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On May 6th 2007 Holly Bradshaw cleared a height of 1.90m in the Young Athletes League at Derby whilst competing for Blackburn Harriers as a bottom of age U17. By the end of that particular Track & Field season she had improved her height to 2.30m achieved in the Northern League at Preston on July 7th 2007.
Ten years later as a Senior Athlete – last Friday – July 14th 2017 – Holly won the Pole Vault at the Stabhochsprung Meeting in Rottach-Egern, Germany with a clearance of 4.81m. In the meeting she came in at 4.45m and cleared it the second time, cleared 4.55m again the second time and then cleared 4.65m and 473m on the first jump. Moving on to 4.81 Holly cleared that at the second attempt before going for 4.90m. Holly has already cleared 4.80m this year too and has a life time best of 4.87m (Indoors). Her clearance of 4.81m in Germany broke her own Outdoor National Record.
Holly is a gifted and talented athlete, but as with all athletes who achieve world class standards as she has done, a hugely important part of their success is mental strength, toughness and dogged determination in the face of all of the things that undo the hard work that has been put in. Injuries, the scourge of all athletes, are no stranger to Holly who has had to battle against the odds on more than one occasion for as he says herself “During each of the past four years, I’ve had a surgery. I’ved faced some horrible injuries. It has been relentless.Yet at no stage have i ever doubted myself”.
This is why Holly is a world class athlete, why she has appeared in two Olympic Finals and is now going into the forthcoming World Championships fighting for the Medals. She serves as an inspiration to all athletes and proves that with mental tenacity and the right support, injuries, serious injuries can be overcome and the march to world world class performances gets interrupted – not halted. She serves also as an inspiration to youngsters throughout the sport. Holly’s journey, set backs and all proves that you can achieve, you can excel and be the very best.
Brian Fogarty has had a brilliant year in the Ironman. Earlier in the year he put in a superb performance at the Lanzarote Ironman finishing 11th overall – 1st British athlete & 1st Amateur in a combined time of 9hrs.22.57. Brian’s splits were 61.47 for the Swim ⇒ 4hrs 58.03 for the Bike ⇒ 3.15.18 for the Marathon.
In the Ironman UK at the weekend – (July 16th) – Brian performed even better with splits of 61.47 on the Swim ⇒ 4hr.50.43 on the Bike ⇒ 3hr 03.36 for the Marathon for a total time of 9hrs 02.54. This performance, his best ever, took him to 4th spot overall, 1st Amateur with other professionals behind him. Not only that – his Bike ride was the fastest of the whole race beating all the professionals who competed on the day. After the Race, Brian spoke to the Club telling us that he “really felt yesterday was like the result of 2 years of hard work coming to fruition. It was a performance I believed I was capable of, but that’s one thing, executing it is another. Yesterday things came together and I had my best performance to date. Time to rest up for a few days then back at it for Kona in October”.
Mark Bleasdale had a cracking day to0 at this years Championships setting a new PB of 10hr 31.32 with his splits ⇒ Swim (62.29) ⇒ Bike (5hr 36.19) ⇒ Marathon (3hr 43.57) and post Race, Mark spoke to the Club commenting that he “was very happy to get PB on the course. The support was fantastic!“
Paul Slone came home in 166th spot in a combined total time of 11hr 12.18 with his splits ⇒ Swim (70.25) ⇒ Bike (5hr 59.59) ⇒ Marathon (3hr 50.31) which was a big improvement on his 2016 Race as he told the Club later “After last years performance I felt like I had to make amends for my own personal disappointment. Last year I totally underestimated the impact on the body of racing three disciplines in the same day. The sickness I suffered during the 2016 race was very hard to bear and I needed to find a remedy. I trained very hard for a full year. Changed my daily nutrition dramatically and sought out a race day nutrition plan using trial and error and finally got it right, the fourth discipline which for me was crucial. Managed to take 35 minutes off the bike leg and also 35 minutes off the marathon to come in at a pleasing 11hrs 12 minutes. Shaving almost an hour and a quarter off last years finish time and coming 11th in my category. Enjoyed it but still room for improvement. It was a pleasure to race with some very inspiring athletes yet again”
Watford BMC Gold Standard Races – July 12th
After running a new personal best – (3.51.34) – at Loughborough in the 1500m (July 8th) Rob Warner was back racing four days later at the Watford BMC meeting and again over 1500m. This time Rob set another new personal best of 3.51.25 placing 7th overall giving him back to back PB’s over the four day period.
