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Comments Off on Tim Wins Blackpool 10k – Liz Breaks Course Record at Lostock – Rob runs well at the Nationals – Helen in the Scottish Borders

Tim Wins Blackpool 10k – Liz Breaks Course Record at Lostock – Rob runs well at the Nationals – Helen in the Scottish Borders

Stanley Park 10k

Two hundred and eighty nine runners in the Stanley Park 10k held on Saturday February 27th and it was a Blackburn Harrier – Tim Raynes – who came out on top.


Full Results HERE

Tim who has raced three times on the road in 2016, set a new PB of 32.15 in winning the Stanley Park 10k, chopping over half a minute off his previous best as he recorded his second win on the Road since the New Year. After his latest Race Tim commented that“With only a small number of Harriers going down to the National XC this weekend, I decided to give it a miss and race more locally in Blackpool instead. There was a group of three of us running together for most of the race until about 8 or 9k when a Stockport runner and I began to pull away slightly. As we came onto the track (with about 300m to run until the finish), I managed to kick away to win the race. I was really pleased to both win the race and knock a good chunk off my PB in the process!”

Recent new member Warren Smith also competed in the race finishing 35th in 41.48, commenting after.” I finished in 41.48 secs and text Martin Kerry with my results as a he was running the same 10k on Sunday . He wanted a bench mark  – take a look at his time did he have the wind behind him or what?”. On the Sunday there 242 runners over the same course which saw Brian Fogarty finish 4th in 36.49 and brother Richard 9th in 38.17 which was a new PB. Martin Kerry, having asked for a benchmark from Warren Smith’s run the day before, unbelievably ran the exact same time of 41.48 finishing 19th overall.

Lostock 6

Two hundred and forty four runners out on a sunny, but crisp day for the Lostock 6 and it proved to be a good day for the Harriers who took a number of Prizes.

Full Results HERE


Ben Fish had a real battle with Chris Steele of Border, finishing 2nd and just two seconds behind in a good time of 29.50. Ben said that he was “very happy with that. To be fair to Chris he pushed hard all the way and batted off all my attempts to lead the race. I thought I had him in the last mile, but he responded well. Didn’t expect to run that time, so was happy with that at least”.


(Photo Courtesy of Mark Lysycia Photography)

Chris Davies also had a very good run coming in 8th with a time of 33.54 which was very much on 10k PB pace and he commented that he had never done the Lostock 6 before so I didn’t know what to expect. It’s a good course with a few tough sections to it, they seem to come early on in the race though which is good. The end of the race goes more in the runners favour near the end with a good 1 1/2 finish. Set of with a strategy in mind and stuck to it and it seemed to work. Finished strong with a good sprint finish (Jorma would be proud if he had seen it after the session we had with him 2 weeks ago). Enjoyed it and made a nice change to the marathon training. We also had a good Blackburn Harriers turn out. Well done you guys who took part. It looked like their was some really good runs from all. Well done”.


(This is when you know you have given everything)

Next home was Liz Greenwood and the first of three Age Group Category winners on the day for the Harriers. Liz is in fine form and strong and on this latest outing it looks clear that there is going to be a big revision of her 10k PB pretty soon. She was 1st Female home, 1st U20 in 22nd place and set a new Female Course Record of 35.52. After the Race she told the Club that  “I really enjoyed the race, I always like running on the roads and was pleased with the result. I felt pretty good throughout and loved the long downhill section at the end”.


(Photo Courtesy of Mark Lysycia Photography)

Joanne Nelson who runs for the Harriers on the Track was the 1st Senior Woman home in a time of 37.28 and 33rd overall with partner Paul Brindle (Darwen Dashers) 3rd V40 placing 13th in 34.33.


The next Age Group Category winner was V60 John Chaplin placing 29th in a great time of 36.43 and it was a pleasure to see after his long battle with injury. John commented that he was Pleased to get a decent run out. Maybe overcooked it for the first mile or so but happy overall. Well done to all the Harriers (and Dasher associates) – some great performances”. Not to be out done was V65 Evan Cook who maintained his 2016 100% record of winning his Age Group Category in every race coming home in 52nd spot (39.20). Bryan Searby in many ways had the run of the day  as he knocked a massive chunk off his previous best performance in a 10k which was 44.30 in 2015. In this Race he came in 64th in a new PB time of 40.31 which meant he had chopped four minutes off his time which is a tremendous result for him and just reward for all the hard work he has put in. Also competing for the Harriers was David Morris who came in 213rd with a time of 56.19.





National Cross Country Championships


Just four runners in this years Nationals run at Donnington Park which saw the Senior Mens Race very closely contested with the first nine finishers within 10 seconds of one another.


Full Results HERE

Rob Warner had a very solid run to come in 130th with a time of 47.15 which was just 5 minutes behind the winner – Jonathan Hay (42.09) – demonstrating the quality of the competition on the day. Rob said he was Quite happy with the race yesterday, went off probably a bit too hard and had to dig in on the second lap, managed to finish quite strongly on a tough and hilly course. Overall quite happy with the cross season this year!

IMG_011712794795_10154600761974392_2647517492815155433_oJan Buckingham and Lindsay Davies ran in the Women’s Senior Race and Katie Buckingham ran in the Junior Women’s Race. Katie finished 93rd in her race in 27.51 whilst Jan took 582nd place in 48.26 out of a field of 739 runners and Lindsay placed 654th in 51.14. After the race Lindsay commented that…“This race should have been named the Big Dipper!! Very undulated it was like being on a roller coaster ride, it wasn’t for the faint hearted. I am really happy that I have been able to run in such a high calibre race, the atmosphere was brilliant. Spectators all the way round cheering everybody on.




Glentress Trail Marathon

One of Helen Leigh’s aims this year is to win a GB Vest and all her training is geared towards that, training which included the Glentress Marathon, a Race run in the most spectacular of backdrops.


Full Results HERE

Race Website HERE

Helen was going really well and was very much in contention for a win but had to take a very ‘mature decision’ – as she put it – and pull out at the Half-Marathon stage with a worsening injury. She told the Club “Argh didn’t finish Glentress so annoying my IT band has flared up badly so I dropped out halfway (was a two lap marathon) was 20mins in the lead as well and a stonking time of 1.51 with 3000ft of climbing. Took all my willpower not to hobble round for the win but not worth it with the Fling in 9 weeks. Possibly the first grown up decision ever! Hopefully it will settle asap”. My time was second fastest in the half and I was pacing for the full so I’m happy with my fitness, just not my knee!



The Witton Park 5k had just short of 100 runners this week which included four runners from the Harriers – Mark Almond was first in (20.38) and 4th overall followed by 15yr old Hannah Cookson in 20th (23.50), 10yr old Oliver Gill in 39th with a time of 27.16 and Carol Cookson 49th in 28.52.

Full Results HERE

Over at the Cuerden Valley 5k Park Run (Results) saw Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Ethan Barbarewicz run in the one hundred and sixty six strong field. Kyle just edged it to be the first home in 23.36 (25th) which was a new PB for him and Ethan in his first ever Park Run was just 7 seconds behind in 23.43. Well done to both lads.


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Alison Wins Silver at British Indoor Championships

Blackburn Harrier Alison Leonard has had a pretty good two weeks competition in the Indoor season of late, running four times over 1500m, clocking up a PB on 17th February in Ireland at the AIT International Grand Prix (4.11.28), then following it up with another PB at the Glasgow Grand Prix (4.10.77) just three days later on February 20th.

This last weekend saw her run at the British Championships over 1500m where she won her Heat in 4.19.40 and then in a very close fought battle in the Final, she finished 2nd in 4.16.00 to her friend and training partner – Hannah England – to take the Silver Medal.

 Full Results HERE



Alison who is targeting the 800m is in very good form and told the club after the Final “I was really pleased to get the silver, I thought at one point I might be able to get the win, but I put everything i had into the race so can’t be too disappointed! I wanted to win gold but if I was going to be second then I’d want it to be to my friend and training partner Hannah, and another member of our training group was 4th, so it was a great day for our group. I’ve asked not to be considered for selection for the World Indoors in Portland because I really want to focus on giving myself the best possible chance of making the team for Rio in the summer”.


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Blackburn Harriers take the Runner Up position in this Years Sportshall League

 2016 Lancashire Sportshall League

It has been an excellent season for the Clubs Sportshall Squad which has resulted in six of them being selected for the Lancashire Squad and finishing Runners Up in the League for 2015/2016.

Alison Hulme who is Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Co-ordinator was very pleased with the Clubs performances in this years Sportshall League and said after the last fixture on Sunday that “We secured second place behind Preston Harriers in the Lancashire Sportshall League. Thank-you to all the parents, coaches, helpers & athletes who have contributed to this success. We had a fantastic turnout of 39 athletes”.

The Harrier’s team age group positions were:- U11 Girls 3rd – U11 Boys 2nd – U13 Girls 2nd – U13 Boys 7th – U15 Girls 2nd and among them were first time competitors for the Club making their debut Natasha Harry-Coombes – Ellie Hallam – Grace Hilton – Hannah Short – Oliver Newsham

Emily Raine was the Under 13 Athlete of the Match, winning Triple Jump, Vertical Jump, 2 laps and finishing 3rd in Long Jump.


