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Tony 13th at European Masters Championships – – Top Ten for Tim and 1st U20 for Joe at Sale Sizzler – – Andy is back racing – – Shaun leading the Vets Competition in B&PGP Series – – Felix Wins at Worsthorne
V50 Tony Balko had targeted this years European Masters Athletics Championships in Denmark in the Throwing Pentathlon M50 Age Category. Setting a new Shot Putt personal best and throwing a seasons best in the Hammer were among his highlights as he finished 13th out of the twenty six athletes in his Age Group with a total of 2600 points. Tony’s next international target are the World Masters Championships in 2018.
(Tony Balko 4th from left in the front row)
After the Championships Tony reflected on the weekends events telling the Club that the Championships for him were “Good, not great, but definitely with more to come. My first outing in a Great Britain Masters vest at the European Masters Athletics Championships (EMACS) 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark was on the whole a very enjoyable experience. 2017 and the preparation leading up to the EMACS had not been a great year due a number of injuries, particularly an annoying knee ligament issue. So in reality expectations of a great performance were relatively low. However, post Throws Pentathlon event completion I was content to manage a creditable 13th place (out of 26 participating athletes) with a points total of 2680. To be honest if someone had offered me a mid table finishing position at the beginning of the Championships (reflecting on the injury issues), I’d have gladly taken it. What was particularly pleasing was a SB of 36m 98cm in the Hammer and a new PB of 10m 26cm in the Shot Putt. Performances in the Discus (34m 90cm), Javelin (29m 39cm) and Weight (11m 23cm) were on par seasonal averages. However competing in cold, very wet and windy conditions didn’t make it easy, but to be fair it was the same conditions for all athletes. The intention now is to see out the remainder of the 2017 season, then have surgery on the right knee to replace a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), complete the six months mandatory rehabilitation, then hopefully be a better in a position to prepare properly for the World Masters Championships, Malaga in September 2018. I’d just like to say a big thanks to all Blackburn Harriers team mates, coaches and club management for your kind support”.
Sale Sizzler – Thursday August 3rd
Five hundred and five finishers in this 5k Race known for its quality fields at the front end and fast course. The Race was won in a time of 14.26 (Mohammad Abu-Rezeq) with the first five all going under 15 minutes.
Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were in the race for Blackburn Harriers both looking for new personal bests over the distance. Tim finished in 8th place – 15.08 – just four seconds away from a PB and commented to the Club that he “Wasn’t quite sure what to expect tonight, just wanted to have one more decent shot at a 5k this summer. In the end, I was pretty pleased with my run (despite being a little over 15 again). My first mile was pretty quick and then I slowed over the next two, but was able to pull it together and finish fairly strongly. Looking forward to rounding off the track season now with a few more races over shorter distances.”
Joe Monk was just two seconds outside of his previous best finishing in 12th spot – 15.20 – and won the 1st Junior Man prize too. When speaking to the Club after the Race Joe told us he was “really pleased with run and a massive confidence boost after a few poor runs of late. I think that was arguably my best run over 5k given the course is quite twisty, doing mid Cheshire 5k at the end of August were 15:10 should be a realistic target”.
V45 Andy Buttery is back on song after suffering what he described as ‘his worst running injury year ever’. Having not raced from November 2016 through to June 2017 he was obviously a bit rusty! However on June 16th on his first Race back in the Podium 5k he ran 17.28 (20th) followed by another 5k at Todmorden on June 22nd posting a time of 17.56 (10th). On to July and at Liverpool on the 14th he ran the Knowsley Harriers Summer Fab 4 with a 22.49 clocking in 9th place overall and won the V45 prize on the night. His most recent race came at Lancaster on July 29th in the 3-1-5 Lancaster 5k Series where he again won the V45 age category, running a time of 17.23 in 19th position.
Worsthorne Moor Race – August 6th
The Worsthorne Moor Race featuring one hundred and forty seven runners was the latest in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series which took place on Sunday August 6th and saw Blackburn Harrier – Shaun Livesey – cement his 3rd place overall in the Series standings and 1st in the V40 Age Category with a 5th placed time of 43.05 – the race being won by Tom Cornthwaite in 39.05.
