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Seasons Best & Olympic Qualifying height for Holly in Lausanne and season 1500m best for Jess in Marseille – Annabel Wins Astley Park – In memory of Don Ashton

Athletissima 2019 in Lausanne – Wednesday July 4th

Holly Bradshaw was up against some of the worlds best Pole Vaulters on Wednesday evening in Lausanne – the competition being won eventually by Americas Kate Nageotte after she cleared 4.82 meters on her second attempt which was a new outdoor personal best for her.

L-R Holly Bradshaw (3rd) – Kate Nageotte (1st) – Anzhelika Sidorova (2nd)

Holly finished in third place with a seasons best and Olympic qualifying height of 4.72 meters with Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva finish in fourth place with 4.57 meters.

Meeting Pro Athlé Tour de Marseille – Monday July 2nd

Jess Judd lined up against an international field on Monday over 1500m in Marseille, won by Ethiopian Tigist Ketema in a time of 4.05.09 with Britian’s Melissa Courtenay in 2nd spot (4.05.37).


Jess – getting faster with every race she runs over the distance this year – ran a seasons best time of 4.08.93 in 6th place.

Astley Park Trail Race Series 3/4 – Wednesday July 4th

Race number 3 in this years Series attracted one hundred and sixteen runners which saw Anthony Valentine ahead of the table with wins in race 2 and race 3.

L-R – Paul Smith (310) – Rachael Gavin (458) – Chris Davies (400) – Annabel Ralph (462) – George ‘in the background’  Woodburn – Lindsay Davies (399) – Charlotte Atkinson (498)


On the evening, Anthony Valentine took the win in a time of 20.07 with Blackburn Harrier – Chris Davies – in 2nd place clocking 20.34 which cemented him in 2nd place in the Series to-date. Annabel Ralph had a nother good run to come home 1st Woman in 23.38 and 18th overall with Rachael Gavin in 34th spot in a time of 26.21 and followed just two places further back by Paul Smith (36th) in 26.29, Lindsay Davies 45th coming home in a time of 27.04 and Charlotte Atkinson (62nd) running 28.58.

Nearly as many youngsters ran in the Junior Race – one hundred and three in total – with a couple of 4 and 5yr olds participating! The Harriers 10yr old – Sam pocket rocket’ Aspey – was first across the finish line for the Club in 8th place with a time of 5.07 for the approx. one mile course behind the winner – U13 Isaac Battye (4.48). Just two seconds separated the next two Harriers who are always closely matched in these events – Matthew Smith clocking 5.12 in 11th and Oliver Gill 5.14 in 12th – both of them being 11yrs old. 9yr old William Grundy had a good run too as he came home in 25th spot in a time of 5.34 followed by 10yr old Hannah Davies in 31st (5.45), Evan Potter (11yrs) running a time of 6.12 in 45th, 11yr old George Ramsden in 53rd (6.27) and 8yr old Charlotte Smith in 59th place clocking 6.34.

Back Row – Oliver Gill (17) – Matthew Smith (89) – George Ramsden (96) – Evan Potter(34) —    Front Row William Grundy (79) – Hannah Davies (119) – Charlotte Smith (90) – Sam Aspey (115)


2019 Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes – Thursday July 4th

One hundred and twenty four runners participated in this Race in memory of Don Ashton who graced the Fells with distinctionin his time. Michael Cayton broke the course record with a fine run in a time of 34.13 with three Blackburn Harriers, also running on the night. First home was V45 Tom Cubbon  in 15th running 44.05 followed by V40 Daniel Whittaker in 37th (47.51) and V50 Richard Taylor finishing with a time of 55.53 in 74th position.

In memory of DON ASHTON

Tom Cubbon (64)Daniel WhittakerRichard Taylor (84)


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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

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Matt breaks Junior Course Record at Witton Trail Relays – New PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Rachael Wins Clan 5k

Witton Trail Relays – Thursday June 27th

A fabulous warm summers evening was the prefect setting for the latest Witton Park Trail Relays held in Witton Park featuring 3 x 3.65km legs with 150m of ascent.  One hundred and thirty three teams of 3 entered the event with the proceeds being givento ‘Doing it for Laura’ and Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team.

