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Top 10 for Matt & Isaac and Vet Team wins for Senior Men and Women at Sefton Park – Saul at Modern Biathlon Championships – Ian & John on the Fells
Cross Challenge & Mid Lancs Cross Country at Sefton Park
Sefton Park is always a great day out for cross country. It gives local Club runners the opportunity to run in the same races as national and international standard athletes whilst at the same time still being able to contest their local leagues as individuals and teams. Ben Connor, winner of the 2017 National and Inter-Counties titles came out the winner again in the Senior Men’s Race with Emelia Gorecka taking the Senior Women’s victory from Jess Judd in 2nd place.
The Harriers had sixty athletes competing on the day with five in the U11 Girls; thirteen in the U11 Boys; six in the U13 Girls; seven in the U13 Boys; five in the U15 Girls; eight in the U15 Boys, two in the U17 Women; ten in the Senior Men and four in the Senior Women.
Highlights of the day were two top ten finishes for Isaac Butler in the U13 Boys race who finished 9th – (11.05) – in the Cross Challenge field and 2nd in the Mid Lancs League – followed by another top ten finish in the U15 Boys which saw Matt Ramsden take 10th spot – (10.09) – in the Cross Challenge and 1st in the Mid Lancs League.
The U11 Girls came home in 9th spot in the Mid Lancs Team competition featuring Hannah Davies 18th in a time of 9.07, Charlotte Sousa (25th) in 9.27, Isabelle Hartley (38th) in 9.58, Tippi Francis (51st) in 10.29 and Lulu Sharp in a time of 11.06 placed 59th.
The U11 Boys had a great turn out of thirteen runners and finishing 5th team out of 15 competing in the Mid Lancs. First in with a brilliant run was Sam Aspey who only became 9yrs old four days before the race and came in 13th out of a field of 88 in a time of 7.52. Sam had great support from Daniel Smith (16th) in 7.55 and Harry Sambrook in 22nd place (8.08). Next home was Oliver Gill (29th) in a time of 8.15 with Matthew Smith in 33rd spot (8.19), Findlay Lewis in 39th (8.28) and William Grundy (42nd) clocking a time of 8.31. Charlie Haworth was the youngest member of the U11 Boys squad turning 8yrs in August this year and came in 49th overall in a time of 8.48 followed in by Felix Thompson also only 8yrs in 57th place (9.00), Findlay Carrol (71st) running a time of 9.28, Harrison Waite also 8yrs old in 77th (9.57), Alexander Brien just one place further back in 78th (9.57) and Daniel Bretherton in 85th with a time of 10.29.
Ninety two athletes in the U13 Girls Race which saw our U13 Girls finish 4th Mid Lancs Team, led home by Hollie Cubbon in 18th spot (13.07), and supported by Leah Hoole in 20th (13.14), Caroline Woodworth (29th) posting a time of 13.33, Keira Haxton in 13.56 (46th) and Holly Sousa (83rd) in 16.23.
The Harriers U13 Boys finished 3rd Team out of the ten Mid Lancs Teams competing. Isaac Butler had his best run of the season so far finishing 2nd in the Mid Lancs Race and 9th overall in the combined Race with a time of 11.05. David Holman was next in for the Club in a time of 12.00min (11th), followed home by Joseph Joyce also having a good run in 15th spot (12.19), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (20th) in 12.27, Rory Teare (27th) posting a time of 12.45, Codie Dewhurst in 49th position (13.37) and Sebastian Burton in 60th place (14.10).
It was nip and tuck between Amy Davies back racing after a lay off and Eleesha Charnley with Amy placing 10th in the sixty two strong field in a time of 12.46 and Eleesha 11th in 12.48. Hollie Oldham was the next Harrier home in 47th spot (14.32) followed in by Rebecca Ramsden in 48th place (14.38) and Alex Taylor (51st) running a time of 14.57.
Another excellent day for Matt Ramsden in the U15 Boys race as he won the Mid Lancs comfortably by twelve seconds (10.09) and came 10th overall in the Cross Challenge. Next in came Sam Hodkinson in 5th place (10.28) backed up by Jamie Teare who had a great finish to take 15th place (11.05) just in front of Leon Thomas in 17th with a time of 11.08. Findlay Sullivan had a pretty solid run in 34th spot (11.59) with Harry Wilkin in 40th (12.15), Ethan Barbarewicz (47th) in a time of 12.39 and Luke Ingleson 48th clocking 12.41. The Team finished 2nd overall in the Mid Lancs Team competition.
Just three athletes out in the U17’s which saw Maddie Elliott take 8th spot in the Mid Lancs (18.10), Freya Black 24th (21.33) and Joe Gebbie in the U17 Men’s Race (19th) in 21.35.
Rob Warner and Tim Raynes entered the Cross Challenge which saw Rob finish 82nd overall in a time of 33.27 and Tim 106th in 34.12. The combined Race featured 525 finishers with Rob and Tim being backed up by Shaun Livesey in 164th place (36.44), Chris Davies (177th) in a time of 37.40, Mark Chippendale who said “he enjoyed the day” which included some fearful sleet during the Race in 198th (38.32), Paul Brindle (214th) in a time of 39.15, Nick Smith in his first Senior Race (233rd) clocking a time of 39.54 and 9th U20, Craig Greenough (386th) in 46.24, Allan Hartley (48.21) in 429th place and Danny Teare (431st) with a time of 48.26. With Shaun Livesey, Chris Davies, Mark Chippendale and Paul Brindle counting for the Harriers the Team won the Vets on the day.
Thirty seven Teams contesting the Women’s Mid Lancs Race with the Harriers coming home 4th Team overall and emulating the Senior Men by winning the vets Team as well. The Harriers were led home by Joanne Nelson in 12th place (33.42) and 1st V45, supported by Victoria Mousley in 18th (34.31) and 3rd V35, Carmen Byrne in 24th with a time of 35.01 and Lindsay Davies (80th) in 41.43.
