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

World Track & Field Championships – Doha

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

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

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

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

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

Athletics Weekly Video Interview with Jess

Jess Qualifying at British Championships

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – September 28th

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


Junior Photos Courtesy of David Wood

Senior Photos Courtesy of Richard Marchant

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

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

Hannah Davies (613)Alexa Hunt (325)

Sam Aspey (684)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eleesha Charnely (642) – Amy Davies (643)

Sam Hodkinson

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

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

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

Karl Billington (746)Chris Davies (761)

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

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

Berlin Marathon – Sunday September 29th

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

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

Calum Holmes

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

Calum Holmes (37)

Arnold Sneddon Open Medal Meeting – Wigan September 15th

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


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

On the Fells

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


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


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

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

Utterley Butterley Fell Race – September 22nd

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


Through the gate Video

Annabel Ralph

Hurstwood Hills Trail Race – Tuesday September 17th

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


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

Daniel Whittaker (58)

Mark Wilkin (56)

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

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Top run by Matt at Northern Road Relays – Tony PB’s at European masters Championships – New PB’s for Anna and Nicky at Liverpool – Blackpool Open Meeting – Annabel Wins Lancaster Castle 10k – Calvin makes his debut for the Harriers on Ben Nevis – On the Fells with the Harriers

Northern Athletics Road Relays – Sunday September 15 at Sportcity

At last weeks North West Road Relays Blackburn Harriers fielded 25 Teams – 9 Senior Men and Women and 16 Juniors from U11’s through to U17’s. This week at the Northerns, the U11’s are removed leaving the Club with 17 Teams – 4 Senior Men, 2 Senior Women and 11 Junior teams from U13’s through to U17’s.

The Officials, without whom we wouldn’t be able to compete. A big thankyou to each and every one of them for the time, effort and commitment they show to our Sport of T & F Athletics


The Senior Men’s Race had the highest number of teams on the day, featuring 106 in total. The Harriers teams finished in 15th, 44th and 75th and with a last minute withdrawal had to run a part number fourth team of five runners. The A Team – Tim Raynes fastest on Leg 1 (20.28) – Ben Costello (21.19) – Chris Davies (22.26) – Marc Hartley (22.21) – Karl Billington (21.41) – Ben Fish (20.37) finished in 15th which meant that the Harriers secured an automatic place in the National Road Relays being held on October 6th at Sutton Coldfield.

Tim Raynes (A6)Ben Costello (B6)Chris Davies (C6) Marc Hartley (D6)Karl Billington (E6)Ben Fish (G6)

Our B Team  came in 44th which saw Tom Marchant rocket off on Leg 1 finishing with a time of 23.42, followed by Paul Bradshaw with the fastest Leg (22.40) – Joe Gebbie (24.03) – Dominic Walton (23.11) – Calum Holmes (23.29) and Tom Blaney (22.55).

Tom Marchant (A7)Paul Bradshaw (B7)Joe Gebbie (C7)Dominic Walton (D7)Calum Holmes (E7)Tom Blaney (G7)

The Harriers C Team with just over 30 seconds covering the six Legs, came home in 75th position with Nick Smith on Leg 1 (24.34) – Dan Balshaw (25.03) – Joe Howe on Leg 3 with the fastest time of 24.25 – brother Zac Howe on Leg 4 with 24.53 – Ben Makin (24.54) and Matthew Poole on the final Leg clocking 24.41.

Nick Smith (A8)Dan Balshaw (B8)Joe Howe (C8)Zac Howe (D8)Ben Makin (E8)Matthew Poole (G8)

Our last Harriers D Team competed as a Part Team of five due to a last minute withdrawal which had Danny Maynard on Leg 1 (25.10) – Paul Guinan on Leg 2 with the fastest time of 24.41 – John Cookson (27.38) on Leg 3 – John Chaplin (V60) on Leg 4 (26.31) and Evan Cook (V65) on Leg 5 running 30.14.

Danny Maynard (A9)Paul Guinan (B9)John Cookson (C9)John Chaplin (D9)Evan Cook (E9)

Sixty teams contested the race in the Senior Women’s 4 Stage – the Harriers fielding an A and B Team. The front end of this race was so competitive with just 13 seconds separating the first three Clubs, Rotherham, Leeds and Lincoln.

