Category Archives: Track & Field
Northern T & F Championships
Jacob Roberts added the Northern U20 Hammer Title to his growing list of achievements at Sportscity on Sunday. He has now won the Northern Hammer Title in the U15, U17 and U20 Age Categories which is a very considerable achievement. A delighted Jacob spoke to the Club saying that it was a “Great day today at Northern championships at Manchester. I was happy with my win and becoming Northern champion U20 2017. Could have been better with the distance but it was a win in the end. Looking forward now to England Champs next Saturday”.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Tempest)
Thirty one athletes in this years Northern 5000m Championships – won by Jack Morris of Stockport in a time of 14.39.98 – which featured Tim Raynes from the Harriers who finished in 11th place in a time of 15.24.26 and commented after the Championships “I went in to the race hoping to better the 15:03 I ran a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t to be. Started off fairly quickly through the first 1k, going through in about 2:55/6. My pace then started to drop and, while I was still on for 15min pace going though 3k, faded badly in the last 2k. Perhaps just one race too many for me after racing a lot over the last few weeks.”
Epicman – Middle Distance Triathlon – June 11th
It was a great day for Jack Hindle at the Epicman in Lancaster at the weekend when he won the event at the head of a two hundred and four strong field, recording the second fastest Bike ride of the day (2hr 45.16) and the fastest Run (78.23) – unfortunately because of a fast flowing river, the Swim part of the event was cancelled which is arguably Jack’s strongest part of the discipline.
The event consists of a 1.9km Open water Swim, a 90km Bike Ride and a 21km Run to finish described by the Race organisers as follows: The Swim — The swim will take in the river Lune and is a single 1900m loop. The event will be a deep water start. There will be safety kayaks and a safety boat in the river should you need them. The Bike — The bike route is a 90km undulating loop with a small ‘out and back’ section to start and finish. The loop with take you on quiet and glorious country lanes around the Trough of Bowland and will pass through Quernmore, Abbeystead, Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn, Bentham, Canton and back to Halton. The Run — The 21km run route is a flat route on a cycle and footpath along the River Lune. The course is a two loop out and back along the cycle path adjacent to the river Lune. There is a short section to run before joining the loop, you will also run this section on your way back to the finish. The out and back loop is roughly 5.5 miles and there will be a feed stop that you pass three times on the run course which is positioned at the beginning of the loop.
Jack went into the Run three minutes behind in 2nd place after the Bike stage but them made up a massive eight minutes on the run and after the event Jack spoke to the Harriers commenting on his day and told us that he had “no real intentions of doing a half in the near future. I’d really started to focus on races that are coming up. I’ve had really hard block of training since finishing uni this year. All three disciplines have been heading in the right direction, and a team mate said to me a week ago, that I would go well at the epicman. After today’s performance, I’m really glad I did it and really have been able to show what I am capable of. The race was run on a really tough bike course, so to run around a 1.18 half marathon is something I didn’t think I was capable of. Really looking forward to seeing what I can do in the upcoming races, and hopefully take to the top step again”.
Mark Bleasdale also had a very good day, earning a top ten finish coming home in 9th place and 3rd V40 in a combined time of 4hr 29.39 – Mark’s splits were 2hr 50.41 for the Bike and 97.43 for the Run.
FRA Championships – June 10th
It was the final race in the FRA Championships at the weekend which saw Dexta Thompson finish 3rd overall in the U13 Boys – a great result for him. Dexta finished 5th on the day in a mixed boys and girls field of seventy one runners (13.31) which confirmed his Bronze Medal position for the Championships overall. Dexta told the Club that he“is happy with it knowing how good the competition has been against kids from fell clubs and with him doing no training other than actual races he just did his best”.
Brother Felix Thompson finished off his championships by taking 6th out of thirty two runners in a time of 6.18 whilst Harry Wilkin contested the U15 Race featuring fifty one runners where he came 29th overall in a time of 24.02 having fallen early on which set him back a touch.
