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New PB’s for Harriers at Lancashire Combined Events Championships – Quadrathon with the Harriers

Lancashire Combined Events Championships & Quadrathon – April 6th and 7th at Hyndburn

U17 Liberty Thompson took on the Inter-Girls Heptathlon at the Championships finishing 4th with a combined total of 2732 points – during the event she set a new PB in the High Jump of 1.47m, set another one in the Shot Putt (3kg) with a distance of 8.68m and added another 40 points to her overall total (RESULTS).



Rory Teare (U15) competed in the Junior Boys Pentathlon finishing 4th out of 5 athletes contesting the event with a combined total of 1627 points. During the day he posted a new 800m PB of 2.42.7 – an improvement of 13 seconds, added 9cms to her his High Jump which he won, clearing 1.59m for a new PB, just missed a new personal best in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.34m, added over a metre to his Shot Putt (4kg) with a throw of 6.57m for yet another new PB, all of which was good enough to secure a Lancashire Vest for him (RESULTS).



In the Junior Women’s Pentathlon it was Caroline Woodworth who represented the Harriers finishing in 5th place out of the 7 athletes entered with a combined points total of 1434. Caroline was trying some of these events for the first time ever – clearing 1.17m in the High Jump, 3.10m in the Long Jump, throwing the 3kg Shot Putt for the first time with a distance of 6.72m, running 17.8 in the 75m Hurdles, another event she hasn’t done before and rounding the day off with a time of 2.47.3 in her 800m (RESULTS).


John iLunga competed in the Senior Men’s Decathlon which featured just two athletesalong with Tom Godwin of Blackpool. The ten events saw John run 13.1 in the 100m; a new PB of 61.6 in the 400m; clocked 5.57.8 in the 1500m; ran 21.3 in the 110m Hurdles; cleared 1.59m in the High Jump; 4.86m in the Long Jump; 1.60m in the Pole Vault; threw 7.43m in the Shot Putt; set a new PB of 23.74m in the Discus and finished with a throw of 18.20m in the Javelin for a combined total of 2975 points – an improvement of 160 points (RESULTS).


The U13 Girls Pentathlon saw Kady Thompson and Isabelle Hartley competing, with Isabelle clocking 3.01.5 (800m); ran a new PB of 13.7 in the 70m Hurdles; cleared 1.14m in the High Jump – the first time she has attempted the event; set a new PB in the Long Jump (3.03m) and threw 5.71m in the Shot Putt, another event being taken on for the first time and in the end amassing 1395 points. Kady ran 3.19 in her 800m; 16.2 in her 70m Hurdles for a new PB; cleared 1.17m in the High Jump; jumped 2.86m (Long Jump) and in her first attempt at the Shot Putt, threw 4.85m (RESULTS).

Kady Thompson (Inside Lane)

Isabelle Hartley


The Quadrathon – covering Years 3/4 – 5/6 – 7/8 – takes place on the same weekend as the Combined Events Championships and at the same venue – Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn. Many thanks to all the Officials who gave up their weekend to attend both days and ensure that the competitons went ahead. We keep saying it on this site, but without our Officials, who are unpaid volunteers, there won’t be any competions being held anywhere. SO ANOTHER SHOUTOUT to all those parents out there who come to the events to watch, why not have a go at becoming an Official – it is very rewarding to be part of something, the sport of athletics, which provides such a massive opportunity for youngsters to grow and develop.


Year 3 & 4 Boys (Saturday) had three Blackburn and one Pendle lad involved over 50m, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and 400m. Liam Bentham was the overall winner with 152 points, with Frank Johnson in 3rd and Ansh Nama in 4th (RESULTS) —- Year 3 & 4 Boys (Sunday) saw Alex McKinlay finish 2nd out of 5 youngsters with a total of 127 points in the Year 3 event and Alex Burns winning the Year 4 event with a total of 145 points (RESULTS).

Year 3 & 4 Girls (Saturday) had Girls overall with Lulu Sharp finishing 4th out of 5 in the Year 4 event with 135 points (RESULTS) —- and on Sunday Emelia Stockton and Charlie Capstick finished 2nd (96 points) and 3rd (70 points) respectively (RESULTS).


