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Team Wins for Senior Men – U13 Boys – U15 Girls – Matt wins U17 Race at Mid Lancs – John comes 3rd at Longridge 7
‘Proper’ cross country conditions greeted the assembled athletes at Wilson Playing Fields for the third of six Mid Lancs League fixtures (2018-2019) – wind, rain, mud – on Saturday December 8th. This didn’t put off the Harriers athletes as seventy of them wearing the Blue & White, battled against the elements. There were delays to some races whilst the course was re-checked and confusion in some races as to the route itself. This raises once again, the issue of volunteers coming to the assistance of athletic clubs in putting on events. The truth is there are far too few who contribute to the running of the sport and without a serious renewal of Officials and people who are prepared to help put events on, not only in cross country but in track and field too, there is a likelihood that events will be cancelled. There was, and will be criticism of what happened on Saturday, but, spare a thought for those handful of volunteers led by Norman Mitchell who had the responsibility of putting on this fixture with not enough people to help.
Many thanks to photographers Daniel Belshaw and David Wood, plus others whose photos we have used for this report – The Harriers camera got affected by the weather and went down for the day and apologies for those athletes whose photo doesn’t appear.
After three fixtures in this years League, the Harriers standings are:-
U11 Girls 1st
U11 Boys 1st
U13 Girls 1st
U13 Boys 1st
U15 Girls 1st
U15 Boys 4th
U17 Women 1st
U17 Men 1st
The U11 Girls got the day off with the first race featuring sixty two runners and definitely not deterred by the conditions. The Harriers finished as 2nd Team to Lancaster, just missing out on the win by four points. Imogen Robinson led the team home in 5th place clocking a time of 8.46 with Hannah Davies one place behind in 6th (8.52), Charlotte Sousa in 25th with a time of 9.44, Lulu Sharp (46th) running 10.28, Isabella Pacelli one second behind in 47th (10.29) and Maisie Taylor coming home in 56th place (11.23).
Seventeen U11 Boys turned out for the Club as they matched the girls taking 2nd team overall behind a very good Trawden AC team. Sam Aspey led the lads home running a time of 7.40 in 4th place with Matthew Smith in 6th (7.51) and Oliver Gill finishing 9th in a time of 8.04 to make up the three counters. William Grundy was the next Harrier across the line in 15th place out of a field of 80 in a time of 8.12 with Theo Robinson making his cross country debut in the Mid Lancs (21st) clocking 8.25. Charlie Haworth wasn’t far behind in 27th spot (8.36) followed by George Ramsden in 41st (8.52) and Felix Thompson 46th in a time of 9.10. In 49th, 50th and 51st came Archie Bolton (9.19), Findlay Carroll (9.25) and Liam Bennison (9.26) respectively. Just five seconds separated the next three Harriers in 56th, 57th and 58th – Alexander Brien (9.37), Loucas Lancashire (9.38) and George Holman (9.42). Harry Russel took 74th place in 11.15 with Evan Potter in 75th (11.26) and Isaac Smith 78th (11.48).
The U13 Girls placed 5th Team on the day with the Harriers highest placed athlete – Keira Haxton – coming home in 14th position in a time of 11.52 with Molly Grimshaw the second Harrier home in 23rd (12.13). Next came Eva Knowles in 28th clocking 12.20 with Keira Booth in 29th (12.28), Caroline Woodworth (33rd) running a time of 12.40, Amelia Burton in 35th position (12.45) and Isabelle Hartley in a time of 12.50 (37th).
L-R Isabelle Hartley – Molly Grimshaw – Amelia Burton – Caroline Woodworth – Keira Booth – Eva Knowles – Keira Haxton
The Harriers U13 Boys had a dominant performance winning the Race with Isaac Butler, Dexta Thompson and Theo Watson the three counters for the win. Isaac won the race in a time of 10.31 with Dexta in 2nd place (10.38) and Theo in 6th spot in a time of 10.48. The stength of the team also lays in the number of young lads who are all really competitive and there were good runs from Jonathan Brindle in 16th place (11.21), Codie Dewhurst in 22nd (11.28), Saul Sharp (24th) in a time of 11.30, Harry Sambrook (27th) clocking 11.37 and new member and debutant – Ethan Lawrence – in 42nd spot (13.15).
There was an impressive run from Eleesha Charnley in the U15 Girls Race which resulted in her coming home in 3rd place overall in a time of 11.22 which helped the Harriers win the Team race from Chorley AC & Tri. Leah Hoole in 12th with a time of 11.47 and Hollie Cubbon in 13th (11.58) were the three counters for the team win. In 33rd spot came Rebecca Ramsden (13.08), with Molly Nicholls in 34th (13.32), new member and cross country debutant – Bella Durkin – in 35th place (13.34) and Eleanor Allsop in 37th (14.10).
L-R Eleanor Allsop – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Eleesha Charnely – Rebecca Ramsden – Molly Nicholls – Bella Durkin
The U15 Boys placed 3rd in the Team race behind Lancaster and Liverpool with Hayden Mercer coming home as the first Harrier in 13th place clocking 10.18 with David Holman just two places and three seconds further back in 15th (10.21). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was the third Team counter in 20th spot (10.30) followed by George Whittaker in 22nd (10.34), Ethan Barbarewicz in 23rd place (10.43), Danny Woodcock in 27th (11.05), Sebastian Burton (28th) with a time of 11.12, Rory Teare in 35th (11.32) and Zach Walmsley (37th) with a time of 11.33.
L-R Sebastian Burton – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Rory Teare – David Holman – Hayden Mercer – Ethan Barbarewicz
The U17 Women’s Race turned out to be short with just ten athletes competing which saw Amy Davies place 2nd in a time of 10.38, just two seconds behind the winner Charlotte Edwards (10.36).
Matt Ramsden won the U17 Men’s Race the hard way. After being led to believe he had finished, he then had to rejoin the race having lost a number of places as a consequence, but fought back to still win the race in a time of 21.59. Sam Hodkinson who suffered in the same way as Matt finished 6th in 22.44 with Jamie Teare in 24th place (24.26) which saw the team finish on the same points – 32 – as second placed Rossendale and winners Lancaster (27).
Maddie Elliott finished 2nd in the U20 Women’s race which featured just six runners, clocking 25.23 behind the winner – Eve Pannone. The U20 Men’s Race had slightly more runners – 14 in total – which was won by Nathan Dunn with Joe Gebbie having a very good run in 4th place (38.07) and Nicholas Smith in 8th spot (41.39).
One hundred and forty four runners took part in the Senior Women’s Race. The Senior Women’s Team had concentrated on the Red Rose League and had won that League so only a few Harriers out at the Mid Lancs which saw the three counters Katie Buckingham having another very strong race as she came home in 8th place overall clocking 24.04 and just one place behind Annabel Mason from Border. Maddie Elliottt was the 2nd counter in 11th place (25.23) with Lindsay Davies the third in 42nd position in a time of 28.15.
Like the Senior Women, the Men’s Senior Team had concentrated on the Red Rose League which they also won and although there was quite a number of the team not running, they still managed to pull off the Team win from Lancaster in 2nd and Preston in 3rd.
Daniel Collinge lead the team home in 5th place with a time of 36.36 with fast finishing Tom Blaney in 8th place (37.08) and similarly Marc Hartley in 10th (37.29). Joe Gebbie was running in only his second Senior Men’s race and had a very good run in 16th place (38.07) with Calum Holmes an equally good run in 18th place clocking 38.28. Chris Davies made it our 6th counter in the top 20 places as he placed 20th in a time of 38.37. Mark Chippendale had another good run to place 27th overall in a time of 39.52 – a run which won him the V50 category. Next home was Nicholas Smith in 48th place out of a field of 243, with a time of 41.39, followed in by V50 Chris Balderson in 94th (44.59), Danny Teare (178th) in 51.39 and Allan Hartley in 204th (55.06).
Longridge 7 – Sunday December 8th
Four hundred and eleven runners in the Longridge 7 – a race which has been held annually for quite a number of years now and continues to attract large fields.
This year the race was won in a time of 41.10.71 by Rob Grantham with the Harriers John Horrocks having a very good run himself to place 3rd overall clocking 43.25.46, just three seconds behind 2nd placed Simon Denye. V50 David Morris finished in 284th place with a time of 69.33
Ben in top 5 at Percy Pud 10k – Wins for Ben and Jayden at Sportscity Indoor Meeting – Harriers qualifying for Lancashire Schools Champs – Sportshall kids Shine – Junior Endurance Monthly Award
Two thousand, eight hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Percy Pud 10k which was won in a course record time of 29.13 by Jack Martin of Stocport with second placed Andrew Heyes also breaking 30 minutes iwht a time of 29.31. There was a battle for 3rd place between James Straw and Ben Fish which saw Straw take 3rd in 31.11 and Ben coming home in a time of 31.15 in 4th for a seasons best time. This was Ben’s 5th 10k this year, having won four of them and afterwards he commented that the “Race went well, knew no one would touch the first two. Disappointed I couldn’t pull away at 7km and secure third”.
Also running in this Race was V40 Paul Jeffries who came home in 245th place with a time of 41.38 and he told the Harriers “This morning i took part in the Percy Pud 10k race in Sheffield organised by the Steel City Striders, It was a nice surprise to see a friendly face (Ben Fish), 41:38 chip time and 245th out of a field of 2860 competitors, the weather was cold and wet, i found the course to be quite challenging but felt strong on the hill climbs, also met a few sporting heroes before the race, Michael Rimmer and Eilish McColgan.
Michael Rimmer – Paul Jeffries – Eilish McColgan
Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 2nd
Ben Brampton, Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock all competed at the first in this years six fixture Indoor Series held at Sportscity.
It was agreat start for new member Jayden Riley (U15) as he won the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.29 with Ben Boocock behind him in 2nd place clocking 9.57 which was seven tenths faster than his previous best so far and a new PB. Long Jumper Ben Branton (U17) tried the 60m and had a cracking run to win in a time of 7.71 which was six tenths faster than his last run over the distance indoors and another new PB. It didn’t go as well in the Long Jump for Ben as he finished with a leap of 5.11m for 13th place out of 19 competitors.
Blackburn Schools Cross Country Championships – Sarturday December 1st at Witton Park
There were some very good results for Blackburn Harriers at the Town Schools Champs with all of these qualifying for the Lancashire Champs in February 2019. The official results are not yet available but at least 9 Blackburn Harriers have qualified – Hayden Mercer – Isaac Butler – Theo Watson – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Amy Davies – Ruby Cain – Eva Knowles. – without the official results we are not able to declare any other runners as having qualified at this stage.
Hayden Mercer (2nd) – Isaac Butler (1st) – Theo Watson (3rd)
Hollie Cubbon (2nd) – Leah Hoole (1st) – Kate Cookson (3rd)
Amy Davies (1st ) – Ruby Cain (3rd)
Sportshall Competition – Blackpool Sunday December 2nd
Sunday saw the second round of this years Lancashire Sportshall Competition take place once again at Blackpool. Team Manager for the day for both Boys and Girls was Sportshall Coach – Lindsay Davies who said that it was “Another enjoyable day at Sportshall but a bit quieter than usual, probably due to the cross country day before. Our little Harriers are mostly new to the competition this year but that didn’t stop them putting every effort into the competition”.
Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Alesha Hindle, Imogen Robinson and Brooke Szatkowski, who have done many competitions now, put in fantastic performances for the Under 11 girls. Evie Fort, Megan Purkis and Sammy Peacock, Maisie Taylor, Alex Peacock and Isabela Thompson who are all relatively new at Sportshall did fantastic too in the under 11 girls.
Under 11 boys consisted of Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Cameron Osborne, Henry Gibson, Rohan McGoy, Jack Duxbury and Findlay Carroll, Matthew Lowe, Theo Robinson and Sam Craven, again as with the girls, we have a few new to Sportshall but they also put in some tremendous performances.
In the Under 13 and 15 Girls, we had some great performances from Niamh Gater, Lucy Rishton who had an impressive speed bounce of 81, Sophie Gibson, Uma McGoy, Isabelle Hartley and Imogen Mansfield also Myah Booth who won the under 15 girls athlete of the match. Under 13 and 15 Boys we had Aidan Downes, Isaac Butler (84 in Speed bounce) and Hayden Mercer.
The Harriers scoring relay teams were:-Under 11 girls, Alisha Lehner, Imogen Robinson, Evie Fort and Brooke Szatkowski, Under 11 boys, Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Findlay Carroll and Matthew Lowe. Under 13 girls, Lucy Rishton, Niamh Gater, Isabelle Hartley and Sophie Gibson. Under 15 girls, Imogen Mansfield and Myah Booth. Under 15 Boys Hayden Mercer and Isaac Butler. All athletes were very well behaved on the day and are a credit to the club, it is an honour to have such amazing young athletes.
Thank you from Coach Lindsay.
Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month
This Award is given each month to an athlete in the Junior Endurance Group and is decided byt he two Coaches – Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley. Their decision is based on the youngsters attitdue to training, their consistency in attending, their behaviour and ability to listen and take instructions and guidance on board and importantly, to understand the importance of supporting all the other members of the Group.
The winner for October was Eve Coulson and the winner for November was Lulu Sharp.
Eve Coulson (October)
Lulu Sharp (November)
It was standing room only at this years Presentation Evening held at Mill Hill Working Men’s Club. Some 200 members of the Harriers came to celebrate the achievements of all of the athletes, of the teams and the Club as a whole in the previous year of competition.
There was a special moment at the beginning of the evening when George Woodburn who joined the Harriers in 1965, presented the Presidents Medallion to the newly elected President Tony Wood. In presenting the Medallion – which featured all the names of past Presidents back to 1910 – George Woodburn paid tribute to Tony’s 45 years of dedicated work for the Harriers, as an athlete, team manager, Committee Member and Senior Club Officer.
George Woodburn & Tony Wood
In accepting the Medallion, Tony talked about the role that our former President – George Kirby who had sadly passed away recently – had played in the building and development of Blackburn Harriers, covering nearly 70 years. The tributes that have poured in from the athletic world alongside that of the new Club president, are testament to the affection that George Kitby was held in throughout the athletics world, at local, regional and national level. He made his mark, inspired and mentored many and his contribution will be greatly missed.
A second special moment came when Tony introduced the evenings Guest Presenter – Joe Fleming. Joe had been the Harriers High Jump Coach for many years and has recently had to step down from that role, but in his time, he had seen the emergence of a number of talented High Jumpers, including Rob Brocklebank (2.17m) and Joseph Pearse (2.08m) as well as many others who have competed at a good level under his caoching and guidance.
During the course of the evening there were a couple of special Awards given – the first being the The Bob Goves Trophy. The origin of this Award comes from the Club’s Hurdles Group, who wished to make it an annual award, given to the best hurdler as judged by themselves. The Hurdlers gave the name to the Trophy rather than the Coach and this year it was won by Myah Booth, English Schools finalist.
L-R Bob Groves – Joe Fleming – Myah Booth
The second special Award presented was the Arthur Almond Trophy. Arthur was one of the Harriers most succesful Middle Distance coaches. His wife Sylvia, donated this trophy to be given to a Middle Distance athlete who had performed at a very good level over the course of a season. This year the Award went to Jess Judd for her time of 2.04 for the 800m run at Tipton in July.
The Junior Squad Trophy was won by Matthew Smith for the Boys and Alisha Lehner for the Girls with George Ramsden, Findlay Carroll, Imogen Robinson and Isabella Knighton runners up. These athletes are chosen by the Harriers Sportshall Coaches.
Findlay Carroll – George Ramsden – Matthew Smith – Alisha Lehner – Imogen Robinson
The U11 Endurance Award went to Daniel Smith, Oliver Gill and Hannah Davies – an award presented for U11 athletes who competed consistently in the cross country season.
Daniel Smith – Oliver Gill Hannah Davies
The Junior Team contribution to Track & Field over the season was split into age groups with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Matthew Heywood winning the U13/U15 Boys age category, Nicky Saunders the U13/U15 Girls, Anthony Kent (U17/U20 Men) and Bailey Madden (U17/U20 Women).
Matthew Heywood – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret Anthony Kent
Our Junior Merit Award was split into U13 and U15 age groups with five winners in each age. Niamh Gater, Daniel Smith, Tobi Olidapo, Codie Dewhurst and Isaac Butler won the U13’s and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, Leah Hoole, David Holman, George Whittaker and Harvey Ashworth won the U15’s.
L-R Daniel Smith – Tobi Olidapo – Codie Dewhurst – Isaac Butler – Niamh Gater – Joe Fleming
L-R Harvey Ashworth – George Whittaker – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – David Holman – Joe Fleming – Leah Hoole
Senior Team contribution to Track & Field went to Tony Balko and Anna Peers for performances in the Northern League, Mid Lancs League, County and Northern Championships.
Anna Peers – Joe Fleming – Tony Balko
Senior Leagues Track & Field Merit Award is presented to athletes who are new to the squad and have impressed their Team Managers and Coaches throughout the season. Mens winners were Jonathan Gough, Sam Hodkinson, Solomon Brown and Anthony Kent whilst the Women’s winners were Bailey Madden, Chloe Bleeks, Millie Coy and Emily Warren.
L-R Anthony Kent – Solomon Brown – Joe Fleming – Jonathan Gough
L-R Bailey Madden – Chloe Bleeks – Joe Fleming – Millie Coy – Emily Warren
The Junior Team contribution to Cross Country for the Boys was won by Sam Hodkinson, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret and Matt Ramsden whilst for the Girls it was Eleesha Charnley and Caroline Woodoworth. The Senior Award in this category was won by Chris Davies and Lindsay Davies.
Matt Ramsden – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Joe Fleming – Eleesha Charnley – Caroline Woodworth
Chris Davies Lindsay Davies
Splitting into age groups again, the next Award was presented for most promising young athlete which saw Hayden Mercer win the U13/U15 Boys, Eleesha Charnley (U13/U15 Girls), Joe Gebbie (U17/U20 Men) and joint winners in the U17/U20 Women – Millie Coy and Bailey Madden.
Hayden Mercer Eleesha Charnley
Joe Gebbie Bailey Madden – Joe Fleing – Millie Coy
The Most Promising Young Athlete Award went to Kyle Mashiter, Ethan Downes, Tobi Olidapo and Harrison Allcock in the U13/U15 boys, Keira Haxton (U13/U15 Girls), Solomon Brown (U17/U20 Men) and Charlie Coy and Abigail Brown (U17/U20 Women).
Tobi Olidapo – Joe Fleming – Harrison Allcock – Kyle Mashiter – Ethan Downes
Keira Haxton Solomon Brown
Abigail; Brown – Joe Fleming – Charlie Coy
The Award for Oustanding Junior Committment is given in recognition of those athletes who have shown commitment and application beyond what be normally expected in ordeer to improve themselves or support their team mates – the winners being Maddie Elliott and Charlotte Williams.
Joe Fleming with Charlotte Williams
The Club Cross Country Award went to Rob Warner for the men after his 16th place in the Inter-Counties and 27th in the National Championships – and – to Joanne Nelson for winning the Mid Lancs Veterans Series and 2nd over all in the League.
