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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.










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Sportshall Awards & Disco with Olympian Sophie Hitchon

Blackburn Harrier and Olympian Hammer Thrower –  Sophie Hitchon – was Guest of Honour at this years Sportshall Presentation and Disco and presented the trophies to the Club’s youngsters which was such a big thrill for all of them.


A big thank you to John for hosting the question and answer session with Sophie and to Caer and Danny for organising the trophies. Thanks also to Christina, Henrietta and her older sister, Deborah & Caterina, Debbie and Janet for preparing and serving the food, especially the homemade cakes, sausage rolls and mountain of sandwiches. Another nice element of the night was the money raised at the Raffle – organised by Andrea and Katharine – which realised £70 for Comic Relief. And finally a very big thank you to Sportshall Co-ordinator and Coach – Alison Hulme.

Sportshall Coaches with Sophie  – Ben Armstrong – John Cookson – Danny Maynard


Congratulations to all award winners including:-

Most improved Sportshall Athlete – Arran Curwen

A.C.A. award – Kate Angland

Best question for Sophie – Sam King





Harriers U11 Girls Sportshall Team are Champions!

Blackburn Harriers’ U11 Girls won all 3 Lancashire Sportshall League matches and are 2014/15 Lancashire Sportshall Champions. In the overall club competition, I think that we achieved our highest ever position of 3rd place with 21 points, behind Preston (winners with 26 points) and Kendal (runners up with 22 points).

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Team Results In the other Age Group Categories for the Teams saw the Harriers take 5th place in the U11 Boys – 2nd place in the U13 Girls and 4th place in the U15 Girls

Individual results included:
Hannah Cookson who won the U15 Athlete of the Match, with wins in 2 laps and 4 laps, third in speed bounce and fourth in long jump.

The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, scoring points for the teams:-
Charlotte Williams (U13) – 1st Shot putt (SP), 1st Triple Jump (TJ), 1st Long Jump (LJ)
Emily Raine (U13) – 2nd 2 laps, 2nd TJ, 5th LJ
Anjalie Singh (U13) – 1st SB
Olivia Blow (U13) – 3rd 6 laps
Eleesha Charnley – 1st VJ, 1st LJ, 3rd= 1 lap, 6th 3 laps
Myah Booth – 3rd Javelin (Jav), 4th= LJ
Katy Lord3rd Sitting Ball Throw (SBT)
Chloe Jameson – 3rd= SB
Alice Townson – 4th Jav
Rachael Westwell – 5th= Jav
Abigail Armas – 6th SB
Harry Singh – 1st SBT, 3rd TJ, 5th VJ
Ben Boocock – 3rd= SB

Other athletes achieved new personal bests:-
Emily Laycock (U13) – TJ & SB
Eleanor Alsop – 1 lap & 3 laps
Kate Angland – VJ
Jadyn Armstrong – LJ, SB, 3 laps
Charlotte Clapham – LJ, SB
Kate Cookson – LJ, 1 lap, 3 laps
Leah Hoole – 3 laps
Jolie Hoole – VJ
Lucie Jeal – SB
Claudia Lewis – 1 lap
Caterina Lombard – SB
Molly Nichols – LJ, VJ
Sanaa Shaik – LJ, SB, 1 lap
Isaac Butler – SB
Kieran Carroll – TJ
Connor Wilcox – Jav
Leo Zarac – LJ, SB, 1 lap

In addition, the following athletes made their sportshall debut:-
Millie Boast
Alexander Galiatsatos

Finally many thanks to John Cookson, Ben Armstrong, Julie Raine, Brian Williams, Mandy Singh & Nikki Charnley who ran the long jump & some speed bounce events, and also helped with the team management.

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Harriers youngsters shine at Blackpool Sportshall and win County Vests

Congratulations go to Kieran Carroll, Myah Booth, Eleesha Charnley and Christie Sturgess (Westholme) who have already been selected to represent Lancashire at an U11 Inter-counties competition in Manchester next Sunday.

However, there are still a few more U11 places up for grabs after today’s competition, plus the U13 & U15 teams will be selected after the final fixture on 8th February.

Full Results HERE (Not available yet)

The Club had a lower than expected turnout of U11 athletes today, however this was offset by the return of some extremely talented U13 & U15 girls. Blackburn Harriers’ team positions from today’s competition were:-

U11 Girls – First
U11 Boys – Fifth
U13 Girls – Second=
U15 Girls – 5th
Overall – Third

Many thanks to Mick Angland, John Cookson, Deborah Jameson, Julie Raine, Brian Williams & Nikki Charnley who ran the long jump events, and also to Mandy Singh, Sam Boocock & Sam Carroll who helped with the team management.


 Individual results
The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, scoring points for the teams:-

Hannah Cookson (U15) – 1st 2 laps, 1st 4 laps, 4th Speed Bounce (SB), 5th Long Jump (LJ)
Charlotte Williams (U13) – 1st Shot putt (SP), 1st Triple Jump (TJ), 1st LJ, 5th Vertical Jump (VJ)
Emily Raine (U13) – 1st 2 laps, 2nd LJ (with same distance as Charlotte!), 3rd TJ
Anjalie Singh – 1st SB
Olivia Blow (U13) – 5th 6 laps
Eleesha Charnley – 1st VJ, 2nd LJ (improving PB to 2.04m), 5th 3 laps
Myah Booth – 1st= Javelin (Jav), 4th= VJ
Abigail Armas – 4th TJ, 4th SB
Rachael Westwell – 2nd Jav
Jolie Hoole – 4th= Jav
Katy Lord – 5th= Chest Push
Chloe Jameson – 5th= SB
Kieran Carroll – 2nd Jav
Ben Boocock – 3rd SB
Harry Singh – 5th VJ, 6th TJ


Other athletes achieved new personal bests:-

Lucie Jeal – in all 4 events: LJ, SB, CP & 1 lap – well done!
Kate Angland – 1 lap
Caterina Lombard – TJ & 1 lap
Molly Nichols – 1 lap
Danielle Probert – Jav & 1 lap
Jayden Brammer-Riley – TJ
George Whittaker – LJ
Connor Wilcox – SB
Emily Laycock (U13) – TJ

In addition, the following athletes made their sportshall debut:-

Thomas Booth
Sam King
Jack Platt
Thomas Sledge
Charlotte Clapham
Kate Cookson

With a strong turnout at the final fixture on 8th February, especially in the U11 girls we have a chance of being crowned Lancashire Champions.


Don’t forget that we will be presenting a memento to those athletes who have attended 2 out of the 3 fixtures.