Monthly Archives: January 2019
Jess takes Bronze at Northern XC Championships + Top Ten Places for Senior Women & Men’s & U13 Boys Teams – Top 10 for John at Hoofstones – ‘Gang of 4’ tackle Duathlon
Twelve seconds separated the first three in the Senior Women’s Race which featured forty five Clubs and three hundred and seventy six athletes at this years Northern Cross Country Championships.
Winning the Bronze Medal and leading the Harriers to a very good 8th place overall, Jess Judd ran a great race to finish in 3rd place posting a time of 27.48 behind Lauren Heys in 2nd (27.40) and the winner Mhairi Maclennan (27.36). Great support too came from Annabel Ralph in her first Northern Championships for the Club as she came home in 43rd spot (31.43), Carmen Byrne clocking 33.45 in 82nd, Ellen Sagar-Hesketh finishing in 160th place (37.01) and Linday Davies (217th) with a time of 39.01 who told the Club “The senior women did really well today, top four finishing in 8th place team, well done girls. I found it quite gruelling and long, went off too fast at the beginning and paid for it in the 2nd mile, 3rd mile I went into auto pilot and the rest was just a case of finishing the long and windy path to the finish. I think it is tough mentally too because it is so open and you can see every field and twist and turn. Again well done Girls!! And Jess Judd 3rd place”.
Jess Judd with Northern Athletics President Stan Taylor presenting her Medal
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (40)
It was also a good performance by the Senior Men as they, like the Women, finished 8th team out of 53 Clubs and 704 athletes and none more so than the run of Tim Raynes who finished 16th overall – clocking 39.58 to lead the Team in. Afterwards, Tim spoke to the Club about his run and the perforamnce of the team saying “Having finished 33rd last year, my aim was to finish in the top 20 this year. The race got off to a fast start, and I managed to get into a large lead pack of runners. I perhaps paid slightly for the fast start as I struggled in the second lap. Into the third lap, I managed to pull it together and got into a good group. I knew at this point I was a few places outside the top 20, but I was able to push on and pick off runners in front and finish strongly. Overall, really pleased with my run and hope to be able to carry my form into Barcelona Half and the rest of the cross country season. Great runs from the other lads. Fantastic to see us finish 8th, showing the depth of our squad!
Some good packing which helped the final team placing, saw Marc Hartley finish as 2nd counter in 90th position with a time of 42.35 followed by Josh Holgate (42.48), just five places further back in 95th, Chris Davies in 109th running 43.15, Tom Blaney in 120th spot (43.52) and Paul Bradshaw with a time of 45.11 in 168th. Just six places and seven seconds behind Paul came Joe Howe in 174th with a time of 45.18, followed by Calum Holmes debuting in his first Northern Championships for the Harriers (212th) in 46.10, John Horrocks who has been hitting the Fells of late in 236th position (46.49), Paul Guinan in 300th (48.29), Chris Balderson clocking 51.47 in 428th, Paul Jeffries, another Harrier in his first Northern Championships (538th) in a time of 55.27 and Allan Hartley (62.54) in 657th position.
Tim Raynes Marc Hartley Josh Holgate
Chris Davies Tom Blaney Paul Bradshaw
Joe Howe Calum Holmes
John Horrocks Paul Guinan Chris Balderson
Paul Jeffries Allan Hartley
The Harriers U13 Boys produced the third top ten team finish on the day as they placed 8th overall out of the 23 Clubs competing, featuring 201 runners.
L-R Daniel Smith (19) – Oliver Gill (15) – Jack Paget-Fowler (17) – Isaac Butler (13)
Isaac Butler was the first across the finish line for the Club in 26th spot, running a time of 10.32 followed by Dexta Thompson in 33rd spot in a time of 10.42, Theo Watson (81st) in a time of 11.13 just one second in front of Codie Dewhurst in 83rd (11.14), Daniel Smith clocking 11.44 in 126th place, Oliver Gill (11.47) in 131st, Jack Paget-Fowler (132nd) in a time of 11.48 and Ben Livesey (12.19) in 161st position. Just two Harriers in the U13’s Race which saw Keira Haxton place 84th out of the 208 athletes in a time of 12.01 with Isabelle Hartley in 203rd (14.21).
Isaac Butler (13)
Dexta Thompson (20)
Theo Watson (21)
Codie Dewhurst (14)
Oliver Gill (15) – Daniel Smith (19)
Keira Haxton (20)
In the U15 age groups Ethan Barbarewicz placed 141st in a time of 15.02 whilst in the Girls race – Eleesha Charnley was first home for the Club in 74th place in a time of 15.44 with Hollie Cubbon 107th out of the nearly two hundred strong field clocking 16.09 and Leah Hoole in 128th place (16.33).
Ethan Barbarewicz (12)
L-R Eleesha Charnley – Leah Hoole – Hollie Cubbon
Eleesha Charnley (12)
Hollie Cubbon (13)
Leah Hoole (14)
Matt Ramsden finished in the top ten in the U17 Men’s race clocking 20.03 (10th) with Sam Hodkinson in 40th spot running 20.09, the same time being given to the four places between 38 and 41st and Harry Wilkin in 125th place (24.51). Amy Davies clocked 19.56 as she came home in 36th place from 107 athletes in the U17 Women’s race.
