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Solid start for Harriers in Premier Division UKYDL – London Marathon & Matt Captains North West Boys Team – Three Peaks – Mid Cheshire 5k – AoC Cross Country Championships at Woollaton Park – Blackpool Aquathon

UKYDL – Lower Age Group Premier Division

The Track and Field season opened up in earnest yesterday in pretty appalling conditions at Sportscity in the first fixture of this years Premier Divsion West. Continuous rain, wind and cold made sure that the Pole Vault was held indoors. The conditions didn’t deter the athletes though and it was great to see such good perforamnces from athletes from all Clubs in these circumstances. In the provisional results, Sale have set down a marker for the Division by winning on the day with Preston in 2nd, Wirral in 3rd, Blackburn in 4th, West Cheshire 5th, Liverpool 6th and Stockport 7th.

The Harriers Lower Age Group Team was a lot different from the team that won Division 2 and Division 1 in successive seasons (2017 & 2018) as most of the top end U15’s had moved up to the Upper Age Group League this year. This and the step up in quality meant it was going to be a tough day for many of the athletes, some of whom were involved for the very first time. However, they still managed to produce seven wins, twelve 2nd and fourteen 3rd places on the day, which is great credit to them all and even though it isn’t unexpected for young athletes to produce lots of new personal bests, it was still good to see them wrack up a host of them on the day in those adverse weather conditions.

Standout performances came from Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock as Jayden clocked 11.7 in the U15 Boys 100m to win the ‘A’ with Ben running a new PB by four tenths of 13.1 to take 2nd spot in the ‘B’. Onto the 80m Hurdles and it was Ben winning the ‘A’ in 12.4 with Jayden taking the ‘B’ in 12.0, the 3rd time since April 13th that he has achieved the English Schools qualifying time in this event and currently lies in 6th place in the National Rankings with Ben in 9th position. Jayden then took on the 200m finishing in 2nd place with an excellent time of 23.7, a time that ranks him 6th Nationally at the current time. Samuel Mutombo ran his first ever competitive race and his first for the Club in the non-scoring race coming home 2nd (time to be confirmed).

  Jayden Riley (1)                                                     Ben Boocock (11)

  Ben Boocock (1)                                                     Jayden Riley (11)

Samuel Mutombo (1) – Stephen Alberts (11)

Zac Walmsley chopped over one and half seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 41.8 in the 300m (5th) in the ‘A’ whilst Kyle Taylor-Pomfret cut two and a half seconds off his best time clocking a new PB of 43.0 (2nd) in the ‘B’. The ‘A’ 800m race saw Hayden Mercer batter his previous best time by four seconds for a new PB of 2.08.6 in 2nd spot after a great battle with Evan Savage of Sale for the win. Theo Watson is bottom of age U15 and showed great tenacity to hold on for 3rd place in a time of 2.24.0. Codie Dewhurst ran the non-scoring 800m and ran 2.35.9 (4th) with Stephen Alberts just one place behind in 5th, clocking 2.36.2 in only his second ever race over the distance. The U15 Boys saw Dexta Thompson take another sub 5 minute clocking with 4.56.5 in the ‘A’ with David Holman, having played a cup final before he arrived clocking 5.01.1 in the ‘B’ race.

  Zac Walmsley  (1)                                                  Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (11)

  Hayden Mercer (1)                                                 Theo Watson (11)

  Codie Dewhurst                                                      Stephen Alberts

  Dexta Thompson (11)                                             David Holman (1)

Rory Teare and Theo Watson teamed up in the Long Jump with Rory achieving 4.16m in 5th and Theo 3.96m in 4th in the ‘B’. Rory and Codie Dewhurst in the High Jump saw Rory clear 1.50m in 3rd whilst Codie set a new PB of 1.25 (5th) in the ‘B’. Rory and Hayden Mercer turned out in the Pole Vault for the first time ever and took two 2nd places in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ with Hayden clearing 2.10m and Rory 2.00m in the ‘B’ and after all that, Hayden went and threw 8.05m in his first ever attempt at the Shot Putt to place 5th.

Rory Teare

In the Discus, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 5th (15.72m) with Codie Dewhurst (4th) throwing 10.16m in the ‘B’ whilst in the Hammer Kyle added over two metres for a new PB of 27.85m (4th) with Sebastian Burton in his second ever competition throwing a new PB of 21.37m for 3rd spot in the ‘B’. Sebastian also took on the Javelin throwing 13.54m (3rd) with Dexta Thompson placing 5th in the ‘A’ (20.39m). In the two Relays events the U15 Boys 4 x 100m team came 4th with a time of 50.9 and in the 4 x 300m’s – 3rd with 2.56.7. The U15 Girls Relay teams placed 7th in the 4 x 100m (60.7) and 6th in the 4 x 300m (3.23.8) with the U13 Boys 5th in the 4 x 100m (61.5) and the U13 Girls 6th (59.6).



Kate Cookson started the day well for the U15 Girls cutting half a second off her 100m time to set a new PB of 14.0 (7th) with Eleanor Allsop clocking 15.0 in her first ever effort over the distance after which she was just a tenth outside her best, clocking 31.3 in the ‘A’ 200m (7th) with Keira Haxton setting a new PB by two seconds with her time of 30.5. There was a new PB for Leah Hoole in the 300m with her 46.0 clocking in the ‘A’ (4th) with Kate Cookson running 49.0 dead in the ‘B’ and yet another athlete running an event for the first time. Keira and Leah teamed up in the 800m with Leah in the ‘A’ (2.38.9) in 5th and Keira also 5th with a time of 2.42.0. In the non-scoring 800m Eleanor Allsop ran 2.49.0 and Molly Nicholls 2.57.3. The 1500m saw Abi Stratton mix it with the leaders clocking 5.10.4 in 4th place in the ‘A’ race with Hollie Cubbon taking 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 5.30.2.

  Kate Cookson (1)                                                   Eleanor Allsop (11)

  Leah Hoole (1)                                                       Kate Cookson (11)

  Leah Hoole (1)                                                       Keira Haxton (11)

Eleanor Allsop (1) and Molly Nicholls (11)

   Abi Stratton (1)                                                        Hollie Cubbon (11)

Well done to Leah Hoole who took on the Pole Vault for the very first time, clearing 1.80m for 3rd spot whilst in the Long Jump, Kate Cookson jumped a new PB of 3.85m (7th) with Molly Nicholls in her first ever attempt in the event jumping 3.65m in the ‘B’ – And Abigail Stratton taking on the High Jump at the last minute to help the team and clearing 1.15m. Nicky Saunders started off her UKYDL season in good style winning the ‘A’ Discus with a distance of 27.52m, followed by a 3rd spot in the ‘A’ Hammer (33.64m) and 2nd in the Javelin with 23.82m. In the ‘B’ Discus, Caroline Woodworth threw 15.59m in 6th place which was a new PB and took second spot in the ‘B’ Javelin with 21.92m – Grace Bontoft was 3rd in the ‘B’ Hammer (26.26m).

