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Latest Results Round Up

Starting off on the Track in this latest report with three Harriers athletes contesting the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford.

Full Results HERE:

Karl Billington who competed in a 5000m on the previous Saturday running 15:27.13 at the Sportscity Grand Prix, continued his progress after an achilles injury to come 6th in the 3000m at Stretford in a time of 8:37.41 – the race being won by Ryan McLeod in 8:18.95.

In the same race and in only his second track race of the season, Gary Priestley – who runs for Blackburn on the Track – ran a season’s best of 8:49.45 (17th). Gary is really mixing it up at the moment having competed  in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships; Mountain Trials, Road Races and Track with quality performances in all disciplines.

SONY DSC Gary Priestley

At the same Race Meeting, the effervescent Phil Hall – V50 – contested Race 2 of the 3000m and finished in a season’s best of 9:41.14. This run moved Phil to 6th in the V50 National Rankings for 3000m where he already occupies 6th place for the 800m with a time of 2:10.95 – must be eating the rights things for breakfast!!


The Chorley Park Wednesday Night Series saw Race 2 take place on Wednesday June 5th won by Anthony Valentine in 23:49. Ten Harriers turned out on the night with the Men taking the 3rd Team spot and the Women 4th. Chris Davies and Gary Pearse fought it out for bragging rights at the end; Chris 27.22 (12th) got in, just one second in front of Gary 27.23 (13th). Steven Foley carried on his recent good form with 28:15 (20th); Allan Hartley starting to race once again after his London Marathon posted 30:37 (41st).

Sam McCreadie 32:01 (58th) who knocked a huge 47 seconds off her PB frightened the life out of Mick Nolan 31:56 (57th) – you had better watch out Mick!  Vet 60 George Woodburn known as a living ‘leg end’ in the Club re-emerged on the racing front with a 35:34 (84th) place and was chased home by Jacinta Davison 35:40 and one minute and forty seconds faster than Race 1 in the Series (86th) – Catherine Guinan 35:44 (87th) – Kaylie Panaro 35:46 (88th) and Ella Gregory 36:55 (94th), a model of even paced running finishing in exactly the same time as Race 1 in the Series.

In the Junior Race 94 youngsters lined up with our own Jack Wilkinson having a really good run to finish in 16th place (5:53).

jack n harry

Full Results HERE:


On the Road, Chris Davies continued with a good road racing season so far this year, contesting the Longridge Lions 7 on June 2nd. Chris finished in 2nd place (44:20) just behind Race winner Jason Parker of Preston winning the Race in 43:07.

Full Results HERE:

Continuing his desire to Race and Race often, Chris also contested the Henderson’s End Race organised by Lostock AC won by Darren Kay from Horwich in 46:08. Chris finished 11th of 116 runners who lined up in (54:10) – he also ran in the Preston 5k Park Run on June 8th, finishing 5th (18:36) in a field of 148 runners and running a new PB by 22 seconds.

Full Results For Henderson’s End HERE:

Full Preston Park Results HERE:

Not sure what he is doing in this photo, but maybe it’s a new style of running!!



Natalya Irvine put in a great performance in the 2013 Junior Regional Tetrathlon Championships in Wales on June 1st and 2nd. She produced PB’s in all classes  run, swim, shoot and in her run phase of 1700m XC her time of 5min.31sec was 4th fastest in the U15 group out of over 200 from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Unfortunately she had a fall at fence 14 on her horse and was momentarily knocked unconscious. Luckily she had a new airbag body protector on! Nat got back on and cleared the remaining jumps but her overall score was dented as well as her pride. Overall, a great performance. Full Results HERE:

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Olympians in Action

Olympic athletes Sophie Hitchon and Samantha Murray have been in action recently. Sophie – currently ranked 20th in the world – continued her very good season by competing at the AEA Classic de Montreuil on June 3rd finishing in 5th place (66.89m). Results HERE:

Meanwhile, Sam Murray was in action in Russia  at the World Cup Final on May 31st.  Unusually for Sam, she came in 30th after getting what was described as a bit of a nightmare horse to compete with. The upside is that Sam won the Swim – (waiting to see if this is a world record) – and fenced really well. Sam who is currently ranked 9th in the World has the European and World Championships to look forward to now.

Full Results HERE:


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Youth Development League and a good weekend for the Harriers – (Sunday Upper Age Group) – (Saturday Lower Age Group)

A great result for the Harriers with 22 athletes winning their events at the YDL Upper Age Group Northern West Division 2 fixture at Carlisle on Sunday June 2nd. Up against East Cheshire Harriers; West Cheshire Harriers; Border Harriers and Team North Cumbria the Club finished second to East Cheshire in the first fixture, but managed to turn the tables on Sunday at Carlisle by winning the fixture with East Cheshire in second place. With the third fixture of four due at Witton Park on June 30th and with just 5.5 points separating East Cheshire (1st) and Blackburn (2nd) at the top of the table, it promises to be a cracking day of competitive athletics.

Full Results HERE:

On the day, there some excellent and outstanding performances including in the sprints where U20 Paul Coffey, who is improving with each race ran a PB of 11.6sec and won the ‘B’ Race;  U17 Jake Almond came 2nd in the 100m in 11.7 secs and then won the 200m Race in 23.8 secs. Connor Makin put together a really good set of results with 2nd in the 400m  ‘A’ Race (54.1); 1st in the 110m Hurdles ‘A’ Race(19.4); 1st in the 400m Hurdles ‘A’ Race (60.3) and 1st in the ‘B’ High Jump with 1.60m.

U17 Ben Aspinall was another athlete with a series of good performances including a massive new PB of 12.60m in the Triple Jump to finish runner up; 2nd in the Long jump with 5.52m and 2nd in the High Jump clearing 1:60m the same as the event winner.

Robert Savage running 2nd Claim for Blackburn and a member of Rossendale Harriers made his debut with a first time ever 800m in 2:15) and then went on to win the 2000m Steeple Chase, knocking a massive 22 seconds off his PB in a time of 7:09.0. Latest debutant’s for the Club in this League were Corrie Shorrock and Macauley Scott. Corrie competed in the ‘A’ events for Discus 3rd (23.41m); Hammer 2nd (19.00m) and Shot Putt 3rd (9.14m). Macauley was 5th in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.75m) won with an exceptional jump by the winner of 1.93m and went on to win both the ‘A’ Long Jump with 5.76m and the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 11.01m.

Gareth Johnson took a 4th place in the U17 100m with 12.1sec and the ran a PB in the  200m in 25.3sec – a 2.3 sec improvement. Robert Wong (U17), back from football won the 800m in a photo finish (2:17.6) and Joseph Howe in his first 1500m race of the year came in 3rd (4:38.7).

In the Male Throws, U17 Nathan Billington came 2nd (35.48m); 3rd in the Hot Putt (8.45m) and 3rd in the Javelin (27.90m) and U17 Sam Charnley with a 3rd place (9.40m) in the Triple Jump, and a 3rd in the 400m (58.1) added more points to the team total.

Another athlete who is improving all the time – U17 Katie Buckingham had a good day with a 200m PB of 28.4 for 2nd place; won the 800m in 2:29.8 and also won the 300m Hurdles in 48.5. Bottom of age U17 Rhiannon Wickham did it again – after winning the 3000m at the first fixture, she backed that up with another win at Carlisle in the 3000m. Rachel Leech also had a really good day winning the 400m in 61.8sec; 3rd in the 200m (27.4sec) and 4th in the Javelin (14.80m).

Amongst the Women’s results were some really good performances including a new Club Record. In finishing 2nd in the U17 Women’s Discus, Rebecca Orrell threw 30.06m to break the existing Club Record which lifted her to 28th in the U17 National Rankings. She backed this performance up winning the U17 Hammer (35.64m) and then came 3rd in the Javelin (21.05m) which was another PB.


Polly Pearse, another bottom of age U17 won the 80m Hurdles in 13.2sec; won the Pole Vault with 2.10m and to make it a hat trick of wins, took 1st place in the High Jump 1.50m. Olivia Brookes also won the Long Jump (4.49m), was 2nd in the Triple Jump with 9.66m, 2nd in the High Jump with 1.45m and 2nd in the 100m (13.4sec). Debutant Natasha Moles won the ‘B’ High Jump (1.45m), took 3rd in the Triple Jump (9.13m). Jacinta Davison with a 3rd place in the 1500m (5:43.9); Hammer a 4th place (18.34m) and Shot Putt 3rd (8.86m) – Jane Saothong Javelin 3rd (10.43m), Long Jump 3rd (3.64m) and Shot Putt 4th (5.10m) – and Sophie Taylor 2nd in the Long Jump (4.47m), 2nd 100m Hurdles (18.1sec) and 3rd in the 200m (30.6sec) all contributed to the Teams winning points total.

