Category Archives: Endurance
Northern T & F Championships
Jacob Roberts added the Northern U20 Hammer Title to his growing list of achievements at Sportscity on Sunday. He has now won the Northern Hammer Title in the U15, U17 and U20 Age Categories which is a very considerable achievement. A delighted Jacob spoke to the Club saying that it was a “Great day today at Northern championships at Manchester. I was happy with my win and becoming Northern champion U20 2017. Could have been better with the distance but it was a win in the end. Looking forward now to England Champs next Saturday”.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Tempest)
Thirty one athletes in this years Northern 5000m Championships – won by Jack Morris of Stockport in a time of 14.39.98 – which featured Tim Raynes from the Harriers who finished in 11th place in a time of 15.24.26 and commented after the Championships “I went in to the race hoping to better the 15:03 I ran a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t to be. Started off fairly quickly through the first 1k, going through in about 2:55/6. My pace then started to drop and, while I was still on for 15min pace going though 3k, faded badly in the last 2k. Perhaps just one race too many for me after racing a lot over the last few weeks.”
Epicman – Middle Distance Triathlon – June 11th
It was a great day for Jack Hindle at the Epicman in Lancaster at the weekend when he won the event at the head of a two hundred and four strong field, recording the second fastest Bike ride of the day (2hr 45.16) and the fastest Run (78.23) – unfortunately because of a fast flowing river, the Swim part of the event was cancelled which is arguably Jack’s strongest part of the discipline.
The event consists of a 1.9km Open water Swim, a 90km Bike Ride and a 21km Run to finish described by the Race organisers as follows: The Swim — The swim will take in the river Lune and is a single 1900m loop. The event will be a deep water start. There will be safety kayaks and a safety boat in the river should you need them. The Bike — The bike route is a 90km undulating loop with a small ‘out and back’ section to start and finish. The loop with take you on quiet and glorious country lanes around the Trough of Bowland and will pass through Quernmore, Abbeystead, Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn, Bentham, Canton and back to Halton. The Run — The 21km run route is a flat route on a cycle and footpath along the River Lune. The course is a two loop out and back along the cycle path adjacent to the river Lune. There is a short section to run before joining the loop, you will also run this section on your way back to the finish. The out and back loop is roughly 5.5 miles and there will be a feed stop that you pass three times on the run course which is positioned at the beginning of the loop.
Jack went into the Run three minutes behind in 2nd place after the Bike stage but them made up a massive eight minutes on the run and after the event Jack spoke to the Harriers commenting on his day and told us that he had “no real intentions of doing a half in the near future. I’d really started to focus on races that are coming up. I’ve had really hard block of training since finishing uni this year. All three disciplines have been heading in the right direction, and a team mate said to me a week ago, that I would go well at the epicman. After today’s performance, I’m really glad I did it and really have been able to show what I am capable of. The race was run on a really tough bike course, so to run around a 1.18 half marathon is something I didn’t think I was capable of. Really looking forward to seeing what I can do in the upcoming races, and hopefully take to the top step again”.
Mark Bleasdale also had a very good day, earning a top ten finish coming home in 9th place and 3rd V40 in a combined time of 4hr 29.39 – Mark’s splits were 2hr 50.41 for the Bike and 97.43 for the Run.
FRA Championships – June 10th
It was the final race in the FRA Championships at the weekend which saw Dexta Thompson finish 3rd overall in the U13 Boys – a great result for him. Dexta finished 5th on the day in a mixed boys and girls field of seventy one runners (13.31) which confirmed his Bronze Medal position for the Championships overall. Dexta told the Club that he“is happy with it knowing how good the competition has been against kids from fell clubs and with him doing no training other than actual races he just did his best”.
Brother Felix Thompson finished off his championships by taking 6th out of thirty two runners in a time of 6.18 whilst Harry Wilkin contested the U15 Race featuring fifty one runners where he came 29th overall in a time of 24.02 having fallen early on which set him back a touch.