Matt Ramsden (9) – Harry Wilkin (10) – Sam Hodkinson (8)
Thomas Marchant and Joe Gebbie ran in the Junior Men’s race and Maddie Elliott in the Junior Women’s. Thomas finished in 25th spot running a time of 28.12 as Joe ran 30.02 in 45th and Maddie in her race clocked 23.23 in 44th position.
St Annes 10 Mile – Sunday January 27th
Two 2nd places for the Harriers in Vet categories at the race today, won by Mike Toft in 58.44 run in a pretty torrid wind.
Jonathan Bridge finished 14th overall out of 335 and 2nd V50 with a time of 68.00 – son Joe Bridge clocking 73.04 in 30th – with Janine Fallon also taking a 2nd place in the Women’s V40 category and 65th overall in a time of 78.51.
Over 200 runners lining up for this years Inskip Half-Marathon, won by David Rigby in a time if 72.10.
V45 Paul Brindle went into the Race with a personal best time of 79.56, which he set in 2018 at this same race. Today, Paul chopped that down by nearly a minute as he came home in 16th place overall, clocking 79.08. Speaking to the Club after the Race, Paul was clearly pleased as he told us that “After nine months of going through the motions training. Marshalling at the RV10K i was inspired to see so many senior Harriers PB. Just a kick up the arse I needed. So at Inskip half it was a perfect day to race, cool and no wind. Taking if steady for the first few mile, my confidence began to come back. Pushing on hard for the last five mile I really enjoyed the battle of trying to PB. Which I surprisingly managed; so great news for Barcelona Half”.
Hoofstone Fell Race – Sunday January 20th
Another good run by John Horrocks on the Fells at the weekend following his top 3 place in his previous race, a week ago at Ashurst Beacon. This week John placed 9th overall, clocking 74.58 in the race won by Mark Burley (72.10).
John spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “Hoofstones fell race today, just over 8 miles and 1200ft. Bit of navigation involved in this one which is good as I needed the practice. First 2 miles following the red flags with plenty of climbing up to the first check point, the higher we got the more snow covered the ground and thicker the cloud got which made it more interesting trying the navigate. After the first checkpoint it was then make your own way to Noah dale (CP2) and Hoofstones Trig (CP3) which was straight forward enough. I got to the top in the leading group of 7 and then came the tricky part of navigating back to sportsman (CP1 and CP4) where it was very rough ground and everyone had different ideas of what line to take. I took a compass bearing to try and hit a wall which would take me to the checkpoint but missed it and ended up about 50m to far down. Lost a few places having to run back up to the checkpoint then fast decent to the finish”.
Epic Event Winter Duathlon – Sunday January 19th
Four Blackburn Harriers in this one – Andrew Knowles, Martin Kerry, Danny Maynard and John Cookson – in a field of seventy athletes. Andrew who is training for a half-ironman told the Club that “Sunday’s Epic Events, Winter Duathlon saw 4 intrepid Harriers brave chilly wet conditions. Andrew reports that it was primarily a training race, but let’s be honest a race is a race. The bike leg was an undulating 11 miles with a sting in the tail ‘Hunter Hill’ near Parbold, I thought I was having a ‘solid bike leg’ until a couple of lads flew past me like I was stood still, I edged the bike leg from Martin. The run was also undulating, with Danny running strongly followed by ‘Cookie’, me and Martin. All the lads enjoyed it, overall results as follows Andrew Knowles 29th, 55.35, Martin Kerry 35th,56.18 Danny Maynard 45th, 58.42 John Cookson 56th, 60.14. From 70“.
L-R John Cookson – Andrew Knowles – Martin Kerry
South East Lancashire Cross Country League – Saturday January 19th
On the U11 Boys Race, Oliver Gill had a cracking race, placing 3rd and just three seonds behind the winner from Leigh – Sam Barlow. In the U13 Boys Race, Daniel Smith contested in a much smaller field of 21, coming home in 9th spot (14.00).
Keith Gill watched both the lads race and commented after that “With a rare free weekend, Oli & Dan had a run in the SELCC to keep the legs moving ready for the Northerns next week. Always nice to run at a new location and against different people. Oli was up first in the U11s, he had a strong run coming 3rd in a field of 54 boys with 6:06 just a few seconds behind 1st (6:03) and 2nd (6:05). Dan ran in the U13s, continuing his recent good form, he set the early pace and then settled in to come 9th in 14:00. The boys really enjoyed the day out and anybody wanting a change of scenery should consider the next event in Chorley on the 16th Feb with on the day entry costing £6”.
Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad shine in Lancashire Sportshall League with Harrison winning Athlete of the Match
Lancashire Sportshall League 2018-2019
The Club’s Sportshall squad have put in a tremdous performance in this years League which stretches from November 2018 through to January 2019 – covering three fixtures at Stanley Park Blackpool. Over the season, the Harriers finished in 2nd place behind Preston in the eight team League; And as Simon Pollard said afterwards “A great day competed in a great spirit. Roll on the Regionals on 24th March “.
Team Managers and Sportshall Coaches – Simon Pollard for the boys and Lindsay Davies for the girls – were delighted with all of the young Harriers and their performances, both individually and overall as a team.
