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Chris & Joanne 2nd at Caldervale 10 Mile – John races Rydal Round & Kentmere Horseshoe

Caldervale 10 – Sunday July 28th

Just over one hundred and fifty runneras lined up in this one hilly course won by Joseph Beech in a time of 55.44. Coming home in 2nd spot was Chris Davies clocking 58.38 which also gave him the V40 1st prize and he told the Harriers after the Race that hedecided to do the Caldervale 10 Miler at the last minute and use it as a training run. It proved to be a good decision. The course is tough especially in the middle section. The course is very up and down and you are working all the time going into mile 3 to 8. I had a good run though, 58:38 so to break the hour mark on that course was very pleasing. The last three miles I am pleased with, it was a good strong finish after putting in some hard work, so happy overall. 2nd overall and 1st Vet 40 is a good day. Well done to Joanne Nelson as well who also finished 2nd overall for the Female section and finishing 1st in her Vet catergory”.

Joanne Nelson who has won her last three road races had to settle for 2nd place today as she came home in 30th position overall with a time of 69.25 telling us afterwards that she “Really enjoyed the race today. It’s a challenging course with plenty of ups and downs. Was happy to come 2nd lady after Dionne Allen. The only way I would have won would have been to drive around in my car! Plenty of support on the run in to the village, and cakes available at the village hall”.

Joanne Nelson

Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round Fell Race – Thursday July 25th

This Race embraces 9 miles of running and 3000ft of climbing, so no easy run out on the Fells! Ricky Lightfoot won the race in a time of 1hr 25.12 just 18 seconds in front of Nathan Lawson in 2nd and 37 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Rhys Findlay Robinson. John Horrocks was tacking the first of two tough Fell Races in four days and in this his first, he clocked a time of 1hr 46.00 in 17th place overall.

Rydal Round Results

John Horrocks

Four days later John was out again on the Fells, this time tackling the Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race – Sunday July 28th with12.3 miles of running and 3300ft of climbing & won by Garry Greenhow of Ambleside AC in a time of 1hr 35.24 some two minutes in front of 2nd placed Phil Marsden (Horwich) and Joshua Jardine in 3rd.

Kentmere Results

John ran 1hr 50.33 in 29th spot out of a field of 276 runners and commented to the Club afterwards that it “turned out to be a good day on Kentmere Horseshoe despite the weather we set off in back at home. Managed my fastest time on the route even with struggling up the first two climbs with rydal round still in my legs but came too and had a really good second half of the race. Top day out as always!

John Horrocks



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Jess Wins England Athletics Championships in Milton Keynes 5000m – Rob Smashes his 5000m PB at Milton Keynes – Ben battles with Tom Adams at Tolkien 10k

Jess Judd is in very impressive form in the month of July. On the 2nd Jess ran a seasons best 1500m time of 4.08.93 in an international race in France before going on to win the World Student Games Gold Medal in the 5000m clocking 15.45.82. On the 21st July Jess stepped onto the track in the Diamond League with some of the greatest 5000m athletes around and clocked a magnificent new personal best of 15.16.47 which gave her a World Championship qualifying time and moved her to 6th in the National Rankings.

At Milton Keynes last night, Jess won the English Athletics Championships after running a fast last 1k lap of 2.49 to win the race by some eleven seconds (15.37.38) from Louise Small in 2nd place (15.48.39) and Nicole Taylor in 3rd (15.49.25).

Milton Keynes Results

Photo from Athletics Weekly Website

L-R Louise Small (2nd) – Jess Judd (1st) – Nicole Taylor (3rd)

Rob Warner is in no less impressive form. On July 23rd at the BMC Gold Standard Races (Trafford) Rob clocked a seasons best 1500m time of 3.48.71 – less than three tenths outside his personal best – as he led up to the 5000m in Milton Keynes; And what a run he produced, hacking nearly ten seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.08.54 as he came home in 11th place out of field of 24 athletes with the first twelve all finishing inside 14.10.

When the race was over, Rob spoke to the Harriers saying that he was really pleased with it, felt good in the 1500 earlier in the week so was looking forward to this one! Couldn’t have gone better yesterday really, started off towards the back and worked my way through nicely! Actually managed to pace it evenly which is a first! Went through 3km in about 8:29 and managed to keep strong through to the end, so really happy with it!”

Photo courtesy of Mark Hookway

Rob Warner (359)

Tolkien Trail 10k – Saturday July 27th

Ben Fish is another Blackburn Harrier who is in very good form. After winning seven straight races in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix – including the infamous Hendon Brook Race – Ben won the Northern League Division 1 5000m at Ellesmere Port in 15.15, leading up to this 10k race which featured Tom Adams – a four time GB International in Mountain Running Championships.

Photos courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photos)


On a tough course, the race turned into a battle between Ben and Adams with Adams coming out the winner by six seconds in a time of 32.54 as Ben clocked 33.01 and Jon Cleaver in 3rd, nearly four minutes further back (36.49). Ben told the Harriers after the race that it was a Great race and I knew I was up against a formidable opponent in Tom Adams. Was a close battle and was just edged out at the end”.

Joshua Crowther (51) – Jonathan Cleaver (41) – Ben Fish (252) – Tom Adams (251)

Blackburn Harriers Harry Wilkin and Mark Wilkin also contested the Race which had Harry just missing a top ten place as he ran 43.13 in 11th place with his dad Mark coming home in 33rd with a time of 47.37.

Ben Fish & Harry WilkinHarry Wilkin Mark Wilkin


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Another Win for Ben and Joanne at Greenway 5k – Seasons Best for Rob at BMC – Throws PB’s for Sam at Trafford Grand Prix

Greenway 5k – Wednesday July 24th

Well over two hundred runners contested this 5k run – the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – in very warm and testing conditions which resulted in the Harriers taking almost all the winning categories — Race Winner — Women’s Winner – 1st V40 Man — 1st V45 Man — 1st Women’s V35 — 1st V45 Women — 1st Junior Women.



Ben Fish was the comfortable winner by nearly a minute as he came home in a time of 15.29, at the head of five Blackburn Harriers taking top ten finishes. In 4th place came Chris Davies clocking 16.47 and with it the V401st Prize, followed by John Horrocks in 8th position with a time of 17.31, Calum Holmes – who had run the Burnley 10k three days previously in 35.27 (3rd) – came home in 9th place (17.31) and V45 Paul Brindle in 10th – running a time of 17.43 which also won him the 1st V45 prize.

Photos Courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photo’s)

Ben Fish (201)

Chris Davies (158)John Horrocks (312)Paul Brindle (255)

Matthew Poole – in his first year competing for the Harriers – had another good race to place 20th in a time of 18.25. In the Series Standings Ben is top of the leader Board after Race 11 with Chris Davies in 3rd position and also in 1st V40 place, John Horrocks in 5th and Calum Holmes 7th, Matthew Poole 25th and Gary Pearse 42nd.

Matthew Poole (287)

Joanne Nelson and Victoria Mousley were at it again as they finished 1st and 2nd Women for the third race in a row – Joanne who ran a 1500m PB in the Northern League Division 1 Match last Sunday won in a time of 19.03 and 28th overall with Victoria in 43rd spot overall and 2nd Woman  clocking 19.37. In 63rd spot came V50 Gary Pearse running a time of 20.50 with Amy Davies in 97th position and 1st Junior Woman with a time of 22.33 and followed by Lindsay Davies in 101st clocking 22.42. On the night Joanne won the Women’s V45 1st prize alongside Victoria winning the Women’s V35 prize.

Joanne Nelson (254)Victoria Mousley (198)Gary pearse (362)Amy Davies (159)Lindsay Davies (160)

In the Junior U11 / U13 Race of Boys and Girls – sixty nine youngsters took part in the race won by Trawden’s U13 Harry Smith in 6.47. The first Harrier home was U13 Matthew Smith in 5th spot running a time of 7.32 with U11 Theo Robinson in 14th place (7.49), U11 Harry Smith in 16th position (7.50) and U13 Hannah Davies in 25th place overall with a time of 8.15.

Matthew Smith (72)

Theo Robinson (71)Harry Smith (59)Alexander Brien (41) & Hannah Davies (25)

Next home came U13 Imogen Robinson (28th) clocking 8.18, U13 Alexander Brien (32nd) with a time of 8.22, U13 Emily Smith coming home in 43rd place in her first race for the Club (8.58) and U11 Charlotte Smith in 54th (9.38). The U15/U17 Race saw Codie Dewhurst finish in 10th place out of the 30 strong field in a time of 11.32 with Daniel Smith in 16th spot clocking 12.24.

Alexander Brien (41) & Imogen Robinson (68)Charlotte Smith (70)Codie Dewhurst (94)Daniel Smith (117)

Trafford BMC – Tuesday July 23rd

Rob Warner, Tim Raynes, Tony Balko and Sam Gaskell weere all competing at Trafford on Tuesday evening in their respective events. Rob was in a stacked 1500m A Race with athletes having personal bests of 3.41 through to 3.49. In the end, just seven tenths separated the first 5 finishers with Rob in 5th clocking a seasons best time of 3.48.71 – just two tenths outside of his personal best – in the race won by Adam Craig in 3.48.02.

BMC Gold Standard Races RESULTS

Afrer the Race Rob spoke to the Harriers about the evening saying that he was Very happy with the race and the time, the season hasn’t gone the way I’d have hoped so far so it was really good to put in a good run and be competitive in a top class field! It was slightly slower than I expected through 700m, so I’m quite positive that a pb is there with a quicker start. It was a very close finish with the top 6 all within a second of each other, I may have slightly mistimed my kick and pushed a bit too hard down the back straight as the wheels started to fall off a bit in the last 100m!

Rob Warner (271) Archive Photo

Tim was competing in only his second track race of the season following some time off with an injury – his first being in Division 1 on the Northern League at the weekend over 1500m. Tim went into this Race won by Emilie Cairess in 8.12.99 with an open mind and clocked 9.01.19 in 5th place out of a field of 18 athletes.

Trafford Grand Prix RESULTS

Tim spoke to the Harriers after the Race commenting that he “Went into the race without a particular plan in terms of splits, just hoping a decent time would come from racing those around me. It ended up being a tough slog in the heat. At the front, Emile Cairess hit a 61 on the first lap, which spread the field out early on. From then on I found myself in no man’s land for the whole race, as most of the field (myself included) progressively slowed throughout the race. Hopefully I will be able to have another crack at a 3k before the end of the summer.”

Tim Raynes Northern League July 21st

Sam Gaskell went into this Hammer competition with a personal best of 62.76m and had a very good night as he secured a new PB of 64.95m for himself, an improvement of over 2m with the 6kg Hammer.

Sam Gaskell (Archive Phot)

Tony Balko was also having a good night as he took on the Hammer (6kg) and Javelin (400g) – throwing 31.75m in the Javeling and 38.07m with the Hammer. Afterwards, Tony told the Club that  Despite competing on Sunday, training on Monday and feeling a little bit jaded last night, quite enjoyed the meet, tried a few new things that didn’t quite come off. Good to see Sam smashing it. Preparations are are on track for Project Venice 2019″.

Tony Balko (Archive Photo)

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Harriers top of Divsion One in the Northern League – Harriers finish 2nd at UKYDL Match in Sheffield – Tom 12th at Ingleborough – 5K Road Races with Dan and Paul

Northern League Division One – Sunday July 21st

Match 3 in this years Division One took place in warm, slightly breezy conditions at Ellesmere Port – home of West Cheshire Harriers who along with Blackburn Harriers, City of York, Wigan, Team I.O.M and Wakefield make up the Division. The Harriers had won the first two Matches of the season and were hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins, but that wasn’t to be as our team were affected by holidays and injuries. Nevertheless, the Team did really well on the day in a very tight Match which was similar to previous Matches with West Cheshire winning with 405.5 Points, Blackburn Harriers in 2nd (366.5), Team I.O.M in 3rd (348), Wakefield in 4th (345), City of York in 5th (316) and Wigan in 6th place (292). The Harriers now lead the Division in advance of the final Match at Wakefield on Saturday August 10th with 17.0 League Points, with Team I.O.M in 2nd (14.0), West Cheshire in 3rd (11.0), Wakefield in 4th (10.0), City of York in 5th (7.0) and Wigan 6th (4.).


The Throws athletes have contibuted hugely to our points total at each Match this year and none more so than in this latest Match which opened with wins in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hammer as Anthony Kent threw a new PB of 45.63m and Tony Balko 33.07m. On to the Discus and it was a second new PB of the day for Anthony as he placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 38.47m as Tony also placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 30.90m. Finally on to the Shot Putt where Anthony took 4th spot (11.65m) and Tony 4th too in the ‘B’ with 9.82m.

Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Discus)Tony Balko (Discus)

In the Javelin, the absence of the teams ‘A’ Javelin thrower because of injury meant that Anthony Kent took over alongside Joe Pearse who last threw javelin in 2014 with Anthony not having thrown for a year in the event – but they both did really well with Joe placing 5th in the ‘A’ (35.29m) and Anthony 3rd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 33.07m.

Joe Pearse (Javelin)

In the Women’s Throws Anna Peers who like the Men has scored a huge number of points for the team, took on her usual events of Discus, Shot and Javelin as well as the Hammer to help the team with Charlotte Williams otherwise engaged in the European Championships. Anna was so close to all of her personal bests as she threw 37.24m in the ‘A’ Discus for 2nd spot, 39.99m for 2nd spot again in the ‘A’ Javelin and 10.44m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (5th) – as for the Hammer, that is for another time!! Emily Taberner stepped up to cover Javelin in the absence of regular thrower Millie Coy and earning good points with a 3rd placed throw of 24.01m before throwing just short of her Shot Putt personal best with a throw of 8.52m (4th) in the ‘B’. In the Hammer she finished 6th with 24.28m. Teigan Fawcett doubled up with Anna in the ‘B’ Discus to place 6th with a throw of 18.57m.

Emily Taberner (Hammer) Anna Peers (Hammer)Anna Peers (Javelin)


At the start of the day we had lost one of our senior sprinters to injury and then lost another one to illness on the day itself and another through injury on the day but, on the plus side, we had a return to competition from Ross Liddle who had broken his leg and is now back training hard again and to U17 Ethan Downes who has also been sidelined for a while through injury. Brandon Zinyemba took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ 100m with 11.1 – the same time given to the winner – as Ross Liddle picked up the win in the ‘B’ Race with 11.5 in his first race since May 2018. On to the 200m and we had to swap Ross into the ‘A’ 200m because of another injury issue and clocked a very good 23.0 in 4th place and, as our 400m Hurdler – Solomon Brown was drafted into the ‘B’ race finishing 2nd in a very solid 24.00. In the 4 x 100m Relay – Triple Jumper Jonathan Gough led off on Leg (1) with Solomon Brown, Ethan Downes and Brandon Zinyemba completing the team in 4th place (46.2) – the same time as Wakefield who placed 3rd.

Brandon Zinyemba (1) 100mRoss Liddle (11) 100m

Ross Liddle (1) 200m Solomon Brown (11) 200m

A rather ill-looking Bailey Madden ran the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 (5th) with Emily Warren clocking 13.6 in 5th in the ‘B’. Amy Wiggans was moved up to the ‘A’ 200m placing 6th with 26.5 which was an impressive new PB by a full second as Long Jumper Imogen Mansfield took on the ‘B’ race running 28.2 for another new PB by a full second in a time of 28.2 (4th). Chloe Bleeks, Emily Warren, Imogen Mansfield and Amy Wiggans ran a combined time of 53.60 to place 6th in the 4 x 100m Relay.

Bailey Madden (1) 100m Emily Warren (11) 100mAmy Wiggans (1) 200m Imogen Mansfield (11) 200m


The 400m races were won in 49.1 and 51.8 respectiveley with Zac Howe running the ‘A’ for the Harriers in a time of 53.2 (4th) whilst 3000m runner U17 Matt Ramsden stepped into for the team to run the ‘B’ in 55.8 (4th) and his first ever competitive 400m race. The 800m had Zac Howe and Joe Gebbie teaming up with Zac clocking 1.59. 6 (3rd) in the ‘A’ and Joe Gebbie running a well judged race to win the ‘B’ in 2.02.8.

