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Ben Wins and leads Harriers to Team Win at Leigh – Sam goes to No. 3 in U20 Hammer Rankings & Awards for Charlotte at Hammer Circle Reunion – National Road Relays – Lancashire Sportshall League – New Half-Marathon PB for Tom – Results Round-Up

Blackburn Harriers Men carried on with their winning ways at the weekend. After winning the first Mid Lancs Cross Country League fixture at Ulverston, they followed that up with another Team win at the Red Rose Cross Country League opening fixture at Leigh on Saturday 12th October. The Harriers took first team place with 51 points from Rossendale in 2nd place (161) and Clayton in 3rd (180).


Black Row L-R — John Horrocks – Paul Brindle – Chris Davies – Ben Fish – Danny Teare – Marc hartley – Allan Hartley – Craig Greenough — Front Row L-R — ‘an elongated’ Karl Billington – Paul Guinan – Calum Holmes

Ben Fish led the team home for the win after a real battle with Bolton’s Jonathan Kay – Ben clocking 31.48 and Jonathan 32.16. Ben Costello had another good run to take 4th spot in a time of 33.19 with Karl Billington in 6th clocking 33.39, Chris Davies in 8th (34.07) and taking the 1st V40 place, Marc Hartley in 14th with a time of 35.12 and John Horrocks bringing all the teams six counters home in the top 20 as he ran a time of 36.25 (20th).

Ben Costello

Just nine seconds further back came Calum Holmes in 23rd spot running 36.34 followed by Paul Guinan in 38th place (37.47), Paul Brindle running 39.35 in 56th position, in 87th spot Gary Pearse with a time of 41.42, Craig Greenough in 99th (42.37), Paul Smith (144th) in a time of 45.33, Danny Teare in 164th spot (47.56), Calvin Ferguson making his debut for the Harriers in cross country running a time of 51.58 (192nd) and Allan Hartley in 209th (54.59).

Paul Smith

Annabel Ralph led the Harriers Senior Women’s team home to a 6th place finish – finishing in 3rd place herself after a battle with Bury’s Hannah Rhys Price (2nd in 20.37) – Annabel clocking 20.44 in 3rd. Next home was Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 21st spot out of a field of one hundred and fifty three with a time of 22.44 and followed by Lindsay Davies in 37th place running a time of 24.07.

L-R Jan Buckingham – Michelle Teare – Lindsay davies – Helen Dawson-Smith – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Annabel Ralph

Next across the finish line came Michelle Teare with a strong run of 26.42 putting her in 77th position, with Helen Dawson-Smith not far behind in 83rd spot (27.01) and V55 Jan Buckingham in 89th running 27.59.

The U11 Boys fielded a team which saw Sam Aspey lead the lads home with a time of 7.45 in 3rd place out of a field of 79 runners. Charlie Haworth had a solid run to come home in 15th place clocking 8.30 followed by Alexander Brien also having a good run in 23rd place (9.04), and in 33rd spot Jack Carrington running a time of 9.19 with George Holman in 37th place (9.33).

L-R Hannah Davies – George Holman – Jack Carrington – Sam Aspey – Alexander Brien – Charlie Haworth

Sam AspeyCharlie HaworthAlexander BrienJack CarringtonGeorge Holman

Ninety five girls contested the U11 Race which saw Hannah Davies have another good run to place 5th overall with a time of 8.45 with the youngest member of the U11 girls team – Charlotte Smith – in 42nd spot running a time of 10.04.

Hannah Davies (228)

Charlotte Smith

Back Row – Matthew Smith – Helen Dawson Smith – Paul Smith — Front Row Charlotte Smith

In the U13 Boys race featuring seventy runners, the Harriers finished 2nd team to winners Trawden with Daniel Smith leading the Harriers home in 7th place in a time of 9.47, backed up by Ben Ham in 11th spot (10.02), Ben Livesey in 14th position running a time of 10.17, Oliver Gill clocking 10.24 in 19th spot, Matthew Smith in 27th position (10.53), Findlay Carroll with a time of 11.13 in 35th, Daniel Nuttall 37th running a time of 11.22, in 42nd spot – Harry Sambrook – in a time of 11.32 and Isaac Smith running 15.19 in 70th place. Isabelle Hartley came 47th with a time of 13.03 in the U13 Girls race which featured fifty nine runners. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was also a sole runner in the U15 Boys for the Harriers clocking 13.40 in 15th place. Kate Cookson and Millie Sambrook were the two athletes in the U15 Girls race for the Harriers which saw Kate place 20th out of 53 clocking 14.57 with Millie placing 37th in a time of 16.15.

L-R  Ben Livesey – Harry sambrook – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill –

Isaac Smith – Daniel Smith – Ben Ham – Daniel Nuttall

Daniel Smith

Ben Ham (237)

Daniel Smith (244) – Ben Livesey (239)Oliver GillMatthew Smith

Daniel Nuttall (1841)

Harry Sambrook (243)Isaac SmithIsabelle HartleyKate Cookson (284)Millie Sambrook (292)

Still on the cross country last weekend – Blackburn Harriers Joe Howe (at Manchester University) and Maddie Elliott (Cardiff Uiversity) were competing in their respective Leagues. Joe ran in the Gt. Manchester League in a huge field of 416 runners finishing 59th overall in a time of 36.34, telling us afterwards that it was a decent race and I knows there’s plenty of improvement to come. I’m only just starting my winter training so hopefully I’ll be able to move through the field a bit. All in all I’m very happy to be back running cross country”.

Joe Howe (984)

Maddie Elliott ran in the Gwent Cross Country League finishing 33rd out of another big field of 391 runners. She was 3rd counter for her university and 6th U23 overall which was a good debut for her in this years cross country season and she told the Harriers I was quite happy with the run considering it was the first one, but definitely know I can do better next time after building my fitness up these next few weeks”.

