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Hat Trick of Wins for Tom Cornthwaite

Tom Cornthwaite who competes for Blackburn Harriers on the Track –  took to the Roads and Fell in his last three races and in each race he ran a record time which was a tremendous performance.

On June 8th Tom ran the Weets Fell Race for Northumberland Fell Runners in a new record time of 37.14, a record which stands on the new course established in 2003 –  Results HERE:

The day after, running for Salford, he contested the final Leg 20 of the Welsh Castles Relay winning it in a time of 55: 34 which was a full three minutes inside the old record set by Stuart Robinson of Blackpool in 2010 –  Results HERE:

And then at the Hendon Brook, a race slightly longer than Half-Marathon distance, he won that in another record time of 75.29 – Results HERE: Another Track Runner for Blackburn Harriers – Matt Lalor – also ran in the Hendon brook Race taking an excellent 3rd place in 85:09.






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A Bridge Too Far !

Full Results HERE:

Three ‘casualties’ during the week – Andy Butterey, David Thornton and Gary Pearse – meant there was some last minute call ups to slot into the Team leading up to the Bradford Millenium Way Relays. Phil Morton, Richard Taylor and John Cookson all threw their hats into the ring to complete the Team on the day.

Leg 1 had John Chaplin and Phil Morton handing over in 13th place. Leg 2 Team Chris Barnes and Chris Davies gained 5 places handing over in 8th position. On Leg 3 Richard Taylor and John Cookson held on to 8th place, with ‘Captain’ Chris Barnes describing it as a great run by the duo running something like 5 minutes faster than their predicted time.

Mark Almond and Jonathon Bridge set off really well and closed down the gap only to miscalculate in the last mile, managing to add 5 miles on to the leg! Any cartographers in the house? This left the Team in 25th place. Shaun Livesey and Matt Nuttall rose to the challenge on Leg 5 setting a Course Record time for the Vets by over 6 minutes (72.39) on Leg 5 to bring the Team back to 15th place.


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There were other Harriers out and about on the Fells too. Results HERE: At the Chorley Great Hill Fell Race ( June 15th), Tom Cubbon, Allan Hartley and Jackie Taylor all tackled the Race. Tom came in 14th (44:09) and fourth V40. Allan took 26th position (47:20) whilst Jackie took 37th place (49:28) and won the Women’s V40 prize too boot.

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UPHILL All the way at Sedbergh

Some of the Harriers youngsters contested the FRA Junior Uphill Only Championship Race at Sedbergh on Saturday July 9th.

Full Results HERE:     (Thanks to for the photo’s)

Liz Greenwood and Grace Handley dashed over to the Race, after being given the wrong information about the scheduled time for the 1500m Race at the Lancashire Schools Championships held at Wigan on the same day, which prevented them from racing there.

Both of them made up for not having the chance to compete at Wigan by winning their respective Age Group Races at Sedbergh. In the U14 Race which combined both Boys and Girls, Grace placed 9th overall in a field of 39 and 1st U14 Girl (14:36). In the U16 Race, again combining Boys and Girls Liz was 15th overall out of 28 and 1st U16 Girl (27:49).

Liz with 2nd placed Jennifer Willison from Derby AC (29:19) and 3rd placed athlete Ellie Lambert from Wharfedale (31:09)

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Grace with runner up in the U14 Race – Emma Clapton from Scarborough (14.52).

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Thomas Harbour and Natalya Irvine also competed in the U14 Race – Thomas finished 14th in the Boys Race (15:39) and Natalya 12th in the Girls Race (17:16).

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Jack Hindle continued his very promising Fell Season with another good run coming 3rd in in the U16 Race (24.00).


And last but by no means least – our Alayna Irvine – younger sister to Natalya – who ran in the U8 age category of Boys and Girls, finished 13th out of 28 and was 2nd home (3:29) just 3 seconds away from the winner – Sophie Rylance from Ambleside AC.

Now Alayna knows no limits when it comes to running, so to celebrate she decided to run through the fields!!

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Helen & Matt at the Deva

The Deva Triathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon which was held in Chester on June 2nd. 976 Triathletes completed the Race and amongst them were two of the Harriers – V40 Matt Nuttall and Helen Leigh.

Matt finished – training for an Ironman Triathlon – was 168th overall in 2hrs:16min.34 secs and came 16th in his Male Age Group. Helen came 482nd overall (2hrs:32mins.28 secs) to finish 12th Woman in her age group 25 – 29. Describing the “swim as really tough with over a 100 in the start wave and a 900m upstream swim….with lots of kicking and bashing between the swimmers” preventing her from getting into a good rhythm, Helen is confident after a good bike ride and a run where she felt comfortable that she could “qualify” for the Aquathlon World Championships at the next Race in Liverpool in July.

Full Results HERE:

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Latest Results Round Up

Starting off on the Track in this latest report with three Harriers athletes contesting the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford.

Full Results HERE:

Karl Billington who competed in a 5000m on the previous Saturday running 15:27.13 at the Sportscity Grand Prix, continued his progress after an achilles injury to come 6th in the 3000m at Stretford in a time of 8:37.41 – the race being won by Ryan McLeod in 8:18.95.

In the same race and in only his second track race of the season, Gary Priestley – who runs for Blackburn on the Track – ran a season’s best of 8:49.45 (17th). Gary is really mixing it up at the moment having competed  in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships; Mountain Trials, Road Races and Track with quality performances in all disciplines.

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At the same Race Meeting, the effervescent Phil Hall – V50 – contested Race 2 of the 3000m and finished in a season’s best of 9:41.14. This run moved Phil to 6th in the V50 National Rankings for 3000m where he already occupies 6th place for the 800m with a time of 2:10.95 – must be eating the rights things for breakfast!!


The Chorley Park Wednesday Night Series saw Race 2 take place on Wednesday June 5th won by Anthony Valentine in 23:49. Ten Harriers turned out on the night with the Men taking the 3rd Team spot and the Women 4th. Chris Davies and Gary Pearse fought it out for bragging rights at the end; Chris 27.22 (12th) got in, just one second in front of Gary 27.23 (13th). Steven Foley carried on his recent good form with 28:15 (20th); Allan Hartley starting to race once again after his London Marathon posted 30:37 (41st).

Sam McCreadie 32:01 (58th) who knocked a huge 47 seconds off her PB frightened the life out of Mick Nolan 31:56 (57th) – you had better watch out Mick!  Vet 60 George Woodburn known as a living ‘leg end’ in the Club re-emerged on the racing front with a 35:34 (84th) place and was chased home by Jacinta Davison 35:40 and one minute and forty seconds faster than Race 1 in the Series (86th) – Catherine Guinan 35:44 (87th) – Kaylie Panaro 35:46 (88th) and Ella Gregory 36:55 (94th), a model of even paced running finishing in exactly the same time as Race 1 in the Series.

In the Junior Race 94 youngsters lined up with our own Jack Wilkinson having a really good run to finish in 16th place (5:53).

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Full Results HERE:


On the Road, Chris Davies continued with a good road racing season so far this year, contesting the Longridge Lions 7 on June 2nd. Chris finished in 2nd place (44:20) just behind Race winner Jason Parker of Preston winning the Race in 43:07.

Full Results HERE:

Continuing his desire to Race and Race often, Chris also contested the Henderson’s End Race organised by Lostock AC won by Darren Kay from Horwich in 46:08. Chris finished 11th of 116 runners who lined up in (54:10) – he also ran in the Preston 5k Park Run on June 8th, finishing 5th (18:36) in a field of 148 runners and running a new PB by 22 seconds.

Full Results For Henderson’s End HERE:

Full Preston Park Results HERE:

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Natalya Irvine put in a great performance in the 2013 Junior Regional Tetrathlon Championships in Wales on June 1st and 2nd. She produced PB’s in all classes  run, swim, shoot and in her run phase of 1700m XC her time of 5min.31sec was 4th fastest in the U15 group out of over 200 from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Unfortunately she had a fall at fence 14 on her horse and was momentarily knocked unconscious. Luckily she had a new airbag body protector on! Nat got back on and cleared the remaining jumps but her overall score was dented as well as her pride. Overall, a great performance. Full Results HERE:

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Gary’s climbing higher (and more Fell Results)

Gary Priestley who runs for Blackburn Harriers on the Track, turned his attention to the mountains when he contested the European Trial & Senior Home International at Keswick on 25th May 2013.

Full Results HERE:

In a quality field of 40 athletes, Gary came home in 12th place beating the Commonwealth Champion – James McMullan as well as Tom Adams, Lloyd Taggart and Lewis Timmins; And now after just 2 Races Gary is ranked a very impressive 3rd in the McCain Mountain Challenge.


At the Harrock Hill Race – Results HERE – 198 runners started the race and amongst them were Blackburn Harriers Gary Pearse and Steve Foley. Gary finished in 19th place (36.03) and second V45, whilst Steve came in 27th (37.06) and 3rd V45.


Not to be outdone, John Orrell decided to tackle the Austwick Amble, described by John as ‘no walk in the park’ and ‘don’t be fooled by the title’. Full Results HERE. 164 runners completed the race with John in 97th place (70.22).

Conscious about being continually upstaged by daughter Rebecca who keeps recording PB’s and Club Records, Father John is trying exceptionally hard to keep up with her. On June 1st, he celebrated his 4th anniversary of running – minus his trade mark headgear from the evidence of this photo – by tackling along with 143 other runners Pen-y-ghent finishing 95th in 68.06 and claiming a PB by just 6 seconds. Full Results HERE: