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The Red Rose Cross Country League
Astley Park, Chorley on Saturday 8th November 2014
Full Results HERE
The Club had twenty nine runners out at the latest Red Rose Cross Country fixture at Chorley on what turned out be a reasonable day weather wise…although the Course had some ‘wet spots’ and quite a steep climb which the Senior men had to negotiate three times.
First up in the U11 Boys in a 72 strong field were Edward Lee finishing in 22nd place (6.46) and Rory Teare 28th (7.07). Then came the U11 Girls in their Race of 109 runners led home by Hollie Cubbon in 7th place (6.57) and supported by Eleesha Charnley 11th (7.04) – Leah Hoole 16th (7.14) – Anna Rankine 19th (7.15) – Eleanor Allsop 27th (7.23) – Kate Cookson 44th (7.47).
Just 50 seconds separated the girls U11’s which earned them 2nd place in the Team competition featuring 13 Teams overall.
Great runs by the youngsters.
Just three runners out in the U13 Boys Age Group – 47 runners in the Race – with another good run from Jamie Teare who placed 10th in 9.58 and Daniel Brown 32nd (11.36). In the U13 Girls with 55 runners in the line up, Anna Lonsdale had a solid run finishing 38th in 12.32.
The Club missed out on challenging for the Team Prize as sadly Maddie Elliott who had come over to run was upset to have to pull out before the Race due to aggravating an injury in the warm up. Megan Clarkson was the first Harrier home in an excellent 3rd place in a time of 7.26 with Hannah Cookson also having a good run coming in 10th (18.18).
In the U17 Women’s Race with 21 runners and on a far from easy Course Phoebe Howe ran well to finish 8th in 22.35. In the U20 Women’s Race U20 Women Katie Buckingham had a very good run to finish 4th (20.38), whilst in the U20 Men’s Race Joseph Howe came an excellent 3rd in 40.42.
In the Senior Women’s Race featuring 135 Runners Katie Buckingham led the Team home in a very good 13th place (20.38) with Jan Buckingham 90th (25.23) – Carol Cookson 91st (25.25) – Alison Armour 94th (25.55) – Michelle Teare 100th (27.10) – Lisa Nuttall 108th (27.58).
Two hundred and thirty eight runners lined up in the Senior Men’s Race won in a sprint finish by Tom Carson from Luke Betts. The Harriers who were missing a number of runners because they were in another Race on the same day, neverthless, did really well finishing 6th in the Team Competition won by Rossendale – (17 Teams in all) – and 2nd Vets Team won by Todmorden – (17 Teams in all).
Matt Nuttall was first counter again for the Club finishing 9th in 37.34 and 1st V45. Matt was followed in by Joseph Howe with a very strong run in 38th (40.42) – John Sutton 40th (40.49) – Gary Pearse 63rd (43.14) – Morgan Philips 66th (43.20) – Mark Bleasdale 87th (44.20) – Allan Hartley 93rd (45.02) – John Cookson 138th (48.23) – Ian Clarkson 186th (51.48).
Podium 5k – Saturday 8th November
Full Results HERE
Billed as the ‘fastest 5k Graded Road Race in the country’ – the inaugural Podium 5k Race took place in conditions which were described as windy, but enjoyed by the competitors on the night.
The Races were split into two with an ‘A’ Race for sub 18 minutes athletes which featured 18 runners and a ‘B’ Race for sub 23 featuring 14 runners.
Podium 5k told the Club “First event went very well with great support from the harriers, and as you can see from the results some really good close racing. Hopefully the next fixture will be used as a good warm up for the Ribble Valley 10k (next fixture 20th December 6pm)”
Winner of the ‘A’ Race Chris Livesey
Runner up in the ‘A’ Race Ben Fish
Ben Fish finished 2nd (15.04) in a very close race won by Chris Livesey in 15.02. After the Race Ben commented “Podium 5k was a cracking event, fast course, just the wind slowed us down. Great to see the Harriers out in force. I had a good run, but was up against it with Chris Livesey and Andy Norman. I know both have a fast finish, so my aim was to hammer it from the front, Andy was dropped after 4k, but Livesey had me in the last 400m”.
Shaun Livesey also commented after the Race that “Podium races have great venue. There will be some fast times posted in the summer, you never know I might even break 17mins on it. Conditions weren’t the best last night, but I will be back for more and at £4 entry you can’t go wrong“.
The Harriers had six runners in the ‘A’ Race and two in the ‘B’ Race. In the ‘A’ Race the first three were all under 15.30 with Ben Fish placing 2nd to lead the Harriers home followed by another great run by young U15 Josh Boyle in 9th (16.40) – Jack Hindle 10th (16.55) – Chris Davies 11th (17.06) – V40 Shaun Livesey 12th (17.07) and U17 Joe Monk 14th (17.24). In the ‘B’ Race Allan Hartley came 2nd in 18.54 and V45 Mark Almond 5th in 19.30.
Lancaster Half-Marathon – 2nd Nov
Full Results HERE
Samantha McCreadie was undecided as to whether she should run this Race having carried an injury for some time. In the Race, won by Ben Williams in 73.50, Samantha had a pretty solid run on a not very easy course to finish 67th overall in 92.46.
When the Race was finished, Sam told the Club that it was “a gorgeous day in Lancaster and a fairly flat course with only a couple of hills at the half way point! A really good turn out with over 600 runners and a good atmosphere. I did it in 1:32:46 so 2 minutes off my PB that I got in the Lancaster Castle half – so a little disappointing given that I think it could/should have been a PB course if i’d been fit and injury-free!! It was great to be back racing again though and I’m hoping to get many more in before Christmas!”
The Saucony English Cross Country Relays
Berry Hill Park – Mansfield Saturday November 1st
Full Results HERE
Another cracking day at the annual Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield in good weather with the Harriers. The Club had Teams out in the U17 Women, U20 Men, U17 Men, U13 Girls, U13 Boys U15 Girls as well as two Teams in the Senior Women’s Race and three Teams in the Senior Men’s.
Cazz Elliot mum of one of the athletes Maddie commented “I would like to say as a parent that we all had a really good day yesterday. Was great to see the athletes’ commitment for all the hard work they do and team spirit of all the Club but best of all, they had fun being outside in the fresh air all day. Great day.”
Maddie Elliot who ran in the U15 Girls Race told us that she “had a great day yesterday. I really enjoyed the course and although the race was very fast, it was great experience running with some of the best athletes in England and I will definitely go again next year”.
Lindsay Davies in her first ever Championship Race said “It was a very tough course, fast and full of twists and turns, yet it’s a great run for the avid cross country fan, I will probably do this again now I know what to expect, the cheers from the crowds of supporters and fellow Harriers spur you on every minute of the race”.
Another debutant Huzaifa Hanif who competed in the U17 Race was really impressed with the whole day and said afterwards that “The atmosphere at Mansfield was amazing and like nothing I have experienced before, there were some amazing athletes there and it was great to have the opportunity to race against them. I was very pleased with my performance and it was definitely something I will always remember!”
The U13 Harriers Team – all with youngsters who haven’t raced at this level before – did really well with the Girls – Emily Warren, Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley – finishing 73rd out of the 94 Teams and the Boys – Jamie Teare, Daniel Brown and Anthony Beresford – 66th out of the 79th.
In the U15 Age Group Megan Clarkson, Maddie Elliot and Hannah Cookson made up the Team which finished 45th out of the 89 Teams who contested the Race.
The U17 Women’s Team comprising Grace Handley, Liz Greenwood and Kelsey Rutherford placed 24th of the 53 Teams.
