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Harriers win again at Witton Park Red Rose League – Accrington 10k & other Results

A perfect day for cross country racing greeted the athletes at Witton Park in the 2nd Round of this years Red Rose League. The Men’s Senior Team got off to a great start at Leigh in the first fixture with an individual and Team win. Could they do it again at the second fixture? The answer was a convincing yes, with debutant Chris Arthur running very impressively to win the Race followed by five other Blackburn Harriers in the top eleven places.

The Harriers posted Individual Wins in the Senior Men, U15 Boys and U17 Girls  and V40’s adding Team Wins in the Senior Men and U15 Boys along with 2nd Team in the U13 Boys, 2nd Team in the Vets, 3rd Team in the U13 Girls, 2nd Individual in the U20 Women and 2nd Individual in the U15 Girls.

Great to see GB International Jessica Judd competing too, winning the Women’s Senior Race by well over a minute (17.44) from Laura Riches in 2nd place (18.55).

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Chris Arthur in his debut for the Team led the Harriers home winning in a time of 30.26 from Rob Warner in 2nd place (31.07). Chris attacked the Saucer on the second lap and never looked back.

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Tim Raynes – winner of the Leigh Race – was next home in 5th (31.42) with Jack Hindle – (2nd U20) – in 7th spot (32.29), Joe Monk – (3rd U20) – 9th in 32.34 and Chris Davies being the 6th counter for the Team in 11th (33.10)…Chris was also 1st in the V40’s.

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Next home came Andy Buttery – (2nd V45) – 16th in a time of 33.52 with Tom Blaney three places further back in 19th with a time of 34.07. Great to see Richard Stones racing again in 28th place (35.03) followed by Ben Costello who is in his first season of competitive running, just one second behind in 29th (35.04). V40 Sean Proctor was next in for the Harriers in 61st (37.50) with V45 Mark Almond in 76th (39.29) and another V45 Craig Greenough in 91st (40.31). Aqua Damour is another athlete who is making his competitive debut placing 128th in 43.00 and he was followed in by new member Antony Walton in 143rd spot (45.03), V40 Allan Hartley (150th) in 45.55.

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The U11 Girls came home 3rd Team at the first fixture at Leigh and went two places better at Witton Park winning the Team Race and led home by Kate Cookson in 4th place (7.17) with Caroline Woodworth in 5th spot (7.19) and Keira Haxton in 11th (7.48). Jasmine Schofield (17th) and Hannah Davies (18th) battled it out with just a second separating the two of them at the finish with respective times of 8.05 and 8.06. Eva Knowles was just three seconds behind Hannah in 22nd (8.08) with Isabelle Hartley (24th) just one second adrift with a time of 8.09. 9yr old Georgina Bleeks finished in 49th position in a time of 9.02. Over in the U11 Boys we had just two out in a field of eighty seven which saw Oliver Gill place 29th in 7.24 and George Ramsden 46th in a time of 7.46.

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The U13 Boys took 2nd Team on the day and they were led home by Harvey Ashworth who attacked the Race from the beginning which was great to see. Harvey finished 3rd overall in a time of 10.32 and had great support from Ethan Barbarewicz (15th) in 11.15, Joseph Joyce (16th) in 11.26 and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 17th (11.33) which was solid packing from the lads. Rory Teare came home 23rd in 11.45 with Jasper Smith in 25th spot and George Whittaker 31st in a time of 12.21.

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Third Team on the day for the U13 Girls with Eleesha Charnley leading the girls home in 6th position (11.34) with Leah Hoole in 11th (11.43), Hollie Cubbon (13th) in 11.48 and Kirsten Coleran in 54th with a time of 14.30.

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Matthew Ramsden who was 3rd in the first fixture at Leigh, set off with real intent and aggression in the U15 Boys and it brought him the reward of winning the Race in 13.26 – 25 seconds in front of 2nd place and helped lead the Team home to victory with really good runs from Leon Thomas in 6th (14.15) and Jamie Teare just one second behind in 7th (14.16). Bradley Meikleham had a good solid run in 14th spot (14.08) as did Ethan Joyce 21st in a time of 16.05 and Luke Ingleson (23rd) in 16.11. In the U15 Girls Amy Davies had a much better outing than at the first fixture in Leigh and ran a good race for 2nd place in a time of 16.04.

