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In our last Post we said February was a good month for Vaulting. Well, Holly made March even better. What a tremendous performance in becoming the European Indoor Pole Vault Champion for 2013; And what strength of competitive spirit and determination not to settle for a joint share of the Gold Medal, but rather, try to win it outright which she did.
Following her victory, Holly said “I knew they had jump-offs but I’d never ever done one before”. I’m glad I took the option rather than share the medal. I was feeling good. I thought I could get myself together and win. I thought, ‘Why not take the risk?'”
Everyone at Blackburn Harriers is so proud of what she has achieved.
Holly’s winning Vault & Interview on BBC can be seen here
Holly Bleasdale has had a great month so far. Starting off by winning in Moscow with a Vault of 4.75m, she followed this up on the 9th Feb with a world leading vault of 4:77m at the British European Indoor Trials & Championships in Sheffield. Holly then went to Birmingham (British Athletics Grand Prix) the week after and won again with a Vault of 4:70m. Added to these competitions are competitions in Poland on 12th Feb (2nd with 4:50m) and equal 4th in Sweden with 4:45m on 21st February. A great month for Holly.
Luke Evans had a busy weekend at the Championships. Having recently recorded two new Club Records for the Senior Men (60m in 7.00sec & (21.76secs for the 200m), Luke was entered in the 60m and 200m. In his first 60m Heat, he ran 2nd in a time of 7.12secs to qualify for the semi-final where he ran 7.16 and failed to qualify for the Final.
In the 200m, Luke won his heat in 21.89secs and qualified for the semi-final where he won his race in a time 21.88secs. In the Final, Luke finished third, winning the Bronze medal in a time of 22.01. Speaking to Luke after the races, he likened the whole weekend as an endurance session and part of his preparation for the forthcoming outdoor season.
Karl Billington was entered into the 3000m and was in the final Heat (No. 5) and knew that he had to run sub 8:40min to qualify for the final. Karl took the race on in the second half and came home in 2nd place in a time of 8:37.50min, ensuring his place in the Final.
In the final, Karl went in as 7th fastest runner, but ran well to finish in 5th place in a time of 8:45.72 – the Race being won in 8:40.12 by mature student James Thie!!
Full results here: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=71630
It wasn’t the best day at Sunderland weather wise, and we had a number of athletes missing on the day, but that didn’t stop those Harriers who travelled being determined to put everything into their Races. Pride of place goes to the U15 Girls Squad who finished 6th overall out of 23 Teams entered with a 10th position for Liz Greenwood, 11th for Grace Handley; 76th for Deni Impett and 136th for Phoebe Howe.
The U13 Girls also did themselves proud, although one athlete short to make up the Team. Natalya Irvine came home in 74th place out of 264 athletes in the Race; Hannah Cookson in 90th place and Charlotte Taylor 156th. A really brave effort in those conditions.
Other Club members braved the elements and competed. In the U13 Boys, Jack Wilkinson who is showing real improvement of late finished 152nd, but again, in the conditions, that was a creditable run.
In the U17 Men’s Race, Morgan Philips, who has competed consistently well in the local Leagues this year, finished in 181st place.
The Senior Mens Race saw Chris Barnes lead the other Harriers home in 240th place out of a field of 999 finishers. Backing Chris up were John Cookson, and John Orrell.
Full Results for all Age Categories: http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=75&Itemid=82
Report of the day from Eight Lane: http://www.eightlane.org/national-xc-review/
Congratulations this week to our Clubs Sportshall Team. At Blackpool on Sunday, the boys won the U11 Title and the girls were 3rd in the U11’s. Charlotte Williams and Solomon Brown were named as Athletes of the Match.
In addition, the following Blackburn Harriers members have been selected to compete for the Lancashire Sportshall County Team :
U11s: Emily Raine, Anjalie Singh, Nicole Edwards; Soloman Brown, Jack Prince, Jack Faribanks.