Zac Howe (1) 400m Matt Ramsden (11) 400mZac Howe (1) 800m Joe Gebbie (11) 800m

The 1500m had Dominic Walton take on Mark Bostock of Wakefield in the ‘A’ Race which saw Bostock kick virtually from the last lap bell, holding off Dominic who finished 2nd in 4.09.8. Great to have Tim Raynes back after injury who ran his first race since April this year in the ‘B’ clocking 4.11.1 to win. It was another double win for the Harriers in the 5000m as Ben Fish headed off York’s Tim Stratton in the ‘A’ race winning in a time of 15.15.5 as Jacob Watson put in another cracking performance to win the ‘B’ in 15.48.3 and new 5000m PB by eleven seconds. Marc Hartley who has been carrying an injury ran the Steeplechase in place of another injured athlete and placed 2nd in the ‘A’ race with a good time of 10.15.5 as Joe Howe ran 10.58.8 for the win in the ‘B’ Race.

Dominic Walton (1) and Tim Raynes (11) 1500mBen Fish (1) 5000m Jacob Watson (11) 5000mMarc Hartley (11) 3000m S/C Joe Howe (1) 3000m S/C

The 4 x 400m Relay was won in a rapid time of 3.25.6 by City of York as the Harriers came 4th with a combined time of 3.36.0 run by Dominic Walton, Matt ramsden, Joe Gebbie and Zac Howe.

Because of injuries and holidays Joanne Nelson, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and Eleesha Charnley took on a huge amount on the day in the middle distance events and can’t praise them enough. Eleesha and Ellen teamed up in the 400m placing 5th in the ‘A’ (64.0) and 4th in the ‘B’ (64.6 )respectively. The same two then swapped round as Ellen ran the ‘A’ 800m coming home in 3rd in the ‘A’ with 2.28.1 as Eleesha ran another well judged race, kicking off the bend to win the ‘B’ in 2.24.4.

Eleesha Charnely 400m Elle Sagar-Hesketh (1) 800m Eleesha Charnely (11) 800m

Back in 2016, Joanne, a V40 then, ran 5.12.68 in a Northern League fixture and now as a V45 she clocked a big new PB of 5.01.9 to place 2nd in the ‘A’ and a time which ranks her 3rd in the country in her age group! Ellen, taking on her third race had a solid run in the ‘B’ coming 3rd (5.42.6). Joanne was then out in the ‘A’ 3000m where she placed 2nd again in a time of 10.47.1 – her best time since 2016.

Joanne Nelson (1) 3000mJoanne Nelson (11) 1500m

And, after all this and having to consider losing the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team through injury, Joanne went and recruited Lindsay Davies who had finished her Officiating for the day to make up the numbers for the 4 x 400m where we finished 5th in a combined time of 4.45.0 for Lindsay Davies, Ellen Sgar-Hesketh, Eleesha Charnley and Joanne Nelson. Great Team Spirit!

L-R Lindsay Davies – Joanne Nelson – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Eleesha Charnley


Joe Pearse was so close to 2.0m in the High Jump knocking the bar off at that height by a feather touch of his vest in winning the event with a leap of 1.95m. Nick Smith finished 4th in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.60m. Jonathan Gough and Fawwaz Mustapha paired up for the Triple Jump which saw Jonathan in 4th spot (11.80m) and Fawwaz able only to get one jump in because of injury placing 4th too in the ‘B’ with 10.25m. Jonathan leapt out to 5.59m in the ‘A’ Long Jump (6th) with Ben Branton finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ (5.24m).

Joe PearseNick SmithJonathan Gough (Long Jump) Ben Branton (Long Jump)

U17’s Imogen Mansfield and Bailey Madden took on the Long Jump with Imogen getting 4.31m in the ‘A’ (6th) and Bailey 4.23m in the ‘B’ (4th). U17 Poppy Mae-Preece had a great start to her High Jumping as she cleared 1.40m in =3rd place in the ‘A’ – her first ever competitive High Jump – with Teigan Fawcett placing 3rd in the ‘B’ (1.35m). Middle Distance athletes Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and Eleesha Charnley took on the Triple Jump which saw Ellen come 4th in the ‘A’ with 9.17m and Eleesha 4th in the ‘B’ (7.99m). Poppy started off her day by eqalling her personal best in the Pole Vault finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ with 1.90m.

Imogen Mansfield  Bailey MaddenPoppy Mae-PreecePoppy Mae-Preece Teigan Fawcett


Solomon Brown ran a new PB in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles of 58.2, some three tenths faster than his previous best as he came home in 3rd place. Nick Smith won the ‘B’ race after a battle going into the home straight, clocking 61.6 in front of York’s Craig Punder in 2nd (62.1). Ben Whittaker hit the high hurdles for the first time this season but still manged to clock 17.1 in 2nd place in the ‘A’ as Joe Howe showed great personal and team spirit to get off the floor after falling at the penultimate hurdle to finish the race in 3rd. Chloe Bleeks gamely took on the 400m Hurdles to help the team, running 79.9 in 5th spot and then ran the 100m Hurdles clocking 20.80 in 3rd in the ‘A’ with Emily Warren making a return to Hurdles after two years to help the team in the ‘B’ race running 19.90 in 3rd.

Solomon brown (1) 400m Hurdles Nick Smith (11) 400m Hurdles

Ben Whittaker (110m Hurdles) Joe Howe (110m Hurdles)Chloe Bleeks (1) 100m HurdlesEmily Warren (11) 100m Hurdles

UKYDL – July 20th at Sheffield Athletics Stadium

The final fixture of the season for the Harriers UKYDL Lower Age Group team – covering U13 and U15 athletes – was fought out right to the end of the Match featuring seven Clubs: Blackburn Harriers; Hallamshire Harriers; Kingston upon Hull AC; Liverpool Harriers; Rotherham & AC; Stockport Harriers; and West Cheshire. The winning team on the day stayed in the Premier Division – West Cheshire – whilst the runners up, our own Blackburn Harriers will start the 2020 season in Division One. It was a really tough Match with Blackburn Harriers having to settle for 2nd place on the day by 48 points behind West Cheshire –  with just 30 points separating the next four Clubs in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions.

Team Managers – Chris & Nicola Thompson – were delighted with the effort of the Team, not only in taking 2nd spot on the day, but throughout the season and told the Club Well what can we say.   Our Sheffield fixture was definitely an exciting one, we went there not expecting to win as we knew the competition was going to be tough but getting our points totals early on in the day showing how close the battle was it definitely upped the excitement. Sadly it wasn’t to be this time and we will return to division one next season. 

We would like to thank all those who have taken part this year, we have had such a great bunch of kids who have really made the team what it is, their continuous support in helping out in various events has been excellent, without this attitude we wouldn’t have done so well.

We would also like to thank our team Official’s as they are also very important, not only do they help us score team points but without them we couldn’t have the events,  big thankyou also to Sylvia for doing a great job collecting the coach money (and Amy from fixture one), every little bit that someone else can do really does help.  

So with still a few more track events still to go before we head towards the end of the season we wish you all good luck in the hope your success continues and many more pb’s continue to come. All those who move up next year to the upper age group we know you will do well as you will be joining an already brilliant team so we expect to see some great performances there and as for the rest we shall hopefully be back to do it all again next year.  And we would also like to  wish Kyle a speedy recovery. 

Thanks Chris & Nicola 

There were some brilliant performances by the athletes at Sheffield, not least the individual 200m run by U15 Jayden Riley who when winning his race in a time of 23.2 broke a Blackburn Harriers Club Record that has stood for 37 years!. Added to this in the Team events, Jayden joined Samuel Mutomobo, Ben Boocock and Hayden Mercer to break the Club Record for the 4 x 100m Relays set back in 2009 clocking 48.38 in 2nd place and a time which was over a second quicker than the previous best Club Record. The U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team emulated the U15’s as they too, broke the exisiting Club Record which had been set in the UKYDL in 2018 by over a second as they also placed 2nd on the day in a time of 55.46 – the team being Harrison Allcock, Ben Livesey, Ben Stratton and Daniel Nuttall.

