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Isaac Wins Mid Lancs – Steven Wins Bleasdale Circle – Vet Wins for Joanne, Mat & Chris – BUCS Indoor T&F Championships
After the fifth fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League and with one to go up at Ulverston in March the Harriers are well placed to pick up Team Medals at U11, U13, U15, Senior Women and Vets Categories.
The U11 Girls are lying in 2nd place overall and finished 5th on Saturday, the girls being led home by Hannah Davies in 18th out of the sixty four runners in a time of 8.22 with Imogen Robinson just behind in 16th place (8.28). Next across the line came Isabelle Hartley in 32nd (8.51) followed home by Amelia Burton in her first competitive race for the Club in 35th clocking 8.54. Then came Ayesha Vose in 47th place (9.27) and Lulu Sharp finishing 53rd in a time of 9.51.
Our U11 Boys Team are in second place in the League following this fixture where they finished 3rd team overall on the day. Seventy four youngsters contested the Race – fourteen of whom were Blackburn Harriers. ‘Pocket Rocket’ Sam Aspey led the lads home in 8th place (7.23), Daniel Smith was one place and four seconds further back in 9th (7.27) with Matthew Smith in 14th posting a time of 7.36. One second and one place separated Oliver Gill in 23rd (7.51) and William Grundy in 24th (7.52). More good packing from the lads saw Harry Sambrook run a time of 8.00 in 30th position, the same time as George Ramsden in 31st, also 8.00 and Harry Russel in 32nd clocking 8.06. Charlie Haworth was next home in 37th with a time of 8.12 and he was followed in by Findlay Carroll (44th) in 8.23, Alexander Brien running 8.48 in 61st, Daniel Brotherton (68th) and George Holman 69th both running the same time of 9.13 and Sam Craven in 74th place with a time of 10.47.
The Harriers U13 Girls are still in 1st place even though they finished 4th on the day which saw Leah Hoole lead the girls home in 12th place (9.18) supported by Hollie Cubbon in 19th spot with a time of 9.30, Kate Cookson in 25th clocking 9.44, Keira Haxton 27th in a time of 9.47 and Caroline Woodworth in 28th (9.48), Eva Knowles (50th) in 10.51 and Libby Neal finishing in 60th spot recording a time of 11.34.
One of the highlights of the day was the win of Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys Race featuring sixty runners. Isaac won by seven seconds in a time of 10.57 from Tobias Swarbrick in 2nd. Going into this fixture in 2nd place, the lads consolidated that position with a 2nd placed finish in the Team competition. In 9th and 10th came David Holman (12.05) and Hayden Mercer (12.08) and they were backed up by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 14th with a time of 12.22, Rory Teare in 22nd (12.48), Codie Dewhurst, another young athlete who continues to improve in 24th (12.51), Saul Sharp running a time of 13.09 in 32nd place and Sebastian Burton 13.23 in 35th position out of a sixty strong field.
Only two girls out in the U15’s which saw Amy Davies place 6th in a time of 12.58 and Eleesha Charnley 7th clocking 13.05. The U15 Boys started the day in 1st place in the League and ended the day still in first place as they won the team event on the day from Kendal in 2nd and Helm-Hill in 3rd. First home for the boys came Matt Ramsden in 3rd posting a time of 13.29, with Sam Hodkinson in 4th (13.34), Leon Thomas in 5th (13.35) and Jamie Teare in 11th place with a time of 14.23.
After three wins and a 2nd in the previous four races, the Harriers Senior Women were on top of Division 3. On Saturday there were just two Senior Women competing – Joanne Nelson and Lindsay Davies but the Senior Women’s Team were still in 1st position at the end of the day. Joanne had another great run finishing 7th overall out of one hundred and twenty nine runners (23.55), was 1st V45 and 1st Vet overall in the Race won by an U20 Scarlet Dale. Lindsay had her best race so far in the Mid Lancs with a very good 29th place in a time of 27.51. In the Senior Men’s Race, there was an excellent finish from Chris Davies taking 8th place out of one hundred and seventy eight in a time of 34.27 which won him the V40 category and 1st Vet overall on the day. Mark Chippendale came home in 25th place clocking 37.06 and Craig Greenough ran a time of 47.07 for 137th spot.
