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Jess Wins England Athletics Championships in Milton Keynes 5000m – Rob Smashes his 5000m PB at Milton Keynes – Ben battles with Tom Adams at Tolkien 10k

Jess Judd is in very impressive form in the month of July. On the 2nd Jess ran a seasons best 1500m time of 4.08.93 in an international race in France before going on to win the World Student Games Gold Medal in the 5000m clocking 15.45.82. On the 21st July Jess stepped onto the track in the Diamond League with some of the greatest 5000m athletes around and clocked a magnificent new personal best of 15.16.47 which gave her a World Championship qualifying time and moved her to 6th in the National Rankings.

At Milton Keynes last night, Jess won the English Athletics Championships after running a fast last 1k lap of 2.49 to win the race by some eleven seconds (15.37.38) from Louise Small in 2nd place (15.48.39) and Nicole Taylor in 3rd (15.49.25).

Milton Keynes Results

Photo from Athletics Weekly Website

L-R Louise Small (2nd) – Jess Judd (1st) – Nicole Taylor (3rd)

Rob Warner is in no less impressive form. On July 23rd at the BMC Gold Standard Races (Trafford) Rob clocked a seasons best 1500m time of 3.48.71 – less than three tenths outside his personal best – as he led up to the 5000m in Milton Keynes; And what a run he produced, hacking nearly ten seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.08.54 as he came home in 11th place out of field of 24 athletes with the first twelve all finishing inside 14.10.

When the race was over, Rob spoke to the Harriers saying that he was really pleased with it, felt good in the 1500 earlier in the week so was looking forward to this one! Couldn’t have gone better yesterday really, started off towards the back and worked my way through nicely! Actually managed to pace it evenly which is a first! Went through 3km in about 8:29 and managed to keep strong through to the end, so really happy with it!”

Photo courtesy of Mark Hookway

Rob Warner (359)

Tolkien Trail 10k – Saturday July 27th

Ben Fish is another Blackburn Harrier who is in very good form. After winning seven straight races in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix – including the infamous Hendon Brook Race – Ben won the Northern League Division 1 5000m at Ellesmere Port in 15.15, leading up to this 10k race which featured Tom Adams – a four time GB International in Mountain Running Championships.

Photos courtesey of David Belshaw (David’s Running Photos)


On a tough course, the race turned into a battle between Ben and Adams with Adams coming out the winner by six seconds in a time of 32.54 as Ben clocked 33.01 and Jon Cleaver in 3rd, nearly four minutes further back (36.49). Ben told the Harriers after the race that it was a Great race and I knew I was up against a formidable opponent in Tom Adams. Was a close battle and was just edged out at the end”.

Joshua Crowther (51) – Jonathan Cleaver (41) – Ben Fish (252) – Tom Adams (251)

Blackburn Harriers Harry Wilkin and Mark Wilkin also contested the Race which had Harry just missing a top ten place as he ran 43.13 in 11th place with his dad Mark coming home in 33rd with a time of 47.37.

Ben Fish & Harry WilkinHarry Wilkin Mark Wilkin