Jamie Teare competed in the U17 race which was also mixed with Boys and Girls – won by Alex Ediker in 28.07 and Rosie Woodhams for the Girls in 33.27 – placing 20th out of an entry list of 44 other athletes with a time of 34.45. Jamie spoke to the Club saying that he had “Tried this terrain out at Foe Edge 2 weeks ago so I knew it would be hard. It was very tough but I enjoyed it. Well done to all BBH and Lancashire athletes who competed.”
Weets Fell Race – June 10th
Shaun Livesey was among the one hundred and fifty three runners at the latest Race in this years Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series – won by Danny Collinge (39.24) – and had a very good race coming home in 4th position in a time of 41.24 and 2nd V40 on the day.
Shaun told the Club after the Race that he was ” Needing to do the remainder of the races to qualify for the series in the vet 40 division I had to get myself over to Barnoldswick for this 5.5mile race. The weather wasn’t great but I don’t mind that. I set of steady and the lead 3 pulled away. At around the halfway point two runners passed me on the descent (nothing new there) they must have put around 10-15 seconds onto me, but as we hit the last climb I made a diecision to get back to them before it leveled out. I made contact with them and pushed on past, there was a little half mile grass section with a few gates to contest with but I knew as soon as we hit the tarmac descent to the finish I was confident that they wouldn’t pass me. A good tactical race in the end with a fourth place finish. Next up Barrowford 5km”.
Two Lads fell Race
John Horrocks had a very good run at this Fell Race featuring one hundred and sixty two finishers won by Chris Farrell in a time of 31.02. John finished 7th overall in 36.03
Grasmere Gallop – June 3rd
U15 Harry Wilkin who has been out on the Fells quite a bit lately had a good run to finish 4th (25.15) in a mixed age group race featuring one hundred and twenty seven finishers at the 5.7k Grasmere Gallop last weekend.
Catforth 10k – June 11th
Just under a hundred finishers in this local 10k Road Race won by Jason Parker in 34.18. Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello got another run under his belt after coming back from injury, running consistently to earn 5th place in a time of 36.18. V50 David Morris placed 70th in a time of 57.02 which was his fastest 10k this year.
Astley Park Junior Race Series
Nine youngsters from Blackburn Harriers were out in Race 2 of this years Astley Park Junior Series.
(Back Row – Liberty Thompson – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – Ethan Barbarewicz- Hollie Cubbon – Amy Davies)
Front Row (Lulu Sharp – Hannah davies – William Grundy – Felix Thompson)
Amy Davies was first Harrier in (8th) with a time of 5.21 and 2nd Girl on the night. Next came Ethan Barbarewicz in 15th (5.35) having a real battle with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 16th (5.36). Hollie Cubbon posted a time of 5.55 in 29th spot and she was followed home by William Grundy (57th) in 6.25 and Liberty Thompson in 62nd with a time of 6.31. Hannah Davies came in 69th in 6.40 with Felix Thompson in 89th (7.11) and Lulu Sharp was 99th in a time of 7.58.
Crazy Cow 10k – Sunday May 21st
Seven hundred and thirty three runners at this Race today which saw Blackburn Harrier – Chris Davies – win the Race for the third time in three years in a time of 34.20 and Victoria Mousley win the Women’s Race in a new PB time of 37.59, fifty six seconds better than her previous best in 13th place overall. 2nd Woman in the Race was another Harrier having a good run – Carmen Byrne – who was out at this distance on the roads for the first time since 2013 finishing in 15th spot with a time of 38.47.
Chris spoke to the Club afterwards saying “I wasn’t going to run today due to a bit of a niggle behind my knee. I was struggling on Saturday with it when I went for a jog but I thought I would see what Sunday morning brought and decide from their. My warm up jog felt fine and the rest of my drills were the same. Once I got racing everything went well. My pace was good throughout and I managed to hit my quickest time this year at 10K at 34:20. Pleased with that, considering the niggle and it’s four weeks from having done the Marathon. Managed to bag a mini hi-fi for my efforts, so a good day all round”.
