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Harriers Indoors

A number of Harriers competed in the Indoor competition at Sportscity on 17th March. Hurdlers, Connor Makin (U20); Ben Aspinall (U17) and Morgan Angland (U15) all coached by Bob Groves, contested the 60m Hurdles. Connor won his Race and got a new PB with an excellent 9.34secs. Ben followed him in the next heat placing second in a time of 9:75secs, just 0.01 off his PB. Morgan also placed 2nd and ran a new PB of 9:99secs.

Connor Makin

Connor Makin


Ben then tackled the Triple Jump, an event which he is growing increasingly good at, coming 2nd overall and jumping out to 11:96metres – a new PB. Connor tackled the 300m and scored his second win of the day running a fine 38:37secs, just 0.01 off his PB.

Ben Aspinall

Ben Aspinall


In the longer races – 600m – Harry Paige (U20) who is looking forward to this years outdoor Track Season, placed 4th in a time of 1:33.33.

Harry Paige

Harry Paige


In the 60m Sprints, Senior Jamie Vickery (Coached by Mick Hitchon) won his race in a fine 7.38secs, just 0.14 off his PB and a season’s best. Next up in the 60m was U20 Paul Coffey (Coached by Mick Hitchon) who placed 4th in 7:83 and a season’s best – Paul then went and improved his time and season’s best to 7:75secs in his 2nd 60m race of the day and just 0.04 off his PB.

Cameron Massey (U15) with best performances in all his events, was another young athlete with a PB on the day placing 3rd in his 60m race in a time of 8:18secs. He then went on to win his 300m race in a time of 43:38 and again a new PB and backed that up with another PB in the Shot Putt (4k) by finishing 2nd with a PB of 7:25m.


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More Recent Results

St Annes 10 mile Road Race 17th March 2013

Three of the Harriers men went to the Ultrafit 10 mile Road race at St. Annes last week end with some good performances. Mark Almond who is training for his first Marathon and will compete in London led the way home in 15th place with a time of 59:43; next was Chris Davies who continues to improve at a rate of knots and he cam home in 27th place in a time of 62:13 in his first ever 10 mile road Race. Stalwart member of the Club, Paul Wilkinson finished in 110th place in a time of 76:06.

English School Cross Country Championships

Think everyone has had enough of the mud, wind and rain this year and the English Schools Championships seemed to round the season off with more of the same!! Nevertheless a number of the Harriers were competing and did really well given the conditions and the standard of ability within the fields. Grace Handley came home in 27th place in the Junior Girls Race (11:40); Liz Greenwood was 40th (11:55) and Jack Hindle came in in 171st place (22:07) in the Inter Boys Race.

Missed but not forgotten!!

Missed out on our last round up of Results were runs for Sarah Ridehalgh who competes as 2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track. Sarah ran the Trafford 10k finishing 183rd in 38:18 and was 3rd V35 overall. Gary Pearse tackled the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Race on 9th March and had a fine race finishing 24th (79:50) out of a field of 199 runners.

Gary Pearse

Gary Pearse

Sarah Ridehalgh

Sarah Ridehalgh


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Another win for Ben Fish

Ben followed up his 29:58 10k run at Trafford recently by lining up at the Finchley 20 mile Road Race on the 17th March. He won the Race in 2011 and added to his growing reputation by winning it again this year, beating Phil Wicks in a fast finish by just 4 seconds in a time of 1:44.09, nearly three and half minutes faster than he won the Race in 2011. Ben’s target is to get the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and he looks on course with runs like this.

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Holly on the tele


Holly’s Success

For those who haven’t seen Holly Bleasdales BBC Interview following her fabulous Gold Medal at the European Indoor Championships just click on this link and you will be able to get it.

The week after winning the Gold Medal, Holly went to the Vault Festival at Sports City and won that as well with a Vault of 4:61m to continue an amazing season so far.






At the weekend, long time Blackburn Harrier, Mike Hazelwood who now lives in Sweden visited our shores to compete in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships at Lee Valley. Mike is a Vet 65 and competed in 5 competitions Shot Putt; Weight; Discus, Hammer and Javelin and these were Mike’s Results:

Shot Putt            Silver Medal          10:56m

Weight               Silver Medal           13.81m

Discus                Silver Medal          34.27m

Hammer             Bronze Medal        35.79m

Javelin                Bronze Medal       30:27m

Congratulations to Mike who is 67yrs of age and still showing that athletics and competitive athletics is something that can be taken right through life – it doesn’t just belong to the young!!


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Harriers on all surfaces


Some fine performances this weekend in the Trafford 10k (March 10th) which had 743 finishers. Ben Fish led home the Harriers in 2nd place overall in a time of 29:58 which was an excellent time given the very windy conditions. Karl Billington ran really well for a new PB of 30:32, as did Peter Matthews who also ran a PB in 32:06. With Ben 2nd in the Race, Karl 7th and Peter 26th, the Harriers won the Team prize as well. There were other really good runs too. Andy Buttery, training for the London Marathon, finished 53rd overall in a time of 33:28; Shaun Livesey 76th in 34:18; and Steven Foley 188th in 38:30.

At the RODDLESWORTH ROLLER (March 10th), John Sutton had a fine run finishing 4th overall out of 173 runners in a time of 36:10min with the ever improving Christopher Davies just two positions behind in 6th place overall in 37.46min. A good run by Joseph Howe saw him come in 18th place in 39:44min and backed by John Cookson 38th (42:47);  Paul Wilkinson 57th (44:40) and Michael Nolan 64th (45:28).

In the DAFFODIL DODDLE  – 192 runners – run at the same venue before the main Race, there were a lot of Harriers youngsters out competing. Pride of place goes to 16yr old Harry Paige who won the Race by 18sec in a time of 10:13min and also won his age category. He was followed in by Byron Abbott 3rd overall and winner of his age category M14; new member Joe Monk in 5th place and winner of his age category M15; Thomas Harbour in 7th place and winner of the age 13 male category; Jack Wilkinson in 11th place and also winner of his age category M12 along with Natalya Irvine in 12th place who also won her age category F12. Six runners in the top 12 places and all winners of their respective age categories. And the Harriers didn’t stop there. Eleesha Charnley finished 55th in the Race and won the F9 age category and with a huge smile on her face as always.

But this was by no means the end of it for the Harriers. Hannah Cookson finished in 24th place; Kelsey Rutherford in 26th; Phobe Howe in 29th; Rhys Charnley 34th; Charlotte Taylor 56th; Rose Abbott 68th; Oliver Wilkinson 93rd; Kate Cookson 138th as a 6yr old and Skye Summer 155th.

16 young runners competed in the race in not the best of conditions and they did themselves and the Club proud.


Not been a good year at all with regards to the weather and state of the Courses and the Inter-Counties were no exception with deep mud in places.

A number of Blackburn Harriers were selected for Lancashire. In the U15 Girls we had Liz Greenwood (109th); Grace Handley (18th) and Deni Impett (119th); U17W Katie Buckingham (172nd); U20W Jacinta Davison (126th);  Senior Women Becky Taylor (225th) and Helen Leigh (175th); U15B Byron Abbott (192nd); U20M Rob Warner (67th) with three 2nd Claim Members for Blackburn Harriers – Gary Priestley (44th), Tom Cornthwaite (75th) and Josh Tighe (131st) all selected for the Senior Mens Team.

Full Results can be seen via this link:


The T & F season is starting to emerge and there was a first outing for a few of the Harriers at Blackpool’s traditional warm up meeting, although warm it wasn’t, with a biting easterly wind.

Morgan Angland opened by winning the U15 G 80m Hurdles in a time of 13.2sec. Also winning his event was Morgan Philips in the U17M 1500m in a time of 4:45min. In the Field Events, Nathan Billington came in 3rd with a throw of 33.25 in the U17M Hammer. Rebecca Orrell competed in the U17W Shot Putt (4th) 7.67m; Discus (3rd) 25.43m and finished the day off with another 3rd in the U17W Hammer 28.36m. Joe Pearse got in there as well (2nd) in the U20M Shot putt 8.89.