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Red Rose Cross Country on the ‘infamous’ Marl Pits Course with Wins for Grace and Megan

Despite the dip in temperature overnight on Friday, there was the usual copious amounts of mud on the Course at Rossendale and particularly on the ‘downhill slide’ – a favourite with spectators if not the athletes!!

Full Results HERE

Series Results HERE

Again this year, Schools Cross Country Races clashed with the Red Rose League Fixture which had an impact on the turn out for the youngsters from the Club. In the U11 Races Edward Lee and Rory Teare ran with Edward finishing in 21st in the 75 strong field (7.04) and Rory in 29th (7.23).

In the Girls Race which featured 85 runners, Hollie Cubbon put in a good run finishing 11th in 7.28. Leah Hoole also had another good run to place 16th in 7.40 and ever present Kate Cookson took 60th position in 9.03.

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Just two boys in the U13’s Race with Jamies Teare finishing off a good series of Races to place 10th in 9.26 and Daniel Brown placing 26th in 10.39.

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In the U15 Girls Megan Clarkson had a tremendous run to record her first victory in Cross Country when she won the Race with a time of 16.26 over half a minute in front of the second placed girl from Bolton. Megan has been getting better by the Race and this latest outing confirms that. When Hannah Cookson placed 11th in the 22 strong field in 18.49 she was the fourth member of the Cookson family to compete on the day with sister Kate, Mum Carol and Dad John.

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In the Senior Women’s Race involving 95 runners, we had Helen Leigh, Alison Armour and Carol Cookson competing with Helen in her second race back having a good run to finish 4th in 21.11, Alison placed 58th (28.01) and Carol  67th (29.11).

But the run of the day had to be that of Grace Handley. Running with the Senior Women, Grace finished first woman overall and of course first U17 with a time of 19.58, over a minute in front of the second placed U17 and 12 seconds in front of the Senior Womens Race Winner – Joanne Nelson – who has won every Red Rose Race this year. A quality performance by Grace on her return to racing.

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The Mens Senior Race had 191 competitors which included twelve Blackburn Harriers and led home by Mat Nuttall who is in excellent form and ran another cracking race to finish 7th in a time of 30.02. Next home was John Sutton in 26th place (32.43) who overtook Chris Davies near the finish who placed 27th in 32.46. David Almond had a very solid run to come 45th in 34.24 with Gary Pearse just behind in 51st (34.39).

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Allan Hartley who has been setting some new PB’s this year came in 87th in 37.14  followed by Jack Lonsdale – who set off as if it was a 400m Race – in 107th (38.38). Then came another ever present – John Cookson in 121st (39.21), Ian Clarkson 144th (41.07), Richard Taylor 169th (44.30), Paul Wilkinson 171st (44.39) and John Orrell 177th in 45.21. U20 Morgan Philips had to drop out due to muscle cramps.

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LIverpool Cross Challenge – Mid Lancs League – David Staff Race

 Great day for Cross Country racing with Sefton Park hosting the first fixture in the UKA Cross Challenge Series as well as incorporating the Mid Lancs League.

 Cross Challenge Results HERE

Mid-Lancs League Results HERE

Watch some of the Senior Men’s Race HERE

Some Race Start Video’s   U11’s  –  U13’s  –  U13’s  –  U15’s  –  Senior Women

The Men’s Senior Race was a real thriller with Callum Hawkins just holding off Andrew Butchart to take the win in the 520 strong field. The Harriers and ten runners in this race and headed home with a very good run by U23 Rob Warner in 106th place overall with a time of 32.24. Mat Nuttall is having a very good cross country season and finished 114th in a time of 33.41 followed by Chris Davies in 167th (34.52) – Shaun Livesey (170th) in 35.00 – Andy Heys in 296th (39.24) – Mark Emmett 326th (40.13) – Allan Hartley 352nd (41.29) – John Cookson 381st (42.25) – Ian Clarkson 422nd (44.31) and Paul Wilkinson 486th in 49.45. Gary Priestley who runs for the Harriers on the Track and competed for Salford in this Race had a good run to finish 59th overall in 31.16.

When the Mid Lancs League Results were separated from the overall Race featuring 250 runners, Rob Warner was placed 6th – Mat Nuttall 14th – Chris Davies 25th – Shaun Livesey 27th – Andy Heys 102nd – Mark Emmett 126th  – Allan Hartley 145th – John Cookson 164th – Ian Clarkson 191st and Paul Wilkinson 231st. Chris Barnes also ran but unfortunately had to pull out not feeling too well. The Harriers finished 6th Team out of 27 Teams competing.

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The Senior Women’s Race won impressively by Gemma Steel from Emelia Gorecka had 225 runners in it.

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Just two Senior Harriers Women out in this one with Alison Armour in 177th overall (80th in the Mid Lancs) in 42.41 and Carol Cookson who had to drop out with an injury.

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In the U15 Girls Race of 93 athletes Megan Clarkson had another good run to finish 34th in a time of 11.46 with Hannah Cookson 63rd (12.45).

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One hundred and sixteen runners in the U15 Boy’s Race which saw Jack Wilkinson in his first race for quite a while finish in 106th overall and 31st in the Mid Lancs with a time of 12.20.

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Amy Davies and Emily Warren continued their Cross Country season with strong runs when they contested in the U13 Girls Race. Amy finished 6th in the Mid Lancs Race in a time of 12.11 and Emily was placed 14th in 12.57.

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Eleesha Charnley, Anna Rankine and Kate Cookson all competed in the U11 Girls race. Eleesha is running really well at the moment and placed 10th in 8.24. New member to cross country racing for the Club Anna is also doing well and finished in a 23rd place with a time of 8.52. Kate Cookson climbs up the Race each time she runs and her latest effort saw her finish in 35th out of the 61 runners (9.29).

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Over on the Road at the Best 5k, 139 nine runners saw the Race won by Ben Everson in 16.24. Brian Fogarty making a return to road racing after competing in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii recently ran a solid race for 4th place in 16.54. Another Blackburn Harrier making a return to racing was Aaron Hargreaves who finished 17th in 19.07.

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In the ever popular David Staff Race which is held every year in memory of David Staff by his Club – Darwen Dashers and featured 162 runners.

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.

We 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

Blackbuurn Harrier Peter Matthews won the Race in a time of 25.31 on a slightly altered Course from previous years. Peter was pleased with his win and told the Club that “ On a slightly shorter and therefore steeper course than usual (which received high praise all round) I lead from the gun, winning by over 2 minutes in the end. The course was beautiful, with a bit of everything thrown in, and not too difficult for novice fell runners like myself. I also have quite a nice story in that in year 7 at school, after winning the house XC, my geography teacher and Darwen Dasher Simon Smith gave me a race t-shirt for winning. 14 years on and I had my first go at the aforementioned race, taking victory! Matt Nuttall also ran well (especially after racing at Liverpool the previous day!) to finish third, with his wife Lisa also having a run out. It’s always great to pull on the Harriers vest.”

Mat Nuttall placed 3rd in 27.57 and is running really consistently at the moment on all surfaces. Lisa Nuttall came in with a time of 50.41 and 153rd place.

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Age Group wins & new PB’s on the Road with the Harriers

Wesham 10k – Saturday November 29th

Full Results HERE

Eight Blackburn Harriers were out at the Wesham 10k in the 408 strong field and amongst them the

Buckingham Twins!

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New member Tim Raynes made an impressive debut finishing as the first Harrier home in 9th place with a time of 35.23. V40 John Sutton – 4th V40 – came back onto the Road to take a good 13th spot in 36.48. Laura Hesketh had a good run too, to finish 2nd Woman and 65th overall with a time of 40.41 and just one second behind her came V60 Evan Cook in 66th in 40.42, a run which gave Evan yet another V60 prize.

Katie Buckingham finished 96th in 42.36 which was just 12 seconds off her PB and no doubt that will be revised at the Ribble Valley 10k at Christmas! And successive PB’s  for Kaylie Panaro in 145th place beating the one she set just last week by four seconds to set a new PB of 45.47.

