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Rob wins Watford 3000m & New York Open Mile – Jack wins Helvellyn Triathlon – Ben runner up at Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon
From Watford to 5th Avenue New York
Rob Warner has had a brilliant season and finished it off with two wins in two very contrasting locations. On Wednesday September the 6th he lined up with twenty eight other athletes at the Watford Open Meeting 3000m. Going into the Race with a personal best of 8.28.77 he won this race in a new PB time of 8.24.48, some four seconds faster than his previous best set in August. Partner Jess Judd also ran in the same Race – the only woman to do so – setting a new personal best for herself (8.43.24).
A delighted Rob spoke to the Club after the Race telling us “I chose to end my track season at the Watford Open graded meet with a 3000m with the aim to run a PB and complete the set from 800m right through to 10,000m for the season! The pace was quite strong from the start with a 2:48 first km, i then had to take it on during the ‘difficult laps’ (laps 4 and5) and went through 2k in 5:38 so I knew a strong last km would get me a PB. I was finding it tough going coming into the last 500m and just wanted to hang onto the back of the two other guys, I managed to dig in and pull out a 29s last 200 to close down on the other two and kicked past over the last 100 to win and finish with a PB! Was really happy to end the track season here and sign off probably my best track season so far!”
On to New York and the 5th Avenue Mile. Rob described entering this as “just a bit of fun as Jess got an invite to the Pro Race” and decided to enter the race as he was there anyway. Rob made it a second win in a week when he won the One Mile Open Race in a time of 4.16. Commenting after the Race Rob told us “My heat was scheduled for 8:20am so it was bit of shock to the system to run a flat out mile so early! I took the race on from the start and went through halfway in about 2:09, I felt really strong and in control through the whole mile and enjoyed the whole thing! Please to win the race and take the tape, I even got a post-race interview on a jumbotron which was a first for me! Ideally would have liked to run sub 4:10 but happy to make it 4 wins in a row at the end of the season, perhaps in more of a race I would have been able to push on towards 4:07ish but can’t complain with the win and was such an amazing experience to run such an iconic race!” Jess also had a great run in the Pro Race finishing 3rd in behind Laura Weightman and Jenny Simpson in a new PB time of 4.18.3.
Helvellyn Triathlon – Sunday September 3rd
A tremendous performance by Jack Hindle last weekend saw him win the Helvellyn Triathlon – described as one of the ‘toughest triathlons in the world’ – by a huge margin of twelve minutes. The performance was all the more remarkable when the second athlete home was a full time professional athlete and hadn’t been beaten this year! After the training effort he has put in, the result was just reward for Jack.
The Club asked Jack about his performance and there was no doubt about his reaction when he told us that he was “Delighted to take the win, and make it my second big race win this year. I’m happy that I’ve managed to develop into a stronger all round athlete at the end of the season. I know there is still a long way to go, but I’m on the road to my end goal. The course at the weekend was the toughest I’ve ever raced on and really tested my fitness. To win it was my goal, but to win by 12 minutes was unexpected. I’m looking forward to the winter and coming back even stronger next year”.
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon – September 10th
Ben Fish went head to head with Jonny Mellor in this very popular Half-Marathon run around a course which straddles the Lake. Ben came home in 2nd place with a time of 65.51 with Mellor taking the win in 64.57. After the Race Ben told the Club that the Race “went well. I knew Jonny Mellor was entered so my aim was to be as competitive as possible, it was neck and neck up until nearly 10 miles where my pace started to fade a little. Not too far off my pb and four minutes quicker than my outing here last year”.
(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall)
Joe wins Wigan 10k & Carmen 2nd — Rachel wins Cheshire 20 — Tony wins Gold at BMAF Championships — John sets Ben Nevis PB — Litherland Open Meeting
Wigan 10k – Sunday September 3rd
On a wet and sometimes windy day the Wigan 10k attracted over three and half thousand runners in what was described as a very well organised Race.
For the Harriers Joe Monk had a great run to win the Race in a time of 32.50 and was really pleased with the outcome telling the Club that he was “Over the moon with today, over 3500 runners competing, what a great atmosphere. The first time I’ve run tactically today, sat in for 4km feeling very comfortable then put in a surge and managed to come through, and a bonus to run 32:50. Training is coming together really well now and I’m glad the race today helped to show that”.
Carmen Byrne was just one second off making it a double win for the Harriers when she came home in 2nd place in the Women’s Race with a time of 39.19 (53rd) being pipped on the line. Carmen who is looking forward to this years cross country season gave her thoughts on her race afterwards telling us “still on my quest to get better on the roads ready for cross country, Wigan 10k seemed a great chance to get a good run. I was pretty consistent on pacing, running as first woman right until the line when another woman speed past and pipped me by about 1 second. Overall though it was fun… Just cant wait to get back on the lovely mud now!”