To take wins in a Series like this requires consistency of performance and is exactly what Shaun has delivered – speaking to the Club about the Series and his ambitions for himself Shaun told us “It wasn’t until the first two races had been run did I decide to give the Grand Prix series a go, and try to win the vet 40 category. My series didn’t start well with a poor run at Whoolan Nook placing 17th. Over the next half dozen races I didn’t do any worse than 7th which was good. Next up was Hendon Brook which I had been targeting. Having run it twice before and finishing 2nd and 4th I was confident on running well again. I was pleased to finish 2nd and run a pb on that course. I backed up that run with 3rd at the Townley 10km. With a 6th place at the Greenway 5km and a 5th at Worsthorne this weekend I knew I had secured the vet 40 prize. Making it 3 years on the trot for Blackburn Harriers vets, Andy Buttery 2015, Chris Davies 2016. Also barring a freak result at the last race, I have also secured 3rd place overall. So all in all really pleased”.
Felix Thompson ran in the U9 Junior Races which was a 1k field lap. He was really motivated and determined to try and win it as he is currently 2nd the in standings overall with just one race left to go. And win it he did in a time of 4.03 – just one second ahead of Callum Singleton (Trawden) who clocked 4.04 in 2nd with Harry Jorden (Trawden) in 3rd also running 4.04. Great race between the youngsters.
The last fixture of this years Northern League was held on home territory at Witton Park. It was a particularly significant fixture for the Harriers as there was a distinct possibility of relegation awaiting us if we didn’t perform after a season where the Team suffered from being unable to put out full squads because of injuries, holidays, exams and other competitions. The outcome was a good one for the Club as they took 2nd place on the day just thirteen points behind winners Leigh who also took the League title and were worthy winners.
Thanks to all the athletes who stepped out of their comfort zone to take on added events to secure points for the Team. Thanks also to Women’s Team Manager Jan Buckingham and to George Woodburn for stepping into the Men’s Team management at the last minute, to Janet for providing all of the Officials lunches throughout the season and last but by no means least, to the Cookson’s – John and Carol – who are now on a retainer for the Club in the use of the microphone and results display!!
(L-R ‘Director of Operations (Anne Davies) – ‘doing as i am told‘ (George Davies) – Guest of Honor with Distinction (George Kirby – Blackburn Harriers Club President)
Great start for the Harriers came with U20 Jacob Roberts winning the Hammer with a throw of 54.31m who was heading up a Men’s Throws Team on the day short of some of our usual specialist throwers. Paul Wilkinson came in at the last minute to throw ‘A’ Discus 21.02m (6th) and ‘A’ Javelin 30.26m (6th) with Joe Howe, as ever, taking on as many events as he could for the Team throwing 12.06 in the ‘B’ Discus (5th). Sprinters Brandon Zinyemba and Dominic Bretherton volunteered for the Shot Putt and did really well with Brandon taking 5th in the ‘A’ (8.84m) and Dominic taking 2nd in the ‘B’ (8.59m) for invaluable points in a discipline they haven’t done before. Brandon took the ‘bragging rights’ but can’t be sure that that is the end of this story!!
In the Women’s Throws Anna Peers stepped into the Hammer ‘A’ placing 4th with a throw of 27.07m with U17 Abigail Brown finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ 21.94m. Anna then went on to to finish 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus (33.67m) – 1st in the ‘A’ Javelin (37.67m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.27m – and there was great back up in the ‘B’ by U17’s Emily Taberner taking 2nd in the Discus (20.33m) & 1st in the Javelin with 30.52m with Hannah Proctor also taking 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.43m all of which represented a great points total for the Team.
The Men’s Endurance Team produced some great results, despite the windy conditions, with a double win in the 5000m featuring Ben Fish winning the ‘A’ in 14.47.7 and Chris Arthur making his Track debut for the Harriers winning the ‘B’ in 15.32.1. It was another double in the 3000m Steeplechase which saw Joe Howe set a new PB by just two tenths when he won the ‘A’ in 10.07.6 supported by Chris Davies who won the ‘B’ in 10.32.7, just two seconds outside his personal best.
The 1500m produced some pretty good racing with the slowest time 4.39.2. Tim Raynes ran a new PB by a tenth to finish 3rd in the ‘A’ in a time of 4.06.2 and in the ‘B’ it was another debutant for the Club – Steven Snape – who ran 4.12.4 to earn a 2nd place in the ‘B’ Race. In the 800m Joe Monk ran 2.06.5 in the ‘A’ Race for 5th with Zac Howe winning the ‘B’ in 2.02.6, his first Track race following a long period of injury since July 2016. Zac and Joe doubled up again in the 400m with Zac clocking 53.6 in the ‘A’ (3rd) and Joe also taking 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 58.8.
