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17 Medals Won by the Harriers at Lancs Cross Country Championships – Jess Wins Essex Cross Country Championships – John ‘sings’ Auld Lang Syne
Lancashire Cross Country Championsips – Saturday January 5th
Blackburn Harriers were just four runners short of fielding 100 contestants at this years Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park. Ninety six athletes featured from the Club which yielded a pretty succesful day as they accumulated 3 Team Golds; 3 Team Silvers and 2 Team Bronze Medals as well as 3 Individual Golds; 3 Individual Silver and 3 Individual Bronze Medals.
Many thanks to all the volunteers from Blackburn Harriers who turned up to help mark out the Course and Marshall all the Race points during a long but rewarding day. To pout out nearly a 100 athletes in the County Championships as well as hosting the fixture is no mean achievement.
It was a great start to the day as the U11 Boys engaged in a really good battle with the Trawden lads who have been running extremely well all season. In the end, just one point separated the two Clubs as Blackburn just edged it to take Team Gold. Matthew Smith who won the individual Silver Medal and Sam Aspey the Bronze had a cracking contest with Harry Smith of Trawden in the home straight which saw Harry hang on to take Individual Gold. Good packing for the Harriers saw Oliver Gill in 8th (6.35), new member Matthew Haxton in 9th (6.44) and Theo Robinson in 12th place with a time of 6.48. George Ramsden had a good run to place 21st in the sixty six strong field in 6.56 and behind him came Loucas Lancashire (30th) in 7.12, Findlay Carroll (31st) in 7.14, Harry Russel (33rd) in a time of 7.15, Charlie Haworth also clocking 7.15 in 34th position and Liam Bennison in 36th (7.17). Felix Thompson was the next across the line for the Harriers in 44th place (7.36), followed by George Holman in 52nd (8.04), Mason Bowman (60th) in a time of 9.01, Isaac Smith (63rd) in 9.14 and Sam Craven (65th) running 9.22.
Oliver Gill (8) – Sam Aspey (4) – Matthew Smith (14)
Matthew Haxton Theo Robinson
George Ramsden Loucas Lancashire
Findlay Carroll Harry Russel (13)
Charlie Haworth Liam Bennison
Felix Thompson George Holman
Mason Bowman (580)
Isaac Smith (48) – Sam Craven (7)
Team Medals and positions were reversed in the U11 Girls Race as Trawden won the Team Gold with Blackburn Harriers taking the Silver. Ten girls competed for the Harriers which saw Imogen Robinson lead the girls home with a 9th placed finish in a time of 7.20. Just one second separated Hannah Davies in 12th place (7.26) and Eve Coulson in 13th (7.27) and the same again as Charlotte Sousa (30th) in 7.59 finished in front of Ayesha Vose (8.00) in 31st. Tippi Francis was the next home in a time of 8.12 (40th) with Lulu Sharp in 41st (8.16) and Isabella Pacelli in 42nd (8.17). Maisie Taylor ran a time of 8.37 in 50th spot as Lamees ElBanna came home in a time of 10.04 (59th).
Imogen Robinson Hannah Davies
Eve Coulson Charlotte Sousa
Ayesha Vose (62) – Tippi Francis (629)
Lulu Sharp (61) Isabella Pacelli (59)
The Harriers U13 Boys Team made it the second Team Gold of the day with the four counting athletes all home inside the first 12 places. A brilliant run from Isaac Butler saw him take the individual Gold Medal in a time of 11.23 some eight seconds in front of 2nd place. Dexta Thompson, who had helped set the pace in the front half of the race ran really well to secure 5th spot in a time of 11.41, backed up by good solid runs from Theo Watson in 9th (12.08) and Jack Paget-Fowler in 12th place (12.15). Daniel Smith and Saul Sharp were the next two Harriers home in 20th and 21st place with respective times of 12.33 and 12.35 followed by Codie Dewhurst in 23rd position in a time of 12.50. Jonathan Brindle crossed the finish line in 33rd spot clocking 13.18 and he was followed home by Stephen Alberts in 36th (13.31), Harry Sambrook in 38th place (13.35) and Ethan Lawrence in 45th position with a time of 14.37.
Isaac Butler (106) – Dexta Thompson (114) – Theo Watson (115)
Jack Paget-Fowler Daniel Smith (113)
Saul Sharp Codie Dewhurst
Jonathan Brindle (644) Stephen Alberts (677)
Ethan Lawrence Harry Sambrook
No medals for the U13 Girls as the team placed 5th overall with Keira Haxton the first Harrier across the finish line in 17th place – clocking a time of 13.32. Next home came Keira Booth (20th) in a time of 13.51 followed by Amelia Burton (33rd) in 14.28, Eva Knowles (37th) in 14.59, Caroline Woodworth clocking 15.02 in 38th place, Isabelle Hartley (15.31) in 44th position, Lucy Rishton and Kate Cookson in 50th and 51st with respective times of 20.29 and 20.31. Kate Cookson and Lucy Rishton were both ill during the event and had to stop, but great credit to them, as they tried to recover and complete the race for the Team.
Keira Haxton Keira Booth
Amelia Burton (167) – Eva Knowles (170)
Caroline Woodworth Isabelle Hartley
Lucy Rishton Kate Cookson
The U15 Boys and U15 Girls did really well, both winning Team Silver Medals. The Boys had Harvey Ashworth leading them home in 11th spot (13.24) with good runs and good packing from Zach Walmsley in 12th with a time of 13.24 and David Holman in 13th place clocking 13.32. Ethan Barbarewicz was the next Harrier home in 22nd position in a time time of 14.14 followed by Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (26th) in 14.32, George Whittaker in 32nd (15.11), Sebastian Burton (37th) in a time of 15.48 and Rory Teare in 40th spot (16.16).
Harvey Ashworth (211) Zachary Walmsley (251)
David Holman Ethan Barbarewicz
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret George Whittaker
Sebastian Burton (213) – Rory Teare (218)
Eleesha Charnley was the highest placed finisher for the Club in the U15 Girls with a 7th place in a time of 14.25 followed with a good run from Hollie Cubbon in a time of 15.00 (12th), Leah Hoole in 20th position (15.42), Rebecca Ramsden (40th) running a time of 17.48, Molly Nicholls (44th) in 18.36, Ella Hardman 49th (19.27) and Holly Sousa in 50th place (21.24).
Eleesha Charnely (261) – Hollie Cubbon (262)
Leah Hoole (264) Rebecca Ramsden (266) Molly Nicholls (265)
Ella Hardman Holly Sousa
Just 32 runners in the U17 men’s Race and only 12 in the U17 Women’s Race. The Harriers U17 Men earned a 3rd placed Team Bronze Medal behind Preston and Rossendale which also saw Matt Ramsden win the individual Bronze Medal (17.07) behind Benjamin Preddy (17.00) and Matthew McKay (16.53). Sam Hodkinson came home 9th overall in a time of 18.03 with Jamie Teare in 26th place (20.50) and Harry Wilkin (30th) in a time of 21.28. Just two finishers in the U17 Women’s Race which had Amy Davies place 6th clocking 22.45 and Alex Taylor 12th in a time of 28.26.
Amy Davies Hollie Oldham (341) – Alex Taylor (342)
Eight athletes competed in the Senior Women’s Race for the Club which saw them win overall Team Bronze medal, Vet Team Gold Medal, Vet 35 Gold Medal and V45 Gold Medal which wasn’t a bad haul at all for the day. Annabel Ralph took off really strongly at the start of the race and that helped her to a 7th placed finish in a time of 25.05. Really good packing by Katie Buckingham (12th in 26.17), Victoria Mousley (13th in 26.23) and Joanne Nelson (14th in 26.32) helped secure the Bronze Medal. Carly Edwards was next home for the Club in 24th place out of a field of ninety runners posting a time of 28.10 followed by Ellen Sagar-Hesketh in 28th (28.42), Janine Fallon in 31st place (29.09) and Lindsay Davies (35th) in a time of 29.49.
Women’s Team Manager – Joanne Nelson – was delighted with the way the Team had started off in 2019 after winning the Red Rose League and Red Rose League Vet Team Titles in December 2018. Joanne commented after the Medal Presentations “What a way to start the new year for the Harrier’s ladies. Fantastic performances in all age categories with podium finishes at v35, v40 and v45. 3rd team overall and first vet team. Sterling effort by everyone who participated showing real team spirit. A fitting end to the season for Katie Buckingham who finished in 11th place; earning well deserved selection for the Lancashire team. We will miss you when you are in New Zealand and wish you all the best. 2019 looks a very promising year for the ladies”.
Annabel Ralph Katie Buckingham
Victoria Mousley Joanne Nelson
Carly Edwards Ellen Sagar-Hesketh
Janine Fallon Lindsay Davies
Just short of 200 men contested the Senior Men’s Race and unusually, in recent years, the Men’s Senior Team weren’t on the Podium at the end of the day in the Team Race, placing 4th overall and missing a Podium place by just four points. Senior Men’s Team Manager – Paul Guinan – wasn’t at all downbeat though as he commented to the Club at the end of the day that “Just missing out on a medal was a little disappointing however at Blackburn Harriers, we always look to the positives, 22 senior runners ran today which is surely some sort of record in its own right, some outstanding performances as well, we are in a great place right now and i am very proud to be Team Manager”.
There was very good quality at the front end of the race which was eventually dominated by Daniel Bebbington and Nathan Dunn who were nearly half a minute in front of the third place. Tim Raynes who smashed his 10k Road PB at the Ribble Valley 10k last week ran another top race here as he placed 5th overall in an impressive time of 31.13. Ben Fish who has been battling illness for quite a while worked his way through the field to place 15th overall in a time of 32.15 with Josh Holgate going from strength to strength in 22nd place in a time of 32.58. Karl Billington was the next across the line for the Harriers in 28th (33.33) with Tom Marchant in 31st clocking 33.48 and Chris Davies – who took the V45 Silver Medal – in 35th place (34.00).
Tim Raynes Ben Fish
Josh Holgate Karl Billington
Tom Marchant Chris Davies
Marc Hartley placed 41st in a time of 34.14 with Tom Blaney (46th) running 34.30, Joe Howe (48th) in a time of 34.42, Paul Bradshaw in 56th position with a time of 35.08, Jacob Watson just one place behind (57th) in 35.10 and Callum Holmes (59th) clocking 35.18.
Marc Hartley Tom Blaney
Joe Howe Paul Bradshaw
Jacob Watson Callum Holmes
Mark Chippendale won the V50 Silver Medal as he placed 77th overall in a time of 37.09 and he was followed in by U20 Nick Smith (98th) in 39.36 and another athlete running with an illness, Mark Almond (110th) in a time of 40.31, Gary Pearse (41.08) in 120th place, Chris Balderson clocking 41.15 in 123rd and Paul Jeffries (138th) with a time of 42.25.
Mark Chippendale Nicholas Smith
Mark Almond Gary Pearse
Chris Balderson Paul Jeffries
In 140th spot came Craig Greenough with a time of 42.37 and just six seconds separated Ian Clarkson (158th) in 44.54 from Paulo Sousa (159th) in a time of 45.00, Andy Knowles in Ironman training (165th) in 45.36 and Allan Hartley running a time of 48.35 in 178th position.
Craig Greenough Ian Clarkson
Paulo Sousa Andrew Knowles
Jess Judd ran to a comfortable victory to take the Individual Title and Gold Medal at the Essex Cross Country Championships held yesterday in Chelmsford featuring one hundred and forty nine athletes. Jess won the Race by well over a minute (35.55) from second placed Lauren deadman (37.03)
Auld Lang Syne Fell Race – New Years Eve
Well over three hundred runners kicked off the New Year celebrations at this years Auld Lang Syne Fell Race won by Chris Houldsworth. John Orrell was out in his second fell race in five days, having run Whinberry Naze on Boxing Day and finished in a time of 67.01 (210th).
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