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Jess places 2nd in Armagh 3k & Rob sets new 5k PB

Fabulous racing at this years Armagh International Road Races as sixteen women ran under 9.30 with 49 women clocking sub 10 minute runs over 3k. In the Men’s 5k Race, 113 ran sub 15 minutes overall – 12 of whom clocked sub 14 minute times.

In 2018 Jess Judd clocked 9.03 in 2nd place to Laura Weightman at the Armagh 3k Road Race. One year later, on Valentines Day 2019, she placed 2nd again, this time to Steph Twell (8.59) after running a great race herself in clocking a time of 9.05, just two seconds outside her presonal best. After the Race, Jess spoke to the Club saying I’m really happy with my race, just not as fast as I’d like to be right now but it is difficult when training for the cross country and getting back from illness and injuries! Think I’m getting there but always nice to know I still have things to work on! Really enjoyed the race and was nice to watch the mens race after too”.

L-R Jess Judd (2nd in 9.05) – Steph Twell (1st in 8.59) – Amy Griffiths (3rd in 9.10)

Women’s 3k Race Results

Rob Warner went into the Men’s 5k Race – won by Topi Raitane in 13.43 – with a personal best time of 14.49 as he placed 81st in the 2018 Armagh 5k. This year Rob chopped another 8m seconds off to clock a new PB of 14.41 in 68th position. Afterwards, Rob told the Club I perhaps didn’t pace it that well in the middle and started to fade a bit from 3-4k, was a great race to be a part of though with over 100 breaking 15 mins! It was an okay run from me, I would have a liked to be looking more towards 14:30 but I can’t complain with a PB after not the best winter!

Men’s 5k Race Results

(Photos courtesy of Keith McClure Photography)

L-R George Lowry (70th in 14.41) – Alex Tovery (69th in 14.41) – Rob Warner (68th in 14.41)

Fast Running Report

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Holly Wins British Title with new Championship Record – 5 Team Wins & 3 Individual Wins at Mid Lancs Cross Country – Harriers set six new PB’s at Barcelona Half-Marathon – Ben Wins 60m Hurdles at at Sportscity – Valentines 10k

What a weekend for Blackburn Harrier – Holly Bradshaw. In her first competitive competition since since winning the Great City North Games back in September 2018, Holly, In winning the British Indoor Championships set a new Championship record and went to Number 3 in the World Rankings.


With prospects of a great year ahead for Holly, she spoke to the Harriers afterwards, telling us “I don’t really know where to start, today was one of those days you just dream of. I didn’t really know what to expect going into the British Champs , I have been feeling really good in training lately but we have been focusing more on getting faster so doing more speed sessions rather than vaulting hence why I am only off a shortened approach. We made the decision back in 2018 that we would skip the indoors and work on getting faster. However we were too tempted with such exciting domestic competitions this 2019 indoors”

Another great day too for the Harriers as sixty athletes turned out. At the Mid Lancs League fixture at Leigh yesterday, they scored Team Wins in the U11 Girls, U13 Boys, U17 Men, Sen Women and Senior Men coupled with 2nd places for U11 Boys, U15 Girls and Senior Men’s Vet Team. In the individual results there were wins for Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys, Matt Ramsden in the U17 Men and Chris Davies in the Men’s V40 age category with Mark Chippendale 2nd V50 and Joe Gebbie 3rd U20 Man.

Seventy eight young girls lined up for the first race of the day which was for U11’s. Eve Coulson who improves every time, led the Harriers home to the Team win as she placed 6th overall in a time of 8.42 after a battle down the home straight with Erica Corns (7th), both being given the same time. Imogen Robinson was just 3 places further back (9th) in a time of 8.44 with Hannah Davies the third counter for the team in 16th place (9.03). Another storming sprint finish by Charlotte Sousa saw her cross the line in 23rd spot (9.17) with Tippi Francis in 49th (9.56), Lulu Sharp in 60th position with a time of 10.28, Isabelle Pacelli (66th) with a time of 10.38 and 8yr old Charlotte Smith edging it in a flat out sprint (68th) running 10.46.

  Eve Coulson                                                           Imogen Robinson

  Hannah Davies                                                       Charlotte Sousa

  Tippi Francis                                                           Lulu Sharp

  Isabelle Pacelli                                                       Charlotte Smith

Eighty four U11 Boys in the next race where the Harriers (22 points) finished 2nd Team to Trawden (12 points).

Coming into the home straight there was agood contest between Matthew Smith, Luke Ward (Southport) and Sam Aspey as they all strained for the 5th place – Matthew taking it in the end with a time of 7.41, Luke in 6th (7.42) and Sam in 7th (7.44). Ben Ham, running his first ever race for the Hrariers had an outstanding run to become the 3rd counter for the team in 10th place with a time of 8.07 which augers pretty well for his future. Next in was the ‘Blonde Bombshell’ that is Theo Robinson, clocking 8.20 in 17th spot with William Grundy just behind in 20th in a time of 8.26. George Ramsden who is also an improving young athlete finished in 23rd (8.32) followed by Liam Bennison in 29th (8.43), Charlie Haworth in 46th place running a time of 9.02, Findlay Carroll (48th) clocking 9.05, Felix Thompson in 50th place (9.12), George Holman running 9.38 in 62nd, Alexander Brien in 67th (9.50) , Evan Potter in a time of 10.26 (75th), Harrison Waite 80th (10.53) and Isaac Smith in 82nd (11.08).

  Matthew Smith                                                        Sam Aspey

  Ben Ham                                                                Theo Robinson

  William Grundy                                                       George Ramsden

  Liam Bennison                                                        Charlie Haworth

  Findlay Carroll                                                        Felix Thompson

  George Holman                                                      Alexander Brien

  Evan Potter                                                            Isaac Smith

Short on U13 Girls on the day with just two athletes competing which saw Kate Cookson come home in 24th place out of the 48 girls racing in a time of 8.37 and Isabelle Hartley in 39th place (9.31).

  Kate Cookson                                                         Isabelle Hartley

It was back to winning ways with the U13 Boys as they took the team 1st place with 19 points to Trawden’s 36 points in 2nd spot. Isaac Butler set off with real intent and hit the front from the gun, holding the lead the whole way round to finish the comfortable winner by 10 seconds in a time of 9.17. Dexta Thompson had another good race too, to place 6th overall in a time of 9.36 with Jonathan Brindle being the 3rd counter with a good run in 12th spot clocking 9.58. The consistency of performance for the lads showed when Daniel Smith came home next in 17th (10.14) and Codie Dewhurst in 19th (10.15).

Codie Dewhurst (2898) – Isaac Butler (2903) – Dexta Thompson (2902)

  Dexta Thompson                                                    Jonathan Brindle

  Daniel Smith                                                           Codie Dewhurst

Our U15 Girls team (37 points) ran well to finish 2nd in the team race to Chorley (12 points) – Hollie Cubbon had one of her best races of ther season to be the first counter for the Harriers, taking 10th place in a time of 10.23 with Eleesha Charnley in 13th (10.29), Leah Hoole in 14th (10.35) and Ella Hardman in 33rd spot running a time of 12.30.

L-R Eleesha Charnley – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon – Ella Hardman

  Hollie Cubbon                                                         Eleesha Charnley

  Leah Hoole                                                             Ella Hardman

It was 4th place in the U15 Boys Race won by Kendal-Helm (Composite). David Holman led the Harriers home in 10th place clocking 12.47 which was another good run following his 3rd placed finish in the Lancashire Schools Championships the previous week. A solid run from Hayden Mercer saw him place 18th overall in a time of 13.33 with George Whittaker in 25th (13.55), Thomas Brooks in 27th (14.00), Danny Woodcock one place behind in 28th and given the same time of 14.00 and Rory Teare in 35th place (14.51).

  David Holman                                                         Hayden Mercer

  George Whittaker                                                  Danny Woodcock (2912) – Thomas Brooks (2909)

Rory Teare

The U17 Men’s race provided another Team win for the Club as they scored 23 points to Rossendale’s 30 points in 2nd place. Matt Ramsden set off in 2nd place behind the Kendal athlete with Sam Hodkinson in 3rd. As the race progressed, Matt and Sam took it on to occupy 1st and 2nd places in the race and that is how it finished up with a really emphatic performance by Matt, winning in 17.20 with Sam in 2nd spot clocking 18.08 and Harry Wilkin (20th) in 20.58 who was the 3rd counter in helping the Harriers take the team win. Amy Davies ran a time of 13.59 for 5th place in the U17 Women’s race.

U17 Boys Winners Sam Hodkinson (2921) – Matt Ramsden (2917) – Harry Wilkin (2918)

Matt Ramsden & Sam Hodkinson

  Harry Wilkin                                                            Amy Davies

The Senior Men and Senior Women teams following their win at the previous Mid Lancs fixture at Towneley Hall backed that up here at Leigh with another double headed win. The Senior Women’s race saw the Harriers get their three counters across the line in the first eleven places and led by Annabel Ralph who set off right at the front of the Race and finished 3rd overall in a time of 19.59. Great support from Carmen Byrne who crossed the line in 7th place in a time of 21.11( 3rd V35) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 11th running a time of 21.34. Lindsay Davies was next home in 40th (23.58) and followed by Michelle Teare (85th) out of the 155 strong field clocking 26.58 with Nicola Hartley and Helen Dawson-Smith both clocking 28.28, finishing in 114th and 115th places respectively.

Annabel Ralph (392) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (2847) – Carmen Byrne (2856)

  Annabel Ralph                                                        Carmen Byrne

  Ellen Sagar-Hesketh                                              Lindsay Davies

  Michelle Teare                                                       Nicola Hartley

Helen Dawson-Smith

The Senior Men’s race featured two hundred and fifty one runners and was won by Rob Danson in 32.02 with Luke Minns in 2nd (32.23). The Harriers had their six counters all home in the first 25 places which saw them take the Team win with 96 points from Lancaster & Moreambe in 2nd (110 points).

Marc Hartley had a really good run (33.44) to place 7th overall, supported by Tom Blaney in 11th with a time of 34.36 and just outkicking Chris Davies in 12th (34.38) who also won the V40 age group category along with Jacob Watson also having a good run in 17th spot (35.03). Next Harrier across the line was Mark Chippendale with a strong run clocking 36.19 in 24th place and 2nd V50 on the day, followed home by Joe Gebbie just one place behind (25th) and 3rd U20 man on the day in a time of 36.21. John Horrocks was next home for the Club with a pretty solid run of 37.11 in 38th place with Danny Maynard in 108th in a time of 40.51, V50 Chris Balderson in 113th (41.20) and Allan Hartley in 223rd place (49.37).

  Marc Hartley                                                           Tom Blaney

  Chris Davies                                                           Tom Blaney

  Mark Chippendale                                                  Joe Gebbie

  John Horrocks                                                        Danny Maynard

  Chris Balderson                                                      Allan Hartley

L-R Jacob Watson – Chris Davies – John Horrocks – Tom Blaney – Joe Gebbie – Danny Maynard – Marc Hartley

Barcelona Half-Marathon – Sunday February 10th

The Harriers went on tour at the weekend, this time to sunnier climes, as they took on the famed Half-Marathon in Barcelona. Looking for new personal bests, the lads certainly delivered with Team Captain Paul Guinan What a great weekend with Blackburn Harriers, a brilliant race in a fantastic city, great times by the guys, loved every minute of it, we are the in a great place at present and I’m so pleased I’m a part of this. The lads have done us all proud, we have a very special group of runners”.

Before the Race………….

Back Row – John Chaplin – Jack Hindle – Danny Teare – John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Paul Bradshaw — Front Row – Karl Billington – Paul Brindle – Tim Raynes – Paul Guinan

Tim Raynes had a fabulous day as he led the Harriers home in the race which featured thousands. Tim clocked a big new PB as he placed 59th overall with a time of 68.40 reducing his previous best time (70.39) by some two minutes. Jack Hindle was the next Harrier firing on all cylinders, as he too, set a new PB clocking 72.44 (151st) – an improvement by a full minute. Karl Billington made it the third new PB of the day coming home in 187th position with a time of 73.58 in only his second ever half-marathon and an improvement by nearly 10 minutes over the time clocked in his first half of 83.13 run in 2016. Yet another new PB, this time from Paul Bradshaw as he chopped nearly two minutes off his previous best of 79.59 to clock 78.08 in 409th place. Team Captain Paul Guinan was next through the line in a time of 84.18 (1030th), followed by V60 John Chaplin with an excellent time of 87.45 (1506th). This run by John puts him in 2nd place in the National V60 Rankings which is a fabulous achievement. Just a couple of minutes behind John came Paul Brindle who ran a time of 89.27 (1895th) followed by John Cookson (3591st) in a time of 97.16 for the 5th new PB of the day as he shaved over half a minute off his previous best time set in 2016. A minute further back came Andrew ‘training for an Ironman’ Knowles in 4013th position clocking 98.36 and Danny Teare who made it six new PB’s on the day with his time of 1hr 48.18 – sixteen seconds faster than his best to-date and in 6386th spot.

…And after the Race

After the Race Photo – Back Row – Matt ‘I am going to Barcelona in the morning’ Nuttall – Tim Raynes – John Cookson – John Chaplin – Jack Hindle – Danny Teare – Andrew Knowles —-Front Row – Paul Bradshaw – Karl Billington – Paul Guinan – Paul Brindle

The lads had a great time as some of them commented to the Club after the Race:-

Tim Raynes “Absolutely fantastic weekend in the February sunshine of Barcelona. Thanks to Guiney for organising, and all the other lads for making it a great weekend. Great course, good conditions, great field … perfect recipe. My race went pretty much to plan, really happy to PB by almost 2 minutes. Well done to all the other lads for some fantastic runs!”

Karl Billington Great race at Barcelona couldn’t ask for a better for a better half. Great course, well support and great conditions. Happy with a 9min PB. Shout out to El Capitan guiny for the organisation”.

Paul Bradshaw Cracking Race, well organised and seamless. Happy to PB and run a nice even race”

Obligatory post race ‘refuelling’ with John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Danny Teare

Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday February 10th

U15 Ben Boocock and U17 Myah Booth were racing at the latest of the Indoor Meetings held at Sportscity over the weekend. Benran the 60m, a distance which he hasn’t raced previously and had a great run, placing  2nd in a time of 8.14. His second race of the day saw him equal his Silver Medal run in the Northern Championships recently over 60m Hurdles, as he clocked 9.24 to win his Heat. U17 Myah Booth also ran the 60m Hurdles finishing in 2nd place in her Heat with a time of 9.46.


Valentines 10k – Sunday February 10th

Calum Holmes ran in the Valentines 10k this morning won by Karl Darcy in a time of 31,43. Calum Holmes came 6th out of field of 256 runners, clocking a time of 36.09.

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Matt Wins Lancashire Schools Title – Jess takes 4th at BUCS XC Championships – Ben Wins Hurdles Silver Medal at Northern Champs – Victoria Wins Winter Warmer 10k & Harriers Win Team Race

This years Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships were in doubt right up to the last minute, but thankfully they went ahead and saw some good championship running as a result, with qualification places for English Schools up for grabs. Thirty four athletes from Blackburn Harriers qualified for the championships.

Championship Results

Highlight of the day for the Harriers was the Title winning run of Matt Ramsden in the Inter-Boys race featuring 54 runners. Matt (Blackburn) and Rhys Ashton (Lancaster) battled it out the whole way round with Matt keeping a one to two metre lead only. With around 500 metres to go, Matt went for the finish and came home a confortable winner in the end by 5 seconds (18.14) from Rhys in 2nd place (18.19) and Max Cunningham (Rossendale) in 3rd (18.23). Sam Hodkinson (South Ribble) placed 7th in 19.10 and just missed out on a top 6 finish. Harvey Ashworth (Blackburn) ran a very good first lap but faded slightly on the 2nd lap, costing him places as he came home in 21st (20.47) with Ethan Barbarewicz (South Ribble) and Sam James (Preston) in 45th position (23.34).  In the Senior Boys Race – Joe Gebbie (South Ribble) finished 10th (25.31) in a race won by Kian Davis (23.34), a race which saw just 11 seconds separate the first four athletes. Hannah Cookson contested the Senior Girls race clocking 18.05 in 10th spot.

Matt Ramsden (481) & Sam Hodkinson (554)

Harvey Ashworth (482)

Ethan Barbarewicz (559)

Sam James (539)

Joe Gebbie (77)

Hannah Cookson

Fifty nine ran in the Year 7 Girls race won by Charlotte Wilkinson (Chorley) in 8.38. Amelia Burton (Hyndburn) had a good run to place 16th in a time of 9.47 with Lucy Rishton (Blackburn) not far behind in 18th place (9.53) and Isabelle Hartley in 23rd (10.07).

Amelia Burton (613)

Lucy Rishton (578)

Isabelle Hartley (579)

An even bigger field in the Year 7 Boys race with 69 nine runners competing in the race won by Jack Lamb (Chorley) in 8.04. Highest placed Blackburn Harrier running for South Ribble, was Daniel Smith with an excellent performance of 8.29 in 5th place and first counter for South Ribble who placed 2nd in the team race. Ben Livesey (Blackburn) came home in 32nd position with a time of 9.11 with Harry Sambrook (Blackburn) in 39th (9.17).

Daniel Smith (747)

Ben Livesey (675)

Hollie Cubbon (Blackburn) had a good race too in the Junior Girls Race won by Ava Lloyd (West Lancs) in 13.07. Holly came home in 10th spot out of the sixty three strong field in a time of 14.18 with Leah Hoole (Blackburn) in 16th place (14.49), Kate Cookson also Blackburn in 20th (15.09), Eva Knowles (Blackburn) clocking 15.24 in 29th place, Keira Haxton (Hyndburn) 40th in 15.51, Caroline Woodworth (Hyndburn) 50th in a time of 16.14 and Lucy Ramsden (Blackburn) running 16.52 in 56th spot. Hollie, Leah, Kate and Eva were all counters for the Blackburn Team which finished 2nd to the winners – Chorley.

Hollie Cubbon (194)

Leah Hoole (193)

Kate Cookson (195)

Eva Knowles (197) and Keira Haxton (228)

Caroline Woodworth (232)

Lucy Ramsden (198)

Amy Davies (Blackburn) took 4th pace in the Inter-Girls Race won by Darcy Lonsdale (Fylde) in a time of 15.18. After being part of the leading group of four over the first lap, Amy got slightly detached and clocked 15.45 with Eleesha Charnley (Hyndburn) working her way through the field, not far behind in 7th with a time of 15.58, Ruby Cain ((Blackburn) in 30th place (18.22) and Rebecca Ramsden (Hyndburn) 32nd in a time of 18.26.

Amy Davies (385)

Eleesha Charnley (417)

Ruby Cain (387)

Rebecca Ramsden (422)

The Junior Boys race was won by Luke Rawcliffe (Fylde) after a tremendously close run race with Tobias Swarbrick (Lancaster) which saw both boys given the identical time of 14.20. There was a top run too for David Holman (Hyndburn) who had his best cross country race of the season as he placed 3rd in a time of 14.31. Next Harrier home was Dexta Thompson (Rossendale) in 9th spot clocking 15.05 with Hayden Mercer (Blackburn) one place further back in 10th (15.13). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (South Ribble) finished in 19th out of the 59 runners in 15.36 with Theo Watson (Blackburn) in 22nd place (15.40), and just one place behind – Jack Paget-Fowler (Blackburn) in 23rd (15.41), Joe Joyce (Chorley) in 28th spot (15.50), Codie Dewhurst (Blackburn) 30th running 15.56, Sebastian Burton (Hyndburn) clocking 16.11 in 33rd and Saul Sharp (Hyndburn) in 35th (16.16).

David Holman (323)

Dexta Thompson (354)

Hayden Mercer (290)

Kyel Taylor-Pomfret (361)

Theo Watson (291)

Jack Paget-Fowler (292)

Codie Dewhurst (295) & Sebastian Burton (326)

Saul Sharp (324)

Jess Judd who ‘gave everything she had on the day’ came home in 4th position in a time of 21.10.2 at this years BUCS Championships held in Exeter after a battle with the first three Women – winner Anna Moller (20.33.0), Amelia Quirk (20.44.1) in 2nd and Mhairi Maclennan (Northern Cross Country Champion in 20.49.9) featuring a field of six hundred and nineteen finishers.

BUCS Results

Joe Howe ran in the Men’s Race ‘A’ Race which had 1170 contesting and finishing. Joe had a pretty solid run, ‘similar to his run at the Northerns’ to come home in 174th place in a time of 37.57.2.

