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Busy weekend on the Road, Fells & Triathlon for the Harriers

Derby Half- Marathon June 8th 2014

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish had a busy two days at the weekend. On Saturday he ran the 1500m in 4.01.09 for 3rd place in the Northern League Division One fixture at Sportscity and then won the 5000m in 14.57.2. On to Sunday and Ben was down in Derby for the Half-Marathon in pretty unpleasant and hot conditions with only the first two finishing in a sub 70 minute time. Finishing 3rd (72.14) in the Race won by Luke Gunn (68.53) Ben commented on his weekend efforts saying that I was really pleased with my races on Saturday, but I have to rank Sundays run as my worst ever half marathon run, really struggling in heat”.

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Le Two-r Halves Ten – June 8th 2014

The ‘Two Halves Ten’ was a race hosted by Halifax Harriers during the 90’s that climbed 5 miles from Halifax Town Centre to Queensbury with a more welcoming 5 mile downhill run back to the finish.

To celebrate and support the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire we’re re-launching this event but running it along one of the more challenging parts of the actual Tour de France course – Cragg Road. This stretch takes in the longest continuous gradient in England and makes for a perfect Two Halves Ten with an equal 5 mile climb followed by a fast 5 mile descent. A unique race comprising a very run-able 5 mile uphill stretch along the actual Tour de France course followed by a fast 5 mile downhill finish.

Sixty eight athletes lined up for this one, but it was the Harriers Shaun Livesey who came out on top, winning the Race in (60.33) by nearly a minute and taking the V40 Prize for his first Race win of the Year. Well done Shaun.

Full Results HERE


Turner Junior Uphill Championships – June 7th 2014

Uphill Championship U16 Results HERE – U16 Championship Table HERE

Uphill Championships U14 Results HERE – Uphill Championships U10 Results HERE

The latest Race in the FRA Junior Championships for 2014 was held in the Lake District and a number of the Club’s young Fell Runners competed. Liz Greenwood continues to show her good form on the Fells with her third win (20.22) in four Races – the other being a second place – to put her at the top of the table and the winner of the Series after five Races. Brilliant performance from Liz and in her usual understated way she told the Club “it was a tough race as it was uphill only (no time for a rest) especially in the extremely wet conditions but I enjoyed the race and was extremely pleased with the result”. Kelsey Rutherford and Megan Clarkson have also had a good series of Races. On Saturday, Kelsey finished 24th overall and 9th U16G (23.11) and is placed 6th in the overall standings. Megan finished in 25th overall and 10th U16G (23.29) and is 7th in the overall standings. In the U14 Girls Race a welcome return to racing by Natalaya Irvine finishing 28th overall in the mixed boys and girls Race (12.31) and 10th Girl. Sister Alayna Irvine ran in the U10’s Race placing 31st (9.52).



Ennerdale Fell Race – June 7th 2014

No Results Available as of June 9th

It was the second round of this year’s British Championships at the weekend on the ‘slopes’ of Ennerdale. Helen Leigh as always, was there and here she is apparently making ‘light work’ of it and this is what she had to say following the Race “I was really disappointed that due to a forecast of lightening that the course was changed to avoid the ridge tops. This actually made the race just as challenging as we ran all the way over to Buttermere, up the valley and over to Blacksail Hut then up again to just under Green Gable, back to Black Sail Hut then a LONG slog back to Ennerdale Scout Hut. I pulled my calf after only half a mile then in my typical pig headed fashion I battled on for the next 20 odd miles. In the pouring down rain this made for a challenging day out to say the least, but I was pleased to finish (wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night otherwise) and still an amazing place to run in. I will of course be back to tackle the full horseshoe next year!”

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Weets Fell Race – June 7th 2014

Full Results HERE

In the latest Round of the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series a number of the Harriers who have targeted the Series were out again at the Weets Fell Race. In this latest Race Andy Buttery again took the first V40 Prize in 5th place overall (42.40). V45 Gary Pearse and V50 Micheal Toms had a real battle in the Race with Gary just edging home in 15th place (44.50) and Michael in 15th (44.53). Sarah Toms was 53rd overall and third woman on the day.


Paddy’s Pole Fell Race – June 3rd 2014

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Recently married Chris Barnes, decided to run off some of the excesses of the celebrations and turned out at the Paddy’s Pole Fell Race finishing 25th (33.24) in a field of 108 and won by Danny Hope  in 28.21.



