UKYDL (Upper Age Group) Division West 3 – Sunday May 5th

First fixture of the season in the Upper Age Group covering U17 and U20 athletes. Unfortunately there where a lot of gaps on Team Sheets in this first match – featuring Bolton, Bury, Crewe, Horwich, St Helens and Team North Cumbria – possibly affected by the Bank Holiday and Bucs Championships and we won’t know that of course until the second fixture comes along. Neverthless it was a very good day for the Harriers as they emphatically won the Match by over 250 points, setting 22 new personal bests throughout the day.

Some of the performances from the Harriers were outstanding, not least of which were those coming from the Hammer throwing squad. Charlotte Williams won the U20 Women’s Hammer with a new PB throw of 60.67m – a distance which moved her to Number 1 in the National Rankings – and on top of that, was the second time that she had thrown the qualifying distance for this years European Junior Championships. Following that up was Sam Gaskell in the U20 Men’s Hammer as he won with a new PB throw of 62.45m which sees him at Number 4 in the National Rankings at this early stage of the season. Sam then took on the Shot Putt (6kg) for the first time with that weight and won the ‘B’ with 12.31m before making it a hat-trick of wins on the day with a distance of 38.93m in the U20 Discus and again, his first time with the weight.

Charlotte Williams

Sam Gaskell

Bottom of age Matthew Heywood joined the new PB group as he won the the U17 Hammer adding over two metres to his previous best with a throw of 52.17m – which is the second time he has achieved English Schools qualification distance so far and puts him at Number 6 in the National Rankings. He added to that a win in the ‘A’ Shot Putt with a new PB of 8.59m and a 3rd win of the day in the Discus with 27.00m in the ‘A’. U20 Anthony Kent was the fourth member of the Hammer Squad to come up with a new PB as he added 5 metres to his previous best with 48.71m winning the ‘B’ and moving him into 14th position in the National Rankings. He followed that up by winning the ‘B’ Discus with 36.18m and the ‘A’ Shot with a new PB (12.69m) which broke his own Club Record as he too, made it a hat-trick of wins on the day.

Anthony Kent Matthew Heywood


Staying with the Throws events – Abigail Brown set a new PB in the Discus with 28.39m (1st) and won the ‘B’ Hammer with 28.91m. U17 Cameron Harris won the ‘A’ Javelin with 48.31m alongside Kieran Carroll bottom of age winning the ‘B’ (33.27m) – a new PB by 2 metres. U17 George Whittaker went up to the U20’s to contest the Javelin and did well to throw 25.34m in 3rd spot and backed that up with a new PB in the Discus as he won the U17  ‘A’ with a throw of 29.13m. U17 Myah Booth broke the Club Record for the U17 3kg weight and set a new PB as she won the competiton with a throw of 11.00m and followed that up by just missing out on her personal best in the Javelin, throwing 26.02m in 3rd place.

Abigail BrownCameron HarrisKieran CarrollGeorge Whittaker

Myah Booth

Emily Taberner took on three Throws events, winning them all with throws of 9.01m in the ‘A’ Shot and a new PB, 30.48m in the ‘A’ Discus, another new PB by 5 metres and 26.77m in the ‘A’ Javelin – three wins, maximum points and two new personal bests is a very good return for your first competition of the year. U17 Ethan Barbarewicz placed 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot Putt with 5.47m. In the U17 Women’s Javelin Millie Coy won the ‘A’ with a distance of 30.04m.

Emily Taberner

Ethan Barbarewicz

Millie Coy

Middle distance produced one of the best results of the day as U17 Matt Ramsden smashed his 3000m PB by six seconds to clock a time of 8.51.8, well inside the English Schools qualifying time of 8.56 and places him at Number 7 in the National Rankings. Jackson McKay also had a good run to set himself a 3000m time of 9.55.5 in winning the ‘B’ and his first time ever over the distance on the track. Joe Gebbie was a comfortable winner of the U20 Men’s 800m in 2.07.9 with Findlay Sullivan winning the ‘B’ in 2.16.3. Matt then teamed up with Ethan Barbarewicz in the U17 Men’s 800m which saw Matt clock 2.09.1 in 3rd and Ethan also 3rd in the ‘B’ with 2.30.4.

Matt RamsdenJackson McKayJoe Gebbie (1) – Findlay Sullivan (11)Matt RamsdenEthan Barbarewicz

Maddie Elliott kept the wins coming for the Harriers in the U20 Women’s 800m (2.23.2) with good back up from Freya Black winning the ‘B’ (2.38.9). Eleesha Charnley and Hollie Oldham ran the U17 Women’s 800m with Eleesha in 3rd spot (2.34.4) and Hollie in 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.43.4.

Maddie ElliottFreya Black Eleesha CharnleyHollie Oldham

Joe Gebbie doubled up in the U20 Men’s 1500m after winning the 800m and had another comfortable win in a time of 4.18.2 with Nick Smith coming 2nd in the ‘B’ in 4.54.4. Jamie Teare and Harry Wilkin ran the U17 Men’s 1500m with Jamie in the ‘A’ – 3rd clocking a new PB of 4.35.7 – and Harry winning the ‘B’ in 4.57.8. Maddie Elliott after winning the 800m also doubled up in the 1500m, winning in a time of 4.53.2 and Amy Davies kept that going in the U17’s – winning with 5.20.4 and Rebecca Ramsden also first in the ‘B’ (5.58.3).

Joe Gebbie (1)Jamie Teare (A)Harry Wilkin (AA) – Nick Smith (11)

On to the Jumps where  Ben Whittaker and Nick Smith were the team in the U20 Men’s Long Jump which saw Ben placing 2nd in the ‘A’ with 5.20m – a new PB by 9cms – and Nick winning the ‘B’ with 5.02m and also a new PB. Ben Branton took 2nd spot in the U17 Men’s Long Jump with 5.36m as U17 Imogen Mansfield jumped a seasons best of 4.70m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ with Bailey Madden 3rd in the ‘B’ (4.68m) and Chloe Bleeks ccoming 4th in the ‘A’ (4.16m).  U17 Jonathan Gough had one of the jumps of the day for the Harriers as he leapt out to 12.90m in the U17 Men’s Triple Jump – a new PB by over half a metre to win the event.

Ben Whittaker Nick Smith

Ben BrantonBailey MaddenJonathan Gough

The High Jump saw Nick Smith win the U20 Men’s ‘A’ (1.65m), backed up by Jamie Teare in the ‘B’ (3rd) with a clearance of 1.50m. Liberty Thompson set a new PB – her fourth of the weekend – in clearing 1.50m in the U17 ‘A’ High Jump to take the win.

Nick Smith Jamie TeareLiberty Thompson

U17 Myah Booth set the standard when she ran an English Schools qualifying time and a new PB in the 80m Hurdles with 12.00 with Liberty Thompson also running a new PB in the ‘B’ race with 13.5 (3rd). Ben Whittaker took on the 110m Hurdles for the very first time and in a solo run, ran a debut time of 18.4 and never touched a Hurdle throughout.

Myah Booth Liberty ThompsonBen Whittaker

Millie Coy ran a dominant 300m Hurdles in the U17’s to win in a new PB time of 46.8. Sadly only two Blackburn Harriers in the U20 and U17 Men’s 400m Hurdles which saw Nick Smith 1st in the U20’s (65.9) and Jamie Teare the same in the U17’s (73.7) – Nick then went and ran the 2000m Steeplechase clocking 7.25.1.

Nick Smith Jamie Teare

Nick – hurdling the steeplechase barrier

The Sprints saw Ben Whittaker come 5th in the U20 Men’s ‘A’ in a seasons best 12.3 and in the U17 Men’s 100m – Chris Brand ran 11.6, just one tenth outside his best for 2nd in the ‘A’ whilst Kyle Mashiter did the same with his winning time of 11.7 in the ‘B’. Chloe Bleeks ran 13.8 in the U20 100mm ‘A’ Race (5th) whilst in the ‘B’ Race Bailey Madden clocked a seasons  best 12.8 in the ‘A’ as Amy Wiggans set a new PB in the ‘B’ race to win with 13.5.

Ben Whittaker

Chris Brand

Kyle Mashiter

Chloe Bleeks

Bailey Madden

Amy Wiggans

The 200m races had Ben Whittaker placing 4th in the U20 ‘A’ Race in a time of 24.5 with Kyle Mashiter placing 2nd in the U17 ‘A’ (23.7) and Ethan Downes winning the ‘B’ with 24.8. Chloe Bleeks clocked 29.6 in the ‘A’ U20 200m as Millie Coy won the ‘B’ with a new PB time of 26.8 an improvement of two tenths. Bailey Madden came home in 2nd place (27.0) in the ‘A’ U17 200m with Imogen Mansfield setting a new PB of 29.2 in the ‘B’ race (2nd). The U17 Women’s 300m saw another win for the Harriers, this time from Eleesha Charnley with a 44.5 clocking. Joe Gebbie had a pretty packed day already having doubled up in the 800/1500m as he ran a time of 57.5 in 3rd for the U20 Men’s ‘A’ 400m.

Ben Whittaker Kyle Mashiter Ethan DownesChloe Bleeks

Millie CoyBailey MaddenImogen Mansfield

In the Relays both U17 Men and Women came very close to beating the existing Club Records in the 4 x 100m. The Men ran 47.3 against an existing Club Record of 47.2 whilst the Women ran 51.6 against the the Record of 51.3. Both records are within reach during this season.

2019 BUCS Track & Field Championships – Bedford

Jess Judd won a Silver Medal in this years 5000m Bucs Championships held at Bedford on Bank Holday Monday. In a field of 32 athletes Jess and Anna Moller battled it out at the front of the race with Moller coming out the winner by just under 2 seconds with a time of 15.54.80 as Jess clocked 15.56.96.


Charlie Coy was in Heat 6 of the Senior Women’s 400m, finishing in 4th place with a time of 64.04 qwhilst Morgan Angland clocked 13.31 in Heat 4 of the Senior Women’s 100m.

Bank Holiday Monday Open Medal Meeting at Trafford

U15 Jayden Riley is on fire in the 80m Hurdles – already this season he has run the English Schools qualifying times in each of his four races over 80m Hurdles, the latest being a new PB at Trafford as he won the race in 11.79 to go 4th in the National Rankings. Ben Boocock also set a new PB as he clocked 12.27 in 2nd place and currently in 12th place in the rankings. Jayden went on to make it a double win on the day as he ran 11.75 in the 100m – a time which was the fastest of all four Heats held on the day.


Another young athlete going well is Harrison Allcock. At this Trafford Open Medal Meeting he picked up 2 silvers and a bronze medal which included a new PB in Shot Putt of 6.52 – plus –  a 13.92 in 100m (2nd) and 28.82 in 200m (2nd). David Holman wasn’t going to be left out of the personal bests and delivered a new PB for himself in the U15 1500m by nearly two seconds with his time of 4.47.35 taking 3rd place in his Heat and running the 3rd fastest time of the two Heats overall.

Bank Holiday Monday Open Meeting at York

Tony Balko made the trip up to York for their Bank Holiday Open meeting and it proved to be a succesful weekend. In the Shott Putt Tony placed 5th with a throw of 10.53m, followed by a 2nd place in the Hammer with a distance of 37.88m and finishing off with a win in the Discus, throwing 38.82m – just 16cms off his personal best with the 1.5kg weight.