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Another Win for Harriers in UKYDL – Jess Wins 5000m at Sportcity – PB for Tony at York Open Meeting – Joanne Rocks ‘n’ Rolls in Liverpool – Top 10 for John at Hutton Roof Fell Race

UKYDL (Upper Age Group) – Witton Park Sunday May 26th

Another emphatic win for the Harriers at the 2nd of the UKYDL Upper Age Group Division West 3 Matches hosted by Horwich RMI Harriers at Witton Park on Sunday. The conditions were not set for fast times in any of the races from 300m upwards as a really bad wind blew into the athletes faces on the back straight. The conditions helped the sprinters and sprint hurdlers but not too helpful for the Javelin and Discus. Still, it is the same for everyone, as they say and the Harriers made the most of it by recording 53 wins and 19 new personal bests. Slightly disappointing that a number of events didn’t have too many athletes in them – Bank Holiday weekend having some impact on the turnout.


One of the highlights of the day came in the Hammer as bottom of age U20 Charlotte Williams, who recently won her first GB Vest and followed that up by being selected for the Halle Throws International in Germany – June 1st & 2nd – posted another new PB as she threw 61.80m to win, an improvement of over a metre on her previous best (60.67m). U20 Anthony Kent followed suit as he set himself a new PB in winning the Hammer, adding over 3 metres to his previous best, throwing 52.01m. Matt Heywood made it three wins in the U17 Men’s Hammer with a new PB too of 53.38m against his previous best of 52.17m.

Charlotte Williams

…and after the event – in the Harriers Indoor Track

Anthony KentMatthew Heywood

U17 Cameron Harris remains undefeated this year in the Javelin and he was on song again, throwing in the U20 competition to record a winning throw of 46.60m – into the wind. U17’s George Whittaker and Kieran Carroll won their Javelin competition with 26.09m and 29.25m respectively to take maximum points in the event in both age groups.

Cameron HarrisGeorge WhittakerKieran Carroll

Emily Taberner kept the wins coming with a throw of 26.31m in the Women’s U20 Javelin as Millie Coy (U17) came 3rd off a standing throw with 21.78m and Myah Booth 2nd in the ‘B’ U17 with 18.62m. In the Shot Putt Anthony Kent was in the ‘slot’ again with a win in the U20’s (12.64m) alongside sprinter Kyle Mashiter placing 2nd in the ‘B’ (7.40m).

Anthony KentKyle Mashiter

Matt Heywood and Ethan Barbarewicz were the only competitors in the U17 Men’s Shot Putt, taking maximum points with 8.36m and 5.07m respectively. Myah Booth and Emily Taberner clocked up two more Throws wins in the Shot Putt with Myah winning the U17 ‘A’ (11.15m) and Emily the U20 ‘A’ (8.93m).Three wins and one new PB for the Men’s U20 and U17 Discus as Anthony Kent threw 40.02m in the U20’s, Matt Heywood 23.44 in the ‘A’ U17 event and George Whittaker posting a new PB in the ‘B’ with an improvement of over 2m – throwing 31.92m.

Matthew Heywood Ethan Barbarewicz

Anthony KentGeorge Whittaker


U20’s Ben Whittaker and Nick Smith got the Jumps competitions off to a good start as Ben set the first of a hat-trick of new PB’s on the day, leaping out to 5.50m, an improvement by 30cm in 3rd place in the ‘A’ as Nick won the ‘B’ with a jump of 5.02m which equaled his personal best. U17 Jonathan Gough was just short of his personal best placing 2nd in the ‘A’ with 5.83m as Ben Branton won the ‘B’ with a leap of 5.52m.

Ben WhittakerNick SmithJonathan GoughBen Branton

Chloe Bleeks finished 4th in the U20 Women’s Long Jump (4.22m) with Imogen Mansfield coming in 2nd in the U17 Women’s Long Jump (4.76m) and Bailey Madden winning the ‘B’ with 4.37m.

Imogen Mansfield

Bailey Madden

New member Fawwaz Mustapha made a very good start in his debut for the Club, winning the ‘A’ U20 men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 11.80m. Jonathan Gough and Ben Branton teamed up again in the U17 Men’s Triple Jump with Jonathan winning the ‘A’ (12.70m) and just short of his best as Ben added a metre plus to his best in the ‘B’ to win with a new PB of 11.07m.

In the Pole Vault featuring just two athletes, new members Katie Mitchell and Poppie Mae Preece scored good points for the team for the second week running as Katie cleared a new PB height of 2.10m in the ‘A’ and Poppie cleared the opening height in the ‘B’ of 1.70m. George Whittaker shouted out with delight as he jumped off the Pole Vault bed after clearing a new PB of 2.55m – an improvement of 35cm to win the U17 Men’s event and another example of just one athlete competing. The High Jump saw Liberty Thompson placing 3rd in the U17’s with 1.45m after spending the last week ill as Jamie Teare won the U17 Men’s High Jump (1.50m) and Nick Smith replicated that victory in the U20 Men’s High Jump (1.60m).

Katie MitchellPoppiee Mae Preece

George Whittaker

Liberty ThompsonNick Smith


The Long Hurdles had just four athletes in the two age groups with three of them from the Harriers. They had to endure the wind but it was a good start for the team as Solomon Brown win the ‘A’ U20 Men’s in a time of 60.8 with Nick Smith taking the ‘B’ in 62.30 – Jamie Teare jogged round to take the points in the U17 men’s 400m Hurdles (85.20).

Solomon Brown Nick SmithJamie Teare

Myah Booth ran the English Schools qualifying time again as she won the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.00 with Liberty Thompson making it a double win in the ‘B’ (14.80). Nick Massey was back to a bit of form as he won the U20’s 110m Hurdles in a time of 17.30 despite clattering a couple of hurdles and Ben Whittaker set the first of two new PB’s on the day chopping 1.2 sec off his previous best to win the ‘B’ in 16.70. Chloe Bleeks won the U20 Women’s 100m Hurdles in 20.10.

Myah BoothLiberty ThompsonNick Massey Ben Whittaker – Race Video HERE

Chloe Bleeks


Solomon Brown ran U20 men’s 400m ‘A’ race clocking 56.50 in 2nd place as Findlay Sullivan won the ‘B’ in his first attempt over the distance ever, running 58.30. Harvey Ashworth was surprised by the pace in the U17 men’s 400m – won in 54.60 – as he clocked 65.20 in 4th spot. Freya Black clocked 66.60 in the ‘A’ U20 Women’s 400m (3rd) with Hannah Cookson 1st in the ‘B’ (68.90). Eleesha Charnley ran a tactically good race in the U17 Women’s ‘A’ 300m to come home with a win in a time of 46.10.

Solomon Brown Findlay SulliavnHarvey Ashworth

      Freya Black                                                                Hannah Cookson

Eleesha Charnley

Surprisingly just three athletes in the U20 Men’s 800m as Joe Gebbie ran a good time in the strong wind of 2.05.5 to win the ‘A’ and U17 Findlay Sullivan stepping up to the higher age group, running 2.24.2 to win the ‘B’. Harvey Ashworth clocked 2.14.3 in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 800m (4th) as Ethan Barbarewicz just went for it from the off in the ‘B’ and with the rest of the team screaming at him coming down the home straight, he hung on to win the ‘B’ by four tenths in a time of 2.28.1 – a new PB by four tenths. Freya Black was the sole competitor in the U20 Women’s 800m running 2.42.2 and Eleesha Charnley who had a tough day with a number of events, ran 2.29.8 in the ‘A’ U17 Women’s 800m (3rd).

Joe Gebbie

      Findlay Sullivan                                                          Harvey Ashworth

      Ethan Barbarewicz                                                     Freya Black

Eleesha Charnley

In the 1500m Harvey Ashworth and Jamie Teare teamed up in the U17 Men’s race with Harvey clocking 4.39.00 (3rd) in the ‘A’ and Jamie running 4.42.0 to win the ‘B’. Again, only 3 athletes in the U20 Women’s 1500m which saw Maddie Elliott win the ‘A’ in a time of 4.52.0 and Hannah Cookson win the ‘B’ (5.45.0). Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley were the duo in the U17 Women’s Race which saw Amy clock 5.18.3 (2nd) in the ‘A’ and Eleesha win the ‘B’ in a sedate 5.51.80.

Jamie Teare (AA) – Harvey Ashworth (A)Harry Wilkin (216 Non-Scoring)Maddie Elliott (1)

     Hannah Cookson                                                       (amy Davies (A)Eleesha Charnley

Just four athletes in the Men’s U20 and U17 3000m with all of them running together. Matt Ramsden ran 9.09.70 to win the ‘A’ U17 Race and Ethan Barbarewicz ‘fresh’ from his 800m win, ran 10.58.1 to win the ‘B’. Nick Smith set a new PB in the 2000m Steeplechase as he placed 2nd in a time of 7.19.30 – an improvement of nearly six seconds.

Matt Ramsden Ethan Barbarewicz


Eight new personal bests were set in the Sprints with the first one set by U17 Ethan Downes stepping up to the U20 Men’s 100m as he won the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 11.70 – his previous best being 11.73. Ben Whittaker won the ‘A’ in a time of 12.00 (2nd) and just a tenth outside his best time. Chris Brand ran 11.80 in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 100m (4th) as Kyle Mashiter knocked a tenth off his best time to-date to set a new PB of 11.50 in winning the ‘B’.

Ethan DownesBen WhittakerChris Brand Kyle Mashiter – Race Video HERE

Great to see Emily Warren back out competing after a long lay off with illness as she clocked 13.90 in 4th place (‘A’ U20 Women’s 100m) with Chloe Bleeks running 13.80 in the ‘B’ (2nd). Bailey Madden took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ U17 100m with 12.70 as Amy Wiggans set a new PB – by a tenth – of 13.2 to win the ‘B’.

Emily Warren Chloe BleeksBaily Madden

Amy Wiggans

Ben Whittaker achieved his third new PB of the day – by three tenths – as he clocked 24.1 in the U20 Men’s 200m (2nd) with Chris Brand cutting 8 tenths off his previous best time in winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 24.2. Kyle Mashiter ran his second new PB of the day – by a tenth – in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 200m with 23.4 – and – in the U17 Women’s 200m there were new PB’s for Amy Wiggans by eight tenths as she clocked 27.5 in 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Myah Booth chopped 1.2 seconds off her previous best to win the ‘B’ in 26.90. Chloe Bleeks clocked 28.70 in the U20 Women’s ‘A’ 200m with Emily Warren placing 2nd in the ‘B’ (29.10).

      Ben Whittaker                                                             Chris Brand

      Kyle Mashiter                                                             Amy Wiggans

     Myah Booth                                                                Chloe Bleeks

Emily Warren

Due to injuries picked up on the day, the Relay Teams suffered a little and in the end the Harriers fielded just three teams – winning them all – the U17 Women’s 4 x 100m (Imogen Mansfield / Eleesha Charnley / Myah Booth / Amy Wiggans) in 53.50, the U20’s Men’s 4 x 100m (Solomon Brown / Fawwaz Mustapha / Ben Whittaker / Kyle Mashiter) in 46.60 – and – the U20 Men’s 4 x 400m (Matt Ramsden / Joe Gebbie / George Whittaker / Nick Smith) in 3.51.2.

BMX Grand Prix at Sportcity – Saturday May 25th

A very good run from Jess Judd saw her win the BMC 5000m – featuring 14 athletes. Going into the race as the fastest on paper, Jess confirmed that form, clocking a seasons best time of 15.39.00 with Claire Duck in 2nd (15.43.45) with a seasons best and Mhairi MacClennan in 3rd clocking a new PB of 15.51.78.

Rob Warner ran the Men’s 5000m ‘A’ race going into the race with a PB of 14.18.44 – after running 8.18.50 in the Loughborough 3000m last week, he was hopeful of making some inroads on his 5000m time. It didn’t go quite to plan as he finished in 15th place with a time of 14.33.28.


Jess Judd (302)

York Open Meeting – Saturday May 25th

V50 Tony Balko was back in York for the second time in recent weeks and it paid off nicely for him as he set a new personal best of 11.51m in the 6kg Shot Putt in 2nd place and there was a seasons best of 38.53m in the 6kg Hammer again in 2nd place. Tony commented after the event that the “outlook is starting to look much brighter for a decent performance at the British Throws Pentathlon and Northern Masters Championships at the end of June 2019”.

Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon – Liverpool Saturdxay May 25th

Joanne Nelson, Janine Fallon and Paul Brindle were over in Merseyside on Saturday – Joanne and Janine to run the Marathon and Paul the Half-Marathon. Joanne – a winner of this race in 2016 with a time of 3hr.00.53 as a V40 – ran this years race as a V45 and more than achieved her goal for the day which was to run the championship qualifying time for London 2020. V45 Janine also went with the aim of securing a fast for age time for London 2020, also achieveing that too coming home in 528th position with a time of 3hr 40.39. Paul, who ran the Half, came home 22nd overall, clocking 81.25.Paul Brindle

Joanne finished 5th Woman and 75th overall, spoke to the Harriers after the race saying that she Really enjoyed the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon this year. It’s the third time I have run it and I always come away happy. The course was slightly different this year with a few more climbs in it and so therefore a more demanding and challenging race. Ideally I wanted to run 3 hrs 15 which would ensure I achieved championship start for London. I set off and after the first mile I was on just over 7 minute mile pace (too fast for the time I was after). I slowed a little but felt good and so decided to go from the start. It was extremely windy, both on different sections of the course and especially the last 3 miles along the docks. A really friendly event with lots of support both by fellow runners and the crowds. Paul has also hired a bike and was cycling around at different points to shout me on! I came home in 3 hrs 06 which I was extremely pleased with. Janine came home in 3 hrs 40 which qualifies her for good for age for London, and Paul ran 81 mins in the half. A great, challenging race, fab day and night out in Liverpool”.

Joanne and Janine

Hutton Roof Fell Race – Saturday May 25th

One hundred and seventy two runners in this race at the weekend won by Nick Leigh of Horwich in 51.49.


Three Harriers in this race with John Horrocks bagging another top ten finish, clocking 55.10 in 7th place. Newly turned V50 Matt Nuttall had a good run too with his time of 62.01 in 29th place and John Orrell also a V50 finished in 107th spot with a time of 78.34.

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UKYDL Premier Division West for 2nd Match with the Harriers – Wins for Matthew & William at St Annes Triathlon – Hollie Wins at Keswick – Southport Triathlon – Salt Ayre Duathlon – Manchester 10k

UKYDL Premier Division West – Wavertree Athletics Stadium Saturday May 18th

A difficult day for the Harriers with seven youngsters all dropping out in the week leading up to the Match coupled with some injuries on the day meant that we were unable to fill all the slots on the Match programme. Congratulations to the Team managers though, for doing a great job to get athletes in the maximum number of events with a number of them trying something for the very first time, just to help the team – great team spirit on display. After finishing 6th on Saturday the Club is currently in 5th position overall and needs a good result in the next Match at Bebbington on June 22nd.

Not every athlete is mentioned in this report, but everyone who stepped in to do events unfamiliar to them deserve our congratulations for putting the team first.

One of the highlight performances of the day amongst the boys came from U15 Jayden Riley who ran a new PB in the 80m Hurdles of 11.69 in 1st, ran a new PB in the 100m by winning in a time of 11.37 and ran a third new PB of the day in the 200m of 23.57 in 2nd place. Ben Boocock also set a new PB in the 100m of 12.97 and equaled his personal best in the 80m Hurdles winning that to make it a win double for him and Jayden.

Jayden RileyBen Boocock

U15 Zachary Walmsley ran over a second quicker in his 200m’s to set a new PB of 26.23 and U15 David Holman chopped three seconds off his personal best in the 1500m to set a new PB of 4.44.64. In other U15 Boys events – Codie Dewhurst equaled his High Jump best of 1.25m and set a new PB in Discus (11.95m). Rory Teare and Hayden Mercer are battling for the ‘brownie points’ as both set new PB’s in the Pole Vault of 2.20m in 2nd place for both ‘A’ and ‘B’ events. Hayden also set another new PB in the Shot Putt, adding 33cms to his previous best for a new distance of 8.38m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added nearly two metres to his best in the Hammer with a new PB of 29.82m and Stephen Alberts, helping out the team threw 5.55m in the Shot Putt for a new PB there.

Zachary WalmsleyDavid Holman (1)Rory Teare Hayden MercerKyle Taylor-Pomfret

Highlight performance for the U15 Girls came from Nicky Saunders in the Throws as she won all three events  – Discus with 28.84m, Hammer with a new PB of 38.56m and Javelin with 24.98m. Nicky has already thrown English Schools qualifying distances for both Hammer and Discus. There were new PB’s for Skye Greenacre in the 100m with her 14.46 clocking followed by a High Jump new PB of 1.35m. Racheal Jesse ran 28.91 in the 200m for a new PB and clocked 13.83 in the 100m – a distance she hasn’t done previously. Hollie Cubbon knocked over a second off her 300m time for a new PB of 47.59 whilst Keira Haxton continued with her trend of setting new PB’s everytime she races in recent weeks with 30.25 in the 200m and 2.31.46 in the 800m – an improvement of over 3 seconds.

Nicky SaundersSkye GreenacreRacheal JesseKeira Haxton

Kate Cookson cut nearly four seconds off her 800m time to set a new PB of 2.32.68 and in the non-scoring 800m race, Eleanor Allsop chopped a whopping 7 seconds off her time for a new PB of 2.40.17. Lucy Ramsden took a second off her best to set a new PB of 14.28 in the 75m Hurdles  and in the Throws – Caroline Woodworth set new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.19m) and Discus (16.40m).

Kate CooksonEleanor AllsopLucy RamsdenCaroline Woodworth

Daniel Smith had a pretty good day too – setting new PB’s in the 75m Hurdles (13.66), Long Jump (3.67m) and High Jump where he added 10 cms to clear 1.45m. George Ramsden replicated Daniel’s performance with his own new PB in the Hurdles (16.39) – over a second faster than his previous best whilst  Ben Livesey set himself a new PB in the 200m with 28.53. Ben Stratton was one of our nine winners on the day as he unleashed a tremendous sprint in the last 60 metres to win the U13 Boys 1500m in 4.49.82 for his fourth win out of five 1500m races this year. Oliver Gill also set himself a new personal best in the 1500m ‘B’ race with 5.13.82 – bettering his previous best by 2 seconds. Other new personal bests by the U13 Boys were set by Harrison Allcock in the Shot Putt (6.64m) and Findlay Carroll in the Javelin (15.42m).

Daniel SmithBen Livesey Oliver Gill

Bottom of age U13 Imogen Robinson knocked out three new PB’s – in the 800m running 2.46.94 which was a 3 second improvement, 3.35m in the Long Jump and 1.15m in the High Jump, whilst Eve Coulson set a new time for herself in the 800m of 2.52,17. Niamh Gater ran 11.42 in the 75m and 12.77 in the 70m Hurdles, both of which were new PB’s, with Kady Thompson improving her Javelin best to 14.91m and Madison Bontoft setting new PB’s in the Shot Putt (7.64m) and Javelin (16.19m).

Imogen RobinsonEve CoulsonNiamh Gater

Keswick Mountain festival – Sunday May 19th

Well done to Hollie Cubbon who had a nice win at the Festival Aquathon on Sunday. The Swim had to be cancelled due to blue algae which left the 3k run – and won by Holly in a time of 11.58. She got a nice little bonus too, winning around £100 worth of prizes to make it a very good end to the day.

Southport Triathlon – Sunday May 19th

Danny Maynard tackled the Southport Triathlon finishing 63rd out of the 187 triathletes competing on the day. He placed 5th in his age category – (25 – 29yrs) – and clocking an Open Water 750m Swim 750m time of 16 min, a 20km Bike ride in 40.48 minutes and a 5k Run in 18.35 minutes


Danny Maynard

St.Anne’s Triathlon – Sunday May 19th

A number of Blackburn Harriers competed int his event at the weekend with some pretty good results, especially for the youngsters.

U13 Matthew Smith and his parents – Paul and Helen – were all in action in the competition which saw Matthew win his age group (MT2) by nearly a minute with a combined time of 27.27 for the Swim (3.43), Bike (15.46.8) and Run (7.55.3).

Matthew Smith Matthew Smith

Paul set himself a new PB coming in at the end with a combined time of 1hr 05.43 with the Swim (6.59), Bike (37.08) and Run (21.36) and 25th overall in a field of 187 men. Helen finished 24th in her 124 strong women’s race clocking 8.17 for the Swim, 42.47 for the Bike and 28.50 for the Run which gave her a combined finishing time of 1hr 19.55

And it was another good performance from William Grundy in the MT1 age category as he headed the field of 26 to win for the 3rd year running in a combined time of 17.41 comprising a Swim of 2.27.5, Bike (9.52.4) and Run (5.20.7).

William GrundyWilliam Grundy

Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon – Sunday May 19th

This Duathlon Parents Race comprises a Run of 1200m followed by 3900m on the Bike and ends with a second Run of 400m. Juniors do a Run of 2k, a Bike Ride of 7.8k and finish off with a Run of 800m. Michael Sharp, his son Saul Sharp and Codie Dewhurst all entered this event, and for Michael, this was his first competitive action for a long while following a hip operation.

After the event finished, Michael commented on the day “Well done to Saul and Codie today in the Salt Ayre Duathlon, a bit out of their comfort zone on the bikes but did fantastic in 15th and 16th positions. Bike upgrade needed.Well done boys,some very fast lads on the bikes,both ran really well.They did a 2k run followed by a 7.8k bike ride and ended with a 800m run. On a personal note, this was my first competitive action since 3rd October 2016. Why not have a go,1200m run, 3.9k bike, 400m run. Loved every second of it and finished 2nd in the Parents Race. Decent pace around 7:40 on 1200m off virtually no training. Still buzzing”.

L-R Codie Dewhurst – Michael Sharp – Saul Sharp

Manchester 10k – Sunday May 19th

Won by Jacob Kiplimo in a time of 27.31, V50 Jonathan Bridge joined the thousands of runners and came home in a time of 42.17. Jonathan wasn’t alone and made it a family affair with wife Claire clocking 52.57 and son Joe running a time of 38.31.


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Jess, Charlie and Rob with top performances at Loughborough International – Ben 2nd at Chester Half Marathon

Jess Judd was in excellent form in the 3000m at the Loughborough International as she won the 14 strong field race, comprehensively in a time of 9.02.86 from Anna Quirk (England) in 2nd (9.18.61), Danielle Hodgkinson (Walls) in 3rd (9.24.54) and Eloise Walker (Scotland) in 4th (9.29.74).


Charlotte Williams was making her debut in a GB Vest at the Loughborough International and had another fantastic competition, achieveing the European U20 Championship qualifiying distance, not just once, but twice in the competition – 59.66m and 59.70m and the fourth time she has now achieved that in the last few weeks.


After the competition Charlotte was toldshe had been selected to represent GB again in the Halle Throws Fest” which is another fabulous achievement for her”.

Rob Warner had 23 athletes in his 3000m race won by Will Fuller (Loughborough) in 8.13.26. Rob had a very good run to come across the line in 6th position clocking 8.18.50 and commented after the race that he was quite pleased with the race, ended up being quite slow through the first 1km as no one really wanted to go with the pacemaker! Ended up only 2 seconds outside of my PB after going through 1km in 2:54 so I’m confident of getting close to 8:10 with a more even pace! Always a great race to be a part of and happy to be competitive in it”.


Chester Half-Marathon – Sunday May 19th

Ben Fish was out at the Chester Half-Marathon on Sunday in only his 5th race of the year as he has battled against illness. Chester was won by the Altincham athlete – Mohammad Rezeq – in a time of 64.28 with Ben in 2nd place clocking 69.27.


Ben described it as a “solid run which hopefully i can build on it and make more progress over the summer. Just going to keep hammering in the races now!!”.

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Harriers Open Northern League Season with a Win at Witton Park

A great start to this years Division One campaign in the Northern League for Blackburn Harriers after a very good day of Track & Field competition which saw the Club win the match with a total of 396 points from Team Isle of Man in 2nd (375), West Cheshire 3rd (343), Wakefield 4th (334), City of York 5th (288), Wigan 6th (263). In winning the match, the Harriers recorded 20 wins, 9 second and 14 third places.






Solomon Brown and Ben Whittaker got the day off to a good start with Solomon running just outside his best time, clocking 59.80 in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles whilst Ben in his first ever race over Long Hurdles won the ‘B’ in a solid 65.10. Charlie Coy was running her first ever 400m Hurdle race placing 5th (85.80) to help the team out. The flat 400m races were pretty rapid as the Men’s ‘A’ race was won in 48.90 and the ‘B’ 52.30. Zac Howe ran 54.00 in the ‘A’ (5th) with Karl Billington also 5th in the ‘B’ (61.00). Charlie Coy ran 62.90 for 5th spot in the Women’s 400m as Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, flew out of the blocks over the first 200 to establish a big lead and hung on to win the ‘B’ in 63.60.

Solomon BrownBen WhittakerCharlie Coy

Zac HoweKarl BillingtonEllen Sagar-Hesketh

Charlie Coy

The Sprint Hurdles witnessed more progress for Ben Whittaker as he won the ‘B’ race with 17.90 and a new PB with Nick Massey clocking 19.80 in the ‘A’ race (3rd). Chloe Bleeks placed 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles (19.70).

Ben Whittaker Nick MasseyChloe Bleeks

Similar story in the Men’s 800m won in 1.53.7 and 1.56.7 with Zac Howe 3rd in the ‘A’ (2.07.0) and Joe Gebbie 3rd in the ‘B’ (2.02.8). Ellen Sagar-Hesketh clocked 2.25.9 (5th) in the Women’s ‘A’ 800m as Eleesha Charnley ran a tactically perfect race in the ‘B’ to win in 2.25.3. Dominic Walton and Marc Hartley delivered wins in the Men’s 1500m  Which saw Marc take on the race with some 500m to go splitting the field up and allowing Dominic to put in a huge kick from 300m out to come home the winner in 4.09.40 with Marc making it a double by winning the ‘B’ in 4.12.6. Amy Davies ran a time of 5.15.8 for 4th spot in the Women’s ‘A’ Race and Freya Black 5.33.20 in 3rd place in the ‘B’.

Xac Howe Joe GebbieEllen Sagar-Hesketh Eleesha Charnley

Annabel Ralph made a bid for the lead half way through the 3000m, finally placing 3rd in a time of 10.34.50 in the ‘A’ with Maddie Elliott winning the ‘B’ in 10.42.20. Jacob Watson and Tom Blaney stepped into the 5000m and had very good runs, both running the distance for the first time on the track, and gaining valuable points as Jacob clocked 16.06 in the ‘A’ (2nd) and Tom won the ‘B’ in a time of 16.26. The 3000m Steeplechase saw Joe Howe and Chris Davies pair up again as they have in previous seasons, winning big points as Joe clocked 11.02.60 in the ‘A’ (2nd) and Chris 11.06.30 in the ‘B’ for a win.

Annabel Ralph (1) & Maddie Elliott (11)Jacob Watson (1) & Tom Blaney (11)Joe Howe (1) Chris Davies (11)

In the Sprints Brandon Zinyemba had a very good day as he won the ‘A’ 100m in 11.2, came 4th in the ‘A’ 200m (23.20) as Dominic Bretherton ran 11.60 (5th) in the ‘B’ 100m and 24.40 in the ‘B’ 200m (5th). Bailey Madden ran 12.70 for 5th in the ‘A’ 100m with Chloe Bleeks clocking 13.90 in the ‘B’ also 5th. Bailey then ran a big new PB by eight tenths clocking 26.20 in the ‘A’ 200m race (4th) as Millie Coy was just outside her best in 4th with 27.20 in the ‘B’.

Brandon Zinyemba (1) Dominic Bretherton (11)

Bailey MaddenChloe Bleeks

When it came to the 4 x 100m Relay, Dominic had to withdraw with a sore hamstring, so the team became Chris Brand on Leg 1, Kyle Mashiter on Leg 2, Ethan Downes on Leg 3 and Brandon Zimyemba on the final leg and they ran a fine race with good handovers to take the win in 45.00. The Club Record has stood since 1971 at 43.1 – set in the BAL – and these lads are young enough to go on and challenge that in the future. The Women’s 4 x 400m team – Maddie ElliottEleesha CharnleyCharlie Coy Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – placed 4th in a time of 4.10.4 with amzingly consistent splits of 62.5, 62.7, 62.7 and 62.5 and the time was just 2 seconds outside the Club Record set in 2005. In the Men’s 4 x 400m – Marc HartleySolomon BrownDominic WaltonJoe Gebbie – the team clocked 3.35.40 in 3rd place with Dominic Walton clocking 49.9 on the third Leg.

L-R and photo bombed by 1500m winner Dominic Walton – Ramzi Dabbar (Sprints Coach) – Solomon Brown – Dominic Bretherton – Kyle Mashiter – Chris Brand – Brandon Zinyemba – Ethan Downes

L-R Maddie Elliott – E;leesha Charnely – Charlie Coy – Ellen Sagar-heskethL-R Dominic Walton – Joe Gebbie – Marc Hartley – Solomon Brown


Great to see Joe Pearse back in action for the Harriers in his first competiton since February 2018, well over a year ago, as he has battled with a bad ankle injury. Neverthless, he came up with a good win to clear 1.90 and in the ‘A’ High Jump with Nick Smith clearing 1.60m in the ‘B’ (4th). Charlie Coy who last did a High Jump in 2013 as a junior, helped the team out, clearing 1.35m for 5th in the ‘A’ with Imogen Mansfield who has never done High Jump, did the same in the ‘B’ with a 1.25m clearance for 3rd place. Great spirit by the girls to step in to help the team in the way they did. There was a big plus in the Pole Vault too with three beginners, two of whom hadn’t ever pole vaulted in a competition previously.

Joe PearseCharlie CoyImogen Mansfield

George Whittaker cleared 2.20 in the ‘A’ men’s Pole Vault for  4th place, the event being won by a Vault of 4.40m by Wigan’s Chris Lamb whilst new members of the Club Katie Mitchell cleared 2.00m for 2nd in the Women’s ‘A’ and Poppy Mae Preece got over the opening height of 1.70m to win the ‘B’ – invaluable points won for the team by these athletes.

Katie MitchellPoppy Mae Preece

Jonathan Gough was just short of his previous best leaping out to 12.56m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ Triple Jump with Nick Smith also in 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 10.66m. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh jumped 9.83m for 3rd spot in the Women’s ‘A’ Triple Jump with Eleesha Charnley also taking 3rd in the ‘B with 8.21m and the first time she has has tried the event. There was a new PB for Imogen Mansfield in the Long Jump with a 4.87m leap in 4th in the ‘A’ as Bailey Madden came 4th in the ‘B’ with 4.38m. More Long Jump new PB’s as Jonathan Gough and Ben Branton both leapt out to a distance of 5.86m which had Ben in 3rd in the ‘A’ and Jonathan winning the ‘B’.

Jonathan Gough Nick SmithImogen Mansfield Bailey Madden

Anna Peers and Millie Coy are a formidable pair in the Javelin which saw Anna win the ‘A’ with a distance of 37.40m and Millie win the ‘B’ with 30.24m. English Schools Finalist Cameron Harris from 2018 won the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 51.66m – the first time he has thrown the 800g weight in competition with Nathan Billington placing 4th in the ‘B’ (28.48m) and a new PB by nearly two metres.

Anna Peers

Cameron Harris

Anthony Kent set a new PB by three metres throwing 45.22m in the ‘A’ Hammer in 2nd spot with Nathan Billington making it a good haul of points for the Club with his throw of 35.14m to win the ‘B’. Emily Taberner (5th) in the ‘A’ (26.41m) which was a new PB by some four metres  teamed up in the Hammer with Abigail Brown – 2nd in the ‘B’ (24.10m).

Anthony Kent Nathan BillingtonEmily Taberner

It was a win double for Anna Peers and Emily Taberner in the Discus with Anna winning the ‘A’ with a distance of 36.80m and Emily winning the ‘B’ (28.18m) and in the Men’s Discus – Anthony Kent threw 34.82m for 3rd in the ‘A’ as Tony Balko threw 30.01m for 2nd in the ‘B’ – the same pairing in the Shot Putt had Anthony in 3rd in the ‘A’ (11.81m) and Tony in 2nd in the ‘B’ (10.02m) and once again evidence of the major contirbution that the Throws Squad plays in the success of the team overall. Emily Taberner and Abigail Brown joined up again in the Women’s Shot Putt with Emily placing 6th in the ‘A’ (8.96m) and Abigail 6th in the ‘B’  with a new PB of 7.23m.

Anna Peers

Emily TabernerAnthony Kent Tony BalkoEmily Taberner Abigail brown


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PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Harriers Fell Championships Update – Beaverbrooks 10k

Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday May 14th

Six Blackburn Harriers were competing at the latest in the Grand Prix Series at Trafford last night. Jacob Watson was doing just his second ever race over 3000m on the track having won the first one at Trafford – ‘B’ race – in 9.19.95. Last night he jumped right into the ‘A’ race which was won in 8.22.30 – a much faster race in which, Jacob edged a new PB by less than a second as he clocked 9.19.07.

Jacob Watson

U20 Joe Gebbie also bagged himself a new PB in the 1500m after clocking a new 800m PB at the Lancashire Championships at the weekend. At Trafford Joe placed 6th out of the 13 strong field in a time of 4.12.92. Joe Howe also ran in the same race, running a time of 4.28.24. U20 Nicholas Smith just missed a new Pb in the 800m as he clocked 2.07.91 – a second outside his previous best in 7th place and bottom of age U15 Theo Watson had another consistent run in the 800m with a time of 2.20.37 in 5th place with top of age athletes behind him.

Joe Gebbie

Nick Smith

Theo Watson


In the Throws events Tony Balko sealed another win with a throw of 37.86m with the 6kg Hammer.

Blackburn Harriers Fell Championships

Pendle Cloughs Fell Race

The latest race in the Harriers Fell Championships came at Pendle Clough won by Bowland Fell Runners Iain Embrey in 2hr 13.12 – just a single second in front of 2nd placed Nick Leigh in 2hr.13.13 which must have been a hell of a battle between the two of them.


Four Blackburn Harriers ran with John Horrocks having a really fine run to bag himself a top ten finish (7th) in a time of 2hr 24.24 followed home by Tom Cubbon in 47th position with a solid time of 3hr 01.47, Ian Clarkson (81st) in 3hr 34.09 and Danny Teare (3hr 34.40) one place further back in 82nd.

John Orrell gave an update on the Harriers Fell Championships after the Race commenting “After Race 4 in the Championships – Pendle Cloughs – in which there was a great result for John Horrocks in 7th, Tom Cubbon next home and his first race in our series with Ian Clarkson next in, and Danny Teare hot on his heels – Ian still tops the leaderboard having completed all 4 races so far. Catch him if you can! He is followed by John Horrocks and Danny Teare on 3 races; Victoria on 2 races; Gary Pearse; Craig Greenough; Matt Nuttall; Thomas Marchant; Tom Cubbon and John Orrell on 1 race each”.

L-R Tom Cubbon – John Horrocks – Danny Teare – Ian Clarkson

Danny Teare (68) & Ian Clarkson (29) on the beer!

L-R Danny Teare – Ian Clarkson – Tom Cubbon – smiling before the pain sets in!

After the race Danny Teare spoke to the Club about the race saying “First time out in this race.  About 100 runners took to the start and trotted off towards the hill. 4 Harriers took it on  in  great conditions – bit too hot when the sun was out and a bit too cold when the cloud was in…. and a bit of hail too.  Some tricky nav checkpoints but I was close enough to that experienced bloodhound Ian Clarkson … so the map stayed in the pocket for most of the race.  A bit of nip and tuck with Ian over the last 2 miles was great sport, with Ian having a bit more left in the tank than me.  A great race – well done to John,  Tom and Ian.  Definitely one to do again…. and well organised / hosted / marshalled by Clayton.”

Mearley Clugh Fell Race – Tuesday May 14th

Nearly 200 finishers in this race run on a lovely summer evening and won by Wharfedale’s Sam Watson in a time of 33.01, just nine seconds in front of the Barlick athlete in 2nd and 19 seconds in front of U18 Jackson McKay.


L-R Mark Wilkin (88) – Ian Clarkson (17) – John Orrell (185)

V50 Mark Wilkin was the first Harrier home in 83rd spot with a time of 45.30, followed by V50 Ian Clarkson in 86th (45.43) and John Orrell also V50 (131st) clocking a time of 50.53. John, who is organising the Harriers Fell Championships commented after this latest race that “Little has changed after last nights round 5, Mearley Clough. Ian Clarkson moves further ahead. I bag my second race and Mark Wilkin joins those on 1 race. Pendle 3 Peaks is the next race on 17th August.

Mark WilkinIan ClarksonJohn Orrell

Beaverbooks 10k Run at Blackpool – Sunday May 12th

Blackburn Harriers Jason Harbour (2377) and Paul Wilkinson (1892) – NO RESULTS AVAILABLE

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46 Medals and 43 New PB’s at Lancs Champs for Harriers – BMC with Alison – Ben Wins Pinhaw – Tom represents Lancashire at Inter-Counties Fell Championships – Top 3 for Paul at Chorley 10k -John Chaplin 1st V60 at Haigh Hall – Andrew takes on Majorca Half-Ironman – Junior Aquathon/Duathlon

Lancashire County T& F Championships – May 12th and 12th – Stanley Park Arena

It was a great weekend for the Harriers as the weekend produced sun and a string wind on Saturday and sun and less wind on a close to ideal day for athletics on Sunday. The weekend saw the Harriers win 23 Gold Medals, 14 Silver and 9 Bronze alongside setting no fewer than 43 new PB’s.