L-R Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Lindsay Davies – Joanne Nelson – Charlotte Atkinson – Rachael Gavin

Great to See Alison Lundy on Leg 1 for the team, clocking the fastest Leg of 21.57 bringing the team back in 9th spot. Rachael Gavin (25.20) took over on Leg 2 to come back in 16th before passing on to Maddie Elliott on Leg 3 who ran 24.20, picking up one place to hand over to Team captain Joanne Nelson on Leg 4 who ran a very even paced Leg of 22.59 to gain five places and bring the women home in 10th spot.

Alison Lundy (A204)Rachael Gavin (B204)Maddie Elliott (C204)

Hannah Cookson ran the fastest time for the B team on Leg 1 (26.39) followed by Lindsay Davies on Leg 2 (28.05), Charlotte Atkinson on Leg 3 (27.29) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh on the final leg clocking 26.49.

Hannah Cookson (A205)Lindsay Davies (B205)Charlotte Atkinson (C205)Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (D205)

Run of the day came from Matt Ramsden in the U17 Men’s Race as he and Henry Johnson from Houghton Harriers stuck to one another like glue round the course until the final 200 metres finish on the track when Matt put in a winning burst to bring the team home in 1st place with the 2nd fastest Leg time of the day (11.35). Jamie Teare took up the baton on Leg 2 running a very solid time of 12.38 to hand over to Sam Hodkinson on Leg 3 who then held the teams position with his time of 12.43 to ensure a 7th place in the 33 team strong field.

L-R Matt Ramsden – Jamie Teare – Sam Hodkinson

Matt Ramsden (A154)Jamie Teare (B154)Sam Hodkinson (C154)

Our U17 Women’s team came home in 14th place out of 24 full teams racing and led off by Amy Davies coming home in 22nd (15.41) followed by Eleesha Charnley who clocked the fastest time of 14.34 as she won back 11 places before handing over to Rebecca Ramsden on Leg 3 who ran 16.47.

Amy Davies (A261)Eleesha Charnley (B261)Rebecca Ramsden (C261)

Thirty teams in the U15 Boys race which included two teams from the Harriers. Just 33 seconds separated the lads on the A team as they finished in 16th spot with Hayden Mercer clocking 12.22 and the fastest time on Leg 1 followed by David Holman on Leg 2 (12.39) and Dexta Thompson on Leg 3 with the a time of 12.55.

Hayden Mercer (A51)David Holman (B51)Dexta Thompson (C51)

The B Team placed 21st was anchored by Jack Paget-Fowler on the final Leg running the fastest time of 12.59, preceded by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on the first Leg (13.01) and Codie Dewhurst on Leg 2 clocking 13.46.

Jack Paget-Fowler (C52)Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (A52)Codie Dewhurst (B52)

Theo Watson ran Leg 1 for the B team in a time of 14.25 followed by the fastest Leg run by Saul Sharp with a time of 13.37 and Umair Rafiq clocking 13.41 on Leg 3 and picking up a further two places to help the team to 28th overall.

Theo Watson (A53)Saul Sharp (B53)Umair Rafiq (C53)

The U15 Girls also field two teams among the 46 teams in the event placing 25 and 25th overall. Kate Cookson led off for the A team and ran the fastest U15 girls time of the day with her 14.12 with Leah Hoole clocking 14.42 on Leg 2 and Keira Haxton 14.35 on Leg 3. The B team saw Hollie Cubbon run the teams fastest time on Leg 1 with 14.53, followed by Molly Nicholls on Leg 2 with 15.21 and Eleanor Allsopp on the last Leg running 15.29 as they picked up eight places from first Leg to last.

Kate Cookson (A203)Lah Hoole (B203)Keira Haxton (C203)Hollie Cubbon (A204)Molly Nicholls (B204)Eleanor Allsopp (C204)

Forty one teams contested the U13 Girls Race which had Blackburn Harriers coming home in 22nd and 40th positions. Stand out performance came from Imogen Robinson on Leg 1 for the A team as she ran the fastest time of all the girls with her 14.39 handing over to Eve Coulson on Leg 2 in 21st spot. Eve clocked 15.25 on Leg 2 as Faith Gillibrand ran Leg 3 in a time of 15.08, pulling back 5 places to see the team place 22nd. Isabelle Hartley ran Leg 1 for the B team in 17.17 followed by Kady Thompson on Leg 2 (19.50) and Tippi Francis on Leg 3 (17.58) as they finished in 40th place.

Imogen Robinson (A104)Eve Coulson (B104)Faith Gilibrand (C104)Isabelle Hartley (A105)Kady Thompson (B105)Tippi Francis (C105)

Two teams also for the Club in the U13 Boys which saw the A team place 16th overall out of 34 teams. Ben Ham on the A teams first Leg had the fastest run of the day as he clocked 13.07 with Ben Livesey running 13.46 on Leg 2 and Oliver Gill 13.56 on the last Leg to place 16th. Daniel Smith ran the fast time for the B team on Leg 1 with his 13.23 supported on Leg 2 by George Ramsden (15.17) and Daniel Nuttall on Leg 3 with 15.51 as they came home in 30th place.

L-R Ben Livesey – George Ramsden – Daniel Smith – Ben Ham – Oliver Gill – Daniel Nuttall

Ben Ham (A1) Ben Livesey (B1)Oliver Gill (C1)Daniel Smith (A2)George Ramsden (B2)Daniel Nuttall (C2)

European Masters Championships – Jesolo, Italy

Tony Balko had been targeting these Championships this year and delivered on all his training by setting a Points total of 3246 to finish in the top ten for the V55 category. In placing 6th in the Hammer (6kg) he set a new PB of 40.25m, followed by an 8th place in the Shot Putt with a distance of 11.17m and 11th in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 31.91m. He then threw 13.13m in the 11.34kg Weight in 8th spot and 32.29m in the Javelin in 10th position.

HAMMER new PB Video

After the Championships had ended, Tony reflected on his perforamnce telling the Harriers
“I went into the Euro Champs ranked 13th out of 27 athletes and so finishing 10th in Europe is a pretty good result. Pleased with the Hammer PB though. Some days it’s just not going to be your day, but that’s when you have to really dig in and try and grind out a decent result, and that’s what I did. So I’m reasonably content. However training starts again this Saturday to come out in 2020 fitter, stronger and faster and set some new PB’s “.

Now time for a cold Prosecco 😋

Liverpool Jumps & Throws – Saturday September 14th

A very good finish to the season for some of the Harriers Throws Squad at Liverpool at the annual Throws and Jumps fixture which saw Anna Peers, Anthony Kent, Matthew Heywood and Nicky Saunders all competing.


Anna Peers had a very good day with two wins and a 2nd in her events, the highlight being the Javelin (600g) where she added over over two metres to her previous best to set a new PB of 42.17m and take the win. On to the Discus (1kg) where her personal best stood at 40.33m and she wasn’t far off that either as she threw 39.50m to win that event as well. Her third event of the day saw her place 2nd in the Shot Putt (4kg) with a throw of 11.21m and again very close to her best of 11.38m.

U20 Anthony Kent finished up with a win and two seconds in his events – winning the Discus (1.75kg) with a throw of 41.31m, came 2nd in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 12.27m and came 2nd again in the Hammer (6kg) with a distance of 50.55m.

U17 Matt Heywood took on the same events placing 3rd in the Shot Putt (5kg) with 8.08m, 3rd again in the Discus (1.5kg) with 27.43m and then came 2nd in the 5kg Hammer with a throw of 48.52m.

Nicky Saunders set herself a new PB in the Javelin (500g) as she added well over half a metre to her previous best, throwing 27.46m for 2nd spot. She placed 3rd U15 in the Hammer with a throw of 31.41m – an event that featured mixed age groups and then won the Discus (1kg) with 32.04m, and again, an event featuring mixed age groups.

Blackpool Open T & F Meeting – Saturday September 14th

A chance in September for some of the Harriers youngsters to have a final fling in their track or field event and for some new members, a chance to compete for the first time for the Club.


All photos courtesey of David Wood.

