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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 2016 Cumbria County Track and Field Champs in Barrow on 14th May are available now. Here. The Border Harriers Mixed Pace Group Run will start tonight (Wed 25th May) at 6:30pm from the Sands Centre.

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