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Jack is 2nd at Horwich Triathlon – Bank Holiday Results Round up

Horwich Triathlon – Sunday May 6th

Horwich Triathlon is known as ‘The Race To The Pike’. It’s one of the oldest triathlon events in the North West, dating back over 25 years. It starts with a 500m pool swim and then a 40k undulating cycle ride, but we save the best bit until the end. The 8.6k run climbs all the way to the summit of Rivington Pike, before descending back to the finish at Horwich Leisure Centre. We have all ability levels taking part, but it’s not for the faint hearted. It’s a tough challenge, but that’s what makes the event so popular and whilst the run is brutal, it’s what makes is iconic. This event is also the EPIC Club Championships, your club can score points by having more competitors in the event and finishing higher up the ranks. The club with the most points wins £1000 to donate to a charity of their choice.(Epic Events Website)


Jack Hindle and Richard Fogarty were among the four hundred and thirty seven contestants which saw Tom Rigby take the win in a time of 1hr 45.08 with Jack finishing in 2nd place (1hr 45.39) and Richard in 47th (2hr 27.04). There was a bit of controversy at the end of the Race as Jack, who had opened his triathlon season with a win at Clitheroe, explained when speaking to the Club —“Happy with my fitness and feelings during the race. A shame to be done out of a win, by a timing chip fault. But it’s more important to take the positives from the performance, and use that as motivation for the Slateman in a few weeks. It’s the first big race of the year, and I’m hoping to be up there competing for the podium”.


Mearley Clough Fell Race – Tuesday May 8th

Ted Mason (Wharfedale) headed this two hundred and thirty seven strong field, posting a time of 31.59 to take the win.


Among the runners were two Blackburn Harriers – John Horrocks and Jamie Teare. John came home in 11th spot overall in a time of 35.04 and Jamie placed 54th in 40.22 and 4th U18. Husband and wife team Mark Wilkin placing 128th in 47.20 and Clare Wilkin (220th) in 61.59 also competed alongside Danny Teare who came home in 129th position in 47.21, just one second behind Mark.


Coiners Fell Races – Monday May 7th

Eleesha Charnley and Libby Neal took on the Coiners Fell Race which saw Libby finish in 32nd place with a time of 18.16 in the U13 Race and Eleesha, racing in the U17 age group category placing 9th U17 Girl with a finishing time of 32.13.

All Age Group Results


Trafford Open Medal meeting – Monday May 7th

Five Blackburn Harriers young athletes traveled across to Trafford for the Bank Holiday Open Medal Meeting – Joel Booth, Lily Mae-Thomas, Findlay Carroll, Myah Booth and Rory Teare.


Two of the athletes were tackling events for the first time – Lily Mae-Thomas (U15) ran the 100m clocking 15.41 for 5th and U11 Findlay Carroll took on the 150m winning his Heat in time of 25.46. Joel Booth (U13) set a new PB for the 100m as he chopped three tenths off his previous best to record a time of 14.01 to take 2nd spot in his Heat. Rory Teare set a new PB by over half a second as he posted a time of 14.99 in taking 5th place in his Heat of the 80m Hurdles. Myah Booth (u15) is running very consistently in the early part of the season and ran well again to finish in 2nd position in the 75m Hurdles in a time of 11.89. Up at Lancaster U15 Nicky Saunders also competed on Bank Holiday Monday, at Salt Ayre in Lancaster and set a new PB in the Discus (No results at the moment).


Bank Holiday Monday – Avenham Park 5k & Fun Run

Great day for a run in the Park as the sun shone down on the runners in this 5k race preceded by a Fun Run. Lulu Sharp took part in the Fun run in the 9 and under age category and finished 20th overall in a time of 6.08. Brother Saul and Mum – Lorna – ran the 5k race with Saul coming home in 59th place (23.05) and Lorna 106th (26.09.




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Holly takes 2nd place in Diamond League Pole Vault – Chris Wins Keswick Half-Marathon – Steven makes Top 5 at Coniston – Harriers at BUCS

The first Diamond League fixture of 2018 took place in Doha on Friday May 4th which featured Blackburn Harriers Holly Bradshaw in the Women’s Pole Vault.

Holly cleared 4.64m at her first attempt and then went on to try and clear 4.74m. Sandi Morris from the US ran out the eventual winner clearing 4.84 with four athletes – Holly Bradshaw, Katie Nageotte, Nikoletta Kiriakopoulou and Katerina Stefanidi all on 4.64m. Holly took the 2nd spot on count back which was a very good result in a field containing some of the worlds best women pole vaulters.