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Maddie Elliott carried on her with her very good start to the season with a win in the U17 Women’s Race (19.54) some twenty seconds clear of 2nd place. Chloe Bleeks was also having a run out for the first time this season and took 11th spot in 24.58. In the 17 Men’s Race Aires Woo had his first Race of the season placing 15th in 24.55, whilst in the U20 Women’s Race, Grace Handley continued with her comeback after a long lay off with a solid placed 2nd in a time of 20.11.

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In the Senior Women’s Race, the Club took 7th place out of the 15 Teams with Grace Handley coming home as 1st counter in 5th place (20.11) Followed by Carly Edwards in 21st place with a time of 22.01, Jackie Taylor (67th) in 26.16 and Lindsay Davies 85th (29.26).

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Accrington 10k – Sunday 30th October

The popular local 10k saw a number of runners doubling up over the weekend having raced at Witton Park in the Red Rose Cross Country League the day before. Among them were a number of Blackburn Harriers.

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Chris Davies was first in for the Harriers in 4th place in a time of 35.24 followed in 6th by Ben Costello with a time of 36.38. Not only is this Ben’s first season of competitive running, it is also the first time he has raced back to back races. Bryan Searby came 39th in 43.05 which was well over a minute faster than his time on the same course in 2015. John Cookson wasn’t too far behind in 41st (43.24) with daughter Hannah Cookson (U17) taking 88th spot in 48.01. Kaylie Simpson was just seconds behind in 48.08 (90th) and Lindsay Davies came home in 191st position out of a field of 268 (58.58).

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Good to see Sarah Toms out competing again in her first run since June this year. Sarah was out at the Abingdon Park Run and and came home 86th out of 300 running on the day along with dad Michael who took 6th place in a time of 19.16, both of them running this course for the first time.

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Another athlete who has started the winter season well is Joseph Howe who ran a leg for his University (Manchester) team last week in the Manchester Relays (3k) in 9.24 with the team finishing 8th overall. Joe ran the South Manchester Park Run on the 29th October and won it in a PB time of 16.22 and this despite having to stop as he went the wrong way. Plenty in the tank!! (RESULTS)  Katie Buckingham, also at University (Nottingham) was competing in the North Midlands League and finished 30th out of 179 in the Senior Women’s Race in a time of 28.52. (RESULTS)

Unfortunately the Mid Lancs and Red Rose League fixtures clashed on the same day which meant that with the Red Rose fixture being at Witton Park, the Club’s athletes prioritised home turf. At the Mid Lancs fixture at Cuerden Valley, the Club had just two runners – Daniel Brown 30th in the U15 Boys in a time of 17.30 and Mark Chippendale in the Senior Men’s Race (33rd) in 37.11. (RESULTS)

 

 

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Chris gets International recognition – Fairclough 5 – Standish Hall Trail Race – Tribute to Sheila

On Yours Marks – Set

Chris Wood is a Life member of Blackburn Harriers, first joining the Club in March 1965 making it over half a century that he has been committed to the Harriers. Chris ran Track, Cross Country and Road and was the first Blackburn Harrier to win a Marathon – the Jersey Marathon in 2hrs 28. During that time Chris has also served on the Club Committee and has been it’s Secretary for a period. He is also an integral part of the Committee that organises the Ribble Valley 10k Road Race which has grown in prestige over the years.

Just recently he was advised that he had been appointed to the IMO (International Match Officials) list for 2017, which is a great personal achievement for Chris and the Club too, as the IMO is the subset from which officials are appointed for the televised and major meetings. This is no mean achievement and is just reward for the effort and commitment he has put in over the years to reach this level within the Sport. Chris is quick to pay tribute for his success in attaining this Level to “the strong and effective mentoring from the senior starters here in the NW”.