Darwen Staff Memorial Fell Race – Sunday November 26th
Unusually for the Harriers there was just one runner in the Race this year which is not surprising after the draining mudfest at Liverpool the day before. Ian Clarkson ran the Race which is just over 4 miles and 305metres of climb. The race was won by Peter Coates in a time of 30.46 with Ian finishing 46th in a time of 39.19. After the Race Ian spoke to the Club about the day saying that the “conditions not great but the terrain wet and muddy suited me down to ground. My best result on this little classic, a pb 39.19 min, beating last years time of 41.29 min. Well happy with a big smile, especially when it was the last race of the Club Championship and a Club Champ’s that had a good mix of different races on all terrain, of which some of them took me out of my comfort zone, and I can honestly say ‘ I enjoyed all the ones that I did’”.
Saul competes in the British Modern Biathlon Championships
U13 Saul Sharp qualified for the British Modern Biathlon Championships which were held in Birmingham at the weekend and dad Michael Sharp who is an endurance coach at Blackburn traveled with Saul to support him during the event. Afterwards Michael commented on the day and how it went saying that it was a “Good experience for Saul today, some top athletes at top end today. His run didn’t quite go to plan, 4 secs slower from the qualifier. He has to learn to deal with this disappointment and have a better attitude when it happens. He rallied around and had a cracking swim, 7th quickest. He finished 16th overall, we targeted top 10, it would have been achieved with the same run as last time, but its all good going forward. Things to ponder things to work on. Well done Saul, proud”
On the Fells again with John
Two more Races for John Orrell recently with the first one billed as Harriers v Cyclists in Bingley on Saturday. Video of a ‘Runners – v- Bikes’ from 1925.
John told the Club about the event and how it went commenting “This year I’ve raced runners and rowers, so it was time to take on the riders too in this fairly unique race. It was tough but a lot of fun too. Avoiding being swiped in the face by someone’s back wheel as they carried their bikes up Shipley Glen was a challenge in itself. I like the stats. Number 56, taking 56 minutes and finishing in 156. Next year I’ll be back with the bike!”
The week after – November 25th – John was out again on Kirby Moor running a Fell Race – organised by Black Combe Runners and described as ‘Kirkby Moor is a fast local race over rolling moorland: a mixture of heather, sheep tracks and sometimes the access tracks for the windmills. It’s not that high or steep, so a good race for beginners and road runners, but some parts are still quite hard going and navigation on the moor can be very interesting in the November fog. The weather can be wintry too which makes full waterproof body cover a necessity’.– which was seven miles long including 1600ft of climbing and afterwards John told the Club that he finished in 49th spot in a time of 1hr 16.59 describing the course as “Kirkby Moor near Ulverston – 7 miles, 1600 ft across moor, bog and bracken with a bit of snow, sleet, hail and sun”.
Wins for Harriers Senior Men and Veteran teams at Red Rose – U13 Boys win at Red Rose – PB’s for Tim, Ben, Carly and Mark at Podium 5k – Shaun wins Lancashire V40 at Preston 10 – PB’s For Chris and Joe at Brampton 10 mile & top ten finishes in Northern Championships – Martin & Danny run the Tour
Red Rose League – Saturday 18th November
A very good weekend for the Harriers all round starting off with cross country at Bolton where there was a very good chance that the Club’s Senior Men’s Team could secure titles for both Senior and Veteran Men in this years Red Rose League if they added a win at Leverhulme Park to their wins at Leigh and Chorley in the first and second fixtures.
A happy Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – was delighted to see that confirmed with victories in both again commenting at the end of the day that it was “Another great result today, 3 team wins out of 3 races both in the Seniors and Vets is great news. Ben Fish returning to the Red Rose after a 13 year break and taking a victory on his return, well done Ben. Every athlete today ran that bit harder with some very good performances. Ben C. taking 3rd in particular was an outstanding run, but from my point of view it’s about the team and the team did fantastic”.
(L-R) Paolo Sousa, Ben Costello, Allan Hartley, Mark Almond, Matt Nuttall, Ben Fish, Craig Greenough, Paul Brindle, Tom Anderson, Karl Billington, Chris Davies)
The Race turned out to be a real battle between Ben Fish and Jonathon Kay with Ben edging it by a second in the end in a time of 34.41 for the 10.2k Course. On the first lap it was neck and neck between the two before Ben took a twenty to thirty metre lead on Lap two, holding that until the final run in where Jonathon Kay made a real determined attempt to catch him. Great race between the two of them. After his first cross country league race Ben said he “was really happy with that. Wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve done very little cross country in recent years. Great battle with Jonny Kay, got a small gap on a steep climb halfway and was able to fend him off at the end! Great result for the club with another win!”
Ben Costello who has been knocking chunks off his personal bests recently also had a his best run to-date on cross country coming home in third spot in a time of 36.59. To win these events you have to have good packing. Matt Nuttall in 10th place and 1st V45 (38.08) and Chris Davies 11th (38.12) and 2nd V40 did just that to make it four out of the first eleven home for the Club. Paul Brindle was next in (26th) and 3rd V45 clocking 41.04 with Paolo Sousa in 29th (41.24) completing the six counters needed for the victory.
Next home came Karl Billington in 37th in time of 42.25 with Tom Anderson in 43rd (43.04), Mark Almond (80th) in 45.00 minutes, Joseph Brady in 82nd spot (45.30), Craig Greenough (95th) in 46.50 and Allan Hartley with a time of 52.01 in 148th place.
The Harriers U13 Boys continued with their great run of form as they added another team win – with their first three home in the first five places – to their win at Chorley the week before. The lads were led home again by Dexta Thompson who placed 2nd in 11.59 who was in turn backed up with very good runs from Isaac Butler in 4th spot (12.17) and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret in 5th clocking 12.22. Rory Teare had a good run too placing 10th on the day in a time of 12.34. Saul Sharp had another very solid run in 24th with a time of 13.21 as did Codie Dewhurst just behind in 27th place posting a time of 13.41.
Nearly 100 youngsters contested the U11 Boys Race which saw very good runs from all the lads with Daniel Smith leading them home into second team on the day. Daniel placed 7th overall in 7.08 with Harry Sambrook just one place behind in 8th (7.11), followed in by Oliver Gill in 13th spot (7.20) and Felix Thompson (44th) in a time of 8.00 minutes.
Again in the U11 Girls the Race there were just short of a hundred entries and it is great to see so many youngsters out running cross country. The Harriers finished 6th team out of twelve on the day with Hannah Davies the first home in 16th place (8.04) and supported by Kady Thompson in 26th position (8.15) and Isabelle Hartley (36th) clocking a time of 8.29.
Sixty seven runners in the Girls U13 Race with just two from the Harriers – Caroline Woodworth having another good run in 26th spot in 14.08 and Keira Haxton not far behind in 32nd with a time of 14.23.
The U15 Boys were prioritising the Mid Lancs at Liverpool next week which meant just one runner in this race which saw Jamie Teare have a pretty good run taking 8th place out of the forty strong field in a time of 15.24. Eleesha Charnley – 2nd in the Red Rose the week before at Chorley – was the sole runner in the U15 Girls Race coming home in 4th place out of the thirty three runners competing in a time of 17.32.
The Harriers Senior Women’s Team took 5th place in the Team Race out of fourteen and were led home by Joanne Nelson in 3rd place out of one hundred and thirty in a time of 22.03 and also took the 1st V45 spot. Victoria Mousley was just two places further back in 5th in a time of 22.51 with Lindsay Davies in 53rd (27.57) and V55 Alison Armour in 100th place (34.14).
Brampton 10m – Sunday November 19th
Three hundred and seventy runners contesting this renowned ten mile road race which also doubled as the Northern 10m Championships. The Harriers had two athletes racing – Chris Arthur and Joe Monk.
In his third ever race on the roads over this distance, Chris came in 8th overall and 5th in the Northern Championships with a new PB of 51.00, nearly two minutes faster than his previous best and afterwards told the Club “I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, after a long Fell season the thought of getting a good schooling on the roads seems to appeal to me. The weather was perfect, the course is fast and there was a strong field so knew it was a good opportunity. I’m really happy with how I ran, especially as I went through 10k 40s under my PB. Hopefully that’ll translate into a good time over that distance before I can put my feet up for a few weeks over Christmas”.
Joe came home in 14th place and 9th in the Northern Championships also with a new PB of 53.28 which was a forty nine second improvement on his previous best time and only the third time he has raced the distance. Pleased with the day Joe spoke to the Club saying he was “pleased with today, felt awful after 4 miles so to run a PB by nearly a minute is a good sign. Having an easier week now. Well done to Chris on a brilliant run”.
Podium 5k – Saturday November 18th
Some pretty good racing at the Podium 5k last night with the first fifteen athletes all running under 15 minutes – the ‘A’ Race being won by John Ashcroft in 14.27. The Harriers had four runners out on the night with two of them – Tim Raynes and Ben Costello in the ‘A’ Race and two – Carly Edwards and Mark Lord in the ‘B’ Race. All of them set new PB’s which was a pretty good performance.
(Thanks to David Belshaw for the photos)
Tim Raynes went into the race with a personal best of 15.04 and had been wanting to break the 15 minutes, knowing that he was in the kind of form to do it; And he did. Emphatically. Tim cut thirteen seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.51 (13th) and afterwards told the Club “Have been struggling to break 15 minutes for about 18 months now, and have been frustratingly close on a number of occasions. Coming into the race, I knew I was in good shape and if I could run a good race then it could finally be on. Conditions tonight were close to perfect, and having such a quality field meant that I was able to settle into a good group early on. The pace was quick, but I felt good for most of the race. Started to drop off a bit in the last lap, but managed to hold it together to run 14:51. Really pleased to finally do it! Well done to everyone running the xc at Bolton, disappointed to miss it but great to see the team wrap up the series again! Well done particularly to Ben Costello, who came 3rd there and then knocked over a minute of his PB at Podium. Sure that if he stays fit, there’s much more to come from him!”
Next in with a new PB – and what a big new PB – was Ben Costello who posted a time of 16.06 (47th), a huge 68 seconds faster than his previous best time recorded in June this year. Ben had also raced that same afternoon in the Red Rose Cross Country League at Bolton finishing 3rd overall in the Men’s Senior Race, so Saturday was a very good day all round for him as he told the Club after the new 5k PB “Couldn’t of asked for a better day of running I know I have been in some good form recently but absolutely over the moon to come 3rd at Bolton in the cross country but then to go to a 5k race and smash my PB to bits the feeling I have now is on another level looking forward to what next year brings.Thanks for everyone support today and well done to all the harriers that ran today especially Tim hitting sub 15 fantastic run”.
To the next new personal best and this time it was Carly Edwards in the ‘B’ Race featuring 40 athletes who smashed her previous best time by 37 seconds to set a new PB of 20.02 (20th). Every reason to be happy with her run, Carly spoke to the Club saying “I’m very happy with my run. It shows the hard work in my training is paying off. A 37 second pb over 5k is huge and I’m confident that i will continue to get faster”.
Again in the ‘B’ Race there was a new PB for Mark Lord (31st) in a time of 22.29 which was also a big new personal best time and a happy Mark commented to the Club after the Race that it “Was amazing to watch the elite athletes in a race and fantastic running by Tim, Ben and Carly. I had great race ‘B’ race I was stunned on my time 22.26 – really improved since joining Harriers – something about club vest makes me go quicker with my previous best 25.03 at Podium so knocking 2min 35 off i am delighted. Thanks to John Chaplin senior team coaches & managers. Hope to keep up good work”.
Preston 10 – Sunday 19th November
Four hundred and thirty nine finishers in the Preston 10 today won by Karl Darcy in 51.24 and which saw Blackburn Harrier Shaun Livesey finish in the top ten with a 7th placed run of 56.43 to take the V40 1st Prize.
After picking up his well deserved Medals, Shaun told the Club about how his Race Went saying “Entered the race a few weeks back with the hope of landing the vet 40 10 mile Lancashire Championship Gold Medal. Conditions on the morning were fantastic, I lined up with some familiar faces and tried to identify anyone who was going to be a challenge for the Vet 40 title. Once again it turned out to be a lonely race. After a fast first mile 5:19, I settled into a comfortable pace. However after a few miles I started to have a few stomach cramps which eased off for a while. Unfortunately at the start of mile 9 I had to take a trip into a farmers field and take a toilet stop, however this didn’t cost me any places. I got back into my running a crossed the line in a respectable 56:43. 1st vet 40 and with it a gold medal in the Lancashire champs. job done”.
Tour of Pendle – Saturday November 18th
No Results at the moment.
