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Great weekend for the Harriers with XC wins in Mid Lancs Red Rose & Leagues – Rob makes top 20 in Cardiff – Joe smashes Half-Marathon PB in Manchester – Pauline wins Cheshire 10k in new Course Record
This years Cross Country racing got under way at the weekend with the Harriers athletes competing in the Mid Lancs League, Red Rose League and Cardiff in the Cross Challenge Series opening fixture.
Over sixty athletes turned out for the Club at the first fixture in this years Mid Lancs League held at Cuerden Valley producing some great results on the day including four Team wins, three second places, one third place and fourth. For a number of the younger runners, this was their first ever competition for the Club in Cross Country and they certainly rose to the occasion. Some of the youngsters had already run their schools cross country race in the morning as well!
The U11 Girls had ten runners and came 2nd in the Team Race with Molly Grimshaw the highest placed runner in 7th, Hannah Davies 10th, Kady Thompson 13th made up the three Team counters with Isabelle Hartley in 16th, Ayesha Vose (23rd), Grace Brady (25th), Faith Gillibrand 35th, Imogen Robinson 37th, Tippi Francis 44th and Charlotte Sousa 48th.
The U11 Boys had sixteen running with great packing at the front of the Race which meant they won the Team Race from Liverpool PS in 2nd. Daniel Smith came home in 7th with Harry Sambook in 8th and Oliver Gill in 9th being the three counters for the Team. In 16th came Findlay Lewis followed by Samuel Aspey in 18th, Matthew Smith in 19th spot, Jacob Joyce in 24th, Charlie Hawarth (27th), George Ramsden (36th), Findlay Carroll 41st and Felix Thompson in 42nd with Aidan Downes just two places further back in 44th, Harrison Waite in 50th, Alexander Brien in 54th, Alfie Ward in 56th place and Daniel Bretherton in 61st – – and what about this for commitment – Lulu Sharp missed the start of the U11 Girls Race because she had been in a dance competition and then went and asked to run in the U11 Boys race, which she did in 58th place.
Hollie Cubbon (13.48) was first home for the U13 Girls in 8th position and backed up by Leah Hoole (14.32) in 14th and Caroline Woodworth (15.00) in 18th spot all combining to take 2nd place in the Team Race. Keira Haxton (15.01) was just one place and one second behind Caroline in 19th with Eva Knowles (15.51) in 32nd and Megan Jones (16.19) in 39th overall.
Great packing by the U13 Boys with six in the first eleven places meant another Team win. Dexta Thompson (13.42) led the way home in 5th with David Holman (13.48) in 6th and Isaac Butler (13.52) in 8th being the three counters in the race. Just one place back came Zach Walmsley (14.09) in 9th, Hayden Mercer (14.15) in 10th, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (14.16) in 11th, Rory Teare (14.55) in 15th and all backed up with solid runs from Codie Dewhurst (16.25) in 34th, Saul Sharp clocking 16.49 in 39th spot and Sebastian Burton in 40th place with a time of 17.04.
Eleesha Charnley was first home for the U15 Girls as they finished 4th in the Team Race – Eleesha having a great run in 2nd spot (14.44) with Amy Davies in 4th (15.12), Lucy Brady 32nd in 20.52 and Ella Hardman 41st in 25.13. Jamie Teare led the U15 Boys home into 3rd in the Team Race as he finished strongly in 9th (14.08), followed by good runs from Findlay Sullivan in 18th place (15.16), Harry Wilkin (19th) clocking 15.17, Ethan Barbarewicz (30th) in a time of 16.42 and Luke Ingleson 33rd in 17.27.
Maddie Elliott had a good run in the U17 Women’s Race placing 3rd in a time of 16.05 after battling with Briony Holt who just pipped her in by two seconds. Freya Black (11th) in 19.43 and Chloe Gardner 12th in 20.02 meant that the Team came first as no other team had three competitors. Bradley Meikleham made an impressive debut in the U17’s Race coming home in 9th place in 21.21 whilst Joe Gebbie who has missed quite a bit of training through injury ran well to take 12th spot in 21.52.
Cracking results for the Senior Women too on the day as they won the Team Race with Joanne Nelson placing 3rd in 22.15, Victoria Mousley 8th in a time of 23.07 and Carly Edwards 16th posting a time of 25.11. Janine Fallon (23rd) in 26.01, Lindsay Davies (53rd) in 28.31 and Michelle Teare (57th) clocking 29.20 combined to take the 12th Team spot. Added to that was a 2nd place in the Vet Women’s Race with Joanne, Victoria and Janine taking the three counting spots – they had exactly the same number of points as the winners – Barlick – but came second on countback.
Five athletes in the Senior Men’s Race led home by Mark Chippendale in 27th in a very solid time of 40.41 followed by new member Martin Hawarth in 45th (42.56), Allan Hartley (155th) with a time of 52.11, Andrew Knowles in 168th place (53.03) and Danny Teare 172nd clocking 53.41.
The Senior Men have targeted the Red Rose League this year and got off to a brilliant start – winning the Men’s Team and Vets Team Races by getting seven athletes home in the top twenty finishers out of the fourteen senior men competing on the day.
The Team was led home by Tim Raynes in a time of 35.19 when he finished second to the race winner – Jonathan Kay (34.46). Next home came Jack Hindle just three places further back in 5th (35.54) followed by Shaun Livesey in 10th (37.50), Mat Nuttall (13th) clocking 38.43, Ben Costello in 15th position (39.05), Chris Davies in 16th (39.12) and Paul Brindle 20th in a time of 39.41. Team Manager Paul Guinan was next home in 33rd spot (41.20) followed by Paulo Sousa in his first cross country race for the Club in 39th with a time of 41.39. Chris Balderson was the tenth Harrier home in 50th place (43.24) followed in by Tom Anderson (75th) in 45.09, Danny Maynard (79th) running a time of 45.34, John Chaplin 90th in 46.15 and Gary Pearse 108th (47.57). Alison Armour ran in the Senior Women’s race placing 96th in a time of 31.38…………….Shaun Livesey (2nd V40), Mat Nuttall (1st V45), Chris Davies (4th V40) and Paul Brindle (3rd V45) combined to win the Vets Team. This double win sets the Team up nicely for the Series.