Joanne Nelson was back up again as a deserved winner of the Best Veteran Award along with Tony Balko picking up his second Award of the Evening. Joanne won six V45 Road Races alongside her cross country wins and Northern League track contributiuons over 3000. Tony won the award for his contribution in the Northern League and his performances in National and World Championships Throws competition. In the Road Veteran Road Running Award, it was wins for Chris Davies and Pauline Powell – Chris having won the Horwich Series (V40’s), Astley Park Series (V40’s), 4 x V40 wins in Road Races, 1 x V40 win at 10 miles and 2nd in the Half-Marathon. Pauline had 5 wins on the road, 6 wins as a V45 and is ranked 3rd nationally in the V45’s for 10k and 10m.
Joanne Nelson Tony Balko
Blackburn Harriers Triathlete of the Year was Jack Hindle after his Series tremendous win in the Slateman, Snowman and Sandman Triathons, winning the Slateman and Snowman, finishing 2nd in the final event (Sandman).
The Best Junior Field Performance went to Kyle Mashiter in the U13/U15’s Boys for his 5.39m Long Jump, Myah Booth in the U13/U15 Girls for her 10.99m Shot Putt Gold Medal at the Lancashire Championships, Sam Gaskell for his 68.75m Hammer Throw to win English Schools Gold and Charlotte Williams for her 57.41m Hanner Throw at Bedford in the U15/U17 National Championships. For the Seniors, the best Field performances came from sprinter Brandon Zinyemba for his 5.83m Long Jump in the Northern League and Holly Bradshaw for her new Club Record in the Shot Putt of 11.56m in the Northern League.
Kyle Mashiter Myah Booth
Sam Gaskell Charlotte Williams
Joe Fleming and Brandon Zinyemba
Best Perforamnce on the Track for Junior athletes ranging from U13 to U20’s and Seniors were won by Kyle Mashiter U13/U15 Boys 11.6 for 100m at Lancashire Championships, Myah Booth (U13/U15 Girls) for her 11.34 in the 75m Hurdles at English Schools, Matt Ramsden U15/U17’s for his 4.14.1 1500m at Lancashire Championships and Bailey Madden U17/U20 Women for her 12.6 100m at Lancashire Championships.
Kyle Mashiter Myah Booth
Matt Ramsden Bailey Madden
The Best Senior Track Performances of the year came from Rob Warner for his run of 3.48.45 in the 1500m at Loughborough and Alison Lundy for her 2.08.62 at Tipton.
Each year an Award is given to the best perforamnces at the English Schools Championships. This year was exceptional as Sam Gaskell won the Championships in the Hammer with a throw of 68.75m whilst Myah Booth ran a better than national standard and a new personal best in the 75m Hurdles of 11.34.
Sam Gaskell Myah Booth
Outstanding Achievment Awards in Track & Field were won by Holly Bradshaw after winning the Bronze Medal at the European Championships and Sophie Hitchon for her 2nd place in the Athletics World Cup.
The Club Championships and Handicap Championships was a double success for Chris Davies and Lindsay Davies, both of whom won the Championship and Handicap Championship.
Chris Davies – Lindsay Davies with Presenter Joe Fleming
The Young Athlete of the Year Award went to Sam Gaskell and Myah Booth, the Award being given to the Junior Athletes who have performed to the highest standards throughout the year whilst the Senior Award went to Rob Warner and Jess Judd.
Sam Gaskell Myah Booth
The Final Award of the evening is the Round Chase Trophy presented to the the Team or Squad who have achieved the best overall performance of the year. This time, the Award went to the Northern League Track & Field Team who set out at the beginning of the season to win Division 2 and get to the Promotion Match where they would have a chance to be promoted to Division One – and that is exactly what they achieved to end a great season for all those athletes involved and for the Club.
Team Captains Anna Peers and Ben Fish accepting the Trophy from Joe Fleming
Some of the athletes who helped make up the winning Team
Blackburn Harriers Senior Men and Senior Women 2018 Red Rose League Champions – Ben & Jacob set new PB’s at Podium 5k
What a way to finish off the season in this years Red Rose League. The Club’s Senior Women won the Team Race on the day to take the Team Title for the year. In addition they won the Vets Team Title for the year and had Carmen Byrne as winner of the V40 Series and Jonanne Nelson as Winner of the V45 Series. An understandably delighted Team Captain Joanne Nelson commented afterwards on the performances of the Team “Harriers ladies smash it at Red Rose Cross Country series!! Not that I like to exaggerate, but the girls did well. 1st vet 40 – Carmen, 1st V45 – myself, first team in the series and first vets team. The last race at Todmorden was certainly a challenge, with hills, mud, and more hills. A fabulous turn out by the women and great team spirit. The ladies should be extremely proud of themselves. Roll on next Saturday at Hyndburn to take on the Mid Lancs fixtures”.
Back Row – Lindsay Davies – Annabel Ralph – Becky Shorrock – Jan Buckingham – Katie Buckingham – On the Deck – Maddie Elliott – Joanne Nelson
In the Senior Women’s Race, Katie Buckingham had another fine run taking 4th place overall in a time of 23.12 to lead the Harriers Team to the win. Great packing by the Harriers saw Joanne Nelson finish 5th in 23.24, Annabel Ralph 9th in a time of 23.52, Carmen Byrne 10th (23.53) which gave the team four out of the top ten places. Maddie Elliott was next across the finishing line in 13th clocking 24.31, followed by Ellen Sagar Hesketh in 15th spot with a time of 24.38, Lindsay Davies in 34th place (26.48), just two places behind in 36th – Rebecca Shorrock in a time of 27.03, her first race for a long time following surgery and Jan Buckingham in 76th running a time of 31.34.
There was a cracking race in the Men’s Senior Race which saw Bury just pip Blackburn Harriers by three points on the day. The Harriers had their first six counters in the top fifteen places (4th, 8th, 9th, 10th,13th,15th), but was just not enough as Bury had the race winner and five others in the first seventeen places (1st, 5th,7th,12th,14th,17th).
Back Row – Dominic Walton – John Chaplin – Danny Teare – Karl Billington – Chris Davies – Marc Hartley – Joe Gebbie – Tim Raynes – Tom Blaney – Front Row – Thomas marchant – Calum James – Nick Smith
Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – was delighted with the day and the seasons results commenting that it was “A tough XC to finish off the series, solid performances throughout and a run from a new member that will give him confidence to really push on, a great team performance throughput the series, very pleased and BH back again were we belong, at the top”
Finishing 2nd on the day, the Men’s secured the 2018 Series Senior Men’s Title, retaining the Title they won in 2017 and 2016 after finishing 2nd in 2015. In the early part of the Race, Tim Raynes was leading the field which settled down eventiually to a battle between Tim, Rob Webb from Rossendale and the two Bury lads, Oliver Makinson and Ben Coop and Luke Betts. U20 Oliver Makinson gradually took over the lead and never looked back as he ran out a very good winner in a time of 37.35. Tim came home in 4th place (38.02) which secured him a deserved Series Individual Title after winning at Leigh and Bolton. Added to the Series Individual and Team Titles, Chris Davies won the V40 Title for the Series.