The Women’s Endurance athletes saw Liz Greenwood win the ‘A’ 3000m in 10.40.4 and it was a welcome return for Grace Handley who ran 11.23.7 in the ‘B’ Race for 2nd spot. Liz went on to run 5.00 for 4th place in the 1500m with Maddie Elliott wining the ‘B’ in 5.00.5. Maddie then ran the ‘A’ 800m in 2.22.3 for 4th place with Hannah Cookson taking a good 2nd spot in the ‘B’ race with a time of 2.35.6. Hannah Cookson and Phoebe Howe went in the 400m with Hannah clocking 66.3 (6th) in the ‘A’ and Phoebe placing 5th in the ‘B’ in a time of 74.9.
U17 Bradley Meikleham produced a big new PB in the Men’s ‘A’ Long Jump taking 4th place with a leap of 5.43m – over half a metre further than his previous best. U17 Luke Kenyon placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 4.96m. U17 Solomon Brown also set a new PB in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with a leap of 11.08m in 5th place, an improvement by 35cms. Luke was just outside his PB in the High Jump ‘A’ clearing 1.70m in 3rd and backed up by Joe Howe in the ‘B’ who cleared 1.40m for 3rd spot in the ‘B’ before having to dash off to the Steeplechase. Morgan Angland and Chloe Bleeks won good points in the Women’s Long Jump which saw Morgan place 4th in the ‘A’ (4.84m) and Chloe 2nd in the ‘B’ with 4.53m, a new PB by 10cms. Thrower Anna Peers showed the spirit of the Team in stepping up for the High Jump for the points, clearing 1.15m in the ‘A’ as did Olivia Wilson who had a go at the Triple Jump finishing 6th with 8.05m.
U17’s Solomon Brown and Nick Massey did the Team proud in the 400m Hurdles with Sol taking 2nd in the ‘A’ (66.1) and Nick who is a sprint hurdler also taking 2nd in the ‘B’ in 69.1 – in the absence of our sprint hurdlers Joe Howe took on the 110m Hurdles to come home in 3rd spot (22.1). Great result in the Women’s 100m Hurdles which saw Morgan Angland win the ‘A’ in 15.5 and Chloe Bleeks winning the ‘B’ in 19.7.
In the Sprints Morgan Angland equaled her 100m PB (12.8) in the ‘A’ Race for 4th place with Emily Warren matching that time in the ‘B’ race for 2nd place which was a new PB by a tenth. In the 200m Emily ran 27.2 for 5th in the ‘A’ race with Chloe Bleeks running 28.3 in the ‘B’ in 4th spot. In the Men’s sprints the ‘A’ 100m race was won in a new League Record of 10.5 with the ‘B’ being won in 10.9 and 2nd place in the ‘A’ was 10.6, so a tough but exciting race to be involved in. Brandon Zinyemba ran the ‘A’ in 11.2 (4th) which was a new PB by a tenth and Dominic Bretherton placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 11.3. Same again in the 200m with Brandon in the ‘A’ finishing 3rd in a time of 23.5 and Dominic 2nd in the ‘B’ also with a time of 23.5. The 4 x 100m Relays didn’t go well with the Men’s Team dropping the baton whilst the 4 x 400m relays saw the team finish 4th in 3.44.5. In the Women’s Relays the Harriers finished 4th in the 4 x 100m in 53.4 and 5th in the 4 x 400m in a time of 4.36.5.
International Throwing Meeting – July 29th
Jacob Roberts competed last weekend in Leiria, Portugal at the International Throwing Meeting finishing 5th overall with a competition best throw of 61.03m as a bottom of age U20. Jacob who is currently fourth in the National Rankings enjoyed his trip and the experience it provided and told the Club on his return home “I was asked by Hammer Circle if i would like to compete in a throwing competition in Leiria Portugal. Myself along with 7 hammer throwers from U20s and David and Diane Smith left Luton Airport last Friday for a weekend away in Portugal. The stadium was amazing and training set up too. Our competitions started late evening time which was slightly cooler. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and made some great memories with some amazing people. Had so much fun but also learned a lot too. I am grateful to Hammer Circle for giving me this experience to compete internationally and for funding my trip”
Astley Park Trail Race Series – August 2nd
The Final Race in this years Astley Park Series took place last night featuring two hundred and ninety three runners in the Senior Race won by Neil Pendlebury (24.12) with Laura Riches winning the Women’s Race (26.59).
Five Harriers competed in the Senior Race headed home by V40 John Cookson in 88th spot overall with a time of 32.07. Daughter Hannah Cookson (U17) was next in (122nd) in a time of 34.00 followed by new member – V40 Mark Lord – who ran a new PB by over two minutes in 125th place posting a time of 34.05. V40 Lindsay Davies also set a new PB coming home 179th in a time of 37.34 which was five minutes faster than her best on the Course and behind her came V50 David Morris in 264th (43.57).
