Category Archives: Endurance
Liverpool Cross Challenge (incorporating the Mid Lancs League)
On what many people described as perfect cross country conditions, hundreds of athletes made their way to Sefton Park to compete in the latest fixture in the Cross Challenge headed by the Senior Men with 515 runners and the Senior Women with 212 competitors. Those who were there, saw a cracking run by Andy Vernon who runs for Aldershot Farnham & Disrict won by 17 seconds from Johnny Hay who pipped Keith Gerrard virtually on the line for second place. Gemma Steele from Charnwood AC won the Senior Women’s Race from Charlotte Purdue by 12 seconds with Steph Twell and Lily Partridge just in behind for 3rd and 4th spots.
Full Cross Challenge Results HERE
Alison Leonard (SW), Elizabeth Greenwood & Grace Handley (U15G), Eleesha Charnley & Amy Davies (U11G), Rhys Charnley (U15B), ), Robert Warner (U20) all pre-entered and competed in the Cross Challenge and so did not count Mid Lancs.
Alison finished a solid 43rd (29.47) in the 212 strong field whilst in the U15 Girls Race Elizabeth finished 10th (11.02) in the field of 87 athletes with just 28 seconds seperating the first ten girls and commented “It was a great race everyone set off quickly and the whole race was really fast as the ground was hard and not too muddy which was good. I really enjoyed it and was a great experience running against all the top athletes“. Grace finished in 22nd place (11.24) and remarked that “It was a hard, fast race as the ground was hard with perfect conditions. Unlucky for me however, as I wanted strong wind and mud, but all in all a good experience”.
Rob ran in a tough Junior Men’s Race won by the Reading AC athlete Jonathan Davies in 20.12 and finished 52nd (22.03). In the U15 Boys Rhys finished 123rd (12.49).
In the U11 Girls Race, Amy took an excellent 3rd place, just 2 seconds behind second placed Kirsty Hamilton from Lancaster. Eleesha finished in 42nd position.
These athletes all competed in the Mid Lancs League – (U11 Boys) Edward Lee, Jamie Teare and Rory Teare. (U11 Girls) Amy Dowsing, Eleanor Allsop, Kate Cookson and Alayna Irvine. (U13 Girls) Natalya Irvine, and Hannah Cookson. (U15 Boys) Jack Wilkinson. (U15 Girls) Megan Clarkson and Mollie Morton. (U17 Men) Robert Buckley, Jack Hindle, Joseph Howe, Joe Monk, Joe Campbell and Morgan Philips.
Competing in the (U17) Women’s age group were Phoebe Howe, Rhiannon Wickham and Katie Buckingham who said afterwards that “It was a good course with the gradual down hill start section which also broke up the race at the start of the 2nd lap. I felt like I raced well with the cross challenge athletes adding to the competition. The team ran well so bring on the next mid lancs!”
In the (Senior Category), we had Allan Hartley, Paul Wilkinson, Shaun Livesey, Tom Blaney, Andy Heyes, John Cookson, Andrew Heys, John Chaplin, Ian Clarkson and Chris Davies; and in the Women’s Race – Carol Cookson, and Jan Buckingham.
As of this morning the Results were still not available but will be here as soon as we get them.
Full Mid Lancs Results HERE
Tour of Pendle – Saturday November 23rd 2013
Saturday, 23rd November saw 6 intrepid Harriers tackle what was the 30th running of the Full Tour of Pendle. Now this is no ordinary tour. There are no open top buses or tour guides waving umbrellas and giving out facts at strategic points; this is a fell race of epic proportions. Tickets did sell fast though, (quicker than a ‘Barry Barlow’ concert), in fact all 500 places had been snapped up before race day.
(Thanks to John Orrell for this report on the day)
Full Results HERE
The race can be described as many things, brutal comes to mind for most. The official race map describes it as ‘The most contrived race in the FRA Handbook or an inspired and testing route over Clayton’s favourite hill’ It has a descent called Geronimo. (That’s what you shout when you fling
yourself off the top!!) It even has a big dipper! Up, down and back up again; but with 6 climbs, 4830ft of ascent covering 16.8 miles it is truly epic!
Many of our hearty Harriers were fresh from the presentation do the night before, and had reached the start line in Barley fueled up on hotpot and cheese and onion pie, others fortified with vitamins and iron from their breakfast cereal. So how did our athletes get on?
How did we all get on? Leading the Harriers home in 44th place was Michael Toms 2.42.33, followed by Gary Pearse (90th) in 2.52.09, John Sutton (107th) in 2.56.07, Helen Leigh (116th) in 2.57.44 (9th lady), Sarah Toms (202nd) in 3.16.22 (21st lady) and John Orrell (330th) in 3.44.13 (13 mins quicker than last year and a new PB).
David Staff Memorial Race – Sunday November 24th 2013
This annual race is held in memory of a local young athlete, David Staff. David turned 17 years of age on 5th December 1994 which then allowed him to compete as a senior for the Dashers.
His first race (and last) as a senior was in the Clitheroe 10k on 27th December 1994. David collapsed and died by the road side at 5 miles from a condition called Hyperthropic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, which in laymans terms is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscles which interrupted the electrical pulses which keeps the heart working.
This condition takes the lives of approximately 8 so-called fit and healthy young people a week, most of them are actively engaged in sport, but it is not the sport that kills; it is the exertion that acts as a trigger.
The race is run in memory of David Staff, who joined the Dashers as a 15 year old and competed in many fun runs as a junior. In September 1994, he completed the Great North Run in 1 hour 49 minutes 02 seconds along-side his dad Granville wearing his Blackburn Rovers home and away kit, needless to say the comments along the route in Newcastle cannot be repeated.
David was a very likeable person who got on with everybody he came into contact with; young and old and had a very bright future ahead of him, not only as a young man preparing to take his A-levels at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School but also as a member of Darwen Dashers.
Darwen Dashers host this race to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, the charity that David’s father Granville actively supports. The funds raised are used to provide heart screening in the young; so far over 60 people have had heart defects identified as a result of Granville’s fund raising. Since David’s death, Granville has raised over £100,000 and we are proud to continue to support this cause.
Full Results HERE
Five Harriers entered the Race of 142 competitors won by Chris Farrell from Horwich (32.24). Four of the five Harriers running had raced at Liverpool the day before. Jack Hindle was first home in 5th place overall winning the first Junior Male prize in a time of 34.55. After the Race, Jack told us that “I found the start extremely fast and was put on the back foot straight away! But I worked my way through the pack and found myself in a good position going into the last half of the race. The course was also very fast and meant there was going to be no let up of pace going into the finish straight. Overall I enjoyed the course and was pleased with my run, beating runners who I haven’t beaten before”.
Next in came Allan Hartley in 46th (42.21) followed by Paul Wilkinson in 81st place (46.36); Ian Clarkson 84th (47.01) and Stuart Furness 90th (47.27) and 5th V60 overall proving that it is not just the young folk who run in this Race!
(Thanks to Derek Hindle for the Photo’s)
The Best 5k – Preston Sunday 24th November
201 athletes finished this local 5k and two Blackburn Harriers ran really well in the Race. First home was U17 Joe Monk, who had raced at Liverpool the day before, in 7th place overall and first Junior Male in a rapid time of 17.42 and smashing his previous PB by 18 seconds. Evan Cook finished 24th (19.49) and having a real battle with Richard Oakley(22nd) from Red Rose who just pipped him for the V60 prize by 5 seconds in 19.44.
Full Results HERE
Conwy Half Marathon – Sunday November 23rd 2013
This Race had 1500 finishers and it seems as though are quite a number of these Half-Marathons that are attracting similar sized fields. Beckie Taylor competed for the Harriers in only her third ever race at the distance and posted an official PB of 92.34 which bettered her time of 93.09 in the same race in 2012 by over half a minute. Beckie was pretty pleased with her race telling us “it was a really hilly course so i did well and smashed my time from last year”.
