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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.

Photo’s Courtesey of ‘Mick Kenyon’



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).



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Good Friday on the Road with the Harriers

The ever popular Salford 10k with 574 runners taking part took place on Good Friday with a number of the Harriers competing. The Race, won by Michael Aspinall of Tipton in 30.03 saw the first 11 runners all come home in sub 31 minute pace.

Full Results HERE

Stand out performance for the Harriers on the day was the run of young Joe Monk coming in 47th overall in a time of 34.26 and taking the Male Juniors First Prize to boot. Joe was sitting in 12th position in the National U17 Rankings due to his 35.42 at the Welcome Tavern 10k in January. His PB at Salford took him up to 4th which is a tremendous achievement for the 16yr old.

Karl Billington led the Harriers home in 18th place overall in a time of 32.24 and currently lies in 5th place in the National U23 Rankings with his 31.28 at Partington in March. Chris Davies in 77th (36.23) was the third Harrier home. In the V35 National Rankings, led by Philip Wylie with 30.23, Chris is 108th with 35.17 and this shows the depth of talent in the Veteran Category Age Groups.


The Caldervale 10 Mile Race featuring 159 runners, also took place on Good Friday and U23 Beckie Taylor, home from University tackled it. She finished in a really solid 12th position behind Angela Leck and Melanie Hydes in a time of 67.43 which knocked nearly four minutes of the only ever 10 mile road race she had done before.

Full Results HERE


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2014 London Marathon and Mini-Marathon

The Harriers had just two runners – Kaylie Panaro and Catherine Guinan in this years Marathon, both of whom had excellent runs on the day.

Full Results HERE

Kaylie in her second Marathon – she did London in 2013 – knocked nearly twelve minutes off her time from last year finishing with 3.55.27. and celebrated by going straight to the pub!! Catherine, in her first ever attempt at the distance also had a really good run debuting with a time of 4.02.40.


In the London Mini-Marathon, two of the Clubs leading young women athletes competed for the North West in the British Athletics Under 15 Girls Road Championship and both had good runs with Liz Greenwood finishing 22nd overall and counting for the North West Team which finished second and Grace Handley having missed a couple of weeks training and targeting a top 50 position finishing in 40th.

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After she got back home Liz told the Club that she really enjoyed the race and atmosphere and even saw Tom Daley and Andy murray. Afterwards we went and watched the elite athletes in the marathon which was amazing especially when Mo Farah ran past us. Overall it was a fantastic experience running through the centre of London with all of the supporters and I was really happy with my race”.

Grace was equally pleased and commented “I went to the London mini marathon on Saturday 12th April on the north west coach along with my team mate Liz greenwood. I ran the last 3 miles of the marathon the next day representing the north west against other regions and the Borough’s of London. I came 40th overall out of over 100 runners and was very pleased as I went in hope for top 50 after 2 weeks off training. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will hopefully be picked next year as an u17”.