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Another very good performance by Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad at the weekend taking 3rd overall including 2nd Team in the U11Girls – 3rd in the U11 Boys – 3rd in the U13 Girls – 3rd in the U13 Boys and 4th in the U15 Girls. Some of the youngsters posted new personal bests and for the second fixture in a row, the Harriers produced an athlete of the Match – Niamh Gater winning it for the U11Girls, after Harrison Allcock had won the Athlete of the Match for the U11 Boys in the first fixture. After the first two fixtures the Harriers are in 3rd position overall in the League Table.
Caerwen Butler commented on the performance of our young up and coming athletes saying ‘Blackburn Harriers had another fantastic turn out for the second Lancashire County Sportshall Event in Blackpool on Sunday 14th January 2018. Over 40 athletes competed in every age category apart from one. The children were brilliantly behaved and all tried their hardest at each event. There were lots of individual personal bests and even some club records were broken on the day. Some younger children took up the challenge in their first competition with a brave and competitive attitude- well done to all those who were there for the first time.
Notably Niamh Gater won Athlete of the Match for the Under 11 girls for the combined total of events scored. Harrison Allcock won this in November for the Under 11 boys. We have some very talented athletes coming through to the Under 13’s next year and had such strength in depth on the day in both the Under 11 age categories.
The older athletes competed brilliantly too and with only a handful in each category they still managed to finish in the top 3 in the Under 13’s categories. A special mention to Liberty Thompson who gained all the points for the Under 15’s in the individual events and thanks to Claudia Lewis who joined her in the relay and stepped up an age category.
On the day we came 3rd overall with 379 points and second was only 23 points in front. Given that we had no athletes in one age group I think this is a tremendous achievement. The coaches are extremely proud of all the athletes and how much they gave on the day. Well done Blackburn Harriers- a brilliant day that produced loads of smiles’
Win for Samantha at Bath – Morgan & Nick at Northern Indoor Championships – 2nd for Steven at Ashurst Beacon – 2nd for Matt at East Lancs 10k – Nine Standards Fell Race
Olympic medalist and 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Champion – Samantha Murray – got her 2018 season off to a great start with a win at the Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition 1 at the University of Bath on Saturday January 13th. In achieving the win Samantha took first place in the Swim, second in the Fence, sixth in the Ride and 4th in the Combined Event for a total of 1304 points.
UIPM Report HERE
Northern Athletics Indoor Championships
Morgan Angland was competing in her first Senior Championships over 60m Hurdles at the weekend in Sheffield and finished in 4th spot clocking a seasons best time of 9.55. At the end of the day, Morgan spoke to the Harriers commenting that she was “really happy with my race, I did a lot better than I expected for my first time racing as a senior getting a season’s best. Gutted I couldn’t push myself a little more to get 3rd but I’m looking forward to BUCS and more open meetings to hopefully improve on my time”.
U20 Nicholas Smith had gone to the Indoor Championships with the hope of a good time in the 3000m but it didn’t work out quite the way he would have liked as he finished in 6th spot in a time of 10.34. Second fastest on paper entering the Race Nick told the Club that he “Didn’t really run that how I wanted. The first few laps were really slow, so I took the lead and pushed the pace for a lap, trying to make it a faster race …………After I’d done that everybody else stopped the tactical race and went for it, and I couldn’t keep up, so think after I’d seen how slow the first km was, rather than pushing for the time I’d have been better sticking behind and racing tactically”.
Ashurst Beacon Race – January 13th
Steven Snape was racing for the first time in quite a while after a time out through injury. There were one hundred and thirty nine finishers in this Race at Newburgh won by Carl Bell with Steven in 2nd place and afterwards he spoke to the Club about the day saying “This local fell race is a heart and lung buster from the start with a steep downhill for a couple of kilometres. Crossing through fields, streams and trail paths the second half is mainly uphill with the the finish at the top of the beacon in Ashurst. Fantastically well ran and marked I’ll definitely do it again next year. My first race in 3 months but I’m happy with the result even though my legs aren’t happy today”.