Martin Howarth had been looking forward to the Tour of Pendle Race and finished up just outside of his pre-race target of 3 hrs commenting to the Club “I enjoyed the race in decent conditions and only fell once! I was after a sub 3hrs however I unusually struggled with cramp. I completed it in 3hrs 11 and came 125th. Disappointed with time but I’m determined to bounce back next year and smash the sub 3 hr mark at least”.
Danny Teare was running this for the Harriers and told us that there were “Great conditions for the 34th Tour of Pendle on Saturday. This was my second time out in this event, but my first tackling the full 17 mile course. (14 mile bad weather route was in effect in 2015). I had had the luxury of plenty of recces in advance, being up there most weekends for the past 2 months. No matter how much training you do though, nothing really prepares you for just how you will feel facing the last 700 ft climb to the trig, having run 14 miles and already climbed 3700 ft! What else can you do but get your head down and plug away to the top. I was targeting sub 4 hours, secretly hoping for 3.45, ended up on 3.51. A shout out to the supporters. Richard Taylor was out on the hill, supporting and taking plenty of pics – thanks for the boost. Shaun Livesey also out, cheering on the field.”
And in other parts of the country – day and night – Sam Hodkinson entered the Run In The Dark 10k along with five hundred and thirty nine runners finishing 10th in 37.20 and 1st Junior. Sam’s dad Andrew also ran placing 155th in 48.36. Tom Betty and mum Anne ran together in a time of 62.43…………
………..followed by Ian Barnett who lives in Chichester but still flies the flag for the Harriers on the South Coast. The organisers had requested red poppy coloured tops as it was Armistice Day so no Club vests in the Run in which Ian placed 7th overall. As Ian told the Club “Lots of rain here this past week so the course was muddy and slippy. Fortunately, I managed to stay upright – unlike several other runners – but times were well down on usual due to the underfoot conditions. I managed a respectable 21:26 for 7th place overall”.
Senior Men win again in Red Rose League – U13 & U15 Boys Team Wins at Red Rose – 1st Junior for Joe at Windmill 10k
It was another win for the Senior Men’s Team at Chorley as they consolidated their place at the top of the Team Leaders Board after the first two fixtures in this years Red Rose League. The second fixture featuring two hundred and fifty runners was closely contested with Bolton in 2nd and Leigh 3rd. There were also some very good performances overall in pretty muddy conditions which saw wins for both the U13 and U15 Boys Teams.
Tim Raynes led the sixteen strong Harriers home to the victory taking 5th spot in a time of 37.14 and followed closely in 8th place by Jack Hindle who clocked 37.28. With Bolton taking 1st and 3rd final placings it needed some good packing by the Club to ensure the win and that was provided by Ben Costello who is in fine form taking 13th place in 39.38, Shaun Livesey in 18th with a time of 40.21, Matt Nuttall in 19th (40.23) and Chris Davies 28th in a time of 41.14. Backing them up with good runs came Paul Brindle in 36th (42.13), Paul Guinan (49th) in 43.28, Tom Anderson (75th) coming home in a time of 45.37, Chris Balderson (94th) in 46.48, Mark Almond 124th (48.41), Craig Greenough in 133rd position (49.10), John Cookson 137th in 49.19, Andrew Knowles (182nd) in 52.54, Danny Teare 200th posting a time of 54.52 and Allan Hartley finishing in 207th spot in a time of 55.38.
(From L-R Tom Anderson; Mat Nuttall; Ben Costello; Tim Raynes; Jack Hindle; Chris Davies; Andrew Knowles; Paul Guinan; Allan Hartley; John Cookson; Craig Greenough; Danny Teare)
The U13 and U15 Boys had great runs as well to win their respective age groups. Dexta Thompson put in a fantastic finish, coming from behind to win the U13 Boys race in a sprint finish with Joe Ormrod of Rossendale, both of whom were given the same finishing time of 10.18. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret with another very good run took 5th place in 10.47 and Saul Sharp ensured the lads won the Team Race as he placed 19th in 11.34.
With three in the first ten, the U15 Boys also won their age category which saw Matt Ramsden come home in 3rd (14.48) in a very hotly contested race which saw the first three athletes separated by just three seconds. Sam Hodkinson was one place further back in 4th spot (15.24) with Jamie Teare whose 10th place in 16.02 secured the win for the Club.
One hundred and three young lads contested the U11 Boys race and among them seven Harriers who finished up 3rd Team on the day. Harry Sambrook had a very good run to finish in 8th spot in a time of 6.33 and he was followed in by Daniel Smith in 13th (6.38) and Oliver Gill (14th) clocking 6.39 – just five seconds separating the three lads. Lewis Findlay wasn’t far behind either in 18th place (6.48), with George Ramsden in 42nd position in a time of 7.14, Felix Thompson in 44th (7.18) and George Hodges in 102nd place (9.31).
Isabelle Hartley, Hannah Davies, Kady Thompson and Lulu Sharp represented the Club in the U11 Girls Race which saw them finish 6th Team out of thirteen on the day. As in the U11 Boys race just seconds separated the first three Harriers with Isabelle finishing 22nd in 8.39, Hannah 24th in 8.40 and Kady 25th in 8.41. Lulu ran a time of 10.07 in 76th spot.
In the U13 Girls Race featuring eighty four runners, the Team finished 9th overall on the day. Caroline Woodworth was first home in 20th place posting a time of 11.58, followed closely by Kate Cookson in 22nd spot (12.04) and backed up by Keira Haxton (41st) in 12.48, Eva Knowles in 58th (13.29) and Keira Booth 71st in a time of 13.51. Only one runner out in the U15 Girls Race – Eleesha Charnley and what a race she had placing 2nd overall in the provisional results in a time of 17.37. Again in the U17 Women’s Race, just one runner – Hannah Cookson – who had a solid run to come home 6th overall in twenty one strong field clocking 22.07.
The Senior Women’s Team who won the first Mid Lancs fixture at Cuerden recently, had four runners out and managed to finish 4th Team overall out of 18. Joanne Nelson had another really strong run to place 4th overall and 1st V45 in a time of 19.42 with another good run from Carly Edwards in 13th clocking 21.36. Janine Fallon was next home in 42nd position (22.55) with Lindsay Davies 59th in a time of 24.19.
Katie Buckingham was also out on the Cross Country again this weekend, competing for the Univerity of Nottingham in the North Midlands League which, according to Katie, is the equivalent of the Red Rose here in Lancashire – she had a great run to finish 12th overall and a massive twenty four places higher than her finish on the same course in 2016.
