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National Sportshall Final – Sunday April 15th
Eleesha Charnley, an U15 young athlete and a member of Blackburn Harriers since she was seven years of age and just a couple of months short of her 8th birthday, recently became the Northern Sportshall Champion which qualified her for the National Championships held at Sportscity.
And what a great performance she put in – taking on the 4 Lap Race, Speed Bounce and Standing Long Jump against the other U15 Girls who had qualified from all over the country. Eleesha finished joint 10th overall out of seventy three athletes – placing 8th in the 4 Lap Race – 5th in the Speed Bounce and 10th in the Standing Long Jump. She was delighted with her qualification and performance at the Championship Final and told the Club after that “It was the most amazing experience to walk out at the front of my team carrying the banner. The standard was phenomenal but I felt very pleased that I could compete in such a good field of competitors and give them a run for their money. Although I did not get in the the winning medal position it was still great that I could get there. Thanks to Blackburn Harriers once again for making this possible”.
Harriers Win UKYDL Division 1 Match – 13 Harriers Run London – Matt 2nd North West Counter in Mini-Marathon – Ben 2nd at Ron Hill 10k & Pauline wins Women’s Race – Jack Wins Clitheroe Triathlon – More Results
UKYDL – Division 1
Last year the Harriers won Division 2 of the UKYDL to gain promotion to Division 1, which was a great performance by them and one which showed real consistency throughout the season. Stepping up to Division 1 meant that the Club lost some of the promotion team as they graduated to U17 age group competition whilst at the same time, gaining a whole group of new U13’s emerging from Sportshall competition and junior cross country, who had very little competition experience at this level. But what a team performance they put on as they took on Crewe & Nantwich AC, Lancaster & Morecambe AC, Menai AC, Team I.O.M and Trafford AC winning the fixture overall from Crewe & Nantwich in 2nd place and Trafford in 3rd. Showing great consistency throughout the day, the Harriers scored more Points in the Field Events than any other Team and were just behind Trafford in Track Points won.
It is difficult to include every last performance on the day covering so many athletes and events. The U15 Boys excelled posting nine wins, six second and three third places as well as putting in sixteen new personal bests. The U15 Girls took five wins, four second and seven third places and posted ten new personal bests. In the U13 age group, many of whom were competing at this level and in their events for the first time, the boys posted one win, five second and four third places alongside setting eight new personal bests whilst the girls had four wins, five second and four third places and set thirteen new personal bests. Overall that meant the Team had nineteen wins, twenty second and eighteen third places coupled with a massive forty seven new PB’s. Young athletes always post a succession of new personal bests but they still have to perform. Big congratulations to all of them, their Coaches who support them throughout the year and their Team Managers – Danny Teare for the Boys and Chris and Nicola Thompson for the Girls.
Thanks to U17 Sam Hodkinson who finished his Training Session in the morning and then stayed the rest of the day to support the Team and take photos of many of the athletes and to the Announcer on the day – John Cookson.
Highlights included the emergence of new sprinting duo in the U15 Boys which saw Kyle Mashiter and Ethan Downes win both the 100/200m double – Kyle running 11.8 and 24.6 whilst Ethan posted 12.1 and 24.9 all new PB’s. Harvey Ashworth set a new PB in the 800m by four seconds with his 3rd placed 2.16 whilst Hayden Mercer literally destroyed his time as he finished 2nd in his 800m race (2.13.9) some eight seconds quicker than he has run before. Jackson McKay continued the theme of big PB’s as he knocked 15 seconds off his 1500m time to set a new PB of 4.40.6 with David Holman also earning himself a new PB in the 1500m (4.59.3). In the Field Events Kyle Mashiter won the Long Jump in his first competitive outing in this event with a leap of 5.39m as Rory Teare set a new High Jump personal best with a 1.45m clearance. Matt Heywood had a great day too finishing 2nd in the Shot Putt with a new PB of 8.98m, 1st in the Discus with an new PB of 27.31m and 1st in the Hammer with a new personal best throw of 36.18m along side Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who also won the ‘B’ Hammer with a new PB of 24.68m. More PB’s were set in the Field Events which saw Kieran Carroll place 2nd in the Javelin with 29.46m and George Whittaker 1st in the ‘B’ Javelin with 28.97m.
Myah Booth dominated the ‘A’ 75m Hurdles Race winning in a time of 11.9. Amy Wiggans set a new PB in the U15 Girls ‘B’ 100m with a time of 13.60 (3rd) as did Maia Bowman in the ‘B’ 200m with her time of 29.9 (3rd). Eleesha Charnley cut a second off her 300m personal best time to clock 44.4 for 3rd place alongside Abigail Armas who reduced her 300m personal best by two seconds in the ‘B’ Race (50.40). Eleesha then went on to break her 800m personal best time by six seconds as she clocked 2.24.6. In the Field Events Emma Love set a new Long Jump PB with a leap of 4.26m before equaling her High Jump PB of 1.40m alongside Danielle Probert setting a new personal best in the ‘B’ High Jump with 1.35m, an improvement of 15 cms. Myah Booth won the Shot Putt with a Grade 1 throw of 10.35m as Izzy Thompson won the ‘B’ with a new personal best throw of 7.82m and then went on to set a new PB in the Hammer with 22.72m (1st). Nicky Saunders also set a new PB in the ‘A’ Hammer with a massive new PB by over 5 metres (26.12m).
