Category Archives: Track & Field
Silver for Charlotte at English Schools – – New Personal Bests for Sam, Ross & Cameron at English Schools – – Rob sets new 1500m PB at Loughborough
English Schools Championships – Birmingham 7 – 8th July
One of the highlights of the year is the English Schools T & F Championships where the leading athletes in their respective School Year Age Groups go head to head with the best of their peers throughout the country. Good news for Lancashire as well as they won the Group B Bradford Cup from Cheshire (2nd) and Buckinghamshire (3rd).
Lancashire County Win (Video)
Charlotte Williams…..had a great competition coming away with a Silver Medal in the Hammer (3kg) – 2nd place out of a field of twenty one hammer throwers with a throw of 59.45m – plus being selected to represent England next week in the Ireland International Event, made it a very good weekend all round. Delighted, Charlie told the Club “This weekend has been a great success for the Lancashire team and for the Blackburn Harriers that we’re lucky enough to get into the team. I finished 2nd in my competition with a throw of 59.41cm, just one metre short of my personal best. Knowing I had a silver medal at an English Schools Championship was amazing but finding out I’ll be doing the internationals the next weekend competing for England was just amazing. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helps including my parents, coach and club. Also well done to all Blackburn Harriers!“
Jacob Roberts..came 4th in the Senior Boys Hammer (6kg) with a throw of 63.45m and had one of the most consistent rounds of all of the throwers. A very positive Jacob spoke to the Club after the Championships and told us that “It was a fantastic comp at Birmingham for ESSA 2017. Though I came 4th it was a close battle. I was consistent with my throws. Now I am getting ready for my International in Cardiff on Wednesday – July 12th. Thanks to Michael my Coach and my Physio Anne-Marie”.
Ross Liddle….was ‘buzzing’ after the Heats as he reflected on his qualifying time of 54.25 – a new PB – and a new Club Record for Blackburn Harriers. In the Final Ross finished 6th in a high quality Race with a time of 54.88. Speaking to the Harriers, Ross told us “It was a great experience on the whole. I achieved my aim of making the final and managed to knock 3 seconds off the time I ran at English schools last year. I can’t thank Bob Groves and Ramzi Dabbar enough for all the help they’ve given me!“
Sam Gaskell was another Blackburn Harrier who had a fine weekend setting a new PB distance of 59.11m in the Hammer (5kg) to finish just outside the Medals in 4th place out of sixteen fellow competitors. Pleased with getting a new personal best Sam told the Club that he was “happy that I finally got another PB (59.11m) and I’m looking forward to next years ES when I’m in the top end of U17″
Anthony Kent placed 8th out of thirteen athletes in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 41.00m just a little bit down on his personal best off 44.31m but was delighted to have qualified for the Championships and when speaking to the Club after Anthony told us that “English schools was a brilliant experience that i thoroughly enjoyed and i look forward to working hard to get back there next year”.
When Cameron Harris joined Blackburn Harriers eighteen months ago, his Coach – Jim Kerrigan – told him he could get him to English Schools, and that he did. Cameron at his first appearance at the Championships finished 12th out of twenty three in the Javelin (JT600), throwing a new PB distance of 45.54m, nearly a metre further than he has thrown before. His mother Rachel commented that Cameron“was very impressed with how everyone supported one another. It wasn’t just about Who was the best it was about doing your best and celebrating that”. Cameron himself told the Club “”I remember the first time I came to Harriers Jim told me he would get me to the Nationals, and he has! It was great just to take part.”
BMC Grand Prix at Loughborough – July 8th
A great Race for Rob Warner at the weekend in the 1500m at the Grand Prix Fixture in Loughborough when he finished 4th out of a field of 14 athletes in a new PB time of 3.51.34 – two seconds faster than his previous best time.
A delighted Rob spoke to the Club after the Race and told us that he was “Really really happy with finally cracking a PB for the 1500!! I ran 3:51.34 and finished 4th! I took the race on and sat behind the pace maker and went through 800 in 2:03. I then tried to push on as I’m quite prone to losing concentration from 800-1100, so I was really pleased that I managed to push on at that point but I just didnt have the finishing speed to hold off the others which I guess I can put down to pushing on earlier in the race! Saying that though, overall I’m really happy with how positively I ran the race and to come away with over a 2 seconds PB which I’m really happy with!”
Tockholes Evening – Thursday July 6th
The Race is 9.4k long and includes 310m of climbing and was this year dedicated to the memory of Don Ashton, a former Vets National Fell Champion and stalwart of the sport. It was great to see so many runners come out to pay their respects to Don who had such great standing among his peers.
(Race Winner – Jack Hindle)
The Race was won by Blackburn Harrier Jack Hindle in a time of 37.35, a minute and a half in front of second placed Rhys Cope (Rossendale Harriers). John Horrocks (3rd) in 39.43, Derek Reilly (4th) and 1st V40 in a time of 39.59 and Paul Brindle (6th) in 40.46, gave the Harriers four places in the top six. Next in for the Club came V40 John Sutton (16th) with a time of 41.41 followed by Andy Heys (33rd) in 47.10 and V50 Richard Taylor (61st) in a time 55.33.
Afterwards Race Winner Jack Hindle spoke to the Club commenting “Always great to race on local terrain. A well put on event by Darwen Dashers. Thanks to all the Marshalls and supporters, it was a really great night on a tough and fast course”.
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday July 4th
Tim Raynes lined up with twenty seven other athletes in the 5000m won by Rob Samuel in 14.39.2. Tim came home in 9th spot with a time of 15.07.73 and commented after the Race that he was “A little disappointed with my run. The race had been set up for fast times, with a pacemaker having been asked to run 70s laps for the first 2k. There was a group of about 10/12 of us following the pace early on. The pace was, however, a little quicker than I was looking to run and so I decided to back off it slightly just before 2k and just run my own race. Looking back, this was a big mistake as I ended up isolated for most of the race and gradually slowing. I felt like I managed to finish quite strongly as I picked off a few of the athletes who dropped off from the group later on, but ended up frustratingly just over the 15 min mark again!”
Astley Park Trail Race (3) – Wednesday July 5th
Mick Angland (V40) was competing in his first Race of 2017 at Astley Park and ran a solid time of 32.53 in 45th spot out of a field of one hundred and eleven runners.
The Junior Race of One Mile attracted nearly as many runners with one hundred and seven covering age groups from 8yrs through to U17’s. This Race was won by Tom Dickinson in a time of 4.44 with the Harriers Matt Ramsden who was one day from celebrating his 14th birthday in 2nd place with 4.46. Sam Hodkinson came home 5th in a time of 4.58 followed by U13 Dexta Thompson in 11th (5.17), U15 Amy Davies (12th) in 5.20, U13 Kyle Taylor Pomfret (14th) posting a time of 5.22, U13 Hollie Cubbon (20th) in 5.31, U15 Ethan Barbarewicz 23rd (5.34), U11’s George Ramsden in 41st spot with a time of 6.06 and Hannah Davies in 79th (7.03), U15 Emily Snape with a time of 7.31 in 89th position and 7yr old Lulu Sharp (98th) in 8.21.
Catforth 5k – June
V40 John Cookson hit a new 5k personal best of 20.6 in this race whilst daughter Hannah Cookson (U17) took the 3rd Female prize of the Race posting a time of 21.30 in 23rd place.
Results (Not available)
One hundred and sixty four runners finished this Race in hot weather, a race won by Andy Norman in a time of 76.36. Daniel Whittaker who ten years ago was sprinting sub 11 seconds for the 100m decided to have a go at this ‘longer distance’ for the first time and came home in 9th place in a solid time of 88.41. (Morecambe Results)
Holly and Sophie British Champions in 2017 – – Mid Lancs League – – Trawden 7 – – Victoria & Rachel 2nd and 3rd at Southport Half – – Results
Blackburn Harriers double Olympians Sophie Hitchon – (Hammer 67.58m) and Holly Bradshaw – (Pole Vault – 4.45m) – both won this years British Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and qualified for the World Championships being held in London later this year, both having achieved the qualifying Distance and Height already.
At the end of the Championship weekend Holly spoke to the Club about her event and the lead up to the World Championships saying “I am so happy to win another British title. It wasn’t the best result and didn’t jump quite at my best but after a few problems in Rome with an small injury I have been building back in training and was only on short approach yesterday. I was totally pain free which was the most positive aspect of yesterday. I now feel I can build towards the World Champs in a good position and with 5 weeks to go I have loads of time and opportunity to tweak little things in training and get myself in the best possible position“.
Olympic Bronze Medalist from Rio 2016 Sophie Hitchon, had like Holly, already achieved the qualifying standard for the World Championships and was pleased to have won another British Hammer Title. She spoke to the Club after the weekend competition and told us that it was “Not the distance I would have liked and still got some preparations to go but thrilled to be British Champion again and being able to represent GB in the World Champs especially as it’s back in the Olympic Stadium London”.
Mid Lancs League – July 1st
Lots of Heats for Sprinters at the Preston Mid Lancs Fixture starting with the U13 Girls which saw Abigail Stratton place 4th in Heat (1) with 15.80 and Hannah Eccles 6th in Heat (3) in a time of 15.40. Hannah then went on to the 200m running 31.80 for 6th place in Heat (1) with Keira Haxton in Heat (3) placing 4th (32.40) and Holly Crooks in Heat (4) 5th in a time of 32.50. U15 Abigail Armas doubled up in the 100/200m coming in 4th in Heat (4) of the 100m in 14.50 and 2nd in the 200m (Heat (3) in 29.10. U13 Isaac Butler ran in Heat (2) of the 100m posting a time of 15.40 in 6th spot.