Next in for the Harriers came Ben Costello in 12th place overall, clocking a seasons best time of 35.26 and commenting “Going into the race i knew i was in the best condition i’ve ever been in but with the weather it wasn’t meant to be. My first mile was too quick and i knew from then i would pay for it in the race and around 4k i did this is when i just wanted to finish the race. Overall it wasn’t my best performance but was pleased to get my second quickest time. Well done to Joe on his win and to the other Harriers who ran. My thoughts are with Chris Davies who sadly didn’t look to well after the race had finished”. Chris actually finished up in hospital for rest of the day after being overcome by chest pains during the Race. Remarkably he finished the Race just one place behind Ben in a time of 35.42. V50 Ian Clarkson set a new PB for 10k coming home in a time of 44.42 and was delighted as you would expect and told the Club “I took on the ‘Wigan 10k’ today and came away very happy and pleased. Got myself another PB of 44:42 chip time, 45:02 finish time. Weather conditions, wet and a tad nippy first thing suited me, so I got me head down, found a small group to keep with and cracked on. 3000 entrants and a big party atmosphere and i came 275th. Well happy. Thoughts with Chris Davies, wishing him a speedy recovery”. Also setting a new PB was Lindsay Davies (V45) finishing in 534th position with a time of 48.28 telling the Harriers “Very happy with my new PB, wanted a sub 50 and got a sub 49 with 48:28, felt really good, legs not tired and breathing was well under control, not the best of conditions but the first three miles were very fast with a slight downhill but the wind and rain was in your face the last three mile. Would recommend this race it is the best 10k I have done”.
South Cheshire 20 – Sunday September 3rd
Rachel Wood is in training for the Berlin Marathon later this month and as part of her preparation in the lead up she ran the Cheshire 20 – featuring one hundred and eighty seven runners – finishing 19th overall and the winner of the Women’s Race in a time of 2hr 15.16. After collecting her Winner’s Prize Rachel spoke to the Club saying that “The course was undulating and the weather was damp and windy. I treated it as a hard training run after a few weeks of heavy mileage. I didn’t taper for the race and so my legs didn’t feel fresh but it felt great to win the race in a time of 2:15:16. Not a PB but I am happy with my performance. Bring on Berlin marathon in a couple of weeks time!!”
(Rachel Wood – Women’s Winner with Gary Priestley – Race Winner in 1hr 52.17)
BMAF Throws Pentathlon Championships – 2/3rd September
What a great end to the season for V50 Tony Balko – a season dogged by injury. Last weekend he entered the BMAF National Throws Pentathlon Championships and came away with the Gold Medal. During the Championships Tony set a new PB in the WT (11.34kg) with 11.23m, was just cms outside his personal best in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 10.21m, threw 27.83 in the Discus (1.5kg), 35.49m in the Hammer (6kg) and 29.25m in the Javelin (700g). Tony spoke to the Club and summed up his Championships and season “I’m pleased to have won Gold in the recent British Masters Throws Pentathlon Championships (M50) to draw the 2017 season to a close. It wasn’t a great performance, but just enough to secure a win. It’s been the toughest year yet with regards to injuries. At the start of the year I had a shoulder rotator cuff injury, mid-year a torn adductor and latterly a mild knee ligament tear. In truth it’s been a little bit disheartening to be going into Championships knowing you’re no where near your best, to be able to give 100% and deliver your best. However, all things considered, to finish the year as a British Champion, 13th in Europe in my age group and attain a couple of personal best performances is pleasing. So the plan is now to have a short break, a rest, then get into the gym to start winter training and look towards the 2018 season to try and come out fitter, faster, stronger and hopefully injury free, to go into key Championships in full competitive shape. Huge thanks to my family, friends and coaches for your kind words of support through what has been a very frustrating season”.
Ben Nevis Race – Saturday September 2nd
Four hundred and eighty nine runners finished this years Ben Nevis Race – one of the most iconic on the Race Calendar being a straight up and down run covering 4409ft. This years Race was won by Finlay Wild in a time of 1hr 31.37.
Among the runners was V50 John Orrell who was looking to break the three hour mark and had done a number of Fell Races in preparation. Finishing 422nd in a time of 2hr 59.39, John had achieved his target and was delighted with it as he told the Club.“Great race, great weather. Spent all year living and breathing this race. Determined to beat last year’s time and to break 3 hours. Did it! Yippee!!! 2.59.39 and knocking 23 minutes off last year! Nice surprise to see Helen and her friend giving me a big cheer on the mountain. Jelly babies too. Thanks girls!”
(John Orrell with Blackburn Harrier Helen Leigh leading the support brigade on the day)
Litherland Open Meeting – Saturday September 2nd
As the Track & Field season draws to a close a number of athletes choose to compete at the Open Meetings that different Clubs put on. The Litherland Open Meeting hosted by Southport & Waterloo gave an opportunity for a number of Blackburn Harriers to compete.
Anna Peers who has had a pretty good year competing 23 times recording 14 wins, five 2nd and two 3rd places took on three of the Throws in the Senior Women’s events winning all three with distances of 36.48m in the Javelin, 32.20m in the Discus and 10.19m in the Shot. U15 Cameron Harris who threw a National Standard 45.54m in the English Schools Javelin Final in July won the Javelin event of the day with a throw of 39.47m – competing for the first time since those Finals. U13 Nicky Saunders came 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.34m and then took the runner up spot in the Javelin with 26.87m. U15 Matthew Heywood set two new personal bests – firstly in the Shot Putt with 7.32m (5th) and 23.02m in the Discus (4th).
Then came the ‘Thompson’s on tour’. U9 Felix – (he of the new Dab!) – came 4th in the 75m in 12.6, 7th in the 600m in a time of 2.18.7 and then won the Vortex Ball competition throwing 23.12m. U11 Kady placed 9th in the 600m (2.17.9) just four tenths outside her personal best, jumped 2.90m in the Long Jump finishing 11th out of 18 athletes and came 2nd in the Vortex with a throw of 18.61m. U13 Dexta tackled the Mile Race and ran tactically rather than for a fast time and duly won in a time of 5.26. U15 Liberty set a new PB in the High Jump, clearing 1.40m to finish 4th out of the twelve strong event, 13th in the Long Jump with 3.37m – just short of her best and threw 5.57m in the Shot Putt for 13th position.
Salford 10k – Sunday September 3rd
Two thousand, six hundred and seventy seven finishers in this second big town centre 10k Race of the weekend won by Mohammad Aburezeq in a time of 30.29. V65 Evan Cook ran a seasons best time of 45.35 in 364th place whilst V55 Paul Clark clocked 45.56 in 372nd spot. Clark
Garstang Half-Marathon – Sunday September 3rd
Mark and Clare Wilkin ran the Garstang Half-Marathon – with 170 other runners – the first time for both of them over the distance – Mark finished in 118th position in a time of 2hr 00.49 with Clare placing 158th in 2hr 16.54.
(Raising money for a great cause)
Holly clears 4.70m in Germany — Wins for Ben (3000m) & Rob (800m) at Trafford — 1500m PB for U13 David — Joanne wins Royal Rumble and takes Course Record.
Holly Bradshaw was in action again soon after the London World Championships where she finished 6th with a clearance of 4.65m. On August 27th she was in Beckum, Germany – (Internationales Stabhochsprungmeeting der Frauen). Holly cleared 4.70m to place 4th in the competition behind Morris (4.80m), Newman (4.75m) and Silva (4.70m).
Beckum Video of 4.70m clearance
Just before her final competition of the year – this coming Friday in the Brussels Diamond League – Holly spoke to the Club about the competition in Germany “I had so much fun out in Germany. As it’s coming to the end of the season you are never really sure what to expect from yourself but I’ve been feeling good and still strong and fast. I just went with the aim of enjoying myself and whatever happened happened. Having no pressure made me jump super well and ended up jumping 4.70 from short approach which was great. I am now looking forward to finishing my season at the Diamond League Final this Friday in Brussels. I will be back on full approach and looking to have the same attitude – have fun and see what happens.”
Trafford BMC & Grand Prix Races – August 29th
Ben Fish ran his fastest 3000m race since 2007 winning in a time of 8.27.41 ahead of a field of twenty athletes. In winning the race in a seasons best time, Ben was just four seconds away from his personal best set ten years ago which is some achievement and afterwards, as always he commented not only about his race but about other Harriers efforts too saying “Great to hear Rob got a pb in the 800 in the BMC, an end to a great season. I finally felt like I’ve really got going in the last three track races, just ran out of races, but very happy to finish off with my best result. I’m sure I can go further next year”. (Results)
Rob Warner was racing in his penultimate track race of this season in the BMC Gold Standard 800m and ran a great race to win in a new PB time of 1.55.50. Afterwards Rob – returning the compliment to Ben told the Club “Thanks Ben! A great run from you too, I managed to watch the race and saw you battling all the way to the line which was great……I was really pleased with the 800, normally I start to run out of speed at this stage of the season so it’s really promising that I’ve managed to produce some top performances at the end of the season. I do regret that I haven’t been able to give the 800 as good a go as I would have liked for a quick time, I went through 400 in about 57.5 yesterday so again, ran quite even splits, so I would have liked to have gone through 400 a couple of seconds quicker and see if I could have hung on for a quicker time. Overall though, had my best season so far and looking forward to finishing it off next week at Watford! battle”. (Results)
Steven Snape ….was tackling his first ever 800m race on the track which isn’t bad for an athlete who used to run 100mile ultra Races – some range there, of that there is no doubt!! Steven finished 5th in 2.03.80 and told the Club “I really enjoyed my first 800m track race. Sad for the track season to be finished now but XC is always a good battle”. (Results)
Joe Howe who has set new personal bests at 1500m and 3000m Steeplchase this year ran his first 800m since May 2016 placing 8th in a time of 2.06.76 and speaking to the Harriers after the evenings events were over said “I was a little disappointed with the time but I went off hard and optimistic and didn’t have the strength over the last 200. I can’t really complain because I haven’t really been focussing on the 800 this season”. (Results)
Trafford Bank Holiday Open meeting – August 28th
More sunshine for the athletes at the traditional August Bank Holiday Trafford meeting which saw some good performances again from the Harriers young athletes including Liberty Thompson – Ben Boocock – Joel Booth – Kady Thompson – Charlie Ball – David Holman – Dexta Thompson – Nicky Saunders.
U13’s Dexta Thompson and David Holman tackled the 1500m which saw Dexta take 2nd spot in a time of 4.54.2 just six tenths behind the winner – David cracked the 5min barrier for the first time and was delighted with his new PB of 4.59.75 a time over a second faster than his previous best.
U11 Kady Thompson came home 6th in the 150m in 27.29 and then finished 18th out of 28 athletes in the Long Jump (2.92m). U15 Charlie Ball was running in his first ever competitive race when he entered the 800m finishing 5th in 2.25.51 which represented a pretty solid start. U15 Liberty Thompson finished 6th in the 75m Hurdles in 14.20 before trying an 800m coming home in 5th spot with a time of 3.01.07 and not a distance she is used to running.
Ben Boocock came 3rd in the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles in 13.42, a time just two hundreths outside his personal best. U13 Joel Booth was just a fraction away from his previous best too in the 100m clocking 14.37 in 4th position. U13 Thrower Nicky Saunders had another good day winning the Discus with a throw of 29.25m, followed by a win in the Javelin (25.72m) and a 3rd spot in the Shot Putt with 7.16m.
Royal Rumble – Bank Holiday Monday August 28th
Seventy runners completed this years Royal Rumble run from the Royal Pub in Tockholes on a lovely evening, tailored made for the Race which was won by Stephen Hall in a time of 34.59. Course Records are held by Jack Hindle (34.15) in 2016 and Elizabeth Greenwood (41.10) in 2015.
First Harrier home was Paul Brindle in 2nd place & 2nd V40 – with a time of 36.28 followed by John Sutton in 5th & 3rd V40 – in a time of 36.42. This race for John followed a 5th place and 1st V40 (36.13) in the Harrock Hill Race held recently featuring two hundred and nineteen runners. (Harrock Hill Race Results).
- in the Haroock Hill Race Series John Horrocks and John Sutton took 4th and 5th places respectively (Series Results)
Next Blackburn Harrier to come through the line was Joanne Nelson in 16th overall and took the 1st Women’s Prize in a time of 41.00 which broke the Female Course Record held by Elizabeth Greenwood of 41.10. She was followed in by V40 Craig Greenough (19th) in 42.14, V50 Ian Clarkson clocking a time of 46.15 in 32nd place and V55 Martin Kerry in 37th with a time of 48.01.
And finally – 12yr old Kyle Taylor-Pomfret after having competed at the Mid Lancs medal Meeting during Saturday August 26th in Blackpool, stayed on for the evening and ran the Blackpool Illuminations 5k where he finished 8th and 2nd 12yr old athlete in a time of 19.51.2. (Illuminations 5k Results).
Charlotte wins Silver at National Championships — Harriers Medals and PB’s at Mid Lancs Medal meeting — Rob wins Watford 3000m — Joe is 1st Junior Man — Cookson’s on Tour!!
England U15 & U17 National Track & Field Championships – August 26/27th
Going into the National Championships Charlotte Williams had had a very good season winning the Lancashire Schools Title, the Lancashire County Title, winning Silver at English Schools, Silver again at the Northern Championships as well as a Bronze Medal at the SIAB International in Dublin. Entering this weekends National Championships ranked 2nd in the country, Charlotte put in another cracking performance capping of a great season in winning the Silver Medal with a throw of 58.07m.
Charlotte spoke to the club following the Championships to tell us “I am very pleased with my performance at Bedford this weekend and to come away with a silver medal at a huge event like that with a big field of 20 girls who are all good throwers is great, it has brought my season to a brilliant end and I will now be working towards the 2018 season. Thanks to everyone for all the support”.
U17 Sam Gaskell had also qualified for the Nationals in the Hammer currently in 8th place in the National Rankings with a throw of 59.11m. In the Final Sam threw 49.14m to finish in 11th place.
(Charlie with her Coach Mick Hitchon)
Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Saturday August 27th
Glorious sunshine greeted the athletes on this final day of the Mid Lancs T & F League for 2017. The Harriers had twenty four athletes competing on the day who produced fifteen personal bests and eight gold medals.
(A special mention to the unsung heroes – the officials who give their time voluntarily)
Some really good performances and highlights for the Harriers on the day and none more so than Emily Taberner’s hat-trick of new PB’s in the U17 Women’s Throws – she obliterated her Shot Putt best by over two metres in placing 2nd (10.13m), added two metres to her Javelin to place 5th with 30.97m and added a metre and a half to her Discus finishing in 3rd place with 22.70m, all of which won her a Silver and Bronze Medal. Abigail Brown was also in personal best form beating her previous Discus best by nearly 4 metres winning the event with a new PB throw of 23.85m to take the Gold medal. She took a second Gold Medal in winning the Hammer (27.23m) before rounding off the day with a 4th placed distance of 7.28m in the Shot Putt. Nicole Saunders had a good day too in the U13 Throws finishing 4th in the Shot Putt (7.53m) before winning two Gold Medals and setting new PB’s in the Hammer with 29.29m and the Javelin with a throw of 26.05m. Anthony Kent U17 also had a very good day winning two Gold Medals in the Discus where he is ranked 12th in the country with a throw of 40.23m and Shot Putt with 12.89m which was just outside his personal best.
New member U15 Matthew Heywood is settling in to the Club which can be seen in his 4th placed throw of 7.27 which was a new PB by nearly a metre and a half and a 4th placed throw of 20.01 in the Discus. Kieran Carroll won Silver in the U15 Boys Javelin with a new PB of 27.25m as well two 5th places in the Discus (18.39m) and Hammer (15.48m). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (U13) also got in on the new PB’s with one in the Hammer placing 4th (16.38m), 4th in the Discus with 18.82m before winning Silver in the Javelin with a distance of 22.01m. Other U13 Boys were having a go too in the Throws which saw Isaac Butler take two 4th places in the Shot Putt (4.89m) and Javelin (18.67m). Dexta Thompson finished 6th in the Discus with 12.68m – an event he has never done before – and 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 18.53m.
