Category Archives: Track & Field
Holly and Sophie British Champions in 2017 – – Mid Lancs League – – Trawden 7 – – Victoria & Rachel 2nd and 3rd at Southport Half – – Results
Blackburn Harriers double Olympians Sophie Hitchon – (Hammer 67.58m) and Holly Bradshaw – (Pole Vault – 4.45m) – both won this years British Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and qualified for the World Championships being held in London later this year, both having achieved the qualifying Distance and Height already.
At the end of the Championship weekend Holly spoke to the Club about her event and the lead up to the World Championships saying “I am so happy to win another British title. It wasn’t the best result and didn’t jump quite at my best but after a few problems in Rome with an small injury I have been building back in training and was only on short approach yesterday. I was totally pain free which was the most positive aspect of yesterday. I now feel I can build towards the World Champs in a good position and with 5 weeks to go I have loads of time and opportunity to tweak little things in training and get myself in the best possible position“.
Olympic Bronze Medalist from Rio 2016 Sophie Hitchon, had like Holly, already achieved the qualifying standard for the World Championships and was pleased to have won another British Hammer Title. She spoke to the Club after the weekend competition and told us that it was “Not the distance I would have liked and still got some preparations to go but thrilled to be British Champion again and being able to represent GB in the World Champs especially as it’s back in the Olympic Stadium London”.
Mid Lancs League – July 1st
Lots of Heats for Sprinters at the Preston Mid Lancs Fixture starting with the U13 Girls which saw Abigail Stratton place 4th in Heat (1) with 15.80 and Hannah Eccles 6th in Heat (3) in a time of 15.40. Hannah then went on to the 200m running 31.80 for 6th place in Heat (1) with Keira Haxton in Heat (3) placing 4th (32.40) and Holly Crooks in Heat (4) 5th in a time of 32.50. U15 Abigail Armas doubled up in the 100/200m coming in 4th in Heat (4) of the 100m in 14.50 and 2nd in the 200m (Heat (3) in 29.10. U13 Isaac Butler ran in Heat (2) of the 100m posting a time of 15.40 in 6th spot.
U15 Sprinters Kyle Mashiter and Jonathan Gough were in good form with Kyle taking a double win, first in Heat (1) of the 100m with 12.60 and then in Heat (1) of the 200m in a new PB time of 25.30 – Jonathan won Heat (2) of the 100m in a time of 13.00 and then placed 3rd in the 200m Heat (1) also in a new PB time of 26.00. Some of the 800m U15 athletes doubled up in the 200m with Sam Hodkinson running a new PB time of 25.70 to win Heat (2) with Jamie Teare 4th in 28.50 and Matt Ramsden 6th in 29.40 in the same Heat. Ben Whittaker (U17) ran 12.50 for 3rd in the 100m and then ran a new PB of 25.70 in the 200m also in 3rd place. Paul Coffey doubled up in the Senior Men’s 100/200m with a 4th placed seasons best 11.6 in Heat (1) of the 100m and winning Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 24.00 another seasons best.
Moving up in distance Liberty Thompson ran 50.50 in the U15G 300m (6th) and 4th in the 75m Hurdles (13.90) whilst U15 Ethan Joyce in only his third race of the year ran aggressively to set a new PB of 58.70 in the 400m. U13 Girls Ellie and Paige Singleton ran massive new PB’s in the 800m with Paige cutting 18 seconds off her previous best to set a new time of 2.55.7 and Ellie chopping thirteen seconds off her previous best time with 2.55.0 in Heat (1). In Heat (2) there were two more new PB’s – firstly for Molly Nicholls who made all the running from the off and just got pipped into 2nd spot in a new PB time of 2.47.7 and secondly for Keira Haxton in 5th spot with a new PB of 2.49.4, some seven seconds faster than her previous best – and this on a windy day! In the U15 Girls 800m Eleesha Charnley came 4th out of the twelve athletes in a time of 2.31.5 which was just outside her personal best with Kirsten Coleran finishing in 12th spot in 2.57.9, her first time ever racing on the track. U13 Boy Codie Dewhurst cut eight seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 2.55.7 in the 800m (10th).
The U15 Boys 800m Race with sixteen athletes saw a very aggressive Sam Hodkinson run the first 200m in 29 seconds and held the front place the whole way round to win in a new PB time of 2.11.7 nearly a second quicker than his previous best. Next in came Matt Ramsden in 4th place in a time of 2.15.9 a very big new PB by six seconds. Harvey Ashworth who is running very consistent times was next in for the Harriers in 6th place in a time of 2.21.5 with Jamie Teare 8th in a time of 2.22.3 and another new PB by over a second.
The U15 Boys 1500m saw Harry Wilkin run just outside his personal best with a time of 5.07.2 in 6th place followed by George Whittaker in 7th (5.19.7) in his first ever attempt at the distance. U13 Boy Dexta Thompson ran an excellent tactical race in the 1500m, tucking in when running into the wind and then going to the front to hold his lead from around 500m out, winning in a time of 4.59.6 – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 6th in 5.19.6 and Joe Sims 13th in 6.01.5.