Year 5 & 6 Boys competition includes 75m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump and 600m. On Saturday two athletes from Hyndburn and two from Blackburn Harriers competed against one another with Hyndburn taking 1st, 2nd and the Harriers 3rd (Loucas Lancashire with 176 points) and 4th (Alexander Brien 136 points). Daniel Nuttall, a recent new member for the Harriers ran a good time of 2.02.8 for the 600m in the year 6 event to help him amass 206 points in front of the Hyndburn athlete in 2nd place.  (RESULTS) —- On Sunday, Felix Thompson contested the Year 5 competition and finished in 3rd place with 163 points in total behind a Preston athlete in 2nd (172) and Southport athlete who won with 190 points. Felix set a new PB in the 75m (12.7) and a new PB in the 600m clocking 2.06.6 – an improvement of six seconds.

Loucas Lancashire

Alexander Brien

Daniel Nuttall (23)

The Year 6 Boys had two form Blackburn Harriers and one from Southport up against one another which saw Matthew Smith come equal 1st with Joseph Wake of Southport with combined totals of 226 points. In his 600m Matthew chopped a huge 7 seconds off his previous best for a new PB of 1.44.0. Pleasing to see Sam Craven competing here  finishing with 128 points which saw him knock a massive 33 seconds off his 600m time to set a new PB of 2.35.6 (RESULTS). Harmony Hacking and Hannah Davies were in the Year 5 event on Sunday with Harmony coming home in 3rd place out of 4 (181 points) and Hannah 4th (157 points). There was new PB’s for both girls in the 75m with 12.2 for Harmony and 12.1 for Hannah 12.1 (RESULTS).

Matthew Smith

Sam Craven (66)

Matthew Smith (Joint 1st) – Sam Craven (3rd)

Harmony Hacking

Hannah Davies (Lane 5)

Saul Sharp, Dexta Thompson and Codie Dewhurst were all involved in the year 8 event on Saturday along with anopther athlete from Blackpool.  Saul took the honours winning the event with a combined total of 197 points, with Dexta in 2nd (170 points) and Codie in 3rd (162 points). During the event there were new PB’s set by Saul in the 100m (14.7), 800m with a big improvement of 10 seconds (2.26.0) and another new PB in the Long Jump of 4.02m. Dexta also set a new PB in 800m clocking 2.25.0 and similarly in the Long Jump, adding 18 cms to his previous best for a new PB of 3.39m. Codie kept the trend going with a new PB in the Long Jump with his leap of 3.39m (RESULTS). Katie Capstick finished 4th in the year 7 event on Sunday clocking up 58 points. This was her first ever competition for the Club which was great credit to her.






Comments Off on 1st & 2nd for Joanne and Janine – Early season Throws with Tony – Loughrigg Fell Race with John – Andrew in Majorca – New 10k PB for Paul

1st & 2nd for Joanne and Janine – Early season Throws with Tony – Loughrigg Fell Race with John – Andrew in Majorca – New 10k PB for Paul

It has been a busy racing period for Joanne Nelson recently, who is in training for the Liverpool Marathon in May, which she has previously won. One week after running the Northern Road Relays at Birkenhead Joanne went up to run the Conistion 14 (March 30th) finishing 106th in 1hr 37.06 which was the week before running a Leg at the National Road Relays. Fellow Harrier – Paul Brindle – also ran the race placing 19th overall in 1hr 24.53 (RESULTS).

Joanne’s latest race saw her tackle a 20 miler which was part of a series of races covering 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon, 20 miles and a Marathon on the same day, which is one way of spending your Sunday! Joanne won with a time of 2hr 25.30 with another Blackburn Harrier – Janine Fallon – coming home in 2nd clocking 2hr 33.52, making it a 1/2 for the Club.

