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Great Day at the Ribble Valley 10k with the Harriers, Team & Individual Wins and a lot of PB’s

Snow, Ice, Fog and Mist were all predicted for this years Ribble Valley 10k but what we got was a glorious day with almost perfect conditions for 10k Road Racing. 

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Watch the Race Video HERE

Full Race Results HERE

Report of the  Northern 10k Road Championships and Medal Winners from Ken Smith at Northern Athletics HERE

There some great Results for Blackburn Harriers from the thirty one members who competed in the Race which had 1105 finishers and none more so than for V45 Mat Nuttall who is having a great season on Cross Country.

Matt was the first Harrier home in 26th place with a time 32.19 just 18 seconds off his PB set 5 years ago in 2009 which goes to show with hard work and mental resolve, age doesn’t have to presage a deterioration. Next home was Karl Billington just three places behind (29th) in 32.42 and with V40 Shaun Livesey in 50th (33.44) which was a new PB for Shaun by 23 seconds, the three of them combined to take a fine Bronze Medal in the Northern Championships.

To add to this, the Harriers Vets won the Vets Race Team First Prize consisting of Matt, Shaun and Bob Shorrock and Matt took the Individual Gold Medal in the V45 Category. 10885373_749167081818946_1580925463198831009_n1450334_749167981818856_4084882496935992891_n                                                         10882330_749168298485491_4329657197296744282_n-1

Next four Blackburn Harriers home all set new personal bests. Just 23 seconds behind Shaun came Brian Fogarty – whose firm Fogarty’s Insurance Services have come on board this year to Sponsor the Race – placing 57th and again setting a new PB of 34.07. Another four places back was Tim Raynes who knocked nearly three quarters of a minute off his previous best to establish a new PB of 34.14 when finishing 61st. Another Harrier in great form is Chris Davies who in finishing 67th in 34.29 set a new PB and again by over three quarters of a minute. The quartet of new PB’s was set when Jack Hindle placed 70th with a whopping new PB of 34.52 chopping over a minute of his previous best time. Paul Bradshaw was just 16 seconds behind Jack in 75th place in a time of 35.07

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Exciting prospect U17 Junior Man Joseph Monk had a solid run finishing just outside the top 100 in 104th spot with a time of 36.33 and Joseph was followed home by V50 Bob Shorrock  in 108th (36.35). Bob has been doing all his training fro Mountain marathons and recently won the first of the King of the Hills Marathon in Hong Kong for the V50 category breaking the V50 Course Record in the process. V45 David Almond in finishing 130th (37.16) also set a new PB by 18 seconds. V50 Michael Toms had a battle on his hands to hold off the first Female Harrier home. Michael took 155th place in 38.01 with U17 Liz Greenwood just two seconds behind in 38.03 and a new PB for her as well. V45 Gary Pearse took 177th spot in 38.27 and Rachel Wood – 2nd Woman in for the Harriers – was 191st in 38.47. Two more Harriers battled it out close to the line with Mark Bleasdale coming in 197th (38.55) and Richard Fogarty a mere 2 seconds behind in 198th (38.57).  Sarah Toms smashed her previous best 10k time by nearly two minutes in finishing 231st with a new PB  of 39.42and along with Sam McCreadie in 233rd place (39.47), the three of them, Rachel, Sarah and Sam won the Northern Women’s Team Championship from Trawden in 2nd place and Accrington Road Runners in 3rd.

Then to top it off for the Harriers Womens Teams on the day – Liz Greenwood, Rachel Wood and Sarah Toms combined to win the Race Womens Team first prize.

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Laura Hesketh took 242nd spot with a time 40.05 – a season’s best – and not far off her PB set in 2013. Evan Cook (V60) came in 266th in 40.38 followed by John Cookson in 312th (41.43 ) and Beckie Taylor in 338th (42.22). Kaylie Panaro was just short of her PB when she placed 488th in 45.42. In his first Race for a number of years V55 Mike Blacklidge battled it out with V40 Paul Wilkinson (who had come to the Race straight from night shift) with Paul just getting home in 565th (47.24) to Mike’s 566th in 47.26. Carol Cookson absolutely smashed her previous best, knocking a massive five minutes of f and setting a new PB of 48.51 (638th). V50 Jan Buckingham also had a fantastic run in 685th achieving her ambition of breaking 50 minutes in her 50th year with a time of 49.46.

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10806273_892032807503975_4142058503019873540_n10897814_749280891807565_536925121690134196_nV40 Michelle Teare  took 837th place with 53.46 which was a massive new PB by over 5 minutes. V50 David Morris came home in 959th place with a time of 57.57. V45 Deborah Pearson took 1014th place in 60.49 whilst husband Stephen and son William helped Marshal at the Race.

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Some of the Winners of Northern Championship Medals Presented by Jean Simpson – President of Northern Athletics







Ken Smith and Jean Simpson presenting the Northern Medals

Ken Smith and Jean Simpson presenting the Northern Medals


Some of the Winners of the Open Race Presented by

Brian Fogarty of Fogarty Insurance Services Ltd.








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Indoors with the Harriers & New PB’s

Sale Harriers Open Series  – Sportcity 21st December

  Full Results HERE

The second fixture of the Sale Harriers Winter Open Indoor Series at Sportscity had a number of Blackburn Harriers competing with a welcome return to competition after struggling with injury for Jamie Vickery, a stalwart over recent years of our Northern Senior Men’s Team.

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Jamie kicked off his Indoor Season with a win in a Heat of the 60m in 7.25, just one tenth of a second outside his PB. He then went on to set a new PB of 37.47 in the 300m finishing 2nd in the Race – so a really good first outing for Jamie.

Brothers Cameron and Nicholas Massey were also in action at this second fixture and produced some really good results. Finishing 5th in his 60m Race, U17 Cameron knocked three tenths of a second off his previous best time to set a new PB of 7.84. U15 Nicholas then went and won his 60m Race in the same time of 7.84 which was his first ever outing over the distance. New member U17 Ashley Smith placed 3rd in his Heat of the 60m in a time of 7.94 and again it was his first outing over the distance. Cameron went on to win the U17 Shot putt with a throw of 9.88m and Nicholas won the U15 Shot Putt with a new PB of 9.21m.

U15 and U17 Boys ran together in the 60m Hurdles which saw Nicholas Massey winning in a time of 9.14 with brother Cameron in 3rd spot (10.05) and Ashley Smith in 5th (10.10).

Bottom of age U15 Charlotte Williams also tackled the 60m Hurdles placing 5th in a time of 10.45, competed in the Long Jump reaching 2.94m which was way below her best and then bounced straight back with a new PB in the 3k Shot Putt, taking 2nd place with 8.85m. Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall contested the Long Jump finishing 8th in the 23 strong field with a lap of 6.07m.

The previous week, Paul Bradshaw who is targeting the Ribble Valley 10k and Lancashire Cross Country Championships took on the 3000m Indoors at the Cardiff Grand Prix Athletic Series.

Full Results HERE

Paul ran in the A Race finishing 12th in a time of 9.18.60.




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Recent Results for the Harriers

Podium 5k – Saturday 20th December

Full Results HERE

Watch Race Video HERE


Pretty decent conditions for a December Saturday evening greeted the fifty eight runners who competed in the last Podium 5k Race of 2015 at Barrowford. The Race run on a flat Cycle Track featuuring five laps in all is definitely one in which a 5k Road PB can be set evidenced by the fact that the first four athletes home all dipped under 15 minutes.

In the A Race – won by James McNally in a rapid time of 14.55 and Rachel Bamford in 16.11 – there were 37 runners and amongst them five Blackburn Harriers. First Harrier home was Karl Billington in his first Race in a month in 15.22 and 9th place overall. He was followed in by Mat Nuttall in 18th (16.06) – U15 Joshua Boyle (23rd) in a time of 16.31 – Shaun Livesey (24th) in 16.33 and Tim Raynes with a new PB of 16.37 in 25th.

Twenty one runners took part in the B Race which was won by Hannah Holroyd in 15.54. Four Blackburn Harriers in this Race with David Almond finishing 2nd overall with a new PB of 17.56. Sarah Toms was 6th overall and 2nd Woman in a time 18.49 which was a new PB on a Road 5k. Mark Almond followed closely behind in 8th place (19.01) with Laura Hesketh just three places further back in 11th with a time of 19.11 which wasn’t far outside her PB.



Full Results with a report on the day HERE


Four Hundred and twenty seven runners in the 26th running of the STOOP last weekend won by Tom Adams in a time of 31.44. and the Women’s Race won by Caitlin Rice in 39.20.

Helen Leigh for Blackburn Harriers had a cracking Race finishing 49th overall (39.32) and just two places and 12 seconds behind the winner. V50 Michael Toms took 106th place in 42.24 and daughter Sarah Toms in 133rd (44.10). John Orrell came in 236th with 50.36. Anna Leigh, Helen’s sister took 135th spot in 44.19 and Helen commented afterwards “2nd at The Stoop, hard work starting to pay off hooray. Well done Anna Leigh first fell race and smashed it. Need to register with Blackburn Harriers we would have had the team with Sarah Toms”.



