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18 New PBs for Harriers at Mid Lancs – Rob Wins BMC 1500m at Leeds – Ben Wins Worsthorne – Lancaster 5k – Another Top 10 for John at Lee Mill

Mid Lancs League – Litherland Saturday August 3rd

The penultimate meeting of this years Mid Lancs T&F League took place at Litherland on a sunny day with athletes and supporters basking in the sun and enjoying the athletics. Even with the holidays having a big impact on turnout, the Harriers still had thirty one athletes competing on the day – recording eighteen new PB’s and a dozen wins.



Sam Gaskell – ranked 4th nationally with the 6kg Hammer – made his first appearance in the Hammer with the senior weight (7.26kg) and immediately found success winning the event with a throw of 53.20m. Anthony Kent – also throwing the senior weight, threw 41.20m to take 2nd place. Anthony went to to win the Discus ahead of a eleven strong field with a distance of 37.31m as well as taking 3rd in the Shot Putt with 10.54m and again in an eleven strong field. U17 Matthew Heywood posted two seconds and a 1st in the Throws winning the U17’s with a distance of 50.17m, and placing 2nd in the Discus with 27.09m and 2nd again in the Javelin with 21.66m. U13 Toby Mansfield took on all three Throws and had a very good day – posting a new PB in the Shot Putt of 5.81m (2nd), missing a new personal best in the Discus by just 2 cms as he finished 3rd (14.96m) and then added two meters to his previous best in the Javelin, recording a new PB of 20.34m in 4th position.

Sam GaskellAnthony KentMatthew Heywood

Anna Peers was on good form during the days Throws events, winning all three with a distance of 36.11m – her third longest throw of the season in the Discus, posting 10.52m in the Shot Putt – her second longest distance of the season before ginishing off with her third win of the day in the Javelin (36.96m). Emily Taberner threw a massive new PB in the Hammer as she finished 2nd with a throw of 32.02m which added over 5 metres to her previous best.

Anna Peers (Discus)Anna Peers (Shot Putt)Emily Taberner (Hammer)

Three Harriers contested the U15 Girls Shot Putt featuring 10 athletes which saw Caroline Woodworth finish 3rd overall with 7.11m, Grace Bontoft in 4th with a distance of 7.09m and Kate Cookson in 6th place (6.89m) which was only her 2nd time she has competed with the weight (3kg). Grace went on to place 7th in the Discus with 15.43m after narrowly missing a new personal best in the Hammer where she threw 30.87m in 3rd spot. U15 Nicky Saunders was in good form too on the day taking a double win in the Discus with 30.30m, another win in the Javelin with 26.71m which was a new PB by 1 cm after placing 2nd in the Hammer with 35.29m. U13 Kady Thompson had a fabulous day as she won the Javelin competition with 18.28m – just 10cms short of her best as Madison Bontoft joined in her the event, finishing 3rd with 15.40m. Madison added a 2nd place in the Shot Putt with 6.11m.

Grace Bontoft (Discus)Grace Bontoft (Hammer)Nicky Saunders (Discus)Nicky Saunders (Hammer)Kady Thompson (Javelin)Madison Bontoft (Javelin)


U20 Emily Warren ran the Senior Womens 100m and 200m taking 3rd spot in the 100m with 13.50 and 2nd in the 200m (28.30) whilst U17 Imogen Mansfield was just a tenth outside her best as she clocked 13.30 in the 100m (8th in Heat 1) with Liberty Thompson running 15.00 in Heat 2 (6th).

Emily Warren (100m)Emily Warren (200m)Imogen Mansfield (123) 100mLiberty Thompson (153) 100m

Even though she had just returned from holiday Kate Cookson clocked a new PB in the U15 Girls 200m with her run of 29.80 in 5th (Heat 1) with Keira Booth running 32.10 in Heat 2 (5th) which was a new PB by nearly three seconds. U13 Lucy Rishton ran her first 100m race, finishing 2nd in Heat 2 with a time of 15.30.

Kate Cookson (88) 200m Kiera Booth (71) 200mLucy Rishton (952) 100m

U15 Thomas Monks – in his first season with the Harriers and only his 3rd competition did really well as he took on the 200m/400m double – winning Heat 2 of the 200m in 27.30 and then clocking a new PB in the 400m of 61.50 in 4th position. U13 Boys Ben Livesey and Harry Sambrook also doubled up in the 100m and 200m with Ben clocking 14.30 in 5th in the 100m (Heat 1) followed by winning the 200m (Heat 1) in a time of 28.40 with Oliver Gill running 31.50 in the same Heat which was a new PB by half a second. Harry Sambrook finished 6th spot in Heat 2 of the 100m with 15.50 before running 30.90 in Heat 2 of the 200m (4th).

Thomas Monks (951) 200mThomas Monks (951) 400mBen Livesey (121) 100mBen Livesey (121) 200m Harry Sanbrook (139) 100mHarry Sambrook (139) 200mOliver Gill (101) 200m


It was a great day for U13 Daniel Smith who smashed his 1500m personal best to pieces as he finished 2nd in the race with a new PB by a massive 15 seconds of 4.58.40. Ben Stratton and Harry Sambrook also ran in this race which featured seventeen athletes in total with Ben clocking 2.36.70 in 6th spot in his first ever race over the distance and Harry – 2.43.20 in 11th.

U17 Ethan Barbarewicz clocked 4.51.80 in 2nd place in his 1500m race after Isaac Butler and David Holman had lined up as part of a nine athlete race in the U15 Boys 800m. Both athletes have been out with injuries and both came back really well posting big new PB’s – the first by Isaac in 5th place clocking 2.24.00, an improvement of over four seconds with David clocking 2.24.60 in 6th position – an improvement of over six seconds. Ethan Barbarewicz (62) 1500mIsaac Butler (81) & David Holam (113) 800m

The U15 Girls had four Harriers in the 800m and one in the 1500m. Abigail Stratton last ran an 800m as an U13 in 2017 and went into the race with a personal best time of 2.51.0 which she battered on the day, recording a new PB of 2.36.60 in 4th with Kate Cookson clocking 2.39.70 in 7th, Kiera Booth 2.41.60 in 9th which missed a new personal best by just one hundreth and Caroline Woodworth 2.44.0 in 10th.

Abigail Stratton (891) & Kate Cookson (88) 800mKiera Booth (71) 800m Caroline Woodworth (162) 800m

L-R Abigail Stratton – Kiera Booth – Kate Cookson – Caroline Woodworth

Keira Haxton ran a very smart race in the U15 Girls 1500m keeping with the Blackpool athlete before pushing on from 500m out to take the win in  5.15.90 and set a new PB by a second. Another massive new PB was set in the U13 Girls 800m by Faith Gillibrand who went into the race with a best of 2.58.3 and obliterated that time as she came home in 4th place clocking 2.43.50 alongside Imogen Robinson in the same race who also clocked a new PB by just under a second as she ran 2.46.1 in 5th.

Keira Haxton (108) 1500mFaith Gillibrand (166) & Imogen Robinson (138) 800m


Eleven athletes took part in the U13 Boys Long Jump with three Harriers amongst them – Ben Livesey leaping out to a new PB of 3.98m adding 15cms to his previous best  in 4th, Daniel Smith adding 30cms to his previous best to set a new PB of 3.97m in 5th and Oliver Gill making it a hat trick of new PB’s as he improved by 34 cms to leap out to 3.64m in 9th place. Daniel went on to the High Jump clearing 1.35m in 3rd as Oliver equaled his High Jump best of 1.30m in 4th place. Imogen Mansfield was just 3 cms short of her personal best in the U17 Women’s Long Jump – winning the competition with a leap of 4.84m as Liberty Thompson finished in 5th place (4.01m) before going on to clear 1.40m in the High Jump (2nd). U15 Kiera Booth came in 8th in the Long Jump with 3.55m whilst in the U13 Girls – Lucy Rishton was delighted with her new PB of 4.01m in the Long Jump placing 3rd out of 12 in the event and an improvement of 13cm as Imogen Robinson after clocking a new PB in the 800m cleared 1.15m in the High Jump (7th) and jumped 3.15m in the Long Jump (12th).

