Category Archives: Endurance
International Throwing Meeting – July 29th
Jacob Roberts competed last weekend in Leiria, Portugal at the International Throwing Meeting finishing 5th overall with a competition best throw of 61.03m as a bottom of age U20. Jacob who is currently fourth in the National Rankings enjoyed his trip and the experience it provided and told the Club on his return home “I was asked by Hammer Circle if i would like to compete in a throwing competition in Leiria Portugal. Myself along with 7 hammer throwers from U20s and David and Diane Smith left Luton Airport last Friday for a weekend away in Portugal. The stadium was amazing and training set up too. Our competitions started late evening time which was slightly cooler. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and made some great memories with some amazing people. Had so much fun but also learned a lot too. I am grateful to Hammer Circle for giving me this experience to compete internationally and for funding my trip”
Astley Park Trail Race Series – August 2nd
The Final Race in this years Astley Park Series took place last night featuring two hundred and ninety three runners in the Senior Race won by Neil Pendlebury (24.12) with Laura Riches winning the Women’s Race (26.59).
Five Harriers competed in the Senior Race headed home by V40 John Cookson in 88th spot overall with a time of 32.07. Daughter Hannah Cookson (U17) was next in (122nd) in a time of 34.00 followed by new member – V40 Mark Lord – who ran a new PB by over two minutes in 125th place posting a time of 34.05. V40 Lindsay Davies also set a new PB coming home 179th in a time of 37.34 which was five minutes faster than her best on the Course and behind her came V50 David Morris in 264th (43.57).
The Junior Race also had a big number racing – one hundred in total ranging from 7yr olds through to 15yr olds. This Race won by U17 Lewis Wilkes in 4.56 had eight Blackburn Harriers competing with the first one home – 13yr old Amy Davies in 6th overall with a time of 5.21. 11yr old Dexta Thompson came home in 7th overall clocking 5.25 and he was followed by Saul Sharp (11yrs) in 20th place in a new PB time of 5.48. New member 10yr old Harry Sambrook had a very good run in 29th spot running a time of 6.07 with 9yr old Oliver Gill in 33rd not far behind in a time of 6.12. 7yr old William Grundy ran very well indeed in 38th place running a very good time of 6.19 with 8yr old Felix Thompson 48th in a time of 6.33 – another 8yr old Hannah Davies came home in 55th (6.45) followed by Kady Thompson just two places behind (but missed off the results) and Lulu Sharp (7yr) in 89th with a time of 8.16.
Having just run a load of Fell Races in different parts of the country and in Scotland, John Orrell was “at it again” when he took on two races in the one day involving the Heart of the Lakes Race Rydal Round and the Senior Guides Race. Coinciding with his and Janet’s wedding anniversary John told the Club about how the day had gone saying “Thursday July 27th was our 26th wedding anniversary – (nice day out for Janet) at Ambleside Sports. First up at 12.05 was the ‘Heart of the Lakes’ Rydal Round. A 9 mile, 3000 footer around the Fairfield Horseshoe. Conditions up top were pretty testing and we all took a real battering on Fairfield. I was 76th in 2hr 09.19 knocking nine minutes off my previous best at this Race.
“At 3.35pm with just 80 minutes recovery and still shivering it was time for the Senior Guides Race. A short up and down with very heavy legs over 2 miles and 800ft of climbing. In this Race i finished 78th in 24.06 – just 90 seconds away from the PB I set with fresh legs six years ago, so not too bad.
Steak Pie and a pint of Old Peculiar for tea and Janet agreed i am very peculier!!”
Mid Lancs T & F League at Litherland – July 29th
The penultimate fixture of this years Mid Lancs League took place at Litherland at the weekend, the last fixture before the Medal meeting which takes place at Stanley Park, Blackpool on Saturday August 26th.
