Category Archives: Track & Field
Samantha 11th at Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Bulgaria – Holly competing in Oregon Diamond League – Rob runs 1500m at Watford – Mid Lancs League at Hyndburn -Victoria Wins Catforth 5k – Burnley Lions 10k
Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Sofia
Samantha Murray had a really strong finish at the World Cup event in Sofia at the weekend, finishing 11th making up ten places as she moved from 21st at one stage through to just outside the top ten finishers. Sam set off with a seasons best swim of 2.11.85 which put her level with the other leading athletes and a strong run/shoot from her ensured she gained all those places at the end of the competition. Sam now moves on to the British and European Championships.
Diamond League – May 25-26th
Holly Bradshaw was competing again at the weekend, this time in Oregon at the Diamond League after she finished in 2nd spot at the previous Diamond League event in Doha clearing 4.64m. It didn’t go as well this time for her – clearing 4.35 for 8th place.
BMC Grand Prix at Watford – Saturday May 26th
After smashing his 3000m personal best the week before at Trafford, Rob Warner ran the 1500m at the Watford BMC, placing 5th in a time of 3.54.38 commenting after the race to the Club that “it was quite breezy down here which didn’t help………I never really got into it and onto the pace I wanted. The pacemaker took us through about 4seconds too slow through 800 which led to the whole field bunching and we actually had a few fallers with 400 to go. I was also in lane 2 for about 80% of the race so that definitely didn’t help, overall it wasn’t my best day!”
Mid Lancs T & F League at Hyndburn – Saturday May 26th
Another hot, but windy day for the athletes at Hyndburn – the wind having an impact on all events as sprinters ran into the wind as well as the middle distance athletes. It was a day when new personal bests were at a premium, however, it didn’t prevent some pretty good competition in a number of the events from just short of sixty Blackburn Harriers competing on the Bank Holiday weekend and even entering three Relay Teams in the U13boys, U13 Girls and U15 Girls.
Dominic Bretherton and Daniel Whittaker went in the Senior Men’s 100m with 11.5 and 13.7 seconds respectively whilst in the U17 men’s 100m – Ben Whittaker clocked 12.4 in Heat 1 going onto run 2nd place in Heat 2 of the 200m clocking 25.7. New member Tope Oladipo took 2nd place in Heat 2 after an almost dead heat with a time of 12.2 – the same time being given to the winner and a time which was a new PB by seven tenths. There was another cracking race in the U15 boys 100m which saw Ethan Downes given the same time as the winner of 12.5 as both athletes strained on the line to get the dip. U15 Boys Sebastian Burton had a go at the 100 and 200m for the first time ever running 15.7 and 31.9 respectively. U13 Tobi Oladipo – Tope’s brother – who has recently joined the Harriers and has already shown his ability in the UKYDL, ran into 2nd position in his Heat 2 with a time of 13.6 whilst Codie Dewhurst finished placed 2nd also in Heat 3 (15.7). The U13 Boys 200m saw Isaac Butler finish 2nd in 31.0, Daniel Smith 3rd in 32.6 and Umair Rafiq – in his first ever attempt at the distance – 5th with a time of 35.9 – all in Heat 2.
Bailey Madden didn’t let the headwind impact upon her taking yet another win double as she came 1st in the U17 Women’s 100m (13.0) and 1st in the 200m (27.0). Megan Tippett, also running in Bailey’s 100m Heat clocked 13.8 for 3rd position. U17’s Liberty Thompson and Chloe Gardner ran Heat 2 of the 200m in 32.2 (4th) and 33.4 (5th). In the U15 Girls Sprints, Amy Wiggans came 5th in Heat 1 in 13.9 with Abigail Armas 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 14.0. The two girls then ran the 200m with Amy coming home in 4th (28.6) and Abigail 6th clocking a time of 29.9. Eleesha Charnley ran the fastest time of all four 200m Heats as she won Heat 2 in 27.7 along with Sophie Stanworth tackling the 200m for the first time in Heat 3 and recording a time of 30.5 in 2nd spot. Heat 4 saw Harriers Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden finish one and two with new PB’s for both of them as they both clocked the same time of 29.5. The U13 Girls 100m had six Heats which saw Kate Cookson clock 14.6 in Heat 1 (5th) – Amelia Burton in Heat 2 with 15.1 in 4th place – Elizabeth Birchall run 17.0 in Heat 3 (6th) – Keira Booth in Heat 4 trying the distance for the first time and placing 5th (16.1) and Keira Haxton and Eva Knowles in Heat 6 running respective times of 16.3 (4th) and 16.3 (5th). In the 200m – a delighted and very happy Amelia Burton won her Heat 2 in 32.0 as Keira Haxton completed her sprint double with a 33.7 (4th) run in Heat 3.
U20 Anthony Kent throwing the senior Weight and Tony Balko in the Shot and Discus saw Anthony finish 5th in the Discus with 32.20m, 4th in the Shot Putt with 10.78m and 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 32.00 – John Cookson made his debut for the Club in the Javelin coming in just behind Anthony in 3rd spot with a throw of 30.59m. Tony, who has been throwing really well this year and setting some personal bests along the way, placed 5th in the Shot Putt with 9.09m, 7th in the Discus (30.23m) and 2nd in the Hammer with a distance of 32.71m. U15 Matthew Heywood contested three Throws events starting with the Hammer where he placed 2nd with a throw of 32.64m, then came 4th in the Discus with 26.22m and set a new PB in the Javelin by over two metres of 20.75m (10th). Keiran Carroll and George Whittaker were also competing in the U15 Boys Throws with Keiran finishing 5th in the Discus (22.11m) and 5th again in the Javelin with 27.18m – George came in 7th in the Javelin with a throw of 23.35m.
