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Harriers Senior Men Win Again at Red Rose – 5 Team Wins for the Harriers at Mid Lancs – Annabel Wins Windmill Remembrance 10k
Yet another very good performance from Blackburn Harriers Senior Men’s team, saw them maintain a 100% win record in this years Red Rose Cross Country League. The first fixture had Ben Fish winning the race and the team winning with a total of 51 points from Rossendale in second place (161). Fixture 2 took place at Bolton where Bolton’s Jonathan Kay won the race with Blackburn winning the team competition with 75 points from Rossendale in 2nd (99). In the third and decisive race at Todmorden – a tough course in very demanding conditions – the Harriers took the win again with a points total of 46 to Rossendales 99 in 2nd place.
The Harriers won the Senior Men’s Title in 2016, 2017, 2018 and with a 187 point lead going into the last fixture are sure of having won it again for the fourth year in a row.
Ben Fish was in imperious form again, taking the win in a time of 35.13, a full minute in front of Bolton’s Jonathan Kay in 2nd place (36.17) and after the race he spoke to the Club about the day commenting “Conditions were tough, very muddy. Grant Cunliffe forced the pace on the first lap. I managed to claw him back and take the lead during the 2nd lap. From there I just tried to push on, so I was very pleased to win by such a margin. Well done the the rest of the team, a really good number turned out and put in excellent performances“.
L-R Chris Balderson – Allan Hartley – Ben Fish – Tim Raynes – Chris Davies – Tom Blaney – Calum Holmes – Dominic Walton – John Horrocks – Ben Costello
One of the strengths of the Harriers squad is their ability to pack well in all competitons as they did again yesterday with eight in the first 18 places. Backing up Ben Fish who won the race, were excellent races from Tim Raynes placing 4th in a time of 37.01 followed by Ben Costello in 8th (38.17), Josh Holgate in 10th (38.40), Chris Davies in 11th clocking 38.53 and winning the Vet 40 age category for the 3rd time in a row this year.
Tom Blaney just four seconds further back in 12th (38.57) was the next one in for the team, with John Horrocks coming home in 16th place in a time of 39.59 and Dominic Walton in 18th, posting a time of 40.09. Calum Holmes was next across the finish line for the Harriers in 32nd position (42.49) with V55 Chris Balderson in 62nd and 2nd V55 with a time of 46.07 and Allan Hartley in 173rd spot (62.25).
The Senior Women’s race – won comfortably by Bolton’s Laura Lombard (23.01) – only had two senior women from the Harriers because of the clash with the Mid Lancs Cross Country League on the same day. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh had another very good run as she came home in 11th place with a time of 26.28. Ellen came 21st in the first fixture, went up to 14th in the second at Bolton and has finished higher again in this, the third fixture of four. Lindsay Davies has been consistent with two finishes in the 30’s and one in the 20’s as she clocked 28.51 in 37th spot on the day.
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (204)Lindsay Davies (187)
Again, because of the clash with Mid Lancs, there were only two juniors at Todmorden for the Club – Hannah Davies in the U11 Race who ran an excellent time of 8.13 in 4th place and just one second behind Chorley’s Isabel Goodman – her highest position to date after placing 5th and 6th in the first two fixtures respectively. Isabelle Hartley ran in the U13 Girls race featuring 45 runners in total where she placed 33rd in a time of 12.29.
Hannah Davies (228) Isabelle Hartley (255)
Mid Lancs Cross Country League – November 9th
Though the Red Rose and Mid Lancs clashed with their fixtures, the Harriers were still able to send winning teams to both competitions and followed up their success at Todmorden (Red Rose League) by taking 2 Individual Race Wins, 5 Team wins and 2 second places.
Just two girls in the first race of the day – Emily Smith and Lulu Sharp which saw Emily in her first competitive cross country race for the Club come home in 21st place (10.50) with Lulu three places further back in 24th running a time of 11.01.
Emily Smith (258)Lulu Sharp (611)
The Boys had a very good day as Sam Aspey won the race in a time of 8.19, some 7 seconds in front of Lancasters Ben Brassington in 2nd. Theo Robinson had a fine run to take 5th spot in 8.34 with Liam Bennison continuing his good form in 8th place (9.06), the three of them combining to win the Team Race ahead of Leven Valley.
Sam Aspey (684)Theo Robinson (676)Liam Bennison (674)
Charlie Haworth having another solid run came home in 10th place with a time of 9.11 – then came three Harriers altogether – Harry Smith in his first competitive cross country race for the Club (9.34) in 17th, followed by Alexander Brien in 18th spot (9.38) and Jack Carrington, another youngster in his first season (19th) clocking 9.39 – just five seconds separating the lads – and George Holman in 31st place running a time of 10.22.
Charlie Haworth (677)Harry Smith (259)Jack Carrington (895)George Holman (675)
The Girls finished in 4th place in the team competition which was reasonably close with just 18 points separating the first four teams. Amelia Burton led the team home finishing in 11th spot overall out of a field of 41 with a time of 12.25 and backed up Eve Coulson in 19th clocking 12.50, Imogen Robinson, one place behind in 20th (12.53) and Isabela Thompson in her first competitive season (27th) with a time of 13.18.
Amelia Burton (626)Eve Coulson (619)
In the Boys race, the team finished in 2nd place (21 points) behind the winners Preston (14). Jonathan Brindle had a very strong run in 4th place (11.45) as he held off athletes from Preston and Blackpool who were both just two seconds behind. Ben Ham and Oliver Gill then had a great tussle as Ben crossed the line in 8th spot with a time of 11.55 and Oliver right on his heels in 9th place (11.56).
L-R Oliver Gill – Jonathan Brindle – Isaac Smith – Daniel Smith – Matthew Smith
Jonathan Brindle (699)Daniel Smith (702) – Ben Ham (688) – Oliver Gill (697)
Daniel Smith was next home for the Harriers in11th place (12.06) followed by Matthew Smith in 17th in a time of 12.51 with a hard chasing Ben Livesey one place behind in 18th (12.53). Harry Sambrook came home in 21st place clocking 13.00 followed by Daniel Nuttall in 33rd (14.42) and Isaac Smith in 40th (19.47).
Matthew Smith (691)
Ben Livesey (698)
Harry Sambrook (700)
Daniel Nuttall (114)
Isaac Smith (690)
Seven Blackburn Harriers contested the Girls Race which saw them pull off a narrow victory totalling 25 points to Preston’s 29 points in 2nd place. Leading the way home was Leah Hoole in 5th place running a time of 12.50 with Keira Haxton pushing hard behind her in 6th (12.55). Eva Knowles had a strong run to place 14th – ensuring the team win – as she ran a time of 13.24 backed up by Molly Nicholls in 17th (13.35) with Kiera Booth in 22nd (13.52), Millie Sambrook (23rd) with a time of 14.17 and Bella Durkin making her debut this year in 29th position with a time of 15.39.
L-R Bella Durkin – Kiera Booth – Eva Knowles – Keira Haxton – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Molly Nicholls – Millie Sambrook
Leah Hoole (634)
Keira Haxton (631)
Eva Knowles (630)Molly Nicholls (635)
Kiera Booth (629)
Millie Sambrook (637)
Bella Durkin (638)
Another 1st place for the Boys Team and again a very narrow margin between the Harriers and Blackpool. Dexta Thompson had a very good run taking 2nd place overall in a good time of 13.09, well clear of 3rd place. David Holman came home with another solid run in 4th (13.25) and along with Jack Paget-Fowler who gets stronger with each race, having another good run in 7th spot (13.57) and 800m specialist Hayden Mercer in 9th (14.01), that gave the Harriers three finishers in the first 7 to secure the team win and four inside the top ten.
Dexta Thompson (710)
David Holman (719)
Jack Paget-Fowler (712)
Hayden Mercer (716)
Sebastian Burton also continues to improve in endurance events as he clocked a time 14.41 in 18th spot followed by Jake O’Toole in his first competitive season for the Club clocking 14.43 in 19th. Codie Dewhurst was next home in 26th running 15.07 with Saul Sharp in 29th (15.12), Umair Rafiq in 33rd (15.49), Thomas Brooks (35th) in a time of 15.51 and Danny Woodcock one place further back in 37th (15.58).
Sebastian Burton (713)
Jake O’Toole (326)
Codie Dewhurst (704)
Saul Sharp (708)
Umair Rafiq (709)
Thomas Brooks (717)
Danny Woodcock (720)
The U17 age group categories produced team wins for both Women and Men. Amy Davies led the Harriers home to the win as she crossed the finishing line in 4th place in a time of 15.21 followed by Eleesha Charnley in 6th running 15.55, Rebecca Ramsden in 14th (18.21) and Ella Hardman in 15th place (23.00).
Amy Davies (643) Eleesha Charnley (642)Rebecca Ramsden (640)Ella Hardman (641)
Matt Ramsden took the honours in the Men’s race as he paced it well in the first half of the race, taking over the lead in the second half and coming home a comfortable winner in a time of 21.48, eight seconds in front of 2nd place Rhys Ashton (Lancaster).
Matt Ramsden (724)
Sam Hodkinson and Jamie Teare packed well together with Sam in 6th spot (23.16) and Jamie in 7th (23.20) which meant that the team had all their counters home in the first 7 places. Ethan Barbarewicz was next home in 17th position (25.49) with Harry Wilkin in 22nd (27.00) and unfortunately picking up an injury in the process.
Sam Hodkinson (728)Jamie Teare (727)Ethan Barbarewicz (723)Harry Wilkin (725)
The clash with the Red Rose fixture on the same day seriously disrupted the Senior races and meant that there wasn’t full teams for the Women’s and Men’s Races. Annabel Ralph had a very good run in the Women’s Race to come home in 10th place out of 164 runners with a time of 27.32. with Michelle Teare in 78th running 33.36 and Helen Dawson-Smith in 93rd spot (35.12). The three combined to finish 16th team out of 33 complete teams finishing.
Annabel Ralph (652)Michelle Teare (665)Helen Dawson-Smith (669)
The Men were just one runner short to make a team as five Harriers ran on the day in a field of 274 finishers. Mark Chippendale carried on in good form as he was the first V50 home in 24th place overall in a time of 39.57. Next home for the Harriers was bottom of U20 age group – Ben Makin – having just returned from winning Gold and Silver Medals at the World Biathlon Championships in Florida. Ben was making his debut over the senior distance in cross country and did really well finishing in 60th spot in a time of 42.43. He was followed in by V50 Ian Clarkson in 151st (48.11), V50 Paul Smith running 49.18 in 163rd and Danny Teare in 215th position with a time of 54.07.
Paul Smith (769)
A heads up for U15 Caroline Woodworth who couldn’t run in the Mid Lancs Team at Hyndburn because she was part of her school team trying to get to the Finals of the ESSA Cross Country Cup – and that is exactly what Caroline and the team achieved. After coming first in the County Competitions for the ESAA 2019 Cross Country Cup, Caroline’s School team progressed onto the North West regional finals at Stadt Moers Park, Whiston. Here St Christophers came third place and are now looking forward to the Grand Final in Spinkhill, Derbyshire in four weeks time.
Caroline Woodworth (118)
Windmill Remembrance Day 10k – Sunday November 10th
It has been a tough but rewarding weekend for Annabel Ralph. After a top ten finish in very difficult conditions at Hyndburn on Saturday in the Mid Lancs League, she turned her attention to the roads one day later in the Windmill Remembrance 10k.
Over 2000 runners took part in this race which saw Annabel finish 34th overall and 1st Woman. She was just 25 seconds shy of her PB as she won the Women’s Race in a time of 38.48.68 and well over a minute clear of 2nd placed Zoe Gmerek (40.09.51). Paul Jeffries also ran and came home in 93rd spot with a time of 42.03.08 followed by Mark Wilkin who set himself a massive new PB by over three minutes as he ran 44.43.58. Paul Wilkinson came home in 440th spot clocking 50.06.18.
Paul Jeffries (1063)
Mark Wilkin (2007)
Paul Wilkinson (2454)
Gold & Silver World Championship Medals for Ben in Florida – Top ten for Andrew and New PB for Eva in Mallorca
The UIPM2019 Biathle-TriathleRunWorld Championships took place in Saint Petersburg, Florida, between the 23rd and 27th October. Selected to represent GB was Blackburn Harriers Ben Makin which saw him compete in the U19’s Mixed Biathlon Relays and the Individual and Team U19 Biathlon. And what a performance from Ben – winning World Championship Gold and Silver Medals.
Silver Medalist in the Mixed Relays for GB
Ben linked up with Freya Stanger in the Mixed Relays, which saw them come through to win the Silver Medal on the first day of the competition. On Day 4 of the World Championships, Ben finished in a strong 5th place in the race consisting of a 1600m run, 200m swim and another 1600m run & together with his 2 other GB teammates managed to secure Team Gold, a great result given all 3 GB boys are some of the youngest in this category and will compete in the same age group next year. With athletes competing from 33 different nations, the GB Team certainly performed to their best and returned home from St Petersburg with a vast collection of medals and a great experience.
Gold Medalists for GB
The Harriers were on Tour in Spain as Andrew Knowles and daughter Eva participated in the Long Course Weekend, Mallorca 2019. Andrew competed in the Half Long Course weekend whilst Eva raced in the 5k.
Andrew had a good weekend as he claimed 8th place overall with a combined time of 4hrs 53.33 for the race behind the winner who posted a time of 4hr 17.42. Andrew kicked of with a 1.5k swim of 32.53 followed by the 112k Bike ride of 2hr 34.10. In the Half-Marathon following he clocked 1hr 46.29 and told the Harriers afterwards that “Long Course Weekends are just that, you do one discipline per day, hence the Long!” You can also choose to do just one discipline for example the bike day, so 200 cyclists set off at once, riding through Alcudia at 30mph was ‘hairy’. After 20km there were about 50 of us in the lead group and we went along a drag to Llubi, and the race blew apart, I got in the 3rd group of about 15 riders working to the finish at 90k and won the sprint from the group to finish 27th Overall but importantly 6th in the LCW. Lost a couple of places the following day on the half marathon to finish 8th overall after 3 days racing”.
Eva Knowles – an U15 athlete – ran a great 5k race coming home in 15th place overall to set a new PB of 21.23, and placing 6th female overall.
This years National Cross Country Relays were run in what the announcer described “as the worst conditions in thirty years”. It was ‘classic’ cross country weather, rain, wind and mud – the kind of conditions that help hone an athletes pyschological and physical strength.
The Harriers Senior Men had their best result since 2006 as they finished in 16th place overall out of the one hundred and sixty one teams entered from all regions of the country. Rob Warner – one week after clocking 29.31 at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k – ran a stunning Leg 1 in a time of 16.20.30 which was the 14th fastest Leg of the day and just 3 seconds slower than Marc Scott who won the Great South 10 mile recently in 46.55. Rob handed over to Tim Raynes in 11th place who clocked a time of 17.47.40 before sending off Ben Fish on Leg 3 in 17th spot. Ben pulled back six places to take the team back into 11th spot with his time of 17.04.95, passing over to Karl Billington on the final leg who ran 18.42.10 to finish with the team in 16th overall – 1st Lancashire, 1st North West and 5th Northern Team on the day.
Rob Warner (A21)Tim Raynes (B21)Ben Fish (C21)Karl Billington (D21)
The Harriers 2nd Team consisted of Chris Davies, Paul Bradshaw, Paul Guinan and Dominic Walton which saw them come home in a very solid position of 54th with a combined time of 77.06.35. Chris went off on Leg 1 and ran the fastest Leg for the team with his clocking of 18.17.40 in 62nd place. On Leg 2, Paul Bradshaw who ran the Amsterdam Marathon only two weeks ago in a new PB time of 3.03, ran 19.30.45 to come back in 69th spot before handing over to Paul Guinan on Leg 3. Paul ran 20.26.20, picking up another place to see Dominic run the final Leg in 18.52.30 which meant he had pulled back a whoppping 14 places to bring the team home to its 54th finishing place. Unfortunately a flurry of injuries meant that the Club’s third team was reduced to just one runner – Danny Maynard who went on Leg 1 and ran 21.07.60.
Chris Davies (A22)Paul Bradshaw (B22)Paul Guinan (C22)Dominic Walton (D22)Danny Maynard (A23)
Two teams in the Senior Womens Race represented by Annabel Ralph, Jess Judd and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh and for Team 2 Lindsay Davies, Michelle Teare and Jan Buckingham. Annabel set off on Leg 1 coming across the hand over line in 49th place having run 11.43.35. On Leg 2 Jess – who clocked a new 10k PB of 32.11 at Leeds Abbey Dash – ran a phenomenal race pulling back 41 places and clocking the third fastest Leg of the day with her 10.11.05 to hand over to Ellen on Leg 3 who ran 12.48.35 to see the team finish 23rd overall out of one hundred and twenty seven teams.
Annabel Ralph (A1101)Jess Judd (B1101)Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (C1101)
Team 2 saw Lindsay Davies lead them off on Leg 1 with a time of 14.20.25, coming in to hand over on Leg 2 in 102nd place to Michelle Teare who gained back six places with her time of 15.35.95 to pass on to the final Leg in 96th, a position that was maintained with the last Leg time of 16.06.10.
Lindsay Davies (A1102)Michelle Teare (B1102)
Like Rob in the Senior Men’s Race, Matt Ramsden ran the 14th fastest Leg of the day in the U17 Men’s Race as he clocked 9.38.45 to come home in 17th place on Leg 1 – it’s possible he could have run even faster had he not run into a Marshal at the very start of his race!! Sam Hodkinson was on Leg 2 which saw him run a good time of 10.14.05, clawing back three places as he handed over to Jamie Teare on the final leg. In only his second cross country race since January Jamie clocked a solid 10.34.40 to see the team finish in 27th spot out of 82 teams.
Matt Ramsden (A705) Sam Hodkinson (B705) Jamie Teare (C705)
Only forty nine teams in the U17 Women’s race which arguably had some of the worst of the weather, saw the Harriers team of Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Rebecca Ramsden finishing in 37th spot. Amy ran Leg 1 clocking the fastest time for the team with 10.11.10 in 40th position. Eleesha ran a time of 10.36.00 to pull back nine places before handing over to Rebecca on the last Leg who clocked 11.56.80.
Amy Davies (A293)Eleesha Charnley (B293)Rebecca Ramsden (C293)
The U15 Boys race had 86 complete teams and a staggering 30 incomplete teams, 21 of whom were just one athlete short of compoleting a team!!
Two Teams for the Harriers who finished in 49th and 63rd places. The ‘A’ Team had Dexta Thompson on Leg 1 with the fastest time of all the Harriers with his 7.33.00 in 64th place. Leg 2 had Theo Watson who clocked 7.53.45, pulling back 16 places to hand over to Kyle Taylor Pomfret on the last Leg who ran a solid 8.27.45.
Dexta Thompson (A960)Theo Watson (B960)Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (C960)
The ‘B’ Team Had Sebastian Burton on the first Leg and he ran strongly for his time of 8.09.10 (95th) and is improving all the time. Another young athlete who is coming on is Jack Paget-Fowler and on Leg 2 he ran the fastest time of 7.51.75 and the second fastest of all the U15 boys as he pulled back 29 places before handing over to Codie Dewhurst on Leg 3 which saw him run strongly for his 8.43.20 and picking up a further three places.
Sebastian Burton (A961)Jack Paget-Fowler (B961)Codie Dewhurst (C961)
Ninety eight teams participated in the U15 Girls Race with one Blackburn Harriers team of Keira Haxton, Caroline Woodworth and Kiera Booth. Keira Haxton ran the fastest time for the team on Leg 1 with her 8.32.05 clocking in 63rd place. Caroline took over on Leg 2 running a time of 9.14.55, coming across the line in 72nd before handing over to Kiera Booth on the last Leg where she ran a similar time of 9.16.70, gaining four places and beringing the team back to 68th place.
Keira Haxton (A827) Caroline Woodworth (B827) Kiera Booth (C827)
The Harriers U13 Boys team came home in 36th position from the 79 teams in the race – again, a good number of incomplete teams – 17 in all. The lads improved throughout the race which was a good sign for them as Daniel Smith led off on the first Leg with the fastest time of 7.54.00 to come home in 52nd place. Leg 2 featured Oliver Gill who pulled back 9 places as he ran 8.11.90 before handing over to Matthew Smith on Leg 3 who clocked an almost identical time of 8.11.60 gaining another 7 places with his effort.
Daniel Smith (A380) Oliver Gill (B380) Matthew Smith (C380)
84 complete and 20 incomplete teams participated in the U13 Girls race which equals 20% of all teams entered finishing as imcomplete!! Faith Gillibrand, Amelia Burton and Imogen Robinson represented the Harriers in this one which had Faith – in her first competitive season and only 2nd competitive cross country race – leading off on Leg 1, coming home in 53rd spot with a time of 8.32.55 and the fastest for the team. Amelia ran strongly on Leg 2 (9.13.75) to hold onto the place, handing on to Imogen on the final Leg who improved the teams position by two places with her 9.25.01 clocking which saw them finish in 51st.
Faith Gillibrand (A500) Amelia Burton (B500) Imogen Robinson (C500)
Another Win for Senior Men’s Team at Red Rose XC League – Rob & Jess smash new PB’s in Abbey Dash 10k – Wins for Josh & Annabel at Accy 10k – Sarah Wins Limassol Triathlon – Rachael 2nd Woman at Fairclough 5k
The Harriers Senior Men’s Team are going really well at the start of the cross country season having kicked off with Team wins at Ulverston in the Mid Lancs League and at Leigh in the Red Rose League. Saturday just gone – October 26th – a very wet and muddy Leverhulme Park at Bolton hosted the second Red Rose League fixture, at which the Harriers pulled off another win (75 points) in a close fought contest with Rossendale (99 points) and Bury (118 points).
Great packing by the lads saw us take 7th, 8th, 9th,10th, 17th and 26th for the Team counters. Leading the team home this time was Chris Davies who once again won the V40 category as he came home in a time of 38.29 with a fast finishing Tom Blaney in 8th (38.49), Dominic Walton kicking like an 800m runner in the home straight to take 9th place in a time of 39.03 and Marc Hartley in 10th clocking 39.08. John Horrocks had worked his way through the field with a strong run to take 17th spot in 40.29 with 6th counter Calum Holmes – having caught two trains and two buses to get to the fixture – 26th in a time of 41.26.
Chris Davies (143) Tom Blaney (132)Dominic Walton (172)Marc Hartley (150)John Horrocks (154)Calum Holmes (153)
Team captain Paul Guinan was the next Harrier home in 36th place (42.26) which gave him the 2nd V50 on the day followed by V55 Chris Balderson (2nd V55 on the day) in 72nd place with a time of 45.45. Next came V50 Gary Pearse in 83rd (46.32), Craig Greenough (V50) in 107th with a time of 48.19, V50 Jonathan Bridge making a welcome appearance in the mud in 113th spot clocking 48.39, Paul Smith (V50) running a time of 50.30 in 142nd place and V50 Mark Almond (149th) in 50.55.
Paul Guinan (148)Chris Balderson (129)Gary Pearse (165)Craig Greenough (192)Jonathan Bridge (135)Paul Smith (169)Mark Almond (127)
The Senior Women’s team was light on the day with just three runners which saw Ellen Sagar-Hesketh have a very strong run taking 14th place overall in a time of 24.43 out of the 134 strong field. Next across the line for the team came V45 Lindsay Davies in 27th spot clocking 26.17 followed by V55 Jan Buckingham in 67th spot running 31.25.
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (204) Lindsay Davies (187) Jan Buckingham (184)
Just 8 seconds separated the first six runners in the U11 Boys race won by Trawden with 10 points from Blackburn with 21 and Leigh in 3rd spot (27). The Harriers were led home by Sam Aspey in 4th place with a time of 7.05 followed by Liam Bennison in 8th (7.37) and Charlie Haworth in 9th clocking the same time as they battled for the places. Jack Carrington who is in his first competitive season had a very good run to come home in 20th place out of the race total of 56 with a time of 8.08.
L-R Liam Bennison – Charlie Haworth – Sam Aspey
Sam Aspey (214)Liam Bennison (215) – Charlie Haworth (220)
Just two runners in the U11 Girls which saw Hannah Davies continue her good form placing 6th overall in a time of 7.59 out of a field of 72 youngsters braving the weather and followed home by 8yr old Charlotte Smith in 30th position in a time of 8.50.
Hannah Davies (228) Charlotte Smith (231)
6th place for the U13 boys race featuring 65 which saw the Harriers led home by Daniel Smith in 10th place clocking 12.52. Ben Ham was next home for the team in 17th place (13.18) followed by Oliver Gill in 21st (13.29), Matthew Smith in 36th (14.25), Findlay Carroll in 38th running a time of 14.36, Harry Sambrook clocking 14.45 in 42nd, Daniel Nuttall in 52nd place (15.22) and Issac Smith in 64th (21.30).
L-R Daniel Smith – Isaac Smith – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill – Daniel Nuttall – Ben Ham – Harry Sambrook
Daniel Smith (244)Benjamin Ham (237) Oliver Gill (236)Matthew Smith (246)Findlay Carroll (234)Harry Sambrook (243)Daniel Nuttall (1841)Isaac Smith (245)
It was another 6th place too for the U15 Girls as they had five girls competing in the race featuring 42 runners in total. Keira Haxton was the first athlete home for the Club in 17th position in a time of 19.08 and backed up by Leah Hoole in 20th place (19.25), Molly Nicholls clocking 20.22 in 27th spot, Hollie Cubbon in 30th with a time of 20.50 and Millie Sambrook in 32nd place running 20.58.
L-R Keira Haxton – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Molly Nicholls – Millie Sambrook
Keira Haxton (287) Leah Hoole (288) Molly Nicholls (290) Hollie Cubbon (285) Millie Sambrook (292)
Leeds Abbey Dash – Sunday October 27th
Some great times were posted at the Leeds Abbey Dash with the quality of the race evidenced by the fact that the first 29 all clocked sub 30 minutes for the renowned fast Leeds course. Rob Warner, Jess Judd and Ben Costello all lined up for the Harriers in this one.
What great results for Rob and Jess on the day. Rob absolutely hammered his personal best, improving by a massive 46 seconds to set a new PB of 29.31 to finish in 17th place overall whilst Jess did the same, chopping a huge 31 seconds off her previous best, clocking a new PB of 32.11 and coming home 4th Woman overall. After the Race Rob told the Club that he was “really, really happy with the race, was hoping if everything went well I could sneak under 30 but to get 29:31 is just amazing! Went out relatively hard in 14:42 for the first half and was surprised at how I managed to hang in well until the end!”
Similarly for Jess as she told us that she had “Only been back in training for 2 weeks and have only done 2 key sessions so wasn’t really sure what to expect so just wanted a benchmark for the rest of the season, so to get a big pb Is much better than I could have expected and gives me confidence moving on from here!“
Ben finished in 155th spot overall in a time of 32.58 and afterwards, reflected on his day, telling the Club that he “Went into the race in the best shape I’ve ever been but that does not gaurentee you’ll run the best you can as the time shows. Went off at the target time pace after the first 1 mile my legs just didn’t want to know and it was long race after that managed to dig in deep and finish the race. Happy enough with the run but there is so much more in me im sure of it. Well done to the Harriers who ran this weekend at Accy and Bolton”.
Accrington 10k – Sunday October 27th
Close to five hundred runners in this race which saw a 1st and 2nd for the Harriers and 1st and 3rd in the Women’s added to which was the Team win, on a course hardly renowned for fast times.
Josh Holgate and Karl Billington made it a 1/2 in the overall race as Josh secured his first race win in a time of 33.57 and Karl in 2nd place clocking 34.19 with Karl adding his “Congratulations on a great run from Josh to take his first ever race win, fully deserved”. Josh spoke to the Club afterwards about the Race and told us “Well done everyone, it’s not the easiest course but I like the event and Accy road runners do a good job of hosting. Happy to take the win despite not racing for a while and also good to get the team prize as well! Lastly, well done to Annabelle for taking the win in the woman’s race“.
Josh Holgate Karl Billington
Annabel Ralph made it a double win on the day as she ran a very good time of 40.28 on this course which generally assumes a minimum of a minute slower for the amount of climbing in the race, to come home in 28th position and 1st Woman. Post Race Annabel commented on her day “Tough course as you can’t get away from the gradual incline. I remained strong all the way round and blasted it down hill for the last mile which was the only decent one in the race. I was very glad to finish first Lady”. 3rd placed Woman on the day was the Harriers Victoria Mousley in 36th clocking 41.44 and in 36th spot with U17 Harry Wilkin just one second behind her (41.45) in 37th. Mark Wilkin (V50) ran a time of 47.43 in 113th position which was an impressive new PB by 14 seconds given the nature of the course.
Annabel Ralph Victoria MousleyHarry WilkinMark Wilkin
Limassol Triathlon – Sunday October 27th
A pretty good weekend for Blackburn Harriers Sarah Toms who won the Limassol Triathlon, and after the event was over Sarah told the Harriers that she was “Pleased to take the win today, it was a rare race where I felt strong all the way round. Some good weather too, compared to the weather I’ve seen this weekend at Bolton”.
