UKYDL (Upper Age Group) – Witton Park Sunday May 26th

Another emphatic win for the Harriers at the 2nd of the UKYDL Upper Age Group Division West 3 Matches hosted by Horwich RMI Harriers at Witton Park on Sunday. The conditions were not set for fast times in any of the races from 300m upwards as a really bad wind blew into the athletes faces on the back straight. The conditions helped the sprinters and sprint hurdlers but not too helpful for the Javelin and Discus. Still, it is the same for everyone, as they say and the Harriers made the most of it by recording 53 wins and 19 new personal bests. Slightly disappointing that a number of events didn’t have too many athletes in them – Bank Holiday weekend having some impact on the turnout.


One of the highlights of the day came in the Hammer as bottom of age U20 Charlotte Williams, who recently won her first GB Vest and followed that up by being selected for the Halle Throws International in Germany – June 1st & 2nd – posted another new PB as she threw 61.80m to win, an improvement of over a metre on her previous best (60.67m). U20 Anthony Kent followed suit as he set himself a new PB in winning the Hammer, adding over 3 metres to his previous best, throwing 52.01m. Matt Heywood made it three wins in the U17 Men’s Hammer with a new PB too of 53.38m against his previous best of 52.17m.

Charlotte Williams

…and after the event – in the Harriers Indoor Track

Anthony KentMatthew Heywood

U17 Cameron Harris remains undefeated this year in the Javelin and he was on song again, throwing in the U20 competition to record a winning throw of 46.60m – into the wind. U17’s George Whittaker and Kieran Carroll won their Javelin competition with 26.09m and 29.25m respectively to take maximum points in the event in both age groups.

Cameron HarrisGeorge WhittakerKieran Carroll

Emily Taberner kept the wins coming with a throw of 26.31m in the Women’s U20 Javelin as Millie Coy (U17) came 3rd off a standing throw with 21.78m and Myah Booth 2nd in the ‘B’ U17 with 18.62m. In the Shot Putt Anthony Kent was in the ‘slot’ again with a win in the U20’s (12.64m) alongside sprinter Kyle Mashiter placing 2nd in the ‘B’ (7.40m).

Anthony KentKyle Mashiter

Matt Heywood and Ethan Barbarewicz were the only competitors in the U17 Men’s Shot Putt, taking maximum points with 8.36m and 5.07m respectively. Myah Booth and Emily Taberner clocked up two more Throws wins in the Shot Putt with Myah winning the U17 ‘A’ (11.15m) and Emily the U20 ‘A’ (8.93m).Three wins and one new PB for the Men’s U20 and U17 Discus as Anthony Kent threw 40.02m in the U20’s, Matt Heywood 23.44 in the ‘A’ U17 event and George Whittaker posting a new PB in the ‘B’ with an improvement of over 2m – throwing 31.92m.

Matthew Heywood Ethan Barbarewicz

Anthony KentGeorge Whittaker


U20’s Ben Whittaker and Nick Smith got the Jumps competitions off to a good start as Ben set the first of a hat-trick of new PB’s on the day, leaping out to 5.50m, an improvement by 30cm in 3rd place in the ‘A’ as Nick won the ‘B’ with a jump of 5.02m which equaled his personal best. U17 Jonathan Gough was just short of his personal best placing 2nd in the ‘A’ with 5.83m as Ben Branton won the ‘B’ with a leap of 5.52m.

Ben WhittakerNick SmithJonathan GoughBen Branton

Chloe Bleeks finished 4th in the U20 Women’s Long Jump (4.22m) with Imogen Mansfield coming in 2nd in the U17 Women’s Long Jump (4.76m) and Bailey Madden winning the ‘B’ with 4.37m.

Imogen Mansfield

Bailey Madden

New member Fawwaz Mustapha made a very good start in his debut for the Club, winning the ‘A’ U20 men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 11.80m. Jonathan Gough and Ben Branton teamed up again in the U17 Men’s Triple Jump with Jonathan winning the ‘A’ (12.70m) and just short of his best as Ben added a metre plus to his best in the ‘B’ to win with a new PB of 11.07m.

In the Pole Vault featuring just two athletes, new members Katie Mitchell and Poppie Mae Preece scored good points for the team for the second week running as Katie cleared a new PB height of 2.10m in the ‘A’ and Poppie cleared the opening height in the ‘B’ of 1.70m. George Whittaker shouted out with delight as he jumped off the Pole Vault bed after clearing a new PB of 2.55m – an improvement of 35cm to win the U17 Men’s event and another example of just one athlete competing. The High Jump saw Liberty Thompson placing 3rd in the U17’s with 1.45m after spending the last week ill as Jamie Teare won the U17 Men’s High Jump (1.50m) and Nick Smith replicated that victory in the U20 Men’s High Jump (1.60m).