All Photos  — HERE  — courtesy of David’s Running Photo’s

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Blackburn Harriers field 18 Teams on the night finishing in 3rd; 5th; 12th; 17th; 18th; 23rd; 26th; 29th; 37th; 42nd; 52nd; 56th; 73rd; 77th; 82nd; 86th; 90th and 91st. ‘The Solicitors’ comprising Josh Holgate (14.54), Chris Davies (15.28) and Tim ‘went the wrong way’ Raynes (16.02) came in 3rd with a combined time of 46.24 behind Race Winners Horwich Young Guns (Horwich RMI) in 44.19 and ‘The Old Gits’ (Horwich RMI) in 45.39.

Image may contain: 1 person, child, shoes and outdoorJosh Holgate
Chris Davies
Tim Raynes

The Harriers 2nd team home – ‘3 of a kind’ – ran a combined time of 46.33 with Tom Marchant on Leg (1) clocking 15.20, Nick Smith on Leg (2) in 16.25 and Matt Ramsden, anchoring the final leg for the Harriers Team had a brilliant run to break the existing Junior Course record set by Josh Boyle (14.50) when he crossed the line in 14.48.

Tom MarchantNick Smith

Matt Ramsden

Fastest run by the Harriers women on the night came from Joanne Nelson who had stormer running 18.09 in Leg 2 of the ‘Game of Crones‘ with Lindsay Davies (21.03) and Nikki Hartley (23.53). U15’s ‘At least we wasn’t last’ had a good night as they came home in 17th overall with Zachary Walmsley on Leg (1) in 17.06, Dexta Thompson Leg (2) in 17.17 and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on the final Leg running 17.36. They were just in front of another Junior team from the Harriers in 18th position ‘Blackburn’s Young Guns’ with Harvey Ashworth running 17.03 on leg (1), Hayden Mercer 17.43 on Leg (2) and Ethan Barbarewicz clocking 17.26 on Leg (3).

Lindsay DaviesJoanne NelsonNikki Hartley



Thanks to Blackburn Harriers new star photographer – James Marchant – for these photos of the Blue & Whites in action at the Witton Park Trail Relays held last night – Thursday June 27th – great night for all the runners and all done for a very good cause……


L-R Eve Coulson – Caroline Woodworth – Rebecca Ramsden – Molly Nicholls – Eva Knowles



Trafford AC Grand Prix Open (Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps) – Tuesday June 25th

The 5000m at Trafford on Tuesdaye evening was won in a pretty swift time of 14.18.72 by Dominic Shaw in front of Matthew Crehan (14.44.98) and Karl Darcy (14.58.11). Three Blackburn Harriers lined up in this race and all of them produced new PB’s and led by Jacob Watson who clocked a sub 16 minute time of 15.59.59 which was a seven second improvement from his last race which was his first ever over the distance on the track. Next in was Tom Blaney starting the day off with a personal best of 16.26.0 and improving that to 16.23.77 and followed by Calum Holmes who took eleven seconds off his previous best to set a new PB time of 17.28.29.


In the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles, Myah Booth clocked 12.46 in 3rd place as Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson competed in the mixed age group of men and women and geatruing Olympian Jazmine Sawyers. It was a good night fror all three athletes as they mnanaged to meet and have their photo taken with Jazmine Sawyers. Imogen leapt out to 4.83m which was just 4cm shy of her personal best whilst Liberty posted a new PB of 4.06m.

Jazmine Sawyers Long Jump Video

L-R Imogen Mansfield – Liberty Thompson – Jazmine Sawyers – Myah Booth

CLAN FFS 5K – Wednesday June 26th

The second race back for Rachael Gavin in this local race featuring just twenty four runners in which Rachael was 1st Woman and picked up proizes for the second week running as he ran a time of 21.03 on this 5k course, crssong the line in 8th place overall.

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Harriers in UKYDL at Bebington – Charlotte & Sam at National T & F Championships – Gold & Silver for Tony at Northern Masters T & F Championships – 1st & 2nd for Vicci and Sam at Crazy Cow 10k – 7 new PB’s for Rory & Liberty at North West Combined Championships – Sisters doing it for themselves

UKYDL (Lower Age Group) – Bebington Saturday June 22nd

It was a glorious day down at Bebington in the final fixture before the Regional Final and Relegation Matches determine the outcome of the Promotions and Relegations from the Premier League. The Harriers who have had two great years with back to back Division title wins in Division 2 (2017) and Division 1 (2018) knew they would struggle this year in the Premier League having lost so many of the athletes to the Upper Age Group for 2019. Overall, the team finished in 6th place in the 7 Club Division and now go to Sheffield on July 20th to see if they can retain their place in the Premier League for the second year running. Our last fixture had quite a number of late withdrawals and some on the day due to injury and it was a pleasure to see so many of the youngsters having a go to try and earn as many points as possible by filling empty slots – Great Team spirit.

Harriers enjoying the sun

Track Judges giving their time for free

U13 Girls

Niamh Gater and Sophie Gibson kicked off the programme in the Sprints for the U13 Girls by placing 6th in the 75m ‘A’ and 5th ‘B’ respectively with times of 11.3 and 11.2 alongside Lucy Rishton also running 11.3 in the non-scoring 75m. Lucy Rishton (23.2) in the ‘B’ teamed up with Amelia Burton (22.4) in the ‘A’ 150m Sprint – both finishing 7th. Eve Coulson who missed the Team Coach still got herself driven down to Bebington to make sure she was there to compete for the team and her commitment was rewarded with a new PB by three seconds in the ‘A’ 800m (2.47.7) with Kady Thompson, another youngster running the 800m just for the points and clocking 3.08.3 in the ‘B’. Amelia Burton then paired with Imogen Robinson in the 1200m which saw Amelia clock 4.22.7 in the ‘A’ (6th) for an event that she has never run before as she isn’t a middle distance runner with Imogen running a time of 4.24.9 in 3rd place in the ‘B’ and again, a distance she has previously never run.

                       Niamh Gater 75m                                                       Sophie Gibson 75m

                       Lucy Rishton 150m                                                    Amelia Burton 150m

                      Eve Coulson 800m                                                     Kady Thompson 800m

                     Amelia Burton 1200m                                                 Imogen Robinson 1200m

Amelia Burton once again teamed with Niamh Gater in the 75m Hurdles with Amelia placing 5th in the ‘A’ (12.8) and Niamh 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.6 – Niamh then went and jumped 3.56m in the ‘A’ Long Jump (7th) with Imogen jumping 3.38 in the ‘B’ (6th). Imogen went over to the High Jump and equaled her personal best of 1.20m in the ‘B’ (3rd) as Kady Thompson cleared the same height in the ‘A’ for 5th spot.

                            Amelia Burton                                                             Niamh Gater

                          Niamh Gater                                                               Imogen Robinson

                        Imogen Robinson                                                       Kady Thompson

Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft took good points in the Shot Putt, both placing 2nd in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ with 7.76m and 6.18m throws respectively. Kady Thompson joined Madison in the Javelin which saw Kady go 5th in the ‘A’ with a new PB throw of 15.71m and Madison finish 2nd in the ‘B’ with 14.87m. The 4 x 100m Relay team of Imogen Robinson, Lucy Rishton, Sophie Gibson and Niamh Gater finished 7th in a time of 59.2

                        Kady Thompson                                                         Madison Bontoft

Lucy Rishton to Sophie Gibson

U13 Boys

Harrison Allcock and Daniel Nuttall went in the U13 Boys 100m with Harrison clocking 13.9 for 5th in the ‘A’ and Daniel 14.1 in the ‘B’ (3rd) with Oliver Gill running 15.6 in the non-scoring 100m. Harrison then joined up with Ben Livesey in the 200m with Harrison running 28.4 (4th) in the ‘A’ and Ben 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 29.0. Harry Sambrook and George Ramsden were the pairing in the 800m – Harry running 2.41.4 in the ‘A’ (5th) and George 2.44.6 in the ‘B’ also 5th.

                       Harrison Allcock 100m                                               Daniel Nuttall 100m

                  Oliver Gill Non-Scoring 100m                                     Harrison Allcock 200m

                    Ben Livesey 200m                                                      Harry Sambrook 800m

                                                        George Ramsden 800m

The 1500m was run in warm weather for sure and it had an impact on many of the athletes – not a day not to drink regularly! Ben Stratton came home in 2nd place in the ‘A’ a time of 4.55.1 as Oliver Gill took 3rd spot in the ‘B’ clocking 5.21.2.

Oliver Gill (11) – Ben Stratton (1)

In the 75m Hurdles Daniel Smith ran 14.2 in 4th in the ‘A’ Race (4th) as George Ramsden ran 16.5 in the ‘B’ race (6th) – sprinter Daniel Nuttall grabbed himself a new Long Jump PB of 4.16m, placing 4th in the ‘A’ with Daniel Smith in 6th in the ‘B’ (3.51m). Daniel then just missed out on equaling his High Jump personal best – clearing 1.40m (3rd) in the ‘A’ as Oliver Gill took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with 1.30m which did equal his former previous best in the event. Harrison Allcock and Toby Mansfield took on the Shot Putt with Harrison placing 6th in the ‘A’ (6.37m) and Toby also 6th in the ‘B’ with 5.37m. In the final field event of the day – Javelin – Toby threw 17.43m (7th) in the ‘A’ as George Ramsden again, like others, just filled in events they don’t do, also placed 7th in the ‘B’ with 9.01m.

                           Daniel Smith                                                               George Ramsden

                          Daniel Smith                                                               Oliver Gill

Toby Mansfield

The 4 x 100m – Harrison AllcockOliver GillBen StrattonDaniel Nuttall – was a mixed bunch with two spinters and two endurance runners, but they made a great effort to win points finishing 4th of the seven teams in a time of 57.3.

Ben Stratton to Harrison Allcock

U15 Girls

A shortage of sprinters on the day meant we could only field one athlete in the 100m – Rachael Jesse – who is in her first season of competitive athletics and she ran well to clock 13.7 in the ‘A’ Race. Rachael stepped up again in the ‘A’ 200m clocking 28.5 in 6th as middle distance runner – Keira Haxton ran the ‘B’ in 30.8 (7th). Kate Cookson and Keira Booth teamed up to run the 300m with Kate running 47.1 in the ‘A’ (7th) and Keira Booth 49.8 in the ‘B’ (6th) in an event she has never run before. Kate then went in the ‘A’ 800m and knocked three seconds off her previous best to set a new PB time of 2.29.6 in 7th as Eleanor Allsop – who had to be moved from the non-scoring – ran 2.44.3 in the ‘B’ (7th) as Kiera Booth ran a time of 2.41.6 in the non-scoring race – a new PB by well over three seconds. Abigail Stratton and Keira Haxton were the pairing in the 1500m which saw Abigail run 5.09.6 in 6th spot in the ‘A’ and Keira place 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.16.7 and new PB by just over two seconds.

                         Rachael Jesse 100m                                                 Rachael Jesse 200m

                        Keira Haxton 200m                                                  Kate Cookson 300m

                       Kiera Booth 300m                                                       Kate Cookson 800m

               Eleanor Allsop 800m                                                Kiera Booth Non-Scoring 800m

                 Abigail Stratton 1500m                                             Keira Haxton 1500m

Lucy Ramsden ran a time of 13.7 in 75m Hurdles to come home 6th which was also a new PB by three tenths whilst Rachael Jesse – making her debut over the hurdles – clocked 13.3 in the ‘B’ for 3rd position.

Lucy Ramsden

Rachael Jesse (11)

The team was also missing its Long Jumpers so Keira Haxton who has never jumped into sand before reached a distance of 2.76m in the ‘A’ to register a point for the team – in the High Jump, Kate Cookson and Kiera Booth were the two athletes representing the Club with Kate clearing 1.35m in the ‘A’ (5th) and Kiera 1.25m in the ‘B’ (=4th) an amazing result given that neither athlete had ever gone over the high jump bar prior to this Match.

Keira Haxton

Caroline Woodworth and Grace Bontoft took on the Shot Putt which had Caroline in 7th in the ‘A’ (7.38m) and Grace 5th in the ‘B’ also with a throw of 7.38m. Caroline then set a new PB in the Discus by half a metre in the ‘A’ with 16.95m (7th) and then set a second new PB in the Javelin ‘B’ with 24.20m (2nd). Grace Bontoft placed 4th in the ‘A’ Hammer with a distance of 27.45m with Nicky Saunders throwing 24.94m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ Javelin.

Caroline Woodworth Discus Nicky Saunders Discus

Caroline Woodworth JavelinNicky Saunders Javelin

Shortage of sprinters meant no 4 x 100m Relay Team as the 4 x 300m team of Abigail StrattonKeira HaxtonCaroline WoodworthKate Cookson finished 6th in 3.14.2.

Abigail Stratton

U15 Boys

The U15 Boys were missing a number of athletes which meant that Ben Boocock moved to the ‘A’ in the 100m and 80m Hurdles placing 7th in the 100m with 12.5 backed up by Samuel Mutombo in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.2 – in only his second ever race in compettion. Ben went on to win the 80m Hurdles in 12.1 with Codie Dewhurst, willing as ever, running 17.1 in the ‘B’ for 3rd place points. Jack Paget-Fowler took on the 200m clocking 29.0 in the ‘A’ (7th) whilst Zachary Walmsley  ran 25.8 in 5th spot in the ‘B’ race. On a bit more familiar territory, Zachary Walmsley ran 40.7 in 4th place in the 300m ‘A’ race whilst Theo Watson clocked 43.1 in the ‘B’ (7th) – only the second time he has covered the distance on competition and bagging himself a new PB by nearly 3 seconds.

                       Ben Boocock 100m                                                     Samuel Mutombo 100m

                           Ben Boocock                                                              Codie Dewhurst

                    Zach Walmsley 200m                                                 Jack Paget-Fowler 200m

                          Zach Walmsley 300m                                                 Theo Watson 300m

The 800m saw Elliot Savage blast off to run a Grade 1 2.01.7 in the ‘A’ race where Hayden Mercer finished in 2nd spot (2.11.0) with Jack Paget-Fowler running another new PB in the ‘B’ race by a full four seconds (2.28.3) in 7th spot.  Kyle Taylor-Pomfret ran a new PB of 4.47.5 in the ‘A’ 1500 which was just a tenth faster than his best leading up to the race with Dexta Thompson running a strong last lap to run 4.53.3 in the ‘B’ (5th).

      Hayden Mercer 800m                                                 Jack Paget-Fowler 800m

                    Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 1500m                                          Dexta Thompson 1500m

In the Long Jump Samuel Mutombo and Theo Watson paired up – Samuel jumping 4.48m in the ‘A’ (7th) supported by Theo in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.43m in 5th. Codie Dewhurst cleared a new PB in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.35m) in 6th as Dexta Thompson placed 5th in the ‘B’ with 1.25m – a new PB by 15cms in an event that he has done only once before, in 2018. Hayden Mercer added another new PB of 10cms to his Pole Vault record, clearing 2.30m in the ‘A’ for 2nd place. Jack Paget-Fowler and Zachary Walmsley filled in for the team in the Shot Putt having never thrown in competition ever before – Jack throwing 7.06m in the ‘A’ (7th) and Zachary 5.76m in the ‘B’ (4th). The Discus saw Kyle Taylor-Pomfret just miss a personal best throwing 21.43m in the ‘A’ (5th) with Codie Dewhurst, throwing for only the second time ever – 11.17m in the ‘B’ (6th). In the Hammer, Kyle just missed again a new personal best with his ‘A’ distance of 29.58m in 2nd spot and Sebastian Burton also getting good points in the ‘B’ with a 3rd placed throw of 20.47m. The Javelin had Theo Watson an 800m runner throwing  22.40m in his first ever attempt at the discipline in the ‘A’ (4th) with Sebastian Burton throwing a 2 metre new PB in the ‘B’ – 16.64m in 4th spot.

                         Codie Dewhurst                                                          Dexta ThompsonHayden Mercer

           Zach Walmsley & Jack Paget-Fowler SP                          Kyle Taylor-Pomfret Discus

                   Codie Dewhurst Discus                                              Kyel Taylor-Pomfret Hammer

Sebastian Burton Hammer

Our U15 4 x 100m Relay team, again made up of two sprinters and two middle distance runners  – Ben BoocockSamuel MutomboTheo WatsonZachary Walmsley, ran 52.3 in 6th place whilst the 4 x 300m team – Codie DewhurstJack Paget-FowlerDexta ThompsonKyle Taylor-Pomfret came 7th with a time of 3.12.3.

National U20 & U23 Track & Field Championships – Bedford June 22nd & 23rd

Charlotte Williams and Sam Gaskell were both representing Blackburn Harriers at the National Championships with Charlotte competing in both U20 and U23 Hammer Women’s Hammer competitions and Sam the U20 Men’s Hammer.

Charlotte had a fantastic weekend being crowned National Champion and securing automatic entry into the European U20 Championships with a new PB of 62.84m and then went on to finish 4th in the U23 Hammer with a throw of 61.23m – just missing out on another Podium finish as she was in 3rd spot entering the last round.

Sam was among twelve competitors in his Final of the U20 men’s Hammer with his best throw of 61.72m leaving him in 7th spot overall.

Northern Masters Track & Field Championships – Sunday June 23rd


Tony Balko had targeted the Northern Masters Championships as part of his build up to the European Masters Championships this year and came away with one win and a Gold Medal in the Shot Putt (11.10m) and three Silver Medals in Discus (34.82m), Hammer (34.48m) and Javelin (32.76m). Tony told us that he was “Reasonably pleased with the Shot & Javelin, but really disappointed with preferred events of Hammer & Discus, as the distances were well below what I deem acceptable. Didn’t really enjoy the competition, but enjoyed being with the usual chucking suspects. Back to training and to put somethings right”.

Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday June 23rd

This years Crazy Cow 10k race was run on a changed course and rumoured to be tougher than the old one, still managed to attract close to 500 runners on Sunday – hats off too for the Race Winner – V60 Paul Muller who took the win in a time of 37.58.53.


Victoria Mousley won her second race of the week – the first being a win at the Sabden 6 mile last Wednesday – as she clocked a time of 41.06.15 to come home 11th overall. Great to see Sam McCreadie fully recovered from her recent Marathon and a nightmare three years plus of injuries as she showed by coming home in 18th position overall and 2nd Woman on the day in a time of 43.10.77 and afterwards she spoke to the Club about it saying that it was a New course for today’s Crazy Cow 10k and not particularly quick so disappointed with my time but can’t complain with 2nd lady position. First race since the marathon and only second 10k this year so it hurt – a lot! I set off too fast and just had to try and hang on. Great to see Vic there and to represent Harriers again though. Well done to Vic on her first place and great run”.

Victoria Mousley (325) & Sam McCreadie (543)

 ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships – 22nd & 23rd June

Liberty Thompson and Rory Teare were representing Lancashire at the Combined Events at Crewe over the weekend with both of them posting new personal and seasons bests.


Liberty was competing in the U17 Women’s Heptathlon and was part of the Lancashire Team that won the Bronze Medal. On an individual level, Liberty posted a new PB of 2834 points which was an improvement of 143 over her 2018 total which included a seasons best in the 200m of 31.3, a seasons best of 2.53.7 in the 800m – only the second time she has run the distance this year, a clearance of 1.44m in the High Jump, a Long Jump leap of 3.85m, a Javelin throw of 17.81m and a new PB in the Shot Putt of 8.77m – an improvement by a metre and a half.

Rory posted a points total of 1225 in 2018 and this year boosted that to a new PB of 1678 points to cap off a good weekend for him. In individual events, he ran a new PB by three seconds in the 800m of 2.39.8, won the 80m Hurdles in a new PB time of 13.9 which represented a full second improvement, jumped below par in the High Jump with his 1.47m clearance (his personal best being 1.59m), set a new PB by 14cm in the Long Jump (4.53m), and added nearly half a metre in his Shot Putt for a new PB of 7.02m for a total of five new personal bests over the two days.

Liberty Thompson with the Lancashire Team

And last but by no means least – Blackburn Harriers Field Official Michelle Teare and Northern League Womens Team Manager Jan Buckingham decided to sit down on the job at the weekend and used their bikes to do the 160 mile long Coast to Coast route. Fabulous effort and well done to both of them. After finishing their ride in suitable cycling gear, they changed to the Harriers vests to keep the Blue & White flying!

L-R Jan Buckingham – Michelle Teare

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Charlotte Williams Wins National Title and goes to Number One in National Rankings

What can you say about bottom of age Hammer Thrower – U20 Charlotte Williams? After recovering from an ACL , ‘Charlie’ has really kicked on this year winning her first GB Vest in May, then being selected for GB again at the Halle Throws International and has now gone and won the National U20 Championships with a superb new PB of 62.84 today in Bedford.

England Athletics First Day Report

This performance takes her to Number 1 in the National Rankings and gives her automatic qualification for the European Championships being held in Boras, Sweden on July 18 – 21st. It should also be noted that she has exceeded the European Championships qualifying standard of 59.00 on six occasions previously since April this year with throws of 59.09m (Loughborough Alan Bartram Meeting); 59.70m (Loughborough International); 60.31m (Northern League Division 1); 60.67m (UKYDL Upper Age Group) ; 60.89m (Halle Throws International) ; 61.80m (UKYDL Upper Age Group) and now 62.84m at the National Championships in Bedford.

After the competition had ended, a delighted Charlie spoke to the Harriers about her day saying Getting a personal best at the European trials, I couldn’t ask for more as this has taken me back to the UK number 1, a metre in front of everyone else, secured my place for the Europeans in Sweden which i travel for in 3 weeks and takes me to 2nd in the all time list U20’s. I saved it till the last throw and it completely changed the whole competition. I am so happy to achieve this result and hopefully repeat again at the Europeans! Thankyou again to everyone who supports and helps me on a daily basis!

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Congratulations to Chris – Victoria Wins Sabden and 4 Harriers in Top Ten – 2 Harriers in Top 5 at Horwich – Josh 3rd at Aggie’s – Paddy’s Pole – Salt Ayre Triathlon with Matthew, Saul, William & Lulu

Congratulations to Blackburn Harrier – Chris Wood – has been appointed as Chief Starter at the IAAF London Diamond League/Anniversary Games at the end of July. Speaking to the Club after he was given the news, Chris commented that “as an official the sky is the limit if you are prepared to put in the work. Many thanks to Blackburn Harriers, Lancashire Athletic Association and Northern Athletics for their support and encouragement over the years”.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood with Sean Procter (Harriers latest recruit to Starting)

Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race – Wednesday June 20th

Two hundred and fifty one finishers in this popular annual event with with ten Blackburn Harriers in the Senior Race. The race was eventually won by Callum Davidson in a time of 38.17 from Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello in 2nd (38.47).


The Harriers had a very good result on the night with four of them placing in the top ten finishers. Ben Costello in 2nd was followed by Chris Davies in 4th clocking 39.07 which earned him the 1st V40 age category win as well, with John Horrocks in 8th spot overall running a time of 40.14 and Calum Holmes in 10th position and just five seconds further back behind John, with a time of 40.19.

Ben Costello Chris DaviesJohn Horrocks (744) & Calum Holmes (129)

Next Harrier across the finishing limne was Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley with an excellent time of 43.28, a time and position which also meant she won the V35 Female age category too. Behind Victoria came U17 Harry Wilkin in 37th place running 44.42  followed by Matthew Poole in 46th (45.19), V50 Mark Wilkin (96th) running a time of 51.26 and V45 Lindsay Davies finishing in 104th spot with a time of 52.17.

Victoria MousleyHarry Wilkin (264)

Matthew Poole (797)Mark WilkinLindsay Davies

The Junior Races featured a hundred and twenty youngsters in the three age categories – U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U17. The Harriers youngsters all ran in the U11/U13 Race which had 88 runners in total for the age group. U15 Dexta Thompson was ther first Harrier home in 4th place clocking 8.07 followed by U13 Daniel Smith in 11th, running 8.23, Theo Robinson (U13) and 14th clocking 8.29, U15 Codie Dewhurst with a time of 8.32 in 17th spot, U13 Hannah Davies with a time of 9.26 in 36th – in 37th, just one place behind U13 Imogen Robinson (9.27), U11 Harmony Hacking finishing with a time of 9.30 in 40th, Alexander Brien in 56th spot (10.03) and Abigail Guirdham (84th) in a time of 12.37.

