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Great day for the Harriers winning twenty Team and Individual Medals at Lancashire Cross Country Championships
A cold but sunny day greeted the athletes for this years County Championships run in surprisingly better conditions that might have been thought given all the rain of late. A record number of entries for the county championships helped to set the scene for the day, providing some great running and competition.
Blackburn Harriers had seventy seven runners contesting the Championships which yielded twenty Medals overall – three Team Golds in the U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Women’s Vets – three Team Silver Medals for the U13 Girls, Senior Men and Men’s Vets and nine Individual Medals included Bronze Medals won by the U11 Boys, U11 Girls and U15 Girls with Individual Bronze in the U11 Girls, Silver in U13 Boys, Silver and Bronze in U15 Boys, Silver in U17 Women and Silver in the Senior Men. In the Veteran categories the Harriers won five Medals including Silver in the Women’s V35, Silver in the Women’s V40, Gold in the Women’s V45 whilst in the Men’s there was Silver and Bronze in the V45’s.
The day kicked off with the U11 Boys winning a Team Bronze Medal and featuring fourteen Blackburn Harriers led home by ‘pocket rocket’ Sam Aspey with a cracking run in 4th place (6.33). Daniel Smith was next home in 11th (6.50), followed by Oliver Gill in 14th (6.57), Harry Sambrook in 18th spot in a time of 7.03, Matthew Smith (24th) clocking 7.14, Charlie Haworth (26th) running 7.20, William Dudgeon in a time of 7.52 (41st), Harry Russel (7.53) in 43rd place, Findlay Carroll with a time of 7.55 (46th), George Ramsden in 8.00 dead (52nd), Alexander Brien (8.32) in 62nd position, Harrison Waite (66th) in 8.49, Sam Craven 69th running a time of 10.12 and Kaiden Fielding (11.41) in 70th.
The U11 Girls emulated the boys by also winning the Team Bronze medal – Hannah Davies and Imogen Robinson led the charge in the U11 Girls featuring fifty one young runners and kept that up until the end with Imogen finishing in Bronze Medal position with a time of 7.32 and Hannah coming home 5th (7.40). They were backed up by Isabelle Hartley in 19th (7.57), Ayesha Vose (34th) in 8.36, Tippi Francis just one place further back in 35th in a time of 8.44 and Maisie Taylor in 43rd (9.32).
First Team Gold of the day went to the U13 Boys which saw ten Harriers competing in the forty five strong field and taking eight places in the top 20. Isaac Butler continued with his great form winning an Individual Silver Medal for his 2nd placed run of 11.35 and that after losing 50 metres by going the wrong way. Great support in 6th and 7th place came from David Holman (11.54), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (12.00) and Zach Walmsley in 8th (12.09). Tremendous grouping from the lads was evident with the next two Harriers home – Joseph Joyce in 10th in a time of 12.19, Hayden Mercer 11th (12.25) and Rory Teare 15th (12.40). Saul Sharp was next home in 19th spot clocking a time of 12.56 with Codie Dewhurst in 22nd (13.08) and Sebastian Burton (33rd) with a time of 13.52.
It was a Team Silver Medal for the U13 Girls which saw Hollie Cubbon cross the line as the first Harrier in 12th out of fifty six runners in a time of 13.02. Katie Cookson and Caroline Woodworth pushed one another through the Race with Katie coming home in a time of 13.17 (16th) and Caroline just one place back in 17th posting her time of 13.21. Leah Hoole was next home for the Club in 19th spot (13.33) followed by Keira Haxton in 30th (14.05) and Molly Nicholls in 39th place (14.36).
Second Team Gold Medal on the day came from the U15 Boys which also produced Individual Silver and Bronze Medals. Sam Hodkinson came home 2nd with a characteristic sprint finish in a time of 12.50 to edge Matt Ramsden into 3rd place in the home straight (12.53). Leon Thomas 11th in 13.41 and Jamie Teare 12th (13.43) ensured the Gold Medal for the Team. Harvey Ashworth was next across the line in 22nd (14.47) with Luke Ingleson in 33rd (16.18) and Ethan Barbarewicz 34th in 17.40.
The Harriers U15 Girls kept the Team Medals going with a Bronze in their Race led home by Eleesha Charnley – 9th out of 44 runners in a time of 15.40 and followed home by Amy Davies in 12th (16.00), Hollie Oldham (31st) in a time of 18.01, Rebecca Ramsden in 38th (19.27), Charlotte Collin 43rd (21.26) and Ella Hardman 44th running a time of 24.31.
Maddie Elliott had a good run to win Silver Medal in the U17 Women’s Race in a time of 21.29 after a battle with Lorna Speirs from Norther with Hannah Cookson placing 11th in 24.02. The Harriers U17 Men finished 5th Team with Joe Gebbie finishing 11th in a time of 19.29, Bradley Meikleham (13th) clocking 19.47 and Thomas Betty 19th in a time of 22.49. Bottom of age U20 Nicholas Smith who ran his first Lancashire Championships in the Senior Race placed 8th overall in the U20’s with a time of 37.23 and 51st overall in the Senior Race.
The Club’s Senior Women had a pretty good day winning the Vets Team Gold Medal and just missing out on the Bronze Medal in the Open Race by two points to place 4th overall. Joanne Nelson finished 9th overall in 26.43 and won the Gold Medal for the V45’s too. Next over the Finish Line for the Harriers came Victoria Mousley in 27.42 which earned her a Silver Medal in the V35 category, followed by Katie Buckingham who is going very well in 15th spot (27.55), Carmen Byrne in 18th (28.38) which earned her a Silver Medal in the V40’s, and just two places further back – Carly Edwards in 21st with a time of 28.53. Sarah Toms was next in (28th) clocking a time of 30.52 and Lindsay Davies 39th with a time of 32.46.
Our Senior Men had seventeen runners out and were hopeful of contesting the Team and Individual Gold Medals. Unfortunately we lost two athletes on the first lap through injury which put a dent into our ambitions finishing up with the Silver Team Medal and Silver Individual Medal and Silver Vets Team Medal. Really good running from everyone which saw the Harriers take two of the first five places with Ben Fish in 2nd beaten in a sprint finish in the home straight by Daniel Bebbington and Rob Warner in 4th place 31.22. Jack Hindle had a good run to finish 16th in 33.22 and great to see Zach Howe in 25th place (34.21) after a pretty horrific 2017 dominated by injury.
Next in came Matt Nuttall in 31st (34.46) and Silver Medalist in the V45’s followed by Chris Davies in 32nd (35.02). Just a couple of places further back came Mark Chippendale in 35th (35.48) and V55 Bronze Medalist, Joseph Howe (37th) clocking 36.10 and Ian Dixon (40th) with a time of 36.22.
Nicholas Smith also had a good solid run in 51st (37.23) followed home by Paul Brindle with a time of 37.43 in 56th, Martin Haworth (60th) in 38.01, Gary Vose (63rd) in 38.05, Gary Pearse 90th (40.49), Mark Almond 101st in a time of 41.37, John Cookson (114th) posting a time of 42.57 and Ian Clarkson in 143rd spot (47.45).
Wins for Marc Scott & Laura Weightman at RV10k – Northern Team Medals and Open Race wins for Blackburn Harriers + Vet wins for Harriers Mat Nuttall and Joanne Nelson
On Friday 29th December the forecast was for rain all day on Race day. One day later it changed to no rain and forty mile per hour winds!! And on the day itself? Sunshine and much lighter winds although it was windy out on the course. Twelve hundred and sixty six finishers was a record for the Race as was the fact that the Race was sold out three weeks before the date.
Great runs from the winner Marc Scott who defended his title in a time of 29.37, just four seconds slower than in 2016 and the Course Record could have been under threat without the wind. Just behind Marc came Olympian Jonny Brownlee in a great time of 29.54. There was a tremendous run from the Women’s Race winner Laura Weightman too, running the fastest time for a woman on the course since the record – (32.20) – was set by Helen Clitheroe in 2005. Laura won in a great debut time of 32.31 which meant she went into number two in the National Rankings for 2017 and just behind her in second spot came Beth Potter in 33.00 which was a new 10k Road PB by nearly half a minute.
Race Winner GB International Marc Scott being presented with his Prize by John Miles Partner at Forbes
Women’s Race Winner Olympian Laura Weightman being presented with her Prize by John Miles Partner at Forbes
A very big thank you to Forbes Solicitors who have sponsored the race for many years now and with out whose support it would have been very difficult to maintain and improve the quality of the Race. Forbes Solicitors offer a full range of legal services to individuals and business clients in offices across the North of England and can be found HERE
Andrea Stamp, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Forbes Solicitors, said: “The Ribble Valley 10k has become a part of Christmas for athletes and fun runners alike and we are delighted to support such a great event.“It attracts some of the best endurance athletes in the country and is a great advert for local athletics and the Ribble Valley itself.”
Interview with Race Winner GB International Marc Scott ⇒ HERE
Interview with Women’s Race Winner Olympian Laura Weightman ⇒ HERE
Interview with Race Runner Up Olympian Jonny Brownlee ⇒ HERE
Interview with Women’s Race Runner Up Olympian Beth Potter ⇒ HERE
Ribble Valley 10k Results ⇒ HERE
The Race hosts the Northern Athletics 10k Road Championships which saw the Individual Men’s Gold Medal go to Marc Scott and and the Women’s Gold Medal to Laura Weightman and Presented by Northern Athletics President Kevin Carr.
In the Men’s Team Events it was a win for Preston Harriers who picked up the Gold Medal with Blackburn Harriers taking Silver in 2nd place. In the Women’s Team Race the Gold Medal was won by Blackburn Harriers with Sale Harriers taking Silver in 2nd place.