Men’s Team Manager Paul Guinan was pleased with how the day worked out for the Harriers telling commenting “What a great turnout for the Seniors at Leigh this afternoon, solid performances all round, and a Team win from Todmorden in 2nd place and Leigh in 3rd. A pleasure sorting things out for this bunch, what a great set of athletes, once again well done everyone, already looking forward to the next race”.
(L-R Jack Hindle – Chris Balderson – Paul Guinan – Tim Raynes – Paulo Sousa – John Chaplin – Tom Anderson – Ben Costello – Shaun Livesey – Chris Davies – Paul Brindle – Mat Nuttall)
British Athletics Cross Challenge
A great start for Rob Warner in the opening fixture of this years Cross Challenge held in Cardiff which saw him take 19th place in a time of 29.01 and afterwards he spoke to the Club about the day commenting “The result of the race wasn’t bad, especially as it’s the first one of the season, but the way I ran wasn’t great! I went off a bit too hard at the start as I was inside the top 10 for the first lap! I then had a really rough 2nd lap where I fell through the field quite badly and was into the 30s at one point I think. However, I managed to really dig in on the last lap, made sure I didn’t lose any more places and took about 6 or 7 on the last lap. So overall quite pleased with the result (19th in the cross challenge and 23rd, I think, overall) but definitely lots to work on for next time”.
Manchester Half-Marathon – Sunday October 15th
Joe Monk goes from strength to strength having had a cracking year and his latest race proved no exception when he finished 18th over all in a fantastic new PB of 70.45, nearly four minutes quicker than his previous best time. Delighted, Joe summed up his feelings about this race by telling the Club that he “can’t believe it, was hoping for around 71:30. Managed to get in a group of 8 but there wasn’t much impetus to push on the pace. 3 of us got away and kept the pace in the low 5:20 range. Justifies the hard training that I have put in, looking forward to Leeds now”.
Bartletts Farndon 10k – Sunday October 15th
Also having a great run at the weekend was Pauline Powell who won the Bartletts Farndon 10k in a Course Record time for Women of 36.46 when she finished 13th overall. This was Pauline’s 3rd 10k win on the roads this year and she told the Club afterwards that she was “was pleased with my race today, the course was very undulating and windy in places, but i felt good and really enjoyed it”.
National Road Relays and Silver for U15 Boys – Track & Road Veteran wins for Chris, Shaun and Evan – Wins for Charlotte, Jacob and Sam at Hammer Circle Reunion Open Meeting
National Road Relays day at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday October 7th enjoyed very good weather and some great racing. For Blackburn Harriers, the U13 Boys Squad who had won Gold in the Lancashire Championships and Silver in the North West Championships going on to win Silver in the Northern Championships, had another cracking day finishing in the top 25 with David Holman (14.38), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (15.04) and Dexta Thompson (15.00) combining to place 23rd Team overall which has capped a great four weeks of competition for them.
(David Holman on Leg (1) Start in the U13 Boys Relays)
At the end of the day the three lads all reflected on their performance with David telling us that “It has been a great experience being able to compete in the national road relays. It was a difficult race and I am proud of what we achieved today” whilst Kyle said that he had “had a great day and has really enjoyed the experience. He also wants to say well done to the older boys” with Dexta commenting that he “found the hills and the overall course tough but it was a good experience for the future”
(L-R U13’s Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – David Holman — U15’s Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Leon Thomas)
Next team up for the Club – the U15 Boys Squad – have been in fantastic form over the Road Relay month winning Gold Medals at Lancashire, North West and Northern Championships and safe to say they entered the Nationals confident of a good performance albeit that this was, just like the U13 Boys, their first time competing at National level.
Leon Thomas led off on the first leg featuring seventy five other Teams, clocking 13.33 to come through in 27th spot. Sam Hodkinson charged after the field, pulling back nineteen places in a time of 13.02 to hand over to Matt Ramsden on the final leg. Matt ran the equal fourth fastest leg of the day (12.42) to pull back another seven places, overtaking the then 2nd placed athlete on the home straight to clinch a fabulous Silver Medal for the lads. What a run by all three of them and this is what they had to say after picking up their Medals:
Leon ………“Words cannot describe how proud I am with our Team effort, coming second in such a prestigious competition and winning a silver medal for Blackburn Harriers was the best feeling ever. Well done to all Blackburn Harriers”.
Sam………“I am really proud of myself and the team today. Expectations were high, but not that high. All that training and help from the coaches has paid off. I am on cloud 9. Well done lads”.
Matt………“I am so pleased with mine and the teams performance at nationals. With it being such a vastly talented race coming second exceeded what we expected and the race was such a great experience”.
On to the Senior Men’s Race for the Harriers which saw Swansea win impressively by over a minute in a combined time of 1hr 45.16. The Harriers finished in 35th spot with a total time of 1hr 55.14 less than twenty seconds behind Gateshead.
Team Manager Paul Guinan was pleased with how the day went commenting “Great to be back at Sutton Park competing in the National Relays, we definitely belong there, pitching ourselves against the country’s best, and no doubt doing a really good job of it as well. Solid performances throughout the team and hopefully something we can build on in the near future, a big thank you to all the athletes that ran and also a thank you to those athletes that helped get us there. The athletes are the most important thing about the Club without a doubt, but a big thank you to George, John and Karl for making the trip and supporting the team. The future is bright. Well done all”.
(L-R Most Welcome Guest Jess Judd – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – John Chaplin (Senior Coach) – Karl Billington (Leading Cheerer on the Course) – Chris Arthur – Jack Hindle – Mat Nuttall — Front Row – Paul Guinan (Team Manager) – Tim Raynes)
Rob Warner kicked off the first leg placing 33rd in a time of 18.27, handing over to Chris Arthur on Leg (2) who ran the fastest time of the day for the Club clocking 18.00 and pulling back another nine places. Mat Nuttall went on Leg (3) running a solid time of 20.41 before handing over the Chris Davies on Leg (4) who posted a time of 20.18. Jack Hindle went on Leg (5) and by that time the Team had slipped to 51st place but pulled one back at the end of Jack’s good run in 19.19. Tim Raynes blasted off on leg (5) running a time of 18.29 to pull a massive 15 places back.
