British T&F Championships – Saturday August 24th
Holly Bradshaw is just five weeks away from competing at this years World Champioinships in Doha and what better way to prepare that winning the British Championship title – her 12th in all – with a Championship Best perforamnce and seasons best vault of 4.73m.
Holly spoke to the Club after the Championships commenting “To win my 12th British Title (7th Outdoors) in a SB and CBP is an honour, especially wearing the Blackburn Kit. I felt really good today – it’s been 6 weeks since I jumped full run in a competition so when the bar got higher I lost a bit or discipline but I’m in good shape, probably the best ever so I am now looking forward to Doha. It was also tricky being so hot and being out there so long so I have two more competitions now where I can really attack the 480 barrier“.
Jess Judd had another great run to make it the second Blackburn Harrier to qualify for the World Championships in Doha, this time over 5000m. Having recently set her 5000m personal best of 15.16.47 and having won the World Student Games 5000m, Jess continued with that rich vein of form to take Silver Medal at the Championships in a time of 15.35.82 and just a second in front of Laura Weightman in 3rd (15.36.73) – the race being won by Eilish McColgan (15.21.38). Next stop – the World Track & Field Championships.
An absolutely delighted Jess spoke to the Harriers after her Race telling us “I’m so happy, I really didn’t expect it but I trusted in my training and race plan and did what I had to do and come top 2! Over the moon and honestly never expected it to happen which just makes it even better! Has been a great year as my first real attempt at the 5k so to make the world champs is a dream come true!“
Charlotte Williams finished off here 2019 season at this years British Championships held in Birmingham at the weekend where she placed 4th with a distance of 58.70m – just 15cms off a third placed Bronze Medal. She was competing in her first Senior British Championships which involved three senior women, three U23 women and Charlotte, who is only 17yrs old which is a fabulous achievement.
Charlotte finishes the season as No. 1 in the Women’s U20 Rankings and 7th overall and the only U20 Woman in the top ten which alongside winning her first GB Vest this year, makes the season very special indeed. After the Final, Charlotte spoke to the Harriers about the day and her season saying “Competing in the British Championships at 17 years old was an amazing experience. I didn’t get the result I wanted but I am overwhelmed with the long season I have had and how it’s gone. Now for a short break then back in September to put all my effort into winter training. Thankyou for everyone this year who has helped and supported me, it means so much and pushes me through. Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better’
Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Saturday August 24th
Glorious sunshine at Blackpool for the final fixture of this years Mid Lancs T&F season, ending as it does with the Medal Meeting. Athletes having contested a minimum of two fixtures throughout the season, qualify for a Medal for placing first, second or third at the Medal meeting on the day. Blackburn Harriers picked up a bag full of medals with seventeen winners, fourteen seconds and eight third places alongside twenty new PB’s.
One of the highlights of the day for the Harriers was the sight of Joanne Nelson (V45) running 4.56.20 to take her into second place in the V45 National Rankings behind Caroline Hoyte. Joanne went through 800m in 2.36 and then ran a 72 second last lap to smash her previous best time of 5.01.0 by over four and half seconds. Fantastic performance.
Joanne Nelson (253)
Anna Peers has had another fine season, being an integral part of the Northern League Division One team which won the title this year. Again at the Medal Meeting Anna took another couple of wins in the Senior Women’s Shot Putt with a big new PB by over half a metre (11.38m) before going on to win the Javelin with 37.94m and taking 2nd spot in the Discus with 33.96m. Great to see Sarah Henton out again for the second time this season – hoping to see much more of her in 2020 – as she won the Discus with a throw of 36.26m. Abigail Brown finished 4th in the Discus which had a pretty strong field, throwing 27.35m.
Another mainstay of the Clubs Northern League Division One Team – Anthony Kent – had another good day – first of all winning the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with 11.20m, winning the Discus with 39.20m for a new PB by nearly three quarters of a metre and then added over a metre to his Hammer best for a new PB and the win, throwing 46.73m. Good also to see Nathan Billington back in action in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with a throw of 8.55m (4th) and 33.91m in the Hammer (2nd).
Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Discus)
Nathan Billington (Hammer)
In the Jumps – Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson were among eight athletes which saw just 31cms separate 1st place (4.79m) to 7th (4.48m). Imogen placed 6th with 4.57m as Liberty jumped out to 4.11m in 8th – just outside her personal best after which she was just 5cms shy of her best in the High Jump, clearing 1.45m in 3rd and ending her day with a throw of 19.86m in the U17 Women’s Javelin (3rd). U17 Ben Branton leapt out to 5.43m in the Long Jump in 2nd place. U13 Findlay Carroll came 8th in the Long Jump with 3.29m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was back in action after a six week lay off due to a broken wrist – doing the High Jump – and went straight back into the High Jump on the day, clearing 1.40m in 8th place. Lucy Rishton jumped out to 3.80m in the U13 Girls Long Jump for 4th spot in a field of 19 with Niamh Gater in 7th place (3.73m) which was just cms outsider her best.
The U15 Girls Long Jump featured 14 competitiors with Kiera Booth placing 8th (3.76m) and Skye Greenacre 10th with a jump of 3.70m. In the High Jump Skye added 10cms to her previous best for a new PB clearance of 1.35m with Kate Cookson coming in 8th with a clearance of 1.30m.
Sebastian Burton had a good day too setting a new PB in the U15 Boys Hammer by over two metres with 24.46m and then set a big new PB in the Javelin by over 5 metres to come 2nd with 21.47m. Toby Mansfield took on Shot Putt and Discus in the U13 Boys placing 3rd in the Shot Putt with 5.20m before going on to throw 15.03 in the Discus and 18.77m in the Javelin (5th) with Findlay Carroll in 4th (19.16m).
Sebastian Burton (Hammer)
Toby Mansfield (Discus)
U15’s Grace Bontoft and Kate Cookson were part of 10 strong field in the Shot Putt placing 8th (7.25m) and 10th (6.73m) respectively. Grace joined Nicky Saunders in the Discus which saw Nicky win the competition with a throw of 30.59m with Grace setting a new PB with her 16.35m (6th). On to the Javelin which saw Nicky place 4th (25.22m) after finishing 2nd in the Hammer with 36.65m and for Grace, it was another new PB in the Hammer with her throw of 31.33m in 3rd.
Nicky Saunders (Hammer)
Grace Bontoft (Hammer)
The U13 Girls Throws saw Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft in the Shot Putt. Northern Silver Medalist last weekend – Tilly Pollard – continued that good form as she won with a throw of 7.81m backed up by Madison who came 2nd with 6.72m. Kady Thompson joined the two girls in the Discus with Tilly recording her second win of the day with a new PB by over a metre (24.25m), with Madison in 3rd also with a new PB of 15.22m and Kady in 5th making it a hat-trick of new PB’s in the same event with her throw of 13.73m. Kady then set a new PB – her second of the day in the Javelin with 19.82m in 2nd as Madison also set a new PB in the event with 16.55m in 4th.
Tilly Pollard (Discus)
Madison Bontoft (Discus)
Kady Thompson (Discus)
In the Sprints Ethan Downes contested the U17 Men’s 100m, running 12.00 in 4th place. U13 Daniel Nuttall clocked 13.90 for a new PB by a tenth in Heat (1) of the 100m with Harry Sambrook coming 2nd in Heat (2) with 15.30 followed by a 30.80 clocking in the 200m (7th).
Ethan Downes (253)
Daniel Nuttal (32)
Harry Sambook (26)
U15 Skye Greenacre clocked 14.60 to place 12th out of the three 100m Heats as Amelia Burton ran 14.80 to place 7th out of the three Heats of the U13 Girls 100m with Lucy Rishton clocking 15.20 in 14th spot which was a new PB by one tenth.
Skye Greenacre (185) – David Wood Phot
Amelia Burton (14)
Lucy Rishton (25)
U15 Hayden Mercer and U17 Ethan Barbarewicz took on the rather challenging 800m / 400m double with just around 20 minutes recovery between the 800m, run first, followed by the 400m. Ethan smashed his 800m personal best with a new PB of 2.17.80, knocking a hugle 10 seconds off his previous best time set in May this year before clocking 67.80 (4th) in the 400m. Hayden Mercer was a very comfortable winner of the U15 Boys 800m (2.14.30) before going on to win the 400m in a time of 57.90.
Hayden Mercer (22) 800m
Hayden Mercer (22) 400m
Ethan Barbarewicz (8) 800m
Ethan Barbarewicz (8) 400m
U17 Harry Wilkin ran 5.02.80 in the 1500m, a race which unfortunately featured just two runners in that age group. Codie Dewhurst, Sebastian Burton and Umair Rafiq all ran in the U15 Boys 800m won by Hayden Mercer with Codie coming home in 4th (2.33.10), Sebastian in 5th (2.34.10) and Umair in 8th (2.37.00) which was a big new PB by some four seconds. Dexta Thompson was the next one to pull off a big new PB by four and half seconds as he clocked 4.44.00 in the U15 Boys 1500m in 4th place whilst in the U13 Boys 1500m there was a win for Ben Stratton who came from behind on the home straight to take the race virtually on the line in 5.00.50.
L-R Ben Stratton – Kyel Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Harry Wilkin
Harry Wilkin 1500m (295) – David Wood Phot
Sebastian Burton (13) – Codie Dewhurst (17)
Umair Rafiq (24) – David Wood Pho
Dexta Thompson (197)
Ben Stratton (29)
Harry Sambrook ran 2.41.30 in the U13 Boys 800m (4th) alongside Findlay Carroll in 6th place with 3.00.10. Leah Hoole ran a well judged race in the U15 Girls 800m, as she just missed winning the race with a fast finish, by three tenths, clocking 2.30.20 in 2nd spot with Molly Nicholls in 8th spot in a time of 2.44.30.
Harry Sambrook (800m)
Leah Hoole (193) 800m
Molly Nicholls (800m)
There was a one, two three in the U15 Girls 1500m which was won by Abigail Stratton in 5.14.80, with Keira Haxton in 2nd (5.15.00) and Kate Cookson in 3rd place running 5.19.80 which was a new PB by over four seconds. In the U13 Girls middle distance races, Amelia Burton and Eve Coulson ran in the 800m with Amelia in 6th (2.49.20) and Eve in 9th (2.54.80) whilst Faith Gillibrand ran the 1500m for the very first time, clocking 5.53.30.
L-R Kate Cookson – Abigail Stratton – Keitra Haxton – Faith Gillibrand
Abigail Stratton (28) – Keira Haxton (19) Kate Cookson (16) 1500m
Amelia Burton (14) 800m
Eve Coulson (214) 800m
Faith Gillibrand (18) 1500m
Pendleton Fell Race – Saturday August 24th
Tom Marchant, Craig Greenough, John Orrell, Danny Teare, Ian Clarkson and Mark Wilkin of Blackburn Harriers all ran in this Category AS. 5 miles / 1499 ft. Race run in fabulous weather, which was also hosting as the Selection race for the Senior, U23 and U20 teams at the Home International Races on 21st September.
RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE AS WE GO TO PRESS
Thomas Marchant (24)
Craig Greenough (109)
John Orrell (39)
Danny Teare (24)
Ian Clarkson (140)
The day after Pendleton and still very hot, John Orrell took on another BOFRA Race at Halton Gill finishing in 13th place. RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.