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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arnold Seddon Open Meeting – Wigan Sunday September 16th

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


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

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

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

Asda Foundation Bury 10k – Sunday September 16th

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


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

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16 Team Medals for Harriers at Relays – Jess 3rd In Mile Race & Holly Wins PV at Great North Games – Ben is 2nd at Lake Vyrney – Top 5 for Jacob & Chris at Wigan 10k and PB for Lindsay – Victoria & Paul at Great North Run – Brian Wins Sundowner Triathlon & is 7th at Wales Ironman – Junior Harriers excel at Triathlon – New PB’s and Wins for Harriers youngsters at Blackpool

North West Road Relays – Saturday 8th September

Delamere Forest was the venue for this years North West Relays run on a trail surface throught the forest rather than road. The glorious summer weather we have enjoyed was replaced by rain throughout the day but that didn’t stop the enthusiasm of either athletes or spectators and none more so that in the ranks of Blackburn Harriers who fielded twenty eight teams in every age group, both male and female. Great efforts by the Club athletes mean that we came away with four Lancashire Gold Medals, six Lancashire Silver Medals, five Lancashire Bronze Medals and a North West Silver Medal.




The day started with the U11’s featuring 32 Boys teams of which five were from Blackburn Harriers and 34 in the Girls of which two were Blackburn. The Boys teams placed 6th (Jacob Joyce 4.30 – Oliver Gill 4.36 – Sam Aspey 4.31), 15th (George Ramsden 4.45 – Charlie Haworth 4.48 – William Grundy 4.50), 16th (Theo Robinson 4.45 – Felix Thompson 4.57 – Findlay Carroll 4.43), 29th (Loucas Lancashire 5.03 – Alexander Brien 5.32 – Harrison Waite 5.10) and 32nd ( Issac Smith 5.22 – Sam Craven 6.24 – Evan Potter 5.34) overall, taking the team Silver Medal in the Lancashire Championships as the other Hrriers teams finished 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th.

U11 Photo’s courtesey of Sub-4


The U11 Girls teams came home in 16th (Hannah Davies 5.14 – Isabella Pacelli 5.19 – Imogen Robinson 4.56) and 34th (Tippi Francis 5.41 – Lulu Sharp 5.38 – Leah Smith 5.59) overall and also won a Team Silver Medal in the Lancashire Championships along with a 5th place. In terms of Fastest Legs the U11 Boys had four of the fastest ten times in Lancashire, replicated by the U11 Girls who did exactly the same. The U13 Boys put in a great performance to finish 2nd in the North West (Dexta Thompson 11.41 – Jonathan Brindle 12.10 – Isaac Butler 11.24), 8th (Codie Dewhurst 12.43 – Benjamin Livesey 12.36 – Theo Watson 12.24), 22nd (Harry Sambrook 13.56 – Daniel Smith 12.36 – Saul Sharp 14.00), and 23rd (Lewis Hardman 14.04 – Umair Rafiq 13.23 – Jack Paget Fowler 13.14) and winning Gold and Silver Team medals in the Lancashire Championships, clocking two of the top ten fastest North West Legs and seven of the fastest ten Lancashire Legs.


Chris Thompson Team Manager for U11 Boys & Girls plus U13 Boys …….I was really proud of my teams, having 5 boy teams in the under 11’s which it’s self was amazing and 2 girl teams was very nerve racking wondering if they would all turn up on the day, I know most of them were first timers so you always have that doubt if they would turn up especially in the weather conditions etc but each and everyone of them did themselves proud on the day and it was a great introduction to these events for the future. It’s also great to see all the parents cheering on all the other little harriers also. The under 13 boys also did great also, unfortunately I had to adjust the team slightly but was once again so pleased that all my 4 teams turned up and managed to run as complete teams and like the younger age groups we have quite a few first timers who enjoyed them selfs so much I can’t wait to do it all again at sportscity”.

The U13 Girls won Gold and Silver Team Medals in the Lancashire Championships placing 12th (Kate Cookson 13.34 – Caroline Woodworth 13.52 – Keira Haxton 14.00), 16th (Molly Grimshaw 13.31 – Isabelle Hartley 14.33 – Lucy Ramsden 14.18) and 24th (Keira Booth 13.35 – Eva Knowles 15.08 – Amelia Burton 14.34) overall in the North West and included six of the fastest ten Lancashire Legs. Two teams in the U15 Girls placing 10th (Leah Hoole 13.16 – Hollie Cubbon 13.35 – Eleesha Charnley 12.09) and 27th (Rebecca Ramsden 14.32 – Sophie Stanworth 14.15 – Emelia Cussans 14.41) overall which was good enough to win them the Team Gold for Lancashire, and clock the fastest Lancashire Leg – (Eleesha Charnley) – with another three of the athletes included in the fastest ten times.







Michael Sharp & Andrew Knowles Joint Team Managers U13 & U15 Girls commented after the Championahips Really proud of all the u13 and u15 Girls.On a day when it was more suited for river rafting ,they ran with true grit and determination and did the club proud.They are a great bunch who are always there for each other.Would like to mention the under 11s,for some the first relays were brilliant.Their race was chaotic to say the least.Well done everyone”……. Andrew KnowlesU15 and U13 Girls, Great to have 5 teams out, and what a result, Double Gold in the North West Relay Championships, but i was equally delighted for our U13 Girls B team who took Silver with Molly Grimshaw running the fastest leg! Well done girls”.

The U15 Boys did really well with 10th (Hayden Mercer 11.43 – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 11.50 – Harvey Ashworth 11.10) and 24th (Ethan Barbarewicz 11.51 – Sebastian Burton 13.59 – George Whittaker 12.26) places overall, taking Silver and Bronze in the Lancashire Championships with Harvey Ashworth posting the 2nd fastest Lancashire time with another five in the top ten fastest Legs.



Just one team in the U17 Men’s Relays who came home in 7th (Jamie Teare 11.45 – Sam Hodkinson 10.41 – Matt Ramsden 10.14) position overall – Matt Ramsden posting the 7th fastest North West Leg – and taking a Lancashire Bronze Team Medal with Matt Ramsden running the 2nd fastest Leg and Sam Hodkinson the equal 6th of the fastest ten Legs in the Lancashire Championships. In the U17 Women’s team there was just one team also which saw them finish 8th (Amy Davies 11.58 – Alex Taylor 15.07 – Chloe Gardner 15.21) overall and 2nd in the Lancashire Championships earning them a Silver Medal and had Amy Davies running the 7th fastest North West Leg.


Danny Teare U15 & U17 Men’s Team Manager told the Club that he Felt like a big step up for the U15 boys and U17 boys (the latter now badged as ‘men’!). They were running against some big units but did themselves very proud. Some last minute leg order changes but all came good. They did themselves proud. In the Lancs champs, the U15b team claimed 2nd and 3rd place, with the u17 men (!) claiming 3rd. Fantastic all round!!

Injuries robbed the Senior Women of three complete teams which concluded in two teams plus a third team with just two runners competing. Great runs saw them finish 5th (Pauline Powell 23.34 – Maddie Elliott 25.47 – Rachel Wood 25.05) and 15th (Carmen Byrne 24.34Hannah Cookson 27.13 – Ellen Sager-Hesketh 28.10) overall which earned them a Lancashire Gold Team Medal. Pauline Powell ran the 8th fastest North West time and 2nd fastest Lancashire time with Carmen Byrne 3rd fastest, Rachel Wood 6th and Maddie Elliott 7th. Lindsay Davies led off the 3rd Team which unfortunately was incompleteeand ran 29.09 with the second Leg clocking (33.46).





Joanne Nelson Senior Women’s Team manager said afterwards that she was So pleased we managed to get 8 ladies to participate in the relays; almost 3 full teams which certainly would have been met had it not been for injury and illness in the week leading up to the event. A superb effort by all the ladies in what were horrendous conditions (I noticed the rain only stopped when the 2nd leg of the men’s started; typical!) A great day out, even if a bit soggy. Looking forward to the next one”.

The Senior Men fielded five Teams who came home in 5th (Jack Hindle 20.22 – Marc Hartley 22.02 – Tim Raynes 20.13 – Chris Davies 21.50), 18th (Karl Billington 21.05 – Thomas Marchant 22.23 – Joshua Holgate 22.00 – Paul Brindle 22.50), 31st (Joe Gebbie 22.32 – Zachary Howe 21.49 – Paul Guinan 22.55 – Joseph Howe 25.13), 53rd (John Foster 25.02 – Sean Procter 25.05 – Nicholas Smith 25.07 – John Chaplin 26.03) and 69th (John Cookson 27.00 – Andrew Knowles 29.04 – Paul Jeffries 25.37 – Mark Almond 29.12). The ‘A’ team won the Bronze Medal in the Lancashire Championships which saw Tim Raynes post the 3rd fastest Lancashire time and Jack Hindle the 5th.




Speaking to the Club at the end of the day, Paul Guinan Senior Men’s Team manager remarked Another excellent turnout from the Senior Men, 5 Teams in total, every runner giving their all, could not ask for any more, to top it all off the A Team taking 3rd Lancashire Team. Brilliant”.

Great North Games in Gateshead – Saturday 8th September

Jess Judd and Holly Bradshaw ended their seasons by competing at the Great North Games at the weekend with Jess running the One Mile Road Race and Holly competing in the Pole Vault. Jess ran the Senior Women’s race featuring nine international athletes in total and ran a season best time of 4.35 taking it on from the start to come home in 3rd place behind Susan Krumins (4.33) in 2nd and Laura Muir, the winner also in 4.33. The week before at the Watford Open Meeting just missed a seasons best 800m by a tenth of a second as she clocked 2.04.39 and then ran 8.57.65 for the 3000m less than an hour later.

Jess Judd Video

Great North City Games Results

Holly has had a pretty good year as her list of achievements can testify: Winning Bronze in the European Championships, Winning her 10th British Title, Winning the World Cup held in the Olympic Stadium and is ranked 3rd in Europe and 6th in the world and a seasons best clearance of 4.80m. Her last competition at Gateshead saw her take another win with a clearance of 4.55m.

Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon – Sunday September 9th

This is a very popular Half-Marathon race, set in picturesque surroundings around the lake and a great clurse for fast times. Thirteen hundred and sixty three runners enetered and finished this years race which was won by Stuart Hawkes in a time of 66.44.


Ben Fish ran a seasons best by 50 seconds as he came home in 2nd place clocking a time of 67.03, a very good run following a bout of illness of late. Later Ben told the Club about his race commenting Stuart was in excellent form and it was neck and neck for most of the race. He had a fine run knocking 2 mins off his best. I’ve still got some work to do before relays and Manchester Half“.

(L-R Ben Fish – Stuart Hawkes – Callum Rawlinson)

Wigan 10k – Sunday September 9th

One thousand five hundred runners took part in this race won by Dan Cliffe in a pretty swift time of 31.51. Among the runners were three Blackburn Harriers – Jacob Watson, Chris Davies and Lindsay Davies. Jacob was running only his second 10k Race of the year and wasn’t far away from his personal best time as he came home in 4th place overall in a time of 33.37 with Chris one place further back clocking 33.57 in 5th position – both times being seasons best for the lads. Chris also won the 1st V40 Prize as Lindsay Davies cut seven seconds off her previous best to set a new PB time of 46.17 in 236th place.



Great North Run – Sunday September 9th

Blackburn Harriers Victoria Mousley and Paul Wilkinson joined the 40,000 other runners at this years Half-Marathon race won for the fiftth year in a row my Mo Farah in a fabulous time of 59.26 which equates to an average mile pace of 4.32!

Victoria had an entry into the Elite Women’s Race – Number 204 – and was well spotted on the television in the blue & white as she finished 29th with a time of 88.52. V45 Paul clocked a time of 2hr 02. 28 in 7696th position.

(Blackburn Harriers Victoria Mousley and Holly Bradshaw at the Pole Vault on Saturday)

Cheshire 20 – Sunday September 2nd

Rachel Wood won this Race for the Club in 2017 clocking a time of 2hrs 15.16 and this year, Joanne Nelson was attempting to win it again for the Harriers and nearly did it as she came home    22nd out of a field of one hundred and weighty four with a time of 2hr 21.14 to place 2nd Woman after battle with Katherine Cousins. Joanne was also 1st Woman Vet and 1st V45.


Catching up with Joanne after the race she told us that she “decided to run the South Cheshire 20 miles as an alternative to the Lancaster Golden Ball race which was on the same date. After reading the reviews I was not disappointed. An early start at 9.30am ensured an early get up, but also a fairly early finish. The price of £12.50 to enter was an absolute bargain in comparison to other races. The course was perfectly marked out with tonnes and tonnes and even more enthusiastic marshals. There were plenty of water stations available and martials on bikes with water and gels attached continuously riding past and asking if we were ok. (Or maybe i just looked rough, not sure) A few killer hills for good measure meant it was just like running at home! The presentation was super fast, with prize money given (always a bonus and £40 for 2nd lady can’t be frowned upon). There was even a physio there giving pre and post race massage for a donation and for the hungry runners there was a cake stall too. A little goodie bag with porridge (standard), chocolate biscuit, bottles water and tshirt all included in the price. Not my best time at 2 hrs 21, but fairly happy with a 20 miles under the belt and gives me something to aim for. Definitely one for the diary for next year. Oh, and the race organisers also has a race photographer who puts all the pics on the internet for you to download for free”


Sundowner Middle Distance Triathon – Saturday September 1st

Brian Fogarty won this Middle Distance Triathlon which included a 1900m Swmim, 90k Bike Ride and 21k Run in a total time of 4hrs 08.31 nearly two minutes in front of the second placed triathlete with over 450 finishing the event held at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park in Yorkshire.


“1/2 Ironman event was a last minute decision to race as a tough training session for my big Race this week at Wales Ironman. After a tough few months I felt a needed a good blast to blow off some cobwebs. It’s a good event and I really enjoyed it. It turned out well and I was happy with how things went. Hopefully I can build on this, going in to the race this week”.

One week after winning the Sundowner Triathlon, Brian had an excellent result in the Wales Ironman finishing 7th overall in a combined time of 9hrs 30.51 – the winner Matt Trautman posting a time of 8hrs 53.21 an the only athlete to come home in under 9hrs. Brian took the 4th fastest bike time (5hr 01.31) and the 9th fastest time in the Marathon Leg (3hr 11.57).

Race Video


After the Race Brian spoke to the Harriers about how he felt the day went saying Really pleased with my performance on Sunday at Ironman Wales. Nowhere near the level I feel I can get to but all things considered it was as good a race I could have hoped for. Amazing place to race in Tenby and unbelievable atmosphere. I’ll definitely be going back. I hope to now build on this race and finish the season well after a frustrating year”


St Annes Triathlon – Sunday September 9th

Junior Harriers take 1st & 2nd at Fleetwood Triathlon!

Some of the Juniors at Blackburn Harriers are also involved in the Triathlon as well as running for the Club, just like Senior athletes such as Brian Fogarty, Jack Hindle, Mark Bleasdale, Richard Fogarty. Showing their skills last weekend at the St Anne’s Triathlon were Matthew Smith, William Grundy, Emily & Harry Smith.

On a damp and dull morning all 4 faced getting their bikes and kit into transition in the rain, not a prospect anyone looks forward to! However they all persevered and by the time they started racing the rain had stopped and the skies brightened a little. In the entry level Tristart category for 8 year olds, Harry Smith took part in a 50m swim followed by a 1500m bike then finishing with a 600m run, Harry had a fantastic race finishing 7th in a time 13 minutes 22 seconds.

In the Tristar1 category for 9/10 year olds, Harriers had 3 athletes competing.  In the female race was Harry’s older sister Emily Smith, she completed the T1 race of 150m swim, 4000m bike then 1200m run in a time of 23 minutes and 53 seconds finishing in a solid 5th place.

In the male T1(9/10yr) race it was anticipated that the battle for top spot was going to be between two Harriers in a re-run of the St Annes triathlon earlier in the year, with 10 year old Matthew Smith and 8 year old William Grundy going head to head. With both boys entering times of 2mins 45 seconds for the swim, this time it was William who was to set off first with Matthew 20 seconds behind.  Unfortunately it appears the full timing chip results for each discipline haven’t become available, however on the day Matthew caught up with William on the bike section and they headed into transition near enough together to get onto the run course, throughout the 1200m run both athletes pushed themself constantly with the on course lead changing throughout. The battle continued right until the line with William crossing the line 1 second ahead of Matthew, meaning on timing chip Matthew took 1st place by 19 seconds in a time of 17 minutes and 17 seconds with William securing 2nd place in a time of 17 minutes 34 seconds a total of 1 minute and 8 seconds ahead of 3rd place. A fantastic race by both in a popular age group of 20 male competitors.

(Report courtesy of Jonathan Grundy)

Blackpool Open Medal Meeting – September 9th

As the Track & Field season comes to a close there are still opportunities for young athletes to compete in Open medal Meetings, the latest of which took place at Blackpool at the weekend.


U13 Jessica Cole got the day of to a great start by winning her Heat and posting the fastest time of both Heats in the 70m Hurdles clocking 12.7. U15 Ben Boocock had a good day and end to the season as he cut a tenth of his 80m Hurdles previous best to set a new PB of 12.7 (3rd). U9 Charlotte Smith who runs with great enthusiasm came 4th in 80m Heat in a time of 14.4. U11 Girl Alisha Lehner followed that new personal best with a new PB of her own as she ran 13.2 in her 80m Heat – an improvement by over a second; Lulu Sharp ran her first ever 80m on the day and finished 7th in 15.5 and then clocked 2.32.1 in the 600m for 9th place in the 14 strong field.

U11 Findlay Carroll also set a new PB by nearly a second in his Heat of the 80m, placing 6th in 13.5 as Loucas Lancashire clocked 13.4 (3rd) in his 80m Heat. U13 Girl Hannah Eccles equaled her personal best of 14.9 as she came 6th in Heat 2 of the 100m. U11 Matthew Smith followed up his 600m win at Burnley the week before with another win in a time of 1.55.0 as he headed a field of eleven runners which also included Findlay Carroll (7th) in 2.14.8. Saul Sharp (U13) and one of those youngsters who had run at the North West Relays the day before at Delamere ran 2.46.2 in the 800m for 4th spot.

In the Field events Matthew Smith who had won the U11 High Jump at Burnley a week before clearing 1.41 for a meeting record, set another new PB of 1.43m as he came 2nd with the same height as the winner. The U9 Girls Long Jump which had seventeen youngsters competing saw Charlotte Smith leap out to 2.55m (5th) and Lulu Sharp jumping 2.08m in 13th as Alisha Lehner placed 10th out of 19 with a jump of 2.98m in the U13 Girls Long Jump and a new PB by 28cms.

