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Huge Honour for Blackburn Harrier Chris Wood

Chris Wood is a Life Member of Blackburn Harriers having joined the Club in 1965. On the night he received his Life membership Award at St Marks Club along with another Harriers Legend – Chris Fay, Chris commented on how much Blackburn Harriers had meant to him and what the Club had done for him. He represented the Club as an athlete during which time he won the Jersey Marathon in a time of 2.28, went on to serve on the Harriers Executive Committee as Secretary and then dedicated himself to a lot of hard work in becoming a Starting Official where he has gained a considerable reputation leading to recognition at national and international level. Even though he has reached a very high level of competence, officiating as he does at the top athletic meetings, he can still be found on a Saturday officiating at grass roots athletics in the Mid Lancs Leagues and other similar events, always intent on putting back the maximum into the sport he loves.

Chris was recently informed that he had been elected to sit on the UKA Officials’ National Peer Group as one of three representatives of the starting fraternity. This involves assesing and recommending people for promotion to L4 and the National Active List as well as drafting the selections for those who will be appointed to officiate at National,  International and televised meetings.

To give some idea of what a successful candidate has to have done in order to become eligible for election to the Peer Group you need to have been a chief official at a major L5 meeting – in 2018 Chris was Chief Starters’ Assistant at both the Athletics World Cup and the Manchester International. He was also a starter at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix and the Muller Diamond League at Birmingham. At the latter Steve Cram commented on TV how measured and polite he was in instructing the athletes!

At the next level down Chris was Start Coordinator at both the indoors and outdoors BUCS as well as the EA Senior Indoor CE at which he caused a stir by refusing to start a BMC 3k as there were too many in the field for safety! This got Chris an “A” assessment from the National Technical Delegate for making the correct call and then not backing down.

In addition to receiving recognition at the above Chris has been heavily committed to developing an electronics start system, working closely with Nigel Holl of UKA. Chris outlined what had been involved – telling the Harriers that “Every two years European Athletics makes innovation awards in five categories; this year is a competition year. Back in June Nigel suggested that we make a submission for TESS (The Electronic Start System), which we did with only three days to go before the deadline. I received an email today from European Athletics in Lausanne to advise that we had won the “Technology” category! The winners of the five categories are then taken forward to be assessed as the overall winner to be awarded in Lausanne next month”.

Many congratulations from everyone at Blackburn Harriers


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Winning Start for Harriers in Cross Country Season – Jess 4th at Cardiff Cross Challenge – New PB’s for Chris and Calum at Manchester Half-Marathon – Charlotte & Matt Shine at Hammer Circle – John Debuts in Duathlon

Contrasting conditions at the start of the cross country season with good weather at Leigh for the Red Rose league fixture and pretty wet, muddy and windy at Ulverston which hosted the first Mid Lancs fixture of the season.



Great Start for the Club at Leigh in the opening fixture in the Red Rose League as the Senior Women won both the Team and the Vet Team after great running and packing by the athletes. Leading the Club home to the Team win was Katie Buckingham who finished 3rd overall clocking an impressive time of 20.41 with Carmen Byrne in 5th (20.49), Joanne Nelson in 6th (21.04), Victoria Mousley in 7th (21.17), Carly Edwards 16th (21.59) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (20th) with a time of 22.39 securing the win. The winning Vet Team win was headed by Carmen Byrne in 2nd place, Joanne Nelson in 3rd and Victoria Mousley in 4th.

Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was really pleased with the teams performances and commented at the end of the day that it was A fantastic start to the Red Rose cross country season from the ladies. A great turn out in Leigh with 2 teams. First home was Katie in an outstanding 4th place. She was well supported by Carmen in 6th and myself 7th which resulted in first team. Victoria was next to finish which secured first vets team too. Double whammy!! Carly and Ellen ran well to ensure Harriers had a second team. A fabulous day. Looking forward to the next fixture at Bolton. Great team work, ladies!

The Senior Men also had a cracking day which saw Tim Raynes win the race outright and the Harriers winning the Team as they had all six counters home in the first 14 places. Tim headed the field of nearly two hundred athletes winning by nearly half a minute in 33.45, backed up by some very good runs from Ben Costello in 3rd spot (34.20), Karl Billington in 7th place (35.00), Josh Holgate 8th (35.09), Jacob Watson 12th (35.54) and Marc Hartley 14th in a time of 36.13.

