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Shaun 2nd at Hendon Brook – Another win for Bob in Mont Blanc 23k Race – – Paul 7th at Ullswater Tri – – Danny makes Duathlon Debut – – Bofra & Alva Games
Hendon Brook – Sunday July 9th
Two hundred and sixteen finishers in this very tough road race won by David Rigby in very warm conditions in a time of 78.22. A couple of Blackburn Harriers competed on the day with Shaun Livesey having a great run to come home in 2nd position and 1st V40 boosting his position overall in the B&PGP Series. After the event Shaun spoke to the Club about how he approached the race telling us that he “had a game plan today and managed to make it stick. The first mile of the race is fast, so I went out hard then settled into it. I was running hard but I was anticipating being caught by Julian Hood maybe by mile 5. It never happened, the further the race progressed the chances of him catching me grew slimmer. I was still running hard and by the time I hit the final climb lenches and knew I wasn’t to be caught. I finished 2nd in a time of 1:25:09 A PB on that course. A good days racing”. Carly Edwards was also out having a run placing 127th in 2hr 06.04.
Bob Shorrock was racing again on Mont Blanc, a venue and Race in which he has had great success. This year he he raced the 23k Course being unsuccessful in getting into the 42k Race. V55 Bob had another great Race at the shorter distance finishing 40th overall out of a field of 1649 – 1st British Athlete and 1st Vet in the 50 – 59 Age Bracket which is how the Race calculates the age groups – in a time of 2hrs 49.05.
Afterwards, he spoke to the Harriers commenting“Mont Blanc was a great weekend again. I was in the half (23K 1650m elevation gain) as I didnt get in the marathon this year (it is a lottery). Set off steady – didnt feel too good until about half way when the climbing started and then I got moving. I passed to V2 second place guy about 1 mile from the finish. it is getting harder as the age groups are 10 years (50 to 59). The course is beautiful and the organisation fantastic. for anyone who loves the mountains, I highly recommend it”
A.W.Jenkinson Ulswater Sprint Distance Triathlon
Paul Brindle …..was flying the flag for Blackburn Harriers in Ullswater which resulted in a win for Jordan Hull (1hr 15.30) at the head of one hundred and twelve finishers. Paul had a very good day coming home in 7th spot overall and 2nd V40 in a combined time of 1hr. 24.29.
After the Event Paul spoke to the Club about how his day had gone saying “With Ullswater tri being a 14:30 start it falls in to my category of being the perfect start time. Matched with beautiful weather in the Lakes it really doesn’t get much better. It’s a great little well organised event and at modern day prices it is cheap. The swim went well even had my very own swim counter shouting my position “19th”. The bike leg started with farmers blocking the traffic. Don’t they know that normal road rules don’t apply triathletes in a race. With a loop taking in Lowther Castle I was back heading to transition. Thought I’d be proper triathlete and leave my shoes clipped in and do a running dismount “9th”. That actually went well but somewhere down the field I sliced my big toe open. I didn’t noticed til half way round on the run but i wasnt stopping, running is my strong discipline and gaining ground. My run counter was shouting things like “you can take them all”. Which I did and managed to sneak up a few places on the last lap “7th”. A brief visit to the first aid tent and I had to head home for family duties”.
The Famous Alva Games – July 8th
This might be called the day when the Thompson Family cleaned up. Dad Chris described the day as “After much debate between us we decided to go up to the Alva games in Alva near Stirling Scotland as this was part of the Bofra championship series and we had heard good things about previously. When we arrived the under 12’s fell race was one of the first events of the day in which Kady and Dexta both competed in. In usual Bofra style this was a very tough course and in Dexta’s words it’s was the hardest climb he has ever done with a very tough descent to follow on the way back down but he gave it his all but still struggled to catch the winner Will Hall who is on top form at the moment but nevertheless he still got a podium finish and was rewarded with a prize of £30 – Kady finished as the 5th girl giving her a prize of £5. Later on the track races on a field began, with Dexta and Liberty both trying the 800m, Dexta then managed to take gold in this event bagging himself a prize of £50. Dexta then also tried to win more money in other events such as the 200/400/1600 but due to a very controversial handicapped start he failed to do so. Liberty managed to secure a 3rd place spot in the 400m and was rewarded with £25 along with £10 for coming 6th in the 200m. Having won a nice pocket full of cash they tried to finish of with the relay prize so we put together a team in the 4x100m with probably the youngest combined mixed age team of the day with Dexta, Liberty and some of their friends from Calder Valley -William Hall and James Duffy. They ran a great race but were unlucky and finished 5 out of 8. Young Felix wasn’t being left out as did a 50m race and won that, gaining a prize of a medal and £2″.
