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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.
Horwich Triathlon – Sunday May 6th
Horwich Triathlon is known as ‘The Race To The Pike’. It’s one of the oldest triathlon events in the North West, dating back over 25 years. It starts with a 500m pool swim and then a 40k undulating cycle ride, but we save the best bit until the end. The 8.6k run climbs all the way to the summit of Rivington Pike, before descending back to the finish at Horwich Leisure Centre. We have all ability levels taking part, but it’s not for the faint hearted. It’s a tough challenge, but that’s what makes the event so popular and whilst the run is brutal, it’s what makes is iconic. This event is also the EPIC Club Championships, your club can score points by having more competitors in the event and finishing higher up the ranks. The club with the most points wins £1000 to donate to a charity of their choice.(Epic Events Website)
Jack Hindle and Richard Fogarty were among the four hundred and thirty seven contestants which saw Tom Rigby take the win in a time of 1hr 45.08 with Jack finishing in 2nd place (1hr 45.39) and Richard in 47th (2hr 27.04). There was a bit of controversy at the end of the Race as Jack, who had opened his triathlon season with a win at Clitheroe, explained when speaking to the Club —“Happy with my fitness and feelings during the race. A shame to be done out of a win, by a timing chip fault. But it’s more important to take the positives from the performance, and use that as motivation for the Slateman in a few weeks. It’s the first big race of the year, and I’m hoping to be up there competing for the podium”.
Mearley Clough Fell Race – Tuesday May 8th
Ted Mason (Wharfedale) headed this two hundred and thirty seven strong field, posting a time of 31.59 to take the win.
Among the runners were two Blackburn Harriers – John Horrocks and Jamie Teare. John came home in 11th spot overall in a time of 35.04 and Jamie placed 54th in 40.22 and 4th U18. Husband and wife team Mark Wilkin placing 128th in 47.20 and Clare Wilkin (220th) in 61.59 also competed alongside Danny Teare who came home in 129th position in 47.21, just one second behind Mark.
Coiners Fell Races – Monday May 7th
Eleesha Charnley and Libby Neal took on the Coiners Fell Race which saw Libby finish in 32nd place with a time of 18.16 in the U13 Race and Eleesha, racing in the U17 age group category placing 9th U17 Girl with a finishing time of 32.13.
Trafford Open Medal meeting – Monday May 7th
Five Blackburn Harriers young athletes traveled across to Trafford for the Bank Holiday Open Medal Meeting – Joel Booth, Lily Mae-Thomas, Findlay Carroll, Myah Booth and Rory Teare.
Two of the athletes were tackling events for the first time – Lily Mae-Thomas (U15) ran the 100m clocking 15.41 for 5th and U11 Findlay Carroll took on the 150m winning his Heat in time of 25.46. Joel Booth (U13) set a new PB for the 100m as he chopped three tenths off his previous best to record a time of 14.01 to take 2nd spot in his Heat. Rory Teare set a new PB by over half a second as he posted a time of 14.99 in taking 5th place in his Heat of the 80m Hurdles. Myah Booth (u15) is running very consistently in the early part of the season and ran well again to finish in 2nd position in the 75m Hurdles in a time of 11.89. Up at Lancaster U15 Nicky Saunders also competed on Bank Holiday Monday, at Salt Ayre in Lancaster and set a new PB in the Discus (No results at the moment).
Bank Holiday Monday – Avenham Park 5k & Fun Run
Great day for a run in the Park as the sun shone down on the runners in this 5k race preceded by a Fun Run. Lulu Sharp took part in the Fun run in the 9 and under age category and finished 20th overall in a time of 6.08. Brother Saul and Mum – Lorna – ran the 5k race with Saul coming home in 59th place (23.05) and Lorna 106th (26.09.
Holly takes 2nd place in Diamond League Pole Vault – Chris Wins Keswick Half-Marathon – Steven makes Top 5 at Coniston – Harriers at BUCS
The first Diamond League fixture of 2018 took place in Doha on Friday May 4th which featured Blackburn Harriers Holly Bradshaw in the Women’s Pole Vault.
