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It’s Mud, It’s Hyndburn – it must be the Mid Lancs XC League fixture

Round three of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Wilson Playing Fields hosted by Hyndburn AC on Saturday 15th December in relatively warm but muddy conditions!!

Blackburn Harriers had thirty nine athletes out competing in the different age groups with some wins and good performances.

Full Results HERE

(With thanks to Richard Marchant for the photos from the Race)

In the U11 Girls, Amy Davies continued where she left off in great form at Rossendale in winning the Red Rose fixture. In this one, she held of Kirsty Hamilton of Lancaster by just one second to take the win in 9.30. Amy Dowsing had a cracking run for 4th place in 9.48 and both Amy’s were backed up with another fine performance by Eleesha Charnley 10th (10.02). New member and debutant at XC, Jessica Gibson did really well on her first outing to finish 16th in the 51 strong field, with the youngest two girls Alayna Irvine 37th (12.23) and Kate Cookson 38th (12.29) giving solid support to the team.

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Jamie Teare has had a really consistent first season in the U11 Boys. Again on Saturday he finished high up the 50 strong field in 9th place with a time of 8.45 and just 15 seconds off 2nd place. Another young lad, Edward Lee, who always manages to run with a smile on his face and also in his first season placed 31st in 9.46 and Rory Teare, Jamie’s brother took 36th position in 10.05.


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In the U13’s Blackburn girls were just pipped by Preston with a gap of ten points to finish 2nd Team overall and putting in some good individual performances. First home for the Club was Natalya Irvine in 11th position (11.04). She was followed home by another good run from Maddie Elliott who seems to have recovered from her broken bones! finishing in 14th (11.09) and just 5 seconds behind Natalya. Hannah Cookson came in next (17th) and a time of 11.26 and another first time runner in cross country this year, Emily Warren in 34th (12.24). In the U13 Boys Rhys Charnley finished 32nd in 15.09.

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The U15 Girls took the Team 1st place beating Preston Harriers by 21 points. Grace Handley who is in great form at the moment won the race in 12.17 with Liz Greenwood 2nd in 12.46. Megan Clarkson who continues to improve was in 9th position (13.33) to give the team 3 athletes in the top ten. Rose Abbott contested to finish 21st in 15.16 and Molly Morton one place behind (22nd) in 15.33. In the U15 Boys Byron Abbott who has missed a fair bit of training due to injury had a solid run for 10th in 16.00.

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Katie Buckingham 3rd in the U17 Women’s Race in 17.43, backed up by Phoebe Howe in 8th (19.39) and Rhiannon Wickham (20.00) in 9th place won the 1st Team place and were the only competing Club to fill all three places on the day. The U17 Men’s team of Jack Hindle (4th) in 23.13, Joseph Howe 11th (25.11) and Morgan Philips 18th (27.20) took 4th place overall with 32 points to winners Preston (16), Pendle (26) and Helm Hill (29).


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There were 30 Teams and 120 athletes contesting the Women’s Senior Race which saw Blackburn take 10th place with Helen Leigh, Laura Hesketh and Jan Buckingham as the counters. All three women are running really well at the moment, no more epitomised than by Helen’s run in taking an excellent 4th place overall in 25.38. Laura also had a good run with a 16th place (28.01) and Jan Buckingham completed the team in 87th (36.17).


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Two hundred and forty three Men and 29 Teams finished the Senior Men’s race, won with a fine run  by Gary Priestley for Salford Harriers in 35.31. Gary runs for Blackburn on the Track during the summer. Karl Billington, home from St Mary’s for the Christmas period had his second cross country race in recent weeks and first races for three months taking 5th place overall in 36.28. With strong runs from the rest of the Team, Blackburn took 5th team place overall with 208 points. V45 Paul Guinan who is getting back to some real fitness took 21st place (38.59), followed by U20 Zac Howe (31st) in 40.43 who is also home for the Christmas period from Cambridge University. Chris Davies who started to drive home before the race with an injury, decided to turn the car round and compete after all and his reward was 38th place in41.22. V45 Matt Nuttall came 53rd (42.50) and V40 Chris Balderson was 71st in 43.49. Andy Heys came in 117th (47.10) with V40 John Cookson (152nd) in 49.35 and Allan Hartley 158th in 50.39. V40 Ian Clarkson who is in his first competitive year and enjoying the experience was 182nd (52.41) and never say die V40 Paul Wilkinson was not far behind in 194th place (53.40).

