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Jayden 4th in National Rankings & Matthew Joint 1st in National Rankings with 21 new PB’s at Trafford Medal Meeting – Manx Mountain Marathon & Easter Festival of Running – Triathlon with Danny and Mark
Easter Monday Trafford Medal meeting
Fourteen young athletes from the Harriers took on a number of events in the holiday sunshine with some particularly good performances. Not more so than U15 Jayden Riley who won the 80m Hurdles in a time of 11.99, the second time in a week that he has beaten the English Schools qualifying time leaving him in 4th place in the National Rankings and won his Heat of the 100m in a time of 11.63 which also puts him 4th at the moment in the National Rankings.
Another very impressive performance came from U13 Matthew Smith who won the High Jump in a new PB of 1.55m which took him into equal first place in the National rankings. He later leapt out to 4.28m to come 3rd out of 18 in the Long Jump before clocking 2.48.84 in his Heat (1) of the 800m – 12 Heats in all. Bottom of age U15 Theo Watson had an impressive day too as he smashed his 800m to pieces by 12 seconds for a new PB of 2.18.36 (2nd) in Heat 8 and ran 300m for the first time ever, placing 3rd in a very good time of 45.90 as well as obliterating his Long Jump previous best by a metre leaping out to 4.67m to place 6th out of a field of 11 for another new PB.
Matthew Smith (155)
Theo Watson 424
Nicky Saunders (U15) who had competed at the Sheffield Open over the weekend took on three Throws events again here winning the Discus with 26.14m, placing 5th in the Javelin with 25.11m and came 7th in the Shot Putt with 8.00m which was a new PB for her. U15 Caroline Woodworth was also among the Throws events today – just missing a new PB in the Discus with her 15.27m (12th), set a new PB in her Javelin of 23.14m (8th) and set a second new PB on the day in the Shot Putt with 7.28m (10th). U13 Kady Thompson threw 11.21m in the Javelin (9th) and cleared 1.20m in the High Jump, both performances being only just outside her personal bests. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw 24.9m for 10th spot in the U15 Javelin and a new PB with Dexta Thompson achieveing 20.65m in the same event (13th).
L-R Kady Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson
Another new PB, this time for U15 Sebastian Burton who chopped a whopping 11 seonds off his previous best time to set a new PB of 2.31.26 (3rd) in Heat 9. There was also a big new PB for Codie Dewhurst in his Heat of the 800m with a clocking of 2.29.76 (1st) down by over four seconds. That was folowed by a 50.35 clocking in the 300m (6th) and a Long Jump of 3.46m in 11th spot.
Codie Dewhurst (422)
Amelia Burton followed her brother Sebastian setting new personal bests as she cut a full second off her previous best in the 70m Hurdles to run a new PB of 12.75 in 4th place and then ran 10.98 – for her second new PB of the day in the 75m (4th), making iot a hat-trick of new PB’s in the 150m as she improved her best time by a second, clocking 21.57 in 5th spot. U11 Felix Thompson ran 12.94 in his 75m (5th) followed by a 2.12.53 clocking in his 600m race in 6th. And still it went on for the young athletes with more personal bests as Ben Livesey chopped some seven seconds off his 800m time to place 7th in his Heat clocking a new PB of 2.32.76, set another new PB in the 200m with his 29.12 (4th) and just missed out on the 100m, placing 4th with 14.12.
Amelia Burton (32)
Yet another new personal best performance of the day came in the U17 Womens 80m Hurdles where Myah Booth – bottom of age – cut three tenths of second off her best and set a new PB of 12.3 in 3rd position.
In the 1500m U15 Dexta Thompson set a new PB for himself by knocking two seconds off his previous est as he clocked 4.48.50 in 8th place (Heat 2), as did Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who placed 9th in the same Heat, improving his personal best by half a second to 4.50.31. U15 Hollie Cubbon ran in Heat 3 of the 1500m coming home in 6th place out of the 12 athletes, in a time of 5.25.31.
Doncaster Open Meeting – April 20th
Tony Balko (V50) was doing a bit of travelling over the Easter weekend to get some competiton, his fiorst vist being the Doncaster Open. In the Discus he placed 4th with a distance of 34.51m, improved to 2nd position in the Shot with a throw of 11.21m – just 3cms shy of his personal best and rounded the competiton off by winning the Masters Hammer (6kg) with a throw of 37.96m which was a seasons best. On to the York Open Meeting on Easter Monday for Tony thrwoing 36.72m in the Discus and 11.21m in the Shot for the second time over the weekend.
Sheffield Run, Jump & Throws Open Meeting – April 19th
U15 Nicky Saunders travelled over to this Open meeting to compete in the Discus and Javelin. The Javelin (500g) saw her throw 25.80m for 2nd spot whilst in the Discus (1kg) she placed 6th with a distance of 27.68m.
Full Manx Mountain Marathon – Good Friday 2019
Danny Teare, whio hails from the Isle of Man, decided to take on the full Manx Mountain Marathon last weekend in what turned out to be less than ideal conditions for running 31 miles! As he indicated to the Club “My first attempt at the full Manx Mountain Marathon started very well. Registered alongside 7 time record winner Paul Thompson from Clayton was a good omen, or so I thought. Didnt see much of him after 30 seconds……”
Paul Thompson (1) – Danny Teare (2)
After the Race Danny looked back on the day and the race and told the Club “The race is 31 miles with 8000ft climb, starting in Ramsey and finishing in Port Erin, visiting the 10 highest peaks. It was a hot day, no cloud cover and minimal breeze. The views were totally stunning, much of it new to me, even though I lived there til I was 18. At the advice of Gary Pearse, I was constantly eating and drinking. It was like a mobile picnic up there! At 23 miles and over 6000ft in the bag, sadly I was done… and had to withdraw. The heat was a factor for sure, but I was always going to find that last quarter a challenge anyway. 25% of the field withdrew during the race so I was in good company. Plenty of learnings for next year though. Its still on the ‘to do’ list. I totally recommend the event, put on by Manx Fell Runners. As with all events, the volunteers who marshall and provide food / water really make it. Next year is the 50th anniversary. If anyone fancies it, give me a shout! “
There are three races over the Festival period. The Festival opens on Good Friday evening with a scenic 10 kilometre road race around the streets of Port Erin and Port St Mary in the south of the Island. Male and female competitors run together in this race.
Easter Saturday afternoon sees the action move to the west of the Island for the famous Peel Hill races that take in the summit of Corrin’s Folly. The route starts and finishes on the road but is mainly on grass. The afternoon starts with the men’s race followed by the three mile women’s race.
The final races take place on Douglas Promenade on Easter Sunday morning with the women’s five kilometre road race at 10.30am, followed by the men’s five kilometre road race at 11.15am.
Joe Howe was also in the Isle of Man, competing for Manchester University ‘Alehouse Team’ in the annual Easter Running Festival which comprises three races – 10k Race on Good Friday, Peel Hill Race on Saturday and a 5k Race on Sunday. At the end of the the three races, all those who contested all three – and there were 145 – are awarded points related to their position in each race which saw Joe finish 65th out of 145 runners with a combined total of 227 points. (RESULTS).
In the 10k Race, Joe came home in 10th place out of a field of 266 runners clocking a time of 38.55 (10k RESULTS).
The Friday Race up Peel Hill had Joe running a time of 25.34 to come home in 65th position out of 185 who ran it. (Peel Hill RESULTS) – and in the final race, over 5k on Sunday, Joe clocked 17.27 to finish 56th out of the 197 strong field. (5k RESULTS).
After a hard weekend of running, Joe told the Club that it was “a pretty tough weekend to be honest. I had been pretty coldy in the run up to the festival and realised how much fitness I had lost in a pretty brutal way in the 10k on Friday. I realised it would probably be a good idea to not really push the running over the next two days but still had a decent run in the 5k on Sunday. The weather was really amazing and the weekend was fun as usual”.
Clitheroe Triathlon – Easter Monday
Two hundred and ninety contestants in this Triathlon held in the same hot conditions that other races and events have been held in over this Easter weekend. Whilst it is good for tourists, this kind of weather doesn’t always do the athletes a lot of favours when it comes to endurance type events. This race was won by Daniel McParland in a combined time of 1hr 25.45.
Danny Maynard...finished in 107th position after clocking 7.58 in the Swim, 71.21 on the Bike and 34.36 on the run for a finished combined time of 1hr 56.32 and afterwards, Danny spoke to the Harriers about the event saying “Clitheroe is tough triathlon in any weather, the 25 degree heat was an extra element to overcome. After a good start in the swim, Birdy Brow was as ever challenging on the bike and I was relieved for the downhill. Its safe to say the hills got the better of me and the run was a hard slog to the finish line. This year I was pleased to beat my overall time by over five minutes, glad to see my winter training programme is paying off”.
Mark Almond, competing as a V50 finished just a few places behind Danny in 112th with a combined finishing time of 1hr 57.14 which comprised of a a Swim of 10.33, 68.36 on the Bike and 34.57 on the run. This was Mark’s first ever Triathlon, so it was a bit of a gamble and commented afterwards that “Yes it was my first ever Tri – wasn’t fit going in to it but wanted to give it a go. Swimming didn’t go well and was suprised how tough the run was with “jelly legs” overall really enjoyable and hope to get fitter and have another go”.
Rachel 7th British Woman at Boston Marathon – Salford 10k – Paul Wins vets at Caldervale 10m – Top 10 for Tom at Rivington – John & Matt at Newlands Fell Race
Boston Marathon – April 15th 2019
Rachel Wood continued her Marathon running career which now total five races in all, her first being the London Marathon in 2015 where she clocked 3hr 03.07. On to 2016 to London again where she ran her personal best time of 2hr 59.02; in 2017 she ran 2hr 59.26 in Berlin followed by a 3hr 07.37 in London (2018). Rachel targeted the Boston Marathon this year – and not the easiest by a long chalk especially with Horrible Hill in it – accompanied by her dad – Tony Wood, President of Blackburn Harriers and Chairman of Northern Athletics. For Tony it was a special visit as he told the Club “it was a special visit for me – I went to the US in 1974, 45 years ago, as a camp counsellor with Camp America and I visited Boston then with a fellow runner. He took me to a running shop that was selling the new Nike brand shoes near the start of the Boston marathon and he bought a pair – the running boom hadn’t started yet. He told me then about the race so it was quite emotional to return all these years later to watch my daughter run the race”.
