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Matt Wins Lancashire Schools Title – Jess takes 4th at BUCS XC Championships – Ben Wins Hurdles Silver Medal at Northern Champs – Victoria Wins Winter Warmer 10k & Harriers Win Team Race

This years Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships were in doubt right up to the last minute, but thankfully they went ahead and saw some good championship running as a result, with qualification places for English Schools up for grabs. Thirty four athletes from Blackburn Harriers qualified for the championships.

Championship Results

Highlight of the day for the Harriers was the Title winning run of Matt Ramsden in the Inter-Boys race featuring 54 runners. Matt (Blackburn) and Rhys Ashton (Lancaster) battled it out the whole way round with Matt keeping a one to two metre lead only. With around 500 metres to go, Matt went for the finish and came home a confortable winner in the end by 5 seconds (18.14) from Rhys in 2nd place (18.19) and Max Cunningham (Rossendale) in 3rd (18.23). Sam Hodkinson (South Ribble) placed 7th in 19.10 and just missed out on a top 6 finish. Harvey Ashworth (Blackburn) ran a very good first lap but faded slightly on the 2nd lap, costing him places as he came home in 21st (20.47) with Ethan Barbarewicz (South Ribble) and Sam James (Preston) in 45th position (23.34).  In the Senior Boys Race – Joe Gebbie (South Ribble) finished 10th (25.31) in a race won by Kian Davis (23.34), a race which saw just 11 seconds separate the first four athletes. Hannah Cookson contested the Senior Girls race clocking 18.05 in 10th spot.

Matt Ramsden (481) & Sam Hodkinson (554)

Harvey Ashworth (482)

Ethan Barbarewicz (559)

Sam James (539)

Joe Gebbie (77)

Hannah Cookson

Fifty nine ran in the Year 7 Girls race won by Charlotte Wilkinson (Chorley) in 8.38. Amelia Burton (Hyndburn) had a good run to place 16th in a time of 9.47 with Lucy Rishton (Blackburn) not far behind in 18th place (9.53) and Isabelle Hartley in 23rd (10.07).

Amelia Burton (613)

Lucy Rishton (578)

Isabelle Hartley (579)

An even bigger field in the Year 7 Boys race with 69 nine runners competing in the race won by Jack Lamb (Chorley) in 8.04. Highest placed Blackburn Harrier running for South Ribble, was Daniel Smith with an excellent performance of 8.29 in 5th place and first counter for South Ribble who placed 2nd in the team race. Ben Livesey (Blackburn) came home in 32nd position with a time of 9.11 with Harry Sambrook (Blackburn) in 39th (9.17).

Daniel Smith (747)

Ben Livesey (675)

Hollie Cubbon (Blackburn) had a good race too in the Junior Girls Race won by Ava Lloyd (West Lancs) in 13.07. Holly came home in 10th spot out of the sixty three strong field in a time of 14.18 with Leah Hoole (Blackburn) in 16th place (14.49), Kate Cookson also Blackburn in 20th (15.09), Eva Knowles (Blackburn) clocking 15.24 in 29th place, Keira Haxton (Hyndburn) 40th in 15.51, Caroline Woodworth (Hyndburn) 50th in a time of 16.14 and Lucy Ramsden (Blackburn) running 16.52 in 56th spot. Hollie, Leah, Kate and Eva were all counters for the Blackburn Team which finished 2nd to the winners – Chorley.

Hollie Cubbon (194)

Leah Hoole (193)

Kate Cookson (195)

Eva Knowles (197) and Keira Haxton (228)

Caroline Woodworth (232)

Lucy Ramsden (198)

Amy Davies (Blackburn) took 4th pace in the Inter-Girls Race won by Darcy Lonsdale (Fylde) in a time of 15.18. After being part of the leading group of four over the first lap, Amy got slightly detached and clocked 15.45 with Eleesha Charnley (Hyndburn) working her way through the field, not far behind in 7th with a time of 15.58, Ruby Cain ((Blackburn) in 30th place (18.22) and Rebecca Ramsden (Hyndburn) 32nd in a time of 18.26.

Amy Davies (385)

Eleesha Charnley (417)

Ruby Cain (387)

Rebecca Ramsden (422)

The Junior Boys race was won by Luke Rawcliffe (Fylde) after a tremendously close run race with Tobias Swarbrick (Lancaster) which saw both boys given the identical time of 14.20. There was a top run too for David Holman (Hyndburn) who had his best cross country race of the season as he placed 3rd in a time of 14.31. Next Harrier home was Dexta Thompson (Rossendale) in 9th spot clocking 15.05 with Hayden Mercer (Blackburn) one place further back in 10th (15.13). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (South Ribble) finished in 19th out of the 59 runners in 15.36 with Theo Watson (Blackburn) in 22nd place (15.40), and just one place behind – Jack Paget-Fowler (Blackburn) in 23rd (15.41), Joe Joyce (Chorley) in 28th spot (15.50), Codie Dewhurst (Blackburn) 30th running 15.56, Sebastian Burton (Hyndburn) clocking 16.11 in 33rd and Saul Sharp (Hyndburn) in 35th (16.16).

David Holman (323)

Dexta Thompson (354)

Hayden Mercer (290)

Kyel Taylor-Pomfret (361)

Theo Watson (291)

Jack Paget-Fowler (292)

Codie Dewhurst (295) & Sebastian Burton (326)

Saul Sharp (324)

Jess Judd who ‘gave everything she had on the day’ came home in 4th position in a time of 21.10.2 at this years BUCS Championships held in Exeter after a battle with the first three Women – winner Anna Moller (20.33.0), Amelia Quirk (20.44.1) in 2nd and Mhairi Maclennan (Northern Cross Country Champion in 20.49.9) featuring a field of six hundred and nineteen finishers.

BUCS Results

Joe Howe ran in the Men’s Race ‘A’ Race which had 1170 contesting and finishing. Joe had a pretty solid run, ‘similar to his run at the Northerns’ to come home in 174th place in a time of 37.57.2.

Jess with Jo Pavey after the Race

Joe Howe on the left – ‘refuelling’?

Gt. Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships – Saturday February 2nd

In the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships Zachary Walmsley – running for Bolton – came home in 8th place out of a 54 strong field of runners, clocking 12.19 and earning himself a place at the English Schools Chgampionships in Leeds.