Katie MitchellPoppiee Mae Preece

George Whittaker

Liberty ThompsonNick Smith


The Long Hurdles had just four athletes in the two age groups with three of them from the Harriers. They had to endure the wind but it was a good start for the team as Solomon Brown win the ‘A’ U20 Men’s in a time of 60.8 with Nick Smith taking the ‘B’ in 62.30 – Jamie Teare jogged round to take the points in the U17 men’s 400m Hurdles (85.20).

Solomon Brown Nick SmithJamie Teare

Myah Booth ran the English Schools qualifying time again as she won the U17 Women’s 80m Hurdles in 12.00 with Liberty Thompson making it a double win in the ‘B’ (14.80). Nick Massey was back to a bit of form as he won the U20’s 110m Hurdles in a time of 17.30 despite clattering a couple of hurdles and Ben Whittaker set the first of two new PB’s on the day chopping 1.2 sec off his previous best to win the ‘B’ in 16.70. Chloe Bleeks won the U20 Women’s 100m Hurdles in 20.10.

Myah BoothLiberty ThompsonNick Massey Ben Whittaker – Race Video HERE

Chloe Bleeks


Solomon Brown ran U20 men’s 400m ‘A’ race clocking 56.50 in 2nd place as Findlay Sullivan won the ‘B’ in his first attempt over the distance ever, running 58.30. Harvey Ashworth was surprised by the pace in the U17 men’s 400m – won in 54.60 – as he clocked 65.20 in 4th spot. Freya Black clocked 66.60 in the ‘A’ U20 Women’s 400m (3rd) with Hannah Cookson 1st in the ‘B’ (68.90). Eleesha Charnley ran a tactically good race in the U17 Women’s ‘A’ 300m to come home with a win in a time of 46.10.

Solomon Brown Findlay SulliavnHarvey Ashworth

      Freya Black                                                                Hannah Cookson

Eleesha Charnley

Surprisingly just three athletes in the U20 Men’s 800m as Joe Gebbie ran a good time in the strong wind of 2.05.5 to win the ‘A’ and U17 Findlay Sullivan stepping up to the higher age group, running 2.24.2 to win the ‘B’. Harvey Ashworth clocked 2.14.3 in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 800m (4th) as Ethan Barbarewicz just went for it from the off in the ‘B’ and with the rest of the team screaming at him coming down the home straight, he hung on to win the ‘B’ by four tenths in a time of 2.28.1 – a new PB by four tenths. Freya Black was the sole competitor in the U20 Women’s 800m running 2.42.2 and Eleesha Charnley who had a tough day with a number of events, ran 2.29.8 in the ‘A’ U17 Women’s 800m (3rd).

Joe Gebbie

      Findlay Sullivan                                                          Harvey Ashworth

      Ethan Barbarewicz                                                     Freya Black

Eleesha Charnley

In the 1500m Harvey Ashworth and Jamie Teare teamed up in the U17 Men’s race with Harvey clocking 4.39.00 (3rd) in the ‘A’ and Jamie running 4.42.0 to win the ‘B’. Again, only 3 athletes in the U20 Women’s 1500m which saw Maddie Elliott win the ‘A’ in a time of 4.52.0 and Hannah Cookson win the ‘B’ (5.45.0). Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley were the duo in the U17 Women’s Race which saw Amy clock 5.18.3 (2nd) in the ‘A’ and Eleesha win the ‘B’ in a sedate 5.51.80.

Jamie Teare (AA) – Harvey Ashworth (A)Harry Wilkin (216 Non-Scoring)Maddie Elliott (1)

     Hannah Cookson                                                       (amy Davies (A)Eleesha Charnley

Just four athletes in the Men’s U20 and U17 3000m with all of them running together. Matt Ramsden ran 9.09.70 to win the ‘A’ U17 Race and Ethan Barbarewicz ‘fresh’ from his 800m win, ran 10.58.1 to win the ‘B’. Nick Smith set a new PB in the 2000m Steeplechase as he placed 2nd in a time of 7.19.30 – an improvement of nearly six seconds.

Matt Ramsden Ethan Barbarewicz


Eight new personal bests were set in the Sprints with the first one set by U17 Ethan Downes stepping up to the U20 Men’s 100m as he won the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 11.70 – his previous best being 11.73. Ben Whittaker won the ‘A’ in a time of 12.00 (2nd) and just a tenth outside his best time. Chris Brand ran 11.80 in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 100m (4th) as Kyle Mashiter knocked a tenth off his best time to-date to set a new PB of 11.50 in winning the ‘B’.

Ethan DownesBen WhittakerChris Brand Kyle Mashiter – Race Video HERE

Great to see Emily Warren back out competing after a long lay off with illness as she clocked 13.90 in 4th place (‘A’ U20 Women’s 100m) with Chloe Bleeks running 13.80 in the ‘B’ (2nd). Bailey Madden took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ U17 100m with 12.70 as Amy Wiggans set a new PB – by a tenth – of 13.2 to win the ‘B’.