U15 Jonathan Gough had a pretty good day when he finished 2nd in the U17 Triple Jump competition with 11.31m, won the U15B Long Jump with 5.47m and took the 100m in a winning time of 12.30 which equaled his personal best. New member U15 Harvey Bradshaw also had a good day in his second outing for the Club running a time of 13.8 in the 100m (7th) and leaping to 4.41m in the Long Jump also in 7th spot. In other sprint races Paul Coffey took 4th place in the Senior Men’s 200m in a time of 24.00 – U17 Emily Warren ran 13.20 in Heat (1) of the 100m for 3rd place and placed 2nd in Heat (2) of the 200m in a time of 27.40. In the same Heat (2) Hannah Cookson finished 4th in 28.20. U15 Aysha Karolia ran 14.30 in Heat (2) of the 100m for 2nd position and backed that up with a 3rd place in Heat (2) of the 200m in 29.80 both of which were new PB’s for her – by a tenth in the 100m and a full second over the longer distance of 200m. U15 Myah Booth equaled her personal best in Heat (1) 0f the 200m with a 3rd placed clocking of 28.10 before going on to take 3rd in the Javelin (22.92m) and 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.71m which was a big new PB by over half a metre.
Some of the U13 Boys were also involved in the Sprints which saw David Holman take 3rd place in Heat (2) of the 100m in 14.80, Issac Butler finish 2nd in the 200m Heat (2) in 31.50 in his first attempt over the distance and Codie Dewhurst who was also running the distance for the first time placing 5th in Heat (1) of the 200m in a time of 32.90. The U13 Boys entered a team in the 4 x 100m relay and came 2nd in a race of two teams in a time of 59.60 with the winners running one tenth faster in 59.50 – great effort by the lads. Kate Cookson ran 31.20 in Heat (1) for 4th place of the U13 Girls 200m with Keira Haxton running 33.80 in Heat (2) finishing 6th.
In the Throws events it was another good day for U13 Nicole Saunders winning the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.72m, the Discus with 28.32m and placing 2nd in the Javelin with a distance of 25.85m which was over a metre longer than she had thrown previously setting a new personal best. U13 Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came 2nd in the Hammer (16.09m) which was a new PB with the 4kg weight before going on to win the Discus with a throw of 17.61m. New member U15 Matthew Heywood was competing for the first time for the Club and started off pretty well with a 4th placed throw of 5.99m in the Shot Putt and another 4th place in the Discus with 21.96m. U17 Woman Emily Taberner earned two 2nd places in the Discus with 21.37m – a new PB by half a metre and in the Javelin with 28.86m which was also a new PB.
In the Middle Distance events David Holman finished 4th in the U13 Boys 800m in 2.34.9 in Heat (1) with Isaac Butler placing 6th in the same Race in 2.39.1 and Codie Dewhurst 7th in Heat (2) in a new PB time of 2.51.3, a time faster by four seconds than his previous best. In the U13 Girls 800m Kate Cookson ran 2.45.2 – a new PB by two seconds for 6th spot in the thirteen strong field with Keira Haxton 8th in 2.49.3 also a new PB by one tenth. Sophie Stanworth took 3rd spot in the U15 Girls 800m in 2.29.6 and Hannah Cookson who was the only athlete in the U17 Women’s 800m ran 2.45.1 followed by a 67.2 clocking (2nd) in the 400m. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret came in 3rd in the U13 Boys 1500m in 5.15.20 whilst Harry Wilkin came home in 3rd position in the U15 Boys 1500m in a time of 5.06.8 and Amy Davies won the U15 Girls 1500m in a time of 5.00.9. Chris Davies ran the 3000m to win it in a new PB time of 9.25.2 – a new personal best by a massive nine seconds. Nicholas Smith (U17) came 2nd in the race with a time of 9.54.9.
In the Jumps events U13’s Kate Cookson and Keira Haxton competed in the Long Jump which saw Kate in her first competition in the event finish 8th out of twenty two athletes with a distance of 3.59m and Keira 20th (2.61m) which was a new PB. U13 Isaac Butler came 6th out of nineteen in the Long Jump with 3.83m which was a new PB for him, the same event seeing David Holman have a go for the first time and placing 15th with 3.39m and Codie Dewhurst jumping 2.81m in 19th place.
Pilling 10k – July 29th
One hundred and fifteen finishers in this local 10k Race won by Rob Danson in time of 31.54. Blackburn Harrier Joe Monk came 2nd in a time of 33.47 in a race which was very windy. Next up for Joe is the Sale Sizzler 5k this coming Thursday.
