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Samantha 11th at Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Bulgaria – Holly competing in Oregon Diamond League – Rob runs 1500m at Watford – Mid Lancs League at Hyndburn -Victoria Wins Catforth 5k – Burnley Lions 10k

Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Sofia

Samantha Murray had a really strong finish at the World Cup event in Sofia at the weekend, finishing 11th making up ten places as she moved from 21st at one stage through to just outside the top ten finishers. Sam set off with a seasons best swim of 2.11.85 which put her level with the other leading athletes and a strong run/shoot from her ensured she gained all those places at the end of the competition. Sam now moves on to the British and European Championships.

UIPM Report


Diamond League – May 25-26th

Holly Bradshaw was competing again at the weekend, this time in Oregon at the Diamond League after she finished in 2nd spot at the previous Diamond League event in Doha clearing 4.64m. It didn’t go as well this time for her – clearing 4.35 for 8th place.


BMC Grand Prix at Watford – Saturday May 26th

After smashing his 3000m personal best the week before at Trafford, Rob Warner ran the 1500m at the Watford BMC, placing 5th in a time of 3.54.38 commenting after the race to the Club that it was quite breezy down here which didn’t help………I never really got into it and onto the pace I wanted. The pacemaker took us through about 4seconds too slow through 800 which led to the whole field bunching and we actually had a few fallers with 400 to go. I was also in lane 2 for about 80% of the race so that definitely didn’t help, overall it wasn’t my best day!”


Mid Lancs T & F League at Hyndburn – Saturday May 26th

Another hot, but windy day for the athletes at Hyndburn – the wind having an impact on all events as sprinters ran into the wind as well as the middle distance athletes. It was a day when new personal bests were at a premium, however, it didn’t prevent some pretty good competition in a number of the events from just short of sixty Blackburn Harriers competing on the Bank Holiday weekend and even entering three Relay Teams in the U13boys, U13 Girls and U15 Girls.



Dominic Bretherton and Daniel Whittaker went in the Senior Men’s 100m with 11.5 and 13.7 seconds respectively whilst in the U17 men’s 100m – Ben Whittaker clocked 12.4 in Heat 1 going onto run 2nd place in Heat 2 of the 200m clocking 25.7. New member Tope Oladipo took 2nd place in Heat 2 after an almost dead heat with a time of 12.2 – the same time being given to the winner and a time which was a new PB by seven tenths. There was another cracking race in the U15 boys 100m which saw Ethan Downes given the same time as the winner of 12.5 as both athletes strained on the line to get the dip. U15 Boys Sebastian Burton had a go at the 100 and 200m for the first time ever running 15.7 and 31.9 respectively. U13 Tobi Oladipo – Tope’s brother – who has recently joined the Harriers and has already shown his ability in the UKYDL, ran into 2nd position in his Heat 2 with a time of 13.6 whilst Codie Dewhurst finished placed 2nd also in Heat 3 (15.7). The U13 Boys 200m saw Isaac Butler finish 2nd in 31.0, Daniel Smith 3rd in 32.6 and Umair Rafiq – in his first ever attempt at the distance – 5th with a time of 35.9 – all in Heat 2.

Bailey Madden didn’t let the headwind impact upon her taking yet another win double as she came 1st in the U17 Women’s 100m (13.0) and 1st in the 200m (27.0). Megan Tippett, also running in Bailey’s 100m Heat clocked 13.8 for 3rd position. U17’s Liberty Thompson and Chloe Gardner ran Heat 2 of the 200m in 32.2 (4th) and 33.4 (5th). In the U15 Girls Sprints, Amy Wiggans came 5th in Heat 1 in 13.9 with Abigail Armas 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 14.0. The two girls then ran the 200m with Amy coming home  in 4th (28.6) and Abigail 6th clocking a time of 29.9. Eleesha Charnley ran the fastest time of all four 200m Heats as she won Heat 2 in 27.7 along with Sophie Stanworth tackling the 200m for the first time in Heat 3 and recording a time of 30.5 in 2nd spot. Heat 4 saw Harriers Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden finish one and two with new PB’s for both of them as they both clocked the same time of 29.5. The U13 Girls 100m had six Heats which saw Kate Cookson clock 14.6 in Heat 1 (5th) – Amelia Burton in Heat 2 with 15.1 in 4th place – Elizabeth Birchall run 17.0 in Heat 3 (6th) – Keira Booth in Heat 4 trying the distance for the first time and placing 5th (16.1) and Keira Haxton and Eva Knowles in Heat 6 running respective times of 16.3 (4th) and 16.3 (5th). In the 200m – a delighted and very happy Amelia Burton won her Heat 2 in 32.0 as Keira Haxton completed her sprint double with a 33.7 (4th) run in Heat 3.