Maddie Elliott 4th from the Left

Hammer Circle Reunion Weekend

The Hammer Circle Reunon is an annual event and takes place in Hull usually, in October. Throws Coach Malcolm Fenton had this to say about the event on the Facebook Page of Friends of the Hammer Circle which sums up the ethos of this organisation “What other events out there, have an annual reunion, where Olympians, current and former Commonwealth Record Holders and Commonwealth Champions attend? Even more remarkable is that they, like all other attendees, pay to attend and make themselves available to chat and offer advice!”

Three Blackburn Harriers and their Coach attended this weekends event – U20 Sam Gaskell, U17 Matthew Heywood and U20 Charlotte Williams.

Sam added a massive 4.72m to his previous best to smash his 6kg Hammer record winning his event and setting a new PB of 69.39m – a throw which put him at No.3 in the National U20 Rankings. In 2nd place came Shaun Kerry (Hull) with 69.17m and Jack Lambert (Kidderminster) with 55.78m.

Sams New PB Throw Video

Matthew – currently ranked 8th Nationally with 53.38m – in the 5kg Hammer won his competition with a throw of 52.17m in front of Hull’s Antony Mould (48.19m) and Border’s Damon King (46.48m).

L-R Damon King – Matthew Heywood – Antony Mould – GB Senior Hammer Thrower Nick Miller

British No. 1 Charlotte Williams made it three wins for the Harriers on the day as she finished in 1st place with a distance of 55.98m in front of Jasmine Routledge of Charnwood (46.68m) and Hull’s Sarah Robinson (45.47m). The day finished really well for Charlotte as she was awarded Trophies firstly, for the longest throw of the year and secondly for the most improved thrower of the year.

National Road Relays – Sutton Coldfield Sunday October 6th

Seventy six teams qualified for this years Men’s 6 Stage National Road Relays which were eventually won by Leeds with a lead of 33 seconds over 2nd placed Aldershot and 51 seconds lead over 3rd placed Cambridhe & Coleridge – for whom Marc Scott ran the fastest Leg of the day in 16.46.

Senior Men’s Results

Senior Women’s Results

Our men’s team finished 27th over all with a collective time of 1.53.56 headed by Rob Warner on Leg 1 who had a cracking run to come back in 12th spot in 17.46. Leg 2 saw Chris Davies clock 19.49 to hand over to Tim Raynes on Leg 3 in 40th position – a Leg which saw Tim recover 12 places with his clocking of 18.27 – handing over on Leg 4 to Ben Costello in 28th. Ben ran 19.44 to hand over to Karl Billington on Leg 5 in 29th which ended in a run of 19.46 for Karl, finishing in 32nd. Ben Fish went on the final Leg and ran 18.24 to take back five places – coming home in 27th overall.

Back Row – Jess Judd – John Chaplin – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – Ben Costello – ‘mystery guest’ – Front Row L-R Ben Fish – Lindsay Davies – Tim Raynes.

Rob Warner (A11)Chris Davies (B11)Tim Raynes (C11)Ben Costello (D11) Karl Billington (E11)Ben Fish (D11)

Unfortunately, the Harriers Senior Women’s 4 Stage Team finished up as a part team due to illness on the eve of the Relays which left Alison Lundy and Lindsay Davies running Legs 1 & 2. Alison had a very strong Leg 1 run to clock a time of 15.40 coming back in 21st place to hand over to Lindsay who ran a time of 19.36.

Alison Lundy (A113)Lindsay Davies (B113)

Lancashire Sportshall League – Sunday October 13th

The first meeting of this years Lancashire Sportshall League took place at Uclan in Preston rather than at the usual venue in Blackpool. It also took place at a time when many people within athletics and Sportshall were mourning the passing of Preston Harriers Coach Bob Welfare. A hugely popular and respected man in the sport, known to many around the county and country for his unfailing enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and work in developing and promoting our sport. A massive loss and he will be very sadly missed.

Blackburn Harriers U11 Boys (111 points) had a great day as they won ahead of Broughton Primary (102), Preston Harriers (88), Chorley A&TC (65), Kendal AC (24) and Blackpool (10). The U13 Boys didn’t fare as well as they placed 6th in their competition but in the U15’s they placed 2nd behind Blackpool who were the very clear winners.

In the Girls competitions, the U11’s finished in 4th place behind runaway winners Broughton Primary and in a relatively close contest between 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The U13 Girls finished in 3rd spot behind winners Preston and 2nd placed Blackpool.

Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Team

Other Results

…………………..Starting off with the Manchester Half-Marathon – (RESULTS) – run by three Blackburn Harriers – Tom Blaney, Matt Poole and Daniel Whittaker on Sunday October 13th along with thousands of other runners. Having run his last Half-Marathon in 2012 with an 88.44 clocking, Tom posted a massive new PB with his 64th placed time of 76.02 – an improvement by 12 minutes. Matt Poole was making his debut over the distance and ran strongly to post a time of 88.32 whilst Daniel Whittaker posted a time of 94.20 which was outside his previous best set in 2017 of 88.41….pictured below with his Race Medal………..

………….Next up in our results round up was a very good performance from U15 Saul Sharp who won the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon at the weekend which took place in York (October 12/13th). On a very wet track he ran 1600m in 5:38, followed by a 100 metre swim in 1:05. He took 1st place by just a single point. This puts him in a really good ranking position going into the National Finals in Nottingham on 24th November. He was wearing his Harriers vest today with pride and also got a medal for the fastest run in the under 14 catagory.














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Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad shine in Lancashire Sportshall League with Harrison winning Athlete of the Match

Lancashire Sportshall League 2018-2019

The Club’s Sportshall squad have put in a tremdous performance in this years League which stretches from November 2018 through to January 2019 – covering three fixtures at Stanley Park Blackpool. Over the season, the Harriers finished in 2nd place behind Preston in the eight team League; And as Simon Pollard said afterwards A great day competed in a great spirit. Roll on the Regionals on 24th March “.   

Team Managers and Sportshall Coaches – Simon Pollard for the boys and Lindsay Davies for the girls – were delighted with all of the young Harriers and their performances, both individually and overall as a team.

Boys Team manager Simon Pollard reflecting on the day, told the Club “13 U11 and 4 U13 Boys made up the Harriers Boys team, helping the team to second place overall over in the 2018/19 Sporthall season.

All the athletes displayed great behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm and this in turn led to strong performances, notably Harrison Allcock being Athlete of the match, who placed first in the 2 lap (23.4 Sec), Long Jump (204cm), Speed bounce (80) and gained a distance of 6.45m in the Shot put, for the U13 Boys and Matthew Smith missing out on the same award for U11s by just one point. Aside for these two athletes mentioned other performances worthy of highlighting (I know they all are!) were Alfie Ward, placing second in the 2 Lap with 24.9 secs, Aidan Downes with a second place finish in the U13 standing triple jump with 6.04m and Codie Dewhurst with a score of 80 in the speed bounce a second place in the 6 Lap with 85.9 Sec.  Worthy of note were strong performances by first time Sportshall entrants Abdollh Shriha, Daniel Smith and Theo Robinson.  Finally relay teams: Alfie Ward, Matthew Smith, Kingston Turner and Adbollh Shriha had a good run in the U11 Grand Prix relay, with Harrison Allcock and Aidan Downes competing up an age group in the U15 level in the 2 x 2 relay and Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith taking on the U13  6 lap Paarlauf “.



The Girls Team Manager – Lindsay Davies – was equally effusive about how the girls had acquited themselves and commented that she was “a very happy coach and girls team manager, all the Sportshall kids really pushed themselves today and we had some fantastic performances” explaining that the different age groups finishing the season in the following positions overall:-

Under 11 Girls   3rd
Under 11 Boys  3rd
Under 13 Boys  3rd
Under 13 Girls  3rd
Under 15 Girls  2nd.
Under 15 Boys 2nd.

“This is calculated over all 3 matches out of 8 teams which are, Blackburn, Blackpool, Broughton Primary, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Chorley and Hyndburn. We had a lot of new starters so to come 2nd overall is a massive achievement. Lots of training from now till December to try and come back and beat Preston who beat us to the top slot. Great performances from Alisha Lehner who is a previous Athlete of the match with a 1st place in the 1 Lap with 12.7 and Alesha Hindle with a 1st place in the Balance Test with 60 seconds. So proud of all the girls who were smiling all the way through the day and very well behaved”.



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Senior Men & Women win at Red Rose – Sportshall with the Harriers youngsters – Gary & Jonathan tackle an Ultra – Helen is back

What a tremendous performance by the Harriers at the latest fixture of the Red Rose League held at Leverhulme Park in Bolton on Saturday. In a week in which the Club mourned the passing of its President – George Kirby – the athletes dedicated their runs in his memory and the work that he did over nearly seventy years in the world of athletics, and central to that, Blackburn Harriers & AC.

Senior Men’s Team Captain – Paul Guinan – summed it up saying Another great performance from Blackburn Harriers, a real team spirit has developed with a healthy competitive edge, the results don’t lie. A fitting tribute to the great George Kirby”.

Senior Women’s Team Captain – Joanne Nelson – echosed those sentiments as she told the Club about the Senior Women’s performances and what it meant Fantastic team effort for the Blackburn Harriers Ladies with our highest amount of runners this season taking part at Bolton. Annabel Ralph was first back in 4th place followed by Victoria in 6th, myself 7th, Katie 8th and Carmen 9th which was fantastic “packing” and made for a really exciting race. Ellen was “lucky for some” in 13th and Carly followed in 17th. Lindsay was next in 41st and Jan was 103rd. The ladies team is going from strength to strength with everyone giving their absolute best. The results were a fitting tribute to George Kirby with first ladie’s team and first ladie’s vets team.

The day couldn’t have turned out better with the Men’s Senior Team winning both the Senior Race and Team alongside the Women’s Senior Team who won the Team and Vet’s Team 1st places. Added to that Joanne Nelson won the Women’s V45’s, Carmen Byrne won the Women’s V40’s, Chris Davies won the Men’s V40’s.

Race Results

(L-R – Lindsay Davies – Ellen Sagar-Heaketh – Katie Buckingham – Jan Buckingham – Cary Edwards – Joanne Nelson – Carmen Byrne – Annabel Ralph – Victoria Mousley)

It was a great debut for Annabel Ralph having recently joined the Harriers, she led the team home in 4th place overall clocking a time of 21.15. Great packing by the team saw Vicci Mousley run 22.10 in 6th place, Joanne Nelson with a time of 22.06 in 7th, Katie Buckingham (22.22.) in 8th, just one second further back – Carmen Byrne 9th with a time of 22.23 which gave the Harriers 5 places in the top ten.

(Annabel Ralph)

(Joanne Nelson & Victoria Mousley)

(Katie Buckingham)

(Carmen Byrne)

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh was the next home in 13th position (23.00) with Carly Edwards in 17th spot (23.28). Lindsay Davies came home in 41st place running a time of 25.45 and it was good to see Jan Buckingham back out racing as she finished in 103rd place (30.43).