Final memory of the day was in the last event, the 4 x 300m Womens Relay. After a storming opening leg by Katie Buckingham, we slipped a little on the 2nd leg and then Polly Pearse dragged it back on leg 3 to hand over to Phoebe Howe – coming off the top bend, Phoebe was neck and neck with East Cheshire, and with all her team mates screaming encouragement, she rocketed down the home straight to take the win for the Harriers.

Perfect end to a great day.


Saturday June 1st saw the Club competing at Trafford against Team North Cumbria; Wigan & District Harriers; Trafford AC; West Cheshire AC and Wrexham AC in the Northern West Division 1 of the Youth Development League U13/U15 Age Group. Notable on the day were the number of athletes missing as a result of the holidays, the participation of a number of new athletes from Sportshall and the Team spirit that went right through the day. The Harriers finished 5th less than 30 points off 4th place on the day and with the next fixture at Blackburn, it is all to play for.

Full Results HERE:

Even with a depleted squad, the Harriers still managed to get wins in eleven events on the day and amongst them there were some cracking performances.

Liz Greenwood knocked a shade off her 1500m PB, winning the ‘A’ Race in 4:48.3 and in the process achieved the English Schools qualifying time – in the same Race where A and B runners ran together, Grace Handley sliced a huge six seconds off her 1500m best time to record 4:52.9 winning the ‘B’ Race and going really close to the qualifying time for English Schools.


U15 Connor Davison had a great day.  He won the ‘A’ Discus (25.93m) a PB by 2.5 metres; the ‘A’ Hammer (24.08) and the Shot Putt (10.39m) another big PB by well over a metre.


Amongst our other winners were U15 Tom Harbour ‘B’ Shot Putt (6.93m) who then knocked 3 seconds off his 1500m PB for 4th place (4:44.4) and in a real team effort took on the 200m for the first time running a credible 27.3secs.


U15 Morgan Angland won the  ‘A’ 75m Hurdles (12.4sec) and ‘A’ Long Jump with a big PB (4.62m) – Morgan also had a 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.35m). U15 Elizabeth Ashcroft won the ‘B’ 75m Hurdles (13.0sec) and backed that up with a PB of 4:23m for 4th place in the  ‘B’ Long Jump and a 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (7.11m).


Cameron Massey continues to improve – in the U15 ‘A’ 100m he ran 12.8 secs for 5th place; finished 4th in the 80m Hurdles (13.6sec) and 4th in the Long Jump ‘A’ (4.68m). Huzaifa Hanif (U15) competed for the first time for the Club and did really well on his debut. In the ‘B’ 200m he came 4th (28.3sec); 300m ‘A’ Race 3rd (43.1sec) and 5th in the ‘A’ Javelin (18.31m). U13 Anthony Kent in the U13 Shot Putt came in 4th (6.55m).


There were a number of bottom of age U13 Sportshall athletes who moved up to competitive athletics in the League and did very well including young Kimberley Keller who competed in the 75m, 150m and Shot Putt and did really well. Jack Fairbanks ran 15.1sec in the U13 100m; 30.8sec in the ‘A’ 200m (4th) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Long Jump (3:53m). Solomon Brown showed real tenacity by taking on the U13 ‘A’ 800m finishing in 5th place (2:53.2), then the 75m Hurdles 4th in 16.2 secs and the ‘A’ High Jump 4th (1:20m). Liam Lang, another Sportshall athlete went in the ‘A’ Javelin (5th) 13.54m and ‘B’ High Jump (4th) 1:05m. William Fort also got stuck in with a 5th in the ‘A’ Long Jump (3.94m); ‘B’ 100m for 2nd (15.3 secs). Charlotte Williams ran 3:10.9 in the U13 800m ‘A’ Race Shot Putted 5.83m and High Jumped 1:20m for a 3rd place.


