It was the Annual Mid Lancs Medal Meeting at Wigan on Saturday 31st August and 24 athletes from Blackburn Harriers competed on the day. The Medal Meeting awards Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for all events, but the athletes finishing in those places need to have competed in a minimum of two of the seasons fixtures in order to qualify for the Medals. Some athletes will not have qualified but have still competed, posting good results but not getting a Medal.
Full Results HERE
One young athlete who did qualify was U13 Eloise Littlefair who won the Discus Event, a Gold Medal and smashed her own Club Record by throwing 25.27m. This takes her to 12th place in the National Rankings – headed by Hannah Molyneaux (31.78m) and to 1st place in the North West Rankings. This is a tremendous achievement in her first season and not a full season at that. Eloise also won a Bronze in the Shot Putt (7.26m) and came 4th in the 100m (14.20sec).
All the Throwers posted good perforamnces on the day Jack Vickery taking Gold in the Senior Men’s Hammer (42.38m) and 5th in the Discus (24.72); Connor Davison won a Gold in the U15 Boys Hammer (29.42m) – Silver in the Discus (26.48m) and Silver in the Shot Putt (9.97); Nathan Billington competing in just the Hammer took Gold with 37.80m in the U17 Age group; U15 Jacob Roberts won a Bronze in the Hammer with 21.26m and then took 7th place in the Discus (17.52m); Cameron Massey finished 4th in the U15 Boys Shot Putt (8.61) and Jacinta Davison finished 7th in the Senior Women’s Shot Putt (6.37m) & 5th in the Hammer (16.77m). Rebecca Orrell had another good day contesting three of the Throws events, winning two Golds – Discus (26.41) – Hammer (37.91) and a Bronze in the Shot Putt (6.74).
In the Sprints there were some mixed fortunes. Paul Coffey in the Seniors won both his 100m and 200m Heats but finished 8th in the 100m overall (11.60) and 5th in the 200m (23.80). U17 Jake Almond took two Silver Medals with 2nd in the 100m (11.90) and 2nd in the 200m (24.30) and U17 Gareth Johnson placed 4th in the 100m (12.30). Cameron Massey just missed out on the Medals with a 4th place in the U15 200m’s (26.30). Huzaifa Hanif posted a 13.20 for 13th place in the U15 Boys 100m and then ran 59.00 for 4th place in the 400m. Bottom of the age U13 Charlotte Williams finished 10th in the 200m (32.50) – 4th in the High Jump (1.15m) and 2nd in the Discus (16.70m). U13 Marcus Grace made his competitive debut in the 100m and ran in one of the four Heats on the day finishing 20th overall (14.80).
Going up in the distances – Chris Barnes set a new PB in the Senior Men’s 3000m in 2nd place (9.41.60); Robert Wong back in some good training posted a season’s best in the U17 Men’s 3000m, winning the event in 10.03.10. U15 Grace Handley was the only girl to contest the 3000m (10.39.00). U15 Thomas Harbour who is having a good end to the Track season,took Silver in the 1500m (4.38.90) in a very good race. Charlotte Taylor (U15) won a Bronze in the 300m (45.10) and Olivia Wilson also took a Bronze Medal with a battling display down the home straight (2.43.40).
In the Jumps, Ben Aspinall U17 won Gold in the Long Jump (5.66m); Gold in the Triple Jump (12.15m) and finished just shy of a hat-trick of medals with 4th in the Javelin (23.48m). Another newcomer and U15 was Conor Hodson who is showing a lot of promise, taking equal Gold Medal position in the High Jump (1.65m). Olivia Brooks took two Medals – Silver in the U17 Women’s High Jump (1.40m) and Bronze in the Long Jump (4.53m) with Jane Saothong in 6th place (4.00m).