The U13 Girls had a great day posting new personal best in nearly all the events. Kate Cookson (2nd) in the 75m cut a second off her time finishing with 10.80 as Lucy Rishton also set a new personal best in the ‘B’ Race with 11.40 (3rd). Kate was at it again in the 150m with another 2nd place in a new PB time of 22.30 alongside Niamh Gater who also set a PB in the ‘B’ Race with 23.60 (4th). Caroline Woodworth had an impressive day for the U13’s placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 800m with a six second new PB of 2.38.3 then won the Shot Putt with a PB throw of 6.17m and the Javelin with another PB throw of 22.32m. Kady Thompson in her first year as an U13 cut four seconds off her previous best 800m in the ‘B’ Race with a time of 3.01.9 (3rd). In the 1200m there was a big new PB for Keira Haxton by 20 seconds as she finished 3rd in 4.19.5. Over on the Field – Lucy Rishton placed 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a new PB of 3.88m along with another new personal best for Niamh Gater in the ‘B’ as she jumped 3.67m to win. Madison Bontoft had two wins on a very good day for her as she set new personal best in both events – winning the Shot Putt with 5.82m and the Javelin with 10.67m.
Harrison Allcock set the tone for the U13 Boys as he recorded a new PB in the 100m ‘A’ Race with 14.60 (2nd). Two new personal bests were set in the 800m which saw Codie Dewhurst come home in 3rd place with a time of 2.34.2 in the ‘A’ and Harry Sambrook, also 3rd in the ‘B’ with 2.46.4. Codie then went and set a new PB in the 75m Hurdles with 17.6 (2nd) as Harrison Allock also recorded a second new PB on the day with his 3rd placed 3.80m leap in the ‘A’ Long Jump. Harrison and Codie then combined to set new personal bests in the Shot Putt with Harrison placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (5.47m) and Codie 2nd in the ‘B’ (4.94m) alongside another personal best for Dexta Thompson in the Javelin with 23.17m (2nd).
On a day which was dominated by the hype around whether the world record would be broken in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite Races and whether Mo Farah would break the British Record, the heat came to be the overarching factor which would have an impact on the days proceedings. Among all the speculation around the race – thirteen Blackburn Harriers – all with their own ambitions of PB’s and raising money for very worthwhile causes – Ben Fish, Chris Davies, Joanne Nelson, Paul Brindle, Lindsay Davies, Lorna Sharp, Rachel Wood, Matt Wood, Simon Pollard, Paul Slone, Janine Fallon and Allan Hartley – made the trip down to London for this years Race, run in some of the hottest conditions ever and there was no doubt that it had an impact on all the athletes.
Ben Fish was the first Harrier across the line in 2hr 26.55 followed by Chris Davies (2hr 53.18), James Keir (2hr 56.06), Rachel Wood (3hr 07.37), Joanne Nelson (3hr 08.22), Paul Brindle (3hr 13.47), Paul Slone (3hr 29.21), Matt Wood (3hr 43), Janine Fallon (3hr 45.23), Lindsay Davies (4hr 27.54), Allan Hartley (4hr 49.02), Lorna Sharp (4hr 51.54) and Simon Pollard (5hr 49.17).
After such a tough day, a number of the athletes shared their thoughts about the Race and the conditions with the Club. Ben Fish said it was a“Very tough day out there, so big congrats to everyone. Even on the start line it felt hot and by 10 miles I wasn’t feeling good. Pace slowed and I focused on keeping up the intensity as best I could. I stopped looking at the watch after that. I made up a couple of places after 20 miles and seemed to be going ok. 2hr26:55. Not what I wanted but will do for now”. Chris Davies told us “I would like to start off by saying well done to everyone who took part today. Not just the Blackburn Harriers but the Road Runners, Dashers, Barlick and any of the other local clubs. The conditions were so tough. We have all trained in awful cold conditions for this marathon and to run in something like that today has been a shock to the system for everyone. Well done to everyone that finished and coming away from it safely as well. On a personal note I was on target at the half marathon mark but the heat cranked up and it was pretty much ” Game Over ” at the 16 to 17 mile mark. I new that a PB wasn’t on so I ran at a sensible pace just to get back in one piece. Disappointed that a PB couldn’t be achieved but in those conditions I have to be pleased. It was so hard and brutal and the toughest run I’ve done since starting running. There will be other Marathons and I will live to fight another day. Well done everyone again though, you should all be proud of your achievement today”.
It was Matt Wood’s first ever London Marathon and with not the best of preparation behind him as he told the Club afterwards “Really enjoyed my first London marathon, I went into it just wanting to enjoy the experience rather than go for a time, mainly due to a few injuries which meant a lack of training but ended up getting excited over the first few miles and going too quick for my fitness and paying for it later. Lesson learned”.