Kate Cookson and Abigail Stratton ran the U13 Girls 1500m with Kate in her first attempt at the distance placing 4th in 5.38.3 and Abigail 5th in a time of 5.38.5. In the U15 Girls 1500m Amy Davies and Sophie Stanworth soon established a lead, the pair of them breaking away early on which saw Amy win in a time of 5.01.5 and Sophie place 2nd in 5.12.7. U17 Jasmine Aherne knocked 27 seconds off her 3000m time to set a new PB of 12.41.5 and 3rd in her age category.
Rory Teare missed out on a new personal best by a cm in the U13 Boys Long Jump placing 6th out of 18 athletes with a distance of 4.13m, then going on to take equal 4th place in the High Jump (1.35m). Isaac Butler was also just shy off his best when placing 14th with 3.62m as was Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in his High Jump (7th) with a clearance of 1.25m. One of the highlights of the day was watching young U13 Codie Dewhurst tackle the High Jump and nearly clearing 1.20m – such an enthusiastic young lad who gives everything when he is competing as he showed in the Javelin setting a new PB of 13.04m (9th) with Dexta Thompson in 10th (12.03m) and Joe Sims 11th (8.05m) also in the Javelin. Jonathan Gough added a win in the U15 Boys Long Jump to his days efforts clearing 5.12m whilst Jamie Teare placed equal 4th in the U15 Boys High Jump (1.45m). Liberty Thompson cleared 1.30m in the U15 Girls High Jump (4th).
In the U15B Throws Kieran Carroll finished 10th in the Discus with 18.72m just 3cms short of his previous best and then set a new PB in the Javelin (4th) with a throw of 25.98m – George Whittaker came 11th in the Discus with 1.65m and 6th in the Javelin (23.31m). In the U13 Girls Hannah Eccles, Paige and Ellie Singleton all tried their hand at Shot Putt with Hannah coming in 13th (4.12m), Paige (15th) with a throw of 3.24m and Ellie 16th (2.89m).
There was a win in the U15 Girls Discus for Izzzy Thompson with a throw of 22.28m, a 3rd in the Hammer with 22.39m just one cm short of her personal best and a 6th spot in Javelin with a throw of 18.90m. U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB of 30.25m in the Hammer and placed 5th in the Shot putt with 7.50m. In the Senior Women’s Throws Anna Peers had wins in the Discus with 37.02m just 15cm short of her best, another win in the Javelin (38.57m) and a 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.48m – Holly Brooks who has struggled all year with a shoulder injury placed 6th in the Shot Putt (6.66m). Ben Whittaker threw a new PB of 27.49m in the U17 men’s Javelin whilst Tony Balko took on a trio of events in the Senior Men’s Throws – placing 7th of 12 in the Shot Putt (8.78m), 7th of 15 in the Discus (27.55m) and 4th of 9 in the Hammer with a seasons best throw of 31.34m.
Trawden 7 – Sunday July 2nd
Three hundred and fifteen runners finished this race won by Tom Corrigan in a time of 41.17.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for all the photos)
First home for Blackburn Harriers was Shaun Livesey in 7th spot (43.18) and 1st V40 on the day. Ben Costello was next in (11th) in 44.46 with V45 Paul Brindle in 16th spot and 2nd V45 on the day in a time of 45.36. Joanne Nelson was 1st V45 Woman in a time of 53.32 and 103rd overall. Bryan Searby (V45) came in 299th in a time of 82.57.
In the Junior U9 Race with forty runners Felix Thompson had a cracker of a run trying to lead the whole way before finally being pipped into 2nd spot in a time of 2.51 just one second behind the winner. Kady Thompson finished 19th out of 34 runners in the U11 Race in a time of 10.18 whilst Dexta Thompson finished 3rd overall in the mixed age group race of 39 runners comprising U13, U15 and U17’s with a time of 12.37 and 1st U13, the Race being won by an U17 with an U15 in 2nd place.
Southport Half-Marathon – Sunday July 2nd
Nearly 1500 finishers in this Race won in a time of 75.09. Blackburn Harriers had two athletes – Victoria Mousley (83.48) and Rachel Wood (84.36) running who took 2nd and 3rd places in the Woman’s Race respectively – very good runs given the weather conditions on the day.
After the Race both athletes spoke to the Club with Victoria commenting “Found it hard work today as I’d been ill most of last week. A really interesting course, lots of twists and turns with a tough wind for the coastal section. I died from about ten miles…. Lack of races in the last 12 months. A good day out though”.
Rachel who is in training for the Berlin Marathon had a similar tale to tell about the race telling us “I struggled in today’s race. Agree with Vicci, the wind was strong along the coast and my legs just felt tired throughout. I have also suffered from a cold this week and legs are heavy from mileage leading up to Berlin Marathon so it was a tough hard training run for me other than the head wind, its a fast course and highly recommended!”
Harrogate 10k – Sunday July 2nd
Five hundred and sixty runners crossed the finishing line in this 10k and among them, three Blackburn Harriers – Jonathan Bridge, Claire Bridge and Evan Cook.
Jonathan Bridge (V45) came home in 59th place with a time of 42.28 and 7th V45 out of fifty five running on the day. V65 Evan Cook (127th) was running his first race of 2017 and was next in with a time of 46.28 and 3rd V65 out of eight in that age category. Claire Bridge (V45) placed 317th in a time of 54.09
Run The Alderley Edge Bypass 10k – Sunday July 2nd
V55 Paul Clarke was out at this 10k Race setting a time of 45.27 – just a few seconds outside a seasons best – and coming home in 311th place out of a field of one thousand nine hundred and sixty four.
