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Another Win for Senior Men’s Team at Red Rose XC League – Rob & Jess smash new PB’s in Abbey Dash 10k – Wins for Josh & Annabel at Accy 10k – Sarah Wins Limassol Triathlon – Rachael 2nd Woman at Fairclough 5k

The Harriers Senior Men’s Team are going really well at the start of the cross country season having kicked off with Team wins at Ulverston in the Mid Lancs League and at Leigh in the Red Rose League. Saturday just gone – October 26th – a very wet and muddy Leverhulme Park at Bolton hosted the second Red Rose League fixture, at which the Harriers pulled off another win (75 points) in a close fought contest with Rossendale (99 points) and Bury (118 points).


Great packing by the lads saw us take 7th, 8th, 9th,10th, 17th and 26th for the Team counters. Leading the team home this time was Chris Davies who once again won the V40 category as he came home in a time of 38.29 with a fast finishing Tom Blaney in 8th (38.49), Dominic Walton kicking like an 800m runner in the home straight to take 9th place in a time of 39.03 and Marc Hartley in 10th clocking 39.08. John Horrocks had worked his way through the field with a strong run to take 17th spot in 40.29 with 6th counter Calum Holmes – having caught two trains and two buses to get to the fixture – 26th in a time of 41.26.

Chris Davies (143) Tom Blaney (132)Dominic Walton (172)Marc Hartley (150)John Horrocks (154)Calum Holmes (153)

Team captain Paul Guinan was the next Harrier home in 36th place (42.26) which gave him the 2nd V50 on the day followed by V55 Chris Balderson (2nd V55 on the day) in 72nd place with a time of 45.45. Next came V50 Gary Pearse in 83rd (46.32), Craig Greenough (V50) in 107th with a time of 48.19, V50 Jonathan Bridge making a welcome appearance in the mud in 113th spot clocking 48.39, Paul Smith (V50) running a time of 50.30 in 142nd place and V50 Mark Almond (149th) in 50.55.

Paul Guinan (148)Chris Balderson (129)Gary Pearse (165)Craig Greenough (192)Jonathan Bridge (135)Paul Smith (169)Mark Almond (127)

The Senior Women’s team was light on the day with just three runners which saw Ellen Sagar-Hesketh have a very strong run taking 14th place overall in a time of 24.43 out of the 134 strong field. Next across the line for the team came V45 Lindsay Davies in 27th spot clocking 26.17 followed by V55 Jan Buckingham in 67th spot running 31.25.

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (204) Lindsay Davies (187) Jan Buckingham (184)

Just 8 seconds separated the first six runners in the U11 Boys race won by Trawden with 10 points from Blackburn with 21 and Leigh in 3rd spot (27). The Harriers were led home by Sam Aspey in 4th place with a time of 7.05 followed by Liam Bennison in 8th (7.37) and Charlie Haworth in 9th clocking the same time as they battled for the places. Jack Carrington who is in his first competitive season had a very good run to come home in 20th place out of the race total of 56 with a time of 8.08.

L-R Liam Bennison – Charlie Haworth – Sam Aspey

Sam Aspey (214)Liam Bennison (215) – Charlie Haworth (220)

Just two runners in the U11 Girls which saw Hannah Davies continue her good form placing 6th overall in a time of 7.59 out of a field of 72 youngsters braving the weather and followed home by 8yr old Charlotte Smith in 30th position in a time of 8.50.

Hannah Davies (228) Charlotte Smith (231)

6th place for the U13 boys race featuring 65 which saw the Harriers led home by Daniel Smith in 10th place clocking 12.52. Ben Ham was next home for the team in 17th place (13.18) followed by Oliver Gill in 21st (13.29), Matthew Smith in 36th (14.25), Findlay Carroll in 38th running a time of 14.36, Harry Sambrook clocking 14.45 in 42nd, Daniel Nuttall in 52nd place (15.22) and Issac Smith in 64th (21.30).

L-R Daniel Smith – Isaac Smith – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill – Daniel Nuttall – Ben Ham – Harry Sambrook

Daniel Smith (244)Benjamin Ham (237) Oliver Gill (236)Matthew Smith (246)Findlay Carroll (234)Harry Sambrook (243)Daniel Nuttall (1841)Isaac Smith (245)

It was another 6th place too for the U15 Girls as they had five girls competing in the race featuring 42 runners in total. Keira Haxton was the first athlete home for the Club in 17th position in a time of 19.08 and backed up by Leah Hoole in 20th place (19.25), Molly Nicholls clocking 20.22 in 27th spot, Hollie Cubbon in 30th with a time of 20.50 and Millie Sambrook in 32nd place running 20.58.

L-R Keira Haxton – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Molly Nicholls – Millie Sambrook

Keira Haxton (287) Leah Hoole (288) Molly Nicholls (290) Hollie Cubbon (285) Millie Sambrook (292)

Leeds Abbey Dash – Sunday October 27th

Some great times were posted at the Leeds Abbey Dash with the quality of the race evidenced by the fact that the first 29 all clocked sub 30 minutes for the renowned fast Leeds course. Rob Warner, Jess Judd and Ben Costello all lined up for the Harriers in this one.


What great results for Rob and Jess on the day. Rob absolutely hammered his personal best, improving by a massive 46 seconds to set a new PB of 29.31 to finish in 17th place overall whilst Jess did the same, chopping a huge 31 seconds off her previous best, clocking a new PB of 32.11 and coming home 4th Woman overall. After the Race Rob told the Club that he was really, really happy with the race, was hoping if everything went well I could sneak under 30 but to get 29:31 is just amazing! Went out relatively hard in 14:42 for the first half and was surprised at how I managed to hang in well until the end!”

Similarly for Jess as she told us that she had Only been back in training for 2 weeks and have only done 2 key sessions so wasn’t really sure what to expect so just wanted a benchmark for the rest of the season, so to get a big pb Is much better than I could have expected and gives me confidence moving on from here!

Ben finished in 155th spot overall in a time of 32.58 and afterwards, reflected on his day, telling the Club that he Went into the race in the best shape I’ve ever been but that does not gaurentee you’ll run the best you can as the time shows. Went off at the target time pace after the first 1 mile my legs just didn’t want to know and it was long race after that managed to dig in deep and finish the race. Happy enough with the run but there is so much more in me im sure of it. Well done to the Harriers who ran this weekend at Accy and Bolton”.

Accrington 10k – Sunday October 27th

Close to five hundred runners in this race which saw a 1st and 2nd for the Harriers and 1st and 3rd in the Women’s added to which was the Team win, on a course hardly renowned for fast times.


Josh Holgate and Karl Billington made it a 1/2 in the overall race as Josh secured his first race win in a time of 33.57 and Karl in 2nd place clocking 34.19 with Karl adding his “Congratulations on a great run from Josh to take his first ever race win, fully deserved” Josh spoke to the Club afterwards about the Race and told us Well done everyone, it’s not the easiest course but I like the event and Accy road runners do a good job of hosting. Happy to take the win despite not racing for a while and also good to get the team prize as well! Lastly, well done to Annabelle for taking the win in the woman’s race“.

Josh Holgate Karl Billington

Annabel Ralph made it a double win on the day as she ran a very good time of 40.28 on this course which generally assumes a minimum of a minute slower for the amount of climbing in the race, to come home in 28th position and 1st Woman. Post Race Annabel commented on her day Tough course as you can’t get away from the gradual incline. I remained strong all the way round and blasted it down hill for the last mile which was the only decent one in the race. I was very glad to finish first Lady”.  3rd placed Woman on the day was the Harriers Victoria Mousley in 36th clocking 41.44 and in 36th spot with U17 Harry Wilkin just one second behind her (41.45) in 37th. Mark Wilkin (V50) ran a time of 47.43 in 113th position which was an impressive new PB by 14 seconds given the nature of the course.

Annabel Ralph Victoria MousleyHarry WilkinMark Wilkin

Limassol Triathlon – Sunday October 27th

A pretty good weekend for Blackburn Harriers Sarah Toms who won the Limassol Triathlon, and after the event was over Sarah told the Harriers that she was Pleased to take the win today, it was a rare race where I felt strong all the way round. Some good weather too, compared to the weather I’ve seen this weekend at Bolton”.

Fairclough 5 – Sunday October 27th

Rachael Gavin joined a hundred other runners at this local 5 Mile Race won by Wesham’s Rob Danson in a time of 26.35. Rachael clocked a time of 33.43 in 16th place to take the 2nd Woman’s Prize behind Women’s Winner, Lytham’s Markham Maddy (13th) in a time of 33.24.

Rachael Gavin (76)


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Northern Cross Country Relays – New PB’s for Paul & Charlotte at Amsterdam Marathon – Green Drive 5

It was a trip over the Pennines for the Harriers this weekend with U11, U13, U15 and U17 Teams entered for this years Northern Athletics Cross Country Relay Championships held at Graces Park, Sheffield.

All Age Group Results

The U11 Boys race featured 27 full teams and was won by Hallamshire Harriers in a combined time for the three Legs of 15.28. Blackburn Harriers U11 Team had an excellent run finishing in 8th position overall with a time of 16.42. Charlie Haworth led off on Leg 1 coming home in 20th spot with a time of 5.51. Sam Aspey then ran the fastest Leg clocking 5.25 to pull back seven places, handing over to Theo Robinson on the Final Leg who was just one second slower (5.26) – pulling back another five places to round off a very good day for the team.

L-R Theo Robinson — Charlie Haworth — Sam Aspey

41 Teams contested the U13 Boys Race won by Sale Harriers with their combined time of 17.15. The Harriers ‘A’ team came in 23rd (19.22) with Ben Livesey running the fastest time on Leg 1 of 6.18, passing on to Oliver Gill on Leg 2 in 28th spot. Ben picked up another place to finish in 27th with a time of 6.26, handing over to Matthew Smith on Leg 3 who picked up four more places with his time of 6.38. The ‘B’ Team came home in 32nd position as Findlay Carroll led them off on the first Leg (7.01) in 43rd, with George Ramsden running 6.56 on Leg 2 and pulling back 5 places before handing on to Harry Sambrook on the last Leg who ran the fastest time of 6.52 and also picked up another 5 places along the way.

