Category Archives: Endurance
Offerton 10k at Stockport – July 9th
Offerton 10k Results HERE
Ben Fish started off in June with a 5000m win (14.57) in the Northern League at Sportscity and the day after finished 3rd in the Ramathon Half (72.14). Moving on to June 18th he won the Horwich 5 in 24,51 and followed that up four days later by winning the Freckleton Half (70.30) for the eighth consecutive year. Into July saw Ben winning again at the Offerton 10k (32.33) and four days later won the 5000m for the Club at Derby in the Northern League as well as finishing 2nd in the 1500m. A man in form!
Horwich Jubilee Series – Race 3 July 16th
Full Race Three Results HERE
Series Results todate HERE
Just 105 runners on a very hot night for Race Three of the Jubilee Series and six Blackburn Harriers amongst them led home by Chris Davies in 4th place overall and despite having to stop with a back problem, still managed a PB of 29.18. Next home was Allan Hartley 14th (31.15) and having a really good series. He knocked 23 seconds off his time in Race 2 and is now standing at 6th overall in the Series and 4th overall in the V40’s. David Almond back in regular training and improving by the week came next in 19th with a time of 31.37. V60 George Woodburn was trying to get another Age Group win – he won the V60’s in Race 2 – but was just a touch off in second place this time finishing 77th in 39.03. Kaylie Panro placed 86th (40.26) and V50 David Morris came 102nd (47.44).
Young Amy Davies had another cracking run in the Horwich Junior Race. Having won Race One and Race two already she finished second in this one but with a new PB by four seconds of 6.03 on the measured one mile course.
Junior Race Results HERE
Calder Vale Supper Run – July 17th
Full Results HERE
One hundred and sixteen runners in this Race won by Raymond Edgar (20.53) from Lancaster. Blackburn Harrier Chris Barnes had a good run here to finish third overall in a time of 22.08 and pipping home Paul Muller and Eddie Simpson.
Elswick Express Ten Mile Race – 19th July
Full Results HERE
Kaylie Panaro chose a really hot day to try and beat her ten mile PB at this Race. Finishing 70th in 79.48 and knocked a huge 57 seconds off her previous best which in the conditions shows there is much more to come.
Kettlewell Fell Race – July 12th
Full Race Results HERE
Jack Hindle has had a really good season on the Fells securing an England Vest and racing consistently well. At Kettlewell he finished third in the Race and said later “It was a great race, quite steep but the hot weather conditions made it harder!! I climb well and managed to secure the third position, before the descent! I’m happy with my performance, as it has allowed me to place third overall in the championship!”
Another good young Blackburn Harrier is Joe Campbell who finished 11th overall in the Junior Fell Championships which is a great effort in his first year. Joe competed at Pendle, Rivington, Cointers and Clougha Pike.
Championship Results HERE
Snowdon Super Cup – July 19th
Full Results HERE
Tom Cornthwaite and Gary Priestley who run for Blackburn Harriers on the Track were amongst the twenty eight runners who tackled this one last Sunday in the heat.The Race won by James Walsh from Leeds saw Tom finishing in 4th place (for Northumberland) in 30.35 and Gary (Salford) in 10th with a time of 32.30.
Snowdon Mountain Race – July 19th
Full Results HERE
Six hundred and thirteen runners in this race on a blisteringly hot day but that didn’t deter Helen Leigh who had a cracking run finishing 162nd overall in the mixed field and fourth Woman in her Age Category with a time of 65.39.
Been a good year for Helen with some outstanding runs and In the English Fell Running Championships Helen competing at Pendle, Conniston and Ennerdale, she finished 7th overall which featured 54 athletes in the Series.
Full Series Results HERE
Trawden 7 Trail Race
Two second places in the Vets Category for Blackburn Harriers at the Trawden 7 Trail Race held on June 23rd featuring 153 runners and won by Marc Hartley in 38.40. Andy Buttery finished 6th overall and 2nd V40 (41.45) with Gary Pearse 11th and second V45 in 43.56.
Full Results HERE
(Photos courtesy of Lynne A & Mark M)
Todmorden Park 5k Series (2/4)
One hundred and sixty eight runners in this race won by Marc Hartley (15.38.6). U15 Natalya Irvine finished 39th overall with a really good performance in 19.38.3 and was the first Junior girl home.
Full Results HERE
John and Carol Cookson were out at the Pilling 10k on July 12th with John finishing 14th overall in 45.06 and Carol 32nd in 54.07 just outside her PB and in these hot conditions was a really solid run.