Four U9’s from the Club entered on the day with Charlotte Smith finishing 3rd in Heat 1 of the 80m in 13.8 and Isabelle Pawson clocking 14.2 in Heat 2 with Erin Fletcher in the same Heat running a time of 16.3. Alex McKinlay ran 13.5 in his Heat of the 80m for 3rd spot.

In the U11 events – Theo Robinson ran 12.6 in the 80m (4th) and 5th in the 600m (1.58.5) which was a tenth below his best for the distance, before going onto attempt the Long Jump for the first time placing 4th with a leap of 3.17m. Lily Croasdale was competing for the first time and took on three events clocking 14.8 in the 80m (6th), 2.46.1 in the 600m (15th) and then jumped 2.17m in the Long Jump in 13th place. Dana Juma ran 15.0 in the 80m (6th), 2.38.3 in the 600m (14th) and jumped out to 1.89m in the Long Jump. Omar Juma ran a time of 16.8 in the 100m (7th) followed by 2nd place in the Shot Putt (3kg) with a distance of 7.82m.

Lucy Rishton (U13) set a new PB in the 100m by two tenths, clocking 15.0 in 4th spot and just missed a second new personal best in the Long Jump by 3cms, with a distance of 4.06m in 2nd out of a 16 strong competition. Imogen Robinson  ran 2.51.0 in 6th place in the 800m and leapt out to 3.36m in the Long Jump. Niamh Gater carried on in the U13 events with a 5th placed 13.5 in the 70m Hurdles and a Long Jump of 3.76m in 7th.

Alisha Lehner set a new PB of 3.05m in the Long Jump (15th) ran 16.1 in the 100m (4th) and 14.9 in the 70m Hurdles in 4th place. Matthew Smith came 2nd in the U13 Boys 800m clocking 2.35.6 and followed that up in the Field events with a 3rd place in the Long Jump (4.08m) and 7th in the Shot Putt with a distance of 5.86m. Ben and Abigail Stratton who run for the Harriers on the Track in the UKYDL saw Ben come 1st U13 in the 1500m with a time of 4.50.1 (2nd overall with the race being won by an U15 Boy) and Abi won the U15 Girls 1500m running a time of 5.09.1.

Sisters Grace and Madison Bontoft took on the throws with Grace coming 2nd in the U15 Girls Hammer (30.79m) and 6th in the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.22m. Madison came 4th in the U13 Girls Shot Putt with a distance of 6.44m then threw 21.92m in the Hammer (6th) and finished off with a Javelin throw of 9.52m.

Lucy Rishton Lucy Rishton Imogen Robinson Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith Theo Robinson Niam Gater

Lancaster Castle 10k – Sunday September 15th

Annabel Ralph lined up among one hundred and twenty seven other runners coming home as first Woman in a time of 40.34 and 6th overall – the race being won by Andrew Dorrian in a time of 35.27.


The Ben Nevis Race

In 1895 when William Swan, a Fort William barber, set off on the first recorded timed ascent and descent of Britain’s tallest mountain he could not have envisaged the modern day Ben Nevis Race which now has a field of 600 runners accepting a challenge which is not for the unfit or faint-hearted.

In the late 19th.  and early 20th.  centuries a number of races were organised on an ad hoc basis.  However it was not until 1951 that the Ben Nevis Race Association was founded with the intention of formalising arrangements for an annual race. Since that first field of 21 runners, the race has grown beyond all recognition and it has been run every year since with the exception of 1980. That year the elements won and, with competitors on the start line, a last minute decision was made to cancel the race for the safety of the runners and officials on the mountain. Safety of all is paramount for the organisers and the Ben Race should not be treated as a ‘fun-run’ and therefore entrants have to be experienced hill runners. The BNRA liaises closely with Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and we are grateful for their and our own volunteer marshals’ vital assistance on race day.

The record times for both men and women have stood since 1984 when Kenny Stuart and Pauline Stuart (nee Haworth) respectively recorded 1h 25m 34s and 1h 43m 25s. In 1989 Kenny ran the Houston Marathon in a then world class time of 2h 11m 36s thus creating a benchmark by which mountain running times and the Ben Race record, in particular, can be judged. It is fair to say that hill/fell running champions are worthy of the respect afforded to top Olympic athletes. The Ben Race has been variously described with superlatives – oldest race, toughest race, most iconic race, the supreme test of fitness etc. – and whilst these claims are open to challenge, the Ben Nevis Race Association will always defend its status as a very special event. However this is not necessary as runners testify to this on our behalf as evidenced by their remarks on this page.