Holly cleared 4.64m at her first attempt and then went on to try and clear 4.74m. Sandi Morris from the US ran out the eventual winner clearing 4.84 with four athletes – Holly Bradshaw, Katie Nageotte, Nikoletta Kiriakopoulou and Katerina Stefanidi all on 4.64m. Holly took the 2nd spot on count back which was a very good result in a field containing some of the worlds best women pole vaulters.
(Holly with the other Pole Vault competitors in Doha)
Keswick Half-Marathon – Sunday May 6th
It was a blistering day and those athletes who turned up to run the Keswick Half-Marathon knew they were in for a ‘roasting’ – all seven hundred and thirty three of them. Chris Arthur was a comfortable winner of the race clocking a time of 73.30 which is extremely impressive given the nature of the course and the weather conditions on top. He was nearly eight minutes in front of the second and third placed runners – Gareth Pritchard (81.19) and Sparrow Morley (81.56).
After the Race, Chris shared his thoughts with the Club, telling us that it was “Another brilliantly organised race in the North Lakes with a tonne of support out on the route. Certainly not a PB course but I doubt there’s a more scenic one in this country. Pace was pretty much where I wanted it half way, with the intention of picking it up in the (relatively) flatter second half. Unfortunately my legs had other ideas and it became a slow plod back into Keswick. Whether the heat sapped all my energy or I’d overestimated how much there was in the first place I couldn’t say… still, it was all I had yesterday so I can’t ask for more than that”.
Coniston – May 5th
Two hundred and forty seven runners turned out at Coniston this year in the heat of the Bank Holiday weekend. Ian Holmes won the Race comfortably in 1hr 15.22 from Peter Davis in 2nd place (1hr 20.54).
Blackburn Harrier Steven Snape who has been in very good form on the Fells this year, maintained that as he finished 5th in 1hr 22.38. However, and unfortunately, taking a wrong line cost him the chance of 2nd spot as he explained to the Club after the Race “Fantastic day racing in the lakes. I held onto the legendary Ian Holmes for the majority of the race until the last descent where I lost touch of him and from there I lost a lot of time taking a wrong line and slightly lost which cost me a lot of time and a further 3 places. I will learn from it but I’m feeling strong ready for the inter counties in 2 weeks”. V50 John Orrell ran the Race too, finishing in a time of 2hrs 09.21 in 220th place.
BUCS at Bedford – 5 – 7th May
The British University T&F Athletics Championships are one of the highlights of the year when some of the Best young athletes in the country get selected by their Universities to compete against one another and this year, at Bedford.
Five Blackburn Harriers competed in the Championships – Joe Howe in the 3000m Steeplechase – Morgan Angland in the 100m clocking 13.31 in Heat (4) – Katie Buckingham in the 1500m running a time of 5.03.75 in Heat 1 finishing in 9th spot – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh also in the same Heat 1 of the 1500m where she placed 13th in a time of 5.14.94 and Roxanne Oliver in the 100m Hurdles, running in Heat 3 a seasons best time of 15.12 (5th) and also part of the 4 x 100m Relay squad which took 5th place.
Joe Howe set a new personal best for himself in the 3000m Steeplechase race on Saturday, posting a time of 10.06.40, qualifying for the Final which was held on Monday. Joe was ill all over the weekend but still ran the Final rather than withdraw, clocking a time of 10.48.72 and afterwards Joe let the Club know how the weekend went for him saying that he “had a decent run on Saturday in the steeplechase qualifying for the final in 10.06. Unfortunately I was quite ill for the rest of the weekend and probably should have missed the race today – decided to run anyway and struggled around. A little disappointed because I know I should be able to run sub 10 but hopefully that’ll come later this season”.
The athletes spoke to the Club about their weekend experiences with Katie Buckingham telling us “I had a decent 1500m slightly off pb pace but still a good season opener, and an entertaining 4×400 leg in a team of cross country runners! Great weather, great team, great event, and a good way to end my 3 years running for UoN”……… Roxanne Oliver said that she “Made it to the semi’s in the hurdles and we came 5th in the 4x100m final! Left with an injured knee but I have thoroughly enjoyed my last ever BUCS outdoors”.