Rachel had another cracking run to finish 7th out of all of the British women racing in a time of 2hr 59.31 to continue her run of Marathons in very consistent times, everyone of which has yielded her a championship qualifying time for London. After the race she spoke to the Harriers saying “I ran the iconic Boston marathon last Monday and it was epic! The course was point to point and was undulating. The race day started with a 1 hour bus ride from Boston downtown to Hopkinton were the start was. It was an enjoyable experience loading onto school buses with other runners and spending the bus journey chatting about all things running. The weather was hit and miss… the race day started with a thunderstorm and by the time I reached the end of the race it was lovely and sunny. My dad travelled over to support me and was at the base of ‘heartbreak hill’ around the 20 mile point. Heart break hill isn’t as steep as Darwen tower but it was tough nonetheless! I was hoping to pb as training has been going well but I didn’t manage it on the day. I crossed the line in a time of 2.59.31… another sub 3 so I am happy with that “.
Rachel Wood (5131)
Salford 10k – Good Friday
Just over six hundred runners ran the traditional Good Friday Salford 10k running in very warm temperatures to say the least and won in a good time of 31.03 by Norman Shreeve (Cambridge & Coleridge). Four Blackburn Harriers ran the race – Jacob Watson, Josh Holagte, Tom Blaney and Calum Holmes.
Jacob Watson missed a new personla best time by just one second – a cooler day w0uld have certainly helped as he clocked a time of 33.09 in 18th place and told the Club after the Race that it was “A run of 2 halves at this morning’s Salford 10k. The first lap flew by and until 6k I was confident of coming away with a PB. Unfortunately during the second lap I did start to fade somewhat, however the support from the crowd and shoutouts from John Chaplin, Marc and Jack helped me keep it together! Crossing the line I knew I’d given it 100% which at the end of the day is all you can ask from yourself. Reflecting on this I’m chuffed to have run so close to a PB and I’m confident I’ll break this pesky 33 minute barrier at some point during the year!” Josh Holgate was just one place and five seconds behind as he ran a time of 33.14 in19th spot.
Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Jacob Watson (706)
Next Harrier across the finish line in was Tom Blaney in 33rd place with a time of 34.15 commenting that “Salford is the first fast flat 10k Ive done since Trafford last year and have been looking forward to it ever since i missed out on Ribble Valley over the christmas break. The weather was great, sunny but not too hot and no wind. I ran the first 5k in around 16.55 which felt comfortable with the hope of pushing on in the second half. Unfortunately it wasnt my day i put every last effort into it but i could not go any faster. A bad day for me but i take positives out of consistent training and staying injury free. Onto the next one. Well done to the other Harriers who ran some great times today its a pleasure to train with such a great group of lads!“
Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Tom Blaney (7)
Calum Holmes made it four Blackburn Harriers home as he crossed the line in 55th position running a time of 35.17 and afterwards reflected on his race daying “I felt okay for the first 6k just tucking in behind Thomas Blaney who also had a great run. I finished in a rather good time which I’m quite happy with, the conditions were hard with the warm weather and unfortunately wasn’t a pb but I’m happy with my run today as I have been off at the moment I’m just going to continue to work really hard with the lads in training and reach my goals for the year, great team work today and great running from everyone as usual upwards and onwards”.
Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Calum Holmes (354)
Caldervale 10m – Good Friday
Paul Brindle and Janine Fallon joined two hundred and forty four other runners on a very warm Good Friday in the Caldervale 10m road race, which was won in a time of 55.33 (Joe Beech).
Paul came home in 4th position and 1st Vet in a time of 63.14 telling the Harriers afterwards that the “Caldervale 10 which I’ve done few times is real test of strength with times slower than normal. Especially when it’s hotter than Spain. You can’t grumble everyone’s in the same boat and it’s how you plan to race. The first two miles are all down hill, the next four go up. Running in the boiling hot Sun I’ve not really run in this year, it was a real test to keep my position. On the top of the last hill I had Mark Holgate breathing down my neck. With two mile to go I went long and kicked on …. 1.9 mile to go cursing myself for being so competitive and just settle 5th maybe 6th but less pain. Trying to block out the inner soft me , I managed to break free but had a very tough last half mile run in. I was slower than previously but in very testing conditions. Happy with 4th overall and age cat win and bottle wine. It really was a Good Friday …. Oh come on it had to be said!!” Janine clocked a time of 75.47 in 41st spot overall.
Rivington Pike – Saturday April 20th
The ‘Rivington Pike’ Fell Race is one of the oldest fell races in todays fell racing calendar. The earliest races date back to the early 1880’s, where the challenge of the foot race to the summit of the ‘pike’ and back, taking in 700ft of ascent and covering over 5km in distance has attracted the very finest athletes ranging from Olympic track runners and Marathoners through to out-and-out fell specialists.
History of the Rivington Pike Races ⇒⇒⇒ HERE
Tom Marchant and Carmen Byrne ran for the Harriers in the race won by Michael Cayton (17.20) – another race run in pretty warm conditions. Tom had a top ten finish, coming home in 7th place with a time of 19.52 and told the Club “Today was a tough, fast and warm race. I knew I had to go off quick at the start and have a fast climb to get to the top with the front group which I achieved. This then set me up for a fast decent where I could catch a few places in which I caught 4 or 5 on the downhill. Overall a very fast race, despite the hot conditions it didn’t affect me too much with having spent a week in Portugal training, so benefited me more for the race. Happy with how the race went and feel a huge improvement within my running”. Carmen finished 96th overall out of a field of 406 which was a pretty good effort after struggling for a couple of months due to achilees problems. After the Race Carmen commented on her return to racing saying “After 7 weeks of mainly cross training it was lovely to be back racing. I set off steady for the ascent and then caught a couple of women on the way down and finished strongly. Looking forward to the next race in a few weeks”.
Tom Marchant (25) Carmen Byrne
Newlands Memorial Race – Saturday April 20th
Rob Jebb had a comfortable win by over four minutes as he took the race in a time of 1hr 40.50 out of field just short of three hundred runners with John Battrick in 2nd (1hr 45.05) and Steve Framklin in 3rd (1 hr 46.46).
John Horrocks and Matt Nuttall represented the Harriers on another hot day which affects everyone in terms of hydration and ther ability to cope overall with the heat. John crossed the line in 41st position with a time of 2hr 06.04 and refelcted on his race to the Harriers after, commenting “Newlands memorial race taking in Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. A quick run out into Newlands valley to begin and it felt very hot so I was looking forward to getting onto the tops for the breeze. The climb up Robinson made it a tough start but once that was out of the way it was mostly runnable on the tops with a good last decent off cat bells. The heat started to take affect after about 8/9 miles and it felt a long way back! Finished 41st in 2 hrs 6″. Matt finished in 79th spot running a time of 2hr 17.09.
John Horrocks Matt Nuttall
Stunning performance see Charlotte throw qualifying distance for European Junior Championships – Sam 2nd in first U20 Hammer Competition at Loughborough
In 2018 Charlotte Williams – or Charlie as she is known to us at the Harriers – managed to throw in competition just six times which resulted in five wins and one third place. She won the Mid Lancs League fixture on July 28th (53.07m) (3kg); won the UKYDL Regional Final with 57.11m (3kg) on July 29th; won the Northern U17 Championships with a throw of 57.20m (3kg) on 11th August, came 3rd in the National U17 Championships with 57.41m (3kg) on 26th August and finally threw 54.12m at the Hammer Circle reunion (4kg) in October. This was a brilliant set of results, but all the time she was having to deal with injury problems, which very few know about within the sport.
Last year was also a momentous year in a different way for this talented Hammer Thrower and that was because she had to contend with surgery on her Meniscus and Anterior Cruciate Ligament, injuries which can be career threatening. Injuries, as they say in all sport, are part and parcel of your life and it is how you deal with them that counts. It is however, a lot more difficult at 16 years of age to have to cope with that and it takes real strength of character, dedication and commitment as well as a dogged determination to fight back and to not only recover, but to come back even better – and that is exactly what this young woman has done.
At the weekend, Charlie cemented that comeback in stunning style. On Saturday she competed in two Hammer events on the same day at Loughborough – Senior Women’s Hammer and U20 Women’s Hammer. She came 3rd in the Senior Women’s event (4kg) with a massive new PB throw by 4 metres, of 58.67m and 45 minutes later, lined up for the U20 Competition where she improved her personal best even further with 59.09m which gave her the qualifying distance for the European Junior Championships. A delighted athlete spoke briefly to the Club afterwards commenting that she was “very happy to have come out on my first competition with a huge 5 meter pb and to get the European standard is even better. Hopefully there will be more to come this season!“
L-R Lucy Marshall (2nd) – Annabelle Croasdale (1st) – Charlotte Williams (3rd)
L-R Phoebe Baggott (2nd) – Charlotte Williams (2nd) – Jasmine Routledge (3rd) – Michael Hitchon Coach to Charlotte Williams
Sam Gaskell is another very talented Hammer Thrower at Blackburn Harriers. As an U17 in 2018 Sam won the English Schools with a lifetime best of 68.75m (5kg) which was the culmination of his season. Prior to that, Sam won the Liverpool Throws & Jumps Open in April with 59.23m (5kg); Won the Lancashire County Championships in may with 64.65m (5kg); Won the Lancashire Schools Championships on June 9th with a throw of 65.18m (5kg); Won the National U17 Championships at Bedford, throwing 67.01m (5kg) and finally came 2nd in the SIAB International at Grangemouth with a throw of 65.58m (5kg).
At Loughborough on Saturday April 13th – Alan Bertram Memorial Hammer Meeting – Sam opened up his season as a bottom of age U20 throwing the heavier weight of 6kg for the first time in competition – and what a good start – as he threw 61.97m to take 2nd place overall. A mention too here for their Coach Michael Hitchon who has helped get Charlotte and Sam to this level and who puts in an unbelievable amount of time, not only with these two athletes, but also in trying to develop a new generation of Hammer Throwers. In terms of National Rankings at this very early stage in the season, Charlotte is in 2nd place with Sam in 3rd.
L-R Sam Gaskell (2nd) – Ben Hawkes (1st) – Shaun Kerry (3rd)
Lancashire Combined Events Championships & Quadrathon – April 6th and 7th at Hyndburn
U17 Liberty Thompson took on the Inter-Girls Heptathlon at the Championships finishing 4th with a combined total of 2732 points – during the event she set a new PB in the High Jump of 1.47m, set another one in the Shot Putt (3kg) with a distance of 8.68m and added another 40 points to her overall total (RESULTS).
Rory Teare (U15) competed in the Junior Boys Pentathlon finishing 4th out of 5 athletes contesting the event with a combined total of 1627 points. During the day he posted a new 800m PB of 2.42.7 – an improvement of 13 seconds, added 9cms to her his High Jump which he won, clearing 1.59m for a new PB, just missed a new personal best in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.34m, added over a metre to his Shot Putt (4kg) with a throw of 6.57m for yet another new PB, all of which was good enough to secure a Lancashire Vest for him (RESULTS).
