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Harriers Sportshall youngsters shine in Quadrathlon

Wednesday 14th September saw Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Coaches organise a Club Quadrathlon with assistance from other Club Coaches and Officials. The night was a great success which was echoed in the report on the night provided by Damian Clapham.


Damian wrote “On a bright sunny evening 57 under 11 athletes from Blackburn Harriers and Athletic Club took part in a club Quadrathlon. The event was well supported by parents and officials from the club all volunteering their time to ensure athletes were kept safe and the competitions adhered to UK Athletics rules. A large thanks from all go to everyone that helped and took part to make it a great success. The Athletes competed in School Year groups with Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 all being represented by both Boys and Girls.

The Year 4 Girls Event was won by Hannah Davies with a score of 189 Points, Second was Suzie Townson with a score of 179 Points and Third came Imogen Robinson with a score of 173 Points. The best performance in this year group came from Hannah Davies in the 400m where a time of 1min 24 secs produced a fantastic score of 56.


In a very close Year 4 Boys event Matthew Smith topped the podium scoring a very impressive 2014 points, Second came Oscar Blow with 201 points and Third was Jack Ingram on 196 Points. Notable perfromances came from Matthew Smith and Jack Ingram (1 min 21secs) in the 400m plus George Ramsden (1m 89cm) in the Standing Long Jump who all scored 59 points for their efforts. DSC_0590

The Year 5 Girls Event was won by Niamh Gater with 163 points, while in joint second came Rimini Bellusci and Tilly Pollard with 141 Points. Other Notable performances included Kady Thompson where a 2min 20second 400m earned her 50 points.


In the Year 5 Boys Event Harrision Allcock stood on the top step following an impressive score of 204 points, Second spot was taken by Oliver Lord with 180 points and in Third place Thomas Flynn scored 141 Points.


The biggest field of the evening belonged to the Year 6 Girls where 14 athletes contested the 4 events.The Event finished with Kate Cookson coming out on top of the field Scoring 194 points ahead of Holly Bell and Caroline Woodworth in another Joint Second on 177 points. Notable performances included Isabella Almond throwing 23m 42cm for 46 points in the Howler, Emily Cottam with 3m 32cm for 47 points in the long jump and in a very good 600m race both Kate Cookson (2min 6second – 64points) and Caroline Woodworth (2min 8second – 62 points) scored over the 60 point barrier!


With another large 13 boy field the Year 6 Boys competed in a very competitive environment throughout the event. First Place was taken by Dexta Thompson with a very impressive 227 points. This included a 1min 53second 600m to score 77 points and win the Performance of the Night! Second place went to Isaac Butler with another impressive 219 points while the third step of the podium was taken by Codie Dewhurst on 179 Points.


Congratulations to all those that managed to get on the podium and well done to all the other athletes that took part in a very successful evening competition. Many Personal Bests were set along the way showing the progress all athletes have made this summer and we look forward to a brilliant indoor Sportshall Season over the winter.

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New generation of Blackburn Harriers starting out – Burnley Open Meeting – Town Schools Championships produce 7 new Schools Records and 26 Wins for Harriers youngsters

It is said that nothing stands still which is as true about athletics as it is of any other factor of life. Without enthusiastic youngsters being encouraged and supported to have a go, by schools, parents, coaches and team managers – and – looking to develop through the age groups up to Senior level, the future of the sport cannot be guaranteed.

At the Burnley Open Meeting last week we saw some of that enthusiasm on display by youngsters, just having a go. Thirty one youngsters in total competed on the day from Blackburn Harriers in Throws, Jumps and Track. In one event alone – U11 Girls Long Jump – there were nine Blackburn Harriers competing in a field of nineteen and five Blackburn Harriers in the U11 Boys Long Jump featuring eighteen youngsters.


(Matthew Smith)

In the U8 Age Group Category we had William Bontoft and Hannah Davies – in the U9’s Matthew Smith, Isaac Hilton, Jack Probert, Jacob Peel, Stanley Ashcroft, Imogen Robinson, James Targett, – – –  in the U10’s Madison Bontoft, Sacha Brown, Demi Thompson, Harrison Allcock, Harry Anderton, – – –  in the U11’s Caroline Woodworth, Jadyn Armstrong, Grace Hilton, Dexta Thompson, Isacc Butler, Codie Dewhurst, Max Peel, Holly Turner, Natasha Hill, Charlotte Clapham, Libby Neal, Oliver Proctor, Samuel King, Holly Bell, Grace Targett, Saul Sharp and Alexander Galiatsatos.


Performance of the day belonged to 7yr old Hannah Davies (8yrs old in September) who won the 150m in a time of 27.3 also winning the Long Jump with a distance of 2.49m and the 50m Final in 9.0sec. Joining the winners list on the day were U9 Matthew Smith in the Long Jump with 3.11m, U10 Sacha Brown in the 600m with a time of 2.06.3 and U10 Harrison Allcock in the Long Jump with a winning distance of 3.56m.


Taking second places on the day with good performances were Matthew Smith in the U9 150m with 25.9; Madison Bontoft in the U10 Shot Putt with a distance of 3.46m, Harrison Allcock in the U10 75m (11.7sec), U11 Caroline Woodworth in the Shot Putt (4.25m) and a time of 2.02.4 in the 600m, Dexta Thompson in the U11 600m with an impressive time of 1.52.4.

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In third places came U9 Stanley Ashcroft (Cricket Ball Throw of 9.75m), U10 Sacha Brown with a jump of 3.10m in the Long Jump and a time of 11.9 in the 75m, Jaydn Armstrong in the Shot Putt (4.10m), Isaac Butler in the U11 600m (2.00.3) and Holly Bell with a throw of 15.85m in the U11 Cricket Ball Throw. Saul Sharp tackled the 75m and 600m for the first time posting times of 12.5 for the 75m and 2.09.01 for the 600m and then backed that up with a 4th place in the Shot Putt throwing 4.47m.

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Town Schools Championships at Witton Park

Not a bad day at all for Blackburn Harriers athletes competing for their respective schools in the Town Champion ships. Altogether the Harriers set seven new Town Schools Records and recorded twenty six wins.



Blackburn Harriers were to the fore on the day in the Y7 age group with  Mya Booth setting a new Town Schools record in the 70m Hurdles winning in a time of 11.63 with Christie Sturgess in 2nd (12.78) and Taquana Aldridge in 4th (14.52). Charlotte Corrigan was the next winner in the 1500m (5.32.6) and amazingly Caiden Hesketh who is a sprinter won the 800m in 2.51.0. Abigail Armas placed 4th in the 100m with a time of 14.94. Back to her preferred discipline Caiden Hesketh won the 200m with a time of 29.72 with Charlotte Corrigan in 2nd place (30.46) and Emma Catterall 3rd (31.73). Myah Booth took her second win of the day in the Long Jump (3.82m) with Caiden Hesketh in 2nd (3.59m). Myah Booth then took her third win of the day and set another new Town Schools Record in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.70m

The Yr 8 age group saw Phoebe Baxter win the 100m in a time of 13.38, followed by a win for Amy Davies in the 1500m (5.19.77) and a double win for Bailey Madden, first in the 100m (13.38) and then the 200m (28.79). Phoebe Baxtor cleared 3.55m for 3rd place in the Long Jump and Bailey Madden came 3rd in the Shot Putt (6.30m).

Yr 9 Girls saw Bethany Brannigan run 14.83 for 2nd place in the 75m Hurdles and then take 2nd in the 100m (13.82). Eloise Littlefair won the 100m in 13.72 and then set new Town Schools records by winning the Shot Putt with 10.45m and the Javelin with a throw of 27.10. Abigail Brown came 2nd in the Javelin with 16.40m.

In the Y11 Girls Maddie Elliott set another Town Schools Record in the 1500m (4.53.9) and came 2nd in the 80m Hurdles (13.97). Chloe Bleeks came 2nd in the 100m (13.73) with Jaqui Howard in 3rd (13.80) who then went on to win the Long Jump (4.50m). Teigan Fawcett added to the wins for Blackburn Harriers athletes in the Javelin (23.40m) with Jessica Kit in 4th (16.98m) – and – same again in the Discus with a win for Teigan (20.03m) and 4th for Jessica (17.29m). Yet another Town Schools Record was set when Libby Angland won the Triple Jump clearing 9.85m.

Matt Ramsden set the tone in the Yr 8 Boys winning the 1500m winning in 4.47 whilst Leon Thomas won the 800m in 2.24.0 with Jimmy Walpole 3rd.

In Yr 9 there was a one-two in the 80m Hurdles with Sol Brown winning in 13.59 and Billy Walpole coming 2nd in 14.37. Sol went onto clear 9.35m in the Triple Jump (5th). In the 1500m there was a win for Bradley Meiklehan (5.08) with Charlie Obank in 2nd (5.16) and Billy Walpole 5th in 5.30.0. Ben Whittaker placed 4th in the 200m with a time of 26.84 and took 3rd spot in the Long Jump clearing 4.40m with Billy Walpole in 5th (4.38m).

Nicholas Smith came 2nd in the Yr 10/11 Boys 100m Hurdles (17.02) whilst Jacob Roberts won the 100m in 11.90 then took 2nd in the Discus (31.05m) and 2nd in the Javelin (34.27m). Sammy Kearns placed 3rd in Javelin with 30.51m. It was Anthony Kent who won the Discus with 36.62m which was another Town Schools Record and then made it a double win in the Shot Putt (10.90m). Zak Hargreaves took the win in the Triple Jump with a leap of 11.42m.

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A Win for Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Group – v – Kirkham Grammar School

It was the ninth year in a row that Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Group have taken on Kirkham Grammar School, a fixture which has been won by Kirkham for the first 8 years.

Would it change this year and produce a win for the Harriers?

Well Indeed it did. So big congratulations to all the youngsters who turned out and gave of their best on the day, leading to the victory. Congratulations also to the young athletes from Kirkham Grammar School who helped make the the day and the athletics a very enjoyable occasion.



(Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Team – v – Kirkham Grammar School)

Alison Hulme who is the Sportshall Group Co-ordinator and also organiser of these fixtures was delighted to be able to report the win for the Harriers  and told us “On Saturday 21 May 2016, after 6 years of trying, Blackburn Harriers’ U11 team finally got their hands on the Centenary Shield, beating Kirkham Grammar Junior School in a very close competition! The competition was started in Blackburn Harriers’ Centenary year (2010) and involves teams of 10 boys & 10 girls competing in 4 track events, 4 field events and 2 relays. The Kirkham teacher who devised the competition is Alf Oddie, who competed for Blackburn Harriers for many years.

After the track events the scores for both teams were even on 44 points; Blackburn pulled slightly ahead after the field events with 91 points compared to Kirkham’s 85 points. First place finishes by both Blackburn boys & girls 4x100m relay teams secured the victory, with Blackburn scoring 141 compared to Kirkham’s 123 points overall.

Blackburn girls were particularly strong with 1-2 finishes in 150m (Holly Bell & Charlotte Clapham), 600m (Kate Cookson & Caroline Woodworth), Long Jump (Sacha Brown & Holly Turner) and Triple Jump (Kate Cookson & Emily Cottam). For the boys, Harrison Allcock was first in 60m & long jump and Isaac Butler had an impressive run to win the 600m. Special mention must go to Jadyn Armstrong who bravely finished her hurdles race after taking a nasty tumble. Other team members were: Natasha Hill, Lucy Ramsden, Harry Anderton, Codie Dewhurst, Thomas Flynn,Alexander Galiatsatos, Oliver Proctor, Saul Sharp, Harry Thomas, Theo Sturgess.

Thanks go to the Kirkham teachers, Jean Leigh, Danny Maynard and all of the parents & relatives who made this event a success”.

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 (Ben Armstrong & John Cookson Team Managing for the Blue & Whites)


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Harriers Girls compete for Lancashire in Sportshall Regional Final

 Sportshall Regional Final

Blackburn Harriers athletes were selected to compete for Lancashire in the North West Regional Final held on Saturday March 5th and they were Hannah Cookson in the U15’s, Eleesha Charnley and Emily Raine in the U13’s. Lancashire were competing against Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Full Results for U13 Boys & Girls + U15 Boys & Girls HERE

(Photo’s courtesy of John Cookson)

Hannah Cookson competed for the U15 Girl’s Team which finished 3rd in the competition overall. In the Standing Long Jump she set a new PB of 2.09m; in the 4 lap Race she came 5th out of 12 athletes, in the Speed Bounce 9th out of 12 and in the 8-Lap Parlauf (in pairs) she finished 2nd. Overall Hannah came equal 17th out of 24 U15 girls.


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(U15 Girls – Hannah Back Row in the Middle)

In the U13 Girl’s Lancashire came second overall with 608 points, just 20 points off the winners – Greater Manchester whilst in the U15 Girl’s Lancashire came 3rd with 562 points to Greater Manchester who made it a double with 683 points.


(Emily 2nd from Right Back Row – Eleesha 2nd from Right Front Row)

Emily Raine and Eleesha Charnley competed in the U13 Girls Match. Emily came 3rd out of 8 in the 2-Lap Race, won the Standing Triple Jump with a leap of 7.02m which which we believe is a Lancashire Record and finally was part of the 4 x 2-Lap Relay in which Lancashire came 3rd.

Eleesha finished in 6th place in the 6-Lap Race, came 5th in the Standing Long Jump with a jump of 2.19m and topped off her day with a win in the 8-Lap Parlauf (in pairs).


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Blackburn Harriers take the Runner Up position in this Years Sportshall League

 2016 Lancashire Sportshall League

It has been an excellent season for the Clubs Sportshall Squad which has resulted in six of them being selected for the Lancashire Squad and finishing Runners Up in the League for 2015/2016.

Alison Hulme who is Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Co-ordinator was very pleased with the Clubs performances in this years Sportshall League and said after the last fixture on Sunday that “We secured second place behind Preston Harriers in the Lancashire Sportshall League. Thank-you to all the parents, coaches, helpers & athletes who have contributed to this success. We had a fantastic turnout of 39 athletes”.

The Harrier’s team age group positions were:- U11 Girls 3rd – U11 Boys 2nd – U13 Girls 2nd – U13 Boys 7th – U15 Girls 2nd and among them were first time competitors for the Club making their debut Natasha Harry-Coombes – Ellie Hallam – Grace Hilton – Hannah Short – Oliver Newsham

Emily Raine was the Under 13 Athlete of the Match, winning Triple Jump, Vertical Jump, 2 laps and finishing 3rd in Long Jump.


(All photos courtesy of John Cookson)

The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, earning points for the Club:-
Eleanor Allsop – 3rd= 1 lap, 2nd= 3 laps
Hollie Bell – 5th= Speed Bounce (SB)
Sacha Brown – 3rd LJ, 5th= SB
Leah Hoole – 1st SB, 6th LJ, 5th 1 lap
Claudia Lewis – 5th VJ, 6th Sitting Ball Throw (SBT)
Caterina Lombard – 2nd Javelin
Emma Love – 2nd TJ, 2nd VJ
Danielle Probert – 3rd Jav
Caroline Woodworth – 3rd SBT
Harrison Allcock – 4th SBT
Ben Boocock – 2nd SB, 4th TJ, 4th= Jav
Isaac Butler – 2nd= Jav, 3rd LJ, 4th SB
Codie Dewhurst – 5th 3 laps
Alexander Galiatsatos – 6th 3 laps
Jack Probert (first competition & only in Year 3) – 5th SBT
Saul Sharp (first competition) – 4th LJ, 4th VJ
Harry Thomas – 3rd SB
Connor Wilcock – 5th SB, 6th Jav
Olivia Blow – 5th 4 laps
Myah Booth – 2nd Shot Putt
Eleesha Charnley – 1st LJ, 3rd= VJ, 2nd= 4 laps, 2nd 6 laps
Christie Sturgess – 1st SB, 6th VJ, 6th 4 laps
Hannah Cookson – 1st 2 laps, 1st 4 laps, 2nd= SB, 4th LJ

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Besides the above athletes, new personal bests were set by:-
Jayden Armstrong – LJ, SB
Maddison Bontoft – LJ, 1 lap
Charlotte Clapham – SB, Jav, 1 lap
Kate Cookson – 1 lap & 3 laps
Sian Coverley – VJ
Lily Thomas – 1 lap & 3 laps
Thomas Flynn – 1 lap
Max Peel – 1 lap
Emily Laycock – LJ, TJ & 2 laps

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Comments Off on PB’s and SB’s for Cameron and Josh at Sportscity – Harriers youngsters represent Lancashire in Sportshall

PB’s and SB’s for Cameron and Josh at Sportscity – Harriers youngsters represent Lancashire in Sportshall

Cameron Massey and Josh van Der Linde were out again at Sportscity in the popular Winter Indoor Series – Fixture 4 of 6 – last weekend putting in some good performances with every event a new personal best or season’s best.

Sportscity Results HERE

Both athletes took on the 60m Hurdles, 200m and the Shot Putt. In his Heat of the 60m Hurdles, Cameron set a new PB of 9.88 (4th) knocking off just over a tenth, whilst Josh, in his Heat took the win in 9.58 which represented a seasons best.

Onto the 200m which saw Josh set a new PB of 26.16 in 2nd place, cutting nearly a second off his previous best time Indoors. In his Heat, Cameron also set a new Indoor PB of 25.45 placing 2nd.

It was another new PB for Josh in the Shot Putt (5kg) in 5th with a throw of 7.86m and Cameron taking 2nd spot with another seasons best of 9.57m.

Josh commented at the end of the day saying that he thought that the day was very successful but I need to improve in my Shot Putt. But overall a good day of competing“.

Equally Cameron was happy with the days results commenting that he 3 strode again and both Paul (Coach) and i know exactly where we are going forward to improve drastically and hopefully it will reflected at the next sport city fixture – all round it was a good day”.

Sportshall North West U11’s 2016

Six young athletes from the Harriers Sportshall Squad were selected to compete for Lancashire in the North West U11 competition against Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cumbria. One of the athletes parents described it “overall it was a smooth running and exciting day for the athletes and a great experience” and another parent commented “All the Blackburn Harriers can be very proud of competing for Lancashire”.

The Girls Team finished in 3rd place with 436 points, just seventeen points off a runners up place whilst the Boys were in 5th place scoring a total of 418 points and just 15 points behind 3rd place Merseyside.

A big well done and congratulations to Emma Love, Eleanor Allsop, Leah Hoole, Harrison Allcock, Ben Boocock an Codie Dewhurst.

Boys Team Results HERE

Girls Team Results HERE


Boys from left (Back Row) : 3rd Harrison Allcock, 4th Ben Boocock, 5th Codie Dewhurst
Girls from right (Front Row): 5th Emma Love, 6th Eleanor Allsop, 7th Leah Hoole

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