Huzaifa Hanif and Marco Maggio competed in the U17 Men’s as an incomplete Team and although they didn’t count on the day, it was nevertheless an enjoyable experience for both of them having never competed at this level before and in their first ever cross country season.
There were 49 Teams in the Junior Men’s Race where Jack Hindle, Joseph Howe and Joe Campbell competed in the Harriers Team, finishing 37th.
In the Senior Women’s Teams a late drop out mean we finished with one counting Team – 76th of the 98 Teams overall and one incomplete Team.
A 143 Teams took part in the Men’s Senior Race won by Stockport Harriers by 24 seconds from Morpeth Harriers in second place. The Club had three Teams competing with an ‘A’Team consisting of Rob Warner, Ben Fish, Mat Nuttall and Shaun Livesey and placing 38th. The ‘B’ Team of Andy Heys, Andy Buttery, John Chaplin and Chris Davies finished in 94th spot and the ‘C’ Team of Chris Barnes, John Cookson, Danny Teare and Richard Taylor haven’t at this stage been included on the Results because of a lost Timing Chip during the Race.
London Colleges Cross Country League
Karl Billington who is at St Mary’s College raced in the London Colleges Cross Country League in Parliament Hill on October 22nd and Richmond Park on the 29th. In the Race on October 22nd Karl finished 18th of the 119th athletes and saw St Mary’s win the Team title. On the 29th October one hundred and one athletes lined up which had Karl finishing in 9th place.
Full Results for October 22nd HERE
Full Results for October 29th HERE
2014 Dublin Marathon
Tom Cornthwaite who competes for the Club on the Track took to the roads recently when he competed in the Dublin Marathon. Tom had a cracking run and finished 10th in a time of 2hr 24.13 and just outside his PB. After the Race Tom told us that he “was happy to race well and be competitive but it was tough, the course was hilly and the wind was very strong!! Think I was nearest to a pb out of the top 10 so happy with that and the prize money!”
Full Results HERE
British Athletics Fell & Hill Relay Championship 2014
Sunday 19 October 2014
Team Manager at the Championships – Gary Pearse – was pleased with the day and the Teams efforts saying “Thanks for the day, enjoyed all your company and help. Great day on the fells with you all”..
Overall Results HERE
Leg One Results HERE
Leg Two Results HERE
Leg Three Results HERE
Leg Four Results HERE
One Hundred and eighty seven complete Teams contest this years Fell Relay Championships won by DPFR – Fairbrook – B (3hr 43.5) and amongst them were two full Teams and one incomplete Team (17 runners in total) from the Harriers amongst them.
The Team consisting of Chris Barnes/Matt Nuttall/Chris Davies/Sean Livesey/John Sutton/Alan Hartley finished 64th overall with the next Harriers Team of Mark Almond/Mark Bleasdale/Ian Clarkson/John Orrell/Tom Cubbon/John Chaplin in 137th place. The incomplete Team consisted of Jack Hindle/Beckie Taylor/Sarah Caskey/Jonathan Bridge/Gary Pearse
John Sutton who ran on Leg Three with Shaun Livesey said after the Race “what a cracking event it was this year. I’ve never run on the Middleton Fells but it was a cracking area with some good piste and off piste running. A chap in a Howgill vest was vocally relentless on the PA, stood in what looked like a borrowed security guard’s booth which was plonked in the middle of the finishing field. From there he watched all who came in down the hill and all who went out and there was an element of Paddy McGuiness about him. I thought he was a class act and certainly kept us all entertained during our wait in the starting pen. There was some confusion about the podium finishes with ‘vet’ teams beating ‘open’ teams but being specified as vets and so non-counters for overall honours. I believe this marred what was otherwise a brilliantly organised event between Howgill Harriers and Eden Runners. The Blackburn team I was in also had a bit of drama and I was a little disappointed that, having had Shaun ‘The Machine’ Livesey push me very hard on the climbs during our navigation leg (Shaun navigated, I clung on ten yards behind!) we had nobody to tag to for leg four. Not naming names or owt, there was genuine misunderstanding, but it was just a bit of an anti-climax for us after a reasonably good round with only one sneaky checkpoint hard to find”.
(Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
John Orrell on Leg Three with Tom Cubbon commented “I can only speak for myself, but I thought it was a great day. We had 3 teams entered, but on the day we were one short for the mixed team, so only registered 2 full results. Still to get 17 runners out was pretty good. Highlights for me included Jack Hindle finishing 16th on leg 1. What a start with only the likes of Rob Hope, the British Champ, and a few other top class runners ahead of him. Shaun and his grill providing egg and bacon butties in the club tent topped off a great days racing. Forgot to mention how much leg 2 runners will have enjoyed the strong winds, mist, drizzle and a drop down a 45 degree slope to find CP4, then scramble back up through bracken on none existent paths. Think hat might be Chris Davies’s highlight. Oh and a leg sucking mud bog just before the finish, when you thought it was all over. The mist didn’t affect the leg 3 navigation boys too much though, as we didn’t know where we were going anyway!”
Jack Hindle who finished in a very good 16th place overall on his Leg One told the Club that “It was a fantastic event, great team spirit and can’t wait to do next years!”
2014 Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii
Full Results HERE
Blackburn Harriers – Brian Fogarty – returned to Kona after qualifying yet again for the Ironman World Championships and he didn’t disappoint. Having recently completed Ironman’s in Austria and Bolton and carrying a foot injury for part of his training, Brian gave it everything again to improve upon his placing in 2013. He finished 202nd overall in the field and 184th in the 30 – 34 Age Group Category and is enhancing his reputation in the sport, year by year.The Club asked Brian for his thoughts after this latest Championships and he told us………
………..“12 months on and I was back on the big Island for the World Championships in Hawaii Kona. After a long season and already competing in 2 Ironman’s this year I felt I was in good shape and better prepared than last year. This year was special because all my family made the trip to support which was amazing. The day came and I was expecting a tough day as all week the wind in kona had been bad, this was the case and it made the swim conditions hard and the bike conditions even harder. My swim time was worse than I had hoped on to the bike where tough conditions seemed to work in my favour, enabling me to make up a lot of places, nearly 1200!! On to the marathon and i felt good, unfortunately this only lasted about 8 miles until the 35 degree heat started to really hit me. At that point it was really a case of digging very deep and trying my best to hold a reasonable pace. In the end I managed a 3:24 marathon which wasn’t what I hoped for but due to the circumstances I was very happy with it.
My overall time was slightly slower than last year but so was everybody’s. I was 202 overall and 60 places better than last year. Although not totally happy I was satisfied that I gave everything i had and to have all the my there made it all extra special. I am now back in training and looking forward to good winter, and a good race at the fantastic Ribble valley 10k”.
35th annual running of the Smarna Gora Mountan Race in Slovenia
England Athletics Report of the Race can be read HERE
Full Results HERE
Gary Priestley who competes for the Harriers on the Track has won International call ups this year including competing for England in the World Mountain Running Grand Prix Final in Smarna Gora. We asked Gary to give us his thoughts about running in the Grand Prix Final where he finished an impressive 14th out of 117 finishers and also in the Limone Sky Race, the week after and this is what he said….
“Me and my girlfriend Lauren had planned a trip to Slovenia and Italy around 2 big end of season mountain races, namely Smarna Gora (WMRA World Grand Prix final) and the Limone Sky race (Final race of the World Skyrunner Series)”.
“First up was Smarna Gora which is approximately 10km in length with about 2200ft ascent over 2 climbs and one technical descent. Lauren (my girlfriend) wasn’t so keen at the thought of having to climb her 1st mountain alone in order to meet me at the finish.
I set off in the too 10 trading blows with top international mountain runners Alex Baldacini (Italy) and Mitja Kosovelj (Slovenia) for the 1st 3km or so until the track got narrow and the steep rocky climb kicked in. These are the sections where the Slovenians, Italians etc gain an advantage and I dropped a few places. However I reached the summit of the 1st climb 40secs faster than I ever have before. After getting boxed in on the technical descent (very frustrating!!!) I managed to shake off a couple of rivals and hold my position in 12th/13th place for the majority of the 2nd climb up to the finish until the last km where another Italian got the better of me to edge me out of the prize money All in all a good race posting my best ever position of 14th and a PB on the course by 12 seconds.
The race was won by Petro Mamu of Eritrea, 2nd fellow inov-8 athlete David Schneider (Switzerland) and 3rd Alex Baldacini (Italy). Fellow UK and Irish runners Josh Tighe, Will Neil, Ian Conroy, Killian Mooney, Sarah Tunstall (4th woman) Dionne Allen, Mel Hyder, Caroline Lambert and Greg Hull were also in attendance”.
In the Limone Sky Race there was a big field of 615 runners and although Gary struggled as he tells us below, he nevertheless managed to finish 76th overall.
“Next up was the Limone Sky race just a week after Smarna Gora and after mine and Lauren’s tour of Slovenia and Italy taking in Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Ljubljana, Venice, Florence and finally Lake Garda”.
Full Results HERE
“I met up with my team inov-8 colleagues on Thursday morning to recce part of the downhill with blogger and photographer Ian Corless. It soon became apparent that this race was going to be even harder than my lung busting, leg destroying race up Grintovec in July.
Having watched the Vertical km on Friday evening in the dark (won by Killian Jornet), Saturday morning came around. Unlike other races I was a little apprehensive at thought of what lay ahead of me in the coming hours. The course was 24.5km long with over 2000m of ascent and similar descent on terrain that I had never previously experienced. Could I finish the race? Would my legs give way? Would I be able to race the whole way or just survive? I simply didn’t know!! Especially given that before the race my longest ever run was 2hrs 15mins”.
“So there I was on the start line with inov-8 colleagues Tom Addison, Alex Nichols (USA), Eirik Haugsnes (Norway) and numerous others as the Sky running heroes were introduced to the crowd like football stars. The likes of Killian Jornet (Catalan) Ionut Zinca (Romania), Marco De Gasperi (Italy) and others. Off we went along the shores of Lake Garda and the village of Limone. I settled in the top 30 of a world class field with Tom just behind Alex and Eirik. As we got onto the 1st climb (approx 3km long with around 4000ft of arduous ascent) I moved up to the top 25. At this point I was feeling good, settling into a rhythm of race walk and jog as I was mixing it with some of the worlds best sky runners on my debut. This soon changed after we completed the 1st climb on a flatter section when my legs suddenly felt like they had been shot. This signalled the end of the race for me and the start of a survival challenge given I still had over 16km to go and over 800m of vertical ascent to go. I tried to rejuvinate myself with energy gels, fruit, chocolate and various liquids at the feeding stations but with little joy”.
“Needless to say I began shipping places at an alarming rate, which was hard to take but there was literally nothing I could do about it! The humid, sunny weather down in Limone soon changed into foggy, wet and cold conditions up in the mountains which became a little disorientating. After a couple of hours of pure suffering I hit the start of the main downhill to the finish which was unbelievably rocky, narrow and twisty and lasted a scary 4-5miles. It was here that I fell in a steep sided gulley where I clipped my toe on a rock and fell on my side slicing open my arm and back. I got up, arm covered in blood and in a fair bit of pain and continued to make my way down the mountain with legs and stomach cramping all the way.
On hitting the last mile I had my best section overtaking 6 people down to the shoreline and home straight, restoring some pride…until I eventually collapsed over the line with Ian’s camera in my face catching every painful moment. It took me around 3hrs to complete (didn’t time it) and I have no idea where I finished (I believe results are up now but the link wouldn’t work) but it wasn’t a good position at all! The race was won again by Petro Mamu, 2nd Killian Jornet, David Schneider 3rd and Marco DeGasperi 4th with great runs from other fellow inov-8 athletes Alex Nicholls, John Albon, Oli Johnson and Vic Wilkinson”.
