Monthly Archives: October 2018
Accrington 10k – Sunday October 28th
Proving to be popular once again, over five hundred runners completed this local, and quite tough 10k Road Race won by Ben Fish in a excellent time of 31.32 as he led the Harriers to a clean sweep of Individual and Team wins. Taking into account the nature of the course, the time posted here plus those by the other Harriers show them to be in very good form.
Speaking to the Club after the Race Ben told us “What another great result by the club. Like Chris said, people are really starting to notice the progress we’ve made. It’s a really great time to be a Blackburn Harrier. I was happy with my own run, recent form has been poor, so to run that time on this course is a good boost and hopefully I can string together some decent 10k times to end the year on”
Race Finish Video (courtesy of mcmediaand film)
(All photos of the Race courtesy of David Belshaw)
It was a very good day for the Harriers as they took 8 out of the first 12 places. Jack Hindle took second place clocking 33.4, commenting that the day saw “Fantastic Running from everyone today. Really doing the Blue and White proud. From a personal perspective, it was a solid run for me after a hard block. It’s good to see that I am running some good times, with still 2 months till the Ribble Valley 10k. Now to knuckle down and hopefully bring the times down”.
Ben Costello was the next Harrier to cross the finish line in 3rd spot with a time of 33.48 which smashed the time he ran in the race last year. Happily Ben told us that “Going into the race i was hoping to improve on last years time and i did that by over a minute. The conditions where as good as they could be for a 10k. Well done to all the Harriers that ran today absolutely fantastic and a race well dominated”.
Karl Billington is improving with every race and took 4th place in a good time of 33.57 and saying that it was “Great running for everyone today, showing that we are becoming a dominant force in the county. Enjoyed the race today despite the hills and my fastest 10k in 3 years”.
Josh Holgate made it five Harriers in the first five places as he ran really well to take ten seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 34.06 which means a lot more given the toughness of the course.
Chris Davies was the next, in 7th position posting a time of 34.44 and was very happy overall with his own and the teams performance on the day commenting “I would like to say well done to all the team, another impressive display from everyone. To get 7 finishes in the Top Ten is fantastic. You can tell out on the course that people are impressed by us at the moment, their is a lot of positive and nice comments coming our way at the moment which is great. On a personal level I was more than happy with my run knocking over a minute off from last year when things weren’t going to well. Also having only done the Manchester Half two weeks ago and still training at a high level I didn’t know how well I would do today. I felt tired after training on Thursday so just eased down a little bit over the last couple of days and it seemed to pay off. Well done again though guys, great team performance and keep up the good work”.
Calum James was making his debut for the Club and had a very good run with a time of 35.45 to finish just one place further back in 8th place to give the Harriers seven out of the first ten places in the Race. Afterwards Calum spoke to the Club saying “This morning at the Accy 10k Blackburn Harriers owned the race finishing best team and I’m happy to have finished within the top ten with overall 8th place spot. I managed to beat last years time ( 38.52 )by three minutes on the same course with (35.45) in the popular blue and white vest, I would like to thank everyone for their massive help and support and a massive well done to everybody who took part”
Paul Brindle continued the Club’s very good performances in the Race with another solid run in 12th spot clocking a time of 37.13 which made an impressive eight Blackburn Harriers in the first twelve places.
Danny Collinge came home in 47th place with a time of 43.12 and he was followed by Lindsay Davies in 87th position in a time of 46.11 and a new PB by six seconds, which is an even better run on this type of course, and Ryan Walmsley just a place further back – 88th – in 46.16. Lindsay commented after the Race that she “Felt really good in the race today, legs not tired and felt good on the hills, kept in front of the 45 marker most of the way but lost him at mile 4, kept pushing all the way and ended up with a new PB knocking another 6 seconds off. Accrington is a relatively tough course now and found that having my new job at the top of Buncer Lane and running to work helped massively”.
(Ryan Walmsley & Lindsay Davies)
Big congratulations to Rebecca Woodworth who – having been ‘encouraged’ by one of the Clubs Coaches – she had her first ever competitive run for the Harriers after recently starting to take up running; And she made an impressive debut as she came home in 343rd place with a time of 59.34.
Great Cumbrian Half-Marathon – Sunday October 7th
There have few unluckier athletes than Samantha McCreadie. ‘Sam’ as she is affectionately known, has managed to put just three races together since running a time of 39.44 – nearly four years ago – at the 2014 Ribble Valley 10k.