Paul Bradshaw was the next Harrier across the line in 31st position clocking 38.13 followed by Paul Brindle in 33rd (38.23), John Horrocks (43rd) running a time of 39.38, Thomas Marchant 55th and 3rd U20 on the day with a time of 40.57, V50 Chris Balderson in 68th place (42.01), V45 Craig Greenough (8th) in 42.53, Mark Almond running 43.55 in 99th place and Allan Hartley in 169th posting a time of 50.35.

With most of the Harriers Junior athletes competing in the Mid Lancs at Ulverston, there were just a few competing at Leigh with Harry Sambrook in his first year as an U13 placing 40th out of a field six in a time of 11.45 –  Isabelle Hartley running in the U13 Girls Race coming home in 39th out of 63 with a time of 11.48 and George Whittaker finishing 18th out of forty one in the U15 Boys Race (14.26).

Success for the Harriers continued at the Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, this time for the Harriers Juniors which saw the Club produce four team wins, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th team place, two individual outright wins and a win in the Men’s V50 category.

Mid Lancs Leagure Results

The U11’s got the Club off to a good start as the Girls came 2nd in the team event overall with Hannah Davies (7th) in 9.21, Eve Coulson in 8th (9.26) and Imogen Robinson clocking 9.29 to finish just three points behind Kendal-Helm. Isabella Pacelli ran a time of 10.19 in 20th with Lulu Sharp in 36th (11.17) and Emelia Stockton in 39th.

The U11 Boys went one better winning the team race as Mathew Smith came home in 2nd place (8.15), with Sam Aspey in 5th (8.34) and Oliver Gill 12th in a time of 8.52 which helped them finish twelve points in front of Lancaster & Morecambe. Charlie Haworth and William Grundy finished in 15th and 16th respectively, both being given the same time of 9.04 with Findlay Carroll another six seconds further back in 18th spot (9.10). Liam Bennison (28th) in 9.44, Loucas Lancashire (31st) in a time of 9.46, Alexander Brien in 10.21 (42nd), Evan Potter in 47th (11.13), Isaac Smith 50th in 11.36 and Sam Craven 51st (11.38) made it twelve U11 Boys and six Girls who braved the weather to compete and all credit to them.

It was 3rd place for the U13 Girls Team as Kate Cookson finishing 14th out of 40 in the field (10.49), Keira Haxton (16th) in 10.53 and Molly Grinshaw in 18th spot (11.11) were the three counters for the team. Ten seconds separated Amelia Burton in 22nd (11.20), Caroline Woodworth (23rd) in 11.22 and Eva Knowles (24th) clocking 11.30 as Kiera Booth came home in 28th place (11.40), with Libby Neal in 36th (12.58) and Madison Bontoft in her first ever cross country league fixture in 40th (14.16).

Isaac Butler had a very impressive indidvidual win in the U13 Boys race coming home fourteen seconds in front of second place and leading the boys to another team win on the day. Isaac won the race in 10.09 with back up from Jonathan Brindle in 13th place (11.15), Daniel Smith in 17th (11.34), Codie Dewhurst in 19th (11.37), Saul Sharp (24th) with a time of 11.52 and Umair Rafiq in 27th position (12.25).

Eleesha Charnley, Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden teamed up to record another team win for the Harriers in the U15 Girls which saw Eleesha place 3rd overall, clocking 11.05 with Leah in 5th place (11.49) and Rebecca in 17th (13.17). The U15 Boys finished 4th team on the day and were led home by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who took 16th place in the 42 strong field (17.21) with Hayden Mercer in 23rd (17.46), Danny Woodcock (29th) in a time of 18.49, Thomas Brooks 35th in 19.58 and Sebastian Burton clocking 20.33 in 38th spot.

There was an individual and very comfortable win for Amy Davies in the U17 Women’s Race as she clocked 17.31 – nearly 50 seconds in front of 2nd place. The U17 men took the fourth team win of the afternnon as they finished just five points clear of Blackpool with Matt Ramsden taking 2nd spot in 23.20, Sam Hodkinson coming home in 4th place (24.07) and Harry Wilkin in 14th with a time of 27.59. Mark Chippendale had a very good run in the Senior Men’s race coming home 12th overall out of two hundred and fifty one and winning the V50 age category in a time of 36.30. Lindsay Davies competed in the Senior Women’s Race to come home in 36th place overall (32.39) out of a field of one hundred and fifty eight.

Cross Challenge Series 2018

The first race in this years Cross Challenge Series which took place in Cardiff on Saturday October saw Jess Judd come home in 4th place overall (22.04) behind the winner – Anna Moller from Denmark (21.48), Kate Avery 2nd in 21.52 and Emily Hosker-Thornhill 3rd in 21.54.


