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Karl in the I.O.M

Eleven Mens Teams and 102 Athletes lined up for this years Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running.  Amongst them was Blackburn Harriers Karl Billington. The Festival consists of three Races – a Road Race on Friday – a Hill Race on Saturday and a 4 x 5k Road Relay on the Sunday.

Karl had a really good weekend finishing 6th in the 10k Road Race (32:15); 5th in the Hill Race (22:34) and ran the joint fastest time in the Relay (15:14) in which his Team, St Mary’s finished 3rd. A fine performance overall finishing 3rd in the Individual overall standings with a total of 13 points.

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Rivington at Easter

FRA Junior Championships 2013 Round One

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A great day for the Annual Rivington Pike Fell Race. Plenty of sunshine, plenty of runners and lots of really good competition. Thirty five youngsters kicked off the Under 8’s Race with just 16 secs seperating the first five. Matthew Cubbon in his first race for the Club did really well coming in 3rd overall (4:28). Matthew was followed home by Kate Cookson in her first race for the Club in 23rd (5:21) and just behind her was Alayna Irvine in 25th place (5:30).


Next up for the Harriers was the Under 12’s Race which featured 86 runners. Another debutant for the Club – Daniel Cubbon – finished in 33rd place (12:06). Hannah Cookson came home in 53rd place overall (12:49).


The Under 14’s Boys & Girls mixed Race gave the Club its first winner of the day with a cracking run by Grace Handley the first girl home and 10th overall (15:28) in a field of 58. Grace was backed up with good performances by Natalya Irvine 22nd (16:45); Deni Impett 31st (17:45); Megan Clarkson 48th (19:33) and Esme Pearse 54th (21:42).



Last of the Junior Races were the Under 16’s mixed Boys & Girls providing the Harriers with their second outright winner of the day with a really fine run by Liz Greenwood to win the Girls Race in 13th place overall (15:10).  Jack Hindle also had a good run to finish 5th overall (13:55), Morgan Philips was 20th (15:44); Phoebe Howe 33rd and 8th Girl (18:14). SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

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In the Senior Mens Race 312 Men and Women lined up making an impressive long line in the ascent up to the Pike. Tom Cornthwaite running for Northumberland Fell Runners and Gary Priestley for Salford Harriers (both 2nd Claim on the Track for Blackburn), treated us to a cracking Race with just 3 seconds seperating them at the finish – Tom (18:04) edging out Gary (18:07). Another 2nd Claim member for Blackburn – Josh Tighe – and again running for Northumberland Fell Runners ran a good race to finish 6th overall (18:50)


Zac Howe led the rest of the Harriers home in 30th place – 6th U20M (20:49); John Sutton 36th (21:11); Joseph Howe 61st and 6th U18M (22:36); Matt Nuttall – running with a titanium plate in his shoulder having broken his collar bone in three places 91st (23:33); John Cookson 165th (26:21). With Kate and Hannah Cookson both competing and siblings Zac, Jospeh and Phoebe Howe also competing, that meant we had two families on the day who eached turned out three competitors in the different age groups.


V60 Stalwart Stuart Furness came 199th (27:55) and Lisa Nuttall – who smiled all the way up and all the way down – finished 300th (34:35)


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A Good, Good Friday for the Harriers

Salford 10 Road Race

Some cracking performances from the Harriers on Good Friday at the Salford 10k. The Vets Team of Andy Buttery 20th overall in 33:17); Mark Almond (47th – 35:11) and the evergreen John Chaplin (75th 36:36) took the Mens Team 1st prize which was an excellent result. John also won the V55 Individual prize with another great run. Mark knocked 49 secs off his PB to show that he is in good form for the upcoming London Marathon, as is Andy who was not far away from ducking under 33 mins.

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John Chaplin Salford 10k Easter 2013

Another cracking performance from Christopher Davies who finished 95th in 37:39, knocking a whopping 2mins 48 secs off his previous PB. Watch this space!! Steven Foley in a big improvement on his season’s best to-date ran a fine race  (102nd 37:46), which saw him get back into PB territory and just reward for a lot of hard work. Shelley Tattersall came 219th in a time of 42:44 and another athlete who is approaching her PB territory. Last but by no means least was Vet 60 Graham Pomfret who finished 265th in 44:39. Graham who ran 3:17.59 as a Vet 55 (only a few months short of being 60yrs of age) and who misssed the whole of 2012 as a result of injury is clearly back. Tough as boots, we call him at the Club.

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Gary Priestley (2nd Claim for Blackburn Harriers – Track) was another who had a fine run finishing 7th overall in a time of 31:22, just seconds away from his PB. Matt Lalor, also 2nd Claim for Blackburn Harriers (Track) came home in 19th in 33:15, just two seconds in front of Andy.

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Caldervale 10 Mile Road Race

Three intrepid Harriers turned up for this one, a race described as tough with a deceptively quick first two miles, just before the hills kicked in. First home in 8th place overall (61:32) was Chris Barnes. Richard & Jackie Taylor also made the trip with Richard in 84th (1:18.50) and Jackie in her first Race for a long time in 126th (1:25.58).



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Ben Fish in great form

Ben Fish is in great form at the moment. Top class runs recently with a 2nd place (23:58) at the Alsager 5; 2nd at at the Trafford 10k (29:59) and winning the Finchley 20 mile Road Race (1:44.07), was followed up with another PB of 65.27 to finish in 3rd place at the Wilmslow Half-Marathon in a thrilling finish – just 3 seconds behind Patrick Martin of Stockport (2nd in 65:24) – on the 24th March. It could hardly be said that any of these Races enjoyed the best of conditions which means that Ben is in the kind of shape and form to post more top class times this year in his quest to achieve the Commonwealth Marathon qualifying time for GB in 2014.

Sarah Ridehalgh who is in her first year of competing for Blackburn Harriers on the Track as a 2nd Claim member also ran at Wilmslow, finishing in 125th place out of 2000 runners and 5th V35 (83:44). Sarah’s PB for the Half-Marathon might well be challenged this year.


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Samantha Murray starts her season

Samantha – 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Modern Pentathlon – is back in action in her first competition since August 2012. Heavily involved in studying for her Degree Finals in April, Sam is having to balance her time between the books and training.

Sam will be competing in 3 of the 5 World Cup Series for 2013 (it’s the best three scores out of the 5 rounds that count). She missed the first round in Palm Springs and competed in the second round of the 2013 World Cup Series held in Rio – 20th March – finishing, despite not having enough training in, in 5th place and first British athlete from the GB Team. Going into the Combined element of the competition, Sam was in 1st place, but an admitted shortage of training in that area didn’t help her. She next competes in Budapest in the 4th Round of the World Cup and then Russia for the Final.

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Sophie Hitchon and recent Competitions

A really good start to the season for the British National Record holder and 2012 Olympic Finalist. Sophie’s first competition this year was at Loughborough – March 2nd – where she took part in the British Athletics Hammer Circle Winter Throws Trials, winning with a fine throw of 70:34m and putting her at the top of the European U23 Women’s rankings.

Next up for Sophie was the European Cup Winter Throws in Castellon, Spain where she led a team  along with Alex Smith of seven Throwers which consisted of 4 Hammer Throwers, 2 Shot Putters and 1 Javelin Thrower. In the Group A Final, which turned out to be rather flat in terms of everyone’s performances, only three Women threw just over 70 metres and Sophie finished in 10th place with a throw of 66.69m.