Monthly Archives: March 2019
English Schools Cross Country Championships with the Harriers – Top Ten for Ben at Bath -Top 100 for Calum in Lisbon – Top 5 for Chris and new PB for Lindsay at Wigan – Saul makes Top ten at Crystal Palace – Michelle & Jan at Cartmel Trail 10k
This years English Schools Cross Country Championships held in Leeds took place in the worst of conditions – cold, rain, wind and mud galore – some might say that’s proper cross country as the forty five counties lined up in Pens!
A word to for the winner of the Senior Boys Race – Sam Charlton. This young athlete has taken all before him this season winning cross country champions at county and regional level and then taking the National and Inter-County titles before rounding it off by winning English Schools. A hell of a performance.
Blackburn Harriers had seven athletes selected for Lancashire with five of them counting for the County in the final results. Highest placed finish of the day belonged to Matt Ramsden in the Inter-Boys Race, finishing 31st overall out of a field 331 athletes in a time of 17.57 and 3rd counter. Sam Hodkinson also ran for the Lancashire team coming home in 209th place clocking 19.21.
L-R Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Andrew Hodkinson
Three hundred and forty three athletes in the Junior Boys race which saw Lancashire place 27th out of the forty five County teams competing. Both Blackburn Harriers counted for the team which saw Junior Boys David Holman come home in 173rd and 4th counter (15.18) with Isaac Butler 175th and 5th counter given the same time.
L-R David Holman – Isaac Butler
Forty three complete teams and 341 athletes took part in the Inter-Girls race featuring two athletes from Blackburn Harriers. Amy Davies was 4th counter on the day in 193rd spot in a time of 15.35 with Eleesha Charnley in 247th clocking 16.02.
Photo courtesey of Adrian Royle
Amy Davies (256)
L-R Eleesha Charnley – Amy Davies
Lancashire ended up 13th out of the 38 teams racing in the Senior Girls which saw Maddie Elliott have anothert good run, coming home in 109th place in a time of 17.19 and being 4th counter for the County. Lancashire Girls packed reall well taking 105th, 107th and 109th places behind the first counter Emily Morgan who came home in 22nd position.
Lancashire Squad – Maddie Elliott (260)
Half-Marathons on a March Sunday with the Harriers
First off is the Bath Half-Marathon with Ben Fish. In 2017 Ben won this race clocking his personal best time for the distance of 65.16. Since the National cross country Relays last November, Ben has only managed to run one race at this years Lancashire cross country championships in early January. The Bath Half-Marathon being only his 2nd race in some 5 months proved to be a pretty solid comeback for him as he took a top ten finish (10th) in a time of 68.16 – the race being won by Chris Thompson in 63.10.
Afterwards Ben spoke to the Harriers about the day commenting “I knew it would be a stronger field this year and I also knew I wouldn’t be at my best. I didn’t have a time in mind and didn’t bother with stopwatch. After a few miles I was 10th and I couldn’t close the gap to 9th and 8th. I was happy with my time, another couple of months should see me back to the level I should be at“.
Moving over to Lisbon in Portugal with Calum Holmes who ran in the race featuring 25000 other runners. He finished 88th overall in a time of 76.12 – just missing a new personal best by six seconds and told the Harriers after the Race saying that “While enjoying an amazing holiday in Portugal I decided to have a go at the Lisbon Half Marathon and I felt confident and had a really good run unfortunately I was 5 seconds shy off my pb but just got to recover now and move on for the Northern 12 Stage relays next weekend. it was absolutely packed on the start line with over 25,000 keen runners and I managed to finish in the top 100 including the elites, just got to recover now and move on for the northern stage 12 relays next weekend”.
Then back to Wigan with just short of a thousand runners competing in this one. Chris Davies had a fine run coming across the finish line in 4th place overall with a time of 74.13 – just 30 seconds outside his personal best and afterwards he commented about his race and its part in his build up to the London Marathon “Overall a really pleasing result today at the Wigan Half Marathon. I wasn’t looking to PB but I was looking for a good solid run to see were I was at in the way of fitness gearing up for the London Marathon. The course was tough, especially in the second half were there was a tough section from 7 – 10 miles. Having got through that the last three miles were easier and it allowed for a good solid finish. I am pleased with the time of 1:14:13. Everything is looking good for the Marathon. Just important now to look after myself and hopefully fingers crossed I can get the PB that I want in London”.
Lindsay Davies was running her second ever race over the half-marathon distance – her first in 2017 2hr 15.15 – and ran a huge new PB as she clocked 1hr 43.46 in 215th position and telling the Club “Really pleased with my result 1:43:46 wasn’t expecting to do so well on a tough course, the climb at 8 mile was extremely tough and lasted for about 2 miles, I was 19th lady and 5th V40, my 2nd ever half marathon and I enjoyed it. Well done to Chris who did amazing”.
British Schools Modern Biathlon Championship – Crystal Palace
Saul Sharp had a really fine day at the British Championships held at Crystal Palace over the weekend to take a top ten finish. His dad and Coach – Michael Sharp – was with him at the event and commented on Saul’s performance in the Swim and Run “He had a really good swim just inside his PB 100m in 1:08.96 amassing 1164 points, leaving him 14th only 12pts behind 8th position. We talked about the run, trying to keep in the low 80s, which would give him a great chance of 8th. He delivered with an 82,87,88 and a final 400m at 80. His total points tally was 2354, to take 8th overall by one point. He wore his Harriers vest with pride, and it was good to see him happy and shaking everyones hand at the end of the race. Well done Saul”.
Cartmel Trail 10k – Saturday March 16th
Described thus on the Race website ‘Starting and finishing at Cartmel, the 5K Cartmel Sport Trail, 10K Cartmel Trail Run, 18K Cartmel Trail Challenge & 18K Cartmel Trail Race take you on off-road journeys through some of the most scenic and varied countryside in the Lake District, along a ‘Beauty and Beast’ of a course. The trails are mainly along waymarked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, giving panoramic views of both Morecambe Bay and the surrounding peaks. Underfoot conditions are variable with a bit of everything. Good fast sections, but it can be very sticky in places, especially if wet!’
And wet it was!! as Blackburn Harriers Michelle Teare and Jan Buckingham found out placing 94th – 59.00 and 160th – 64.22 respectively.
Michelle Teare told the Club that “This was my first trail race so I had no idea what to expect and was glad I was running with fellow Harrier, Jan Buckingham. Along with every other athlete racing yesterday, I think we both wondered why on earth why we were running in such shocking weather conditions. But once the race started, it didn’t matter due to concentrating on where to put your feet! The race route was interesting and well planned with constant changes in terrain and obviously plenty of water and mud! I absolutely loved it, it was challenging but also a lot of fun”.
Whilst Jan Buckingham commented “Cartmel 10km today in appalling conditions. It was like the muddy farm gate at Witton for the whole 10k. Loved every minute, it was such a challenge. Very happy with 4th Vet 50 and Michelle was 6th Vet 40. Great day and we got the car off the field!!! Looking forward to the sticky toffee pudding!”
Lancashire Win Medals at Inter-Counties Championships – Pauline Wins Todmorden 10k – Trafford 10k with Jacob & Calum – Tom Wins Roddleworth Roller – A Win for Jaydon at Sportscity
Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships – Loughborough 09.03.2019
It was a pretty good day for Lancashire at this years Inter-Counties Championships which saw the Senior Men take Silver in the 6-Man Team – just 8 points behind the winners Middlesex – and Gold in the 9-Man Team with a Bronze Medal in the U17 Boys.
In addition the U20 Women finished 5th out of 24 Counties who put out full teams; Senior Women also placed 5th out of 29; U15 Boys took 8th position out of 43; U20 Women 9th out of 19; U13 Girls 16th out of 40; U17 Women came home in 19th place out of 38; as did the U15 Girls who were 19th out of 43 with the U13 Boys – 22nd out of 41 Counties.
A number of Blackburn Harriers had been selected for the County squads with Jess Judd taking a top ten finish in the Senior Women’s race, a race packed with real talent which saw Jess place 9th in a time of 38.58 as part of the Essex Team which won the Silver Medal. Running for Lancashire Victoria Mousley clocked 45.53 in 159th position and 7th counter as the Lancashire team placed 5th overall.
Jess Judd (981) Victoria Mousley (1076)
The Senior Men’s race had two Blackburn Harriers – Rob Warner and Tim Raynes who placed 80th and 84th respectively with times of 35.43 and 35.49 – which made them 7th and 8th counter in the 9 man Gold Medal winning team. Joe Gebbie had a solid run in the U20 Men’s Race to place 103rd in a time of 33.34 and 6th counter.
Rob Warner 4385 & Tim Raynes 4384
Maddie Elliott ran in the Lancashire U20 Team and was 4th counter in 87th place overall clocking 25.43. Isaac Butler was the first counter for Lancashire in the U13 Boys team in 45th position in a time of 12.48 with Dexta Thompson also running for the team placing 213th in a time of 14.12. Matt Ramsden and Sam Hodkinson has been selected for the U17 Men’s Squad and there was an expectation of a Medal which the team did achieve, taking Bronze behind Kent (1st) and Yorkshire (2nd). Matt came home in 39th spot (19.57) and 4th counter with Sam in 177th position (21.37).
Maddie Eliott (1068) & Victoria Mousley (1076)
Isaac Butler Dexta Thompson
Dexta Thompson (558) – Isaac Butler (549)
U17 Men in Bronze Medal position
Todmorden 10k – Sunday March 10th
It was a pretty horrendous day nearly everywhere for racing on Sunday and none more so than at the Todmorden 10k featuring one hundred and eighty two braving the elements in a race won by Queensbury athlete Tom Collinge in 35.52.
Pauline Powell had a very good run in the conditions to come home in 14th place overall with a time of 42.52 and being the first woman, commenting to the Harriers after the Race “I won the 10k today in awful conditions. The first 5k was a steep climb, it was snowing hard and was sticking as it was so high up, so became very slippy. It was also really windy, but despite all that i really enjoyed it, and felt good!“
Trafford 10k – Sunday March 10th
Nearly 900 runners tackling the Trafford 10k which despite the conditions, produced some pretty good racing with race winner Bart Van Nunen clocking 29.26 and the first seventeen athletes home in 31.00 or less. Two former Women winners of the Harriers Ribble Valley 10k – Laura Weightman (2017) and Beth Potter (2018) – had a real battle for 1st place with Laura Weightman edging it in 31.59 (41st) and Beth Potter (32.03) in 44th.
Two Blackburn Harriers in this one with Jacob Watson having a fine run to just miss out on a new personal best by two seconds as he came home in 70th spot clocking 33.10 and there is little doubt that on a better day, that time gets improved. After Jacob spoke to the Club about his race saying that it had been an “Enjoyable run out at Trafford this morning and my first on that route. Not quite a PB, however I feel this might have been one of my stronger runs given the conditions. Well organised event and one I’ll have another bash at next year.”
Jacob Watson (1167)
Calum Holmes was the second Harrier in the race finishing in 118th position (35.14) and told us “Firstly I would like to say well done to Jacob he had a brilliant run. I have been struggling to get back into it for a while and today I wasn’t sure how my race would go as I’ve missed key training sessions with the Harriers and wasn’t in pb shape but I have had a go today in poor conditions and got my seasonal best of the year in a pretty decent time, being 5 seconds faster than my previous Trafford 10k back in September when I acheived a pb of 35.19 in 2018”.
Calum Holmes (1128)
Roddlesworth Roller – Sunday March 10th
The ever popular Roddlesworth Roller – a local race starting in Abbey Village – featured over two hundred and fifty runners along with well over a hundred youngsters in the Daffodil Doddle on Sunday.
The Race winner was Blackburn Harriers Tom Blaney in a time of 33.00 with Tommy Harrison (Bolton) in 2nd place. John Horrocks had a very good race to place 5th overall clocking 34.35 and these two were joined by V45 John Cookson in 55th place with a time of 43.09, daughter Hannah Cookson in 92nd (46.40), Paul Wilkinson coming home in a time of 52.24 (149th) and Alison Armour (217th) running 61.12.
When the race finished Tom Blaney spoke to the Club about the Race commenting that it was the “First time at the Roddlesworth roller, just like XC i wanted a race where time means nothing and i could just go out there and race on feel. After setting off i just sat back and let 6 or so runners go so i could see who i was up against. As we got about a mile in i had already overtaken the ones who had set off too quickly and found myself in third. Going into the first climb, Daniel second place dropped off and i slowly went past him and at the same time Tommy Harrison sped up at the front. I thought “if i could just keep him in sight there was always a chance of catching him towards the end”. He was about 15m ahead and on every descent i caught up a little. By the time we hit 4 miles we had the big descent and i went for it ,he stuck on my heels it was horrible. He stayed with me all the way to the tarmac by the resevoir. The wind was awful, i just thought “ill give it everythig from here and if he overtakes me he deserves the win”…. thankfully i put about 10 seconds between us, i could barely stand up but i thoroughly enjoyed it, after about 10 mins of recovery i was pleased to take the win!! Well Done to Johnny Horrocks Great time today, and the rest of the Harriers running!“
The youngsters were out again in the Doddle which saw Matthew Smith come home in 3rd overall with a time of 8.16 with the next three lads all very close together – Codie Dewhurst placing 5th in 8.23, Daniel Smith 6th in a time of 8.25 and Oliver Gill 7th clocking 8.30 to make it four Harriers in the first seven runners home. Next came Tippi Francis in 32nd spot (10.11), Isaac Smith in 49th (11.02) and Charlotte Smith 51st in 11.07.
Keith Gill spoke to the Harriers after, saying that it was “Good to see so many young Harriers braving the sleet and hail to run in this 2.2k local event. Some strong running at the front saw Blackburn have 4 runners in the top 7 giving us the Team prize. Matthew Smith was first home in 3rd place with 8:16, followed by Codie Dewhurst in 5th with 8:23, next was Dan Smith in 6th with 8:25 and then Oliver Gill 7th with 8:30. A great run from Tippi Francis in 32nd with 10:11, next was Isaac Smith in 49th with 11:02 and then our youngest runner 8 year old Charlotte Smith was 51st out of the 113 strong field with 11:07”.
Matthew Smith (90)
Codie Dewhurst (99)
Matthew Smith (34)
Oliver Gill (3)
Tippi Francis (16)
Isaac Smith (4(0 – Charlotte Smith (91)
Sportscity Winter Indoor Series – Sunday March 10th
The final fixture in this years Winter Series hosted by Sale Harriers took place on Sunday with a couple of Blackburn Harriers racing.
U17 Imogen Mansfield took on the 60m and Long Jump clocking 8.72 for 3rd place in her heat and then jumped 4.24m to place 12th in a Long Jump event featuring thirty two athletes covering u13’s through to Seniors. Jaydon Brammer who hasn’t competed this year and only twice in this Series in 2018, clocked a time of 9.24 to win the U15 Boys 60m Hurdles race.
Jack Wins Mid-Lancs + Team Wins for Senior Men – U17 Men – U11 Boys – Red Rose Trophies for the Harriers at Presentation Evening – On the Fells with the Harriers – 1st and 2nd for Annabel and Pauline at Ron Hill 10k & Calum in top 3 – Victoria 3rd Woman at Haweswater Half – Joanne 3rd Woman at Settle Half and top 5 for Paul – Josh runs new PB at Podium 5k –
It was another very good day for the Harriers at the final fixture for this years Mid Lancs Cross Country season which saw the Senior Men win the Team Race ahead of Preston Harriers in 2nd place and Clayton Harriers in 3rd. There Team wins also for the U11 Boys from Trawden in 2nd and Chorley in 3rd. The U17 Men also won their Team race from Liverpool Penbroke & Sefton in 2nd and Rossendale in 3rd.
U13 & U15 Race VIDEOS (Courtesy of Becky Willoughby)
Top run from Jack Hindle in the Senior Men’s race after a real battle with Ross Campbell (Barrow) and Phil Marsden (Horwich). Approaching the finish which was uphill all the way, Jack led by a couple of metres and managed to hold off Campbell by just one second as he drove up the hill to take the win. Some cracking runs from the other Senior Men too as they took five of the first 13 places with Marc Hartley coming home in 6th spot (36.54) after a real battle with Oliver Heaton of Preston. Next in for the Club came Chris Davies in 8th place, clocking 37.02 and picking up the 1st V40 prize to make it an excellent day for him.
Jack Hindle (2928)
Chris Davies (2950)
Joe Gebbie then came across the line in 11th position (37.42) a run which saw him take the 4th counting spot for the team and also finish 2nd U20 on the day. Mark Chippendale had a tremendous run to win the V50 1st prize, running a time of 38.04 in 13th place with Calum Holmes taking the 6th counter place (30th) in a time of 39.22. Danny Maynard was next home for the Club in 89th place out of the two hundred and twenty seven strong field, with a time of 43.31 and followed by Paul Jeffries in 137th spot (46.38) and Allan Hartley in 18th running a time of 51.58.
Joe Gebbie (2923) Mark Chippendale (2962)
Calum Holmes (663) Danny maynard (311)
Paul Jeffries (331) Allan Hartley (2951)
There was a good tussle in the first race of the day between the Harriers (35 points) and Trawden (25 points) with Trawden edging the win. First home for the Harriers was Imogen Robinson in 8th place with a time of 6.37 and backed up with good runs from Eve Coulson in 13th (6.42) and Hannah Davies in 14th (6.43) to complete the three counters for the Team. Tippi Francis was the next Harrier across the line in 47th position (7.38) followed by Lulu Sharp in 54th (8.04) and 8yr old Charlotte Smith – legs and arms pumping like wild fire up the hill – in 57th (8.07).
Imogen Robinson (2803) Eve Coulson (2805)
Hannah Davies (2799) Tippi Francis (2800)
Lulu Sharp (2798) Charlotte Smith (429)
Positions were reversed in the U11 Boys Race as the Harriers won this one (11 points) from Trawden in 2nd (36 points). Will McNally (Leven Valley) won the race in a time of 5.32 with the Harriers Samuel Aspey and Matthew Smith battling it out on that final uphill finish which ended with both of them being given the same time of 5.40 – Sam being placed 2nd and Matthew 3rd. New member Ben Ham had another very good run to come home in 6th spot clocking 5.46 which meant that all three counters were home in the first six places. Oliver Gill was next home in 12th with a time of 6.05, followed by William Grundy in 17th (6.09) and Theo Robinson (18th) running 6.11.
Sam Aspey (2874) Matthew Smith (2880)
Ben Ham (386) Oliver Gill (2888)
William Grundy (2868) (Theo Robinson (715)
Charlie Haworth placed 24th out of the 86 strong field (6.19) with Findlay Carroll (30th) in a time of 6.30, Liam Bennison in 33rd (6.31), George Ramsden (45th) clocking 6.49, Felix Thompson in 50th place (6.52), Alexander Brien running a time of 7.05 in 58th with Loucas Lancashire in 60th (7.07). George Holman (62nd in 7.10) and new member Matthew Lowe (63rd in 7.11) who was running his first ever cross country race had a pretty good battle as they approached the finish line and they were followed in by Isaac Smith in 83rd (8.14) and Sam Craven made it the seventeenth Blackburn Harrier in the race – 86th (8.53).
Charlie Haworth (2869) Findlay Carroll (2883)
George Ramsden (2884) Felix Thompson (2871)
Alexander Brien (2875) and Loucas Lancashire (2870)
George Holman (2867) Matthew Lowe (223)
Isaac Smith (549) Sam Craven (2882)
Eight Harriers lined up in the U13 Girls race featuring fifty three runners – the team race being won by Chorley with the Harriers in 5th. Kate Cookson led the team home in 16th place clocking a time of 11.32 with Keira Haxton coming home in 21st (11.40) and Amelia Burton (33rd) in a time of 12.17 being the three team counters. Caroline Woodworth was the next Harrier across the finish line in 34th (12.19) followed by Keira Booth in 36th (12.26), Molly Grimshaw (37th) in a time of 12.28, Eva Knowles in 42nd (12.45) and Isabelle Hartley in a time of 13.43 (48th).