U15 Sprinters Kyle Mashiter and Jonathan Gough were in good form with Kyle taking a double win, first in Heat (1) of the 100m with 12.60 and then in Heat (1) of the 200m in a new PB time of 25.30 – Jonathan won Heat (2) of the 100m in a time of 13.00 and then placed 3rd in the 200m Heat (1) also in a new PB time of 26.00. Some of the 800m U15 athletes doubled up in the 200m with Sam Hodkinson running a new PB time of 25.70 to win Heat (2) with Jamie Teare 4th in 28.50 and Matt Ramsden 6th in 29.40 in the same Heat. Ben Whittaker (U17) ran 12.50 for 3rd in the 100m and then ran a new PB of 25.70 in the 200m also in 3rd place. Paul Coffey doubled up in the Senior Men’s 100/200m with a 4th placed seasons best 11.6 in Heat (1) of the 100m and winning Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 24.00 another seasons best.
Moving up in distance Liberty Thompson ran 50.50 in the U15G 300m (6th) and 4th in the 75m Hurdles (13.90) whilst U15 Ethan Joyce in only his third race of the year ran aggressively to set a new PB of 58.70 in the 400m. U13 Girls Ellie and Paige Singleton ran massive new PB’s in the 800m with Paige cutting 18 seconds off her previous best to set a new time of 2.55.7 and Ellie chopping thirteen seconds off her previous best time with 2.55.0 in Heat (1). In Heat (2) there were two more new PB’s – firstly for Molly Nicholls who made all the running from the off and just got pipped into 2nd spot in a new PB time of 2.47.7 and secondly for Keira Haxton in 5th spot with a new PB of 2.49.4, some seven seconds faster than her previous best – and this on a windy day! In the U15 Girls 800m Eleesha Charnley came 4th out of the twelve athletes in a time of 2.31.5 which was just outside her personal best with Kirsten Coleran finishing in 12th spot in 2.57.9, her first time ever racing on the track. U13 Boy Codie Dewhurst cut eight seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 2.55.7 in the 800m (10th).
The U15 Boys 800m Race with sixteen athletes saw a very aggressive Sam Hodkinson run the first 200m in 29 seconds and held the front place the whole way round to win in a new PB time of 2.11.7 nearly a second quicker than his previous best. Next in came Matt Ramsden in 4th place in a time of 2.15.9 a very big new PB by six seconds. Harvey Ashworth who is running very consistent times was next in for the Harriers in 6th place in a time of 2.21.5 with Jamie Teare 8th in a time of 2.22.3 and another new PB by over a second.
The U15 Boys 1500m saw Harry Wilkin run just outside his personal best with a time of 5.07.2 in 6th place followed by George Whittaker in 7th (5.19.7) in his first ever attempt at the distance. U13 Boy Dexta Thompson ran an excellent tactical race in the 1500m, tucking in when running into the wind and then going to the front to hold his lead from around 500m out, winning in a time of 4.59.6 – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 6th in 5.19.6 and Joe Sims 13th in 6.01.5.
Kate Cookson and Abigail Stratton ran the U13 Girls 1500m with Kate in her first attempt at the distance placing 4th in 5.38.3 and Abigail 5th in a time of 5.38.5. In the U15 Girls 1500m Amy Davies and Sophie Stanworth soon established a lead, the pair of them breaking away early on which saw Amy win in a time of 5.01.5 and Sophie place 2nd in 5.12.7. U17 Jasmine Aherne knocked 27 seconds off her 3000m time to set a new PB of 12.41.5 and 3rd in her age category.
Rory Teare missed out on a new personal best by a cm in the U13 Boys Long Jump placing 6th out of 18 athletes with a distance of 4.13m, then going on to take equal 4th place in the High Jump (1.35m). Isaac Butler was also just shy off his best when placing 14th with 3.62m as was Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in his High Jump (7th) with a clearance of 1.25m. One of the highlights of the day was watching young U13 Codie Dewhurst tackle the High Jump and nearly clearing 1.20m – such an enthusiastic young lad who gives everything when he is competing as he showed in the Javelin setting a new PB of 13.04m (9th) with Dexta Thompson in 10th (12.03m) and Joe Sims 11th (8.05m) also in the Javelin. Jonathan Gough added a win in the U15 Boys Long Jump to his days efforts clearing 5.12m whilst Jamie Teare placed equal 4th in the U15 Boys High Jump (1.45m). Liberty Thompson cleared 1.30m in the U15 Girls High Jump (4th).
In the U15B Throws Kieran Carroll finished 10th in the Discus with 18.72m just 3cms short of his previous best and then set a new PB in the Javelin (4th) with a throw of 25.98m – George Whittaker came 11th in the Discus with 1.65m and 6th in the Javelin (23.31m). In the U13 Girls Hannah Eccles, Paige and Ellie Singleton all tried their hand at Shot Putt with Hannah coming in 13th (4.12m), Paige (15th) with a throw of 3.24m and Ellie 16th (2.89m).