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Cross Country – Red Rose League and Blackburn Schools

The final Fixture of the Red Rose League took place on Saturday 7th December at Marl Pits….and for those who like steep climbs, lots of mud and thrills & spills, Saturday was ideal and a number of Harriers made their way over to test themselves in very trying conditions……and as usual, all of them ended up with smiles on their faces.

Red Rose 4th and Final Race of the Series Results HERE

Red Rose League 2013 Series Results HERE

In the U11 Boys, the Teare brothers completed 3 of the 4 Races and on Saturday Jamie finished 9th (7.30) which gave him a Series placing of 7th overall in his first Cross Country season. Rory came 31st on the day and 35th overall, again in his very first season – so a great performance by both boys.

The U11 Girls Race produced a winner on the day – Amy Davies (7.33) – with 3 girls from Bury AC right behind her. Adding a 2nd, 4th & 3rd in the other Races, ensured that Amy finished 2nd overall in the Series. Eleesha Charnley had a cracking run to finish 10th (8.12). Amy Dowsing took 18th place (8.57) and Alayna Irvine 33rd (9.44) to make Blackburn the second team on the day to winners Bury AC.

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Natalya Irvine competed in the U13 Girls race, placing a strong 4th (10.39) behind winner Eve Hutchinson from Hyndburn.


In the U15 Girls, Grace Handley, who loves the mud and said after winning the race in 16.19 Marl Pits has got to be one of the muddiest,steepest courses I have ever ran, automatically making it one of my favourites! I absolutely loved the course and can’t wait to run it again as an u17 next year!” Ever improving Megan Clarkson took a really good second place to Grace (17.38) and Rose Abbott who had also run in the Blackburn Schools Cross Country Race in the morning, finished 16th (22.13). All of which meant that the Girls Team came 2nd on the day to winners Rossendale Harriers.

Liz Greenwood didn’t run on Saturday, as she had already won the Individual title by winning the first three Races outright and told us that I was really pleased to win as I enjoyed all the races especially the longer courses and the team coming second was a bonus!”

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In the Senior Women’s Race there was a great run by Helen Leigh who finished 2nd (21.06) overall to Dionne Allen (19.56) from Leigh Harriers and in the process pipped Katie Buckley of Bury AC who came 3rd (21.19). The strength of Helen’s run can be seen in the fact that the winner on the day also won the Series. After the race, Helen remarked – not unsurprisingly, we may add!! “I think most would describe this course as tough, boggy and steep. I’d describe it as ideal!” Jackie Taylor was our other Senior Woman competitor finishing 38th (26.16) in a field of 83 runners.

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Eight Blackburn Senior Blackburn Men out at Marl Pits, earning them a good 3rd Team place behind Bolton and Rossendale. First home was Stephen Chew in 9th place (30.01) followed by Chris Davies 19th in 32.24. Just behind was Matt Nuttall (22nd) 32.35 with V45 Chris Balderson running his first Cross Country for Blackburn in 42nd (34.04) and Chris Barnes 47th (34.21). Solid runs from Allan Hartley (119th) 39.22; Ian Clarkson (139th) 41.43 and Paul Wilkinson (140th) 41.46 completed the Team for the day.

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Blackburn Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships at Witton Park Dec 7th 2013

The first eight runners home in each of the Races at Witton were rewarded with places in the Town Team which will compete in the Lancashire Schools Championships on the 1st February 2014. Good runs there with a top 5 place will secure selection for the English Schools Championships which are held in 2014 on March 15th.

We don’t have official results for the moment, and we will add them when they come through, but these are some of Blackburn Harriers from their Schools and Age Group who definitely qualified : 6th form boys –  Rob Buckley, Chris Richardson-Dulling who he ran an age group up to make a team and Gareth Johnson (Gareth is actually a sprinter, but turned out for the school to make up the Team. In the 6th form girls: Katie Buckingham  and Nina Stirrup. Year 10/11 boys: Liam Atkinson and Byron Abbott. Maddie Elliott and Rose Abbot also qualified.

