A pleasant but windy day greeted athletes, officials and spectators to the Salt Ayre athletics track, home to Lancashire & Morecambe AC, the hosts for this years penultimate Mid Lancs track & field list of fixtures. (Provisional Results)
Charlie Unsworth looked pretty rapid as he clocked the win in the senior men’s 200m, matching his personal best in winning his Heat in a time of 22.2 out of eighteen athletes spread across three Heats in total. Samuel Mutombo then went and set himself a new PB in the senior mens 400m by seven tenths, taking second spot in his Heat with 56.00 and 2nd overall in the two Heats. James Bretherton clocked himself a new PB by seven one hundreths in the 800m – despite the wind on the back straight – of 2.19.0 (9th) followed by Logan McCredie, competing straight after his holidays, grabbing another new PB in the 1500m by a couple of seconds, running 4.41.9 in 7th place. Samuel Mutombo continued having a good day – winning the Long Jump with a leap of 5.55m and then placing 2nd in the Triple Jump with 11.46m. Charlie Unsworth made it a double win as he took his Heat of the 100m race in a time of 11.2 followed by Daniel Nuttall winning Heat 2 (11.7) and Jacob Fisher 2nd in the same Heat (12.0). Daniel and Jacob went on to place 1st and 2nd in the 200m clocking 23.7 and 24.2 respectively.
Harvey Holden took on High Jump, Long Jump and surprisingly the 400m. In only his third High Jump competition, he again cleared 1.70m for the third time in a row to place 2nd, followed by a Long Jump of 4.69m in his first ever attempt at the discipline and a 6th placed time of 61.3 in the 400m, having never done that either. The U17 Men decided to run the 4 x 100m Relay with Daniel Nuttall on Leg (1), Charlie Unsworth (2), Oliver Palk (3) and Jacob Fisher on the the final Leg – returning a time of 46.5 in which was effectively a time trial and a touch outside the club record that they set in April this year. (Nuttall, Unsworth, Tierney, Palk)
U15 Jack Duxbury goes from strength to strength, clocking a new PB in the 100m Heat 2 of 12.6 – the same time being given to first and second in the two Heats and then backed that up with second new PB in Heat 2 of the 200m with 26.2 in 3rd spot and 4th overall – finishing off in his third event of the day with a leap of 4.27m in the Long Jump (3rd). Carrying on with setting new PB’s, U15 Abdollh Shriha set a new 200m PB in 3rd place (27.6), cleared 1.55m in the High Jump having never done the event previously, and ended the day in great style by winning the Long Jump with a new PB leap of 4.71m. Sami Butt made his debut over the distance in the U15 Boys 200m and clocked an impressive 26.1 in 3rd place overall alongside George Camara in 5th adding to the tally of new personal bests on the day as he clocked a new PB of 27.3 followed by a 3rd place in the High Jump clearing 1.50m and a 2nd placed leap of 4.67m in the Long Jump. Sami jumped 3.96m in the Long Jump (6th) – his first time ever trying the event. The wind didn’t do the middle distance athletes any favours, as they struggled down the back straight into it – U15 George Holman finishing in 5th place with a time of 2.40.8 and U15 Theo Robinson 3rd in the 1500m with a time of 5.03.4 – his first time ever over the distance. U13 Jack Baranowski ran a solo race in the U13 Boys 800m winning in a time of 2.08.00 – a second outside his personal best and 24 seconds in front of the 2nd placed athlete. James Acton-Grieves had a very good day coming 4th in his Heat of the U13 Boys 100m with 14.5 and 4th overall out of 14 – followed by a win in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.29m and a win with a new PB of 6.71m in the Shot Putt.
In the Throws, Charlotte Williams won the Senior Women’s Hammer with a distance of 51.19m as Abigail Brown came 2nd in the Discus with 19.62m and U15 Loucas Lancashire placed 4th out of nine throwers in the Javelin with 22.99m. Millee Schofield won her Heat of the U17 200m in 26.7 with team mates Sienna Rose Wareing 4th overall in 29.1, Connie Humes and Imogen Robinson placing 8th (31.0) and 9th (31.6) respectively. Alisha Lehner clocked 13.7 in 2nd spot in the 100m followed by a 2nd place in the 200m with 28.6. Sienna won the 300m in 46.00 as Connie just missed out on a new personal best in the 300m running 50.0 in 3rd spot followed by a 3rd placed throw of 16.27m in the Javelin whilst Imogen cleared 1.45m in the High Jump in 2nd. Holly Moore equaled her personal best in the U15 Girls 100m (15.0) – 5th in her Heat and 15th overall. In the 200m Holly and Evie Fort featured in two of the three Heats – Holly running 31.5 in 6th in Heat 1 and Evie 30.9 in 5th (Heat 2) – Evie going on to clock 50.6 in 6th in the 300m. Lyra Krige and Bella McCredie finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the U15 Girls 1500m – Lyra running 5.35.6 which was a new PB by four tenths, whilst for Bella, this was her first attempt at the distance. Bella and Holly Moore were part of a Pool of 18 U15 Girls taking part in the Long Jump – Bella in 15th with 3.63m which was a new PB and Holly in 17th jumping 2.73m. Millie Jordan won the U13 Girls 800m out of a field of 14 running 2.33. 2 with team mate Charlotte Lily Smith in 2nd (2.35.4) – Milie going on to post a time of 30.9 in 4th spot out of 18 U13 Girls 200m athletes and Charlotte clearing 1.10m in the High Jump (7th).
RESULTS ROUND UP
The BMC Grand Prix – World Athletics Challenge was held at Birmingham on Saturday July 29th – which saw Blackburn Harriers Dominic Walton, Abigail Stratton, Dexta Thompson and Daniel Bebbington all racing. (RESULTS). Dominic followed up his 1.48.50 800m clocking at Trafford with a 3rd placed time of 1.49.98 on the night – the third time he has run sub 1.50 in the last four weeks. In the 800m B Race Abigail Stratton clocked 2.14.25 in 6th spot. Dexta Thompson ran in the 1500m D Race clocking 4.01.98 in 11th place. Run of the night came from Daniel Bebbington as he clocked a new PB by a a huge ten seconds, placing 12th out of a field of 20 in 8.06.88.
At the WA Continental Tour 2023 Challenger – Loughborough EAP on July 29th hosted at Loughborough U17 Kara Dacosta featured in the senior women’s 400m alongside U20/23 and senior athletes. Kara placed 5th overall in a time of 55.29 for a new PB by seven tenths. (RESULTS)
Four Blackburn Harriers turned out at the Power of 5k road race held on the Salt Ayre circuit at Lancaster on Friday July 28th – Josh Birmingham, James Bretherton, Stephen Walter and Rob Eccles. Josh had a fine run to take the win in a time of 15.01 in a real tussle at the end from Luca Messenger-Jones in 2nd (15.02) and Joe Niven in 3rd (15.09). Next home was V40 James running 16.32 which was a new PB by 18 seconds followed by Stephen in a time of 16.39 and Rob running 17.03.