Mid Lancs T & F League – Hyndburn Saturday May 4th

Start of a very busy week for the Harriers as another early season Track & Field fixture was held in a mix of weather – sun and cloud making for a relatively cold day with a bad wind impacting on both Sprint and Middle Distance times as it blew down the home straight.



U20 Ben Whittaker ran the Senior 200m Heat (1) coming home in 25.00 (2nd) with John iLunga placing 4th in 26.00 and a new PB by over half a second backing that up with a 2 second plus new PB in the 400m as he clocked 58.90 in 3rd spot. U17 William Dixon had his first ever attempt at a 100m race on the track with 15.8 in 5th place. Showing how strong the wind was, Jayden Riley (U15) who clocked 11.63 the week before won his 100m Heat with the fastest time of all three Heats in 12.30. U15’s Stephen Alberts and Codie Dewhurst had a crack at the 200m in separate Heats with Stephen running 31.7 (6th) at his first attempt over the distance and Codie clocking 31.2 in 4th. U13 Harrison Allock was back in competition after a short period out and clocked 14.50 (2nd) in his Heat of the 100m with Daniel Nuttall winning his Heat in a time of 15.00 at only his second ever effort at the event. Daniel then tackled the 200m which he had never done previously and clocked a good time of 30.40 in 3rd whilst Harrison Allock won his 200m Heat in 29.50 which also saw George Ramsden run a time of 33.30 in 4th. Oliver Gill and Isaac Smith ran in Heat (3) of the 200m with Oliver clocking 33.00 and Isaac 42.50.

  Ben Whittaker                                                         John iLunga

  William Dixon                                                          Jayden Riley

  Harrison Allcock                                                      Daniel Nuttall

George Ramsden

  Oliver Gill                                                                Isaac Smith

Imogen Mansfield warmed up for the UKYDL Match the next day with 14.10 clocking (3rd) in Heat (2) of the U17 Women’s 100m. The U17 200m saw Hollie Oldham win Heat (2) in a time of 28.60 for a new PB by three tenths with Rebecca Ramsden in 3rd place clocking 29.80. Eleesha Charnley  came home 2nd in the 300m in a time of 44.0. In the U15 Girls sprint races Keira Haxton ran 16.40 in 4th (Heat 3) with Skye Greenacre running 15.10 (6th) in the first Heat – and in the 200m – Leah Hoole won Heat (2) in 28.90 with Rachael Jesse (5th) clocking 30.10 in Heat (1). Hollie Cubbon ran the U15 Girls 300m (5th) in a time of 48.90.

  Imogen Mansfield                                                   Hollie Oldham

  Rebecca Ramsden                                                 Eleesha Charnley

Keira Haxton

  Skye Greenacre                                                     Leah Hoole

  Rachael Jesse                                                        Hollie Cubbon


U20 Anthony Kent was among ten in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt, placing 2nd with 11.63, adding another 2nd place in the Discus with 33.00m, as Nathan Billington won the Senior Men’s Hammer with a distance of 39.97m. Rohan Johnson was competing for the very first time in the U17 Men’s Throws and he had a pretty good day with 8.10m in the Shot Putt (4th) and 21.64m in the Hammer (2nd). Matthew Heywood threw 8.07m in the Shot Putt and before that won the Hammer with a distance of 47.08m.

Anthony Kent

  Nathan Billington                                                    Rohan Johnson

Matt Heywood

Kieran Carroll won the U17 Javelin (30.75m) and just outside his PB with George Whittaker coming 2nd (26.40m). In the U15 Boys Throws – Stephen Alberts tried the Shot Putt for the first time reaching 5.44m (4th) – Codie Dewhurst threw 11.02 in the Discus which was a new PB for him and Sebastian Burton threw 14.84m in the Javelin, a new PB by nearly a metre, and 20.41m in the Hammer (2nd). Toby Mansfield and Findlay Carroll contested in the U13 Throws with Toby finishing 7th in the Shot Putt (5.22m) and Findlay throwing 13.79m in the Javelin in 7th position.