Full Results HERE
Gosport Half Marathon – 17th November 2013
1500 runners lined up for the Gosport Half-Marathon on Sunday and Rachel Wood from the Harriers was amongst them. Three weeks after running a half-marathon PB at Luton, she ran another PB at Gosport, knocking three minutes off her best so far and finished in 126th place (84.33). Rachel’s dad Tony told us that “A really touching insight to this race for her is the fact that the airfield mentioned and the Gosport barracks where the race was run was the training area for the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War and Rachel’s granddad Albert Wood was there as part of his pilot training in 1943”.
Full Results HERE
Rachel was delighted with her run and after the race she commented “Having won the Luton Half three weeks ago, I thought it would be good training for the London Marathon to race what is known to be one of the fastest half marathons in the country, Gosport Half Marathon.
After a 5am start and numerous road diversions taking us the opposite direction, we arrived in Gosport with enough time to collect our chips, quick toilet break and a short warm up.
The event had 2,000 runners signed up and it was Gosport Road Runner’s 28th anniversary of the event. The weather conditions were perfect- sunny but cool with a light south west breeze. The course consisted of a mixture of cycle paths, pavements and roads. We ran around Daedalus’s airfield which was flat albeit “twisty and turny”. The atmosphere was brilliant- the entertainment of drums and dancing was motivating and running below gliders and planes was pretty cool!
The last three miles of the course was along the promenade at Lee on Solent. This was my favourite section of the race- plenty of support, fresh sea breeze air and the finish was insight! I crossed the line in 84.30, a time that I am happy with but I know with more mileage ‘under my belt’ I can run faster!”
Leeds Abbey Dash 10K – 17th November 2013
Another Race with 1500 runners and a reputation for fast times saw the first 14 athletes dipping under the 30 minute barrier. For the Harriers Stephen Chew, Matt Lalor, Andy Buttery, Becky Shorrock, Shelley Tattersall and Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn on the Track all competed.
Full Results HERE
Showing that the athletes are in ‘pretty good nick’, the first Harrier in was Stephen in 96th place (32.27) and a new PB by 30 seconds. Matt in 102nd also ran a PB by 37 seconds. Andy took (183rd) ran 33.57. Becky (846th) recorded the third PB of the day for the Harriers with her 40.28 which was a whopping 2 minutes faster than she had ever run before and she told us “sub 40min though in 6 weeks at RV10k”. Shelley had a bit of an off day, which happens to everyone, finishing with 44.01 and 2 minutes from her best time for 10k and we know she will be bouncing back. Gary just missed out by an agonising 4 seconds in an attempt to set a new PB when finishing 55th in 31.20 and commented afterwards “31:20 yesterday at Leeds Abbey Dash, ok result given I had no idea where I was at nor managed to get the volume I wanted lately. Onwards and upwards”
Preston 10 Mile Road Race – 17th November 2013
This is a very popular local and flat 10 mile Race which has been going now for quite a long time. Four Blackburn athletes competed here. Shaun Livesey, Tom Blaney, Laura Hesketh and Kaylie Panaro, producing another two PB’s and a really good opening time.
Full Results HERE
Shaun was first home in a cracking time of 56.01, knocking well over two minutes off his previous best time set earlier in the year. Tom, who hasn’t raced the distance before, had a great debut with an 8th placed 58.45. Laura came in 8th (67.47), about three quarters of a minute outside her PB. Kaylie, who one of the Coaches at the Club predicted would knock 4 minutes off her best time to date – 84.04 – did exactly that with a new PB of 80.35.
Open Adventure Haglof KMF 10K Trail Race on 16th November 2013
And, after all the other Results come in, there is one for the Harriers Helen Leigh, affectionately dubbed as the ‘beast’ for her sheer refusal to give in and taking on the most difficult of Races.
Women’s Full Results HERE
There were 110 Women and 144 Men finishing the Race, with Helen(46.39) in 2nd place in the Women’s race, just 20 seconds behind the winner Annie Conway (46.19). Speaking to the Club after the Race, Helen told us that “Still not quite 100% after my cold but legs felt strong even with the climb leading straight out of Kendal up on to the hill. Was really pleased to finish second lady in 46.39 which for the gradient and the terrain was pretty speedy”.
Florian Luquet, a French athlete who does some of his training with the Club, finished in a very good 13th position in 42.30 – the winner, Martin Cox from Ambleside taking the honours in 39.37.
Men’s Full Results HERE
Midland Women’s Cross Country League – Leamington Nov. 9th 2013
Becky Shorrock who is training really well as can be seen by her two minute 10k PB at the Leeds Abbey Dash, warmed up for that race with a run for Loughborough University in the Midland Women’s XC League the week before. The race had 290 finishers and Becky took a very good 47th place (31.30) and just 6 places away from counting for Loughborough overall (three to count 20th – 21st and 40th) and 5th of the 37 teams competing.
Full Results HERE
Liz Greenwood has had a brilliant start to the Cross Country season. She has contested all of the three Races in the Red Rose League at Leigh, Chorley and Bolton and the first one in the Mid Lancs League at Burnley and won them all.
Red Rose League November 9th Results from Bolton HERE
In the U15 Girls Race, Liz led home the Harriers team of Megan Clarkson (5th) and Rose Abbott (17th) to take the 2nd Team spot behind winners Rossendale.
At the Bolton fixture, a number of Harriers also competed in the difficult conditions. Jamie Teare who has also had a very impressive start to his Cross Country season in the U11 Boys, took a really good 7th place, just 25 seconds behind the winner – Coel Mellor of Leigh Harriers and one second behind 6th placed Shea Mellor of Leigh Harriers. Brother Rory who is much younger, is also competing, finished 42nd in the field of 72 youngsters.
In the U11 Girls Race, Amy Davies continued with her own impressive performances to finish 3rd in the 76 strong field, 12 seconds behind the winner – Penny Townsend of Horwich. In Amy’s two other Red Rose fixtures, she finished 2nd at Leigh and 4th at Chorley again to Penny Townsend. In between the Chorley and Bolton Red Rose fixtures, she competed in the Mid Lancs at Burnley and won that. Amy Dowsing who is also improving took 20th place and with Alayna Irvine taking 48th place.
Natalya Irvine, looking as though she has got over her recent injury and health problems had a good run in the 54 strong field of U13 Girls, finishing 6th and backed up with a solid run from Hannah Cookson in 12th position.
Just two athletes in the U17 Men’s Race attracting a small field of 20 athletes. Robert Wong who said “it was tougher conditions than last year” had a solid race and took 8th place, followed home by Robert Buckley in 9th who also ran strongly.
In the Men’s Senior Race, with 205 runners, the Harriers fielded eight – Stephen Chew in 8th overall; Paul Guinan (15th) ; Tom Blaney (20th); John Sutton (40th); Allan Hartley (119th); John Cookson (133rd); Ian Clarkson (155th) and Richard Taylor (164th). Sixteen Teams had full squads of counters and the Harriers, led home by Stephen took 6th place. Paul, who is getting back to good form after an injury free period won the V40 category by quite a margin and he looks set for more good runs over the coming winter.
Ras Rhobell fawr fell race
This was the 11th Rhobell Fawr fell race and apart from a brief hail shower the weather held out, with good visibility. Beckie Taylor had a good day, competing against 43 other runners, all but three of them, Seniors. Overall Beckie took 18th position and in the process was first woman athlete home to record the win over Becki Law of Eryri Harriers in 2nd place and Sarah Edwards of Ilkley Harriers in 3rd.
Full Results HERE
Windmill 10K at Lytham St Annes – November 9th 2013
Chris Davies is very much in form and improving all the time. 668 runners lined up for this local 10k Race and Chris was a whisker away from winning it when he posted a new PB in finishing 3rd (35.48), the same time given to second placed Nick Gaskell from Clayton Harriers and just eight seconds behind the winner, Michael Hunt of Trafford AC.
Full Results HERE
Through the Villages Race at Wheelton – 3rd November 2013
This is not a Race that boasts an easy Course. Yet 286 runners turned out to compete in this popular Road Race won by David Rigby of Preston Harriers in a pretty good time of 47.07.
