In a weekend when cross country was on the agenda all over the country, Blackburn Harriers athletes were also out on the roads racing 10k’s. Jess Warner-Judd lined up along with close to 14000 runners at the London Winter Run 10k – (RESULTS) – Ellis Cross taking the overall win in a pretty rapid time of 28.52. Jess placed 5th overall winning the Women’s Race in a time of 31.59 with Aldershot’s Steph Twell in 2nd (32.48) – 8th overall and Preston’s Mhairi Maclennan (3rd) – 10th overall with 32.57.
Race Winners Jess Warner-Judd and Ellis Cross
Agatha Taylor and Evie Fort chose the indoors on Sunday February 5th, entering the Northern Athletics U13/U15 T&F Championships in Sheffield. (RESULTS). Agatha is in her first year as U15 for the track in 2023 and went into this competition with a best of 2.25.37 set at a Trafford Open Meeting in 2022. She qualified for the Final by clocking 2.26.95 in her Heat (3) placing 2nd. In the Final Agatha clocked a big new PB by over three seconds to finish 4th and this after finishing 2nd in the Lancashire County Schools Cross Country Championships the day before to win selection for English Schools in March.
Team mate Evie who ran in Heat 2 of the 800m finished 7th in 2.54.66 in her first ever attempt at a race indoors. Taking on the 60m and 200m, Evie posted 9.28 in Heat 2 of the 60m placing 6th and then ran a new PB – by a second better than her best time outdoors – of 31.41 in Heat 6 of the 200m in 6th spot.
Back onto cross country on a weekend which had the BUCS Cross Country Championships hosted at Pembrey Country Park in Wales – Saturday February 4th 2023. (RESULTS). Joe Gebbie has had some really good runs over cross country recently – at Leeds in the BUCS race, then at the Northern Cross Country Championships finishing 64th in the Senior Men’s Race (40.20). In the Men’s Long Race at the Bucs Championships – won by Mahamed Mahamed in 32.17, Matt Stonier 2nd (32.26) and Joe Wigfield 3rd (32.27), Joe had another fine run crossing the finishing line in a time of 35.33 and 57th overall.
Five hundred and forty three finishers at this years Winter Warmer 10k run on a crisp sunny morning – Sunday February 5th – starting and finishing at Witton Park. Nine Blackburn Harriers entered resulting in another win in this race for Ben Fish (32.14) who finished just over half a minute in front of Preston’s Joe Beech (32.46) and Clayton’s Aidan Holgate in 3rd (33.14).
Winter Warmer 10k (RESULTS)
Chris Davies and Paul Bradshaw made it three Harriers home in the first 12 places as Chris clocked 35.25 in 6th place and Paul 37.20 in 12th. Next home for the Club was Amy Davies in 38th place overall and 3rd in the Women’s race with a time of 40.06 and she was followed in by Danny Maynard running 40.55 in 46th spot. A new PB by close to three minutes came for Ellen Sagar-Hesketh with her 41.26 in 52nd spot overall and 4th in the Women’s race. Female Junior Leah Hoole had never run a 10k race previously and came across the finish line in 126th position with a time of 46.18 – 15th in the Women’s race and 2nd female junior. V50 Lindsay Davies ran a time of 46.53 in 137th place – 16th in the Women’s race and 2nd FV50. The 3rd female junior was Molly Nicholls running 49.10, 179th overall and 23rd in the Women’s race.
All Winter Warmer Race Photo’s coutesy of David Belshaw
At the same time, over in Yorkshire, Tim Baldwin and Lee Casson were representing the Harriers at the Dewsbury 10k which had two thousand two hundred and twelve finishers, the race being won by Birchfield Harrier Omar Ahmed in a fast time of 29.55 with Ilkely’s Nathan Edmondson 2nd (30.08) and Spenborough’s Joe Sagar in 3rd (30.14).
This was Tim’s first race since back in June 2022 and came home in 34th spot running a time of 32.57 alongside team mate Lee who was just two places and 10 seconds further back in 39th and posting a time of 33.07 which was a new PB by a minute and 17 seconds.