UKYDL Premier Division West – Wavertree Athletics Stadium Saturday May 18th

A difficult day for the Harriers with seven youngsters all dropping out in the week leading up to the Match coupled with some injuries on the day meant that we were unable to fill all the slots on the Match programme. Congratulations to the Team managers though, for doing a great job to get athletes in the maximum number of events with a number of them trying something for the very first time, just to help the team – great team spirit on display. After finishing 6th on Saturday the Club is currently in 5th position overall and needs a good result in the next Match at Bebbington on June 22nd.

Not every athlete is mentioned in this report, but everyone who stepped in to do events unfamiliar to them deserve our congratulations for putting the team first.

One of the highlight performances of the day amongst the boys came from U15 Jayden Riley who ran a new PB in the 80m Hurdles of 11.69 in 1st, ran a new PB in the 100m by winning in a time of 11.37 and ran a third new PB of the day in the 200m of 23.57 in 2nd place. Ben Boocock also set a new PB in the 100m of 12.97 and equaled his personal best in the 80m Hurdles winning that to make it a win double for him and Jayden.

Jayden RileyBen Boocock

U15 Zachary Walmsley ran over a second quicker in his 200m’s to set a new PB of 26.23 and U15 David Holman chopped three seconds off his personal best in the 1500m to set a new PB of 4.44.64. In other U15 Boys events – Codie Dewhurst equaled his High Jump best of 1.25m and set a new PB in Discus (11.95m). Rory Teare and Hayden Mercer are battling for the ‘brownie points’ as both set new PB’s in the Pole Vault of 2.20m in 2nd place for both ‘A’ and ‘B’ events. Hayden also set another new PB in the Shot Putt, adding 33cms to his previous best for a new distance of 8.38m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added nearly two metres to his best in the Hammer with a new PB of 29.82m and Stephen Alberts, helping out the team threw 5.55m in the Shot Putt for a new PB there.

Zachary WalmsleyDavid Holman (1)Rory Teare Hayden MercerKyle Taylor-Pomfret

Highlight performance for the U15 Girls came from Nicky Saunders in the Throws as she won all three events  – Discus with 28.84m, Hammer with a new PB of 38.56m and Javelin with 24.98m. Nicky has already thrown English Schools qualifying distances for both Hammer and Discus. There were new PB’s for Skye Greenacre in the 100m with her 14.46 clocking followed by a High Jump new PB of 1.35m. Racheal Jesse ran 28.91 in the 200m for a new PB and clocked 13.83 in the 100m – a distance she hasn’t done previously. Hollie Cubbon knocked over a second off her 300m time for a new PB of 47.59 whilst Keira Haxton continued with her trend of setting new PB’s everytime she races in recent weeks with 30.25 in the 200m and 2.31.46 in the 800m – an improvement of over 3 seconds.

Nicky SaundersSkye GreenacreRacheal JesseKeira Haxton

Kate Cookson cut nearly four seconds off her 800m time to set a new PB of 2.32.68 and in the non-scoring 800m race, Eleanor Allsop chopped a whopping 7 seconds off her time for a new PB of 2.40.17. Lucy Ramsden took a second off her best to set a new PB of 14.28 in the 75m Hurdles  and in the Throws – Caroline Woodworth set new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.19m) and Discus (16.40m).

Kate CooksonEleanor AllsopLucy RamsdenCaroline Woodworth

Daniel Smith had a pretty good day too – setting new PB’s in the 75m Hurdles (13.66), Long Jump (3.67m) and High Jump where he added 10 cms to clear 1.45m. George Ramsden replicated Daniel’s performance with his own new PB in the Hurdles (16.39) – over a second faster than his previous best whilst  Ben Livesey set himself a new PB in the 200m with 28.53. Ben Stratton was one of our nine winners on the day as he unleashed a tremendous sprint in the last 60 metres to win the U13 Boys 1500m in 4.49.82 for his fourth win out of five 1500m races this year. Oliver Gill also set himself a new personal best in the 1500m ‘B’ race with 5.13.82 – bettering his previous best by 2 seconds. Other new personal bests by the U13 Boys were set by Harrison Allcock in the Shot Putt (6.64m) and Findlay Carroll in the Javelin (15.42m).

Daniel SmithBen Livesey Oliver Gill

Bottom of age U13 Imogen Robinson knocked out three new PB’s – in the 800m running 2.46.94 which was a 3 second improvement, 3.35m in the Long Jump and 1.15m in the High Jump, whilst Eve Coulson set a new time for herself in the 800m of 2.52,17. Niamh Gater ran 11.42 in the 75m and 12.77 in the 70m Hurdles, both of which were new PB’s, with Kady Thompson improving her Javelin best to 14.91m and Madison Bontoft setting new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.64m) and Javelin (16.19m).

Imogen RobinsonEve CoulsonNiamh Gater

Keswick Mountain festival – Sunday May 19th

Well done to Hollie Cubbon who had a nice win at the Festival Aquathon on Sunday. The Swim had to be cancelled due to blue algae which left the 3k run – and won by Holly in a time of 11.58. She got a nice little bonus too, winning around £100 worth of prizes to make it a very good end to the day.

Southport Triathlon – Sunday May 19th

Danny Maynard tackled the Southport Triathlon finishing 63rd out of the 187 triathletes competing on the day. He placed 5th in his age category – (25 – 29yrs) – and clocking an Open Water 750m Swim 750m time of 16 min, a 20km Bike ride in 40.48 minutes and a 5k Run in 18.35 minutes


Danny Maynard

St.Anne’s Triathlon – Sunday May 19th

A number of Blackburn Harriers competed int his event at the weekend with some pretty good results, especially for the youngsters.

U13 Matthew Smith and his parents – Paul and Helen – were all in action in the competition which saw Matthew win his age group (MT2) by nearly a minute with a combined time of 27.27 for the Swim (3.43), Bike (15.46.8) and Run (7.55.3).

Matthew Smith Matthew Smith

Paul set himself a new PB coming in at the end with a combined time of 1hr 05.43 with the Swim (6.59), Bike (37.08) and Run (21.36) and 25th overall in a field of 187 men. Helen finished 24th in her 124 strong women’s race clocking 8.17 for the Swim, 42.47 for the Bike and 28.50 for the Run which gave her a combined finishing time of 1hr 19.55

And it was another good performance from William Grundy in the MT1 age category as he headed the field of 26 to win for the 3rd year running in a combined time of 17.41 comprising a Swim of 2.27.5, Bike (9.52.4) and Run (5.20.7).

William GrundyWilliam Grundy

Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon – Sunday May 19th

This Duathlon Parents Race comprises a Run of 1200m followed by 3900m on the Bike and ends with a second Run of 400m. Juniors do a Run of 2k, a Bike Ride of 7.8k and finish off with a Run of 800m. Michael Sharp, his son Saul Sharp and Codie Dewhurst all entered this event, and for Michael, this was his first competitive action for a long while following a hip operation.

After the event finished, Michael commented on the day “Well done to Saul and Codie today in the Salt Ayre Duathlon, a bit out of their comfort zone on the bikes but did fantastic in 15th and 16th positions. Bike upgrade needed.Well done boys,some very fast lads on the bikes,both ran really well.They did a 2k run followed by a 7.8k bike ride and ended with a 800m run. On a personal note, this was my first competitive action since 3rd October 2016. Why not have a go,1200m run, 3.9k bike, 400m run. Loved every second of it and finished 2nd in the Parents Race. Decent pace around 7:40 on 1200m off virtually no training. Still buzzing”.

L-R Codie Dewhurst – Michael Sharp – Saul Sharp

Manchester 10k – Sunday May 19th

Won by Jacob Kiplimo in a time of 27.31, V50 Jonathan Bridge joined the thousands of runners and came home in a time of 42.17. Jonathan wasn’t alone and made it a family affair with wife Claire clocking 52.57 and son Joe running a time of 38.31.