A happy Rob Warner spoke to the Club after the Watford meeting“I’ve been happy with both races really! The 1500 at Watford was bit of a different race for me, I knew it was aiming to go through 800 at around 2:00/:01 so I hung back by a couple of couple of seconds and what to work my way through. I perhaps went off a little too conservatively though as I went through 800 in 2:03/04 and was nearly last! I had a really strong last 300m of about 44 seconds which is really promising but did leave me a little frustrated at myself for not going off a bit harder as I appeared to have more left in the last lap than I thought I would. Got a couple more 1500s lined up though so hoping to sneak under 3:50 before the end of the season”.
Cracoe Fell Race (Bofra) – Sunday July 16th
Dexta Thompson was out in the penultimate Race in this years Bofra Championships in the U12 category which has seen him go head to head with William Hall from Calder Valley who has usually managed just to get the better of him. At this Race however Dexta finally managed to beat William. Having raced each other so many times the thought was that the Cracoe course was more suited to Dexta with the hill climb not being as steep as most of the Bofra races which is where William is really strong. In the end Dexta won the Race in a time of 8.07 with William Hall in 2nd spot (8.10).
(Dexta Thompson and William Hall – neck and neck)
Going into the last Race Dexta is in Silver Medal position – (Championship Standings)
Windmill Half-Marathon – Sunday July 16th
Six hundred and eighty six finishers in the this years Windmill Half won by Mike Toft in a time of 77.28. Blackburn Harrier Paul Clarke (V55) placed 154th in a time of 1hr 46.27.
Jonathan and Claire Bridge are on holiday in America and have called their holiday ‘Bridges on Tour!!’ This is the two of them at a 10k Race – when asked who got the bragging rights, the response was rapid from Claire…..“I’m afraid I’ve no bragging rights as I think I got lost!! Jonathan won the race. Don’t think results will be on power of ten! However, we had a fun time and our boys even raced too!“
It’s been a great year for the Harriers Lower Age Group Team covering U13 and U15 Boys and Girls. Some of the athletes involved were experienced in competitive athletics whilst others were new and competing in their first season – some great individual contributions and performances were spread across the season as the Team came 2nd in the first fixture, going on to win Fixtures Two, Three and Four – However, the greatest compliment goes to the team spirit and mentality manifested at each fixture with athletes taking on board the need to see themselves as a Team, pushing their limits and their comfort zones.
Team spirit is everything and turns good individual athletes into an even better Team and the Team really did finish the season in style recording 21 Individual wins, 20 second places, 19 new Personal Bests and right at the end of the day, the U15 Girls 4 x 100m Relay Team of – Millie Coy / Queen Tanimowo / Myah Booth / Bailey Madden – smashed the Club record of 53.6 set in May 1986 with a new time of 52.1.
The Club’s Team Managers reflected on the season and shared their thoughts after the Club were confirmed as Champions with Promotion to Division One. Danny Teare Boys Team Manager commented “A typical Manchester drizzly day did not dampen the desire of the Harriers YDL team to go out there and get the job done. As at the 1st 3 fixtures, every member of the boys team was focused on their events and giving it their all. The lead on the day changed hands a couple of times but once all the results were in, it was a narrow team win, making that 3 out of 4 fixture victories in the league. As you would expect towards the end of the athletics season, a few injuries had crept in for some athletes necessitating a couple of last minute changes on the day. We were in the fortunate position to be able to fill those gaps at short notice and maintain the momentum. We wish those athletes who had to withdraw a speedy recovery and return to form. Contrary to previous years, we have been in the fortunate position of having high athlete availability at most fixtures. This has meant that it has not been possible to accommodate all athletes in all fixtures. As I have previously said, as the top of age group athletes move on next season, there will be more opportunity for others. I’d like to convey my thanks to the parents who manage those messages to their children. So finally, that is promotion achieved and next year we will have the challenge of competing against a largely new set of clubs. My thanks to the athletes for all their efforts this season and to the parents for providing their logistical and emotional support.
Mick Angland Girls Team Manager told us.“Here come the girls! I am really proud of all the girls that have taken part in the YDL this season. It’s great to win the league but more importantly it was fantastic to see the team spirit grow as the season progressed. There is always plenty of opportunity for athletes to compete as individuals in other competitions; but the YDL allows the girls to contribute to a team performance; sometimes this means tackling events that the girls are not necessarily comfortable with; or giving another athlete the chance to contribute. Having said that, there have been some great performances by talented athletes. Well done everyone. Keep competing, train hard and enjoy. Girl Power!! “
On a grey and drizzling morning the Hurdles were first up, again producing wins and good points for the Harriers as they have throughout all four fixtures. U15’s Harry Jackson and Jamie Teare teamed up in the 80m Hurdles with Harry setting a new PB – 5th in the ‘A’ (15.1) and Jamie 2nd in the ‘B’ with 16.2 – in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles Myah Booth won the ‘A’ in 12.1 while Queen Tanimowo won the ‘B’ in a time of 12.9 – there was another double win in the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles which saw Rory Teare win the ‘A’ in 13.9 and Ben Boocock winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 13.4 – in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles Emma Love came 3rd in the ‘A’ in a time of 13.2 with Shannon Paige 2nd in the ‘B’ and posting a time of 12.9.
Kyle Mashiter was hindered with a hamstring pull in the U15 Boys ‘A’ 100m and finished 5th in 13.0 with Jonathan Gough 2nd in the ‘B” in a time of 12.3, a new PB by two tenths – Amy Wiggans also ran a new PB by two tenths finishing 6th in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 100m in 14.1 with Abigail Armas winning the ‘B’ in 14.0, a new PB by a tenth – Shannon Paige ran the U13 75m ‘A’ race in 10.9 (4th) and backed up by Holly Bell in the ‘B’ (5th) in a time of 11.8 – distance runner David Holman took on the U13 Boys 100m ‘A’ and came 5th in 14.7 whilst Joel Booth had a very good race to place 4th in the ‘B’ in a time of 14.3.
Kyle Mashiter ran a time of 25.4 in the U15 ‘A’ 200m for 3rd spot with Sam Hodkinson in 4th (26.5) in the ‘B’ Race whilst the U15 Girls powered to a double win in their 200m – Millie Coy winning the ‘A’ in new PB time of 27.5 which was half a second quicker than her previous best and Caiden Hesketh taking the ‘B’ in a time of 28.5 which was also a new PB by a tenth – Joel Booth ran a new PB time 29.3 by two tenths in the U13 Boys 200m ‘A’ in equal 3rd place whilst Joseph Joyce placed 5th in the ‘B’ in a new PB of 30.9 – Holly Bell placed 7th in the ‘A’ U13 Girls 150m (23.9) with Kate Cookson 5th in the ‘B’ Race in a time of 22.9.
U15 Ethan Joyce ran a first class race in the 300m ‘A’ setting a new PB of 41.9 in 2nd spot whilst Harvey Ashworth ran the ‘B’ in 45.5 which was a good run after a bad start. Bailey Madden was the ‘A’ runner in the U15 Girls 300m coming home 3rd in 45.1 with Eleesha Charnley 5th in the ‘B’ (46.8).
In the Jumps Events the U15 Boys got the Team off to a very good start with Jonathan Gough winning the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.37m) and George Whittaker setting a new PB of 4.50m in the ‘B’ to place 2nd. Jamie Teare came 4th in the ‘A’ U15 High Jump with a clearance of 1.45m with Jonathan Gough 3rd in the ‘B’ (1.40m). The U15 Girls added a double win in the Long Jump with Baily Madden winning the ‘A’ (4.57m), a new PB by 32cms and Macy Haworth winning the ‘B’ also with a new PB by 16cm (4.46m), whilst in the High Jump Queen Tanimowo cleared a height of 1.30m to take 4th in the ‘A’. U13 Hayden Mercer jumped 3.92m for the first time in competition in the ‘A’ Long Jump with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret coming 4th in the ‘B’ with a leap of 3.75m – Hayden Mercer went onto clear 1.30m in the ‘A’ High Jump (4th) with Rory Teare pulling off yet another win for the Team in the ‘B’ High Jump (1.30m). Emma Love jumped 4.21m in the ‘A’ U13 Girls Long Jump to place 2nd which was also a new PB with Shannon Paige 4th in the ‘B’ with a distance of 3.56m – and – in the U13 Girls High Jump Emma cleared 1.30m to win the ‘A’ supported by Danielle Probert in the ‘B’ who cleared a new PB of 1.20m for 3rd place.
There was a big new PB for Kyle Mashiter in the U15 Boys Shot as he threw 8.35m – up from his previous best of 5.90m to win the ‘B’ whilst Ethan Joyce tried the event for the first time ever and came 4th in the ‘A’ with a distance of 8.51m – George Whittaker came 6th in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Discus (17.52m) and Kieran Carrol 4th in the ‘B’ (17.06m) following that up with a throw of 12.84m in the Hammer (5th) in the ‘A’ and 5th again in the ‘A’ Javelin (23.57m) with new member Harvey Bradshaw placing 4th in the ‘B’ with a throw of 13.61m.
In the U15 Girls there was a double win and new PB’s for Myah Booth winning the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.12m and Izzy Thompson winning the ‘B’ with 7.82m – Izzy then went onto come 2nd in the Discus with 21.76m and 2nd again in the Hammer (20.74m). In the Javelin there was another double win for the Harriers, Millie Coy winning the Javelin (28.11m) and Myah Booth the ‘B’ with a throw of 24.03m.
Danielle Probert and Caroline Woodworth were the throwers in the U13 Girls events with Danielle taking 5th in the ‘A’ Shot (5.25m) and 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin (17.91m) – Caroline placed 4th in the ‘B’ Shot (4.64m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin (14.74m). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ Javelin (22.89m) with Dexta Thompson coming off a real tough battle in the 800m placing 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 18.81m – Joseph Joyce was 4th in the ‘A’ U13 Boys Shot Putt (6.67m) with Reece Simpson 3rd in the ‘B’ (5.92m).
Good runs by the U15 Boys in the 800m but the two North Cumbria athletes who won the races were just too good on the day. Leon Thomas took the Race on from the gun which probably cost him a little in the closing stages as he finished 3rd in 2.12.4 with Sam Hodkinson who ran an altogether more measured race coming 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 2.13.3 – George Whittaker ran a new PB by three seconds (2.31.4) in the non-scoring 800m. In the 1500m it was a similar story, this time with the Menai athletes just a couple of seconds too strong. Matt Ramsden had a great run to place 2nd in a new PB time by one tenth of 4.26.3 in the ‘A’ Race as did Jamie Teare who clocked a time of 4.38.2 for 2nd in the ‘B’ also a new PB by two tenths.
Sophie Stanworth was just a second outside her personal best in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 800m – 3rd in 2.26.1 with Eleesha Charnley 2nd in the ‘B’ in a time of 2.30.5 which is just four tenths short of a new PB. Amy Davies ran to form in the U15 Girls 1500m ‘A’ Race coming in 3rd in a time of 5.03.2 – the winner – 2nd ranked in the country – posting a time of 4.40.3. Lancashire County Champion Hayden Mercer came 2nd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m in 2.27.5 whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret set a new PB of 2.33.1 in the ‘B’ Race for 2nd spot.