Jess with Jo Pavey after the Race

Joe Howe on the left – ‘refuelling’?

Gt. Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships – Saturday February 2nd

In the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships Zachary Walmsley – running for Bolton – came home in 8th place out of a 54 strong field of runners, clocking 12.19 and earning himself a place at the English Schools Chgampionships in Leeds.

Northern U13 & U15 Indoor Track & Field Championships – February 3rd

Terrific performance by U15 Ben Boocock at the Championships this weekend in the 60m Hurdles. Ben qualified for the Final with a PB equaling time of 9.52 and went one better in the Final – cutting nearly three tenths of that time – to clock 9.24 and win the Silver Medal and just 200th’s behind the winner. ben’s parents told us afterwards that they were delighted with the result commenting “Massive thanks to Paul Wibberley today for all his support”.


Winter Warmer 10k – Sunday February 3rd

Seven hundred and ten finishers in this race won by Tipton’s Stephen Corbishley in 34.08. Victoria Mousley had a good run, comfortably winning the Women’s Race for the Harriers in a time of 40.58 and 44th place overall. To cap a good all round day for the Club, the Harriers won the Team Race, Harry Wilkin won the Junior Men’s Race and Chris Davies won the V40 Age Group category.

Victoria was pleased with her run and spoke to the Club after the race was over, commenting A decent run for me, managed to pull my hamstring just on the sharp hill before the descent into Pleasington but luckily someone from the club told me i was first lady with no other in sight so i just slowed off a bit to ensure I didn’t cause an injury. Happy to finish first lady even though my time was a bit over what i would have liked. Great runs from the Harriers today. Great support on the course too from club members“.


Victoria Mousley

Winter Warmer 10k Results

Josh Holgate had a battle with the eventual winner and was leading the race as he dropped down to Sandy Lance, approaching the climb up to the Church at Pleasington. In the end, Josh had to settle for 2nd place in a time of 34.17 and commented to the Club after the Race that he wasn’t sure how the race would go with being on and off with illness the past few weeks and not being able to get the mileage and sessions in, but overall I can’t complain with the outcome. Looking back I probably went off too hard on the climb and found myself isolated on the descent and allowed the Tipton runner to creep up behind. We battled it out from the duck pond to the track but sadly he had that bit more in the legs to push on at the end for the win. Well done to Victoria Mousely on the win and to Tom Blaney and Christopher Davies for having great runs finishing 3rd and 4th. Big push now to add a bit more sharpness for National XC and the 12 stage relays”.

Josh Holgate (325)

Tom Blaney (327) & Chris Davies (171)

Next in for the Harriers came Tom Blaney in 3rd place in a time of 34.50 and afterwards he told told the Club I really looked forward to todays race as its one of my favourites. In the past few months i’ve only really run XC so i had no idea how that would translate to the road, its fair to say i was pretty pleased with my performance. I had a really tough time hanging on to Chris for most of the race but just found an edge on the downhills and the last mile to take a hard earned 3rd place. Well done to everyone that raced, a great effort by all”.

Chris Davies placed 4th overall which made it three Harriers in the first four places, clocking 35.01 and enough to give him the V40 1st prize. He told the Club.Always a tough course the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K but even harder this year with the tougher conditions. The majority of the course was runnable but the odd section had his challenges. Overall I had s solid performance, a few seconds down on last year’s time but nothing to get concerned about. I’ve raced alot these last few weeks and trained hard due to Marathon training so things are going really well at the moment. Pleased with 4th position overall, my best in this competition and 1st Vet 40 for the second year running. A good day for myself but great runs from Josh Holgate and Thomas Blaney . A great team effort finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Well done to them and all the other Blackburn Harriers who ran on the day. A special mention for Harry Wilkin who finished 1st Junior Male in 40:23. A cracking time on a tough course. Well done all”.

View from the side of the road

Fifteen Blackburn Harriers ran the race and after Chris Davies finished 4th the next home was U17 Harry Wilkin in 38th place with a time of 40.23 which won him the Junior Men’s first prize. Danny Maynard was the next one in (42nd) in 40.46. V45 Sean Procter was just five seconds behind Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley – in a time of 41.03 (45th) and followed home by V40 Paul Jeffries in 71st (43.03), V45 Craig Greenough (81st) in a time of 43.40), V50 Ian Clarkson – having a break from the Fells this weekend – in 143rd (47.08), V45 Lindsay Davies in a time of 47.19 (146th), V40 Paul Whittaker (167th) clocking 48.02, V50 Mark Wilkin running 48.21 in 179th, Rebecca Woodworth (366th) with a time of 56.36, V55 Alison Armour (532nd) in 63.01 and V50 Clare Wilkin (63.43) in 560th place.

Harry Wilkin

Danny Maynard (444) & Sean Procter (795)

Craig Greenough (263)

Ian Clarkson Lindsay Davies (174)Mark Wilkin (735) Rebecca Woodworth (757)

Alison Armour (21) Clare Wilkin (733)

Twenty young Blackburn Harriers ran in this Junior 2k as part of a nearly two hundred strong field which was a tremendous effort.

Winter Warmer Junior 2k Results

The Junior Race saw the Harriers take six out of the first ten places with 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places which was a great effort by them. Amy Davies placed 5th overall in a time of 7.33 for the 2k course, with Saul Sharp having a very good run in 6th (7.37), Leah Hoole 7th (7.45), Daniel Smith (8th) also 7.45 and the same as Sam Aspey – the ‘pocket rocket’ – in 9th (7.45) with Oliver Gill in 10th (7.58).



  Then came Caroline Woodworth in 17th (8.44), Charlie Haworth (23rd) with a time of 9.04, Hannah Davies (26th) in 9.06, Charlotte Sousa running 9.07 in 30th, Ella Hardman (9.13) in 32nd place, Lulu Sharp finishing 37th in 9.33, Emily Smith in a time of 9.42 (38th), Tippi Francis (52nd) in 10.15, Sam Craven (64th) in a time of 10.43, Isabella Pacelli in 10.51 (71st), Isaac Smith (129th) in a time of 11.28, Grace Lewarne running a time of 11.37 (86th), Tom Hunt (12.41 in 117th place and Annabelle Logan (125th) with a time of 12.55.


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Jess takes Bronze at Northern XC Championships + Top Ten Places for Senior Women & Men’s & U13 Boys Teams – Top 10 for John at Hoofstones – ‘Gang of 4’ tackle Duathlon

Twelve seconds separated the first three in the Senior Women’s Race which featured forty five Clubs and three hundred and seventy six athletes at this years Northern Cross Country Championships.

