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Another Win for Harriers in UKYDL – Jess Wins 5000m at Sportcity – PB for Tony at York Open Meeting – Joanne Rocks ‘n’ Rolls in Liverpool – Top 10 for John at Hutton Roof Fell Race

UKYDL (Upper Age Group) – Witton Park Sunday May 26th

Another emphatic win for the Harriers at the 2nd of the UKYDL Upper Age Group Division West 3 Matches hosted by Horwich RMI Harriers at Witton Park on Sunday. The conditions were not set for fast times in any of the races from 300m upwards as a really bad wind blew into the athletes faces on the back straight. The conditions helped the sprinters and sprint hurdlers but not too helpful for the Javelin and Discus. Still, it is the same for everyone, as they say and the Harriers made the most of it by recording 53 wins and 19 new personal bests. Slightly disappointing that a number of events didn’t have too many athletes in them – Bank Holiday weekend having some impact on the turnout.


One of the highlights of the day came in the Hammer as bottom of age U20 Charlotte Williams, who recently won her first GB Vest and followed that up by being selected for the Halle Throws International in Germany – June 1st & 2nd – posted another new PB as she threw 61.80m to win, an improvement of over a metre on her previous best (60.67m). U20 Anthony Kent followed suit as he set himself a new PB in winning the Hammer, adding over 3 metres to his previous best, throwing 52.01m. Matt Heywood made it three wins in the U17 Men’s Hammer with a new PB too of 53.38m against his previous best of 52.17m.

Charlotte Williams

…and after the event – in the Harriers Indoor Track

Anthony KentMatthew Heywood

U17 Cameron Harris remains undefeated this year in the Javelin and he was on song again, throwing in the U20 competition to record a winning throw of 46.60m – into the wind. U17’s George Whittaker and Kieran Carroll won their Javelin competition with 26.09m and 29.25m respectively to take maximum points in the event in both age groups.

Cameron HarrisGeorge WhittakerKieran Carroll

Emily Taberner kept the wins coming with a throw of 26.31m in the Women’s U20 Javelin as Millie Coy (U17) came 3rd off a standing throw with 21.78m and Myah Booth 2nd in the ‘B’ U17 with 18.62m. In the Shot Putt Anthony Kent was in the ‘slot’ again with a win in the U20’s (12.64m) alongside sprinter Kyle Mashiter placing 2nd in the ‘B’ (7.40m).

Anthony KentKyle Mashiter

Matt Heywood and Ethan Barbarewicz were the only competitors in the U17 Men’s Shot Putt, taking maximum points with 8.36m and 5.07m respectively. Myah Booth and Emily Taberner clocked up two more Throws wins in the Shot Putt with Myah winning the U17 ‘A’ (11.15m) and Emily the U20 ‘A’ (8.93m).Three wins and one new PB for the Men’s U20 and U17 Discus as Anthony Kent threw 40.02m in the U20’s, Matt Heywood 23.44 in the ‘A’ U17 event and George Whittaker posting a new PB in the ‘B’ with an improvement of over 2m – throwing 31.92m.

Matthew Heywood Ethan Barbarewicz

Anthony KentGeorge Whittaker


U20’s Ben Whittaker and Nick Smith got the Jumps competitions off to a good start as Ben set the first of a hat-trick of new PB’s on the day, leaping out to 5.50m, an improvement by 30cm in 3rd place in the ‘A’ as Nick won the ‘B’ with a jump of 5.02m which equaled his personal best. U17 Jonathan Gough was just short of his personal best placing 2nd in the ‘A’ with 5.83m as Ben Branton won the ‘B’ with a leap of 5.52m.

Ben WhittakerNick SmithJonathan GoughBen Branton

Chloe Bleeks finished 4th in the U20 Women’s Long Jump (4.22m) with Imogen Mansfield coming in 2nd in the U17 Women’s Long Jump (4.76m) and Bailey Madden winning the ‘B’ with 4.37m.

Imogen Mansfield

Bailey Madden

New member Fawwaz Mustapha made a very good start in his debut for the Club, winning the ‘A’ U20 men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 11.80m. Jonathan Gough and Ben Branton teamed up again in the U17 Men’s Triple Jump with Jonathan winning the ‘A’ (12.70m) and just short of his best as Ben added a metre plus to his best in the ‘B’ to win with a new PB of 11.07m.

In the Pole Vault featuring just two athletes, new members Katie Mitchell and Poppie Mae Preece scored good points for the team for the second week running as Katie cleared a new PB height of 2.10m in the ‘A’ and Poppie cleared the opening height in the ‘B’ of 1.70m. George Whittaker shouted out with delight as he jumped off the Pole Vault bed after clearing a new PB of 2.55m – an improvement of 35cm to win the U17 Men’s event and another example of just one athlete competing. The High Jump saw Liberty Thompson placing 3rd in the U17’s with 1.45m after spending the last week ill as Jamie Teare won the U17 Men’s High Jump (1.50m) and Nick Smith replicated that victory in the U20 Men’s High Jump (1.60m).

Katie MitchellPoppiee Mae Preece

George Whittaker

Liberty ThompsonNick Smith


The Long Hurdles had just four athletes in the two age groups with three of them from the Harriers. They had to endure the wind but it was a good start for the team as Solomon Brown win the ‘A’ U20 Men’s in a time of 60.8 with Nick Smith taking the ‘B’ in 62.30 – Jamie Teare jogged round to take the points in the U17 men’s 400m Hurdles (85.20).

Solomon Brown Nick SmithJamie Teare

Myah Booth ran the English Schools qualifying time again as she won the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.00 with Liberty Thompson making it a double win in the ‘B’ (14.80). Nick Massey was back to a bit of form as he won the U20’s 110m Hurdles in a time of 17.30 despite clattering a couple of hurdles and Ben Whittaker set the first of two new PB’s on the day chopping 1.2 sec off his previous best to win the ‘B’ in 16.70. Chloe Bleeks won the U20 Women’s 100m Hurdles in 20.10.

Myah BoothLiberty ThompsonNick Massey Ben Whittaker – Race Video HERE

Chloe Bleeks


Solomon Brown ran U20 men’s 400m ‘A’ race clocking 56.50 in 2nd place as Findlay Sullivan won the ‘B’ in his first attempt over the distance ever, running 58.30. Harvey Ashworth was surprised by the pace in the U17 men’s 400m – won in 54.60 – as he clocked 65.20 in 4th spot. Freya Black clocked 66.60 in the ‘A’ U20 Women’s 400m (3rd) with Hannah Cookson 1st in the ‘B’ (68.90). Eleesha Charnley ran a tactically good race in the U17 Women’s ‘A’ 300m to come home with a win in a time of 46.10.

Solomon Brown Findlay SulliavnHarvey Ashworth

      Freya Black                                                                Hannah Cookson

Eleesha Charnley

Surprisingly just three athletes in the U20 Men’s 800m as Joe Gebbie ran a good time in the strong wind of 2.05.5 to win the ‘A’ and U17 Findlay Sullivan stepping up to the higher age group, running 2.24.2 to win the ‘B’. Harvey Ashworth clocked 2.14.3 in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 800m (4th) as Ethan Barbarewicz just went for it from the off in the ‘B’ and with the rest of the team screaming at him coming down the home straight, he hung on to win the ‘B’ by four tenths in a time of 2.28.1 – a new PB by four tenths. Freya Black was the sole competitor in the U20 Women’s 800m running 2.42.2 and Eleesha Charnley who had a tough day with a number of events, ran 2.29.8 in the ‘A’ U17 Women’s 800m (3rd).

Joe Gebbie

      Findlay Sullivan                                                          Harvey Ashworth

      Ethan Barbarewicz                                                     Freya Black

Eleesha Charnley

In the 1500m Harvey Ashworth and Jamie Teare teamed up in the U17 Men’s race with Harvey clocking 4.39.00 (3rd) in the ‘A’ and Jamie running 4.42.0 to win the ‘B’. Again, only 3 athletes in the U20 Women’s 1500m which saw Maddie Elliott win the ‘A’ in a time of 4.52.0 and Hannah Cookson win the ‘B’ (5.45.0). Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley were the duo in the U17 Women’s Race which saw Amy clock 5.18.3 (2nd) in the ‘A’ and Eleesha win the ‘B’ in a sedate 5.51.80.

Jamie Teare (AA) – Harvey Ashworth (A)Harry Wilkin (216 Non-Scoring)Maddie Elliott (1)

     Hannah Cookson                                                       (amy Davies (A)Eleesha Charnley

Just four athletes in the Men’s U20 and U17 3000m with all of them running together. Matt Ramsden ran 9.09.70 to win the ‘A’ U17 Race and Ethan Barbarewicz ‘fresh’ from his 800m win, ran 10.58.1 to win the ‘B’. Nick Smith set a new PB in the 2000m Steeplechase as he placed 2nd in a time of 7.19.30 – an improvement of nearly six seconds.

Matt Ramsden Ethan Barbarewicz


Eight new personal bests were set in the Sprints with the first one set by U17 Ethan Downes stepping up to the U20 Men’s 100m as he won the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 11.70 – his previous best being 11.73. Ben Whittaker won the ‘A’ in a time of 12.00 (2nd) and just a tenth outside his best time. Chris Brand ran 11.80 in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 100m (4th) as Kyle Mashiter knocked a tenth off his best time to-date to set a new PB of 11.50 in winning the ‘B’.

Ethan DownesBen WhittakerChris Brand Kyle Mashiter – Race Video HERE

Great to see Emily Warren back out competing after a long lay off with illness as she clocked 13.90 in 4th place (‘A’ U20 Women’s 100m) with Chloe Bleeks running 13.80 in the ‘B’ (2nd). Bailey Madden took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ U17 100m with 12.70 as Amy Wiggans set a new PB – by a tenth – of 13.2 to win the ‘B’.

Emily Warren Chloe BleeksBaily Madden

Amy Wiggans

Ben Whittaker achieved his third new PB of the day – by three tenths – as he clocked 24.1 in the U20 Men’s 200m (2nd) with Chris Brand cutting 8 tenths off his previous best time in winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 24.2. Kyle Mashiter ran his second new PB of the day – by a tenth – in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 200m with 23.4 – and – in the U17 Women’s 200m there were new PB’s for Amy Wiggans by eight tenths as she clocked 27.5 in 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Myah Booth chopped 1.2 seconds off her previous best to win the ‘B’ in 26.90. Chloe Bleeks clocked 28.70 in the U20 Women’s ‘A’ 200m with Emily Warren placing 2nd in the ‘B’ (29.10).

      Ben Whittaker                                                             Chris Brand

      Kyle Mashiter                                                             Amy Wiggans

     Myah Booth                                                                Chloe Bleeks

Emily Warren

Due to injuries picked up on the day, the Relay Teams suffered a little and in the end the Harriers fielded just three teams – winning them all – the U17 Women’s 4 x 100m (Imogen Mansfield / Eleesha Charnley / Myah Booth / Amy Wiggans) in 53.50, the U20’s Men’s 4 x 100m (Solomon Brown / Fawwaz Mustapha / Ben Whittaker / Kyle Mashiter) in 46.60 – and – the U20 Men’s 4 x 400m (Matt Ramsden / Joe Gebbie / George Whittaker / Nick Smith) in 3.51.2.

BMX Grand Prix at Sportcity – Saturday May 25th

A very good run from Jess Judd saw her win the BMC 5000m – featuring 14 athletes. Going into the race as the fastest on paper, Jess confirmed that form, clocking a seasons best time of 15.39.00 with Claire Duck in 2nd (15.43.45) with a seasons best and Mhairi MacClennan in 3rd clocking a new PB of 15.51.78.

Rob Warner ran the Men’s 5000m ‘A’ race going into the race with a PB of 14.18.44 – after running 8.18.50 in the Loughborough 3000m last week, he was hopeful of making some inroads on his 5000m time. It didn’t go quite to plan as he finished in 15th place with a time of 14.33.28.


Jess Judd (302)

York Open Meeting – Saturday May 25th

V50 Tony Balko was back in York for the second time in recent weeks and it paid off nicely for him as he set a new personal best of 11.51m in the 6kg Shot Putt in 2nd place and there was a seasons best of 38.53m in the 6kg Hammer again in 2nd place. Tony commented after the event that the “outlook is starting to look much brighter for a decent performance at the British Throws Pentathlon and Northern Masters Championships at the end of June 2019”.

Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon – Liverpool Saturdxay May 25th

Joanne Nelson, Janine Fallon and Paul Brindle were over in Merseyside on Saturday – Joanne and Janine to run the Marathon and Paul the Half-Marathon. Joanne – a winner of this race in 2016 with a time of 3hr.00.53 as a V40 – ran this years race as a V45 and more than achieved her goal for the day which was to run the championship qualifying time for London 2020. V45 Janine also went with the aim of securing a fast for age time for London 2020, also achieveing that too coming home in 528th position with a time of 3hr 40.39. Paul, who ran the Half, came home 22nd overall, clocking 81.25.Paul Brindle

Joanne finished 5th Woman and 75th overall, spoke to the Harriers after the race saying that she Really enjoyed the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon this year. It’s the third time I have run it and I always come away happy. The course was slightly different this year with a few more climbs in it and so therefore a more demanding and challenging race. Ideally I wanted to run 3 hrs 15 which would ensure I achieved championship start for London. I set off and after the first mile I was on just over 7 minute mile pace (too fast for the time I was after). I slowed a little but felt good and so decided to go from the start. It was extremely windy, both on different sections of the course and especially the last 3 miles along the docks. A really friendly event with lots of support both by fellow runners and the crowds. Paul has also hired a bike and was cycling around at different points to shout me on! I came home in 3 hrs 06 which I was extremely pleased with. Janine came home in 3 hrs 40 which qualifies her for good for age for London, and Paul ran 81 mins in the half. A great, challenging race, fab day and night out in Liverpool”.

Joanne and Janine

Hutton Roof Fell Race – Saturday May 25th

One hundred and seventy two runners in this race at the weekend won by Nick Leigh of Horwich in 51.49.


Three Harriers in this race with John Horrocks bagging another top ten finish, clocking 55.10 in 7th place. Newly turned V50 Matt Nuttall had a good run too with his time of 62.01 in 29th place and John Orrell also a V50 finished in 107th spot with a time of 78.34.

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Ben Wins Burnley Lions 10k & Ben 2nd at Wesham Summer 10k – Vet Wins for Chris & Lindsay – Leah Wins in Lanzarote

Two 10k’s in three days!

Ben Fish ran his second 10k off the week, both of which were contested in a 48 hour period. The first of the two races took place on Wednesday evening – May 22nd – Wesham Summer 10k. Nearly four hundred runners took part in this mid-week 10k race, characterised by a great battle at the front between Wesham’s Rob Danson and Blackburn Harriers Ben Fish. In the end it was Rob who turned out to be the winner in a time of 31.09 with Ben in 2nd (31.16) who commented that ‘it had been his best run of the year, and hopefully the improvement continues”.


Calum Holmes was also pleased with his run – clocking 34.51 in 8th position – and pleased that he had “run a sub 35 minute 10k for the first time this year”. Carly Edwards and Sean Procter also ran with Carly running just one second outside her personal best clocking 42.48 in 87th place with Sean just one place and one second further back in 88th.

Calum Holmes (239)

L-R Ben Fish – Calum Holmes

The second of the two races took place on Friday evening – May 24th – The Burnley Lions 10k in Colne in which 235 runners competed. At this Race, Ben Fish was joined by five other Harriers – Jacob Watson, Josh Holgate, Chris Davies, Gary Pearse and Lindsay Davies.

Chris Davies (16) – Ben Fish (1) – Lindsay Davies (17) – Gary Pearse (216) – Josh Holgate (139)


This 10k is not an easy race as Lindsay Davies commented that there is a “big climb at mile 1 and then you have to go and do it again” on the second lap. Ben ran strongly and was a comfortable winner by nearly a minute as he clocked 32.35 leading four Blackburn Harriers home in the first six places. Jacob Watson who has this season made his debut on the track ran a time of 34.18 to take 3rd spot.

L-R Thomas Corrigan (2nd) – Ben Fish (1st) – Jacob Watson (3rd)

Next home was Josh Holgate in 4th – running 34.38 and Chris Davies – getting his legs back after the Marathon – in 6th with a time of 35.19 which gave him the 1st V40 age category win. V50 Gary Pearse came across the finish line in 55th spot (43.33) with V45 Lindsay Davies in 81st clocking 46.02 – making it a double vets age category win for her and Chris as she was 1st V45 Woman.

Chris Davies (16)Gary PearseLindsay Davies (17)

Congratulations to middle distance athlete – U15 Leah Hoole – who went on holiday this week with those ‘famous words’ ringing in her ear from her Coach, words that you sometimes don’t want to hear when your going on holiday “and make sure you run” while your away!; And run she did, entering and winning the Iron Kids Lanzarote 2019 Race.

Winners Presentation Video

Leah holding the Winners Trophy aloft


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UKYDL Premier Division West for 2nd Match with the Harriers – Wins for Matthew & William at St Annes Triathlon – Hollie Wins at Keswick – Southport Triathlon – Salt Ayre Duathlon – Manchester 10k

UKYDL Premier Division West – Wavertree Athletics Stadium Saturday May 18th

A difficult day for the Harriers with seven youngsters all dropping out in the week leading up to the Match coupled with some injuries on the day meant that we were unable to fill all the slots on the Match programme. Congratulations to the Team managers though, for doing a great job to get athletes in the maximum number of events with a number of them trying something for the very first time, just to help the team – great team spirit on display. After finishing 6th on Saturday the Club is currently in 5th position overall and needs a good result in the next Match at Bebbington on June 22nd.

Not every athlete is mentioned in this report, but everyone who stepped in to do events unfamiliar to them deserve our congratulations for putting the team first.

One of the highlight performances of the day amongst the boys came from U15 Jayden Riley who ran a new PB in the 80m Hurdles of 11.69 in 1st, ran a new PB in the 100m by winning in a time of 11.37 and ran a third new PB of the day in the 200m of 23.57 in 2nd place. Ben Boocock also set a new PB in the 100m of 12.97 and equaled his personal best in the 80m Hurdles winning that to make it a win double for him and Jayden.

Jayden RileyBen Boocock

U15 Zachary Walmsley ran over a second quicker in his 200m’s to set a new PB of 26.23 and U15 David Holman chopped three seconds off his personal best in the 1500m to set a new PB of 4.44.64. In other U15 Boys events – Codie Dewhurst equaled his High Jump best of 1.25m and set a new PB in Discus (11.95m). Rory Teare and Hayden Mercer are battling for the ‘brownie points’ as both set new PB’s in the Pole Vault of 2.20m in 2nd place for both ‘A’ and ‘B’ events. Hayden also set another new PB in the Shot Putt, adding 33cms to his previous best for a new distance of 8.38m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added nearly two metres to his best in the Hammer with a new PB of 29.82m and Stephen Alberts, helping out the team threw 5.55m in the Shot Putt for a new PB there.

Zachary WalmsleyDavid Holman (1)Rory Teare Hayden MercerKyle Taylor-Pomfret

Highlight performance for the U15 Girls came from Nicky Saunders in the Throws as she won all three events  – Discus with 28.84m, Hammer with a new PB of 38.56m and Javelin with 24.98m. Nicky has already thrown English Schools qualifying distances for both Hammer and Discus. There were new PB’s for Skye Greenacre in the 100m with her 14.46 clocking followed by a High Jump new PB of 1.35m. Racheal Jesse ran 28.91 in the 200m for a new PB and clocked 13.83 in the 100m – a distance she hasn’t done previously. Hollie Cubbon knocked over a second off her 300m time for a new PB of 47.59 whilst Keira Haxton continued with her trend of setting new PB’s everytime she races in recent weeks with 30.25 in the 200m and 2.31.46 in the 800m – an improvement of over 3 seconds.

