The weather predictions for the fourth UKYDL Lower Age Group Match at Witton Park on Saturday July 22nd was dire. However, although the rain continued throughout the day, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as forecast and the Match was completed with little difficulty. It has been a tough year for the team with new youngsters at U13 coming in to their first year of competition at the Premier Division level. Nevertheless, the youngsters displayed their ability and commitment, setting three new Club Records in the U13 Boys 1200m, the U15 Boys 4 x 100m Relay and the U13 Girls 4 x 100m Relay as well as setting 20 new PB’s on the day. Team managers Kate Taylor (Girls) and Chris Thompson (Boys) commented on the season overall – Kate saying a “Big thank you to all the athletes who competed this year. It’s been a pleasure taking on the team management this year for the girls. It’s a shame about the relegation but we gained more points this time due to having more athletes compete. Thanks to all those who have stepped in for events they haven’t trained in. Some brilliant performances and PBs over the league. Hope it encourages more athletes to take part next season!” Chris added “There has been some good performances throughout the team and it was a shame to be relegated due to the lack of support with athletes not competing for various reasons. Hopefully the support is better next year.“
Sami Butt and George Fenton had a good day, both setting new PB’s in the 100m – Sami clocking 12.6 (5th) in the A race and George winning the B race in 12.5. Isaac Brindle also set a new PB of 12.7 in the non-scoring 100m as did Abdollh Shriha clocking a new PB of 13.30. Charlie Clanford came 2nd in the A 200m with a new PB of 24.40 alongside team mate George Turner running 27.20 – 4th in the B race – in his first ever trip over the distance. Charlie then went on to win the A 300m in a time of 38.00 as Daniel Bretherton ran a new PB time of 40.8 in placing 2nd in the B race.
Leila Pilkington and Emily Dai were the pairing in the 100m Girls Race – Leila 6th in the A (14.10) and Emily 6th in the B (15.30). Isabella Finn in her first race for the Club clocked 14.20 (2nd) in her non-scoring 100m with Mia Joyce running 16.20 (4th) in the B race. Beatrice Collinson, another new member ran 34.40 (6th) in the 200m A race, a distance she hadn’t run previously with Holly Moore equaling her personal best (30.9) – 6th in the B race. Holly then clipped 2 tenths off her time in the 75m Hurdles for a new PB of 17.50 (5th). Lottie Smith took on the 300m for the very first time – running 55.60 in 6th spot. Emma Robertshaw posted a new PB by over 4 seconds in the A 1500m with a time of 5.18.40 (4th) as team mate Lily Green came 5th in the B (5.51.10) – a new PB by some seven seconds.
Moving up in distance – Zak Tobin-Bennett ran his first ever 800m, clocking 2.22.50 (6th) with Tom Hunt placing 5th in the B (2.52.6). Maintaining the run of new personal bests was George Homan in the 1500m when he ran 5.08.0 in 6th for a three second new PB. George Camara and Abdollh Shriha paired up in the 80m Hurdles – George coming 4th in the A (12.70) – a new PB by a tenth with Abdollh winning the B race in making it a double new PB with a time of 13.70 – a two tenths improvement. Abdollh then paired up with Seth Turner in the Long Jump – Seth leaping out to 4.96m (3rd) in his first ever attempt in competition whilst Abdollh set himself another new PB by 17 cms, taking 4th spot in the B with 4.67m. Seth went on to take 2nd in the A high Jump with a clearance of 1.60m whilst George Camara won the B clearing 1.45m followed by a 2.0m clearance in the Pole Vault in 3rd position.
In the Throws events George Holman took on the Shot Putt (6th) with 5.09m and followed that with a 4th spot in the Javelin (18.34m). Leila Pilkington and Isabella Finn went in the Long Jump – Leila jumping 3.90m (6th) with Isabella placing 5th in the B, also with a jump of 3.90m. In the Pole Vault, Tamzin Osborne cleared 2.40m to place 3rd. Leila Pilkington came 4th in the A Shot Putt (7.74m) with Emily Dai placing 6th in the B (4.78m). Olivia Thomasson set a new PB in winning the Javelin 30.33m with team mate Emma Robertshaw having a go in the B Javelin to come 6th with 3.98m. In the Discus Olivia Thomasson took this event on for the first time and finished 3rd in the A with 16.69m as Holly Moore placed 4th in the B with 9.63m – and again, throwing in an event she hadn’t done previoulsy, reflecting the spirit in the side.
New members Lucas Pickens and Henry Johnson ran 11.90 and 14.00 respectively in the 75m – both placing 6th. In the 150m Lucas ran 23.20 in 6th place as Jack Baranowski finished 2nd in the A race in 20.30 – a distance he hasn’t raced previously. Jack then went on to set a new PB of 3.21.20 in winning the 1200m – maintaining his place at the top of the national rankings and breaking his own Club Record by three seconds. Jack followed that by setting his second new PB of the day in finishing 2nd in the 75m Hurdles (13.20) – an improvement by over two seconds. New member James Acton-Grieves came 4th in the A Long Jump with a leap of 4.24m whilst Lucas Pickens another recently starting out came 4th in the B with a jump of 3.30m – James going on to clear 1.35m in the High Jump in 2nd place. Henry Johnson took on both Shot Putt and Javelin placing 5th in both with respective throws of 4.24m and 9.65m. Jumps of 3.88m and 3.69m saw Dana Juma and Imogen Boardman place 4th and 3rd respectively in the A & B Long Jump. Charlotte Smith cleared 1.15m in the High Jump (6th). In the Throws Dana Juma set herself a new PB when winning the A Shot Putt with 8.69m, an improvement by 35cms alongside Isabelle Pawson placing 5th in the B also with a new PB of 5.04m. The Javelin saw Anvitha Reddy throw 7.92m in 5th place.