L-R Oliver Gill – Harry Sambrook – Matthew Smith – Ben Livesey – George Ramsden – Findlay Carroll

Ben Livesey (A96)

Oliver Gill (B96)

Matthew Smith (C96)

Findlay Carroll

George Ramsden (B97)

Harry Sambrook (C97)

The U13 Girls Team were one of 46 teams competing in that age group which was ultimately won by Stockport Harriers with a combined time of 18.13. Faith Gillibrand ran the fastest time for the team on Leg 1 coming home in 32nd place with a time of 6.50. Imogen Robinson pulled back another two places on Leg to finish 30th (7.14) before Amelia Burton ran 7.07 on the final leg to maintain that place.

Faith Gillibrand (C154)

Imogen Robinson (B194)

Amelia Burton (C194)

Thirty two teams in the U15 Boys race won by Wirral AC in a time of 21.41 with the Harriers ‘A’ Team coming home in 15th spot. Dexta Thompson led off for the team on Leg 1 running the fastest Leg of 7.42 to hand over to Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who pulled back five places with his run of 7.59 before Hayden Mercer clocked 8.12 on the final Leg to keep the team in 15th. Sebastian Burton ran the fastest Leg as he led off the ‘B’ team clocking 8.06 in 32nd spot. Umair Rafiq ran a time of 8.56 on Leg 2 to pick up 4 places before handing over to Jack Paget-Fowler on Leg 3 who ran 8.45 and pulled back another 3 places to see the team in 25th position overall.

L-R Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Hayden Mercer

Dexta Thompson (A204)

Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (B204)

Hayden Mercer (C204)

Hallamshire had their second win of the day in the U15 Girls Race with a first placed combined time of 24.10. The Harriers finished in 28th place with Kate Cookson running the fastest time for the team of 8.49 as she handed over to Kiera Booth in 29th. Kiera ran a time of 9.21 to pick up one place with Caroline Woodworth clocking 9.28 on the final Leg to keep the team in that position.

Kate Cookson

Kiera Booth

Caroline Woodworth

A much smaller field of 16 teams contested the U17 Women’s race won by Salford in a time of 26.42. The Harriers team placed 10th over all and was led off by Amy Davies who ran the teams fastest Leg of 9.12 to come across the line in 10th as Eleesha Charnley ran 9.47 on Leg 2 to hand over to Rebecca Ramsden on Leg 3 in 11th. Rebecca picked up another spot to maintain that 10th position as she ran 10.29.

Amy Davies

Eleesha CharnleyRebecca Ramsden

Amsterdam Marathon – Sunday October 20th

Four Blackburn Harriers took part in the Amerstamd Marathon this weekend – Joanne Nelson, Paul Bradshaw, Janine Fallon and Charlotte Atkinson.


Joanne Nelson who had been carrying an in jury in the build up to the race said she had an Horrendous start. Took me 4 1/2 mins to get over the line then a stop mid first mile due to congestion meant a 8mins 15 miler ( I go faster than that in warm up!) Was chasing after 4 1/2 miles because the road was too narrow so I was pushing folk out the way. It was really tough and the wheels fell off after 20 miles”. They may well have fallen off but Joanne still managed to run a fine time of 3hr 03.13 and took the honour of being the first Blackburn Harrier home.

Paul Bradshaw went into this, his third marathon with a personal best of 3 hr 12.51 and with just three long runs under his belt knocked a massive 9 minutes off that time to set up a new PB of 3.03.54. After even paced running from the off through to the 22 mile mark, where he was knocking out average 6.50 minute miles, he slipped back from that in the last four miles.

Janine Fallon’s personal best was 3hr 24.17 set in 2013 in the Chester Marathon. She had run 3hr 40.38 at the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon but suffered from the marathoners curse, having got ill in the week leading up to this Race but still managed to run a good time of 3hr 42.07.

Charlotte Atkinson had a great run as she set herself a new PB by chopping 15 minutes off her previous best to finish in a time of 3hr 47.39 and commented that “it was tough out there very crowded had to walk in parts but managed to get a pb! Joanne and Janine has amazing runs!! We went straight for a drink after”.

Joanne Nelson Paul Bradshaw (16522)

L-R – Charlotte Atkinson – Janine Fallon – Joanne Nelson

Green Drive 5 (incorporating Lancashire Athletics 5 Mile Road Championships)

This race incoroprates the Lancashire Athletics 5 Mile Road Championships and it was keenly fought out at the front with just eleven seconds separating the first three in – Andy Benson (24.36), Karl Darcy (24.41) and Gary Priestley (24.47) and Laura Hesketh winning the Women’s race (28.15).


John Horrocks and Rachael Gavin ran for Blackburn Harriers which saw John – running the distance for the first time – come across the finishing line in 13th place clocking 28.25 with Rachael in 57th spot overall in a time of 33.47 which is over a minute faster than her last race over the distance at Preston in August.

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Ben Wins and leads Harriers to Team Win at Leigh – Sam goes to No. 3 in U20 Hammer Rankings & Awards for Charlotte at Hammer Circle Reunion – National Road Relays – Lancashire Sportshall League – New Half-Marathon PB for Tom – Results Round-Up

Blackburn Harriers Men carried on with their winning ways at the weekend. After winning the first Mid Lancs Cross Country League fixture at Ulverston, they followed that up with another Team win at the Red Rose Cross Country League opening fixture at Leigh on Saturday 12th October. The Harriers took first team place with 51 points from Rossendale in 2nd place (161) and Clayton in 3rd (180).


Black Row L-R — John Horrocks – Paul Brindle – Chris Davies – Ben Fish – Danny Teare – Marc hartley – Allan Hartley – Craig Greenough — Front Row L-R — ‘an elongated’ Karl Billington – Paul Guinan – Calum Holmes

Ben Fish led the team home for the win after a real battle with Bolton’s Jonathan Kay – Ben clocking 31.48 and Jonathan 32.16. Ben Costello had another good run to take 4th spot in a time of 33.19 with Karl Billington in 6th clocking 33.39, Chris Davies in 8th (34.07) and taking the 1st V40 place, Marc Hartley in 14th with a time of 35.12 and John Horrocks bringing all the teams six counters home in the top 20 as he ran a time of 36.25 (20th).

Ben Costello

Just nine seconds further back came Calum Holmes in 23rd spot running 36.34 followed by Paul Guinan in 38th place (37.47), Paul Brindle running 39.35 in 56th position, in 87th spot Gary Pearse with a time of 41.42, Craig Greenough in 99th (42.37), Paul Smith (144th) in a time of 45.33, Danny Teare in 164th spot (47.56), Calvin Ferguson making his debut for the Harriers in cross country running a time of 51.58 (192nd) and Allan Hartley in 209th (54.59).

Paul Smith

Annabel Ralph led the Harriers Senior Women’s team home to a 6th place finish – finishing in 3rd place herself after a battle with Bury’s Hannah Rhys Price (2nd in 20.37) – Annabel clocking 20.44 in 3rd. Next home was Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 21st spot out of a field of one hundred and fifty three with a time of 22.44 and followed by Lindsay Davies in 37th place running a time of 24.07.

L-R Jan Buckingham – Michelle Teare – Lindsay davies – Helen Dawson-Smith – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Annabel Ralph

Next across the finish line came Michelle Teare with a strong run of 26.42 putting her in 77th position, with Helen Dawson-Smith not far behind in 83rd spot (27.01) and V55 Jan Buckingham in 89th running 27.59.

The U11 Boys fielded a team which saw Sam Aspey lead the lads home with a time of 7.45 in 3rd place out of a field of 79 runners. Charlie Haworth had a solid run to come home in 15th place clocking 8.30 followed by Alexander Brien also having a good run in 23rd place (9.04), and in 33rd spot Jack Carrington running a time of 9.19 with George Holman in 37th place (9.33).

L-R Hannah Davies – George Holman – Jack Carrington – Sam Aspey – Alexander Brien – Charlie Haworth

Sam AspeyCharlie HaworthAlexander BrienJack CarringtonGeorge Holman

Ninety five girls contested the U11 Race which saw Hannah Davies have another good run to place 5th overall with a time of 8.45 with the youngest member of the U11 girls team – Charlotte Smith – in 42nd spot running a time of 10.04.

Hannah Davies (228)

Charlotte Smith

Back Row – Matthew Smith – Helen Dawson Smith – Paul Smith — Front Row Charlotte Smith

In the U13 Boys race featuring seventy runners, the Harriers finished 2nd team to winners Trawden with Daniel Smith leading the Harriers home in 7th place in a time of 9.47, backed up by Ben Ham in 11th spot (10.02), Ben Livesey in 14th position running a time of 10.17, Oliver Gill clocking 10.24 in 19th spot, Matthew Smith in 27th position (10.53), Findlay Carroll with a time of 11.13 in 35th, Daniel Nuttall 37th running a time of 11.22, in 42nd spot – Harry Sambrook – in a time of 11.32 and Isaac Smith running 15.19 in 70th place. Isabelle Hartley came 47th with a time of 13.03 in the U13 Girls race which featured fifty nine runners. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was also a sole runner in the U15 Boys for the Harriers clocking 13.40 in 15th place. Kate Cookson and Millie Sambrook were the two athletes in the U15 Girls race for the Harriers which saw Kate place 20th out of 53 clocking 14.57 with Millie placing 37th in a time of 16.15.

