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Congratulations to Chris – Victoria Wins Sabden and 4 Harriers in Top Ten – 2 Harriers in Top 5 at Horwich – Josh 3rd at Aggie’s – Paddy’s Pole – Salt Ayre Triathlon with Matthew, Saul, William & Lulu
Congratulations to Blackburn Harrier – Chris Wood – has been appointed as Chief Starter at the IAAF London Diamond League/Anniversary Games at the end of July. Speaking to the Club after he was given the news, Chris commented that “as an official the sky is the limit if you are prepared to put in the work. Many thanks to Blackburn Harriers, Lancashire Athletic Association and Northern Athletics for their support and encouragement over the years”.
Chris Wood with Sean Procter (Harriers latest recruit to Starting)
Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race – Wednesday June 20th
Two hundred and fifty one finishers in this popular annual event with with ten Blackburn Harriers in the Senior Race. The race was eventually won by Callum Davidson in a time of 38.17 from Blackburn Harrier Ben Costello in 2nd (38.47).
The Harriers had a very good result on the night with four of them placing in the top ten finishers. Ben Costello in 2nd was followed by Chris Davies in 4th clocking 39.07 which earned him the 1st V40 age category win as well, with John Horrocks in 8th spot overall running a time of 40.14 and Calum Holmes in 10th position and just five seconds further back behind John, with a time of 40.19.
Ben Costello Chris DaviesJohn Horrocks (744) & Calum Holmes (129)
Next Harrier across the finishing limne was Women’s Race winner – Victoria Mousley with an excellent time of 43.28, a time and position which also meant she won the V35 Female age category too. Behind Victoria came U17 Harry Wilkin in 37th place running 44.42 followed by Matthew Poole in 46th (45.19), V50 Mark Wilkin (96th) running a time of 51.26 and V45 Lindsay Davies finishing in 104th spot with a time of 52.17.
Victoria MousleyHarry Wilkin (264)
Matthew Poole (797)Mark WilkinLindsay Davies
The Junior Races featured a hundred and twenty youngsters in the three age categories – U7/U9 – U11/U13 – U17. The Harriers youngsters all ran in the U11/U13 Race which had 88 runners in total for the age group. U15 Dexta Thompson was ther first Harrier home in 4th place clocking 8.07 followed by U13 Daniel Smith in 11th, running 8.23, Theo Robinson (U13) and 14th clocking 8.29, U15 Codie Dewhurst with a time of 8.32 in 17th spot, U13 Hannah Davies with a time of 9.26 in 36th – in 37th, just one place behind U13 Imogen Robinson (9.27), U11 Harmony Hacking finishing with a time of 9.30 in 40th, Alexander Brien in 56th spot (10.03) and Abigail Guirdham (84th) in a time of 12.37.
L-R Hannah Davies – Harmony Hacking – Abigail Guirdham 0 Daniel Smith – Imogen Robinson – Alexnader Brien – Theo Robinson – Codie Dewhurst
Dexta Thompson (53)Daniel Smith (81)Theo Robinson (85) and Abigail Stratton (Trawden) Codie Dewhurst (82)Hannah Davies (119)Imogen Robinson (84) and Harmony Hacking (6)Alexander BrienAbigail Guirdham
Horwich Jubilee Race Series – Wednesday June 20th
Karl Billington, Tom Blaney, Paul Jeffries and Paul Wilkinson were out at this, the latest Race in this years Horwich Jubilee Race Series which was won by Anthony Valentine in 27.02 from Neil Pendlebury in 2nd (27.18)
Not too far behind came Karl Billington having a fine run to clock 27.34 in 3rd and backed up by a good run by Tom Blaney in 4th overall (27.44). V40 Paul Jeffries was the next Harrier over the line in 42nd running a time of 33.52 with V45 Paul Wilkinson home in a time of 40.25 (110th).
Race (1) of the Junior Series saw Matthew Smith have another very good run to clock a time of 5.33 to take the win at the head of a fifty three strong field from Sam Barlow in 2nd place (5.35). Sam Aspey was the second of the juniors home in 3rd place running a fine tiime of 5.40 with William Grundy making it three Harriers in the first six places with an good run of 5.58. Tippi Francis and Charlotte Smith were 4th and 5th junior Harriers home with good runs in 19th (6.56) and 21st (7.13) respectively.
Charlotte Smith (43) – Matthew Smith (42) – Sam Aspey (6)Matthew Smith (42) – Sam Aspey (6) – William Grundy (44)Sam Aspey (6) William Grundy (44)
Aggie’s Staircase – Thursday June 20th
Starting at the top of Punstock Road, the route climbs a footpath, turns right onto the track past Robin Hoods cottage, then left to follow an enclosed footpath to the main track, and left up to Darwen Tower. It then descends through the small quarry onto the main track towards the top of Bold Venture Park, before turning right to climb steeply up a rough path known as Jacobs Ladder, then across the moor top, and on down to the foot of Aggies Staircase. Aggies Staircase is the shortest but steepest of the three climbs, and from the top you will return just below the Tower, and then descend the way you first came up towards Sunnyhurst. At the gate at the bottom turn right, retracing your steps; continue past Robin Hoods cottage, then turn left down the path to the finish at the top of Punstock Road.
‘The tourist path up to Darwen Tower”
The long established Agiie’s Staircase took place on Thursday evening being won on a pleasnat evening by Bury’s Bern Coop in a time of 28.16 from Joe Mercver in 2nd (29.17). Blackburn Harrier Josh Holgate had a strong run to cross the finishing line in 3rd clocking 29.33 with V40 Paul Jeffries taking 28th place with a time of 38.15 commenting after the race ended that “it was well marshalled and a very good atmosphere. Last year i ran 42:13 and this year it felt a lot more enjoyable, but it’s still a tough race. Well done to Josh Holgate”.
Paddy’s Pole Fell Race
Chris Houldsworth headed this field of one hundred and six fell runners coming home in 27.42 from Darrwen Kay in 2nd (28.09) and Samuel Harrison in 3rd (29.16).
Just one Blackburn Harrier in this race – V50 Mark Wilkin – who came home in a time of 39.00 (58th).
Mark Wilkin (31)
Salt Ayre Triathlon – Sunday June 16th
Some of the Harriers Juniors are doing Triathlons and a number of them were up in Lancaster last weekend in the leatest one at Salt Ayre. Matthew Smith was in the TS2 Age Category and finished 7th with a combined time of 23.18.
In the TS1 Age Category William Grundy came 3rd overall as he clocked the fastest run of all the competitors coming home with a combined time for the Swim, Bike and Run of 18.52.
Saul Sharp competed in the TS3 Age Category coming across the finish line in 14th place with a combined time of 35.45 and his sister Lulu Sharp contested the event in the TS1 Group placing 17th in a combined time of 24.42.
Saul SharpLulu Sharp
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