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Sophie gets World Champs Qualifying Distance in Japan – Brian in Top Ten in Lanzarote Ironman – Rob PB’s at Night of 10000m
Sophie Hitchon opened her season with a cracking performance in the IAAF Meeting in Kawasaki, Japan at the weekend to take 2nd place with a throw of 73.97m – just 16cms behind the winner (Gwen Berry from the USA) and just half a metre off the throw that won her an Olympic Bronze Medal in Rio 2016. Sophie stands at the top of the National Rankings and lays in 4th position in the World Rankings………….Sophie’s World Rankings Profile.
A superb performance from Brian Fogarty at the Lanzarote Ironman at the weekend where he finished 11th overall – 1st British athlete – 1st Amateur in a combined time of 9hrs.22.57. Brian’s splits were 61.47 for the Swim – 4hrs 58.03 for the Bike – 3.15.18 for the Marathon. One of Brian’s great strengths is the Bike and the power he generates. Finishing 11th overall in the Race, on the Bike Leg his time of 4hrs 58.03 was faster than the athletes who finished in 2nd; 4th; 6th; 7th; 8th; 9th and 10th – only the winner and two others posted a faster time.
Rob Warner has been training for this night and it paid off handsomely for him with a big Track 10000m personal best. He last ran the distance on the Track at the 2015 Bucs posting a time of 33.17 and in 2016 he reduced his Road 10k time down to 31.00. At the Race last night in Highgate – which included the British Championships – Rob knocked two and half minutes off his previous Track 10000m time to set a new personal best of 30.46 in finishing 2nd in Race C.
Post Race, Rob spoke to the Club about how he thought the Race had gone and told us that he was “really pleased with how the 10k went! My aim was to feel quite comfortable through 5k and then pick it up from there and I ended up splitting about 15:26 and then 15:20 which was good! I maybe didn’t pick it up as much as I’d have liked with 3k to go as I had to take over the lead at that point due to the pace dropping slightly. It made it quite tough as it was quite windy on the day so ideally I would have sat in for a little longer in order to try and win. But overall really pleased with 30:46 and really enjoyed the whole event… will be looking to head back next year!”
Harriers win Twenty Three Gold, Eighteen Silver, eight Bronze Medals & set Forty Four PB’s at Lancashire T & F Championships
The day started off a bit gloomy with overcast skies and drizzle as the athletes arrived, pitching their tents, getting their numbers and preparing themselves for their respective events. As the morning wore on, the weather brightened into a real summer atmosphere which rubbed off on the Harriers athletes who put in some very good performances on Day (1) resulting in Ten Gold Medals, Ten Silver Medals, Four Bronze Medals, Twenty Six new PB’s and a New Club Record.
Tony Wood was delighted with the whole weekend and commented “As Chairman of Lancashire Athletic Association it was extremely pleasing and satisfying to see yet another successful Lancashire Championship held over two days of great weather in sunny Blackpool. I would like to thank all those hard working officials who ensured the Championships went smoothly and of course the athletes from the County who performed with distinction including many championship best performances. Well done to the athletes and officials of my own club Blackburn Harriers & AC and particularly Jim Kerrigan who was for the first time Championship secretary”.
One of the stand out performances of the day came from U17 Anthony Kent. He won a County Title in the Discus with a new PB of 42.53m, won a Silver Medal in the Hammer with a new PB of 46.08m and added another Silver Medal in the Shot with a new PB of 13.12m which broke his own Club Record. The icing on the cake came with the realisation that his Discus performance was an English Schools qualification distance.
(Anthony receiving his Gold Medal from Blackburn Harriers Chairman – Tony Wood)
More County Titles and Gold Medals came for U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret winning the Hammer with a new PB throw of 23.75m, some seven metres added to his previous best distance and then adding the Discus Title, also with a new PB of 13.31m. U17 Lucas Davies continued the trend of new personal bests with a PB throw of 28.04m in the Discus (6th) and added an 8th placed throw of 8.28m in the Shot. Sam Gaskell who had won the U15 County Title in 2016 replicated that this year taking the U17 Hammer title with a throw of 54.77m whilst U20 Jacob Roberts came 2nd in his Hammer competition reaching a distance of 62.77m. It was a good day for the Club’s Javelin throwers – Nicky Saunders seems to be setting new PB’s all the time and she did it again in the U13 Javelin taking the County title and a Gold Medal with a throw of 25.72m.
Caroline Woodworth also tried her hand in the Javelin and posted a very creditable throw of 15.74m (6th) in her first ever attempt at the event. In the U15 Girls Millie Coy won the Javelin title with a new PB of 29.28m, over two and half metres further than her previous best, with Myah Booth in 4th place (23.95m) and Izzy Thompson (5th) with a throw of 21.25m and new PB for her. Anna Peers who has recently broken the Club’s Senior Women’s Record for the Javelin won the Senior County title with a distance of 38.92m. U15 Abigail Brown was the next Harrier to set a new PB adding over four metres to her previous best distance to set a new Javelin PB of 23.63m (7th) – Kieran Carroll finished 5th in the U15 Boys Discus (17.98m) just short of his personal best.
In the Sprints there was a new PB for U13 Codie Dewhurst in the 100m of 15.9 with Saul Sharp posting 16.4 and Joe Sims 18.3 in their Heats. Abigail Stratton set a new PB of 14.7 in her U13 100m Heat and finished 6th in the Final in a time of 14.9. U15 Queen Tanimowo took 2nd spot in her Heat (13.2) – a new PB – and then replicated the time in the Final to win herself a Bronze Medal. Bailey Madden won her Heat in 13.6 and then ran a new PB of 13.4 in the Final for 4th spot. Amy Wiggans equaled her PB of 14.3 in Heat (3) followed by a new PB for Christie Sturgess of 14.1 in Heat (4). U17 Emily Warren set a new PB of 13.2in the 100m as she qualified for the Final where she placed 4th in 13.5. Chloe Bleeks ran 13.6 in her Heat to qualify for the Final and ran the same time in the Final to come home 6th.