At the end of the day the lads spoke to the Club about the Championships with Rob Warner telling us that it “Was a fantastic day for the team yesterday, I felt everyone ran solid legs and in most cases ran quicker than we would have down on paper before the race! Like Chris said, we’ve got a really strong senior men’s side at the moment and if we can keep pushing on we’ll have some great results! On a personal note, I was satisfied with my run out. First time I’ve raced the course at Sutton Park and I really enjoyed it! I’m never quick to be back in top shape after my end of season break after the summer but I felt that I gave a team a solid start and I’m a lot fitter at this time of the year than I have been in previous years!”
Chris Arthur commented “As a relatively new and somewhat sporadic member of the team I’ve really enjoyed the relays as a chance to put faces to names and get to know people a bit better. I can only really echo others sentiments that everyone ran brilliantly and it was great to have the support out on the course. I was very pleasantly surprised by my leg time; I can only assume my ignorance of who I was racing worked to my advantage”.
Mat Nuttall speaking at the end of the day echoed the other athletes when he said “I thought the day went extremely well, every team member gave 100% effort and focused on the job in hand. All of our efforts were galvanised by a great Team Manager and Coaches”.
Chris Davies said that “It’s always great to run for the club and yesterday didn’t disappoint. On a personal note I was looking forward to this one, it had been quite a while since I had run at Sutton Coldfield, nearly five years to be exact so I was keen to see how I would fair this time round. It’s a tough course. It was just over 3 1/2 miles and the first 2 are the toughest. Once their out the way then it’s good running to the finish. I was happy with my time of 20:18, a good solid run so no complaints their. As a team we were all outstanding. Every person (Rob,Chris,Matt,Jack and Tim) all ran great and were a credit to the club and I feel we did ourselves proud with a good solid performance. Team spirit was great and hopefully we can carry on like this and I’m sure in the near future we will come away with a really big result. The Senior group is strong at the moment and is proving to be a good group of runners. Keep it going guys because I’m sure their is a big result coming for us soon”.
Jack Hindle who had such a brilliant event at the Helvellyn Triathlon recently told the Club“It was great to be racing at the national road relays in the seniors for the first time. Pleased with my run, which contributed to an overall strong team performance. Well done to the lads and U15 boys on a fantastic performance”.
Tim Raynes spoke afterwards saying that he “Really enjoyed the day yesterday. As the other lads have said, great runs from everyone in the team. It was obvious that everyone was giving it all for the club! Really solid position from the club, a foundation that we’ll hopefully be able to keep building on. Top 20 next year?! It was great also to have George, John, Guiney and Karl down to support – made it a top day. Particular congratulations too to the U15 boys for winning the silver. Future is looking bright!”
Chris Davies was out again the day after the National Road Relays competing in the Northern Masters 10000m track race at Ashton (October 8th) – the first time he had run the distance on the track. “Like the National Road Relays I was looking forward to this simply because I had never tried to do a 10K race before on the track. The strategy has to be slightly different to the road simply because their is no rest bite on the track, it’s just all full on. The strategy was to hit 5:40 pace which I managed to do, in fact I was averaging 5:35 pace which was very pleasing having run the Nationals the day before. I ran the race well, I stuck behind another runner up to the 5 mile mark and broke away with 4 laps to go. I got the win so that’s 2 for 2 in the Northern Masters on the track and a good way to finish my track season this year. Probably would have got under 35 minutes but I was having to run wide a lot when lapping other people. Still a good result though”.
Out on the Roads Shaun Livesey who recently won the Cragg Vale 10m – (Cragg Vale Results) – was back on the roads competing in the Cheshire Half-Marathon at the weekend (Sunday October 10th) and it turned out be a pretty good day for Shaun as he finished 2nd over all out of a field of five hundred and sixty four and took the 1st V40 prize with a time of 75.04.
Shaun spoke to the Club with his thoughts about the race saying “After my success at the GP series of races I decided to have another go at the half marathon distance. With some reasonable outings at the two road relay events and a good performance at the cragg vale 10m road race ( placing 1st) I knew that I was in the shape to run 75/74 mins. However shortly after the cragg vale race I started to develop a heavy cold which set my training back. I had chosen to do the cheshire half at Arley hall knowing that the ground was flat and mostly tree lined roads. The day before the race I did a little session involving some short strides to see how my breathing was, from that I decided to race, but still not 100%. Come the day of the race the weather was ideal, I knew the race attracted some fast runners and I had hoped I could get involved in a group and work together. However this did not materialize, I basically ran the whole race on my own, turning it into a time trial. I hit 5m in 28:10 and then onto 10m in 57:05, then the last three miles were a big effort trying to keep my pace under 6min/mile, the crowd certainly helped at this point. I crossed the line in 1:15:04 2nd place and 1st vet 40. With everything considered this could prove to be one of my best every races”.
Evan Cook was on the winning trail again too taking the 1st V65 prize at the Rochdale 10k run on Sunday October 8th. Evan clocked a time of 44.45 which brought him home in 42nd spot out of a race featuring four hundred and thirty five runners.
Hammer Circle Reunion Open – October 7th & 8th
Just one more competition for the Club’s Hammer Throwers which took place at Hull over the weekend featuring wins for U17 Charlotte Williams, U17 Sam Gaskell and U20 Jacob Roberts.
Jacob Roberts went in to the U20 competition (6kg) with a personal best of 65.64m and nearly broke that when he won his event with a throw of 65.50 which he was delighted with as he explained to the Club that it was “a brilliant end to my 2017 competition season with consistent throwing and 14cm off my PB….onwards now to winter season. Thanks to my Coach – Mick Hitchon – and my training partners”. Also just cm’s outside his personal best of 59.11m was U17 Sam Gaskell who threw 59.03m (5kg) to finish 3rd in his event. U17 Charlotte Williams broke her previous personal best in the 4kg Hammer, not once, but twice – throwing 51.94m on Saturday for 3rd place and then extending that new PB on Sunday to 52.23m. Reflecting on her performance with the Club, Charlotte commented “So the last competition of the season ended in great success. Competing in the u20’s, getting a new PB adding an extra 3 metres and also winning the u20’s as a bottom end under 17’s was a really good way to end my season. On to winter training now and hopefully big distances next year. Thankyou to my coach Mick, mum and dad, the club and training partners for the continuous support. Looking forward to the 2018 season”.
