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Good Indoor opener for Dominic at BMC – New PB’s for Harriers Juniors at Sportscity Indoors – Out with the old and in with the new on the Fells

BMC Grand Prix at EIS – Sunday 6th January

Dominic Walton opened his Indoor season at the BMC meeting in Sheffield at the weekend and was rewarded with a strong run in placing 2nd to Ben Waterman in the 800m B Race. Going into the race there was a 1.8 second difference in personal bests in favour of Waterman so it was a happy athlete who spoke to the Club afterwards saying I actually managed to be 0.13 off Ben and I know he’s a strong athlete so I’m pleased I managed to stick with him, my tactic was to sit on his shoulder which I did well. The first 400m was about 3.5/4 seconds too slow so it felt comfortable. The time can be improved hugely but I’m happy to have a first race out, especially happy as it’s my first track race back as a Blackburn Harrier”.


Photo courtesy of Pete Brown Photography

Sale Indoor Winter Series – Sportscity Sunday January 6th

Seven athletes from Blackburn Harriers were in action at the latest in the Indoor Series held at Sportscity last weekend – Senior John iLunga – U17’s Imogen Mansfield, Myah Booth & Ben Branton – U15’s Jess Cole, Lily-Mae Thomas & Ben Boocock.


John iLunga was making his debut over 600m, having never run the distance before and ran 1.43.04 to place 6th before going over to contest the Long Jump where he cleared 4.86m to finish 14th out of the 23 competitors. Also contesting the Long Jump were U17’s Ben Branton and Imogen Mansfield which saw Ben leap out to 5.23m to take 5th place out of the 23 strong field whilst Imogen jumped 4.23m in her first Indoor competition of the season finishing 14th out of 32 long jumpers.

In the Sprints Ben Branton was also featuring for the first time in this seasons Indoor Series and chopped half a second off his previous best time as he clocked 7.82 to set a new PB in the 60m for 2nd place.

In the 60m Hurdles Ben Boocock ran his third personal best of this years Indoor Series as he clocked 9.52 to set a new PB in 3rd place over 60m Hurdles. Myah Booth came home in 2nd position in her 60m Hurdle Heat with a time of 9.57 whilst Jessica Cole opened up her season with a 5th placed 10.3 in her 60m Hurdles Heat with Lily-Mae Thomas in 6th, clocking a new PB by half a second with a time of 10.92.

Out with the old and in with the new!

John Orrell saw out 2018 and brought in 2019, on the Fells, a surface he loves competing on, especially when he is joined by other Blackburn Harriers. John told us that “Auld Lang Syne finished my fell racing off in 2018 with a stiff headwind out onto the moors above Haworth and around the ruins at Top Withins. Across the bogs, turn at the trig back down dale with a splash across the beck. Fancy dress for some, even nuns on the run! 6.7 miles and 1000ft of climb in 1.07.03”.

Auld Lang Syne RESULTS

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And the new?

John was out again, very early indeed in the New Year at the Nine Standards Fell race, Kirkby Stephen On New Years Day featuring one hundred and ninety six runners commenting  “8 miles, tired legs, 1801 ft of climb but a beautiful day. Perhaps too much to expect a PB only 24 hours after my last race, but worth a try. 1.22.07 but still ahead of a certain Lady Vet English Champion! Soup and dry brown bread at the finish. Nice! Come on boys and girls join me in 2019! Fly the Harriers Fell Flag! Kong race 3 or Stanbury Splash next. Be there or miss out!”

Fell Race Fixtures

Nine Standards RESULTS

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17 Medals Won by the Harriers at Lancs Cross Country Championships – Jess Wins Essex Cross Country Championships – John ‘sings’ Auld Lang Syne

Lancashire Cross Country Championsips – Saturday January 5th

Blackburn Harriers were just four runners short of fielding 100 contestants at this years Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park. Ninety six athletes featured from the Club which yielded a pretty succesful day as they accumulated 3 Team Golds; 3 Team Silvers and 2 Team Bronze Medals as well as 3 Individual Golds; 3 Individual Silver and 3 Individual Bronze Medals.

Many thanks to all the volunteers from Blackburn Harriers who turned up to help mark out the Course and Marshall all the Race points during a long but rewarding day. To pout out nearly a 100 athletes in the County Championships as well as hosting the fixture is no mean achievement.


It was a great start to the day as the U11 Boys engaged in a really good battle with the Trawden lads who have been running extremely well all season. In the end, just one point separated the two Clubs as Blackburn just edged it to take Team Gold. Matthew Smith who won the individual Silver Medal and Sam Aspey the Bronze had a cracking contest with Harry Smith of Trawden in the home straight which saw Harry hang on to take Individual Gold. Good packing for the Harriers saw Oliver Gill in 8th (6.35), new member Matthew Haxton in 9th (6.44) and Theo Robinson in 12th place with a time of 6.48. George Ramsden had a good run to place 21st in the sixty six strong field in 6.56 and behind him came Loucas Lancashire (30th) in 7.12, Findlay Carroll (31st) in 7.14, Harry Russel (33rd) in a time of 7.15, Charlie Haworth also clocking 7.15 in 34th position and Liam Bennison in 36th (7.17). Felix Thompson was the next across the line for the Harriers in 44th place (7.36), followed by George Holman in 52nd (8.04), Mason Bowman (60th) in a time of 9.01, Isaac Smith (63rd) in 9.14 and Sam Craven (65th) running 9.22.

Oliver Gill (8) – Sam Aspey (4) – Matthew Smith (14)

      Matthew Haxton                                                         Theo Robinson

     George Ramsden                                                       Loucas Lancashire

     Findlay Carroll                                                            Harry Russel (13)

     Charlie Haworth                                                         Liam Bennison

     Felix Thompson                                                          George Holman

Mason Bowman (580)

Isaac Smith (48) – Sam Craven (7)

Team Medals and positions were reversed in the U11 Girls Race as Trawden won the Team Gold with Blackburn Harriers taking the Silver. Ten girls competed for the Harriers which saw Imogen Robinson lead the girls home with a 9th placed finish in a time of 7.20. Just one second separated Hannah Davies in 12th place (7.26) and Eve Coulson in 13th (7.27) and the same again as Charlotte Sousa (30th) in 7.59 finished in front of Ayesha Vose (8.00) in 31st. Tippi Francis was the next home in a time of 8.12 (40th) with Lulu Sharp in 41st (8.16) and Isabella Pacelli in 42nd (8.17). Maisie Taylor ran a time of 8.37 in 50th spot as Lamees ElBanna came home in a time of 10.04 (59th).

      Imogen Robinson                                                       Hannah Davies

      Eve Coulson                                                               Charlotte Sousa

Ayesha Vose (62) – Tippi Francis (629)

      Lulu Sharp (61)                                                          Isabella Pacelli (59)

Maisie Taylor

The Harriers U13 Boys Team made it the second Team Gold of the day with the four counting athletes all home inside the first 12 places. A brilliant run from Isaac Butler saw him take the individual Gold Medal in a time of 11.23 some eight seconds in front of 2nd place. Dexta Thompson, who had helped set the pace in the front half of the race ran really well to secure 5th spot in a time of 11.41, backed up by good solid runs from Theo Watson in 9th (12.08) and Jack Paget-Fowler in 12th place (12.15). Daniel Smith and Saul Sharp were the next two Harriers home in 20th and 21st place with respective times of 12.33 and 12.35 followed by Codie Dewhurst in 23rd position in a time of 12.50. Jonathan Brindle crossed the finish line in 33rd spot clocking 13.18 and he was followed home by Stephen Alberts in 36th (13.31), Harry Sambrook in 38th place (13.35) and Ethan Lawrence in 45th position with a time of 14.37.

Isaac Butler (106) – Dexta Thompson (114) – Theo Watson (115)

      Jack Paget-Fowler                                                     Daniel Smith (113)

      Saul Sharp                                                                 Codie Dewhurst

     Jonathan Brindle (644)                                               Stephen Alberts (677)

      Ethan Lawrence                                                         Harry Sambrook

No medals for the U13 Girls as the team placed 5th overall with Keira Haxton the first Harrier across the finish line in 17th place – clocking a time of 13.32. Next home came Keira Booth (20th) in a time of 13.51 followed by Amelia Burton (33rd) in 14.28, Eva Knowles (37th) in 14.59, Caroline Woodworth clocking 15.02 in 38th place, Isabelle Hartley (15.31) in 44th position, Lucy Rishton and Kate Cookson in 50th and 51st with respective times of 20.29 and 20.31. Kate Cookson and Lucy Rishton were both ill during the event and had to stop, but great credit to them, as they tried to recover and complete the race for the Team.

      Keira Haxton                                                               Keira Booth

Amelia Burton (167) – Eva Knowles (170)

     Caroline Woodworth                                                   Isabelle Hartley

     Lucy Rishton                                                              Kate Cookson

The U15 Boys and U15 Girls did really well, both winning Team Silver Medals. The Boys had Harvey Ashworth leading them home in 11th spot (13.24) with good runs and good packing from Zach Walmsley in 12th with a time of 13.24 and David Holman in 13th place clocking 13.32. Ethan Barbarewicz was the next Harrier home in 22nd position in a time time of 14.14 followed by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (26th) in 14.32, George Whittaker in 32nd (15.11), Sebastian Burton (37th) in a time of 15.48 and Rory Teare in 40th spot (16.16).

      Harvey Ashworth (211)                                              Zachary Walmsley (251)

      David Holman                                                             Ethan Barbarewicz

      Kyle Taylor-Pomfret                                                    George Whittaker

Sebastian Burton (213) – Rory Teare (218)

Eleesha Charnley was the highest placed finisher for the Club in the U15 Girls with a 7th place in a time of 14.25 followed with a good run from Hollie Cubbon in a time of 15.00 (12th), Leah Hoole in 20th position (15.42), Rebecca Ramsden (40th) running a time of 17.48, Molly Nicholls (44th) in 18.36, Ella Hardman 49th (19.27) and Holly Sousa in 50th place (21.24).

Eleesha Charnely (261) – Hollie Cubbon (262)

     Leah Hoole (264)                                                       Rebecca Ramsden (266) Molly Nicholls (265)

      Ella Hardman                                                             Holly Sousa

Just 32 runners in the U17 men’s Race and only 12 in the U17 Women’s Race. The Harriers U17 Men earned a 3rd placed Team Bronze Medal behind Preston and Rossendale which also saw Matt Ramsden win the individual Bronze Medal (17.07) behind Benjamin Preddy (17.00) and Matthew McKay (16.53). Sam Hodkinson came home 9th overall in a time of 18.03 with Jamie Teare in 26th place (20.50) and Harry Wilkin (30th) in a time of 21.28. Just two finishers in the U17 Women’s Race which had Amy Davies place 6th clocking 22.45 and Alex Taylor 12th in a time of 28.26.