The Bleasdale Circle Fell Race attracted one hundred and seventeen runners on Saturday February 18th which was won by Blackburn Harriers Steven Snape. who had a cracking run to win the Race in a time of 37.25 in front of 2nd placed Rob Jebb (37.41). Speaking to the Club, Steven commented about his race, describing it as “A short fell race at the beautiful Bleasdale area. The first part is like XC which I enjoy. It then goes up a tough climb all the way to the summit it sorts out the runners who went off to fast. This was my best part. The descent was fun and the legs were pretty dead on the last flat bogfest section where I had to dig in. Great cake afterwards too!”
Great to see John Horrocks back out racing again. John has had a bad time with injuries and has only run a couple of Park runs in January after last racing in May 2017. On the day John had a very good run to place 14th over in a time of 43.12 and told the Club after the Race that it was “Good to be back racing after so long out! Really enjoy doing this race every year and for once we had good weather with a decent view from the top. My race went ok, climbed really well but struggled from then on. Well done to Steven on the win, great run!”
Derek Reilly was also on the comeback trail after a period of injuries and took on the Windy Hill Race on February 10th which saw two hundred and three runners complete the course. Won by Shaun Godsman in a time of 61.57 – Derek finished in 14th spot with a time of 69.37 and 2nd V45.
BUCS Championships – February 16 – 18th
Four Blackburn Harriers competed in this years Bucs Indoor T & F Championships held at the EIS in Sheffield. Great to see Joe Pearse back out in the High Jump after a nightmare injury year in 2017, his last competition being the BUCS outdoor championships in May 2017. Joe qualified from his heat with a clearance of 1.93m and went on to clear 1.90m in the Final for 9th place. Joe was just pleased to be back in competition and told the Club that “It is so great to finally jump again, for me it was an achievement to even be at BUCS having only had one high jump session prior to the comp after being out with an injury since last May. There are lots of promising signs and although I was disappointed with the result I was just to tired to jump higher after qualification. Hopefully now I can work on reducing the pain in my ankle and getting back in shape”.
Roxanne Oliver was racing at her last Indoor BUCS in the 60m Hurdles running just shy of her seasons best with a time of 9.26 which brought her home in 5th spot in her Heat. Afterwards Roxie spoke to the Harriers about the her Championships telling us that she “Had a great time competing at my last indoor BUCS! Was hoping for a PB in the hurdles and I felt in shape to do so, but since it was a straight final and no semis it wasn’t to be. I much prefer outdoors though so I’m looking forward to the 100m hurdles instead of the 60m hurdles!”
Morgan Angland was also contesting the 60m Hurdles but suffered a DQ for a false start. These things happen as they say and something that she will learn from as she commented to the Club afterwards. Overall it had been “a really good experience at my first BUCS. Really disappointed with my performance since I false started in my hurdles and got disqualified. But I will learn from it and hopefully do a lot better in outdoor BUCS”.
Katie Buckingham was another athlete who enjoyed the weekend and learned some invaluable lessons about pace judgement as she placed 8th in the ten strong field in a time of 11.06 for the 3000m telling the Harriers at the end of the Championships that she had “had a great weekend watching some top class performances, didn’t have my best race, the pace set of fast and burnt out earlier than I’d hoped but we live and learn, onto the outdoor season well done to everyone else repping Blackburn and Notts!”
Central Lancs 5k – Sunday February 18th
Three hundred and nine runners lined up for this local 5k Race won by Michael Cayton in a time of 15.41, just one second in front of 2nd placed Jonothan Kay. Mat Nuttall had a good run to come home in 10th place overall in a time of 17.31 which saw him win the V45 category. The Harriers Senior Team Manager – Paul Guinan also had a solid run (18.39) for 25th place overall and 3rd V45.
