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Lancashire T & F Championships – PB’s and Club Records for the Harriers

Harriers athletes put in some cracking performances on a less than perfect weekend for this years Championships. Between them they accumulated nineteen Gold Medals, thirteen Silver and three Bronze to add to a number of impressive PB’s set and Club Records.

Full Results for Saturday May 24th HERE

Full Results for Sunday May 25th HERE

In the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles, Charlotte Williams, who broke the eight year old Club Record the week before with her 12.4 sec run, broke it again in the Heats with 12.3 only to be pipped by Club mate Eloise Littlefair who ran 12.2 in winning the Heat setting another Club Record, the third time in two weeks by these girls. Eloise and Charlotte then went on to take first and second in the Final in times of 12.3 and 12.5 respectively. Neither girl stopped there though. Eloise went on to win the Shot Putt (8.24m), won the Discus (23.14m), finished 4th in the 100m (14.60sec) and 4th in the Long Jump 4.23m). Charlotte ran 14.90sec in the 100m, finished with a distance of 3.79m in the Long Jump, took 5th place in the High Jump with 1.25m and 5th in the Shot Putt (7.12m). These two U13 Girls are really pushing one another and can be real prospects in the future.

SONY DSC In other Hurdles Races there was a Bronze Medal for U13 Solomon Brown in the 75mH (15.30sec). U15 Cameron Massey took Silver in the 80mH (12.4) with the winner of that Race putting in a Championship Record. U15 Esme Pearse finished with a time of 13.4sec in the 75mH, the same time as she ran in the Heat. U17’s Morgan Angland and Polly Pearse contested the 80mH with Morgan taking a Silver (12.80) and Polly finishing 5th (13.40sec). Joe Pearse won the 110mH in 16.10 and Oliver Aspden won the Senior 110mH in 16.10. Phoebe Howe set a new PB by a tenth of a second in coming 4th in the U17 Women’s Hurdles (52.50sec). U20 Katie Buckingham took Silver in the 400mH in a really tight three way Race in a time of 67.60sec which was the same time as the winner and Roxanne Oliver took Bronze with a new PB of 67.80sec. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the ‘clash’ between Oliver Aspden and Connor Makin in the 400mH. Sadly, Oliver managed to hit virtually every Hurdle in the 110mH Final the day before and paid the price with a swollen and painful ankle. So once again, Connor had to run on his own and recorded 57.00sec in what effectively became a time trial and a PB by three tenths of a second.






In the Jumps there were some really good performances. Ben Aspinall cleared 12.97m in the U20 Triple Jump to win the contest and set a new PB and then went on to get another PB and a win in the Long Jump with 6.00m. Morgan Angland also set a new PB of 5.01m in winning the U17 Women’s Long Jump. U20 Joe Pearse who set a new High Jump PB of 1.93m the week before the Championships, took Gold with a jump of 1.85m and Silver in the U20 Men’s Long Jump with 5.92m. U17’s Olivia Brooks and Jane Saothong contested the Long Jump with Olivia finishing 8th (4.58m) and Jane 12th (4.04m) which was a new PB. Olivia then went and equaled her High Jump PB of 1.45m to take a Silver Medal Esme Pearse equaled her PB in the High Jump with 1.45m to just miss out on a medal in 4th place. Polly Pearse won the U17 High Jump with 1.55m, just 3cm off her personal best todate. U17 Ross Liddle added 20cm to his PB in the Long Jump to take a Silver Medal. Another PB was set by Cameron Massey in the U15 Long Jump with a leap of 5.43m.



In the Throws, Sarah Henton won the Senior Women’s Discus with 46.88m, U17 Connor Davison set three PB’s in the Hammer (27.45m), Discus (26.55m) and Shot Putt (10.51m). Jacob Roberts won the U15 Hammer with a throw of 39.33m, the second time in a fortnight that he has achieved the English Schools qualifying standard. Rebecca Orrell continued the run of success for the Club’s Throwers with victory in the U17 Women’s Hammer and a new PB of 47.59m, backed that up with a Silver Medal in the Discus (25.96m) and a Silver in the Shot (9.17m) and another PB. Polly Pearse came 7th in the U17 Javelin with (20.80m). U15 Cameron Massey took the Gold Medal in Discus (32.36m) which was a massive near 10 metre improvement over his 2013 best and then wasn’t far off his Shot Putt PB in winning Silver with 9.85m.


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In the Sprinting events, there was a double Gold for Paul Coffey in the U20 Men’s 100m (11.40sec) & 200m (22.80sec) a new PB by four tenths of a second. In the U17 Men’s 100m Archie Braysford ran 11.80 to win his Heat and then improved to 11.60 in the Final to take Silver. Jake Almond (U17) also ran 11.80 in the Heat and then finished in 4th (12.00sec) in the Final. In the 200m Final Jake took Bronze with a time of 23.40sec which was just short of his PB. U15 Cameron Massey set yet another PB in the 200m with his 25.3sec in the Heat before finishing in 4th place in the Final (25.40sec). The conditions for sprinting on Saturday were far from ideal.


In the 40om U17 Huzaifa Hanif finished 3rd in his Heat (55.90sec) and placed 6th in the Final with (55.40sec). The Club were missing quite a few of its Middle Distance Runners at the Champs which was unfortunate, however, Liz Greenwood won the U17 Women’s 1500m in 4.55.00 after a ‘pedestrian’ opening two laps and then put the pedal to the floor over the last 600m. Grace Handley placed 5th in 5.05.20. The same two girls doubled up in the 3000m on Sunday and duly took Gold and Silver with Liz winning in a time of 10.25.00 and Grace 2nd in 10.51.60. U20 Katie Buckingham ran the 800m less than thirty minutes after the 400mH Final and ran a really solid 2.29.10 for 6th place. U20 Joseph Howe set a new PB in the 800m Heat (2.03.50) and then placed 7th in the Final with 2.06.40. We just had one competitor in the Senior 5000m which was V55 John Chaplin who came 6th in 18.13.20.




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Ben Fish Wins Liverpool Marathon and more Results

Following a prolonged period of injury with ankle problems, and after posting a really good 30.47 fifth placed clocking at the Bristol 10k recently, Ben Fish turned his attention back to the 26.2 mile distance when he competed in the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday May 25th.

Ben finished first in a time of 2.25.19 and commented afterwards that the  “race went fairly smoothly. Though I was mis-directed in the first mile. I wasn’t too bothered as it only cost me 45 secs. The course was tough between 15 -19 miles. Calf trouble at 23 miles. Overall I was happy with the run, I know I can run quicker in better circumstances. The event had a great carnival atmosphere”.

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Burnley Lions 10k

Andy Buttery was the highest placed Harrier in this Race with a really good third place and took the V40 First Prize too. In 20th place was V45 Gary Pearse who also took the First V45 Prize in a time of 39.03 and in 77th was V45 Ian Clarkson (45.56).

Full Results HERE


Treforrest 10k

Paul Bradshaw – back on the road after a number of track races recently – was among 185 other runners at the Treforest 10k In Pontypridd On Sunday May 25th. The Race was won by U23 Chris Carpanini from Swansea in 32.31 and Paul finished inside the top ten (9th) in 35.41.

Full Results HERE


Horwich Jubilee Series – Race 1

Full Results HERE

Wednesday May 21st saw the the opening Race of the Horwich Road Race Series. Mark Almond, Chris Davies, Allan Hartley, Michael Nolan and David Morris all entered on the night.

Mark finished 15th overall (3rd V45) in a time of 29.34. Chris Davies wasn’t far behind in 18th place (29.46) and Allan had a two minute improvement on his Race from last year in finishing 24th in 30.40. Michael took 88th (37.31) and third V55 and David Morris was 130th (47.15).

