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Matt breaks Junior Course Record at Witton Trail Relays – New PB’s for Harriers at Trafford – Rachael Wins Clan 5k

Witton Trail Relays – Thursday June 27th

A fabulous warm summers evening was the prefect setting for the latest Witton Park Trail Relays held in Witton Park featuring 3 x 3.65km legs with 150m of ascent.  One hundred and thirty three teams of 3 entered the event with the proceeds being givento ‘Doing it for Laura’ and Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team.

All Photos  — HERE  — courtesy of David’s Running Photo’s

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Blackburn Harriers field 18 Teams on the night finishing in 3rd; 5th; 12th; 17th; 18th; 23rd; 26th; 29th; 37th; 42nd; 52nd; 56th; 73rd; 77th; 82nd; 86th; 90th and 91st. ‘The Solicitors’ comprising Josh Holgate (14.54), Chris Davies (15.28) and Tim ‘went the wrong way’ Raynes (16.02) came in 3rd with a combined time of 46.24 behind Race Winners Horwich Young Guns (Horwich RMI) in 44.19 and ‘The Old Gits’ (Horwich RMI) in 45.39.

Image may contain: 1 person, child, shoes and outdoorJosh Holgate
Chris Davies
Tim Raynes

The Harriers 2nd team home – ‘3 of a kind’ – ran a combined time of 46.33 with Tom Marchant on Leg (1) clocking 15.20, Nick Smith on Leg (2) in 16.25 and Matt Ramsden, anchoring the final leg for the Harriers Team had a brilliant run to break the existing Junior Course record set by Josh Boyle (14.50) when he crossed the line in 14.48.

Tom MarchantNick Smith

Matt Ramsden

Fastest run by the Harriers women on the night came from Joanne Nelson who had stormer running 18.09 in Leg 2 of the ‘Game of Crones‘ with Lindsay Davies (21.03) and Nikki Hartley (23.53). U15’s ‘At least we wasn’t last’ had a good night as they came home in 17th overall with Zachary Walmsley on Leg (1) in 17.06, Dexta Thompson Leg (2) in 17.17 and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret on the final Leg running 17.36. They were just in front of another Junior team from the Harriers in 18th position ‘Blackburn’s Young Guns’ with Harvey Ashworth running 17.03 on leg (1), Hayden Mercer 17.43 on Leg (2) and Ethan Barbarewicz clocking 17.26 on Leg (3).

Lindsay DaviesJoanne NelsonNikki Hartley



Thanks to Blackburn Harriers new star photographer – James Marchant – for these photos of the Blue & Whites in action at the Witton Park Trail Relays held last night – Thursday June 27th – great night for all the runners and all done for a very good cause……


L-R Eve Coulson – Caroline Woodworth – Rebecca Ramsden – Molly Nicholls – Eva Knowles



Trafford AC Grand Prix Open (Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps) – Tuesday June 25th

The 5000m at Trafford on Tuesdaye evening was won in a pretty swift time of 14.18.72 by Dominic Shaw in front of Matthew Crehan (14.44.98) and Karl Darcy (14.58.11). Three Blackburn Harriers lined up in this race and all of them produced new PB’s and led by Jacob Watson who clocked a sub 16 minute time of 15.59.59 which was a seven second improvement from his last race which was his first ever over the distance on the track. Next in was Tom Blaney starting the day off with a personal best of 16.26.0 and improving that to 16.23.77 and followed by Calum Holmes who took eleven seconds off his previous best to set a new PB time of 17.28.29.


In the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles, Myah Booth clocked 12.46 in 3rd place as Imogen Mansfield and Liberty Thompson competed in the mixed age group of men and women and geatruing Olympian Jazmine Sawyers. It was a good night fror all three athletes as they mnanaged to meet and have their photo taken with Jazmine Sawyers. Imogen leapt out to 4.83m which was just 4cm shy of her personal best whilst Liberty posted a new PB of 4.06m.

Jazmine Sawyers Long Jump Video

L-R Imogen Mansfield – Liberty Thompson – Jazmine Sawyers – Myah Booth

CLAN FFS 5K – Wednesday June 26th

The second race back for Rachael Gavin in this local race featuring just twenty four runners in which Rachael was 1st Woman and picked up proizes for the second week running as he ran a time of 21.03 on this 5k course, crssong the line in 8th place overall.

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Harriers in UKYDL at Bebington – Charlotte & Sam at National T & F Championships – Gold & Silver for Tony at Northern Masters T & F Championships – 1st & 2nd for Vicci and Sam at Crazy Cow 10k – 7 new PB’s for Rory & Liberty at North West Combined Championships – Sisters doing it for themselves

UKYDL (Lower Age Group) – Bebington Saturday June 22nd

It was a glorious day down at Bebington in the final fixture before the Regional Final and Relegation Matches determine the outcome of the Promotions and Relegations from the Premier League. The Harriers who have had two great years with back to back Division title wins in Division 2 (2017) and Division 1 (2018) knew they would struggle this year in the Premier League having lost so many of the athletes to the Upper Age Group for 2019. Overall, the team finished in 6th place in the 7 Club Division and now go to Sheffield on July 20th to see if they can retain their place in the Premier League for the second year running. Our last fixture had quite a number of late withdrawals and some on the day due to injury and it was a pleasure to see so many of the youngsters having a go to try and earn as many points as possible by filling empty slots – Great Team spirit.