The Junior Race also had a big number racing – one hundred in total ranging from 7yr olds through to 15yr olds. This Race won by U17 Lewis Wilkes in 4.56 had eight Blackburn Harriers competing with the first one home – 13yr old Amy Davies in 6th overall with a time of 5.21. 11yr old Dexta Thompson came home in 7th overall clocking 5.25 and he was followed by Saul Sharp (11yrs) in 20th place in a new PB time of 5.48. New member 10yr old Harry Sambrook had a very good run in 29th spot running a time of 6.07 with 9yr old Oliver Gill in 33rd not far behind in a time of 6.12. 7yr old William Grundy ran very well indeed in 38th place running a very good time of 6.19 with 8yr old Felix Thompson 48th in a time of 6.33 – another 8yr old Hannah Davies came home in 55th (6.45) followed by Kady Thompson just two places behind (but missed off the results) and Lulu Sharp (7yr) in 89th with a time of 8.16.
Having just run a load of Fell Races in different parts of the country and in Scotland, John Orrell was “at it again” when he took on two races in the one day involving the Heart of the Lakes Race Rydal Round and the Senior Guides Race. Coinciding with his and Janet’s wedding anniversary John told the Club about how the day had gone saying “Thursday July 27th was our 26th wedding anniversary – (nice day out for Janet) at Ambleside Sports. First up at 12.05 was the ‘Heart of the Lakes’ Rydal Round. A 9 mile, 3000 footer around the Fairfield Horseshoe. Conditions up top were pretty testing and we all took a real battering on Fairfield. I was 76th in 2hr 09.19 knocking nine minutes off my previous best at this Race.
“At 3.35pm with just 80 minutes recovery and still shivering it was time for the Senior Guides Race. A short up and down with very heavy legs over 2 miles and 800ft of climbing. In this Race i finished 78th in 24.06 – just 90 seconds away from the PB I set with fresh legs six years ago, so not too bad.
Steak Pie and a pint of Old Peculiar for tea and Janet agreed i am very peculier!!”
Mid Lancs T & F League at Litherland – July 29th
The penultimate fixture of this years Mid Lancs League took place at Litherland at the weekend, the last fixture before the Medal meeting which takes place at Stanley Park, Blackpool on Saturday August 26th.
U15 Jonathan Gough had a pretty good day when he finished 2nd in the U17 Triple Jump competition with 11.31m, won the U15B Long Jump with 5.47m and took the 100m in a winning time of 12.30 which equaled his personal best. New member U15 Harvey Bradshaw also had a good day in his second outing for the Club running a time of 13.8 in the 100m (7th) and leaping to 4.41m in the Long Jump also in 7th spot. In other sprint races Paul Coffey took 4th place in the Senior Men’s 200m in a time of 24.00 – U17 Emily Warren ran 13.20 in Heat (1) of the 100m for 3rd place and placed 2nd in Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 27.40. In the same Heat (2) Hannah Cookson finished 4th in 28.20. U15 Aysha Karolia ran 14.30 in Heat (2) of the 100m for 2nd position and backed that up with a 3rd place in Heat (2) of the 200m in 29.80 both of which were new PB’s for her – by a tenth in the 100m and a full second over the longer distance of 200m. U15 Myah Booth equaled her personal best in Heat (1) 0f the 200m with a 3rd placed clocking of 28.10 before going on to take 3rd in the Javelin (22.92m) and 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.71m which was a big new PB by over half a metre.
Some of the U13 Boys were also involved in the Sprints which saw David Holman take 3rd place in Heat (2) of the 100m in 14.80, Issac Butler finish 2nd in the 200m Heat (2) in 31.50 in his first attempt over the distance and Codie Dewhurst who was also running the distance for the first time placing 5th in Heat (1) of the 200m in a time of 32.90. The U13 Boys entered a team in the 4 x 100m relay and came 2nd in a race of two teams in a time of 59.60 with the winners running one tenth faster in 59.50 – great effort by the lads. Kate Cookson ran 31.20 in Heat (1) for 4th place of the U13 Girls 200m with Keira Haxton running 33.80 in Heat (2) finishing 6th.