Fairclough 5 – Sunday October 27th
Rachael Gavin joined a hundred other runners at this local 5 Mile Race won by Wesham’s Rob Danson in a time of 26.35. Rachael clocked a time of 33.43 in 16th place to take the 2nd Woman’s Prize behind Women’s Winner, Lytham’s Markham Maddy (13th) in a time of 33.24.
Rachael Gavin (76)
It was a trip over the Pennines for the Harriers this weekend with U11, U13, U15 and U17 Teams entered for this years Northern Athletics Cross Country Relay Championships held at Graces Park, Sheffield.
The U11 Boys race featured 27 full teams and was won by Hallamshire Harriers in a combined time for the three Legs of 15.28. Blackburn Harriers U11 Team had an excellent run finishing in 8th position overall with a time of 16.42. Charlie Haworth led off on Leg 1 coming home in 20th spot with a time of 5.51. Sam Aspey then ran the fastest Leg clocking 5.25 to pull back seven places, handing over to Theo Robinson on the Final Leg who was just one second slower (5.26) – pulling back another five places to round off a very good day for the team.
L-R Theo Robinson — Charlie Haworth — Sam Aspey
41 Teams contested the U13 Boys Race won by Sale Harriers with their combined time of 17.15. The Harriers ‘A’ team came in 23rd (19.22) with Ben Livesey running the fastest time on Leg 1 of 6.18, passing on to Oliver Gill on Leg 2 in 28th spot. Ben picked up another place to finish in 27th with a time of 6.26, handing over to Matthew Smith on Leg 3 who picked up four more places with his time of 6.38. The ‘B’ Team came home in 32nd position as Findlay Carroll led them off on the first Leg (7.01) in 43rd, with George Ramsden running 6.56 on Leg 2 and pulling back 5 places before handing on to Harry Sambrook on the last Leg who ran the fastest time of 6.52 and also picked up another 5 places along the way.
L-R Oliver Gill – Harry Sambrook – Matthew Smith – Ben Livesey – George Ramsden – Findlay Carroll
Ben Livesey (A96)
Oliver Gill (B96)
Matthew Smith (C96)
George Ramsden (B97)
Harry Sambrook (C97)
The U13 Girls Team were one of 46 teams competing in that age group which was ultimately won by Stockport Harriers with a combined time of 18.13. Faith Gillibrand ran the fastest time for the team on Leg 1 coming home in 32nd place with a time of 6.50. Imogen Robinson pulled back another two places on Leg to finish 30th (7.14) before Amelia Burton ran 7.07 on the final leg to maintain that place.
Faith Gillibrand (C154)
Imogen Robinson (B194)
Amelia Burton (C194)
Thirty two teams in the U15 Boys race won by Wirral AC in a time of 21.41 with the Harriers ‘A’ Team coming home in 15th spot. Dexta Thompson led off for the team on Leg 1 running the fastest Leg of 7.42 to hand over to Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who pulled back five places with his run of 7.59 before Hayden Mercer clocked 8.12 on the final Leg to keep the team in 15th. Sebastian Burton ran the fastest Leg as he led off the ‘B’ team clocking 8.06 in 32nd spot. Umair Rafiq ran a time of 8.56 on Leg 2 to pick up 4 places before handing over to Jack Paget-Fowler on Leg 3 who ran 8.45 and pulled back another 3 places to see the team in 25th position overall.
L-R Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Hayden Mercer
Dexta Thompson (A204)
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (B204)
Hayden Mercer (C204)
Hallamshire had their second win of the day in the U15 Girls Race with a first placed combined time of 24.10. The Harriers finished in 28th place with Kate Cookson running the fastest time for the team of 8.49 as she handed over to Kiera Booth in 29th. Kiera ran a time of 9.21 to pick up one place with Caroline Woodworth clocking 9.28 on the final Leg to keep the team in that position.
A much smaller field of 16 teams contested the U17 Women’s race won by Salford in a time of 26.42. The Harriers team placed 10th over all and was led off by Amy Davies who ran the teams fastest Leg of 9.12 to come across the line in 10th as Eleesha Charnley ran 9.47 on Leg 2 to hand over to Rebecca Ramsden on Leg 3 in 11th. Rebecca picked up another spot to maintain that 10th position as she ran 10.29.
Eleesha CharnleyRebecca Ramsden
Amsterdam Marathon – Sunday October 20th
Four Blackburn Harriers took part in the Amerstamd Marathon this weekend – Joanne Nelson, Paul Bradshaw, Janine Fallon and Charlotte Atkinson.
Joanne Nelson who had been carrying an in jury in the build up to the race said she had an “Horrendous start. Took me 4 1/2 mins to get over the line then a stop mid first mile due to congestion meant a 8mins 15 miler ( I go faster than that in warm up!) Was chasing after 4 1/2 miles because the road was too narrow so I was pushing folk out the way. It was really tough and the wheels fell off after 20 miles”. They may well have fallen off but Joanne still managed to run a fine time of 3hr 03.13 and took the honour of being the first Blackburn Harrier home.
Paul Bradshaw went into this, his third marathon with a personal best of 3 hr 12.51 and with just three long runs under his belt knocked a massive 9 minutes off that time to set up a new PB of 3.03.54. After even paced running from the off through to the 22 mile mark, where he was knocking out average 6.50 minute miles, he slipped back from that in the last four miles.
Janine Fallon’s personal best was 3hr 24.17 set in 2013 in the Chester Marathon. She had run 3hr 40.38 at the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon but suffered from the marathoners curse, having got ill in the week leading up to this Race but still managed to run a good time of 3hr 42.07.
Charlotte Atkinson had a great run as she set herself a new PB by chopping 15 minutes off her previous best to finish in a time of 3hr 47.39 and commented that “it was tough out there very crowded had to walk in parts but managed to get a pb! Joanne and Janine has amazing runs!! We went straight for a drink after”.
Joanne Nelson Paul Bradshaw (16522)
L-R – Charlotte Atkinson – Janine Fallon – Joanne Nelson
Green Drive 5 (incorporating Lancashire Athletics 5 Mile Road Championships)
This race incoroprates the Lancashire Athletics 5 Mile Road Championships and it was keenly fought out at the front with just eleven seconds separating the first three in – Andy Benson (24.36), Karl Darcy (24.41) and Gary Priestley (24.47) and Laura Hesketh winning the Women’s race (28.15).
John Horrocks and Rachael Gavin ran for Blackburn Harriers which saw John – running the distance for the first time – come across the finishing line in 13th place clocking 28.25 with Rachael in 57th spot overall in a time of 33.47 which is over a minute faster than her last race over the distance at Preston in August.
Ben Wins and leads Harriers to Team Win at Leigh – Sam goes to No. 3 in U20 Hammer Rankings & Awards for Charlotte at Hammer Circle Reunion – National Road Relays – Lancashire Sportshall League – New Half-Marathon PB for Tom – Results Round-Up
Blackburn Harriers Men carried on with their winning ways at the weekend. After winning the first Mid Lancs Cross Country League fixture at Ulverston, they followed that up with another Team win at the Red Rose Cross Country League opening fixture at Leigh on Saturday 12th October. The Harriers took first team place with 51 points from Rossendale in 2nd place (161) and Clayton in 3rd (180).
Black Row L-R — John Horrocks – Paul Brindle – Chris Davies – Ben Fish – Danny Teare – Marc hartley – Allan Hartley – Craig Greenough — Front Row L-R — ‘an elongated’ Karl Billington – Paul Guinan – Calum Holmes
Ben Fish led the team home for the win after a real battle with Bolton’s Jonathan Kay – Ben clocking 31.48 and Jonathan 32.16. Ben Costello had another good run to take 4th spot in a time of 33.19 with Karl Billington in 6th clocking 33.39, Chris Davies in 8th (34.07) and taking the 1st V40 place, Marc Hartley in 14th with a time of 35.12 and John Horrocks bringing all the teams six counters home in the top 20 as he ran a time of 36.25 (20th).
Just nine seconds further back came Calum Holmes in 23rd spot running 36.34 followed by Paul Guinan in 38th place (37.47), Paul Brindle running 39.35 in 56th position, in 87th spot Gary Pearse with a time of 41.42, Craig Greenough in 99th (42.37), Paul Smith (144th) in a time of 45.33, Danny Teare in 164th spot (47.56), Calvin Ferguson making his debut for the Harriers in cross country running a time of 51.58 (192nd) and Allan Hartley in 209th (54.59).
Annabel Ralph led the Harriers Senior Women’s team home to a 6th place finish – finishing in 3rd place herself after a battle with Bury’s Hannah Rhys Price (2nd in 20.37) – Annabel clocking 20.44 in 3rd. Next home was Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 21st spot out of a field of one hundred and fifty three with a time of 22.44 and followed by Lindsay Davies in 37th place running a time of 24.07.
L-R Jan Buckingham – Michelle Teare – Lindsay davies – Helen Dawson-Smith – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh – Annabel Ralph
Next across the finish line came Michelle Teare with a strong run of 26.42 putting her in 77th position, with Helen Dawson-Smith not far behind in 83rd spot (27.01) and V55 Jan Buckingham in 89th running 27.59.
The U11 Boys fielded a team which saw Sam Aspey lead the lads home with a time of 7.45 in 3rd place out of a field of 79 runners. Charlie Haworth had a solid run to come home in 15th place clocking 8.30 followed by Alexander Brien also having a good run in 23rd place (9.04), and in 33rd spot Jack Carrington running a time of 9.19 with George Holman in 37th place (9.33).
L-R Hannah Davies – George Holman – Jack Carrington – Sam Aspey – Alexander Brien – Charlie Haworth
Sam AspeyCharlie HaworthAlexander BrienJack CarringtonGeorge Holman
Ninety five girls contested the U11 Race which saw Hannah Davies have another good run to place 5th overall with a time of 8.45 with the youngest member of the U11 girls team – Charlotte Smith – in 42nd spot running a time of 10.04.
Hannah Davies (228)
Back Row – Matthew Smith – Helen Dawson Smith – Paul Smith — Front Row Charlotte Smith
In the U13 Boys race featuring seventy runners, the Harriers finished 2nd team to winners Trawden with Daniel Smith leading the Harriers home in 7th place in a time of 9.47, backed up by Ben Ham in 11th spot (10.02), Ben Livesey in 14th position running a time of 10.17, Oliver Gill clocking 10.24 in 19th spot, Matthew Smith in 27th position (10.53), Findlay Carroll with a time of 11.13 in 35th, Daniel Nuttall 37th running a time of 11.22, in 42nd spot – Harry Sambrook – in a time of 11.32 and Isaac Smith running 15.19 in 70th place. Isabelle Hartley came 47th with a time of 13.03 in the U13 Girls race which featured fifty nine runners. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was also a sole runner in the U15 Boys for the Harriers clocking 13.40 in 15th place. Kate Cookson and Millie Sambrook were the two athletes in the U15 Girls race for the Harriers which saw Kate place 20th out of 53 clocking 14.57 with Millie placing 37th in a time of 16.15.
L-R Ben Livesey – Harry sambrook – Matthew Smith – Oliver Gill –
Isaac Smith – Daniel Smith – Ben Ham – Daniel Nuttall
Ben Ham (237)
Daniel Smith (244) – Ben Livesey (239)Oliver GillMatthew Smith
Daniel Nuttall (1841)
Harry Sambrook (243)Isaac SmithIsabelle HartleyKate Cookson (284)Millie Sambrook (292)
Still on the cross country last weekend – Blackburn Harriers Joe Howe (at Manchester University) and Maddie Elliott (Cardiff Uiversity) were competing in their respective Leagues. Joe ran in the Gt. Manchester League in a huge field of 416 runners finishing 59th overall in a time of 36.34, telling us afterwards that “it was a decent race and I knows there’s plenty of improvement to come. I’m only just starting my winter training so hopefully I’ll be able to move through the field a bit. All in all I’m very happy to be back running cross country”.
Joe Howe (984)
Maddie Elliott ran in the Gwent Cross Country League finishing 33rd out of another big field of 391 runners. She was 3rd counter for her university and 6th U23 overall which was a good debut for her in this years cross country season and she told the Harriers “I was quite happy with the run considering it was the first one, but definitely know I can do better next time after building my fitness up these next few weeks”.
Maddie Elliott 4th from the Left
Hammer Circle Reunion Weekend
The Hammer Circle Reunon is an annual event and takes place in Hull usually, in October. Throws Coach Malcolm Fenton had this to say about the event on the Facebook Page of Friends of the Hammer Circle which sums up the ethos of this organisation “What other events out there, have an annual reunion, where Olympians, current and former Commonwealth Record Holders and Commonwealth Champions attend? Even more remarkable is that they, like all other attendees, pay to attend and make themselves available to chat and offer advice!”
Three Blackburn Harriers and their Coach attended this weekends event – U20 Sam Gaskell, U17 Matthew Heywood and U20 Charlotte Williams.
Sam added a massive 4.72m to his previous best to smash his 6kg Hammer record winning his event and setting a new PB of 69.39m – a throw which put him at No.3 in the National U20 Rankings. In 2nd place came Shaun Kerry (Hull) with 69.17m and Jack Lambert (Kidderminster) with 55.78m.
Matthew – currently ranked 8th Nationally with 53.38m – in the 5kg Hammer won his competition with a throw of 52.17m in front of Hull’s Antony Mould (48.19m) and Border’s Damon King (46.48m).
L-R Damon King – Matthew Heywood – Antony Mould – GB Senior Hammer Thrower Nick Miller
British No. 1 Charlotte Williams made it three wins for the Harriers on the day as she finished in 1st place with a distance of 55.98m in front of Jasmine Routledge of Charnwood (46.68m) and Hull’s Sarah Robinson (45.47m). The day finished really well for Charlotte as she was awarded Trophies firstly, for the longest throw of the year and secondly for the most improved thrower of the year.
National Road Relays – Sutton Coldfield Sunday October 6th
Seventy six teams qualified for this years Men’s 6 Stage National Road Relays which were eventually won by Leeds with a lead of 33 seconds over 2nd placed Aldershot and 51 seconds lead over 3rd placed Cambridhe & Coleridge – for whom Marc Scott ran the fastest Leg of the day in 16.46.
Our men’s team finished 27th over all with a collective time of 1.53.56 headed by Rob Warner on Leg 1 who had a cracking run to come back in 12th spot in 17.46. Leg 2 saw Chris Davies clock 19.49 to hand over to Tim Raynes on Leg 3 in 40th position – a Leg which saw Tim recover 12 places with his clocking of 18.27 – handing over on Leg 4 to Ben Costello in 28th. Ben ran 19.44 to hand over to Karl Billington on Leg 5 in 29th which ended in a run of 19.46 for Karl, finishing in 32nd. Ben Fish went on the final Leg and ran 18.24 to take back five places – coming home in 27th overall.
Back Row – Jess Judd – John Chaplin – Rob Warner – Chris Davies – Ben Costello – ‘mystery guest’ – Front Row L-R Ben Fish – Lindsay Davies – Tim Raynes.
Rob Warner (A11)Chris Davies (B11)Tim Raynes (C11)Ben Costello (D11) Karl Billington (E11)Ben Fish (D11)
Unfortunately, the Harriers Senior Women’s 4 Stage Team finished up as a part team due to illness on the eve of the Relays which left Alison Lundy and Lindsay Davies running Legs 1 & 2. Alison had a very strong Leg 1 run to clock a time of 15.40 coming back in 21st place to hand over to Lindsay who ran a time of 19.36.
Alison Lundy (A113)Lindsay Davies (B113)
Lancashire Sportshall League – Sunday October 13th
The first meeting of this years Lancashire Sportshall League took place at Uclan in Preston rather than at the usual venue in Blackpool. It also took place at a time when many people within athletics and Sportshall were mourning the passing of Preston Harriers Coach Bob Welfare. A hugely popular and respected man in the sport, known to many around the county and country for his unfailing enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and work in developing and promoting our sport. A massive loss and he will be very sadly missed.
Blackburn Harriers U11 Boys (111 points) had a great day as they won ahead of Broughton Primary (102), Preston Harriers (88), Chorley A&TC (65), Kendal AC (24) and Blackpool (10). The U13 Boys didn’t fare as well as they placed 6th in their competition but in the U15’s they placed 2nd behind Blackpool who were the very clear winners.
In the Girls competitions, the U11’s finished in 4th place behind runaway winners Broughton Primary and in a relatively close contest between 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The U13 Girls finished in 3rd spot behind winners Preston and 2nd placed Blackpool.
Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Team
…………………..Starting off with the Manchester Half-Marathon – (RESULTS) – run by three Blackburn Harriers – Tom Blaney, Matt Poole and Daniel Whittaker on Sunday October 13th along with thousands of other runners. Having run his last Half-Marathon in 2012 with an 88.44 clocking, Tom posted a massive new PB with his 64th placed time of 76.02 – an improvement by 12 minutes. Matt Poole was making his debut over the distance and ran strongly to post a time of 88.32 whilst Daniel Whittaker posted a time of 94.20 which was outside his previous best set in 2017 of 88.41….pictured below with his Race Medal………..
………….Next up in our results round up was a very good performance from U15 Saul Sharp who won the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon at the weekend which took place in York (October 12/13th). On a very wet track he ran 1600m in 5:38, followed by a 100 metre swim in 1:05. He took 1st place by just a single point. This puts him in a really good ranking position going into the National Finals in Nottingham on 24th November. He was wearing his Harriers vest today with pride and also got a medal for the fastest run in the under 14 catagory.
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