Photo’s below are Seth Elliott; Maddie Elliott; Brenna McPartlan; Rose Abbott; Baylie Thompson; Jack Wilkinson; Katie Buckingham Thomas Harbour, Christopher Richardson-Dulling and together Rob Buckley, Byron Abbott and Liam Atkinson


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Robert Buckley, Byron Abbott & Liam Atkinson


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Todmorden 5k…Wesham 10k…..Guy’s 10 mile more PB’s for the Harriers & other Results

Todmorden 5k Winter Series – Wednesday 27th November 2013

This was the first fixture of 4 in the Series with the other Races taking place on 4th, 11th & 18th December.

Full Results HERE

(NB> Positions adjusted as per results, excluding the wheelchair athlete)

Four Blackburn Harriers ran in this one – won in a nifty 16.52 by Jon Wright – and were led home by the indefatigable Chris Barnes who took 5th place in 18.16. Next came Laura Hesketh (13th) in 19.34 and just seven seconds separating the 5 athletes around her. Father and daughter duo, Trevor and Kelsey Rutherford also ran with dad Trevor (21.49) just hanging on in 28th place to beat Kelsey (21.53) (29th) by four seconds.


Wesham 10k – 30th November 2013

This very popular and long established 10k Race saw 359 finishers on the day, and David Rigby from Preston Harriers winning in a pretty rapid time of 31.43.

Full Results HERE

Ten runners from Blackburn took part and amongst them some fine performances and new PB’s. First home and with a new PB, reflecting the training he has been putting in was Tom Blaney who took 8th place in 34.22, to cut a huge 1min 23 seconds off his existing best time over the distance.

V45 Matt Nuttall who has been suffering with an injury for quite a while now finished 15th (35.12) and was 2nd V45 in the Race. V55 John Chaplin also had a 2nd place finish in his age category and clocked 37.18 , finishing 35th overall. V45 Michael Toms, ‘fresh’ from the Tour of Pendle last week in which he had a cracking run, placed 48th (38.10). Just behind was another athlete, Mark Almond, who is also making a return from injury and finishing one place behind Michael in 49th (38.16). Steve Foley, racing again on the road recorded a 41.36 clocking in 10th and Sarah Toms had a really solid race, finishing 114th in 42.09.

The final three places all saw the runners recording PB’s which was a brilliant achievement by each of them. Catherine Guinan (177th) in 47.08, Kaylie Panaro (179th) in 47.10  cutting one minute and eleven seconds off her existing PB and Jan Buckingham, just days away from her 50th birthday took 262nd place with 51.31 and a big reduction in her PB of one minute and forty four seconds. Training is clearly going well!!



Guy’s 10 Mile Road Race – 1st December 2013

Only one Blackburn Harrier in this Race – Shaun Livesey – who has been running well, achieving a 10 mile PB in the recently held Preston 10 mile Road Race.

Despite finishing 5th overall iat Guy’s, Shaun wasn’t completely happy remarking that “I ran a mediocre 57:27 finishing 5th. Sum what slower than Preston 2 weeks previous. I was at 5 mile in 28 mins but then felt the handbrake slowly coming on. Doing the second 5 in 29:27. Bring on the ribble valley“.

Full Results HERE


Hampshire Cross Country League at Popham Airfield, Basingstoke (Match 3)

Karl Billington hit the come back trail after a long bout of injury by guesting for Aldershot in the Hampshire Cross Country League last weekend – Nov 30th – and was in a positive mood afterwards, remarking that “i was pleased with my race, it was my first race in over 3 months so i went into the race with no expectations put no pressure on myself and managed to come away with a good performance”.

Full Results HERE



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Liverpool Cross Challenge…Tour of Pendle…..David Staff Race…..The Best 5k in Preston… and Wales!

Liverpool Cross Challenge (incorporating the Mid Lancs League)

On what many people described as perfect cross country conditions, hundreds of athletes made their way to Sefton Park to compete in the latest fixture in the Cross Challenge headed by the Senior Men with 515 runners and the Senior Women with 212 competitors. Those who were there, saw a cracking run by Andy Vernon who runs for Aldershot Farnham & Disrict won by 17 seconds from Johnny Hay who pipped Keith Gerrard virtually on the line for second place. Gemma Steele from Charnwood AC won the Senior Women’s Race from Charlotte Purdue by 12 seconds with Steph Twell and Lily Partridge just in behind for 3rd and 4th spots.