There was a win in the U15 Girls Discus for Izzzy Thompson with a throw of 22.28m, a 3rd in the Hammer with 22.39m just one cm short of her personal best and a 6th spot in Javelin with a throw of 18.90m. U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB of 30.25m in the Hammer and placed 5th in the Shot putt with 7.50m. In the Senior Women’s Throws Anna Peers had wins in the Discus with 37.02m just 15cm short of her best, another win in the Javelin (38.57m) and a 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.48m – Holly Brooks who has struggled all year with a shoulder injury placed 6th in the Shot Putt (6.66m). Ben Whittaker threw a new PB of 27.49m in the U17 men’s Javelin whilst Tony Balko took on a trio of events in the Senior Men’s Throws – placing 7th of 12 in the Shot Putt (8.78m), 7th of 15 in the Discus (27.55m) and 4th of 9 in the Hammer with a seasons best throw of 31.34m.
Trawden 7 – Sunday July 2nd
Three hundred and fifteen runners finished this race won by Tom Corrigan in a time of 41.17.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for all the photos)
First home for Blackburn Harriers was Shaun Livesey in 7th spot (43.18) and 1st V40 on the day. Ben Costello was next in (11th) in 44.46 with V45 Paul Brindle in 16th spot and 2nd V45 on the day in a time of 45.36. Joanne Nelson was 1st V45 Woman in a time of 53.32 and 103rd overall. Bryan Searby (V45) came in 299th in a time of 82.57.
In the Junior U9 Race with forty runners Felix Thompson had a cracker of a run trying to lead the whole way before finally being pipped into 2nd spot in a time of 2.51 just one second behind the winner. Kady Thompson finished 19th out of 34 runners in the U11 Race in a time of 10.18 whilst Dexta Thompson finished 3rd overall in the mixed age group race of 39 runners comprising U13, U15 and U17’s with a time of 12.37 and 1st U13, the Race being won by an U17 with an U15 in 2nd place.
Southport Half-Marathon – Sunday July 2nd
Nearly 1500 finishers in this Race won in a time of 75.09. Blackburn Harriers had two athletes – Victoria Mousley (83.48) and Rachel Wood (84.36) running who took 2nd and 3rd places in the Woman’s Race respectively – very good runs given the weather conditions on the day.
After the Race both athletes spoke to the Club with Victoria commenting “Found it hard work today as I’d been ill most of last week. A really interesting course, lots of twists and turns with a tough wind for the coastal section. I died from about ten miles…. Lack of races in the last 12 months. A good day out though”.
Rachel who is in training for the Berlin Marathon had a similar tale to tell about the race telling us “I struggled in today’s race. Agree with Vicci, the wind was strong along the coast and my legs just felt tired throughout. I have also suffered from a cold this week and legs are heavy from mileage leading up to Berlin Marathon so it was a tough hard training run for me other than the head wind, its a fast course and highly recommended!”
Harrogate 10k – Sunday July 2nd
Five hundred and sixty runners crossed the finishing line in this 10k and among them, three Blackburn Harriers – Jonathan Bridge, Claire Bridge and Evan Cook.
Jonathan Bridge (V45) came home in 59th place with a time of 42.28 and 7th V45 out of fifty five running on the day. V65 Evan Cook (127th) was running his first race of 2017 and was next in with a time of 46.28 and 3rd V65 out of eight in that age category. Claire Bridge (V45) placed 317th in a time of 54.09
Run The Alderley Edge Bypass 10k – Sunday July 2nd
V55 Paul Clarke was out at this 10k Race setting a time of 45.27 – just a few seconds outside a seasons best – and coming home in 311th place out of a field of one thousand nine hundred and sixty four.
NHS Triathlon – June 17th
Paul Wilkinson took on the NHS Tri at Bolton on on 17th June which was, as Paul described after the event ” a hot one…..400m swim in 7.44 in to transition; on to bike which was a 10 x 1 mile loop circuit in Horwich town centre which was a fast course and managed that in 32.14 including transition and was happy with that……then on to the run which was 3 laps of 4.3 km route…..struggled with the run in the heat and lack of running and plodded round in 22.25 to manage 34th place overall……really enjoyed it and finished overall time1hour 2min.21sec”.
Matt Fastest Junior Leg at Witton Trail Relays – – Tony at BMAF Championships – – Tom wins Short Course at Darren Holloway Memorial Race – – BOFRA Championships
Witton Trail Relays – June 29th
The rain held off for this years event which is becoming ever more popular – one hundred and forty two Teams entered this years Relays which was a record entry. A big thank you to all the Marshals and volunteers who supported the event, but a special mention too for Richard Taylor of Blackburn Harriers who organises this first class event. One of the pleasing aspects of the event apart from the great and competitive racing that it entails is the fact that the proceeds go to Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, this year amounting to over a £1000. R&PMRT are a brilliant organisation who give their services free to the community and their contribution to the safety of events such as these cannot be over estimated.