Joanne Nelson who has survived a very difficult year said she was “Pleased to have completed my first marathon after an 18 month break due to injury and illness. Definitely a test both on your will power and and your ability to cope in the heat. Pretty pleased with the time I got, 3 hr 08 as it gives me a base to work on. Just need some new, blister free feet now. Well done to everyone for competing today”. Paul Brindle commented “What an amazing event, it is something spectacular to be part of. With being injured and thinking of deferring, I decided to race and came up with plan B. Then the weather forecast made plan C best option and at 10 mile plan D evolved, and by the time I got to 24 mile. I’d used up the alphabet of plans so I entered the emotional run hard zone and finish. I go away learning more about my body and sport of running. Well done to all the other Harriers who raced and supported”.
Janine Fallon echoed everyone’s feelings about the day when she told the Club “You never know what the London Marathon is going to throw at you, this year was the heat and humidity… We all conquered it so be proud!!”
Lindsay Davies was running her first Marathon and told the Club that she was “Glad to have finished my 1st marathon, it was horrendously warm, happy with my time considering I was gasping of thirst all the way round even though I took water at every station. The crowds were amazing the atmosphere was electric. Mile 20 is were my legs started to give up, my breathing was fine but my legs weren’t just having any of it”. Lorna Sharp, like Lindsay, was also doing her first ever Marathon saying “Well done everyone x it was ridiculously hot but I drank at every station and carried it with me throughout. The back of my knees/calf were hurting but I don’t stop at all x I’m feeling really proud of myself and everyone who ran!! We did it x”.
Simon Pollard was another Harrier who was raising money for a good cause and told us “Two weeks before the marathon my physio suspected I had a stress fracture of my right shin so I expected the day would result in a “sponsored walk” for the whole distance. In the end I managed 7 miles before having to resort to a brisk walk, finishing in 5:49:17. Given the circumstances this was good result for me but fund raising for my chosen charity Plan International, an international charity focused on improving the lives of some of the world’s poorest children, was always my main focus so am pleased to have raised over £2400. It was great day, with great atmosphere but was grateful when the finish line finally arrived.”
In the London Mini-Marathon the Harriers had two athletes selected to run for the North West in their respective age groups – Matt Ramsden in the U15 Boys and Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys. Seventy athletes from all over Britain were selected for this Race which saw Matt Ramsden finish 17th overall in a time of 15.52 for the three miles making him the second counter for the North West, just one second behind the first counter Fraser Sproul. Isaac Butler ran in the U13 Boys race with less than ideal preparation as he had just flown home from Florida on the Thursday and had to go back to London on the Saturday morning. Isaac enjoyed the experience though and we are sure he will be back next year, his time being 20.45 in 61st spot.
Ron Hill 10k – Sunday April 22nd
Three hundred and ninety runners competed in this Race named after the legendary Ron Hill, seen here at the Race with two other legends of Endurance – John Calvert and Harry Walker.
The race was won by David Rigby in 32.29 with Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello in 2nd place overall clocking a time of 35.18 on a pretty tough course. Pauline Powell won the Women’s Race in a time of 38.38 placing 8th overall and also 1st vet Woman to add to her Prize list.
Also running were V40 Daniel Whittaker 23rd in 42.02 – Jamie Teare 29th in 42.27 and 2nd MJ16 – V50 Mark Wilkin in 112th (49.02) – V50 Paul Whittaker (128th) clocking 50.18 – V55 David Morris (336th) in 68.33. There was also a win for Harry Wilkin in the earlier Junior Run who managed to get his photo taken along with European and Commonwealth Marathon Champion – Ron Hill.
Clitheroe Triathlon – April 15th
A very good start to Jack Hindle’s season as he won the Clitheroe Triathlon last weekend comfortably by over three minutes out of a 250 plus strong field with a winning time of 1hr 23.21 and telling the Harriers that he was “Really happy with how the first race of the season went. It’s always a worry when you’ve had a long winter, as you don’t know where your fitness is going to be at. And whether all three disciplines have been covered well over the winter. Overall I’m happy with where my fitness is for early season, there’s still alot to do and a lot bigger races. But it’s all positive and motivating”.
Richard Fogarty also had a very good event placing 17th overall clocking a combined time of 1hr 38.58 whilst Paul Wilkinson posted a time of 2hr 41.46 in 225th position.
Danny Maynard took on the Trawlerman Aquathon on Sunday April 22nd coming home 3rd in the Swim Run Event.
Mid Lancs Cross Country League Presentation Evening
A very good night in the Premier Suite at Blackburn Rovers saw the Harriers pick up Awards from the U11’s through to Senior and Vet Categories for their performances in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League.
