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Harriers youngsters shine again at Sportshall Competition in Blackpool

In was Fixture Two in this years Sportshall League last weekend and Blackburn Harriers are having one of their best ever years.

The Harriers Sportshall Co-ordinator – Alison Hulme – was delighted yet again with the performance of the Team and told us after the event that “Blackburn Harriers is in second place behind Preston Harriers in the Lancashire Sportshall League – as far as I am aware, this is the highest position that the Club has ever achieved! All of the girls teams (U11, U13 & U15) and U11 boys are in second place, with the U13 boys in 7th place. Thank-you to all the parents, coaches, helpers & athletes who have contributed to this success”.


The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, earning points for the Club:-
Eleanor Allsop – 1st= 1 lap, 3rd 3 laps, 6th= Speed Bounce (SB)
Hollie Bell (first competition) – 6th= Long Jump (LJ)
Sacha Brown (only in Year 4 & first competition) – 3rd LJ, 3rd= SB
Leah Hoole – 1st SB, 6th 3 laps
Caterina Lombard – 4th Javelin, 5th Triple Jump (TJ)
Emma Love (first competition)– 3rd TJ
Ben Boocock – 2nd SB
Isaac Butler – 4th= SB, 5th LJ
Thomas Sledge – 5th TJ
Harry Thomas – 3rd SB
Myah Booth – 4th Shot Putt
Eleesha Charnley – 2nd LJ, 3rd VJ, 3rd 4 laps, 3rd 6 laps
Emily Raine – 1st TJ, 2nd= 2 laps, 6th LJ, 6th VJ
Christie Sturgess – 4th= SB
Hannah Cookson – 1st SB, 1st 2 laps, 2nd 4 laps, 6th LJ

New personal bests were set by:-

Sam King – SB
Max Peel – LJ, SB, 1 lap
Kate Cookson – LJ
Molly Nicholls – 3 laps
Lily Thomas – SB, 1 lap & 3 laps

Alison also commented that “It was very rewarding as a coach to see many U11s making their sportshall debut, which includes those noted above plus Harrison Allcock, Jalal El-Sakka, Madison Bontoft, Sian Coverley, Kiera Haxton and Demi Thompson”.


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Comments Off on Good start for Blackburn Harriers youngsters at first Sportshall Competition

Good start for Blackburn Harriers youngsters at first Sportshall Competition

The Harriers got off to a solid start at the first Lancashire Sportshall League fixture of the season in Blackpool at the weekend!


The highlight of the day was Hannah Cookson being awarded U15 Athlete of the Match, after winning both the 2 & 4 lap races and finishing 3rd in Speed Bounce & 5th in Long Jump. Overall Blackburn were 4th team.

The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, scoring points for their team:-

Ben Boocock – 2nd Speed Bounce, 6th Long Jump & 1 lap
Thomas Booth – 2nd Chest Push
Thomas Flynn – 4th Target Throw, 6th= Speed Bounce
Eleanor Allsop – 2nd 3 laps, 3rd 1 lap, 4th Speed Bounce
Esme Booth – 6th Chest Push
Charlotte Clapham – 4th= Javelin
Kate Cookson – 1st Speed Bounce, 6th Triple Jump
Leah Hoole – 5th Triple Jump, 6th Vertical Jump
Caroline Woodworth – 4th= Chest Push
Myah Booth – 5th LJ &TJ, 6th Shot Putt
Christie Sturgess – 3rd= Speed Bounce
Eleesha Charnley – 2nd Long Jump, 3rd Vertical Jump, 4th 4 & 6 laps




Other athletes who set new personal bests included:-

Jadyn Armstrong – Speed Bounce, 1 & 3 laps
Molly Nicholls – Long Jump, Vertical Jump, 1 & 3 laps – well done new PBs in all 4 events!
Olivia Blow – 2 laps
Emily Laycock – 2 laps

A final mention to Codie Dewhurst who made his Sportshall debut and thanks to John, Ben, Sam & Nikki who organised the long jump event.

(Please note that the next fixture is on Sunday 13th December, not the usual date in January.)




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Stars of the future – Harriers Youngsters in Quarathon at Witton Park Arena

Blackburn Harriers Quadrathon for Sportshall Youngsters

The Clubs Sportshall organisers set up a Quadrathon on Wednesday Night – September 30th – and seventy one of the Harriers Sportshall Squad youngsters turned up to participate which was a really good effort.

Alison Hulme – the Clubs Sportshall Co-ordinator did a great job putting it altogether and said afterwards that “I would again like to thank the Club officials, U11 coaches and parent volunteers who made the evening a success”.


Year 4 Girls Results        Year 4 Boys Results      Year 5 Girls Results        Year 5 Boys Results

Year 6 Girls Results  Year 6 Boys Results

In the Year 4 Girls there were 14 contesting for the win on the night in a competition which featured a 50m Race, Standing Long Jump, 400m Race and Howler. Sacha Brown came out on top with 185 points followed by Amelia Cowin on 160 and Macey Moore on 156. In the Year 4 Boys there were just four competitors with Harrison Allcock taking the win with 199 points with Thomas Flynn 2nd (182) and Oliver Lord 3rd (174).



Year 5 Girls competition featured a 75m Race, Long Jump, 600m Race and Howler and seventeen youngsters went after the medals in this one. Kate Cookson came out on top with 158 Points, then Isabella Almond in 2nd (134) and Caroline Woodworth 3rd with 127 points. Fourteen lads competed in the Year 5 Event which saw a very close contest for the winner with Isaac Butler coming first (191points), Thomas Sledge in 2nd with 187 points and Codie Dewhurst in 3rd (147).



Finally it was the turn of Year 6 athletes with the Girls contesting a 75m Race, Long Jump, 600m Race and Howler. Eleanor Alsop took top spot here with 165 points, with joint second places Danielle Probert and Alice Townson both on 160 points. Great competition between the girls and good to see. Nine lads in the Year 6 contest over the same disciplines which saw Jayden Brammer take the win with 241 points followed by Rory Teare with 214 and in 3rd place Calum Redhead with 198 points.



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Helen Wins the Womens 4-Day Coast to Coast Race


Coast to Coast Adventure Race :: 28-31 August 2015

Blackburn Harrier – Helen Leigh – has an almost legendary status in the Club for the Endurance Events that she does, her most famous adventure being part of a five member crew who rowed across the Atlantic to raise awareness and money in order to campaign against  child trafficking. Where there are Hills, Mountains, Rivers and Oceans you will find Helen; And you will also see her wearing the Harriers vest in Cross Country, Fell and Road Races for the Club.


The Coast to Coast Adventure Race follows the principal of C2C founder, Alfred Wainwright in setting off from St Bees Head and finishing in the spectacular Robin Hoods bay. Again in true adventure race style you may find yourself on mountain bikes, kayaking, open water swimming, running and navigating your team from one side of the country to another!

The Coast to Coast Adventure Race event is for solos and mixed teams of three, with two competing at any one time and is self supported event. Each night we will stop in a market town where we will provide showers and a campsite. You will have the chance to enjoy the local food as well as socialise with other racers. Each evening there will be a briefing in a local hall where will award a prize to the fastest up the big hill that day (King of the mountains) and briefing for the following day.

 Full Results HERE

Helen had a fabulous performance to finish 8th overall and 1st Solo Woman home beating the 2nd placed woman by 1 hour and 49min. The Club asked her for her thoughts after such a grueling 4 days and this is what she said “I think relief is the best way to describe my feelings after finishing the Coast to Coast adventure race this weekend. After crashing and limping to the finish in 2013 I was not going to settle for second and went out guns blazing.

The first two days were an epic battle with the wind but I managed to gain an hours lead. Day three was where i thought I may lose a lot of time on the bike so I absolutley smashed it and was only a minute down on the nearest girl and I had a tyre change in transition. The last day I was terrified that something would go wrong on the bike but all went well despite apocalyptic weather and a slight nav error on the run. I had a storming day and finally relaxed and enjoyed the final run around the coast when I knew I had it in the bag. So pleased to come away first female solo with 1hour 30min lead over 2nd. I also ranked 8th overall including the male solos, only getting beaten by one of the teams as well! 27 hours of racing in 4 days. Job done”.


Women’s Solo Results HERE


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Not to be left out of the action, a couple of the Club’s Sportshall youngsters – Jaydn Armstrong & Jayden Brammer – traveled to Stockport for the Bank Holiday Open Meeting. The two of them did really well and Ben Armstrong, one of the Club’s Sportshall Coaches said that “Jayden Brammer was 4th overall and Jadyn Armstrong was 7th smashing all 4 pbs in 75m sprint.. vortex ball… 600m.. and Long Jump.”

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Harriers U11’s shine at Burnley Open Meeting with PB’s and several wins

A chance for Sportshall Athletes aged 8, 9 and 10yrs to compete was provided at the Burnley Open Medal Meeting last Sunday – June 21st – and 14 young Harriers took the opportunity.


 Full Results HERE

Just one Harrier in the U9’s –  Rimini Bellusci – who took on the Long Jump, 50 metres and 150 metres finishing 3rd in the 150m in a time of 27.90 – 7th in the 50m (9.50sec) and 8th in the Long Jump with 2.18m which was a really good effort.

In the U10’s the Club had seven athletes competing in quite a number of events. Kate Cookson won the 600metres with a time of 2.10.7, took 8th place in the Long Jump with 2.63m and won the Shot Putt with 3.69m. Another winner for the Harriers was Issac Butler taking the 600m in 1.59.6, came 2nd in the Long Jump with 3.05m and 9th in the Cricket Ball with a throw of 19.26m. Natasha Hill took 8th place in the 600m (2.22.0) and one place behind came Jadyn Armstrong with 2.28.1. These two girls reversed positions in the 75m with Jadyn finishing 6th (13.30) and Natasha 7th (13.90). Grace Targett ran 14.10 in 9th place. In the Long Jump Natasha was 10th with a jump of 2.49m, Jadyn came 11th (2.40m) and Grace 13th (2.24m). In the 600m Samual King ran 2.26.5 ,jumped 2.38m in the Long Jump and threw the Cricket Ball 21.0m in 7th spot. Oliver Proctor was the sole Harrier in the 75m placing 8th with 13.40sec. Oliver then jumped 2.71m in the Long Jump (6th out of the 15 entered).


Leah Hoole took 3rd spot in the U11’s 600m which featured 16 runners in a time of 2.04.4, a new PB by 10 seconds with Molly Nicholls in 8th (2.15.1) and Danielle Probert (13th) in 2.22.5 – a new PB. Alice Townson was one of 22 runners in the 75m and finished in 5th with a time of 12.5sec, a new PB by four tenths of a second, followed by Leah Hoole (11th) in 12.9sec, Molly Nicholls in 15th (13.2sec), Sian Coverley 20th (15.1sec) and Caterina Lombard (22nd) in 15.9sec.


In the Long Jump Leah Hoole set another PB finishing 4th out of the 17 athletes competing with 3.20, over half a metre better than her previous best. Another new PB was landed by Alice Townson in the Long Jump and again by over half a metre when she finished 5th, one place behind Leah with 3.15m. Three other youngsters competed in the Long Jump with Danielle Probert placing 15th (2.37m) – Caterina Lombard (16th) with 2.29m and Sian Coverley 17th (2.16m). There was a win for Danielle Probert in the Cricket Ball with a throw of 25.93m, Caterina Lombard finishing 5th (16.80m), Molly Nicholls in 9th (12.65m) and Sian Coverely 10th (10.66m). A win also for Alice Townson in the Shot Putt with a throw of 4.55m – the Meeting record was set in 2003 at 5.14m so not beyond reach.

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Karl & Zac set PB’s at Watford and youngsters shine at Hyndburn

Good starts to the season with PB’s for Karl Billington and Zac Howe at the  Watford Open Graded Meeting on Wednesday April 22nd.

Full Results HERE

Karl competed in the 3000m won by Scott Halstead in 8.15.98 coming in an excellent 4th with a new PB of 8.17.19 and was delighted telling the Club that he was  “absolutely over the moon to finally run under 8 20, it’s been a long 5 year wait to do this. It was a very messy race with around 30 people in the race, I was running in lane 3 for the first 600m. It was a very slow first half, i ended up running at 4 02/3 second 1500. So there’s hopefully more to come in a honest race”. Zac ran in the 800m won by Joe Strange in 1.52.73 – with Zac finishing 3rd in a new PB in another excellent time of 1.53.92 –  over two seconds faster than his previous best.


 Lancashire Combined Events and Quadrathon  –  at Hyndburn April 25/26th

 Full Results HERE


There was a good turn out from the Harriers at the Combined Events and also in the Quadrathlon by the Clubs Sportshall youngsters with six of the Harriers competing setting 16 new PB’s between them.

Standout performance of the day came from Nick Massey in the Junior Boys Pentathlon. Five Events – Five Wins – Five new PB’s – 2450 points and a Gold Medal. A perfect record. Nick reduced his 80mH time down from 12.71 to 11.6, increased his Shot Putt from 9.21m to 9.40m, increased his Long Jump from 5.00m to 5.42m, his High Jump went up to 1.53m from 1.50m and he finished off with a two second PB in the 800m (2.23.8). Josh van der Linde collected 1729 points to take Bronze Medal in the event setting a new PB of 1.53m in the High Jump which was a significanrt increase on his previous best of 1.35m.


In another impressive performance Ross Liddle contested the Inter Boys Octathlon and won the event with a points total of 3649 and of the eight events, four of them, Discus (20.49m) , Javelin (20.82m), 400 (56.2) and 1500m (5.11.9) were events he had never competed in before. Of the other four, he set new PB’s in the 100mH (14.7) – High Jump (1.63m) and Shot Putt (10.05m). All this after overcoming a broken leg. Cameron Massey took 3rd place and Bronze Medal in this event with 3194 points and setting two new PB’s in the 400m (57.5 which was a big chunk off his previous best of 61.8 and in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.51m.

There was a disappointing turn out in the Senior Girls and Boys Heptathlon with the two contestants in the Senior Girls being Blackburn Harriers Roxanne Oliver and Polly Pearse. Roxanne took 1st place with 3352 points to Polly’s 3057 points in 2nd. The contest saw Roxanne set three new PB’s in 100mH (16.2), High Jump (1.47m) and Javelin (24.93m) with Polly winning the Highh Jump and Long Jump events.

Tackling the U13 Boys Pentathlon for the first time – Jamie Teare duly won the competition with five straight wins in the 75mH (15.0) – Shot Putt (5.98m) – Long Jump (4.27m) – High Jump (1.32m) and 800m (2.37.4). Amongst these performances he set new PB’s in the Shot Putt and High Jump, so a very successful debut for Jamie.

In the Quadrathlon the Harriers 14 youngsters from the Clubs Sportshall Group competing which was a really good turnout and they produced 13 new PB’s between them over the weekend.


(Stan Taylor presenting the Medals to Emily Raine in 3rd place)

In the Y 7/8 Girls  Quadrathlon  Emily Raine took the Bronze Medal with 2014 points and Olivia Blow came 5th with 184 points. Emily cut a full second off her 100m for a new PB of 14.4 and set another new PB in the Long Jump by half a metre (4.01m). There was also a new PB for Olivia in the 100m (15.0).

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Eleanor Allsop and Millie Peel took part in the Y %/6 event on Saturday and finished in 3rd and 4th place with Eleanor on 160 points and Millie on 86 points. Eleanor set a new PB by half a second in the 75m (12.1). Millie just missed a PB in the 75m (14.3) by 2 cms. In the same event held on the Sunday, Leah Hoole took 4th place with 163 points and set a two new PBs in her 75m with a time of 12.8 and in her 600m with 2.13,7.Danielle Probert came 8th (130 points) – Henrietta Reed 12th (100 points) and Caterina Lombard 10th with 97 points in the same event.

Rory Teare, George Whittaker, Kyle Pomfret and Ben Boocock all competed in the Y 5/6 Saturday Quadrathlon with Rory taking the Bronze Medal in 3rd place (127 points), George placing 4th (176 points), Kyle 5th (171 points) and Ben 10th (147 points).  Rory set things rolling with a new PB in the 75m (12.0) and then chopped off a huge 5 seconds in his 600m for another new PB of 2.05.1.George’s 2.11.7 600m was a big new PB by eight seconds over the distance as was his 75m where he reduced it from 12.8 to a new PB of 12.1  Kyle set two new PB’s in the 75m with 12.6 and in the 600m (2.11.7). To complete a hat trick of PB’s for these young lads, Ben knocked nearly nine seconds off his best time to set a new PB of 2.19.7 in the 600m and set another PB in the 75m with a time of 12.1, down by nearly a second.



In the Sunday Y 3/4 Girls event Amelia Cowin came 4th with 111 points and in the Saturday Boys Y 3/4 event Max Peel came 7th (97 points) and Oliver Newsham 8th with 78 points.

Danny Teare gave a flavour of some of the events when he commented that it was a “Cold day – wind, rain, 7 degrees. Great camaraderie between the team. In particular, the Massey brothers were helping the u13 boys with the long jump, coaching tips etc – but in particular they were really supportive. Jamie and Rory were really chuffed to be getting such support from athletes to which they look up. Ben Aspinall came down just to watch and support our athletes. However, he was very proactive in helping Jamie with his LJ too. Jamie got 4.27 PB – that support made all the difference.


The yr 5 quad lads had a great time. They were joining in all the warm ups that Caer was running, and they played football constantly between the events! Think it was a fast day for them – faster than it was for the cold parents and marshalls! Caer did a great job, especially with the team tent! John and I were taking notes!Jamie had a blast of a day. He was first in each event and was consistently saying what a great day he was having. He was pumped. Rory was a tad disappointed with third – but he was still very happy with his day.