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Shaun Wins the Dentadale – Rachel Wins Knighton 20 – Great Racing at Trafford 10k – Roddlesworth & Bispham

Dentdale 14.2 – March 12th

Race Start Video HERE

Three hundred and eight runners finished this race described as A beautifully scenic road race in the heart of the Dales – The Dentdale Run is a 14 mile, 332 yard road race staged on the roads and lanes around Dentdale, the Yorkshire Dales’s beautiful “secret” dale. Following a figure-of-eight course, it winds up hill and down dale, starting and finishing at Dent Primary School, where finishers are treated to a hot drink, sandwich and cake! The race is one of the most scenic road races you are ever likely to do! All proceeds go directly to Dent C of E Primary School.


Full Results HERE


It was Blackburn Harrier’s Shaun Livesey who came out on top with a great win in a time of 83.24 and some two minutes clear of the second placed runner. Shaun was more than pleased with his run commenting “I was amazed when I came to my attention that I hadn’t done a road race since September ( Langdale Marathon ) which I was fortunate enough to win. Although I had done cross country and fell races I needed a road race to give me a marker to see if my training was going in the right direction with regards to the Manchester marathon in April. So it was up to Dent for this well established 14.2 mile undulating road race. The weather was perfect, I had set myself a target of running under 6min/mile pace. As soon as the gun went myself and Breton Holdsworth ( Clayton ) took up the running. Although I was conscious I wanted to run a time I didn’t want to set the pace early on. The first few miles past and I just positioned myself just behind Breton, the pace was comfortable and I thought to myself we will be on for a good time if we both keep this up. As we hit the 5 mile point I could sense Breton dropping of the pace so I decided to take it on. At 6 mile I was running solo, I reached 10km in around 35mins and then 10 mile at around 58:30. The course then ran parallel for a while and I had a chance to see where the closest runner was, when I saw him I reckoned I had about 2 mins on him. There was still around 3 mile to push so I kept focused and pushed on to the finish. 1st place in a time of 1:23:25 at an average pace of 5:52min/mile. Not only a great race for me but my older brother finished in 3rd only 2 mins back and his wife was 3rd lady, not bad for triathletes. The organisation was great but the support around the course was fantastic. I feel privileged to be on the honours board of such an long and established race”.

Knighton 20 Mile Road Race – Sunday March 13th

This new race, described by the Race website as “A brand new 20 Mile race replacing the long established Stafford 20, it’s a 3 lap course with slight undulations, the race provides great facilities at the Race HQ. A great race to use as part of your London Marathon training….” took place in great conditions for endurance running attracting 410 runners. Rachel Wood ran the Stafford 20 miler the year before (2015) as part of her preparation for the London Marathon where she set a new PB. This year she entered the new race and won it (32nd overall) with a new PB for 20 miles of 2.13.56 and in doing so went in at number 10 in the National Rankings.

Full Results HERE

12821535_204463499914871_2824875649638383263_n-300x208-1Rachel was really pleased with her run and told the Club ”I raced Stafford 20 last year and I thought it was a great way of finding out what shape I was in and it also gave me confidence going into running my first marathon, after all it’s only 6 miles and a bit more! As I am racing London again this year, I thought I would give Stafford another go. This year it was a different course in Knighton. The course consisted of 3 laps and was undulating. I really enjoyed the weather on the day, gentle breeze and it was nice and warm. I finished First Lady and got a pb of 2.13.16. Last year I ran 2.15.02 so I’m happy with the improvement in my time”.

Trafford 10k

Dave Norman put together a top quality field for the popular Trafford 10k and the weather and performances didn’t disappoint with the Race being won in sub 29 minutes by Tom Lancashire and 28 athletes all running under 30 minutes and 92 athletes all under 32 minutes. Tremendous racing and undoubtedly one of the top 10k Races in the country.


Full Results HERE

Video of first 550 finishers HERE

Rob Warner had a really good run on the day taking 86th spot in 31.46, just 6 seconds away from his PB. He told the Club he was “Quite happy with the run today, a few seconds off my pb from last year in a really fast race! Last 2 or 3k was really tough and that was where sub 31:30 got away from me I think! Happy overall though and it’s always great doing Trafford, it’s such a great event! Happy to have the winter season done and now on to the track season!”