(Sam McCreadie – with big smiley face)
Sam has suffered multiple injuries and she would have been forgiven for ‘calling it a day’ after nearly four years of doctors and physio’s, searching for answers. However, she has battled through it all to make a comeback in this Half-Marathon where she finished 132nd overall and 11th woman in a time of 98.39 saying it “Was great to be back in a Harriers vest “ and that she was “Just happy I can get out running again and start getting back to racing”.
British Fell Relays Championships with the Harriers – U11 & U13’s at Northern Cross Country Relays – New PB for Carly at Green Drive 5 – Amsterdam Marathon with Jonathan
Two hundred and thirty nine teams lined up for this years British Fell Relays Championships, said to have been one of the hardest for quite a while. Just five minutes separated the first five teams and just 29 seconds beteween 2nd and 3rd spots behind eventual winners – Pudsey & Bramley.
A big thank you to John Orrell who organised the Blackburn Harriers ‘Wainwright Warriers’ team of Thomas Marchant on Leg (1); John Horrocks & Mark Bleasdale paired on Leg (2); Craig Greenough & Danny Teare together on Leg (3) and John himself on the final Leg (4) as they finished in 160th position with a collective time of 5hr 46.21.
(Team Managers Privileges!!)
(Thanks to Richard Marchant and Ian Clarkson for all the photos)
Thomas Marchant on Leg (1) commented “The day was very well organised and set out. I was on 1st leg with the pressure to bring the team back in a good position ready for the second leg. The climb was very steady and steep towards the last section of the climb. I set off at a steady place hoping to build up through the race and gain places, which I did. Steady climb and a very fast decent despite the slippery conditions, I allowed my self to let go even if i hit the deck. Overall a fantastic race coming back in 63rd and a great day with a great team”.
(Leg (1) and ready for the off with Thomas Marchant)
(Thomas Marchant finishing on Leg (1)
John Horrocks also spoke to the Club after the race telling us “Fantastic day out in Grasmere for the Fell Relays and great running by everybody. Thanks John for the organisation and credit to Ambleside for a well organised event. Myself and Mark on leg 2 6.8 miles and 2800ft, started with a very steep climb to CP1 just below stone Arthur and then following walkers paths into the cloud on to Great Rigg CP2 and Fairfield CP3. Onto Cofa Pike, very rocky and technical running down to CP4. All down hill then to the finish, last steep decent we had people sliding passed us rather than running it was that slippy. I’ll definitely be running the route again!”
(Mark Bleasdale & John Horrocks finishing on Leg (2)
(Craig Greenough & Danny Teare off on Leg (3)
Commenting on the days events, Danny Teare said “Craig G and I subconsciously aligning on outfits was a good omen, or so I thought. With just enough fuel on board, John H and Mark B tagged us and we were away. We collected the map after 300m and CP1 was just like ‘heading up the M6’ – great! CP2 was more of a challenge. The clag was in, we got to within sniping range but could not make out features on the map or by sight, with all the drizzle. We got drawn into 2 or 3 packs who were seemingly as lost as us… and that didnt help… and we thought we’d blown it. We persevered and after 20+ minutes, we glimpsed the CP and got to dib in. Phew! The remaining CPs were more straightforward, albeit with some fierce climbing and rocky descending, and we just had to avoid injury and bring it in. We didnt quite manage to tag John O before his mass start – I will blame that on CP2! Many thanks to John O for top TM-ing!! The usual last minute, nail-biting changes to make but he landed it. Great event put on by Ambleside AC – iconic location and very well supported”.
Overall the day can be summed up by the coments of the athletes who contested the event and led by Team Manager John Orrell who gave his take on the day after it was all over, telling the Club “A big thank you to ‘my boys’ The Fell Fella’s. Your support was very much appreciated. I think we had a great day and did well too. A team with a 34 year age gap from 19 to 53 and we came home ahead of some teams from Chorley, Preston and Clayton too. Around 23 miles, 4 legs, 6 runners, well over 9000 ft of climbing, fog, mist, wind and rain. A Grand Day Out for Blackburn’s Wainwright Warriors. Leg 4 was a steady steep push up to Alcock Tarn. Then another ‘in your face’ climb to Heron Pike. CP 2 Herron’s south summit to CP 3 was a sneaky little trod bypassing the north summit. It was time to push on here in the fog as most in front had gone wrong and veered off right. Delighted to pop out the mist above Stone Arthur and the final CP in front of them before a near vertical decent to the finish fields. With a face full of mud and a bit of blood ’twas job well done!“
(Team Manager and Final Leg John Orrell)
Northern Cross Country Relays – Graves Park Sheffield – Saturday Ocotber 20th
This is not an event that the Harriers have been involved in over recent years, but after the weekends experiences by the U11 and U13’s, it seems pretty certain that this may become a regular for the Club.