Next home for the Club came U20 Tom Marchant who had a very good race, finishing in 9th place in a time of 39.39 and 2nd U20 with Dominic Walton – in very good winter form – just one place further back in 10th (39.51) and Chris Davies in 11th clocking 40.23, a run which saw him win the V40 category on the day.
Really good packing from the lads had Tom Blaney across the line in 14th place (40.36) with Calum James two places further back in 16th (40.39) and U20 Joe Gebbie right behind in 17th clocking a time of 40.46 and 3rd U20 on the day.
Marc Hartley came home in 23rd place in 42.27 followed by U20 Nick Smith (31st) in a time of 43.42, V60 John Chaplin in 107th position running a time of 53.15 and Danny Teare in 123rd place (55.59).
With concentration for the Juniors on the Mid Lancs Cross Country League and Blackburn Schools Cross Country in the morning, there weren’t a lot out today, however, the U11 Boys managed to secure a runners up spot in the Series Team Title coming second to Trawden.
‘Pocket rocket’ Sam Aspey led the lads off to a very quick start to take an early lead but as the race settled down, the three Trawden lads made their way to the front and stayed there. Sam came home in 4th place with an excellent run clocking 6.44 followed by equally good runs for Oliver Gill in 7th place (7.01) and Matthew Smith in 8th and being given the same time as Oliver – 7.01. Archie Bolton – in his first season on the cross country enjoyed himself as he ran 8.15 in 49th position with George Holman placing 59th out of the 84 strong field in a time of 8.35.
Keith Gill who looks after the U11 Boys at these fixtures summed up the day, commenting “The U11 Boys started the day in 5th place in the Team competition and knew a good performance would move them up the order. With Sam making his Red Rose debut the Team looked really strong. Making their intentions clear Sam and Matthew got flying starts and set the early pace. Great runs in the hilly section followed by exceptional finishes meant all the boys placed well. First Harrier home was Sam in 6:44 winning a finishing straight sprint off to 4th place. Oliver and Matthew finished together in 7:01 for 7th and 8th holding off a group of chasing runners. Archie was next home with 49th in 8:15 and George 59th in 8:35 to complete the Team. 4th, 7th and 8th was good enough to move the Team into 2nd place to finish behind a very good Trawden Team. A great result which has been fantastic to watch and really is a reward for the hard work over the season from the boys and the coaches”.
Oliver Gill & Matthew Smith
Just one runner in the U11 Girls which saw Hannah Davies place 21st out of 73 runners in a time of 8.14 and just two runners in the U13 Girls – Keira Haxton and Caroline Woodworth – Keira coming across the line in 23rd place in a time of 10.06 and Caroline placing 36th clocking 10.28. The U13 Boys also just had one runner – Daniel Smith maintaining his good form from the presvious fixture at Rossendale as he placed 9th overall in a good time of 9.01. Ethan Barbarewicz was the sole runner in the U15 Boys and he also ran well to come home in 10th place with a time of 17.25.
Podium 5k – Saturday December 1st
The latest of the Podium 5k Series, set up to enable fast times had seventy three athletes in the ‘A’ Race won by Jamie Webii in a time of 14.33 and fifty six in the ‘B’ Race won in 16.56 by Toby Middleton.
Ben Costello, Jack Hindle and Jacob Watson ran in the ‘A Race for the Harriers which saw Ben set a new PB by nine seconds, finishing in 24th place with a time of 15.31. Jack was just outside his personal best as he as he came home just one place behind Ben (25th) clocking 15.35. Jacob had a belter of a run too as he reduced his personal best from 16.48 to 16.17 – a new PB by pver half a minute in 43rd position.
Cross Challenge & Mid Lancs with the Harriers – 2nd for Jack at David Staff Race – Top 20 for Jacob at Wilmslow 10k – Zach Medals & Saul sets PB at British Biathlon Championships
Cross Challenge & Mid Lancs – Sefton Park Saturday November 24th
One of the highlights of the cross country calendar takes place every year at Sefton park where some of the best athletes in the different age groups – from U11’s through to Seniors – compete against one another. Today the weather was good, the ground dry which made for very good running and spectating conditions overall.
Positions of all the athletes in this report are their positions as they finished in the whole field and not the Mid Lancs postions which are calculated separately.
Mid Lancs Results…..HERE
The U11 Boys were the first age group on at 10.45, the race featuring one hundred and fifty seven lads. Matthew Smith led the team home in 11th spot overall, running a time of 7.15 with Sam Aspey two places further back in 13th (7.22). Really good running and packing by the boys saw Jacob Joyce and Oliver Gill running really well to take 17th (7.29) and 20th (7.32) to give them four in the top twenty. Next in came William Grundy in 43rd spot (7.50) followed by Charlie Haworth in 65th place (8.01), George Ramsden (67th) clocking 8.05, Liam Bennison (79th) in a time of 8.11, Felix Thompson in 84th (8.16), Findlay Carroll in 91st spot (8.19) with Loucas Lancashire just three places and three seconds further back in 94th (8.22), Alexander Brien placing 124th (8.51), George Holman (131st) in a time of 9.00 and Isaac Smith in 150th position with a time of 9.59.
In the Mid Lancs League the Harriers were 2nd Team in a close fought contest with Trawden out of 14 Clubs taking 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 25th, 36th, 37th, 46th, 50th, 55th, 57th, 74th, 78th and 87th places.
Back Row – Loucas Lancashire – Oliver Gill – Matthew Smith – William Grundy – Isaac Smith – Alexander Brien – George Ramsden – Front Row – Findlay Carroll – Liam Bennison – George Holman – Charlie Haworth – Felix Thompson – Sam Aspey
Matthew Smith Sam Aspey
Oliver Gill William Grundy
Charlie Haworth George Ramsden
Liam Bennison Loucas Lancashire & Findlay Carroll
Felix Thompson Loucas Lancashire
George Holman Isaac Smith
One hundred and fifty two runners in the U11 Girls Race which saw Hannah Davies be the first Blackburn Harrier home with a time of 8.07 in 21st place. Then in 29th spot came Imogen Robinson clocking 8.16 followed by Eve Coulson in 38th (8.25), Charlotte Sousa in 56th running 8.42, Tippi Francis running a time of 9.21 in 93rd position and Lulu Sharp in 114th place posting a time of 9.42.