There was another new PB for Findlay Carroll as he placed 7th out of 15 in the U11 Boys Long Jump as he leapt out to 3.19m. U13 Madison Bontoft came home in 4th place in the Shot Putt with 6.01m as sister Grace Bontoft finished 3rd in the U15 Girls Shot Putt with 6.70m and 3rd in the Hammer (26.47m). U15 Matthew Heywood competed in the Shot Putt and Discus finishing 5th in the Shot with 8.60m before going on to win the Discus with a throw of 30.31m and the Hammer with a new PB of 43.15m. In the Senior Women’s Discus Anna Peers continued to rack up wins for the season taking this latest competition with a distance of 33.75m.





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Results Round Up – Seasons Best for Tom at Trafford – Victoria Wins Hunter 5k Series – Holly 4th in Zurich Diamond League – Matthew Posts two new U11 Meeting Records – Top Ten for Jonathan and Derek at Golden Ball 20 – Top 5 for Paul at Garstang Half – Southport Open meeting – Burnsall Fell Race

Trafford 10k – Sunday September 2nd

Some great racing at the Trafford 10k on Sunday which incorporated the National 10k Championships which saw Ribble Valley 10k winner – Marc Scott – take the victory in a time of 28.57 from Andrew Butchart (28.28).

Blackburn Harrier Tom Blaney ran in this Race posting a time of 34.25 in 76th place out of a field of 1000 runners which was a seasons best.

Trafford 10k Results

Hunters 5k

Victoria Mousley ran the Hunter 5k Series this summer consisting of four races in which she was pretty consistent winning the Series overall. Victoria finished 10th, 2nd woman and 1st Vet in the May Race in 19.22; 10th again in the June Race with a time of 19.30, 1st woman and 1st Vet; 13th in the July Race  (20.12) – 2nd woman and 1st vet and in the final Race on August 28th she wrapped up the Series placing 12th overall, 2nd woman and 1st Vet in a time of 19.48.

Hunters 5k Results

Holly Bradshaw competed at her penultimate meeting of the season at the Diamond League Fixture held in Zurich last week where she finished in 4th spot clearing 4.57m. Among the highlights of the season for Holly was her Bronze Medal jump of 4.75m in the European Championships, her win for GB in the Athletics World Cup in the Olympic Stadium and her 3rd place finish in Jockrim where she cleared 4.80m.

Diamond League Zurich Results

Burnley U11 Open medal Meeting – Sunday September 2nd

This is a popular local meeting held annually which gives youngsters from U8’s through to U11’s a chance to compete against one another in a number of Track and Field Events and this one featured quite a few Blackburn Harriers. Junior Endurance Coach – Lorna Sharp – commented “I just wanted to say well done to all the kids who competed today in the Burnley U11 meet. This was a great opportunity for the U11’s to get a chance to compete in a local event and for some of them their first competition, the nerves were quickly subsided, lots of medals were won and lots of smiles which is always good see the kids having fun whilst competing”.

U11 Open Medal Meeting Results

Open Meeting Records

One of the stand out performances of the day was that of U11 Matthew Smith who set a new meeting record of 1.41m in winning the high jump and then set a new record time for the 600m – winning the race in a time of 1.51.3 and some two seconds clear of the 2nd placed runner. He wasn’t that far off a hat-trick of wins either as he leapt out to 3.82m in the Long Jump to take 3rd place. Sister Charlotte Smith got into the winning act too as she came 1st in the U8’s 50m in 9.0sec, came 3rd in the 150m (28.5) and won the Long Jump with a leap of 2.55m – and she is only 7yrs old! Quite a few of the youngsters were competing for the first time which was the case for U9 Liam Bennison who finished 3rd in the 50m (9.8), 3rd again in the 150m in 29.4 and 4th in the Long Jump with a distance of 2.31m. U9 Lulu Sharp ran 31.0 for the 150m, came 2nd in the Cricket Ball (14.15m) and 5th in the Long Jump with a leap of 2.28m. Alexander Brien (8th) and Felix Thompson (10th) ran the U10 Boys 75m clocking 13.0 and 13.2 respectively which Felix followed up with a 2.12.2 600m placing 4th overall with Alexander in 10th spot (2.26.9). U10 Loucas Lancashire also contested the 600m in this race coming home in 5th position in a time of 2.16.7 and then finished with a jump of 2.72m for 7th place in the Long Jump. On to the Cricket Ball which saw Loucas take 3rd spot throwing a distance of 28.25m as Felix placed 5th in the same competition with a throw of 26.72m.

In the U10 Girls Hannah Davies had a good day too as she won the 600m in 2.05.8 and then took 2nd spot in the Long Jump with 3.12m. U11 Isaac Smith ran a time of 12.9 in the 75m (7th) before clocking a time of 2.31.8 in the 600m for 7th position and 7th spot in the Cricket Ball (23.28m). U11 Lydia Houghton was one of 15 runners in the 75m as she finished equal 12th with a time of 13.6 and going on to throw 3.86m in the Shot Putt. U11 Findlay Carroll took to the Cricket Ball competition in style, winning it with a throw of 30.74m and finished his day with a leap of 3.01m in the Long Jump.


Golden Ball 20 – Sunday September 2nd

V50 Jonathan Bridge had a pretty good day in this race clocking 2hr 17.39 in this 20 mile race to come home in 6th spot overall with V45 Derek Reilly another four places further back in 10th spot running a time of 2hr 23.51.

Golden Ball 20 Results


Garstang Half-Marathon – Sunday September 2nd

Just down the road from Lancaster, V45 Paul Brindle ran the Garstang Half and finished in 4th place and 2nd V45 in a time of 86.43.

Garstang Half-Marathon Results


Southport Waterloo Open Meeting – Saturday September 1st

Myah Booth currently lies in 10th place in the National Rankings for 75m Hurdles with a time of 11.34 clocked at the English Schools Championships this year. Next year she moves up to U17’s and decided to tackle that distance – 80m Hurdles – for the first ever time at the Open Meeting over the weekend and didn’t too badly at all, winning her event in a time of 12.7. Also competing on the day for the Harriers was U15 Matt Heywood who placed 5th in the Shot Putt with 8.57m and 4th in the Javelin with a throw of 24.88m.