There was a great battle in the U13 Boys 1500m between Dexta Thompson and David Holman. The winner of the ‘A’ Race again was just a bit too quick for the Harriers lads on the day the race evolving into a a ‘dip to end all dips’ by Dexta to just take 2nd in the ‘A’ Race (5.01.2) from David who won the ‘B’ Race in 5.01.3. Enthralling to watch! Kate Cookson was running the 1200m for the U13 Girls for the very first time and finished really strong to come home 2nd in the ‘A’ Race with a time of 4.16.4 with Caroline Woodworth winning the ‘B’ in a clocking of 4.19.0 just a couple of seconds behind her personal best. Leah Hoole took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ U13 800m in 2.37.3 with Eleanor Allsop in 3rd in the ‘B’ (2.51.1).
Charlotte wins Bronze in Dublin International – – Jacob 2nd in Cardiff International – – Northern T & F League
Charlotte Williams – 2nd in the U17 National Rankings – has had a great week winning Silver in the Hammer at English Schools and then being told she was selected to compete for England in the SIAB International. On Saturday in Dublin Charlie won the Bronze Medal after throwing 55.64m and placing 3rd Charlie told the Harriers when she got home that she “Had such an amazing weekend at SIAB international’s in Dublin. The whole experience will stay with me forever. Coming third in an international as an athlete at the bottom of the age group was so exciting as I know I still have another year. I know I could of thrown further but it’s not always how you want so hopefully, next year I can come bag bigger and better”.
It had been a pretty good week for Jacob Roberts – 4th in the National Rankings – as well finishing 4th at English Schools in the Senior Boys Hammer Final he was then told he had been selected to represent England North in the U20 at the Welsh Athletics Outdoor International held in Cardiff on Wednesday (July 12th). Jacob had another very good competition resulting in him placing 2nd with a throw of 62.86m and afterwards he told the Club that “it was a great day and a great experience to be able to throw for England again”.
Fixture (3) of the Northern League Division 2W was held at Bebington as was Fixture (2) because the Wavertree Track wasn’t ready to be certificated in time. The Harriers team was severely depleted in terms of numbers but not in spirit as athletes stepped out of their comfort zone to try and make up where we were lacking.
That spirit was typified in a whole number of ways not least by the Men’s Team Captain – Ben Fish. He ran the ‘B’ 800m winning it in a time of 2.03.06, had just twenty minutes rest and then came 2nd in the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase in 9.53.4 and rounded off his day in the 5000m winning the ‘A’ Race in 15.12.6 – an incredible piece of endurance running.
The sprints saw Brandon Zinyemba being given 6th placing (11.4) in the ‘A’ 100m even though others saw him finish in 5th spot and emphasised the point in setting a new PB by four tenths in the 200m (5th) in 23.00. Paul Coffey showing a return to form was 2nd with a seasons best of 11.2 in the ‘B’ 100m and then ran another seasons best in the 200m ‘B’ (3rd) in 23.3. Ross Liddle came back from competing at English Schools and ran a cracking race in the ‘A’ 400m winning with a new PB of 50.6, bettering his previous best by four tenths. U17 Solomon Brown showed the spirit of the Team again taking on the 400m ‘B’ for the first time and ran 59.3 for 5th spot in the ‘B’. In the Women’s Sprints Morgan Angland ran a brilliant new PB by half a second to finish 5th in 12.8 as did Emily Warren who knocked three tenths of her previous best time to set a new PB of 12.9 (5th) in the ‘B’ Race. Then there was another new PB for Roxanne Oliver in the ‘A’ 200m placing 4th in 26.3 with Chloe Bleeks running 27.9 for 5th spot in the ‘B’.