Morgan Angland commented “due to an injury I pulled out of my hurdles. But I enjoyed my first experience of BUCS and looking forward to coming back injury-free”……...Elleen Sagar-Hesketh said “Well it was an okay run out, still early season really so lots of time to get my time down”.
Jan Buckingham has recently taken up competing in Duathlons, the latest one being the Clumber Park event which had been rearranged after falling foul of the ‘beast from the east’. Jan competed in the Sprint Duathlon and came home in 260th place out of a three hundred and twenty four strong field, posting a combined time for the two runs and bike ride of 1hr 28.39.
Speaking to the Club after having been caught on the M62 traffic jam for six hours!! an exasperated Jan told the Club that she “Had a go at the Clumber Park Duathlon today. A fantastic rearranged event from March, as it was postponed due to the weather. Needless to say, it was glorious, even a bit warm really. Was especially pleased with my bike element as not raced at that pace before. The two runs were expected as I only have one ‘slow’ speed!”
Harriers Win in Northern League – Harriers Win Team at Astley Park – Tom 1st Junior Man at Gt. Hambledon Hill Race – Gt. Hambledon Junior Races
Brilliant sunshine greeted the athletes at the first fixture of this years Northern League Division 2WC at Witton Park.The Club went into the fixture with quite a lot of athletes missing but still managed to secure athletes to compete in every event which was a huge plus. Special mention to the ‘new and the old’ team of Tony Balko and Anthony Kent along with Anna Peers who took on all of the Senior throws and to some of the sprinters and hurdlers who were stepping up to this level of competition for the first time. Similarly in the endurance events with first appearances on the track for Ben Costello in the 5000m, Joe Gebbie in the 800m, Sam Hodkinson in the 4 x 400m. Bailey Madden, Millie Coy, Jonathan Gough, Chris Brand, Macy Howarth, Liberty Thompson and Aysha Karolia also making their debuts in the Senior League. Great also to see a return to Northern league competition for Paul Bradshaw who had made the trip from Cardiff in order to compete.
(L-R Millie Coy – Solomon Brown – Bailey Madden – Dom Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Old Geezer – Ramzi Dabbar (BBH Sprint Coach) – Charlie Coy – Teigan Fawcett)
Hammer, Long Jump and Pole Vault are always the first events of the day in the Northern League which saw Macy Howarth pick up points in this event, clearing 1.80m for 2nd place in the ‘A’. Bailey Madden – 4th in the ‘A’ with 4.67m and Chloe Bleeks – 2nd in the ‘B’ with 4.57m teamed up in the Long Jump to set new PB’s. Tony Balko won the ‘A’ Hammer (7.26kg) with a new PB of 35.80m – all three events and performances helping to set the tone for the Club for the rest of the day.
The Track programme got under way with Long Hurdles which saw Millie Coy and Aysha Karolia taking on the event for the first ever time – Millie placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (68.6) and Aysha bravely 6th in the ‘B’ (76.8). The Men’s 400m Hurdles saw Solomon Brown and Nick Smith pick up maximum points by winning ‘A’ and ‘B’ races – Solomon 1st in 59.9 a new massive PB by nearly five seconds and 1st for Nick in 61.3 – his first ever attempt at the event. In the Sprint Hurdles Chloe Bleeks clocked 17.7 in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles for 4th place – a new PB by two seconds – with Nicholas Smith (4th) in the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles in 20.1 and John iLunga 3rd in the ‘B’ Race in 20.0.
