Saturday night at Loughborough was the venue for the BMC Grand Prix – World Athletics Challenger run in very warm conditions, the events covering 800m – 1500m & 5000m races. (RESULTS). Blackburn Harriers Jess Warner-Judd took on the 1500m for the first time since she last ran the distance in June 2022 and just a few weeks after winning the British 10000m Championships at Highgate. Jess won the race which had a field of 15 athletes, clocking 4.09. 49 in front of Rebekah Greene in 2nd (4.11.49) and Alexandra Millard in 3rd (4.11.78). Abigail Stratton who just a week ago won the Northern U20W 800m Championships clocked 4. 28.19 in 14th spot. Daniel Bebbington featured in the Men’s 1500m A Race clocking a seasons best time of 3.43.44 in 9th place after recently going very close to the 4 minute mile. The Men’s 5000m B race won by Swansea’s Jonathan Butler (14.36.5) and saw Tim Raynes and Luke Betts in the race – Tim finishing in 12th position with a time of 15.01.81 and Luke in 16th spot clocking 15.27.57.
Conditions were hot to say the least at this years Lancashire Schools Track & Field Championships held at the newly laid track at Stanley Park, Blackpool on Saturday June 10th. (RESULTS). Blackburn Harriers athletes competed throughout the day with some good results and possibilities of being selected to compete at the English Schools T&F Championships at the end of June. 49 athletes from Blackburn Harriers competed on the day representing their various schools areas, posting eleven new personal best performances.
Three Blackburn Harriers ran the 100m – Luke Watson taking 3rd spot clocking 12.2 in 3rd place with Isaac Brindle in 6th place in 13.1 and Jack Thompson in 7th (14.0). The 200m saw Ellis Kenny & Keir Michie running with Ellis setting a new PB of 26.4 in 2nd and Keir 26.5 in 3rd. The 300m race had 4 of the five athletes all from Blackburn Harriers representing their various town teams – Charlie Clanford carried on his good form by winning again in 38.8 which meant that he had won 8 out of his 10 track races so far this season. Daniel Bretherton grabbed himself a new PB of 41.0 in 3rd place with Matt Haxton in 4th (42.6) for a new PB by a tenth and Jayden Dacosta placing 5th in 48.1 – his first time over the distance and his first race since September 2022. George Camara placed 2nd in the 80m Hurdles running 12.9 which equaled his personal best. Two athletes from the Harriers in the 1500m – Sam Aspey taking the win in a time of 4.30.6 with Keiran Hamilton in 3rd place (4.37.8). In the Junior Boys Throws events Harry Plikington came 2nd in the Discus with a distance of 26.16m whilst in the Javelin Loucas Lancashire placed 4th with a throw of 25.17m.
Tamzin Osborne started off this season with a personal best of 1.90m in the Pole Vault having competed in just two competitions in the UKYDL (LAG) in 2022. Already this year she has gone up to 2.50m and cleared 2.45m at the Sportcity Meeting on Tuesday prior to the Schools Championships. On the day, Tamzin added another 10cms to her height to set a new PB of 2.60m as she took the Lancashire Schools title. Holly Moore qualified for the Final of the 200m after running 31.2 before posting a time of 32.0 in the Final itself (32.0). Eleanor Woodford clocked 31.4 in the Heat to miss out on qualification. Evie Fort ran 47.5 in 4th place in the 300m whilst Agatha Taylor came 2nd in the 800m running a time of 2.15.8 which was a big new PB by nearly three seconds. Emma Robertshaw came home in 4th place in the 1500m in a time of 5.22.7 and a new PB by three seconds, which in the heat of the day was a great performance. Olivia Thomasson set herself a new PB of 30.01m in winning the Javelin event whilst Leila Pilkington took the Long Jump with 4.18m.
