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Harriers Win 10 Medals at Road Relays – Jess 5th and Rob sets new PB in New York Mile – Holly in top 5 at Brussels Diamond League – Matt sets new 800m PB at Trafford – On the Fells with the Harriers

North West Road Relays – Sunday September 8th

Edge Hill University was a great location for this years North West Road Relays which kicks of a period of four weeks of Relays, with the next Relays at Sportcity on Sunday September 15th organised by Northern Athletics and culminating in the National Championships on October 6th at Sutton Coldfield.

Gathering at the Start………..…..and they are off

Blackburn Harriers had a pretty good day with twenty five teams entered – 16 Junior and 9 Senior – producing 4 Lancashire Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze team medals overall. In terms of fastest Legs on the day three U11 Boys were among the top ten fastest in the Lancashire results and one in the U11 Girls. Two U13 Girls had top ten places alongside four U13 Boys in the top ten in the Lancashire fastest Legs. The U15 Girls had four in the top ten whilst the U15 Boys had six out of the top ten fastest Lancashire legs. Eleesha Charnley had the fiftth fastest leg in the North West U17 Girls and the fastest in Lancashire alongside Matt Ramsden posting the fourth fastest time overall for U17 men and second fastest in Lancashire. Joanne Nelson took 9th fastest Leg in the North West and fastest in Lancashire with four other Senior Women coming in the top ten Lancashire places. In the Senior Men’s Race – Tim Raynes was equal 8th fastest overall and fastest in Lancashire with four other Harriers joining him in the top ten Lancashire fastest Legs.


Senior Women’s Teams L-R Hannah Cookson – Lindsay Davies – Charlotte Atkinson – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Carly Edwards – Maddie Elliott – Team Manager Joanne Nelson – Rachael Gavin – Annabel Ralph

The Senior Women fielded three teams with 51 teams in total in which the A Team of Annabel Ralph (19.32), Maddie Elliott (20.09) and Joanne Nelson (19.18) finished 4th overall and first Lancashire Team to take the Gold Medal. The B Team of Carly Edwards (21.00), Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (21.52) and Rachael Gavin (21.27) came home in 14th overall taking the Silver Medal In the Lancashire Championships. Our C Team – Lindsay Davies (23.06), Hannah Cookson (22.01) and Charlotte Atkinson (22.28) came in 25th overall and 6th in Lancashire. Joanne ran the 9th fastest leg of the day overall in the North West and in Lancashire she was the fastest with Annabel 2nd, Maddie 5th, Carly 9th and Rachael 10th.

A-TeamAnnabel RalphMaddie ElliottJoanne Nelson

B-TeamCarly EdwardsEllen Sagar-HeskethRachael Gavin

C-TeamLindsay DaviesHannah CooksonCharlotte Atkinson

Seventy one teams took part in the Senior Men’s Race with the Harriers fielding six teams placing 6th (Karl Billington-Josh Holgate-Marc Hartley-Tim Raynes), 18th (Chris Davies-Dominic Walton-Paul Bradshaw-Joe Gebbie), 22nd (Calum Holmes-Paul Brindle-John Horrocks-Tom Blaney), 33rd (Jack Hindle-Paul Guinan-Mat Nuttall-Danny Maynard), 48th (Paul Jeffries-Ben Makin-John Foster-John Chaplin) and 66th (Andrew Knowles-Allan Hartley-John Cookson-Evan Cook) in the North West.

A-TEAMKarl Billington (16.24)Josh Holgate (16.55)Marc Hartley (16.32)Tim Raynes (15.40)

B-TeamChris Davies (16.49)Dominic Walton (17.15)Paul Bradshaw (17.08)Joe Gebbie (17.38)

C-TeamCalum Holmes (17.56)Paul Brindle (17.52)John Horrocks (17.19)Tom Blaney (17.19)

In Lancashire the A Team – Karl Billington (16.24), Josh Holgate (16.55), Marc Hartley (16.32) and Tim Raynes (15.40) took the Gold Medal with our other teams finishing 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th. Tim ran the equal 8th fastest leg of the day overall (15.40) whilst in the Lancashire fastest legs he led five Harriers in the top ten fastest with Karl in 5th, Marc in 7th, Jack in 8th and Chris in 10th.

D-TeamJack Hindle (16.41)Paul Guinan (18.33)Matt Nuttall (19.15)Danny Maynard (19.13)

E-TeamPaul Jeffries (20.07)Ben Makin (18.23)John Foster (19.54)John Chaplin (20.08)

F-TeamAndrew Knowles (22.06)Allan Hartley (24.48)John Cookson (20.51)Evan Cook (23.02)

One of the great things about Relays is the sight of all the young athletes getting ready to compete and urging one another. Here we have some of the U15 and U17 Girls getting together before their respective races.