(Holly with the other Pole Vault competitors in Doha)

Keswick Half-Marathon – Sunday May 6th

It was a blistering day and those athletes who turned up to run the Keswick Half-Marathon knew they were in for a ‘roasting’ – all seven hundred and thirty three of them. Chris Arthur was a comfortable winner of the race clocking a time of 73.30 which is extremely impressive given the nature of the course and the weather conditions on top. He was nearly eight minutes in front of the second and third placed runners – Gareth Pritchard (81.19) and Sparrow Morley (81.56).


After the Race, Chris shared his thoughts with the Club, telling us that it was “Another brilliantly organised race in the North Lakes with a tonne of support out on the route. Certainly not a PB course but I doubt there’s a more scenic one in this country. Pace was pretty much where I wanted it half way, with the intention of picking it up in the (relatively) flatter second half. Unfortunately my legs had other ideas and it became a slow plod back into Keswick. Whether the heat sapped all my energy or I’d overestimated how much there was in the first place I couldn’t say… still, it was all I had yesterday so I can’t ask for more than that”.

Coniston – May 5th

Two hundred and forty seven runners turned out at Coniston this year in the heat of the Bank Holiday weekend. Ian Holmes won the Race comfortably in 1hr 15.22 from Peter Davis in 2nd place (1hr 20.54).


Blackburn Harrier Steven Snape who has been in very good form on the Fells this year, maintained that as he finished 5th in 1hr 22.38. However, and unfortunately, taking a wrong line cost him the chance of 2nd spot as he explained to the Club after the Race “Fantastic day racing in the lakes. I held onto the legendary Ian Holmes for the majority of the race until the last descent where I lost touch of him and from there I lost a lot of time taking a wrong line and slightly lost which cost me a lot of time and a further 3 places. I will learn from it but I’m feeling strong ready for the inter counties in 2 weeks”. V50 John Orrell ran the Race too, finishing in a time of 2hrs 09.21 in 220th place.

BUCS at Bedford –  5 – 7th May

The British University T&F Athletics Championships are one of the highlights of the year when some of the Best young athletes in the country get selected by their Universities to compete against one another and this year, at Bedford.


Five Blackburn Harriers competed in the Championships – Joe Howe in the 3000m Steeplechase – Morgan Angland in the 100m clocking 13.31 in Heat (4) – Katie Buckingham in the 1500m running a time of 5.03.75 in Heat 1 finishing in 9th spot – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh also in the same Heat 1 of the 1500m where she placed 13th in a time of 5.14.94 and Roxanne Oliver in the 100m Hurdles, running in Heat 3 a seasons best time of 15.12 (5th) and also part of the 4 x 100m Relay squad which took 5th place.

Joe Howe set a new personal best for himself in the 3000m Steeplechase race on Saturday, posting a time of 10.06.40, qualifying for the Final which was held on Monday. Joe was ill all over the weekend but still ran the Final rather than withdraw, clocking a time of 10.48.72 and afterwards Joe let the Club know how the weekend went for him saying that he had a decent run on Saturday in the steeplechase qualifying for the final in 10.06. Unfortunately I was quite ill for the rest of the weekend and probably should have missed the race today – decided to run anyway and struggled around. A little disappointed because I know I should be able to run sub 10 but hopefully that’ll come later this season”.

The athletes spoke to the Club about their weekend experiences with Katie Buckingham telling us “I had a decent 1500m slightly off pb pace but still a good season opener, and an entertaining 4×400 leg in a team of cross country runners! Great weather, great team, great event, and a good way to end my 3 years running for UoN”……… Roxanne Oliver said that she “Made it to the semi’s in the hurdles and we came 5th in the 4x100m final! Left with an injured knee but I have thoroughly enjoyed my last ever BUCS outdoors”.

Morgan Angland commented “due to an injury I pulled out of my hurdles. But I enjoyed my first experience of BUCS and looking forward to coming back injury-free”……...Elleen Sagar-Hesketh said “Well it was an okay run out, still early season really so lots of time to get my time down”.

Jan Buckingham has recently taken up competing in Duathlons, the latest one being the Clumber Park event which had been rearranged after falling foul of the ‘beast from the east’. Jan competed in the Sprint Duathlon and came home in 260th place out of a three hundred and twenty four strong field, posting a combined time for the two runs and bike ride of 1hr 28.39.

Speaking to the Club after having been caught on the M62 traffic jam for six hours!! an exasperated Jan told the Club that she “Had a go at the Clumber Park Duathlon today. A fantastic rearranged event from March, as it was postponed due to the weather. Needless to say, it was glorious, even a bit warm really. Was especially pleased with my bike element as not raced at that pace before. The two runs were expected as I only have one ‘slow’ speed!”





