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Another Win & Incredible Record for Ben Fish at Freckleton

Ben Fish ran the Freckleton Half-Marathon last weekend on a hot day in June. The temperature always seem to go up on the day of this Race. Ben has a fabulous record in the Event. He first won it in 2007 and then went on to win it in 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012 and 2013 – seven wins in a row.

Full Results HERE:

Speaking to Ben after the Race he told the Harriers that his aim was to go out very hard early. Describing it as “not his smartest race”, and whilst getting  “a big lead”  started to “lose ground in the last few miles”.

Not happy with running the time that he did saying that  “I don’t like running slower than 68 mins in half marathons” and need to be better in hot weather he summed up his record breaking win by saying that it was “a good win, but poor time”. He went on…“I think I have got the most wins now and it’s not something I would have expected when I first won this race in 2007, so it means a lot. I would love to win on the 50th anniversary next year”. And who would bet against that.

The Freckleton Race featured 635 runners, and Ben wasn’t the only Harrier to compete. In 125th place was V60 Graham Pomfret in a fine time of 1hr 37min 46sec. Graham has had a long term serious back injury so it is great to see him back racing again. Graham also took 2nd place in the V60 category which was won by Graham West from Lytham St Annes Road Runners. Paul Wilkinson also ran the Race coming 247th (1:48.56.


Still on the Road, The Horwich Town Council 5k Road Race took place on June 16th. In the Open Race, Gary Priestley (runs for Blackburn on the Track) ran a fine 15:29 PB to take 3rd place overall. The Howe Brothers also tackled the event with Joseph just taking the ‘bragging rights’ over Zac. Joseph came 11th (18:15) and Zac 14th (18:35)  –  Sister Phoebe Howe then competed in the Carnival One Mile Run finishing 8th overall in the mixed male & female Race and 1st female home in a good time of 6.00mins. Another athlete who runs on the Track for Blackburn, Candice Heys also had a fine run in the BMAF 5k held on the same day to come 63rd overall in a field of male and female athletes in 18:26 and took the Bronze Medal for the FV35 category.


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Full Results for Open Race HERE:

Full Results for BMAF Race HERE:

Full Results for Carnival One Mile Run HERE:



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A Bridge Too Far !

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Three ‘casualties’ during the week – Andy Butterey, David Thornton and Gary Pearse – meant there was some last minute call ups to slot into the Team leading up to the Bradford Millenium Way Relays. Phil Morton, Richard Taylor and John Cookson all threw their hats into the ring to complete the Team on the day.

Leg 1 had John Chaplin and Phil Morton handing over in 13th place. Leg 2 Team Chris Barnes and Chris Davies gained 5 places handing over in 8th position. On Leg 3 Richard Taylor and John Cookson held on to 8th place, with ‘Captain’ Chris Barnes describing it as a great run by the duo running something like 5 minutes faster than their predicted time.

Mark Almond and Jonathon Bridge set off really well and closed down the gap only to miscalculate in the last mile, managing to add 5 miles on to the leg! Any cartographers in the house? This left the Team in 25th place. Shaun Livesey and Matt Nuttall rose to the challenge on Leg 5 setting a Course Record time for the Vets by over 6 minutes (72.39) on Leg 5 to bring the Team back to 15th place.


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There were other Harriers out and about on the Fells too. Results HERE: At the Chorley Great Hill Fell Race ( June 15th), Tom Cubbon, Allan Hartley and Jackie Taylor all tackled the Race. Tom came in 14th (44:09) and fourth V40. Allan took 26th position (47:20) whilst Jackie took 37th place (49:28) and won the Women’s V40 prize too boot.

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Sophie takes another National Title

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Another National Title was won by Sophie Hitchon at Bedford last weekend in the U20/U23 England Athletics National Championships in the Hammer.

With four really consistent Throws and a best of 69.54 beating Louisa James from Shaftesbury into 2nd place by over 10 metres, her 69.54m Throw took the National Title and posted a new Championship Best Performance. In nine competitions this season she has already won 5 of them so far and in only two of them has she thrown less than sixty nine and a half metres which shows great consistency.

Rob Warner was also out on the Track during the previous week at the – Loughborough Students AC Open Meeting – Results HERE – placing 5th in the 800m in a time of 2:01.30

Overseas, Paul Bradshaw was in action in the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg on June 15th in the 800m posting 1:52.07. Results HERE: