Blackburn Harriers athletes had a very successful evening at Trafford on Tuesday evening – July 25th – recording a host of new personal and seasons best times in the BMC Gold Standard & Grand Prix Races.
As the track timetable started to get underway V55 Tony Balko was involved in a couple of the Throws events on the night placing 2nd in the V55 Hammer (6kg) with a distance of 33.60m alongside a throw of 27.77m in the Javelin 700g).
Four athletes lined up in the BMC races which was highlighted by the run of Dominic Walton in the 800m A Race which saw him just pipped by seven one hundreths into second place when clocking a new personal best of 1.48.50. Daniel Bebbington came home in 3rd spot in the 1500m A Race with a time of 3.46.78 followed in the B Race by Matt Ramsden clocking a seasons best time of 3.55.70 in 6th spot alongside Tim Raynes running 3.58.30 in 8th.
David Holman added to the new personal bests as he clocked a new PB time of 1.53.83 in 2nd place in the 800m followed by a new PB for V40 James Bretherton in a later Heat of 2.19.97. Thomas Monks who started the season hoping to get under 2 minutes over 800m in his first season won his Heat in 1.59.54 which was his third sub 2 minute clocking in a row. In the same Heat Codie Dewhurst just missed out on a new personal best as he ran 2.00.97 in 6th spot. The 1500m saw U17 Ben Stratton have his best run so far this season slashing a whopping 8 seconds off his previous best to set himself a new PB of 4.01.66 which has elevated him to the top 25 in the national rankings.
Yet another new PB was set by U17 Jack Lamb in the following Heat of the 1500m – clocking 4.13.26 finishing in 9th position. First year U17 Charlotte Robertshaw and first year U20 Isabel Holt both took on the 1500m – Charlotte running 5.09.42in 4th place in her Heat whilst Isabel ran a seasons best 4.52.58 in 8th position in her race. Josh Birmingham and Ben Makin took part in the 3000m A race covering 19 athletes resulting in a seasons best time of 8.46.70 (14th) for Josh and a new PB of 8.52.28 for Ben (16th). Ben Fish went in the second of three races over 3000m – his first race over the distance this year – and came 2nd in a time of 8.51.52 with team mates U17 Daniel Smith running his first ever race over 3000m clocking 9.04.94 in 8th position and Sam Hodkinson clocking a big new PB by ten seconds when finishing 14th in 9.24.51.