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The Harriers at English Schools T & F Championships – Ben & Joanne Win Burnley 10k + Team & Vets Wins – Seasons Best For Ellen at Sheffield – Sale Sizzler 5k

English Schools Track & Field Championships – July 12th & 13th

The pinnacle of Schools athletics in England – the English Schools Track & Field Championships took place at the weekend in Birmingham involving some of the best young talent in the land battling it out for Medals and new personal bests. Amongst them were six Blackburn Harriers who had all qualified through their County Schools Championships — U17 Matthew Heywood – U17 Myah Booth – U17 Matt Ramsden – U15 Nicky Saunders –  U15 Ben Boocock – U15 Jayden Riley.

L-R Jayden Riley (100m) – Ben Boocock (80m Hurdles) – Myah Booth 80m Hurdles)

All the training over the previous year has seen these athletes target this competition as one otheir main aims to do well. Matthew Heywood opened up his season in March with 46.08m at an Open Meeting and improved all the way through to the championships – posting a new personal best of 53.38 in a UKYDL Upper Age Group Match. In the Championships here he fell agonisingly short by just 4 cms from winning a medal as he placed 4th with a throw of 52.00m in the Inter-Boys Hammer – his third longest throw of the year to-date. Matt commented on his Championships saying “My 2nd time at English schools was an amazing experience. Going in ranked 8th and coming out with 4th is better than I expected however, I was only 3 cm off getting the bronze. Hopefully next year I can get the gold medal and England kit”.

Inter-Boys Hammer Results

Lancashire Squad (on left of photo)

Nicky Saunders – ranked 11th in the country fro Discus – and another one of the Harriers talented young throwers who won both Lancashire Ciounty and Lancashire County Schools Championships,  came even closer to a Medal as she missed winning one by just 2 cms in the Junior Girls Discus as she threw 29.56m in 4th.

Junior Girls Discus Results

Nicky Saunders (Discus)

Myah Booth who had won the Lancashire County Championships and Lancashire Schools County Championships had a solid run in the opening round, clocking 12.16 in 4th spot to qualify for the semi-final where she ran 12.21 in 7th place. Afterwards, Myah spoke to the Club afterwards telling us that she went into the competition hoping to make the semis and that’s what I did, knowing I ran decent times with a -4.8 headwind is promising!

Myah Booth (nearest to camera)

Inter-Girls 80m Hurdles Results

There were seventeen athletes lined up for the final of the Inter-Boys 3000m with Matt Ramsden amongst them after he had qualified for English Schools by winning the Lancashire Schools Championships, the Lancashire County Championships at which, he ran a national standard time of 8.47.5. In the Race Matt clocked a time of 8.55.18 to cross the finishing line in 8th place. Post race, Matt spoke to the Harriers about his experience telling us I had an alright race and finished 8th with a time of 8:55.18. I was expecting a better race but it was a good experience. Every part of my plan went wrong, I got isolated and I didn’t get off with the front group early on so I was straggling behind. But overall I had a decent run and it is something I can learn from and work on”.

Inter-Boys 3000m Results

Jayden Riley has had a fantastic season in 2019 – reaching number 3 in the U15 Boys 100m and number 3 in the 80m Hurdles nationally with respective times of 11.3 and 11.69, both of which are national standard qualifying times for English Schools. Going into the English Schools 100m he suffered an injury which meant he had to miss training and competition for a couple of weeks as he tried to make sure he got the Championships, which he did. In Round 1 Jayden clocked 11.47 in 4th place in Heat 2, missing qualification for the Final by just two hundreths of a second – a tremendous effort give the setback of the injury. Afterwards Jayden told the Club that  “It was a fantastic experience,a real eye opener to the athletics world and just an amazing place to meet new people”.

Junior Boys 100m Results

Ben Boocock was over the moon to qualify for the Championships and went into them with a personal best of 11.9 in the 80m Hurdles, set at the Lancashire Schools County Championships. Ben was in Heat 1 and ran 11.91 – his second fastest time ever and of the season – to come home in 5th place, just missing out as a qualifier for the Final as one of the fastest losers. Ben told the Club later about his Championships, commenting “Thanks to everyone at the Harriers that encouraged me and helped me get there. It was a great experience and worth all the training I put in. Now I’m going to train even harder over the winter so I can go again next year”

Junior Boys Hurdles Results

Ben Boocock 80m Hurdles

Burnley 10k – Sunday July 14th

One week after the famous Hendon Brook race where the Harriers provided the winner, women’s winner, first team and a number of veteran age group wins, they were at it again – this time at the tough Burnley 10k road race at Towneley Hall.



