Kara Dacosta had a great weekend at the SIAB Interantional this weekend in Grangemouth – July 15th – after being selected for her first England vest. In the 300m Kara clocked 38.9, a new outdoor PB to hold off England’s Niamh Le’Gall in 2nd (39.0). Kara’s time places her at number 2 in the National Rankings and breaks the Club Record set by Rebecca White in 1996. Following her Gold Medal in the individual 300m Kara then added a second Gold Medal of the day as the England team won the 4 x 300m Relay. (RESULTS).
Fixture 4 of the Mid Lancs League took place at Bury AC’s athletic track – Saturday 15th July – after having swapped dates with Lancaster’s Salt Ayre Track. The day started off reasonably well, however, the afternoon was soon interrupted by on and off down pours and some thunder which made conditions difficult. In between the the athletes and officials made sure that the day went ahead. (Provisional Results). The Harriers had a good day – posting 16 wins, 16 new PB’s and two new Club Records.
Hammer is always the first event at the Mid Lancs – men then women following. Anthony Kent got the day off to a great start with a new PB in winning the Hammer of 49.98m followed by Charlotte Williams home from the US for a short while throwing 51.90m to win the Women’s Hammer and Harry Pilkington throwing another new PB in the U15 Hammer of 27.34m (3rd). Anthony then went on to win the Discus with a throw of 38.82m and 2nd in the Shot Putt (12.27m) as Harry came 3rd in the U15B Shot Putt with 8.89m. Jacob Fisher came 3rd in the U17 Men’s Shot Putt with 8.70m – his first time ever in the event. Abigail Brown in her first competition since August 2019 won the Senior Women’s Discus with a distance of 26.37m. Loucas Lancashire was cms away from a new personal best in the U15B Javelin – placing 3rd out of 12 with a throw of 28. 21m. U17’s Isabelle Hartley and Connie Humes took on the Javelin – Isabelle setting a new PB by close to 3 metres with the 500g Javelin (23.06m) in 3rd with team mate Connie placing 6th with 16.39m. and completing the Throws events – U15 Leila Pilkington won the Shot Put with 7.86m. Olivia Thomasson won the U15 Girls Javelin with a throw of 29.61m.
U20 Samuel Mutombo clocked 12.0 (3rd) in the Senior Men’s 100m followed by Daniel Nuttall winning the U17 Men’s 100m in 11.8 with Harvey Holden clocking a new PB by one tenth of 12.4 and Henry Harwood 12.5 in 4th and 6th places respectively. The U17 Women’s 200m resulted in Zoe Green clocking 30.3 (5th); Connie Humes a new PB of 30.8 (6th) and Imogen Robinson 31.1 (8th). Millee Schofield won the U17 Women’s 300m in 41.6 – a new PB by 2 seconds, alongside team mates Sienna Wareing in 2nd ( 43.5) and Alisha Lehner in 3rd also posting a new PB of 46.1 and Zoe Green in 5th (49.0). Annabelle Coxon ran 14.4 in the U15 Girls 100m – 3rd in her Heat and 7th overall out of 17 athletes. 17 athletes again in three Heats of the U15 Girls 200m – Annabelle Coxon setting a new PB of 29. 5 in 5th, Bella McCredie coming home in 8th (30.0) and Leila Pilkington 16th in 30.7 – her first time ever over the distance. The U13 Girls 100m featured 23 which saw Dana Juma place 6th overall with a new PB by half a second (14.3) with Charlotte Rothwell placing 19th (16.9). U13 Imogen Boardman made it the tenth new PB of the day when she knocked a second off her 200m time to place 5th with 29.8. New member U13 Lucas Pickens ran his first ever race for the Club in the 100m clocking 16.2 and placing 3rd in his Heat and 8th overall. 16 athletes in the U15 Boys 100m – five of them from the Harriers – Sami Butt coming 3rd in 12.7, Jack Duxbury 4th (12.8) – a new PB, Abdollh Shriha 9th (13.4), Jack Thompson 10th in 13.5 – equaling his personal best and George Camara in 11th also given 13.5 and a new PB by a tenth.
Some of the Clubs 100/200m sprinters ran the 400m on the day – Samuel Mutombo (LJ/TJ) clocked 56.7 in winning the Senior Men’s race – his first time ever over the distance – followed by U17 Charlie Unsworth winning the U17 Men’s 400m in 52.3, Jacob Fisher 3rd in 56.6, Daniel Nuttall 4th in 59. 2 and James Tierney 6th in 61.3 – all of whom, like Charlie had never run the distance before. Charlie Clanford won the U15 Boys in a new PB time of 53.4 which was also a new Club Record which broke Lee Bowers record set at Blackburn in 1982 – 41yrs ago.
