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Ben wins Meerbrook 15 – John and Jack set new PB’s at Podium 5k – Hat-Trick of V65 Wins for Evan in July – Teare Brothers at Isle of Man Championships

The latest in the Podium 5k Series was held at Barrowford last Friday with three Races in total featuring 28 athletes in the ‘A’ – 35 in the ‘B’ and 30 in the ‘C’ Race. With the first two sub 15 in the ‘A’ Race, the first three in the ‘B’ under 17 minutes and the first five in the ‘C’ Race sub 20 minutes once again showed that this is a race for PB’s.


BEN Interview VIDEO

(Podium 5k Photos courtesy of David Belshaw)

The Harriers had four runners out on the night and all competing in the ‘A’ Race. After winning the previous Podium in 14.59, Ben Fish was the first Harrier home in 3rd place in a time of 15.06 with Jack Nixon (14.58) in 2nd and Jack Morris (14.45) the winner. The day after the Race Ben spoke to the Club and commented that it was a Great effort by the lads and well done to Joe and Jack on their pb’s. I could have done with a fast finish in the fashion of Mr Sutton if I was to get closer to 15 mins. Had a good start, but the Stockport lads set a relentless pace and at some point during the third lap I was jacked. Managed to hold it together and finish in a reasonable time. Speed not quite there, but strength is, won Meerbrook 15k the morning after by over a minute and felt good on the hills”.


After running the Podium 5k on the Friday night, Ben was down in Staffordshire on Saturday morning to contest the Meerbrook 15k along with 338 other runners winning by nearly a minute and half in a time of 53.49.

Meerbrook 15k RESULTS


Back at the Podium 5k Joe Monk finished in 14th spot and set a new PB by four seconds which is the latest in a number of personal bests set by Joe this year. Delighted with his effort Joe told the Club that he was Pleased with the race, dropped pace slightly on the 3rd and 4th lap, nevertheless I relied on my strength and managed to knock 4 seconds off my pb, I know that I’m in 15:45 shape, just need the right race for it to happen. Well done to the lads on their performances“.


Jack Hindle was the second Harrier on the night to set a new PB, this being his second PB in a week after posting a new track 3000m PB in the YDL (Upper Age Group). Finishing 16th in a time of 16.12, sixteen seconds faster than his previous best, Jack spoke to the Club and said “After not running a 5k distance for a couple of months, i though I might as well give it a go. There’s was a good field, not as packed as usual but still good. I manage to hold pace pretty well throughout the race. But just lacked the top end speed, but that’s something to work on to go sub 16 next time. Happy with a PB and we’ll done to Joe and Ben, as well as everyone else”


John Sutton finished 27th in a solid time of 17.52 and told the Club that he was “Content enough with running inside the obligatory 18 minutes for the ‘A’ race, but after a couple of weeks decent training in the bank at last, I didn’t expect such a tough time on the last two laps. Well done to Ben, Jack and particularly Joe who I believe nipped a bit off his PB again. Good skills.”



Townley Park 10k – July 24th

Three Blackburn Harriers in the 189 strong field for the latest Race in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series – Chris Davies, Evan Cook and David Morris.


Chris Davies had a very good run to finish second in a close run Race with winner Julian Hood (35.58). Chris came 2nd just five seconds adrift in a time of 36.03.


The month of July has seen a return to racing by V65 Evan Cook. Starting off on July 10th, Evan won the V65 at the St Annes Carnival 5k (20.58) then won the V65 at the Horwich Jubliee 5 Series in 35.17 and made it a hat trick of Age Group Category wins in the month at the Townley Park 10k coming home in 50th with a time of 44.02. David Morris (V55) finished the Race in 176th place (63.45).



Padiham Greenway 5k – July 27th

Chris Davies had another tussle with Julian Hood in this Race with an even smaller margin of victory for Julian at this one, Julian winning in 16.21 with Chris just two seconds adrift in 16.23 in the race which featured one hundred and forty nine runners.



Fire Station Relays – July 22nd

The Relays have been held for a few years now and the Harriers always see this as a fun event, open to all ages and abilities. Sadly it looks as though it may now be discontinued as the numbers entering are falling. However, this didn’t stop the Harriers taking twenty seven runners to the event split into nine teams of three.

Fire Station Relay Results

The ‘Fast Lads’ – Joe Monk (13.52), Jack Hindle (13.58) and Chris Davies (14.23) came home first, second and third and duly won the Team Prize of Christmas Decorations!! There were some weird and colorful names adopted by the Harriers Teams such as ‘Two She’s and a He 2 – ‘Young Guns’ – ‘3 Amigo’s’ – ‘Too Many Cooks’ – ‘Girl Power 2’ – ‘Girl Power 1’ – ‘Ladies First’ – ‘Two She’s and a He 1’. There was an excellent run by Matt Ramsden in 5th place (14.50) and just one spot behind Neil Tattersall (14.45). Matt was followed by Leon Thomas (8th) in 15.32; Jamie Teare (13th) in 15.47; Leo Gebbie (16th) in 15.57; Danny Maynard (17th) in 16.02; Maddie Elliott (19th) in 16.20; John Cookson (24th) in 16.54; Hannah Cookson (27th) in 17.29; Eleesha Charnley (28th) in 17.41; Carly Edwards (31st) in 17.59; Amy Davies (32nd) in 18.25; Evan Cook (33rd) in 18.25; Mick Sharp (34th) in 18.30; Leah Hoole (35th) in 18.38; Danny Teare (41st) in 19.06; Freya Black (43rd) in 19.49; Kate Cookson (48th) in 20.58; Lorna Sharp (58th) in 23.04; Rachel Jones (59th) in 23.04; Nikki Hartley (62nd) in 23.31 and Lindsay Davies (65th) in 24.10.


In the Isle of Man Championships with the Teare Brothers

July 23 and 24th saw Jamie Teare and Rory Teare over on the Isle of Man on holiday and using the opportunity to enter the Islands Championships. The lads had a great weekend with two Bronze Medals for Rory and one gold for Jamie.

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Jamie won gold in the U15 1500m with a time of  time of 4.46.3.  The lead changed hands several times but Jamie had the edge on a sprint finish on the final straight, coming from behind to take the win. He also entered the High Jump clearing 1.40m (5th).

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Rory came 3rd in the U13 75m Hurdles with a time of 14.9 which was good enough to win himself a Bronze Medal which he replicated in the High Jump when he cleared 1.30m to claim his second Bronze Medal of the day just losing out on a Silver Medal on count back.

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Blackburn Harriers Holly Bradshaw and Alison Leonard at the Diamond League – Thirteen new personal bests for the Harriers in YDL – Rob sets seasons best in 1500m

Blackburn Harriers Holly Bradshaw and Alison Leonard competed at the weekend in the IAAF Diamond League Meeting held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.



Holly took a 4th place in the Women’s Pole Vault clearing 4.52m whilst Alison finished 5th with a seasons best of 2.00.52 in the 800m.

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YDL Upper Age Group at Stretford

The final fixture in this years YDL Upper Age Group in the Premier Division took place at Stretford on Sunday July 24th. All the athletes who competed for the Club throughout the season showed real spirit and commitment but it has been a tough season for the athletes involved, some of whom were competing at this level for the first time. Nevertheless they still managed to produce thirteen new personal bests from the eleven women and twelve male athletes who were available on the day.


U20 Morgan Angland ran 13.5 in the ‘A’ 100m (5th), won the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (1st) in 17.3 and took 3rd spot in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.72m). Roxanne Oliver won the ‘B’ 100 in 13.3, came 4th in the 200m in 26.6, a new PB by two tenths, 4th in the 100m Hurdles (15.5) and 3rd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 6.93m. Chloe Bleeks and Teigan Fawcett teamed up in the U17 100m with Chloe placing 5th in the ‘A’ (14.1) and Teigan 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 15.3. Chloe was just outside her PB in the 200m – 4th in 28.8 and came 4th again in the Triple Jump clearing 8.90m. Teigan set a new PB in the High Jump with 1.25m (4th) and set a second new PB of the day in the Discus finishing 2nd with a throw of 21.84m. U17 Jessica Kit is another athlete competing in her first season and performed well to earn a 2nd place in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (6.71m), 2nd again in the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 14.73m and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin with 17.13m.




New member U17 Hannah Proctor was competing for just the second time this season and did really well winning the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 20.60m, came 6th in the 300m ‘A’ in 53.0 and 2nd in the Shot Putt with a new PB distance of 9.78m. U17 Freya Black is in her first year of competition and was just outside her best time in the 300m with 49.4 (6th) but then knocked 18 seconds off her 1500m time for a new PB of 5.40.0.


Maddie Elliott has had a very good season and was just a second off her best in the U17 800m ‘A’ in 2.23.8 (3rd), won the ‘A’ 300m Hurdles in 50.9 and came 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin with a throw of 15.71 which was a new PB, having last thrown a Javelin in 2014. U17 Hannah Cookson is a great example of helping the team out and going the extra mile setting a seasons best in the ‘A’ 1500 (5.12.2), then ran the ‘A’ 3000m coming in 4th (11.54.8) and still managed a Long Jump of 3.90m for 4th place.

SONY DSC      SONY DSC Esme Pearse took a 5th spot in the ‘B’ 80m Hurdles (16.2), another 5th place in the High Jump (1.45m) and then a good 2nd place in the 300m Hurdles with a time of 59.7. In the U20’s sister Polly Pearse earned good points setting a seasons best in the ‘A’ High Jump finishing 3rd with a clearance of 1.55m, came 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin (22.08m), set a new PB in the Triple Jump of 9.90m (3rd) and placed 2nd in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 4.50m.


On the Men’s side we had just twelve athletes and again, like the Women they filled in where ever they could to help the Team on the day. Ever present U17 brothers Cameron and Nick Massey rowed in with Cameron winning the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles in 17.3, placed 5th in the 200m (25.9) and ran 12.6 in the U20  ‘A’ 100m (6th). Nick ran the same time in the U17 ‘A’ 100m, came 5th in the ‘A’ 200m (25.6) and 2nd in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.7.


U17 Luke Kenyon is in his first season for the Club and notwithstanding this was only his second competitive fixture he put in a series of good efforts placing 5th in the ‘B’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m equaling his PB, 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.49m) which was a new PB and was just outside his PB in the 100m ‘B’ Race (12.9) in 5th place. Marco Maggio had a good day in the U20’s setting two new PB’s in the 400m ‘A’ Race (59.3) in fifth spot and in the 800m ‘A’ where he finished 4th in a new PB time by five seconds of 2.12.7.


U20 Jack Hindle chopped ten seconds off his previous best in the 3000m ‘A’ Race to set a new PB time of 9.25.6.


Helping out in the absence of our 400m Hurdlers was John iLunga who took the event on for the first time, coming home 2nd in the ‘A’ Race in a time of 74.7. John then went and won the ‘B’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.55m and came 3rd in the Long Jump (4.44m). Ben Aspinall (U20) had a good day in three Jumps events placing 3rd in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.65m and then setting a seasons best with a 2nd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (13.50m), rounding it off with a win in the ‘A’ Long Jump reaching 6.06m.


Another ever present was Thrower Connor Davison (U20) who earned a 4th place in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (9.31m), was just below his best performance in the Discus ‘A’ in 3rd spot (30.74m) and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin (29.53m). U17 Thrower Anthony Kent is having a good season and he continued in that vein placing 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with a new PB of 11.33m, came 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 38.13m and won the ‘B’ Hammer with 40.31m.


Lucas Davies was having his first attempt with the 5kg Shot Putt and did well with 4th place in the ‘B’ and a throw of 7.20m and finished 3rd in the ‘B’ Discus (20.81m). It was win number 15 out of 18 Hammer competitions for U17 Jacob Roberts as he won the ‘A’ with a Throw of 62.42m. Samuel Kearns was the latest member of the Throws Squad to set a new PB with a throw of 41.48m in the U17 ‘A’ Javelin (3rd) and he was backed up by Sam Pearson-Moore in the ‘B’ taking 2nd spot (37.13m).


(‘Do we know what we are doing’)



Rob Warner set a seasons best time of 3.55.34 at the Watford Open Graded Meeting last Wednesday July 27th when he finished 5th in a field of eighteen athletes.





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PB’s for Harriers athletes at Mid Lancs League

Almost a perfect day greeted the athletes for the penultimate fixture in this years Mid Lancs T & F League at Edge Hill, Ormskirk with thirty members of the Harriers involved.


Senior Thrower Tony Balko (V50) added the 100m to his list of competitions taking 2nd place in the 100m (Heat 2) in a time of 13.70 and a very competitive race for positions two, three and four. Dom Bretherton took on the 200m against Dominic Walton who had won the 400m that afternoon in 49.30. In his second ever 200m Dom won a really good race by a tenth holding off Dominic Walton in a time of 23.50. Another thrower having a go at the sprints was U17 Jacob Roberts in the 100m and he also had a good run in 3rd place with a time of 12.20. In the U15 Boys 100m Ben Whittaker equaled his PB of 12.80 in the 100m (3rd) and set a new PB in the 200m when he placed 3rd again in a time of 26.30. Brother George Whittaker ran the 200m in U13’s placing 5th in 31.50 and Thrower Cameron Harris (U15) had a go at the 100m for the first time coming home in 6th spot (13.60).




In the Women’s Sprints Hayley Candler ran 28.80 in 4th place for the Senior Women’s 200m and improvement of a second since her last run over the distance. Emily Warren was just a tenth outside her PB over the 100m (3rd in 13.30) and in only her third ever race over the 300m she came home in 2nd spot with 44.20. In the U13 Girls Sprints Christie Sturgess set a new PB in the 100m (3rd) in 14.30 and in her first shot at the 200m came 3rd again in 29.20. Myah Booth also set a new PB in the 100 when she knocked three tenths off, finishing 5th in 14.10 and then placed 3rd in the 200m, her first attempt at the distance, in a time of 30.60. Eleesha Charnley had a great win in the U13 200m coming from behind with a time of 29.20 which was a new PB by seven tenths.




Joe Monk took on the Senior 800m placing 5th in 2.06.30 and then jumped into the 400m with very little recovery to take another 5th place in 58.70. Not a bad training session. Harvey Griffin ran his first race for the Harriers in the U15 800m and ran really well to finish 2nd in 2.07.00 which was a new PB by six tenths. Also in the U15’s was Leon Thomas who cut over a second off his time to set a new PB of 2.19.40 in 7th place and that a day after he had run in the Fire Station Relays in Blackpool. In the U15 Girls 1500m Amy Davies ran a solid race in 2nd place with a time of 5.18.00 whilst in the U13’s Eleesha Charnley ran just outsider her 800m PB coming home 2nd in 2.34.80 and in the 1500m Charlotte Corrigan came 4th in a time of 5.33.80 which wasn’t far off her PB, whilst Ella Hardman ran 6.13.80 (6th).





In the Throws Simon Brown took a double win in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt (11.18m) and the Discus with 36.75m. In the Hammer it was a win for Tony Balko with a throw of 31.63m and then a 5th in the Shot Putt (9.46m) with Connor Davison in 6th spot (8.55m) whilst in the Discus Tony came 3rd with a throw of 29.43m and Connor 5th with 26.80m who then went on to take 5th spot in the Javelin (27.27m). Anthony Kent threw 10.65m in the U17 Shot Putt (4th), came 3rd in the Discus with 34.25m and 2nd in the Hammer with a new PB of 44.77m. Lucas Davies was 7th in the Discus (22.93m) and 9th in the Javelin (23.05m).

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Jacob Roberts won the Hammer with a throw of 62.63m. Another double win, this time for Alex Bernstein in the U15 Throws with 9.20m in the Shot Putt and 35.44m in the Hammer. Cameron Harris just missed a PB in the Shot Putt by cms placing 6th with 7.89m then took 3rd spot in the Javelin with 26.88m. Kieron Carroll finished 4th in the U13 Shot Putt (6.03m) and 2nd in the Javelin with 24.57m with George Whittaker just behind in 3rd (20.73m).

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Charlotte Williams won the U17 Hammer equaling her PB with a throw of 54.39m from Guest Thrower Charlotte Stuchbury (42.45m). Eloise Littlefair who is the Clubs U15 Record Holder for the Shot won the competition with a throw of 10.91m and then made it the third Blackburn Harrier on the day to record double wins when she took the Discus with 24.62m and followed that up with a 4th placed throw of 24.53m in the Javelin. Three young U13 Girls taking on the Throws with Nicky Saunders 6th in the Shot Putt (5.81m), Caterina Lombard 7th (5.65m) and Danielle Probert 10th with 4.42m. In the Discus Nicky took 2nd spot with 19.03m whilst Caterina finished 5th (12.59m). Myah Booth won the Javelin with a throw of 23.35m, just outsider her PB, with Danielle Probert 6th (15.40m) and Nicky Saunders 7th (14.79m).





In the Jumps George Whittaker cleared 3.65m in the U13 Boys Long Jump; Emily Warren jumped 4.41m in the U15 Girls Long Jump (4th) just a few cms outside her best and the U13 Girls Long Jump saw Emma Love placing 5th out of 19 with a distance of 3.83m and Charlotte Corrigan 15th with 3.17m. In her first ever attempt at the High Jump Emma Love cleared 1.30m for 4th place which was a very good effort.


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Blackburn Harriers building links with local schools

Mohammed Mulla who is the Assistant Director of Learning: PE  for Tauheedul Boys School in Blackburn approached Blackburn Harriers Secretary to see if we could host a two day taster athletic session for some two hundred students from that school.

With that many young people to organise and Coach it is quite challenging, but working in co-operation with the School, the two days went off in a very organised and enjoyable way. with all students getting an opportunity to try out on all of the disciplines.

Sessions covered Hurdles, Sprints, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump and High Jump with the students moving round the different groups throughout the day and then a younger group of students participated on the second day.

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The weather stayed fine and the sessions went really well, so much so that Head of PE Mr.Mulla commented “to see the way the boys stepped up to the challenging sessions delivered by Blackburn Harriers Athletics Club was fantastic. Everyone was engaged and a positive culture was created for every pupil to achieve. This has now opened doors for our pupils to try something new which will have a positive impact on them for the rest of their lives”.

The Coaches and athletes who supervised the two days were also enthused with one saying that she had Had a fab couple of days coaching at Witton Park – students from Tauheedul School, some talented young athletes and it would be amazing to see some down at training and competing for the club in the future. The young lads were respectful and engaging and I hope they enjoyed the sessions”. Another said that he “really enjoyed an alternative view on athletics as a coach, was very enjoyable and a great learning experience”, whilst another senior athlete echoed Wendy’s comments and added it would be good even if we only got one lad to come and join up!”


Connor Makin who helped run the two days ensuring the schedules worked, kept to time and everyone catered for had this to say about working with the students and the school “Thoroughly enjoyed my time with Tauheedul school for the two days this past week, plenty of promising, young talents and more importantly a great snapshot of their willingness to learn and enjoy themselves. It’s always a privilege to teach kids that have that glimmer of passion for learning and want to enjoy themselves, all that’s left to say is to wish them ‘happy hurdling’ in the future I hope to see plenty of them down at the track getting stuck in with all of the events and enjoying themselves as much I believe they did this week”.


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Hat-Trick of PB’s at Trafford Grand Prix for Harriers

It was a very warm night indeed at the  Trafford AC Grand Prix on Tuesday July 19th. Four Blackburn Harriers were entered with Tim Raynes and Joe Monk contesting the 3000m with a view to running PB’s as was Joe Howe in the 1500m and Sam Pearson-Moore in the U17 Javelin competition.



In the 3000m Race Tim Raynes had a great Race setting a new personal best by a huge 21 seconds finishing 9th of 22 runners in an excellent time of 8.49.53. Pleased with his effort on the night, Tim told the Club that “Given the hot conditions, I knew that it would be a tough race (and so it proved to be). I was happy to get into a good rhythm early on into the race, but slightly disappointed not to be able push on in the middle stages of the race. I felt quite strong in the closing stages of the race though, and can’t be too unhappy to come away with a PB. Well done to Joe, who had a great run and will no doubt be setting more PBs across the various distances in the coming weeks.”


3000m Race VIDEO at the beginning plus other races on the night.

(VIDEO courtesy of RunningLive Facebook Page)

Joe Monk  also achieved his PB in the same 3000m Race. Having wanted to go under 9 minutes for a while he came home in 15th with a new PB time of 8.58.66, some 8 seconds faster than his previous best. Commenting after the Race Joe said The race went well, better than I thought as the conditions made it really tough. Really pleased to run sub 9, been gearing my training towards this and happy that it’s paid off. Also well done to Tim on another strong run, great to have top quality of runners within the club“.


Joe Howe ran in the 1500m and just missed out on a new personal best by two seconds running a time of 4.22.29. Joe has a very positive approach to his athletics and told the Club that he was “was actually a bit disappointed with the time because I thought that I was capable of running faster. However I know that I’ve been training well and that the times will come eventually so I’m not too downhearted. It’s definitely given me something to build on and encouraged me to keep putting in the effort in training”.


Third new PB of the night took place in the Field Events when Sam Pearson-Moore – set a new personal best in the U17 Javelin when he added nearly four metres to his previous best and posted a throw of 43.22m. An added bonus for Sam was getting his photo taken with Jessica Ennis, the current Olympic Champion. If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.






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Brian wins at UK Ironman – Jacob Wins Silver for England – Victoria and Andy on Snowdonia – Tony at the Masters

Brian Fogarty is becoming a very formidable talent in the world of triathlon and particularly Ironman. In his latest contest – the UK Championships – he finished 7th overall out of a 548 string field just 22 minutes behind the winner, a professional athlete from Estonia.

His achievements in the Championships were very, very impressive. He was the first amateur home. In his Age Group (30 -34) Brian was top of the tree in front of the 268 other athletes in that category and with a combined time of 9.12.30 – (59.11 for the Swim – 4hr 54.53 for the Bike – 3hr 11.17 for the Marathon) – he placed 7th overall with only professional athletes in front of him.

Brian who is so powerful on the bike had the 4th fastest leg of the day, with the first and second in the race overall just two minutes faster.  No exaggeration to say that this was a Quality performance by a Quality athlete. Summing up his Race, Brian told the Club “Ironman Uk being so close to home is always an emotional race. Being on he start line with my best mates and training partners makes it special. I was really well prepared for it this year and felt confident I could really put in a performance to challenge for a top 10 place.

The race started well and I came out of the swim in just over 59 minutes this was a PB and even felt relatively comfortable. On to the bike which has become a real strength of mine. I was keen to make up time on the lead guys. I have already qualified for Kona so I was willing to take a calculated risk and really push the bike, I know the course very well and wanted to take advantage of that. Things went well and I came in off the bike in 8th place a few minutes ahead of 2 time race winner Fraser Cartmell.

On to the run I felt ok my pace was consistent. The marathon in Bolton is very demanding and I found it as tough as ever. The support out there was amazing and with so many people cheering me on, it really helped me stay focused especially for the last 5 mile loop. Luckily I held it together and gained a position into 7th with an PB run of 3.11. This gave me my best overall PB time of 9 hours 12 mins and without doubt my best result to date.

A few easy days now and then a big push to Kona where I want to really put in another big performance. The improved results don’t come easy but are helped with support from Universal Cooling Ltd, Fogartys Insurance and training with the best guys around in particular Jack Hindle, Paul Guinen, Mark Nuttall, Mark Bleasdale, Ian Cox and the rest of FITT”.



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(Brian with number one supporter – his wife Maria)

Paul Guinan had been training really well for the UK Championships but i didn’t go quite to plan as he told the Club that he was “swimming as well as ever, back running to a good level and biking again to a decent standard, had a good race plan…..then it ended….l had a strong swim again, unfortunately, had a few issues that were not planned, l started the bike leg but could not get comfortable at all, my lower back was very sore, by the time l had gone 25 miles or so l could not use my Tri – bars, and to be honest felt l was going to be unable to complete the bike never mind the run, the pain was too much so l called it a day, tough, but thats sport and certainly Ironman, l intend to get things moving again shortly, sort out my injury issues and push on, it was a strange day for FITT, 4 starters and only 2 finishers, Matt and Brian, Matt again coming through and getting to the finish line. Brian…..the best amateur performance at IMUK for some years, when l said a few years ago he was different class, l did actually mean it, he has shown once again on a national level he can mix it, and beat the best. Well done Paul Slone on completing his first IM at the tender age of 49”.

Well done to Matt Nuttall another athlete like Paul who is a superb example of the never say die attitude. Having suffered more than his fair share of injuries, Matt keeps bouncing back and this latest Ironman was no exception, finishing 13th in his age category out of 352 others with a combined time of 10hr 56.41. Afterwards Matt told the Club “Great day at ironman UK. Race went well for me, well paced swim, maybe pushed a little too hard on the bike and payed for that on the run. Nice to see quite a few Blackburn Harriers out on the course they lifted the spirits and kept me going. Big thanks to them”. Matt also commented on Brian’s performance saying One other point I would like to mention is how amazing Brian performed, probably only those who are involved in endurance sport will realise the dedication and sacrifices he has made to achieve such a high level”. Never a truer word was spoken. Training for an event covering a two mile open water swim, followed by a Bike Race of 120 miles and then topping it off with running a Marathon makes the mind boggle in terms of what has to be done to bring all that together ina top class performance.

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Martin Kerry had a great event and at one point was in 1st position in his Age Group Category before finally finishing 5th out of 72 athletes in the V55 – 59 Age Group with a combined time of 11hr 55.23.  Speaking to the Club Martin commented Well the swim was steady and I came out on my 70 min schedule. The bike was good riding well and just missed the 6 hours I wanted. I was leading my age group by 4 started of ok but as you all know I’m not a runner. Faded after 10 miles with one bad 6 mile stretch where I dropped. 10 min and slipped to 5th. Picked up a big on last lap but beat 12 hours so as good as it gets. Great support all the way. Bolton is a lot holler than I remember. Use my profile pic on face book. Put anyone off”.

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Paul Slone who contested his first Ironman at the age of 49 showed what real determination to succeed is all about.  Here is an athlete who deserves every bit of success that comes his way given the minefield of health issues and injuries he has had to navigate. He told us This was all new territory for me. Never rode after a 3.8k swim. Never ran after a 112 mile bike ride certainly never a marathon after any bike ride. The weather was with us virtually all day with near perfect conditions for the swim. Bit windy for me on the bike and got a little hot on the run. Learned a hell of a lot over the day and ended up in some dark places. The support from everyone was phenomenal. Especially my family and the Fogarty family out in full force. Really struggled with terrible dehydration, severe stomach cramps the last 6 miles of which I walked the majority. Total time 12.25. Got to be happy as a first timer. Initial thoughts were never ever again but alas, booked it again the day after for July 16th 2017. Will train hard and get the nutrition bang on next time and aim to complete and better my time by a considerable amount”.

GBR 73 421 459 01:11:40 06:36:41 04:24:44 12:25:09 3395


Jacob Roberts has a had a really good season so far in the U17  Hammer Age Group. In sixteen competitions to-date Jacob has won 13 and finished 2nd on three other occasions. In the eight days between the 8th and 16th July he won the Silver Medal at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead with a throw of 65.34m and then on the 16th July he took another Silver Medal competing for England in the SIAB SCHOOLS’ U17 TRACK AND FIELD INTERNATIONAL held in Kent with a throw of 63.83m. As a result of his performances he has now been selected to compete at the UK School Games held at Loughborough in September later this year.


Speaking to the Club Jacob who currently lies in 2nd place in the National Rankings with 66.76m told us that he had a “Great time in Kent at the Schools International Games representing England . I got myself on the Podium taking Silver Medal i am very happy with my achievement so far with my Hammer throwing. I would like to thank the following people who helped and supported me Jim Kerrigan was my first coach back in 2014 , Michael HItchon who is my coach now and has got me to where i am now. Also would like to thank my parents for all their support and encouragement. Looking forward now to my other competitions and championships and representing Blackburn Harriers”.


Elim Peugeot International Snowdon Race 2016

Described as ‘One of Europe’s toughest endurance challenges, the 10-mile race involves running from the edge of Lake Padarn in the village of Llanberis to the highest summit in Wales and England and back down’ – Five hundred and forty eight runners took part in this years Race which saw Chris Smith cross the line as winner in a time of 65.47 and Chris Farrell in 2nd spot (67.13).

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Blackburn Harriers Victoria Mousley and Andy Heys took part in the Race with Victoria having a very solid run being in 140th position at the summit and picking up 20 places on the descent to finish in 120th spot in a time of 1hr. 30.24. Speaking to the Club Victoria said that she was Happy to improve on my time by about 11 mins from last year. 4th non international and managed to beat a few on the international teams too. As ever I hate the slog up but love that descent…..until the tarmac arrives. One of the best races ever. Everyone should give it a go”.


Andy came home in 227th overall, picking up 15 places on the descent from the summit, in a time of 1hr 41.38. Reflecting on the day Andy told the Club “I thought I had prepared quite well for this one, little did I know how hard it would be to run uphill for a constant five miles and more so, descend for five miles! All was going relatively well until about half way up to the summit at which point I was exhausted. Still I struggled on to get to the summit in just over an hour and then the descent – five miles of gravity dragging you back to earth along wet cobbles, rocks, boulders and then as a final kick in the nuts, roughly a mile down some of the steepest Tarmac I have ever seen (God knows how they laid this section of road).

Setting out, it was my intention to complete the race in under 90 minutes. All things considered, I was quite pleased to finish in 1:41. Quite possibly the toughest race I have ever done, but quite possibly the best! A true test of strength and determination unparalleled to anything previously experienced. Yes, I’ve never seen so many battered and bruised athletes after a race, but the whole camaraderie was brilliant. Only a year now to wait until I can get back and tame the mountain and get under that 90 minute mark”.


V50 Tony Balko entered this years Northern Masters T & F Championships held at Cleckheaton on Wednesday July 6th.

Provisional RESULTS

In the Hammer Tony finished 2nd V50 with a throw of 34.06m, came 3rd in the V50 Shot Putt with 9.66m and 1st in the V50 Discus with a distance of 34.03m.