Monthly Archives: September 2015
The British Athletics Mountain Running Championships took place at Betws Y Coed on Saturday 22nd August 2015 and incorporated the Senior Home Countries International, BA World Mountain Running Championships Trials, 3rd race in the 2015 BA Mountain Running Challenge and the Welsh B&I Junior Mountain Running Championships Trials
Full Results HERE
Jack Hindle competed in the U20 Men’s qualifying Race along with 26 other athletes. The Race won by Jack Adlin in 35.02 saw Jack finish in 8th place with a time of 37.26, which has secured him an England Vest for the forthcoming Home International. Speaking to the Club after the event, Jack said that he was “Happy with my performance, I’ve had to put a lot of hard work and training in preparation for the event! With GB and England Vests available from the trial I knew there’s was going to be a quality field. I wasn’t wrong when I lined up at the start. I started sensibly and worked my way through the field in what where terrible conditions. I finished in a strong position, not close enough for a GB slot, but hopefully enough for an England vest at the Home international”.
Jacks aim for next year has already been set as he told us that “GB for definite next year!”
Liz Greenwood ran in the U20 Women’s Race which featured a 25 strong field. Having just been on holiday for two weeks, it wasn’t the best preparation. Liz finished in 21st place and had already secured her England Vest by winning the FRA Championships. She told the Club that she “was disappointed with how I ran but am happy to get another England vest and to run in the home international in September”.
Gary Priestley running for England – (who competes for the Harriers on the Track) – ran in the Senior Men’s Race featuring 44 athletes. Gary came in 16th with a time of 53.25 with the Race being won by Robbie Simpson in 48.37.
Bank Holiday Monday Racing in the Royal Rumble at Tockholes
(First Blackburn Harrier home – Chris Davies)
(Race Winner Jon Green leading the field at the start of the Race as they approach Cartridge Hill at the inaugural Royal Rumble Race held at Tockholes on Bank Holiday Monday where the rain thankfully held off until the end)
This local Race was a new venture and Blackburn Harrier Richard Taylor – the Race Organiser – commented afterwards that “The Royal Rumble was a new race on a new route combing Roddlesworth Woods and Darwen Tower. It is the 2nd event under English Hill Runners and set up as a test event to show prospective race organisers of fell and hill races that there is an alternative way to register and insure their events. It was a small field of 39 runners, but was a good test of the route and race management procedures. Feedback is being taken and with a view to having 2 or 3 events around the area in 2016 £50 was donated to Bolton Mountain Rescue who came with fantastic support for the event and a full report of the race will be on www.englishhillrunners.com in the next 24 hours”
Chris Davies was the first Blackburn Harrier home in 3rd place (37.10) followed by Dominic Mahoney 6th in 39.48 – Liz Greenwood 9th in 41.10 and 1st Woman – Beckie Taylor 12th in 42.14 – Connor Mahoney 16th in 44.53 after going the wrong way – Carly Edwards 18th in 45.26 – and Paul Wilkinson in 27th (53.54). The Harriers also won the Team Prize.
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
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.”
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
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.
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