Kate Cookson

Molly Nicholls

Abigail Stratton

Nicky Saunders

Grace Bontoft

Caroline Woodworth

There was an exceptional performance from Ben Stratton in the U13 Boys 1500m. After a brilliant contest between him and the Sale athlete (Oscar Schofield) Ben took the honours with a 13 second new PB of 4.48.0 in the ‘A’ race which placed him at 7th in the National Rankings at the time, with Oliver Gill just one second outside his best time in the ‘B’ running 5.28.7 in 4th spot. Matthew Smith took 4th in the 800m ‘A’ with 2.34.2 as Ben Livesey clocked 2.35.9 to take 2nd place and valuable points for the team in the ‘B’. Ben equaled his PB in the ‘A’ 200m 29.1 in 5th with Oliver Gill setting a new PB by nearly in a second in the ‘B race with 32.1; And it was Ben Livesey again in the 100m running 14.9 (6th) and Harry Sambrook also 6th in the ‘B’ with 15.5 both of whom are more at home in endurance events – Harry running 2.42.5 in the non-scoring U13 800m.

  Ben Stratton (1)                                                      Oliver Gill (11)

  Matthew Smith (1)                                                  Ben Livesey (11)

  Ben Livesey (1)                                                       Oliver Gill (11)

  Ben Livesey                                                            Harry Sambrook

Daniel Smith ran a good race to finish 2nd in the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles in 14.5 and in the Jumps – Matthew Smith 3rd (1.35m) and Daniel Smith 2nd (1.25m) teamed up in the High Jump with Matthew going on to take 3rd spot in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.18m. Harry Sambrook and Toby Mansfield took on the Shot Putt which saw Harry place 7th (5.36m) and Toby 5th in the ‘B’ with 5.12m before going onto throw 18.10m in the Javelin in 5th place.

Daniel Smith

Matthew Smith

Amelia Burton and Lucy Rishton paired up in the U13 Girls 75m sprint with Amelia in 6th 11.4 and Lucy 7th (11.7) – Sophie Gibson ran 11.9 and Tilly Pollard 12.6 in the non-scoring race. Amelia and Tilly took on the 150m with Amelia in 6th (21.7) and Tilly 7th (24.9) in her first attempt at this race distance. Amelia earlier ran 14.0 for 2nd place in the 70m Hurdles.

Sophie Gibson (1)

  Amelia Burton                                                         Rilly Pollard

Eve Coulson took nearly 2 seconds off her 800m best time to clock a new PB of 2.52.2 (7th) with Kady Thompson in the ‘B’, running the race just to get points for the team in 3.23.6. Faith Gillibrand ran only her second ever track race for the Club as she took on the 1200m, running 4.38.3 in 7th. Niamh Gater and Lucy Rishton contested the Long Jump with Niamh reaching 3.75m (7th) and Lucy 3.34m in 7th also. Kady Thompson cleared 1.15m in the High Jump (=5th). Tilly Pollard and Madison Bontoft won valuable points for the team as Tilly threw 7.04m in the ‘A’ Shot Putt whilst Madison won the ‘B’ Shot (6.38m) – Madison going on to throw 13.97m for 5th spot in the Javelin and supported by Kady Thompson in the ‘B’ (3rd) with 11.44m.

  Eve Coulson (1)                                                     Kady Thompson (11)

London Marathon – Sunday April 28th

The London Marathon produced one of the finest performances seen over the distance that you are likely to see, as pre-race favourite Kipchoge, set a new course record of 2.02.37 to run the second fastest marathon time ever, the first being his too.

The Harriers had four representatives in the race – Chris Davies, Paul Guinan, Samantha McCreadie and Charlotte Atkinson.

Chris Davies was looking to make inroads into his personal best time, but the Marathon doesn’t always give you what you want as he told the Club after finishing “Today was a good time of 2:48. Anything under 3:00 hrs is a great achievement. That said it wasn’t what I was looking for and with all the good form I was taking into today I am slightly disappointed. Up to 21 miles everything was looking good but after the 22 mile mark I just simply tied up and was hanging on till the bitter end. It could happen to anyone. The plus side is I now know I can hit the required pace to get the PB that I want, I nearly pulled it off but I think now I have to address my actual marathon training. I train hard but I’m possibly guilty of overdoing it, especially on my long runs, they are to quick. It looks good on Strava on a Sunday dinnertime but I’m obviously not recovering properly. I can take positives from this, it wasn’t a disaster by any means but it gives me something to look at in the way of training. Well done to Paul Guinan, a great time after not doing a marathon for so long and well done to Sam McCreadie also. This hasn’t put me off marathons I look forward to the next one, whatever that may be”.

Chris Davies (Orange Cap)

Paul Guinan had not run a Marathon since 2011and now a V50 he ran a very good race to clock 3hr.01.25 and was a happy man as he told the Club “great to be back in London running the marathon, I forgot actually how hard it can be !! A gap of 7 years since my last, I ran the best I could and gave it a good go, the last few km were pretty tough, I survived !! Looking forward to a little rest now and hopefully have a great summer running for my brilliant club”.

Paul Guinan (24702)

Samantha Mc Creadie (Sam) has run just seven races in the last four years, having endured an horrendous time with injury after injury. Finally injury free – we hope!! – Sam managed to race a 10k, a half–marathon and a 20 miler as part of her preparation for her first ever attempt at the Marathon, and didn’t it go well as she explained to the Harriers when we caught up with her after the race First marathon and I didn’t know what to expect or how my body would cope with the distance. I wanted 3:59 so I’ll take 3:43:29! Maybe should’ve gone a bit quicker but both hips gave in at 19miles so every step of the last 7 was painful! Great atmosphere, great crowd and so well organised! Well done to Paul and Chris on fantastic times”.

Charlotte Atkinson was a member of Blackburn Harriers as a junior and moved away from the area to live in London after being at University. Recently she has decided to move back home to Lancashire and has rejoined the Club. She was doing her first ever Marathon which she was delighted with, clocking 4hr.03.30. Happy with her run and about returning to the Harriers, Charlotte told us Ever since I competed in the mini marathon when I was younger I’ve dreamed about running the London marathon and it did not disappoint. It was THE most amazing experience. I struggled through the last few miles but the crowd pulled me along. I can’t wait to return to the Harriers and get back to racing in blue and white!”.

Charlotte Atkinson


The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is the official British Athletics three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17. If you’re looking for a challenge, the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is your chance to compete against the best new talent in British road running. The course is three miles long, stretching from London’s Old Billingsgate to The Mall. The event is open to entrants from the nine regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and will include teams from all 33 London Boroughs.

Previous winners of the Mini London Marathon and Mini Wheelchair Marathon include four-time Olympic Games gold medallist Mo Farah, and competitors from the London 2012 Paralympics – silver medallist Shelly Woods and David Weir, winner of four Paralympic gold medals and a record seven London Marathons. There are also races for ambulant and para athletes.

In 2018 Matt Ramsden was selected to represent the North West in the Race and clocked a time of 15.52 – this year, Matt was selected again to run for the North West and this time had the honour of competing as the Captain of the North West Boys U17 Team and told us after running 15.20 in 43rd spot – some half a minute quicker than he had run the year before “I was happy with my race considering I got tripped up at the start but I was pleased to get back up and finish the race chasing the others”.


Three Peaks – Saturday April 27th

Race Report

Race History

Completing the circuit of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks is an achievement. Pitting yourself against some of the UK’s best fell runners and setting a record time in what may be winter conditions is an epic performance.

But athletes young and old, male and female, return year after year to challenge themselves on the Three Peaks Race over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The first race in 1954 started in Chapel-le-Dale with six starters and three finishers. Fred Bagley, of Preston Harriers, won in 3hrs 48 mins.

The race record over the current course was set by Andy Peace, of Bingley Harriers, in 1996. His time of 2hrs 46mins 3secs remains unbeaten despite an international field in 2008 when the Race hosted the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge.

Another Bingley Harrier, Victoria Wilkinson, trained for months to knock five minutes off the women’s record set by Anna Pichrtova (Strakova), of the Czech Republic, in the World Long Distance event. Victoria cut it to 3hrs 9mins 19secs in 2017. She claimed a £500 bonus prize, which is on offer to male and female winners who set new records. Victoria finished 13th overall, the highest race position by a lady.

Race History

Race Video


This years race was won by Brennan Townshend in 2hr 50.22 with Ricky Lightfoot in 2nd (2hr 52.05 and Carl Bell in 3rd (2hr 55.44).

John Horrocks was running this race for the very frst time and was really looking forward to testing himself out finishing 125th out of the 670 finishers with a time of 3hr 55.39. Speaking to the Harriers after the Race John told us that it was his First go at the 3 peaks race. Fanstastic race and great support through out the course. Set myself a target time of 3:45 but started with a cold day before and given the conditions on the day I knew this would be difficult. Set off steady up Pen-y-Ghent and then picked it up to Ribblehead where I arrived a couple of minutes outside my target of 1 hr 30. The climb up Whernside is always difficult but I really struggled decending off Whernside and getting to Hill Inn checkpoint I thought I was done but no chance I’m getting on that bus!! The climb up Ingleborough I seemed to come to a bit and passed quite a few people to the top. The conditions at the top of Ingleborough where horrendous but it was all downhill from here. Again really struggled on the decent off Ingleborough and it felt like a long way back from the top. Finished 125th in 3 hrs 55. Happy with that for my first go. Thanks for everyone’s support and to people handing me food and drink on the course”.

John Horrocks

Matt Nuttall (V50) has a background of running this race over a number of years but hasn’t been able to race that much in recent times. However, his desire to get back to this race proved decisive as he clocked 4hr 01.11 to come home in 153rd position and told us post race that “Love this race , love the history, a few Blackburn Harriers legends have won it and it was good to see them on the day – weather was not a major problem to be fair”.

Matt Nuttall (77)

V40 Craig Greenough was the third runner for the Club and he came home in a time of 4hr 26.47 in 320th place.

Mid Cheshire 5k – Friday 26th April

This was a pretty fast race with the first 16 athletes all running sub 15 minutes – the winner Richard Allen running a time of 14.15 with Nigel Martin in 2nd (14.17) and Ed Shepherd 3rd (14.20). Another 50 athletes clocked sub 16 min times and their is little doubt that this is one of those races that produces fast times over the distance.


Two Blackburn Harriers ran this one, Tom Blaney being across the line first in a time of 16.11(78th) which cements a very consistent run of low 16 minute 5k runs for him. Calum Holmes was the second Harrier and he also had a fine run to equal his personal best time of 16.55 in 139th place.

Tom Blaney

Calum Holmes

Association of Colleges Sport National Cross Country Championships

at Wollaton Park – April 27th

Great venue to run cross country as four Blackburn Harriers – Tom Marchant, Joe Gebbie, Maddie Elliott and Freya Black had all been selected to run for the North West. Maddie placed 5th and Freya 25th as the North West Team Women’s won the Silver Medal whilst Tom came home in 7th and Joe 13th to give the North West Men’s Team the Bronze Medal.

L-R Tom Marchant – Joe Gebbie – Freya Black – Maddie Elliott

All Photos from Richard Marchant —— HERE

RESULTS – Not yet available.

Three Blackburn Harriers competed in the BATS Blackpool Aquathon race 2 in the North West Region Junior Series.

Saul Sharp came in 6th in the male swim 300m & 2.4k tun run time 10:44, William Grundy was 1st overall in the 150m swim & 1200m Run 5:13 and Lulu Sharp finished 16th girl in the 150m swim & 1200m 6:15.

L-R Saul Sharp – William Grundy – Lulu Sharp

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Jayden 4th in National Rankings & Matthew Joint 1st in National Rankings with 21 new PB’s at Trafford Medal Meeting – Manx Mountain Marathon & Easter Festival of Running – Triathlon with Danny and Mark

Easter Monday Trafford Medal meeting

Fourteen young athletes from the Harriers took on a number of events in the holiday sunshine with some particularly good performances. Not more so than U15 Jayden Riley who won the 80m Hurdles in a time of 11.99, the second time in a week that he has beaten the English Schools qualifying time leaving him in 4th place in the National Rankings and won his Heat of the 100m in a time of 11.63 which also puts him 4th at the moment in the National Rankings.


