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Jack & Liz Competing for England – 20th September

 Junior Home International, Glendalough, Ireland

Jack Hindle and Liz Greenwood competed in their second International this year at the Junior Home International in Ireland to cap off a very good year for both of these young athletes.

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Full Results HERE

Full Report HERE

The England Team won the Men’s U20 Team Title, the U20 Women’s Title, the U17 Women’s Title and came 3rd in the U17 Men’s Race which was great credit to all the athletes in those squads.

10636009_869783989698903_8428614775840326011_nLiz finished 5th overall in her U17 Race and was third counter for the England winning Team and told the Club afterwards that she ” had an amazing weekend in Ireland with all of the England team. As soon as we arrived in Glendalough we were off for a course recce although we couldn’t see more than 5m in front of us because of the fog. Luckily by Saturday it had cleared! The race was tough and I was a bit disappointed with the result but all in all it was a good experience and I had a great time.”


 Jack was 13th overall in his Race and commented after the Race that I was 13th I had a good ascent, but struggled with stomach cramps on the descent! This meant I had to slow!! I really enjoyed the race and it was great to run for England again! The course was fast and the competiton was a really high standard!

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Ben Fish Wins Ashbourne Half-Marathon

 Ashbourne Half-Marathon – 14th September

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish won his latest Road Race on the very hilly Ashbourne Half-Marathon at the weekend. Running it as part of his preparation for the forthcoming Nottingham Marathon. Ben was pleased with his race and commented I was very happy with my run. I felt really strong on tough climbs in the first 7 miles. I was clear 5 mins into the race. Should be good prep for Nottingham marathon in 2 weeks.”

Ben’s winning time of 70.45 is the fastest time of the last six years and since the Race began it appears from the published results that no one has previously broken 71 minutes.

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Update from Ben Nevis

When we put out the report on the Ben Nevis Race we were unaware that Sarah Toms had won a Trophy.

Sarah’s dad Michael, who busted up his fingers in a fall in the race and carried on to finish after he had them strapped told the Club that Sarah ” was the 1st HM Forces runner and also the 1st lady ever to win the trophy made for a very good weekend and made me and mum very proud”

And everyone at the Harriers too…well done Sarah.


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Recent Road & Fell Results – (Liz wins Selection for England and Amy is 2nd at Great North Junior 4k Run)

Great North Run – September 7th

Over 40,000 finishers in this years Race which saw Chris Davies attempting to improve his PB for the Half Marathon and daughter Amy Davies attempting the Junior 4k Race.

Chris achieved his objective, cutting thirty seven seconds off his previous time for a new PB of 77.00. Tom Cornthwaite who runs for the Harriers on the Track also competed for Salford Harriers and finished in 29th place with a time of 69.56.

Chris was delighted with his run and with Amy’s. Amy finished in a fantastic 2nd place (16.00) out of 472 runners in her age group and commented after the Race “Overall I am really pleased with the result and time on the day. 1:17 dead was really good knocking 1 minute and 47 seconds off from my last attempt. The conditions were tougher than last year due to this year being hotter. Last year was wind and rain but I got the best of the worst out of the weather last year. I don’t think I could have put much more into it than I did. The course is really tough. It’s not the flattest of courses, it’s very up and down and can be very demanding in places. The atmosphere is brilliant and I would recommend the race for that reason alone. Worked and trained hard for this one so really pleased with the result. I would also like to add that Amy’s efforts were great this weekend as well due to her finishing 2nd in her age category which was 11 – 12 years olds. It was a really good run in a very big field so well done to her.”

Race Results HERE

Junior Run Results HERE

An added bonus for Amy was the chance to meet Blackburn Harrier and GB International Alison Leonard and had her photo taken with her. Alison had competed the previous day at the Great City Games in a top quality 500m Race featuring Christine Ohuruogu, Lindsay Sharp, Elidh Child, Jenny Meadows and Alison.

Great City Games Results

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Bradley Fell Race – September 7th

Blackburn Harrier Liz Greenwood had a great weekend. On Saturday she was at Doncaster helping the Team to secure victory in the Play Off and then went and won the Bradley Fell Race on Sunday, confirming her selection for England. Liz told us that“The race wasn’t as steep as most fell races but I really enjoyed it especially after winning a big box of chocolates. I’m really pleased to get my England vest and am excited to be running in Ireland in two weeks” Always partial to a little bit of chocolate is our Liz!!


Salford 10k – September 7th

Full Race Results HERE

Two thousand seven hundred and twenty one finishers in the Salford 10k which has Blackburn Harriers David Almond & Kaylie Panaro competing and doing it very well indeed.

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David Almond on the right of the Photo

David who has been training like a demon lowered his best time of  38.01 by nearly half a minute to set a new PB of 37.34. Since 2013 David has knocked nearly eleven minutes off his time which is a cracking performance and he was delighted telling us that Fantastic event in MediaCity this morning. Really pleased with my PB of 37.34. Was hoping to break 37 mins and was on for it at 5 mile mark. Hopefully achieve it by end of this month.

Kaylie also smashed her previous best time by the big margin of one minute and five seconds to record a new personal best of 45.59. Like David, she was also well pleased with her efforts and told us I was really surprised but very pleased with my time, hopefully I can get down to sub 45 at the Ribble Valley 10k”


 Golden Ball 20 Mile – September 7th

Full Race Results HERE

V40 Shaun Livesey who has just returned from two weeks holiday took on this twenty miler as he prepares for the Berlin Marathon. Pretty hot day and not the best for distance running but Shaun came home second in a time of 2.08.56. We all wish him the best for a good run in Berlin.

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Full Race Results HERE

Father and daughter Michael and Sarah Toms tackled what can only be described as an extremely tough event, won by Findlay Wild in 1.34.43 and it is amazing to see that 486 runners completed the the Race. Sarah had a fine run to finish in a time of 2.17.36 (193rd). Michael was going well and was on for a good run until he fell on the way down and dislocated his fingers…he got them strapped up by the medic and finished in a time of 2.25.17 (249th). Tough or what.


About The Ben Nevis Race

In 1895 when William Swan, a Fort William barber, set off on the first recorded timed ascent and descent of Britain’s tallest mountain he could not have envisaged the modern day Ben Nevis Race which now has a field of 600 runners accepting a challenge which is not for the unfit or faint-hearted.


In the late 19th.  and early 20th.  centuries a number of races were organised on an ad hoc basis.  However it was not until 1951 that the Ben Nevis Race Association was founded with the intention of formalising arrangements for an annual race. Since that first field of 21 runners, the race has grown beyond all recognition and it has been run every year since with the exception of 1980. That year the elements won and, with competitors on the start line, a last minute decision was made to cancel the race for the safety of the runners and officials on the mountain.


Safety of all is paramount for the organisers and the Ben Race should not be treated as a ‘fun-run’ and therefore entrants have to be experienced hill runners. The BNRA liaises closely with Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and we are grateful for their and our own volunteer marshals’ vital assistance on race day.


The record times for both men and women have stood since 1984 when Kenny Stuart and Pauline Stuart (nee Haworth) respectively recorded 1h 25m 34s and 1h 43m 25s. In 1989 Kenny ran the Houston Marathon in a then world class time of 2h 11m 36s thus creating a benchmark by which mountain running times and the Ben Race record, in particular, can be judged. It is fair to say that hill/fell running champions are worthy of the respect afforded to top Olympic athletes.

The Ben Race has been variously described with superlatives – oldest race, toughest race, most iconic race, the supreme test of fitness etc. – and whilst these claims are open to challenge, the Ben Nevis Race Association will always defend its status as a very special event. However this is not necessary as runners testify to this on our behalf as evidenced by their remarks on this page.


The Ben exercises a hold over runners and during the winter month they forget the pain and the strain of the first Saturday in September. Thoughts turn to getting another ’Ben’ under their belts, especially for those nearing 21 completed runs and a coveted Connochie Plaque. Today the race, which is limited to 600 runners for safety reasons, can be oversubscribed within two days of the entry forms going live in late January. If you qualify (see conditions for entry) and wish to take part, then check our site for the entry opening date.


Junior Home International Trial at Sedburgh – August 31st

Full Results HERE

 Jack Hindle just missed out on a place at the home international needing to finish in 6th place or better to be selected. He placed 7th in the end which was a disappointment on the day because he had also hurt his foot. Jack has had a great season, running for England in Italy and finished 3rd in the FRA championships.




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Recent Road and Fell Results for Harriers

Hilton 10k – 30th August

Full Results HERE

There were two hundred and forty nine runners in this race won by James Mcllroy from Larne in a time of 32.58. Second in the Race was Karl Billington in a time of 33.44 and speaking to the Club following the Race he said I finished 2nd today and ran 33.42……would have liked to win but turns out the winner has run 1.44 for 800m, a sub 4 mile and has been to the commonwealth games in India”. A good run by Karl against very good opposition. Three other Harriers also competed on the day with V60 Evan Cook (32nd) in 42.11 and finishing 2nd V60; V40 David Billington in his third Race in the last 16 days finishing in 134th place (55.04) and Claire Bridge 156th with a seasons best of 56.13.

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Littleborough Lions 5k Fun Run – 26th August

Full Results HERE

Fifty six runners in this race won by John Lloyd. Chris Barnes had a good run in second place with a time of 17.07



Fleetwood Half-Marathon – 24th August

Full Results HERE

Five hundred and ten finishers at Fleetwood won by Matt Lalor – who competes for Blackburn on the Track – and running here for his first claim Club Barlick, in a time of 71.19. In third place was Harrier Chris Davies who is targeting the Great North Run and training is clearly going well with a new PB in this Race knocking off just over a minute for a new time of 77.37.