Great North West Half-Marathon – Sunday February 18th
This Race saw twelve hundred and twenty one complete the event which was won by Paul Fausett of 74.34. V50 Jonathan Bridge flew the flag for the Harriers crossing the line in 40th position overall, clocking a time of 84.38 and 2nd V50.
Rob Warner ran his first 5k Road Race in August 2013 in the Sale Sizzler coming home in a time of 16.00 and 17th overall. Some athletes believe that success in middle distance and endurance running can come quickly and make the mistake of believing that they can have almost ‘immediate success’. All the evidence is to the contrary. A sustained period of training years is the bedrock for all success in these events.
In the last two years, which demonstrates how much sustained training has to be put in over a period of years, not months, Rob has gone on to set new personal bests at 800m (1.55.50), 1500m (3.49.12), 3000m (8.24.48), 5000m (14.36.21), 10000m (30.46.13) and 10k on the road of 31.00. He has now added a new PB over 5k on the Road clocking 14.49 in Armagh on Thursday evening (16th February). These achievements are a great credit to him.
(This photo courtesy of Keith McClure Photography)
It was a great night for Rob and his partner Jess Judd who took 2nd place in the Women’s 3k Race, setting a new PB of 9.03 behind the winner of this years Ribble valley 10k Race – Laura Weightman (8.59). After the Race Rob spoke to the Club telling us that he “was quite happy with my performance, I didn’t run the race as well as I wanted, I tried to move through from 3-4K and perhaps pushed a little too hard as I really struggled on the last lap! The depth of the field is ridiculous with over 90 people going under 15. Overall I can’t complain with a solid 5k time for my first one on the road in about 5 years! Such a great event and will definitely be back next year, hopefully bodes well for the track season as it’ll hopefully be a bit warmer in the summer!”
Rachel Wins Stamford 30k – Samantha Wins her second 2018 Ranking Event – Bob Wins again in King of the Hills
Rachel Wood in training for this years London Marathon, entered the Stamford 30k Road Race as part of her preparation and what a great run she had, finishing 38th overall out of six hundred and nine finishers and 1st Woman in a time of 2hr 04.6.
Speaking after the Race to the Club, Rachel told us “Over the last few weeks, I have been looking out for a longer race (over half marathon distance) to test my fitness. I knew Stamford 30k would do this. I signed up to the race with no expectations. I wore my new garmin watch (my brother bought me this for Christmas). I usually run how I feel and sometimes don’t wear a watch for racing but on this occasion, I thought it would be useful to see my mile splits. The race was undulating and the weather was sleet, wind, rain and sun! I won the ladies race in a time of 2:04:06. My next longer race will be Finchley 20 in readiness for London marathon in April!”
Samantha Murray is in very good form and setting the pace in this years Ranking Events for Modern Pentathlon. After winning the first Ranking event in January, she followed that up with another win at the weekend to make it an undefeated start to the year and a good lead up to the World Cup 2 Competition being held in Los Angeles from March 24 – 31st. Happy with the outcome, Samantha spoke to the Harriers commenting that it was “Another solid day with consistent performances and to win was really satisfying. No rest just yet, I’m travelling to Paris for a weeks fencing camp today then I’ll have a testing week which will lead to a hard block of training from February 26th that should prepare me well for the LA World Cup.”
Bob Shorrock was out in the final Race of the 2017 – 18 Mountain Marathon Series held in Hong Kong and known as the King of the Hills, this one being held in Tai Po on February 4th. Previous race were held In Hong Kong Island on 26th November 2017 with the second in the Series being held on January 7th in Lantau.
This Race featured one hundred and ninety four runners over a distance of 50k which saw one hundred and eighty eight complete the Race. The winning time was set by Jeff Campbell (3hrs 36.16) with Bob coming home in 4th place overall and 1st V55 in a time of 3hrs 53.00. Bob won Race 2 in the Series and moves on to final Race on March 4th where he will be hoping to clinch the Series. Bob spoke to the Club about the Races saying that he “Had 2 good runs so far this season on KOTH. Need a 3rd one on 4th March to wrap up the series. My training has been reasonable but my racing better than expected – running as fast as three years ago, which is great. Just really enjoying being out on the hills and racing against some good friends. Best wishes to all at the Harriers”.