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(L-R    Roy Peters – Chris Wood – Tony Wood – Gordhen Entwistle)

Chris told us that “George Kirby – the Club president – banged on for years that I would make a good starter and I always fobbed him off. About 10 years ago I said OK and within 24 hours had a ‘phone call from John Procter telling me that GK had been in touch and would I like to turn up at the next Mid Lancs and make a start (oh what a pun!)”

Chris said he was “very lucky here in the NW to have a number of very experienced and supportive starters only too happy to provide guidance and support” and gained lots of experience for example in the Mid Lancs, Open Meetings, Northern League, the old YAL, YDL and NJL. He then progressed to the Lancs Champs and then Northern Athletic events as well as being invited to higher level events such as BUCS as a technician.

The officials pathway is well documented and Chris outlined that it entails “a series of Levels from 1 through 5, mostly peer based assessment and a few exams. The big step is from L3 to L4 which requires at least two years of detailed records of all events officiated with self-analysis and comment from peers. This is augmented by a number of reports from senior colleagues over that person. It is necessary to get at least six “YES” reports across varying roles – as a team member, as a chief, using technology, at a championship etc. Some of these reports must be “out of area” – so you work away from your home base and are assessed by officials who do not know you very well, or at all”.

Chris went on to explain that “All that paperwork is then handed to the National Peer Group who assess once a year who is ready for L4. During this time you do get appointed to “non-technical” roles at major events – for example as an athletes steward or a call room steward. I did this a number of times at National Champs level. I was awarded L4 3 years ago, one of only 2 starters that year, the other being in Northern Ireland”

“The first years as a L4 you get a ‘P’ on your licence for “Provisional”, so subject to ratification after 12 months – well I made that step. At major national meetings there is an assessment system where the Chief of any section must grade the team members, chiefs are graded by the National Technical Delegate appointed to assess the whole meeting by UKA/British Athletics. Another annual review group then looks at L4 officials who have been achieving high grade assessments and positive peer feedback. This review is to determine who would be suitable for the International Match Officials (IMO) group from which officials are appointed for the major events and televised events. You can be appointed to such events if not IMO if they think you are on the pathway to IMO – it has happened to me”.

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(Chris Wood with John Proctor)

The IMO appointment for Chris is as a Starters Assistant, there are 10 across the UK and he has had Key appointments over the past 2 years including:-

  • Home International at Sportcity 2016 – Start Co-Ordinator (ie Chief) – (Should have been IMO but he was given the experience to chief at this level)
  • National Champs U23’s 2016 – Chief Starters Assistant
  • School Games Loughborough 2016 – Starter
  • BUCS Champs 2016 – Starter
  • British GP/Diamond League Birmingham 2015 – Birmingham – Starter (IMO level but I was given the experience)
  • National Champs U17’s Indoors 2015 – Start Co-Ordinator
  • NA Regional Champs 2015 – Start Co-Ordinator

Congratulations from everyone here at Blackburn Harriers to Chris on his achievements which have come, as all things do, by hard work and the drive to succeed.

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( Chris Wood with Paul Yates)

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Fairclough 5 – October 23rd

It was yet another new PB for Chris Davies as he came home in 2nd place with a time of 27.45 and also took the 2nd V40 spot with the winner also a V40. Given that he had done a tough hill session the day before this was a very good performance and he commented after the Race “27:45 today at the Fairclough 5. A new PB but only got me second place. Couldn’t beat Jeff Prest, he beat me by a minute. To fast for me today. Won £10 for Marks & Spencer, off to spend it now”.

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V40 John Cookson came home in 30th spot and just outside his personal best in a time of 33.54 with Carly Edwards in 39th place (34.51) who was also just seconds away from her personal best. Hannah Cookson had a previous best of 37.59 and blew that away finishing 45th in 35.26 chopping nearly two and half minutes off her time for a new PB. Lindsay Davies……came home in 100th place (46.44) which meant she had cut over two minutes off her previous best and saying after the Race that she “Felt tired and full of a cold before the race, set off at a reasonable pace but soon found my feet, started to feel a lot stronger after 3 miles and knew I was on for a PB so started to push myself, the last mile I was hurting, my legs felt like jelly and my breathing was getting erratic but still kept going and I managed to knock 2 mins 24 seconds off my 5 mile PB”.

