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From Middleton to Italy to Hawaii

British Athletics Fell & Hill Relay Championship 2014

Sunday 19 October 2014

Team Manager at the Championships – Gary Pearse – was pleased with the day and the Teams efforts saying “Thanks for the day, enjoyed all your company and help. Great day on the fells with you all”..

 

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Overall Results HERE

Leg One Results HERE

Leg Two Results HERE

Leg Three Results HERE

Leg Four Results HERE

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One Hundred and eighty seven complete Teams contest this years Fell Relay Championships won by  DPFR – Fairbrook – B (3hr 43.5) and amongst them were two full Teams and one incomplete Team (17 runners in total) from the Harriers amongst them.

The Team consisting of Chris Barnes/Matt Nuttall/Chris Davies/Sean Livesey/John Sutton/Alan Hartley finished 64th overall with the next Harriers Team of Mark Almond/Mark Bleasdale/Ian Clarkson/John Orrell/Tom Cubbon/John Chaplin in 137th place. The incomplete Team consisted of Jack Hindle/Beckie Taylor/Sarah Caskey/Jonathan Bridge/Gary Pearse

John Sutton who ran on Leg Three with Shaun Livesey said after the Race “what a cracking event it was this year. I’ve never run on the Middleton Fells but it was a cracking area with some good piste and off piste running. A chap in a Howgill vest was vocally relentless on the PA, stood in what looked like a borrowed security guard’s booth which was plonked in the middle of the finishing field. From there he watched all who came in down the hill and all who went out and there was an element of Paddy McGuiness about him. I thought he was a class act and certainly kept us all entertained during our wait in the starting pen. There was some confusion about the podium finishes with ‘vet’ teams beating ‘open’ teams but being specified as vets and so non-counters for overall honours. I believe this marred what was otherwise a brilliantly organised event between Howgill Harriers and Eden Runners. The Blackburn team I was in also had a bit of drama and I was a little disappointed that, having had Shaun ‘The Machine’ Livesey push me very hard on the climbs during our navigation leg (Shaun navigated, I clung on ten yards behind!) we had nobody to tag to for leg four. Not naming names or owt, there was genuine misunderstanding, but it was just a bit of an anti-climax for us after a reasonably good round with only one sneaky checkpoint hard to find”.

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 John Orrell on Leg Three with Tom Cubbon commented “I can only speak for myself, but I thought it was a great day. We had 3 teams entered, but on the day we were one short for the mixed team, so only registered 2 full results. Still to get 17 runners out was pretty good. Highlights for me included Jack Hindle finishing 16th on leg 1. What a start with only the likes of Rob Hope, the British Champ, and a few other top class runners ahead of him. Shaun and his grill providing egg and bacon butties in the club tent topped off a great days racing. Forgot to mention how much leg 2 runners will have enjoyed the strong winds, mist, drizzle and a drop down a 45 degree slope to find CP4, then scramble back up through bracken on none existent paths. Think hat might be Chris Davies’s highlight. Oh and a leg sucking mud bog just before the finish, when you thought it was all over. The mist didn’t affect the leg 3 navigation boys too much though, as we didn’t know where we were going anyway!”

 Jack Hindle who finished in a very good 16th place overall on his Leg One told the Club that “It was a fantastic event, great team spirit and can’t wait to do next years!”

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2014 Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii

Full Results HERE

COURSE Information

Blackburn Harriers – Brian Fogarty – returned to Kona after qualifying yet again for the Ironman World Championships and he didn’t disappoint. Having recently completed Ironman’s in Austria and Bolton and carrying a foot injury for part of his training, Brian gave it everything again to improve upon his placing in 2013. He finished 202nd overall in the field and 184th in the 30 – 34 Age Group Category and is enhancing his reputation in the sport, year by year.10250083_10152330872893204_2478444420268983985_n15784_10152707400205395_3948840660157792537_n10509671_1480042582268100_191673242543158933_nThe Club asked Brian for his thoughts after this latest Championships and he told us………

………..“12 months on and I was back on the big Island for the World Championships in Hawaii Kona. After a long season and already competing in 2 Ironman’s this year I felt I was in good shape and better prepared than last year. This year was special because all my family made the trip to support which was amazing. The day came and I was expecting a tough day as all week the wind in kona had been bad, this was the case and it made the swim conditions hard and the bike conditions even harder. My swim time was worse than I had hoped on to the bike where tough conditions seemed to work in my favour, enabling me to make up a lot of places, nearly 1200!! On to the marathon and i felt good, unfortunately this only lasted about 8 miles until the 35 degree heat started to really hit me. At that point it was really a case of digging very deep and trying my best to hold a reasonable pace. In the end I managed a 3:24 marathon which wasn’t what I hoped for but due to the circumstances I was very happy with it.

