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BLACKBURN HARRIERS Northern League Division One 2019 CHAMPIONS – Rob 2nd in BMC 1500m – Jess & Sophie at European Team Championships – Ben & Victoria Win Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – Preston 5 with Rachael – Harriers on Tour with Andrew & Eva

Northern League Division One Final Match – Saturday August 9th

Blackburn Harriers Senior Team had set out two years ago to try and win Division 2 of the Northern League, qualify for the Promotion Match and ultimately gain promotion to Division 1. In Division 1 the team felt like it had a chance to be competitive to the point where it may challenge for the title. The first part of the ambition was achieved as we won Division 2 in 2018 and finished second in the Promotion Match to Team I.O.M – 8 points separating us – the two teams bothing going into Division 1 for the 2019 season.

The Harriers opened the season with back to back wins in fixtures one (Witton Park) and two (Wigan) before finishing 2nd to West Cheshire in Ellesmere Port. The final fixture took place at Wakefield on Saturday August 10th which saw the Harriers in a closed fought battle throughout the day with the lead changing hands on a number of occassions. When the dust settled, the Harriers had achieved the second part of the ambition set two years ago, being crowned Division 1 Champions as we finished 2nd on the day just three points behind winners Wakefield and making it two Match wins and two 2nd places in the four Match season.

Women’s Team Captain – Anna Peers – told us The whole team have worked so hard this season, many younger athletes have come and stepped up to compete on our behalf in events that don’t suit their abilities. It’s been great to see the team spirit which I hope will continue into next season”.

The Men’s Team Captain – Ben Fish – who was in the squad the last time the Harriers won Division One told the Club after the Match that Fantastic to be back up there winning Division 1 again. It’s been a good few years since we were at that level, amazing performances across the board from everyone. To win two out of the four matches and place 2nd in the other two also shows the consistency and commitment we’ve shown this season“.

Tony Wood – President of Blackburn Harriers and Chairman of Northern Athletics – who had been timekeeping for the Club at the Match came over and made the presentation of the trophy to the Men’s and Women’s Team Captains – Ben Fish and Anna Peers and told the Club after that “Winning the Division 1 title and becoming the North’s top track and field club within the Northern League for only the 4th time in the league’s 49 year history is a huge achievement for our club. All our club contributed both on the track and the field together with our hard working officials and our club committee and particularly George Davies  and Jan Buckingham as the team managers. Saturday the 10th August 2019 is another day that will go down in our history books and we should all be proud of our club, its strengths, its qualities and its passion for our sport. Long may we shine! “

The weather on the day was a mixture, with sunshine, the odd shower and strong winds which meant that not many new personal bests were about to be set, although as we know, League competition is all about building points throughout the day.

The Club’s Throwers carried on as they have done all season, setting the tone for the day with a double win – U20 Sam Gaskell in his first appearance for the Club’s Senior Men’s team went and set a new PB with the 7.26kg weight to win the ‘A’ Hammer with 58.67m adding over 5 metres to the distance set in his only other competition with the senior weight. Anthony Kent replicated the win in the ‘B’ with a throw of 44.18m to help the team take maximum points in the first event of the day. Anthony then teamed up with Tony Balko in the Discus and Shot where Anthony placed 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 11.63m and Tony won the ‘B’  with 9.82m and in the Discus Tony took 3rd spot in the ‘A’ with a throw of 35.02m as Anthony won the ‘B’ with 30.92m. On to the Javelin and Anthony was joined by Joe Pearse which saw Joe place 4th in the ‘A’ (33.97m) and Anthony also 4th in the ‘B’ with 29.49m.

Sam Gaskell (Hammer) Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Shot Putt)Tony Balko (Shot Putt)Tony Balko (Discus)Anthony Kent (Discus)Joe Pearse (Javelin) Anthony Kent (Javelin)

There was a new pairing in the Men’s 100m/200m double which saw Brandon Zinyemba and Kyle Mashiter double up – Brandon clocking 11.18 in the ‘A’ 100m (2nd) and 23.38 in the 200m ‘A’ in 6th. U17 Kyle is improving all the time and ran 11.62 for 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m and then set a new PB by two tenths in the ‘B’ 200m with his 23.24 clocking to take the win.

Brandon Zinyemba (1) 100mKyle Mashiter (11) 100mBrandon Zinyemba (1) 200m Kyle Mashiter (11) 200m

Dominic Walton ran a seasons best time of 51.23 in the ‘A’ 400m whilst Paul Bradshaw – in the middle of the Pole Vault which had to be taken indoors because of the wind – came out, did a few strides and clocked 54.63 in the ‘B’ for 2nd place. The wind made all of the one lap and above distance a battle for survival at times and Zac Howe and Joe Gebbie combined really well to both place 2nd in the 800m – Zac running 2.01.88 in the ‘A’ and Joe 2.03.69 in the ‘B’.

Dominic Walton 400mPaul Bradshaw 400mZac Howe 800m Joe Gebbie 800m

Same again in the 1500m as Tim Raynes and Matt Ramsden both secured 2nd places. Tim made a very strong attempt to take the race to the field in the ‘A’ only to be overtaken in the last 25 metres by the fast finishing Daniel Franks of Wakefield (4.17.46) with Tim clocking 4.18.74 and in the ‘B’ Matt ran strongly to come in 2nd with 4.21.74. In the 3000m steeplechase Marc Hartley set off leading the field into the wind which is never easy and ran 10.38.27 in the ‘A’ race for 3rd spot as Joe Howe clocked a seasons best, even in that wind of 10.58.24 to win the ‘B’. Ben Fish made it three wins out of three in the ‘A’ 5000m winning in June at Wigan with 15.18.0, again at Ellesmere Port in July (15.15.5) and again yesterday at Wakefield with 15.12.36 which was a very good time indeed, given the conditions. Calum Holmes stepped in at the last minute to cover the ‘B’ race and placed 2nd in a time of 17.37.11.

