Trafford Open Medal meeting – May 29th

It was a good Bank Holiday day out for some of the Harriers young athletes – Jonathan Gough, Joel Booth, Myah Booth and Nicky Saunders – last weekend at the Trafford Open medal meeting.

Myah Booth (U15)  contested three events, setting a new PB in the Shot Putt with a distance of 9.94m in 2nd position, followed by a 2nd placed 11.95 in the 75m Hurdles and finishing 5th in a sixteen strong field of Javelin Throwers with a throw of 28.31m. Brother Joel Booth (U13) came 2nd in the 100m with 14.45 whilst U15 Jonathan Gough had a very solid day with a 3rd spot in the 100m (12.75) and 2nd in the Long Jump with 5.22m. U13 Nicky Saunders  had a one, two, three day winning the Discus with 24.91m, coming 2nd in the Shot Putt with 7.30m and 3rd in the Javelin with a throw of 20.97m.

Fishwick 5 Mile – May 29th


Bank Holiday Monday didn’t just see athletics on the Track as over on the Road – V40 John Cookson placed 18th in 36.24 and daughter Hannah Cookson 26th in 43.15 – a few bragging rights in that house after the Race!


Cuerden Badger Trail 10k – June 1st

One hundred and eighty three runners took part in this Race which saw life long Blackburn Harrier – Tony Greenwood (V60) who lives in Basle and who has a Marathon PB of 2hr 25.27 and a Half-Marathon PB of 67.13  running in England for the second time this year when he placed 19th in 42.15 and 2nd V60 on the day – in the same Race Joanne Nelson – winner of three Marathons in 2016 – who has been out of training for quite a while finished 51st in 47.36 and 2nd V45 Woman in her first Race since the Northern Relays.


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Burnley 10k

Ben Costello who is back in training after a five week lay off through injury, ran the Burnley 10k at the weekend, a Race won by Gethin Jones (33.00). Ben ran very solidly to finish 7th in a time of 36.28 and told the Club that he had “Had a good week of training this week followed with a good performance at Burnley…….won’t be long before I’m back”.

U17 Nick Smith continues to knock lumps off his 10k personal best. His PB as he entered 2017 was 39.21 and in this, his latest 10k, he chopped a further minute off when finishing 11th in 36.55.



Kellbrook Fell Race

A number of Harriers have been out on the Fells over the last week which saw a very good run by V40 Shaun Livesey at the Kellbrook – part of the B&PGP finishing quickly to take 2nd place in a time of 23.27 behind winner David Mirfield. Shaun also contested the Burnley Lions 10k finishing 4th in a time of 36.21 and 1st V40 on the day. Ben Costello finished 31st in 41.41 with V50 David Morris in 202nd place (65.42).

Kellbrook ⇒ Results

Burnley Lions 10k ⇒ Results




Coniston Gullies Fell Race


Brothers Dexta Thompson and Felix Thompson were competing at Coniston Gullies on May 28th with both having good runs – Dexta came home in 3rd place in the mixed U12 Race with a time of 5.23 whilst Felix took 5th spot in the U9 Race, posting a time of 3.58.

Coniston Gullies ⇒ Results


On June 4th, both lads were out at the Kettlewell in this years BOFRA Championships and this time Dexta went up a place to 2nd in the U12 Race with a time of 6.42 and just one second off the winner William Hall. At Coniston Gullies, Dexta had been eleven seconds behind, so this was a considerable improvement. In the U9 Race Felix came home in 7th position in 6.17, the same time given to 6th place as well.

Kettlewell ⇒ Results



Bryan Searby was at the Hendersons End Race on June 1st finishing 60th in 67.10 (RESULTS)  — V40 John Sutton took 9th spot at the Ingleton Scenery Race again on June 1st in a field of 68 runners and posting a time of 34.02 (RESULTS)  — John Orrell (V50) took on Pen-y-Ghent on June 3rd along with one hundred and forty other runners to come home in 90th with a time of 73.00 (RESULTS)  —  and on the same day, Gary Pearse (V50) continued his comeback in the Wharfedale Trail Half-Marathon which boasted four hundred and eleven finishers with Gary placing 69th in a time of 1hr 50.14 (RESULTS).

Pendle Cloughs Fell Race

This Race only saw 30 runners complete the course which is a pretty tough ask. The Race was eventually won by Duncan Coombs in 2hrs 21.02 with Ian Clarkson (V50) coming home in 21st position in a time of 3hrs 22.24 – nearly half an hour quicker than he rain it in 2016.


After the Race, Ian spoke to the Club commenting that he “Took part in the ‘Pendle Cloughs Fell Race’ today, starting off from Downham wth rainy squalls, covering 4100ft of climbing, 14 miles of rough pathless terrain, sheep trods, mixed paths, traversing loose shale and brutal descents and climbs. The weather cleared and the sun and clouds came out to play as well. A very tough fell race that takes you round lesser known parts of Pendle, which has a lot to offer for the off road runner/junkie, this race needs a lot more support, so if anyone is interested get the recces in, put it in your diary for next year and you won’t be disappointed. Last years time 3:51:37 and this years 3:22:34, well happy”.