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Another great result for Brian Fogarty at the Bala Race at the weekend finishing in third place (4hr.10.20) in a field of 300 finishers. Blackburn Harrier Brian competed as a member of the newly formed FITT Team which includes a number of Blackburn Harriers, some of whom also competed really well in the Race. Vet Matt Nuttall finished in 10th spot (4.28.45) and was the first veteran athlete home which was another cracking performance. Not far behind came Mark Bleasdale in 14th position (4.31.47) and 4th veteran home.

After the Race Brian commented on his own race and those of Matt and Mark saying “The race on Sunday was in Bala, a half ironman. For me, Matt and Mark itwas a huge race to test our current fitness in a quality field. Also a great prep for our big Ironman races which are 3 weeks away. The day turned out great!! The swim was difficult for all, due to the winds the waves made the swim difficult. We all came through fine and had good solid bikesplits, I came in off the bike in 4th and knew I had a tough 1/2 marathon ahead to earn a podium finish. Mark came in with Matt only 2 minutes after. So the race was on with both fighting it out for the 1st vet prize. Both had great runs and Matt just managed to beat mark by a small margin. I had a good transition and started the run in 3rd being closely followed by 4th. Luckily my track sessions paid off and with 6 miles to go I managed to pull away and finish the race strong and very happy to finish 3rd. Matt finished
10th overall and 1st vet, mark was 14th and 4th vet. We were all happy with the results and it should prepare us well for in 3 weeks when along with Paul Guinan we head off to Austria Ironman”




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Road and Fell Results

The latest Race in the Burnley & Pendle  Grand Prix Series took place on May 31st at the Kellbrook Fell Race with four Harriers competing.

Full Results HERE

First home in 4th place overall was V40 Andy Buttery with a time of 23.22 and first V40 on the night. Andy has targeted the 13 Race Series this year and told the Club “I found Kelbrook to be a lot tougher than I expected for a short race. It’s a real lung-buster so I was happy to hold onto 4th and 1st Vet 40 after being pushed by fellow vet Michael Keedy of Skipton all the way round. He got in front of me going up the steepest section, but I managed to pass him as we ran off the top and kept a gap on the fast run back. I’m planning on doing all 13 races in the Grand Prix and making the series my main goal of the summer. They all offer something a bit different, so although they come thick and fast, they don’t feel repetitive. I’m aiming to finish 1st V40 and top 3 overall, but its not going to be easy as the standard is very good and there’s a lot of talented local young lads that are keen to do all the races. Really enjoying it, and all the races are well organised, friendly and have great support.”

V50 Michael Toms wasn’t far behind in 14th position overall and first V50 in a time of 24.36, followed just seconds away by V45 Gary Pearse in 16th place (24.42). Sarah Toms placed 49th overall in 27.30 and was the second Woman home.


West Nab Fell Race May 31st

Jack Hindle – recently having been selected for England – contested the latest Fell Race in the Series at West Nab putting in a really good performance finishing 5th in a time of 45.06 – just three seconds behind 4th place and eleven seconds behind 3rd. Jack commented after the Race I found the race tough! With a full race of challenges from long distance with steep climbs to tricky steep descents!! But I was happy with my performance and pick up some valuable points”.

Senior Full Results HERE

U16 Full Results HERE

In the U16 Age Category, Liz Greenwood with two wins already under her belt finished 10th overall (33.03) in the mixed boys and girls Race to Erica Byram from Holmfirth. Liz can secure the Series title if she wins her next Race. Kelsey Rutherford placed 21st in 36.15; and Megan Clarkson was 27th in 39.35.

(Photo’s courtesey of and Derek Hindle).

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Welcome Tavern 5k – Preston May 27th

Catforth 5k May 31st

Joe Monk contested The Welcome Tavern Race and has been in really good form over the last few months setting PB’s at 5k and 10k. He finished fourth overall in a field of 109 finishers and in a good time of 17.01. Next up was the Catforth 5k featuring 89 runners and Joe finished in 7th with a time of 16.41 which was a new PB by seven seconds.

Welcome Tavern Results HERE

Catforth Results HERE


Crazy Cow 10k

Chris Davies; John Cookson; Carol Cookson and Kaylie Panaro were amongst the 127 runners who lined up for this 10k Race in hot and not very conducive conditions for distance running.

Full Results HERE

First Blackburn Harrier home was Chris Davies in 3rd place (37.35) with John Cookson in 24th (44.47); Kaylie Panaro 32nd and a new PB of 46.54 and Carol Cookson in 71st (54.43).

Star show of the day may well have been from 8yr old Kate Cookson who finished 2nd in the Fun Run out of 26 runners in a time of 6.28 and was the first girl home in the mixed Boys and Girls Race.

Fun Results HERE




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Ben Fish Wins Liverpool Marathon and more Results

Following a prolonged period of injury with ankle problems, and after posting a really good 30.47 fifth placed clocking at the Bristol 10k recently, Ben Fish turned his attention back to the 26.2 mile distance when he competed in the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday May 25th.

Ben finished first in a time of 2.25.19 and commented afterwards that the  “race went fairly smoothly. Though I was mis-directed in the first mile. I wasn’t too bothered as it only cost me 45 secs. The course was tough between 15 -19 miles. Calf trouble at 23 miles. Overall I was happy with the run, I know I can run quicker in better circumstances. The event had a great carnival atmosphere”.

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Burnley Lions 10k

Andy Buttery was the highest placed Harrier in this Race with a really good third place and took the V40 First Prize too. In 20th place was V45 Gary Pearse who also took the First V45 Prize in a time of 39.03 and in 77th was V45 Ian Clarkson (45.56).

Full Results HERE


Treforrest 10k

Paul Bradshaw – back on the road after a number of track races recently – was among 185 other runners at the Treforest 10k In Pontypridd On Sunday May 25th. The Race was won by U23 Chris Carpanini from Swansea in 32.31 and Paul finished inside the top ten (9th) in 35.41.

Full Results HERE


Horwich Jubilee Series – Race 1

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Wednesday May 21st saw the the opening Race of the Horwich Road Race Series. Mark Almond, Chris Davies, Allan Hartley, Michael Nolan and David Morris all entered on the night.

Mark finished 15th overall (3rd V45) in a time of 29.34. Chris Davies wasn’t far behind in 18th place (29.46) and Allan had a two minute improvement on his Race from last year in finishing 24th in 30.40. Michael took 88th (37.31) and third V55 and David Morris was 130th (47.15).

Horwich Jubilee Junior Series – Race 1

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Amy Davies, daughter of Chris Davies tackled the Junior Mile Race and came out winning the girls race in a splendid time of 6.07. Amy, who won’t be eleven until August this year was in a combined field of 67 boys and girls came in eleventh overall and first girl by a clear nine seconds.



 St. Annes Junior Triathlons, Lancashire

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Billy Walpole entered the St Annes Junior Triathlon on 18th May and competed in the T2 Age category,  finishing 6th overall which was a good result. His combined Swim, Bike and Run time was 28.05 compared less than three minutes behind the winner and was very competitive in all the sections. On the Swim he was faster than the two lads who finished in front of him, just 8 seconds off the fourth place finisher and 30 seconds off the same lad George Bell who finished 4th overall.


Worden Park 10k, Leyland

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In a not as ‘easy as you think 10K’ Samantha McCreadie, Kaylie Panaro and David Morris all tackled the Worden Race on May 18th won by Rob Afleck in a time of 34.51 which gives some indication as to the nature of the course. Sam got bundled over at the start and lost some time, but recovered to be the first Harrier back in 26th place out of the 207 runners and in a time of 41.05. Kaylie was 7th (48.27) and David 155th (59.06).


Brathay Windermere Marathon

And a big hats off to Claire Bridge who put herself through the ‘mincer’ to run this Marathon in memory of her father and to raise money in his name. V40 Claire finished in 624th place in a time of 5.30.45. Claire has raised £657.20 todate and if you wish to make a contribution, just follow this link.

Full Results HERE

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Alison is Flying!!

Alison Leonard is in great form at the moment. Having won the Watford BMC 800m recently and  following it up by winning the 1500m for England at the Loughborough International, she then tackled the Senior Women’s Mile Road Championships at Westminster. It was a top quality field and Alison came out out winning (4.35) from Helen Clitheroe who was given the same time.

In posting 4.35 Alison cut a huge five seconds off her PB and moved to the top of the British Rankings for the distance. Great achievement.

(Cover Photo courtesy of Mark Shearman)

Full Results HERE

1 1 84 » Leonard, Alison Senior Blackburn 00:04:35
2 2 79 » Clitheroe, Helen Senior Preston 00:04:35
3 3 72 » Thomas, Charlene Senior Wakefield 00:04:37
4 4 77 » Gorecka, Emelia Senior Aldershot Farnhan & D 00:04:38
5 5 73 » Bleasdale, Julia Senior Hillingdon 00:04:39
6 6 76 » Bamford, Racheal Senior Leeds City/Otley AC 00:04:40
7 7 78 » Potter, Beth Senior Shaftesbury Barnet 00:04:42
8 8 75 » Jones, Montana Senior Aldershpot 00:04:42
9 9 74 » Tracey, Adelle Senior Guilford and G 00:04:43
10 10 80 » Griffiths, Amy Senior Aldershot Farnhan & D 00:04:46
11 11 81 » Partridge, Lily Senior Aldershot Farnhan & D 00:04:49
12 12 82 » Brough, Katie Senior Vale Royal 00:04:55


Speaking to the Club she said that she was “Really made up with the race, went into it just wanting to have fun and enjoy it because it’s not a normal distance, it was on the road and the location and atmosphere were great. I moved up with 400 to go and then thought perhaps I’d gone too early as Helen Clitheroe was closing me down but I just managed to hold on. I was presented with my trophy by Diane Leather, the first woman to break the 5 minute mile, which was really special too.” Overall.. loved the whole thing! (Except being sick afterwards but you can’t have everything!)”