Jamie Teare competed in the U17 race which was also mixed with Boys and Girls – won by Alex Ediker in 28.07 and Rosie Woodhams for the Girls in 33.27 – placing 20th out of an entry list of 44 other athletes with a time of 34.45. Jamie spoke to the Club saying that he had “Tried this terrain out at Foe Edge 2 weeks ago so I knew it would be hard. It was very tough but I enjoyed it. Well done to all BBH and Lancashire athletes who competed.”
Weets Fell Race – June 10th
Shaun Livesey was among the one hundred and fifty three runners at the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – won by Danny Collinge (39.24) – and had a very good race coming home in 4th position in a time of 41.24 and 2nd V40 on the day.
Shaun told the Club after the Race that he was ” Needing to do the remainder of the races to qualify for the series in the vet 40 division I had to get myself over to Barnoldswick for this 5.5mile race. The weather wasn’t great but I don’t mind that. I set of steady and the lead 3 pulled away. At around the halfway point two runners passed me on the descent (nothing new there) they must have put around 10-15 seconds onto me, but as we hit the last climb I made a diecision to get back to them before it leveled out. I made contact with them and pushed on past, there was a little half mile grass section with a few gates to contest with but I knew as soon as we hit the tarmac descent to the finish I was confident that they wouldn’t pass me. A good tactical race in the end with a fourth place finish. Next up Barrowford 5km”.
Two Lads fell Race
John Horrocks had a very good run at this Fell Race featuring one hundred and sixty two finishers won by Chris Farrell in a time of 31.02. John finished 7th overall in 36.03
Grasmere Gallop – June 3rd
U15 Harry Wilkin who has been out on the Fells quite a bit lately had a good run to finish 4th (25.15) in a mixed age group race featuring one hundred and twenty seven finishers at the 5.7k Grasmere Gallop last weekend.
Catforth 10k – June 11th
Just under a hundred finishers in this local 10k Road Race won by Jason Parker in 34.18. Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello got another run under his belt after coming back from injury, running consistently to earn 5th place in a time of 36.18. V50 David Morris placed 70th in a time of 57.02 which was his fastest 10k this year.
Astley Park Junior Race Series
Nine youngsters from Blackburn Harriers were out in Race 2 of this years Astley Park Junior Series.
(Back Row – Liberty Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Ethan Barbarewicz- Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies)
Front Row (Lulu Sharp – Hannah davies – William Grundy – Felix Thompson)
Amy Davies was first Harrier in (8th) with a time of 5.21 and 2nd Girl on the night. Next came Ethan Barbarewicz in 15th (5.35) having a real battle with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 16th (5.36). Hollie Cubbon posted a time of 5.55 in 29th spot and she was followed home by William Grundy (57th) in 6.25 and Liberty Thompson in 62nd with a time of 6.31. Hannah Davies came in 69th in 6.40 with Felix Thompson in 89th (7.11) and Lulu Sharp was 99th in a time of 7.58.
Warm sunshine stayed in place the whole of the day at Bebington for this years Northern League Division 2 – Round (2). It was also a day when the Harriers, who were missing a lot of athletes, dug deep, doubled up, competed with niggles and injuries and took on events that they wouldn’t normally do and did themselves and the Club proud by finishing 2nd in the Match.
Good results in the Men’s Hammer kicked off the day nicely with Jacob Roberts setting a new PB of 55.59m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ and Nathan Billington also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 38.26m, just 40cms away from a new PB. Charlotte Williams carried on in the Women’s Hammer also setting a new PB by a metre to win the event with a throw of 49.74m. Anna Peers had a cracking day too in the Throws winning all three of her events winning the ‘A’ Discus with 35.36m and backed up superbly by Holly Brooks in the ‘B’ also winning with a throw of 22.09m. Anna then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a distance of 35.36, an event which saw middle distance athlete Charlie Coy for only the second time she has ever thrown Javelin taking points in 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with 13.34m.