In the Sprints there was a new PB for U17 Emily Warren in the 200m clocking a time of 26.50 in 2nd place which was four tenths faster than her previous best and this after she had equaled her personal best in the 100m (3rd) in 12.80. Chloe Bleeks also ran the 100/200m double taking 7th place in each with 13.30 in the 100m and 28.50 in the 200m. U17 Ben Whittaker doubled up in the 100/200m finishing 5th in the 100m (12.30) and 4th in the 200m (25.20). Seniors Paul Coffey and Reece Phillips were also in action with Paul finishing 3rd overall in the 100m (11.40) and 5th in the 200m clocking 23.20 – Reece placed 9th overall in the 200m in a time of 25.80 in his first run over the distance since 2014. U15 middle distance boys Zachary Walmsley and David Holman threw themselves into the 200m with Zachary taking 5th in 29.20 and David 7th in 31.20, an event that he hasn’t tackled before. U13 Isaac Butler finished 5th in Heat 2 of the 100m with a time of 15.5 which was just a tenth outside his personal best.
One of the highlights of the day on the track was the attempt by U15 Matt Ramsden to break his 3000m personal best after finishing 4th at the Northern Championships last week. The 3000m at the Mid Lancs is usually a mixed race with male and female and different age groups all running together. Matt whose personal best is 9.34.4 ran with senior athlete Chris Davies and kept with him the whole of the race until just after the 300m mark to go. Chris pulled slightly away from him to set a new PB by four seconds of 9.21.1 (2nd) and Matt chopped a huge 10 seconds off his previous best time to set a new PB of 9.24.4 in 3rd place overall and 1st U15 Boy – the run keeps Matt at the top of the North West Rankings and moves him up to 18th place nationally. Jasmine Aherne also ran a new PB of 12.39.4 to take the U17 Women’s Gold Medal in the same race.
(‘Stick with him Matt!!!’)
Leah Hoole had a great day winning the U13 Girls 800m in a new PB time of 2.33.50 whilst in the 1500m Amy Davies ran 5.07.5 to win the U15 Age Category and in the same combined age group race U13 Hollie Cubbon finished 5th in 5.23.5 with Abigail Stratton 6th in 5.55.6. U15 George Whittaker added to the accumulation of new PB’s in the 800m finishing 2nd in a time of 2.28.3 which was three seconds faster than he has previously run. Harry Wilkin finished 5th in the same Race with a time of 5.03.50.
Hayden Mercer and Dexta Thompson battled one another in the U13 Boys 800m with Hayden finishing 2nd in 2.25.10 just under a second outside his personal best – Dexta finished 3rd in 2.26.6 which was just four tenths outside his PB. There was another battle of the U13’s, this time between new member Zachary Walmsley and David Holman in the 1500m which saw David take 3rd place in 5.04.5 and Zachary 5th clocking 5.14.4.
Emma Love took on the U13 Girls High Jump coming in 4th with a clearance of 1.30m and 4th again in the Long Jump out of 21 athletes with a distance of 4.20m and just 1cm off winning a medal…..Abigail Stratton also had a go at the High Jump finishing 6th (1.15m).
Watford Open Graded Meeting – August 23rd
Rob Warner continued his very good season with a win at Watford in the 3000m clocking a seasons best time of 8.28.77 in the race containing 19 athletes. Rob’s time was just two seconds outside of his personal best for the distance set in 2016 and when speaking to the Club he told us that he “was really pleased with the race, I knew there was a couple of guys in there aiming for fast times but unfortunately the first mile a little too slow in 4:34. I went to he front after 4 laps and kept the pace moving along at about 69s and was hoping for some help in terms of getting the pack back on track! Unfortunately, the other two just sat in behind me so I decided to keep the pace comfortable and make a race of it instead of a time trial. I picked it up with 700 to go started to move away with 500 to go, I ended up closing with a 60 last lap and a 29s last 200! I was quite surprised that I ended up running 8:28 as it’s not far off my PB and I felt relatively comfortable and in control – going to have one last go at the 3k at the last Watford and hopefully can look to get under the 8:20 barrier, hopefully the speed I managed to show over the last 600 on Wednesday means a quick time is there if the pace is good from the start”.
Mid Cheshire 5k – Thursday August 24th
Joe Monk was looking for a fast 5k entering this race featuring four hundred and seventy six runners and one which has a reputation for producing fast times which didn’t disappoint – Charlie Hulson winning in a time of 14.34. Joe had a cracking race taking some significant scalps on the day as he finished 8th and 1st Junior Male in a time of 15.18 – one place and three seconds in front of James McNally. Clearly pleased, Joe spoke to the Club after the Race commenting that he “Equalled my PB of 15:18, was a little disappointed as the race didn’t go off quick and was much more tactical due to it being end of season. Happy to equal my best though and kick on now”.
Pilling 10k – Saturday 26th August
A good day for the Harriers Women at this local 10k when they won the Team Race led home by Joanne Nelson in 12th place overall – 2nd Woman and 1st V45 Woman – in a time of 40.22. Then came Carol Reilly in 24th place in a time of 46.25 with Janine Fallon right behind in 25th clocking 46.31.