V60 George Woodburn finished 7th in this Age Group and 163rd with a time of 46.56. Jan Buckingham was the final Harrier home in a great new PB of 50.28 (224th) which was a whopping 63 sec off her old best time and she also finished 4th V50. Jan said “Sadly still not under that elusive 50mins for my 50th year target, but pretty dam close!!!”

The Men finished 7th Team out of the 32 Teams counting and the Women finished 4th Team out of the 18 Teams counting.

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George Woodburn still winning Prizes 50 years on

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George Woodburn joined the Club on 12th March 1964. In the 50 years since, he has competed for the Club in every single year which is a phenomenal achievement.

 

On Friday night at the Club’s Annual Presentation of Awards Evening, he was presented with an Award from the Club Committee in recognition of his commitment to the Club over half a century.

 

George’s Road Racing record includes PB’s of 30 minutes at 10k; 50 minutes for 10mile; 67 minutes for the half-marathon and 2hr 26 for the Marathon which are great times.

 

His latest Race came on Sunday 23rd November when he contested the Chorley Fire 10k along with two other Blackburn Harriers and a 143 runners in total.

Full Results HERE

Heading home the trio of Harriers was Samantha McCreadie who finished 13th overall in 39.59 and was 2nd Woman. Next in with a new PB was Kaylie Panaro (41st) in a time of 45.51. The came George in a time of 46.59 (48th) and also won the V60 category. Great stuff.

Sam was pleased with the day and told us “This was the first Chorley Fire 10k – it was a 2 lap course and a decent route, fairly fast with only 1 real hill (that you had to do twice!). Unfortunately no pb for me but still pleased to get sub 40 (even if only just!!). Well done to Kaylie on her pb and great to see George racing again and picking up another prize!!”

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Sun shining at Bolton Red Rose Cross Country Fixture

An unbelievably warm day with the sun shining on the athletes at the Red Rose third fixture held at Leverhulme Park on Saturday 22nd November…and plenty of mud to compensate!! Good overall turn outs in all the age categories too.

Full Results HERE

Individual & Team Standings after three Fixtures HERE

Eighty eight boys and ninety seven girls competed in the U11 Age Category.

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Rory Teare who is gaining consistency in these events took a good 19th place in 7.27 and was followed very close behind by Edward Lee in 23rd (7.37). Joseph Carolan also had a solid run to take 47th place in 8.15 and debutant Kyle Taylor Pomfret had a good first time run out finishing 56th in 8.26. The Team finished 7th out of the nine Teams in the Race. After three fixtures Edward and Rory are in equal 20th position overall, with Joseph 44th in the Individual table.

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Leah Hoole in the U11 Girls had another very good run and continues to improve. She finished 12th overall in a good time of 7.47 with just two seconds separating her from 8th place. Anna Rankine wasn’t far behind in 18th place (8.04) and Kate Cookson took 56th spot in 9.04 enabling the Girls to take 9th Team place out of 13.In the Individual Table Eleesha Charnley is in 11th place with Leah in 15th, Anna in 17th, Elanor Allsop in 25th, Kate in 57th and the girls are also lying 3rd in the Team Table so everything to play for at the last fixture at Rossendale.

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Eighteen teams featuring 136 runners contested the Women’s Senior Race with the Harriers finishing 8th overall. A welcome return to racing for Helen Leigh and given the length of time she has been out she had a very good run finishing 7th in 22.38. Katie Buckingham had another good race to take 17th place (24.09) and a very good 2nd place in the U20 Age Category and 3rd overall in the Individual Table. Then came Jan Buckingham in 85th (29.24) –  Alison Armour 88th in 29.43 – Michelle Teare 103rd (31.18 and Lisa Nuttall 113th (32.38). Phoebe Howe took 10th position in the U17 Age Category and lies in 9th place overall in the Individual Standings.

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Two hundred and thirty six runners involving 19 Teams contested the Men’s Senior Race and amongst them nine Harriers.