Spectators witnessed a great Race between Dexta Thompson and Tobias Swarbrick in the U13 Boys 1500m. Neither of them gave an inch as they took it in turns to attack one another and try and gain the lead. In the end Dexta finished 2nd in 4.50.0 with the winner edging it over the last 30metres. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was having a great day with Gold Medals in the Hammer and Discus and added a new 1500m PB of 5.19.9 to place 5th with Saul Sharp in his first ever 1500m Race (11th) in 5.51.5 and Joe Sims, who starts with a smile and finishes with a smile, in 12th place (6.15.5).
(From L-R — Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Saul Sharp – Joe Sims)
The U13 Girls 1500m Race saw Hollie Cubbon the first Harrier home in 4th place (5.26.7) a time just one tenth outside her personal best which is good running. Abigail Stratton chopped a whopping fourteen seconds off her her previous best to set a new PB of 5.27.1 (5th) followed by Caroline Woodworth in her first ever Race over the distance placing 7th in 5.34.0. There was a new PB for Paige Singleton (13th) who ran a time of 5.56.5 with sister Ellie Singleton in 10th (5.53.1). U15 Charlotte Collin was competing in her first ever track race and took on the 300m, recording a time of 49.5 whilst U17 Emily Warren who had a very busy day with Hurdles qualifying and Finals, Sprints qualifying and Finals as well as qualifying for the 300m Final ran 45.4 (8th), a case of a Race too far.
Another cracking Race in the U15 Boys 1500m between the Harriers Matt Ramsden and Preston’s Liam Blackwell. Matt cut a huge nine seconds off his previous best to come home 2nd in a new PB time of 4.30.2. Jamie Teare came 7th with a time of 5.52.0 whilst Harry Wilkin, another athlete who was doing the event for the first time, finished in 14th spot with a time of 5.09.6. Amy Davies placed 4th in the U15 Girls 1500m Final with a time of 5.08.9 with Sophie Stanworth in 6th spot and setting a new PB time of 5.15.3. The U17 Women’s 1500m saw Maddie Elliott run just outside her personal best when she came home in 2nd spot (4.55.1) after a great battle with Lydia Wilcock which wasn’t settled until the home straight. Freya Black came in 8th with a time of 5.44.5. In the U15 men’s 1500m it was first time over the distance for both athletes – Joe Gebbie finishing 6th with 4.30.8 and Thomas Betty 8th in 5.34.0.
In the 5000m, it was the 2016 winner Tim Raynes who won again this year with a time of 15.22.7. Tim pushed it from the off to open up a gap between himself and Rob Webb which proved to be decisive.
There was a new PB of 13.5 and a Silver Medal for Rory Teare in the 75m Hurdles, a first time in the event for Ben Boocock (7th) in 17.0 and a new PB for Codie Dewhurst of 18.0 in 8th place. Paige Shannon set a new PB of 12.9 in winning her U13 70m Hurdles Heat on the way to a time of 13.0 in the Final which earned her a Bronze Medal. Emma Love ran 14.5 in her Heat to qualify and then ran 13.5 in the Final for 5th spot. Harry Jackson set a new PB of 15.6 in the 80m Boys Hurdles (5th) whilst Myah Booth won both her Heat (12.2) and the Final (12.1) of the U15 75m Hurdles.
There was another Medal for the Harriers in the 75m Hurdles with Queen Tanimowo coming home 3rd in 12.5. Christie Sturgess placed 8th in the Final with a new PB of 13.4. Phoebe Baxter came 6th in Heat (2) 13.4 and Liberty Thompson 4th in Heat (3) with 13.9. Nick Massey was just edged out into 2nd place, earning him a Silver Medal in the U17 Men’s 100m Hurdles in a new PB of 14.2 whilst Emily Warren also took Silver in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.8. Morgan Angland was unfortunately the only contestant in the U20 Women’s 100m Hurdles so she was put in the Race with the sole Senior Woman in the Event and ran 16.0 to take the U20 County title.
Finishing Day (1) with the Jumps saw Rory Teare take another Silver Medal in the U13 Boys High Jump with a PB equaling clearance of 1.35m and brother Jamie Teare take a Bronze in the U15 Boys Hiigh Jump (1.45m). Paige Shannon placed 11th in the U13’s Long Jump with 3.75m – Abigail Stratton set a new PB of 3.02m (20th). U17 Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.38m in the Long Jump (7th).
More sunshine and more great performances on the second day with the Harriers winning another 13 Gold Medals, Five Silver Medals, Four Bronze Medals and setting Eighteen new PB’s including a Championship Best performance set by Charlotte Williams – currently ranked Number One in Britain – in winning the U17 Women’s Hammer with a throw of 55.85m. Another young Blackburn Harrier demonstrated the current depth in the Club’s Throw Squads when U13 Nicky Saunders won three County Titles with three new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.79m), the Discus (24.76m) and the Hammer throwing 24.71m – on Day One she had won the U13 Javelin with a new PB of 25.72m to make it four County Titles and four new PB’s over the weekend. A tremendous performance by this young athlete and others who are being produced by the excellent Coaching of Mick Hitchon and Jim Kerrigan.
U13 Caroline Woodworth set a new Shot Putt PB with 5.69m and took on the Discus for the first time ever, posting a distance of 14.41m. In the U17 Women’s Throws Holly Brookes won two Silver Medals in the Shot Putt (6.73m) and Discus with a throw of 22.41m an event which saw Charlie Coy taking a Bronze Medal after throwing 18.61m. It was a double Gold Medal for Anna Peers winning the Senior Women’s Discus title with 35.04m to add to her Javelin title won the day before.
