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British Fell And Hill Relay Championships – Saturday 17th October
Full Results HERE
(Some photo’s by courtesy of Woodentops.org)
Team Manager John Sutton reported on the day with a magical report which takes the reader ‘into’ the Race “The heavy hand of UK Athletics’ rules and regulations meddling in the non-specific world of fell running ensured that Blackburn Harriers couldn’t field ladies for this event this year and one or two senior men also missed the cut either through the default of age category or down to the margin of how quickly they replied to an email… nearly a year ago! But the shadow cast in the build up and the clouds cast by UKA could not mar a splendid atmosphere in the camp on the day – nor the blessing of Mother Nature who provided a perfect Autumnal day for fell running at Barley.
In the end we were permitted two teams and our hand was forced to put forth a Men’s Open and a Men’s Vet team. The loss of a resurgent Paul Guinan through injury was a late blow and other niggles had to be accounted for as the teams went through a late reshuffle leading up to race day.
Chris Davies and Richard Taylor were the first Harriers away on the solo Leg 1 which was a 4.5 miler with a considerable climb of 1450 feet, most of which was up against the wall of the north eastern edge of Pendle’s notorious ‘big end’. Progressive road and cross country runner Chris is by no means a fell running regular but put in a solid performance and tagged home in 41:57 for the Open team, 44th of the 147 teams at the starting line. Richard paced himself around just inside his target time of 55 minutes to set the stall out for the Vets.
Leg 2 pairing Gary Pearse and Mick Toms were drafted in to the Open team after Guiny’s unfortunate adductor strain and the wily fifty something’s upped their game accordingly. Gary and Mick whizzed around the 9.3 mile course with just over 2000ft of climbing in just 79 minutes and pushed the team up to 43rd. Contrary to the official results, Jason Harbour’s partner on this leg was John Sutton. Hamstrung and off the boil John struggled to cope with an exuberant Jason whose strength and form would not have disgraced an Open team place. But the former Clayton runner got what he could out of John despite numerous tumbles, including a nasty roll around in the rocks coming off the trig – hard man Harbour was on his feet in an instant to push the pair home in 1hr 26mins and regain over sixty places for the Vets team.
Leg 3 is the well renowned maker or breaker of many a team in this competition. The navigation leg sees runners pick up a map on their way out on to the fell with eight or nine checkpoints to find in often unscrupulous places. Sabden’s Shaun Livesey, our regular nav man, was on home turf and with Mat Nuttall beside him had high hopes of smashing this one. All was going well early on with the 16th best time at the first checkpoint and with a few more bagged the pair had lifted the Open team’s overall placing to 25th. The potential of a top twenty finish wasn’t looking out of the question until checkpoint five turned in to a nightmare to find and somehow in the space of a 15 minute period, Shaun and Matt had slumped an unforgiving 37 places. Back on track, they clawed back past another 19 teams to at least maintain 43rd. But the frustration was clear and particularly from Shaun after 80 minutes of tussock hopping felt like it was all in vain. In contrast John Orrell and Danny Teare enjoyed a steady round for the Vets team without much drama to report. The pair completed the tough course in a creditable 1hr 42mins.
The fourth and final leg saw Jack Hindle complete a day’s work for the Open team. The young international had been hampered by a virus in recent weeks but after a steady start made great strides along this 5 miler with over 1300ft to ascend. During the second major climb Jack came in to his own and was able to let go of the reins, finishing with the 18th fastest Leg 4 of the day and nudging the Open team up to 42nd overall. With Jack’s good show, a top 20-25 finish would have been a more justifiable ranking but that’s the damage that bad luck on the navigation leg can do to a team’s hopes.
Finishing off for the Vets team was, contrary to official results again, Jonathan Bridge. Jon had a few problems with man flu himself leading up to the race but had recovered in good enough fettle to enjoy the run and pick off a few places to bring the Vets team home in 103rd.