Kate Cookson (2819) Keira Haxton (2823)
Amelia Burton (2816) Caroline Woodworth (2825)
Keira Booth (2821) Molly Grimshaw (2814)
Eva Knowles (2822) Isabelle Hartley (2815)
The Club’s U13 Boys finished in 3rd place on the day but have already won the Team and Individual Title for the season. Jonathan Brindle led the team home in 12th place clocking 13.51 and backed up well by Theo Watson in 14th spot (14.02) and Jack Paget-Fowler in 16th place (14.16) to complete the team counters. Daniel Smith ran a time of 14.41 in 23rd position followed by Saul Sharp in 26th (14.50) and Codie Dewhurst in 31st clocking 15.03.
Jonathan Brindle (2892) Theo Watson (2899)
Jack Paget-Fowler (232) Daniel Smith (2896)
Saul Sharp (2900) Codie Dewhurst (2898)
Eleesha Charnley led the Club home to 2nd place in the team competition in the U15 Girls Race as she placed 5th in a time of 14.12, being backed up by Leah Hoole in 12th place clocking 14.56 and Hollie Cubbon (16th) in a time of 15.49.
Leah Hoole (2826) Hollie Cubbon (2831)
David Holman had a very solid run to be the first counter for the Team in the U15 Boys Race placing 14th in a time of 13.36. Ethan Barbarewicz was the next home in 22nd spot (14.13) with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret making the third counting placed for the Team in 25th (14.23). George Whittaker came home in 32nd (15.08) with Rory Teare not far behind in 33rd (15.13), Sebastian Burton in 35th (15.20), Thomas Brooks (36th) in 15.25 and Danny Woodcock 37th in a time of 15.31.
L-R Thomas Brooks – Danny Woodcock – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Rory Teare – David Holan – Ethan Barbarewicz – Sebastian Burton – George Whittaker
David Holman (2911) Ethan Barbarewicz (2915)
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (2910) George Whittaker (2913)
Rory Teare (2904) – Sebastian Burton (2905)
Danny woodcock (2912) – Thomas Brooks (2909)
Matt Ramsden had another impressive win in the U17 Men’s Race as he clocked a time of 18.49 with Sam Hodkinson, also with an impressive run in 2nd place with a time of 19.18. Harry Wilkinson and Jamie Teare made sure the team won the team race and the Team Title for the Series finishing in 16th (22.15) and 17th (22.33) respectively. Amy Davies took 3rd place in the U17 Women’s Race in a time of 15.01 behind Finty Royle and Bethany Reid of Chorley.
Matt Ramsden Sam Hodkinson
Harry Wilkin Jamie Teare
L-R Harry Wilkin – Matt Ramsden – Sam Hodkinson – Jamie Teare
One hundred and thirty two runners in the Senior Women’s race which included four competing for Blackburn Harriers. Ellen Sagar-Hesketh had a very good run to take a top ten place and was the first Harrier across the finish line in 8th spot clocking a time of 24.00. Lindsay Davies was the next runner home for the Club in 22nd with a time of 26.07 and followed by Michelle Teare 55th in 28.57 and Helen Dawson-Smith in 78th place (30.20).
L-R Michelle Teare – Lindsay Davies – Helen Dawson-Smith)
Ellen Sagar-Hesketh (2847)
Lindsay Davies (2861)
Michelle Teare (2860)
Helen Dawson-Smith (430)
Red Rose Cross Country League Presentation Evening
Cracking night at the Presentation with the Harriers picking up a host of Trophies and Medals. The Harriers Junior athletes concentrated on the Mid Lancs League but the U11 Boys still managed to take 2nd place overall with Matthew Smith and Oliver Gill 6th and 7th in the overall Individual standings.
Tim Raynes won the overall Series for the Senior Men and led the Club in winning the Team Series as well, with Ben Costello 5th and Chris Davies 10th overall in the Individual Standings. In addition Chris Davies won the V40 category, never losing a race. Tom Marchant finished 2nd overall in the U20’s age group category posting two second and one third place.
The Senior Women had a great year winning both the Senior Women’s Team and Vet Women’s Team Titles – added to which were wins for Carmen Byrne in the V40’s undefeated throughout the Series and equally undefeated in all four races was Joanne Nelson who won the V45 age group catgeory. Katie Buckingham was the leading woman in the Individual standings for the Harriers placing 4th overall.
Tim Raynes – Individual Senior Men’s Winner
Paul Brindle – Tim Raynes – Chris Davies – Senior Mens Team Winners for 3rd year in a row
Joanne Nelson & Lindsay Davies – Senior Women’s Team Winners and Vet Women’s Team Winners
Matthew Smith – U11 Boys Team 2nd to Trawden
L-R Time Raynes – Paul Brindle – Joanne Nelson – Lindsay Davies – Chris Davies with all the Trophies
The Pride of Pendle
The Pride of Pendle is a competition devised by Blackburn Harriers John Orrell who likes nothing better than running the Fell Races. Here he describes what is involved in the competition which is open to any Blackburn Harrier who wishes to get involved. All races take place on Pendle Hill. The format is simple. The person to do the most races wins. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the most consistent. It doesn’t matter if you are fast or slow. He will take the time differences between your best and worst short, medium and long races. The shortest time will win.
Example you may do Pendle Cloughs in 2 1/2 hours and the Full Tour in 3. Time difference 30 mins. A slower runner may take and hour longer for each. Time difference 30 mins. So fast or slow you have an equal chance. You just need to turn up and race, and that’s the whole point!
Here are the races:
Saturday 2nd March. Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round. BM.
Wednesday 27th March. RPMRT Pendle Hill Night Race. BS.
Saturday, 6th April. Pendle. AS. Also Lancs Fell Champs for U19, U23
Saturday, 11th May. Pendle Cloughs. AL.
Tuesday, 14th May. Mearley Clough. AS.
Saturday, 17th August. Pendle 3 Peaks. AM.
Saturday, 24th August. Pendleton. AS.
Saturday, 16th November. Tour of Pendle. AL.
So that’s it! The Pride of Pendle for the Witches Trophy. 8 races. Weekdays, weekends, day and night, all seasons. 4 short. 2 medium. 2 long. Take your pick.
The first race in the Competition for the Pendle of Witches Trophy – The Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round – took place on Saturday March 2nd and saw six Blackburn Harriers tackle the race – the first in the Series devised by John.
The race featured two hundred and fifty finishers and was won by Rob Hope in a time of 65.03. First home for the Harriers was John Horrocks who had another fine run on the Fells, placing 19th overall in a time of 74.20. Next home was Gary Pearse who ‘warmed up’ for this race running the National Cross Country Championships last weekend in 63rd spot in 83.57. Next Harriers home were Craig Greenough in 106th position (90.31) and great to see Matt Nuttall out again racing in 10th place (90.34). Ian Clarkson was the fifth Harrier in 161st spot (98.24) and he was followed in by Danny Teare 187th clocking 1hr 43.42.
Photos Courtesy of David Belshaw
Ian Clarkson (210) spoke to the Harriers about the day telling us “Stan Bradshaw Round, fell around Pendle Hill, just under 9 miles with approx 2000ft of climb, with ideal weather and ground conditions making for some excellent fell racing. Six Blackburn Harriers, John Horrocks, Gary Pearse, Craig Greenhough, Matt Nuttall, myself and Danny Teare, making the numbers for the Harriers. An excellent turnout for the club with cracking performances by all the lads. Personally for me to achieve a time of 1:38:24, it finished the race off perfectly. This is also the first race of John Orrell’s Blackburn Harriers Pride of Pendle Fell Championship, which takes in 8 fell races on the fells and slopes of Pendle Hill throughout the year, it’s all to race for”.
