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Harriers in Manchester and Ireland Marathon’s

This years Manchester Marathon turned out to be a quality race with twenty of the first fifty runners establishing PB’s. Andi Jones ran a great race to win in 2.16.55, just seconds inside the Commonwealth Games qualifying mark for the Marathon and followed home by the next three finishers all beating by some margin the 2hrs 20min mark.

Full Results HERE

Shaun Livesey, Chris Davies and Mark Almond all competed for the Harriers. Shaun, in his seventh Marathon to-date set a new PB, cutting nearly 5 minutes off his previous best time finishing in 2.46.17secs and 46th place overall which was a first class run. Chris in his first attempt at the Marathon posted an excellent debut time of 3.02.31 in 237th place and is already contemplating his next attempt. Mark also had a great run setting a new PB of 3.11.56 in 456th place and knocking a full 13 minutes of his his previous best.

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Jonathan Bridge went over to Ireland to run the Connormara Marathon in Galway and ran in the Full Marathon along wityh 597 other runners. He had a really good race on a hilly course, finishingh 83rd in 3.35.32. After the Race Jonathan commented and said boy was it tough Made the Peaks look flat Hail Sun Wind and loads of hills Bloody loved it although the 2 mile climb at 23 miles into a force 8 gale was a bit annoying at the time Highly recommended and well organised race in a beautiful corner of Ireland”  (Results HERE)


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Northern XC Championships

Blackburn Harriers had a good turnout at the Northern XC Champs on 25th January at Knowsley Safari Park. Yet again the Cluib came away with a medal and continued it’s good run of recent years.

The U15 Girls were the star performers. Liz Greenwood lead them home in 7th place with Grace Handley close behind in 9th. Both girls went for an individual medal and paid a little in the closing stages as they lost a few places each. But they had terrific runs and were rewarded with a Team bronze as Megan Clarkson, Kelsey Rutherford and Mollie Morton backed them up in good style.

The U13 Girls also performed well. Maddie Elliott ran her best ever race for 26th just ahead of Natalya Irvine in 39th. With Hannah Cookson, Emily Warren and Amy Dowsing all running well the girls finished a creditable 9th team.

The Senior men also completed a team with Matt Nuttall 84th, Tom Blaney 88th and Andrew Fleet 103rd leading them home for 18th place. Mark Irving, Chris Balderson, Allan Hartley, John Cookson and Ian Clarkson were the other members of the team.

Robert Warner ran one of his last races as an U20 and perhaps his best XC run yet to take 14th place.

Pick of the other performances was Helen Leigh with 24th in the Senior ladies with Sarah Toms in 73rd. Jack Hindle ran a cracker in 29th in the U17 Mens race ahead of Robert Buckley and Morgan Phillips whilst in the U15 Boys Ben Dowsing made only his 2nd appearance for Harriers in 142nd.


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Amy Davies wins at the Mid Lancs XC

Saturday 11th saw 21 Blackburn Harriers athletes make the trip to Barrow in Furness for race 4 of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. As 10 of those were Senior men it’s perhaps fair for them to receive first mention this week.

Matt Nuttall lead them home with a fine 7th place and first VET. Paul Guinan 11th, Tom Blaney 18th, Shaun Livesey 24th, Chris Davies 27th and Chris barnes 37th brought the harriers home first team on the day. Andrew heys and Allan hartley were the next 2 in before VETS Richard taylor and Ian Clarkson brough home the VETs team for 9th place.

The victory for the men gives them the Division 3 title and promotion with a clean sweep of 4 victories.

The VET team lead Div 3 with 35 points from Barrow with 32. So a victory at Witton should clinch the VET Title and promotion as well.

The day kicked off with U11 Girl Amy Davies taking another victory. Kate Cookson had a fine race in 20th (still only 7!). In the U11 Boys Jamie Teare led the BBH runners again finishing in a fine 5th place with Edward Lee 18th and Rory Teare 22nd running well.

The U13 Girls saw Maddie Elliott take 5th place, her highest finish in a league race with Hannah Cookson just behind in 7th and in the U15 Girls Megan Clarkson also had her best finish taking 4th place.

Although we didn’t complete a ladies team for the first time in the Mid Lancs this season, we still had strong runs from Helen Leigh 4th and Sarah Toms 10th. The ladies currently sit in 3rd place, but a good showing at Witton should put us back in a promotion place.

Sunday 12th saw some quitea few BBH runners turn out for the Garstang 10K. U17M Joe Monk was our first runner home with a great run for 15th in 36:16 with John Chaplin and Michael Toms close behind. Sarah Toms made had a double header weekend finishing 9th lady. Charlotte Atkinson, Rhiannon Wickham and David Morris all completed for the Harriers.

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Turkey Trot – with more chocolate than meat!!

Sunday 16th December witnessed the latest annual staging of the Turkey Trot which had 236 finishers organised as in previous years by an effervescent Blackburn Harrier – Chris Barnes. By popular consensus the Race was a hit with everyone and many promise to come back next year….and why not when one prize winner, our very own Grace Handley won enough chocolate to upstage Willy Wonka and here is the proof – and not a Turkey in sight!!!

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Even though a number of the Harriers had competed at Hyndburn the previous day in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League, eighteen from the Club couldn’t turn down the lure of the chocolate and the chance to dress up.

Full Results HERE

Shaun Livesey 8th (31.21) and Jack Hindle 9th (31.31) had a battle all the way with Shaun just edging out U17 Jack. V45 Matt Nuttall, who like Jack competed at Hyndburn the day before was in close attendance (12th) in 31.51. Chris Davies took 20th in 33.40 who was followed by V45 Gary Pearse in 25th (34.04).

Then the girls took over!! Grace Handley, Helen Leigh and Liz Greenwood combined to take the Women’s Team prize, Grace took the first Junior woman 26th (34.21), Liz took the 2nd Junior Woman (31st) 35.05 and Katie Buckingham finished in 3rd place 105th overall (44.04) giving the Harriers first, second and third in that category. and Helen Leigh was 3rd Woman overall (27th) 34.38 and 2nd Senior Woman.

V45 Jonathan Bridge resumed the Men’s interest in the race with 33rd in 35.11; Allan Hartley came 54th in 37.57; V40 John Cookson 69th (39.26); V45 Richard Taylor 79th (40.50); V40 Paul Wilkinson 87th (41.30);  Kaylie Panaro 112th (45.35); V50 Jan Buckingham 152nd (47.47); V40 Lisa Nuttall 179th (53.51) and V50 David Morris 212th (63.02).

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It’s Mud, It’s Hyndburn – it must be the Mid Lancs XC League fixture

Round three of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Wilson Playing Fields hosted by Hyndburn AC on Saturday 15th December in relatively warm but muddy conditions!!

Blackburn Harriers had thirty nine athletes out competing in the different age groups with some wins and good performances.

Full Results HERE

(With thanks to Richard Marchant for the photos from the Race)

In the U11 Girls, Amy Davies continued where she left off in great form at Rossendale in winning the Red Rose fixture. In this one, she held of Kirsty Hamilton of Lancaster by just one second to take the win in 9.30. Amy Dowsing had a cracking run for 4th place in 9.48 and both Amy’s were backed up with another fine performance by Eleesha Charnley 10th (10.02). New member and debutant at XC, Jessica Gibson did really well on her first outing to finish 16th in the 51 strong field, with the youngest two girls Alayna Irvine 37th (12.23) and Kate Cookson 38th (12.29) giving solid support to the team.

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Jamie Teare has had a really consistent first season in the U11 Boys. Again on Saturday he finished high up the 50 strong field in 9th place with a time of 8.45 and just 15 seconds off 2nd place. Another young lad, Edward Lee, who always manages to run with a smile on his face and also in his first season placed 31st in 9.46 and Rory Teare, Jamie’s brother took 36th position in 10.05.


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In the U13’s Blackburn girls were just pipped by Preston with a gap of ten points to finish 2nd Team overall and putting in some good individual performances. First home for the Club was Natalya Irvine in 11th position (11.04). She was followed home by another good run from Maddie Elliott who seems to have recovered from her broken bones! finishing in 14th (11.09) and just 5 seconds behind Natalya. Hannah Cookson came in next (17th) and a time of 11.26 and another first time runner in cross country this year, Emily Warren in 34th (12.24). In the U13 Boys Rhys Charnley finished 32nd in 15.09.

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The U15 Girls took the Team 1st place beating Preston Harriers by 21 points. Grace Handley who is in great form at the moment won the race in 12.17 with Liz Greenwood 2nd in 12.46. Megan Clarkson who continues to improve was in 9th position (13.33) to give the team 3 athletes in the top ten. Rose Abbott contested to finish 21st in 15.16 and Molly Morton one place behind (22nd) in 15.33. In the U15 Boys Byron Abbott who has missed a fair bit of training due to injury had a solid run for 10th in 16.00.

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Katie Buckingham 3rd in the U17 Women’s Race in 17.43, backed up by Phoebe Howe in 8th (19.39) and Rhiannon Wickham (20.00) in 9th place won the 1st Team place and were the only competing Club to fill all three places on the day. The U17 Men’s team of Jack Hindle (4th) in 23.13, Joseph Howe 11th (25.11) and Morgan Philips 18th (27.20) took 4th place overall with 32 points to winners Preston (16), Pendle (26) and Helm Hill (29).


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There were 30 Teams and 120 athletes contesting the Women’s Senior Race which saw Blackburn take 10th place with Helen Leigh, Laura Hesketh and Jan Buckingham as the counters. All three women are running really well at the moment, no more epitomised than by Helen’s run in taking an excellent 4th place overall in 25.38. Laura also had a good run with a 16th place (28.01) and Jan Buckingham completed the team in 87th (36.17).


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Two hundred and forty three Men and 29 Teams finished the Senior Men’s race, won with a fine run  by Gary Priestley for Salford Harriers in 35.31. Gary runs for Blackburn on the Track during the summer. Karl Billington, home from St Mary’s for the Christmas period had his second cross country race in recent weeks and first races for three months taking 5th place overall in 36.28. With strong runs from the rest of the Team, Blackburn took 5th team place overall with 208 points. V45 Paul Guinan who is getting back to some real fitness took 21st place (38.59), followed by U20 Zac Howe (31st) in 40.43 who is also home for the Christmas period from Cambridge University. Chris Davies who started to drive home before the race with an injury, decided to turn the car round and compete after all and his reward was 38th place in41.22. V45 Matt Nuttall came 53rd (42.50) and V40 Chris Balderson was 71st in 43.49. Andy Heys came in 117th (47.10) with V40 John Cookson (152nd) in 49.35 and Allan Hartley 158th in 50.39. V40 Ian Clarkson who is in his first competitive year and enjoying the experience was 182nd (52.41) and never say die V40 Paul Wilkinson was not far behind in 194th place (53.40).

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Cross Country – Red Rose League and Blackburn Schools

The final Fixture of the Red Rose League took place on Saturday 7th December at Marl Pits….and for those who like steep climbs, lots of mud and thrills & spills, Saturday was ideal and a number of Harriers made their way over to test themselves in very trying conditions……and as usual, all of them ended up with smiles on their faces.

Red Rose 4th and Final Race of the Series Results HERE

Red Rose League 2013 Series Results HERE

In the U11 Boys, the Teare brothers completed 3 of the 4 Races and on Saturday Jamie finished 9th (7.30) which gave him a Series placing of 7th overall in his first Cross Country season. Rory came 31st on the day and 35th overall, again in his very first season – so a great performance by both boys.

