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Jess Judd – Wins 5000m Gold medal at World University T& F Championships – New PB for Myah as Harriers compete for Lancashire at Northern Inter-Counties T & F Championships

World University Track & Field Championships – Naples

Jess Judd qualified for the 5000m Final in the World University Championships being held on Friday evening July 12th with a time of 16.27.46 in Round 1, the race being run in 25 degress and 67% humidity. Jess was 5th fastest qualifier overall with the Japanes athlete  – Tomomi Takamatsu the fastest in a time of 16.19.61.

Jess after qualifying for the Final

ROUND 1 Results

FINAL Results

Fifteen athletes contested the Final on Friday evening – July 12th – which included the athlete with the fastest personal best of 15.26.76 – Tomomi Takamatsu – making her the favourite on paper. However, when it came to it, Jess ran a perfect race, never being out of contention and over the last couple of laps, started to wind it up, finishing with a devestating break on the final lap which took her 30 metres clear going down the back straight. It was a fabulous run on a great night for an athlete who never gives any quarter and one which, as she was giving it everything round the last bend, made your heart beat quicken, more than a touch, as she powered to the Gold Medal.

Afterwards, a very happy Jess spoke to the Harriers about her race saying “It was such a great race, probably the most physical I’ve been in. There was a lot of pushing and shoving and surging and I just wanted to stick to the plan to kick with 400m to go and it went perfectly. It meant so much to win and I’m over the moon!”

Jess after Winning the Final

Northern Inter-Counties U15 / U17 T & F Championships

Middlesborough Sunday July 7th

Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Gtr Manchester, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Lancashire/IoM, Merseyside, North East Counties and Yorkshire were the Counties contesting these championships at the weekend.

A number of Blackburn Harriers athletes had been selected to represent Lancashire at the recently held Northern Inter-Counties T &F Championships held last weekend – U15 Hayden Mercer, U15 Ben Boocock, U17 Myah Booth, U17 Millie Coy, U17 Matt Ramsden and U17 Cameron Harris – all of whom helped Lancashire to place 2nd in the final league table – 426 points – with Yorkshire coming out on top – 550 points.



Myah Booth was selected for two events – 80m Hurdles and Shot Putt – taking 3rd place in the Hurdles with a time of 12.24 and going on to set a new PB in the Shot Putt with a distance of 11.51m in 4th place. Hayden Mercer ran in the U15 Boys 800m race coming home in 4th place overall, clocking 2.07.84 and just outside his personal best of 2.07.00. U15 Ben Boocock ran his second fastest time of the season as he finished 2nd in the 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.08.

Millie Coy contested the U17 Women’s Javelin and like Ben, finished 2nd with a seasons best throw of 36.95m. Cameron Harris was also on good form in the U17 Men’s Javelin placing 3rd with a distance of 52.10m – his second longest throw of the season. Matt Ramsden ran the U17 Men’s 3000m in difficult circumstances with confusion about his entry, and having no time to warm up other than run a few strides which wasn’t ideal, he did come through to finish 2nd in the race with a time of 9.09.40.

Lancashire Squad at Northern Inter-Counties Championships