BMC Grand Prix at Trafford


First Tuesday night of the Trafford fixtures this week which saw three Blackburn Harriers competing at 1500m and 3000m. Full Results HERE

Andy Buttery who is attempting to set some new Club V45 records this year achieved his first one in the 3000m running 9.32.51, nearly ten seconds faster than the previous record holder – Phil Hall whose time, set in 2007 was 9.42.3.

U20 Joe Monk is improving all the time. On Saturday he knocked eight seconds off his previous 1500m PB to set a new PB of 4.19.6. At Trafford he reduced his time again by another 4 seconds to gain a second new PB in three days of 4.15.53.

Tom Cornthwaite was taking his first crack at a Track Race since 2014, taking on the 3000m and finishing with a time of 8.49.84 in the 26 strong field.

At this years BUCS Outdoor Championships — RESULTSJoe Pearse had a good championships qualifying in the Semi-Final with a clearance of 1.94m in the High Jump and going on to clear 2.00m in the Final, placing 6th of the 12 competitors. Roxanne Oliver took on the Sprint and Long Hurdles coming home 2nd in her Heat in 15.03 and then running 15.15 in the Semi-Final for 6th place. In the 400m Hurdles she came home in a time of 68.05 for 4th place in her Heat with Katie Buckingham in 6th (74.64). Katie also ran the 200m with a time of 30.10 in her Heat. Holly Bleasdale is the current U20 Club Record Holder for the 100m Hurdles (14.95) which makes Roxanne the second fastest Woman Hurdler over that distance.

IMG_0295(Katie – 1st on the left with the Nottingham Relay Team at Bucs)

YDL – Upper Age Group

Hardly good weather for Track & Field at the weekend in the first fixture of the season in the Upper Age Group. Rain, cold and wind was very much the order of the day. The Harriers were in the Premier Division for the first time and put in some good performances, especially given that a number of athletes weren’t available for the day and some of the athletes were competing for the first time ever such as Samuel Kearns, Charlotte Heyworth, Jessica Kit whilst others were taking on events that they hadn’t competed in previously as others were moving up to bottom of age U17 and adding distance to their disciplines in the Hurdles for example, so a very big thank you to all of those.

 Provisional Results HERE

(Photo’s courtesy of Suzanne Cubbon)

The miserable weather didn’t stop the athletes from setting new Personal and Season’s bests. U20 Connor Davison set new PB’s in the Shot Putt (9.56m) and the Discus with 26.13m and added a third season best in the Javelin (29.77m) alongside Sam Pearson-Moore who set new marks in the U17 Shot Putt (9.39m) and the Javelin with a distance of 39.55m. Natalya Irvine (U17) set a new PB in the Shot Putt with (7.44m) and Nathan Billington (U20) set a new Hammer PB with a throw measuring 40.88m. U17 Lucas Davies in his first even Upper Age Group fixture threw 23.27m in the Discus for a new personal best with another debutant – U17 Jessica Kit – setting her PB in the Javelin with a distance of 20.68m. U17 Sam Kearns competing for the first time did well to finish 2nd in the Javelin (34.62m) whilst Hammer Throwers Jacob Roberts (U17) continued his fine season with another victory in the Hammer (61.77m) as did Rebecca Orrell (U20) in her Hammer event taking the win with a throw of 42.98m. Jacob went out of his comfort zone to help the Team and competed in the Long Jump, clearing 4.85m and Rebecca added three more season’s bests in the Javelin (18.91m), 7.87m in the Shot Putt and Discus (24.16m). Olivia Wilson (U17) also had a season’s best in the Javelin, winning her ‘B’ event with a throw of 17.37m.

Polly Pearse in the U20’s set three season’s best in the Shot Putt (6.99m), 100m Hurdles (17.7) and the Triple Jump with a distance of 9.14m. There were new PB’s for (U20) John iLunga in the 100m (13.00), U17 Chloe Bleeks also in the 100m (14.0) and a seasons best in 200m (29.2). (U20) Jake Almond had his first ever individual race over 400m and ran a good time of 53.2 and then set a season’s best 200m with 23.2. There was a big PB for Joe Monk in the U20 1500m by 8 seconds coming home in 4.19.6, doubling up in the 800m (2.09.2) and another PB for U17 Olivia Wilson in the 400m (66.7).




In the Hurdles Maddie Elliott (U17) rowed in to help the team taking on the 80m Hurdles (15.00) and the 300m Hurdles (52.00). Nick Massey (U17) won his ‘A’ 100m Hurdles Race in a new PB time of 14.5 whilst brother Cameron Massey also ran a PB in the ‘B’ with 16.2 adding a season’s best in the 400m Hurdles (64.7).

Ross Liddle also won his 400m Hurdles Race to set a new PB of 59.2 which cut 2 seconds off his previous best. There were more season’s bests for U17’s Olivia Wilson in the ‘B’ 800m (2.39.6) and Hannah Cookson in the ‘A’ 800, with a time of 2.30.9 as well as Morgan Angland (13.4) in the 100m and Nick Massey (12.4) in his 100m. U17 Zak Hargreaves was competing for the first time this year and made the most of it with a win in the U17 Triple Jump (11.02m).