The second race takes place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on November 24th and is one of the highlights of the cross country calendar in the North West.

Manchester Half-Marathon – Sunday October 14th

Four Blackburn Harriers contested this race featuring some ten thousand runners last Sunday. Ben Fish was the first athlete home for the Club clocking a time of 68.09 and 10th overall in the race.

Chris Davies had a fabulous race, one which he had targeted all year, as he came home in 35th place and 4th V40 in a new PB time of 73.33 – some two minutes faster than his previous best time for the distance. Also getting a massive new PB was Calum James, who was making his debut for the Harriers – Calum ran a time of 84.08 in this same race in 2017 and then reduced that time to 78.57 this year at Blackpool. On Sunday he chopped nearly three minutes off his best time to set a new personal best of 76.06. V45 Paul Guinan came home in 126th position and just seonds outside breaking 80 minutes as he placed 9th V45 in a time of 80.03.


Hammer Circle Reunion – 13/14th October – Hull

More very good performances for Harriers athletes and this time in Field events at the Hammer Circle Reunion event held in Hull over the weekend.

U15 Matt Heywood won the 4kg Hammer throw with a distance of 44.81m, finished 6th in the 5kg Hammer competition with a throw of 40.08m and 1st in the Weight (16lb) with a distance of 16.81m.

U17 Charlotte Williams had a great weekend as she won the Hammer (3kg) with a throw of 54.61m and then threw a new PB of 54.12 in the Hammer (4kg) and 1st U17.

Lancaster Duathlon – Sunday October 14th

John Cookson made his debut at this local Duathlon at the weekend and was reasonbly pleased with the outcome telling the Club that he “Thoroughly enjoyed it. 5K run, 24K bike and then same 5K run again. A super event for a novice. Only 76 competing on the day. I even managed a top half finish coming 28th. The run was more like a xc taking place as it did through farm land and by the canal. The bike route was undulating so I got found out a wee bit on the up climbs by the more experienced cyclists but I made sure I got my own back on the second run!!”


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Great running from the Harriers at National Road Relays in Sutton Park

Some great running by Blackburn Harriers today at the National Road Relays held in Sutton Park. Two men’s Senior Teams, and a Senior Women’s Team taking part. Ben Fish who ran the fastest time for the Men’s ‘A’ Team had no doubt about the performances on the day commenting Top results the club is going from strength to strength. Terrific from the ladies with 11th. Top 30 for the guys is great progress and with both teams doing well it certainly looks like we’ll have a brilliant 12 stage team in spring“.

(All Photo’s courtesey of Richard Marchant)

Senior Women’s Results

The Women’s ‘A’ Team did exceptionally well coming home in 11th position – out of 67 Clubs competing – and just five seconds off earning a top ten spot. Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelsonwas absolutely delighted with the their perforamnce commenting that it was a Fantastic result for the female team, all pulling together to secure an impressive 11th place. Fabulous team spirit and well and truly placing Blackburn Harriers firmly on the map for outstanding running”.

Alison Lundy led of on the first Leg running a time of 15.07 followed by Katie Bickingham on Leg (2) with a time of 16.42. On Leg (3) was Victoria Mousley clocking 16.56 who handed over to Jess Judd who literally flew round the course in the second fastest time of the day in 14.07 and pulling back 13 places in the process. The Harriers had some withdrawals at the last minute which meant we weren’t able to field our entered ‘B” Women’s Team, however, that didn’t stop Lindsay Davies running Leg (1) as a part team, running a time of 19.52.

(Back Row L-R Victoria Mousley – Katie Buckingham – Jess Judd – Alison Lundy – Front Row Lindsay Davies)

Katie Buckingham was delighted with how things went as she told the Club Considering in recent years weve not managed to get a women’s team together, to finish 11th is incredible!! Loved running in such a great team and spending the day with the boys, the team spirit was on top form as always!

Two teams in the Senior Men’s Race which saw the ‘A’ Team come home in 30th place and the ‘B’ Team 59tth overall out of a field of seventy five Clubs.

Senior Mens Results

Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – was effusive about the day as he told the Club As Team M anager it was another positive day, great attitudes from all runners, very tough call in selection of teams which is a nice problem to have, the future is looking really bright, finishing 30th and 59th is brilliant, roll on the winter !!

