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More Individual Success for the Harriers on the Track

Alison Leonard goes from strength to strength at the moment. After winning successive Races at 800m (BMC), 1500m for England at Loughborough and the British Senior Women’s Road Mile Championships, she went across to Belgium on May 31st to compete at the IFAM Outdoor Fixture in Oordegem-Lede.

Watch Race Video HERE

Full Results HERE

Alison carried on with her great form at this latest outing, running a PB over the 800m for 3rd place and 2:01.81 – which puts her fifth in the National Rankings – and she told the club afterwards that she was really happy to be back in pb shape, although disappointed to miss the ‘B’ standard for Commonwealths by 0.31! It was a good race but there was quite a lot of bumping and barging so hoping to go even quicker in a smoother race”

Rob Warner and Karl Billington are also in great shape at the moment. Rob took on the 1500m on May 31st at the BMC Grand Prix in Sportscity and knocked over four seconds off his PB to come home in a time of 3.56.14. This year so far, Rob has set personal bests at 800m (1.56.31); 1500m (3.56.14) and 3000m (8.35.45). Karl who set a new personal best in winning the 5000m at the Wtaford BMC recently also competed in the 1500m at the Sportscity Grand Prix and ran a seasons best of 4.02.52.

Full Results HERE

Charlotte Williams and Emily Warren, two of our up and coming U13 squad just love to compete and between League fixtures went over to Stretford for the Medal Meeting on May 26th.

Full Results HERE

Emily won the U13 150m race in 21.55, just outside her PB of 21.4 and then ran 2.37.96 in the 800m. Charlotte finished 2nd in the U13 70mH in 12.56 and High Jumped 1.25m for fourth place.

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Lancashire T & F Championships – PB’s and Club Records for the Harriers

Harriers athletes put in some cracking performances on a less than perfect weekend for this years Championships. Between them they accumulated nineteen Gold Medals, thirteen Silver and three Bronze to add to a number of impressive PB’s set and Club Records.

Full Results for Saturday May 24th HERE

Full Results for Sunday May 25th HERE

In the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles, Charlotte Williams, who broke the eight year old Club Record the week before with her 12.4 sec run, broke it again in the Heats with 12.3 only to be pipped by Club mate Eloise Littlefair who ran 12.2 in winning the Heat setting another Club Record, the third time in two weeks by these girls. Eloise and Charlotte then went on to take first and second in the Final in times of 12.3 and 12.5 respectively. Neither girl stopped there though. Eloise went on to win the Shot Putt (8.24m), won the Discus (23.14m), finished 4th in the 100m (14.60sec) and 4th in the Long Jump 4.23m). Charlotte ran 14.90sec in the 100m, finished with a distance of 3.79m in the Long Jump, took 5th place in the High Jump with 1.25m and 5th in the Shot Putt (7.12m). These two U13 Girls are really pushing one another and can be real prospects in the future.

SONY DSC In other Hurdles Races there was a Bronze Medal for U13 Solomon Brown in the 75mH (15.30sec). U15 Cameron Massey took Silver in the 80mH (12.4) with the winner of that Race putting in a Championship Record. U15 Esme Pearse finished with a time of 13.4sec in the 75mH, the same time as she ran in the Heat. U17’s Morgan Angland and Polly Pearse contested the 80mH with Morgan taking a Silver (12.80) and Polly finishing 5th (13.40sec). Joe Pearse won the 110mH in 16.10 and Oliver Aspden won the Senior 110mH in 16.10. Phoebe Howe set a new PB by a tenth of a second in coming 4th in the U17 Women’s Hurdles (52.50sec). U20 Katie Buckingham took Silver in the 400mH in a really tight three way Race in a time of 67.60sec which was the same time as the winner and Roxanne Oliver took Bronze with a new PB of 67.80sec. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the ‘clash’ between Oliver Aspden and Connor Makin in the 400mH. Sadly, Oliver managed to hit virtually every Hurdle in the 110mH Final the day before and paid the price with a swollen and painful ankle. So once again, Connor had to run on his own and recorded 57.00sec in what effectively became a time trial and a PB by three tenths of a second.