L-R  Ben Livesey – Harry sambrook – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill –

Isaac Smith – Daniel Smith – Ben Ham – Daniel Nuttall

Daniel Smith

Ben Ham (237)

Daniel Smith (244) – Ben Livesey (239)Oliver GillMatthew Smith

Daniel Nuttall (1841)

Harry Sambrook (243)Isaac SmithIsabelle HartleyKate Cookson (284)Millie Sambrook (292)

Still on the cross country last weekend – Blackburn Harriers Joe Howe (at Manchester University) and Maddie Elliott (Cardiff Uiversity) were competing in their respective Leagues. Joe ran in the Gt. Manchester League in a huge field of 416 runners finishing 59th overall in a time of 36.34, telling us afterwards that it was a decent race and I knows there’s plenty of improvement to come. I’m only just starting my winter training so hopefully I’ll be able to move through the field a bit. All in all I’m very happy to be back running cross country”.

Joe Howe (984)

Maddie Elliott ran in the Gwent Cross Country League finishing 33rd out of another big field of 391 runners. She was 3rd counter for her university and 6th U23 overall which was a good debut for her in this years cross country season and she told the Harriers I was quite happy with the run considering it was the first one, but definitely know I can do better next time after building my fitness up these next few weeks”.

Maddie Elliott 4th from the Left

Hammer Circle Reunion Weekend

The Hammer Circle Reunon is an annual event and takes place in Hull usually, in October. Throws Coach Malcolm Fenton had this to say about the event on the Facebook Page of Friends of the Hammer Circle which sums up the ethos of this organisation “What other events out there, have an annual reunion, where Olympians, current and former Commonwealth Record Holders and Commonwealth Champions attend? Even more remarkable is that they, like all other attendees, pay to attend and make themselves available to chat and offer advice!”

Three Blackburn Harriers and their Coach attended this weekends event – U20 Sam Gaskell, U17 Matthew Heywood and U20 Charlotte Williams.

Sam added a massive 4.72m to his previous best to smash his 6kg Hammer record winning his event and setting a new PB of 69.39m – a throw which put him at No.3 in the National U20 Rankings. In 2nd place came Shaun Kerry (Hull) with 69.17m and Jack Lambert (Kidderminster) with 55.78m.

Sams New PB Throw Video

Matthew – currently ranked 8th Nationally with 53.38m – in the 5kg Hammer won his competition with a throw of 52.17m in front of Hull’s Antony Mould (48.19m) and Border’s Damon King (46.48m).

L-R Damon King – Matthew Heywood – Antony Mould – GB Senior Hammer Thrower Nick Miller

British No. 1 Charlotte Williams made it three wins for the Harriers on the day as she finished in 1st place with a distance of 55.98m in front of Jasmine Routledge of Charnwood (46.68m) and Hull’s Sarah Robinson (45.47m). The day finished really well for Charlotte as she was awarded Trophies firstly, for the longest throw of the year and secondly for the most improved thrower of the year.

National Road Relays – Sutton Coldfield Sunday October 6th

Seventy six teams qualified for this years Men’s 6 Stage National Road Relays which were eventually won by Leeds with a lead of 33 seconds over 2nd placed Aldershot and 51 seconds lead over 3rd placed Cambridhe & Coleridge – for whom Marc Scott ran the fastest Leg of the day in 16.46.

Senior Men’s Results

Senior Women’s Results

Our men’s team finished 27th over all with a collective time of 1.53.56 headed by Rob Warner on Leg 1 who had a cracking run to come back in 12th spot in 17.46. Leg 2 saw Chris Davies clock 19.49 to hand over to Tim Raynes on Leg 3 in 40th position – a Leg which saw Tim recover 12 places with his clocking of 18.27 – handing over on Leg 4 to Ben Costello in 28th. Ben ran 19.44 to hand over to Karl Billington on Leg 5 in 29th which ended in a run of 19.46 for Karl, finishing in 32nd. Ben Fish went on the final Leg and ran 18.24 to take back five places – coming home in 27th overall.

Back Row – Jess Judd – John Chaplin – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – Ben Costello – ‘mystery guest’ – Front Row L-R Ben Fish – Lindsay Davies – Tim Raynes.

Rob Warner (A11)Chris Davies (B11)Tim Raynes (C11)Ben Costello (D11) Karl Billington (E11)Ben Fish (D11)

Unfortunately, the Harriers Senior Women’s 4 Stage Team finished up as a part team due to illness on the eve of the Relays which left Alison Lundy and Lindsay Davies running Legs 1 & 2. Alison had a very strong Leg 1 run to clock a time of 15.40 coming back in 21st place to hand over to Lindsay who ran a time of 19.36.

Alison Lundy (A113)Lindsay Davies (B113)

Lancashire Sportshall League – Sunday October 13th

The first meeting of this years Lancashire Sportshall League took place at Uclan in Preston rather than at the usual venue in Blackpool. It also took place at a time when many people within athletics and Sportshall were mourning the passing of Preston Harriers Coach Bob Welfare. A hugely popular and respected man in the sport, known to many around the county and country for his unfailing enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and work in developing and promoting our sport. A massive loss and he will be very sadly missed.