Northern U13 & U15 Indoor Track & Field Championships – February 3rd

Terrific performance by U15 Ben Boocock at the Championships this weekend in the 60m Hurdles. Ben qualified for the Final with a PB equaling time of 9.52 and went one better in the Final – cutting nearly three tenths of that time – to clock 9.24 and win the Silver Medal and just 200th’s behind the winner. ben’s parents told us afterwards that they were delighted with the result commenting “Massive thanks to Paul Wibberley today for all his support”.


Winter Warmer 10k – Sunday February 3rd

Seven hundred and ten finishers in this race won by Tipton’s Stephen Corbishley in 34.08. Victoria Mousley had a good run, comfortably winning the Women’s Race for the Harriers in a time of 40.58 and 44th place overall. To cap a good all round day for the Club, the Harriers won the Team Race, Harry Wilkin won the Junior Men’s Race and Chris Davies won the V40 Age Group category.

Victoria was pleased with her run and spoke to the Club after the race was over, commenting A decent run for me, managed to pull my hamstring just on the sharp hill before the descent into Pleasington but luckily someone from the club told me i was first lady with no other in sight so i just slowed off a bit to ensure I didn’t cause an injury. Happy to finish first lady even though my time was a bit over what i would have liked. Great runs from the Harriers today. Great support on the course too from club members“.


Victoria Mousley

Winter Warmer 10k Results

Josh Holgate had a battle with the eventual winner and was leading the race as he dropped down to Sandy Lance, approaching the climb up to the Church at Pleasington. In the end, Josh had to settle for 2nd place in a time of 34.17 and commented to the Club after the Race that he wasn’t sure how the race would go with being on and off with illness the past few weeks and not being able to get the mileage and sessions in, but overall I can’t complain with the outcome. Looking back I probably went off too hard on the climb and found myself isolated on the descent and allowed the Tipton runner to creep up behind. We battled it out from the duck pond to the track but sadly he had that bit more in the legs to push on at the end for the win. Well done to Victoria Mousely on the win and to Tom Blaney and Christopher Davies for having great runs finishing 3rd and 4th. Big push now to add a bit more sharpness for National XC and the 12 stage relays”.

Josh Holgate (325)

Tom Blaney (327) & Chris Davies (171)

Next in for the Harriers came Tom Blaney in 3rd place in a time of 34.50 and afterwards he told told the Club I really looked forward to todays race as its one of my favourites. In the past few months i’ve only really run XC so i had no idea how that would translate to the road, its fair to say i was pretty pleased with my performance. I had a really tough time hanging on to Chris for most of the race but just found an edge on the downhills and the last mile to take a hard earned 3rd place. Well done to everyone that raced, a great effort by all”.

Chris Davies placed 4th overall which made it three Harriers in the first four places, clocking 35.01 and enough to give him the V40 1st prize. He told the Club.Always a tough course the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K but even harder this year with the tougher conditions. The majority of the course was runnable but the odd section had his challenges. Overall I had s solid performance, a few seconds down on last year’s time but nothing to get concerned about. I’ve raced alot these last few weeks and trained hard due to Marathon training so things are going really well at the moment. Pleased with 4th position overall, my best in this competition and 1st Vet 40 for the second year running. A good day for myself but great runs from Josh Holgate and Thomas Blaney . A great team effort finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Well done to them and all the other Blackburn Harriers who ran on the day. A special mention for Harry Wilkin who finished 1st Junior Male in 40:23. A cracking time on a tough course. Well done all”.

View from the side of the road

Fifteen Blackburn Harriers ran the race and after Chris Davies finished 4th the next home was U17 Harry Wilkin in 38th place with a time of 40.23 which won him the Junior Men’s first prize. Danny Maynard was the next one in (42nd) in 40.46. V45 Sean Procter was just five seconds behind Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley – in a time of 41.03 (45th) and followed home by V40 Paul Jeffries in 71st (43.03), V45 Craig Greenough (81st) in a time of 43.40), V50 Ian Clarkson – having a break from the Fells this weekend – in 143rd (47.08), V45 Lindsay Davies in a time of 47.19 (146th), V40 Paul Whittaker (167th) clocking 48.02, V50 Mark Wilkin running 48.21 in 179th, Rebecca Woodworth (366th) with a time of 56.36, V55 Alison Armour (532nd) in 63.01 and V50 Clare Wilkin (63.43) in 560th place.

Harry Wilkin

Danny Maynard (444) & Sean Procter (795)

Craig Greenough (263)

Ian Clarkson Lindsay Davies (174)Mark Wilkin (735) Rebecca Woodworth (757)

Alison Armour (21) Clare Wilkin (733)

Twenty young Blackburn Harriers ran in this Junior 2k as part of a nearly two hundred strong field which was a tremendous effort.

Winter Warmer Junior 2k Results

The Junior Race saw the Harriers take six out of the first ten places with 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places which was a great effort by them. Amy Davies placed 5th overall in a time of 7.33 for the 2k course, with Saul Sharp having a very good run in 6th (7.37), Leah Hoole 7th (7.45), Daniel Smith (8th) also 7.45 and the same as Sam Aspey – the ‘pocket rocket’ – in 9th (7.45) with Oliver Gill in 10th (7.58).



  Then came Caroline Woodworth in 17th (8.44), Charlie Haworth (23rd) with a time of 9.04, Hannah Davies (26th) in 9.06, Charlotte Sousa running 9.07 in 30th, Ella Hardman (9.13) in 32nd place, Lulu Sharp finishing 37th in 9.33, Emily Smith in a time of 9.42 (38th), Tippi Francis (52nd) in 10.15, Sam Craven (64th) in a time of 10.43, Isabella Pacelli in 10.51 (71st), Isaac Smith (129th) in a time of 11.28, Grace Lewarne running a time of 11.37 (86th), Tom Hunt (12.41 in 117th place and Annabelle Logan (125th) with a time of 12.55.


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Senior Men & Women Win Mid Lancs at Burnley – Bronze Medals for Matt (U17 1500m) & Dominic (Senior 800m) at Northern Indoor Championships – Victoria Wins Garstang 10k – 3rd Place for Calum at East Lancs Hospice 10k – On the Fells with the Harriers

Another good day for the Harriers on cross country as both the Club’s Senior Men and Senior Women won the Team titles plus a win for the U13 Boys and V45 Women, and runner up team prizes for U11 Girls, U11 Boys, and U15 Girls alongside individual wins for Jess Judd in the Senior Women, Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys and V40 men for Chris Davies.