Dominic Bretherton equaled his personal best in the ‘B’ 100m in 2nd place (11.2) and set a new PB in the 200m ‘A’ race of 23.00 (4th). Brandon Zinyemba took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.2 which also equaled his best time and took 2nd in the ‘B’ 200m in 22.6 – a big new PB by four tenths. Bailey Madden set two new PB’s in the Sprints with a 2nd placed 12.7 in the ‘A’ 100, repeating that in the ‘B’ (2nd) in 26.00 – a new PB by half a second. Chloe Bleeks equaled her best time in the ‘B’ 100m (3rd) clocking 13.3 as Charlie Coy knocked a tenth off her 200m time setting a new PB of 27.4 in the ‘B’ 200m (3rd). Charlie then ran 61.6 in the ‘A’ 400m for 4th spot as Hannah Cookson, showing a return to form placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 66.2. Great to see ‘Braddy’ (Paul Bradshaw) back on the track in the 400m taking 3rd spot in the ‘A’ in 52.7 with Bradley Meikleham posting a new PB in the ‘B’ Race (57.5).
The high temperatures made it tough going in the longer races. In the 800m Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ race and knocked two seconds of he best to set a new PB of 2.02.7 in 4th place with Joe Gebbie in his debut in the Senior League also placing 4th in the ‘B’ with 2.05.8. Tim doubled up in the 1500m and finished 3rd in the ‘A’ race with 4.08.1 as Karl Billington won the ‘B’ in 4.26.2 to gain valuable points for the team. Chris Davies (3rd in the ‘A’) and Paul Bradshaw (2nd in the ‘B’) teamed up in the 300m Steeplechase posting respective times of 10.56.6 and 11.11.3 whilst in the 5000m Ben Fish and Ben Costello took maximum points with Ben Fish winning the ‘A’ in 15.18.5 and Ben Costello on his track debut winning the ‘B’ in 16.11.0.
A number of the athletes had run London recently and were recovering from that experience in the heat – Chris Davies, Ben Fish – as was Joanne Nelson who won the ‘A’ 3000m in a time of 11.01.1 and backed up by Carmen Byrne in the ‘B’ (2nd) in 11.58.2 after setting off like a rocket to post 72 seconds for the first lap! Freya Black made her debut in the Senior League and set a new PB by four seconds as she finished 4th in the ‘A’ race in 2.27.6 with Hannah Cookson running a very solid time of 2.30.1 for 4th place. Maddie Elliott ran a very good race as she battled it out with Katie Oakley to push on in the last lap and win the ‘A’ 1500m in 4.55.1.
After winning the ‘A’ Hammer, Tony Balko went on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 30.71m as debutant Anthony Kent opened his Senior League career by winning the ‘A’ with 35.31m and a new PB by over two metres. On to the Shot Putt where Anthony Kent set another new PB of 11.51m in 2nd place with Tony Balko also taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with a seasons best throw of 9.67m. Tony then won the ‘B’ Javelin with a distance of 31.52m as Anthony placed 5th in the ‘A’ with 32.26m. Anna Peers kept the points tally for the team on the move as she placed 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (27.00m), won the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 36.64m and then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a seasons best throw of 37.76m, finishing her day off with a 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot (10.26m). Supporting Anna in the ‘B’ Throws were Teigan Fawcett who won the ‘B’ Discus with 19.56m, Millie Coy winning the ‘B’ Javelin with 29.65m – her first time ever throw with the Senior weight and Abigail Brown – 3rd in the Shot Putt with 6.79m. A great contribution of points won by the Teams throwers which helped considerably to the eventual win on the day for the Harriers.
Yet another young athlete making their debut in the Senior League was Jonathan Gough who leapt to a new PB of 11.75m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 3rd place with John iLunga who had come into the competition having been ill all week, in 4th spot in the ‘B’ (10.04m). Sprinter Brandon Zinyemba took on the Long Jump for the first ever time and leapt out to 5.60m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ with Nicholas Massey in 2nd place in the ‘B’ (4.94m). The High Jump saw Nicholas Smith who hasn’t high jumped for two years, take 2nd spot in the ‘A’ with a clearance of 1.55m as John iLunga also took 2nd in the ‘B’ (1.50m). Macy Howarth took on the Triple Jump for the first time and posted a jump of 8.37m in 6th spot as Teigan Fawcett – 5th in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.35m and Liberty Thompson – 3rd in the ‘B’ with 1.35m completed the Jumps events for the day.
