Category Archives: Endurance
The Harriers were involved in a number of Fell Races recently. John Sutton had a really good run at the Belmont Winter Hill Race finishing 9th out of 166 entrants on the day and in a time of 37:53. Allan Hartley had a crack at this Race placing 74th (46.30). Allan also competed in the Wray Scarecrow Race five days previously finishing 40th out of 244 runners and in a time of 53:51.
Belmont Full Results HERE:
Not to be outdone, John Orrell flew the flag for the Club at Pendle Coughs 14 mile Race with 4100 ft of ascent on May 4th – 40th in 2hr:58.37 and a PB by a massive 16 minutes – and then a week later ran the Fairfield Horseshoe which was 10 miles with 3000 ft of ascent.
Fairfield Horseshoe Results HERE:
Pendle Clough Results HERE:
Some of our Juniors braved the bad weather at Cowpe on Saturday with some good performances. In the U16 – U18 Race Liz Greenwood had another excellent run winning the U16G age category in 39.12; Kelsey Rutherford finished 5th overall in the U16G age category in 46.03. The U14 Race was contested by Grace Handley 4th in the U14G age category with a time of 24:41 and Megan Clarkson (23rd) in 29:28. No holding Alayna Irvine back who once again tackled the U8 Race coming home 6th in the U8G Race (7:57).
Full Results HERE:
Church Stretton April 27th
First off were the U8’s and Alayna Irvine had another great run with 3rd place (6.47) and 6th overall. Full Results HERE:
In the U12’s Race, Hannah Cookson flew the flag for the Club in 22nd place (18.09). Full Results HERE:
On to the U14’s Race where Natalya Irvine 2nd overall (26.05sec) and 2nd U14 Girl was followed home by Megan Clarkson 26th (30.15). Full Results HERE:
Kelsey Rutherford; Liz Greenwood and Jack Hindle all contested the U16’s Race. Jack placed 7th overall (34.15); Liz 19th overall and winner of the U16 Girls Race in (38.15) was followed home by Kelsey 26th and 3rd in the U16 Girls category in (42.35). Full Results HERE:
Eight intrepid Blackburn Harriers set off amongst 672 other runners for this years 2013 Three Peaks Race on a ‘bracing’ April Saturday. With prospects of snow on the Peaks and bragging rights at stake, it turned out to be good day. Rumour had it that Chris Barnes was running in fear of Helen Leigh!!
First Harrier home was Mat Nuttall who ran a well judged race, working his way through to finish in a good 60th place (3:40.29). Not far behind with fine runs came John Sutton 72nd (3:44.25); Gary Pearse 91st (3:48.49) and Chris Barnes 121st (3:53.08). There was a Richard Taylor beating in Chris by 6 seconds, but happily for Chris, it wasn’t our Richard!.
Special mention for Helen Leigh, for whom the description as ‘ strong and determined as a horse’ doesn’t quite do her justice. She had a cracking run, finishing 166th and just 39 seconds off breaking four hours (4:.00.39) and 11th Woman overall. Jonathon Bridge 175th (4:02.39) wasn’t far behind Helen. John Orrell was next in 454th (4:45.30) which represented a PB for him in the Race and he was delighted as you can imagine. Richard Taylor was our last runner home 604th (5:11.44) and sadly we don’t have a photo of him in the Race. The Race photographer was adamant that he missed Richard because he came past him in a blur!!
And the winner and last one home in the 2013 Blackburn Harriers Club Three Peaks Challenge Trophy with their magnificent Cups presented at the Indian Restaurant after the Race…………..well you’re just going to have to work that one out?
Full Results HERE:
Glorious weather greeted the athletes at this years Pendle Fell Race which incorporated the Lancashire Fell Championships.
Full Results here:
First off were 32 animated and excited Under 8 runners and it was a joy to see them enjoying themselves for the few minutes that the Race took. First girl home and winner of the Girls Race was our own Alayna Irivine – 8th overall (and who never stopped running for the rest of the day!!) followed by Kate Cookson in 11th place and an excellent 4th place in the Girls Race.
The next Race for Under 10’s had 57 – 30 Girls and 27 Boys – runners in it with just 8 seconds separating the first four. Eleesha Charnley our effervescent 9yr old had a great run to come home 16th overall and 4th in the Girls Race. Amy Davies making her debut on this type of terrain had a really good run to finish 32nd overall and 11th in the Girls Race.
In the Under 12’s Race – 67 runners with 28 girls and 39 Boys – Hannah Cookson courageously set off like a rocket and was in 3rd place overall at the top of the first climb. However that effort took its toll and Hannah slipped back to 29th overall and 8th in the Girls Race and a fine 3rd in the Lancashire Championships winning a Bronze Medal.
22 Girls and 20 Boys line up for the Under 14’s Race, which provided Blackburn with its second victory of the day so far and first Lancashire Champion. Grace Handley, who is in sparkling form finished 8th over all and won the Girls Race and the Lancashire title. Grace was backed up with fine runs from Natalya Irivine 11th overall, 2nd Girl and 2nd in the Lancashire Championships; Deni Impett 18th overall, 5th Girl and 3rd in the Lancashire Championships; Megan Clarkson 31st overall and 13th Girl; Esme Pearse in 35th place and Georgia Turgoose in 37th place.
A second Championship of the Day was won by Jack Hindle with a cracking run in the U16’s, finishing first overall to win the Lancashire Championships with a 50 second gap to second place. Rhiannon Wickham 9th overall and Phoebe Howe 13th overall finished 1st and 2nd in the Championships providing the Club with its 3rd Championship winner of the day so congratulations to them.
In the Senior Race – 340 runners lined up at the start with Rob Hope (32:13) – Pudsey & Bramley AC winning and Victoria Wilkinson (35:19) – Bingley Harriers the Women’s Race in fine style.
Good runs from the Harriers with two Women and 9 Male athletes. Two of the Men were making their debut – Chris Davies who really enjoyed it and Middle Distance athlete Rob Warner who didn’t and decided to put it down to experience and one not to be repeated he said!!
Chris Barnes led the Harriers team home finishing 29th overall (37:19) and looking strong; Gary Pearse 47th (39:06); Mat Nuttall 64th (40:31); Chris Davies 91st (42:41); Helen Leigh 103rd (43:53) and Bronze Medalist in the Lancashire Championships; Joseph Howe, mixing it with the Seniors for the first time and doing really well in 107th (44:20) and winning the Silver Medal in the Championships; John Orrell 145th (47:04); Paul Wilkinson – fresh from competing in the Carr Hill Triathlon at Kirkham last week where he finished 14th out of 44 competitors – finished 193rd (50:40); Stuart Furness 200th (51:06); a resurgent Jackie Taylor 234th (53:22) and Michael Nolan 259th (55:24).
FRA Junior Championships 2013 Round One
Club Standings HERE :
Individual Standings HERE:
A great day for the Annual Rivington Pike Fell Race. Plenty of sunshine, plenty of runners and lots of really good competition. Thirty five youngsters kicked off the Under 8’s Race with just 16 secs seperating the first five. Matthew Cubbon in his first race for the Club did really well coming in 3rd overall (4:28). Matthew was followed home by Kate Cookson in her first race for the Club in 23rd (5:21) and just behind her was Alayna Irvine in 25th place (5:30).
Next up for the Harriers was the Under 12’s Race which featured 86 runners. Another debutant for the Club – Daniel Cubbon – finished in 33rd place (12:06). Hannah Cookson came home in 53rd place overall (12:49).
The Under 14’s Boys & Girls mixed Race gave the Club its first winner of the day with a cracking run by Grace Handley the first girl home and 10th overall (15:28) in a field of 58. Grace was backed up with good performances by Natalya Irvine 22nd (16:45); Deni Impett 31st (17:45); Megan Clarkson 48th (19:33) and Esme Pearse 54th (21:42).
Last of the Junior Races were the Under 16’s mixed Boys & Girls providing the Harriers with their second outright winner of the day with a really fine run by Liz Greenwood to win the Girls Race in 13th place overall (15:10). Jack Hindle also had a good run to finish 5th overall (13:55), Morgan Philips was 20th (15:44); Phoebe Howe 33rd and 8th Girl (18:14).
Full Results here:
In the Senior Mens Race 312 Men and Women lined up making an impressive long line in the ascent up to the Pike. Tom Cornthwaite running for Northumberland Fell Runners and Gary Priestley for Salford Harriers (both 2nd Claim on the Track for Blackburn), treated us to a cracking Race with just 3 seconds seperating them at the finish – Tom (18:04) edging out Gary (18:07). Another 2nd Claim member for Blackburn – Josh Tighe – and again running for Northumberland Fell Runners ran a good race to finish 6th overall (18:50)
Zac Howe led the rest of the Harriers home in 30th place – 6th U20M (20:49); John Sutton 36th (21:11); Joseph Howe 61st and 6th U18M (22:36); Matt Nuttall – running with a titanium plate in his shoulder having broken his collar bone in three places 91st (23:33); John Cookson 165th (26:21). With Kate and Hannah Cookson both competing and siblings Zac, Jospeh and Phoebe Howe also competing, that meant we had two families on the day who eached turned out three competitors in the different age groups.
V60 Stalwart Stuart Furness came 199th (27:55) and Lisa Nuttall – who smiled all the way up and all the way down – finished 300th (34:35)
Full Results here :
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