NHS Triathlon – June 17th
Paul Wilkinson took on the NHS Tri at Bolton on on 17th June which was, as Paul described after the event ” a hot one…..400m swim in 7.44 in to transition; on to bike which was a 10 x 1 mile loop circuit in Horwich town centre which was a fast course and managed that in 32.14 including transition and was happy with that……then on to the run which was 3 laps of 4.3 km route…..struggled with the run in the heat and lack of running and plodded round in 22.25 to manage 34th place overall……really enjoyed it and finished overall time1hour 2min.21sec”.
Matt Fastest Junior Leg at Witton Trail Relays – – Tony at BMAF Championships – – Tom wins Short Course at Darren Holloway Memorial Race – – BOFRA Championships
Witton Trail Relays – June 29th
The rain held off for this years event which is becoming ever more popular – one hundred and forty two Teams entered this years Relays which was a record entry. A big thank you to all the Marshals and volunteers who supported the event, but a special mention too for Richard Taylor of Blackburn Harriers who organises this first class event. One of the pleasing aspects of the event apart from the great and competitive racing that it entails is the fact that the proceeds go to Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, this year amounting to over a £1000. R&PMRT are a brilliant organisation who give their services free to the community and their contribution to the safety of events such as these cannot be over estimated.
(Some but not all of the forty three Blackburn Harriers who ran in the Relays — Back Row L-R – Lindsay Davies – Harry Wilkin – Orange Hat Chris Davies – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Luke Ingleson – Leon Thomas – Jamie Teare – Rory Teare – FRONT ROW L-R – Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies – Eleesha Charnley – Hannah Cookson – Katie Buckingham – Maddie Elliott – Ethan Barbarewicz).
This years Race was won by Rossendale Harriers A in a combined time of 44.48 from ‘Barlick Bad Boys’ in 2nd place (46.02). Some good performances from Blackburn Harriers too on the night – ‘Fortyish & Fit’ consisting of Chris Davies, Matt Nuttall and Shaun Livesey winning the Vets Team Prize in a time of 48.19 and 6th place overall. First Junior Team was also from Blackburn Harriers – ‘The Upstarts – comprising Jamie Teare, Leon Thomas and Matt Ramsden finished just one place behind in 7th with a combined time of 49.36 – Matt Ramsden running the fastest Junior Leg of the whole night in a time of 15.49 and that at 13yrs of age. Fabulous run from Matt.
Second Junior Team on the night also came from Blackburn Harriers – ‘New Kids on the Block‘ – consisting of Joe Gebbie, Sam Hodkinson and Nick Smith in 9th place overall with a combined time of 49.49. The Harriers ‘Young Guns’ of Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, Rory Teare and Ethan Barbarewicz were sixth Junior Team of the night in 35th place in a time of 56.20 followed by the Harriers ‘BBH Lads’ in 37th position (56.24) whose team included Harry Wilkin, Luke Ingleson and Theo Lawrence.
At the Senior end came the Harriers ‘Ringers’ in 42nd place (57.08) with Danny Maynard, Joe Brady and Andrew Knowles who were followed by ‘Triple Danger’ the Harriers team of Amy Davies, Hollie Cubbon and Eleesha Charnley in 52nd spot (58.45) and 2nd Female Junior Team. The ‘Atomic Kittens’ were the next trio flying the flag for Blackburn Harriers comprising Hannah Cookson, Maddie Elliott and Katie Buckingham in 56th position and a combined time of 59.11. The prize for the most interesting and possible most unintelligible name of the night for the Harriers was ‘The Harbourmaster, Supertanker and Tub’ team consisting of Jason Harbour, Paul Wilkinson and John Cookson, placing 59th in a time of 59.58 – prizes for those who guess who is who? Another Vet Team from the Harriers ‘Three Legs of Witton’ – did they have one each? – finished 70th (60.07 featuring Mick Angland, Ian Clarkson and Danny Teare.
Another conundrum of a name saw ‘2 Beautys and a Beast’ from the Harriers made up of Lindsay Davies, Nikki Hartley and Allan Hartley come home in 105th slot with a combined time of 70.01 – followed by the ‘Whalley Warriors’ made up of Clare Wilkin, Julie Coy and Mark Wilkin in 110th place (71.31 – and – ‘The Sloe Gins’ of Catherine Guinan, Lorna Sharp – the Glastonbury Rocker and Michelle Teare in 120th in a time of 73.54.
British Masters Athletic Federation T & F Championships – June 24/25th
V50 Tony Balko – one of the mainstays of Blackburn Harriers Northern League team for some years – had set his goal for 2017 to compete at both the British and European Masters Championships in Birmingham and Denmark respectively.
The first leg of that double took place in Birmingham last weekend which saw Tony compete in the Discus, Hammer and Shot Putt. Eleven athletes took part in the Discus (1.5kg) with Tony finishing in 9th spot with a throw of 29.50m. Day two saw him throw a seasons best in the Hammer in 6th place (35.30m) a competition noted for the winning throw of 70.37m by fellow V50 Michael Jones. In his final event – Shot Putt – Tony came in 5th with a distance of 9.49m.