  Keiran Carroll                                                         Sebastian Burton


U20 Ben Whiittaker just missed out on a new personal best in the Senior Men’s Long Jump as he leapt out to 5.11m in 3rd spot. U15 Rory Teare cleared 1.50m for equal 2nd place in the High Jump and Stephen Alberts completed his three events for the day with a distance of 3.56m in the U15 Boys Long Jump (6th).

There were 18 competitors in the U13 Boys Long Jump with 7 of them from the Harriers with the following results – Matthew Smith (2nd) with 4.21m and just 5cm behind the winner; Daniel Nuttall (6th) with 3.86m; Daniel Smith (9th) with 3.64m; Oliver Gill with 3.23m (10th) and Findlay Carroll (11th) just one cm less (3.22m); George Ramsden jumping 2.63m in 16th and Isaac Smith (2.59m) in 17th. It was a 1st and 2nd for Matthew and Daniel Smith in the U13 Boys High Jump – Matthew clearing 1.43m and Daniel 1.35m, a new PB by 2cms.

  Matthew Smith                                                        Daniel Nuttall

  Daniel Smith                                                           Oliver Gill

  Findlay Carroll                                                        George Ramsden

  Matthew Smith                                                        Daniel Smith

Helen Dawson-Smith returned to Track and Field after a number of years to have a go in the Long Jump placing 5th (2.87m). Liberty Thompson set a new PB in the U17 Women’s Long Jump with 4.02m in 7th as Skye Greenacre jumped 3.93m (12th) and Kiera Booth 3.72m (14th) in the U15 Girls Long Jump. Skye and Eva Knowles teamed up for the U15 Girls High Jump – Skye clearing 1.30m (7th) and Eva also 1.30 in equal 7th. The U13 Girls Long Jump competition was massive with 30 athletes in it – Amelia Burton leaping out to 3.54m in 7th in her first ever attempt at the discipline, Niamh Gater placed 14th (3.42m) and Imogen Robinson (21st) with a jump of 3.29m which was a 29cm new PB.

Helen Dawson-Smith

Liberty Thompson

Skye Greenacre

Eva Knowles

Imogen Robinson


Marc Hartley gave it a good go in the Senior Men’s 800m finishing 2nd in a time of 2.04.40 in a ten strong field, whilst Jacob Watson made his debut on the track over 1500m, clocking 4.29.70 in 4th place, a race which follows his win over 3000m at Trafford just five days ago. Dominic Walton used the 3000m for a training run and ran 9.43.00. U15 Hayden Mercer ran in a field of 13 in the 800m finishing in 2nd (2.14.80) with Theo Watson in 5th (2.23.40), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 6th (2.24.70, Dexta Thompson in 8th spot (2.27.70 and Sebastian Burton 13th with a time of 2.47.70.

  Marc Hartley                                                           Jacob Watson

  Dominic Walton                                                       Hayden Mercer

  Theo Watson                                                          Kyel Taylor-Pomfret

  Dexta Thompson                                                    Sebastian Burton

The U15 Boys 1500m saw Codie Dewhurst post a time of 5.19.90 (12th) which was a new PB by four tenths, which given the strength of the wind, as in the other races, made the times better than they at first, seem. Harry Sambrook missed a new personal best in the U13 Boys 800m with by a tenth of a second as he ran 2.40.20 in (8th) as Findlay Carroll ran a time of 2.58.40, also just a few seconds out side his best. Ben Stratton was another impressive winner of the U13 Boys 1500m heading a field of 14 to clock 4.57.5 making it three wins in a row over the distance in the last few weeks and in the same race, Oliver Gill ran 5.25.80 in 5th, Daniel Smith 5.32.70 (7th), George Ramsden 5.59.20 in 11th and Isaac Smith in 14th with 7.08.30.

  Codie Dewhurst                                                      Harry Sambrook

  Finbdlay Carroll                                                      Ben Stratton

  Oliver Gill                                                                Daniel Smith

  George Ramsden                                                   Isaac Smith

L-R Harrison Allcock – George Ramsden – Daniel Smith

The Women’s 3000m saw Annabel Ralph go head to head with Liverpools Debra Campbell, Annabel coming out on top with 10.37.70 in 1st as Ellen Sagar Hesketh ran strongly into the wind to post a time of 5.15.70 in winning the Senior Women’s 1500m race. Seven athletes in the U15 Girls 800m Heat (1) – five of them from the Harriers – with Leah Hoole winning in a PB equaling time of 2.33.3 and no doubt worth a new personal best without the wind. Kate Cookson placed 4th (2.39.90). Hollie Cubbon 5th in 2.40.90, Caroline Woodworth running 2.48.30 in 6th and Kiera Booth in 7th (2.51.70).

  Annabel Ralph                                                        Ellen Sagar-Hesketh

  Leah Hoole                                                             Kate Cookson

  Hollie Cubbon                                                         Caroline Woodworth

Kiera Booth

Three U15 Girls ran the 800m in Heat (2) and one the 1500m – Molly Nicholls came 5th in the 800m in 2.48.00, Eva Knowles was 8th (2.49.80) which was a massive new PB by some seven seconds and Millie Sambrook clocked 2.51.20, also a new PB by four seconds. – in the 1500m Abigail Stratton had a good battle with the athletes from Kendal and Lytham before triumphing with the win in 5.02.10 adding to the other new personal bests on the day with her own new PB by three seocnds. U13 Girl Imogen Robinson got in the act setting her new PB 800m time of 2.49.50 in 2nd place, just one tenth behind the winner from Liverpool with Eve Coulson in 4th out of the 12 strong field (2.52.50) also setting a new PB by two seconds.

Eva Knowles (119) – Molly Nicholls (128) – Millie Sambrook (140)

Abigail Stratton (898)

Imogen Robinson (138)

Eve Coulson

Gt Hambledon Hill Race – Sunday May 5th

Bank Holiday weekend saw two hundred and sixty one runners take on the Gt. Hambledon Hill race which was won by Baildon’s Michael Malyon in a time of 38.35. Among the runners were seven from Blackburn Harriers including John Horrocks, Calum Holmes, Ben Fish, Victoria Mousley, Gary Pearse, Paul Jeffries and Richard Taylor.

Thanks to Helen Leigh and David Belshaw for the photos


John Horrocks was the first home for the Club in a top five place with a time of 40.18, followed by Calum Holmes in 13th (42.08). Ben Fish, who it is rumoured, suffered some ‘navigational issues’ on the day came across the line in 22nd clocking 43.40 and he was followed in by Victoria Mousley in 32nd overall, running a time of 44.58 and was 2nd Woman on the day. Next in came V50 Gary Pearse in 54th (47.20) with Paul Jeffries in 67th (48.27 and Richard Taylor 164th with a time of 60.42. After the Race, Paul Jeffries spoke to the Club telling us “I took part in the Hameldon Hill fell race which was the 40th seniors anniversary of this race and was very well attended.
I had a feeling it was going to be a tough race for me, but decided to give it a good go and just enjoy it. It was a  lot harder than I imagined,  but got stuck in the best I could. Gary Pearse had given me some good advice on how to approach the race and I took it on board. I’m happy with how it went for me and it was a good event and very well done to all the other Harriers that took part”.

John Horrocks (165)

Calum Holmes (434)

Ben Fish (466)

Victoria Mousley (320)

Gary Pearse (509)

Paul Jeffries (513)

Richard Taylor (482)

The Junior Races consisted of an U7 & U9 Race featuring 25 youngsters; an U11/U13 Race with 72 young runners and an U15/U17 Race of 33 – all of them mixed with Boys and Girls.


The U7/U9 race had Juliet Mousley – daughter of Harrier Victoria Mousley who was running in the Senior Race – having a go along with all the other young children.

