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4th place for Charlotte in European U20 T&F Championships – Jess sets new 5000m PB & World Champs qualifying time at Diamond League – Holly takes 3rd place in Diamond League Pole Vault

European U20 Athletics Champions – Boras, Sweden- July 18 – 21st

Charlotte Williams won the National U20 Championships at Bedford in June to gain automatic qualification for the European Championships held last weekend in Sweden where she put in another very good performance. Going into the Championships as British ranked No. 1, Charlotte qualified for the final after her first throw in Sweden with a distance of 61.01m. In the Final she came agonisingly close to a medal as she finished in 4th position with 61.24m – just 75cm away from the Bronze Medal.


A delighted and very positive Charlotte spoke to the Club about her Championships tellung us that “Finishing fourth in the European championships as my first year in u20 is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. I competed against some of the greatest hammer throwers in the world as well as all the top in Europe. I went into the competition ranked 7th in Europe so finishing fourth a dream! I am so happy with my performance at such a big championships like this! Thankyou to everyone for the support over the past few days and everyone who tuned in to watch me! Also Thankyou to coach, parents and the club who have supported me in one of the hardest years of my life. Onwards and upwards. Next stop, British Championships“.

British U20 Team for European Championships

Diamond League – Olympic Park – July 20-21st

Jess Judd and Holly Bradshaw were both compeating at the Olympic Park with Jess going in the 5000m and Holly in the Pole Vault – both athletes competing in top quality and world class fields.

23 athletes lined up in the Women’s 5000m Race which included some of the best women distance runners in the modern era such as Hellen Obiri and Sifan Hassan who broke the women’s world record for the mile only a week ago.

5000m Results

Jess Judd went into the Race with a personal best of 15.34.82, knowing that 15.22 was the ‘A’ qualifying time for the forthcoming World T&F Championships in Doha. Jess had a great race knocking a massive 18 seconds off her previous best time to set a new PB of 15.16.47, a time over 5 seconds better than the qualifying time demanded. Her time also moves her into No. 6 in the National Rankings for 5000m and afterwards she spoke to the Harriers about her race saying that she was “Really happy with my race, was hoping to hang around at the back and get dragged round but the front pack were just a little too quick for me 800m in so found a gap had appeared early on. When the pace began to slow in my group I knew I was going to have to take it on and just really dig in and hope for the best and luckily my strength came through and I got an world qualifying time and PB! Been a busy couple of weeks but well worth it!!

Archive Photo

The Games saw Holly Bradshaw mixing it with some iof the best vaulters in the world at the moment with the likes of Sidorova, Stefanidi, Silva and Kiriakopoulou all competing alongside Holly. In a wind affected competition Sidorova (4.75m)  took the honours with Stefanidi (4.75m) in 2nd place and Holly in 3rd after clearing 4.40m and 4.55m at her first attempt before clearing 4.65m at her 2nd attempt.

Pole Vault Results

How high – that high!!

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The Harriers at English Schools T & F Championships – Ben & Joanne Win Burnley 10k + Team & Vets Wins – Seasons Best For Ellen at Sheffield – Sale Sizzler 5k

English Schools Track & Field Championships – July 12th & 13th

The pinnacle of Schools athletics in England – the English Schools Track & Field Championships took place at the weekend in Birmingham involving some of the best young talent in the land battling it out for Medals and new personal bests. Amongst them were six Blackburn Harriers who had all qualified through their County Schools Championships — U17 Matthew Heywood – U17 Myah Booth – U17 Matt Ramsden – U15 Nicky Saunders –  U15 Ben Boocock – U15 Jayden Riley.

L-R Jayden Riley (100m) – Ben Boocock (80m Hurdles) – Myah Booth 80m Hurdles)

All the training over the previous year has seen these athletes target this competition as one otheir main aims to do well. Matthew Heywood opened up his season in March with 46.08m at an Open Meeting and improved all the way through to the championships – posting a new personal best of 53.38 in a UKYDL Upper Age Group Match. In the Championships here he fell agonisingly short by just 4 cms from winning a medal as he placed 4th with a throw of 52.00m in the Inter-Boys Hammer – his third longest throw of the year to-date. Matt commented on his Championships saying “My 2nd time at English schools was an amazing experience. Going in ranked 8th and coming out with 4th is better than I expected however, I was only 3 cm off getting the bronze. Hopefully next year I can get the gold medal and England kit”.

Inter-Boys Hammer Results

Lancashire Squad (on left of photo)

Nicky Saunders – ranked 11th in the country fro Discus – and another one of the Harriers talented young throwers who won both Lancashire Ciounty and Lancashire County Schools Championships,  came even closer to a Medal as she missed winning one by just 2 cms in the Junior Girls Discus as she threw 29.56m in 4th.

Junior Girls Discus Results

Nicky Saunders (Discus)

Myah Booth who had won the Lancashire County Championships and Lancashire Schools County Championships had a solid run in the opening round, clocking 12.16 in 4th spot to qualify for the semi-final where she ran 12.21 in 7th place. Afterwards, Myah spoke to the Club afterwards telling us that she went into the competition hoping to make the semis and that’s what I did, knowing I ran decent times with a -4.8 headwind is promising!

Myah Booth (nearest to camera)

Inter-Girls 80m Hurdles Results

There were seventeen athletes lined up for the final of the Inter-Boys 3000m with Matt Ramsden amongst them after he had qualified for English Schools by winning the Lancashire Schools Championships, the Lancashire County Championships at which, he ran a national standard time of 8.47.5. In the Race Matt clocked a time of 8.55.18 to cross the finishing line in 8th place. Post race, Matt spoke to the Harriers about his experience telling us I had an alright race and finished 8th with a time of 8:55.18. I was expecting a better race but it was a good experience. Every part of my plan went wrong, I got isolated and I didn’t get off with the front group early on so I was straggling behind. But overall I had a decent run and it is something I can learn from and work on”.

Inter-Boys 3000m Results

Jayden Riley has had a fantastic season in 2019 – reaching number 3 in the U15 Boys 100m and number 3 in the 80m Hurdles nationally with respective times of 11.3 and 11.69, both of which are national standard qualifying times for English Schools. Going into the English Schools 100m he suffered an injury which meant he had to miss training and competition for a couple of weeks as he tried to make sure he got the Championships, which he did. In Round 1 Jayden clocked 11.47 in 4th place in Heat 2, missing qualification for the Final by just two hundreths of a second – a tremendous effort give the setback of the injury. Afterwards Jayden told the Club that  “It was a fantastic experience,a real eye opener to the athletics world and just an amazing place to meet new people”.

Junior Boys 100m Results

Ben Boocock was over the moon to qualify for the Championships and went into them with a personal best of 11.9 in the 80m Hurdles, set at the Lancashire Schools County Championships. Ben was in Heat 1 and ran 11.91 – his second fastest time ever and of the season – to come home in 5th place, just missing out as a qualifier for the Final as one of the fastest losers. Ben told the Club later about his Championships, commenting “Thanks to everyone at the Harriers that encouraged me and helped me get there. It was a great experience and worth all the training I put in. Now I’m going to train even harder over the winter so I can go again next year”

Junior Boys Hurdles Results

Ben Boocock 80m Hurdles

Burnley 10k – Sunday July 14th

One week after the famous Hendon Brook race where the Harriers provided the winner, women’s winner, first team and a number of veteran age group wins, they were at it again – this time at the tough Burnley 10k road race at Towneley Hall.



Ben Fish (140)


Great battle at the front of the race as the Harriers provided six of the first 12 runners home to take the 1st Team Prize with Ben Fish – 1st in 33.25 – finally edging out club mate Jacob Watson who had a fine run to come 2nd in 33.37.

Ben Fish Jacob Watson

There was another battle going on for 4th and 5th places between Ben Costello and Chris Davies which saw Ben just get the better of it in 4th clocking 34.57 with Chris in 5th in a time of 35.05 and a run which won him the 1st V45 prize.Then in 10th came Calum Holmes running 36.48 with V45 Paul Brindle running his first 10k since May 2018 in 12th with a very solid time of 37.33.

Ben CostelloChris DaviesCalum HolmesPaul Brindle

These results gave the Harriers Men the first two places in the Team prize with Ben Fish, Jacob Watson and Ben Costello in 1st place with 7 points and Chris Davies, Calum Holmes and Paul Brindle in 2nd with 27 points.

Next Blackburn harrier across the line was V45 Joanne Nelson – 27th overall – winning her second race in a week after winning Hendon Brook the week before and clocking a very good time of 40.20 on such a hard course to take the 1st Women’s prize and 1st FV45 prize as well. Victoria Mousley who is also running well at the moment and finished 2nd in the Hendon Brook race, came 2nd again today and 37th overall – with another good run of 41.19. Matthew Poole is in his first year of running and first year of competition for the Club and has done really well as can be seen in his finishing in 40th spot with a time of 41.22. Evergreen V50 Gary Pearse was one of twenty six V50’s competing in the race and even though he clocked 43.32 in 63rd spot he was still 10th in the age category which gives some idea of the level of competition in that age group category, the winner going under 39 minutes. Final Harrier home was Lindsay Davies in 99th in a time of 47.28 and along with Joanne Nelson and Victoria Mousley, won the Women’s 1st Team prize.

Joanne Nelson Victoira MousleyMatthew Poole Gary PearseLindsay Davies

One hundred and thirty nine youngsters ran in the Junior races covering U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17 age groups. This is one of the features of road races these days – the appearance of hundreds of youngsters and we can only hope that they can be retained in the sport for the future.

L-R Imogen Robinson (72) – Theo Robinson (71) – Daniel Smith – Codie Dewhurst (11) – Carloine Woodworth – Harmony Hacking (28) – Oliver Gill (12) – Alexander Brien (29) – Matthew Smith – Hannah Davies – Charlotte Smith


In the U11/U13 Race the Harriers had 8 runners in it with Matthew Smith leading them home in 3rd place overall with a time of 6.25 followed by U13 team mate Oliver Gill in 5th running 6.36. Next across the line in 16th spot overall was U11 Theo Robinson and 3rd overall in the U11 category, with a time of 6.58 followed by U11 Girl Hannah Davies in 27th (7.16), U13 Girl Imogen Robinson running 7.25 in 31st, U11 Boy Alexander Brien in 7.40 (40th) and with the same time of 7.40,U11 Girl Harmony Hacking in 41st with U11 Charlotte Smith in 60th (8.44).

Matthew Smith (74) Oliver Gill (12)Theo Robinson (71)Hannah Davies (27) Imogen Robinson (72)Alexnader Brien (29) – Harmony Hacking (28)Charlotte Smith (73)

Four Harriers contested in the U15/U17 Race which saw Jack Paget-Fowler have a very good run to come home as 1st U15 Boy in a time of 11.17 and 5th overall, followed by Codie Dewhurst running 11.42 in 9th spot, Daniel Smith placing 15th in a time of 12.28 and U15 Caroline Woodworth (23rd) in a time of 13.19.

Jack Paget-Fowler (77)Codie DewhurstDaniel SmithCaroline Woodworth

And finally on the Track – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran a seasons best at the Sheffield Run, Jumps, and Throws fixture with a time of 2.24.74 in a  mixed race in 5th spot (RESULTS)…………………..⇒

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (150)

⇒…………….and in road racing – V60 and lifelong Blackburn Harrier – Tony Greenwood – was out at the Sale Sizzler recently in just his 2nd race of the year, clocking 19.56 and 4th in his age category. In February earlier this year he ran 89.11 at the Stockport Trail Half-Marathon, winning the V60 age category which shows that life as a competitive runner doesn’t end early or any time soon! Well done Tony. (Sale Sizzler Results)


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Jess Judd – Wins 5000m Gold medal at World University T& F Championships – New PB for Myah as Harriers compete for Lancashire at Northern Inter-Counties T & F Championships

World University Track & Field Championships – Naples

Jess Judd qualified for the 5000m Final in the World University Championships being held on Friday evening July 12th with a time of 16.27.46 in Round 1, the race being run in 25 degress and 67% humidity. Jess was 5th fastest qualifier overall with the Japanes athlete  – Tomomi Takamatsu the fastest in a time of 16.19.61.