L-R Kate Cookson – Caroline Woodworth – Leah Hoole – Kiera Booth – Eva Knowles – Keira Haxton – Hollie Cubbon – Eleesha Charnely – Rebecca Ramsden – Molly Nicholls – Amy Davies – Eleanor Allsop

In the U17 Women’s Race involving 15 teams overall the Harriers came 9th in the North West and 1st Lancashire Team to take the County Gold. Eleesha Charnley on leg 1 ran the 5th fastest leg of the day overall and fastest leg in Lancashire. Eleesha went off on Leg 1 clocking 10.40 followed by Rebecca Ramsden on Leg 2 (13.01) and Amy Davies on the final Leg (11.40).

Eleesha Charnley (A51)Rebecca Ramsden (B51)Amy Davies

L-R Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Rebecca Ramsden – Eleesha Charnely – Amy Davies

L-R Team manager Chris Thompson – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon – Keira Haxton

A larger field in the U15 Girls featured thirty seven teams – the Harriers having three of them with the A Team winning Bronze in the Lancashire Championships. The A team had Leah Hoole on Leg 1 (11.27) followed on Leg 2 by Hollie Cubbon (11.53) and Kiera Haxton on leg 3 (11.31). Just half a minute behind them came the B Team led on Leg 1 by Kate Cookson posting the fastest leg of all the Harriers U15 Girls with 11.11, followed on leg 2 by Eva Knowles (12.08) and Molly Nicholls on the last Leg with 12.09. Caroline Woodworth ran Leg 1 for the C team, running the fastest time of 12.04 with Kiera Booth clocking 12.31 on leg 2 and Eleanor Allsopp (13.06) on the final Leg.

A-TeamLeah HooleHollie CubbonKeira Haxton

B-TeamKate Cookson (A2)Eva Knowles (B2)Molly Nicholls (C2)

C-TeamCaroline WoodworthKiera BoothEleanor Allsopp

The U13 Girls Team finished 34th out of the 40 complete teams running with Imogen Robinson on Leg 1 running a time of 11.58 with Faith Gillibrand just one second slower on Leg 2 (11.57) and Isabelle Hartley on Leg 3 clocking 15.27.

Imogen Robinson (A51) Faith Gillibrand (B51) Isabelle Hartley

A late drop out meant that in the U11 Girls Race we had one full and one part team contesting with our full team finishing in 24th spot consisting of Hannah Davies on Leg 1 running 8.19, Charlotte Smith who got caught on the start line, losing time to the other girls on Leg 2 (9.49) and Lulu Sharp on Leg 3 with a time of 9.44. Alexa Hunt ran on Leg 1 in the part team running 11.40 with Leah Walker on leg 2 (11.11).

Hannah daviesCharlotte SmithLulu SharpLeah Walker

Similarly in the U11 Boys there was one full and one part team which saw the Harriers A team win a Bronze Medal in the Lancashire Championships led off by Theo Robinson who ran the third fastest Leg of the Lancashire runners in 7.29 supported by Felix Thompson on Leg 2 in a time of 8.41 and Charlie Haworth on Leg 3 (8.15). Loucas Lancashire ran the first Leg of the part team in 9.07 with Tom Hunt running 11.08 on Leg 2.

Theo Robinson (A1)Felix Thompson (B1)Charlie Haworth (C1)Loucas Lancashire (A2)Tom Hunt

Three teams ran in the U13 Boys Relays faturing a total field of 37 teams. In the Lancashire Championships which was amongst seven teams, the Harriers won Bronze as the other two teams placed 5th and 7th. Daniel Smith led off on Leg 1 for the A Team clocking 11.20 with Ben Ham on Leg 2 running the fastest time of the lads (10.55) and Ben Livesey on the final leg clocking 11.14. The B Team saw Oliver Gill run 11.12 and fastest on Leg 1 with Matthew Smith running 11.26 on Leg 2 and George Ramsden 12.30 on the last Leg. Findlay Carroll ran fastest in the C Team with a time of 12.17 on Leg 1 followed by Daniel Nuttall (normally a sprinter) on Leg 2 (13.17) and Issac Smith on the Leg 3 (17.19).

A-TeamDaniel Smith (A1)Ben Ham Ben Livesey

B-TeamOliver GillMatthew SmithGeorge Ramsden

C-TeamFindlay Carroll (A3)Daniel Nuttal Issac Smith

The Harriers U15 Boys placed 11th and 16th overall and won Silver and Bronze in the Lancashire Championships, with six of them finishing in the top ten fastest Legs covering Lancashire Teams. The A Team saw Hayden Mercer run the fastest Leg in a time of 9.38 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on Leg 2 running 10.28 and Dexta Thompson 10.15 on the last Leg. The B Team saw Theo Watson on Leg 1 with a time of 11.03 supported by Codie Dewhurst on Leg 3 (11.01 and Jack Paget Fowler running the fastest time on the final Leg of 10.44. Saul Sharp and Umair Rafiq ran in a part team and both remarkably clocked identical time of 11.11.

