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Ben wins Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon – Shaun wins the Great Langdale Marathon – Helen’s been to Hel n’ Back

The Great Langdale Marathon


This very tough Race us described by the Race Website thus “A beautiful hilly full marathon road run around England’s most scenic valleys. The Langdale Marathon races have the reputation as being amongst the toughest road events in the UK. Exceptionally hilly with some parts of the course climbs being 1:3 this challenging race attracts both seasoned runners as well a large number of ordinary people looking to challenge themselves. Hosted in the beautiful Langdale valleys the route takes the runners in an anti clockwise direction from Great Langdale to Little Langdale through to picturesque hamlets of Skelwith bridge, Chapel Style and Dungeon Ghyll.

Full Results HERE

A great win for Shaun Livesey  – 3hrs. 09.28 – at this years Great Langdale Marathon which saw him come home nearly eight minutes in front of 2nd place to earn £500.00 and this very nice Trophy.


Shaun spoke to the Club after and has this to say about his Race  “Woke Saturday morning to shocking weather torrential rain. Drove to langdale where the weather was no better. The race organisers postponed the start by half an hour which proved to be a good call. With dry weather we were off. I started well within myself knowing the second lap was key. At around 9m I caught a fellow running who I thought was doing the half because he was working hard ( Dave Edwards) however he was doing the full so I passed him on the second big climb out of skelwith bridge. At mile 10 I caught a Eden Valley runner who also was running the full, he commented on how strong I was looking so I decided to push on early. I passed the finish line and started my second lonely lap. I stayed strong and my form was good until mile 23 then I was running on empty, conscious that I may be caught in the later miles. I checked over my shoulder as I approached the finish and tucked my vest in ( to look smart) and was greeted by my family and friends. I was chuffed to bits to have bagged a marathon win and to do it on such a tough course. I finished in a time of 3:09:30 but that was irrelevant a win is a win”.


(Warming down with the family)

Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon

lakes-vrywywy_1945655iIn 1988 Mr David Rowlands, treasurer of St Wddyn’s Church at Llanwddyn made a centenary appeal to raise money towards church roof and other repairs. He placed this appeal in the Advertiser newspaper where Mr Doug Morris of the Oswestry Olympians read the appeal and offered to organise a half marathon. At the outset, Doug believed it would probably only be a one off race, little did he know that he’d organise it successfully for 20 years, making it continuously bigger and better. Sadly Doug died in 2008 but his legacy goes on.

Full Results HERE

Thirteen hundred and eighty five runners completed this years Race which saw Blackburn Harrier Ben Fish win in a time of 67.54 and just 20 seconds in front of 2nd placed finisher Andrew Davies from Stockport.

Ben commented after the Race that it was anAn interesting battle, Andrew Davies was racing at marathon pace, so decided my best option was to go out hard and hang on. A bit of a scrappy run but got the job done”


From Hel n’ Back

Blackburn Harrier – Helen Leigh – clearly doesn’t believe in the idea of ‘rest’. She has just won the C2C monster event over four days, followed that up with 7th Woman in the Ben Nevis Race and then decided to have a go at the From Hel n’ Back Fell race this last weekend, organised by  Helensburgh AC – or – as it may come to be known Helen’s Borough!!

Full Results HERE


Ninety three runners lined up and no prizes for guessing who was first woman home. Helen won the Women’s Race in a time of 57.54 and was 12th overall. We wait with baited breath as to the next adventure in Helen’s quite amazing feats of endurance!

Witton Park 5k Run

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Witton Country Park, Blackburn. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths, gravel paths and stone paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Full Results HERE

Third week of this newly organised Park 5k Run at Witton Park and numbers were down a little on the first two with one hundred and sixty two runners. Only a few Blackburn Harriers at this one as many were competing at other events.

This weeks Race was won by Chris Chadwick in 19.16. First timer at one these events, Michelle Teare led the three Blackburn Harriers home in 46th position (26.16) followed by another first timer – Jackie Taylor – in 49th (26.32) and David Billington 50th with a new PB of 26.34.