In the U10, U12 & U14 Race sisters Natalya Irvine and Alanya Irvine had a run out. Natalya finished 3rd U14 Girl in a time of 8.32 and Alanya 9th in the U19 Race with a time of 11.17.



 Mental Elf 5K – Sunday 21st December

 Full Results HERE

About the Run
Lancashire Mind is the counties leading mental health charity. They enable people all over the county to achieve mental wellbeing as well as ensuring support is available to people experiencing a mental health condition.

 Two hundred and eighty runners turned out for this Race which helps to raise money for a very worthy cause. Blackburn Harrier and GB International – Alison Leonard – took the honours outkicking the Jonathan Undy to win the Race by one second in a time of 20.30. Alison’s dad Ian also ran finishing 13th in 24.33.

A fun day for a worthy cause and the costumes weren’t too bad either.







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Results Round Up….from Hong Kong to Turkey Trot

Bob hits the Mountains

In the King of the Hills Mountain Marathon Series in Hong Kong there were 276 finishers held on December 5th

Full Results HERE

Blackburn Harrier V50 Bob Shorrock tackled this and had a really good run to finish 5th overall in the Race and !st V50 with a time of 3hr 24.18. The winner took 3hr. 09. 27 and Bob was only 5 minutes off second place.

This Race Report – from the Race Director – highlights Bob’s run which was exceptional.

 Vlad Ixel has moved to Hong Kong for the season to take his training to a new level, inspired by all of our hills. Vlad’s been on top ofthe podium enough lately to confirm that his tactics are working. Today he added his first KOTH full marathon win to an impressive and growing list of HK off road victories. Vlad increased his lead throughout the race and ended up winning comfortably in 3:09:27. Nicol Boyd continued running as strongly as he did last seasonand was rewarded with a fine 3:19:08 and second place overall. Michael Skobierski was third, and Steve Cale 4th, completing a 1234-sweep for the male open runners.

Bob Shorrock disrupted this ordering, thundering home in 3:24:18 and setting a new M-50 age group course record and finishing 5th overall in the process. If this season is like last, Bob is just getting warmed up and we can expect him to get faster and faster. Previous M-50 record holder Hau Ping finished second in the age group, followed by Tiger Ho.

Bob told us that “Had the first of the hill races this past weekend. Had a quite good start to the season – finished 5th overall and first over 50”.


 The Annual Hurst Green Turkey Trot took place last Sunday – December 14th – with one hundred and ninety seven runners completing the event and amongst them sixteen Blackburn Harriers.

Some good results for the Harriers as well winning the V45 and V50 Male Vets Categories – The Male Team and Women’s Team Prizes and had first, second and third in the Junior Female Category.

 Full Results HERE

The Race which was won by David Rigby in 30.21 saw V45 Mat Nuttall take 2nd place with a time of 31.17 and winning the V45 Category. Close behind in 4th place came Chris Davies (33.06) and then an incredible run by Liz Greenwood who finished 5th overall in a time of 33.06 which gave her the Junior Female 1st Prize as well.


Next home were V50 Mick Toms in 12th place (35.44) winning the V50 Category and just one second in front of V40 Gary Pearse in 35.45 who was 2nd V40 overall.

Grace Handley finished 21st in 37.31 to take the 2nd place Junior Female Prize. Katie Buckingham placed 30th in 38.51 and mean that along with Liz and Grace they took first, second and third Junior Female prizes.

V40 Allan Hartley finished 39th and 8th in the Age Category with a time of 40.23 and fellow V40 John Cookson was just a few places further back in 43rd (40.37). Laura Hesketh finished second Woman in the Senior Age Group Category with a 52nd place in 41.34 and young Jack Wilkinson was 86th – 2nd Boy in the Junior Age Category with a time of 47.17. Another V40, Danny Teare, came in 93rd (49.10) and Jack’s dad V40 Paul Wilkinson was 100th in 49.53. Katie’s mum Jan Buckingham was 6th Senior Woman home in 130th (52.31) followed by V45 Lisa Nuttall (142nd) in 55.25 and V50 David Morris 155th (58.53).


The Longridge 7 Mile Road Race took place on the same day with 244 runners competing.


Full Results HERE

U17 Joe Monk had a terrific run to finish 3rd overall in the Race and 1st Junior male with a splendid time of 44.58 and commented following the Race that It was a good run today as it was my first experience at this type of course, miles 3-4 were extremely hilly but it was a good course nevertheless”.


Over at Telford again on the same day – Gary Priestley who competes for the Club on the Track, ran for Salford at the popular Telford 10k.

Full Results HERE

The Race won by Ribble Valley 10k Entry John Beattie in 29.55 had 879 finishers and witnessed another Ribble Valley 10k Entry – Rebecca Robinson win the Women’s Race in 33.27.

Gary set a new PB of 31.11 finishing 19th overall. Gary was pleased with the Race and told the Club after that “Pleased with a narrow PB today given a slippery trail section on both laps. Next up for me is the Lancs XC champs, to try and put 3 straight silvers behind me and aim for the win which won’t be easy given the strength we have in Lancashire”

Sounds like the Lancashire Cross Country Championships could be a tasty Race.



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Results Round Up from Road & Cross Country & Town Schools

The Puma Stockport 10 Mile Road race took place on Sunday December 7th which was won by Andrew Davies in 50.25. Given the conditions on the day the time was a good one. Eleven hundred and thirty four runners competed and it does look as though there is a bit of a resurgence in entries into Road Races.

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish competed for the Harriers and finished 3rd in a time of 50.54 and said that it was a “tough run at Stockport 10, 3rd 51:07. A bit slower than 2008, but gradual progress towards the end of this year. Pity it clashes with Guys 10, love both races !”

Three hundred and forty eight runners participated in the popular Guy’s 10 Mile Road Race last Sunday – 7th December – in not the best of conditions it has to be said. Amongst them were three Blackburn Harriers

 Full Results HERE

Shaun Livesey came 7th overall in a very good time of 56.24, just 23 seconds off his PB which in the conditions points to PB form. After the Race Shaun commented “In a reversal of weather conditions compared to Preston 3 weeks ago, conditions were tough going out. From the gun I was in a good group that formed, the pace was really comfortable as we all tried to shield ourselves from the wind. just after 4 mile the group started to fracture as the pace increased due to us running down wind, I was unable to go with it and was left in no man’s land. However I kept reasonably strong in to the finish”. Pleased with my time in those conditions 56:24″.

Samantha McCreadie finished in 52nd place with a time of 66.41 and just a minute outside of her 10 mile PB. Again given the conditions Sam looks to be knocking on the door for another revision of her best time over this distance. V50 David Morris placed 306th in 1.36,51.


In Race 3 of the Todmorden 5K Winter Series it was the turn of the young athletes to shine.

Full Results HERE

15yr old Josh Boyle had an outstanding run to finish 2nd overall and first in his Age Category with a time of 16.43. Also having really good runs were Natalya Irvine who was 22nd overall in 20.16 and Kelsey Rutherford in 30th (20.53). Natalya also finished first in her Age Group with Kelsey taking 2nd place.

Back to Cross Country and Paul Bradshaw was out in the Breacon Beacons racing in the Gwent League on Saturday 6th December

Full Results HERE

In the Men’s Senior Race with a 339 strong field, Paul came in 49th overall in a time of 38.34. Good preparation for the Ribble Valley 10k and Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park on January 3rd 2015.


We now have the Results from the Town Schools Cross Country Championship Races held at Witton Park last weekend which clashed with the Red Rose League fixture at Rossendale.

Full Results HERE

Blackburn Harriers youngsters did themselves proud on the day with five wins in the different Age Groups.

In Year 7 boys Anthony Beresford finished 4th and Jimmy Walpole 7th whilst in Year 10/11 Boys Byron Abbot came out the winner with Nick Smith in 3rd spot and Jack Wilkinson in 10th. Another win came in 6th Form Boys Race which saw Joe Campbell come as the winner with fellow Blackburn Harriers, Robert Buckley in 2nd and Chris Richardson-Dulling in 3rd.

In the Girls Races Amy Davies was a clear winner in the Year 7 Girls with Olivia Blow in 7th spot. Anna Lonsdale took 3rd spot in the Year 8/9 Race with Ione Smith in 7th  and Jaqui Howard 9th. Aleena Awan, a recent new member for the Club won the Year 10/11 Race, with Harriers Olivia Wilson in 2nd spot, Brenna McPartlan in 3rd, Bailey Thompson in 6th and Rose Abbott in 14th. Katie Buckingham was the final winner of the day winning the 6th Form Girls Race.




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