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Harriers Win in Northern League – Harriers Win Team at Astley Park – Tom 1st Junior Man at Gt. Hambledon Hill Race – Gt. Hambledon Junior Races

Brilliant sunshine greeted the athletes at the first fixture of this years Northern League Division 2WC at Witton Park.The Club went into the fixture with quite a lot of athletes missing but still managed to secure athletes to compete in every event which was a huge plus. Special mention to the ‘new and the old’ team of Tony Balko and Anthony Kent along with Anna Peers who took on all of the Senior throws and to some of the sprinters and hurdlers who were stepping up to this level of competition for the first time. Similarly in the endurance events with first appearances on the track for Ben Costello in the 5000m, Joe Gebbie in the 800m, Sam Hodkinson in the 4 x 400m. Bailey Madden, Millie Coy, Jonathan Gough, Chris Brand, Macy Howarth, Liberty Thompson and Aysha Karolia also making their debuts in the Senior League. Great also to see a return to Northern league competition for Paul Bradshaw who had made the trip from Cardiff in order to compete.

Provisional Results

(L-R Millie Coy – Solomon Brown – Bailey Madden – Dom Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Old Geezer – Ramzi Dabbar (BBH Sprint Coach) – Charlie Coy – Teigan Fawcett)

Hammer, Long Jump and Pole Vault are always the first events of the day in the Northern League which saw Macy Howarth pick up points in this event, clearing 1.80m for 2nd place in the ‘A’. Bailey Madden – 4th in the ‘A’ with 4.67m and Chloe Bleeks – 2nd in the ‘B’ with 4.57m teamed up in the Long Jump to set new PB’s. Tony Balko won the ‘A’ Hammer (7.26kg) with a new PB of 35.80m – all three events and performances helping to set the tone for the Club for the rest of the day.


The Track programme got under way with Long Hurdles which saw Millie Coy and Aysha Karolia taking on the event for the first ever time – Millie placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (68.6) and Aysha bravely 6th in the ‘B’ (76.8). The Men’s 400m Hurdles saw Solomon Brown and Nick Smith pick up maximum points by winning ‘A’ and ‘B’ races – Solomon 1st in 59.9 a new massive PB by nearly five seconds and 1st for Nick in 61.3 – his first ever attempt at the event. In the Sprint Hurdles Chloe Bleeks clocked 17.7 in the ‘A’ 100m Hurdles for 4th place – a new PB by two seconds – with Nicholas Smith (4th) in the ‘A’ 110m Hurdles in 20.1 and John iLunga 3rd in the ‘B’ Race in 20.0.




Dominic Bretherton equaled his personal best in the ‘B’ 100m in 2nd place (11.2) and set a new PB in the 200m ‘A’ race of 23.00 (4th). Brandon Zinyemba took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.2 which also equaled his best time and took 2nd in the ‘B’ 200m in 22.6 – a big new PB by four tenths. Bailey Madden set two new PB’s in the Sprints with a 2nd placed 12.7 in the ‘A’ 100, repeating that in the ‘B’ (2nd) in 26.00 – a new PB by half a second. Chloe Bleeks equaled her best time in the ‘B’ 100m (3rd) clocking 13.3 as Charlie Coy knocked a tenth off her 200m time setting a new PB of 27.4 in the ‘B’ 200m (3rd). Charlie then ran 61.6 in the ‘A’ 400m for 4th spot as Hannah Cookson, showing a return to form placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 66.2. Great to see ‘Braddy’ (Paul Bradshaw) back on the track in the 400m taking 3rd spot in the ‘A’ in 52.7 with Bradley Meikleham posting a new PB in the ‘B’ Race (57.5).




The high temperatures made it tough going in the longer races. In the 800m Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ race and knocked two seconds of he best to set a new PB of 2.02.7 in 4th place with Joe Gebbie in his debut in the Senior League also placing 4th in the ‘B’ with 2.05.8. Tim doubled up in the 1500m and finished 3rd in the ‘A’ race with 4.08.1 as Karl Billington won the ‘B’ in 4.26.2 to gain valuable points for the team. Chris Davies (3rd in the ‘A’) and Paul Bradshaw (2nd in the ‘B’) teamed up in the 300m Steeplechase posting respective times of 10.56.6 and 11.11.3 whilst in the 5000m Ben Fish and Ben Costello took maximum points with Ben Fish winning the ‘A’ in 15.18.5 and Ben Costello on his track debut winning the ‘B’ in 16.11.0.





A number of the athletes had run London recently and were recovering from that experience in the heat – Chris Davies, Ben Fish – as was Joanne Nelson who won the ‘A’ 3000m in a time of 11.01.1 and backed up by Carmen Byrne in the ‘B’ (2nd) in 11.58.2 after setting off like a rocket to post 72 seconds for the first lap! Freya Black made her debut in the Senior League and set a new PB by four seconds as she finished 4th in the ‘A’ race in 2.27.6 with Hannah Cookson running a very solid time of 2.30.1 for 4th place. Maddie Elliott ran a very good race as she battled it out with Katie Oakley to push on in the last lap and win the ‘A’ 1500m in 4.55.1.



