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Border Harriers 2017 AGM

The Border Harriers & Athletic Club AGM will be held at The Sands Centre on Friday 27th January 2017 starting at 7:30pm. All welcome to attend.

Last updated: 19-01-2017

Many Fine Performances at County X-Country Champs

Good racing conditions on a mild January afternoon in Rickerby Park, Carlisle saw our orange and black vests prominent throughout the meeting. One steep ascent and descent for the younger competitors and two for the Seniors/U20s on the second and third laps made for a more challenging course than seen in the past.

Our athletes took four individual titles and four team golds. Tom Farrell, having just returned from warm weather training ‘Down Under’, was on hand to present the medals. The Mason family achieved a remarkable hat trick, with younger brother Sebastian on his debut joining Olivia and Anna on the winners’ podium.

James Douglas won his Senior title in fine style after breaking away from silver medallist Keswick AC’s Steve Hebblethwaite and our Mattie Grieve on the second of the three laps. James came home in 31mins 27secs, a lead of 29secs, with Mattie taking bronze in 32:13. Ross Landon was 5th in 33:31 and Liam Medley 12th timed at 38:39. We took the team gold medals, with Keswick AC winning the silvers.

Olivia Mason retained her Under 15 girls title most emphatically, opening up a gap of 1min 9secs by the finish; her time 11:55. Nicole Mattinson in 6th 14:27, and Annie Bell in 8th in 15:14 ensured team golds. Skyler Bowes made a welcome return in 13th timed at 16:02.

Anna Mason went one better than last year to win the Under 13 title in 10:18. Melissa McIntosh and Melissa Bills were soon back in 6th and 7th places, clocked at 10:47 and 11:09, just two seconds ahead of Millie Bell. Lauren Mattinson in 11:48 and Alex Holmes, 12:09, saw six Border finishers in the twenty four strong field. Team gold medals were inevitable.

Sebastian Mason raced home in front in the under 11 Boys race in 6:28. Joey Holmes in 10th and Adam Turley in 16th secured team silver medals. James Dickson was our only under 13 Boy, but raced well in a competitive field for 7th position in 10:34.

Hallamshire Harriers’ Lizzie Browne took the Senior Women/Under 20 field apart from the off, winning in a most impressive 23:26. Rhiannon Douglas pursued her throughout to take silver in 25:54. Vets Vanessa Strickland and Teresa Medley were within yards of each other at the finish when 8th and 9th in 29:54 and 30:02 to ensure team silvers. Carolyn Millican, currently setting PBs in every race she runs, was home in 30:47 in 13th place. Silver medals were won.

Ashlyn Holliday ran strongly for her bronze medal in the Under 20s, recording 12:09.

Our Under 17 Men’s team won team golds, while missing out on individual medals. Oliver Dustin was back in 4th place in 21:38, chased home by Kieran Reynolds 21:42. Harry Strickland finished 12th in 22:59 and Scott Evans 16th in 24:20.

Last updated: 18-01-2017

2016 Awards

70 members and supporters enjoyed the Annual Presentation Evening at Creighton Rugby Club.

Many congratulations to our awards winners :-

Female and Male Athletes of the Year

Olivia Mason and Oliver Dustin

Senior/U20 Female and Male

Teresa Medley and Matthew James

Under 17 Female and Male

Tara Simpson-Sullivan and Robbie Bell

Under 15 Female and Male

Annie Bell and Dylan Osborne


Last updated: 18-01-2017

Three 10k Pbs at Leeds Abbey Dash

Four of our athletes lined up for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K on 6th November, with three chalking up PBs!

Mattie Grieve built on his very fine leg in the National 6 Stage Championships in October with a PB of 30mins 57secs in 31st place. James Douglas, whose PB is 30:22, was always within sight of his colleague and took 36th in 31:14. Liverpool Harriers’ Jonny Mellor led the 578 strong field home in a very brisk 29:12.

Mother and son Teresa and Liam Medley were both rewarded with PBs. Liam, studying at Leeds University, set a new mark of 34:40. Teresa, now in the LV45 category, continues to improve her times on the road and finished in 42:18.

Last updated: 10-11-2016

James Returns to Winning Ways

A very undulating and testing Bamber Bridge cross country course for the second Mid-Lancs League meeting of the season suited James Douglas as he led the Senior Men’s field of 293 athletes from an early stage. He started the final lap with a lead of about 15 metres over Kendal’s Alasdair Russell and maintained that gap throughout for a fine victory in 32mins 42 secs with 6 secs in hand over his Cumbrian rival.

Tom Nicolson was always well up the field and came back in 44th place in 38:01.

Rhiannon Douglas and Clare McKeown had earlier risen to the challenge in the Ladies race, contested by 165 runners. Rhiannon was consistency personified as she again took fifth place, timed at 20:42.

2014 overall champion Clare had an eventful return after missing last season through injury. She was in touch with her club mate before taking a nasty fall onto gravel on the final lap and cutting open her arm and, particularly unpleasantly, her knee. It was no surprise, however, to see Clare soon up and back into her stride to take seventh place in 21:16. She was first L45 finisher by some distance.

Melissa McIntosh also showed no fear of the Under 13 Girls course. Having finished tenth at Chorley, she was fifth after the first lap here, moved up to fourth on the second lap and held that position finishing in 11:02.

It was good to see Kieran Reynolds getting some strength training in the Under 17 Men, taking a useful seventh place in 18:54.

James Douglas at Bamber Bridge 2016

Rhiannon Douglas at Bamber Bridge 2016

Clare McKeown at Bamber Bridge 2016

Last updated: 09-11-2016

Border Harriers Coaching Groups

Due to the ongoing issues with the Sheepmount Athletics Track, the coaching groups will be as follows.

John Clementson's group will be.

Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm - Hill Work - Meet at Stanwix car park.

Saturdays 10am - Track Work - Meet at Sheepmount. (This is instead of Thurday evenings).

Mike Smith's group will be.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15pm - Meet at Bitts Park

Last updated: 26-10-2016

Help Needed Sunday 20th November

We’ll be promoting our 65th Brampton to Carlisle Road Race – the oldest 10 mile race in the UK - on Sunday 20th November. It starts at William Howard School, Brampton at 11.30am and finishes at The Sands Centre. We get around 700 entries and the proceeds from it subsidise the cost of buses, other travelling expenses, entry fees for leagues and races etc. It keeps our income ticking over without having to ask you to sell raffle tickets and carry out similar fundraising.

Please can you, or your mum or dad if a junior member, spare a couple of hours to help ensure we can continue to run this very popular race efficiently and effectively. We need marshals (18 years or over) to assist in keeping runners safe, but also help with water stations and various tasks at the finish.

If you can help, please contact Richard Claydon at

Last updated: 20-10-2016

National Six Stage Relays

Our Senior Men built on their fine seventh place performance in the Northern Championships in Manchester a fortnight ago to finish an impressive twenty sixth team in the ERRA National Championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday.

Apart for 2012, when the race had to be moved, each stage has remained over a distance of 5847m since 2001.

James Douglas took the first, and traditionally most competitive, leg as usual returning in 37th place in 18mins 30secs. Kev Bell on the second stage found it tougher than in the Northern and slipped seven places, handing on to Chris Steel after clocking 19:00. Chris went round in 18:26 and pulled us up to 34th. Undergraduate Matty Grieve then produced a superb stage of 17:53, the 11th fastest of the fourth stage, and handed over in 22nd place.

The field was now beginning to spread and Ross Landon lost just one place in running 19:02. John Mason took the final stage and brought the team home in 26th with his 19:41 leg, just failing to catch Aldershot & Farnham’s Phil Sewell on the line with both clubs given 1:52:32.

Cardiff AC took the title in 1:45:52, just 7secs ahead of rivals Swansea AC, with Liverpool Harriers taking bronze in 1:46:20. We finished 8th Northern Club (behind Derby and Lincoln, both classed as Northern clubs).

Our women were unable to field a team, but Rhiannon Douglas ran the first stage of 4315m and finished a creditable 25th in 15:25.

Last updated: 12-10-2016

Chorley Cross Country

Border vests were few and far between at the first Mid Lancs cross country meeting of the season on 1st October. The four athletes who did make the journey, however, all made their mark. Conditions for racing were generally good underfoot, but with several very heavy areas. One particularly fierce hill out of the woods tested every athlete.

First off was Melissa McIntosh, stepping up to the Under 13 girls after her bronze medal in the Under 11s last season. Melissa came back in tenth place in 11minutes exactly in a hotly contested last few hundred yards.

Coincidentally, Under 13 boy James Dickson also sprinted home in tenth position in his race, timed at 12mins 5secs.

Rhiannon Douglas regularly finishes in single figures in this League and this was no exception in the Senior Women’s race over 6K as she took a fine fifth place in 25mins 23secs. There were 177 finishers.

Hubby James is no stranger to the League, having won the Senior Men’s title 6 times in 7 years between 2008 and 2014. 272 men completed the 9K course over four laps; James crossing the line in eighth, clocked at 36mins 19secs.

The next meeting is at Cuerdon Valley Park, Bamber Bridge on 29th October.

Last updated: 12-10-2016

Presentation Night 2016

Border Harriers Annual Presentation Night will be held on Friday 11th November 2016 at Creighton Rugby Club, Carlisle followed by a disco. Starting at 7:30pm till Midnight. Buffet provided. Entry £5 paid on the door.

Presentation Night 2016

Last updated: 07-10-2016

Cross Country 2016/2017

Mid Lancs League

The cross country season gets underway this weekend with the opening Mid Lancs League fixture at Astley Park, Chorley. The Under 11 Girls race starts the meeting at 12.30pm, with races for all ages through to the Junior, Senior and Veteran Men’s race at 2.30pm.

We have a good record in this league with the overall Senior winners in 2014 being James Douglas (his sixth title in seven years) and Clare McKeown. Four finishes in six races over the season are needed to qualify for awards. Last season the final meeting had to be cancelled following flooding, but Melissa McIntosh already had enough runs to win bronze in the Under 11 Girls race.

Further fixtures are:-

29 October - Cuerdon Valley Park

26 November - Liverpool

14 January - Burnley

11 February - Cleveleys

4 March - Leigh

Full details are on the Mid Lancs League website. Here.

Richard Claydon (07790729232) may be able to offer transport to meetings.


Cumbria League

The first fixture is at Cockermouth on 8 October with the Under 11 race at 12 noon followed by races for all age groups through to Seniors.

Further fixtures are:-

22 October - Penrith

12 November - Keswick

 4 December - Carlisle

10 December - Workington

Full details are on the Cumbria Athletics page on Facebook.

The Cumbria AA Championships are scheduled for 7 January in Carlisle.

Last updated: 12-10-2016

Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships

Our Senior Men’s A team produced a really impressive performance at the 6 Stage Relays at Sportcity, Manchester on 25 September when finishing seventh of the one hundred teams.

Chris Steel took the lead leg, coming back in 13th in 17mins 4secs. Kev Bell was just 7secs faster on the second leg, recording the quickest time of the sextet, handing on to James Douglas in 7th place. James completed his leg in 17:22 in 10th. Bob Hodgson gained a position on his 18:04 leg, as did Matthew Grieve who was clocked at 17:14. Ross Landon completed a very satisfying afternoon bringing the team home in 7th position with a 17:48 leg for a combined time of 1:44:29.

Liverpool Harriers took the title from Derby AC and Morpeth Harriers.

Our B team of Jordan Hull 19:38, Steve Angus (V45) also 19:38, Callum Plunkett 18:47, Kevin Hull (V50) 20:51, Gareth Melvin 19:37 and Graham Millican 19:23 ran remarkably consistent legs.

Rhiannon Silson ran a fine leg of 17:39 to hand over in 8th place in the Senior Women’s 4 Stage. Clare McKeown (V40) went round in 20:10 handing on the Fiona Smith (V50) who recorded 25:15. Kathryn Douglas picked off four rivals on the final leg to see the team home in a respectable 30th of the 64 teams.

Leeds AC were the winning team from Lincoln Wellington and Rotherham Harriers.

Last updated: 30-09-2016

Matt James Wins Scottish U20 Hammer Champs

On Saturday 20th August, Border Harrier Matthew James became the Scottish U20 Hammer Champion at the Grangemouth Stadium.  He produced an impressive series of throws with his best throw of 58.48m coming in the final round.  Within his series of throws he bettered his previous personal best of 57.42m, no less than three times.

Matthew James

Matthew James

Last updated: 23-09-2016

2016 School Games

Tara Simpson-Sullivan could hardly have anticipated such a dramatic and exciting end to a great season than when she won the Girls Hammer with her last throw! Representing the North West at Loughborough, Tara’s 60.72m throw overtook Olivia Stevenson’s 60.06m mark to take the gold medal.

The icing on the cake was that the medals were presented by Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon.

Tara 2016 School Games

Last updated: 16-09-2016

England Athletics U15/U17 Championships

Congratulations to Olivia Mason on her silver medal in the Under 15 800m, beaten only by English Schools champion at this distance, Molly Canham of Exeter. Olivia chased her home in 2:11.51, just over a second outside her PB.

Also to Tara Simpson-Sullivan on her Under 17 hammer bronze, with her best throw measured at 56.20m.

Last updated: 15-09-2016

Northern Under 17/Under 15 Championships

Tara Simpson-Sullivan continued in top form at Middlesbrough setting a new Under 17 Championship Best Performance in the hammer of 60.81m. Olivia Mason confirmed her place as leading 800m Under 15 in the North when also winning gold in 2:18.69. Sister Anna gained a very creditable bronze in the Under 13 race, timed at 2:24.49.

Last updated: 15-09-2016

Seniors Finish in a Respectable Third Place

With the loss of a home match and seriously reduced training facilities following the flooding of the Sheepmount track, we can be reasonably satisfied with third place overall in our Northern Track & Field League after the last match at Macclesfield.

On the track there were A string wins and PBs for Callum Aldridge who clocked 22.1secs in the 200m and Oliver Dustin (Under 17) who swept home in 4:13.1 in the 1500m.

Mark Collier and Tim Ward won both their 100m races in 11.4secs and 11.6 secs respectively. Tim also took the B string 200m in 23.5secs and Mark the 400m in 50.7secs.  Callum Plunkett made a welcome return from work commitments and was rewarded with a PB of 2:03.9 when winning the B string 800m. Tim, Callum, Mark and Matthew Salkeld were never challenged in the 4 x 100m and recorded 46.1secs. Under 17, Robbie Bell cleared 1.60m in the high jump.

There were A string wins for Akpan Eiddiong in the 100m, 13.2secs and in the javelin for Devota Nyakyoma, who threw 39.57m. Devota also took the B string shot putt with 7.14m.

Last updated: 15-09-2016

30th Lowther Lakeland Trail Run

The 30th running of the Lowther Lakeland 13 mile Trail Run takes place on Sunday 14th August as part of the Lowther Show. The race starts at 12.00 midday from the field beside Lowther Castle. Entry to the event includes free entry to the Lowther Show.  More information can be found Here.