My overall time was slightly slower than last year but so was everybody’s. I was 202 overall and 60 places better than last year. Although not totally happy I was satisfied that I gave everything i had and to have all the my there made it all extra special. I am now back in training and looking forward to good winter, and a good race at the fantastic Ribble valley 10k”.

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35th annual running of the Smarna Gora Mountan Race in Slovenia

 

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England Athletics Report of the Race can be read HERE

Full Results HERE

 Gary Priestley who competes for the Harriers on the Track has won International call ups this year including competing for England in the World Mountain Running Grand Prix Final in Smarna Gora. We asked Gary to give us his thoughts about running in the Grand Prix Final where he finished an impressive 14th out of 117 finishers and also in the Limone Sky Race, the week after and this is what he said….

“Me and my girlfriend Lauren had planned a trip to Slovenia and Italy around 2 big end of season mountain races, namely Smarna Gora (WMRA World Grand Prix final) and the Limone Sky race (Final race of the World Skyrunner Series)”.

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I set off in the too 10 trading blows with top international mountain runners Alex Baldacini (Italy) and Mitja Kosovelj (Slovenia) for the 1st 3km or so until the track got narrow and the steep rocky climb kicked in. These are the sections where the Slovenians, Italians etc gain an advantage and I dropped a few places. However I reached the summit of the 1st climb 40secs faster than I ever have before. After getting boxed in on the technical descent (very frustrating!!!) I managed to shake off a couple of rivals and hold my position in 12th/13th place for the majority of the 2nd climb up to the finish until the last km where another Italian got the better of me to edge me out of the prize money All in all a good race posting my best ever position of 14th and a PB on the course by 12 seconds.
The race was won by Petro Mamu of Eritrea, 2nd fellow inov-8 athlete David Schneider (Switzerland) and 3rd Alex Baldacini (Italy). Fellow UK and Irish runners Josh Tighe, Will Neil, Ian Conroy, Killian Mooney, Sarah Tunstall (4th woman) Dionne Allen, Mel Hyder, Caroline Lambert and Greg Hull were also in attendance”.

In the Limone Sky Race there was a big field of 615 runners and although Gary struggled as he tells us below, he nevertheless managed to finish 76th overall.

“Next up was the Limone Sky race just a week after Smarna Gora and after mine and Lauren’s tour of Slovenia and Italy taking in Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Ljubljana, Venice, Florence and finally Lake Garda”.

Full Results HERE

“I met up with my team inov-8 colleagues on Thursday morning to recce part of the downhill with blogger and photographer Ian Corless. It soon became apparent that this race was going to be even harder than my lung busting, leg destroying race up Grintovec in July.
Having watched the Vertical km on Friday evening in the dark (won by Killian Jornet), Saturday morning came around. Unlike other races I was a little apprehensive at thought of what lay ahead of me in the coming hours. The course was 24.5km long with over 2000m of ascent and similar descent on terrain that I had never previously experienced. Could I finish the race? Would my legs give way? Would I be able to race the whole way or just survive? I simply didn’t know!! Especially given that before the race my longest ever run was 2hrs 15mins”.
“So there I was on the start line with inov-8 colleagues Tom Addison, Alex Nichols (USA), Eirik Haugsnes (Norway) and numerous others as the Sky running heroes were introduced to the crowd like football stars. The likes of Killian Jornet (Catalan) Ionut Zinca (Romania), Marco De Gasperi (Italy) and others. Off we went along the shores of Lake Garda and the village of Limone. I settled in the top 30 of a world class field with Tom just behind Alex and Eirik. As we got onto the 1st climb (approx 3km long with around 4000ft of arduous ascent) I moved up to the top 25. At this point I was feeling good, settling into a rhythm of race walk and jog as I was mixing it with some of the worlds best sky runners on my debut. This soon changed after we completed the 1st climb on a flatter section when my legs suddenly felt like they had been shot. This signalled the end of the race for me and the start of a survival challenge given I still had over 16km to go and over 800m of vertical ascent to go. I tried to rejuvinate myself with energy gels, fruit, chocolate and various liquids at the feeding stations but with little joy”.

“Needless to say I began shipping places at an alarming rate, which was hard to take but there was literally nothing I could do about it! The humid, sunny weather down in Limone soon changed into foggy, wet and cold conditions up in the mountains which became a little disorientating. After a couple of hours of pure suffering I hit the start of the main downhill to the finish which was unbelievably rocky, narrow and twisty and lasted a scary 4-5miles. It was here that I fell in a steep sided gulley where I clipped my toe on a rock and fell on my side slicing open my arm and back. I got up, arm covered in blood and in a fair bit of pain and continued to make my way down the mountain with legs and stomach cramping all the way.
On hitting the last mile I had my best section overtaking 6 people down to the shoreline and home straight, restoring some pride…until I eventually collapsed over the line with Ian’s camera in my face catching every painful moment. It took me around 3hrs to complete (didn’t time it) and I have no idea where I finished (I believe results are up now but the link wouldn’t work) but it wasn’t a good position at all! The race was won again by Petro Mamu, 2nd Killian Jornet, David Schneider 3rd and Marco DeGasperi 4th with great runs from other fellow inov-8 athletes Alex Nicholls, John Albon, Oli Johnson and Vic Wilkinson”.

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Mid Lancs XC at Hyndburn – Accrington 10k – Green Drive Five (incoprporating Lancashire Five Mile Road Championships)

The Mid Lancs Cross Country League started off at Hyndburn this year on a good day weather wise for racing and saw some good performances by the Harriers.

 

Full Results HERE

 

Starting for the Club in the U11 Girls were Eleesha Charnley; Leah Hoole; Kate Cookson; Rose Stancliffe and Eleanor Allsop. Eleesha led the girls home finishing in a really strong 6th position (8.57) followed by Leah in 16th (9.34) – Kate  25th (9.51) – Rose 38th (10.08) and Eleanor 47th in 10.23. In the U11 Boys Race featuring 66 runners Harvey Ashworth made his debut finishing 12th overall in a time of 8.13 with Rory Treare in 26th place (9.03).

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Amy Davies moved up from the U11’s to U13’s this year and ran pretty good to finish 4th in the fifty one strong field in a time of 10.22 – the race being won by Jasmine Jolly in 10.00. Emily Warren was next in for the Harriers in 14th place (11.17) followed by another debutant for the Club – Charlotte Collin who finished 47th (13.45). In the U13 Boys, Jamie Teare continued his good start to the Cross Country season placing 11th overall out of 56 runners in a time of 12.25 – the race being won by Samuel Almond in 11.41. Daniel Brown in his first outing in Cross Country finished in 36th place (14.22) and Anthony Beresford making his debut as well finished 50th in 16.01. The three lads combined to finish 7th Team overall.

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SONY DSCIn the U15 Girls, the Club had two runners with Megan Clarkson having a good run to finish 4th overall in 12.53 and Hannah Cookson in 7th place with a solid run (13.23). Jack Wilkinson ran solidly in the U15 Boys finishing 23rd (17.13) in the 41 strong field. New member Aleena Awan ran her debut for the Club in the U17 Women’s Race finishing 8th in 20.42 and there were also debuts for two U17 Men with Marco Maggio taking 26th spot in a time of 26.14 and Huzaifa Hussain 30th in 28.50.

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 In the Senior Women’s Race, won impressively by Rebecca Robinson the first Harrier home was Laura Hesketh who worked her way through the field to finish 23rd overall in 27.00. Supporting Laura for the Team, which finished 25th out of 36 Teams, were Louise McCauley 96th in 31.35; Carol Cookson placing 122nd (34.23) and Alison Armour in 129th (35.45).

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V40 Mat Nuttall has led from the front at the start of this years Cross Country season, leading home the Harriers for a 2nd place team position at the Red Rose Fixture and 2nd Team again in the Mid Lancs. Two hundred and 96 runners lined up in the Men’s senior race with Mat finishing 13th (37.19) and 2nd V40 to boot. U20 Jack Hindle had a good race to take 20th place and 2nd U20 in a time of 37.52. Just two places behind came Chris Davies in 22nd (38.07) and a further four places back in 26th was V40 Andy Buttery with a time of 38.36.

