Sunshine at last for Track & Field as the UKYDL (LAG) fixture for the Premier North Division took place at Trafford on Sunday May 7th which also had a big tunrout of athletes and supporters from all of the Clubs competing on the day from Blackburn Harriers, Liverpool Harriers, Preston Harriers, Sale Harriers, Trafford AC and Wirral AC.
Again and again we say this but many thanks to all those who gave up their time to officiate for their Clubs, ensuring that the event went ahead. All these volunteers deserve our gratitude for sure.
Selected photos in the report – all photos on Blackburn Harriers Facebook Page
Performance of the day for Blackburn Harriers was undoubtedly the run by Jack Baranowski in the U13 Boys 1200m. At the start of the race the National Rankings were headed by Elliot Rowe (Deeside) with a time of 3.44.29. As a first year U13 Jack had run 3.31.7 in a UKYDL Match at Blackpool in July 2022, ending the year in 4th place in the Rankings. In this race Jack smashed that by seven seconds as he posted a winning new PB time of 3.24.39 which took him straight to the top of the rankings for 2023 – and we believe at the time of writing, a new British Record.
For the Harriers, there were a number of athletes missing and quite a number competing for the first time ever and to do that in the Premier Division was a big ask, however they did with smiles on their faces, putting in real effort as they chased, jumped and threw. Starting off with Jumps in this report as we highlight the performance of Tamzin Osborne who achieved a massive new PB and improvement in the Pole Vault as she moved from a personal best of 1.90m in the U15 Girls event to 2.40m – an improvement of half a metre which saw her in 2nd place on countback.Tamzin’s performance also gave her a new Club Record fort the U15 Girls Pole Vault which had been held for the last 13 years by Abigail Bleasdale who jumped 2.20m in May 2010. Jack Duxbury 5th and Abdolih Shriha 5th jumped out to 4.66m and 3.67m in the A&B U15 Boys Long Jump – Leila Pilkington in 5th (4.02m) and Emil Dai (4th) with a new PB of 3.85m went in the U15G. Zak Haq in 6th jumped 3.30m alongside Ansh Nama in 6th (2.88m) in the U13 Boys with Charlotte Smith 5th setting a new PB of 3.60m and Isabelle Pawson (6th) jumping 3.21m in the U13 Girls. George Camara took 3rd in the U15 Boys High Jump (1.40m) with Tamzin Osborne setting her second new PB of the day in the U15 Girls with a clearance of 1.40m. Alex McKinlay 5th with 1.20m was in the U13 Boys alongside team mates Charlotte Smith 4th (1.15m) going in the U13 Girls.
George Camara posted a new PB in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles 3rd in 13.07 – Ellie Charnock (5th) in a new PB time of 13.89 and Holly Moore 4th in 17.73 in her first attempt over the distance contesting the U15G 75m Hurdles. Moving on to the Throws events Harry Pilkington threw 21.97m In the U15 B Hammer in 3rd, and then placed 3rd in the Discus with a new PB of 24.05m with Loucas Lancashire 3rd in the B also with a new PB distance of 15.43m. In the Shot Harry placed 4th with 8.42m alongside team mate George Holman – 5th in the B with 4.69m, never having done Shot in competition previously. Loucas Lancashire threw a new PB in the U15B Javelin placing 2nd with a distance of 28.76m. Olivia Thomasson smashed her personal best by well over four mettres as she won the U15 Girls with a new PB distance of 29.34m with Lottie Smith in her first competition throwing 10.09m in 5th in the B. Leila Pilkington and Bella McCredie teamed up in the U15G Shot Putt – Leila setting a new PB of 7.91m in 3rd with Bella throwing 4.67m in 6th – her first ever attempt at the event. Zak Haq and Anay Nama went in the U13 B Shot Putt with throws of 4.54m (5th) and 3.98m (4th) respectively followed by Alex McKinlay 6th with a new PB distance of 15.47m and Zak Haq (6th) with 10.22m in the U13B Javelin in his first competition. Dana Juma took the win in the U13G Shot Putt (7.32m) which was a new PB with team mate Isabelle Pawson in the B throwing 4.92m and her first ever Shot Putt competition.
Two new PB’s for the U15 Boys sprinters as Luke Watson clocked 12.28 in 4th and Issac Brindle ran 13.12 in the B 100m. Charlie Clanford kept that up with a new PB in the 200m coming 3rd in 24.65 whilst Daniel Bretherton made it the fourth new PB in the sprints with a time of 26.75m in the B race. The same pairing saw Charlie win the A 300m in a time of 39.07 – a new PB by a whole two seconds alongside Daniel taking 3rd in the B with a time of 42.81, a new PB by a second and a half. Leila Pilkington and Emily Dai ran the U15 Girls 100m both placing 6th in the A&B races with times of 14.74 and 14.58 respectively. Holly Moore knocked 4 tenths off her previous best for a new PB time of 15.00 in the non-scoring 100m. The 200m race saw Emily Dai (5th) in the A with Bella McCredie 6th in the B running 30.77 and 29.72 – Emily never having run a 200m and Bella in only her second race. Bella then teamed up with Evie Fort in the 300m – Evie posting a new PB of 47,24 (6th) in the A with Bella running 47.21 in the B – her first time ever over the distance. Caris Peter-Thomas got her season off to a great start with a new PB in 75m when taking the win in 9.94 with Imogen Boardman in the B clocking 11.08 (5th) – her first time over the distance. In the non-scoring 75m Isabelle Pawson set a new PB of 11.61 as did Anvitha Reddy who clocked a new PB of 12.21. Caris made it a double new PB on the day in the 150m as she won that too in 19.70 alongside team mate Dana Juma placing 3rd in the B (21.97).
A new PB for George Holman was his reward in the U15B 800 running 2.36.92 (6th) with his team mate Loucas Lancashire running 2.44.27 in the B (5th). Sam Aspey had a real battle with Traffords Pio Aron – Sam posting a new PB time of 4.26.47 (2nd) in the U15B 800m whilst in the Girls races Agatha Taylor ran a new outdoor PB in the A race (2.23.78) in 4th with her team mate Lottie Smith clocking 2.34.13 in 5th in the B race for a new PB by some three seconds. Lyra Krige and Tamzin Osborne ran in the 1500m with times of 5.57.15 and 6.02.93 respectively. The Nama brothers in their first attempts at League competition saw Ansh run 2.54.45 (6th) and Anay 3.13.35 (5th) in the U13 Boys 800m as Charlotte Smith placed 4th in the U13G 800 with 2.35.27 – her first time ever over the distance. The Relays resulted in the Club placing 3rd in the U15B 4 x 100m and 2nd in the 4 x 300m – 6th in the U15G 4 x 100m and 6th in the 4 x 300m. 6th place in the U13 Boys 4 x 100m and 5th for the U13 Girls 4 x 100m.
Still on Track & Field at Peterborough at the Panvac Throws Sunday which saw Matthew Heywood throw a season best distance of 47.40m in the Hammer (7.26kg).
On Wednesday May 3rd the Kendal 10k was won by Salford’s Marc Brown in 31.59 – (RESULTS). V60 Peter Banks came 18th in a time of 40.02 and 1st V60. Four days later on Sunday 7th May Ellen Sagar-Hesketh set herself a new PB at the Morecambe Coronation 5k as she ran a time of 18.56.
At the Trafford Open May Day Meeting on May 1st – (RESULTS) – Isabelle Pawson and Evie Fort both turned out – Bottom of age U15 Evie took on the 300m and Long Jump clocking 48.04 for the 300m in her first ever attempt at the distance then jumped 3.02m in the Long Jump. Isabelle posted a new PB in the 75m of 11.84, ran 24.02 in her first go at 150m and then added 40cm to her Long Jump best finishing with a new PB of 3.36m.
At the Pinhaw Fell Race run on Saturday June 6th – (RESULTS) 199 runners lined up resulting in a win for Rossendale’s Jonathan Cleaver. Blackburn Harriers trio Ben Walmsley finished in 4th with Marc Hartley in 7th & V55 Gary Pearse 54th – 3rd V55.
And still on the Fells, this time at the Todd Cragg junior FRA Championships held at Ambleside on Sunday May 7th with two Blackburn Harriers running in the U15 races – Theo Robinson and Lottie Hesketh. Theo came home in 21st place overall in a time 25.48 and 18th out of a field off forty four U15 Boys – Lottie placed came home in 9th place in the U15 Girls field of 37 runners running a time of 28.02.