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Harriers Win UKYDL Div 3 & promoted to Division One – Gold & Silver Medals with new PB’s for Tony at Championships – Seasons Best for Jess in 1500m & Rob at Watford BMC – Ben & Vicci Win Trawden 7 + Win Men’s and Women’s Team – Ben Wins 2 Gold and 2 Bronze at Championships – Katie on Tour Down Under

UKYDL – (Upper Age Group) Division 3 – Sunday June 30th

The third and final fixture of this years Upper Age Group UKYDL Division 3 saw the Harriers complete a clean sweep of victories – comfortably winning all three matches to secure Promotion to Division One in 2020. All of the Teams seemed to be missing a number of athletes on the day which meant that some events weren’t very well populated but those that were gave spectators enough to cheer as the Harriers won 37 individual events.

U20 Men & Women

Fawwaz Mustapha has quickly settled in to the team having joined the Club this season, this fixture just his third so far, saw him teaming up with Solomon Brown in the 100m clocking 12.3 (3rd) in the ‘A’ with Solomon running 12.2 to win the ‘B’. Roles were reversed in the 200m with Solomon taking 3rd in the ‘A’ (24.4) and Fawwaz winning the ‘B’ in 25.3.

Fawwaz Mustapha Solomon BrownFawwaz Mustapha (Lane 7) – Solomon Brown (Lane 5)

Nick Smith who had never run a flat 400m race previously threw his hand in and clocked 55.6 in 2nd place before moving on to the 1500m – an event he has done only twice previously – finishing 2nd in 4.45.2 – a new PB by well over 5 seconds and this was after he won the 400m Hurdles in 63.3; And to top it all off, he then went and ran a new PB by 11 seconds in the 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 7.04.6 followed by winning the High Jump with a clearance of 1.60m – definitely a candidate for athlete of the Match. Staying with the Jumps – this time horizontal – Fawwaz Mustapha won the ‘A’ Triple Jump with a new PB leap of 11.95m

Nick Smith 400mNick Smith 400m HurdlesNick Smith High JumpNick Smith 2000m Steeplechase

Staying on the Field, it was disappointing to see just two Hammer Throwers in the U20 Men’s event, both from Blackburn Harriers. Anthony Kent threw a new PB by nearly two metres with his throw of 53.92m as Sam Gaskell also took maximum points in the ‘B’ with 52.24m. Anthony made it a hat trick of wins in the throws as he won the Shot Putt with 12.30m and the Discus with a throw of 40.71m.

Anthony Kent

Sam Gaskell

After a long period out with illness, Emily Warren is getting back into form as she showed on the day with a season best 100m 13.4 in the ‘A’ 100m (2nd) alongside Chloe Bleeks winning the ‘B’ in a time of 14.1. Emily then took 2nd again in the ‘A’ 200m in 28.7 – this time pairing with Amy Wiggans who won the ‘B’ in 27.6.

Chloe Bleeks (1) – Emily Warren (11)

Maddie Elliott was the only U20 in the 800m winning in 2.20.7 in virtually a solo run as she ran with the U17’s in a combined race, following which, she doubled up in the 1500m, taking the victory comfortably there too, clocking 4.58.2. On the Field – Chloe Bleeks took 3rd spot in the Long Jump with 4.26m and Katie Mitchell cleared 2.0m in the Pole Vault to take maximum points there, being the only U20 competitor. In the Shott putt – Emily Taberner placed 2nd with 8.39m and then won the ‘B’ Hammer with 24.97m. Abigail Brown pulled off a double victory winning the Discus with 25.70m and the Hammer with 26.04m. The 4 x 100m Relay Team of Emily Warren, Eleesha Charnley, Chloe Bleeks and Myah Booth came home in 2nd place in a time of 53.30.

Maddie ElliottKatie MitchellEmily TabernerAbigail Brown

Emily Warren (1) 4 x 100m Relay

U17 Men & Women

Just one sprinter in the 100m – Kyle Mashiter who clocked 11.9 in 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Race before going on to run 23.8 in 3rd place in the ‘A’ 200m. Sam Hodkinson and Ethan Barbarewicz paired up in the 400m – Sam a little ‘ring rusty’ after a period of exams and Ethan carrying a cast on his arm after a bad fall recently – but great team spirit and attitude by both them with Sam in only his second ever 400m equaling his personal best, placing 5th in the ‘A’ (55.6) and Ethan – never having run a 400m before – 4th in the ‘B’ (63.2).

Kyle Mashiter (100m)Kyle Mashiter (200m)

Sam Hodkinson (A) Ethan Barbarewicz (AA)

Sam then teamed up with Matt Ramsden in both the 3000m and the 800m – to make it a ‘hard training day ‘ – which saw Matt taking it very easy in the 3000m to win the ‘A’ (9.36.4) and Sam looking to break 10 min in his, he says ‘his one and only ever 3000m race’ – clocking 9.59.9 to take maximum points in the ‘B’. In the 800m and feeling all that had gone before, Sam clocked 2.16.5 in 4th place in the ‘A’ with Matt winning the ‘B’ in 2.11.3. Ethan came home in 3rd in the 1500m with a time of 4.57.5.