Bofra Results not yet available
Danny Maynard – one of Blackburn Harriers Sprint Coaches – tackled a Duathlon for the first time in Preston at the weekend. Held at the Uclan Sports Centre Danny finished in a time of 50.35, the event featuring a 2 mile run and 8 mile cycle ride and another 2 mile run to finish.
Tockholes Evening – Thursday July 6th
The Race is 9.4k long and includes 310m of climbing and was this year dedicated to the memory of Don Ashton, a former Vets National Fell Champion and stalwart of the sport. It was great to see so many runners come out to pay their respects to Don who had such great standing among his peers.
(Race Winner – Jack Hindle)
The Race was won by Blackburn Harrier Jack Hindle in a time of 37.35, a minute and a half in front of second placed Rhys Cope (Rossendale Harriers). John Horrocks (3rd) in 39.43, Derek Reilly (4th) and 1st V40 in a time of 39.59 and Paul Brindle (6th) in 40.46, gave the Harriers four places in the top six. Next in for the Club came V40 John Sutton (16th) with a time of 41.41 followed by Andy Heys (33rd) in 47.10 and V50 Richard Taylor (61st) in a time 55.33.
Afterwards Race Winner Jack Hindle spoke to the Club commenting “Always great to race on local terrain. A well put on event by Darwen Dashers. Thanks to all the Marshalls and supporters, it was a really great night on a tough and fast course”.
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday July 4th
Tim Raynes lined up with twenty seven other athletes in the 5000m won by Rob Samuel in 14.39.2. Tim came home in 9th spot with a time of 15.07.73 and commented after the Race that he was “A little disappointed with my run. The race had been set up for fast times, with a pacemaker having been asked to run 70s laps for the first 2k. There was a group of about 10/12 of us following the pace early on. The pace was, however, a little quicker than I was looking to run and so I decided to back off it slightly just before 2k and just run my own race. Looking back, this was a big mistake as I ended up isolated for most of the race and gradually slowing. I felt like I managed to finish quite strongly as I picked off a few of the athletes who dropped off from the group later on, but ended up frustratingly just over the 15 min mark again!”
Astley Park Trail Race (3) – Wednesday July 5th
Mick Angland (V40) was competing in his first Race of 2017 at Astley Park and ran a solid time of 32.53 in 45th spot out of a field of one hundred and eleven runners.
The Junior Race of One Mile attracted nearly as many runners with one hundred and seven covering age groups from 8yrs through to U17’s. This Race was won by Tom Dickinson in a time of 4.44 with the Harriers Matt Ramsden who was one day from celebrating his 14th birthday in 2nd place with 4.46. Sam Hodkinson came home 5th in a time of 4.58 followed by U13 Dexta Thompson in 11th (5.17), U15 Amy Davies (12th) in 5.20, U13 Kyle Taylor Pomfret (14th) posting a time of 5.22, U13 Hollie Cubbon (20th) in 5.31, U15 Ethan Barbarewicz 23rd (5.34), U11’s George Ramsden in 41st spot with a time of 6.06 and Hannah Davies in 79th (7.03), U15 Emily Snape with a time of 7.31 in 89th position and 7yr old Lulu Sharp (98th) in 8.21.
Catforth 5k – June
V40 John Cookson hit a new 5k personal best of 20.6 in this race whilst daughter Hannah Cookson (U17) took the 3rd Female prize of the Race posting a time of 21.30 in 23rd place.
Results (Not available)
One hundred and sixty four runners finished this Race in hot weather, a race won by Andy Norman in a time of 76.36. Daniel Whittaker who ten years ago was sprinting sub 11 seconds for the 100m decided to have a go at this ‘longer distance’ for the first time and came home in 9th place in a solid time of 88.41. (Morecambe Results)
Holly and Sophie British Champions in 2017 – – Mid Lancs League – – Trawden 7 – – Victoria & Rachel 2nd and 3rd at Southport Half – – Results
Blackburn Harriers double Olympians Sophie Hitchon – (Hammer 67.58m) and Holly Bradshaw – (Pole Vault – 4.45m) – both won this years British Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and qualified for the World Championships being held in London later this year, both having achieved the qualifying Distance and Height already.