U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB in the Discus as she won with a throw of 25.46, over a metre further than she had thrown previously before going on to place 3rd in the Hammer with a distance of 36.79m. Liberty Thompson threw 13.61m in the Javelin. Nicky Saunders had a very solid day in three throws events taking 2nd place in the Discus with 24.05, 4th in the Javelin with 24.24m and 4th again in the Hammer (24.41m). U13 Girls were out in numbers in the Throws events with five of the 12 strong Shot Putt field from the Harriers – Aimee Taberner competing for the first time for the Club placed 3rd with 6.77m followed by Tilly Pollard throwing a new PB of 6.52m in 4th, Kate Cookson also throwing a new PB of 5.85m in 7th and Eva Knowles trying it out for the first time (5.67m) in 8th. Caroline Woodworth won the U13 Girls Discus with a new PB by over two metres (20.14m) followed by Aimee Taberner, again 3rd with 15.88m and two more youngsters trying the event for the first time ever – Charlotte Clapham in 6th (13.86m) and Tilly Pollard 7th (12.33m). On to the Javelin where Caroline Woodworth placed 4th out of thirteen with a distance of 20.30m with Aimee Taberner in 6th (17.59m), Kady Thompson with a new PB of 11.47m in 11th and Tilly Pollard in 13th (8.52m).
Joe Gebbie ran the Senior Men’s 800m and wasn’t far off his personal best as he battled the wind to run a time of 2.06.8 in 4th spot. Ethan Joyce set a new 400m PB of 55.4 – three seconds than he has run previously – to win the U17 Men’s race. There was a cracking finish to the U17 Men’s 1500m race as Sam Hodkinson ran Ryan Heneghan down in the final straight to take the win in 4.29.8 – the same time also given to 2nd place. There were new PB’s for Ethan Barbarewicz and Joseph Joyce in the U15 Boys 800m with Ethan cutting three seconds off as he placed 9th in 2.28.5 and Joseph finished 10th in 2.29.4 – an even bigger new PB by five seconds. George Whittaker ran in the same race coming home 6th in 2.26.7 as did Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (11th) clocking a time of 2.30.7. U15 David Holman opted for the 1500m’s and ran a good race, finishing strongly into the wind to place 2nd in 5.08.6. Six U13 Boys ran the 800m in two Heats – Heat 1 had four Harriers competing – Theo Watson placing 3rd in 2.32.9 in his debut over the distance for the Club, Codie Dewhurst 5th in 2.41.4, Saul Sharp 8th in 2.41.9 and Umair Rafiq (10th) with a time of 2.43.9. Heat 2 saw Daniel Smith take 2nd spot in a time of 2.45.7 with Harry Sambrook in 6th (2.55.2).
U17 Chloe Gardner had never run a track race before and was nervous about it but enjoyed her run to clock a debut time of 3.07.3 in here first ever 800m race. Four U15 Girls took on the 800m and one the 1500m. Heat 1 of the 800m saw Sophie Stanworth finish strongly and again into the wind in 3rd place (2.27.7) with Leah Hoole in 6th spot (2.36.5) and Rebecca Ramsden in 7th (2.37.3). Molly Nicholls got boxed in Heat 2 of the 800m but still managed to finish strongly to clock a time of 2.46.2 in 5th position. Eleesha Charnley ran the perfect race in the 1500m tucking until 120m to go when she surged past the athlete in front of her to win by three seconds in a time of 5.20.8 and a new PB by eight seconds! Not to be outdone, the U13 Girls also posted some new middle distance PB’s with Kate Cookson coming across the line in 2nd place in 2.38.7 – six seconds faster than her previous best – and Keira Haxton just one place further back in 3rd also setting a new PB of 2.38.3. Keira Booth and Eva Knowles also ran the race with Keira in 7th (2.49.5) and Eva 12th (3.04.6).
It was one, two, three in the 3000m as Thomas Marchant won it with a new PB of 9.36.3 just two seconds in front of Chris Davies in 2nd (9.38.8) and Karl Billington in 3rd clocking 9.44.0. Amy Davies made her debut over the distance and ran a time of 11.33.0 to win the Female Race.
U15 Rory Teare was just below his personal best as he placed 8th in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m. U15 Sebastian Burton tried out the Long Jump for the first time jumping 2.82m and U13 Isaac Butler leapt to 3.75m in the Long Jump – 8th out of fifteen competitors, whilst U17 Liberty Thompson set a new PB in the High Jump clearing 1.45m in 2nd place. With twenty seven U13 Girls in the Long Jump it must have been a daunting task for the Officials – Elizabeth Birchall finishing 16th with a leap of 3.52. More new PB’s in the U13 Girls High Jump which saw Amelia Burton clear 1.25m in 8th place for a 10cm new PB, Kady Thompson in 11th with a 5cm new PB of 1.15m and Charlotte Clapham trying her hand for the very first time – 10th with a clearance of 1.20m.
Catforth 5k – Saturday May 26th
A good day for Victoria Mousley as she won the Catforth 5k in a new PB time of 18.44 in finishing 9th overall and that after taking a last minute decision to run as she explained to the Club “Only decided to enter this on the day to see what 5k shape I am in. I was hoping to do 1830 so a little over what I wanted but a tiny pb nonetheless. Great event. Lovely goody bag for all. Low key fun event on a decent course”.
Daniel Balshaw was also running – only his third race since October 2017 – finishing in 5th spot overall in a time of 18.09. Afterwards, Dan spoke to the Club commenting that it was his “First run in a Harriers vest after my transfer from Barlick and after what can be described as a personally testing 18 months, I’ve managed to find that mojo for running again and started to ramp up the miles at the start of May, so early stages yet, Myself and Andy (Coach) wanted to see how I faired over a 5k I knew, in the past on Catforth I’ve dipped under 17min, after a warm up with Lee Parrington it appeared it might be a struggle, windy and still 22c, nevertheless we got on with it, first mile I felt okay sitting in third, but about half a mile later that changed and the last mile and a half was a grind, at the two mile point where you turn into Catforth, I had a quick check back behind me and could see Paul Muller closing, knowing he’d been in fine form and having Mr Fish’s and Mr Sutton’s words of wisdom from earlier in the day in my mind (don’t get beaten by Paul or any Hipsters) I just focused on grinding out the last mile and managed to hold Paul off by 5 seconds to finish fifth, Lee finished first in 17:01 some 30-40seconds off what his current form and himself suggested he should be hitting, a few more weeks of training and hitting the miles and hopefully I will find some form, Well done to Victoria who took the women’s race win”.
Burnley Lions 10k – Friday May 25th
Latest race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix took place on Friday night with the athletes taking on the tough 10k course at Colne. Won by Danny Collinge in 34.17 two Blackburn Harriers were also competing – Gary Pearse (V50) coming home in 70th place in the two hundred and twenty strong field clocking 43.06 and 4th V50 out of twenty five running the race. V40 Paul Whittaker came home in 138th spot in a time of 50.45.
Rob runs a big PB at Loughborough 3000m – Holly Wins in Germany – Jack earns his ‘biggest win of his career’ at Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon – 1st & 2nd for Harriers youngsters at St Anne’s Triathlon – Manchester 10k / Liverpool Marathon / Pilling 10k
Loughborough International – Sunday May 20th
Rob Warner ran a massive new personal best at the Loughborough International at the weekend finishing 7th out of a field of nineteen, clocking 8.16.54 – nearly eight seconds quicker than his previous best for a massive new PB. The Club record is held by former Junior World Cross Country Champion – Mick Morton (8.00.10) – so over the next couple of years there is a possibility that could be challenged by Rob. Speaking to the Club after the Race, he commented that he “was pleased with the race, it started off a bit slower than I expected as we were due to go through in 64s and the pacemaker went through in 66 with me going through in 68 so it was a bit of different way to run it with the first KM being the slowest! I managed to hang in and stay in touch with the lead group until 600m to go when I lost concentration a bit and they got a gap on me, I managed to run my last lap similar to those in the front group so I was bit disappointed not stay with them as I felt I could have pushed a few of them all the way! Can’t complain with an 8 second PB and hopefully all points towards a good 1500m time coming up!”
James Marchant was also in action in the Men’s Guest 800m race which saw him cross the line in 5th place in his Heat with a time of 1.55.46 – just three tenths off his personal best. This was a very good run by James, especially given that he has been plagued by injuries for the last two years. Speaking afterwards James told us “I went into sundays Loughborough International 800m race again with an open mind.. with it being my first real 800 for a while, I had no real idea of how i was going to perform! With training going well i thought i was in the shape to run around 1.53/54, although after going through 400m too slow, and working down the back straight to get back on the lead lads, the majority of my energy was spent, meaning the last 150 wasn’t quick enough for my desired time.. all in all I was pretty pleased to run 1.55 after little winter training and being the first 800 of the season.. hopefully a lot more to come”
Internationales Pfingstsportfest – Rehlingen – May 20th
Holly Bradshaw was in Germany on a rainy day at the weekend where she won the Pole Vault competition clearing 4.60m at the first attempt, maintaining her consistency over her first four competitions of the year to-date with 4.60m in France, 4.60m at the Commonwealth Games and 4.64m in the Diamond League in Doha recently.
(Holly with Sally Peake)
2018 Pedalcover Slateman Classic Triathlon – Sunday May 20th
This was Jack Hindle’s third race of his season to-date which has seen him win one and place 2nd in the other. The previous races have been part of his preparation for this event and he performed perfectly to take the win in what he described as “the biggest win of his career so far”. Jack finished the Triathlon – featuring six hundred and sixty one finishers – on top of the Podium in a time of 2hrs 24.45, exactly two minutes in front of the second placed athlete, Pete Dyson.
Jack was well pleased with the outcome and spoke to the Harriers after the race telling us he was “Delighted to take the win, by far the biggest win of my career so far. I really had to work for the title. I managed to have a strong swim, but still had to work hard to close the gaps on the bike. I managed to close to the front group, which stayed the same all the way to transition. Coming into transition there was the top 3 together, so I knew it was going to be won or lost on the run. Quite early in the run, 3 became 2 and the pressure was on. The lad that I was with, really put the pressure on with surges and accelerations, but I managed to hold him and then pull away. Which held all the way to the end. A great day and a great event, now to rest up and move forward”.
Harriers take 1st & 2nd at St Annes Triathlon!
Jack Hindle is a young man who has already achieved a huge amount in Triathlon competition and because of his work rate, commitment and dedication to the training that is needed. Everyone starts somewhere and a number of young Blackburn Harriers are trying their hand in these type of events as can be seen from the results from the St Anne’s Triathlon held at the weekend.
Jonathan Grundy – father of one of these youngsters – spoke to the Club about these youngsters and their efforts which resulted in a fantastic 1st and 2nd place for them saying “Four young athletes represented Blackburn Harriers at the St Annes Triathlon on Sunday 20th May, 3 of whom competed in the sport for the first time with some great results. With age groups based on age at 31st December, race day ages in the categories can vary greatly. In the entry level Tristar category for 8 year olds, Harry Smith took part in a 50m swim followed by a 1500m bike then finishing with a 600m run, Harry just missed out on the podium by 15 seconds in his first race finishing 4th in a time of 12 minutes 31 seconds. In the Tristar1 category for 9/10 year olds, Harriers had 3 athletes competing. In the female race giving triathlon ago for the first time was Harry’s older sister Emily Smith, she completed the T1 race of 150m swim, 4000m bike then 1200m run in a time of 23 minutes and 5 seconds finishing in 6th place out of a hotly contested 21 entrants in the T1 female race and only 1 minute and 27 seconds behind the winner, which is fantastic for someone competing in their first triathlon.
In the male T1(9/10yr) race it was anticipated that the battle for top spot was going to be between two Harriers, with 10 year old Matthew Smith taking part in his first triathlon taking on currently 8 year old William Grundy who started triathlon in the Tristart category last year. With similar swim times both Matthew and William started in the same lane in the pool with Matthew setting off 10 seconds ahead of William. Matthew got out of the swim with the short run to transition opening up a 7 second time lead over William after the swim. As they got out onto the promenade on the cycle William put in a lot of effort to try and close the gap on Matthew during the 4km cycle, a slight mistake by Matthew on the route meant William managed to close the gap at about 800m, however after correcting himself and getting his head down, by the end of the bike and ready to start the run Matthew had a 16 second time lead and 26 second gap on the road to William. As they set out on the run course it was a straight battle to the finish and at this stage it was appearing relatively conclusive that if they put together a good run section they would be fighting for 1st place. William having the advantage of chasing gave his all and during the 1200m run managed to close the gap and get right onto Matthew’s shoulder as they appeared to run the final 150 metres to the finish line. The battle continued right until the line with Matthew crossing the line 1 second ahead of William, meaning on timing chip William took 1st place by 9 seconds in a time of 18 minutes and 10 seconds with Matthew securing 2nd place in a time of 18 minutes 19 seconds a total of 1 minute and 15 seconds ahead of 3rd place. A fantastic race by both and an especially good result for Matthew competing in his first triathlon in a popular age group of 20 male competitors.
