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Indoors at BUCs with Joe Pearse & Birmingham Grand Prix with Alison Leonard

Life couldn’t be better for Joe Pearse, the leading High Jumper at Blackburn Harriers. Having already cleared the 2.00m mark a couple of weeks ago, leaving him in 5th place in the U20 Men’s National Rankings, he has surpassed that already.


At the BUCs meeting in Sheffield, Joe cleared 2.04m taking the Bronze Medal and moving himself into 3rd spot in the National Rankings for U20 Men and 18th in the overall rankings.

BUCs Full Results HERE

Joe is really pleased with his Indoor season and told the Club that “qualifying for the final went really well as i cleared every height first time however at 1.90cm i tweaked my knee which was a bit of a worry. The next day after a lot of physio and my knee now taped up i started off with a failure, which gave me the boost that i needed to really drive over those higher heights and finally up and over 2.04m on my final attempt to gain the bronze medal at my first ever BUCS competition”.


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Alison Leonard set a new Indoor PB for the One Mile distance when she finished 9th in 4.38.37 at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham. Her target after posting 4.13.57 for 1500m when she took the Silver Medal at the National Championships the week before, was to try and secure 4.13.00 at the 1500m mark as a qualifying time for the European Indoor Championships but unfortunately just fell short.

Full Results HERE

Video Highlights of the Meeting HERE

Speaking to the Club, Alison said she was “was disappointed with Saturday, as I was hoping to run faster but I’m pleased with my indoor season overall, and I’m looking forward to outdoors now, and getting back to 800s!” 827986♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦




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Samantha’s on top of the World in the Modern Pentathlon

Blackburn Harrier & Great Britain athlete – Samantha Murray – has been crowned the Women’s Individual Champion at the Modern Pentathlon 2015 World Cup  in Sarasota-Bradenton to open her 2015 season with a real bang.

 Full Competition Results HERE

Report from Modern Pentathlon Website HERE


Sam has amassed a huge number of achievements to date as can be seen from this list going back to 2010 which includes eight wins, two seconds and two thirds and has started off in 2015 where she left off last year – top of the tree after winning the World Individual Senior Women’s Championship.

  1. 1st World Championships Warsaw, Poland 2014 
  2. 7th European Championship Hungary 2014
  3. 1st British Championships 2014
  4. 1st British Championships 2013
  5. 5th World Cup #2 Rio De Janeiro, Brasil 2013
  6. 2nd Olympic Games London 2012
  7. 3rd World Championships Rome, Italy 2012
  8. 3rd World Cup #4 Rostov, Russia 2012
  9. 4th World Cup #3  Hungary 2012
  10. 1st Hungarian Cup 2012
  11. 6th World Cup #1 Charlotte, USA 2012
  12. 1st Budapest Indoor 2012
  13. 7th World Cup #1 Palm Springs, USA 2011
  14. 4th World Cup #4 Budapest, Hungary 2010
  15. 7th World Cup #3 Medway, England 2010
  16. 16th World Cup #1 Cancun, Mexico 2010
  17. 1st Budapest Indoor 2010
  18. 7th Junior World Championships Hungary 2010
  19. 1st Junior World Championships Team Hungary 2010
  20. 1st Junior European Championships Team Portugal 2010
  21. 2nd World Championships Team Chengdu, China 2010

After her latest success, Sam spoke to the Club and told us that “The first competition of the season has really exceeded my expectations. I was open minded as I prepared myself for this World Cup as I didn’t feel ‘ready’ to compete. Training at home has been on form recently for my running. I’m running better than ever; can’t pin point exactly why, probably hard work paying off? Overall my competition was just consistent and balanced – which is what I do best in pentathlon –  I am an all rounder with very strong run/swim capabilities. The change of weather was lovely. I went to Siesta Key beach today which is apparently one of the best beaches in the world. It is beautiful: white crystal sand and fresh clean sea. I’m looking forward to getting home and having some time to relax before getting back to training. It’s so early in the season and I have a lot to stay focused for. Thank you to everyone at Blackburn Harriers for the support and wishes. Sam x”


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Down at the National’s with the Harriers at Parliament Hill

Great day out at the National Cross Country Championships at the Parliament Hill course in London for the Harriers with good Individual and Team performances and results.

In the Team Competition – with the first six home to count – the Harriers came 28th out of 145 Teams – and – in the Team Competition – with the first nine to count – the Club finished 22nd out of 74 Teams.

Six to count Team Results HERE

Nine to count Team Results HERE

Senior Men’s Results HERE

Junior Men’s Results HERE

Senior Women’s Results HERE


Jack Hindle was first up and ran in the Junior Men’s Race featuring 190 athletes. Jack describing the Race as “horrendous” finished in 96th place (39.11).


Helen Leigh had a belter of a Race in the Senior Women’s 865 strong field finishing 44th (33.39) and just thirty seconds out side of the top 25 and said Really enjoyed it, nice and tough, definitely taking longer spikes next time!


The Men’s Senior Race – with a field of 2005 finishers – saw Ben Fish lead home the Men’s Team of David Almond – Matt Nuttall – Paul Guinan – John Sutton – Andy Heys – Matt Wood – John Chaplin – Tony Greenwood – Chris Barnes – Karl Billington and Rob Warner.

Ben “Bloody arduous but the National, can’t beat it”  finished 81st (43.01) with Karl  – Little less mud would be ideal, but enjoy it for the most part – taking second place for the team in 127th overall (44.04) and Rob not far behind as third counter in 144th spot (44.23) saying that he  didn’t really know what to expect before the race because I’d only done my first session in 3 weeks on the Tuesday before the race. So I went off very steady and just managed to work my through and did a lot better than I thought I would in my first senior nationals race on a very tough course!”

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In fourth counting spot (225th) came Matt (45.39) who is having a terrific Cross Country season, had his own inimicable take on the Race saying “tough 12k cross country nothing more nothing less”. Chris who finished 2nd in the recent Muddy Shoes 11 Mile Race, took 505th place to secure the fifth counting place (49.22) followed by sixth counter for the Team – Paul who quipped “welcome back to racing”finished in 535th (49.46).




In 610th and in a time of 50.40 came Tony in his first Cross Country Race for the Harriers since the 1980’s and who told us that it was “Worth the trip to run with the guys and enjoy a couple of pints”. John Sutton placed 862nd (53.12) and commented “great day out with the BH boys. I was a bit laboured today having had a chesty bug over the last week.” A real pity for John as he has been running really well but he still gave it everything he had got as usual. In 9th spot came Matt ‘Woody’ Wood in 929th place (53.55) and said “Great to be back running in the blue and white of Blackburn Harriers. Muddy, tough but a great day out!”




David Almond was 1072nd (55.32) and was delighted with the day telling the Club Awesome team performance from Harriers senior men today on the iconic Parliament Hill course. Proud to be part of it”. John ChaplinTough, tough course but enjoyed the whole experience” – came in 1250th (57.34) with Andy just seconds further back in 1271st (57.50).



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Comments Off on Alison wins Silver at National Championships & Karl leads the Field

Alison wins Silver at National Championships & Karl leads the Field

A great weekend for Alison Leonard when she won the Silver Medal at the British Indoor National Championships. Alison won her semi-final in the fastest qualifying time of 4.26.59. Laura Muir won the other semi in a time of 4.29.54 and it was these two athletes who fought it out for Gold & Silver in the Final with Laura just edging it with 4.13.06 to Alison’s 4.13.57.

Full Results HERE


Alison was pleased with her performance and told the Club after the Race that “I wanted to be a little bit closer to Laura at the end and perhaps challenge a bit more but I’m happy with my silver and I have the chance to try and run a bit faster at the Birmingham Grand Prix next week”.


Another Blackburn Harrier having a good weekend was Karl Billington. Karl ran in Race 5 of the London Colleges League at Reading for St Mary’s winning it in a time of 20.40, seventeen seconds in front of 2nd placed Matt Dickinson also of St Mary’s. Karl commented afterwards that it ‘Was great to finally win one of these races after 5 attempts this year improving each time and now leading the series overall with one race to go, trainings going well hopefully I can kick on for national cross”.  St Mary’s is leading the Team competition and Karl leads the Individual competition so every chance of a double shortly.

 Full Results HERE

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Comments Off on Blackpool or Barcelona – you will find the Harriers competing

Blackpool or Barcelona – you will find the Harriers competing

The penultimate fixture in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Blackpool on a very pleasant day. Conditions underfoot were firm with a bit of head wind down the the long straight on  a flat as a pancake course.

 Race Results HERE

 Series Results to-date HERE

A bit depleted on numbers for the Harriers but the youngsters produced some pretty good runs to kick start the day. Leah Hoole in only her third Race finished 8th in the 52 strong U11 Girls with a time of 8.44 to the winners 8.15. Kate Cookson came 34th in 10.000 exactly and Alayna Irvine who ran with a very sore ankle bravely finished the Race in 46th place (11.25). In the 49 strong U11 Boys Race, Edward Lee took 12th spot in 8.12 with ever present Rory Teare in 20th (8.48) and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (31st) with a time of 9.16.





Amy Davies in the U13 Girls probably had her best race of the Mid Lancs series finishing 3rd (9.43) behind Jasmine Jolly (9.30) and Briony Holt (9.29) and in the process cementing herself into third place overall in the Series. Similarly with Jamie Teare who had his highest placed finish so far in finishing 2nd in a time of 11.03 leaving him 4th overall in the Series to-date. Daniel Brown 19th in 12.36 and Anthony Beresford 21st in 13.11 completed the Boys Team which finished 3rd out of the 4 Teams.




Maddie Elliott, Hannah Cookson and Natalya Irvine combined to win the U15 Girls Race on the day which leaves them 3rd overall in the Series. Maddie had an excellent run to finish in 3rd spot with 11.49. Hannah Cookson ran strongly for 6th place (12.20) and Natalya recently returned to training finished 9th in 12.47.



Just three Senior Women and six senior Men in the Senior Races. Michelle Teare placed 87th out of 141 runner sin the Women’s Race with 31.37 and Carol Cookson came 95th in 32.12. Lindsay Davies had her first ever Mid Lancs Race and finished in 129th in 37.56 and smiled all the way round!



In form and having a great season setting a new V45 Club Veterans record at the Ribble Valley 10k – Matt Nuttall once again led the Harriers team home taking 7th spot and 1st V45 on the day in a time of 35.00. Tim Raynes was next in for the Club with a good run in 14th place (35.35) followed by Chris Davies in 24th (36.23), Mark Chippendale 29th (36.36), John Cookson 148th (45.31) and Danny Teare 172nd in 49.07.





John Chaplin has been away from racing because of injury and last raced in October 2014. However, in his first race back he returned to winning ways taking the V55 1st Prize when he finished 41st in a time of 50.23 in the 464 strong field competing in the Parbold Hill Race on Saturday 14th February.

Full Results HERE


Meanwhile, David Almond decided to run in sunnier climes and took himself off to run the Barcelona Half-Marathon. Dave was happy with the run saying “Pleased with my time of 82.43 for Barcelona Half Marathon. Average pace 6m 12s per mile. Women’s World Record broken in the same race by Florence Kiplagat from Kenya”.


V60 Evan Cook ran in the Central Lancashire 5k finishing 72nd in 20.32. He had a battle at the end with Rudolph Maciejkowicz 20.30) from Horwich for the V60 2nd Prize, just losing out by two seconds.

Full Results HERE


Congratulations to Laura Hesketh who set a new PB when she competed in the Valentine’s 10k Race at Lancaster today – Sunday 15th February. Laura came 14th overall in the field of 127 runners, was 2nd Woman in a time of 38.56 which was over half a minute better than her previous best.

Full Results HERE