Another Blackburn Harrier having a good run was V45 Andy Buttery who ran a seasons best of 33.32 (141st) and commented “I was really pleased with my race as I’ve been battling a calf niggle for 4weeks since Wrexham Half and have been unable to train properly. It mean’t I changed my plans a little going into it and didn’t really ease off this week after getting a better week’s training in. I could see conditions were going to be perfect for fast times though and knowing it would be a strong field didn’t want to miss out. I managed to keep a good strong even pace throughout and think I actually ran the 2nd half faster than the first 5k so feel like there are faster times to come with some good sessions and more races this spring.”

816_10208813129186693_2015642052615066657_n-1V65 Evan Cook is going really well at the moment and his race at Trafford where he finished in 335th place with a time of 40.47 which has moved him up to 5th in the National Rankings. Evan also lies 2nd in the 5k National Ranking with a time of 20.56.

 Bath Half- Marathon

Eleven thousand, three hundred and eighteen runners finished this Race in glorious weather down in Somerset on Sunday – March 13th. Ben Fish and David Almond made the long trip down for Blackburn Harriers.

Full Results HERE

Ben finished 10th overall in a time of 68.25 whilst David placed 332nd in 85.59. Ben was looking for a faster time and told the Club position wasn’t too bad, but I was well behind 6th place, almost caught one of the Kenyans at the end, he had a bit of a shocker as he was after a sub 63. I was a good two minutes down on where I wanted to be, so it’s a performance that’s well below the standard I’m after”.


Dave commented afterwards that he was Pleased with my performance in Bath. Was hoping for a PB but didn’t have the legs in the last few miles. Enjoyed the experience though and I’ll hopefully have the opportunity to do it again in future”.


Roddlesworth Roller

The Roddlesworth Roller and the accompanying Daffodil Doddle stays as popular as ever in local running circles. The sun shone for a change around these parts as 236 runners entered the main race and a massive 183 in the youngsters 2k Race.

Full Results HERE

Chris Davies was first home for the Harriers, leading the Club to the first Team prize as well, when he finished 2nd overall in a time of 34.05. Second home for the Harriers was V40 John Sutton in 8th spot (36.34) and after the Race he spoke to the Club Secretary commenting  “Solid but not spectacular. Time-wise down two minutes on 2014 but I put a shift in, no excuses. I haven’t run hard like that on a hilly course for a long time so didn’t quite feel the power like I have been doing in training. Felt I should of been challenging one or two ahead of me but maybe need a few more races or risk a few training runs at race tempo. Chris D ran a stormer. Speed and strength, very impressive.”



Allan Hartley 26th in 39.01 and John Cookson 48th in 41.12 were the next Harriers home with Chris, John and Allan being the counters for the 1st Men’s Prize.


Michael Sharp came in 111th (46.45) whilst Lorna Sharp, recovering from the ‘lurgy’, ran 56.20 for 176th spot with David Morris placing 202nd (60.47).


In the Daffodil Doddle there were seven young Harriers lining up in the sun with Amy Davies being first Harrier in – 7th overall – 2nd F12 in a time of 8.07. Then came Ethan Barbarewicz, fresh from a football match in 9th place and 1st in the M12 category. Saul Sharp took 47th positon in 9.35 and was 6th M10, whilst Kate Cookson came 58th and 6th F10 in a time of 10.01. She had been in a Race with Hannah Davies who finished one second behind her in 10.02 and 2nd F7. Isabelle Hartley ran a time of 10.14 for 68th place and 4th F9 and last but by no means least, Lulu Sharp ran 12.02, was 1st F6 and 112th.

Full Results HERE





Bispham 10

Another sunny day and another race, this time at Blackpool with the Bispham 10 mile – won by James Kevan in 53.04 – with 237 finishers on the day. Kaylie Panaro in her first Race of 2016 came home in 116th place with a time of 77.32.

Full Results HERE

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Mike wins 4 Golds and a Silver at British Masters Championships

British Masters AF Championships  –  Lee Valley – March 13/14th

What a superb performance by Blackburn Harrier V70 Mike Hazlewood. Mike came over from Sweden to contest the British Masters Championships at the weekend in the Hammer, Shot Putt, Discus, Javelin and Weight and he had what he described as couple of good days at the office”.

Full Results HERE

Mike won the Hammer (4kg) with a throw of 42.23m nearly 10 metres clear of 2nd place. He then won the Shot Putt with 11.30m and the Weight (7.26kg) with a throw of 15.42m. Mike was pleased about the ”beautiful weather all day” which clearly inspired him in place of the ”recent freezing weather” he left behind in Sweden.


On to the second day with Discus and Javelin. Mike won the Discus (1kg) with a throw of 37.80m, over eight metres clear of 2nd place and then came 2nd in the Javelin with 36.24 metres, just 30 cms away from winning a fifth Gold Medal. Mike said he “Couldn’t manage the ‘full pott’ but 4x gold and 1 x silver (30cm from gold!) not too poor! …… Good to see old mates and have a bit of banter. Onwards to Ancona and hopefully a bit better performances”. Mike is now off to the European Masters Championships in Ancona in a couple of weeks time and he takes Blackburn Harriers best wishes with him into those Championships.



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Blackburn Harriers athletes Running for Lancashire at Inter-Counties Championships

Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships

The weather was a bit more like it for this years Inter-Counties XC Championships when compared with cross country weather this last four months or so. Those Blackburn Harriers who had been selected to represent Lancashire ran really well with some of them finishing up as first counter.


All Separate Age Group Category Results HERE

Tim Raynes got a call up for Lancashire’s Senior Team which finished a very solid 6th place overall in the 6 Man Team Race out of 31 Counties competing and 4th in the 9 Man Team Race.Tim was delighted to have been selected finishing 95th overall in 42.21 and commented I was really pleased to get the call up to the Lancashire team, and wanted to use the opportunity to finish my cross country season strongly. I was really pleased with my race overall. Although I faded a bit in the last lap, I was delighted to hold on for a top 100 finish!



Jack Hindle was part of the U20 Lancashire Team which finished in 6th place overall (24 Counties in all) and ran very well indeed to take 36th place spot in 29.38 and be the first counter. Jack said he Really enjoyed the race today, it’s always a privilege to run for Lancashire and to have a good run makes it even better. I started steady and worked hard through the race. My best inter counties result. Well done to all the team!



Another Blackburn Harrier who finished off her cross country season with a solid run was Liz Greenwood competing for Lancashire in the U17 Women. Liz finished 2nd counter on the day and 69th overall with a time of 22.17 which helped Lancashire to come in 22nd Team out of the 39 Counties. Liz told the Club that she was A bit disappointed with my performance at the inter counties, I never really got into the race and it wasn’t the end to the cross country season that I was hoping for but I’m always pleased to represent Lancashire. Well done to everyone that ran!


In the U15 Girls Race Maddie Elliott wasn’t in the counting spots for Lancashire, as she was at English Schools the week before. Overall she finished in 142nd (19.17) and said afterwards that it was a very tough and fast race today. I didn’t feel as strong as I have done in other races this season, but it was great to be part of the Lancashire team at such a big event”.



Matt Ramsden had another really good run in what has been an excellent season for him the latest of which saw him help Lancashire’s U13 Boys Team to a top ten place (10th) when he came home in 30th spot (12.09) and first counter. Afterwards,, he told the Club “I am really happy that I qualified for the inter-counties and the atmosphere was great. I ran hard but I would’ve liked to have finished higher. Well done to all the other runners”.


Also running in the U13 Boys Team was Leon Thomas which was his first selection for the County Team finishing 188th in 13.11. Leon said that  “This was my first race running for Lancashire and although I was a little nervous, the experience was fantastic and I was very proud to be representing Lancashire. I was happy with my performance on the day. Coming 10th out if 41 counties was a great achievement well done to all the boys that represented Lancashire”.


(Leon is 565 and Matt is 561)

In the U13 Girls Amy Davies is another one of the Harriers who has had a very good cross country season. Lancashire finished 11th just two points off 10th place overall and Amy did her bit by coming in 51st (13.26) and first counter for the Team as she was the week before at English Schools. Amy said after here Race that I was happy to run for Lancashire once again and the experience was great and I felt a lot more confident than last year because I am stronger and older I am happy with my result and the teams result and to only be 54 seconds behind the winner”.


