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Charlie takes 3rd and Bronze medal for GB in Halle – Medals in Discus, Shot & Triple Jump at Northern Championships for Harriers – 25 New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs League – 8 New PB’s for Harriers youngsters at Trafford Open – 3rd place for John at Kelbrook – John at Ingleton and Austwick Fell Races – Harry Wins 5.7k Trail Race at Grasmere – Peter 2nd V50 at Levens 10k
Halle Throws International – June 1st 2019
Another cracking performance by Charlotte Williams – or ‘Charlie’ as she is known by everyone at the Club – at the Halle International over the weekend. On May 19th, Charlotte won her first GB Vest at the Loughborough International where she finished in 5th place with a throw of 59.70. Seven days later, she threw for her Club – Blackburn Harriers – in a UKYDL Upper Age Group Match where she set a new PB of 61.80m which put her in 2nd place in the National Rankings – just 3 cms behind 1st spot. This weekend she won her second GB Vest as she was selected to compete at the famous Halle Throws International, throwing 60.89m to finish in 3rd place behind Sara Killinen (61.74m) and Samantha Borutta (62.11m).
Afterwards, Charlie spoke to the Club about all of this commenting “Getting selected to represent GB for an international competition in Germany was already in its self amazing but managing to get myself to the bronze medal position topped it all off. It was a really close competition and being the bottom age of u20 I really surprised my self against the older girls. Next stop is nationals and then hopefully being selected for the Europeans in a few months time. Thankyou to everyone in the club for the support over the last year and also to Mick for the support and also my parents!“
Sara Killinen (61,74) 2nd — Samantha Borutta (62,11) 1st — Charlotte Williams (60,89) 3rd
Charlotte with her Coach Michael Hitchon
Northern Track & Field Championships
Anthony Kent entered the Championship Discus event as the athlete with the best performance and currently ranked 9th Nationally. As we know, it doesn’t always go your way and on the day (Saturday) Anthony finished up on the Podium in Bronze Medal position with a throw of 40.79m and afterwards“commented, a somewhat below par performance and on any other given day i could have won the discuss by 4 or 5 meters. I was relatively happy with the shot – first time at the Northerns ,a great experience looking foward to next year”.
Anthony Kent Bronze (325) – Aran Thomas Gold (363) – Ruaridh Lang Silver (329)
In the Shot Anthony threw 12.48m to take his second Bronze Medal of the Championships behind the winner David Tood (14.76m) and Shaun Kerry Silver (14.07)
L-R Anthony Kent – David Todd – Shaun Kerry
U17 Jonathan Gough was also on the Podium as he took Bronze in the U20 Men’s Triple Jump leaping out to a new PB of 13.03m behind Finlay Campbell Silver (13.19) and Harrison Whitfield Gold (13.28m). Jonathan has been after breaking the 13m barrier this season and is delighted he has done it so earlt on, telling the Harriers that “i’m over the moon for finally achieveing a jump exceeding the 13m barrier and i certainly surprised myelf by winning a medal in my first U20 competition mto top it all off”.
Jonathan Gough Bronze Medal – Finlay Campbell Silver Medal
U20 Solomon Brown had a very run run in the 400m Hurdles coming home in 5th place with a new PB of 58.50 cutting 1.3 seconds off his previous best time.
Mid Lancs T & F League – Saturday June 1st
Fixture 3 moved to Uclan at the weekend which saw the day shrouded in cloud and rain, rather than the promised red hot temperatures. Many thanks to Helen Whittaker for all the photos of the athletes and also to David Wood who does such a fantastic job, going round the county to record the exploits of the athletes in photographic image, as does David Belshaw – and ‘Meg’ – who give their time freely to ensure that the pictoral record of athletes achievements are preserved for posterity.
Mid Lancs fixtures always starts with the Hammer and with some of our Hammer Throwers at other competitions, it was left to Nathan Billington to come up trumps as he won the Senior Men’s event with a throw of 37.17m. The U17 Men’s Hammer had another Blackburn Harrier winning – this time Matt Heywood with 49.49m with Rohan Johnson – in his first season of competition and only his second event ever, placing 2nd (20.55m). Rohan then added nearly a metre in his Shot Putt to set a new PB of 8.91m in 3rd and threw 27.25m in 4th spot in the Discus – the first time he has ever thrown in competition. Following his win in the Hammer, Matthew Heywood placed 2nd in the Discus (28.77m) and 6th in the Shot Putt (7.85m). George Whittaker took on Discus and Javelin finishing 5th in the Discus with 25.19m and 3rd in the Javelin (30.02m) which was a new PB by over three metres. U15 Stephen Alberts set himself a new PB in the Shot Putt with 5.73m (8th) with Codie Dewhurst throwing 11.44m in the U15 Boys Discus (4th), Dexta Thompson 20.35m in the U15 Boys Javelin and Sebastian Burton 10.07m in the Hammer. In the U13 Boys Throws Toby Mansfield placed 4th in the Shot Putt with 5.68m which was a 10cm new PB and threw 13.72m in the Javelin (6th). Sam Craven was having a go for the first time in competition in the Throws events with a throw of 3.93m in the Shot Putt (7th), 8.09m in the Javelin and 12.07m in the Discus. Daniel Nuttall – a sprinter and Long Jumper tried his hand at Shot Putt coming in 6th (5.13m).
Matt HeywoodRohan Johnson
Toby Mansfield Sam Craven
Another clean sweep of the card for Anna Peers in the Senior Women’s Throws winning the Shot Putt with 10.75m), the Discus with 34.55m and finishing off with ther third win of the day in the Javelin (35.19m). At the last Mid Lancs Fixture, Helen Dawson-Smith tried Long Jump and this time it was the Shot Putt coming 6th with 5.38m. U17 Myah Booth came 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.77m as Liberty Thompson placed 5th in the same event with 7.32m before throwing 17.83m in the Javelin (4th). A new PB for Grace Bontoft in the U15 Girls Shot Putt with 7.10m, placing 12th out of 18 girls competing and just missing out on another in the Discus, with her throw of 16.07m in 6th. Caroline Woodworth placed 4th in the Javelin with a distance of 23.23m
U20 Ben Whittaker had a very good day winning the 100m in 12.00 and the 200m clocking 24.30. U17 Kyle Mashiter was a tenth off the winner as he clocked 11.80 in Heat (1) of the 100m whilst in the U15 Boys 100m Jayden Riley once again showed what a good prospect he is clocking 11.50 to win Heat (1) with 800m athlete Hayden Mercer winning Heat (2) in 12.70 – a new PB by some 2 seconds – followed by Samuel Mutombo in 2nd clocking 13.10 and a new PB by 3 tenths, in this, his first comeptitive season and only 2nd time he has run the distance. Ben Livesey had a good day as he an 13.90 for 2nd spot in the U13 Boys 100m Heat (1) and followed that up with a win in the 200m (28.00). Daniel Nuttall clocked 14.00 for 2nd place in Heat (2) which was a big new PB by 6 tenths for this young athlete, who, like a number of others, is in his first competitive season. U13 Isaac Smith ran 39.50 in his 200m Heat.
Ben Whittaker (157)Kyle Mashiter in 3rd
Jayden Riley (900)Hayden mercer (126) – Samuel Mutombo (950)
Emily Warren won the Senior Womens 100m with a time of 13.80 as she starts on her campaign to get back to full competitiveness after a long illness and followed that up with a 29.00 clocking in 3rd place in the 200m. Amy Wiggans was just a tenth outside her best posting a time of 13.3 in Heat (1) of the U17 Girls 100m (4th) with Imogen Mansfield running 13.50 in Heat (2) in 3rd. Myah Booth clocked 27.10 in Heat (1) of the U17 Women’s 200m with Rebecca Ramsden running 30.30 in Heat (2) in 4th spot as Skye Greenacre ran a time of 14.50 (6th) in the U15 Girls 100m Heat (1). Three girls in the U13 100ms which saw Alisha Lehner (5th) with 15.20 in Heat (1), Sophie Gibson (5th) in a time of 14.60 in Heat (2) and Layla Osborn (6th) running 15.50 in Heat (4).
Amy Wiggans (Lane 7)Imogen Mansfield (Lane 2)
Rebecca Ramsden (137)
Alisha Lehner (120)
Layla Osborn (164)
Marc Hartley took on the 800m coming home in 2nd place in a season’s best of 2.04.30 and some 3 seconds faster than his last race. U20 800m runner – Joe Gebbie – took on the Senior Men’s 1500m and clocked himself a new PB by a seocnd as he clocked 4.11.80 in what was described as a ‘shoulder to shoulder battle’ with Reuben Copley (4.11.10). In the 3000m Jacob Watson and Chris Davies contested for the senior men’s race with Jacob coming home in 2nd 9.24.00 and Chris 3rd in 9.34.90 – daugher Amy Davies ran 11.45.10 for 3rd place in the U17 Women’s race. U17 George Whittaker ran the 400m as his third event of the day and clocked 61.00 – a new PB by half a second in 6th. Great run for Ethan Barbarewicz too as he ran another new PB by over 3 seconds – coming home in 7th place with a time of 4.48.90.
Marc Hartley (107)Joe Gebbie (100)Chris Davies (94) – Jacob Watson (947)Amy Davies (93)Ethan Barbarewicz (62)
Getting in on the new personal bests was U15 Hayden Mercer. After a good ‘warm up’ in the 100m (12.7) he went onto win the 400m in 55.80 – a second and a half new PB. No one wants to miss out on improving with new PB’s and U15 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was the next across the line with a new PB by a whopping 4 seconds as he ran 2.20.6 in 5th place with Codie Dewhurst clocking 2.34.80 (11th) and Umair Rafiq 2.41.70 (13th) in the same race. U15 Stephen Alberts had a go at 1500m for the first time and did well to run 5.15.0 in 8th.
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (148)Codie Dewhurst (95)Umair Rafiq (948)Stephen Alberts (173)
In the U13 Boys 800m – Heat (1) – there were thirteen athletes including five from Blackburn, five from Preston which turned out as a victory for the Harriers Matthew Smith in 2.28.30 followed in 6th by Ben Livesey (2.32.10), 8th Oliver Gill (2.34.30) and his first attempt at the distance, 9th Daniel Smith with a massive new PB by six seconds (2.35.90) and Harry Sambrook in 13th (2.42.40). Heat (2) had 12 runners in there with two from the Harriers – George Ramsden ran another new PB with 2.42.80 which was a second better in 3rd with Isaac Smith running 3.33.20 and always with a smile on his face in 12th spot.
Ben Livesey (121) – Daniel Smith (143) – Oliver Gill (101) – Matthew Smith (144)
Matthew Smith – Harry Sambrook – Daniel SmithGeorge Ramsden
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh clocked 2.27.30 in 4th in the Senior Women’s 800m and Rebecca Ramsden ran a time of 2.39.40 in the U17 Women’s 800m (4th). The U13 Girls 800m had two Heats with four Harriers in each Heat. The first one was a close run affair as first, second and third all ran under 2.31 which had Leah Hoole in 3rd place (2.30.9), Kate Cookson in 5th (2.33.60), Hollie Cubbon in 6th with a new PB by three seconds of 2.34.60 and Caroline Woodworth in 10th (2.40.20).
Kate Cookson (88) – Hollie Cubbon (92) – Caroline Woodworth (162) – Leah Hoole (115)
Eva Knowles (119)
In Heat 2 Eleanor Allsop smashed her previous best by over 4 seconds as she won the race in a new PB time of 2.35.90 with Molly Nicholls in 4th (2.44.90), Kiera Booth in 5th (2.45.30) and Eva Knowles in 9th (2.52.80). U15 Keira Haxton also set a new PB by half a second in the 1500m running 5.10.10 in 3rd spot and U13 Girls Imogen Robinson and Eve Coulson ran in the U13 Girls 800m with a field of 18 runners – Imogen placing 6th with 2.50.50 and Eve 7th (2.51.00) – a new PB by just over a second.
Eleanor Allsop (58) – Kiera Booth (71) – Eva Knowles (119) – Molly Nicholls (128)
Eleanor Allsop (58)Molly Nicholls (128)
Eve Coulson (169) – Imogen Robinson (138)
Jayden Riley continues with his success in the Hurdles, having won every race he has been in this year, the latest seeing him win comfortably in a time of 11.80 in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles and yet again, another English Schools qualifying time – six in all so far as we approach Lancashire Schools. Codie Dewhurst had never run the 80m Hurdles distance before and ran well to clock 17.00 in 5th. U13 Matthew Smith had never attempted Hurdles in a competition, before taking on the 75m version, running well to post a debut time of 15.90 in 6th position as Daniel Smith came in 4th (14.10) in the same race.
U13 Imogen Robinson and Kady Thompson went in the High Jump with Imogen in =4th (1.20m) and Kady 6th (1.15m). A mind boggling thirty four U13 Girls entred the Long Jump and you have to say that the volunteer Officials surely deserve everyone’s praise when faced with these situations. Imogen Robinson leapt out to 3.55m in 14th place with Layla Osborn in 29th (3.30m) and Sophie Gibson (34th) with a jump of 2.90m. The U15 Girls High Jump saw a new PB by 5cms for Eva Knowles (=3rd) with 1.35m and an equaling personal best clearance of 1.35m for Skye Greenacre in 5th after going out to a 3.88m jump in the Long Jump for 13th place and the first time she has taken on the event.
U17 Women – Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson took on the Long Jump with Imogen in 5th (4.53m) and Liberty 10th (3.79m). Ellen Sagar-Hesketh who has an historic personal best of 5.26m jumped 4.48m to win the Senior Women’s Long Jump. In the U13 Boys High Jump featuring seven athletes – Daniel Smith equaled his personal best of 1.45m as he came in 2nd with Matthew Smith in 3rd (1.35m) and Oliver Gill (5th) with a new PB by 10cms of 1.30m. Oliver then went and set his second new PB of the day in the Long Jump with a leap of 3.30m (13th) as Daniel Nuttall finished in 3rd spot with a leap of 4.07m and a new PB by 19cms and the first time over 4m.
Imogen Mansfield & Liberty Thompson
U15 Rory Teare had a solid High Jump competition clearing 1.55m in 2nd place and in the U15 Boys Long Jump – Hayden Mercer equaled his personal best with 4.69m (5th) alongside Samuel Mutombo in 6th and his first ever long jump competition leaping out to 4.65m. Ben Branton jumped a distance of 5.77m in the U17 Men’s Long Jump as another Ben – this time U20 Ben Whittaker set himself a new PB of 5.67m to win the Senior Men’s Long Jump.
Rory TeareBen BrantonBen Whittaker
Bank Holiday Monday and some of the Harriers youngsters took the opportunity to have a go at this Open meeting and among them Theo Robinson, Harrison Allcock, Benjamin Livesey, Harry Sambrook, Imogen Robinson, Dexta Thompson, Ben Stratton, Abigail Stratton, Kady Thompson, Nicky Saunders and Ben Boocock.
U11 Theo Robinson ran for the first time over 75m and 600m on the track and put in two very good runs clocking 12.08 in 2nd place for the 75m and 1.58.34, again in 2nd place, for the 600m race featuring 12 runners. U13 Harrison Allcock ran the 100m & 200m along with the Shot Putt placing 3rd in the 100m with a time of 13.80, 2nd in the 200m with 27.69 – a new PB by two tenths and 6th in the Shot Putt with 6.22m. Ben Livesey, also an U13, came home 2nd in the 100m with a time of 14.19, 2nd again in the 200m with 29.27 and 4th in the 800m – a new PB by a huge 4 seconds (2.28.62). U13 Harry Sambrook set himself a new PB in the 800m clcoking 2.39.70 in 8th place and it was a new 800m PB by nearly two seconds for bottom of age U13 Imogen Robinson as she ran 2.47.80 and then backed that up with two more new PB’s in the High Jump (1.20m) in 7th spot and 3.73m in the Long Jump – 11th out of 29 in the event.
U15 Dexta Thompson – also bottom of age – ran 4.56.01 in the 1500m (7th). The U13 1500m race Ben Stratton (Trawden athlete who competes for Blackburn on the Track) knock another big chunk off his 1500m best clocking a new best time of 4.44.26 in 2nd position an improvement of nearly four seconds. Sister Abigail Stratton was also 2nd in her U13 1500m race running a time of 4.59.85. U15 Ben Boocock set himself a new personal best in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.10 which is just a tenth off the standard required for English Schools qualification. Starting off the season with a time of 12.6, Ben has made great inroads and is within touching distance of getting the time. U13 Kady Thompson cleared 1.20m in the High Jump for 5th place and added more than 3 metres to her previous best in the Javelin (400g) with her throw of 14.74m. Thrower Nicky Saunders who is a prolific competitor won the U15 Girls Discus (1kg) competition with 28.70m, placed 2nd in the Hammer (3kg) with 33.72m and 3rd in the Javelin (500g) with 23.62m.
Kelbrook – Saturday June 1st
Just short of two hundred runners in this latest round of the Burnely & Pendle Grand Prix Series won by Jonathan Cleaver in a time of 22.21 – a win which keeps him on top of the Leader Board at this stage of the competition.
Another very good run from Blackburn Harrier – John Horrocks – saw him take 3rd place in 23.12 with Calum Holmes also having a good run to make it two Harriers in the top ten as he came home in 6th place clocking 24.07.
John Horrocks (56)
Calum Holmes (19)
V50 Gary Pearse has taken on the Series this year and he ran solidly again for a time of 27.20 in 34th spot as V40 Paul Jeffries wasn’t far behind in his first race of the Series, running 27.33 in 40th position.
Gary Pearse (132)
Paul Jeffries (187)
Ingleton Waterfalls – May 30th
V50 John Orrell ran this last Thursday and came home 54th out of the 81 strong field in a time of 44.28 – the race ebing won by Knaresborough’s James Warburton (30.52).
Three days previous to Ingleton John ran at the Austwick Amble on Monday May 27th, this race being won by City of York athlete Tim Stratton in 48.4. John clocked 75.39 in this one, coming home in 118th spot out of 169 finishers.
U17 Harry Wilkin and dad Mark Wilkin were out at this race which Harry won in 2018. He repeated that again this year, heading the 115 strong field with a winning time of 22.15.
Harry’s brother – Connor — also ran the race and finished 3rd 23.48 whilst dad Mark won the V50 category, coming home in 7th place overall in a time of 25.15.
Connor Wilkin (131) – Mark Wilkin (133) – Harry Wilkin (132)
Levens 10k – Wednesday May 29th
Just short of a 100 runners in this Race won by Wesham’s Rob Danson in a time of 32.30 – some two and half minutes in front of the 2nd placed Kendal runner Luke Bowen. The Harriers Peter Banks (V55) who is running the series came home 12th in 39.31 and was 2nd in the V50-59 age category. In the first race of the series on May 8th, Peter clocked 39.07 at the Kendal 10k.
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