Daily Archives: April 20, 2015
The much anticipated Manchester Marathon for some of the Blackburn Harriers athletes as well as a number from other local Clubs took place last Sunday – April 18th and saw 7842 runners complete the distance.
Full Results Here
Ben Fish finished 7th overall in a time of 2.23.05 and although a solid run time wise Ben told us afterwards that “a very different experience for me today. Right up with the front guys at 10 miles. Hit a really bad patch shortly after and had to really dig deep. Claimed back a couple of positions after 20 miles. The second half was agony. Happy to hold it together”.
Next in was Brian Fogarty who is in training for his forthcoming Ironman event in Lanzarote. Brian finished 174th overall in a time of 2.52.39 and he was delighted with the effort telling the Club that it was “Perfect and really pleased. 2:52. negative split and comfortable”.
A few weeks ago, Kaylie Panaro ran the Trimple 20 in a very solid time which indicated that she would break the four hour barrier and potentially by quite a margin – and that is exactly what she did. Placing 2742nd in a cracking time and new PB of 3.42.18 she was bubbling after the Race when she commented “I’m really pleased with what I’ve achieved today in Manchester, I set off with a goal of 3:45 so to come in at 3:42 is brilliant! Next stop Berlin Marathon!” Kaylie’s run shows what can be achieved with consistency and hard work.
There were some fine runs as well from athletes in other Local Clubs including Stuart Robinson 2.23.42 – Tom Cornthwaite (2.32.13) who runs for Blackburn on the Track – Nick Leigh (2.32.49) – Chris Singleton (2.33.15) – Gary Shaw (2.34.48) – Ian Livesey (2.37.21) – John Lloyd (2.37.52).
Saturday April 18th marked a very proud day for the Harriers. It was the day that our Club President – George Kirby – had the new Stand at Witton Park Arena named after him at a naming ceremony attended by the Mayor, some of George’s family and athletes past and present from the Club.
When the track was first opened in 1958 there followed a twenty year period during the course of which the Council backed the Harriers and particularly our current President George Kirby in the holding of national and international events at Witton as well as huge invitation events which brought the crowds in to see the likes of Derek Ibbotson (the world mile record holder) and Olympic Champions Lynn Davies, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett to Witton Park. In 1994 Paula Radcliffe won a national championship over the country at Witton and had wished us well for our centenary event held in 2010 at Ewood Park Football Ground.
(Club Chairman – Mr Tony Wood – congratulating George)
Tony Wood – the Club Chairman – paid tribute to the role that George had played in the development of athletics, not only at Blackburn Harriers, but in the wider community for over 60 years which has been a remarkable contribution.
It is fitting that George’s contribution to athletics not only at the Harriers but as a National Coach and National Official, to education in the Borough as a Teacher – and – numerous other community activities, has been recognised by the Local Authority as well as many in the community and in the world of athletics generally.
(The Mayor – Mr Alan Cottam – congratulating George)
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