The third of this years four match series in Division West 1 of the UKYDL (Lower Age Group) took place at the Macclesfield Leisure Centre on Sunday July 3rd. In the first two matches, the Harriers had finished in 2nd place behind Liverpool Harriers and were looking to consolidate that form as they attempt to make the top two in the Division which would earn them promotion to the Premier West Division – the Upper Age Group team at the Club having already secured promotion to the North Premier West Division. In this 3rd Match, the team cemented their place, finishing in 2nd spot again behind Liverpool – keeping the promotion ambitions very much alive going into the final Match in Blackpool on July 30th. On the day Liverpool Harriers took the honours with Blackburn Harriers in 2nd, Southport 3rd, Crewe & Nantwich 4th, Macclesfield 5th, Blackpool 6th and Stockport in 7th.


Many thanks to Ann Christine Osborne for all the photos and in no particular order


U15’s Daniel Nuttall and Henry Harwood posted a double win and maximum points by winning the 100m – Daniel clocking 11.6 in the A and Henry running a new PB of 12.6 in the B. Loucas Lancashire ran 15.6 in the non-scoring for a new PB by close to a second. Henry teamed up with Charlie Clanford in the 200m resulting in a 5th place for Henry in the A (26.1) and his first time over the distance with Charlie placing 3rd in the B (25.9) – also in his first appearance over the distance. Charlie moved on to the 300m for the first time teaming up with Daniel Bretherton – Charlie taking 3rd in the A (41.3) and Daniel also in his first race over the 300m placing 3rd in 44.4. Millee Schofield and Alisha Lehner added to the points total by taking 2nd places in the U15 Girls 100m – Millee running 12.8 in the A and Alisha 14.1 in the B. Leah Smith ran a big new PB in the non-scoring 100m, clocking 15.2, an improvement of 1.2 seconds. Hannah Davies was the sole runner in the 200m running 30.3 in 7th place. Moving on to the 300m which had Imogen Robinson running 49.2 in 6th spot in the A with Isabella Pacelli in 4th in the B (48.4) which was a new PB. The Relays saw the U15 Boys team come 2nd in the 4 x 100 (53.2) and win the 4 x 300m in 2.56.8 whilst the Girls the team came 7th in the 4 x 100m (58.6) and 3rd in the 4 x 300m (3.28.9).





Jack Duxbury and Jayden Dacosta are in their first season with the Club and in the U13 75m Jack came 2nd in the A (10.7) with Jayden clocking 10.9 in 3rd in the B Issac Brindle running 10.8 to win the non-scoring 75m; And it was Jack joining with Issac in the 150m races Jack placing 3rd in the A (20.9) and Issac 2nd in the B with 20.8. In the U13 Girls 75m Leila Pilkington and Dana Juma had good runs with Leila winning the A (10.9) and Dana winning the B (11.4) along side Ellie Charnock coming 5th in the non-scoring A race (12.4) and Charlotte Smith 3rd in the B with 12.4. Agatha Taylor kept the wins coming as she ran 21.2 to win the A 150m with team mate Holly Moore clocking 24.5 in the B (5th). The Relays produced a 4th placed finish in the 4 x 100m (59.1) with the U13 Boys coming 2nd in their 4 x 100m (55.5).






U15 Boys 4 x 100m Team Henry Harwood – George Camara – Daniel Bretherton – Charlie Clanford


In the U15 Boys Discus Jacob Fisher placed 2nd in the A (22.11m) with Harry Pilkington going one better in winning the B with 19.47m and in the Hammer Harry set himself a new PB of 17.40m, an improvement by nealy half a metre. The Javelin had Loucas Lancashire coming 4th in the A with a new PB throw of 24.10m whilst Felix Thompson won the B with his throw of 18.84m. In the Shot putt Harry Pilkington added to his points total on the day with a 4th spot in the A (7.25m) along with team mate Daniel Bretherton coming 2nd in the B (6.62m) which was a new PB whilst U15 Girls Hannah Davies and Isabella Pacelli placed 6th (5.95m) and 4th (4.11m) respectively in the Girls Shot Putt. Alisha Lehner and Leah Smith were the teams duo in the Discus – Alisha coming 3rd in the A with 13.67m and Leah also 3rd in the B (10.29m) – her first time ever in the event. Hannah Davies and Tamzin Osborne took on the Javelin for the team – Hannah throwing 19.81m for 3rd spot in the A and Tamzin placing 2nd in the B with a throw of 15.41m which was a new PB by a metre and a half.







The regular pairing of George Camara and Matthew Smith went in the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles – George running 14.1 (2nd) in the A with Matthew also coming 2nd in the B (14.4) and backed up by Alisha Lehner in the 75m Hurdles taking 4th spot in a time of 13.1. The U13 Boys Jayden Dacosta placed 5th in the 70m Hurdles (16.8), it being his first time in the event whilst in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles Ellie Charnock and Holly Moore both took 2nd places in 13.8 and 14.3 respectively.



Daniel Nuttall was a comfortable winner of the U15 Boys A Long Jump with a leap of 5.43m backed up by George Camara in the B with a 4th placed jump of 3.91m and a new PB by 13cms. George doubled up with Matthew Smith in the High Jump – Matthew clearing 1.50m in the A (2nd) and George 1.30m in the B (3rd). Millee Schofield and Imogen Robinson represented the team in the U15 Girls Long Jump – Millee placing 3rd in the A with 4.33m and Imogen 6th in the B (3.63m). Imogen paired up with Tamzin Osborne in the High Jump, both of them clearing 1.35m with Imogen 6th in the A and Tamzin 3rd in the B and a new PB by 10cms. Tamzin has recently taken up the Pole Vault and is doing really well with another 1.90m height in only her second competition so far and placing 3rd.

In the U13 Boys Theo Robinson took 2nd spot in the A Long Jump with a new PB of 3.87m alongside team mate George Holman also taking 2nd in the B with a new PB jump of 3.51m after which Theo went on to clear 1.25m for another 2nd spot in the High Jump. Leila Pilkington and Charlotte Smith won invaluable points in the U13 Girls Long Jump – Leila winning the A with a leap of 4.04m and Charlotte coming 3rd in the B with 3.55m. Agatha Taylor took on the High Jump for the first time and went and won the A U13 Girls High Jump with a height of 1.25m.






In one of the best races of the day on the Track Oliver Gill with a personal best of 2.05.7 and Macclesfield’s Jake Rowley with a best of 2.05.83 had a real battle, both dipping on the line – clocking the same time in the U15 Boys 800m A race – 2.05.9 – Oliver being given the win. George Ramsden made it a double as he won the B race in 2.22.0 to finish off the week in style after winning at the Town Schools. Matthew Smith and Kieran Hamilton combined in the 1500m – Matthew coming 3rd in the A (4.41.0) in his first run over the distance and Kieran winning the B in 4.43.9. Charlotte Robertshaw clocked 2.33.4 in 4th spot in the A 800m with team mate Isabella Pacelli in 3rd in the B race (2.45.6) – Freya Neild finished in 5th place in the 1500m (6.43.6). Tom Hunt ran his second ever race over 800m in the U13 Boys in a time of 3.01.4 (6th) with team mate Jayden Dacosta making his debut in the 800m with a time of 2.49.2 (3rd) in the B race…..moving on to the 1200m which had Theo Robinson clocking 3.58.4 (3rd) in the A and George Holman (4.11.3) 4th in the B – both these young lads having their first outing over the distance. In the U13 Girls 800m Charlotte Smith was just outside her personal best running 2.57.7 in 6th spot in the A and Emma Bargh also in 6th place in the B with 3.12.2. Agathaa Taylor maintained her winning streak as she won the 1200m in 3.57.0, just six tenths outside her best alongside Emma Robertshaw who placed 3rd in the B with 4.22.9 which was a new PB for her by half a second.





Nick Gaskell and Dan Grundy lined up among close to 200 runners at this years Hendon Brook race held on Sunday July 3rd – (RESULTS) – the race being won by Aidan Holgate in a time of 80.12. Nick was running his second Half-Marathon race of the year having clocked a personal best of 74.16 at this years Wilmslow Half. In a consistent run of form Nick had another good run posting a time of 84.56, finishing 5th overall, 1st V50 and 1st Vet overall in a race which is longer and much tougher than the half-marathon distance (13.1miles) – Hendon Brook being 13.5 miles. Dan finished just outside the top ten, crossing the finishing line in 12th spot and running a time of 92.29 as 2nd V45 overall.

Still on the roads and this time with Peter Banks who was out at the Endmoor 10k during the week on Wednesday June 29th where he finished in 17th place overall in a time of 43.40 and 1st Vet 60. This was Peter’s first race since June 2019 and only his 4th since 2012. V55 Jan Buckingham was one of over 1600 runners at the Chester Zoo 10k on Sunday July 3rd – (RESULTS) – a race won by Jonny Mellor in a fast time of 29.34. Jan clocked a time of 51.07 which gave her 4th spot in the Women’s V55 category out of 57.

Jan with daughter Katie Buckingham

Going on to the Fells with Jack Lamb and Evie Taylor who competed at the Howgill’s Junior FRA Championships on Sunday July 3rd – (RESULTS). The U17 race featured 36 athletes – won by Wirral’s Alex Poulston in a time of 15.22 with the Women’s winner – Ilkley’s Beth Rogers running 19.25. Jack came home in 14th place overall with a time of 17.14 as Evie placed 28th overall and 8th woman in a time of 20.16.

Jack Lamb

Back on Track & Field…………

The latest Trafford Grand Prix had Blackburn Harriers athletes taking on 800m, 1500m 3000m and Discus on Tuesday June 29th (RESULTS). Oliver Gill was the first athlete out on the track in the U15 Boys 800m – Heat 1 – coming home in 4th position in a time of 2.07.79. U17 Ben Stratton lined up in Heat 3 of the 800m featuring U17, U20 and U23 athletes and crossed the line in 5th place clocking 2.00.30 followed by U17 Dexta Thompson in Heat 5 who last ran an 800m race in 2019. His time then of 2.25.0 was due for revision and he duly delivered running a new PB of 2.00.39 in 2nd place. Onto the 1500m races which saw U17 David Holman and U23 Joe Gebbie feature in Heat 1 with a field of 12 athletes. David ran 3.58.62 in 11th place and Joe 4.06.21 in 12th – the race being won by US based athlete Lewis Jagger in 3.50.56. U17’s Daniel Smith and Jack Lamb were the next up in Heat 3 of the 1500m – both setting new PB’s. Daniel clocked 4.19.51 (5th) bettering his previous best by four seconds whilst Jack ran 4.21.85 (8th) which chopped 7 seconds off his previous best. Heat 4 of the 1500m featured 11 athletes covering U17, U20, U23 & Seniors and among them Abigail Stratton, first year U20, who placed 6th posting a time of 4.32.46.

Five Blackburn Harriers took on the 3000m – Matt Ramsden, Jacob Watson, Stephen Walter, Tom Blaney and Isabel Holt. Heat 1 had 20 athletes on the start line of a strong field including Leeds athlete – Richard Allen who has a best of 7.54. U20 Matt Ramsden went in this one and took another impressive win clocking 8.25.18 from George Philips in 2nd (8.26.74) and Richard Allen in 3rd (8.27.14). Heat 2 again had a large field of 19 athletes and this time including three Blackburn Harriers. On paper, the current fastest athlete in the race was the Harriers Jacob Watson and confirmed that with a win in 9.10.51 in his first outing over the distance this year. Next home was Stephen Walter clocking 9.29.22 in his first outing over the distance in 12th spot and just one place further back in 13th was Tom Blaney running 9.34.88 (13th). Isabel Holt was one of 21 athletes in Heat 3 finishing in 6th spot overall and first U17 and setting a new PB by just two tenths as she clocked 10.01.33. V55 Tony Balko was also out in the Blue & White vest, this time in the Discus posting a throw of 32.60m.

Ben Stratton (97)

Joe Gebbie (361) – David Holman (185)

Abigail Stratton (2nd from right)