Juliet Mousley – Harrier of the future (346)

Oliver Gill & Matthew Smith

The U11/U13 Race was won by Trawden’s Harry Smith by nearly half a minute (10.22) followed by Blackburn Harriers Oliver Gill in 2nd overall (10.48) and Matthew Smith (3rd) clocking 11.01. Alexander Brien came across the finishing line in 27th (12.57) and just one place and one second behind him came Imogen Robinson in 28th with a time of 12.58. Next home was Lulu Sharp in 48th (14.21), followed by Charlotte Smith in 52nd (14.26) and Abigail Guirdham in 67th with a time of 16.58.

The U15/U17 Race saw U15 Codie Dewhurst come home in a time of 14.30 (10th) in a race won by Jack Villiers in 12.48. U15 Jack Paget-Fowler wasn’t far behind Codie in13th spot (14.57) followed by U15 Daniel Smith in 15th (15.07), U15 Leah Hoole in 16th (15.24), Caroline Woodworth 22nd in a time of 16.16 and Sebastian Burton – 23rd and clocking 16.20.

Back Row L-R Matthew Smith Jack Paget-Fowler – Sebastian Burton – Daniel Smith – Leah Hoole – Caroline Woodworth —–Front Row – Oliver Gill – Codie Dewhurst – Charlotte Smith – Lulu Sharp – Imogen Robinson – Alexander Brien

Wray Caton Moor – Bank Holiday Monday

John Orrell was out on the Fells again, this time at the Wray Caton Moor Race finishing in 96th in a time of 1hr.04.36. Afterwards John described his day saying Wray Caton Moor, 6.8 miles, 1099ft of ascent. Eight years since I last had a go at this. Decided legs were fresh enough after Coniston and tackling Cote de Park Rash watching the Tour de Yorkshire yesterday on the bike. Well not so. Legs were heavy as soon as we hit the first climb. The trig at the top couldn’t come soon enough and I sure could feel those 25% grades from the bike now. Then a great descent, bogs and fields that went on forever too. Happy to pick up a couple of places at the top and two more on the way down”.

Photos by Rebecca Orrell

Astley Park Trail Races – Wednesday May 1st (May Day)

First race of the Series this year with one hundred and four runners taking part in the main race and three Blackburn Harriers among hem – Annabel Ralph, Paul Smith and Martin Kerry.

Astley Park RESULTS

Annabel took a top ten position – 8th overall in a time of 22.52 and was 1st Woman on the night. She was followed in by V50 Paul Smith making his debut for the Club in 30th place (25.44) with another V50 – Martin Kerry – in 50th position and clocking 27.22.

The Junior Race featured 105 youngsters which demonstrates the continuing involvement of youngsters in endurance running. Jake Dickinson of Liverpool won the race in a rapid 4.41 for the mile distance with seven juniors from the Harriers also in the race.

Astley Park Junior RESULTS

First home for the Club was Matthew Smith (8th) in 5.10 followed by Oliver Gill in 9th with a time of 5.11, William Grundy (19th) clocking 5.31, George Ramsden (5.45) in 31st, Evan Potter (6.22) in 48th, Charlotte Smith (7.04) in 72nd and Isla Potter in 76th spot running 7.15.

L-R George Ramsden – Oliver Gill – Charlotte Smith – Matthew Smith – William Grundy

Matthew Smith (89)Oliver Gill (17)Matthew and Charlotte Smith

Avenham Park 5k — Bank Holiday Monday

Ryan Bradshaw headed this race of nearly 250 runners with a winning time of 16.59. Blackburn Harrier Daniel Balshaw had a solid run in his return to racing after injury, taking a top 5 place, clocking 18.21. Carmen Byrne (V40) and another athlete who has struggled with injury over the last three months, marked her tentative first steps back racing by taking 2nd place in the Women’s race and 19th overall with a time of 20.02 and followed in by V50 Jonathan Bridge (24th) in a time of 20.15.