Rounding off the day were the Relays an event which usually ends up with all the athletes screaming themselves hoarse as their teams battle it out with each other over the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400m. Cracking perforamnces by the teams on the day tinged with some disappointment for the Harriers as they won the Men’s 4 x 100m with Dominic Bretherton, Chris Brand, Nick Massey and Brandon Zimyemba only to be disqualified for running out of the box on handover 3. In the Women’s Relays, the team – Baily Madden, Chloe Bleeks, Teigan Fawcett – Millie Coy – came 2nd in the 4 x 100m in a time of 51.6 and 2nd too in the 4 x 400m – Hannah Cookson – Maddie Elliott – Freya Black – Charlie Coy in a time of 4.16.2. The Men also took 2nd spot in the 4 x 400m Relay clocking 3.36.6.
Astley Park Trail Race – Wednesday May 2nd
First race of the Series this year saw one hundred and twenty five athletes complete the Senior Race with the Harriers taking three of the first five places and winning the Team prize on the night.
A great run from Josh Holgate saw him cross the finish line in 2nd spot with a time of 24.58 with V40 Mat Nuttall in 3nd place and 2nd V40 with 25.29 and V40 Chris Davies in 5th clocking 25.47. Next home came Paul Guinan in 11th with a time of 26.49 followed by Allan Hartley in 55th (33.32), Michael Nolan in 75th (35.14) and Lorna Sharp (96th) in a time of 38.48.
Nearly as many contested the Junior race with one hundred and eighteen youngsters turning out with seven for the Harriers among them.
Oliver Gill led the Harriers home in 21st position and 2nd in the M10 age Category with a time of 6.03 with Codie Dewhurst in 26th in a time of 6.08 and 2nd in the M11 category. What a great run too from 8yr old William Grundy who won his age category and came 41st overall in 6.24, followed by Harry Sambrook – 9th in the M11 ‘s clocking 6.37. In the F9 age category, Hannah Davies came 2nd in 6.56 and 72nd overall with Isabelle Hartley – 4th in the F11’s – 74th overall in 7.00 and Lulu Sharp – 3rd in the F8’s, 98th overall running a time of 8.03.
Gt. Hambledon Hill Race – Sunday May 6th
Two hundred and twenty eight runners on a red hot day took on this race won by Michael Malyon in a time of 40.15. Five Blackburn Harriers were out in the sun having a go at this one.
(Gt. Hambledon Photos courtesy of David Belshaw & Richard Marchant)
Great run from Thomas Marchant finishing 7th overall in a time of 44.18, taking the 1st Junior Man’s prize too. V50 Gary Pearse was next home for the Club in 46th position (50.29) with V40 Paul Whittaker in 134th spot clocking a time of 61.30 and Richard Taylor (V50) in 159th place in a time of 66.02.
The Gt. Hameldon Hill Junior Races were also run – featuring three age categories of U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17.
The Harriers athletes – Codie Dewhurst, Daniel Smith, Saul Sharp, Oliver Gill, Felix Thompson, Theo Robinson, Libby Neal and Tippi Francis all ran in the U11/U13 Race.
Codie Dewhurst is coming on leaps and bounds and showed it again today finishing 3rd overall and 2nd M13 in 11.16. Next through the line came Daniel Smith (4th in the M13’s), 6th overall and clocking 11.48. In sixth place in the M13 category and 9th overall came Saul Sharp in a time of 11.53 with Oliver Gill in 18th overall and 10th M13 (12.23).
First M11 home for the Harriers was Felix Thompson – 26th overall and 10th M11 in a time of 13.06, followed by Theo Robinson (16th M11) and 32nd overall clocking 13.18. F13 Libby Neal took 46th spot overall and 8th F13 in a time of 14.26 with F11 Tippi Francis placing in 69th position overall, 10th F11 running a time of 16.26.
Following the Commonwealth Games, Sophie Hitchon was back in competition at the Brutus Hamilton International held in California on April 28th. The competition turned out to be a very good one for Sophie as she won with a consistent set of throws. After a foul in the first Round she improved her distance with each successive throw:
Round 2 71.44m
Round 3 71.82m
Round 4 71.98m
Round 5 72.36m
Round 6 73.22m
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