Harriers enjoying the sun

Track Judges giving their time for free

U13 Girls

Niamh Gater and Sophie Gibson kicked off the programme in the Sprints for the U13 Girls by placing 6th in the 75m ‘A’ and 5th ‘B’ respectively with times of 11.3 and 11.2 alongside Lucy Rishton also running 11.3 in the non-scoring 75m. Lucy Rishton (23.2) in the ‘B’ teamed up with Amelia Burton (22.4) in the ‘A’ 150m Sprint – both finishing 7th. Eve Coulson who missed the Team Coach still got herself driven down to Bebington to make sure she was there to compete for the team and her commitment was rewarded with a new PB by three seconds in the ‘A’ 800m (2.47.7) with Kady Thompson, another youngster running the 800m just for the points and clocking 3.08.3 in the ‘B’. Amelia Burton then paired with Imogen Robinson in the 1200m which saw Amelia clock 4.22.7 in the ‘A’ (6th) for an event that she has never run before as she isn’t a middle distance runner with Imogen running a time of 4.24.9 in 3rd place in the ‘B’ and again, a distance she has previously never run.

                       Niamh Gater 75m                                                       Sophie Gibson 75m

                       Lucy Rishton 150m                                                    Amelia Burton 150m

                      Eve Coulson 800m                                                     Kady Thompson 800m

                     Amelia Burton 1200m                                                 Imogen Robinson 1200m

Amelia Burton once again teamed with Niamh Gater in the 75m Hurdles with Amelia placing 5th in the ‘A’ (12.8) and Niamh 4th in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.6 – Niamh then went and jumped 3.56m in the ‘A’ Long Jump (7th) with Imogen jumping 3.38 in the ‘B’ (6th). Imogen went over to the High Jump and equaled her personal best of 1.20m in the ‘B’ (3rd) as Kady Thompson cleared the same height in the ‘A’ for 5th spot.

                            Amelia Burton                                                             Niamh Gater

                          Niamh Gater                                                               Imogen Robinson

                        Imogen Robinson                                                       Kady Thompson

Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft took good points in the Shot Putt, both placing 2nd in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ with 7.76m and 6.18m throws respectively. Kady Thompson joined Madison in the Javelin which saw Kady go 5th in the ‘A’ with a new PB throw of 15.71m and Madison finish 2nd in the ‘B’ with 14.87m. The 4 x 100m Relay team of Imogen Robinson, Lucy Rishton, Sophie Gibson and Niamh Gater finished 7th in a time of 59.2

                        Kady Thompson                                                         Madison Bontoft

Lucy Rishton to Sophie Gibson

U13 Boys

Harrison Allcock and Daniel Nuttall went in the U13 Boys 100m with Harrison clocking 13.9 for 5th in the ‘A’ and Daniel 14.1 in the ‘B’ (3rd) with Oliver Gill running 15.6 in the non-scoring 100m. Harrison then joined up with Ben Livesey in the 200m with Harrison running 28.4 (4th) in the ‘A’ and Ben 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 29.0. Harry Sambrook and George Ramsden were the pairing in the 800m – Harry running 2.41.4 in the ‘A’ (5th) and George 2.44.6 in the ‘B’ also 5th.

                       Harrison Allcock 100m                                               Daniel Nuttall 100m

                  Oliver Gill Non-Scoring 100m                                     Harrison Allcock 200m

                    Ben Livesey 200m                                                      Harry Sambrook 800m

                                                        George Ramsden 800m

The 1500m was run in warm weather for sure and it had an impact on many of the athletes – not a day not to drink regularly! Ben Stratton came home in 2nd place in the ‘A’ a time of 4.55.1 as Oliver Gill took 3rd spot in the ‘B’ clocking 5.21.2.

Oliver Gill (11) – Ben Stratton (1)

In the 75m Hurdles Daniel Smith ran 14.2 in 4th in the ‘A’ Race (4th) as George Ramsden ran 16.5 in the ‘B’ race (6th) – sprinter Daniel Nuttall grabbed himself a new Long Jump PB of 4.16m, placing 4th in the ‘A’ with Daniel Smith in 6th in the ‘B’ (3.51m). Daniel then just missed out on equaling his High Jump personal best – clearing 1.40m (3rd) in the ‘A’ as Oliver Gill took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with 1.30m which did equal his former previous best in the event. Harrison Allcock and Toby Mansfield took on the Shot Putt with Harrison placing 6th in the ‘A’ (6.37m) and Toby also 6th in the ‘B’ with 5.37m. In the final field event of the day – Javelin – Toby threw 17.43m (7th) in the ‘A’ as George Ramsden again, like others, just filled in events they don’t do, also placed 7th in the ‘B’ with 9.01m.

                           Daniel Smith                                                               George Ramsden

                          Daniel Smith                                                               Oliver Gill

Toby Mansfield

The 4 x 100m – Harrison AllcockOliver GillBen StrattonDaniel Nuttall – was a mixed bunch with two spinters and two endurance runners, but they made a great effort to win points finishing 4th of the seven teams in a time of 57.3.

Ben Stratton to Harrison Allcock

U15 Girls

A shortage of sprinters on the day meant we could only field one athlete in the 100m – Rachael Jesse – who is in her first season of competitive athletics and she ran well to clock 13.7 in the ‘A’ Race. Rachael stepped up again in the ‘A’ 200m clocking 28.5 in 6th as middle distance runner – Keira Haxton ran the ‘B’ in 30.8 (7th). Kate Cookson and Keira Booth teamed up to run the 300m with Kate running 47.1 in the ‘A’ (7th) and Keira Booth 49.8 in the ‘B’ (6th) in an event she has never run before. Kate then went in the ‘A’ 800m and knocked three seconds off her previous best to set a new PB time of 2.29.6 in 7th as Eleanor Allsop – who had to be moved from the non-scoring – ran 2.44.3 in the ‘B’ (7th) as Kiera Booth ran a time of 2.41.6 in the non-scoring race – a new PB by well over three seconds. Abigail Stratton and Keira Haxton were the pairing in the 1500m which saw Abigail run 5.09.6 in 6th spot in the ‘A’ and Keira place 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.16.7 and new PB by just over two seconds.

                         Rachael Jesse 100m                                                 Rachael Jesse 200m

                        Keira Haxton 200m                                                  Kate Cookson 300m

                       Kiera Booth 300m                                                       Kate Cookson 800m

               Eleanor Allsop 800m                                                Kiera Booth Non-Scoring 800m

                 Abigail Stratton 1500m                                             Keira Haxton 1500m

Lucy Ramsden ran a time of 13.7 in 75m Hurdles to come home 6th which was also a new PB by three tenths whilst Rachael Jesse – making her debut over the hurdles – clocked 13.3 in the ‘B’ for 3rd position.

Lucy Ramsden

Rachael Jesse (11)

The team was also missing its Long Jumpers so Keira Haxton who has never jumped into sand before reached a distance of 2.76m in the ‘A’ to register a point for the team – in the High Jump, Kate Cookson and Kiera Booth were the two athletes representing the Club with Kate clearing 1.35m in the ‘A’ (5th) and Kiera 1.25m in the ‘B’ (=4th) an amazing result given that neither athlete had ever gone over the high jump bar prior to this Match.

Keira Haxton

Caroline Woodworth and Grace Bontoft took on the Shot Putt which had Caroline in 7th in the ‘A’ (7.38m) and Grace 5th in the ‘B’ also with a throw of 7.38m. Caroline then set a new PB in the Discus by half a metre in the ‘A’ with 16.95m (7th) and then set a second new PB in the Javelin ‘B’ with 24.20m (2nd). Grace Bontoft placed 4th in the ‘A’ Hammer with a distance of 27.45m with Nicky Saunders throwing 24.94m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ Javelin.

Caroline Woodworth Discus Nicky Saunders Discus

Caroline Woodworth JavelinNicky Saunders Javelin

Shortage of sprinters meant no 4 x 100m Relay Team as the 4 x 300m team of Abigail StrattonKeira HaxtonCaroline WoodworthKate Cookson finished 6th in 3.14.2.

Abigail Stratton

U15 Boys

The U15 Boys were missing a number of athletes which meant that Ben Boocock moved to the ‘A’ in the 100m and 80m Hurdles placing 7th in the 100m with 12.5 backed up by Samuel Mutombo in the ‘B’ with a time of 13.2 – in only his second ever race in compettion. Ben went on to win the 80m Hurdles in 12.1 with Codie Dewhurst, willing as ever, running 17.1 in the ‘B’ for 3rd place points. Jack Paget-Fowler took on the 200m clocking 29.0 in the ‘A’ (7th) whilst Zachary Walmsley  ran 25.8 in 5th spot in the ‘B’ race. On a bit more familiar territory, Zachary Walmsley ran 40.7 in 4th place in the 300m ‘A’ race whilst Theo Watson clocked 43.1 in the ‘B’ (7th) – only the second time he has covered the distance on competition and bagging himself a new PB by nearly 3 seconds.

                       Ben Boocock 100m                                                     Samuel Mutombo 100m

                           Ben Boocock                                                              Codie Dewhurst

                    Zach Walmsley 200m                                                 Jack Paget-Fowler 200m

                          Zach Walmsley 300m                                                 Theo Watson 300m

The 800m saw Elliot Savage blast off to run a Grade 1 2.01.7 in the ‘A’ race where Hayden Mercer finished in 2nd spot (2.11.0) with Jack Paget-Fowler running another new PB in the ‘B’ race by a full four seconds (2.28.3) in 7th spot.  Kyle Taylor-Pomfret ran a new PB of 4.47.5 in the ‘A’ 1500 which was just a tenth faster than his best leading up to the race with Dexta Thompson running a strong last lap to run 4.53.3 in the ‘B’ (5th).

      Hayden Mercer 800m                                                 Jack Paget-Fowler 800m

                    Kyle Taylor-Pomfret 1500m                                          Dexta Thompson 1500m

In the Long Jump Samuel Mutombo and Theo Watson paired up – Samuel jumping 4.48m in the ‘A’ (7th) supported by Theo in the ‘B’ with a distance of 4.43m in 5th. Codie Dewhurst cleared a new PB in the ‘A’ High Jump (1.35m) in 6th as Dexta Thompson placed 5th in the ‘B’ with 1.25m – a new PB by 15cms in an event that he has done only once before, in 2018. Hayden Mercer added another new PB of 10cms to his Pole Vault record, clearing 2.30m in the ‘A’ for 2nd place. Jack Paget-Fowler and Zachary Walmsley filled in for the team in the Shot Putt having never thrown in competition ever before – Jack throwing 7.06m in the ‘A’ (7th) and Zachary 5.76m in the ‘B’ (4th). The Discus saw Kyle Taylor-Pomfret just miss a personal best throwing 21.43m in the ‘A’ (5th) with Codie Dewhurst, throwing for only the second time ever – 11.17m in the ‘B’ (6th). In the Hammer, Kyle just missed again a new personal best with his ‘A’ distance of 29.58m in 2nd spot and Sebastian Burton also getting good points in the ‘B’ with a 3rd placed throw of 20.47m. The Javelin had Theo Watson an 800m runner throwing  22.40m in his first ever attempt at the discipline in the ‘A’ (4th) with Sebastian Burton throwing a 2 metre new PB in the ‘B’ – 16.64m in 4th spot.

                         Codie Dewhurst                                                          Dexta ThompsonHayden Mercer

           Zach Walmsley & Jack Paget-Fowler SP                          Kyle Taylor-Pomfret Discus

                   Codie Dewhurst Discus                                              Kyel Taylor-Pomfret Hammer

Sebastian Burton Hammer

Our U15 4 x 100m Relay team, again made up of two sprinters and two middle distance runners  – Ben BoocockSamuel MutomboTheo WatsonZachary Walmsley, ran 52.3 in 6th place whilst the 4 x 300m team – Codie DewhurstJack Paget-FowlerDexta ThompsonKyle Taylor-Pomfret came 7th with a time of 3.12.3.

National U20 & U23 Track & Field Championships – Bedford June 22nd & 23rd

Charlotte Williams and Sam Gaskell were both representing Blackburn Harriers at the National Championships with Charlotte competing in both U20 and U23 Hammer Women’s Hammer competitions and Sam the U20 Men’s Hammer.

Charlotte had a fantastic weekend being crowned National Champion and securing automatic entry into the European U20 Championships with a new PB of 62.84m and then went on to finish 4th in the U23 Hammer with a throw of 61.23m – just missing out on another Podium finish as she was in 3rd spot entering the last round.

Sam was among twelve competitors in his Final of the U20 men’s Hammer with his best throw of 61.72m leaving him in 7th spot overall.

Northern Masters Track & Field Championships – Sunday June 23rd


Tony Balko had targeted the Northern Masters Championships as part of his build up to the European Masters Championships this year and came away with one win and a Gold Medal in the Shot Putt (11.10m) and three Silver Medals in Discus (34.82m), Hammer (34.48m) and Javelin (32.76m). Tony told us that he was “Reasonably pleased with the Shot & Javelin, but really disappointed with preferred events of Hammer & Discus, as the distances were well below what I deem acceptable. Didn’t really enjoy the competition, but enjoyed being with the usual chucking suspects. Back to training and to put somethings right”.

Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday June 23rd

This years Crazy Cow 10k race was run on a changed course and rumoured to be tougher than the old one, still managed to attract close to 500 runners on Sunday – hats off too for the Race Winner – V60 Paul Muller who took the win in a time of 37.58.53.


Victoria Mousley won her second race of the week – the first being a win at the Sabden 6 mile last Wednesday – as she clocked a time of 41.06.15 to come home 11th overall. Great to see Sam McCreadie fully recovered from her recent Marathon and a nightmare three years plus of injuries as she showed by coming home in 18th position overall and 2nd Woman on the day in a time of 43.10.77 and afterwards she spoke to the Club about it saying that it was a New course for today’s Crazy Cow 10k and not particularly quick so disappointed with my time but can’t complain with 2nd lady position. First race since the marathon and only second 10k this year so it hurt – a lot! I set off too fast and just had to try and hang on. Great to see Vic there and to represent Harriers again though. Well done to Vic on her first place and great run”.

Victoria Mousley (325) & Sam McCreadie (543)

 ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships – 22nd & 23rd June

Liberty Thompson and Rory Teare were representing Lancashire at the Combined Events at Crewe over the weekend with both of them posting new personal and seasons bests.


Liberty was competing in the U17 Women’s Heptathlon and was part of the Lancashire Team that won the Bronze Medal. On an individual level, Liberty posted a new PB of 2834 points which was an improvement of 143 over her 2018 total which included a seasons best in the 200m of 31.3, a seasons best of 2.53.7 in the 800m – only the second time she has run the distance this year, a clearance of 1.44m in the High Jump, a Long Jump leap of 3.85m, a Javelin throw of 17.81m and a new PB in the Shot Putt of 8.77m – an improvement by a metre and a half.

Rory posted a points total of 1225 in 2018 and this year boosted that to a new PB of 1678 points to cap off a good weekend for him. In individual events, he ran a new PB by three seconds in the 800m of 2.39.8, won the 80m Hurdles in a new PB time of 13.9 which represented a full second improvement, jumped below par in the High Jump with his 1.47m clearance (his personal best being 1.59m), set a new PB by 14cm in the Long Jump (4.53m), and added nearly half a metre in his Shot Putt for a new PB of 7.02m for a total of five new personal bests over the two days.

Liberty Thompson with the Lancashire Team

And last but by no means least – Blackburn Harriers Field Official Michelle Teare and Northern League Womens Team Manager Jan Buckingham decided to sit down on the job at the weekend and used their bikes to do the 160 mile long Coast to Coast route. Fabulous effort and well done to both of them. After finishing their ride in suitable cycling gear, they changed to the Harriers vests to keep the Blue & White flying!

L-R Jan Buckingham – Michelle Teare

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Charlotte Williams Wins National Title and goes to Number One in National Rankings

What can you say about bottom of age Hammer Thrower – U20 Charlotte Williams? After recovering from an ACL , ‘Charlie’ has really kicked on this year winning her first GB Vest in May, then being selected for GB again at the Halle Throws International and has now gone and won the National U20 Championships with a superb new PB of 62.84 today in Bedford.

England Athletics First Day Report

This performance takes her to Number 1 in the National Rankings and gives her automatic qualification for the European Championships being held in Boras, Sweden on July 18 – 21st. It should also be noted that she has exceeded the European Championships qualifying standard of 59.00 on six occasions previously since April this year with throws of 59.09m (Loughborough Alan Bartram Meeting); 59.70m (Loughborough International); 60.31m (Northern League Division 1); 60.67m (UKYDL Upper Age Group) ; 60.89m (Halle Throws International) ; 61.80m (UKYDL Upper Age Group) and now 62.84m at the National Championships in Bedford.

After the competition had ended, a delighted Charlie spoke to the Harriers about her day saying Getting a personal best at the European trials, I couldn’t ask for more as this has taken me back to the UK number 1, a metre in front of everyone else, secured my place for the Europeans in Sweden which i travel for in 3 weeks and takes me to 2nd in the all time list U20’s. I saved it till the last throw and it completely changed the whole competition. I am so happy to achieve this result and hopefully repeat again at the Europeans! Thankyou again to everyone who supports and helps me on a daily basis!

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Congratulations to Chris – Victoria Wins Sabden and 4 Harriers in Top Ten – 2 Harriers in Top 5 at Horwich – Josh 3rd at Aggie’s – Paddy’s Pole – Salt Ayre Triathlon with Matthew, Saul, William & Lulu

Congratulations to Blackburn Harrier – Chris Wood – has been appointed as Chief Starter at the IAAF London Diamond League/Anniversary Games at the end of July. Speaking to the Club after he was given the news, Chris commented that “as an official the sky is the limit if you are prepared to put in the work. Many thanks to Blackburn Harriers, Lancashire Athletic Association and Northern Athletics for their support and encouragement over the years”.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood with Sean Procter (Harriers latest recruit to Starting)

Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race – Wednesday June 20th

Two hundred and fifty one finishers in this popular annual event with with ten Blackburn Harriers in the Senior Race. The race was eventually won by Callum Davidson in a time of 38.17 from Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello in 2nd (38.47).


The Harriers had a very good result on the night with four of them placing in the top ten finishers. Ben Costello in 2nd was followed by Chris Davies in 4th clocking 39.07 which earned him the 1st V40 age category win as well, with John Horrocks in 8th spot overall running a time of 40.14 and Calum Holmes in 10th position and just five seconds further back behind John, with a time of 40.19.

Ben Costello Chris DaviesJohn Horrocks (744) & Calum Holmes (129)

Next Harrier across the finishing limne was Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley with an excellent time of 43.28, a time and position which also meant she won the V35 Female age category too. Behind Victoria came U17 Harry Wilkin in 37th place running 44.42  followed by Matthew Poole in 46th (45.19), V50 Mark Wilkin (96th) running a time of 51.26 and V45 Lindsay Davies finishing in 104th spot with a time of 52.17.

Victoria MousleyHarry Wilkin (264)

Matthew Poole (797)Mark WilkinLindsay Davies

The Junior Races featured a hundred and twenty youngsters in the three age categories – U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U17. The Harriers youngsters all ran in the U11/U13 Race which had 88 runners in total for the age group. U15 Dexta Thompson was ther first Harrier home in 4th place clocking 8.07 followed by U13 Daniel Smith in 11th, running 8.23, Theo Robinson (U13) and 14th clocking 8.29, U15 Codie Dewhurst with a time of 8.32 in 17th spot, U13 Hannah Davies with a time of 9.26 in 36th – in 37th, just one place behind U13 Imogen Robinson (9.27), U11 Harmony Hacking finishing with a time of 9.30 in 40th, Alexander Brien in 56th spot (10.03) and Abigail Guirdham (84th) in a time of 12.37.

L-R Hannah Davies – Harmony Hacking – Abigail Guirdham 0 Daniel Smith – Imogen Robinson – Alexnader Brien – Theo Robinson – Codie Dewhurst


Dexta Thompson (53)Daniel Smith (81)Theo Robinson (85) and Abigail Stratton (Trawden) Codie Dewhurst (82)Hannah Davies (119)Imogen Robinson (84) and Harmony Hacking (6)Alexander BrienAbigail Guirdham

Horwich Jubilee Race Series – Wednesday June 20th

Karl Billington, Tom Blaney, Paul Jeffries and Paul Wilkinson were out at this, the latest Race in this years Horwich Jubilee Race Series which was won by Anthony Valentine in 27.02 from Neil Pendlebury in 2nd (27.18)


Not too far behind came Karl Billington having a fine run to clock 27.34 in 3rd and backed up by a good run by Tom Blaney in 4th overall (27.44). V40 Paul Jeffries was the next Harrier over the line in 42nd running a time of 33.52 with V45 Paul Wilkinson home in a time of 40.25 (110th).

Race (1) of the Junior Series saw Matthew Smith have another very good run to clock a time of 5.33 to take the win at the head of a fifty three strong field from Sam Barlow in 2nd place (5.35). Sam Aspey was the second of the juniors home in 3rd place running a fine tiime of 5.40 with William Grundy making it three Harriers in the first six places with an good run of 5.58. Tippi Francis and  Charlotte Smith were 4th and 5th junior Harriers home with good runs in 19th (6.56) and 21st (7.13) respectively.

Charlotte Smith (43) – Matthew Smith (42) – Sam Aspey (6)Matthew Smith (42) – Sam Aspey (6) – William Grundy (44)Sam Aspey (6) William Grundy (44)

Aggie’s Staircase – Thursday June 20th

Starting at the top of Punstock Road, the route climbs a footpath, turns right onto the track past Robin Hoods cottage, then left to follow an enclosed footpath to the main track, and left up to Darwen Tower. It then descends through the small quarry onto the main track towards the top of Bold Venture Park, before turning right to climb steeply up a rough path known as Jacobs Ladder, then across the moor top, and on down to the foot of Aggies Staircase. Aggies Staircase is the shortest but steepest of the three climbs, and from the top you will return just below the Tower, and then descend the way you first came up towards Sunnyhurst. At the gate at the bottom turn right, retracing your steps; continue past Robin Hoods cottage, then turn left down the path to the finish at the top of Punstock Road.

‘The tourist path up to Darwen Tower”

The long established Agiie’s Staircase took place on Thursday evening being won on a pleasnat evening by Bury’s Bern Coop in a time of 28.16 from Joe Mercver in 2nd (29.17). Blackburn Harrier Josh Holgate had a strong run to cross the finishing line in 3rd clocking 29.33 with V40 Paul Jeffries taking 28th place with a time of 38.15 commenting after the race ended that “it was well marshalled and a very good atmosphere. Last year i ran 42:13 and this year it felt a lot more enjoyable, but it’s still a tough race. Well done to Josh Holgate”.

Josh Holgate

Paul Jeffries

Paddy’s Pole Fell Race

Chris Houldsworth headed this field of one hundred and six fell runners coming home in 27.42 from Darrwen Kay in 2nd (28.09) and Samuel Harrison in 3rd (29.16).


Just one Blackburn Harrier in this race – V50 Mark Wilkin – who came home in a time of 39.00 (58th).

Mark Wilkin (31)

Salt Ayre Triathlon – Sunday June 16th

Some of the Harriers Juniors are doing Triathlons and a number of them were up in Lancaster last weekend in the leatest one at Salt Ayre. Matthew Smith was in the TS2 Age Category and finished 7th with a combined time of 23.18.

Matthew Smith

In the TS1 Age Category William Grundy came 3rd overall as he clocked the fastest run of all the competitors coming home with a combined time for the Swim, Bike and Run of 18.52.


William Grundy

Saul Sharp competed in the TS3 Age Category coming across the finish line in 14th place with a combined time of 35.45 and his sister Lulu Sharp contested the event in the TS1 Group placing 17th in a combined time of 24.42.

Saul SharpLulu Sharp


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Harriers Win Match 2 In Northern League Division One – Holly Pole Vaulting in Rabat – Tom Runs Settle Hills

Northern League Division One – Wigan Sunday June 16th

After winning the first Match of the season at Witton Park by just 21 points from Team I.O.M in 2nd place, the Harriers knew they would be in for another tough match at Wigan, which is what happened after another battle with Isle of Man and only finally resolved with the last events of the day in the Relays – with the Harriers edging it by just six points. On the eve of the match we had a number of late withdrawals which looked like it might have an impact on the final result, but fortunately, the team was able to cope with the unexpected losses.

The competition is extremely close in Division One with six points separating 1st and 2nd and six points separating 3rd and 4th places on the day – all of which makes for exciting athletics.

The wind was a huge factor on the day with sprinters running into minus 3 and 4 headwind and middle distance athletes getting a clobbering too, so fast times went out the window, with races being run more tactically than would normally be the case. An example of this was the Men’s 1500m where the whole field virutally, were together at the bell which meant it was a one lap burn up into the wind. Marc Hartley and Matt Ramsden, who was making his debut in the Senior League were the two who took this on with Marc coming 3rd in 4.12.9 and Matt 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 4.14.9. Marc was given the same time as 2nd place as he he strained every last sinnew to push past on the inside lane. Great experience for Matt too as he was just outside his outdoor 1500m personal best in a type of race he hadn’t been involved with previously.

Marc Hartley (1) – Matt Ramsden (11)

Matt Ramsden (11) – Marc Hartley (1)

Same too in the 800m with Dominic Walton giving it everything alongside Morrison from West Cheshire all the way up the home straight – Dominic edging it with both athletes given the same time of 1.54.4 and Joe Gebbie running fabulously to kick from 150m out and come home a confortable winner of the ‘B’ race in 2.04.3. Great points were won in the 400m with Dominic Walton taking 2nd spot in the ‘A’ (51.9) and Paul Bradshaw, after pacing at Loughborough the night before, winning the ‘B’ in 52.7.

Dominic Walton (1) 800mJoe Gebbie (11) 800mDominic Walton (1) 400mPaul Bradshaw (11) 400m

Ben Fish and Jack Hindle were back together for the 5000m with Ben coming home a comfortable winner in 15.18 and that, after running 14.54 at the Podium on Friday night. Jack who has been affected by an injury is feeling his way back and delivered a great result, winning the ‘B’ in 16.32.8. The 3000m Steeplechase delivered more good points as Chris Davies, who had also run a 5k PB at the Podium on Friday night came home in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ with 10.50.2 and Nicholas Smith – just 40 minutes after winning the ‘B’ 400m Hurdles, won the ‘B’ Steeplechase in 11.24.1.

Jack Hindle (11) – Ben Fish (1)Ben Fish (1) 5000m Jack Hindle (11) 5000m

Nick Smith (11) – Chris Davies (1)Chris Davies (1) Nick Smith (11)

In the Women’s 400m – Charlie Coy and Eleesha Charnley paired up with Charlie clcoking 63.2 in 5th and Eleesha running 64.7 in the ‘B’. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and Eleesha Charnley were the pair in the 800m with Ellen putting in a strong finish to come 3rd (2.26.7) and Eleesha with the same, pulling away to win the ‘B’ in 2.27.6 and given the wind, not bad times at all.

Charlie Coy (1) 400mEleesha Charnley (11) 400m

Eleesha Charnley (1) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (11) 800m

Because of the withdrawals from the Women’s team, Annabel Ralph and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh doubled up with Annabel running from the front literally into the wind, to win the ‘A’ 3000m in 10.56.3 and clock 5.12.1 (5th) in the 1500m – Ellen doubled up in the 800/1500m and clocked 5.26.2 in 4th spot in the ‘B’.

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (1) Annabel Ralph (11)

Annabel Ralph leading in the 3000mAnnabel Ralph (1) – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (11) 1500m

The Throws squad delivered again, as they continually do, making such a great contribution to the teams performances and final rresults. Charlotte Williams – recently selected for GB – was up against a very good hammer thrower from Wigan but won the contest, throwing 60.31m to the 2nd place 58.07 with Emily Taberner placing 6th in the ‘B’ (19.28m). Anna Peers and Millie Coy are a fantastic pairing in the Javelin and in this latest fixture Anna won the ‘A’ with a seasons best 38.38m with Millie placing 2nd in the ‘B’ another seasons best throw of 31.26m. More points won and this time in the Discus with Anna placing 3rd (35.58m) and in the Shot where she placed 5th (10.29m) with Emily Taberner coming 4th in the ‘B’ (8.26m).

Charlotte WilliamsEmily TabernerAnna Peers Millie Coy

Tony Balko and Anthony Kent are another great team who work really well together in the Men’s Throws. In the Hammer there were two 2nd spots for us with Anthony in the ‘A’ (43.74m) and Tony in the ‘B’ (29.09). Onto the Shot and it was a 3rd and 2nd as Anthony came 3rd with (11.40m) and Tony 2nd again in the ‘B’ with 9.67m. The final Throws event for them – the Discus registered two 3rd places – Anthony with 35.04 – just outside his personal best and Tony 29.25m in the ‘B’. The Javelin saw Cameron Harris just pipped by some 30cms into 2nd place with a distance of 47.33m with John Cookson throwing inches short of 30m in 3rd place in the ‘B’ (29.79m).

Anthony Kent Tony BalkoCameron Harris John Cookson

Sprint times were ruined by the wind and some of the sprinters must have looked aghast at the results because of it. Still, races are races, whatever the conditions and it is the same for everyone. Brandon Zinyemba’s blocks slipped at the start of the 100m ‘A’ race which cost him and he came home 3rd in 11.8 – the winner clocking 11.7. Dominic Bretherton ran the ‘B’ not feeling well and finished 4th in 12.1. In the 200m Brandon came 3rd again clocking 23.6 with Kyle Mashiter coming in to replace Dominic and running really well for 23.9 in 3rd place.

Brandon Zinyemba (1) 100mDominic Bretherton (11) 100mBrandon Zinyemba (1) 200m Kyel Mashiter (11) 200mKyle Mashiter (297) Non-Scoring 100m Ben Whittaker (299) Non-Scoring 100m

The Women’s sprinters squad was seriously down with three of them not available and it was left to Imogen Mansfield and Emily Warren who has been recovering from a bad illness to take up the mantle – Imogen clocking 13.7 in 5th in the ‘A’ 100m and Emily 13.9 in the ‘B’ (5th). In the 200m it was Emily again and this time joined by Millie Coy who had earlier fallen in the Hurdles and grazed her knee. Millie still clocked 27.8 in 5th (‘A’) and Emily also 27.8 in the ‘B’ (5th).

Imogen Mansfield (1) 100m Emily Warren (11) 100mEmily Warren (11) 200m Millie Coy (1) 200m

Sisters Charlie and Millie Coy took on the 400m Hurdles where Millie slipped and fell but bravely, still got up to finish to register points for the team and Charlie also placed 3rd in the ‘B’. Good points added in the Men’s Hurdles as Solomon Brown took 3rd in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles in 59.5 and Nick Smith won the ‘B’ in 63.1; And in the 110m Hurdles, Ben Whittaker kept up his record by winning the ‘A’ into a headwind in 17.4 with John iLunga providing good support in the ‘B’ placing 2nd in 21.3 which was a good result for John who has been wrestling with an injury now for quite a while.

Millie Coy (1) ‘flying’ in the 400m Hurdles Charlie Coy – 400m HurdlesSolomon Brown (1) 400m Hurdles Nick Smith (11) 400m HurdlesBen Whittaker (1) 110m Hurdles John iLunga (11) 110m Hurdles.

Joe Pearse was in action again over the High Jump after winning the first Match with a 1.90m clearance, Joe added another 5cms to win the ‘A’ again with a clearance of 1.95m with two good High Jumpers from the Isle of Man posting jumps of 1.80m and 1.85m. John iLunga gave us more invaluable points clearing 1.60m in the ‘B’ for 3rd place. Jonathan Gough is on a good streak at the moment, braking through the 13m barrier in the Triple jump recently, he came 3rd today in the ‘A’ with a leap of 12.93 and just 30cms off the winner and then broke through the 6m barrier in the Long Jump twice, placing 3rd in the ‘A’ with 6.09m having already jumped 6.01m. Ben Branton had a good last jump in the ‘B’ Long Jump to win 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 5.77m as Nick Smith – already having won two ‘B’ events – placed 3rd in the ‘B’ Triple Jump with 10.47m.

Joe Pearse with his ‘high jump shorts’

John iLunga saying to Harriers Officials Dave Kent and Nikki Hartley ‘how about that then’Jonathan Gough – breaking through the 6m barrier in long jump Ben Branton Long Jump

The Pole Vault saw Poppy Mae Preece who has only just started athletics over the last couple of months, set a new PB height of 1.90m in the Pole Vault to take a valuable 3rd place in the ‘A’. Paul Bradshaw also set a new PB of 2.50m to place 4th in the ‘A’ where the winner – Chris Lamb – posted a very good height of 4.60m.

Poppy Mae Preece

Paul Bradshaw

Liberty Thompson who isn’t a Long Jumper stepped forward to help out and jumped 3.93m to take 6th place and gain a couple of points and then cleared 1.45m in the ‘A’ High Jump in 4th place. It was then Imogen Mansfields turn to help out in the ‘B’ High Jump, which isn’t her speciality and won some points by getting over 1.15m (4th) in the ‘B’. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh who has done Triple Jump three times in the last two years, took on the ‘A’ and jumped 9.62m in 5th place with Eleesha Charnley, who has only ever done it once before also finished 5th in the ‘B’ with 8.31m which was 10cm further than her only other jump in the event – great team spirit by these young athletes in filling in.

Imogen Mansfield Liberty Thompson

Liberty Thompson

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh Triple Jump

The Women’s squads for the both Relays were severely depleted but that team spirit came out to make sure teams were entered in both – the 4 x 100m – (Mansfield – Thompson – Millie Coy – Warren) – ending with a 5th place in 54.20 and the 4 x 400m – (Charlie Coy – Ralph – Charnley – Sagar-Hsketh) – resulting in a 4th place in 4.29.2. The Men’s Relay Teams shone – winning both Relays for maximum points. The Club Record for the Senior Men’s 4 x 100m is 43.1 and was set in a BAL Match in 1971 (Swansea). The team – (Brown – Breetherton – Mashiter – Zinyemba) – ran 44.9 on the day in winning and although quite a stretch, there is little doubt that in good conditions, this time could come closer to the record before the end of the season.

L-R Kyle Mashiter – Dom Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Sol Brown

The Men’s 400m team – (Marchant – Gebbie – Walton – Bradshaw) – won by four seconds, clocking 3.28.2. James Marchant hasn’t raced since July 2018 because of an ongoing injury, so this was a test, which he duly delivered on, holding off the other teams to hand over to Joe Gebbie who was momentarily overtaken before he came back with a real drive in the home straight to hand over to Dominic Walton on Leg 3, powering round to give Paul Bradshaw a lead which he maintained and extended to lead the team home in a win by nearly four seconds.

L-R – Joe Gebbie – Dom Walton – Paul Bradshaw – James Marchant

Diamond League – Rabat Sunday June 16th

Holly Bradshaw was in Morocco at the weekend for the Diamond League fixture among a top clas field of Pole Vaulters including among others –  Sandi Morris, Anzhelika, Kaie Nageotte, Katerina Stafanidi, Yarisley Silva.


The competition was won by Sandi Morris with a clearance of 4.82 and Holly placed 9th overall with 4.57m.

Settle Hills fell Race – Sunday June 16th

Over a hundred and fifty runners in this race, won by Matlock AC’s Danny Haworth in a time of 48.38 with Hattie Archer (Hallamshire) winning the Women’s Race in 10th place overall, clocking 54.19.


Blackburn Harrier Tom Marchant had a very good run to come home in 16th spot with a time of 56.44.

Tom Marchant (7) just behind Woman’s Race Winner hattie Archer

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Six New PB’s for Harriers at Podium 5k – Jess Wins BMC 5000 with new PB & Season’s 5000 best for Rob – Rachael’s back

Podium 5k – Friday June 14th

Thirty three athletes lined up in the latest of the fast 5k Races put on at Barrowfordlast night, won in a new race record of 13.54 by Derby’s Ben Connor with four sub 15 minute athletes behind him.


First of those for Blackburn Harriers was Ben Fish in 5th spot clocking 14.54 in his first actual 5k road race since July 2016 and a new personal best on the course. Next Came Ben Costello in 15th position with a very solid time of 15.43 and just 12 seconds shy of his personal best. Jacob Watson was just behind, ducking 16 minutes for the first time, following another fine run of 15.46 in 18th spot and a massive new PB by half a minute. Calum Holmes joined the new PB’s on the night as he chopped 20 seconds off his previous best to clock 16.35 in 33rd.

Ben Fish (279) – Ben Connor (116) – Nick McCormick (283) – Matt Crehan (291) – Matt McKay (232)

Ben Costello (82)

                                                        Jacob Watson (266)

Calum Holmes


This Race featured seventy six runners and was won by Salford’s Paul Bannister in a pretty rapid time of 15.57 – the first six in this race all running times within the 16.30 limit of the main race. Chris Davies posted the third new PB of the night for the harriers chopping a huge 40 seconds off his previous personal best (16.57) to take 3rd spot in a time of 16.17. John Horrocks who has been running really well on the Fells this year was next home for the Club in 9th place in a new PB – the fourth on the night so far – of 16.41, an improvement of nineteen seconds. In 24th position came Paul Brindle with the fifth new PB on the night by fourteen seconds, with a time of 17.08. Victoria Mousley was the Harriers fourth athlete in this Race clocking a time of 19.30 in 72nd position.

                                                                   Chris Davies (20)

                                                                  John Horrocks (282)

                       Paul Brindle (284)                                                      Victoria Mousley (9)

This Race was massive with one hundred and eighty nine runners participating and eventually won by Queensbury Running Club’s Paul Greenwood in 17.43.


John Foster was the first across the line for the Harriers in 18th spot running a time of 19.34, followed by V50 Paul Smith in 38th who is just starting out on his running career, with a good time of 20.24. Making it six new PB’s overall on the night, Lindsay Davies broke her personal best by just over two minutes for a huge improvement, finishing with 21.42 in 67th and she was followed in Helen Dawson-Smith in 141st place in a time of 24.50 – her first competitive run since July 2018.

                     John Foster (243)                                                       Lindsay Davies (19)

Helen Dawson-Smith (5)

Three Races for the youngsters – U7/U9 (25 runners) – U11/U13 (84 runners)- U15/U17 (28 runners).

Back Row  L-R Oliver Gill – Daniel Smith – Matthew Smith – Codie Dewhurst

Fron Row L-R Imogen Robinson – Theo Robinson – Charlotte Smith – Hannah Davies


The U11/U13 Race – approx. 2k – was won by Trawden’s Ben Stratton in a time of 7.00. Oliver Gill was the first across the finishing line for the Harriers in 4th place in a time of 7.32 with Matthew Smith in 9th (7.56), U11 heo Robinson (12th) clocking 8.01, Imogen Robinson 19th running a time of 8.10, Hannah Davies running 8.19 in 22nd spot, Harmony Hacking (U11) in 35th position with a time of 8.39 and U11 Charlotte Smith in 67th with 10.00.

                     Oliver Gill (560)                                                      Matthew Smith (425)

                     Theo Robinson (543)                                                 Hannah Davies ( 549)

                      Harmony Hacking (466)                                           Charlotte Smith (426)

Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith ran in the U15/U17 – approx 3k – Race won by Clayton’s Michael Stevens in 10.39. Codie came home in 6th spot clocking 11.21 with Daniel in 9th place in a time of 11.30.

                        Codie Dewhurst (234)                                                Daniel Smith (561)

Loughborough Grand Prix – Saturday June 15th

After winning the BMC 1500m race at Sportsicty last weekend, Jess Judd was out again at Loughborough in the 5000m and ran another cracking race to set a new personal best of 15.31.64, some 16 seconds in front of 2nd place and a time which takes her into 5th place in the National Rankings.


Rob Warner ran the 5000m last weekend at Sportcity and went over the same distance again last night in a race featuring 21 athltes. Rob chopped six seconds off his time last Saturday to come home in 10th place clocking a seasons best time of 14.27.96.


Pilling 10k – Saturday June 15th

It’s been quite a while since Rachael Gavin ran a race – back in April 2018 where she set her 5 mile personal best in the Hale Village 5. A bad injury has meant that she has had to take her time in returning and she was rewarded for her patience and hard work in getting back, by completing the Pilling 10k yesterday.

Rachael came home in 16th place with a time of 43.59 to prove she is back and we couldn’t be more delighted for her. In the same race V40 Paul Jeffries ran a time of 41.38 in 11th place.