All Age Group Results

Winning the Bronze Medal and leading the Harriers to a very good 8th place overall, Jess Judd ran a great race to finish in 3rd place posting a time of 27.48 behind Lauren Heys in 2nd (27.40) and the winner Mhairi Maclennan (27.36). Great support too came from Annabel Ralph in her first Northern Championships for the Club as she came home in 43rd spot (31.43), Carmen Byrne clocking 33.45 in 82nd, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh finishing in 160th place (37.01) and Linday Davies (217th) with a time of 39.01 who told the Club “The senior women did really well today, top four finishing in 8th place team, well done girls. I found it quite gruelling and long, went off too fast at the beginning and paid for it in the 2nd mile, 3rd mile I went into auto pilot and the rest was just a case of finishing the long and windy path to the finish. I think it is tough mentally too because it is so open and you can see every field and twist and turn. Again well done Girls!! And Jess Judd 3rd place”.

Jess Judd with Northern Athletics President Stan Taylor presenting her Medal

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (40)

Annabel Ralph VideoCarmen Byrne Video

It was also a good performance by the Senior Men as they, like the Women, finished 8th team out of 53 Clubs and 704 athletes and none more so than the run of Tim Raynes who finished 16th overall – clocking 39.58 to lead the Team in. Afterwards, Tim spoke to the Club about his run and the perforamnce of the team saying “Having finished 33rd last year, my aim was to finish in the top 20 this year. The race got off to a fast start, and I managed to get into a large lead pack of runners. I perhaps paid slightly for the fast start as I struggled in the second lap. Into the third lap, I managed to pull it together and got into a good group. I knew at this point I was a few places outside the top 20, but I was able to push on and pick off runners in front and finish strongly. Overall, really pleased with my run and hope to be able to carry my form into Barcelona Half and the rest of the cross country season. Great runs from the other lads. Fantastic to see us finish 8th, showing the depth of our squad!

Senior Men’s Start Video

Tim Raynes Video

Some good packing which helped the final team placing, saw Marc Hartley finish as 2nd counter in 90th position with a time of 42.35 followed by Josh Holgate (42.48), just five places further back in 95th, Chris Davies in 109th running 43.15, Tom Blaney in 120th spot (43.52) and Paul Bradshaw with a time of 45.11 in 168th. Just six places and seven seconds behind Paul came Joe Howe in 174th with a time of 45.18, followed by Calum Holmes debuting in his first Northern Championships for the Harriers (212th) in 46.10, John Horrocks who has been hitting the Fells of late in 236th position (46.49), Paul Guinan in 300th (48.29), Chris Balderson clocking 51.47 in 428th, Paul Jeffries, another Harrier in his first Northern Championships (538th) in a time of 55.27 and Allan Hartley (62.54) in 657th position.


    Tim Raynes                           Marc Hartley                                      Josh Holgate

    Chris Davies                          Tom Blaney                                       Paul Bradshaw

                                     Joe Howe                                                                                    Calum Holmes

    John Horrocks                            Paul Guinan                                   Chris Balderson

                                   Paul Jeffries                                                                             Allan Hartley


The Harriers U13 Boys produced the third top ten team finish on the day as they placed 8th overall out of the 23 Clubs competing, featuring 201 runners.

L-R Daniel Smith (19) – Oliver Gill (15) – Jack Paget-Fowler (17) – Isaac Butler (13)

U13 Boys Race Start Video

Isaac Butler was the first across the finish line for the Club in 26th spot, running a time of 10.32 followed by Dexta Thompson in 33rd spot in a time of 10.42, Theo Watson (81st) in a time of 11.13 just one second in front of Codie Dewhurst in 83rd (11.14), Daniel Smith clocking 11.44 in 126th place, Oliver Gill (11.47) in 131st, Jack Paget-Fowler (132nd) in a time of 11.48 and Ben Livesey (12.19) in 161st position. Just two Harriers in the U13’s Race which saw Keira Haxton place 84th out of the 208 athletes in a time of 12.01 with Isabelle Hartley in 203rd (14.21).

Isaac Butler (13)

Dexta Thompson (20)

Theo Watson (21)

Codie Dewhurst (14)

Oliver Gill (15) – Daniel Smith (19)

Jack Paget-Fowler

Ben Livesey

Keira Haxton (20)

Isabelle Hartley

In the U15 age groups Ethan Barbarewicz placed 141st in a time of 15.02 whilst in the Girls race – Eleesha Charnley was first home for the Club in 74th place in a time of 15.44 with Hollie Cubbon 107th out of the nearly two hundred strong field clocking 16.09 and Leah Hoole in 128th place (16.33).

Ethan Barbarewicz (12)

L-R Eleesha Charnley – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon

Eleesha Charnley (12)

Hollie Cubbon (13)

Leah Hoole (14)

Matt Ramsden finished in the top ten in the U17 Men’s race clocking 20.03 (10th) with Sam Hodkinson in 40th spot running 20.09, the same time being given to the four places between 38 and 41st and Harry Wilkin in 125th place (24.51). Amy Davies clocked 19.56 as she came home in 36th place from 107 athletes in the U17 Women’s race.

U17 Men’s Race Start Video

Matt Ramsden (9) – Harry Wilkin (10) – Sam Hodkinson (8)

Matt Ramsden

Sam Hodkinson

Harry Wilkin

Amy Davies

Thomas Marchant and Joe Gebbie ran in the Junior Men’s race and Maddie Elliott in the Junior Women’s. Thomas finished in 25th spot running a time of 28.12 as Joe ran 30.02 in 45th and Maddie in her race clocked 23.23 in 44th position.

Thomas Marchant

Joe Gebbie

Maddie Elliott

St Annes 10 Mile – Sunday January 27th

Two 2nd places for the Harriers in Vet categories at the race today, won by Mike Toft in 58.44 run in a pretty torrid wind.


Jonathan Bridge finished 14th overall out of 335 and 2nd V50 with a time of 68.00 – son Joe Bridge clocking 73.04 in 30th –  with Janine Fallon also taking a 2nd place in the Women’s V40 category and 65th overall in a time of 78.51.

Inskip Half-Marathon

Over 200 runners lining up for this years Inskip Half-Marathon, won by David Rigby in a time if 72.10.

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V45 Paul Brindle went into the Race with a personal best time of 79.56, which he set in 2018 at this same race. Today, Paul chopped that down by nearly a minute as he came home in 16th place overall, clocking 79.08. Speaking to the Club after the Race, Paul was clearly pleased as he told us that After nine months of going through the motions training. Marshalling at the RV10K i was inspired to see so many senior Harriers PB. Just a kick up the arse I needed. So at Inskip half it was a perfect day to race, cool and no wind. Taking if steady for the first few mile, my confidence began to come back. Pushing on hard for the last five mile I really enjoyed the battle of trying to PB. Which I surprisingly managed; so great news for Barcelona Half”.

Hoofstone Fell Race – Sunday January 20th

Another good run by John Horrocks on the Fells at the weekend following his top 3 place in his previous race, a week ago at Ashurst Beacon. This week John placed 9th overall, clocking 74.58 in the race won by Mark Burley (72.10).