Preston Harriers Northern men’s Team Gold Medalists & RV10k Men’s Team Champions
Blackburn Harriers Northern Men’s Team Silver Medalists & RV10k Men’s Team Runners Up
Blackburn Harriers – Northern Women’s Team Champions & RV10K Women’s Team Winners
Sale Harriers – Northern Women’s Team Silver Medalists & RV10K Women’s Team Runners Up
It takes a lot of volunteers to staff a race like the Ribble Valley 10k with somewhere in the region of fifty people needed to Set up the Course, Manage Car Parking safely, Marshaling the Race, providing a Lead Vehicle, ensuring Water Stations are in place on the course and at the finish, distributing Medals and then when everyone has gone home, staying behind to clear up. Nevertheless the Club still had twenty runners competing in the race which was great to see.
First home for the Harriers was Ben Fish finishing 7th overall in a seasons best time of 30.31 and after he was seen lifting boxes and setting up the Up and Running Stall at 7.30am on Race day! Next home came Tim Raynes in 24th place with a time of 31.48 followed by V45 Mat Nuttall (59th) in a seasons best time of 34.28 which also won him the V45 1st Prize – the three of them counting to win Northern Silver and the Open Race runners up place.
Chris Davies was next home for the Club clocking a time of 35.10 in 70th position followed by U17 Harvey Griffin running over this distance for the very first time and posting a time of 35.39 in 79th spot. There was another seasons best, this time for V45 Paul Brindle in 92nd spot with a time of 36.08 just eight seconds off a new personal best. U23 Jack Hindle was one of those athletes, who like many, have been affected by colds and bugs but still ran to place 97th in a time of 36.28.
Alison Lundy (Leonard) hasn’t raced since May 2017 came home in 124th spot with a time of 37.26 to join Joanne Nelson (184th) in 39.35 who also won the 1st V45 Prize and Katie Buckingham (191st) in a new PB of 39.42 to win the Northern Women’s Team Gold Medal and the Open Race Team win.
Paulo Sousa made his road 10k debut for the Club coming home in a pretty solid time of 38.38 and 158th place. V50 Jonathan Bridge was next home for the Club in 186th spot with a time of 39.40 followed by a new PB for Marco Maggio (40.46) in 229th, V50 Gary Pearse 264th posting a time of 41.46 and Daniel Whittaker, another runner posting a new PB of 41.44 in 271st position. Sprinter Reece Phillips tried his hand at endurance running and ran pretty well to record a time of 43.15 in 331rd spot and followed by the ever improving Paul Jeffries who just missed out on setting another new personal best in his first year, running 44.02 in 350th place.
Just outside his previous personal best came V50 Ian Clarkson in 424th place in a time of 45.04 followed by V60 Mike Blacklidge in 427th clocking a good time of 45.38. There was a another seasons best for V45 Danny Teare as he clocked 45.44 in 457th spot and a new PB for V45 Lindsay Davies in 467th with a time of 46.33. Yet another PB for V40 Mark Lord who ran 48.50 in 553rd place followed in by Paul Wilkinson in a seasons best time of 49.07 (595th), Paul Clarke (V55) in 697th spot in a time of 51.17, V45 Claire Bridge (809th) in a seasons best time of 53.51, Lorna Sharp (V40) running a time of 56.56 (919th) and U17 Charlotte Collin in her first ever attempt at the distance (925th) in 56.57.
John Orrell V50 has been out on the Fells over the Christmas period and kicked off with his first race on December 17th in The Stoop, organised by Dave Woodhead featuring two hundred and forty four other runners in a race won by Harry Holmes clocking a time of 31.17.
The weather conditions were only for the hardy John describing it as ”cold, wet and windy”. Further John said that it had “dangerous ice on the track and fog on the moors and the race was shortened to an out and back. In places it was pretty grim, but definitely better than Christmas shopping!” John finished in 141st place with a time of 48.24
(Photo courtesy of www.woodentops.org.uk)
Next up for John was the Whinberry Naze on Boxing Day – December 26th where he was met with “a good icy blast again with a touch of snow, Santa and smarties ( a gift from him when you turn at the trig)”. John finished this Race in just over 36 mins placing 105th out of the 245 strong field and knocking well over a minute off his time recorded in last years race. Four other Harriers ran the Race with Matt Nuttall finishing 31st overall, Sarah Toms 105th and Carly Edwards in 121st spot.
Whinberry Naze Results (Not yet out)
Final outing in a trio of Races inside thirteen days came for John at Wansfell which was won by Carl Bell in a time of 20.30 from Rob Jebb in 2nd place. Overall one hundred and forty five runners contested the Race with John coming home in 95th spot. Afterwards John spoke to the Club telling us that it was “A great way to finish 2017 at Wansfell. New PB in 33.30, smashing my previous best by nearly 2 mins. More ice, but a beautiful day in the lakes, with just a smattering of white stuff on the tops”. That’s thirty Fell Races for John in 2017 and he already has his first planned for 2018 which will be the Nine Standards.
More festive fun came at the ever popular Turkey Trot – December 16th – which attracted two hundred and eighty eight runners and won by Carl Bell in a time of 27.32 from Gary Priestley in 2nd (27.37) and Josh Tighe in 3rd place (27.55). The Race apart from being a fun day also has a serious side to it as it raises quite a bit of money for good causes.
Seven Blackburn Harriers ran the Race with Matt Nuttall placing 7th overall and 1st V45 in a time of 30.42. Matt was followed in by V50 Warren Smith (56th) in 40.37 and another V50 Mark Wilkin in 77th (42.16). First woman home for the Harriers was Carly Edwards in 89th clocking a time of 44.21 and followed by Lorna Sharp (145th) in 54.25 and Clare Wilkin (155th) with a time of 56.28 and V55 David Morris placing 193rd in a time of 61.15. In the Open Run for U13’s Felix Thompson (U11) placed 6th and Kady Thompson (U11) finished 13th.
(All photos courtesy of David Balshaw)
Wins for U13 and U15 Boys at Mid Lancs – Chris 1st V40 at Longridge 7 – 1st V55 for Ian In Sussex Cross Country League
For the second week in a row it was another mud fest at Leigh for the third fixture in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League following on from the Red Rose cross country at Marl Pits the week before. Watching the European Cross Country Championships the day after, the experiences of Sefton Park (Cross Challenge), Marl Pits and Leigh couldn’t be in more contrast!
It was a very consistent day of running for the Harriers with two Team wins, two Team second and two third places alongside Individual wins for Matt Ramsden in the U15 Boys and Joanne Nelson in the V45 Women’s Race.
First up was the U11 Girls – finishing 4th Team – which featured seven of our U11 Girls and led home by Molly Grimshaw in a very good 11th place (7.29) out of the seventy two strong field. Next Harrier in was Hannah Davies (21st) in a time of 7.40 with Isabelle Hartley in 26th spot (7.53). Charlotte Sousa finished with her characteristic sprint to take 37th place in a time of 8.15 followed by Imogen Robinson (58th) clocking 9.07, Tippi Francis (59th) in a time of 9.09 and Lulu Sharp in 60th position (9.14).
(R-L Tippi Francis – Charlotte Sousa – Imogen Robinson – Lulu Sharp – Isabelle Hartley – Hannah Davies – Molly Grimshaw)
The Club’s U11 Boys Team came 4th overall out of the eleven teams and seventy five runners competing. Daniel Smith was first Harrier across the line in a time of 6.40 (12th) with Oliver Gill in 19th place (6.56) and Matthew Smith 20th clocking an identical time of 6.56. Jacob Joyce was the next one home in 35th spot (7.16) followed by Charlie Howarth in 40th place (7.19), Harry Russel having his first race for the Club came 43rd in 7.23 and he was followed home by William Dudgeon (46th) posting a time of 7.26, George Ramsden in 51st (7.33), Felix Thompson 58th running a time of 7.57 and another young runner taking on his first race for the Club Sam Craven.
The U13 Girls placed 5th Team on the day out of the ten Clubs competing totaling seventy runners. Hollie Cubbon came home 14th in a time of 8.25 with Caroline Woodworth in 24th clocking 8.53, Lucy Ramsden in 44th spot (9.24), Holly Sousa (64th) with a time of 10.46, Charlotte Clapham in 67th (11.14) and Libby Neal 68th (11.19).
First Team win of the day came for the U13 Boys and it was another very good run from Isaac Butler after his Sefton Park performance saw him finish 2nd in a time of 10.45 to lead the team home to victory. Second place for the Harriers went to David Holman in 8th (11.22) with Joseph Joyce having a very solid run in 12th spot (11.36). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was the next home for the Club in 14th clocking a time of 11.40 and backed up by Saul Sharp in 34th (12.30), Codie Dewhurst in 47th position (13.15) and Sebastian Burton 59th with a time of 14.58.
(L-R Isaac Butler – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Joseph Joyce – David Holman – Sebastian Burton – Codie Dewhurst)
In the U15 Girls Race Eleesha Charnley came home 11th in the 43 strong field in a time of 11.55 with Amy Davies in 16th spot posting a time of 12.07.
The U15 Boys provided the second Team win of the day taking four of the first eight places. Matt Ramsden set off with real intent from the off and never let up with Leon Thomas right behind. Matt comfortably won the race by half a minute in a time of 12.58 with Sam Hodkinson working his through the field to take 4th place in 13.36. Leon Thomas was just two places further back in 6th (13.50) with Jamie Teare a further two places back in 8th position clocking a time of 14.05 and Ethan Barbarewicz in 34th running a time of 15.51.
(L-R Leon Thomas – Ethan Barbarewicz – Matt Ramsden – Jamie Teare – Sam Hodkinson)
Maddie Elliott running without spikes which in itself was testing to say the least in the prevailing conditions placed 5th in the U17 Women’s Race (15.47) whilst Joe Gebbie had a solid run in the U17 Men’s Race taking 7th spot in 21.01.
The Harriers Senior Women took 3rd place in the Team Race, 2nd Team in the Veteran’s Race and Joanne Nelson won the Women’s V45 race. Joanne finished 4th over all out of a field of 137 runners and 1st V45 in a time of 21.55 and followed home by Carmen Byrne in 10th place (22.49), Sarah Toms who ran her third race of the last eight days placing 19th in a time of 24.16 and Lindsay Davies 48th clocking a time of 26.47.