At the end of the weekend Tony reflected on his performances when speaking to the Club “The British Masters Champs in Birmingham (24/25 June 2017) was an inspirational event, but just not my championships! The Discus event on the Saturday turned out quite disappointing (trying to go for big throws too early, resulting in two fouls!), thus only managing 29.50 (9th) off the remaining throw. Sunday turned out to be slightly better, attaining a seasons best (SB) of 35.30 in the Hammer (6th) and 09.49 in the Shot Putt (5th). Not a brilliant weekends competition, well under par and unfortunately carrying a knee injury niggle (but this is no excuse). So its onwards and upwards, and with only 4 weeks to go, time now to try and be fully fit for the European Masters Championships in Denmark, where representing Great Britain Masters, I’m up against 26 other good athletes in the Throws Pentathlon event (5 throws events in one day)”.
Darren Holloway Memorial Race at Loweswater
This Race is described on the Race Organisers website as ‘One of the toughest Lakeland races in the calendar makes a fantastic day out over the quiet Buttermere fells. In memory of Pennine Fell Runner Darren Holloway, this race is based on the original Buttermere Horseshoe, and is one not to forget in a hurry. Flagged to the fells at Lanthwaite Green, but once on the tops there is much route choice between checkpoints, the map just shows one option. Just remember to save a little bit for that final pull onto Mellbreak. Descent from Mellbreak is via the col between North and South summit – the route off the North is out of bounds and much slower anyway”.
Tom Cubbon decided to take the Short Course on and won it in a time of 2hr 57.15 just 52 seconds in front of the second placed runner. After the Race Tom spoke to the Club about the day saying that “Most of the runners were doing the full course but I was doing the ‘short’, which was still 14 miles with nearly 5000ft of climbing. I had a very steady first half as I was running with my niece who was visiting from Canada to do the long race as well as nursing a tight calf. After the long route runners turned off I pushed on a little on the main descent and felt stronger. I could only see one runner a long way ahead, and assumed there were others further on. Otherwise I was on my own so used my map more than any other race I can remember! Coming into the final climb up Mellbreak the runner ahead went a long way off my planned route and after falling into the trap of ‘following’ I made the call the double back onto what was a longer but hopefully faster route. That was the last person I saw, so I plodded on, had a few mishaps in the heathery final descent and jogged in to the finish to be more that pleasantly surprised to be first home in a time of 2:57:15!”
Kirby Gala Fell Race – June 24th
Dexta Thompson continued his very good form in the latest round of the BOFRA Championships at Kirby last weekend, finishing 2nd in the U12 Race in a time of 9.09. Sister Kady Thompson who is also running the series ran in the same race placing 23rd overall in a time of 13.30. Younger brother Felix Thompson posted a time of 2.40 as he finished 5th in the U9 Race.
With just three Races still to go in this years Championships Dexta is in 2nd position overall as can be seen from the Standings after the Kirby Gala Race.
Sophie at Golden Spike in Ostrava – New 3000m PB for Tim at Trafford – Witton Open Meeting has longest Hammer throw of 2017 for U17 Women
56th Ostrave Golden Spike – 27/28th June
Sophie Hitchon was competing again at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, just days after representing Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Lille at the weekend. While things didn’t go as well as they might have at the Championships, Sophie bounced back in emphatic style at the Golden Spike Meeting – finishing 4th in a quality field with a throw of 73.68 and her second 73m plus throw on the night.
After the Meeting Sophie spoke to the Club about the Team Championships and her Golden Spike result saying that “After a tough few weeks of competitions I was disappointed that I couldn’t get more points for the team at the European Team Championships. I was very pleased with the competition in Ostrava to get back to where I started this year. I am looking forward to competing at British championships this weekend it is always great to compete on home soil”.
Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were out at the latest Grand Prix Meeting at Stretford on Tuesday night contesting the 3000m. A big field of twenty four runners saw Dejene Gezimu take the win in a time of 8.29.39 with Tim in 11th spot and posting a new PB time of 8.40.52 which bettered his previous best by six seconds. Tim spoke to the Club after the Race commenting “Pleased with how my race went. Got a little stuck on the first lap, but managed to work my way up through the field. I was happy to finish quite strongly, and am now looking forward to running at Stretford again next Tuesday night for the 5k.”
Joe finished in 15th place in a time of 8.49.37 four seconds away from his previous personal best for the distance and speaking to the Club he told us that he thought he “hit a bit of a plateau in the 3k, sticking between 8:45-8:50, seem to get to 2k and then struggle. Not too disappointed as my training is showing that I should be close to 8:40, just need that 800m/1500m speed now to kick on”.
The second of this years Blackburn Harriers T & F Open Meetings took place on Wednesday June 21st including some really good competition over the different events.
The U17 Women’s Hammer was a standout competition with the top two Women in the country battling it out – Tara Simpson-Sullivan from Wigan Harriers and Charlotte Williams from Blackburn Harriers. Tara threw a new life time best of 61.67m to finish ahead of Charlotte in 2nd place with a throw of 57.35m. The came Hannah Blood (Sale) in 3rd with a new PB of 47.78m, Charlotte Sturchbury (Liverpool Harriers) in 4th with 46.27m, Emma Louise Vickers Preston Harriers) in 5th throwing 41.97m and in 6th Rhiannan Lowe (Preston Harriers) with 36.56m. Nicky Saunders (Blackburn Harriers) and Tamalyn Dickinson also threw new PB’s in the U13 Girls Hammer with Nicky taking the win (21.09m) and Tamalyn 2nd (20.93m). Jacob Roberts (Blackburn Harriers) set a new personal best with his last throw in the Junior Men’s Hammer (65.64m).
There was an impressive winner of Heat (1) of the Mile with Robb Webb of Rossendale taking the Race in a time of 4.27.1. Impressive also in the same Heat were the runs of Blackburn Harriers U15’s Sam Hodklinson and Matt Ramsden which saw Sam run a time of 4.45.8 out sprinting Matt in the home straight who finished 3rd in 4.46.3 and they were followed by fellow Harrier U17 Nick Smith finishing strongly in 4th spot in a time of 4.47.2. Blackburn Harriers and U17 – Bradley Meikleham won the 1000m in a time of 2.53.6 ahead of Preston Harriers U23 Rachael Scott in 2.56.9.
In the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles there was another impressive win by Blackburn Harriers Myah Booth in a new PB time of 11.6 which was one tenth inside the English Schools qualifying time with new PB’s for Queen Tanimowo in 2nd (12.0) and Christie Sturgess in 4th (12.9). Blackburn Harrier Emily Warren was also among the new PB’s with a time of 12.6 in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles. U17 Solomon Brown (Blackburn Harriers) ran his third successive PB over the 400m Hurdles recording a time of 63.4.
There was an air of anticipation as the Harriers arrived on another scorching hot day at Bury Athletic Club for Fixture (3) of the UKYDL Division 2 on Sunday June 18th – realised as it was – on a day which produced 18 wins, 23 second places and 18 new PB’s – leading to another win, keeping the Club at the top of the League going into the final fixture at Ashton-Under-Lyne on July 15th with a very good opportunity to finish the season as champions and promotion to Division1.
The Team got off to a great start on the track winning 5 of the 7 Hurdles Races with a 2nd and a 5th spot in the other two. U13’s Emma Love placed 2nd in the 70m Hurdles (12.90) with Paige Shannon taking a win in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.50. U13 Boys Rory Teare and Ben Boocock won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 75m Hurdles with Rory clocking 13.90 and Ben 14.20. The U15 Girls 75m Hurdles saw Myah Booth win the ‘A’ in 12.00 and Queen Tanimowo the ‘B’ with 12.60. Jamie Teare took 5th spot in the U15 80m Hurdles in a time of 17.20.
The Team won consistent points in the Sprint events too – Kyle Mashiter running 12.4 (4th) in the U15B ‘A’ 100m backed up Jonathan Gough in the ‘B’ (3rd) in a time of 12.80. Kyle placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 200m in 25.2, a new PB by six tenths whilst Sam Hodkinson also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ posting a time of 26.4. Sam was out again in the 300m taking another 2nd spot in the ‘B’ in a time of 40.00 with Leon Thomas placing 4th in the ‘A’ (43.9) which was a new PB by four tenths.
Bailey Madden and Millie Coy picked up great points in the U15 Girls 300m with Bailey taking 2nd in the ‘A’ in 44.4 and a superb first 60metres saw Millie win the ‘B’ Race in a time of 44.2, her first ever competitive run over the distance. Caiden Hesketh ran a time of 28.6 – a new PB – for 4th spot in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 200m with Christie Sturgess taking 3rd in the ‘B’ Race also with a new PB of 28.8. In the U15 100m Queen Tanimowo ran 12.4, a new PB by 7 tenths for 5th spot in the ‘A’ Race and Amy Wiggans 14.5 in the ‘B’ (14.5).
In the U13 Boys there was a 5th spot and a new PB for Hayden Mercer in the ‘A’ 100m (14.6) and 7th for Codie Dewhurst in the ‘B’ with a time of 16.40 – and in the U13 200m – Rory Teare ran 31.7 for 6th place in the ‘A’ and Saul Sharp 32.2 also for 6th in the ‘B’ Race. Two 4th spots for Holly Bell in the ‘B’ 75m Race running a new PB time of 11.70 and again in the 150m with a time of 22.5 – Shannon Paige ran 11.20 for 4th spot in the ‘A’ 75m with Eleanor Allsop finishing 5th in the ‘B’ 150m (22.6).
Great performances in the Relays too for the Club taking 5th spot, 3rd, three 2nd places and a win – the U15 Girls winning the 4 x 300m in 3.00.1 and placing 2nd in the 4 x 100m in a time of 54.2 just six tenths outside the Club Record which has been held since 1986 — the U15 Boys took 2nd in the 4 x 100m in 51.40 and 2nd again in the 4 x 300m posting a time of 2.55.6 — whilst the U13 Boys the Team took 3rd spot in the 4 x 100m (58.70) and the Girls came 5th in 59.5.
One of the performances of the day came from U15 Cameron Harris who threw a National Standard distance and a new PB of 44.80m to win the ‘A’ Javelin event – in the ‘B’ Javelin Kieran Carroll just missed out by cms in winning the ‘B’ finishing 2nd with a distance of 25.04m. George Whittaker threw 8.60m in the U15 ‘A’ Shot Putt with sprinter Kyle Mashiter stepping in for the ‘B’ taking 5th place (5.90m). Kieran Carroll was out again in the Discus for 5th spot in the ‘A’ (18.34m) with George Whittaker earning 4th place in the ‘B’ with a throw of 14.45m – that old saying of ‘you can’t keep a good man down’ applied to Kieran Carroll who made it a hat trick of throws events with a 13.05m throw in the U15 ‘A’ Hammer.
Myah Booth got the U15 Girls off to a good start in the Throws events winning the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.71m) with Liberty Thompson placing 5th in the ‘B’ (6.02m) which was a new PB. Izzy Thompson continued with stacking up the points taking 2nd place in the ‘A’ Discus (19.34m) and 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with a throw of 19.47m. Myah Booth doubled up in the U15 Girls Javelin with Myah placing 2nd in the ‘A’ (25.45m) and Millie also 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 22.72m.
The U13 Girls Throws events saw Danielle Probert throwing a new PB distance of 5.48m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with Caroline Woodworth taking 4th in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.47m and on to the Javelin where Caroline placed 2nd in the ‘A’ (18.96m) alongside a win in the ‘B’ for Danielle with 16.25m. A trio of U13 Boys featuring Reece Simpson, Theo Sturgess and Dexta Thompson took on the Throws with Reece throwing a new PB of 5.71m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (4th) and Theo 4.85m also a new PB in the ‘B’ for 3rd – two 4th spots in the Javelin saw Dexta throw 20.29m in the ‘A’, a new PB and Theo 11.44m in the ‘B’.
It was very tough conditions for the middle distance runners which made their good performances so much the better. Leon Thomas placed 2nd in the U15 ‘A’ 800m in 2.11.5 after setting a new personal best of 2.09.4 the day before at the Mid Lancs League….Harvey Ashworth knocked two seconds off his previous best time when he finished 2nd in the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 2.20.9. It was a very good quality race in the U15 Boys ‘A’ 1500m being won in 4.16.9 – Matt Ramsden placed 4th in a time of 4.27.6 just one second outside his personal best and Jackson McKay also had a very good run finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ Race with a time of 4.55.7, the first time he has done the distance on the track.
Two good runs in the U15 Girls 800m race saw a 2nd place for Sophie Stanworth in the ‘A in a time of 2.30.6 (4th) and a win for Eleesha Charnley in the ‘B’ (2.31.00) – Amy Davies was a comfortable winner of the U15 Girls ‘A’ 1500m as she pushed the pace to record a time of 5.02.8. The U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m race was a good one with Dexta Thompson never giving up on that 1st place finally finishing 2nd in a time of 2.26.3 which was also a new PB and Hayden Mercer made it a very high scoring event for the Team when he won the ‘B’ 800m in 2.26.9. Three 2nd places and a 3rd in the U13 Girls middle distance races helped to pushed the points totals for the Club – Leah Hoole placed 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m (2.34.7) with Kate Cookson in 3rd in the ‘B’ (2.49.7) and they were backed up by Hollie Cubbon who came 2nd in the ‘A’ 1200m in a time of 4.19.2 with Caroline Woodworth also 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.27.7).
The U13’s had a very good day in the Jumps – Emma Love won the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m which was a new PB and a Club Record breaking the old one which has stood since 2008 with Danielle Probert coming 2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.15m. It was a double win in the U13 Girls Long Jump Emma Love winning the ‘A’ and Shannon Paige the ‘B’ (3.93m) a new PB. Three wins and a 2nd spot were soon backed up by a double win in the U13 Boys High Jump where Rory Teare set a new PB of 1.40m in winning the ‘A’ and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret also setting a new PB of 1.30m in winning the ‘B’ – Kyle went on to pace 5th in the Long Jump with 3.80m, just 4cm short of his personal best and he was supported by Saul Sharp, also 5th in the ‘B’ with 3.38m and a new PB for him as well. Macy Haworth was the only Pole Vaulter entered from any of the Clubs and cleared 1.80m before she had to stop as the landing mat was so hot.
Highlight Jump of the day for the Team came with a new PB for Jonathan Gough in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump clearing 5.65m for the win and a new PB with George Whittaker taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.33m. Jamie Teare cleared 1.45m in the ‘A’ High Jump (4th) and in the U15 Girls High Jump there was a 3rd spot for Queen Tanimowo with 1.40m in the ‘A’ and a 2nd place for Liberty Thompson in the ‘B’ (1.35m) – Bailey Madden placed 5th in the U15 Girls Long Jump (4.17m) supported by Eleesha Charnley in the ‘B’ jumping 3.84m.
(Thomas Hamer NS 800m)
(Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and David Holman in NS 800m)
Great weather for the third fixture in this years Mid Lancs League which saw Wilson Playing Fields bathed in sunshine and forty eight Blackburn Harriers participating in the events on the day who in turn produced fifteen new personal bests.
One of the stand out performances of the day, adjudged by her Coach Jim Kerrigan, came from bottom of age U17 Abigail Brown in the Hammer. Entering the event for the first time ever she finished 4th with a throw of 30.07m.
In other Throws Events V50 Tony Balko placed 6th in the Shot Putt with 9.43m and 5th in the Discus (29.40m). U17 Anthony Kent can’t stop winning and threw a new PB of 47.95m to take 2nd spot in the Hammer and then duly delivered another double winning the Shot Putt with 13.03m and the Discus with a throw of 38.40m. U17 Lucas Davies placed 4th in the Shot Putt with 7.42m and 3rd in the Javelin (28.00m) whilst another U17 Sam Gaskell, came 2nd in the Discus (37.12m) and won the Hammer with a throw of 52.97m. U15’s Kieran Carroll and George Whittaker were in action in the Throws – Kieran coming 4th in the Javelin (24.99m) and 2nd in the Hammer (13.97m) whilst George came 5th in the Javelin (23.68m).