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

A-TeamHayden MercerKyle Taylor-PomfretDexta Thompson

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

B-TeamTheo Watson (A2)Codie DewhurstJack Paget-Fowler (C2)

Saul Sharp (A3)

Just 20 teams contested the U17 Mens Race which saw Matt Ramsden run the fourth fastest Leg of the day as he clocked 16.23 on Leg 3, preceded by Sam Hodkinson on Leg 1 with 17.38 and Jamie Teare on leg 2 (17.33) all of which meant that they won the Lancashire Gold Medal.

L-R Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Jamie TeareMatt Ramsden Sam HodkinsonJamie Teare

The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile opens a beautiful 20-block stretch of 5th Avenue to runners of all ages and abilities who want to run their best mile in New York City. Special races include a youth mile, the George Sheehan Memorial Mile for runners age 60 and over, the NYRR Road Mile Championships, and Olympic-caliber professional men’s and women’s races.

Jess Judd was invited to contest the Elite Race and Rob Warner entered the Open Race with both of them having really good runs.

Women’s Results

Men’s Results

Jess was the first British athlete home in 5th place clocking 4.27 behind the winner – Jenny Simpson who ran 4.17. Nick Willis won the Men’s Race in a very rapid time of 3.52 with Rob having another cracking run in 24th place, clocking 4.12 which was a new PB by four seconds.Rob was pleased with his race and told us that it went really well yesterday, and a good end to the season for me!! I was quite happy with the race, it was 4 seconds quicker than the last time I did it so cant complain! I probably went off a bit too hard as I was on for about 4:09 with 400 to go but I just really tied up and ended being caught with about 150 to go! A good end to the season though and onto relays now!”

Diamond League in Brussels – Friday September 6th

The Women’s Pole Vault featured a wno’s who of the Pole Vaulting world as ther athletes came together for a final competition before heading off to Doha for the World Championships in three weeks time.


Holly Bradshaw is in good form as she vailted her third succesive height of 4.70m plus to finish equal fifth in a competiton won by Katerina Stefanidi with a seasons best clearance of 4.83m. All the big names were out with Sidorova, Newman, Nageotte, Suhr, Morris among the competitors.

Trafford AC Grand Prix Open (Distance / Throws) – Tuesday September 3rd

Matt Ramsden had a great battle with Sale Harriers George Safranauskasas at Trafford on Tuesday with just 0.05 separating the two of them. Safranauskasas clocked 2.04.62 whilst Matt placed 2nd in 2.04.67 – a new PB by three seconds. Nick Smith ran in the same Heat clocking 2.12.21 in 7th place whilst Calum Holmes took on the 1500m and ran 4.56.40 in 13th spot. In the Throws, Tony Balko battled pretty atrocious conditions for throwing but still mnaged to take 2nd out of a 9 strong field in the Discus with 33.19m and 3rd in the Shot Putt with 10.89m.


On the Fells with the Harriers

John Orrell was at it again with two races inside three days the first being the Burnsall fell Race on September 1st won by Mercia’s Simon Bailey in 13.54. John came home in 61st out of 86 runners clocking a time of 22.52. Then on to the Mucker Show on September 4th run in very wet conditions which was won by Keighley’s Joe Craven in 16.40. John placed 36th in this one in 24.59 commenting “Just back from a very wet Mucker Show. After Burnsall on Sunday that’s another 2 races in 72 hours. From 26 degrees to 12 degrees what a lovely British Summer. 36th today and a fiver for finishing. Almost better then cake!”

Burnsall (RESULTS)   then Mucker Show (RESULTS)

At Gorple Rocks (RESULTS) on Wednesday September 4th – won by Ilkley’s Tom Adams in 31.57, Daniel Whittaker and Mark Wilkin were out for the Harriers among a field one hundred and thirty one. Daniel was the first home in 29th place in a time of 44.15 whilst Mark came through the finish in 41st clocking 46.25.

Mark did the first of the Pennine Trail series with Daniel Whittaker last night at Gorple Rocks Burnley

Daniel Whittaker

Mark Wilkin

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Nicky Wins Silver at National Championships – Rob sets new 3000m PB – Holly vaults 4.72m at Diamond League – Joanne Wins South Cheshire 20 – New PB for Jacob at Wigan 10k – New PB for Ben at Mid Cheshire 5k – New PB’s for Harriers youngsters at Trafford Open – Annabel Wins Harrock Hill Race – Pilling 10k & Barrow Fell Race Results – Harriers Run the Lights

U15 / U17 National T&F Championships

What a great weekend for U15 Nicky Saunders. On Saturday she contested the Hammer where she finished 10th in the Final with a distance of 30.02m and then on Sunday she took on the Discus with a fabulous performance. Her distance of 35.12m was a new PB, a new Club Record and moves her to No.3 in the National Rankings.