Katie Buckingham was fifth counter for the Lancashire U20 Women’s Team placing 120th in 27.40 commenting “yet another great experience racing for Lancashire, it’s always a privallage to wear the county vest! Not my best run, but as expected for this late in the season! ran an even paced race and had enough left to hold off a sprint finish at the end bring on track season!!”



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Holly talking about overcoming injuries, her achievements and looking forward to the Rio Olympics……….

Team GB and Olympic athlete Holly Bradshaw is the current British record holder for the pole vault. She’s competed in numerous World and European Indoor Championships and now has her sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

What have been some of your personal career highlights to date?

I’d say two occasions spring to mind; I jumped 4.87m in 2012 and that was the fourth best height ever by a female, that’s one. Another was when I won my first major senior title at the 2013 European Indoor Championships. I got to stand on top of the podium and listen to the national anthem as a senior for the first time. They’re my main career highlights, but obviously competing at a home Olympics is up there as well.

Could you talk about some of your most challenging career moments and how you’ve overcome them?

I would say the main thing has been the injuries I’ve had over the past two years. It’s been setback after setback and it’s been really challenging having to deal with that. Not being able to compete in some of the major championships including the Commonwealth Games, the Europeans and some of the World Championships has been really challenging. I feel like coming out the other side of that has made me a much stronger athlete though. Obviously, I don’t wish injury upon myself, but I feel like it’s made me a better athlete having gone through that.

How tough has it been mentally to overcome those injuries?

Obviously if you’re sat at home watching everyone else out there competing, especially when it’s not just one injury, it’s one thing after another, you’ve got to stay motivated. You have to know you’re going to get back out there, that you’re going to keep up the routine, rehab, things like that. It’s difficult at the time because you think, ‘why am I doing this only to have setback after setback?’ You give so much to it. When you experience the highs that I have in sport, it makes it all worthwhile and it feels amazing so it’s always worth it in the end.

Team GB pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw has her sights set on a second Olypmics

Why have you decided to complete a personal trainer qualification and what value do you think it will add to your current and post-athletics career?

It’s always been something that’s interested me really. I’ve always been involved in sport. I did A Levels in sport, I’m doing a sports degree at the minute, so anything involved with sport I love. I also like educating myself and bettering myself. I like sitting down with a journal, manual or textbook and learning from it. That’s kind of really geeky, but it’s a way to keep my mind away from pole vault the whole time. When I got the opportunity to do this qualification, I was really excited and I grabbed at it with both hands. Like I said, it’s always been something I wanted to do. I feel like it will really help me alongside my pole vault, in many different ways. It can only help me improve my sport and help me become more confident. Also, I’ve always wanted to go into coaching afterwards, but it’s something that I can actually do now. I can run some PT sessions and that’s really exciting.

Why have you chosen HFE for your personal training qualification?

I researched a few things online and noticed that HFE were really high up there with reviews. There are so many companies that do these qualifications, but now that I received the manuals in the post it got me so excited because it’s so professional. All the manuals are really good quality. I did a little bit of work on them yesterday actually, making sure I knew what topics I had to revise and when. It just makes you really excited to do the course. So, I did my research and went with you guys and now I know it was totally the right decision. HFE are a really professional company and I’m really excited to get going with it.

How are you balancing studying for this qualification with preparations for the Olympics?

It’s got to be done correctly and with precision. I’ve been doing a degree for the past couple of years and that’s distance learning. I’m pretty good at being organised and making sure I allocate times when I need to study and make sure I know in my mind when the deadlines are. I’m quite proactive and good at managing my time so I feel like it’s not going to be a big issue. I just need to make sure I have in mind, ‘this week I want to work on this topic’, ‘next week I want to work on this topic’, and make sure I hit those targets. I have a lot of time away from training to be honest, so it’s not going to be hard to fit in the studying.

Looking ahead to Rio, do you have a specific goal or height in mind you want to achieve?

I think it’s more of a case of going out there and focusing on my technique and working on process goals, that’s how I’m going be up there competing with the best. I want to be on the podium, I want to win a medal there, but I’m not going in there with a height in mind. I just want to make sure I set everything up correctly. I need to make sure I’m in good shape and when I get there, just focus on process goals – my run up, what I need to do in a jump, because ultimately that’s what’s going to make me jump higher.