Joanne Nelson – (runs on the Track for the Harriers) – went up to the Garstang Half-Marathon as part of training for a forthcoming Marathon. She put in a very solid run to be 1st Woman home and 14th overall in a time of 88.04. RESULTS

Paul Wilkinson and Michael Sharp were up at the Great North Run on Sunday with Michael recording 2hrs.00.42 and Paul 1hr.55.25. Amazingly this is Paul’s 16th Great North run which we are pretty certain is something that hasn’t been matched by any other Blackburn Harrier, so many congratulations to Paul.

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Gold, Silver, Bronze Medals and Fastest Legs for the Harriers at North West Relays

North West Road Relays – Saturday September 12th

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A good day at the Relays for the Harriers – even after the last minute changes that are an inevitable part of putting Relay Teams together – the Club won two Team Golds, Team Silver and Team Bronze as well as two athletes taking the fastest leg runners of the Lancashire Teams.


Full Results HERE

The U13 Girls Team got us off to a great start with Amy Davies, Eleesha Charnley and Jess Watson pulling the Team through to 6th place overall – in a field of 22 Teams – and 1st Lancashire Team for the Gold Medal.. Amy ran the 2nd fastest leg of the day (11.01) and the fastest by any Lancashire girl which saw her win an individual medal to go with her Team Gold.




Not to be outdone, the U13 Boys  of Matt Ramsden, Ethan Rickard and Daniel Brown placed 10th overall – 18 Teams in total – and 1st Lancashire Team to earn the Club a second Gold on the day. Matt replicated Amy’s performance with the joint 2nd fast leg of the day (10.14) and the fastest by a Lancashire runner, earning him an individual medal as well as his Team Gold.




It wasn’t such a good day for the U15 Girls who had two teams in finishing 25th (‘B’) and 26th (‘A’) on the day out of 28 Teams. Hannah Cookson, Natalya Irvine and Katurah Bradley made up the ‘A’ Team with Chloe Bleeks, Anna Lonsdale and Freya Black comprising the ‘B’ Team. Nevertheless, they all got stuck in with two of the athletes having their first ever competition and one of them essentially a 200/300m runner.




The U17 Men’s Team won the 3rd Medal of the day when they took Silver in the Lancashire Championships with a team led off by Liam Atkinson, Tom McKee on 2nd and Zak Hargreaves on the final leg. The run on the day will is good preparation for the Northern Relays which follow in a weeks time at Blackpool.




Due to injuries the Senior Women were reduced to one Team – Katie Buckingham, Kaylie Panaro and Carol Cookson – finishing 34th of the 47 Teams completing on the day and 10th team in the Lancashire Championships contested by 16 Teams. Lindsay Davies who had lost her team mates to injuries nevertheless still wanted to run and ran her Leg in 29.32.





The fourth Medal of the day was won by the Men’s Senior ‘A’ Team comprising – Zac Howe, Karl Billington, Joe Monk and Tim Raynes – who did really well to finish 6th overall of the 76 Teams competing and 3rd Lancashire Team to secure a Bronze Medal.





The ‘B’ Team  had David Almond on lead leg with Joe Howe 2nd, Jason Harbour 3rd and John Cookson on the ‘glory leg’.





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Great performances resulting in Club Records, Meeting Records, Personal Bests for Harriers from U13 through to Veterans

Southport & Waterloo Open Medal Meeting

The start of a very good weekend for Emily Warren took place at Litherland on Saturday when she won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, setting a new PB along the way in the 100m. She won the 75m Hurdles in 12.0sec and Heat 2 of the 100m in 13.1sec before taking 2nd spot in the 300m in an excellent time of 44.8sec for her first ever attempt at the distance.

Full Results HERE


She was very enthusiastic about her performances and told the Club that she wasVery happy with my results over the weekend received 4 golds one silver and a bronze I am happy that my sprint training is paying off because I have achieved two new pbs one in 100m which was 13.1 and a pb in 200 which was 26.9 I also had a go at a 300 and it was my first time ever doing one and I got silver for that overall very happy with what I have achieved this weekend”

Also out at Litherland were Myah Booth, Jonathon Gough and George Whittaker. Myah took 3rd spot in the 70m Hurdles in 13.1sec, 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 14.45m and 4th in Heat 2 of the 150m (23.7sec).  Jonathon was 4th in the 100m (14.7) and 4th again in the Long Jump with 4.19m a new PBGeorge came 3rd in the 800m (2.58.1), his first ever attempt at the distance and 8th in the Long Jump with a new PB of 3.76m. Then it was over to the Javelin for George placing 4th with a throw of 20.58m and yet another new PB for this very enthusiastic young athlete.

Then on to Pendle which saw Emily Warren, Ellie Littlefair, Olivia Blow, Emily Raine, Harrison Allcock, Code Dewhurst, Ellie Hallam, Charlotte Williams, Connor Davison and Jacob Roberts in the pursuit of more wins and PB’s and they didn’t disappoint.


Full Results HERE

U13 Emily Raine had a good day here winning the 100m Final in 14.3sec, won her Heat of the 200m in 29.9 and then placed 2nd in the Final with 30.4 before finishing joint 2nd in the High Jump with 1.25m. Olivia Blow (U13) came in 5th in the Long Jump with 3.28m, 4th in the 200m Heat with 30.09sec and 6th in the Final (31.8sec) and backed that up with 2nd place in the Shot Putt (6.05m).

Emily Warren (U15) on fire from the day before at Litherland was the only competitor in the 75m Hurdles where she posted a good time of 11.9, then won the 100m in 13.3sec and 200m in 26.9sec which was a new PB by nearly half a second.

Charlotte Williams (U15) and Eloise Littlefair (U15) both set new PB’s, new Meeting Records in the Hammer and Shot Putt and in the process set new Club Records too. In the Hammer Charlie won with a throw of 48.62m which took her to 4th place in the National Rankings and in the Shot Putt Eloise won with a throw of 11.00m which took her up 15 places in the National Rankings to 29th. Charlie then took 2nd in the Discus (24.93m) and Eloise 3rd with 23.04m.

On the Male side of events at Pendle Anthony Kent (U15) continued his fine season with a win in the Hammer (35.36m). Jacob Roberts (U17) who just seems to be throwing longer every time he competes, set a new PB, a and new Meeting Record and a new Club Record when he threw 58.69m in the Hammer which puts him at 10th in the National Rankings. U17 Connor Davison kicked off his competition with a win in the Discus (29.09m) was 3rd in the Javelin (29.08m) and reached 11.10m in the Shot Putt.

Senior athlete and V50 Tony Balko had his final fling of the Season throwing 34.46m in the Hammer (6.0kg), 36.53m in the Discus (1.5kg) and 10.13m in the Shot Putt (6.0kg).


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(Charlie “Gold medal in hammer and two clubs records broken”)


Sportshall Athletes Harrison Allcock (U10) came 2nd in his 75m Heat (12.1sec) and 2nd again in the Final with 11.9 sec He took 3rd in the  Long Jump 2.86m and cricket ball 22.45m. Code Dewhurst also U10 ran in the 75m Heat and was 5th (13.4 sec), 9th in the 800m (3.24.1) and cricket ball 21.15m. Ellie Hallam U10 ran the 75m in 14.4 sec.



Sainsburys School Games


Full Results for all Events HERE

Steeplechase Results HERE

Liz Greenwood was selected to run the 1500m Steeplechase for the North West which was held over a four day period last week.In the Steeplechase she came 3rd with a time of 5.25.18 and behind Alex Barbour (Southern Champion in 2nd) and Yasmine Austridge who won the Race (English Schools and National Champion) which ranks as a very good performance by Liz. She told the Club that she had  “had an amazing four days at the sainsburys school games in Manchester and the event was a fantastic experience. Gaining a bronze medal in the steeple chase topped the four days off particularly as it was my first attempt at a competitive steeple chase race”.

Northern Athletics 10000m Track Championships

This years Championships were held as part of the 10000m Festival at Stretford on September 5th and Gary Priestley ran in the ‘A’ Race which was won by Dan Cliffe in 29.46.75.

Gary has been concentrating on the mountains of late but put in a really good run here saying that “31:12 at the Northern 10,000m track champs today. I’ll take that even though it was 1 sec outside my PB. Bring on the winter training now. Well done to Carl Hardman on a 10k PB and a Northern silver medal!”

Full Results HERE

Masters Throws Pentathlon In Sweden

Mike Hazlewood had another good competition in Sweden, taking 2nd place and Silver in the Huddinge Throws Pentathlon at the weekend and despite the bad conditions Mike set two new PB’s.