Mid Lancs XC at Hyndburn – Accrington 10k – Green Drive Five (incoprporating Lancashire Five Mile Road Championships)
The Mid Lancs Cross Country League started off at Hyndburn this year on a good day weather wise for racing and saw some good performances by the Harriers.
Full Results HERE
Starting for the Club in the U11 Girls were Eleesha Charnley; Leah Hoole; Kate Cookson; Rose Stancliffe and Eleanor Allsop. Eleesha led the girls home finishing in a really strong 6th position (8.57) followed by Leah in 16th (9.34) – Kate 25th (9.51) – Rose 38th (10.08) and Eleanor 47th in 10.23. In the U11 Boys Race featuring 66 runners Harvey Ashworth made his debut finishing 12th overall in a time of 8.13 with Rory Treare in 26th place (9.03).
Amy Davies moved up from the U11’s to U13’s this year and ran pretty good to finish 4th in the fifty one strong field in a time of 10.22 – the race being won by Jasmine Jolly in 10.00. Emily Warren was next in for the Harriers in 14th place (11.17) followed by another debutant for the Club – Charlotte Collin who finished 47th (13.45). In the U13 Boys, Jamie Teare continued his good start to the Cross Country season placing 11th overall out of 56 runners in a time of 12.25 – the race being won by Samuel Almond in 11.41. Daniel Brown in his first outing in Cross Country finished in 36th place (14.22) and Anthony Beresford making his debut as well finished 50th in 16.01. The three lads combined to finish 7th Team overall.
In the U15 Girls, the Club had two runners with Megan Clarkson having a good run to finish 4th overall in 12.53 and Hannah Cookson in 7th place with a solid run (13.23). Jack Wilkinson ran solidly in the U15 Boys finishing 23rd (17.13) in the 41 strong field. New member Aleena Awan ran her debut for the Club in the U17 Women’s Race finishing 8th in 20.42 and there were also debuts for two U17 Men with Marco Maggio taking 26th spot in a time of 26.14 and Huzaifa Hussain 30th in 28.50.
In the Senior Women’s Race, won impressively by Rebecca Robinson the first Harrier home was Laura Hesketh who worked her way through the field to finish 23rd overall in 27.00. Supporting Laura for the Team, which finished 25th out of 36 Teams, were Louise McCauley 96th in 31.35; Carol Cookson placing 122nd (34.23) and Alison Armour in 129th (35.45).
V40 Mat Nuttall has led from the front at the start of this years Cross Country season, leading home the Harriers for a 2nd place team position at the Red Rose Fixture and 2nd Team again in the Mid Lancs. Two hundred and 96 runners lined up in the Men’s senior race with Mat finishing 13th (37.19) and 2nd V40 to boot. U20 Jack Hindle had a good race to take 20th place and 2nd U20 in a time of 37.52. Just two places behind came Chris Davies in 22nd (38.07) and a further four places back in 26th was V40 Andy Buttery with a time of 38.36.
V40 Mark Chippendale placed 30th in 38.48, U20 Joe Campbell placed 40th in 39.41 followed by Chris Barnes in 41st (39.43) to pack really well for the Club. V50 Chris Balderson finished 89th (43.01) – Mark Emmett making his return to racing after a number of years out of the sport with a solid run took 101st position (43.23) – U20 Morgan Philips placed 106th (43.40) – Andy Heys took 125th spot with a time of 44.49 and Mark Bleasdale breathing right down his neck in 126th place (44.50). V40 Allan Hartley finished 144th (45.39) – John Cookson came in 175th (47.20) and Richard Taylor 244th (53.46).
