27th place overall, 1st Woman and 1st V45 – breaking the Course Record on the way. This latest run sees Pauline at 5th in the Women’s V45 National rankings.
Pauline spoke to the Club after the race finished telling us that she “Really enjoyed the race although it was a tough undulating course and windy conditions! So was pleased with my time and i broke the course record. I felt really good so now looking forward to another race!”
Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday June 17th
Well over five hundred runners in this Race won in previous years by the Harriers Chris Davies. He had to settle for 2nd spot this year as the Race was won by Simon Croft in a time of 33.36.70 with Chris in 2nd place clocking 34.15.52 which was a seasons best. Lindsay Davies had a good run too, setting a new PB by nine seconds for the distance of 46.23.45 in 67th place overall and 2nd V45 Woman.
What a good run by 9yr old Sam Aspey as he won the Fun Run in a time of 4.38.95 and another good run too for Eva Knowles who was third overall and first girl in a time of 4.59.87.
Back to Back 3.48’s for Rob over 1500m – Jess competes in Ostrava 1500m – Aysha raising money for Alder Hey – Win for Harry at Grasmere
Watford BMC – Wednesday June 13th
Rob Warner made the break through over 1500m last year when he beat the 3.50 barrier for the first time. In June Rob has consolidated that form with consecutive runs of 3.48 at Loughborough and on Wednesday at Watford clocking 3.48.64 in 6th place. Following the race Rob spoke to the Harriers and said that it was “really nice to backup my PB with another 3:48, there was a lot in the race so it made it quite messy for the first 600 but then it started settle down. I got in a good position with 500 to go and felt as though I could have kicked on for a 3:46/47 but my legs just died a bit on me in the last 200! But overall very pleased and managed to finish ahead of some decent guys in a strong field”.
After running a seasons best 800m at Loughborough on June 6th Jess Judd – currently in 8th place in the 1500m National Rankings – was competing in an IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Ostrava – on June 13th – coming home in 9th place with a time of 4.10.07. Afterwards, Jess spoke to the Club about her race commenting “Ostrava was going really well up until about a lap to go where I just started to tire, and badly tired with 200m to go meaning I lost a good position and the chance of a good time! Happy to have learnt lots from the race and have struggled this year since Australia and the track season has been a bit of an odd one! Feel like Ostrava was a step in the right direction just not quite where I want to be yet”.
Aysha’s Fundraising for the Alder Hey Neurosurgery department
Aysha Karolia is an U17 member of Blackburn Harriers who competes in Hurdles and Sprints and is hoping to do a colour obstacle rush for Alder Hey Children’s Charity because she would like to support neurosurgery at Alder Hey.
WHY IS SHE DOING THIS?
Let Aysha explain:
“My name is Aysha, and I have undergone surgery, after 2 years of investigations. Recently I had to undergo a discectomy/nerve root decompression due to having degenerative disc disease which is unusual for someone of my age. (This causes a pain down either one or both sides of the leg unfortunately for me it was both after a fall and caused me to be at risk of slowly losing sensation in my legs). After my 3 month recovery and the rehab which follows-which I’m currently in now, and after being given the go ahead I am hoping to resume athletics. Sadly, I won’t be able to return to my previous fantastic running group, the Blackburn 5K in case I have a relapse. So, i am planning to do a short fun run/obstacle course instead of a 5K, to raise money.
Hopefully, I will recover fully and be able to return to Blackburn Harriers, to train and get ready for competitions mid 2019. I hope to do this to mark my recovery but more importantly to raise money for the fantastic neurosurgery department at Alder Hey so they can carry on with the amazing work they do everyday”.
If you would like to support Aysha and Alder Hey you can do this by making a donation via the JustGiving page which has been set up and can be accessed⇒⇒⇒ HERE
Grasmere Gallop – Sunday June 3rd
Harry Wilkin went to this race – 5.7km – with the intention of winning it after coming so close the year before; And he did just that coming home 1st in a time of 23.10.6 which made him the overall race winner and 1st Junior. Mark and Clare Wilkin also ran the race which saw Mark clocking 27.49 to finish 4th Senior and Clare 34.35 in 12th position.
Night of PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Ben takes 2nd place in Potteries ‘Arf – New 200m PB for Ross at Northern Championships – Weets Fell Race – Carmen 2nd in Rochdale 3 Day Event & Joanne Wins Knowl Hill Fell Race – Top 6 for Ben & 2nd Woman for Victoria at Catforth 10k
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 12th
A good night for the Harriers at the latest Trafford meeting with a number of athletes all improving their personal bests. The evening kicked off with a great 3000m ‘A’ Race which saw Blackburn Harriers Tim Raynes whose 3000m personal best was 8.34.14 get in amongst a field featuring athletes with personal bests from 7.46 through to 8.30. Tim eventually finished 17th clocking a time just half a second outside his best of 8.34.66 as the race was won by Jonny Mellor in a time of 8.04.39 from Tom Lancashire in 2nd and Charlie Hulson in 3rd – just a second separating the three of them at the line.
James Marchant ran the second race in the BMC 800m (RESULTS) equaling his personal best in a time of 1.53.30 set at Loughborough just a week ago and showing great consistency of form.
(James Marchant Number 611)
Over on the Field, Tony Balko (V50) was setting the sixth new personal best on the night for the Harriers with a new PB in the Discus (1.5kg) winning the event with a throw of 36.55m – following that up with a 3rd place throw of 10.48m in the Shot Putt (6kg).
Joe Gebbie and Sam Hodkinson ran the 800m in Heat 4, both of them having great runs to record new PB’s. U20 Joe went into the race with a best of 2.05.7 and ran a great back straight and home straight to chop a huge three and half seconds off he time to set a new PB of 2.02.1 in 3rd place. Bottom of age U17 Sam emulated that run as he cut nearly three seonds of his best for a new PB of 2.04.9 in 7th position.
U17 Maddie Elliott made it three new PB’s on the night as she chopped four and half seconds off her best time to-date coming home in 4th place with a new PB of 2.16.36 as did U20 Freya Black who bettered her previous best time by two and half seconds to set a new PB of 2.24.78 in 5th spot – a 13 second improvement over last year. Eleesha Charnley was the first girl home in this Heat with a time of 2.23.27. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran in the next Heat and clocked a time of 2.25.42 in 8th place followed by U17 Amy Davies in the final 800m Heat of the night where she placed 2nd in 2.30.54, a couple of seconds outsider her best over the distance. Katie Buckingham made it five new PB’s on the night as she broke the 5 minute barrier for just the second time over 1500m clocking a new best time of 4.58.51.
Potteries ‘Arf – Sunday June 10th
Ben Fish took on the Potteries ‘Arf, which is a notoriously tough race even without the heat of the summer that the athletes encountered last Sunday. Over two thousand entered the race which was eventually won by Matt Clowes in a time of 66.53 with Ben in 2nd place and two minutes clear of 3rd, clocking 69.18.
Afrer the race, Ben shared his thoughts with the Club commenting “Yeah it was tough, I knew Clowes was running and if he was in top form I’d have my work cut out. I had a go and we were together for the first few miles. After that he got away and ran a phenomenal time on that course, taking 45 secs off the record. I was a little disappointed I wasn’t closer and think I should have run 30-45 secs quicker”.
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall Photos)
Ross Liddle set a new personal best for the 200m at the Northern Athletics Championships over the weekend. Ross qualified for the Final from his Heat clocking a new PB time of 22.73 before placing 7th in the Final with a time of 22.84. Dominic Bretherton ran the 100m posting 11.84 in his Heat to miss out on qualification for the Final.
Weets Fell Race – Saturday June 9th
Race 6 in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series was on the Fells which saw a new Course Record set by the winner – Gary Priestley – in a time of 37.09.