In the Junior Women’s Pentathlon it was Caroline Woodworth who represented the Harriers finishing in 5th place out of the 7 athletes entered with a combined points total of 1434. Caroline was trying some of these events for the first time ever – clearing 1.17m in the High Jump, 3.10m in the Long Jump, throwing the 3kg Shot Putt for the first time with a distance of 6.72m, running 17.8 in the 75m Hurdles, another event she hasn’t done before and rounding the day off with a time of 2.47.3 in her 800m (RESULTS).
John iLunga competed in the Senior Men’s Decathlon which featured just two athletesalong with Tom Godwin of Blackpool. The ten events saw John run 13.1 in the 100m; a new PB of 61.6 in the 400m; clocked 5.57.8 in the 1500m; ran 21.3 in the 110m Hurdles; cleared 1.59m in the High Jump; 4.86m in the Long Jump; 1.60m in the Pole Vault; threw 7.43m in the Shot Putt; set a new PB of 23.74m in the Discus and finished with a throw of 18.20m in the Javelin for a combined total of 2975 points – an improvement of 160 points (RESULTS).
The U13 Girls Pentathlon saw Kady Thompson and Isabelle Hartley competing, with Isabelle clocking 3.01.5 (800m); ran a new PB of 13.7 in the 70m Hurdles; cleared 1.14m in the High Jump – the first time she has attempted the event; set a new PB in the Long Jump (3.03m) and threw 5.71m in the Shot Putt, another event being taken on for the first time and in the end amassing 1395 points. Kady ran 3.19 in her 800m; 16.2 in her 70m Hurdles for a new PB; cleared 1.17m in the High Jump; jumped 2.86m (Long Jump) and in her first attempt at the Shot Putt, threw 4.85m (RESULTS).
Kady Thompson (Inside Lane)
The Quadrathon – covering Years 3/4 – 5/6 – 7/8 – takes place on the same weekend as the Combined Events Championships and at the same venue – Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn. Many thanks to all the Officials who gave up their weekend to attend both days and ensure that the competitons went ahead. We keep saying it on this site, but without our Officials, who are unpaid volunteers, there won’t be any competions being held anywhere. SO ANOTHER SHOUTOUT to all those parents out there who come to the events to watch, why not have a go at becoming an Official – it is very rewarding to be part of something, the sport of athletics, which provides such a massive opportunity for youngsters to grow and develop.
Year 3 & 4 Boys (Saturday) had three Blackburn and one Pendle lad involved over 50m, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and 400m. Liam Bentham was the overall winner with 152 points, with Frank Johnson in 3rd and Ansh Nama in 4th (RESULTS) —- Year 3 & 4 Boys (Sunday) saw Alex McKinlay finish 2nd out of 5 youngsters with a total of 127 points in the Year 3 event and Alex Burns winning the Year 4 event with a total of 145 points (RESULTS).
Year 3 & 4 Girls (Saturday) had Girls overall with Lulu Sharp finishing 4th out of 5 in the Year 4 event with 135 points (RESULTS) —- and on Sunday Emelia Stockton and Charlie Capstick finished 2nd (96 points) and 3rd (70 points) respectively (RESULTS).
Year 5 & 6 Boys competition includes 75m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump and 600m. On Saturday two athletes from Hyndburn and two from Blackburn Harriers competed against one another with Hyndburn taking 1st, 2nd and the Harriers 3rd (Loucas Lancashire with 176 points) and 4th (Alexander Brien 136 points). Daniel Nuttall, a recent new member for the Harriers ran a good time of 2.02.8 for the 600m in the year 6 event to help him amass 206 points in front of the Hyndburn athlete in 2nd place. (RESULTS) —- On Sunday, Felix Thompson contested the Year 5 competition and finished in 3rd place with 163 points in total behind a Preston athlete in 2nd (172) and Southport athlete who won with 190 points. Felix set a new PB in the 75m (12.7) and a new PB in the 600m clocking 2.06.6 – an improvement of six seconds.
Daniel Nuttall (23)
The Year 6 Boys had two form Blackburn Harriers and one from Southport up against one another which saw Matthew Smith come equal 1st with Joseph Wake of Southport with combined totals of 226 points. In his 600m Matthew chopped a huge 7 seconds off his previous best for a new PB of 1.44.0. Pleasing to see Sam Craven competing here finishing with 128 points which saw him knock a massive 33 seconds off his 600m time to set a new PB of 2.35.6 (RESULTS). Harmony Hacking and Hannah Davies were in the Year 5 event on Sunday with Harmony coming home in 3rd place out of 4 (181 points) and Hannah 4th (157 points). There was new PB’s for both girls in the 75m with 12.2 for Harmony and 12.1 for Hannah 12.1 (RESULTS).
Sam Craven (66)
Matthew Smith (Joint 1st) – Sam Craven (3rd)
Hannah Davies (Lane 5)
Saul Sharp, Dexta Thompson and Codie Dewhurst were all involved in the year 8 event on Saturday along with anopther athlete from Blackpool. Saul took the honours winning the event with a combined total of 197 points, with Dexta in 2nd (170 points) and Codie in 3rd (162 points). During the event there were new PB’s set by Saul in the 100m (14.7), 800m with a big improvement of 10 seconds (2.26.0) and another new PB in the Long Jump of 4.02m. Dexta also set a new PB in 800m clocking 2.25.0 and similarly in the Long Jump, adding 18 cms to his previous best for a new PB of 3.39m. Codie kept the trend going with a new PB in the Long Jump with his leap of 3.39m (RESULTS). Katie Capstick finished 4th in the year 7 event on Sunday clocking up 58 points. This was her first ever competition for the Club which was great credit to her.
1st & 2nd for Joanne and Janine – Early season Throws with Tony – Loughrigg Fell Race with John – Andrew in Majorca – New 10k PB for Paul
It has been a busy racing period for Joanne Nelson recently, who is in training for the Liverpool Marathon in May, which she has previously won. One week after running the Northern Road Relays at Birkenhead Joanne went up to run the Conistion 14 (March 30th) finishing 106th in 1hr 37.06 which was the week before running a Leg at the National Road Relays. Fellow Harrier – Paul Brindle – also ran the race placing 19th overall in 1hr 24.53 (RESULTS).
Joanne’s latest race saw her tackle a 20 miler which was part of a series of races covering 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon, 20 miles and a Marathon on the same day, which is one way of spending your Sunday! Joanne won with a time of 2hr 25.30 with another Blackburn Harrier – Janine Fallon – coming home in 2nd clocking 2hr 33.52, making it a 1/2 for the Club.
Afterwards, Joanne told the Harriers about the day saying “Janine and I decided to have a go at “it’s grim up north” organised 20 miler in Cleckheaton for marathon preparation. It’s a newly organised event this year and the second race I have run which has been organised by this group.
The race was a 5 mile out and back repeated; so not too great if you are tired after 10 miles!!
Miles 1-5 and 10-15 are slightly downhill which means miles 6-10 and 16-20 are slightly uphill.
The event included many races, not just the 20 miler, but also 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon and an ultra marathon. It’s fair to say that it was absolutely freezing and we were both happy to finish. First and second place secured for Blackburn Harriers ladies and to top it all there was a selection of free cakes, a choice between free beer, cider or lager, and a medal and trophy.
A good day out”.
Joanne Nelson – Janine Fallon
Northern Masters League – Wednesday April 10th
Tony Balko (V50) has already got a number of competitions under his belt this season, recording a couple of wins at the Spenborough Open in the Hammer (37.83m) and Shot (11.08m). He backed that up at Scunthorpe with another win in the Shot (11.24m and a new PB) and his fourth win in a row, taking the Hammer (37.18). On the 10th April in the Northern Masters League he placed 3rd in the Shot (10.58m) and 2nd in the Hammer with 36.59m). At the Wakefield Open on April 7th, Tony won the Hammer with 37.29m, came 2nd in the Discus (34.31m) and rounded off with another win in the Shot (10.48m).
His latest competition saw him at the Northern Masters League again on April 10th where he placed 3rd out of 7 in the Shot Putt (10.58m), and in the Discus with a throw of 36.59m coming in 2nd. Six Wins, two 2nd and 2 x 3rd places as well as a new PB in the Shot represents a pretty solid start for the 2019 season.
Mitja Marato de Pollença (Pollensa Half marathon – Mallorca)
Andrew Knowles is training for a Half-Ironman and as part of his build up he entered this half-marathon in Majorca on Sunday April 14th. He preceded this race with a bike ride in the mountains the day before lasting three hours and still managed to clock 1hr 50.02 in the race following his mountain efforts.
Andrew spoke to the Club about his training weekend saying “The ‘aim’ was to start with tired legs to mimic triathlon race conditions, so the day before I rode over the mountains for 3 hours. Didn’t quite go to plan as I blistered badly having to stop a few times and take my trainers off and sort my feet out. However I felt the objective was achieved as the whole run was on ‘empty’ so perfect training. 10k and 5k’s races also and a brilliant atmosphere, highly recommend”.
Loughrigg Fell Race – Wednesday April 10th
A wonderful night to race on the Fells for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks on Wednesday evening as he finished 20th overall clocking 30.02 and tolld us after the Race that “The summer night races begin…4 miles up and down loughrigg starting from the park in Ambleside. A record turn out for the race which made the start to the narrow bridge like a 100m sprint to get a good position for the steep road climb onto the first section of the fell. I was going well in about 15th up to the last steep climb when I started to fade a bit and lose a few places. Around the trig point (some good view but not much chance to enjoy) and straight back down the same way. Managed to get a few places back and descend well for once. Finished 20th in a time of 30:02. Definitely be doing this one again!”
(Photo courtesy of Stephen Wilson)
Three Bridges 10k – Sunday April 14th
Paul Jeffries (V40) went into this race – featuring some 300 runners, won in a time of 33.47 (Campbell Ross) – with a personal best time of 40.51 set at the Pilling 10k in 2018. In this race, Paul came across the line in 25th place, clocking 40.41 for a ten second new PB. After the race, Paul reflected on his current form and the race itself saying “the Three Bridges is a race i have done a few times before. I have been getting a lot of advice and support at the club and i am enjoying my running a lot more. Last year i found it tough going in this race finishing with a time of 46:58, which was a slight improvement on the previous years 48:45. I feel i have benefited in a lot of ways by taking part in team events like the road relays and mid lancs xc, and by listening to all the advice given freely at the club. So today i had another crack at the course and came in 25th place in 40:41 which i think is a new pb for me, i have trained a lot more but i couldn’t of done it without the support of clubmates and coaches, many thanks”.
Many thanks to Paul for being part of the Club and we look forward to more new personal best times in the year ahead from him.