Tim Raynes (1) 1500mMatt Ramsden (11) 1500mMarc Hartley Joe Howe

Our main 110m Hurdlers were missing so Joe Howe and John iLunga stepped in to help the team as John finished 3rd in the ‘A’ (21.45) and Joe 4th in the ‘B’ (27.92m). In the 400m – Long Hurdlers Solomon Brown and Nick Smith delivered yet again as Solomon won the ‘A’ in 59.00 and Nick the ‘B’ in 63.00, the two of them being very consistent throughout the season and scoring a lot of points for the team.

John iLunga 110m Hurdles Joe Howe 110m HurdlesSolomon Brown (1) 400m Hurdles Nick Smith (11) 400m Hurdles

Joe Pearse maintained his 100% winning record in the High Jump which like the Pole Vault was held indoors after being abandoned outside because of the wind. Joe won the ‘A’ with 1.85m whilst Nick won the ‘B’ with 1.65m – another pairing who have been very successful. Jonathan Gough was carrying a hamstring niggle which impacted his jumping as he placed 6th in the Long Jump ‘A’ (5.61m) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 11.68m only being able to do one jump. U17 Ben Branton jumped well to secure 2nd spot in the ‘B’ Long Jump (5.53m) and Fawwaz Mustapha was just cms outside his best in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (4th) with 11.84m. Paul Bradshaw picked up more valuable points in the ‘A’ Pole Vault clearing 2.40m (4th).

Nick SmithJonathan Gough Long JumpBen Branton Long Jump

The Relays went really well for the Club – winning both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m. In the 4 x 100m Fawwaz Mustapha was drafted in at the last minute to cover for an injury as he, Kyle Mashiter, Ethan Downes and Brandon Zinyemba brought the baton home in 1st place in a combined time of 46.24 which gave the team three wins out of four throughtout the season.

L-R Ethan Dones – Kyel Mashiter – Coach Ramzi – Fawwaz Mustapha – Brandon Zinyemba

Fawwaz Mustapha to Kyle Mashiter

The 4 x 400m Relay team of Dominic Walton on Leg 1, Zac Howe on 2, Joe Gebbie on 3 and Paul Bradshaw on the final leg won in a time of 3.34.66, some 4 seconds clear of West Cheshire in 2nd.


L-R Paul Bradshaw – Dominic Walton – Joe Gebbie – Zac Howe

Charlotte Williams who has had a fabulous season got the Women’s team off to a great start in the Hammer winning the ‘A’ with a distance of 57.51m with Abigail Brown taking 3rd spot in the ‘B’ (28.57m) which was just shy of her seasons best. The competition suffered from difficulties with the cage which wasn’t helped by the weather. Anna Peers and Emily Taberner took on the Shot Putt with Anna throwing 10.50m in 4th spot in the ‘A’ and Emily 8.98m for 3rd in the ‘B’ which was just 3cms outtside her personal best. Charlotte Williams HammerAbigail Brown Hammer

On to the Discus which provided a great sight for the Harriers with Anna Peers winning the ‘A’ in a new PB distance of 40.33m – the screams could be heard back in Blackburn – as she added over two and half metres to her previous best and that alongside the return of Sarah Henton to competition – her first since September 2014 – winning the ‘B’ with 34.86m, made for a great event. To round the Women’s Throws off for the day – Anna Peers and Millie Coy who have won big points for the Club throughout the season in the Javelin, both placed 2nd with Anna throwing 36.73m in the ‘A’ and Millie – a seasons best distance 32.84m in the ‘B’.

Anna Peers DiscusSarah henton DiscusAnna Peers Javelin Millie Coy Javelin

U17 Bailey Madden was just four hundreths outside her personal best in the 100m clocking 12.64 (6th) with Amy Wiggans placing 4th in the ‘B’ (13.33). Amy then ran the ‘A’ 200m clocking 27.46 in 5th with Millie Coy running 27.33 in 4th spot in the ‘B’.

Amy Wiggans (11) 100m

Millie Coy (11) 200m

Charlie Coy and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh were the pairing in the 400m with Charlie running 64.00 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Ellen 64.64 (3rd) in the ‘B’ race. The Women’s middle distance team had been weakened as a result of holidays and injuries as Ellen who has had a very good season so far in the League, clocked 2.30.57 for 5th in the 800m ‘A’ race as bottom of age U17 Rebecca Ramsden also battled the wind to take 5th place in the ‘B’ (2.53.23) and the first time she has ever run in a senior women’s race. Well done to her. Rachel Wood traveled up from London to double up in the 3000m and 1500m after the team lost a number of its athletes at this distance. She ran well for her first time on the track since July 2016 – clocking 5.15.81 for 3rd spot in the 150m ‘A’ race and 11.02.91 for 2nd in the 3000m.

Charlie Coy 400m Ellen Sagar-Hesketh 400mEllen Sagar-Hesketh 800m Rebecca Ramsden 800mRachel Wood 1500mRachel Wood 3000m

Team spirit was never more evident than in the Women’s 400m Hurdles where Charlie Coy got round to earn some points (6th) in 88.0. Millie Coy just got caught in the last ten metres of the 100m Hurdles, running 17.04 in 3rd in the ‘A’ as Chloe Bleeks took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ race with 20.21.

Pole Vaulters – Katie Mitchell and Poppy Mae-Preece – with some tips given by the husband of a very famous pole vaulter!! – had a very good day setting new PBs for themselves as Katie came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 2.30m and Poppy also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.10. Things didn’t go as well in the Long Jump where Chloe Bleeks placed 6th in the ‘A’ (4.07m) and Bailey Madden 4th in the ‘B’ (3.83m). Poppy took on the ‘A’ High Jump to clear 1.30m in 5th and in the Triple Jump Ellen Sagar-Hesketh jumping after doing the 800m and 400m, leapt to 9.27m in the ‘A’ (4th) with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ (8.73m).

Chloe Bleeks Long Jump Bailey Madden Long Jump

The Women’s 4 x 100m Relay team of Millie Coy, Amy Wiggans, Chloe Bleeks, Bailey Madden ran a seasons best time of 52.59 in 4th whilst the 4 x 400m Relay team of Charlie Coy, Rebecca Ramsden, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, Rachel Wood ran 4.38.13 in 6th.

Millie Coy – Amy WiggansCharlie Coy Leg 1 400m

L-R Kyle Mashiter – Fawwaz Mustapha – Chloe Bleeks – Ethan Downes – Bailey Madden – John iLunga – Coach Ramzi – Brandon Zinyemba – Millie Coy – Amy Wiggans – Charlie Coy

BMC Trafford – Saturday August 10th

With many athletes looking forward to running some fast times at this latest BMC, it was disappointing to see the weather turn against many of them, the evening dominated as it was, with strong and personal best destructive winds!!


Rob Warner has been in very good form and was hoping to use that form to run a personal best and get a British Championship qualifying time, having been just a second outside it in his last run. In the event, Rob finished 2nd in his 1500m race with a time of 3.52.09 – just under a second behind the winner Bolton’s Jonthan Kay who clocked 3.51.20.

After the Race, Rob spoke to the Club about his evening commenting that he was quite happy with it! Was tough conditions so the race turned into bit of a tactical race as we didn’t go with the pace, I took it on with about 450m to go and managed to come away with 2nd with a 58/59 last lap so I’m happy with how I raced it. Bit of a shame the conditions weren’t nicer as I think I’m in shape to run a PB, just havent been in a race to do it!

Rob Warner 4th from the left of photo

European Athletics Team Championships

Jess Judd and Sophie Hitchon were in action for GB after being slected to contest the 1500m and Hammer respectively. The European Team Championships are ron a League system with points awarded according to the position that an athlete finishes in their event. With 12 nations participating it means that athletes can win a maximum of 12 points for a win dow to  1 point for finishing in 12th place.

1500m Results

Hammer Results

Jess came home in 6th place after going after the race win from a long way out in the 1500m, clocking 4.09.89 – a second outside her seasons best which earned six points for the team – the winner – Sofia Ennaoui – clocking 4.08.37.

Sophie was throwing in only her third competition of the year so far and finished 10th with a throw of 63.23m – the competition being won by French thrower Alexandra Tavernier with 72.81m.

Boulsworth Fell Race – Sunday August 11th

It was a very good finale to this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series at Boulsworth on Sunday featuring well over two hundred runners in the race with all of the relevant winners in the different categories being confirmed. No confirmation needed about the individual winners with Ben Fish taking the Men’s Title and Victoria Mousley taking the Women’s. Great achievement by the two Blackburn Harriers.

Senior Race Results

Ben Fish won the 5000m for the Harriers on Saturday at Wakefield as part of the Harriers team who won the Division One title. On Sunday, he found himself on the Fells in the final race of this years Grand Prix, leading the whole series as he toed the line at the start. Another fine run by Ben saw him take his ninth consecutive race win on road, trail and fell to take the 2019 title at the Boulsworth race with a winning time of 43.33, some forty five seconds in front of 2nd place athlete – David Mirfield (44.18).With the Race and Series won, Ben told the Harriers that he was Very happy to win the series. After a dodgy start at Hameldon Hill, it was great to score 9 wins afterwards though technically I consider the Barrowford 5k as fifth. Well done to Victoria winning the womens, Chris Davies, John Horrocks, Calum Holmes and Lindsay Davies on their placings too”.

Having another very good run in 3rd spot was the Harriers John Horrocks (44.59) who has been so consistently good on the fells this year with numerous top 5 and 10 finishes. After the Race John spoke to the Harriers about the day commenting that it had been Grim conditions for boulsworth today, forgotten about though once we’d starting racing. Enjoyed the route after we’d come off the farmers track with a descent you could have a proper go at. Happy with 3rd place. Well done to Ben on the win and also the series win. Also well done to all the other Harriers in the Grand Prix, it’s been a good one for the club!

Ben FishJohn Horrocks

Victoria Mousley didn’t run this race as she was doing a country long bike ride for a very good cause. She had however, already cemented the Women’s Title with four race wins, four 2nd and 1 3rd place in the nine counting races. She spoke to the Harriers after the last Race reflecting on the Series and her achievment in winning saying I hadn’t intended on doing the Grand Prix this year but i did Hambledon then realised I could fit just 9 races in. I knew I would have to do well in all of them to stand a chance of winning. Each race was great fun with different challenges and it is a brilliant series for meeting new people, making new friends and supporting club mates. We had a great turn out at lots of events dominating most of the races. I was delighted to win wrapping up the series before the last races and was really pleased for Ben winning the mens too. Also well done to all the category winners too. Great team effort from all of the Harriers who took part in the races”.

Victoria Mousley Grand Prix Archive photo

Next across the line came Calum Holmes in 29th place with a time of 49.47, followed home by Matthew Poole in 34th (50.45) and having a very good first competitive season for the Harriers and Gary Pearse in 50th running a time of 53.37.

Calum Holmes (254)Matthew Poole (296)Gary Pearse (250)

On top of Ben and Victoria winning both Individual series Titles – Chris Davies and John Horrocks finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the overall Series to make it 3 Blackburn Harriers in the top 5 with Chris taking the MV40 1st place. In the Women’s final standings Lindsay Davies made it two in the first five as she placed 5th overall and 1st FV45.