U20 Anthony Kent throwing the senior Weight and Tony Balko in the Shot and Discus saw Anthony finish 5th in the Discus with 32.20m, 4th in the Shot Putt with 10.78m and 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 32.00 – John Cookson made his debut for the Club in the Javelin coming in just behind Anthony in 3rd spot with a throw of 30.59m. Tony, who has been throwing really well this year and setting some personal bests along the way, placed 5th in the Shot Putt with 9.09m, 7th in the Discus (30.23m) and 2nd in the Hammer with a distance of 32.71m. U15 Matthew Heywood contested three Throws events starting with the Hammer where he placed 2nd with a throw of 32.64m, then came 4th in the Discus with 26.22m and set a new PB in the Javelin by over two metres of 20.75m (10th). Keiran Carroll and George Whittaker were also competing in the U15 Boys Throws with Keiran finishing 5th in the Discus (22.11m) and 5th again in the Javelin with 27.18m – George came in 7th in the Javelin with a throw of 23.35m.

U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB in the Discus as she won with a throw of 25.46, over a metre further than she had thrown previously before going on to place 3rd in the Hammer with a distance of 36.79m. Liberty Thompson threw 13.61m in the Javelin. Nicky Saunders had a very solid day in three throws events taking 2nd place in the Discus with 24.05, 4th in the Javelin with 24.24m and 4th again in the Hammer (24.41m). U13 Girls were out in numbers in the Throws events with five of the 12 strong Shot Putt field from the Harriers – Aimee Taberner competing for the first time for the Club placed 3rd with 6.77m followed by Tilly Pollard throwing a new PB of 6.52m in 4th, Kate Cookson also throwing a new PB of 5.85m in 7th and Eva Knowles trying it out for the first time (5.67m) in 8th. Caroline Woodworth won the U13 Girls Discus with a new PB by over two metres (20.14m) followed by Aimee Taberner, again 3rd with 15.88m and two more youngsters trying the event for the first time ever – Charlotte Clapham in 6th (13.86m) and Tilly Pollard 7th (12.33m). On to the Javelin where Caroline Woodworth placed 4th out of thirteen with a distance of 20.30m with Aimee Taberner in 6th (17.59m), Kady Thompson with a new PB of 11.47m in 11th and Tilly Pollard in 13th (8.52m).


Joe Gebbie ran the Senior Men’s 800m and wasn’t far off his personal best as he battled the wind to run a time of 2.06.8 in 4th spot. Ethan Joyce set a new 400m PB of 55.4 – three seconds than he has run previously – to win the U17 Men’s race. There was a cracking finish to the U17 Men’s 1500m race as Sam Hodkinson ran Ryan Heneghan down in the final straight to take the win in 4.29.8 – the same time also given to 2nd place. There were new PB’s for Ethan Barbarewicz and Joseph Joyce in the U15 Boys 800m with Ethan cutting three seconds off as he placed 9th in 2.28.5 and Joseph finished 10th in 2.29.4 – an even bigger new PB by five seconds. George Whittaker ran in the same race coming home 6th in 2.26.7 as did Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (11th) clocking a time of 2.30.7. U15 David Holman opted for the 1500m’s and ran a good race, finishing strongly into the wind to place 2nd in 5.08.6. Six U13 Boys ran the 800m in two Heats – Heat 1 had four Harriers competing – Theo Watson placing 3rd in 2.32.9 in his debut over the distance for the Club, Codie Dewhurst 5th in 2.41.4, Saul Sharp 8th in 2.41.9 and Umair Rafiq (10th) with a time of 2.43.9. Heat 2 saw Daniel Smith take 2nd spot in a time of 2.45.7 with Harry Sambrook in 6th (2.55.2).

U17 Chloe Gardner had never run a track race before and was nervous about it but enjoyed her run to clock a debut time of 3.07.3 in here first ever 800m race. Four U15 Girls took on the 800m and one the 1500m. Heat 1 of the 800m saw Sophie Stanworth finish strongly and again into the wind in 3rd place (2.27.7) with Leah Hoole in 6th spot (2.36.5) and Rebecca Ramsden in 7th (2.37.3). Molly Nicholls got boxed in Heat 2 of the 800m but still managed to finish strongly to clock a time of 2.46.2 in 5th position. Eleesha Charnley ran the perfect race in the 1500m tucking until 120m to go when she surged past the athlete in front of her to win by three seconds in a time of 5.20.8 and a new PB by eight seconds! Not to be outdone, the U13 Girls also posted some new middle distance PB’s with Kate Cookson coming across the line in 2nd place in 2.38.7 – six seconds faster than her previous best – and Keira Haxton just one place further back in 3rd also setting a new PB of 2.38.3. Keira Booth and Eva Knowles also ran the race with Keira in 7th (2.49.5) and Eva 12th (3.04.6).

It was one, two, three in the 3000m as Thomas Marchant won it with a new PB of 9.36.3 just two seconds in front of Chris Davies in 2nd (9.38.8) and Karl Billington in 3rd clocking 9.44.0. Amy Davies made her debut over the distance and ran a time of 11.33.0 to win the Female Race.


