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Recent Road Results

Ben Fish was back in action in the Bristol 10k on Sunday May 11th after a long period of trying to deal with an ankle problem. Unusually for Ben he has only raced five times so far this year because of the problem and had to stop his cross country season as a result. But he seems to have come back with a bang. In a very good race, in not ideal conditions, and with the first ten all in under 31 minutes with just 35 seconds between first and tenth position Ben commented that he  was happy with that. I went into the race without a time in mind, focusing on being competitive. A strange race, very windy, I even lead around halfway which was unexpected. 30:47 and 5th in a high quality race is ok after not racing for two months”

Full Results HERE



It was the first Race in the Astley Park Series on May 7th and nine Harriers contested amongst the 113 Entries.

Full Results HERE

Mark Almond (V45) led the Harriers home in 9th place overall in 26.42 and taking the second V45 spot. Next in was Allan Hartley (16th) in 28.10; Samantha McCreadie 37th (29.59); John Cookson 49th (31.27); Ian Clarkson 57th (31.59); V55 Mick Nolan 70th (33.46); Jacinta ‘my legs are hurting now’ Davison 74th (33.46); fresh from Las Vegas Kaylie Panaro 80th (35.06) and followed by the legendary George ‘running on one knee’ Woodburn 83rd (35.44).


Meanwhile Shaun Livesey who is in a very rich vein of form at the moment with Marathon and Half-Marathon PB’s to his name recently, took himself off to the Blacksticks 10k on May 11th.

Full Results HERE

Shaun (V40) came second over all in 35.42, just eight seconds behind the winner of the 183 strong field Rob Danson of Wesham RR. He was delighted with his run especially on a challenging course and even more delighted with his prize.


At the Wray Caton Moor Fell Race on May 5th, V40’s Tom Cubbon and Danny Teare were amongst the 174 competitors with Tom finishing in 35th place (52.05) and Danny 137th (66.37).

On May 14th, Andy Buttery took to the Wholan Nook Trail Race at Burnley finishing 5th in the 133 strong Race and 2nd V45 in 25.21. But he wasn’t the only Harrier there. Shaun Livesey finished in 11th place (26.13), followed by V50 Michael Toms  in 20th (27.45) and V45 Gary Pearse 21st (27.55)


On May 7th Laura Hesketh ran in the second of the three race series Littleborough 5K finishing 15th (in 20.56) and followed home closely by U17 Kelsey Rutherford in 17th (21.23).

Chris Barnes had entered the John Carr three Race 5k Series and in Race One on May 7th took 26th place in a field of over 400 in a good time of 16.52. In Race Two on May 14th he improved to 14th place and reduced his time to 16.38 and set a new PB by three seconds.


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Results Round Up – Fells, Road and Triathlon

When the going gets tough, then Helen Leigh gets going. Just a week after the Three Peaks Race she entered the Coniston Fell Race with 403 other runners. Finishing 165th overall and 13th Woman she was pleased with her performance especially being so close to the Three Peaks where she came home as 2nd Woman and commented “13th.. couple of places higher than Pendle and with 3peaks in my pins quite pleased with 1hr 30. Next stop intercounties followed by the beast that is ENNERDALE…”

Full Results HERE

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Great Hambledon Fell Race Sunday May 4th

Eleven Harriers started this Race featuring 255 runners and won by Richard Burney of Liverpool Harriers in 37.08.

Full Results HERE

Matt Lalor held off Andy Buttery by just nine seconnds to take 4th place overall (40.08) with Andy 5th (40.17) and taking the V40 First Prize. On April 30th Andy had won the Davina Raidy’s Birthday Brownhouse Wham Dash in a time of 16.05.

V40 Shaun Livesey who had finished 4th in the Valiants Half-Marathon in April with a PB of 75.48 was next in (14th) in 42.55, followed closely by V50 Michael Toms in 20th (43.37) and V45 Gary Pearse 29th (44.34). Allan Hartley finished 46th (46.38), V45 Jonathan Bridge 49th (47.02), Chris Barnes 85th (50.22), Andy Heys 96th (51.49), V45 Ian Clarkson 111th (53.24) and V65 Stuart Furness 166th (58.05). Stuart had also competed in the Radcliffe MT 10k at the end of April placing 228th (51.33)

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Avenham 5k Sunday May 5th

Sixteeen year old Joe Monk is having a cracking year and producing some great times. He recently ran 34.26 in the Salford 10k, then set a 16.53 PB at the Welcome Tavern 5k and on Bank Holiday Monday reduced that a little more at the Avenham Park 5k (16.48) and was fourth overall out of 216 other runners. In the National Rankings for U17’s Joe is now in 4th place for the 10k and 16th for 5k which is a great achievement. Bride to be Louise McCauley got back onto the racing scene in the same race with a solid 54th place in 22.32.

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Sheriff 10k Sunday May 4th

Great to see FV40 Pauline Powell back on the Road racing in this one. She was one of three Harriers who competed in a field of 122 runners finishing in10th place overall (38.51) and taking the Women’s First Prize. V40 John Cookson is chasing a 10k PB – currently 43.06 – came close again with 43.22 (30th) and given that it isn’t the easiest of courses, the PB is ready to be taken for sure. V50 David Morris 96th in 57.31 had reason to be delighted with his run as he knocked over two minutes off his PB. At the end of April, David had tried the Welcome Tavern 5k and ran 28.35.

Full Results HERE


Hollingsworth Lake 5k April 21st

In this popular local Race featuring 135 runners and won by Ian McBride of Salford Harriers (15.51), Laura Hesketh finished 33rd in 20.27.

Full Results HERE


Halewood 5k May 3rd

Andy Heys started off the year with a 19.02 PB for 5k which he reduced to 18.12 in the North West Grand Prix 5k Series and in this latest race, took it down another notch with a 5th placed 18.00. Sub 18 minutes definitely next time.

Full Results HERE


After his epic performance in the Hawaai Ironman World Championships last year, this weekend saw another win for Brian Fogarty who is really making a name for himself in the Tri-athlon world. With 34min 10k and 2.45 Marathon times under his belt, it is not surprising and watch those times tumble in the next couple of years.


This year he hasn’t stopped winning, taking the England National Age Group Championship Title in the 30 – 34yrs Age Category.

In March Brian won the Parbold Duathlon with Paul Guinan in 3rd place and winning the V40 category. Then in In April he won the Ulverston Triathlon by nearly two minutes in a Race which had Mark Bleasdale in 7th place overall and Matt Nuttall in 21st out of a total of 225.

There were 325 finishers in the Horwich Pool Triathlon on Sunday May 4th and Brian came out on top winning yet again. V40 Paul Guinan had a quality Race to finish in 4th place overall and first V40. Male Junior Jack Hindle took 13th place in what was a really good performance in claiming the 2nd Male Junior Prize.

Full Results HERE



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Harriers Soar in the Peaks

Seven hundred and four athletes finished this years Three Peaks Race which covers 23 miles over Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Ricky Lightfoot won the Race impressively by three minutes in 2:53.16, with team mate Tom Owens in second place. Victoria Wilkinson won the Women’s Race in a time of 3.21.32 which was the fourth fastest time ever recorded by a Female athlete in the Race.

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Full Results HERE

There were some terrific runs by the Harriers too with ten of them competing. The Women’s Team of Helen Leigh (3.55.27) and 2nd Woman overall, Sarah Caskey (4.14.37) 1st FU25 and Beckie Taylor (4.29.07) 3rd FU25 had a cracking day taking the 2nd Women’s Team Prize. Helen, who knocked 5 minutes off her previous best from last year, said afterwards “What a fantastic race. Lessons learned from last year I ate and drank enough and stuck to my plan, I arrived at Ribblehead a little quicker, but having paid for my quick first half going up Ingleborough last time, I eased off, and it paid off leaving me able to run most of the flags leaving me some beans to come down Ingleborough with. Head down and brakes off I just went eyeballs out ’til the end. Passed quite a few guys on the run down, won’t mention any names  I was pleased with my time in the wind and sticky underfoot, but there’s no excuses when Vicky Wilkinson took the women’s title in 3.21. Super impressive. Already planning next year’s assault. If I can make my climbing match my descending I’ll be cooking on gas! Lovely to get 2nd team with Becky and Sarah, great efforts”.

Sarah was equally excited about her Race and that of the Team, telling us “Although I’m suffering now due to lack of training, it was the funnest most awe-inspiring race ever. The scenery was breathtaking and despite the pain, it was an amazing experience and has inspired me to train and better my performance next year. Unlike any other race, every step was an adventure and the atmosphere and event organization was fantastic. To top it all, it was an honor to represent Blackburn, run alongside two amazing athletes, Beckie and Helen and come second. Well done girls- bring on next year!”

Beckie really seems to have taken to the Race and commented It was much harder than I expected and really made me realise the amount of training required to get round this sort of distance. It is by far the longest I have ever ran for and I am extremely proud I managed to get round it in under four and a half hours. There is much more room for improvement as I was one of the youngest in the race. I tend to put myself under pressure and believe I should be keeping up with women a lot older than me, but as I came to the first check point and heard my announcement ‘Beckie Taylor is only 20 years old, one of the youngest in the race’ and the loud cheer and support I got, I realised I am under no pressure and I have many more years of improvement yet. It was a fantastic experience and great to win second team along with my team mates Helen and Sarah. I am definitely looking forward to next year and hope we can get first team this time”

Matt Nuttall led the Harriers Men home in a really good 41st position (3.38.11) and 11th V40 out of 260 V40’s in the Race; just seconds behind came Shaun Livesey who is in a really good vein of form at the moment in 41st place (3.38.39) and 12th V40. Gary Pearse broke the four hour mark to finish 138th (3.58.43) and the three of them took a second Team Prize on the day with 3rd V40 Team. Next home was John Sutton 171st (4.05.16); Jonathan Bridge 444th (4.44.43) and John Orrell 622nd (5.14.49).

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English Junior Fell Championship Races at Rivington Pike

On April 19th, the Junior Fell Runners raced at Rivington in the U8, U10, U12, U14 and U16 Age Groups.

Full Results HERE

In the U16 Race of combined boys and girls, fifty five athletes in total, Liz Greenwood showed her continued good form to come home in 17th place overall and first Girl. With strong runs from Grace Handley not far behind in 20th place (15.07) and 2nd Girl, with Kelsey Rutherford 29th (16.00), this was a good performance by all three of them.

Natalya Irvine also had a solid run in the U14 Category which had an even higher entry of boys and girls totaling 75, Natalya came home in 37th place (15.56). Sister Alayna Irvine, who has a go at everything ran in the U8 Category, but was sadly missed off the results.

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Up & Down Rivington Pike with the Harriers

On a cracking day for racing, Blackburn Harriers Men and Women were out in numbers at the annual Easter Rivington Pike Race which attracted 356 runners and they produced some excellent results. The Race was won by Rob Hope of Pudsey & Bramley in 17.18 and in second place with another really good run was Tom Cornthwaite running for Northumberland on the Fells in 17.41. Tom won the race in 2013 in a slightly slower time of 18.04.

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Men’s & Women’s Results HERE

Jack Hindle was first Harrier home in 21st place (19.23) and just seconds behind legendary athletes such as Paul Dugdale. Jack also took the 3rd U20 spot, which was backed up by Zac Howe in 28th (19.43) and 4th U20, with brother Joseph Howe also having a strong run in 56th (21.08) to take the 5th U20 place.

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V45 Matt Nuttall just edged in front of Joseph by six seconds to take 54th place in 21.03. U17 Joe Campbell also had a good race to finish 69th in 21.47. Allan Hartley was next home in 107th place (22.54), followed by Paul Wilkinson 224th (26.38) and V65 Stuart Furness in 271st (28.43).

Blackburn took third placed Team of the day, consisting of Jack Hindle; Zac Howe; Matt Nuttall and Jospeh Howe which was a great result for their efforts.

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Vets are motoring and recent Results

Recently V40 Shaun Livesey had a great run in the Manchester Marathon with a 2.46.17 clocking. V60 Evan Cook and V55 John Chaplin have had great starts to 2014 racing consistently well and taking lots of Veteran Category Prizes in their races.

Evan has competed in 7 Road Races and the Northern 12 Stage Relays this year amassing six V60 Category wins and one 2nd place. His wins came in the Central Lancs 5k (19.38); Lostock 6 (37.59); Trafford 10k (39.04); Welcome Tavern 10k (40.08); Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k (41.41) won by Blackburn Harrier Tom Blaney in 35.47 with Brian Fogarty in second place (36.08); East Lancashire Hospice 10k in 40.36 – a race won by Blackburn Harrier, Matt Lalor in a season’s best of 32.56. Evan’s second place V60 Category came in the Cheshire 10k with 38.26. In the National V60 Rankings headed by Martin Rees with a fabulous time of 33.43 and nearly three minutes in front of the rest, Evan stands in 12th place out of 215 which reflects his really good and consistent performances in the year to-date.

John has competed in 5 Road Races and 2 sets of Relays taking four V55 Category wins and one 2nd. John’s wins came at the Central Lancs 5k (18.25); Lostock 6 (35.52); Cheshire 10k (36.07) and Trafford 10k 36.41. Paul Bradshaw also had a good run at Trafford with a 34.14 finish. John’s 2nd place V55 Category came at the Garstang 10k in a time of 36.48. John lies in a fantastic 3rd position in the V55 National Rankings list of 300 runners headed by Paul Muller, but is only 18 seconds behind him. Great performance.



V40 John Cookson narrowly missed out on setting a new PB recently when he ran at the Lancaster Three Bridges 10k (Results). His time of 43.49 (42nd overall) was just shy of his PB. But in the Preston 5k Park Run, he did set a new PB by 8 seconds in running 20.56. In the most recent Preston Park Run, he finished in 32nd place with 21.13.

V45 Mark Almond, recovering from his 3.11.56 PB at the Manchester Marathon ran the Preston 5k Park Run on April 19th finishing 4th in 18.19. Brother David Almond, also a V45 ran in the same Race and finished (17th) with a new PB of 20.00.

V35 Chris Davies, decided to race twice in the two weeks following the Manchester Marathon where he ran 3.02.39. At the Bolton 10k he finished with a time of 37.49 (Results) and on Good Friday at Salford clocked 36.23 (Results).

Andy Heys, who becomes a V35 next year, has chalked up PB’s already this year at 5k and 10k. At the Trafford 10k, he took nearly a minute off his previous best clocking 36.59 (Results) and at the North West 5k Grand Prix on April 5th he did even better, cutting one and half minutes off his 5k PB, finishing with 18.12 (Results).