Victoria was very pleased with her run and told the Club that it was “Good day for me. Thought I’d be lucky to get near the ten k time I did at Kendal a couple of weeks ago. Was thrilled to finish in 38.00. I felt pretty strong on the way round and chuffed with a 55 second PB. Great results from the Harriers”.
Carmen told us she “really enjoyed the race, I wasn’t completely sure how my Achilles would cope seeing as I’ve had trouble with them for the past few weeks, but luckily it was only the last 1k which they really bothered me. My first flatish 10k for ages so it was about building up confidence on running on the road again, so was happy to have run 38 something and be 2nd behind VIcky”.
Ben Costello has been out with an injury for quite a while but came back with a very solid run to place 4th overall in a time of 35.56 and told us after the event “Going into the race I knew I wasn’t at my fittest but I knew I could post a good time. I set off with the lead pack of 5 and dropped off after 1 mile, got my rhythm going in mile 2 where I caught one of the people in front and from there got my head down and raced the race how I wanted. Massive well done to Chris on his win”.
Nicholas Smith had a great run cutting nearly a minute and a half off his previous best to place 12th overall in a new PB time of 37.56, not bad for a lad who has had a cold all last week as he told the Club “I really enjoyed the route today, and knowing it was a relatively flat course was aiming for a pb, I achieved this by quite a bit and am really happy with my time! The race had a great atmosphere with lots of support from all the Blackburn Harriers and Blackburn Roadrunners”. Also getting new times were V50 Ian Clarkson who finished in 106th spot in a new PB time of 46.51 – some one and half minutes faster than his previous best – and – Lindsay Davies coming home in 206th with a time of 51.57 chopping three minutes off her previous best time for the distance who was delighted with her run commenting “Really pleased with the way my training is going at the moment, can’t believe how much I have improved. Crazy cow was a brilliant race with 733 runners, I didn’t plan on running for a PB but soon as I got off the start line I just seemed to find a really good pace. At 5k I knew I was on for a PB if I really put my foot down.I kept on going but was starting to slow on the last mile, but with gritted teeth I kept on going and knocked my PB down from 55:48 to 51:47, 4:01 seconds off my 10k PB, not bad after knocking 4:39 seconds off my 5 mile PB on Wednesday night at Horwich”.
Four Harriers in the Fun Run to – Hannah Davies, Amy Davies, Leah Hoole and Ethan Barbarewicz.
FUN RUN RESULTS (Not available yet)
CHRISTLETON 5K – May 19th
Five hundred and seven finishers in this Race won by Dejene Gezimu in 14.48 which saw Blackburn Harrier Joe Monk finish in the top 10 of a very strong field – placing 9th overall in a new PB of 15.18 which was a big reduction of 16 seconds from his previous best run over the distance on the Road.
After the Race, Joe spoke to the Club saying he was “very pleased to run a PB, felt I lost a bit of pace in the 4th km, so I know what to work on, but a strong step in the right direction“.
Inter-Counties Fell Championships – FRA Championships – Fairfield Horseshoe – Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix – Horwich Series Race 1
Great running by the Lancashire Team in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Broughton heights last week which saw the Men take Team Gold led home by Chris Arthur and the Women led home by Nichola Jackson just outside the Medals in 4th place.
Blackburn Harrier Victoria Mousley ran for the Women’s Team and unfortunately due to an injury, Liz Greenwood had to withdraw after being selected. After the Race Victoria spoke to the Club and told us that “Lizzie was Injured and wasn’t allowed to run she was very much missed. Really tough course! Super hilly, strong winds but a fantastic event”.