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In the Fun Run One Mile Amy Davies, Hannah Davies and Kate Cookson all had good runs with Amy knocking 6 seconds off her mile PB and Hannah cutting 16 seconds off her mile PB.

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Standish Hall Trail Race – October 22nd

One hundred and thirty nine runners contested the popular local Trail Race on Saturday which saw Andy Buttery come home in 4th place overall and 2nd V45 with a time of 38.17, the Race being won by Anthony Valentine in 35.38 – RESULTS

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Blackburn Harrier – Gary Pearse – recently wrote into the Club about his daughters performance at Exeter where she competed for Lancashire in September. Unfortunately the Club website moderator missed this and it didn’t appear at the time. However, it is important that the tribute contained within the message to the ever popular and much loved Sheila Markendale should be included, even if a little late.

Polly Pearse competed in the multi events schools finals last weekend for Lancashire schools in Exeter, the senior girls had a full team and Polly competed extremely well in her final schools heptathlon. However, the sadness was that Sheila died in recent weeks and I know she dearly wanted to be there. Our three children – (Esme, Polly & Joe) – and in particular Joe and Polly benefited enormously from Sheila being their team manager throughout their time within the schools multi arena. For those who had competed in the Lancashire Schools multi events arena it is with great sadness that they were informed that Sheila Markendale, who was the Lancashire team manager for many years, died recently. Sheila was an inspiration to those from the club who either competed in multi events as their main discipline or as a ‘let’s experience it as a one-off’. She approached all interaction with the athletes in a positive and caring way. The multi events involve long weekends, often all over the country. The swings between individual events in competition creates an emotional and psychological side of the event and athletes needed and appreciated those times of motivation and/or quiet word that only Sheila could provide. She will be sorely missed”

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Top Ten for Ben at Manchester Half-Marathon & PB’s for Jack and Annabel – Silver Medal (Open) for Joe & Gold Medal (Vets) for Shaun in County Champs

Manchester Half-Marathon – October 16th

A quality field lined up in not the best of conditions in Manchester today for the Half-Marathon won by Adam Hickey in a very good time of 64.41, the Race having eight thousand five hundred and two finishers. Blackburn Harrier Ben Fish – winner of the Chester Marathon two weeks ago in 2hr 24.04 – had a great run to finish in 8th place with a time of 67.01. After the Race Ben told the Club that The conditions today were perfect for me and I felt I had recovered well from the marathon. I was hoping for a seasons best, just a bit unlucky to miss out on sub 67. Great running by Jack getting a PB”.

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RESULTS

U20 Jack Hindle who has already run for England this year, had a great race finishing 43rd in a new PB time of 73.59 which was a minute and half faster than his previous best. Jack spoke to the Club and said I’d entered Manchester quite a long time ago after a good result at Freckleton. I knew I could run quicker on a fast course, so put the entry in. I’ve worked hard throughout the year and knew I’d have a good run if I raced with my head. Setting off I felt strong and tried to get in a rhythm. The pace was strong but never felt comfortable. The conditions were awful to be honest which made it harder. The last 4 miles where grueling but training has proved that I can hang on. I’m super happy to PB and get under 74. A huge thanks to Paul Guinan, who has coached me over the year and it’s been the best year I’ve had”.

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Mark Bleasdale we think was making his Half-Marathon debut on the road and had a very good run coming home 209th in 84.08.

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(Mark Bleaadale and Jack Hindle)

Tom Mckee made his debut in a half-marathon and had a pretty solid run in 401st place with a time of 88.54 – mum Katherine (5638th) also ran posting a good time of 2hr 08.05; And congratulations to Annabel Farrar (5390th) who ran a new PB time of 2hr 06.05 and in doing so achieved her time target for her race and the raising of over £500 for a cause very close to her heart. V45 Andrea Rigby and one of the Harriers Coaches in High Jump and Sportshall came home in a time of 2hr 44.43 (8151st).

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Green Drive 5 – October 16th

Two hundred and fifty seven runners in the Green Drive 5 which featured the Lancashire 5 Mile Championships within the Race won by Luke Minns in 26.03.

Joe Monk who has had an excellent year, continued his good form in the wind and rain to take 2nd place overall and the Silver Medal in the County Championships with a time of 26.34 – a new PB by half a minute, which given the conditions, shows what good form he is in and after the Race he told the Club that he was “pleased with the race, was on my own throughout and windy conditions for the first half made it  hard. Pleased I managed to salvage a very good run, coming together nicely for Leeds and Abbey Dash”.

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RESULTS

Behind Joe in 5th place was Shaun Livesey in a time of 27.52 and that gave him the V40 Lancashire title as well. Reflecting on his Race Shaun commented “After my recent success at the Burnley fire 10km I earmarked the Green Drive Five as a race to potentially run a pb at the distance. It also incorporated the Lancashire Championship and by doing a bit of homework I knew Rob Affleck from Preston had moved up a category, that is if he was to race ( he did) there was the potential of a gold medal. I was feeling in good shape apart from a little knee trouble and I said to myself I wanted to run sub 5:30 pace. The weather wasn’t the best but it was the same for everyone. At halfway I was 7th but I was maintaining a good comfortable pace I moved up 2 places and held on to finish 5th in 27:52. A gold medal, but no pb only managing 5:34 pace. Cheshire 10km next I think”.

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Having run in the Red Rose League the day before, Carly Edwards backed up for the Race and set a new PB finishing 73rd in a time of 34.45, over a minute faster than her previous best and to add to a growing number of new personal bests being racked up by the Harriers in races. Following the Race, Carly spoke to the Club and told us that “I set off quite comfortably having raced the day before. I decided to run off feel rather than letting my watch dictate the pace. I got to about 3.5 miles and suddenly my legs started to feel heavy. I ignored it and focused on trying to move up a couple of places. I finished strong and was pleased with the end result. I’m determined to step out of my comfort zone now and focus on speed rather than distance”. In 111th came Kaylie Simpson (38.14) who was tackling her first 5 mile Race since 2015.

Blackpool Autumn Breaker 10k – October 16th

Two hundred and sixty five finishers at Blackpool for this Race with Claire Bridge from the Harriers placing 127th in a time of 53.45 which gave her 4th place in the Women’s V45 competition. RESULTS

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Individual win for Tim and Team win in the Red Rose League at Leigh

Great weather again for cross country running at Leigh in the first Red Rose fixture of the season. With a number of young athletes running in Schools Cross Country races to try and qualify for the Lancashire Schools Championships in the New Year, the turn out of the Harriers younger athletes was down but the Seniors more than made up for it.

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Tim Raynes continuing his very good year – one which has seen him set new personal bests on the Track and Road – had the run of the day, winning the Race in a time of 36.34 from Richard Burney (37.05)  of Liverpool Harriers in 2nd spot and leading the Harriers home to a Team win on the day.

RESULTS

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In 2nd spot for the Harriers came Chris Davies another Harrier in good form, fresh from a new PB in the Great North Run, in 8th overall with a time of 38.50. Chris also placed 3rd V40 on the day and led the Harriers first four counting Vets – (Chris, Mat Nuttall, Andy Buttery, Sean Proctor) – to 1st in the Team competition. In 16th, 17th and 18th place overall came Mat Nuttall – 2nd V45 on the day – (39.29), Tom Blaney (39.36) and Andy Buttery – 3rd V45 – on the day (39.47) which was great packing followed by new member Ben Costello who had a fine race in only his third competitive outing finishing 21st in 39.58 and being 6th counter for the Team.

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It was a welcome return to cross country for the Harriers Richard Stones who has been involved in triathlons and has been a few years since his last cross country race. Richard came home in 28th spot (40.36) out of a field totaling 240 runners and he was followed home by Karl Billington in 32nd (41.11), Sean Proctor (60th) in 43.46, Chris Balderson (90th) in 45.41, Craig Greenough (93rd) in 45.52, Mark Almond in 106th place (46.40), John Chaplin 127th in a time of 47.59 and 2nd V60 on the day, Allan Hartley (165th) in 50.48, Andrew Knowles (169th) in 51.10, Danny Teare (181st) in 52.00, Richard Taylor in 204th spot (54.18) and new member Andy Hatton 217th with a time of 56.35.

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One hundred and thirty three runners lined up in the Women’s Senior Race which saw the Harriers finish 4th Team on the day out of the 18 competing and equal on points with the 3rd placed Club. Liz Greenwood took 2nd place overall in a time of 21.25 behind Laura Riches and in the process won the U20 Race by over half a minute and is clearly getting back to form after a long lay off with injury. Beckie Taylor was the next Harrier, in a time of 22.45 (14th) and she was backed up by Carly Edwards in 28th place (23.57). Jackie Taylor, in her first outing for quite some time came home in 95th (29.58) with Lindsay Davies in 118th in a time of 32.37.

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Hannah Cookson kicked off her Red Rose season with a 5th place in the U17 Women’s Race in a time of 24.25. In the other Girls Races, the Harriers took 3rd Team place in the U11’s with Kate Cookson leading the team home in 8th place (8.44) followed closely in 10th spot by Caroline Woodward (8.45), Keira Haxton in 22nd (9.07), Hannah Davies 32nd in a time of 9.21, Isabelle Hartley in 36th place (9.29) and Eva Knowles (39th) in a time of 9.39).

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Saul Sharp was first Blackburn Harrier home in the U11 Boys Race in 27th with a time of 8.28 and he was supported by Oliver Gill in 43rd place (8.56) and George Ramsden in 57th spot (9.18). With the lads being 10yrs, 9yrs and 8yrs old respectively, that’s not a bad performance.

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Solid runs for George Whittaker who finished 15th in the U13 Boys with a time of 10.08, whilst Lucy Brady came 39th out of seventy eight in the U13 Girls in 11.29.

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Just two boys competed in the U15 Race with Matt Ramsden having a really good run in 3rd place with a time of 13.11 in a very keenly contested race throughout. Sam Hodkinson, a new member who has just started to compete continues to show promise placing 15th in 14.51. Over in the U15 Girls Race Amy Davies finished 17th in a time of 16.54.

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It’s the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii with Brian – aka – giving it everything you have and more, much more!!

Many athletes in the Endurance world train hard. They have to if they are going to achieve. Marathon runners will take on board a 100 mile per week regime which is tough. Imagine training for an Event which features a two and half mile swim race in the sea, followed by an 112 mile bike race and ’rounded off’ by a Marathon? This is Brian Fogarty’s world. This is the world of Ironman and it is a tough one.

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Having come first amateur at this years British Ironman Championships and qualifying yet again for the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, Brian’s training saw him reach the ‘form of his life’ as he described it as he made the long journey over, full of expectation and ambition and rightly so.

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Two thousand three hundred and sixteen athletes set off at the start of the Race and no one needed to tell them that in the world of endurance, anything, absolutely anything can happen, even when you have prepared so meticulously for your event. It does as they, ‘bite you on the behind’ sometimes!