Caris Peter-Thomas clocked 10.0 in 2nd spot in the A 75m alongside Isabelle Pawson clocking a new PB of 11.4 in 4th spot in the B race. Anvitha Reddy and Annie Heaps took on the non-scoring with Anvitha 5th in the A (12.10) and Annie 3rd in the B (12.00). Caris Peter-Thomas set a new PB by two tenths in winning the A 150m with team mate Dana Juma taking 2nd spot in the B (21.20). Charlotte Smith and Alexa Hunt teamed up in the 800m – Charlotte 5th in the A (2.43.0) and Alexa 5th in the B (2.58.4) in only her second ever attmept at the distance and setting a new PB by 8 seconds. Annie also ran the non-scoring 800m clocking 2.54.6. Millie Rose Jordan who has just joined the Club raced over 1200m in the A race for the very first time, clocking 4.04.5 in 3rd place with Hetty Rose Green clocking 4.56.5 in 5th in the B and another youngster taking on a distance for the first time in competition. In the 70m Hurdles – Charlotte Smith ran a new PB of 13.90 in 6th in the A race alongside team mate Imogen Boardman clocking 13.40 (4th) in the B and her first time doing the event in competition.
The U15 Boys – Sami Butt, Issac Brindle, George Fenton, Charlie Clanford – set themselves a new Club Record in the 4 x 100m when they clocked 48.2 in winning the race. Our U15 Girls team – Leila Pilkington, Beatrice Collinson, Emily Dai and Isabella Finn came 5th in their 4 x 100 in 60.70.
In the U15 Boys 4 x 300 – Daniel Bretherton, Abdollh Shriha, George Turner, George Camara came 3rd in 2.57.70 with the Girls U15 4 x 300m team – Lottie Smith, Emma Robertshaw, Lily Green, Isabella Finn – came 6th (3.38.10).
The U13 Boys 4 x 100m team – Jack Baranowski, Lucas Pickens, James Acton-Grieves, Henry Johnson – ran 63.10 in 6th spot, whilst the U13 Girls missed out on a win by two tenths as – Dana Juma, Isabelle Pawson, Imogen Boardman and Caris Peter-Thomas clocked 54.80 in 2nd, breaking the Club record set back in 2006.
RESULTS ROUND UP
The Diamond League held in London on Sunday July 23rd saw Blackburn Harriers Jess Warner-Judd taking on the 5000m as she builds up to the World Championships being held in Budapest. The race was stacked as can be seen by the times of the first five athletes, all running sub 14.20 minutes – Gudaf Tsegay winning in 14.12.29 from Beatrice Chebet in 2nd (14.12.92) and Sifan Hassan in 3rd (14.13.42). Jess had run three 5000m races prior to the Diamond League – one of which was her win at the British Championships in early July. On the day, Jess ran a seasons best time of 15.06.21. On her social media (instagram) Jess courageously commented about her race saying “So yesterday didn’t go quite as planned had a couple of races now this year that have synced up with my period; yesterday being one of them – legs have turned to lead at each of them, albeit at different points and yesterday I managed to get to 3k feeling relatively fine and then they gave up! It’s just super embarrassing, frustrating and really annoying! I haven’t worked out how to deal with it yet, but hoping I can soon! So upset I couldn’t make the most of that opportunity in that awesome stadium, but being a part of that crazy fast race hopefully will motivate me to try and get back amongst it soon.”
The latest Medal Meeting at Trafford took place on Sunday July 23rd with a number of Blackburn Harriers present – including U17 Alisha Lehner; U17 Charlie Unsworth; U17 Daniel Nuttall; U17 Jacob Fisher and U20 Samuel Mutombo. (RESULTS).
Alisha was the first up in the 80m Hurdles clocking 13.23 in 2nd place in her Heat 2 and followed that up by running 13.98 (5th) in the 100m and clocking 29.03 (4th) in the 200m. Next up, this time in the 100m was Charlie in Heat 3 clocking 11.34 (7th) in a Heat made up of U20, U23 and Seniors with just two U17’s. Daniel found the same in Heat 5 as he placed 3rd with 11.47 as just two of the athletes were U17’s. Jacob clocked 11.81 (4th) in Heat 6 as team mate Samuel placed 2nd in Heat 7 with a time of 11.93. Moving on to the 200m where Daniel crossed the line in Heat 5 in 4th spot (23.66) followed by team mates Jacob (5th) in Heat 6, clocking 24.16 and Samuel who won Heat 7 in a time of 24.61.
The Manchester Open Pole Vault 2 was hosted at Sportcity on Wednesday July 19th with Olympian Holly Bradshaw competing and a a the same time U15 Tamzin Osborne who is just starting out on her Pole Vault Journey. Holly cleared 4.61m to take the win from New Zealand’s Imogen Ayris in 2nd spot (4.46m). U15 Tamzin Osborne in her first season in the event cleared 2.31m in her Pool of mixed male and female athletes. (RESULTS)
The Northern Masters Track & Field Championships took place at Leigh on Sunday July 16th – (RESULTS) – which saw Blackburn Harriers Tony Balko competing in the V55 age category in Hammer (6kg) and placing 2nd V55 with a distance of 32.69m followed by another 2nd place in the V55 Shot Putt (6kg) with 10.77m by 2nd again in the Discus with a throw of 31.55m.
Wednesday July 19th saw the Stanhill Fell Race at Oswaldtwistle take place featuring sixty eight runners (RESULTS) won by Buxton’s William Longden in 28.57. Just one Blackburn Harrier in this one U15 Jack Wood – who finished 18th overall and 3rd Junior in a time of 36.37.