     Amy Davies                                                                Hollie Oldham (341) – Alex Taylor (342)

Eight athletes competed in the Senior Women’s Race for the Club which saw them win overall Team Bronze medal, Vet Team Gold Medal, Vet 35 Gold Medal and V45 Gold Medal which wasn’t a bad haul at all for the day. Annabel Ralph took off really strongly at the start of the race and that helped her to a 7th placed finish in a time of 25.05. Really good packing by Katie Buckingham (12th in 26.17), Victoria Mousley (13th in 26.23) and Joanne Nelson (14th in 26.32) helped secure the Bronze Medal. Carly Edwards was next home for the Club in 24th place out of a field of ninety runners posting a time of 28.10 followed by Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 28th (28.42), Janine Fallon in 31st place (29.09) and Lindsay Davies (35th) in a time of 29.49.

Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was delighted with the way the Team had started off in 2019 after winning the Red Rose League and Red Rose League Vet Team Titles in December 2018. Joanne commented after the Medal Presentations What a way to start the new year for the Harrier’s ladies. Fantastic performances in all age categories with podium finishes at v35, v40 and v45. 3rd team overall and first vet team. Sterling effort by everyone who participated showing real team spirit. A fitting end to the season for Katie Buckingham who finished in 11th place; earning well deserved selection for the Lancashire team. We will miss you when you are in New Zealand and wish you all the best. 2019 looks a very promising year for the ladies”.

      Annabel Ralph                                                            Katie Buckingham

     Victoria Mousley                                                        Joanne Nelson

      Carly Edwards                                                            Ellen Sagar-Hesketh

      Janine Fallon                                                              Lindsay Davies

Just short of 200 men contested the Senior Men’s Race and unusually, in recent years, the Men’s Senior Team weren’t on the Podium at the end of the day in the Team Race, placing 4th overall and missing a Podium place by just four points. Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – wasn’t at all downbeat though as he commented to the Club at the end of the day that Just missing out on a medal was a little disappointing however at Blackburn Harriers, we always look to the positives, 22 senior runners ran today which is surely some sort of record in its own right, some outstanding performances as well, we are in a great place right now and i am very proud to be Team Manager”.

There was very good quality at the front end of the race which was eventually dominated by Daniel Bebbington and Nathan Dunn who were nearly half a minute in front of the third place. Tim Raynes who smashed his 10k Road PB at the Ribble Valley 10k last week ran another top race here as he placed 5th overall in an impressive time of 31.13. Ben Fish who has been battling illness for quite a while worked his way through the field to place 15th overall in a time of 32.15 with Josh Holgate going from strength to strength in 22nd place in a time of 32.58. Karl Billington was the next across the line for the Harriers in 28th (33.33) with Tom Marchant in 31st clocking 33.48 and Chris Davies – who took the V45 Silver Medal – in 35th place (34.00).

      Tim Raynes                                                                Ben Fish

     Josh Holgate                                                             Karl Billington

      Tom Marchant                                                            Chris Davies

Marc Hartley placed 41st in a time of 34.14 with Tom Blaney (46th) running 34.30, Joe Howe (48th) in a time of 34.42, Paul Bradshaw in 56th position with a time of 35.08, Jacob Watson just one place behind (57th) in 35.10 and Callum Holmes (59th) clocking 35.18.

      Marc Hartley                                                               Tom Blaney

     Joe Howe                                                                   Paul Bradshaw

     Jacob Watson                                                             Callum Holmes

Mark Chippendale won the V50 Silver Medal as he placed 77th overall in a time of 37.09 and he was followed in by U20 Nick Smith (98th) in 39.36 and another athlete running with an illness, Mark Almond (110th) in a time of 40.31, Gary Pearse (41.08) in 120th place, Chris Balderson clocking 41.15 in 123rd and Paul Jeffries (138th) with a time of 42.25.

     Mark Chippendale                                                      Nicholas Smith

     Mark Almond                                                              Gary Pearse

     Chris Balderson                                                          Paul Jeffries

In 140th spot came Craig Greenough with a time of  42.37 and just six seconds separated Ian Clarkson (158th) in 44.54 from Paulo Sousa (159th) in a time of 45.00, Andy Knowles in Ironman training (165th) in 45.36 and Allan Hartley running a time of 48.35 in 178th position.

     Craig Greenough                                                        Ian Clarkson

    Paulo Sousa                                                               Andrew Knowles

Allan Hartley

Jess Judd ran to a comfortable victory to take the Individual Title and Gold Medal at the Essex Cross Country Championships held yesterday in Chelmsford featuring one hundred and forty nine athletes. Jess won the Race by well over a minute (35.55) from second placed Lauren deadman (37.03)


Auld Lang Syne Fell Race – New Years Eve

Well over three hundred runners kicked off the New Year celebrations at this years Auld Lang Syne Fell Race won by Chris Houldsworth. John Orrell was out in his second fell race in five days, having run Whinberry Naze on Boxing Day and finished in a time of 67.01 (210th).


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Race Records broken at Ribble Valley 10k & Harriers set 12 New PB’s + Northern Championship Medals – Burnley Christmas Cracker 4 Mile – Boxing Day 10k – Whinberry Naze

Ribble Valley 10k – Sunday December 30th

What a fabulous day at this years Ribble Valley 10k which also hosted, once again, the Northern 10k Road Racing Championships. The Race was sold out with a month to go and included some top athletes, amongst them International runners such as Marc Scott, Jonny Mellor, Patrick Dever, Beth Potter, Jess Judd and Gemma Steele.


Outstanding performances by Marc Scott who won the race in the 5th fastest 10k posted time nationally of 28.58 and a new Race Record – just one second outside his personal best of 28.57 which is the 4th fastest time in the country in 2018. In second place came Jonny Mellor who was the existing Race Record holder (29.10 run in 2011) clocking a cracking time of 29.19 just nine seconds outside the time he recorded in 2011. In 3rd place there was a new PB for Patrick Dever who recently finished 5th in the European U23 Cross Country Championships of 29.24 – half a minute quicker than his previous best.

Beth Potter who came 2nd to Laura Weightman in the 2017 Race, had a brilliant run to win the Women’s Race in a new Race Record time of 32.07 – the previous one of 32.20 set by Helen Clitheroe in 2005. Beth’s time, which like Marc Scott, earned her a £200 win bonus on top of the £200 first prize, improved her personal best by a massive 53 seconds. Her time of 32.07 also saw her move to 2nd place in the national ranking behind Elish McColgan. In second position was Jess Judd of Blackburn Harriers who was making her debut over this distance on the Road – and what a run she had clocking 32.42 to move her into 5th place in the National Rankings. In 3rd place came another International – Gemma Steele who clocked 33.53.

Behind Marc Scott’s 28.58 came eight other athletes posting sub 30 minutes runs and 37 in total running uner 32 minutes with ten women athletes achieving sub 36 minute times.


Race Video

Great credit to the Club as they still managed to turn out 31 athletes to compete in the Race alongside 50 volunteers who helped to put the Race together and run it on the day.

Of the 31 athletes running for the Harriers – twelve of them managed to set new personal bests – won the Women’s Team 1st Prize in the Open race (Jess Judd – Katie Buckingham – Annabel Ralph) with Jess Judd winning the Women’s Northern Gold Medal as well as leading the Women to a Gold Medal in the Northern Women’s Team.

Blackburn Harriers athletes recorded a whole number of new personal bests in the Race which saw Rob Warner (13th) as first home for the Club in a time of 30.42 (18 seconds faster than his previous best). Tim Raynes was just one place further back as he reduced his personal best by 27 seconds clocking 30.46. In 34th spot came U23 Jack Hindle – who has achieved notable success in triathlon this year – in 34th place with a time of 31.49 which was a massive new PB by 41 seconds.

Rob Warner

Tim Raynes

Jack Hindle

In 44th place came Karl Billington who ran a seasons best of 32.34 with Jess Judd breathing down his neck in 47th place (32.42). More new PB’s for the Harriers and the latest one coming from Josh Holgate who chopped a whopping one minute and 12 seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 32.54.

Jess Judd (61) & Karl Billington (17)

Josh Holgate

V40 Chris Davies was the next Harrier home setting a new PB as he clocked 33.08 in 59th position – a new best time  by 24 seconds. Jacob Watson placed 62nd in a time of 33.28 and he was followed home by another debutant over the distance – U20 Tom Marchant who had an impressive debut clocking 33.40. U23 Calum Holmes cut nearly a minute off his previous best time as he set a new PB with a time of 34.15.

Chris Davies

Jacob Watson

Tom Marchant

Calum Holmes

Another impressive run by U20 Joe Gebbie saw him post a new PB by a minute and 23 seconds in 102nd place with Paul Bradshaw recording a seasons best time of 35.25 in 119th. Annabel Ralph in her first 10k race since 2016 set a new PB by over a minute as she ran 37.18 in 179th place.

Joe Gebbie

Paul Bradshaw

Annabel Ralph

V45 Paul Guinan ran a time of 37.36 (191st) with V50 Jonathan Bridge in 227th in a seasons best time of 38.45. U17 Harry Wilkin was making his debut over 10k in a road race and clocked 39.30 in 246th spot with John Foster also making his debut over the distance, being given the same time in 251st.

Paul Guinan

Jonathan Bridge

Harry Wilkin

John Foster

Katie Buckingham set a new PB by fifteen seconds as she recorded a time of 39.27 in 261st. Keeping the new PB’s going was V40 Paul Jeffries as he reduced his best time for the distance by three quarters of a minute to post 40.53 in 301st place and he was followed home by V50 Gary Pearse in 325th position (41.27).

Katie Buckingham (307) smiling far too much!

Paul Jeffries

Gary Pearse

Good to see Sam McCreadie back racing after such a torrid time with injuries over the last three years as she clocked 41.30 (341st) with V45 Lindsay Davies in 442nd place recoding a big new PB by a minute and three quarters of 44.23 and she commented after the Race “Extremely happy with my PB today, knocked nearly 2 minutes off, great conditions and great race, I enjoyed it very much, one of my favourite 10k’s. Felt fantastic the first 5 mile bit then the last mile I struggled a little bit but I knew I had put enough in to be able to ease off a little bit and still get a decent PB. Well done to all Blackburn Harriers who all did very well.Thank you to all the marshalls and officials who make this race run very smoothly”. V50 Ian Clarkson missed a new personal best by just five seconds as he clocked a seasons best time of 44.47 (457th) and told the Club afterwardsfirst of all, many thanks to the team who make it happen especially the hi hiz crew, without this lot it there would be no RV10k, much appreciated. Got me a 44:47 this year, last year 45:04, very happy indeed. Perfect conditions on a lovely undulating course, somewhat different to my usual terrain of hills, peat bogs, and uneven ground!! But a pleasure to take part and get under 45 minutes”.

Sam McCreadie

Lindsay Davies

Ian Clarkson

The biggest new PB of the day for the Harriers came for V40 Paul Whittaker who clocked 45.25 (474th) nearly five minutes quicker than his first ever 10k race in this his debut year for the Harriers. V60 Michael Blacklidge clocked 45.25 (478th) with V45 Julie Coy running a time of 46.38 in 533rd spot. Next home for the Club came Becky Shorrock in a time of 47.48 (590th) with V50 Mark Wilkin just seconds shy of his personal best in 610th (48.14), Michelle Teare V45 clocking 50.17 in 726th and not far off her personal best time either, V50 Jan Buckingham in 888th place with a time of 54.13 and V55 David Morris 1020th position in a time of 57.33.

Paul Whittaker

Mike Blacklidge (243)

Julie Coy (443)

Becky Shorrock (1335)

Mark Wilkin

Michelle Teare

David Morris

Burnley Christmas Cracker 4 Mile Race – Monday December 24th

One hundred and ninety nine runners ran in this race won by U23 Max Wharton in a time of 20.16 from David Rigby in 2nd place (20.31. Blackburn Harrier Calum Holmes had a good run to place 5th, clocking 22.29 and 2nd U23 in the age categories. Rebecca Woodworth was also having a run in this race and finished in 82nd place with a very solid time of 33.56.


Boxing Day 10k at Worden Park

Rebecca Woodworth ran her second race in two days – after running the Burnley Christmas Cracker 4 miler on Christmas Eve, she was out again on Boxing day at the Worden Park 10k where she posted a time of 54.43 which was a massive new PB by nearly five minutes sincer her first ever race over 10k in October this year.

Junior Endurance Group

Day after Boxing Day and the Harriers turn out for a training session as they prepare for the Lancashire Cross Country Championships in just over a weeks time – with Coaches – Andrew Knowles – Michael Sharp & Lorna Sharp

Whinberry Naze Dash Fell Race – Boxing Day

This very popular Boxing Day Fell Race organised by Steve Duxbury and Rossendale Harriers saw John Orrell competing as he usually does in this Race.

John Orrell spoke tthe Club about the day, commenting Whinberry Naze, Boxing Day. What has become a Christmas tradition for me is a trot over to Rossendale for the Whinberry Naze fell race on Boxing Day. Not quite a turkey trot but definitely some festive fun. While most favour wearing their Christmas party outfits, I prefer to work off those extra mince pies with just a bit of tinsel. For me, I’m still racing, so it’s all about time. Head down, up into the mist, smarties from Santa at the trig, still in the mist, humbug hat off and back down as quick as I can. Tricky in places with the mud but crossed the line around a minute and a half quicker than last year. Great to see Lady Fell Harrier Helen enjoying Boxing Day too. Next up, hope to race Alistair or Johnny Brownlee at Auld Lang Syne, and then over to Kirkby Stephen for Nine Standards. Happy New Year. See you all there! PS. No results yet, but about 104th out of 200 in 35.33″.

RESULTS (none available currently)

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New PB’s for Harriers at Sportscity Indoors – On the Fells at Stoop & Kong Winter Fell Series – Turkey Trot

Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 16th

The second fixture in this years Indoor Series at Sportscity took place on Sunday with a number of Blackburn Harriers athletes involved in the action, setting four new personal bests between them.


U15 Hayden Mercer was running his first ever race Indoors and chose the 600m where he was up against another athlete – Thomas Manton – who was three seconds faster than him over 800m this year. Hayden closed that gap coming just three one hundreths behind him to place 2nd in a debut time of 1.34.44.

Ben Whittaker in his first year as an U20 started off in terrific style, winning his 60m Race in a time of 7.77 which was  a new PB by three tenths – going into the race, five of the other six competitors all had better personal best times than Ben which makes his run even better. Brother George Whittaker – contesting the U15 Boys 300m – placed 3rd in a time of 43.30 which was a big 3.7sec PB from last year when he posted a best time of 47.00.

Myah Booth who moves up to U17 this year took on the 60m Hurdles and Shot Putt. She finished 2nd in the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.26 – an improvement of three tenths for a new PB and then placed 3rd out of eleven competitors in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.20m.

There were only two competitors in the U15 Boys 60m Hurdles – both of them Blackburn Harriers. Jayden Brammer crossed the line in 1st place with a time of 8.99 to set a new PB by three tenths, his previous best being 9.29 at the first fixture in the Series on December 2nd. Ben Boocock took second spot also with a new PB as he clocked 9.56 – running 9.57 in the December 2nd fixture.

Stoop Fell Race – Saturday December 15th

U20 Thomas Marchant was back on the Fells racing at Stoop, his last outing being at the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships (Grasmere) back in October. This Race covers 8km and 250m of ascent with 209 runners on the start line. Tom had a very good run coming across the line in 13th place, clocking a time of 34.33 – the race ebing won by Jack Wood in 30.27, six seconds infront of 2nd placed Sam Tosh.


(Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant)

Tom Marchant spoke to the Harriers about his race saying that “The race was a fast pace from start to finish. when I set off I started with the front pack and followed their pace for the first 2 miles or so and managed to keep with it until reaching the top of the first climb where my legs, unfortunately had gone from the fast climbing. However I managed to finish fast and strong. Overall a top performance, back feeling good again and happy with the result despite the cold-ish and windy weather on top of the climbs ”

Thomas Marchant

Tom Marchant with Coach Noel Finucane

Kong Winter Fell Series 2018 – Saturday December 15th

One hundred and six finishers in this race won by Tom Simpson in 40.11 and run in pretty appalling weather conditions. Round things and brass monkey could have been key words!



At the end of the day, both John and Ian reflected on the race with John commenting “I woke up Saturday morning and thought F.A.B., Thunderbirds are go, and another Lakeland race! Then I remembered it was S.O.B. not F.A.B. and a race that was part of the Kong Winter series. Now that’s not King Kong, he was in a different race! So what is S.O.B.? Well, a short intense 5 mile blast over Stile End, Outerside and Barrow. That’s 3 Lakeland fells, 2 of which were Wainwrights and 1640 ft of climbing.The forecast said winter! It was! Frozen ground from the off. Temperatures below zero on the tops and winds that were whipping up to gale force. Windchill was promised at -22, so I did feel the nip, especially wearing shorts………………………The clubs recent Fell running promotion seemed to be paying dividends as the number of blue and whites on the start line had doubled. So 2 of us set off! Keeping ahead of Ian, I held back a little after the gate and allowed him to come alongside. I attempted to point out a sneaky line off the top of Barrow for our return. Pushing on I thought that may be a mistake when we come to that descent. Sure enough after keeping ahead on all 3 climbs he shot past me on the Barrow descent. He took the ridge, I took the sneaky line, but favouring to keep my 2 front teeth for Christmas, I minced about on the technical stuff and lost time. By now Ian’s, ‘no fear’ descent gave him a clear lead. All I could see was his bobble hat away in the distance as I tried to chase him across the final field. Through the woods, over the bridge, down the lane and done, 47 seconds behind the man from Mellor! The journey home down the M6 was another story. Thanks Storm Deirdre!”

John Orrell (32) & Ian Clarkson (101)

Ian Clarkson told us John Orrell and myself were in action Saturday 15th December, taking part in the Kong Winter Fell Series, which is five races held over the winter in the Lake District. The S.O.B Fell Race (Stile End, Outerside, Barrow) 2nd Race in the series and our 1st. It is just under 5 miles with over 1600 feet of ascent on a very bitterly cold and windy day, perfect!! A nice steady start with a gradual climb that got a bit steeper and off John goes, onwards and upwards. Stile End out of the way, then gingerly drop down and upwards to Outerside, with some good running up towards Barrow, where I catch a glimpse of John!! Barrow has a wonderful descent back down, time to go!! Catch up with John, leave John, deal with the sting in the tail, slight ascent through some woods, hit the tarmac and finish. 1:02:37. A lovely little race in fresh conditions.

Turkey Trot – Saturday December 15th

Three hundred and forty five runners turned up for this, and rumoured to be the final ever running of this very popular race which provides for a lot of fun, plenty of prizes and fond memories of a good day out. The race was won by Chris Houldsworth in a time of 27.38 with Gary Priestley in second  (29.13).


(Photos courtesy of David Belshaw)

Eight Blackburn Harriers ran the main race which saw Calum Holmes be the first Harrier across the line for the Club in 14th place overall – clocking a time of 33.51 and followed in by U17 Harry Wilkin in 26th spot (35.44) with Daniel Balshaw in 33rd spot (37.01.

Calum James Holmes

Harry Wilkin

Daniel Balshaw

Great to see Sarah Toms back up North and running for the Club as she came home in 63rd position with a time of 42.29 and ahead of V45 Paul Wilkinson (85th) and Mark Wilkin (86th) with respective times of 46.39 and 46.48. V55 David Morris finished in 179th place (59.56) with V50 Clare Wilkin in 197th running a time of 62.27 and V40 Lorna Sharp in 212th position (64.30).

Sarah Toms & Mick Toms

Mark Wilkin (366) & Paul Wilkinson

David Morris

Clare Wilkin (364)

Three of the Juniors ran in the earlier Race – The Junior Turkey Trot – and Keith Gill was there to watch them, commenting “On a cold winter’s morning a small field of u13 runners did the Hurst Green Santa Express trail run. A picturesque course through the woods was the perfect backdrop for the 1.5  mile fun run. Oliver was 1st runner home, with Saul in 3rd and Lulu safely in the pack. An enjoyable morning with a selection box prize to kick start xmas”

Lulu Sharp (134) – Saul Sharp (135) – Oliver Gill (125)

                                    Oliver Gill                                                                Saul Sharp

Lulu Sharp (134)



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Team Wins for Senior Men – U13 Boys – U15 Girls – Matt wins U17 Race at Mid Lancs – John comes 3rd at Longridge 7

‘Proper’ cross country conditions greeted the assembled athletes at Wilson Playing Fields for the third of six Mid Lancs League fixtures (2018-2019) – wind, rain, mud – on Saturday December 8th. This didn’t put off the Harriers athletes as seventy of them wearing the Blue & White, battled against the elements. There were delays to some races whilst the course was re-checked and confusion in some races as to the route itself. This raises once again, the issue of volunteers coming to the assistance of athletic clubs in putting on events. The truth is there are far too few who contribute to the running of the sport and without a serious renewal of Officials and people who are prepared to help put events on, not only in cross country but in track and field too, there is a likelihood that events will be cancelled. There was, and will be criticism of what happened on Saturday, but, spare a thought for those handful of volunteers led by Norman Mitchell who had the responsibility of putting on this fixture with not enough people to help.

Many thanks to photographers Daniel Belshaw and David Wood, plus others whose photos we have used for this report – The Harriers camera got affected by the weather and went down for the day and apologies for those athletes whose photo doesn’t appear.

Mid Lancs Results

After three fixtures in this years League, the Harriers standings are:-

U11 Girls        1st

U11 Boys        1st

U13 Girls        1st

U13 Boys        1st

U15 Girls        1st

U15 Boys        4th

U17 Women   1st

U17 Men         1st

The U11 Girls got the day off with the first race featuring sixty two runners and definitely not deterred by the conditions. The Harriers finished as 2nd Team to Lancaster, just missing out on the win by four points. Imogen Robinson led the team home in 5th place clocking a time of 8.46 with Hannah Davies one place behind in 6th (8.52), Charlotte Sousa in 25th with a time of 9.44, Lulu Sharp (46th) running 10.28, Isabella Pacelli one second behind in 47th (10.29)  and Maisie Taylor coming home in 56th place (11.23).



Seventeen U11 Boys turned out for the Club as they matched the girls taking 2nd team overall behind a very good Trawden AC team. Sam Aspey led the lads home running a time of 7.40 in 4th place with Matthew Smith in 6th (7.51) and Oliver Gill finishing 9th in a time of 8.04 to make up the three counters. William Grundy was the next Harrier across the line in 15th place out of a field of 80 in a time of 8.12 with Theo Robinson making his cross country debut in the Mid Lancs (21st) clocking 8.25. Charlie Haworth wasn’t far behind in 27th spot (8.36) followed by George Ramsden in 41st (8.52) and Felix Thompson 46th in a time of 9.10. In 49th, 50th and 51st came Archie Bolton (9.19), Findlay Carroll (9.25) and Liam Bennison (9.26) respectively. Just five seconds separated the next three Harriers in 56th, 57th and 58th – Alexander Brien (9.37), Loucas Lancashire (9.38) and George Holman (9.42). Harry Russel took 74th place in 11.15 with Evan Potter in 75th (11.26) and Isaac Smith 78th (11.48).

U11 Boys Race Video





The U13 Girls placed 5th Team on the day with the Harriers highest placed athlete – Keira Haxton – coming home in 14th position in a time of 11.52 with Molly Grimshaw the second Harrier home in 23rd (12.13). Next came Eva Knowles in 28th clocking 12.20 with Keira Booth in 29th (12.28), Caroline Woodworth (33rd) running a time of 12.40, Amelia Burton in 35th position (12.45) and Isabelle Hartley in a time of 12.50 (37th).

L-R Isabelle Hartley – Molly Grimshaw – Amelia Burton – Caroline Woodworth – Keira Booth – Eva Knowles – Keira Haxton

The Harriers U13 Boys had a dominant performance winning the Race with Isaac Butler, Dexta Thompson and Theo Watson the three counters for the win. Isaac won the race in a time of 10.31 with Dexta in 2nd place (10.38) and Theo in 6th spot in a time of 10.48. The stength of the team also lays in the number of young lads who are all really competitive and there were good runs from Jonathan Brindle in 16th place (11.21), Codie Dewhurst in 22nd (11.28), Saul Sharp (24th) in a time of 11.30, Harry Sambrook (27th) clocking 11.37 and new member and debutant – Ethan Lawrence – in 42nd spot (13.15).


There was an impressive run from Eleesha Charnley in the U15 Girls Race which resulted in her coming home in 3rd place overall in a time of 11.22 which helped the Harriers win the Team race from Chorley AC & Tri.  Leah Hoole in 12th with a time of 11.47 and Hollie Cubbon in 13th (11.58) were the three counters for the team win. In 33rd spot came Rebecca Ramsden (13.08), with Molly Nicholls in 34th (13.32), new member and cross country debutant – Bella Durkin – in 35th place (13.34) and Eleanor Allsop in 37th (14.10).

L-R Eleanor Allsop – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Eleesha Charnely – Rebecca Ramsden – Molly Nicholls – Bella Durkin

The U15 Boys placed 3rd in the Team race behind Lancaster and Liverpool with Hayden Mercer coming home as the first Harrier in 13th place clocking 10.18 with David Holman just two places and three seconds further back in 15th (10.21). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was the third Team counter in 20th spot (10.30) followed by George Whittaker in 22nd (10.34), Ethan Barbarewicz in 23rd place (10.43), Danny Woodcock in 27th (11.05), Sebastian Burton (28th) with a time of 11.12, Rory Teare in 35th (11.32) and Zach Walmsley (37th) with a time of 11.33.

L-R Sebastian Burton – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Rory Teare – David Holman – Hayden Mercer – Ethan Barbarewicz





The U17 Women’s Race turned out to be short with just ten athletes competing which saw Amy Davies place 2nd in a time of 10.38, just two seconds behind the winner Charlotte Edwards (10.36).

Matt Ramsden won the U17 Men’s Race the hard way. After being led to believe he had finished, he then had to rejoin the race having lost a number of places as a consequence, but fought back to still win the race in a time of 21.59. Sam Hodkinson who suffered in the same way as Matt finished 6th in 22.44 with Jamie Teare in 24th place (24.26) which saw the team finish on the same points – 32 – as second placed Rossendale and winners Lancaster (27).

Matt Ramsden

Sam Hodkinson

Jamie Teare

Maddie Elliott finished 2nd in the U20 Women’s race which featured just six runners, clocking 25.23 behind the winner – Eve Pannone. The U20 Men’s Race had slightly more runners – 14 in total – which was won by Nathan Dunn with Joe Gebbie having a very good run in 4th place (38.07) and Nicholas Smith in 8th spot (41.39).

One hundred and forty four runners took part in the Senior Women’s Race. The Senior Women’s Team had concentrated on the Red Rose League and had won that League so only a few Harriers out at the Mid Lancs which saw the three counters Katie Buckingham having another very strong race as she came home in 8th place overall clocking 24.04 and just one place behind Annabel Mason from Border. Maddie Elliottt was the 2nd counter in 11th place (25.23) with Lindsay Davies the third in 42nd position in a time of 28.15.

Like the Senior Women, the Men’s Senior Team had concentrated on the Red Rose League which they also won and although there was quite a number of the team not running, they still managed to pull off the Team win from Lancaster in 2nd and Preston in 3rd.

Daniel Collinge lead the team home in 5th place with a time of 36.36 with fast finishing Tom Blaney in 8th place (37.08) and similarly Marc Hartley in 10th (37.29). Joe Gebbie was running in only his second Senior Men’s race and had a very good run in 16th place (38.07) with Calum Holmes an equally good run in 18th place clocking 38.28. Chris Davies made it our 6th counter in the top 20 places as he placed 20th in a time of 38.37. Mark Chippendale had another good run to place 27th overall in a time of 39.52 – a run which won him the V50 category. Next home was Nicholas Smith in 48th place out of a field of 243, with a time of 41.39, followed in by V50 Chris Balderson in 94th (44.59), Danny Teare (178th) in 51.39 and Allan Hartley in 204th (55.06).




