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World Mountain Running Trials at Keswick August 11th

This was a pretty tough race going by the comments of the Harriers who contested the event and hoping to secure a GB Vest for the World Championships with the Up and Down Race being held on September 8th  and the Up Hill only Race on September 29th in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.

Senior Men’ & U23 Men’s Results HERE

Senior Women’s & U23 Women’s Results HERE

Gary Priestley (2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track) and running at the Trials for Salford Harriers finished in 8th place (62.04) and said after the Race that  “I have mixed emotions about my performance, gutted that I missed a place on the GB team by 2 places but also pleased with another fairly consistent run. The course was tough with a long climbs and long descents on each lap making the 9 mile+ race a real challenge”.

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Karl Billington 20th (71.27) and 7th in the U23 Age Category had no doubts as to the severity of the Race for him saying “the race was the toughest and furthest I have ever done, it was even harder then the 10000metre Track Race I did at the European Junior Championships in Talinin (July 2011) which was run in thirty five degrees of heat”.

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Beckie Taylor finished 12th (54.17) in the Senior Women’s Race overall and 5th in the U23 Age Category was impressed with “the good course, being good underfoot and run in a friendly atmosphere, but then said it was one of the hardest Races she had ever competed in”.

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Road & Fell Results Round Up

John Orrell, whose daughter can throw the Hammer a bit, decided to head up to the hills during this great summer we have been having and on July 27th turned up at the Blisco Bash. John was in good mood at the end of the race saying “This was an English and British Fell Championship counter. A short 5 mile, 2133ft of ascent straight up and down Pike O Blisco in the Langdales. It was blistering hot that day, and I was glad to be revived at the end by Rebecca. Headline reads,
‘Champion Hammer thrower cools off Dad after blitzing Blisco’. Well perhaps not that fast finishing 189th in 64.31″.

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Full Results HERE

On the 10th August, John turned his attention to the Turner Landscape Fell Race which was another  English Championship counter. This is how John described the Race “This was a 10.6 mile race with 2986ft of ascent. The race visited 4 major Lakeland tops, Grey Friar 2536ft, Swirl How 2630ft, Old Man of Coniston 2633ft and Dow Crag 2554ft. A great race this finishing 201st in 2.07.08. Would have been quicker had I not rubbed all the skin off my ankle half way round. Funny when I took my blood soaked sock off my skin was still attached to the inside of it. Leave nothing on the fells except studmarks! Great to meet the legand that is Joss Naylor at the end”.

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Full Results HERE

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In good conditions for Road racing, three Harriers set foot on the start line at the Welcome Tavern 10k on 11th August. Tom Blaney had a great run cutting nearly 4 minutes off his previous best set in 2012 and came home in 4th place (36.43). Chris Davies also set a PB knocking 24 seconds off his previous best to finish 6th (37.15). John Cookson made it a trio of Harriers for the day with a solid run of 44.40 (42nd) in the field of 126 finishers.

Full Results HERE

Tom along with Joe Monk also raced in the Welcome Tavern 5k – 30th July – with Tom finishing 5th (17.26) and Joe 9th (18/06).

Full Results HERE

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The 7th August saw the latest in the Astley Park Series where a number of Harriers athletes turn up to Race. The 4.4 mile Trail Race had V40 Paul Guinan as the leading Harrier in 18th (25.05) and just behind him a big battle between the Chris’s with Chris Barnes (21st) 25.11 edging out Chris Davies (23rd) 25.14. Beckie Taylor (73rd) 27.56 won the U20 Woman’s Race and there was another good run from Sarah Ridehalgh (2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track) who came in 54th (27.05) and 2 Woman overall.

Eight other Harriers competed on the night in the 273 strong field. Allan Hartley was 88th (28.44); Mark Almond 97th (29.09); Samantha McCreedie 138th (30.39) and Sam also took 3rd Woman athlete’s prize in the overall series; Mick Nolan 155th (31.22); Ella Gregory 186th (32.59); George Woodburn 187th (33.05); Jackie Taylor 197th (34.04); Kaylie Panaro 210th (34.35) and Catherine Guinan 212th (34.50).

Full Race 4 Results HERE

Full Series Results HERE

Amy Davies, daughter of Chris and just 9yrs old ran in the Junior race finishing 20th in 6.13. In the Series, Amy was placed 7th out 0f 21 which was a really good effort.

Full Race 4 Results HERE

Full Series Results HERE

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In another of the local 5k Races, this time the Sale Sizzler – August 1st – with 400 runners taking part, Chris Barnes took 35th place in a time of 17.24. Matt Lalor (2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track) finished in 13th place (15.58).

Full Results HERE

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Helen Leigh is a prodigous racer and is either on the Roads, Fells, Aquathons or Triathlons. One of her latest outings saw here at the final race in the Todmorden Park 5k series on August 7th.

Full Results HERE

Helen finished 37th and 2nd Woman in 19.43. She had also competed in all four races finishing 15th overall and pipped by just 11 seconds for the overall winning woman athlete in the series which was Michelle Hushion of Athletic Aurora.

Not forgetting the Fells and lining up with 118 other runners at the Worsthorne Moor Fell Race – August 4th – she finished in 28th place (48.08) and 3rd placed woman behind 2nd placed Sarah Tipler from Wharfedale Harriers and the winner Amy Green from Keighley & Craven AC.

Full Results HERE

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Great Ironman Performance by Brian Fogarty at Bolton….now for Kona!

At the IRONMAN UK Race in Bolton on August 3rd, Brian Fogarty put in a stunning performance to finish 15th overall in his best ever time to-date of 9hrs 43.43. Brian went into the Race knowing that he had to finish in the top 6 of his age category to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in  Hawaii which is held at Kona in October. He did better than just get into the top six though, finishing in 3rd place and receiving a trophy for his performance. Brian’s achievement is all the more remarkable given that he has to train around running his own full time business and is another example of what can be achieved with hard work, dedication, commitment and focus.

Full Results HERE

Speaking after the Race Brian said ” that it was a great feeling knowing that I had put in an awful amount of work and the result reflected that and it didn’t come easy. I committed myself to it and have been rewarded. I intend to build on that now and cannot wait to race in Kona Hawaii in October which will be the end of an unbelievable season for me “……….”Sunday at UK Ironman 2013 was by far my best achievement to date finishing 15th overall out of 2500 people, and with that I came 3rd in my age category to qualify for the Ironman World championship in Kona Hawaii.  This was something I could only have dreamed about when I first started running with Blackburn Harriers.  It was at that time I got to know Matt Nuttall and Paul Guinan who between them have completed over 30 Ironman races, training and learning from them has certainly help me to improve…………Myself and fellow Blackburn Harrier Mark Bleasdale who finished in 196th place out of the two and half thousand competitors with a fine performance of (11hr 24.38) had trained for 10 months for this race and we both felt we were ready to put in our best performance.  We both finished knowing we had given our all, and we were proud of our efforts!!

 

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The Girls on Snowdon and the Boys at Harrock Hill

On July 19th 529 Runners finished the 38th Tyn Lon Volvo International Fell Race in blisteringly hot conditions. Amongst them were two tough athletes – Harriers Helen Leigh and Becky Taylor.

Full Results HERE

Helen, who finished in 158th place (1hr 39.47) won the Open Female Category which was a great result and following the Race she said “Snowdon was a fantastic race. Despite arriving at the start line with 3mins to spare after being stuck in holiday traffic I had a good run. Some how I won open cat ladies!! Was really pleased with my time, the heat was horrendous and although I came flying down, the last mile on the road was harder than the 3 peaks! I can’t wait til next year after a solid winter to do all these races again and smash my times

Becky came in 189th (1hr 42.35) and 4th in the Open Female Category and speaking after the Race said “It was an incredibly tough race, especially with the heat on the day. I found some of the sections towards the top a little trickier, but made up places in the last 20 minutes, so overall very pleased with my run to complete it and finish strong. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure I’ll be back again in the future“.

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Not to be outdone, Steve Foley chose the less challenging and local Harrock Hill Race on July 24th finishing 18th (36.50) out of a field of 147 finishers. Steve has since gone on holiday and avoided the question – “Are you doing Snowdon next year”

Full Results HERE

 

 

 

 

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Harriers Road Successes

Lots of really good runs by the Harriers on the Roads recently producing a number of winners. Last weekend, Chris Barnes ran the crazily named Kirkham Kricket Klub Klassic 6 mile Race at Preston and won it with a time of 39.41, just 18 seconds in front of second place Paul Muller from Horwich. Full Results HERE

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Still in Preston, Shaun Livesey went to the Elswick Express 10 Mile Road Race the week before and won the Race in 58.24, a minute and a half in front of the second place runner Juraj Gavura. Full Results HERE

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Joe Monk won the Horwich 1 mile Street Race on July 17th in a time of 5.13 – 26 seconds clear of second place Joseph Wane from Leigh. After 3 of these Races, he is currently leading overall with two seconds and a win and has put himself in a strong position to win the overall Series title.

Full Results HERE

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At the Fire Service Relays in Blackpool – Friday 26th July – Liam Atkinson at 14yrs of age – with an outstanding run was first home in a time of 14.17 just three seconds in front of fellow Senior Harrier, Chris Barnes (14.20) and twenty three seconds in front of another Senior Harrier, Tom Blaney (14.40).

Top team on the night were the Leg Irons (Harriers Tom Blaney; Chris Davies; Paul Guinan).

Full Results HERE

Brenna McPartland and Olivia Wilson at the Fire Service Relays

Brenna McPartland and Olivia Wilson at the Fire Service Relays

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At the Todmorden 5k Series Sarah Ridehalgh (who competes for the Club on the Track) was 10th home overall (19.00) and First Woman, followed closely by Helen Leigh in 11th place just 4 seconds behind (19.04) and 2nd Woman overall.

Full Results HERE

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At the Horwich 5 Mile Race recently – July 17th – Brian Fogarty ran a good race to finish 5th overall (29.06) and followed home up Allan Hartley in 38th (33.35) and Mick Nolan 63rd (36.13).

Full Results HERE

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Aagh…..Aggies

Fourteen Harriers turned up to support this local well established Fell Race on Thursday June 20th.

Full Results HERE:

Jack Hindle led the way home with a cracking 3rd place overall in the Race and 1st U18m (29.58) finishing behind Chris Farrell (Horwich) and Danny Hope (Pudsey & Bramley). Next home with another good run was Chris Davies in 17th (33.25) followed by Liz Greenwood just 11 seconds behind in 19th (33.36) and also the first female home in the Race which was a great run.

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For those who haven’t yet heard about the ‘The Three Amigo’s’ (aka) two John’s and a Paul, they also competed in the Race and all ran PB’s and that was a hat-trick they really enjoyed! In a titanic battle Paul Wilkinson took bragging rights with 72nd place (39.00); John Cookson was 75th (39.10) and John Orrell was 77th (39.15).

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In front of the Amigo’s were Danny Maynard in 40th place (35.42); Allan Hartley 54th (37.09) and Beckie Taylor 60th (37.50) – also in the Race were Richard Taylor (V40) 83rd (39.45) V60 Stuart Furness 97th (42.00); Jackie Taylor FV40 104th (42.29) and Michael Nolan V50 in 108th (43.16).

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Coppice Fell Race

The day before – June 19th – saw Scott Monk return to racing after a long series of injuries in this local Race. Scott came in 4th (39.26) with Rhiannon Wickham taking 15th place in 44.34 and also winning the Junior Female prize.

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