At the end of the Championship weekend Holly spoke to the Club about her event and the lead up to the World Championships saying “I am so happy to win another British title. It wasn’t the best result and didn’t jump quite at my best but after a few problems in Rome with an small injury I have been building back in training and was only on short approach yesterday. I was totally pain free which was the most positive aspect of yesterday. I now feel I can build towards the World Champs in a good position and with 5 weeks to go I have loads of time and opportunity to tweak little things in training and get myself in the best possible position“.
Olympic Bronze Medalist from Rio 2016 Sophie Hitchon, had like Holly, already achieved the qualifying standard for the World Championships and was pleased to have won another British Hammer Title. She spoke to the Club after the weekend competition and told us that it was “Not the distance I would have liked and still got some preparations to go but thrilled to be British Champion again and being able to represent GB in the World Champs especially as it’s back in the Olympic Stadium London”.
Mid Lancs League – July 1st
Lots of Heats for Sprinters at the Preston Mid Lancs Fixture starting with the U13 Girls which saw Abigail Stratton place 4th in Heat (1) with 15.80 and Hannah Eccles 6th in Heat (3) in a time of 15.40. Hannah then went on to the 200m running 31.80 for 6th place in Heat (1) with Keira Haxton in Heat (3) placing 4th (32.40) and Holly Crooks in Heat (4) 5th in a time of 32.50. U15 Abigail Armas doubled up in the 100/200m coming in 4th in Heat (4) of the 100m in 14.50 and 2nd in the 200m (Heat (3) in 29.10. U13 Isaac Butler ran in Heat (2) of the 100m posting a time of 15.40 in 6th spot.
U15 Sprinters Kyle Mashiter and Jonathan Gough were in good form with Kyle taking a double win, first in Heat (1) of the 100m with 12.60 and then in Heat (1) of the 200m in a new PB time of 25.30 – Jonathan won Heat (2) of the 100m in a time of 13.00 and then placed 3rd in the 200m Heat (1) also in a new PB time of 26.00. Some of the 800m U15 athletes doubled up in the 200m with Sam Hodkinson running a new PB time of 25.70 to win Heat (2) with Jamie Teare 4th in 28.50 and Matt Ramsden 6th in 29.40 in the same Heat. Ben Whittaker (U17) ran 12.50 for 3rd in the 100m and then ran a new PB of 25.70 in the 200m also in 3rd place. Paul Coffey doubled up in the Senior Men’s 100/200m with a 4th placed seasons best 11.6 in Heat (1) of the 100m and winning Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 24.00 another seasons best.
Moving up in distance Liberty Thompson ran 50.50 in the U15G 300m (6th) and 4th in the 75m Hurdles (13.90) whilst U15 Ethan Joyce in only his third race of the year ran aggressively to set a new PB of 58.70 in the 400m. U13 Girls Ellie and Paige Singleton ran massive new PB’s in the 800m with Paige cutting 18 seconds off her previous best to set a new time of 2.55.7 and Ellie chopping thirteen seconds off her previous best time with 2.55.0 in Heat (1). In Heat (2) there were two more new PB’s – firstly for Molly Nicholls who made all the running from the off and just got pipped into 2nd spot in a new PB time of 2.47.7 and secondly for Keira Haxton in 5th spot with a new PB of 2.49.4, some seven seconds faster than her previous best – and this on a windy day! In the U15 Girls 800m Eleesha Charnley came 4th out of the twelve athletes in a time of 2.31.5 which was just outside her personal best with Kirsten Coleran finishing in 12th spot in 2.57.9, her first time ever racing on the track. U13 Boy Codie Dewhurst cut eight seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 2.55.7 in the 800m (10th).
The U15 Boys 800m Race with sixteen athletes saw a very aggressive Sam Hodkinson run the first 200m in 29 seconds and held the front place the whole way round to win in a new PB time of 2.11.7 nearly a second quicker than his previous best. Next in came Matt Ramsden in 4th place in a time of 2.15.9 a very big new PB by six seconds. Harvey Ashworth who is running very consistent times was next in for the Harriers in 6th place in a time of 2.21.5 with Jamie Teare 8th in a time of 2.22.3 and another new PB by over a second.