(L-R Carmen Byrne – Sarah Toms – Joanne Nelson)
The old adage that ‘every place counts’ was never more apt than in the Senior Men’s Race where the Senior Men finished 2nd Team with the same number of points as Preston who took the race on countback. As well as the mud, the Senior Men had to endure a ten minute period of driving hail which didn’t make things any easier for any of the runners out on the course.
Tim Raynes was involved in a tussle with Karl Darcy and Alasdair Russell on the second and third laps which saw Tim finish 4th overall in a time of 36.33 and he was backed up by a strong run from Jack Hindle in 12th spot (36.58) and Ben Costello in 17th clocking 39.06. Next in was Chris Davies (20th) in a time of 39.51 and 2nd V40 on the day, Jacob Watson running his first race for the Club in 45th (41.47), Nick Smith in only his second Senior Race taking 50th spot (42.25), Craig Greenough (128th) in a time of 48.07, Danny Teare (159th) in 50.27 and Richard Taylor making his seasons debut in 221th position (56.31).
Longridge 7 – Sunday December 10th
Three hundred and seventy four finishers in this years Race run on a cold snowy morning which saw three Blackburn Harriers competing – Chris Davies, Lindsay Davies and Paul Jeffries.
Chris, who had run the Mid Lancs cross country race at Leigh the previous day, finished 4th overall and 1st V40 in a time of 41.31. Paul Jeffries was running only his second race of the year and had a pretty good run in 48th place with a time of 50.17. Lindsay also ran the Mid Lancs the day before and she finished 94th in a time of 55.37 and 2nd V45.
Down in Chichester Blackburn Harrier V55 Ian Barnett ran in the Sussex Cross Country League on December 2nd – (RESULTS) – finishing 96th in the one hundred and fifty eight strong field with a time of 37.07 and first in the V55 category. The week after he finished 5th in the Chichester Oaklands Park Run (RESULTS) in a time of 20.28.
Team Title Wins for U13 Boys, Senior Men, Veteran Men + Individual Veteran Titles for Joanne & Matt in 2017 Red Rose League – 2nd & 3rd for Ben and Chris at Wilmslow 10k – 2nd for Pauline at Tatton 10k – Indoors with Morgan and Myah
A great end to the 2017 Red Rose Cross Country League for the Harriers. After the final fixture at an extremely muddy Marl Pits on Saturday the Club finished up with the Senior Men’s title winning the first three fixtures and a 3rd in the last one. This was followed up with four straight wins by the Harriers Veteran athletes to land that Title undefeated and also undefeated was Joanne Nelson who won all three of her Races to take the Women’s V45 Title and was 4th overall in the Series. Mat Nuttall added the Men’s V45 Title for the Club posting two first places, a second and a third spot with Chris Davies just missing out by one point for a Medal as he took 4th spot in the V40’s and Chris Balderson 8th. Although the Harriers hadn’t targeted the Red Rose League for the Juniors there will still some very good performances not least of them being a League Title Individual win for Dexta Thompson in the U13 Boys winning two and coming 2nd in his three races to count as the Team also won the League Title amassing 57 points to Clayton’s 79 in second place.
Senior Men’s Team Manager Paul Guinan was delighted with the performance of the Team and told the Club “The Red Rose Cross Country Series was a series we targeted for a number of reasons, being only 4 races, relatively local and finishing pre – Christmas. We intended to be competitive throughout, both as individuals and as a team, without a doubt we achieved that and more, winning 3 out of 4 races for the Seniors and 4 wins out of 4 races for the Vets. Matt Nuttall taking the Vet 45 title and Jack Hindle taking Runner Up in the Seniors, brilliant for them as well as the Club. Highlights for me have to be the team spirit we have forged which is now evident and will only get better with time, Ben Costello finding his running legs and proving he can run at a level, the great Ben Fish running after an absence of 13 long years and returning with a win and finally all the athletes that made the effort not only for me but for the Club, that’s every runner, a massive thank you from myself and Ben, wonderful from you all and much appreciated, hopefully a return to the Series next year with another successful campaign, brilliant”.
Just three youngsters in the U11 Boys in the opening Race of the day featuring ninety runners, which saw the Harriers place 4th out of 11 teams and led home by Daniel Smith in 8th spot (7.13) who is having a great first season. Next in was Oliver Gill in 18th (7.36) with Felix Thompson (38th) clocking a time of 8.06.
The U11 Girls similarly had just three girls out as they came in 8th out of 12 teams with just thirteen seconds separating them. First back was Hannah Davies in 22nd position (8.29) with Isabelle Hartley in 24th (8.31) and Kady Thompson 28th in a time of 8.42).
Dexta Thompson led the way for the U13 Boys by winning the Race and with Kyle Pomfret-Taylor in 7th (10.03), Rory Teare (12th) in a time of 10.25 and Saul Sharp (19th) clocking 10.42 all of which meant that they won the Team Race on the day and ensured the League Title. In the U13 Girls there were pretty solid runs from Caroline Woodworth in 27th spot (11.20) and Keira Haxton running a time of 11.37 (33rd).