L-R Hannah Davies – Harmony Hacking – Abigail Guirdham 0 Daniel Smith – Imogen Robinson – Alexnader Brien – Theo Robinson – Codie Dewhurst


Dexta Thompson (53)Daniel Smith (81)Theo Robinson (85) and Abigail Stratton (Trawden) Codie Dewhurst (82)Hannah Davies (119)Imogen Robinson (84) and Harmony Hacking (6)Alexander BrienAbigail Guirdham

Horwich Jubilee Race Series – Wednesday June 20th

Karl Billington, Tom Blaney, Paul Jeffries and Paul Wilkinson were out at this, the latest Race in this years Horwich Jubilee Race Series which was won by Anthony Valentine in 27.02 from Neil Pendlebury in 2nd (27.18)


Not too far behind came Karl Billington having a fine run to clock 27.34 in 3rd and backed up by a good run by Tom Blaney in 4th overall (27.44). V40 Paul Jeffries was the next Harrier over the line in 42nd running a time of 33.52 with V45 Paul Wilkinson home in a time of 40.25 (110th).

Race (1) of the Junior Series saw Matthew Smith have another very good run to clock a time of 5.33 to take the win at the head of a fifty three strong field from Sam Barlow in 2nd place (5.35). Sam Aspey was the second of the juniors home in 3rd place running a fine tiime of 5.40 with William Grundy making it three Harriers in the first six places with an good run of 5.58. Tippi Francis and  Charlotte Smith were 4th and 5th junior Harriers home with good runs in 19th (6.56) and 21st (7.13) respectively.

Charlotte Smith (43) – Matthew Smith (42) – Sam Aspey (6)Matthew Smith (42) – Sam Aspey (6) – William Grundy (44)Sam Aspey (6) William Grundy (44)

Aggie’s Staircase – Thursday June 20th

Starting at the top of Punstock Road, the route climbs a footpath, turns right onto the track past Robin Hoods cottage, then left to follow an enclosed footpath to the main track, and left up to Darwen Tower. It then descends through the small quarry onto the main track towards the top of Bold Venture Park, before turning right to climb steeply up a rough path known as Jacobs Ladder, then across the moor top, and on down to the foot of Aggies Staircase. Aggies Staircase is the shortest but steepest of the three climbs, and from the top you will return just below the Tower, and then descend the way you first came up towards Sunnyhurst. At the gate at the bottom turn right, retracing your steps; continue past Robin Hoods cottage, then turn left down the path to the finish at the top of Punstock Road.

‘The tourist path up to Darwen Tower”

The long established Agiie’s Staircase took place on Thursday evening being won on a pleasnat evening by Bury’s Bern Coop in a time of 28.16 from Joe Mercver in 2nd (29.17). Blackburn Harrier Josh Holgate had a strong run to cross the finishing line in 3rd clocking 29.33 with V40 Paul Jeffries taking 28th place with a time of 38.15 commenting after the race ended that “it was well marshalled and a very good atmosphere. Last year i ran 42:13 and this year it felt a lot more enjoyable, but it’s still a tough race. Well done to Josh Holgate”.

Josh Holgate

Paul Jeffries

Paddy’s Pole Fell Race

Chris Houldsworth headed this field of one hundred and six fell runners coming home in 27.42 from Darrwen Kay in 2nd (28.09) and Samuel Harrison in 3rd (29.16).


Just one Blackburn Harrier in this race – V50 Mark Wilkin – who came home in a time of 39.00 (58th).

Mark Wilkin (31)

Salt Ayre Triathlon – Sunday June 16th

Some of the Harriers Juniors are doing Triathlons and a number of them were up in Lancaster last weekend in the leatest one at Salt Ayre. Matthew Smith was in the TS2 Age Category and finished 7th with a combined time of 23.18.

Matthew Smith

In the TS1 Age Category William Grundy came 3rd overall as he clocked the fastest run of all the competitors coming home with a combined time for the Swim, Bike and Run of 18.52.


William Grundy

Saul Sharp competed in the TS3 Age Category coming across the finish line in 14th place with a combined time of 35.45 and his sister Lulu Sharp contested the event in the TS1 Group placing 17th in a combined time of 24.42.

Saul SharpLulu Sharp