Sabden Fell Race – July 30th
This was the second year running for this Race organised by Richard Taylor which resulted in a comfortable win for Grant Cunliffe (Rossendale Harriers) in a time of 40.52. Three Blackburn Harriers competed with the highest placed member John Horrocks placing 4th in a good time of 43.44 with Gary Pearse (V50) in 19th spot (51.53) and Ian Clarkson (V50) coming home in 26th with a time of 56.41. After the Race Ian spoke to the Club about the day commenting that it was “A quick, tough little fell race on our doorstep, 5.25 miles and approx 1500 ft of ascent and some decent fell running weather. An up and down and up and very fast down affair with thrills and spills on the way down ( another tumble, another limb) with 3 Blackburn Harriers having a go, John Horrocks, Gary Pearce and myself. John looking good up front, Gary back in race mode, looking good and myself looking good, bringing up the rear !! Managed to knock off about 4 1/2 minutes from last year, so very happy. Many thanks to Richard and the team of Marshalls for making this race happen, appreciated”
(Photos Courtesy of David Balshaw)
Rob PB’s again in 1500m – Carmen wins Vets 5000m – Three Harriers in top ten Senior Race at Padiham – Dexta Wins at Padiham & Ambleside – Harrier’s U11 youngsters at Burnley Open Meeting
In just over two weeks Rob Warner has run two BMC Gold Standard and one BMC Grand Prix 1500m Races, getting faster at each one, earning him a hat-trick of successive PB’s. On July 8th Rob ran 3.51.34 for a then new personal best by two seconds – four days later he set another new PB running 3.51.25 and in his latest Race – BMC Gold Standard – at Stretford (July 25th) Rob broke through the 3.50 barrier coming home 8th in a time of 3.49.12.
A very happy athlete, Rob spoke to the Club immediately after the Race telling us that he “Still can’t quite believe I managed to get under 3:50! It’s been a target for nearly 3 years now and this year is the first time it actually became a realistic one! I was very nervous before the race as it was a pretty stacked field and I knew I was going to need to PB or run close to it just to avoid coming last! I started off quite steadily towards the back and went through 800 in around 2:03 – at this point I thought it was going to be difficult to get sub 3:50. On the 3rd lap I’ve really worked hard on pushing on as this has traditionally been a place where I lose a lot of time in the past, however I managed move up a few places and went through the bell in 2:49/50. So I knew I needed a big last lap! I pushed on and focused on running smooth and trying to keep increasing my pace for each 100m to finish as fast as I can. Coming into 150m to go I was on the shoulder of Ben Connor and with 100 i really thought I was going to just nip ahead of him which would have been a great head-to-head to have! Unfortunately he just managed to hold me off – until the next one! Overall I’m absolutely over the moon, really happy to be back enjoying racing over 1500m again and really looking forward to see if I can take anymore off until the end of the season!“
The current Club Record of 3.44.14 was set by Jason Lobo in July 1993 and who would bet against Rob seriously challenging that over the next couple of track seasons.
On the same night Joe Monk ran the Grand Prix 1500m coming home in 9th spot with a seasons best time of 4.10.35, just two tenths off his personal best of 4.12.13. Ben Fish took on the 3000m featuring twenty three athletes, finishing in 7th place with a time of 8.37.75.
Last weekend Carmen Byrne won a 10k Trail Race over in York and four days later she was on it again, this time winning the Northern Vets 5000m. Carmen speaking to the Club commented on her latest success “My second race in four days was planned to help get me a bit race sharper so was pleased to run consistent laps. Hopefully I can build on this and keep getting some speed back over the next few months”
(Results – Not Yet Available).
Padiham Greenway 5k – July 26th
One hundred and eighty finishers in this local 5k Race won by James Hall in 15.44. Blackburn Harriers had three athletes in the top ten finishers – Shaun Livesey being the first of them in 6th place overall and 2nd V40 (17.07), followed by Ben Costello in 7th just three seconds behind in 17.10 and Derek Reilly in 10th with a time of 17.29 which was good packing by the lads.
In the Junior U7/U9 Race Felix Thompson had a cracking run finishing 2nd out of the twenty three strong field in a time of 4.01, just four seconds behind the winner Callum Singleton. Brother Dexta Thompson just keeps on winning even though at this, his latest race, he was troubled with a dodgy stomach. Dexta won in a time of 6.44 to hold of Robbie Smedley in 2nd place. Kady Thompson ran in the same race to finish 5th girl out of 10 and 31st overall with a time of 9.05.
