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Harriers win the Play Off at Doncaster

A really good performance by the Harriers – posting 28 event wins and 24 second places – saw the Club retain its Northern League Division One status at Doncaster when it won the Play Off Fixture by a big margin of 105 points. With Derby finishing in second spot, it means that Division One for 2015 will have the same line up of Teams.

Women’s Results HERE

Men’s Results HERE

Team Manager – Richard Taylor “The Team had a dodgy start to the season with our last place finish at Hull where we were a little short-handed to say the least. We picked up then with each fixture placing 5th at Sportcity (very close to 2nd), a 3rd at Derby and then winning the final fixture at Blackpool. That was enough to lift us off the bottom, but not totally avoid the threat of relegation and so we had to attend the play-off match at Doncaster yesterday. Whilst we await official results, we were so far ahead on the day that we were presented with the winners shield anyway – I cannot imagine the play-off ever having been won so convincingly.

So well done to everyone, athletes and officials as it was a great effort. I hope everyone takes on board though the need to get as close to full teams out at every fixture.”


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One of the outstanding performances of the day came from Oliver Aspden who broke the Club Record for the 400m Hurdles (55.5sec) held by Richard Denning which was set way back in 1972 at Crystal Palace. Oliver cut a full second off that time and set a new PB when he won in 54.5sec.


 Great points were accumulated in the Throws. Sarah Henton took 2nd (10.12m) in the Shot Putt with Rebecca Orrell also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 7.36m. In the Javelin, Rebecca Sullivan finished 2nd with 26.57m and Sarah won the ‘B’ (26.14m). On to the Discus which saw two wins for the Club with Sarah winning the ‘A’ (36.79m) and Rebecca the ‘B’ (21.94). Another 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer for Rebecca (37.21m) and 1st for Sarah in the ‘B’ with 31.05m. On the Men’s side Jack Vickery took 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 40.31m and Tony Balko also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 29.97m. In the Discus Tony took 3rd place with 26.33m whilst Jack placed 2nd in the ‘B’ (24.57m). Joe Pearse had a solid throw to come 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin (35.51m) and Jack came 4th in the ‘B’ (21.16m). There was a 4th place for Tony in the Shot Putt ‘A’ (9.32m) and 3rd for Jack in the ‘B’ with a throw of 6.76m.



Great points again from the Team’s Hurdlers. It was a double win in the Women’s 400m Hurdles with Roxanne Oliver winning the ‘A’ in 70.2 and Katie Buckingham the ‘B’ in 74.2. Roxanne then took 2nd place in the ‘B’ 100m Hurdles (16.8) and Sophie Taylor 3rd in the ‘A’ with 19.3. In the Men’s Hurdles it was two wins and a second – with a new Club Record of 54.5, Oliver Aspden won the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles and Connor Makin won the ‘B’ with 58.2. In the 110m Hurdles Kail Sturgess took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ (18.1) and unfortunately, Oliver’s blocks slipped at the start of the ‘A’ Race and he didn’t finish.




In the Sprints Morgan Angland ran solidly in the ‘A’ 100m for 3rd (13.5) and Olivia Brooks also took 3rd in the ‘B’ with 13.6. In the 200m Rebecca Sullivan who has had serious problems with health and injuries this year took 4th spot in the ‘A’ (28.5) and Morgan, doubling up came 2nd in the ‘B’ with 28.7. Paul Coffey, competing with a quad injury, had two seconds in the ‘A’ 100m (11.5) and 23.5 in the ‘A’ 200m. Dominic Bretherton won the ‘B’ with 11.7 and Oliver Aspden made up for his disappointment in the High Hurdles when won the ‘B’ 200m with 23.00 to make it three wins on the day.