After winning the ‘A’ Hammer, Tony Balko went on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 30.71m as debutant Anthony Kent opened his Senior League career by winning the ‘A’ with 35.31m and a new PB by over two metres. On to the Shot Putt where Anthony Kent set another new PB of 11.51m in 2nd place with Tony Balko also taking 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with a seasons best throw of 9.67m. Tony then won the ‘B’ Javelin with a distance of 31.52m as Anthony placed 5th in the ‘A’ with 32.26m. Anna Peers kept the points tally for the team on the move as she placed 3rd in the Hammer ‘A’ (27.00m), won the ‘A’ Discus with a throw of 36.64m and then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a seasons best throw of 37.76m, finishing her day off with a 2nd in the ‘A’ Shot (10.26m). Supporting Anna in the ‘B’ Throws were Teigan Fawcett who won the ‘B’ Discus with 19.56m, Millie Coy winning the ‘B’ Javelin with 29.65m – her first time ever throw with the Senior weight and Abigail Brown – 3rd in the Shot Putt with 6.79m. A great contribution of points won by the Teams throwers which helped considerably to the eventual win on the day for the Harriers.



Yet another young athlete making their debut in the Senior League was Jonathan Gough who leapt to a new PB of 11.75m in the ‘A’ Triple Jump in 3rd place with John iLunga who had come into the competition having been ill all week, in 4th spot in the ‘B’ (10.04m). Sprinter Brandon Zinyemba took on the Long Jump for the first ever time and leapt out to 5.60m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ with Nicholas Massey in 2nd place in the ‘B’ (4.94m). The High Jump saw Nicholas Smith who hasn’t high jumped for two years, take 2nd spot in the ‘A’ with a clearance of 1.55m as John iLunga also took 2nd in the ‘B’ (1.50m). Macy Howarth took on the Triple Jump for the first time and posted a jump of 8.37m in 6th spot as Teigan Fawcett – 5th in the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.35m and Liberty Thompson – 3rd in the ‘B’ with 1.35m completed the Jumps events for the day.



Rounding off the day were the Relays an event which usually ends up with all the athletes screaming themselves hoarse as their teams battle it out with each other over the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400m. Cracking perforamnces by the teams on the day tinged with some disappointment for the Harriers as they won the Men’s 4 x 100m with Dominic Bretherton, Chris Brand, Nick Massey and Brandon Zimyemba only to be disqualified for running out of the box on handover 3. In the Women’s Relays, the team – Baily Madden, Chloe Bleeks, Teigan FawcettMillie Coy – came 2nd in the 4 x 100m in a time of 51.6 and 2nd too in the 4 x 400m – Hannah CooksonMaddie ElliottFreya BlackCharlie Coy in a time of 4.16.2. The Men also took 2nd spot in the 4 x 400m Relay clocking 3.36.6.



Astley Park Trail Race – Wednesday May 2nd

First race of the Series this year saw one hundred and twenty five athletes complete the Senior Race with the Harriers taking three of the first five places and winning the Team prize on the night.

Senior Race Results

A great run from Josh Holgate saw him cross the finish line in 2nd spot with a time of 24.58 with V40 Mat Nuttall in 3nd place and 2nd V40 with 25.29 and V40 Chris Davies in 5th clocking 25.47. Next home came Paul Guinan in 11th with a time of 26.49 followed by Allan Hartley in 55th (33.32), Michael Nolan in 75th (35.14) and Lorna Sharp (96th) in a time of 38.48.


Nearly as many contested the Junior race with one hundred and eighteen youngsters turning out with seven for the Harriers among them.

Junior Race Results

Oliver Gill led the Harriers home in 21st position and 2nd in the M10 age Category with a time of 6.03 with Codie Dewhurst in 26th in a time of 6.08 and 2nd in the M11 category. What a great run too from 8yr old William Grundy who won his age category and came 41st overall in 6.24, followed by Harry Sambrook – 9th in the M11 ‘s clocking 6.37. In the F9 age category, Hannah Davies came 2nd in 6.56 and 72nd overall with Isabelle Hartley – 4th in the F11’s – 74th overall in 7.00 and Lulu Sharp – 3rd in the F8’s, 98th overall running a time of 8.03.


Gt. Hambledon Hill Race – Sunday May 6th

Two hundred and twenty eight runners on a red hot day took on this race won by Michael Malyon in a time of 40.15. Five Blackburn Harriers were out in the sun having a go at this one.

(Gt. Hambledon Photos courtesy of David Belshaw & Richard Marchant)

Senior Results

Great run from Thomas Marchant finishing 7th overall in a time of 44.18, taking the 1st Junior Man’s prize too. V50 Gary Pearse was next home for the Club in 46th position (50.29) with V40 Paul Whittaker in 134th spot clocking a time of 61.30 and Richard Taylor (V50) in 159th place in a time of 66.02.