2019’s Race saw new member for Blackburn Harriers – Calvin Ferguson – ran this race along with four hundred and forty eight other runners and came home in 360th place with a time of 2hr 55.34. The race didn’t go as well as Calving would have liked and told the Club that it was my slowest time out of my 4 attempts”.  Calvins long term aim in this race  is to finish it 21 times so he can get a Connochie plaque  which is only awarded to those who have completed the race 21 times.


Calvin Ferguson (58)

Switchback Valley Trail Race – Wednesday September 10th

One hundred and twenty eight runners lined up for this race won by Gary Priestley in a time of 30.35 – a minute and half in front of second placed Todmoreden Harriers athletes, Andrew Worster (32.10).


Photos courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photos)

Three Blackburn Harriers ran this race, the fiorst one home and taking a top ten place was Calum Holmes in 9th spot clocking 35.50 followed by V40 Daniel Whittaker in 24th place (40.08) and V50 Mark Wilkin running a time of 43.29 in 39th position.

Calum Holmes Daniel WhittakerMark Wilkin

Great Westmorland Trail Race – Saturday September 14th

V50 John Orrell was celebrating his birthday by taking on this race described by the organisers thus A scenic  marked route over rolling fell land on trails and footpaths with stunning views of both the Eden and Lune Valley, starting and finishing in the sleepy village of Crosby Garrett near Kirkby Stephen“.

Great North Run – Sunday September 8th

V45 Paul Wilkinson and V50 Jason Harbour took a trip up to the North East last weekend and ran the Great North Run with Paul running a time of 1hr 54.52 in just his third race of the year whilst Jason clocked 1hr 36.34 running his first race of the year. Paul told the Club that It was my 19th Great North Run and was a great day for it with weather and support. Had good run and enjoyed every minute of it. Roll on to my 20th next year”.

L-R Paul Wilkinson – Jason Harbour

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

North West Road Relays – Sunday September 8th

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

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

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


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

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

A-TeamAnnabel RalphMaddie ElliottJoanne Nelson

B-TeamCarly EdwardsEllen Sagar-HeskethRachael Gavin

C-TeamLindsay DaviesHannah CooksonCharlotte Atkinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A-TeamLeah HooleHollie CubbonKeira Haxton

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

C-TeamCaroline WoodworthKiera BoothEleanor Allsopp

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

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

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

Hannah daviesCharlotte SmithLulu SharpLeah Walker

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

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

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

A-TeamDaniel Smith (A1)Ben Ham Ben Livesey

B-TeamOliver GillMatthew SmithGeorge Ramsden

C-TeamFindlay Carroll (A3)Daniel Nuttal Issac Smith

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

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

A-TeamHayden MercerKyle Taylor-PomfretDexta Thompson

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

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

Saul Sharp (A3)

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

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

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

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

Women’s Results

Men’s Results

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

Diamond League in Brussels – Friday September 6th

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


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

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

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


On the Fells with the Harriers

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

Burnsall (RESULTS)   then Mucker Show (RESULTS)

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

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

Daniel Whittaker

Mark Wilkin

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

U15 / U17 National T&F Championships

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

Nicky Saunders

Championships Results

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

Jayden Riley U15 Boys 100m

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

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

Javelin Results

Archive Photo

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

Archive Photo

Tonbridge Twilight Meeting – August 31st

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

Zurich Diamond League – Thursday August 29th

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

Video of Holly’s British Championships & Diamond League clearances

Zurich Results

South Chesire 20 – Sunday September 1st

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


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

Joanne receiving her winning Prize.