Another very impressive performance came from U13 Matthew Smith who won the High Jump in a new PB of 1.55m which took him into equal first place in the National rankings. He later leapt out to 4.28m to come 3rd out of 18 in the Long Jump before clocking 2.48.84 in his Heat (1) of the 800m – 12 Heats in all. Bottom of age U15 Theo Watson had an impressive day too as he smashed his 800m to pieces by 12 seconds for a new PB of 2.18.36 (2nd) in Heat 8 and ran 300m for the first time ever, placing 3rd in a very good time of 45.90 as well as obliterating his Long Jump previous best by a metre leaping out to 4.67m to place 6th out of a field of 11 for another new PB.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith (155)

Theo Watson 424

Theo Watson

Nicky Saunders (U15) who had competed at the Sheffield Open over the weekend took on three Throws events again here winning the Discus with 26.14m, placing 5th in the Javelin with 25.11m and came 7th in the Shot Putt with 8.00m which was a new PB for her. U15 Caroline Woodworth was also among the Throws events today – just missing a new PB in the Discus with her 15.27m (12th), set a new PB in her Javelin of 23.14m (8th) and set a second new PB on the day in the Shot Putt with 7.28m (10th). U13 Kady Thompson threw 11.21m in the Javelin (9th) and cleared 1.20m in the High Jump, both performances being only just outside her personal bests. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret threw 24.9m for 10th spot in the U15 Javelin and a new PB with Dexta Thompson achieveing 20.65m in the same event (13th).

L-R Kady Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Dexta Thompson

Another new PB, this time for U15 Sebastian Burton who chopped a whopping 11 seonds off his previous best time to set a new PB of 2.31.26 (3rd) in Heat 9. There was also a big new PB for Codie Dewhurst in his Heat of the 800m with a clocking of 2.29.76 (1st) down by over four seconds. That was folowed by a 50.35 clocking in the 300m (6th) and a Long Jump of 3.46m in 11th spot.

Codie Dewhurst

Codie Dewhurst (422)

Amelia Burton followed her brother Sebastian setting new personal bests as she cut a full second off her previous best in the 70m Hurdles to run a new PB of 12.75 in 4th place and then ran 10.98 – for her second new PB of the day in the 75m (4th), making iot a hat-trick of new PB’s in the 150m as she improved her best time by a second, clocking 21.57 in 5th spot. U11 Felix Thompson ran 12.94 in his 75m (5th) followed by a 2.12.53 clocking in his 600m race in 6th. And still it went on for the young athletes with more personal bests as Ben Livesey chopped some seven seconds off his 800m time to place 7th in his Heat clocking a new PB of 2.32.76, set another new PB in the 200m with his 29.12 (4th) and just missed out on the 100m, placing 4th with 14.12.

Amelia Burton (32)

Yet another new personal best performance of the day came in the U17 Womens 80m Hurdles where Myah Booth – bottom of age – cut three tenths of  second off her best and set a new PB of 12.3 in 3rd position.

In the 1500m U15 Dexta Thompson set a new PB for himself by knocking two seconds off his previous est as he clocked 4.48.50 in 8th place (Heat 2), as did Kyle Taylor-Pomfret who placed 9th in the same Heat, improving his personal best by half a second to 4.50.31. U15 Hollie Cubbon ran in Heat 3 of the 1500m coming home in 6th place out of the 12 athletes, in a time of 5.25.31.

Doncaster Open Meeting – April 20th

Tony Balko (V50) was doing a bit of travelling over the Easter weekend to get some competiton, his fiorst vist being the Doncaster Open. In the Discus he placed 4th with a distance of 34.51m, improved to 2nd position in the Shot with a throw of 11.21m – just 3cms shy of his personal best and rounded the competiton off by winning the Masters Hammer (6kg) with a throw of 37.96m which was a seasons best. On to the York Open Meeting on Easter Monday for Tony thrwoing 36.72m in the Discus and 11.21m in the Shot for the second time over the weekend.

Doncaster RESULTS

Sheffield Run, Jump & Throws Open Meeting – April 19th

U15 Nicky Saunders travelled over to this Open meeting to compete in the Discus and Javelin. The Javelin (500g) saw her throw 25.80m for 2nd spot whilst in the Discus (1kg) she placed 6th with a distance of 27.68m.


Full Manx Mountain Marathon – Good Friday 2019

Danny Teare, whio hails from the Isle of Man, decided to take on the full Manx Mountain Marathon last weekend in what turned out to be less than ideal conditions for running 31 miles! As he indicated to the Club “My first attempt at the full Manx Mountain Marathon started very well.  Registered alongside 7 time record winner Paul Thompson from Clayton was a good omen, or so I thought. Didnt see much of him after 30 seconds……”


Paul Thompson (1) – Danny Teare (2)

After the Race Danny looked back on the day and the race and told the Club “The race is 31 miles with 8000ft climb, starting in Ramsey and finishing in Port Erin, visiting the 10 highest peaks.  It was a hot day, no cloud cover and minimal breeze.  The views were totally stunning, much of it new to me, even though I lived there til I was 18. At the advice of Gary Pearse, I was constantly eating and drinking.  It was like  a mobile picnic up there! At 23 miles and over 6000ft in the bag, sadly I was done… and had to withdraw.  The heat was a factor for sure, but I was always going to find that last quarter a challenge anyway. 25% of the field withdrew during the race so I was in good company. Plenty of learnings for next year though.  Its still on the ‘to do’ list. I totally recommend the event, put on by Manx Fell Runners. As with all events, the volunteers who marshall and provide food / water really make it. Next year is the 50th anniversary. If anyone fancies it, give me a shout! “

There are three races over the Festival period. The Festival opens on Good Friday evening with a scenic 10 kilometre road race around the streets of Port Erin and Port St Mary in the south of the Island. Male and female competitors run together in this race.

Easter Saturday afternoon sees the action move to the west of the Island for the famous Peel Hill races that take in the summit of Corrin’s Folly. The route starts and finishes on the road but is mainly on grass. The afternoon starts with the men’s race followed by the three mile women’s race.

The final races take place on Douglas Promenade on Easter Sunday morning with the women’s five kilometre road race at 10.30am, followed by the men’s five kilometre road race at 11.15am.

Joe Howe was also in the Isle of Man, competing for Manchester University ‘Alehouse Team’ in the annual Easter Running Festival which comprises three races – 10k Race on Good Friday, Peel Hill Race on Saturday and a 5k Race on Sunday. At the end of the the three races, all those who contested all three – and there were 145 – are awarded points related to their position in each race which saw Joe finish 65th out of 145 runners with a combined total of 227 points. (RESULTS).

