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Harriers top of Divsion One in the Northern League – Harriers finish 2nd at UKYDL Match in Sheffield – Tom 12th at Ingleborough – 5K Road Races with Dan and Paul

Northern League Division One – Sunday July 21st

Match 3 in this years Division One took place in warm, slightly breezy conditions at Ellesmere Port – home of West Cheshire Harriers who along with Blackburn Harriers, City of York, Wigan, Team I.O.M and Wakefield make up the Division. The Harriers had won the first two Matches of the season and were hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins, but that wasn’t to be as our team were affected by holidays and injuries. Nevertheless, the Team did really well on the day in a very tight Match which was similar to previous Matches with West Cheshire winning with 405.5 Points, Blackburn Harriers in 2nd (366.5), Team I.O.M in 3rd (348), Wakefield in 4th (345), City of York in 5th (316) and Wigan in 6th place (292). The Harriers now lead the Division in advance of the final Match at Wakefield on Saturday August 10th with 17.0 League Points, with Team I.O.M in 2nd (14.0), West Cheshire in 3rd (11.0), Wakefield in 4th (10.0), City of York in 5th (7.0) and Wigan 6th (4.).


The Throws athletes have contibuted hugely to our points total at each Match this year and none more so than in this latest Match which opened with wins in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hammer as Anthony Kent threw a new PB of 45.63m and Tony Balko 33.07m. On to the Discus and it was a second new PB of the day for Anthony as he placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 38.47m as Tony also placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 30.90m. Finally on to the Shot Putt where Anthony took 4th spot (11.65m) and Tony 4th too in the ‘B’ with 9.82m.

Anthony Kent (Hammer)Anthony Kent (Discus)Tony Balko (Discus)

In the Javelin, the absence of the teams ‘A’ Javelin thrower because of injury meant that Anthony Kent took over alongside Joe Pearse who last threw javelin in 2014 with Anthony not having thrown for a year in the event – but they both did really well with Joe placing 5th in the ‘A’ (35.29m) and Anthony 3rd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 33.07m.

Joe Pearse (Javelin)

In the Women’s Throws Anna Peers who like the Men has scored a huge number of points for the team, took on her usual events of Discus, Shot and Javelin as well as the Hammer to help the team with Charlotte Williams otherwise engaged in the European Championships. Anna was so close to all of her personal bests as she threw 37.24m in the ‘A’ Discus for 2nd spot, 39.99m for 2nd spot again in the ‘A’ Javelin and 10.44m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (5th) – as for the Hammer, that is for another time!! Emily Taberner stepped up to cover Javelin in the absence of regular thrower Millie Coy and earning good points with a 3rd placed throw of 24.01m before throwing just short of her Shot Putt personal best with a throw of 8.52m (4th) in the ‘B’. In the Hammer she finished 6th with 24.28m. Teigan Fawcett doubled up with Anna in the ‘B’ Discus to place 6th with a throw of 18.57m.

Emily Taberner (Hammer) Anna Peers (Hammer)Anna Peers (Javelin)


At the start of the day we had lost one of our senior sprinters to injury and then lost another one to illness on the day itself and another through injury on the day but, on the plus side, we had a return to competition from Ross Liddle who had broken his leg and is now back training hard again and to U17 Ethan Downes who has also been sidelined for a while through injury. Brandon Zinyemba took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ 100m with 11.1 – the same time given to the winner – as Ross Liddle picked up the win in the ‘B’ Race with 11.5 in his first race since May 2018. On to the 200m and we had to swap Ross into the ‘A’ 200m because of another injury issue and clocked a very good 23.0 in 4th place and, as our 400m Hurdler – Solomon Brown was drafted into the ‘B’ race finishing 2nd in a very solid 24.00. In the 4 x 100m Relay – Triple Jumper Jonathan Gough led off on Leg (1) with Solomon Brown, Ethan Downes and Brandon Zinyemba completing the team in 4th place (46.2) – the same time as Wakefield who placed 3rd.

Brandon Zinyemba (1) 100mRoss Liddle (11) 100m

Ross Liddle (1) 200m Solomon Brown (11) 200m

A rather ill-looking Bailey Madden ran the ‘A’ 100m in 12.7 (5th) with Emily Warren clocking 13.6 in 5th in the ‘B’. Amy Wiggans was moved up to the ‘A’ 200m placing 6th with 26.5 which was an impressive new PB by a full second as Long Jumper Imogen Mansfield took on the ‘B’ race running 28.2 for another new PB by a full second in a time of 28.2 (4th). Chloe Bleeks, Emily Warren, Imogen Mansfield and Amy Wiggans ran a combined time of 53.60 to place 6th in the 4 x 100m Relay.

Bailey Madden (1) 100m Emily Warren (11) 100mAmy Wiggans (1) 200m Imogen Mansfield (11) 200m


The 400m races were won in 49.1 and 51.8 respectiveley with Zac Howe running the ‘A’ for the Harriers in a time of 53.2 (4th) whilst 3000m runner U17 Matt Ramsden stepped into for the team to run the ‘B’ in 55.8 (4th) and his first ever competitive 400m race. The 800m had Zac Howe and Joe Gebbie teaming up with Zac clocking 1.59. 6 (3rd) in the ‘A’ and Joe Gebbie running a well judged race to win the ‘B’ in 2.02.8.

Zac Howe (1) 400m Matt Ramsden (11) 400mZac Howe (1) 800m Joe Gebbie (11) 800m

The 1500m had Dominic Walton take on Mark Bostock of Wakefield in the ‘A’ Race which saw Bostock kick virtually from the last lap bell, holding off Dominic who finished 2nd in 4.09.8. Great to have Tim Raynes back after injury who ran his first race since April this year in the ‘B’ clocking 4.11.1 to win. It was another double win for the Harriers in the 5000m as Ben Fish headed off York’s Tim Stratton in the ‘A’ race winning in a time of 15.15.5 as Jacob Watson put in another cracking performance to win the ‘B’ in 15.48.3 and new 5000m PB by eleven seconds. Marc Hartley who has been carrying an injury ran the Steeplechase in place of another injured athlete and placed 2nd in the ‘A’ race with a good time of 10.15.5 as Joe Howe ran 10.58.8 for the win in the ‘B’ Race.

Dominic Walton (1) and Tim Raynes (11) 1500mBen Fish (1) 5000m Jacob Watson (11) 5000mMarc Hartley (11) 3000m S/C Joe Howe (1) 3000m S/C

The 4 x 400m Relay was won in a rapid time of 3.25.6 by City of York as the Harriers came 4th with a combined time of 3.36.0 run by Dominic Walton, Matt ramsden, Joe Gebbie and Zac Howe.

Because of injuries and holidays Joanne Nelson, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and Eleesha Charnley took on a huge amount on the day in the middle distance events and can’t praise them enough. Eleesha and Ellen teamed up in the 400m placing 5th in the ‘A’ (64.0) and 4th in the ‘B’ (64.6 )respectively. The same two then swapped round as Ellen ran the ‘A’ 800m coming home in 3rd in the ‘A’ with 2.28.1 as Eleesha ran another well judged race, kicking off the bend to win the ‘B’ in 2.24.4.

Eleesha Charnely 400m Elle Sagar-Hesketh (1) 800m Eleesha Charnely (11) 800m

Back in 2016, Joanne, a V40 then, ran 5.12.68 in a Northern League fixture and now as a V45 she clocked a big new PB of 5.01.9 to place 2nd in the ‘A’ and a time which ranks her 3rd in the country in her age group! Ellen, taking on her third race had a solid run in the ‘B’ coming 3rd (5.42.6). Joanne was then out in the ‘A’ 3000m where she placed 2nd again in a time of 10.47.1 – her best time since 2016.

Joanne Nelson (1) 3000mJoanne Nelson (11) 1500m

And, after all this and having to consider losing the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team through injury, Joanne went and recruited Lindsay Davies who had finished her Officiating for the day to make up the numbers for the 4 x 400m where we finished 5th in a combined time of 4.45.0 for Lindsay Davies, Ellen Sgar-Hesketh, Eleesha Charnley and Joanne Nelson. Great Team Spirit!

L-R Lindsay Davies – Joanne Nelson – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Eleesha Charnley


Joe Pearse was so close to 2.0m in the High Jump knocking the bar off at that height by a feather touch of his vest in winning the event with a leap of 1.95m. Nick Smith finished 4th in the ‘B’ High Jump clearing 1.60m. Jonathan Gough and Fawwaz Mustapha paired up for the Triple Jump which saw Jonathan in 4th spot (11.80m) and Fawwaz able only to get one jump in because of injury placing 4th too in the ‘B’ with 10.25m. Jonathan leapt out to 5.59m in the ‘A’ Long Jump (6th) with Ben Branton finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ (5.24m).

Joe PearseNick SmithJonathan Gough (Long Jump) Ben Branton (Long Jump)

U17’s Imogen Mansfield and Bailey Madden took on the Long Jump with Imogen getting 4.31m in the ‘A’ (6th) and Bailey 4.23m in the ‘B’ (4th). U17 Poppy Mae-Preece had a great start to her High Jumping as she cleared 1.40m in =3rd place in the ‘A’ – her first ever competitive High Jump – with Teigan Fawcett placing 3rd in the ‘B’ (1.35m). Middle Distance athletes Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and Eleesha Charnley took on the Triple Jump which saw Ellen come 4th in the ‘A’ with 9.17m and Eleesha 4th in the ‘B’ (7.99m). Poppy started off her day by eqalling her personal best in the Pole Vault finishing 3rd in the ‘A’ with 1.90m.

Imogen Mansfield  Bailey MaddenPoppy Mae-PreecePoppy Mae-Preece Teigan Fawcett


Solomon Brown ran a new PB in the ‘A’ 400m Hurdles of 58.2, some three tenths faster than his previous best as he came home in 3rd place. Nick Smith won the ‘B’ race after a battle going into the home straight, clocking 61.6 in front of York’s Craig Punder in 2nd (62.1). Ben Whittaker hit the high hurdles for the first time this season but still manged to clock 17.1 in 2nd place in the ‘A’ as Joe Howe showed great personal and team spirit to get off the floor after falling at the penultimate hurdle to finish the race in 3rd. Chloe Bleeks gamely took on the 400m Hurdles to help the team, running 79.9 in 5th spot and then ran the 100m Hurdles clocking 20.80 in 3rd in the ‘A’ with Emily Warren making a return to Hurdles after two years to help the team in the ‘B’ race running 19.90 in 3rd.

Solomon brown (1) 400m Hurdles Nick Smith (11) 400m Hurdles

Ben Whittaker (110m Hurdles) Joe Howe (110m Hurdles)Chloe Bleeks (1) 100m HurdlesEmily Warren (11) 100m Hurdles

UKYDL – July 20th at Sheffield Athletics Stadium

The final fixture of the season for the Harriers UKYDL Lower Age Group team – covering U13 and U15 athletes – was fought out right to the end of the Match featuring seven Clubs: Blackburn Harriers; Hallamshire Harriers; Kingston upon Hull AC; Liverpool Harriers; Rotherham & AC; Stockport Harriers; and West Cheshire. The winning team on the day stayed in the Premier Division – West Cheshire – whilst the runners up, our own Blackburn Harriers will start the 2020 season in Division One. It was a really tough Match with Blackburn Harriers having to settle for 2nd place on the day by 48 points behind West Cheshire –  with just 30 points separating the next four Clubs in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions.

Team Managers – Chris & Nicola Thompson – were delighted with the effort of the Team, not only in taking 2nd spot on the day, but throughout the season and told the Club Well what can we say.   Our Sheffield fixture was definitely an exciting one, we went there not expecting to win as we knew the competition was going to be tough but getting our points totals early on in the day showing how close the battle was it definitely upped the excitement. Sadly it wasn’t to be this time and we will return to division one next season. 

We would like to thank all those who have taken part this year, we have had such a great bunch of kids who have really made the team what it is, their continuous support in helping out in various events has been excellent, without this attitude we wouldn’t have done so well.

We would also like to thank our team Official’s as they are also very important, not only do they help us score team points but without them we couldn’t have the events,  big thankyou also to Sylvia for doing a great job collecting the coach money (and Amy from fixture one), every little bit that someone else can do really does help.  

So with still a few more track events still to go before we head towards the end of the season we wish you all good luck in the hope your success continues and many more pb’s continue to come. All those who move up next year to the upper age group we know you will do well as you will be joining an already brilliant team so we expect to see some great performances there and as for the rest we shall hopefully be back to do it all again next year.  And we would also like to  wish Kyle a speedy recovery. 

Thanks Chris & Nicola 

There were some brilliant performances by the athletes at Sheffield, not least the individual 200m run by U15 Jayden Riley who when winning his race in a time of 23.2 broke a Blackburn Harriers Club Record that has stood for 37 years!. Added to this in the Team events, Jayden joined Samuel Mutomobo, Ben Boocock and Hayden Mercer to break the Club Record for the 4 x 100m Relays set back in 2009 clocking 48.38 in 2nd place and a time which was over a second quicker than the previous best Club Record. The U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team emulated the U15’s as they too, broke the exisiting Club Record which had been set in the UKYDL in 2018 by over a second as they also placed 2nd on the day in a time of 55.46 – the team being Harrison Allcock, Ben Livesey, Ben Stratton and Daniel Nuttall.

On the day the team pulled out sixteen individual wins for Jayden Riley (100m & 200m) Hayden Mercer (800m & Pole Vault), Ben Boocock (80m Hurdles), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (High Jump), Rory Teare (High Jump & Pole Vault), Sebastian Burton (Hammer), Nicky Saunders (Discus & Hammer), Grace Bontoft (Hammer), Caroline Woodworth (Javelin), Ben Livesey (200m), Ben Stratton (1500m), Daniel Smith (75m Hurdles) and Madison Bontoft (Shot Putt). Another sixteen athletes took 2nd places —  Madison Bontoft (Javelin), Tilly Pollard (Shot Putt), Amelia Burton (&0m Hurdles), Matthew Smith (High Jump), Daniel Smith (High Jump), Matthew Smith (800m), Ben Livesey (800m & 100m), Daniel Nuttall (100m N/S), Nicky Saunders (Javelin), Caroline Woodworth (Discus), Lucy Ramsden (High Jump & 75m Hurdles), Rory Teare (80m Hurdles), Theo Watson (800m) along with nine 3rd place finishes from Niamh Gater (70m Hurdles), George Ramsden (75m Hurdles), Oliver Gill (1500m), Caroline Woodworth (Shot Putt), Isaac Butler (Javelin), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (Hammer), Zachary Walmsley (Shot Putt), Samuel Mutombo (Long Jump), Sebastian Burton (800m N/S), Thomas Monks (300m).

And of course, just as valuable to the Teams competition always, are all the points and performances by athletes who don’t finish in the top three, who can come home in 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th place, all of which are extremely important and make a big contribution to the team. On the day there were twenty five new PB’s and not all of them registered by athletes in the top three places, many being won in those lower positions which demonstrates continuing improvement by these youngsters.

L-R Amelia Burton – Niamh Gater – Lucy Rishton


Ingleborough – Saturday July 20th


One hundred and sixty four runners took part in the Ingleborough Fell Race at the weekend which has a race distance of 11k and 600m of climbing. The race was won by Hector Haines from the not so aptly names ‘Hunters Bogtrotters’ in 48.02 with a team mate in 2nd place clocking 48.12. Among the runners were two from Blackburn Harriers – Thomas Marchant and V50 John Orrell. Thomashad another very good run on the fells taking 12th place overall in a time of 54.18 with John, racing for the first time in a little while, coming home in 134th position with a time of 79.50.

Thomas Marchant and John Orrell


Thomas Marchant (7)John Orrell (154)

 Penwortham Bypass Running Festival 5k & 10k – Sunday July 21st

Daniel Balshaw joined over two hundred and fifty other runners in this locally organised festival of races over 5k and came home in 3rd place overall with a time of 18.00 behind the race winner Mike Toft of Lytham and Francois Rafferty of Southport in 2nd.


Daniel Balshaw (15)

Pendle Festival of Running 5k – Saturday July 20th

V45 Paul Jeffries also entered a local running festival at Pendle and took 3rd spot on the day clocking 22.40. Paul said  “this if the first time I’ve taken part in this race, aft this wednesdays final horwich jubilee race I felt i wanted another run out, I tried to pace it evenly and there was a few surprises (steep climbing) around the course, I finished in third place, 2nd male , first v45”.