U15 Rory Teare was just below his personal best as he placed 8th in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m. U15 Sebastian Burton tried out the Long Jump for the first time jumping 2.82m and U13 Isaac Butler leapt to 3.75m in the Long Jump – 8th out of fifteen competitors, whilst U17 Liberty Thompson set a new PB in the High Jump clearing 1.45m in 2nd place. With twenty seven U13 Girls in the Long Jump it must have been a daunting task for the Officials – Elizabeth Birchall finishing 16th with a leap of 3.52. More new PB’s in the U13 Girls High Jump which saw Amelia Burton clear 1.25m in 8th place for a 10cm new PB, Kady Thompson in 11th with a 5cm new PB of 1.15m and Charlotte Clapham trying her hand for the very first time – 10th with a clearance of 1.20m.

Catforth 5k – Saturday May 26th

A good day for Victoria Mousley as she won the Catforth 5k in a new PB time of 18.44 in finishing 9th overall and that after taking a last minute decision to run as she explained to the Club Only decided to enter this on the day to see what 5k shape I am in. I was hoping to do 1830 so a little over what I wanted but a tiny pb nonetheless. Great event. Lovely goody bag for all. Low key fun event on a decent course”.

Daniel Balshaw was also running – only his third race since October 2017 – finishing in 5th spot overall in a time of 18.09. Afterwards, Dan spoke to the Club commenting that it was his “First run in a Harriers vest after my transfer from Barlick and after what can be described as a personally testing 18 months, I’ve managed to find that mojo for running again and started to ramp up the miles at the start of May, so early stages yet, Myself and Andy (Coach) wanted to see how I faired over a 5k I knew, in the past on Catforth I’ve dipped under 17min, after a warm up with Lee Parrington it appeared it might be a struggle, windy and still 22c, nevertheless we got on with it, first mile I felt okay sitting in third, but about half a mile later that changed and the last mile and a half was a grind, at the two mile point where you turn into Catforth, I had a quick check back behind me and could see Paul Muller closing, knowing he’d been in fine form and having Mr Fish’s and Mr Sutton’s words of wisdom from earlier in the day in my mind (don’t get beaten by Paul or any Hipsters) I just focused on grinding out the last mile and managed to hold Paul off by 5 seconds to finish fifth, Lee finished first in 17:01 some 30-40seconds off what his current form and himself suggested he should be hitting, a few more weeks of training and hitting the miles and hopefully I will find some form, Well done to Victoria who took the women’s race win”.

Burnley Lions 10k – Friday May 25th

Latest race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix took place on Friday night with the athletes taking on the tough 10k course at Colne. Won by Danny Collinge in 34.17 two Blackburn Harriers were also competing – Gary Pearse (V50) coming home in 70th place in the two hundred and twenty strong field clocking 43.06 and 4th V50 out of twenty five running the race. V40 Paul Whittaker came home in 138th spot in a time of 50.45.


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Ben Wins Wesham Summer 10k – Thomas 2nd at Malham – Top Ten for John at Harrock Hill Race – Becky at Cheshire Sprint Triathlon

Wesham Summer 10k – Wednesday May 23rd

Ben Fish won the sold out inaugural Summer Wesham 10k in a time of 31.23 – his fifth road race of 2018 and his fourth win, the other being a 2hr 26.55 run in the furnace that was the London Marathon. Ben won the Four Villages Half-Marathon in 69.08, the Thorpe Half-Marathon in 69.05, the Winter Warmer 10k in 31.58, adding a Silver Medal in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships, a top 50 spot (48th) in the National Cross Country Championships and a 15.18.5 (5000m) win in the Northern League on the track on another steaming hot day.


Speaking to Ben after the Race, it was suggested to him that he might have broken the Course Record to which he replied that he was happy with that. Tim pushed me in the first half and it looked like it could go either way. I hit 5k in 15:19, so knew there was a chance, but lost a bit of ground in last 3k, perhaps with a bit more sharpness I might have done it. Great effort from the lads, we dominated the top places. Jonathan Prowse has the record and I know from competing against him all those years ago that it would be tough to beat, as he was a top runner and in peak form when he did it”.

Had there been a Team Prize on the night, the Harriers would have won it with top runs from Tim Raynes who placed 2nd in a time of 32.01, followed in by Ben Costello in 5th clocking 33.32 – just 18 seconds away from his personal best. !st V40 in the race was Chris Davies in 7th overall with a time of 34.41 – a mere 9 seconds away from his previous best for the distance. Right behind him came Josh Holgate in 8th spot in a time of 34.53 which gave the Harriers five out of the first eight places. Victoria Mousley had a good run too as she finished 2nd Woman on the night in a time of 40.01 in 39th overall with Joanne Nelson in 69th (43.20).

Malham Fell Race – Saturday May 19th

Thomas Marchant’s main aim for 2018 is targeting the mountain running competitions with 3 big trial races coming up. On 2nd June Thomas is racing at Sedbergh in the GB U20 European Mountain Running Championship Trial Race followed on Aug 5th by the Keswick uphill only on Skiddaw GB U20 World Mountain Running Championship Trial Race, then on the 19th Aug he will run the Junior Home International Mountain Running Championship Trial Race at Sedbergh. In preparation he has run a number of fell races recently, the latest one being at Malham on May 19th where he placed 2nd in a time of 28.22 to race winner Paul Cornforth from Ambleside.

After the Race, Thomas shared his thoughts about the day and his previous races telling us “I was fairly pleased with my race, the pace was slow to start with so I found myself taking out the lead which I didn’t really want. But I was happy with my climbing and reached the turn point first only to be caught by an Ambleside runner there.  I maintained 2nd position to the end though.  This was a low key fell race but after 2 years off the fells I’ll take this 2nd to add to my 5th at Pinhaw and 7th at Great Hameldon Hill. 3 fell races in 3 weeks I am loving it, great to be back out here”.


U13 Libby Neal has done a few Junior Fell Races of late and she was out again too at the U13 Junior Race at Malham coming home in 82nd place with a time of 15.52.



Another big field in the Harrock Hill Race – the first of four in the Series – featuring well over two hundred runners on the night. It was top ten finish for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks who came home in a time of 35.23 in 6th position overall.


Cheshire Sprint Triathlon

Becky Shorrock took this event on and put in a good solid performance coming home in 22nd place out of a field of two hundred and twenty eight athletes clocking a combined time of 1hr 23. 42 – her run (24.31) was a minute quicker than the athlete who won the competition and 24 seconds faster than 3rd place.


Please Becky spoke to the Club about her day saying I decided to enter the local triathlon and absolutely loved it. I entered the swim with the intention to just survive, then picked many off on the bike and run. Searching for my next one already!”

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Rob runs a big PB at Loughborough 3000m – Holly Wins in Germany – Jack earns his ‘biggest win of his career’ at Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon – 1st & 2nd for Harriers youngsters at St Anne’s Triathlon – Manchester 10k / Liverpool Marathon / Pilling 10k

Loughborough International – Sunday May 20th

Rob Warner ran a massive new personal best at the Loughborough International at the weekend finishing 7th out of a field of nineteen, clocking 8.16.54 – nearly eight seconds quicker than his previous best for a massive new PB. The Club record is held by former Junior World Cross Country Champion – Mick Morton (8.00.10) – so over the next couple of years there is a possibility that could be challenged by Rob. Speaking to the Club after the Race, he commented that he “was pleased with the race, it started off a bit slower than I expected as we were due to go through in 64s and the pacemaker went through in 66 with me going through in 68 so it was a bit of different way to run it with the first KM being the slowest! I managed to hang in and stay in touch with the lead group until 600m to go when I lost concentration a bit and they got a gap on me, I managed to run my last lap similar to those in the front group so I was bit disappointed not stay with them as I felt I could have pushed a few of them all the way! Can’t complain with an 8 second PB and hopefully all points towards a good 1500m time coming up!”

(Rob Number 460)

James Marchant was also in action in the Men’s Guest 800m race which saw him cross the line in 5th place in his Heat with a time of 1.55.46 – just three tenths off his personal best. This was a very good run by James, especially given that he has been plagued by injuries for the last two years. Speaking afterwards James told us “I went into sundays Loughborough International 800m race again with an open mind.. with it being my first real 800 for a while, I had no real idea of how i was going to perform! With training going well i thought i was in the shape to run around 1.53/54, although after going through 400m too slow, and working down the back straight to get back on the lead lads, the majority of my energy was spent, meaning the last 150 wasn’t quick enough for my desired time.. all in all I was pretty pleased to run 1.55 after little winter training and being the first 800 of the season.. hopefully a lot more to come” 



Internationales Pfingstsportfest – Rehlingen – May 20th

Holly Bradshaw was in Germany on a rainy day at the weekend where she won the Pole Vault competition clearing 4.60m at the first attempt, maintaining her consistency over her first four competitions of the year to-date with 4.60m in France, 4.60m at the Commonwealth Games and 4.64m in the Diamond League in Doha recently.

(Holly with Sally Peake)


2018 Pedalcover Slateman Classic Triathlon – Sunday May 20th

This was Jack Hindle’s third race of his season to-date which has seen him win one and place 2nd in the other. The previous races have been part of his preparation for this event and he performed perfectly to take the win in what he described as “the biggest win of his career so far”. Jack finished the Triathlon – featuring six hundred and sixty one finishers – on top of the Podium in a time of 2hrs 24.45, exactly two minutes in front of the second placed athlete, Pete Dyson.


Jack was well pleased with the outcome and spoke to the Harriers after the race telling us he was “Delighted to take the win, by far the biggest win of my career so far. I really had to work for the title. I managed to have a strong swim, but still had to work hard to close the gaps on the bike. I managed to close to the front group, which stayed the same all the way to transition. Coming into transition there was the top 3 together, so I knew it was going to be won or lost on the run. Quite early in the run, 3 became 2 and the pressure was on. The lad that I was with, really put the pressure on with surges and accelerations, but I managed to hold him and then pull away. Which held all the way to the end. A great day and a great event, now to rest up and move forward”.


Harriers take 1st & 2nd at St Annes Triathlon!

Jack Hindle is a young man who has already achieved a huge amount in Triathlon competition and because of his work rate, commitment and dedication to the training that is needed. Everyone starts somewhere and a number of young Blackburn Harriers are trying their hand in these type of events as can be seen from the results from the St Anne’s Triathlon held at the weekend.

Jonathan Grundy – father of one of these youngsters – spoke to the Club about these youngsters and their efforts which resulted in a fantastic 1st and 2nd place for them saying “Four young athletes represented Blackburn Harriers at the St Annes Triathlon on Sunday 20th May, 3 of whom competed in the sport for the first time with some great results. With age groups based on age at 31st December, race day ages in the categories can vary greatly. In the entry level Tristar category for 8 year olds, Harry Smith took part in a 50m swim followed by a 1500m bike then finishing with a 600m run, Harry just missed out on the podium by 15 seconds in his first race finishing 4th in a time of 12 minutes 31 seconds. In the Tristar1 category for 9/10 year olds, Harriers had 3 athletes competing.  In the female race giving triathlon ago for the first time was Harry’s older sister Emily Smith, she completed the T1 race of 150m swim, 4000m bike then 1200m run in a time of 23 minutes and 5 seconds finishing in 6th place out of a hotly contested 21 entrants in the T1 female race and only 1 minute and 27 seconds behind the winner, which is fantastic for someone competing in their first triathlon.

 In the male T1(9/10yr) race it was anticipated that the battle for top spot was going to be between two Harriers, with 10 year old Matthew Smith taking part in his first triathlon taking on currently 8 year old William Grundy who started triathlon in the Tristart category last year. With similar swim times both Matthew and William started in the same lane in the pool with Matthew setting off 10 seconds ahead of William.  Matthew got out of the swim with the short run to transition opening up a 7 second time lead over William after the swim. As they got out onto the promenade on the cycle William put in a lot of effort to try and close the gap on Matthew during the 4km cycle, a slight mistake by Matthew on the route meant William managed to close the gap at about 800m, however after correcting himself and getting his head down, by the end of the bike and ready to start the run Matthew had a 16 second time lead and 26 second gap on the road to William. As they set out on the run course it was a straight battle to the finish and at this stage it was appearing relatively conclusive that if they put together a good run section they would be fighting for 1st place. William having the advantage of chasing gave his all and during the 1200m run managed to close the gap and get right onto Matthew’s shoulder as they appeared to run the final 150 metres to the finish line. The battle continued right until the line with Matthew crossing the line 1 second ahead of William, meaning on timing chip William took 1st place by 9 seconds in a time of 18 minutes and 10 seconds with Matthew securing 2nd place in a time of 18 minutes 19 seconds a total of 1 minute and 15 seconds ahead of 3rd place. A fantastic race by both and an especially good result for Matthew competing in his first triathlon in a popular age group of 20 male competitors.

Well done to all Harriers who took part and especially the 3 athletes who took part in triathlon for the first time!

(Matthew in the red hat with William in the white hat)

(William on the bike course)

(William hot on the heels of Matthew as they catch another athlete on the way to the finish line)

(Matthew on the left and William on the right presented with their trophies by race organiser Tim Armit)


Manchester 10k – Sunday May 20th

Run in very hot conditions, this mass race won by Mo Farah had two Blackburn Harriers participating – Victoria Mousley who was entered into the Elite Women’s Race and Daniel Hamilton who is a sprinter in reality but gave it a go nevertheless.


Victoria clocked 40.11 – coming home 27th in the Elite Women’s Race and 172nd overall with Daniel running a time of 53.22 (2973rd). Victoria spoke to the Harriers after the race about the day and said “I was feeling pretty good going into this race and felt that I could actually do my “elite” place justice and run close to 38. I had a good warm up and felt fine. Had a good first km and then just got a terrible stitch… Maybe from setting off fast… Or just bad luck. I don’t usually get them. I ended up walking for a few metres when it kept getting worse and at 3km I considered pulling out. At 5k it had subsided and I started to try and pick up the pace but just couldn’t seem to get my time about 6.35. Possibly the heat as of course the race started at 1245. I was gutted with my time as I ran 30 sec faster two years ago when I wasn’t in the elite field and I have not run over 40 for a ten k in 2years! One to forget I think. Still I was stood on the finish line when Mo finished which was great and got to have lunch with Gemma Steel. The other women were really friendly after the race and we had a good chat. I love running with the elites as all the logistics are looked after… Bag transportation, loos, nice lunch after and it’s amazing to line up with the likes of Dibabha and eat her dust as she zooms into the distance”.


Paul Bradshaw who has an 800m personal best of 1.47.37 decided to have a go at the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon at the weekend and couldn’t have picked a worse day as temperatures soared to around the 25 degree mark meaning it was going to be a tough day. Paul finished in a time of 3hr 41.54 and in 405th place overall, which given his short preparation and conditions was a good effort. he spoke to the Harriers later about the experience commenting on a hot day I did all I could to stay cool and hydrated but it just wasn’t possible and it was a tough day. Still the shoes are laced back up and I’m back running so here’s to continuing to get some fitness back”


Pilling 10k

Paul Brindle and Paul Jeffries were out in this local 10k Race won by Steven Hayes in 35.06. Paul Brindle had a good run to finish 2nd and 1st V45 clocking a time of 37.12 – Paul Jeffries crossed the line in 25th spot in a time of 44.51 which was just outside his personal best.


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Harriers top of UKYDL (Lower Age Group) Division 1 – Chris Arthur takes Bronze at Inter-Counties Fell Championships for Lancashire

UKYDL Division 1 – Saturday May 19th

Round 2 of this years Lower Age Group Division 1 in the UKYDL took place in glorious sunshine at Trafford and eagerly awaited by the Harriers after winning the first match by 27.5 points from Crewe & Nantwich AC in 2nd place – the places were reversed in this fixture with Crewe pipping the Harriers in by 24 points in another very tight contest…….All of which means that as we look forward to Match 3 at Trafford on July 16th, the Harriers are top of the Division by just 3.5 points. What a great contest.


The consistency of the athletes throughout the full day was a joy to see – featuring as it did – twenty four wins, twenty two 2nd and eighteen 3rd places. Added to that the athletes produced 19 new PB’s, plus two new PB’s in non-scoring events and five athletes equaling their personal bests, two English Schools qualifying standards and a great new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m team (56.6) featuring Codie Dewhurst, Harry Sambrook, Harrison Allock and Tobi Idalapo.


The U15 Boys were in good form again as Kyle Mashiter placed 2nd in the 100m ‘A’ with 12.0 and Ethan Downes 1st in the ‘B’ with 12.5 – same result again in the 200m with Kyle setting a new PB of 24.5 in the ‘A’ and Ethan also a new PB in the ‘B’ winning in 24.6. Amy Wiggans placed 5th in the U15 Girls 100m ‘A’ in 13.8 as Abigail Armas ran a new PB in the ‘B’ Race of 13.9 (4th) – Amy doubled up in the 200m (5th) in a time of 28.4 whilst Maia Bowman took 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 29.9.



New member Tobi Idalapo had a great run to win the U13 Boys ‘A’ 100m in a new PB of 13.2 as Harrison Allcock deliverd a similarly great run to win the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 13.9. Daniel Smith and Harry Sambrook took on the 200m which saw Daniel set a new PB of 31.7 in the ‘A’ (6th) and Harry coming home 5th in 32.9 in the ‘B’ Race. A tremendous performance came for the U13 Girls in the 75m and 150m races which resulted in four races, four wins and and new PB. Kate Cookson won the ‘A’ 75m in 11.2 and then set a new PB in the ‘A’ 150m with a time of 21.6. Lucy Rishton is small in stature but huge in heart as she won the ‘B’ 75m in 11.4 followed by Lucy Ramsden who won the ‘B’ 150m in 22.3 – added to these was a new PB for Tilly Pollard in the non-scoring 75m race where she clocked 11.6, over half a second faster than her previous best.





One of the highlights in the Throws came from Nicky Saunders who threw the English Schools qualifying standard in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Discus which she won with a new PB 0f 27.77m. Izzy Thompson made it maximum points for the team as she won the ‘B’ Discus with 22.62m. Nicky then took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.11 and followed that up with a win in the ‘B’ Javelin with a throw of 23.37m. Myah Booth finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin with 23.50 after winning the ‘A’ Shot reaching a distance of 10.56m. Izzy Thompson once again added great points to the Team total with a 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot (7.84m). The U15 Boys were also in good form with Matt Heywood coming 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (7.82m) and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – with the first of three new PB’s on the day – taking 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 5.95m. It was 2nd place for Matt Heywood in the Discus with 25.22m as George Whittaker won the ‘B’ with 22.50m. Matt rounded off his day with a win in the Hammer, an event where he has already thrown the English Schools qualifying standard, this time throwing 31.93m. Achieving his 2nd new PB of the day, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret won the ‘B’ Hammer with 24.68 and he was backed up superbly by Kieran Carroll in the ‘A’ Javelin taking 2nd spot with 28.61m and George Whittaker also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 28.02m. The U13 Girls were great in the Throws taking 3 wins and a 3rd place – Tilly Pollard set a new PB in the ‘A’ Shot (6.46) with Caroline Woodworth winning the ‘B’ (5.57m) before going on to win the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.77m supported by a 3rd place for Kady Thompson in the ‘B’ (10.45m). The Teams U13 Boys earned two second places, a 3rd and 5th in their Throws events which saw Harrison Allock set a new PB in the ‘A’ Shot with 6.07m and Harry Sambrook 5th in the ‘B’ (4.28m) – In the Javelin, Dexta Thompson came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 22.76m whilst Isaac Butler set a new PB by nearly two metres of 21.36m to come 2nd in the ‘B’.