Full Results HERE
Tom Blaney for the Harriers also had a really good run in 8th place (50.02) with Chris Davies in 13th (51.26) and another good time. V60 Evan Cook, continues to clock up the prizes by winning the V60 age category, coming in 34th (56.42). Just pipping Evan in was Sarah Ridehalgh, who competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track. Sarah in 33rd (56.34) took first place for the Women and first V35; And they say you can’t keep a good man down – Stuart Furness (V65) and still getting stuck in placed 170th (69.40) and 4th V65 overall.
Catching Up On The Weekend 5k Park Runs
Joe Monk won the Cuerden Valley Race – RESULTS – on 2nd November in a time of 19.51. The following week – November 9th – Joe had an even better run – RESULTS – to finish 2nd overall in 18.53 which was also a new PB.
At Burnley – RESULTS – on November 2nd, Liz Greenwood carried on her winning ways by taking 4th place overall and first Female position with a time of 19.16.
Phil Morton competed at the Preston 5k – RESULTS – on November 9th and came in 15th (20.59), just seven seconds shy of his PB in these Races.
At Preston – RESULTS – November 2nd, Grace Handley had a run out to take 10th place overall and First Junior Woman in a time of 20.07.
V65 Stuart Furness competed at the Bolton Race – RESULTS – finishing 47th (24.18) with son Gary in front of him in 8th (20.40) and Philip Morton in 20th (21.41).
November 2nd saw good weather greet the 2013 English Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield. With a number of injuries, holidays and late withdrawals, the Harriers Teams were unfortunately down on previous years. However, there were some good performances on the day.
In the Women’s Senior Race there were 99 Teams and Blackburn ‘A’ finished a very creditable 21st, just missing out on a top 20 spot by eleven seconds from Sale Harriers. On first leg was Alison Leonard in 11th place overall and in a time of 10.26.20, which was just twelve seconds slower than Louise Small who was part of the winning team. The second leg saw Rachel Wood, fresh from her win at the Luton Half-Marathon coming in in 21st place (12.17.15) and on Leg 3 was Sarah Yorkstone, back racing after a long period away from the sport because of injuries, posted a really solid 12.05.65 to keep the Club in 21st place in the Team Champs.
The Senior Women’s ‘B’ Team also had a pretty good day finishing 43rd team overall. Becky Shorrock had a very fine first leg in (11.37.75) handing over on Leg 2 to Shelley Tattersall (13.13.65) who placed 51st at the end of her Leg. Laura Hesketh took over on Leg 3 and ran strongly to bring the team back into 43rd place overall with a good time of 12.10.65.
Senior Women’s RESULTS
In the U13 Girls our team of Maddie Elliott, Hannah Cookson and Natalya Irvine had a good day to finish 26th out of 83 Teams and again, just 5 seconds away from Sale Harriers ‘A’ Team who took 25th. All three girls ran consistent legs backing one another up well. Maddie on Leg 1 came in 40th with a time of 8.12.55, followed by Hannah on Leg 2 (8.10.60) who pulled back 15 places to take the team into 25th place. Natalya then ran a good final leg (8.30.30) to keep the the team in 26th place.
U13 Girls RESULTS
Katie Buckingham, Phoebe Howe and Roxanne Oliver did themselves proud in the U17 Women’s Race. Katie kicked off first leg with 9.54.40 to leave Phoebe Howe on Leg 2 in 38th place. Phoebe with 10.53.55 dropped just two places (40th) and handed over to Cross Country debutant and 400m hurdler Roxanne Oliver (12.28.85) who competed for the Club right out of her comfort zone to finish in 45th place.
U17 Women’s RESULTS
The U17 Men’s Champs had 69 Teams lining up with Blackburn finishing 54th. Joseph Howe who is in good form and racing well took the first leg in (10.16.45) to leave us in 55th going into the Leg 2. Robert Wong, recovering from illness over the last two weeks, posted a time of 10.32.80 to bring the Club up to 46th and debutant Chris Richardson-Dulling (11.33.15) on Leg 3, got a good welcome to Championship racing.
U17 Men’s RESULTS
One hundred and fifty seven teams lined up in the Men’s Senior Race and Blackburn had two Teams competing but unfortunately, because of late withdrawals, the Club was one short of making two full teams. The ‘A’ Team finished 8th overall and was led off on Leg 1 by Andy Fleet (18.02.20) to put the team in 81st place. Andy Butterey ran the Teams fastest leg (17.52.15) to pull us back to 72nd place. Leg 3 saw Danny Maynard finish in 91st place (20.23.05) and Chris Barnes with 18.37.50 took the team back up to 85th place at the finish. The ‘B’ Team consisting of Andy Heyes, John Chaplin and John Cookson – one runner short – had a combined time of 1hr. 28.18. In the Junior Men’s race the Club had just the one athlete – Rob Warner who ran the first leg in 9.29.10.
Senior Men’s RESULTS
Before this weekend – October 27th – Rachel Wood had only ever run one Half-Marathon and that was in Coventry in 2010 where she finished 72nd overall in 93.14. But that time was dramatically revised in the Love Luton Half Marathon last Sunday.
Full Results HERE
Rachel took 12th place overall, set a new PB of 87.28, was First Woman, and, to top it all off, she ran a time which gives her automatic entry into the 2014 London Marathon. Rachel had missed out on the Club Draw for London Marathon places, but determined to get an entry, she went straight to Luton and achieved the qualification time there. Now the hard Training starts!!!
Nine Harriers went over to this annual 10k Road race which is by no means the easiest course to run and posted a V60 Age Group Category winner, Women’s Team First Prize, two season’s best and a PB.
Full Results HERE
First home was Matt Lalor in 2nd place overall (35.06) behind winner Jonathan Fletcher from Border in 34.52. Brian Fogarty, just back from his superb performance in the Ironman World Championships, took 5th place in 36.24 with Paul Guinan 7th in 36.32, just 8 seconds behind. V50 Phil Hall who competes for Blackburn on the Track took the Age Group Category win and 10th place in 37.35. In 27th place was V60 Evan Cook who also took the Age Group Category win with a good time of 40.38 to add to the a number of recent V60 wins in Races. Not far behind Evan came Sam McCreadie in 34th position (41.42) which on this Course is equal to running PB form. Paul Wilkinson who had also raced at Burnley in the Mid Lancs League the day before placed 92nd in 46.37 which was just 6 seconds outside his PB. No doubt that time is going to be revised down very quickly on this performance.
Ella Gregory (48.09) and Kaylie Panaro (48.21) were next home for the Club in 104th and 105th respectively. Kaylie took 15 seconds off her PB which had been set on the flat Salford 10k, very unlike the undulating Accrington Course and said after the race that “I am pleased with yesterday’s result and it was quite an enjoyable run. I set off with Ella and managed to stick with her until the end. I’ve done three 10k’s with Ella now and I have always tried to stick with her but never managed it. Hopefully that time can come down a little more”. V65 Stuart Furness completed the day for the Club with a seasons best of 49.34 (116th).
RIVINGTON 26 OCTOBER
There we were at Burnley on Saturday afternnon, looking for Andy Buttery and little did we know that he was winding up to race on Saturday night – in the dark!! He had been looking forward to running the Cross Country but had planned this Race for a while and unfortunately they clashed. In the event, Andy won the Race by nearly 5 minutes from Ian Greenwood of the Rossendale Triathlon Club in 2nd place.
Full Results HERE
After Andy’s first night race on Saturday up Rivington and took the win, 6.7miles (1145ft climb), he had this to say about the experience ” Quite a tough course skirting the tower and heading towards Winter Hill past the Two Lads. Rough and technical underfoot with a lot of climb so would certainly class it as fell and quite a challenge in the dark (although I do have exceptionally bright lights that help!). Strange in the dark, as you are never sure how much climbing is left with only being able to see 100metres ahead and not knowing the route, so think I ended up pushing a harder pace than I might have in daylight. It mean’t I was well clear after about half a mile and just kept going”.
Cuerden Valley – 26th October
Described by Phil Morton this weekend as ” a trip over cuerden valley tough scenic route with a fair amount of hills !!! This was his fourth Race recently finishing 8th (21.51) in a field of 67 finishers in which only one runner, the winner, ducked under 21 minutes.
Full Results HERE
The day defied the weather forecasters and provided a good day for racing in the first Mid Lancs fixture of the season. Forty Four Blackburn Harriers competed on the day with some good individual results, some good team results and debuts for a number of others.
Full Results HERE
Amy Davies in the Girls Race carried on from her very good Red Rose performances by winning here on the day, holding off Kirsty Hamilton from Lancaster in 2nd place. Eleesha Charnley in 8th wasn’t far off Amy, and debutants Amy Dowsing (20th) and Eleanor Allsop (31st) backed up the front two in good style and the youngest two of the girls – Kate Cookson (50th) and Alanya Irvine (59th) battled all the way. Sadly, there is no Team category in the U11’s for Blackburn would have won it.
Jamie Teare (12th) and maintaining his competitive start to the season, led home the three Harriers in the Boys Race. Behind Jamie came Edward Lee, another debutant in 28th and Jamie’s brother Rory (38th).
Three of the girls competed here – Hannah Cookson, Natalya Irvine and Maddie Elliott and without a fourth runner, missed out on being included in the Team Competition. Hannah took a really battling 7th place – Natalya getting over a recent injury came in 14th just 18 seconds behind Hannah and Maddie and further 12 seconds back in 20th place. Just one boy out in the U13’s and that was Jack Evans in 40th place and a good effort for his first XC race this year.
Six Harriers in this one, with the first four being good enough to take the Team Prize from Preston in second place. Liz Greenwood who won the race with Grace Handley in 2nd were backed up by Megan Clarkson (11th) and Mollie Morton in her debut (21st) and these four counted for the winning Team. Olivia Wilson (24th) and Rose Abbott (25th) completed a good day for the Club in this age category.
In the Boys Race, Byron Abbott in the leading group at the front of the Race had to drop out with an injury which left Thomas Harbour running a really determined Race in 17th place and supported by Jack Wilkinson in (40th).
Another Team win here, pipping in Preston who took second place. There were good runs from Katie Buckingham taking 5th place and being backed up by Phoebe Howe in 8th and Rhiannon Wickham (9th) is a good start for the season for them.
The U17 Boys then had to live up to the Girls performance and they did, winning the Team prize again in a photo finish by just one point from Preston. Jack Hindle (6th), Joseph Howe (10th) who managed to hold off Preston’s Dan Whitlock which was crucial for the Team result and Morgan Philips (13th) packed really well.
Seven of the Harriers Senior women ran – (and with a noted absence, she know’s who she is!!) – and with the first three to count for the Team prize, the Harriers just missed out by 10 points coming in second to Barrow. Helen Leigh led the Team home in 7th, with Laura Hesketh (17th) and Rebecca Shorrock (22nd) making up the three counters. Sarah Toms, another athlete trying to get over recent injuries took a good 24th place. Shelley Tattersall had a solid run in 38th. Jackie Taylor took (67th) and Carol Cookson (124th) in what was a large field with 149 finishers and 38 Club Teams.
The Team prize was won by Preston with Blackburn in a very creditable 7th place. Featuring 11 Harriers, the team was led home by Shaun Livesey in 33rd place with Tom Blaney (35th), Chris Davies (39th), Andy Fleet debuting for the Club (44th), Chris Barnes 57th and Andy Heyes another debutant in 159th were the six counters. Backing these up were Allan Hartley (202nd), John Cookson (207th), Ian Clarkson (214th), Richard Taylor 220th) and Paul Wilkinson (239th).
302 finishers and 34 Club Teams contested the Senior Mens Race, in which it is the first six athletes for a Club that make up the Team. Just 11 places separated the first four Harriers home and during the Race these four were headed at different times by Andy, Tom and Shaun with Andy probably paying the price for going off very fast at the front of the Race.
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