John spoke to the Club afterwards commenting Hoofstones fell race today, just over 8 miles and 1200ft. Bit of navigation involved in this one which is good as I needed the practice. First 2 miles following the red flags with plenty of climbing up to the first check point, the higher we got the more snow covered the ground and thicker the cloud got which made it more interesting trying the navigate. After the first checkpoint it was then make your own way to Noah dale (CP2) and Hoofstones Trig (CP3) which was straight forward enough. I got to the top in the leading group of 7 and then came the tricky part of navigating back to sportsman (CP1 and CP4) where it was very rough ground and everyone had different ideas of what line to take. I took a compass bearing to try and hit a wall which would take me to the checkpoint but missed it and ended up about 50m to far down. Lost a few places having to run back up to the checkpoint then fast decent to the finish”.

Epic Event Winter Duathlon – Sunday January 19th

Four Blackburn Harriers in this one – Andrew Knowles, Martin Kerry, Danny Maynard and John Cookson – in a field of seventy athletes. Andrew who is training for a half-ironman told the Club that Sunday’s Epic Events, Winter Duathlon saw 4 intrepid Harriers brave chilly wet conditions. Andrew reports that it was primarily a training race, but let’s be honest a race is a race. The bike leg was an undulating 11 miles with a sting in the tail ‘Hunter Hill’ near Parbold,  I thought I was having a ‘solid bike leg’ until a couple of lads flew past me like I was stood still, I edged the bike leg from Martin. The run was also undulating, with Danny running strongly followed by ‘Cookie’, me and Martin. All the lads enjoyed it, overall results as follows Andrew Knowles 29th, 55.35, Martin Kerry 35th,56.18 Danny Maynard 45th, 58.42 John Cookson 56th, 60.14. From 70“.

L-R John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Martin Kerry

South East Lancashire Cross Country League – Saturday January 19th

On the U11 Boys Race, Oliver Gill had a cracking race, placing 3rd and just three seonds behind the winner from Leigh – Sam Barlow. In the U13 Boys Race, Daniel Smith contested in a much smaller field of 21, coming home in 9th spot (14.00).


Keith Gill watched both the lads race and commented after that “With a rare free weekend, Oli & Dan had a run in the SELCC to keep the legs moving ready for the Northerns next week. Always nice to run at a new location and against different people. Oli was up first in the U11s, he had a strong run coming 3rd in a field of 54 boys with 6:06 just a few seconds behind 1st (6:03) and 2nd (6:05). Dan ran in the U13s, continuing his recent good form, he set the early pace and then settled in to come 9th in 14:00. The boys really enjoyed the day out and anybody wanting a change of scenery should consider the next event in Chorley on the 16th Feb with on the day entry costing £6”.

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Senior Men & Women Win Mid Lancs at Burnley – Bronze Medals for Matt (U17 1500m) & Dominic (Senior 800m) at Northern Indoor Championships – Victoria Wins Garstang 10k – 3rd Place for Calum at East Lancs Hospice 10k – On the Fells with the Harriers

Another good day for the Harriers on cross country as both the Club’s Senior Men and Senior Women won the Team titles plus a win for the U13 Boys and V45 Women, and runner up team prizes for U11 Girls, U11 Boys, and U15 Girls alongside individual wins for Jess Judd in the Senior Women, Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys and V40 men for Chris Davies.

The Senior Men’s Race featured a field of three hundred and six finishers covering thirty two clubs and a great race at the front end. James Douglas (Border), Rob Warner and Tim Raynes opened up a gap as they battled one another for the win with Douglas (30.08) from Tim (30.14) and Rob  in 3rd (30.17). The Harriers took the team title with a total of 70 points to Kendal in 2nd place (145 points).

Tim Raynes (2937) & Rob Warner (2931)

The Club’s six counters were all home in the first 22 positions with Tim Raynes (2nd), Rob Warner (3rd) followed by excellent runs from Karl Billington in 13th (32.22), Marc Hartley just two seconds further back in14th (32.34), Chris Davies 16th and 1st V40 in 32.49 and Tom Blaney (22nd) with a time of 33.16 making up the six counters.

Karl Billington (2936) – Chris Davies (2950) – Marc Hartley (2942)

Tom Blaney

Next home with another good run was Calum Holmes in 25th position (33.32) followed by U20 Joe Gebbie who was 2nd in his age category on the day, clocking 34.01, Tom Marchant in 39th and 3rd U20 (34.38), V50 Mark Chippendale in 48th running a time of 35.12, Paul Brindle  in a time of 35.39 (56th), Danny Maynard (134th) in 38.51, V50 Chris Balderson (144th) with a time of 39.14, Paul Jeffries clocking 39.45 in 157th place, Craig Greenough in 182nd (40.50) and Allan Hartley (261st) in a time of 45.36.

Calum Holmes & Joe Gebbie

     Tom Marchant                                                             Mark Chippendale

     Paul Brindle                                                                Danny Maynard

      Chris Balderson                                                          Paul Jeffries

     Craig Greenough                                                        Allan Hartley

The Senior Women’s Race is combined with the U17 Men and again it turned out to be a very good race with some of the U17 Men trying to battle it out with Jess Judd who won the Senior Women’s Race in a time of 18.14. Very good runs from Katie Buckingham in 6th spot (21.08) and Joanne Nelson in 7th (21.21) made sure that the Harriers won the Team title with 14 points  from Border in 2nd (33 points). Carly Edwards was the next Harrier across the finishing line in 13th place in a time of 22.11 out of the 196 strong field. Behind Carly came Lindsay Davies in 41st place (23.46) and she was followed by Carol Reilly in her first cross country run in 3 years (53rd) clocking 24.38, Michelle Teare in 91st (26.47), Jan Buckingham (119th) in a time of 28.2, Helen Dawson-Smith (121st) running 28.27, and Nicola Hartley running a time of 29.11 in 132nd place.

Katie BuckinghamJoanne NelsonCarly Edwards Lindsay Davies (2861) – Carol Reilly (2864)

Michelle Teare

Jan Buckingham

Helen Dawson-SmithNikki Hartley

Ninety six U11 Girls ran their race and a 114 ran the U11 Boys race which was a great turnout by them and is indicative of what has been happening in cross country running over the last couple of years in this age category. The Harriers U11 Girls (29 points) had to settle for 2nd in the Team Race behind Trawden who totalled 23 points. Imogen Robinson is really taking to the cross country and had another fine run in 8th place (7.30) with a fast finishing Eve Coulson in 10th (7.36) and Hannah Davies clocking 7.43 in 15th counting for the Team. Then came Charlotte Sousa with her typical sprint finish (27th) in 8.00, Lulu Sharp having one of her best runs in 42nd place (8.24), Tippi Francis clocking 8.36) in 54th, 8yr old Charlotte Smith running in her first race for the Club (59th) in a time of 8.45, Isabllea Pacelli 64th with a time of 8.50 and Maisie Taylor in 72nd position (9.09).