In the Jumps there were some really good performances. Ben Aspinall cleared 12.97m in the U20 Triple Jump to win the contest and set a new PB and then went on to get another PB and a win in the Long Jump with 6.00m. Morgan Angland also set a new PB of 5.01m in winning the U17 Women’s Long Jump. U20 Joe Pearse who set a new High Jump PB of 1.93m the week before the Championships, took Gold with a jump of 1.85m and Silver in the U20 Men’s Long Jump with 5.92m. U17’s Olivia Brooks and Jane Saothong contested the Long Jump with Olivia finishing 8th (4.58m) and Jane 12th (4.04m) which was a new PB. Olivia then went and equaled her High Jump PB of 1.45m to take a Silver Medal Esme Pearse equaled her PB in the High Jump with 1.45m to just miss out on a medal in 4th place. Polly Pearse won the U17 High Jump with 1.55m, just 3cm off her personal best todate. U17 Ross Liddle added 20cm to his PB in the Long Jump to take a Silver Medal. Another PB was set by Cameron Massey in the U15 Long Jump with a leap of 5.43m.



In the Throws, Sarah Henton won the Senior Women’s Discus with 46.88m, U17 Connor Davison set three PB’s in the Hammer (27.45m), Discus (26.55m) and Shot Putt (10.51m). Jacob Roberts won the U15 Hammer with a throw of 39.33m, the second time in a fortnight that he has achieved the English Schools qualifying standard. Rebecca Orrell continued the run of success for the Club’s Throwers with victory in the U17 Women’s Hammer and a new PB of 47.59m, backed that up with a Silver Medal in the Discus (25.96m) and a Silver in the Shot (9.17m) and another PB. Polly Pearse came 7th in the U17 Javelin with (20.80m). U15 Cameron Massey took the Gold Medal in Discus (32.36m) which was a massive near 10 metre improvement over his 2013 best and then wasn’t far off his Shot Putt PB in winning Silver with 9.85m.


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In the Sprinting events, there was a double Gold for Paul Coffey in the U20 Men’s 100m (11.40sec) & 200m (22.80sec) a new PB by four tenths of a second. In the U17 Men’s 100m Archie Braysford ran 11.80 to win his Heat and then improved to 11.60 in the Final to take Silver. Jake Almond (U17) also ran 11.80 in the Heat and then finished in 4th (12.00sec) in the Final. In the 200m Final Jake took Bronze with a time of 23.40sec which was just short of his PB. U15 Cameron Massey set yet another PB in the 200m with his 25.3sec in the Heat before finishing in 4th place in the Final (25.40sec). The conditions for sprinting on Saturday were far from ideal.


In the 40om U17 Huzaifa Hanif finished 3rd in his Heat (55.90sec) and placed 6th in the Final with (55.40sec). The Club were missing quite a few of its Middle Distance Runners at the Champs which was unfortunate, however, Liz Greenwood won the U17 Women’s 1500m in 4.55.00 after a ‘pedestrian’ opening two laps and then put the pedal to the floor over the last 600m. Grace Handley placed 5th in 5.05.20. The same two girls doubled up in the 3000m on Sunday and duly took Gold and Silver with Liz winning in a time of 10.25.00 and Grace 2nd in 10.51.60. U20 Katie Buckingham ran the 800m less than thirty minutes after the 400mH Final and ran a really solid 2.29.10 for 6th place. U20 Joseph Howe set a new PB in the 800m Heat (2.03.50) and then placed 7th in the Final with 2.06.40. We just had one competitor in the Senior 5000m which was V55 John Chaplin who came 6th in 18.13.20.




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PB’s galore for Harriers at Lancashire Combined Events Championships

At last weekend’s Lancashire Combined Championships – May 17/18th Hyndburn –  the Harriers produced twenty three PB’s between them on the day including a new Club Record – a great performance all round.

Full Results HERE

Star Showing of the weekend was undoubtedly Esme Pearse finishing fifth of the ten competitors overall in the Junior Girls Pentathlon consisting of five events in all of which, Esme set new personal bests – 75mH (13.2); Shot Putt (5.87m); High Jump (1.45m); Long Jump (3.62m) and 800m (2.51.0). Liz Ashcroft wasn’t far behind in sixth place and set a new PB in the Shot (8.64m) and equaled her PB in the 75mH (12.6).