One thousand two hundred and fifty eight finishers in todays Windmill 10k which saw Joe Gebbie come home in 11th spot and 1st Junior athlete in a provisional Chip Time of 39.08 and Evan Cook take 2nd V65 placing 104th in a time of 44.32.
Top 30 for Harriers at Mansfield – New PB’s for Tim, Joe & Ben at Abbey Dash 10k – Joanne Wins Through The Villages with Vets Wins for Gary and Janine – Lancaster Half PB for Sean – John on a Fell Double Header
National Cross Country Relays – Saturday 4th November
The Mansfield National Cross Country Relays is just one of those key dates in the Cross Country Racing calendar when the best of the country’s athletes get an opportunity to go head to head on a great Course with tremendous viewing for spectators.
The U13 Boys Team for the Harriers saw Isaac Butler, Zach Walmsley and Dexta Thompson featuring in their first ever National Cross Country Championship event and they did themselves proud, coming home in 28th place out of ninety seven teams taking part. The lads were just nineteen seconds off making a top 20 place with Isaac on Leg (1) running a time of 7.21, Zach on Leg (2) in 7.58 and Dexta on Leg (3) clocking 7.36.
Team Manager Chris Thompson was happy with the way the lads performed at their first outing together in an National Championships, telling the Club “We took a team of under 13’ boys down to the nationals, a team that had not competed together before so I didn’t know how they would do together. All three ran their own race and ran really well on what is a fantastic cross country course against the best runners in the country. Having placed 28th out of 97 teams is a good starting place for when two of the boys also have a chance of returning again next year in the same race with them being the older ones in the category. Overall it was a good trip out and the boys enjoyed themselves which is the important bit.
I would also like to thank all those who have competed in the relays over the past few months at Blackpool,Manchester, Birmingham and Mansfield. It’s been a pleasure doing the team manager although it has been stressful at times doing team selection with the club having such a great bunch of athletes to choose from and all the athletes wanting to be in certain teams, tough decisions were made and I thank the coaches for their help and support on these on these choices but that’s what happens with so many good athletes so once again I thank you all for your support and hopefully we can do then all again next year”.
After the Championships Isaac Butler reflected on the day telling the Club “I was really nervous on the line but as the gun went off, I dug deep and ended up finishing strong. I really enjoyed my first National Cross Country Race” with Zach Walmsley commenting “the course was nice, not too muddy a bit like a trail run and we did really well as a team”.
The men’s Senior Race saw two Blackburn Teams out among the one hundred and seventy eight teams contesting the Race with the ‘A’ Team consisting of Rob Warner, Jack Hindle, Chris Davies and Ben Fish and the ‘B’ Team with Paul Guinan, John Chaplin, Danny Maynard and Karl Billington.
Men’s Team Manager Paul Guinan spoke to the Club commenting “another good day for the Senior Men, 2 teams running and one finishing in 30 place, all runners gave it everything, two stand out performances had to be Rob running 16:11 and Karl running inside 20 minutes great to see him making progress, well done once again everyone”.
Rob Warner was off on the first Leg clocking an excellent 16.11 to set the Harriers up in 23rd spot before handing over to Jack Hindle – making his senior debut in a cross country championships – with a 17.10 clocking who in turn, handed over to V40 Chris Davies on Leg (3) running a time of 18.20. Ben Fish took the final Leg picking up eight places with a time of 16.43 which saw the team finish in 30th position overall and afterwards Ben reflected on the day saying it was a “Great result by the team, Rob ran a blinder to get us off to a flying start, then top runs from Jack and Chris. I was happy with my run and thrilled we made top 30. Well done to our B team Danny, Guiny, Chappers & Karl! some great team spirit in the club. Looking forward to more relays in the future!”
The ‘B’ Team saw V45 Paul Guinan on Leg (1) posting a time of 19.09 before handing over to V60 John Chaplin who clocked 21.43. Danny Maynard took on Leg (3) running 21.03 with Karl Billington running just inside 20 minutes (19.58) on Leg (4) which meant the Team finished in 118th spot. Karl is getting fitter by the week and told the Club that it was a “great day out with the senior guys, enjoyed the race for once and well done to the other chaps that ran”. Danny also enjoyed the day telling us that it was “A relentless course which is a classic for every cross country season. It was fantastic for the club to get two strong teams out along with some excellent individual performances”.
After running at the Manchester University Cross Country Relays the week before where she clocked a time of 11.45 for the 3k course, Blackburn Harrier Katie Buckingham was also running at Mansfield as part of the University of Nottingham’s Senior Women’s Team who placed 33rd overall out of one hundred and twenty eight teams which saw Katie clock a time of 11.47 on Leg (3).
(Katie Buckingham at Mansfield)
(Katie Buckingham at Manchester University XC Relays)
Leeds Abbey Dash – Sunday 5th November 2017
This Race is one of those in the Race year where everyone is looking to run a personal best time and with that in mind – Tim Raynes, Joe Monk and Ben Costello all entered – optimistic that they could all revise their PB’s over the 10k distance. And they did just that.
With the first fourteen athletes all in under 30 minutes, the pace at the front was pretty tasty. Tim Raynes set a new PB by five seconds in 39th place overall with a time of 31.13 and there is little doubt that he is knocking on the door of a sub 31 minutes soon. Tim spoke to the Club later in the day telling us that “Training has been going well over the last few weeks, and I knew I was in good shape coming into the race. Ran fairly evenly but wasn’t able to kick on as much as I had hoped in the second part of the race. Can’t complain with a PB though, just leaves me with that bit more motivation to break it again at Ribble Valley. Well done to Joe and Ben too for great runs!”
Joe Monk was the next one to improve his personal best as he came home in 66th place overall cutting fourteen seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 31.57. Afterwards Joe reflected on his Race telling the Club that it was a “Tale of two halves. didn’t feel brilliant for the first half of the race, legs just wouldn’t go with it. Went through 5k in around 16:10, some 25-30 seconds off what I wanted. Managed to find my rhythm in the last 2.5 miles and came through strongly. Definitely had too much left, so it gives me the motivation to strive for 31:30 at Telford. Well done to the lads on their runs, great to see Ben making massive improvements, gone from looking at sub 34 to knocking on a sub 33 clocking”.
Ben Costello ran a massive new personal best by one minute and fourteen seconds to set a new PB of 33.14 as he came home in 150th place. Ben joined the Harriers in August 2016 and has made massive progress and there is no doubt that there is much more to come. After the Race Ben spoke to the Club saying “Going into the race after a few good weeks of hard training i knew i was in shape for a PB. Before the race i had a target of 33.40 in mind to beat that just shows that hard work does pay off. Over the moon to be honest. Didn’t think i was in shape for a low 33 but the weather and the race was prefect. Well done to Tim and Joe on 2 quality times”.
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Congratulations to Blackburn Harrier Chris Wood who has been reappointed to the IMO list for 2018 (International Meet Officials). This is the Pool from which selections are made for the big televised athletic events. In this Pool Chris is a Starter’s Assistant, one of just 9 in the UK.
Through The Villages – Sunday November 5th
Two hundred and eighty two finishers in this Race won by Nick Barry in a good time of 46.06. New member Gary Vose (V45) had a great debut for the Harriers clocking a time of 50.55 to place 5th overall and 1st V45 and just two places further back came Paul Brindle in 51.24 to take the 2nd V45 place. U17 Joe Gebbie also had a very good run in 25th position overall and 2nd Junior male in a time of 55.09. Joanne Nelson, looking stronger by the week won the Race as she finished 1st Woman and 1st V45 Woman in 56.04 and 39th overall. Janine Fallon (V40) also won the Vets 1st Prize as she came home in a time of 63.30 in 84th followed in by V55 David Morris in 271st place (92.37).
Lancaster Half-Marathon – Sunday November 5th
Four hundred and sixty two runners took part in this local Half-Marathon won by Simon Croft in a time of 74.11. Among the runners were three Blackburn Harriers – Nick Smith, Sean Procter and Carol Reilly.
Nick Smith…..was running his first ever Half-Marathon and even though he hadn’t got the kind of mileage in that he would have wanted, he nevertheless ran well to finish 16th overall in a time of 86.18. Thinking about his Race and how he ran it, Nick told the Club that he was a “Bit disappointed with that, not what I wanted and I know it’s because I raced it wrong. Went in hoping to stay steady until about 10k, pick it up there and again at 10miles like we’d discussed, but got carried away at the start and ended up with a stitch at around 3 miles which I didn’t manage to shake off until between 9 and 10 Miles. Happy with my last 5k though, and considering my lack of long runs and the bad strategy I produced, I’m fairly happy with the time, just felt I could’ve had it faster”.
Sean Procter came home in 23rd spot and 4th V45 in a time of 87.12 which was a new PB by nearly a minute and a happy Sean commented that “I set out today with nothing more than just seeing how it would pan out not knowing anything about the route other than it finished up a steep hill to the castle, and just under the 13 mile point it’s steep and it hurts. As the race turned out I still felt good at the turnaround point and kept pushing trying to make up 1 or two places before the hill, managing 1 more place on the hill to finish with a new 1/2 PB of 1:27:12”.
Carol Reilly….ran a couple of minutes outsider her personal best as he finished in 119th spot in a time of 1hr 42.23. However she won the V45 Women’s first prize which was a good end to the Race as she told us “today for me was to go out and just run. Ive lost my mojo a bit lately, I think it’s due to a year and half of injuries and other things. Anyway the first 4 miles are always tough for me, it takes me that long to get into a race, that’s why I hate 10k’s!!!!!! I felt better in the 2nd half but there’s a really brutal hill at the finish so I’m quite chuffed with 1.42.23 and 1st in cat. It gives me something to build on”.
A Double Header Weekend on the Fells with John Orrell
John Orrell is racking up the Fell Races with two more in the bag over the last couple of weeks. Firstly at the Really Wild Boar placing 79th in a time of 65.55 after which, he described the Race saying “Fell races 23 and 24 of 2017, a doubleheader weekend. Saturday was the Really Wild Boar. Living up to its name it was really wild. 5 miles, 1401 ft of ascent. Strong headwinds up to CP2, and buffeting making for arduous running across the summit plateau to CP3. The clag was well and truly down by now as CP4 was passed before I launched myself off the top. Compass needed to find CP5. Delighted to come out of the fog straight on it. Even more pleased to pass some of the fast guys going in the opposite direction still looking for CP5. I was away to the finish and claimed some scalps. 1.05.55 or thereabouts and 79th”.
Day two saw John tackle the Bronte Way Fell Race featuring two hundred and seventy three finishers which saw Joe Dale run out the eventual winner in 54.20, just one second in front of second placed Ian Holmes. John finished in 179th place clocking a finishing time of 85.46 and commented “Better conditions on Sunday for The Bronte Way, a point to point from Wycollar to The Fleece Inn, Haworth and a free pint. 7.5 miles across the moors and 1152ft of ascent. Entries on the day swelled race numbers to around 280. The organisers ran out of numbers and the start was delayed around 40 mins to accommodate everyone. Once underway and off the track it’s a steady slog across those moors with some tricky single track thrown in for good measure. Up and down dale, across Bronte Bridge and I was beginning to run out of steam. After a full frontal (not Monty!) face plant in the mud I just held on to finish only a couple of minutes outside my best time. 179th in 1.25.46. And that pint? Timothy Taylor’s Poulter’s Porter. Well earned!”
Accy 10k wins for Ben & Pauline + Harriers Win Men’s and Women’s Team and 5 wins in Vet Categories – 2nd for Joe at Green Drive 5 – Grand Day Out In Cumbria with John Orrell – Clare runs the Yorkshire Marathon
The sun shone on the Accrington 10k on Sunday Morning – 29th October – as five hundred and twenty four runners completed the Race which was run on a new course for the first time. Miles 3 and 4 were the toughest part of the race with a lot of climbing and they were followed by a downhill finish which was quite steep in places. The sun also shone on the Harriers performances who had a clean sweep virtually of all the prizes as they won the Race, won the Women’s Race, won the Men’s & Women’s Team Races as well as winning 5 of the Veteran Age Group Categories.
