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Fleetwood – Burnley – Chester

On a lovely day at the Coast, Chris Davies racing a flat 10miler continued his massive improvement.

Full Results HERE

In just his second ever 10mile Road Race he destroyed his PB of 62.13 at the St Anne’s Race in March this year and ran 57.53 at the Blackpool – Fleetwood Race, finishing 5th of 2013 runners. This is great reward for commitment and hard work.

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Burnley Firestation 10k – October 6th 2013

This popular annual 10k Road race attracted 234 runners and amongst them were Harriers Shaun Livesey, Michael Toms, Evan Cook and Louise McCauley as well as Laura Hesketh who competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track.

Full Results HERE

Shaun ran really well to finish 2nd overall (35.51) on this tough course. New member Michael (V45) had another good run finishing in 8th place in a time of 38.30. Evan (V60) continued on his winning ways of late with yet another victory in the age category placing 15th overall (40.17). Louise took 89th place and ran a PB of 47.02 and no doubt on easier courses, this time is going to come down substantially. Laura, running for Clayton finished 60th (44.51).

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Chester Marathon – Sunday October 6th 2013

Ben Fish had targeted the Berlin Marathon held the other weekend in an attempt to gain the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games Marathon in Glasgow 2014. Sadly, Ben came down with ill-health right on the eve of the Race and had to withdraw. Never short on determination, he decided to throw caution to the wind and entered the Chester Marathon as a back up, but it didn’t work out well in the end.

Full Results HERE

Speaking after the Race, Ben looked at the circumstances of his Race and his condition leading up to it and this is what he had to say ” Yeah, when they go wrong they really go wrong! At least now I know that it takes at least a month to be right after being ill, next time I’m in that situation I won’t race. I recover really well from races, but it doesn’t seem like I recover anywhere near as well from being ill!

In running there’s nowhere to hide and I’ll always explain and talk about any of my races, no matter how bad they are. Maybe there’s things some of the younger ones can learn.

To be honest, deep down I knew my chances of a pb were diminished after that bout of illness, I don’t take pulling out of races lightly, so missing Berlin meant that all wasn’t well. I have recovered within three weeks of being ill before, but not this time. I aimed to break the race up into 5 mile segments, aiming for 26 – 26:30 for each one. It was a shock to struggle so early, first 5 was ok in 26:15, but by 8 miles I knew the game was up. I’d not done all this training to just drop out, so I just forced myself to finish and I knew before halfway that I was going to run a shocking time of 2hr 30 or more”.

Many would like to run a ‘shocking time’ of 2hr 30, but that is a measure of the standards that Ben has come to set for himself. We asked Ben whether he would enter the London marathon next year to try and gain the qualifying time, but he was little circumspect saying that “I will have to see how the Winter goes before I start thinking about that qualifying time. If I don’t hit any snags then I still believe it’s possible”.

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Now this is the way to see the Lakes!!

Helen Leigh is no stranger to tough events and last Sunday – September 29th – she added another entry to the list of endurance events that she competes in, almost as a matter of routine!!  Here is Helen’s take on the day.

“On Sunday I took part in my first half ironman triathlon dubbed the worlds hardest half  ironman. I kept it quiet as for the first time (I think ever) I wondered if I’d bitten off slightly more than I could chew having not biked or swum since my big crash in August.. The race was blessed with one of the nicest days of the year in a fantastic location and started at 7am in Wastwater.

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Full Results HERE

I surprised myself in the slightly chilly and choppy 1.2 mile swim coming out 8th overall and 2nd female out onto the bike leg. I was unfortunate to immediately get a puncture and have to go back and swap not just an inner tube but entire wheel, wasting half an hour and dropping to 6th. I set off in hot pursuit, aware that the hardest bike ride of my life was ahead! 56 miles and over 7000 feet of climbing over Hardknott and Wrynose (both directions) and up out of Langdale over Blea Tarn. I got up all the climbs without problem and was flying back though Eskdale having fought back to 4th place when I had yet another puncture wasting yet more time. I easily lost an hour on the bike through mechanicals but I kept my cool and managed to get back to Wasdale head in one piece. Then came the 14mile run with 4,500ft of ascent over Scafell and Scafell Pike. I did this in a respectable 4hours finishing overall in 10 hrs 24 mins and 4th female (should have been 9hours 24!!). I will definitely be racing again next year and with better luck hope for a top 3 finish, what a fantastic day. If you want to see just how gruelling this race is check out the fly through link showing the whole course. Anyone fancy a go?…”