East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday January 14th
(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)
Matt Nuttall was racing for the third time since New Years Eve with his latest outing in this local 10k road race featuring five hundred and thirty four finishers and won by Danny Collinge. Matt’s time of 35.07 earned him 2nd place overall and 1st V45. Paulo Sousa was next across the line for the Harriers in 17th spot clocking a time of 39.10. V60 Mike Blacklidge finished 111th overall in a time of 47.03 and he was followed home by V50 Mark Wilkin (140th) with a new PB time of 48.59, Lorna Sharp in 26th place (55.41), U17 Chloe Gardner (58.51) in 332nd and Clare Wilkin with a time of 59.52 in 340th place.
Prior to the main race there was a 2k fun run which had seventy four youngsters running which was won by U15 Harry Wilkin in a time of 8.52. Hollie Cubbon (11th) and Leah Hoole (12th) with an identical time of 10.32 also ran along with Charlotte Collin in 22nd spot (11.45), Charlotte Sousa 25th in a time of 12.03 and sister Holly Sousa in 31st (12.34).
Fun Run RESULTS
In other Races – Saturday January 13th saw the latest in the 3 -1- 5 Series (RESULTS) held in Lancaster which saw Daniel Whittaker finish 7th in the 10k race with a time of 41.11. Catching up on the Fells – John Orrell and Janine Fallon were out on New Years Day at the Nine Standards Race (RESULTS) featuring 133 finishers which saw Janine come home in 81st spot (78.53) with John in 85th (79.46).
Team Wins for U13G – U15B – Men’s Vets at Towneley Hall – Thompsons on Tour in the Blue & White – Katie & Joe have strong runs for University XC
A bitterly cold day was the setting for the fourth fixture in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League held at Towneley Hall in Burnley on Saturday January 13th. Watching the racing were three local legends of the sport – Harry Walker – George Woodburn and John Calvert.
(L-R Harry Walker – George Woodburn – John Calvert)
After turning out seventy seven athletes at the Lancashire Cross Country Champions just a week ago, there were sixty one out again competing in this fixture producing Team Wins for the U13 Girls, U15 Boys and Men’s Vets along with 2nd Team places for the U15 Girls and Women’s Vet’s and a 3rd Team place for the U11 Boys.
The Senior Men who had concentrated on the Red Rose Cross Country League this season – winning both the Senior and Vets Titles – had eight runners out today finishing 6th in the Team Race with Tim Raynes leading home the Harriers in 6th, posting a time of 31.58 after a real battle at the front end of the Race with Daniel Bebbington, Nathan Dunn, James Douglas, Chris Livesey and Alisdair Russell. In 16th spot came Chris Davies clocking 34.18 and looking strong in the finish as he won the V40 Race on the day, leading the Team home for a Vets Team Win. Mark Chippendale – 3rd V55 on the day – was next across the finish line in 26th (35.28) followed in 30th position by V40 Paul Brindle in a time of 35.40. V50 Chris Balderson came home in 97th spot (40.29), with Craig Greenough (V40) in 144th (42.29), Danny Teare 187th clocking 45.26 and Richard Taylor in 212th spot in a time of 49.04.
The Senior Women took 4th in the Team Race and 2nd spot in the Vets Team. Joanne ‘i need more hills’ Nelson was first Harrier home in 7th position (2nd V45) clocking a time of 21.23 in the one hundred and fifty strong field and she was supported by strong runs from Victoria ‘I always run with my eyes closed’ Mousley in 11th spot (3rd V35) with a time of 21.48, Carly Edwards with another very strong run in 17th (22.29) and Lindsay Davies achieving her highest ML position in 46th (24.45).
Another athlete achieving his highest ML position was U17 Bradley Meikleham who was a model of even paced running as he finished 4th in a time of 19.25 with Thomas Betty in 11th running a time of 21.50.
Great running by the U15 Boys saw them win the Team Race, getting four athletes home in the first eleven places. It was a cracking finish too with Sam Hodkinson out kicking Joel Taylor from Rossendale and Matt Ramsden in the last 30 metres to take the win. There were very good runs too from Leon Thomas in 9th (13.34), Jamie Teare (11th) with a time of 13.38 and Harry Wilkin in 27th place in 14.33.
