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Royal Rumble win for Jack – PB’s for Harriers youngsters at Warrington Open & Trafford Medal Meeting – Seasons 1500m best for Rob in BMC – Joe wins Vernon 5k

Royal Rumble – Bank Holiday Monday

It was an absolutely glorious night for a run on the moors on Monday night with hardly a cloud in the sky. The winner Jack Hindle praised the Race and the Course set up by Richard Taylor as “one that should attract a quality field” and it is hard to disagree with that.


Eight Blackburn Harriers featured in the Race with Jack Hindle taking his second successive victory on the moors in a time of 35.15, having won the Gala Race two weeks before. Second home was Tim Raynes in 35.41 and making it a one, two, three for the Harriers was Chris Davies in 35.48.




Next home was Tom Cubbon in 7th in a time of 41.27 followed by the first Woman in, Beckie Taylor (13th) in 44.28 and just one place behind came the 2nd Woman – Carly Edwards (14th) in a time of 45.23.




Sporting the very latest in smart headgear came Bryan Searby in 21st with a time of 49.09 and in 23rd, fresh from his holidays came Michael Sharp (50.14).



Trafford Medal Meeting – Bank Holiday Monday

Some of the Harriers young athletes went to the Trafford Medal meeting which was also run in glorious conditions – Izzy Thompson, Nicky Saunders, Dexta Thompson, Liberty Thompson and Christie Sturgess.


There were new PB’s for Nicky Saunders in the U13 Girls Shot Putt with a throw of 7.44m placing 3rd, following that up with a 3rd in the Discus (21.56m) and 9th in the Javelin (19.03m). Next athlete earning a new PB was Dexta Thompson in the 150m coming home in 4th spot in a time of 24.99 which was nearly two seconds faster than his previous best. In the 600m Dexta, got pipped in a photo finish placing 2nd in 1.49.53 with the winner posting 1.49.48.


(Nicky and Izzy with their Coach – Jim Kerrigan)


Christie Sturgess made it a hat trick of new PB’s on the day when she finished 2nd in the 75m Hurdles (12.48) which was three tenths faster than she had run before. She went on to to take third in her Heat of the 150m (22.98) – there were 12 Heats in all – and then ran 11.43 in the 75m Sprint for 6th place. Liberty Thompson just missed out on new personal bests running a time of 14.76 in the 75m Hurdles and then 31.74 (5th) in the 200m. Izzy Thompson took two good 2nd places in the U13 Girls Shot Putt (7.57m), the Discus with a throw of 24.25m and reached 19.45m in the Javelin for 6th place out of a field of 16.




BMC Gold Standard Races

Rob Warner is racing quite a lot of late and his latest outing saw him tackle the 1500m at the Stretford BMC Gold Standard Races on August 23rd. Rob came 8th overall in a second seasons best time of 3.54.05 in the last few days.



Warrington Open Meeting – August 21st

A number of the Harriers youngsters went over to the Warrington Open Meeting at the weekend and posted some good results for them selves. Nicky Saunders (U13) set two new PB’s in the Shot Putt (4th) with a throw of 7.08m which was nearly three quarters of a metre improvement and again in the Javelin with a throw of 16.28m (8th), this time improving by a metre and a half.

U13 Myah Booth stepped up to the 3kg Shot Putt finishing in 2nd place with a throw of 7.81m which sets a mark for her at the new weight. In throwing 23.45m in the Javelin for 2nd place, Myah was setting another new mark for herself with the 500g Javelin, the first time she has competed with that weight. U15 Emily Warren was in winning form taking the 75m Hurdles.

Emma Love was also in PB territory placing 4th in the U13 High Jump with a new PB clearance of 1.30m and then went onto the Long Jump finishing 13th out of a massive entry of 27 athletes, jumping 3.82m. Liberty Thompson (U15) set a new PB for herself in the Long Jump reaching 3.46m whilst U11 brother Dexta also set a new PB in the Long Jump with 2.99m, up from 2.83m on the only occasion he has done the event before.


Vernons 5K Summer Series

Joe Monk is running very well at the moment and has set a number of new PB’s during the course of the season on the Track and on the Road. His latest outing came in the last of the Vernon 5k Series which he won commenting “It was a good race, I knew that the first mile was quite hilly so I decided to attack it hard and create a good gap. It managed to work and came away with a decent time and feeling very strong and controlled”. Unfortunately, we still have not been able to access any results for this Race.


Pendleton Fell Race – August 27th

One hundred and sixteen runners in this Fell Race on Bank Holiday weekend with two Blackburn Harriers – Shaun Livesey and Andy Heys contesting for the Harriers.


The Race which was was won by Chris Houldsworth in a time of 36.29 saw Shaun Livesey come home in 12th spot and 3rd V40 with a time of 41.29 and commented after the race that he Had a little trot over to the other side of the hill for this short sharp fell race. Haven’t ran on the fells for a while and it showed. I ran the hills well and stayed strong but I cannot allow myself to run fast downhill. I took it even easier when a fellow runner fell really hard on some large boulders, it made me wince. Turns out he was ok. Lost a few places coming down but gained 2 when we hit the runnable stuff near the end. Good little race l. Well done to all that ran and to all that contributed to the organisation”.

In 35th place came Andy Heys who is enjoying running on the Fells, with a time of 47.02 told the Club afterwards that it was A tough little fell race with surprisingly difficult underfoot conditions. Went out a little too fast from the start and paid for it about two-thirds up the initial long ascent. Managed to recover up the second main ascent and pushed hard on the descent back in to Pendleton picking off four runners on the way down”.

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Sophie is 2nd in Poland following her Olympic Bronze Medal – Jacob and Charlie Medal at National Championships

What an amazing couple of weeks for Blackburn Harrier Sophie Hitchon. Qualifying for the Olympic Hammer Final, Sophie smashed her own British Record to win an Olympic Bronze Medal and in the same final, watched Anita Wlodarczyk win the Gold Medal – and – break her own World Record. On Sunday – August 28th – just thirteen days after the Olympic Final, Sophie was competing in Poland at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Meeting where the World Record was broken again by Anita Wlodarczyk. Sophie had another great competition too, finishing 2nd with a throw of 72.42m.




Sophie’s consistency in competition is really impressive as can be seen from the Poland results where she threw twice over 70m, twice over 71m and once over 72m. After the event Sophie spoke to the Club and said that she was Really pleased to have got the second best result of the season today in Poland with also a good series especially after Rio, also felt I could have gone further but there was nothing in my legs, looking forward to a break now then getting back into training in preparation for London 2017 World Athletics Champs”…….and also stressed that she “was pleased to be in another world record breaking comp”.


Blackburn Harrier’s Hammer Coach – Mick Hitchon – is having a great year and developing a number of young Hammer throwers who will hopefully be following in Sophie’s footsteps. U17 Jacob Roberts and U15 Charlotte Williams have really been hitting the heights in their Hammer Age Groups. Both of them now sit at number 2 in the National Rankings. Both of them recently won the Northern Championships with Charlotte setting a new Northern Counties Record.

Last weekend, the two of them traveled to Bedford for the National Championships and came away with yet more medals enhancing their status on the national stage. In a final featuring 13 of the best U17 male Hammer Throwers in the country, Jacob threw a best of 62.97m which won him the Silver Medal. (RESULTS). His seasons total number of twenty one competitions has seen him win 17 and come runner up on 4 occasions. Over the season Jacob has won the Lancashire Schools Championships, Lancashire County Championships, Northern Championships and has taken Silver Medals at English Schools, the SIAB Schools International and this weekend at the National U17 Championships. Speaking to the Harriers after the Championships Jacob said I competed at England Athletics National Championships at Bedford over the weekend. I came away with a Silver Medal in the U17 Men’s Hammer event. The weather was nice and it was a really good comp with 15 Athletes competing. I was very proud to represent Blackburn Harriers and to come away with the Silver Medal even though my eyes where set on the Gold Medal but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. I would like to thank my mum and dad for all the hard work and getting me to my competitions. I would also like to thank my coach Michael Hitchon and Wendy Hitchon for allowing him to come five nights a week to train me . Also I would like to thank my training partners Charlotte and the rest of the Hammer Squad”.


Charlotte contested the U15 Age Group Championships throwing a best of 54.30m to win the Bronze Medal in a field contested by 16 of the best young U15 Girls in the country. (RESULTS) Like Jacob, Charlotte has racked up a very good season with outstanding results over the fifteen competitions she has contested which have included twelve wins, two seconds and a third place. She has won the Lancashire Schools Championships, Lancashire County Championships, came 2nd in the English Schools Championships, won the Northern Championships and added the Bronze Medal last weekend at the National Championships. Reflecting on her performance and her season to-date Charlotte told the Club Today was our last championship competitions which was nationals. Coming third was a big achievement for me as last year I didn’t get into the top 5. This season has been very successful for me as I have ended up in the top 2 in the uk for hammer after only been doing it a year and a half which I am very proud of. I have a couple of medal meetings to finish the whole season off and see if I can improve one last time“.


Her father Brian commented after the weekend that he was “Proud to see this name on my daughters shirt representing Blackburn Harriers at the National Championships and coming home with a Bronze medal. Thanks George S Davies and Blackburn Harriers for your kind words and support through the season.Thanks Mick and Wendy Hitchon for there support and hard work. Better mention the wife who gives up everything to support Charlotte Cattermole Williams. Also her team mates and well done to Jacob Roberts”.




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PB’s and Medals for the Harriers at Mid Lancs Medal Meeting

Warm sunshine kicked the day off at the final fixture of this years Mid Lancs T & F League at Leigh with a number of athletes anticipating winning some Medals. Twenty one Blackburn Harriers competed on the day producing a good few wins, a dozen new personal bests and Medals.



One of the highlights featured Chris Davies chopping 18 seconds off his 3000m best time to set a new PB of 9.33.80. His run was all the more impressive as he ran the whole race on his own, sadly because there weren’t many entries.


U13 Nicky Saunders also had a massive new PB in the U13 Javelin adding nearly seven metres to her previous best when winning with a throw of 23.14m. Nicky then set another new PB in the Discus placing 2nd with a throw of 21.64, an improvement of two and half metres and then made it Gold, Silver and Bronze when finishing 3rd in the Shot Putt (6.83m). Izzy Thompson, who has recently joined the Club maintained the run of PB’s when winning the U13 Shot Putt with a throw of 8.25m, a new PB by half a metre, improving by nearly half a metre in the Discus winning with a new PB of 24.98m and finished off the day with a Bronze in the Javelin (21.51m). Danielle Probert, another U13 took on the Javelin finishing 5th with 12.41m and just missed out on a PB in the Shot Putt with 4.29m. U13 Emma Love just missed out on a Bronze in the High Jump finishing 4th with a clearance of 1.25m, the same height as third and went on to place 9th out of 24 in the Long Jump with 3.85m. Holly Cubbon picked up a 2nd place in the U13 1500m running a time of 5.34.40.




U15 Eloise Littlefair was among the Medal action too taking Bronze in the Javelin with a throw of 28.67m, winning the Discus with a throw of 24.63m and the Shot Putt (10.73m) giving her two Gold Medals and a Bronze. U15 Liberty Thompson set a new PB in the Long Jump with 3.13m, was just outsider her 800m PB coming home in 4th spot (2.42.50) and again in the 200m, just short of her PB  in her Heat with a time of 32.40.



U13 Boys Kieran Carroll pick up a Bronze in the Javelin with a throw of 23.78m – George Whittaker finishing 4th (21.73m) and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 6th with a throw of 18.78m. Kyle then set a new PB in the Discus when 3rd with a throw of 16.01 and a second new PB in the Shot Putt by 3cms placing 6th with 5.65m. Kieran matched that with a new PB of his own in the Shot Putt by 7cms in 5th position (6.31m) and reached a distance of 11.87m (4th) in his first ever attempt at Discus. George came 7th in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.44m and equal 5th in the 100m with a time of 14.50 and a new PB by three tenths.



For U15 Alex Bernstein it was Gold all the way for him winning the Hammer with a throw of 36.98m and the Discus with 30.83m and afterwards he spoke to the Club saying “I was very pleased to win two Gold medals today at the Mid Lancs Track & Field final competition of 2016. Although under pressure in the Discus, I managed to throw my second best distance of the season just in time to win the Gold medal on my last throw. The moral of the story is to never give up. Well done to all the other Blackburn Harriers who competed today at Leigh”. U15’s Matt Ramsden and Leon Thomas were less than a second off setting new PBs. Matt, whose 1500m PB is 4.39.1 ran 4.40.6 to place 3rd in his 1500m whilst Leon whose 800m PB is 2.19.4 placed 5th in a time of 2.20.3. Very good running from both lads. Ben Whittaker won his heat of the 200m in a time of 26.30, placing 5th overall and placed 7th after the Heats in the 100m in a time of 12.90.

SONY DSC      SONY DSC SONY DSC      SONY DSCU17 Anthony Kent was sadly the only U17 Hammer Thrower on the day but that didn’t stop him performing really well, throwing a distance of 43.15m. He then won the Discus with 37.83m and finished the day off with a Silver in the Shot Putt (10.91m). Lucas Davies set a new PB by a metre in the Javelin placing 5th with (26.83m), just missed a PB in the Discus (5th) with 23.28m and finished off with another new PB in the Shot Putt (3rd) with a throw of 7.36m. Leon Spink placed 4th in the Shot Putt (6.15m).



In the Senior Men’s Throws, Connor Davison (U20), Simon Brown and Tony Balko were all in action. Connor took 5th in the Javelin (28.88m), 7th in the Discus (21.84m) and 7th again in the Shot Putt with 8.60m. Tony, who is getting ready for the European Masters Championships, took 2nd in the Hammer with 30.69m, 4th in the Discus with 27.79m and 6th in the Shot Putt with 9.49m. Simon meanwhile, won the Discus with a throw of 36.01m and came 2nd in the Shot Putt with 11.35m.








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Win for Alison and seasons best for Rob at BMC – New PB for Carly at Lancaster Half – Jack wins Darwen Gala – Horwich Jubilee Series – Letter from Shamiso

BMC Grand Prix – Stretford August 20th

Alison Leonard having set a new PB in the mixed 1500m at Stretford on August 9th was back out in a Women’s only 1500m on Saturday night, winning it comfortably in a time of 4.13.77. Her next Race is the 5th Avenue Mile in New York followed by the Gateshead One Mile on September 10th and she is in very good form as she approaches it……“I was happy with the run; conditions weren’t great so we didn’t go with the pace, making it a tactical race. I was pleased with how I ran, I waited until the last 200m and tried to kick away. It was my last track race, I now have the 5th Avenue Mile in New York on 3rd September and the Great North Mile on the 10th September before I take a rest.”



Rob Warner was also out at Stretford in a 1500m Race coming home in a seasons best time of 3.54.52, taking 5th place in a field of thirteen athletes……Quite happy with the 1500 last night. I’ve had a decent couple of races after an awful race at the last Tuesday meet at Trafford in running 1:56 for the 800 the next day at Watford and then 3:54 last night! The 2nd lap slowed down a lot and I ended up doing a 61, followed by 65 so I was down by about 3 seconds through 800 which wasn’t great! Managed to finish quite strongly and do a 45 last 300 which I was happy with and definitely think a pb is there in a better paced race!”

Lancaster Half-Marathon – August 21st

A pretty miserable and windy day greeted the one hundred and twenty runners as they lined up for the Lancaster Half. Among them were Blackburn Harriers Carly Edwards Carly ran really very well in the windy conditions to finish 35th in a time of 1.37.32 and a new PB by three minutes as well as being 3rd Woman. Carly told the Club after the Race that she “was fairly familiar with some of the route as I have done the Trimpell 20. My training has been going well so I felt confident that I could do well. The conditions weren’t the best but it’s the same for everyone so you just have to make the best of it. It was extremely windy in parts. I am very happy with my performance and would like to thank the coaches down at Blackburn Harriers for helping me become a faster and stronger runner”.


Rachel Jones (V45) who runs for the Harriers on the Track, raced today for her first claim Club Salford Harriers had a cracking race placing 5th overall and won the prize for the 1st Woman in a time of 81.43. Whoever said age is a barrier, Rachel wasn’t listening. Great running and puts her 3rd in the National V45 Rankings.

Horwich Jubilee Race 4 – August 17th

Chris Davies in very good form at the moment having just finished in the top five (4th) in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series.  At the last Race in the Horwich Series he finished 5th overall in a good time of 28.27 which meant he finished 5th overall in the Series. V45 Craig Greenough was also out at the Race placing 29th in 34.52 with V50 David Morris in 82nd with a time of 50.12.



(Chris picking up his Award for the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series)

There were a number of youngsters out in the Junior Races with the first Race being for U11’s. Thirty one entered including four Blackburn Harriers – U9 Oliver Gill finishing 11th in 6.46 closely followed by U9 Hannah Davies (12th) in 6.52, U9 George Ramsden (15th) in 7.08 and 9yr old Isabelle Hartley (18th) in 7.15. Holly Cubbon (U11) was just behind Amy but sadly she was missed off the results.



The second Junior Race on the night featured age groups U13 and U15 and it was Blackburn Harrier Leon Thomas who won it by just one second in a time of 5.11. Next home for the Harriers came Matt Ramsden in 5th place (5.21) and Amy Davies who was 13th overall and 4th U13 Girl on the night.


Darwen Gala – August 20th

Sixty two runners in this popular local Race up to the Tower on the moors overlooking Darwen. Jack Hindle came out the winner and very comfortably by over three minutes in a time of 32.05. After the Race Jack spoke to the Club and commented that he was Happy to get the win at a local fell race. Running on local terrain is always a bonus. Conditions weren’t the greatest, but I felt strong all the way through. I really feel as though training is paying off now and I hope I can replicate this at the England trial next week”. V45 Paul Wilkinson was also having a run out finishing 41st in a time of 53.16.



And finally, something to make your heart melt, something that helps to tell all those Coaches out there that what they do is all so very worthwhile. 10yr old Shamiso Dzichauya with a smile that could launch ships joined the Club in March 2016. Last week as we prepared to take the Junior Endurance Group for their session, Shamiso came in to tell us that her family were moving to Sheffield and that she wouldn’t be able to come down any more. She gave us this Card:


From everyone at Blackburn Harriers Shamiso, it has been a pleasure to have you in our Club and we look forward to seeing you go on with your running in your new Club.

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The Olympics and three Blackburn Harriers – Sophie, Holly & Samantha

Many youngsters starting out in athletics grow up dreaming of going to the Olympics. They see the stars of Track & Field on the television competing at the highest level and try to identify themselves with the same level of athletic excellence. To have qualified for an Olympics, to be called an Olympian, to reach an Olympic Final and to win a Medal is such a magnificent achievement.

Who can forget Sophie’s British Record breaking final throw to win the Bronze Medal, Sam’s incredible drive to pick up 22 places to finish in the top ten (9th) of the Modern Pentathlon and Holly’s fantastic attempt at 4.80m finishing 5th and being so close to the Medal places, all of which has been so inspirational to watch.

But it doesn’t come easy. It’s a journey of highs and lows, of frustrations, of injuries, of wins and losses, of training on nights when the rain is pouring down, when it is freezing cold. It is during these experiences that an Olympic athlete, an Olympian is born. It is, during all of this that an athlete’s focus is honed, when determination is built, when commitment is cemented, when hard work is embraced, when choices are made, when the athlete has understood that they will train and compete for years perhaps to perfect one throw, one jump, one run, lasting no more than seconds in some cases, to achieve their dream.

Having seen them all develop from a young age, having seen the work, the training, the commitment and dedication, the sheer mental strength that they have all displayed, it is a credit to each and everyone of them. They did themselves proud, their Coaches, their families and the Harriers.

Sophie Hitchon, Holly Bleasdale and Samantha Murray are all young women who came through all of that and are rightly called Olympians. The way they all fought in each of their events was a real inspiration to not only everyone at the Harriers but many, many other young and older athletes who were fortunate to see them compete. Each of them has their own story, each of them have committed so much and each of them have had their highs and lows in preparation for Rio. They did themselves proud.

What’s next? These will do for a start – 2017 brings the World Championships to London – 2017 sees Egypt host the Senior World Modern Pentathlon Championships – 2018 has the Commonwealth Games in Australia –  2020 and the Olympics move to Tokyo.


(Sophie Hitchon)

Sophie’s Record of achievement to-date

Domestic Championships Record
2007 – England Athletics U17 Open Championships HT gold
2008 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2009 – English Schools championships HT gold, England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships HT silver, Aviva England U20 & World Trials Championships HT gold
2011 – BUCS Championships HT gold. Aviva World Trials & UK Championships HT gold. Aviva European U23 Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2013 – England Athletics U23 Championships & European Trials HT gold

Major Championships and International Highlights

2015 – World Championships in Beijing 4th

2014 – Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Bronze medal
2013 – IAAF World Championships HT 10th q. European Athletics Team Championships HT bronze. European Athletics U23 Championships HT gold
2012 – Olympic Games HT 12th, European Championships HT 11th
2011 – IAAF World Championships 13th q. Spar European Team Championships HT 9th. European U23 Championships HT bronze
2010 – IAAF World Junior Championships HT gold
2009 – European Junior Championships HT bronze
2008 – World Junior Championships HT 7th, Commonwealth Youth Games HT gold



(Holly Bradshaw)

Holly’s Record of achievement to-date

Domestic Championships Record
2013 – European Indoor Trials & UK Championships PV gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships PV gold. BUCS PV silver. Aviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships PV gold
2011 – Aviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships PV gold. Aviva U23 Championships PV gold. Aviva World Trials PV gold.
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships PV silver. Aviva England U20 & World Trials Championships PV silver. Aviva World Indoor Trials & UK Championships PV 4th. Aviva England U20 Indoor Championships PV bronze.
2009 – England U20 Championships PV 6th. Aviva England Athletics U20 Indoor Championships PV 7th
2008 – English Schools Championships 80mh 5th h. UK School Games 80mh 5th h. English Schools Combined Events Championships Heptathlon 14th.
2007 – Sainsburys English Schools Championships 80mh 6th h

Major Championships and International Highlights

2015 –  World Championships in Beijing 7th in the Final

2014 – Indoor World Championships in Poland 9th in the Final
2013 – European Indoor Championships PV gold. European Athletics Team Championships NM
2012 – Olympic Games PV 6th. IAAF World Indoor Championships PV bronze
2011 – European U23 Championships PV gold. European Indoor Championships PV 11th q. Spar European Team Championships PV 5th. IAAF World Championships PV NH q.
2010 – IAAF World Junior Championships PV bronze




(Samantha Murray)

Samantha’s Record of achievement to-date

5th World Championships, Germany 2015
1st World Cup #1 Florida, USA 2015
1st World Championships Warsaw, Poland 2014
7th European Championship Hungary 2014
1st British Championships 2014
1st British Championships 2013
5th World Cup #2 Rio De Janeiro, Brasil 2013
2nd Olympic Games London 2012
3rd World Championships Rome, Italy 2012
3rd World Cup #4 Rostov, Russia 2012
4th World Cup #3  Hungary 2012
1st Hungarian Cup 2012
6th World Cup #1 Charlotte, USA 2012
1st Budapest Indoor 2012
7th World Cup #1 Palm Springs, USA 2011
4th World Cup #4 Budapest, Hungary 2010
7th World Cup #3 Medway, England 2010
16th World Cup #1 Cancun, Mexico 2010
1st Budapest Indoor 2010
7th Junior World Championships Hungary 2010
1st Junior World Championships Team Hungary 2010
1st Junior European Championships Team Portugal 2010



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Chris makes top 5 in Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix – Pilgrim’s Cross and Catforth 5k Results

Boulsworth Fell Race

The Boulsworth Fell Race was the final event in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix consisting of fourteen Races. Blackburn Harrier Chris Davies had targeted the Series with a view to getting into the top 5. He went one better and finished 4th overall after coming home in 5th place at Boulsworth with a time of 44.18 – the winner Chris Miller posting a time of 42.16.


Chris reflected on the Series and his own performance when speaking to the Club and commented “I new today would be tough and that I was running a race that was out of my comfort zone. I had to run this one though due to it being the last of the Pendle & Burnley series and I needed nine races and this one was it. I started the race well, climbing the hills hasn’t been a problem this year and I felt comfortable for the first two miles were I was positioned in third place. Once we got up on the fells though it became a slightly different matter. I slipped and fell pretty early on (first of two falls) I managed to recover but you can do without it. I managed to get too the top of the main climb in third position but due to lack of experience and confidence on the descents I fell back into 6th place. It wasn’t to much of a blow, I managed to stay close to these guys and pulled a place back later in the race. With a mile and bit to go I was gaining on 3rd and 4th place but took a wrong turn and came off the running path, I tried to find a route back on it but in doing so fell again into a load of reeds, clambered out but had lost to much ground to catch them up. Like to be. That said though it was good finishing position in a race that probably doesn’t suit me best but I still enjoy doing them anyway. Good for strength work and better than running through Whitebirk nearly every Sunday morning. Really pleased to finish 4th in the whole series as well and I look forward to the Presentation evening at Burnley Football club next Friday night”.



Pilgrims Cross

One hundred and forty one runners including Blackburn Harrier – Andy Heys – took part in this local Fell Race won by Callum Davidson in 38.58. The Race saw Andy come home in 34th place with a time of 49.24 which was a pretty solid performance with Borrowdale still in his legs from the weekend before.


Andy commented after the Race that “In an attempt to wake my legs up after Saturday, I completed the pilgrims cross fell race. After completing it last year, I knew the course which is runnable throughout. As a change to my usual approach, I made the decision to push from the onset and see how I would go, rather than start steady and finish strong. Surprisingly, I felt OK throughout and could have probably gone quicker if It wasn’t for my (stupid) choice of trail shoe rather than a full on fell shoe to tackle the muddy, wet conditions and so have more confidence in my foot placement.

Still, all things considered (heavy legs, worse conditions, wrong footwear) I was really pleased to knock a minute off my time from last year”.


One hundred and five runners lined up in the Catforth 5k last weekend – August 13th – won by Ian Livesey in a time of 15.39. Blackburn Harrier Andy Buttery ran a good time of 16.49 to finish 4th and 1st V45 in the Race.


Speaking to the Club Andy said “I did Catforth Canter 5k last night and finished 4th overall and first Vet only 2secs off 3rd. Clocked 16.49, which was a bit slower than I hoped, but times were down in general. Perhaps due to it being a bit warm and windy, though I didn’t really notice in the race. Solid enough return to the roads all things considered”.