Boys Team manager Simon Pollard reflecting on the day, told the Club “13 U11 and 4 U13 Boys made up the Harriers Boys team, helping the team to second place overall over in the 2018/19 Sporthall season.
All the athletes displayed great behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm and this in turn led to strong performances, notably Harrison Allcock being Athlete of the match, who placed first in the 2 lap (23.4 Sec), Long Jump (204cm), Speed bounce (80) and gained a distance of 6.45m in the Shot put, for the U13 Boys and Matthew Smith missing out on the same award for U11s by just one point. Aside for these two athletes mentioned other performances worthy of highlighting (I know they all are!) were Alfie Ward, placing second in the 2 Lap with 24.9 secs, Aidan Downes with a second place finish in the U13 standing triple jump with 6.04m and Codie Dewhurst with a score of 80 in the speed bounce a second place in the 6 Lap with 85.9 Sec. Worthy of note were strong performances by first time Sportshall entrants Abdollh Shriha, Daniel Smith and Theo Robinson. Finally relay teams: Alfie Ward, Matthew Smith, Kingston Turner and Adbollh Shriha had a good run in the U11 Grand Prix relay, with Harrison Allcock and Aidan Downes competing up an age group in the U15 level in the 2 x 2 relay and Codie Dewhurst and Daniel Smith taking on the U13 6 lap Paarlauf “.
The Girls Team Manager – Lindsay Davies – was equally effusive about how the girls had acquited themselves and commented that she was “a very happy coach and girls team manager, all the Sportshall kids really pushed themselves today and we had some fantastic performances” explaining that the different age groups finishing the season in the following positions overall:-
“This is calculated over all 3 matches out of 8 teams which are, Blackburn, Blackpool, Broughton Primary, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Chorley and Hyndburn. We had a lot of new starters so to come 2nd overall is a massive achievement. Lots of training from now till December to try and come back and beat Preston who beat us to the top slot. Great performances from Alisha Lehner who is a previous Athlete of the match with a 1st place in the 1 Lap with 12.7 and Alesha Hindle with a 1st place in the Balance Test with 60 seconds. So proud of all the girls who were smiling all the way through the day and very well behaved”.
Senior Men & Women Win Mid Lancs at Burnley – Bronze Medals for Matt (U17 1500m) & Dominic (Senior 800m) at Northern Indoor Championships – Victoria Wins Garstang 10k – 3rd Place for Calum at East Lancs Hospice 10k – On the Fells with the Harriers
Another good day for the Harriers on cross country as both the Club’s Senior Men and Senior Women won the Team titles plus a win for the U13 Boys and V45 Women, and runner up team prizes for U11 Girls, U11 Boys, and U15 Girls alongside individual wins for Jess Judd in the Senior Women, Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys and V40 men for Chris Davies.
The Senior Men’s Race featured a field of three hundred and six finishers covering thirty two clubs and a great race at the front end. James Douglas (Border), Rob Warner and Tim Raynes opened up a gap as they battled one another for the win with Douglas (30.08) from Tim (30.14) and Rob in 3rd (30.17). The Harriers took the team title with a total of 70 points to Kendal in 2nd place (145 points).
Tim Raynes (2937) & Rob Warner (2931)
The Club’s six counters were all home in the first 22 positions with Tim Raynes (2nd), Rob Warner (3rd) followed by excellent runs from Karl Billington in 13th (32.22), Marc Hartley just two seconds further back in14th (32.34), Chris Davies 16th and 1st V40 in 32.49 and Tom Blaney (22nd) with a time of 33.16 making up the six counters.
Karl Billington (2936) – Chris Davies (2950) – Marc Hartley (2942)
Next home with another good run was Calum Holmes in 25th position (33.32) followed by U20 Joe Gebbie who was 2nd in his age category on the day, clocking 34.01, Tom Marchant in 39th and 3rd U20 (34.38), V50 Mark Chippendale in 48th running a time of 35.12, Paul Brindle in a time of 35.39 (56th), Danny Maynard (134th) in 38.51, V50 Chris Balderson (144th) with a time of 39.14, Paul Jeffries clocking 39.45 in 157th place, Craig Greenough in 182nd (40.50) and Allan Hartley (261st) in a time of 45.36.
Calum Holmes & Joe Gebbie
Tom Marchant Mark Chippendale
Paul Brindle Danny Maynard
Chris Balderson Paul Jeffries
Craig Greenough Allan Hartley
The Senior Women’s Race is combined with the U17 Men and again it turned out to be a very good race with some of the U17 Men trying to battle it out with Jess Judd who won the Senior Women’s Race in a time of 18.14. Very good runs from Katie Buckingham in 6th spot (21.08) and Joanne Nelson in 7th (21.21) made sure that the Harriers won the Team title with 14 points from Border in 2nd (33 points). Carly Edwards was the next Harrier across the finishing line in 13th place in a time of 22.11 out of the 196 strong field. Behind Carly came Lindsay Davies in 41st place (23.46) and she was followed by Carol Reilly in her first cross country run in 3 years (53rd) clocking 24.38, Michelle Teare in 91st (26.47), Jan Buckingham (119th) in a time of 28.2, Helen Dawson-Smith (121st) running 28.27, and Nicola Hartley running a time of 29.11 in 132nd place.
