Daily Archives: June 8, 2015
Shaun has a great run at Scafell Pike Trail Marathon – Josh gets a great win at Kelbrook – Astley Park Trail Race
From the marina the first section leads through woodland trails alongside Lingholm to Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater. The route then follows the lakeshore trail through mixed woodland to the picturesque village of Grange and follows the bridleway past Castle Crag. This is where the 42k route deviates from the 21k.
Following the climb past Castle Crag the 42k route continues to Seatoller, and will be marked to this point. Turn right just after Seatoller to Seathwaite, Styhead, Corridor Route up to Scafell Pike, Esk Hause, Sty Head, Seathwaite, Rosthwaite. Although the route follows the main trails, the ability to navigate will be essential.At Rosthwaite the route rejoins the 21k marked course and follows this to the finish in Keswick via Watendlath, Ashness Bridge and Great Wood.
Video – Breath taking views of part of the Course HERE
Shaun Livesey had targeted this Race and a a cracking run finishing 3rd overall. Shaun said afterwards that “I had a plan of going out steady until i hit the start of the climb at seathwaite. At this point i was lying in third position with 2nd only 30 seconds away. I could sense that i was stronger on the climbs than him so i passed him. I ran strong up to the first check point were i was told i was indeed second. I continued to run up to the summit were the weather had turned into a pea souper. ( i’m glad i did my recce three weeks ago). My plan on the descent was to take it easy as i did not want to smash my quads for the rest of the race. You would think that once you had hit the summit and you were on your way down it would be plane sailing , but the descent is so technical every foot step has to be planned. just before i had got back down to the farm at seathwaite i was passed by the third place guy, he must have dropped like a stone from the top. One last climb left ( Watendlath) and it was a killer, i reached the top and had a look back i could see another runner. I thought i can’t give up third place. I reached the last aid station were i had a feast i was on empty with 3 mile to go, he dibbed in just after me. Luckily for me there was a stretch of tarmac waiting so i put a concerted effort in to gain some time, it worked i followed the lake and into the finish. The toughest race i have ever done! ”
Meanwhile at the Kelbrook Fell Race, 14yr old Josh Boyle had a top quality run winning the Race in a time of 22.22 by eight seconds from Matt Lalor in 2nd with Tom Corrigan and Marc Hartley just behind in 3rd and 4th spots.
Gary Pearse also had a good run in 16th place (25.52) and just got pipped to the V50 1st prize by four seconds.
Full Results HERE
Astley Park Trail Race – Wednesday June 3rd
One hundred and five runners lined up in the Senior Race and an amazing one hundred and forty three in the Junior Race. Seven Blackburn Harriers competed in the Senior Race which saw Michael Toms lead the Harriers home in 20th place overall (28.29).
Race Results HERE
Not far behind came Allan Hartley in 26th (29.34) followed by Sarah Toms in 31st (30.26) an effort which won her the 1st Woman’s Prize. Next came Evan Cook, who took the 2nd V60 spot – 36th overall – in a time of 30.51, followed by Kaylie Panaro (67th) in 34.15, George Woodburn – 82nd – in 36.07 and David Morris (101st) in 42.16.
Junior Results HERE
In the Junior Race, Amy Davies was first Harrier home in 25th place overall and 1st F13 with a time of 5.57. Amy was followed by Holly Cubbon who took the 2nd F13 spot with a time of 6.11 and 35th overall. Daniel Brown was next in for the Club in 43rd (6.24) with 9yr old Saul Sharp in 57th place in a really good time of 6.40. Chasing Saul was 10yr old Kyle Pomfret who finished in 64th place with a very good 6.47. U15 Chloe Bleeks came 81st in 7.19 and 8yr old Isabelle Hartley placed 103rd in 7.46 another really good time for a youngster of that age.
Two Harriers turned out at the Pen Y Ghent Race on June 6th – Andy Heys finishing 62nd in the in the 139 strong field (62.24) and John Orrell (93rd) in 69.39.
Full Results HERE
Alison Leonard who recently won an 800m Race in Belgium in 2.00.50 was lined up against a quality field at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing 4th in 2.01.06. She was pleased with her Race and told the Club that she “Was reasonably pleased with yesterday’s race, I thought I raced well until the last 100m where I didn’t hang on well enough, but I think it was a solid performance – I was hoping for more but will need to be patient!”
Alison is now “sorting out Russian visa for Euro Team Champs… that’s my next race in 2 weeks time” She will also have another Blackburn Harrier on the Team with Hammer Thrower Sophie Hitchon who will be part of the GB Squad contesting the Championships.
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