Afterwards Joanne summed up the Race telling the Club that she “really enjoyed the Pilling 10k. It’s a fairly flat and fast course over 2 laps. After struggling with a hamstring injury since March and health problems since April it was good to get a race completed. We managed to scoop first ladie’s team too, with myself as 2nd lady, Carol as 4th and Janine in her debut as a Harrier in 5th. My time of 40 mins 22 is a few minutes off my best, but ok as an indicator of where I am at. Onwards and upwards….fingers crossed”.
(L-R Joanne – Carol – Janine)
Riverside Half-Marathon – Sunday August 20th
One hundred and twenty six runners in this local Half-Marathon which saw Derek Reilly come home in 8th place and 2nd V45 in a solid time of 82.34. Partner Carol Reilly also raced taking 46th position overall in a time of 1hr 44.25. Riverside Results
Cookson’s on Tour – Somewhere in France, sometime in Summer
The Cookson family have been on holiday in France and found themselves a Race where John, Hannah and Katie were all able to run.
John told us about the experience which sounds pretty good – “We saw a fete day race advertised in the local village but when we made some enquiries we couldn’t enter as it was full. A quick google later and we found a trial race close by. How lucky was that! Kate was the first girl in the fun run and 2nd overall. Hannah and I had a crack at the 8.2km trail race. Hannah was 1st Junior women (30th out of 81 runners). It was a cracking event, a really well organised tough little trail race by a group who do a lot of fund raising work for a multiple sclerosis charity. All runners got a bottle of the local red wine and the fete afterwards included paella whilst entertainment was provided by a brass quartet and a covers band. Hannah got a trophy and bag of goodies for her efforts and Kate got a medal. Only wish we’d packed our Harriers vests! Will know better for next time”.
Medals and new PB’s for Harriers at Northern Championships – Tim sets 3000m PB at Trafford – Dexta and Felix winning the Trophies
Northern T & F Championships – 19/20th August
Two very contrasting days at this years Championships held at the Leigh Sports Village. Saturday saw hailstones, rain and wind which was a remarkable contrast with Sunday as the wind dropped, the rain disappeared and the sun shone and out came the sun cream! At the end of the Championships the Harriers won two Silver and two Bronze Medals and set eight new personal bests.
The U17 Women started the Championships off in the most atrocious conditions with rain and hailstone battering them as they ran into the cage, threw and ran out as quick as they could. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop the athletes from throwing some good distances with Charlotte Williams finishing in 2nd place (54.15m) out of the fifteen strong field to win the Silver Medal. Afterwards Charlotte told the Club that it “wasn’t my best performance but I am happy with what I got considering the horrible weather which makes it very hard to compete and stay focused but overall I am pleased with a silver medal”.
There were more Medals for the Harriers Throws Squad with U17 Anthony Kent winning two Bronze Medals in the Shot where he came 3rd with a distance of 12.76m and third again in the Discus with a throw of 39.94m and afterwards he told the Club that he was “A bit below my best but still an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to the Mid Lancs Medal meeting next week end and hopefully a better result”.
U13 Nicky Saunders competing with the U15 Girls – and the only U13 in the event on the day – also won a Silver Medal in the Discus (1kg) achieving a distance of 25.15m, the first time she has thrown with that weight in competition which was a great result for her. She also threw 7.08m in the U15G Shot Putt (3kg) in 15th position – and – throwing the U15 weight in the Javelin (500g) for the first time she placed 10th over all with a throw of 23.68m afterwards telling the Club “what a fantastic weekend, with great people and I made many new friends and enjoyed both days , a weekend I will always remember 😆 can’t wait for next year, and a medal – what a bonus”. U15 Kieran Carroll had a good championships as well setting a new PB in the Javelin (600g) with a distance of 26.66m (7th) and added a 9th spot in the Discus (1.25kg) throwing 17.20m. Myah Booth finished 9th in the U15 Girls Shot Putt with a throw of 9.21m before going onto the Final of the 75m Hurdles which she had qualified for earlier where she finished 7th in a time of 12.27. Sisters Caroline and Julie Woodworth were competing in the Northern Championships for the first time – U13 Caroline throwing 5.31m in the Shot Putt (12th) and U15 Julie placing 8th in the Discus (1kg) with a distance of 15.82m.
On the Track there were new PB’s for Joe Gebbie, Harry Wilkin and Hollie Cubbon, firstly for Joe in the U17 Men’s 1500m where he lowered his previous best time of 4.30.1 down to 4.26.64 in 7th place and told the Club that he was “Delighted with a new PB today in the 1500m – a pretty big one cutting 3 seconds off my previous PB! The conditions were good and I’d been feeling good in training leading up to the race, so beating my PB was all I was focused on. Nice to see the summer training, particularly a lot of speed work, paying off! A perfect way to close out the season”. Harry cut his time down from 5.00.0 to 4.57.52 in the U15 Boys 1500m (8th) and commented that “was just happy to get a PB under 5 minutes before the last race of his first Harriers season”. U13 Hollie cut a whopping eleven seconds off her previous best to set a new 1500m PB time of 5.15.42 in 10th place and told the Club that she “enjoyed the run even though it was tough and liked running up an age group as it was a fast pace and pushed me on” . U15 Leon Thomas was just outside his personal best of 2.09.4 for 800m running a time of 2.10.8 to place 7th overall in a very strong field that featured a number of athletes in and around the 2.00 minute mark and just above.
Matt Ramsden went into the U15 Boys 3000m with a personal best of 9.34.4, the race featuring a number of youngsters much faster. Matt had a very good run clocking 9.39.15 which was even better than the time suggests as he had to run most of the race in 4th place on his own, the front three opening up a gap early on in the Race. Matt reflected on his Race and told the Club that “after my race today I wasn’t too pleased with my race as a whole. But since I’ve got home I’ve thought over my race again and I have realised it was a good race and I am happy with my performance today. I now understand that I can’t run a pb every race. But over all it was very good!” Wise words from such a young lad who has only just turned 14 a month ago. Amy Davies was also up against some pretty fast girls in the U15 1500m Race and finished in a solid time of 5.03.33 and 6th overall, commenting after the Race that she “wasn’t very happy with my race – I thought I could do a bit better but it was still a nice experience to run with higher experienced people and I would like to do it again”.
The U13 Boys 800m race was run as a time trial with three heats – Hayden Mercer ran a very good race to win his Heat in a time of 2.24.38, a new PB by over two seconds and 10th overall of the seventeen athletes taking part with David Holman (15th) in 2.32.68 just outside is personal best by a second. U13 Caroline Woodworth was up against twenty two other U13 Girls 800m runners and finished 21st overall in 2.46.56, a little under two seconds outsider her personal best. Unfortunately in the U20 Mens 3000m there was only two entries which saw Nick Smith run 9.47.10 just four seconds outside his personal best – a really good effort as he ran virtually the whole race on his own, something that requires real focus and earned him a silver medal. Nick summed up his Race “Really happy to come away from my first Northerns with a medal. Although the time was a bit disappointing, I felt I ran extremely well and would have got a pb with slightly better conditions. Overall a fantastic event, and I can’t wait to race it again next year”.
U15 Jonathan Gough wasn’t far off the Medals taking 4th spot in a new PB of 11.74m in the Triple Jump which was a very good performance considering he was jumping with a back niggle. George Whittaker (U15) finished in 9th place in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.09m which was down on his best of 4.50m set in the YDL League fixture in July. U15 Millie Coy set a seasons best in the U15 Girls Long Jump coming in 8th with a jump of 4.13m followed by a 28.19 clocking in the 200m Heats – on the previous day Millie just missed out on the Medals finishing 4th in the Javelin (500g) throwing a distance of 30.73m in horrible weather for the Javelin.
U15 Kyle Mashiter ran the Heats of the 100m not feeling well in a time of 12.94 and had to withdraw from the 200m whilst U17 Megan Tippett in her first ever competition for the Harriers clocked 13.90 in her 100m Heat. Ben Whittaker ran 26.33 in his U17M Heat of the 200m (7th). In the 300m Ethan Joyce set a new PB of 41.77 in 6th place which was a great effort by him especially as he was in his first Northern Championships and up against some pretty quick youngsters.
BMC Grand Prix – Trafford Saturday August 19th
It was BMC time again last Saturday night and some of the Harriers athletes – Tim Raynes, Rob Warner and Ben Fish were targeting good runs and possible new personal bests, all three having had pretty good seasons to-date, securing new Pb’s on the Track and Road.
Tim Raynes went for the 3000m with a current personal best of 8.40.52 and had a great run on the night chopping a full six seconds off that time for a new PB of 8.34.14 and a was delighted when he spoke to the Club following the Race saying that he “Went into last night targeting a sub 8:35 run. With the pacemaker running 8:30 pace, I decided to just settle at the pack early on. Felt good and started to move up through the field in the latter stages of the race, finishing bang on target in 8:34. After a few frustrating performances over the summer (particularly over 5k), I’m really pleased to finish the track season with a new PB by six seconds!”
Rob Warner is another athlete who has had a fine season setting new personal best times at 10000m, 5000m and going under 3.50 for 1500m for the first time in July this year. In the 1500m on Saturday he finished 2nd in the Race in 3.51.17 and told the Club afterwards “Well done Tim great PB last night, fully deserve it!! ‘The target has always been to go under 3:50 for 1500m so I was quite a nice position where I could go out and enjoy this race. Unfortunately I felt terrible through 800m and thought I was going to start slipping back through the field, however, I managed to rally and push through on the last lap and finished in 3:51.17 for my 2nd quickest time ever and a 59s last lap and in 2nd place! I was closing down on first place but left it a little bit too late! Really pleased that 3:51 is now becoming quite consistent for me and hopefully I can push on next season towards 3:45!”
Ben Fish has raced sixteen times this year and won ten of them, finishing 2nd three times and third once which is a pretty good level to maintain, a record so far this year which included a new personal best in the Bath Half-Marathon which he won in 65.16. Ben Targeted the 10000m at Trafford and afterwards spoke to the Club saying that it was a “Great results by the lads, and a special thanks to Tim for lending me his vest, apparently wisdom doesn’t come with age as for the first time ever I forgot my vest at a race!!! Was running solid, as I expected, the race splintered quite early between, those few after sub 29 and those aiming for sub 30. The race really got spread eagled at around 3k and I tried pushing on ahead of the group I was in as the pace was sagging. Half-way was reached in 14:58ish and a couple of laps later I had the pleasure of being lapped by Chris Thompson who was aiming for sub 28:30. I tried to use him as a bit of a pacer to revive my own race and hopefully keep the sub 30 in sight, but it gradually got away from me. Still, 30:14 isn’t too shabby for me, but it’s a tad disappointing to be honest”.