Fifty two youngsters contested the U11/U13 mixed race which ended with a great battle between Trawden’s U13 William McCash and the Harriers U13 Sam Aspey – William edging it by just one second (7.11) to Sam’s 7.12 in 2nd spot. Another cracking run too from U11 Theo Robinson coming home in 5th overall and 1st U11 Boy in a time of 7.26 and followed by U13 Oliver Gill in 8th spot clocking 7.32 and 3rd U13 Girl Imogen Robinson crossing the finish line in 15th overall in a time of 7.56. A smaller field in the U15/U17 Race won by William Walker in 18.42 with the Harriers U15 Codie Dewhurst placing 9th in a time of 23.44.

Junior Race Results

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

Sam Aspey (31)

Theo Robinson (64)Oliver Gill (25)Imogen Robinson (65)

Codie Dewhurst (109)

Preston 5 Mile – Sunday August 11th

One hundred and twenty six runners in this race in Rachael Gavin’s fifth race only since March 2018 after recovering from a long injury. The race was won in a fast time by Aldershot’s Joshua Gray in 23.43 – just three seconds in front of 2nd placed athlete Cambrdige’s Jack Gray (23.46). Rachael clocked 34.52 in 42nd place overall.


Harriers on Tour

Andrew and daughter Eva Knowles didn’t miss the opportunity to fly the Blue & White in Majorca on their holiday recently – running a 7.4k race. They raced on the last night of their holidays in the historic old town of Alcúdia, Majorca in 28 degrees. Eva ran 38.37 for 2nd placed junior and Andrew 32.50 for 75th overal, 5 laps of the old town 7.4k. Eva commented afterwards that “It’s the furthest I have ever raced and it was so hot. It was tough but well worth it in the end”

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New PB’s for Jacob & Joe at Trafford – Top 5 for John at Pilgrims Cross – Annabel Wins Astley Park Trail Series + Vet and Junior Titles

It was a good night for Jacob Watson at Trafford on Tuesday night in the 3000m. This was his third race at Trafford this year and also his first year racing on the track. Kicking off with 9.19.95 in April he ran another 9.19. 07 in May and last night smashed that time to set a new PB of 9.03.64 and this after clocking 15.48.3 in just his third race over 5000m at the Northern League Division 1 Match at Ellesmere Port recently.


Similarly a good outing for U20 Joe Gebbie too as he took on the 1500m. Joe’s personal best of 4.11.80 was set in June just after he broke through the two minute barrier for 800m (1.59.0). Joe was one of seven athletes who all posted new personal bests on the night and his 4.11.37 clocking represented a new PB by nearly half a second. Nick Smith went into race 5 of the 800m’s with a previous best fo 2.06.96 and looking to improve on that. In the event, Nick ran 2.09.86. In the Throws there was a win for Tony Balko as he threw 35.71m in winning the Discus (1.5kg) and then finished just outside his seasons best in the Shot Putt (6kg) with 11.21m in 3rd place.

Jacob Watson (71) 3000m

Joe Gebbie (386) 1500m

Nick Smith (286) 800m

Tony Balko (Discus)

Tony Balko (Shot Putt)

Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race – Wednesday August 7th

John Horrocks is adding more top 5 and top 10 finishes to his record on the Fells, the latest being at Pilgrim’s Cross on Wedsneday night. A field of 151 runners contested the race won by Bury’s Ben Coop in 47.39. John had another fine run as he crossed the finishing line in 5th spot clocking 51.38. Reflecting on the race afterwards, John commented New route tonight for pilgrims cross, Bit longer and more climbing. Better weather this week after last weeks bog swimming for the second race in the Rossendale series. Had a good first climb out but after that struggled a bit so had to really work hard to keep a decent position and finish 5th. Well done to all who ran!”

John Horrocks (14)

Astley Park Trail Series – Wedsneday August 7th

It was the final race of this year’s Series attracting 134 runners and headed by three Trafford athletes in first, second and third places – Danny Lawton taking the win in a rapid 19.18 with 2nd and 3rd places clocking equally rapid times of 20.08 and 20.17.

Race Results

Series Results

Three Blackburn Harriers ran with John Cookson being the first across the line in 43rd place overall with a time of 25.58, followed by Lindsay Davies in 61st running 27/08 and Hannah Cookson clocking 28.59 in 79th position. In the overall Series results, Annabel Ralph took the Women’s title with Lindsay Davies taking the Women’s V40 series title.

John Cookson (533)Lindsay Davies (399)

Hannah Cookson (534)

The final race in the Juniors Series had 79 youngsters contesting which saw Isaac Battye win on the night in a time of 4.46 some six seconds in front of 2nd placed Jack Lamb. Sam Aspey was the first Blackburn Harrier home in 5th place and 1st M10 clocking a time of 5.11 with Oliver Gill in 8th (5.19).

Sam Aspey (115)Oliver Gill (17)

They were followed by a trio of Harriers with just three seconds separating them – Kate Cookson (17th) with a time of 5.45, Matthew Smith ((18th) in 5.47, and Hannah Davies (19th) running 5.48. Evan Potter came home in 34th place running a time of 6.19 with 8yr old Charlotte Smith two seconds behind in 35th clocking 6.21.

Junior Race Results

Kate Cookson (173) – Matthew Smith (89) – Hannah Davies (119)

Evan Potter (34) – Charlotte Smith (90)

In the Junior Series overall – Sam Aspey won the M11 Boys title, Hannah Davies was F11 equal 2nd and in the open male series the Harriers had three in the top ten – Sam Aspey (5th) with Oliver Gill and Matthew Smith in joint 7th.

Junior Series Results

L-R  Evan Potter (34) – Matthew Smith – Sam Aspey (115) – Oliver Gill (17) – Charlotte Smith (90) – Hannah Davies (119) – Kate Cookson)

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18 New PBs for Harriers at Mid Lancs – Rob Wins BMC 1500m at Leeds – Ben Wins Worsthorne – Lancaster 5k – Another Top 10 for John at Lee Mill

Mid Lancs League – Litherland Saturday August 3rd

The penultimate meeting of this years Mid Lancs T&F League took place at Litherland on a sunny day with athletes and supporters basking in the sun and enjoying the athletics. Even with the holidays having a big impact on turnout, the Harriers still had thirty one athletes competing on the day – recording eighteen new PB’s and a dozen wins.