In the 10k Race, Joe came home in 10th place out of a field of 266 runners clocking a time of 38.55 (10k RESULTS).

The Friday Race up Peel Hill had Joe running a time of 25.34 to come home in 65th position out of 185 who ran it. (Peel Hill RESULTS) – and in the final race, over 5k on Sunday, Joe clocked 17.27 to finish 56th out of the 197 strong field. (5k RESULTS).

After a hard weekend of running, Joe told the Club that it was a pretty tough weekend to be honest. I had been pretty coldy in the run up to the festival and realised how much fitness I had lost in a pretty brutal way in the 10k on Friday. I realised it would probably be a good idea to not really push the running over the next two days but still had a decent run in the 5k on Sunday. The weather was really amazing and the weekend was fun as usual”.

Joe Howe

Clitheroe Triathlon – Easter Monday

Two hundred and ninety contestants in this Triathlon held in the same hot conditions that other races and events have been held in over this Easter weekend. Whilst it is good for tourists, this kind of weather doesn’t always do the athletes a lot of favours when it comes to endurance type events. This race was won by Daniel McParland in a combined time of 1hr 25.45.


Danny Maynard...finished in 107th position after clocking 7.58 in the Swim, 71.21 on the Bike and 34.36 on the run for a finished combined time of 1hr 56.32 and afterwards, Danny spoke to the Harriers about the event saying Clitheroe is tough triathlon in any weather, the 25 degree heat was an extra element to overcome. After a good start in the swim, Birdy Brow was as ever challenging on the bike and I was relieved for the downhill. Its safe to say the hills got the better of me and the run was a hard slog to the finish line. This year I was pleased to beat my overall time by over five minutes, glad to see my winter training programme is paying off”.

Mark Almond, competing as a V50 finished just a few places behind Danny in 112th with a combined finishing time of 1hr 57.14 which comprised of a a Swim of 10.33, 68.36 on the Bike and 34.57 on the run. This was Mark’s first ever Triathlon, so it was a bit of a gamble and commented afterwards that Yes it was my first ever Tri – wasn’t fit going in to it but wanted to give it a go. Swimming didn’t go well and was suprised how tough the run was with “jelly legs” overall really enjoyable and hope to get fitter and have another go”.

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Rachel 7th British Woman at Boston Marathon – Salford 10k – Paul Wins vets at Caldervale 10m – Top 10 for Tom at Rivington – John & Matt at Newlands Fell Race

Boston Marathon – April 15th 2019

Rachel Wood continued her Marathon running career which now total five races in all, her first being  the London Marathon in 2015 where she clocked 3hr 03.07. On to 2016 to London again where she ran her personal best time of 2hr 59.02; in 2017 she ran 2hr 59.26 in Berlin followed by a 3hr 07.37 in London (2018). Rachel targeted the Boston Marathon this year – and not the easiest by a long chalk especially with Horrible Hill in it – accompanied by her dad – Tony Wood, President of Blackburn Harriers and Chairman of Northern Athletics. For Tony it was a special visit as he told the Club “it was a special visit for me – I went to the US in 1974, 45 years ago, as a camp counsellor with Camp America and I visited Boston then with a fellow runner. He took me to a running shop that was selling the new Nike brand shoes near the start of the Boston marathon and he bought a pair – the running boom hadn’t started yet. He told me then about the race so it was quite emotional to return all these years later to watch my daughter run the race”.


Rachel had another cracking run to finish 7th out of all of the British women racing in a time of 2hr 59.31 to continue her run of Marathons in very consistent times, everyone of which has yielded her a championship qualifying time for London. After the race she spoke to the Harriers saying “I ran the iconic Boston marathon last Monday and it was epic! The course was point to point and was undulating. The race day started with a 1 hour bus ride from Boston downtown to Hopkinton were the start was. It was an enjoyable experience loading onto school buses with other runners and spending the bus journey chatting about all things running. The weather was hit and miss… the race day started with a thunderstorm and by the time I reached the end of the race it was lovely and sunny. My dad travelled over to support me and was at the base of ‘heartbreak hill’ around the 20 mile point. Heart break hill isn’t as steep as Darwen tower but it was tough nonetheless! I was hoping to pb as training has been going well but I didn’t manage it on the day. I crossed the line in a time of 2.59.31… another sub 3 so I am happy with that “.

Rachel Wood (5131)

Salford 10k – Good Friday

Just over six hundred runners ran the traditional Good Friday Salford 10k running in very warm temperatures to say the least and won in a good time of 31.03 by Norman Shreeve (Cambridge & Coleridge). Four Blackburn Harriers ran the race – Jacob Watson, Josh Holagte, Tom Blaney and Calum Holmes.


Jacob Watson missed a new personla best time by just one second – a cooler day w0uld have certainly helped as he clocked a time of 33.09 in 18th place and told the Club after the Race that it was A run of 2 halves at this morning’s Salford 10k. The first lap flew by and until 6k I was confident of coming away with a PB. Unfortunately during the second lap I did start to fade somewhat, however the support from the crowd and shoutouts from John Chaplin, Marc and Jack helped me keep it together! Crossing the line I knew I’d given it 100% which at the end of the day is all you can ask from yourself. Reflecting on this I’m chuffed to have run so close to a PB and I’m confident I’ll break this pesky 33 minute barrier at some point during the year!Josh Holgate was just one place and five seconds behind as he ran a time of 33.14 in19th spot.

Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Jacob Watson (706)

Next Harrier across the finish line in was Tom Blaney in 33rd place with a time of 34.15 commenting that Salford is the first fast flat 10k Ive done since Trafford last year and have been looking forward to it ever since i missed out on Ribble Valley over the christmas break. The weather was great, sunny but not too hot and no wind. I ran the first 5k in around 16.55 which felt comfortable with the hope of pushing on in the second half. Unfortunately it wasnt my day i put every last effort into it but i could not go any faster. A bad day for me but i take positives out of consistent training and staying injury free. Onto the next one. Well done to the other Harriers who ran some great times today its a pleasure to train with such a great group of lads!

Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Tom Blaney (7)

Calum Holmes made it four Blackburn Harriers home as he crossed the line in 55th position running a time of 35.17 and afterwards reflected on his race daying “I felt okay for the first 6k just tucking in behind Thomas Blaney who also had a great run. I finished in a rather good time which I’m quite happy with, the conditions were hard with the warm weather and unfortunately wasn’t a pb but I’m happy with my run today as I have been off at the moment I’m just going to continue to work really hard with the lads in training and reach my goals for the year, great team work today and great running from everyone as usual upwards and onwards”.