Katie BuckinghamJoanne NelsonCarly Edwards Lindsay Davies (2861) – Carol Reilly (2864)
Helen Dawson-SmithNikki Hartley
Ninety six U11 Girls ran their race and a 114 ran the U11 Boys race which was a great turnout by them and is indicative of what has been happening in cross country running over the last couple of years in this age category. The Harriers U11 Girls (29 points) had to settle for 2nd in the Team Race behind Trawden who totalled 23 points. Imogen Robinson is really taking to the cross country and had another fine run in 8th place (7.30) with a fast finishing Eve Coulson in 10th (7.36) and Hannah Davies clocking 7.43 in 15th counting for the Team. Then came Charlotte Sousa with her typical sprint finish (27th) in 8.00, Lulu Sharp having one of her best runs in 42nd place (8.24), Tippi Francis clocking 8.36) in 54th, 8yr old Charlotte Smith running in her first race for the Club (59th) in a time of 8.45, Isabllea Pacelli 64th with a time of 8.50 and Maisie Taylor in 72nd position (9.09).
Imogen Robinson Hannah Davies & Eve Coulson
Charlotte Sousa Lulu Sharp
Tippi Francis Charlotte Smith
Isabella Pacelli Maisie Taylor
Silver Medalist in the Lancs Championships last weekend – Matthew Smith – came home in 4th in a time of 6.41 with Oliver Gill in 6th (6.48) and William Grundy 13th in 7.05 who were the counters on the day for the Team. One second separated George Ramsden in 28th position (7.21) and Theo Robinson in 29th running 7.22. Charlie Haworth was only a few seconds back in 36th in a time of 7.30 with Liam Bennison in 39th clocking 7.33 and followed in by Loucas Lancashire (55th) in 7.46, Felix Thompson (60th) running 7.55, Harrison Fenton taking 64th spot in 8.00 with again, just one second separating Alexander Brien in 73rd (8.12) and George Holman 74th in 8.13, Evan Potter (93rd) in 8.46 and Sam Craven (107th) in a time of 9.32.
Matthew Smith (2880) – Oliver Gill (2888)
William Grundy George Ramsden
Charlie Haworth Liam Bennison
Felix Thompson (2871) – Loucas Lancashire (2870)
Harrison Fenton Alexander Brien
The U13 Girls race saw the Harriers finish in 5th place with first counter Keira Haxton placing 19th out of 57 runners in a time of 10.03. Keira Booth was the next one home for the Club clocking 10.38 in 29th and followed in by Eva Knowles in 35th (10.48), Amelia Burton running a time of 10.51 in 37th place, Caroline Woodworth (43rd) in 11.08 and Isabelle Hartley with a time of 11.41 in 50th.
Keira Haxton Keira Booth
Eva Knowles Amelia Burton
Caroline Woodworth Isabelle Hartley
Isaac Butler, who had won the Lancashire Championships the week before kept that form going to win the U13 Boys race, clocking 9.50, and lead them to team victory over Preston Harriers by three points. Dexta Thompson who qualified for the Inter-Counties along with Isaac took 3rd spot in 10.13 with Theo Watson in 14th (10.52) being the three counters. More of those one second battles saw Daniel Smith place 18th in 11.00 with Saul Sharp 19th in a time of 11.01 and they were followed in by Codie Dewhurst (27th) in a time of 11.18, Ben Livesey running 11.37 (37th), Jonathan Brindle (39th) in a time of 11.39 and Harry Sambrook in 49th position (12.05).
Isaac Butler Dexta Thompson
Theo Watson Daniel Smith
Saul Sharp Codie Dewhurst
Ben Livesey Jonathan Brindle
Just three points separated rthe Harriers in 2nd place overall from Chorley AC & Tri in the U15 Girls race which saw Eleesha Charnley come home as the first finisher for the Club in 5th place clocking 11.03 with Hollie Cubbon in 8th (11.09) and Leah Hoole (14th) in a time of 11.35 being the the teams three counters. Rebecca Ramsden placed 36th in 12.38, Molly Nicholls (37th) in 12.41 and Ella Hardman (43rd) in a time of 13.27.
Eleesha Charnley Hollie Cubbon
Leah Hoole Molly Nicholls & Rebecca Ramsden
David Holman was the first Blackburn Harriers across the line in the U15 Boys race (17th) in a time of 14.08 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 25th spot (14.30), George Whittaker in a time of 14.56 (29th), Sebastian Burton (31st) in 15.16, Thomas Brooks in 32nd (15.21), Rory Teare 34th in 15.22 and Danny Woodcock (35th) running a time of 15.24.
David Holman Kyle Taylor-Pomfret
George Whittaker Sebastian Burton
Danny Woodcock Rory Teare
Amy Davies had a solid run to place 2nd in the U17 Women’s race in a time of 14.26, as Sam Hodkinson also placed 2nd in the U17 Men’s Race in a time of 18.23 with Findlay Sullivan in 18th place (20.28) and Harry Wilkin (19th) clocking 21.16. The U20 Men’s Race saw Joe Gebbie place 2nd in a time of 34.10 behind the winner – Andrew Thomas, with Thomas Marchant in 3rd (34.38)
Northern Indoor T & F Championships – 12/13th January at EIS
The weekends Championships saw Matt Ramsden and Dominic Walton take Bronze Medals in their respective events as Myah Booth and Annabel Ralph also contested in the Championships. U17 Matt Ramsden – whose personal best was outdoors at the Lancashire Championships in 2018 (4.14.1) – had a storming run in his first evet indoor race to place 3rd in a new PB time of 4.09.54 behind two athletes who finished 2nd and 4th in last years English Schools Championships.