(1) U11Girls 3rd Team and Bronze Medal
(2) U11 Boys 3rd Team and Bronze Medal
(3) U13 Girls 2nd Team and Silver Medal
(4) U13 Boys 2nd Team and Silver Medal
(5) U15 Boys 1st Team and Gold Medal
(6) Sen Women 1st Team Division 3 and Gold Medal
(7) Sen Vet 35 Women 2nd Team and Silver Medal
(8) Sen V40 Men 1st Team Division 2 and Gold Medal
(1) U13 Boys Isaac Butler 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
(2) U15 Girls Amy Davies 3rd in Series overall and Bronze Medal
(3) U15 Boys Matt Ramsden 1st in Series overall and Gold Medal
(4) U15 Boys Sam Hodkinson 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
(5) Senior Women Joanne Nelson 3rd in Series overall and Bronze Medal
(6) Senior Vet Women Joanne Nelson 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
(7) Senior V45 Women Joanne Nelson 1st in Series overall and Gold Medal
(8) Senior V40 Men Chris Davies 2nd in Series overall and Silver Medal
Deeside Open Meeting – April 15th
Tony Balko who is targeting this years World Masters Championships took himself off to Deeside for the Open meeting there which turned out to be very productive.
Tony set a new PB in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 10.91m to place 2nd and then threw a seasons best in the Discus of 33.86m to win that event.
Stoke Open Meeting – April 15th
On the same day Nicky Saunders who is in her first year as an U15 attended the Stoke Open meeting. She finished 3rd in the Discus which was a mixed event of U15 and U17 Women, throwing 26.01m and 1st U15, threw 21.55m in the Hammer for 4th place and rounded off the day with a new PB of 26.70m in the mixed age group Javelin where she placed 2nd U15 overall.
Liberty Thompson had been targeting the Heptathlon at the Lancashire Multi-Event Championships having wanted to do the event for some time now. Her dad and the Harriers UKYDL U15 Girls Team Manager, watched her over the weekend and told the Club about her weekend saying “Liberty had been looking forward to the heptathlon event for quite sometime which is spread over two days one of which was nice weather followed by a day of grey sky with quite a heavy downpour midway through. Day one’s events were 80mh, 200m, high jump and shot put. First up was one of Liberty’s favourite events being the 80 metre hurdles, she ran a great race in a time of 14.4 and finished off in 3rd position, next up was also a favourite in the high jump which hasn’t had much practice on recently and reaching 1.35 on the day which then put her into joint 4th position. Following that was the shot put with a new pb of 6.25m before reaching the end of the day and finishing with a 200m, We thought this event would be one that she would do well in as sprinting is also a favourite but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time and she finished in 6th position with a time of 31.9”.
“Day 2 was the final three events which included long jump, javelin and 800m. First event of the day was long jump in which liberty managed to get another pb in by jumping a distance of 3.50 but while watching her we knew she could of easily added quite a bit to because she kept jumping way to early each time but that’s something to work on, then came the javelin which was also another event she would of been able to gain higher points in but unfortunately her best throw of the day ended in being a no throw so her best recorded score was a throw of 12.61. As we came towards the end of the day we only had the 800m left. Having done our homework on the other girls and they had done the same on the Liberty by researching their times on each other liberty was a clear favourite going into the final event. This for us as parents is where liberty shined, not because she managed to win the 800m in a time of 2.52.6 but it was seeing her going into a race full of confidence, she set of in a pace to win and she did so. This was the highlight for me and Nicola. Unfortunately overall liberty finished 6th out of 6 but due to there only being 2 Lancashire athletes she was able to get selected for the next stage in June. She really enjoyed her weekend and is really focused to improve on all events for future events”.
In the Quadrathon, Dexta Thompson did the year 7 & 8 quadrathon on the Saturday along with Codie Dewhurst. First he did the 100m in which he finished 2nd to Codie, then came along the turbo javelin in which he also finished 2nd then had a not so good time at long jump finishing in 5th place putting him to second position overall on the points table but when he ran the final event of the 800m he ran a slower than normal time but it was enough to secure him a comfortable win and win the days event overall by one point. Kady and Felix Thompson also competed in the quadrathons which saw Felix just two points outside the Bronze Medal place.
Top half finish for the Harriers at National 12 Stage Road Relays – PB’s for Nicky and Win for Sam at Liverpool – Ellen debuts at Sheffield
What a change in the weather! Sunshine and warmth was the order of the day as sixty three Teams battled it out at the National 12 Stage Road Relays in Sutton Park on Saturday April 14th. After finishing 8th in the Northern 12 Stage at Birkenhead, the Harriers were hoping to do well at the Nationals. Even though, like other teams, we lost some athletes from the Northern Team, the athletes ran solidly all day and throughout the team, to take 29th spot overall. Lots of controversy though over the mass start on the final Leg with tannoy announcements not being heard by a number of athletes on one side of the park and also criticism of all but the first four teams being told that they all had to go on the mass start at 4.00pm.
(Final Leg Mass Start)
The 12 Stages consisting of six long (5.8k) and six short legs (3.1k) saw Ben Fish (Leg 5) overcoming his recent illness to post the fastest Long Leg of the day for the Club with a time of 26.53 followed by Tim Raynes – recent winner of the Ackworth Half-Marathon in 70mins – on Leg (1) with 27.04, Rob Warner – who ran 8.35 for 3000m ten days ago at Watford – on Leg (3) in 27.21, Tom Blaney on Leg (9) with 30.40, Thomas Marchant (30.59) on Leg 7 and Josh Holgate on Leg (11) clocking 31.00. Great debut in the blue and white vest for Tom Marchant in his first competitive race for the Club and for Josh Holgate running only his second Relay for the Harriers.
