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Great Results for the Harriers at Loughborough and Watford

Some great Results for Blackburn Harriers in Track & Field over the last week and a half. Karl Billington ran a great Race to win the 5000m ‘B’ Race at Watford  – May 17th – beating James Mee by just under two seconds in a strong finish. Winning the Race in 4.30.06 Karl destroyed his previous PB by seventeen seconds. Speaking to the Club after the Race Karl said I went into the race with the plan to try and win, if i could do that then i knew the time would come with it. thankfully i was having one of those days were everything goes right and came away with the win and a 17secs PB first one in 4 years“.


At the same meeting, Alison Leonard took on the 800m ‘A’ Race and won from Katie Kirk in 2.02.79. Paul Bradshaw ran in the ‘B’ 800m and ran 1.53.42. Then at the Loughborough International on May 18th Alison represented England in the 1500m and also won that in a time of 4.14.61, less then a second off her PB. Watch the Race Video. Understandably, Alison was happy with her weekends work and commented Was super happy with the win and thought it was about 4:14 and then started getting all these messages saying “Well done on the 4.08!”. But overall a great weekend of racing, really pleased to be getting some wins under my belt”.

Sophie Hitchon who is in training for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow went to Germany on Saturday at the Werfertage in Halle and threw in the Women’s Hammer Competition there finishing fifth with a throw of 71.53m (RESULTS) – (Watch The Video). She then dashed back to Loughborough and won the Hammer Competition there with a throw of 69.92 (RESULTS). After the two competitions Sophie told us really pleased with the busy weekend 71 in Germany followed by 69 at Loughborough to win comp for England still work in progress to get technique together but all looking positive so far”.


Rob Warner set new PB’s at both Watford and Loughborough fixtures and shows what great shape he is in at the moment saying that he is  Very happy to come away with 2 big pb’s in my first 2 races of the season!…..” ” I ran the 800 on the Wednesday and went out pretty hard for the first 400 in 57 but managed to finish quite strongly in the last 100m…. For the 3000m on the Sunday I were quite nervous as there were some very quick runners from England and GB but didnt get too carried away on the first km and managed to work well in the last 3 laps and finished strongly with a 65 last lap!” In his 3000m Race at Loughborough he finished sixth in 8.35.45 chopping a huge 21 secs off his previous best time. Watch the Race Video.

Full Watford Results HERE

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The Night of the 10000’s & Trafford Meeting

Event Video HERE

(courtesey of Eightlane website)

Full Results HERE

In far from ideal conditions to say the least, Tom Cornthwaite entered the Men’s ‘B’ Race at The Night of 10000’s organised by Highgate Harriers in London. There were twenty one starters in this Race won by Sean Fontana in 30.09.21 – and  –  25 in the ‘A’ Race which was won by Andy Vernon in 28.26.59.

After the Race, Tom told us that it was “Hard to sum up the race but here goes – Great event but poor race from myself, expected a lot more but running 25 times into a gale force wind with a bug knocked me for 6! The fantastic crowd kept me pushing on though!!” 

Over at Trafford (Results HERE) on May 13th in the Grand Prix Series Oliver Aspden entered the 400m Hurdles fresh from setting a new PB of 56.0sec at Hull in the Northern League and also running a flat 400m PB in the Mid Lancs at Wigan in 51.4sec. Unfortunately, Oliver was the only entrant and therefore had to run the Race on his own in a time of 58.43.



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Mid Lancs League May 10th

The wind blew and the rain came down, but it didn’t seem to deter the athletes who put in some really good performances and PB’s despite the dreadful conditions.

Full Results HERE

The sprinters got the best of the conditions with a following wind. In the Senior Men’s 100m Paul Coffey raced to a new PB of 11.20sec in finishing second, knocking two tenths of a second off his previous PB of 11.4 set just a week ago in the Northern League. He added a second place in the 200m as well (23.60). Mick Angland took ‘bragging rights’ over Ben Aspinall in the second 100m Heat, winning in 11.90sec with Ben second in 12.00sec. Both athletes cut two tenths of a second off their previous PB’s. Hayley Cander in her first race for a long time came in fourth in the Senior Women’s 100m (14.30sec).