The Senior Men’s Race featured a field of three hundred and six finishers covering thirty two clubs and a great race at the front end. James Douglas (Border), Rob Warner and Tim Raynes opened up a gap as they battled one another for the win with Douglas (30.08) from Tim (30.14) and Rob  in 3rd (30.17). The Harriers took the team title with a total of 70 points to Kendal in 2nd place (145 points).

Tim Raynes (2937) & Rob Warner (2931)

The Club’s six counters were all home in the first 22 positions with Tim Raynes (2nd), Rob Warner (3rd) followed by excellent runs from Karl Billington in 13th (32.22), Marc Hartley just two seconds further back in14th (32.34), Chris Davies 16th and 1st V40 in 32.49 and Tom Blaney (22nd) with a time of 33.16 making up the six counters.

Karl Billington (2936) – Chris Davies (2950) – Marc Hartley (2942)

Tom Blaney

Next home with another good run was Calum Holmes in 25th position (33.32) followed by U20 Joe Gebbie who was 2nd in his age category on the day, clocking 34.01, Tom Marchant in 39th and 3rd U20 (34.38), V50 Mark Chippendale in 48th running a time of 35.12, Paul Brindle  in a time of 35.39 (56th), Danny Maynard (134th) in 38.51, V50 Chris Balderson (144th) with a time of 39.14, Paul Jeffries clocking 39.45 in 157th place, Craig Greenough in 182nd (40.50) and Allan Hartley (261st) in a time of 45.36.

Calum Holmes & Joe Gebbie

     Tom Marchant                                                             Mark Chippendale

     Paul Brindle                                                                Danny Maynard

      Chris Balderson                                                          Paul Jeffries

     Craig Greenough                                                        Allan Hartley

The Senior Women’s Race is combined with the U17 Men and again it turned out to be a very good race with some of the U17 Men trying to battle it out with Jess Judd who won the Senior Women’s Race in a time of 18.14. Very good runs from Katie Buckingham in 6th spot (21.08) and Joanne Nelson in 7th (21.21) made sure that the Harriers won the Team title with 14 points  from Border in 2nd (33 points). Carly Edwards was the next Harrier across the finishing line in 13th place in a time of 22.11 out of the 196 strong field. Behind Carly came Lindsay Davies in 41st place (23.46) and she was followed by Carol Reilly in her first cross country run in 3 years (53rd) clocking 24.38, Michelle Teare in 91st (26.47), Jan Buckingham (119th) in a time of 28.2, Helen Dawson-Smith (121st) running 28.27, and Nicola Hartley running a time of 29.11 in 132nd place.

Katie BuckinghamJoanne NelsonCarly Edwards Lindsay Davies (2861) – Carol Reilly (2864)

Michelle Teare

Jan Buckingham

Helen Dawson-SmithNikki Hartley

Ninety six U11 Girls ran their race and a 114 ran the U11 Boys race which was a great turnout by them and is indicative of what has been happening in cross country running over the last couple of years in this age category. The Harriers U11 Girls (29 points) had to settle for 2nd in the Team Race behind Trawden who totalled 23 points. Imogen Robinson is really taking to the cross country and had another fine run in 8th place (7.30) with a fast finishing Eve Coulson in 10th (7.36) and Hannah Davies clocking 7.43 in 15th counting for the Team. Then came Charlotte Sousa with her typical sprint finish (27th) in 8.00, Lulu Sharp having one of her best runs in 42nd place (8.24), Tippi Francis clocking 8.36) in 54th, 8yr old Charlotte Smith running in her first race for the Club (59th) in a time of 8.45, Isabllea Pacelli 64th with a time of 8.50 and Maisie Taylor in 72nd position (9.09).

     Imogen Robinson                                                       Hannah Davies & Eve Coulson

     Charlotte Sousa                                                         Lulu Sharp

     Tippi Francis                                                               Charlotte Smith

     Isabella Pacelli                                                           Maisie Taylor

Silver Medalist in the Lancs Championships last weekend – Matthew Smith – came home in 4th in a time of 6.41 with Oliver Gill in 6th (6.48) and William Grundy 13th in 7.05 who were the counters on the day for the Team. One second separated George Ramsden in 28th position (7.21) and Theo Robinson in 29th running 7.22. Charlie Haworth was only a few seconds back in 36th in a time of 7.30 with Liam Bennison in 39th clocking 7.33 and followed in by Loucas Lancashire (55th) in 7.46, Felix Thompson (60th) running 7.55, Harrison Fenton taking 64th spot in 8.00 with again, just one second separating Alexander Brien in 73rd (8.12) and George Holman 74th in 8.13, Evan Potter (93rd) in 8.46 and  Sam Craven (107th) in a time of 9.32.

Matthew Smith (2880) – Oliver Gill (2888)

     William Grundy                                                           George Ramsden

     Charlie Haworth                                                         Liam Bennison

Felix Thompson (2871) – Loucas Lancashire (2870)

      Harrison Fenton                                                          Alexander Brien


Sam Craven

The U13 Girls race saw the Harriers finish in 5th place with first counter Keira Haxton placing 19th out of 57 runners in a time of 10.03. Keira Booth was the next one home for the Club clocking 10.38 in 29th and followed in by Eva Knowles in 35th (10.48), Amelia Burton running a time of 10.51 in 37th place, Caroline Woodworth (43rd) in 11.08 and Isabelle Hartley with a time of 11.41 in 50th.

      Keira Haxton                                                              Keira Booth

      Eva Knowles                                                              Amelia Burton

     Caroline Woodworth                                                   Isabelle Hartley

Isaac Butler, who had won the Lancashire Championships the week before kept that form going to win the U13 Boys race, clocking 9.50, and lead them to team victory over Preston Harriers by three points. Dexta Thompson who qualified for the Inter-Counties along with Isaac took 3rd spot in 10.13 with Theo Watson in 14th (10.52) being the three counters. More of those one second battles saw Daniel Smith place 18th in 11.00 with Saul Sharp 19th in a time of 11.01 and they were followed in by Codie Dewhurst (27th) in a time of 11.18, Ben Livesey running 11.37 (37th), Jonathan Brindle (39th) in a time of 11.39 and Harry Sambrook in 49th position (12.05).

      Isaac Butler                                                                Dexta Thompson

     Theo Watson                                                              Daniel Smith

     Saul Sharp                                                                 Codie Dewhurst

      Ben Livesey                                                                Jonathan Brindle

Harry Sambrook

Just three points separated rthe Harriers in 2nd place overall from Chorley AC & Tri in the U15 Girls race which saw Eleesha Charnley come home as the first finisher for the Club in 5th place clocking 11.03 with Hollie Cubbon in 8th (11.09) and Leah Hoole (14th) in a time of 11.35 being the the teams three counters. Rebecca Ramsden placed 36th in 12.38, Molly Nicholls (37th) in 12.41 and Ella Hardman (43rd) in a time of 13.27.