There was a second competition taking place aside from the running as Blackburn Harriers’ canvas coverage became the The Great Barley Bake-Off tent. Reigning champion Shaun Livesey sited his arrival by pedal power as unpractical for carrying bakes and so submitted the throne without defence. In the sweet corner was Mick Toms with a fine array of fancies from Blueberry Lemon Cake, Tiffin Traybake, Choc Dipped Flapjack and the unusual but wonderful Nanaimo Bars. Danny Teare was armed with an Apple & Walnut cake whilst in the savoury corner John Sutton supplied generously filled pies which ranged from Chicken, Leek & Sweetcorn, Pepsila Style Curry and Potato, Cheese & Bacon with Basil & Chives. The ooohs and aaaahs the mmmms decided it it the end – Mick Toms was a worthy champion with some high class confectionery indeed. John was left rueing the fact he had to fridge his entries overnight and only wishes the judges could have tasted straight from the oven.
Overall, a great day had with good camaraderie. Not quite a true reflection of our Open team’s potential in the results list, but nobody let it spoil their day”.
The 16th Green Drive Five – 18th October
(Incorporating Lancashire AA 5 Mile Championships)
Three hundred and three runners lined up for the Green Drive Five Race today, a Race which incorporates the Lancashire 5 mile Road Championships; And it was Blackburn Harrier Karl Billington following up his win in the Red Rose XC League at Leigh last weekend, who came out on top with the win and Lancashire title after a real battle with David Rigby who came 2nd just two seconds adrift. His winning time of 25.18 was a new PB by a massive 56 seconds. Karl commented after the Race that it “feels great to win this race despite deciding fairly last minute to do it, really enjoyed the course and would defiantly do it again. On to the next one next week!’ Adding to this Karl, Joe Monk and Chris Davies took the 2nd Team Prize (18 points) behind Preston with 10.
Full Results HERE
Another Blackburn Harrier – U20 Joe Monk – had a quality run to finish 7th overall, 1st Male Junior and set a new PB by over a minute with his time of 27.02. As expected, Joe was delighted with his run and said “Pleased with the run today, good course and conditions. Hopefully this puts me in good stead for Leeds Abbey Dash” Chris Davies looks to have got over his recent niggles coming 10th in a new PB time of 28.04 and told the Club that “After running at the Pendle Relays on Saturday I wasn’t sure how today’s 5 mile race would pan out. I knew what I wanted to do which was to do each mile at 5:40 pace which would have given me a knew PB. My legs were still a little sore from Pendle but once the race got under way I soon settled into the race. Everything was going well up to the 4 mile mark and then I started to feel it a bit. Dug in near the end to get a better time than I originally expected to get so overall it’s been a good weekend of running”.
David Almond took the 2nd V45 prize when he finished 15th in a new PB time of 28.55 whilst Evan Cook who will have his 65th birthday in December, took the 3rd V60 prize, finishing 73rd in 33.02. V40 Bryan Searby placed 100th overall in a time of 34.59, with Kaylie Panaro in 134th (37.13) which was also a new PB by nine seconds.
There was a Junior One Mile Race which had sisters Amy and Hannah Davies competing in a seventy six strong field. Amy had a good run to finish 2nd girl in 9th position with a time of 5.58, whilst Hannah ran a time of 7.31 which gave her 45th place and 1st of the three 7yr old girls who ran it.
Park 5k Runs Round Up
Wittton Park Blackburn Results HERE
One hundred and seventy three runners this week at the Witton Park run which seems to be keeping entries up to a good level since it started, just a few weeks ago. Nine Blackburn Harriers out this week with Mark Almond the first one home in 12th place (20.14) and a new PB. Not far behind in 14th spot was first timer – John Cookson – in a time of 20.38 and 16yr old Nicholas Smith another couple of places further back in 17th in 21.21. 14yrold Hannah Cookson – also a first timer at Witton – was chasing her dad and came in 20th in 22.02. Paul Wilkinson took 25th spot in a new PB of 22.53 and David Billington also set a new PB in 38th place (25.29). An amazing run by 10yr old Oliver Gill who also set a new PB with a time of 25.53 in 46th position. There were also new PB’s for daughter and mother with 7yr old Hannah Davies setting a time of 27.38 in 65th and mum Lindsay Davies 27.49 in 67th.
Towneley Park Burnley Results HERE
Three hundred and twelve runners turned up for this Park Run at Burnley won by Matt Lalor. Only one Blackburn Harrier at this race which saw Liz Greenwood run a quality race, taking 8th place overall and first Woman home in a new PB time of 18.38.
Helen Leigh – not unknown to have tackled some wickedly hard endurance events, added the Lakes In A Day Race to her CV on Sunday October 11th.
The Race Website describes the course as:
‘50 miles, 4000m ascent – a journey on foot from the very top of the Lake District at Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere. It might not be the easiest traverse but it will be the most spectacular!’
It will be a day never to be forgotten.
Full Results HERE
Video of the Race Route HERE
With nearly 250 runners finishing the Race, Helen finished 5th overall in 11hrs.00m.10sec which was a fantastic performance winning the first Woman’s prize too. The runaway winer was Kim Collison who finished in 9.12.07 but Heln was just 33 minutes behind the 2nd athlete home and just eleven minutes behind 3rd place which shows what a tremendous run she had and told the Club that “I went into this race with no expectations as I had never run this far before. I just wanted to challenge myself and to see how far I could push my body. Seems like 50miles is still not enough, I had a fantastic race feeling strong for nearly 40miles. The last 10 were very hard but I fell into step with another runner and we pushed each other to the end crossing the line together in joint 5th and me first lady. Can’t argue with that!“
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On February 18, 1978, 15 people came to Waikiki to take on the IRONMAN challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!”
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Brian Fogarty qualified again this year for the World Championships held in Kona and he found himself, as did others, running the Marathon in a temperature of 49 degrees which is just torture. Anyone who has ever run a Marathon in hot conditions, let alone swim 2.4 miles in the seas and race a bike over 112 miles before you run the Marathon, will know what we mean.
For Brian to be crossing the line in 9.56 and finishing 281st out of 2367 is a fabulous performance, however Brian didn’t quite see it that way and told the Club that it was “Not the result or performance I wanted today! Ironman’s the toughest endurance sport out there, if it was easy everybody would do it! Still a lot of positives to take. Of all the Ironman’s I’ve done this was my hardest. The heat was just to much for me. When your completely depleted and still have 16 miles left to run, it’s then that you really ask questions of yourself. I learn’t a lot about myself today and managing to somehow pull off a 9:56 is arguably my biggest achievement to date. Knowing I had 15 of the best support crew in Kona waiting for me, quitting just wasn’t an option. So many people have played a part this year in my best year yet and there is so much more to come. Special thanks to Paul Slone of universal cooling for sponsoring and believing in me. Dezzi Higginson of crossfit Deltafox, Lee Cameron of cotton Town Bikes, Paul Guinan and the rest of the FITT lads, Andy Hosgood of summit Physio, All at Fogartys Insurance and lastly my amazing wife Maria Fogarty for putting up with me!!
I’ll be back! Fitter, Faster and stronger than ever!! X – Thank you to everybody who has liked or commented wishing me well. Nobody ever goes unnoticed. I very much appreciate it”.
Park 5k Runs
Meanwhile another week goes round with the Park 5k Runs which saw a number of Harriers competing in different venues. At Witton Park, Blackburn 171 runners turned out with Danny Maynard running one of these for the first time, placing 6th overall in a time of 20.16. Next came Bryan Searby in 18th spot with a time of 22.10 followed by 11yr old Alice Townson in 78th (30.00)
Blackburn Results HERE
Over at Preston an even bigger field of 301 runners took part with Michael Toms 6th setting a new PB of 18.28 in theses Races and 1st V50. U17 Grace Handley also ran a new PB for these taking 16 seconds off her previous best and posting a 19.14 – 12th place.
Preston Results HERE
A massive number of runners totaling 543 turned out for Heaton Park’s run with Evan Cook coming in 37th (20.16) giving him the first V60 and a new PB.
Heaton Park Results HERE
A balmy October day greeted the athletes for the first fixture in this years Red Rose Cross Country League at Leigh, with conditions favouring fell shoes as much as spikes which saw a good turnout from the Harriers on the day with over 40 athletes competing in the different age groups.
Full Results HERE
The U11 Boys got the Club off to a great start on the day winning the Team first place in a tight battle with Clayton who were just 3 points behind and Rossendale 7 points adrift. Edward Lee led the lads home in 5th place (8.02) out of a 70 strong field. Rory Teare (8th) in 8.06 and Kyle Pomfret (9th) in 8.10 made up the winning team and just 8 seconds separating them. Next home was Saul Sharp in 20th (8.26) followed by a first time outing for new member Oliver Gill (32nd) in 8.52 and similarly Ben Duxbury (58th) in 9.55 and Harry Wilkinson 70th in a time of 10.45.