A return to form by Amy Davies saw her finish in 4th place (11.19) to lead the U15 Girls home as 2nd Team on the day. Eleesha Charnley was next home in 9th spot (11.38) followed by Rebecca Ramsden in 29th (13.03) and Ella Hardman running 16.30 in 41st position.
Fourteen athletes in the U13’s with nine competing in the Girls Race and five in the Boys. In the seventy strong Girls field, Hollie Cubbon led the Harriers home to a Team Win on the day in 10th place with a time of 9.55. Leah Hoole was next in (13th) clocking 10.07, with Kate Cookson in 16th (10.10), Caroline Woodworth in 20th (10.17) which represented good packing and just twenty two seconds between the four of them. Keira Haxton had another solid run in 32nd position (10.45) with Molly Nicholls 34th in a time of 10.53, Eva Knowles in 50th spot (11.33), Keira Booth (55th) with a time of 11.48, Holly Sousa (63rd) in 12.54 and Libby Neal in 64th running 12.57.
The U13 Boys placed 4th overall in the Team Race which saw Hayden Mercer just pip David Holman by one second as they finished 17th and 18th respectively (11.21 & 11.22). Rory Teare was next across the line in 26th (11.46) with Saul Sharp in 29th in a time of 11.55 and Sebastian Burton 41st in 12.46.
Twenty four runners took part in the U11 Age Group which saw seven in the Girls Race (finishing 4th Team) and fifteen in the Boys Race (placing 3rd Team). 9yr old Sam Aspey who finished 4th in the Lancs Champs last week, carried that form on as he placed 8th in a time of 6.55 to be the first Harrier home. Daniel Smith was next across the finish in 16th place (7.09) followed by Oliver Gill (23rd) in 7.16 and Matthew Smith (27th) in a time of 7.20. William Grundy ran a time of 7.31 to place 35th with Charlie Haworth 44th clocking a time of 7.46, the same time as Harry Russel in 45th spot. William Dudgeon ran 7.51 in 50th place, with George Ramsden in 55th (7.56), Findlay Carroll (8.00) in 58th position, Alexander Brien (67th) with a time of 8.24, Felix Thompson in 69th (8.32), George Holman in 71st spot (8.36), Daniel Brotherton with a time of 8.47 in 73rd and Sam Craven (84th) and Kaiden Fielding (85th) with times of 10.49 and 12.13 completing the race for the Club.
Molly Grimshaw had a good run in the U11 Girls to take 12th place in a time of 7.54 to lead the Harriers Team home in 3rd overall. Hannah Davies was the next Harrier in (17th) in 7.58 followed by Isabelle Hartley in 27th position (8.11) and just one place and one second further back – Imogen Robinson (28th) in a time of 8.12. Charlotte Sousa came home with a time of 8.36 to place 41st with Kady Thompson in 45th spot (8.46), Lulu Sharp (54th) in a time of 9.02 and Tippi Francis (66th) running 9.36.
Katie Buckingham and Joe Howe were both competing for their universities in cross country which saw Katie running at Nottingham in the North Midlands League and Joe in the Manchester Area League.
Joe was competing in a Senior Men’s field of four hundred and four runners, the Race being won by Andy Norman in a time of 36.27. Joe ran strongly for 57th place in a time of 42.49.
Manchester Area Results
Katie has been competing in the North Midlands League with a 16th finish at the first fixture in Derby followed by 12th at Corby and 13th at Nottingham at the weekend – (January 13th). Showing her growing fitness, Katie was really pleased with her latest outing and told the Club after the Race that she “Had a solid run today, finished 13th which is 24 places higher and 3mins faster than when i last ran the course 2yrs ago! I felt strong so set off with confidence instead of holding back, and it worked well, had to fight a bit in the last km but still pretty pleased! Amazingly i was still the 6th uni counter, which just shows how strong our team has got in the past few years! (2yrs ago todays time and position would have put me as easily 1st counter!) 3 races in 3 weekends has definitely taken its toll, so time to get some easy runs in and prepare the bigger races to come!!”
Thompson’s on Tour!
What do you do if you are on holiday in Disneyland? Well if you are a Blackburn Harrier, you go and find a Race don’t you? That’s exactly what Dexta, Kady and Felix did as they entered a one mile run featuring an amazing number of runners – well over six hundred!
Dexta finished 2nd in a very closely fought race with a time of 5.38 as Kady (7.22) and Felix (6.38) both finished in the top ten in their age groups. FULL RESULTS
Great day for the Harriers winning twenty Team and Individual Medals at Lancashire Cross Country Championships
A cold but sunny day greeted the athletes for this years County Championships run in surprisingly better conditions that might have been thought given all the rain of late. A record number of entries for the county championships helped to set the scene for the day, providing some great running and competition.
Blackburn Harriers had seventy seven runners contesting the Championships which yielded twenty Medals overall – three Team Golds in the U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Women’s Vets – three Team Silver Medals for the U13 Girls, Senior Men and Men’s Vets and nine Individual Medals included Bronze Medals won by the U11 Boys, U11 Girls and U15 Girls with Individual Bronze in the U11 Girls, Silver in U13 Boys, Silver and Bronze in U15 Boys, Silver in U17 Women and Silver in the Senior Men. In the Veteran categories the Harriers won five Medals including Silver in the Women’s V35, Silver in the Women’s V40, Gold in the Women’s V45 whilst in the Men’s there was Silver and Bronze in the V45’s.
The day kicked off with the U11 Boys winning a Team Bronze Medal and featuring fourteen Blackburn Harriers led home by ‘pocket rocket’ Sam Aspey with a cracking run in 4th place (6.33). Daniel Smith was next home in 11th (6.50), followed by Oliver Gill in 14th (6.57), Harry Sambrook in 18th spot in a time of 7.03, Matthew Smith (24th) clocking 7.14, Charlie Haworth (26th) running 7.20, William Dudgeon in a time of 7.52 (41st), Harry Russel (7.53) in 43rd place, Findlay Carroll with a time of 7.55 (46th), George Ramsden in 8.00 dead (52nd), Alexander Brien (8.32) in 62nd position, Harrison Waite (66th) in 8.49, Sam Craven 69th running a time of 10.12 and Kaiden Fielding (11.41) in 70th.
The U11 Girls emulated the boys by also winning the Team Bronze medal – Hannah Davies and Imogen Robinson led the charge in the U11 Girls featuring fifty one young runners and kept that up until the end with Imogen finishing in Bronze Medal position with a time of 7.32 and Hannah coming home 5th (7.40). They were backed up by Isabelle Hartley in 19th (7.57), Ayesha Vose (34th) in 8.36, Tippi Francis just one place further back in 35th in a time of 8.44 and Maisie Taylor in 43rd (9.32).
First Team Gold of the day went to the U13 Boys which saw ten Harriers competing in the forty five strong field and taking eight places in the top 20. Isaac Butler continued with his great form winning an Individual Silver Medal for his 2nd placed run of 11.35 and that after losing 50 metres by going the wrong way. Great support in 6th and 7th place came from David Holman (11.54), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (12.00) and Zach Walmsley in 8th (12.09). Tremendous grouping from the lads was evident with the next two Harriers home – Joseph Joyce in 10th in a time of 12.19, Hayden Mercer 11th (12.25) and Rory Teare 15th (12.40). Saul Sharp was next home in 19th spot clocking a time of 12.56 with Codie Dewhurst in 22nd (13.08) and Sebastian Burton (33rd) with a time of 13.52.
It was a Team Silver Medal for the U13 Girls which saw Hollie Cubbon cross the line as the first Harrier in 12th out of fifty six runners in a time of 13.02. Katie Cookson and Caroline Woodworth pushed one another through the Race with Katie coming home in a time of 13.17 (16th) and Caroline just one place back in 17th posting her time of 13.21. Leah Hoole was next home for the Club in 19th spot (13.33) followed by Keira Haxton in 30th (14.05) and Molly Nicholls in 39th place (14.36).
Second Team Gold Medal on the day came from the U15 Boys which also produced Individual Silver and Bronze Medals. Sam Hodkinson came home 2nd with a characteristic sprint finish in a time of 12.50 to edge Matt Ramsden into 3rd place in the home straight (12.53). Leon Thomas 11th in 13.41 and Jamie Teare 12th (13.43) ensured the Gold Medal for the Team. Harvey Ashworth was next across the line in 22nd (14.47) with Luke Ingleson in 33rd (16.18) and Ethan Barbarewicz 34th in 17.40.
The Harriers U15 Girls kept the Team Medals going with a Bronze in their Race led home by Eleesha Charnley – 9th out of 44 runners in a time of 15.40 and followed home by Amy Davies in 12th (16.00), Hollie Oldham (31st) in a time of 18.01, Rebecca Ramsden in 38th (19.27), Charlotte Collin 43rd (21.26) and Ella Hardman 44th running a time of 24.31.
Maddie Elliott had a good run to win Silver Medal in the U17 Women’s Race in a time of 21.29 after a battle with Lorna Speirs from Norther with Hannah Cookson placing 11th in 24.02. The Harriers U17 Men finished 5th Team with Joe Gebbie finishing 11th in a time of 19.29, Bradley Meikleham (13th) clocking 19.47 and Thomas Betty 19th in a time of 22.49. Bottom of age U20 Nicholas Smith who ran his first Lancashire Championships in the Senior Race placed 8th overall in the U20’s with a time of 37.23 and 51st overall in the Senior Race.
The Club’s Senior Women had a pretty good day winning the Vets Team Gold Medal and just missing out on the Bronze Medal in the Open Race by two points to place 4th overall. Joanne Nelson finished 9th overall in 26.43 and won the Gold Medal for the V45’s too. Next over the Finish Line for the Harriers came Victoria Mousley in 27.42 which earned her a Silver Medal in the V35 category, followed by Katie Buckingham who is going very well in 15th spot (27.55), Carmen Byrne in 18th (28.38) which earned her a Silver Medal in the V40’s, and just two places further back – Carly Edwards in 21st with a time of 28.53. Sarah Toms was next in (28th) clocking a time of 30.52 and Lindsay Davies 39th with a time of 32.46.
Our Senior Men had seventeen runners out and were hopeful of contesting the Team and Individual Gold Medals. Unfortunately we lost two athletes on the first lap through injury which put a dent into our ambitions finishing up with the Silver Team Medal and Silver Individual Medal and Silver Vets Team Medal. Really good running from everyone which saw the Harriers take two of the first five places with Ben Fish in 2nd beaten in a sprint finish in the home straight by Daniel Bebbington and Rob Warner in 4th place 31.22. Jack Hindle had a good run to finish 16th in 33.22 and great to see Zach Howe in 25th place (34.21) after a pretty horrific 2017 dominated by injury.
Next in came Matt Nuttall in 31st (34.46) and Silver Medalist in the V45’s followed by Chris Davies in 32nd (35.02). Just a couple of places further back came Mark Chippendale in 35th (35.48) and V55 Bronze Medalist, Joseph Howe (37th) clocking 36.10 and Ian Dixon (40th) with a time of 36.22.
Nicholas Smith also had a good solid run in 51st (37.23) followed home by Paul Brindle with a time of 37.43 in 56th, Martin Haworth (60th) in 38.01, Gary Vose (63rd) in 38.05, Gary Pearse 90th (40.49), Mark Almond 101st in a time of 41.37, John Cookson (114th) posting a time of 42.57 and Ian Clarkson in 143rd spot (47.45).
Wins for Marc Scott & Laura Weightman at RV10k – Northern Team Medals and Open Race wins for Blackburn Harriers + Vet wins for Harriers Mat Nuttall and Joanne Nelson
On Friday 29th December the forecast was for rain all day on Race day. One day later it changed to no rain and forty mile per hour winds!! And on the day itself? Sunshine and much lighter winds although it was windy out on the course. Twelve hundred and sixty six finishers was a record for the Race as was the fact that the Race was sold out three weeks before the date.
Great runs from the winner Marc Scott who defended his title in a time of 29.37, just four seconds slower than in 2016 and the Course Record could have been under threat without the wind. Just behind Marc came Olympian Jonny Brownlee in a great time of 29.54. There was a tremendous run from the Women’s Race winner Laura Weightman too, running the fastest time for a woman on the course since the record – (32.20) – was set by Helen Clitheroe in 2005. Laura won in a great debut time of 32.31 which meant she went into number two in the National Rankings for 2017 and just behind her in second spot came Beth Potter in 33.00 which was a new 10k Road PB by nearly half a minute.
Race Winner GB International Marc Scott being presented with his Prize by John Miles Partner at Forbes
Women’s Race Winner Olympian Laura Weightman being presented with her Prize by John Miles Partner at Forbes
A very big thank you to Forbes Solicitors who have sponsored the race for many years now and with out whose support it would have been very difficult to maintain and improve the quality of the Race. Forbes Solicitors offer a full range of legal services to individuals and business clients in offices across the North of England and can be found HERE
Andrea Stamp, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Forbes Solicitors, said: “The Ribble Valley 10k has become a part of Christmas for athletes and fun runners alike and we are delighted to support such a great event.“It attracts some of the best endurance athletes in the country and is a great advert for local athletics and the Ribble Valley itself.”
Interview with Race Winner GB International Marc Scott ⇒ HERE
Interview with Women’s Race Winner Olympian Laura Weightman ⇒ HERE
Interview with Race Runner Up Olympian Jonny Brownlee ⇒ HERE
Interview with Women’s Race Runner Up Olympian Beth Potter ⇒ HERE
Ribble Valley 10k Results ⇒ HERE
The Race hosts the Northern Athletics 10k Road Championships which saw the Individual Men’s Gold Medal go to Marc Scott and and the Women’s Gold Medal to Laura Weightman and Presented by Northern Athletics President Kevin Carr.
In the Men’s Team Events it was a win for Preston Harriers who picked up the Gold Medal with Blackburn Harriers taking Silver in 2nd place. In the Women’s Team Race the Gold Medal was won by Blackburn Harriers with Sale Harriers taking Silver in 2nd place.
Preston Harriers Northern men’s Team Gold Medalists & RV10k Men’s Team Champions
Blackburn Harriers Northern Men’s Team Silver Medalists & RV10k Men’s Team Runners Up
Blackburn Harriers – Northern Women’s Team Champions & RV10K Women’s Team Winners
Sale Harriers – Northern Women’s Team Silver Medalists & RV10K Women’s Team Runners Up
It takes a lot of volunteers to staff a race like the Ribble Valley 10k with somewhere in the region of fifty people needed to Set up the Course, Manage Car Parking safely, Marshaling the Race, providing a Lead Vehicle, ensuring Water Stations are in place on the course and at the finish, distributing Medals and then when everyone has gone home, staying behind to clear up. Nevertheless the Club still had twenty runners competing in the race which was great to see.
First home for the Harriers was Ben Fish finishing 7th overall in a seasons best time of 30.31 and after he was seen lifting boxes and setting up the Up and Running Stall at 7.30am on Race day! Next home came Tim Raynes in 24th place with a time of 31.48 followed by V45 Mat Nuttall (59th) in a seasons best time of 34.28 which also won him the V45 1st Prize – the three of them counting to win Northern Silver and the Open Race runners up place.
Chris Davies was next home for the Club clocking a time of 35.10 in 70th position followed by U17 Harvey Griffin running over this distance for the very first time and posting a time of 35.39 in 79th spot. There was another seasons best, this time for V45 Paul Brindle in 92nd spot with a time of 36.08 just eight seconds off a new personal best. U23 Jack Hindle was one of those athletes, who like many, have been affected by colds and bugs but still ran to place 97th in a time of 36.28.
Alison Lundy (Leonard) hasn’t raced since May 2017 came home in 124th spot with a time of 37.26 to join Joanne Nelson (184th) in 39.35 who also won the 1st V45 Prize and Katie Buckingham (191st) in a new PB of 39.42 to win the Northern Women’s Team Gold Medal and the Open Race Team win.