(Some but not all of the forty three Blackburn Harriers who ran in the Relays — Back Row L-R – Lindsay Davies – Harry Wilkin – Orange Hat Chris Davies – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Luke Ingleson – Leon Thomas – Jamie Teare – Rory Teare – FRONT ROW L-R – Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies – Eleesha Charnley – Hannah Cookson – Katie Buckingham – Maddie Elliott – Ethan Barbarewicz).
This years Race was won by Rossendale Harriers A in a combined time of 44.48 from ‘Barlick Bad Boys’ in 2nd place (46.02). Some good performances from Blackburn Harriers too on the night – ‘Fortyish & Fit’ consisting of Chris Davies, Matt Nuttall and Shaun Livesey winning the Vets Team Prize in a time of 48.19 and 6th place overall. First Junior Team was also from Blackburn Harriers – ‘The Upstarts – comprising Jamie Teare, Leon Thomas and Matt Ramsden finished just one place behind in 7th with a combined time of 49.36 – Matt Ramsden running the fastest Junior Leg of the whole night in a time of 15.49 and that at 13yrs of age. Fabulous run from Matt.
Second Junior Team on the night also came from Blackburn Harriers – ‘New Kids on the Block‘ – consisting of Joe Gebbie, Sam Hodkinson and Nick Smith in 9th place overall with a combined time of 49.49. The Harriers ‘Young Guns’ of Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, Rory Teare and Ethan Barbarewicz were sixth Junior Team of the night in 35th place in a time of 56.20 followed by the Harriers ‘BBH Lads’ in 37th position (56.24) whose team included Harry Wilkin, Luke Ingleson and Theo Lawrence.
At the Senior end came the Harriers ‘Ringers’ in 42nd place (57.08) with Danny Maynard, Joe Brady and Andrew Knowles who were followed by ‘Triple Danger’ the Harriers team of Amy Davies, Hollie Cubbon and Eleesha Charnley in 52nd spot (58.45) and 2nd Female Junior Team. The ‘Atomic Kittens’ were the next trio flying the flag for Blackburn Harriers comprising Hannah Cookson, Maddie Elliott and Katie Buckingham in 56th position and a combined time of 59.11. The prize for the most interesting and possible most unintelligible name of the night for the Harriers was ‘The Harbourmaster, Supertanker and Tub’ team consisting of Jason Harbour, Paul Wilkinson and John Cookson, placing 59th in a time of 59.58 – prizes for those who guess who is who? Another Vet Team from the Harriers ‘Three Legs of Witton’ – did they have one each? – finished 70th (60.07 featuring Mick Angland, Ian Clarkson and Danny Teare.
Another conundrum of a name saw ‘2 Beautys and a Beast’ from the Harriers made up of Lindsay Davies, Nikki Hartley and Allan Hartley come home in 105th slot with a combined time of 70.01 – followed by the ‘Whalley Warriors’ made up of Clare Wilkin, Julie Coy and Mark Wilkin in 110th place (71.31 – and – ‘The Sloe Gins’ of Catherine Guinan, Lorna Sharp – the Glastonbury Rocker and Michelle Teare in 120th in a time of 73.54.
British Masters Athletic Federation T & F Championships – June 24/25th
V50 Tony Balko – one of the mainstays of Blackburn Harriers Northern League team for some years – had set his goal for 2017 to compete at both the British and European Masters Championships in Birmingham and Denmark respectively.
The first leg of that double took place in Birmingham last weekend which saw Tony compete in the Discus, Hammer and Shot Putt. Eleven athletes took part in the Discus (1.5kg) with Tony finishing in 9th spot with a throw of 29.50m. Day two saw him throw a seasons best in the Hammer in 6th place (35.30m) a competition noted for the winning throw of 70.37m by fellow V50 Michael Jones. In his final event – Shot Putt – Tony came in 5th with a distance of 9.49m.
At the end of the weekend Tony reflected on his performances when speaking to the Club “The British Masters Champs in Birmingham (24/25 June 2017) was an inspirational event, but just not my championships! The Discus event on the Saturday turned out quite disappointing (trying to go for big throws too early, resulting in two fouls!), thus only managing 29.50 (9th) off the remaining throw. Sunday turned out to be slightly better, attaining a seasons best (SB) of 35.30 in the Hammer (6th) and 09.49 in the Shot Putt (5th). Not a brilliant weekends competition, well under par and unfortunately carrying a knee injury niggle (but this is no excuse). So its onwards and upwards, and with only 4 weeks to go, time now to try and be fully fit for the European Masters Championships in Denmark, where representing Great Britain Masters, I’m up against 26 other good athletes in the Throws Pentathlon event (5 throws events in one day)”.