One hundred and four young athletes in the U11 Girls Race with the Harriers taking 5th Team place out of the 12 competing. Leah Hoole was first in with a good run in 8th place (8.24) with Hollie Cubbon just behind in 13th (8.34), Kate Cookson (25th) in 8.48), Amelia Tyson in 42nd spot (9.19) and Isabelle Hartley (76th) with a time of 10.22).
The first Individual win of the day and second Team win for the Harriers came in the U13 Boys Race in a field of 55. Matt Ramsden – “The feeling at the end of the race is worth the nerves at the beginning” – who won at Mid Lancs the other week kept it going with another great win by four seconds in a time of 8.55 followed by really good runs from the other lads – Jamie Teare (3rd) in 9.08 and Leon Thomas (11th) in 9.17. Daniel Brown also had a good run taking 22nd place in 10.02 with George Whittaker (38th) in 10.41.
The U13 Girls Race featuring 75 runners nearly gave the Harriers the third Individual win of the day. There was a great battle between Amy Davies and the Bury athlete Daisy Worthington with just one second separating the two of them at the finish. Cracking Race and a really good run from Amy who came second in 9.38. Eleesha Charnley had a solid run in 24th place with 10.53 and unfortunately we were one short on the day to make a Team.
Maddie Elliott had a cracker of a run in the U15 Girls to win in 13.06 just three seconds in front of the Moston runner and said “Really enjoyed the race today and it was great to win for the first time for the harriers. Well done to everyone who raced and supported, especially Hannah, Chloe and Anna as we got the 2nd team overall“. Hannah Cookson (11th) in 14.28 and Anna Lonsdale (18th) in 15.02 – took the Club into 2nd place in the Team competition – and Chloe Bleeks who also ran solidly took 21st spot in 15.12. Tom McKee was our only U17 runner on the day placing 11th in the U17 Race with a time of 19.56.
The Harriers had six women out in this Race won by Joanne Nelson who headed the 154 strong field in a time of 19.04 just a week after running a PB of 2.54 in the Chester Marathon. Carol Cookson was first home for the Harriers in 86th (25.29) with Jan Buckingham chasing her to place 90th in 25.37. Michelle Teare wasn’t far behind either in 101st (26.19), followed by Jackie Taylor in her first Race for quite a long time (105th) in 26.53, Lorna Sharp (108th) in 27.08 and Lindsay Davies (125th) in a time of 28.37.
Two hundred and twenty nine runners in the Men’s Senior Race and it was Karl Billington who took first place with a cracking run of 31.30 which gave him half a minute to spare over the 2nd placed athlete from Rossendale. Karl headed the team on the day of 12 Harriers which took 3rd Team (out of 18) behind Bolton and Leigh. Karl commented after the Race that he“felt great to win one of these league races it’s been a while. Went in there with a game plan and stuck to it and it payed off. Looking forward to the rest of the season”.
Another fine run by Tim Raynes in 6th place in 32.40, the same time as the 5th placed Wigan athlete. Shaun Livesey was next in (16th) in 34.18 and was the 2nd V40 on the day. Chris Davies wasn’t far behind in 22nd in 35.09, not bad after having a done a shift at the Post Office as a ‘warm up’. David Almond also had a good run finishing 48th in 37.24
Allan Hartley followed David Almond in placing 72nd in 39.25 with John Chaplin – back racing after a long period of injuries – 76th (39.32), Craig Greenhough (121st) in a time of 42.10, in 129th Mark Almond (42.25), 131st John Cookson (42.28), Richard Taylor 156th in 44.00, Paul Wilkinson 195th in 47.18 and David Billington 218th (51.35).
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Chester Marathon – Sunday October 4th
Ben Fish had trained for the Nottingham Marathon and unfortunately had to pull out just over half way. One week later he was back running in the Chester Marathon which had two thousand eight hundred and eighty six runners lining up..
Full Results HERE
The Race was won by David Rigby who had a fine run in 2.24.47 with Ben coming in 3rd in a time of 2.27.47. After the Race Ben commented “a good result after a rough spell and dnf at Nottingham last week. Was going well up to 17 miles, had a gel that gave me an adverse reaction and I dived off into some bushes!! Started slowing a lot after 23 miles, secured 3rd by a mere 3 seconds”.
