Blackburn Harriers Holly Bradshaw and Alison Leonard competed at the weekend in the IAAF Diamond League Meeting held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Holly took a 4th place in the Women’s Pole Vault clearing 4.52m whilst Alison finished 5th with a seasons best of 2.00.52 in the 800m.
YDL Upper Age Group at Stretford
The final fixture in this years YDL Upper Age Group in the Premier Division took place at Stretford on Sunday July 24th. All the athletes who competed for the Club throughout the season showed real spirit and commitment but it has been a tough season for the athletes involved, some of whom were competing at this level for the first time. Nevertheless they still managed to produce thirteen new personal bests from the eleven women and twelve male athletes who were available on the day.
U20 Morgan Angland ran 13.5 in the ‘A’ 100m (5th), won the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (1st) in 17.3 and took 3rd spot in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.72m). Roxanne Oliver won the ‘B’ 100 in 13.3, came 4th in the 200m in 26.6, a new PB by two tenths, 4th in the 100m Hurdles (15.5) and 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 6.93m. Chloe Bleeks and Teigan Fawcett teamed up in the U17 100m with Chloe placing 5th in the ‘A’ (14.1) and Teigan 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 15.3. Chloe was just outside her PB in the 200m – 4th in 28.8 and came 4th again in the Triple Jump clearing 8.90m. Teigan set a new PB in the High Jump with 1.25m (4th) and set a second new PB of the day in the Discus finishing 2nd with a throw of 21.84m. U17 Jessica Kit is another athlete competing in her first season and performed well to earn a 2nd place in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (6.71m), 2nd again in the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 14.73m and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin with 17.13m.
New member U17 Hannah Proctor was competing for just the second time this season and did really well winning the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 20.60m, came 6th in the 300m ‘A’ in 53.0 and 2nd in the Shot Putt with a new PB distance of 9.78m. U17 Freya Black is in her first year of competition and was just outside her best time in the 300m with 49.4 (6th) but then knocked 18 seconds off her 1500m time for a new PB of 5.40.0.
Maddie Elliott has had a very good season and was just a second off her best in the U17 800m ‘A’ in 2.23.8 (3rd), won the ‘A’ 300m Hurdles in 50.9 and came 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin with a throw of 15.71 which was a new PB, having last thrown a Javelin in 2014. U17 Hannah Cookson is a great example of helping the team out and going the extra mile setting a seasons best in the ‘A’ 1500 (5.12.2), then ran the ‘A’ 3000m coming in 4th (11.54.8) and still managed a Long Jump of 3.90m for 4th place.
Esme Pearse took a 5th spot in the ‘B’ 80m Hurdles (16.2), another 5th place in the High Jump (1.45m) and then a good 2nd place in the 300m Hurdles with a time of 59.7. In the U20’s sister Polly Pearse earned good points setting a seasons best in the ‘A’ High Jump finishing 3rd with a clearance of 1.55m, came 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin (22.08m), set a new PB in the Triple Jump of 9.90m (3rd) and placed 2nd in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 4.50m.
On the Men’s side we had just twelve athletes and again, like the Women they filled in where ever they could to help the Team on the day. Ever present U17 brothers Cameron and Nick Massey rowed in with Cameron winning the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles in 17.3, placed 5th in the 200m (25.9) and ran 12.6 in the U20 ‘A’ 100m (6th). Nick ran the same time in the U17 ‘A’ 100m, came 5th in the ‘A’ 200m (25.6) and 2nd in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.7.
U17 Luke Kenyon is in his first season for the Club and notwithstanding this was only his second competitive fixture he put in a series of good efforts placing 5th in the ‘B’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m equaling his PB, 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.49m) which was a new PB and was just outside his PB in the 100m ‘B’ Race (12.9) in 5th place. Marco Maggio had a good day in the U20’s setting two new PB’s in the 400m ‘A’ Race (59.3) in fifth spot and in the 800m ‘A’ where he finished 4th in a new PB time by five seconds of 2.12.7.
U20 Jack Hindle chopped ten seconds off his previous best in the 3000m ‘A’ Race to set a new PB time of 9.25.6.
Helping out in the absence of our 400m Hurdlers was John iLunga who took the event on for the first time, coming home 2nd in the ‘A’ Race in a time of 74.7. John then went and won the ‘B’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.55m and came 3rd in the Long Jump (4.44m). Ben Aspinall (U20) had a good day in three Jumps events placing 3rd in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.65m and then setting a seasons best with a 2nd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (13.50m), rounding it off with a win in the ‘A’ Long Jump reaching 6.06m.
Another ever present was Thrower Connor Davison (U20) who earned a 4th place in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.31m), was just below his best performance in the Discus ‘A’ in 3rd spot (30.74m) and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin (29.53m). U17 Thrower Anthony Kent is having a good season and he continued in that vein placing 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with a new PB of 11.33m, came 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 38.13m and won the ‘B’ Hammer with 40.31m.
Lucas Davies was having his first attempt with the 5kg Shot Putt and did well with 4th place in the ‘B’ and a throw of 7.20m and finished 3rd in the ‘B’ Discus (20.81m). It was win number 15 out of 18 Hammer competitions for U17 Jacob Roberts as he won the ‘A’ with a Throw of 62.42m. Samuel Kearns was the latest member of the Throws Squad to set a new PB with a throw of 41.48m in the U17 ‘A’ Javelin (3rd) and he was backed up by Sam Pearson-Moore in the ‘B’ taking 2nd spot (37.13m).
(‘Do we know what we are doing’)
Rob Warner set a seasons best time of 3.55.34 at the Watford Open Graded Meeting last Wednesday July 27th when he finished 5th in a field of eighteen athletes.