At last weekend’s Lancashire Combined Championships – May 17/18th Hyndburn –  the Harriers produced twenty three PB’s between them on the day including a new Club Record – a great performance all round.

Full Results HERE

Star Showing of the weekend was undoubtedly Esme Pearse finishing fifth of the ten competitors overall in the Junior Girls Pentathlon consisting of five events in all of which, Esme set new personal bests – 75mH (13.2); Shot Putt (5.87m); High Jump (1.45m); Long Jump (3.62m) and 800m (2.51.0). Liz Ashcroft wasn’t far behind in sixth place and set a new PB in the Shot (8.64m) and equaled her PB in the 75mH (12.6).


In the Senior Men’s Decathlon, unfortunately Oliver Aspden had to compete against himself as there were no other entrants.  Starting in six of the ten events, Oliver set four new PB’s in the 100m (11.2); Long Jump (6.17m); High Jump (1.78m) and 110mH (16.2) which demonstrates that he is in pretty good shape at the moment.


In the Senior Boys Decathlon, Joe Pearse was up against Luke Farnworth of Blackpool and came out a very narrow winner by just eight points with a total of 5353 and on the way to the victory set a new PB in the High Jump (1.93m) and a midge’s away from 1.96m; and equaled his PB’s in the 110mH 16.4 and Pole Vault  of 3.10m.

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Huzaifa Hanif who is a 400m runner tackled the Inter Boys Octathlon for the first time which covers eight events. Undaunted, Huzaifa finished fourth overall and set new PB’s in the Long Jump (4.78m); High Jump (1.51m) and knocked another full second off his 400m PB in posting 54.5sec. This season, Huzaifa has taken a huge four seconds off his 400m Pb and there is clearly more to come.

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Cameron and Nicholas Massey took on the Junior Boys Pentathlon with Cameron winning the Event for a total of 2331 points and Nicholas coming third in his first ever attempt at the discipline with 1786 points. Cameron carried on setting new PB’s as he has done already this season. This time he jumped 1.49m in the High Jump and then took a huge five seconds off his 800m time with 2.22.9. Nicholas had five really solid performances and it is clear that he is going to make a lot of improvement over the coming season.

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Another Blackburn Harrier seemingly setting PB’s almost everytime she competes is Charlotte Williams. In the U13 Girls Pentathlon she finished second setting PB’s in the Long Jump (3.92m) and the 70mH (12.4sec) which broke the Club Record that has stood since 2006 for an U13 Girl set by Bracken Sturgess (12.5sec). Charly, as she likes to be called is going from strength to strength.


Hannah Cookson who is having a great season competed in the Year 8 Girls Quadrathlon added to her growing number of PB’s set this season and was also unfortunate in that there were no other entrants in her age category. But this didn’t prevent Hannah from setting personal bests in the 100m (13.5secs) and 4.17m in the Long Jump.


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