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Niamh Wins Athlete of the Match for the U11’s at Sportshall League Fixture

Another very good performance by Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad at the weekend taking 3rd overall including 2nd Team in the U11Girls – 3rd in the U11 Boys – 3rd in the U13 Girls – 3rd in the U13 Boys and 4th in the U15 Girls. Some of the youngsters posted new personal bests and for the second fixture in a row, the Harriers produced an athlete of the Match – Niamh Gater winning it for the U11Girls, after Harrison Allcock had won the Athlete of the Match for the U11 Boys in the first fixture. After the first two fixtures the Harriers are in 3rd position overall in the League Table.



Caerwen Butler commented on the performance of our young up and coming athletes saying ‘Blackburn Harriers had another fantastic turn out for the second Lancashire County Sportshall Event in Blackpool on Sunday 14th January 2018. Over 40 athletes competed in every age category apart from one. The children were brilliantly behaved and all tried their hardest at each event. There were lots of individual personal bests and even some club records were broken on the day. Some younger children took up the challenge in their first competition with a brave and competitive attitude- well done to all those who were there for the first time.

Notably Niamh Gater won Athlete of the Match for the Under 11 girls for the combined total of events scored. Harrison Allcock won this in November for the Under 11 boys. We have some very talented athletes coming through to the Under 13’s next year and had such strength in depth on the day in both the Under 11 age categories.

The older athletes competed brilliantly too and with only a handful in each category they still managed to finish in the top 3 in the Under 13’s categories. A special mention to Liberty Thompson who gained all the points for the Under 15’s in the individual events and thanks to Claudia Lewis who joined her in the relay and stepped up an age category.

On the day we came 3rd overall with 379 points and second was only 23 points in front. Given that we had no athletes in one age group I think this is a tremendous achievement. The coaches are extremely proud of all the athletes and how much they gave on the day. Well done Blackburn Harriers- a brilliant day that produced loads of smiles’

(Niamh Gater)

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Win for Samantha at Bath – Morgan & Nick at Northern Indoor Championships – 2nd for Steven at Ashurst Beacon – 2nd for Matt at East Lancs 10k – Nine Standards Fell Race

Olympic medalist and 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Champion – Samantha Murray – got her 2018 season off to a great start with a win at the Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition 1 at the University of Bath on Saturday January 13th. In achieving the win Samantha took first place in the Swim, second in the Fence, sixth in the Ride and 4th in the Combined Event for a total of 1304 points.


Results HERE


Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

Morgan Angland was competing in her first Senior Championships over 60m Hurdles at the weekend in Sheffield and finished in 4th spot clocking a seasons best time of 9.55. At the end of the day, Morgan spoke to the Harriers commenting that she was “really happy with my race, I did a lot better than I expected for my first time racing as a senior getting a season’s best. Gutted I couldn’t push myself a little more to get 3rd but I’m looking forward to BUCS and more open meetings to hopefully improve on my time”.

Watch Video of Morgan’s 60m Hurdle Race

Race Results

U20 Nicholas Smith had gone to the Indoor Championships with the hope of a good time in the 3000m but it didn’t work out quite the way he would have liked as he finished in 6th spot in a time of 10.34.  Second fastest on paper entering the Race Nick told the Club that he “Didn’t really run that how I wanted. The first few laps were really slow, so I took the lead and pushed the pace for a lap, trying to make it a faster race …………After I’d done that everybody else stopped the tactical race and went for it, and I couldn’t keep up, so think after I’d seen how slow the first km was, rather than pushing for the time I’d have been better sticking behind and racing tactically”.

Race Results


Ashurst Beacon Race – January 13th

Steven Snape was racing for the first time in quite a while after a time out through injury. There were one hundred and thirty nine finishers in this Race at Newburgh won by Carl Bell with Steven in 2nd place and afterwards he spoke to the Club about the day saying “This local fell race is a heart and lung buster from the start with a steep downhill for a couple of kilometres. Crossing through fields, streams and trail paths the second half is mainly uphill with the the finish at the top of the beacon in Ashurst. Fantastically well ran and marked I’ll definitely do it again next year. My first race in 3 months but I’m happy with the result even though my legs aren’t happy today”.



East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday January 14th

(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)

Matt Nuttall was racing for the third time since New Years Eve with his latest outing in this local 10k road race featuring five hundred and thirty four finishers and won by Danny Collinge. Matt’s time of 35.07 earned him 2nd place overall and 1st V45. Paulo Sousa was next across the line for the Harriers in 17th spot clocking a time of 39.10. V60 Mike Blacklidge finished 111th overall in a time of 47.03 and he was followed home by V50 Mark Wilkin (140th) with a new PB time of 48.59, Lorna Sharp in 26th place (55.41), U17 Chloe Gardner (58.51) in 332nd and Clare Wilkin with a time of 59.52 in 340th place.


Prior to the main race there was a 2k fun run which had seventy four youngsters running which was won by U15 Harry Wilkin in a time of 8.52. Hollie Cubbon (11th) and Leah Hoole (12th) with an identical time of 10.32 also ran along with Charlotte Collin in 22nd spot (11.45), Charlotte Sousa 25th in a time of 12.03 and sister Holly Sousa in 31st (12.34).



In other Races – Saturday January 13th saw the latest in the 3 -1- 5 Series (RESULTS) held in Lancaster which saw Daniel Whittaker finish 7th in the 10k race with a time of 41.11. Catching up on the Fells – John Orrell and Janine Fallon were out on New Years Day at the Nine Standards Race (RESULTS) featuring 133 finishers which saw Janine come home in 81st spot (78.53) with John in 85th (79.46).