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Helen Wins the Womens 4-Day Coast to Coast Race


Coast to Coast Adventure Race :: 28-31 August 2015

Blackburn Harrier – Helen Leigh – has an almost legendary status in the Club for the Endurance Events that she does, her most famous adventure being part of a five member crew who rowed across the Atlantic to raise awareness and money in order to campaign against  child trafficking. Where there are Hills, Mountains, Rivers and Oceans you will find Helen; And you will also see her wearing the Harriers vest in Cross Country, Fell and Road Races for the Club.


The Coast to Coast Adventure Race follows the principal of C2C founder, Alfred Wainwright in setting off from St Bees Head and finishing in the spectacular Robin Hoods bay. Again in true adventure race style you may find yourself on mountain bikes, kayaking, open water swimming, running and navigating your team from one side of the country to another!

The Coast to Coast Adventure Race event is for solos and mixed teams of three, with two competing at any one time and is self supported event. Each night we will stop in a market town where we will provide showers and a campsite. You will have the chance to enjoy the local food as well as socialise with other racers. Each evening there will be a briefing in a local hall where will award a prize to the fastest up the big hill that day (King of the mountains) and briefing for the following day.

 Full Results HERE

Helen had a fabulous performance to finish 8th overall and 1st Solo Woman home beating the 2nd placed woman by 1 hour and 49min. The Club asked her for her thoughts after such a grueling 4 days and this is what she said “I think relief is the best way to describe my feelings after finishing the Coast to Coast adventure race this weekend. After crashing and limping to the finish in 2013 I was not going to settle for second and went out guns blazing.

The first two days were an epic battle with the wind but I managed to gain an hours lead. Day three was where i thought I may lose a lot of time on the bike so I absolutley smashed it and was only a minute down on the nearest girl and I had a tyre change in transition. The last day I was terrified that something would go wrong on the bike but all went well despite apocalyptic weather and a slight nav error on the run. I had a storming day and finally relaxed and enjoyed the final run around the coast when I knew I had it in the bag. So pleased to come away first female solo with 1hour 30min lead over 2nd. I also ranked 8th overall including the male solos, only getting beaten by one of the teams as well! 27 hours of racing in 4 days. Job done”.


Women’s Solo Results HERE


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Not to be left out of the action, a couple of the Club’s Sportshall youngsters – Jaydn Armstrong & Jayden Brammer – traveled to Stockport for the Bank Holiday Open Meeting. The two of them did really well and Ben Armstrong, one of the Club’s Sportshall Coaches said that “Jayden Brammer was 4th overall and Jadyn Armstrong was 7th smashing all 4 pbs in 75m sprint.. vortex ball… 600m.. and Long Jump.”

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Comments Off on Wins for Tim and Karl on the Road – Top performances in Rubicon Triathlon

Wins for Tim and Karl on the Road – Top performances in Rubicon Triathlon



Full Results HERE

The Rubicon Triathlon consists of a Swim of 1900m. a Bike Race of 90000m and a Run of 21000m and Brian Fogarty was using it to assess his form as he prepares for the World Championships being held in Kona, Hawaii in a month and a half time.

Brian took a great 2nd place on the Podium beating some very good athletes in the process. Afterwards, he told the Club that Going in to the race I was quite relaxed because it was very much a marker to see where my fitness was in the build up to Kona. It’s a Half  Ironman race and attracted some top athletes so I knew I had to have a decent race to get on the podium. I finished second but more importantly my performance was good, slightly disappointing swim but making up ground with the fastest bike split and a strong run. This was a great confidence boost, knowing now I have 6 weeks to really up my training and be ready to put in my best race to date at the world Championships in Hawaii. To top a great weekend off The other Blackburn Harrier lads Mark Bleasdale and Matt Nuttall both back from illness and injury had solid races. Both have big races coming up so they are both happy to come through unscathed. In the other race of the day the Olympic Distance, Jack Hindle had a fantastic race to continue his excellent run of form and come 2nd”.

With 351 athletes in the Race including world class athletes such as Joe Skipper who won the event it was always going to be a tough Race on the day. Matt Nuttall who has been out for quite a long time with injuries is clearly coming back into form and evidenced by his 21st place overall and in a time of 4hr 23.05. Mark Bleasdale also had a top performance finishing 35th and just seven minutes behind Matt in 4hr.30.28


Brian Fogarty

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       Mark Bleasdale                                Jack Hindle                                   Matt Nuttall

Jack Hindle entered the The Trident Standard Distance Triathlon which is held on the same day as the Rubicon. Jack had a great Race to finish 2nd with a minute to spare over the 3rd placed athlete.

Full Results HERE

After th finish of the event Jack told the Club that it was One of the best races I’ve ever done, beautiful location and the weather was great! I went into the race pretty tired from my efforts the previous week at the GB Mountain Trial but when I started felt pretty good. I came out of the water 3rd and soon made up the gap to second on the bike. I kept the gap to the leader but couldn’t close in. As I got of the bike I had good legs and moved further away from 3rd to get 2nd overall which I was happy with. There will definitely be more to come next year with a solid winter under my belt and I look forward to it. Well done to everyone who raced at FITT and all the supporters”.


(Photo’s courtesy of XHALE)


Hilton Illuminations 10k – August 30th

Two hundred and one runners lined up for this Race which was won in comfortable style by Blackburn Harrier Tim Raynes in 34.45 which gave him a gap of 53 seconds over 2nd place. V60 Evan Cook also had a fine run to place 18th in a time of 42.06 taking the V60 1st Prize as well.

Full Results HERE

Tim spoke to the Club after the Race and told us that he had “I led from the start and felt strong with a tailwind behind me over the first 5k, and I managed to build up a lead. The second half of the race into a headwind was hard work and I slowed down considerably, but was pleased to hold it together for the win”



All details for future Park Runs HERE

An impressive two hundred and seventy three runners took part in the first ever Park 5k Run on Saturday 29th August at Witton Park.

Full Results HERE


(Race winner Karl Billington of Blackburn Harriers)

The Race was won by Blackburn Harrier Karl Billington in a very good time of 15.51 a time which will take a bit of beating given that there are a couple of hills in the Race too.A definite challenge for the future and sets a high benchmark.

John Chaplin finished 12th in 19.44 and was 2nd V55. Next Harrier in was Mark Almond (38th) in 22.03. Jan Buckingham came 91st in 26.47 and was the 1st V50 Woman. David Billington ran for the first time in quite a while and took 107th place in 27.28 and he was followed by Lindsay Davies (138th) in 29.04.