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Final Fling for Jacob and what a performance.

Wrexham Final Fling – September 25th

There is a very fine group of young Hammer Throwers emerging at Blackburn Harriers under the watchful eye of their Coach – Michael Hitchon the father of Olympic Hammer Thrower Sophie Hitchon as well as some very good young athletes in Discus, Javelin and Shot Putt under their Coach Jim Kerrigan.

U17 Jacob Roberts is one of those athletes who has come on tremendously in the last year. His final competition of the year saw him travel down to the Wrexham Fling meeting where he entered himself into the 5kg and 6kg Hammer events and what a way to end the season.

In the 5kg event he came second with a new PB of 61.27m which takes him up to 7th place in the National Rankings and means that since October 2014 Jacob has added 18metres to his distance and set a new Club Record yet again. One hour after achieving this, he entered his first 6kg competition throwing 49.60m for 2nd place and beaten by just a metre for first spot.


 Full Results HERE

A delighted young athlete, Jacob told the Club that “I went to Wrexham final fling throws competition last weekend to represent Blackburn Harriers in Wales. I was hoping to achieve a throw over 60 meters (5 kg U 17).  I was over whelmed when my 5th throw was measured at 61:27 meters, giving me another club record and placing myself in UK athletics top ten ( over 60M) and moving up to 7th in UK rankings. I also entered the under 20’s competition , came second with a throw of 49:60 ,was happy with throw first comp with 6kg hammer ( something to work on). It was a great atmosphere as made welcome by everyone at Wrexham throws, I would recommend it to any body to go great fun at the end of the season.
I would again like to thank all at the club who has given me well wishes and encouragement this season especially when injured at beginning of season( thankfully not as serious as I first thought). Finally wish to thank my coaches Mick and Ian who have been patient with me and offered excellent advice and I hope I can make them and the club proud next year after a hard but productive winter training”.

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Great start for the Harriers in Mid Lancs Cross Country League with Individual and Team wins

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – First Fixture at Astley Park

Good weather for the start of the Cross Country season greeted the athletes as they lined up at Astley Park on Saturday, resulting in some very good Individual and Team wins for the Harriers.

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Full Results HERE

A good start for the Men’s Senior Team at this first fixture taking 2nd place out of the 27 Teams on the day.

Karl Billington was the first Harrier home in the Men’s Senior Team Race with 249 runners in the field taking 5th spot in 35.24. Next home was Tim Raynes (16th) in 36.59 followed by Zac Howe (23rd) in 37.59, Shaun Livesey (34th) in 38.58), Chris Davies in a time of 39.36 (41st), Joe Howe 39.47 (43rd), John Cookson (146th) in 47.18, Danny Teare (192nd) in 51.47, Michael Sharp in 54.01 (211th) and David Billington (235th) in 60.03.


Leah Hoole led the Harriers U11 Team home into 3rd Team on the day out of the nine Teams competing. Leah came 7th out of the 64 runners in a time of 6.36 and was backed up Kate Cookson in 13th (7.02), Amelia Tyson in 27th (7.22) and Isabelle Hartley in 50th (8.19).

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The U11 Boys went one better finishing 2nd Team of 7 competing with Kyle Pomfret having a great run in 8th place (6.36) followed just one second behind in 9th spot by Edward Lee (6.37), Saul Sharp who also had a cracking run in 16th with (6.44) and new member Ben Duxbury in 39th (7.31).


In the U13 Girls race featuring 45 runners, Amy Davies had an emphatic win taking the race in 10.22. Unfortunately the other U13 Girls weren’t available on the day, but had they been, they would have had a very good chance of winning the Team prize.


Having had the first Individual win of the day, the second one came in the U13 Boys race along with the first Team win of the day when Matt Ramsden won the race by four seconds in 12.33. Jamie Teare in 5th (12.52) and Leon Thomas in 7th (13.00), Harvey Ashworth (19th) in 13.44, Daniel Brown 25th in 14.15, and Luke Ingleson (26th) in 14.22 helped cement the Team win in a fifty one strong field.


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Maddie Elliott led the Harriers team to 3rd place out of the seven teams in the U15 Girls when she had a great race to finish in 2nd place (13.12), just one second behind the winner. Hannah Cookson also had a very fine race taking 5th spot in 14.03 with Chloe Bleeks in 12th (15.16) and Freya Black 22nd (16.11).


Liz Greenwood posted the the third individual win of the day in the U17 Women’s race in 15.46 with Grace Handley taking 2nd spot for the Harriers in 16.25. Only two senior women were out on the day in a 141 strong field which saw Carol Cookson coming in 102nd (36.54) and Lindsay Davies 109th in 37.55.




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Harriers young athletes have a very bright future as they finish the season on a high

Liverpool Throws & Jumps Meeting – September 12th

There is nothing more pleasing than when you receive the Results from an athletics fixture to see the name Blackburn Harriers in first position. It tells you that all the hard work of the athletes and Coaches has paid off and this latest weekend is no exception with regards to our young athletes who are finishing off the season with a real bang.

Rebecca Orrell, Jacob Roberts and Charlotte Williams kicked off their final weekend of T & F Athletics at the Liverpool meeting, competing in four events and taking two wins and two 2nd places.

Full Results HERE

Rebecca took 2nd place in the Shot Putt with 8.41m and the win in the Hammer with a throw of 42.99m. Jacob set a new PB and a new Club Record when he took 2nd place in the Hammer with a distance of 59.18m just agonisingly short of the 60m mark. Charlie got the win on the day, again in the Hammer reaching out to 42.72m.

 Blackpool Open Medal Meeting – September 13th

Rebecca Orrell, Jacob Roberts and Charlotte Williams were out again the day after and were joined by U13’s Emily Raine, Amy Davies and Myah Booth along with U15 Emily Warren. and were out at the Blackpool meeting and really shone with victories, PB’s, Gold Medals and moves up the National Rankings.

Blackpool Results HERE

In the Hammer Charlotte Williams won the U15 Hammer adding nearly two metres to her throw from Liverpool the day before with 44.65m – a new Club Record – and the Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.49m. Charlie finishes the season for the Hammer in 2nd place in the North West Rankings and 5th spot in the National Rankings.


Jacob competed in the one event at Blackpool – the U17 Hammer – and won it with a throw of 57.74m the day after  he threw threw 59.18m at Liverpool which leaves Jacob 2nd in the North West Rankings and 10th Nationally.

Liverpool Video HERE



Rebecca Orrell also won her U20 Hammer event with 43.97m which was a new PB and the Shot Putt with 8.25m. Rebecca now stands at first place in the North West Rankings and 10th Nationally for the Hammer.

A great season for these young athletes and their Coach Mick Hitchon and also for Throws Coach Jim Kerrigan who has a whole number of youngsters who are starting to break through in Throwing events. Rebecca spoke to the Club and commented that “My season has now finished. But I well and truly ended on a high, not only getting two gold medals, in the hammer and shot, but getting a new PB in the hammer. My throws were all consistent but on my final throw, I put all my effort I had, even a little roar, into it. To gave me a new PB of 43.97 metres, which is 78cm further than my previous PB, which was set at English schools. Thanks to Iain Vickery and Mick Hitchon for training me. And a massive thank you to my parents for taking me to all my competitions and their support! Xx”


On to Track events which saw Emily Warren (U15) end her season in real style – three events – three wins. First off was the 100m won in 13.5, then the 200m won in 27.6 and polished off with a win in the 75n Hurdles (12.4).


Emily Raine (u13) tackled three events the first of which was the 100m won in 14.2 then a 4th spot in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.20m and finished off with a 2nd placed new PB of 4.23m in the Long Jump. Emily’s 13.5 100m earlier in the season saw her take the Club Record in her age group by two tenths of a second.


Myah Booth (U13) also entered three events taking 2nd place in the 100m with 15.9, 2nd in the 70m Hurdles (13.3) and set a new PB of 6.34m in the Shot Putt (3rd).

U13 Amy Davies knocked nearly four seconds off her 1500m time to record a new PB of 5.14.8 when she won the Race. Hannah Davies – Amy’s sister – also got involved but there are no results for their U8 events.


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New Personal Bests and Club Record by Harriers Young Athletes at English Schools Combined Events Final


English Schools Combined Events Final at Bedford 19/20th September

Overall Full Results HERE

Individual Results for Nick, Ross and Polly HERE


Some great performances by Blackburn Harriers athletes at these Championships. Ross Liddle who took on the 8 Events Octathlon set 7 new PB’s in an outstanding performance. His PB’s were set in the Long Jump (5.89m) – Discus (30.75m) – Javelin (30.32m) – 400m (54.18) – High Jump (1.73m) – Shot Putt (10.23m) – 1500m (4.49.70). To top all of that, he broke the existing Club Record for the Octathlon – held by Joe Pearse (4365) – with a points total of 4395. Ross told the Club that The competition went really well, I PB’d in all events except hurdles. It was a great experience which I hope to repeat next year…And a big thank you to all the coaches at the club“.