In the U17 Men’s 100m, bottom of age Archie Braysford in his first race this season took second place with 11.40sec, setting a new PB by a tenth of a second and shows he is in good nick. In the next Heat, Jake Almond also reduced his PB by a tenth to take fourth place in 11.50sec and then went on to equal his PB in the 200m winning in 23.20sec.


The U15 Boys 100m had two new members  to the Club and Mid Lancs debutants competing – Nicholas Massey who ran 12.70sec (4th) and Hanzala Hanif 13.10 (4th), both solid runs and really good efforts. Hannah Cookson took on the 100m in the U15 Girls and placed 3rd cutting her PB from 14.1sec to 13,90sec. Then in the 800m she knocked another 4.5secs off her PB to finish 4th in 2.28.20. In two weeks she has reduced her 800m PB by nine seconds and is great reward for the training and effort she is putting in. Maddie Elliott looking strong and training really well reaped the benefits when she also contested the 800m –  placing fourth and setting a huge PB by nearly twenty seconds in 2.34.50. In the U13 Boy’s 100m Sam Farnworth was a midges off his PB finishing 3rd in 14.40sec and then tackled his first ever 800m (9th) in a solid 2.44.30. Sam then added 5cm to his High Jump PB recording 1.15m (3rd). In the same 800m Heat Jimmy Walpole ran 2.51.30 and reduced his PB by three seconds, another great effort in the conditions and Daniel Brown ran 5.55.70 in the following Heat. U15 Boy Tom Greene tackled the 800m and ran 2.31.40 which was a new PB by over a second and a half. U17 Huzaifa Hanif, who runs the 400m, took on the 800m and ran really well for 2.24.20 (5th) with the extra distance taking its toll towards the end.




U13 Girls Amy Dowsing in her first ever Track Race and Olivia Blow ran in the 100m with Amy finishing 3rd (15.90sec) and Olivia 5th (15.50) in their separate Heats. Olivia’s time was a new PB by well over a second. Emily Warren took on the U13 Girls 800m with fourth place (2.40.20) and then finished second in the 200m (30.40) in her first ever Race over 200m and 6th in the Shot Putt (5.67m).


SONY DSCSenior Men’s 400m weren’t so lucky with the wind but that didn’t stop Jack Lonsdale having a really good run in third place (53.8sec) and just a fraction away from his PB. Better conditions and there is a new PB in there no doubt. John Chaplin ran in the Senior Men’s 1500m which as you can imagine wasn’t an easy run with the wind and rain and came third in 5.12.10. Bottom of age U13 Amy Davies and in her first Track season after a very successful campaign over the Cross Country, ran in the 1500m and finished a good fourth (5.40.30).


It was a “Father and Son Wilkinson day” in the Throws. Dad Paul Wilkinson contesting the Senior events finished 5th in the Shot Putt (7.09m); second in the Discus 19.80m and won the Javelin with a Throw of 30.23m.  Over to U13 Oliver Wilkinson who won the Discus (13.88m); the Javelin (20.97m) and took fourth place in the Shot with 5.83m. Interesting journey home in the car!!

Rebecca Orrell was at it again with another PB in the U17 Women’s Hammer (3kg) winning with a throw of 46.46m which added another 28cm to her Throw at the YDL recently. U17 Connor Davison took on all three Throws taking second places each time with 10.05m in the Shot; 20.24m Discus and 25.05m in the Hammer. In the U15’s Jacob Roberts won the Hammer with 33.26m and took 2nd in the Discus with 23.71m. Cameron Massey won his Shot Putt with a throw of 9.65m and brother Nicholas Massey finished fifth (8.23m). Cameron then equaled his High Jump PB with 1.45m (3rd) and finished 5th in the Long Jump (4.56m). Nicholas jumped 4.25m in the Long Jump (9th) and Hanzala Hanif 4.14m (11th). Eloise Littlefair took on the the Shot Putt winning with 8.56m and a PB by 7cm before placing 6th in the Javelin (15.06m) and Long Jump (12th) out of 27 athletes in the Heat (3.56m)and the latter two events which she hasn’t competed in before.




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BMC Gold Standard Races at Watford

Harriers Alison Leonard and Paul Bradshaw competed at the BMC meeting in Watford on Wednesday May 7th and put in two cracking runs in far from ideal conditions.

After running 2.05.81 at Watford on April 23rd, Alison cut nearly three seconds off that time in winning her 800m race in 2.02.85, a time which sees her placed 5th in the National Rankings at this early stage of the season. She told the Club that this was the  Fastest since 2010 so really happy. Went through in 59 so last 100 was a bit interesting, but really enjoyed it and can’t wait to race again” And further great news for Alison as she has just been informed that she will be representing England in the 1500m at the forthcoming Loughborough International Meeting.

Paul who had a very busy weekend at the BUCS, running in the 800m’s and 4 x 400m for UWIC came second in his 800m in a time of 1.51.51 just marginally outside his season’s best and placing him at 22nd in the National Rankings. After the Race he said that Watford was great. Really windy and decided to attack into the wind and make it a true run race. As always a good meet put on by the BMC and for early in May I feel I’m now in a good place to sharpen up ready for the coming weeks”.

Full Results HERE


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BUCS at Bedford and Charly Shines at Trafford

Four members of the Harriers competed at this years British University Championships in Bedford between May 3rd – 5th – Jamie Vickery, brother Jack Vickery, Paul Bradshaw and Karl Billington.

Jamie started off really well in winning his 100m Heat in 11.26 which was a season’s best, but sadly pulled his hamstring and that ended his Championships. Jack took 13th place in the Men’s Hammer with a solid throw of 41.84m and currently lies in 28th place in the U23 National Rankings.

10294294_628530513890109_556270131764378851_nKarl had a Heat of the 5000m to negotiate finishing 4th in 15.09.0 having had to “race the heat in flats just so i could race the final to my full capability” due to problems with his calves. In the Final, Karl finished 6th in 14.53.65 and commented “the first time i have broke 15 minutes on the track for FOUR years this was off a 9 06 first 3k. I feel there is a PB in there for sure just a matter of getting in the right race”

1175398_10152025200171957_5908391902039527022_nPaul had a real busy weekend with three 800m races and two Races in the 4 x 400m Relay. He started off in his first Heat of the 800m by winning in 1.58.64 and took 2nd place in the semi-final with 1.52.03. Then in the Final he finished 6th in 1:53.35.  Next to the 4 x 400m for the UWIC Team and a third position in the semi-final in a time of 3.21.00. In the final, they really excelled and came home with the gold medal in 3.16.46.

Full Results HERE


U13 Charlotte Williams fresh from setting three new PB’s with 12.9 for the 70mH, 1.30m in the High Jump and 7.80m in the Shot Putt at Ellesmere Port on Saturday 3rd May in the YDL Lower Age Group, Charly turned her attentions to the Bank Holiday Trafford Medal meeting on Monday; and what a performance!  She took another tenth of a second of her Hurdles PB which is now 12.8sec, added 31cm in winning the Shot for a new PB of 8.11m, to earn silver and gold medals and then topped it off with another silver in the High Jump with 1.25m, just short of her HJ PB.

Full Results HERE


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Northern League Division One

After winning Division 2 with four straight wins and then being victorious in the Promotion Match at Doncaster in 2013, the Club was eager to get its Division One campaign underway at Hull on Sunday May 4th. But sometimes it doesn’t go your way and with a combination of work commitments, injuries, studying for exams and the BUCS, it was a much depleted Team that ventured North. But that didn’t dampen the spirit, as one of our Senior Throwers Tony Balko said “Big well done to all the Blackburn Harriers team at the first meet in the North of England Athletics League Division 1, a scratch team, but everyone gave 100%”.

Full Results HERE

Eight PB’s were set on the day including a cracking run from Oliver Aspden who ran 56.0sec for the 400 Hurdles which is just 0.5 secs off the Club Record held by Richard Demming (55.5) set at Crystal Palace in 1972. In an interesting aside, Oliver’s Coach – Bob Groves – has a PB of 55.6, so the next training session might be interesting!

Senior Dominic Bretherton, U17 Gareth Johnson, bottom of age U20 Jake Almond and U20 Paul Coffey took on the Sprints. Dominic set a PB in the 100m with 11.6, Gareth also set a PB in the ‘B’ Race of 12.0sec. Paul  was just a tenth of a second of his PB in the 200m posting 23.7sec and Jake ran 24.2 in the ‘B’ 200m. In the non-scoring 100m, Paul set a new PB of 11.4 as did Jake with 11.5.

The ever reliable Phoebe Howe ran 30.3 in the 200 and then set a season’s best in the 800m ‘A’ Race  (2.37.8).  Sarah Henton ran 33.8 in the ‘B’ 200m to add to all the points she stacked up in the Throws events. She won the Discus (46.86m); threw 11.03m in the Shot; 29.08m in the Hammer and 32.75m in the Javelin. It is worth stating here that Sarah is a V40 and currently 1st in the National Rankings in her Age Category by eleven metres and 5th overall, which is fabulous achievement.

Some athletes were competing for the first time this year and one of them was Michael Carr, a really great Club man who took on the 400m (59.5) and the 400m Hurdles (68.3) in a double to help the Team. U17 Gareth Johnson, another who hasn’t competed this year took on four events, going out of his comfort zone by tackling the 400m (63.2), then jumped 4.68m in the Long Jump and finished off with a PB in the Triple Jump of 9.48m.

Jack Lonsdale and Joseph Howe took on the 800m/1500m double with Jack posting 2.05.6 in the 800m ‘A’ and Joseph getting a well deserved PB in the ‘B’ Race (2.06.5.) which was a huge three and half second reduction. In the 1500m Joseph went even better cutting over six seconds of his PB to set a new one of 4.23.5.  Jack ran 4.33.5 in the ‘B’ Race.

Bottom of age U17 Grace Handley got stuck in to help the team running the 1500/3000m double, where she won the ” Race in 10.49.4 and then feeling the effects of that ran in the 1500m (5.15.0). Highlight of the day could well be the 5000m. With all of our best endurance runners not able to make the fixture, Team Manager Richard Taylor (V45) (21.54.3) and John Chaplin (V55) (18.51.3) who was also officiating on the day, took on the mantle in an outstanding display of commitment to the Team’s cause.

Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall took on three events, setting a season’s best in the High Jump (1.65m); jumped 5.45m in the High Jump and rounded it off with a 2nd place 12.52 in the Triple Jump. Olivia Brooks and Jane Saothong also U17’s made good contributions with Olivia jumping 1.48m in the High Jump and 4.62m in the Long Jump – Jane was below her best in the Long Jump with 3.45m but made up for it with a PB in the Triple Jump of 7.84m.

There were three season’s best for Rebecca Orrell in the Shot with 7.13m; Discus 25.47 and Hammer 38.25m. Rebecca is currently in 8th place in the National Rankings using the Senior Weight (4kg) and 12th with the 3kg.

Tony Balko took on all four Throws in his first competition this year with solid performances all round. He threw 29.08m in the Hammer; 28.91m in the Discus; 9.25m in the Shot and finished off with 29.30m in the Javelin. Corrie Shorrock who has spent all year playing Rugby and hasn’t trained, also turned out for the first time this season and set a PB in the Hammer (17.61m); threw 22.24m in the Discus, 20.22m in the Javelin and 9.69m in the Shot.

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