The fifth fixture of this years Mid Lancs League – the last before the Medal Meeting on August 27th – was hosted by Southport & Waterloo at the Litherland Sports Centre on a day which was warm but with a wind that did have an impact on the middle distance races. (RESULTS). Thanks also again to our Officials – Grace Bontoft, Jolene Bontoft, Linzi Lancashire, Lindsay Davies and Krista Camara.

All photos on Blackburn Harriers Facebook Page

Big surprise of the day was to see the welcome return of Jerome Duxbury to competition who last competed in 2011 as part of the Harriers team in Division 1 of the Northern League, and it wasn’t a bad return as he posted 11.8 in the Senior Men’s 100m in 2nd place and then leapt out to 5.68m in his first jump since August 14th 2011 to win the Senior Men’s Long Jump. Henry Harwood doubled up in the U15’s 100 and 200m races finishing with 12.7 (2nd) and 26.2 (4th) respectively. Felix Thompson also ran the same 100m Heat as Henry and posted a time of 14.6 (5th) which equaled his personal best. George Camara clocked 31.0 in the U15 Boys 200m (3rd) after posting a new PB of 1.42m in the High Jump.

Jerome Duxbury (84)

Henry Harwood (27)

Felix Thompson (68) – George Camara (13)

Loucas Lancashire and Felix Thompson competed in the Discus and Javelin resulting in a throw of 18.89m for Felix in the Javelin (8th) and 21.52m for Loucas (3rd). In the Discus Loucas won the event with a distance of 14.62m which was a new PB by over two metres. U13 George Fenton was in good form and chopped three tenths off his time to set a new PB of 12.9 in winning his Heat 1 100m whilst Jayden Dacosta did the same in Heat 2, winning in 14.1. George then went and made it a very successful day for himself winning Heat 1 of the 200m in a new PB of 26.4, an improvement of nearly a second as Jayden placed 3rd in the same Heat (29.7), followed by Jack Dixbury winning Heat 2 in 30.7 and making it a double win for himself as he won the Long Jump with a leap of 4.36m and a new PB by just one cm.

Loucas Lancashire

Felix Thompson

George Fenton (22)

Jayden Dacosta (76)

Jack Duxbury

U13 Theo Robinson took on the 800m, coming home in 2nd place with 2.32.3 and followed that up with a 2nd place out of 12 in the Long Jump with 3.79m and just a few cms short of his best, finishing off the day by winning the High Jump with a clearance of 1.35m.  Jayden Dacosta finished in 5th position with his leap of 3.64m, this being his first ever attempt in the event. Senior Chris Davies ran the 800m taking 2nd spot in 2.17.1 and took 2nd place again later on in the 3000m posting a time of 9.58.2.

Theo Robinson (55)

Theo Robinson

Theo Robinson

Jayden Dacosta

Chris Davies (17)

In the Women’s events, U20 Amy Davies made it a really good training day running the 800m in 2.26.1 (3rd) and the 3000m (1st) in a time of 11.19.8 which was a new PB by just over three seconds. Kara Dacosta won the U17 100m in a time of 13.3 with Isabelle Hartley coming 3rd (14.5) which equaled her personal best. Kara then had a go at Shot Putt and Javelin for the very first time – placing 4th in the Shot Putt (6.63m) and 4th in the Javelin (19.39) alongside Kady Thompson in 3rd with a throw of 23.10m and Isabelle Hartley 6th with 18.48m. U15 Alisha Lehner clocked 14.0 in 4th place in Heat 1 of the 100m and then set a new PB of 29.2 (4th) in the 200m alongside Imogen Crooks in 3rd spot (28.8). Imogen then tried the 300m for the very first time and won the race in a time of 46.8 with Imogen Robinson in 2nd spot clocking 50.3. Imogen Robinson cleared 1.35 (4th) in the High Jump then joined Tamzin Osborne in the Long Jump – Imogen coming 6th (3.87m) for a new PB by 38cm and Tamzin placing 10th with a jump of 3.54m and also a new PB by 40cms. Tamzin and Hannah Davies entered the U15 Girls Javelin – Hannah placing 2nd with 20.46m and Tamzin 3rd (14.35m).

Amy Davies (18) (800m)

Amy Davies (18) 3000m

Kara Dacosta (Lane 6) – Isabelle Hartley (Lane 5)

Kara Dacosta

Kady Thompson

Imogen Crooks (70) – Alisha Lehner (Lane 4)

Imogen Crooks (70)

Imogen Robinson (47)

Imogen Robinson

Hannah Davies

Tamzin Osborne

One of the performances of the day came from U13 Caris Peter-Thomas. In her first competitive season she had already broken the U13 Girls 200m record and did it again on Saturday, this time over the 100m, breaking Emily Raine’s record (13.5) set in 2015 when she won her race in a new PB time of 13.4, following that up with a 29.3 clocking in the 200m (2nd). Emily Dai ran 15.5 in Heat 2 of the U13 Girls 100m (4th) as Evie Fort ran 15.8 in heat 3 (2nd) – Emily having set a new PB by 33cms in the Long Jump with her distance of 3.80m (4th). Evie Fort then clocked 32.9 in 4th position in Heat 2 of the 200m after earlier running a new PB by over 7 seconds in the 800m with her time of 2.49.7 (9th).

Caris Peter-Thomas (72)

Emily Dai (69)

Emily Dai

Evie Fort (73)

Evie Fort (73)


Ryan Bradshaw was out at the Windmill Half Marathon on Sunday August 7th — (RESULTS) — won by Keswick athlete Scott Nutter in 73.03.82 from a field of just over 250 runners. Ryan was running to raise money for cancer research finishing 44th in a time of 1hr 38.10.

Rebecca and Ryan Bradshaw

Matthew and Charlotte Smith competed in a duathlon incorporating a run, bike ride and another run at UCLAN Preston – (RESULTS).

Matthew convincingly won the T3 category, starting the race with 2.4km in 7:56min. He didn’t stop there as he was also fastest in one of the transitions and on the bike and the final run. A great result! Charlotte was competing in the T2 category and ran a fantastic 1st run, lying 4th as she went into transition. Unfortunately, she fell behind a bit on the bike but ran a great last run with the 2nd fastest time.

Charlotte Smith
Matthew Smith

Eleanor Allsop ran her second half marathon at the weekend, this one being the Running Grand Prix Series of races featuring the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 1k, 5k, 16 mile and 20 Mile Races all on the same day. (RESULTS).

There were 156 runners in the Half-Marathon Race which saw Eleanor come home in 114th place with a time of 2hr 13.06.

Nick Gaskell (V50) has had a hell of a good year in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series and his latest race at Worsthorne Moor was no exception as he came home in 3rd place overall, running 43.24 and 1st V50. (RESULTS).

Alex Rothwell continued with his season in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series with the latest race being the Worsthorne Moor Junior Races. (RESULTS). It was another consistent run for Alex finishing 6th in the U15/U17 Race with a time of 19.32 and 4th U15 overall.

Our final result in this latest report takes in a race across the Channel in France where UKYDL Team Manager – Danny Teare – was on holiday – and how can you go on holiday with your running gear and not find a race!! Danny took part in Hauts Forts Trail Race in Morzine on Saturday commenting  that he was “Glad to get that box ticked.  It was as tough as I expected!”. Following the Race, Danny sent us his thoughts on the race which helps explain what is involved “Decided to tackle an alpine mountain race for the first time.  The 23k course (Trail Des Mines D’Or) of the Hauts Forts Trail Race in Morzine, France.  Similar stats to the Tour of Pendle on paper (~15 miles and 5800 ft ascent) but a  different profile and felt quite different, for sure.  The overall event was a UTMB qualifier and the serious folk were running the 40k and 50k routes to get maximum points for that. It was a hot day but the mountain breeze and some cloud helped just enough.  There was a sustained 3000ft climb in the second half that I wasn’t quite sure how it would go, but was very happy to pick up 5 places on that climb and 20 on the final 3 mile descent.  Chuffed with a 4.16 time and 279/379 position. Worth the 28 euro entry fee and the 40 euro medical examination + certificate that you need to validate your entry…. which lasts for 12 months, so I will have to see if I can get a bit more use out of that!”    
Course:  Trail Des Mines D’Or