Ben Wins Winter Warmer with Team & V40 – V50 1st Places – Isaac Wins Lancashire Cross Country Championships – Bucs Cross Country Championships
The annual Winter Warmer 10k attracted another sell out on Sunday with six hundred and thirty six runners completing the Race in really very good conditions for road racing.
(Cover Photo & this Photo courtesy of David Belshaw)
It turned out to be a very good day for the Harriers as Ben Fish won the Race in a very swift 31.58 with Tim Raynes in 2nd place clocking 32.30. Six, seven and eight were all Blackburn Harriers – Chris Davies coming home in a time of 34.48 to take the V40 1st Prize – Ian Dixon was next home in 7th place (34.58) – Mat Nuttall crossed the line in 8th spot (35.06) winning the V45 1st prize. The Harriers also took the 1st Team Prize which made it a pretty good day all round for the Club.
Afterwards, Race Winner Ben Fish and runner up Tim Raynes spoke to the Club – Ben commenting“Great results from all the Harriers, the club dominated the race. Terrific run by Tim who really took the race on, dropping Danny Collinge and I was struggling to hang on in the first half. Happy with my run and a fab day of racing for the club” with Tim echoing similar sentiments, telling us that “After a cold start to the morning, it ended up being great conditions by the time the race started. Hadn’t intended to take the lead early on but felt good on the early climbs. Ben really started to push the pace going downhill, and I just tried to stick in for as long as possible. The last couple of miles were a bit of a slog, but happy with my run overall. Well done to Ben for another great run and win, and great to see some real strength in depth from the Harriers. Looking forward to seeing what we can do at the 12 stage, particularly with some strong new additions!”
New member Joshua Holgate had a great run on his debut outing for the Harriers coming home in a time of 36.06 in 12th place and given the nature of this course, there is clearly a faster 10k time awaiting. Another new member – V45 Gary Vose – also had an excellent run coming home in 14th spot with a time of 36.35 and he was followed home by Ben Costello in 20th (37.51).
Paul Guinan took 26th position clocking 38.17 with Paulo Sousa in 30th (38.44). V40 Daniel Whittaker was the next Harrier to cross the line in 75th running a time of 42.21 and followed in by U17 Maddie Elliott (98th) clocking 44.06.
V60 Mike Blacklidge came home in 149th place in a time of 46.47 with Ian Clarkson (47.21) in 159th and Lindsay Davies running 47.26 for 163rd. Next Home for the Harriers came V50 Mark Wilkin (176th) in 48.17 with Jacob Watson 180th in a time of 48.38 having an easy run out. V45 Paul Wilkinson came 216th in a time of 50.02 and he was followed home in 246th place by Michael Nolan (V55) recording a time of 51.21, Charlotte Collin (352nd) in 55.57, Lorna Sharp (57.33) in 390th, V50 Clare Wilkin (453rd) in 61.09 and in 541st place – V60 Joyce Beck in a time of 67.12.
Loads of Blackburn Harriers youngsters also took part in the Junior 2k Run which saw Harry Wilkin and Eleesha Charnley make it a clean sweep with Harry winning the Race in a time of 7.22 and Eleesha 1st Girl clocking 7.55.
Junior Fun Run RESULTS
An impressive one hundred and eighty two youngsters ran in the 2k Race with sixteen of them belonging to Blackburn Harriers. With Harry Wilkin taking 1st place and Eleesha Charnley 4th overall, the next Harrier to come home was the very consistent Daniel Smith in 7th place (8.06), followed by Oliver Gill in 9th (8.20), 8yr old Charlie Haworth (15th) running a time of 8.45, 9yr old Hannah Davies (9.15) in 20th, new member Amelia Burton 21st with a time of 9.16, 9yr old Charlotte Sousa (9.23) in 25th spot, another 9yr old Ayesha Vose (26th) running 9.24, 8yr old Lulu Sharp 42nd in a time of 10.04, Holly Sousa 43rd in 10.08, 7yr old Harry Smith (45th) in 10.16, sister 9yr old Emily Smith in 58th spot (10.38), Ella Hardman with a time of 11.01 in 72nd, Emily Snape (73rd) posting a time of 11.03, 9yr old Tippi Francis (74th), and running 11.11 and Harry Wilkinson in 83rd place (11.54).
Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships – Saturday February 3rd
Another very good day for the Club at this years Lancashire Championships with the highlight being a win for Isaac Butler in the Yr 7 Race winning by 28 seconds in a time of 8.28 and running very strongly into the finish. Next home came Dexta Thompson in 5th place (9.01), with Saul Sharp in 14th (9.38) and Codie Dewhurst – 28th out of the seventy four runners in a time of 9.51.
Good running too from the Yr 7 Girls which saw Kate Cookson place 3rd in a time of 9.39 with Caroline Woodworth in 5th (9.56). Keira Haxton was 8th out of the sixty eight runners competing with a time of 10.13 followed home by Eva Knowles in 16th spot (10.46), Keira Booth in 26th (11.03) and Lucy Ramsden (44th) in a time of 11.21.
Forty seven runners in the Inter-Boys Race which saw Sam Hodkinson work his way through the field to finish 3rd in a time of 20.49 and first Yr 10 boy in the Yr10/11 Race. Matt Ramsden was next across the line in 6th clocking 20.54 with Leon Thomas in 23rd spot (23.21). Also having a very good run in the Inter-Girls race featuring forty eight runners was Amy Davies placing 2nd in a time of 17.36, beaten in by an U17 athlete in a very good race between the two of them with Charlotte Collin (21.39) in 30th position.
The Junior Boys race featured sixty runners which saw Harvey Ashworth place 7th in 16.06 after setting off in a very fast pace to be up[ at the front early on. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was next in (12th) in 16.36 with Hayden Mercer in 16th place (16.51), Joseph Joyce in 22nd (17.10) and Ethan Barbarewicz 43rd clocking 18.11.
Sixty seven runners in the Junior Girls Race which had five Blackburn Harriers representing their different towns and the first one in was Eleesha Charnley in 13th (15.33) followed by Hollie Cubbon in 15th place (15.38) and Leah Hoole in 16th (15.57), Molly Nicholls running a time of 17.06 in 43rd, Maia Bowman in 49th (17.42) and Megan Jones (17.43) in 50th position.
The Senior Girls and Boys Races had just a handful of runners in them which was very disappointing – with just nine runners in each race. In the Girls three of them were Blackburn Harriers with Maddie Elliott 2nd in a time of 18.11, Hannah Cookson 4th in 19.02 and Freya Black 6th (20.29). Nick Smith placed 8th (29.55) in the Senior Boys Race which witnessed a runaway win for Nathan Dunn by nearly a minute and a half.
BUCS Cross Country Championships – Saturday January 3rd
This years Championships were held at Brunel University and by all accounts it was a complete and utter mudfest. Didn’t deter Katie Buckingham (Nottingham University) who is going very well at the moment and improving with each race. In the Race won by Harriet-Knowles Jones in a time of 22.39.6, Katie finished 138th out of over seven hundred athletes in a time of 27.07.6. Joseph Howe was also contesting the Long Course at the Championships for Manchester University, placing 188th in a time of 39.31.6 – the race being won by Alex Yee in 32.35.2.
After washing off the mud, Katie, who was elected as President of the Athletics Society at the University – spoke to the Club about her Race and the day telling us that she “Thought I’d give you the low down on bucs xc – hands down the best race I’ve done in a while! Absolutely great course with fields, hills, mud and a river crossing but still quite fast and a great atmosphere and team spirit to go with it! Laden with facepaint, glitter and ribbons and cheered on by our boys team, music and a megaphone the adrenaline and excitement of the whole event really did wonders! I set of steady(ish) considering the 704 people mass downhill start, and just worked my way through constantly to a solid 138th finish and a few places higher in the Nottingham rankings than I’d expected great experience presidenting our 65 strong team to some mighty results all round bring on nationals and bucs indoors in a few weeks”.