Accrington 10k – October 26th
Full Results HERE
Three hundred and thirty seven runners at this years very windy Accy 10k and amongst them ten athletes from Blackburn Harriers. Ben Fish led the Race out and won it by a minute (32.52) from Alasdair Mcleod of Shettleston AC (33.51).
Ben led the Harriers to the Team 1st Prize as well with a fine run from Mat Nuttall, placing 5th and first Vet overall and first V45 in a time of 34.58. Having led the Harriers home at Hyndburn the day before at the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture, this run capped off a very good weekend for Mat. Not far behind Mat was V40 Shaun Livesey in 9th (36.15) and Chris Davies – (who also ran at Hyndburn the day before) – finishing 11th (36.25).
Next in for the Harriers was Rachel Wood in 36th place (41.35) and taking the Woman’s 1st prize which was the third win of the day for the Harriers.
Evan Cook made it four wins on the day for the Club when he finished 48th in a time of 42.45 to win the V60 Category. Next home was Kaylie Panaro in 123rd place ( 47.43) followed V60 Peter Lynch 173rd (51.09) with V65 Stuart Furness one place back in 174th (51.35). David Morris came in 262nd (58.58).
Green Drive Five – October 19th
The Green Drive Five which also hosted the Lancashire Five Mile Road Championships had two hundred and thirty four runners competing of which one hundred and fifty five entered the Lancashire Championships.
The Race, won by Robb Jebb in 26.17 featured five Blackburn Harriers – Andy Buttery; Laura Hesketh; John Cookson; Carol Cookson and Evan Cook.
Andy finished 9th overall and won the V40 1st Prize in a time of 28.39. Laura finished in 49th spot (33.29) and was 5th Woman overall. John came in 51st (33.55) – Evan placed 58th (33.54) and was 3rd V60. Carol Cookson set a new PB by one and half minutes when she finished 139th in 41.33. Matt Lalor who runs for the Harriers on the Track, competed for Barlick and finished 4th in 27.21.
Full Race Results HERE
In the Championships, Andy Buttery took Gold for the V40’s and Evan Cook Bronze in the V60’s. In the Team Race, the Harriers finished 8th out 27.
Full Lancashire Championship Results HERE
Thirty seven youngsters lined up for the Junior Mile Race with Kate Cookson finishing 32nd overall and 1st in the Female 8yr age category with an excellent time of 7.21.
Junior Mile Results HERE
Leigh provided all the local Clubs with their first taste of Cross Country action this winter, but in summer type conditions with the sun shining on this flattish course.
Full Results HERE
Thirty three Harriers competed on the day in the different age categories with some good performances. First up in the U11Boys race featuring 77 runners were Edward Lee (24th) in 10.44, followed by Rory Teare (26th) in 10.48, then debutant Joseph Carolan (34th) in 11.04 and another debutant Tejay Larner (61st) in 12.01. The lads finished 7th Team overall and clearly enjoyed the day.
The U11 Girls performed really well in the 98 strong field of 13 Teams, finishing third team overall. Leading the Harriers home was Eleesha Charnley in 9th place in a time of 8.52, followed by Anna Rankine in 14th (9.04); Eleanor Allsop in 21st (9.25) and Kate Cookson (58th) in a time of 10.23.
Jamie Teare was first Harrier home in the U13 Boys race which had 55 runners competing. Jamie placed 14th in 10.00 and was supported by Daniel Brown in 31st (11.07). In the U13 Girls featuring 60 runners, Emily Warren finished in 18th place (10.54) and Anna Lonsdale in 33rd (11.47).
Josh Boyle in his first race for the Club ran a cracking race to finish second in the U15’s with 40 runners in it, in a time of 13.38. The U15 Girls took third place in the Team competition, led home in 5th place out of the 42 runners by Maddie Elliott in a time of 15.59, closely followed by Megan Clarkson in 7th overall (16.08) and Hannah Cookson in 20th (17.52). Liz Greenwood took 4th place in the U17 Women’s Race (22.55). In the U20 Women’s Race, Katie Buckingham had a really solid run following a week suffering from a cold to finish 4th in 23.59.