Longridge 7 – Sunday December 8th

Four hundred and eleven runners in the Longridge 7 – a race which has been held annually for quite a number of years now and continues to attract large fields.

Longridge 7 Results

This year the race was won in a time of 41.10.71 by Rob Grantham with the Harriers John Horrocks having a very good run himself to place 3rd overall clocking 43.25.46, just three seconds behind 2nd placed Simon Denye. V50 David Morris finished in 284th place with a time of 69.33


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Ben in top 5 at Percy Pud 10k – Wins for Ben and Jayden at Sportscity Indoor Meeting – Harriers qualifying for Lancashire Schools Champs – Sportshall kids Shine – Junior Endurance Monthly Award

Two thousand, eight hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Percy Pud 10k which was won in a course record time of 29.13 by Jack Martin of Stocport with second placed Andrew Heyes also breaking 30 minutes iwht a time of 29.31. There was a battle for 3rd place between James Straw and Ben Fish which saw Straw take 3rd in 31.11 and Ben coming home in a time of 31.15 in 4th for a seasons best time. This was Ben’s 5th 10k this year, having won four of them and afterwards he commented that the Race went well, knew no one would touch the first two. Disappointed I couldn’t pull away at 7km and secure third”.

Also running in this Race was V40 Paul Jeffries who came home in 245th place with a time of 41.38 and he told the Harriers “This morning i took part in the Percy Pud 10k race in Sheffield organised by the Steel City Striders,  It was a nice surprise to see a friendly face (Ben Fish), 41:38 chip time and 245th out of a field of 2860 competitors, the weather was cold and wet, i found the course to be quite challenging but felt strong on the hill climbs, also met a few sporting heroes before the race, Michael Rimmer and Eilish McColgan.

Michael Rimmer – Paul Jeffries – Eilish McColgan

Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 2nd

Ben Brampton, Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock all competed at the first in this years six fixture Indoor Series held at Sportscity.


It was agreat start for new member Jayden Riley (U15) as he won the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.29 with Ben Boocock behind him in 2nd place clocking 9.57 which was seven tenths faster than his previous best so far and a new PB. Long Jumper Ben Branton (U17) tried the 60m and had a cracking run to win in a time of 7.71 which was six tenths faster than his last run over the distance indoors and another new PB. It didn’t go as well in the Long Jump for Ben as he finished with a leap of 5.11m for 13th place out of 19 competitors.

Blackburn Schools Cross Country Championships – Sarturday December 1st at Witton Park

There were some very good results for Blackburn Harriers at the Town Schools Champs with all of these qualifying for the Lancashire Champs in February 2019. The official results are not yet available but at least 9 Blackburn Harriers have qualified – Hayden Mercer – Isaac Butler – Theo Watson – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Amy Davies – Ruby Cain – Eva Knowles. – without the official results we are not able to declare any other runners as having qualified at this stage.

Hayden Mercer (2nd) – Isaac Butler (1st) – Theo Watson (3rd)

Hollie Cubbon (2nd) – Leah Hoole (1st) – Kate Cookson (3rd)

Amy Davies (1st ) – Ruby Cain (3rd)

Sportshall Competition – Blackpool Sunday December 2nd

Sunday saw the second round of this years Lancashire Sportshall Competition take place once again at Blackpool. Team Manager for the day for both Boys and Girls was Sportshall Coach – Lindsay Davies who said that it was  “Another enjoyable day at Sportshall but a bit quieter than usual, probably due to the cross country day before. Our little Harriers are mostly new to the competition this year but that didn’t stop them putting every effort into the competition”.

Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Alesha Hindle, Imogen Robinson and Brooke Szatkowski, who have done many competitions now, put in fantastic performances for the Under 11 girls. Evie Fort, Megan Purkis and Sammy Peacock, Maisie Taylor, Alex Peacock and Isabela Thompson who are all relatively new at Sportshall did fantastic too in the under 11 girls.

Under 11 boys consisted of Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Cameron Osborne, Henry Gibson, Rohan McGoy, Jack Duxbury and Findlay Carroll,  Matthew Lowe, Theo Robinson and Sam Craven, again  as with the girls, we have a few new to Sportshall but they also put in some tremendous performances.

In the Under 13 and 15 Girls, we had some great performances from Niamh Gater, Lucy Rishton who had an impressive speed bounce of 81, Sophie Gibson, Uma McGoy, Isabelle Hartley and Imogen Mansfield also Myah Booth who won the under 15 girls athlete of the match. Under 13 and 15 Boys we had Aidan Downes, Isaac Butler (84 in Speed bounce) and Hayden Mercer.

The Harriers scoring relay teams were:-Under 11 girls, Alisha Lehner, Imogen Robinson, Evie Fort and Brooke Szatkowski, Under 11 boys, Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Findlay Carroll and Matthew Lowe. Under 13 girls, Lucy Rishton, Niamh Gater, Isabelle Hartley and Sophie Gibson. Under 15 girls, Imogen Mansfield and Myah Booth. Under 15 Boys Hayden Mercer and Isaac Butler. All athletes were very well behaved on the day and are a credit to the club, it is an honour to have such amazing young athletes.
Thank you from Coach Lindsay.

Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month

This Award is given each month to an athlete in the Junior Endurance Group and is decided byt he two Coaches – Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley. Their decision is based on the youngsters attitdue to training, their consistency in attending, their behaviour and ability to listen and take instructions and guidance on board and importantly, to understand the importance of supporting all the other members of the Group.

The winner for October was Eve Coulson and the winner for November was Lulu Sharp.

Eve Coulson (October)

Lulu Sharp (November)