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Northern Road Relays and some good performances by the Harriers

Following the success of winning five Team Gold Medals at the North West Relays in Lancaster the week before, the Harriers approached the Northern Road Relays Championships in good heart and ready to compete against this higher level of competition at Blackpool on September 21st.

The U13 Girls Team of Natalya Irvine, Hannah Cookson and Maddie Elliott didn’t disappoint finishing 6th Team overall behind Rossendale in 5th place with Liverpool Harriers the winners. Natalya kicked off in the first leg in 11th place (12.00) and handed over to Hannah who picked up 6 places (12.11) to move the Team into 5th overall going into the last Leg. Maddie Elliott, who is just recently back into training ran well to hold 6th place which sealed a very pleasing performance by these young athletes. With 87 athletes competing, Natalya was equal 15th fastest overall, with Hannah 20th and Maddie 35th.

U13 Girls Results HERE



Next up were the U15 Girls, fresh from their double Team Gold performance from the week before. This week though Liz Greenwood was away competing for England and Grace Handley ran with a cold. Megan Clarkson had a another good run and is improving with every Race. Rose Abbott came in and helped the Team out which finished 16th overall. Grace took the first leg placing 3rd (10.55) and ultimately taking the 3rd fastest time of the Race. Megan held on to 4th place with another cracking run (12.13) and Rose went through the pain barrier (14.23).

U15 Girls Results HERE



The U17 Women’s Team had Rhiannon Wickham on 1st Leg (23rd) 15.22, handing over to Phoebe Howe pulling a place back to 22nd overall (15.49) and Katie Buckingham with the fastest time of the three women on the 3rd Leg taking another 7 places (14.47) to help the Team finish in 15th place.

Under 17 Women’s Results HERE


Best Team Result of the day came in the U15 Boys. Consisting of Byron Abbott, Liam Atkinson and Thomas Harbour, the three lads had cracking runs to finish up with the Silver Medal behind winners York. Leg One saw Byron lead off with the front runners finishing 7th (10.14), with just 19 seconds separating the first 7 athletes. Liam stormed out of the Park gates on the second leg picking up all six athletes in front of him to bring the Team home in first place – his 9.52 was the fastest Leg of the day and was a really top class run. Thomas who has missed training of late because of a broken arm, nevertheless ran really well and hung in to finish 2nd on the final Leg (10.41).

U15 Boys Results HERE


The U17 Men’s Team with Jack Hindle; Robert Wong and Joseph Howe – double Gold Medal Winners the previous week at Lancaster – just missed out on the top 10, finishing in 11th place just 19 seconds off that 10th spot. Jack took the 1st Leg placing 12th (11.57) and just 10 seconds covering the next 4 places. Robert Wong took Leg 2 (12.16) taking back two places to leave the Team in 10th place going into the last Leg. Joseph Howe (12.38), who had a storming run the week before to bring home the Gold Medal at Lancaster battled really hard but slipped one place.

U17 Men’s Results HERE


The Senior Men even with a number of athletes missing had two Teams competing again at the Northerns. Team ‘A’ had Rob Warner on 1st Leg (43rd) in 22.35 handing over to Zac Howe (22.53) who picked up a place to put us in 42nd. On Leg 3, Andy Buttery (22.30) gained another place putting Chris Davies in 41st going into Leg 4. Chris picked up another 5 places with a 23.07 Leg sending Mark Almond (24.22) into Leg 5 in 36th. Chris Barnes (23.23) started off in 40th position and picked up a place in the final Leg putting the Team in 39th place overall.


Team ‘B’ of Allan Hartley (93rd) in 26.22 and the fastest Leg of the Team ; John Cookson (87th) 27.35; Paul Wilkinson (88th) 28.42; George Woodburn (88th) 30.17; Chris Fay (86th) 34.03 and Richard Taylor (28.25) on Leg 6 brought the Team home in 82nd place.


Senior Men’s Results HERE

The Senior Women emulated the North West Relays by once again fielding three Teams. Team ‘A’ consisted of Rachel Wood (25th) 20.08; Beckie Taylor (20th) 20.14; Shelley Tattersall (24th) 22.16 and bringing the Team in to 19th place overall on the last Leg was Samantha McCreedie with a really good run in 20.45.

Senior Women’s Results HERE


Team ‘B’ was led off by Charlotte Atkinson (50th) 24.31 followed by Jackie Taylor on Leg 2 (44th) 23.13; Louise McCauley (41st) 23.10 and Jacinta Davison (38th) 24.38.


Jan Buckingham ran Leg 1 for the ‘C’ Team finishing in 53rd (25.31); Denise Wilson on Leg 2 finished in 51st (26.30); Lisa Nuttall took over and lifted the Team to 49th (26.29) and Carol Cookson in her first ever competitive outing came home in 47th (27.48).





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Great North Run and Harriers PB’s – Lake Vyrny Hat-Trick for Ben Fish – Sabden

This years Great North Run had a stellar field at the front end to add to the thousands who wanted to run. Names like Bekele, Gabrielle Sellassie, Mo Farah, Jeptoo, Dibaba and Defar certainly wet the appetite for those watching and none of the leading elites disappointed, producing great Races at the front end

Full Results HERE

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Nor did those Harriers who went up disappoint either, setting new PB’s. First Harrier home in 55th place was Stephen Chew who took over 5 minutes off his PB of 78.32 to record a cracking 72.45. Speaking afterwards Stephen said that “it’s no more than what I expected but i’m very pleased with it….I was aiming for between 72 – 73 minutes before the race with an outside bet at a high 71 minute so I hit my target. What a race though and i’ll be back next year. The support around the route is amazing and it’s needed in the last three miles. Well done to everyone else and to Tom Cornthwaite who finished in the top 30 once again”.


In 122nd place came Chris Davies who seems to run a PB every time he races, this time knocking off another 48 seconds from his previous PB set a few weeks ago and now stands at 78.47. Chris went to the Race in a positive mood and said afterwards that he “went to Newcastle to get a PB and I got it but to top it of I got a great day out as well. The atmosphere is second to none. The crowds are massive and they really do help you get round the course. You want to stop and see what’s going on but obviously you can’t especially when you hear some of the bands playing. It’s a really well organised event considering the number of runners that turn out and I would defiantly recommend this race to anyone. I am going to go back and have another go next year because I enjoyed it that much”.


Paul Wilkinson, who is racing quite a lot also had a fabulous run to cut nearly six minutes off his old PB (1.49.16) to set a massive new one with 1.43.44. The week before Paul joined with 64 other runners who contested the Burton-in-Kendal 10k placing 25th in 48.11. (Full Results HERE)


Two other athletes who compete for Blackburn on the Track, Tom Cornthwaite and Sarah Ridehalgh also contested the Race, and who can forget the image on the television of Tom blasting away from the start in the first mile alongside Selassie, Bekele and Farah. Tom finished 29th in a time of 67.41 and Sarah ran 82.54 which was a seasons best.

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Lake Vyrny Sunday 15th September 2013

As usual, this very attractive Half-Marathon run around a Lake and in wooded shelter for a lot of it attracted 1348 runners.

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish who had won the Race in 2009, 2011 and 2012, was aiming to make it a hat-trick of wins on the bounce when he contested this years Race as part of his build up to the Berlin Marathon. Ben duly obliged by winning in a time of 68.05 and said after the Race that he “went down with a cold over the weekend, so I did the race to gauge how much it’s affected me, so in the circumstances I was quite happy with the time………As for the race, the conditions weren’t great, but the good thing with that course is you get a decent amount of shelter from the wind as it’s lined with trees all around the lake. The first mile and a half was exposed, but after that it was pretty good. It’s a fantastic race to do, really well organised and friendly. It’s definitely a pb course on the right day”.


Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race Saturday 14th September 2013

Organised by Blackburn Harrier – Shaun Livesey, 78 runners finished the race won by David Rigby. Four Harriers competed and were led home by new member Michael Toms in 8th place and first V45 (40.09) with the effervescent Chris Barnes in 12th place and 2nd V45 (42.11), followed by Scott Monk, back racing after a long period of injuries in 18th (44.06) and Ian Clarkson in 49th (51.31).

Full Results HERE






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North West Road Relays and 5 Team Gold Medals for Harriers Teams

Eight age groups – from U13’s to Senior’s – competed in the annual North West Road Relays held at Lancaster on Sunday 15th September  2013. In the Championship Races, Teams compete for a County title and an overall North West title.

Blackburn Harriers had a really good day finishing up with three Lancashire County Team Golds in the U13 Girls; U15 Girls and U17 Men and two North West Championships titles with the U15 Girls and U17 Men winning their Races overall, adding the North West title to their County title. In the Lancashire Championships Blackpool won 1 Team Gold; Pendle 1; Preston 1; Lancaster 1 and Rossendale 1. In the North West Championships, Bury won 1; Liverpool Harriers 2; Pendle 1; Preston 1 and Leigh 1.

Full North West Championship Results HERE

Full Lancashire County Championship Results HERE

The U13 Girls kicked off the day winning the Lancashire Team Gold and just missed out on a Bronze Medal in the North West title Race by 7 seconds. Natalya Irvine took Leg 1 and ran the fastest time  of the Lancashire runners and fifth fastest overall. Hannah Cookson ran a really solid 2nd Leg to hand over to Maddie Elliott who is just back in training after a series of unfortunate accidents and she ran a good last leg.


The U15 Girls consisting of Megan Clarkson, Liz Greenwood and Grace Handley fairly scorched around the course. Megan had a solid first leg (9.02) and handed over to Liz in 10th place out of the 25 teams contesting.  She blasted the course to run the fastest leg in 7.53 and handed over to Grace in 2nd place, who also ran the fastest time of her leg (8.11) to overtake Stockport in the closing stages of a thrilling race and taking the win in both titles. Overall Liz ran the fastest time and Grace the third fastest time.

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Our U17 Women ran three solid legs – Katie Buckingham leading off in 9.18 followed by Rhiannon Wickham in 9.29 and Phoebe Howe in 9.37, being pipped in by Rossendale Harriers who took the Lancashire Bronze Medal.


The U17 men took their cue from the U15 Girls. In the Lancashire Champs Jack Hindle led off with a 3rd placed 14.38, followed by Robert Wong who won that leg with 14.57 and anchored by Joseph Howe on the third leg, running a brilliant and determined last leg in 14.45 to overtake Warrington in the closing stages and secure both County and North West Team titles. Joe Campbell (15.46) and Morgan Philips (15.35) in their first experience of running Road Relays enjoyed solid runs and competed in an incomplete 2nd Team.


The Senior Women sent out three teams which was great to see. Team A of Beckie Taylor (16.36) – Helen Leigh (16.19) and Shelley Tattersall (50.59) took 2nd place in the Lancashire County Championship and 7th place overall.

Team BCharlotte Atkinson (19.31) – Kaylie Panaro (20.29) and Louise McCauley (19.25) took 5th place in the County Championships and 22nd overall.

Team C with Jan Buckingham (21.25) – Denise Wilson (22.19) and Catherine Guinan (20.35) were 8th in the County Championships and 27th overall.


Not to be outdone, the Senior Men also entered three teams. Rob Warner with the fastest leg of the day for the Harriers Senior Men (13.57); Tom Blaney (14.44); Danny Maynard (16.04) and Zac Howe (14.20) made up Team B finishing 4th Lancashire team and 15th overall.


Team A of Gary Pearse (15.58); Paul Guinan (15.03); Shaun Livesey (14.46) and Chris Barnes (14.50) came in 6th place in the Lancashire Championships and 20th overall.


Allan Hartley (16.49); Mark Almond (15.54); John Cookson (17.57) and Ian Clarkson (18.51) made up Team C and took 11th Lancashire spot and 47th overall.



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Champions on the Fells

In this Years Junior FRA Championships, the Harriers did themselves proud, with good performances and two individual winners.

Full Results HERE

In the U14’s Grace Handley competing in 5 of the available 6 Races amassed a total of points over the individual races to take the title from Lucy (2nd) and Erica (3rd) Byram from Holmefirth. Natalya Irvine also competing in 5 of the Races finished 7th with 173 points and Megan Clarkson competing in 4 Races took 19th place (122 points).

Their were two podium places in the U16’s – Liz Greenwood took the title running in all 6 Races for a total of 200 points whilst Kelsey Rutherford, competed in 4 races totaled 186 points and took the Bronze Medal position.

In the U16 Boys, Jack Hindle took 4th place overall with 185 points from 5 Races just behind Liam Burthem of Warrington who had 190 points but had raced in all 6 available fixtures.

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Ulverston Tri – City of Salford 10k

Ulverston Triathlon

195 triathletes completed the event on the day with two Blackburn Harriers finishing in 4th and 7th place overall.  Paul Guinan, back to some fitness now a hugely frustrating last couple of years with injury took 4th place  with a combined time 1hr 15.58 and 2nd V40, just 21 seconds away from Stephen Stoneman who won the age category.

Jack Hindle, just 16yrs old and still in the U17 age group excelled taking a fine 7th place overall  in 1hr.78.32 and was the first Junior home.

Full Results HERE

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City of Salford 10k Sept 8th

A big race with 1500 finishers and in amongst them were two Harriers who had really good runs.  U17 Ella Gregory came home in 441st with a time of 46.57 and setting a new PB to boot. Kaylie Panaro, a few places behind Ella in 447th and out of training recently because of injury, also cut 21 seconds off her  best time to-date to establish a new PB with 48.30 which shows there is more to come.

Full Results HERE












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Ben Fish gears up for the Berlin Marathon

Ben Fish is fast approaching the Berlin Marathon which will be run on the 29th September. Ben has targeted this race in a bid to achieve the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. His latest Race outing came at the potentially fast Wilne 10k ran on September 1st where he finished in 3rd place (30.29) and in very windy conditions.

Full Results HERE

Video of the Race HERE

At the Wilne 10k as Ben explains, the conditions worked against better times for himself and the other athletes…….” I have been training hard going into this, but was looking to get a sub 30 minute run, which didn’t quite happen. Ian Kimpton ran well from the front and was pulling away from Tom Cornthwaite and myself early on. The windy conditions slowed everyone down from about 5k to 8k, dug in for third, about 25 secs off winner and 15 secs off 2nd”

In terms of his recent training programme Ben told us that  ” Training has been going well, with a good mixture of sessions, hard runs and long runs. I’ve putting in the miles, just over 650 in past 6 weeks”.

There is little doubt that Ben has been in very good and consistent form. Of the 19 Races he has competed in this year, he has won 12, took second place 4 times, third place on 2 occasions and 11th in the British 10000m Championships with a time of 30.04.51 placing him 17th in the National Rankings for 2013. His10k time (29.58) has him placed at 10th – at Half-Marathon 10th (65.27) and at the 20 Miles distance 2nd (1.44.09).