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Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Settle

A number of Blackburn Harriers competed for Lancashire at Settle in the Inter-Counties Championships and the photo here shows some, but not all of the runners competing for Lancashire Teams in U16 and U18 age categories.


Full Results HERE:

Jack Hindle had a really fine run to finish 3rd overall in the U16 Men’s age category winning the Individual Bronze Medal and along with Callum Davidson from Rossendale Harriers (4th) and James Marchant from Pendle AC (9th) helped Lancashire to the Gold Medal. Jack is photographed here with Individual Gold and Silver Medalists – Jack Lewis from the North East and Lewis Byram from Yorkshire.



In the U16 Women’s Race, Liz Greenwood had a great race winning the Individual Gold Medal by nearly three minutes and along with Rhiannon Wickham (6th) and Phoebe Howe (12th) brought home another Team Gold for Lancashire.



In the Men’s Senior Race, Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn on the Track made the top 10, finishing 9th overall and in the process helped Lancashire to Team Bronze – (Photo’s by kind permission of – photo on the right is Gary with Rob Hope and Shaun Godsman the other Lancashire Medalists

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Joseph Howe ran in the U18 Men’s Race 13th (32.40) and helped the Lancashire Team to a Bronze Medal



The Senior Women’s Race saw Beckie Taylor finishing 6th Junior Woman in 1:09.58. The Lancashire Team with Beckie counting in third place came 5th overall in the Women’s Team Event which was won by Yorkshire.

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Jackie Taylor (Senior Women’s Race), Richard Taylor and John Orrell (Senior Men’s Race) all competed on the day, with Jackie coming home in 33rd place and 3rd V40 (1:16.34); John 104th (1:15.51) and Richard 114th (1:19.06).

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Sophie and Alison in good form at Loughborough International

Consistency and winning is what stands out in Sophie Hitchon’s competitions in 2013. Winning the British Athletics Hammer Circle Winter Trails at Loughborough on 2nd March with a throw of 70.34, Sophie backed that form up in April with a 3rd place 69.54m at the  Mt. SAC Relays in California on 20th April – won the Brutus Hamilton International again in California with a throw of 69.67m and then finished off the month with another win at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, California, throwing 70.53m.

In May, Sophie, top of the National Rankings, has carried on where she left off in April. At her first competition, she competed for England at the Loughborough International on Sunday 19th and won again with another 70m plus throw (70.52m).

Full Results HERE:

Alison Leonard has also been very consistent this year steadily bringing down her times which has her at 5th in the National Rankings at the moment. In February, she won her 800m heat in 2:05.83 at the British Trials & UK Championships and improved on that with a 2:03.88 clocking in the Final for 2nd place. Alison was 5th at the BMC 800m on May 8th with 2:05.69 and ten days later, at the Loughborough International competing for England she ran a season’s best of 2:03.22 for 3rd place.

Full Results HERE:



Slipping under the radar at the same fixture with a season’s best and personal best was Rob Warner. At the BUCS Trials in April he finished in 9th place (4:09.58) but has demonstrated a big improvement on that form last weekend. In a 1500m race at the Loughborough International – his second outdoor run of 2013 – he knocked 5 seconds off that run and in the process lowered his 1500m time from his previous PB of 4:06.38 to 4:04.53 which is great early season form.