Stand out performance of the day was the run of U13 Jack Baranowski in the 1500m – winning the race in a time of 4.17.7 – a new PB by nearly a second, broke his own Club Record and leaves him still at No 1 in the National Rankings. James Bretherton clocked 2.20.2 (4th) in the Senior Men’s 800m with Dominic Bretherton running a new PB of 2.26.2 in 7th whilst in the Senior Women’s race – Rebecca Ward ran her first race on the Track for the Club clocking 2.39.6. The U17 Men’s 800m had Ethan Cutler and Logan McCredie in the race – Ethan clocking 2.17.0 in 7th and Logan 2.20.3 in 8th. Alex Rothwell ran solidly in the wind for 3rd place in the U15 Boys 800m (2.20.3) as U15’s Bella McCredie placed 7th in the U15 Girls 800m’s (2.37.9) with Lyra Krige clocking 2.45.2 in 9th spot for a new PB by a massive 9 seconds. In the final middle distance race, the Girls U13 800m Millie Jordan ran her first track race for the Club and had a good run to place 2nd in 2.31.1 with team mates Charlotte Lily Smith in 6th with 2.43.4 whilst Charlotte Rothwell ran 3.13.8 in 12th spot.
Samuel Mutombo won his second event of the day leaping out to 5.46m in winning the Senior Men’s Long Jump followed by U17 Harvey Holden who cleared 1.70m again in the High Jump – the second successive time he has done that – having never done High Jump or had any training for it. Sienna-Rose Wareing came 2nd in the Triple Jump with a leap of 9.46m. Jack Duxbury won the U15 Boys Long Jump with a leap of 4.78m – just outside his previous best – with team mates Abdollh Shriha in 3rd (4.50m) – just 4cm shy of his best in 5th (4.26m). Imogen Robinson wasn’t far off a new personal best when winning the U17 Girls High Jump with a clearance of 1.49m as Leila Pilkingtom jumped 4.01m in the U15 Girls Long Jump (4th). Charlotte Lily Smith, Imogen Boardman and Dana Juma were three of 21 U13 Girls in the Long Jump – Imogen jumping a new PB of 3.80m in 5th place with Charlotte jumping out to 3.26m (12th) and Dana 2.43m in 20th.
BMC night at Loughborough on July 12th which saw Maddie Elliott run the 1500m Heat D featuring 18 athletes – nine male and nine female. Great result for Maddie posting a new PB of 4.39.53 in 3rd place overall and 1st female. (RESULTS)
Helen Leigh is having a great run at the moment – in every sense of the term. Having won the Triple Hirple last weekend in Scotland with three races back to back on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Helen was back out this weekend – July 15th – in the International Snowdon Race – a race described thus “It is a 10-mile endurance running competition from Llanberis to Snowdon’s summit. It is said to be one of the most difficult endurance challenges in Europe. Kenny Stuart set the men’s course record in 1985 with a time of 1:02:29, while Carol Greenwood set the women’s course record in 1993 with a time of 1:12:48. Have you ever completed a 10-mile run in the mountains? Non-runners can only fathom how exhausting and rewarding it must be for runners to cross the finish line.”.
Helen carried on where she left off last weekend having another very fine run finishing in 13th place in the International Race, 2nd Woman in the Open Women’s Race and posting the 7th fastest descent time in the Women’s field. A very happy athlete spoke to the Harriers after the race about how it went, telling us that she was “So pleased with my run at Snowdon. Set off behind the elites and set a good pace up the initial steep road climb. Managed to catch a few of the Internationals on the climb and felt strong to the turn around point despite nearly being blown over. The descent was so fast and I caught 3 girls after going absolutely mental the whole way down, descending in 17.49. Gutted the race didn’t go to the summit as it would have been a pb, but can’t help the weather. Always next year!”
Still on the Fells and this time with Marc Hartley at the Ingleborough Mountain Race run on Sunday july 16th – the race ebing won by Nick Swinburn in 47.19 from Nigel Hocking in 2nd (49.21) and Oli Murphy in 3rd (49.35). Marc had a good run to finish in 15th position out of a field of 153, with a time of 55.02. (RESULTS). After the race, Marc shared his thoughts on the race with the Club saying “Gloomy skies and monsoon showers were the backdrop to this years Ingleborough mountain race. As usual my race followed its now regular narrative…holding my own until we got to the steep stuff, hold on to the top, then managed to claw a few back on the descent. Nick Swinburn was in a class of his own as he took the win & I was happy enough with 15th. A good race that’s well organised and would recommend.”
On Sunday July 15th well over 500 runners took part in the Blackpool Music Run 10k. Blackburn Harriers James Bretherton who had run his first ever track race the day before over 800m was out again the day after, winning the race in a time of 36.03.09 with team mate Emily Jemutai Cheruyiot winning the Women’s race, running 39.03.51. Matthew Maynard made the top 10 too running 43.23.96 in 10th spot.
Padiham Greenway Junior Races were held on Wednesday July 12th covering age groups from U7 through to U17’s. (RESULTS). Theo Addy ran in the U11/13 race finishing 3rd overall and 1st U11 in a time of 7.29 whilst Liam Bennison ran the U15/17 race in a time of 12.02 which gave him 8th place in the U15 race and 13th overall.