Joe Monks was after a new PB in the 800m and duly delivered by a full two seconds with a 3rd placed 2.04.3 in the ‘A’ Race. Joe doubled up in the ‘B’ 1500m and gained good points with a clocking of 4.12.6 in 2nd spot whilst Tim Raynes ran a new PB in the ‘A’ Race taking 3rd place in 4.06.3. Chris Davies set a new PB in the 3000m Steeplechase ‘B’ Race taking the win for invaluable points in a time of 10.30.8 – bettering his previous best by six seconds. Andy Buttery who had been out for some time with injuries nevertheless turned out for the Team by running the 5000m ‘B’ and coming home 4th in 18.15. A very big special mention must got to U17 athletes Emily Warren and Chloe Bleeks. For the first time ever, the Women’s Team had no athletes at 400/400mH/800/1500 and 3000m. These two young sprinters stepped forward and took on the 400m, a distance they have never done or trained for before, just to help the Team. Emily finished 6th in the ‘A’ with a time of 64.3 and Chloe 3rd in the ‘B’ (66.8) and you can’t speak too highly of them.
The 400m Hurdles saw another good run from U17 Solomon Brown who is growing with each fixture against Senior athletes – Sol finished 2nd in the ‘A Race with a time of 64.5 with John ilunga 3rd in the ‘B’ (69.8). John then tackled the 110m Hurdles placing 3rd in the ‘A’ in 22.04 – John is an athlete that we can’t think too highly of as once again he took on the maximum seven events to help the Team on the day. Another great run from Roxanne Oliver in the 100m Hurdles saw her set a new PB of 14.9 to win the ‘A’ Race and her first time under the 15 second barrier. Morgan Angland made it a double win for the Harriers taking 1st place in the ‘B’ (15.9).
The Teams Throwers were also depleted with some having been at English Schools and others not available through work. In stepped V50 Tony Balko who took on all four Senior Men’s Throws to support the Team – in the Hammer Tony came 3rd with a throw of 32.09m in the ‘A’ – then came 4th in the Discus ‘A’ (28.59m) – 5th in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.02m) – 6th in the ‘A’ Javelin (28.36m). Chris Davies an endurance runner by trade put his hand up for the Throws with a 5th placed 13.76m in the ‘B’ Discus and had to be ‘restrained’ from volunteering for more Throws!! John iLunga came 5th in the ‘B’ Shot Putt with 7.06m. Anna Peers and Holly Brooks took on the Women’s Throws in Discus, Shot and Javelin which saw Anna win the ‘A’ Shot Putt (10.74m), took another win in the ‘A’ Javelin (36.64m) and then threw 34.03m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ Discus. Holly backed that up with a 4th in the Discus ‘B’ (21.59m) – 4th in the Javelin (14.72m) and 5th in the Shot (7.10m).
Good to see Oliver Aspden back in action for the Harriers with a 4th place 5.41m in the ‘A’ Long Jump and 4th again in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.65m). U17 Nicholas Smith made his debut for the Senior Team jumping 4.63m in the ‘B’ Long Jump (4th) and 10.74m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (5th) two very good results considering that he has never done these events outside of school athletics and when asked if he would do both Relays didn’t bat an eyelid as they say and ran in both teams. U17 Solomon Brown also rowed in here to jump 10.73m for 2nd spot in the ‘B’ Triple Jump in his first ever competitive effort – Great team contribution. John ilunga placed 4th in the ‘B’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.55m. In the Women’s Jumps there was a 3rd place for Morgan Angland in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.92m) backed up by a 3rd spot for Chloe Bleeks in the ‘B’ (4.14m). Roxanne Oliver came 6th in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with 8.34m and Anna Peers rowing in with a 3rd place 7.66m jump in the ‘B’ – Roxanne was also out in the ‘A’ High Jump (4th) clearing 1.40m.
Silver for Charlotte at English Schools – – New Personal Bests for Sam, Ross & Cameron at English Schools – – Rob sets new 1500m PB at Loughborough
English Schools Championships – Birmingham 7 – 8th July
One of the highlights of the year is the English Schools T & F Championships where the leading athletes in their respective School Year Age Groups go head to head with the best of their peers throughout the country. Good news for Lancashire as well as they won the Group B Bradford Cup from Cheshire (2nd) and Buckinghamshire (3rd).