Sam Gaskell – ranked 4th nationally with the 6kg Hammer – made his first appearance in the Hammer with the senior weight (7.26kg) and immediately found success winning the event with a throw of 53.20m. Anthony Kent – also throwing the senior weight, threw 41.20m to take 2nd place. Anthony went to to win the Discus ahead of a eleven strong field with a distance of 37.31m as well as taking 3rd in the Shot Putt with 10.54m and again in an eleven strong field. U17 Matthew Heywood posted two seconds and a 1st in the Throws winning the U17’s with a distance of 50.17m, and placing 2nd in the Discus with 27.09m and 2nd again in the Javelin with 21.66m. U13 Toby Mansfield took on all three Throws and had a very good day – posting a new PB in the Shot Putt of 5.81m (2nd), missing a new personal best in the Discus by just 2 cms as he finished 3rd (14.96m) and then added two meters to his previous best in the Javelin, recording a new PB of 20.34m in 4th position.

Sam GaskellAnthony KentMatthew Heywood

Anna Peers was on good form during the days Throws events, winning all three with a distance of 36.11m – her third longest throw of the season in the Discus, posting 10.52m in the Shot Putt – her second longest distance of the season before ginishing off with her third win of the day in the Javelin (36.96m). Emily Taberner threw a massive new PB in the Hammer as she finished 2nd with a throw of 32.02m which added over 5 metres to her previous best.

Anna Peers (Discus)Anna Peers (Shot Putt)Emily Taberner (Hammer)

Three Harriers contested the U15 Girls Shot Putt featuring 10 athletes which saw Caroline Woodworth finish 3rd overall with 7.11m, Grace Bontoft in 4th with a distance of 7.09m and Kate Cookson in 6th place (6.89m) which was only her 2nd time she has competed with the weight (3kg). Grace went on to place 7th in the Discus with 15.43m after narrowly missing a new personal best in the Hammer where she threw 30.87m in 3rd spot. U15 Nicky Saunders was in good form too on the day taking a double win in the Discus with 30.30m, another win in the Javelin with 26.71m which was a new PB by 1 cm after placing 2nd in the Hammer with 35.29m. U13 Kady Thompson had a fabulous day as she won the Javelin competition with 18.28m – just 10cms short of her best as Madison Bontoft joined in her the event, finishing 3rd with 15.40m. Madison added a 2nd place in the Shot Putt with 6.11m.

Grace Bontoft (Discus)Grace Bontoft (Hammer)Nicky Saunders (Discus)Nicky Saunders (Hammer)Kady Thompson (Javelin)Madison Bontoft (Javelin)


U20 Emily Warren ran the Senior Womens 100m and 200m taking 3rd spot in the 100m with 13.50 and 2nd in the 200m (28.30) whilst U17 Imogen Mansfield was just a tenth outside her best as she clocked 13.30 in the 100m (8th in Heat 1) with Liberty Thompson running 15.00 in Heat 2 (6th).

Emily Warren (100m)Emily Warren (200m)Imogen Mansfield (123) 100mLiberty Thompson (153) 100m

Even though she had just returned from holiday Kate Cookson clocked a new PB in the U15 Girls 200m with her run of 29.80 in 5th (Heat 1) with Keira Booth running 32.10 in Heat 2 (5th) which was a new PB by nearly three seconds. U13 Lucy Rishton ran her first 100m race, finishing 2nd in Heat 2 with a time of 15.30.

Kate Cookson (88) 200m Kiera Booth (71) 200mLucy Rishton (952) 100m

U15 Thomas Monks – in his first season with the Harriers and only his 3rd competition did really well as he took on the 200m/400m double – winning Heat 2 of the 200m in 27.30 and then clocking a new PB in the 400m of 61.50 in 4th position. U13 Boys Ben Livesey and Harry Sambrook also doubled up in the 100m and 200m with Ben clocking 14.30 in 5th in the 100m (Heat 1) followed by winning the 200m (Heat 1) in a time of 28.40 with Oliver Gill running 31.50 in the same Heat which was a new PB by half a second. Harry Sambrook finished 6th spot in Heat 2 of the 100m with 15.50 before running 30.90 in Heat 2 of the 200m (4th).

Thomas Monks (951) 200mThomas Monks (951) 400mBen Livesey (121) 100mBen Livesey (121) 200m Harry Sanbrook (139) 100mHarry Sambrook (139) 200mOliver Gill (101) 200m


It was a great day for U13 Daniel Smith who smashed his 1500m personal best to pieces as he finished 2nd in the race with a new PB by a massive 15 seconds of 4.58.40. Ben Stratton and Harry Sambrook also ran in this race which featured seventeen athletes in total with Ben clocking 2.36.70 in 6th spot in his first ever race over the distance and Harry – 2.43.20 in 11th.

U17 Ethan Barbarewicz clocked 4.51.80 in 2nd place in his 1500m race after Isaac Butler and David Holman had lined up as part of a nine athlete race in the U15 Boys 800m. Both athletes have been out with injuries and both came back really well posting big new PB’s – the first by Isaac in 5th place clocking 2.24.00, an improvement of over four seconds with David clocking 2.24.60 in 6th position – an improvement of over six seconds. Ethan Barbarewicz (62) 1500mIsaac Butler (81) & David Holam (113) 800m

The U15 Girls had four Harriers in the 800m and one in the 1500m. Abigail Stratton last ran an 800m as an U13 in 2017 and went into the race with a personal best time of 2.51.0 which she battered on the day, recording a new PB of 2.36.60 in 4th with Kate Cookson clocking 2.39.70 in 7th, Kiera Booth 2.41.60 in 9th which missed a new personal best by just one hundreth and Caroline Woodworth 2.44.0 in 10th.

Abigail Stratton (891) & Kate Cookson (88) 800mKiera Booth (71) 800m Caroline Woodworth (162) 800m

L-R Abigail Stratton – Kiera Booth – Kate Cookson – Caroline Woodworth

Keira Haxton ran a very smart race in the U15 Girls 1500m keeping with the Blackpool athlete before pushing on from 500m out to take the win in  5.15.90 and set a new PB by a second. Another massive new PB was set in the U13 Girls 800m by Faith Gillibrand who went into the race with a best of 2.58.3 and obliterated that time as she came home in 4th place clocking 2.43.50 alongside Imogen Robinson in the same race who also clocked a new PB by just under a second as she ran 2.46.1 in 5th.

Keira Haxton (108) 1500mFaith Gillibrand (166) & Imogen Robinson (138) 800m


Eleven athletes took part in the U13 Boys Long Jump with three Harriers amongst them – Ben Livesey leaping out to a new PB of 3.98m adding 15cms to his previous best  in 4th, Daniel Smith adding 30cms to his previous best to set a new PB of 3.97m in 5th and Oliver Gill making it a hat trick of new PB’s as he improved by 34 cms to leap out to 3.64m in 9th place. Daniel went on to the High Jump clearing 1.35m in 3rd as Oliver equaled his High Jump best of 1.30m in 4th place. Imogen Mansfield was just 3 cms short of her personal best in the U17 Women’s Long Jump – winning the competition with a leap of 4.84m as Liberty Thompson finished in 5th place (4.01m) before going on to clear 1.40m in the High Jump (2nd). U15 Kiera Booth came in 8th in the Long Jump with 3.55m whilst in the U13 Girls – Lucy Rishton was delighted with her new PB of 4.01m in the Long Jump placing 3rd out of 12 in the event and an improvement of 13cm as Imogen Robinson after clocking a new PB in the 800m cleared 1.15m in the High Jump (7th) and jumped 3.15m in the Long Jump (12th).

Daniel Smith (High Jump)Oliver Gill (High Jump)

Liberty Thompson (High Jump)Imogen Robinson (Long Jump)Imogen Robinson (High Jump)

Leeds Regional BMC – Thursday August 1st

Rob Warner who has recenly lowered his 5000m personal time to 14.08 and has already run 3.48 this season went and won his first race of the Season at the Leeds Regional BMC meeting over 1500m clocking 3.50.87 and a comfortable two seconds clear of City of York athlete Alex Bottrill (3.52.78) in 2nd place.

BMC Results

Archive Photo

Worsthorne Moor Race – Sunday August 4th

Ben Fish clocked up his eight straight win in the latest race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series when he won the Worsthorne Moor Race in a time of 42.05.

Ben Fish

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


Chris Davies had a fine run behind Ben to take 2nd spot, clocking 42.34 which also gave hime the 1st V40 place and he was followed by John Horrocks in 5th with a time of 44.13 with Calum Holmes in 8th position (45.41) that gave the Harriers four in the top ten.

Chris Davies John HorrocksCalum Holmes

Next home in 19th spot came the very consistent Matthew Poole running a time of 48.34 out of the nearly 200 strong field. V50 Gary Pearse is another who is having a consistent Series as he came across the finish line in 40th (52.01), followed by U17 Harry Wilkin in 55th place (55.23), Lindsay Davies in 68thth spot (57.19) and 1st FV45 and V50 Richard Taylor (116th) with a time of 66.04.

Matthew PooleGary pearseHarry Wilkin (900) and Matthew Poole (867)Lindsay DaviesRichard Taylor

After this Race four Blackburn Harriers occupy are in the top seven places for the Series to-date headed by Ben Fish and with Chris Davies in 3rd, John Horrocks in 4th and Calum Holmes in 7th. In the Women’s Standings to-date the Harriers have two athletes in the top 5 as Victoria Mousley heads the table in first place with Lindsay Davies in 5th.

Men’s Standings

Women’s Standings

In the Junior Series Standings after this Race Theo Robinson is in 2nd Place in the U11Boys, whilst in the U13 Boys there are two Harriers in the top 5 with Matthew Smith in 3rd and Oliver Gill in 5th. Codie Dewhurst in 3rd and Daniel Smith in 4th occupy two of the top five places in the U15 Boys.

Junior Standings

Theo Robinson had a very good tun in the Junior U11 race finishing 2nd to Trawden’s Joel Fitzpatrick with Theo clocking 6.36 – just four seconds behind him. Charlotte Smith came home in 10th place running a time of 7.58.

Junior Race Results

Theo Robinson (191)

Charlotte Smith (187)

The Harriers had five runners in the U13 and two in the U15 / U17 Races – The U13 race saw Oliver Gill cross the line first for the Club in 5th place running a time of 11.50 with Matthew Smith in 6th (12.06), Alexander Brien 9th in 12.45 with Imogen Robinson just one second further back in 10th clocking 12.46 as Hannah Davies crossed the line in 13th position with a time of 13.21.

Oliver Gill (139)Matthew Smith (168)Imogen Robinson (192) and Alexnader Brien (136)Hannah Davies (132)

After smashing his 1500m personal best on Saturday at Litherland on saturday, Daniel Smith was out again placing 2nd in a time of 16.51 behind Clayton’s William Woodruff in 1st (16.15) and the Harriers Jack Paget-Fowler in 3rd clocking 16.59 in 3rd.

Daniel Smith (267) Jack Paget-Fowler (186)

Lancaster 5k – Friday August 2nd

Joanne Nelson (32) – Paul Brindle (33) – Karl Billington (56) Jack Hindle (60) – Chris Davies (73) – Lindsay Davies (74)


Lee Mill Fell Race – Wednesday July 31st

This 12.7km Fell race was run in pretty atrocious conditions described by Blackburn Harrier’s – John Horrocks – as “Waist deep bogs tonight in that weather”. Neverthless, one hundred and twenty three fell runners took it on with Bury’s Ben Coop coming home the winner in 46.16 from Horwich athlete Joe Mercer in 2nd (46.44) and Calder Valley’s Max Wharton in 3rd (50.21). John bagged himself yet another top ten finish as he clocked 50.49 in a fine run to place 6th overall.


John Horrocks (52)

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Chris & Joanne 2nd at Caldervale 10 Mile – John races Rydal Round & Kentmere Horseshoe

Caldervale 10 – Sunday July 28th

Just over one hundred and fifty runneras lined up in this one hilly course won by Joseph Beech in a time of 55.44. Coming home in 2nd spot was Chris Davies clocking 58.38 which also gave him the V40 1st prize and he told the Harriers after the Race that hedecided to do the Caldervale 10 Miler at the last minute and use it as a training run. It proved to be a good decision. The course is tough especially in the middle section. The course is very up and down and you are working all the time going into mile 3 to 8. I had a good run though, 58:38 so to break the hour mark on that course was very pleasing. The last three miles I am pleased with, it was a good strong finish after putting in some hard work, so happy overall. 2nd overall and 1st Vet 40 is a good day. Well done to Joanne Nelson as well who also finished 2nd overall for the Female section and finishing 1st in her Vet catergory”.

Joanne Nelson who has won her last three road races had to settle for 2nd place today as she came home in 30th position overall with a time of 69.25 telling us afterwards that she “Really enjoyed the race today. It’s a challenging course with plenty of ups and downs. Was happy to come 2nd lady after Dionne Allen. The only way I would have won would have been to drive around in my car! Plenty of support on the run in to the village, and cakes available at the village hall”.

Joanne Nelson

Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round Fell Race – Thursday July 25th

This Race embraces 9 miles of running and 3000ft of climbing, so no easy run out on the Fells! Ricky Lightfoot won the race in a time of 1hr 25.12 just 18 seconds in front of Nathan Lawson in 2nd and 37 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Rhys Findlay Robinson. John Horrocks was tacking the first of two tough Fell Races in four days and in this his first, he clocked a time of 1hr 46.00 in 17th place overall.

Rydal Round Results

John Horrocks

Four days later John was out again on the Fells, this time tackling the Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race – Sunday July 28th with12.3 miles of running and 3300ft of climbing & won by Garry Greenhow of Ambleside AC in a time of 1hr 35.24 some two minutes in front of 2nd placed Phil Marsden (Horwich) and Joshua Jardine in 3rd.

Kentmere Results

John ran 1hr 50.33 in 29th spot out of a field of 276 runners and commented to the Club afterwards that it “turned out to be a good day on Kentmere Horseshoe despite the weather we set off in back at home. Managed my fastest time on the route even with struggling up the first two climbs with rydal round still in my legs but came too and had a really good second half of the race. Top day out as always!

John Horrocks



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Jess Wins England Athletics Championships in Milton Keynes 5000m – Rob Smashes his 5000m PB at Milton Keynes – Ben battles with Tom Adams at Tolkien 10k

Jess Judd is in very impressive form in the month of July. On the 2nd Jess ran a seasons best 1500m time of 4.08.93 in an international race in France before going on to win the World Student Games Gold Medal in the 5000m clocking 15.45.82. On the 21st July Jess stepped onto the track in the Diamond League with some of the greatest 5000m athletes around and clocked a magnificent new personal best of 15.16.47 which gave her a World Championship qualifying time and moved her to 6th in the National Rankings.

At Milton Keynes last night, Jess won the English Athletics Championships after running a fast last 1k lap of 2.49 to win the race by some eleven seconds (15.37.38) from Louise Small in 2nd place (15.48.39) and Nicole Taylor in 3rd (15.49.25).

Milton Keynes Results

Photo from Athletics Weekly Website

L-R Louise Small (2nd) – Jess Judd (1st) – Nicole Taylor (3rd)

Rob Warner is in no less impressive form. On July 23rd at the BMC Gold Standard Races (Trafford) Rob clocked a seasons best 1500m time of 3.48.71 – less than three tenths outside his personal best – as he led up to the 5000m in Milton Keynes; And what a run he produced, hacking nearly ten seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.08.54 as he came home in 11th place out of field of 24 athletes with the first twelve all finishing inside 14.10.

When the race was over, Rob spoke to the Harriers saying that he was really pleased with it, felt good in the 1500 earlier in the week so was looking forward to this one! Couldn’t have gone better yesterday really, started off towards the back and worked my way through nicely! Actually managed to pace it evenly which is a first! Went through 3km in about 8:29 and managed to keep strong through to the end, so really happy with it!”

Photo courtesy of Mark Hookway

Rob Warner (359)

Tolkien Trail 10k – Saturday July 27th

Ben Fish is another Blackburn Harrier who is in very good form. After winning seven straight races in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix – including the infamous Hendon Brook Race – Ben won the Northern League Division 1 5000m at Ellesmere Port in 15.15, leading up to this 10k race which featured Tom Adams – a four time GB International in Mountain Running Championships.

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


On a tough course, the race turned into a battle between Ben and Adams with Adams coming out the winner by six seconds in a time of 32.54 as Ben clocked 33.01 and Jon Cleaver in 3rd, nearly four minutes further back (36.49). Ben told the Harriers after the race that it was a Great race and I knew I was up against a formidable opponent in Tom Adams. Was a close battle and was just edged out at the end”.

Joshua Crowther (51) – Jonathan Cleaver (41) – Ben Fish (252) – Tom Adams (251)

Blackburn Harriers Harry Wilkin and Mark Wilkin also contested the Race which had Harry just missing a top ten place as he ran 43.13 in 11th place with his dad Mark coming home in 33rd with a time of 47.37.

