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Rebecca Sullivan takes gold in the high jump at Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships

Blackburn Harriers enjoyed success at the Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships at Sheffield on 18th/19th January.

Rebecca Sullivan took gold in the womens senior high jump with a height of 1.68m. Rebecca also achieved a PB of 5.12m in the long jump but it wasn’t enough to beat fellow competitor and overall winner, Olympic athlete Katrina Johnson Thompson.

Senior Women High Jump FINAL
1 250 Rebecca Sullivan Blackburn Harriers & Ac 1.68m
2 210 Laura Hanagan Ashford Ac 1.55m
3 238 Katy Robinson City Of Sheffield Ac 1.50m

In his first year at U20 level, Ben Aspinall stepped onto the podium after winning bronze in the triple jump with a best distance of 12.53m. Hopefully more to come in the next 2 years.

Connor Makin again showed his speed endurance capabilities with three 400m races in one afternoon. Connor produced a PB of 52.62s to reach the final. Against some quality position Connor came 4th in the final.
Connor also achieved a PB in the U20 60m hurdles with 8.99s.

Finally after stepping up to the U17s this year, Morgan Angland competed in the 60m hurdles and posted a credible 9.8s to come fourth in her heat.

All track races can be seen on vincosport.com website

Meanwhile in Cardiff at the British Athletics Cross Challenge on the 19th January representing Northern Athletics Harrier’s track men Gary Priestley and Pete Matthews ran well in a competitive field to come 12th and 20th respectively.

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Holly soars again Indoors and more PB’s for Harriers athletes

A very welcome return for Holly Bleasdale last weekend at the INSA Perch’formance Villeurbanne, FRA on 13-14 Dec 13. Holly has suffered injuries over the last year and has had to be patient in her rehabilitation. That patience and hard work was rewarded at her first outing of the Indoor Season.

Full Results HERE

Holly was pleased with her competition saying ” I am happy to be back vaulting and healthy. After being injured I really value being healthy and doing what I enjoy the most, VAULTING!”

Watch a video of Holly’s 4.61 Jump HERE

Another athlete making his competitive debut in this years Indoor Season was Paul Bradshaw at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix on te 15th December. Full Results HERE

Paul’s victory in the 600m Race in a time of 1.18.73 knocked a whopping 2 seconds off his PB and understandably he was pleased, commenting after the Race “ Competing this early was just good fun. Been running 49/50 through 400m in reps recently in training so thought I would see how long I could hold that pace for. A lot of fun was had and now time for Christmas”.  This was a cracking front running display from Paul and you can watch a video of the Race by logging in and signing up for free HERE

Over at Sportscity Paul Coffey, Morgan Angland, Liz Ashcroft, Cameron Massey and Ben Aspinall racked up a load of new PB’s on an excellent day at the Second of the Sale Harriers 6 Fixture Indoor Season.

Full Results HERE

Cameron had pride of place on the day, entering three events, winning one and second in the other two. More importantly he set new PB’s in two events. In the 60m Hurdles he reduced his PB from 10.27 seconds to 9.96;  in the 4kg Shot Putt his existing PB of 9.51m was increased to 9.91m which was a great effort. In his first ever attempt at 400m he ran a very creditable 61.80 which is proof of his improving work on endurance. (Watch Cameron’s Hurdles HERE)

Paul contested the 60m Sprint determined to break his old PB of 7.71sec. He went one better running consecutive PB’s of 7.57 and then 7.56. Another athlete who went determined to PB and win here Race (she was 3rd in the first fixture) was Morgan in the 60m Hurdles. And she delivered on her promise with a victory and a reduction from 9.66 to 9.60secs. A good start to her bottom of age U17 age category. Ben Aspinall entered the 60m Sprint and Long Jump placing 3rd in the 60m reducing his PB of 7.78 to 7.74sec. In the Long Jump he was a little off his PB of 5.79m in 8th place (5.42m) but there is no doubt that the longer distances will come. Liz made her Indoor debut this year and and a first ever attempt at the 60m Hurdles and starting really well with 10.37 sec.



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Harriers go Indoors for Competition

Sale Harriers Winter Indoor Meeting – Ethiad Campus, Manchester December 1st 2013

This was the first meeting of the 6 Fixture Series of Indoor Events being held at Sportscity in 2013/2014 and our athletes at the fixture performed really well.

Full Results HERE

U17 Ben Aspinall contested the 60m Sprint (3rd) and Long Jump and afterwards said I was very pleased with my 60m sprint getting 7.78!” And so he should have been knocking nearly three tenths of a second of his existing best time in the opening fixture of the season. He was a little disappointed about his Long Jump and said “I achieved 5.60 which was a little down on my pb, but with all the plyo metrics I have been doing I can’t ask for a lot at the time of the year”.