Dexta Thompson won this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Junior Series for the U13 Boys whilst brother Felix Thompson won the Silver Medal in the U9 Boys – congratulations to them both and here, thanks to David Belshaw are some photo’s from the Presentation Night.
(Danny Collinge Presenting the Trophy to Dexta)
(Danny Collinge Presenting to Felix)
( A proud Thompson Family)
Darwen Gala Catherine Dowdall Memorial Race – Saturday August 19th
Three Harriers running in this Race featuring sixty five runners up to Darwen Tower and back won by Marcus Preedy in a time of 26.58.
V45 Paul Brindle was first in for the Harriers in 8th spot (29.08) followed home by Ian Clarkson (V50) in 20th place in a time of 35.21 and V40 Allan Hartley (29th) in 38.20.
Fab Four Race Series – Friday August 18th
Seventy fiver runners in this Race where Andy Buttery finished in 3rd place and 1st V45 in a time of 22.32 over the four mile course. Commenting after the Race Andy said that it was “another step in the right direction at Knowsley Fab Four Series 4miler on Friday, 3rd place in 22.32. Starting to feel stronger”.
Horwich Race Series – Wednesday August 16th
Ben Fish who won Race 3 in July (25.28) was the winner again at the final race of this years Horwich Series in a time of 25.40 and led the Men’s Team to 1st place on the night. After the Race Ben spoke to the Club commenting that “it was a great win for the team and best times from Chris, Ben and Mark, despite a hold up in the first hundred metres with some horse riders getting in the way! Happy with my run, hoping it’s a good prep for the 10,000m on Saturday”.
V40 Chris Davies had another good run here taking 3rd spot in 28.05 and 2nd V40 on the night which backed up a consistent Series over three races taking two 3rd places and one 2nd. Ben Costello was just one place behind in 4th spot in a time of 29.04 which was a new PB by three seconds. V40 Mark Lord ran a time of 39.24 in 46th place with V50 David Morris in 66th spot (48.18).
At the end of the Series Chris Davies came out the overall winner and also took 1st prize in the V40’s which was a pretty good result for him.
In the Junior Street Race there five young Harriers out in Race One which saw Saul Sharp come home in 6th place out of thirty four runners in a time of 6.17 – followed home by – Hannah Davies in 14th (6.45) – Isabelle Hartley 17th in a time of 6.52 – Tippi Francis is in 26th position (7.22) and Lulu Sharp 31st with a time of 7.53. There were six U9 Girls in this Race and the Harriers youngsters took 1st, 2nd and 4th places. Just seventeen runners in Race two which saw Amy Davies finish 5th overall and 1st Girl in a time of 5.35.
Trafford Grand Prix – Wednesday August 16th
At the latest Trafford meeting Tim Raynes was targeting a PB over the 1500m and did just that in placing 6th in the ‘A’ Race in a time of 4.05.55 with the Race being won by Anthony Whiteman. Tim commented after the Race that he had “Mixed feelings about the race. Recognised Anthony Whiteman on the start line, so I hoped the pace would be good from the start. Didn’t get the lap splits (so was just trying to work out pace from the finish clock) but, looking at the video of the race, the first two laps were both slow. I felt good and started to move up on the third lap and finished strongly (although a long way behind Anthony Whiteman, who destroyed the field on the last lap). Pleased to run well and knock a little bit off my PB, but feel like I could maybe have knocked a bit more off had the pace been a little quicker from the start. Hoping to finish off the track season now with a PB in the 3k at the BMC meet at Stretford on Saturday.”
Rob Warner…was running only his second 800m of the season and was just two tenths outside his personal best over the distance in a time of 1.55.89 in 2nd place, this race being won by James O’Brien. Rob spoke to the Club telling us that he was “quite surprised to get so close to my PB, I haven’t done much training based around the 800 so had about 1:57 as a realistic target. I went through 400 in 58 so was happy to run a slight negative split which hopefully indicates I can go under 1:55 with a slightly quicker first lap. Hopefully bodes well for the 1500 on Saturday!”
V50 Tony Balko having just returned for this years European Throws Pentathlon Championships was out again at Trafford competing in the Discus, Hammer & Javelin. In the Discus he placed 2nd with a throw of 31.55m, won the Hammer (35.94m) and threw 28.31m in the Javelin.
Daniel Whittaker (V40) had a good run at the City of Preston 10 Race featuring two hundred and fifty three runners and won comfortably by Gary Priestley in a time of 52.55. Daniel finished in 18th spot overall in a time of 65.00. (Preston City of 10 Results).
John Sutton was also having a good run on Wednesday August 16th in the Golf Ball Race featuring one hundred and fifty runners, the race being won by Callum Davidson in 38.21. John came home in 5th spot and 2nd V40 in a good time of 43.32 and commented after the race “Probably my best race of the summer, felt great and even when I went wandering off course in the last mile, managed to salvage my place back from Ashley Holt after losing probably 20 seconds or more”. (Golf Ball Results)
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