Blackburn Harriers U11 Boys (111 points) had a great day as they won ahead of Broughton Primary (102), Preston Harriers (88), Chorley A&TC (65), Kendal AC (24) and Blackpool (10). The U13 Boys didn’t fare as well as they placed 6th in their competition but in the U15’s they placed 2nd behind Blackpool who were the very clear winners.

In the Girls competitions, the U11’s finished in 4th place behind runaway winners Broughton Primary and in a relatively close contest between 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The U13 Girls finished in 3rd spot behind winners Preston and 2nd placed Blackpool.

Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Team

Other Results

…………………..Starting off with the Manchester Half-Marathon – (RESULTS) – run by three Blackburn Harriers – Tom Blaney, Matt Poole and Daniel Whittaker on Sunday October 13th along with thousands of other runners. Having run his last Half-Marathon in 2012 with an 88.44 clocking, Tom posted a massive new PB with his 64th placed time of 76.02 – an improvement by 12 minutes. Matt Poole was making his debut over the distance and ran strongly to post a time of 88.32 whilst Daniel Whittaker posted a time of 94.20 which was outside his previous best set in 2017 of 88.41….pictured below with his Race Medal………..

………….Next up in our results round up was a very good performance from U15 Saul Sharp who won the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon at the weekend which took place in York (October 12/13th). On a very wet track he ran 1600m in 5:38, followed by a 100 metre swim in 1:05. He took 1st place by just a single point. This puts him in a really good ranking position going into the National Finals in Nottingham on 24th November. He was wearing his Harriers vest today with pride and also got a medal for the fastest run in the under 14 catagory.














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Top 4 for Holly at World Championships & Jess runs in the 5000m – Good start for the Harriers in XC Season – Calum runs new Marathon PB in Berlin – Arnold Seddon meeting – On the Fells with the Harriers

World Track & Field Championships – Doha

Holly Bradshaw put on a great performance at the World Championships to finish 4th overall in a field featuring the best Pole Vaulters from all around the world. She had a flawless qualification round clearing the automatic qualification height of 4.60m at the first attempt. Seventeen qualified for the Final over that height which was quite unusual and was testimony to quality of all of those assembled for the Championships.

In the Final, the opening height was set at 4.50m which Holly cleared first time, then jumped to 4.70m which she also cleared first time before moving the bar up to 4.80m. She had a first jump failure but corrected that in her second attempt to clear and over into the Bronze Medal position at that stage. Holly then passed after two attempts at 4.85m and had one go at 4.90m. Holly’s season has got better and better with consisting jumping and culminating in the her seasons best performance at the Championships.

Holly’s Coach – Scott Simpson – tweeted after the Finals What can I say?! It was a pleasure and privilege to have coached Holly in the build up to and during the greatest women’s pole vault competition of all time! 4.80m for 4th place at the World Champs – she gave it absolutely everything and I’m incredibly proud”

Jess Judd has had a great year in 2019 culminating in qualifying for the 5000m at the World Championships after finishing 2nd in the British Championships, running the qualifying standard at the Diamond League Anniversary Games in July and winning the Goild Medal in the World University Championships in the 5000m also in July.

The World Chamnpionship Heats were full of world class 5000m athletes which can be evidenced by the times in the Heats which saw sixteen athletes run times faster than Jess’s personal best of 15.16.47. As always, Jess gave everything she had in her Heat, clocking 15.51.48 and can be immensely proud of her achievements throughout the year. (RESULTS)

Athletics Weekly Video Interview with Jess

Jess Qualifying at British Championships

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – September 28th

The first fixture in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League at Ulverston where thankfully the weather eased for the duration of the event and conditions were enjoyable for spectators and athletes.


Junior Photos Courtesy of David Wood

Senior Photos Courtesy of Richard Marchant

It was a good start for the Harriers as they kicked of with a Team Win in the Senior Men, 2nd in the Senior Women, 1st in the U11 Boys and 2nd in the U15 Boys.

In the Junior races  Hannah Davies ran a very mature race to take 4th place (9.01), getting her pacing right from start to finish with cross country debutant Alexa Hunt running 12.24 in 43rd place. In the U11 Boys we had the run of the day as Sam Aspey very intelligently stuck with the leader and delivered a great sprint finish to take the win in a time of 7.34, just one second in front of the 2nd placed runner and backed up brilliantly by Theo Robinson in 4th (8.05) and Liam Bennison 12th (8.28) to take the Team Win. Charlie Haworth was next home for the Harriers in 23rd spot clocking 8.53 followed home by Jack Carrington in a time of 9.15 (29th), Alexander Brien in 31st (9.18), Felix Thompson (35th) running 9.31, Daniel Bretherton in 45th (9.50), George Holman, one second behind (9.51) in 46th spot and Tom Hunt another young cross country debutant for the Club in 56th position (11.44).

Hannah Davies (613)Alexa Hunt (325)

Sam Aspey (684)

Theo RobinsonLiam Bennison (674)Charlie haworth (677)Jack Carrington (975) with Alexander Brien just behindFelix Thomspon (679)Tom Hunt (324)

The U13 Girls came home as 7th team on the day with Amelia Burton the first Harrier across the line in 22nd place out of 57 girls entered with a time of 11.13 and supported by Eve Coulson in 27th place (11.26), Imogen Robinson in 33rd running 11.40 and Isabelle Hartley (51st with a time of 13.19.

Amelia Burton (626)Eve Coulson (619)Imogen Robinson (617)Isabelle hartley (625)

Our U13 Boys as a team performed well, all placing in the top half, with lads coming back from injury and the team finishing 4th only 11 points of 2nd so plenty to aim for in the rest of the season. First across the line for the Club came Daniel Smith in 14th (10.43) with just a second separating him from Jonathan Brindle in 15th (10.44) followed by Oliver Gill in 22nd clocking 11.27, Matthew Smith in 26th with a time of 11.46, and Isaac Smith in 51st (15.53).

Daniel Smith (702)Jonathan Brindle (699)Oliver Gill (697)Matthew Smith (691)Isaac Snith (690)

In the U15 Girls Keira Haxton was our best placed athlete in 12th, with signs also that all the girls are improving as they make the step up from U13’s to the U15 age group category.

L-R Keira Booth – Hollie Cubbon – Eva Knowles – Keira Haxton – Leah Hoole – Caroline Woodworth

Keira Haxton (631)Caroline Woodworth (633)Keira Booth (629)Eva Knowles (630)Leah Hoole (634)Hollie Cubbon (639)

The Harriers U15 Boys started off the season well placing 2nd team behind a Kendal-Helm Composite team which saw a strong run from David Holman to lead the team home, clocking a time of 16.15 in 7th and backed up by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 11th spot (16.38) and good packing by four other Harriers which had Jack Paget-Taylor in 17th (16.59), Sebastian Burton 18th in 17.00, cross country debutant Jake O’Toole in 19th place (17.12) and Codie Dewhurst 20th in a time of 17.13.

David Holman (719)Jack paget-Fowler (712)Sebastian Burton (713)Jake O’Toole (326)Codie Dewhurst (704)

There was a fine run from Eleesha Charnley in the U17 Women’s race for 2nd spot with Amy Davies 6th gradually coming back from injury, whilst in the U17 Men’s race, the Club had just one runner – Sam Hodkinson who fought strongly for a podium finish, placing 3rd after a close battle with the 2nd placed athlete from Leven Valley.

Eleesha Charnely (642) – Amy Davies (643)

Sam Hodkinson

The Senior Women’s race saw Joanne Nelson have a another cracking run to finish 2nd overall (25.38) and 1st V45 behind race winner Emily Japp (24.56). Annabel Ralph also had a fine run in 4th spot (26.54) and with Lindsay Davies in 35th place (31.07) this meant that they finished 2nd in the Team race behind Kendal who came 1st, but with only 7 points between the two teams. Great to see V45 Judith Robinson making her debut in cross country for the Club running a time of 35.16 in 95th place followed by V45 sister Helen Dawson-Smith in 103rd with a time of 35.59 and V45 Nikki Hartley in a time of 36.39 (111th).

Joanne NelsonAnnabel Ralph (652)Lindsay Davies (666)Judith Robinson (317)Helen Dawson-SmithNikki Hartley

The Senior Men had three men home in the first 12 places which set them up for the Team win with 53 points from Wesham in 2nd place (60 points) and Kendal in 3rd (95 points). Good running from Karl Billington saw him lead the Harriers home to victory as he clocked 33.19 in 5th with another fine run from V40 Chris Davies in 7th (33.49) which saw him take the V40 first place too.

Karl Billington (746)Chris Davies (761)

Tom Blaney was next across the finish line for the Harriers in 12th spot (34.30) and backed up by Tom Marchant in 18th with a time of 35.15, John Horrocks in 23rd spot out of a field 226 clocking 36.02, Mark Chippendale in 35th (37.15) and 2nd V50 and Allan Hartley in 216th (55.14).

Tom Blaney (750) Tom Marchant (733)Mark Chippendale (210)Allan Hartley (764)

Berlin Marathon – Sunday September 29th

Calum Holmes entred the Berlin Marathon – a race won in a time of 2hr 01.49 – just two seconds outside of the world record and there can be no better experience for Club runners than saying you ran in the same race! Calum went into the race not having done as much training as he would have liked and with a Marathon personal best time of 2hr 48.48 set at the Paris Marathon in 2018. In Berlin he chopped over half a minute off that time to set a new PB of 2hr 47.14  and as a bonus, finished the race ranked 8th U23 for the Marathon (Rankings).