U15 Boys on the Podium at Northern Cross Country Championships – Top Ten for Senior Men & U13 Boys – V40 Win for Joanne
A first time venue for this years Northern Cross Country Championships saw the Clubs and their athletes visit Harewood House in Leeds and a great venue it turned out to be. A tough cross country course with panoramic views and adequate parking, make this a venue worth going back too. The only ‘spoiler’ on the day was the wind, which along with the hills, meant strength endurance was most definitely needed. It is being rumoured that this would be the venue for the 2019 National Cross Country Championships and there is no doubt that has gone down well with athletes.
The Harriers had Teams out in U13 Girls, U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Senior Men with athletes running in the U17 Junior Men and Senior Women’s categories.
Highlight of the day for the Club was the performance of the U15 Boys squad who took Bronze finishing just eleven points off the winning team – Hallamshire. First home in the field of one hundred and ninety seven athletes was Matt Ramsden in 19th place, running a time of 14.48 for the 4000m race. Next in came Sam Hodkinson in 28th in a time of 14.56 with Leon Thomas in 69th clocking 15.37, Jamie Teare in 81st place with a time of 15.44 and Harry Wilkin (149th) in 17.12. Afterwards Matt was asked for his thoughts on the Championships to which he replied “It was a good day out in Leeds but I would have liked to have ran better. It was nice to win a medal but disappointing to have been so close to gold”. Jamie also commented positively saying “i enjoyed the Race and, although I had a poor start, i was pleased i pulled it back for a strong finish even when it was so windy. Good to know we can get a Gold Medal in the future”.
Two hundred and thirty two athletes contested the U13 Boys Race won by Joshua Blevins in a time of 10.44. The Harriers finished 10th team out of the twenty seven teams in the Race, the highlight being the outstanding run of Isaac Butler who finished in 6th spot with a time of 11.05 – just six seconds off the Bronze Medal position. Next across the finish line for the Club came Dexta Thompson (76th) posting a time of 12.16 with David Holman just six seconds further back in 86th place (12.21). Codie Dewhust and Sebastian Burton battled one another around the 3000m course with Codie just taking the honours by one second in 172nd place (13.20) and Sebastian in 173rd (13.21).
Our U13 Girls came home 17th team in the race contested by twenty nine Clubs and two hundred and thirty five athletes competing on the day. In all championship races like the Northerns, just a few seconds can make huge differences in the number of places gained. Kate Cookson was our first athlete home in 90th spot with a time of 13.10, a time which was just eleven seconds short of the 75th runner – fifteen places higher. Hollie Cubbon was just eight seconds behind Kate in 99th spot in a time of 13.18 with Caroline Woodworth clocking 13.27 in 107th position and Keira Haxton in 150th place in a time of 13.55.
Losing a number of U17 athletes to injuries meant that Thomas Betty ran solo finishing 109th in a time of 26.50, similarly in the Junior Men’s Race which saw Nicholas Smith place 68th in 36.15. Lindsay Davies was our only runner in the Senior Women’s race, running well to finish 214th in the four hundred and thirty five strong field in a time of 41.59.
Fifty seven teams featuring seven hundred and sixty one athletes contested the Senior Men’s Race which saw the Harriers make the top ten in 9th place with a points total of 474. Unfortunately for the team they lost a number of athletes due to injury and illness on the eve of the Championships which meant a top five placing was a stretch too far. Team Manager Paul Guinan was happy with the teams performance and told the Club “A great good day out, solid running from the team with 11 Senior runners competing, things are looking great and to put the icing on the cake getting a top 10 team finish. A big thank you to all the runners for making the journey and competing for the Harriers, hopefully next year we can get even more athletes to run, which l believe will be the National Cross Country Championships. I personally just wanted to get round injury free which l did although l could have probably picked an easier race to test an injury, no reaction so all is good”.
As on all occasions with the Harriers, the team spirit was really good and the support for one another is evident. There were some cracking runs by the athletes. Tim Raynes had a great run to be the first Harrier home in a time of 42.31 (33rd) and spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I really enjoyed it yesterday……..it was really well organised and I think it would be a great venue for the National. Felt really good during the first lap and found myself just outside the top 30. Hoped to be able push on the second lap, but didn’t quite have enough there. Pretty pleased with my run though, and well done to everyone who ran. Great to see us packing so well as a team. Looking good for the nationals!”. Rob Warner was just six places further back in 39th (42.45) and he also commented on the day saying that he “Thought the event yesterday was great, really well organised and hopefully will see the nationals there next year! Was a great performance from the team, thought everyone ran really well, and especially well done to Tim on a great run! Wasn’t pleased with my run personally, never really got going but always good to race at the Northerns”.
Also having a great run on the day was Jack Hindle who took 52nd place and third counter for the Team, clocking a time of 43.23 and commenting after the race “Well done to all the lads. It was a tough course with climbs and muddy sections. From my perspective it went really well, I felt strong the whole way around and come through well at the end. Looking forward to racing the nationals now”. After running a 75.32 Half-Marathon the week before in pretty appalling conditions, Chris Davies was out again for the Club and the next Harrier across the line in 97th position in a time of 45.13 and said “First of all well done to the team. A great effort finishing 9th overall especially when some of the guys were coming back from injuries and niggles. Well done guys. On a personal level, really pleased to finish in the top 100, it’s hard to do with so many good endurance runners on show. Really pleased with my run, was feeling good from the start, paced it well at the beginning and never looked back from their. The course seemed to suit me on the day. That’s the beauty of XC racing. Every course is different along with weather conditions and you just never know what’s going to happen. Just a pity it’s took me till now to get going in this year’s XC Season. Better late than never though. Well done to the U15 Boys as well. Great result”.
Just behind Chris came Ben Costello who has been one of those suffering with injuries and has managed to shake them off coming home in a time of 45.40 in 107th spot and was delighted with his run telling the Club “Coming back from injury I knew the Northerns would be a good fitness boost and it was. Very happy to get through the race without any recurrence of that injury….a massive well done to everyone who ran some good positions in field full of class athletes. I am sure the team will put in another class performance at the nationals”. Ben was followed in by Mat Nuttall in 147th spot in 47.00, Joseph Howe in 194th (48.21) and brother Zac Howe (49.47) and Paul Guinan (49.48) in 246th and 247th places respectively. Afterwards Zac told us it “Was a bit of a frustrating run for me with the Achilles niggle resurfacing after the first lap, meaning I had to stop and stretch for a few minutes. I was able to finish so hopefully nothing too serious, but disappointed I couldn’t help out the team more. Well done to everyone, great team spirit on the day!”
Great to see Gary Pearse competing at the Northerns after overcoming some very serious back issues in recent times – Gary crossed the line in a time of 54.44 for 437th place and said that it was a “Great event really pleased to be out there racing with you guys, your support much appreciated. A cross country with proper descents and excellent overall course/venue. Tough race,well done to all completing along with appreciation of some superb individual performances”. John Chaplin was our final athlete through the finish – 542nd clocking 57.57 – which was an impressive performance form another athlete who has had more than his fair share of injuries explaining that “Lack of training through injury resulted in a really poor run for me even though I thought it was a great course and one well suited to potentially host the Nationals next year. Outstanding run by Tim and great back up by the other guys. The team have had a great x-c season and Saturday’s result underlined the quality and spirit with the 9th place finish. It’s great to be a small part of it. Looking forward to Parliament Hill now”.
St Annes 10 Mile – Sunday January 28th
Three hundred and sixty four finishers in this local and popular seaside 10 mile road race won by Rob Danson in a time of 52.59, some six minutes in front of the second placed athlete. A really tough wind on the second half of the Race affected the times as runners battled in against it.