Lancashire County Win (Video)
Charlotte Williams…..had a great competition coming away with a Silver Medal in the Hammer (3kg) – 2nd place out of a field of twenty one hammer throwers with a throw of 59.45m – plus being selected to represent England next week in the Ireland International Event, made it a very good weekend all round. Delighted, Charlie told the Club “This weekend has been a great success for the Lancashire team and for the Blackburn Harriers that we’re lucky enough to get into the team. I finished 2nd in my competition with a throw of 59.41cm, just one metre short of my personal best. Knowing I had a silver medal at an English Schools Championship was amazing but finding out I’ll be doing the internationals the next weekend competing for England was just amazing. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helps including my parents, coach and club. Also well done to all Blackburn Harriers!“
Jacob Roberts..came 4th in the Senior Boys Hammer (6kg) with a throw of 63.45m and had one of the most consistent rounds of all of the throwers. A very positive Jacob spoke to the Club after the Championships and told us that “It was a fantastic comp at Birmingham for ESSA 2017. Though I came 4th it was a close battle. I was consistent with my throws. Now I am getting ready for my International in Cardiff on Wednesday – July 12th. Thanks to Michael my Coach and my Physio Anne-Marie”.
Ross Liddle….was ‘buzzing’ after the Heats as he reflected on his qualifying time of 54.25 – a new PB – and a new Club Record for Blackburn Harriers. In the Final Ross finished 6th in a high quality Race with a time of 54.88. Speaking to the Harriers, Ross told us “It was a great experience on the whole. I achieved my aim of making the final and managed to knock 3 seconds off the time I ran at English schools last year. I can’t thank Bob Groves and Ramzi Dabbar enough for all the help they’ve given me!“
Sam Gaskell was another Blackburn Harrier who had a fine weekend setting a new PB distance of 59.11m in the Hammer (5kg) to finish just outside the Medals in 4th place out of sixteen fellow competitors. Pleased with getting a new personal best Sam told the Club that he was “happy that I finally got another PB (59.11m) and I’m looking forward to next years ES when I’m in the top end of U17″
Anthony Kent placed 8th out of thirteen athletes in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 41.00m just a little bit down on his personal best off 44.31m but was delighted to have qualified for the Championships and when speaking to the Club after Anthony told us that “English schools was a brilliant experience that i thoroughly enjoyed and i look forward to working hard to get back there next year”.
When Cameron Harris joined Blackburn Harriers eighteen months ago, his Coach – Jim Kerrigan – told him he could get him to English Schools, and that he did. Cameron at his first appearance at the Championships finished 12th out of twenty three in the Javelin (JT600), throwing a new PB distance of 45.54m, nearly a metre further than he has thrown before. His mother Rachel commented that Cameron“was very impressed with how everyone supported one another. It wasn’t just about Who was the best it was about doing your best and celebrating that”. Cameron himself told the Club “”I remember the first time I came to Harriers Jim told me he would get me to the Nationals, and he has! It was great just to take part.”
BMC Grand Prix at Loughborough – July 8th
A great Race for Rob Warner at the weekend in the 1500m at the Grand Prix Fixture in Loughborough when he finished 4th out of a field of 14 athletes in a new PB time of 3.51.34 – two seconds faster than his previous best time.
A delighted Rob spoke to the Club after the Race and told us that he was “Really really happy with finally cracking a PB for the 1500!! I ran 3:51.34 and finished 4th! I took the race on and sat behind the pace maker and went through 800 in 2:03. I then tried to push on as I’m quite prone to losing concentration from 800-1100, so I was really pleased that I managed to push on at that point but I just didnt have the finishing speed to hold off the others which I guess I can put down to pushing on earlier in the race! Saying that though, overall I’m really happy with how positively I ran the race and to come away with over a 2 seconds PB which I’m really happy with!”
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.
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