Afterwards, Calum spoke to the Harriers bwefore going off to Wrexham to start life as a university student and told us “I’m really chuffed about my time a personal best in a race I haven’t even trained for with my long runs only up to 8 miles most days and two track sessions a week, I had a great start I clocked 1.54 at 30k but straight away I suffered from massive cramps, both feet was sore and on fire I knew my race was going to be the end and I would never make it I got slower and slower then at 40k I knew I’m almost there I can do this, this was the hardest part of the race to finish after I hobbled towards the finish I managed to scrape a PB, I’m very delighted with my performance, it wasn’t expected and willing to improve and work really hard for our club in xc.”

Calum Holmes

A week before the Marathon – September 22nd – Calum ran at the Burnley Fire 10k  finishing 2nd in 36.39 behind the winner Adrian Cheetham in 36.30.

Calum Holmes (37)

Arnold Sneddon Open Medal Meeting – Wigan September 15th

Ben Branton, Nicky Saunders, Grace Bontoft and Matt Heywood all competed at the annual Arnold Sneddon Meeting at the weekend in Wigan.


U15 Nicky finished 2nd out of 11 in the Discus (1kg) with a throw of 30.54 adding to that a 3rd placed throw of 32.91m in the Hammer (3kg) and a 2nd placed distance of 21.28m in the Javelin. Matt (U17) – was just outside hi personal best in the Discus with a throw of 28.60m in 2nd spot, was the only U17 competitor in the Hammer (5kg) where he achieved a best distance of 49.84m and threw 22.41m in the Javelin (3rd). U15 Grace has been throwing consistently well and finished 4th in the Hammer (3kg) with a distance of 29.73m the day after she had thrown 30.79m at the Blackpool Open. U17 Ben took on the 100m and Long Jump – clocking 12.5 in 3rd polace int he 100m which was a tenth outside his personal best and later leapt out to 5.60m in the Long Jump in 4th spot.

On the Fells

Calvin Ferguson ran in the Scafell Pike Fell Race on September 14th which was won by Lochaber’s John Yells in a time of 55.01. Calvin came home in 81st spot running a time of 1hr 27.20 and told the Club that it was “perfect conditions in Wasdale for this years race up England’s highest mountain. Felt a bit fitter than previous weeks but still a long way to go to regain my race fitness of last year. One of my quickest descent’s of Scafell though, even though I didn’t feel like I was going full tilt, so that was encouraging”.


One day later on Sunday September 15th, Calvin was out again, this time in the Lake District Mountain Trial and commenting that “this year Langdale played host to the Mountain Trial, a historic Lakeland fell race in which they do not give you the race map until you are a few minutes down the starting path and then you must navigate point to point around the course. I ran the short course for the 3rd consecutive year, running with former clubmate Helen Buchan. We finished 11th overall in the pairs section with a late nav error costing us a large portion of time towards the end, as well as 5 or 6 finishing places. Frustrating but a fantastic event and a brilliant day on the fells”.


Carly Edwards and John Orrell were both out at the Great Westmoorland Trail Race on september 14th which featured 102 runners, the race being won by Antony Scott in 60.14. Carly had a fine run to come home in 19th place overall, clocking 65.12 and 3rd Woman on the day. John came home in a time of 71.01 in 38th place. (RESULTS).

After The Great Westmoorland Trail Race John was out again at Great Whernside 4 miles and 1558ft ascent.  Just seventy six runners in this one, won by Whatfedales’ Harry Coates in 32.06. John finished  in 54th spot clocking 51.18 and told us that “This is an out and back course, a long gradual climb with grass track, peat bogs and short sharp rocky sections. Topped out at 2310ft around the trig and back down as fast as my jelly legs would carry me! Picked up 2 places only to lose them again on the final run in. Must try harder!” (RESULTS)

Utterley Butterley Fell Race – September 22nd

Annabel Ralph was out on the Fells again in a race won by Royton’s Rob James in 30.25. Annabel had a fine race, taking the Woman’s 1st Prize and coming home 12th overall in a time of 38.49 and after the race, told the Club that she was Happy with the result as visability was poor it was a short race race over moorlands where I was able to use speed to my advantage, just need to work on my strength going uphill”.


Through the gate Video

Annabel Ralph

Hurstwood Hills Trail Race – Tuesday September 17th

One hundred and forty eight runners in the final race of this Series with this one being won by Todmorden’s Andrew Worster in a time of 18.18.


Daniel Whittaker and Mark Wilkin both ran the race for the Harriers which saw Daniel come home in 20th spot with a time of 22.42 and Mark in 35th place (24.13)

Daniel Whittaker (58)

Mark Wilkin (56)

And finally Blackburn Harriers Endurance Coach – Andrew Knowles – was out again in a triathlon on an awfully wet day in Kendal and doing very well to take a podium position – 3rd – in his Age Category 50 and 17TH overall from 157 competitors. His total time was 1hr,11minutes, 2 seconds and told us after the event that “the Sprint Triathlons are really full on,  its full gas from the go, no time to find a rhythm, settle down etc its just push, push, push! I am happy that (at my age) I am still capable of, stringing the 3 sports, swim, bike and run together and finishing round the top 10% overall, the stars of the day were the marshals who braved the terrible weather”