The U11 Girls Race produced a winner on the day – Amy Davies (7.33) – with 3 girls from Bury AC right behind her. Adding a 2nd, 4th & 3rd in the other Races, ensured that Amy finished 2nd overall in the Series. Eleesha Charnley had a cracking run to finish 10th (8.12). Amy Dowsing took 18th place (8.57) and Alayna Irvine 33rd (9.44) to make Blackburn the second team on the day to winners Bury AC.

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Natalya Irvine competed in the U13 Girls race, placing a strong 4th (10.39) behind winner Eve Hutchinson from Hyndburn.


In the U15 Girls, Grace Handley, who loves the mud and said after winning the race in 16.19 Marl Pits has got to be one of the muddiest,steepest courses I have ever ran, automatically making it one of my favourites! I absolutely loved the course and can’t wait to run it again as an u17 next year!” Ever improving Megan Clarkson took a really good second place to Grace (17.38) and Rose Abbott who had also run in the Blackburn Schools Cross Country Race in the morning, finished 16th (22.13). All of which meant that the Girls Team came 2nd on the day to winners Rossendale Harriers.

Liz Greenwood didn’t run on Saturday, as she had already won the Individual title by winning the first three Races outright and told us that I was really pleased to win as I enjoyed all the races especially the longer courses and the team coming second was a bonus!”

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In the Senior Women’s Race there was a great run by Helen Leigh who finished 2nd (21.06) overall to Dionne Allen (19.56) from Leigh Harriers and in the process pipped Katie Buckley of Bury AC who came 3rd (21.19). The strength of Helen’s run can be seen in the fact that the winner on the day also won the Series. After the race, Helen remarked – not unsurprisingly, we may add!! “I think most would describe this course as tough, boggy and steep. I’d describe it as ideal!” Jackie Taylor was our other Senior Woman competitor finishing 38th (26.16) in a field of 83 runners.

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Eight Blackburn Senior Blackburn Men out at Marl Pits, earning them a good 3rd Team place behind Bolton and Rossendale. First home was Stephen Chew in 9th place (30.01) followed by Chris Davies 19th in 32.24. Just behind was Matt Nuttall (22nd) 32.35 with V45 Chris Balderson running his first Cross Country for Blackburn in 42nd (34.04) and Chris Barnes 47th (34.21). Solid runs from Allan Hartley (119th) 39.22; Ian Clarkson (139th) 41.43 and Paul Wilkinson (140th) 41.46 completed the Team for the day.

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Blackburn Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships at Witton Park Dec 7th 2013

The first eight runners home in each of the Races at Witton were rewarded with places in the Town Team which will compete in the Lancashire Schools Championships on the 1st February 2014. Good runs there with a top 5 place will secure selection for the English Schools Championships which are held in 2014 on March 15th.

We don’t have official results for the moment, and we will add them when they come through, but these are some of Blackburn Harriers from their Schools and Age Group who definitely qualified : 6th form boys –  Rob Buckley, Chris Richardson-Dulling who he ran an age group up to make a team and Gareth Johnson (Gareth is actually a sprinter, but turned out for the school to make up the Team. In the 6th form girls: Katie Buckingham  and Nina Stirrup. Year 10/11 boys: Liam Atkinson and Byron Abbott. Maddie Elliott and Rose Abbot also qualified.

Photo’s below are Seth Elliott; Maddie Elliott; Brenna McPartlan; Rose Abbott; Baylie Thompson; Jack Wilkinson; Katie Buckingham Thomas Harbour, Christopher Richardson-Dulling and together Rob Buckley, Byron Abbott and Liam Atkinson


Robert Buckley, Byron Abbott & Liam Atkinson- Blackburn Schools XC

Robert Buckley, Byron Abbott & Liam Atkinson