Ben Costello ran the fastest short Leg (10) for the team posting a time of 17.11, just in front of Chris Davies on Leg (2) with 17.17, Joe Howe on Leg (4) in 17.40, Karl Billington on the mass start final Leg with 17.49 and Matt Nuttall (Leg 8) with a time of 17.50, a remarkable time considering he ran the whole thing in pain and Team Manager Paul Guinan (18.48) on Leg (6).
Amy Davies ran in the U15 Girls 5k Championships and had a pretty solid run placing 12th in the 20 strong field in a time of 21.17 the race being won by Katie Goodge from Tonbridge (19.05) comfortably from Megan Dingle (Vale Royal) in 19.36.
More photo’s courtesy of Richard Marchant
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Sam Gaskell opened his competitive season in very good form as he won the U17 Men’s Hammer at the Liverpool Jumps & Throws Fixture on Saturday April 14th.
Six U17 Men competed in the Hammer alongside U15Boys, U20 and Sen Men. The athletes in the U17 competition came from Preston, Leigh, Kidderminster, Cannock and Blackburn with Blackburn Harrier’s Sam Gaskell coming out on top with a throw of 54.92m. U15 Girl Nicky Saunders was also competing at her second event in the last week which saw her open up on the day with a 2nd placed throw of 24.67m and just shy of her personal best of 25.15. In the Hammer Nicky placed 3rd but set a new personal best with her throw of 21.89, nearly a metre better than previously and then went on to finish 2nd in the Javelin with another new PB – by just one cm – as she set her best throw of the event with 24.82m.
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh was making her debut for the Club this weekend as she ran the 800m Race at the Sheffield Festival of Athletics on Saturday April 14th – her opening race of the season – clocking a time of 2.27.94. After the Race, Ellen spoke to the Club telling us “Very happy to be out racing as a Blackburn Harrier for the first time, a good benchmark to work from and hopefully due for a PB soon in the 800m!”
Holly finishes 4th in Commonwealth Pole Vault Final – Chris Wins Keswick Round The Houses – Victoria Wins Rivington 10 – Pauline Wins Thirsk 10 – Wigan Open – Manchester Marathon – West Lancs Sprint Tri
Blackburn Harrier Holly Bradshaw finished 4th in the Final of the Pole Vault at the Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast in Australia. Fourteen athletes contested the Final won by Alysha Newman of Canada with a clearance of 4.75m with Eliza McCartney in second place from New Zealand (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy from Australia in 3rd (4.60m) the same height cleared by Holly who was placed 4th. Coming against the background of a lot of injuries Holly can be proud of her performance here. Sophie Hitchon – Olympic Bronze Medalist from Rio 2016 – competed in the Women’s Hammer Final and although things didn’t go to plan for her as she gets to grip with a new and changing technique, nevertheless, she beleives that her hard work and application of these changes will reap big rewards in the longer run. Both Women were competing on the World stage, in Finals, which is where they both belong. All credit to them for continually competing and maintaining world level standards. Blackburn Harriers are so immensely proud of their achievements.
Keswick Round The Houses – Tuesday April 11th
Two hundred and ninety nine runners completed this Race held in the picturesque town of Keswick in the Lake District with Blackburn Harrier – Chris Arthur – coming home to win the Race in a time of 27.38, some two and half minutes in front of the second placed athlete – Paul Graves (30.12).
Chris was very enthusiastic about the Race telling the Club “It’s an absolutely brilliant old school race; a random distance, no road closures, no medals or goody bags – just a good blast around the town of Keswick with a huge number of supporters all along the course to shout encouragement. It’s an undulating route so not the fastest but I can’t recommend it enough for the atmosphere”.
Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge – Sunday April 8th
Over three hundred finishers in this Rivington 10 Mile Trail Race won by Tom Carson in a time of 65.41 – and what a run by Blackburn Harrier Victoria Mousley as she won the Women’s Race, coming home in 13th place overall – posting a time of 76.23.
Victoria spoke to the Club afterwards, commenting “I wanted to enjoy this race as I haven’t felt the love for racing and haven’t actually done a race for a good few months with chest infections again. The course was brilliant, trail, fell, hills, a real mixture. I felt good today and ran hard and got a great result”.
Thirsk 10 Mile Road race – Sunday April 8th
Nearly seven hundred runners finished this race won comfortably by Dominic Shaw in 50.30, nearly four minutes in front of the second placed runner – Carl Jones (54.13) and 3rd placed Craig Shearer in 54.15.
Pauline Powell had a great race coming home to win in 35th position overall and clocking a time of 62.23.After the Race, Pauline told that Club that she“Really enjoyed it although wasn’t too keen on the course! Was pleased with how i ran to say its only my third race back!”
Wigan Open Meeting – Sunday April 8th
U15 Myah Booth is looking to get the English Schools qualifying standard for the 75m Hurdles this year and got her attempts off to a good start at the weekend. On Saturday at the Mid Lancs she won her Race in a time of 12.0sec (Hand timed). The day after she went to Wigan and ran in an electronically timed race where she placed 2nd in a time of 11.7 – just one tenth of a second outside the qualifying standard. Also competing at Wigan was U15 Nicky Saunders in the Javelin finishing 8th with a throw of 21.05m.
Manchester Marathon – Sunday April 8th
The popularity of Marathons has never been greater it seems as over nine thousand runners turned out at the Manchester Marathon this year – won by International – Shadrack Tanui in 2hr 21.19 some four minutes clear of the second placed athlete – Ben Johnson from Southport Waterloo (2h 25.04)
Three Blackburn Harriers ran on the day with the first one home – V50 Jonathan Bridge whose personal best for the distance is 2hr 51.16 set in 2009. Manchester was his first Marathon since 2015 when he clocked 3hr 17.49 at Chester. At the weekend and three years later, Jonathan ran faster as he placed 997th in a time of 3hr 14.04. V45 Carol Reilly set her PB in London in 2015 posting 3hr 38.49 and here she was, three years later running a time of 3hr 48.27 which is really solid running from her. Last but by no means least came Paulo Sousa who has a 3hr 18 time to his name for the Marathon. For Manchester, he had what might be called, an unusual warm up event for his race. THE DAY BEFORE MANCHESTER Paulo drove to Kent to do the Spartan Event which included the type of events seen in the photos here:
before driving all the way back from Kent the same day to run the Marathon the day after!! Going through half way in 1hr 34.46 Paulo suffered in the back half and even more so after becoming sick consuming a Gel to try and keep some energy going. In the end Paulo clocked 3hr 47.08, which given the circumstances of the twenty four hours leading up to it, is quite good.
Paul Wilkinson was out in a Triathlon once again – this time in the West Lancs Tri held on Sunday April 8th in Ormskirk. This Triathlon consists of a 400m swim in the pool followed by an 18.5k bike ride and a 5k run taking in the trails around campus before finishing on the running track.
Four hundred and thirty nine finishers in this event which saw Paul come home in 117th spot in a combined Swim, Run, Bike time of 1hr 13.44.
Gold, Silver and Bronze for Harriers at Lancashire Fell Championships – Lots of PB’s and Wins for Harriers at Mid Lancs – PB for Jack at Podium 5k – Braddy Down Under
Good weather and good results for the Harriers at this years Lancashire Fell Championships held at Pendle on Saturday. Matthew Smith won the U11 Race – featuring forty four runners – in his first ever fell race. His mother watched the race and commented that he “was lying in 4th or 5th position by the turn (at the highest point in the race), but then flew down through the gates, past the sheep and through the mud and stream, to win by 4 seconds”. Great start for the young athlete to come away with a Gold Medal. His sister Charlotte had a good run too in the U9 race placing 16th out of thirty runners. In the U13’s Race with forty runners – Libby Neal came home in 36th spot (21.38) in her first ever run at Pendle and only her second ever fell race. Thirty nine runners contested the U15 Race which saw Umair Rafiq come home in 22nd spot in a time of 24.53. The second Championship Medal of the day was won by Eleesha Charnley in the U17 Race as she came home in 3rd place with a strong run to take a Bronze Medal (28.38).
The Senior Race featured one hundred and seventy seven athletes which saw Rob Hope take the win and the Gold Medal in a time of 31.24 – just 11 seconds in front of Blackburn Harrier Steven Snape who took the Silver Medal in 2nd spot clocking 32.33 with Callum Davidson in 3rd place (32.44).
Steven was very happy with his run for the Silver and the fact that he had been selected to run for Lancashire at the Inter-Counties Fell Championships as he told the Club “Great race to hold the Lancashire team selection. The fast start on road quickly turns off onto the fells with steep climb up Big End always in the back of your mind to come. 4 of us quickly broke away then it was me and Rob. He was too strong on the smaller climb but I’m very happy with my progress so far in the season with more to come and can’t wait to represent Lancashire in the inter counties come May”.
(L-R Steven Snape – Rob Hope – Callum Davidson – Photo courtesy of www.woodentops.org.uk)
Mid Lancs T & F League – Witton Park Saturday April 7th
It turned out not to be as bad as feared but nevertheless it was a wet and grey day that greeted the athletes gathered for the first fixture of the season which saw a great turnout by Blackburn Harriers with over seventy athletes from the Club competing and setting thirty two new personal bests.
The Club’s Sprint Squad had a number of athletes out in the different age groups from U13’s through to Seniors. The Squad’s Coach – Ramzi Dabbar – was particularly pleased and commented at the end of the day “It was a day full of personal bests and I couldn’t be prouder of all of my athletes at the club. They all performed outstanding on the day! It just goes to show what hard work and resilience can do, Well done everyone”.
Harrison Allcock placed 3rd in Heat (1) of the U13 Boys 100m with 14.60 and Aidan Downes clocked 15.50 in Heat 2 as these 11yr olds sampled their first outdoor fixtures after several years in Sportshall – Aidan went on to record a run of 31.80 in the 200m (4th). There was a big new PB for George Whittaker in U15 Boys 200m (27.00) in 3rd place with Zachary Walmsley in 5th (29.90). There were two wins in the U15 Boys 100m with Ethan Downes clocking 12.30 in Heat (1) – a new PB by three tenths – and Kyle Mashiter 12.20 in Heat (2) – equalling his personal best. Ben Whittaker placed 3rd in the U17 Men’s 200m with 25.20 after posting 12.40 in the 100m (3rd) with Jonathan Gough 4th in the same Heat in a time of 12.40 – this was just a tenth outside his personal best and after missing a huge amount of training because of injury, this was a very good result. In the Senior Men’s 200m John iLunga placed 3rd in Heat (2) with 27.30 after recording a new PB in the 100m (12.80) in 4th with Daniel Hamilton also setting a new PB in the same Heat (12.80).
