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Indoors with the Harriers & New PB’s

Sale Harriers Open Series  – Sportcity 21st December

  Full Results HERE

The second fixture of the Sale Harriers Winter Open Indoor Series at Sportscity had a number of Blackburn Harriers competing with a welcome return to competition after struggling with injury for Jamie Vickery, a stalwart over recent years of our Northern Senior Men’s Team.

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Jamie kicked off his Indoor Season with a win in a Heat of the 60m in 7.25, just one tenth of a second outside his PB. He then went on to set a new PB of 37.47 in the 300m finishing 2nd in the Race – so a really good first outing for Jamie.

Brothers Cameron and Nicholas Massey were also in action at this second fixture and produced some really good results. Finishing 5th in his 60m Race, U17 Cameron knocked three tenths of a second off his previous best time to set a new PB of 7.84. U15 Nicholas then went and won his 60m Race in the same time of 7.84 which was his first ever outing over the distance. New member U17 Ashley Smith placed 3rd in his Heat of the 60m in a time of 7.94 and again it was his first outing over the distance. Cameron went on to win the U17 Shot putt with a throw of 9.88m and Nicholas won the U15 Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.21m.

U15 and U17 Boys ran together in the 60m Hurdles which saw Nicholas Massey winning in a time of 9.14 with brother Cameron in 3rd spot (10.05) and Ashley Smith in 5th (10.10).

Bottom of age U15 Charlotte Williams also tackled the 60m Hurdles placing 5th in a time of 10.45, competed in the Long Jump reaching 2.94m which was way below her best and then bounced straight back with a new PB in the 3k Shot Putt, taking 2nd place with 8.85m. Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall contested the Long Jump finishing 8th in the 23 strong field with a lap of 6.07m.

The previous week, Paul Bradshaw who is targeting the Ribble Valley 10k and Lancashire Cross Country Championships took on the 3000m Indoors at the Cardiff Grand Prix Athletic Series.

Full Results HERE

Paul ran in the A Race finishing 12th in a time of 9.18.60.




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Down at Sportscity Indoors with the Harriers

The first Indoor Fixture in the Winter Series hosted by Sale Harriers at Sportscity took place last Sunday 30th November and nine Blackburn Harriers competed.

Full Results HERE

Dominic Bretherton in his first Indoor season kicked off the day in the Senior Mens 60m with a 4th placed 7.49. Another Senior first timer over the 60m Indoors was Callum Fitzpatrick who competed for the Harriers some time ago and he took a good 2nd place in a time of 7.42.

Bottom of age U17 Cameron Massey set off the Indoor season with a bang in the 300m knocking two and half seconds off his previous best time to set a new PB with a 2nd placed 40.88 and then posted a 10.23 for the 60m Hurdles to finish in 2nd place. In the Shot, Cameron moved up to the new weight of 5k and came 2nd with a throw of 9.90m.

Brother Nicholas Massey (U15) competing for the first time Indoors and over 300m ran 42.82 which was a pretty solid run first up. He then went on to win the U15 60m Hurdles in a very good time of 9.30 and also won the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.84m. Roxanne Oliver (U20) was also competing for the first time Indoors running 10.14 for the 60m Hurdles.

 Performance of the day came from U17 Morgan Angland  who said “Good start of the indoor season 1st and new pb of 9.1 get innn” after she  won the the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.15 setting a new PB and breaking the existing Club Record which was held by Olympian Holly Bleasdale at 9.28. Morgan’s Coach Bob Groves was pleased and said “In the starting position the hips are higher than the shoulders ( this makes it hard to hold, doesn’t it Morgz ) but the hurdling is smooth , confident and aggressive ) Even though she is winning there is no easing up, with a dip finish. The hurdling is balanced with minimal arm movement”. Morgan’s mum was just as delighted saying after the Race that she was a “Very proud and Happy Mum,
Yesterday at sportcity Manchester Morgan Angland ran in the u17 women’s 60m hurdles and won the race in a time of 9.15 which is not only a pb but also is a new club record for Blackburn Harriers. Well done Morgan and big thanks to her hurdles coach Bob Groves”.

Bottom of Age U15 Charlotte Williams was another debutant at the 60m Hurdles Indoors and placed 3rd in a time of 10.35 and then went onto set a new PB of 4.17m in the Long Jump – her out door PB being 3.92m. Charlotte was another athlete who was moving up in weights and in the Shot Putt (3kg) she came 5th with a throw of 7.98m. Charly was pleased with her performance commenting “Good start to new season in u15. New pb in long jump 4.17 and 3rd in hurdles and 4th in Shotput. Well done Blackburn”.

