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Ben Fish wins Freckleton for the eighth time

Freckleton Half-Marathon – Sunday June 22nd 2014

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Busy weekend on the Road, Fells & Triathlon for the Harriers

Derby Half- Marathon June 8th 2014

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Ben Fish had a busy two days at the weekend. On Saturday he ran the 1500m in 4.01.09 for 3rd place in the Northern League Division One fixture at Sportscity and then won the 5000m in 14.57.2. On to Sunday and Ben was down in Derby for the Half-Marathon in pretty unpleasant and hot conditions with only the first two finishing in a sub 70 minute time. Finishing 3rd (72.14) in the Race won by Luke Gunn (68.53) Ben commented on his weekend efforts saying that I was really pleased with my races on Saturday, but I have to rank Sundays run as my worst ever half marathon run, really struggling in heat”.

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Le Two-r Halves Ten – June 8th 2014

The ‘Two Halves Ten’ was a race hosted by Halifax Harriers during the 90’s that climbed 5 miles from Halifax Town Centre to Queensbury with a more welcoming 5 mile downhill run back to the finish.

To celebrate and support the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire we’re re-launching this event but running it along one of the more challenging parts of the actual Tour de France course – Cragg Road. This stretch takes in the longest continuous gradient in England and makes for a perfect Two Halves Ten with an equal 5 mile climb followed by a fast 5 mile descent. A unique race comprising a very run-able 5 mile uphill stretch along the actual Tour de France course followed by a fast 5 mile downhill finish.

Sixty eight athletes lined up for this one, but it was the Harriers Shaun Livesey who came out on top, winning the Race in (60.33) by nearly a minute and taking the V40 Prize for his first Race win of the Year. Well done Shaun.

Full Results HERE


Turner Junior Uphill Championships – June 7th 2014

Uphill Championship U16 Results HERE – U16 Championship Table HERE

Uphill Championships U14 Results HERE – Uphill Championships U10 Results HERE

The latest Race in the FRA Junior Championships for 2014 was held in the Lake District and a number of the Club’s young Fell Runners competed. Liz Greenwood continues to show her good form on the Fells with her third win (20.22) in four Races – the other being a second place – to put her at the top of the table and the winner of the Series after five Races. Brilliant performance from Liz and in her usual understated way she told the Club “it was a tough race as it was uphill only (no time for a rest) especially in the extremely wet conditions but I enjoyed the race and was extremely pleased with the result”. Kelsey Rutherford and Megan Clarkson have also had a good series of Races. On Saturday, Kelsey finished 24th overall and 9th U16G (23.11) and is placed 6th in the overall standings. Megan finished in 25th overall and 10th U16G (23.29) and is 7th in the overall standings. In the U14 Girls Race a welcome return to racing by Natalaya Irvine finishing 28th overall in the mixed boys and girls Race (12.31) and 10th Girl. Sister Alayna Irvine ran in the U10’s Race placing 31st (9.52).



Ennerdale Fell Race – June 7th 2014

No Results Available as of June 9th

It was the second round of this year’s British Championships at the weekend on the ‘slopes’ of Ennerdale. Helen Leigh as always, was there and here she is apparently making ‘light work’ of it and this is what she had to say following the Race “I was really disappointed that due to a forecast of lightening that the course was changed to avoid the ridge tops. This actually made the race just as challenging as we ran all the way over to Buttermere, up the valley and over to Blacksail Hut then up again to just under Green Gable, back to Black Sail Hut then a LONG slog back to Ennerdale Scout Hut. I pulled my calf after only half a mile then in my typical pig headed fashion I battled on for the next 20 odd miles. In the pouring down rain this made for a challenging day out to say the least, but I was pleased to finish (wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night otherwise) and still an amazing place to run in. I will of course be back to tackle the full horseshoe next year!”

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Weets Fell Race – June 7th 2014

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In the latest Round of the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series a number of the Harriers who have targeted the Series were out again at the Weets Fell Race. In this latest Race Andy Buttery again took the first V40 Prize in 5th place overall (42.40). V45 Gary Pearse and V50 Micheal Toms had a real battle in the Race with Gary just edging home in 15th place (44.50) and Michael in 15th (44.53). Sarah Toms was 53rd overall and third woman on the day.


Paddy’s Pole Fell Race – June 3rd 2014

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Recently married Chris Barnes, decided to run off some of the excesses of the celebrations and turned out at the Paddy’s Pole Fell Race finishing 25th (33.24) in a field of 108 and won by Danny Hope  in 28.21.



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Another great result for Brian Fogarty at the Bala Race at the weekend finishing in third place (4hr.10.20) in a field of 300 finishers. Blackburn Harrier Brian competed as a member of the newly formed FITT Team which includes a number of Blackburn Harriers, some of whom also competed really well in the Race. Vet Matt Nuttall finished in 10th spot (4.28.45) and was the first veteran athlete home which was another cracking performance. Not far behind came Mark Bleasdale in 14th position (4.31.47) and 4th veteran home.

After the Race Brian commented on his own race and those of Matt and Mark saying “The race on Sunday was in Bala, a half ironman. For me, Matt and Mark itwas a huge race to test our current fitness in a quality field. Also a great prep for our big Ironman races which are 3 weeks away. The day turned out great!! The swim was difficult for all, due to the winds the waves made the swim difficult. We all came through fine and had good solid bikesplits, I came in off the bike in 4th and knew I had a tough 1/2 marathon ahead to earn a podium finish. Mark came in with Matt only 2 minutes after. So the race was on with both fighting it out for the 1st vet prize. Both had great runs and Matt just managed to beat mark by a small margin. I had a good transition and started the run in 3rd being closely followed by 4th. Luckily my track sessions paid off and with 6 miles to go I managed to pull away and finish the race strong and very happy to finish 3rd. Matt finished
10th overall and 1st vet, mark was 14th and 4th vet. We were all happy with the results and it should prepare us well for in 3 weeks when along with Paul Guinan we head off to Austria Ironman”




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Road and Fell Results

The latest Race in the Burnley & Pendle  Grand Prix Series took place on May 31st at the Kellbrook Fell Race with four Harriers competing.

Full Results HERE

First home in 4th place overall was V40 Andy Buttery with a time of 23.22 and first V40 on the night. Andy has targeted the 13 Race Series this year and told the Club “I found Kelbrook to be a lot tougher than I expected for a short race. It’s a real lung-buster so I was happy to hold onto 4th and 1st Vet 40 after being pushed by fellow vet Michael Keedy of Skipton all the way round. He got in front of me going up the steepest section, but I managed to pass him as we ran off the top and kept a gap on the fast run back. I’m planning on doing all 13 races in the Grand Prix and making the series my main goal of the summer. They all offer something a bit different, so although they come thick and fast, they don’t feel repetitive. I’m aiming to finish 1st V40 and top 3 overall, but its not going to be easy as the standard is very good and there’s a lot of talented local young lads that are keen to do all the races. Really enjoying it, and all the races are well organised, friendly and have great support.”

V50 Michael Toms wasn’t far behind in 14th position overall and first V50 in a time of 24.36, followed just seconds away by V45 Gary Pearse in 16th place (24.42). Sarah Toms placed 49th overall in 27.30 and was the second Woman home.


West Nab Fell Race May 31st

Jack Hindle – recently having been selected for England – contested the latest Fell Race in the Series at West Nab putting in a really good performance finishing 5th in a time of 45.06 – just three seconds behind 4th place and eleven seconds behind 3rd. Jack commented after the Race I found the race tough! With a full race of challenges from long distance with steep climbs to tricky steep descents!! But I was happy with my performance and pick up some valuable points”.

Senior Full Results HERE

U16 Full Results HERE

In the U16 Age Category, Liz Greenwood with two wins already under her belt finished 10th overall (33.03) in the mixed boys and girls Race to Erica Byram from Holmfirth. Liz can secure the Series title if she wins her next Race. Kelsey Rutherford placed 21st in 36.15; and Megan Clarkson was 27th in 39.35.

(Photo’s courtesey of and Derek Hindle).

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Welcome Tavern 5k – Preston May 27th

Catforth 5k May 31st

Joe Monk contested The Welcome Tavern Race and has been in really good form over the last few months setting PB’s at 5k and 10k. He finished fourth overall in a field of 109 finishers and in a good time of 17.01. Next up was the Catforth 5k featuring 89 runners and Joe finished in 7th with a time of 16.41 which was a new PB by seven seconds.

Welcome Tavern Results HERE

Catforth Results HERE


Crazy Cow 10k

Chris Davies; John Cookson; Carol Cookson and Kaylie Panaro were amongst the 127 runners who lined up for this 10k Race in hot and not very conducive conditions for distance running.

Full Results HERE

First Blackburn Harrier home was Chris Davies in 3rd place (37.35) with John Cookson in 24th (44.47); Kaylie Panaro 32nd and a new PB of 46.54 and Carol Cookson in 71st (54.43).

Star show of the day may well have been from 8yr old Kate Cookson who finished 2nd in the Fun Run out of 26 runners in a time of 6.28 and was the first girl home in the mixed Boys and Girls Race.

Fun Results HERE