Bank Holiday Meeting at Trafford – Monday August 30th
Bank Holiday Monday competition for U11/U13/U15 athletes featured a number from Blackburn Harriers, fourteen in total covering the different age groups who had a pretty successful day.
Photos from Lindsay Davies
Hannah Davies opened up in the U13 70m Hurdles coming home in 3rd place in Heat 1 in a time of 12.69 with U13 George Camara following in the 75m Hurdles with a win in a new PB time of 12.56, an imporvement by four tenths. U15 Girls Alisha Lehner and Isabelle Hartley ran the 75m Hurdles finishing in 4th and 5th places respectively – Alisha clocking a new PB of 13.54, down from 13.7 and Isabelle running 14.76. On to the 80m Hurdles and it was a new PB for U15 Matthew Smith as he placed 2nd in 13.73, beating his previous best by three tenths.
New member – U11 Jack Baranowski – was making his racing debut for Blackburn Harriers, having joined in the last month. His debut for the Club came in the 600m which he won by nearly three seconds in a time of 1.41.81. U15’s Matthew Smith and Ben Livesey went in Heat 2 of the 800m which had 8 athletes included. Matthew came in 4th running 2.20.59 as Ben clocked the identical time in 5th. Heat 3 had another U15 – Harry Sambrook coming home in 6th place with a time of 2.27.58. Heat 6 saw U15 Charlotte Robertshaw run a new PB, also by three tenths as she came home in 3rd spot with 2.38, followed by U13 Hannah Davies in Heat 7 who chopped five seconds off her previous best to set a new PB of 2.47.64. U13 Loucas Lancashire kept the new 800m personal bests coming in Heat 9 as he too chopped a a big chunk of five seconds off his best to set a new PB of 2.50.05 in 2nd place.
In the Sprints U15 Daniel Nuttall – who won the Lancashire Championships just a week ago found himself in a stacked field – as he ran 12.1 in 6th spot, the winner posting 11.85 with 2nd place clocking 11.96, places 3 through to 6 going from 12.04 – 12.10. U15 Isabelle Hartley went in Heat 7 of the 100m clocking 14.97 in 6th place which was a big new PB by nearly a second whilst in Heat 11 of the 100m had Alisha Lehner running 14.77 in 2nd place. U11 Charlotte Smith ran a new PB in Heat 11 of the 75m with her run of 12.04 in 4th spot. Another very good field in the U15 Boys 200m saw Daniel Nuttall just a tenth outside his best as he clocked 25.21 in 6th spot followed by U15 Ben Livesey in his Heat coming home in 2nd place with a time of 26.78. U13 George Camara had to settle for 2nd place in Heat 2 of the 150m with his time of 20.79 followed by U11 Charlotte Smith chopping over a second off her best time to-date as she ran a new PB of 23.82 in the 150m Heat 15 (2nd). It was a 4th place for U15 Ben Livesey in the 300m clocking 42.49 following his 200m race earlier. U13 Emma Robertshaw emulated her older sister Charlotte as she too ran a new PB in the 1200m, finishing in 6th spot (4.32.46) an improvement by some five seconds alongside Tamzin Osborne in the same race who came home in 9th spot with a time of 4.59.76, which was her first ever attempt at this distance.
It was a second new PB of the day for U11 Charlotte Smith in the Long jump as she added 4cms to her previous best, placing 3rd with 3.09m followed by the final Jumps event for a Blackburn Harrier which saw Matthew Smith clear 1.55m in 2nd place in Pool 3 of the High Jump. In the Throws competitions U13 Tamzin Osborne added two metres to her previous best throw as she set a new PB distance of 13.78m in 4th place (Pool1) with team mates U13 Loucas Lancashire placing 2nd in the Pool 2 U13 age group (24.59m) and Hannah Davies winning the U13 age group, also in Pool 2 with 16.38m.
Mid Cheshire 5k – Friday August 27th
Close to 500 hundred runners in this very popular race which usually has a serious front end to it and no more so than this year as the first three all ran sub 14 minutes – positions 4 through to 28 all running under 15 minutes too. Adam Craig (Inverclyde) took the win in 13.48 after a battle with Hallamshire’s Andrew Hayes in 2nd (13.49) and Richard Allen from Leeds – 3rd in 13.55.
Tim Baldwin was the first athlete home form Blackburn Harriers finishing 56th in a time of 15.38 – just his third race of 2021 following recovery from inuries and only his sixth since December 2019. Thomas Blaney was running in only his third race since November 2019, his first outing this year being a 15.55 clocking at the Podium 5k, which he surpassed for another new PB of 15.47 in 66th. Matt Nuttall (V50) is running consistently well as his time of 16.29 in 117th spot followed his 16.30 at the Podium a week earlier and 16.49 at Lancaster .
Pendleton Fell Race – Saturday August 28th
Another popular race hosted by Clayton, this Fell Race covers 5 miles and 1500ft of climbing. Eighty Four runners completed the Race, won by Wharfedale’s Mark McGoldrick in 39.01 with Bowland’s Oliver Heaton in 2nd (40.39) and Clayton’s Adrian Cheetham in 3rd (42.17). John Horrocks secured a top ten place for the Harriers with his time of 44.58 (10th) followed by team mates Mark Wilkin (V50) in 43rd spot with a time of 54.51 and V50 Ian Clarkson coming home in a time of 63.25 (65th).
Still on the Fells, this time at Hebden Sports Fell on Monday August 30th featuring over a hundred runners in the Senior Race won by Wharfedale’s Ted Mason in 10.49. Blackburn Harriers V50 John Orrell was out again in this Race coming home in 63rd place with a time of 16.35.