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Comments Off on Ben breaks Darwen Half Race Record – Harriers Men win the Darwen Half Team – Harriers Women win Lancs Fell Champs + Wins for Eleesha, Dexta and Felix

Ben breaks Darwen Half Race Record – Harriers Men win the Darwen Half Team – Harriers Women win Lancs Fell Champs + Wins for Eleesha, Dexta and Felix

Darwen Half-Marathon

Ben Fish is in great form, of that there is no doubt. His seven races so far this year have included a hat-trick of Half Marathon wins at Bath (65.16), Hastings (69.52) and Darwen (69.17). In addition he has won a 1500m track race at Trafford (4.09.26), won his two 10k Races at Accrington (31.42) and Blackburn Winter Warmer (32.02). His only ‘defeat’ was at the Four Villages Marathon where he finished 2nd in 68.04 and last week he ran the 13th fastest Long Leg in the Northern Road Relays (29.31). At Darwen today, on a tough hilly course, he set off with real intent, storming up the first hill and finishing the Race just as hard, as he smashed the Course Record – which he holds – by well over three minutes – deservedly taking the bonus prize for breaking the record.


Darwen Results

The Harriers had a pretty good day with their first three athletes in First, Third and fourth. Jack Hindle had a great run to take 3rd with Chris Davies taking 4th spot in a time of 77.13. Shaun Livesey came home in 7th (78.35) and with Paul Guinan 10th in (80.14) and Matt Nuttall (11th) in 81.30, the Harriers had six athletes home in the first eleven places.






John Sutton was next home for the Club in 28th position (89.25) followed by Ben Costello in his  first ever Half-Marathon – 36th spot (90.54). V40 John Cookson had set a target of 1hr 40 and duly reached it, pushing on at the end to record a time of 1hr 39.14 (63rd). Bryan Searby had a cracking run to set a new PB by one minute and twenty four seconds – on a tough course – of 1hr 40.23 for 66th place and he was followed in by Ian Clarkson in his first ever half-marathon posting a time of 1hr 47.58 (116th) and that after he had raced the Lancs Fell Championships at Pendle the day before!!






Lindsay Davies who was running to raise money for a good cause and also running her first ever Half-marathon came home at the finish in a time of 2hr 15.20 with David Morris in 276th (2hr 24.14).



Lancashire Fell Championships – April 1st

One hundred and ninety athletes contested this years Lancashire Fell Championships won by Chris Arthur in a time of 33.06, over 50 seconds clear of 2nd place and it was a great day for Blackburn Harriers Women as Liz Greenwood (3rd Woman) in 39th overall, Victoria Mousley (5th Woman) 47th overall and Carmen Byrne making her debut for the Harriers (8th Woman) and 72nd overall clinched the Gold Medal and Team title. After the Race Victoria spoke to the Club and gave us here thoughts about her Race and the day “Liz shot off Into the distance from the start and Carmen and I kept passing each other back and forwards for the first mile or so. I was having a hard time for the first mile just being out of racing fells for a few months and for that horrible weird feeling in my arms. (I’m sure people know what I mean!) Anyway having run around the route with Liz on Wednesday I knew it was pretty much straight up for two miles so I dug in….walking hands on knees and running when I could. The cart track gave me chance to overtake a lady in front of me and put some distance between me and the ladies behind me. I’m good at descending and have to cash in on that. The scramble back up to the trig was long and slippery…holding onto bits of grass as you do holding for support. Good to see Shaun taking his video there and offering encouragement or something similar! I was feeling ok at this point and looking forward to the descent. All downhill from here which was great but that tarmac and the cattle grids are really quite hard work! Super result from Liz with more trophies… Medals and vouchers than she could carry! And nice work for the ladies winning the team prize too. 🙂




Senior Results

Andy Heys had a solid run in 64th place on the day with a time of 44.54 whilst Ian Clarkson finished 120th in 52.19.



(Senior Race photos courtesy of David Balshaw)

More good results in the Junior Races too for the Club. Eleesha Charnley won the U15 Girls Race as bottom of age coming home in 8th place overall and 1st U15 Girl. Winning ways continued when Felix Thompson making his debut for the Harriers won the U9 Race in a time of 3.16 followed by brother Dexta Thompson winning the U13 Race (15.15) with all three of them earning the title of Lancashire Champion. Rory Teare had a very solid run in the U13 boys placing 7th in 17.41. Kady Thompson also ran in the U11 Race  placing 16th (7.59) just seconds behind Hannah Davies in 15th (7.54). Another debutant on the Fells was Caroline Woodworth who did really well to finish 5th Girl in the U13 Race posting a time of 19.56. Last of the Junior Races witnessed a very good run from Jamie Teare – who wasn’t expecting to be running in the U17 category –  but didn’t let that distract him finishing just seven seconds behind the winner in a time 24.51 and picking up a Silver Medal.

Junior Results




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Comments Off on Top of the Rankings for Charlie – Jacob breaks U20 Club Record – Sam goes to 4th in National Rankings – New PB’s for young athletes

Top of the Rankings for Charlie – Jacob breaks U20 Club Record – Sam goes to 4th in National Rankings – New PB’s for young athletes

Blackpool Winter Warmer Open Meeting

You can tell we aren’t far off the start of the Track & Field season when young athletes start to appear at the various warm up Open Meetings and yesterday was no exception. First up for the Harriers athletes came the Blackpool Open.


Some great performances for the Throws Squad so early in the year. Charlotte Williams in her first year as an U17 who finished last season as Number 2 in the U15 Girls National Rankings threw 57.84m – a new PB by over a metre and a half in the 3kg Hammer which moves her to the top of National Rankings. Similarly, Jacob Roberts – 2nd in the U17 National Rankings in 2016 – is in his first year as an U20 and opened up his season with 62.69m, taking him to 2nd spot in the National rankings and breaking the Club’s U20 Record for the Hammer by nearly 10 metres.

Charlie’s Throw⇒ VIDEO

Jacob’s Throw⇒ VIDEO



U17 Sam Gaskell in his first year as an U17 and making his debut for Blackburn Harriers made a great start to the season winning the Hammer with a throw of 58.79m – his first ever competition throw with the 5kg and moved into 4th place in the National Rankings. Sam backed that up in the Shot Putt with a 3rd place throw of 9.83m and again the first time at the new higher weight.

Anthony Kent has also moved up to the U17’s and just missed a new PB in the Shot Putt placing 2nd with a throw of 11.27m and going on to win the Discus with a throw of 37.16m before putting icing on the cake with a new PB in the Hammer by over half a metre (45.44m) putting him in 8th place in the National Rankings so far. Great throw from Nathan Billington in the Senior Men’s Hammer finishing 2nd with a new PB of 37.72m which is 5m better than his previous best and a very good start to the season.

Izzy Thompson is in her first year as an U15 and was throwing the heaver weights for the first time in Shot Putt and Discus, but that didn’t stop her from putting in some some excellent throws, setting a new PB in the Hammer by over a metre, finishing 4th with 25.79m. Izzy went on to take 3rd place in the Shot putt (7.53m) and 2nd in the Discus (20.46m).

Over on the Track there were some very good performances for Dexta Thompson who won the U13 Boys 1200m in a time of 4.06.9 – his first ever trip over that distance on the Track. Sister Liberty Thompson also performed well on the day setting a new PB of 14.0 sec in the U15 75m Hurdles (3rd) and ran 2.45 in the 800m.



Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Nicky Saunders decided to go to the Trafford Open. Nicky in her second year an U13 set a new PB in the Discus winning the event with a throw of 22.72m and then took 2nd spot in the Javelin with17.53m. Kyle also in his second year as an U13 went for the hat trick of events placing 2nd in the Discus (15.55m), 3rd in the Javelin (21.96m) and 4th in the 1500 with a time of 5.26.