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Closer by the day!

The new Training Facility at Witton Park is well under way and due to be finished in March 2014. From January 2014, the Borough will be publicising membership of the Community Gym and anyone who wishes to use it can become a member.

Watch this space!!





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Christmas Holidays & Training

Witton Park Staff will finish at 4:00pm on Christmas Eve 24th December and won’t return to work until Thursday Jan 2nd. This means that the Track and all its equipment will not be available during this period.

It is highly unlikely that organised sessions will go ahead on any of these days but please contact your Coaches for accurate details.

Endurance                    Grass Session at 10.30am     23rd December    (
Endurance                    Grass Session at 10.30am     27th December

Hurdles                         Last session on Sunday December 22nd and no more sessions until Sunday       January 5th (Bob Groves

Throws                         Please contact Jim Kerrigan ( and Fergal Searson (

Throws                         Please contact Mick Hitchon (

Horizontal Jumps &
Multi-Event Groups    Please contact Mick Angland (

Can I take this opportunity on behalf of the Club to thank you all for your support for the Harriers, your Teams and Team mates, whether you are Athletes, Coaches, Officials or just general volunteers we wouldn’t be the Club we are without you.

Have a  Merry Christmas and for those who are competing over the period

don’t eat too much!!

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Holly soars again Indoors and more PB’s for Harriers athletes

A very welcome return for Holly Bleasdale last weekend at the INSA Perch’formance Villeurbanne, FRA on 13-14 Dec 13. Holly has suffered injuries over the last year and has had to be patient in her rehabilitation. That patience and hard work was rewarded at her first outing of the Indoor Season.

Full Results HERE

Holly was pleased with her competition saying ” I am happy to be back vaulting and healthy. After being injured I really value being healthy and doing what I enjoy the most, VAULTING!”

Watch a video of Holly’s 4.61 Jump HERE

Another athlete making his competitive debut in this years Indoor Season was Paul Bradshaw at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix on te 15th December. Full Results HERE

Paul’s victory in the 600m Race in a time of 1.18.73 knocked a whopping 2 seconds off his PB and understandably he was pleased, commenting after the Race “ Competing this early was just good fun. Been running 49/50 through 400m in reps recently in training so thought I would see how long I could hold that pace for. A lot of fun was had and now time for Christmas”.  This was a cracking front running display from Paul and you can watch a video of the Race by logging in and signing up for free HERE

Over at Sportscity Paul Coffey, Morgan Angland, Liz Ashcroft, Cameron Massey and Ben Aspinall racked up a load of new PB’s on an excellent day at the Second of the Sale Harriers 6 Fixture Indoor Season.

Full Results HERE

Cameron had pride of place on the day, entering three events, winning one and second in the other two. More importantly he set new PB’s in two events. In the 60m Hurdles he reduced his PB from 10.27 seconds to 9.96;  in the 4kg Shot Putt his existing PB of 9.51m was increased to 9.91m which was a great effort. In his first ever attempt at 400m he ran a very creditable 61.80 which is proof of his improving work on endurance. (Watch Cameron’s Hurdles HERE)

Paul contested the 60m Sprint determined to break his old PB of 7.71sec. He went one better running consecutive PB’s of 7.57 and then 7.56. Another athlete who went determined to PB and win here Race (she was 3rd in the first fixture) was Morgan in the 60m Hurdles. And she delivered on her promise with a victory and a reduction from 9.66 to 9.60secs. A good start to her bottom of age U17 age category. Ben Aspinall entered the 60m Sprint and Long Jump placing 3rd in the 60m reducing his PB of 7.78 to 7.74sec. In the Long Jump he was a little off his PB of 5.79m in 8th place (5.42m) but there is no doubt that the longer distances will come. Liz made her Indoor debut this year and and a first ever attempt at the 60m Hurdles and starting really well with 10.37 sec.



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Turkey Trot – with more chocolate than meat!!

Sunday 16th December witnessed the latest annual staging of the Turkey Trot which had 236 finishers organised as in previous years by an effervescent Blackburn Harrier – Chris Barnes. By popular consensus the Race was a hit with everyone and many promise to come back next year….and why not when one prize winner, our very own Grace Handley won enough chocolate to upstage Willy Wonka and here is the proof – and not a Turkey in sight!!!

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Even though a number of the Harriers had competed at Hyndburn the previous day in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League, eighteen from the Club couldn’t turn down the lure of the chocolate and the chance to dress up.

Full Results HERE

Shaun Livesey 8th (31.21) and Jack Hindle 9th (31.31) had a battle all the way with Shaun just edging out U17 Jack. V45 Matt Nuttall, who like Jack competed at Hyndburn the day before was in close attendance (12th) in 31.51. Chris Davies took 20th in 33.40 who was followed by V45 Gary Pearse in 25th (34.04).

Then the girls took over!! Grace Handley, Helen Leigh and Liz Greenwood combined to take the Women’s Team prize, Grace took the first Junior woman 26th (34.21), Liz took the 2nd Junior Woman (31st) 35.05 and Katie Buckingham finished in 3rd place 105th overall (44.04) giving the Harriers first, second and third in that category. and Helen Leigh was 3rd Woman overall (27th) 34.38 and 2nd Senior Woman.