Ladies Day Races Results

Afterwards, Joanne told the Harriers about the day saying Janine and I decided to have a go at “it’s grim up north” organised 20 miler in Cleckheaton for marathon preparation. It’s a newly organised event this year and the second race I have run which has been organised by this group.
The race was a 5 mile out and back repeated; so not too great if you are tired after 10 miles!!
Miles 1-5 and 10-15 are slightly downhill which means miles 6-10 and 16-20 are slightly uphill.
The event included many races, not just the 20 miler, but also 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon and an ultra marathon. It’s fair to say that it was absolutely freezing and we were both happy to finish. First and second place secured for Blackburn Harriers ladies and to top it all there was a selection of free cakes, a choice between free beer, cider or lager, and a medal and trophy.
A good day out”.

Joanne Nelson – Janine Fallon

Northern Masters League – Wednesday April 10th

Tony Balko (V50) has already got a number of competitions under his belt this season, recording a couple of wins at the Spenborough Open in the Hammer (37.83m) and Shot (11.08m). He backed that up at Scunthorpe with another win in the Shot (11.24m and a new PB) and his fourth win in a row, taking the Hammer (37.18). On the 10th April in the Northern Masters League he placed 3rd in the Shot (10.58m) and 2nd in the Hammer with 36.59m). At the Wakefield Open on April 7th, Tony  won the Hammer with 37.29m, came 2nd in the Discus (34.31m) and rounded off with another win in the  Shot (10.48m).

His latest competition saw him at the Northern Masters League again on April 10th where he placed 3rd out of 7 in the Shot Putt (10.58m), and in the Discus with a throw of 36.59m coming in 2nd. Six Wins, two 2nd and 2 x 3rd places as well as a new PB in the Shot represents a pretty solid start for the 2019 season.


Tony Balko

Mitja Marato de Pollença (Pollensa Half marathon – Mallorca)

Andrew Knowles is training for a Half-Ironman and as part of his build up he entered this half-marathon in Majorca on Sunday April 14th. He preceded this race with a bike ride in the mountains the day before lasting three hours and still managed to clock 1hr 50.02 in the race following his mountain efforts.

Andrew spoke to the Club about his training weekend saying “The ‘aim’ was to start with tired legs to mimic triathlon race conditions, so the day before I rode over the mountains for 3 hours. Didn’t quite go to plan as I blistered badly having to stop a few times and take my trainers off and sort my feet out. However I felt the objective was achieved as the whole run was on ‘empty’ so perfect training. 10k and 5k’s races also and a brilliant atmosphere, highly recommend”.

Andrew Knowles

Loughrigg Fell Race – Wednesday April 10th

A wonderful night to race on the Fells for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks on Wednesday evening as he finished 20th overall clocking 30.02 and tolld us after the Race that “The summer night races begin…4 miles up and down loughrigg starting from the park in Ambleside. A record turn out for the race which made the start to the narrow bridge like a 100m sprint to get a good position for the steep road climb onto the first section of the fell. I was going well in about 15th up to the last steep climb when I started to fade a bit and lose a few places. Around the trig point (some good view but not much chance to enjoy) and straight back down the same way. Managed to get a few places back and descend well for once. Finished 20th in a time of 30:02. Definitely be doing this one again!”

Loughrigg Fell Race Video

(Photo courtesy of Stephen Wilson)

Three Bridges 10k – Sunday April 14th

Paul Jeffries (V40) went into this race – featuring some 300 runners, won in a time of 33.47 (Campbell Ross) – with a personal best time of 40.51 set at the Pilling 10k in 2018. In this race, Paul came across the line in 25th place, clocking 40.41 for a ten second new PB. After the race, Paul reflected on his current form and the race itself saying the Three Bridges is a race i have  done a few times before. I have been getting a lot of advice and support at the club and i am enjoying my running a lot more. Last year i found it tough going in this race finishing with a time of 46:58, which was a slight improvement on the previous years 48:45. I feel i have benefited in a lot of ways by taking part in team events like the road relays and mid lancs xc, and by listening to all the advice given freely at the club. So today i had another crack at the course and came in 25th place in 40:41  which i think is a new pb for me, i have trained a lot more but i couldn’t of done it without the support of clubmates and coaches, many thanks”.

Many thanks to Paul for being part of the Club and we look forward to more new personal best times in the year ahead from him.

Paul Jeffries