Category Archives: Endurance
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).
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
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.
Full Results results-2014
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”.
Last weekend – April 5th – saw the Senior and U23’s Lancashire Fell Championships at Pendle which also doubled as the English Championships and on April 6th, it was the turn of the Juniors in Age Categories U8 – U18’s.
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Three of the Harriers Women lined up alongside the other 238 runners in the Race which was eventually won impressively by Victoria Wilkinoson of Bingley by nearly two minutes. First home for the Harriers in 15th place overall and 3rd in the Lancashire Championships was Helen Leigh in an impressive 43.40. Following her was Beckie Taylor in 30th place overall and 6th in the Lancs Championships with a time of 45.34. Beckie’s mum, Jackie Taylor, also tackled the race coming in 102nd and 32nd in the Championships (55.31).
Women’s Results HERE
Just two runners from the Club’s Senior Men in the Race which attracted a very big field of 340 and eventually won by just 10 seconds by Tom Addison (32.55) of Helm Hill from Rob Hope (33.05) competing for Pudsey & Bramley.
For the Harriers, Ian Clarkson came 265th in 50.37 with John Orrell in 295th place 53.09.
Men’s Results HERE
On Sunday, in the Junior Championships their were some really good performances on the day by the Harriers. In the U16 Race which saw 52 mixed boys and girls racing together, Liz Greenwood finished 8th overall and first Girl in a time of 23.19. Right behind her was Grace Handley 19th overall in 25.17; Megan Clarkson 30th overall in 27.00 and Kelsey Rutherford 34th overall in 28.40. In the Lancashire Championship Race the girls occupied 1st; 2nd; 3rd and 4th place which was a great performance.
Alayna Irvine competed in the U8 Race, first of the day and finsihed 76th in 7.51. Sister Natalya Irvine ran in the U14 Race placing 44th of the 70 runners in the field in 24.52
Full Results HERE
In the U18 Men’s Race there were two more excellent performances from Jack Hindle who came 4th overall in 29.42 and took 2nd place in the Lancashire Championships. Joe Campbell came in 12th overall in a good time of 34.05 to be placed 5th in the Lancs Championships.
This years Manchester Marathon turned out to be a quality race with twenty of the first fifty runners establishing PB’s. Andi Jones ran a great race to win in 2.16.55, just seconds inside the Commonwealth Games qualifying mark for the Marathon and followed home by the next three finishers all beating by some margin the 2hrs 20min mark.
Full Results HERE
Shaun Livesey, Chris Davies and Mark Almond all competed for the Harriers. Shaun, in his seventh Marathon to-date set a new PB, cutting nearly 5 minutes off his previous best time finishing in 2.46.17secs and 46th place overall which was a first class run. Chris in his first attempt at the Marathon posted an excellent debut time of 3.02.31 in 237th place and is already contemplating his next attempt. Mark also had a great run setting a new PB of 3.11.56 in 456th place and knocking a full 13 minutes of his his previous best.
Jonathan Bridge went over to Ireland to run the Connormara Marathon in Galway and ran in the Full Marathon along wityh 597 other runners. He had a really good race on a hilly course, finishingh 83rd in 3.35.32. After the Race Jonathan commented and said “ boy was it tough Made the Peaks look flat Hail Sun Wind and loads of hills Bloody loved it although the 2 mile climb at 23 miles into a force 8 gale was a bit annoying at the time Highly recommended and well organised race in a beautiful corner of Ireland” (Results HERE)
Blackburn Harriers had a good turnout at the Northern XC Champs on 25th January at Knowsley Safari Park. Yet again the Cluib came away with a medal and continued it’s good run of recent years.
The U15 Girls were the star performers. Liz Greenwood lead them home in 7th place with Grace Handley close behind in 9th. Both girls went for an individual medal and paid a little in the closing stages as they lost a few places each. But they had terrific runs and were rewarded with a Team bronze as Megan Clarkson, Kelsey Rutherford and Mollie Morton backed them up in good style.
The U13 Girls also performed well. Maddie Elliott ran her best ever race for 26th just ahead of Natalya Irvine in 39th. With Hannah Cookson, Emily Warren and Amy Dowsing all running well the girls finished a creditable 9th team.
The Senior men also completed a team with Matt Nuttall 84th, Tom Blaney 88th and Andrew Fleet 103rd leading them home for 18th place. Mark Irving, Chris Balderson, Allan Hartley, John Cookson and Ian Clarkson were the other members of the team.
Robert Warner ran one of his last races as an U20 and perhaps his best XC run yet to take 14th place.
Pick of the other performances was Helen Leigh with 24th in the Senior ladies with Sarah Toms in 73rd. Jack Hindle ran a cracker in 29th in the U17 Mens race ahead of Robert Buckley and Morgan Phillips whilst in the U15 Boys Ben Dowsing made only his 2nd appearance for Harriers in 142nd.
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