And just to round off this latest Post for the Harriers – with thanks to David Belshaw for this photo – of some Blackburn Harriers at the Burnley Junior Park Run on Sunday morning, many of them will be running their first ever cross country Club Race next weekend.
Results Round Up – 10k Wins for Joe, Ben & Pauline – Brian comes 2nd in Sundowner Triathlon – Sub 3hr for Rachel in Berlin – Veteran wins for Chris, Tony, Derek, Carol & Lindsay – English Schools Fell Championships
Due to holidays we are a little behind with Results, so a less than comprehensive run down of recent activities by Blackburn Harriers in this latest Post with apologies for any omissions.
Rachel Wood ran the Berlin Marathon finishing 86th in the Women’s Race clocking her second sub 3hr time of 2hr 59.26 which was just twenty four seconds outside of her previous personal best set in the 2016 London Marathon. She is looking forward to attacking that mark in the 2018 London Marathon. (Berlin Marathon Results)
Joe Monk carried on with his good form on the Roads winning the Southport 10k by over a minute and a half in a time of 32.43. (Southport 10k Results)……….and it was great to see Pauline Powell racing on the roads after winning the Bolton 10k in April (37.54) she won the Burnley Fire 10k on October 1st in a time of 37.44 placing 6th overall and 1st V40 Woman……….in the same Race Ben Costello placed 3rd overall in 35.44 whilst V40 Mark Lord finished 51st overall setting a new PB of 49.17 with V55 David Morris coming home 89th in 61.14. (Burnley Fire 10k Results). Ben Costello has been in good form and on September 17th he won the Burnley Leisure10k in a time of 36.21 and told the Club that.“After a great first leg for the ‘B’ Team at the Northern Road Relays i wasn’t sure how i would perform at the Burnley Leisure 10k. The race started very slow and i sat just off the leader up until the 3k mark where i took the lead. I then controlled the next 4k and at this point i made my move and it paid off by the 9k mark as i knew i had won. It’s an amazing feeling to get my first win so early on in my running career”. (Burnley Leisure 10k Results)
Brian Fogarty is building up to the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii and the latest race in his build up came at the Sundowner Triathlon on September 16th which featured three hundred and eighty finishers in pretty warm conditions. Brian finished 2nd overall and 1st in his age category (30-34yrs) in a time of 4hrs.00.08 just twenty seven seconds behind the winner.The Race combines a 1900m Swim, 56 mile Bike Ride and a 21k run. Richard Fogarty had a very good race too finishing 7th in his age category (35-39) and 58th overall with a combined total time of 4hrs 54.55.
Sundowner Triathlon Results
After the Race Brian spoke to the Club saying that “this race was always planned to be a tough training day to prepare for Kona in 4 weeks time. Without any sort of taper i was still looking for a solid performance. Stupidly i managed to forget my wetsuit which meant i had to borrow one which was to small, i struggled to breath so it made it one of my poorest swims for a long time. I managed to make up lost time on the bike and take the lead with the fastest bike split of the day. I ran well my best 1/2 ironman run to date but unfortunately got caught by a better athlete on the day. Taking everything into account i had to be happy with the day. My brother and fellow Blackburn Harrier also competed and did very well”.
Derek and Carol Reilly were out at the Pilling 10k last weekend which saw Derek finishing 5th overall and taking the V45 1st prize in a time of 36.57. Carol went and emulated that by also winning the Women’s V45 category coming home in 40th place and clocking a time of 46.07. (Pilling 10k Results).
In the Audi Run Preston 10k Chris Davies finished 11th overall in 35.14 and 1st V40 with Ben Costello one place behind in 12th clocking 35.27. V40 John Cookson came home in 113th spot (44.27) and V55 David Morris finished 725th (62.20).
In the 5k Race U15 Amy Davies came home in 17th place with a time of 22.21 and was also 1st Female whilst Lindsay Davies also took a prize in winning the V45 Category in 44th place overall clocking 24.08.
Northern Athletics T&F Masters Championships – September 17th
Tony Balko was competing in his final fixture of the 2017 season and finished off in good style with V50 wins in the Hammer; Shot; Discus and Javelin. Afterwards Tony spoke to the Club telling us that he had a “Decent Hammer 35.94m (1), good Shot 10.32m (1 – New PB), Decent Javelin 31.34m (1) and a below par Discus 31.77m. That really is it for the 2017 season. Time to get into the gym and get fitter, faster and stronger to hopefully come out in the 2018 season in better competitive shape”.
Chris Davies took on his last Track Race of the season in the 3000m among a field of twenty one veteran athletes. Chris was a comfortable winner and commented to the Club “I won today at the Northern Masters at Bury. My time was 9:35. I won easily, I was out in front on my own from the off. Having raced yesterday I can’t grumble with the time. It’s been a solid weekend of racing”.
U15 Harry Wilkin ran in the Ron Hill 79th Birthday 5k in Rochdale and did really well in finishing 8th overall out of a field of one hundred and twenty four and was 1st Junior on the night too, posting a time of 20.37. Harry’s dad – V50 Mark Wilkin – also ran the race coming in 39th with a time of 24.53. (Ron Hill Rochdale 5k Results)
(Harry Wilkin with running legend Ron Hill)
The English Schools Fell Championships held at Settle on September 24th saw a number of Blackburn Harriers competing. In the U13 Race of one hundred and three Boys and Girls – won by William Hall in 12.52 – Dexta Thompson finished fourth overall in a time of 13.18 after a real battle with the third place (13.15) and second place (13.11). In the same Race Eva Knowles placed 67th in 18.50 with Alexander Galiatsatos in 96th position (21.17). The U15 race saw one hundred and seventy five boys and girls competing and there was an excellent performance by Jackson McKay (competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track) in finishing 5th overall with a time of 18.48. Also having good runs were Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 66th (23.00) and Hollie Cubbon placing 89th in a time of 24.04. Ninety five runners in the mixed race for U17’s which saw Harry Wilkin having a pretty solid run in 47th place (32.39).