U20 Ben Aspinall set off his season with a win in the Long Jump (6.16m) and given he hasn’t been able to train for this over the last few months was an impressive performance. Callum Fitzpatrick also competed in this event (6th) with 5.70m as did Olivia Brooks with a jump of 4.49m.

U17 Huzaifa Hanif had intended to compete at Sportscity but was unable to as he had school work to complete. Instead, Huzaifa, who has recently lifted his weekly mileage, bought himself a Train Ticket and made the 180mile round trip ride to Sheffield to compete at EIS on Saturday December 6th in the 600m.

Huzaifa’s Race Video at Sheffield HERE

Full Results HERE

Huzaifa decided to put himself in the Senior Race to try and get a fast time and finished 5th in his Heat with 1.29.36 – the fastest time of the day by an U17. Cracking performance.












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Harriers at the ESSA School Games in Boston….and loads of PB’s

 ESAA English Schools’ 27th Combined Events Championship

A number of the Club’s young multi-eventers rounded off their seasons with competition at the English Schools Combined Events Championships and they didn’t disappoint setting a bucket load of new PB’s between them in Individual events and in Points Totals.

Full Results HERE

EA Website Report HERE

Ben Aspinall had an outstanding weekend posting seven new PB’s in the ten events of the U20 Men’s Decathlon and was unduly critical of himself telling us that “the first day went really well, starting off with 11.99s in 100, high jump was going a bit wrong which let me down slightly, but going into the second day I started off with 16.5 in the hurdles to come 2nd in my heat which was good…just happy with most of my performances – again a bit disappointed with my 1500.” He should hardly be disappointed. His PB’s came in the 100m (11.99); 400m (55.57); 100m Hurdles (16.54); Pole Vault (2.60m); Shot Putt (8.26m); Discus (19.86m) and Javelin (29.34m). In addition he jumped 6.22m in the Long Jump, 1.61m in the High Jump and in his least favourite event, the 1500m he ran 5.42.72. Ben also set a new PB for himself in the Decathlon with a Points Total of 4553.


Roxanne Oliver also had a great weekend posting five new PB’s in the 200m (27.03); 100m Hurdles (16.38); Long Jump (4.69m); Shot Putt (7.60m) and Javelin (21.24m). She also ran 2.53.15 in the 800m and jumped 1.34m in the High Jump. Roxanne was really pleased with her performances and told the Club that she Had such an amazing time at English Schools! After only 3 months of training I am now ranked 19th in the UK after coming 19th out of 42. Great way to finish my athletics season with 5 PB’s also.” Roxanne in her second attempt at the Heptathlon posted a very good and new PB Points Total of 3420.


Brothers Cameron Massey and Nicholas Massey were also in action in the U15 Pentathlon and both posted new PB’s. Cameron ran 2.22.09 in the 800m for his PB alongside a 12.06 80m Hurdles, a 1.42m High Jump, a 5.15m Long Jump and 10.51m Shot Putt. After the weekend, Cameron told the Club that “i was just glad to be there and meeting the high competition for next year and a big thank you to all my coaches.” Nicholas commenting that it Was a great experience looking forward to next year so much hoping to get a podium alsoset his new PB in the 80m Hurdles with 12.71 and added a 1.42m High Jump, 4.07m Long Jump, an 8.57m Shot Putt and a 2.30.72 800m. Cameron set a new Points Total PB of 2381 as did Nicholas with 1893.

See Cameron’s Hurdles Race HERE

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The Three Muskateers!

The Three Muskateers!

Joe Pearse who has competed most of the year carrying an injury, added to this by losing a tooth which went through his lip whilst competing in the Pole Vault, and wasn’t a very pleasant experience, although he did say ” he got a new tooth out of it.” Joe competed in the Decathlon and posted a total of 4697 which was a little way down on his personal best. He set a seasons best in the Discus with 31.86m and added  a 12.26 100m; 54.76 400m; 16.85 110m Hurdles; a 1.91m High Jump; an 8.93m Shot Putt; a 5.88m Long Jump; a 2.80m Pole Vault and a 32.30 Javelin.





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Jacob smashes through the 50m barrier and new PB’s for Harriers youngsters….

Liverpool Jumps & Throws Open – 13th September

 Full Results HERE

Three members of the the Clubs young Throws Squad Jacob Roberts, Rebecca Orrell and Connor Davison competed at this end of season Open meeting.

Rebecca finished 6th in the Shot Putt with a throw of 9.55m where the winner of this U17 Age Group Category threw 13.61m and with a second place Putt of 12.06m testified to the quality of the event. Rebecca then finished 4th (45.28m) in the very high quality U17 Women’s Hammer competition which saw the first three throw in excess of 52m.