Joe Sims, Dexta Thompson and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret were competing int he U13 Throws – Joe throwing 4.11m in the Shot Putt (4th) – Kyle 2nd in the Discus (18.51m) and Dexta 3rd in the Javelin (20.27m). In the Senior Women’s Throws, Holly Brookes placed 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.35m, whilst in the U17’s Emily Taberner came 2nd in the Shot Putt with 7.69m followed in 3rd place by Abigail Brown with 7.59m – Emily then came 3rd in the Discus (17.91m) and 6th in the Javelin with a throw of 24.26m which was a new PB by nearly eight metres. Charlotte Williams won the U17 Women’s Hammer with a throw of 54.51m. U15 Myah Booth wasn’t far away from her personal best when she finished 2nd in the Shot Putt (9.45m) and event which saw a debut for new member Julia Woodworth placing 8th out of thirteen athletes throwing 6.51m before going on to place 6th out of fourteen contestants in the Javelin with 17.21m an event which saw Izzy Thompson come 2nd with 21.29m after coming in 2nd in the Hammer with 20.90m.
Dominic Bretherton ran 11.30 for 2nd place in the senior Men’s 100m first Heat with Daniel Hamilton 5th in Heat (2) in a time of 12.90. U17 Ben Whittaker took on the 100/200 double taking 2nd in the 100m (12.40) before setting a new PB in winning the 200min (24.80), a half a second improvement on his previous best. There was a new PB for brother George Whittaker too in the 100m (4th) in 13.50, a full second being taken off his previous best and then he set another new PB in the 200m (4th) by well over a second to post a time of 28.30. Joe Sims who does absolutely every event with a smile on his face came 5th in the U13 Boys 100m (18.90) and 5th in the 200m (37.80), whilst in the other 200m Heat Rory Teare (30.00) in 3rd just pipped Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 4th (30.70).
U17 Emily Warren wasn’t hanging about in the 100m winning it in a PB equalling time of 13.2 in Heat (2) and making it a double with a win and a new PB in Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 26.90. Chloe Bleeks ran a time of 13.50 (2nd) in Heat (1) of the 100m and 28.20 (2nd) in Heat (1) of the 200m. Bailey Madden won her Heat of the U15 100m in 13.30 whilst Eleesha Charnley won her Heat of the 200m in 28.90 and then set a new PB of 45.8 in the 300m (2nd), punching the air when she was told the time, with Liberty Thompson in the same Heat making her debut over this distance in a time of 50.1 (4th). U13 Abigail Stratton set a new PB in the U13 Girls 100m finishing 3rd in 14.70 whilst Hannah Eccles made her Track debut in another Heat of the 100m placing 2nd in 14.90 and Eva Knowles in the 200m posting a time of 35.80 in her first ever attempt at the distance.
Going up in distance U15 Ben Branton ran 62.40 (3rd) in the 400m and then Leon Thomas ran a new PB in the 800m with 2.09.4 which was a very good performance on such a hot day. U15’s Jamie Teare and Harry Wilkin tackled the 1500m with Jamie placing 3rd in 4.55.9 and Harry 5th in 5.07.1. In the Senior Women’s 400m Charlie Coy ran 62.80 in 3rd spot and Amy Davies set a new PB of 2.28.3 in the U15 800m (3rd) – her first run over the distance since 2014 – with Ella Hardman in Heat (2) coming in 7th (3.22.5).
The U13 Girls 800m saw Hollie Cubbon come 3rd in 2.37.5 and Molly Nicholls 8th in a time of 2.50.0 which was a new PB. In Heat (2) Paige Singleton just pipped sister Ellie Singleton placing 4th in 2.48.5 – a massive new PB from 2016 of 25 seconds, with Ellie taking 5th in 2.49.0 and again another massive new PB by 19 seconds and they were followed by Eva Knowles in 8th position (3.04.6). In the U13 Girls 1500m it was 2nd and 3rd for Abigail Stratton in 2nd (5.28.6) and Hannah Eccles in 3rd (5.58.2).
Chris Davies (V40) won the 300m in 9.39.3 which was just 6 seconds outside his personal best and in the heat of this particular day, that was a pretty good run – so too for U20 Nicholas Smith who was just one second outside his PB finishing second (9.54.2). U17 Jasmine Aherne was having her first outing over the 3000m distance and took 2nd place in her age category with a time of 13.08.7.
Middle Distance runner Bradley Meikleham had a go at the Long Jump for the very first time in competition and did well finishing 4th with a leap of 4.71m. Jonathan Gough who recently broke the U15 Club Record for the Triple Jump finished 2nd on the day with a distance of 10.75m, whilst U15 Jamie Teare took a good win in the High Jump with a PB equalling clearance of 1.55m. In the U13 Boys Jumps Rory Teare cleared 4.14m in the Long Jump placing him 4th out of 15 and a new PB by 40cm and in the same event Kyle Taylor-Pomfret also set a new PB of 3.84m – adding 40cm to his previous best, placing 8th out of 15. Rory then added a win in the High Jump clearing 1.35m which equalled his existing personal best. U17 Sprinter Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.17m in the Long Jump (7th) whilst another two of the Clubs Sprinters – Macy Haworth (U15) – came 2nd in the Long Jump clearing 4.30m and Bailey Madden 5th jumping 4.25m in their first competitive outing in the event.