In the Throws events it was another good day for U13 Nicole Saunders winning the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.72m, the Discus with 28.32m and placing 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 25.85m which was over a metre longer than she had thrown previously setting a new personal best. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 2nd in the Hammer (16.09m) which was a new PB with the 4kg weight before going on to win the Discus with a throw of 17.61m. New member U15 Matthew Heywood was competing for the first time for the Club and started off pretty well with a 4th placed throw of 5.99m in the Shot Putt and another 4th place in the Discus with 21.96m. U17 Woman Emily Taberner earned two 2nd places in the Discus with 21.37m – a new PB by half a metre and in the Javelin with 28.86m which was also a new PB.
In the Middle Distance events David Holman finished 4th in the U13 Boys 800m in 2.34.9 in Heat (1) with Isaac Butler placing 6th in the same Race in 2.39.1 and Codie Dewhurst 7th in Heat (2) in a new PB time of 2.51.3, a time faster by four seconds than his previous best. In the U13 Girls 800m Kate Cookson ran 2.45.2 – a new PB by two seconds for 6th spot in the thirteen strong field with Keira Haxton 8th in 2.49.3 also a new PB by one tenth. Sophie Stanworth took 3rd spot in the U15 Girls 800m in 2.29.6 and Hannah Cookson who was the only athlete in the U17 Women’s 800m ran 2.45.1 followed by a 67.2 clocking (2nd) in the 400m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came in 3rd in the U13 Boys 1500m in 5.15.20 whilst Harry Wilkin came home in 3rd position in the U15 Boys 1500m in a time of 5.06.8 and Amy Davies won the U15 Girls 1500m in a time of 5.00.9. Chris Davies ran the 3000m to win it in a new PB time of 9.25.2 – a new personal best by a massive nine seconds. Nicholas Smith (U17) came 2nd in the race with a time of 9.54.9.
In the Jumps events U13’s Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton competed in the Long Jump which saw Kate in her first competition in the event finish 8th out of twenty two athletes with a distance of 3.59m and Keira 20th (2.61m) which was a new PB. U13 Isaac Butler came 6th out of nineteen in the Long Jump with 3.83m which was a new PB for him, the same event seeing David Holman have a go for the first time and placing 15th with 3.39m and Codie Dewhurst jumping 2.81m in 19th place.
Pilling 10k – July 29th
One hundred and fifteen finishers in this local 10k Race won by Rob Danson in time of 31.54. Blackburn Harrier Joe Monk came 2nd in a time of 33.47 in a race which was very windy. Next up for Joe is the Sale Sizzler 5k this coming Thursday.
Sabden Fell Race – July 30th
This was the second year running for this Race organised by Richard Taylor which resulted in a comfortable win for Grant Cunliffe (Rossendale Harriers) in a time of 40.52. Three Blackburn Harriers competed with the highest placed member John Horrocks placing 4th in a good time of 43.44 with Gary Pearse (V50) in 19th spot (51.53) and Ian Clarkson (V50) coming home in 26th with a time of 56.41. After the Race Ian spoke to the Club about the day commenting that it was “A quick, tough little fell race on our doorstep, 5.25 miles and approx 1500 ft of ascent and some decent fell running weather. An up and down and up and very fast down affair with thrills and spills on the way down ( another tumble, another limb) with 3 Blackburn Harriers having a go, John Horrocks, Gary Pearce and myself. John looking good up front, Gary back in race mode, looking good and myself looking good, bringing up the rear !! Managed to knock off about 4 1/2 minutes from last year, so very happy. Many thanks to Richard and the team of Marshalls for making this race happen, appreciated”
(Photos Courtesy of David Balshaw)
Rob PB’s again in 1500m – Carmen wins Vets 5000m – Three Harriers in top ten Senior Race at Padiham – Dexta Wins at Padiham & Ambleside – Harrier’s U11 youngsters at Burnley Open Meeting
In just over two weeks Rob Warner has run two BMC Gold Standard and one BMC Grand Prix 1500m Races, getting faster at each one, earning him a hat-trick of successive PB’s. On July 8th Rob ran 3.51.34 for a then new personal best by two seconds – four days later he set another new PB running 3.51.25 and in his latest Race – BMC Gold Standard – at Stretford (July 25th) Rob broke through the 3.50 barrier coming home 8th in a time of 3.49.12.