The U15 Boys 1500m saw Harry Wilkin run just outside his personal best with a time of 5.07.2 in 6th place followed by George Whittaker in 7th (5.19.7) in his first ever attempt at the distance. U13 Boy Dexta Thompson ran an excellent tactical race in the 1500m, tucking in when running into the wind and then going to the front to hold his lead from around 500m out, winning in a time of 4.59.6 – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 6th in 5.19.6 and Joe Sims 13th in 6.01.5.
Kate Cookson and Abigail Stratton ran the U13 Girls 1500m with Kate in her first attempt at the distance placing 4th in 5.38.3 and Abigail 5th in a time of 5.38.5. In the U15 Girls 1500m Amy Davies and Sophie Stanworth soon established a lead, the pair of them breaking away early on which saw Amy win in a time of 5.01.5 and Sophie place 2nd in 5.12.7. U17 Jasmine Aherne knocked 27 seconds off her 3000m time to set a new PB of 12.41.5 and 3rd in her age category.
Rory Teare missed out on a new personal best by a cm in the U13 Boys Long Jump placing 6th out of 18 athletes with a distance of 4.13m, then going on to take equal 4th place in the High Jump (1.35m). Isaac Butler was also just shy off his best when placing 14th with 3.62m as was Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in his High Jump (7th) with a clearance of 1.25m. One of the highlights of the day was watching young U13 Codie Dewhurst tackle the High Jump and nearly clearing 1.20m – such an enthusiastic young lad who gives everything when he is competing as he showed in the Javelin setting a new PB of 13.04m (9th) with Dexta Thompson in 10th (12.03m) and Joe Sims 11th (8.05m) also in the Javelin. Jonathan Gough added a win in the U15 Boys Long Jump to his days efforts clearing 5.12m whilst Jamie Teare placed equal 4th in the U15 Boys High Jump (1.45m). Liberty Thompson cleared 1.30m in the U15 Girls High Jump (4th).
In the U15B Throws Kieran Carroll finished 10th in the Discus with 18.72m just 3cms short of his previous best and then set a new PB in the Javelin (4th) with a throw of 25.98m – George Whittaker came 11th in the Discus with 1.65m and 6th in the Javelin (23.31m). In the U13 Girls Hannah Eccles, Paige and Ellie Singleton all tried their hand at Shot Putt with Hannah coming in 13th (4.12m), Paige (15th) with a throw of 3.24m and Ellie 16th (2.89m).
There was a win in the U15 Girls Discus for Izzzy Thompson with a throw of 22.28m, a 3rd in the Hammer with 22.39m just one cm short of her personal best and a 6th spot in Javelin with a throw of 18.90m. U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB of 30.25m in the Hammer and placed 5th in the Shot putt with 7.50m. In the Senior Women’s Throws Anna Peers had wins in the Discus with 37.02m just 15cm short of her best, another win in the Javelin (38.57m) and a 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.48m – Holly Brooks who has struggled all year with a shoulder injury placed 6th in the Shot Putt (6.66m). Ben Whittaker threw a new PB of 27.49m in the U17 men’s Javelin whilst Tony Balko took on a trio of events in the Senior Men’s Throws – placing 7th of 12 in the Shot Putt (8.78m), 7th of 15 in the Discus (27.55m) and 4th of 9 in the Hammer with a seasons best throw of 31.34m.
Trawden 7 – Sunday July 2nd
Three hundred and fifteen runners finished this race won by Tom Corrigan in a time of 41.17.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for all the photos)
First home for Blackburn Harriers was Shaun Livesey in 7th spot (43.18) and 1st V40 on the day. Ben Costello was next in (11th) in 44.46 with V45 Paul Brindle in 16th spot and 2nd V45 on the day in a time of 45.36. Joanne Nelson was 1st V45 Woman in a time of 53.32 and 103rd overall. Bryan Searby (V45) came in 299th in a time of 82.57.
In the Junior U9 Race with forty runners Felix Thompson had a cracker of a run trying to lead the whole way before finally being pipped into 2nd spot in a time of 2.51 just one second behind the winner. Kady Thompson finished 19th out of 34 runners in the U11 Race in a time of 10.18 whilst Dexta Thompson finished 3rd overall in the mixed age group race of 39 runners comprising U13, U15 and U17’s with a time of 12.37 and 1st U13, the Race being won by an U17 with an U15 in 2nd place.
Southport Half-Marathon – Sunday July 2nd
Nearly 1500 finishers in this Race won in a time of 75.09. Blackburn Harriers had two athletes – Victoria Mousley (83.48) and Rachel Wood (84.36) running who took 2nd and 3rd places in the Woman’s Race respectively – very good runs given the weather conditions on the day.
After the Race both athletes spoke to the Club with Victoria commenting “Found it hard work today as I’d been ill most of last week. A really interesting course, lots of twists and turns with a tough wind for the coastal section. I died from about ten miles…. Lack of races in the last 12 months. A good day out though”.
Rachel who is in training for the Berlin Marathon had a similar tale to tell about the race telling us “I struggled in today’s race. Agree with Vicci, the wind was strong along the coast and my legs just felt tired throughout. I have also suffered from a cold this week and legs are heavy from mileage leading up to Berlin Marathon so it was a tough hard training run for me other than the head wind, its a fast course and highly recommended!”
Harrogate 10k – Sunday July 2nd
Five hundred and sixty runners crossed the finishing line in this 10k and among them, three Blackburn Harriers – Jonathan Bridge, Claire Bridge and Evan Cook.
Jonathan Bridge (V45) came home in 59th place with a time of 42.28 and 7th V45 out of fifty five running on the day. V65 Evan Cook (127th) was running his first race of 2017 and was next in with a time of 46.28 and 3rd V65 out of eight in that age category. Claire Bridge (V45) placed 317th in a time of 54.09
Run The Alderley Edge Bypass 10k – Sunday July 2nd
V55 Paul Clarke was out at this 10k Race setting a time of 45.27 – just a few seconds outside a seasons best – and coming home in 311th place out of a field of one thousand nine hundred and sixty four.
NHS Triathlon – June 17th
Paul Wilkinson took on the NHS Tri at Bolton on on 17th June which was, as Paul described after the event ” a hot one…..400m swim in 7.44 in to transition; on to bike which was a 10 x 1 mile loop circuit in Horwich town centre which was a fast course and managed that in 32.14 including transition and was happy with that……then on to the run which was 3 laps of 4.3 km route…..struggled with the run in the heat and lack of running and plodded round in 22.25 to manage 34th place overall……really enjoyed it and finished overall time1hour 2min.21sec”.
Matt Fastest Junior Leg at Witton Trail Relays – – Tony at BMAF Championships – – Tom wins Short Course at Darren Holloway Memorial Race – – BOFRA Championships
Witton Trail Relays – June 29th
The rain held off for this years event which is becoming ever more popular – one hundred and forty two Teams entered this years Relays which was a record entry. A big thank you to all the Marshals and volunteers who supported the event, but a special mention too for Richard Taylor of Blackburn Harriers who organises this first class event. One of the pleasing aspects of the event apart from the great and competitive racing that it entails is the fact that the proceeds go to Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, this year amounting to over a £1000. R&PMRT are a brilliant organisation who give their services free to the community and their contribution to the safety of events such as these cannot be over estimated.
(Some but not all of the forty three Blackburn Harriers who ran in the Relays — Back Row L-R – Lindsay Davies – Harry Wilkin – Orange Hat Chris Davies – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Luke Ingleson – Leon Thomas – Jamie Teare – Rory Teare – FRONT ROW L-R – Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies – Eleesha Charnley – Hannah Cookson – Katie Buckingham – Maddie Elliott – Ethan Barbarewicz).
This years Race was won by Rossendale Harriers A in a combined time of 44.48 from ‘Barlick Bad Boys’ in 2nd place (46.02). Some good performances from Blackburn Harriers too on the night – ‘Fortyish & Fit’ consisting of Chris Davies, Matt Nuttall and Shaun Livesey winning the Vets Team Prize in a time of 48.19 and 6th place overall. First Junior Team was also from Blackburn Harriers – ‘The Upstarts – comprising Jamie Teare, Leon Thomas and Matt Ramsden finished just one place behind in 7th with a combined time of 49.36 – Matt Ramsden running the fastest Junior Leg of the whole night in a time of 15.49 and that at 13yrs of age. Fabulous run from Matt.
Second Junior Team on the night also came from Blackburn Harriers – ‘New Kids on the Block‘ – consisting of Joe Gebbie, Sam Hodkinson and Nick Smith in 9th place overall with a combined time of 49.49. The Harriers ‘Young Guns’ of Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, Rory Teare and Ethan Barbarewicz were sixth Junior Team of the night in 35th place in a time of 56.20 followed by the Harriers ‘BBH Lads’ in 37th position (56.24) whose team included Harry Wilkin, Luke Ingleson and Theo Lawrence.
At the Senior end came the Harriers ‘Ringers’ in 42nd place (57.08) with Danny Maynard, Joe Brady and Andrew Knowles who were followed by ‘Triple Danger’ the Harriers team of Amy Davies, Hollie Cubbon and Eleesha Charnley in 52nd spot (58.45) and 2nd Female Junior Team. The ‘Atomic Kittens’ were the next trio flying the flag for Blackburn Harriers comprising Hannah Cookson, Maddie Elliott and Katie Buckingham in 56th position and a combined time of 59.11. The prize for the most interesting and possible most unintelligible name of the night for the Harriers was ‘The Harbourmaster, Supertanker and Tub’ team consisting of Jason Harbour, Paul Wilkinson and John Cookson, placing 59th in a time of 59.58 – prizes for those who guess who is who? Another Vet Team from the Harriers ‘Three Legs of Witton’ – did they have one each? – finished 70th (60.07 featuring Mick Angland, Ian Clarkson and Danny Teare.
Another conundrum of a name saw ‘2 Beautys and a Beast’ from the Harriers made up of Lindsay Davies, Nikki Hartley and Allan Hartley come home in 105th slot with a combined time of 70.01 – followed by the ‘Whalley Warriors’ made up of Clare Wilkin, Julie Coy and Mark Wilkin in 110th place (71.31 – and – ‘The Sloe Gins’ of Catherine Guinan, Lorna Sharp – the Glastonbury Rocker and Michelle Teare in 120th in a time of 73.54.
British Masters Athletic Federation T & F Championships – June 24/25th
V50 Tony Balko – one of the mainstays of Blackburn Harriers Northern League team for some years – had set his goal for 2017 to compete at both the British and European Masters Championships in Birmingham and Denmark respectively.
The first leg of that double took place in Birmingham last weekend which saw Tony compete in the Discus, Hammer and Shot Putt. Eleven athletes took part in the Discus (1.5kg) with Tony finishing in 9th spot with a throw of 29.50m. Day two saw him throw a seasons best in the Hammer in 6th place (35.30m) a competition noted for the winning throw of 70.37m by fellow V50 Michael Jones. In his final event – Shot Putt – Tony came in 5th with a distance of 9.49m.
At the end of the weekend Tony reflected on his performances when speaking to the Club “The British Masters Champs in Birmingham (24/25 June 2017) was an inspirational event, but just not my championships! The Discus event on the Saturday turned out quite disappointing (trying to go for big throws too early, resulting in two fouls!), thus only managing 29.50 (9th) off the remaining throw. Sunday turned out to be slightly better, attaining a seasons best (SB) of 35.30 in the Hammer (6th) and 09.49 in the Shot Putt (5th). Not a brilliant weekends competition, well under par and unfortunately carrying a knee injury niggle (but this is no excuse). So its onwards and upwards, and with only 4 weeks to go, time now to try and be fully fit for the European Masters Championships in Denmark, where representing Great Britain Masters, I’m up against 26 other good athletes in the Throws Pentathlon event (5 throws events in one day)”.
Darren Holloway Memorial Race at Loweswater
This Race is described on the Race Organisers website as ‘One of the toughest Lakeland races in the calendar makes a fantastic day out over the quiet Buttermere fells. In memory of Pennine Fell Runner Darren Holloway, this race is based on the original Buttermere Horseshoe, and is one not to forget in a hurry. Flagged to the fells at Lanthwaite Green, but once on the tops there is much route choice between checkpoints, the map just shows one option. Just remember to save a little bit for that final pull onto Mellbreak. Descent from Mellbreak is via the col between North and South summit – the route off the North is out of bounds and much slower anyway”.
Tom Cubbon decided to take the Short Course on and won it in a time of 2hr 57.15 just 52 seconds in front of the second placed runner. After the Race Tom spoke to the Club about the day saying that “Most of the runners were doing the full course but I was doing the ‘short’, which was still 14 miles with nearly 5000ft of climbing. I had a very steady first half as I was running with my niece who was visiting from Canada to do the long race as well as nursing a tight calf. After the long route runners turned off I pushed on a little on the main descent and felt stronger. I could only see one runner a long way ahead, and assumed there were others further on. Otherwise I was on my own so used my map more than any other race I can remember! Coming into the final climb up Mellbreak the runner ahead went a long way off my planned route and after falling into the trap of ‘following’ I made the call the double back onto what was a longer but hopefully faster route. That was the last person I saw, so I plodded on, had a few mishaps in the heathery final descent and jogged in to the finish to be more that pleasantly surprised to be first home in a time of 2:57:15!”
Kirby Gala Fell Race – June 24th
Dexta Thompson continued his very good form in the latest round of the BOFRA Championships at Kirby last weekend, finishing 2nd in the U12 Race in a time of 9.09. Sister Kady Thompson who is also running the series ran in the same race placing 23rd overall in a time of 13.30. Younger brother Felix Thompson posted a time of 2.40 as he finished 5th in the U9 Race.
With just three Races still to go in this years Championships Dexta is in 2nd position overall as can be seen from the Standings after the Kirby Gala Race.
Sophie at Golden Spike in Ostrava – New 3000m PB for Tim at Trafford – Witton Open Meeting has longest Hammer throw of 2017 for U17 Women
56th Ostrave Golden Spike – 27/28th June
Sophie Hitchon was competing again at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, just days after representing Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Lille at the weekend. While things didn’t go as well as they might have at the Championships, Sophie bounced back in emphatic style at the Golden Spike Meeting – finishing 4th in a quality field with a throw of 73.68 and her second 73m plus throw on the night.
After the Meeting Sophie spoke to the Club about the Team Championships and her Golden Spike result saying that “After a tough few weeks of competitions I was disappointed that I couldn’t get more points for the team at the European Team Championships. I was very pleased with the competition in Ostrava to get back to where I started this year. I am looking forward to competing at British championships this weekend it is always great to compete on home soil”.
Tim Raynes and Joe Monk were out at the latest Grand Prix Meeting at Stretford on Tuesday night contesting the 3000m. A big field of twenty four runners saw Dejene Gezimu take the win in a time of 8.29.39 with Tim in 11th spot and posting a new PB time of 8.40.52 which bettered his previous best by six seconds. Tim spoke to the Club after the Race commenting “Pleased with how my race went. Got a little stuck on the first lap, but managed to work my way up through the field. I was happy to finish quite strongly, and am now looking forward to running at Stretford again next Tuesday night for the 5k.”
Joe finished in 15th place in a time of 8.49.37 four seconds away from his previous personal best for the distance and speaking to the Club he told us that he thought he “hit a bit of a plateau in the 3k, sticking between 8:45-8:50, seem to get to 2k and then struggle. Not too disappointed as my training is showing that I should be close to 8:40, just need that 800m/1500m speed now to kick on”.
The second of this years Blackburn Harriers T & F Open Meetings took place on Wednesday June 21st including some really good competition over the different events.
The U17 Women’s Hammer was a standout competition with the top two Women in the country battling it out – Tara Simpson-Sullivan from Wigan Harriers and Charlotte Williams from Blackburn Harriers. Tara threw a new life time best of 61.67m to finish ahead of Charlotte in 2nd place with a throw of 57.35m. The came Hannah Blood (Sale) in 3rd with a new PB of 47.78m, Charlotte Sturchbury (Liverpool Harriers) in 4th with 46.27m, Emma Louise Vickers Preston Harriers) in 5th throwing 41.97m and in 6th Rhiannan Lowe (Preston Harriers) with 36.56m. Nicky Saunders (Blackburn Harriers) and Tamalyn Dickinson also threw new PB’s in the U13 Girls Hammer with Nicky taking the win (21.09m) and Tamalyn 2nd (20.93m). Jacob Roberts (Blackburn Harriers) set a new personal best with his last throw in the Junior Men’s Hammer (65.64m).
There was an impressive winner of Heat (1) of the Mile with Robb Webb of Rossendale taking the Race in a time of 4.27.1. Impressive also in the same Heat were the runs of Blackburn Harriers U15’s Sam Hodklinson and Matt Ramsden which saw Sam run a time of 4.45.8 out sprinting Matt in the home straight who finished 3rd in 4.46.3 and they were followed by fellow Harrier U17 Nick Smith finishing strongly in 4th spot in a time of 4.47.2. Blackburn Harriers and U17 – Bradley Meikleham won the 1000m in a time of 2.53.6 ahead of Preston Harriers U23 Rachael Scott in 2.56.9.
In the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles there was another impressive win by Blackburn Harriers Myah Booth in a new PB time of 11.6 which was one tenth inside the English Schools qualifying time with new PB’s for Queen Tanimowo in 2nd (12.0) and Christie Sturgess in 4th (12.9). Blackburn Harrier Emily Warren was also among the new PB’s with a time of 12.6 in the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles. U17 Solomon Brown (Blackburn Harriers) ran his third successive PB over the 400m Hurdles recording a time of 63.4.
Aggies Staircase – June 22nd
This is a popular local race which has been in existence for a good number of years and attracted one hundred and fifty three runners on a warm and muggy evening last Thursday. The Race includes a number of tough climbs and the Course is described by the organisers – Darwen Dashers – as ‘Starting at the top of Punstock Road, the route climbs a footpath, turns right onto the track past Robin Hoods cottage, then left to follow an enclosed footpath to the main track, and left up to Darwen Tower. It then descends through the small quarry onto the main track towards the top of Bold Venture Park, before turning right to climb steeply up a rough path known as Jacobs Ladder, then across the moor top, and on down to the foot of Aggies Staircase. Aggies Staircase is the shortest but steepest of the three climbs, and from the top you will return just below the Tower, and then descend the way you first came up towards Sunnyhurst. At the gate at the bottom turn right, retracing your steps; continue past Robin Hoods cottage, then turn left down the path to the finish at the top of Punstock Road’. (Darwen Dashers)
This years Race was won by Ben Fish in a time of 28.20, over half a minute clear of second placed Nick Leigh. It is has been a while since Ben competed on this type of terrain and has been out for a while recently through injury. Ben spoke to the Club afterwards and told us that he “had done quite a few runs over the moors this year…….Great run by the fellow Harriers, especially young Jamie. We only just missed out on winning the team prize by 3 points”.
(Jamie Teare – Ben Fish)
John Horrocks was next home for the Harriers in 8th spot with a time of 31.29 and followed by Derek Reilly in a time of 33.04 for 18th place. U15 Jamie Teare had a great run in placing 20th in a time of 33.14 which placed him 2nd MU16 on the night.
John Sutton who finished one place behind Jamie – 21st in 33.32 – was very very complimentary about Jamie’s run telling the Club after the Race “Jamie Teare. A name to look out for in the coming years. He fairly flew past me down from the Tower and it was an impressive performance all round by this 14 year old in a tough little race like that. This young lad has got the talent and also the right attitude as I discovered afterwards. Great to see………Nowt much to say on my own race other than I reverted to fading away in this one after a few encouraging outings this month. Pleased for my gaffer The Fish on his return and a well earned victory and also my Thursday night run chum Johnny Horrocks who is well in the ascendancy right now.”
Sabden was the venue for a very warm 6 mile Trail Race organised by Shaun Livesey on Wednesday June 21st which attracted one hundred and ninety seven finishers and won by Julian Hood in a time of 37.58.
(Photos courtesy of David Belshaw)
The Race for first place was a close one with Chris Davies from Blackburn Harriers taking 2nd spot in 38.04 and 1st V40 – just six seconds behind the winner. Ben Costello who isn’t much experienced on this type of terrain, nevertheless had a good run to finish 18th in a time of 43.11.
V40 John Cookson came in 74th in 50.36 whilst Ian Clarkson (V50) was 89th in 52.14. Hannah Cookson placed 125th in a time of 58.41 followed by V40 Lindsay Davies (154th) in 63.18.
A number of the Harriers also ran the Junior Events which saw a win for Dexta Thompson in the mixed age Race with a time of 8.02 in the U13 Race – Amy Davies ran 8.58 in the U15 Race the same time as Sophie Stanworth – Hannah Davies ran 9.29 in the U11’s with Kady Thompson ran 10.56 – Felix Thompson clocked 3.46 in the U9 Race.
Horwich Street Series – Wednesday June 21st
Another popular event taking place on the same night was the Horwich Street Races for Seniors & Juniors which was the second Race in this years Series.
V50 David Morris ran in the Senior Race coming in 208th out of the 231 finishers in a time of 50.41. In the Junior Race featuring 51 youngsters in the first Race – Saul Sharp was first Harrier home in 5th Place (6.11) followed by Oliver Gill in 11th position (6.23), Isabelle Hartley in 22nd spot (6.48), Tippi Francis 36th in 7.50 and Lulu Sharp (43rd) in a time of 8.45.
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