Jess after qualifying for the Final

ROUND 1 Results

FINAL Results

Fifteen athletes contested the Final on Friday evening – July 12th – which included the athlete with the fastest personal best of 15.26.76 – Tomomi Takamatsu – making her the favourite on paper. However, when it came to it, Jess ran a perfect race, never being out of contention and over the last couple of laps, started to wind it up, finishing with a devestating break on the final lap which took her 30 metres clear going down the back straight. It was a fabulous run on a great night for an athlete who never gives any quarter and one which, as she was giving it everything round the last bend, made your heart beat quicken, more than a touch, as she powered to the Gold Medal.

Afterwards, a very happy Jess spoke to the Harriers about her race saying “It was such a great race, probably the most physical I’ve been in. There was a lot of pushing and shoving and surging and I just wanted to stick to the plan to kick with 400m to go and it went perfectly. It meant so much to win and I’m over the moon!”

Jess after Winning the Final

Northern Inter-Counties U15 / U17 T & F Championships

Middlesborough Sunday July 7th

Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Gtr Manchester, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Lancashire/IoM, Merseyside, North East Counties and Yorkshire were the Counties contesting these championships at the weekend.

A number of Blackburn Harriers athletes had been selected to represent Lancashire at the recently held Northern Inter-Counties T &F Championships held last weekend – U15 Hayden Mercer, U15 Ben Boocock, U17 Myah Booth, U17 Millie Coy, U17 Matt Ramsden and U17 Cameron Harris – all of whom helped Lancashire to place 2nd in the final league table – 426 points – with Yorkshire coming out on top – 550 points.



Myah Booth was selected for two events – 80m Hurdles and Shot Putt – taking 3rd place in the Hurdles with a time of 12.24 and going on to set a new PB in the Shot Putt with a distance of 11.51m in 4th place. Hayden Mercer ran in the U15 Boys 800m race coming home in 4th place overall, clocking 2.07.84 and just outside his personal best of 2.07.00. U15 Ben Boocock ran his second fastest time of the season as he finished 2nd in the 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.08.

Millie Coy contested the U17 Women’s Javelin and like Ben, finished 2nd with a seasons best throw of 36.95m. Cameron Harris was also on good form in the U17 Men’s Javelin placing 3rd with a distance of 52.10m – his second longest throw of the season. Matt Ramsden ran the U17 Men’s 3000m in difficult circumstances with confusion about his entry, and having no time to warm up other than run a few strides which wasn’t ideal, he did come through to finish 2nd in the race with a time of 9.09.40.

Lancashire Squad at Northern Inter-Counties Championships

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Ben & Joanne Win Hendon Brook with Team and Vet Wins – 18 New PB’s for Harriers at Mid Lancs – Holly Wins in Germany – 3rd U23 at Skiddaw for Tom – Catforth & Lostock 5k’s

Hendon Brook 13.5 Mile Road Race – Sunday July 7th

What a day for the Harriers  at Hendon Brook — hot all the way both in terms of the weather and the performances. Blackburn Harrier – –  Ben Fish won the Race –  –  in a time of 77.04 at the head of six senior men in the top eleven places.

All Hendon- Brook Photos courtesey of David’s Running Photos

Ben Fish Ben Fish

In 4th spot came Chris Davies (84.15) which also won him the V40 1st Prize, followed by Ben Costello in 6th clocking 87.27, Calum Holmes in 9th (89.28), John Horrocks in 11th (93.05) with Paul Brindle 12th clocking 93.15 which gave him the 1st V45 Prize and the 2nd Vet category win of the day along with the Team win.

Chris Davies Ben CostelloCalum Holmes John Horrocks (98) was running the Race for the first time and told the Harriers That it was a Top race today! First time I’ve done Hendon Brook And be back next year to have another bash. Well done to all the Blackburn Harriers that ran today, all top performances. Everyone’s getting stronger and stronger. Great to see!”

Paul Brindle (66) – John Horrocks (98)

Paul Brindle (66) talked to the Harriers after he had finished saying that This race is an absolute brute and if you fancy challenging yourself, it’s a must. What should be mentioned is how well the Burnley & Pendle grand prix is run. From cheap local races, to raising money for local charities. Hendon Brook is the jewel in the crown, longest and by far the hardest. There’s always a buzz around on Hendon Brook day. It’s just a privilege to be part of. When your club absolutely smashes it, takes most of the prizes, it makes all the hard work in training worth while”.

After the Race – Ben Fish overall winner spoke to the Club saying The club is going from strength to strength with another strong display. Great tuns from the lads, packing out those top 10 places and the women bagging a one two“.

Chris Davies added his thoughts about the day too commenting A tremendous effort from everyone in the Blue & White today, some cracking times, especially the winning time. Awesome effort from Ben Fish. Great from ladies as well. The club is very strong at the moment and locally we seem to be really dominating now, certainly competing that’s for sure. Happy with my time, a couple of minutes shaved off my last time, down to 1:24 now so very pleasing. Well done again everyone”.

Calum Holmes was doing the Race for the second year running and told us It was a great turn out for us today at Hendon Brook and it’s got to be one of the hardest race’s in the uk with over 2000ft of climbing all on road for 13+miles. We all worked hard and even won team prizes, I found the course very tough but I guess if you pace it well it will reward you back especially saving yourself for the last hill which was lenches  – that’s the most brutal part  – and I got around the same time as last year”.

L- R Paul Brindle – 1st Woman Joanne Nelson – Race Winner Ben Fish – Chris Davies

Then it was the Women’s turn with a 1 – 2 for Joanne Nelson winning the Women’s Race in 1hr 38.52 and also the 1st FV45 Prize with Victoria Mousley in 30th spot (1hr.40.11) winning the 1st FV35 Prize – making it four wins in four Veteran categories overall. Women’s winner Joanne told us Great runs by everyone on THE thoughest half marathon plus race. Great team spirit from everyone – Also.. thanks to George for the support throughout the course and Lindsey whilst Victoria commented  Enjoyed today despite feeling very nervous at the start! Cracking run from Joanne who powered past me and kept going. Happy with a girls 1,2 and the men were fantastic. Ad always great support and comraderie between our gang and brilliant support on the course from George and others. Thank you all”.

Joanne NelsonVictoria MousleyL-R ‘Cooling Down’ – Victoria Mousley – Joanne Nelson – Paiul Brindle

In between Joanne and Victoria came Matthew Poole (28th) running a time of 1hr 39.26 with Gary Pearse (V50) in 53rd running a time of 1hr 47.12, V45 Jason Harbour (70th) in 1hr 52.42 and V45 Paul Wilkinson coming home in 160th (2hr 18.47).

Matthew Poole

Gary PearseJason Harbour Paul Wilkinson

Mid Lancs Track & Field League – Lancaster Saturday July 6th

Another warm but windy day greeted the athletes at Lancaster as Fixture number 4 of the season took place at the Salt Ayre Athletics Track which will be followed by Fixture number 5 at Litherland Sports Park on Saturday 3rd August and the final Fixture of the season – The Medal Meeting – at Blackpool on Saturday 24th August.


Three Heats for both Senior Men’s 100m and Senior Men’s 200m saw Solomon Brown and Ben Whittaker pair up for the Harriers with Solomon destroying his personal bests in both, firstly in the 100m where he clipped four tenths off to set a new PB of 11.8 (2nd) in Heat 2 and then knocked nearly a full second off his 200m time, clocking a new PB of 23.50 in winning Heat 2. Ben ran solid times of 12.00 in the 100m (6th) and 24.50 (5th) in the 200m.

Solomon Brown (78) in 100mBen Whittaker (157) in 100mSolomon Brown (78) and Ben Whittaker (157) in 200m

The U17 Men’s 100m saw Kyle Mashiter dominate, winning in a time of 11.5 whilst new member Thomas Monks clocked a good opening time of 13.00 in the U15 Boys 100m in 3rd (Heat 3) – his first race in a competition of this type and then clocked 62.00 in the 400m (3rd) after thinking he might like to try the distance. Four Harriers went in the U13 Boys 100m –  with Harrison Allcock running 13.40 – a tenth outside his best time in 3rd spot and Ben Livesey 13.7 (4th) in Heat 1 which was a new PB by two tenths.

Kyle Mashiter (124) in 100mThomas John Monks (951) in 100mBen Livesey (121) and Harrison Allcock (57) in 100m

In the 100m – Heat 2 –  Daniel Nuttall crossed the line in 4th place (14.10) whilst Harry Sambrook in Heat 3 ran a time of 14.40 (5th) which was a massive new PB by over a full second. On to the 200m and Heat 1 Harrison ran a new PB by two tenths as he won in a time of 27.50 as Ben Livesey captured his second sprint new PB of the day – finishing 3rd in the same Heat (27.90). Daniel Nuttall made it a hat-trick of new 200m PB’s for the Harriers as he clocked 30.20 – an imnprovement of two tenths in Heat 2 whilst Harry Sambrook smashed his best time for 200m by over two seconds to run a new PB of 30.10 (4th) in Heat 3. The U13 Boys of Harry Sambrook, Ben Livesey, Daniel Nuttall and Harrison Allcock won the 4 x 100m Relay at the end of the programme against a Guest team clocking 58.10.

Daniel Nuttall (129) in 100mHarry Sambrook (139) in 100mHarrison Allcock (57) in 200mBen Livesey (121) in 200m

Daniel Nuttall (129) in 200m Ben Livesey (139) in 200m

L-R – Harrison Allcock – Daniel Nuttall – Ben Livesey – Harry Sambrook – 4 x 100m Relay Team

A seasons best time of 13.30 saw Emily Warren come home in 2nd in the Senior Women’s 100m followed by a pretty solid run of 28.00 in the 200m (3rd). Imogen Mansfield was the next Harrier to post a new PB as she clocked 13.20 – an improvement by a tenth – in 3rd place in Heat 2, and in Heat 4 of the U15 Girls 100m – Skye Greenacre battered her existing best time by nearly a second as she ran a new PB time of 13.60 in 3rd position. Kiera Booth added to the list of growing new PB’s as she knocked a tenth off her 300m best time, clocking 49.70 in 4th place. U13 Lucy Rishton tried out the 100m for the veery first time and ran well to place 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 14.60.

Emily Warren (155) in 100m Imogen Mansfield (123) 100mSkye Greenacre (170) in 100mLucy Rishton (952) in 100m

Nathan Billington was the only Senior Men’s thrower out on the day, winning the Hammer comfortably with a throw of 38.94. U17 Matthew Heywood took on Shot Putt, Javelin and Hammer placing 2nd in the Shot Putt with 8.36m, threw 22.52m in the Javelin and won the Hammer with 46.46m. The U15 Boys Throws saw Codie Dewhurst place 4th in the Shot Putt (4.91m), Dexta Thompson win the Javelin with 22.65m which was a new PB by a metre and Sebastian Burton come 3rd with 15.10m after throwing 20.47m in the Hammer (3rd). Toby Mansfield was in two Throws events for the U13 Boys finishing 6th in the Shot Putt with 5.55m and 2nd in the Discus with 14.97m, whilst Samuel Craven came 8th in the Shot Putt (4.01m), 4th in the Discus with 11.57m and 9th in the Javelin (10.74m) which represented two new PB’s in Shot Putt and Javelin. Findlay Carroll set a big new PB by over four metres as he threw a distance of 19.51m (5th) in the Javelin.

Nathan BillingtonMatthew HeywoodSebastion BurtonToby MansfieldSamuel Craven

Nicky Saunders and Grace Bontoft took on the U15 Girls Throws which had Nicky place 4th out of 14 in the Shot Putt (7.56m), 1st in the Discus with 30.63m in a 15 strong field which was just 2 cms shy of her personal best and 26.00m in the Javelin in 2nd place. Grace came in 6th in the Shot Putt (7.24m) – 14 cms short of her personal best, threw 15.81m in the Discus (12th) and came 2nd in the Hammer with a distance of 29.60m. Madison Bontoft and Tilly Pollard took on the throwing events in the U13’s with Tilly coming 2nd in the Shot Putt (7.29m), 3rd in the Discus with 14.99m whilst Madison came 5th in the Shot Putt (5.43m), 4th in the Discus (13.46m) and 4th again in the Javelin with 13.93m.

In Middle Distance events there just six men altogether int he 1500m – 4 seniors and two U17’s – which saw Sam Hodkinson come 2nd overall and 2nd U17 in a time of 4.31.40 and as with all the middle distance races, run into a strong wind on the back straight. Thirsteen runners took part in the U15 Boys 800m with Dexta Thompson running 2.29.50 in 8th, Codie Dewhurst 2.34.20 in 9th and Sebastian Burton in 10th, clocking 2.34.80 as Umair Rafiq ran a time of 5.13.20 (8th) in the 1500m – the first time he has run the distance. Setting his third new PB of the day by a second was Harry Sambrook in the U13 Boys 800m – 6th out of a field of 15 – with a time of 2.38.80 as Ben Livesey ran 2.34.20 in 5th. Oliver Gill ran the U13 Boys 1500m placing 6th out of ten runners in 5.21.20.

Sam Hodkinson (111) 1500mCodie Dewhurst (95) – Dexta Thompson (151) in 800mUmair Rafiq (948) in 1500mHarry Sambrook (139) – Ben Livesey (121) in 800mOliver Gill (101) in 1500m

Three U15 Girls featured in the two Heats of the 800m which saw Keira Haxton get caight on the line and nudged out of 5th place as she clcoked the same time of 2.32.50 in 6th – and in Heat 2 – Caroline Woodworth went to the front of Heat 2 along with Molly Nicholls, a position she didn’t lose – winning in 2.39.10 with Molly in 3rd place (2.43.80). The U13 Girls also had two Heats in the 800m with two Harriers in both. Amelia Burton in her first race over the distance ran 2.43.80 in the first Heat (6th) with Imogen Robinson in 9th (2.51.30) and in Heat 2 – Eve Coulson placed 4th out of 12 runners in a time of 2.49.20 which was just outside her personal best as new member with Charlotte Robertshaw – running for the Harriers on the Track and in her first track race, clocked 2.50.30 5th.

Keira Haxton (108) 800m

Caroline Woodworth (162) – Molly Nicholls (128) 800mAmelia Burton (79) 800mImogen Robinson (138) 800mEve Coulson (169) – Charlotte Robertshaw (953) 800m

In the Jumps events – Kyle Mashiter jumped a few cms outside his previous best to finish 4th in the U17 Men’s Long Jump (5.34m). Dexta Thompson cleared 1.20m in the U15 Boys High Jump (9th) as Oliver Gill equaled his personal best in the U13 Boys High Jump in 5th (1.30m) — whilst in the U13 Boys Long Jump featuring 20 athletes – Harrison Allcock set a new PB by 5 cms, leaping out to 4.39m in 2nd place with Ben Livesey in his first ever Long Jump competition placing 10th with a jump of 3.83m, Findlay Carroll in 15th setting himself a new PB by over 30 cms with 3.57m and Daniel Nuttall in 20th (3.06m). Seventeen girls took part in the U15 Long Jump which had Skye Greenacre in 5th spot (4.04m) and Kiera Booth (15th) with a jump of 3.59m. After the Long Jump, Skye cleared 1.30m in the High Jump to place 11th. U13 Imogen Robinson tackled both High and Long Jump clearing 1.20m in the High Jump (3rd) and 3.47m in the Long Jump coming 15th out of massive field of 28 as Lucy Rishton came 10th with a leap of 3.60m.

Oliver GillSky Greenacre

 International Stabhochsprung Pole Vault Meeting – Beckum July 6th & 7th

After finishing 3rd in Lausanne last week with a Vault of 4.72m, Holly Bradshaw was back out just three days later taking the win with a clearance of 4.71m

Video of Holly clearing 4.71m

And the prize…….

Skiddaw Fell Race – Sunday July 7th

Skiddaw is a Category: AM 15.4km/961.6m (9.6miles/2700ft) Race which was won today by Keswick AC athlete – Brennan Townshend in a time of 68.16. Two Blackburn Harriers with both of them having very good runs which saw Tom Marchant coming home in 13th overall and third U23 with a time of 81.29. At the time of posting, the full results still haven’t been published but it looks as though Ian Clarkson’s time is a full 18 minutes faster than he did the race last year as he clocked 1:52:54, so a great race and day for him too.

All Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant

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Ian Clarkson
Ian Clarkson (42) – Tom Marchant (22)

Catforth 5k – Saturday July 6th

In just his 3rd race this year and 3rd since July 2018, Dan Balshaw ran a seasons best time of 18.02 coming home in 5th spot in another local 5kheld at Catforth and organised by UK Road Races. Reflecting on his Race Dan said that it was my fastest 5k in two years, went off with Rob Affleck and felt good for about 2.5km but faltered in the last half of the race, a couple more weeks training and another 5k will be in order”.

Dan Balshaw

Lostock Hall Carnival 5k – Saturday July 6th

Tom Blaney had a very good run on Saturday at this local 5k running a time of 16.33 to place 2nd out of a field of two hundred and twenty three.

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Seasons Best & Olympic Qualifying height for Holly in Lausanne and season 1500m best for Jess in Marseille – Annabel Wins Astley Park – In memory of Don Ashton

Athletissima 2019 in Lausanne – Wednesday July 4th

Holly Bradshaw was up against some of the worlds best Pole Vaulters on Wednesday evening in Lausanne – the competition being won eventually by Americas Kate Nageotte after she cleared 4.82 meters on her second attempt which was a new outdoor personal best for her.

L-R Holly Bradshaw (3rd) – Kate Nageotte (1st) – Anzhelika Sidorova (2nd)

Holly finished in third place with a seasons best and Olympic qualifying height of 4.72 meters with Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva finish in fourth place with 4.57 meters.

Meeting Pro Athlé Tour de Marseille – Monday July 2nd

Jess Judd lined up against an international field on Monday over 1500m in Marseille, won by Ethiopian Tigist Ketema in a time of 4.05.09 with Britian’s Melissa Courtenay in 2nd spot (4.05.37).


Jess – getting faster with every race she runs over the distance this year – ran a seasons best time of 4.08.93 in 6th place.

Astley Park Trail Race Series 3/4 – Wednesday July 4th

Race number 3 in this years Series attracted one hundred and sixteen runners which saw Anthony Valentine ahead of the table with wins in race 2 and race 3.

L-R – Paul Smith (310) – Rachael Gavin (458) – Chris Davies (400) – Annabel Ralph (462) – George ‘in the background’  Woodburn – Lindsay Davies (399) – Charlotte Atkinson (498)


On the evening, Anthony Valentine took the win in a time of 20.07 with Blackburn Harrier – Chris Davies – in 2nd place clocking 20.34 which cemented him in 2nd place in the Series to-date. Annabel Ralph had a nother good run to come home 1st Woman in 23.38 and 18th overall with Rachael Gavin in 34th spot in a time of 26.21 and followed just two places further back by Paul Smith (36th) in 26.29, Lindsay Davies 45th coming home in a time of 27.04 and Charlotte Atkinson (62nd) running 28.58.

Nearly as many youngsters ran in the Junior Race – one hundred and three in total – with a couple of 4 and 5yr olds participating! The Harriers 10yr old – Sam pocket rocket’ Aspey – was first across the finish line for the Club in 8th place with a time of 5.07 for the approx. one mile course behind the winner – U13 Isaac Battye (4.48). Just two seconds separated the next two Harriers who are always closely matched in these events – Matthew Smith clocking 5.12 in 11th and Oliver Gill 5.14 in 12th – both of them being 11yrs old. 9yr old William Grundy had a good run too as he came home in 25th spot in a time of 5.34 followed by 10yr old Hannah Davies in 31st (5.45), Evan Potter (11yrs) running a time of 6.12 in 45th, 11yr old George Ramsden in 53rd (6.27) and 8yr old Charlotte Smith in 59th place clocking 6.34.

Back Row – Oliver Gill (17) – Matthew Smith (89) – George Ramsden (96) – Evan Potter(34) —    Front Row William Grundy (79) – Hannah Davies (119) – Charlotte Smith (90) – Sam Aspey (115)


2019 Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes – Thursday July 4th

One hundred and twenty four runners participated in this Race in memory of Don Ashton who graced the Fells with distinctionin his time. Michael Cayton broke the course record with a fine run in a time of 34.13 with three Blackburn Harriers, also running on the night. First home was V45 Tom Cubbon  in 15th running 44.05 followed by V40 Daniel Whittaker in 37th (47.51) and V50 Richard Taylor finishing with a time of 55.53 in 74th position.

In memory of DON ASHTON

Tom Cubbon (64)Daniel WhittakerRichard Taylor (84)


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Harriers Win UKYDL Div 3 & promoted to Division One – Gold & Silver Medals with new PB’s for Tony at Championships – Seasons Best for Jess in 1500m & Rob at Watford BMC – Ben & Vicci Win Trawden 7 + Win Men’s and Women’s Team – Ben Wins 2 Gold and 2 Bronze at Championships – Katie on Tour Down Under

UKYDL – (Upper Age Group) Division 3 – Sunday June 30th

The third and final fixture of this years Upper Age Group UKYDL Division 3 saw the Harriers complete a clean sweep of victories – comfortably winning all three matches to secure Promotion to Division One in 2020. All of the Teams seemed to be missing a number of athletes on the day which meant that some events weren’t very well populated but those that were gave spectators enough to cheer as the Harriers won 37 individual events.

U20 Men & Women

Fawwaz Mustapha has quickly settled in to the team having joined the Club this season, this fixture just his third so far, saw him teaming up with Solomon Brown in the 100m clocking 12.3 (3rd) in the ‘A’ with Solomon running 12.2 to win the ‘B’. Roles were reversed in the 200m with Solomon taking 3rd in the ‘A’ (24.4) and Fawwaz winning the ‘B’ in 25.3.

Fawwaz Mustapha Solomon BrownFawwaz Mustapha (Lane 7) – Solomon Brown (Lane 5)

Nick Smith who had never run a flat 400m race previously threw his hand in and clocked 55.6 in 2nd place before moving on to the 1500m – an event he has done only twice previously – finishing 2nd in 4.45.2 – a new PB by well over 5 seconds and this was after he won the 400m Hurdles in 63.3; And to top it all off, he then went and ran a new PB by 11 seconds in the 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 7.04.6 followed by winning the High Jump with a clearance of 1.60m – definitely a candidate for athlete of the Match. Staying with the Jumps – this time horizontal – Fawwaz Mustapha won the ‘A’ Triple Jump with a new PB leap of 11.95m

Nick Smith 400mNick Smith 400m HurdlesNick Smith High JumpNick Smith 2000m Steeplechase

Staying on the Field, it was disappointing to see just two Hammer Throwers in the U20 Men’s event, both from Blackburn Harriers. Anthony Kent threw a new PB by nearly two metres with his throw of 53.92m as Sam Gaskell also took maximum points in the ‘B’ with 52.24m. Anthony made it a hat trick of wins in the throws as he won the Shot Putt with 12.30m and the Discus with a throw of 40.71m.

Anthony Kent

Sam Gaskell

After a long period out with illness, Emily Warren is getting back into form as she showed on the day with a season best 100m 13.4 in the ‘A’ 100m (2nd) alongside Chloe Bleeks winning the ‘B’ in a time of 14.1. Emily then took 2nd again in the ‘A’ 200m in 28.7 – this time pairing with Amy Wiggans who won the ‘B’ in 27.6.

Chloe Bleeks (1) – Emily Warren (11)

Maddie Elliott was the only U20 in the 800m winning in 2.20.7 in virtually a solo run as she ran with the U17’s in a combined race, following which, she doubled up in the 1500m, taking the victory comfortably there too, clocking 4.58.2. On the Field – Chloe Bleeks took 3rd spot in the Long Jump with 4.26m and Katie Mitchell cleared 2.0m in the Pole Vault to take maximum points there, being the only U20 competitor. In the Shott putt – Emily Taberner placed 2nd with 8.39m and then won the ‘B’ Hammer with 24.97m. Abigail Brown pulled off a double victory winning the Discus with 25.70m and the Hammer with 26.04m. The 4 x 100m Relay Team of Emily Warren, Eleesha Charnley, Chloe Bleeks and Myah Booth came home in 2nd place in a time of 53.30.

Maddie ElliottKatie MitchellEmily TabernerAbigail Brown

Emily Warren (1) 4 x 100m Relay

U17 Men & Women

Just one sprinter in the 100m – Kyle Mashiter who clocked 11.9 in 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Race before going on to run 23.8 in 3rd place in the ‘A’ 200m. Sam Hodkinson and Ethan Barbarewicz paired up in the 400m – Sam a little ‘ring rusty’ after a period of exams and Ethan carrying a cast on his arm after a bad fall recently – but great team spirit and attitude by both them with Sam in only his second ever 400m equaling his personal best, placing 5th in the ‘A’ (55.6) and Ethan – never having run a 400m before – 4th in the ‘B’ (63.2).

Kyle Mashiter (100m)Kyle Mashiter (200m)

Sam Hodkinson (A) Ethan Barbarewicz (AA)

Sam then teamed up with Matt Ramsden in both the 3000m and the 800m – to make it a ‘hard training day ‘ – which saw Matt taking it very easy in the 3000m to win the ‘A’ (9.36.4) and Sam looking to break 10 min in his, he says ‘his one and only ever 3000m race’ – clocking 9.59.9 to take maximum points in the ‘B’. In the 800m and feeling all that had gone before, Sam clocked 2.16.5 in 4th place in the ‘A’ with Matt winning the ‘B’ in 2.11.3. Ethan came home in 3rd in the 1500m with a time of 4.57.5.

Sam Hodkinson & Matt Ramsden (3000m)Matt Ramsden (800m) Sam Hodkinson (800m)Nick Smith U20 1500m (1) – Ethan Barbarewicz U17 1500m (A)

In the Field – Kyle Mashiter took on the Shot Putt and set himself a new PB by over half a metre as he came 2nd with a distance of 8.06m with Matt Heywood winning the ‘B’ (7.63m). Matt grabbed himself a hat-trick of wins as he added the ‘A’ Discus with 24.95m in front of the Crewe and St Helens athletes and threw 49.59m in the ‘A’ Hammer, taking maximum points, being the only competitor. Kieran Carroll kept up his record in the Javelin to remain undefeated throughout the three matches, winning on the day with a throw of 26.29m.

Matt Heywood (Discus)Matt Heywood (Hammer)Kieran Carroll (Javelin)

The Men’s Relay Teams were cannablised to make up just one – 4 x 400m. The Team of Sam HodkinsonMatt RamsdenEthan Barbarewicz Kyle Mashiter did really well clocking 3.52.7 in 2nd place with a storming last leg by Kyle.

Sam Hodkinson to Matt Ramsden Matt Ramsden to Ethan Barbarewicz Ethan Barbarewicz to Kyle MashiterL-R 1500m runner – 100/200m sprinter – 3000m runner – 800m runner = 4 x 400m Relay Team!!

Bailey Madden and Amy Wiggans took on the 100m with Bailey running 13.4 in the ‘A’ (4th) and Amy winning the ‘B’ in a time of 13.2. The 200m saw Millie Coy come in clocking 27.7 in 3rd in the ‘A’ with Bailey winning the ‘B’ in 27.1.

Bailey Madden 100mAmy Wiggans 100mMillie Coy 200m Bailey Madden 200m

Eleesha Charnley and Rebecca Ramsden paired up in the 300m which saw them take maximum points as the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races were run together – Eleesha winning the ‘A’ with a time of 44.2 and Rebecca winning the ‘B’ (47.4) – her first time ever competing over the distance. The same pairing then went out in the 800m with Eleesha 3rd in the ‘A’ (2.34.6) and Rebecca 1st again in the ‘B’ (2.40.9) and again where both ‘A’ and ‘B’ strings were run together. Eleesha ‘please Coach, let me run the 3000m’ Charnley, did exactly that and clocked 12.22.1 in the mixed race of boys and girls to take maximum points. Myah Booth and Liberty Thompson took maximum points in the 80m Hurdles – Myah comfortably winning the ‘A’ in 12.1 and Liberty the ‘B’ in 14.5.

Rebecca Ramsden (AA) – Eleesha Charnely (A) – 300m

Rebecca Ramsden (AA) – Eleesha Charnley (A) – 800mEleesha Charnley Myah Booth

In the Field – Bailey Madden won the Long Jump with 4.43m whilst Liberty Thompson took 2nd spot in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.40m. Poppie Mae Preece won again in the Pole Vault clearing 1.80m before just misisng out on the next height which would have equaled her personal best. Myah Booth was well clear in the Shot Putt winning by over a metre and half as she took maximum points with a throw of 10.85m and Millie Coy was well in front in the Javelin as she took another win with a throw of 35.75m.

Liberty Thompson

Poppy Mae PreeceMyah Booth

The 4 x 100m Relay Team of Amy WiggansBailey MaddenImogen MansfieldMillie Coy were comfortable winners in front of St Helens clocking a combined time of 52.3.

British Throws Pentathlon – Saturday June 29th

Medals all the way for Tony Balko as he enjoyed a great weekend, finishing up on the Podium in two successive championships and setting new PB’s. On Saturday at the Costello Stadium in Hull – in stiflingly hot conditions – Tony won himself the Silver Medal in the British M55 Throws Pentahlon  with a new PB total points score of  3307 which included new PB’s in the Hammer (39.73m) and The Weight (13.84m)

On Sunday Tony was back again with another top performance at the North of England Masters Athletics Championships and again at the Costello Stadium in Hull and this time in windy conditions. The weather may have changed but the application and desire to achieve didn’t as Tony went to win Gold in the M55 Hammer (37.31m); Gold in the M55 Shot Putt (11.49m); Gold in the M55 Discus (35.92m).