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V40 Mark Chippendale placed 30th in 38.48, U20 Joe Campbell placed 40th in 39.41 followed by Chris Barnes in 41st (39.43) to pack really well for the Club. V50 Chris Balderson finished 89th (43.01) – Mark Emmett making his return to racing after a number of years out of the sport with a solid run took 101st position (43.23) – U20 Morgan Philips placed 106th (43.40) – Andy Heys took 125th spot with a time of 44.49 and Mark Bleasdale breathing right down his neck in 126th place (44.50). V40 Allan Hartley finished 144th (45.39) – John Cookson came in 175th (47.20) and Richard Taylor 244th (53.46).

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Accrington 10k – October 26th

Full Results HERE

Three hundred and thirty seven runners at this years very windy Accy 10k and amongst them ten athletes from Blackburn Harriers. Ben Fish led the Race out and won it by a minute (32.52) from Alasdair Mcleod of Shettleston AC (33.51).

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Ben led the Harriers to the Team 1st Prize as well with a fine run from Mat Nuttall, placing 5th and first Vet overall and first V45 in a time of 34.58. Having led the Harriers home at Hyndburn the day before at the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture, this run capped off a very good weekend for Mat. Not far behind Mat was V40 Shaun Livesey in 9th (36.15) and Chris Davies – (who also ran at Hyndburn the day before) – finishing 11th (36.25).

10687889_10205403304547558_987931017499599238_oNext in for the Harriers was Rachel Wood in 36th place (41.35) and taking the Woman’s 1st prize which was the third win of the day for the Harriers.

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Evan Cook made it four wins on the day for the Club when he finished 48th in a time of 42.45 to win the V60 Category. Next home was Kaylie Panaro in 123rd place ( 47.43) followed V60 Peter Lynch 173rd (51.09) with V65 Stuart Furness one place back in 174th (51.35). David Morris came in 262nd (58.58).

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Green Drive Five – October 19th

The Green Drive Five which also hosted the Lancashire Five Mile Road Championships had two hundred and thirty four runners competing of which one hundred and fifty five entered the Lancashire Championships.

The Race, won by Robb Jebb in 26.17 featured five Blackburn Harriers – Andy Buttery; Laura Hesketh; John Cookson; Carol Cookson and Evan Cook.

Andy finished 9th overall and won the V40 1st Prize in a time of 28.39. Laura finished in 49th spot (33.29) and was 5th Woman overall. John came in 51st (33.55) – Evan  placed 58th (33.54) and was 3rd V60. Carol Cookson set a new PB by one and half minutes when she finished 139th in 41.33. Matt Lalor who runs for the Harriers on the Track, competed for Barlick and finished 4th in 27.21.

Full Race Results HERE

In the Championships, Andy Buttery took Gold for the V40’s and Evan Cook Bronze in the V60’s. In the Team Race, the Harriers finished 8th out 27.

Full Lancashire Championship Results HERE

Thirty seven youngsters lined up for the Junior Mile Race with Kate Cookson finishing 32nd overall and 1st in the Female 8yr age category with an excellent time of 7.21.

Junior Mile Results HERE

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Cross Country starts off at Leigh in the Red Rose League

Leigh provided all the local Clubs with their first taste of Cross Country action this winter, but in summer type conditions with the sun shining on this flattish course.

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Thirty three Harriers competed on the day in the different age categories with some good performances. First up in the U11Boys race featuring 77 runners were Edward Lee (24th) in 10.44, followed by Rory Teare (26th) in 10.48, then debutant Joseph Carolan (34th) in 11.04 and another debutant Tejay Larner (61st) in 12.01. The lads finished 7th Team overall and clearly enjoyed the day.

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The U11 Girls performed really well in the 98 strong field of 13 Teams, finishing third team overall. Leading the Harriers home was Eleesha Charnley in 9th place in a time of 8.52, followed by Anna Rankine in 14th (9.04); Eleanor Allsop in 21st (9.25) and Kate Cookson (58th) in a time of 10.23.

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Jamie Teare was first Harrier home in the U13 Boys race which had 55 runners competing. Jamie placed 14th in 10.00 and was supported by Daniel Brown in 31st (11.07). In the U13 Girls featuring 60 runners, Emily Warren finished in 18th place (10.54) and Anna Lonsdale in 33rd (11.47).

