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LATEST - Results of the 2015 Cumbria T & F Champs are available now, Here.

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Brampton to Carlisle Road Race 2015

After a course inspection earlier this morning the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race will be going ahead as normal and will be on the usual 10 mile route. Start will still be at 11:30am. Good Luck to all runners.

Last updated: 15-11-2015

Brampton to Carlisle - CAR PARKING NOTICE


Runners planning to park in the pay and display car park at The Sands Centre should be aware that the adjacent Swifts Walk car park, near The Turf Inn, which normally provides overflow parking, has been closed for the weekend.
There is alternative provision about 10minutes walk away at the Devonshire Walk car park, immediately west of Carlisle Castle.
DIRECTIONS - From The Sands (Hardwicke Circus) follow the A595 Workington/Cumberland Infirmary sign along the dual carriageway past the Castle, through traffic lights then completely round the roundabout next to McVitie’s Biscuit Factory, heading back towards the Castle. Go past Sainsbury’s and through another set of lights, then take first left just before reaching the Castle.

Last updated: 14-11-2015

Brampton to Carlisle - IMPORTANT NOTICE

Severe rain is forecast to affect Cumbria on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November.

This may affect the staging of the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race.

The lower loop of the course may be flooded although flood precautions were installed by the Environment Agency a few years ago following previous floods.

If the lower loop is flooded the course will be shortened by approximately one mile.

The main road (A6890) between Brampton and Carlisle is unlikely to be flooded.

Please check before you leave for the race to see the latest news regarding the staging of the race.

Last updated: 13-11-2015

Cumbria County Council Assistance

Border Harriers have teams competing in the UK Youth Development League at both Upper and Lower Levels. For the 2015 season all 8 fixtures were away, which involved the Club in considerable extra travel costs. Border Harriers would like to acknowledge the assistance from Cumbria County Council, who awarded the Club a grant of £1500 towards these costs.

Last updated: 16-10-2015

Athletics Weekly Readers' Choice Awards 2015

Nick Miller has been nominated for two categories in the Athletics Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.  As the awards rely on readers votes, they are tough to win!  We would encourage Border Harriers members to show their support for their fellow club member.

Athletics Weekly readers are encouraged to vote for the athletes they consider to be the top performers in 2015.  Read more Here.

Nick Miller has been nominated for two categories:

British Male.

Nick Miller broke the 31-year-old British hammer record with 77.55m. Won the European under-23 title and became the first Briton to make a men’s hammer World Championship final. Read more Here.

British Break Through.

Nick Miller became the first Briton to make a men’s hammer World Championship final a short while after breaking the 31-year-old British record. Read more Here.

Last updated: 16-10-2015

2015/2016 Mid Lancs Cross Country

The Mid-Lancs Cross Country League Fixtures for 2015/2016 are as follows.

Sept 26th: Astley Park, Chorley.
Oct 24th: Towneley Park, Burnley.
Nov 28th: Sefton Park, Liverpool.
Jan 16th: Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn.
Feb 13th: Rossall School, Cleveleys.
Mar 5th: Worden Park, Leyland.

If you would like to compete in the Mid Lancs League please contact James Douglas for more information.  More details and results can be found at

Last updated: 15-09-2015

Volunteers Needed for Open Meeting

Our second meeting of the season takes place at the Sheepmount on Sunday 9 August at 12 noon. Could you spare an afternoon to help with entries, results or with running field events – all under the supervision of experienced officials?  This popular fundraising event can only run smoothly if we have sufficient officials.  Please contact Richard Claydon on 07790729232, or Ken Taylor, if you could help.

Last updated: 31-07-2015

Nick and Tom Preparing for Beijing

Nick Miller and Tom Farrell’s places in the GB & NI team for the IAAF World Championships on 22-30 August were confirmed this week.

A few days earlier Nick broke the UK men’s hammer record with his first throw of 77.55 metres in Karlstad, Sweden. He beat Martin Girvan’s record, which had stood for 31 years, by one centimetre!

Tom comfortably secured his second qualifying time for Beijing on 18th in Belgium, running a PB 13:10.48 to move up to sixth all-time in the UK rankings.

It’s great to see the hard work put in by both Nick and Tom paying dividends, especially when only in their early 20s. Many congratulations to both and very best wishes for Beijing.

Last updated: 03-08-2015

Summer Ball

David and Jenn Farrell once again promoted a Summer Ball at their Stone Eden Nursery at Wheelbarrow Hall, Aglionby where guests, member and supporters enjoyed an evening raising money for the club and for the Jigsaw Children’s Hospice. Fresh from his gold medal winning performances at the British Championships and the European Under 23 Championships, Nick Miller accepted a cheque on the club’s behalf. During the evening Tom Farrell was engaged in more serious business in Belgium, with the announcement of his 5000m PB adding appropriately to the occasion. 

We remain very grateful to David and Jenn for their continuing support of, and commitment, to the Club.

Last updated: 03-08-2015

Under 20/U17 Team Comes Good

Relegation fears were cast aside last Sunday at a very wet Ellesmere Port when we finished second of the six teams, just eight points behind outright division winners Bolton Harriers.  

The pick of the individual wins were Alison McCorry’s, returning from University and injury, clocking 12.2secs in the U20 women 100m and Mathew James, still an U17, with a hammer throw of 45.45m. Alison also took the 200m in 25.6.

All athletes worked hard to guarantee safety. ‘A’ string wins were achieved by Ciaran Campbell (2), Brandon McFarlane, Owen McCorry, Sam Buszko and Emily Dibble and ‘B’ string victories by Peter Nevison, Dan Forrester, Lewis Dean, Brandon McFarlane, William Maughan, Lauren Sellars and Kyra Walton.

Many thanks are due to Mike Smith, team manager and coach, for his unstinting efforts to develop athletes and co-ordinate this team, which has had to travel to Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire for all four fixtures.

Last updated: 03-08-2015

Northern Track And Field League

A much improved turnout at the third match at Litherland, Liverpool saw our men and women finish second behind Wigan and move into fourth place with one match to go.

A welcome return saw James Douglas score maximum points in the 3000m steeplechase in 9:33.3 and the 1500m 4:10.8. Jordan Hull won the 5000m in good style in 15:55.4. Ella Telford was runner up in good quality sprint hurdles and high jump events, with notable marks of 16.0secs and 1.60m respectively.

Kev Bell won the 800m and 400m hurdles. Sam Buszko and Devota Nyakyoma both led their javelin events.  Welcome ‘B’ strings wins came from Alex Foxworthy, 400m and 400mH, Kieran Reynolds, 1500m, Bob Hodgson 5000m and Daniel Forrester in the high jump.

Last updated: 03-08-2015

X Border Challenge 10k

On the road, Jon Fletcher won this 10k from Gretna to Carlisle in 33 mins 8 secs, over two minutes clear of his nearest challenger.

Last updated: 03-08-2015

Congratulations to Tom and Nick

Tom Farrell and Nick Miller are both British Champions after winning the 5000m and Hammer throw events at the Alexander Stadium Birmingham on Saturday.

Tom went to the front of the 25 strong field with four laps to go. Coming to the bell there were just three athletes battling for the two places up for grabs for the World Championships in Beijing. An impressive burst over the last 300m saw Tom take the title in 13:42:20 chased home by double European medallist Andy Vernon in 13:44:27 with Liverpool Harrier’s Jonny Mellor in third. Tom covered the last 800m in just 1min 57secs.

Nick, fresh from his second place in the European Team Cup in Russia which earned the British team a valuable 11 points, took his title with his first round throw of 75.88m. Woodford Green’s Mark Dry threw 73.02m for second with Chris Bennet of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers third with 72.62m. Nick remains in tremendous form since setting a new British under 23 record of 76.97m in May. He will compete in Tallin next weekend in the Under 23 European Championships as part of the GB and NI team.

Last updated: 06-07-2015

Typhoo National Junior Championships

Well done also to Ewan Waite who has won gold in the Typhoo National Junior Championships at Warwick University, running 2.25.7 in the 800m T38 classification. Ewan will be a valuable member of the Scottish Disability Squad in next month’s CPIS World Games in Nottingham.

Last updated: 06-07-2015

Northern Senior T&F Championships 2015

In the Northern Senior Championships at Sportcity, Manchester Devota Nyakyoma won silver with her 42.79m Javelin throw. She was pipped by Preston’s Angela Lupton who threw 43.25 metres.

In the Men’s 5000m James Douglas and Stockport’s Jack Martin and Jack Morris broke away from the field of 23 with almost three laps to go. It was anyone’s race moving into the home straight before Martin pulled away to win in 14:30:10 with Morris just edging James into the bronze medal position in 14:31:82.

Last updated: 06-07-2015

Nick Miller at Payton Jordan Invitation, California

Nick was competing for GB at the Payton Jordon Invitation in California at the venue where he broke the British Under 23 record 4 weeks ago. In only his 2nd competition of the year he again impressed with a further record breaking throw and meeting record of 76.97m. This extends his lead on the Power of 10 rankings.

He has gained the qualifying distance for the World championships in Beijing in August which was set at 76.00m, and also qualified for the European Under 23 Championships in Estonia in July. He is currently ranked No 1 in the world at Under 23 level and 4th in the World Senior Men's hammer.

Last updated: 07-05-2015

Nick and Olivia Hit The Headlines

Nick Miller has smashed the Under 23 British hammer record in his first competition of the new season. Competing in the Stanford Invitational Meeting on 4th April the Oklahoma State University student threw 75.41m to beat the previous record of 75.10 set as long ago as 1996. Nick’s throw also propels him to sixth in the all-time UK list.

At the opposite end of the age scale, Olivia Mason has been ranked first in Athletics Weekly’s 2014-2015 cross country rankings based on performances over the season. The magazine comments: - ‘Olivia was superb, winning three major championships. Barring one hiccup at Liverpool, she was unchallenged to rank top. She won all her major age-group races and also gave a good account of herself against the leading under 15s in the schools event’.

Last updated: 28-04-2015

Mid Lancs Cross Country Championships

We have this season’s Men’s and Women’s individual senior champions in this long established and competitive league. Fields of around 300 athletes (men) and 175 (women) race at six venues over the winter in the senior races, with each competitor’s best four races counting for the awards.

James Douglas has dominated this competition in recent years, winning the title for five consecutive seasons and six times in the last seven years. His fitness and determination are second to none at this level. This year he was pushed all the way by another Cumbrian athlete, Chris Steele representing Team North Cumbria. Each man beat the other twice and deservedly shared the title on 8 points.

A sensational series of runs by the ever green Clare McKeown, at 43 years giving many of her rivals over twenty years, saw her finish top on 9 points from Lancaster & Morecambe’s Caroline Baxter on 11 and Sarah Tipler of Barnoldswick on 13. Clare’s strength in muddy conditions held her in good throughout the season.  Her previous best finishes had been 3rd in 2012/13 and 4th in 2011/12. Inevitably the Veteran 35/45 title is also hers.

Fiona Smith supported Clare regularly, in her first season for us, finishing 21st and 7th Vet 35/45.

Impressive racing saw Neil Orr just pipped to the Under 20 Men’s title by Barrow’s Ross Campbell, who on 13 points scored two less than Neil.

Our Senior Men’s team finished the season third in Division 1 behind champions Barrow and runners up Horwich RMI. A number of our members raced during the winter, but with four finishes Dan Ibbotson took 38th overall individual, 17th Vet 40, and Kevin Hull 45th, 5th Vet 50 yrs.

James Douglas

Clare McKeown

Photo Credits - Steve Angus

Last updated: 01-04-2015

Road Racing Round Up

Jon Fletcher has won the Lancaster Valentine’s Day 10K, leading throughout to clock 32:34. Teresa Medley, LV 45, was back in 44:10.

Alastair Weymouth, currently studying at Leeds Univ, set a PB of 32:39 in the Trafford 10K

Locally, the Resolution 10K saw James Buis our first finisher, 3rd in 33:21, just outsprinting Bob Hodgson, who set a PB of 33:23. Kev Bell was home in 34:28 in 6th followed by U20 Ciaran Campbell, another setting a PB with 34:49. Stuart Robinson was back soon afterwards in 14th. Vet 50s Kevin Hull and John McGibbon also recorded PBs of 43:06 and 46:55.

Last updated: 27-03-2015

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

As reported previously, Olivia Mason outpaced her rival Agnes McTighe by four seconds to win her third championship Under 13 title of the winter. Cumbria’s team took 15th place.

An unusually relatively dry Cofton Park in Birmingham saw more top racing on an unusually seasonably day. James Douglas headed the Cumbria Senior Men’s challenge finishing two places higher than in the Nationals in 35th recording 36:25. Fellow Border athletes Matthew Grieve came home in 103rd, fourth counter, and Bob Hodgson in 147th to see the County finish as an impressive tenth team.

Triathlete Jordan Hull finished 83rd in the Under 20 race and Ciaran Campbell 74th in the Under 17s.

A very promising run by Camilla McKnespiey who sped home in 24th place saw the Under 15s finish 12th county. James Salt also made his mark when 38th in the Under 13 Boys; Oliver Dustin gained invaluable experience at this level finishing 140th in the Under 15 Boys.

Last updated: 27-03-2015

National Cross Country Championships 2015

Northern champion Olivia Mason dominated the Under 13 Girls’ race at Parliament Hill Fields beating Agnes McTighe of Stratford on Avon by 12 seconds after leading from the start.  Olivia made light of the mud and hills for a fine victory.

Our Men’s team led by another impressive run from James Douglas in 37th place in 41:41 finished 24th team and 6th Northern club. Harry Earl was just over a couple of minutes further back in 116th supported by Kev Bell 184th, Ross Landon 224th, Bob Hodgson 349th and V45 Steve Angus 543rd. V50 Kevin Hull and Daniel Ibbotson both came home in midfield.

In-form Alastair Weymouth chased the leaders all the way in the Under 20 race. Reading’s Jonathan Davies pulled well clear for the title, but in 8th place Alastair was only a minute behind the bronze medallist.

Rhiannon Silson took 119th in the Senior Women’s race and Ciaran Campbell 56th in the Under 17 Men.

Last updated: 27-03-2015

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Olivia Mason became UK Cross Country Champion on Saturday 7th March when she won the U13 girls Inter Counties Cross Country championships in Birmingham, continuing her recent great form. Olivia has now won a remarkable domestic treble of major championships for her age group; the Northern, National and Inter Counties titles. Olivia becomes the first Cumbrian girl in the race’s 40 years history to win the U13 girls title – a superb achievement! Well Done Olivia.

Olivia Mason Inter Counties

Last updated: 15-03-2015

Annan River Races 2015

The 2015 running of the annual Annan River Races take place on Sunday 1st March, at Everholm, Annan.  Information poster can be found Here. Entry Form.

Last updated: 20-02-2015

Northern Cross Country Championships

Border Harriers’ own Olivia Mason became Northern Cross Country Champion on 24th January.  The following report is from the Times & Star newspaper.

Olivia Mason took a stunning victory in the North of England Cross Country championships at Pontefract racecourse in Wakefield on Saturday 24th January. The 13-year-old Border Harrier from Branthwaite, Workington was running in the U13 girl’s race and lined up against a quality field of 196 runners from across the North of England. The course was mainly flat with a few undulating sections and was quite muddy in places following recent rain and snow but the weather for the race stayed dry. Read More.

Last updated: 09-02-2015

Border Harriers AGM 2015

The Border Harriers AGM will be held on Friday 30th January 2015 at the Meeting Room at the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium in Carlisle. The meeting will now start at a later time of 7:30pm.

Last updated: 27-01-2015

Border Harriers AGM 2015

A reminder that the Border Harriers AGM will be held on Friday 30th January 2015 at the Meeting Room at the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium in Carlisle. The meeting will start at 7:00pm.  The AGM is a good opportunity for you to raise any concerns or offer any suggestions regarding the running of the club. All welcome, and Tea and Biscuits will be provided.

Last updated: 09-01-2015

Nick Miller Review of 2014

For most of the 2014 season Nick has been in 1st place in the British Senior hammer rankings (Power of 10). He also holds the Under 23 number 1 ranking.

In June 2014, at Birmingham, Nick took first place in the hammer throw at the Sainsbury’s British Championships, winning the senior-level national event. Read More.

Last updated: 11-01-2015

Border Harriers AGM 2015

Border Harriers AGM will be held on Friday 30th January 2015 at the Meeting Room at the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium in Carlisle. The meeting will start at 7:00pm.  The AGM is a good opportunity for you to raise any concerns or offer any suggestions regarding the running of the club. All welcome and Tea and Biscuits will be provided.

Last updated: 26-10-2014

Annual Presentation Night


Border Harriers Annual Presentation night will be held on Friday 7th November 2014 at Creighton Rugby Club, Carlisle followed by a disco. Starting at 7:30pm till Midnight. Buffet provided. Entry £5 paid on the door.

Last updated: 26-10-2014

2014/2015 Cross Country Season

Border Harriers compete in the Cumbria Cross Country the Mid-Lancs Cross Country Leagues.


The Cumbria Cross Country League is a friendly league with a number of low key races suited to all standards.  A good introduction to cross country running.  All senior races start 1:10pm, junior races at all fixtures start from 12 noon.

The fixtures for the 2014/2015 season are:-

Oct 11th: Cockermouth (just past School on Embleton Road).

Nov 8th: Keswick, Fitz Park.

Now 22nd: Venue TBC.

Dec 6th: Penrith, Frenchfields.

Dec 14th: Carlisle, Sheepmount. Incorporating Cumbria Vets Champs - separate entry reqd.

Jan 3rd: County Cross Country Champs, Penrith.


For further information please contact Noel Hakeman on (01434) 321385. Entry forms (complete and bring on race day) can be found Here.


The Mid-Lancs Cross Country League has larger fields than Cumbria League, and a better standard of competition.

The fixtures for the 2014/2015 season are:-

Oct 25th: Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn.

Nov 15th: Thorncliffe, Barrow-in-Furness.

Nov 29th: Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Jan 10th: Townley Park, Burnley.

Feb 14th: Lawsons Ground, Blackpool.

Mar 7th: Rylands Park, Lancaster.


If you would like to compete in the Mid Lancs League please contact James Douglas for more information.  More details and results can be found at

Last updated: 11-10-2014

Nick Miller - Bowerman Watch List

Nick Miller has been nominated as 1 of 15 athletes in the USA Universities for the top athlete of the year award. More information can be found Here.

Last updated: 24-05-2014

Nick Miller - Big 12

Nick continues to develop and increase his PB. Last weekend (Fri 16th May) he was throwing in the "Big 12" comp at Lubbock, Texas and once again set new heights. He had a great series (apart from the first round when ne possibly slipped) of 62.78m, 73.09m, 71.54m, 73.79m, Foul, and 74.38m. His best of 74.38m was a new PB, a new Collegiate record, a new Big 12 record beating the previous record by 3m, and a new stadium record.

This is an incredible performance for last week his performance won the event for him by 29cm, so competition was fierce but at this meeting the second place threw 58+m. So Nick could have won with any of his throws.  This increases his lead in Britain by a further centimeter and he is currently No2 in the World U23 rankings and 20th overall.

Last updated: 12-06-2014

Nick Miller - Wildcat Invitation

A couple of weekend ago (Sat 10th May), Nick Miller was competed in the Wildcat Invitation event in Kansas, and he improved his best of the season (which was at 71.30m) and his PB, (which was 71.60, achieved in the 2013 season) several times with a throws series of 71.35m, 74.15m, 73.06m, 74.37m, and 72.81.