Nicky SaundersSkye GreenacreRacheal JesseKeira Haxton

Kate Cookson cut nearly four seconds off her 800m time to set a new PB of 2.32.68 and in the non-scoring 800m race, Eleanor Allsop chopped a whopping 7 seconds off her time for a new PB of 2.40.17. Lucy Ramsden took a second off her best to set a new PB of 14.28 in the 75m Hurdles  and in the Throws – Caroline Woodworth set new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.19m) and Discus (16.40m).

Kate CooksonEleanor AllsopLucy RamsdenCaroline Woodworth

Daniel Smith had a pretty good day too – setting new PB’s in the 75m Hurdles (13.66), Long Jump (3.67m) and High Jump where he added 10 cms to clear 1.45m. George Ramsden replicated Daniel’s performance with his own new PB in the Hurdles (16.39) – over a second faster than his previous best whilst  Ben Livesey set himself a new PB in the 200m with 28.53. Ben Stratton was one of our nine winners on the day as he unleashed a tremendous sprint in the last 60 metres to win the U13 Boys 1500m in 4.49.82 for his fourth win out of five 1500m races this year. Oliver Gill also set himself a new personal best in the 1500m ‘B’ race with 5.13.82 – bettering his previous best by 2 seconds. Other new personal bests by the U13 Boys were set by Harrison Allcock in the Shot Putt (6.64m) and Findlay Carroll in the Javelin (15.42m).

Daniel SmithBen Livesey Oliver Gill

Bottom of age U13 Imogen Robinson knocked out three new PB’s – in the 800m running 2.46.94 which was a 3 second improvement, 3.35m in the Long Jump and 1.15m in the High Jump, whilst Eve Coulson set a new time for herself in the 800m of 2.52,17. Niamh Gater ran 11.42 in the 75m and 12.77 in the 70m Hurdles, both of which were new PB’s, with Kady Thompson improving her Javelin best to 14.91m and Madison Bontoft setting new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.64m) and Javelin (16.19m).

Imogen RobinsonEve CoulsonNiamh Gater

Keswick Mountain festival – Sunday May 19th

Well done to Hollie Cubbon who had a nice win at the Festival Aquathon on Sunday. The Swim had to be cancelled due to blue algae which left the 3k run – and won by Holly in a time of 11.58. She got a nice little bonus too, winning around £100 worth of prizes to make it a very good end to the day.

Southport Triathlon – Sunday May 19th

Danny Maynard tackled the Southport Triathlon finishing 63rd out of the 187 triathletes competing on the day. He placed 5th in his age category – (25 – 29yrs) – and clocking an Open Water 750m Swim 750m time of 16 min, a 20km Bike ride in 40.48 minutes and a 5k Run in 18.35 minutes


Danny Maynard

St.Anne’s Triathlon – Sunday May 19th

A number of Blackburn Harriers competed int his event at the weekend with some pretty good results, especially for the youngsters.

U13 Matthew Smith and his parents – Paul and Helen – were all in action in the competition which saw Matthew win his age group (MT2) by nearly a minute with a combined time of 27.27 for the Swim (3.43), Bike (15.46.8) and Run (7.55.3).

Matthew Smith Matthew Smith

Paul set himself a new PB coming in at the end with a combined time of 1hr 05.43 with the Swim (6.59), Bike (37.08) and Run (21.36) and 25th overall in a field of 187 men. Helen finished 24th in her 124 strong women’s race clocking 8.17 for the Swim, 42.47 for the Bike and 28.50 for the Run which gave her a combined finishing time of 1hr 19.55

And it was another good performance from William Grundy in the MT1 age category as he headed the field of 26 to win for the 3rd year running in a combined time of 17.41 comprising a Swim of 2.27.5, Bike (9.52.4) and Run (5.20.7).

William GrundyWilliam Grundy

Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon – Sunday May 19th

This Duathlon Parents Race comprises a Run of 1200m followed by 3900m on the Bike and ends with a second Run of 400m. Juniors do a Run of 2k, a Bike Ride of 7.8k and finish off with a Run of 800m. Michael Sharp, his son Saul Sharp and Codie Dewhurst all entered this event, and for Michael, this was his first competitive action for a long while following a hip operation.

After the event finished, Michael commented on the day “Well done to Saul and Codie today in the Salt Ayre Duathlon, a bit out of their comfort zone on the bikes but did fantastic in 15th and 16th positions. Bike upgrade needed.Well done boys,some very fast lads on the bikes,both ran really well.They did a 2k run followed by a 7.8k bike ride and ended with a 800m run. On a personal note, this was my first competitive action since 3rd October 2016. Why not have a go,1200m run, 3.9k bike, 400m run. Loved every second of it and finished 2nd in the Parents Race. Decent pace around 7:40 on 1200m off virtually no training. Still buzzing”.