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Brian spoke to the Club after he had time to recover and his reflections on the Race demonstrate the enormous mental power that he showed in completing the event in the most difficult of circumstances. There is always a debate in the athletics world about how much mental focus and strength is important vis-a-vis physical strength. Of course, both are important, but without a shadow of doubt if you don’t have the mental resilience and determination it is highly unlikely that you will achieve your targets, no matter how modest or how high they maybe. Over to Brian “This year at the Ironman world Championships I was confident I was ready to put in my best performance ever. Physically and mentally I was in great shape. This event never ceases to amaze me. The conditions were tough but that really didn’t phase me, I wasn’t bothered, the harder the better. Unfortunately it was one of the most underrated factors that sabotaged my day.
The race started well, with a tough ocean swim I took 8 minutes off last years time with 1:05, a lot more to improve but I had to be content with that. That was enough for me to still get back in the race and push for a podium. On to the bike I felt good, I was soon passing people by the dozen. After last year I was so diligent to eat and drink plenty so I didn’t suffer later in the race. After about only 30 miles things started to change my gut just didn’t seem to be digesting anything, I ignored the issue and carried on fueling as I had planned, hoping things would settle naturally. It went from bad to worse as each mile passed. I rode over 50 miles sat up as the cramps in my stomach were killing me. I stayed positive and prayed when I got onto the run things may improve. I finished the bike in 4.58 over 25 minutes down from were I’d hoped to be.

On to the run and I knew instantly this was going to be a hard marathon. The best I could come up with was just shuffle and keep praying things would settle so I could at least run properly. It just got harder and harder. Finishing was my only objective in the end as not doing was never an option. Family and friends had traveled so far to come and support me, I had to at least earn the medal. I did, finishing in 10.02 and a 3.51 marathon time. After crossing the line I collapsed and spent 2 hours in the medical tent, it took 3 IV drips to bring me back to life, I had lost an incredible 22lbs. I’m bitterly disappointed with how things turned out but upon reflection i will learn and bounce back. I have 6 weeks until my next Ironman in Arizona with fellow Blackburn Harrier Paul Slone, where I intend to finish the year with a PB”.

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(Brian and his Coach Paul Guinan)

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Ben Wins Chester Marathon – Chris and Shaun win 10k’s – Joe smashes his PB at York 10mile – Mid Lancs League

Chester Marathon – October 2nd

The Website is a bit behind with Reports due to holidays and we kick off the latest Report with news of Wins and PB’s from 10k through to the Marathon for the Harriers.

A great result for Ben Fish when he won the Chester Marathon in a time of 2hr 24.05 with fifty seconds the difference between him and the 2nd placed Daniel Kestrel. This what Ben had to say about his win and other racing he has been involved in recently HERE

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RESULTS

It was also a great Race for Harriers Sean Proctor, Carly Edwards and Rachel Jones – (Rachel runs for Blackburn on the Track) – who had targeted this Race to improve their Marathon personal bests. Sean finished 110th out of the two thousand one hundred and fifty six runners who completed the course in a new PB time of 3hr 03.00, an improvement of nearly four minutes. Carly wiped a huge 17 minutes off her previous best time finishing in 388th place with a time of 3hr 27.58. Her first ever marathon saw her run 4hr. 17.01, her latest run representing a fantastic improvement and she is now targeting 3.15. There was another brilliant run by V45 Rachel in her first ever Marathon when she finished 53rd in a great time of 2hr 56.16 a time which places her 3rd in the National Rankings for V45 Women.

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York 10 Mile – October 9th

A great day for Joe Monk too over in York where he took 2nd place overall in a fantastic new PB time of 54.13, six minutes faster than the first time he ever ran the distance. Delighted as you can imagine, Joe told the Club afterwards that he was over the moon, still in shock. Set off pretty quick and after 3 miles there was just two of us and I sat behind for 9 mile then he kicked on. Went through 10k in 33:31 feeling strong and thought I’d be under 56. I managed to keep pace and came away with a 6 minute pb, nice belated birthday present”.

RESULTS (Not available yet)

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Mid Lancs at Chorley – October 1st

Cross Country season locally, started up at Chorley with the Mid Lancs first fixture of the season and a good turn out from the U11 Girls enabling them to take 2nd place in the Team Competition.