It was Anna and Holly again in the Shot Putt with yet another win for Anna (10.81m) and 3rd for Holly in the ‘B’ (7.48m) and throwing with an injured shoulder as she had done all day. Tony Balko and Nathan Billington took on the Discus with Tony placing 3rd with a season’s best in the ‘A’ (30.88m) and Nathan 4th in the ‘B’ with a new PB throw of 22.40m. Sammy Kearns was throwing the senior Javelin for the first time and did really well to get in a throw of 40.00m in the ‘A’ (6th) with Jacob Roberts just cms short from a new PB in the ‘B’ throwing 38.60m for 3rd place.
In the Sprints, Senior Men Dominic Bretherton and Dominic Zinyemba were evenly matched which saw Brandon 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.3 matching his personal best and Dominic 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 11.2. In the 200m it was Dominic in the ‘A’ placing 3rd in 23.4 and Brandon 2nd in the ‘B’ with 23.3. U17 Women Emily Warren competing even though she wasn’t well – and Chloe Bleeks went up against the Senior Women in the sprints with Emily finishing 5th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.3) and 5th also in the ‘A’ 200m with a time of 27.6 which equaled her personal best. Chloe came 5th in the ‘B’ 100m (13.6) and 5th in the ‘B’ 200m with a PB equaling time of 27.5.
Charlie Coy took good points in the Women’s ‘A’ 400m (62.0) in 2nd place followed by Maddie Elliott placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 800m in a time of 2.21.1 which was a new PB by two tenths and Katie Buckingham also taking 3rd spot in the ‘B’ in 2.29.2. Short on distance runners for the fixture – Maddie and Katie doubled up and ran the 1500m too with Maddie running into 3rd place in the ‘A’ (5.00.1) and Katie coming home 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB by seven seconds of 5.05.7. It was a similar situation for the Men’s distance runners which saw Joe Howe in the Men’s ‘A’ 400m straight after he had done the High Jump – (2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.45m) and Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘A’ 10.27.3) – in 5th place with a time of 61.6 – and – U17 Bradley Meikleham in his first ever competition at senior level coming home in 5th place in 58.4.
Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ 1500m finishing 4th in 4.09.3 with Karl Billington 5th in the ‘B’ (4.46.5) followed thirty minutes later by Tim, like other athletes on the day, giving everything to maximise points, running the ‘A’ 5000m and nearly pulling a win off coming home in 2nd place (15.43.7) after making a bid three laps out to front run. Chris Davies who had already run the 3000m Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘B’ 10.49.3) – also doubled up in the ‘B’ 5000m finishing 3rd in a new track PB time of 16.54.9. Chris even volunteered for a Leg of the 4 x 400m Relay if the Team had needed him!
It was a good day for Morgan Angland in a very keenly contested Women’s ‘A’ 100m Hurdles where she finished 2nd in a time of 15.5, just a tenth outside her PB and then in the ‘A’ Long Jump, Morgan got back to her best form leaping to a distance of 5.12m – again in a keenly contested event. Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.33m in the ‘B’ Long Jump for 3rd spot which was just 10cms down on her PB. In the Men’s Sprint Hurdles John iLunga and Joe Howe took this on in the absence of the teams sprint hurdlers and did really well with Joe placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (21.7) and John, as he was the only ‘B’ runner took all the points with a time of 22.4. John was also out in the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles running 67.7 for 2nd place and debutant U17 Solomon Brown did really well to also get 2nd place in the ‘B’ (66.3). Charlie Coy stepped in to do the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles, an event she hadn’t done before and gained good points for the team (3rd) in 82.9 and all done with a smile on her face – all the way round. U17’s Nick Massey and Luke Kenyon took on the Long Jump with Luke clearing 5.54m in the ‘A’ and Nick 5.28m in the ‘B’ – Luke then did ‘A’ Triple Jump carrying an injury placing 5th with 9.91m backed up by John Ilunga in the ‘B’ (4th) with a distance of 9.65m. Luke was also in action in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.65m for 3rd place.