L-R Codie Dewhurst – Michael Sharp – Saul Sharp

Manchester 10k – Sunday May 19th

Won by Jacob Kiplimo in a time of 27.31, V50 Jonathan Bridge joined the thousands of runners and came home in a time of 42.17. Jonathan wasn’t alone and made it a family affair with wife Claire clocking 52.57 and son Joe running a time of 38.31.


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Jess, Charlie and Rob with top performances at Loughborough International – Ben 2nd at Chester Half Marathon

Jess Judd was in excellent form in the 3000m at the Loughborough International as she won the 14 strong field race, comprehensively in a time of 9.02.86 from Anna Quirk (England) in 2nd (9.18.61), Danielle Hodgkinson (Walls) in 3rd (9.24.54) and Eloise Walker (Scotland) in 4th (9.29.74).


Charlotte Williams was making her debut in a GB Vest at the Loughborough International and had another fantastic competition, achieveing the European U20 Championship qualifiying distance, not just once, but twice in the competition – 59.66m and 59.70m and the fourth time she has now achieved that in the last few weeks.


After the competition Charlotte was toldshe had been selected to represent GB again in the Halle Throws Fest” which is another fabulous achievement for her”.

Rob Warner had 23 athletes in his 3000m race won by Will Fuller (Loughborough) in 8.13.26. Rob had a very good run to come across the line in 6th position clocking 8.18.50 and commented after the race that he was quite pleased with the race, ended up being quite slow through the first 1km as no one really wanted to go with the pacemaker! Ended up only 2 seconds outside of my PB after going through 1km in 2:54 so I’m confident of getting close to 8:10 with a more even pace! Always a great race to be a part of and happy to be competitive in it”.


Chester Half-Marathon – Sunday May 19th

Ben Fish was out at the Chester Half-Marathon on Sunday in only his 5th race of the year as he has battled against illness. Chester was won by the Altincham athlete – Mohammad Rezeq – in a time of 64.28 with Ben in 2nd place clocking 69.27.


Ben described it as a “solid run which hopefully i can build on it and make more progress over the summer. Just going to keep hammering in the races now!!”.

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Harriers Open Northern League Season with a Win at Witton Park

A great start to this years Division One campaign in the Northern League for Blackburn Harriers after a very good day of Track & Field competition which saw the Club win the match with a total of 396 points from Team Isle of Man in 2nd (375), West Cheshire 3rd (343), Wakefield 4th (334), City of York 5th (288), Wigan 6th (263). In winning the match, the Harriers recorded 20 wins, 9 second and 14 third places.






Solomon Brown and Ben Whittaker got the day off to a good start with Solomon running just outside his best time, clocking 59.80 in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles whilst Ben in his first ever race over Long Hurdles won the ‘B’ in a solid 65.10. Charlie Coy was running her first ever 400m Hurdle race placing 5th (85.80) to help the team out. The flat 400m races were pretty rapid as the Men’s ‘A’ race was won in 48.90 and the ‘B’ 52.30. Zac Howe ran 54.00 in the ‘A’ (5th) with Karl Billington also 5th in the ‘B’ (61.00). Charlie Coy ran 62.90 for 5th spot in the Women’s 400m as Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, flew out of the blocks over the first 200 to establish a big lead and hung on to win the ‘B’ in 63.60.

Solomon BrownBen WhittakerCharlie Coy

Zac HoweKarl BillingtonEllen Sagar-Hesketh

Charlie Coy

The Sprint Hurdles witnessed more progress for Ben Whittaker as he won the ‘B’ race with 17.90 and a new PB with Nick Massey clocking 19.80 in the ‘A’ race (3rd). Chloe Bleeks placed 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles (19.70).

Ben Whittaker Nick MasseyChloe Bleeks

Similar story in the Men’s 800m won in 1.53.7 and 1.56.7 with Zac Howe 3rd in the ‘A’ (2.07.0) and Joe Gebbie 3rd in the ‘B’ (2.02.8). Ellen Sagar-Hesketh clocked 2.25.9 (5th) in the Women’s ‘A’ 800m as Eleesha Charnley ran a tactically perfect race in the ‘B’ to win in 2.25.3. Dominic Walton and Marc Hartley delivered wins in the Men’s 1500m  Which saw Marc take on the race with some 500m to go splitting the field up and allowing Dominic to put in a huge kick from 300m out to come home the winner in 4.09.40 with Marc making it a double by winning the ‘B’ in 4.12.6. Amy Davies ran a time of 5.15.8 for 4th spot in the Women’s ‘A’ Race and Freya Black 5.33.20 in 3rd place in the ‘B’.