On the day the team pulled out sixteen individual wins for Jayden Riley (100m & 200m) Hayden Mercer (800m & Pole Vault), Ben Boocock (80m Hurdles), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (High Jump), Rory Teare (High Jump & Pole Vault), Sebastian Burton (Hammer), Nicky Saunders (Discus & Hammer), Grace Bontoft (Hammer), Caroline Woodworth (Javelin), Ben Livesey (200m), Ben Stratton (1500m), Daniel Smith (75m Hurdles) and Madison Bontoft (Shot Putt). Another sixteen athletes took 2nd places —  Madison Bontoft (Javelin), Tilly Pollard (Shot Putt), Amelia Burton (&0m Hurdles), Matthew Smith (High Jump), Daniel Smith (High Jump), Matthew Smith (800m), Ben Livesey (800m & 100m), Daniel Nuttall (100m N/S), Nicky Saunders (Javelin), Caroline Woodworth (Discus), Lucy Ramsden (High Jump & 75m Hurdles), Rory Teare (80m Hurdles), Theo Watson (800m) along with nine 3rd place finishes from Niamh Gater (70m Hurdles), George Ramsden (75m Hurdles), Oliver Gill (1500m), Caroline Woodworth (Shot Putt), Isaac Butler (Javelin), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (Hammer), Zachary Walmsley (Shot Putt), Samuel Mutombo (Long Jump), Sebastian Burton (800m N/S), Thomas Monks (300m).

And of course, just as valuable to the Teams competition always, are all the points and performances by athletes who don’t finish in the top three, who can come home in 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th place, all of which are extremely important and make a big contribution to the team. On the day there were twenty five new PB’s and not all of them registered by athletes in the top three places, many being won in those lower positions which demonstrates continuing improvement by these youngsters.

L-R Amelia Burton – Niamh Gater – Lucy Rishton


Ingleborough – Saturday July 20th


One hundred and sixty four runners took part in the Ingleborough Fell Race at the weekend which has a race distance of 11k and 600m of climbing. The race was won by Hector Haines from the not so aptly names ‘Hunters Bogtrotters’ in 48.02 with a team mate in 2nd place clocking 48.12. Among the runners were two from Blackburn Harriers – Thomas Marchant and V50 John Orrell. Thomashad another very good run on the fells taking 12th place overall in a time of 54.18 with John, racing for the first time in a little while, coming home in 134th position with a time of 79.50.

Thomas Marchant and John Orrell


Thomas Marchant (7)John Orrell (154)

 Penwortham Bypass Running Festival 5k & 10k – Sunday July 21st

Daniel Balshaw joined over two hundred and fifty other runners in this locally organised festival of races over 5k and came home in 3rd place overall with a time of 18.00 behind the race winner Mike Toft of Lytham and Francois Rafferty of Southport in 2nd.


Daniel Balshaw (15)

Pendle Festival of Running 5k – Saturday July 20th

V45 Paul Jeffries also entered a local running festival at Pendle and took 3rd spot on the day clocking 22.40. Paul said  “this if the first time I’ve taken part in this race, aft this wednesdays final horwich jubilee race I felt i wanted another run out, I tried to pace it evenly and there was a few surprises (steep climbing) around the course, I finished in third place, 2nd male , first v45”.


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4th place for Charlotte in European U20 T&F Championships – Jess sets new 5000m PB & World Champs qualifying time at Diamond League – Holly takes 3rd place in Diamond League Pole Vault

European U20 Athletics Champions – Boras, Sweden- July 18 – 21st

Charlotte Williams won the National U20 Championships at Bedford in June to gain automatic qualification for the European Championships held last weekend in Sweden where she put in another very good performance. Going into the Championships as British ranked No. 1, Charlotte qualified for the final after her first throw in Sweden with a distance of 61.01m. In the Final she came agonisingly close to a medal as she finished in 4th position with 61.24m – just 75cm away from the Bronze Medal.


A delighted and very positive Charlotte spoke to the Club about her Championships telling us that “Finishing fourth in the European championships as my first year in u20 is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. I competed against some of the greatest hammer throwers in the world as well as all the top in Europe. I went into the competition ranked 7th in Europe so finishing fourth a dream! I am so happy with my performance at such a big championships like this! Thankyou to everyone for the support over the past few days and everyone who tuned in to watch me! Also Thankyou to coach, parents and the club who have supported me in one of the hardest years of my life. Onwards and upwards. Next stop, British Championships“.


Diamond League – Olympic Park – July 20-21st

Jess Judd and Holly Bradshaw were both compeating at the Olympic Park with Jess going in the 5000m and Holly in the Pole Vault – both athletes competing in top quality and world class fields.

23 athletes lined up in the Women’s 5000m Race which included some of the best women distance runners in the modern era such as Hellen Obiri and Sifan Hassan who broke the women’s world record for the mile only a week ago.

5000m Results

Jess Judd went into the Race with a personal best of 15.34.82, knowing that 15.22 was the ‘A’ qualifying time for the forthcoming World T&F Championships in Doha. Jess had a great race knocking a massive 18 seconds off her previous best time to set a new PB of 15.16.47, a time over 5 seconds better than the qualifying time demanded. Her time also moves her into No. 6 in the National Rankings for 5000m and afterwards she spoke to the Harriers about her race saying that she was “Really happy with my race, was hoping to hang around at the back and get dragged round but the front pack were just a little too quick for me 800m in so found a gap had appeared early on. When the pace began to slow in my group I knew I was going to have to take it on and just really dig in and hope for the best and luckily my strength came through and I got an world qualifying time and PB! Been a busy couple of weeks but well worth it!!

Archive Photo

The Games saw Holly Bradshaw mixing it with some iof the best vaulters in the world at the moment with the likes of Sidorova, Stefanidi, Silva and Kiriakopoulou all competing alongside Holly. In a wind affected competition Sidorova (4.75m)  took the honours with Stefanidi (4.75m) in 2nd place and Holly in 3rd after clearing 4.40m and 4.55m at her first attempt before clearing 4.65m at her 2nd attempt.

Pole Vault Results

How high – that high!!

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Karl takes Win at Horwich & the 2019 Series – Matthew Wins Horwich Junior Series – Rachael at Lancaster 10k

After finishing in 4th place in Race (1) and 3rd place in Race (2), Karl Billington won Race (3) which moved him to the top of the Series Leader Board and winner of the 2019 Series. Karl won Race (1) in a time of 27.50, Race (2) in 27.34 and ran his fastest time of the Series so far in his win last night, clocking 27.13. Tom Blaney finished 3rd in Race (1) in 27.36, 4th in Race (2) (27.44) and 2nd in last night’s Race (3) with 27.40 – runs which move him into 2nd place in the Series. So a one – two for the Harriers on the night and a one – two for the Series overall. Third Harrier out on the night was V45 Paul Jeffries who crossed the line in 19th spot overall – clocking 33.28.

Race Results

Series Results with 1 Race to go

      Karl Billington (Archive Photo)                                             Tom Blaney (Archive Photo)

L-R Tippi Francis – Charlotte Smith – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill

In the Junior Races – U11 Matthew Smith had opened up in the Series winning Race (1) in 5.33 followed by a win in Race (2) with the exact same time of 5.33 and had to settle for 2nd place last night in Race (3) clocking 5.40 which leaves him in 1st place and overall winner of the Series. Oliver Gill placed 4th in Race (1) in 5.44, missed Race (2) and in Race (3) last night, ran 5.46 in 5th position. 9yr old William Grundy was the next Harrier through the line in 10th place, running 6.07 after finishing 7th in Race (1) with a time of 6.04 and 6th in Race (2) in 5.58 which leaves him in 4th position overall in the Series and 1st U9. 8yr old Charlotte Smith ran a time of 6.49 to finish in 19th overall out of a mixed boys and girls race featuring 56 runners in total – she ran 7.44 in Race (1) in 33rd spot and 7.13 in Race (2) in 21st position which leaves her in 6th position for the Girls Series final standings and 2nd U9 Girl. One place above her (5th) in the Series is Tippi Francis with a 21st place in the first Race (7.03), 19th in the second Race with a time of 6.58 and 25th in Race (3) with a time of 7.01 and 4th U11 Girl overall.

Matthew Smith

Junior Race Results

Junior Series Results with 1 Race to go

Matthew SmithOliver GillTippi Francis (2) – Charlotte Smith (43)

Happy Birthday!

Rachael Gavin was celebrating her birthday in the only way a committed runner can – by running a race!  So along with one hundred and seventy other runners she took on the Lancaster 10k on Wednesday evening finishing 30th overall and clocking a time of 43.49. The race was won by Lancaster’s David Brown in a time of 34.29.

Rachael Gavin (Archive Photo)