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Harriers Success

Holly Bleasdale continued her great start to the season. Winning the Pole Vault in Glasgow last weekend with a vault of 4:70, this week in Moscow, Holly put another 5 cms on and won that competition to with a vault of 4:75m beating in the process, Brazil’s 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer and Cuba’s 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Yarisley Silva.


Next Came Luke Evans who started off in early January running 7.06secs for the 60 metres and  22.34secs for the 200m at the Indoor meeting at Sportscity. This weekend at Sportscity, Luke has lowered these times, and created new Club Records in the process by running 7.00secs in the 60metres and 21.76 secs in the 200metres.


Ben Fish, who finished 5th in this years Ribble Valley 10k with a time of 30:14, went to the Alsagar 5 Mile Road Race on Sunday and finished 2nd in a field of 794. Ben was credited with the same chip time as the winner in 23:57minutes but given 23:58 on Gun Time which placed him second. This is probably one of the fastest if not the actual fastest recorded time for 5 miles for a Blackburn Harrier.


In the Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships held at Witton Park on Saturday, Blackburn Harriers athletes did really well, especially the girls with the following athletes all qualifying for the English Schools Championships:

Junior Girls

Elizabeth Greenwood    who won the Race
Grace Handley               2nd in the Race
Deni Impett                    3rd in the Race

Year 7 Girls

Natalya Irvine                  who won the Race
Hannah Cookson            2nd in the Race
Maddie Elliott                  4th in the Race

Inter Boys

Jack Hindle                 finished in 9th place and and ran a fine race against quality                                                                 opposition, is first reserve for the Team


In the newly promoted and first time held Witton Park Trail Relay Race and organised by Richard Taylor, the Club had 12 Teams of three athletes competing on the day. A big thank you to all the Volunteers who turned up on the day and helped officiate and marshal. None of this could be done without you.

In the Junior Race, 22 Teams competed and the Harriers U14 Girls Team of Deni Impett; Natalya Irvine and Grace Handley won their Age Group and also finished 3rd Team overall with only two boys teams in front of them. Girl Power or what!!

Two other Harriers Teams ‘Taylors Trailblazers’ consisting of Hannah Cookson; Megan Clarkson and Maddie Elliott finished in 3rd place in their age groups whilst the other Team ‘Cool Runnings’ consisting of Brenna McPartlan; Georgia Turgoose and Charlotte Taylor finished in 4th position.

Our U14’s Boys Team of Jack Wilkinson; Thomas Harbour and Kristian McKinery finished 4th Team overall and 2nd in their age group to Rossendale.

Our Junior Girls won their Age Group with a Team called “It’s A Mystery’ and comprising Elizabeth Greenwood; Rhiannon Wickham and Katie Buckingham.

In the Senior Event there were 80 Teams with some very inventive Team Names – the Harriers who had 9 Teams competing finished 2nd (Barnes Stormers); 3rd (He Scores When He waannts!);  6th (Those Pesky Varmints); 7th (Headless Chickens);  13th (The Dark Horses);  20th (Oh Danny’s Boys); 41st (The 3 Amigos); and 43rd (That’s Howe You Do It).


Back to the Indoors, where Alison Leonard and Paul Bradshaw were selected to compete for England in the Indoor Vienna Classic last week in the 1500m and 800m respectively. Both had really fine races with Alison recording 4:19.37 in the 1500m and Paul running 1:49.91 in the 800m.