Andy Vernon winning the Cross Challenge at Liverpool Saturday 22nd Nov. 2013

Andy Vernon winning the Cross Challenge 

Full Cross Challenge Results HERE

Alison Leonard (SW), Elizabeth Greenwood & Grace Handley (U15G), Eleesha Charnley & Amy Davies (U11G), Rhys Charnley (U15B), ), Robert Warner (U20) all pre-entered and competed in the Cross Challenge and so did not count Mid Lancs.

Alison finished a solid 43rd (29.47) in the 212 strong field whilst in the U15 Girls Race Elizabeth finished 10th (11.02) in the field of 87 athletes with just 28 seconds seperating the first ten girls and commented “It was a great race everyone set off quickly and the whole race was really fast as the ground was hard and not too muddy which was good. I really enjoyed it and was a great experience running against all the top athletes“. Grace finished in 22nd place (11.24) and remarked that It was a hard, fast race as the ground was hard with perfect conditions. Unlucky for me however, as I wanted strong wind and mud, but all in all a good experience”. 


Rob ran in a tough Junior Men’s Race won by the Reading AC athlete Jonathan Davies in 20.12 and finished 52nd (22.03). In the U15 Boys Rhys finished 123rd (12.49).


In the U11 Girls Race, Amy took an excellent 3rd place, just 2 seconds behind second placed Kirsty Hamilton from Lancaster. Eleesha finished in 42nd position.


These athletes all competed in the Mid Lancs League – (U11 Boys)  Edward Lee, Jamie Teare and Rory Teare. (U11 Girls) Amy Dowsing, Eleanor Allsop, Kate Cookson and Alayna Irvine. (U13 Girls) Natalya Irvine, and Hannah Cookson. (U15 Boys) Jack Wilkinson. (U15 Girls) Megan Clarkson and Mollie Morton. (U17 Men) Robert Buckley, Jack Hindle, Joseph Howe, Joe Monk, Joe Campbell and Morgan Philips. 

Competing in the (U17) Women’s age group were Phoebe Howe, Rhiannon Wickham and Katie Buckingham who said afterwards that It was a good course with the gradual down hill start section which also broke up the race at the start of the 2nd lap. I felt like I raced well with the cross challenge athletes adding to the competition. The team ran well so bring on the next mid lancs!”




In the (Senior Category), we had Allan Hartley, Paul Wilkinson, Shaun Livesey, Tom Blaney, Andy Heyes, John Cookson, Andrew Heys, John Chaplin, Ian Clarkson and Chris Davies;  and in the Women’s Race  – Carol Cookson, and Jan Buckingham.


As of this morning the Results were still not available but will be here as soon as we get them.

Full Mid Lancs Results HERE


Tour of Pendle – Saturday November 23rd 2013

Saturday, 23rd November saw 6 intrepid Harriers tackle what was the 30th running of the Full Tour of Pendle. Now this is no ordinary tour. There are no open top buses or tour guides waving umbrellas and giving out facts at strategic points; this is a fell race of epic proportions. Tickets did sell fast though, (quicker than a ‘Barry Barlow’ concert), in fact all 500 places had been snapped up before race day.

(Thanks to John Orrell for this report on the day)

Full Results HERE

The race can be described as many things, brutal comes to mind for most. The official race map describes it as ‘The most contrived race in the FRA Handbook or an inspired and testing route over Clayton’s favourite hill’ It has a descent called Geronimo. (That’s what you shout when you fling
yourself off the top!!) It even has a big dipper! Up, down and back up again; but with 6 climbs, 4830ft of ascent covering 16.8 miles it is truly epic!

Many of our hearty Harriers were fresh from the presentation do the night before, and had reached the start line in Barley fueled up on hotpot and cheese and onion pie, others fortified with vitamins and iron from their breakfast cereal. So how did our athletes get on?

How did we all get on? Leading the Harriers home in 44th place was Michael Toms 2.42.33, followed by Gary Pearse (90th) in 2.52.09, John Sutton (107th) in 2.56.07, Helen Leigh (116th) in 2.57.44 (9th lady), Sarah Toms (202nd) in 3.16.22 (21st lady) and John Orrell (330th) in 3.44.13 (13 mins quicker than last year and a new PB).

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David Staff Memorial Race – Sunday November 24th 2013

This annual race is held in memory of a local young athlete, David Staff. David turned 17 years of age on 5th December 1994 which then allowed him to compete as a senior for the Dashers.