New PB for Jacob at National Championships – Victoria wins British Masters Road 5k Championships – Shot Putt PB for Tony at Sportscity
England Athletics U20 / U23 Championships – 17/18th June
A great day in the sun for Jacob Roberts at this years National Championships in Bedford as he set a new personal best throw of 65.27, finishing 4th in a very high quality competition featuring the leading U20 Hammer Throwers in the country.
At the end of the Championships Jacob spoke to the Club about his weekend and told us that he had a “Great day at Bedford England Athletic Champs. Good comp with some great throwers .Got a new P.B of 65.29 and finished 4th i never gave up the chase. Now looking forward to English Schools and Welsh International in July”.
Joe Moran Memorial Veterans Open Meeting – Sportscity
Two Silver Medals for V50 Harrier – Tony Balko – at Sportscity including a new PB in the 6kg Shot Putt where he placed 2nd with a throw of 10.19m, his previous best being 10.13m. He followed that up with a 2nd spot in the 100m posting a time of 14.0sec.
Vets 5k Road Championships – Sunday June 18th
Great running by Victoria Mousley who became the BMAF 2017 V35 5k Champion at Horwich over the weekend and backed up by Carmen Byrne who took Bronze Medal in the same age category.
Victoria Mousley…………“Super hot one today and I was very greatful it was only 5k. I saw one of my old uni friends at the start who said to me “hey you might win this” and I said “no chance” genuinely thinking I may be in with a chance of a vet 35 placing but not a chance of top 3. The first lap was probably the worst…just so hot and a really dry mouth. There was great support on the course and my dad was there with my little girl…the best cheerleader ever! Having a two year old scream at you on every lap to “go mummy go!” at the top of her voice certainly spurred me on on the last lap when it was a real battle between what would be the top three ladies. A good event and absolutely Inspiring to see folks of 60 and 70 still pulling out great times. Really chuffed to finish first in a time of 18.45 and be the British Masters 5k champion!”
Carmen Byrne……….“I enjoyed the race, I’ve not raced a 5k for ages and was pleased my annoying niggles finally seem to be getting better”.
Freckleton Half Marathon – Sunday June 18th
Four hundred and thirty very hardy souls ran this years Race, one which for many years has been associated with what might be called ‘warm conditions’ – this years race – won by David Rigby in 71.15 – lived up to those expectations in more ways than one with blistering heat.
Derek Reilly (V45) led the trio of Harriers home with a time of 86.37 in 18th place, followed by Matt Nuttall (V45) in 41st spot in 92.54 and V45 Carol Reilly in 118th place posting a time of 1hr 47.13 – A tough race for all the athletes in extreme conditions.
Barrowford Grand Prix 5k – June 16th
Thirty one athletes in this Race won by Liverpool Harrier Jonny Mellor in a pretty swift time of 14.27 ahead of Andrew Davies in 2nd in 14.42.
Shaun Livesey, Ben Costello and Andy Buttery were among the runners which saw Shaun finish 12th in a time of 16.41 and 2nd V40 on the night – Ben came home in 16th place (17.14) with V45 Andy 20th in 17.28 and 2nd V45.
Barrowford Junior Races
Dexta Thompson carried on his good form by winning the 2k event – featuring thirty seven young athletes – in a time of 7.10 ahead of Robbie Smedley in 2nd.
In the U9 Race of 1k contested by Felix Thompson among twenty six other youngsters, saw him place 4th in a time of 4.12, the Race being won by Harry Jordan in 3.51.
British Fell Championships
This years Fell Championships were held in steaming hot weather last weekend – won by Sam Tosh in a time of 1hr 12. 51 – and contested by four hundred and fifty one runners including three Blackburn Harriers – John Horrocks (202nd – 1hr 37.16), Tom Cubbons (204th – 1hr 37.32) and John Orrell (399th – 2hr 01.51).
After the Race all three runners spoke to the Club commenting on their day – Tom Cubbon “The British and English championship counter at Tebay was run in hot weather, which meant I was determined not to overcook the long drag up to Uldale Head. The strong breeze on the tops did help to cool us, but a head dip in Carlinggill Beck was still most welcome. I tried to push on a bit on the traverse to Linghaw but knew the killer climb to Blease Fell needed something leaving in reserve. It was pretty tough to say the least! Even so, after picking up quite a few places on the 3 mile descent to the finish, I was left to contemplate that I could have gone a bit harder in the first two thirds of the race. As always the best bit of a summer fell race was still to come, I.e. lying on the grass at the finish discussing what might have been!”
John Horrocks “First experience of a British and English championships on the fells. Cracking day with some stunning views along the way. Tebay is a fantastic race once you get the first long drag up to uldale head out of the way and then the views just open up. I had a very poor run from start to finish ‘nowt in’t tank’ as they say so very disappointed”.
John Orrell “I echo Tom’s words but from a perspective 30 mins behind. It was hot, but little time to quench our thirsts in those stream crossings as I wanted to break 2 hours. Think I came in at 2.01 something, so nearly. Going to come back when it’s raining! Also needed to save myself for my Fathers Day treat- Settle Hills- and that was flippin hot too!!!”
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