Some good results in the Relays too for the Team – The Women’s 4 x 100m – Morgan Angland – Katie Buckingham – Chloe Bleeks – Emily Warren – saw the Team finish in 3rd spot (52.00) but both Wirral and Liverpool were disqualified in front of them, giving the team win to the Harriers. In the 4 x 400m Women’s Relay – Katie Buckingham – Emily Warren – Charlie Coy – Maddie Elliot ran into 2nd place with 4.19.3. The Men’s 4 x 100m Relay – Dominic Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Nick Massey – John iLunga – placed 3rd but had Liverpool disqualified in front of them moving them up to 2nd with a time of 46.9. The 4 x 400 Men’s Team of Karl Billington – Bradley Meikleham – Joe Howe – Solomon Brown ran a time of 3.59.1 (4th).
It was a big night at Sportscity on Saturday evening – May 27th – with European Championship qualifying times up for grabs. Rob Warner, Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were all competing for the Harriers over the 5000m with all of them having very good runs – Rob and Tim setting new personal bests for the distance.
Rob Warner…was put into the ‘B’ 5000m Race won in a time of 14.21.7. Rob’s previous PB for the distance going into the meeting was 14.49.3 which he reduced by another 13 seconds to post a new lifetime best of 14.36.21 – placing 8th in the twenty one strong field – and this just a week after setting a new 10000m PB (30.46.13) at the Night of 10000m’s in Highgate. After the Race Rob spoke to the Club and said that he was “Really pleased with the 5000m last night, the pacing was a bit sporadic for the first mile or so which made it quite tough but it settled down and was on pace through 3k. Would have liked to sit with the lead group a little longer but managed to close in about 65 which is promising! Overall happy with a 13 second PB!”
Tim Raynes best time going into the ‘C’ 5000m Race was 15.07.45 run at the Northern Championships in 2016 – cutting nearly four seconds off that Tim set himself a new PB of 15.03.93 finishing in 3rd place telling the Club “I went into the race hoping to be somewhere close to the 15 minute mark. Conditions were fairly windy but I managed to sit in with a group of athletes looking for similar times. Was really hanging on for the last few laps, but managed to dig in to keep contact with the lead group. Unfortunately just didn’t have enough on the last lap to dip under 15 or get the win. Pleased to get a PB though, and hopefully there is more to come. Well done to both Joe and Rob for great runs!”
Joe Monk had a pretty hectic weekend — running at Sportscity and the day after taking on the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half-Marathon — was also in the ‘C’ 5000m Race along with Tim and missed setting a new PB by just a second coming home in a time of 15.25.67 but when speaking to the Club after the race he was “pretty happy with the run, was the only one to really go with the pacemaker and paid for it, running 4:43 for the first mile. If I paced it properly I would have run a PB, just got too carried away as racing on the track can almost force you to go off hard and you pay for it later. Did the Rock n Roll half the day after as a `steady `long run, just wanted to run comfortably and was surprised to run 74:31 given my intention was just to do it at 6 minute pace. Well done to Tim running a very good time, getting close to that sub 15!”
(Joe Monk at the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half-Marathon – Sunday May 29th).
There was a threat of thunderstorms and heavy rain as athletes gathered for the second of this years Mid Lancs fixtures at Witton Park yesterday, but thankfully it didn’t materialise and the day went off in warm weather the predominate feature of the day which also featured fifty six Blackburn Harriers competing on the Bank Holiday weekend.
Many thanks once again to all the Officials who helped run the day almost on a skeleton crew basis and there is little doubt that the whole issue of having enough and competent Officials is a serious issuing facing the sport of athletics. Athletics in general as well as Blackburn Harriers is crying out for parents of athletes to volunteer to come forward and train up to be Officials, progressing through to a point where they actually run events.