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Josh Boyle in his first race for the Club ran a cracking race to finish second in the U15’s with 40 runners in it, in a time of 13.38. The U15 Girls took third place in the Team competition, led home in 5th place out of the 42 runners by Maddie Elliott in a time of 15.59, closely followed by Megan Clarkson in 7th overall (16.08) and Hannah Cookson in 20th (17.52). Liz Greenwood took 4th place in the U17 Women’s Race (22.55). In the U20 Women’s Race, Katie Buckingham had a really solid run following a week suffering from a cold to finish 4th in 23.59.

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In the Senior Women’s Race featuring 142 runners and 16 Teams, Blackburn finished 14th Team in the Open Race and 13th in the Women’s Vet Team Competition with Louise McCauley finishing 42nd in a time of 26.36 and backed up by Carol Cookson (60th) in 28.49 and Michelle Teare (72nd) in 30.10.

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Eleven Harriers competed in the Men’s Senior Race with 246 runners and won by Tom Carson in 35.55. Matt Nuttall had a really good race to lead the Harriers home in 11th place (39.07) and in the process led the Team to second place out of the 18 competing Teams in the Open Race – won the Men’s Vet Team Category – and also won the V45 Category to complete a really good day for him. Second home for the Harriers was Andy Buttery in 18th (39.52) and third V40 on the day. Chris Davies followed him home – running with fractured fingers – in 23rd (40.18) and followed home as 4th counter for the Team by 17yr old Joe Campbell who had a really good race in 31st (41.01).

V40 John Sutton was just a few places back in 34th (41.07) and Chris Barnes a further three places behind in (41.23) 37th overall. V45 Jonathon Bridge came in 51st (42.40); V45 Gary Pearse 61st (43.15); V45 David Almond (76th) in 44.19; Allan Hartley 110th in 46.30; V40 John Cookson in 157th (49.50) and Danny Teare 225th in 56.04.

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Cardiff – to – Pen-y- ghent with the Harriers

Cardiff Half Marathon – October 5th

Fifteen thousand eight hundred and sixty six runners finished this very popular and fast Half-Marathon Race won by Boniface Kongin of Kenya in 62.02.

Full Race Results HERE

Blackburn Harriers Ben Fish and Paul Bradshaw were amongst the competitors. Ben finished in 12th place overall in a time of 66.46 and said afterwards that he was very happy. I didn’t know what to expect. Strange, I always run well after burying myself in a marathon. Glad to be back to where I should be after an awful pathetic struggle at Nottingham marathon”. Paul finished 179th in a time of 79.59. This was his debut at the distance and he was very pleased telling us“First ever half marathon and snuck under 1.20 with 1.19.59! Awesome atmosphere in Cardiff”

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 MBNA Chester Marathon – October 5th

Full Results HERE

10689645_10203354699962612_2150903777154772282_n-1Two thousand four hundred and sixty six runners finished the Chester Marathon and amongst them Claire Bridge who finished in 1972nd place with a time of 4hr 37.04. Claire in only her second Marathon set a massive new PB when she chopped 53 minutes off here previous best and quipped afterwardsI’m still smiling now! I’ve told Jonathan IF I was to ever run a marathon again it has to be New York!”

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Pegwell Bay 5k parkrun – October 4th

Full Results HERE

Sarah Toms and dad Michael Toms competed in the Pwegwell Bay Race and with good results. Michael competing in a Park run for the first time finished second overall in a time of 18.01. Sarah wasn’t far behind in 5th place setting a new PB of 18.38 to boot and commented “Graduated, seen the fam and PB’s all round at pegwell bay park run… Not bad eh!”

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52nd ANNUAL 3 PEAKS CYCLO-CROSS
Sunday 28th September 2014

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Full Results HERE

Came across John Orrell recently walking up and down the Track with a Kettle Bell held above his head. On enquiry at this strange sight, John informed me that he was in training for this years 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. I thought it is hard enough running the Three Peaks let alone carrying a bike as well!!

The Race was won by Rob Jebb in the astonishing time of 2.59.25 – the only athlete ever to complete the Race in under three hours. Report on this can be read HERE

John finished in 483rd place with a time of 5hr.18min. 23 seconds. This is his third attempt at the Race posting 6.00.35 in 2012 and 5.16.21 in 2013 which means he has knocked over 40 minutes off his first time effort in the Race.