John Horrocks had a very solid run in 16th place overall psoting a time of 42.57 with V50 Gary Pearse in 49th place in a time of 48.41. In the Junior Races Dexta Thompson ran the U15 Race which seemed unduly long as he placed 3rd overall in a time fo 43.15. The U13’s Race had four Blackburn Harriers running with Daniel Smith 5th (4.07), Codie Dewhurst 6th (4.13), Oliver Gill 7th (4.14) and Libby Neal 16th in a time of 4.53. The U11’s Race had thirty nine youngsters with Imogen Robinson 5th in 3.02, brother Theo Robinson in 8th place (3.07) and Felix Thompson 11th in 3.11.
Keith Gill was watching the action for the Harriers and commented “First up were the U11’s with 3 runners. Performance of the day came from Imogen Dawson-Robinson, after a strong climb she took a very heavy fall on the fastest part of the decent. After a short dusting down, she sprinted to the finish and with a big smile was the first Harrier home in 3:02 for 5th place and 2nd girl. Amazing. Next was Theo Dawson-Robinson in 3:07 for 8th overall closely followed by Felix Thompson in 3:11 for 11th place overall. Next was the U13 race with 4 runners. The 3 boys were closely grouped for most of the race, Daniel Smith found a bit of space during the decent and was first Harrier home in 4:07 and 5th overall, closely followed by Codie Dewhurst in 4.13 and 6th place and Oliver Gill 4:14 for 7th place. Next Harrier home after a solid all round run was Libby-Kate Neal with 4:53 and 16th place overall. Finally the last Junior race was the U15s with just 1 runner, Dexta Thompson. Race details were nowhere to be seen at registration a bit of digging revealed “start with the main race and the marshalls will turn you round at an earlier point”. Expecting a short training run, Dexta had to adapt to a long gruelling course, and 43 mins 15 seconds later returned to the finish for 3rd place”.
Knowl Hill Fell Race – Sunday June 10th
This Race featured one hundred and eighty four finishers and was the third of three races making up the Rochdale 3 Day event which Carmen Byrne had entered. She had a very good weekend too – finishing 2nd Woman overall and 1st V40 Woman.
Her cumulative time total for the three races was 2hrs 29.49 just 12 seconds in front of 3rd place and over two minutes behind the winner. Race 1 saw her placed 21st overall, 3rd woman and 1st V40 – onto Day 2 where she finished 16th overall, 2nd Woman and 1st V40 again and on Day 3 on the Knowl Hill Fell Race she placed 51st overall, 5th Woman and made it a hat-trick of V40 wins. In this race she was joined by Harriers Joanne Nelson and Paul Brindle – which had Joanne winning the Women’s Race and also the V45 category in a time of 57.10 with Paul in 35th clocking 58.17 and Carmen 51st in a time of 60.41.
Catforth 10k – Sunday June 10th
One hundred and fifty two runners braced the blistering heat of the day at Catforth 10k which saw Ben Costello finish in 6th spot overall clocking a time of 35.34 – Victoria Mousley came across the finish line in 14th spot in 39.26 which earned her the runner up prize in the Women’s Race.
(Victoria receiving her prize from Terry Lonergan)
V60 Tony Greenwood finished 17th overall out of a field eighty six in the City of Manchester 5k Series – Race (1) – posting a time of 19.03.
And for something a little different – Jan Buckingham and Michelle Teare had a go at the Ribble Valley 100km Sportive at the weekend – Jan commenting that it was “a tough little event, the Ribble Valley 100km sportive today. Very hilly over the hills and Dales of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Just over 5 hours, Mrs T a mountain goat, kept me going”.
Another Win for the Harriers Senior Team in Northern League – Holly comes 5th in Oslo Diamond League & is in 3rd place in the Standings – James runs 800m PB & Rob runs 1500m PB at Loughborough BMC – Chris Wins GB Selection at Sedbergh – Brian fastest Bike Ride in Lanzarote Ironman – John on the Fells – Jack Wins Astley Park & Harriers Win the Team
Northern League – Sunday June 3rd
Another day of sunshine and another win for the Harriers which leaves them top of the Division after the first two fixtures – with 12 League Points and 836.5 Match Points. Some cracking performances on the day which saw the Team produce 19 wins, 14 second and 17 third place finishes – with one of the highlights, the breaking of the Club Record for Shot Putt by Holly Bradshaw when she threw 11.56m to beat the existing record held by Sarah Henton by just 4cms.
