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PB’s All Over The Place for the Harriers – (at ESAA North West Schools’ Combined Events Championships)

Six Blackburn Harriers represented Lancashire at the ESSA North West Schools Combined Event at Carlisle on June 22/23rd in some pretty dire at times conditions due to the weather. But that didn’t detract from the performances of the athletes who really got stuck and between them produced a tremendous set of 28 PB’s.

Full Results HERE

In the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon Polly Pearse came 2nd with a new PB Points total of 3645 which was previously 3045. In the competition she equalled her PB for the 80m Hurdles and posted new PB’s in Shot; 200m; Long Jump and Javelin. Katie Buckingham finished 6th in the event overall posting a new PB Points total of 3358 (previously 2938) and set new PB’s in 80m Hurdles; High Jump; Shot; Javelin and 800m. Olivia Brooks continued the impressive performances with a new PB Points total of 2767 (previously 2582) and PB’s in Shot; 200m and Long Jump.


In the Junior Girls Pentathlon Morgan Angland maintained the progression of PB’s with a PB Points total of 2218 (previously 2169) and PB’s in Shot and High Jump.

Next up were the Boys with Cameron Massey competing in the Junior Boys Heptathlon. Scoring 1852 Points an improvement of 170 over his previous best, Cameron went on to record PB’s in 80m Hurdles; Shot; High Jump and 800m. Bottom of age U20.

Joe Pearse produced another very fine performance improving his previous best Points Total from 5166 to 5532 and recording another 4 PB’s in Long Jump; 400m; Discus and Pole Vault clearing 3.00m for the first time.

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A British Record and top of the National Rankings

Sophie Hitchon is having a great season – top of the British Rankings for U23 and Senior Women’s Hammer. On Saturday at Gateshead, she added a metre to her existing PB and National Record to take 3rd place in the European Team Championships with a Throw of 72.97m. The event was won by Betty Heidler, the world record holder with a Throw of 74.31m. When you realise that Heidler is 8yrs older than Sophie and 8yrs more experienced, it demonstrates what a great performance Sophie’s was.

Full Results HERE


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Round 3 of the YDL Lower Age Group League

A fighting 4th place for the Harriers at Witton and agonisingly, just 29 points off a 2nd place finish.

Full Results HERE

Some great performances on the day with 12 athletes winning their event and another 10 finishing 2nd. Standout performances came from Boy’s Captain Connor Davison. Three events, three wins, 2 PB’s and maximum points. In the U15 Boys Shot Putt Connor increased his PB from 10.68m to 11.33m – in the Hammer he extended his PB by over a metre and a half to 29.60m and then won the Discus with 25:09. There were other really good performances in the Throws events with Byron Abbott winning the ‘B’ U15 Discus (19.49m); Jacob Roberts winning the ‘B’ U15 Boys Hammer (18.09m); Olivia Wilson winning the ‘B’ U15 Girls Javelin (16.86m) and Katie Dudgeon with all Throws over 19.0 m (19.61m and 2nd in the ‘A’ Javelin). Anthony Kent came 2nd in the ‘A’ U13 Boys Shot Putt (7.02m).

Liz Greenwood and Grace Handley maintained their all conquering 1500m form, never having lost their ‘A’ and ‘B’ Races this season. Liz triumphed in the ‘A’ Race with 4:53.9 and Grace in the ‘B’ with 5:02.6. Equally undefeated is Esme Pearse with her win in the U15 Girls Vault (1.90m) her third successive victory in the League this year and is undefeated.

U13 Girl Charlotte Williams had a good day winning the 150m ‘B’ Race (22.9sec); Hannah Cookson put in another cracking 800m Race to win the ‘A’ event in a time of 2:39.6 and then ran 2nd in the ‘A’ 75m (11.1sec); Nicole Edwards won the U13 Girls ‘B’ High Jump (1.15m). Huzaifa Hanif is a new athlete for the Club this year and is proving to be really consistent with 13.6 sec in the U15 Boys 100m and a 2nd place in the ‘A’ 300m (42.4sec). Elizabeth Ashcroft with (13.1sec) in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 75m Hurdles in 3rd place and Lauren Jameson (15.3) in the ‘B’ Race added more points for the Club.