Wigan 10k – Sunday September 1st

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

WIGAN 10k Results

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

Mid Cheshire 5k – Thursday August 29th

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

Race Results

Archive Photo

Trafford Open Bank Holiday meeting

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


Imogen & Theo Robinson                                     Theo Robinson


Imogen Robinson

Trafford Results

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


Daniel Nuttall (125) 100m                              Daniel Nuttall High Jump

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

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

Harrock Hill Race – Wednesday August 28th

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

Harrock Hill Results

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

Annabel Ralph

Pilling 10k – Saturday 24th August

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

Pilling 10k Results

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

Barrow Fell Race at Keswick Show – Bank Holiday Monday

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

Barrow Results

John Orrell (27)


Harriers run the lights in the Blackpool Night Run


L-R  Daniel Smith – Eleesha Charnley – Oliver Gill



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

British T&F Championships – Saturday August 24th

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

Pole Vault Results

Interview Video

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

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

5000m Results

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

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

Hammer Results

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

Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Saturday August 24th

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

Provisional Results

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

Joanne Nelson (253)

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

Anna PeersSarah HentonAbigail Brown

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

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

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

Liberty ThompsonFindlay CarrollKyle Taylor-PomfretLucy Rishton Niamh Gater

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

Skye Greenacre Kate Cookson

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

Sebastian Burton (Hammer)Toby Mansfield (Discus)

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

Nicky Saunders (Hammer) Grace Bontoft (Hammer)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pendleton Fell Race – Saturday August 24th

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

Pendleton Results

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

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

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

John Orrell


Comments Off on Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Harriers at Northern Championships – Holly at Muller Grand Prix – PB for Jacob at Podium – Ben & Victoria Win Burnley & Pendle Individual Series Titles – Karl’s in the Mountains – On the Fells with the Harriers – Annabel back racing in 2nd spot

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Harriers at Northern Championships – Holly at Muller Grand Prix – PB for Jacob at Podium – Ben & Victoria Win Burnley & Pendle Individual Series Titles – Karl’s in the Mountains – On the Fells with the Harriers – Annabel back racing in 2nd spot

Wavertree Athletics Track – home of Liverpool Harriers – was the venue for this years Northern T&F Championships for U13/U15/U17 age groups, held as it was with a wind that dominated both days competition.

Northern Full Results

Blackburn Harriers athletes were amongst the Podium winners winning two Gold, three Silver and two Bronze Medals. U15 Jayden Riley continued his excellent season where he is currently ranked 8th nationally over 100m (11.3) and 11th in the 80m Hurdles (11.69) by winning the Northern Gold Medal in the 100m. There were three Heats which saw Jayden qualify for the Final with the fastest time of all three in 11.87 before going on to comfortably win the Final in a time of 11.94 into a minus 3.6 wind with Wirrals Kaleb Legall in 2nd (12.23). Jayden was delighted with his result and told the Club “Another great experience was achieved as I have been able to win at the Northern Championships. I am now looking forward to what comes next in my upcoming races”.

Training partner Ben Boocock was also among the Medals as he took Silver in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles clocking 11.94, an agonisingly six one hundreths outside first place. Ben spoke to the Club after being presented with his Silver Medal commenting “I’m pleased with my time of 11.94 considering the blustery conditions. I was a bit disappointed as I really wanted gold, so I’ll keep up the training so I’ll be ready for the Northerns next season”.

Ben Boocock Inside Lane

Ben Boocock

U13 Harrison Allcock contested the Long Jump, 100m and 200m all on Day 1 – the 100m featuring three Heats where he clocked 14.29 (5th) in Heat 2 which meant he didn’t qualify for the Final. On to the 200m – again with three Heats where Harrison ran 31.03 (6th) in Heat 2. His third event of the day was the Long Jump with 16 athletes competing – Harrison leaping out to 4.03m in 10th position.

Millie Coy had a great day at the Championships in the U17 Women’s Javelin adding over a metre to her previous best to take the Northern Title and Gold Medal with a new PB distance of 38.71m in a closely fought contest with Southport’s Megan Haworth in 2nd place (38.04m) and Blackpool’s Kacie Calvert in 3rd (31.55m).

Millie Coy

Matt Heywood entered the U17 Men’s Hammer and Discus winning a Bronze Medal in the Hammer with a distance of 45.72m before placing 8th in the Discus with a throw of 26.68m.