Sam Hodkinson & Matt Ramsden (3000m)Matt Ramsden (800m) Sam Hodkinson (800m)Nick Smith U20 1500m (1) – Ethan Barbarewicz U17 1500m (A)

In the Field – Kyle Mashiter took on the Shot Putt and set himself a new PB by over half a metre as he came 2nd with a distance of 8.06m with Matt Heywood winning the ‘B’ (7.63m). Matt grabbed himself a hat-trick of wins as he added the ‘A’ Discus with 24.95m in front of the Crewe and St Helens athletes and threw 49.59m in the ‘A’ Hammer, taking maximum points, being the only competitor. Kieran Carroll kept up his record in the Javelin to remain undefeated throughout the three matches, winning on the day with a throw of 26.29m.

Matt Heywood (Discus)Matt Heywood (Hammer)Kieran Carroll (Javelin)

The Men’s Relay Teams were cannablised to make up just one – 4 x 400m. The Team of Sam HodkinsonMatt RamsdenEthan Barbarewicz Kyle Mashiter did really well clocking 3.52.7 in 2nd place with a storming last leg by Kyle.

Sam Hodkinson to Matt Ramsden Matt Ramsden to Ethan Barbarewicz Ethan Barbarewicz to Kyle MashiterL-R 1500m runner – 100/200m sprinter – 3000m runner – 800m runner = 4 x 400m Relay Team!!

Bailey Madden and Amy Wiggans took on the 100m with Bailey running 13.4 in the ‘A’ (4th) and Amy winning the ‘B’ in a time of 13.2. The 200m saw Millie Coy come in clocking 27.7 in 3rd in the ‘A’ with Bailey winning the ‘B’ in 27.1.

Bailey Madden 100mAmy Wiggans 100mMillie Coy 200m Bailey Madden 200m

Eleesha Charnley and Rebecca Ramsden paired up in the 300m which saw them take maximum points as the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races were run together – Eleesha winning the ‘A’ with a time of 44.2 and Rebecca winning the ‘B’ (47.4) – her first time ever competing over the distance. The same pairing then went out in the 800m with Eleesha 3rd in the ‘A’ (2.34.6) and Rebecca 1st again in the ‘B’ (2.40.9) and again where both ‘A’ and ‘B’ strings were run together. Eleesha ‘please Coach, let me run the 3000m’ Charnley, did exactly that and clocked 12.22.1 in the mixed race of boys and girls to take maximum points. Myah Booth and Liberty Thompson took maximum points in the 80m Hurdles – Myah comfortably winning the ‘A’ in 12.1 and Liberty the ‘B’ in 14.5.

Rebecca Ramsden (AA) – Eleesha Charnely (A) – 300m

Rebecca Ramsden (AA) – Eleesha Charnley (A) – 800mEleesha Charnley Myah Booth

In the Field – Bailey Madden won the Long Jump with 4.43m whilst Liberty Thompson took 2nd spot in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m. Poppie Mae Preece won again in the Pole Vault clearing 1.80m before just misisng out on the next height which would have equaled her personal best. Myah Booth was well clear in the Shot Putt winning by over a metre and half as she took maximum points with a throw of 10.85m and Millie Coy was well in front in the Javelin as she took another win with a throw of 35.75m.

Liberty Thompson

Poppy Mae PreeceMyah Booth

The 4 x 100m Relay Team of Amy WiggansBailey MaddenImogen MansfieldMillie Coy were comfortable winners in front of St Helens clocking a combined time of 52.3.

British Throws Pentathlon – Saturday June 29th

Medals all the way for Tony Balko as he enjoyed a great weekend, finishing up on the Podium in two successive championships and setting new PB’s. On Saturday at the Costello Stadium in Hull – in stiflingly hot conditions – Tony won himself the Silver Medal in the British M55 Throws Pentahlon  with a new PB total points score of  3307 which included new PB’s in the Hammer (39.73m) and The Weight (13.84m)

On Sunday Tony was back again with another top performance at the North of England Masters Athletics Championships and again at the Costello Stadium in Hull and this time in windy conditions. The weather may have changed but the application and desire to achieve didn’t as Tony went to win Gold in the M55 Hammer (37.31m); Gold in the M55 Shot Putt (11.49m); Gold in the M55 Discus (35.92m).

After a pretty tiring but very successful weekend Tony will now be helping the Harriers to consolidate top spot in Division One of the Northern League as he prepares for the European Masters Championships in Venice in September.

BMC Grand Prix at Watford – Saturday June 29th

Some great racing at the latest in this seasons BMC fixtures with really fast times and good competitive racing taking place throughout the evening. Jess Judd was tackling her second 1500m race this season after winning her first one, also at Watford on June 12th in a time of 4.12.29. Jess took the race to all the other athletes – 16 in total in the ‘A’ Race – which saw Anna Moller and Maureen Koster tucked in behind her the whole way. Approaching the top bend, Moller made her bid for home to eventually win in 4.09.12 with Jess battling back – after being passed by Koster – holding her off to take second place by just a tenth in a seasons best time of 4.10.74. Rob Warner ran the final race of the evening – the ‘A’ 3000m – won in 8.01.48 (Darragh McElhinney) and clocked 8.26.98 in 12th place.

Jess Judd (221)
Rob Warner (271)

Trawden 7 – Sunday June 30th

All photos from Trawden courtesy of David’s Running Photo’s (David Belshaw

Another very good day for the Harriers endurance athletes at this latest in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series which is being included in the Harriers Club Championships.

Ben Fish led the Men’s Team to victory on the day as four of them finished in the top ten. Ben won the race by 22 seconds in a time of 41.17 which cements his place at the top of the Harriers Club Championships and also leading the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series. Having another fine run off road – Ben Costello came home in 3rd place in a time of 42.23 and was backed up with good runs from Chris Davies in 8th overall (43.31) and John Horrocks in 9th (43.56).

Ben Fish (300) – Ben Costello (310)

Chris DaviesJohn Horrocks

L-R Chris Davies & Matthew Poole

Paul Brindle took 2nd V45 place on the day as he came home in 17th overall clocking 45.36 followed by Matthew Poole in 43rd out of the field of well over 400 in a time of 48.48 with V50 Gary Pearse running 51.36 in 74th place.

Paul BrindleMatthew PooleGary Pearse

Just twenty one seconds behind Matthew Poole, came Victoria Mousley in 46th position – clocking 49.09 to win the Women’s Race – and leading the Harriers women to 1st place in the team prize with Joanne Nelson just s few places behind in 51st – running 49.28 and 1st FV45 with Lindsay Davies in 133rd position completing the winning team (56.34).

Victoria MousleyJoanne NelsonLindsay Davies

L-R LIndsay Davies – Joanne Nelson – Victoria Mousley

In the Junior Races – Theo Robinson had a fine run to finish 2nd and runner up in a time of 8.30 and just a couple of seconds behind the winner – Will Pease in the U11 Race, whilst Charlotte Smith came home with a time of 10.39 in the U11 Girls Race and 12th overall.


Three boys took part in the U13 race which saw Matthew Smith clock 13.26 in 6th place followed by Oliver Gill in 8th place (13.53) and Alexander Brien in 18th with a time of 15.27. The U13 Girls race featured two Harriers – Imogen Robinson who came in 6th out of the 21 runners with a time of 15.28 with Hannah Davies in 10th and a time of 15.57. Codie Dewhurst ran the U15 Boys race in a time of 13.24 in 4th place with just seven runners in this as Caroline Woodworth finished in 9th out of eleven runners in the U15 Girls Race (15.42).

Matthew Smith (134)Oliver Gill (125)Alexnader Brien (8)

Codie Dewhurst (213) – Imogen Robinson (135)

Caroline Woodworth (226)

Mencap Open National Athletics Championship – Saturday June 29th in Watford

Benjamin Whittaker having met the standard for EA Para Athletics, competed In Watford in the  competition for those athletes with learning disabilities. On the day the weather was a scorching 34c with blue skies & no breeze but the heat didn’t put Benjamin off when doing 80m hurdles, 100m 200m and Long jump in the U20 age category.

Benjamin had been looking forward to the Championships and was up against some stiff competition but managed to have a fabulously succesful day winning a Gold Medal in the 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.07 which obliterated the old Championships record of 13.84. On to the 100m where Benjamin won himself a Bronze Medal in a time of 12.3 before going on to the 200m and winning his second Gold Medal of the day with a time of 24.1 which equaled his personal best. On to the Long Jump and with tired legs, he still was able to put in a leap of 5.35m – just 32cm short of his personal best – to place 3rd and win his second Bronze Medal of the day – 5.35m is above the 5m qualification distance for Para athletics competition standards for those with learning disabilities in T20 classification.

So what a day for the young man – two Gold Medals, two Bronze medals and a Championship Record and afterwards a delighted Benjamin told the Harriers “It was a great day! It was a super opportunity to run in the National champs alongside others who have disabilities like me, and it was a great atmosphere as well as running with some talented athletes. I felt I accomplished my best on the day, due to the heat. Mencap organisers spoke to me to see how I had enjoyed the day being first time attending , and told them it was felt good to complete against others who had disabilities like me, to enjoy athletics together despite our difficulties.”

Blue & White on Tour – Down Under

Well i suppose if your going to run a 10k anywhere, it might as well as be in Wellington new Zealand as anywhere. Katie ‘hunt down the green vest’  Buckingham to those who know her, was flying the Blue & White of the Harriers recently in the Wellington 10k clocking a time of 42.07 – 3rd Woman and 29th overall in a field of over a 1000 runners – which wasn’t bad given she has been gallavanting for the last six months!!

Afterwards she told the Harriers about the day commenting “It was great fun doing a big event whilst in NZ, and a good way to tick doing a race off the bucket list!! Ran 42.07, kind of hoped it would be faster considering some of the runs I’ve done recently, but it was slightly long so blaming the extra 300m for not breaking the 42 marker!!

Our Katie