RESULTS

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Leading the U11 Girls home was Caroline Woodworth in 5th spot with a time of 6.41 with Kate Cookson in 10th (6.57) and Isabelle Hartley (30th) in a time of 7.29 making up the three counters for the Team. Next came Hannah Davies in 34th (7.34), followed by Keira Haxton in her first Race for the Club (37th) in 7.36, Eva Knowles (42nd) in 7.47, Georgina Bleeks in 43rd spot (7.48) and Alayna Irvine 67th in a time of 8.35.

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Saul Sharp, Oliver Gill and George Ramsden were the three counters for the Club in the U11 Boys with Saul finishing 16th and first Harrier home with a time of 6.40. He was supported by Oliver in 36th place (7.06) and George in 49th with a time of 7.29 and the three of them finished 7th Team on the day.

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The U13 Girls were just pipped by one point for the Team first spot by Blackpool with Eleesha Charnley (4th) in a time 10.44, Leah Hoole (9th) in 10.59, Lucy Brady (38th) in 12.24 and Ella Hardman (58th) with a time of 13.14.

The U13 Boys placed 3rd in the Team competition with Ethan Barbarewicz leading the four lads home in 16th spot (12.48) followed by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (21st) in 13.03, Rory Teare placing 27th in 13.21 and George Whittaker (32nd) in a time of 13.40.

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Amy Davies made her debut at the U15 Girls level in Cross Country and had a really good run to finish 4th overall in a time of 12.54. In the U15 Boys the Team was pipped again by just one point by Rossendale. Matt Ramsden led the team home with a really excellent run in 4th place (14.47) followed by Jamie Teare in 12th (15.46), Leon Thomas in 16th (16.08), Sam Hodkinson (19th)  in 16.21, Luke Ingleson (33rd) in 18.03 and Daniel Brown 37th with a time of 18.57.

The U17 Girls Team won their event, but sadly there was only one complete Team finishing on the day and only twelve runners in total. Great run by Maddie Elliott in 2nd place overall with a time of 16.56 supported by Natalya Irvine in 4th (18.30) and Chloe Bleeks 9th in 20.55. Joe Gebbie competed in his first cross country race for the Club placing 15th in a solid time of 25.11 and telling the Club that he really enjoyed the experience.

The Senior Women’s Team placed 2nd in the Team competition to Barlick with both Clubs having the same points but Barlick taking the win on positions – this was the fourth 2nd place in Team competition on the day for the Club. Liz Greenwood who has been out of action with injury for quite a long time is getting back into gear and finished 4th on the day with a time of 25.10. Helen Leigh, another athlete who has had more than her fair share of injuries had a pretty good run in all the circumstances to place 10th in a time of 26.44 whilst Beckie Taylor who is gradually moving back into competitive fitness placed 16th in 27.49. Next in for the Club came Michelle Teare in 98th (35.18) and Lindsay Davies in 142nd spot (39.46).

In the Senior Men’s Race the Club came in 8th out of the 23 Clubs competing on the day and led home by Tim Raynes in 7th place overall with a time of 36.14. Chris Davies took 16th spot and 3rd V40 in a time of 38.50 with Tom Blaney not far behind in 20th position (39.15). Mat Nuttall came home in 31st (40.04) with Craig Greenough in 119th (46.36), Allan Hartley (189th) in 51.10, Danny Teare (218th) in 53.33 and Richard Taylor 219th (53.45).

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Double Win at Littleborough 10k & Burnley Fire 10k

Chris Davies ran in the Mid Lancs League on Saturday and decided to double up with  trip over to Littleborough along with two hundred and thirty eight other runners.

RESULTS

Feeling really strong and in good form Chris pulled off a win in a time of 34.56 over half a minute in front of the second placed athlete – and – V40 Shaun Livesey made it the second 10k win of the weekend when he took 1st place in the Burnley Fire 10k by over a minute in 35.04.8 out of a field of 193 runners.

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Also racing for the Harriers at Burnley were V40 John Cookson placing 31st in 43.20.6, 15yr old Hannah Cookson in 52nd spot 46.45.7, V50 Andrew Knowles in 64th with a time of 48.19.2 and V45 Michael Sharp (72nd) in 48.59.6.

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