(Inter-Fells County Championship Photos courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Fairfield Horseshoe May – 13th
Three hundred and seventy one finishers at this years Race with three Blackburn Harriers among the runners. Classified as an AM event, the Fairfield Horseshoe starts and ends at Rydall Hall (grid reference GR367063) near Ambleside. The 9 mile (14.5Km) route incorporates 2999ft (914m) of climbing. This years Race was won by Ben Abdelnoor in a time of 1hr 22. 36.
First home for the Harriers came John Horrocks in 47th spot with a time of 1hr 42. 27 followed just a couple of minutes behind by by V40 Tom Cubbon in 63rd spot with a time of 1hr 44.43 and Andy Heys (128th) with a time of 1hr 52.44.
This Race is described on its Website as ‘A demanding 22 mile route, with 3011ft of ascent, takes in landmarks such as Pikedaw, Gordale Scar and Malham Tarn; and a gentler 9 miles, which includes The Pennine Way and Janet’s Foss – voted one of the Top 10 Secret Trails of The National Trust’.
It was the ‘gentler 9 miles’ that Blackburn Harrier John Orrell decided to do and he had a good run coming home in 15th spot with a time of 90.29 out of a field of 108 runners.
Great Whernside Junior Uphill – May 14th
This was a tough Race for the Juniors as Chris Thompson, father of Dexta, Kady and Felix told the Club afterwards…….“Our kids ran in the 5th junior FRA race of the series over at Great Whernside at Kettlewell today. A very tough uphill only race being one of the hardest races they have ever done especially for Felix, they had to run all the way up then walk back down to the start, making it very hard for us to watch”.
Dexta Thompson came home in 3rd spot 3rd out of a mixed field of of 69 runners and in a time of 9.28 — U13 Results
Kady Thompson took 61st position out of a 66 strong field with a time of 9.10 whilst brother Felix Thompson came 9th in his U9 Race which featured 42 youngsters.
Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix
The latest in this years B&PGP Series took place on May 17th – WHOLAN NOOK TRAIL RACE – featuring 208 runners and won by Danny Collinge in a time of 30.23.
Shaun Livesey was out in this Race for the Harriers coming home in 17th spot with a time of 33.37 and 4th V40 on the night. V50 Gary Pearse placed 66th in 38.11.
Horwich Jubilee Series – May 17th
It was an unusually small field for the first Race in this years Race Series of seventy eight runners and emphatically won by Gary Priestley in a time of 26.16.
Four Blackburn Harriers took part which saw good runs from Jack Hindle taking 2nd place in a time of 28.02 in his first race over the distance on the road. Just behind came Chris Davies in 3rd posting a time of 28.15 to give him the V40 1st Prize on the night and a PB on the Course. Lindsay Davies set a big new PB finishing 67th with a time of 42.05 while David Morris (V50) placed 76th in a time of 48.25.
Two Junior Races with the U13 and U15 youngsters all racing against one another and it was a double win for the Harriers — Leon Thomas coming out on top winning in a time 5.00, some eleven seconds ahead of the 2nd placed Horwich runner and Amy Davies who placed 9th overall took the Girls Race in a time of 5.36.
The other Junior Race featured 57 youngsters and first home for the Club was Oliver Gill who was 9th overall – 2nd U9 and in a time of 6.12. Hannah Davies was the 1st U9 Girl in 20th place (6.40), with Isabelle Hartley 23rd in a time of 6.44. The youngest of the bunch – Lulu Sharp – ran a good time of 7.42 to finish in 40th place.
And last but by no means least is a big mention to Lorna Sharp who set a new PB at the Avenham Park 5k run on May Day with a time of 26.53 which meant she had chopped over three minutes off her previous best run.
Ian Casey Memorial Cown 5k Race – May 11th
U13 Leah Hoole decided on a run out at this local 5k Race on Wednesday evening finishing 35th overall out of a field of 125 runners and 2nd Female Junior with a time of 20.38 which was great running by her.
First Race in this years BOFRA (British Open Fell Runners Association) for the Junior categories and run in warm sunny conditions at the Sedbergh Gala Fell Race on May 7th. Dexta Thompson had a very good run to finish 3rd overall and 3rd Boy in the mixed U12 Race with a time of 12.43. Sister Kady Thompson competed in the same Race placing 30th overall and 12th Girl with a time of 11.26 and just one second separating the Girls in 28th, 29th and 30th place. In the U9 Race Felix Thompson came home 8th overall and 7th Boy, posting a time of 6.19.
Gt Hambledon Hill Race – May 7th
Great weather for the Gt. Hambledon Hill Race greeted the two hundred and forty eight runners on Sunday May 7th, a Race won by Steven Snape by over two minutes in a time of 36.33.
Great to see V50 Gary Pearse back racing after such a long time out and having endured a torrid time with back issues. Gary came home in 60th spot with a time of 49.00 and was 8th in his age category. Good also to see V50 Alison Armour back in the Blue & White a she came home in 231st spot in a time of 73.35.
Mearly Clough Fell Race – Tuesday May 9th
A couple of Blackburn Harriers out in this Race which saw John Horrocks come home in 14th spot out of the one hundred and ninety four runners who finished the race in a time of 35.33. 14yr old Harry Wilkin also tackled this Race, which isn’t easy by any stretch and featuring a pretty tough climb. He ran well to place 90th overall in a time 44.17.
Three Peaks – PB’s for Joe & Joe at BUCS T & F Championships – Brian breaks Course Record at Horwich Triathlon – Chris Wins Sheffiff 10k – PB’s for Harriers at Stretford – Coiners Junior Fell Races
Three Peaks – Saturday April 29th
(Three Peaks Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Good weather saw six hundred and ninety runners complete the iconic Three Peaks Race this year over the twenty three mile route including Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and with a profile not for the faint hearted:
Four Blackburn Harriers took part this year with the first athlete home being Shaun Livesey in 76th earning himself a 1st Class classification time of 3hr 39.16 describing his Race afterwards to the Club “Well went into the race felling good and with the weather being kind the course proved to be fast. I set out with certain time to hit each check point. Penny Ghent the first climb seemed to pass without any undue effort I topped out in under 34mins. Next stop high berkwith, I reached it in 1hr 1min, still feeling easy. Onto ribblehead and I dibbed in at 1hr 25mins still going well. Now onto my nemisis whernside. My goal was to summit in 2hrs race time, I did exactly that, with my legs still in good shape. The descent of Whernside to the hill inn check point isn’t my best part of the race for me, it is just too technical under foot but I was humbled to receive encouragement from John Calvert a multiple winner of the event for the club. I dibbed in 2hr 22min race time. Just after the pub I saw my wife and daughter with some refreshments I said my legs had gone! One last climb to go and I was suffering and was losing places, I still however managed to dibb in at the summit of Ingleborough at 3hrs exactly. Somehow I managed to get into some kind of running coming of the top without losing too many more places. Even after 23.4 miles of running I still managed to raise a sprint finish against race baggot from Clayton harriers the crowd loved it. Finish time 3:39:16. Although not my best effort the race itself is fantastic and is a must for anyone thinking about it”.
Next home came Andy Heys in 329th position and posting a time of 4hr 20.56. Andy enjoyed the day and told the Club “For me, the highlight of the fell racing calendar. Such a challenge, but such a privilege to be part of such a well organised, well supported event set in beautiful surroundings. My 3rd attempt at this race and managed to take another 10 minutes off my previous best on the course, coming in at 4:20. Was on target for a sub-4 and felt really comfortable at the Ribblehead viaduct, and then came my nemesis – Whernside! With all the training runs I’d done on there, I thought we had made friends? Clearly not the case as I summited Whernside absolutely destroyed. Still, managed to hang on and make it over Ingleborough to the finish. I’ve now got a hunger for sub-4, so will be back in 12 months’ time”.
Not far behind Andy – just six places and a couple of minutes – came Craig Greenough 335th in a time of 4hr 22.13. and behind Craig was Ian Clarkson in 625th position with a time of 5hr 07.40. After he had time to rest, Ian told the Club “My legs and body are officially battered!! What a day, having had a rough week with a cold, the Y3P’s fell race looked very daunting and intimidating, made the more daunting with the many top class fell runners in the country on the start line!! My plan of attack was one cut off point at a time and take it from there, all cut off’s achieved within time and then sit back and enjoy the ride over Ingleborough. Perfect weather conditions lead to a fantastic race day along with the competitors camaraderie, the marshalls and the people behind the scenes who make this event happen. Grand Day Out”.
BUCs Track & Field Championships
Joe Monk, Joe Howe, Joe Pearse, Roxanne Oliver and Katie Buckingham were all competing in the Championships at Bedford last weekend – 29th April – 1st May – with two of them coming up with new PB’s.
In a very competitive 5000m event of two Heats with one being won in 14.16 – nineteen of the twenty athletes all running under 15 minutes – and – the other won in a time of 14.46 with the first seven of the athletes all under 15 minutes, no one was ‘hanging about’. Twenty seven of the forty one athletes recorded 5000m PB’s. Joe Monk was one of the 27 finishing up running a new PB by six seconds (16.00.32) and said afterwards “Very disappointed with the run, felt heavy legged from the start, think Trafford took it out of me. I know I’m in 15:15 shape from the 3k on Tuesday, so to run what I did at BUCS is very frustrating, it just gives me the incentive to perform well at the Northern League“
(Joe Monk Number 964)
Joe Howe….was another athlete who got among the personal bests running 10.18.08 for a new PB in the 3000m Steeplechase. Joe told the Club “It was my first race of the season so a good start and a bit of a confidence booster. Disappointed to miss out on the final, I think it was my hurdling technique that let me down a bit. There’s definitely more to come”.
And then there was Katie Buckingham who came 12th in the Final of the 2000m Steeplechase with a time of 7.46.17 in her first ever attempt at the event which was a great effort and she commented after her event that it was a “great weekend watching both Nottingham and Blackburn team mates compete and be involved in such a big event against very strong fields. This was my first 2kmSc so I set off steady and built into the race hanging on to the girls ahead finishing in 7.47 which was quicker than I expected! By default a PB and 12th in a Bucs final, so can’t complain at all! First track fixture of the year and first 4x400m race has got me very excited for the rest of the season!“
Joe Pearse qualified for the Final with a 1.94m clearance and went onto finish in 7th position in the Final itself, clearing 2.00m after having to pull out of the event with an ankle injury. Joe told the Harriers that he was “Absolutely gutted that I had to pull out of the comp but happy with another 2m“. Roxanne Oliver posted a season’s best time of 15.46 in the 100m Hurdles to go through to the Semi Final where she improved her time to run 15.07 just four hundreth’s outsider her personal best time. After the Semi-Final Roxie told the Club “Another great BUCS experience. I was hoping for sub 15 seconds but I’m hoping I’ll get that next competition”.
For the three hundred and eighty seven finishers in this event, it included a 500m Swim, a 40k bike ride and an 8.6k run. In the end it was a one two for Brian Fogarty and Jack Hindle at the Horwich Triathlon at the weekend as Brian won the event and Jack came 2nd.
Brian Fogarty who is in training for the Lanzarote Ironman emphatically demonstrated how good his form is at the moment when he not only won the event but broke the Course Record too with a time of 1hr 42.41. A great performance which sets Brian up nicely for Lanzarote.
Jack Hindle is in pretty good form as could be seen by his 2nd place finish behind Brian in a time of 1hr 48.39 and told the Club “Overall I am really happy with how the race went today. After Clitheroe, I wanted to show what I am really capable of at the minute. I had a solid swim and run, I wouldn’t say the best run but solid enough. But more than anything I am happy to see that my cycling has improved. I’ve been working hard on the bike, and to finally see that my weakest discipline of the three is moving in the right direction is a big confidence boost. Massive congrats to Brian on another outstanding performance”.