Paulo Sousa made his road 10k debut for the Club coming home in a pretty solid time of 38.38 and 158th place. V50 Jonathan Bridge was next home for the Club in 186th spot with a time of 39.40 followed by a new PB for Marco Maggio (40.46) in 229th, V50 Gary Pearse 264th posting a time of 41.46 and Daniel Whittaker, another runner posting a new PB of 41.44 in 271st position. Sprinter Reece Phillips tried his hand at endurance running and ran pretty well to record a time of 43.15 in 331rd spot and followed by the ever improving Paul Jeffries who just missed out on setting another new personal best in his first year, running 44.02 in 350th place.
Just outside his previous personal best came V50 Ian Clarkson in 424th place in a time of 45.04 followed by V60 Mike Blacklidge in 427th clocking a good time of 45.38. There was a another seasons best for V45 Danny Teare as he clocked 45.44 in 457th spot and a new PB for V45 Lindsay Davies in 467th with a time of 46.33. Yet another PB for V40 Mark Lord who ran 48.50 in 553rd place followed in by Paul Wilkinson in a seasons best time of 49.07 (595th), Paul Clarke (V55) in 697th spot in a time of 51.17, V45 Claire Bridge (809th) in a seasons best time of 53.51, Lorna Sharp (V40) running a time of 56.56 (919th) and U17 Charlotte Collin in her first ever attempt at the distance (925th) in 56.57.
John Orrell V50 has been out on the Fells over the Christmas period and kicked off with his first race on December 17th in The Stoop, organised by Dave Woodhead featuring two hundred and forty four other runners in a race won by Harry Holmes clocking a time of 31.17.
The weather conditions were only for the hardy John describing it as ”cold, wet and windy”. Further John said that it had “dangerous ice on the track and fog on the moors and the race was shortened to an out and back. In places it was pretty grim, but definitely better than Christmas shopping!” John finished in 141st place with a time of 48.24
(Photo courtesy of www.woodentops.org.uk)
Next up for John was the Whinberry Naze on Boxing Day – December 26th where he was met with “a good icy blast again with a touch of snow, Santa and smarties ( a gift from him when you turn at the trig)”. John finished this Race in just over 36 mins placing 105th out of the 245 strong field and knocking well over a minute off his time recorded in last years race. Four other Harriers ran the Race with Matt Nuttall finishing 31st overall, Sarah Toms 105th and Carly Edwards in 121st spot.
Whinberry Naze Results (Not yet out)
Final outing in a trio of Races inside thirteen days came for John at Wansfell which was won by Carl Bell in a time of 20.30 from Rob Jebb in 2nd place. Overall one hundred and forty five runners contested the Race with John coming home in 95th spot. Afterwards John spoke to the Club telling us that it was “A great way to finish 2017 at Wansfell. New PB in 33.30, smashing my previous best by nearly 2 mins. More ice, but a beautiful day in the lakes, with just a smattering of white stuff on the tops”. That’s thirty Fell Races for John in 2017 and he already has his first planned for 2018 which will be the Nine Standards.
More festive fun came at the ever popular Turkey Trot – December 16th – which attracted two hundred and eighty eight runners and won by Carl Bell in a time of 27.32 from Gary Priestley in 2nd (27.37) and Josh Tighe in 3rd place (27.55). The Race apart from being a fun day also has a serious side to it as it raises quite a bit of money for good causes.
Seven Blackburn Harriers ran the Race with Matt Nuttall placing 7th overall and 1st V45 in a time of 30.42. Matt was followed in by V50 Warren Smith (56th) in 40.37 and another V50 Mark Wilkin in 77th (42.16). First woman home for the Harriers was Carly Edwards in 89th clocking a time of 44.21 and followed by Lorna Sharp (145th) in 54.25 and Clare Wilkin (155th) with a time of 56.28 and V55 David Morris placing 193rd in a time of 61.15. In the Open Run for U13’s Felix Thompson (U11) placed 6th and Kady Thompson (U11) finished 13th.
(All photos courtesy of David Balshaw)
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