Lancashire County T& F Championships – May 12th and 12th – Stanley Park Arena

It was a great weekend for the Harriers as the weekend produced sun and a string wind on Saturday and sun and less wind on a close to ideal day for athletics on Sunday. The weekend saw the Harriers win 23 Gold Medals, 14 Silver and 9 Bronze alongside setting no fewer than 43 new PB’s.

This report is missing quite a lot of athletes and their efforts simply because of the numbers involved and the time to collate all of the information.





Some standout perforamnces over the weekend none less so that that of Matt Ramsden who won double Gold in the 1500m (Saturday) with 4.20.2, outside his best but won with real tactical acumen followed on Sunday by another great run to win the U17 Men’s 3000m in a new PB time of 8.47.50 which elevated him up to 6th in the National Rankings at the current time. U15 Jayden Riley had a brilliant weekend too as he had a winning double – firstly inn in the 80m Hurdles clocking a new PB of 11.7 and then running another new PB of 11.4 to win the 100m – both perfomances taking him into 3rd place in the National Rankings in both events on Sunday night. Ben Boocock added a Silver Medal to his collection as he ran 12.3 in the 80m Hurdles alongside Jayden.

Matt RamsdenJayden Riley

Ben Boocock

Charlotte Williams led an avalanche of very good performacnes in the Throws Events as she won the U20 Hammer competition with a throw of 58.00m followed by a double Gold for U20 Anthony Kent – winning the Shot Putt with a new Club Record and new PB distance of 12.76m followed by a throw of 41.87m in the Discus. U20 Sam Gaskell followed that up with a Gold in the Hammer throwing 59.07m as Anna Peers also struck Gold in the Senior Women’s javelin with 38.30m and Gold in the Discus with 35.86m. Myah Booth set the second new Club Record of the weekend as she won Silver in the U17 Women’s Shot Putt with a throw of 11.31m.

Charlotte WilliamsAnthony KentSam GaskellAnna PeersMyah Booth

On Day (1) there were Throws new PB’s for U13 Kady Thompson in the Javelin (14.03m), Madison Bontoft also in the Javelin (15.96m) – Shot Putt (7.17m) and Discus (15.16m), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw two new PB’s in the Discus (21.77m) and won a Silver medal in the U15 Hammer with a distance of 28.12m. U15 Codie Dewhurst set a new PB in the Discus (11.57m) as did Sebastian Burton in the Hammer (22.07m) and Nicky Saunders in the U15 Javelin, taking Bronze with 24.79m. Nicky came back on Day (2) and threw English Schools qualifying distances and new PB’s in Discus (29.99m) and Hammer (36.75) both of which she won before rounding her championships off with a new PB in the Shot Putt (8.54m). Adding to this continuing achievement of new PB’s were Caroline Woodworth in the U15 Shot Putt (7.66m) and in the Discus (16.20m) along with Grace Bontoft setting a new PB in the U15 Hammer with 31.11 plus Cameron Harris throwing 51.68m for a Gold in the U17 Men’s Javelin. Abigail Brown joined the athletes setting new PB’s with her throw of 26.21m in the U20 Women’s Discus which won her a Silver Medal.

Madison BontoftKyle-Taylor-PomfretSebastian BurtonNicky SaundersCaroline WoodworthCameron HarrisKieran Carroll

There were new PB’s too in the U13”s as Harrison Allcock won Silver in the Shot Putt with 6.54m as Mille Coy won Gold in the U17 Women’s Javelin with a distance of 34.55m whilst Matt Heywood came away from the Champs winning three Medals – Silver in the Shot Putt (8.09m), Silver in the Hammer (48.46m) and Bronze of the Discus with 26.47m.

Matthew Heywood

Harrison Allcock continued with his good start to the season winning Silver in the U13 Boys 100m with a new PB of 13.3 on Day (1) before going on to win Gold in the 200m on Day (2) in another new PB time of 27.9. U13 Stephen Alberts set a new 200m PB of 31.2 and there were also new PB’s for U13 Girls Amelia Burton in the 100m (14.1) in the Heat and 14.2 in the Final as well as a new PB of 14.7 for Alisha Lehner in the U13 Girls 100m (14.7).