The day after on July 13th saw the annual and classic Windmill Marathon run at Blackpool. Four hundred and eighty one runners lined up in the summer heat for this one which was won very impressively by by Welsh athlete Andrew Davies in 68.06. Second was the Harriers Shaun Livesey (77.28) some two minutes clear from third placed Seamus Walker. Shaun also won the V40 Category to add to the many prizes he has already won this year. Claire Bridge who definitely now has the running bug after her Marathon ran 2.03.52 for 320th place.
At the We Love Manchester 10k on July 13th 2315 runners completed the Race. Amongst them was Harrier Samantha McCreadie who just missed out on a PB by just two seconds (39.00) as a result of getting trapped at the beginning of the Race. She was an impressive 61st overall, as well as being 5th Woman in and 4th in her Age Category.
UK Ironman at Bolton – July 19th
Full Results HERE
Blackburn Harriers Brian Fogarty, Paul Guinan and Matt Nuttall – competing for the rapidly growing FITT Team – were all up at the crack of dawn to start the 2.4 mile Open Water Swim at the UK Ironman Event in Bolton – along with 3000 other entrants – which was the qualifying Race for the World Championships in Hawaii. Fantastically, Brian qualified in 4th place in his Age Group (9.46.45) and 16th overall in the Race as did Matt Nuttall who was 80th overall (10.40.51). Paul was just behind in 94th place (10.49.35).
Blackburn Harrier Mark Bleasdale – also competing for FITT – went to Germany to contest The Challenge Roth Ironman in Germany and what a Race he had. Mark’s Results HERE. He finished 136th overall and 31st in his Age Group smashing his PB when he came home in a time of 9.54.18 which was a fantastic result.
St Annes Carnival 5k – July 6th
One hundred and eighteen runners in the Main Race and sixty nine in the Fun Run lining up on a glorious day for running. The main 5k Race won by Rob Danson (16.38) had a number of Harriers competing with U17 Joe Monk leading them home in 7th place overall (17.26) and first U20 Male. Right behind him was Chris Davies in 8th (17.37) which was a PB by twenty seconds. In 28th place overall and first U15 Female was Grace Handley in her first ever attempt at the distance finishing with a solid (20.23).
5K Full Results HERE
In the Fun Run, the Davies Family were out in force with mum Lindsay and both daughters Amy and Hannah. Amy had a stormer of a Race finishing 4th overall in the sixty nine strong field and first girl home in a time of 5.37 on a measured course of 1500m. Sister Hannah finished in 28th (7.48) and mum Lindsay =easing off one place behind her in 29th (7.49).
Fun Run Results HERE
Tockholes Evening Run Run – July 3rd
Full Results HERE
This new Race started on Weasel Lane, opposite Tockholes Village Hall, went down Donkey Brew, across the dam and up the concrete path opposite the Waterhouse and then across the field and along the path to Westland Avenue. Right into the top Bold Venture Park at the scout hut and up on to the path past ‘Geds Bench’. Down Lyon’s Den, past ‘barking dogs’ farm. The route then crosses the dam and retraces the outward route to the finish on Weasel Lane.
Allan Hartley and Ian Clarkson decided to give this new Race a go along with seventy four other runners. Some sharp running at the front end saw Joe Mercer win in 36.21 from Rob Hope in second place (38.00). V40 Allan who is racing everywhere at the moment finished in 18th spot (43.30) and V40 Ian (44th) 49.12.
Catforth Canter 5k – July 5th
Full Results HERE
Just seventy runners in this Race won by Stuart Robinson in 15.30. Laura Hesketh competed for the Harriers and had a really good run finishing 19th overall (19.24) and won the Women’s First prize.
Ironman in Austria – June 28th
A number of Blackburn Harriers are members of the FITT recently formed Triathlon Club with some talented athletes. Brian Fogarty (98th) 9hr.16.52 and a new PB – Paul Guinan (572nd) 10hr.33.06 and Matt Nuttall (431st) 10hr.12.33 completed the Ironman in Austria.
Full Results HERE
The lads were really pleased and said “Fantastic efforts with a PB for Brian Fogarty in 9hrs 16 min, and with no marathon training due to injury Matt Nuttall, and Paul Guinan still finished with 10:12 and 10:33. Incredible!! only 10 days to go until they go again at Ironman UK!!”
The Ironman UK includes a beautiful lake swim in Pennington Flash.There are numerous viewing opportunities for spectators at the start and T1. Cyclists will embark on a 112-mile, two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and onto the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. The bike course now includes the infamous Sheep House Lane climb where spectators can get up close and personal with the athletes in true Tour de France style.The run begins at T2 at the Reebok Stadium and athletes will head into Bolton town centre, where they complete three loops of a circuit before finishing in Victoria Square in the shadow of the Albert Hall.
Good luck to all the lads in this forthcoming event and success in achieving qualification for Hawaii
There are 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.
A lot of PB’s have been set by members of the Harriers this year and none more so than by Rob Warner. He has set new personal bests already this year at 800m, 1500, 3000m and 5000m and with sizeable margins too. At the BMC Gold Standard Races – Trafford July 1st – Rob took nearly a second and a half of his existing 1500m best in finishing second with a time of 3.54.87 with some really good athletes behind him. The Club asked him for his thoughts after the race and he said that he “Felt really happy with the race, I went off quite quick and was hurting after about 800 so thought it definitely wasn’t going to be my night, but i stuck in there and grinded out a very pleasing pb! Had an incredible season so far, managing to pb in every race so far! Now just to see how long i can keep it going and if i can go any quicker!”
Michael Toms entered the Welcome Tavern 5k Race – June 24th and finished 9th overall winning the V50 Age category to boot in a time of 18.06 and in the process set a new PB by 24 seconds. There was a welcome return at the Lancaster 5k – 28th June for Tom Blaney who hadn’t raced in three months due to injury and he came back with a bang finishing 11th overall in a new personal best time of 16.55, some 22 seconds quicker and after which he said ” “First race in 3 months, Very pleased!” One place in from of Tom was Chris Barnes (10th) in 16.43 which isn’t far away from his PB and shows he is is in good nick. David Morris who is working really hard to get his times down finished 81st in 26.29 and is slowly but surely knocking the seconds off. Down on holiday, U17 Joe Monk entered the Runfest Rhyl 5k – June 29th – and had a really good run finishing 17th in a field of 141 and took the first prize in the U20 Category with a time of 16.45, just four seconds outside his PB.
One hundred and twenty one runners lined up in the Burnley Boys 5k Race – June 29th – won by Jimmy Craig in a time of 16.09. Shaun Livesey headed home the Harriers in 5th place overall (17.03) cutting twenty four seconds off his PB and won the V40 Category. Michael Toms was next home in 12th spot (18.15) and he like Shaun won his Age Category V50. Louise Barnes was back in action finishing 75th in a time of 22.43.
The Sotos 10k Race at Fleetwood won by David Rigby in 32.52 – June 29th – had three Harriers out competing in the 272 strong field. John Cookson was first home in 80th place in a time of 44.34 followed by Kaylie Panaro in 110th (47.30) and Carol Cookson (173rd) in a time of 53.44 which knocked a minute off her previous best to set a new PB.
A good turn out of 346 runners in the Rochdale 10k Road Race – July 1st – and won by David Proctor in 34.15, had Blackburn Harrier Laura Hesketh competing and finishing 74th in a time of 42.27 on this tough course. John Sutton took on the Badger 10k Trail Race – July 3rd – and finished an impressive 3rd out of a field of 191 runners and in a time of 37.58.
July 2nd saw the latest round of the Astley Park Trail Series. The highlight of the Harriers performances on the night was undoubtedly the winning of the Women’s Team Prize. Helen Leigh ran herself into the ground to finish 21st in 28.31, followed by Sam McCreadie who had a stormer knocking 38 seconds off her previous best on this course to place 23rd (28.36) and a solid run by Louise Barnes in 81st (35.30). Great result. First Harrier home on the night with a strong run was Chris Davies in 7th place (26.10) followed home by the much improved Allan Hartley in 19th spot (28.16). Prolific racer John Cookson finished 59th (32.39) a little down on his previous time at the Race and he was chased in by V45 Richard Taylor 64th (33.04). V55 Michael Nolan wasn’t far behind in 66th (33.36) which was a ten second improvement on his previous race at the this venue. George Woodburn back training and racing took 74th spot (34.30) – a minute and fourteen seconds faster than in the first Race of the series and also won the V60 Category – Legend. Louise Barnes in her third race in quick succession finished 81st in 35.30. Not far behind Louise was Kaylie Panaro in 84th (36.04) and final Harrier home – V60 Peter Lynch 91st (38.31).
International Youth Cup
Arco di Trento,
29th June 2014
On Sunday 29th June, the 9th World Mountain Running Association International Youth Cup for under 18 athletes took place with two of Blackburn Harriers talented young athletes – Liz Greenwood and Jack Hindle – securing selection to represent England.
Jack who was delighted to have won his place in the team finished 24th (23.58) out of the 47 strong international field and 4th England athlete home – the first three winning the Team Bronze Medal – and told the Club that “When I was selected to race for my country I was over the moon! Racing for England in Italy was such a good experience and such a great feeling to wear the vest!! I didn’t have the best of starts, but got my head down and worked away!! I lost my timing chip halfway round and had to turn back to get it! I felt strong on the last part of the race, gaining places and finishing strong, on what was the longest finishing straight ever!! I am happy with my race and couldn’t ask for a better experience – I also found the conditions very challenging with the hot and humid temperatures! And slippy roads and cobbles due to the rain!!”
Boys Individual Results HERE
Boys Team Results HERE
Liz was also pleased to have been selected, finished in 19th place (21.31) in a 49 strong field and 2nd England counter commented that “We flew out to Verona on Friday before travelling an hour into the mountains to Arco where the race was held, the area was beautiful. On Saturday we did a recce around the course before jumping in the freezing cold swimming pool. The course was great but very challenging as the climb was very steep up to the castle at the top. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped in the race but enjoyed it nonetheless and the whole weekend was a great experience particularly meeting lots of athletes from other countries.”
Girls Individual Results HERE
Girls Team Results HERE
(Report from WWW.WRMA.org)
On Sunday, June 29, a record 17 nations participated (96 runners in total) in the 9th WMRA International Youth Cup in Arco, Italy, hosted by Castle Mountain Running/Garda Trentino.
The athletes, ages 16 and 17, raced over a varied course starting in the town square. It was a unique event including cobblestones on the pathway, numerous steps on the ascent toward the 12th century castle, grassy terrain, steep descents, and dirt pathway through olive groves. Six nations had athletes with medals: France with two gold and one silver and Italy with two gold and one brone were the leaders of this event. Russia and Turkye won one silver and one bronze each; then Bulgaria took one silver and England won one bronze. It was a very challenging course with the girls running nearly 4 kilometers, and the boys nearly 5 kilometers. In the girls race, the early lead went to Burcu Subatan (TUR) who was first to reach the flat grassy section just beyond the one kilometre mark. But the course did not stop climbing here. Subatan lead up the roadway toward the castle and more steps and then on the descent, a few of the chase runners – Elsa Racasan (FRA), Tatiana Ivanaeva (RUS), Sinaida Antonova (RUS) started to gain ground. Coming out of the forest, Racasan took the lead and crossed the finish line in Arco timed in 19:43. Second was Ivanaeva in 19:55, while Subatan was third in 20:02. There were 48 finishers in the girls race (49 at the start).In the team competition, France won gold with 30 points followed by Bulgaria with 33 points and Russia 1 with 35 points.
The men’s competition also saw a runner from Turkey leading after the first climb. This runner was Abdullah Yorulmaz. But on the descent, Yorulmaz, with a 10 second lead, missed a turn and Davide Magnini overtook him and increased the lead. Yorulmaz was not strong on the descent and even though he made it back on course quickly, he was overtaken by six more runners and ended up in eighth position. Magnini was cheered by the home town crowd as he finished more than 30 seconds in front of the second runner. Magnini was timed in 21:29 followed by Pierre Xolin (FRA) in 22:07, and Samuele Nava (ITA) in 22:08. There were 47 runners in the boys race. In the team competition, Italy scored 13 points to take gold, Turkey won the silver medal with 36 points and the English 1 team received the bronze with 38 points (same points of Bulgaria, fourth). Opening the competition on Saturday evening was a parade of nations and entertainment from a local band and majorettes from the region.
Freckleton Half-Marathon – Sunday June 22nd 2014
Full Results HERE
(cover photo courtesy of Terry Lonnergan)
The Annual Freckleton Half-Marathon was run on Sunday in conditions generally associated with the race – hot and draining for endurance runners. Ben Fish won the Race in a time of 70.30 some two and half minutes in front of Rob Affleck from Preston (73.04) and John Mason unattached (73.39).
Remarkably, this is Ben’s eighht win in the Race, but even more remarkably, it is eight wins in succession. the last time the Race was won by anyone else was in 2006 when Peter Newton took the first prize. It will take some athlete to surpass this level of performance. Ben was happy with his win and told the Club “All I can say was that it was awfully hot out there. I ran a controlled race without checking my watch. I was just focusing on gradually increasing the gap from John Mason and Rob Affleck. Very happy to manage 8th consecutive win! “
Jane Tomlinson’s Pennine 10K 2014
Full Results HERE
One thousand six hundred and sixty six runners finished this Race again in very warm conditions. The Race was won by Matt Lalor (Barlick Fell Runners) in a time of 34.00. Chris Davies from the Harriers took a good 15th place with a strong run in the conditions (37.56) with Laura Hesketh not far behind in 47th spot (41.29). Jan Buckingham returned to racing after her leg operation earlier in the year to post a 55.51 clocking (743rd) – great to see her back racing as well. After the race she told us that “It was a fantastic route, I had no idea Burnley had so many nice bits. It was very hot though, which isn’t an excuse for the rubbish time 55.51 – or maybe it is! Anyway my first run back, nearly 5 months after the second bout of cancer and as Katie says ‘why are you getting so frustrated with times, you’re running a 10k’ and she’s right, so I am happy”.
Aggies Staircase – Thursday June 19th
Full Results HERE
There were 145 runners out at this popular local Race measuring 6.4Km with 350m climb on a very warm night with Joe Mercer from Horwich a clear winner in 28.17.
Among the competitors were eleven members of Blackburn Harriers led home by V40 John Sutton in 11th spot (31.52). Sixteen yr old Joe Campbell had a really good run to place 16th (32.32) followed very closely by V50 Michael Toms in 17th (32.38). In 21st place came Chris Davies (33.11) and Allan Hartley took 25th (33.44). Finishing 30th was Gary Pearse (34.47) and probably with Hendon Brook still in his legs followed by Danny Maynard – one of the Clubs leading youth Coaches – in 46th (36.48). John Cookson (39.39) finished in 69th place and had Ian Clarkson close behind in 73rd (39.55). Daughter Megan Clarkson came in 79th (40.44) and Paul Wilkinson 87th (41.45).
Elletson Arms 10km Series – Saturday June 21st
Full Results HERE
Shaun Livesey clocked up his second Race win of the year at the Pilling 10k which is part of the Elletson Arms 10k Series. In very hot conditions Shaun won the race in 35.12 from David Brown (Lancaster) in second place with 36.11.
Scafell Pike Trail Marathon
(Thanks to Mick Kenyon of RacingSnakes and Grand Day Out Photography for
John Orrell thought he would make his debut at the Marathon distance by doing something a little different with 1800m of ascent and 26 miles finishing in a time of 6 hours 44 minutes and 45 seconds. He finished 123rd out of 216.
Understandably he was really pleased with his Race and told the Club “This was no ordinary marathon though, as the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon covered a variety of terrain, traversed across some of Lakeland’s most glorious mountain scenery to reach the top of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. That was only half way though and with a 1000ft climb around 20 miles in it wasn’t downhill all the way back.
It was a hot day, although the mountain section cooled a little as we disappeared into the mist at Sty Head and that made for some interesting navigation. (just ask Ricky Lightfoot).At 42k and 1800m of ascent or just over 26 miles and almost 6000ft in old money it was an epic day out. I finished 123rd out of the 220 starters and 38th in my age category in a time of 6.44.45. To give you an indication of its difficulty, in case you are comparing times to those achieved in ‘ordinary’ marathons, only 13 people finished under 5 hours and only 3 of those under 4 hours, which included Ricky Lightfoot, the 2013 World Trail Running Champion.
For those who are interested, links to Ricky’s report (and how he lost
the race) and full results can be found here – http://www.highterrainevents.co.uk/8.html
As an aside I ran this race all natural. No, I was wearing my kit, I mean, no gels, no powders and no artificial gubbins. Just 100% coconut water, a jam currant teacake and a sausage pinched from the hotels breakfast table. Real wool from real sheep was shoved down my socks to prevent blisters on the toes. It works. Try it. Chasing those sheep up Ingleborough to get that wool made for some interesting hill reps too and was all part of my preparation!”
Great Hill Fell Race – Saturday June 21st
Full Results HERE
In pretty hot conditions, Mark Almond lined up alongside 76 other runners at this years Great Hill Race finishing ninth overall, 2nd V45 and in a time of 41.47. The Race was won by James Kevan of Horwich in 34.35.
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