Same as the U11 Boys in the Mid Lancs League the U11 Girls finished 2nd Team overall out of 14 Clubs with 9th, 13th, 16th, 25th, 47th and 57th positions.
L-R — Tippi Francis – Imogen Robinson – Lulu Sharp – Hannah Davies – Eve Coulson – Charlotte Sousa
Hannah Davies Imogen Robinson
Eve Coulson Charlotte Sousa
Tippi Francis Lulu Sharp
There was some fine running in the U13 Boys which had Isaac Butler with a very strong start at the front of the race on early on, coming home as first Blackburn Harrier in 21st place clocking a time of 11.13 with Dexta Thompson just eight seconds further back in 28th place (11.21) and Theo Watson in 35th spot in a time of 11.30. Just two seconds separated Codie Dewhurst in 54th position (11.55) and Daniel Smith in 55th (11.57). Jonathan Brindle was next across the line in a time of 12.10 (71st) with Saul Sharp in 88th place (12.31), Ben Livesey in 91st (12.38) and Lewis Hardman in 119th (14.08).
The U13 Boys went one better as they came home first of the 11 Clubs with individual positions of 1st, 5th, 9th, 18th, 21st, 27th, 38th, 41st, and 60th
L-R — Ben Livesey – Saul Sharp – Theo Watson – Lewis Hardman – Jonathan Brindle – Codie Dewhurst – Isaac Butler – Dexta Thompson – Daniel Smith
Isaac Butler Dexta Thompson
Theo Watson Codie Dewhurst
Daniel Smith Jonathan Brindle
Ben Livesey & Saul Sharp Lewis Hardman
Another big field for the U13 Girls saw one hundred and thirty three young athletes toe the line at the start with six girls from the Harriers. Keira Haxton was the first home in the blue & white in 62nd place clocking 13.01, followed by Molly Grimshaw in 77th (13.28), Kiera Booth (83rd) with a time of 13.31, Isabelle Hartley running 13.43 in 94th place, Caroline Woodworth coming home in 102nd spot (13.55) and Kady Thompson (126th) in a time of 15.26.
6th place in the team race featuring 10 teams for the Harriers with individual placings of 25th, 32nd, 36th, 43rd, 50th and 69th.
Keira Haxton Molly Grimshaw
Keira Booth isabelle Hartley
Woody Jerome (Aldershot) was a comfortable winner of the U15 Boys race coming home 12 seconds in front of the 133 strong field. Highest placed athlete for the Club was Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 83rd spot in a time of 11.20 with Ethan Barbarewicz not far behind in 87th spot (11.27). Then came three Harriers with just six seconds separating them, Joseph Joyce being the first in 100th place (12.02), George Whittaker (102nd) in a time of 12.07 and Jack Paget-Fowler 103rd in 12.08. They were followed in by three more in close succession – Thomas Brooks (108th) in 12.19, Danny Woodcock (109th) in a time of 12.21, Sebastian Burton (112th) in 12.29 and Rory Teare in 121st spot running 13.13.
In the Mid Lancs League the U15 Boys came in 7th in the Team race with individual positions 29th, 32nd, 44th, 46th, 47th, 51st, 52nd, 55th and 60th
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret Ethan Barbarewicz
Joseph Joyce George Whittaker
Jack Paget-Taylor Thomas Brooks
Sebastian Burton Rory Teare
Just four Girls in the U15 Race – Eleesha Charnley, Hollie Cubbon, Leah Hoole and Rebecca Ramsden in a field of one hundred and thirty two runners. Eleesha came home as the first Harrier in 66th with a time of 12.12 and supported by Hollie in 97th (12.45), Leah (96th) clocking 12.58 and Rebecca (115th) in a time of 13.35.
Mid Lancs team positions for the U15 Girls had the Harriers in 6th place with individual positions 12th, 29th, 34th and 48th
Eleesha Charnley Hollie Cubbon
Leah Hoole Rebecca Ramsden
There was a very tight race in the U17 Men’s event with just four seconds between 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Matt Ramsden crossed the line first for the Harriers in 25th place in the 130 + strong field, clocking 18.12 with Sam Hodkinson in 55th spot running a time of 18.55, Jamie Teare (112th) in 20.49 and Harry Wilkin in 120th place (21.57). Just three athletes in the U17 Women’s Race which had a smaller field of 81 athletes. Amy Davies was the first Harrier home in 49th place (17.24) followed by Hollie Oldham in 78th place (20.46) and Alex Taylor (80th) in a time of 22.19.
In the Mid Lancs League the Harriers came 2nd in the Team Race to Rossendale with individual positions 3rd, 8th, 29th and 34th
There were just two complete Teams in the Mid Lancs League which gave Blackburn Harriers the team win from Southport and with individual positions of 4th, 15th and 16th
Matt Ramsden Sam Hodkinson
Jamie Teare Harry Wilkin
Hollie Oldham Alex Taylor
A stacked field in the Women’s Race – featuring over three hundred athletes – saw Charlotte Arter (Cardiff) take the win in 26.10 as 2nd (Ockenden) and 3rd (Piasecki) were give the same time of 26.14. Jess Judd finished 15th overall and first across the line for Blackburn in a time of 27.11. Second Harrier home was Annabel Ralph in 80th place clocking a good time of 30.44 with Katie Buckingham coming in 90th in a time of 32.01. Just two seconds behind Katie, came Carmen Byrne who had worked her way through the field in 91st spot (32.11). Joanne Nelson was next home in 94th (32.29) followed by Carly Edwards in 109th (34.06), Janine Fallon in 119th (34.53), Lindsay Davies in 150th (36.31) and Michelle Teare 227th in a time of 40.55.
Blackburn Harriers won the Senior Women’s Team Race in the Mid Lancs League from Preston Harriers with individual positions 1st, 11th, 12th and took 5th place with the ‘B’ Team counters in 13th, 15th, 23rd, plus 52nd and 98th places.
Jake Heyward (Cardiff) was the comfortable winner of the U20 Men’s Race with a 12 second gap over second place and nineteens seconds in front of 3rd. For the Harriers, there were three athletes out, Thomas Marchant, Joe Gebbie and Nick Smith.Thomas came home first (106th) clocking a time of 22.17 with Joe next running a time of 23.02 (129th) and Nick in 142nd (23.41).