U15 Boys win Gold and U13 Boys win Silver at Northern Road Relays – Ben Fish 3rd Fastest Leg in Senior Men’s Relays
Another good day for the Harriers in this years Northern Road Relays staged at Sportscity. Eight days ago at the North West Road Relays the Harriers won 8 Team Medals and added to that a Northern Gold Medal for the U15 Boys and a Silver Medal for the U13 Boys.
Paul Guinan who has taken over as Team Manager along with Ben Fish spoke to the Club after the days events had finished and told us “Taking over the position of Senior Mens Relays Team Manager didn’t really need that much thinking about, l have been at the Club for many many years !! I don’t really think l can fail, taking over at a great time with plenty of senior athletes available for selection and great foundations in place, a testament to all the hard work that has been done by my predecessors, so onwards and upwards we go together. I have really enjoyed the last two weekends, the first being the North West Relays followed by the Northerns, my first as Team Manager. l could not ask for any more from the athletes that took part, some great runs in both relays showing what we are about and thats performing the best you possibly can. That was evident throughout all teams, so a big thank you. The A team has qualified for the Nationals in early October after a fantastic performance in taking 8th place at the Northerns, which included a “stunning” run by Ben Fish, running the third fastest leg of the day in 19:36, some 14 years since the “great” Mike Green ran the third fastest leg at Birchwood, a team in which l was apart of ! Thanks Richard T. Just to confirm to you all that Ben is my assistant in this venture, he will be involved in team selection and any other business that needs addressing. An area that is really important to myself and Ben is that all Senior runners are valued and important to us, each athlete will play an important part in the direction we want to go as a team”.
The Senior Men’s Race was contested by one hundred and eleven Teams which saw the Harriers come in 11th and 77th and also running an incomplete third team with five runners. The ‘A’ Team secured automatic qualification for the National Road Relays on October 7th and are looking forward to that. Some great running by the lads with Joe Monk going off on 1st leg running a cracking time (20.01) to hand over to Chris Davies (21.52) in 13th. Chris Arthur took over on Leg 3 in 27th and pulled that back to 21st with another cracking time of 20.05. Tim Raynes then took back eight places, running a time of 20.19 to hand over to Shaun Livesey in 13th spot. As Shaun came in lying in 15th position in a time of 22.16 he handed over to Ben Fish on the final leg – and what a leg he ran, clocking 19.26, the third fastest leg of the day. Ben actually ran a faster time then every other athlete in the first five teams and only one athlete ran faster in the first ten teams!
Ben who told told the Club that he was very “happy with his form” also made the point that it was “Top running guys, Lincoln won by a long way, but looking at Joe, Chris and Tim’s times we’re not that far behind. I think we’re close to nailing top 5 next year and beyond”.
After the Race Tim told the Club “Great runs from all the lads, from Joe starting us off so well up to Ben’s phenomenal final leg. On a personally note, reasonably happy with my leg. Having faded last week, I set off a bit more conservatively and was able to finish strongly (although perhaps just left a little too much in the tank in the early part of the leg)”.
Joe Monk also commented “Great result for the team, came through very strongly. Over the moon with the run, but an unbelievable run by Ben on the last leg to pull us back to 11th”.
Chris Davies was happy about the day when speaking to the Club saying “I had a good start, middle two laps were steady and my last mile was the quickest, so happy with that”
The Harriers ‘B’ Team came home in 77th spot being led off by Ben Costello on Leg (1) in the fastest of the six legs clocking 22.04 with Danny Maynard 24.40 on Leg (2). John Cookson took on Leg (3) running 26.29 before Matt Nuttall on Leg (4) ran 22.44 followed by Karl Billington on Leg (5) with a time of 25.23 – a big improvement from the the North West Relays and John Chaplin on Leg (6) running 24.54.
The Men’s C Team was unfortunately just one runner short which had Danny Teare (29.00) on Leg (1), Marco Maggio (26.27) on Leg (2), Andrew Knowles (27.37) on Leg (3), Mark Lord (29.22) on Leg (40) and Mark Bleasdale (24.01) on leg (5).
Just one team in the Senior Women as a number of our athletes were unfortunately not available. Carmen Byrne led off on Leg (1) alongside eighty two other athletes coming home in 22nd spot with a time of 22.42 commenting “I knew it’d be a quick start so wanted to set off at a decent pace without getting too carried away. I started picking people off after the first 1.5k ish and finished strongly. Some tight turns on the course made me realise I have the turning circle of a van, so that’s something to work on”. Catherine Guinan who hasn’t run much lately took on Leg (2) coming home in 55th spot (29.40) before handing over to Lindsay Davies on Leg (3) coming in 54th in 28.01 – the final leg was run in 28.14 leaving the team in 56th position.
What a brilliant eight days for the Harriers U15 and U13 Boys squads. At Blackpool the U15 Boys Team won the North West and Lancashire Gold Medal whilst the U13 Boys won Silver in the North West and Gold in the Lancashire Championships.
Fast forward eight days to the Northern Road Relay Championships – a much stiffer task – and the squads came up trumps again with some fabulous performances. Leon Thomas led off the U15 Boys in a pretty fast leg coming home in 11th place in a time of 11.25 to set the stage for the team to go on. Leg (2) saw Sam Hodkinson run the third fastest time of the Leg (11.06) to pull back 8 places and leave Matt Ramsden on the final Leg (3) setting off some twenty seconds behind the then leaders – Durham. Matt ran the second fastest time of the Leg and the 5th fastest Leg of the entire day (10.50) to overtake the teams in front and turn a twenty second deficit into a seventeen second victory to secure Gold. Our ‘B’ Team came home in 29th place which saw Harry Wilkin on Leg (1) running 12.12, Ethan Barbarewicz on Leg (2) clocking 12.41 and Jamie Teare running a great Leg (3) picking up seven places and posting a very good time of 11.48. After the Race Sam summed up everyone’s feelings telling us that he was “very pleased with our performance and hopefully we can do Blackburn Harriers proud in the Nationals……and I’m buzzin”.
The U13 Boys squad also go from strength to strength. Like the U15 Boys, they are a squad of young athletes all pushing for a place in the ‘A’ Team which is great to see. Leg (1) saw Hayden Mercer – “I’m so proud of how the team ran and I love wearing my Blackburn Harriers vest” – finish in 21st place (12.24) handing over to Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on Leg (2) who had another amazing run following his exploits at the North West Road Relays the week before. Kyle took back nine places in running the 6th fastest time of the Leg (12.18) to hand over to Dexta Thompson on the final Leg (3) in 12th place. Another great run by Dexta saw him clock 11.40 – the third fastest time of the Leg and the third fastest of the entire day – and overtake ten of the eleven athletes in front of him to bring home the Silver Medal for the Team. The Club’s ‘B’ Team was led off by David Holman who ran a great first Leg to clock 12.19 in 15th place. Rory Teare took over on Leg (2) running 13.29 and handing over to Isaac Butler in 24th spot who ran 16.13. Our ‘C’ Team had Saul Sharp on Leg (1) running a time of 14.06 handing over in 51st place to Sebastian Burton (15.09) who pulled back four places and Codie Dewhurst taking three more places which meant the team finished 43rd, Codie clocking a time of 14.21.
Forty seven teams lined up in the U13 Girls Race with the Harriers coming home in 13th which was a pretty solid performance and just 23 seconds away from a top ten position. Leah Hoole ran the fastest time on Leg (1) in 13.17 to hand over to Kate Cookson on Leg (2) in 14th place. Kate clocked 13.58 passing on to Hollie Cubbon on Leg (3) who pulled back two places with a time of 13.30. Caroline Woodworth ran leg (1) in a time of 14.17 in an incomplete team.
Two teams out in the U15 Girls featuring forty one teams overall. Amy Davies, Hollie Oldham and Eleesha Charnley ran for the ‘A’ Team with Charlotte Collin, Alex Taylor and Rebecca Ramsden competing for the ‘B’ Team. Amy placed 23rd on Leg (1) with a time of 13.24 before handing over to Hollie on the second Leg who ran 15.03 (29th) before Eleesha (13.14) pulled back nine places on Leg (3) to bring the team home in 20th position. The ‘B’ Team saw Charlotte run 15.23 (39th) on Leg (1), Alex clocking 15.31 in 35th on the second Leg and Kirsten (15.20) pulling back one place on Leg (3) to finish 34th.
Harvey Griffin ran Leg (1) for the U17 men coming in 16th with a time of 11.56 out of the forty strong field. Leg (2) saw Bradley Meikleham pull back another two places to move the team up to 14th with a time of 12.14 who in turn, handed over to Joe Gebbie (12.35) on the final leg to keep the team in 14th place overall. The U17 Women’s team just missed out on a top ten place finishing 11th. Maddie Elliott ran 13.37 on the first Leg to hand over to Hannah Cookson in 10th place (14.20) who pulled back a place to come home 9th setting Freya Black off on the final leg. Freya ran 15.50 which meant the team finished 11th just one second in front of Preston to be first Lancashire Team home.
Great North Run with Victoria – Throwers competing in Liverpool & Wigan – Wins & PB’s at Blackpool Open Meeting – Mark runs the Yorkshireman
Great North Run – September 10th
It’s not often you get to run in a Race with 57000 runners but that’s exactly where Victoria Mousley was last weekend in the Great North Half-Marathon where she finished 24th overall in the Women’s Race in a time of 85.32. Given that Victoria went into the race on top of a period of ill-health, her time was an exceptionally good one.
After the Race Victoria told the Club that “It was an amazing experience today. I’d been ill for the last 6weeks. 2 chest infections, perforated ear drum, ear infection and then a bad stomach from all the antibiotics. I wasn’t even convinced I was going to do it till Thursday this week. It was brilliant running with space and being on my own for most of the race… Except for the crowds. For 12.5 miles there are thousands of people cheering and clapping. I haven’t done the gnr since I was 18 but the atmosphere hasn’t changed. I was disappointed with my time as I was hoping for 82 mins. But I had a great day, I’ve already booked the accommodation for next year and I’ll make a better job of it”.
V40 Daniel Whittaker also ran the race finishing in 1305th position with a time of 1hr 33.10 – going through 5k in 20.06, 10k in 42.07 and 15k in 64.15.
Liverpool Throws & Jumps Meeting – September 9th
Arnold Seddon Open Medal Meeting – Wigan September 10th
Jacob Roberts and Charlotte Williams were competing in their final competition of the season at the annual Liverpool Throws and Jumps Meeting. U20 Jacob finished the day with a throw of 64.28m in the Hammer (6kg) just a metre short of his personal best. Charlotte placed 3rd in her Hammer event (3kg) out of twelve with a throw of 51.63m. Been a great season for these two young Hammer Throwers which has ended with Jacob being 4th in the National Rankings (65.64m) and Charlotte 2nd with 60.53m.
Young Throwers U15 Izzy Thompson and U13 Nicky Saunders were out in really bad weather in Wigan which saw Izzy take 4th place in the Discus (1kg) with a throw of 18.95m, 2nd in the Javelin (500g) with 18.49m before finishing off with a new personal best in the Hammer (3kg) throwing over four metres further than she before at 22.65m. Nicky took on the 100m for the first time ever coming home 3rd in a time of 14.4 before taking on her traditional throwing events where she won the Discus (0.75k) throwing 25.42m, placed 4th in the Hammer (3kg) with 18.53m and rounding off with a win in the Javelin (400g) throwing 24.60m.
Blackpool Open medal Meeting – Sunday September 10th
The busy weekend which had started with ninety Harriers competing in the Relays on Saturday continued on Sunday with thirty Blackburn Harriers turning out at the Blackpool Open Meeting in Stanley Park.