Some very good performances in the Women’s Sprints too. In the Senior Women’s 100m there was a new PB and win for Roxanne Oliver (12.90), a new PB and 3rd for Charlie Coy (13.50) with Chloe Bleeks in 4th in a time of 13.80. The new PB’s and wins kept coming when Teigan Fawcett won the Senior Women’s 200m in 29.10 Heat (1) and Charlie Coy won heat (2) also in a new PB time of 27.50. Bailey Madden won the U17 Women’s 100m Heat (1) in 13.00 with Emily Warren in 2nd place (13.10) – great battle between them. Megan Tippett took 2nd place in Heat (2) with a time of 13.80, also a new PB whilst yet another new PB was set by Aysha Karolia in Heat (3) as she placed 2nd in 14.00 – an improvement of three tenths. It was one/two again in the U17 Women’s 200m with Bailey Madden securing her second win of the day in a new PB time of 26.50 with Emily Warren in 2nd (27.20). Another new PB by three tenths saw Millie Coy win Heat (2) of the U17 Women’s 200m as she clocked 27.20. Aysha Karolia topped off her day with a win in the U17 Women’s 300m running a time of 46.60 – her first time ever over the distance. Amy Wiggans equalled her personal best (14.1) placing 4th in the U15 girls 100m whilst Leah Hoole ran her first ever 200m to record a time of 30.20. Four Heats of the 100m in the U13 Girls which saw Kate Cookson set a new PB by over half a second placing 3rd (14.50) in Heat (1) with Isabelle Hartley in 6th (15.90) and also a new PB. A very good debut for Niamh Gater over the 100m as she placed 2nd in Heat (4) in 15.70 with Keira Haxton finishing 2nd in the U13 Girls 200m (33.50) and Kady Thompson 4th in her first effort over the distance in 36.70.
In the Throws events – Anthony Kent threw 9.65m in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt for 3rd place and then went on to win the Senior Men’s Discus achieving a distance of 32.09m with Tony Balko in 2nd spot (30.56m) and Lucas Davies in 6th with 20.95m. It was a second win of the day for Anthony as he won the Javelin with 31.79m – Lucas Davies finishing 2nd with 27.64m. Tony Balko threw solidly in the Hammer to post a distance of 34.51m (2nd). Cameron Harris carried on where he left off last season as he stepped up to the new weight in the U17 Men’s Javelin – winning with a throw of 44.35m. U15 Matthew Heywood set a new PB in the Shot Putt with 8.77m (3rd) before placing 4th in the Discus (21.88m) with George Whittaker in 5th, setting a new PB of 19.69m. George cracked on from there and set yet another new PB in Javelin by nearly two metres as he placed 3rd (26.60m). It was a one / two in the U15 Boys Hammer as Matthew Heywood won the event with a distance of 31.01m whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret set a new PB in 2nd place (24.68m). In the U13 Boys Throws Harrison Allock 5th (5.35m) and Codie Dewhurst 6th (4.24m) had a go at the Shot Putt. Moving up in weights didn’t seem to be much of a problem for Millie Coy as she came in 3rd in the U17 Women’s Javelin (32.91m) whilst Abigail Brown finished 2nd in the U17 Women’s Hammer with a huge new PB of 33.38m. Myah Booth kicked off the U15 Girls Throws as she won the Shot Putt with 9.86m with Izzy Thompson in 8th spot (7.21m). Nicky Saunders set a new PB in the U15 Girls Discus as she placed 2nd with a throw of 26.07m as Izzy Thompson placed 3rd with a distance of 21.24m. Nicky was just cms shy of a new personal best in the Javelin as she finished 2nd (24.71m) and just missed a new personal best in the Hammer by 2 cms as she came 4th with 21.07m.
Some very good results in the events from 400m upwards. U17 Solomon Brown just showed what solid Winter training can do for you as he smashed his 400m time to set a new PB by nearly four seconds in winning the 400m in 55.90. In the Senior Men’s 800m Joe Gebbie just blew his personal best time away by nearly ten seconds as he came home in 3rd place with a new PB time of 2.05.70 with Aqua Damour in 4th place (2.06.90) and Marco Maggio in 6th posting 2.13.80. Bradley Meikleham chopped over six seconds of his time to set a massive new PB of 2.06.30 as he finished 2nd in the U17 Boys 800m with Sam Hodkinson also running a new PB time by three seconds of 2.08.90 in 3rd spot with Leon Thomas in 4th (2.10.10) and Jamie Teare 8th (2.22.70) which was a good run after a period out with injury. Matt Ramsden was tenths outside his personal best in the U17 Men’s 1500m as he ran solo from the end of the first lap to win the Race in 4.27.10. U17 Harry Wilkin also got amongst the new PB’s as he ran 4.54.50 knocking over three seconds off his previous best time.
