For the second successive season, Blackburn Harriers have won their Division of the UKYDL (Lower Age Group) – 2017 saw them triumph in winning Divsion 2 West and this year they pulled it off again after recording three wins and a second to be crowned Champions in Division 1 West with Crewe & Nantwich in 2nd place on the day and 2nd overall in the season.

At this, the fourth and final fixture of the season, the Team recorded 15 individual wins, 27 second and 22 third places along with 21 new PB’s and a new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team who ran 56.5 consisting of Codie Dewhurst, Isaac Butler, Harrison Allcock and Tobi Olidapo.



An excellent day for the Club’s U15 Boys sprinters which saw Kyle Mashiter finish 2nd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.6 and then absolutely smash his 200m personal best time as he clocked 23.5 to win the ‘A’ 200m by the width of his vest on the line – a time that was a full second faster than he has run previously. Ethan Downes followed suit in the ‘B’ 200m winning in a new PB time of 24.2 – four tenths faster than his previous best. Ben Boocock and Rory Teare joined up with Kyle and Ethan to come home 3rd in the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 52.0 seconds. Amy Wiggins and Abigail Armas took on the U15 Girls 100m with Amy placing 5th in 13.9 and Abigail 3rd in the ‘B’ (14.2) and that after nearly falling at the start of her race. In the 200m Amy came 5th in 28.8 whilst Maia Bowman clocked 29.3 for 4th spot in the ‘B’ race. Myah Booth and Abigail Armas along with Amy and Maia clocked 53.6 for 4th place in the 4 x 100m Relay.


Great start for the U13 Boys in the Sprints which saw Tobi Olidapo win the ‘B’ 100m in 13.5, backed up by Harrison Allock in the ‘B’ with another win in a time of 14.0. Isaac Butler and Theo Watson took over in the 200m with Isaac setting a new PB of 29.8 in 2nd spot and Theo coming home 3rd in the ‘B’ (30.5). Kate Cookson and Amelia Burton were the 75m duo in the U13 Girls Sprints with Kate running a time of 11.2 in the ‘A’ (3rd) and Amelia 11.4 in the ‘B’ for 4th position. In the 150m it was Kate Cookson doubling up and running 21.7 in a very close race for 2nd spot and Lucy Ramsden also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a time of 22.6. Amelia Burton and Niamh Gater came in for the 4 x 100m Relay along with Kate and Lucy, clocking 60.7 in 4th place.


Sprinter Kyle Mashiter demonstrated his throwing abilities as he took 2nd place in the U15 Boys Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.67m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ as Matt Heywood also took 2nd spot in the ‘B’ with 8.82m. Matt had a very good day indeed as he added wins in the ‘A’ Discus and Hammer with 25.03m in the Discus after a 40.43m throw in the Hammer which sees Matt currently ranked 16th Nationally. Harvey Ashworth added valuable points in the ‘B’ Discus with a 2nd placed throw of 14.70m whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret went one better in the ‘B’ Hammer – winning with 18.63m. Ethan Downes and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret teamed up in the Javelin with Ethan coming in 3rd in the ‘A’ (22.52m) and Kyle 2nd in the ‘B’ with a throw of 21.31m.

English Schools Hurdler – Myah Booth – showed her prowess in the Throwing events too as she posted another win in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Shot Putt with a distance of 10.18m followed by Izzy Thompson who made it a great haul of points in that event as she placed 2nd with 7.39m before going on to win the ‘B’ Discus with a throw of 22.62m. Nicky Saunders had a pretty solid day as well taking 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus (25.44m), 3rd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.34m and 4th in the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.15m. Adding more points to the total Grace Bontoft took a very good 2nd place in the ‘B’ Hammer with 18.26m.

Saul Sharp and Harrison Allock both took 2nd place in the U13 Boys Shot Putt with 5.49m and a new PB for Saul and 5.48m for Harrison – Isaac Butler added a 4th placed throw of 19.76m in the ‘A’ Javelin to complete the Throws events for the U13 Boys. The U13 Girls excelled in the Throws posting 3 wins and a 4th place in total – Charlotte Clapham won the ‘A’ Shot Putt with 6.35m whilst Tilly Pollard won the ‘B’ with 6.27m. Caroline Woodworth won the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 22.01 whilst Madison Bontoft in her first competitive season came 4th in the ‘B’ with 10.26m.


The U15 Boys 80m Hurdles saw Ben Boocock come home in 3rd place in the ‘A’ race with 13.5 as Rory Teare placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with a time of 15.3. Some controversey in the U15 Girls ‘A’ 75m Hurdles as Myah Booth was given 2nd place in a time of 11.6, with many observers considering that she had won the Race, however the Officials decision is the only one that matters – Danielle Probert finished 5th in the ‘B’ with a time of 17.6. Codie Dewhurst came in 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 75m Hurdles with a new PB by three tenths of 16.5 with Keaton Pickering, unfortunately picking up an injury during the race in 4th place in the ‘B’ (19.3). The U13 Girls 70m Hurdles had Lucy Ramsden running 12.9 in the ‘A’ for 2nd place and debutant Jessica Cole winning the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 12.4, over half a second faster than her previous best.


Rory Teare had a very good day in the Jumps events as he set a new PB in the U15 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with 4.39m in 5th place and another new PB in the ‘A’ High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m (4th), a height he has been targeting all season – Zac Walmsley finished 5th in the ‘B’ Long Jump with 3.73m and Hayden Mercer cleared 1.35m in the ‘B;’ High Jump. Amy Wiggins and Rebecca Barton both placed 6th in the U15 Girls Long Jump with 3.76m and 3.40m respectively whilst in the High Jump – Danielle Probert cleared 1.25m for 5th spot and Rebecca Barton also 1.25m in the ‘B’ for 2nd place.

In the U13 Boys Long Jump, sprinters Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allock earned good points for the team with Tobi placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (4.13m) and Harrison 2nd in the ‘B’ with 3.88m – just short of his personal best. Tobi then went on to the High Jump – the first time he has done the event – and cleared 1.30m in 3rd place whilst Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.20m in the ‘B’ and also 3rd. U13 Niamh Gater finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Long Jump with a new PB by 18cms of 3.85m with Tilly Pollard also setting a new PB in the ‘B’ with 3.17m (5th). Jessica Cole mainatained her impressive debut for the Harriers as she cleared 1.30m in the U13 Girls High Jump for 2nd place and well backed up by Charlotte Clapham in the ‘B’ as she won that with a clearance of 1.25m.


The 300m always comes after the longer distance and can have an impact on those who have doubled up. Harvey Ashworth was in a pretty quick U15 Boys 800m race which saw him run 2.13.5 in 3rd place behind two lads in first and second who both ran 2.08. Harvey then ran 44.1 in the 300m ‘A’ Race (6th) with Zac Walmsley cutting a tenth off his best time to set a new PB in the ‘B’ race of 43.5 (3rd). Hayden Mercer ran a new PB of 2.12.9 in the ‘B’ 800m after leading from 500m out, finishing 3rd. More personal bests came in the U15 Boys 1500m – the ‘A’ race was won in a very fast time of 4.20.8 – which saw David Holman and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret run intelligent races as they looked to be competitive all the way round and it certainly paid off as David cut nearly six seconds off his personal best to set a new PB of 4.49.2 (4th) in the ‘A’ Race with Kyle chopping a whopping 8 seconds off his pervious best for a new PB and a win in the ‘B’ of 4.50.9.

The U15 Girls 300m saw Eleesha Charnley clock 45.0 in the ‘A’ (3rd) with Leah Hoole cutting nearly a second off her previous best to set a new PB time of 47.6 in the ‘B’ (4th). The two girls had previously run the 800m with Eleesha clocking 2.28.8 in the ‘A’ Race for 2nd place and Leah setting her second new PB of the day by just two tenths as she also placed 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.33.3. In the 1500m Sophie Stanworth ran a time of 5.22.9 in 4th place whilst Rebecca Ramsden placed 4th in the ‘B’ race with 5.46.0.

Theo Watson in hist first competitve season for the Club ran 2.33.4 in the U13 Boys 800m in 3rd place with Saul Sharp giving good back up in a very close run ‘B’ race as he placed 2nd in 2.39.5. Isaac Butler set himself his second new PB of the day in the U13 Boys 1500m clocking 4.55.3 – nearly four seconds quicker than his previous best – to take 2nd place after leading from the off virtually and for the first 1200m. Another new PB for Codie Dewhurst – and his second of the day – as he clocked 5.20.3 in the ‘B’ race in 2nd place with the time three and a half seconds faster than his previous best. Caroline Woodworth posted a time of 2.40.4 in the U13 Girls ‘A’ 800m for 3rd place as Keira Booth ran a very gutsy race to also finish 3rd in the ‘B with 2.48.3. Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton ran the 1200m which saw Kate just pip Keira on the line which meant that Kate placed 4th in the ‘A’ with a time of 4.11.9 and Keira winning the ‘B’ with a time of 4.12.2.

SIAB International – July 21st

Not a bad couple of weeks for Blackburn Harriers U17 Men’s Hammer Thrower – Sam Gaskell. After winning the English Schools and going to No. 1 in the National Rankings, setting a new personal best and breaking the Harriers Club Record – Sam was selected to compete for England at the SIAB International held in Grangemouth last weekend.


Sam finished in 2nd place behind Kenneth Ikeji who won with 67.29m as Sam threw 65.58m earning him the Silver Medal.

(L-R Sam Gaskell – Kenneth Ikeji – Sean Maher)

IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games – July 21/22nd

Jess Judd ran a 3000m seasons best time by some thirty seconds of 8.53.9 at the Anniversary Games last weekend, breaking the Blackburn Harriers Club Record which had previously been held by Pauline Powell.


BMC Regional Races – July 17th at Tipton

Four days before the Anniversary Games, Jess Judd entered a BMC 800m at Tipton on July 17th which was an all male field and clocked a seasons best there too with a time of 2.04.26. At the same meeting Alison Lundy continued the run of seasons best times as she won her 800m race in a time of 2.08.61. Not to be outdone – Rob Warner clocked 1.56.51 in his 800m race for a hat-trick of SB’s on the night.

Ingleborough Mountain Race – Saturday July 21st

This Race covers 6.8 miles in distance & nearly 2000ft of climbing and was won by Josh Boyle in 48.38. Four Blackburn Harriers took part in the Race – John HorrocksThomas MarchantIan Clarkson and John Orrell.

John H. and Thomas finished in the top 20 places with John coming home in 12th spot in a time of 55.19 with Thomas in 20th clocking 56.54. Ian“Blood and sweat on Ingleborough Mountain Race, Saturday 21/07/18, 6.8 mile, AM cat race, approx 1900 ft of climb and the same at break neck speed, with tumble thrown in, back down!!” – was next home in 134th running a time of 75.05 and John O. with a time of 78.13 in 153rd position. After the Race John Orrell commented on the day saying Four of our relay team made it to today’s Ingleborough Mountain Race. Two of the Wainwright Warriors put on a good show for the Harriers with John and Tom having great runs. Two of our Blue and White Fell Bashers came home a little later. Ian certainly did a bit of fell bashing, crashing to the ground in spectacular fashion. He went to a lot of trouble for free cake and bandages from the St. John’s Ambulance. I lost the plot losing big time on the decent. Opting for softer ground to protect my dodgy knee I left the main path, went left and right in the fog and ended up crossing bogs, ditches and losing 8 minutes. That’s fell running!”.

(Thanks to Richard Marchant for the Photos)

Towneley Park 10k – July 22nd

Two hundred and fifty finishers in this race won by Callum Davidson in a time of 34.22. Ben Costello had a solid race to come home in 7th place with a time of 36.18.

(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)


The Junior Races were split into age related races – three in all – U17/U9 – U11/U13 – U15/U17’s.


Just one Harrier in the U7/U9 race – Charlotte Smith who ran a time of 4.09 in 7th place out of twenty one youngsters. The U11/U13 Race saw Matthew Smith continue his good form with 3rd place in 7.29 in a sixty four strong field where the winner and 2nd placed runners were given the same time of 7.07. Codie Dewhurst came home not far behind Matthew in 7th place overall with a time of 7.46 and he was followed by  in 13th position (7.55), Theo Robinson in 23rd place (8.30) and Imogen Robinson in 27th place overall, 3rd F11 and with a time of 8.38.