(Harriers Officials L-R Janet Brookes – Caroline Thompson – Jonathan Davison – Jean Hoyle – Jim Kerrigan)
Apologies for the poor Throws Photo’s and others – experimenting with camera settings when trying to capture good movement shots, proved to be a disaster – lessons have been learned!!!
The development of the Harriers Throws Squads has been very impressive and evidence of that was seen again at this latest fixture with wins in the Hammer for U17 Jacob Roberts winning the Senior Men’s Hammer with 55.47m, Sam Gaskell winning the U17 Hammer with a distance of 44.68m and Charlotte Williams winning the U17 Women’s Hammer with 56.53m. There were also throws of 30.61m for V50 Tony Balko in the Hammer (4th) plus 3rd in the Discus (29.16m) and 19.72m for Izzy Thompson in the U15 Girls Hammer (5th).
U13 Nicky Saunders just can’t stop winning, her latest outing seeing her win the Javelin (24.73m), the Discus (26.61m) and an amazing new PB and Club Record Shot Putt with 9.36m which is a metre and a half further than her previous best.
U17 Lucas Davies won the Javelin with 26.64m came 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.99m) and 2nd in the Discus with a new PB of 28.38m. U17 Anthony Kent who has already achieved the English Schools and National Standard qualification won the Discus with a throw of 41.66m and the Shot Putt with 12.71m. In the U13’s Kyle Taylor-Pomfret won the Javelin (22.39m), whilst Dexta Thompson came 4th (19.68m), Isaac Butler 7th (14.36m) and Codie Dewhurst 8th with a distance of 12.82m. U15 George Whittaker threw 24.76m in the Javelin for 3rd spot and a new PB by over 2 metres.
Great to see Holly Brookes back competing after having shoulder problems, in the Senior Women’s Discus (4th) with 22.63m and the Shot Putt – 4th again – with 7.42m. U17 Emily Taberner was competing in just her first competition of the year and up in age category taking 3rd in the Discus with 20.82m and 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.55m. Abigail Brown set a new PB in her U17 Shot Putt (4th) with 8.26m, placing 6th in the Javelin with 21.54m. Bottom of age U15 Izzy Thompson placed 8th in the Shot Putt with 7.08m and 2nd in the Discus (22.51m). Myah Booth who has just set the English Schools qualifying time for the U15 75m Hurdles came 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 24.69m with Caiden Hesketh in 3rd spot (22.60m) an event that she has never competed in before. Caroline Woodworth (U13) decided to chance her arm at the Throws instead of her usual Track race and did really well coming 2nd in the Discus (16.24m), 5th in the Javelin with 20.51m and 10th in the Shot Putt with 4.09m. Danielle Probert just missed out on a new PB in the U13 Girls Javelin finishing 8th with 17.96m.
Lots of sprinters out for the Club too with Dominic Bretherton taking 2nd in the 100m (11.60) and 2nd again in the 200m (23.8). U17 Ben Whittaker set a new PB by two tenths in the 100m with a time of 12.30 (4th) and another new PB in the 200m – 2nd in 25.3. U15 Kyle Mashiter also got in on the act with a new PB of 12.20 in winning the 100m followed in by Jonathan Gough in the U15 Boys Heat (1) 200m placing 2nd in 26.70, the first time he has raced over the distance – and V50 Tony Balko ran the 100m in Heat (2) posting a time of 13.5.
Sam Hodkinson took a break from 800’s to have a go at the 200m and duly won Heat (2) in 26.6. U15 Jonathan Gough entered the U17 Boys Triple Jump and won it with a leap of 11.10m – (the Club record being 11.30m) – and again, the first time he has competed in the event in a T & F fixture – expect the Club Record to go this year. U13 David Holman took on the 100m instead of his usual longer race and ran very well for 3rd spot and a time of 14.2 followed by Codie Dewhurst in the same Heat (7th) in 15.50 and a new PB.
There was a new PB of 13.30 for Chloe Bleeks in the U17 Women’s 100m (3rd) and a win in the 200m (27.6) showing great acceleration off the bend to set up the win for herself. Next up with a new PB came Queen Tanimowo in the U15 Girls 100m – 2nd in 13.10 Heat (1) followed in Heat (2) by a new PB for Bailey Madden winning in 13.0 – in Heat (3) a new PB for Myah Booth 2nd in 13.5 – in Heat (4) Aysha Karolia after a lay off came 4th in 14.4 – in Heat (5) it was Abigail Armas placing 3rd in a new PB for her of 14.10 and in Heat (6) Maia Bowman came home in 2nd spot with a time of 14.20. In the U15 200m’s Bailey Madden placed 2nd in 27.70 and Christie Sturgess 4th (29.00) in Heat (1) with Macy Haworth in Heat (2) 4th (29.60) and her first race over the distance – and – in Heat (3) Aysha Karolia also 4th in a time of 30.7.
A number of U13 Girls were out tackling the Sprints which saw Kate Cookson finish 4th in 15.10 in Heat (1) of the 100m – Eva Knowles place 5th in 16.00 in Heat (3) — In the 200m it was Leah Hoole coming home in 5th (30.80) in Heat (1) – Hannah Eccles 3rd in Heat (2) with 32.4 – Keira Haxton Heat (3) 2nd in 32.8.
U17 Bradley Meikleham had an existing personal best of 2.39.3 for the 800m and he went out determined to massively undermine that time and that’s exactly what he did by knocking nearly half a minute off to place 4th in a new PB time of 2.12.5. U15’s Ethan Joyce and Ben Branton were also determined to produce good times for the 400m, a race which saw Ethan place 2nd in a new PB of 59.0, some five seconds better and Ben placing 3rd in 61.80 – his first time over the distance in a competitive race. U15 Eleesha Charnley had her first ever competitive 300m track race finishing 2nd in a good time of 46.0. Charlie Coy ran in the Senior Women’s 400m Race and ran a new PB by nearly three seconds finishing 3rd in 60.4. Maddie Elliott was just two tenths outside her personal best over 800m when she came 2nd in the U17 race in a time of 2.21.3.
Amy Davies reduced her best time for the 1500m by three seconds to post a new PB of 5.03.1 in the U15 Race whilst in the U13 Girls middle distance races half a dozen youngsters went for the 800m – Leah Hoole taking 3rd in Heat (1) with 2.34.4 and Kate Cookson 9th in 2.57.3. Heat (2) saw Molly Nicholls run 2.53.9 in 5th with Hannah Eccles in 6th (2.54.00), Keira Haxton in 9th (2.57.0) and Eva Knowles 11th in a time of 3.02.5.
The 3000m race combining male and female mixed aged runners – won by Daniel Collinge in 9.30 – saw three Harriers occupy places two, three and four with V40 Chris Davies agonisingly a second shy of a new PB in 2nd ( 9.34.7), Nick Smith (U17) had a great run cutting seventeen seconds off his previous time to record a new PB of 9.53.7 followed by U15 Jamie Teare, also setting a new PB time of 10.14.7 – some sixteen seconds faster than his previous best time.
U15 Leon Thomas set a new PB in the 800m placing 2nd in 2.09.6 with Harvey Ashworth in 7th (2.22.7) and George Whitakker in 9th posting a new PB time of 2.34.3 a whopping sixteen seconds faster.
Matt Ramsden was chasing the English Schools U15 1500m qualifying time and set a new PB of 4.26.1 (2nd) in the attempt. Harry Wilkin placed 6th in the same race with a time of 5.00.1 and a new PB by nine seconds. The Harriers U13 Boys occupied the first four places in the 800m which saw Dexta Thompson set a new PB of 2.26.2 in winning the race, David Holman place 2nd in 2.31.0, Joseph Joyce also setting a new PB in 3rd (2.34.6) and Isaac Butler making it a hat-trick of new Pb’s in 4th spot with a time of 2.36.4. In the U13 1500m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut eight seconds off his time to set a new PB of 5.08.1 in 4th place to complete a pretty good day for the Junior middle distance runners.