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There were cracking runs from Matt Nuttall finishing 7th in 37.02 and Chris Davies who is getting better by the Race (10th) in 37.30. John Sutton set off steady and then pulled back a lot of places on the last lap to take 35th place in 40.49. There were three U20 runners in the Team with Joe Campbell having a  good run to finish 40th in 41.02. Then came Joe Howe just behind in 46th (41.37) and Morgan Philips in 55th (42.13). Allan Hartley came 101st in 45.29, John Cookson 149th (47.29) and Ian Clarkson 162nd in 49.12).

In the Team Standings the Harriers are in 3rd place with the final fixture at Rossendale to come and a medal awaiting with a good turn out there. In the Vet Team Table the Harriers are in 1st Place in a close run contest with Todmorden.  In the V40’s Individual Standings John Sutton is in 4th place in the V40’s whilst in the V45 Standings Matt Nuttall is in top spot. In the U20’s Joe Campbell lies in 2nd place as he approaches the final fixture and there three athletes – Joe included – all on seven points and another one on 8 so everything at stake in the last Race. In the main Individual Standings Matt lies in 7th place, Chris =15th, John Sutton =27th, Joe Campbell 31st, Joe Howe 35th, Morgan Philips 53rd, Gary Pearse 55th, Allan Hartley 84th, John Cookson 123rd and Ian Clarkson 152nd.

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Road, Cross Country & The Fells with the Harriers

This Sunday – November 15th – saw the Annual Preston 10 Mile Road Race held at Hutton Grammar School on a reasonably good day for distance running and featuring four hundred and thirty one runners.

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The Club had five runners out in the Race, led home by V40 Shaun Livesey who commented that he Thought I would give it a go because I ran a pb there last year, I had a game plan of running 5:35 ,per mile I was on track as I started the second half picking of a few runners on the way. Unfortunately I fell of the pace on the last few miles along the dual carriageway section and had to stop when a Marshall allowed a car through has I was about to cross. But all said and done happy with my time.in 12th place in a time of 56.17 and just 16 seconds off his PB of 56.01″.

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Not far behind came Chris Davies with a new PB of 57.31 in 15th place was pleased with his Race  and told us “it’s a really good 10 mile race, defiantly a good race for getting a PB. I was pleased with my run knocking of 22 secs of my PB especially after running at Barrow the day before. Also great efforts from Shaun Livesey, Joe Monk who was running in his first 10 mile race also did well and Sam and Kaylie also had great runs as well. A good day for the Harriers overall”.

10689886_734079513344691_7421852662900073044_nU17 Joe Monk followed that up with a great first time run over this distance to finish 25th in a time of 60.32. Samantha McCreadie placed 63rd in 65.19 which was her first ever outing over the distance and was delighted with her Race saying “very pleased!A really good race – well attended and great atmosphere – i’m not usually a fan of 2 lap courses and it was a new distance for me but quite enjoyed it!! Plus the weather was lovely! Really pleased with my time as I was hoping for sub 70mins and getting 3rd lady was an added bonus! Great to see a few other Harriers there too and well done to Kaylie on her brilliant PB!”

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On the Roads starting with the Leeds Abbey Dash

Full Results HERE

Thousands lined up for this very popular and fast annual Race won by Andrew Butchart in 29.17 and evidenced by the fact that the first 103 runners all finished in under 32 minutes.

Ben Fish was the first of three Blackburn Harriers home and wasn’t entirely satisfied with his run telling the Club That “the Race started slow. The big guns really upped the pace halfway. I was falling behind after 15:20 split and finished with a disappointing 30.47”. Matt Lalor who runs for the Club on the Track placed 132nd in a time of 32.33 which was a new PB. V40 Andy Buttery whosaid he is starting to race a bit better now, ran a good even pace” finished in 224th place with a time of 33.57.

Meanwhile – Rachel Wood – who is hoping to run the London Marathon in 2015 took on the Gosport Half-Marathon which boasted a field of 1604 runners. Rachel finished in 181st place with a solid time of 87.11 and was 8th Woman finisher overall.

Full Results HERE

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Another Race on the same day saw V60 Evan Cook back out at the Sandgrounder 10k where he finished a very good 29th in 41.17  – (216 runners) –  to take the V60 First Prize.