SONY DSCA great run by Phoebe Howe saw her take the Women’s 400m ‘B’ in 63.4 after a great tussle with Melissa Evans from Leigh. Phoebe then recorded a double victory when she won the 800m ‘B’ Race in 2.30.00 in a another very close race with Sarah Holford from Derby who was just two tenths of a second behind in 2nd place. Roxanne Oliver took 5th place in the 400m ‘A’ (67.4) and Liz Greenwood ran a strong race to take 2nd in the 800m ‘A’ (2.26.9) and then took another 2nd in the 3000m with 10.29.4………..Katie Buckingham ran the ‘A’ 1500m – not a distance she is used to – for the Team and finished 4th place with a solid 5.13.4 with Beckie Taylor who came up from Bangor to run for the Team placing 3rd in the ‘B’ (5.24.1) and another 3rd in the 3000m ‘B’ with 11.33.



On the Men’s side there was a double win in the 400m for Connor Makin in the ‘A’ in 52.4 and Zac Howe in the ‘B’ (54.0). Zac went on to set a new PB in the ‘A’ 800m winning with a time of 1.56.00, beating in Callum Chambers of Derby by eight tenths of a second. Morgan Philips ran a really strong race in the ‘B’ 800m to take 2nd with 2.04.2,  just getting out kicked in the last bit.


SONY DSCIn the Steeple Chase, Chris Barnes won the ‘B’ Race with 10.54.6 and Joseph Howe placed 4th in the ‘A’ Race (10.51.9). There was a double, double in the 1500m and 500m. Ben Fish won the 1500m in 4.08.8 and Rob Warner won the ‘B’ in 4.09.9. In the 5000m Ben won again – winning every League 500m Race this year – in a time of 15.03.4 and Karl Billington took the ‘B’ Race with 15.58.2 for his second consecutive 5000m victory this season.



The Teams Jumpers added a lot of points to the teams overall victory total. Morgan Angland with a new PB of 5.10m was 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump and Olivia Brooks won the ‘B’ with 4.91m. In the Triple Jump, Polly Pearse came 2nd with 9.67m and Sophie Taylor took 3rd in the ‘B’ (8.39m). Polly took another 2nd place in the High Jump ‘A’ with 1.55m and Rebecca Sullivan won the ‘B’, again with 1.55m……….Kail Sturgess won the ‘A’ Long Jump with 6.29m and Ben Aspinall made it a double win by taking the ‘B’ with 6.23m. In the Triple Jump they reversed order with Ben setting a new PB of 13.47m to win the ‘A’ and Kail 12.30m in winning the ‘B’. Over at the High Jump Joe Pearse came 2nd with 1.90 (the winner jumping 2.00m) and Oliver Aspden won the ‘B” with 1.70m. In the Pole Vault Polly Pearse was the only competitor in the ‘A’ Event and took maximum points and as an example of Team spirit, hats off to Katie Buckingham who had a go at the ‘B’ Pole Vault, having not touched a Pole in two years. She did it for the Team and only just missed getting over the opening height of 1.70m. Great effort and commitment. Joe Pearse protecting himself from injury jumped 2.50m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Ben Aspinall made 2nd place with 2.10m. Again a great set of points accumulation.







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National U15/U17 T & F Champs – PB’s and a Club Record for U13’s and Sportshall youngsters at Quadrathlon

 England Athletics U15 / U17 Championships inc. The Disabled Age Group Championships – 30/31st August

Full Results from Day 1 & Day 2 HERE

Another great day for two members of the Harriers Hammer Group. Rebecca Orrell and Jacob Roberts both reached the finals of the English Schools this year and have posted PB’s all the way through the season. Jacob stands at the top of the North West Rankings (4kg) and number nine nationally. Rebecca is in first place in the North West in the 4kg category. Nationally she is placed  11th in the 4kg.

Both athletes competed at the National Championships at Bedford to round off an excellent season for them and their Coach – Mick Hitchon.