Nicky Saunders

Championships Results

Jayden Riley also had a very impressive weekend at the Championships in the U15 Boys 100m. he ran 11.37 in the Heats to qualify for the semi-final where he clocked a new PB of 11.27 which saw him into the Final coming home in 7th place with a time of 11.40. This is the first time that Jayden has done 3 rounds in one day and was an excellent performance which saw him finish the Championships ranked 8th nationally in the 100m and 14th in the 80m Hurdles, and afterwards he spoke to the Harriers about the weekend saying “This season has been great and I have been able to achieve so much. I have also had so many amazing experiences, my most recent one being the Nationals where I was proud and very pleased to make the finals and run a personal best.  I look forward to next season”.

Jayden Riley U15 Boys 100m

U15 Hurdler Ben Boocock ran just 0.01 outside his personal best as he clocked 11.86 in his Heat (4th) to just miss out on qualifying for the Final. Ben has had a great year – qualifying for English Schools along with winning Silver Medals at the Northern Indoor Championships, Northern Outdoor Championships, Lancashire Championsips and Lancashire Schools Championships with lots of promise to come as he moves up to U17’s in the 2020 track and field season.

What a way to end a holiday! Coming straight from holiday on the way home –  Millie Coy – this years Northern Athletics Gold Medalist at Liverpool – qualified for the Final, making it a hat-trick of new PB’s for Harriers athletes at the Championships in the U17 Women’s Javelin, as she placed 8th with a new PB of 38.76m

Javelin Results

Archive Photo

U17 Matthew Heywood was in his favourite event at the Championships – the Hammer. In the Final Matthew finished in 7th place with a throw of 51.13m which was a very good performance when considering that he was one of only two first year U17’s in the Final, all the others being top of age. Matthew finishes the season placed 8th in the National Rankings and there is little doubt that there is more to come from this young athlete next year.

Archive Photo

Tonbridge Twilight Meeting – August 31st

Rob Warner is finishing off his season in real style. He has already broken his personal best for 5000m with his clocking off 14.08.45 and recently ran 3.48.71 for the 1500m and on Saturday at the Tonbridge Twilight Meeting Rob ran the 3000m which was won in a time of 8.07.59 by Kieran Clements. Rob knocked close to two seconds off his previous best to set new PB of 8.14.92. Rob spoke to the Club after his race commenting that he was Happy with the race, felt really good after not being well the week before so was good to come back and finish off the track season well! Looking back I felt I could have kicked on a bit with 3 laps to go but I had it in the back of my mind that i went too hard too early in a 3k earlier in the year so hung back a bit. Happy with a PB at the end of the day though!

Zurich Diamond League – Thursday August 29th

The build up to the World T&F Championships is going really well for Holly Bradshaw. Last week she won the British Championships with a vault of 4.73m which was a seasons best and a new Championship Record and this week she followed that up with a 4.72m clearance in the Diamond League in 5th place, an event featuring many of the top pole vaulters in the world.

Video of Holly’s British Championships & Diamond League clearances

Zurich Results

South Chesire 20 – Sunday September 1st

In 2018 Joanne Nelson ran this race placing 22nd in a time of 2hr 21.14 which gave her 2nd place overall in the Women’s Race and 1st place in the V45 age category. This year close to two hundred ran the race won by Bedford’s Will Mckay in a time of 1hr 49.45, some five and half minutes in front of second placed Tristan Windley (Keswick) in 2nd (1hr 55.10 )and Jon Cleaver (Barlick) in 3rd place with 1hr 55.40.


Joanne had a stormer knocking five minutes off the time she ran last year to come home 1st Woman and 1st V45 in 25th position overall………….After completing the South Cheshire 20 mile in 2018 and enjoying it so much, I decided to run it this year in preparation for Amsterdam marathon. As Charlotte is also running Amsterdam marathon I managed to convince her that the South Cheshire 20 was a good idea. The course is undulating and so rather challenging in parts. There are plenty of Marshalls en- route; all shouting words of encouragement. I was pleased with my win; although I had to work hard over the last 6 miles to catch the girl who was leading. My time in 2 hrs 16 was an improvement of 5 mins from the previous year. Charlotte has a fantastic run, especially as she has just returned from a week holiday in Ibiza!!! She smashed her first 20 mile race in just over 3 hours; so it’s looking all Rosie for the Harriers in Amsterdam!As mentioned – well done too for Charlotte Atkinson who was having her first shot at a 20 mile race and ran really well to come home in 125th place clocking 3hr 05.56 as she builds up her training for the Amsterdam Marathon. Afterwards Charlotte told the Harriers about the Race saying It was a tough hilly course but glad to have a 20 mile race under my belt in preparation for Amsterdam marathon in October and was great to see Joanne get the win!

Joanne receiving her winning Prize.

Wigan 10k – Sunday September 1st

Just short of two and half thousand runners turned up for this annual race held in Wigan, won by Sales’s Philip Robertson is a time of 30.44 – just five seconds in front of second place Southport athlete – Ben Johnson (30.49).

WIGAN 10k Results

Jacob Watson went into the race with a personal best of 33.08 and finished 4th smashing his best time by 29 seconds to set a new PB of 32.39, telling the Club after the race that he was 4th again at the Wigan 10k, albeit a minute quicker than last year. Really happy to set a new PB and even happier to finally run under 33 minutes!

Mid Cheshire 5k – Thursday August 29th

Just over six hundred runners completed this race win by Liverpool’s Charlie Hulson in 14.21 with the first fifteeen athletes all getting in under the 15 minute mark. Ben Costello came home in 34th position clocking a new PB time of 15.29.

Race Results

Archive Photo

Trafford Open Bank Holiday meeting

Theo Robinson took advantage of the very warm Bank Holiday weather along what his sister Imogen, to take part in this meeting. Theo ran the 75m, to come home 4th with a time of 12.33 and then just missed a new personal best in the U11’s 600m as he clocked 1.59.73 in 5th place. Sister Imogen was also just a second outside her personal best in the U13 Girls 800m running a time of 2.47.52 in 2nd spot followed by a new PB in the High Jump, clearing 1.25m an improvement of 5cms in 4th spot.


Imogen & Theo Robinson                                     Theo Robinson


Imogen Robinson

Trafford Results

Daniel Nuttall had a very good day as he set a new PB in winning the U13 Boys 100m when he clocked 13.76 , his previous best being 13.9 run at the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting last weekend. Daniel went and made it a double new PB as he cut half a second off his previous best time in the 200m – running 29.77 in 4th place. Then in the High Jump, he had a clearance of 1.30m in his first ever competitive attempt at the discipline, placing 4th overall.


Daniel Nuttall (125) 100m                              Daniel Nuttall High Jump

U13 Lucy Rishton came home 3rd in the U13 Girls 75m running 11.70 before going onto set a new PB in the Long Jump, leaping out to a distance of 4.09m in 6th place out of the event featuring eighteen other youngsters. Niamh Gater was in the same event and just missed a new personal best as she jumped a seasons best 3.80m in 8th spot and this, after clocking 13.29 (4th) in the 70m Hurdles Race.

U15 Nicky Saunders – ranked 8th nationally in the Discus – was a comforable winner on the day with her throw of 30.48m, preceded by her 2nd place in the Hammer with 35.99m, an event she is ranked 19th in and then rounded off the day with another 2nd place in the Javelin with her distance of 24.81m.

Harrock Hill Race – Wednesday August 28th

Just over 200 runners in this, the final race of this years Series with the Race being won by St Helens athlete Jon-Jo Doherty in a swift time of 31.55.

Harrock Hill Results

Blackburn Harriers – Annabel Ralph – in her 2nd race back after injury took the Women’s 1st place with a time of 40.35, crossing the finish line in 32nd spot.

Annabel Ralph

Pilling 10k – Saturday 24th August

There was a run away winner by over five minutes in this race as Joe Beech from Brackla Harriers won in a time of 32.28 with 2nd placed runner – Thomas Haworth of Lytham – clocking 37.42.

Pilling 10k Results

Paul Jeffries and Rachael Gavin ran in the race for the Harriers which saw Paul run 43.26 in 22nd place overall and 2nd V45 – Rachael came home in a time of 44.42 in 27th spot.

Barrow Fell Race at Keswick Show – Bank Holiday Monday

John Orrell was back out on the Fells for his third race in as many days – finishing 83rd in a time of 53.59 – describing himself ‘Proper jiggered now and that’s why I needed cake!’  and after this race he told the Club about his exploits commenting that this was his Third race in 3 days. 3 counties, 2 shows. Like the others temperatures got up to 26 degrees. A steady start out of the main show ring, across fields to the fell, then up. Up and up to Stile End summit, off the top to Barrow Door then a runnable climb to Barrow summit. Picked up 2 places before the long descent back to the finish. Exhausted!

Barrow Results

John Orrell (27)


Harriers run the lights in the Blackpool Night Run


L-R  Daniel Smith – Eleesha Charnley – Oliver Gill



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Jess Judd Interview after British Championships

Jess Judd Interview


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Holly Bradshaw interview after British Championships

Holly Bradshaw Interview

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Gold for Holly – Silver for Jess and 4th for Charlotte at British Championships – 39 Medals and 20 New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Harriers on the Fells at Pendleton

British T&F Championships – Saturday August 24th

Holly Bradshaw is just five weeks away from competing at this years World Champioinships in Doha and what better way to prepare that winning the British Championship title – her 12th in all – with a Championship Best perforamnce and seasons best vault of 4.73m.

Pole Vault Results

Interview Video

Holly spoke to the Club after the Championships commenting To win my 12th British Title (7th Outdoors) in a SB and CBP is an honour, especially wearing the Blackburn Kit. I felt really good today – it’s been 6 weeks since I jumped full run in a competition so when the bar got higher I lost a bit or discipline but I’m in good shape, probably the best ever so I am now looking forward to Doha. It was also tricky being so hot and being out there so long so I have two more competitions now where I can really attack the 480 barrier“.

Jess Judd had another great run to make it the second Blackburn Harrier to qualify for the World Championships in Doha, this time over 5000m. Having recently set her 5000m personal best of 15.16.47 and having won the World Student Games 5000m, Jess continued with that rich vein of form to take Silver Medal at the Championships in a time of 15.35.82 and just a second in front of Laura Weightman in 3rd (15.36.73) – the race being won by Eilish McColgan (15.21.38). Next stop – the World Track & Field Championships.

5000m Results

An absolutely delighted Jess spoke to the Harriers after her Race telling us I’m so happy, I really didn’t expect it but I trusted in my training and race plan and did what I had to do and come top 2! Over the moon and honestly never expected it to happen which just makes it even better! Has been a great year as my first real attempt at the 5k so to make the world champs is a dream come true!

Charlotte Williams finished off here 2019 season at this years British Championships held in Birmingham at the weekend where she placed 4th with a distance of 58.70m – just 15cms off a third placed Bronze Medal. She was competing in her first Senior British Championships which involved three senior women, three U23 women and Charlotte, who is only 17yrs old which is a fabulous achievement.

Hammer Results

Charlotte finishes the season as No. 1 in the Women’s U20 Rankings and 7th overall and the only U20 Woman in the top ten which alongside winning her first GB Vest this year, makes the season very special indeed. After the Final, Charlotte spoke to the Harriers about the day and her season saying Competing in the British Championships at 17 years old was an amazing experience. I didn’t get the result I wanted but I am overwhelmed with the long season I have had and how it’s gone. Now for a short break then back in September to put all my effort into winter training. Thankyou for everyone this year who has helped and supported me, it means so much and pushes me through. Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better’

Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Saturday August 24th

Glorious sunshine at Blackpool for the final fixture of this years Mid Lancs T&F season, ending as it does with the Medal Meeting. Athletes having contested a minimum of two fixtures throughout the season, qualify for a Medal for placing first, second or third at the Medal meeting on the day. Blackburn Harriers picked up a bag full of medals with seventeen winners, fourteen seconds and eight third places alongside twenty new PB’s.

Provisional Results

One of the highlights of the day for the Harriers was the sight of Joanne Nelson (V45) running 4.56.20 to take her into second place in the V45 National Rankings behind Caroline Hoyte. Joanne went through 800m in 2.36 and then ran a 72 second last lap to smash her previous best time of 5.01.0 by over four and half seconds. Fantastic performance.

Joanne Nelson (253)

Anna Peers has had another fine season, being an integral part of the Northern League Division One team which won the title this year. Again at the Medal Meeting Anna took another couple of wins in the Senior Women’s Shot Putt with a big new PB by over half a metre (11.38m) before going on to win the Javelin with 37.94m and taking 2nd spot in the Discus with 33.96m. Great to see Sarah Henton out again for the second time this season – hoping to see much more of her in 2020 – as she won the Discus with a throw of 36.26m. Abigail Brown finished 4th in the Discus which had a pretty strong field, throwing 27.35m.

Anna PeersSarah HentonAbigail Brown

Another mainstay of the Clubs Northern League Division One Team – Anthony Kent – had another good day – first of all winning the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with 11.20m, winning the Discus with 39.20m for a new PB by nearly three quarters of a metre and then added over a metre to his Hammer best for a new PB and the win, throwing 46.73m. Good also to see Nathan Billington back in action in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with a throw of 8.55m (4th) and 33.91m in the Hammer (2nd).

Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Discus)Nathan Billington (Hammer)

In the Jumps – Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson were among eight athletes which saw just 31cms separate 1st place (4.79m) to 7th (4.48m). Imogen placed 6th with 4.57m as Liberty jumped out to 4.11m in 8th – just outside her personal best after which she was just 5cms shy of her best in the High Jump, clearing 1.45m in 3rd and ending her day with a throw of 19.86m in the U17 Women’s Javelin (3rd). U17 Ben Branton leapt out to 5.43m in the Long Jump in 2nd place. U13 Findlay Carroll came 8th in the Long Jump with 3.29m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was back in action after a six week lay off due to a broken wrist – doing the High Jump – and went straight back into the High Jump on the day, clearing 1.40m in 8th place. Lucy Rishton jumped out to 3.80m in the U13 Girls Long Jump for 4th spot in a field of 19 with Niamh Gater in 7th place (3.73m) which was just cms outsider her best.

Liberty ThompsonFindlay CarrollKyle Taylor-PomfretLucy Rishton Niamh Gater

The U15 Girls Long Jump featured 14 competitiors with Kiera Booth placing 8th (3.76m) and Skye Greenacre 10th with a jump of 3.70m. In the High Jump Skye added 10cms to her previous best for a new PB clearance of 1.35m with Kate Cookson coming in 8th with a clearance of 1.30m.

Skye Greenacre Kate Cookson

Sebastian Burton had a good day too setting a new PB in the U15 Boys Hammer by over two metres with 24.46m and then set a big new PB in the Javelin by over 5 metres to come 2nd with 21.47m. Toby Mansfield took on Shot Putt and Discus in the U13 Boys placing 3rd in the Shot Putt with 5.20m before going on to throw 15.03 in the Discus  and 18.77m in the Javelin (5th) with Findlay Carroll in 4th (19.16m).

Sebastian Burton (Hammer)Toby Mansfield (Discus)

U15’s Grace Bontoft and Kate Cookson were part of 10 strong field in the Shot Putt placing 8th (7.25m) and 10th (6.73m) respectively. Grace joined Nicky Saunders in the Discus which saw Nicky win the competition with a throw of 30.59m with Grace setting a new PB with her 16.35m (6th). On to the Javelin which saw Nicky place 4th (25.22m) after finishing 2nd in the Hammer with 36.65m and for Grace, it was another new PB in the Hammer with her throw of 31.33m in 3rd.

Nicky Saunders (Hammer) Grace Bontoft (Hammer)

The U13 Girls Throws saw Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft in the Shot Putt. Northern Silver Medalist last weekend – Tilly Pollard – continued that good form as she won with a throw of 7.81m backed up by Madison who came 2nd with 6.72m. Kady Thompson joined the two girls in the Discus with Tilly recording her second win of the day with a new PB by over a metre (24.25m), with Madison in 3rd also with a new PB of 15.22m and Kady in 5th making it a hat-trick of new PB’s in the same event with her throw of 13.73m. Kady then set a new PB – her second of the day in the Javelin with 19.82m in 2nd as Madison also set a new PB in the event with 16.55m in 4th.

Tilly Pollard (Discus) Madison Bontoft (Discus)Kady Thompson (Discus)

In the Sprints Ethan Downes contested the U17 Men’s 100m, running 12.00 in 4th place. U13 Daniel Nuttall clocked 13.90 for a new PB by a tenth in Heat (1) of the 100m with Harry Sambrook coming 2nd in Heat (2) with 15.30 followed by a 30.80 clocking in the 200m (7th).

Ethan Downes (253)Daniel Nuttal (32)Harry Sambook (26)

U15 Skye Greenacre clocked 14.60 to place 12th out of the three 100m Heats as Amelia Burton ran 14.80 to place 7th out of the three Heats of the U13 Girls 100m with Lucy Rishton clocking 15.20 in 14th spot which was a new PB by one tenth.

Skye Greenacre (185) – David Wood PhotoAmelia Burton (14)Lucy Rishton (25)

U15 Hayden Mercer and U17 Ethan Barbarewicz took on the rather challenging 800m / 400m double with just around 20 minutes recovery between the 800m, run first, followed by the 400m. Ethan smashed his 800m personal best with a new PB of 2.17.80, knocking a hugle 10 seconds off his previous best time set in May this year before clocking 67.80 (4th) in the 400m. Hayden Mercer was a very comfortable winner of the U15 Boys 800m (2.14.30) before going on to win the 400m in a time of 57.90.

Hayden Mercer (22) 800mHayden Mercer (22) 400mEthan Barbarewicz (8) 800mEthan Barbarewicz (8) 400m

U17 Harry Wilkin ran 5.02.80 in the 1500m, a race which unfortunately featured just two runners in that age group. Codie Dewhurst, Sebastian Burton and Umair Rafiq all ran in the U15 Boys 800m won by Hayden Mercer with Codie coming home in 4th (2.33.10), Sebastian in 5th (2.34.10) and Umair in 8th (2.37.00) which was a big new PB by some four seconds. Dexta Thompson was the next one to pull off a big new PB by four and half seconds as he clocked 4.44.00 in the U15 Boys 1500m in 4th place whilst in the U13 Boys 1500m there was a win for Ben Stratton who came from behind on the home straight to take the race virtually on the line in 5.00.50.