Day Two produced even more Medals for the Club’s Throws athletes including a Bronze Medal for U15 Myah Booth in the Shot Putt (9.14m) who then took on the Hammer for the first time finishing 8th with a throw of 19.75m, a Gold Medal for Izzy Thompson in the U15 Girls Discus (23.30m) as well as setting a new PB in the Hammer (7th) with 21.45m and placing 6th in the Shot Putt (7.26m). Abigail Brown (U17) made it three new PB’s over the weekend in the Throws adding new personal bests in the Shot Putt (4th) with 8.16m, 4th in the Discus with 20.12m along with a throw of 23.63m in the Javelin. Hannah Proctor won herself two Medals with a Silver in the U17 Shot Putt (9.96m) and a Bronze in the Discus throwing a distance of 22.75m.
U15 Cameron Harris set the English Schools qualifying standard at the YDL a few weeks ago for the Javelin. At the Championships he did it again to take the County title with a new PB of 43.34m, a distance which puts him at Number One in the North West and 13th in the National Rankings.. Kieran Carroll placed 5th with a throw of 25.30m and George Whittaker threw a new PB distance of 22.40m (6th). Brother Ben Whittaker tackled the U17 Javelin for the first time and threw solidly for a 4th place (27.72m) with Lucas Davies 5th with a throw of 23.14m. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who had a great weekend won the U13 Boys Javelin with a new PB throw of 23.79m.
The County Titles and very good performances continued on the Track and none more so than in the U15 Boys 3000m where Matt Ramsden chopped a half a minute off his previous best to win the Gold Medal in a time of 9.34.4 which takes him to Number One in the Rankings in the North West and 10th Nationally. George Whittaker had his first ever attempt at a 3000m Race and came 5th with 12.15.6. U17 Nick Smith was the only competitor in his age group when he lined up in his first time over the distance running a good opening time of 10.09.6 to take the Gold Medal. Maddie Elliott took the 3000m U17 Women’s Title in a time of 10.42.7 some four seconds clear of second placed Eleanor Ward. Hannah Cookson qualified for the U17 Women’s 800m Final after running 2.35.8 in her Heat (4th) and came home 8th in the Final itself with 2.39.5. Sophie Stanworth and Eleesha Charnley contested the U15 Girls 800m but didn’t manage to qualify for the Final but both ran pretty solid times with Eleesha posting 2.33.8 (5th) in her Heat and Sophie 2.34.0 (6th).
Another great performance came from Hayden Mercer in the U13 800m as he ran 2.32.3 to win his Heat and then stepped it up to take the Final and title of County Champion with a time of 2.29.4. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret set one of six new PB’s over the weekend, qualifying for the Final with 2.35.7 and then placing 6th in the Final (2.39.7). Isaac Butler came 6th in his Heat (2.41.1) and Saul Sharp placed 7th (2.50.2).
The U13 Girls had four athletes in the 800m who didn’t make the Final but all had a good go with Kiera Haxton 5th in Heat (1) 2.56.2 and a new PB, Caroline Woodworth 3rd in Heat (2) in 2.44.8 and her first time over the distance, Kate Cookson 4th in Heat (3) with 2.49.0 and Kiera Booth 7th in Heat (3) 3.06.08. Leon Thomas was just tenths away from his personal best, run three weeks ago, when he came home in 2nd spot in the U15 800m in a time of 2.13.7 to win himself a Silver Medal. The winner on the day ran an exceptionally quick first lap and finished up just outside the Championship Best Performance.
In the U15 200m Bailey Madden and Queen Tanimowo both qualified for the Final from their respective Heats with Bailey placing 6th in the Final (28.0) and Queen 8th (28.2). Charlotte Collin in her first ever Championship and Track experience ran 30.4 (6th) in her Heat whilst Eleesha Charnley came home 4th in her Heat with a time of 29.1. Chloe Bleeks qualified for the U17 200m Final with a time of 28.8 and placed 6th in the Final (28.5). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 7th in the U13 Boys 200m Final (31.2) after setting a new PB of 30.8 to qualify. Saul Sharp ran 33.0 (6th) in his Heat. Kiera Haxton ran a new PB of 34.0 in her Heat of the U13 Girls 200m with Kiera Booth placing 7th in 35.0 in her Heat. Charlie Coy came home in 7th spot in the U20 Women’s 200m in a time of 28.6. Ben Whittaker ran 26.0 to qualify for the Final in the U17 Men’s 200m where he finished 8th running a new PB time of 25.4.
Ross Liddle won the Men’s 400m Hurdles with another English Schools qualification standard of 55.4, the second time in the last fortnight he has run that time and one which takes him to Number 5 in the National Rankings. Solomon Brown had to run solo in the U17 400m Hurdles but ran a solid 67.0 in his first attempt over the distance and won himself a Gold Medal as well. Bottom of age U17 Emily Warren won a Silver Medal in her first ever attempt at the 300m Hurdles with a time of 49.5.
There was a Bronze Medal for Jonathan Gough in the U15 Men’s Long Jump with a new PB distance of 5.26m and a 5th place in the Final of the U17 Women’s Triple Jump for Chloe Bleeks clearing 9.17m. Isaac Butler came in 10th in the U13 Boys Long Jump with 3.30m and Saul Sharp placed 12th with a distance of 3.12m.
IAAF Diamond League – Doha May 5th
Blackburn Harrier Holly Bradshaw was competing in her first outing of the year in the Diamond League last weekend and she got off to a great start with first time clearances at 4.45m and 4.55m to finish 4th overall.