Photo courtesy of Paul Bannister – Calum Holmes (354)

Caldervale 10m – Good Friday

Paul Brindle and Janine Fallon joined two hundred and forty four other runners on a very warm Good Friday in the Caldervale 10m road race, which was won in a time of 55.33 (Joe Beech).


Paul came home in 4th position and 1st Vet in a time of 63.14 telling the Harriers afterwards that the Caldervale 10 which I’ve done few times is real test of strength with times slower than normal. Especially when it’s hotter than Spain. You can’t grumble everyone’s in the same boat and it’s how you plan to race. The first two miles are all down hill, the next four go up. Running in the boiling hot Sun I’ve not really run in this year, it was a real test to keep my position. On the top of the last hill I had Mark Holgate breathing down my neck. With two mile to go I went long and kicked on …. 1.9 mile to go cursing myself for being so competitive and just settle 5th maybe 6th but less pain. Trying to block out the inner soft me , I managed to break free but had a very tough last half mile run in. I was slower than previously but in very testing conditions. Happy with 4th overall and age cat win and bottle wine. It really was a Good Friday …. Oh come on it had to be said!!Janine clocked a time of 75.47 in 41st spot overall.

Rivington Pike – Saturday April 20th

The ‘Rivington Pike’ Fell Race is one of the oldest fell races in todays fell racing calendar. The earliest races date back to the early 1880’s, where the challenge of the foot race to the summit of the ‘pike’ and back, taking in 700ft of ascent and covering over 5km in distance has attracted the very finest athletes ranging from Olympic track runners and Marathoners through to out-and-out fell specialists.

History of the Rivington Pike Races ⇒⇒⇒ HERE


Tom Marchant and Carmen Byrne ran for the Harriers in the race won by Michael Cayton (17.20) – another race run in pretty warm conditions. Tom had a top ten finish, coming home in 7th place with a time of 19.52 and told the ClubToday was a tough, fast and warm race. I knew I had to go off quick at the start and have a fast climb to get to the top with the front group which I achieved. This then set me up for a fast decent where I could catch a few places in which I caught 4 or 5 on the downhill. Overall a very fast race, despite the hot conditions it didn’t affect me too much with having spent a week in Portugal training, so benefited me more for the race. Happy with how the race went and feel a huge improvement within my running”. Carmen finished 96th overall out of a field of 406 which was a pretty good effort after struggling for a couple of months due to achilees problems. After the Race Carmen commented on her return to racing saying After 7 weeks of mainly cross training it was lovely to be back racing. I set off steady for the ascent and then caught a couple of women on the way down and finished strongly. Looking forward to the next race in a few weeks”.

Tom Marchant (25) Carmen Byrne

Newlands Memorial Race – Saturday April 20th

Rob Jebb had a comfortable win by over four minutes as he took the race in a time of 1hr 40.50 out of field just short of three hundred runners with John Battrick in 2nd (1hr 45.05) and Steve Framklin in 3rd (1 hr 46.46).

John Horrocks and Matt Nuttall represented the Harriers on another hot day which affects everyone in terms of hydration and ther ability to cope overall with the heat. John crossed the line in 41st position with a time of 2hr 06.04 and refelcted on his race to the Harriers after, commenting Newlands memorial race taking in Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. A quick run out into Newlands valley to begin and it felt very hot so I was looking forward to getting onto the tops for the breeze. The climb up Robinson made it a tough start but once that was out of the way it was mostly runnable on the tops with a good last decent off cat bells. The heat started to take affect after about 8/9 miles and it felt a long way back! Finished 41st in 2 hrs 6″. Matt finished in 79th spot running a time of 2hr 17.09.



John Horrocks Matt Nuttall

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Stunning performance see Charlotte throw qualifying distance for European Junior Championships – Sam 2nd in first U20 Hammer Competition at Loughborough

In 2018 Charlotte Williams – or Charlie as she is known to us at the Harriers – managed to throw in competition just six times which resulted in five wins and one third place. She won the Mid Lancs League fixture on July 28th (53.07m) (3kg); won the UKYDL Regional Final with 57.11m (3kg) on July 29th; won the Northern U17 Championships with a throw of 57.20m (3kg) on 11th August, came 3rd in the National U17 Championships with 57.41m (3kg) on 26th August and finally threw 54.12m at the Hammer Circle reunion (4kg) in October. This was a brilliant set of results, but all the time she was having to deal with injury problems, which very few know about within the sport.

Last year was also a momentous year in a different way for this talented Hammer Thrower and that was because she had to contend with surgery on her Meniscus and Anterior Cruciate Ligament, injuries which can be career threatening. Injuries, as they say in all sport, are part and parcel of your life and it is how you deal with them that counts. It is however, a lot more difficult at 16 years of age to have to cope with that and it takes real strength of character, dedication and commitment as well as a dogged determination to fight back and to not only recover, but to come back even better – and that is exactly what this young woman has done.

At the weekend, Charlie cemented that comeback in stunning style. On Saturday she competed in two Hammer events on the same day at Loughborough – Senior Women’s Hammer and U20 Women’s Hammer. She came 3rd in the Senior Women’s event (4kg) with a massive new PB throw by 4 metres, of 58.67m and 45 minutes later, lined up for the U20 Competition where she improved her personal best even further with 59.09m which gave her the qualifying distance for the European Junior Championships. A delighted athlete spoke briefly to the Club afterwards commenting that she wasvery happy to have come out on my first competition with a huge 5 meter pb and to get the European standard is even better. Hopefully there will be more to come this season!

L-R Lucy Marshall (2nd) – Annabelle Croasdale (1st) – Charlotte Williams (3rd)

L-R Phoebe Baggott (2nd) – Charlotte Williams (2nd) – Jasmine Routledge (3rd) – Michael Hitchon Coach to Charlotte Williams

Loughborough Results

Hull Results

Sam Gaskell is another very talented Hammer Thrower at Blackburn Harriers. As an U17 in 2018 Sam won the English Schools with a lifetime best of 68.75m (5kg) which was the culmination of his season. Prior to that, Sam won the Liverpool Throws & Jumps Open in April with 59.23m (5kg); Won the Lancashire County Championships in may with 64.65m (5kg); Won the Lancashire Schools Championships on June 9th with a throw of 65.18m (5kg); Won the National U17 Championships at Bedford, throwing 67.01m (5kg) and finally came 2nd in the SIAB International at Grangemouth with a throw of 65.58m (5kg).

At Loughborough on Saturday April 13th – Alan Bertram Memorial Hammer Meeting – Sam opened up his season as a bottom of age U20 throwing the heavier weight of 6kg for the first time in competition – and what a good start – as he threw 61.97m to take 2nd place overall. A mention too here for their Coach Michael Hitchon who has helped get Charlotte and Sam to this level and who puts in an unbelievable amount of time, not only with these two athletes, but also in trying to develop a new generation of Hammer Throwers. In terms of National Rankings at this very early stage in the season, Charlotte is in 2nd place with Sam in 3rd.

L-R Sam Gaskell (2nd) – Ben Hawkes (1st) – Shaun Kerry (3rd)









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New PB’s for Harriers at Lancashire Combined Events Championships – Quadrathon with the Harriers

Lancashire Combined Events Championships & Quadrathon – April 6th and 7th at Hyndburn

U17 Liberty Thompson took on the Inter-Girls Heptathlon at the Championships finishing 4th with a combined total of 2732 points – during the event she set a new PB in the High Jump of 1.47m, set another one in the Shot Putt (3kg) with a distance of 8.68m and added another 40 points to her overall total (RESULTS).



Rory Teare (U15) competed in the Junior Boys Pentathlon finishing 4th out of 5 athletes contesting the event with a combined total of 1627 points. During the day he posted a new 800m PB of 2.42.7 – an improvement of 13 seconds, added 9cms to her his High Jump which he won, clearing 1.59m for a new PB, just missed a new personal best in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.34m, added over a metre to his Shot Putt (4kg) with a throw of 6.57m for yet another new PB, all of which was good enough to secure a Lancashire Vest for him (RESULTS).



In the Junior Women’s Pentathlon it was Caroline Woodworth who represented the Harriers finishing in 5th place out of the 7 athletes entered with a combined points total of 1434. Caroline was trying some of these events for the first time ever – clearing 1.17m in the High Jump, 3.10m in the Long Jump, throwing the 3kg Shot Putt for the first time with a distance of 6.72m, running 17.8 in the 75m Hurdles, another event she hasn’t done before and rounding the day off with a time of 2.47.3 in her 800m (RESULTS).


John iLunga competed in the Senior Men’s Decathlon which featured just two athletesalong with Tom Godwin of Blackpool. The ten events saw John run 13.1 in the 100m; a new PB of 61.6 in the 400m; clocked 5.57.8 in the 1500m; ran 21.3 in the 110m Hurdles; cleared 1.59m in the High Jump; 4.86m in the Long Jump; 1.60m in the Pole Vault; threw 7.43m in the Shot Putt; set a new PB of 23.74m in the Discus and finished with a throw of 18.20m in the Javelin for a combined total of 2975 points – an improvement of 160 points (RESULTS).


The U13 Girls Pentathlon saw Kady Thompson and Isabelle Hartley competing, with Isabelle clocking 3.01.5 (800m); ran a new PB of 13.7 in the 70m Hurdles; cleared 1.14m in the High Jump – the first time she has attempted the event; set a new PB in the Long Jump (3.03m) and threw 5.71m in the Shot Putt, another event being taken on for the first time and in the end amassing 1395 points. Kady ran 3.19 in her 800m; 16.2 in her 70m Hurdles for a new PB; cleared 1.17m in the High Jump; jumped 2.86m (Long Jump) and in her first attempt at the Shot Putt, threw 4.85m (RESULTS).

Kady Thompson (Inside Lane)

Isabelle Hartley


The Quadrathon – covering Years 3/4 – 5/6 – 7/8 – takes place on the same weekend as the Combined Events Championships and at the same venue – Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn. Many thanks to all the Officials who gave up their weekend to attend both days and ensure that the competitons went ahead. We keep saying it on this site, but without our Officials, who are unpaid volunteers, there won’t be any competions being held anywhere. SO ANOTHER SHOUTOUT to all those parents out there who come to the events to watch, why not have a go at becoming an Official – it is very rewarding to be part of something, the sport of athletics, which provides such a massive opportunity for youngsters to grow and develop.


Year 3 & 4 Boys (Saturday) had three Blackburn and one Pendle lad involved over 50m, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and 400m. Liam Bentham was the overall winner with 152 points, with Frank Johnson in 3rd and Ansh Nama in 4th (RESULTS) —- Year 3 & 4 Boys (Sunday) saw Alex McKinlay finish 2nd out of 5 youngsters with a total of 127 points in the Year 3 event and Alex Burns winning the Year 4 event with a total of 145 points (RESULTS).

Year 3 & 4 Girls (Saturday) had Girls overall with Lulu Sharp finishing 4th out of 5 in the Year 4 event with 135 points (RESULTS) —- and on Sunday Emelia Stockton and Charlie Capstick finished 2nd (96 points) and 3rd (70 points) respectively (RESULTS).


Year 5 & 6 Boys competition includes 75m; Vortex; Standing Long Jump and 600m. On Saturday two athletes from Hyndburn and two from Blackburn Harriers competed against one another with Hyndburn taking 1st, 2nd and the Harriers 3rd (Loucas Lancashire with 176 points) and 4th (Alexander Brien 136 points). Daniel Nuttall, a recent new member for the Harriers ran a good time of 2.02.8 for the 600m in the year 6 event to help him amass 206 points in front of the Hyndburn athlete in 2nd place.  (RESULTS) —- On Sunday, Felix Thompson contested the Year 5 competition and finished in 3rd place with 163 points in total behind a Preston athlete in 2nd (172) and Southport athlete who won with 190 points. Felix set a new PB in the 75m (12.7) and a new PB in the 600m clocking 2.06.6 – an improvement of six seconds.

Loucas Lancashire

Alexander Brien

Daniel Nuttall (23)

The Year 6 Boys had two form Blackburn Harriers and one from Southport up against one another which saw Matthew Smith come equal 1st with Joseph Wake of Southport with combined totals of 226 points. In his 600m Matthew chopped a huge 7 seconds off his previous best for a new PB of 1.44.0. Pleasing to see Sam Craven competing here  finishing with 128 points which saw him knock a massive 33 seconds off his 600m time to set a new PB of 2.35.6 (RESULTS). Harmony Hacking and Hannah Davies were in the Year 5 event on Sunday with Harmony coming home in 3rd place out of 4 (181 points) and Hannah 4th (157 points). There was new PB’s for both girls in the 75m with 12.2 for Harmony and 12.1 for Hannah 12.1 (RESULTS).