U13s: Libby Angland & Georgina Rickard (representing DACA).
British European Trials and UK Championships Feb 9th & 10th
More success for Harriers athletes at the weekend. At the British European Trials and UK Championships held in Sheffield, four Blackburn Harriers were competing, Paul Bradshaw and Alison Leonard in the 800m; Luke Evans in the 200m and Holly Bleasdale in the Pole Vault.
Paul Bradshaw, currently standing at 5th in the National Rankings with a time of 1:49.91, finished 6th in his heat in a time of 1:56.46 after front running the race.
Luke Evans lying in 20th place in the National Rankings with a time of 21.76secs finished 3rd in his Heat in a time of 21.99secs.
Alison Leonard won her heat, beating Marilyn Okoro into 2nd place in a time of 2:05.83, which was the fastest qualifying time of the day. On Sunday, she finished 2nd in the Final, winning the Silver Medal and just edged out for the Gold in a time of 2:03.88 which leaves her standing in first place in the National Rankings.
These interviews were conducted by Peter Matthews after the Heat and the Final
Holly Bleasdale won her 3rd Pole Vault Competition in a row, with a vault of 4:77m, earning her the Gold Medal and moving her to 1st place in the National Rankings and 1st place in the World rankings. Talk about being on top of the world!!!!
Again, the interview was carried out with Peter Matthews.
Mid Lancs XC League at Lancaster Feb 9th
Eleesha Charnley continued a rich vein of form with 15th place in the U11 Girls Race in a field of 43. backed up by new member Amy Davies in 21st place who also won in the last round of Sportshall. Eleesha went on to win the U11 Girls first prize in the Winter Warmer at Witton Park the day after and backed up again by Amy with another good run.
Natalya Irvine had another solid run with 7th place in the U13 Girls Race, with Charlotte Taylor in 22nd place. In the Boys U13 Race, Jack Wilkinson continues to improve with a good 13th place, followed home by Rhys Charnley in 32nd.
Cracking Races from Grace Handley 2nd and Deni Impett 4th in the U15 Girls race, showed how really competitive these girls are. Grace currently stands in 2nd place in the 5 fixtures to date with Deni in 3rd place.
Byron Abbott with another good run placing 6th in the Race is now in = 8th place overall in the U15 Boys standings. Morgan Philips has had a really solid season in the Mid Lancs XC League this year – his first – and ran well again in a really good Race to finish 16th.
Back in earnest competition is Helen Leigh, finishing in 8th place in a field of 109 Senior Women. New member to the Club Christopher Davies continues to improve, finishing 56th in the Mens Senior Race in a field of 193 runners. Paul Wilkinson and Richard Taylor, both of whom competed in the Winter Warmer 10k the day after also ploughed through the Lancaster mud.
Winter Warmer 10k Feb 10th (with a few photo’s)
Ben Fish just missed out on breaking his own Course Record by 10secs. He finished a full 3 minutes in front of the 2nd athlete home and was backed up with fine runs from Brian Fogarty in 7th place (36:32); Jack Hindle in 10th place (36.56) and Mark Almond in 15th place (37.50). These four also won the Men’s Team Prize. In a field of 399 finishers, backing up the Mens Team winners were Chris Davies 39th (40.27); Danny Maynard 46th (41.23); Phil Morton 47th (41.32); Allan Hartley 54th (42.03); John Cookson 110th (45.26); Richard Taylor 119th (45.46); Paul Wilkinson 141st (47.00); Holly Ballantyne 169th (48.15); Jacinta Davison 180th (48.57); Jan Buckingham 254th (53.54); David Billington 286th (55.34).
Katie Buckingham was another winner for the Harriers on the day finishing 1st Junior female in a time of 45.39. The Harriers Women’s Team finished 3rd with daughter and mother combo, Katie & Jan Buckingham; Jacinta Davison and Holly Ballantyne.
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