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A Good Weekend for the Harriers……….

Berlin Marathon

Full Results HERE

British Athletes Results HERE

Shaun Livesey (V40) went over to Berlin and had the honour of competing in the Marathon there when the winner broke the world record (2hr 02min 57sec) at at an average mile pace of 4.41which was a quite astonishing run.

Shaun whose Marathon PB was 2.47.17 going into the Race set a new personal best with a time of 2.44.40 and ran it with a great negative split of 83.11 f0r the first half and 81.29 for the second. Great running  and Shaun shared his thought’s and experiences of Berlin with the Club telling us ” Well to be fair I didn’t think I was in top shape but obviously gonna try my best. Race day and I walk the mile or so to the start, didn’t need to secure any bag or valuables so that was one less thing to worry about. Managed to get in start pen b only 20m from all the elite. Gun goes and I tell myself nice and steady ( Sunday run) pace was bang on 6:18 settled in and sat behind some Spanish lads who were setting a good tempo. 10m in around 62 mins felling good. Half way point came and hit it at 1:23:11 I was a little worried but stayed at the same pace. 20m in about 2:05 and still feeling well, so increased my pace. Ran mile 22 in 5:55 and mile 23 at 5:43 so told myself to back off. The next two miles were steady. I knew I was on for a sub 2:45 so emptied my tanks on the run in under the brandeburg gate. The race clock read 2:44:50. So pleased to have finally got that time. If I never run a marathon that fast again, im pleased to have ran it on the course and in a world record race!”

 

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Nottingham Marathon

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish went into the Nottingham Marathon as the fastest runner in the field and off the back of winning the Ashbourne Half-Marathon two weeks ago and a putting in a seasons best 30.26 at the Swansea 10k. Leading at the 11 mile mark, Ben suffered from cramps later on in the race and finished 5th in 2.38.26 which was a little disappointing for him given his good form going into the Race.

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Preston 10k and 5k – September 28th

5k Results HERE

Amy Davies and Hannah Cookson had great runs at the Preston 5k Race held last Sunday. In a field of 250 runners Amy following on from her exceptional run at the Great North 4k Junior Race finished in 18th place in a cracking time of 20.54 and Hannah was not far behind in 22nd place with a new PB of 21.45 and over a minute quicker than her existing PB. Amy took the 3rd place Female prize and Hannah came in 5th Female.

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10k Results HERE

In the 10k Race, Chris Davies finished 5th in what worked out to be a tougher Race than most people thought and Chris commented The course was really tough, their were more hills in it than I thought there would be making it very difficult to achieve a PB, not a PB course at all really. Good course none the less, pleased with my run but just need the results to come through to confirm my time.” Allan Hartley, John Cookson and Carol Cookson all ran in the Race too, but as yet we don’t have results.

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 English Schools Fell Championships – September 28th

Full Results HERE

(Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)

Year 7 Jamie Teare – competing for Clitheroe Grammar School – had a great Race at these Championships finishing 4th in a field of 53 runners and in a time of 15.49. Year 10/11 Female Kelsey Rutherford – competing for – Bowland High School also had a great run finishing 8th in the 40 strong field in a time of 45.19. In the same Race Bayley Thompson (Westholme School) placed 35th in 54.06 and Esme Pearse (Clitheroe Grammar School) took 37th spot in 58.32.

Josh Boyle – (St Augustine RC School) – in the Year 10/11 Boys Race took 3rd sport in a closely contested Race (35.41). Robert Buckley – (Quegs) – placed 18th (42.04) in the Year 12/13 Race.

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Kendal Sprint Triathlon – September 28th

Full Results HERE

Paul Wilkinson promised himself he was going to get back into competition and did so at this Kendal Sprint Triathlon and was happy with his ‘comeback’ performance telling us that he “got back into tri again at kendal first one in 15 months and thoroughly enjoyed it.bit of a slow swim but got a pb on bike course by 3 min,had a slowish run was hoping for a 22 min run but still enjoyed it.”

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 Wrexham Final Fling Open Throws – September 28th 

Full Results HERE

Charlotte Williams entered her final T & F Fixture of the outdoor season at Wrexham last weekend and did really well again. Charlie did extremely well especially in the Hammer, an event which she had never competed in before and had just one session with her Coach Jim Kerrigan the week before. Charlie finished 2nd in the Hammer with a Throw of 24.57m; 8th in the Javelin with 15.46m; 2nd in the Discus with 27.30m and 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.82m.

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Northern Road Relays – September 20th

Full Results HERE

Work, injuries and some athletes having to return to University meant we couldn’t get out as many Teams as we would have liked, but neverthless the Harriers had two full teams and one part Team in the Men’s Senior Event and everyone enjoyed the day.

The ‘A’ Team consisting of Zac Howe (21.54) – Shaun Livesey (21.14) – Chris Davies (21.39) – Mat Nuttall (21.38) – David Almond (23.09) and Chris Barnes (22.14) – finished in 53rd place.

 

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The ‘B’ Team comprising John Chaplin (24.09) – Allan Hartley (25.22) – Danny Maynard (24.38) – John Cookson (26.17) – Paul Wilkinson (27.37) and Ian Clarkson (28.04) – finished in 104th place.

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Danny Teare (28.04) and David Morris (33.57) ran in an incomplete ‘C’ Team.

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Admiral Swansea Bay 10K – September 21st

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish went down to contest the Swansea 10k on Sunday as part of his preparation for the Nottingham Marathon. The Race was pretty rapid and was won by Jonah Chesum in a cracking time of 28.53. Ben finished 4th overall in a seasons best time of 30.26 and said afterwards that “it’s another step in the right direction for Nottingham next week. I ended up with an even paced effort, reaching 5k in 15:13. It wasn’t a conscious effort to run that way, but that’s how it turned out.

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Lancaster Castle Half Marathon – September 21st

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Full Results HERE

 Sam McCreadie had targeted this Half-Marathon for some time now in a bid to set a new PB, her current best time being 93.01; And despite running with what turned out to be a fractured toe and in a lot of pain, she duly delivered, chopping over two minutes off her time to record a new PB of 90.55 to finish 11th overall and second placed woman. No doubt next time she will go under ninety minutes and she said after the Race that it was “A nice route starting and finishing in Lancaster castle and going out mainly along the canal path before running back on ourselves with a final steep climb back into the castle at mile 12.5! Gorgeous weather – just a shame I was in so much pain with my toe so couldn’t really enjoy it (turns out i’ve fractured it so can now barely walk!).”

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Lancaster Castle 10k – September 21st

Full Results HERE

 Jan Buckingham in only her fourth Race of the year and first since June tackled the 10k Race finishing 40th overall in 53.03 and 7th Woman at Lancaster and said she was Quite pleased with time, was hoping for nearer 50mins, but I knew the last haul up to Lancaster castle where we finished, would probably put paid to that idea!! However, 7th lady in and as I’ve never had a top ten finish, really pleased with that. Pleased also for Sam, great second in the half marathon.”

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Yarrow River 10k Trail Run – September 21st 

A new Race this and it appears some problems as Harrier Chris Davies who competed in it told the Club “Fun and games at this race today. Went to do a 10k which I did but some people have gone the wrong way and only done 4.5 miles. The results will show me in a false position but after some discussion it was decided that I finished second on the day due to running the right distance. Anthony Valentine finished first even though he ran a lesser distance due to being sent the wrong way, he being the main calibre athlete on the day would have won it due to leading from the start. That said it is a really good course with some tough climbs in it, would recommend it. Just hope the organisers don’t get put of doing it again just because of a few teething problems.”

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Utterley Butterley Fell Race – September 21st

Chris and Lou Barnes had a go at this Race making it two Races in two days for Chris who also ran the Northern Relays on Saturday at Warrington.

Full Results HERE

Chris finished 7th in 34.08 – the Race being won by Paul Green from Sale in 30.10. Lou had a solid run too finishing 38th in 46.41 out of a field of 69 runners.

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Pendle Memorial Fell Race – September 21st

Full Results HERE

Gary Wilkinson talks about the Race HERE

Pete Matthews on a rare visit to these shores won this Race in a time of 20.02 and followed home by Josh Boyle in 2nd place (20.42). Liz Greenwood who ran for England on Saturday took the second Female place finishing 23rd over all in 26.57. Ian Clarkson who ran the Northern Relays on Saturday and said he was “back home on the hills” finished 35th in 31.33.

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