Xac Howe Joe GebbieEllen Sagar-Hesketh Eleesha Charnley

Annabel Ralph made a bid for the lead half way through the 3000m, finally placing 3rd in a time of 10.34.50 in the ‘A’ with Maddie Elliott winning the ‘B’ in 10.42.20. Jacob Watson and Tom Blaney stepped into the 5000m and had very good runs, both running the distance for the first time on the track, and gaining valuable points as Jacob clocked 16.06 in the ‘A’ (2nd) and Tom won the ‘B’ in a time of 16.26. The 3000m Steeplechase saw Joe Howe and Chris Davies pair up again as they have in previous seasons, winning big points as Joe clocked 11.02.60 in the ‘A’ (2nd) and Chris 11.06.30 in the ‘B’ for a win.

Annabel Ralph (1) & Maddie Elliott (11)Jacob Watson (1) & Tom Blaney (11)Joe Howe (1) Chris Davies (11)

In the Sprints Brandon Zinyemba had a very good day as he won the ‘A’ 100m in 11.2, came 4th in the ‘A’ 200m (23.20) as Dominic Bretherton ran 11.60 (5th) in the ‘B’ 100m and 24.40 in the ‘B’ 200m (5th). Bailey Madden ran 12.70 for 5th in the ‘A’ 100m with Chloe Bleeks clocking 13.90 in the ‘B’ also 5th. Bailey then ran a big new PB by eight tenths clocking 26.20 in the ‘A’ 200m race (4th) as Millie Coy was just outside her best in 4th with 27.20 in the ‘B’.

Brandon Zinyemba (1) Dominic Bretherton (11)

Bailey MaddenChloe Bleeks

When it came to the 4 x 100m Relay, Dominic had to withdraw with a sore hamstring, so the team became Chris Brand on Leg 1, Kyle Mashiter on Leg 2, Ethan Downes on Leg 3 and Brandon Zimyemba on the final leg and they ran a fine race with good handovers to take the win in 45.00. The Club Record has stood since 1971 at 43.1 – set in the BAL – and these lads are young enough to go on and challenge that in the future. The Women’s 4 x 400m team – Maddie ElliottEleesha CharnleyCharlie Coy Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – placed 4th in a time of 4.10.4 with amzingly consistent splits of 62.5, 62.7, 62.7 and 62.5 and the time was just 2 seconds outside the Club Record set in 2005. In the Men’s 4 x 400m – Marc HartleySolomon BrownDominic WaltonJoe Gebbie – the team clocked 3.35.40 in 3rd place with Dominic Walton clocking 49.9 on the third Leg.

L-R and photo bombed by 1500m winner Dominic Walton – Ramzi Dabbar (Sprints Coach) – Solomon Brown – Dominic Bretherton – Kyle Mashiter – Chris Brand – Brandon Zinyemba – Ethan Downes

L-R Maddie Elliott – E;leesha Charnely – Charlie Coy – Ellen Sagar-heskethL-R Dominic Walton – Joe Gebbie – Marc Hartley – Solomon Brown


Great to see Joe Pearse back in action for the Harriers in his first competiton since February 2018, well over a year ago, as he has battled with a bad ankle injury. Neverthless, he came up with a good win to clear 1.90 and in the ‘A’ High Jump with Nick Smith clearing 1.60m in the ‘B’ (4th). Charlie Coy who last did a High Jump in 2013 as a junior, helped the team out, clearing 1.35m for 5th in the ‘A’ with Imogen Mansfield who has never done High Jump, did the same in the ‘B’ with a 1.25m clearance for 3rd place. Great spirit by the girls to step in to help the team in the way they did. There was a big plus in the Pole Vault too with three beginners, two of whom hadn’t ever pole vaulted in a competition previously.

Joe PearseCharlie CoyImogen Mansfield

George Whittaker cleared 2.20 in the ‘A’ men’s Pole Vault for  4th place, the event being won by a Vault of 4.40m by Wigan’s Chris Lamb whilst new members of the Club Katie Mitchell cleared 2.00m for 2nd in the Women’s ‘A’ and Poppy Mae Preece got over the opening height of 1.70m to win the ‘B’ – invaluable points won for the team by these athletes.

Katie MitchellPoppy Mae Preece

Jonathan Gough was just short of his previous best leaping out to 12.56m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with Nick Smith also in 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.66m. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh jumped 9.83m for 3rd spot in the Women’s ‘A’ Triple Jump with Eleesha Charnley also taking 3rd in the ‘B with 8.21m and the first time she has has tried the event. There was a new PB for Imogen Mansfield in the Long Jump with a 4.87m leap in 4th in the ‘A’ as Bailey Madden came 4th in the ‘B’ with 4.38m. More Long Jump new PB’s as Jonathan Gough and Ben Branton both leapt out to a distance of 5.86m which had Ben in 3rd in the ‘A’ and Jonathan winning the ‘B’.