V45 Jonathan Bridge resumed the Men’s interest in the race with 33rd in 35.11; Allan Hartley came 54th in 37.57; V40 John Cookson 69th (39.26); V45 Richard Taylor 79th (40.50); V40 Paul Wilkinson 87th (41.30);  Kaylie Panaro 112th (45.35); V50 Jan Buckingham 152nd (47.47); V40 Lisa Nuttall 179th (53.51) and V50 David Morris 212th (63.02).

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It’s Mud, It’s Hyndburn – it must be the Mid Lancs XC League fixture

Round three of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Wilson Playing Fields hosted by Hyndburn AC on Saturday 15th December in relatively warm but muddy conditions!!

Blackburn Harriers had thirty nine athletes out competing in the different age groups with some wins and good performances.

Full Results HERE

(With thanks to Richard Marchant for the photos from the Race)

In the U11 Girls, Amy Davies continued where she left off in great form at Rossendale in winning the Red Rose fixture. In this one, she held of Kirsty Hamilton of Lancaster by just one second to take the win in 9.30. Amy Dowsing had a cracking run for 4th place in 9.48 and both Amy’s were backed up with another fine performance by Eleesha Charnley 10th (10.02). New member and debutant at XC, Jessica Gibson did really well on her first outing to finish 16th in the 51 strong field, with the youngest two girls Alayna Irvine 37th (12.23) and Kate Cookson 38th (12.29) giving solid support to the team.

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Jamie Teare has had a really consistent first season in the U11 Boys. Again on Saturday he finished high up the 50 strong field in 9th place with a time of 8.45 and just 15 seconds off 2nd place. Another young lad, Edward Lee, who always manages to run with a smile on his face and also in his first season placed 31st in 9.46 and Rory Teare, Jamie’s brother took 36th position in 10.05.


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In the U13’s Blackburn girls were just pipped by Preston with a gap of ten points to finish 2nd Team overall and putting in some good individual performances. First home for the Club was Natalya Irvine in 11th position (11.04). She was followed home by another good run from Maddie Elliott who seems to have recovered from her broken bones! finishing in 14th (11.09) and just 5 seconds behind Natalya. Hannah Cookson came in next (17th) and a time of 11.26 and another first time runner in cross country this year, Emily Warren in 34th (12.24). In the U13 Boys Rhys Charnley finished 32nd in 15.09.

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The U15 Girls took the Team 1st place beating Preston Harriers by 21 points. Grace Handley who is in great form at the moment won the race in 12.17 with Liz Greenwood 2nd in 12.46. Megan Clarkson who continues to improve was in 9th position (13.33) to give the team 3 athletes in the top ten. Rose Abbott contested to finish 21st in 15.16 and Molly Morton one place behind (22nd) in 15.33. In the U15 Boys Byron Abbott who has missed a fair bit of training due to injury had a solid run for 10th in 16.00.

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Katie Buckingham 3rd in the U17 Women’s Race in 17.43, backed up by Phoebe Howe in 8th (19.39) and Rhiannon Wickham (20.00) in 9th place won the 1st Team place and were the only competing Club to fill all three places on the day. The U17 Men’s team of Jack Hindle (4th) in 23.13, Joseph Howe 11th (25.11) and Morgan Philips 18th (27.20) took 4th place overall with 32 points to winners Preston (16), Pendle (26) and Helm Hill (29).


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There were 30 Teams and 120 athletes contesting the Women’s Senior Race which saw Blackburn take 10th place with Helen Leigh, Laura Hesketh and Jan Buckingham as the counters. All three women are running really well at the moment, no more epitomised than by Helen’s run in taking an excellent 4th place overall in 25.38. Laura also had a good run with a 16th place (28.01) and Jan Buckingham completed the team in 87th (36.17).


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Two hundred and forty three Men and 29 Teams finished the Senior Men’s race, won with a fine run  by Gary Priestley for Salford Harriers in 35.31. Gary runs for Blackburn on the Track during the summer. Karl Billington, home from St Mary’s for the Christmas period had his second cross country race in recent weeks and first races for three months taking 5th place overall in 36.28. With strong runs from the rest of the Team, Blackburn took 5th team place overall with 208 points. V45 Paul Guinan who is getting back to some real fitness took 21st place (38.59), followed by U20 Zac Howe (31st) in 40.43 who is also home for the Christmas period from Cambridge University. Chris Davies who started to drive home before the race with an injury, decided to turn the car round and compete after all and his reward was 38th place in41.22. V45 Matt Nuttall came 53rd (42.50) and V40 Chris Balderson was 71st in 43.49. Andy Heys came in 117th (47.10) with V40 John Cookson (152nd) in 49.35 and Allan Hartley 158th in 50.39. V40 Ian Clarkson who is in his first competitive year and enjoying the experience was 182nd (52.41) and never say die V40 Paul Wilkinson was not far behind in 194th place (53.40).

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