After a pretty tiring but very successful weekend Tony will now be helping the Harriers to consolidate top spot in Division One of the Northern League as he prepares for the European Masters Championships in Venice in September.

BMC Grand Prix at Watford – Saturday June 29th

Some great racing at the latest in this seasons BMC fixtures with really fast times and good competitive racing taking place throughout the evening. Jess Judd was tackling her second 1500m race this season after winning her first one, also at Watford on June 12th in a time of 4.12.29. Jess took the race to all the other athletes – 16 in total in the ‘A’ Race – which saw Anna Moller and Maureen Koster tucked in behind her the whole way. Approaching the top bend, Moller made her bid for home to eventually win in 4.09.12 with Jess battling back – after being passed by Koster – holding her off to take second place by just a tenth in a seasons best time of 4.10.74. Rob Warner ran the final race of the evening – the ‘A’ 3000m – won in 8.01.48 (Darragh McElhinney) and clocked 8.26.98 in 12th place.

Jess Judd (221)
Rob Warner (271)

Trawden 7 – Sunday June 30th

All photos from Trawden courtesy of David’s Running Photo’s (David Belshaw

Another very good day for the Harriers endurance athletes at this latest in the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series which is being included in the Harriers Club Championships.

Ben Fish led the Men’s Team to victory on the day as four of them finished in the top ten. Ben won the race by 22 seconds in a time of 41.17 which cements his place at the top of the Harriers Club Championships and also leading the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series. Having another fine run off road – Ben Costello came home in 3rd place in a time of 42.23 and was backed up with good runs from Chris Davies in 8th overall (43.31) and John Horrocks in 9th (43.56).

Ben Fish (300) – Ben Costello (310)

Chris DaviesJohn Horrocks

L-R Chris Davies & Matthew Poole

Paul Brindle took 2nd V45 place on the day as he came home in 17th overall clocking 45.36 followed by Matthew Poole in 43rd out of the field of well over 400 in a time of 48.48 with V50 Gary Pearse running 51.36 in 74th place.

Paul BrindleMatthew PooleGary Pearse

Just twenty one seconds behind Matthew Poole, came Victoria Mousley in 46th position – clocking 49.09 to win the Women’s Race – and leading the Harriers women to 1st place in the team prize with Joanne Nelson just s few places behind in 51st – running 49.28 and 1st FV45 with Lindsay Davies in 133rd position completing the winning team (56.34).

Victoria MousleyJoanne NelsonLindsay Davies

L-R LIndsay Davies – Joanne Nelson – Victoria Mousley

In the Junior Races – Theo Robinson had a fine run to finish 2nd and runner up in a time of 8.30 and just a couple of seconds behind the winner – Will Pease in the U11 Race, whilst Charlotte Smith came home with a time of 10.39 in the U11 Girls Race and 12th overall.


Three boys took part in the U13 race which saw Matthew Smith clock 13.26 in 6th place followed by Oliver Gill in 8th place (13.53) and Alexander Brien in 18th with a time of 15.27. The U13 Girls race featured two Harriers – Imogen Robinson who came in 6th out of the 21 runners with a time of 15.28 with Hannah Davies in 10th and a time of 15.57. Codie Dewhurst ran the U15 Boys race in a time of 13.24 in 4th place with just seven runners in this as Caroline Woodworth finished in 9th out of eleven runners in the U15 Girls Race (15.42).

Matthew Smith (134)Oliver Gill (125)Alexnader Brien (8)

Codie Dewhurst (213) – Imogen Robinson (135)

Caroline Woodworth (226)

Mencap Open National Athletics Championship – Saturday June 29th in Watford

Benjamin Whittaker having met the standard for EA Para Athletics, competed In Watford in the  competition for those athletes with learning disabilities. On the day the weather was a scorching 34c with blue skies & no breeze but the heat didn’t put Benjamin off when doing 80m hurdles, 100m 200m and Long jump in the U20 age category.

Benjamin had been looking forward to the Championships and was up against some stiff competition but managed to have a fabulously succesful day winning a Gold Medal in the 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.07 which obliterated the old Championships record of 13.84. On to the 100m where Benjamin won himself a Bronze Medal in a time of 12.3 before going on to the 200m and winning his second Gold Medal of the day with a time of 24.1 which equaled his personal best. On to the Long Jump and with tired legs, he still was able to put in a leap of 5.35m – just 32cm short of his personal best – to place 3rd and win his second Bronze Medal of the day – 5.35m is above the 5m qualification distance for Para athletics competition standards for those with learning disabilities in T20 classification.

So what a day for the young man – two Gold Medals, two Bronze medals and a Championship Record and afterwards a delighted Benjamin told the Harriers “It was a great day! It was a super opportunity to run in the National champs alongside others who have disabilities like me, and it was a great atmosphere as well as running with some talented athletes. I felt I accomplished my best on the day, due to the heat. Mencap organisers spoke to me to see how I had enjoyed the day being first time attending , and told them it was felt good to complete against others who had disabilities like me, to enjoy athletics together despite our difficulties.”

Blue & White on Tour – Down Under

Well i suppose if your going to run a 10k anywhere, it might as well as be in Wellington new Zealand as anywhere. Katie ‘hunt down the green vest’  Buckingham to those who know her, was flying the Blue & White of the Harriers recently in the Wellington 10k clocking a time of 42.07 – 3rd Woman and 29th overall in a field of over a 1000 runners – which wasn’t bad given she has been gallavanting for the last six months!!

Afterwards she told the Harriers about the day commenting “It was great fun doing a big event whilst in NZ, and a good way to tick doing a race off the bucket list!! Ran 42.07, kind of hoped it would be faster considering some of the runs I’ve done recently, but it was slightly long so blaming the extra 300m for not breaking the 42 marker!!

Our Katie