The Gt. Hameldon Hill Junior Races were also run – featuring three age categories of U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17.


The Harriers athletes – Codie Dewhurst, Daniel Smith, Saul Sharp, Oliver Gill, Felix Thompson, Theo Robinson, Libby Neal and Tippi Francis all ran in the U11/U13 Race.

Codie Dewhurst is coming on leaps and bounds and showed it again today finishing 3rd overall and 2nd M13 in 11.16. Next through the line came Daniel Smith (4th in the M13’s), 6th overall and clocking 11.48. In sixth place in the M13 category and 9th overall came Saul Sharp in a time of 11.53 with Oliver Gill in 18th overall and 10th M13 (12.23).



First M11 home for the Harriers was Felix Thompson – 26th overall and 10th M11 in a time of 13.06, followed by Theo Robinson (16th M11) and 32nd overall clocking 13.18. F13 Libby Neal took 46th spot overall and 8th F13 in a time of 14.26 with F11 Tippi Francis placing in 69th position overall, 10th F11 running a time of 16.26.


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Sophie Wins Hammer Competition in California

Following the Commonwealth Games, Sophie Hitchon was back in competition at the Brutus Hamilton International held in California on April 28th. The competition turned out to be a very good one for Sophie as she won with a consistent set of throws. After a foul in the first Round she improved her distance with each successive throw:

Round 2    71.44m

Round 3    71.82m

Round 4    71.98m

Round 5    72.36m

Round 6   73.22m


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Rob opens Track Season in good form – Harriers at Anniversay Waltz and Three Peaks – Geoff Doggett Memorial 5k

BMC Gold Standard Races – May 2nd

Rob Warner is into this years Track season in pretty good early form. On April 4th he ran a 3000m at Watford to finish 3rd in 8.35.91, then won a 3000m at Loughborough on April 28th in a time ten seconds quicker (8.25.78) and followed that up with his first appearance over 1500m at the Watford BMC on May 2nd. Rob set new personal best at all distances from 800m through to 10000m on the track last year, finishing with a 1500m PB of 3.49.12. Wednesday saw Rob finish 3rd in the Watford BMC meeting in a time of 3.52.40 which is some three seconds faster than his opening 1500m in 2017 and a pointer to another lowering of personal bests this year too. Pleased with his seasons opening races, Rob spoke to the Club saying very pleased with how the first few races have gone, in a much better place for the 1500 than this time last year so looking forward to see if I can get down under 3:47 this year!


Anniversary Waltz Fell Race – April 22nd

This was the last ever Anniversary Waltz and won by Sam Stead in a time of 1hr 40.04 – and was run in memory of Steve Cliff who was remembered on the Race Website “On January 11th 2018 Steve lost his couragous battle with MND. Steve was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. His drive and passion to support the MND Association in trying to wipe out this dreadful disease was second to none. Since his diagnosis in 2015 Steve has been instrumental in raising an incredable £775,000.00 through his own individual challenge events and with his colleagues at Credit Suisse.Steve’s lasting legacy is his detemination and defiance of this terrible disease and that one day we will have a world free from MND”.

Race Video

Race Report from Richard Slack

Race Results

Four Blackburn Harriers paid their own tribute to Steve Cliff and the Race by running – Steven Snape, Craig Greenough, John Orrell and Richard Taylor.  Steven crossed the finish line for the Harriers in 6th position overall with a time of 1hr 48.36 followed by Craig in a time of 2hr 22.15 (140th). V50 John Orrell finished in 337th place with a time of 2hr 52.15 with Richard Taylor in 3hr 16.53 (424th) who had his own personal and emotional reasons for running the race as he explained to the Club “The Anniversary Waltz was my first Lakeland Fell race 10 years ago. This year was my 4th time. It carries some of my best memories and is without doubt my favourite race and means a lot to my family. Jackie and I took part together for our Silver Wedding in 2013 and it was perhaps Beckie’s best race in 2012, when she won aged only 18. The race was set up in the 90s to celebrate the wedding of Steve and Wynn Cliff of Bowland Fell Runners. Unfortunately Steve passed away recently following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease diagnosed around two years ago. So this was to be the last running in his memory and hence the record turnout. I’d just like to say thank you to Wynn and Steve for providing my family and I, and a host of runners, with fantastic memories that we can treasure.”

Three Peaks Race – Saturday April 28th

Seven Hundred and one completed the Race won by Tom Owens in a time of 2hr 49.08 from Murray Strain in 2nd (2hr 52.36 and Ricky Lightfoot in 3rd (2hr 53.48). Craig Greenough and Ian Clarkson ran the race for Blackburn Harriers which saw Craig who had run the Anniversary Waltz the week before, clock a time of 4hr 27.53 to come home in 352nd spot and Ian Clarkson in 621st crossing the finish line in 5hr 06.59.


Geoff Doggett Memorial 5k Cowm Race – May Day 2018

Onne hundred and thirty seven athletes ran in this race won by Salford’s Billy McCartney in a time of 16.50. Blackburn Harriers Carly Edwards..had a very good run finishing 27th overall, 4th Woman and in a good time of 20.35. Carly spoke to the Club after the Race telling us I’ve recently upped my training and have been extending my longer runs with a view to taking part in a couple of target races later in the year. I’ve been running my longer runs at a decent pace and feel that in order to maintain speed it’s important to include a few mid week burnouts. I think I’m more of a distance runner but I’m hoping by keeping my quality sessions along with a few week mid races that I will improve my times in all distances. I’m currently averaging at around 40-50 miles per week with around 3 decent sessions and my longer run being as close to target pace as possible. It’s all about building confidence”.


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Lots of new personal bests for the Harriers at Mid Lancs – Trafford – Mid Cheshire 5k

Mid Lancs T&F League – Saturday April 28th

Seventy one Harriers competed at the first fixture in this years Mid Lancs T&F League held at Witton Park, this figure being exceeded in the second fixture at Preston yesterday when well over eighty Harriers turned out to represent the Club and setting over thirty new personal bests.

Provisional Results

The day always starts off with the Hammer at 11.00am which saw Tony Balko win the Senior Men’s event with a seasons best throw of 35.25m followed up by a 9.66m effort in the Shot Putt (4th) and another season’s best 31.32m in the Discus for 3rd spot. U20 Anthony Kent took on three of the Senior Men’s Throws setting a new PB with the 7.26kg weight as he placed 2nd (10.95m), posted another new PB in the 2kg Discus with 33.75m to win the event and rounded it off in the Javelin with his third new PB of the day in 4th place with 34.27m. Also in the Senior Men’s Javelin was Lucas Davies who placed 7th overall with a new PB of 29.52m. U15 Matthew Heywood who has only been competing since July 2017, followed on from his hat-trick of wins in the UKYDL last week with a win in the Hammer (33.83m), set a new PB throw of 9.29m in the Shot Putt (3rd) before attempting the Javelin for the first time ever in competition placing 8th with 18.57m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was just 10cms outside his personal best in the Hammer finishing 2nd (24.58m). U15 Joe Sims threw 4.86m in the Shot Putt and 5.75m in the Javelin whilst Kieran Carroll came 3rd in the Discus (23.11m) and set a new PB in the Javelin in 3rd spot with 30.81m, over a metre further than he had thrown previously. Completing the U15 Boys throws for the Harriers was George Whittaker who just missed a new PB in the Javelin by a few cms placing 4th (28.87m) and then set a new PB in the Discus finishing 4th with 22.87m – three metres further than ever before. The U13 Boys Throws events saw Dexta Thompson set a new PB by over half a metre in the Javelin in 2nd place with 23.75m, as Codie Dewhurst placed 4th in the Discus with 10.81m at his first ever attempt in the event and Harrison Allcock set a new PB in the Shot Putt with 5.67m. U17 Abigail Brown set a new PB in the Hammer as she placed 4th with a a throw of 34.29m, an improvement of nearly a metre and then took a good 3rd place in the Discus with 23.09m alongside Millie Coy who took 2nd spot in the U17 Women’s Javelin, throwing 30.50m. U15 Myah Booth had a day off from the Hurdles and duly won the Shot Putt with 9.96m and came in 5th in the Javelin (22.12m). U15 Grace Bontoft made her debut for the Club coming 8th in the Shot Putt with 6.53m and 5th in the Discus (15.25m) with sister (U13) Madison Bontoft setting a new PB in the Discus with 12.63m (6th), coming 7th in the Shot Putt (4.59m) and 7th in the Javelin with 8.47m. Tilly Pollard in her first competitive season came 3rd in the U13 Girls Shot Putt with 6.23m – her first ever attempt at the event. U15 Nicky Saunders had a good day in the Throws winning the Discus with 25.71m, finished 3rd in the Javelin (24.66m) and 3rd in the Hammer (21.80m).



In the Jumps events – U17 Jonathan Gough was just 8 cms way from a new personal best as she finished 2nd int he Long Jump with 5.57m with Rory Teare also just missing out on a new best performance in the Long Jump placing 9th with 4.09m before going on to equal his personal best in the High Jump with 1.45m (7th). Three youngsters took on the U13 Boys Long Jump which saw Harrison Allcock finish 8th (3.79m) with debutants Stephen Alberts in 12th (2.50m) and Joshua Hudson – also 2.50m in 13th. Teigan Fawcett set a new PB in the Senior Women’s High Jump in 2nd place with a clearance of 1.45m as Liberty Thompson also placed 2nd in the U17 Women’s High Jump (1.30m). In the U13 Girls Molly Grimshaw leapt to a big new PB of 3.23m (19th) as Tilly Pollard placed 22nd out of the twenty six young athletes competing with 3.03m which was a new PB and Amelia Burton continued the run of new PB’s, clearing 1.10m in the High Jump in her first season of competitive athletics.



On to the Sprints which saw Dominic Bretherton run 11.70 (3rd) in the Senior Men’s 100m with Daniel Hamilton in 7th (13.30). Dominic went on to dip on the line as he won the 200m in 24.30. Long Hurdler Solomon Brown ran 12.2 in the U17 Men’s 100m (4th), his first attempt at the event since 2014 with Ben Whittaker clocking 12.50 (4th) in Heat 2 and new member Tope Oladipo finishing 5th in Heat 3 with 12.90. Ben Whittaker ran very solidly in the 200m to place 2nd in 25.40 whilst Solomon Brown ran 56.20 in the 400m. Ethan Downes who had won the 100m/200m double at the UKYDL fixture the week before, maintained his winning form, coming home first in the U15 Boys 100m in 12.50 (Heat 1). U13 Tobi Oladipo running his first race for the Harriers clocked 13.80 in the 100m for 2nd place in Heat 1 with Harrison Allcock coming in 3rd (14.60) and Stephen Alberts 5th in 16.50 (Heat 2): And it was another new PB for Codie Dewhurst in Heat 2 of the U13 Boys 200m as he won the race in 31.00.




The Women’s Sprints had Charlie Coy 3rd in the Senior Women’s 100m (13.60) with Chloe Bleeks in 5th (13.70), Chloe going on to place 2nd in the 200m (28.60) with Charlie 1st in the 400m won comfortably by five seconds in a time of 61.90. First year as an U17 for Bailey Madden and she has started out as she finished last year with a new PB of 12.80 in the 100m (2nd – same time as the winner) and a win in the 200m (26.70) in Heat 1. Megan Tippett equaled her personal best in Heat 1 of the 100m with a time of 13.80 – Millie Coy set a new PB by two tenths in Heat 1 of the U17 Girls 200m (27.00) whilst Hollie Oldham, in her first ever run over the distance, won Heat 2 of the 200m in a time of 28.90 and Aysha Karolia finished 3rd in the 300m with a time of 47.90. The U15 Girls 100m saw Amy Wiggans clock 13.70 in Heat 1 (5th) with Abigail Armas 6th in Heat 2 (14.00), Maia Bowman 6th in Heat 3 in a time of 14.30 and Abi Stratton in Heat 5 (15.80) in 4th place. Rebecca Ramsden entered the 200m for the first time and clocked 30.70 in Heat 2 of the U15 Girls race whilst in the 300m U15 Girls Race Heat 1 – Eleesha Charnley placed 2nd in 44.80 and Sophie Stanworth set a new PB by over a second of 46.60 in 3rd spot.




Amelia Burton ran her first ever 100m to place 7th in Heat 1 (15.60) as did Keira Haxton in Heat 2 (16.00) in 6th position and Eva Knowles in Heat 3 (15.90) – a new PB by a tenth. In Heat 4 Tilly Pollard came home in 4th spot (16.30) with Caitlin Clarkson in 5th (17.70) both girls attempting the distance for the first time. The new PB’s continued with Kate Cookson running 30.70 in 3rd place in the U13 Girls 200m with Lucy Ramsden 5th in the same Heat (32.40) and her first time over the distance as was the case with Amelia Burton who clocked 32.50 in Heat 2.


A huge new PB was posted by Rebecca Ramsden in Heat 2 of the U15 Girls 800m as she came home in 2nd place with a new personal best by over six seconds of 2.40.40 – the same time as the winner in a very exciting end to the race. In the same Heat, Hannah Eccles equaled her personal best of 2.50.70 in 9th with Ella Hardman placing 11th in 3.22.10. Abi Stratton chopped a whopping eight seconds off her previous best time to set a new PB of 5.18.80 in the U15 Girls 1500m (4th). The U13 Girls Heats of the 800m Race saw Keira Booth clock 2.51.60 in 8th, Isabelle Hartley (2.55.40) in 9th, Eva Knowles – a new PB of 3.01.20 in 11th and Kady Thompson (3.04.10) in 12th. Four Harriers in the U13 Girls 1500m Race, the first Harrier home being Kate Cookson in 2nd place who smashed her previous best time by fifteen seconds to set a new PB of 5.24.20 followed in by Keira Haxton in 3rd (5.31.90) – her first time over the distance. Molly Grimshaw was next across the line in 6.01.20 (10th) and again another massive new PB by nearly half a minute with Libby-Kate Neal in 11th clocking 6.45.20 and another youngster who was tackling this event for the first time.