The Bank Holiday Open Medal Meeting saw siblings Myah and Joel Booth and Nicky Saunders all competing at Stretford, producing two wins and three new PB’s amongst them.
U13 Nicky Saunders took a double win on the day with a new PB throw of 24.03m in the Discus before winning the Javelin with a distance of 23.05m and rounding off the day with a 3rd place in the Shot Putt (7.11m).
U13 Joel Booth took two third places with a time of 14.35 in the 100m and then setting a new PB of 29.50 in the 200m. Sister Myah Booth – U15 – set a new PB in the Javelin (26.44m), came third in the 75m Hurdles (12.54) and ran a time of 14.19 in the 100m for 4th place.
A Davies Day Out at the Races with Guest Eleesha Charnley
Chris Davies who set a new Marathon PB in London of 2hr 41.21 was in action again just a week after after and recorded a win in a time of 35.51. He told the Club that he “Decided to do the Sheriff 10K this morning. Felt good so I thought why not. Come 1st in 35:51. Won 50 quid for the Fayre Inns, so a nice meal out with the family will be coming shortly as well. Amy won the fun run and Hannah was fourth girl back, so a good day for them. Lindsay also hit a new PB as well. Well done family Davies”. In 2013 Chris had won this same Race in a time of 38.05 and with a current PB of 33.32 it shows how far he has come.
Lindsay also had a good day setting a new PB of 54.57 (90th) which is nearly five minutes faster than her first ever time posted for a 10k Race. Amy, Eleesha and Hannah all entered the 1.4k Fun Run which saw Amy win in a time of 9.32, followed by Eleesha in 2nd spot (9.52) and Hannah taking 7th place overall with a time of 11.09.
Coiners Junior Fell Races
(Photo’s courtesy of www.woodentops.org)
Over on the Fells it was the Thompson families turn at the Coiners Junior Races which saw Felix Thompson finish 6th overall out of a field of 55 runners in the U9 mixed Race of Boys and Girls in a time of 5.05 (RESULTS) – in the U11 Age Group it was Kady Thompson coming home in 82nd spot out of another mixed field of 95 runners with a time of 13.44 – (RESULTS) – the final run of the day for the Thompson family came from Dexta in the 101 strong U13 Field, again mixed, which saw him come home in 5th position in a time of 11.53 – (RESULTS).
New Marathon PB’s for Chris in London and Claire at Blackpool – Joe Wins Blackpool 10k – Pauline Wins Bolton 10k
Chris Davies ran his first Marathon in April 2014 in Manchester which was unfortunately measured short. In his debut he posted a time of 3.02.31 which was a great effort in his first ever attempt at the distance. Knowing that he didn’t run the race the way he had intended, he set out to bring the time down and run faster. In 2015 he cut a whopping 13 minutes off his previous time to record 2hr 49.41. One year later in 2016 and again in London he came down ever further to set another new PB of 2hr.46.55. His training for London 2017 gave him the belief that he could knock another chunk off and he duly obliged running a new personal best of 2hr 41.22. A rather happy athlete told the Club “This is probably the best shape I’ve been in since starting running 4 1/2 years ago. I was always feeling confident that I could hit the time I wanted I just had to go and do it. I felt good in my warm up and started the race well. My first mile was a 6:06 which was bang on target and I felt comfortable with that all the way up to the 20 mile mark. I felt OK at this point and pulled out 3 more good miles but the last 3 were the hardest. Mile 24 my pace dipped a little, I managed to rally again for mile 25 but with that big last effort struggled on the home straight. Dug it out though and come through the line at 2:41:21. Really pleased with the result and I gave everything on the day. The support on the day was great from people out there on the course and I would like to say thanks to everyone for all their great support during training for this event and the praise they gave after it. Very much appreciated and it’s great that I know I’m surrounded by a great bunch of people within Blackburn Harriers and out of it.”
Conrad Mckee followed up his 2016 London Marathon time of 2hr. 50.34 with another 2hr 50.19 clocking in 2017 which was a great result for him as he has had to contend with a long period of injuries – Conrad told us afterwards that his “Time was slightly faster. Only slight. 2.50.19 but it was a better more controlled run than the year before. I had hoped to try and dip under 2.45 but I tore some ligaments in my foot 11 weeks ago and didn’t even know if I was going to go to London. Gaz at GW got me fit again and Ben Fish wrote me an 8 week plan to get to the start line. Everything went well and it all clicked in to place on the day. My splits were very consistent on the day with only 4 seconds difference in every 5k from start to finish. I think I will have a stab at Chester in October”.
Sean Proctor clocked a time of 3hr 31.58 which wasn’t what he was expecting, but as all marathon runners know, the distance doesn’t always work out for you on the day. Sean told the Club “I was having a good run up to mile 16 when the hamstring injury I picked up the other week flared up again. Just glad I could limp to finish it in 3:31:58. I will be back training as soon as possible ready for Chester in October“.
Claire Bridge is another Blackburn Harrier who started her Marathon running career in 2014 at the Brathay Windermere Race where she ran a time of 5hr 30.45. In the same year she ran the Chester Marathon – just six months after her first and knocked 53 minutes off her debut time when she ran 4hr 37.04. On to the year 2015 and she chopped a further six minutes off her time with 4hr 31.05 at Chester again and then in 2016 cut another eight minutes off in the Manchester Marathon when she achieved a time of 4hr 23. 08.. At this years Blackpool Marathon, Claire went even further taking another 14 minutes off her previous best to set a new PB of 4hr 09.09. Claire has now reduced her Marathon PB in just over three years by one hour and twenty one minutes and there was little doubt that she was happy about her latest run telling the Club that she was “Delighted to run a big PB today at the Blackpool marathon. It was tough conditions, too hot and quite breezy. I knocked nearly 15 minutes off my Marathon PB. I was 2 minutes inside my half marathon best. Roll on Chester!!!“
Blackpool Marathon RESULTS
Blackpool & Bolton 10k – Sunday April 23rd
Joe Monk added another win to his racing CV when he won the Blackpool 10k in a time of 33.15, nearly three minutes in front of the second placed runner and commented after the Race that he was “pleased to win today, it was windy going out up to 6km and had some twists and turns to contend with so knew a really quick time wasn’t feasible, nevertheless pleased to win and look forward to racing the 3k at Trafford on Tuesday”.
Blackpool 10k RESULTS
Over in Bolton, Pauline Powell made a welcome return to racing, this being her first 10k Race since 2009 and what a return it was. In a field featuring 675 finishers, Pauline placed 9th overall, won the Women’s Race and broke the Course Record. Understandably she was delighted and told the Club “It felt great to be back racing and was happy to break the course record on such a tough course!” Victoria Mousley also had a very good run for the Harriers coming home in 23rd spot in a time of 39.58 which was just twelve seconds outside her personal best and showing what a good run she had, given the course terrain and the wind. Vicci spoke to the Club after the Race and told us “If you manage a sub 40 more than once then it can’t be a fluke. Problem is now I have to make a new target. Perfect day today for a run back in my hometown of Bolton, even had my parents coming out to watch and some friends. The Bolton 10k is a great course with a great variety of terrain, hills, steps, switchbacks etc…..quite a tough one and not one to do if you are looking for a pb. Lovely to see Brian and Michelle at the start and to hear encouragement from them and many others on the way round. All I wanted today was a sub 40 wasn’t too concerned about position. Happy to come away with 4th lady and we’ll done to Blackburn Harriers runner Pauline Powell with first place and course record too”. V55 Paul Clarke was running his third 10k of the year so far at Bolton where he placed 139th overall in a time of 47.25.
Bolton 10k RESULTS
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