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A really good start to the season for the British National Record holder and 2012 Olympic Finalist. Sophie’s first competition this year was at Loughborough – March 2nd – where she took part in the British Athletics Hammer Circle Winter Throws Trials, winning with a fine throw of 70:34m and putting her at the top of the European U23 Women’s rankings.
Next up for Sophie was the European Cup Winter Throws in Castellon, Spain where she led a team along with Alex Smith of seven Throwers which consisted of 4 Hammer Throwers, 2 Shot Putters and 1 Javelin Thrower. In the Group A Final, which turned out to be rather flat in terms of everyone’s performances, only three Women threw just over 70 metres and Sophie finished in 10th place with a throw of 66.69m.
A number of Harriers competed in the Indoor competition at Sportscity on 17th March. Hurdlers, Connor Makin (U20); Ben Aspinall (U17) and Morgan Angland (U15) all coached by Bob Groves, contested the 60m Hurdles. Connor won his Race and got a new PB with an excellent 9.34secs. Ben followed him in the next heat placing second in a time of 9:75secs, just 0.01 off his PB. Morgan also placed 2nd and ran a new PB of 9:99secs.
Ben then tackled the Triple Jump, an event which he is growing increasingly good at, coming 2nd overall and jumping out to 11:96metres – a new PB. Connor tackled the 300m and scored his second win of the day running a fine 38:37secs, just 0.01 off his PB.
In the longer races – 600m – Harry Paige (U20) who is looking forward to this years outdoor Track Season, placed 4th in a time of 1:33.33.
In the 60m Sprints, Senior Jamie Vickery (Coached by Mick Hitchon) won his race in a fine 7.38secs, just 0.14 off his PB and a season’s best. Next up in the 60m was U20 Paul Coffey (Coached by Mick Hitchon) who placed 4th in 7:83 and a season’s best – Paul then went and improved his time and season’s best to 7:75secs in his 2nd 60m race of the day and just 0.04 off his PB.
Cameron Massey (U15) with best performances in all his events, was another young athlete with a PB on the day placing 3rd in his 60m race in a time of 8:18secs. He then went on to win his 300m race in a time of 43:38 and again a new PB and backed that up with another PB in the Shot Putt (4k) by finishing 2nd with a PB of 7:25m.
Three of the Harriers men went to the Ultrafit 10 mile Road race at St. Annes last week end with some good performances. Mark Almond who is training for his first Marathon and will compete in London led the way home in 15th place with a time of 59:43; next was Chris Davies who continues to improve at a rate of knots and he cam home in 27th place in a time of 62:13 in his first ever 10 mile road Race. Stalwart member of the Club, Paul Wilkinson finished in 110th place in a time of 76:06.
English School Cross Country Championships
Think everyone has had enough of the mud, wind and rain this year and the English Schools Championships seemed to round the season off with more of the same!! Nevertheless a number of the Harriers were competing and did really well given the conditions and the standard of ability within the fields. Grace Handley came home in 27th place in the Junior Girls Race (11:40); Liz Greenwood was 40th (11:55) and Jack Hindle came in in 171st place (22:07) in the Inter Boys Race.
Missed but not forgotten!!
Missed out on our last round up of Results were runs for Sarah Ridehalgh who competes as 2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track. Sarah ran the Trafford 10k finishing 183rd in 38:18 and was 3rd V35 overall. Gary Pearse tackled the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Race on 9th March and had a fine race finishing 24th (79:50) out of a field of 199 runners.
Ben followed up his 29:58 10k run at Trafford recently by lining up at the Finchley 20 mile Road Race on the 17th March. He won the Race in 2011 and added to his growing reputation by winning it again this year, beating Phil Wicks in a fast finish by just 4 seconds in a time of 1:44.09, nearly three and half minutes faster than he won the Race in 2011. Ben’s target is to get the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and he looks on course with runs like this.
For those who haven’t seen Holly Bleasdales BBC Interview following her fabulous Gold Medal at the European Indoor Championships just click on this link and you will be able to get it.
The week after winning the Gold Medal, Holly went to the Vault Festival at Sports City and won that as well with a Vault of 4:61m to continue an amazing season so far.
At the weekend, long time Blackburn Harrier, Mike Hazelwood who now lives in Sweden visited our shores to compete in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships at Lee Valley. Mike is a Vet 65 and competed in 5 competitions Shot Putt; Weight; Discus, Hammer and Javelin and these were Mike’s Results:
Shot Putt Silver Medal 10:56m
Weight Silver Medal 13.81m
Discus Silver Medal 34.27m
Hammer Bronze Medal 35.79m
Javelin Bronze Medal 30:27m
Congratulations to Mike who is 67yrs of age and still showing that athletics and competitive athletics is something that can be taken right through life – it doesn’t just belong to the young!!
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