Emily Warren Chloe BleeksBaily Madden

Amy Wiggans

Ben Whittaker achieved his third new PB of the day – by three tenths – as he clocked 24.1 in the U20 Men’s 200m (2nd) with Chris Brand cutting 8 tenths off his previous best time in winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 24.2. Kyle Mashiter ran his second new PB of the day – by a tenth – in the ‘A’ U17 Men’s 200m with 23.4 – and – in the U17 Women’s 200m there were new PB’s for Amy Wiggans by eight tenths as she clocked 27.5 in 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Myah Booth chopped 1.2 seconds off her previous best to win the ‘B’ in 26.90. Chloe Bleeks clocked 28.70 in the U20 Women’s ‘A’ 200m with Emily Warren placing 2nd in the ‘B’ (29.10).

      Ben Whittaker                                                             Chris Brand

      Kyle Mashiter                                                             Amy Wiggans

     Myah Booth                                                                Chloe Bleeks

Emily Warren

Due to injuries picked up on the day, the Relay Teams suffered a little and in the end the Harriers fielded just three teams – winning them all – the U17 Women’s 4 x 100m (Imogen Mansfield / Eleesha Charnley / Myah Booth / Amy Wiggans) in 53.50, the U20’s Men’s 4 x 100m (Solomon Brown / Fawwaz Mustapha / Ben Whittaker / Kyle Mashiter) in 46.60 – and – the U20 Men’s 4 x 400m (Matt Ramsden / Joe Gebbie / George Whittaker / Nick Smith) in 3.51.2.

BMX Grand Prix at Sportcity – Saturday May 25th

A very good run from Jess Judd saw her win the BMC 5000m – featuring 14 athletes. Going into the race as the fastest on paper, Jess confirmed that form, clocking a seasons best time of 15.39.00 with Claire Duck in 2nd (15.43.45) with a seasons best and Mhairi MacClennan in 3rd clocking a new PB of 15.51.78.

Rob Warner ran the Men’s 5000m ‘A’ race going into the race with a PB of 14.18.44 – after running 8.18.50 in the Loughborough 3000m last week, he was hopeful of making some inroads on his 5000m time. It didn’t go quite to plan as he finished in 15th place with a time of 14.33.28.



York Open Meeting – Saturday May 25th

V50 Tony Balko was back in York for the second time in recent weeks and it paid off nicely for him as he set a new personal best of 11.51m in the 6kg Shot Putt in 2nd place and there was a seasons best of 38.53m in the 6kg Hammer again in 2nd place. Tony commented after the event that the “outlook is starting to look much brighter for a decent performance at the British Throws Pentathlon and Northern Masters Championships at the end of June 2019”.

Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon – Liverpool Saturdxay May 25th

Joanne Nelson, Janine Fallon and Paul Brindle were over in Merseyside on Saturday – Joanne and Janine to run the Marathon and Paul the Half-Marathon. Joanne – a winner of this race in 2016 with a time of 3hr.00.53 as a V40 – ran this years race as a V45 and more than achieved her goal for the day which was to run the championship qualifying time for London 2020. V45 Janine also went with the aim of securing a fast for age time for London 2020, also achieveing that too coming home in 528th position with a time of 3hr 40.39. Paul, who ran the Half, came home 22nd overall, clocking 81.25.Paul Brindle

Joanne finished 5th Woman and 75th overall, spoke to the Harriers after the race saying that she Really enjoyed the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon this year. It’s the third time I have run it and I always come away happy. The course was slightly different this year with a few more climbs in it and so therefore a more demanding and challenging race. Ideally I wanted to run 3 hrs 15 which would ensure I achieved championship start for London. I set off and after the first mile I was on just over 7 minute mile pace (too fast for the time I was after). I slowed a little but felt good and so decided to go from the start. It was extremely windy, both on different sections of the course and especially the last 3 miles along the docks. A really friendly event with lots of support both by fellow runners and the crowds. Paul has also hired a bike and was cycling around at different points to shout me on! I came home in 3 hrs 06 which I was extremely pleased with. Janine came home in 3 hrs 40 which qualifies her for good for age for London, and Paul ran 81 mins in the half. A great, challenging race, fab day and night out in Liverpool”.

Joanne and Janine

Hutton Roof Fell Race – Saturday May 25th

One hundred and seventy two runners in this race at the weekend won by Nick Leigh of Horwich in 51.49.


Three Harriers in this race with John Horrocks bagging another top ten finish, clocking 55.10 in 7th place. Newly turned V50 Matt Nuttall had a good run too with his time of 62.01 in 29th place and John Orrell also a V50 finished in 107th spot with a time of 78.34.