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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.



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Mid Lancs Track & Field May 18th

Another murky, wet and chilly day at the Track at Preston for the second Mid Lancs Fixture of the season (May 18th) – yet 35 Blackburn Harriers all turned out to compete – And just a word of thanks to our Officials who were there all day finishing around 6:30pm in the evening.

Lots of good performances and effort by the athletes and too many to mention but –

Full Results HERE:

Paul Coffey in the Senior Men 200m (24.40); Rebecca Orrell U17 Womens Hammer (34.82m) and Ben Aspinall U17 Triple Jump (11.28m) led the way with individual wins in their events. There were a number of other fine performances on the day in not ideal conditions. Deni Impett in the U15 Girls 1500m came 2nd in just one second outside her PB which is a great start to her season; Grace Handley in the U15 800m knocked three seconds off her PB saying the “leader went off so fast”. Jake Almond ran two really good races and is showing a return to form after injury and missing training with a 12.00sec 100m and then a 23.90sec 200m. 15yr old Joe Monk was just two tenths of a second outside his PB for 1500m in 4:37.70 (U17 Men)

18yr old Corie Shorrock, making a welcome return to training kicked off his first competitive event for a number of years to throw 22.14m in the Discus, 9.77m in the Shot – he also threw himself in at the deep end in the 200m and ran a solid race in 26.40sec. Nathan Billington came 2nd in the U17 Mens Hammer (34.04); Connor Davison 3rd in the U15 Boys Shot along with Harriers – Cameron Massey (7.22m) – Jacob Roberts (6.01m). Connor added a  4th (22.35m) in the Discus and 2nd in the Hammer (23.40m). Father and son duo, Paul and Jack Wilkinson also contested the Throws with Jack in the U15 Boys Javelin posting 20.60m with dad Paul competing in the Javelin; Shot (7.21m) and Discus (20.99m).

One of the highlights of the day was the Clubs U15 Girls Relay Team of Morgan Angland, Olivia Wilson, Elizabeth Ashcroft and Kayla Masterson. They had all done a number of events on the day but were insistent on staying at the track and competing in the Relay. Great team spirit and a joy to see.




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Season Opener for Paul and Holly’s Pole Vault Calendar – (watch Paul’s Race)

Paul Bradshaw who is currently in Arizona training, along with his fiance Holly Bleasdale, ran his second outdoor race of the season – his first was a 48.92 clocking in the 400m at the Goucho Oudoor Invitational in Glendale, Arizona. For his second outdoor race so far Paul raced over his favourite distance of 800m on May 18th with a really fine performance at the USATF High Performance Classic in Los Angeles California. Running 1:47.75, Paul was less than three tenths of a second off his PB which augurs really well for the rest of the season. Currently, he is 5th in the national rankings with Michael Rimmer on 1:44.97 leading.

Full Results HERE:

Watch Paul’s Race HERE:

Holly kicks off her outdoor season in New York on May 25th and then follows that fixture up with competitions in Oslo (June 13th); Gateshead (June 22nd); Reims (June 26th); Birmingham (June 30th); European U23 Championships (July 12th); Jockgrim (July 23rd); London (July 26th) and the World Championships in Moscow (August 11th).

Holly Bleasdale

Holly Bleasdale

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It’s Going A Long Way Jack!

Jack Vickery was selected to compete at the BUCS in May at Bedford and put in a really fine performance adding a full two and half metres to his PB with the Senior 7.26kg Hammer. This massive new PB takes him up to 7th in the National Rankings for an U20 throwing the senior weight which is just reward for all the hard work he has put in.

Full Results HERE:

In such a rich vein of form, it was no surprise to see Jack back out last week at the BRAT Club Open in Birmingham. Throwing his own weight as an U20, Jack went and delivered another PB adding another half metre to his previous best of 48:85m with a fine throw of 49.39m.

Full Results HERE:

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Climbing The Fells

The Harriers were involved in a number of Fell Races recently. John Sutton had a really good run at the Belmont Winter Hill Race finishing 9th out of 166 entrants on the day and in a time of 37:53. Allan Hartley had a crack at this Race placing 74th (46.30). Allan also competed in the Wray Scarecrow Race five days previously finishing 40th out of 244 runners and in a time of 53:51.

Belmont Full Results HERE:

Not to be outdone, John Orrell flew the flag for the Club  at Pendle Coughs 14 mile Race with 4100 ft of ascent on May 4th – 40th in 2hr:58.37 and a PB by a massive 16 minutes – and then a week later ran the Fairfield Horseshoe which was 10 miles with 3000 ft of ascent.

Fairfield Horseshoe Results HERE:

Pendle Clough Results HERE:


Some of our Juniors braved the bad weather at Cowpe on Saturday with some good performances. In the U16 – U18 Race Liz Greenwood had another excellent run winning the U16G age category in 39.12; Kelsey Rutherford finished 5th overall in the U16G age category in 46.03. The U14 Race was contested by Grace Handley 4th in the U14G age category with a time of 24:41 and Megan Clarkson (23rd) in 29:28. No holding Alayna Irvine back who once again tackled the U8 Race coming home 6th in the U8G Race (7:57).

Full Results HERE:

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