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UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championship 2013

The UKA Fell Relay Championships took place in what was unanimously agreed as foul and pretty awful weather and on what was described as a tougher than tough course. The climb up Moel Cynghorion, described by the Race Commentator as the ‘steep-beast’, was affectionately described as the ‘monster’ climb by some of the Harriers athletes on the day. Along with battling winds of up to 70mph our two teams did really well on the day.

Race Commentators Race Report HERE

Beckie Taylor didn’t let the conditions get her down and shared her thoughts about the day with us – “Overall, the day went brilliantly as it was nice to have everybody together as a team, supporting each other. I was on first leg and was not feeling too confident as the weather was miserable and I did not get chance to warm up as we had to be in the marquee stood still 30 minutes before the race. Nevertheless, I had one of my best races this year, placing 5th lady on my leg. I am really proud as I have kept my head on my shoulders the past few weeks since starting back at university again, and my hard work is starting to pay off. I am also really proud and grateful of my team mate and really good friend, Sarah Caskey for making up the team and getting round the long, painful 8.5 mile leg in extremely bad conditions. I was slightly worried whilst her and Mark were racing as the weather got worse and worse, but was relieved to see her happy and smiling coming in to the finish. My dad and John then took over and had a brilliant race, managing not to get lost on the navigation leg. Matt then set off on the mass start, making up the team on a tough leg, even though he is just coming back from injury, which most people would not be prepared to do. I had an amazing day and cannot wait for next year. I really just hope we can get a good ladies team and have a chance of getting a medal”.


The Harriers had two Teams out on the day with Jack Hindle, Shaun Livesey & John Sutton, Chris Barnes & Michael Toms, Gary Pearse  –  Beckie Taylor, Mark Bleasdale & Sarah Caskey, John Orrell & Richard Taylor and Matt Nuttall

Full Results by Class HERE

Split Times HERE

Individual Leg Times HERE

Jack Hindle had a cracking run too, stepping in at the last minute to support the Team. He came in 18th on the first leg of 182 runners, a run which has added to his growing reputation this year on the Fells as a Junior. Following the Race Jack said “The conditions were extremely challenging and made the course twice as hard to run on. The competition of the race was first class and it was a great experience to run in such a top class event! It couldn’t have been in a better place! Even though we couldn’t see Snowdon, the scenery was better than anything I have seen before!”


"I told you to take the inside line Richard"

“I told you to take the inside line Richard”



Gary "were's the grass" Pearse

Gary “where’s the grass” Pearse





"Dig in Shaun"..."by the time we have done this they will have to dig us out Shaun"

“Dig in Shaun”…”by the time we have done this they will have to dig us out John”

Matt "I thought this was a Fell Race" Nuttall

Matt “I thought this was a Fell Race” Nuttall




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Red Rose Cross Country at Chorley and other Results

Saturday 19th October saw the second Round of this years Red Rose Country League take place at Chorley.

Red Rose Full Results HERE

Seventy Boys competed in the U11 Race and even more in the Girls U11 with eighty nine – really good turn outs on the day. Brothers Jamie and Rory Teare making their debut this season ran in the Boys Race with Jamie posting a really good time of 6.27 in 8th place and Rory in 40th (7.21) – splitting the brothers was another debutant Oliver Wilkinson also having a good run in 33rd (7.11). In the Girls Race Amy Davies continued with her good form adding a 4th place to her 2nd place at the opening fixture at Leigh in September. In the U13 Boys Jack Evans came 49th (12.43.

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In the U15 Boys, Byron Abbott, Thomas Harbour and Jack Wilkinson combined to take the second placed Team behind winners Pendle. Byron took 4th (14.58); Thomas 7th (15.16) a joint time with 6th place in the Race and Jack finished 21st (17.01). Liz Greenwod in excellent form took the U15 Girls Race in a winning time of 15.49.

The U17 Men’s Team of Joseph Howe, Robert Buckley and Joe Monk had a good day being First Team on the day just a fraction ahead of Rossendale. Joseph led the team home with 5th place (17.18), followed by Robert 9th (17.41) and Joe 13th (18.09).

In the Senior Races with 198 runners in the Men’s and 121 in the Women’s Races, Jackie Taylor 39th (22.30) and Louise McCauley 48th (22.56) contested the Womens Race. In the Men’s Senior Race Paul Guinan came in 15th (38.32) and 2nd V40; next came Chris Davies in 27th (40.00); Allan Hartley 117th (47.39); Ian Clarkson 147th (51.26); Paul Wilkinson 152nd (51.44).


Abingdon Marathon

Ben Fish took himself off to Oxford and the Abingdon Marathon at the weekend – Sunday October 20th. Ben duly won the Race in 2.26.55 – a season’s best – and just 6 seconds clear of Matthew Bennett of Southampton.

Abingdon Marathon Results HERE

After the Race Ben explained his approach to the Race – “I checked my watch every 5 miles, deciding to run more off feel than try to be a slave to a specific pace. I went to the front after half a mile, 5 miles was 27:19, 10 in 54:55, 15 in 1hr 22:30, then 20 in 1hr 50:55. My lead was never commanding and I was only between 20 – 30 seconds ahead. The race carried on this way pretty much to the end. I threw in the odd surge to maintain the gap, which seemed to work, but it went down to the wire as I finished just 6 seconds ahead in 2hr 26:54. For me I did what I set out to do; win in a reasonable time, it was the best I could have hoped for“.


Standish Hall Trail Race – October 19th 2013

127 Runners competed in this local Race near Wigan and Harrier Tom Blaney had a really good run with a 2nd place (37.54) to James Riley from Liverpool Harriers.

Full Results HERE


Burnley Parkrun – October 19th 2013

Phil Morton, getting a welcome day off work got back to doing a Race and competed in the Burnley 5k Park Run on 19th October, finishing in 12th place out of 128 runners (21.15)

Park Run Results HERE


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Green Drive 5 and Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships

This years Green Drive hosted the Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships attracting 323 runners on Sunday October 20th with 78 athletes entering the Championship Race.

Full Results HERE

Individual Championship Results HERE

On a weekend when Harriers were competing in a lot of events, in Cross Country, Road Races and Fell Relays seven Blackburn Harriers entered and posted good results with some winners amongst them in different categories. First home for the Club was Matt Lalor who took a really good 5th place overall and Bronze Medal in the Championships (27.02). Matt was followed in by Chris Davies in 18th and 9th in the Championships (29.24). Helen Leigh was the next Harrier in placing 46th (31.48) just pipping in V60 Evan Cook in 47th (31.49) who took the Lancashire Silver Medal in the V60 category. Although Helen was 5th woman overall in the Race, she also took the Lancashire Silver Medal. Blackburn Harriers also won the Team Gold Medal with Matt, Chris and Evan making up the winning Team.

John Cookson had a really good run in 84th (34.33) and just 3 seconds outside his PB – Jan Buckingham 225th (42.23) in her 5 mile debut looks as though she is ready to PB on her next 10k – and Carol Cookson 252nd (44.02) were the other senior athletes competing on the day.

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The Cookson family, Mum and Dad were joined by daughter Hannah in the Junior Mile who produced another good performance showing her continuing improvement. Hannah finished in 3rd place overall (5.56) and 2nd Girl home in the mixed field of 77 Boys & Girls.

Junior Mile Results HERE




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Alison runs for Arthur in Birmingham

Alison Leonard made her debut in the Half-Marathon when she contested the Bupa Great Birmingham Half Marathon on October 20th and what a good debut – finishing in 207th place out of 1500 finishers and in a time of 85.46.

Alison told us thatI ended up running the whole thing with another girl from uni who was running in memory of her coach Todd Bennett too and we ran it all the way together complete with hands held over the line; it was a fantastic experience and more through luck than judgement we managed 85:46!”

Full Results HERE

On her success in fund raising Alison was pleased and said “I was hoping to get £250 which I did, so really happy. I don’t know all the people who sponsored me from Harriers but really do appreciate it so if you could pass that on that would be great”

If you would like to make a donation to Alison’s efforts to raise money in memory of Arthur Almond, you can do that HERE

Thanks from Alison


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Only Races with spectacular views for Helen………and Latest Results Round Up

Helen Leigh doesn’t seem to pick any easy Races. Her latest competitive venture was in the Langdale Horseshoe and she described it as “another cracking race at the weekend! 7th Lady at Langdale Horsehoe in 2.47.27…..and creeping up those rankings”.

Can’t wait to see where the next Race takes her!

 Full Results HERE

Cambridge University Hare & Hounds

Zac Howe, back at Cambridge University lined up with other athletes in a 5k Race organised by The University Cross-Country Running Club. Zac finished 9th (15.58) in a field of 99 and said that he “wanted to prove to Richard that i can run a 5k without getting a nose bleed”

Full Results HERE

Zac in white vest at the Start

Zac in white vest at the Start


Lea Town 10k

Just back from holiday, Tom Blaney went over to the Lea Town 10k at Preston on October 13th  finishing 7th out of a field of 96 runners and in a time of 36.06

Full Results HERE


Helwith Bridge Duathlon – 13th October 2013

Full Results HERE

Photo’s courtesy of Racing Snakes HERE

Eighty Seven competitors lined up in this Duathlon – (Run and Bike) – and Shaun Livesey was amongst them. Finishing 6th overall in 2hr 03.53 Shaun with  the Bike Ride part of the Race in tough and windy conditions, Shaun nevertheless ran the joint fastest time of the day (23.11) on the first run and the 2nd fastest time of the day on the second run in 25.38.

Shaun told us that this was “my first attempt at the discipline…… I was found wanting on the bike in tough windy conditions, with the top riders putting 9 mins into me………It was a very strange feeling running after working hard on the bike. I was first into t1, then 8th after the bike then made up 2 places on the run”.

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And still on the bike was Andy Buttery in the Calderdale Mountain Bike Marathon (26.2miles/3200ft) last weekend.

Full Results HERE

Andy finished 12th out of 290 finishers and was really happy with his performance on the day saying “I was 18minutes faster than last year when I finished 34th clocking 2hrs 21mins (my target had been sub 2.30). The winner did it in 2hrs 4mins…..Very tough event, but really enjoyed it and looking forward to the cross country season now“.


Sarah’s Tour!!

Sarah Ridehalgh who competes for the Club on the Track has been busy recently competing in Macclesfield, Rivington and Coniston.

At the Macclesfield Half-Marathon on 29th Sept with 587 finishers she (Results) finished an excellent 11th overall (85.53) and was 2nd lady behind Olivia Walwyn from Norwich. On to the Rivington Half-Marathon Trail Race a week later (Results) where there were 345 finishers – Sarah went one better in this Race by winning the Women’s Race and came 15th overall in a time of 1.34.08. Last of these three events was the iconic Coniston 14 road race on 12th October (Results) – in a field where 980 runners completed the race, Sarah had another good run to finish 22nd overall and 2nd Woman in a time of 1.30.38, just 28 seconds behind the winner Eleanor Fowler of Nuneaton Harriers.


Swedish Masters

Mike Hazlewood, a long standing member of Blackburn Harriers living in Sweden now, is still competing in the V65 Age Gategory. This year Mike has  “only managed 2 comps – the less than inspiring UK Indoors & the Swedish Masters at Gavle over 16 – 18 Aug. Mixed results – shot 10.89 (3rd), discus 39.95 (2nd), hammer 38.43 (3rd), jav 32.45 (4th) & weight 15.14 (3rd). Overall I was quite pleased, despite falling on my face in jav & weight!”

No mean achievement to still be competing at the age of 67yrs and with one eye on the rest of the Clubs activities, Mike said he “was delighted with the Harriers success and well done to everyone”. With one eye on the rest of the Club’s activities Mike was delighted with the BBH sucess – well done to everyone”


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Fabulous achievement in Hawaii for Brian Fogarty … plus weekend results round up

No doubt about the performance of the week, or for that matter, for some time. Brian Fogarty has trained and competed like a demon for a long time now to win qualification for the Ironman World Championships which were held in Hawaii last weekend. And what a Race he had.

Full Results HERE

Brief Race Video HERE

2134 athletes had qualified for the World Championships and 1963 athletes finished the Race with quite a number not being able to complete. Brian took 260th place overall and 177th in his Age Group Category (30 – 34).

His time of 9hr 31.25 was fabulous for the Race which comprises a 2.4 mile swim in the sea (71.53) – a 112 mile bike ride (4hr 49.22) – and a Marathon of 26.2miles (3hr 23.03).

At the UK Ironman event in Bolton which represented the qualification Race for the Hawaii World Championships, Brian had posted a time of 9hr 43.43. In these World Championships he has knocked off another 12 minutes to establish a new PB.

In a text to one of the Harriers after the Race, Brian revealed that he had ‘run himself into the ground, ended up on a drip at the end but it was all well worth all the effort’.


AUTUMN BREAKER 10k – Stanley Park Sunday October 13th 2013

At Stanley Park 254 runners lined up with three Blackburn Harriers Women Runners amongst them. Laura Hesketh who competes for Blackburn on the Track took 26th place with a time of 41.14. Louise McCauley (V35) who ran a 47.02 PB two weeks before lopped another chunk off her time with her 64th placing and a time of 45.49. V40 Claire Bridge finished with a massive smile on her face in 148th (53.17).

Full Results HERE

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Vernons 4, Preston – Sunday October 13th

Full Results HERE

114 runners, with a mixture of Junior and Senior runners entered the Vernon 4 Mile race held locally at Penwortham. Father and son Paul and Jack Wilkinson had their own race within the race and Hannah Cookson gave them both a run for their money. Jack took the honours in 21st place (28.11) with dad Paul 23rd (28.15) and U13  Hannah in 24th (28.18) just 3 seconds behind.

Full Results HERE

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