Bofra at Ambleside – July 27th
One day later and Dexta Thompson is at it again – this time winning the U12’s Bofra Race at Ambleside. Ninety runners lined up in the mixed race which he won in a time of 8.36 from Charlie Almond (Ambleside AC) in 2nd place. Kady Thompson came home with a time of 13.53 in the Race (76th). Rob Hope won the Senior Race featuring ninety six runners which saw V50 John Orrell finish in 78th spot (24.06).
(U12 Girls Winner Alice Jones – with U12 Boys Winner Dexta Thompson)
Burnley U11’s Open Meeting
There was a good turnout from the Harriers young athletes – twenty in all – at the Burnley Open Meeting including one U8G – two U9B’s – one U9G – four U10B’s – six U10 G’s – two U11B’s – four U11G’s competing for the Club
U8 Girl Lulu Sharp came 8th in the 150m in a time of 32.7 – 2nd in the Cricket Ball Throw (10.48m) – 9th in the Long Jump with a distance of 1.81m. In the U9 Boys Felix Thompson came 3rd in the 50m (9.4) followed by William Bontoft in 4th (10.3). Same two again in the Cricket Ball Throw with Felix 2nd (22.80m) and William 8th (13.18m). Rounding off the day for these two with Long Jump in which Felix placed 8th (2.42m) and William 12th (1.73m). Hannah Davies competed in the U9 Girls events winning her Heat of the 50m in 8.5 – coming 3rd in the Final with the same time of 8.5. In the 150m she came 2nd in 26.0 and finished her day with a 3rd placed jump of 2.66m in the Long Jump.
The U10 Boys were represented by Matthew Smith who won his Heat of the 75m in 11.8 with Jack Probert 5th in his Heat (14.0), Findlay Carroll 3rd in his Heat (13.2) and Joel Bladon 2nd with a time of 12.3. Sienna Wareing came 2nd in Heat (2) of the U10G 75m with Alisha Lehner 2nd in 12.6, Imogen Robinson 3rd (12.8) and Lydia Houghton 5th (13.5) in Heat (3) and Olivia Banks 3rd (13.6), Tippi Francis 5th (14.5) in Heat (4). Back with the U10 Boys and it was a win for Matthew Smith in the 600m (2.01.4) with Findlay Carroll 8th in a time of 2.15.3. In the Cricket Ball Throw – Findlay Carroll took 3rd place with a distance of 26.20m followed in 4th spot by Jack Probert (25.29m). Sienna Wareing won the Cricket Ball Throw for the U10 Girls reaching 18.35m and she was backed up in 2nd place by Alisha Lehner (15.40m), Olivia Banks (6th) with 13.17m and Lydia Houghton in 9th (10.63m). In the Long Jump Matthew Smith added to his very good day with a 3rd in the Long Jump (3.60m) with Joel Bladon in 9th (3.05m) and Jack Probert 19th (2.42m). In the U10 Girls Long Jump Alisha Lehner placed 11th with a jump of 2.70m, Imogen Robinson (12th) cleared 2.69m, Lydia Houghton (15th) with 2.28m and Tippi Francis finished in 17th spot with a jump of 1.64m. Finishing the day for the U10’s was Joel Bladon who threw 3.24m in the Shot Putt (2.72kg) in 3rd position.
Harrison Allcock and Nathan Ashworth were the U11 Boys representatives which saw Harrison take 2nd place in Heat (2) of the 75m in 10.9 and then ran two tenths quicker in the Final for another 2nd place in 10.7. Nathan Ashworth ran a time of 2.15.3 in the 600m (7th) followed by the Long Jump where he finished 10th with 3.00m. Harrison Allcock won the Long Jump with a distance of 3.80m before finishing 2nd in the Shot Putt (2.72kg) with a throw of 5.14m. Madison Bontoft won the U11 Girls Shot Putt with a distance of 4.62m. In the Long Jump Kady Thompson placed 12th out of twenty with a distance of 2.95m with Isabelle Hartley in 13th (2.94m), Caitlin Clarkson (18th) with 2.64m and Madison Bontoft 19th with a leap of 2.63m. Caitlin Clarkson and Kady Thompson finished 2nd (22.40m) and 3rd (20.77m) with Isabelle Hartley 6th (17.60m) in the Cricket Ball Throw. In the 600m Race Isabelle Hartley came 5th out of 16 athletes in a time of 2.06.4.