U20 Connor Makin entered the 60m Hurdles (solo run) and the 300m (1st)  and was pleased with his performance on the day, telling us my 60mH after pretty much karate kicking 3 of them and still managed a pb all the same by 0.1 to get 9.23″…..in the 300m he had a really ” good race and came through the field in the last 100m to win the u20 in 37.1 which is a 1.5 seconds pb”.

View Connor’s 300m Race

U15 Cameron Massey in the 600m (2nd) in 1.43.15 described it as ” a truely intense race, that gave me a target to aim for next time”. Cameron also contested the 60m Hurdles for the first time indoors and put in a good performance, winning the event in 10.27. In the 4kg Shot Putt, he fell 40 cms off his PB but still had a very encouraging event by winning that as well. (Thanks to Peter Quibell, Cameron’s Grandad for the Video clips)

View Cameron’s Shot Putt

View first half of Cameron’s 600m

View 2nd half of Cameron’s 600m

View Cameron’s 60m Hurdles

Bottom of age U17 Morgan Angland took 3rd place in her only event of the day in the 60m Hurdles and ran a PB (9.66), some three tenths of a second off her old mark and says she will beat this new PB at the next fixture……..and here she is on the day in this VIDEO –  (Thanks to Nichola Angland for the Video Clip)


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UK School Games September 2013 with Rebecca Orrell

U17 and bottom of age Rebecca Orrell has had a really good season for Blackburn Harriers. In 2013, she has set PB’s for Hammer (38.48m); Discus (30.06m); Javelin (21.05m) and Shot Putt (8.51m). Her last T & F Fixture for the year was the UK Schools Games and below she gives a flavour of what it was like to be involved.

Full Results HERE

On the 12th -15th September I went to the UK School Games in Sheffield were I represented the North West England in the hammer. This competition was for the elite young athletes to show off their talents, also it wasn’t just for Athletics there were other sports, these were, Judo, Wheelchair Basketball, Rugby Sevens, Fencing, Gymnastics, Swimming, Cycling, Badminton, Table Tennis, Hockey and Volleyball. The teams that went were: England, this consisted of North West, North East, South West, South East and Midlands, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We went on the Thursday the 12th September on a coach down to Sheffield. When we arrived we were allocated our rooms as we were staying in the halls of residents in Sheffield University. When we were in our rooms we had to put on our England kit, this had to be worn all of the four days we were there………………..


………..As this competition was like a mini Olympics we got to experience what it would feel like to be a member of team GB. Where we were stopping was the athletes village which had the catering facilities for all our meals, an area for kit swap, stalls one which was 100% me.

This was to help us learn about being drug free when competing.
Thursday night we went to the Motorpoint area in Sheffield were we had the opening ceremony. There was performances from a local choir and a gymnastics group. We also found out that team Brazil was going to join in with us on competition days, this was because they will be hosting the next Olympics games in Rio. This was a good experience as it made it feel like a proper Olympic games.

Friday the 13 th September, we had a talk with two of our team mangers who represented team GB and GB Paralympics they were Susan Moncrieff who did  the High Jump and Claire Buckle who did the ambulant Shot Put and Discus. This was very inspiring as we found out what it was like to compete at international level, but also the ups and downs of Athletics. After that we had our training day, were we got to go down to Don Valley stadium and have a practise at our individual events before Saturday and Sunday’s competitions……………..


……………Saturday 14th September, was the first day of competition which was great as team North West won a total of  5 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals. It was really good to cheer on our fellow team mates and also it was good to see some of the disabled athletes competing, as I have never seen it in real life before.

As some of our team were competing in the afternoon or on Sunday we got to experience what it was like to watch another sport. We were lucky enough to go and watch the gymnasts in action and cheer them on, this was very exciting……………


………….Sunday 15th September, was the final day of competition and my day to compete, unfortunately the weather was poor as it was freezing cold which isn’t really good conditions to throw in. I got up at 6.05am got ready and went and had my breakfast, knowing it is the most important meal of the day I filled up. We then left at 7.30am to go to Don Valley stadium, the coach was for the people who were competing early and everyone else came later. When I got there I started to warm up, doing my drills and stretches before I went to the call up room. At 8.45am we went to the call up room and had to be checked making sure we had no electrical equipment with us and any logos that weren’t Adidas had to we covered up. We then got the rules and the way the competition was going to run told to us before we left the call up room at 9.00am to warm up and get ready to compete.

When we were out at the hammer circle we had 25 minutes before the competition started, so we all managed to have two practice throws. At 9.25am the competition started my first throw was a no throw, which is a great way to start the competition, but luckily I had five more. My next couple of throws were: 33m 97cm, 34m 39cm. My fourth throw was again another no throw, the fifth round throw was 33m 77cm. So I decide as this next throw was going to be my last I was going to go for it and give it everything I had, my final throw in the end was 36m 36cm. At the end of the competition I came 7th but I was so glad I had been selected to go I didn’t mind what position I came because I had the most amazing four days ever!………..

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…….In the end the England North West team got 8 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze medals putting us fourth on the medal table behind Scotland who got one more gold medal than us!

At the end of the day there was the closing ceremony which was sad because it meant that the UK School Games was over, but the experience will never be forgotten!   Next year the games will be held in Manchester and I hope to get selected again and maybe win a medal!”

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English Schools’ Combined Events Championships 21/22nd Sept 2013

Three Blackburn Harriers competed for their counties at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham in the English Schools’ Combined Events finals over the weekend, having qualified as individuals through their respective county and then regional finals. Rebecca Sullivan represented (West Yorkshire), and Joseph and Polly Pearse (Lancashire).

Full Results HERE

In what were extremely high quality fields which are found at all schools’ finals, the three competed in their respective heptathlon and decathlon events over the two days and were a credit to both their club and counties. In the Senior Girls Heptathlon Rebecca finished 8th adding 201 points to her previous best, setting a new PB with a total of 4146 points. Polly in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon had a solid event gaining experience at this higher level with a 3295 total. Joe finished 13th in the Senior Boys Decathlon equalling his last year’s Octathlon position with PB’s in pole vault, javelin and 400m with a total of 5370 points.




















The athletes wanted to thank all the coaches who have contributed to the successes of these three excellent multi-eventers over the season.




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Young Athletes at Blackpool Medal Meeting – Alison in Amsterdam

On a day – September 8th –  with mixed weather fortunes throughout, a number of the Harriers youngsters went over to compete in the Blackpool Open Medal meeting, traditionally held towards the end of the Track & Field season

Full Results HERE

In the U11’s age group Emily Raine and Eleesha Charnley, who both have boundless energy tackled the maximum three events. In the 80m’s there were five Heats involving thirty budding young athletes. Emily won her 80m Heat 3 (12.7secs) placing 5th overall whilst Eleesha ran in Heat 5 to take 3rd place in 13.5secs and finish 18th overall.

The girls went and tried their luck at the 600m held over two heats, one of which had 14 runners and the other 16. Emily placed 8th in the first Heat of 14 and 13th overall with a time of 2.15.4 – Eleesha competed in Heat 2 taking 4th place out of 16 and 10th overall (2.13.3)

Next up for these two bundles of energy was the U11G Long jump with Emily coming in 6th out of 33 contestants (3.33m) and Eleesha 15th (2.99m).

Moving up in age groups to the U13’s recent Club Record breaker Eloise Littlefair along with her friend Charlotte Williams competed in a number of events starting with the U13G 100m. There were three Heats involving 16 athletes. Eloise, finished 3rd in Heat 1 (15.2) and 5th overall, with Charlotte 6th  in the same Heat (16.1) and 13th in the combined two Heats.

On to the 70m Hurdles featuring two Heats totaling 13 young hurdlers. Heat 1 saw Eloise making her competitive debut in this event finishing in 3rd (13.5) and 6th in the two Heats, with Charlotte running a good new PB placing 4th in Heat 2 (13.6) and 7th overall.

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In the Throws, Eloise is starting to make a reputation for herself by breaking the Club Record for the Hammer and moving up the National Rankings. On Sunday she contested the Shot Putt with a field of 11 and won it with a throw of 8.49m improving her PB by half a metre and just 29cms short of Caris Lake’s Club Record set in 2001. In the National U13 Rankings, this throw moved Eloise up from 79th to 38th in one go and to 3rd in the North West Rankings. Charlotte took a good 4th place with 6.76m which was also a PB by 8cm and there is no doubt that these two young athletes are going to be big improvers in the Track & Field season 2014.

In the older age group of U17’s, Morgan Phillips showed good form to finish 2nd in the 800m in a time of 2.07.9 and his first competitive outing at the distance and pointing to a big revision of his 1500m time next year.

Consistent U17 Thrower Rebecca Orrell, who is currently placed at Number 1 in the North West Rankings and 16th at National level in the Hammer is coming towards the end of a very hectic competitive season which has seen her compete in the YDL Upper Age Group and the Northern League as well as County, Northern and English Schools Championships. On Sunday she competed in the Shot Putt for 3rd place (7.52m) and went on to win the Hammer competition with a throw of 37.67m.

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Amsterdam Open 31 Aug 13

Full Results HERE

Another athlete coming towards the end of her season which has been a good one following lots of injuries over the last two years, saw Alison Leonard compete at the Amsterdam Open. She finished 2nd (4.17.73) in the Race won by Emma Jackson. Alison recently smashed the Club’s 1500m Senior Women’s record by a whopping 5 seconds (4.13.74) and at the end of the season she finds herself well up the National Rankings with 1st place in the One Mile (U23’s) – 6th in the One Mile overall – 12th in the 1500m outdoors – 5th in the Indoor 1500m – 7th in the 800m outdoors and 3rd in the Indoor 800m. Roll on 2014.