(All photos courtesy of John Cookson)

The following athletes achieved top 6 finishes, earning points for the Club:-
Eleanor Allsop – 3rd= 1 lap, 2nd= 3 laps
Hollie Bell – 5th= Speed Bounce (SB)
Sacha Brown – 3rd LJ, 5th= SB
Leah Hoole – 1st SB, 6th LJ, 5th 1 lap
Claudia Lewis – 5th VJ, 6th Sitting Ball Throw (SBT)
Caterina Lombard – 2nd Javelin
Emma Love – 2nd TJ, 2nd VJ
Danielle Probert – 3rd Jav
Caroline Woodworth – 3rd SBT
Harrison Allcock – 4th SBT
Ben Boocock – 2nd SB, 4th TJ, 4th= Jav
Isaac Butler – 2nd= Jav, 3rd LJ, 4th SB
Codie Dewhurst – 5th 3 laps
Alexander Galiatsatos – 6th 3 laps
Jack Probert (first competition & only in Year 3) – 5th SBT
Saul Sharp (first competition) – 4th LJ, 4th VJ
Harry Thomas – 3rd SB
Connor Wilcock – 5th SB, 6th Jav
Olivia Blow – 5th 4 laps
Myah Booth – 2nd Shot Putt
Eleesha Charnley – 1st LJ, 3rd= VJ, 2nd= 4 laps, 2nd 6 laps
Christie Sturgess – 1st SB, 6th VJ, 6th 4 laps
Hannah Cookson – 1st 2 laps, 1st 4 laps, 2nd= SB, 4th LJ

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Besides the above athletes, new personal bests were set by:-
Jayden Armstrong – LJ, SB
Maddison Bontoft – LJ, 1 lap
Charlotte Clapham – SB, Jav, 1 lap
Kate Cookson – 1 lap & 3 laps
Sian Coverley – VJ
Lily Thomas – 1 lap & 3 laps
Thomas Flynn – 1 lap
Max Peel – 1 lap
Emily Laycock – LJ, TJ & 2 laps

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Comments Off on Helen qualifies for European Championships – Evan Tops National Rankings for V65 – Great North Western Half-Marathon

Helen qualifies for European Championships – Evan Tops National Rankings for V65 – Great North Western Half-Marathon

 Northern Police League (Inc PSUK Championships)

Helen Leigh’s latest outing saw her contesting the National Police Service Cross Country Championships in Stockport on Wednesday February 17th, and what a run she had, finishing 3rd overall in a time of 30.28, just a minute behind the winner who is a 2.48 Marathon runner.

Full Results HERE

When you consider Helen’s training regime which is geared towards the Mountains and Ultras, this latest performance was a very good one indeed. Her racing schedule for this year is formidable and includes:

Feb – Glentress Trail Marathon in Scotland

April – Highland Fling Ultra

May – European Mountain Trial

June – Lakes Sky Ultra

Sept – Glencoe Skyline

October – Trail World Champs if Qualifying at Fling.

After the Police Championships, Helen shared her thoughts with the Club about the Race and her ambitions for this year saying “I recently represented the MoD Police at the national police cross country championships in Stockport where I was pleased to finish 3rd and gain an automatic qualifying spot for the European championships next month. My main focus for the year is attempting to qualify for the world ultra trail champs in Portugal later this year. With this step up in distance my training has not really been orientated towards fast cross country running, so I was really pleased with my performance and am looking forward to representing my force at international level”.


Great North West Half-Marathon

It was pretty horrendous conditions for this years running of the Great North West Half-Marathon for the 1177 hardy souls who turned up to run the race, among which were three from Blackburn Harriers – Brian Fogarty, Claire & Jonathan Bridge.

Full Results HERE

Brian Fogarty who recently won his age group category in the Dubai 70.3 Ironman had a really good race given the conditions. The winner of the race is a 68 minute Half-Marathon runner and finished up running just under 77 minutes which gives an indication of the effects of the weather for all runners. Brian told the Club that it was Definitely the toughest half marathon I have ever done. The conditions were awful, laughable at times with the wind and sea soaking you through..! In the end I was really happy with the run, especially with with how strong I finished after a big week of training. Jonathan Bridge also had a good run placing 29th in 86.14 and Claire Bridge whose PB currently stands at 2.00.00 finished 617th in 2.03.04, which tends to suggest on a good day there is a new PB coming.


Central Lancashire 5K


Full Results HERE

Evan Cook V65 who has been putting a lot of consistent work on the Track in training is reaping the benefits as he entered the V65 category just before Christmas. This latest Race – with 328 runners – was his fifth of 2016 and he has won his age category in everyone of them which is pretty impressive. In this race he was 74th overall and 1st V65 in a time of 20.56 (74th).

This time now puts Evan at the top of the National Rankings for 5k as well as being 6th at 10k.