Luke Kenyon (U17) set a new outdoor High Jump PB clearing 1.75m, U17 Ben Whittaker contested the Senior Men’s Long Jump (5th) with 4.74m which was a new PB, U15 Jonathan Gough backed up his PB in the 100m with a jump of 4.84m in the Long Jump to place 2nd and Isaac Butler cleared 1.15m in the U13 High Jump (5th). Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.27m in the U17 Women’s Long Jump (6th), Aysha Karolia (16th) cleared 3.86m in the U15 Girls Long Jump whilst Queen Tanimowo set a new U15 High Jump PB of 1.45m and Keira Haxton cleared 2.46m in the U13 Girls Long Jump.
Great to see the Hurdles on at the Mid Lancs which this year sees an experiment with the timetable to include Hurdles over 70, 75 and 80m for U13 and U15’s. The U15 Girls 75m Hurdles featured four Blackburn Harriers, the Race being won by Myah Booth in 11.8, with Queen Tanimowo in 2nd place with a new PB of 12.0 which was half a second faster than her last race, Caiden Hesketh also running a new PB in 3rd with 13.0 and Christie Sturgess placing 6th in 13.20. Codie Dewhurst ran the U15 Boys 75m Hurdles but there were not times recorded for this race.
Holly Bradshaw had a fantastic competition at the Manchester Games which meant that she has climbed to 4th in the Women’s Pole Vault World Rankings. Clearing 4.50m at the third attempt, Holly went on to clear 4.72m at her first attempt followed by another first time clearance of 4.80m and with daylight between her and the bar.
UIPM World Cup IV, Drzonkow, Poland – 24.05.2017.-29.05.2017.
Samantha Murray was competing for Britain in the 4th Round of this years World Cup series in Poland and finished 18th overall. Sam had a great swim, the fifth fastest of the day with a time of 2.12.04 and was in 5th place going in to the final event of the two day Final.
Sam spoke to the Club after the World Cup Final and commented that there were “Some promising signs during the competition which saw me enter the final event in 5th place. However, I have so much work to do for my overall fitness as I felt totally empty of energy before the run. The competition format I found exhausting with 3 consecutive days of competition. I really struggled to recover after each day. I think I need to invest in some recovery aid to help me for my next event in July. Currently looking at the normatec recovery machine. So if anyone has any advice or experience with this please get in touch”.
Witton Park was once again home to an Open T & F Meeting on Wednesday May 24th, greeted as it was with a warm evening and conducive conditions for good competition and new personal bests in the various events including Sprint and Long Hurdles, Hammer, Discus, 1000m and 1 Mile Races.
One of the highlights of the evening came in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles won by Abigail Pawlett from Stockport Harriers in 11.3, where 4th placed Myah Booth ran an English Schools qualifying time of 11.7 with the three girls in front of her clocking 11.3 – 11.4 – 11.6 and every girl in the Race earning a new personal best. Queen Tanimowo even though finishing in 6th still ran a PB of 12.5.
In Heat 2 there was a win and a new PB for Christie Sturgess (12.) followed in 2nd spot by Caiden Hesketh in her first attempt over the Hurdles with 13.1 and definitely one to watch and another new PB for Liberty Thompson in 3rd place (13.6).
In the 70m Hurdles U13 Girls Race won by Tamalyn Dickinson (12.7), there were good runs from the Harriers Lily-Mae Thomas setting a new PB in 3rd (13.3) and Lucy Ramsden posting 17.6 in her first time over the Hurdles. The U13 Boys 75m Hurdles was won by Hayden Middleton of Preston Harriers in 13.3 with Rory Teare in 2nd (13.6).
