Just the second fixture of the season in the Mid Lancas Track & Field League took place at the home of Southport & Waterloo AC – Litherland Sports Park. A nice warm day but with a toughish wind impacting 400m through to 3000m races. The Harriers had 21 new PB’s on the day alongside 20 wins
U20 Claudio Enofomi had a pretty good day in only his second outing for the Club. Having clocked 12.15 for 100m at Trafford on July 6th he made mincement out of that as he won the Senior 100m in a new PB time of 11.4 before going on to run 23.9 in 2nd place in the Senior 200m race. In the U15 Boys 100m, three Blackburn Harriers – Harrison James, Jacob Fisher and Harrison Allcock lined up running 12.2 (3rd), 12.2 (4th) and 12.8 (7th) respectively, with some doubt about the time and position of Harrison Allcock as he appeared to place 5th on the photos. Harrison James set a new PB by two tenths and Jacob set a new PB by three tenths. On to the 200m races with Harrison James and Jacob Fisher finishing 2nd (25.4) and 3rd (25.6) respectively – Harrison setting a new PB by three tenths and Jacob also setting a new PB by over half a second. Heat 2 of the U15 Boys 200m saw Ben Livesey taking the win in a time of 26.6 from Preston’s Thomas Kelsall. U13 George Camara is competing very well and continued his good vein of form by winning Heat 1 of the 100m in 13.6 – a new PB by two tenths before going on to make it a sprint double as he won the 200m in 28.7.
U20 Poppy Mae-Preece kicked off her day in the sprints setting a new PB of 14.0 in the 100m (2nd) plus trying the 200m for the first time, she ran 30.0 in 2nd spot again. Bottom of age U15 Millee Schofield is another young athlete who is running really well as she won a sprint treble of 100m in a new PB time of 13.2, an improvement by three tenths and then won the 200m in 28.2, no doubt impacted by the fact that she ran and won the 300m in a time of 44.9, nearly three seconds in front of the 2nd athlete and the first time she has ever run the distance. U17 Kate Cookson clocked a time of 46.0 in the 300m. U15 Alisha Lehner also set a new PB by a tenth as she clocked 14.3 in 2nd place in her Heat of the 100m. U13 Hannah Davies set a new PB by half a second as she finished 6th in a time of 14.8 in her Heat of the 100m, followed by Leila Pilkington winning the next Heat in a time of 14.3 in her first outing over the distance.
U13 Boys Harry Pilkington, Robert Bargh and Loucas Lancashire all took on the Throws events. Harry won the Discus with a throw of 22.13m for a new PB by 19cms, won the Shot Putt with 7.77m and then placed 2nd in the Javelin with a new PB by over a metre and half (23.91m). New member Robert came 2nd in the Shot Putt with a distance of 7.03m, 2nd again in the Discus with 14.33m and finished off in grand style by winning the Javelin with a throw of 23.91m. Loucas also in the Javelin bagged himself a new PB by 23 cms in 3rd place. U15 Kady Thompson doubled up on Shot Putt and Javelin coming 4th in the Shot Putt with 6.45m and a new PB by over 40cms, before going on to place 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 18.84m, setting a second new PB of the day by over two and a half metres. U13 Tamzin Osborne threw 4.50m in the Shot Putt and then set a new PB in the Javelin 11.51m in 6th place, a competition won by team mate Hannah Davies with a throw of 18.28m. In the Senior Throws Anna Peers took on Shot Putt and Discus and won both throwing 11.18m in the Shot and 36.73m in the Discus.
The U15 Boys Long Jump was won by Harrison Allcock in a new PB distance of 4.84m with Ben Livesey in 4th (4.58m) and a new PB also by over half a metre and they were backed up by Matthew Smith jumping 4.40m in 5th position – Matthew going on to come 2nd in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.65m. U13’s Matthew Haxton and George Holman went in the Long Jump placing 2nd (4.04m) and 5th (2.96m) respectively with Matthew’s jump being a new PB. U13 George Camara equaled his personal best in the High Jump with a height of 1.35m.
U20 Poppy Mae Preece equaled her personal best of 1.50m in coming in 2nd in the Senior High Jump contest with U15 Isabelle Hartley jumping 1.15m in 6th place in her High Jump contest.The U13 Girls Long Jump had 14 competing including three Blackburn Harriers. Leila Pilkington was first of those in 3rd place with 3.87m, followed by Hannah Davies in 10th spot (3.43m) and Tamzin Osborne in 12th (3.14m) and a new PB by 2cms.
Three U15 Boys in the 800m in a field of nine with Matthew Smith coming out on top, winning in a time of 2.20.5 followed by team mates Ben Livesey in 2nd (2.21.5) and Harry Sambrook in 6th with a time of 2.32.6 – a new PB by six seconds. The U13 Boys 800m Race had thirteen lined up at the start and it was another win for the Harriers as Matthew Haxton took the honours in a time of 2.34.3 with George Holman in 8th (2.56.3) and Loucas Lancashire in 9th (2.59.0) and the first time he has run the distance.
Keira Haxton had a good battle in the U17 Women’s 800m with Lancasters Kirsty Maher, the two of them running together through to the final bend where Maher pushed on winning in a time of 2.28.5 with Keira in 2nd place clocking 2.29.6 with team mate Kate Cookson running 2.41.8 in 4th spot. Charlotte Robertshaw and Isabelle Hartley ran the U15 Girls 800m which saw Charlotte come home in 3rd spot (2.44.3) and Isabelle in 6th (3.14.2). Charlotte’s sister – U13 Emma Robertshaw – ran her second 1500m race this year, clocking 5.52.1 which was just three tenths outside her best and again, given the wind, shows how consistent she is.
The Harriers entered a 4 x 100m U13 Girls team in the Realys and wer eup against Southport Waterloo and Blackpool, coming out on top with a winning time of 56.4, with Southport 2nd (57.2) and Blackpool 3rd (58.1).
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday July 27th
U17 Hayden Mercer started off the season with a personal best in the 800m of 2.03.44 and has now reduced that by over three seconds over his last few races, setting a new PB of 2.00.32 at Trafford, finishing in 4th place. U20 Matt Ramsden was in a fast 1500m race won in 3.53.16 and finished in 4th position with a time of 4.01.79 with team mate Joe Gebbie in the same race clocking 4.07.61 in 8th spot. In the following 1500m Race, U17 David Holman ran a time of 4.14.77 in 9th place and he was followed by Abigail Stratton in Heat 7 of the 1500m running a time of 4.43.14 in 6th place.
Worsthorne Moor Trail Race – August 1st 2021
Another good turn out at this race – the latest in this years Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series – featuring one hundred and fifty seven runners in the Senior Race won by Barlick’s James Craig in 41.03. Ryan Bradshaw came home in 19th place in this race running a time of 48.34. Thanks to David Belshaw for all of the photos’ from this race.
The Junior Races saw Theo Robinson continue his winning streak as he took the U13 Race by virtually a full minute with a time of 10.50 – Barlick’s Will Pease in 2nd spot (11.48). U11 Charlotte Smith also ran in this race coming across the finishing line in a time of 15.30 – 18th overall and 8th U13G.
In the U15/U17 Race, seven of the twenty two runners entered were Blackburn Harriers and they took the first five places with U17 Isabel Holt taking the honors by winning the Race in a time of 17.41 followed by U15 Oliver Gill clocking 17.45 in 2nd, U15 Oliver Brown (3rd) also with a time of 17.45, U17 Jack Paget-Fowler in 4th spot running 17.53 and U17 Codie Dewhurst in 5th place (18.57). These were followed by U15 Matthew Smith in th (19.49) and U15 Imogen Robinson in 14th spot overall and 2nd U15 Girl with a time of 22.09.