The Mid Lancs U20 Results are not yet available
A very impressive run and finish saw Ross Millington win the Men’s Senior Race in a time of 28.00 with just two seconds separating Nick Goolab (2nd), Marc Scott (3rd) and Charlie Hulson in 4th. Tim Raynes worked his way through the field after a steady start to make up a lot of places in finishing in a top 100 spot (86th) running a time of 30.50. A time of 32.53 saw Chris Davies finish 148th which also earned him the 1st V40 place in the Mid Lancs League results. Tom Blaney was next across the line for the Harriers in 179th (34.06) followed by Calum James in 181st and just three seconds further back with a time of 34.09. Great to see Joe Howe back in competitive mode after a really bad illness this year, his run seeing him finish 193rd in a time of 34.33 and he was followed by V50 Mark Chippendale in 229th spot (35.33) which made him 2nd V50 in the Mid Lancs League results, Paulo Sousa in 435th (41.40), Danny Teare 534th (45.21) and Allan Hartley in 539th place (45.50).
The Harriers finished 6th Team out of 34 Clubs in the Mid Lancs League with individual positions – 10th, 28th, 42nd, 43rd, 49th, 72nd, 212th, 274th and 277th.
Calum James & Tom Blaney
David Staff Memorial Race – Sunday November 25th
This race is held in memory of David Staff, a young local athlete and member of Darwen Dashers who sadly died at the age of 17yrs whilst out in a race due to an undetected cardiomyopathy. Each year, this race is run in his memory and also to raise much needed finance for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) – a voluntary organisation, dedicated to travelling a round the country providing free medical screening for young people involved in sport.
This year – one hundred and twenty nine runners finished the course – with the eventual winner – Jack Smith of Wharfedale clocking 26.25 after a real battle with the Harriers Jack Hindle who took 2nd place in a time of 26.34. Ian Clarkson also ran the race for the Club placing 57th in a time of 39.24.
Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org
A bit about David..
David turned 17 years of age on 5th December 1994 which then allowed him to compete as a senior for the Dashers.
His first race (and last) as a senior was in the Clitheroe 10k on 27th December 1994. David collapsed and died by the road side at 5 miles from a condition called Hyperthropic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, which in laymans terms is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscles which interrupted the electrical pulses which keeps the heart working.
This condition takes the lives of approximately 8 so-called fit and healthy young people a week, most of them are actively engaged in sport, but it is not the sport that kills; it is the exertion that acts as a trigger.
The race is run in memory of David Staff, who joined the Dashers as a 15 year old and competed in many fun runs as a junior. In September 1994, he completed the Great North Run in 1 hour 49 minutes 02 seconds along-side his dad Granville wearing his Blackburn Rovers home and away kit, needless to say the comments along the route in Newcastle cannot be repeated.
David was a very likeable person who got on with everybody he came into contact with; young and old and had a very bright future ahead of him, not only as a young man preparing to take his A-levels at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School but also as a member of Darwen Dashers.
We host this race to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, the charity that David’s father Granville actively supports. The funds raised are used to provide heart screening in the young; so far over 60 people have had heart defects identified as a result of Granville’s fund raising. Since David’s death, Granville has raised over £100,000 and we are proud to continue to support this cause.
Wilmslow Festive 10k – Sunday November 25th
Three thousand two hundred and ninety one finishers in this race won by Callum Rowlinson in a time of 31.36. Jacob Watson came across the finish line in 13th place with a time of 33.28 which was just 20 seconds outside his PB set this year (33.08).
After the Race Jacob spoke to the Club commenting “Thoroughly enjoyable run out at the Wilmslow 10k this morning. Really well organised event with great support around the course, which could be roughly described as 5k (slightly) downhill, then 5k back up! Glad to be keeping my 10k times consistently under the 34 mark and feeling good for the Ribble Valley 10 at the end of the year”.
Photo courtesey of Mick Hall Photos
British Modern Biathlon Championships – Sunday November 25th
Two young Blackburn Harriers competed in the Championships at the weekend – Zachary Walmsley and Saul Sharp.
Zach won a Bronze medal after coming 3rd in the Pool with a time of 61.86 and 8th in the 1600m clocking a time of 5.15.57.
Saul contested the 100m in the Pool and the 1600m, earning himself a new personal best in his swim (69.74) and running 5.50.47 in the 1600m which led to him finishing 9th overall.
Tim Wins Preston 10 and Harriers Win 1st Team – Tour of Pendle & Litton Birks Loop with the Harriers – Paul runs Remembrance Day 10k
It turned out to be a very good weekend for the Harriers. After winning the Senior Men and Senior Women’s Red Rose cross country race at Marl Pits, the Senior Men were out at the Preston 10, a local race with a long history and featuring a field in excess of 500 runners.
Tim Raynes who has been in excellent form, winning the Red Rose cross country races at Leigh and Bolton, was making his debut over this distance and was up against some very good runners at the front end of the race. That excellent form came to fruition again which saw him win the Race in a time of 52.10 – 26 seconds in front of 2nd placed Rob Danson (52.37) and Adam Sciacca (52.43) and Chris Livesey (52.44) fighting it out for 3rd spot. Three places in the top ten by the Harriers meant that the Club won the Team prize too.
After the race, Tim spoke to the Club and told us “I came into the race not really knowing what to expect, having not run a 10 mile race before. Knowing that there was a decent field at the front, I decided to stick in with the lead group and see how the race progressed. After the first lap of 5 miles, it was down to a group of 4. At this point, Adam Sciacca upped the pace in an effort to get away. I tucked in behind him, however it was enough to drop Rob and Chris. Getting to about 7 miles though, I could sense Adam was starting to tire. I bided my time but, knowing that Rob and Chris may start to close, attacked with just over two miles to go. It was really pleasing to get the win, and great to pick up the team prize as well – well done to the other lads on some great runs. Great to be part of such a strong training group, which is clearly pushing all of us on.”
Karl Billington is going from strength to strength, evidenced by his 6th place today in a time of 54.23 and over a distance, which like Tim, he was making his debut in. Post-race Karl spoke to the Club commenting “Really happy with my debut 10miler, found the last mile tough. Lots of work to be done before Ribble Valley and the barca half”.
Next home for the Harriers was Chris Davies who was part of the Senior Men’s winning team the previous day at Rossendale. Chris ran just eight seconds outside of his personal best, posting a time of 56.14 in 10th place. Chris also won the V40 category too and afterwards told the Club about his weekend saying that he was “Really pleased with this weekends performance’s. Marl Pitts XC is always a tough race and I came away from that in good condition to have a good stab at the Preston 10. I started off the race feeling great and came through the 5 mile marker in good shape and on for a PB but unfortunately I got to 7 1/2 and knew I was starting to slow down. I got on to the duel carriageway and just had to dig it out with 2 miles to go and just missed out on a PB. Not to concerned though. It was a strong run after the XC and has only made me more confident in getting a PB at the Ribble Valley 10K. I’ve had a great year and it’s helped running with a great Senior group which has also been improving all year. Onwards and upwards”.