After the Race Danny Teare..talked to the Club about the Race and the competition organised by John, commenting “The weather lifted enough to give near perfect conditions for the race. Started steady from the back and picked people off all the way round. Forgot the Garmin and enjoyed it a little more as a result. Some new Innov8s from the Pete Bland van afterwards, after some cake of course, to round it all off. Great BBH turnout to kick off the Pendle BBH fell champs. Well done to all the Harriers!”.
Danny Teare (207) & Ian Clarkson (210)
Kong Winter Fell Series – Saturday March 2nd
One hundred and twenty one finishers in this race won by Carl Bell in a time of 28.52. John Orrell had entered the whole Series and he placed 97th in a time of 46.40.
Photos courtesy of Heidi Martin and Carlos Reina Photography.
John spoke to the Club afterwards and said “Loopy Latrigg, a 5 mile, 1509ft ascent, category AS race above Keswick. Final race of The Kong Winter Fell Race series. A perfect morning, and not what the forecast predicted. Some pretty steep ups and downs, track, forest and open fell. A good mix and a tough little race”.
Ron Hill Accrington 10k – Sunday March 3rd
Another race with not the best of conditions for racing saw over five hundred runners finish the race won by Salford’s Jon Dance in a time of 35.29. Blackburn Harriers had three of their athletes in the first eight which saw Calum Holmes take 3rd place overall in a time of 36.56 whilst Annabel Ralph came home in 5th place and was the first woman clocking 38.28 with Pauline Powell in 8th place with a time of 38.53 – Pauline was also the first Veteran woman too and commented after the Race That she “was happy with my run today, and felt quite good to say ive missed alot of training and racing due to illness. Had a good battle all way round with Annabel and really enjoyed it. Looking forward now to getting race fit”.
U17 Harry Wilkin finished 24th with a time of 41.45. V40 Paul Whittaker clocked a time of 46.49 in 81st place followed by Harry’s dad – Mark Wilkin (V50) who ran a time of 47.57 in 113th spot. V45 Rebecca Woodworth was only just outside her personal best, coming home in 277th in a time of 55.48.
Annabel Ralph (343) – Pauline Powell (332)
Haweswater Half Marathon – Sunday March 3rd
Rob Afleck won this half-marathon at the head of a field of 337 runners, posting a winning time of 74.13. Four Blackburn Harriers ran the race – Victoria Mousley, Samantha McCreadie, Carly Edwards and Carol Reilly.
Victoria was first home for the Club in 35th place running a time of 89.59, with Sam in 74th (1hr 35.36), Carly in 86th place with a time of 1hr 37.51 and Carol in 111th (1hr 43.57).
Settle Half Marathon – Sunday March 3rd
Just short of two hundred runners ran this half-marathon won by David Smithers in 80.25. Paul Brindle and Joanne Nelson both in this, described by Joanne as ‘tough’ given the terrain and the weather.
Paul had a very good run to place 4th overall in a time of 82.34 whilst Joanne came home in 18th place and 3rd Woman on the day, clocking 1hr 36.13.
Podium – Saturday March 2nd
Oseama Meslek (Leeds City AC) won the 84 strong ‘A’ Race in a time of 14.42 with Rosie Clarke (Epsom & Ewell Harriers) the first Woman in 16.10. Josh Holgate clocked a time of 16.08 in 37th position which was a new PB for him by half a minute and given the weather on the night in what were generally described as pretty appalling conditions which was unfortunate for the race itself.
Fifty five runners in the ‘B’ Race won by Seb Patrick (Trafford) in 17.08 – Elizabeth Renondeau was first Woman in 17.24. John Foster came home in 18th spot clocking 18.11 which was his first race of the year and his first time over the distance which bodes well.
John Foster 757
On February 9th this year, Holly Bradshaw cleared a height of 4.80m at the British Indoor T & F Championships which won her the Gold Medal and 11th British Title.
Just one week later she competed at the Müller Grand Indoor Prix in Birmingham and cleared a height of 4.81m to win the event in front of Katie Nageotte, Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou and Katerina Stefanidi who was the World and Olympic Champion.
This weekend, Holly went up against Stefanidi and Kiriakopoulou as well as Sidorova and came away with a Silver Medal in a great and competive event, after clearing 4.75m to cap a fabulous three weeks for her.
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