Conditions might not have been the best for running fast times as we woke up on Sunday morning to snow covered vehicles but that didn’t stop 1020 runners from starting at RunThrough’s Blackburn 10k – starting and finishing at the home of  Blackburn Rovers – Ewood Park. (RESULTS).


The Start

A number of Blackburn Harriers ran which saw Tim Raynes take the win in a time of 32.09 alongside team mates V45 Chris Davies in 13th spot (34.55) – 1st V45 and Paul Bradshaw making it three Blackburn Harriers in the first 20 as he placed 20th in a time of 35.27 which was a good time given that he hasn’t raced since June this year.

Tim Raynes

Chris Davies (237)

                                                                                                               Paul Bradshaw (1094)

Next through the finishing line was Eleesha Charnley running 39.25 and 2nd Woman as Leah Hoole came home 7th in the Women’s race with a time of 43.55 which was a big new PB by 34 seconds. Leah was followed in by Hollie Cubbon – 14th in the Women’s race running a time of 48.39 with V50 Lindsay Davies placing 44th in the Women’s race and 5th V50 in a time of 52.01.

Eleesha Charnley

           Leah Hoole (468)

Hollie Cubbon (1153)

           Lindsay Davies (233)

To the warmth of Indoor athletics is our next stop in the results for Blackburn Harriers studying at uinversity in the United States. David Holman was racing Indoors for the first time for Wingate University on Saturday December 2nd at Boston University and had a fine race over the One Mile distance which was divided into Heats for the 57 entries. (RESULTS). This was his second race over a mile, his first being for the North of England at the Welsh Athletics U20 International in June 2022 where he ran 4.18.53. Going in Heat 3 which involved 13 athletes, David placed 2nd in a new PB time of 4.11.09, the winner posting a time of 4.10.53. Speaking to the Club after his race, David told us how it went “I came 2nd in my heat with a time of 4:11.09. I was too cautious at the start with my glasses and the tape so I held back and went through 400 in 66 which wasn’t the best start. Boxed in at the back and couldn’t find a gap so had to spend another lap boxed in. Moved out with 800 to go and gained places and finished with a 2:02 last 800. I definitely feel a 4:06-4:08 is there with a better start and when my eyes go back to normal. Happy with my first indoor race over here though.” (Short Video)

The Bob Timmons Challenge held on December 1st and 2nd at the University of Kansas where Blackburn Harriers Hammer athlete Charlotte Williams is placed. Going into the Weight competition with a best of 16.80m, Charlotte set herself a new PB by 26cms as she finished in 5th place in the Women Weight Throw out of a field of 19 athletes. (Video of Charlotte’s Throw). Speaking to the Harriers after her competition had been completed, Charlotte told us that “It was great to get back out there competing after a very hard and intense few months of training. Although the weight throw isn’t the hammer, it definitely shows progression in many areas of my throw which will also lead to progression in the hammer. It’s very early on in the season and it was quite a messy competition for me but I still ended with a personal best and know I have way more to put out there!”

Kansas State Weight Throw Team with Charlotte 1st on the Right of the photo

Back outdoors, this time at the Myerscough 10 mile race held on Sunday December 3rd and featuring 229 finishers – a race won by Sale Harrier’s athlete Nicholas Barry in 51.20 with Paul Howard of St Helen’s in 2nd (53.41) and Salford’s Marcus Law in 3rd (55.15) – the Women’s winner was Aldershot’s Philippa Bowden in a time of 56.52. Blackburn Harriers Matthew Maynard came home in 54th place with a time of 69.06 which was a big new PB by close to three minutes. (RESULTS)