Ben Boocock, Samuel Mutombo, Thomas Monks, Jayden Riley, George and Ben Whittaker continued their very shortened track season at Trafford on Saturday September 12th over 100m, 200m and 100m Hurdles. Varying head winds going from slightly plus to over – 2.0 at times – impacted on some performances for all athletes, but the Harriers managed still to squeeze out some new personal bests and wins.

Blackburn Harriers Sprint Coach – Caerwen Butler – who was with her athletes on the day commented on their perforamcnes afterwards saying Well done to the lads who competed today with another 4 new pbs! Sam got a sub 13 100m at 12.78 (pb), Thomas had a solid 100m at 12.49, then a brilliant 200m in 25.11 (pb), George ran two pbs today- 12.36 for 100m & 24.89 for 200m and Ben had another two good runs today with a brilliant start in the 100m timed at 12.21 & 200m in 24.40. All great results!”

Trafford Open Results

Botton of age U16 Samuel Mutombo was racing for the very first time this year and indeed, the first time since July 2019. His best to-date had been a 13.1 clocking in 2nd place at the Mid Lancs League Meeting on June 1st 2019. Today, Samuel set himself a new PB by over three tenths of 12.78, placing 4th in his Heat. Ben Boocock, another first year U17 had to contend with a minus 2.0 headwind, but still ran really well to place 2nd in a time of 12.47, before going on to win his Heat of the 100Hurdles in a time of 15.13, proving to be a very close fought race as he pipped Bury’s Natan Kitwowski in 2nd spot (15.14). George Whittaker an athlete who is in his first year as an U17 – has managed to get a couple of races in already, which is always helpful. In the 100m, George clocked 12.36 for a new PB by three hundreths in 4th spot in his Heat before moving on to post an even more impressive new PB in the 200m – run as it was with a minus 2.7 headwind – his time of 24.89 in winning the Heat represented an improvement from his last 200m outing (24.96).


Samuel Mutombo (308)                          George Whittaker (129)

U15 Thomas Monks was another athlete who suffered from the wind as he ran his 100m race into minus 2.0, recording a time of 12.49 in 4th position and followed that up with a cracking run in the 200m – in to a minus 1.9 – to win his Heat in a new PB time of 25.11, set at the Northern Indoor Championships back in February and close to a second faster than his previous best. U20 Ben Whittaker had a minus 1.9 to contend with in the 100m, as he ran 12.21 in 5th spot and then went and ran a 24.40 into a minus 2.1 headwind, placing 2nd in his 200m Heat. First year U17 Jayden Riley continued his good form with another win in his Heat of 100m posting a time of 11.33 with Preston’s U23 Joshua Leatherd in 2nd (11.37) and Birchfield U20 Patrick Pearce in 3rd (11.45). On to the 200m where Jayden came in 2nd, clocking 22.88, just four hundreths behind the winner from Harrogate – Simba Madimutsa (22.84).

Thomas Monks (336)

Ben Whittaker

Jayden Riley