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Seasons Best & Olympic Qualifying height for Holly in Lausanne and season 1500m best for Jess in Marseille – Annabel Wins Astley Park – In memory of Don Ashton

Athletissima 2019 in Lausanne – Wednesday July 4th

Holly Bradshaw was up against some of the worlds best Pole Vaulters on Wednesday evening in Lausanne – the competition being won eventually by Americas Kate Nageotte after she cleared 4.82 meters on her second attempt which was a new outdoor personal best for her.

L-R Holly Bradshaw (3rd) – Kate Nageotte (1st) – Anzhelika Sidorova (2nd)

Holly finished in third place with a seasons best and Olympic qualifying height of 4.72 meters with Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva finish in fourth place with 4.57 meters.

Meeting Pro Athlé Tour de Marseille – Monday July 2nd

Jess Judd lined up against an international field on Monday over 1500m in Marseille, won by Ethiopian Tigist Ketema in a time of 4.05.09 with Britian’s Melissa Courtenay in 2nd spot (4.05.37).


Jess – getting faster with every race she runs over the distance this year – ran a seasons best time of 4.08.93 in 6th place.

Astley Park Trail Race Series 3/4 – Wednesday July 4th

Race number 3 in this years Series attracted one hundred and sixteen runners which saw Anthony Valentine ahead of the table with wins in race 2 and race 3.

L-R – Paul Smith (310) – Rachael Gavin (458) – Chris Davies (400) – Annabel Ralph (462) – George ‘in the background’  Woodburn – Lindsay Davies (399) – Charlotte Atkinson (498)


On the evening, Anthony Valentine took the win in a time of 20.07 with Blackburn Harrier – Chris Davies – in 2nd place clocking 20.34 which cemented him in 2nd place in the Series to-date. Annabel Ralph had a nother good run to come home 1st Woman in 23.38 and 18th overall with Rachael Gavin in 34th spot in a time of 26.21 and followed just two places further back by Paul Smith (36th) in 26.29, Lindsay Davies 45th coming home in a time of 27.04 and Charlotte Atkinson (62nd) running 28.58.

Nearly as many youngsters ran in the Junior Race – one hundred and three in total – with a couple of 4 and 5yr olds participating! The Harriers 10yr old – Sam pocket rocket’ Aspey – was first across the finish line for the Club in 8th place with a time of 5.07 for the approx. one mile course behind the winner – U13 Isaac Battye (4.48). Just two seconds separated the next two Harriers who are always closely matched in these events – Matthew Smith clocking 5.12 in 11th and Oliver Gill 5.14 in 12th – both of them being 11yrs old. 9yr old William Grundy had a good run too as he came home in 25th spot in a time of 5.34 followed by 10yr old Hannah Davies in 31st (5.45), Evan Potter (11yrs) running a time of 6.12 in 45th, 11yr old George Ramsden in 53rd (6.27) and 8yr old Charlotte Smith in 59th place clocking 6.34.

Back Row – Oliver Gill (17) – Matthew Smith (89) – George Ramsden (96) – Evan Potter(34) —    Front Row William Grundy (79) – Hannah Davies (119) – Charlotte Smith (90) – Sam Aspey (115)


2019 Don Ashton Memorial Tockholes – Thursday July 4th

One hundred and twenty four runners participated in this Race in memory of Don Ashton who graced the Fells with distinctionin his time. Michael Cayton broke the course record with a fine run in a time of 34.13 with three Blackburn Harriers, also running on the night. First home was V45 Tom Cubbon  in 15th running 44.05 followed by V40 Daniel Whittaker in 37th (47.51) and V50 Richard Taylor finishing with a time of 55.53 in 74th position.

In memory of DON ASHTON

Tom Cubbon (64)Daniel WhittakerRichard Taylor (84)