Another week, another Sunday, another Match starting in sunshine, lasting for most of the day until the heavens opened, the thunder roared and the lightening skewered the sky. Unfortunately the Match was abandoned after 51 events completed out of 78 – the result standing. (RESULTS) This was the final Match of the season in the Premier Upper Age Group Division which saw Blackburn Harriers finishing in 3rd place on the day and 3rd overall for the season. Congratulations to Trafford on winning the Division. Thanks once again to all the Officials.
Starting with Sprints, there was two 2nd places in the 100m – Charlie Unsworth just missing a PB with 11.1 in the A and Samuel Mutombo clocking 11.89 in the B. U17 Daniel Nuttall ran the U20 200m clocking 23.56 (3rd) with Samuel Mutombo in 6th (25.03) in the B race. U17 Millie Schofield took the win in the 100m in 12,67 with Keira Haxton running her first ever 100m in 5th in the B (14.82). Codie Dewhurst placed 4th in the 400m with a new PB of 54.36 alongside Thomas Monks who also ran a new PB in the B race (52.63). Zoe Green and Hollie Cubbon took on the 400m running times of 72.22 (6th) and 70.55 (5th) respectively.
Hayden Mercer came 2nd in the 800m (4.14.62) for a new PB by nearly 4 seconds whilst Thomas Monks clocked 4.17.15 – having last run 1500m in 2019, this represented a massive new PB by nearly a minute and a half. Hollie Cubbon came 4th in the 1500m (5.31.81), followed by Isabel Holt in 2nd in the A 3000m (10.37.31) and Evie Taylor winning the B (10.57.63) the day after competing at the Inter-County Fell Championships. Jack Paget-Fowler placed 4th in the 3000m in 10.40.74. In the 400m Hurdles, Codie Dewhurst ran 64.86 – a distance over Hurdles he hadn’t done previously.
The Long Jump resulted in Samuel Mutombo leaping out to a seasons best 5.73m (3rd) whilst Codie Dewhurst also placed 3rd in the High Jump with 1.55m. Hayden Mercer had a simple task in the Pole Vault being the only competitor, clearing 2.55m with his first and only attempt. George Williams threw a new PB in the Hammer with a distance of 40.82m – an improvement by well over three metres with team mates Thomas Monks (6.91m in 5th) in the Shot Putt and Hayden Mercer 4th in the Discus with 14.44m helping the team to accumulate points. Millie Pilkington had a go at the 100m Hurdles for the first time running 23.63 in 6th followed by coming 5th in the Long Jump. Emma Harrison and Grace Bontoft won the Hammer with respective throws of 42.82m and 37.07m before the two of them in the Shot Putt – Grace with 7.60m in 2nd and team mate Emma winning the B (6.51m).
Daniel Nuttall and Jacob Fisher got the team off to a flying start with a double win the 100m – Daniel winning the A (11.50) and Jacob the B (11.87). Oliver Palk took 3rd spot in the 200m (23.98) before going on to set a new PB in the 400m (51.86) alongside his team mate Aidan Downes 2nd in the B also clocking a new PB by two hundreths (55.64). Alisha Lehner ran 13.87 in 6th in the A 100 whilst Sienna Wareing in her first season clocked 13.77 in 4th spot in the B. The 300m saw Isabelli Pacelli place 5th in 46.03 with Sienna Wareing placing 2nd in the B race with 45.64. Poppi Watson was running her first track race for the Club – the day after running in the Inter-County Fell Championships – and took the win in the 1500m with a time of 5.05.90 with Freya Neild taking 2nd in the B race (5.42.44). Ben Stratton ran another new PB by half a second as he won the 1500m in 4.09.20 with team mate George Ramsden clocking 4.46.22 in 4th in the B – a new PB also by 22 seconds. Logan McCredie was just seconds outside his personal best in the 3000m with his 4th placed 9.51.45. Harvey Holden kept the new best times rolling with a 2nd placed new PB time of 15.22 in the 100m Hurdles – and – Zoe Green added yet another new PB with her time of 60.52 in the 300m Hurdles (3rd).
Millee Schofield helped the team score as she jumped 4.43m for 3rd place in the Long Jump with Imogen Robinson winning the B (3.63m) – Imogen going on to win the High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m and more points. Javelin Thrower Kady Thompson took on Shot Putt, placing 6th (6.53m) and then teamed up with Freya Neild in the Discus – Kady placing 5th (16.24) and Freya 4th in the B with 10.43m. Harrison Allcock and Daniel Nuttall made it another double win in the Long Jump – Harrison winning the A (5.77m) and Daniel the B (5.40m). A big surprise came in the High Jump where Harvey Holden in his first ever High Jump competition cleared 1.70m to take the win with Matthew Smith, coming to help the team, winning the B with a height of 1.60m. Harrison Allcock went on to place 6th in the Triple Jump (9.88m), whilst in the Shot Putt and Discus, William Thomson was 3rd in the Shot Putt (8.40m) alongside Henry Harwood winning the B (7.95m) with Jacob Fisher taking 2nd in the Discus with a new PB of (25.06m).