(Thanks to Keith Gill and Michael Sharp for all the photos)
Another big thank you – this time to Chris Thompson who organised and team managed the six teams who entered and to the parents who supported the teams with travel to Sheffield and cheering through the day. The U11 Girls had two teams in a field featuring thirty teams where the Harriers finished 17th and 30th. The ‘A’ Team consisting of Imogen Robinson on Leg (1) 5.55, Hannah Davies 6.11 on Leg (2) and Eve Coulson on Leg (3) in 6.04 placed 17th overall. The ‘B’ Team of Lulu Sharp running 6.48 on Leg (1), Tippi Frances 6.53 on Leg (2) and Leah Smith (7.38) on Leg (3) finished in 30th position.
Twenty eight teams contested the U11 Boys Race with the Harriers teams coming home in 16th and 24th places. The ‘A’ Team were fantastically consistent with just two seconds separating the three of them as Findlay Carroll ran 5.44 on Leg (1) to hand over to Theo Robinson on Leg (2) running 5.45 and pulling back 5 places before George Ramsden clocked 5.43 – picking up two more places to being them home in 16th spot. The ‘B’ Team saw Charlie Haworth run the fastest Leg as he opened with a time of 5.52 followed by Alexander Brien on Leg (2) with 6.24 and Felix Thompson pulling back a place as he ran Leg (3) in 6.14.
The U13 Boys had a marginally bigger field which had thirty six teams competing. The ‘A’ Team just misssed out on a top ten spot by twelve seconds as they came home in 12th place. Theo Watson kicked off on Leg (1) with a time of 6.08, handing over on Leg (2) to Ben Livesey in 22nd place. Ben ran a solid Leg (2) in 6.15, pulling back four places to hand over to Dexta Thompson on Leg (3) in 18th. Dexta ran the fastest Leg of the team (5.54) to claw back six places, finishing in 12th. Just 12 seconds separated the three Legs run by the ‘B’ Team who finished in 23rd place – Daniel Smith ran 6.19 on Leg (1) followed by Oliver Gill running 6.31 on Leg (2) and gaining a place before handing over to Saul Sharp pn the final leg who ran 6.25 and also pulled another place back.
Green Drive 5 – Sunday October 21st
Always a sold out Race this one and over four hundred finished this years race won by Rob Danson in a time of 25.41 from Dave Norman in 2nd place (26.00).
Carly Edwards had a great run setting herself a new PB by a massive three quarters of a minute as she came home in 44th place overall, 5th woman and in a time of 32.30.
Amsterdam Marathon – Sunday October 21st
This race was won by Lawrence Cheroneo in a world class time of 2hr 04.06. Not quite as speedy was V50 Jonathan Bridge who finished with a time of 3hr 11.38 and a seasons best after clocking 3hr 14.04 in the Manchester Marathon earlier in the year. Claire, Jonathan’s wife who runs for Blackburn Road Runners also ran the race and clocked a good time of 4hr 13.29.
Chris Wood is a Life Member of Blackburn Harriers having joined the Club in 1965. On the night he received his Life membership Award at St Marks Club along with another Harriers Legend – Chris Fay, Chris commented on how much Blackburn Harriers had meant to him and what the Club had done for him. He represented the Club as an athlete during which time he won the Jersey Marathon in a time of 2.28, went on to serve on the Harriers Executive Committee as Secretary and then dedicated himself to a lot of hard work in becoming a Starting Official where he has gained a considerable reputation leading to recognition at national and international level. Even though he has reached a very high level of competence, officiating as he does at the top athletic meetings, he can still be found on a Saturday officiating at grass roots athletics in the Mid Lancs Leagues and other similar events, always intent on putting back the maximum into the sport he loves.
Chris was recently informed that he had been elected to sit on the UKA Officials’ National Peer Group as one of three representatives of the starting fraternity. This involves assesing and recommending people for promotion to L4 and the National Active List as well as drafting the selections for those who will be appointed to officiate at National, International and televised meetings.
To give some idea of what a successful candidate has to have done in order to become eligible for election to the Peer Group you need to have been a chief official at a major L5 meeting – in 2018 Chris was Chief Starters’ Assistant at both the Athletics World Cup and the Manchester International. He was also a starter at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix and the Muller Diamond League at Birmingham. At the latter Steve Cram commented on TV how measured and polite he was in instructing the athletes!
At the next level down Chris was Start Coordinator at both the indoors and outdoors BUCS as well as the EA Senior Indoor CE at which he caused a stir by refusing to start a BMC 3k as there were too many in the field for safety! This got Chris an “A” assessment from the National Technical Delegate for making the correct call and then not backing down.
In addition to receiving recognition at the above Chris has been heavily committed to developing an electronics start system, working closely with Nigel Holl of UKA. Chris outlined what had been involved – telling the Harriers that “Every two years European Athletics makes innovation awards in five categories; this year is a competition year. Back in June Nigel suggested that we make a submission for TESS (The Electronic Start System), which we did with only three days to go before the deadline. I received an email today from European Athletics in Lausanne to advise that we had won the “Technology” category! The winners of the five categories are then taken forward to be assessed as the overall winner to be awarded in Lausanne next month”.
Many congratulations from everyone at Blackburn Harriers
Winning Start for Harriers in Cross Country Season – Jess 4th at Cardiff Cross Challenge – New PB’s for Chris and Calum at Manchester Half-Marathon – Charlotte & Matt Shine at Hammer Circle – John Debuts in Duathlon
Contrasting conditions at the start of the cross country season with good weather at Leigh for the Red Rose league fixture and pretty wet, muddy and windy at Ulverston which hosted the first Mid Lancs fixture of the season.
(ALL RED ROSE PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHARD MARCHANT)
Great Start for the Club at Leigh in the opening fixture in the Red Rose League as the Senior Women won both the Team and the Vet Team after great running and packing by the athletes. Leading the Club home to the Team win was Katie Buckingham who finished 3rd overall clocking an impressive time of 20.41 with Carmen Byrne in 5th (20.49), Joanne Nelson in 6th (21.04), Victoria Mousley in 7th (21.17), Carly Edwards 16th (21.59) and Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (20th) with a time of 22.39 securing the win. The winning Vet Team win was headed by Carmen Byrne in 2nd place, Joanne Nelson in 3rd and Victoria Mousley in 4th.
Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was really pleased with the teams performances and commented at the end of the day that it was “A fantastic start to the Red Rose cross country season from the ladies. A great turn out in Leigh with 2 teams. First home was Katie in an outstanding 4th place. She was well supported by Carmen in 6th and myself 7th which resulted in first team. Victoria was next to finish which secured first vets team too. Double whammy!! Carly and Ellen ran well to ensure Harriers had a second team. A fabulous day. Looking forward to the next fixture at Bolton. Great team work, ladies!“
The Senior Men also had a cracking day which saw Tim Raynes win the race outright and the Harriers winning the Team as they had all six counters home in the first 14 places. Tim headed the field of nearly two hundred athletes winning by nearly half a minute in 33.45, backed up by some very good runs from Ben Costello in 3rd spot (34.20), Karl Billington in 7th place (35.00), Josh Holgate 8th (35.09), Jacob Watson 12th (35.54) and Marc Hartley 14th in a time of 36.13.
Paul Bradshaw was the next Harrier across the line in 31st position clocking 38.13 followed by Paul Brindle in 33rd (38.23), John Horrocks (43rd) running a time of 39.38, Thomas Marchant 55th and 3rd U20 on the day with a time of 40.57, V50 Chris Balderson in 68th place (42.01), V45 Craig Greenough (8th) in 42.53, Mark Almond running 43.55 in 99th place and Allan Hartley in 169th posting a time of 50.35.
With most of the Harriers Junior athletes competing in the Mid Lancs at Ulverston, there were just a few competing at Leigh with Harry Sambrook in his first year as an U13 placing 40th out of a field six in a time of 11.45 – Isabelle Hartley running in the U13 Girls Race coming home in 39th out of 63 with a time of 11.48 and George Whittaker finishing 18th out of forty one in the U15 Boys Race (14.26).