A very happy athlete, Rob spoke to the Club immediately after the Race telling us that he “Still can’t quite believe I managed to get under 3:50! It’s been a target for nearly 3 years now and this year is the first time it actually became a realistic one! I was very nervous before the race as it was a pretty stacked field and I knew I was going to need to PB or run close to it just to avoid coming last! I started off quite steadily towards the back and went through 800 in around 2:03 – at this point I thought it was going to be difficult to get sub 3:50. On the 3rd lap I’ve really worked hard on pushing on as this has traditionally been a place where I lose a lot of time in the past, however I managed move up a few places and went through the bell in 2:49/50. So I knew I needed a big last lap! I pushed on and focused on running smooth and trying to keep increasing my pace for each 100m to finish as fast as I can. Coming into 150m to go I was on the shoulder of Ben Connor and with 100 i really thought I was going to just nip ahead of him which would have been a great head-to-head to have! Unfortunately he just managed to hold me off – until the next one! Overall I’m absolutely over the moon, really happy to be back enjoying racing over 1500m again and really looking forward to see if I can take anymore off until the end of the season!“
The current Club Record of 3.44.14 was set by Jason Lobo in July 1993 and who would bet against Rob seriously challenging that over the next couple of track seasons.
On the same night Joe Monk ran the Grand Prix 1500m coming home in 9th spot with a seasons best time of 4.10.35, just two tenths off his personal best of 4.12.13. Ben Fish took on the 3000m featuring twenty three athletes, finishing in 7th place with a time of 8.37.75.
Last weekend Carmen Byrne won a 10k Trail Race over in York and four days later she was on it again, this time winning the Northern Vets 5000m. Carmen speaking to the Club commented on her latest success “My second race in four days was planned to help get me a bit race sharper so was pleased to run consistent laps. Hopefully I can build on this and keep getting some speed back over the next few months”
(Results – Not Yet Available).
Padiham Greenway 5k – July 26th
One hundred and eighty finishers in this local 5k Race won by James Hall in 15.44. Blackburn Harriers had three athletes in the top ten finishers – Shaun Livesey being the first of them in 6th place overall and 2nd V40 (17.07), followed by Ben Costello in 7th just three seconds behind in 17.10 and Derek Reilly in 10th with a time of 17.29 which was good packing by the lads.
In the Junior U7/U9 Race Felix Thompson had a cracking run finishing 2nd out of the twenty three strong field in a time of 4.01, just four seconds behind the winner Callum Singleton. Brother Dexta Thompson just keeps on winning even though at this, his latest race, he was troubled with a dodgy stomach. Dexta won in a time of 6.44 to hold of Robbie Smedley in 2nd place. Kady Thompson ran in the same race to finish 5th girl out of 10 and 31st overall with a time of 9.05.
Bofra at Ambleside – July 27th
One day later and Dexta Thompson is at it again – this time winning the U12’s Bofra Race at Ambleside. Ninety runners lined up in the mixed race which he won in a time of 8.36 from Charlie Almond (Ambleside AC) in 2nd place. Kady Thompson came home with a time of 13.53 in the Race (76th). Rob Hope won the Senior Race featuring ninety six runners which saw V50 John Orrell finish in 78th spot (24.06).
(U12 Girls Winner Alice Jones – with U12 Boys Winner Dexta Thompson)
Burnley U11’s Open Meeting
There was a good turnout from the Harriers young athletes – twenty in all – at the Burnley Open Meeting including one U8G – two U9B’s – one U9G – four U10B’s – six U10 G’s – two U11B’s – four U11G’s competing for the Club
U8 Girl Lulu Sharp came 8th in the 150m in a time of 32.7 – 2nd in the Cricket Ball Throw (10.48m) – 9th in the Long Jump with a distance of 1.81m. In the U9 Boys Felix Thompson came 3rd in the 50m (9.4) followed by William Bontoft in 4th (10.3). Same two again in the Cricket Ball Throw with Felix 2nd (22.80m) and William 8th (13.18m). Rounding off the day for these two with Long Jump in which Felix placed 8th (2.42m) and William 12th (1.73m). Hannah Davies competed in the U9 Girls events winning her Heat of the 50m in 8.5 – coming 3rd in the Final with the same time of 8.5. In the 150m she came 2nd in 26.0 and finished her day with a 3rd placed jump of 2.66m in the Long Jump.