Darren Holloway Memorial Race at Loweswater
This Race is described on the Race Organisers website as ‘One of the toughest Lakeland races in the calendar makes a fantastic day out over the quiet Buttermere fells. In memory of Pennine Fell Runner Darren Holloway, this race is based on the original Buttermere Horseshoe, and is one not to forget in a hurry. Flagged to the fells at Lanthwaite Green, but once on the tops there is much route choice between checkpoints, the map just shows one option. Just remember to save a little bit for that final pull onto Mellbreak. Descent from Mellbreak is via the col between North and South summit – the route off the North is out of bounds and much slower anyway”.
Tom Cubbon decided to take the Short Course on and won it in a time of 2hr 57.15 just 52 seconds in front of the second placed runner. After the Race Tom spoke to the Club about the day saying that “Most of the runners were doing the full course but I was doing the ‘short’, which was still 14 miles with nearly 5000ft of climbing. I had a very steady first half as I was running with my niece who was visiting from Canada to do the long race as well as nursing a tight calf. After the long route runners turned off I pushed on a little on the main descent and felt stronger. I could only see one runner a long way ahead, and assumed there were others further on. Otherwise I was on my own so used my map more than any other race I can remember! Coming into the final climb up Mellbreak the runner ahead went a long way off my planned route and after falling into the trap of ‘following’ I made the call the double back onto what was a longer but hopefully faster route. That was the last person I saw, so I plodded on, had a few mishaps in the heathery final descent and jogged in to the finish to be more that pleasantly surprised to be first home in a time of 2:57:15!”
Kirby Gala Fell Race – June 24th
Dexta Thompson continued his very good form in the latest round of the BOFRA Championships at Kirby last weekend, finishing 2nd in the U12 Race in a time of 9.09. Sister Kady Thompson who is also running the series ran in the same race placing 23rd overall in a time of 13.30. Younger brother Felix Thompson posted a time of 2.40 as he finished 5th in the U9 Race.
With just three Races still to go in this years Championships Dexta is in 2nd position overall as can be seen from the Standings after the Kirby Gala Race.
Sophie at Golden Spike in Ostrava – New 3000m PB for Tim at Trafford – Witton Open Meeting has longest Hammer throw of 2017 for U17 Women
56th Ostrave Golden Spike – 27/28th June
Sophie Hitchon was competing again at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, just days after representing Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Lille at the weekend. While things didn’t go as well as they might have at the Championships, Sophie bounced back in emphatic style at the Golden Spike Meeting – finishing 4th in a quality field with a throw of 73.68 and her second 73m plus throw on the night.
After the Meeting Sophie spoke to the Club about the Team Championships and her Golden Spike result saying that “After a tough few weeks of competitions I was disappointed that I couldn’t get more points for the team at the European Team Championships. I was very pleased with the competition in Ostrava to get back to where I started this year. I am looking forward to competing at British championships this weekend it is always great to compete on home soil”.
Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were out at the latest Grand Prix Meeting at Stretford on Tuesday night contesting the 3000m. A big field of twenty four runners saw Dejene Gezimu take the win in a time of 8.29.39 with Tim in 11th spot and posting a new PB time of 8.40.52 which bettered his previous best by six seconds. Tim spoke to the Club after the Race commenting “Pleased with how my race went. Got a little stuck on the first lap, but managed to work my way up through the field. I was happy to finish quite strongly, and am now looking forward to running at Stretford again next Tuesday night for the 5k.”
Joe finished in 15th place in a time of 8.49.37 four seconds away from his previous personal best for the distance and speaking to the Club he told us that he thought he “hit a bit of a plateau in the 3k, sticking between 8:45-8:50, seem to get to 2k and then struggle. Not too disappointed as my training is showing that I should be close to 8:40, just need that 800m/1500m speed now to kick on”.
The second of this years Blackburn Harriers T & F Open Meetings took place on Wednesday June 21st including some really good competition over the different events.
The U17 Women’s Hammer was a standout competition with the top two Women in the country battling it out – Tara Simpson-Sullivan from Wigan Harriers and Charlotte Williams from Blackburn Harriers. Tara threw a new life time best of 61.67m to finish ahead of Charlotte in 2nd place with a throw of 57.35m. The came Hannah Blood (Sale) in 3rd with a new PB of 47.78m, Charlotte Sturchbury (Liverpool Harriers) in 4th with 46.27m, Emma Louise Vickers Preston Harriers) in 5th throwing 41.97m and in 6th Rhiannan Lowe (Preston Harriers) with 36.56m. Nicky Saunders (Blackburn Harriers) and Tamalyn Dickinson also threw new PB’s in the U13 Girls Hammer with Nicky taking the win (21.09m) and Tamalyn 2nd (20.93m). Jacob Roberts (Blackburn Harriers) set a new personal best with his last throw in the Junior Men’s Hammer (65.64m).
There was an impressive winner of Heat (1) of the Mile with Robb Webb of Rossendale taking the Race in a time of 4.27.1. Impressive also in the same Heat were the runs of Blackburn Harriers U15’s Sam Hodklinson and Matt Ramsden which saw Sam run a time of 4.45.8 out sprinting Matt in the home straight who finished 3rd in 4.46.3 and they were followed by fellow Harrier U17 Nick Smith finishing strongly in 4th spot in a time of 4.47.2. Blackburn Harriers and U17 – Bradley Meikleham won the 1000m in a time of 2.53.6 ahead of Preston Harriers U23 Rachael Scott in 2.56.9.
In the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles there was another impressive win by Blackburn Harriers Myah Booth in a new PB time of 11.6 which was one tenth inside the English Schools qualifying time with new PB’s for Queen Tanimowo in 2nd (12.0) and Christie Sturgess in 4th (12.9). Blackburn Harrier Emily Warren was also among the new PB’s with a time of 12.6 in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles. U17 Solomon Brown (Blackburn Harriers) ran his third successive PB over the 400m Hurdles recording a time of 63.4.
There was an air of anticipation as the Harriers arrived on another scorching hot day at Bury Athletic Club for Fixture (3) of the UKYDL Division 2 on Sunday June 18th – realised as it was – on a day which produced 18 wins, 23 second places and 18 new PB’s – leading to another win, keeping the Club at the top of the League going into the final fixture at Ashton-Under-Lyne on July 15th with a very good opportunity to finish the season as champions and promotion to Division1.
The Team got off to a great start on the track winning 5 of the 7 Hurdles Races with a 2nd and a 5th spot in the other two. U13’s Emma Love placed 2nd in the 70m Hurdles (12.90) with Paige Shannon taking a win in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.50. U13 Boys Rory Teare and Ben Boocock won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 75m Hurdles with Rory clocking 13.90 and Ben 14.20. The U15 Girls 75m Hurdles saw Myah Booth win the ‘A’ in 12.00 and Queen Tanimowo the ‘B’ with 12.60. Jamie Teare took 5th spot in the U15 80m Hurdles in a time of 17.20.
The Team won consistent points in the Sprint events too – Kyle Mashiter running 12.4 (4th) in the U15B ‘A’ 100m backed up Jonathan Gough in the ‘B’ (3rd) in a time of 12.80. Kyle placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 200m in 25.2, a new PB by six tenths whilst Sam Hodkinson also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ posting a time of 26.4. Sam was out again in the 300m taking another 2nd spot in the ‘B’ in a time of 40.00 with Leon Thomas placing 4th in the ‘A’ (43.9) which was a new PB by four tenths.
Bailey Madden and Millie Coy picked up great points in the U15 Girls 300m with Bailey taking 2nd in the ‘A’ in 44.4 and a superb first 60metres saw Millie win the ‘B’ Race in a time of 44.2, her first ever competitive run over the distance. Caiden Hesketh ran a time of 28.6 – a new PB – for 4th spot in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 200m with Christie Sturgess taking 3rd in the ‘B’ Race also with a new PB of 28.8. In the U15 100m Queen Tanimowo ran 12.4, a new PB by 7 tenths for 5th spot in the ‘A’ Race and Amy Wiggans 14.5 in the ‘B’ (14.5).
In the U13 Boys there was a 5th spot and a new PB for Hayden Mercer in the ‘A’ 100m (14.6) and 7th for Codie Dewhurst in the ‘B’ with a time of 16.40 – and in the U13 200m – Rory Teare ran 31.7 for 6th place in the ‘A’ and Saul Sharp 32.2 also for 6th in the ‘B’ Race. Two 4th spots for Holly Bell in the ‘B’ 75m Race running a new PB time of 11.70 and again in the 150m with a time of 22.5 – Shannon Paige ran 11.20 for 4th spot in the ‘A’ 75m with Eleanor Allsop finishing 5th in the ‘B’ 150m (22.6).
Great performances in the Relays too for the Club taking 5th spot, 3rd, three 2nd places and a win – the U15 Girls winning the 4 x 300m in 3.00.1 and placing 2nd in the 4 x 100m in a time of 54.2 just six tenths outside the Club Record which has been held since 1986 — the U15 Boys took 2nd in the 4 x 100m in 51.40 and 2nd again in the 4 x 300m posting a time of 2.55.6 — whilst the U13 Boys the Team took 3rd spot in the 4 x 100m (58.70) and the Girls came 5th in 59.5.
