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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“.

Helen Ascending.......

Helen Ascending…….



Becky Ascending......

Becky Ascending……




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


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


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


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


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


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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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.


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).


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).





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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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.