      Eleesha Charnley                                                       Hollie Cubbon

      Leah Hoole                                                                 Molly Nicholls & Rebecca Ramsden

David Holman was the first Blackburn Harriers across the line in the U15 Boys race (17th) in a time of 14.08 with Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 25th spot (14.30), George Whittaker in a time of 14.56 (29th), Sebastian Burton (31st) in 15.16, Thomas Brooks in 32nd (15.21), Rory Teare 34th in 15.22 and Danny Woodcock (35th) running a time of 15.24.

      David Holman                                                             Kyle Taylor-Pomfret

      George Whittaker                                                       Sebastian Burton

     Danny Woodcock                                                       Rory Teare

Amy Davies had a solid run to place 2nd in the U17 Women’s race in a time of 14.26, as Sam Hodkinson also placed 2nd in the U17 Men’s Race in a time of 18.23 with Findlay Sullivan in 18th place (20.28) and Harry Wilkin (19th) clocking 21.16. The U20 Men’s Race saw Joe Gebbie place 2nd in a time of 34.10 behind the winner – Andrew Thomas, with Thomas Marchant in 3rd (34.38)

Amy Davies

Findlay Sullivan

Harry Wilkin

Northern Indoor T & F Championships – 12/13th January at EIS

The weekends Championships saw Matt Ramsden and Dominic Walton take Bronze Medals in their respective events as Myah Booth and Annabel Ralph also contested in the Championships. U17 Matt Ramsden – whose personal best was outdoors at the Lancashire Championships in 2018 (4.14.1) – had a storming run in his first evet indoor race to place 3rd in a new PB time of 4.09.54 behind two athletes who finished 2nd and 4th in last years English Schools Championships.

Link to Video of Track Races

Dominic Walton ran the Senior Men’s 800m and set the fastest time in the Heats as he clocked 1.53.29 to win Heat 3. In the Final, Dominic placed 3rd clocking 1.55.69 and commented afterwards that the Final was Possibly one of the worst tactical races I have ever ran in my life. I was expecting a slow start which did not happen so found myself at the back for the majority of the race which had me stuck behind an awkward group covering two lanes whilst the two at the front pulled away. Luckily I managed to claw myself back to third in the last 50m of the race so I’m thrilled to win a medal however I would have liked to have another go to see what would have happened if I positioned myself better from the start”.

Myah Booth clocked a new PB of 9.23 finishing 3rd in the U17 Women’s 60m Hurdles whilst Annabel Ralph, like Matt, competing for the first time even at an Indoor race clocked 10.44.05 in the Senior Women’s 3000m in 4th place.

Garstang 10k and East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday 13th January

Victoria Mousley kicked off her racing in 2019 with a win at a very windy Garstang 10k clocking 39.52.23 to finish 23rd out of nearly five hundred runners and spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I decided to do a 10k in Jan as a benchmark to where i am. I know after a few weeks of illness it will be a while till i’m in the 38s again but wanted a starting point. Garstang had much better weather than Blackburn thankfully and despite high winds it was dry. I was hoping to get just under 40 and was happy to run 39.52 on a pretty hilly course in windy conditions. I felt comfortable and had a decent run. A good point to start improving from. Great race and lots of nice catch ups with people.”

Garstang 10k Results

Another big field of over 400 runners took on the East lancs Hospice 10k in conditions which weren’t the best but it didn’t stop Calum Holmes from finishing 3rd in a time of 36.33. Another Blackburn Harrier having his first race of the year was Sean Procter who came home in a time of 40.43 and 20th position. Next home for the Club came Paulo Sousa (50th) clocking 44.29 followed by V50 Ian Clarkson (80th) in 47.29 following his Fell Race the day before at Clough Head. Good to see Martin Kerry out again racing as he placed 93rd in a time of 48.26 with Mark Wilkin just three places further back in 96th with a time of 48.20, V45 Rebecca Woodworth in her first race this year (183rd) running a time of 55.25 and David Morris (V55) running 60.03 in 255th place.

Calum Holmes


East Lancs Hospice 10k Results

Ian Clarkson summed up the conditions on the day as he commented to the Club that “with my legs feeling rather tired from the previous days fell race, I lined up on another wet and windy start line with the idea of just tapping away, nice and steady, that didn’t happen!! I was pleased to get 47:29. A few Blackburn Harriers has a go and well done to all who competed especially young Callum, who came 3rd. It wasn’t easy out there”.

Ian Clarkson

Some of the youngsters had an opportunity to run a Fun Run on the same day which saw a field of sixty six youngsters aged 7yrs to U15’s tackle the wind and rain.



Saul Sharp came 2nd overall and 1st U13 Boy in a time of 9.21 followed by Stephen Alberts – 4th overall in a time of 10.08 and 3rd U13 Boy. Caroline Woodworth finished 6th overall and 1st U13 Girl in 10.38 followed by Charlotte Sousa in 14th (11.21) and Lulu Sharp (16th) 11.46).

Saul Sharp Stephen Alberts

Caroline Woodworth

Charlotte Sousa Lulu Sharp

Clough Head Fell Race

John Orrell and Ian Clarkson were out on the Fells again and this time at the Clough Head Fell race which covers 4.5 miles and features around 1800ft of ascent. Ian Clarkson just pipped John in as he finished 113th in 50.48 with John in 117th clocking 51.36.


John described the race to the Harriers saying that “Clough Head is the 75th highest Wainwright and was the object of today’s race. Reaching its 2382ft summit involved a 4.5 mile round trip and 1870ft of ascent. Heading out into the fog a strong westerly wind made difficult the climb over Threlkeld Knotts and on towards Wanthwaite Crags. Making a switch back near the top of what is the northern end of the main ridge of the Helvellyn range we reached the summit with visibility down to about 30 yards. A quick dash towards White Pike on what had become a downward slope, sharp left and down across some steep rough technical scree which hampered my progress. Just out of the mist appeared The Old Coach Road and the quarry behind. Almost home and still in front of the man from Mellor! Only just though as he shot past just before the road and finished 48 seconds ahead. Not a bad day out for the boys in blue!”