Ben Fish (140)


Great battle at the front of the race as the Harriers provided six of the first 12 runners home to take the 1st Team Prize with Ben Fish – 1st in 33.25 – finally edging out club mate Jacob Watson who had a fine run to come 2nd in 33.37.

Ben Fish Jacob Watson

There was another battle going on for 4th and 5th places between Ben Costello and Chris Davies which saw Ben just get the better of it in 4th clocking 34.57 with Chris in 5th in a time of 35.05 and a run which won him the 1st V45 prize.Then in 10th came Calum Holmes running 36.48 with V45 Paul Brindle running his first 10k since May 2018 in 12th with a very solid time of 37.33.

Ben CostelloChris DaviesCalum HolmesPaul Brindle

These results gave the Harriers Men the first two places in the Team prize with Ben Fish, Jacob Watson and Ben Costello in 1st place with 7 points and Chris Davies, Calum Holmes and Paul Brindle in 2nd with 27 points.

Next Blackburn harrier across the line was V45 Joanne Nelson – 27th overall – winning her second race in a week after winning Hendon Brook the week before and clocking a very good time of 40.20 on such a hard course to take the 1st Women’s prize and 1st FV45 prize as well. Victoria Mousley who is also running well at the moment and finished 2nd in the Hendon Brook race, came 2nd again today and 37th overall – with another good run of 41.19. Matthew Poole is in his first year of running and first year of competition for the Club and has done really well as can be seen in his finishing in 40th spot with a time of 41.22. Evergreen V50 Gary Pearse was one of twenty six V50’s competing in the race and even though he clocked 43.32 in 63rd spot he was still 10th in the age category which gives some idea of the level of competition in that age group category, the winner going under 39 minutes. Final Harrier home was Lindsay Davies in 99th in a time of 47.28 and along with Joanne Nelson and Victoria Mousley, won the Women’s 1st Team prize.

Joanne Nelson Victoira MousleyMatthew Poole Gary PearseLindsay Davies

One hundred and thirty nine youngsters ran in the Junior races covering U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17 age groups. This is one of the features of road races these days – the appearance of hundreds of youngsters and we can only hope that they can be retained in the sport for the future.

L-R Imogen Robinson (72) – Theo Robinson (71) – Daniel Smith – Codie Dewhurst (11) – Carloine Woodworth – Harmony Hacking (28) – Oliver Gill (12) – Alexander Brien (29) – Matthew Smith – Hannah Davies – Charlotte Smith


In the U11/U13 Race the Harriers had 8 runners in it with Matthew Smith leading them home in 3rd place overall with a time of 6.25 followed by U13 team mate Oliver Gill in 5th running 6.36. Next across the line in 16th spot overall was U11 Theo Robinson and 3rd overall in the U11 category, with a time of 6.58 followed by U11 Girl Hannah Davies in 27th (7.16), U13 Girl Imogen Robinson running 7.25 in 31st, U11 Boy Alexander Brien in 7.40 (40th) and with the same time of 7.40,U11 Girl Harmony Hacking in 41st with U11 Charlotte Smith in 60th (8.44).

Matthew Smith (74) Oliver Gill (12)Theo Robinson (71)Hannah Davies (27) Imogen Robinson (72)Alexnader Brien (29) – Harmony Hacking (28)Charlotte Smith (73)

Four Harriers contested in the U15/U17 Race which saw Jack Paget-Fowler have a very good run to come home as 1st U15 Boy in a time of 11.17 and 5th overall, followed by Codie Dewhurst running 11.42 in 9th spot, Daniel Smith placing 15th in a time of 12.28 and U15 Caroline Woodworth (23rd) in a time of 13.19.

Jack Paget-Fowler (77)Codie DewhurstDaniel SmithCaroline Woodworth

And finally on the Track – Ellen Sagar-Hesketh ran a seasons best at the Sheffield Run, Jumps, and Throws fixture with a time of 2.24.74 in a  mixed race in 5th spot (RESULTS)…………………..⇒

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (150)

⇒…………….and in road racing – V60 and lifelong Blackburn Harrier – Tony Greenwood – was out at the Sale Sizzler recently in just his 2nd race of the year, clocking 19.56 and 4th in his age category. In February earlier this year he ran 89.11 at the Stockport Trail Half-Marathon, winning the V60 age category which shows that life as a competitive runner doesn’t end early or any time soon! Well done Tony. (Sale Sizzler Results)