(Thanks to David Wood for the Race Photos from Lytham)
Four Blackburn Harriers took part with V50 Jonathan Bridge the first through the line for the Club in a time of 64.30 and 3rd V50 in his Age Category. Next home in yet another V40 Category win was Joanne Nelson in 34th spot overall and 3rd Woman in a time of 66.26 – Joanne has run four races in 2018 and has been 1st V40 in all of them. Janine Fallon – also a V40 – came home in 95th place clocking a time of 76.27 along with Paul Wilkinson (V40) who finished in 155th with a time of 84.54.
Ben Wins Four Villages Half-Marathon – Chris & Paul set new PB’s at Inskip Half-Marathon – Ben PB’s at Sportscity – Lindsay & Lorna running London Marathon for good causes
Four Villages Half-Marathon – Sunday January 21st
One thousand five hundred and sixty five runners finished this Race – starting and finishing in pretty horrible weather conditions by any standard. In 2017 Ben Fish came second in this Race to Mohammed Abu-Rezeq but managed to turn the tables this year in finishing ahead of him to win the Race in a time of 69.09.
Ben spoke to the Club about the Race and his win telling us that the “First three miles in hailstone and I knew that a fast time would be impossible in those conditions. Road was slushy and slippery too. Abu-Rezeq had a small gap of 50 metres up to about 8-9 miles then it was neck and neck. I think he was having a tough time in those conditions, as usually he pulls away and holds the gap. We reached 10 miles in a slow 53:20. Got a small lead around the 11th mile. Mo needed assistance at the end, but thankfully he seemed ok afterwards”.
(Thanks to Mick Hall Photography for these Race Photos)
Inskip Half-Marathon – Sunday January 21st
Three hundred and fifty two finishers in this Race run like the Four Villages Half-Marathon in pretty grim weather conditions to say the least. Four Blackburn Harriers competed – Chris Davies – Paul Brindle – Joanne Nelson – Carol Reilly in the Race which was won by Stuart Robinson in a time of 70.59.
Chris Davies was the first Harrier home in a new personal best time of 75.32 and told the Club after the Race “Today was just about seeing were my form was at in preparation and for my training for the London Marathon. When arriving I wasn’t feeling to optimistic due to the weather being really poor. It was really cold with some wind which made some parts of the course difficult. I’ve been running for a while now and I have to say that’s the coldest race I’ve taken part in. That said I am pleased with how things went. After 3 miles I found good rhythm in my running and felt good up to the 10 mile mark. Unfortunately my right calf began to tighten which made for uncomfortable last 5K. I managed to dig it out though and managed to knock a second of my PB. It’s not much but a PB is still a PB and it’s a good way to start the New Year in my races. I know I can run quicker and in better conditions I know I can get under 1:15. A terrible day for racing but a good outcome which made it all worth while in the end”.
Paul Brindle had a tremendous run chopping four minutes off his previous best time of 83.55 to record a new PB of 79.56 in 21st place. Joanne Nelson was the first V45 Woman home and 3rd Woman overall in the race as she placed 68th in a time of 88.26. Carol Reilly finished in 159th spot clocking 1hr 41.45.
Ben Boocock’s been doing the Sale Harriers indoor athletics series at Sportscity in Manchester continuing to improve as the series has gone on. On Sunday he was pleased that he managed to knock 0.28 of a second off his previous best time and set a new PB for the 60m Hurdles of 9.98 (3rd) and the first time he has managed to dip inside ten seconds. Although Ben was pleased with his run he still believes he can improve on that time and it’s his first year as an U15 and he wanted to thank Paul and Bob for all their coaching and support.
Two Blackburn Harriers – Lorna Sharp and Lindsay Davies are running this years London Marathon in aid of their two favoured Charities.
Lorna is doing it for Get Kids Going. If you would like to get involved by sending a donation you can access Lorna’s Virgin Give Money Site HERE
Lindsay is running her challenge for Mind.
‘We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect’.
If you would like to get involved by sending a donation you can access Lindsay’s Virgin Give Money Site at:
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people – up to the age of 26 yrs – the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports’ equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!
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