Park 5k Runs


At Burnley 230 runners finished the race which saw Liz Greenwood place 12th overall and 1st Female in 20.03 whilst U13 Charlotte Corrigan finished 20th in 22.04 and was 2nd Female in another good run from her. Burnley Results HERE

Over at Cuerden Valley 147 runners lined up with young Daniel Brown finishing 20th in 23.16 and 2nd Junior Boy – (Results HERE)

At Preston Andy Heys was among the 211 finishers in that event coming in 4th overall in a time of 19.02 – Results HERE

Over at Witton Park there was a very small field of 61 runners maybe due to the fact that the Course has had to be changed temporarily due to flood damage on part of the old Course. It is hoped that this will soon be repaired and the original course re-introduced. Sean Proctor was the first Harrier home in 3rd in 20.08 followed by Mark Almond 5th in 21.09 – Mike Blacklidge 15th in 25.14 – David Billington 31st in 28.17 – 10 yr old Oliver Gill 33rd in 29.11 &  Lindsay Davies 37th in 30.38. Witton Park Results HERE

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Comments Off on Alison sets another 1500m PB at Glasgow Grand Prix – Harriers at British University Championships BUCS

Alison sets another 1500m PB at Glasgow Grand Prix – Harriers at British University Championships BUCS

Alison Leonard set her second 1500m Indoor PB at the Glasgow Grand Prix on Saturday which was televised live on the BBC. After finishing 4th with a PB time of 4.11.28 in Ireland at the AIT International Grand Prix she then went and reduced her PB time to 4.10.77 in Glasgow, making in two new personal bests inside just four days.


Glasgow Grand Prix Results HERE

Alison’s next Race will be at the British Trials this coming weekend and with her success over the last two Races will we see a hat-trick on new personal bests. After her Glasgow Race, Alison told the Club that she was Really pleased with it, was a faster pace than Wednesday so was tying up a bit by the end but good to try something different. Really fun event, enjoyed competing today!”

Sheffield Indoor

British University Championships at the EIS Stadium Sheffield

Paul Coffey, Ben Aspinall, Joe Pearse, Katie Buckingham and Roxanne Oliver were all competing at this years BUCS Championships in Sheffield, it being the first time for the athletes with the exception of Joe who had competed at the Championships in 2015.

Full Results HERE

Paul - Roxie - Ben

(Paul – Roxie – Ben)

It was the first competitive outing of the season for Paul Coffey who is at UCLAN and found himself in Heat 4 out of 14 Heats in the Men’s 60m where he finished 4th in a slightly improved PB of 7.52.

Watch Paul’s Heat Video

Ben Aspinall contested both Triple Jump and Long Jump. It was Ben’s second outing of the Indoor season in the Triple Jump after winning the Silver Medal at the Northern Championships in January. In his semi-final he jumped into 8th place with 13.09m which wasn’t quite enough to gain him qualification for the Final. In the Long Jump semi-final he placed 14th with a leap of 5.47m.

In the High Jump Joe Pearse who has already cleared 2.00m during the Indoor Season at Lee Valley, cleared 1.95m in his semi-final to qualify as one of five athletes all clearing the same height to get into the Final. Joe improved his height in the Final with a jump of 1.98m to place 9th.

Katie  Buckingham competed in the 800m which was her second only race in the Indoor season, her first being the Steel Cup in Sheffield where she ran 2.37.01 in 5th place. She improved quite significantly in her race at Bucs, knocking over five seconds off her previous run and said afterwards that she “came in 3rd in my heat in 2.31.34, it started really slow then the last 300 was a sprint which I faired quite well in”

Watch Katie’s Video

Roxanne Oliver qualified from her Heat in the 60m Hurdles in 2nd place with SB 9.42 which took her into the Semi-Final where she finished 6th in 9.43 which was pretty consistent. Again, this was only Roxie’s second competition during the Indoors, her first being a 3rd place in the Steel Cup and a PB of 9.41. Roxie said she‘Absolutely loved my first experience at BUCS. It was the biggest competition I’ve ever done and I was delighted to make the semi finals in what is my weakest hurdle event”. 

Watch Roxie’s  Video


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Alison opens up 2016 with an Indoor 1500m PB and a World Indoor Championships Qualifying Time

Blackburn Harrier Alison Leonard was invited to compete in the 1500m in Athlone in the AIT International Grand Prix alongside a host of international athletes. This was her first race of the 2016 and the result showed that she is in very good form, setting a new Indoor PB of 4.11.28 in taking 4th place behind the winner Kenyan athlete –  Nancy Chepkwemoi – who set a stadium record with a time of 4.03.00.

Full Results HERE

Meeting Video HERE


Alison, whose time puts her on top of the National Rankings, spoke to the Club following the race and expressed her satisfaction with this first outing telling us that she“Raced yesterday in Athlone in Ireland and ran 4:11:28 for 4th place, which is an indoor PB and the qualifier for World Indoors. The British Trials are to come and i want to get ready for the summer the best I can. Really pleased with the race yesterday, by far my quickest opener and and got my tactics almost spot on, always room for improvement though!”