World Champion Pole Vaulter Holly Bradshaw

What advice would you give to aspiring fitness professionals, athletics or otherwise?

I’d just say, ‘give it your all’. Make sure you stay committed and focused. That’s one of the things that I do, make sure I’m focused because I’m a really determined person and I have clear goals to focus on. You need to make sure you’re always having fun, I think athletes can be way too serious. Obviously you need to work hard in training sessions, like I always do, but I feel like there always needs to be an element of fun.

Holly Bradshaw is currently training to be a personal trainer with HFE

When I’m qualified as a personal trainer, I’d like to incorporate that element of fun and make sure the client or the athlete is having fun. Once things get stale and boring you’re less likely to want to come and do it. It’s about getting more involved in activity and more involved in sport and trying to get people fitter.

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Oliver competes for GB in Youth International

17yr old Blackburn Harrier and Modern Pentathlete – Oliver Murrayrecently competed in the Youth International on March 5th in Solihull and finished 11th overall in the Individual Men’s Event.

 Full Results HERE

2015 had been a good year for Oliver culminating in success at the European U17 Championships held in Portugal where he finished 9th in the Individual Championship and partnered Zoe Gowers to win Gold in the Team Relays. This was then followed by him being selected for the Youth ‘A’ World Championships in Argentina where he finished 33rd in the Individual Event. The end of the year saw him picking up an injury and he has been working hard to overcome that. After his first competition of 2016 Oliver told the Club “After having recovered from an injury in January, I have been regaining fitness for for the past 2 months – in order to prepare for the upcoming competitions. The competition last weekend was the third youth competition of the year. The German, Egyptian, Spanish, Irish, Swedish, Polish and of course British teams competed. I finished in 11th place and have only left room for improvement throughout the year”.


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Carly & Carol set new PB’s at Haweswater – Zac Wins for Cambridge – John climbs the National Rankings

 The Haweswater Half-Marathon is described on the Race Website as “The Haweswater Half follows an out and back course from Bampton Village (9 miles S of Penrith, 4 miles W of Shap) and passes along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley. The hilly course offers an exhilarating run in unique surroundings” as can be seen in this picture.

No wonder over 400 runners entered. How could anyone resist this.

 Full Results HERE


Carly Edwards has recently joined the Club after a period of getting involved with our Track sessions and there is little doubt that she has made great progress. In her latest Race she chopped off over three minutes on a hilly course – placing 109th – and there is little doubt that on a flat course she will knock further chunks off too. She was Really happy with my performance yesterday. I felt really strong throughout. I had a quick look at my watch at 10 miles and realised that if I pushed hard I could get under 137. I managed 136.17 which is a massive pb for me”.

Equally impressive was the run by another new member – Carol Reilly – who in finishing 117th reduced her PB by two minutes and commented after the Race that It’s one of my favourite races and with recent pb’s I was determined to push as hard as I could. It paid off and I finished in 1.37.21 which was 2mins faster than my previous pb“.

Lancaster Mothers Day 10k

V60 John Chaplin who has been plagued by injury was back on the road again in this local race – only his second of the year so far – last Saturday taking 8th place in a time of 38.26, a time which takes him into 7th place in the V60 Category National 10K Rankings.

Full Results HERE

National Rankings HERE


Oxford v Cambridge Inter Varsity Field & Relays

Zac Howe was racing Indoors recently in what can only be described as an eagerly awaited contest between Zac’s Team – the Light Blues of Cambridge – and the – Dark Blues of Oxford at Lee Valley.

Full Results HERE

The Fixture includes Hurdles, Throws and Jumps as well as a series of Relays for Men and Women: 3 x 800m – 3 x 1500m – 4 x 200m – 4 x 400m – 4x 800m and 4 x 1500m.

Zac (No 76) was part of the successful ‘Light Blues’ winning the 4 x 800m in a time of 7.47.80 with the ‘Dark Blues’ coming home in 8.04.85, a comprehensive win. Zac told the Club that I raced in the Cambridge v Oxford match in an indoor 4 x 800 over the weekend. We won the race and the competition overall. Was pretty satisfied with how I ran“.