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Grasmere Sports Fell Race – 24th August

Full Results HERE

Junior Race Results HERE

Nick Swinburn won this Bank Holiday Race featuring 189 runners in a time of 12.49. V40 Tom Cubbon ran for Blackburn and placed 103rd in 21.04. Son Daniel competed in the U14 Race finishing 7th in 9.24 and younger brother Matthew ran in the U12 Race with a time of 7.55 (42nd).


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Lancaster 5k – 30th August

Full Results HERE

Just 74 runners in this local 5k Race which saw David Morris continue to improve his times finishing 58th in a time of 25.52.


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Individual, Team and Series Wins at Horwich for the Harriers and more Results

The Horwich Jubilee Races Race 4 – 20th August

The final Race of this years Horwich Series took place in good conditions with nine of the Harriers competing n the night and posting a number of successes. Winning his second race in under a week and leading from the front Ben Fish (24.46) finished nearly a minute and half clear of Neil Pendlebury in second place for an emphatic win. Asked for his thoughts after the Race, Ben was just as pleased with the Harriers overall performance as his own saying Happy with the win, a race I always do well in. Great win for the club and Allans v40 series win” Next home for the Harriers was Karl Billington – back from St Mary’s for the summer – in third place (26.28). Karl said after the Race First time doing this race. Very tough course but enjoyed it none the less”. Ben and Karl along with Chris Davies and David Almond combined to win the Team Prize on the night as well as second Team overall in the Series.

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Chris Davies followed Karl in 11th place (28.38) and set a new PB by forty seconds which is a good indication of his fitness as he approaches the Great North Run shortly. In 26th place (30.25) was the  ever improving David Almond who has returned to competitive running this year and was delighted with his run telling us that Pleased with my run. Improved my PB by a minute from last month”. Enjoying a really good year Allan Hartley came 36th in a time of 31.20 and took the V40 Series title which was a great effort by him and well deserved.  Evan Cook took the second place V60 on the night finishing 71st overall in 34.06. Then came V55 Mick Nolan in 92nd (3rd V55 – 36.20), Kaylie Panaro in 102nd with a time of 37.20 and a new PB by nearly two minutes which was a tremendous effort and V40 David Billington placing 139th in 44.34 and his second race in week.

Series Race Results HERE


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Eleven year old Amy Davies backed up her dad’s PB in the Senior Race by finishing second Junior Girl on the night with a new PB of 6.04 and also won the Series for Junior Girls after winning Race One in 6.07; Race 2 in 6.02, finishing 2nd in Race 3 with 6.03 and winning the last Race with 6.04. Great consistency with her times with just five seconds separating her slowest and fastest times.

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Urenco Ellesmere Port RC 5k Road Race – 20th August

Race Results HERE

Held on a really good evening for distance running this Race was won by Jonny Mellor in a very quick time of 13.54 taking him to second place in the National Rankings. In 3rd place was Matt Lalor – running for Barlick (competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track) – in a time of 15.45, just six seconds short of his PB and in 11th place with a really good run came Chris Barnes (16.41) just nine seconds away from his PB. So looks like a good Race and Course to tackle in the future.


 Catherine Dowdall Darwen Gala Memorial Race – 16th August

Race Results HERE

A runner from Darwen Dashers – Paul Brindle – won this annual race in a time of 36.07 which had a number of Harriers also competing. First home in 6th place was Allan Hartley (37.34) followed by Ian Clarkson 24th (42.29), Mick Nolan 5oth in 48.10 and Joe Campbell 67th (51.28).


Boulsworth Fell Race -10th August

Race Results HERE

Gary Pearse 13th overall in 47.22 and Ian Clarkson 66th (58.32) were out at Boulsworth Fell race along with 107 other runners as part of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix. Gary told the Club that “the weather was so bad we did not know each other were there until results. Pleased to have done 10 out of 13 races therefore counting for series coming 7th overall (not bad for an old git) and getting age category. Some good runs with best at Hendon Brook Half being dragged round by John Sutton and some fine sprint finishes with MIck Toms, never got close enough to see Andy Buttery! A great series of races from May to August on various terrain and distances which can recommend to others”


No Rest for the Wicked – 10th / 15th August Isle of Man

The ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ series now consists of six fabulous and different races in just 6 days around the beautiful Isle of Man. Whilst each race is run as an individual race, with its own prizes and presentation, No Rest for the Wicked competitors take part in one of two separate categories determined by their entry in either the Marathon or Half marathon.

Harriers familes Teares and Cubbons were out for the Club in this event and competed in The Killer Mile as well as the 7 Mile Trail Race. In the Killer Mile won by Lloyd Taggart in 6.55, V40 Tom Cubbon was first home for the Harriers in 8.22 (14th) followed by a good run from 11yr old Jamie Teare (19th in 8.29), 12yr old Daniel Cubbon in 30th (9.26) and V40 Danny Teare in 45th place (10.11).

Killer Mile Results HERE


Peel Heritage Trail Race Results HERE

Just one of the Harriers in this one – won by Ben Corkill in 41.18 and that was Danny Teare who finished 41st in 54.04 remarking afterwards that “he was happy with sub 8 minute mile pace – and finishing on the first page of the results!!”