     Imogen Robinson                                                       Hannah Davies & Eve Coulson

     Charlotte Sousa                                                         Lulu Sharp

     Tippi Francis                                                               Charlotte Smith

     Isabella Pacelli                                                           Maisie Taylor

Silver Medalist in the Lancs Championships last weekend – Matthew Smith – came home in 4th in a time of 6.41 with Oliver Gill in 6th (6.48) and William Grundy 13th in 7.05 who were the counters on the day for the Team. One second separated George Ramsden in 28th position (7.21) and Theo Robinson in 29th running 7.22. Charlie Haworth was only a few seconds back in 36th in a time of 7.30 with Liam Bennison in 39th clocking 7.33 and followed in by Loucas Lancashire (55th) in 7.46, Felix Thompson (60th) running 7.55, Harrison Fenton taking 64th spot in 8.00 with again, just one second separating Alexander Brien in 73rd (8.12) and George Holman 74th in 8.13, Evan Potter (93rd) in 8.46 and  Sam Craven (107th) in a time of 9.32.

Matthew Smith (2880) – Oliver Gill (2888)

     William Grundy                                                           George Ramsden

     Charlie Haworth                                                         Liam Bennison

Felix Thompson (2871) – Loucas Lancashire (2870)

      Harrison Fenton                                                          Alexander Brien


Sam Craven

The U13 Girls race saw the Harriers finish in 5th place with first counter Keira Haxton placing 19th out of 57 runners in a time of 10.03. Keira Booth was the next one home for the Club clocking 10.38 in 29th and followed in by Eva Knowles in 35th (10.48), Amelia Burton running a time of 10.51 in 37th place, Caroline Woodworth (43rd) in 11.08 and Isabelle Hartley with a time of 11.41 in 50th.

      Keira Haxton                                                              Keira Booth

      Eva Knowles                                                              Amelia Burton

     Caroline Woodworth                                                   Isabelle Hartley

Isaac Butler, who had won the Lancashire Championships the week before kept that form going to win the U13 Boys race, clocking 9.50, and lead them to team victory over Preston Harriers by three points. Dexta Thompson who qualified for the Inter-Counties along with Isaac took 3rd spot in 10.13 with Theo Watson in 14th (10.52) being the three counters. More of those one second battles saw Daniel Smith place 18th in 11.00 with Saul Sharp 19th in a time of 11.01 and they were followed in by Codie Dewhurst (27th) in a time of 11.18, Ben Livesey running 11.37 (37th), Jonathan Brindle (39th) in a time of 11.39 and Harry Sambrook in 49th position (12.05).

      Isaac Butler                                                                Dexta Thompson

     Theo Watson                                                              Daniel Smith

     Saul Sharp                                                                 Codie Dewhurst

      Ben Livesey                                                                Jonathan Brindle

Harry Sambrook

Just three points separated rthe Harriers in 2nd place overall from Chorley AC & Tri in the U15 Girls race which saw Eleesha Charnley come home as the first finisher for the Club in 5th place clocking 11.03 with Hollie Cubbon in 8th (11.09) and Leah Hoole (14th) in a time of 11.35 being the the teams three counters. Rebecca Ramsden placed 36th in 12.38, Molly Nicholls (37th) in 12.41 and Ella Hardman (43rd) in a time of 13.27.

      Eleesha Charnley                                                       Hollie Cubbon

      Leah Hoole                                                                 Molly Nicholls & Rebecca Ramsden

David Holman was the first Blackburn Harriers across the line in the U15 Boys race (17th) in a time of 14.08 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 25th spot (14.30), George Whittaker in a time of 14.56 (29th), Sebastian Burton (31st) in 15.16, Thomas Brooks in 32nd (15.21), Rory Teare 34th in 15.22 and Danny Woodcock (35th) running a time of 15.24.

      David Holman                                                             Kyle Taylor-Pomfret

      George Whittaker                                                       Sebastian Burton

     Danny Woodcock                                                       Rory Teare

Amy Davies had a solid run to place 2nd in the U17 Women’s race in a time of 14.26, as Sam Hodkinson also placed 2nd in the U17 Men’s Race in a time of 18.23 with Findlay Sullivan in 18th place (20.28) and Harry Wilkin (19th) clocking 21.16. The U20 Men’s Race saw Joe Gebbie place 2nd in a time of 34.10 behind the winner – Andrew Thomas, with Thomas Marchant in 3rd (34.38)

Amy Davies

Findlay Sullivan

Harry Wilkin

Northern Indoor T & F Championships – 12/13th January at EIS

The weekends Championships saw Matt Ramsden and Dominic Walton take Bronze Medals in their respective events as Myah Booth and Annabel Ralph also contested in the Championships. U17 Matt Ramsden – whose personal best was outdoors at the Lancashire Championships in 2018 (4.14.1) – had a storming run in his first evet indoor race to place 3rd in a new PB time of 4.09.54 behind two athletes who finished 2nd and 4th in last years English Schools Championships.

Link to Video of Track Races

Dominic Walton ran the Senior Men’s 800m and set the fastest time in the Heats as he clocked 1.53.29 to win Heat 3. In the Final, Dominic placed 3rd clocking 1.55.69 and commented afterwards that the Final was Possibly one of the worst tactical races I have ever ran in my life. I was expecting a slow start which did not happen so found myself at the back for the majority of the race which had me stuck behind an awkward group covering two lanes whilst the two at the front pulled away. Luckily I managed to claw myself back to third in the last 50m of the race so I’m thrilled to win a medal however I would have liked to have another go to see what would have happened if I positioned myself better from the start”.

Myah Booth clocked a new PB of 9.23 finishing 3rd in the U17 Women’s 60m Hurdles whilst Annabel Ralph, like Matt, competing for the first time even at an Indoor race clocked 10.44.05 in the Senior Women’s 3000m in 4th place.

Garstang 10k and East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday 13th January

Victoria Mousley kicked off her racing in 2019 with a win at a very windy Garstang 10k clocking 39.52.23 to finish 23rd out of nearly five hundred runners and spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I decided to do a 10k in Jan as a benchmark to where i am. I know after a few weeks of illness it will be a while till i’m in the 38s again but wanted a starting point. Garstang had much better weather than Blackburn thankfully and despite high winds it was dry. I was hoping to get just under 40 and was happy to run 39.52 on a pretty hilly course in windy conditions. I felt comfortable and had a decent run. A good point to start improving from. Great race and lots of nice catch ups with people.”

Garstang 10k Results

Another big field of over 400 runners took on the East lancs Hospice 10k in conditions which weren’t the best but it didn’t stop Calum Holmes from finishing 3rd in a time of 36.33. Another Blackburn Harrier having his first race of the year was Sean Procter who came home in a time of 40.43 and 20th position. Next home for the Club came Paulo Sousa (50th) clocking 44.29 followed by V50 Ian Clarkson (80th) in 47.29 following his Fell Race the day before at Clough Head. Good to see Martin Kerry out again racing as he placed 93rd in a time of 48.26 with Mark Wilkin just three places further back in 96th with a time of 48.20, V45 Rebecca Woodworth in her first race this year (183rd) running a time of 55.25 and David Morris (V55) running 60.03 in 255th place.

