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Latest Results Round Up

Starting off on the Track in this latest report with three Harriers athletes contesting the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford.

Full Results HERE:

Karl Billington who competed in a 5000m on the previous Saturday running 15:27.13 at the Sportscity Grand Prix, continued his progress after an achilles injury to come 6th in the 3000m at Stretford in a time of 8:37.41 – the race being won by Ryan McLeod in 8:18.95.

In the same race and in only his second track race of the season, Gary Priestley – who runs for Blackburn on the Track – ran a season’s best of 8:49.45 (17th). Gary is really mixing it up at the moment having competed  in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships; Mountain Trials, Road Races and Track with quality performances in all disciplines.

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At the same Race Meeting, the effervescent Phil Hall – V50 – contested Race 2 of the 3000m and finished in a season’s best of 9:41.14. This run moved Phil to 6th in the V50 National Rankings for 3000m where he already occupies 6th place for the 800m with a time of 2:10.95 – must be eating the rights things for breakfast!!


The Chorley Park Wednesday Night Series saw Race 2 take place on Wednesday June 5th won by Anthony Valentine in 23:49. Ten Harriers turned out on the night with the Men taking the 3rd Team spot and the Women 4th. Chris Davies and Gary Pearse fought it out for bragging rights at the end; Chris 27.22 (12th) got in, just one second in front of Gary 27.23 (13th). Steven Foley carried on his recent good form with 28:15 (20th); Allan Hartley starting to race once again after his London Marathon posted 30:37 (41st).

Sam McCreadie 32:01 (58th) who knocked a huge 47 seconds off her PB frightened the life out of Mick Nolan 31:56 (57th) – you had better watch out Mick!  Vet 60 George Woodburn known as a living ‘leg end’ in the Club re-emerged on the racing front with a 35:34 (84th) place and was chased home by Jacinta Davison 35:40 and one minute and forty seconds faster than Race 1 in the Series (86th) – Catherine Guinan 35:44 (87th) – Kaylie Panaro 35:46 (88th) and Ella Gregory 36:55 (94th), a model of even paced running finishing in exactly the same time as Race 1 in the Series.

In the Junior Race 94 youngsters lined up with our own Jack Wilkinson having a really good run to finish in 16th place (5:53).

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Full Results HERE:


On the Road, Chris Davies continued with a good road racing season so far this year, contesting the Longridge Lions 7 on June 2nd. Chris finished in 2nd place (44:20) just behind Race winner Jason Parker of Preston winning the Race in 43:07.

Full Results HERE:

Continuing his desire to Race and Race often, Chris also contested the Henderson’s End Race organised by Lostock AC won by Darren Kay from Horwich in 46:08. Chris finished 11th of 116 runners who lined up in (54:10) – he also ran in the Preston 5k Park Run on June 8th, finishing 5th (18:36) in a field of 148 runners and running a new PB by 22 seconds.

Full Results For Henderson’s End HERE:

Full Preston Park Results HERE:

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Natalya Irvine put in a great performance in the 2013 Junior Regional Tetrathlon Championships in Wales on June 1st and 2nd. She produced PB’s in all classes  run, swim, shoot and in her run phase of 1700m XC her time of 5min.31sec was 4th fastest in the U15 group out of over 200 from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Unfortunately she had a fall at fence 14 on her horse and was momentarily knocked unconscious. Luckily she had a new airbag body protector on! Nat got back on and cleared the remaining jumps but her overall score was dented as well as her pride. Overall, a great performance. Full Results HERE:

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Gary’s climbing higher (and more Fell Results)

Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn Harriers on the Track, turned his attention to the mountains when he contested the European Trial & Senior Home International at Keswick on 25th May 2013.

Full Results HERE:

In a quality field of 40 athletes, Gary came home in 12th place beating the Commonwealth Champion – James McMullan as well as Tom Adams, Lloyd Taggart and Lewis Timmins; And now after just 2 Races Gary is ranked a very impressive 3rd in the McCain Mountain Challenge.


At the Harrock Hill Race – Results HERE – 198 runners started the race and amongst them were Blackburn Harriers Gary Pearse and Steve Foley. Gary finished in 19th place (36.03) and second V45, whilst Steve came in 27th (37.06) and 3rd V45.


Not to be outdone, John Orrell decided to tackle the Austwick Amble, described by John as ‘no walk in the park’ and ‘don’t be fooled by the title’. Full Results HERE. 164 runners completed the race with John in 97th place (70.22).

Conscious about being continually upstaged by daughter Rebecca who keeps recording PB’s and Club Records, Father John is trying exceptionally hard to keep up with her. On June 1st, he celebrated his 4th anniversary of running – minus his trade mark headgear from the evidence of this photo – by tackling along with 143 other runners Pen-y-ghent finishing 95th in 68.06 and claiming a PB by just 6 seconds. Full Results HERE:



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Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Settle

A number of Blackburn Harriers competed for Lancashire at Settle in the Inter-Counties Championships and the photo here shows some, but not all of the runners competing for Lancashire Teams in U16 and U18 age categories.