Litherland Open Meeting Results


Burnsall Fell Race – Sunday 2nd September

Dexta Thompson had a run out at this latest in the Bofra Series contesting the U14 Race which featured Boys and Girls running together. Dexta finished 5th in the Boys Race with a time of 8.12.

Burnsall Results

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PB’s for Joe & Amy + a Win for Tony at Trafford – Seasons Best for Karl at Podium 5k – Holly 4th in Germany – Wins for Tobi and Nicky at Trafford Medal Meeting – Pilling 10k

Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday August 28th

U20 Joe Gebbie has had a great season this year finishing off on a high with a new 800m PB of 1.59.87 (5th) at the final Trafford Meeting of the season and the first time he has broken the 2 minute barrier. This new personal best represents a seven second improvement since April. U17 Amy Davies also set a new PB over 1500m (2nd) as she ran a good race to clock 4.57.47, a second and a half improvement from her previous best (2017) and a four second improvement on her seasons best.

Grand Prix RESULTS

U17 Sam Hodkinson came within a second of setting a new PB as he ran a time of 2.06.19 to place 6th in his Heat. Jess Judd ran the 1500m in an all male field and gave it a real go mixing it with all the front runners in the sixteen strong field, coming home in 7th spot with a time of 4.09.27. V40 Chris Davies took on the 3000m with the ambition of setting a new PB and he wasn’t far off as he ran a seasons best 9.23.57 in the ‘A’ Race (10th) – just two seconds slower than his previous best.

After picking up two Bronze Medals at the British Masters Championships over the weekend in Hammer and Shot V50 Tony Balko was out again in Discus and Shot at the Trafford Meeting winning the Discus event with a throw of 35.99m followed by a 3rd place int eh Shot Putt (10.37m).

Bank Holiday Podium 5k – Monday 27th August

A wet and windy day for the athletes at this popular 5k Race run on the cycle track at Barrowford which attracted 65 runners in the ‘A’ Race and 43 in the ‘B’ and among them five Blackburn Harriers. The ‘A’ Race was won by Nick McCormick in a pretty rapid time of 14.46 whilst the ‘B’ winner – Ashley Crawford – clocked 17.16.

(All Podium 5k Photo’s courtesy of David Belshaw)


Karl Billington led the way home for the Harriers in the ‘A’ Race crossing the line in a seasons best time of 16.17 for 23rd place and a 24 second improvement from his last outing on this course. John Horrocks who has been racing a lot on the Fells this year was next home for the Club clocking 17.00 exactly in 46th place with V45 Paul Brindle in 55th position (17.22) and V45 Paul Guinan just five seconds further back in 17.27 (58th). Harry Wilkin ran in the ‘B’ Race running a time of 19.43 in 21st spot.

Internationales Stabhochsprungmeeting der Frauen – Sunday August 26th

(Holly 4th from the Left)

Holly Bradshaw was back in Germany over the weekend in an International Pole Vault Competition which saw her up against ten othet top class Pole Vaulters including Katie Naegeotte, Sandi Morris and Yarisley Silva. Holly cleared first time at 4.34m, 4.48m and 4.60m before going out at 4.70m to finish 4th overall to Katie Nageotte who won with a clerance of 4.80m.


(All Photo’s courtesy of Danny Schott)

Trafford Bank Holiday Monday medal Meeting – August 27th

U13 Lucy Ramsden ran the 70m Hurdles featuring three Heats and fifteen athletes finishing 3rd in Heat (2) and 8th fastest overall with a time of 13.27. U15 Ben Boocock ran the 80m Hurdles which had just one race as he placed 3rd in a time of 12.95 and just a tenth slower than his personal best. Like Ben and Lucy, both of who had competed in the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting on Saturday, Tobi Olidapo was out again in the U13 Boys 100m which had three Heats. Tobi won Heat (1) in 13.54 and the fastest run of all three Heats. There was another win for the Harriers, this time in the U15 Girls Discus which saw Nicky Saunders – competing for the third time over the weekend – head the field of eight athletes to win with a distance of 27.92m, following which she placed 6th out of thirteen in the Javelin throwing 23.27m. In the U11 Races George Ramsden tackled the 600m coming home in 7th spot out of twelve runners in a time of 2.10.14


Pilling 10k – Saturday August 26th

V40 Paul Jeffries just missed out on a new PB at this local 10k road race as he came home in 14th position with a time of 42.34 and afterwards commented to the Club that “he had a really good run after taking on board some advice from the Coaches…..just missed out on beating my PB by 4 seconds must try harder haha!”



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Charlotte Wins Bronze at National Championships – Tony Wins Bronze Medals at British Masters Championships – New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Jess doubles on 1500m & 3000m at Watford – Top 5 for Thomas at Malham

England National Track & Field Championships – Bedford 25/26th August

What a year for U17 Charlotte Williams! Started off thinking that she wouldn’t be able to compete in 2018 after undergoing surgery on her Meniscus and ACL – yet here she is, in only her fourth event of the year, throwing a seasons best distance of 57.41m  to take 3rd place and the Bronze Medal at the National Championships. A delighted Charlie told the Club after receiving her Medal To win a bronze medal at the National Championships when I got told I wouldn’t even be back throwing until November was a great surprise and the best way to end my season. Thankyou to everyone in the club for the constant support”.


After qualifying and competing at English Schools this year and achieving a National Standard, Myah Booth ran in the 75m Hurdles which featured three Heats. Myah was in Heat (3) and came home 3rd in 11.90 making her 9th overall in the three Heats, just missing out on the Final by one place. She had also entered the Shot Putt placing 10th in the Final with a distance of 10.21m.

U15 Nicky Saunders was also competing at the National Championships in the Discus, the day after competing in the Mid Lancs League Medal Meeting in Blackpool. At the National Championships Nicky finished 8th in the Final with a distance of 27.55m.

British Masters Championships – 25th & 26th August

V50 Tony Balko has been targeing the British and World Masters Championship this year and the first Leg of that double took place over the weekend in Birmingham. In the Discus Final Tony threw a little under his personal and seasons best (36.55m) to finish in 4th place.

Despite the terrible weather conditions for throwing, Tony came away with two Bronze Medals which sets him up nicely for the World Masters Championships being held in Spain in September. Tony’s Bronze Medals came in the Hammer (6kg) with 3rd place distances of 38.87m and in the Shot Putt (6kg) 10.35m. He also added two 4th place finishes in the Discus (1.5kg) with a throw of 36.55m and also 4th in the 11.34kg Weight (12.11m).


Mid Lancs Medal Meeting – Blackpool Saturday August 25th

Another Mid Lancs Track & Field season came to an end on a warm but windy day in Blackpool with athletes from affiliated Clubs competing for Medals and among them – thirty two from Blackburn Harriers who set fourteen new personal bests and fourteen wins.

(L-R Medal Winners – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Matt heywood – David Holden – Isaac Butler)


Anthony Kent (U20) is finishing the season in style with a new PB in the Senior Men’s Hammer (7.26kg) of 42.82m, over 3 metres further than he has thrown this season. He backed that up with a 2nd place in the Discus with 30.78m and 3rd in the Shot Putt (10.84m). Similarly in the Senior Women’s Throws events where Anna Peers has wracked up a whole number of wins in this years Northern League and taking a win and two seconds places today – throwing 35.53m to win the Discus, 9.40m in 2nd spot in the Shot Putt, rounding off the day with a throw of 35.92m in the Javelin for 2nd place. U17 Abigail Brown took on three throws events too, placing 6th in the Shot Putt (6.79m), 3rd in the Discus (21.85m) and 4th in the Hammer with a throw of 30.83m. U17 Millie Coy was looking to Medal in the Javelin and placed 5th with a throw of 29.58m.

U15 Matt Heywood is another young athlete who has had a very good season in Throws events as evidenced by his performance here. In winning the Hammer with a throw of 41.69m he showed how far he has progressed from his first ever Hammer throw of 23.33m just 12 months ago. He came 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.79m and won the Discus with a new PB distance of 31.49m – an improvement by over two metres. George Whittaker and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret were also contesting the Throws with George coming home 4th in the U15 Boys Discus (26.30m) and Kyle 2nd in the Hammer with 24.51m and just outside his personal best. U13 Dexta Thompson had a go at the Throws events placing 2nd in the Javelin with 23.68m – just 7 cms off his best and 3rd in the Discus with his second ever attempt at the event (13.22m).

U15 Grace Bontoft is in her first competitive season in Throws and took on Shot Putt, Discus and Hammer recording 6.52m in the Shot Putt (5th), 15.18m in the Discus (6th) and 25.88m in the Hammer placing 4th. Nicky Saunders continued her good season by winning the U15 Girls Discus (28.89m) and a new PB by just 3cms, won the Hammer with a throw of 34.77m – a massive new PB by over 3 metres and finished 5th in the Javelin with 23.68m. Madison Bontoft (U13) and also in her first competitive season in Throws nearly doubled the distance she has thrown in the Shot Putt as she reached a distance of 6.50m for a massive new PB, and set another new PB in the Javelin by a metre, throwing 12.19m in 9th position. Caroline Woodworth took on the U13 Girls Discus, placing 6th with 16.67m and 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 17.75m.

U17’s Solomon Brown and Benjamin Whittaker were in action in the Sprints which saw Benjamin finish 3rd in Heat (2) of the 100m in 12.10 a new PB by two tenths and 6th in the 200m Heat (1) clocking 24.90 – Solomon came home in 5th in Heat (1) of the 200m posting a time of 24.40, a new PB by nearly a second. U15 Ben Boocock ran his first ever 100m race clocking a time of 13.50 in 8th place whilst George Whittaker ran 26.80 in the 200m for a new PB by two tenths. U13 Tobi Olidapo has made a very big impression in his first season sprinting for the Club and ran well again today to record a time of 13.00 in 3rd place in Heat (1) of the 100m.

The entries in the Senior Women’s Sprints were sparse to say the least with just two athletes in the 100m and 200m – Chloe Bleeks won both races comfortabley running 13.50 in the 100m and 28.10 in the 200m. U17 Millie Coy knocked two tenths of her previous best time to set a new PB of 13.10 as she won Heat (1) of the 100m, going on to come a very, very close 2nd in the 200m with 27.10 – the same time as given to the winner.

U17 Ben Branton is his first season as a Long Jumper and showing real promise, has only had five competitions leading up to the this years Medal Meeting. He kicked off his season with a jump of 5.11 and yesterday he leapt out to 5.75m for a new PB in 3rd place. 800m runner – U15 Hayden Mercer – has jumped just once ever in the Long Jump (3.92m) and today in only his second ever attempt leapt out to a new PB of 4.69m (5th). U13 Tobi Olidapo was one of twelve athletes in the U13 Boys Long Jump where he placed 6th with a leap of 4.21m. It’s great when young athletes take on a new event and it comes off as it did for U13 Daniel Smith clearing 1.30m in the High Jump (4th) with Dexta Thompson in equal 6th place. (1.10m). Chloe Bleeks added a 2nd placed jump of 4.24m to her two wins in the Sprints events as U13 Kady Thompson cleared 1.15m in the High Jump to equal her personal best.

Another athlete trying an event for the first time was U15 Hayden Mercer who took on the 400m winning in a time of 57.30, a time which suggest a revision of his 800 personal best. The windy conditions meant that personal bests would be at a premium in the middle distance events with a strong win going down the back straight. Sam Hodkinson ran 4.39.60 for 2nd spot in the U17 Men’s 1500m. In the U15 Boys 800m George Whittaker tried to lead from the front and paid the price a little as he finished in 2nd place with 2.24.90. The U13 and U15 Boys ran together in the 1500m which resulted in a 1/2 for the Harriers in the U15 Boys – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 1st in 4.54.20 and David Holman 2nd in 4.57.60 and a win for Isaac Butler in the U13 race as clocked 5.01.90 with Daniel Smith chopping five seconds off his best time to set a new personal best of 5.20.20 in 3rd place. In the U15 Girls 800m which only had two athletes competing, Leah Hoole placed 2nd in 2.37.20 and Kady Thompson ran 3.07 in the U13 Girls 800m.

U13 Boys Ben Livesey, Codie Dewhurst and Umair Rafiq ran the 800m with Ben clocking a new PB of 2.39.50 in 4th place, Codie in 5th (2.40.70) and Umair running 2.45.70 in 7th. Amy Davies was the only runner unfortunately in the U17 Girls 1500m (5.07.00) as the Senior Women and U15 Girls all ran together – Hollie Cubbon snatched a win with a determined finish in the U15 Girls race on the line in 5.35.10 and in the U13 Girls 1500m Molly Grinshaw placed 5th in a time of 6.01.40 in her first race since June of this year.

Three endurance runners and a sprinter – Codie DewhurstDexta ThompsonIsaac Butler Tobi Olidapo – made up the Harriers 4 x 100m Relay Team as they clocked 59.10 in second place to Blackpool.  Before the Relays Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles placing 2nd (16.70) and 3rd (17.20) respectively and Ben Boocock ran 13.00 in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles. Lucy Ramsden ran 12.80 for 3rd position in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles which equaled her personal best run at this years County Championships.

(L-R   Dexta Thompson – Tobi Olidapo – Isaac Butler – Codie Dewhurst)

Watford Open Graded Meeting – Wednesday 22nd August

Jes Judd had a tough evening at this meeting taking on the 1500m and 3000m with an hour of each other. Jess ran both races in an all male field clocking 4.14.04 in the 1500m followed by the 3000m in which she ran a time of 9.09.90.


Malham Fell Races – Saturday August 25th

A good run for Tom Marchant at Malham on Saturday which saw him come home in 4th place with a time of 20.26 just one second behind 3rd placed Rob Carr in 20.25.


Speaking to the Harriers afterwards, Tom commented The race was fast, short and steep testing the speed and strength endurance. Conditions were perfect, dry with a slight breeze, not too warm. I had a good start and was 3rd going up then started to drop back to 8th but after a tough climb I managed to gain positions on a fast downhill, overall my race went really well and I’m pleased with my performance”

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Harriers Senior Team Win Promotion to Division One in Northern League – Jess Wins Home Countries International 1500m and BMC 3000m – Rob Runs seasons best 800m at Tipton BMC – Thomas Runs Junior International Fell Trials at Arncliffe – Gary & Ian at Pendle Three Peaks

Northern League Division One Promotion Match – Doncaster – August 18th

A great day for the Harriers at Doncaster yesterday as the Team secured promotion back to Division One after finishing so close – by just eight points – to the Isle of Man Team which saw both teams deservedly winning the two promotion places. Every one of our athletes, over the whole season, deserve a very big pat on the back. Team spirit and the determination to do well individually and collectively has been fabulous. Athletes have really put themselves on the line to achieve this result and are deserving of all the praise that comes their way.

Jan Buckingham who is the Women’s Team Manager commented after promotion was secured Congratulations to everyone who has been involved all the way through the season, not just yesterday. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for stepping up and putting their all into the team event, with many people achieving pbs and trying new events to scrape up all the points possible. Its been great to have the new u17s, new athletes to the club, the uni returners, the international elites and of course the core bbh athletes who consistently compete for us, all come together to achieve one goal. Its great seeing the club develop and have the depth of athletes to make this promotion possible. After a few years of depleted ladies numbers, we are definitely growing and the future looks bright! Well done everyone (including the boys)!!

Holly Bradshaw had been competing in a wind affected Diamond League Pole Vault competition on the day of the Promotion match. The conditions were not in the least condusive to good pole vaulting which could be seen from the winning clearance of 4.60m. Holly placed 5th after clearing 4.40m and afterwards sent everyone in the Team a message saying “Amazing and well done everyone and hope everyone has a welle arned rest”.

Promotion Match RESULTS

Going to start the report at the end! And that is because the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team broke the existing Club Record set in 2005 at Cleckheaton, thriteen years ago. The time clocked that day was 4.08.4 with the team consisting of Leonard, Scarret, Wood, Powell – at Doncaster Alison Leonard as she was in 2005 became Alison Lundy (with a 57.6 last leg) as she, along with Charlie Coy on Leg one (63.2), Ellen Sagar-Hesketh on Leg 2 (63.6) and Maddie Elliott on Leg 3 (62.2) posted a new Club record of 4.06.6 as they finished second to the Isle of Man by one half of a second. The Men’s 4 x 400m Relay team consisting of Ross Liddle, Zac Howe, Solomon Brown and James Marchant ran the fastest time of the season as they won comfortably in a time of 3.34.4.

(Back Row – Zac Howe – Solomon Brown – James Marchant – Ross Liddle) — (Front Row – Alison Lundy – Maddie Elliott – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Charlie Coy)


The throwers have contributed a huge amount to the teams success this season and led from the front by Anna Peers who once again had an excellent match placing 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (24.46m), winning the Discus ‘A’ with a new PB of 37.57m, winning the Javelin ‘A’ with a throw of 39.57m and coming 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.65m. Great back up to in the ‘B’ competitions which saw Emily Taberner set two new PB’s in the Hammer (2nd) with 22.28m, an improvement by over four metres, 1st in the Discus (24.25m) and a new PB by a metre and a half, followed by winning the Shot Putt with 7.83m. U17 Millie Coy goes from strength to strength as she set a new PB by over four metres too in the ‘B’ Javelin throwing 33.76m to win the event for the team.

In the Men’s Throws Nathan Billington was close to his personal best as he threw 37.29m in the ‘A’ Hammer in 3rd place with Anthony Kent winning the ‘B’ (32.59m). Onto the Discus where Anthony threw 32.65m in the ‘A’ as Tony Balko won the ‘B’ with a throw of 29.35m followed by the Shot Putt which was a very good competition, Anthony placing 5th with 10.54m and Tony Balko 4th in the ‘B’ with 9.36m. Final throw of the day was the Javelin which saw Anthony place 3rd in the ‘A’ (36.61m) and John Cookson 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 29.44m.


A very good day for Brandon Zinyemba who finally broke 11 seconds as he clocked a new PB time of 10.9 in the ‘A’ 100m – the same time as the winner. The 200m saw Brandon clock 22.9 in 4th spot and a 3rd place for Ross Liddle in the ‘B’ with 23.1. Bailey Madden and Emily Warren paired up again in the Women’s 100m and 200m races with Bailey placing 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m (12.6) which equaled her personal best and 3rd in the 200m (26.8) – Emily came 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m with a time of 13.2 and 2nd again in the ‘B’ 200m (27.5).

Ross Liddle last ran a 400m in July 2017 where he clocked 50.6 – one year later he took on the ‘A’ 400m and won the race by a second in a time of 51.4, backed up by Zac Howe who was coming off the back of not a lot of training, winning the ‘B’ race in 54.4. Charlie Coy came home in 3rd in the women’s ‘A’ 400m with a time of 63.5 with Ellen-Sagar Hesketh just one tenth outside her personal best in the ‘B’ posting 61.8 in 3rd, the same time given to 2nd place.


The Women’s team produced five wins and a 2nd place in the Middle Distance events which was a great performance by them. Alison Lundy won the ‘A’ 800m in 2.13.0 whilst Ellen-Sagar Hesketh won the ‘B’ in a very close race in 2.25.4. The ‘A’ 1500m was a great race with Alison Lundy and Rachael Franklin running 1400m side by side bringing the race down to a 100m sprint which saw Alison take it in 4.40.6, the same time as Rachael in 2nd place. Another good and improving run from U17 Amy Davies saw her win the ‘B’ 1500m in a seasons best of 5.01.5. In the 3000m Joanne Nelson took on Rachael Franklin in the ‘A’ race  coming home in 2nd spot (11.05.3) whilst Maddie Elliott backed that up really well by winning the ‘B’ in a time of 11.17.6.

Like the Women, the Men were running into a very strong headwind and although it was warm on the day, the wind did impact on times in these distances. Zac Howe ran the ‘A’ 800m in 1.59.8 to finish 4th whilst Joe Gebbie continued his very good season with a win in the ‘B’ Race clocking 2.04.00. James Marchant was another athlete who was coming into the event short of training but still ran pretty solidly for a 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 1500m (4.19.9) whilst Karl Billington who volunteered to run both the 1500m and 5000m ‘B’ races as we were misisng athletes, won the ‘B’ in a seasons best time of 4.22.7.

The 3000m Steeplechase had Chris Davies coming home in 2nd in the ‘A’ with 10.36.7, just five seconds outside his personal best which in that wind was a very good run. Joseph Howe epitomised everything you need to know about wearing the blue and white vest. Having just gone through a period of glandualar fever, Joe ran the ‘B’ to win it and earn valuable points in a time of 12.15.7, a time minutes away from his best time but in terms of the effort and commitment to finish, probably one of his most heroic. Ben Fish has also come off a period of illness and he was up against the in form Ollie Lockley in the ‘A’ 5000m and for 11.5 laps they were neck and neck all the way round; But on the last lap Lockley had the leg speed to pull away from Ben which saw Lockley win in 14.55.7 and Ben finish 2nd with 15.08.6. Karl Billington who had a run a seasons best in the 1500m just 25 minutes earlier ran really well in the ‘B’ to clock 17.07.2 in 3rd place adding more vaulable points to the teams total.



The pairing of Solomon Brown and Nicholas Smith in the 400m Hurdles has proved really productive for the team this year and again so today with Solomon coming 2nd in the ‘A’ in 60.9 and Nicholas winning the ‘B’ as he finished like a train over the last 50 metres to take the win on the line in 63.6. Nicholas and Joseph Howe teamed up in the sparsely populated 110m Hurdles with Nicholas 2nd in the ‘A (20.0sec) and Joseph 2nd in the ‘B’ (23.3sec).

In the Women’s 100m Hurdles it looked as though Polly Pearse had never been away in the ‘A’ Race – only her second race in the event since September 2016 – as she won in a new PB (by three tenths) clocking 16.3; And what about Millie Coy – running her first ever 100m Hurdle race – she won the ‘B’ in 18.3. Millie had started out the day in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles posting 72.5 in 3rd place with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ (76.7).


After posting a new PB in the Hurdles, Polly Pearse took on all three Jumps events finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 4.54m, 4th in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (9.94m) and 2nd in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m.  Chloe Bleeks came 5th in the ‘A’ Long Jump (4.56) and 2nd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump (9.37m) with Teigan Fawcett coming 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.40m.

Last minute changes on the day meant that Zac Howe stepped into the Long Jump and Triple Jump placing 4th in the ‘A’ Long Jump which he last did in 2012 setting a new PB of 5.28m and then came 4th in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 9.31m. Ben Branton in only his second Senior competition jumped 5.04m in the ‘B’ which was a great effort by this promising U17 young athlete. Nicholas Smith who has contributed such a huge amount to the team this year set a new PB of 11.16m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 2nd place, going on to clear 1.65m in the ‘A’ High Jump (2nd) with Joseph Howe also 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.50m.

Manchester International Match – (incl. Home Countries International)

After winning the 5000m at the BMC in Milton Keynes last Saturday evening, Jess Judd was competing again after being selected to run for England at the Home Countries International at Sportscity on Wednesday night and had a convincing win in the 1500m, winning in a time of 4.11.96 from Beth Kidger in 2nd position (4.22.30).


On Saturday evening – August 18th – Jess contested the 1500m BMC Grand Prix at Stretford featuring thirteen athletes. This was yet another victory this year for Jess as she came home in a seasons best time of 4.07.50 and a couple of seconds in front of second placed Amy Griffiths (4.09.71). (RESULTS)

BMC Races at Tipton – Tuesday 11th August

Rob Warner…….was just under two tenths outside his personal best as he ran a seasons best time of 1.55.68 to finish 4th in the ‘A’ 800m race. RESULTS

Junior Home International Fell Running Trials –

Saturday August 18th at Arncliffe

Twenty young athletes ran this trial race won by Mac O’Malley in a time of 28.21 with Thomas Marchant finishing in 17th position running a time of 33.41. The race was run over 6.8k with 320m of ascent. Thomas has been looking to improve on the Fells this year after being out for quite a long time through injury and this season has helped to lay a good base for himself in 2019.

Pendle Three Peaks – Saturday August 18th

The Pendle Three Peaks is a category AM Race run over 9.4 Miles and 2838ft of climbing and had one hundred and forty one finishers at the weekend. The Race was won by Chris Hooldsworth in a time of 1hr 17.22


Gary Pearse and Ian Clarkson competed for the Harriers with Gary the first home in 40th position clocking a time of 1hr.47.56 and followed in by Ian in 108th place (2hr.16.13).