Ben Fish led the Harriers home winning the Race in a time of 32.46 which is now the benchmark for others to chase on this new Course. Ben Costello was next home in 6th spot with his second fastest 10k time of 34.51 followed by Chris Davies in 9th clocking 35.51 – the three of them all counting to win the Team Race. Chris won the V40 1st Prize and he was followed in by Paul Brindle just two places further back in 11th with a time of 36.46 which won him the 1st V45 Prize.In 70th spot came V45 John Cookson clocking a time of 42.57 with new member V40 Paul Jeffries coming home 83rd in 43.55. V50 Ian Clarkson posted a time of 46.48 in 133rd place followed in by V55 Paul Clarke in 144th (47.18), with V55’s Martin Kerry in 151st with a time of 47.41 and Michael Nolan (49.13) in 173rd place.
Pauline Powell maintained her 100% record in winning 10k Races this year, this one being her fourth win on the trot in a time of 37.40 and she also won the 1st V40 Women’s Prize too. Victoria Mousley was the next Harrier in for the Women’s team in 32nd overall (39.46) winning the V35 1st prize as well, followed by Joanne Nelson in 41st place (40.26) who also won the V45 1st Women’s Prize – the three of them combining to win the Women’s Team Race. Carol Reilly was the 2nd V45 Woman in 139th position (47.05) and Lindsay Davies ran a new PB of 47.47 in 152nd spot overall.
Green Drive 5 – Sunday October 23rd
The Race featured 321 finishers and was run in pretty bad wet and windy conditions. Joe Monk who last week smashed his half-marathon personal best in Manchester – (70.45) – leaving him 5th in the National U20 Half-Marathon Rankings was out again on Sunday coming home 2nd in this 5 mile Race in a time of 27.23.
Carly Edwards ran a very good race to take 47th spot in a time of 34.51 just seconds outsider her previous best time and was happy with how the Race had gone for her commenting“I am really happy with my performance at the Green Drive 5. I am always attracted to races with a quality field. I knew I would get that with it being a championship race. The conditions on the day were less than favourable with flooding and a headwind from mile 2-4.5. I managed to run just 5 seconds off my pb which i am happy with and it shows the recent changes to my training are working”.
V65 Evan Cook had his second outing inside two weeks. After winning the V65 category at the Rochdale 10k Evan placed 69th at the Green Drive 5 and 3rd V65 in a time of 37.00.
A Grand Day Out in Cumbria – Sunday October 22nd
Rain and more rain impacted upon the Race which had to be shortened because of the conditions but that didn’t stop John Orrell from taking the Race on. Back on the Fells racing after having a break from his last round of Fell exploits which included the famous Ben Nevis Race John came in 23rd overall in the up and down race with a time of 32.01.
After drying off, John told the Club about the race and its background saying “A Grand Day Out in Cumbria was set up to raise money to help those that were effected by Storm Desmond back in 2015. This weekend in the Langdales, Storm Brian dampened the fund raising efforts somewhat, but I still had my Grand Day Out! The Stickle Grind was shortened to the half Stickle as the route to the top of Harrison Stickle was considered too risky by the race organisers. It was really wet and windy and Stickle Ghyll was in full flow. The route across the stepping stones was impassable so we were turned back early. What was an up hill time trial became a short rough technical there and back. I finished 23rd in a time of 32.01. Once dry I rewarded myself with Herdwick lamb and stout stew with a pint of Dry Stone stout to wash it down! Next week it’s the Really Wild Boar. The race I mean not another casserole!”
(Photo courtesey of James Kirby)
Well done to V50 Clare Wilkin who recently completed the Yorkshire Marathon in 3064th position with a time of 4hr 54.21 – Clare hadn’t been able to do the training she would have liked because of injury but neverthless, went ahead and did it.
Afterwards Clare spoke to the Club about her experience – the first time she had ever run the distance telling us “I survived my first marathon! Almost didn’t do it as severely hurt my back at work 4 weeks ago, not long after Garstang. I even struggled to walk then. Only got back up to 8 miles the week before the Marathon. I ran the whole marathon in a lumbar back brace and it held up! Did think it would be a walk/run but ran the whole lot and got interviewed whilst running in my Harriers vest, not sure if Channel 4 or 5?” Probably not the best idea to do it injured but being a stubborn 52 yr old I didn’t think I’d get the chance again! My older son did the 10 mile event there and looked after me!
Great weekend for the Harriers with XC wins in Mid Lancs Red Rose & Leagues – Rob makes top 20 in Cardiff – Joe smashes Half-Marathon PB in Manchester – Pauline wins Cheshire 10k in new Course Record
This years Cross Country racing got under way at the weekend with the Harriers athletes competing in the Mid Lancs League, Red Rose League and Cardiff in the Cross Challenge Series opening fixture.
Over sixty athletes turned out for the Club at the first fixture in this years Mid Lancs League held at Cuerden Valley producing some great results on the day including four Team wins, three second places, one third place and fourth. For a number of the younger runners, this was their first ever competition for the Club in Cross Country and they certainly rose to the occasion. Some of the youngsters had already run their schools cross country race in the morning as well!
The U11 Girls had ten runners and came 2nd in the Team Race with Molly Grimshaw the highest placed runner in 7th, Hannah Davies 10th, Kady Thompson 13th made up the three Team counters with Isabelle Hartley in 16th, Ayesha Vose (23rd), Grace Brady (25th), Faith Gillibrand 35th, Imogen Robinson 37th, Tippi Francis 44th and Charlotte Sousa 48th.
The U11 Boys had sixteen running with great packing at the front of the Race which meant they won the Team Race from Liverpool PS in 2nd. Daniel Smith came home in 7th with Harry Sambook in 8th and Oliver Gill in 9th being the three counters for the Team. In 16th came Findlay Lewis followed by Samuel Aspey in 18th, Matthew Smith in 19th spot, Jacob Joyce in 24th, Charlie Hawarth (27th), George Ramsden (36th), Findlay Carroll 41st and Felix Thompson in 42nd with Aidan Downes just two places further back in 44th, Harrison Waite in 50th, Alexander Brien in 54th, Alfie Ward in 56th place and Daniel Bretherton in 61st – – and what about this for commitment – Lulu Sharp missed the start of the U11 Girls Race because she had been in a dance competition and then went and asked to run in the U11 Boys race, which she did in 58th place.