Dominic Walton ran the Senior Men’s 800m and set the fastest time in the Heats as he clocked 1.53.29 to win Heat 3. In the Final, Dominic placed 3rd clocking 1.55.69 and commented afterwards that the Final was “Possibly one of the worst tactical races I have ever ran in my life. I was expecting a slow start which did not happen so found myself at the back for the majority of the race which had me stuck behind an awkward group covering two lanes whilst the two at the front pulled away. Luckily I managed to claw myself back to third in the last 50m of the race so I’m thrilled to win a medal however I would have liked to have another go to see what would have happened if I positioned myself better from the start”.
Myah Booth clocked a new PB of 9.23 finishing 3rd in the U17 Women’s 60m Hurdles whilst Annabel Ralph, like Matt, competing for the first time even at an Indoor race clocked 10.44.05 in the Senior Women’s 3000m in 4th place.
Garstang 10k and East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday 13th January
Victoria Mousley kicked off her racing in 2019 with a win at a very windy Garstang 10k clocking 39.52.23 to finish 23rd out of nearly five hundred runners and spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I decided to do a 10k in Jan as a benchmark to where i am. I know after a few weeks of illness it will be a while till i’m in the 38s again but wanted a starting point. Garstang had much better weather than Blackburn thankfully and despite high winds it was dry. I was hoping to get just under 40 and was happy to run 39.52 on a pretty hilly course in windy conditions. I felt comfortable and had a decent run. A good point to start improving from. Great race and lots of nice catch ups with people.”
Another big field of over 400 runners took on the East lancs Hospice 10k in conditions which weren’t the best but it didn’t stop Calum Holmes from finishing 3rd in a time of 36.33. Another Blackburn Harrier having his first race of the year was Sean Procter who came home in a time of 40.43 and 20th position. Next home for the Club came Paulo Sousa (50th) clocking 44.29 followed by V50 Ian Clarkson (80th) in 47.29 following his Fell Race the day before at Clough Head. Good to see Martin Kerry out again racing as he placed 93rd in a time of 48.26 with Mark Wilkin just three places further back in 96th with a time of 48.20, V45 Rebecca Woodworth in her first race this year (183rd) running a time of 55.25 and David Morris (V55) running 60.03 in 255th place.
Ian Clarkson summed up the conditions on the day as he commented to the Club that “with my legs feeling rather tired from the previous days fell race, I lined up on another wet and windy start line with the idea of just tapping away, nice and steady, that didn’t happen!! I was pleased to get 47:29. A few Blackburn Harriers has a go and well done to all who competed especially young Callum, who came 3rd. It wasn’t easy out there”.
Some of the youngsters had an opportunity to run a Fun Run on the same day which saw a field of sixty six youngsters aged 7yrs to U15’s tackle the wind and rain.
Saul Sharp came 2nd overall and 1st U13 Boy in a time of 9.21 followed by Stephen Alberts – 4th overall in a time of 10.08 and 3rd U13 Boy. Caroline Woodworth finished 6th overall and 1st U13 Girl in 10.38 followed by Charlotte Sousa in 14th (11.21) and Lulu Sharp (16th) 11.46).
Saul Sharp Stephen Alberts
Charlotte Sousa Lulu Sharp
Clough Head Fell Race
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson were out on the Fells again and this time at the Clough Head Fell race which covers 4.5 miles and features around 1800ft of ascent. Ian Clarkson just pipped John in as he finished 113th in 50.48 with John in 117th clocking 51.36.
John described the race to the Harriers saying that “Clough Head is the 75th highest Wainwright and was the object of today’s race. Reaching its 2382ft summit involved a 4.5 mile round trip and 1870ft of ascent. Heading out into the fog a strong westerly wind made difficult the climb over Threlkeld Knotts and on towards Wanthwaite Crags. Making a switch back near the top of what is the northern end of the main ridge of the Helvellyn range we reached the summit with visibility down to about 30 yards. A quick dash towards White Pike on what had become a downward slope, sharp left and down across some steep rough technical scree which hampered my progress. Just out of the mist appeared The Old Coach Road and the quarry behind. Almost home and still in front of the man from Mellor! Only just though as he shot past just before the road and finished 48 seconds ahead. Not a bad day out for the boys in blue!”
Ian was pleased with the day and he commented “John Orrell and myself lined up for race 2 of the Winter Kong Fell Series, Coledale Head Fell Race. The weather conditions were extreme with very high winds and swirling mist making this one a bit of an epic. It went straight up and didn’t relent over the top down. Time came in at 50.48. Over 1800ft of ascent and approximately 3.5 miles. A very short but extremely sharp affair”.
‘Hatted’ (John Orrell) – ‘Naked’ (Ian Clarkson)
Stanbury Splash – Sunday January 13th
Also out on the Fells last weekend was John Horrocks. John ran the Stanbury Splash finishing in 27th place, the day after he placed 3rd in the Ashurst Beacon race – Saturday January 12th – which made it two fell races in two days and a pretty impressive weekend’s efforts.