Speaking to the Club Mike said “A big thank you to Huddinge AIS for a well organized and run Throws Pentathlon – despite failing to talk with the local churches to organize better weather!!! Also well done to all the officials and my fellow competitors for competing despite the weAther.
I was pleased with my result given the conditions. Hammer 40.07 (pb), shot 11.63 (pb), discus 35.60 – in the wet!, jav 35.74 ( 37nt -flat), weight 14.39 (after 2 x nt – out the sector – just a bit of pressure!!!) points 4014.“…….when the points total was revealed, Mike described himself as “happy bunny”.

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Witton 5k Park Run


Two hundred and sixty three runners at the second Race of the newly organised 5k Run in Witton Park and won again by a Blackburn Harrier – Tim Raynes in 16.55. With Karl Billington winning the first Race can another Blackburn Harrier make it three in a row at Race 3?


 Full Results HERE

 Race Video HERE

A number of Blackburn Harriers turned out with some first timers. among them. Dominic Mahoney was one of those and seems to be making a return to racing with his second race in a week coming 6th in his latest outing in a time of 19.08. Joanne Nelson (runs for the Harriers on the Track) placed 8th in 19.28  followed by U17 Nick Smith – another First Timer – in 9th (19.39).

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Great to see Sarah Ridehalgh back running too in 17th (20.29) followed by U13 Amy Davies (18th) in 20.50 which was a new PB; Mark Almond (19th) in 20.52; Carly Edwards in 24th (21.40) and Richard Taylor 26th with a time of (21.56).



Kaylie Panaro was next home in 35th (23.02) with Charlotte Atkinson coming in 56th (24.30), David Billington 84th in 26.43 and a new PB and also with a new PBLindsay Davies (101st) in 27.45.

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Golden Ball 20 Mile Road Race

Two athletes who compete for the Harriers on the Track ran for their First Claim Clubs at the weekend in this Race with a 98 strong field. Both had good runs with Matt Lalor – in his first time over the distancewinning the race in 1hr 59.12 and Joanne Nelson coming home 8th overall and 1st Woman in 2hr.18.19 for a massive new PB by 20 minutes…just reward for her attitude and work in training.

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Salford 10k

Michael Sharp was delighted with his run today getting a new PB of 43.55 (257th) which was 25 seconds better than his previous best and commented “Really happy training starting to pay off”.

Results HERE

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In another Road Race last week Joe Monk competed in the final Race of this years Inter-Club Series – The Red Rose at Worden Park  and 4.22miles in length, Joe finished a really good 5th with a time of 23.25 which was just under five and half minute miling.

Results HERE


Ben Nevis Race

Four Hundred and eighty three finishers in this Race, a Race where the second half may well be preferable to the first!!


Full Results HERE


Race Photos HERE

Helen Leigh ‘fresh’ from winning the Woman’s Race at the C2C last weekend decided to run ‘The Ben’ as part of her ‘rest & recovery week’, or at least that would be the case for normal human beings – but not Helen. Finishing 7th woman and 143rd overall in a time of 2hrs 14.23 Helen was less than four minutes behind Clayton runner Garry Wilkinson and commented “Great day running the Ben Nevis race in beautiful weather and stunning scenery. Was 7th 2hrs 14 Not too shabby with last weekends efforts in my legs!”


Running with the Queen at the Braemar Gathering Hill Race

Not often that runners are watched by Royalty, but this is what happened to Blackburn Harriers Mick Toms and his daughter Sarah Toms at the weekend when they ran in a Race watched by over 16000 people and the Queen!!

Mick talked to the Club about the event which saw him place 19th in 32.46 and Sarah 67th in 42.51 and commented that he “travelled to The Braemar Gathering (Highland Games) Saturday 5th September to run the famous Braemar Hill Race and meet Sarah and the RAF Hill Running Team Pictured is Rebeccaa Metin, Sarah Toms, Mick Toms and Will Gardner. The race is 3.2 miles and 1350ft a Tough climb up a well trodden track then a free for all descent finishing back in the Games Stadium with a lap of the grass track in front of the 16,000 strong crowd including The Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Charles. A great day of Running, Tug of War, Toss Braemar Caber, Scottish Dancing, High Leap, Sack Race, Hammer Throwing”.


Race Results HERE