Success for the Harriers continued at the Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, this time for the Harriers Juniors which saw the Club produce four team wins, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th team place, two individual outright wins and a win in the Men’s V50 category.
The U11’s got the Club off to a good start as the Girls came 2nd in the team event overall with Hannah Davies (7th) in 9.21, Eve Coulson in 8th (9.26) and Imogen Robinson clocking 9.29 to finish just three points behind Kendal-Helm. Isabella Pacelli ran a time of 10.19 in 20th with Lulu Sharp in 36th (11.17) and Emelia Stockton in 39th.
The U11 Boys went one better winning the team race as Mathew Smith came home in 2nd place (8.15), with Sam Aspey in 5th (8.34) and Oliver Gill 12th in a time of 8.52 which helped them finish twelve points in front of Lancaster & Morecambe. Charlie Haworth and William Grundy finished in 15th and 16th respectively, both being given the same time of 9.04 with Findlay Carroll another six seconds further back in 18th spot (9.10). Liam Bennison (28th) in 9.44, Loucas Lancashire (31st) in a time of 9.46, Alexander Brien in 10.21 (42nd), Evan Potter in 47th (11.13), Isaac Smith 50th in 11.36 and Sam Craven 51st (11.38) made it twelve U11 Boys and six Girls who braved the weather to compete and all credit to them.
It was 3rd place for the U13 Girls Team as Kate Cookson finishing 14th out of 40 in the field (10.49), Keira Haxton (16th) in 10.53 and Molly Grinshaw in 18th spot (11.11) were the three counters for the team. Ten seconds separated Amelia Burton in 22nd (11.20), Caroline Woodworth (23rd) in 11.22 and Eva Knowles (24th) clocking 11.30 as Kiera Booth came home in 28th place (11.40), with Libby Neal in 36th (12.58) and Madison Bontoft in her first ever cross country league fixture in 40th (14.16).
Isaac Butler had a very impressive indidvidual win in the U13 Boys race coming home fourteen seconds in front of second place and leading the boys to another team win on the day. Isaac won the race in 10.09 with back up from Jonathan Brindle in 13th place (11.15), Daniel Smith in 17th (11.34), Codie Dewhurst in 19th (11.37), Saul Sharp (24th) with a time of 11.52 and Umair Rafiq in 27th position (12.25).
Eleesha Charnley, Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden teamed up to record another team win for the Harriers in the U15 Girls which saw Eleesha place 3rd overall, clocking 11.05 with Leah in 5th place (11.49) and Rebecca in 17th (13.17). The U15 Boys finished 4th team on the day and were led home by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who took 16th place in the 42 strong field (17.21) with Hayden Mercer in 23rd (17.46), Danny Woodcock (29th) in a time of 18.49, Thomas Brooks 35th in 19.58 and Sebastian Burton clocking 20.33 in 38th spot.
There was an individual and very comfortable win for Amy Davies in the U17 Women’s Race as she clocked 17.31 – nearly 50 seconds in front of 2nd place. The U17 men took the fourth team win of the afternnon as they finished just five points clear of Blackpool with Matt Ramsden taking 2nd spot in 23.20, Sam Hodkinson coming home in 4th place (24.07) and Harry Wilkin in 14th with a time of 27.59. Mark Chippendale had a very good run in the Senior Men’s race coming home 12th overall out of two hundred and fifty one and winning the V50 age category in a time of 36.30. Lindsay Davies competed in the Senior Women’s Race to come home in 36th place overall (32.39) out of a field of one hundred and fifty eight.
Cross Challenge Series 2018
The first race in this years Cross Challenge Series which took place in Cardiff on Saturday October saw Jess Judd come home in 4th place overall (22.04) behind the winner – Anna Moller from Denmark (21.48), Kate Avery 2nd in 21.52 and Emily Hosker-Thornhill 3rd in 21.54.
The second race takes place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on November 24th and is one of the highlights of the cross country calendar in the North West.
Manchester Half-Marathon – Sunday October 14th
Four Blackburn Harriers contested this race featuring some ten thousand runners last Sunday. Ben Fish was the first athlete home for the Club clocking a time of 68.09 and 10th overall in the race.
Chris Davies had a fabulous race, one which he had targeted all year, as he came home in 35th place and 4th V40 in a new PB time of 73.33 – some two minutes faster than his previous best time for the distance. Also getting a massive new PB was Calum James, who was making his debut for the Harriers – Calum ran a time of 84.08 in this same race in 2017 and then reduced that time to 78.57 this year at Blackpool. On Sunday he chopped nearly three minutes off his best time to set a new personal best of 76.06. V45 Paul Guinan came home in 126th position and just seonds outside breaking 80 minutes as he placed 9th V45 in a time of 80.03.
Hammer Circle Reunion – 13/14th October – Hull
More very good performances for Harriers athletes and this time in Field events at the Hammer Circle Reunion event held in Hull over the weekend.
U15 Matt Heywood won the 4kg Hammer throw with a distance of 44.81m, finished 6th in the 5kg Hammer competition with a throw of 40.08m and 1st in the Weight (16lb) with a distance of 16.81m.
U17 Charlotte Williams had a great weekend as she won the Hammer (3kg) with a throw of 54.61m and then threw a new PB of 54.12 in the Hammer (4kg) and 1st U17.
Lancaster Duathlon – Sunday October 14th
John Cookson made his debut at this local Duathlon at the weekend and was reasonbly pleased with the outcome telling the Club that he “Thoroughly enjoyed it. 5K run, 24K bike and then same 5K run again. A super event for a novice. Only 76 competing on the day. I even managed a top half finish coming 28th. The run was more like a xc taking place as it did through farm land and by the canal. The bike route was undulating so I got found out a wee bit on the up climbs by the more experienced cyclists but I made sure I got my own back on the second run!!”
Some great running by Blackburn Harriers today at the National Road Relays held in Sutton Park. Two men’s Senior Teams, and a Senior Women’s Team taking part. Ben Fish who ran the fastest time for the Men’s ‘A’ Team had no doubt about the performances on the day commenting “Top results the club is going from strength to strength. Terrific from the ladies with 11th. Top 30 for the guys is great progress and with both teams doing well it certainly looks like we’ll have a brilliant 12 stage team in spring“.
(All Photo’s courtesey of Richard Marchant)
The Women’s ‘A’ Team did exceptionally well coming home in 11th position – out of 67 Clubs competing – and just five seconds off earning a top ten spot. Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was absolutely delighted with the their perforamnce commenting that it was a “Fantastic result for the female team, all pulling together to secure an impressive 11th place. Fabulous team spirit and well and truly placing Blackburn Harriers firmly on the map for outstanding running”.
Alison Lundy led of on the first Leg running a time of 15.07 followed by Katie Bickingham on Leg (2) with a time of 16.42. On Leg (3) was Victoria Mousley clocking 16.56 who handed over to Jess Judd who literally flew round the course in the second fastest time of the day in 14.07 and pulling back 13 places in the process. The Harriers had some withdrawals at the last minute which meant we weren’t able to field our entered ‘B” Women’s Team, however, that didn’t stop Lindsay Davies running Leg (1) as a part team, running a time of 19.52.
(Back Row L-R Victoria Mousley – Katie Buckingham – Jess Judd – Alison Lundy – Front Row Lindsay Davies)
Katie Buckingham was delighted with how things went as she told the Club “Considering in recent years weve not managed to get a women’s team together, to finish 11th is incredible!! Loved running in such a great team and spending the day with the boys, the team spirit was on top form as always!“
Two teams in the Senior Men’s Race which saw the ‘A’ Team come home in 30th place and the ‘B’ Team 59tth overall out of a field of seventy five Clubs.
Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – was effusive about the day as he told the Club “As Team M anager it was another positive day, great attitudes from all runners, very tough call in selection of teams which is a nice problem to have, the future is looking really bright, finishing 30th and 59th is brilliant, roll on the winter !!“
Marc Hartley who ran his first National Relays for the Harriers had this to say after the event “Fantastic achievement by the women only being 4 seconds off the top 10 fastest teams in the country. Brilliant effort and performances from both men’s teams. Makes you proud to be a Blackburn Harrier “
Rob Warner kicked off the ‘A’ Team on Leg (1) coming home in 42nd place clocking 18.37 and handed over to Jack Hindle on Leg (2) who pulled back a couple of places with a time of 18.43 to change on leg (3) with Tim Raynes in 40th place. Tim ran the identical same time as Jack of 18.46 to pull back another six places taking the team up to 34th with Ben Costello on the fourth Leg (19.15) and Chris Davies on the penultimate Leg (19.49) leaving Ben Fish on the last Leg in 43rd place. Ben had a great run to clock the teams fastest leg of the day (17.58), pulling back thirteen places to leave the team in 30th place.
Jack Hindle commented about the day afterwards saying that it was a “Fantastic effort by the team today. All the lads and ladies left everything out there. It’s great to see everyone pulling in the same direction. It can only get better as well”.
Tim Raynes was also upbeat about the days outcome telling us that he “Always love to run in the relays – great performances from all the teams running today. Really feels like we’re starting to build momentum as a group – long may it continue!”
Ben Costello added to the positive comments of all the Harriers perforamnces as he said “Cracking day out with the lads and ladies, quality running from all involved. Definitely more to come from us all“.
Equally pleased about the day was Chris Davies who told the Club “Well done today to everyone who ran. Some great times from the Men and Women. Two great overall positions from the Men and Women as well. Great day out and finished off nicely at Sandbach services with a little get together at the end. Well done to all”.
The ‘B’ Team consiting of Joe Gebbie; Karl Billington; Marc Hartley; Thomas Marchant; Paul Bradshaw and Josh Holgate all ran really well and consistently to come home in 59th position.
Joe Gebbie was at his first ever National Road Championships and he led off on leg (1) running 20.23 and told the Club after the Race that it was “A real eye-opening run in my first experience of the Nationals. Went off on leg one telling myself not to go out too hard but soon realised I’d have to go pretty hard to cling on the back. Not competed in a race of that pace before, but it was a great chance to see what I should be aiming for. Great course, great team, great day”.
Karl Billington was on Leg (2) and ran the fastest time of the ‘B’ Team pulling back 10 places with his time of 19.23 to leave the team in 65th place and he commented afterwards that it was a “Great day out with the lads and lasses. Great team effort from all involved”.
Taking over on Leg (3) was Marc Hartley running his first National Championships for the Harriers and he also pulled back a couple of places as he ran a time of 19.43 and second fastest of the team, before handing over to Thomas Marchant – another debutant for the Harriers at National level – who clocked 20.45 to leave the team in 64th. Paul Bradshaw on Leg (5) held that position in a time of 20.58 and handed over to Josh Holgate on the final leg who clocked the third fastest time of 19.48 to haul back five places and place 59th overall – speaking to the Harriers at the end Josh told us “Great day all round, and was good having so many runners there all putting in a fabulous effort. Excellent company in the car for the drive there and back, team spirits were high!”
RESULTS ROUND -UP (Jacob and Ben in top 3 at Burnley Fire 10k – New 10k PB’s for Joe at Preston & Paul at Pilling – Danny Wins Trail 10k on his debut for the Harriers – Katie makes Half-Marathon Debut – Ron Hill 80th Birthday Race – Matt takes 2nd at Wrexham Throwathon – Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month)
Burnley Fire 10k – Sunday September 30th
Just under a hundred runners taking on this local 10k race on a not so easy course which was ultimately won by Jon Cleaver in a time of 33.55.38. Jacob Watson came 2nd on the day – just three seconds further back – in a time of 33.58.87 with Ben Costello in 3rd place clocking 34.49.91. These were good performances by both Jacob and Ben in what for Jacob was only his fourth race of the year and second race since March, whilst Ben has only been able to race three times since July because of injury.
(Jacob Watson – Photo courtesy of David Belshaw)
After the Race Jacob reflected on his race saying “As one of the tougher races over the 10k distance, I decided to treat this event as a good hard run rather than look for a specific time. I started at a steady pace, tucking behind Calum Holmes from Clayton Harriers who was in 3rd at that point. After finding my legs on the gradual climb up Todmorden road, I managed to stick behind Ben Costello and Jon Cleaver (Barlick). I had to work hard to stick with Jon on the downhill towards the first big climb, but managed to get a reasonable gap going up Mount Lane. The gap, it would seem was not far enough, as he managed to catch up during mile 4. The next 2 miles were two of the toughest I’ve ever had to complete in a 10k and Jon really ran my legs off. It was a real race towards the last 200m until he managed to outkick me and put a vital 3 seconds between us. Jon took the course record that day and I managed to sneak in under 34 minutes so I’m pleased with that. Ben had a really good run for 3rd, putting in a time which would have won him the race on most years. A good run out and one I’ll probably be doing next year”.
(Ben Costello – Photo courtesy of David Belshaw)
City of Preston 10k – Sunday September 30th
One thousand four hundred and nineteen finishers in this Race won by Chris Livesey in 33.38. Joe Gebbie (U20) was running just his third ever 10k race – the first in 2016 clocking 38.04, his second in 2017 with a time of 39.09 and today he chopped a whole two minutes off his previous best by finishing fourth overall in a new PB time of 36.06.
Joe was “really chuffed with my time” and spoke to the Club afterwards about his race commenting that he had “not done a 10k race since November last year so was great way to return to the distance and wipe over two minutes off my previous best. Felt good throughout and certainly feel like there’s scope to shave more time off. A good way to start the transition to XC after a successful track season”.
Mawdesley Trail 10k Race – Sunday September 30th
Danny Collinge ran his debut race for Blackburn Harriers today and started off in fine style by winning this race in a time of 36.30, nearly half a minute in front of the second placed runner.
Danny told the Harriers that he had “used this race as training really! I took it as a training run and tried to run the kilometre splits all the same. It was a good route and a well organised event and I would recommend to anybody wanting a low key 10k race”.
Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon – Sunday September 30th
Katie Buckingham’s longest ever road race has been over 10k before she tackled the Robin Hood Half-Marathon at the weekend. Being troubled by a lengthy lay off due to an injury in her build up didn’t help matters but in the end, her determination shone through and won out as she came home in 221st position out of some 9000 runners and in a very good half-marathon debut time of 90.11. A delighted Katie spoke to the Club afterwards about her debut over the distance commenting “Ran 1.30.11 chip time, so very happy as the goal was sub 1.34!! Really enjoyed it all, I was probably beaming the whole way enjoying the crowd and being back on the Notts roads, just struggled in the last 3k or so, but that was to be expected having not done the distance before”.
(Katie Buckingham smiling too much in the middle of a Race!!)
(Katie with Nottingham Univesrity Athletics Club Team members)
Pilling 10k – Sunday September 30th
V40 Paul Jeffries ran the last one in the Series of the Pilling 10k Road Races and was really intent on setting a new personal best, which he did by finishing 19th overall out of a field of 120 finishers and setting a new PB of 40.51. In September 2017 Paul ran a time of 48.48 at the Preston 10k and a year later he has cut a whopping 8 minutes off that time which is a fantastic improvement.
Paul told the Club fater the race how delighted he was about setting a new personal best saying “it was the last in series and I was determined to give it my all, again followed advice from coaches and team members, which helped me reach 19th place with a new pb of 40:51, showing improvement from my first Pilling 10k in June of this year which saw a time of 46:26!”
The 2018 Ron Hill’s 80th Birthday Cowm Reservoir Race –
Tuesday September 25th
Three hundred and forty two runners turned out at this race to honour one of the great champions of British endurance running – Ron Hill – winner of both the European and Commonwealth Marathon Championships.
The Wilkin family from Blackburn Harriers all ran with U17 Harry the first home in 44th place with a time of 19.22 with his dad Mark (138th) in 24.10 and mum Clare coming home in a time of 29.32 (260th).
(Harry with Ron Hill) ( Mark & Clare with Ron Hill) (Clare with Ron Hill)
Wrexham Final Fling Throws Meeting – Saturday 29th September
U15 Matt Heywood finished his Throws season off with an appreance in Wrexham, contesting the Throwathon which featured four throws culminating in a competition total of points.
Matt had a very good day winning the Shot Putt with a distance of 9.50m and a new PB by 21cm; came 2nd in the Hammer with a throw of 46.08m just 32 cms outside his personal best; was 4th in the Discus with 26.34m and 7th in the Javelin throwing 26.23m. These results added up to one thousand nine hundred and fifty one points which gave him the 2nd place overall on the day.
Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month
We missed posting the Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month for August which was won by Alexander Brien and he was followed by Charlie Haworth who won it for the month of September. This Award is given to a young athlete who has shown good attendance at training, good attitdude and work ethic, listens to all instructions from Coaches Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley, mixes in well with all the other children and welcomes new comers to the group. Congratulations to both of them.
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