Following his race at Clough head on the Saturday, also doubling up this weekend was John Orrell – “Been at it again, just couldn’t resist and John Horrocks joined me this time” at the Stanbury Splash. “John Horrocks did great, top 30. Like me he raced yesterday too. For me a weekend double header was never going to produce a PB today. Conditions were rough. The wind was horrendous. Made for a quick return though and in places it blew us off our feet. Just 4 minutes out so not too bad in the end”.
Good Indoor opener for Dominic at BMC – New PB’s for Harriers Juniors at Sportscity Indoors – Out with the old and in with the new on the Fells
BMC Grand Prix at EIS – Sunday 6th January
Dominic Walton opened his Indoor season at the BMC meeting in Sheffield at the weekend and was rewarded with a strong run in placing 2nd to Ben Waterman in the 800m B Race. Going into the race there was a 1.8 second difference in personal bests in favour of Waterman so it was a happy athlete who spoke to the Club afterwards saying “I actually managed to be 0.13 off Ben and I know he’s a strong athlete so I’m pleased I managed to stick with him, my tactic was to sit on his shoulder which I did well. The first 400m was about 3.5/4 seconds too slow so it felt comfortable. The time can be improved hugely but I’m happy to have a first race out, especially happy as it’s my first track race back as a Blackburn Harrier”.
Photo courtesy of Pete Brown Photography
Sale Indoor Winter Series – Sportscity Sunday January 6th
Seven athletes from Blackburn Harriers were in action at the latest in the Indoor Series held at Sportscity last weekend – Senior John iLunga – U17’s Imogen Mansfield, Myah Booth & Ben Branton – U15’s Jess Cole, Lily-Mae Thomas & Ben Boocock.
John iLunga was making his debut over 600m, having never run the distance before and ran 1.43.04 to place 6th before going over to contest the Long Jump where he cleared 4.86m to finish 14th out of the 23 competitors. Also contesting the Long Jump were U17’s Ben Branton and Imogen Mansfield which saw Ben leap out to 5.23m to take 5th place out of the 23 strong field whilst Imogen jumped 4.23m in her first Indoor competition of the season finishing 14th out of 32 long jumpers.
In the Sprints Ben Branton was also featuring for the first time in this seasons Indoor Series and chopped half a second off his previous best time as he clocked 7.82 to set a new PB in the 60m for 2nd place.
In the 60m Hurdles Ben Boocock ran his third personal best of this years Indoor Series as he clocked 9.52 to set a new PB in 3rd place over 60m Hurdles. Myah Booth came home in 2nd position in her 60m Hurdle Heat with a time of 9.57 whilst Jessica Cole opened up her season with a 5th placed 10.3 in her 60m Hurdles Heat with Lily-Mae Thomas in 6th, clocking a new PB by half a second with a time of 10.92.
Out with the old and in with the new!
John Orrell saw out 2018 and brought in 2019, on the Fells, a surface he loves competing on, especially when he is joined by other Blackburn Harriers. John told us that “Auld Lang Syne finished my fell racing off in 2018 with a stiff headwind out onto the moors above Haworth and around the ruins at Top Withins. Across the bogs, turn at the trig back down dale with a splash across the beck. Fancy dress for some, even nuns on the run! 6.7 miles and 1000ft of climb in 1.07.03”.
Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org.uk
And the new?
John was out again, very early indeed in the New Year at the Nine Standards Fell race, Kirkby Stephen On New Years Day featuring one hundred and ninety six runners commenting “8 miles, tired legs, 1801 ft of climb but a beautiful day. Perhaps too much to expect a PB only 24 hours after my last race, but worth a try. 1.22.07 but still ahead of a certain Lady Vet English Champion! Soup and dry brown bread at the finish. Nice! Come on boys and girls join me in 2019! Fly the Harriers Fell Flag! Kong race 3 or Stanbury Splash next. Be there or miss out!”
17 Medals Won by the Harriers at Lancs Cross Country Championships – Jess Wins Essex Cross Country Championships – John ‘sings’ Auld Lang Syne
Lancashire Cross Country Championsips – Saturday January 5th
Blackburn Harriers were just four runners short of fielding 100 contestants at this years Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park. Ninety six athletes featured from the Club which yielded a pretty succesful day as they accumulated 3 Team Golds; 3 Team Silvers and 2 Team Bronze Medals as well as 3 Individual Golds; 3 Individual Silver and 3 Individual Bronze Medals.
Many thanks to all the volunteers from Blackburn Harriers who turned up to help mark out the Course and Marshall all the Race points during a long but rewarding day. To pout out nearly a 100 athletes in the County Championships as well as hosting the fixture is no mean achievement.
It was a great start to the day as the U11 Boys engaged in a really good battle with the Trawden lads who have been running extremely well all season. In the end, just one point separated the two Clubs as Blackburn just edged it to take Team Gold. Matthew Smith who won the individual Silver Medal and Sam Aspey the Bronze had a cracking contest with Harry Smith of Trawden in the home straight which saw Harry hang on to take Individual Gold. Good packing for the Harriers saw Oliver Gill in 8th (6.35), new member Matthew Haxton in 9th (6.44) and Theo Robinson in 12th place with a time of 6.48. George Ramsden had a good run to place 21st in the sixty six strong field in 6.56 and behind him came Loucas Lancashire (30th) in 7.12, Findlay Carroll (31st) in 7.14, Harry Russel (33rd) in a time of 7.15, Charlie Haworth also clocking 7.15 in 34th position and Liam Bennison in 36th (7.17). Felix Thompson was the next across the line for the Harriers in 44th place (7.36), followed by George Holman in 52nd (8.04), Mason Bowman (60th) in a time of 9.01, Isaac Smith (63rd) in 9.14 and Sam Craven (65th) running 9.22.
Oliver Gill (8) – Sam Aspey (4) – Matthew Smith (14)
Matthew Haxton Theo Robinson
George Ramsden Loucas Lancashire
Findlay Carroll Harry Russel (13)
Charlie Haworth Liam Bennison
Felix Thompson George Holman
Mason Bowman (580)
Isaac Smith (48) – Sam Craven (7)
Team Medals and positions were reversed in the U11 Girls Race as Trawden won the Team Gold with Blackburn Harriers taking the Silver. Ten girls competed for the Harriers which saw Imogen Robinson lead the girls home with a 9th placed finish in a time of 7.20. Just one second separated Hannah Davies in 12th place (7.26) and Eve Coulson in 13th (7.27) and the same again as Charlotte Sousa (30th) in 7.59 finished in front of Ayesha Vose (8.00) in 31st. Tippi Francis was the next home in a time of 8.12 (40th) with Lulu Sharp in 41st (8.16) and Isabella Pacelli in 42nd (8.17). Maisie Taylor ran a time of 8.37 in 50th spot as Lamees ElBanna came home in a time of 10.04 (59th).
Imogen Robinson Hannah Davies
Eve Coulson Charlotte Sousa
Ayesha Vose (62) – Tippi Francis (629)
Lulu Sharp (61) Isabella Pacelli (59)
The Harriers U13 Boys Team made it the second Team Gold of the day with the four counting athletes all home inside the first 12 places. A brilliant run from Isaac Butler saw him take the individual Gold Medal in a time of 11.23 some eight seconds in front of 2nd place. Dexta Thompson, who had helped set the pace in the front half of the race ran really well to secure 5th spot in a time of 11.41, backed up by good solid runs from Theo Watson in 9th (12.08) and Jack Paget-Fowler in 12th place (12.15). Daniel Smith and Saul Sharp were the next two Harriers home in 20th and 21st place with respective times of 12.33 and 12.35 followed by Codie Dewhurst in 23rd position in a time of 12.50. Jonathan Brindle crossed the finish line in 33rd spot clocking 13.18 and he was followed home by Stephen Alberts in 36th (13.31), Harry Sambrook in 38th place (13.35) and Ethan Lawrence in 45th position with a time of 14.37.
Isaac Butler (106) – Dexta Thompson (114) – Theo Watson (115)
Jack Paget-Fowler Daniel Smith (113)
Saul Sharp Codie Dewhurst
Jonathan Brindle (644) Stephen Alberts (677)
Ethan Lawrence Harry Sambrook
No medals for the U13 Girls as the team placed 5th overall with Keira Haxton the first Harrier across the finish line in 17th place – clocking a time of 13.32. Next home came Keira Booth (20th) in a time of 13.51 followed by Amelia Burton (33rd) in 14.28, Eva Knowles (37th) in 14.59, Caroline Woodworth clocking 15.02 in 38th place, Isabelle Hartley (15.31) in 44th position, Lucy Rishton and Kate Cookson in 50th and 51st with respective times of 20.29 and 20.31. Kate Cookson and Lucy Rishton were both ill during the event and had to stop, but great credit to them, as they tried to recover and complete the race for the Team.
Keira Haxton Keira Booth
Amelia Burton (167) – Eva Knowles (170)
Caroline Woodworth Isabelle Hartley
Lucy Rishton Kate Cookson
The U15 Boys and U15 Girls did really well, both winning Team Silver Medals. The Boys had Harvey Ashworth leading them home in 11th spot (13.24) with good runs and good packing from Zach Walmsley in 12th with a time of 13.24 and David Holman in 13th place clocking 13.32. Ethan Barbarewicz was the next Harrier home in 22nd position in a time time of 14.14 followed by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (26th) in 14.32, George Whittaker in 32nd (15.11), Sebastian Burton (37th) in a time of 15.48 and Rory Teare in 40th spot (16.16).
Harvey Ashworth (211) Zachary Walmsley (251)
David Holman Ethan Barbarewicz
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret George Whittaker
Sebastian Burton (213) – Rory Teare (218)
Eleesha Charnley was the highest placed finisher for the Club in the U15 Girls with a 7th place in a time of 14.25 followed with a good run from Hollie Cubbon in a time of 15.00 (12th), Leah Hoole in 20th position (15.42), Rebecca Ramsden (40th) running a time of 17.48, Molly Nicholls (44th) in 18.36, Ella Hardman 49th (19.27) and Holly Sousa in 50th place (21.24).
Eleesha Charnely (261) – Hollie Cubbon (262)
Leah Hoole (264) Rebecca Ramsden (266) Molly Nicholls (265)
Ella Hardman Holly Sousa
Just 32 runners in the U17 men’s Race and only 12 in the U17 Women’s Race. The Harriers U17 Men earned a 3rd placed Team Bronze Medal behind Preston and Rossendale which also saw Matt Ramsden win the individual Bronze Medal (17.07) behind Benjamin Preddy (17.00) and Matthew McKay (16.53). Sam Hodkinson came home 9th overall in a time of 18.03 with Jamie Teare in 26th place (20.50) and Harry Wilkin (30th) in a time of 21.28. Just two finishers in the U17 Women’s Race which had Amy Davies place 6th clocking 22.45 and Alex Taylor 12th in a time of 28.26.
Amy Davies Hollie Oldham (341) – Alex Taylor (342)
Eight athletes competed in the Senior Women’s Race for the Club which saw them win overall Team Bronze medal, Vet Team Gold Medal, Vet 35 Gold Medal and V45 Gold Medal which wasn’t a bad haul at all for the day. Annabel Ralph took off really strongly at the start of the race and that helped her to a 7th placed finish in a time of 25.05. Really good packing by Katie Buckingham (12th in 26.17), Victoria Mousley (13th in 26.23) and Joanne Nelson (14th in 26.32) helped secure the Bronze Medal. Carly Edwards was next home for the Club in 24th place out of a field of ninety runners posting a time of 28.10 followed by Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 28th (28.42), Janine Fallon in 31st place (29.09) and Lindsay Davies (35th) in a time of 29.49.
Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was delighted with the way the Team had started off in 2019 after winning the Red Rose League and Red Rose League Vet Team Titles in December 2018. Joanne commented after the Medal Presentations “What a way to start the new year for the Harrier’s ladies. Fantastic performances in all age categories with podium finishes at v35, v40 and v45. 3rd team overall and first vet team. Sterling effort by everyone who participated showing real team spirit. A fitting end to the season for Katie Buckingham who finished in 11th place; earning well deserved selection for the Lancashire team. We will miss you when you are in New Zealand and wish you all the best. 2019 looks a very promising year for the ladies”.
Annabel Ralph Katie Buckingham
Victoria Mousley Joanne Nelson
Carly Edwards Ellen Sagar-Hesketh
Janine Fallon Lindsay Davies
Just short of 200 men contested the Senior Men’s Race and unusually, in recent years, the Men’s Senior Team weren’t on the Podium at the end of the day in the Team Race, placing 4th overall and missing a Podium place by just four points. Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – wasn’t at all downbeat though as he commented to the Club at the end of the day that “Just missing out on a medal was a little disappointing however at Blackburn Harriers, we always look to the positives, 22 senior runners ran today which is surely some sort of record in its own right, some outstanding performances as well, we are in a great place right now and i am very proud to be Team Manager”.
There was very good quality at the front end of the race which was eventually dominated by Daniel Bebbington and Nathan Dunn who were nearly half a minute in front of the third place. Tim Raynes who smashed his 10k Road PB at the Ribble Valley 10k last week ran another top race here as he placed 5th overall in an impressive time of 31.13. Ben Fish who has been battling illness for quite a while worked his way through the field to place 15th overall in a time of 32.15 with Josh Holgate going from strength to strength in 22nd place in a time of 32.58. Karl Billington was the next across the line for the Harriers in 28th (33.33) with Tom Marchant in 31st clocking 33.48 and Chris Davies – who took the V45 Silver Medal – in 35th place (34.00).
Tim Raynes Ben Fish
Josh Holgate Karl Billington
Tom Marchant Chris Davies
Marc Hartley placed 41st in a time of 34.14 with Tom Blaney (46th) running 34.30, Joe Howe (48th) in a time of 34.42, Paul Bradshaw in 56th position with a time of 35.08, Jacob Watson just one place behind (57th) in 35.10 and Callum Holmes (59th) clocking 35.18.
Marc Hartley Tom Blaney
Joe Howe Paul Bradshaw
Jacob Watson Callum Holmes
Mark Chippendale won the V50 Silver Medal as he placed 77th overall in a time of 37.09 and he was followed in by U20 Nick Smith (98th) in 39.36 and another athlete running with an illness, Mark Almond (110th) in a time of 40.31, Gary Pearse (41.08) in 120th place, Chris Balderson clocking 41.15 in 123rd and Paul Jeffries (138th) with a time of 42.25.
Mark Chippendale Nicholas Smith
Mark Almond Gary Pearse
Chris Balderson Paul Jeffries
In 140th spot came Craig Greenough with a time of 42.37 and just six seconds separated Ian Clarkson (158th) in 44.54 from Paulo Sousa (159th) in a time of 45.00, Andy Knowles in Ironman training (165th) in 45.36 and Allan Hartley running a time of 48.35 in 178th position.
Craig Greenough Ian Clarkson
Paulo Sousa Andrew Knowles
Jess Judd ran to a comfortable victory to take the Individual Title and Gold Medal at the Essex Cross Country Championships held yesterday in Chelmsford featuring one hundred and forty nine athletes. Jess won the Race by well over a minute (35.55) from second placed Lauren deadman (37.03)
Auld Lang Syne Fell Race – New Years Eve
Well over three hundred runners kicked off the New Year celebrations at this years Auld Lang Syne Fell Race won by Chris Houldsworth. John Orrell was out in his second fell race in five days, having run Whinberry Naze on Boxing Day and finished in a time of 67.01 (210th).
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