Jacob at his first ever National Championships – in the U15 Age Group – told the club that “My experience of Bedford nationals, well to start off with I was extremely nervous, especially when I saw all the boys from English Schools. I did my first practice throw which was really good but I knew my nerves where getting the better of me, so I signed to my dad to come from stands and try and get little closer to me. When the competition started I performed to my best ability with throw of 47,20 even though it was a metre off my PB I was pleased with that cause I got into the finals. The whole experience is brilliant and I really enjoyed myself. Whilst I was on holiday at Great Yarmouth, I carried on with my training at the local athletic club where I met John Painter who is a national coach for hammer, discuss and shot. So that was brilliant to meet him and get some tips off him”.


Whilst Rebecca said after her competiton that “Would like to say that getting into the nationals is a huge achievement for all of us! The competition in both pools was high, however not everyone preformed their best, including me, we all should be proud of ourselves! Throwers are the best group of people to be around and we all encourage each other even though we are rivals in our competition, which spurs us all on to do well”.



Southport Waterloo Open Meeting – 23rd August

Full Results HERE

Warrington Terry Davies Memorial Open – 24th August

 Full Results HERE

 Trafford AC Medal Meeting – 25th August

Full Results HERE

Some of the Club’s U13 Girls took on the Open Meetings over the Bank Holiday weekend and did really well.


At Litherland Emily Warren won the 150m in 20.9, just a tenth of a second outside her PB, then won the 70m Hurdles in a new PB of 12.6 and placed 4th in the Shot Putt with 6.53m. Charlotte Williams who is getting over earlier injuries and niggles competed at all three fixtures, had a great weekend too, finishing 2nd in the 70m Hurdles to Emily in the same time of 12.6 and took 2nd place in the Shot Putt with 8.19m. Eloise Littlefair who has been struggling with a knee injury and will now have a lay off period won the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.98m, came 4th in the Discus (22.44m) and 2nd in the Javelin (21.98m).

The day after, Charly and Eloise went to the Warrington Open which saw Charly win the 70m Hurdles again in 12.6 and two third places in the 150m (22.8) which was a seasons best and Shot Putt where she threw a new PB of 8.85m. Eloise finished 4th in the Shot Putt with 8.45m and 3rd in her first ever attempt at the Hammer with 20.70m.

By Monday it was down to Charly at Trafford and she capped off a great weekend with a new PB and new Club Record in the Discus which she won with a Throw of 25.61m. She then was just 200 hundreths of a second outside her PB when she won the 70m Hurdles in 12.32 and finished 4th in the Shot Putt with 7.46m.

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Stockport Quadrathlon

Full Results HERE

A last minute switch of venue didn’t deter eleven of the Club’s Sportshall Members making the altered journey over to Stockport to compete in the Quadrathlon there. By the looks of the photo it looks like they enjoyed themselves on the night.



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PB’s and Medals for Harriers at the Mid Lancs Medal Meeting

Some good performances from the Harriers at this years Medal Meeting held at Blackpool in not too bad weather conditions although the usual ‘Blackpool wind’ blew.

Great to have Olympian Sophie Hitchon down at the Track to present some of the Medals to winners on the day. It is a memory that will live on for quite some time in the minds of the young athletes who had their Medals given to them by Sophie.

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Full Results HERE

Paul Coffey equalled his PB of 11.2 in the Senior Men’s 100m (4th) and then was a little outside of his PB in the 200m with another 4th place in 23.10. Hayley Candler took on the Senior Women’s 100m and 200m double finishing 6th in the 100m (14.30) and 3rd in the 200m (30.20).


Hanzala Hanif won a Silver Medal in the U15 Boys 100m (2nd) in 12.80 and then came 5th in the 200m (26.50). Brother Huzaifa (U17) ran the 200/400m double and also finished with a Bronze Medal in the 400m (3rd) in 55.90 and 6th in the 200m (25.30).


Connor Davison had a great day picking up three wins in the Shot Putt (9.89m) – Hammer (26.49m) and Discus (24.84m). Three wins and three Gold Medals is not a bad return for the day. Oliver Pearson-Moore took a Silver Medal in the U17 Javelin with a throw of 31.32 which was just 50cm away from a new PB and Brother Sam Pearson-Moore took Silver in the U15 Javelin with 33.52m adding over two metres to his best so far and set a new PB.


U15’s Cameron and Nicholas Massey, just returned from holiday contested the Long Jump, High Jump and Shot. In the Long Jump Cameron won the event with a jump of 5.20m and took the Gold Medal with Nicholas in 7th (4.58m). Hanzala Hanif also took on the Long Jump finishing 7th (4.66m). The brothers positions were reversed in the High Jump with Nicholas 5th (1.45m) and Cameron 6th (1.35m). In the Shot Putt Cameron earned his second medal of the day when he finished 3rd (9.87m) and Nicholas placed 6th (8.30m).


Morgan Phillips – who had set a PB for the 800m at Trafford earlier in the week – raced in the Senior Men’s 800m and won it in a time of 2.03.40, knocking a further three tenths of a second off his PB which in the wind at Blackpool was probably worth a little more.


U17 Olivia Brooks smashed her Long Jump PB when she added 14cm to her existing mark to win the event with a jump of 5.20m and take the Gold Medal. She then added Silver in the High Jump placing 2nd with 1.45m.

In the U13 Girls events there were really good performances. Emily Warren convincingly won her 800m in a new PB – cutting two seconds off her previous best – to record 2.32.60. She then went onto win another Gold Medal in the 200m winning that in 28.40 and again setting a new PB knocking two seconds off her previous best. And, just to finish off the day she went and had a go at the Shot Putt placing 8th (5.32m).

SONY DSCAmy Davies ran the 1500m and smashed her previous best time in winning a Bronze Medal and chopping a full 14 seconds of her previous best, setting a  new time of 5.26.40. Charlotte Williams took a Gold in the Discus with a throw of 25.39m, a Silver in the Shot Putt (7.96m) and set a new PB in the Javelin with a 9th placed 16.94 and commented after this last event “I got a PB but I am not very good at Javelin”. Whatever she thinks about her Javelin capabilities, she is a talented young athlete in a number of other disciplines.



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Great Results and PB’s at Trafford for Harriers Athletes

Trafford Grand Prix – 26th August

Full Results HERE

Three of the Harriers athletes went over to Trafford last week, all of whom were in good form. Alison Leonard entered the 1500m all male Race and smashed four seconds off her PB to set a new PB of 4.09.73. and was understandably delighted with the Result telling the Club that “I was really pleased to break my 1500m PB as it’s an event I don’t do that often, but I know that I’m a lot stronger over longer distances than I used to be, so I was hoping for something around the 4:10 mark, so I was delighted with 4:09” Alison now stands at the top of the North West Rankings and is 5th in the National Rankings for 1500m. In the 800m she lies 2nd in the North West and 4th in the National Rankings and is having a terrific year.

Zac Howe, home from Cambridge for the summer won his 800m Race and set a new PB of 1.56.85 and was really pleased commenting Very happy with the PB and the win, that time had stood for a couple of years. Room for improvement though, I’ll try to take a bit more off at the play-off next weekend!

17 yr old Morgan Phillips also won his 800m Race and set a new PB of 2.03.74. This is a four second improvement over last year (2013) – Morgan has also made real progress in his 400m time reducing it from 55.21 to 52.38 this year and shows he is in good shape.



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Harriers welcome Sophie Hitchon with her Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal

Sophie Hitchon just back from the European Championships in Glasgow came down to the Track to train and to share her Bronze Medal success at the Commonwealth Games with other athletes at the Club, some of whom had actually been at the Games to see her win the Medal and they were all absolutely delighted to see her.

SONY DSCSophie’s success at the Commonwealth Games adds another medal to an already impressive list of honours – see below – gained at such a young age.

2007 – England Athletics U17 Open Championships HT gold
2008 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2009 – English Schools championships HT gold, England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships HT silver, Aviva England U20 & World Trials Championships HT gold
2011 – BUCS Championships HT gold. Aviva World Trials & UK Championships HT gold. Aviva European U23 Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2013 – England Athletics U23 Championships & European Trials HT gold

Major Championships and International Highlights
2013 – IAAF World Championships HT 10th q. European Athletics Team Championships HT bronze. European Athletics U23 Championships HT gold
2012 – Olympic Games HT 12th, European Championships HT 11th
2011 – IAAF World Championships 13th q. Spar European Team Championships HT 9th. European U23 Championships HT bronze
2010 – IAAF World Junior Championships HT gold
2009 – European Junior Championships HT bronze
2008 – World Junior Championships HT 7th, Commonwealth Youth Games HT gold

Sophie with some of the Junior Athletes

On seeing Sophie’s Medal, Amy Davies simply said “I am having one of those” and who would bet against her.

SONY DSCThe achievements of athletes like Sophie, Holly Bleasdale, Samantha Murray and Alison Leonard have shown that with real commitment and hard work anything is possible and there is no reason why young athletes shouldn’t think about their athletics future in those terms. The sky is the limit – or as we might also say – there are no limits to what you can achieve.


Sophie with other members of the Harriers Hammer Squad

Sophie with other members of the Harriers Hammer Squad

L-R Sophie; Rebecca Orrell 2014 English Schools Finalist and and U17 Northern Championships Silver Medal); Chloe Needham (BW&FAC); Jack Vickery (Northern League Senior Squad) Jacob Roberts (2014 English Schools Finalist and Northern Championships U15 Gold Medal); Connor Davison (YDL Upper Age Group Squad)

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Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals for the Harriers at U15 & U17 Northern T & F Championships – and Inter-Counties Junior Championships

U15 Jacob Roberts and U17 Rebecca Orrell have had a terrific season in the Throws and particularly the Hammer. Both competed this weekend at the Northern Championships in Wigan and carried on the great form they have displayed all season.

Both Day’s Results  HERE

Jacob contested the U15 Boys Hammer and won it with a throw of 48.22m. He had his first competitive throw this year in the 4kg Hammer at the Mid Lancs on April 26th opening with 31.28m. In the months since then he has put on 17m which is a tremendous performance. He currently stands at the top of the U15 Hammer Rankings in the North West and seventh Nationally. Jacob also set a new PB in the Discus by nearly a metre with a throw of 28.54m.

Watch Video Here for Jacob

Rebecca contested the U17 Hammer (3kg) which turned out be a competition of high standard with the first six athletes all throwing over 40m and the winner throwing a Championship Best Performance of 53.18m. Tenth place threw 34.91m which reflected the overall quality. Rebecca took a great Silver Medal in this with a throw of 47.11m. In the 3kg Rankings Rebecca now stands at 17th Nationally and first in the North West. For the 4kg Hammer again she is in first place in the North West and 11th Nationally. In the Discus Final Rebecca finished ninth with 22.98m which was someway off her best of 30m and 10th in the Shot Putt throwing 9.31m.


10424227_678132538934340_7099781730890420613_n-1U17 Morgan Angland contested the Long Jump and took a Bronze Medal with a new PB of 5.07m and another Bronze Medal in the 80mHurdles in a time of 12.31 which was a great result especially following a period in which she has missed training through injury.


Inter-Counties Track & Field Championships

Inter-Counties Results HERE

Five Harriers were selected for the Northern Junior Inter-Counties T & F Championships at Derby on August 2nd and all of them contributed to a good Lancashire effort on the day.

U15 Cameron Massey finished second in the 80mH ‘B’ Race with 13.36 and then took third place in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.34m). U15 Morgan Angland placed 2nd in the 80mH (12.34) and U15 Polly Pearse won the ‘B’ Race in 13.36. U17 Rebecca Orrell set a new PB of 10.04m in the ‘B’ Shot Putt for 2nd place and U17 Archie Braysford finished 4th in the 100m in 11.44.