Hollie Cubbon (13.48) was first home for the U13 Girls in 8th position and backed up by Leah Hoole (14.32) in 14th and Caroline Woodworth (15.00) in 18th spot all combining to take 2nd place in the Team Race. Keira Haxton (15.01) was just one place and one second behind Caroline in 19th with Eva Knowles (15.51) in 32nd and Megan Jones (16.19) in 39th overall.
Great packing by the U13 Boys with six in the first eleven places meant another Team win. Dexta Thompson (13.42) led the way home in 5th with David Holman (13.48) in 6th and Isaac Butler (13.52) in 8th being the three counters in the race. Just one place back came Zach Walmsley (14.09) in 9th, Hayden Mercer (14.15) in 10th, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (14.16) in 11th, Rory Teare (14.55) in 15th and all backed up with solid runs from Codie Dewhurst (16.25) in 34th, Saul Sharp clocking 16.49 in 39th spot and Sebastian Burton in 40th place with a time of 17.04.
Eleesha Charnley was first home for the U15 Girls as they finished 4th in the Team Race – Eleesha having a great run in 2nd spot (14.44) with Amy Davies in 4th (15.12), Lucy Brady 32nd in 20.52 and Ella Hardman 41st in 25.13. Jamie Teare led the U15 Boys home into 3rd in the Team Race as he finished strongly in 9th (14.08), followed by good runs from Findlay Sullivan in 18th place (15.16), Harry Wilkin (19th) clocking 15.17, Ethan Barbarewicz (30th) in a time of 16.42 and Luke Ingleson 33rd in 17.27.
Maddie Elliott had a good run in the U17 Women’s Race placing 3rd in a time of 16.05 after battling with Briony Holt who just pipped her in by two seconds. Freya Black (11th) in 19.43 and Chloe Gardner 12th in 20.02 meant that the Team came first as no other team had three competitors. Bradley Meikleham made an impressive debut in the U17’s Race coming home in 9th place in 21.21 whilst Joe Gebbie who has missed quite a bit of training through injury ran well to take 12th spot in 21.52.
Cracking results for the Senior Women too on the day as they won the Team Race with Joanne Nelson placing 3rd in 22.15, Victoria Mousley 8th in a time of 23.07 and Carly Edwards 16th posting a time of 25.11. Janine Fallon (23rd) in 26.01, Lindsay Davies (53rd) in 28.31 and Michelle Teare (57th) clocking 29.20 combined to take the 12th Team spot. Added to that was a 2nd place in the Vet Women’s Race with Joanne, Victoria and Janine taking the three counting spots – they had exactly the same number of points as the winners – Barlick – but came second on countback.
Five athletes in the Senior Men’s Race led home by Mark Chippendale in 27th in a very solid time of 40.41 followed by new member Martin Hawarth in 45th (42.56), Allan Hartley (155th) with a time of 52.11, Andrew Knowles in 168th place (53.03) and Danny Teare 172nd clocking 53.41.
The Senior Men have targeted the Red Rose League this year and got off to a brilliant start – winning the Men’s Team and Vets Team Races by getting seven athletes home in the top twenty finishers out of the fourteen senior men competing on the day.
The Team was led home by Tim Raynes in a time of 35.19 when he finished second to the race winner – Jonathan Kay (34.46). Next home came Jack Hindle just three places further back in 5th (35.54) followed by Shaun Livesey in 10th (37.50), Mat Nuttall (13th) clocking 38.43, Ben Costello in 15th position (39.05), Chris Davies in 16th (39.12) and Paul Brindle 20th in a time of 39.41. Team Manager Paul Guinan was next home in 33rd spot (41.20) followed by Paulo Sousa in his first cross country race for the Club in 39th with a time of 41.39. Chris Balderson was the tenth Harrier home in 50th place (43.24) followed in by Tom Anderson (75th) in 45.09, Danny Maynard (79th) running a time of 45.34, John Chaplin 90th in 46.15 and Gary Pearse 108th (47.57). Alison Armour ran in the Senior Women’s race placing 96th in a time of 31.38…………….Shaun Livesey (2nd V40), Mat Nuttall (1st V45), Chris Davies (4th V40) and Paul Brindle (3rd V45) combined to win the Vets Team. This double win sets the Team up nicely for the Series.
Men’s Team Manager Paul Guinan was pleased with how the day worked out for the Harriers telling commenting “What a great turnout for the Seniors at Leigh this afternoon, solid performances all round, and a Team win from Todmorden in 2nd place and Leigh in 3rd. A pleasure sorting things out for this bunch, what a great set of athletes, once again well done everyone, already looking forward to the next race”.
(L-R Jack Hindle – Chris Balderson – Paul Guinan – Tim Raynes – Paulo Sousa – John Chaplin – Tom Anderson – Ben Costello – Shaun Livesey – Chris Davies – Paul Brindle – Mat Nuttall)
British Athletics Cross Challenge
A great start for Rob Warner in the opening fixture of this years Cross Challenge held in Cardiff which saw him take 19th place in a time of 29.01 and afterwards he spoke to the Club about the day commenting “The result of the race wasn’t bad, especially as it’s the first one of the season, but the way I ran wasn’t great! I went off a bit too hard at the start as I was inside the top 10 for the first lap! I then had a really rough 2nd lap where I fell through the field quite badly and was into the 30s at one point I think. However, I managed to really dig in on the last lap, made sure I didn’t lose any more places and took about 6 or 7 on the last lap. So overall quite pleased with the result (19th in the cross challenge and 23rd, I think, overall) but definitely lots to work on for next time”.
Manchester Half-Marathon – Sunday October 15th
Joe Monk goes from strength to strength having had a cracking year and his latest race proved no exception when he finished 18th over all in a fantastic new PB of 70.45, nearly four minutes quicker than his previous best time. Delighted, Joe summed up his feelings about this race by telling the Club that he “can’t believe it, was hoping for around 71:30. Managed to get in a group of 8 but there wasn’t much impetus to push on the pace. 3 of us got away and kept the pace in the low 5:20 range. Justifies the hard training that I have put in, looking forward to Leeds now”.
Bartletts Farndon 10k – Sunday October 15th
Also having a great run at the weekend was Pauline Powell who won the Bartletts Farndon 10k in a Course Record time for Women of 36.46 when she finished 13th overall. This was Pauline’s 3rd 10k win on the roads this year and she told the Club afterwards that she was “was pleased with my race today, the course was very undulating and windy in places, but i felt good and really enjoyed it”.
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