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Back to Back 3.48’s for Rob over 1500m – Jess competes in Ostrava 1500m – Aysha raising money for Alder Hey – Win for Harry at Grasmere

Watford BMC – Wednesday June 13th

Rob Warner made the break through over 1500m last year when he beat the 3.50 barrier for the first time. In June Rob has consolidated that form with consecutive runs of 3.48 at Loughborough and on Wednesday at Watford clocking 3.48.64 in 6th place. Following the race Rob spoke to the Harriers and said that it was really nice to backup my PB with another 3:48, there was a lot in the race so it made it quite messy for the first 600 but then it started settle down. I got in a good position with 500 to go and felt as though I could have kicked on for a 3:46/47 but my legs just died a bit on me in the last 200! But overall very pleased and managed to finish ahead of some decent guys in a strong field”.

BMC Results


Ostrava Results

After running a seasons best 800m at Loughborough on June 6th Jess Judd  – currently in 8th place in the 1500m National Rankings – was competing in an IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Ostrava  – on June 13th – coming home in 9th place with a time of 4.10.07. Afterwards, Jess spoke to the Club about her race commenting Ostrava was going really well up until about a lap to go where I just started to tire, and badly tired with 200m to go meaning I lost a good position and the chance of a good time! Happy to have learnt lots from the race and have struggled this year since Australia and the track season has been a bit of an odd one! Feel like Ostrava was a step in the right direction just not quite where I want to be yet”.


Aysha’s Fundraising for the Alder Hey Neurosurgery department


Aysha Karolia is an U17 member of Blackburn Harriers who competes in Hurdles and Sprints  and is hoping to do a colour obstacle rush for Alder Hey Children’s Charity because she would like to support neurosurgery at Alder Hey.


Let Aysha explain:

“My name is Aysha, and I have undergone surgery, after 2 years of investigations. Recently I had to undergo a discectomy/nerve root decompression due to having degenerative disc disease which is unusual for someone of my age. (This causes a pain down either one or both sides of the leg unfortunately for me it was both after a fall and caused me to be at risk of slowly losing sensation in my legs). After my 3 month recovery and the rehab which follows-which I’m currently in now, and after being given the go ahead I am hoping to resume athletics. Sadly, I won’t be able to return to my previous fantastic running group, the Blackburn 5K in case I have a relapse. So, i am planning to do a short fun run/obstacle course instead of a 5K, to raise money.

Hopefully, I will recover fully and be able to return to Blackburn Harriers, to train and get ready for competitions mid 2019. I hope to do this to mark my recovery but more importantly to raise money for the fantastic neurosurgery department at Alder Hey so they can carry on with the amazing work they do everyday”.

If you would like to support Aysha and Alder Hey you can do this by making a donation via the JustGiving page which has been set up and can be accessed⇒⇒⇒ HERE


Grasmere Gallop – Sunday June 3rd

Harry Wilkin went to this race – 5.7km – with the intention of winning it after coming so close the year before; And he did just that coming home 1st in a time of 23.10.6 which made him the overall race winner and 1st Junior. Mark and Clare Wilkin also ran the race which saw Mark clocking 27.49 to finish 4th Senior and Clare 34.35 in 12th position.

Grasmere Results




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Night of PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Ben takes 2nd place in Potteries ‘Arf – New 200m PB for Ross at Northern Championships – Weets Fell Race – Carmen 2nd in Rochdale 3 Day Event & Joanne Wins Knowl Hill Fell Race – Top 6 for Ben & 2nd Woman for Victoria at Catforth 10k

Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday June 12th

A good night for the Harriers at the latest Trafford meeting with a number of athletes all improving their personal bests. The evening kicked off with a great 3000m ‘A’ Race which saw Blackburn Harriers Tim Raynes whose 3000m personal best was 8.34.14 get in amongst a field featuring athletes with personal bests from 7.46 through to 8.30. Tim eventually finished 17th clocking a time just half a second outside his best of 8.34.66 as the race was won by Jonny Mellor in a time of 8.04.39 from Tom Lancashire in 2nd and Charlie Hulson in 3rd – just a second separating the three of them at the line.


James Marchant ran the second race in the BMC 800m (RESULTS) equaling his personal best in a time of 1.53.30 set at Loughborough just a week ago and showing great consistency of form.

(James Marchant Number 611)

Over on the Field, Tony Balko (V50) was setting the sixth new personal best on the night for the Harriers with a new PB in the Discus (1.5kg) winning the event with a throw of 36.55m – following that up with a 3rd place throw of 10.48m in the Shot Putt (6kg).

Joe Gebbie and Sam Hodkinson ran the 800m in Heat 4, both of them having great runs to record new PB’s. U20 Joe went into the race with a best of 2.05.7 and ran a great back straight and home straight to chop a huge three and half seconds off he time to set a new PB of 2.02.1 in 3rd place. Bottom of age U17 Sam emulated that run as he cut nearly three seonds of his best for a new PB of 2.04.9 in 7th position.

U17 Maddie Elliott made it three new PB’s on the night as she chopped four and half seconds off her best time to-date coming home in 4th place with a new PB of 2.16.36 as did U20 Freya Black who bettered her previous best time by two and half seconds to set a new PB of 2.24.78 in 5th spot – a 13 second improvement over last year. Eleesha Charnley was the first girl home in this Heat with a time of 2.23.27. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran in the next Heat and clocked a time of 2.25.42 in 8th place followed by U17 Amy Davies in the final 800m Heat of the night where she placed 2nd in 2.30.54, a couple of seconds outsider her best over the distance. Katie Buckingham made it five new PB’s on the night as she broke the 5 minute barrier for just the second time over 1500m clocking a new best time of 4.58.51.


Potteries ‘Arf – Sunday June 10th

Ben Fish took on the Potteries ‘Arf, which is a notoriously tough race even without the heat of the summer that the athletes encountered last Sunday. Over two thousand entered the race which was eventually won by Matt Clowes in a time of 66.53 with Ben in 2nd place and two minutes clear of 3rd, clocking 69.18.

Video of Start


Afrer the race, Ben shared his thoughts with the Club commenting “Yeah it was tough, I knew Clowes was running and if he was in top form I’d have my work cut out. I had a go and we were together for the first few miles. After that he got away and ran a phenomenal time on that course, taking 45 secs off the record. I was a little disappointed I wasn’t closer and think I should have run 30-45 secs quicker”.

(Photo courtesy of Mick Hall Photos)


Northern Championships

Ross Liddle set a new personal best for the 200m at the Northern Athletics Championships over the weekend. Ross qualified for the Final from his Heat clocking a new PB time of 22.73 before placing 7th in the Final with a time of 22.84. Dominic Bretherton ran the 100m posting 11.84 in his Heat to miss out on qualification for the Final.




Weets Fell Race – Saturday June 9th

Race 6 in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series was on the Fells which saw a new Course Record set by the winner – Gary Priestley – in a time of 37.09.


John Horrocks had a very solid run in 16th place overall psoting a time of 42.57 with V50 Gary Pearse in 49th place in a time of 48.41. In the Junior Races Dexta Thompson ran the U15 Race which seemed unduly long as he placed 3rd overall in a time fo 43.15. The U13’s Race had four Blackburn Harriers running with Daniel Smith 5th (4.07), Codie Dewhurst 6th (4.13), Oliver Gill 7th (4.14) and Libby Neal 16th in a time of 4.53. The U11’s Race had thirty nine youngsters with Imogen Robinson 5th in 3.02, brother Theo Robinson in 8th place (3.07) and Felix Thompson 11th in 3.11.

Keith Gill was watching the action for the Harriers and commented “First up were the U11’s with 3 runners. Performance of the day came from Imogen Dawson-Robinson, after a strong climb she took a very heavy fall on the fastest part of the decent. After a short dusting down, she sprinted to the finish and with a big smile was the first Harrier home in 3:02 for 5th place and 2nd girl. Amazing. Next was Theo Dawson-Robinson in 3:07 for 8th overall closely followed by Felix Thompson in 3:11 for 11th place overall. Next was the U13 race with 4 runners. The 3 boys were closely grouped for most of the race, Daniel Smith found a bit of space during the decent and was first Harrier home in 4:07 and 5th overall, closely followed by Codie Dewhurst in 4.13 and 6th place and Oliver Gill 4:14 for 7th place. Next Harrier home after a solid all round run was Libby-Kate Neal with 4:53 and 16th place overall. Finally the last Junior race was the U15s with just 1 runner, Dexta Thompson. Race details were nowhere to be seen at registration a bit of digging revealed “start with the main race and the marshalls will turn you round at an earlier point”. Expecting a short training run, Dexta had to adapt to a long gruelling course, and 43 mins 15 seconds later returned to the finish for 3rd place”.




Knowl Hill Fell Race – Sunday June 10th

This Race featured one hundred and eighty four finishers and was the third of three races making up the Rochdale 3 Day event which Carmen Byrne had entered. She had a very good weekend too – finishing 2nd Woman overall and 1st V40 Woman.

3 Day Events Results

Her cumulative time total for the three races was 2hrs 29.49 just 12 seconds in front of 3rd place and over two minutes behind the winner. Race 1 saw her placed 21st overall, 3rd woman and 1st V40 – onto Day 2 where she finished 16th overall, 2nd Woman and 1st V40 again and on Day 3 on the Knowl Hill Fell Race she placed 51st overall, 5th Woman and made it a hat-trick of V40 wins. In this race she was joined by Harriers Joanne Nelson and Paul Brindle – which had Joanne winning the Women’s Race and also the V45 category in a time of 57.10 with Paul in 35th clocking 58.17 and Carmen 51st in a time of 60.41.

Knowl Hill Results


Catforth 10k – Sunday June 10th

One hundred and fifty two runners braced the blistering heat of the day at Catforth 10k which saw Ben Costello finish in 6th spot overall clocking a time of 35.34 – Victoria Mousley came across the finish line in 14th spot in 39.26 which earned her the runner up prize in the Women’s Race.

(Victoria receiving her prize from Terry Lonergan)


V60 Tony Greenwood finished 17th overall out of a field eighty six in the City of Manchester 5k Series – Race (1) – posting a time of 19.03.


And for something a little different – Jan Buckingham and Michelle Teare had a go at the Ribble Valley 100km Sportive at the weekend – Jan commenting that it was “a tough little event, the Ribble Valley 100km sportive today. Very hilly over the hills and Dales of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Just over 5 hours, Mrs T a mountain goat, kept me going”.

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Another Win for the Harriers Senior Team in Northern League – Holly comes 5th in Oslo Diamond League & is in 3rd place in the Standings – James runs 800m PB & Rob runs 1500m PB at Loughborough BMC – Chris Wins GB Selection at Sedbergh – Brian fastest Bike Ride in Lanzarote Ironman – John on the Fells – Jack Wins Astley Park & Harriers Win the Team

Northern League – Sunday June 3rd

Another day of sunshine and another win for the Harriers which leaves them top of the Division after the first two fixtures – with 12 League Points and 836.5 Match Points. Some cracking performances on the day which saw the Team produce 19 wins, 14 second and 17 third place finishes – with one of the highlights, the breaking of the Club Record for Shot Putt by Holly Bradshaw when she threw 11.56m to beat the existing record held by Sarah Henton by just 4cms.


Northern League days always start with Hammer, Pole Vault and Long Jump, all of which provided good points for the Club as they set out to try and win the Match. Abigail Brown and Anna Peers both took 3rd places in the Women’s Hammer 32.06m and 26.14m respectively – Abigail’s throw was a massibe new PB as she added over 10 metres to her previous best. On to the Discus resulting in a double win for Anna and Abigail as Anna won the ‘A’ (33.55m) and Abigail the ‘B’ with another new PB by over two metres of 27.91m. The Javelin was next up and it was Anna again who led the way winning the ‘A’ event with a throw of 35.90m and backed up by Millie Coy who won the ‘B’ with 29.50m: And yet another double win in the final thows event of the day for the Women resulting in Holly Bradshaw breaking the Club Record as she set a new PB in reaching 11.56m and backed up by Anna Peers recording her third win of the day as she took the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.42m.

Out on the Track Morgan Angland took 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 100m in 13.2 as Bailey Madden kept her winning run going by taking the win in the ‘B’ race clocking 12.9 and she followed that up with a 2nd placed time of 26.9 in the ‘A’ 200m with Chloe Bleeks 3rd in the ‘B’ in 27.7. The two of them combined with Morgan Angland and Millie Coy to take 2nd spot in the 4 x 100m Relays (51.6 to Bolton’s 51.1). Charlie Coy and Freya Black teamed up in the 400m with Charlie finishing 4th in the ‘A (61.7) and Freya in her first ever attempt over the distance, also 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 64.8.

The Women’s 800m saw Ellen Sagar-Hesketh make her debut for the Harriers running a time of 2.24.9 in the ‘A’ whilst Freya Black ran another good race to place 2nd in the ‘B’ to set a new PB of 2.27.0. Maddie Elliott and Katie Buckingham gave the Harriers maximum points in the 1500m which saw Maddie win the ‘A’ Race in 4.53.8 and Katie the ‘B’ in 5.11.2.  Alison Lundy (Leonard) found herself in unfamiliar territory as she took on and won the ‘A’ 3000m clocking 9.53.5 and it was good to see Rebecca Shorrock back in action for the Club as she earned points for the team in 4th place (12.56.2). At the end of the day, Charlie, Maddie, Katie and Freya combined to finish 3rd in the 4 x 400m Relays with a time of 4.19.0.

The Women’s Long and Sprint Hurdles had Millie Coy placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles in 69.6 with Katie Buckingham also 3rd in the ‘B’ (75.0). Morgan Angland kept the points tally building as she took 2nd position in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.4 and there was a win for Liberty Thompson in the ‘B’ Race with 20.1.

In the Jumps – Bailey Madden and Chloe Bleeks were 4th and 2nd respectively – Bailey jumping 4.65m for 4th spot in the ‘A’ and Chloe 4.53m for 2nd in the ‘B’. Chloe added to her total of points taking 4th spot in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with a new PB of 9.72m as Ellen Sagar-Hesketh marked her debut for the Club with a win in the ‘B’ (9.53m). Liberty Thompson placed 3rd in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.40m. Olympian Holly Bradshaw, without her own poles took 2nd place in the pole vault.

Dominic Bretherton and Ross Liddle teamed up for the 100/200m double which saw Dominic place 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m (11.4) and 5th in the ‘A’ 200m (23.9) as Ross came home 2nd in the ‘B’ 100m (11.7) and then won the 200m ‘B’ Race in 23.2. A familiar face in the ‘A’ 400m saw Paul Bradshaw improving from his last outing to take 3rd in 51.3, the same time being given to the 2nd placed athlete. Great to see Zac Howe back in action too after an injury plagued 2017, he finished 3rd in the ‘B’ race with a time of 53.4. Then a swap in the order and ack on preferred territory, Zac took on the ‘A’ 800m and had a great battle with the Holmfirth athlete to finish 2nd in 1.58.6 a tenth away from the winner – Paul backed Zac up in the ‘B race placing 3rd in 2.03.7.  In the 4 x 100m Relays – Ross Liddle / Chris Brand / Nicholas Massey / Dominic Bretherton combined to finish 2nd in 46.0 and in the 4 x 400m combining Tim Raynes / Solomon Brown / Paul Bradshaw and Joe Howe saw the team come home in 5th (3.46.0).

Just four tenths separated the time Tim Raynes won the ‘A’ 1500m in (4.05.9) from a new personal best as Zac Howe ran the ‘B’ coming home 5th in 5.13.0 following the 400m he ran just ten minutes or so earlier. Chris Davies and Joe Howe were back together in the 3000m Steeplechase which saw Chris take 3rd spot in the ‘A race in 10.42.3 and Joe 2nd in the ‘B’ with 11.09.1. Ben Fish ensured maximum points in the ‘A’ 5000m with yet another win clocking 5.18.2 with great back up from Ben Costello in the ‘B’ race placing 2nd in 16.28.4.

Solomon Brown and Nicholas Smith are becoming a formidable pair in the 400m Hurdles as they did, what they did in the first match, win both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races – Solomon taking the ‘A’ in 60.1 and Nicholas the ‘B’ (62.9). John iLunga and Joe Howe took on the 110m Hurdles – John placing 4th in the ‘A (21.6) and Joe 3rd in the ‘B’ with 22.9.

Over on the Throws – Anthony Kent – has been looking forward to competing in his first Senior season and has done exceptionally well, winning the ‘A’ Hammer with a distance of 35.92m, placing 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 31.82m and 2nd again in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 10.23m to wrack up a great total of points. Nathan Billington pushed the points tally upwards by winning the ‘B’ Shot (8.57m) and taking 3rd in the ‘B’ Discus with 21.56m. Before the end of May – John Cookson hadn’t thrown a Javelin since 2012, telling the team manager he was available in needed. That 2012 Javelin throw measured 31.86m and at this fixture he set a new PB of 33.08m placing 5th in the ‘A’ event.

Jonathan Gough set a big new PB as he came in 2nd in the Triple Jump ‘A’ with a leap of 12.27m, a half a metre further than he is previous best. John iLunga followed suit as he also set a new PB of 10.40 in the ‘B’ in 3rd spot. John then took 4th spot in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.55m as Luke Kenyon also took 4th in the ‘A’ clearing 1.65m. One of the surprises of the day was Paul Bradshaw in the Pole Vault clearing 2.30m for joint 3rd place and who knows, his Coach (Holly) isn’t half good!!


Holly Bradshaw was competing at her third Diamond League Fixture this year in Oslo finishing 5th in a competition won by US Pole Vaulter Sandi Morris with 4.81m. Holly cleared 4.41m and 4.51m on her first jump in each round before going out. Sandi Morris heads the standings in this years Diamond League with 22 points from Katie Nageotte in 2nd place (16 points) and Holly who is in 3rd place at the moment with 12 points.

Diamond League Results


BMC Gold Standard Races at Loughborough – Wednesday June 6th

Great results for the Harriers at the BMC the other night as Rob Warner and James Marchant both ran new PB’s in the 1500m and 800m races respectively. Also having a good run tonight was Jess Judd who won the Women’s 800m A race in a seasons best time of 2.05.36 saying that “the race went well”. This was the last race for Jess in Chelmsford colours as she has now joined Blackburn Harriers and we take this opportunity to give a very warm welcome to her.


James ran his second 800m of 2018 – only his third race over the distance since 2016 – running superbly to win the race and set a new PB by over a second and a half of 1.53.30. Afterwards he spoke to the Club and was delighted with his perforamnce telling us “Its been a very rocky last 2 years, but finally seem to be finding my feet and some consistency again. Second 800 of the season, and certainly plenty more to give ! Excited to see what sort of times i can run in the near future” 

(James Marchant No 19)

Rob’s time 0f 3.48.45 has put him into the UK top 100 – in which the athlete needs to better 3.48.50 – at number 58 and was understandbly pleased with his latest race commenting to the Club that he was Really happy to get a PB in the 1500, it was a tough race with the pace going up and down a bit but I was happy to hang in there and get under 3:49! It was a tight finish as there was only 1 second between me in 7th and the 3rd place finisher, just slightly disappointed that I wasn’t higher up position-wise but cannot be disappointed with another PB really”.


 Mountain Running Championships at Sedbergh – Saturday June 2nd

Chris Arthur had an outstanding day at the misty Mountain Running Championships at Sedbergh – a race which was used to select those who would represent Britain in the European Mountain Running Championships on July 1st 2018 in Skopje, Macedonia. Chris runs for Bowland on the Fells and for Blackburn Harriers on the Road, Track and Cross Country.

Senior Results

Athletics Weekly Report

Chris finished 2nd on the day in a time of 47.17 – 22 seconds behind winner Andy Douglas and 15 seconds in front of 3rd placed Nick Swinburn and was 1st counter for the winning England Team. Over the moon with his performance he told the Harriers Yesterday was one of those days when it all just comes together. Given the quality of the field I’m absolutely blown away to have come 2nd. I felt strong and relaxed the whole way round and the two lap format really helps in working out when to turn the screw. Helping England to the team prize against a strong Scottish contingent was the icing on the cake (and a relief to finish a race in that vest after the Snowdon incident)”.

Thomas Marchant also entered the Championships after some decent perfomances in a number of local Fell Races of late and similar to the Seniors, the Junior race was packed with quality runners which meant a tough day for Thomas with the Race being won by Matthew McKay in a time of 23.42. Thomas placed 19th overall clocking 29.04 and given the level of preparation that he has been able to put in prior to the Championships, the run respresented a pretty solid perforamnce. Thomas is next out on the Fells in a weeks time, taking on the Buckden Pike fell Race.

Junior Results


Ironman Lanzarote – Saturday May 25th

The Ironman held in Lanzarote recently is an imposing event consisting of a Swim of 3.8km, a bike ride of 182.2kn and topped off by running a Marathon at the end!!



Brian Fogarty entered this Race – his first as a fulltime professional – against the backgound of battling with a relatively long term foot injury of nearly a year in duration. In the Race, Brian finished 23rd overall out of over 1500 competitors and 14th professional. His Bike Ride was phenomenal, being the fastest of anyone in the Race including the winner and put him in 4th place overall as he entered the Marathon run stage. Finishing with a total time of 9hrs 33.32, he spoke to the Harriers after he arrived home, commenting about the event and how he thought it had gone saying that it was a  Tough day for me on Saturday at Ironman Lanzarote. It was my first race as a professional and I was hoping it would be my best. Unfortunately for the last 9 months I’ve not been able to run with any consistency due to a fractured bone in my foot and despite long periods of rest it still hasn’t healed as of 2 weeks ago. I was still determined to race and see how I’d get on. Unfortunately the lack of running showed at around 16 miles into the marathon. I managed to gain some credibility from the day by posting the fastest bike split by over 5 minutes, despite a poor swim I came into T2 in 4th place amongst some world class athletes which was a nice feeling. In the end I slowly fell down the field to finish a disappointing 23rd overall. In truth I was kidding myself to think I could have done any better. I loved it being back on the start line. I’m just praying now my foot will settle enough for me to race to more of my potential in 6 weeks”.


John on the Fells

John Orrell has been putting in the miles in Fell Races of late and had a busy busy May where ‘every race was hot’. Chasing a PB on Fairfield on the 12th May featuring three hundred and four finishers, “soon became a bad idea, as seconds gave way to minutes by the top. It’s a good run down, but with Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike still to negotiate, I was only just about standing up by the end. No beer here, just water!”

Fairfield Results

A week later, John surprised himself recovering so well…..“12 miles of the Clapham Circuit. Limestone scenery this time, with Nick Pot, Sulber Nick, Wharfe, and Austwick. Aiming for that PB again the heat put paid to that. No photos, shame as I had a top 10 finish in 7th”.

In the subsequent eight days, John ran four Fell Races in total including Hutton Roof Crags on the 26th May, Austwick Amble on the 28th, Ingleton Waterfalls on the 31st and finally Pen-y-Ghent on 2nd June.

Hutton Roof Crags Results

Austwick Amble Results

Ingleton Waterfall Trails Results

Pen Y Ghent Results

Two Hundred and seventeen finishers at thw Hutton roof Race which saw John come home in 134th position with a time of 79.48. At Austwick John came in 109th (76.22) out of one hundred and eighty three finishers. A smaller field of sixty seven took on the Ingleton Waterfall Trails Race with John placing 47th in a time of 44.32 – and – his final race at Pen Y Ghent on June 2nd saw John complete a gruelling week of race in placing 90th out of a field of one hundred and forty two in a time of 72.09 and trying to chase down Nick Oddy from Keighley just in front of him.


John Horrocks ran the Sedbergh fell Race on May 20th coming home in 5th place overall with a time of 22.54 – the Race being won by Jack Cummings of Ilkley Harriers in 20.52. (Sedbergh Results)


Kelbrook Fell Race – Friday June 1st

One hundred and seventy one runners t this race won by Danny Collinge in 21.40. V40 Paul Whittaker ran for the Harriers finishing in 104th with a time of 31.32.




A very good perforamnce by U15 Zach Walmsley who entered entered the 3k Abersoch Beach race on his holday competing on a picturesque course, with a mixture of hard and soft sand and trial.  As the tide was in they had to hurdle many groins in the course and Zach completed it in 11.56.  He was fourth overall but 1st in the under 14s category winning £50! Well done Zach.


Astely Park Series _ Wednesday June 6th

Race 2 in this years Astley Park Series featured one hundred and thirty five runners. Race 1 in May saw the Harriers win the Team Race with Josh Holgate, Matt Nuttall and Chris Davies the three counters. Some different athletes in Race 2 with the same result – a Team win – with four Harriers in the top eight places.

Senior Results

Jack Hindle won the Race in a time of 24.42 from Chris Davies in 2nd spot (24.54 and nearly a minute quicker than Race 1) which suggested a close race for a good part of the time. Chris took 1st V40 prize and he was followed home by Paul Guinan in 7th position clocking 26.34 (fifteen seconds faster than than Race 1) – just one second in front of Derek Reilly in 8th (26.35). Next across the line for the Harriers came V45 Paul Brindle in 14th place (27.02) followed home by Allan Hartley V40 in 50th (33.22), V50 Michael Nolan in 72nd (35.04 and V40 Lorna Sharp in 93rd with a time of 39.01.

The Junior Race featured nearly as many as the Senior Race with one hundred and seventeen youngsters all having a go over the Junior distance. Keith Gill reported on the night, telling the Club “Race 2 in the Astley Trail series saw nine (6 boys and 3 girls) of our Juniors run in a field of 118 youngsters on a very warm sunny evening. Unfortunately Will Grundy fell at the start so only 8 finished.The remaining 5 boys were very well grouped and had strong runs.Codie Dewhurst was first Harrier home in 19th place with a time of 5:53 (15 seconds faster than Race 1). Next was “first timer” Matthew Smith in 5:57 giving him 20th overall and 1st in the M10 category. Just behind was Oliver Gill in 6:01 and 24th overall and 2nd in the M10 category. Then with 6:05 was Harry Sambrook giving him 28th overall and a really impressive 32 seconds faster than Race 1. Closely following was Saul Sharp in 34th place with 6:12. First girl home for the Harriers was Hannah Davies in 60th place with 6:43, this was 13 seconds faster than Race 1 and good enough for 1st place in the F9 category. In 88th place was Lulu Sharp with 7:50, again another faster than Race 1 Harrier knocking 13 seconds off her previous time. Finally Charlotte Smith, the smallest and youngest Harrier runner on the night, running in the F7 age category, produced a fantastic sprint finish and collected a time of 8:14 and 95th place”.


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Samantha 11th at Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Bulgaria – Holly competing in Oregon Diamond League – Rob runs 1500m at Watford – Mid Lancs League at Hyndburn -Victoria Wins Catforth 5k – Burnley Lions 10k

Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Sofia

Samantha Murray had a really strong finish at the World Cup event in Sofia at the weekend, finishing 11th making up ten places as she moved from 21st at one stage through to just outside the top ten finishers. Sam set off with a seasons best swim of 2.11.85 which put her level with the other leading athletes and a strong run/shoot from her ensured she gained all those places at the end of the competition. Sam now moves on to the British and European Championships.

UIPM Report


Diamond League – May 25-26th

Holly Bradshaw was competing again at the weekend, this time in Oregon at the Diamond League after she finished in 2nd spot at the previous Diamond League event in Doha clearing 4.64m. It didn’t go as well this time for her – clearing 4.35 for 8th place.


BMC Grand Prix at Watford – Saturday May 26th

After smashing his 3000m personal best the week before at Trafford, Rob Warner ran the 1500m at the Watford BMC, placing 5th in a time of 3.54.38 commenting after the race to the Club that it was quite breezy down here which didn’t help………I never really got into it and onto the pace I wanted. The pacemaker took us through about 4seconds too slow through 800 which led to the whole field bunching and we actually had a few fallers with 400 to go. I was also in lane 2 for about 80% of the race so that definitely didn’t help, overall it wasn’t my best day!”


Mid Lancs T & F League at Hyndburn – Saturday May 26th

Another hot, but windy day for the athletes at Hyndburn – the wind having an impact on all events as sprinters ran into the wind as well as the middle distance athletes. It was a day when new personal bests were at a premium, however, it didn’t prevent some pretty good competition in a number of the events from just short of sixty Blackburn Harriers competing on the Bank Holiday weekend and even entering three Relay Teams in the U13boys, U13 Girls and U15 Girls.



Dominic Bretherton and Daniel Whittaker went in the Senior Men’s 100m with 11.5 and 13.7 seconds respectively whilst in the U17 men’s 100m – Ben Whittaker clocked 12.4 in Heat 1 going onto run 2nd place in Heat 2 of the 200m clocking 25.7. New member Tope Oladipo took 2nd place in Heat 2 after an almost dead heat with a time of 12.2 – the same time being given to the winner and a time which was a new PB by seven tenths. There was another cracking race in the U15 boys 100m which saw Ethan Downes given the same time as the winner of 12.5 as both athletes strained on the line to get the dip. U15 Boys Sebastian Burton had a go at the 100 and 200m for the first time ever running 15.7 and 31.9 respectively. U13 Tobi Oladipo – Tope’s brother – who has recently joined the Harriers and has already shown his ability in the UKYDL, ran into 2nd position in his Heat 2 with a time of 13.6 whilst Codie Dewhurst finished placed 2nd also in Heat 3 (15.7). The U13 Boys 200m saw Isaac Butler finish 2nd in 31.0, Daniel Smith 3rd in 32.6 and Umair Rafiq – in his first ever attempt at the distance – 5th with a time of 35.9 – all in Heat 2.

Bailey Madden didn’t let the headwind impact upon her taking yet another win double as she came 1st in the U17 Women’s 100m (13.0) and 1st in the 200m (27.0). Megan Tippett, also running in Bailey’s 100m Heat clocked 13.8 for 3rd position. U17’s Liberty Thompson and Chloe Gardner ran Heat 2 of the 200m in 32.2 (4th) and 33.4 (5th). In the U15 Girls Sprints, Amy Wiggans came 5th in Heat 1 in 13.9 with Abigail Armas 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 14.0. The two girls then ran the 200m with Amy coming home  in 4th (28.6) and Abigail 6th clocking a time of 29.9. Eleesha Charnley ran the fastest time of all four 200m Heats as she won Heat 2 in 27.7 along with Sophie Stanworth tackling the 200m for the first time in Heat 3 and recording a time of 30.5 in 2nd spot. Heat 4 saw Harriers Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden finish one and two with new PB’s for both of them as they both clocked the same time of 29.5. The U13 Girls 100m had six Heats which saw Kate Cookson clock 14.6 in Heat 1 (5th) – Amelia Burton in Heat 2 with 15.1 in 4th place – Elizabeth Birchall run 17.0 in Heat 3 (6th) – Keira Booth in Heat 4 trying the distance for the first time and placing 5th (16.1) and Keira Haxton and Eva Knowles in Heat 6 running respective times of 16.3 (4th) and 16.3 (5th). In the 200m – a delighted and very happy Amelia Burton won her Heat 2 in 32.0 as Keira Haxton completed her sprint double with a 33.7 (4th) run in Heat 3.


U20 Anthony Kent throwing the senior Weight and Tony Balko in the Shot and Discus saw Anthony finish 5th in the Discus with 32.20m, 4th in the Shot Putt with 10.78m and 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 32.00 – John Cookson made his debut for the Club in the Javelin coming in just behind Anthony in 3rd spot with a throw of 30.59m. Tony, who has been throwing really well this year and setting some personal bests along the way, placed 5th in the Shot Putt with 9.09m, 7th in the Discus (30.23m) and 2nd in the Hammer with a distance of 32.71m. U15 Matthew Heywood contested three Throws events starting with the Hammer where he placed 2nd with a throw of 32.64m, then came 4th in the Discus with 26.22m and set a new PB in the Javelin by over two metres of 20.75m (10th). Keiran Carroll and George Whittaker were also competing in the U15 Boys Throws with Keiran finishing 5th in the Discus (22.11m) and 5th again in the Javelin with 27.18m – George came in 7th in the Javelin with a throw of 23.35m.

U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB in the Discus as she won with a throw of 25.46, over a metre further than she had thrown previously before going on to place 3rd in the Hammer with a distance of 36.79m. Liberty Thompson threw 13.61m in the Javelin. Nicky Saunders had a very solid day in three throws events taking 2nd place in the Discus with 24.05, 4th in the Javelin with 24.24m and 4th again in the Hammer (24.41m). U13 Girls were out in numbers in the Throws events with five of the 12 strong Shot Putt field from the Harriers – Aimee Taberner competing for the first time for the Club placed 3rd with 6.77m followed by Tilly Pollard throwing a new PB of 6.52m in 4th, Kate Cookson also throwing a new PB of 5.85m in 7th and Eva Knowles trying it out for the first time (5.67m) in 8th. Caroline Woodworth won the U13 Girls Discus with a new PB by over two metres (20.14m) followed by Aimee Taberner, again 3rd with 15.88m and two more youngsters trying the event for the first time ever – Charlotte Clapham in 6th (13.86m) and Tilly Pollard 7th (12.33m). On to the Javelin where Caroline Woodworth placed 4th out of thirteen with a distance of 20.30m with Aimee Taberner in 6th (17.59m), Kady Thompson with a new PB of 11.47m in 11th and Tilly Pollard in 13th (8.52m).


Joe Gebbie ran the Senior Men’s 800m and wasn’t far off his personal best as he battled the wind to run a time of 2.06.8 in 4th spot. Ethan Joyce set a new 400m PB of 55.4 – three seconds than he has run previously – to win the U17 Men’s race. There was a cracking finish to the U17 Men’s 1500m race as Sam Hodkinson ran Ryan Heneghan down in the final straight to take the win in 4.29.8 – the same time also given to 2nd place. There were new PB’s for Ethan Barbarewicz and Joseph Joyce in the U15 Boys 800m with Ethan cutting three seconds off as he placed 9th in 2.28.5 and Joseph finished 10th in 2.29.4 – an even bigger new PB by five seconds. George Whittaker ran in the same race coming home 6th in 2.26.7 as did Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (11th) clocking a time of 2.30.7. U15 David Holman opted for the 1500m’s and ran a good race, finishing strongly into the wind to place 2nd in 5.08.6. Six U13 Boys ran the 800m in two Heats – Heat 1 had four Harriers competing – Theo Watson placing 3rd in 2.32.9 in his debut over the distance for the Club, Codie Dewhurst 5th in 2.41.4, Saul Sharp 8th in 2.41.9 and Umair Rafiq (10th) with a time of 2.43.9. Heat 2 saw Daniel Smith take 2nd spot in a time of 2.45.7 with Harry Sambrook in 6th (2.55.2).

U17 Chloe Gardner had never run a track race before and was nervous about it but enjoyed her run to clock a debut time of 3.07.3 in here first ever 800m race. Four U15 Girls took on the 800m and one the 1500m. Heat 1 of the 800m saw Sophie Stanworth finish strongly and again into the wind in 3rd place (2.27.7) with Leah Hoole in 6th spot (2.36.5) and Rebecca Ramsden in 7th (2.37.3). Molly Nicholls got boxed in Heat 2 of the 800m but still managed to finish strongly to clock a time of 2.46.2 in 5th position. Eleesha Charnley ran the perfect race in the 1500m tucking until 120m to go when she surged past the athlete in front of her to win by three seconds in a time of 5.20.8 and a new PB by eight seconds! Not to be outdone, the U13 Girls also posted some new middle distance PB’s with Kate Cookson coming across the line in 2nd place in 2.38.7 – six seconds faster than her previous best – and Keira Haxton just one place further back in 3rd also setting a new PB of 2.38.3. Keira Booth and Eva Knowles also ran the race with Keira in 7th (2.49.5) and Eva 12th (3.04.6).

It was one, two, three in the 3000m as Thomas Marchant won it with a new PB of 9.36.3 just two seconds in front of Chris Davies in 2nd (9.38.8) and Karl Billington in 3rd clocking 9.44.0. Amy Davies made her debut over the distance and ran a time of 11.33.0 to win the Female Race.


U15 Rory Teare was just below his personal best as he placed 8th in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m. U15 Sebastian Burton tried out the Long Jump for the first time jumping 2.82m and U13 Isaac Butler leapt to 3.75m in the Long Jump – 8th out of fifteen competitors, whilst U17 Liberty Thompson set a new PB in the High Jump clearing 1.45m in 2nd place. With twenty seven U13 Girls in the Long Jump it must have been a daunting task for the Officials – Elizabeth Birchall finishing 16th with a leap of 3.52. More new PB’s in the U13 Girls High Jump which saw Amelia Burton clear 1.25m in 8th place for a 10cm new PB, Kady Thompson in 11th with a 5cm new PB of 1.15m and Charlotte Clapham trying her hand for the very first time – 10th with a clearance of 1.20m.

Catforth 5k – Saturday May 26th

A good day for Victoria Mousley as she won the Catforth 5k in a new PB time of 18.44 in finishing 9th overall and that after taking a last minute decision to run as she explained to the Club Only decided to enter this on the day to see what 5k shape I am in. I was hoping to do 1830 so a little over what I wanted but a tiny pb nonetheless. Great event. Lovely goody bag for all. Low key fun event on a decent course”.

Daniel Balshaw was also running – only his third race since October 2017 – finishing in 5th spot overall in a time of 18.09. Afterwards, Dan spoke to the Club commenting that it was his “First run in a Harriers vest after my transfer from Barlick and after what can be described as a personally testing 18 months, I’ve managed to find that mojo for running again and started to ramp up the miles at the start of May, so early stages yet, Myself and Andy (Coach) wanted to see how I faired over a 5k I knew, in the past on Catforth I’ve dipped under 17min, after a warm up with Lee Parrington it appeared it might be a struggle, windy and still 22c, nevertheless we got on with it, first mile I felt okay sitting in third, but about half a mile later that changed and the last mile and a half was a grind, at the two mile point where you turn into Catforth, I had a quick check back behind me and could see Paul Muller closing, knowing he’d been in fine form and having Mr Fish’s and Mr Sutton’s words of wisdom from earlier in the day in my mind (don’t get beaten by Paul or any Hipsters) I just focused on grinding out the last mile and managed to hold Paul off by 5 seconds to finish fifth, Lee finished first in 17:01 some 30-40seconds off what his current form and himself suggested he should be hitting, a few more weeks of training and hitting the miles and hopefully I will find some form, Well done to Victoria who took the women’s race win”.

Burnley Lions 10k – Friday May 25th

Latest race in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix took place on Friday night with the athletes taking on the tough 10k course at Colne. Won by Danny Collinge in 34.17 two Blackburn Harriers were also competing – Gary Pearse (V50) coming home in 70th place in the two hundred and twenty strong field clocking 43.06 and 4th V50 out of twenty five running the race. V40 Paul Whittaker came home in 138th spot in a time of 50.45.


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Ben Wins Wesham Summer 10k – Thomas 2nd at Malham – Top Ten for John at Harrock Hill Race – Becky at Cheshire Sprint Triathlon

Wesham Summer 10k – Wednesday May 23rd

Ben Fish won the sold out inaugural Summer Wesham 10k in a time of 31.23 – his fifth road race of 2018 and his fourth win, the other being a 2hr 26.55 run in the furnace that was the London Marathon. Ben won the Four Villages Half-Marathon in 69.08, the Thorpe Half-Marathon in 69.05, the Winter Warmer 10k in 31.58, adding a Silver Medal in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships, a top 50 spot (48th) in the National Cross Country Championships and a 15.18.5 (5000m) win in the Northern League on the track on another steaming hot day.


Speaking to Ben after the Race, it was suggested to him that he might have broken the Course Record to which he replied that he was happy with that. Tim pushed me in the first half and it looked like it could go either way. I hit 5k in 15:19, so knew there was a chance, but lost a bit of ground in last 3k, perhaps with a bit more sharpness I might have done it. Great effort from the lads, we dominated the top places. Jonathan Prowse has the record and I know from competing against him all those years ago that it would be tough to beat, as he was a top runner and in peak form when he did it”.

Had there been a Team Prize on the night, the Harriers would have won it with top runs from Tim Raynes who placed 2nd in a time of 32.01, followed in by Ben Costello in 5th clocking 33.32 – just 18 seconds away from his personal best. !st V40 in the race was Chris Davies in 7th overall with a time of 34.41 – a mere 9 seconds away from his previous best for the distance. Right behind him came Josh Holgate in 8th spot in a time of 34.53 which gave the Harriers five out of the first eight places. Victoria Mousley had a good run too as she finished 2nd Woman on the night in a time of 40.01 in 39th overall with Joanne Nelson in 69th (43.20).

Malham Fell Race – Saturday May 19th

Thomas Marchant’s main aim for 2018 is targeting the mountain running competitions with 3 big trial races coming up. On 2nd June Thomas is racing at Sedbergh in the GB U20 European Mountain Running Championship Trial Race followed on Aug 5th by the Keswick uphill only on Skiddaw GB U20 World Mountain Running Championship Trial Race, then on the 19th Aug he will run the Junior Home International Mountain Running Championship Trial Race at Sedbergh. In preparation he has run a number of fell races recently, the latest one being at Malham on May 19th where he placed 2nd in a time of 28.22 to race winner Paul Cornforth from Ambleside.

After the Race, Thomas shared his thoughts about the day and his previous races telling us “I was fairly pleased with my race, the pace was slow to start with so I found myself taking out the lead which I didn’t really want. But I was happy with my climbing and reached the turn point first only to be caught by an Ambleside runner there.  I maintained 2nd position to the end though.  This was a low key fell race but after 2 years off the fells I’ll take this 2nd to add to my 5th at Pinhaw and 7th at Great Hameldon Hill. 3 fell races in 3 weeks I am loving it, great to be back out here”.


U13 Libby Neal has done a few Junior Fell Races of late and she was out again too at the U13 Junior Race at Malham coming home in 82nd place with a time of 15.52.



Another big field in the Harrock Hill Race – the first of four in the Series – featuring well over two hundred runners on the night. It was top ten finish for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks who came home in a time of 35.23 in 6th position overall.


Cheshire Sprint Triathlon

Becky Shorrock took this event on and put in a good solid performance coming home in 22nd place out of a field of two hundred and twenty eight athletes clocking a combined time of 1hr 23. 42 – her run (24.31) was a minute quicker than the athlete who won the competition and 24 seconds faster than 3rd place.


Please Becky spoke to the Club about her day saying I decided to enter the local triathlon and absolutely loved it. I entered the swim with the intention to just survive, then picked many off on the bike and run. Searching for my next one already!”

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Rob runs a big PB at Loughborough 3000m – Holly Wins in Germany – Jack earns his ‘biggest win of his career’ at Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon – 1st & 2nd for Harriers youngsters at St Anne’s Triathlon – Manchester 10k / Liverpool Marathon / Pilling 10k

Loughborough International – Sunday May 20th

Rob Warner ran a massive new personal best at the Loughborough International at the weekend finishing 7th out of a field of nineteen, clocking 8.16.54 – nearly eight seconds quicker than his previous best for a massive new PB. The Club record is held by former Junior World Cross Country Champion – Mick Morton (8.00.10) – so over the next couple of years there is a possibility that could be challenged by Rob. Speaking to the Club after the Race, he commented that he “was pleased with the race, it started off a bit slower than I expected as we were due to go through in 64s and the pacemaker went through in 66 with me going through in 68 so it was a bit of different way to run it with the first KM being the slowest! I managed to hang in and stay in touch with the lead group until 600m to go when I lost concentration a bit and they got a gap on me, I managed to run my last lap similar to those in the front group so I was bit disappointed not stay with them as I felt I could have pushed a few of them all the way! Can’t complain with an 8 second PB and hopefully all points towards a good 1500m time coming up!”

(Rob Number 460)

James Marchant was also in action in the Men’s Guest 800m race which saw him cross the line in 5th place in his Heat with a time of 1.55.46 – just three tenths off his personal best. This was a very good run by James, especially given that he has been plagued by injuries for the last two years. Speaking afterwards James told us “I went into sundays Loughborough International 800m race again with an open mind.. with it being my first real 800 for a while, I had no real idea of how i was going to perform! With training going well i thought i was in the shape to run around 1.53/54, although after going through 400m too slow, and working down the back straight to get back on the lead lads, the majority of my energy was spent, meaning the last 150 wasn’t quick enough for my desired time.. all in all I was pretty pleased to run 1.55 after little winter training and being the first 800 of the season.. hopefully a lot more to come” 



Internationales Pfingstsportfest – Rehlingen – May 20th

Holly Bradshaw was in Germany on a rainy day at the weekend where she won the Pole Vault competition clearing 4.60m at the first attempt, maintaining her consistency over her first four competitions of the year to-date with 4.60m in France, 4.60m at the Commonwealth Games and 4.64m in the Diamond League in Doha recently.

(Holly with Sally Peake)


2018 Pedalcover Slateman Classic Triathlon – Sunday May 20th

This was Jack Hindle’s third race of his season to-date which has seen him win one and place 2nd in the other. The previous races have been part of his preparation for this event and he performed perfectly to take the win in what he described as “the biggest win of his career so far”. Jack finished the Triathlon – featuring six hundred and sixty one finishers – on top of the Podium in a time of 2hrs 24.45, exactly two minutes in front of the second placed athlete, Pete Dyson.


Jack was well pleased with the outcome and spoke to the Harriers after the race telling us he was “Delighted to take the win, by far the biggest win of my career so far. I really had to work for the title. I managed to have a strong swim, but still had to work hard to close the gaps on the bike. I managed to close to the front group, which stayed the same all the way to transition. Coming into transition there was the top 3 together, so I knew it was going to be won or lost on the run. Quite early in the run, 3 became 2 and the pressure was on. The lad that I was with, really put the pressure on with surges and accelerations, but I managed to hold him and then pull away. Which held all the way to the end. A great day and a great event, now to rest up and move forward”.


Harriers take 1st & 2nd at St Annes Triathlon!

Jack Hindle is a young man who has already achieved a huge amount in Triathlon competition and because of his work rate, commitment and dedication to the training that is needed. Everyone starts somewhere and a number of young Blackburn Harriers are trying their hand in these type of events as can be seen from the results from the St Anne’s Triathlon held at the weekend.

Jonathan Grundy – father of one of these youngsters – spoke to the Club about these youngsters and their efforts which resulted in a fantastic 1st and 2nd place for them saying “Four young athletes represented Blackburn Harriers at the St Annes Triathlon on Sunday 20th May, 3 of whom competed in the sport for the first time with some great results. With age groups based on age at 31st December, race day ages in the categories can vary greatly. In the entry level Tristar 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 just missed out on the podium by 15 seconds in his first race finishing 4th in a time of 12 minutes 31 seconds. In the Tristar1 category for 9/10 year olds, Harriers had 3 athletes competing.  In the female race giving triathlon ago for the first time 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 5 seconds finishing in 6th place out of a hotly contested 21 entrants in the T1 female race and only 1 minute and 27 seconds behind the winner, which is fantastic for someone competing in their first triathlon.

 In the male T1(9/10yr) race it was anticipated that the battle for top spot was going to be between two Harriers, with 10 year old Matthew Smith taking part in his first triathlon taking on currently 8 year old William Grundy who started triathlon in the Tristart category last year. With similar swim times both Matthew and William started in the same lane in the pool with Matthew setting off 10 seconds ahead of William.  Matthew got out of the swim with the short run to transition opening up a 7 second time lead over William after the swim. As they got out onto the promenade on the cycle William put in a lot of effort to try and close the gap on Matthew during the 4km cycle, a slight mistake by Matthew on the route meant William managed to close the gap at about 800m, however after correcting himself and getting his head down, by the end of the bike and ready to start the run Matthew had a 16 second time lead and 26 second gap on the road to William. As they set out on the run course it was a straight battle to the finish and at this stage it was appearing relatively conclusive that if they put together a good run section they would be fighting for 1st place. William having the advantage of chasing gave his all and during the 1200m run managed to close the gap and get right onto Matthew’s shoulder as they appeared to run the final 150 metres to the finish line. The battle continued right until the line with Matthew crossing the line 1 second ahead of William, meaning on timing chip William took 1st place by 9 seconds in a time of 18 minutes and 10 seconds with Matthew securing 2nd place in a time of 18 minutes 19 seconds a total of 1 minute and 15 seconds ahead of 3rd place. A fantastic race by both and an especially good result for Matthew competing in his first triathlon in a popular age group of 20 male competitors.

Well done to all Harriers who took part and especially the 3 athletes who took part in triathlon for the first time!

(Matthew in the red hat with William in the white hat)

(William on the bike course)

(William hot on the heels of Matthew as they catch another athlete on the way to the finish line)

(Matthew on the left and William on the right presented with their trophies by race organiser Tim Armit)


Manchester 10k – Sunday May 20th

Run in very hot conditions, this mass race won by Mo Farah had two Blackburn Harriers participating – Victoria Mousley who was entered into the Elite Women’s Race and Daniel Hamilton who is a sprinter in reality but gave it a go nevertheless.


Victoria clocked 40.11 – coming home 27th in the Elite Women’s Race and 172nd overall with Daniel running a time of 53.22 (2973rd). Victoria spoke to the Harriers after the race about the day and said “I was feeling pretty good going into this race and felt that I could actually do my “elite” place justice and run close to 38. I had a good warm up and felt fine. Had a good first km and then just got a terrible stitch… Maybe from setting off fast… Or just bad luck. I don’t usually get them. I ended up walking for a few metres when it kept getting worse and at 3km I considered pulling out. At 5k it had subsided and I started to try and pick up the pace but just couldn’t seem to get my time about 6.35. Possibly the heat as of course the race started at 1245. I was gutted with my time as I ran 30 sec faster two years ago when I wasn’t in the elite field and I have not run over 40 for a ten k in 2years! One to forget I think. Still I was stood on the finish line when Mo finished which was great and got to have lunch with Gemma Steel. The other women were really friendly after the race and we had a good chat. I love running with the elites as all the logistics are looked after… Bag transportation, loos, nice lunch after and it’s amazing to line up with the likes of Dibabha and eat her dust as she zooms into the distance”.


Paul Bradshaw who has an 800m personal best of 1.47.37 decided to have a go at the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon at the weekend and couldn’t have picked a worse day as temperatures soared to around the 25 degree mark meaning it was going to be a tough day. Paul finished in a time of 3hr 41.54 and in 405th place overall, which given his short preparation and conditions was a good effort. he spoke to the Harriers later about the experience commenting on a hot day I did all I could to stay cool and hydrated but it just wasn’t possible and it was a tough day. Still the shoes are laced back up and I’m back running so here’s to continuing to get some fitness back”


Pilling 10k

Paul Brindle and Paul Jeffries were out in this local 10k Race won by Steven Hayes in 35.06. Paul Brindle had a good run to finish 2nd and 1st V45 clocking a time of 37.12 – Paul Jeffries crossed the line in 25th spot in a time of 44.51 which was just outside his personal best.