Holly was pleased with her competition and spoke to the Club afterwards telling us “It was a solid performance from me in Doha. I felt content but left wanting slightly more! Training has been going really well so I am now excited to head back to full run for the rest of the season and hopefully get close to my PB. Technically and physically I am the best place I’ve ever been so I’m hoping this reflects in my results this year. My main aim is still to stay healthy and enjoy being back doing my sport”.
Samantha Murray was selected to represent Great Britain in the 3rd Event of the World Cup Series held in Hungary last weekend – the previous two being held in Los Angeles and Cairo. Samantha qualified for the Final which was contested on Saturday May 6th.
In the Final Samantha finished 4th overall at the end of the swim phase with a time of 2.13.28 and followed that up with a good performance in the fencing, scoring 20 victories. The combined results at this stage meant that Samantha was in 8th spot overall and the leading athlete from GB. Unfortunately, as sometimes can happen in the Modern Pentathlon, Sam got a really bad horse for the riding phase of the competition which undid all the good work she had put together in the Swim and Fencing.
The next round of the World Cup will be held in Drzonkow, Poland (25th-29th May) with the World Cup Final being held in Druskininkai, Lithuania from 23rd-25th June.
An overcast day greeted the Harriers at Leigh for the first fixture in this years Division 2 League featuring – Blackburn Harriers – Isle of Man – Leigh – Liverpool – Sale & Wirral. The Harriers finished in 4th place on the day with just two points separating them from 3rd place and a mere 24 points from 2nd place.
The Team were missing a number of athletes through work, injuries and ill-health but the athletes that competed got stuck in and tried to make up the gaps and there were some real highlights at the fixture – not least of which was the setting of five new Club Records and thirteen new personal bests. Leading the way with the performance of the day was U20 Ross Liddle who had a hat-trick of ‘A’ wins running the English Schools qualifying time for the 400m Hurdles when he won his Race in 55.4 – a new PB & new U20 Men’s Club Record. He followed that up by winning the ‘A’ 400m in 51.0 – another new PB and the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles in 15.4 – an U20 Club Record at the Senior Height and his first ever attempt at the distance and height. Next up breaking Club Records came Charlotte Williams in the Women’s Hammer throwing the 4kg for the first time in competition and winning the ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 48.66m – a new U17 Club Record. Jacob Roberts followed suit in the Men’s Hammer placing 2nd with a throw of 55.35m to set a new U20 Club Record as well as breaking the Men’s Senior Hammer Record too. Anna Peers rounded off the day by breaking her own Senior Women’s Javelin Club Record by throwing 39.50m to win the Women’s ‘A’ Javelin. In the other Throws events Anna Peers got a good 2nd place in the ‘A’ Discus (2nd) with 32.45m with Charlie Coy ‘enjoying’ the ‘B’ Discus placing 3rd with 17.79m. Teigan Fawcett came 4th in the ‘B’ Javelin with a distance of 21.04m. Another example of an athlete doing everything they could for the Team came from Joe Howe who ran the ‘B’ 400m then ran down the track to get a Throw in for the ‘B’ Shot Putt on the final round to gain an extra couple of points. Great to see.
Another highlight of the day came from John ilunga. John got to the fixture by train and didn’t even ask anyone for a lift. He contested the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles (2nd) 73.8, ‘A’ Shot Putt (6th) with 7.67m, the ‘B’ Triple Jump (3rd) 9.69m, the ‘B’ High Jump (2nd) 1.55m, ran a Leg of the 4 x 100m Relay and earlier on, asked the Team Manager if he could run the 110m Hurdles, finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ with 21.7 and he missed another event, the Javelin because he was competing in the Triple Jump at the same time. What a performance and what commitment for the Team.
Echoing this were Hammer Throwers Jacob Roberts who stepped in for the ‘A’ Long Jump (5th) 5.12m, Nathan Billington who took on the Discus 2nd ‘B’ 19.93m and Charlotte Williams who contested the ‘A’ Shot Putt (5th) 8.22m. Jacob commented after the fixture had ended “Competed at senior weight today 7.26 kg Hammer at Leigh for the Northern league. Very happy with my result and breaking the club record once again at a different weight. Well done to all Blackburn Harriers and especially my Hammer team mates Nathan and Charlie”.
In the Sprints it was Dominic Bretherton and Paul Coffey for the Men and U17’s Emily Warren (first season in the Senior League) and Chloe Bleeks for the Women who contested the 100 and 200m doubles. Dominic ran a new PB of 11.3 in the ‘A’ 100m (3rd) whilst Paul took 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 11.7. In the 200m ‘A’ Race Dominic placed 4th with another new PB of 23.2 with Paul placing 4th in the ‘B’ (24.00). Emily ran the ‘A’ 100m in 4th place equaling her PB of 13.2 and came 6th in the 200m in 27.6. Chloe knocked two tenths off her previous best to set a new PB of 13.4 in the ‘B’ 100m and knocked a full second off her best in the 200m for a new PB of 27.5 (4th).
Charlie Coy was in her first Senior League Competition and took on the ‘A’ 400m and having a good first time ever run over the distance with 3rd in 63.8, saying “she wanted to do more of those”. The she doubled up in the 800m with Maddie Elliott finishing in 3rd in the ‘B’ with 2.32.3 whilst Maddie came 4th in the ‘A’ with a time of 2.24.6. Maddie then doubled up herself in the 1500m placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (4.59.0) with Katie Buckingham 3rd in the ‘B’ (5.13.5) which was just one second away from setting a new personal best. In the 3000m it was a first time ever competition for Victoria Mousley who finished 5th as the ‘A’ runner in 10.53.9 as Liz Greenwood who was looking really good in the Race had to drop out with a calf pull. A very good debut run for Victoria.