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Comments Off on Cross Country Season Kicks off…. English Schools Fellrunning Championships Kendal…….Loch Ness & other Results this week

Cross Country Season Kicks off…. English Schools Fellrunning Championships Kendal…….Loch Ness & other Results this week

Glorious weather, untypically, greeted the start of the Cross Country season with the first Red Rose fixture at Leigh. Some athletes even ran in road shoes, reflecting both the weather and the course. With a greater concentration on the Mid Lancs Cross Country League this year, there were just 16 Blackburn Harriers out on the day.

Full Results HERE

Stephen Chew mixed it at the front end of the Men’s Senior Race with with winner Tom Carson from Bolton and second placed David Proctor from Rochdale before finishing 3rd (33.21) with an excellent run.

At the beginning of the day, Amy Davies (8.17) – Chris Davies’s daughter – competed in the U11 Girls Race and had a terrific run finishing second to namesake Penny Davies (8.12) from Horwich.

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In the U15 Boys won by Matthew Barnes from Pendle (12.06), Thomas Harbour continued his really good form with a fourth place (12.26). Liz Greenwood (13.08), fresh from her victory for England in the Hill Running Championships in Scotland the week before won the U15 Girls Race comfortably. Kelsey Rutherford who also competed for England with Liz, came home in 6th place (14.27) and both girls were supported by Rose Abbott in 24th (17.13) which gave them the 2nd place in the Team competition won by Rossendale.

In the Senior Women’s Race, Shelley Tattersall was first Harrier home (27th) in 22.50 followed by Jackie Taylor (39th) 23.58 and Louise McCauley (40th) 24.07 which gave the Team 9th position overall out of 17 Teams and won by Leigh.

The Senior Men, led by a really good run in 3rd place by Stephen Chew, had Chris Davies in 16th (35.40); Danny Maynard (73rd) 39.49; Allan Hartley (120th) 42.25; Richard Taylor 160th (45.00) and Paul Wilkinson (178th) 46.59. This put us in 11th place in the Team competition won by Bolton.

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English Schools Fellrunning Championships Kendal, 29th September

More cracking runs from some of the Harriers leading Juniors at the Championships. In the YR10/11 Race, combining boys and girls with 105 runners. Liz Greenwood finished 15th overall and 1st Girl in a time of 27.33. Grace Handley came 27th (28.25) overall and 2nd Girl. Liz and Grace were awarded the 1st and 2nd place medals along with clothing as prizes.

Full Results HERE

Photo’s courtesy of Woodentops HERE

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Grace & Liz with their Medals

Grace & Liz with their Medals

In the YR 8/9 Race again in a combined field of boys and girls – 140 in total – two young Harriers who are coming on leaps and bounds had good races. Megan Clarkson came 75th (20.22) and Hannah Cookson 89th (21.25).

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in the YR 12/13 Race featuring 58 runners, Robert Buckley who hasn’t raced for quite a time and has just returned to training placed 20th (38.23) and Hannah Dobrashian running for Westholme came 53rd in 55.29.

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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon – September 29th

Club Coach Jorma Jarvinen had been putting in some training for the Marathon and booked himself a place in this one in Scotland which saw 2681 runners complete the Race eventually won by Tarus Elly of Salford Harriers in 2.27.21. In all the Races held on the day from 10k through to the Marathon there were some where in the region of 9000 entrants.

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Full Results HERE

Jorma had a really good run finishing 142nd in this big field with a time of 3.12.53. After the Race, he was in good heart, describing the Race  “Loch Ness Marathon, Probably the most beautiful Marathon course around.

The stunning views from the mountain towards the lake from the starting point are absolutely breathtaking. If anyone would like to do a really nice Marathon this is it. Bare in mind though that the track profile is deceiving, yeah it is a lot down the hill but it is often steep gradients and you really have to take care of the thigh muscles which are taking a lot of punishment over the first 6 miles or so, and they came back to bite me in the end of the race.
My preparations had gone so, so with a sore throat 3 weeks before, stopping me from a weeks training but I did a proper emptying/filling of carbs and entered the race with a 3.15 target on my mind and intended to maintain a controlled pace no matter what…Worked fine for about 6 miles (43,41) after about 10 miles I felt so good that I had to increase the pace and I had about 1,34 at the halfway point feeling brillant. It went very well until about 18 miles when the last couple of tough climbs started and after the 21st mile my thighs had given up. Last 5 miles pure pain but decided that no matter what I will fight it to the end and managed to keep it together reasonably and getting a chip time of 3. 12.53 was well within my target so really content with that. I couldn’t have done any better no matter what.

Now only if I could get my legs working again…

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Run Preston 10K – September 29th

The ever improving Samantha McCreadie got even better on Sunday at this Race finishing 31st overall out of 734 runners, was first Woman home and set a new PB of 40.34. Jan and Katie Buckingham also contested the race with daughter Katie taking the ‘bragging rights’ finishing in 137th position (47.05) and mum Jan in 289th (53.15). Samantha was delighted with her Race and her new PB of   “40:34mins (down from 41:23mins in the Manchester City 10k in July). It was a great event – well organised and good atmosphere with 2k, 5k and 10k races over the morning. The 10k quite was a tough course, hilly with loops around the city centre, Avenham Park and Riverside so the PB and being 1st woman was totally unexpected!! I was in 3rd until about 5km then overtook the lead woman at 8km and just had to hang on! I really enjoyed it but i’m still aiming for a sub 40min 10k at some point!! “

Full Results HERE

After the Race Jan told us “………..with great weather and a slightly changed route, Sam was first lady home in 40.34. I had said on the start line she and Katie were likely to be in the top 10, which surprised her, so I think it was real shock to win it! Katie was 11th lady as there was no junior category, in 47.05, which she was pleased with as only her 3rd 10k ever and has been training for much shorter distances over the summer. I plodded home in 53.15  to take 47th place out of 291 ladies, which is only 20 seconds off a PB, and blame that killer hill at the 9k mark!! “.

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Cheshire 10K – September 29th

There was another 10k on the same day which attracted a field of 700 runners and run at Arly, Cheshire, a new Race which has got off to a good start with the winner, Russell Bentley (30.21) out on his own a minute and half in front of 2nd place.

Full Results HERE

Three Blackburn Harriers entered the Race – Shaun Livesey finished 14th overall taking 21 seconds off his existing best time in setting a new PB of 34.04. Rachel Wood – sister of one of the Race organisers, Matt Wood – posted a good time of 38.46 to finish in 53rd overall and 5th Woman behind the likes of Emma Pallant and Jenny Clague. Evan Cook, racing for the second time in a week took the 2nd V60 spot finishing in 55th (38.49) and a season’s best.

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Ron Hill’s 75th Birthday Race – September 25th

Full Results HERE

Three hundred and fifty eight runners lined up to celebrate Ron Hill’s birthday which was a big testament to his own achievements in endurance athletics. Evan Cook, a little younger than Ron at a ‘mere’ V60 took 63rd overall in a time of 19.56 and took the V60 Men’s Prize too.

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Littleborough 10k – September 22nd

Scott Monk took another step forward in recovering from injury and a layoff by placing 10th (39.12) in this not so easy 10k.

Full Results HERE

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Lancaster 5k – September 28th

John Sutton took himself off to the 5k taking 6th place in 17.21. At home on the Fells this was John’s first 5k since 2008.

Full Results HERE

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Harriers youngsters competing for England

Liz Greenwood and Kelsey Rutherford were selected to run for England in the Home International at the Junior Hill Running Championships held in Achray Forest, Aberfoyle on September 21st. Kelsey is 2nd from the left and Liz 3rd from the left on the Team photo.