One of the performances of the day came from U15 Cameron Harris who threw a National Standard distance and a new PB of 44.80m to win the ‘A’ Javelin event – in the ‘B’ Javelin Kieran Carroll just missed out by cms in winning the ‘B’ finishing 2nd with a distance of 25.04m. George Whittaker threw 8.60m in the U15 ‘A’ Shot Putt with sprinter Kyle Mashiter stepping in for the ‘B’ taking 5th place (5.90m). Kieran Carroll was out again in the Discus for 5th spot in the ‘A’ (18.34m) with George Whittaker earning 4th place in the ‘B’ with a throw of 14.45m – that old saying of ‘you can’t keep a good man down’ applied to Kieran Carroll who made it a hat trick of throws events with a 13.05m throw in the U15 ‘A’ Hammer.
Myah Booth got the U15 Girls off to a good start in the Throws events winning the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.71m) with Liberty Thompson placing 5th in the ‘B’ (6.02m) which was a new PB. Izzy Thompson continued with stacking up the points taking 2nd place in the ‘A’ Discus (19.34m) and 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 19.47m. Myah Booth doubled up in the U15 Girls Javelin with Myah placing 2nd in the ‘A’ (25.45m) and Millie also 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 22.72m.
The U13 Girls Throws events saw Danielle Probert throwing a new PB distance of 5.48m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with Caroline Woodworth taking 4th in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.47m and on to the Javelin where Caroline placed 2nd in the ‘A’ (18.96m) alongside a win in the ‘B’ for Danielle with 16.25m. A trio of U13 Boys featuring Reece Simpson, Theo Sturgess and Dexta Thompson took on the Throws with Reece throwing a new PB of 5.71m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (4th) and Theo 4.85m also a new PB in the ‘B’ for 3rd – two 4th spots in the Javelin saw Dexta throw 20.29m in the ‘A’, a new PB and Theo 11.44m in the ‘B’.
It was very tough conditions for the middle distance runners which made their good performances so much the better. Leon Thomas placed 2nd in the U15 ‘A’ 800m in 2.11.5 after setting a new personal best of 2.09.4 the day before at the Mid Lancs League….Harvey Ashworth knocked two seconds off his previous best time when he finished 2nd in the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 2.20.9. It was a very good quality race in the U15 Boys ‘A’ 1500m being won in 4.16.9 – Matt Ramsden placed 4th in a time of 4.27.6 just one second outside his personal best and Jackson McKay also had a very good run finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ Race with a time of 4.55.7, the first time he has done the distance on the track.
Two good runs in the U15 Girls 800m race saw a 2nd place for Sophie Stanworth in the ‘A in a time of 2.30.6 (4th) and a win for Eleesha Charnley in the ‘B’ (2.31.00) – Amy Davies was a comfortable winner of the U15 Girls ‘A’ 1500m as she pushed the pace to record a time of 5.02.8. The U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m race was a good one with Dexta Thompson never giving up on that 1st place finally finishing 2nd in a time of 2.26.3 which was also a new PB and Hayden Mercer made it a very high scoring event for the Team when he won the ‘B’ 800m in 2.26.9. Three 2nd places and a 3rd in the U13 Girls middle distance races helped to pushed the points totals for the Club – Leah Hoole placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m (2.34.7) with Kate Cookson in 3rd in the ‘B’ (2.49.7) and they were backed up by Hollie Cubbon who came 2nd in the ‘A’ 1200m in a time of 4.19.2 with Caroline Woodworth also 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.27.7).
The U13’s had a very good day in the Jumps – Emma Love won the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m which was a new PB and a Club Record breaking the old one which has stood since 2008 with Danielle Probert coming 2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.15m. It was a double win in the U13 Girls Long Jump Emma Love winning the ‘A’ and Shannon Paige the ‘B’ (3.93m) a new PB. Three wins and a 2nd spot were soon backed up by a double win in the U13 Boys High Jump where Rory Teare set a new PB of 1.40m in winning the ‘A’ and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret also setting a new PB of 1.30m in winning the ‘B’ – Kyle went on to pace 5th in the Long Jump with 3.80m, just 4cm short of his personal best and he was supported by Saul Sharp, also 5th in the ‘B’ with 3.38m and a new PB for him as well. Macy Haworth was the only Pole Vaulter entered from any of the Clubs and cleared 1.80m before she had to stop as the landing mat was so hot.
Highlight Jump of the day for the Team came with a new PB for Jonathan Gough in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump clearing 5.65m for the win and a new PB with George Whittaker taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.33m. Jamie Teare cleared 1.45m in the ‘A’ High Jump (4th) and in the U15 Girls High Jump there was a 3rd spot for Queen Tanimowo with 1.40m in the ‘A’ and a 2nd place for Liberty Thompson in the ‘B’ (1.35m) – Bailey Madden placed 5th in the U15 Girls Long Jump (4.17m) supported by Eleesha Charnley in the ‘B’ jumping 3.84m.
(Thomas Hamer NS 800m)
(Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and David Holman in NS 800m)
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