His first race (and last) as a senior was in the Clitheroe 10k on 27th December 1994. David collapsed and died by the road side at 5 miles from a condition called Hyperthropic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, which in laymans terms is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscles which interrupted the electrical pulses which keeps the heart working.

This condition takes the lives of approximately 8 so-called fit and healthy young people a week, most of them are actively engaged in sport, but it is not the sport that kills; it is the exertion that acts as a trigger.

The race is run in memory of David Staff, who joined the Dashers as a 15 year old and competed in many fun runs as a junior. In September 1994, he completed the Great North Run in 1 hour 49 minutes 02 seconds along-side his dad Granville wearing his Blackburn Rovers home and away kit, needless to say the comments along the route in Newcastle cannot be repeated.

David was a very likeable person who got on with everybody he came into contact with; young and old and had a very bright future ahead of him, not only as a young man preparing to take his A-levels at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School but also as a member of Darwen Dashers.

Darwen Dashers host this race to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, the charity that David’s father Granville actively supports. The funds raised are used to provide heart screening in the young; so far over 60 people have had heart defects identified as a result of Granville’s fund raising. Since David’s death, Granville has raised over £100,000 and we are proud to continue to support this cause.

Full Results HERE

Five Harriers entered the Race of 142 competitors won by Chris Farrell from Horwich (32.24).  Four of the five Harriers running had raced at Liverpool the day before. Jack Hindle was first home in 5th place overall winning the first Junior Male prize in a time of 34.55. After the Race, Jack told us that “I found the start extremely fast and was put on the back foot straight away! But I worked my way through the pack and found myself in a good position going into the last half of the race. The course was also very fast and meant there was going to be no let up of pace going into the finish straight. Overall I enjoyed the course and was pleased with my run, beating runners who I haven’t beaten before”.


Next in came Allan Hartley in 46th (42.21) followed by Paul Wilkinson in 81st place (46.36); Ian Clarkson 84th (47.01) and Stuart Furness 90th (47.27) and 5th V60 overall proving that it is not just the young folk who run in this Race!

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(Thanks to Derek Hindle for the Photo’s)


The Best 5k –  Preston Sunday 24th November

201 athletes finished this local 5k and two Blackburn Harriers ran really well in the Race. First home was U17 Joe Monk, who had raced at Liverpool the day before, in 7th place overall and first Junior Male in a rapid time of 17.42 and smashing his previous PB by 18 seconds. Evan Cook finished 24th (19.49) and having a real battle with Richard Oakley(22nd) from Red Rose who just pipped him for the V60 prize by 5 seconds in 19.44.


Full Results HERE


Conwy Half Marathon – Sunday November 23rd 2013

This Race had 1500 finishers and it seems as though are quite a number of these Half-Marathons that are attracting similar sized fields. Beckie Taylor competed for the Harriers in only her third ever race at the distance and posted an official PB of 92.34 which bettered her time of 93.09 in the same race in 2012 by over half a minute. Beckie was pretty pleased with her race telling us it was a really hilly course so i did well and smashed my time from last year”.

Full Results HERE








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Good weekend with PB’s at Leeds – Preston – Gosport for the Harriers

Gosport Half Marathon – 17th November 2013

1500 runners lined up for the Gosport Half-Marathon on Sunday and Rachel Wood from the Harriers was amongst them. Three weeks after running a half-marathon PB at Luton, she ran another PB at Gosport, knocking three minutes off her best so far and finished in 126th place (84.33). Rachel’s dad Tony told us that “A really touching insight to this race for her is the fact that the airfield mentioned and the Gosport barracks where the race was run was the training area for the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War and Rachel’s granddad Albert Wood was there as part of his pilot training in 1943”.

Full Results HERE

Rachel was delighted with her run and after the race she commented “Having won the Luton Half three weeks ago, I thought it would be good training for the London Marathon to race what is known to be one of the fastest half marathons in the country, Gosport Half Marathon. 
After a 5am start and numerous road diversions taking us the opposite direction, we arrived in Gosport with enough time to collect our chips, quick toilet break and a short warm up.
The event had 2,000 runners signed up and it was Gosport Road Runner’s 28th anniversary of the event. The weather conditions were perfect- sunny but cool with a light south west breeze. The course consisted of a mixture of cycle paths, pavements and roads. We ran around Daedalus’s airfield which was flat albeit “twisty and turny”.  The atmosphere was brilliant- the entertainment of drums and dancing was motivating and running below gliders and planes was pretty cool!
The last three miles of the course was along the promenade at Lee on Solent. This was my favourite section of the race- plenty of support, fresh sea breeze air and the finish was insight! I crossed the line in 84.30, a time that I am happy with but I know with more mileage ‘under my belt’  I can run faster!”

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Leeds Abbey Dash 10K – 17th November 2013

Another Race with 1500 runners and a reputation for fast times saw the first 14 athletes dipping under the 30 minute barrier. For the Harriers Stephen Chew, Matt Lalor, Andy Buttery, Becky Shorrock, Shelley Tattersall and Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn on the Track all competed.

Full Results HERE

Showing that the athletes are in ‘pretty good nick’, the first Harrier in was Stephen in 96th place (32.27) and a new PB by 30 seconds. Matt in 102nd also ran a PB by 37 seconds. Andy took (183rd) ran 33.57. Becky (846th) recorded the third PB of the day for the Harriers with her 40.28 which was a whopping 2 minutes faster than she had ever run before and she told us “sub 40min though in 6 weeks at RV10k”. Shelley had a bit of an off day, which happens to everyone, finishing with 44.01 and 2 minutes from her best time for 10k and we know she will be bouncing back. Gary just missed out by an agonising 4 seconds in an attempt to set a new PB when finishing 55th in 31.20 and commented afterwards “31:20 yesterday at Leeds Abbey Dash, ok result given I had no idea where I was at nor managed to get the volume I wanted lately. Onwards and upwards”

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Preston 10 Mile Road Race – 17th November 2013

This is a very popular local and flat 10 mile Race which has been going now for quite a long time. Four Blackburn athletes competed here. Shaun Livesey, Tom Blaney, Laura Hesketh and Kaylie Panaro, producing another two PB’s and a really good opening time.

Full Results HERE

Shaun was first home in a cracking time of 56.01, knocking well over two minutes off his previous best time set earlier in the year. Tom, who hasn’t raced the distance before, had a great debut with an 8th placed 58.45. Laura came in 8th (67.47), about three quarters of a minute outside her PB. Kaylie, who one of the Coaches at the Club predicted would knock 4 minutes off her best time to date – 84.04 – did exactly that with a new PB of 80.35.



Open Adventure Haglof KMF 10K Trail Race on 16th November 2013

And, after all the other Results come in, there is one for the Harriers Helen Leigh, affectionately dubbed as the ‘beast’ for her sheer refusal to give in and taking on the most difficult of Races.

Women’s Full Results HERE

There were 110 Women and 144 Men finishing the Race, with Helen(46.39) in 2nd place in the Women’s race, just 20 seconds behind the winner Annie Conway (46.19). Speaking to the Club after the Race, Helen told us that “Still not quite 100% after my cold but legs felt strong even with the climb leading straight out of Kendal up on to the hill. Was really pleased to finish second lady in 46.39 which for the gradient and the terrain was pretty speedy”.


Florian Luquet, a French athlete who does some of his training with the Club, finished in a very good 13th position in 42.30 – the winner, Martin Cox from Ambleside taking the honours in 39.37.

Men’s Full Results HERE

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Midland Women’s Cross Country League – Leamington Nov. 9th 2013

Becky Shorrock who is training really well as can be seen by her two minute 10k PB at the Leeds Abbey Dash, warmed up for that race with a run for Loughborough University in the Midland Women’s XC League the week before. The race had 290 finishers and Becky took a very good 47th place (31.30) and just 6 places away from counting for Loughborough overall (three to count 20th – 21st and 40th) and 5th of the 37 teams competing.

Full Results HERE




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Wins for Liz at Red Rose in Bolton & Beckie in Wales……and Results Round-Up

Liz Greenwood has had a brilliant start to the Cross Country season. She has contested all of the three Races in the Red Rose League at Leigh, Chorley and Bolton and the first one in the Mid Lancs League at Burnley and won them all.

Red Rose League November 9th Results from Bolton HERE

In the U15 Girls Race, Liz led home the Harriers team of Megan Clarkson (5th) and Rose Abbott (17th) to take the 2nd Team spot behind winners Rossendale.

At the Bolton fixture, a number of Harriers also competed in the difficult conditions. Jamie Teare who has also had a very impressive start to his Cross Country season in the U11 Boys, took a really good 7th place, just 25 seconds behind the winner – Coel Mellor of Leigh Harriers and one second behind 6th placed Shea Mellor of Leigh Harriers. Brother Rory who is much younger, is also competing, finished 42nd in the field of 72 youngsters.

In the U11 Girls Race, Amy Davies continued with her own impressive performances to finish 3rd in the 76 strong field, 12 seconds behind the winner – Penny Townsend of Horwich. In Amy’s two other Red Rose fixtures, she finished 2nd at Leigh and 4th at Chorley again to Penny Townsend. In between the Chorley and Bolton Red Rose fixtures, she competed in the Mid Lancs at Burnley and won that. Amy Dowsing who is also improving took 20th place and with Alayna Irvine taking 48th place.

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L – R Alayna Irvine, Amy Dowsing & Amy Davies

Natalya Irvine, looking as though she has got over her recent injury and health problems had a good run in the 54 strong field of U13 Girls, finishing 6th and backed up with a solid run from Hannah Cookson in 12th position.

Just two athletes in the U17 Men’s Race attracting a small field of 20 athletes. Robert Wong who said “it was tougher conditions than last year” had a solid race and took 8th place, followed home by Robert Buckley in 9th who also ran strongly.

In the Men’s Senior Race, with 205 runners, the Harriers fielded eight – Stephen Chew in 8th overall; Paul Guinan (15th) ; Tom Blaney (20th); John Sutton (40th); Allan Hartley (119th); John Cookson (133rd); Ian Clarkson (155th) and Richard Taylor (164th). Sixteen Teams had full squads of counters and the Harriers, led home by Stephen took 6th place. Paul, who is getting back to good form after an injury free period won the V40 category by quite a margin and he looks set for more good runs over the coming winter.


 Ras Rhobell fawr fell race

This was the 11th Rhobell Fawr fell race and apart from a brief hail shower the weather held out, with good visibility. Beckie Taylor had a good day, competing against 43 other runners, all but three of them, Seniors. Overall Beckie took 18th position and in the process was first woman athlete home to record the win over Becki Law of Eryri Harriers in 2nd place and Sarah Edwards of Ilkley Harriers in 3rd.

Full Results HERE

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Windmill 10K  at Lytham St Annes – November 9th 2013

Chris Davies is very much in form and improving all the time. 668 runners lined up for this local 10k Race and Chris was a whisker away from winning it when he posted a new PB in finishing 3rd (35.48), the same time given to second placed Nick Gaskell from Clayton Harriers and just eight seconds behind the winner, Michael Hunt of Trafford AC.

Full Results HERE


Through the Villages Race at Wheelton – 3rd November 2013

This is not a Race that boasts an easy Course. Yet 286 runners turned out to compete in this popular Road Race won by David Rigby of Preston Harriers in a pretty good time of 47.07.

Full Results HERE

Tom Blaney for the Harriers also had a really good run in 8th place (50.02) with Chris Davies in 13th (51.26) and another good time. V60 Evan Cook, continues to clock up the prizes by winning the V60 age category, coming in 34th (56.42). Just pipping Evan in was Sarah Ridehalgh, who competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track. Sarah in 33rd (56.34) took first place for the Women and first V35; And they say you can’t keep a good man down – Stuart Furness (V65) and still getting stuck in placed 170th (69.40) and 4th V65 overall.


Catching Up On The Weekend 5k Park Runs

Joe Monk won the Cuerden Valley Race – RESULTS – on 2nd November in a time of 19.51. The following week – November 9th – Joe  had an even better run – RESULTS –  to finish 2nd overall in 18.53 which was also a new PB.

At Burnley – RESULTS – on November 2nd, Liz Greenwood carried on her winning ways by taking 4th place overall and first Female position with a time of 19.16.

Phil Morton competed at the Preston 5k – RESULTS – on November 9th and came in 15th (20.59), just seven seconds shy of his PB in these Races.

At Preston – RESULTS – November 2nd, Grace Handley had a run out to take 10th place overall and First Junior Woman in a time of 20.07.

V65 Stuart Furness competed at the Bolton Race – RESULTS – finishing 47th (24.18) with son Gary in front of him in 8th (20.40) and Philip Morton in 20th (21.41).