Ross Liddle won the ‘A’ 400m in 51.0 with Joe Howe stepping into the ‘B’ Race, just holding off the Sale athlete, finishing 3rd in 58.1. Rob Warner ran the ‘A’ 800m (3rd) 2.01.7 as part of his day which included the 5000m where he finished 2nd in the ‘A’ with 15.01 which was a very good effort and sets himself up nicely for the Highgate 10000m. Tim Raynes also doubled up for the Team running the ‘B’ 800m (5th) in 2.06.0 and then ran the ‘A’ 1500m in 3rd spot (4.08.7) just a second away from a new personal best. Jack Hindle hadn’t run a 1500m since 2014 but answered the call for the Team and set a new PB time of 4.20.9 to take valuable points in finishing 2nd in the ‘B’. Joe Monk came to the fixture determined to get a new 5000m PB and did just that, setting off with real intent to win the ‘B’ in 15.24.8 – a new PB by a massive by 35 seconds. Joe Howe ran the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase and was up against an athlete – Allan Corlett – who had run 9.20 at his best. Joe was coming into the fixture with a PB set at Bucs and set another new PB on the day, coming home in 2nd place in 10.07.8, chopping a another ten seconds off his previous best time.
In the Hurdles side of the programme we have highlighted quality performances by Ross Liddle in the 400m and 110m Hurdles. There was also another very good performance by Morgan Angland who was contesting her first ever 100m Hurdles in the Senior Women and had a great debut winning the ‘A’ in 15.8, and a new PB and she was backed up by Katie Buckingham in the ‘B’ taking good points in 2nd spot (18.02). Sprinters Morgan Angland and Chloe Bleeks shared Long Jump duties with Morgan clearing 4.64m (4th) in the ‘A’ and Chloe 4.18m (3rd) in the ‘B’. Teigan Fawcett set a new PB in the High Jump ‘A’ (4th) clearing 1.35m. In the Men’s Triple Jump Tom Doherty got his season off to a good start with 2nd in the ‘A’ (12.04m) and then placed 3rd in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.65m before running both Relays in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m. Another great effort by this young athlete.
(Morgan (1) – Katie (11)
UKYDL at Bury – Saturday April 22nd
Great morning with plenty of warm weather and sunshine as we set off from Witton Park with a Coach full of young athletes to the first fixture of the season in this years UKYDL Lower Age Group for U13 and U15 athletes. Some of the athletes were in their first season of League competition, some in their second and some in their first ever competition; And what a performance they pulled out on the day. Unfortunately there was an issue with the Results programme which meant that the final outcome was delayed for nearly two weeks. However in the end the Club put in a very good performance to finish in 2nd place on the day just 36 points behind the winners Bury. In 3rd place came Bolton; 4th was Team North Cumbria; 5th Menai T &F; 6th Macclesfield; 7th East Cheshire.
The day saw the Team produce 23 new personal bests, 24 event wins, twelve 2nd places and eight 3rd places which is not a bad way to start the season. Team Managers Mick Angland for the Girls and Danny Teare for the Boys were very pleased with all of the athletes and how they performed on the day. Great effort and Team spirit.
U15 Leon Thomas set three new PB’s on the day winning the ‘A’ 800m in 2.13.4 which was a massive six seconds faster and then knocked off two seconds to set a new 300m PB time of 46.7 (6th) in the ‘A’ with Ethan Barbarewicz running 49.1 (7th) in the ‘B’ which was his first time over the distance.. Harvey Ashworth won the ‘B’ U15 800m in 2.22.3 reducing his previous best by six seconds for a new PB too. U15 Sam Hodkinson was in his first ever T & F meeting for the Club and in a great debut ran 4.44.7 on his 1500m and absolutely stormed his leg of the 4 x 300m to set up a Team win in the Relay whilst Jamie Teare took good points by finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ 1500m (4.58.3).
U15 Girl Bailey Madden kicked off her season with a two second new PB in the ‘A’ 300m in 3rd spot with a time of 44.3 and then helped the U15 Girls home to 3rd spot in the 4 x 300m Relay. Macy Haworth took on the ‘B’ 300m in a time of 49.2 (4th). Hollie Oldham and Alex Taylor were making their track debuts in the U15 800m’s and did really well with Hollie running 2.38.1 (5th) in the ‘A’ Race and Alex also 5th in the ‘B’ Race (2.59.9). Another debut over a new distance came from Eleesha Charnley in the 1500m posting a time of 5.28.3 in ‘A’ Race (4th) before running a great Leg in the 4 x 300m to help the Team into 3rd place.
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret set a new PB by two and half seconds in the ‘A’ 800m (3rd) with a time of 2.37.0 and he was backed up in the ‘B’ Race by bottom of age Saul Sharp making his debut over the distance with a 4th placed 2.43.7. Dexta Thompson ran his second new PB of the week in the U13 Boys 1500m when he came home in 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Race posting a time of 4.50.6 which puts him at number 16 in the National Rankings. Yet another debutant in Track and Field – David Holman – won the ‘B’ 800m in 5.06.5 and it was pleasing to see all these young athletes with not a lot of experience in Track Racing to rise to the challenge and perform so well.
More new PB’s were set and the latest in the day came from the ever improving Leah Hoole in the U13 ‘A’ 800m when she chopped nearly seven seconds off her previous best to set a new PB of 2.34.4 proving once again the benefit of a good cross country season in the winter for middle distance athletes which helps to set young athletes up for the Track season. The same can be said for Kate Cookson who made her debut in the ‘B’ 800m coming home in 2nd place with a time of 2.43.4. Really good runs from the U13 Girls in the 1200m earned the Team more valuable points with Hollie Cubbon taking 2nd spot in the ‘A’ (4.21.0) and Eleanor Allsop winning the ‘B’ in a time of 4.45.8 and yet another young athlete making her debut over this new distance. U13 Isaac Butler also posted a good time in the non-scoring 800m of 2.41.6.
Good performances continued in the Hurdles – in the 80m Hurdles it was a new PB for U15 Harry Jackson 4th (15.6) with good backing from Jamie Teare 2nd in the ‘B’ (16.2). Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess were in excellent form, both winning the U15 75 Hurdles with Myah taking the ‘A’ Race (12.5) and Christie with a new PB the ‘B’ (13.6). Rory Teare added another win for the Hurdlers when he took the U13 Boys 75m H in another new PB time of 13.50 and Codie Dewhurst supported him in the ‘B’ in his debut on the Track placing 5th (18.90). Emma Love (3rd) took half a second off her time for a new PB of 13.40 in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles and debutant Paige Shannon took a 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 13.90.
In the Sprints there were a number of young athletes who were competing in their first ever season for the Club. Tyler Evans who has joined the Club from Trawden just for Track & Field ran his first ever competitive Race in the U15 ‘A’ 100m posting a time of 14.6 (7th). Kyle Mashiter had a great run in the ‘B’ Race winning it in 12.8. Sam Hodkinson took 3rd place in the ‘A’ 200m (26.0) in his first competitive track fixture and his first trip over this distance followed by a 4th placed 28.8, an improvement of half a second by Leon Thomas in the ‘B’. U15 Queen Tanimowo was competing for the first time in an outdoor T & F meeting for the Club and kicked off in style with a 2nd place 13.4 in the 100m backed up really well by Abigail Armas in the ‘B’ who also took a 2nd spot (14.3). Caiden Hesketh ran her first ever 200m for the Club to place 4th in the ‘A’ (29.0) with Christie Sturgess taking the win in the ‘B’ in a time of 29.2 which matched her current PB.
Tom Booth and Rory Teare flew the flag for the Team in the U13 Boys 100m with Tom 5th in the ‘A’ (15.0) which was a new PB by four tenths and Rory also placed 4th in the ‘B’ (15.3) which was a new PB for him too by two tenths. Tom then took on the ‘A’ 200m which he has never done before, running 32.4 (6th). Holly Bell and Caroline Woodworth ran the 75m in the U13 Girls which saw Holly set a new PB of 11.8 (5th) and Caroline 12.7 in the ‘B’ – a distance that Caroline wouldn’t normally do, but she did it for the Team. Holly was out again in the 150m finishing 4th in the ‘B’ (23.6) and Kate Cookson came 6th in the ‘A’ (22.9), also in a distance that she hasn’t run before.
In the Jumps part of the day U15 Boys Ethan Barbarewicz and Luke Ingleson competed in the Long Jump with Ethan clearing 3.62m and Luke 3.59m in his first ever effort in this event. Jamie Teare won the U15 Boys High Jump with a new PB of 1.54m and was a whisker away from cleraring 1.57m. It was Amy Wiggans and Eleesha Charnley in the Long Jump for the U15 Girls with Amy clearing 3.98m in the ‘A’ (5th) and Eleesha jumping 3.90m in the ‘B’ for 2nd spot. Queen Tanimowo and Liberty Thompson were the Clubs athletes in the U15 Girls High Jump – Queen clearing 1.38m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Liberty equaling her PB when winning the ‘B’ (1.30m). One of the performances of the day in the Jumps had to go to Macy Haworth who cleared four successive attempts in the U15 Girls Pole Vault, clearing 1.90m and being so, so close to getting over 2.00m and in so doing took maximum points. Isaac Butler, another young athlete making his debut, added 25cms to his personal best in the Long Jump to set a new mark of 3.48m; And there was a double win in the U13 Boys High Jump – Rory Teare winning the ‘A’ and equaling his PB of 1.35 – and – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret winning the ‘B’ with a new PB by 8cms of 1.28m. Emma Love and Nicole Saunders took two second places in the U13 Girls High Jump – Emma with 1.29m in the ‘A’ and Nicole 1.10m in the ‘B’. Emma then won the ‘B’ Long Jump (3.71m) and Paige Shannon placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 3.89m.
Good efforts in the U15 Boys Shot with Sam Hodkinson and Ethan Barbarewicz who aren’t accustomed to the events – Sam throwing 4.64m and Ethan 4.12 – great support for the team earning valuable points. Kieran Carroll threw 18.68m in the U15 Boys Discus ‘A’ which was a massive new PB by some seven metres – and again competing for points for the Team – Luke Ingleson had a go in the ‘B’ (4th) with 11.01m as did Kieran in the Hammer (4th) throwing 9.23m. Another highlight performance of the day was an English Schools qualifying distance in the U15 Boys Javelin for Cameron Harris who won the ‘A with a new PB throw of 42.63 with Kieran Carroll making it a double win for the Harriers taking the ‘B’ (25.73m). Myah Booth added another win to her very good day in the U15 Shot Putt ‘A’ (9.13m) with Liberty Thompson supporting her in the ‘B’ – 3rd with 5.74m. Yet another double win in the Throws in the U15 Girls Javelin with Millie Coy taking the ‘A’ (26.58m) for a new PB and Myah Booth winning the ‘B’ (22.09m). In the U13 Boys Theo Sturgess came 6th in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (4.68m) with Saul Sharp also 6th in the ‘B’ (3.63m). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added to his very good day too when he won the U13 Boys Javelin with a throw of 22.17m. Nicky Saunders won the U13 Girls ‘A’ Shot Putt (6.88m) with Danielle Probert coming 3rd in the ‘B’ (4.49m). Nicky took a 2nd place in the Javelin with a throw of 19.33m whilst Danielle set a new PB in the ‘B’, winning it with a throw of 16.94m.