In the Senior Women’s Race featuring 142 runners and 16 Teams, Blackburn finished 14th Team in the Open Race and 13th in the Women’s Vet Team Competition with Louise McCauley finishing 42nd in a time of 26.36 and backed up by Carol Cookson (60th) in 28.49 and Michelle Teare (72nd) in 30.10.
Eleven Harriers competed in the Men’s Senior Race with 246 runners and won by Tom Carson in 35.55. Matt Nuttall had a really good race to lead the Harriers home in 11th place (39.07) and in the process led the Team to second place out of the 18 competing Teams in the Open Race – won the Men’s Vet Team Category – and also won the V45 Category to complete a really good day for him. Second home for the Harriers was Andy Buttery in 18th (39.52) and third V40 on the day. Chris Davies followed him home – running with fractured fingers – in 23rd (40.18) and followed home as 4th counter for the Team by 17yr old Joe Campbell who had a really good race in 31st (41.01).
V40 John Sutton was just a few places back in 34th (41.07) and Chris Barnes a further three places behind in (41.23) 37th overall. V45 Jonathon Bridge came in 51st (42.40); V45 Gary Pearse 61st (43.15); V45 David Almond (76th) in 44.19; Allan Hartley 110th in 46.30; V40 John Cookson in 157th (49.50) and Danny Teare 225th in 56.04.
Cardiff Half Marathon – October 5th
Fifteen thousand eight hundred and sixty six runners finished this very popular and fast Half-Marathon Race won by Boniface Kongin of Kenya in 62.02.
Full Race Results HERE
Blackburn Harriers Ben Fish and Paul Bradshaw were amongst the competitors. Ben finished in 12th place overall in a time of 66.46 and said afterwards that he was “very happy. I didn’t know what to expect. Strange, I always run well after burying myself in a marathon. Glad to be back to where I should be after an awful pathetic struggle at Nottingham marathon”. Paul finished 179th in a time of 79.59. This was his debut at the distance and he was very pleased telling us“First ever half marathon and snuck under 1.20 with 1.19.59! Awesome atmosphere in Cardiff”
MBNA Chester Marathon – October 5th
Full Results HERE
Two thousand four hundred and sixty six runners finished the Chester Marathon and amongst them Claire Bridge who finished in 1972nd place with a time of 4hr 37.04. Claire in only her second Marathon set a massive new PB when she chopped 53 minutes off here previous best and quipped afterwards “I’m still smiling now! I’ve told Jonathan IF I was to ever run a marathon again it has to be New York!”
Pegwell Bay 5k parkrun – October 4th
Full Results HERE
Sarah Toms and dad Michael Toms competed in the Pwegwell Bay Race and with good results. Michael competing in a Park run for the first time finished second overall in a time of 18.01. Sarah wasn’t far behind in 5th place setting a new PB of 18.38 to boot and commented “Graduated, seen the fam and PB’s all round at pegwell bay park run… Not bad eh!”
52nd ANNUAL 3 PEAKS CYCLO-CROSS
Sunday 28th September 2014
Full Results HERE
Came across John Orrell recently walking up and down the Track with a Kettle Bell held above his head. On enquiry at this strange sight, John informed me that he was in training for this years 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. I thought it is hard enough running the Three Peaks let alone carrying a bike as well!!
The Race was won by Rob Jebb in the astonishing time of 2.59.25 – the only athlete ever to complete the Race in under three hours. Report on this can be read HERE
John finished in 483rd place with a time of 5hr.18min. 23 seconds. This is his third attempt at the Race posting 6.00.35 in 2012 and 5.16.21 in 2013 which means he has knocked over 40 minutes off his first time effort in the Race.
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