Full Results HERE:

Jack Hindle had a really fine run to finish 3rd overall in the U16 Men’s age category winning the Individual Bronze Medal and along with Callum Davidson from Rossendale Harriers (4th) and James Marchant from Pendle AC (9th) helped Lancashire to the Gold Medal. Jack is photographed here with Individual Gold and Silver Medalists – Jack Lewis from the North East and Lewis Byram from Yorkshire.



In the U16 Women’s Race, Liz Greenwood had a great race winning the Individual Gold Medal by nearly three minutes and along with Rhiannon Wickham (6th) and Phoebe Howe (12th) brought home another Team Gold for Lancashire.



In the Men’s Senior Race, Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn on the Track made the top 10, finishing 9th overall and in the process helped Lancashire to Team Bronze – (Photo’s by kind permission of – photo on the right is Gary with Rob Hope and Shaun Godsman the other Lancashire Medalists

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Joseph Howe ran in the U18 Men’s Race 13th (32.40) and helped the Lancashire Team to a Bronze Medal



The Senior Women’s Race saw Beckie Taylor finishing 6th Junior Woman in 1:09.58. The Lancashire Team with Beckie counting in third place came 5th overall in the Women’s Team Event which was won by Yorkshire.

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Jackie Taylor (Senior Women’s Race), Richard Taylor and John Orrell (Senior Men’s Race) all competed on the day, with Jackie coming home in 33rd place and 3rd V40 (1:16.34); John 104th (1:15.51) and Richard 114th (1:19.06).

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Climbing The Fells

The Harriers were involved in a number of Fell Races recently. John Sutton had a really good run at the Belmont Winter Hill Race finishing 9th out of 166 entrants on the day and in a time of 37:53. Allan Hartley had a crack at this Race placing 74th (46.30). Allan also competed in the Wray Scarecrow Race five days previously finishing 40th out of 244 runners and in a time of 53:51.

Belmont Full Results HERE:

Not to be outdone, John Orrell flew the flag for the Club  at Pendle Coughs 14 mile Race with 4100 ft of ascent on May 4th – 40th in 2hr:58.37 and a PB by a massive 16 minutes – and then a week later ran the Fairfield Horseshoe which was 10 miles with 3000 ft of ascent.

Fairfield Horseshoe Results HERE:

Pendle Clough Results HERE:


Some of our Juniors braved the bad weather at Cowpe on Saturday with some good performances. In the U16 – U18 Race Liz Greenwood had another excellent run winning the U16G age category in 39.12; Kelsey Rutherford finished 5th overall in the U16G age category in 46.03. The U14 Race was contested by Grace Handley 4th in the U14G age category with a time of 24:41 and Megan Clarkson (23rd) in 29:28. No holding Alayna Irvine back who once again tackled the U8 Race coming home 6th in the U8G Race (7:57).

Full Results HERE:

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More Results on the Fells

Church Stretton April 27th

First off were the U8’s and Alayna Irvine had another great run with 3rd place (6.47) and 6th overall. Full Results HERE:

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Alayna Irvine

In the U12’s Race, Hannah Cookson flew the flag for the Club in 22nd place (18.09). Full Results HERE:

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Hannah Cookson

On to the U14’s Race where Natalya Irvine 2nd overall (26.05sec) and 2nd U14 Girl was followed home by Megan Clarkson 26th (30.15). Full Results HERE:

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Kelsey Rutherford; Liz Greenwood and Jack Hindle all contested the U16’s Race. Jack placed 7th overall (34.15); Liz  19th overall and winner of the U16 Girls Race in (38.15) was followed home by Kelsey 26th and 3rd in the U16 Girls category in (42.35). Full Results HERE:

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‘Agh, The Peaks, The Peaks, The Peaks…..

Eight intrepid Blackburn Harriers set off amongst 672 other runners for this years 2013 Three Peaks Race on a ‘bracing’ April Saturday. With prospects of snow on the Peaks and bragging rights at stake, it turned out to be good day. Rumour had it that Chris Barnes was running in fear of Helen Leigh!!

First Harrier home was Mat Nuttall who ran a well judged race, working his way through to finish in a good 60th place (3:40.29). Not far behind with fine runs came John Sutton 72nd (3:44.25); Gary Pearse 91st (3:48.49) and Chris Barnes 121st (3:53.08). There was a Richard Taylor beating in Chris by 6 seconds, but happily for Chris, it wasn’t our Richard!.

Special mention for Helen Leigh, for whom the description as ‘ strong and determined as a horse’ doesn’t quite do her justice. She had a cracking run, finishing 166th and just 39 seconds off breaking four hours (4:.00.39) and 11th Woman overall. Jonathon Bridge 175th (4:02.39) wasn’t far behind Helen. John Orrell was next in 454th (4:45.30) which represented a PB for him in the Race and he was delighted as you can imagine. Richard Taylor was our last runner home 604th (5:11.44) and sadly we don’t have a photo of him in the Race. The Race photographer was adamant that he missed Richard because he came past him in a blur!!

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And the winner and last one home in the 2013 Blackburn Harriers Club Three Peaks Challenge Trophy with their magnificent Cups presented at the Indian Restaurant after the Race…………..well you’re just going to have to work that one out?


Full Results HERE: