Blackburn Harriers top of age U17 Kara Dacosta has already had a very busy start to the season, competing again at the weekend after being invited to the Guest 400m Women’s B race at the Loughborough International on Sunday May 21st. Middlesborough’s U20 Charlotte Lily Kelsey won the race clocking 55.38 as Kara placed 5th running a time of 57.12 and just outside her personal best of 56.90. The qualifying time is 55.1 for the Commonwealth Junior Games – the selection policy stating that athletes have until June 19th to secure the time. 

Daniel Bebbington lined up in the Gandy Mile at the Loughborough International in a field of nine. Going into the race Daniel had a personal best time of 4.12.43 and was looking to improve on that in only his second race of the season – his first being an 800m BMC race the week before. It turned out to be a very good run for him as he set a new PB time of 4.07.79 in 3rd place, a huge improvement by close to five seconds. Speaking to the Club afterwards, Daneil told us that ot was “Very early in the season for me as it was the second race but it felt a lot better than my first. Pleased to come away with 3rd, and happy with my quick last lap but just left it too late to get anywhere near the top 2 guys. Something to learn from and use for the rest of my season

Kara Dacosta

One hundred and thirty five runners in this local race – the Worden Park 10k (RESULTS) which Blackburn Harriers Paul Bradshaw, Marco Pacelli and Rachael Gavin all entered. Paul finished in 2nd place running 36.24 behind the race winner – Wesham’s David Taylor (36.10). V45 Marco was next across the line in a time of 39.14 followed by Rachael who was 3rd in the Women’s Race and 20th overall, running a time of 43.03 in her first race since September 2022.

Paul Bradshaw

On the Fells with U15 Theo Robinson again this weekend and this time at the Storth Stampede – part of the 2023 Junior English Fell Running Championship, sponsored by Pete Bland Sports

. Theo placed 15th overall out of a field of 50 young runners and 13th out of 32 U15 Boys.


Blackburn Harriers Becky Shorrock took part in the Cheshire Sprint Triathlon – May 19th – an event which covered a 500m Swim, 21k Bike Ride and a 5k Run. Becky had a very good day placing 15th out of the 202 athletes entered and posting the 6th fastest run of the day in 23.07 alongside times of 11.31 for the swim and 44.39 for the Bike ride. (RESULTS).

Becky Shorrock