Eleesha Charnley has had a another good cross country season so far taking 3rd spot at Marl Pits in 17.46 and finishing 3rd U15 Girl overall for the Series. Sam Hodkinson had a crack at the Marl Pits Course in the U15 Boys Race coming home in 4th place (15.17).
The Senior Women’s Race had 112 runners contesting which saw Joanne Nelson have another fine run in 4th place (22.22) which secured her the V45 Title and 4th place overall in the Series, missing out by just a point to U20 Katie Oakley. And it was a delight to see Sarah Toms next home in 28th spot (25.57) running for the Harriers back on home turf and followed in by Lindsay Davies in 40th position clocking a time of 27.53. The Team finished 6th out of the 15 teams racing.
The Senior Men went in the final race already having won the League Title with three straight wins. A fourth was not to be be as they finished 3rd just two points behind 2nd place. Jack Hindle had a great race in what can only described as awful conditions following all the other Races as he came home 4th overall in 31.16 but counting for 3rd spot as one athlete was a non-counting Guest. Nip and tuck all the way between Mat Nuttall (19th) in 34.20 and Ben Costello in 20th place (34.21). Chris Davies was next over the line in 24th posting a time of 35.07 followed by Paul Brindle (28th) in 35.27, Paulo Sousa (37th) with a time of 37.11, Karl Billington 65th (39.37), Mark Almond (93rd) in a time of 41.47) and Danny Teare clocking 44.30 in 120th position.
Wilmslow Festive 10k – November 26th
The week after Ben Fish won the Red Rose League fixture at Bolton saw him racing the Wilmslow Festive 10k taking 2nd place in a time of 30.37 whilst Chris Arthur who had set a new 10mile PB of 51.00 at the Brampton-Carlisle 10m Race set another new PB here for 10k taking 3rd place in a time of 30.54. Great running from both athletes.
Myerscough 10 – Sunday 3rd December
Joanne Nelson decided to make it a tough weekend for herself. Racing through the mud at Marl Pits on Saturday to finish 4th overall and 1st V45 Woman, she then tackled the Myerscough 10 mile race the day after, finishing 22nd out of two hundred and fifty eight runners. Joanne clocked a time of 65.21 to finish 2nd Woman and 1st V45. Carol Reilly also ran in the race finishing 79th in a time of 76.00minutes.
Over twelve hundred runners completed the Run Tatton 10k won which saw Pauline Powell finish 8th overall and 2nd Woman on the day in an excellent time of 36.18. The conditions weren’t the best but when speaking to the Club, Pauline commented “I had a good run at Tatton Park, it was good to be in a competitive race, the course was quite undulating and very wet and slippy in places. I was pleased with my run and felt good although i could tell i had a lack of races! So now looking forward to racing again next weekend!”
On the Indoor circuit Morgan Angland and Myah Booth kicked off their season with competition at Sheffield which saw Morgan place 4th in the U20 Women’s 60m with a time of 10.03 whilst Myah Booth earned herself two second places, firstly in the U15 Girls 60m Hurdles clocking a new PB time of 9.60 and in the U15 Girls Shot Putt throwing a distance of 9.70m.
A packed out evening at the Mill Hill Working men’s Club saw Blackburn Harriers celebrate the success of all our athletes over the previous year across all disciplines – Track & Field; Cross Country, Road, Fell and Sportshall.
Club Chairman Tony Wood started the evening with a special mention of the first of our two Guest Presenters – Samantha Murray. Samantha who joined the Club as a 15yr old went on to achieve magnificent success in the Modern Pentathlon winning the Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympics and became World Individual Champion in 2014 – outstanding achievements along side so many others over the years including winning the British Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
First Award of the evening – The Junior Squad Trophy – goes traditionally to the Sportshall Group which sees the Coaches nominate three Boys and three Girls. The Boys Nominations were Harrison Allcock, Thomas Flynn, Matthew Smith and the Girls Niamh Gate, Kady Thompson, Molly Grimshaw with Harrison and Niamh taking the Award.
The U11 Endurance Award is given to recognise the efforts of the junior endurance athletes particularly during the 2016-17 cross country season. For the Boys the winner was Oliver Gill and for the Girls Isabelle Hartley.
Junior Team Contribution to Track and Field Award goes to the junior athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2016 Track and Field season in the UKYDL, Mid Lancs and Lancashire County Championships. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret took the U13/U15 Boys Award followed by three winners of the U13/U15 Girls – Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole. In the U17/U20 Male age category there were also three winners with Ben Whittaker, Jacob Roberts and Nicholas Smith and in the Female category Emily Warren and Chloe Bleeks were the winners.
Junior Merit Award is presented to athletes new to the UKYDL who have impressed their respective team managers and coaches throughout the season with the winners in the U13’s being Kate Cookson, Nicky Saunders, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Rory Teare with Queen Tanimowo, Millie Coy, Sam Hodkinson and Jonathan Gough taking the Award in the U15’s.
This award – Senior Team Contribution to Track and Field – goes to the athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2017 Track and Field season with a combination of Northern Senior League, Mid Lancs and Lancs Champs used to decide the winners. For the Men the winners were Chris Davies and Tim Raynes and for the Women Anna Peers.
Junior Team Contribution to Cross Country Award goes to the Junior athlete that has competed in most club XC fixtures through the season. Red Rose and Mid Lancs Leagues, Lancs, Northern and National Champs. Boys Winners Ethan Barbarewicz (Total of 10 MLL XC and Red Rose XC as well as County and Northern) Girls Winner Amy Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National). For the Seniors the Award went to Chris Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National and for the Women, Lindsay Davies took the Award (4 out of 5 MLL XC and 3 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National).
The next two Awards presented on the night covered the U13/U15 and U17/U20 Age Groups, the first of which was for the – Most Promising Young Athlete – an Award that highlights athletes that are usually new to the Harriers or just starting with the juniors and have started to make good progress through training and competing regularly and particularly look to have great prospects ahead for them. For the U13/U15 Age Category the Boys Winner was Dexta Thompson and for the Girls Hollie Cubbon. In the U17/U20’s the Winners were Bradley Meikleham and Emily Taberner. The second of these Awards – the Most Improved Young Athlete – went to Matt Ramsden for the U13/U15 Boys, to Myah Booth for the U13/U15 Girls, Ben Whittaker and Chloe Bleeks for the for the U17/U20’s.
The next Award presented on the night – Outstanding Junior Commitment – went to athletes that have shown commitment and application beyond what would normally be expected in order to improve themselves or support their team mates. Cameron Harris won the Award for the U13/U15 Boys for achieving a National Standard 45.54m in the Javelin at English Schools and ending the season on top of the North West Rankings and 19th Nationally. Eleesha Charnley took the U13/U15 Girls Award for her contribution in T&F, XC and Fell as well as being a key member of the road relay squad. Anthony Kent won the U17/U20 category after finishing the season ranked number one in the North West, 12th in the country and reaching the English Schools Final – Coach Jim Kerrigan receiving his Award. Maddie Elliott took the Female U17/U20 Award for competing more XC than any other in this age group, at T&F, and a key member of the relay squad.
The Club’s next award – Club Road Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the roads and conducts themselves in a manner that is a great example to the other members around them. The Women’s Winner was Rachel Wood who won the San-Francisco Marathon and South Cheshire 20 and for the Men the Award went to Joe Monk for a season which saw him set new personal bests at 10k, 10mile and Half-Marathon.
At this point in the evening it was time for the introduction of our next Guest Presenter – George Woodburn. The Club Chairman introduced George as a long standing member of the Harriers, joining way back in 1964. After a successful career as an endurance runner which saw him run 30mins for 10k, 67 mins for the half-marathon and 2.26 for the marathon and after 53 years membership George has continued to be extremely active in the Club as a Coach and Committee member.
The Club Fell Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the fells. The deserved winner was Dexta Thompson who had a great season placing 3rd in the U13 FRA Champs – the English Junior Fell Champs 6 race series. He backed that up with 2nd in the BOFRA U12s, taking the Lancashire U13 Fell title and also winning his age category in the Junior Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix Series.
Going from juniors to veterans, the winners of the Best Veteran Athletes Award went to Ben Fish who during the course of the season competed on the Track at 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m and Steeplechase as well winning eight road 10k and half-marathon races. For the women, this Award went to Victoria Mousley after winning the 5k Veteran title at Horwich and recording six other wins at 10k and half-marathon. There was a second Veteran’s Award which was a Merit Award for Road Running and this was won by Carmen Byrne who recorded four wins at 10k and 10 mile.
Normally there is just one Award for the Triathlete of the year but this year there were two. Our first Winner was Brian Fogarty after a tremendous performance in the British Ironman Championships where he placed 11th overall and first amateur. Our second Winner was Jack Hindle after a a stunning win at the Helvellyn Triathlon where he won the event by a full twelve minutes in front of the previously undefeated professional.
Many of our junior athletes participate in a variety of events, even if not true multi-eventers, This award – Best Junior All Round Track and Field Performance – reflects their versatility and the overall contribution they make to the Track and Field squad. Our Boys Winner was George Whittaker who competed in ten different events during the season for the Club whilst the Girls Award went to Liberty Thompson who competed in nine events overall throughout the year.
The Best Senior All Round Track and Field Performance went to John iLunga who competed in eleven events for the Club during the season as well as taking on a Decathlon at the Lancashire County Multi-Events Championships. The Women’s Winner was Anna Peers who competed in all the Throws events for the Club in the Northern league amassing a massive one hundred and four points.