Nick Massey also set three new PB’s in the five event Pentahlon with 11.66m in the Shot Putt, 2.21.04 in the 800m and a points total of 2453. In addition he ran 12.11 in the 80m Hurdles, jumped 4.96m in the Long Jump and 1.46m in the High Jump. Afterwards Nick said he was pleased with my result overall, especially pleased with my Shotput, going from 9.50 metres too 11.66 metres, also pleased with my 800m getting a 2 second pb in that, overall good day“.

Polly Pearse contested the 7 event Heptathon and kept the run of PB’s going with 7.43m in the Shot Putt, 28.62 in the 200m and new Points total PB of 3427. In addition she ran 17.01sec in the 100m Hurdles, High Jumped 1.53m, Long Jumped 4.53m, threw the Javelin 24.92m and ran 2.53.91 in the 800m. Polly commented after the event that she really enjoyed the experience, it was a good weekend and well done to Nick and Ross. I was happy with my overall performance with many SB’s and a few PB’s. I hope to improve on this next year and thank you to all the coaches at the club who have helped us to perform”.











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Good performances again for the Harriers at Northern Road Relays

 Northern Road Relays at Stanley Park September 19th

A real great day for Road Relay running greeted the athletes as they arrived at Stanley Park for this years Northern Road Relay Championships which saw the Harriers field nine Teams consisting of 35 athletes.

Team Manager George Woodburn was delighted with the Club’s efforts and perforamnces on the day and said that he had “been to many road relays over the years and even though I don’t now run in them, the next best thing is to help to put the teams together and see our teams compete. I was really pleased with the big turn out from all the age groups. The relays always seem to bring out a great team spirit and Saturday was no exception, with all runners and family supporters  enjoying the weather and running. I won’t mention individuals, as there were some fantastic performances in all age groups, and it was great to see some of the younger runners who have never experienced the high standard of competition they were up against, step up with such enthusiasm. So thanks to everybody for supporting the Club at the event, it makes organizing it worthwhile”.

The three U13 girls Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Jessica Watson who were first Lancashire Club the week previously at the North West Road Relays put in another good performance coming in 12th of the 32 Teams. Amy on Leg One ran the 6th fastest time of the day and her time was better than all three girls in the winning Salford Team.


U13 Girls Results


The U13 Boys who also won the Lancashire Title at the North West Relays the week before had Matt Ramsden, Daniel Brown and Leon Thomas putting in a great performance taking 11th place out of the 30 Teams competing. Again. and quite remarkedly, Matt ran the 5th fastest time of the day for the U13 Boys and ran faster than everyone who ran in the winning Keighley team.


U13 Boys Results


Maddie Elliott, Chloe Bleeks and Hannah Cookson made up the Team for the U15 Girls just missing out on a top ten position when they placed 11th out of the 30 Teams contesting the age group. Maddie just missed getting in to the top ten fastest legs by 2 seconds.

Chloe was really pleased to be involved in the Team and said afterwards “Well done to the Blackburn Harriers who competed in the road relays and thanks to Hannah and Maddie who where a great team and thanks for cheering us all on


U15 Girls Results


The U17 Men’s Team was the same as the one that ran the North West Relays the week before which won a Team Silver Medal – Liam Atkinson on Leg 1, Tom McKeee on Leg 2 and Zak Hargreaves on the final Leg. This week they finished 17th of the 27 Teams featured which was a solid performance given the step up in quality associated with the Northerns.


 U17 Mens Results


Great to see two Senior Women’s Teams competing on the day along with 61 others with the ‘A’ Team coming in 38th – Katie Buckingham, Shelley Tattersall, Kaylie Panaro and Jan Buckingham and the ‘B’ Team 59th featuring Carol Cookson, Jackie Taylor, Lindsay Davies and Lisa Nuttall.


Senior Women’s Results


A pretty good day for the Senior Men too, fielding three Teams with the ‘A’ Team of Karl Billington, Joe Monk, Paul Guinan, Ben Fish, Brian Fogarty and Andy Buttery running well in every Leg to place 14th overall out of 102 Teams. Karl had a good run on Leg 1 to bring us home in 17th spot and after drifting a few places Ben brought the team back to 15th  followed by Brian holding the position and Andy picking up a place on the final leg. Good running from all the lads.




Senior Men’s Results

Similarly with the ‘B’ Team of (54th) of Chris Davies, Matt Nuttall, Dave Almond, Shaun Livesey, Morgan Philips and John Chaplin who gained nine places over the six Legs………




………… and the ‘C’ Team who also gained nine places over the six Legs (92nd) comprising John Cookson, Evan Cook, Jason Harbour, Paul Wilkinson, Richard Taylor and Mark Almond. Jason posted the fastest time for the ‘C’ Team which was good to see after he has had to get over a new hip operation and get himself back into training. Great to see.