Jonathan Gough Nick SmithImogen Mansfield Bailey Madden

Anna Peers and Millie Coy are a formidable pair in the Javelin which saw Anna win the ‘A’ with a distance of 37.40m and Millie win the ‘B’ with 30.24m. English Schools Finalist Cameron Harris from 2018 won the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 51.66m – the first time he has thrown the 800g weight in competition with Nathan Billington placing 4th in the ‘B’ (28.48m) and a new PB by nearly two metres.

Anna Peers

Cameron Harris

Anthony Kent set a new PB by three metres throwing 45.22m in the ‘A’ Hammer in 2nd spot with Nathan Billington making it a good haul of points for the Club with his throw of 35.14m to win the ‘B’. Emily Taberner (5th) in the ‘A’ (26.41m) which was a new PB by some four metres  teamed up in the Hammer with Abigail Brown – 2nd in the ‘B’ (24.10m).

Anthony Kent Nathan BillingtonEmily Taberner

It was a win double for Anna Peers and Emily Taberner in the Discus with Anna winning the ‘A’ with a distance of 36.80m and Emily winning the ‘B’ (28.18m) and in the Men’s Discus – Anthony Kent threw 34.82m for 3rd in the ‘A’ as Tony Balko threw 30.01m for 2nd in the ‘B’ – the same pairing in the Shot Putt had Anthony in 3rd in the ‘A’ (11.81m) and Tony in 2nd in the ‘B’ (10.02m) and once again evidence of the major contirbution that the Throws Squad plays in the success of the team overall. Emily Taberner and Abigail Brown joined up again in the Women’s Shot Putt with Emily placing 6th in the ‘A’ (8.96m) and Abigail 6th in the ‘B’  with a new PB of 7.23m.

Anna Peers

Emily TabernerAnthony Kent Tony BalkoEmily Taberner Abigail brown


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Victoria Wins Wholan Nook – Ben & Annabel Win Horwich & Harriers Win the Team – Matthew Wins Junior Horwich Race

Wholan Nook Trail Race – Wednesday May 15th

Just short of three hundred runners ran in this challenging trail race including a few testing climbs and run on a warm summers evening. Matthew McKay (Rossendale) finished a good winner in a time of 28.32 some 20 seconds in front of the 2nd place athlete Thomas Corrigan.

Matthew Poole (238) – John Horrocks (215) – Josh Holgate (200)

All Wholan Nook Photos courtesey of David’s Photos


Blackburn Harriers Josh Holgate had a very good run coming home in 3rd spot with a time of 29.52, followed by Chris Davies in 7th clocking 31.04 and John Horrocks in 8th with a time of 31.23 making it three Harriers in the first ten.

John Horrocks (200) – Matthew McKay (86) – Thomas Corrigan (262)

Chris Davies

John Horrocks

V45 Paul Brindle had a good run also as he came home in 15th place overall running 32.03 with Matthew Poole in 35th spot (34.25). Victoria Mousley was 1st Woman home in a good time of 35.18 and Joanne Nelson (V45) made it a one – two on the night as she came home in 36.03 to take the 2nd place. V50 Gary Pearse finished running a time of 37.01 in 68th with V45 Lindsay Davies in 145th spot (42.39).

Paul Brindle Matthew PooleVictporia MousleyJoanne NelsonGary PearseLindsay Davies

The Horwich Jubilee Series – Race (1) Wednesday May 15th

Ben Fish has one hell of a record in this far from easy 5 Mile Race, having won it on many previous occasions, the last time being the final race of 2018 when he clocked a winning time of 25.18. In this, the first Race of the 2019 Series, Ben was in winning form again, winning with a time of 26.00 – mearly a minute and a half in front of 2nd placed Neil Pendlebury (27.24). Annabel Ralph had a fine run too, winning the Women’s race in a time of 31.07 and 17th overall.

Ben Fish (231)


The Harriers provided three of the first four athletes home as Tom Blaney came across the line in 3rd place clocking 27.36, with Karl Billington right behind him in 4th spot in a time of 27.50. V40 Paul Jeffries had a pretty solid run to in 38th position (34.53), the four of them counting to win the Team Prize by just 6 points from Wigan in 2nd place.

Great running from the youngsters in the Harriers on the night too having four of them finish in the first seven places in the first of two junior races. Bottom of age Matthew Smith who smashed his 800m personal best at the Lancashire Championships (2.24) at the weekend won the mile long race in a time of 5.33 – just 2 seconds in front of the 2nd place runner from Leigh – Sam Barlow. U11 Sam Aspey came in 3rd clocking 5.41 as another bottom of age U13 Oliver Gill came 4th (5.44). Making it four out of seven was 9yr old William Grundy running a very good time time of 6.04 in 7th place.

Junior Results

Matthew SmithSam AspeyOliver Gill (1) – William Grundy (44)

U11 Findlay Carroll was the next blue & white vest across the line in the 57 strong field (13th) in 6.37, with U11 Kingston Turner in 17th (6.55), U11 Tippi Francis in 21st (7.08), 9yr old Charlotte Smith (33rd) running a time of 7.54, Oyyo Bowden in 44th spot (8.36) and Poppie Turner running a time of 11.17 in 56th position.