Last updated: 09-08-2016

Under 20s/Under 17s Secure Promotion

The long haul to Ellesmere Port on 24 July was well worthwhile as our NYDL Upper squad won promotion to Division North West 1. They will accompany host club West Cheshire AC next season.

Four performances featured in the ‘Athletics Weekly’ results summary, all from talented field event athletes.  Tara Simpson-Sullivan achieved two of these with her winning Under 17 hammer throw of 52.24 metres and shot putt of 11.82m. Fellow hammer thrower Matthew James also completed a fine season in this League with his Under 20 hammer throw winning 54.23m. William Maughan’s 12.07m shot putt at Under 17 level should hold him in good stead.

Other A string wins were hard won. Elliot Matier had one in the under 20 1500m as did Brandon McFarlane, clocking 66.0secs over the 400m hurdles. Matthew James took the shot with 8.78m.

Under 17 Emily Dibble achieved a PB in the shot, 7.97m, and Jay Mitchell equalled his PB with a 1.80m high jump clearance. Emily also won the B string 80m hurdles. In his first match this season, Luke Brown’s 55.8secs 400m was a PB as was Lewis Dean’s 24.2secs 200m time in the under 20 race. Luke worked hard for further points over 800m and 300m. Robbie Bell picked up sprint points; Scott Evans and Kieran Reynolds hurdles and middle distance ones.  William Maughan also won second A string points in the discus and hammer.

Yasmin Little’s 13.5secs 100m in the Under 17 A string equalled her PB. Charlotte Hetherington was kept busy and was runner up in the 80m hurdles. Alison Thompson won both the B string discus with 29.19m and the shot with 8.94m.

The 4x400m team of Emily, Tara, Charlotte and Yasmin came home fourth in 58.1secs. Elliot, Robbie, Scott and Keiran were runners up in their sprint relay clocking 49.1secs. The 4x400m squad of Brendan, Luke, Jay and Lewis brought the meeting to a very satisfactory conclusion when first to cross the line in 3:50.0.

Team manager Mike Smith has done a great job in organising and encouraging this team, many of whom he has persuaded they can juggle examination studies alongside competing successfully for the club.

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Last updated: 02-08-2016

A Difficult Season Ends With A Fighting Performance

Our Under 15 and Under 13 girls team (and one boy) battled hard at Litherland, Liverpool on 16 July, but narrowly failed to retain their position in the NYAL Lower West Central Division by just twenty five points. Had we not had to forfeit our home match because of the damaged Sheepmount track, safety would have been ensured comfortably.

Great credit goes to Sarah Brookes, Annie Bell, Evie Farndon, Sophie Milburn, Melissa Bills, Mary Campbell – and not least Dylan Osborne – who travelled to all four matches in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool. Lily Strickland and Elisse Reilly would also have been at all four but for holidays.

The performance of the day was achieved by Annie Bell who sliced 2.9secs off her 800m PB in an impressive Under 15 A string win with a new mark of 2:26.1. She also set a PB in the 100m when clocking 13.8secs and won the 300m B string in just a tenth outside her PB.

It was good to welcome English Schools Junior 1500m Champion Olivia Mason who also set a PB when stepping down in distance to win the Under 15 300m A String in 43.2secs.  Unsurprisingly Olivia dominated the 1500m, which she won in 4:47.6 and picked up further useful points when third in the 200m clocking 26.7secs. Younger sister Anna won her first 1200m race in fine style in 3:54.6 and also won the Under 13 100m B string race in 22.0secs.

Dylan Osborne has sprinted with distinction in the Under 15s all season and was rewarded with a PB equalling win in the A string 100m, timed at 12.3secs and he also took the 200m in 25.4secs.

Susannah Brooks clocked 14.4secs in the Under 15 100m for a PB. She also scored useful points in the long jump and shot putt.

Melissa Bills has had a great season in a competitive under 13 age group. She finished it with two PBs in her speciality, the 150m in 21.2secs and the 800m where she was third A string in 2:43.0. Mary Campbell’s 14.1secs 70m Hurdles was a PB for her. Sophie Milburn worked hard in the javelin and shot putt; Beth Forlow in the shop and the 70m hurdles.

The great team spirit of the squad was plain to see in the sprint relays. The Under 15 team of Evie Farndon, Annie Bell, Olivia Mason and Suzannah Brookes finished third of the seven teams in 56.9 secs. Mary Campbell, Melissa Bills, Beth Forlow and Sophie Milburn scored an extra point when runners up in the under 13s in 60.3secs.

Many thanks go to coach and team manager Mike Smith for getting the very best from a much smaller, if very loyal, squad, than he deserves.

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Last updated: 02-08-2016

Training at Sheepmount Track

Mike Smith's training group will resume training at the Sheepmount Athletics Track on Tuesday 19th July at 6:15 to 7:15pm. John Clementson's training group will resume on Thursday 21st July at 6:00pm.

Last updated: 18-07-2016

Tom And Nick Will Be Rio Bound

Many congratulations to Tom Farrell and Nick Miller on their selection for the 80 strong track and field Great Britain squad for the 2016 Olympic Games – ‘the best prepared and arguably strongest team’ in the country’s Olympic Games history, according to team performance director, Neil Black.

Tom gained automatic selection in the 5000 metres by virtue of his second place in last month’s British Athletics Championships at Birmingham.

The disappointment of missing the Home Olympics through injury must have piled extra pressure on Tom, to say nothing of two anxious parents biting their nails in the Stand, especially once Andrew Butchart pulled well clear from the field with four laps to go. He was pursued by Andy Vernon and Tom, with it soon becoming clear that the race for the second qualifying place would be between them. It was left to a sprint down the home straight, with Tom’s finishing speed prevailing to run 13:47.60 to Vernon’s 13:49.28.

Nick won bronze in a high quality hammer competition with a throw of 72.21 metres. A tough qualification mark of 77 metres, which our British record holder did exceed last season by 55 centimetres when setting that record, meant Nick had to wait until 13th July for the outcome of British Athletics’ selection process.

We wish both athletes well with their training in the build up to the Games.

Tom Farrell Nick Miller

Last updated: 16-07-2016

Olivia Is English Schools 1500m Champion

Congratulations to Olivia Mason on her fine run at Gateshead last weekend when she won the Junior Girls 1500m final, holding off Nottinghamshire’s Anna Smith as they lunged for the line. Olivia took the title in 4:35.21 by just 0.31 seconds. Surrey’s Charlotte Alexander was the bronze medallist in 4:37.82.

Last updated: 16-07-2016

Some Great Performances, But More Athletes Needed

Our senior track and field squad recorded sixteen individual wins at Burnley on 3 July, but larger teams fielded by Pendle and Bury saw us again finish third overall in the penultimate match of the season.

Alison McCorry’s return from Loughborough University was most welcome as she gained three A string wins. They came in both sprints, clocking 12.1secs and 26.3secs, followed by a long jump of 5.06 metres. Akpan Eididong, home from Glasgow, led the 100m B string home in 13.2secs, as did under 17 Yasmin Little in the 200m in 28.0secs.

Akpan then ran her first 400m, showing impressive stamina to great effect as she hit the front just metres from the line clocking 65.0secs. Yasmin also won the B string long jump and Devota Nyakyoma the shot putt.

Kev Bell, who had set a new 800m PB on 1:50.17 at Stretford the previous week, won the 1500m A string easing down in 4:04.2. James Douglas took the B string in 4:07.2 before completely dominating the 5000m field to win in 15:11.9. Bob Hodgson pursued him throughout and took maximum B string points in 15:49.4.