Matthew Heywood HammerMatthew Heywood Discus

U15 Nicky Saunders was just outside her personal best in the Javelin – on Day 1 – throwing a distance of 25.46m to come in 10th out of the 17 finalists. On Day 2 Nicky was joined by Grace Bontoft in the U15 Girls Hammer with Nicky throwing 34.15m for 5th place in the and Grace placing 8th out of the 12 strong competition with a distance of 28.32m.

Nicky Saunders HammerGrace Bontoft Hammer

In the Discus featuring 13 Finalists Nicky won the Bronze Medal with a throw of 30.29m as Grace placed 9th with 21.46m – a new PB by over 5metres. The Shot Putt Final had Nicky placing 14th (7.72m) and Grace 15th with 7.54m. In the U13 Girls Throws, Tilly Pollard won the Silver Medal in throwing 8.05m with training partner Madison Bontoft in 7th spot (6.66m).

Nicky Saunders Discus

Till Pollard Shot PuttTilly Pollard being presented with her Silver Medal by Northern Athletics President Stan TaylorMadison Bontoft Shot Putt

Matt Ramsden came within two tenths of the Gold Medal in the U17 men’s 3000m. In a race badly affected by the strong wind, the athletes stayed together for the first five laps with the front six starting to break away on lap 6. At the bell there was a move by a few athletes and with 300m to go Matt Ramsden took it on, opening up a 10 metre lead as he went for the finish into the wind. Border Harriers Scott Nutter didn’t give it up and kept closing the gap down the home straight to just take the title on the line in a time of 9.17.94 with Matt in Silver Medal position (9.18.18).

Matt Ramsden (663)

U15 Hayden Mercer and U17 Eleesha Charnley contested their respective 800m events. The U15 Boys had three Heats with Hayden qualifying from Heat 1 with a time of 2.09.37 along with the three athletes in front of him. In the Final Hayden ran 2.11.59 to finish in 6th place. Saul Sharp also ran in the Heats and clocked a new PB of 2.24.95 which was even better given the wind. The U17 Women’s 800m was surprisingly made into two Heats with just nine athletes in total which meant that with 8 to go into the Final – one athlete would miss out. Eleesha qualified from Heat 2 in 2.29.45, placing 7th in the Final with 2.36.35.

Hayden Mercer (189)

Saul Sharp 202Eleesha Charnley (557)


Holly’s post event Interview

Holly Bradshaw was competing in a badly wind affected Pole Vault competition in Birningham at the weekend along with other world class pole vaulters – Stefanidi, Silva Nageotte – as they all prepare for the forthcoming World T&F Championships being held in Doha in October. Holly who went off a shorter ten stride run up because of the conditions, cleared 4.55m to place 6th overall. Nageotte was quoted on Twitter Today was one of those days you’re happy to walk away injury free. The Birmingham head wind was the true winner. Congrats to every vaulter that cleared bars today!

Podium 5k – Saturday August 17th

The latest Race in the Podium 5k at Barrowford was won by Charlie Hulson in a fast time of 14.17 ahead of Southports Ben Johnson in 2nd (14.42) and Ilkley’s Euan Brennan in 3rd (14.52).

Podium 5k Photos Courtesy of Davids Running Photos (David Belshaw)

Podium 5k Results

Three Blackburn Harriers ran in the ‘A’ Race with Ben Fish the first across the line in a time of 15.00 (5th) followed by Jacob Watson who set himself a new road 5k personal best, clocking 15.40 in 16th spot with Ben Costello just behind in 19th place running 15.49. After the Race Jacob said he was delighted with his new PB telling the Club “Surprised myself tonight, I knew I’d be able to run close to my PB but I’m really happy to knock 6 seconds off it. Thankfully I managed to tuck behind a few runners on the early laps to guard myself from the wind! Well done to all Harriers tonight, a great club to be a part of!” Ben Fish commented on his race “Well done to Jacob on his pb, top run. I found it a bit tough, it was a solid run but nothing special”.

Ben Fish (399)

Jacob Watson (312)

Ben Costello (368)

Congratulations to Blackburn Harriers Ben Fish and Victoria Mousley who both won the Individual Titles for this years Burnley & pendle Grand Prix Series. Victoria also won the Women’s Vet 35 Title followed by Chris Davies who placed 3rd overall in the series and first V40 Man with Lindsay Davies first V45 Woman.