Calum Holmes


East Lancs Hospice 10k Results

Ian Clarkson summed up the conditions on the day as he commented to the Club that “with my legs feeling rather tired from the previous days fell race, I lined up on another wet and windy start line with the idea of just tapping away, nice and steady, that didn’t happen!! I was pleased to get 47:29. A few Blackburn Harriers has a go and well done to all who competed especially young Callum, who came 3rd. It wasn’t easy out there”.

Ian Clarkson

Some of the youngsters had an opportunity to run a Fun Run on the same day which saw a field of sixty six youngsters aged 7yrs to U15’s tackle the wind and rain.



Saul Sharp came 2nd overall and 1st U13 Boy in a time of 9.21 followed by Stephen Alberts – 4th overall in a time of 10.08 and 3rd U13 Boy. Caroline Woodworth finished 6th overall and 1st U13 Girl in 10.38 followed by Charlotte Sousa in 14th (11.21) and Lulu Sharp (16th) 11.46).

Saul Sharp Stephen Alberts

Caroline Woodworth

Charlotte Sousa Lulu Sharp

Clough Head Fell Race

John Orrell and Ian Clarkson were out on the Fells again and this time at the Clough Head Fell race which covers 4.5 miles and features around 1800ft of ascent. Ian Clarkson just pipped John in as he finished 113th in 50.48 with John in 117th clocking 51.36.


John described the race to the Harriers saying that “Clough Head is the 75th highest Wainwright and was the object of today’s race. Reaching its 2382ft summit involved a 4.5 mile round trip and 1870ft of ascent. Heading out into the fog a strong westerly wind made difficult the climb over Threlkeld Knotts and on towards Wanthwaite Crags. Making a switch back near the top of what is the northern end of the main ridge of the Helvellyn range we reached the summit with visibility down to about 30 yards. A quick dash towards White Pike on what had become a downward slope, sharp left and down across some steep rough technical scree which hampered my progress. Just out of the mist appeared The Old Coach Road and the quarry behind. Almost home and still in front of the man from Mellor! Only just though as he shot past just before the road and finished 48 seconds ahead. Not a bad day out for the boys in blue!”

Ian was pleased with the day and he commented John Orrell and myself lined up for race 2 of the Winter Kong Fell Series, Coledale Head Fell Race. The weather conditions were extreme with very high winds and swirling mist making this one a bit of an epic. It went straight up and didn’t relent over the top down. Time came in at 50.48. Over 1800ft of ascent and approximately 3.5 miles. A very short but extremely sharp affair”.

John Orrell

‘Hatted’ (John Orrell) – ‘Naked’ (Ian Clarkson)

Stanbury Splash – Sunday January 13th

Also out on the Fells last weekend was John Horrocks. John ran the Stanbury Splash finishing in 27th place, the day after he placed 3rd in the Ashurst Beacon race – Saturday January 12th – which made it two fell races in two days and a pretty impressive weekend’s efforts.

John Horrocks


Following his race at Clough head on the Saturday, also doubling up this weekend was John Orrell“Been at it again, just couldn’t resist and John Horrocks joined me this time” at the Stanbury Splash. “John Horrocks did great, top 30. Like me he raced yesterday too. For me a weekend double header was never going to produce a PB today. Conditions were rough. The wind was horrendous. Made for a quick return though and in places it blew us off our feet. Just 4 minutes out so not too bad in the end”.

John Orrell

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Good Indoor opener for Dominic at BMC – New PB’s for Harriers Juniors at Sportscity Indoors – Out with the old and in with the new on the Fells

BMC Grand Prix at EIS – Sunday 6th January

Dominic Walton opened his Indoor season at the BMC meeting in Sheffield at the weekend and was rewarded with a strong run in placing 2nd to Ben Waterman in the 800m B Race. Going into the race there was a 1.8 second difference in personal bests in favour of Waterman so it was a happy athlete who spoke to the Club afterwards saying I actually managed to be 0.13 off Ben and I know he’s a strong athlete so I’m pleased I managed to stick with him, my tactic was to sit on his shoulder which I did well. The first 400m was about 3.5/4 seconds too slow so it felt comfortable. The time can be improved hugely but I’m happy to have a first race out, especially happy as it’s my first track race back as a Blackburn Harrier”.


Photo courtesy of Pete Brown Photography

Sale Indoor Winter Series – Sportscity Sunday January 6th

Seven athletes from Blackburn Harriers were in action at the latest in the Indoor Series held at Sportscity last weekend – Senior John iLunga – U17’s Imogen Mansfield, Myah Booth & Ben Branton – U15’s Jess Cole, Lily-Mae Thomas & Ben Boocock.


John iLunga was making his debut over 600m, having never run the distance before and ran 1.43.04 to place 6th before going over to contest the Long Jump where he cleared 4.86m to finish 14th out of the 23 competitors. Also contesting the Long Jump were U17’s Ben Branton and Imogen Mansfield which saw Ben leap out to 5.23m to take 5th place out of the 23 strong field whilst Imogen jumped 4.23m in her first Indoor competition of the season finishing 14th out of 32 long jumpers.

In the Sprints Ben Branton was also featuring for the first time in this seasons Indoor Series and chopped half a second off his previous best time as he clocked 7.82 to set a new PB in the 60m for 2nd place.

In the 60m Hurdles Ben Boocock ran his third personal best of this years Indoor Series as he clocked 9.52 to set a new PB in 3rd place over 60m Hurdles. Myah Booth came home in 2nd position in her 60m Hurdle Heat with a time of 9.57 whilst Jessica Cole opened up her season with a 5th placed 10.3 in her 60m Hurdles Heat with Lily-Mae Thomas in 6th, clocking a new PB by half a second with a time of 10.92.

Out with the old and in with the new!

John Orrell saw out 2018 and brought in 2019, on the Fells, a surface he loves competing on, especially when he is joined by other Blackburn Harriers. John told us that “Auld Lang Syne finished my fell racing off in 2018 with a stiff headwind out onto the moors above Haworth and around the ruins at Top Withins. Across the bogs, turn at the trig back down dale with a splash across the beck. Fancy dress for some, even nuns on the run! 6.7 miles and 1000ft of climb in 1.07.03”.

Auld Lang Syne RESULTS

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And the new?

John was out again, very early indeed in the New Year at the Nine Standards Fell race, Kirkby Stephen On New Years Day featuring one hundred and ninety six runners commenting  “8 miles, tired legs, 1801 ft of climb but a beautiful day. Perhaps too much to expect a PB only 24 hours after my last race, but worth a try. 1.22.07 but still ahead of a certain Lady Vet English Champion! Soup and dry brown bread at the finish. Nice! Come on boys and girls join me in 2019! Fly the Harriers Fell Flag! Kong race 3 or Stanbury Splash next. Be there or miss out!”

Fell Race Fixtures

Nine Standards RESULTS