Tim Ward and Matthew Salkeld ensured Border vests were first home in both 200m races. Tim clocked 23.7secs; Matthew 24.3secs. Earlier Tim had been edged into second in the 100m, 11.4 secs, as was under 20 Lewis Dean in the B string in 11.9secs.

Fellow under 20 Matthew James was again never headed in the hammer competition where his best with the heavier implement was 46.23m, just a metre down on the second match. Under 17s William Maughan set two new PBs of 30.07m in the javelin and 21.75m in the discus while Kieran Reynolds scored second B string points over 800m, recording 2:07.7. In the same age group Scott Evans chipped in usefully when runner up in the high jump, 1.55m, and raced over 400m after his long jump.

Devota experienced a rare defeat at this level when edged into second place in the javelin. Under 17s Abigail Thompson took second B string points in the discus and shot putt; Charlotte Hetherington the same in the triple jump. Teresa Medley’s hoped for support in the middle distances never materialised. She again gathered us A string points in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m races.

The female sprint squad of Devota, Alison, Akpan and Yasmin took the honours in the 4 x 100m relay coming home in 53.5 secs.

After three matches we lie third with 11 points. Pendle have 17, Bury 16, Burnley 9, Kendal 7 and Stockport 3. The last match will be at Macclesfield on 6 August.

Devota Nyakyoma

Last updated: 16-07-2016

Matthew Wins Bronze at Northern Championships

In his first year as an under 20, Matthew James won a well deserved bronze medal in the Northern Championships at Sportcity, Manchester with a hammer throw of 55.75metres. It completed a fine weekend for him as the previous day at Whitehaven in the Cumbria AA Championships Matthew had set a new PB of 57.42m.

Devota Nyakyoma, while still to threaten last season’s distances, threw her javelin over the 40 metres mark on two occasions at the Northerns, finishing just outside the medals in fourth place. The previous weekend Devota’s 39.11m throw had seen her take sixth in the England Under 23 Championships at Bedford.

Mark Collier missed out on qualifying for the men’s 400m final at Sportcity, but his visit was worthwhile as good competition pulled him to a new PB of 50.07 seconds.

Matthew James

Last updated: 16-07-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - Update

Unfortunately due to a lack of interest (and runners), the Mixed Pace Group Run held on Wednesday evenings from The Sands Centre has been discontinued.

Last updated: 12-07-2016

Young Athletes Also Compete at Bury

For the third time this season we headed to Bury - on 19 June for a Lower Age Group YDL match.

Winning A string points was not easy to come by in this seven team match, but George Nixon made his mark in both the under 15 boys discus, where he threw 28.75 metres, and the shot in which he putted 9.33m. Earlier he set a new PB of 14.0secs in the B string 100m. Dylan Osborne was edged into second in the A string 200m, but chalked up a new PB of 25.2 secs. He had previously won the 110m clocked at 12.4 secs.

Annie Bell led the 400m under 15 A string field home in 45.2 secs and sprinted to a new PB of 28.8 secs over 200m. In the B string race Elisse Reilly also achieved a new best of 30.6secs. Evie Farndon won the A string high jump with a clearance of 1.38m. Lily Strickland’s 2:45.4 when second in the 800m was a PB for her.

The youngest athletes also battled hard with Melissa Bills to the fore. She won the A string 800m in a new PB of 2:44.2 and was second in the B string long jump with 3.72m. Her 21.8secs in the 150m A string was impressive. Mary Campbell jumped 3.75m in the A string long jumpin setting another PB.

Both Girls 4x100m relay teams scored useful fourth place points. Evie Farndon, Lily Strickland, Elisse Reilly and Susannah Brookes sprinted for the under 15 squad; Mary Campbell, Melissa Bills, Beth Forlow and Sophie Milburn for the under 13s.

With a continuing complete absence of under 13 boys, a finish of 6th team was again perfectly respectable.

The final match of the season will be on 16 July at Litherland.

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Last updated: 12-07-2016

Upper Age Group Squad in Pole Position

Our strong under 20/under 17 team moved to the top of YDL West 2 at Oldham on 26 June and are ideally placed for promotion with one match remaining. 

After two second positions to West Cheshire, this talented group of mainly under 17 athletes won their third match from host club M60 Nomad in good style.

Under 20 A string wins came thick and fast through Dan Forrester, 400m hurdles and triple jump, Sam Buszko discus, Kieran Reynolds hammer, William Maughan shot putt and Brandon McFarlane long jump. Kyra Walton set a new PB of 6.84m in the shot.

The under 17 women chipped in with their fair share of wins. Tara Simpson-Sullivan’s A string shot putt of 13.69m was a winning PB after taking her favoured hammer throw event with another impressive throw measured at 56.33m. Her 32.01m discus in second place was also notable.

There were two new PBs for Charlotte Hetherington – 13.69m in the shot and a 9.02m triple jump. Daisy Barnes also set one with a 5:20.3 1500m. Abigail Thompson scored good points with an A string discus win and a B string shot putt. Yasmin Little clocked 13.7secs over 100m.

In the under 17 events, Oliver Dustin stepped down to the 400m for his PB, second in the A string timed at 53.6secs. He won the 1500m in 4:29.2, followed home by James Mattinson for the B string win in 4:31.5. Sprinter Robbie Bell was involved in two remarkably close races. He was given fourth place in the 100m with the same time as second and third, 11.9secs, and third in the 200m where the first three athletes were given 24.2secs.

Kieran Reynolds and Harris Strickland both set PBs in the 3000m. Kieran was runner up in 9:54.4; Harris took the B string in 10:49.4. Sam Buszko’s javelin sailed 46m for his convincing win; Owen McCorry’s 38.56m winning discus throw was impressive. Jay Mitchell long jumped 5.08m for second A string points.

The under 20 men’s 4 x 100m squad of Forrester, Bell, Mattinson and McFarlane gained maximum points followed in similar vein by the under 17 4x400 quartet of Mattinson, Dustin, Strickland and Reynolds.

The final match is on 24 July at Ellesmere Port.

Last updated: 12-07-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - 6th July

The route for this Wednesday's (6th July) Mixed Pace Group Run can be viewed Here. Run to start at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.  A Strava Club has been created for Border Harriers and can be accessed Here.

Last updated: 05-07-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - 29th June

The route for this Wednesday's (29th June) Mixed Pace Group Run can be viewed Here. Run to start at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.  A Strava Club has been created for Border Harriers and can be accessed Here.

Last updated: 29-06-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - 22nd June

The route for this Wednesday's (22nd June) Mixed Pace Group Run can be viewed Here. Run to start at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.  A Strava Club has been created for Border Harriers and can be accessed Here.

Last updated: 17-06-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - 15th June

The route for this Wednesday's (15th June) Mixed Pace Group Run can be viewed Here. Run to start at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.  A Strava Club has been created for Border Harriers and can be accessed Here.

Last updated: 17-06-2016

Oliver Smashes Qualifying Time

Oliver Dustin ended an anxious few weeks by carving over two seconds off his previous 800m best at Stretford on 7 June. After clocking 1:58.3 at Chester-le Street on 9 May the qualifying standard of 1:58.0 for the English Schools Championships at Gateshead next month began to look achievable.

Oliver next ran for the time at Glasgow on 3 June in a BMC meeting, but finished a really frustrating 0.19 secs short of his target. Undeterred he tried again at another BMC meet at Stretford on Tuesday evening this week. A superbly judged race saw Oliver clock 1:55.88 to move up to a UKA ranking of ninth in his first year as an under 17.

Training group colleague Olivia Mason raced at Chester-le-Street on Monday evening over 1500m. Although she didn’t improve on the 4:29.74 she achieved at Stretford early last month, she remains ranked first over the distance in the UK under 15 girls. Younger sister Anna continued her development as a middle distance runner of note when she lowered her 1500m PB to 5:03.1, ranking her 13th under 13 girl.

Oliver Dustin

Olivia Mason

Last updated: 13-06-2016

Seniors Swelter at Preston

Water stations are rarely seen on the track, but high temperatures in the Northern track and field meeting at Preston on 5 June saw one put in place for the men’s 5000m.

Bob Hodgson almost jogged the first three laps with his own water bottle before working his way through the field for a fine win in 16:58.8. Earlier he had finished runner up in the 1500m recording a new PB of 4:15.7. Ross Landon supported him in the 5000m, second B string runner home in 17:54.0, having earlier set a new PB of 12:15.5 in the 3000m steeplechase.

Only five women travelled, but they made a major points contribution. Huge credit goes to veteran Teresa Medley who tackled the 200m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m scoring 20 points for the team. Teresa was timed at 12:29.6 in her 3000m. Devota Nakyoma scored 24 individual points, the highest total of the day, with an A string win in her specialist event the javelin throwing 38.19m and also covering the hammer, discus and shot put. Under 17 Abigail Thompson set a new PB of 24.99m when runner up in the discus A string and totalled 21 points with javelin and shot performances added.

Not to be outdone, under 17 Yasmin Little accumulated 18 points in the 100m where she sprinted to a new PB of 13.5secs, the 200m and the long jump.

Mark Collier produced two powerful winning A string runs in the two sprints, setting a new 100m PB of 11.2secs and clocking 22.6secs over the longer distance. Matthew James, in his first season as an under 20 and easily the youngest athlete in the event, was throwing the heavier hammer for the first time.  An impressive series saw him out throwing his rivals to win the A string with 47.29m. He went on to set a new PB of 14.40m in the discus.

Heptathletes under 20 Dan Forrester and under 17s Brandon McFarlane and Scott Evans worked hard all afternoon covering their usual variety of events. Dan’s PB came in the triple jump with an improvement to 11.88m; Brandon’s in the 200m when timed at 25.4secs. Scott improved his best high jump clearance to 1.60m.

Kev Bell returned from injury looking strong and was never challenged in the A string 800m which he took in 1:55.7. Matthew Salkeld’s 52.3secs 400m was a PB, as was under 20 Peter Nevison’s 69.9secs in the 400M hurdles and 3.65m long jump. Super vet Peter Campbell was rewarded for his B string points with a new hammer PB. Under 17 Kieran Reynold’s was second in the B string 400H in 70.4secs and was also runner up in the 1500m.

Our 4x400 sprint squad finished fourth, before a victory for the 4x400m quartet of Collier, Bell, Salkeld and Reynolds in 3:37.3 wrapped up the meeting. 

We finished the match in fourth place behind Bury, Pendle and Burnley but ahead of Kendal and Stockport. On match points we lie third at the half way stage of the season, with the next opportunity to mount a promotion challenge coming on 3 July at Burnley.


Last updated: 13-06-2016

Second Place in the Blackburn Sunshine

Our under 20 / under 17 team took advantage of perfect conditions at Blackburn on 29th May to finish runners up to West Cheshire. After taking second place points also in the first match, it must now be strongly fancied for promotion at the half way stage of the season.

We’re fortunate to have a number of talented athletes, not least in the throwing events, who regularly gain maximum points in their events.

Hammer throwers Matthew James in the under 20s and Tara Simpson-Sullivan in the under 17 women’s extended their respective PBs set in the first match to 54.28m and 58.48m respectively, with Tara’s an improvement of almost 7 metres! Matthew also won the shot put with 8.93m; Tara took the discus competition, throwing a new PB of over a metre to 32.73m.

Under 17s Owen McCorry and William Maughan gained maximum discus points with 39.01m (PB) and 28.82m. Their hammer wins of 30.79m and 28.34m were also PBs. Sam Buzco extended his javelin best to 47.03m when winning the A string. Dan Forrester kept the points ticking over at under 20 with three PBs in the pole vault, long jump and javelin, where his 34.84m throw was an improvement of over 2 metres.

Lizzy Kidd set three new PBs in the under 17 B string discus, shot putt and long jump, winning the first two. Her shot best was measured at 6.80m.

Oliver Dustin continued in imperial form in the under 17s with A string wins over 400m in 53.9secs and the 1500m 4:21.1. He stretched for the line to win the 200m B string in 24.2secs, the same time as the runner up. Scott Evans took over the 800m A string and also narrowly got the verdict with the same time, 2:07.6 being given to both athletes. James Mattinson was runner up in the B string in 2:13.0 and went one better in the 1500m, 2:13.0.

Kieran Reynolds’s consistent lapping was too good for his rivals as he overtook the long-time leader with over a lap to go in the 3000m, recording 9:54.5. He also won the 400H A string in 71.2secs with Scott Evans taking the B string less than a second behind.

Emily Dibble’s good A string points were gained in the under 17 javelin, 38.56m, 80m hurdles and long jump. Alyssia Thompson won the 800m B string and raced over 200m.

The under 17 4x400m squad of Evans, Dustin, Mattinson and Reynolds won in good style.

The team can look forward with confidence to the next match on 26 June at Oldham.

YDL Upper 1 YDL Upper 2

Last updated: 13-06-2016

The Long Haul to Connahs Quay

Our under 15s and Under 13s set off at 7.30am on 21 May for their three hour trip to Flintshire, the longest of their YDL season.

With the three local North Wales clubs taking the opportunity to field large squads, wins were hard to come by. Annie Bell claimed one in the under 15 300m in 44.1secs and when runner up in the 800m knocked over as second off her previous best, clocking 2:30.4. Lily Strickland supported well in the B string, recording 2:46.1 for a PB.

Dylan Osborne collected useful under 15 sprint points, third in both A string races, and also third in the long jump with a new PB 5.07m. In doing so he brought his 200m PB down to 25.7secs. George Nixon covered the B string races. Evie Farndon won the high jump with a 1.41 clearance, a PB, as was her 200m time.  Elisse Reilly ran the 1500m A string in a PB and set another in the long jump; Suzannah Brooks scored B string points.

The 1200m for under 13 girls was one of the most exciting races of the day with 8 of the 11 athletes finishing within a three seconds window. Melissa Bills was third in the A string clocking 4:12.8 with Melissa McIntosh second in the B string, 4:14.3. Earlier Melissa Bills and Sophie Milburn gained useful 150m third place points, in 21.8secs and 23.7secs. Mary Campbell ran 2:50.0 in the 800m with Sophie Milburn’s 2:54.7 a PB for her. Two PBs were also set in the long jump with Melissa Bills’ 4.12m and Mary Campbell’s 3.73m. Samantha Thompson covered the 100m B string and the A string javelin.

Both the under 15 and under 13 4x100 squads finished fourth to close the meeting.

The next fixture is on 19 June at Bury.

YDL Lower 1 YDL Lower 2

Last updated: 13-06-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - 8th June

The route for this Wednesday's (8th June) Mixed Pace Group Run can be viewed Here. Run to start at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.  A Strava Club has been created for Border Harriers and can be accessed Here.

Last updated: 17-06-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - 1st June

The route for this Wednesday's Mixed Pace Group Run can be viewed Here. Run to start at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.

Last updated: 17-06-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - Update

The start of the Border Harriers Mixed Pace Run Group will be tonight (Wed 25th May) at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre. The proposed route can be viewed Here.

Last updated: 25-05-2016

West Cumbrian Harriers Flying in North East

The trip across to Chester-le-Street by Graeme and Natalie Mason’s training group to the BMC Regional Races on 9 May produced huge dividends, with all four athletes returning with new PBs over 800m.

Having set a new mark of 2:02.9 at Bury two days earlier, under 17 Oliver Dustin showed remarkable powers of recovery to smash the invariably challenging two minute barrier when winning the D race in 1:58.3. Oliver finished last season in September with a best of 2:11.4 and so has achieved a remarkable improvement of 13 seconds in the opening weeks of this season.

Olivia Mason ran the second fastest UK time by an U15 girl this season when lowering her 800m PB by over a second to a new mark of 2:10.2. On 3 May at Stretford Olivia had brought her 1500m best down to 4:29.74.

Sister Anna, who had already this season lowered her under 13 2015 800m best by over a second, set a new mark of 2:27.2, showing a further five seconds improvement. Not to be outdone, Nicole Mattinson sliced nearly three seconds off her under 15 PB with her 2:29.8 run.

Last updated: 23-05-2016

Over The Pond

Nick Miller opened his season with a win in the America’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships at Fort Worth, Texas on 13 May, making it a hat-trick of wins. Holder of the British hammer record with 77.55m and gold medallist at last year’s European U23 championships, Nick’s winning throw was measured at 74.81m. Congratulations also on his award by Oklahoma State University of the senior director’s chair. The award is presented to the senior student athletes who have successfully maintained a balance in academics, while making a difference in their sports.   

There is also good news of Abbie Hetherington’s progress on the USA University circuit. Running at Fayetteville on 26 March, Abbie improved her 1500 best to 4:29.62. She’s followed this on 6 May at the same track with a new PB over 800m, clocking 2:06.26.

Last updated: 23-05-2016

Seniors Open Season with Third Place

The second visit to Bury on consecutive weekends saw our Northern Track and Field League team edge out Kendal AC and Burnley AC on 7 May to finish in a satisfactory third place. In greatly improved weather, PBs were again plentiful.

Mark Collier set two when winning the Mens’ 200m and 400m races in a brisk 22.6secs and 50.4secs. Sprinter Robbie Bell also set two, winning the B string 100m in 11.9secs, the same time clocked by Lewis Dean when second in the A string, and second in the 200m B string in 24.2secs.

Maximum points were gained by James Douglas in the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m, where he lapped the whole of the rest of the field at least once on his way to finishing in 15:43.3. Bob Hodgson won the 5000m B race and was runner up in the 1500m A race.     

Devota Nakyoma was the class act in the women’s javelin, throwing 38.58m and setting a PB with a 19.19m hammer throw. She was supported by Abigail Thompson who gained PBs at javelin, shot putt and discus, where she hit the 24.90m mark.

Teresa Medley once again scored invaluable points in the middle distance races and also ran over 200m. The V45 athlete is improving by the week and set PBs over 200m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m, recording 12:13.4 over the longest distance.

Under 17 Oliver Dustin, who had won a tactical 800m on the track the previous weekend, stepped up against five senior men. With 200m to go it looked as if he might lose touch as the field spread out, but a storming last 100m saw him only just pipped for third place, carving a chunk of four seconds off his previous best when timed at 2:02.9.

Scott Evans brought his schools’ multi-events expertise to the track and achieved three new PBs over 400m, 1500m, only just failing to break five minutes, and in the discus. Dan Forrester was quicker over the 400m hurdles than on his recent visit when second in the A string; his discus throw and 11.12m triple jump were also PBs. Kieran Reynold’s PB came in the javelin 26.42m; Jay Mitchell’s with a 1.65m high jump clearance.

The relays squads ensured we secured third place points. Collier, Dustin, Dean and Forrester won the 4 x 100m; Evans, Dustin, Bell and Reynolds were second in the 4 x 400m.

The next match is at Preston, the closest venue this season, on 5 June.

Last updated: 23-05-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run - Update

The Border Harriers mixed pace group run will start on Wednesday 25th May, starting at 6:30pm from outside The Sands Centre, Carlisle.  The run will be approximately 10k with turnbacks for the faster paced runners.

Last updated: 06-05-2016

Fine Start to Season for Under 20 / Under 17 Team

A thoroughly wet day and some late withdrawals failed to deter our team which travelled to Bury for their National Youth Development League match on 1 May. Although adrift of clear winners West Cheshire, the 373 points accumulated saw us pip Blackpool and Fylde AC on 364 points for second place of the seven competing clubs.

Despite the adverse conditions, a number of PBs were gained. Moving into the Under 20 age group, Matthew James set new marks with the heavier implements with a hammer throw of 52.50m and 20.45m discus best. In the under 17s Robbie Bell sprinted to a 24.8 PB in the 100m A race and set a high jump PB with a clearance of 1.70m. Jay Mitchell’s 1.60m won the B string. Owen McCorry’s 10.84m triple jump was a PB and he also won the discus A string with a 37.81m throw.

Oliver Dustin won the most exciting track race of the day, catching Horwich’s powerful Tom Grundy and matching him stride for stride in the home straight in the under 15 800m before his determination edged him clear just before the line. He was clocked at 2:06.7. Kieran Reynolds took the B string, having earlier won the 400m hurdles. Thomas Hiscox gained good points in the 100m and 200m. Harris Strickland and James Mattinson race home together over 1500m; Harris finishing a second in front of James in 4:32.0, with James winning the B string. The 4x100 relay squad of Daniel Dalton, Mitchell, Hiscox and Bell were runners up; Dustin, Reynolds, Strickland and Mitchell went one better in the 4 x 400m relay to ensure the final track event was a successful one.

A smaller group of under 17 women supported with good points. Emily Dibble’s 3.50m long jump was a PB. Her 17.7secs 80m hurdles run took A string second as did her 33.42m javelin throw. Good PBs followed in the discus with Tara Simpson-Sullivan’s 31.23m throw and Abigail Thompson’s 24.85m winning her the B string. Tara was unassailable in her specialist event as her hammer throw sailed to a 51.64m mark. Abigail also won B string points in the javelin.

Under 20 athletes were in short supply, but Brandon McFarlane and Dan Forrester made sure of maximum A string points over 400m and 400m hurdles, timed at 61.0 and 70.6secs respectively. Brandon also won the high jump with a clearance of 1.60m. Dan’s 32.06m javelin throw was a PB for him.

The next match will be on 29 May at Blackburn when it is hoped a larger squad will ensure more good league points are gained to enable a promotion push to be made.

Last updated: 23-05-2016

Hard Work for Young Athletes at Blackpool

Our track and field season opened on 23 April when our Under 15/Under 13 team competed in the National Youth Development League at a sunny, if breezy, Blackpool.

Our enthusiastic group of girls set about ensuring PBs were the order of the afternoon. Although wins were hard to come by, points were won by hard work and flexibility with team manager Mike Smith skilfully utilising his limited resources.

In the Under 15s Annie Bell set PBs in the 300m and 800m races, with two A string second places, 46.0secs and 2:30.4. Suzanne Brookes and Elisse Reilly in the 100m and Lily Strickland in the 200m and 300m all set new best times. Evie Farndon’s 8.09m shot putt was also a PB.

Melissa Bills and Melissa McIntosh earned solid points in the under 13’s, setting PBs as they did so.   Miss Bills was second in the 150m and 1200m A string races in 21.6 and 4:17.5. She also long jumped 3.46m. Miss McIntosh, on her track debut after winning a bronze medal at under 11 in the Mid Lancs cross country league, raced over 100m, 200m and 1200m, second in the B string in 4:21.0.