(Ellen Sagar-Hesketh)

(Carly Edwards)

(Lindsay Davies)

(Jan Buckingham)

Wearing Black Ribbon in memory of our Club president – George Kirby

(Back Row – Mark Almond – John Chaplin – Chris Davies – Paul Brindle – Jack Hindle – Karl Billington – Tim Raynes – Marc Hartley —- Front Row – Ben Costello – Paul Bradshaw – Calum James – Josh Holgate – Danny Collinge – Allan Hartley)

Tim Raynes is in very good form and showed that by taking his second successive win in the Series in a time of 34.57 after winning at Leigh, some ten seconds in front of 2nd placed Benjamin Coop from Bury. After the Race was over, Tim commented to the Club that It was great to see so many Harriers out in force again today with great performances across the board. Given all George’s work at Blackburn Harriers over many years, it felt like a fitting tribute to him”. Just like the Senior Women there was great packing from the Men as they secured 8 out of the first 18 places. Jack Hindle was next home behind Tim in 5th spot (35.29) followed by Ben Costello in 7th (35.58), Josh Holgate in 8th place (36.04), Karl Billington in 12th (36.50), Danny Collinge (14th) running a time of 37.35, Marc Hartley in 17th (37.49) and Chris Davies 18th just one second behind in a time of 37.50.

Start of Men’s Race VIDEO

                 Tim Raynes                                Jack Hindle                                   Ben Costello

Jack Hindle said it was a Great performance once again from Blackburn. As Braddy said, it was all about a great showing in memory of George. And it definitely was. Fantastic to see everyone giving 100%, with an awesome team spirit”.

Ben Costello commentedAnother great performance from everyone at the club again. Great to see everyone turn out for George. Personally was happy with my run – absolutely fantastic group down at Blackburn“.

              Josh Holgate                               Karl Billington                               Danny Collinge

Josh Holgate spoke to the Club at the end of day telling us that it was a Top performance and turn out from all involved today. Personally it turned out to be a good run by myself so very pleased with that! Sadly never had the privilege to meet George but I heard plenty of interesting things about him pre race today, which makes me wish I had the chance. It was clear how well regarded and respected he was amongst all those involved at the club”.

Karl Billington added that it was a Good overall team performance from the guys and girls. Not one I particularly enjoyed but on to the next one”.

                                                         Marc Hartley                                                                                 Chris Davies

Tom Blaney was the next Harrier across the line in 22nd position (38.34) with Calum James making his cross country debut for the Club one place further back in 23rd (38.42). Paul Bradshaw finished in 27th place with a time of 39.07 followed by Paul Brindle in 40th place (40.21), Mark Almond (85th) clocking 44.02, Chris Balderson in 87th with a time of 44.06, Craig Greenough (113th) in 46.16, V60 John Chaplin running 46.28 in 116th place and Allan Hartley (178th) with 53.14.

                Tom Blaney                                  Calum James                            Paul Bradshaw

Calum James said he “Really enjoyed my first Cross Country for Blackburn Harriers, finished top 25 (23rd Place) overall and five minutes quicker than last year time was (38.42) was a tough course but excellent team performance from everyone”.

Paul Bradshaw spoke for all the athletes and the Club when he said that it was a Top performance by everyone. George Kirby and his legacy was a topic of conversation pre race and I’m sure he would of been looking down watching today’s performance by all the clubs runners with a smile and sense of personal achievement at what he has helped to build and lead over the years”.

                Paul Brindle                                  Mark Almond                             Chris Balderson

John Chaplin told us that it  was

“Another great club performance. George would have been proud”.

         Craig Greenough                                 John Chaplin                               Allan Hartley

At the Junior end of the Race the U11 Boys finished 4th out of 14 teams with Matthew Smith, Oliver Gill and Findlay Carroll being the Teams counters. Matthew was the first one across the line for the Club in 6th place overall in a field of ninety two, clocking 6.51. He was followed in by Oliver in 10th place running a time of 6.58 with Findlay in 34th spot (7.30), Archie Bolton in 54th place (8.04), George Holman (62nd) running a time of 8.14 and Isaac Smith in 84th (9.18). In the U11 Girls Race featuring ninety runners, Hannah Davies finished in 16th position running 7.53 – with just seven seconds separating 12th place through to 18th.

(Matthew Smith)

(Oliver Gill)

(Findlay Carroll)

(Back Row – Oliver Gill – Matthew Smith – Isaac Smith – Archie Bolton — Front Row – Findlay Carroll – George Holman)

Ten teams and fifty four runners in the U13 Boys race which saw the Harriers place 4th overall. Ben Livesey and Saul Sharp battled it out for the first Harrier to finish which Ben edged it narrowly by one second in 17th place (12.45) and Saul 18th in a time of 12.46. Codie Dewhurst was the next one in (22nd) with a time of 13.04 followed by Daniel Smith in 26th place (13.19).

(Ben Livesey)

(Saul Sharp)

(Codie Dewhurst)

(Daniel Smith)

Keira Haxton had a really good run in the U13 Girls race to finish 12th in a time of 13.10 in the sixty seven strong field – the team finishing 8th out of 11 teams competing on the day. Next home was Kate Cookson in 17th place clocking 13.26 with Caroline Woodworth in 39th (14.23) and Isabelle Hartley in 49th with a time of 14.42. Ethan Barbarewicz finished 12th in the U15 Boys race which had thrity nine runners, posting a time of 16.12.

(Keira Haxton)

(Kate Cookson)

(Caroline Woodworth)

(Isabelle Hartley)

Sportshall – Sunday 4th November

Last weekend it was the turn of the Harriers youngsters to compete – in the first Sportshall competition of this years 2018 – 2019 season and they did pretty well with Eleesha Charnley winning the Athlete of the Match at the Blackpool competition and Alisha Lehner U11 Girls Athlete of the Match.

Competing for the U11 Girls were — Alesha Hindle, Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Brooke Szatchowski, Charley Capstick, Charlotte Sousa, Demi Casey, Emelia Stockton, Evie Fort, Hannah Davies, Imogen Robinson, Leah Walker, Lulu Sharp, Poppie Turner….for the U13 Girls were Isabelle Hartley and Uma Mcgoy and U15 Girls — Eleesha Charnley, Holly Sousa and Myah Booth“.

Lindsay Davies – Girls Team Manager commented on the day telling us that it was a “Great day and a lot of our athletes doing it for the 1st time, quite a few tears at the beginning due to nerves but once they all got competing together they all started having fun. New to Sportshall little pocket rocket Demi Casey was very enthusiastic, asking me every two minutes “when am I next on”. So proud of my girls, they really put the effort in. Alisha Lehner was crowned U11 girls athlete of the match with a great performance of two 1st places in her events.

Eleesha Charnley was also crowned athlete of the match in the U15’s.  Fantastic U15 Relays team with Eleesha and Myah Booth romping it home, Myah and Eleesha stormed to victory with a huge lead. U13’s Relays saw Lulu Sharp and Alesha Hindle step up from the under 11’s to join Isabelle Hartley and Uma McGoy, they gave it their all against some tough opposition. There were two under 11 teams. The scoring team was Hannah Davies, Brooke Szatchowski, Imogen Robinson and Alisha Lehner. It was a very fast race and they finished in 2nd place. The non scoring team was Leah Walker, Charley Capstick, Demi Casey and Emelia Stockton, all of these were doing this competition for the first time and they all said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to all my girls.

Simon Pollard – Boys Team Manager – was equally happy with the performance of the lads, outlining how it all went. “Two under 15 boys supported the club last Sunday with Hayden Mercer taking best advantage and being awarded athlete of the match for his efforts.  Hayden achieved first place in the 2 lap (not his preferred distance but he fancied giving it a go) with a time of 22.1 seconds.  This was followed up with a 6.94m standing triple jump, again achieving first place and a score of 75 in speed bounce, also gaining first place. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, in his first outing at Sportshall, achieved second place in the 4 lap with a time of 51.2 seconds, 70 in the speed bounce for 4th place and a leap of 5.94m in the standing triple jump at his first attempt at the event. Hayden and Kyle then teamed up to win the 2x lap relay. A great way to round of the day”

In the Under 13 Boys “Harrison Allcock took a Sunday out of his usual Sunday Football Schedule to support the club achieving 79 in speed bounce for second place, a 24.0 second 2 lap for 4th place and a 1.98m standing long jump for 5th place. Harrison then led out the relay team to compete in the 1 lap relay, supported by 3 of our newer under 11s who did themselves credit”.

(Harrison Allcock)

In the U11 Boys “A number of them were making their debuts for the club at this event, having recently joined the Sportshall team. Team spirit was high, as was the level of effort displayed on the day. Finlay Carroll achieved a time 15.0 seconds in the high stepper and a standing long jump of 1.40m.  This was followed by a time of 26.8 secs in the 2 lap and a score of 7 in target throw. Jack Duxbury, making his debut, achieved a score of 30 in speed bounce, a time of 14.5 seconds in the 1 lap, a standing long jump of 1.40m and a distance of 3.50m in the chest push.  All of these are PBs for Jack so he has times and targets to aim to beat at the next meeting. Kingston Turner achieved 48 in the speed bounce, a height of 39cm in the vertical jump, a score of 4 in target throw and 13.4 secs in the 1 lap. Mason Bowman started with scoring 45 in speed bounce, a time of 13.0 seconds in the 1 lap ((9th place), followed by a standing long jump of 1.66m and a chest push of 4.25 m. Matthew Smith, coming off a great outdoor season achieved 5th place in speed bounce with a score of 52 (without the distraction of an officials whistle in the one lap his score would have been higher), followed by a standing long jump of 1.82m for 7th place.  This he then followed with a 2 lap time of 25.1 seconds and a chest push distance of 6.25m gaining him 2nd place in this event……………………….

(Jean Hoyle officiating at Sportshall)  

……………”Rohan McGoay, another sportshall debutant kicked off his season with 31 in speed bounce followed by a height of 24cm in the vertical jump.  In the 2 lap Rohan achieved a score of 27.9 second and he rounded off with a 3.0m chest push. Sam Craven achieved 42 in speed bounce and a height of 30cm in the vertical jump, a distance of 4.0m in chest push and a time of 30.2 seconds in the 2-lap. Debutant Tom Hunt completed the high stepper in 17.6 seconds, gained a height of 25cm in the vertical jump, achieved a score of 4 in target throw and completed the 2 lap in 30.5 seconds.  Tom now has markers to beat in the forthcoming meets in December and January”………………The Under 11s relay team, consisting of Finlay Carroll, Kingston Turner, Matthew Smith and Mason Bowman competed strongly and special mentions should be made of Jack Duxbury, Sam Craven and Rohan McGoay who all stepped up to support Harrison Allcock in the under 13s relay. High levels of commitment, behaviour and team spirit made a great day of action with more to come in future sportshall meets”.

Short Circuit Ultra – November 2nd

This is a 33 mile long race organised by Pink Panther Ultra Marathon Events who specilaise in these types of Endurance running races.

Basic Route Details: Starting in Otley the route goes straight up the steps to Surprise View at the top of the Chevin it then heads over to Bramhope then Cookridge. Then around the runway of Leeds Bradford Airport (outside the fence!) Over to Yeadon Tarn then Guiseley Woods, up to Hawksworth, then Menston up onto the moors towards Ilkley and the famous Cow and Calf Rocks, down through Ben Rhydding and up to Timble then across to Norwood along the beautiful Lindley Wood Reservoir through Leathley to the finish at Pool-in-Wharfedale.

Gary Pearse and Jonathan Bridge have embarked on a new stage of their endurance careers, taking on this 33 mile race. The Race featured ninety two finishers, with the winning time for Alastair Murray 4hrs 45.42. Gary and Jonathan – both V50’s – did really well at their first attempt finishing in joint 20th place with times of 6hr 01.19 – only the first five runners actually broke 5 hours.

Race Results

After the Race Gary told the Club that “Had the idea that getting ever slower may as well try the challenge of going further so an ultramarathon at relatively short notice was entered and coerced Jonathan in joining me post his Amsterdam Marathon. The unaptly named Short Circuit around the hills/tracks/roads/fields/moors surrounding Otley and Ilkley. 33miles/53km with over 4000 feet of climb, completed in a time of 6.01 as we finished together joint 20th. The bonus of a couple of vet prizes made for a memorable day. Never eaten or drunk so much in a race in what was an exceptionally well organised event. Next up the the Tour of Pendle if legs allow!”

Trossachs Night Trail Series 2018/19

Each race will follow forest trails and fire roads in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, courses will be marked with reflective tape and head torches are mandatory. In the event of bad weather the race may be cancelled or the route changed.

Helen Leigh is back – who would have doubted it, and what a race to come back in as she told the Club Did a race George!! Hips held together (kind of) and smashed the race. Was 2nd lady and only by a few secs, 30th overall so nice to have a blast out and felt pretty strong considering”.

Results Page

Finally Paul Wilkinson and David Morris had a run out in the Through The Villages Race recenlty with Paul placing 212th out of 360 finishers in a time of 75.00 and David 333rd in 92.31.


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Eleesha finishes 10th in National U15 Girls Sportshall Final at Sportcity

National Sportshall Final – Sunday April 15th

Eleesha Charnley, an U15 young athlete and a member of Blackburn Harriers since she was seven years of age and just a couple of months short of her 8th birthday, recently became the Northern Sportshall Champion which qualified her for the National Championships held at Sportscity.


National Sportshall U15 Girls Results

And what a great performance she put in – taking on the 4 Lap Race, Speed Bounce and Standing Long Jump against the other U15 Girls who had qualified from all over the country. Eleesha finished joint 10th overall out of seventy three athletes – placing 8th in the 4 Lap Race – 5th in the Speed Bounce and 10th in the Standing Long Jump. She was delighted with her qualification and performance at the Championship Final and told the Club after that It was the most amazing experience to walk out at the front of my team carrying the banner. The standard was phenomenal but I felt very pleased that I could compete in such a good field of competitors and give them a run for their money. Although I did not get in the the winning medal position it was still great that I could get there. Thanks to Blackburn Harriers once again for making this possible”.

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Niamh Wins Athlete of the Match for the U11’s at Sportshall League Fixture

Another very good performance by Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad at the weekend taking 3rd overall including 2nd Team in the U11Girls – 3rd in the U11 Boys – 3rd in the U13 Girls – 3rd in the U13 Boys and 4th in the U15 Girls. Some of the youngsters posted new personal bests and for the second fixture in a row, the Harriers produced an athlete of the Match – Niamh Gater winning it for the U11Girls, after Harrison Allcock had won the Athlete of the Match for the U11 Boys in the first fixture. After the first two fixtures the Harriers are in 3rd position overall in the League Table.



Caerwen Butler commented on the performance of our young up and coming athletes saying ‘Blackburn Harriers had another fantastic turn out for the second Lancashire County Sportshall Event in Blackpool on Sunday 14th January 2018. Over 40 athletes competed in every age category apart from one. The children were brilliantly behaved and all tried their hardest at each event. There were lots of individual personal bests and even some club records were broken on the day. Some younger children took up the challenge in their first competition with a brave and competitive attitude- well done to all those who were there for the first time.

Notably Niamh Gater won Athlete of the Match for the Under 11 girls for the combined total of events scored. Harrison Allcock won this in November for the Under 11 boys. We have some very talented athletes coming through to the Under 13’s next year and had such strength in depth on the day in both the Under 11 age categories.

The older athletes competed brilliantly too and with only a handful in each category they still managed to finish in the top 3 in the Under 13’s categories. A special mention to Liberty Thompson who gained all the points for the Under 15’s in the individual events and thanks to Claudia Lewis who joined her in the relay and stepped up an age category.

On the day we came 3rd overall with 379 points and second was only 23 points in front. Given that we had no athletes in one age group I think this is a tremendous achievement. The coaches are extremely proud of all the athletes and how much they gave on the day. Well done Blackburn Harriers- a brilliant day that produced loads of smiles’

(Niamh Gater)

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Blackburn Harriers & AC Annual Presentation of Awards Evening

A packed out evening at the Mill Hill Working men’s Club saw Blackburn Harriers celebrate the success of all our athletes over the previous year across all disciplines – Track & Field; Cross Country, Road, Fell and Sportshall.

Club Chairman Tony Wood started the evening with a special mention of the first of our two Guest Presenters – Samantha Murray. Samantha who joined the Club as a 15yr old went on to achieve magnificent success in the Modern Pentathlon winning the Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympics and became World Individual Champion in 2014 – outstanding achievements along side so many others over the years including winning the British Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

First Award of the evening – The Junior Squad Trophy – goes traditionally to the Sportshall Group which sees the Coaches nominate three Boys and three Girls. The Boys Nominations were Harrison Allcock, Thomas Flynn, Matthew Smith and the Girls Niamh Gate, Kady Thompson, Molly Grimshaw with Harrison and Niamh taking the Award.


The U11 Endurance Award is given to recognise the efforts of the junior endurance athletes particularly during the 2016-17 cross country season. For the Boys the winner was Oliver Gill and for the Girls Isabelle Hartley.


Junior Team Contribution to Track and Field Award goes to the junior athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2016 Track and Field season in the UKYDL, Mid Lancs and Lancashire County Championships. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret took the U13/U15 Boys Award followed by three winners of the U13/U15 Girls – Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole. In the U17/U20 Male age category there were also three winners with Ben Whittaker, Jacob Roberts and Nicholas Smith and in the Female category Emily Warren and Chloe Bleeks were the winners.


Junior Merit Award is presented to athletes new to the UKYDL who have impressed their respective team managers and coaches throughout the season with the winners in the U13’s being Kate Cookson, Nicky Saunders, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Rory Teare with Queen Tanimowo, Millie Coy, Sam Hodkinson and Jonathan Gough taking the Award in the U15’s.

This award – Senior Team Contribution to Track and Field – goes to the athlete that has competed in most Club fixtures through the 2017 Track and Field season with a combination of Northern Senior League, Mid Lancs and Lancs Champs used to decide the winners. For the Men the winners were Chris Davies and Tim Raynes and for the Women Anna Peers.

Junior Team Contribution to Cross Country Award goes to the Junior athlete that has competed in most club XC fixtures through the season. Red Rose and Mid Lancs Leagues, Lancs, Northern and National Champs. Boys Winners Ethan Barbarewicz (Total of 10 MLL XC and Red Rose XC as well as County and Northern) Girls Winner Amy Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National). For the Seniors the Award went to Chris Davies (4 out of 5 MLL XC and all 4 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National and for the Women, Lindsay Davies took the Award (4 out of 5 MLL XC and 3 Red Rose XC plus the Lancs XC, Northern and National).



The next two Awards presented on the night covered the U13/U15 and U17/U20 Age Groups, the first of which was for the – Most Promising Young Athlete – an Award that highlights athletes that are usually new to the Harriers or just starting with the juniors and have started to make good progress through training and competing regularly and particularly look to have great prospects ahead for them. For the U13/U15 Age Category the Boys Winner was Dexta Thompson and for the Girls Hollie Cubbon. In the U17/U20’s the Winners were Bradley Meikleham and Emily Taberner. The second of these Awards – the Most Improved Young Athlete – went to Matt Ramsden for the U13/U15 Boys, to Myah Booth for the U13/U15 Girls, Ben Whittaker and Chloe Bleeks for the for the U17/U20’s.




The next Award presented on the night – Outstanding Junior Commitment – went to athletes that have shown commitment and application beyond what would normally be expected in order to improve themselves or support their team mates. Cameron Harris won the Award for the U13/U15 Boys for achieving a National Standard 45.54m in the Javelin at English Schools and ending the season on top of the North West Rankings and 19th Nationally. Eleesha Charnley took the U13/U15 Girls Award for her contribution in T&F, XC and Fell as well as being a key member of the road relay squad. Anthony Kent won the U17/U20 category after finishing the season ranked number one in the North West, 12th in the country and reaching the English Schools Final – Coach Jim Kerrigan receiving his Award. Maddie Elliott took the Female U17/U20 Award for competing more XC than any other in this age group, at T&F, and a key member of the relay squad.


The Club’s next award – Club Road Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the roads and conducts themselves in a manner that is a great example to the other members around them. The Women’s Winner was Rachel Wood who won the San-Francisco Marathon and South Cheshire 20 and for the Men the Award went to Joe Monk for a season which saw him set new personal bests at 10k, 10mile and Half-Marathon.


At this point in the evening it was time for the introduction of our next Guest Presenter – George Woodburn. The Club Chairman introduced George as a long standing member of the Harriers, joining way back in 1964. After a successful career as an endurance runner which saw him run 30mins for 10k, 67 mins for the half-marathon and 2.26 for the marathon and after 53 years membership George has continued to be extremely active in the Club  as a Coach and Committee member.

The Club Fell Running Award – is made to an athlete who has represented the club with great credit on the fells. The deserved winner was Dexta Thompson who had a great season placing 3rd in the U13 FRA Champs – the English Junior Fell Champs 6 race series. He backed that up with 2nd in the BOFRA U12s, taking the Lancashire U13 Fell title and also winning his age category in the Junior Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix Series.

Going from juniors to veterans, the winners of the Best Veteran Athletes Award went to Ben Fish who during the course of the season competed on the Track at 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m and Steeplechase as well winning eight road 10k and half-marathon races. For the women, this Award went to Victoria Mousley after winning the 5k Veteran title at Horwich and recording six other wins at 10k and half-marathon. There was a second Veteran’s Award which was a Merit Award for Road Running and this was won by Carmen Byrne who recorded four wins at 10k and 10 mile.


Normally there is just one Award for the Triathlete of the year but this year there were two. Our first Winner was Brian Fogarty after a tremendous performance in the British Ironman Championships where he placed 11th overall and first amateur. Our second Winner was Jack Hindle after a a stunning win at the Helvellyn Triathlon where he won the event by a full twelve minutes in front of the previously undefeated professional.

Many of our junior athletes participate in a variety of events, even if not true multi-eventers, This award – Best Junior All Round Track and Field Performance – reflects their versatility and the overall contribution they make to the Track and Field squad. Our Boys Winner was George Whittaker who competed in ten different events during the season for the Club whilst the Girls Award went to Liberty Thompson who competed in nine events overall throughout the year.


The Best Senior All Round Track and Field Performance went to John iLunga who competed in eleven events for the Club during the season as well as taking on a Decathlon at the Lancashire County Multi-Events Championships. The Women’s Winner was Anna Peers who competed in all the Throws events for the Club in the Northern league amassing a massive one hundred and four points.


Our next two Awards cover firstly – Best Junior & Senior Field Performance and and secondly – Best Junior & Senior Track Performance. Starting with the Juniors for the Field Award, U15 Jonathan Gough won for his 11.70m Triple Jump at Blackpool whilst for the Girls Emma Love won the U13/U15 Award for her 1.40m High Jump at Bury in the UKYDL. Jacob Roberts threw 65.64m at the Blackburn Open which won him the U17/U20 Award whilst Charlotte Williams won the U17/U20 Girls Award for her throw of 60.53m at Loughborough (Ann-Marie receiving on behalf of Charlotte). For the Senior Awards, these went to Joe Pearse for his High Jump of 2.00m at the Bucs Championships in Bedford  (Esme Pearse receiving on behalf of Joe) whilst the Women’s Award went to Olympian Holly Bradshaw who broke her own National Record with a jump of 4.81m (Bob Groves receiving on behalf of Holly)




The Junior Awards for Best Performance (U13/U15) were won by Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 at Blackpool in August and Myah Booth for her 11.6 70m Hurdles time at the Blackburn Open. For the U17/U20’s age group Ross Liddle was the male Winner for his time of 50.6 in the 400m at a Northern League fixture in Liverpool and Emily Warren took the female Award for her 12.6 sec in the 80m Hurdles at the Blackburn Open. Rob Warner was the Winner of the Senior Award for his 3.49.1 1500m run at Trafford whilst Alison Leonard took the Women’s Award for  1500m run in Germany clocking a time of 4.24.4. Rob’s Trafford time also saw him win the prestigeous Arthur Almond Trophy which is presented to the athlete with the best Track performance throughout the season.



Our next Award of the evening – Best Schools Championship Performance of the Year – was presented to the athlete that has produced the best performance in a Schools Track and Field event during the season. Winner of the Girls Award for her Silver Medal throw of 59.41m in the English School Hammer Final was Charlotte Williams (Brother George receiving her Award) whilst the Boys Award was won by Ross Liddle for his time of 54.3 in the 400m Hurdles Final.


Four Awards for the Club Championship which is conducted throughout the year over varying types of Races on Road, Cross Country, Trail and Fell. Fifteen Races in total with the best eight performances counting towards the eventual winners. This year saw Lindsay Davies win both the Women’s Club Championship and Club Handicap whilst Chris Davies won the Men’s Club Championship and Ian Clarkson won the Club Handicap.

A very special Award made by the Harriers Club Committee was made to Joe Fleming, the Club’s High Jump Coach. This Award is made in recognition of a contribution made by a member of the Club who has shown commitment and dedication in working for the betterment and improvement of the Clubs athletes and the Club itself. Over many years Joe has displayed all of these characteristics and was a very deserving winner.

At the Club’s Annual General Meeting held recently it was announced that Richard Taylor was standing down as a Committee Member after a number of years in that role, as was the Club Secretary George Davies. George continues on the Committee and was elected Vice-Chairman with Wendy Hitchon being elected the new Club Secretary. In recognition of the work they had done, the Club made awards to both Richard and George which were presented by Wendy.

One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Life Memberships to Olympians Sophie Hitchon, Holly Bradshaw and Samantha Murray. In introducing the Awards, Club Chairman Tony Wood told the assembled Harriers that granting Life membership was a an indication of the contribution that these three athletes had made not only in their own specific events but to the support and development of the Club as a whole and that it was fitting to mark those achievements and contributions in this way. George Davies presented the Award to Samantha whilst Bob Groves received the Award for Holly Bradshaw as she was unfortunately unable to be there and Wendy Hitchon was presented with Sophie’s Award as she was in the US at a training camp.

The Bob Groves Trophy which is presented by the Club’s Hurdles Squad was won by Solomon Brown recognising his step up to 400m Hurdles and his improvement throughout the season. Bob took the opportunity to highlight the progress that Solomon had made throughout the year alongside Club record holder for 400m Hurdles – Ross Liddle.

Charlotte Williams and Jacob Roberts, two of the Clubs very successful Hammer Throwers were presented with International Awards, an Award which recognises the increasing number of athletes that have represented the Club at International level during the year and in 2017 both athletes were selected to compete for England.

On to the Athlete of the Year for Juniors and Seniors which highlighted some great performances. Junior Male Winner was U15 Matt Ramsden for his 3000m time of 9.24.4 which puts him at the top of the North West Rankings by over half a minute and in the top twenty in the Nationally. The Female Junior Winner was Charlotte Williams for her throw of 60.53m in the Hammer, finishing the season 2nd in the North West rankings and 2nd Nationally.

Senior Male Winner was Rob Warner for his personal best time of 3.49.12 whilst the Female Winner Holly Bradshaw won after breaking her own British Outdoor Pole Vault Record with a clearance of 4.81m.

The Final Award of the evening is the Round Chase Trophy, a trophy that has been in the Club for well over eighty years. And it was fitting that George Woodburn who has contributed so much to Endurance running in the Club was able to present the Cup and the individual medals to the U15 Boys Endurance Squad who have had a fantastic year.  They came 2nd in the Red Rose Cross Country League – 1st in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League – won the U15 Lancashire Road Relays and North West Road Relays in Blackpool – followed that up by winning the Northern Road Relays at Sportscity and capped it off with a Silver Medal in the National Road Relays at Sutton Park.

(L-R Back Row: George Woodburn presenting the Award – Luke Ingleson, Jamie Teare, Matt Ramsden, Leon Thomas & Sam Hodkinson – L-R Front Row: Harry Wilkin, George Whittaker & Ethan Barabarewicz)