A horrible wet and windy day was the setting for this years Lancashire Schools T & F Championships and it pretty much lasted the whole day. Nevertheless, the outcome for the Harriers is that seven of our athletes have the possibility of being selected – pending the selection meeting – for the English Schools Championships.
On the day the Harriers athletes claimed fifteen Lancashire School titles:
Nick Smith – Senior Boys 3000m (9.42.8) – a new PB by eleven seconds
Myah Booth – Junior Girls 75m Hurdles (12.3)
Millie Coy – Junior Girls Javelin (31.66m) – a new PB by over two metres
Ross Liddle – Senior Boys 400m Hurdles (55.1)
Solomon Brown – Inter Boys 400m Hurdles (66.1)
Anthony Kent – Inter Boys Discus (41.13m)
Sam Gaskell – Inter Boys Hammer (49.74m)
Matt Ramsden – Junior Boys 1500m (4.27.1)
Jonathan Gough – Junior Boys Triple Jump (11.70m) – a new PB by over half a metre
Cameron Harris – Junior Boys Javelin (42.85m)
Morgan Angland – Senior Girls 100m Hurdles (16.3)
Holly Brookes – Senior Girls Shot Putt (7.42m) & Discus (21.63m)
Emily Warren – Inter Girls 80m Hurdles (12.8)
Eloise Littlefair – Inter Girls Shot Putt (10.35m) and a Championship Best Performance
Charlotte Williams – Inter Girls Hammer (56.78m) and a Championship Best Performance
Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 13th
Three Blackburn Harriers out at the latest in the Tuesday night Trafford meetings – Joe Monk, Katie Buckingham and Joe Howe.
Joe Monk ran the ‘A’ 3000m which was won in 8.24.15 (Mohammed Abu-Rezeq) finishing in 9th spot out of twenty one athletes competing and finished just a second outside his previous personal best. Joe spoke to the Club commenting that he was “pretty pleased with the run, given I’ve had exams running hasn’t been the main priority. Went through 2k in 5:45 and lost a bit of concentration over the next lap which cost me the PB, going to do it again in 2 weeks time and go for 8:40″.
Next up was Joe Howe in the ‘B’ 1500m Race featuring fifteen athletes and won in a time of 4.05.77. Joe’s personal best going into the Race was 4.20.01 so his 4th placed finish here in 4.12.99 was a big improvement and he told us that he “Really enjoyed the race and I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement which makes me optimistic about the rest of the season”.
Katie Buckingham was also competing in the 1500m with a real determination to break the 5min barrier and she did running a new PB time of 4.59.45 (9th) which was six seconds faster than she had run before. Katie prepared for her race ‘meticulously’ and told us “Post exams a group of us were ready to road trip and race, so 1st stop was leeds bmc for the boys on Monday, then after a lot of cake and Mcdonalds we embarked on trafford for Nottingham to take the north by storm on tuesday! The race set off fast and both my shoe laces managed to come undone in the first 200m, but once it settled down I really got into the race and chased down the sub 5 target! Really please to finally get sub 5mins and take 20secs off what I ran last year!”
The latest Race in the 2017 BOFRA Championships took place on Sunday June 11th at the Hawkswick Dash and in the U12 Race, just eight seconds separated the first four places which eventually saw a victory for the Harriers Dexta Thompson in a time of 8.39 with two seconds separating second, third and fourth.
Sister Kady Thompson was in the same U12 Race finishing in a time of 12.44 in 34th position while younger brother Felix Thompson ran in the U9 Race placing 8th out of the thirty two runners in a time of 7.04.