Byron Abbott knocked nearly 5 seconds off his 800m PB finishing 2nd in the ‘A’ U15 Boys event with 2:12.9. New Harrier Liam Atkinson competed in the ‘A’ 1500m winning in 4:35.8 which was his first ever track race and there is no doubt a lot more to come from this young athlete – not to be out done, Thomas Harbour then went and slashed 6 seconds off his 1500m PB winning the ‘B’ event in 4:38.6 and is in really good form.

Some of the young athletes from Sportshall were out again competing for the Team with Daniel Fenwick (15.2sec) in the 75m Hurdles and a 2nd place in the ‘A’ Long Jump with 4.21m; Solomon Brown (16.6sec) 75 m Hurdles and a 1.10m High Jump; Benjamin Cecil (10.39m); Liam Lang (5.17m) Shot Putt ‘B’ and a 1.10m High Jump and William Fort 2nd in the ‘B’ U13 Long Jump (3.83m).

Lots more athletes with solid performances including Charlotte Taylor, Eleanor Clegg, Natalya Irvine, Archie Braysford, Kayla Masterson, Emily Taberner and Anjalie Singh all added valuable points to the Clubs total.



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Down At The Track

Down at Sportscity this weekend – June 22/23rd – the 2013 Northern U20 / Senior Athletics Championships took place.


A number of Harriers had entered the Championships with Ben Fish, Matt Lalor and Chris Barnes in the Senior 5000m – Karl Billington in the Senior 1500m – Robert Warner in the U20 1500m – Sarah Henton in the Senior Women’s Discus, Jamie Vickery in the Senior Men’s 200m and brother Jack Vickery in the U20 Men’s Hammer.

Standout performance of the day wwho is now a V40 athlete, competing in the Senior Women’s Discus and winning the Gold Medal in a season’s best 49.65m which places her 5th in the Women’s National Rankings and top of the V40 Women’s Rankings.


In not the best of conditions for middle distance racing Ben Fish led the Senior 5000m Men’s race with 500 metres to go but had to settle for 2nd place and a Silver medal in a season’s best 14:44.30; In the 1500m Karl Billington contested the Senior Men’s Race in another season’s best of 4:12.09 (8th) and Robert Warner ran in the U20 Men’s Race 4:12.72 (15th), a bit down on his season’s best so far. Matt Lalor who runs for Blackburn on the track and in his first Championship Track Race over 5000m ran a really good 16:21.30. Jamie Vickery ran 23.36 sec in the 200m Heat – a season’s best –  into a headwind of -2.7m/s.

Jack Vickery who is in a rich vein of form this season contested the U20 Men’s 6kg Hammer event and added nearly 30cm to his PB with a throw of 49:67m and 5th place.

Trafford Grand Prix June 25th

Zac Howe had a good run at Trafford to win his Heat (5) 800m Race in 2:01.05 – V50 Phil Hall in Heat (8) ran a season’s best of 2:09.73 (7th) and then doubled up in the 1500m to post another seasons’ best of 4:24.29 (7th) – Tom Cornthwaite after his recent exertions on the Road and Fell contested the BMC Gold Standard 1500m Race on the same night running another season’s best of 4:10.30.


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Sophie takes another National Title

Full Results HERE:

Another National Title was won by Sophie Hitchon at Bedford last weekend in the U20/U23 England Athletics National Championships in the Hammer.

With four really consistent Throws and a best of 69.54 beating Louisa James from Shaftesbury into 2nd place by over 10 metres, her 69.54m Throw took the National Title and posted a new Championship Best Performance. In nine competitions this season she has already won 5 of them so far and in only two of them has she thrown less than sixty nine and a half metres which shows great consistency.