Northern League days always start with Hammer, Pole Vault and Long Jump, all of which provided good points for the Club as they set out to try and win the Match. Abigail Brown and Anna Peers both took 3rd places in the Women’s Hammer 32.06m and 26.14m respectively – Abigail’s throw was a massibe new PB as she added over 10 metres to her previous best. On to the Discus resulting in a double win for Anna and Abigail as Anna won the ‘A’ (33.55m) and Abigail the ‘B’ with another new PB by over two metres of 27.91m. The Javelin was next up and it was Anna again who led the way winning the ‘A’ event with a throw of 35.90m and backed up by Millie Coy who won the ‘B’ with 29.50m: And yet another double win in the final thows event of the day for the Women resulting in Holly Bradshaw breaking the Club Record as she set a new PB in reaching 11.56m and backed up by Anna Peers recording her third win of the day as she took the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.42m.
Out on the Track Morgan Angland took 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 100m in 13.2 as Bailey Madden kept her winning run going by taking the win in the ‘B’ race clocking 12.9 and she followed that up with a 2nd placed time of 26.9 in the ‘A’ 200m with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ in 27.7. The two of them combined with Morgan Angland and Millie Coy to take 2nd spot in the 4 x 100m Relays (51.6 to Bolton’s 51.1). Charlie Coy and Freya Black teamed up in the 400m with Charlie finishing 4th in the ‘A (61.7) and Freya in her first ever attempt over the distance, also 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 64.8.
The Women’s 800m saw Ellen Sagar-Hesketh make her debut for the Harriers running a time of 2.24.9 in the ‘A’ whilst Freya Black ran another good race to place 2nd in the ‘B’ to set a new PB of 2.27.0. Maddie Elliott and Katie Buckingham gave the Harriers maximum points in the 1500m which saw Maddie win the ‘A’ Race in 4.53.8 and Katie the ‘B’ in 5.11.2. Alison Lundy (Leonard) found herself in unfamiliar territory as she took on and won the ‘A’ 3000m clocking 9.53.5 and it was good to see Rebecca Shorrock back in action for the Club as she earned points for the team in 4th place (12.56.2). At the end of the day, Charlie, Maddie, Katie and Freya combined to finish 3rd in the 4 x 400m Relays with a time of 4.19.0.
The Women’s Long and Sprint Hurdles had Millie Coy placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles in 69.6 with Katie Buckingham also 3rd in the ‘B’ (75.0). Morgan Angland kept the points tally building as she took 2nd position in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.4 and there was a win for Liberty Thompson in the ‘B’ Race with 20.1.
In the Jumps – Bailey Madden and Chloe Bleeks were 4th and 2nd respectively – Bailey jumping 4.65m for 4th spot in the ‘A’ and Chloe 4.53m for 2nd in the ‘B’. Chloe added to her total of points taking 4th spot in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with a new PB of 9.72m as Ellen Sagar-Hesketh marked her debut for the Club with a win in the ‘B’ (9.53m). Liberty Thompson placed 3rd in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.40m. Olympian Holly Bradshaw, without her own poles took 2nd place in the pole vault.
Dominic Bretherton and Ross Liddle teamed up for the 100/200m double which saw Dominic place 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m (11.4) and 5th in the ‘A’ 200m (23.9) as Ross came home 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m (11.7) and then won the 200m ‘B’ Race in 23.2. A familiar face in the ‘A’ 400m saw Paul Bradshaw improving from his last outing to take 3rd in 51.3, the same time being given to the 2nd placed athlete. Great to see Zac Howe back in action too after an injury plagued 2017, he finished 3rd in the ‘B’ race with a time of 53.4. Then a swap in the order and ack on preferred territory, Zac took on the ‘A’ 800m and had a great battle with the Holmfirth athlete to finish 2nd in 1.58.6 a tenth away from the winner – Paul backed Zac up in the ‘B race placing 3rd in 2.03.7. In the 4 x 100m Relays – Ross Liddle / Chris Brand / Nicholas Massey / Dominic Bretherton combined to finish 2nd in 46.0 and in the 4 x 400m combining Tim Raynes / Solomon Brown / Paul Bradshaw and Joe Howe saw the team come home in 5th (3.46.0).