This report is missing quite a lot of athletes and their efforts simply because of the numbers involved and the time to collate all of the information.





Some standout perforamnces over the weekend none less so that that of Matt Ramsden who won double Gold in the 1500m (Saturday) with 4.20.2, outside his best but won with real tactical acumen followed on Sunday by another great run to win the U17 Men’s 3000m in a new PB time of 8.47.50 which elevated him up to 6th in the National Rankings at the current time. U15 Jayden Riley had a brilliant weekend too as he had a winning double – firstly inn in the 80m Hurdles clocking a new PB of 11.7 and then running another new PB of 11.4 to win the 100m – both perfomances taking him into 3rd place in the National Rankings in both events on Sunday night. Ben Boocock added a Silver Medal to his collection as he ran 12.3 in the 80m Hurdles alongside Jayden.

Matt RamsdenJayden Riley

Ben Boocock

Charlotte Williams led an avalanche of very good performacnes in the Throws Events as she won the U20 Hammer competition with a throw of 58.00m followed by a double Gold for U20 Anthony Kent – winning the Shot Putt with a new Club Record and new PB distance of 12.76m followed by a throw of 41.87m in the Discus. U20 Sam Gaskell followed that up with a Gold in the Hammer throwing 59.07m as Anna Peers also struck Gold in the Senior Women’s javelin with 38.30m and Gold in the Discus with 35.86m. Myah Booth set the second new Club Record of the weekend as she won Silver in the U17 Women’s Shot Putt with a throw of 11.31m.

Charlotte WilliamsAnthony KentSam GaskellAnna PeersMyah Booth

On Day (1) there were Throws new PB’s for U13 Kady Thompson in the Javelin (14.03m), Madison Bontoft also in the Javelin (15.96m) – Shot Putt (7.17m) and Discus (15.16m), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw two new PB’s in the Discus (21.77m) and won a Silver medal in the U15 Hammer with a distance of 28.12m. U15 Codie Dewhurst set a new PB in the Discus (11.57m) as did Sebastian Burton in the Hammer (22.07m) and Nicky Saunders in the U15 Javelin, taking Bronze with 24.79m. Nicky came back on Day (2) and threw English Schools qualifying distances and new PB’s in Discus (29.99m) and Hammer (36.75) both of which she won before rounding her championships off with a new PB in the Shot Putt (8.54m). Adding to this continuing achievement of new PB’s were Caroline Woodworth in the U15 Shot Putt (7.66m) and in the Discus (16.20m) along with Grace Bontoft setting a new PB in the U15 Hammer with 31.11 plus Cameron Harris throwing 51.68m for a Gold in the U17 Men’s Javelin. Abigail Brown joined the athletes setting new PB’s with her throw of 26.21m in the U20 Women’s Discus which won her a Silver Medal.

Madison BontoftKyle-Taylor-PomfretSebastian BurtonNicky SaundersCaroline WoodworthCameron HarrisKieran Carroll

There were new PB’s too in the U13”s as Harrison Allcock won Silver in the Shot Putt with 6.54m as Mille Coy won Gold in the U17 Women’s Javelin with a distance of 34.55m whilst Matt Heywood came away from the Champs winning three Medals – Silver in the Shot Putt (8.09m), Silver in the Hammer (48.46m) and Bronze of the Discus with 26.47m.

Matthew Heywood

Harrison Allcock continued with his good start to the season winning Silver in the U13 Boys 100m with a new PB of 13.3 on Day (1) before going on to win Gold in the 200m on Day (2) in another new PB time of 27.9. U13 Stephen Alberts set a new 200m PB of 31.2 and there were also new PB’s for U13 Girls Amelia Burton in the 100m (14.1) in the Heat and 14.2 in the Final as well as a new PB of 14.7 for Alisha Lehner in the U13 Girls 100m (14.7).

  Harrison Allcock                                                     Stephen Alberts

  Amelia Burton                                                         Alisha Lehner

Kyle Mashiter in the U17 Men’s 100m clocking 11.6 in the Final of the 100m (4th) and new PB’s of 13.3 both for Imogen Mansfield and Amy Wiggans in the U17 Women’s 100m. Bottom of age U20 Ben Whittaker clocked a new PB of 11.9 in his 100m race  whilst Brandon Zinyemba clocked 11.1 in the Senior Men’s 100m for a Silver Medal.

  Kyle Mashiter                                                          Ethan Downes

  Imogen Mansfield                                                   Amy Wiggans

  Ben Whittaker                                                         Brandon Zinyemba

Dominic Bretherton





Ben Stratton just missed out on Gold in the U13 Boys 1500m Final as he went from 400m out to try and win, finishing up with the Silver in a time of 4.53.4 whilst U13’s Daniel Smith (5.13.5) and Oliver Gill (5.15.9) both set themselves new PB’s in the race. U15 Zachary Walmsley set himself a new PB in the Heats of the 300m with 40.5 before winning Bronze in the Final (41.5), going on to set a massive new PB by 30 seconds in the 1500m, clocking 4.49.3 with Saul Sharp also setting a new PB of 5.07.7 in the same race. Bottom age U15 Jack-Paget Fowler was running his first ever 800m race with a time of 2.32.7 with Codie Dewhurst clocking (2.33.5) in the same 800m Heat. U15 Keira Haxton did exactly the same as Zachary as she clocked new PB’s in her 300m (48.1) and 1500m (5.19.6), an improvement of 12 seconds.

  Ben Stratton                                                           Daniel Smith

  Oliver Gill                                                                Zachary Walmsley

  Saul Sharp                                                             Jack-Paget Fowler

  Codie Dewhurst                                                      Keira Haxton

The U15 Boys 1500m  witnessed three new PB’s for the lads with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret clocking his new PB of 4.47.6, Zachary Walmsley with 4.49.3, Dexta Thompson 4.50.8 and the third new PB by Saul Sharp (5.07.7).

L-R Saul Sharp – Kyel Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Zachary Walmsley

Kate Cookson chopped over 3 seconds of her previous best to set a new PB of 46.0 in her 300m race whilst U15 Abigail Stratton chopped a whopping 10 seconds off her 1500m time, setting a new PB of 5.52.4 to win Silver. U17 Ethan Barbarewicz set himself a new personal best in the 1500m with his 4.52.0 clocking – an imporvement by three seconds. U20 Maddie Elliott ran an impressive race, controlling it all the way round as she shot down the finishing straight to clock a winning time of 4.48.6 and the Gold Medal. It has to be said that setting new PB’s on Day (1) wasn’t easy in the middle distance races with a really strong wind down the back straight. U20 Joe Gebbie ran a great race to clock a new PB of 1.59.0 to win the Silver Medal as did U15 Hayden Mercer who set a new PB of 2.07 to win Silver and an improvement of 2 seconds with bottom of age Theo Watson in his first ever Championship race, also setting a new PB of 2.17.2 in the Heats – running 2.21.4 in the Final.


Leah Hoole made a real breakthrough in the U15 Girls 800m setting a new PB of 2.29.0 to win her Heat of the 800m before impriving that to 2.28.8 in the Final on the same day. Keira Haxton rounded off her Championships with a hatrick of new PB’s as she clocked 2.34.6 in the 800m. U13 Matthew Smith tore his previous best 800m time up, running a new PB of 2.24.1 to win the Gold, reducing his time from 2.31.4. U20 Nick Smith took the Gold in the 3000m (9.49.3) after running the race with all age groups combined. Seniors Tom Blaney and Annabel Ralph took on the 5000m which was men and women running together with Tom clocking 16.31.4 and Annabel 18.19 and with 12 laps into a strong wind, the times were pretty good.

Leah Hoole (904)

Leah Hoole (904) – Hollie Cubbon (901)

Keira Haxtion (902)

Matthew Smith (506)

Nicholas Smith Tom Blaney (297) Annabel Ralph (399)




On Day (1) Myah Booth struck Gold as she won the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.1which is a tenth outside the English Schools qualifying time, which she has already run prior to the Championships. Millie Coy was first up over Hurdles on Day 2 winning the 300m Hurdles in 47.5 as U20 Solomon Brown won Gold in the 400m Hurdles (60.7) and John iLunga set a new PB in the Senior Men’s 400m Hurdles clocking 64.7 for Silver and a new PB by nearly two seconds. Isabelle Hartley’s time of 12.9 was a new PB for her in the U13 70m Hurdles.

Jonathan Gough won the U17 Men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 12.86m just a few coms short of his previous best to secure the Gold Medal – U13 Harrison Allcock had a cracking championships and cemented that with a new PB of 4.34m in the Long Jump as Matthew Smith won Bronze in the U13 Boys High Jump (1.40m), U13 Daniel Smith set a new High Jump PB of 1.35m and U13 Alisha Lehner set a new PB of 3.03m in the Long Jumps,


Imogen MansfieldChloe Bleeks









Birmingham BMC Gold Standard Races – Tuesday May 8th

Just the second race of the year for Alison Lundy after her 2.10.63 clocking at the British Indoor Championships in February. Alison  2.13.72 in 3rd place.


Pinhaw Trail Race – May 10th

Over 250 runners ran in this, the second round of this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series. This on was won by the Harriers Ben Fish (29.56), well over a minute clear of Jonathan Cleaver in 2nd place (31.13). Chris Davies had a strong run to take a top 5 place (5th) in a time of 32.00, which also gave him the 1st V40 prize on the night.


Ben Fish

Chris Davies

Next home for the Club was Calum Holmes made it 3 out of the first eleven home as he clocked 32.55 in 115th position with Matthew Poole in 35th (35.56), V50 Gary Pearse in 66th running a time of 38.34 and Lindsay Davies coming home in 100th place (41.51) and 1st V45 woman.

Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships –

The Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship was incorporated in the Flower Scar Fell Racerun at Todmorden. The race covered a distance of 13.3 km and ascents of 660m. Lancashire Senior Men were 5th out of 20 Counties taking part, just behind Yorkshire with Derbyshire overall winners. Blackburn Harrier Tom Marchant came 71st out of 166 runners and was 8th U23 in a time of 1 hr 5 minutes 2 seconds. Tom ran a great race and and a fabulous effort representing Lancashire on a tough undulating course.

Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos

The Haigh Hall Race – Wednesday May 8th

One hunded and twenty six runners in the first race of this summers series which was won by Sale Harriers Daniel Gray in 23.43. John Chaplin had a great run to come in 1st V60 and 21st overall in an excellent clocking of 28.40 for this 4.2 mile race.


Chorley 10k – Sunday May 12th

Well over a 1000 runners in this local race held in Chorley on Sunday, won by Red Rose athlete – simon Croft in 34.35. The Harriers Paul Bradshaw took a top 3 place clocking 37.35 (3rd)


Kendal 10k – Tuesday May 8th

Great to see Peter Banks back racing at the Kendal 10k last week, being among one hundred and seven runners in the mid week race won by Rob Danson in 32.10. Peter who will be 59yr at the end of the year, finished in 18th position (39.07) and commented after the race that he hadSet my target at 40mins so pleased with my time hoping to to knock a minute off at next one at the end of May”.

Majorca Half-Ironman

Endurance Coach Andrew Knowles had set his sights on doing this Race and had been putting some good training in to get himself ready. Andrew had a very good day clocking a combined time for the Swim, Bike and Run of 5hr:15:17. He placed 35th from 306 in his age category and 535 overall from the 2384 finishers.

Andrew told the Club that the “The largest IM in Europe, 68 countries represented and arguably one of the strongest fields. Very pleased with each discipline, all went as planned and finished with a 1:45 Half marathon in 32 degrees, I could not of got any more out of myself. Thanks to the Preston Chaingang, Blackburn Harriers (B team) and coach’s, Nick and Marc at “the endurance coach’, Secret Training for nutrition (it was perfect, no flat spots) and especially Louise and Eva X”.

Deva Junior Aquathlon 2019

William Grundy won the Deva Junior Aquathon by nearly a minute with a combined time of 7.32 for the 150m Seim and 1200m run.

Saul Sharp competed in the British Triathlon North West Junior Series and came 6th out of 22 with a Swim of 400m and Run of 2800m.

Lancaster Open Medal Meeting – Bank Holiday Monday

Matthew Smith (U13) won himself three golds at this Open Meeting – in the 800m: 2.32.1 (less than a second outside PB); Long Jump: 4.28m and  HJ 1.40m  U11 Zachary Hearle ran for the Harriers too in the 600m, running a time of 2.11.3 finishing 3rd out of the ten strong field and also ran the 80m clocking 12.2 in 2nd spot. The youngest of them all – Charlotte Smith – won the  80m in a time of 13.8 and came home 3rd of 9 runners in the 600m with a time of 2.19.5.