Astley Park Races
First up of this years Astley Park Wednesday Night Race Series for both Seniors and Juniors took place on May 3rd which saw one hundred and forty runners in the Senior Race with nearly the same amount 140 – in the Junior Race.
In the Junior Race the Harriers had eighteen youngsters out with some very good performances not least of which was having three in the first six and producing very fine times. Matt Ramsden came home 2nd overall, just one second behind the winner, in a time of 4.52 and he was followed by Leon Thomas in 3rd (4.55) and Dexta Thompson in 6th in a time of 5.14. Amy Davies was 15th overall and 3rd Girl on the night with 5.30 followed by Ethan Barbarewicz in 23rd (5.44), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (25th) in 5.46, Hollie Cubbon (29th) with a time of 5.49, Saul Sharp in 34th (5.54) and Hannah Cookson 36th in 5.56.
Oliver Gill who runs everywhere with a smile on his face came home in 50th spot (6.12) followed by George Ramsden (66th) in 6.31, Kate Cookson in 71st (6.36), Liberty Thompson 73rd (6.38), Hannah Davies (84th) with a time of 7.16, Felix Thompson (86th) in 7.24, sister Kady Thompson in 106th (7.56) and Lulu Sharp 128th in a time of 8.28 – Felix and Lulu in the 8yrs category.
John Horrocks and David Morris were the Club’s only runners in the Senior race with John running realy well to place 6th in a good time of 26.20 and David Morris (138th) in a time of 43.42.
Kendal 10k – May 3rd
One hundred runners set off in this hilly 10k Race won eventually by Quentin Gratrix in a time of 35.27. Among them was Blackburn Harrier Victoria Mousley who has only just run a PB in the 10k and broken 40 minutes for the second time.
Victoria had a great run finishing in 17th place overall, 1st Female Vet and in a massive new PB time of 38.55. Delighted as you can imagine, Victoria Mousley told the club after the Race“My friend jo suggested the race as a nice undulating course….the marshal at the start laughed when I said “It’s undulating isn’t it?” “Very hilly” she replied. Any ideas of sub 40 vanished into the sky. I saw lizzie Adams and Heidi Dent at the start so knew that they would be very fast. My plan was to try and keep Heidi in my sights. The race started very suddenly. A fast pace from the off, then climbing started up the road to Sedgwick. I felt good for 2 k then it started to hurt. I dug in, gritted my teeth on the ups and swore when I turned the corner and saw one of the hills we had to run up. However two miles up means two miles down and I tried to run as hard as I could back to Kendal. I didn’t look at my watch just kept plodding on. I was delighted to finish in 38.55. A huge pb of 49 seconds”
Three Peaks – PB’s for Joe & Joe at BUCS T & F Championships – Brian breaks Course Record at Horwich Triathlon – Chris Wins Sheffiff 10k – PB’s for Harriers at Stretford – Coiners Junior Fell Races
Three Peaks – Saturday April 29th
(Three Peaks Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Good weather saw six hundred and ninety runners complete the iconic Three Peaks Race this year over the twenty three mile route including Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and with a profile not for the faint hearted:
Four Blackburn Harriers took part this year with the first athlete home being Shaun Livesey in 76th earning himself a 1st Class classification time of 3hr 39.16 describing his Race afterwards to the Club “Well went into the race felling good and with the weather being kind the course proved to be fast. I set out with certain time to hit each check point. Penny Ghent the first climb seemed to pass without any undue effort I topped out in under 34mins. Next stop high berkwith, I reached it in 1hr 1min, still feeling easy. Onto ribblehead and I dibbed in at 1hr 25mins still going well. Now onto my nemisis whernside. My goal was to summit in 2hrs race time, I did exactly that, with my legs still in good shape. The descent of Whernside to the hill inn check point isn’t my best part of the race for me, it is just too technical under foot but I was humbled to receive encouragement from John Calvert a multiple winner of the event for the club. I dibbed in 2hr 22min race time. Just after the pub I saw my wife and daughter with some refreshments I said my legs had gone! One last climb to go and I was suffering and was losing places, I still however managed to dibb in at the summit of Ingleborough at 3hrs exactly. Somehow I managed to get into some kind of running coming of the top without losing too many more places. Even after 23.4 miles of running I still managed to raise a sprint finish against race baggot from Clayton harriers the crowd loved it. Finish time 3:39:16. Although not my best effort the race itself is fantastic and is a must for anyone thinking about it”.
Next home came Andy Heys in 329th position and posting a time of 4hr 20.56. Andy enjoyed the day and told the Club “For me, the highlight of the fell racing calendar. Such a challenge, but such a privilege to be part of such a well organised, well supported event set in beautiful surroundings. My 3rd attempt at this race and managed to take another 10 minutes off my previous best on the course, coming in at 4:20. Was on target for a sub-4 and felt really comfortable at the Ribblehead viaduct, and then came my nemesis – Whernside! With all the training runs I’d done on there, I thought we had made friends? Clearly not the case as I summited Whernside absolutely destroyed. Still, managed to hang on and make it over Ingleborough to the finish. I’ve now got a hunger for sub-4, so will be back in 12 months’ time”.
Not far behind Andy – just six places and a couple of minutes – came Craig Greenough 335th in a time of 4hr 22.13. and behind Craig was Ian Clarkson in 625th position with a time of 5hr 07.40. After he had time to rest, Ian told the Club “My legs and body are officially battered!! What a day, having had a rough week with a cold, the Y3P’s fell race looked very daunting and intimidating, made the more daunting with the many top class fell runners in the country on the start line!! My plan of attack was one cut off point at a time and take it from there, all cut off’s achieved within time and then sit back and enjoy the ride over Ingleborough. Perfect weather conditions lead to a fantastic race day along with the competitors camaraderie, the marshalls and the people behind the scenes who make this event happen. Grand Day Out”.
BUCs Track & Field Championships
Joe Monk, Joe Howe, Joe Pearse, Roxanne Oliver and Katie Buckingham were all competing in the Championships at Bedford last weekend – 29th April – 1st May – with two of them coming up with new PB’s.
In a very competitive 5000m event of two Heats with one being won in 14.16 – nineteen of the twenty athletes all running under 15 minutes – and – the other won in a time of 14.46 with the first seven of the athletes all under 15 minutes, no one was ‘hanging about’. Twenty seven of the forty one athletes recorded 5000m PB’s. Joe Monk was one of the 27 finishing up running a new PB by six seconds (16.00.32) and said afterwards “Very disappointed with the run, felt heavy legged from the start, think Trafford took it out of me. I know I’m in 15:15 shape from the 3k on Tuesday, so to run what I did at BUCS is very frustrating, it just gives me the incentive to perform well at the Northern League“
(Joe Monk Number 964)
Joe Howe….was another athlete who got among the personal bests running 10.18.08 for a new PB in the 3000m Steeplechase. Joe told the Club “It was my first race of the season so a good start and a bit of a confidence booster. Disappointed to miss out on the final, I think it was my hurdling technique that let me down a bit. There’s definitely more to come”.
And then there was Katie Buckingham who came 12th in the Final of the 2000m Steeplechase with a time of 7.46.17 in her first ever attempt at the event which was a great effort and she commented after her event that it was a “great weekend watching both Nottingham and Blackburn team mates compete and be involved in such a big event against very strong fields. This was my first 2kmSc so I set off steady and built into the race hanging on to the girls ahead finishing in 7.47 which was quicker than I expected! By default a PB and 12th in a Bucs final, so can’t complain at all! First track fixture of the year and first 4x400m race has got me very excited for the rest of the season!“
Joe Pearse qualified for the Final with a 1.94m clearance and went onto finish in 7th position in the Final itself, clearing 2.00m after having to pull out of the event with an ankle injury. Joe told the Harriers that he was “Absolutely gutted that I had to pull out of the comp but happy with another 2m“. Roxanne Oliver posted a season’s best time of 15.46 in the 100m Hurdles to go through to the Semi Final where she improved her time to run 15.07 just four hundreth’s outsider her personal best time. After the Semi-Final Roxie told the Club “Another great BUCS experience. I was hoping for sub 15 seconds but I’m hoping I’ll get that next competition”.
For the three hundred and eighty seven finishers in this event, it included a 500m Swim, a 40k bike ride and an 8.6k run. In the end it was a one two for Brian Fogarty and Jack Hindle at the Horwich Triathlon at the weekend as Brian won the event and Jack came 2nd.
Brian Fogarty who is in training for the Lanzarote Ironman emphatically demonstrated how good his form is at the moment when he not only won the event but broke the Course Record too with a time of 1hr 42.41. A great performance which sets Brian up nicely for Lanzarote.
Jack Hindle is in pretty good form as could be seen by his 2nd place finish behind Brian in a time of 1hr 48.39 and told the Club “Overall I am really happy with how the race went today. After Clitheroe, I wanted to show what I am really capable of at the minute. I had a solid swim and run, I wouldn’t say the best run but solid enough. But more than anything I am happy to see that my cycling has improved. I’ve been working hard on the bike, and to finally see that my weakest discipline of the three is moving in the right direction is a big confidence boost. Massive congrats to Brian on another outstanding performance”.
The Bank Holiday Open Medal Meeting saw siblings Myah and Joel Booth and Nicky Saunders all competing at Stretford, producing two wins and three new PB’s amongst them.
U13 Nicky Saunders took a double win on the day with a new PB throw of 24.03m in the Discus before winning the Javelin with a distance of 23.05m and rounding off the day with a 3rd place in the Shot Putt (7.11m).
U13 Joel Booth took two third places with a time of 14.35 in the 100m and then setting a new PB of 29.50 in the 200m. Sister Myah Booth – U15 – set a new PB in the Javelin (26.44m), came third in the 75m Hurdles (12.54) and ran a time of 14.19 in the 100m for 4th place.
A Davies Day Out at the Races with Guest Eleesha Charnley
Chris Davies who set a new Marathon PB in London of 2hr 41.21 was in action again just a week after after and recorded a win in a time of 35.51. He told the Club that he “Decided to do the Sheriff 10K this morning. Felt good so I thought why not. Come 1st in 35:51. Won 50 quid for the Fayre Inns, so a nice meal out with the family will be coming shortly as well. Amy won the fun run and Hannah was fourth girl back, so a good day for them. Lindsay also hit a new PB as well. Well done family Davies”. In 2013 Chris had won this same Race in a time of 38.05 and with a current PB of 33.32 it shows how far he has come.
Lindsay also had a good day setting a new PB of 54.57 (90th) which is nearly five minutes faster than her first ever time posted for a 10k Race. Amy, Eleesha and Hannah all entered the 1.4k Fun Run which saw Amy win in a time of 9.32, followed by Eleesha in 2nd spot (9.52) and Hannah taking 7th place overall with a time of 11.09.
Coiners Junior Fell Races
(Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Over on the Fells it was the Thompson families turn at the Coiners Junior Races which saw Felix Thompson finish 6th overall out of a field of 55 runners in the U9 mixed Race of Boys and Girls in a time of 5.05 (RESULTS) – in the U11 Age Group it was Kady Thompson coming home in 82nd spot out of another mixed field of 95 runners with a time of 13.44 – (RESULTS) – the final run of the day for the Thompson family came from Dexta in the 101 strong U13 Field, again mixed, which saw him come home in 5th position in a time of 11.53 – (RESULTS).
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