Sophie Milburn sprinted to a 100m PB in 11.6secs and recorded 2:57.6 over 800m. Mary Campbell was a few seconds faster over 800m in the A string in 2:50.6.

Only two boys travelled, meaning we were never going to earn enough points to challenge the clubs with greater numbers. Great credit goes to under 15’s Dylan Osborne and George Nixon, however, as both set PBs in the three events in which they competed. Dylan clocked 12.3 and 26.0secs in the sprints and was second in the long jump with 4.79m. George was timed at 14.5 and 30.2secs. He also threw the discus to a 22.11m best.

We finished fifth of the seven competing teams and shall be hoping to move into a mid-table league position at the next match on 21 May at Connah’s Quay.

Last updated: 06-05-2016

Marathon PBs Aplenty

Five new PBs have been posted by our senior distance runners. James Douglas set the standard in the 40th Manchester Marathon when home in a classy 2:26:17 in 5th place in a nearly 11,000 strong field.  John Mason also achieved a new best, 2:44:14 in 48th. Russell Maddams, who has previously run sub 2:30, also had a fine race as a V45 clocking 2:35:39.

Teresa Medley continues to improve her times at a several distances, posting an impressive 3:15:43 in the V45 category. In the same category Vanessa Strickland was back in 3:40:17.

In the London Marathon it was PBs all round for the Millican family. Graham finished in 2:48:43, showing remarkable splits of 1:24:19 and 1:24:24. Sister Carolyn ran with her usual determination for 3:31:03. Their cheerleading Dad has also been spotted recently completing Carlisle Parkruns; it’s great to see you back running again Keith. Diane Gallimore continues in good form in the V50 category with her 3:38:26 time.

John McGibbon clocked 46:39 as a V50 in the annual Keswick Round the Houses Race.

Last updated: 27-04-2016

Olivia Ranked Fourth in Britain

Olivia Mason continues to make her mark at national level. Athletics Weekly has ranked her fourth in the British Cross Country Under 15 Girls Cross Country Rankings and published a fine action photograph of Olivia. After being ranked number 1 Under 13 girl least season, Olivia has continued in similar vein as a first year Under 15 as the three girls ranked above her are all in their second year in the category. The highlight of her season has been chosen as her Schools International victory.

After competing in the London Mini-Marathon, Olivia will shortly be beginning her track season where her 2:11.4 800m best last season sees her ranked 5th in the UK, with 6th ranking over 1500m in 4:35.57.

Olivia Mason

Last updated: 28-04-2016

The Track and Field Season Starts Soon

The season starts in less than three weeks with a trip to Blackpool on Saturday 23 April for the first of four National Youth Development League matches. The Lower Age team (Under 13s and Under 15s) will compete against the host club, Bury, Deeside, Menai, Southport Waterloo and Wrexham.

On Sunday 1 May the Upper Age League (Under 17s and Under 20s) opens with a fixture at Bury. We’ll be competing against the host club, Blackpool, Horwich, Hyndburn, M60 Nomads and West Cheshire.

The following Saturday, 7 April the Northern League Senior season starts, also at Bury. Burnley, Kendal, Pendle, Stockport and the host club make up the opposition.

Please make every effort to ensure our teams are as strong as possible in order to compensate for the loss of our home fixtures.

Subsequent fixtures are:-

NTFL – 5 June at Preston, 3 July at Burnley and 6 August at Stockport.

YDL Upper – 29 May at Blackburn, 26 June at Oldham and 24 July at Ellesmere Port.

YDL Lower – 21 May at Connah’s Quay, 19 June at Bury and 16 July at Litherland.

The Northern Senior/U20 Championships are at Sportcity, Manchester on 11 and 12 June and the Junior Championships at Middlesbrough on 13 and 14 August.

Last updated: 06-04-2016

James Wins His England Vest

Congratulations to James Douglas on his selection for the England Half Marathon team following a PB of 29mins 57secs in the Trafford 10K earlier in March. The Home Nations international event was run at Cardiff on 26 March in conjunction with the IAAF World Half Marathon Race.

James’ hopes of breaking his PB of 66:48 were dashed by poor weather conditions, but he crossed the line fourth of the England team, 11th in 67:36 and 74th when combined with the IAAF field.

Last updated: 06-04-2016

Silver for Olivia - Bronze for Melissa

Another great run by Olivia Mason in the English Schools Cross Country Championships junior girls’ race at Wollaton Park Nottingham saw her win silver, just three seconds behind winner Emily Williams representing Northants. Olivia pipped longstanding rival Ella McNiven from Merseyside on the line, with both athletes timed at 12mins 41secs.  

Melissa McIntosh, in her first season over the country, took a well deserved bronze in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League, competing in all five matches in the under 11 age group. Athletes need to complete at least four matches to qualify for prizes and a number of our athletes found themselves unexpectedly ruled out this year by the almost unprecedented cancellation of the sixth and final fixture of the season because of flooding of the Bamber Bridge course.

Last updated: 18-03-2016

Tom Wins Place in British Team for World Indoor Champs

Tom Farrell has been included in a twenty three strong British team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Portland on 17-20 March.  Although just missing out on automatic selection in the 3000m at the British Indoor Championships at Sheffield at the end of last month which saw the host club’s Lee Emanuel retain his title, Tom’s 7:57.39 run saw him given the nod at the subsequent selection meeting.

Last updated: 04-03-2016

Olivia Wins National Cross Country Bronze

Another very fine run in her first year as an under 15 ensured third place for Olivia Mason in the ECCA Saucony National Championships at Donington Park last weekend. Olivia chased Portsmouth’s Josie Czura and Alex Brown, representing Herne Hill, throughout the 4km course adjacent to the motor racing circuit. Czura took the title in 16:05 from Brown 16:15 with Olivia just seven seconds further back. Her next race will be the English Schools Championships when both rivals will be competing in the intermediate rather than the junior race.

Our leading senior distance athlete James Douglas again competed with distinction in the men’s race over an undulating 12km, taking 55th place in 45:23, second Cumbrian behind Barrow’s Phil Huck.

Bob Hodgson and Ross Landon both finished well up the field of 1730 finishers in 201st and 231st positions.

Rhiannon Silson achieved 148th place in the senior women’s race and Charlotte Douglas 569th where 739 finished.  Anna Mason, in her first year at the championships, came 75th in the under 13 girls race of 439.

Last updated: 04-03-2016

Mixed Pace Group Run

Border Harriers & Athletic Club is looking into the possibility of starting a social mixed pace group run on Wednesday evenings, starting at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. Potential start date for these runs may be mid to late March. In the first instance could you contact either John McGibbon or Peter Campbell to express your interest.

Last updated: 02-03-2016

A Note From The 2016 AGM

Our Treasurer, Bill Rogers, reported a satisfactory year with income exceeding expenditure by £1,931.70.

Secretary Ken Taylor advised that our British hammer record holder, Nick Miller, had won the Cumbria Sports Performance of 2015 Award. Our senior men/women’s and Upper Youth Development League teams had finished in mid table in their leagues, but the Lower YDL team had narrowly failed to escape relegation. Eileen Slack and helpers had again run very successful canteens.

The 2015 Club Awards had been presented at the annual buffet/disco at Creighton Rugby Club on 6 November, with the winners:-

  • Male Athlete of the Year - Ewan Waite
  • Female Athlete of the Year - Olivia Mason
  • Senior/U20 Male - James Douglas
  • Senior/U20 Female - Clare McKeown
  • U17 Male - Brandon McFarlane
  • U17 Female - Kyra Walton
  • Junior Boy - Scott Evans
  • Junior Girl - Annie Bell
Award Winners 2015

The 64th Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Road Race had again been our main fundraising event, sponsored by William Coulthard & Co. with lead and trail cars from Lloyd Honda. Entries had been very similar to 2014 in advance of 14 November, but an atrocious weather forecast had led to a reduced entry on the day.  The course had water lying in several places on the Crosby loop, but all 556 finishers safely negotiated it before conditions worsened. After two years of almost perfect conditions times inevitably suffered.

Much worse was to come with the extensive flooding of 5/6 December leading to water levels reaching the roofline at the Sheepmount and causing considerable structural damage. Our thoughts were with several members whose homes were flooded. The access road and car park at the Sheepmount were undermined. The whole area has been barriered off while repairs to make it safe are carried out. The athletics facilities have been inspected by the initial installer of the track. While their report was awaited, general opinion is the prospect of any use this year is remote. Initial discussions have already started about the future provision of athletics facilities for the Carlisle area.

President/ Chairman John Clementson, together with fellow Committee members Ken Taylor, Bill Rogers, Keith Abbot, Richard Claydon, Sam Jackson, Richard Mace, Sharon Routledge, Eileen Slack and Mike Smith were all re-elected.

Discussion took place on how to improve and strengthen the senior track and field team in particular. The team at its strongest was eminently capable of achieving promotion, but disappointing turnouts at some meetings had prevent this. 

It was agreed the possibility of re-establishing a senior road running group in Carlisle from The Sands Centre should be investigated.

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Training Groups

Winter training for John Clementson’s senior group continues at Kingstown Industrial Estate on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm. Junior group sessions with Mike Smith, assisted by Vanessa Strickland, are at Devonshire Walk Car Park, also on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Track and Field

Diary Dates

Northern Track & Field Leagure (Seniors / Under 20)

7 May at Bury, 5 June at Preston, 3 July at Burnley, 6 August at Stockport.

Upper Youth Development League (Under 20 / Under 17)

1 May at Bury, 29 May venue tba, 26 June at Oldham, 24 July at Ellesmere Port

Lower Youth Development League (Under 15 / Under 13)

23 April at Blackpool, 21 May at Connah’s Quay, 19 June at Bury, 16 July at Litherland.

We’ve lost a home fixture in each of the three leagues because of the unavailability of the Sheepmount. While this will inevitably lead to increased travelling costs, more importantly we must ensure we field teams strong enough to ward off any relegation fears. If you intend to compete next season, please put these dates in your diary now. 

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Welcome Back

Mike Scott has rejoined us in his 51st year and has a championship entry for the London Marathon. Scotty’s target will be 2hrs 35mins. If any athlete of similar pace fancies a 20 mile run in the Brampton area at 4.30am on a Thursday morning feel free to contact him. The purchase of a high quality head torch will also be required!

Last updated: 17-02-2016

On The Roads

Border vests were worn by the first five finishers in the Resolution 10K in Carlisle on 17 January. Bob Hodgson was unchallenged, winning in 32:40 from James Buis 34:11. Ross Landon followed in 34:28 ahead of Daniel Hornsby 35:51 and V50 Stuart Robinson 36:19.

Victoria Johnston was first lady, 26th overall in 41.22 with V45 Teresa Medley 2nd in 43.55. John McGibbon, V50 was back in 73rd in 47.21 from V60 Pete Garnett in an impressive 48.29. There were 205 finishers.

The Border X Challenge 10K on 31 January was run for the first time in the opposite direction, from Kingstown, Carlisle to Gretna. John Fletcher was a very comfortable winner in 33:35. Ewan Waite finished 13th clocking 40:02. Vanessa won the F40 category and was 4th lady in 42:02. V50 Peter Campbell completed our representation, recording 49:05. 376 ran.

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Northern X Country Championships

Congratulations to Olivia Mason who is the Northern Under 15 Champion. In tough conditions at Blackburn on 30 January Olivia timed her finish perfectly, overtaking Liverpool Harrier Ella McNiven in the home straight, to win by just two seconds.

Our Senior Men’s team finished a very creditable 10th of 52 teams. James Douglas led the way, again finishing in the mid 30s, in 34th place in 47:06. Chris Steel was next, 63rd 49:00, then Ross Landon, 75th 49:21. Bob Hodgson was 139th 52:32, with Tom Nicholson and V40 Steve Angus finishing very close together in 55:23 and 55:25. Will Nicholson 56:49 and Kevin Hull, 410th in 63:11 made up the team of eight. There were 719 finishers.

Anna Mason ran strongly to take 12th place in the Under 13 girls, less than a minute behind the winner, with Laura Mattinson 124th. 199 finished. Nicole Mattinson was well placed in 52nd of a field of 168 in the Under 15 girls.

In the Senior Women’s race, Rhiannon Silson continued her good form when taking 82nd position, supported by Carolyn Millican 211th and Charlotte Douglas 286th.. 358 athletes finished.

Oliver Dustin was always in the top third of his Under 15 race, coming home in 38th place.

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Mid Lancs X-Country League

James Douglas was again in good order as he bids to retain his Senior Men’s title when winning at Hyndburn on 16 January and is top on points with two meetings remaining. Chris Steel sits in 3rd place from Ross Landon in 11th. V40s Steve Angus and Dan Ibbotson are 14th and 50th respectively in their age category.

Under 13 Skyler Bowes and Under 11 Melissa McIntosh have everything to go for as both are in bronze medal positions after four meetings.

Rhiannon Silson was 8th and Hyndburn, taking her into joint 5th place on points. Fiona Smith made her season’s debut and took 80th place as did Rob Bickley, 164th finisher in the senior men’s.

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Cumbria X-Country Championships - Kendal

Great performances on a testing course after heavy rain from Callum Plunkett (Under 20 men), Oliver Dustin (Under 15 boys) and Olivia Mason (Under 15 girls) saw them win county titles. Anna Mason took silver in the Under 13 girls from Skyler Bowes in 4th and Lauren Mattinson 10th and Mary Campbell 20th. In the under 11 girls Melissa Mattinson also; Niamh Campbell was 14th.

Victoria Johnston raced into third place in the senior women’s followed home by Ruth Hetherington. James Campbell and Nico Turley filled 16th and 17th in the under 11 boys. James Mattinson was 6th in the under 15 boys, Keiran Reynolds also 6th at under 17 and another under 17, Daisy Barnes 8th in her race.

Last updated: 17-02-2016

Buttermere Round 2016

The Buttermere Round 34k Road Race run by Keswick AAC will be taking place on 21 February 2016 starting at 11:00am from the Moat Hall.  The room next to Cafe West will be used as the host venue this year in-light of the Cricket Pavilion being flooded.

Entry will be free of charge and members of other clubs are welcome to enter, but times will be recorded for all finishers, for those wishing to have a competitive work out.

For further information and queries please contact Russell Maddams.

Last updated: 28-01-2016

Border Harriers 2016 AGM

Due to the flood damage at the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, the Border Harriers & Athletic Club AGM will be now be held at The Sands Centre. The AGM will be on Friday 29th January 2016 starting at 7:30pm. All welcome to attend.

Last updated: 15-01-2016

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

Results for the 2017 Cumbria County Cross Country Champs in Carlisle on 7th Jan are available now. Results. Entry Forms for the Border Harriers Track and Field Open Meeting on 9th April 2017 in Whitehaven are available now. Here.

Border Harriers & Athletic Club
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Entry Forms

Border Harriers T & F Open Meeting, Entry Form.