Matthew Smith

Sam Craven (66)

Matthew Smith (Joint 1st) – Sam Craven (3rd)

Harmony Hacking

Hannah Davies (Lane 5)

Saul Sharp, Dexta Thompson and Codie Dewhurst were all involved in the year 8 event on Saturday along with anopther athlete from Blackpool.  Saul took the honours winning the event with a combined total of 197 points, with Dexta in 2nd (170 points) and Codie in 3rd (162 points). During the event there were new PB’s set by Saul in the 100m (14.7), 800m with a big improvement of 10 seconds (2.26.0) and another new PB in the Long Jump of 4.02m. Dexta also set a new PB in 800m clocking 2.25.0 and similarly in the Long Jump, adding 18 cms to his previous best for a new PB of 3.39m. Codie kept the trend going with a new PB in the Long Jump with his leap of 3.39m (RESULTS). Katie Capstick finished 4th in the year 7 event on Sunday clocking up 58 points. This was her first ever competition for the Club which was great credit to her.






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1st & 2nd for Joanne and Janine – Early season Throws with Tony – Loughrigg Fell Race with John – Andrew in Majorca – New 10k PB for Paul

It has been a busy racing period for Joanne Nelson recently, who is in training for the Liverpool Marathon in May, which she has previously won. One week after running the Northern Road Relays at Birkenhead Joanne went up to run the Conistion 14 (March 30th) finishing 106th in 1hr 37.06 which was the week before running a Leg at the National Road Relays. Fellow Harrier – Paul Brindle – also ran the race placing 19th overall in 1hr 24.53 (RESULTS).

Joanne’s latest race saw her tackle a 20 miler which was part of a series of races covering 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon, 20 miles and a Marathon on the same day, which is one way of spending your Sunday! Joanne won with a time of 2hr 25.30 with another Blackburn Harrier – Janine Fallon – coming home in 2nd clocking 2hr 33.52, making it a 1/2 for the Club.

Ladies Day Races Results

Afterwards, Joanne told the Harriers about the day saying Janine and I decided to have a go at “it’s grim up north” organised 20 miler in Cleckheaton for marathon preparation. It’s a newly organised event this year and the second race I have run which has been organised by this group.
The race was a 5 mile out and back repeated; so not too great if you are tired after 10 miles!!
Miles 1-5 and 10-15 are slightly downhill which means miles 6-10 and 16-20 are slightly uphill.
The event included many races, not just the 20 miler, but also 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon and an ultra marathon. It’s fair to say that it was absolutely freezing and we were both happy to finish. First and second place secured for Blackburn Harriers ladies and to top it all there was a selection of free cakes, a choice between free beer, cider or lager, and a medal and trophy.
A good day out”.

Joanne Nelson – Janine Fallon

Northern Masters League – Wednesday April 10th

Tony Balko (V50) has already got a number of competitions under his belt this season, recording a couple of wins at the Spenborough Open in the Hammer (37.83m) and Shot (11.08m). He backed that up at Scunthorpe with another win in the Shot (11.24m and a new PB) and his fourth win in a row, taking the Hammer (37.18). On the 10th April in the Northern Masters League he placed 3rd in the Shot (10.58m) and 2nd in the Hammer with 36.59m). At the Wakefield Open on April 7th, Tony  won the Hammer with 37.29m, came 2nd in the Discus (34.31m) and rounded off with another win in the  Shot (10.48m).

His latest competition saw him at the Northern Masters League again on April 10th where he placed 3rd out of 7 in the Shot Putt (10.58m), and in the Discus with a throw of 36.59m coming in 2nd. Six Wins, two 2nd and 2 x 3rd places as well as a new PB in the Shot represents a pretty solid start for the 2019 season.


Tony Balko

Mitja Marato de Pollença (Pollensa Half marathon – Mallorca)

Andrew Knowles is training for a Half-Ironman and as part of his build up he entered this half-marathon in Majorca on Sunday April 14th. He preceded this race with a bike ride in the mountains the day before lasting three hours and still managed to clock 1hr 50.02 in the race following his mountain efforts.

Andrew spoke to the Club about his training weekend saying “The ‘aim’ was to start with tired legs to mimic triathlon race conditions, so the day before I rode over the mountains for 3 hours. Didn’t quite go to plan as I blistered badly having to stop a few times and take my trainers off and sort my feet out. However I felt the objective was achieved as the whole run was on ‘empty’ so perfect training. 10k and 5k’s races also and a brilliant atmosphere, highly recommend”.

Andrew Knowles

Loughrigg Fell Race – Wednesday April 10th

A wonderful night to race on the Fells for Blackburn Harrier John Horrocks on Wednesday evening as he finished 20th overall clocking 30.02 and tolld us after the Race that “The summer night races begin…4 miles up and down loughrigg starting from the park in Ambleside. A record turn out for the race which made the start to the narrow bridge like a 100m sprint to get a good position for the steep road climb onto the first section of the fell. I was going well in about 15th up to the last steep climb when I started to fade a bit and lose a few places. Around the trig point (some good view but not much chance to enjoy) and straight back down the same way. Managed to get a few places back and descend well for once. Finished 20th in a time of 30:02. Definitely be doing this one again!”

Loughrigg Fell Race Video

(Photo courtesy of Stephen Wilson)

Three Bridges 10k – Sunday April 14th

Paul Jeffries (V40) went into this race – featuring some 300 runners, won in a time of 33.47 (Campbell Ross) – with a personal best time of 40.51 set at the Pilling 10k in 2018. In this race, Paul came across the line in 25th place, clocking 40.41 for a ten second new PB. After the race, Paul reflected on his current form and the race itself saying the Three Bridges is a race i have  done a few times before. I have been getting a lot of advice and support at the club and i am enjoying my running a lot more. Last year i found it tough going in this race finishing with a time of 46:58, which was a slight improvement on the previous years 48:45. I feel i have benefited in a lot of ways by taking part in team events like the road relays and mid lancs xc, and by listening to all the advice given freely at the club. So today i had another crack at the course and came in 25th place in 40:41  which i think is a new pb for me, i have trained a lot more but i couldn’t of done it without the support of clubmates and coaches, many thanks”.

Many thanks to Paul for being part of the Club and we look forward to more new personal best times in the year ahead from him.

Paul Jeffries