Saturday June 24th was the date for this years FRA English Junior Challenge & Championships Race Incorporating the Junior British Inter Counties U15/17/19 Fell Running Championships and held at Church Stretton and incorporated within the Hope Howdler/Cardoc English Junior Championship Races.
A number of Blackburn Harriers had won selection for the Lancashire Team including Evie Taylor who ran in the U19W race finishing 8th in a time of 57.18, the race being won by Amelie Lane (47.33). Sianna Smith also ran in this race, coming home in 13th position with a time of 65.11. Poppi Watson came 17th in 45.13 in the U17 Women’s Race. Theo Robinson was in the U15 Boys Race and came home in 17th spot (25.00). Lottie Hesketh was in the U15 Girls Race finishing in a top 10 spot (8th) in a time of 26.05. The day was very hot and it took it’s toll on the athletes and afterwards Lottie told us that it was “A tough course in very hot conditions, very pleased with my result.” Sianna also commented on the conditions saying that“It was absolutely horrible. The hardest, hottest and longest race I have ever done that felt like it was never going to end. Despite falling and having to stop several times as I was dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out I somehow found the energy to push myself to carry on and was so happy to finally finish the race and not be last.”
More Results from the Week
Blackburn Harriers David Almond & Charlotte Atkinson ran the first Sale Sizzler 5K in the series at Wythenshawe Park on Thursday June 22nd featuring over 400 finishers. V55 David ran his fastest 5k for five years comiong home in 60th position and 1st V55 with a time of 17.39. Charlotte finsihed in 188th spot clocking 20.25. (RESULTS)
Aggie’s Staircase is a race on the Darwen Moors that has been around for a long time and it was on again last Thursday evening featuring one hundred and thirty five runners. (RESULTS). Blackburn Harriers Josh Holgate had a cracking run in taking the win with a time of 29.14 – nearly a minute and a half in front of Alistair Plamer in 2nd (30.41) and Sam Fairhurst in 3rd (31.55). Jonny Murphy was also out again, stepping up his racing as he finished in 4th place with 32.15. Blackburn Harriers Stephen Hall suffered a severe injury in the race and we wish him well after his operation and look forward to him making a full return to the sport.
Trafford was the location for an Open meeting on June 24th – (RESULTS) – which had Blackburn Harriers U15’s Jack Wood (U15) and Alex Rothwell both racing. Jack ran himself a new PB time of 4.48.54 in 6th spot in the 1500m Heat 1 and this this – his first ever track race. Alex also ran a new PB of 2.17.08 in 4th place in his Heat 6 of the 800m.
Saturday June 17th was a fateful day for Blackburn Harriers Mark Taylor had entered the Full Lakesman which consisted on a 2.4 mile Swim, an 122 mile Bike Ride followed by a full Marathon, a day in which there can be few mistakes. (RESULTS). Unfortunately Mark and a wasp got entangled and proved to be not only disorientating but dangerous too. As an example of what can happen just when the best plans and preparation are made, this incident is right up there. However, let Mark tell us in his own words what happened “My 4th Lakesman full distance, I was in really good shape going into the race, but not counting my chickens as plenty can happen over 10 hours plus of racing, and it did. The swim went well and the bike started well but 40 miles in I had a freakish accident when a wasp got into my visor and I lost control at 30mph and ended up flipping over the handlebars onto my back. Adrenaline kicked in, I straightened the handlebars and set off again gradually losing power but working out in my mind how I was going to get round the marathon. I did get through another 60 miles but then got a puncture and found I couldn’t really stand up, so it was unquestionably race over and into an ambulance car. It seems I’ve escaped with traumatic muscular injures so it’s definitely a case of being unlucky with the cause of the accident but very, very lucky with the outcome so I’ll take that and hopefully be fully fit for my main season’s race in September.”
Agatha and Magnus – Mark & Kate’s children were also there and took part in the Lake Mini for Juniors. Magnus ran in the 10/11 year old race (1km) and came 6th Aggie in the 12/13 year old race (1.2km) and came 2nd (first girl).
James Bretherton was out in the Southport 10k featuring 470 runners on June 24th won by Martin Peck in 34.18.96. James took 4th place overall and won the 1st V40 proze as he ran 36.02.71. (RESULTS). Brother Dominic and Matt Nuttall entered the Catforth 5k on the same day which had Matt finishing in 4th spot running 17.55 and 1st V50 whilst Dominic placed 14th in a time of 20.10, vowing to get under that, next time out.
Meanwhile, it is just possible that may well be upstaged by his son Daniel who is appearing on ITV’s The Voice Kids this Saturday – 1st July at 7.30. With an Instagram following @dannyjbmusic, U15 Daniel who runs for Blackburn Harriers in the UKYDL Lower Age Group Team and has recently run new personal best times of 26.38 for 200m, 41.18 for 300m and 57.8 for 400m is certainly making the running & singing count.