Rob Warner was also out on the Track during the previous week at the – Loughborough Students AC Open Meeting – Results HERE – placing 5th in the 800m in a time of 2:01.30

Overseas, Paul Bradshaw was in action in the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg on June 15th in the 800m posting 1:52.07. Results HERE:

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Windy but Warm Day at Lancaster Mid Lancs League

On a pleasant but windy June 15th day, quite a number of Harriers made the trip up to Lancaster to compete int he Mid Lancs T & F League.

Full Results HERE:

Paul Coffey doubled up in the 100 (12.1) & 200m (24.6) which were slightly down on his recent good form. V50 Phil Hall was at it again, mixing it up with the youngsters in the 800m for a season’s best (2:09.50).


A number of the athletes contested the Throws events including Shanteep Sivarajah, Connor Davison, Rebecca Orrell, Jacinta Davison, Gareth Johnson, Cameron Massey, Elizabeth Ashcroft and Corie Shorrock 


In the Shot Putt, Shanteep posted a PB and took 3rd place with 9.83m and Corie came 4th with 9.22m. There was another 4th place for Corie in the Discus (17.94m) – and in the Javelin Shanteep won the event with (44.61m). Connor took 2nd place with a cracking new PB of 10.68m in the Shot Putt but was a little down on his best with 24.63m (4th) in the Discus and not far off his PB in the Hammer with 26.21m (2nd).

Rebecca took 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.75m), 2nd in the Discus (27.94m) and won the Hammer Throw with 31.45m. Jacinta also had a go at the Throws with a 3rd place in the Shot Putt (7.33m), and a 16.33m effort in the Hammer. U15 Elizabeth chanced her arm with a 6.59m Shot Putt as well, a little bit down on her PB.

U15 Cameron, who is setting himself for competing for Lancashire this coming weekend in the Pentathlon was just four tenths outside his 800m PB with 2.29.60; got a new PB in the High Jump (1.35m) and then went on to another PB (7.79m) in the Shot Putt.


Gareth Johnson won his 100m Race in 12.1 but admitted to ‘switching off’ a little which lost him the chance to challenge his PB 0f 12.0secs. Next Time!! Whilst it was good conditions for the Sprinters, for the Middle Distance events, the wind did them no favours. But this didn’t stop Jack Hindle from posting a new PB of 4:35.50 (2nd) in the 1500m who ran a very sound tactical race. In the U15 Boys 1500m, Byron Abbott, like Jack, ran an excellent tactical race, his best to-date on the Track, judging it almost to perfection and won with a time of 4:40.10 – in the same Race Thomas Harbour also ran really well equalling his PB of 4:44.4 for 3rd place and having posted the same time just 10 days ago, Thomas is clearly in good nick. Rhys Charnley ran 2:47.10 in the U13 Boys 800m.


There some really good performances amongst the Women as well on the Track. Grace Handley ran a good 3rd in the U15 800m ((2:27.50) just under two seconds off her PB in trying conditions. Katie Buckingham who is in a great run of form doubled up in the U17 Women’s 800 and 300m. In the 800m she came 2nd (2:33.40) and in her first ever 300m won it almost on the line because of a refusal to be beaten (45.50) the same time as given to 2nd place. Another young U15 athlete who doubled up was Charlotte Taylor in the 100 and 200m. Her first ever competitive 100m race saw her come in with a time of 13.80, but in the 200m, her stronger event she came 2nd (27.90 and same as the winner) knocking half a second off her PB in the process. In the U15 Girls Long Jump there were 30 contestants – Morgan Angland (4.32m) for 4th place and Elizabeth Ashcroft (4.13m) 7th, jumped just below their PB’s.  Ben Aspinall, another athlete who has been breaking his PB’s recently and Gareth Johnson also went in the U17 Men’s Long Jump with Ben winning (5.42m) and Gareth 3rd (4.48m). Ben then went to double up in the Triple Jump winning it with 12.01m.