Ian was pleased with the day and he commented John Orrell and myself lined up for race 2 of the Winter Kong Fell Series, Coledale Head Fell Race. The weather conditions were extreme with very high winds and swirling mist making this one a bit of an epic. It went straight up and didn’t relent over the top down. Time came in at 50.48. Over 1800ft of ascent and approximately 3.5 miles. A very short but extremely sharp affair”.

John Orrell

‘Hatted’ (John Orrell) – ‘Naked’ (Ian Clarkson)

Stanbury Splash – Sunday January 13th

Also out on the Fells last weekend was John Horrocks. John ran the Stanbury Splash finishing in 27th place, the day after he placed 3rd in the Ashurst Beacon race – Saturday January 12th – which made it two fell races in two days and a pretty impressive weekend’s efforts.

John Horrocks


Following his race at Clough head on the Saturday, also doubling up this weekend was John Orrell“Been at it again, just couldn’t resist and John Horrocks joined me this time” at the Stanbury Splash. “John Horrocks did great, top 30. Like me he raced yesterday too. For me a weekend double header was never going to produce a PB today. Conditions were rough. The wind was horrendous. Made for a quick return though and in places it blew us off our feet. Just 4 minutes out so not too bad in the end”.

John Orrell

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Good Indoor opener for Dominic at BMC – New PB’s for Harriers Juniors at Sportscity Indoors – Out with the old and in with the new on the Fells

BMC Grand Prix at EIS – Sunday 6th January

Dominic Walton opened his Indoor season at the BMC meeting in Sheffield at the weekend and was rewarded with a strong run in placing 2nd to Ben Waterman in the 800m B Race. Going into the race there was a 1.8 second difference in personal bests in favour of Waterman so it was a happy athlete who spoke to the Club afterwards saying I actually managed to be 0.13 off Ben and I know he’s a strong athlete so I’m pleased I managed to stick with him, my tactic was to sit on his shoulder which I did well. The first 400m was about 3.5/4 seconds too slow so it felt comfortable. The time can be improved hugely but I’m happy to have a first race out, especially happy as it’s my first track race back as a Blackburn Harrier”.


Photo courtesy of Pete Brown Photography

Sale Indoor Winter Series – Sportscity Sunday January 6th

Seven athletes from Blackburn Harriers were in action at the latest in the Indoor Series held at Sportscity last weekend – Senior John iLunga – U17’s Imogen Mansfield, Myah Booth & Ben Branton – U15’s Jess Cole, Lily-Mae Thomas & Ben Boocock.


John iLunga was making his debut over 600m, having never run the distance before and ran 1.43.04 to place 6th before going over to contest the Long Jump where he cleared 4.86m to finish 14th out of the 23 competitors. Also contesting the Long Jump were U17’s Ben Branton and Imogen Mansfield which saw Ben leap out to 5.23m to take 5th place out of the 23 strong field whilst Imogen jumped 4.23m in her first Indoor competition of the season finishing 14th out of 32 long jumpers.

In the Sprints Ben Branton was also featuring for the first time in this seasons Indoor Series and chopped half a second off his previous best time as he clocked 7.82 to set a new PB in the 60m for 2nd place.

In the 60m Hurdles Ben Boocock ran his third personal best of this years Indoor Series as he clocked 9.52 to set a new PB in 3rd place over 60m Hurdles. Myah Booth came home in 2nd position in her 60m Hurdle Heat with a time of 9.57 whilst Jessica Cole opened up her season with a 5th placed 10.3 in her 60m Hurdles Heat with Lily-Mae Thomas in 6th, clocking a new PB by half a second with a time of 10.92.

Out with the old and in with the new!

John Orrell saw out 2018 and brought in 2019, on the Fells, a surface he loves competing on, especially when he is joined by other Blackburn Harriers. John told us that “Auld Lang Syne finished my fell racing off in 2018 with a stiff headwind out onto the moors above Haworth and around the ruins at Top Withins. Across the bogs, turn at the trig back down dale with a splash across the beck. Fancy dress for some, even nuns on the run! 6.7 miles and 1000ft of climb in 1.07.03”.

Auld Lang Syne RESULTS

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And the new?

John was out again, very early indeed in the New Year at the Nine Standards Fell race, Kirkby Stephen On New Years Day featuring one hundred and ninety six runners commenting  “8 miles, tired legs, 1801 ft of climb but a beautiful day. Perhaps too much to expect a PB only 24 hours after my last race, but worth a try. 1.22.07 but still ahead of a certain Lady Vet English Champion! Soup and dry brown bread at the finish. Nice! Come on boys and girls join me in 2019! Fly the Harriers Fell Flag! Kong race 3 or Stanbury Splash next. Be there or miss out!”

Fell Race Fixtures

Nine Standards RESULTS

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New PB’s for Harriers at Sportscity Indoors – On the Fells at Stoop & Kong Winter Fell Series – Turkey Trot

Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 16th

The second fixture in this years Indoor Series at Sportscity took place on Sunday with a number of Blackburn Harriers athletes involved in the action, setting four new personal bests between them.


U15 Hayden Mercer was running his first ever race Indoors and chose the 600m where he was up against another athlete – Thomas Manton – who was three seconds faster than him over 800m this year. Hayden closed that gap coming just three one hundreths behind him to place 2nd in a debut time of 1.34.44.

Ben Whittaker in his first year as an U20 started off in terrific style, winning his 60m Race in a time of 7.77 which was  a new PB by three tenths – going into the race, five of the other six competitors all had better personal best times than Ben which makes his run even better. Brother George Whittaker – contesting the U15 Boys 300m – placed 3rd in a time of 43.30 which was a big 3.7sec PB from last year when he posted a best time of 47.00.

Myah Booth who moves up to U17 this year took on the 60m Hurdles and Shot Putt. She finished 2nd in the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.26 – an improvement of three tenths for a new PB and then placed 3rd out of eleven competitors in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.20m.

There were only two competitors in the U15 Boys 60m Hurdles – both of them Blackburn Harriers. Jayden Brammer crossed the line in 1st place with a time of 8.99 to set a new PB by three tenths, his previous best being 9.29 at the first fixture in the Series on December 2nd. Ben Boocock took second spot also with a new PB as he clocked 9.56 – running 9.57 in the December 2nd fixture.

Stoop Fell Race – Saturday December 15th

U20 Thomas Marchant was back on the Fells racing at Stoop, his last outing being at the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships (Grasmere) back in October. This Race covers 8km and 250m of ascent with 209 runners on the start line. Tom had a very good run coming across the line in 13th place, clocking a time of 34.33 – the race ebing won by Jack Wood in 30.27, six seconds infront of 2nd placed Sam Tosh.


(Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant)

Tom Marchant spoke to the Harriers about his race saying that “The race was a fast pace from start to finish. when I set off I started with the front pack and followed their pace for the first 2 miles or so and managed to keep with it until reaching the top of the first climb where my legs, unfortunately had gone from the fast climbing. However I managed to finish fast and strong. Overall a top performance, back feeling good again and happy with the result despite the cold-ish and windy weather on top of the climbs ”

Thomas Marchant

Tom Marchant with Coach Noel Finucane

Kong Winter Fell Series 2018 – Saturday December 15th

One hundred and six finishers in this race won by Tom Simpson in 40.11 and run in pretty appalling weather conditions. Round things and brass monkey could have been key words!



At the end of the day, both John and Ian reflected on the race with John commenting “I woke up Saturday morning and thought F.A.B., Thunderbirds are go, and another Lakeland race! Then I remembered it was S.O.B. not F.A.B. and a race that was part of the Kong Winter series. Now that’s not King Kong, he was in a different race! So what is S.O.B.? Well, a short intense 5 mile blast over Stile End, Outerside and Barrow. That’s 3 Lakeland fells, 2 of which were Wainwrights and 1640 ft of climbing.The forecast said winter! It was! Frozen ground from the off. Temperatures below zero on the tops and winds that were whipping up to gale force. Windchill was promised at -22, so I did feel the nip, especially wearing shorts………………………The clubs recent Fell running promotion seemed to be paying dividends as the number of blue and whites on the start line had doubled. So 2 of us set off! Keeping ahead of Ian, I held back a little after the gate and allowed him to come alongside. I attempted to point out a sneaky line off the top of Barrow for our return. Pushing on I thought that may be a mistake when we come to that descent. Sure enough after keeping ahead on all 3 climbs he shot past me on the Barrow descent. He took the ridge, I took the sneaky line, but favouring to keep my 2 front teeth for Christmas, I minced about on the technical stuff and lost time. By now Ian’s, ‘no fear’ descent gave him a clear lead. All I could see was his bobble hat away in the distance as I tried to chase him across the final field. Through the woods, over the bridge, down the lane and done, 47 seconds behind the man from Mellor! The journey home down the M6 was another story. Thanks Storm Deirdre!”

John Orrell (32) & Ian Clarkson (101)

Ian Clarkson told us John Orrell and myself were in action Saturday 15th December, taking part in the Kong Winter Fell Series, which is five races held over the winter in the Lake District. The S.O.B Fell Race (Stile End, Outerside, Barrow) 2nd Race in the series and our 1st. It is just under 5 miles with over 1600 feet of ascent on a very bitterly cold and windy day, perfect!! A nice steady start with a gradual climb that got a bit steeper and off John goes, onwards and upwards. Stile End out of the way, then gingerly drop down and upwards to Outerside, with some good running up towards Barrow, where I catch a glimpse of John!! Barrow has a wonderful descent back down, time to go!! Catch up with John, leave John, deal with the sting in the tail, slight ascent through some woods, hit the tarmac and finish. 1:02:37. A lovely little race in fresh conditions.

Turkey Trot – Saturday December 15th

Three hundred and forty five runners turned up for this, and rumoured to be the final ever running of this very popular race which provides for a lot of fun, plenty of prizes and fond memories of a good day out. The race was won by Chris Houldsworth in a time of 27.38 with Gary Priestley in second  (29.13).


(Photos courtesy of David Belshaw)

Eight Blackburn Harriers ran the main race which saw Calum Holmes be the first Harrier across the line for the Club in 14th place overall – clocking a time of 33.51 and followed in by U17 Harry Wilkin in 26th spot (35.44) with Daniel Balshaw in 33rd spot (37.01.

Calum James Holmes

Harry Wilkin

Daniel Balshaw

Great to see Sarah Toms back up North and running for the Club as she came home in 63rd position with a time of 42.29 and ahead of V45 Paul Wilkinson (85th) and Mark Wilkin (86th) with respective times of 46.39 and 46.48. V55 David Morris finished in 179th place (59.56) with V50 Clare Wilkin in 197th running a time of 62.27 and V40 Lorna Sharp in 212th position (64.30).

Sarah Toms & Mick Toms

Mark Wilkin (366) & Paul Wilkinson

David Morris

Clare Wilkin (364)

Three of the Juniors ran in the earlier Race – The Junior Turkey Trot – and Keith Gill was there to watch them, commenting “On a cold winter’s morning a small field of u13 runners did the Hurst Green Santa Express trail run. A picturesque course through the woods was the perfect backdrop for the 1.5  mile fun run. Oliver was 1st runner home, with Saul in 3rd and Lulu safely in the pack. An enjoyable morning with a selection box prize to kick start xmas”

Lulu Sharp (134) – Saul Sharp (135) – Oliver Gill (125)

                                    Oliver Gill                                                                Saul Sharp

Lulu Sharp (134)



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Ben in top 5 at Percy Pud 10k – Wins for Ben and Jayden at Sportscity Indoor Meeting – Harriers qualifying for Lancashire Schools Champs – Sportshall kids Shine – Junior Endurance Monthly Award

Two thousand, eight hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Percy Pud 10k which was won in a course record time of 29.13 by Jack Martin of Stocport with second placed Andrew Heyes also breaking 30 minutes iwht a time of 29.31. There was a battle for 3rd place between James Straw and Ben Fish which saw Straw take 3rd in 31.11 and Ben coming home in a time of 31.15 in 4th for a seasons best time. This was Ben’s 5th 10k this year, having won four of them and afterwards he commented that the Race went well, knew no one would touch the first two. Disappointed I couldn’t pull away at 7km and secure third”.

Also running in this Race was V40 Paul Jeffries who came home in 245th place with a time of 41.38 and he told the Harriers “This morning i took part in the Percy Pud 10k race in Sheffield organised by the Steel City Striders,  It was a nice surprise to see a friendly face (Ben Fish), 41:38 chip time and 245th out of a field of 2860 competitors, the weather was cold and wet, i found the course to be quite challenging but felt strong on the hill climbs, also met a few sporting heroes before the race, Michael Rimmer and Eilish McColgan.

Michael Rimmer – Paul Jeffries – Eilish McColgan

Sportscity Indoor Winter Series – Sunday December 2nd

Ben Brampton, Jayden Riley and Ben Boocock all competed at the first in this years six fixture Indoor Series held at Sportscity.