This produced for Nick his best ever throwing series.  This throw, of 74.37m, took him to No.1 in GB topping the "Power of 10", top of the NCAA (National Collegiate All American) rankings and a new University record. He now has 3 events left in the USA for this season with the "Big 12" comp, next weekend before the "Regional and National finals" over the following few weeks.

Last updated: 24-05-2014

Cumbria Track and Field Champs

At the Cumbria County Track and Field Championships on Saturday 24th May 2014, as in 2013 there is a Football Festival at the Sheepmount on this day and competitors, etc, are asked not to go directly to the Sheepmount in your car to park, as you will be turned away by the stewards. Please use nearby public car parks.

Last updated: 19-05-2014

London Marathon - Mini Marathon

Oliver Dustin and Olivia Mason have both been selected to represent the North West of England in the respective Boys and Girls U13 Mini Marathon races at this years London Marathon. Obviously this is a fantastic opportunity for them both to run in front of a huge crowd and TV cameras at the same race where Mo Farah makes his long awaited London Marathon debut. The 6 strong team from the region was selected based on performances in the Northern, National and Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to both athletes on their selection and Good Luck.

Olivia Mason and Oliver Dustin

Last updated: 25-03-2014

Miller Takes Second on Day One of NCAA Indoors

Oklahoma State’s Nick Miller threw a massive personal best to take second place in the weight throw, on day one of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday 14th March. Read More.

A video taken from the event can be seen, Here.

Last updated: 17-03-2014

Border Harriers AGM

The Border Harriers & AC 2014 Annual General Meeting is being held in the meeting room on the first floor at the Sands Centre, Carlisle, commencing at 7.30pm on Friday 31st January 2014. You are entitled to vote and encouraged to give your support by attending the meeting.

This is your best opportunity to influence the way in which your club is managed as you have the opportunity to voice your opinion. Please give a couple of hours of your time to attend and therefore support the club. The AGM Agenda can be found Here.

Last updated: 29-01-2014

2013 Club Rankings

Border Harriers 2013 Club Rankings are available now on the Club Rankings page.

Last updated: 21-01-2014

Northern Athletics

The following article has been published on the Northern Athletics website. Please take time to read the article and fill out the questionnaire.

“We are publishing an online survey in which athletes, coaches, officials and general club members can express their opinions on the future of Northern Athletics prior to consultation meetings which will be held in February/March. Conclusions will be used as evidence in presentations to England Athletics.

As many of you may already be aware NA is likely to cease operations in the next two to three years if additional funding is not forthcoming. Please take part in our short survey and tell us what you want with regard to the future of Northern competition.

Please submit your replies by 14th February. Thank you for your assistance.”.

A link to the questionnaire can be found, Here.

Last updated: 21-01-2014

2013/2014 Cross Country Season

Border Harriers compete in the Cumbria Cross Country the Mid-Lancs Cross Country Leagues.

The Cumbria Cross Country League is a friendly league with a number of low key races suited to all standards.  A good introduction to cross country running.  All senior races start 1:10pm, junior races at all fixtures start from 12 noon.

The fixtures for the 2013/2014 season are:-

Sept 28th: Cockermouth, just past school on Embleton Road
Oct 12th: Maryport, Netherhall
Nov 9th: Carlisle, Sheepmount (TBC)
Nov 23rd or 30th: Penrith, Frenchfields School (TBC)
Dec 7th: Keswick, Fitz Park (incorporates Cumbria AA Vets Championship)

The Mid-Lancs Cross Country League has larger fields than Cumbria League, and a better standard of competition.

The fixtures for the 2013/2014 season are:-

Oct 26th: Townley Park, Burnley
Nov 23rd: Sefton Park, Liverpool (Inc McCain Cross Challenge and Euro Trials)
Dec 14th: Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn
Jan 11th: Thorncliffe, Barrow-in-Furness
Feb 8th: Lancaster University
Mar 1st: Crooklands, Kendal

If you would like to compete in the Mid Lance League please contact James Douglas for more information.  More details and results can be found at

Last updated: 15-09-2013

Results from the 64th Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race are avaliable now. Here. Border Harriers August Open Meeting on Sunday 9th August, Updated Results are now available. Here.

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