Ben Fish & Harry WilkinHarry Wilkin Mark Wilkin


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Another Win for Ben and Joanne at Greenway 5k – Seasons Best for Rob at BMC – Throws PB’s for Sam at Trafford Grand Prix

Greenway 5k – Wednesday July 24th

Well over two hundred runners contested this 5k run – the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – in very warm and testing conditions which resulted in the Harriers taking almost all the winning categories — Race Winner — Women’s Winner – 1st V40 Man — 1st V45 Man — 1st Women’s V35 — 1st V45 Women — 1st Junior Women.



Ben Fish was the comfortable winner by nearly a minute as he came home in a time of 15.29, at the head of five Blackburn Harriers taking top ten finishes. In 4th place came Chris Davies clocking 16.47 and with it the V401st Prize, followed by John Horrocks in 8th position with a time of 17.31, Calum Holmes – who had run the Burnley 10k three days previously in 35.27 (3rd) – came home in 9th place (17.31) and V45 Paul Brindle in 10th – running a time of 17.43 which also won him the 1st V45 prize.

Photos Courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photo’s)

Ben Fish (201)

Chris Davies (158)John Horrocks (312)Paul Brindle (255)

Matthew Poole – in his first year competing for the Harriers – had another good race to place 20th in a time of 18.25. In the Series Standings Ben is top of the leader Board after Race 11 with Chris Davies in 3rd position and also in 1st V40 place, John Horrocks in 5th and Calum Holmes 7th, Matthew Poole 25th and Gary Pearse 42nd.

Matthew Poole (287)

Joanne Nelson and Victoria Mousley were at it again as they finished 1st and 2nd Women for the third race in a row – Joanne who ran a 1500m PB in the Northern League Division 1 Match last Sunday won in a time of 19.03 and 28th overall with Victoria in 43rd spot overall and 2nd Woman  clocking 19.37. In 63rd spot came V50 Gary Pearse running a time of 20.50 with Amy Davies in 97th position and 1st Junior Woman with a time of 22.33 and followed by Lindsay Davies in 101st clocking 22.42. On the night Joanne won the Women’s V45 1st prize alongside Victoria winning the Women’s V35 prize.

Joanne Nelson (254)Victoria Mousley (198)Gary pearse (362)Amy Davies (159)Lindsay Davies (160)

In the Junior U11 / U13 Race of Boys and Girls – sixty nine youngsters took part in the race won by Trawden’s U13 Harry Smith in 6.47. The first Harrier home was U13 Matthew Smith in 5th spot running a time of 7.32 with U11 Theo Robinson in 14th place (7.49), U11 Harry Smith in 16th position (7.50) and U13 Hannah Davies in 25th place overall with a time of 8.15.

Matthew Smith (72)

Theo Robinson (71)Harry Smith (59)Alexander Brien (41) & Hannah Davies (25)

Next home came U13 Imogen Robinson (28th) clocking 8.18, U13 Alexander Brien (32nd) with a time of 8.22, U13 Emily Smith coming home in 43rd place in her first race for the Club (8.58) and U11 Charlotte Smith in 54th (9.38). The U15/U17 Race saw Codie Dewhurst finish in 10th place out of the 30 strong field in a time of 11.32 with Daniel Smith in 16th spot clocking 12.24.

Alexander Brien (41) & Imogen Robinson (68)Charlotte Smith (70)Codie Dewhurst (94)Daniel Smith (117)

Trafford BMC – Tuesday July 23rd

Rob Warner, Tim Raynes, Tony Balko and Sam Gaskell weere all competing at Trafford on Tuesday evening in their respective events. Rob was in a stacked 1500m A Race with athletes having personal bests of 3.41 through to 3.49. In the end, just seven tenths separated the first 5 finishers with Rob in 5th clocking a seasons best time of 3.48.71 – just two tenths outside of his personal best – in the race won by Adam Craig in 3.48.02.

BMC Gold Standard Races RESULTS

Afrer the Race Rob spoke to the Harriers about the evening saying that he was Very happy with the race and the time, the season hasn’t gone the way I’d have hoped so far so it was really good to put in a good run and be competitive in a top class field! It was slightly slower than I expected through 700m, so I’m quite positive that a pb is there with a quicker start. It was a very close finish with the top 6 all within a second of each other, I may have slightly mistimed my kick and pushed a bit too hard down the back straight as the wheels started to fall off a bit in the last 100m!

Rob Warner (271) Archive Photo

Tim was competing in only his second track race of the season following some time off with an injury – his first being in Division 1 on the Northern League at the weekend over 1500m. Tim went into this Race won by Emilie Cairess in 8.12.99 with an open mind and clocked 9.01.19 in 5th place out of a field of 18 athletes.

Trafford Grand Prix RESULTS

Tim spoke to the Harriers after the Race commenting that he “Went into the race without a particular plan in terms of splits, just hoping a decent time would come from racing those around me. It ended up being a tough slog in the heat. At the front, Emile Cairess hit a 61 on the first lap, which spread the field out early on. From then on I found myself in no man’s land for the whole race, as most of the field (myself included) progressively slowed throughout the race. Hopefully I will be able to have another crack at a 3k before the end of the summer.”

Tim Raynes Northern League July 21st

Sam Gaskell went into this Hammer competition with a personal best of 62.76m and had a very good night as he secured a new PB of 64.95m for himself, an improvement of over 2m with the 6kg Hammer.

Sam Gaskell (Archive Phot)

Tony Balko was also having a good night as he took on the Hammer (6kg) and Javelin (400g) – throwing 31.75m in the Javeling and 38.07m with the Hammer. Afterwards, Tony told the Club that  Despite competing on Sunday, training on Monday and feeling a little bit jaded last night, quite enjoyed the meet, tried a few new things that didn’t quite come off. Good to see Sam smashing it. Preparations are are on track for Project Venice 2019″.

Tony Balko (Archive Photo)