Marc Hartley who ran his first National Relays for the Harriers had this to say after the event Fantastic achievement by the women only being 4 seconds off the top 10 fastest teams in the country. Brilliant effort and performances from both men’s teams. Makes you proud to be a Blackburn Harrier 👍🏻

Rob Warner kicked off the ‘A’ Team on Leg (1) coming home in 42nd place clocking 18.37 and handed over to Jack Hindle on Leg (2) who pulled back a couple of places with a time of 18.43 to change on leg (3) with Tim Raynes in 40th place. Tim ran the identical same time as Jack of 18.46 to pull back another six places taking the team up to 34th with Ben Costello on the fourth Leg (19.15) and Chris Davies on the penultimate Leg (19.49) leaving Ben Fish on the last Leg in 43rd place. Ben had a great run to clock the teams fastest leg of the day (17.58), pulling back thirteen places to leave the team in 30th place.

Jack Hindle commented about the day afterwards saying that it was a Fantastic effort by the team today. All the lads and ladies left everything out there. It’s great to see everyone pulling in the same direction. It can only get better as well”.

Tim Raynes was also upbeat about the days outcome telling us that he Always love to run in the relays – great performances from all the teams running today. Really feels like we’re starting to build momentum as a group – long may it continue!”

Ben Costello added to the positive comments of all the Harriers perforamnces as he said Cracking day out with the lads and ladies, quality running from all involved. Definitely more to come from us all“.

Equally pleased about the day was Chris Davies who told the Club “Well done today to everyone who ran. Some great times from the Men and Women. Two great overall positions from the Men and Women as well. Great day out and finished off nicely at Sandbach services with a little get together at the end. Well done to all”.

The ‘B’ Team consiting of Joe Gebbie; Karl Billington; Marc Hartley; Thomas Marchant; Paul Bradshaw and Josh Holgate all ran really well and consistently to come home in 59th position.

Joe Gebbie was at his first ever National Road Championships and he led off on leg (1) running 20.23 and told the Club after the Race that it was A real eye-opening run in my first experience of the Nationals. Went off on leg one telling myself not to go out too hard but soon realised I’d have to go pretty hard to cling on the back. Not competed in a race of that pace before, but it was a great chance to see what I should be aiming for. Great course, great team, great day”.

Karl Billington was on Leg (2) and ran the fastest time of the ‘B’ Team pulling back 10 places with his time of 19.23 to leave the team in 65th place and he commented afterwards that it was a Great day out with the lads and lasses. Great team effort from all involved”.

Taking over on Leg (3) was Marc Hartley running his first National Championships for the Harriers and he also pulled back a couple of places as he ran a time of 19.43 and second fastest of the team, before handing over to Thomas Marchant – another debutant for the Harriers at National level – who clocked 20.45 to leave the team in 64th. Paul Bradshaw on Leg (5) held that position in a time of 20.58 and handed over to Josh Holgate on the final leg who clocked the third fastest time of 19.48 to haul back five places and place 59th overall – speaking to the Harriers at the end Josh told us “Great day all round, and was good having so many runners there all putting in a fabulous effort. Excellent company in the car for the drive there and back, team spirits were high!”





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RESULTS ROUND -UP (Jacob and Ben in top 3 at Burnley Fire 10k – New 10k PB’s for Joe at Preston & Paul at Pilling – Danny Wins Trail 10k on his debut for the Harriers – Katie makes Half-Marathon Debut – Ron Hill 80th Birthday Race – Matt takes 2nd at Wrexham Throwathon – Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month)

Burnley Fire 10k – Sunday September 30th

Just under a hundred runners taking on this local 10k race on a not so easy course which was ultimately won by Jon Cleaver in a time of 33.55.38. Jacob Watson came 2nd on the day – just three seconds further back – in a time of 33.58.87 with Ben Costello in 3rd place clocking 34.49.91. These were good performances by both Jacob and Ben in what for Jacob was only his fourth race of the year and second race since March, whilst Ben has only been able to race three times since July because of injury.

(Jacob Watson – Photo courtesy of David Belshaw)


After the Race Jacob reflected on his race saying As one of the tougher races over the 10k distance, I decided to treat this event as a good hard run rather than look for a specific time. I started at a steady pace, tucking behind Calum Holmes from Clayton Harriers who was in 3rd at that point. After finding my legs on the gradual climb up Todmorden road, I managed to stick behind Ben Costello and Jon Cleaver (Barlick). I had to work hard to stick with Jon on the downhill towards the first big climb, but managed to get a reasonable gap going up Mount Lane. The gap, it would seem was not far enough, as he managed to catch up during mile 4. The next 2 miles were two of the toughest I’ve ever had to complete in a 10k and Jon really ran my legs off. It was a real race towards the last 200m until he managed to outkick me and put a vital 3 seconds between us. Jon took the course record that day and I managed to sneak in under 34 minutes so I’m pleased with that. Ben had a really good run for 3rd, putting in a time which would have won him the race on most years. A good run out and one I’ll probably be doing next year”.

(Ben Costello – Photo courtesy of David Belshaw)

City of Preston 10k – Sunday September 30th

One thousand four hundred and nineteen finishers in this Race won by Chris Livesey in 33.38. Joe Gebbie (U20) was running just his third ever 10k race – the first in 2016 clocking 38.04, his second in 2017 with a time of 39.09 and today he chopped a whole two minutes off his previous best by finishing fourth overall in a new PB time of 36.06.


Joe was really chuffed with my time” and spoke to the Club afterwards about his race commenting that he had “not done a 10k race since November last year so was great way to return to the distance and wipe over two minutes off my previous best. Felt good throughout and certainly feel like there’s scope to shave more time off. A good way to start the transition to XC after a successful track season”.

Mawdesley Trail 10k Race – Sunday September 30th

Danny Collinge ran his debut race for Blackburn Harriers today and started off in fine style by winning this race in a time of 36.30, nearly half a minute in front of the second placed runner.


Danny told the Harriers that he had used this race as training really! I took it as a training run and tried to run the kilometre splits all the same. It was a good route and a well organised event and I would recommend to anybody wanting a low key 10k race”.

Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon – Sunday September 30th

Katie Buckingham’s longest ever road race has been over 10k before she tackled the Robin Hood Half-Marathon at the weekend. Being troubled by a lengthy lay off due to an injury in her build up didn’t help matters but in the end, her determination shone through and won out as she came home in 221st position out of some 9000 runners and in a very good half-marathon debut time of 90.11. A delighted Katie spoke to the Club afterwards about her debut over the distance commenting Ran 1.30.11 chip time, so very happy as the goal was sub 1.34!! Really enjoyed it all, I was probably beaming the whole way enjoying the crowd and being back on the Notts roads, just struggled in the last 3k or so, but that was to be expected having not done the distance before”.

(Katie Buckingham smiling too much in the middle of a Race!!)

(Katie with Nottingham Univesrity Athletics Club Team members)

Pilling 10k – Sunday September 30th

V40 Paul Jeffries ran the last one in the Series of the Pilling 10k Road Races and was really intent on setting a new personal best, which he did by finishing 19th overall out of a field of 120 finishers and setting a new PB of 40.51. In September 2017 Paul ran a time of 48.48 at the Preston 10k and a year later he has cut a whopping 8 minutes off that time which is a fantastic improvement.


Paul told the Club fater the race how delighted he was about setting a new personal best saying “it was the last in series and I was determined to give it my all,  again followed advice from coaches and team members, which helped me  reach 19th place with a new pb of 40:51, showing improvement from my first Pilling 10k in June of this year which saw a time of 46:26!”

The 2018 Ron Hill’s 80th Birthday Cowm Reservoir Race –

Tuesday September 25th

Three hundred and forty two runners turned out at this race to honour one of the great champions of British endurance running – Ron Hill – winner of both the European and Commonwealth Marathon Championships.

The Wilkin family from Blackburn Harriers all ran with U17 Harry the first home in 44th place with a time of 19.22 with his dad Mark (138th) in 24.10 and mum Clare coming home in a time of 29.32 (260th).


(Harry Wilkin)

             (Harry with Ron Hill)                ( Mark & Clare with Ron Hill)           (Clare with Ron Hill)

(Mark Wilkin)

Wrexham Final Fling Throws Meeting – Saturday 29th September

U15 Matt Heywood finished his Throws season off with an appreance in Wrexham, contesting the Throwathon which featured four throws culminating in a competition total of points.

Matt had a very good day winning the Shot Putt with a distance of 9.50m and a new PB by 21cm; came 2nd in the Hammer with a throw of 46.08m just 32 cms outside his personal best; was 4th in the Discus with 26.34m and 7th in the Javelin throwing 26.23m. These results added up to one thousand nine hundred and fifty one points which gave him the 2nd place overall on the day.

Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month

We missed posting the Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month for August which was won by Alexander Brien and he was followed by Charlie Haworth who won it for the month of September. This Award is given to a young athlete who has shown good attendance at training, good attitdude and work ethic, listens to all instructions from Coaches Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley, mixes in well with all the other children and welcomes new comers to the group. Congratulations to both of them.

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Fastest Leg of the day for Jess at Northern Road Relays – Jack Wins Suunto Adventure Triathlon Series

A windy but bright day was the setting for this years Northern Athletics Road Relays at Sportscity and for the Harriers, there were twenty two Teams contesting all of the age groups, both male and female which followed on from running twenty eight Teams at the North West Relays held in Delamere a couple of week ago.