The U10 Boys were represented by Matthew Smith who won his Heat of the 75m in 11.8 with Jack Probert 5th in his Heat (14.0), Findlay Carroll 3rd in his Heat (13.2) and Joel Bladon 2nd with a time of 12.3. Sienna Wareing came 2nd in Heat (2) of the U10G 75m with Alisha Lehner 2nd in 12.6, Imogen Robinson 3rd (12.8) and Lydia Houghton 5th (13.5) in Heat (3) and Olivia Banks 3rd (13.6), Tippi Francis 5th (14.5) in Heat (4). Back with the U10 Boys and it was a win for Matthew Smith in the 600m (2.01.4) with Findlay Carroll 8th in a time of 2.15.3. In the Cricket Ball Throw – Findlay Carroll took 3rd place with a distance of 26.20m followed in 4th spot by Jack Probert (25.29m). Sienna Wareing won the Cricket Ball Throw for the U10 Girls reaching 18.35m and she was backed up in 2nd place by Alisha Lehner (15.40m), Olivia Banks (6th) with 13.17m and Lydia Houghton in 9th (10.63m). In the Long Jump Matthew Smith added to his very good day with a 3rd in the Long Jump (3.60m) with Joel Bladon in 9th (3.05m) and Jack Probert 19th (2.42m). In the U10 Girls Long Jump Alisha Lehner placed 11th with a jump of 2.70m, Imogen Robinson (12th) cleared 2.69m, Lydia Houghton (15th) with 2.28m and Tippi Francis finished in 17th spot with a jump of 1.64m. Finishing the day for the U10’s was Joel Bladon who threw 3.24m in the Shot Putt (2.72kg) in 3rd position.
Harrison Allcock and Nathan Ashworth were the U11 Boys representatives which saw Harrison take 2nd place in Heat (2) of the 75m in 10.9 and then ran two tenths quicker in the Final for another 2nd place in 10.7. Nathan Ashworth ran a time of 2.15.3 in the 600m (7th) followed by the Long Jump where he finished 10th with 3.00m. Harrison Allcock won the Long Jump with a distance of 3.80m before finishing 2nd in the Shot Putt (2.72kg) with a throw of 5.14m. Madison Bontoft won the U11 Girls Shot Putt with a distance of 4.62m. In the Long Jump Kady Thompson placed 12th out of twenty with a distance of 2.95m with Isabelle Hartley in 13th (2.94m), Caitlin Clarkson (18th) with 2.64m and Madison Bontoft 19th with a leap of 2.63m. Caitlin Clarkson and Kady Thompson finished 2nd (22.40m) and 3rd (20.77m) with Isabelle Hartley 6th (17.60m) in the Cricket Ball Throw. In the 600m Race Isabelle Hartley came 5th out of 16 athletes in a time of 2.06.4.
Carmen wins in York – Bens wins Horwich – Shaun Leads B & PGP Vets Standings – Dexta Leads Junior Boys Standings – On the Fells with John Orrell
Carmen Byrne ran her first Race – Run York Chocolate 10k – as a V40 at the weekend along with one hundred and eighty four other runners. The Race run on trail and grass was won by Andy Croft in a time of 38.41. Carmen started her V40 career with a win, coming home in 4th place overall (41.04) and 1st Woman. Afterwards Carmen spoke to the Club saying that it was “A great friendly mixed terrain race over my birthday weekend gave me chance to run my first v40 race. I was pleased to run a negative split to be 1st woman and 4th overall”
Horwich Jubilee Road Race – July 19th
An unusually small field for Race (3) of this years years Series with just sixty nine runners entered. On the night it was another emphatic win by Ben Fish in a time of 25.28 which was ten seconds quicker than when he he last ran this Race in August 2015 – two years ago. Chris Davies (V40) came second behind Ben in a time of 28.07 which was a new PB on this course and he was followed in by Ben Costello who was racing over the distance for the first time in 4th place with a time of 29.07 to give the Harriers three in the first four finishers. V50 David Morris finished in 69th spot with a time of 51.02.
The Junior One Mile featured forty eight youngsters in the U9 & U11 and nineteen in the U13 & U15 Races. Saul Sharp was the first Harrier home in the U9/U11 Race in 5th position clocking a time of 6.07 followed by new member Harry Sambrook having a great debut in 7th place (6.15). Next in came Oliver Gill in 10th place (6.23) followed by Hannah Davies (17th) in 6.45 having a battle with Isabelle Hartley in 18th (6.48). Findlay Carroll was the next youngster in (22nd) with a time of 6.52 followed by Tippi Francis (33rd) in 7.23 and Lulu Sharp (41st) with a time of 8.04.
The second Race for U13 & U15 athletes saw Leon Thomas place 5th overall in a time of 5.16 and Amy Davies 8th and 1st Girl in 5.31.
Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix 2017
Shaun Livesey is going pretty well in 3rd place overall in this years Grand Prix and is also in first place in the V40 category. Another very good race by Shaun following his 2nd place at Hendon Brook saw him consolidate his position when he finished 3rd overall in the Towneley Park 10k on July 23rd in a time of 35.40. New member V40 Daniel Whittaker was also racing as was V65 Evan Cook in their first races of the Series with Daniel finishing 29th in 41.13 and Evan in 75th (45.55) and 1st V65.
In the Junior Races, the latest one at Towneley Park saw another win for Dexta Thompson in the U13 age category winning his Race in a time of 7.09, just clear from Harry Cole (Clayton) in 2nd. Kady Thompson placed 6th in the U11 Girls Race (9.17) which was won by Amelia Southam (Burnley). Felix Thompson came home 2nd in the U9 Boys Race in 3.38 with the Race being won by Harry Jordan (Trawden)
Following the Towneley Park Race Dexta Thompson now leads the Standings from Donnabhan Rudden (Keighley) with Felix Thompson currently 3rd in the U9 Boys behind Callum Singleton and Harry Jordan (Trawden) (Junior Boys Standings). Kady Thompson currently lays in 6th place in the U11 Girls – (Junior Girls Standings) with Lucille Pickles (Barlick) currently leading.
Caterham Rotary Half-Marathon – July 23rd
Rachel Wood is preparing for the forthcoming Berlin Marathon, her latest race in the build up was the undulating Half-Marathon at Caterham which had a field of two hundred and two runners, the Race being won by Kevin Quinn in 71.03. Even though she was struggling with feeling under the weather on the day Rachel still pulled out a solid run finishing in 21st place and 3rd woman with a time of 89.30.
A trip around the Fells with John Orrell
John Orrell has been getting round the country of late with a variety of Fell Races and Events making it a busy period over the last six weeks or so. On June 10th John entered the Lakeside-Gummers How which can only field fourteen entrants in the Individual race – won by Ian Holmes in a time of 27.12 – involving rowing across a lake!
John describes the day vividly as “A crazy race which involves rowing across Windermere. With only 14 rowing boats there is a maximum of just 14 competitors, so there is nowhere to hide, especially with the likes of Ian Holmes at the front end. It starts in a field, then 800 yards of the black stuff (give or take a couple of inches) to the front of the Lakeside Hotel. Jump in the boat, row across the lake, run up and down Gummers How and back in the boat for a final row and scramble to the finish line on the steps of the hotel lawn, where the manager hands you a bottle of beer. It was lager so I sprayed it all over the place to celebrate my 3 second PB and 11th place in 41.58”.
Next up for John was a trip to Scotland for The Triple Hirple organised by Lochaber AC up in Fort William consisting of three Races in three days. First up on 1st July, Meall an t-Suidhe featuring 3.5 miles, 1500ft ascent, straight up and down which saw John finish in 43rd spot clocking a time of 49.0. The Race was won by one of the top athletes in the Fell Racing world – Findlay Wild in a time of 28.11 and John managed to get a selfie with him after the Race quipping “Findlay Wild Scottish Hill runner meets English Hill Runner”.
Next Race the day after on July 2nd was the Half Ben Nevis. Seventy runners in this one which saw another win for Findlay Wild in 52.05. The Race consists of six miles in distance and 2200ft of climbing described by John as “up the mountain track to the Red Burn and back” as he finished in 51st with a time of 88.18.
On to Day 3 on July 3rd for the Cow Hill Race featuring fifty five runners and won by – you’ve guessed it – Findlay Wild in 17.44. The Race which is 2 miles long and has 900ft of ascent was described by John as an “Up and down with another hold on to your hat descent!” and saw him place 36th in 27.05. John also commented overall about his trip telling the Club that he had experienced “Some testing conditions, cold, wind, rain, mist, zero visibility and midges! It was summer! Great to mix it with the wee lads and lassies of bonnie Scotland and be the first English runner home!”
(Cow Hill. Paced in by ex hammer thrower!)
The last Race for John in this period featured him back on “home turf” on July 15th at the Ingleborough Fell Race where he came home in 63rd place out of a field of one hundred and twenty three runners in a time of 71.59 – the Race being won by Joe Baxter in 49.16. After the Race John spoke to the Club about the day telling us it was a “Quick up and down, an exhilarating mountain race. With fog down and driving drizzle, it was a real challenge to navigate ‘that best line’ off the top and stay upright. Found it and happy with 63rd in 71.59”.
Kentmere Horseshoe – July 16th
Three hundred and forty six runners completed this years race won by Joshua Jardine (Helm Hill) in a time of 1hr 32.57. John Sutton came home in 42nd position out of a field three hundred and forty six runners clocking a time of 1hr 53.23.
Widdop fell Race – July 19th
This Race had one hundred and forty six runners won by Sam Watson (52.13) with Blackburn Harriers John Sutton home 9th in 58.22 and Andy Heys 65th in a time of 69.04
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