Also out for the Harriers at Chester was Claire Bridge who finished in 1645th spot in a new PB time of 4.31.05 which was a full six minutes off her previous best. Claire said she “was delighted to beat my previous PB by 6 minutes. It’s a hard race and not as flat as people make out. Roll on Manchester!“
Two more athletes who are 2nd Claim members of the Harriers ran new PB’s as well on the day which was good reward for the training they have been putting in. Joanne Nelson had a great run, finishing 45th in a new PB of 2.54.32 – some four minutes faster than her previous fastest time. She was also the 4th Woman home overall, missing the 3rd spot by just 5 seconds, but also was the 1st V40 Woman. Sean Proctor also had good run achieving his ambition of a new PB placing 134th in a time of 3.07.55.
Burnley Fire 10k
Bryan Searby and David Morris lined up amongst 207 runners at this Race on Sunday. V40 Bryan came in 50th with a time of 45.06 on not a very easy course to run. David placed 163rd in 58.21.
Full Results HERE
Park 5k Runs
Blackburn Harrier Tim Raynes won his second Witton Park 5k Run last Saturday – Oct 3rd – in a new PB time on the course of 16.30.
Full Results HERE
11yr old Daniel Brown had his first go at the Park 5k Run and went very well finishing 18th out of 175 runners in a time of 21.29. 10yr old Oliver Gill ran a new PB of 26.12 finishing 53rd. 7yr old Hannah Davies who ran in this for the first time, just beat her mum home placing 74th in 28.21 with mum Lindsay 75th in 28.30.
Liz Greenwood was another winner for the Harriers at the Burnley 5k Park Run where she finished 6th overall out of a big turn out of more than 300 runners in a time of 18.48 – a new PB on the Course and 1st Woman home. Shaun Livesey came in 2nd (18.05) in the Race after a close battle with the winner Jonathan Pye.
Full Results HERE
(Shaun in orange with Liz in green)
Yet another win for the Harriers, this time through U20 Joe Monk at the Preston 5k Park Run. Joe set a new PB on the course of 16.53 when he headed the 278 strong field for the win. U15 Freya Black who has been running in the road relays, tried her hand for the first time at a Park 5k and did well taking 126th position in 25.54.
Full Results HERE
Toughing it out with the Harriers took on a whole new meaning for some of the Clubs young Throwers and Sprinters. Under the watchful eye of their Coaches – Mick Hitchon and Iain Vickery, they had a day to remember!!
Watch the Video HERE
Blackburn Harriers Quadrathon for Sportshall Youngsters
The Clubs Sportshall organisers set up a Quadrathon on Wednesday Night – September 30th – and seventy one of the Harriers Sportshall Squad youngsters turned up to participate which was a really good effort.
Alison Hulme – the Clubs Sportshall Co-ordinator did a great job putting it altogether and said afterwards that “I would again like to thank the Club officials, U11 coaches and parent volunteers who made the evening a success”.
In the Year 4 Girls there were 14 contesting for the win on the night in a competition which featured a 50m Race, Standing Long Jump, 400m Race and Howler. Sacha Brown came out on top with 185 points followed by Amelia Cowin on 160 and Macey Moore on 156. In the Year 4 Boys there were just four competitors with Harrison Allcock taking the win with 199 points with Thomas Flynn 2nd (182) and Oliver Lord 3rd (174).
Year 5 Girls competition featured a 75m Race, Long Jump, 600m Race and Howler and seventeen youngsters went after the medals in this one. Kate Cookson came out on top with 158 Points, then Isabella Almond in 2nd (134) and Caroline Woodworth 3rd with 127 points. Fourteen lads competed in the Year 5 Event which saw a very close contest for the winner with Isaac Butler coming first (191points), Thomas Sledge in 2nd with 187 points and Codie Dewhurst in 3rd (147).
Finally it was the turn of Year 6 athletes with the Girls contesting a 75m Race, Long Jump, 600m Race and Howler. Eleanor Alsop took top spot here with 165 points, with joint second places Danielle Probert and Alice Townson both on 160 points. Great competition between the girls and good to see. Nine lads in the Year 6 contest over the same disciplines which saw Jayden Brammer take the win with 241 points followed by Rory Teare with 214 and in 3rd place Calum Redhead with 198 points.
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