Our next two Awards cover firstly – Best Junior & Senior Field Performance and and secondly – Best Junior & Senior Track Performance. Starting with the Juniors for the Field Award, U15 Jonathan Gough won for his 11.70m Triple Jump at Blackpool whilst for the Girls Emma Love won the U13/U15 Award for her 1.40m High Jump at Bury in the UKYDL. Jacob Roberts threw 65.64m at the Blackburn Open which won him the U17/U20 Award whilst Charlotte Williams won the U17/U20 Girls Award for her throw of 60.53m at Loughborough (Ann-Marie receiving on behalf of Charlotte). For the Senior Awards, these went to Joe Pearse for his High Jump of 2.00m at the Bucs Championships in Bedford (Esme Pearse receiving on behalf of Joe) whilst the Women’s Award went to Olympian Holly Bradshaw who broke her own National Record with a jump of 4.81m (Bob Groves receiving on behalf of Holly)
The Junior Awards for Best Performance (U13/U15) were won by Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 at Blackpool in August and Myah Booth for her 11.6 70m Hurdles time at the Blackburn Open. For the U17/U20’s age group Ross Liddle was the male Winner for his time of 50.6 in the 400m at a Northern League fixture in Liverpool and Emily Warren took the female Award for her 12.6 sec in the 80m Hurdles at the Blackburn Open. Rob Warner was the Winner of the Senior Award for his 3.49.1 1500m run at Trafford whilst Alison Leonard took the Women’s Award for 1500m run in Germany clocking a time of 4.24.4. Rob’s Trafford time also saw him win the prestigeous Arthur Almond Trophy which is presented to the athlete with the best Track performance throughout the season.
Our next Award of the evening – Best Schools Championship Performance of the Year – was presented to the athlete that has produced the best performance in a Schools Track and Field event during the season. Winner of the Girls Award for her Silver Medal throw of 59.41m in the English School Hammer Final was Charlotte Williams (Brother George receiving her Award) whilst the Boys Award was won by Ross Liddle for his time of 54.3 in the 400m Hurdles Final.
Four Awards for the Club Championship which is conducted throughout the year over varying types of Races on Road, Cross Country, Trail and Fell. Fifteen Races in total with the best eight performances counting towards the eventual winners. This year saw Lindsay Davies win both the Women’s Club Championship and Club Handicap whilst Chris Davies won the Men’s Club Championship and Ian Clarkson won the Club Handicap.
A very special Award made by the Harriers Club Committee was made to Joe Fleming, the Club’s High Jump Coach. This Award is made in recognition of a contribution made by a member of the Club who has shown commitment and dedication in working for the betterment and improvement of the Clubs athletes and the Club itself. Over many years Joe has displayed all of these characteristics and was a very deserving winner.
At the Club’s Annual General Meeting held recently it was announced that Richard Taylor was standing down as a Committee Member after a number of years in that role, as was the Club Secretary George Davies. George continues on the Committee and was elected Vice-Chairman with Wendy Hitchon being elected the new Club Secretary. In recognition of the work they had done, the Club made awards to both Richard and George which were presented by Wendy.
One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Life Memberships to Olympians Sophie Hitchon, Holly Bradshaw and Samantha Murray. In introducing the Awards, Club Chairman Tony Wood told the assembled Harriers that granting Life membership was a an indication of the contribution that these three athletes had made not only in their own specific events but to the support and development of the Club as a whole and that it was fitting to mark those achievements and contributions in this way. George Davies presented the Award to Samantha whilst Bob Groves received the Award for Holly Bradshaw as she was unfortunately unable to be there and Wendy Hitchon was presented with Sophie’s Award as she was in the US at a training camp.
The Bob Groves Trophy which is presented by the Club’s Hurdles Squad was won by Solomon Brown recognising his step up to 400m Hurdles and his improvement throughout the season. Bob took the opportunity to highlight the progress that Solomon had made throughout the year alongside Club record holder for 400m Hurdles – Ross Liddle.
Charlotte Williams and Jacob Roberts, two of the Clubs very successful Hammer Throwers were presented with International Awards, an Award which recognises the increasing number of athletes that have represented the Club at International level during the year and in 2017 both athletes were selected to compete for England.
On to the Athlete of the Year for Juniors and Seniors which highlighted some great performances. Junior Male Winner was U15 Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 which puts him at the top of the North West Rankings by over half a minute and in the top twenty in the Nationally. The Female Junior Winner was Charlotte Williams for her throw of 60.53m in the Hammer, finishing the season 2nd in the North West rankings and 2nd Nationally.
Senior Male Winner was Rob Warner for his personal best time of 3.49.12 whilst the Female Winner Holly Bradshaw won after breaking her own British Outdoor Pole Vault Record with a clearance of 4.81m.
The Final Award of the evening is the Round Chase Trophy, a trophy that has been in the Club for well over eighty years. And it was fitting that George Woodburn who has contributed so much to Endurance running in the Club was able to present the Cup and the individual medals to the U15 Boys Endurance Squad who have had a fantastic year. They came 2nd in the Red Rose Cross Country League – 1st in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League – won the U15 Lancashire Road Relays and North West Road Relays in Blackpool – followed that up by winning the Northern Road Relays at Sportscity and capped it off with a Silver Medal in the National Road Relays at Sutton Park.
(L-R Back Row: George Woodburn presenting the Award – Luke Ingleson, Jamie Teare, Matt Ramsden, Leon Thomas & Sam Hodkinson – L-R Front Row: Harry Wilkin, George Whittaker & Ethan Barabarewicz)
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