The first fixture in this years Mid Lancs T&F League took place at the weekend, on a windy and cool day at Witton Park Arena which didn’t deter a very good turn out of athletes from the affiliated Clubs.
Blackburn Harriers had a very good turn out of their own – over 60 athletes, especially with a number of athletes involved in training sessions at home and abroad, who were looking to see how their winter training transformed into actual performances at the first track and field fixture of the season finishing up with 14 Wins and 20 new PB’s.
Nathan Billington got his season off to a very good start with a new PB of 41.06m in winning the Senior Men’s Hammer – an improvement of a metre and a half. Matthew Heywood – in his first season as an U17 – got off to a flyer with a new PB of 48.07m with the 5kg weight, bettering his previous best by two metres in winning the event. He backed that up with another new PB in the Discus, adding 40cms, of 29.46m (2nd) and finished off with a 3rd placed distance of 7.79m in the Shot Putt. Keiran Carroll (U17) also set a new PB in the Discus by a metre in placing 3rd with 26.03m and set another new PB in the Javelin with a throw of 31.27m. U15 Sebastian Burton was trying the Hammer for the first time ever, coming in 3rd with 6.76m. Amongst the U13 Boys Throws – Findlay Carroll had a go at the Javelin for the first time and managed a distance of 10.77m (6th) and in his first year as an U13 – Toby Mansfield finished 3rd in the Shot Putt with 5.58m.
The Women’s Throws saw Anna Peers open up her season with a 2nd placed effort of 9.83m in the Shot Putt, won the Discus with 35.26m and the Javelin with 37.45m. U20 Abigail Brown, throwing with the Senior Women placed 3rd in the Discus with 25.55m and good to see her back competing after having to contend with injuries last year.
Myah Booth won the U17 Women’s Shot Putt with a distance of 10.65 whilst Millie Coy opened up her season with a throw of 34.59m in 2nd place in the U17 Women’s Javelin after a good competition between her and Megan Howarth of Southport (34.72m). Four girls took part in the U15 Girls Shot Putt featuring 12 athletes – Caroline Woodworth (5th) with a new PB of 6.86m, Grace Bontoft (6th) equaling her personal best of 6.74m, Emily Cottam (9th) with 5.64m and Maiya Elbanna 10th (5.32m). In the U15 Girls Javelin, Caroline finished 2nd with 15.48m, Grace took 4th spot (14.26m) a new PB by two metres as Maiya threw 6.70m in 8th. Grace added a good 2nd position in the Hammer with a distance of 26.64m.
Caroline Woodworth Grace Bontoft
In the U13 Girls Throws – Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft had a very good day. In the Shot Putt it was a 1/2 with Tilly winning with 8.06m and a new PB by a metre and a half, and won the Discus with a massive new PB by 9 metres with a new PB of 21.52m. Madison finished 2nd in the Discus with 12.47m and just outside her best, came 2nd again in the Shot Putt with 5.94m and won the Javelin with a new PB of 14.79m.
Dominic Bretherton opened up with a win in the Senior Men’s 100m (12.00) with John iLunga – both athletes running in Heat 2 – clocking 12.8 in 4th. In the U17 Men’s 100m Kyle Mashiter in his first season as an U17 clocked 11.90 in 3rd (Heat 1) with Long Jumper Ben Branton clocking 12.40, also in 3rd (Heat 3). William Dixon had a go at the U17 400m and clocked 75.6 in 3rd place whilst U15 Stephen Alberts had his first ever shot at a 400m coming home in 5th (71.40).
William Dixon Stephen Alberts
U13 Harrison Allcock came across the line in 13.9, the same time as that given to the winner in the 100m (Heat 1) with Daniel Nuttall making his debut for the Harriers in Heat 2, clocking 14.6 in 5th spot. Five U13 lads had a crack at the 200m with Harry Sambrook clocking 31.49 (3rd) in Heat 1, Oliver Gill in his first ever effort over the distance running 33.0 (4th) and Findlay Carroll 35.70 in 5th (Heat 2) whilst in Heat 3 George Ramsden clocked 32.60 in 2nd position in his first ever attempt at the distance with Isaac Smith in 6th place (39.00).
Isaac Smith (135)
Chloe Bleeks ran 14.30 in Heat 2 of the Senior Women’s 100m (14.30) and 30.1 (2nd) in the 200m. The U17 Women’s 100m had four Heats with Blackburn Harriers featuring in all of them. Bailey Madden was first up with a time of 12.80 (3rd) in Heat 1, Amy Wiggans also 3rd in Heat 2 in 13.8, Imogen Mansfield 4th in Heat 3 clocking 13.6 and Abigail Armas 6th in Heat 4 with a time of 14.2. Bailey then went on to win the 200m Heat 1 with a time of 27.00 as Amy placed 5th in Heat 2 (30.2).
Imogen Mansfield Abigail Armas
Bailey Madden (122)
Making her debut for the Harriers in the U15 Girls 200m was Rachael Jesse who had a good start to her competitive career, clocking 29.60 (4th) into the wind. Amelia Burton came home in 3rd spot in Heat 1 of the U13 Girls 100m in 14.3 which was a new PB by over half a second. Alisha Lehner ran 15.3 in 5th spot (Heat 2) with Alesha Hindle clocking 16.2 (8th) in the same Heat, both running the distance for the first time. New members Layla Osborn and Sophie Gibson ran in their first ever 100m races with Sophie winning Heat 4 in a time of 14.60 and Layla placing 4th in 15.60 (Heat 3). In the U13 Girls 200m Amelia set another new PB of 30.8 in 2nd place (Heat 1) with Sophie clocking 33.90 in Heat 2 (6th) and Layla 35.0 in Heat 3 (4th).
Amelia Burton (79)
Alisha Lehner (120) – Alesha Hindle (171)
Layla Osborn (164)
Sophie Gibson (165)
Marc Hartley opened up his track season with an 800m and lead into the wind throughout the first 400m and into the 2nd lap, finishing up with a time of 2.07.5 as Danny Collinge clocked 2.12 in 6th. Tom Blaney who has a personal best of 4.29.8 for the 1500m decided to try it out again, and finished really well to knock a huge seven seconds off his time and set a new PB of 4.22.9 in 2nd place with Danny Collinge in 6th (4.43.8).
Marc Hartley (107) – Danny Collinge (176)
The 3000m had a surpsiingly big field for the Mid Lancs with 13 Senior athletes and two U17 Men included in the biggest field seen in this event for quite a while.The wind made it very diffcult for athletes to attack personal bests, but that didn’t stop U17 Matt Ramsden taking the race to them all and leading from the off with a pretty fast first lap of 67. Averaging 72 second laps overall, Matt finished 1st over all and 1st U17 in a very good time of 9.01.6. Karl Billington worked his way through the field to clock 9.25.4 in 2nd followed by Tom Blaney in 3rd (9.30.5) which represented another massive new PB by twenty nine seconds, with Chris Davies in 5th in a time of 9.35.2.
Jamie Teare had a very solid race in the U17 Men’s 1500m as he clocked 4.40.7 in 8th place. Tom Brooks was running his first ever track race for the Harriers in the U15 Boys 800m and came home in 7th place with 2.31.8 as Stephen Alberts ran 2.35.6 in 10th. Delighted to see a new PB for U13 Harry Sambrook in the 800m by six seconds as he clocked 2.40.1 in 7th (Heat 1) as Isaac Smith ran a time of 3.28.3 in 7th (Heat 2). Ben Stratton set off in the U13 Boys 1500m with real intent leading all the way and taking the wind for an impressive win in 5.08.1 with Oliver Gill in 4th place (5.27.2) and a new PB with George Ramsden in 10th (5.53.6) – a first attempt at the distance.
Jamie Teare (149)
Tom Brooks (178) – Stephen Alberts (173)
Harry Sambrook (139) Isaac Smith
Ben Stratton (899) – Oliver Gill (101)
George Ramsden (135)
L-R George Ramsden – Oliver Gill – Isaac Smith – Findlay Carroll
Three U17 Women in the 800m with Hollie Oldham first across the line in 2.40.9 (4th), Rebecca Ramsden in 5th (2.44.2) and Ella Hardman in 8th place with a time of 2.56.3 which was a new PB by 5 seconds. Four Harriers went in the U15 Girls 800m faturing fourteen athlertes which saw Caroline Woodworth the first one of them home in 6th (2.51.7), Eleanor Allsop in 7th (2.53.1), Millie Sambrook (2.55.8) in 10th and Molly Nicholls in 11th (3.00.1). Abigail Stratton ran a very good race in the U15 Girls 1500m to set a new PB by two seconds of 5.05.8 in 2nd place. Eve Coulson and Faith Gillibrand ran the U13 Girls 800m with Eve coming home 4th out of the 12 athletes in a debut time of 2.54.0 and Faith placing 8th in 2.58.3.
L-R Hollie Oldham – Rebecca Ramsden – Ella Hardman
Hollie Oldham (130) – Rebecca Ramsden (137) – Ella Hardman (104)
Molly Nicholls (128) – Millie Sambrook (140) – Eleanor Allsop (58)
Abigail Stratton (898)
One of the highlights of the day was seeing Jayden Riley run an English Schools qualifying time of 12.00 in winning the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles – the first time he has raced over this distance – and he was followed by Ben Boocock also setting a new PB by just three hundreths a she finished 2nd in 12.3. Amelia Burton and Eve Coulsen both attempted the the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles for the very first time with Amelia placing 2nd in 13.7 and Eve 5th in 17.7.
Ben Boocock (70) – Jayden Riley (900)
Jayden Riley Ben Boocock
Amelia Burton Eve Coulsen
Ben Branton took a solid 2nd place in the U17 Men’s Long Jump which was a good start to his season with a leap of 5.64m alongside Jonathan Gough, also with his first competition of the season jumping 5.51m in 5th spot. Danny Collinge took 3rd spot in the Senior Men’s Long Jump (4.94m) and Chloe Bleeks leapt 4.27m in the Senior Women’s Long Jump (3rd). In the U17 Men’s Triple Jump, Jonathan Gough had a very good opener with a 2nd placed leap of 12.04m, just 23cm shy of his best. Toby Mansfield jumped 3.17m (16th) and Findlay Carrol (2.68m) in 18th in the U13 Boys Long Jump.
Sophie Gibson Layla Osborn
U17 Imogen Mansfield jumped 4.48m in 4th position (U17 Girls LJ) as Skye Greenacre reached 4.13m (8th) in the U15 Girls Long Jump and then cleared 1.30m (7th) in the High Jump. 23 Girls took part in the U13 Long Jump with three Harriers among them – Layla Osborn in 17th (3.33m), Sophie Gibson in 19th (3.02m and Alisha Lehner in 21st (2.96m).
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