Well done to all Harriers who took part and especially the 3 athletes who took part in triathlon for the first time!
(Matthew in the red hat with William in the white hat)
(William on the bike course)
(William hot on the heels of Matthew as they catch another athlete on the way to the finish line)
(Matthew on the left and William on the right presented with their trophies by race organiser Tim Armit)
Manchester 10k – Sunday May 20th
Run in very hot conditions, this mass race won by Mo Farah had two Blackburn Harriers participating – Victoria Mousley who was entered into the Elite Women’s Race and Daniel Hamilton who is a sprinter in reality but gave it a go nevertheless.
Victoria clocked 40.11 – coming home 27th in the Elite Women’s Race and 172nd overall with Daniel running a time of 53.22 (2973rd). Victoria spoke to the Harriers after the race about the day and said “I was feeling pretty good going into this race and felt that I could actually do my “elite” place justice and run close to 38. I had a good warm up and felt fine. Had a good first km and then just got a terrible stitch… Maybe from setting off fast… Or just bad luck. I don’t usually get them. I ended up walking for a few metres when it kept getting worse and at 3km I considered pulling out. At 5k it had subsided and I started to try and pick up the pace but just couldn’t seem to get my time about 6.35. Possibly the heat as of course the race started at 1245. I was gutted with my time as I ran 30 sec faster two years ago when I wasn’t in the elite field and I have not run over 40 for a ten k in 2years! One to forget I think. Still I was stood on the finish line when Mo finished which was great and got to have lunch with Gemma Steel. The other women were really friendly after the race and we had a good chat. I love running with the elites as all the logistics are looked after… Bag transportation, loos, nice lunch after and it’s amazing to line up with the likes of Dibabha and eat her dust as she zooms into the distance”.
Paul Bradshaw who has an 800m personal best of 1.47.37 decided to have a go at the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon at the weekend and couldn’t have picked a worse day as temperatures soared to around the 25 degree mark meaning it was going to be a tough day. Paul finished in a time of 3hr 41.54 and in 405th place overall, which given his short preparation and conditions was a good effort. he spoke to the Harriers later about the experience commenting “on a hot day I did all I could to stay cool and hydrated but it just wasn’t possible and it was a tough day. Still the shoes are laced back up and I’m back running so here’s to continuing to get some fitness back”
Paul Brindle and Paul Jeffries were out in this local 10k Race won by Steven Hayes in 35.06. Paul Brindle had a good run to finish 2nd and 1st V45 clocking a time of 37.12 – Paul Jeffries crossed the line in 25th spot in a time of 44.51 which was just outside his personal best.
Harriers top of UKYDL (Lower Age Group) Division 1 – Chris Arthur takes Bronze at Inter-Counties Fell Championships for Lancashire
UKYDL Division 1 – Saturday May 19th
Round 2 of this years Lower Age Group Division 1 in the UKYDL took place in glorious sunshine at Trafford and eagerly awaited by the Harriers after winning the first match by 27.5 points from Crewe & Nantwich AC in 2nd place – the places were reversed in this fixture with Crewe pipping the Harriers in by 24 points in another very tight contest…….All of which means that as we look forward to Match 3 at Trafford on July 16th, the Harriers are top of the Division by just 3.5 points. What a great contest.
The consistency of the athletes throughout the full day was a joy to see – featuring as it did – twenty four wins, twenty two 2nd and eighteen 3rd places. Added to that the athletes produced 19 new PB’s, plus two new PB’s in non-scoring events and five athletes equaling their personal bests, two English Schools qualifying standards and a great new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m team (56.6) featuring Codie Dewhurst, Harry Sambrook, Harrison Allock and Tobi Idalapo.
The U15 Boys were in good form again as Kyle Mashiter placed 2nd in the 100m ‘A’ with 12.0 and Ethan Downes 1st in the ‘B’ with 12.5 – same result again in the 200m with Kyle setting a new PB of 24.5 in the ‘A’ and Ethan also a new PB in the ‘B’ winning in 24.6. Amy Wiggans placed 5th in the U15 Girls 100m ‘A’ in 13.8 as Abigail Armas ran a new PB in the ‘B’ Race of 13.9 (4th) – Amy doubled up in the 200m (5th) in a time of 28.4 whilst Maia Bowman took 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 29.9.
New member Tobi Idalapo had a great run to win the U13 Boys ‘A’ 100m in a new PB of 13.2 as Harrison Allcock deliverd a similarly great run to win the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 13.9. Daniel Smith and Harry Sambrook took on the 200m which saw Daniel set a new PB of 31.7 in the ‘A’ (6th) and Harry coming home 5th in 32.9 in the ‘B’ Race. A tremendous performance came for the U13 Girls in the 75m and 150m races which resulted in four races, four wins and and new PB. Kate Cookson won the ‘A’ 75m in 11.2 and then set a new PB in the ‘A’ 150m with a time of 21.6. Lucy Rishton is small in stature but huge in heart as she won the ‘B’ 75m in 11.4 followed by Lucy Ramsden who won the ‘B’ 150m in 22.3 – added to these was a new PB for Tilly Pollard in the non-scoring 75m race where she clocked 11.6, over half a second faster than her previous best.
