Category Archives: Track & Field
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.
After finishing 2nd in the first fixture at Bury in bright sunshine, the second fixture of Division West 2 in the YDL (Lower Age Group) at Blackburn’s Witton Park Arena brought with it atrocious weather at the weekend. A very big thank you has to be given to all the Officials who braved the day – it’s a side of athletics that is often taken for granted and we can’t thank them enough.
The fixture was a very tight affair and at the end of the day the Harriers managed to come through and win which puts them top of the League after the first two rounds. The day was a very close fought contest with at times, just single points separating the the first four clubs. On these days, when events are closely contested it is important that teams have consistency throughout the day and that is exactly what the Harriers provided with 17 wins, 18 second and 17 third places plus 31 new personal best performances.
In the Sprints there were new PB’s for U13’s Kate Cookson in the 75m with a time of 11.5 (7th) and a time of 11.0 for Paige Shannon in her first race over the distance. Kyle Mashiter (U15) took 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m with a new PB of 12.4 as did Jonathan Gough with 12.5 in the ‘B’. U13 Tom Booth 4th in the U13 100m set a new PB of 14.7 (5th), as did U15 Bailey Madden in the ‘A’ 200m with a time of 13.4 (4th).
Sam Hodkinson equaled his PB in the in the ‘A’ 200m (3rd) in 26.0 and then ran a time of 2.12.5 to win the ‘B’ 800m in his first attempt at the distance. U15 Kyle Mashiter had his first run out over the 200m having a pretty good run in the ‘B’ race finishing 2nd in a time of 25.8. Also getting a new PB in the 200m was U13 Joseph Joyce in the ‘B’ race with a time of 31.1. More 200m new PB’s came for Christie Sturgess in the U15 (4th) in 28.9 and for Caiden Hesketh in the ‘B’ which she won in 28.7.
U15 Leon Thomas had a very good day indeed cutting four seconds off his 300m PB to place 3rd in 44.3 and then knocked three seconds off his 800m time to win the ‘A’ race in 2.10.3. U15’s George Whittaker and Queen Tanimowo made their debuts over 300m with George placing 4th in the ‘B’ (47.0) and Queen 5th in the ‘A’ race (46.9).
U13 Lancashire 800m Champion – Hayden Mercer – ran another new Pb of 2.27.5 to take 2nd spot in the 800m ‘A’ race with Joseph Joyce also setting a new personal best in the ‘B’ with a time of 2.35.9. U15 Girls Sophie Stanworth and Eleesha Charnley were on form posting respective new PB’s in the 800m which saw Sophie place 3rd in the ‘A race with 2.25.2 and Eleesha 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.30.1 as did Molly Nicholls in the U13 800m
Hollie Cubbon set a big new PB in the U13 Girls 1200m when winning the ‘A’ Race in a time of 4.06.2, a whopping 9 seconds faster than her previous best and in the ‘B’ Race Caroline Woodworth made it a double win for the Club posting a time of 4.17.9 in her first ever race over the distance on the track. In the U15 Boys, Lancashire County 3000m Champion – Matt Ramsden – set another new PB in the ‘A’ 1500m with a time of 4.29.5 (4th).
Over the Hurdles U13 Emma Love cut over half a second off her previous best for a new PB of 12.8 in the 70mH (3rd) with Lily Mae-Thomas running 13.7 in the ‘B’ race (2nd) and her first attempt at the event in competition. U15 Myah Booth gets closer to breaking the twelve second barrier winning the ‘A’ Race in a time of 12.0 and she was followed by another new PB for U15 Jamie Teare in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 15.6 and a win in the ‘B’ Race.
In the Jumps Liberty Thompson (U5) set a new height of 1.35m in winning the ‘B’ contest while in the Long Jump there were new personal bests for Luke Ingleson in the U15 Boys (3rd) in the ‘B’ with 3.96m – Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys Long Jump (5th) in the ‘A’ with 3.69m – Saul Sharp set a new PB also in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.38m in the ‘B’ and U15 Eleesha Charnley broke through the 4m barrier with a leap of 4.05m (5th) in the ‘A’.
Reece Simpson made his debut in the U13 Boys Shot Putt achieving a distance of 5.08m to place 4th in the ‘A’ whilst U15 Izzy Thompson set herself a new Hammer PB with a throw of 22.40m (2nd) in the ‘A’ and Danielle Probert finished 3rd in the U13 Javelin ‘A’ posting a new PB distance of 18.50m
Unfortunately not many photo’s from this fixture but thanks to those parents who managed to get a few shots and sent them in.
(Paige Shannon (U13) Relays)
(Paige Shannon (U13) Long Jump)
(Emma Love U13 High Jump)
(Emma Love U13 Hurdles)
(Page Shannon U13 Sprints)
(Saul Sharp U13 Long Jump)
(Amy Davies U15 1500m)
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.
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