Final Series Standings

Ben FishVictoria Mousley

Sierre Zinal – August 10th

Karl Billington joined a number of his friends in tackling the Sierre Zinal race in the mountains described as ‘One of the world’s most scenic mountain running trails, Sierre-Zinal has been hailed as the “New York Marathon” of mountain races. It is also the oldest of the kind in Europe’.

Also called the “Race of the Five 4000m Peaks”, Sierre-Zinal heads along a daunting 31 km mountain trail involving a 2200 meter elevation gain and a 1100 meter vertical drop in the heart of the Valais Alps. The ingredients that lead to Sierre-Zinal’s enduring success are the stunning scenery, the warm and genial atmosphere, and the overall superb organization of the event. It stands out among the world’s most famous mountain races for good reason!

“As a mountain racer you must experience the tradition and history of this race.” These are the words of Jonathan Wyatt, a record holder of Sierre-Zinal, the Jungfrau Marathon and many other world-famous races.

The Race was won by the world famous mountain runner – Kilian Jornet – in a time of 2hr 25.35, just a minute in front of 2nd placed Petro Mamu. Karl finished in a time of 4hr 46.54 and commented after the race had finished “It is advertised as one of the toughest mountain races in the world, and it didn’t disappoint. It was an unrelenting course where the climbs just didn’t seem to stop. I went out there finish and enjoy the experience, I can’t say I’ve ever done or will do another more scenic race”.


Race Video

Karl’s Race Video

On the Fells with the Harriers

John Orrell was back out on the Fells again for the Harriers taking on races at Hellifield, Farelton Knott and Arncliffe in pretty quick succession. First race up was Hellifield on August 3rd which was a 5.6k race with 260m of climbing and won by Wharfedale’s Harry Coates in 24.59 with John 38th in 39.34.  Hellifield Results

Next up came Farleton Knott on August 4th run over a distance of 4.5 miles with1200ft of climbing. Mercia’s Simon Bailey won this race (34.39), as John came home in 58th spot in a time of 62.43. Farleton Knott Results

John at Farleton Knott (921)

Last race in this period of a week came at the Arncliffe Gala August 10th – won again by Mercia’s Simon Bailey in 11.19 with John coming home in 64th spot out of the 123 strong field in a time of 17.40. Arncliffe Results

John Orrell at Arncliffe Gala Fell Race (1038)

A rest for a week and it was then the Pendle 3 Peaks Race on August 17th which saw John joined by Mark Wilkin and Daniel Whittaker for the Harriers featuring one hundred and thirty eight runners. V50 Mark Wilkin was first home in 75th place clocking 2hr 02.32 with V50 John Orrell next through the line (92nd) in 2hr 09.10 with V40 Daniel Whittaker – who as an U20 athlete clocked PB’s of 10.8 and 22.00 for the 100m/200m – coming home in 108th place (2hr 17.38). John commented on the day saying “A shower of rain just after the start put thoughts of a grim day out in my head, but it was not to be and soon Pendle was covered in glorious sunshine. A steady start as I knew what was to come. A tough climb up Ashendean Clough, then The Big Dipper of Mearly Clough. Saving some for the Big End I seemed finally to get my climbing legs back. It’s been a while! Up and over the top, past the trig and home free. ‘Easy’!!”


L-R John Orrell – Mark Wilkin – Daniel Whittaker

Mark Wilkin

John Orrell

Daniel Whittaker

Tour of Norland – Saturday August 17th

After a lay off due to injury, Annabel Ralph was back out racing at the weekend and this time on the Fells at the Tour of Norland.

The Organiser of the Race describes it thus….The Tour of Norland Moor is more like a trail race than a fell race and is a great introduction to fell running. All the hard work is done at the start as the race climbs up North Dean Road (a rough paved bridletrack). Starts/finishes from the excellent facilities of Copley Cricket Club. A 10k race with 270m climb. Minimum age 18 years. Category BM.


Cambridge & Coleridge athlete – Graham Anderson – was the overall winner in a time of 39.16 with Annabel Mason the first woman in 12th place with a time of 44.52. Annabel Ralph had a very good run just behind Mason in 16th spot clocking 45.55.

Race Report from Race Website