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World Record for Blackburn Harrier – Connor Makin

U20 Connor Makin set new World Records at World School Biathlon Level in 2012 and has only just had them confirmed. This was a brilliant achievement and Connor was obviously delighted to have them ratified and told the Club “Recently I have received notification of my achievement of 2 World Records that I achieved while I was completing in Biathlon in 2012.

The biathlon consisted of a 1000m run and a 100m swim. The event was held at Crystal Palace Sports Arena in 2012 where I won the National Schools Final. The results from this competition are then confirmed and set to the governing body (Union de Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) where they record the results here; where the times are compared to other similar competitions worldwide with countries from Italy to Egypt and lots more.

My records were for the 1000m run which I ran in 2:38 and the Overall Points – 2448pts (100m swim/ 57:54 (1200pts), 1000m run/ 2:38 (1248pts)) Both have not yet been broken but in 2013 an Egyptian came close to it. (see below)”




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Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn Sunday May 18th

This years Championships saw the highest County Entry so far. The sun certainly shone on the athletes and made for very hard racing in stifling conditions. Richard Taylor who was the main organiser on the day paid tribute to all the Harriers volunteers who came out to Marshal and Officiate at the event saying “Thank you to everyone for the great support that you gave to the hosting of the 2014 Inter Counties Fell Championships. At a time when we have 4 Track and Field Leagues to sustain, as well as providing support to the Lancashire AA and Lancashire Schools Track and Field Champs and Combined Events Champs, it is a credit to the club that we can continue to put on events like this, which are great for our own athletes, but also looking after the wider interests of the sport”.

Presenting the Medals on the day was legendary Fell Runner – Harry Walker three times winner of the Three Peaks. In this photo from L – R there are other legends of the sport too, with another legend in Endurance running John Calvert, George Kirby (President of Blackburn Harriers and his wife Marian) and Harry Walker.


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In the U16 Women’s Race, Liz Greenwood, competing for Lancashire took the Silver Medal in a time of 28.00 and was selected to run for England at the 9th WMRA International Youth Cup in Arco di Trento, Italy on June 29th. Two other Harriers running for Lancashire – Grace Handley, suffering from sunstroke from the day before finished in 31.05 and Megan Clarkson came in at 31.26. Meanwhile, Kelsey Rutherford racing for Lancashire featured in the U18 Women’s Race, finishing 9th in 30.30. Liz and Grace counted together to earn a Bronze Medal for Lancashire. Rebecca Flannagan and Mary Hodgson combined to earn Bronze for Lancashire.

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10372286_594129490701079_8157673230243694201_nA second England vest for a member of the Harriers was won by Jack Hindle in the U18 Men’s Race, who like Liz, will compete at the 9th WMRA International Youth Cup in Arco di Trento, Italy on June 29th. He was 8th overall and second Lancashire Counter in 24.53 – just six seconds behind the first Lancashire runner, Jacob Boyle. Both Jack and Jacob brought Lancashire home into Bronze Medal position in the County Championships as well. In the Open Race, Joe Campbell came in solidly in 13th place (26.39).

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There was some real quality running in the Men’s Senior Race – 13k long – with Shaun Dixon of Middlesex coming home impressively to win the Race in 53.24. Yorkshire runner Tom Addison took second place in 53.55 and another Middlesex runner, Chris Smith, took third place  (54.17). The Lancashire Team of Gary Priestley, Tom Cornthwaite and Rob Hope won the Silver Medal in Team Category, being beaten by Middlesex by just one point!!

Gary capped off a really good day with news later in the week that he had been selected to run for the England team in the Great Trail Challenge and Home International races in June.

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Gary, who runs second claim for Blackburn on the Track as does Tom finished 4th (55.20) and 9th (56.30) respectively. Another second claim Track runner for the Harriers – Josh Tighe – placed 15th 57.41) whilst in the Open Race, Chris Davies placed 70th (68.50) and Ian Clarkson 95th (88.47).