In the U15 Boys 800m Kyle Taylor-Pomfret set a new PB time of 2.29.20, some three seconds faster than he has run previously to place 5th with Zachary Walmsley in 7th (2.34.20) – his first time over the distance. David Holman place 6th in the 13 strong U15 Boys 1500m race in a time of 5.15.50. There was a new PB for Saul Sharp in the U13 Boys 800m as he clocked 2.42.30 in 5th place with Daniel Smith (9th) in 2.50.40 and Harry Sambrook 10th (2.52.40) – the first time for both of them over the distance. Dexta Thompson was back to form as he had a great battle with George Denye in the U13 Boys 1500m placing 2nd in 4.58.40. Great effort by Codie Dewhurst too as he tried the U13’s 1500m for the first time and running well for 6th place in the 15 strong field for a time of 5.24.80.
Just four athletes in the Senior Women’s 800m Race which saw the Harriers take first (Maddie Elliott in 2.25.20), second (Katie Buckingham 2.26.90) and third Freya Black (2.31.20). Freya was particularly delighted as she chopped over six seconds off her time to set a new PB. Five runners in the U17 Women’s 800m Race which saw the Harriers finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Amy Davies came 2nd in 2.34.70 followed by Hollie Oldham in 3rd (2.43.30), Liberty Thompson 4th (2.51.40) and Alex Taylor 5th (2.54.20). Leah Hoole placed 4th out of 12 in the U15 Girls 800m (2.40.60) with Rebecca Ramsden running her first ever 800m in 7th place (2.46.80) and Ella Hardman in 12th (3.27.20. In the U15 Girls 1500m Sophie Stanworth placed 3rd in 5.20.70 with Hollie Cubbon in 4th (5.25.70) and Megan Jones 8th in 6.38.30. There were two new PB’s for Kate Cookson in the U13 Girls 800m as she came home 5th in 2.42.50 followed by Caroline Woodworth in 6th (2.44.20). In the U13 Girls 800m there were debuts for Caitlin Clarkson (11th) in 3.17.10 and Kady Thompson (7th) in 3.05.50 as they moved up from U11’s and Kiera Booth who finished 8th in 3.07.70. Molly Grimshaw tried the U13 Girls 1500m for the first time and finished 3rd in 6.27.40.
In the Jumps John iLunga came 2nd in the Senior Men’s Long Jump (4.41m) as Jonathan Gough came 3rd in the U17 Men’s event with a leap of 5.45m. There was a new PB for Rory Teare in the U15 Boys Long Jump – 8th (4.19m) and a personal best equaling clearance of 1.40m in the High Jump (=6th). Aidan Downes and Harrison Allcock teamed up in the U13 Boys Long Jump with Aidan setting a new PB by half a metre (8th) with 3.54m and Harrison finishing 9th with 3.49m. Emma Love moved up to U15 this year and started off well with a clearance of 1.35m in the High Jump for 3rd place. Niamh Gater and Caitlin Clarkson competed in the massive field of 29 youngsters in the U13 Girls Long Jump which saw Niamh place 13th with a leap of 3.46m for a new PB and Caitlin in 27th clearing 2.44m.
Great to see Hurdles competition being retained by the League which saw two Heats of U13 Girls over 70m with Kady Thompson making her debut, finishing 5th in Heat (1) in 17.60. Myah Booth won the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles very comfortably in a time of 12.00sec. The irrepressible Codie Dewhurst finished 3rd in the U13 Boys Hurdles in a time of 17.60 and in the U15 Boys Hurdles Ben Boocock placed 3rd (13.30), Rory Teare (4th) in 15.80 and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 5th clocking 16.80.
Podium 5k – Saturday April 7th
The Race Record was broken for the second consecutive time as Tom Lancashire won the ‘A’ Race in 14.19 from Matthew Crahan in 2nd (14.22), Dane Blomquist in 3rd (14.33), Marc Brown 4th in 14.47 and Rob Danson 5th (14.48). Altogether fifty one athletes contested the ‘A’ Race with another thirty seven in the ‘B’.
Photo’s courtesy of David Belshaw
Jack Hindle was the first Harrier home in 14th place in a massive new PB by 24 seconds of 15.36. Tom Blaney who is now getting back into regular training and racing was next across the line in a time of 16.25 and followed in by Matt Nuttall in 34th place (16.34), Josh Holgate in 35th with a time of 16.37 and Karl Billington in 36th (16.41) a half a minute quicker than his previous Podium 5k run recently. Paul Guinan also ran nearly half a minute quicker than his previous Podium race finishing with a time of 17.37.
And finally…..Paul Bradshaw who is down in Australia to watch his wife compete in the Commonwealth Pole Vault Championships couldn’t resist entering a Half-Marathon in Brisbane as part of his build up to the Liverpool Marathon and ran well considering the travel involved to get there as well as the impact of surfing all day, the day before. That lad really knows how to taper!! Paul finished in 88.06 which was pretty solid running.
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