Senior Women’s Results

Senior Men’s Results

Young Athletes Results

The Women’s ‘A’ Team finished in 9th place out of nearly a 100 Teams with Carmen Byrne (23.04) in 32nd spot, Maddie Elliott 23.45 pulling back eight places, Victoria Mousley 23.39 winning back another five places along with the individual run of the day from Jess Judd who anchored the Women’s ‘A’ Team clocking the fastest leg of the whole day (19.52), pulling back another nine places.


The Harriers ‘B’ Team placed 43rd overall with Janine Fallon (26.50), Katie Buckingham (23.30), Hannah Cookson (26.33) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (25.57) followed by the ‘C’ Team of Lindsay Davies (27.27),  Catherine Guinan (29.02), Freya Black (27.31) and Becky Shorrock (26.35) coming home in 66th position.


The Senior Men had four Teams competing on the day with the ‘A’ Team just missing the top ten by just two seconds placing 11th overall out of one hundred and twenty eight teams. Tim Raynes ran a great Leg (1) in 14th place (20.34) handing over to Rob Warner on Leg (2) clocking  20.38 and pulling back four places to leave Marc Hartley in 10th spot on Leg (3). Marc ran 21.51 in 14th place overall followed by Ben Costello on Leg (4) with 21.47 and Chris Davies on Leg (5) 21.42 and anchored by Ben Fish with another superb run of 19.50 which took him to within four seconds of the top ten fastest legs on the day and 13th fastest overall on the day.


The Men’s ‘B’ Team put together very consistent times between them as they came home in 34th place U20 Joe Gebbie leading off on Leg (1) in 23.04 and coming in 64th. Karl Billington ran the fastest leg of the Team in 22.12 which brought the team back to 52nd followed by another U20 Thomas Marchant picking up another place on Leg (3) with a time of 23.38. Tom Blaney got us another three places on Leg (4) running 22.47 with Zac Howe clocking 22.28 and gaining another nine places on Leg (5) before Josh Holgate on the last leg secured another 5 places with his run of 22.25.


Our ‘C’ Team came home in 77th position and the ‘D’ Team 108th. Jonny Murphy, making his debut for the Club took on Leg (1) with a time of 23.34 and the fourth Leg in the 23 second bracket produced by the lads. Leg(2) saw U20 Nick Smith clock 26.21 before handing over to Paul Bradshaw on Leg (3) who ran 23.32, pulling back ten places. On Leg (4) with a time of 27.10 it was a welcome return for Mat Nuttall who has suffered from injury for quite a time now and he handed over to Team Captain Paul Guinan on Leg (5) with a time of 23.26 followed by the fastest Leg of the team by Paul Brindle of 23.18.


John Cookson led the ‘D’ Team off on Leg (1) with a time of 27.33 and he was followed by five Legs which all improved the position of the team by a number of places after every Leg. On Leg (2) it was Sean Procter in 27.15 followed by John Chaplin on Leg (3) in 26.35, Leg (4) Allan Hartley in a time of 29.00, Paul Jeffries on leg (5) recording a time of 27.13 and the fastest Leg of the Team was run by Danny Maynard (25.56) on Leg (6).


Great to see a whole lot of Harriers out in the Junior Races and team maanaged by Chris Thompson, Danny Teare, Michael Sharp and Andrew Knowles who had also team managed for the North West Relays at Delamere.

Girls team manager – Michael Sharp – commented at the endo fhte day A perfect day to race at Sportscity and The girls did themselves proud.They all got there in plenty of time warmed up together with smiles on their faces.We had a couple of the girls who had been Ill this week,one didn’t make it and wasn’t fit to run today and Rebecca who came did amazing to help her team mates out.Very proud of them all and they should be proud of themselves.With the Cross country season coming soon the girls will turnout in force and I can see a great season ahead for them all”.

Boys team manager – Chris Thompson had similar thoughts as he told us after the Junior Races had been completed This time around only having three teams to manage made it all easier, all my lads turned up in plenty of time allowing me to relax and enjoy every minute of it all. There was some team changes from last time at Delamere but looking results it all worked fine, I know Ben wasn’t keen to go first but showed he was more than capable of doing so and the relays are great for this helping them bring out their strengths, Issac ran a fantastic third leg helping his team close a few places so overall the lads did great and I know it’s tough for them but I hope they all enjoyed it. We were of of only two teams who were able to field three teams on the day which shows how good the cross country will be when we can show our strength in numbers”.

Thirty teams in the U17 Men’s Race which included two teams form the Harriers. The ‘A’ Team saw Jamie Teare lead off on leg (1) coming home in 28th spot in a time of 13.44 followed by Sam Hodkinson on Leg (2) who clcoked 12.35 and gained back five mre places before handing over to Matt Ramsden who ran 11.51 – the 11th fastest leg of the day in the U17 men – brining the team home in 13th and another improvement ten places. Our ‘B’ Team came 30th with Tom Betty running 15.15 on Leg (1), Findlay Sullivan running the fastest on Leg (2) with 13.43 and Harry Wilkin clocking 14.19 on Leg (3).


Nineteen teams contested the U17 Women’s race which had one team from the Hrriers competing. Running the 15th fastest Leg of the day, Amy Davies led the team off with a time of 14.10, followed by Hollie Oldham on Leg (2) with a time of 16.34 and Chloe Gardner on Leg (3) with 18.45 leaving the team in 17th place.


Two Boys Teams were in the thirty seven strong team field in the U15’s whcih saw the ‘A’ team finish in 24th spot consisting of Hayden Mecer on the first Leg (12.13), handing over to George Whittaker on leg (2) running a time of 13.12 and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on the final Leg clcoking 13.02. Our ‘B’ Team came in 36th with Zac Walmsley running a time of 12.36 on Leg (1), Rory Teare (14.30 on Leg (20) and Sebastian Burton (14.43) on the last Leg.


The Harriers ran two Teams in the U15 Girls who finished 24th and 42nd. The ‘A’ Team was led off by Eleesha Charnley with a 13.09 clocking followed by Sophie Stanworth on Leg (2) in 14.53 and Hollie Cubbon running a time of 14.31 on the final leg. Rebecca Ramsden who ran to support the team not feeling well, led off the ‘B’ Team on Leg (1) with a time of 16.11 and backed up by Molly Nicholls on Leg (2) in 15.57 and Eleanor Allsop on Leg (3) with a time of 17.28.


Dexta Thompson brought the U13 Boys home in 10th place after a first Leg run of 13.05, before Theo Watson in his debut season clocked 13.24 on Leg (2) to drop to 13th position. Isaac Butler had a cracking run on the final Leg to run the 6th fastest Leg of all the U13 Boys (12.17) to help the team finish in 7th spot overall out of 37 teams. The ‘B’ Team did really well too finishing 16th overall and led off by Ben Livesey, also in his debut season as he clocked 13.28 on the first leg  and backed up by Umair Rafiq on Leg (2) with a time of 13.47 and Codie Dewhurst who clocked 13.20 on the last Leg. The ‘C’ Team ran solidly, led off by Saul Sharp on leg (1) with 15.06, Lewis Hardman another first season debuatant on Leg (2) running a time of 16.25 and Stephen Alberts on the last leg (14.43).



The U13 Girls featured forty two teams and among them, two from Blackburn Harriers. Just forty four seconds in total spearated the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Teams with the ‘A’ team placing  23rd overall in a combined time of 44.36 and the ‘B’ team 27th in 45.20.

Kiera Booth came home in 38th place after Leg (1) with a time of 15.32, after which Caroline Wood worth picked up seven places to move the team to 31st with a time of 14.42 and followed by the fastest leg run by Kate Cookson (14.22) which took another seven places. Keira Haxton ran the 2nd fastest leg of the U13 Girls as she clocked 14.23 on the first leg, handing over to Lucy Ramsden who ran 15.12 and followd don the last leg by Isabelle Hartley running a time of 15.13.


Due to illness the third U13 Girls team was incomplete but that didn’t stop Amelia Burton and Kady Thompson whop wanted to run irrespective and clocked times of 14.41 and 16.17 respectively, so well done to both of them.

Suunto Adventure Triathlon Series


Featuring the famous Slateman, Snowman and Sandman triathlon races, the series is one of Europe’s best loved collection of adventure races. Jack Hindle won the first (Slateman) and the second (Snowman) of the three races and entered the Sandman at the weekend, looking to win the whole Series.


Jack finished 2nd on the day but won the overall Series which was his main aim at the start of the season. He had the second fastest Swim, the fourth fastest bike ride and the fastest run of the day to come home in a total time of 2hr 28.15 behind the winner who clocked 2hr 24.26. Afterwards, Jack spoke to the Harriers about the Series and the difference between amateur and professional competition saying 2018 has been a fantastic season for me. Multiple race wins and an overall national series title, is more than I could have hoped for. I’ve had to work hard all year and it certainly hasn’t been an easy task. It’s a stepping stone on a long journey. I’ve been asked throughout the year, whether I have intentions to turn professional as a triathlete. But the bottom line is, I have to be extremely realistic. If I did go into the professional fields, how competitive would I be. How much money would I actually make. At this moment in time, I do myself any justice and would just get swallowed up in the professional ranks, not doing myself justice, sponsors justice and most of all I don’t think I would enjoy myself. This isn’t me saying I’m afraid of the competition or afraid of losing, but professional fields are for the professional athletes. And for me if you can’t go with the pace of the swim/bike or run. Then there’s no point in you being there. Yesterday proved that to me, racing against a newly registered professional, and still being just under 4 minutes back, says to me I am not ready to make the transition. I’ve got a career to establish first, which will allow me to hopefully one day, achieve a dream. But for now it’s back to running around a muddy park somewhere in Lancashire, away from the glitz and glamour of triathlon. Loving every second of a sport that has become part of me. Thanks to the Club for all the support”.


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Tony sets New PB at World Masters in Malaga – New PB’s for Harriers at Wigan Open – Ben in Top Five at Bury 10k

World Masters Track & Field Championships – Malaga September 4th – 16th 2018

V50 Tony Balko who has been one of the mainstays of the Men’s Senior Throws Squad for the last ten years had two targets for 2018 – the first to help the Club get back into Division One of the Northern League which we accomplished by winning Division 2WC and then going up with the Isle of Man via the Promotion Match held in Doncaster on August 25th. His other main target was the World Masters Championships held recently in Malaga in the Throws Pentathlon.

Tony did himself proud as he finished the Championships in 13th place overall out of a field of twenty eight and set a new PB of 2981 points after throwing 36.98m in the Hammer; 10.82m in the Shot Putt; 37.21m in the Discus; 35.35m in the Javelin and 12.74m in the Weight.

A roll call of what he has achieved over the season speaks for itself as his competitions included setting seven new personal bests and finishing the season UK V50 ranked No.2 in Throws Pentathlon; No. 3 in Weight (11.34kg); No. 6 in the Discus (1.5kg); No. 6 in the Hammer (6kg); No. 13 in the Javelin (700gm) and No.20 in the Shot Putt (6kg) – alongside medalling at Lancashire County, Northern Masters and British Masters Championships.

World Masters Championships – 13th place Throws Pentathlon 2981 points
British Throws Pentathlon Championships – Gold Medalist
British Masters Championships – Bronze Medal 6kg Hammer
British Masters Championships – Bronze Medalist 6kg Shot
Northern Masters Championships – Gold Medalist 6kg Hammer
Northern Masters Championships – Gold Medalist 1.5kg Discus
Lancashire County Championships – Silver Medalist 2kg Discus
Lancashire County Championships – Bronze Medalist 7.26kg Hammer

Tony is already thinking about 2019 where his target will be the World Masters Indoor Championships to be held in Poland in March.

Arnold Seddon Open Meeting – Wigan Sunday September 16th

The rain and wind didn’t stop five young Blackburn Harriers from competing at one of the end of season Open Meetings at Wigan – George and Benjamin WhittakerIsaac Butler, Matt Heywood and Nicky Saunders – yielding 5 wins and three new PB’s.


It was a great day for U15 Matt Heywood as he secured three wins in the Shot Putt with 8.12m; the Discus with 30.48m and his best of the day, a new PB by over three metres in the Hammer of 46.40m which takes him to No. 1 in the North West and 8th in the British Rankings. George Whittaker took 2nd place to Matt in the Discus throwing a distance of 30.35m – a new PB by a metre.

U15 Nicky Saunders wasn’t far off her personal best in the Discus as she won the event with a throw of 27.34m going on to take 2nd in the Javelin (23.88m).

U13 Isaac Butler took on the 800m and ran a time of 2.34.6 in 7th position as brothers Benjamin and George Whittaker tackled the 200m – George clocked 26.40 to win his Heat of the U15 Boys 200m and a new PB by four tenths as Benjamin ran a time of 25.00 in the U17 Mens race (6th).

Asda Foundation Bury 10k – Sunday September 16th

Over fourteen hundred finishers in this Race run on Sunday with the winner – Benjamin Coop – clocking a time of 32.23 to win comfortably by over a minute from second placed Jonathon Walton.


After a fair period out with injury, Ben Costello was back racing and ran a very solid race, his first in nearly two months to come home in 4th place overall with a pretty solid time of 35.36.