In the U15 Girls Eleanor Clegg was 6th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.9sec) and 6th in the ‘A’ 200m (29.5sec). Gabriella Martin took 4th place in the ‘B’ 100m (14.4sec). Next came PB’s for Charlotte Taylor in the U15 ‘B’ 800m (2nd) cutting over 2 seconds off at 2:42.0 and for Olivia Wilson in the ‘A’ 800m (3rd) knocking over 4 seconds off at 2:39.3. Good reward for the training they have been doing. Charlotte also ran the ‘B’ 200m (4th) in 28.4 sec. Olivia then tried her hand at Javelin (4th) 18.45m and a new PB by over a metre. Hannah Cookson in her first ever 1200m won the U13 ‘A’ Race in a time of 4:07.3 with a long run for home from 300m out. She added to that a 2nd in the ‘A’ 150m (21.3sec) and another 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (3.94m).


More photo’s from the day:


 And last but by no means last the Team Managers –

                   Mick Angland (Boys)                                               John Cookson (Girls)











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Road Racing Results Round Up

Tom Blaney and Joe Monk continue to race regularly. Their latest run out came in the Welcome Tavern 5k at Walton-Le-Dale on 28th May. Tom ran a new PB by eleven seconds, finishing in 2nd place (17:26) just behind Jason Parker from Preston Harriers who triumphed in a time of 17:04. Joe who is bottom of age U17 also ran a great PB – knocking 15 seconds off his previous best coming home in 7th place (18:23).

Full Results HERE:


Matt Lalor, who runs for Blackburn Harriers on the track, took to the roads with a win at the Burnley Lions 10k in Colne on May 24th. This course is not an easy one to run and to win the race in 34:58 was a fine effort.

Full Results HERE:


“Bragging rights” were up for grabs at the Bowley Hill Race in Great Harwood on May 27th. Six Blackburn Harriers competed here – Andy Buttery 4th (41:31) – Shaun Livesey 5th (41:40) – Chris Barnes 7th (43:08) – Gary Pearse 9th (44:01) and first V45 – Richard Taylor 20th (53:24) and Jackie Taylor 29th (54:53).

Full Results HERE:


Andy Fleet – 2nd Claim member for Blackburn – went over to Oldham on May 29th and competed in the Dovestone Diamond Multi-Terrain Race featuring 241 runners. It was won by Ian McBride of Royton in 36:01 with Andy coming in with a fine run in 4th place (39:11).

Full Results HERE:


Pauline Powell had another first class run and is in really good form. Pauline lined up at the Catforth Canter 5k at Preston on June 1st finishing 7th overall (17:56) – 1st Woman and 1st V40.

Full Results HERE:


Chris Davies, looking like he is over his recent injury worries ran at the Great Eccleston 4 Mile Race on May 26th and continued his good bout of improving form with 8th place overall and in a time 23:22.        Full Results HERE:


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Gary’s climbing higher (and more Fell Results)

Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn Harriers on the Track, turned his attention to the mountains when he contested the European Trial & Senior Home International at Keswick on 25th May 2013.

Full Results HERE:

In a quality field of 40 athletes, Gary came home in 12th place beating the Commonwealth Champion – James McMullan as well as Tom Adams, Lloyd Taggart and Lewis Timmins; And now after just 2 Races Gary is ranked a very impressive 3rd in the McCain Mountain Challenge.


At the Harrock Hill Race – Results HERE – 198 runners started the race and amongst them were Blackburn Harriers Gary Pearse and Steve Foley. Gary finished in 19th place (36.03) and second V45, whilst Steve came in 27th (37.06) and 3rd V45.


Not to be outdone, John Orrell decided to tackle the Austwick Amble, described by John as ‘no walk in the park’ and ‘don’t be fooled by the title’. Full Results HERE. 164 runners completed the race with John in 97th place (70.22).

Conscious about being continually upstaged by daughter Rebecca who keeps recording PB’s and Club Records, Father John is trying exceptionally hard to keep up with her. On June 1st, he celebrated his 4th anniversary of running – minus his trade mark headgear from the evidence of this photo – by tackling along with 143 other runners Pen-y-ghent finishing 95th in 68.06 and claiming a PB by just 6 seconds. Full Results HERE: