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A Win for Rachel in Luton Half-Marathon and Weekend Results

Before this weekend – October 27th – Rachel Wood had only ever run one Half-Marathon and that was in Coventry in 2010 where she finished 72nd overall in 93.14. But that time was dramatically revised in the Love Luton Half Marathon last Sunday.

Full Results HERE

Rachel took 12th place overall, set a new PB of 87.28, was First Woman, and, to top it all off, she ran a time which gives her automatic entry into the 2014 London Marathon. Rachel had missed out on the Club Draw for London Marathon places, but determined to get an entry, she went straight to Luton and achieved the qualification time there. Now the hard Training starts!!!


Accrington 10k

Nine Harriers went over to this annual 10k Road race which is by no means the easiest course to run and posted a V60 Age Group Category winner, Women’s Team First Prize, two season’s best and a PB.

Full Results HERE

First home was Matt Lalor in 2nd place overall (35.06) behind winner Jonathan Fletcher from Border in 34.52. Brian Fogarty, just back from his superb performance in the Ironman World Championships, took 5th place in 36.24 with Paul Guinan 7th in 36.32, just 8 seconds behind. V50 Phil Hall who competes for Blackburn on the Track took the Age Group Category win and 10th place in 37.35. In 27th place was V60 Evan Cook who also took the Age Group Category win with a good time of 40.38 to add to the a number of recent V60 wins in Races. Not far behind Evan came Sam McCreadie in 34th position (41.42) which on this Course is equal to running PB form. Paul Wilkinson who had also raced at Burnley in the Mid Lancs League the day before placed 92nd in 46.37 which was just 6 seconds outside his PB. No doubt that time is going to be revised down very quickly on this performance.

Ella Gregory (48.09) and Kaylie Panaro (48.21) were next home for the Club in 104th and 105th respectively.  Kaylie took 15 seconds off her PB which had been set on the flat Salford 10k, very unlike the undulating Accrington Course and said after the race that “I am pleased with yesterday’s result and it was quite an enjoyable run. I set off with Ella and managed to stick with her until the end.  I’ve done three 10k’s with Ella now and I have always tried to stick with her but never managed it.  Hopefully that time can come down a little more”. V65 Stuart Furness completed the day for the Club with a seasons best of 49.34 (116th).

L-R Brian Fogarty; Matt Lalor; Evan Cook; Paul Guinan; Sam McCreadie; Kaylie Panaro and Ella Gregory.

L-R    Brian Fogarty; Matt Lalor; Evan Cook; Paul Guinan; Sam McCreadie; Kaylie Panaro and Ella Gregory.




There we were at Burnley on Saturday afternnon, looking for Andy Buttery and little did we know that he was winding up to race on Saturday night – in the dark!! He had been looking forward to running the Cross Country but had planned this Race for a while and unfortunately they clashed. In the event, Andy won the Race by nearly 5 minutes from Ian Greenwood of the Rossendale Triathlon Club in 2nd place.

Full Results HERE

After Andy’s first night race on Saturday up Rivington and took the win, 6.7miles (1145ft climb), he had this to say about the experience ” Quite a tough course skirting the tower and heading towards Winter Hill past the Two Lads. Rough and technical underfoot with a lot of climb so would certainly class it as fell and quite a challenge in the dark (although I do have exceptionally bright lights that help!). Strange in the dark, as you are never sure how much climbing is left with only being able to see 100metres ahead and not knowing the route, so think I ended up pushing a harder pace than I might have in daylight. It mean’t I was well clear after about half a mile and just kept going”.

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Cuerden Valley – 26th October

Described by Phil Morton this weekend as ” a trip over cuerden valley tough scenic route with a fair amount of hills !!! This was his fourth Race recently finishing 8th (21.51) in a field of 67 finishers in which only one runner, the winner, ducked under 21 minutes.

Full Results HERE

"me at curden valley park run"

“me at curden valley park run”

at the finish at cuerden in "10th 1 last climb as this is a hilly route took 2 on the climb to gain 8th"

at the finish at cuerden in “10th 1 last climb as this is a hilly route took 2 on the climb to gain 8th”



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Mid Lancs XC League kicks off at Townley Hall

The day defied the weather forecasters and provided a good day for racing in the first Mid Lancs fixture of the season. Forty Four Blackburn Harriers competed on the day with some good individual results, some good team results and debuts for a number of others.


Full Results HERE


Under 11’s


Alayna, Eleesha, Amy and Eleanor waiting for the gun

Alayna, Eleesha, Amy and Eleanor waiting for the gun


Amy Davies in the Girls Race carried on from her very good Red Rose performances by winning here on the day, holding off Kirsty Hamilton from Lancaster in 2nd place. Eleesha Charnley in 8th wasn’t far off Amy, and debutants Amy Dowsing (20th) and Eleanor Allsop (31st) backed up the front two in good style and the youngest two of the girls – Kate Cookson (50th) and Alanya Irvine (59th) battled all the way. Sadly, there is no Team category in the U11’s for Blackburn would have won it.


Jamie Teare (12th) and maintaining his competitive start to the season, led home the three Harriers in the Boys Race. Behind Jamie came Edward Lee, another debutant in 28th and Jamie’s brother Rory (38th).






Under 13’s


Three of the girls competed here – Hannah Cookson, Natalya Irvine and Maddie Elliott and without a fourth runner, missed out on being included in the Team Competition. Hannah took a really battling 7th place – Natalya getting over a recent injury came in 14th just 18 seconds behind Hannah and Maddie and further 12 seconds back in 20th place. Just one boy out in the U13’s and that was Jack Evans in 40th place and a good effort for his first XC race this year.





Under 15’s


Six Harriers in this one, with the first four being good enough to take the Team Prize from Preston in second place. Liz Greenwood who won the race with Grace Handley in 2nd were backed up by Megan Clarkson (11th) and Mollie Morton in her debut (21st) and these four counted for the winning Team. Olivia Wilson (24th) and Rose Abbott (25th) completed a good day for the Club in this age category.


In the Boys Race, Byron Abbott in the leading group at the front of the Race had to drop out with an injury which left Thomas Harbour running a really determined Race in 17th place and supported by Jack Wilkinson in (40th).



Under 17’s


Another Team win here, pipping in Preston who took second place. There were good runs from Katie Buckingham taking 5th place and being backed up by Phoebe Howe in 8th and Rhiannon Wickham (9th) is a good start for the season for them.


The U17 Boys then had to live up to the Girls performance and they did, winning the Team prize again in a photo finish by just one point from Preston. Jack Hindle (6th), Joseph Howe (10th) who managed to hold off Preston’s Dan Whitlock which was crucial for the Team result and Morgan Philips (13th) packed really well.





Senior Women


Seven of the Harriers Senior women ran – (and with a noted absence, she know’s who she is!!) – and with the first three to count for the Team prize, the Harriers just missed out by 10 points coming in second to Barrow. Helen Leigh led the Team home in 7th, with Laura Hesketh (17th) and Rebecca Shorrock (22nd) making up the three counters. Sarah Toms, another athlete trying to get over recent injuries took a good 24th place. Shelley Tattersall had a solid run in 38th. Jackie Taylor took (67th) and Carol Cookson (124th) in what was a large field with 149 finishers and 38 Club Teams.



Senior Men


The Team prize was won by Preston with Blackburn in a very creditable 7th place. Featuring 11 Harriers, the team was led home by Shaun Livesey in 33rd place with Tom Blaney (35th), Chris Davies (39th), Andy Fleet debuting for the Club (44th), Chris Barnes 57th and Andy Heyes  another debutant in 159th were the six counters. Backing these up were Allan Hartley (202nd), John Cookson (207th), Ian Clarkson (214th), Richard Taylor 220th) and Paul Wilkinson (239th).


302 finishers and 34 Club Teams contested the Senior Mens Race, in which it is the first six athletes for a Club that make up the Team. Just 11 places separated the first four Harriers home and during the Race these four were headed at different times by Andy, Tom and Shaun with Andy probably paying the price for going off very fast at the front of the Race.










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UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championship 2013

The UKA Fell Relay Championships took place in what was unanimously agreed as foul and pretty awful weather and on what was described as a tougher than tough course. The climb up Moel Cynghorion, described by the Race Commentator as the ‘steep-beast’, was affectionately described as the ‘monster’ climb by some of the Harriers athletes on the day. Along with battling winds of up to 70mph our two teams did really well on the day.

Race Commentators Race Report HERE

Beckie Taylor didn’t let the conditions get her down and shared her thoughts about the day with us – “Overall, the day went brilliantly as it was nice to have everybody together as a team, supporting each other. I was on first leg and was not feeling too confident as the weather was miserable and I did not get chance to warm up as we had to be in the marquee stood still 30 minutes before the race. Nevertheless, I had one of my best races this year, placing 5th lady on my leg. I am really proud as I have kept my head on my shoulders the past few weeks since starting back at university again, and my hard work is starting to pay off. I am also really proud and grateful of my team mate and really good friend, Sarah Caskey for making up the team and getting round the long, painful 8.5 mile leg in extremely bad conditions. I was slightly worried whilst her and Mark were racing as the weather got worse and worse, but was relieved to see her happy and smiling coming in to the finish. My dad and John then took over and had a brilliant race, managing not to get lost on the navigation leg. Matt then set off on the mass start, making up the team on a tough leg, even though he is just coming back from injury, which most people would not be prepared to do. I had an amazing day and cannot wait for next year. I really just hope we can get a good ladies team and have a chance of getting a medal”.


The Harriers had two Teams out on the day with Jack Hindle, Shaun Livesey & John Sutton, Chris Barnes & Michael Toms, Gary Pearse  –  Beckie Taylor, Mark Bleasdale & Sarah Caskey, John Orrell & Richard Taylor and Matt Nuttall

Full Results by Class HERE

Split Times HERE

Individual Leg Times HERE

Jack Hindle had a cracking run too, stepping in at the last minute to support the Team. He came in 18th on the first leg of 182 runners, a run which has added to his growing reputation this year on the Fells as a Junior. Following the Race Jack said “The conditions were extremely challenging and made the course twice as hard to run on. The competition of the race was first class and it was a great experience to run in such a top class event! It couldn’t have been in a better place! Even though we couldn’t see Snowdon, the scenery was better than anything I have seen before!”


"I told you to take the inside line Richard"

“I told you to take the inside line Richard”



Gary "were's the grass" Pearse

Gary “where’s the grass” Pearse





"Dig in Shaun"..."by the time we have done this they will have to dig us out Shaun"

“Dig in Shaun”…”by the time we have done this they will have to dig us out John”

Matt "I thought this was a Fell Race" Nuttall

Matt “I thought this was a Fell Race” Nuttall




Comments Off on Red Rose Cross Country at Chorley and other Results

Red Rose Cross Country at Chorley and other Results

Saturday 19th October saw the second Round of this years Red Rose Country League take place at Chorley.

Red Rose Full Results HERE

Seventy Boys competed in the U11 Race and even more in the Girls U11 with eighty nine – really good turn outs on the day. Brothers Jamie and Rory Teare making their debut this season ran in the Boys Race with Jamie posting a really good time of 6.27 in 8th place and Rory in 40th (7.21) – splitting the brothers was another debutant Oliver Wilkinson also having a good run in 33rd (7.11). In the Girls Race Amy Davies continued with her good form adding a 4th place to her 2nd place at the opening fixture at Leigh in September. In the U13 Boys Jack Evans came 49th (12.43.

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In the U15 Boys, Byron Abbott, Thomas Harbour and Jack Wilkinson combined to take the second placed Team behind winners Pendle. Byron took 4th (14.58); Thomas 7th (15.16) a joint time with 6th place in the Race and Jack finished 21st (17.01). Liz Greenwod in excellent form took the U15 Girls Race in a winning time of 15.49.

The U17 Men’s Team of Joseph Howe, Robert Buckley and Joe Monk had a good day being First Team on the day just a fraction ahead of Rossendale. Joseph led the team home with 5th place (17.18), followed by Robert 9th (17.41) and Joe 13th (18.09).

In the Senior Races with 198 runners in the Men’s and 121 in the Women’s Races, Jackie Taylor 39th (22.30) and Louise McCauley 48th (22.56) contested the Womens Race. In the Men’s Senior Race Paul Guinan came in 15th (38.32) and 2nd V40; next came Chris Davies in 27th (40.00); Allan Hartley 117th (47.39); Ian Clarkson 147th (51.26); Paul Wilkinson 152nd (51.44).


Abingdon Marathon

Ben Fish took himself off to Oxford and the Abingdon Marathon at the weekend – Sunday October 20th. Ben duly won the Race in 2.26.55 – a season’s best – and just 6 seconds clear of Matthew Bennett of Southampton.

Abingdon Marathon Results HERE

After the Race Ben explained his approach to the Race – “I checked my watch every 5 miles, deciding to run more off feel than try to be a slave to a specific pace. I went to the front after half a mile, 5 miles was 27:19, 10 in 54:55, 15 in 1hr 22:30, then 20 in 1hr 50:55. My lead was never commanding and I was only between 20 – 30 seconds ahead. The race carried on this way pretty much to the end. I threw in the odd surge to maintain the gap, which seemed to work, but it went down to the wire as I finished just 6 seconds ahead in 2hr 26:54. For me I did what I set out to do; win in a reasonable time, it was the best I could have hoped for“.


Standish Hall Trail Race – October 19th 2013

127 Runners competed in this local Race near Wigan and Harrier Tom Blaney had a really good run with a 2nd place (37.54) to James Riley from Liverpool Harriers.

Full Results HERE


Burnley Parkrun – October 19th 2013

Phil Morton, getting a welcome day off work got back to doing a Race and competed in the Burnley 5k Park Run on 19th October, finishing in 12th place out of 128 runners (21.15)

Park Run Results HERE


Comments Off on Green Drive 5 and Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships

Green Drive 5 and Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships

This years Green Drive hosted the Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships attracting 323 runners on Sunday October 20th with 78 athletes entering the Championship Race.

Full Results HERE

Individual Championship Results HERE

On a weekend when Harriers were competing in a lot of events, in Cross Country, Road Races and Fell Relays seven Blackburn Harriers entered and posted good results with some winners amongst them in different categories. First home for the Club was Matt Lalor who took a really good 5th place overall and Bronze Medal in the Championships (27.02). Matt was followed in by Chris Davies in 18th and 9th in the Championships (29.24). Helen Leigh was the next Harrier in placing 46th (31.48) just pipping in V60 Evan Cook in 47th (31.49) who took the Lancashire Silver Medal in the V60 category. Although Helen was 5th woman overall in the Race, she also took the Lancashire Silver Medal. Blackburn Harriers also won the Team Gold Medal with Matt, Chris and Evan making up the winning Team.

John Cookson had a really good run in 84th (34.33) and just 3 seconds outside his PB – Jan Buckingham 225th (42.23) in her 5 mile debut looks as though she is ready to PB on her next 10k – and Carol Cookson 252nd (44.02) were the other senior athletes competing on the day.

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The Cookson family, Mum and Dad were joined by daughter Hannah in the Junior Mile who produced another good performance showing her continuing improvement. Hannah finished in 3rd place overall (5.56) and 2nd Girl home in the mixed field of 77 Boys & Girls.

Junior Mile Results HERE




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Alison runs for Arthur in Birmingham

Alison Leonard made her debut in the Half-Marathon when she contested the Bupa Great Birmingham Half Marathon on October 20th and what a good debut – finishing in 207th place out of 1500 finishers and in a time of 85.46.

Alison told us thatI ended up running the whole thing with another girl from uni who was running in memory of her coach Todd Bennett too and we ran it all the way together complete with hands held over the line; it was a fantastic experience and more through luck than judgement we managed 85:46!”

Full Results HERE

On her success in fund raising Alison was pleased and said “I was hoping to get £250 which I did, so really happy. I don’t know all the people who sponsored me from Harriers but really do appreciate it so if you could pass that on that would be great”

If you would like to make a donation to Alison’s efforts to raise money in memory of Arthur Almond, you can do that HERE

Thanks from Alison