Just four tenths separated the time Tim Raynes won the ‘A’ 1500m in (4.05.9) from a new personal best as Zac Howe ran the ‘B’ coming home 5th in 5.13.0 following the 400m he ran just ten minutes or so earlier. Chris Davies and Joe Howe were back together in the 3000m Steeplechase which saw Chris take 3rd spot in the ‘A race in 10.42.3 and Joe 2nd in the ‘B’ with 11.09.1. Ben Fish ensured maximum points in the ‘A’ 5000m with yet another win clocking 5.18.2 with great back up from Ben Costello in the ‘B’ race placing 2nd in 16.28.4.
Solomon Brown and Nicholas Smith are becoming a formidable pair in the 400m Hurdles as they did, what they did in the first match, win both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races – Solomon taking the ‘A’ in 60.1 and Nicholas the ‘B’ (62.9). John iLunga and Joe Howe took on the 110m Hurdles – John placing 4th in the ‘A (21.6) and Joe 3rd in the ‘B’ with 22.9.
Over on the Throws – Anthony Kent – has been looking forward to competing in his first Senior season and has done exceptionally well, winning the ‘A’ Hammer with a distance of 35.92m, placing 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 31.82m and 2nd again in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.23m to wrack up a great total of points. Nathan Billington pushed the points tally upwards by winning the ‘B’ Shot (8.57m) and taking 3rd in the ‘B’ Discus with 21.56m. Before the end of May – John Cookson hadn’t thrown a Javelin since 2012, telling the team manager he was available in needed. That 2012 Javelin throw measured 31.86m and at this fixture he set a new PB of 33.08m placing 5th in the ‘A’ event.
Jonathan Gough set a big new PB as he came in 2nd in the Triple Jump ‘A’ with a leap of 12.27m, a half a metre further than he is previous best. John iLunga followed suit as he also set a new PB of 10.40 in the ‘B’ in 3rd spot. John then took 4th spot in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.55m as Luke Kenyon also took 4th in the ‘A’ clearing 1.65m. One of the surprises of the day was Paul Bradshaw in the Pole Vault clearing 2.30m for joint 3rd place and who knows, his Coach (Holly) isn’t half good!!
Holly Bradshaw was competing at her third Diamond League Fixture this year in Oslo finishing 5th in a competition won by US Pole Vaulter Sandi Morris with 4.81m. Holly cleared 4.41m and 4.51m on her first jump in each round before going out. Sandi Morris heads the standings in this years Diamond League with 22 points from Katie Nageotte in 2nd place (16 points) and Holly who is in 3rd place at the moment with 12 points.
BMC Gold Standard Races at Loughborough – Wednesday June 6th
Great results for the Harriers at the BMC the other night as Rob Warner and James Marchant both ran new PB’s in the 1500m and 800m races respectively. Also having a good run tonight was Jess Judd who won the Women’s 800m A race in a seasons best time of 2.05.36 saying that “the race went well”. This was the last race for Jess in Chelmsford colours as she has now joined Blackburn Harriers and we take this opportunity to give a very warm welcome to her.
James ran his second 800m of 2018 – only his third race over the distance since 2016 – running superbly to win the race and set a new PB by over a second and a half of 1.53.30. Afterwards he spoke to the Club and was delighted with his perforamnce telling us “Its been a very rocky last 2 years, but finally seem to be finding my feet and some consistency again. Second 800 of the season, and certainly plenty more to give ! Excited to see what sort of times i can run in the near future”
(James Marchant No 19)
Rob’s time 0f 3.48.45 has put him into the UK top 100 – in which the athlete needs to better 3.48.50 – at number 58 and was understandbly pleased with his latest race commenting to the Club that he was “Really happy to get a PB in the 1500, it was a tough race with the pace going up and down a bit but I was happy to hang in there and get under 3:49! It was a tight finish as there was only 1 second between me in 7th and the 3rd place finisher, just slightly disappointed that I wasn’t higher up position-wise but cannot be disappointed with another PB really”.
Mountain Running Championships at Sedbergh – Saturday June 2nd
Chris Arthur had an outstanding day at the misty Mountain Running Championships at Sedbergh – a race which was used to select those who would represent Britain in the European Mountain Running Championships on July 1st 2018 in Skopje, Macedonia. Chris runs for Bowland on the Fells and for Blackburn Harriers on the Road, Track and Cross Country.
Chris finished 2nd on the day in a time of 47.17 – 22 seconds behind winner Andy Douglas and 15 seconds in front of 3rd placed Nick Swinburn and was 1st counter for the winning England Team. Over the moon with his performance he told the Harriers “Yesterday was one of those days when it all just comes together. Given the quality of the field I’m absolutely blown away to have come 2nd. I felt strong and relaxed the whole way round and the two lap format really helps in working out when to turn the screw. Helping England to the team prize against a strong Scottish contingent was the icing on the cake (and a relief to finish a race in that vest after the Snowdon incident)”.
Thomas Marchant also entered the Championships after some decent perfomances in a number of local Fell Races of late and similar to the Seniors, the Junior race was packed with quality runners which meant a tough day for Thomas with the Race being won by Matthew McKay in a time of 23.42. Thomas placed 19th overall clocking 29.04 and given the level of preparation that he has been able to put in prior to the Championships, the run respresented a pretty solid perforamnce. Thomas is next out on the Fells in a weeks time, taking on the Buckden Pike fell Race.
Ironman Lanzarote – Saturday May 25th
The Ironman held in Lanzarote recently is an imposing event consisting of a Swim of 3.8km, a bike ride of 182.2kn and topped off by running a Marathon at the end!!
Brian Fogarty entered this Race – his first as a fulltime professional – against the backgound of battling with a relatively long term foot injury of nearly a year in duration. In the Race, Brian finished 23rd overall out of over 1500 competitors and 14th professional. His Bike Ride was phenomenal, being the fastest of anyone in the Race including the winner and put him in 4th place overall as he entered the Marathon run stage. Finishing with a total time of 9hrs 33.32, he spoke to the Harriers after he arrived home, commenting about the event and how he thought it had gone saying that it was a “Tough day for me on Saturday at Ironman Lanzarote. It was my first race as a professional and I was hoping it would be my best. Unfortunately for the last 9 months I’ve not been able to run with any consistency due to a fractured bone in my foot and despite long periods of rest it still hasn’t healed as of 2 weeks ago. I was still determined to race and see how I’d get on. Unfortunately the lack of running showed at around 16 miles into the marathon. I managed to gain some credibility from the day by posting the fastest bike split by over 5 minutes, despite a poor swim I came into T2 in 4th place amongst some world class athletes which was a nice feeling. In the end I slowly fell down the field to finish a disappointing 23rd overall. In truth I was kidding myself to think I could have done any better. I loved it being back on the start line. I’m just praying now my foot will settle enough for me to race to more of my potential in 6 weeks”.
John on the Fells
John Orrell has been putting in the miles in Fell Races of late and had a busy busy May where ‘every race was hot’. Chasing a PB on Fairfield on the 12th May featuring three hundred and four finishers, “soon became a bad idea, as seconds gave way to minutes by the top. It’s a good run down, but with Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike still to negotiate, I was only just about standing up by the end. No beer here, just water!”
A week later, John surprised himself recovering so well…..“12 miles of the Clapham Circuit. Limestone scenery this time, with Nick Pot, Sulber Nick, Wharfe, and Austwick. Aiming for that PB again the heat put paid to that. No photos, shame as I had a top 10 finish in 7th”.
In the subsequent eight days, John ran four Fell Races in total including Hutton Roof Crags on the 26th May, Austwick Amble on the 28th, Ingleton Waterfalls on the 31st and finally Pen-y-Ghent on 2nd June.
Two Hundred and seventeen finishers at thw Hutton roof Race which saw John come home in 134th position with a time of 79.48. At Austwick John came in 109th (76.22) out of one hundred and eighty three finishers. A smaller field of sixty seven took on the Ingleton Waterfall Trails Race with John placing 47th in a time of 44.32 – and – his final race at Pen Y Ghent on June 2nd saw John complete a gruelling week of race in placing 90th out of a field of one hundred and forty two in a time of 72.09 and trying to chase down Nick Oddy from Keighley just in front of him.
John Horrocks ran the Sedbergh fell Race on May 20th coming home in 5th place overall with a time of 22.54 – the Race being won by Jack Cummings of Ilkley Harriers in 20.52. (Sedbergh Results)
Kelbrook Fell Race – Friday June 1st
One hundred and seventy one runners t this race won by Danny Collinge in 21.40. V40 Paul Whittaker ran for the Harriers finishing in 104th with a time of 31.32.
A very good perforamnce by U15 Zach Walmsley who entered entered the 3k Abersoch Beach race on his holday competing on a picturesque course, with a mixture of hard and soft sand and trial. As the tide was in they had to hurdle many groins in the course and Zach completed it in 11.56. He was fourth overall but 1st in the under 14s category winning £50! Well done Zach.
Astely Park Series _ Wednesday June 6th
Race 2 in this years Astley Park Series featured one hundred and thirty five runners. Race 1 in May saw the Harriers win the Team Race with Josh Holgate, Matt Nuttall and Chris Davies the three counters. Some different athletes in Race 2 with the same result – a Team win – with four Harriers in the top eight places.
Jack Hindle won the Race in a time of 24.42 from Chris Davies in 2nd spot (24.54 and nearly a minute quicker than Race 1) which suggested a close race for a good part of the time. Chris took 1st V40 prize and he was followed home by Paul Guinan in 7th position clocking 26.34 (fifteen seconds faster than than Race 1) – just one second in front of Derek Reilly in 8th (26.35). Next across the line for the Harriers came V45 Paul Brindle in 14th place (27.02) followed home by Allan Hartley V40 in 50th (33.22), V50 Michael Nolan in 72nd (35.04 and V40 Lorna Sharp in 93rd with a time of 39.01.
The Junior Race featured nearly as many as the Senior Race with one hundred and seventeen youngsters all having a go over the Junior distance. Keith Gill reported on the night, telling the Club “Race 2 in the Astley Trail series saw nine (6 boys and 3 girls) of our Juniors run in a field of 118 youngsters on a very warm sunny evening. Unfortunately Will Grundy fell at the start so only 8 finished.The remaining 5 boys were very well grouped and had strong runs.Codie Dewhurst was first Harrier home in 19th place with a time of 5:53 (15 seconds faster than Race 1). Next was “first timer” Matthew Smith in 5:57 giving him 20th overall and 1st in the M10 category. Just behind was Oliver Gill in 6:01 and 24th overall and 2nd in the M10 category. Then with 6:05 was Harry Sambrook giving him 28th overall and a really impressive 32 seconds faster than Race 1. Closely following was Saul Sharp in 34th place with 6:12. First girl home for the Harriers was Hannah Davies in 60th place with 6:43, this was 13 seconds faster than Race 1 and good enough for 1st place in the F9 category. In 88th place was Lulu Sharp with 7:50, again another faster than Race 1 Harrier knocking 13 seconds off her previous time. Finally Charlotte Smith, the smallest and youngest Harrier runner on the night, running in the F7 age category, produced a fantastic sprint finish and collected a time of 8:14 and 95th place”.
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