Full Results HERE

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The second fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Barrow on Saturday which saw a reduced number of Harriers turning out given the other Races they were competing in over the weekend.

Full Results HERE

Eleesha Charnley, Leah Hoole and Kate Cookson competed in the U11’s Age Group which had 38 youngsters challenging one another. Eleesha was first home in 12th place with Leah finishing 15th in a good time of 7.43 and Kate came  27th in 8.21. Rory Teare placed 26th at the first Mid Lancs and 15th at Barrow in 7.30.

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In the U13’s the Race, as with others, had reduced numbers from the first fixture at Hyndburn. Amy Davies finished 4th at Hyndburn and went up a place to finish a really good 3rd in 11.18 with the second in 11.10 and winner in 11.05. Emily Warren – 14th at Hyndburn finished in 16th place here with a time of 12.36. Jamie Teare continued his good run of form with a 5th place in 13.26 and new member Anthony Beresford placed 21st in 16.05. Just one runner out in the U15 Girls – Hannah Cookson who in finishing 6th (14.48) improved by one position from her 7th place at Hyndburn.

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Senior athletes were few on the ground as many others were competing on the Road and Fells on the same weekend. In the Senior Women’s Race of 110 runners, Carol Cookson placed 69th (27.36) – Alison Armour 74th in 28.03 and Michelle Teare 81st (29.24). The Senior Men with a field of 192 runners had just two runners from the Club with Chris Davies in a very good 14th place ((31.56) and John Cookson in 113th spot (39.39).

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Karl Billington who is down at St Mary’s has been getting Cross Country Races under his belt recently. First up was the London Colleges League on October 22nd at Parliament Hill – Results – finishing 18th in the field of 114 runners. Next was the London Colleges fixture in Richmond Park where Karl improved to 9th position in the Race numbering 101 runners – Results – where he finished 9th in the 101 strong field. On the 8th November he raced in the Destination Basingstoke Hampshire League – Results –  finishing 44th of 242 runners and said which was an awful result”.  Karl got back on course though in London Colleges League at – ResultsWimbledon Common on the 12th November where he finished 7th and saying that a lot better then Saturdayand felt so much better yesterday. I’ve now done more xc races this season then last and it’s only November”.

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On to the Fells for the Harriers with the Half Trog where Chris Barnes and Matt Nuttall along with 105 other runners.  Chris had a pretty strong run finishing 8th in 77.45 with Matt in 16th (82.46).

 Full Results HERE

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The Half Trog was what might be called a ‘warm up’ for the main event – The Tour of Pendle which took place on 15th November in not the best of conditions weatherwise for a Race which is 27k long and has nearly 5000ft of climbing. However, three hundred and seventy two runners completed the Course with the winner Karl Gray covering the distance in 2hr 21.31. The Women’s Race Winner was Caitlin Rice in 2hr 49.47.

Full Results HERE

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Competing this year for the Harriers were Sarah Toms; Mick Toms; Matt Nuttall; Jonathon Bridge; Gary Pearse; John Sutton, Chris Barnes and Ian Clarkson.

John Orrell who “took a year off this time and devised a 10 mile inner circuit to follow, photo and support our intrepid bunch. Conditions were testing as you can see from the photos at the top of Pendle. The clag didn’t clear and many sections of the race were run in ‘whiteout’ conditions.

 For me it was great to see the race from a different perspective, including rescuing a man on the final climb of The Big End. He was seriously delirious and in real trouble. We (me and a Wharfedale lady) dragged him over the top and off the fell to safety. He had a lucky escape and was most grateful at the end. Good deed done”.

Matt Nuttall led the Harriers home in 28th overall in a very good time of 2hr.45.19. Next came Chris Barnes in 47th (2hr 53.44) followed by John Sutton (56th) in 2hr 56.05 – Gary Pearse just over a minute behind John in 62nd (2hr 57.36) – Sarah Toms (6th Woman) in 111th (3hr 08.19) – Jonathon Bridge who is celebrating his birthday this week in 133rd (3hr 13.52)  and Ian Clarkson placing 268th in 3hr 43.52.

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