In the Senior Men’s Decathlon, unfortunately Oliver Aspden had to compete against himself as there were no other entrants.  Starting in six of the ten events, Oliver set four new PB’s in the 100m (11.2); Long Jump (6.17m); High Jump (1.78m) and 110mH (16.2) which demonstrates that he is in pretty good shape at the moment.


In the Senior Boys Decathlon, Joe Pearse was up against Luke Farnworth of Blackpool and came out a very narrow winner by just eight points with a total of 5353 and on the way to the victory set a new PB in the High Jump (1.93m) and a midge’s away from 1.96m; and equaled his PB’s in the 110mH 16.4 and Pole Vault  of 3.10m.

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Huzaifa Hanif who is a 400m runner tackled the Inter Boys Octathlon for the first time which covers eight events. Undaunted, Huzaifa finished fourth overall and set new PB’s in the Long Jump (4.78m); High Jump (1.51m) and knocked another full second off his 400m PB in posting 54.5sec. This season, Huzaifa has taken a huge four seconds off his 400m Pb and there is clearly more to come.

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Cameron and Nicholas Massey took on the Junior Boys Pentathlon with Cameron winning the Event for a total of 2331 points and Nicholas coming third in his first ever attempt at the discipline with 1786 points. Cameron carried on setting new PB’s as he has done already this season. This time he jumped 1.49m in the High Jump and then took a huge five seconds off his 800m time with 2.22.9. Nicholas had five really solid performances and it is clear that he is going to make a lot of improvement over the coming season.

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Another Blackburn Harrier seemingly setting PB’s almost everytime she competes is Charlotte Williams. In the U13 Girls Pentathlon she finished second setting PB’s in the Long Jump (3.92m) and the 70mH (12.4sec) which broke the Club Record that has stood since 2006 for an U13 Girl set by Bracken Sturgess (12.5sec). Charly, as she likes to be called is going from strength to strength.


Hannah Cookson who is having a great season competed in the Year 8 Girls Quadrathlon added to her growing number of PB’s set this season and was also unfortunate in that there were no other entrants in her age category. But this didn’t prevent Hannah from setting personal bests in the 100m (13.5secs) and 4.17m in the Long Jump.


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Harriers Sportshall Youngsters at the Quadrathlon

Thirty Blackburn Harriers in Years 3 to 6 took part over the weekend at Hyndburn in glorious sunshine at this years Quadrathon and they competed in great fashion for themselves and the Club. Alison Hulme, Sportshall Organiser for Blackburn Harriers commented “Fantastic results on a lovely sunny weekend”.

Full Results HERE

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Results from Sunday:-
Year 4 boys: Jayden Riley 1st, Rory Teare 3rd, Ben Boocock 4th
Year 6 boys: Sam Farnworth 2nd, Harry Jackson 4th
Year 3 girls: Kate Cookson 2nd
Year 4 girls: Leah Hoole 1st, Molly Nichols 3rd
Year 5 girls: Christie Sturgess 3rd, Myah Booth 5th

Results from Saturday:
Year 3 boys: Isaac Butler 1st, Cameron Curwen 4th, Max Peel 5th
Year 4 boys: Cameron Walmsley 1st, James Corrigan 2nd, Calum Redhead 4th, Jonathan Eastham 5th
Year 5 boys: George Whittaker 6th, Arran Curwen 7th
Year 6 boys: Luis Billington 2nd
Year 3 girls: Charlotte Clapham 3rd
Year 4 girls: Danielle Probert 1st, Alice Townson 2nd, Amelia Tyson 4th, Rachael Westwell 5th
Year 5 girls: Eleesha Charnley 2nd, Millie Peel 6th
Year 6 girls: Emily Raine 1st, Olivia Blow 2nd, Emily Laycock 5th

The following athletes twelve set new Personal Bests at standing long jump which is a great performance:
Ben Boocock, Sam Farnworth, Harry Jackson, Christie Sturgess, Myah Booth, Danielle Probert, Rachael Westwell, Eleesha Charnley, Emily Raine, Olivia Blow, George Whittaker, Arran Curwen

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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.