Jacob contested the Hammer and Discus U15 Events, winning the Hammer with a Throw of 43.30m which he was a little disappointed about in terms of the distance and finished 4th in the Discus with 26.88m. U17 Connor Davison also competed in the Hammer finishing 3rd with a throw of 23.31m.

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BWFAC Medal Open Meeting – 14th September

Full Results HERE

The day after the Liverpool Open seven of the Harriers youngsters competed at the Blackpool Open meeting producing some great results.

Top of the lot was Jacob Roberts in winning the U15 Boys Hammer with a Throw of 51.22m and a new PB which elevates him to 5th place in the National Rankings – an outstanding achievement. U17W Rebecca Orrell finished her season with two cracking events winning the Shot Putt with 10.04m equalling her PB and then winning the Hammer with a Throw of 47.32, just 60cms off her PB. Chloe Needham from Blackpool who trains under Jacob and Rebecca’s Coach Mick Hitchon, also had a very good weekend winning the Senior Women’s Hammer at Liverpool with 36.91m and again at Blackpool with 40.86m.


U15’s Cameron Massey and Nicholas Massey contested the 80mHurdles with Cameron coming out on top winning in 12.6sec and Nicholas second in 12.8 which was a new PB for him and is eight tenths of a second faster than at the start of the season.



U13 Emily Warren is another young athlete who is having a great first season. In the 800m she set a new PB by a tenth of a second when she finished second in 2.32.2 to the winners 2.32.1. Emily then took second place in the 200m (29.0sec) and won the 70m Hurdles in another new PB of 12.3 and just a tenth of a second off the Club Record.


One of the joys of the day was to see U11 Eleesha Charnley back out competing after problems with her health during the year. She has a smile that could launch a thousand ships. She started off with the Long Jump with 2.92m which was a seasons best (18th out of 26 competitors), set a new PB of 12.7 in the 80m which is seven tenths faster than she has run before and then set another PB in the 600m, finishing 6th of eleven athletes in 2.09.6 and nearly four seconds quicker than she has run before. She is back with a bang!



Derby Athletics Festival – 14th September

U13 Charlotte Williams who is having a great end to the season travelled to Derby for the Athletics Festival there.

Full Results HERE (not available yet)

Charly competed in the 75m Hurdles posting a time of 12.4 which she described as “a bad time” ….. just two tenths outside of the Club Record so not that bad at all!

She then set a new PB in the Shot Putt of 8.91m to win a Gold Medal and then threw 23.68m in the discus to win a Silver Medal to round off a very good day for her.



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Charlotte breaks her own Club Discus Record….Jacob on for 50m in the Hammer

A number of the Harriers youngsters competed at the Pendle Open Meeting last Sunday – September 7th and pulled off some very good performances on the day.

 Full Results HERE

U15 Jacob Roberts set a new meeting record and a new PB in the Hammer with a Throw of 49.71m, agonisingly close to that 50m mark which moves him up to joint sixth in the National Rankings. You wouldn’t bet against him not doing it before the end of the season now. Jacob then went and won the Discus with 30.39m which was another PB by nearly two metres.

Charlotte Williams broke her own U13 Girls Cub Record in the Discus and set a new PB in winning her event with a throw of 27.51m nearly two metres further than the record she set a couple of weeks ago. She also jumped 1.25m in the High Jump and came second in the Shot with 8.24m. Good day for Charlie. Charlie now stands at the top of the North West Rankings and 8th Nationally.

Emily Warren, another U13 girl who has been in great form this season, pulled off another double here with victories in the 200m (28.8) and 800m (2.40.5).

U10G Eleanor Alsop came second in the 75m Heat (13.4) and then ran a touch faster in the Final with a time of 13.3 to finish 4th. She then went on to win the U10 Girls 800m in 3.11.4 and she will be pleased with what she achieved on the day.

U13 Olivia Blow finished 3rd in the 100m (16.1) and finished 3rd in the Long Jump with 3.42m which was over half a metre new PB and a great effort.

U17 Ross Liddle had to run solo in the 400m Hurdles as there were no other competitors but still managed a good time of 62.9. Always difficult in these circumstances. Ross contested the Long Jump and placed 3rd with a jump of 5.32m.

U17 Connor Davison won the Hammer with 26.42m, won the Shot Putt with 10.80m and came 2nd in the Discus with 19.03m which was a pretty good days work.

 Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall battled it out with one of his local rivals James Blackburn in the Triple Jump. Ben jumped into second place with 13.34m which was just short of his PB set only the day before in the Northern League Play Off.

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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.