It was agreat start for new member Jayden Riley (U15) as he won the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.29 with Ben Boocock behind him in 2nd place clocking 9.57 which was seven tenths faster than his previous best so far and a new PB. Long Jumper Ben Branton (U17) tried the 60m and had a cracking run to win in a time of 7.71 which was six tenths faster than his last run over the distance indoors and another new PB. It didn’t go as well in the Long Jump for Ben as he finished with a leap of 5.11m for 13th place out of 19 competitors.

Blackburn Schools Cross Country Championships – Sarturday December 1st at Witton Park

There were some very good results for Blackburn Harriers at the Town Schools Champs with all of these qualifying for the Lancashire Champs in February 2019. The official results are not yet available but at least 9 Blackburn Harriers have qualified – Hayden Mercer – Isaac Butler – Theo Watson – Hollie Cubbon – Leah Hoole – Kate Cookson – Amy Davies – Ruby Cain – Eva Knowles. – without the official results we are not able to declare any other runners as having qualified at this stage.

Hayden Mercer (2nd) – Isaac Butler (1st) – Theo Watson (3rd)

Hollie Cubbon (2nd) – Leah Hoole (1st) – Kate Cookson (3rd)

Amy Davies (1st ) – Ruby Cain (3rd)

Sportshall Competition – Blackpool Sunday December 2nd

Sunday saw the second round of this years Lancashire Sportshall Competition take place once again at Blackpool. Team Manager for the day for both Boys and Girls was Sportshall Coach – Lindsay Davies who said that it was  “Another enjoyable day at Sportshall but a bit quieter than usual, probably due to the cross country day before. Our little Harriers are mostly new to the competition this year but that didn’t stop them putting every effort into the competition”.

Alisha Lehner, Annabelle Logan, Alesha Hindle, Imogen Robinson and Brooke Szatkowski, who have done many competitions now, put in fantastic performances for the Under 11 girls. Evie Fort, Megan Purkis and Sammy Peacock, Maisie Taylor, Alex Peacock and Isabela Thompson who are all relatively new at Sportshall did fantastic too in the under 11 girls.

Under 11 boys consisted of Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Cameron Osborne, Henry Gibson, Rohan McGoy, Jack Duxbury and Findlay Carroll,  Matthew Lowe, Theo Robinson and Sam Craven, again  as with the girls, we have a few new to Sportshall but they also put in some tremendous performances.

In the Under 13 and 15 Girls, we had some great performances from Niamh Gater, Lucy Rishton who had an impressive speed bounce of 81, Sophie Gibson, Uma McGoy, Isabelle Hartley and Imogen Mansfield also Myah Booth who won the under 15 girls athlete of the match. Under 13 and 15 Boys we had Aidan Downes, Isaac Butler (84 in Speed bounce) and Hayden Mercer.

The Harriers scoring relay teams were:-Under 11 girls, Alisha Lehner, Imogen Robinson, Evie Fort and Brooke Szatkowski, Under 11 boys, Matthew Smith, Ben Ham, Findlay Carroll and Matthew Lowe. Under 13 girls, Lucy Rishton, Niamh Gater, Isabelle Hartley and Sophie Gibson. Under 15 girls, Imogen Mansfield and Myah Booth. Under 15 Boys Hayden Mercer and Isaac Butler. All athletes were very well behaved on the day and are a credit to the club, it is an honour to have such amazing young athletes.
Thank you from Coach Lindsay.

Junior Endurance Athlete of the Month

This Award is given each month to an athlete in the Junior Endurance Group and is decided byt he two Coaches – Lorna Sharp and Nikki Hartley. Their decision is based on the youngsters attitdue to training, their consistency in attending, their behaviour and ability to listen and take instructions and guidance on board and importantly, to understand the importance of supporting all the other members of the Group.

The winner for October was Eve Coulson and the winner for November was Lulu Sharp.

Eve Coulson (October)

Lulu Sharp (November)


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Tim Wins Preston 10 and Harriers Win 1st Team – Tour of Pendle & Litton Birks Loop with the Harriers – Paul runs Remembrance Day 10k

It turned out to be a very good weekend for the Harriers. After winning the Senior Men and Senior Women’s Red Rose cross country race at Marl Pits, the Senior Men were out at the Preston 10, a local race with a long history and featuring a field in excess of 500 runners.

Race Results

Tim Raynes who has been in excellent form, winning the Red Rose cross country races at Leigh and Bolton, was making his debut over this distance and was up against some very good runners at the front end of the race. That excellent form came to fruition again which saw him win the Race in a time of 52.10 – 26 seconds in front of 2nd placed Rob Danson (52.37) and Adam Sciacca (52.43) and Chris Livesey (52.44) fighting it out for 3rd spot. Three places in the top ten by the Harriers meant that the Club won the Team prize too.

After the race, Tim spoke to the Club and told us I came into the race not really knowing what to expect, having not run a 10 mile race before. Knowing that there was a decent field at the front, I decided to stick in with the lead group and see how the race progressed. After the first lap of 5 miles, it was down to a group of 4. At this point, Adam Sciacca upped the pace in an effort to get away. I tucked in behind him, however it was enough to drop Rob and Chris. Getting to about 7 miles though, I could sense Adam was starting to tire. I bided my time but, knowing that Rob and Chris may start to close, attacked with just over two miles to go. It was really pleasing to get the win, and great to pick up the team prize as well – well done to the other lads on some great runs. Great to be part of such a strong training group, which is clearly pushing all of us on.”

Karl Billington is going from strength to strength, evidenced by his 6th place today in a time of 54.23 and over a distance, which like Tim, he was making his debut in. Post-race Karl spoke to the Club commenting “Really happy with my debut 10miler, found the last mile tough. Lots of work to be done before Ribble Valley and the barca half”.

Next home for the Harriers was Chris Davies who was part of the Senior Men’s winning team the previous day at Rossendale. Chris ran just eight seconds outside of his personal best, posting a time of 56.14 in 10th place. Chris also won the V40 category too and afterwards told the Club about his weekend saying that he was Really pleased with this weekends performance’s. Marl Pitts XC is always a tough race and I came away from that in good condition to have a good stab at the Preston 10. I started off the race feeling great and came through the 5 mile marker in good shape and on for a PB but unfortunately I got to 7 1/2 and knew I was starting to slow down. I got on to the duel carriageway and just had to dig it out with 2 miles to go and just missed out on a PB. Not to concerned though. It was a strong run after the XC and has only made me more confident in getting a PB at the Ribble Valley 10K. I’ve had a great year and it’s helped running with a great Senior group which has also been improving all year. Onwards and upwards”.