Full Results HERE

Photo’s courtesy of Dave Woodhead at Woodentops HERE

Liz who has been in good form prior to the Race and was coming off a Team Gold Medal performance at the North West Relays the week before, showed how good her form was by winning the U16 Girls Age Group category Race in 19.23, seventeen seconds in front of Heidi Davies (Wales) in 19.40 and Aoife Mulroy in Bronze medal position from Ireland (20.12).

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Liz (centre) with Heidi Davies & Aoife Mulroy

Molly Travis in 4th place (20.33) and Rosie Dale in 5th (20.44) combined with Liz to win the Team Gold Medal for England with a total of 10 points to Wales 16, Scotlands 27 and Irelands 30 which just about put the ‘icing on the cake’.

Understandably, Liz was really pleased with the day and told us that she “really enjoyed my weekend in Scotland with Kelsey and all of the England squad. We arrived on Friday afternoon and walked the course with some of the team; luckily we just got back in time before it went dark. After that we ate tea in the outward bound centre that we were staying in and met the rest of the team. We all slept in log cabins about two hundred meters from the start so there was no need to wake up really early to get to the venue.  The following morning I was nervous before the race but really enjoyed it once we were off. It was quite tough but I really liked the downhill section as it wasn’t too steep. I was thrilled to win it and it was good to race against people I hadn’t run against before from Wales, Ireland and Scotland. After our race we could relax and watch the rest of the races and cheer on the rest of the team before we got our trophy, as England won overall.  It was a great experience and I hope I get the chance to repeat it in the future”.

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Liz Greenwood at Junior Hill Running Home International 21st Sept 2013 Aberfoyle

Kelsey was also really excited to be selected to run in the U16 Girls Race. She finished in 13th place in a time of 21.40 and there is no doubt that the experience was a positive one as she competed at this level for the first time. After the Race and when she got home, Kelsey told us about her experience.

“I had such a great weekend with Liz and all the England squad. We travelled up on the Friday with Liz and her dad and we chatted all the way up, we were excited and nervous. When we arrived we took are bags to our lodge and waited for everyone to arrive. We had tea then walked the course before it went dark. Then we were all given our kit. On the day of the race I was very nervous but excited. I really enjoyed the race even though it wasn’t steep (which I love.) After the race it was a great feeling, we all got out pictures taken and cheered everyone else. Over all it was a great experience and something to remember. And hopefully many more to come”.

Kelsey Rutherford at Junior Hill Running Home International 21st Sept 2013 Aberfoyle

Kelsey Rutherford at Junior Hill Running Home International 21st Sept 2013 Aberfoyle

 

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Crossing the Rubicon with Foggy

Brian Fogarty has had a tremendous year in the Triathlon already having qualified for the Ironman in Hawaii and is continuing his rich vein of form with a top three finish in the Rubicon Half Ironman featuring 136 finishers held on September 1st at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire.

Full Results HERE

Brian finished in 3rd place and was pleased with his performance on the day and had this to say after the event “The Rubicon half ironman was the my first race since UK ironman so although I wanted a good race in some ways the pressure was off! I wanted to take the race as an indicator of how well I had recovered from Bolton, and how my form was, as it is my only race I intend to do before Hawaii! The race turned out well, I finished 3rd and had a good solid race, I got the best bike split of the day which was pleasing as I was up against some strong riders.  I now hope to have a good 3 weeks of training and be fully prepared for the World Championships”.

 

 

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Northern Road Relays and some good performances by the Harriers

Following the success of winning five Team Gold Medals at the North West Relays in Lancaster the week before, the Harriers approached the Northern Road Relays Championships in good heart and ready to compete against this higher level of competition at Blackpool on September 21st.

The U13 Girls Team of Natalya Irvine, Hannah Cookson and Maddie Elliott didn’t disappoint finishing 6th Team overall behind Rossendale in 5th place with Liverpool Harriers the winners. Natalya kicked off in the first leg in 11th place (12.00) and handed over to Hannah who picked up 6 places (12.11) to move the Team into 5th overall going into the last Leg. Maddie Elliott, who is just recently back into training ran well to hold 6th place which sealed a very pleasing performance by these young athletes. With 87 athletes competing, Natalya was equal 15th fastest overall, with Hannah 20th and Maddie 35th.

U13 Girls Results HERE

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Next up were the U15 Girls, fresh from their double Team Gold performance from the week before. This week though Liz Greenwood was away competing for England and Grace Handley ran with a cold. Megan Clarkson had a another good run and is improving with every Race. Rose Abbott came in and helped the Team out which finished 16th overall. Grace took the first leg placing 3rd (10.55) and ultimately taking the 3rd fastest time of the Race. Megan held on to 4th place with another cracking run (12.13) and Rose went through the pain barrier (14.23).

U15 Girls Results HERE

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The U17 Women’s Team had Rhiannon Wickham on 1st Leg (23rd) 15.22, handing over to Phoebe Howe pulling a place back to 22nd overall (15.49) and Katie Buckingham with the fastest time of the three women on the 3rd Leg taking another 7 places (14.47) to help the Team finish in 15th place.

Under 17 Women’s Results HERE

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Best Team Result of the day came in the U15 Boys. Consisting of Byron Abbott, Liam Atkinson and Thomas Harbour, the three lads had cracking runs to finish up with the Silver Medal behind winners York. Leg One saw Byron lead off with the front runners finishing 7th (10.14), with just 19 seconds separating the first 7 athletes. Liam stormed out of the Park gates on the second leg picking up all six athletes in front of him to bring the Team home in first place – his 9.52 was the fastest Leg of the day and was a really top class run. Thomas who has missed training of late because of a broken arm, nevertheless ran really well and hung in to finish 2nd on the final Leg (10.41).

U15 Boys Results HERE

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The U17 Men’s Team with Jack Hindle; Robert Wong and Joseph Howe – double Gold Medal Winners the previous week at Lancaster – just missed out on the top 10, finishing in 11th place just 19 seconds off that 10th spot. Jack took the 1st Leg placing 12th (11.57) and just 10 seconds covering the next 4 places. Robert Wong took Leg 2 (12.16) taking back two places to leave the Team in 10th place going into the last Leg. Joseph Howe (12.38), who had a storming run the week before to bring home the Gold Medal at Lancaster battled really hard but slipped one place.

U17 Men’s Results HERE

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The Senior Men even with a number of athletes missing had two Teams competing again at the Northerns. Team ‘A’ had Rob Warner on 1st Leg (43rd) in 22.35 handing over to Zac Howe (22.53) who picked up a place to put us in 42nd. On Leg 3, Andy Buttery (22.30) gained another place putting Chris Davies in 41st going into Leg 4. Chris picked up another 5 places with a 23.07 Leg sending Mark Almond (24.22) into Leg 5 in 36th. Chris Barnes (23.23) started off in 40th position and picked up a place in the final Leg putting the Team in 39th place overall.

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Team ‘B’ of Allan Hartley (93rd) in 26.22 and the fastest Leg of the Team ; John Cookson (87th) 27.35; Paul Wilkinson (88th) 28.42; George Woodburn (88th) 30.17; Chris Fay (86th) 34.03 and Richard Taylor (28.25) on Leg 6 brought the Team home in 82nd place.

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Senior Men’s Results HERE

The Senior Women emulated the North West Relays by once again fielding three Teams. Team ‘A’ consisted of Rachel Wood (25th) 20.08; Beckie Taylor (20th) 20.14; Shelley Tattersall (24th) 22.16 and bringing the Team in to 19th place overall on the last Leg was Samantha McCreedie with a really good run in 20.45.

Senior Women’s Results HERE

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Team ‘B’ was led off by Charlotte Atkinson (50th) 24.31 followed by Jackie Taylor on Leg 2 (44th) 23.13; Louise McCauley (41st) 23.10 and Jacinta Davison (38th) 24.38.

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Jan Buckingham ran Leg 1 for the ‘C’ Team finishing in 53rd (25.31); Denise Wilson on Leg 2 finished in 51st (26.30); Lisa Nuttall took over and lifted the Team to 49th (26.29) and Carol Cookson in her first ever competitive outing came home in 47th (27.48).

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