Good to see a good number of U11 boys and girls competing with twelve of them entering the Sprints Events. Harrison Allcock kicked the day off with a 3rd place 11.8 in Heat (1) of the 80m followed by Nathan Ashworth in Heat (3) also 3rd in 13.8. Eight U11 Girls all lined up for the 80m which saw Lucy Rishton take 2nd in 12.3 and Isabelle Hartley 7th with a time of 14.0 in Heat (1). Heat (2) had Niamh Gater in 2nd (13.0), Molly Grinshaw 5th in 14.1 and Alisha Lehner 6th (14.3). Heat (3) had four Harriers competing with Tilly Pollard in 3rd (13.9), Sophia Tsykunova 4th in a time of 14.2, Imogen Robinson (5th) clocking 14.3 and Tippi Francis 8th in 15.6. U15’s Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess ran Heat (1) of the 100m posting times of 14.2 (4th) and 14.7 (5th) respectively.
In the Middle Distance Events some of the athletes – as in the Sprint events – were running over these distances for the first time and some had run on the Saturday in the Road Relays. U11 Matthew Smith won Heat (1) of the 600m in a time of 2.00.4 and in Heat (2) Findlay Carroll ran 2.15.1 in 7th spot with Nathan Ashworth in 8th (2.24.3). Five U11 Girls ran in the 600m which saw Lucy Rishton emulate the boys by winning her Heat (1) in 2.06.1 being backed up by Isabelle Hartley in 3rd (2.08.6), Niamh Gater just behind in 4th (2.12.3), Molly Grimshaw one place further back in 5th (2.16.1) and Tilly Pollard in 8th posting a time of 2.25.4. Three more U11 Girls ran in Heat (3) which saw Sophia Tsykunova come home in 6th position (2.22.8), Alisha Lehner 8th in 2.26.0 and Tippi Francis placing 9th in 2.27.5.
In the U15 Boys 800m the boys were feeling the effects of the Road Relays on Saturday as George Whittaker ran 2.45.8 (7th) in Heat (1) with Isaac Butler clocking 2.36.8 (3rd) and Codie Dewhurst 2.59.0 (7th) in Heat (2). In the U13 Girls there were good runs from Abigail Stratton in the 800m coming home in 2nd spot and clocking a new PB time of 2.51.2 and for Paige Singleton who also ran a new PB in 4th place (3.04.6) with sister Ellie Singleton in 5th in a time of 3.11.0. Saul Sharp posted 5.56.0 in the U13 Boys 1500m whilst Sophie Stanworth won the U15 Girls 1500m in a time of 5.21.1.
Morgan Angland was competing in her final track race before going off to University – she clocked 16.5 in the 100m Hurdles running solo which wasn’t bad given that the conditions were also pretty poor. U13 Boys Ben Boocock and Codie Dewhurst were in the 75m Hurdles along with the U15 Girls Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess. Myah won the Race in 12.5 with Christie 3rd in 14.7. Ben’s time of 13.5 made him the winner of the U13 Boys with Codie 2nd in a time of 17.8 and a new PB.
In the Throws Anna Peers finished the season in good style winning the senior Women’s Shot Putt with a throw of 10.13m and the Javelin with 37.28m before rounding off her day with a 2nd placed throw of 33.68m in the Discus. New Blackburn Harrier U15 Matthew Heywood in his first competitive season set a new PB in the Hammer (4kg), winning the event with a throw of 23.33m, finished 2nd in the Discus (0.75kg) and set a second new PB on the day with 25.48m and came in 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.62 making it a hat-trick of new PB’s. Kieran Carroll (U15) also set a new PB in the Discus finishing one place back from Matthew with a throw of 20.72 and then made it a double new PB in the Javelin winning with a throw of 27.73m. Myah Booth added to the Harriers wins taking the U15 Girls Shot Putt with 8.93m and U13 Ellie Singleton tried her hand at the Shot Putt placing 4th with 3.87m.
In the High Jump Isaac Butler cleared 1.13m in the U13 Boys and Abigail Stratton set a new PB of 1.19m (2nd) in the U13 Girls. Isaac was back out again in the U13 Boys Long Jump placing 10th (3.72m) with Saul Sharp in 12th (3.25m). Four young U11 lads contested the Long Jump which saw Matthew Smith jump 3.63m for 3rd place out of fifteen, Harrison Allcock one place further back in 4th (3.50m), Findlay Carroll 10th with 3.01m and Nathan Ashworth jumping 2.89m for 12th position. Emma Love has had a very good season and rounded it off with another win, this time in the Long Jump when she came out on top of the thirteen girls competing, jumping 3.89m. Twenty two youngsters – including eight Blackburn Harriers – contested the U11 Girls Long Jump which saw Lucy Rishton take 4th spot with 3.39m, Niamh Gater (9th) jumping 3.07m, Tilly Pollard 14th (2.87m), Sophia Tsykunova 15th (2.80m), Imogen Robinson 17th (2.51m), Molly Grimshaw 18th (2.46m), Isabelle Hartley 19th (2.42m) and Tippi Francis 22nd (1.87m).
The Yorkshireman – September 10th
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Mark Wilkin had been looking forward to running this Race – won by Owen Beilby in 3hr 26.50 – which isn’t your usual road based Marathon. His first time ever over this distance V50 Mark completed the Course in 5hr 42.22 and afterwards told the Club that it was his “First ever marathon, and hardest physical challenge ever! Felt the hills as only trained up to a flattish half due to sore foot. Was very chuffed to complete it”.
North West Road Relays at Stanley Park – Saturday September 9th
Starting off with torrential rain as the athletes started to arrive, it soon soon brightened up with sunshine all day and it was a pretty good day for the Harriers too at this years North West Road Relays with twenty six Teams entered in all the age groups who between them won 4 Team Golds, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.
The Senior Men had five Teams out placing 10th, 16th, 39th, 56th and 68th overall in the Northwest and 4th, 7th, 17th, 25th and 28th in the Lancashire Championships. Tim Raynes who led off the ‘A’ Team ran the 6th fastest Leg of the day in 20.32 with Joe Howe on Leg 2 in 23.12, Jack Hindle Leg 3 (21.55) and Chris Davies on leg 4 (22.34).
In 16th spot came our second Team with Brian Fogarty (21.58), Shaun Livesey (22.53), Andy Buttery (23.32) and Ben Costello (22.59).
Team three in 39th place consisted of Paul Brindle (23.09), Derek Reilly (23.46), Stephen Schofield (23.13) and Karl Billington (27.10).
Our fourth Team in 56th position was led off on Leg (1) by John Chaplin in 25.42, followed by Andy Heys (25.08), Danny Maynard (25.55) and John Cookson (27.49).
Danny Teare ran first Leg for Team five in 30.58 with Matt Nuttall on Leg 2 in 23.46, Mark Lord in 30.39 and Marco Maggio (28.02).
The Senior Women has three Teams out with the ‘A’ Team led off by Carmen Byrne (21.22), Joanne Nelson (21.26) and Carly Edwards (22.12) finishing in 12th place overall (North West) and taking the Silver Medal in the Lancashire Championships. The Race was controversial in that some athletes had run short distances which made the verification of the results very difficult. Our second Team came home in 29th with Carol Reilly clocking 24.30, Janine Fallon 23.00 and Lindsay Davies 25.04. The third Team placed 43rd overall with Michelle Teare (26.35), Charlie Coy (24.23) and Catherine Guinan in 28.46. In the Lancashire Championships our second and third Teams finished in 8th and 16th places.
Outstanding performance of the day came from the U15 Boys ‘A’ Team who won both North West and Lancashire Gold Medals. Leon Thomas led off on Leg (1) in the front with several other athletes clocking a time of 11.07 and handing over to Jamie Teare in 4th place. Jamie took it on and ran 11.19 before handing over to Matt Ramsden on the final leg which he ran in the second fastest time of the day (10.35) to overtake all six runners in front of him and clinch the Gold Medal for the Team. Great performance by all the lads.
Two more teams for the U15 Boys – finishing in 17th place overall (North West) and 4th in the Lancashire Championships with Charlie Ball in his first competitive season on Leg (1) posting a time of 12.23, Harvey Ashworth on Leg (2) having a very good run with 11.35 and Ethan Barbarewicz on Leg (3) in a time of 12.46. Our third team of Harry Wilkin (11.55), George Whittaker (12.58) and Luke Ingleson (13.18) finished in 20th position (North West) and 6th in Lancashire.
The U15 Girls had two Teams on the day with Hollie Oldham running a time of 13.40, Amy Davies 12.32 and Eleesha Charnley 12.50 to take 11th place overall (North West) and 4th in the Lancashire Championships. Our second Team of Charlotte Collin (15.39), Rebecca Ramsden (15.06) and Alex Taylor (15.28) placed 20th overall in the North West and 7th in Lancashire.
Our U17 Women won a Lancashire Gold Medal as the only complete Team on the day which saw Maddie Elliott run 12.02 on Leg (1), Hannah Cookson on Leg (2) clocking 13.31 and Freya Black on the final Leg (14.34) to finish 8th overall in the North West. Chloe Gardner ran in an incomplete Team and was competing for the Club for the very first time and did really well to finish with a time of 15.26.
The U17 Men with Bradley Meikleham who missed the start on the first Leg (19.31), Joe Gebbie who shot off like a rocket blasting the first half of the Race and paying for it later on ran 20.21 with Tom Betty in his first competitive season clocking 23.03 on the final leg. The lads finished 18th in the North West and 5th in Lancashire with Bradley running the 8th fastest time Lancashire time.
It was a Bronze Medal in the Lancashire Championships for the U11 Girls featuring Isabelle Hartley on the first leg in 7.12, Kady Thompson on Leg (2) in 7.12 and Hannah Davies running 7.14 on the final leg which was an amazing example of a finely matched team of equal abilities. Overall in the North West the girls placed 16th. Sadly there was a last minute drop out for our second team which meant that Sienna Rose Wareing (7.09) and Molly Grimshaw (7.06), both with very good times had to run as an incomplete Team. Placing 16th out of the 32 Teams in the North West Championships and 3rd in Lancashire all five girls finished in the top ten fastest Legs in the Lancashire Championships.
The U11 Boys also came home with a medal winning Silver in the Lancashire Championships as they finished 7th overall in the North West. That team featured Harry Sambrook (6.13), George Ramsden (6.37) and Oliver Gill (6.25) whilst our second Team finished in 10th place (North West) and 4th in Lancashire led by Matthew Smith on the first leg in 6.26, Daniel Smith on the second in a time of 6.03 and William Dudgeon (7.16) on the final leg. Great running by some of these young lads who were competing for the very first time.
The Clubs U13’s also did themselves proud both boys and girls winning medals. The U13 Girls finished 7th and 25th in the overall North West Championships and took Silver as they came home runners up in the Lancashire Championships – Leah Hoole ran Leg (1) in 13.05, handing over to Caroline Woodworth who clocked 13.53 before Hollie Cubbon on the final Leg cemented that Silver Medal with a time of 13.00. Our second Team had Kate Cookson leading off in 13.52, followed by Eva Knowles in 15.23 and Keira Haxton (14.36) came 8th in Lancashire with Hollie and Leah running the 4th and 5th fastest Lancashire Legs. Another incomplete Team meant that Molly Nicholls (14.30) and Keira Booth (14.36) ran the first two legs.
Our U13 Boys had a great day taking Silver in placing 2nd overall in the North West and Gold for winning the Lancashire Championships. That team had Hayden Mercer run the first leg in 11.45 handing over to Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who had a brilliant leg (11.46) to hand over to Dexta Thompson on the final leg who came home in 2nd spot to clinch the medals.
Good running from our second team saw them finish in 13th place (North West) and 5th in Lancashire with Zachary Walmsley (12.19), Rory Teare (13.12) and Isaac Butler (12.12) backed up by our third team – 30th (North West) and 9th in Lancashire which saw Saul Sharp clock 14.28 on the first leg, Sebastian Burton 14.41 on the second and Codie Dewhurst 14.08 on the last. In the top ten fastest Lancashire Legs Hayden came 3rd, Dexta 4th, Kyle = 4th, Isaac 7th and Zach 9th.
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