U20 Joe Gebbie ran in the Senior Men’s 1500m winning it in a new PB by over three seconds of 4.23.50. It was 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th in the U17 men’s 800m with Bradley Meikleham setting a new PB by just a tenth in 2nd spot (2.06.20) with Matt Ramsden in 3rd (2.08.30) which was a massive new PB by seven seconds. In the same Race Findlay Sullivan got his rewards from his training, clocking a massive new PB by 13 seconds for 2.17.40 and Thomas Betty in his first ever race over the distance came 9th in 2.25.20  Sam Hodkinson ran 4.29.60 to take 2nd place in the U17 Men’s 1500m with Harry Wilkin coming home in 8th spot (5.52.90). Fourteen runners started in the U15 Boys 800m with three Harriers among them – first across the line with a new PB was George Whittaker (5th) in 2.27.60 followed by Ethan Barbarewicz in 6th with a massive new PB by ten seconds of 2.31.90 and Joe Sims with an ever bigger new PB of 3.02.50 in 14th spot – Joe’s previous best being 55 seconds slower, so great effort by Joe. Another big field in the U13 Boys 800m – 18 runners – saw Harry Sambrook clock 2.57.40 (14th).


Similar big field in the U13 Boys 1500m won by Isaac Butler in a time of 5.06.50 with Dexta Thompson in 4th (5.21.70), Codie Dewhurst in 5th with another new PB of 5.23.80, Ben Stratton in 6th (5.24.80), his first time over the distance, Saul Sharp in 11th with a time of 5.33.80 which was a massive new PB of over eighteen seconds and Daniel Smith (15th) in 5.42.50. U20 Hannah Cookson ran a time of 5.31.00 in the Senior Women’s 1500m whilst Amy Davies won the U17 Women’s 1500m in a time of 5.13.50. In the U17 800m Hollie Oldham came home 3rd in 2.46.50 with Liberty Thompson 4th (2.52.90). Eleesha Charnley was less than a second outsider her personal best as she clocked 2.25.70 in the U15 Girls 800m (4th in Heat 1) with Sophie Stanworth in 7th (2.28.30), Leah Hoole in 9th clocking 2.36.10 and Hollie Cubbon in 11th spot with a new PB of 2.36.80.


The 3000m is always the final endurance event of the day and features a mixture of age groups including men and women. Thomas Marchant who hadn’t run a track Race for something like three years made his return in his first Track Race for Blackburn Harriers since joining the Club recently. The first Lap was taken out too slowly forcing Thomas to the front to lift the pace as he won comfortably, clocking 9.43.70 from Nick Smith in 2nd place (10.07.80).

Final Track event of the day was the Hurdles which featured five athletes in the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles where Daniel Smith came in 5th (18.50) and Rory Teare winning the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles Heat 2 Race in 15.70. In Heat 2 of the U13 Girls Hurdles – Isabelle Hartley came 3rd in 15.80 with Kady Thompson 5th in 17.60.


Trafford Grand Prix – Tuesday April 24th

First Grand Prix Race night at Trafford this year saw some of the Harriers have their first experience of competing on one of these nights.


U20 Nick Smith ran his first ever 800m race and came out the winner with a rapid finish in the home straight – Heat 5 – clocking a time of 2.10.75.

Harry Wilkin in his first year as an U17 posted a new PB time of 4.54.5 at the Blackburn Mid Lancs fixture three days before entering at Trafford. He knocked a further two seconds off his time to set two new PB’s in three days in 4.52.15 and 7th in the field of thirteen.

Joe Gebbie, also a first year U20 ran in Heat 4 and came home in 3rd spot with a time of 2.06.86 which followed his personal best time of 2.05.7 set at the Mid Lancs Meeting just three days before.

Twenty one athletes in Heat 2 of the 3000m which saw bottom of age U17 Matt Ramsden compete against U17, U20, U23 and Senior Men and set another PB for himself, clocking 9.22.31 – two seconds quicker than his previous best.

Joe Howe who is running the 3000m Steeplechase at Bucs this year had his first outing, winning the 3000m S/C on the night with a time of 10.16.72.

Mid Cheshire 5k – Friday April 27th

Great run for the Harriers Ben Costello in this Race as he finished 74th out of a field of over five hundred and in a new PB time of 15.50. This was the first time under 16 minutes for Ben and represent a new PB by sixteen seconds. V45 Mat Nuttall also had a very good run taking 127th place overall on the night, was the 6th V45 and clocked a time of 16.42. This is obviously a race to target for athletes who want to improve their 5k Road times as can be seen by the results showing the first 25 all under 15.00 minutes.