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More PB’s for Harriers on the Track and Road and Vet Wins

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).


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Jack and Liz competing for England in Italy

 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

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.

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Ben Fish wins Freckleton for the eighth time

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! “

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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”.


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Three Fells and a Road

 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).

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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
the photos)

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  –

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!”

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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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Wins for Ben, Joe & Amy

Jubllee Road Series (Race 2)  – Wednesday June 18th

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish took on one of his favourite Races on Wednesday and nearly broke the Course Record winning in a time of 24.51, ahead of Chris Farrell in second place (25.24) and Tom Carson third (26.04). Ben was pleased and in relation to the Course Record he said “it’s about 23 secs out, but I was happy with that. I always run well there and it’s always good to go back to race it. I’ve ran in this race more than any other, one of my favourite races”.

Mark Almond back after a recent injury problem was the second Harrier home in 25th spot (29.52). He was followed home by the improving Allan Hartley who finished 52nd (31.38) and full one and a half minutes faster than in the same race in 2013. V55 Mick Nolan, who has just celebrated his birthday placed 151st (37.10), with Kaylie Panaro in 192nd (39.19) and David Morris who is chipping away at his time finishing 257th (46.17).

Jubilee Junior Road Race (2) – Wednesday June 18th

Full Results HERE

Amy Davies had competed in the first Race of the Junior One Mile Series winning it in a time of 6min.11sec. In that first Race she was eleventh overall in the mixed boys and girls Race. At the second Race on Wednesday she came in one place higher at 10th overall in the mixed field and two seconds faster at 6min.09sec to claim her second race win. Looking very good for a Series win.

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Blue Light 5 Mile – 15th June 2014

Full Results HERE

Ninety Five runners lined up for this Race and coming out on top of the pile was U17 Blackburn Harriers Joe Monk winning in a time of 28.02 from Nick Gaskell in second place (28.41) and Joe Greenwood third (29.22). Joe has been setting PB’s all year and this latest Race is demonstrating his continuing good form. John Cookson and daughter Hannah Cookson also competed with John finishing in 25th (34.47) and Hannah 59th (40.01) and first FU16.




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Harriers Vets getting stuck in

V65 Mike Hazlewood was out in action at Huddinge AIS Friidrott on June 8th and was understandably happy with his overall performance in the Throws Pentathlon featuring five Throws. Mike told the club that “I managed to win my age group (and beat the current European champion by a huge 15 points!!!). My result was: hammer – 37.42 (757 points). Shot – 10.34 (732), discus- 35.95 (702), javelin- 34.49 (646) & weight – 14.56 (806). Total points 3642”.

Results HERE

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Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series

Full Results HERE

In the latest round of the Series, Andy Buttery, Gary Pearse, John Sutton and Jonathan Bridge all turned out in this annual very tough Road Race, described as a Half-Marathon, but measuring 13.5 miles instead of the regulation 13.1 miles. (Photos courtesy of

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10272729_10152270868672730_2876858910035094529_oThe Race won by Marc Hartley in 83.17 saw Andy kept up his charge for the Vet 40 title overall with a fifth place on the day and second V40 in 89.32. A royal battle took place between John Sutton and Gary Pearse, with John home in 7th place and 3rd V40 (92.30) and Gary seconds behind in 8th (92.33) and 4th V40. V45 Jonathan Bridge took 24th spot at the finish with 97.59 and fifth V45.


 Preston Duathlon – June 8th 2014

Full Results HERE

Tom Blaney returning from a long period of injury cjose the Preston Duathlon to est out his fitness and was joined by V40 John Sutton. Tom won the event consisting of a one mile run, four mile bike ride and one mile run in 22.25 and John came second in 23.24.

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