  Harrison Allcock                                                     Stephen Alberts

  Amelia Burton                                                         Alisha Lehner

Kyle Mashiter in the U17 Men’s 100m clocking 11.6 in the Final of the 100m (4th) and new PB’s of 13.3 both for Imogen Mansfield and Amy Wiggans in the U17 Women’s 100m. Bottom of age U20 Ben Whittaker clocked a new PB of 11.9 in his 100m race  whilst Brandon Zinyemba clocked 11.1 in the Senior Men’s 100m for a Silver Medal.

  Kyle Mashiter                                                          Ethan Downes

  Imogen Mansfield                                                   Amy Wiggans

  Ben Whittaker                                                         Brandon Zinyemba

Dominic Bretherton





Ben Stratton just missed out on Gold in the U13 Boys 1500m Final as he went from 400m out to try and win, finishing up with the Silver in a time of 4.53.4 whilst U13’s Daniel Smith (5.13.5) and Oliver Gill (5.15.9) both set themselves new PB’s in the race. U15 Zachary Walmsley set himself a new PB in the Heats of the 300m with 40.5 before winning Bronze in the Final (41.5), going on to set a massive new PB by 30 seconds in the 1500m, clocking 4.49.3 with Saul Sharp also setting a new PB of 5.07.7 in the same race. Bottom age U15 Jack-Paget Fowler was running his first ever 800m race with a time of 2.32.7 with Codie Dewhurst clocking (2.33.5) in the same 800m Heat. U15 Keira Haxton did exactly the same as Zachary as she clocked new PB’s in her 300m (48.1) and 1500m (5.19.6), an improvement of 12 seconds.

  Ben Stratton                                                           Daniel Smith

  Oliver Gill                                                                Zachary Walmsley

  Saul Sharp                                                             Jack-Paget Fowler

  Codie Dewhurst                                                      Keira Haxton

The U15 Boys 1500m  witnessed three new PB’s for the lads with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret clocking his new PB of 4.47.6, Zachary Walmsley with 4.49.3, Dexta Thompson 4.50.8 and the third new PB by Saul Sharp (5.07.7).

L-R Saul Sharp – Kyel Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson – Zachary Walmsley

Kate Cookson chopped over 3 seconds of her previous best to set a new PB of 46.0 in her 300m race whilst U15 Abigail Stratton chopped a whopping 10 seconds off her 1500m time, setting a new PB of 5.52.4 to win Silver. U17 Ethan Barbarewicz set himself a new personal best in the 1500m with his 4.52.0 clocking – an imporvement by three seconds. U20 Maddie Elliott ran an impressive race, controlling it all the way round as she shot down the finishing straight to clock a winning time of 4.48.6 and the Gold Medal. It has to be said that setting new PB’s on Day (1) wasn’t easy in the middle distance races with a really strong wind down the back straight. U20 Joe Gebbie ran a great race to clock a new PB of 1.59.0 to win the Silver Medal as did U15 Hayden Mercer who set a new PB of 2.07 to win Silver and an improvement of 2 seconds with bottom of age Theo Watson in his first ever Championship race, also setting a new PB of 2.17.2 in the Heats – running 2.21.4 in the Final.


Leah Hoole made a real breakthrough in the U15 Girls 800m setting a new PB of 2.29.0 to win her Heat of the 800m before impriving that to 2.28.8 in the Final on the same day. Keira Haxton rounded off her Championships with a hatrick of new PB’s as she clocked 2.34.6 in the 800m. U13 Matthew Smith tore his previous best 800m time up, running a new PB of 2.24.1 to win the Gold, reducing his time from 2.31.4. U20 Nick Smith took the Gold in the 3000m (9.49.3) after running the race with all age groups combined. Seniors Tom Blaney and Annabel Ralph took on the 5000m which was men and women running together with Tom clocking 16.31.4 and Annabel 18.19 and with 12 laps into a strong wind, the times were pretty good.

Leah Hoole (904)

Leah Hoole (904) – Hollie Cubbon (901)

Keira Haxtion (902)

Matthew Smith (506)

Nicholas Smith Tom Blaney (297) Annabel Ralph (399)




On Day (1) Myah Booth struck Gold as she won the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.1which is a tenth outside the English Schools qualifying time, which she has already run prior to the Championships. Millie Coy was first up over Hurdles on Day 2 winning the 300m Hurdles in 47.5 as U20 Solomon Brown won Gold in the 400m Hurdles (60.7) and John iLunga set a new PB in the Senior Men’s 400m Hurdles clocking 64.7 for Silver and a new PB by nearly two seconds. Isabelle Hartley’s time of 12.9 was a new PB for her in the U13 70m Hurdles.

Jonathan Gough won the U17 Men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 12.86m just a few coms short of his previous best to secure the Gold Medal – U13 Harrison Allcock had a cracking championships and cemented that with a new PB of 4.34m in the Long Jump as Matthew Smith won Bronze in the U13 Boys High Jump (1.40m), U13 Daniel Smith set a new High Jump PB of 1.35m and U13 Alisha Lehner set a new PB of 3.03m in the Long Jumps,


Imogen MansfieldChloe Bleeks









Birmingham BMC Gold Standard Races – Tuesday May 8th

Just the second race of the year for Alison Lundy after her 2.10.63 clocking at the British Indoor Championships in February. Alison  2.13.72 in 3rd place.


Pinhaw Trail Race – May 10th

Over 250 runners ran in this, the second round of this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series. This on was won by the Harriers Ben Fish (29.56), well over a minute clear of Jonathan Cleaver in 2nd place (31.13). Chris Davies had a strong run to take a top 5 place (5th) in a time of 32.00, which also gave him the 1st V40 prize on the night.


Ben Fish

Chris Davies

Next home for the Club was Calum Holmes made it 3 out of the first eleven home as he clocked 32.55 in 115th position with Matthew Poole in 35th (35.56), V50 Gary Pearse in 66th running a time of 38.34 and Lindsay Davies coming home in 100th place (41.51) and 1st V45 woman.

Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships –

The Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship was incorporated in the Flower Scar Fell Racerun at Todmorden. The race covered a distance of 13.3 km and ascents of 660m. Lancashire Senior Men were 5th out of 20 Counties taking part, just behind Yorkshire with Derbyshire overall winners. Blackburn Harrier Tom Marchant came 71st out of 166 runners and was 8th U23 in a time of 1 hr 5 minutes 2 seconds. Tom ran a great race and and a fabulous effort representing Lancashire on a tough undulating course.

Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos

The Haigh Hall Race – Wednesday May 8th

One hunded and twenty six runners in the first race of this summers series which was won by Sale Harriers Daniel Gray in 23.43. John Chaplin had a great run to come in 1st V60 and 21st overall in an excellent clocking of 28.40 for this 4.2 mile race.


Chorley 10k – Sunday May 12th

Well over a 1000 runners in this local race held in Chorley on Sunday, won by Red Rose athlete – simon Croft in 34.35. The Harriers Paul Bradshaw took a top 3 place clocking 37.35 (3rd)


Kendal 10k – Tuesday May 8th

Great to see Peter Banks back racing at the Kendal 10k last week, being among one hundred and seven runners in the mid week race won by Rob Danson in 32.10. Peter who will be 59yr at the end of the year, finished in 18th position (39.07) and commented after the race that he hadSet my target at 40mins so pleased with my time hoping to to knock a minute off at next one at the end of May”.

Majorca Half-Ironman

Endurance Coach Andrew Knowles had set his sights on doing this Race and had been putting some good training in to get himself ready. Andrew had a very good day clocking a combined time for the Swim, Bike and Run of 5hr:15:17. He placed 35th from 306 in his age category and 535 overall from the 2384 finishers.

Andrew told the Club that the “The largest IM in Europe, 68 countries represented and arguably one of the strongest fields. Very pleased with each discipline, all went as planned and finished with a 1:45 Half marathon in 32 degrees, I could not of got any more out of myself. Thanks to the Preston Chaingang, Blackburn Harriers (B team) and coach’s, Nick and Marc at “the endurance coach’, Secret Training for nutrition (it was perfect, no flat spots) and especially Louise and Eva X”.

Deva Junior Aquathlon 2019

William Grundy won the Deva Junior Aquathon by nearly a minute with a combined time of 7.32 for the 150m Seim and 1200m run.

Saul Sharp competed in the British Triathlon North West Junior Series and came 6th out of 22 with a Swim of 400m and Run of 2800m.

Lancaster Open Medal Meeting – Bank Holiday Monday

Matthew Smith (U13) won himself three golds at this Open Meeting – in the 800m: 2.32.1 (less than a second outside PB); Long Jump: 4.28m and  HJ 1.40m  U11 Zachary Hearle ran for the Harriers too in the 600m, running a time of 2.11.3 finishing 3rd out of the ten strong field and also ran the 80m clocking 12.2 in 2nd spot. The youngest of them all – Charlotte Smith – won the  80m in a time of 13.8 and came home 3rd of 9 runners in the 600m with a time of 2.19.5.