Daniel Smith (High Jump)Oliver Gill (High Jump)

Liberty Thompson (High Jump)Imogen Robinson (Long Jump)Imogen Robinson (High Jump)

Leeds Regional BMC – Thursday August 1st

Rob Warner who has recenly lowered his 5000m personal time to 14.08 and has already run 3.48 this season went and won his first race of the Season at the Leeds Regional BMC meeting over 1500m clocking 3.50.87 and a comfortable two seconds clear of City of York athlete Alex Bottrill (3.52.78) in 2nd place.

BMC Results

Archive Photo

Worsthorne Moor Race – Sunday August 4th

Ben Fish clocked up his eight straight win in the latest race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series when he won the Worsthorne Moor Race in a time of 42.05.

Ben Fish

All Worsthorne Photos courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photos)


Chris Davies had a fine run behind Ben to take 2nd spot, clocking 42.34 which also gave hime the 1st V40 place and he was followed by John Horrocks in 5th with a time of 44.13 with Calum Holmes in 8th position (45.41) that gave the Harriers four in the top ten.

Chris Davies John HorrocksCalum Holmes

Next home in 19th spot came the very consistent Matthew Poole running a time of 48.34 out of the nearly 200 strong field. V50 Gary Pearse is another who is having a consistent Series as he came across the finish line in 40th (52.01), followed by U17 Harry Wilkin in 55th place (55.23), Lindsay Davies in 68thth spot (57.19) and 1st FV45 and V50 Richard Taylor (116th) with a time of 66.04.

Matthew PooleGary pearseHarry Wilkin (900) and Matthew Poole (867)Lindsay DaviesRichard Taylor

After this Race four Blackburn Harriers occupy are in the top seven places for the Series to-date headed by Ben Fish and with Chris Davies in 3rd, John Horrocks in 4th and Calum Holmes in 7th. In the Women’s Standings to-date the Harriers have two athletes in the top 5 as Victoria Mousley heads the table in first place with Lindsay Davies in 5th.

Men’s Standings

Women’s Standings

In the Junior Series Standings after this Race Theo Robinson is in 2nd Place in the U11Boys, whilst in the U13 Boys there are two Harriers in the top 5 with Matthew Smith in 3rd and Oliver Gill in 5th. Codie Dewhurst in 3rd and Daniel Smith in 4th occupy two of the top five places in the U15 Boys.

Junior Standings

Theo Robinson had a very good tun in the Junior U11 race finishing 2nd to Trawden’s Joel Fitzpatrick with Theo clocking 6.36 – just four seconds behind him. Charlotte Smith came home in 10th place running a time of 7.58.

Junior Race Results

Theo Robinson (191)

Charlotte Smith (187)

The Harriers had five runners in the U13 and two in the U15 / U17 Races – The U13 race saw Oliver Gill cross the line first for the Club in 5th place running a time of 11.50 with Matthew Smith in 6th (12.06), Alexander Brien 9th in 12.45 with Imogen Robinson just one second further back in 10th clocking 12.46 as Hannah Davies crossed the line in 13th position with a time of 13.21.

Oliver Gill (139)Matthew Smith (168)Imogen Robinson (192) and Alexnader Brien (136)Hannah Davies (132)

After smashing his 1500m personal best on Saturday at Litherland on saturday, Daniel Smith was out again placing 2nd in a time of 16.51 behind Clayton’s William Woodruff in 1st (16.15) and the Harriers Jack Paget-Fowler in 3rd clocking 16.59 in 3rd.

Daniel Smith (267) Jack Paget-Fowler (186)

Lancaster 5k – Friday August 2nd

Joanne Nelson (32) – Paul Brindle (33) – Karl Billington (56) Jack Hindle (60) – Chris Davies (73) – Lindsay Davies (74)


Lee Mill Fell Race – Wednesday July 31st

This 12.7km Fell race was run in pretty atrocious conditions described by Blackburn Harrier’s – John Horrocks – as “Waist deep bogs tonight in that weather”. Neverthless, one hundred and twenty three fell runners took it on with Bury’s Ben Coop coming home the winner in 46.16 from Horwich athlete Joe Mercer in 2nd (46.44) and Calder Valley’s Max Wharton in 3rd (50.21). John bagged himself yet another top ten finish as he clocked 50.49 in a fine run to place 6th overall.


John Horrocks (52)