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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.

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PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Harriers Fell Championships Update – Beaverbrooks 10k

Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday May 14th

Six Blackburn Harriers were competing at the latest in the Grand Prix Series at Trafford last night. Jacob Watson was doing just his second ever race over 3000m on the track having won the first one at Trafford – ‘B’ race – in 9.19.95. Last night he jumped right into the ‘A’ race which was won in 8.22.30 – a much faster race in which, Jacob edged a new PB by less than a second as he clocked 9.19.07.

Jacob Watson

U20 Joe Gebbie also bagged himself a new PB in the 1500m after clocking a new 800m PB at the Lancashire Championships at the weekend. At Trafford Joe placed 6th out of the 13 strong field in a time of 4.12.92. Joe Howe also ran in the same race, running a time of 4.28.24. U20 Nicholas Smith just missed a new Pb in the 800m as he clocked 2.07.91 – a second outside his previous best in 7th place and bottom of age U15 Theo Watson had another consistent run in the 800m with a time of 2.20.37 in 5th place with top of age athletes behind him.

Joe Gebbie

Nick Smith

Theo Watson


In the Throws events Tony Balko sealed another win with a throw of 37.86m with the 6kg Hammer.

Blackburn Harriers Fell Championships

Pendle Cloughs Fell Race

The latest race in the Harriers Fell Championships came at Pendle Clough won by Bowland Fell Runners Iain Embrey in 2hr 13.12 – just a single second in front of 2nd placed Nick Leigh in 2hr.13.13 which must have been a hell of a battle between the two of them.


Four Blackburn Harriers ran with John Horrocks having a really fine run to bag himself a top ten finish (7th) in a time of 2hr 24.24 followed home by Tom Cubbon in 47th position with a solid time of 3hr 01.47, Ian Clarkson (81st) in 3hr 34.09 and Danny Teare (3hr 34.40) one place further back in 82nd.

John Orrell gave an update on the Harriers Fell Championships after the Race commenting “After Race 4 in the Championships – Pendle Cloughs – in which there was a great result for John Horrocks in 7th, Tom Cubbon next home and his first race in our series with Ian Clarkson next in, and Danny Teare hot on his heels – Ian still tops the leaderboard having completed all 4 races so far. Catch him if you can! He is followed by John Horrocks and Danny Teare on 3 races; Victoria on 2 races; Gary Pearse; Craig Greenough; Matt Nuttall; Thomas Marchant; Tom Cubbon and John Orrell on 1 race each”.

L-R Tom Cubbon – John Horrocks – Danny Teare – Ian Clarkson

Danny Teare (68) & Ian Clarkson (29) on the beer!

L-R Danny Teare – Ian Clarkson – Tom Cubbon – smiling before the pain sets in!

After the race Danny Teare spoke to the Club about the race saying “First time out in this race.  About 100 runners took to the start and trotted off towards the hill. 4 Harriers took it on  in  great conditions – bit too hot when the sun was out and a bit too cold when the cloud was in…. and a bit of hail too.  Some tricky nav checkpoints but I was close enough to that experienced bloodhound Ian Clarkson … so the map stayed in the pocket for most of the race.  A bit of nip and tuck with Ian over the last 2 miles was great sport, with Ian having a bit more left in the tank than me.  A great race – well done to John,  Tom and Ian.  Definitely one to do again…. and well organised / hosted / marshalled by Clayton.”

Mearley Clugh Fell Race – Tuesday May 14th

Nearly 200 finishers in this race run on a lovely summer evening and won by Wharfedale’s Sam Watson in a time of 33.01, just nine seconds in front of the Barlick athlete in 2nd and 19 seconds in front of U18 Jackson McKay.


L-R Mark Wilkin (88) – Ian Clarkson (17) – John Orrell (185)

V50 Mark Wilkin was the first Harrier home in 83rd spot with a time of 45.30, followed by V50 Ian Clarkson in 86th (45.43) and John Orrell also V50 (131st) clocking a time of 50.53. John, who is organising the Harriers Fell Championships commented after this latest race that “Little has changed after last nights round 5, Mearley Clough. Ian Clarkson moves further ahead. I bag my second race and Mark Wilkin joins those on 1 race. Pendle 3 Peaks is the next race on 17th August.

Mark WilkinIan ClarksonJohn Orrell

Beaverbooks 10k Run at Blackpool – Sunday May 12th

Blackburn Harriers Jason Harbour (2377) and Paul Wilkinson (1892) – NO RESULTS AVAILABLE