L-R Ben Stratton – Kyel Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Harry Wilkin

Harry Wilkin 1500m (295) – David Wood PhotoSebastian Burton (13) – Codie Dewhurst (17)

Umair Rafiq (24) – David Wood PhotoDexta Thompson (197)Ben Stratton (29)

Harry Sambrook ran 2.41.30 in the U13 Boys 800m (4th) alongside Findlay Carroll in 6th place with 3.00.10. Leah Hoole ran a well judged race in the U15 Girls 800m, as she just missed winning the race with a fast finish, by three tenths, clocking 2.30.20 in 2nd spot with Molly Nicholls in 8th spot in a time of 2.44.30.

Harry Sambrook (800m)Leah Hoole (193) 800mMolly Nicholls (800m)

There was a one, two three in the U15 Girls 1500m which was won by Abigail Stratton in 5.14.80, with Keira Haxton in 2nd (5.15.00) and Kate Cookson in 3rd place running 5.19.80 which was a new PB by over four seconds. In the U13 Girls middle distance races, Amelia Burton and Eve Coulson ran in the 800m with Amelia in 6th (2.49.20) and Eve in 9th (2.54.80) whilst Faith Gillibrand ran the 1500m for the very first time, clocking 5.53.30.

L-R Kate Cookson – Abigail Stratton – Keitra Haxton – Faith GillibrandAbigail Stratton (28) – Keira Haxton (19) Kate Cookson (16) 1500mAmelia Burton (14) 800m Eve Coulson (214) 800mFaith Gillibrand (18) 1500m

Pendleton Fell Race – Saturday August 24th

Tom Marchant, Craig Greenough, John Orrell, Danny teare, Ian Clarkson and Mark Wilkin Blackburn Harriers all ran in this Category AS. 5 miles / 1499 ft. Race featuring 157 runners run in fabulous weather, which was also hosting as the Selection race for the Senior, U23 and U20 teams at the Home International Races on 21st September. The Race was won by Ilkley’s Tom Adams in 35.24 from Chris Houldsworth in 2nd (35.33) and Joe Baxter in 3rd (35.44).

Pendleton Results

Tom Marchant was first across the line for the Harriers with a time of 45.51 in 52nd place and he was followed by V50 Craig Greenough in 83rd (51.48), V50 Mark Wilkin in 98th place (55.12), V50 John Orrell (106th) clocking 58.24, V40 Danny Teare in 115th spot with a time of 60.03 and V50 Ian Clarkson running 61.03 in 122nd position.

Thomas Marchant (24) Craig Greenough (109) John Orrell (39) Danny Teare (24) Ian Clarkson (140)

The day after Pendleton and still very hot, John Orrell took on another BOFRA Race at Halton Gill finishing in 13th place. RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.

John Orrell


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New PB’s for Matt & Dom at Trafford Grand Prix

It was a good night for Matt Ramsden and Dominic Walton at Trafford on Tuesday night as both set new PB’s on a night which was pretty good from the point of view of the weather for racing.

Trafford Results

Dominic Walton kicked off the night in the 3000m ‘B’ Race which had twenty seven athletes in it. Dominic went into the race with a personal best of 9.13.55 and was looking to lower that. In the event he did, clocking a 3.03 opening kilometre, finishing with a close to 60 second last lap to come home the winner in a new PB time of 9.00.18, just two tenths shy of breaking nine minutes. Calum Holmes ran a time of 10.09.46 to cross the finish line in 16th place.

Dominic Walton (87)Calum Holmes (21)

Next up came Joe Gebbie – (personal best 1.59.00) – in the second Heat of the 800m and was just short of breaking the 2 minute barrier again as he clocked 2.00.67 in 6th place after getting boxed in on the home straight. Nicholas Smith ran in Heat 5 of the 800m running a time of 2.09.86 in 6th spot. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran in Heat 7 with the first lap being run a little bit slower than she would have liked as she clocked 2.25.45 in 7th place.

Joe Gebbie (128)Nicholas Smith (133) Elle Sagar-Hesketh (88)

Matt Ramsden, Marc Hartley, Ben Makin and Harry Wilkin all contested the 1500m. U17 Matt who won Silver at the Northern T&F Championships at the weekend was hoping to run a new personal best for the 1500m and duly delivered with a blistering finish in the home straight to register a new PB time of 4.11.23 in 4th position — as Marc in the same Heat ran 4.14.86 in 10th place. New member for the Harriers – Ben Makin, running his first ever competitive 1500m – had a fine run to clock 4.28.79 in his Heat; And finally in the 1500m races, U17 Harry Wilkin who had to wait until the very end whilst the BMC 1500m races took place made amends by winning the final Race in a time of 5.01.45.

Matt RamsdenMarc Hartley (176)Ben Makin (168) Harry Wilkin (185)

On the Throws side of the evening, V50 Tony Balko – who has entered the European Masters Championships being held in Venice – was out in the Hammer and Javelin taking a win in the Hammer with the senior weight (7.26kg) with a distance of 37.25m and then placed 3rd in the Javelin (700g) with 30.81m.

Tony Balko (Hammer)Tony Balko (Javelin)