In 15th place came Calum James Holmes with a new PB of 57.40 which was a three minute improvement on his previous personal best over the distance and he, like Chris, ran in the successful Senior Men’s cross country team the day before. Calum commented about his weekend saying “I raced today even though I did Cross Country at Marl Pits. I felt okay doing it and was confident I was going to pb this morning at Preston. I finished 15th in 57 minutes which is five minutes better than last year, and also Blackburn won the Team race. I would also like to congratulate my team mates Chris, Tim and Karl who finished top ten”.
Even though Victoria Mousley has been unwell, she still ran the race after entering a while ago coming home in 249th (79.00). V55 David Morris also ran, placing 446th in a time of 97.29.
Tour of Pendle – Saturday November 17th
RACE RESULTS (Noy yet available)
Four Blackburn Harriers were on the line for this race Helen Leigh – Danny Teare – John Horrocks – Gary Pearse – and it was who John led the way home as he finished in 54th position clocking 2hr 52 which was a pretty good performance given that John had been plagued with an injury. After it was all over, John spoke to the Club about the day and his race saying “Tour of Pendle. What a race. Good day for it with a coolish wind on the tops. Coming into it I’d been struggling with an slight injury so not been able to do the training that I wanted to so I aimed to be under 3 hours. Stood on the start line I said to myself set off steady and try to pace it, that went in the bin as soon as go was shouted. Managed a good pace to the bottom of geronimo where I was happy to see my dad for some good old jelly babies and a Capri sun. Worked a treat and kept me going to the top of mearley climb. At this point I was placing early 30’s and felt good to push for top 30, then the dreaded big end climb came and I blew up. From the trig point back down to the finish at barley was the longest 2.5 miles I’d ever run. Ended up 54th in a time of 2 hours 52. Veg soup never tasted so good! Definitely be back next year. Well done to all the harriers who ran and thanks to the marshals as always”.
L-R Helen Leigh – Danny Teare – Martin Haworth
Fabulous to see Helen Leigh back on the Fells racing again. This athlete has gone through more injuries & operations than you can shake a stick at, but her determination knows no bounds as she showed at the weekend and as she told the Harriers afterwards “The Tour of Pendle is not for the faint hearted and there’s not many races tougher when it comes to fell racing. Just shy of 17 rough miles and 5000ft of climbing, my only real aim was to get round with both my hips still intact! I tried to pace sensibly and despite fuelling well, I still started cramping from about mile 10 where the real hard work begins. I found myself in a good position and was chasing hard for 3rd but had to settle for 4th in the end and 98th overall in 3.02. In super windy conditions I was over the moon with this, and so so happy to have finished a race in one piece after a near 3 year hiatus!“
Gary Pearse having competed in the Short Circuit 33 mile race just a couple of weeks ago was the next athlete in for the Harriers. Speaking after the race Gary said that it was a “Good day conditions wise, but the usual Pendle cloud was hanging on the tops and it was windier than expected from the calm conditions in Barley. I risked running with a long recent outing in my legs which proved my undoing, but as I was also raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation I was definitely completing the race. Great to see Helen Leigh back racing and John Horrocks in good form. The usual healthy pace on the road out was checked by the first climb to the Trig. It was lovely to run for a short while with Helen before she showed me a clean pair of heels. Wheels well and truly came off on the second to last big climb/decent and I was on the edge of cramping entirely before I hit the road and stretched out again on the run in. It was brilliant to see Helen and Jean at the finish. Great to be out again in this iconic fell race and especially well done to Helen and John.
I would also like to add to the tributes to George Kirby, a time for reflection and celebration of a remarkable person”.
Danny Teare unfortunately had to drop out of the race after looking forward to it, but said post-race that it had been “Fantastic conditions for the race, with over 500 pre-registered. Several Harriers on the list and many familiar faces lined up. I was raring to go and felt well prepared. Training had gone well, no injuries and the pre-race fuel was all safely on board. Half way round I was a few minutes ahead of last years pace and feeling like I could eek out a bit more in the second half. However, half way up the climb from checkpoint 5, I realised I was shedding places and couldn’t seem to get my head down and push on. I took shelter at the top and took more fuel + drink on board, letting it settle for a new minutes before heading off again….. but after a further 500m, I just didn’t feel confident that I could take on the last 2 climbs without having to bail out. I opted for safety first, took a right hand turn and headed back to Barley under my own steam. Disappointing not to finish but glad that I didn’t get into a difficult situation that would have put stress on myself and the marshals. Great event as ever and very well run. Good turnout from BBH and well done to all who took part. (I will look to put it right next year!!)”.
Litton Birks Loop – Saturday November 17th
John Orrell and Ian Clarkson ran this fell race which was a new one on the calendar and won by Ted mason of Wharfedale in a time of 36.44. John placed 47th overall in a time of 56.22 whilst Ian came home in 51st spot clocking 57.58.
John enjoyed the race and commented afterwards “A new race, and having no idea where we were going apart from around Birks Tarn at the top, it was a case of keeping your head down and just keep moving forward, upwards, upwards and more upwards! A beautiful day but a climb that seemed to never end. 22.49 before I reached the trig at the top. Then a loop across the moors and around the tarn, before a ‘not so fast’ decent (11.32) on steep rocky slippy limestone. A bottle of specially brewed fell race beer and chip butty at the end. What’s not to like about Fell Running!”
Ian was equally effusive about the race commenting “1st time this event was hosted, a BS cat race, 4.8 miles and just over 1200 feet of ascent, a flat plateau on the top, views to die for and then 1200 feet of decent!! A bit of a tough one, but for a fiver entry fee, which included a bottle of beer and a chip butty, what was not to enjoy. Having been out of action with a dodgy ankle for a couple of months it was great to have a go and see what happens, ankle survived and some confidence restored. Looking forward to the David Staff Memorial Fell Race next week”.
AFTER – Ian Clarkson & John Orrell
BEFORE – Ian Clarkson & John Orrell
Windmill 10k – Sunday November 11th
Paul Jeffries has a recent set back with a hip bursa, but felt good enough to run the Lytham Windmill 10k on Remembrance Sunday. V40 Paul finished 41st place overall on the day clocking a time of 41.52.89 out of race featruing 1227 finishers. Paul told us afterwards that “it was a better run than I could of hoped for”.
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