Horwich Jubilee Junior Series – Race 1

Full Results HERE

Amy Davies, daughter of Chris Davies tackled the Junior Mile Race and came out winning the girls race in a splendid time of 6.07. Amy, who won’t be eleven until August this year was in a combined field of 67 boys and girls came in eleventh overall and first girl by a clear nine seconds.



 St. Annes Junior Triathlons, Lancashire

Full Results HERE

Billy Walpole entered the St Annes Junior Triathlon on 18th May and competed in the T2 Age category,  finishing 6th overall which was a good result. His combined Swim, Bike and Run time was 28.05 compared less than three minutes behind the winner and was very competitive in all the sections. On the Swim he was faster than the two lads who finished in front of him, just 8 seconds off the fourth place finisher and 30 seconds off the same lad George Bell who finished 4th overall.


Worden Park 10k, Leyland

Full Results HERE

In a not as ‘easy as you think 10K’ Samantha McCreadie, Kaylie Panaro and David Morris all tackled the Worden Race on May 18th won by Rob Afleck in a time of 34.51 which gives some indication as to the nature of the course. Sam got bundled over at the start and lost some time, but recovered to be the first Harrier back in 26th place out of the 207 runners and in a time of 41.05. Kaylie was 7th (48.27) and David 155th (59.06).


Brathay Windermere Marathon

And a big hats off to Claire Bridge who put herself through the ‘mincer’ to run this Marathon in memory of her father and to raise money in his name. V40 Claire finished in 624th place in a time of 5.30.45. Claire has raised £657.20 todate and if you wish to make a contribution, just follow this link.

Full Results HERE

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Alison is Flying!!

Alison Leonard is in great form at the moment. Having won the Watford BMC 800m recently and  following it up by winning the 1500m for England at the Loughborough International, she then tackled the Senior Women’s Mile Road Championships at Westminster. It was a top quality field and Alison came out out winning (4.35) from Helen Clitheroe who was given the same time.

In posting 4.35 Alison cut a huge five seconds off her PB and moved to the top of the British Rankings for the distance. Great achievement.

(Cover Photo courtesy of Mark Shearman)

Full Results HERE

1 1 84 » Leonard, Alison Senior Blackburn 00:04:35
2 2 79 » Clitheroe, Helen Senior Preston 00:04:35
3 3 72 » Thomas, Charlene Senior Wakefield 00:04:37
4 4 77 » Gorecka, Emelia Senior Aldershot Farnhan & D 00:04:38
5 5 73 » Bleasdale, Julia Senior Hillingdon 00:04:39
6 6 76 » Bamford, Racheal Senior Leeds City/Otley AC 00:04:40
7 7 78 » Potter, Beth Senior Shaftesbury Barnet 00:04:42
8 8 75 » Jones, Montana Senior Aldershpot 00:04:42
9 9 74 » Tracey, Adelle Senior Guilford and G 00:04:43
10 10 80 » Griffiths, Amy Senior Aldershot Farnhan & D 00:04:46
11 11 81 » Partridge, Lily Senior Aldershot Farnhan & D 00:04:49
12 12 82 » Brough, Katie Senior Vale Royal 00:04:55


Speaking to the Club she said that she was “Really made up with the race, went into it just wanting to have fun and enjoy it because it’s not a normal distance, it was on the road and the location and atmosphere were great. I moved up with 400 to go and then thought perhaps I’d gone too early as Helen Clitheroe was closing me down but I just managed to hold on. I was presented with my trophy by Diane Leather, the first woman to break the 5 minute mile, which was really special too.” Overall.. loved the whole thing! (Except being sick afterwards but you can’t have everything!)”

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World Record for Blackburn Harrier – Connor Makin

U20 Connor Makin set new World Records at World School Biathlon Level in 2012 and has only just had them confirmed. This was a brilliant achievement and Connor was obviously delighted to have them ratified and told the Club “Recently I have received notification of my achievement of 2 World Records that I achieved while I was completing in Biathlon in 2012.