Harvey Ashworth and Zachary Walmsley took on the U15 Boys 300m with Harvey clocking 43.9 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Zachary 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 44.5. In the 800m Harvey placed 2nd in the ‘A’ with a time of 2.14.6 whilst Hayden Mercer ran a very good race in the ‘B’ to set a new PB time of 2.13.9 in 2nd spot. The 1500m saw new PB’s for both athletes with David Holman knocking over two seconds off his best placing 5th in the ‘A’ race in 4.57.0 whilst in the ‘B’ Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, with his third personal best of the day chopped over nine seconds off his best as he clocked 4.58.9 in 2nd position. Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole ran the U15 Girls 300m – Eleesha coming home 4th in the ‘A’ in 44.3 and Leah 4th in the ‘B’  in 50.4. Eleesha then won the ‘A’ 800m in 2.25.6 backed up really well by Leah Hoole in the ‘B’ who placed 2nd in 2.37.0. Rebecca Ramsden also ran a new PB in the non-scoring 800m of 2.36.3, a massive 11 second improvement as did Molly Grimshaw with a time of 2.56.0 – down from 2.58.7. Sophie Stanworth and Hollie Cubbon combined in the heat of mid afternoon in the 1500m which saw Sophie run a time of 5.18.9 for 4th in the ‘A’ and Hollie 3rd in the ‘B’ clocking 5.31.7.







Codie Dewhurst finished 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m race (2.41.9) as Saul Sharp cut four seconds off his best to run a new PB of 2.36.7 in the ‘B’ for 3rd spot – Umair Rafiq also got in on the new PB’s as he clocked a new personal best of 2.41.0 – down by four seconds in the non-scoring 800m race which he won.The 1500m races saw Isaac Butler place 6th in the ‘A’ (5.22.7) with Daniel Smith 4th in the ‘B’ (5.29.0). Caroline Woodworth clocked 2.40.1 in the ‘A’ U13 Girls 800m (3rd) as Kiera Booth finished 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB time of 2.46.8 – a massive 20 second reduction off her previous best time. Kate Cookson had a cracking day winning the 75m and 150m ‘A’ Races going on to set a new PB by six seconds to clock a new PB of 4.10.5 in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 1200m – and – not to be outdone – Keira Haxton chopped 8.5 seconds off her previous best for a new PB time of 4.11.0 to win the ‘B’ Race.





U15 Myah Booth won the Lancashire County Championships 75m Hurdles last weekend and ran 11.7 twice – in the Heats and Final – to achieve the English Schools qualifying standard. This week she went one better as she ran 11.6 in winning the ‘A’ Race, backed up by Lily-Mae Thomas in the ‘B’ Race (4th) in 13.9. Ben Boocock had to pull out of the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles in the warm up which meant Rory Teare ran the ‘A’ race coming in 4th in 15.3. Daniel Smith set a new PB in the ‘A’ U13 Boys 75m Hurdles with 16.0 in 2nd place as Codie Dewhurst won the ‘B’ Race in 16.8. Lucy Ramsden dipped on the line to win the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles in 13.0 – the same time given to 2nd place – as Kady Thompson ran 17.0 for 4th position in the ‘B’.



Kyle Mashiter added more invaluable points to the Team total in the ‘A’ U15 Boys Long Jump placing 2nd with a leap of 5.37m as Rory Teare set a new PB of 4.25m in the ‘B’ for 4th. Rory then equaled his personal best in the High Jump, clearing 1.45m in the ‘A’ (4th) whilst Hayden Mercer replicated the performance in the ‘B’ – equaling his best of 1.45m to win the ‘B’. The U15 Girls Long Jump competition saw Eleesha Charnley place 6th in the ‘A’ with a leap of 4.05m and Amy Wiggans take 5th spot in the ‘B’ (3.75m). Danielle Probert cleared 1.30m in the U15 Girls ‘A’ High Jump for 5th position with Rebecca Barton 4th in the ‘B’ also clearing a height of 1.30m. Harrison Allock won the U13 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with a leap of 3.99m, backed up by Harry Sambrook in the ‘B’ who placed 4th (2.99m). Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.10m in the ‘A’ U13 Boys High Jump for 5th place. In the Long Jump – Niamh Gater jumped 3.55m in the U13 Girls Long Jump (5th) as Lucy Rishton placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 3.51m.


Inter-Counties Fell Championships – Saturday May 19th

Blackburn Harriers Chris Arthur and Steven Snape were both selected to run for Lancashire in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Crowden at the weekend – both finishing up as counters with Chris taking 3rd place overall and winning Individual Bronze in a time of 46.40 and Steven finishing 25th overall in 49.48. The race was won by Nick Swinburn in 44.37 with Lancashire just missing out on a Team Medal – placing 4th with 48 points, the counters being (1) Chris Arthur, (2) Rob Hope, (3) Steven Snape.