One of the highlights in the Throws came from Nicky Saunders who threw the English Schools qualifying standard in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Discus which she won with a new PB 0f 27.77m. Izzy Thompson made it maximum points for the team as she won the ‘B’ Discus with 22.62m. Nicky then took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.11 and followed that up with a win in the ‘B’ Javelin with a throw of 23.37m. Myah Booth finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin with 23.50 after winning the ‘A’ Shot reaching a distance of 10.56m. Izzy Thompson once again added great points to the Team total with a 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot (7.84m). The U15 Boys were also in good form with Matt Heywood coming 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (7.82m) and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – with the first of three new PB’s on the day – taking 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 5.95m. It was 2nd place for Matt Heywood in the Discus with 25.22m as George Whittaker won the ‘B’ with 22.50m. Matt rounded off his day with a win in the Hammer, an event where he has already thrown the English Schools qualifying standard, this time throwing 31.93m. Achieving his 2nd new PB of the day, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret won the ‘B’ Hammer with 24.68 and he was backed up superbly by Kieran Carroll in the ‘A’ Javelin taking 2nd spot with 28.61m and George Whittaker also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 28.02m. The U13 Girls were great in the Throws taking 3 wins and a 3rd place – Tilly Pollard set a new PB in the ‘A’ Shot (6.46) with Caroline Woodworth winning the ‘B’ (5.57m) before going on to win the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.77m supported by a 3rd place for Kady Thompson in the ‘B’ (10.45m). The Teams U13 Boys earned two second places, a 3rd and 5th in their Throws events which saw Harrison Allock set a new PB in the ‘A’ Shot with 6.07m and Harry Sambrook 5th in the ‘B’ (4.28m) – In the Javelin, Dexta Thompson came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 22.76m whilst Isaac Butler set a new PB by nearly two metres of 21.36m to come 2nd in the ‘B’.
Harvey Ashworth and Zachary Walmsley took on the U15 Boys 300m with Harvey clocking 43.9 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Zachary 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 44.5. In the 800m Harvey placed 2nd in the ‘A’ with a time of 2.14.6 whilst Hayden Mercer ran a very good race in the ‘B’ to set a new PB time of 2.13.9 in 2nd spot. The 1500m saw new PB’s for both athletes with David Holman knocking over two seconds off his best placing 5th in the ‘A’ race in 4.57.0 whilst in the ‘B’ Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, with his third personal best of the day chopped over nine seconds off his best as he clocked 4.58.9 in 2nd position. Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole ran the U15 Girls 300m – Eleesha coming home 4th in the ‘A’ in 44.3 and Leah 4th in the ‘B’ in 50.4. Eleesha then won the ‘A’ 800m in 2.25.6 backed up really well by Leah Hoole in the ‘B’ who placed 2nd in 2.37.0. Rebecca Ramsden also ran a new PB in the non-scoring 800m of 2.36.3, a massive 11 second improvement as did Molly Grimshaw with a time of 2.56.0 – down from 2.58.7. Sophie Stanworth and Hollie Cubbon combined in the heat of mid afternoon in the 1500m which saw Sophie run a time of 5.18.9 for 4th in the ‘A’ and Hollie 3rd in the ‘B’ clocking 5.31.7.
Codie Dewhurst finished 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m race (2.41.9) as Saul Sharp cut four seconds off his best to run a new PB of 2.36.7 in the ‘B’ for 3rd spot – Umair Rafiq also got in on the new PB’s as he clocked a new personal best of 2.41.0 – down by four seconds in the non-scoring 800m race which he won.The 1500m races saw Isaac Butler place 6th in the ‘A’ (5.22.7) with Daniel Smith 4th in the ‘B’ (5.29.0). Caroline Woodworth clocked 2.40.1 in the ‘A’ U13 Girls 800m (3rd) as Kiera Booth finished 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB time of 2.46.8 – a massive 20 second reduction off her previous best time. Kate Cookson had a cracking day winning the 75m and 150m ‘A’ Races going on to set a new PB by six seconds to clock a new PB of 4.10.5 in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 1200m – and – not to be outdone – Keira Haxton chopped 8.5 seconds off her previous best for a new PB time of 4.11.0 to win the ‘B’ Race.
U15 Myah Booth won the Lancashire County Championships 75m Hurdles last weekend and ran 11.7 twice – in the Heats and Final – to achieve the English Schools qualifying standard. This week she went one better as she ran 11.6 in winning the ‘A’ Race, backed up by Lily-Mae Thomas in the ‘B’ Race (4th) in 13.9. Ben Boocock had to pull out of the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles in the warm up which meant Rory Teare ran the ‘A’ race coming in 4th in 15.3. Daniel Smith set a new PB in the ‘A’ U13 Boys 75m Hurdles with 16.0 in 2nd place as Codie Dewhurst won the ‘B’ Race in 16.8. Lucy Ramsden dipped on the line to win the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles in 13.0 – the same time given to 2nd place – as Kady Thompson ran 17.0 for 4th position in the ‘B’.
Kyle Mashiter added more invaluable points to the Team total in the ‘A’ U15 Boys Long Jump placing 2nd with a leap of 5.37m as Rory Teare set a new PB of 4.25m in the ‘B’ for 4th. Rory then equaled his personal best in the High Jump, clearing 1.45m in the ‘A’ (4th) whilst Hayden Mercer replicated the performance in the ‘B’ – equaling his best of 1.45m to win the ‘B’. The U15 Girls Long Jump competition saw Eleesha Charnley place 6th in the ‘A’ with a leap of 4.05m and Amy Wiggans take 5th spot in the ‘B’ (3.75m). Danielle Probert cleared 1.30m in the U15 Girls ‘A’ High Jump for 5th position with Rebecca Barton 4th in the ‘B’ also clearing a height of 1.30m. Harrison Allock won the U13 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with a leap of 3.99m, backed up by Harry Sambrook in the ‘B’ who placed 4th (2.99m). Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.10m in the ‘A’ U13 Boys High Jump for 5th place. In the Long Jump – Niamh Gater jumped 3.55m in the U13 Girls Long Jump (5th) as Lucy Rishton placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 3.51m.
Inter-Counties Fell Championships – Saturday May 19th
Blackburn Harriers Chris Arthur and Steven Snape were both selected to run for Lancashire in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Crowden at the weekend – both finishing up as counters with Chris taking 3rd place overall and winning Individual Bronze in a time of 46.40 and Steven finishing 25th overall in 49.48. The race was won by Nick Swinburn in 44.37 with Lancashire just missing out on a Team Medal – placing 4th with 48 points, the counters being (1) Chris Arthur, (2) Rob Hope, (3) Steven Snape.
After the Championship Race finished both Harriers spoke to the Club about the day with Chris Arthur commenting“Another tough day in the heat left me feeling below par but very happy with 3rd behind Max and Nick who were absolutely flying. This was my last race in Lancs vest and it’s been a privilege to run with the team. Both the men and women’s teams had great runs but unfortunately just missed out on the medals. Special mention has to go to Cal Davidson for racing on a knackered ankle, which unsurprisingly didn’t go altogether smoothly!” and Steven Snape telling us “Fantastic day out representing Lancashire in the inter counties fell championships. I felt good on the climbs but ran out of steam a bit near the end with the heat. Definitely more beer garden weather than racing but another great day on the fells”.
Horwich Jubilee Series – Wednesday May 16th
Five out of Five! First five athletes home in this, the first race of the Horwich Jubilee Series, all came from Blackburn Harriers and with two finishing 9th and 10th, that made seven out of the top ten for the Club.
Ben Costello, after running a track 5000m personal best of 15.53 had another very good run to win the Race in a time of 27.18. Karl Billington improving once again ran 2nd in the race clocking 27.54 which was just three seconds in front of Chris Davies (3rd) in a time of 27.57. Josh Holgate is another Harrier who is going from strength to strength, took 4th spot in 28.13 followed in by Matt Nuttall (5th) in 28.52 – with Paul Guinan in 9th (29.53) and Paul Brindle 10th running a time of 30.05, that gave the lads seven out of the first ten spots. Lindsay Davies clocked a new course personal best (36.56) as she came home in 43rd position. Having won the Team Race, Chris Davies added to the prizes as 1st V40 as did Matt Nuttall who took 1st V45 prize to make it a very good night out for the Club.
The Harriers Juniors backed up the Seniors as they provided the winner here too. 11yr old Daniel Smith won his race featuring sixty youngsters in a time of 5.39 being followed home by 9yr old Sam Aspey in 4th place (5.47), 10yr old Oliver Gill in 5th clocking 5.51 and 9yr old Hannah Davies in 20th place (6.38).
Keith Gill was so impressed by the youngsters as he told the Club after the Race “It was a perfect running night, still and not too hot. They arrived early, did a proper warm up and all got on the start line together to prevent getting pushed out by the home runners. 1 mile course…Fantastic times…with all 3 boys being under 6mins. Dan won the race with 5.39…He ran really well, strong start and stayed at the front with a very good kick for the final 200m. Sam is still only 9, made a really good start and stuck to it and finished with an amazing time for age at 5.47in 4th place. Oli ran his best mile time and was just behind Sam in 5th place with 5.51. Hannah had a great start, sticking with the Harriers boys at the start and finishing in 20th with another great time 6.38. Finally Dan’s brother gave it a try, as an unattached entry…his 1st race ever coming 33rd with 7.37. It was really good to watch them warm up as a team, start together and run as a group…and of course..1st, 4th and 5th for the boys was fantastic”
Wholan Nook Fell Race – Tuesday May 15th
On another glorious evening for Fell running, two hundred and eighty eight runners completed the latest race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series won by Thomas Corrigan in a time of 29.37.
First Harrier home in the race was U17 Harry Wilkin in 35th place overall, running a time of 35.35 and taking the 1st Junior man prize for his efforts. V50 Gary Pearse was next across the line for the Club in a time of 37.17 and 68th overall, followed by Mark Wilkin (V50) in 141st with a time of 41.55, V40 Paul Whittaker in 158th place (43.30) and Richard Taylor (V50) running 43.55 in 164th position.
Trafford Grand Prix Open – Tuesday May 15th
V50 Thrower – Tony Balko – is looking forward to the World Masters Championships this year and is in good form. Following his Senior Hammer Bronze Medal at the Lancashire County Championships at the weekend – a then new PB of 36.52m, he was back out at Trafford three days later finishing 2nd with another new PB of 37.43m, nearly a metre further. He then had a win in the Javelin (700g) with a seasons best performance of 30.96m for another very good competition result.
New PB’s, English Schools qualification Standards gained & Medals for the Harriers at Lancashire T& F Championships
This weekend saw Witton Park bathed in sunshine and graced with some great competition and performances by athletes from athletic clubs across the County. Personal bests, Medals, Championships Best performances and qualification for English Schools Finals were all being fought for.
All Championship RESULTS
Blackburn Harriers had a great weekend. Some athletes in the U13’s particularly, were competing at their first ever Championships whilst others were at their second or third – some, in the Senior ranks had competed at many County Championships and all wanted to succeed.
Overall at the weekend the Club posted eighty new personal bests on the Track and in Field events. In terms of Medals the Harriers won 17 Gold, 17 Silver and 13 Bronze Medals as well as witnessing a number of athletes attaining English Schools qualification standards – U15 Nicky Saunders set the qualification standard for Discus; U15 Matt Heywood achieved it in the Hammer; U17 Sam Gaskell achieved in the Hammer also; U15 Myah Booth set it in the 75m Hurdles and then did it in the Shot Putt, just missing a Club record by 2 cms. Matt Ramsden was just two seconds short in the 17 Mens 3000m and Cameron Harris just over a metre short in the U17 Men’s Javelin.
There were too many events and too many athletes to cover them all in a website report and apologies to those who have missed out – but among the highlights was the performance of bottom of age U17 Matt Ramsden who won Silver in the 1500m and 3000m – setting new PB’s by twelve seconds in the 1500m of 4.14.1 and 8.58.6 in the 3000m, over 23 seconds better than his previous best. Lots of good performances and new personal best times by other members of the Clubs endurance athletes were set over the weekend including a double new PB for U17 Sam Hodkinson and again another bottom of age athlete. Sam knocked two seconds off his 1500m time to set a new PB of 4.27.3 (8th) and knocked over a second off his 800m time finishing 6th in 2.07.6. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut 8 seconds off his U15 1500m time placing 9th in 5.00.0 and there was a new PB also for Zachary Walmsley in the same race by over two seconds as he finished 11th in 5.11.8. U15 Girl Hollie Cubbon set a new PB in the U15 Girls 1500m by a second and a half placing 7th in 5.13.8.
Another massive new PB for U20 Joe Gebbie who cut 8 seconds off his time with 4.15.0 as he placed 5th in the Final. Ben Costello ran his first ever 5000m Track Race for the Club in the Northern League last week (16.11) and improved his time one week later by over 17 seconds to set a new PB of 15.53.8 as he took the Bronze Medal. Chris Davies won the Vets Gold in the 5000m (16.32.0). The Harriers also won the Team Gold – Ben Costello (15.53.8), Tom Blaney (16.30.7) and Chris Davies (16.32.0) the counters. The Vets Gold winning Team consisted of Chris Davies, Mat Nuttall and Paul Guinan.
Day (1) also saw Medal winning performances by Kate Cookson in the U13 1500m 3rd in 5.34.5, Amy Davies in the U17 Women’s 1500m taking the Silver Medal in 5.03.5, Bronze for U20 Maddie Elliott in the 1500m (4.55.2) and a Gold Medal for James Marchant as he won the Senior Men’s 1500m in a time of 4.06.1 on his debut for the Harriers. It was James first track race for two years after going through 2017 with aggravating injuries and afterwards he spoke to the Club commenting “First of all, I have to say what a great feeling it is to be back on the track racing, after what has been a pretty tough 2 years.. With only 4 weeks of consistent training under my belt, i was certainly sceptical of how todays race would go.. the thought of being back on the track, and representing a new club for the first time was exciting. A great feeling to get the first one out of the way, and a 1st place to go with it, which was great! Looking forward to the rest of the season with Blackburn Harriers, hopefully good things to come!”
There were new PB’s for U13 Boys Isaac Butler who set his in the Heat of the 800m with 2.34.0 which qualified him for the Final as did Saul Sharp in his 800m Heat knocking 2 seconds off his previous best to clock 2.40.7 (5th). U13 Keira Haxton cut 10 seconds off her best as she qualified for the Final of the 800m in 2.38.7 before running 2.38.9 in the Final. U15 Harvey Ashworth also ran a big PB by four seconds as he won his 800m Heat to qualify for the Final in 2.11.6 where he ran 2.15.8 in 5th spot. U15 Hayden Mercer had a very good run as he won his Heat of the 800m in 2.15.1 but unfortunately missed the Final because of a change to the timetable. Ethan Barbarewicz just missed a new personal best as he ran 2.32.4, just half a second off his best time. More new PB’s came for the U15 Boys as David Holman reduced his time form 2.31.0 to 2.28.6 in the 800m Heats and George Whittaker took four seconds off his time for a new PB of 2.21.6 in the 800m Heat. Eleesha Charnley had a great weekend setting a new 800m PB in the Heats of 2.22.8 before finishing 4th in the Final in 2.24.6. Sophie Stanworth had a very good run to qualify also for the U15 Girls 800m Final as she placed 3rd in the Heat with 2.26.0, going on to place 6th in the Final.
Personal bests and medals continued in the Hurdles events which were topped off by U15 Myah Booth winning both her Heat and Final in an English Schools qualifying time 11.7 and taking the Gold Medal. U13’s Daniel Smith (16.7) in 5th and Codie Dewhurst 16.8 in 6th both set new PB’s in the 75m Hurdles as did Lucy Ramsden in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles who knocked off over half a second to clock 12.8. Ben Boocock replicated that performance as he took over half a second off his time to set a new PB of 12.8 in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles to win the Bronze Medal. It was double Gold for U17 Solomon Brown as he won the 400m Hurdles in a new PB time of 58.6 and then won the 100m Hurdles in 14.9, his first attempt at the event. It was Silver for John Ilunga in the Senior Men’s 400m Hurdles with a time of 69.6 and Gold in the 110m Hurdles in 19.7. Nick Smith also did the double winning the U20 400m Hurdles and the 3000m. U17 Liberty Thompson cut half a second off her best time to set a new PB of 13.9 in the Final of the 80m Hurdles. Millie Coy in her first attempt at the event won herself a Silver Medal as she clocked 47.7 in the Final of the U17 Women’s 300m Hurdles Final.
Top performances too in the Sprints. U15’s Boys Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes both set new PB’s as they won their Heats and went on to the Final which saw Kyle win in a new PB time of 11.6 and Ethan take the Silver medal, also in a new PB time of 11.9. U17 Baily Madden equaled her personal best in the heats of the 100m (12.6) in 2nd place and then ran 12.7 in the Final to take the Bronze. Unfortunately she fell in the Final of the 200m when she was in a Medal position. New PB’s also for U17 Megan Tippett in the 100m Heats – 13.5 down by three tenths and for U13’s Kate Cookson who ran new PB’s of 14.4 in the Heats and 14.3 in the Final (5th) and Amelia Burton in only her second competition chopping seven tenths off her best to set a new PB time of 14.9 in the Heats. Also new PB’s for the U13 Girls in the 200m Heats as Lucy Ramsden ran 30.19, Amelia Burton 31.3 and Keira Haxton 32.3. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret wasn’t going home without yet another new PB which he duly delivered in the U15 Boys 200m Heats (29.3).
Also running well were Ben Whittaker who equaled his personal best in the 200m U17 Men’s Final clocking 24.7 (5th), Abigail Armas equaled her best time of 14.0 in the U17 Women’s 100m Heats and Amy Wiggans knocked over a second off her 200m time in the U15 Girls 200m Heats with 28.3. U20 Ross Liddle set two new PB’s in the 100m placing 5th in the Final with 11.4 and 4th in the 200m Final with 22.8 whilst in the Senior Sprints, Dominic Bretherton was the only entry in the 100m and ran with the senior women crossing the line first in 11.4 before going onto take Bronze in the 200m in 23.5. Bottom of age U13 Harrison Allcock continues to impress as he ran a new PB in the 100m Final of 14.1. Eleesha Charnley set a great new PB in the U15 Girls 300m to win Silver in 42.8 after breaking her then PB in the Heats. In the U17 Race – Millie Coy set a new PB of 42.6 in 4th and Aysha Karolia did likewise with 46.5. Charlie Coy won the U20 Women’s 400m in 60.8 with Chloe Bleeks setting a new PB in 5th place (65.40) after earlier setting a new Long Jump PB of 4.67m. on Day 2 Charlie went on to win Silver in the 200m in a time of 27.5 and Chloe the Bronze (27.7).
In the Throws there were some very good highlights for the Club with one of them being Myah Booth who set three consecutive English Schools qualifying distances as she won the U15 Girls Shot Putt with a new PB distance of 10.99, having previous throws of 10.61m and 10.67m. Abigail Brown (U17) had a very good weekend as she set three new PB’s and picked up three championship Medals – coming 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.44m, 2nd in the Discus (24.40m) and 2nd in the Hammer (38.46m). New PB’s for Caroline Woodworth in the U13 Girls Throws which saw her finish 6th in the Shot Putt Final with 6.38m and 4th in the Discus Final with 17.57 before going on to win a Bronze Medal in the Javelin (19.60m). In the U15 Boys Throws George Whittaker won Bronze in the Javelin with a new PB distance of 29.27m as did Kieran Carroll who won Silver in the same event with his throw of 31.20m coupled with a big new PB for Joe Sims who threw 15.36 nearly ten metres further than he had done before. U15 Girls Izzy Thompson and Nicky Saunders had a good championships between them with Izzy setting new PB’s in the Discus Final, winning Bronze with 24.12m and that, after setting another new PB in the Hammer as she placed 4th in the Final with 25.21m, some three metres better than her previous best distance.
Nicky achieved the English Schools qualifying distance as she threw 27.56m in the Discus Final, came 5th in the Hammer with 20.70m and 4th in the Javelin with 21.86m. Sisters Grace and Madison Bontoft had a good weekend too which saw U15 Grace finish 8th in the Discus with a new PB of 16.22m and Madison in the Javelin, also with a new PB of 11.58m. U13 Codie Dewhurst who will take anything on, set a new PB in the Shot Putt with 5.56m for 6th place in the Final. U20 Men – Anthony Kent and Lucas Davies picked up Medals at the Championships which saw Anthony win the Shot Putt with a new PB throw of 12.26 and the Discus with 38.09m whilst Lucas picked up a Bronze Medal in the Javelin with a throw of 31.73m and a new PB by over two metres. Another huge highlight of the weekend was the win in the U17 Men’s Hammer for Sam Gaskell who threw a massive new PB of 64.65m which bettered the National and English Schools qualifying standards by a long way – the throw moved Sam up to 2nd place in the National Rankings. Senior Man Tony Balko – won Bronze in the Hammer with a new PB of 36.52m before going on to win the Silver Medal in the Discus (31.72m). U15 Kieran Carroll put on nearly four metres as he picked up a Silver Medal in the Javelin with a new PB distance of 31.20. Cameron Harris went to number 10 in the National rankings after his fine throw of 50.75 won him the Gold Medal in the U17 Men’s Javelin Final. Anna Peers was on target again picking up two Gold Medals and a Silver with a win in the Senior Women’s Javelin (37.99m), a win in the Discus (36.92m) and a Silver in the Shot Putt (10.40m). U15 Matt Heywood has really started to develop in Hammer, Shot and Discus. The Championships saw him win Silver in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.94m, finish 5th in the Discus (24.89m) and win the Hammer with an English Schools qualifying distance and a new PB of 39.87m.
BMC – Saturday May 12th
A fabulous night for Blackburn Harriers Rob Warner and Tim Raynes at the BMC held at Sportcity. Rob himself in the ‘A’ 5000m race and it paid off for him with a massive new PB by eighteen seconds as he came home in a time of 14.18.44 and 6th overall in a field of thirteen. Delighted, Rob spoke to the Club after his race saying “I was a bit nervous going into the race last night, I knew I would have to go off hard or be in for a very lonely race! So I made sure I committed to stay on the back of the group for as long as I could and ended up going through 3k in a shade under 8:30; I’d then started to become detached at this point so knew that I had to keep working over the next few laps or the pace could really fall away. I had slowed a little bit but not drastically so knew that if I got to the finish then I’d be in for a PB! Was very surprised to hold it together quite well and cross the line in 14:18, which is a massive PB so I’m very very pleased to say the least!”
Tim was also looking to go inside 15 minutes for the 5000m and he did that in style, chopping a massive twenty seconds off his previous best time to set a new PB of 14.43.24, placing 7th out of a field of 16 athletes. Like Rob, he was over the moon with this race and told the Club “I went into the race feeling like I was in PB shape. With a good field to work with, and pretty good weather conditions, I felt it could be my day. I was disappointed to miss the County Champs, but took inspiration from some great runs there in the 5k from everyone. As I was making final preparations for my race, I was able to take further inspiration from the A race with Rob really digging in to nail a well-deserved big PB. After a slow first lap in my race, I was able to get into a good rhythm and managed to pretty much maintain it to the end. Didn’t have the legs to really kick on in the last lap, but was really pleased with my run overall – great to finally to go under 15 on the track! Hopefully more to come on the track this season.”
Pinhaw Moor Fell Race – Friday 11th May
On a great night for Fell running, two hundred and thirty seven runners finished the latest race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series, the race being won by Tom Addison in 30.14.
Thomas Marchant had a very good run for Blackburn Harriers taking 5th spot with a time of 32.10. V50 Gary Pearse was also out in this race placing 47th overall in a time of 37.37 and he was followed home by V40 Paul Whittaker in 134th position (44.57) and V50 Richard Taylor 156th with a time of 46.48.
Wigan Trail 10k – Sunday May 13th
Well over three hundred finishers in this Race won by Kristin McKenna in a time of 35.08
Paul Brindle was racing again after carrying an injury and finished inside the top ten with a time of 37.56 (9th) and 2nd V45. Joanne Nelson won the Women’s Race crossing the line in 19th spot overall and clocking 41.05.
Loughborough Students AC Open Meeting – May 9th
Katie Buckingham ran the Senior Women’s 1500m on Wednesday and cut a couple of seconds off her time at the Bucs over the previous weekend, clocking a seasons best time of 5.01.43 to come home in 3rd spot.
Hollingworth Lake 5k – Wednesday May 9th
Matt Nuttall won the V45 Prize at Race 2 in the 5k Series run around the attractive setting of Hollingworth Lake. Matt finished 9th overall out of the one hundred and thirty two strong field in a time of 17.24 and not far behind in 14th spot came his training and racing partner – Paul Guinan – clocking 18.09 and taking the 2nd V45 place on the night.
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