In 15th place came Calum James Holmes with a new PB of 57.40 which was a three minute improvement on his previous personal best over the distance and he, like Chris, ran in the successful Senior Men’s cross country team the day before. Calum commented about his weekend saying I raced today even though I did Cross Country at Marl Pits. I felt okay doing it and was confident I was going to pb this morning at Preston. I finished 15th in 57 minutes which is five minutes better than last year, and also Blackburn won the Team race. I would also like to congratulate my team mates Chris, Tim and Karl who finished top ten”.

Even though Victoria Mousley has been unwell, she still ran the race after entering a while ago coming home in 249th (79.00). V55 David Morris also ran, placing 446th in a time of 97.29.

Tour of Pendle – Saturday November 17th

RACE RESULTS (Noy yet available)


Four Blackburn Harriers were on the line for this race Helen LeighDanny TeareJohn HorrocksGary Pearse – and it was who John led the way home as he finished in 54th position clocking 2hr 52 which was a pretty good performance given that John had been plagued with an injury.  After it was all over, John spoke to the Club about the day and his race saying Tour of Pendle. What a race. Good day for it with a coolish wind on the tops. Coming into it I’d been struggling with an slight injury so not been able to do the training that I wanted to so I aimed to be under 3 hours. Stood on the start line I said to myself set off steady and try to pace it, that went in the bin as soon as go was shouted. Managed a good pace to the bottom of geronimo where I was happy to see my dad for some good old jelly babies and a Capri sun. Worked a treat and kept me going to the top of mearley climb. At this point I was placing early 30’s and felt good to push for top 30, then the dreaded big end climb came and I blew up. From the trig point back down to the finish at barley was the longest 2.5 miles I’d ever run. Ended up 54th in a time of 2 hours 52. Veg soup never tasted so good! Definitely be back next year. Well done to all the harriers who ran and thanks to the marshals as always”.

L-R Helen Leigh – Danny Teare – Martin Haworth

Fabulous to see Helen Leigh back on the Fells racing again. This athlete has gone through more injuries & operations than you can shake a stick at, but her determination knows no bounds as she showed at the weekend and as she told the Harriers afterwards The Tour of Pendle is not for the faint hearted and there’s not many races tougher when it comes to fell racing. Just shy of 17 rough miles and 5000ft of climbing, my only real aim was to get round with both my hips still intact! I tried to pace sensibly and despite fuelling well, I still started cramping from about mile 10 where the real hard work begins. I found myself in a good position and was chasing hard for 3rd but had to settle for 4th in the end and 98th overall in 3.02. In super windy conditions I was over the moon with this, and so so happy to have finished a race in one piece after a near 3 year hiatus!

Helen Leigh

Gary Pearse having competed in the Short Circuit 33 mile race just a couple of weeks ago was the next athlete in for the Harriers. Speaking after the race Gary said that it was a “Good day conditions wise, but the usual Pendle cloud was hanging on the tops and it was windier than expected from the calm conditions in Barley. I risked running with a long recent outing in my legs which proved my undoing, but as I was also raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation I was definitely completing the race. Great to see Helen Leigh back racing and John Horrocks in good form. The usual healthy pace on the road out was checked by the first climb to the Trig.  It was lovely to run for a short while with Helen before she showed me a clean pair of heels. Wheels well and truly came off on the second to last big climb/decent and I was on the edge of cramping entirely before I hit the road and stretched out again on the run in. It was brilliant to see Helen and Jean at the finish. Great to be out again in this iconic fell race and especially well done to Helen and John. 

I would also like to add to the tributes to George Kirby, a time for reflection and celebration of a remarkable person”.

Gary Pearse

Danny Teare unfortunately had to drop out of the race after looking forward to it, but said post-race that it had been “Fantastic conditions for the race, with over 500 pre-registered.  Several Harriers on the list and many familiar faces lined up.  I was raring to go and felt well prepared. Training had gone well, no injuries and the pre-race fuel was all safely on board.  Half way round I was a few minutes ahead of last years pace and feeling like I could eek out a bit more in the second half.  However, half way up the climb from checkpoint 5, I realised I was shedding places and couldn’t seem to get my head down and push on.  I took shelter at the top and took more fuel + drink on board, letting it settle for a new minutes before heading off again….. but after a further 500m, I just didn’t feel confident that I could take on the last 2 climbs without having to bail out.   I opted for safety first, took a right hand turn and headed back to Barley under my own steam.  Disappointing not to finish but glad that I didn’t get into a difficult situation that would have put stress on myself and the marshals.  Great event as ever and very well run.  Good turnout from BBH and well done to all who took part.  (I will look to put it right next year!!)”.

Danny Teare

Litton Birks Loop – Saturday November 17th

John Orrell and Ian Clarkson ran this fell race which was a new one on the calendar and won by Ted mason of Wharfedale in a time of 36.44. John placed 47th overall in a time of 56.22 whilst Ian came home in 51st spot clocking 57.58.


John enjoyed the race and commented afterwards “A new race, and having no idea where we were going apart from around Birks Tarn at the top, it was a case of keeping your head down and just keep moving forward, upwards, upwards and more upwards! A beautiful day but a climb that seemed to never end. 22.49 before I reached the trig at the top. Then a loop across the moors and around the tarn, before a ‘not so fast’ decent (11.32) on steep rocky slippy limestone. A bottle of specially brewed fell race beer and chip butty at the end. What’s not to like about Fell Running!”

Ian was equally effusive about the race commenting 1st time this event was hosted, a BS cat race, 4.8 miles and just over 1200 feet of ascent, a flat plateau on the top, views to die for and then 1200 feet of decent!! A bit of a tough one, but for a fiver entry fee, which included a bottle of beer and a chip butty, what was not to enjoy. Having been out of action with a dodgy ankle for a couple of months it was great to have a go and see what happens, ankle survived and some confidence restored. Looking forward to the David Staff Memorial Fell Race next week”.

AFTER – Ian Clarkson & John Orrell

BEFORE – Ian Clarkson & John Orrell

Windmill 10k – Sunday November 11th

Paul Jeffries has a recent set back with a hip bursa, but felt good enough to run the Lytham Windmill 10k on Remembrance Sunday.  V40 Paul finished 41st place overall on the day clocking a time of 41.52.89 out of race featruing 1227 finishers. Paul told us afterwards that “it was a better run than I could of hoped for”.

Race Results

Paul Jeffries