After the Championship Race finished both Harriers spoke to the Club about the day with Chris Arthur commentingAnother tough day in the heat left me feeling below par but very happy with 3rd behind Max and Nick who were absolutely flying. This was my last race in Lancs vest and it’s been a privilege to run with the team. Both the men and women’s teams had great runs but unfortunately just missed out on the medals. Special mention has to go to Cal Davidson for racing on a knackered ankle, which unsurprisingly didn’t go altogether smoothly!” and Steven Snape telling us Fantastic day out representing Lancashire in the inter counties fell championships. I felt good on the climbs but ran out of steam a bit near the end with the heat. Definitely more beer garden weather than racing but another great day on the fells”.


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Harriers Win Awards at Sports Council Annual Presentation Evening

At this years Blackburn with Darwen Sports Council Awards the Harriers won three of the categories:

(1) Team of the Year

(2) Young Achiever of the Year (under 21) Award

(3) Junior Sports Personality

These young athletes, a part of the future of the Club, have been a credit to themselves and thoroughly deserve the Awards they were presented with on the night.

The Club’s U15 Endurance Team consisting of Matt Ramsden, Sam Hodkinson, Jamie Teare and Leon Thomas won the Team of the Year for their successes on Road and Cross Country, winning Titles and Medals at County, Area, Regional and National level as well as Individual Medals in 2017, continuing that success into 2018.

Eleesha Charnley won two Awards – the first for Young Achiever of the Year (under 21) Award and the second for Junior Sports Personality. Eleesha has gone from strength to strength, recently winning the Northern Sportshall Title which led her to qualification for the National Championships and last weekend backed that up with new personal bests in the 800m and 300m – the 300m time of 42.8 being a new Club Record for U15 Girls whilst competing in the Lancashire Track & Field County Championships held at Witton Park.


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Ben Wins Horwich + Team, Vet & Junior Wins – Wholan Nook Fell Race – Hammer PB for Tony

Horwich Jubilee Series – Wednesday May 16th

Five out of Five! First five athletes home in this, the first race of the Horwich Jubilee Series, all came from Blackburn Harriers and with two finishing 9th and 10th, that made seven out of the top ten for the Club.


Ben Costello, after running a track 5000m personal best of 15.53 had another very good run to win the Race in a time of 27.18. Karl Billington improving once again ran 2nd in the race clocking 27.54 which was just three seconds in front of Chris Davies (3rd) in a time of 27.57. Josh Holgate is another Harrier who is going from strength to strength, took 4th spot in 28.13 followed in by Matt Nuttall (5th) in 28.52 – with Paul Guinan in 9th (29.53) and Paul Brindle 10th running a time of 30.05, that gave the lads seven out of the first ten spots. Lindsay Davies clocked a new course personal best (36.56) as she came home in 43rd position. Having won the Team Race, Chris Davies added to the prizes as 1st V40 as did Matt Nuttall who took 1st V45 prize to make it a very good night out for the Club.


The Harriers Juniors backed up the Seniors as they provided the winner here too. 11yr old Daniel Smith won his race featuring sixty youngsters in a time of 5.39 being followed home by 9yr old Sam Aspey in 4th place (5.47), 10yr old Oliver Gill in 5th clocking 5.51 and 9yr old Hannah Davies in 20th place (6.38).


Keith Gill was so impressed by the youngsters as he told the Club after the Race “It was a perfect running night, still and not too hot. They arrived early, did a proper warm up and all got on the start line together to prevent getting pushed out by the home runners. 1 mile course…Fantastic times…with all 3 boys being under 6mins. Dan won the race with 5.39…He ran really well, strong start and stayed at the front with a very good kick for the final 200m. Sam is still only 9, made a really good start and stuck to it and finished with an amazing time for age at 5.47in 4th place. Oli ran his best mile time and was just behind Sam in 5th place with 5.51. Hannah had a great start, sticking with the Harriers boys at the start and finishing in 20th with another great time 6.38. Finally Dan’s brother gave it a try, as an unattached entry…his 1st race ever coming 33rd with 7.37. It was really good to watch them warm up as a team, start together and run as a group…and of course..1st, 4th and 5th for the boys was fantastic”




Wholan Nook Fell Race – Tuesday May 15th

On another glorious evening for Fell running, two hundred and eighty eight runners completed the latest race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series won by Thomas Corrigan in a time of 29.37.


First Harrier home in the race was U17 Harry Wilkin in 35th place overall, running a time of 35.35 and taking the 1st Junior man prize for his efforts. V50 Gary Pearse was next across the line for the Club in a time of 37.17 and 68th overall, followed by Mark Wilkin (V50) in 141st with a time of 41.55, V40 Paul Whittaker in 158th place (43.30) and Richard Taylor (V50) running 43.55 in 164th position.


Trafford Grand Prix Open – Tuesday May 15th

V50 Thrower – Tony Balko – is looking forward to the World Masters Championships this year and is in good form. Following his Senior Hammer Bronze Medal at the Lancashire County Championships at the weekend – a then new PB of 36.52m, he was back out at Trafford three days later finishing 2nd with another new PB of 37.43m, nearly a metre further. He then had a win in the Javelin (700g) with a seasons best performance of 30.96m for another very good competition result.