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Alison is selected to be part of Run Fast Birmingham with the Rio Olympics as the target

Launch of Run Fast Birmingham

RUN-FAST BIRMINGHAM is a new initiative that supports a team of eight elite middle and long-distance runners based at Birmingham University. The launch of this new team took place alongside the second edition of Bud’s Run on Saturday afternoon.

The team is the brainchild of Run-Fast Sports Management Agency and marks the first time that a British university is partnering with a management agency for the purpose of establishing a more professional training environment for its elite athletes. The team will be sponsored by adidas and all eight team members are aiming for selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.
Peter McHugh, Managing Director of Run-Fast, says that the formation of the team is “an attempt to bridge the gap” in British distance running between athletes who receive WCPP funding from UK Sport and athletes aiming for international success with far lower levels of financial support. “Making that step-up to international level is never easy, and for many can be even harder without adequate support. By forming this team we hope to offer more support to athletes at a critical stage of their development and foster a more professional approach to their sport.”
Aged between 21 and 27, the eight athletes on the team represent a stock of rising talent. Five of the eight athletes have already won national titles; six have represented their country at international championships. All eight live and train at Birmingham University under the guidance of former international athlete Luke Gunn and renowned national endurance coach Bud Baldaro. In recent years Birmingham has come to be considered as one of Britain’s elite performance centres for middle and long-distance running.

The Run-Fast Birmingham team members are Jonathan Davies (handicap-5.2) aged 20; Ben Waterman (handicap -4.8) aged 22; Andrew Heyes (handicap -5.4) aged 25; Rich Peters (handicap -3.3 ) aged 25; Pippa Woolven (handicap 3.8) aged 22; Sara Treacy (handicap 0.0) aged 26; Alison Leonard (handicap -1.4) aged 25; and Julia Cooke (handicap -0.7) aged 27.
Speaking about the new team, Luke Gunn, Head of Athletics at Birmingham University, said: “Run-Fast Birmingham will make a real difference for our top athletes. Our programme is built around group training, so the formation of this new team will only strengthen this. Partnering with Run-Fast will increase the support we can offer to the athletes and help raise their sights towards achieving greater international success.”

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This is a great boost for Blackburn Harrier – Alison Leonard who came to the Club as a 15yr old and came under the wing of Arthur Almond, the long time Middle Distance Coach for the Club. It was clear then that Alison had potential which can be seen by her record as a Junior where she had great success as can be seen from the following :

Domestic Championships Record as a Junior
2005 – 3rd AAA U17 Championships 800m
2006 – 1st ESAA Championships 800m, 1st AAA U17 Championships, 3rd AAA Indoor U17 Championships 800m, 3rd England Athletics U20 Open Championships 800m, 3rd AAA U20 Championships 800m
2007 – 3rd England Athletics U20 Championships 800m
2008 – 1st England Athletics U20 Open Championships 800m
2009 – 1st England U20 Championships 800m

Noteworthy performances as a Junior
2007 – 2nd World Youth Championships 800m
2008 – 4th World Junior Championships 800m
2009 – 4th European Junior Championships 800m

Alison – now in the Senior ranks – has won international 800m Races in Belgium this year, was selected to run for GB in the European Team Championships in Russia and, as well as winning the BUPA Westminster Mile, also ran the qualification time for the World Championships. She has taken the very courageous decision to go full time even though this has meant having to finance herself.

Currently placed 5th in the 800m National Rankings with a personal best time of 2.00.08, the Club is very confident that she has made the right decision and will go on to bigger and better things. Alison explained to the Club, what it means to her to be selected:

“I was invited to become part of the new Run Fast Birmingham group this autumn and was really keen to be involved with a group that fits with the way I see our sport; with a love for athletics and interest in athlete development at the heart of everything.

The transition from junior to senior especially when leaving university is difficult for many and Run Fast are hoping to support eight of us to take that step to the next level, by helping us get into races, securing us kit from Adidas and general support.

It’s also great to be part of a team with people I already know and love training with; I’ve known some of the team since I was a fresher at Birmingham in 2008.

I’m excited to see what this opportunity will bring especially in the build up to Rio next year; I need to give myself the best possible chance of making the team, and I think being part of Run Fast Birmingham is really going to boost my chances”.

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British Fell Relay Championships – Karl wins Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships – Park 5k Runs

British Fell And Hill Relay Championships – Saturday 17th October

Four Legs make up the Championship Relays  – Leg 1 is a solo leg of approx 7K with 450m of ascent –  Leg 2 is a pairs leg of 15k with 630m of climb – Leg 3 is a pairs navigation leg that gives competitors a choice of routes -The solo final leg is 8K with 400m of ascent. With a limit of 150 Teams allowed to enter, Blackburn Harriers were reduced from three teams to two and on the day 142 teams completed the event.
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Full Results HERE

(Some photo’s by courtesy of Woodentops.org)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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Park 5k Runs Round Up

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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For over 35 years the IRONMAN World Championship has brought the world’s best athletes together in competition.

The inaugural “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” was conceptualized in 1977 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at endurance swim, running and biathlon events. Honolulu-based Navy couple Judy and John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon—into one event.

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!”

In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45 mph, 95 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.

The IRONMAN World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the IRONMAN mantra that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.® On October 10th, over 2,000 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN.

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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.

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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”.

 

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Park 5k Runs

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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

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