U17 Emily Warren had to run solo in the 300m Hurdles and recorded a time of 49.7 as did Curtis Mitchell in the Senior Men’s 110m Hurdles with a clocking of 15.6 – Edward Coles (Preston Harriers) and Nick Massey battled out the U17 Men’s 100m Hurdles with Edward taking it in 14.1 and Nick in 2nd (14.4) – Solomon Brown set a new PB for himself in the U17 Men’s 400m Hurdles of 65.2 as did John iLunga in the senior Men’s race with 66.9 – Laura Hickey of Leigh ran a time of 12.1 in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles with Harry Jackson recording 15.8 in the U15 Boys Race.
Tim Raynes had his first outing over the Mile on the track to record a winning time of 4.28.9, just heading off Steven Snape from Salford on the last lap in 2nd place with 4.31.3. There were some very good times for Blackburn Harriers athletes over this track distance too as they improved on their one mile road times which saw Matt Ramsden run 4.45.6 (3rd) and Sam Hodkinson 4th in the same race with 4.51.7. U15 Amy Davies did the same in the second Heat of the mile with a time of 5.26.3 (2nd), 10 seconds faster than her road time with U13 Hollie Cubbon knocking eighteen seconds off her road one mile time, recording a new time of 5.48.9 whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (U13) recorded the biggest reduction in his time by 26 seconds setting a new time on the track of 5.39.7. U13’s Caroline Woodworth tried to out sprint a senior athlete on the home straight and just missed out clocking 5.52.9 (7th) with U13 Boy Saul Sharp bravely finishing the race with an injury in a time of 6.34.9.
Nick Smith won Heat 3 of the Mile in 4.53.7 after overtaking Bradley Meikleham in 2nd who had run a 64 second first lap, finishing with a sub five minute time of 4.56.1. There was first Race over any distance for Sipan Ramzi (7th) in 5:53.1 and good times for U15 Jackson McKay (4th) in 5.12.5, U13 Dexta Thompson 5th in 5.14.4 and Harry Wilkin (U15) in 6th spot (5.25.4.
The 1000m distance is a new one for most people and even rarer than the Mile on the Track and was split into two heats with Luke Minns recording an impressive time of 2.27.7 to win his Heat followed by Karl Darcy (2nd) in 2.35.8. Karl Billington (4th) in 2.56.4 and U17 Tom Betty (5th) in 3.19.3 ran for the Harriers. Heat 2 saw an impressive win by U13 Isabelle Merritt in 3.16.4 with Kate Cookson in 3rd (3.37.5), Molly Nicholls 4th (3.42.0, Keira Haxton nearly catching her on the line in 5th (3.42.0) and Eva Knowles in 6th with 3.47.6.
New personal bests weren’t just recorded on the Track – U17 Anthony Kent set a new PB of 44.31m – a National Standard qualifying distance – in the Discus with Lucas Davies just under his personal best in 2nd (27.34m). U13 Girl Nicky Saunders set a new PB and a new Club Record in the Discus with a distance of 28.82m and this from a young athlete who took four County Championship titles in all Throws at Blackpool just a couple of weeks ago. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added a metre to his Hammer to set a new PB of 24.75m and threw 17.40m in the Discus along with Kieran Carroll (U15) reaching 17.57m.
Jacob Roberts set a new PB in the U20 Men’s Hammer adding over a metre to set a new distance of 65.03m, a distance which broke his own Blackburn Harriers Club Record – Edward Jeans of Preston winning with 68.49m and a new PB for him too. Charlotte Williams took the U17 Girls Hammer with a throw of 57.56 – Nicky Saunders took yet another new PB in the U13 Girls Hammer with 20.84 me and there were new personal bests also for two Preston athletes in the same competition, Tamalyn Dickinson (20.14m) and Rhiannan Lowe (U17) with 39.04 and U13 brother George Lowe (18.63m). Sam Gaskell threw 48.61m in the U17 Men’s Hammer.
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