Carmen wins in York – Bens wins Horwich – Shaun Leads B & PGP Vets Standings – Dexta Leads Junior Boys Standings – On the Fells with John Orrell
Carmen Byrne ran her first Race – Run York Chocolate 10k – as a V40 at the weekend along with one hundred and eighty four other runners. The Race run on trail and grass was won by Andy Croft in a time of 38.41. Carmen started her V40 career with a win, coming home in 4th place overall (41.04) and 1st Woman. Afterwards Carmen spoke to the Club saying that it was “A great friendly mixed terrain race over my birthday weekend gave me chance to run my first v40 race. I was pleased to run a negative split to be 1st woman and 4th overall”
Horwich Jubilee Road Race – July 19th
An unusually small field for Race (3) of this years years Series with just sixty nine runners entered. On the night it was another emphatic win by Ben Fish in a time of 25.28 which was ten seconds quicker than when he he last ran this Race in August 2015 – two years ago. Chris Davies (V40) came second behind Ben in a time of 28.07 which was a new PB on this course and he was followed in by Ben Costello who was racing over the distance for the first time in 4th place with a time of 29.07 to give the Harriers three in the first four finishers. V50 David Morris finished in 69th spot with a time of 51.02.
The Junior One Mile featured forty eight youngsters in the U9 & U11 and nineteen in the U13 & U15 Races. Saul Sharp was the first Harrier home in the U9/U11 Race in 5th position clocking a time of 6.07 followed by new member Harry Sambrook having a great debut in 7th place (6.15). Next in came Oliver Gill in 10th place (6.23) followed by Hannah Davies (17th) in 6.45 having a battle with Isabelle Hartley in 18th (6.48). Findlay Carroll was the next youngster in (22nd) with a time of 6.52 followed by Tippi Francis (33rd) in 7.23 and Lulu Sharp (41st) with a time of 8.04.
The second Race for U13 & U15 athletes saw Leon Thomas place 5th overall in a time of 5.16 and Amy Davies 8th and 1st Girl in 5.31.
Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix 2017
Shaun Livesey is going pretty well in 3rd place overall in this years Grand Prix and is also in first place in the V40 category. Another very good race by Shaun following his 2nd place at Hendon Brook saw him consolidate his position when he finished 3rd overall in the Towneley Park 10k on July 23rd in a time of 35.40. New member V40 Daniel Whittaker was also racing as was V65 Evan Cook in their first races of the Series with Daniel finishing 29th in 41.13 and Evan in 75th (45.55) and 1st V65.
In the Junior Races, the latest one at Towneley Park saw another win for Dexta Thompson in the U13 age category winning his Race in a time of 7.09, just clear from Harry Cole (Clayton) in 2nd. Kady Thompson placed 6th in the U11 Girls Race (9.17) which was won by Amelia Southam (Burnley). Felix Thompson came home 2nd in the U9 Boys Race in 3.38 with the Race being won by Harry Jordan (Trawden)
Following the Towneley Park Race Dexta Thompson now leads the Standings from Donnabhan Rudden (Keighley) with Felix Thompson currently 3rd in the U9 Boys behind Callum Singleton and Harry Jordan (Trawden) (Junior Boys Standings). Kady Thompson currently lays in 6th place in the U11 Girls – (Junior Girls Standings) with Lucille Pickles (Barlick) currently leading.
Caterham Rotary Half-Marathon – July 23rd
Rachel Wood is preparing for the forthcoming Berlin Marathon, her latest race in the build up was the undulating Half-Marathon at Caterham which had a field of two hundred and two runners, the Race being won by Kevin Quinn in 71.03. Even though she was struggling with feeling under the weather on the day Rachel still pulled out a solid run finishing in 21st place and 3rd woman with a time of 89.30.
A trip around the Fells with John Orrell
John Orrell has been getting round the country of late with a variety of Fell Races and Events making it a busy period over the last six weeks or so. On June 10th John entered the Lakeside-Gummers How which can only field fourteen entrants in the Individual race – won by Ian Holmes in a time of 27.12 – involving rowing across a lake!
John describes the day vividly as “A crazy race which involves rowing across Windermere. With only 14 rowing boats there is a maximum of just 14 competitors, so there is nowhere to hide, especially with the likes of Ian Holmes at the front end. It starts in a field, then 800 yards of the black stuff (give or take a couple of inches) to the front of the Lakeside Hotel. Jump in the boat, row across the lake, run up and down Gummers How and back in the boat for a final row and scramble to the finish line on the steps of the hotel lawn, where the manager hands you a bottle of beer. It was lager so I sprayed it all over the place to celebrate my 3 second PB and 11th place in 41.58”.
Next up for John was a trip to Scotland for The Triple Hirple organised by Lochaber AC up in Fort William consisting of three Races in three days. First up on 1st July, Meall an t-Suidhe featuring 3.5 miles, 1500ft ascent, straight up and down which saw John finish in 43rd spot clocking a time of 49.0. The Race was won by one of the top athletes in the Fell Racing world – Findlay Wild in a time of 28.11 and John managed to get a selfie with him after the Race quipping “Findlay Wild Scottish Hill runner meets English Hill Runner”.
Next Race the day after on July 2nd was the Half Ben Nevis. Seventy runners in this one which saw another win for Findlay Wild in 52.05. The Race consists of six miles in distance and 2200ft of climbing described by John as “up the mountain track to the Red Burn and back” as he finished in 51st with a time of 88.18.
On to Day 3 on July 3rd for the Cow Hill Race featuring fifty five runners and won by – you’ve guessed it – Findlay Wild in 17.44. The Race which is 2 miles long and has 900ft of ascent was described by John as an “Up and down with another hold on to your hat descent!” and saw him place 36th in 27.05. John also commented overall about his trip telling the Club that he had experienced “Some testing conditions, cold, wind, rain, mist, zero visibility and midges! It was summer! Great to mix it with the wee lads and lassies of bonnie Scotland and be the first English runner home!”
(Cow Hill. Paced in by ex hammer thrower!)
The last Race for John in this period featured him back on “home turf” on July 15th at the Ingleborough Fell Race where he came home in 63rd place out of a field of one hundred and twenty three runners in a time of 71.59 – the Race being won by Joe Baxter in 49.16. After the Race John spoke to the Club about the day telling us it was a “Quick up and down, an exhilarating mountain race. With fog down and driving drizzle, it was a real challenge to navigate ‘that best line’ off the top and stay upright. Found it and happy with 63rd in 71.59”.
Kentmere Horseshoe – July 16th
Three hundred and forty six runners completed this years race won by Joshua Jardine (Helm Hill) in a time of 1hr 32.57. John Sutton came home in 42nd position out of a field three hundred and forty six runners clocking a time of 1hr 53.23.
Widdop fell Race – July 19th
This Race had one hundred and forty six runners won by Sam Watson (52.13) with Blackburn Harriers John Sutton home 9th in 58.22 and Andy Heys 65th in a time of 69.04
Brian Fogarty has had a brilliant year in the Ironman. Earlier in the year he put in a superb performance at the Lanzarote Ironman finishing 11th overall – 1st British athlete & 1st Amateur in a combined time of 9hrs.22.57. Brian’s splits were 61.47 for the Swim ⇒ 4hrs 58.03 for the Bike ⇒ 3.15.18 for the Marathon.
In the Ironman UK at the weekend – (July 16th) – Brian performed even better with splits of 61.47 on the Swim ⇒ 4hr.50.43 on the Bike ⇒ 3hr 03.36 for the Marathon for a total time of 9hrs 02.54. This performance, his best ever, took him to 4th spot overall, 1st Amateur with other professionals behind him. Not only that – his Bike ride was the fastest of the whole race beating all the professionals who competed on the day. After the Race, Brian spoke to the Club telling us that he “really felt yesterday was like the result of 2 years of hard work coming to fruition. It was a performance I believed I was capable of, but that’s one thing, executing it is another. Yesterday things came together and I had my best performance to date. Time to rest up for a few days then back at it for Kona in October”.
Mark Bleasdale had a cracking day to0 at this years Championships setting a new PB of 10hr 31.32 with his splits ⇒ Swim (62.29) ⇒ Bike (5hr 36.19) ⇒ Marathon (3hr 43.57) and post Race, Mark spoke to the Club commenting that he “was very happy to get PB on the course. The support was fantastic!“
Paul Slone came home in 166th spot in a combined total time of 11hr 12.18 with his splits ⇒ Swim (70.25) ⇒ Bike (5hr 59.59) ⇒ Marathon (3hr 50.31) which was a big improvement on his 2016 Race as he told the Club later “After last years performance I felt like I had to make amends for my own personal disappointment. Last year I totally underestimated the impact on the body of racing three disciplines in the same day. The sickness I suffered during the 2016 race was very hard to bear and I needed to find a remedy. I trained very hard for a full year. Changed my daily nutrition dramatically and sought out a race day nutrition plan using trial and error and finally got it right, the fourth discipline which for me was crucial. Managed to take 35 minutes off the bike leg and also 35 minutes off the marathon to come in at a pleasing 11hrs 12 minutes. Shaving almost an hour and a quarter off last years finish time and coming 11th in my category. Enjoyed it but still room for improvement. It was a pleasure to race with some very inspiring athletes yet again”
Watford BMC Gold Standard Races – July 12th
After running a new personal best – (3.51.34) – at Loughborough in the 1500m (July 8th) Rob Warner was back racing four days later at the Watford BMC meeting and again over 1500m. This time Rob set another new personal best of 3.51.25 placing 7th overall giving him back to back PB’s over the four day period.
A happy Rob Warner spoke to the Club after the Watford meeting“I’ve been happy with both races really! The 1500 at Watford was bit of a different race for me, I knew it was aiming to go through 800 at around 2:00/:01 so I hung back by a couple of couple of seconds and what to work my way through. I perhaps went off a little too conservatively though as I went through 800 in 2:03/04 and was nearly last! I had a really strong last 300m of about 44 seconds which is really promising but did leave me a little frustrated at myself for not going off a bit harder as I appeared to have more left in the last lap than I thought I would. Got a couple more 1500s lined up though so hoping to sneak under 3:50 before the end of the season”.
Cracoe Fell Race (Bofra) – Sunday July 16th
Dexta Thompson was out in the penultimate Race in this years Bofra Championships in the U12 category which has seen him go head to head with William Hall from Calder Valley who has usually managed just to get the better of him. At this Race however Dexta finally managed to beat William. Having raced each other so many times the thought was that the Cracoe course was more suited to Dexta with the hill climb not being as steep as most of the Bofra races which is where William is really strong. In the end Dexta won the Race in a time of 8.07 with William Hall in 2nd spot (8.10).
(Dexta Thompson and William Hall – neck and neck)
Going into the last Race Dexta is in Silver Medal position – (Championship Standings)
Windmill Half-Marathon – Sunday July 16th
Six hundred and eighty six finishers in the this years Windmill Half won by Mike Toft in a time of 77.28. Blackburn Harrier Paul Clarke (V55) placed 154th in a time of 1hr 46.27.
Jonathan and Claire Bridge are on holiday in America and have called their holiday ‘Bridges on Tour!!’ This is the two of them at a 10k Race – when asked who got the bragging rights, the response was rapid from Claire…..“I’m afraid I’ve no bragging rights as I think I got lost!! Jonathan won the race. Don’t think results will be on power of ten! However, we had a fun time and our boys even raced too!“
Shaun 2nd at Hendon Brook – Another win for Bob in Mont Blanc 23k Race – – Paul 7th at Ullswater Tri – – Danny makes Duathlon Debut – – Bofra & Alva Games
Hendon Brook – Sunday July 9th
Two hundred and sixteen finishers in this very tough road race won by David Rigby in very warm conditions in a time of 78.22. A couple of Blackburn Harriers competed on the day with Shaun Livesey having a great run to come home in 2nd position and 1st V40 boosting his position overall in the B&PGP Series. After the event Shaun spoke to the Club about how he approached the race telling us that he “had a game plan today and managed to make it stick. The first mile of the race is fast, so I went out hard then settled into it. I was running hard but I was anticipating being caught by Julian Hood maybe by mile 5. It never happened, the further the race progressed the chances of him catching me grew slimmer. I was still running hard and by the time I hit the final climb lenches and knew I wasn’t to be caught. I finished 2nd in a time of 1:25:09 A PB on that course. A good days racing”. Carly Edwards was also out having a run placing 127th in 2hr 06.04.
Bob Shorrock was racing again on Mont Blanc, a venue and Race in which he has had great success. This year he he raced the 23k Course being unsuccessful in getting into the 42k Race. V55 Bob had another great Race at the shorter distance finishing 40th overall out of a field of 1649 – 1st British Athlete and 1st Vet in the 50 – 59 Age Bracket which is how the Race calculates the age groups – in a time of 2hrs 49.05.
Afterwards, he spoke to the Harriers commenting“Mont Blanc was a great weekend again. I was in the half (23K 1650m elevation gain) as I didnt get in the marathon this year (it is a lottery). Set off steady – didnt feel too good until about half way when the climbing started and then I got moving. I passed to V2 second place guy about 1 mile from the finish. it is getting harder as the age groups are 10 years (50 to 59). The course is beautiful and the organisation fantastic. for anyone who loves the mountains, I highly recommend it”
A.W.Jenkinson Ulswater Sprint Distance Triathlon
Paul Brindle …..was flying the flag for Blackburn Harriers in Ullswater which resulted in a win for Jordan Hull (1hr 15.30) at the head of one hundred and twelve finishers. Paul had a very good day coming home in 7th spot overall and 2nd V40 in a combined time of 1hr. 24.29.
After the Event Paul spoke to the Club about how his day had gone saying “With Ullswater tri being a 14:30 start it falls in to my category of being the perfect start time. Matched with beautiful weather in the Lakes it really doesn’t get much better. It’s a great little well organised event and at modern day prices it is cheap. The swim went well even had my very own swim counter shouting my position “19th”. The bike leg started with farmers blocking the traffic. Don’t they know that normal road rules don’t apply triathletes in a race. With a loop taking in Lowther Castle I was back heading to transition. Thought I’d be proper triathlete and leave my shoes clipped in and do a running dismount “9th”. That actually went well but somewhere down the field I sliced my big toe open. I didn’t noticed til half way round on the run but i wasnt stopping, running is my strong discipline and gaining ground. My run counter was shouting things like “you can take them all”. Which I did and managed to sneak up a few places on the last lap “7th”. A brief visit to the first aid tent and I had to head home for family duties”.
The Famous Alva Games – July 8th
This might be called the day when the Thompson Family cleaned up. Dad Chris described the day as “After much debate between us we decided to go up to the Alva games in Alva near Stirling Scotland as this was part of the Bofra championship series and we had heard good things about previously. When we arrived the under 12’s fell race was one of the first events of the day in which Kady and Dexta both competed in. In usual Bofra style this was a very tough course and in Dexta’s words it’s was the hardest climb he has ever done with a very tough descent to follow on the way back down but he gave it his all but still struggled to catch the winner Will Hall who is on top form at the moment but nevertheless he still got a podium finish and was rewarded with a prize of £30 – Kady finished as the 5th girl giving her a prize of £5. Later on the track races on a field began, with Dexta and Liberty both trying the 800m, Dexta then managed to take gold in this event bagging himself a prize of £50. Dexta then also tried to win more money in other events such as the 200/400/1600 but due to a very controversial handicapped start he failed to do so. Liberty managed to secure a 3rd place spot in the 400m and was rewarded with £25 along with £10 for coming 6th in the 200m. Having won a nice pocket full of cash they tried to finish of with the relay prize so we put together a team in the 4x100m with probably the youngest combined mixed age team of the day with Dexta, Liberty and some of their friends from Calder Valley -William Hall and James Duffy. They ran a great race but were unlucky and finished 5 out of 8. Young Felix wasn’t being left out as did a 50m race and won that, gaining a prize of a medal and £2″.
Bofra Results not yet available
Danny Maynard – one of Blackburn Harriers Sprint Coaches – tackled a Duathlon for the first time in Preston at the weekend. Held at the Uclan Sports Centre Danny finished in a time of 50.35, the event featuring a 2 mile run and 8 mile cycle ride and another 2 mile run to finish.
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