Daniel Nuttall won the Inter-Boys 100m in a time of 11.6 with Henry Harwood in 7th spot clocking 12.3. Charlie Unsworth and Jacob Fisher went in the 200m resulting in Charlie taking the win in 22.3 with Jacob placing 3rd in a time of 23.8. Harvey Holden set himself a new PB in the 100m Hurdles clocking 15.7 in 2nd spot. On to distance races and Ben Stratton was one of four athletes from Blackburn Harriers in the 800m seven strong field and took the win in a time of 2.01.1 – Logan McCredie coming with a strong finish to place 2nd in a new PB time of 2.11.7 and finishing equally strong, Ethan Cutler in 3rd (2.12.4) and a new PB for him alongside George Ramsden 4th in 2.12.6. Daniel Smith took 2nd position in the 1500m with a time of 18.104.22.168 as Jack Lamb finished in 2nd in the 3000m – a tough race in the heat – clocking 9.49.7. Oliver Palk set himself a new PB with a throw of 43.94m in the Javelin taking the title as the sole competitior.
Millee Schofield was a comfortable winner of the 200m clocking 26.3 as was Kara Dacosta in winning the 300m in a time of 39.8. Sadly in some of the events – particularly hurdles – there was only one athlete and so it was in the Inter-Girls 80m Hurdles which saw Alisha Lehner clock 13.6. Isabella Pacelli took 3rd place in the 800m with a time of 2.35.3 whilst Charlotte Robertshaw won the 1500m clocking 5.16.3. In the Shot Putt again just one athlete which saw Isabelle Hartley throw an outdoor new PB of 8.22m. Kady Thompson placed 4th in the Javelin (22.70m).
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Thomas Monks just missed out on his first sub 2 minute 800m as he came home in 2nd place clocking 2.00.1 with Codie Dewhurst in 3rd running 2.03. 3. Samuel Mutombo – again the sole competitor in the Triple Jump, leapt out to a seasons best distance of 12.42m and earlier in the day George Williams threw a new PB in the Hammer with a distance of 37.09m in taking the title. Emma Harrison and Grace Bontoft made it a 1,2 in the Hammer – Emma taking the win with a throw of 44.56m whilst Grace placed 2nd with a distance of 36.82m. Another sole competitior – this time in the 400m Hurdles – was Kiera Booth who ran 79.5. Keira Haxton placed 4th in the 800m with a time of 2.23.0
Mid-week and it was the RJT & NMAC Series Sheffield 2023 held on Tuesday June 6th featuring Run, Jumps & Throws as well as track races from 100m – 3000m plus distance hurdles over 300 and 400m. (RESULTS). Blackburn Harriers Sarah Henton became a V50 recently and celebrated with her first competition of the year in Discus, taking 2nd spot with a throw of 35.48m, just behind the winner – U23 Caitlin Rimmer (35.63m).
During the same week it was RunThrough’s Chase the Sun 5k,10k, 10mile series of races in Leicester on Thursday June 8th (RESULTS). Paul Bradshaw took 2nd position in the 5k race posting a time of 16.53.
The Weets Fell Race – part of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series for 2023 – took place on Saturday June 10th in hot conditions resulting in one hundred and fifty six runners completing the race. (RESULTS). Josh Holgate had another fine run taking 3rd place in a time of 38.07 behind Alex Mason in 2nd (38.03) and the winner Chris Holdsworth (36.40). Stephen Hall finished in the top ten places with a time of 42.50 (9th) and 1st V45 alongside team mates Marc Hartley placing 11th in 43.11 and V45 Stephen Turner crossing the finish line in 52nd spot (55.36).
Desecribed on the race website “The Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon is a 13.2 mile trail race is “flagged throughout the entire course. It affords participants and their families the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery with over 2,000 feet of ascents the route follows well established footpaths, including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane and for those with time to take in the fabulous scenery the views from Scott Gate, Mastiles and Boss Moor are quite breathtaking.” The Wharfedale Trail Half-Marathon on June 3rd was another race run in very warm conditions and – (RESULTS) – won by Keighley’s Joe Hudson in a time of 1hr 27.30 from Matthew Thackwray in 2nd (1hr 35.22) and Jake Stephenson in 3rd (1hr 36.12). Having a good run in 4th place came Blackburn Harriers Stephen Hall in a time of 1hr 37.54 and 1st V45. V55 Gary Pearse came home in 49th place out of a field of 232 finishers with a time of 2hr 02 47.