The biathlon consisted of a 1000m run and a 100m swim. The event was held at Crystal Palace Sports Arena in 2012 where I won the National Schools Final. The results from this competition are then confirmed and set to the governing body (Union de Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) where they record the results here; where the times are compared to other similar competitions worldwide with countries from Italy to Egypt and lots more.

My records were for the 1000m run which I ran in 2:38 and the Overall Points – 2448pts (100m swim/ 57:54 (1200pts), 1000m run/ 2:38 (1248pts)) Both have not yet been broken but in 2013 an Egyptian came close to it. (see below)”




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High Jump Training Session

Friday May 23rd 2014

Will all athletes who attend the High Jump Training Session on Thursday evenings please note that it has been canceled for Thursday May 29th


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Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn Sunday May 18th

This years Championships saw the highest County Entry so far. The sun certainly shone on the athletes and made for very hard racing in stifling conditions. Richard Taylor who was the main organiser on the day paid tribute to all the Harriers volunteers who came out to Marshal and Officiate at the event saying “Thank you to everyone for the great support that you gave to the hosting of the 2014 Inter Counties Fell Championships. At a time when we have 4 Track and Field Leagues to sustain, as well as providing support to the Lancashire AA and Lancashire Schools Track and Field Champs and Combined Events Champs, it is a credit to the club that we can continue to put on events like this, which are great for our own athletes, but also looking after the wider interests of the sport”.

Presenting the Medals on the day was legendary Fell Runner – Harry Walker three times winner of the Three Peaks. In this photo from L – R there are other legends of the sport too, with another legend in Endurance running John Calvert, George Kirby (President of Blackburn Harriers and his wife Marian) and Harry Walker.


Full Results HERE

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Watch Race Video HERE

In the U16 Women’s Race, Liz Greenwood, competing for Lancashire took the Silver Medal in a time of 28.00 and was selected to run for England at the 9th WMRA International Youth Cup in Arco di Trento, Italy on June 29th. Two other Harriers running for Lancashire – Grace Handley, suffering from sunstroke from the day before finished in 31.05 and Megan Clarkson came in at 31.26. Meanwhile, Kelsey Rutherford racing for Lancashire featured in the U18 Women’s Race, finishing 9th in 30.30. Liz and Grace counted together to earn a Bronze Medal for Lancashire. Rebecca Flannagan and Mary Hodgson combined to earn Bronze for Lancashire.

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10372286_594129490701079_8157673230243694201_nA second England vest for a member of the Harriers was won by Jack Hindle in the U18 Men’s Race, who like Liz, will compete at the 9th WMRA International Youth Cup in Arco di Trento, Italy on June 29th. He was 8th overall and second Lancashire Counter in 24.53 – just six seconds behind the first Lancashire runner, Jacob Boyle. Both Jack and Jacob brought Lancashire home into Bronze Medal position in the County Championships as well. In the Open Race, Joe Campbell came in solidly in 13th place (26.39).

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DSC_0266 In the Senior Women’s Race – won very impressively by Sarah Tunstall running for Cumbria in (43.56) – Helen Leigh ran for Lancashire and finished 24th overall in the 57 strong field (50.58).

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There was some real quality running in the Men’s Senior Race – 13k long – with Shaun Dixon of Middlesex coming home impressively to win the Race in 53.24. Yorkshire runner Tom Addison took second place in 53.55 and another Middlesex runner, Chris Smith, took third place  (54.17). The Lancashire Team of Gary Priestley, Tom Cornthwaite and Rob Hope won the Silver Medal in Team Category, being beaten by Middlesex by just one point!!

Gary capped off a really good day with news later in the week that he had been selected to run for the England team in the Great Trail Challenge and Home International races in June.

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Gary, who runs second claim for Blackburn on the Track as does Tom finished 4th (55.20) and 9th (56.30) respectively. Another second claim Track runner for the Harriers – Josh Tighe – placed 15th 57.41) whilst in the Open Race, Chris Davies placed 70th (68.50) and Ian Clarkson 95th (88.47).