Six hundred and sixty runners took part in this years Potteries Marathon with Blackburn Harrier Ben Fish amongst them. The Race is not the easiest of Marathons and is known to be quite hilly, so Ben’s run in winning the Race in a time of 2.26.14, a minute in front of 2nd placed previous Race Winner Ben Gamble, was an excellent performance by him.

Full Results HERE


Ben told the Club after the Race that “I knew the course would be hilly. I was looking forward to just racing it and I knew Ben Gamble would be going for the win too. After 6 miles I got a ten seconds gap and it was only by 16 miles that I started to get away. Steep descent and heat brought on cramp in last mile, otherwise was fine!”

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The popular local Trawden 7 Race took place on Sunday July 5th with Harriers Andy Buttery and Gary Pearse competing. Andy came 5th in a time of 42.59 behind the winner who clocked 41.26. Andy was also the first vet home in the Race. V50 Gary took 21st place overall, 2nd V50 and in a time of 48.12.

Andy commented after the Race that “I was 5th overall today and first vet in a field that had some good local runners so was very happy with the result. The course was very dry and fast, with a length and type of terrain I enjoy so it was nice to feel a bit of form and have probably my best run for over two years”.

Full Results HERE


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It was Race Three in the Astley Park Junior Trail Race last Wednesday – July 1st – featuring another impressive field of 126 young runners. Amy Davies – 20th overall – won the U13 Girls Race (5.43) to consolidate her position as the Series overall leader with one Race to go. Hollie Cubbon – 30th overall (5.58) – took 2nd place in the U11 Age Category, just one second behind the winner which leaves her in 2nd place overall in the Series.


 Junior Race Results HERE

Junior Series Results after Three Races HERE

Daniel Brown placed 25th overall with a time of 5.50 and was the third young Harrier to run sub six minute miling which leaves Daniel in 12th in the Series to-date. Next home was Kyle Pomfret in 42nd place (6.26) and equal 14th in the Series with Saul Sharp in 59th (6.55) 19th in the Series. Hannah Davies (7yr old) finished in 88th spot in a time of 7.41 which was the fastest for a 7yr old on the night. Nine yr old Isabelle Hartley was just behind in 92nd with a time of 7.50 and 24th overall in the Race Series. Great running from the youngsters.

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Just four Harriers in the Senior Race featuring just 86 runners with Allan Hartley leading the quartet home in 16th position (29.13). Amazingly, Evan Cook (V60) finished in 32nd spot with a time of 31.19 and yet was 4th V60 overall which shows there is real competition in that age bracket. Kaylie Panaro took 63rd with 35.05 and V60 George Woodburn 71st in a time of 36.06.

Senior Race Results HERE

Series Results To-Date HERE

Ninety five runners in the recently held Tockholes Evening Race had three of the Harriers competing – Allan Hartley was first in (28th) with 40.20, followed Danny Teare in 62nd  (46.25) and followed  Paul Wilkinson 84th (55.20)

 Full Results HERE

Danny told us that there “3 harriers at tockholes on thursday. Usual last minute registration crush in the pub to register but well worth it. New route this year, setting off from Sunnyhurst bandstand. Long climb to the max elevation over 2 miles. Circumnavigated the Moor and we all expected to climb to the Tower at some point but it never happened. You can tell from the photo who finished first (!) Paul Wilkinson pulled hamstring in the last half mile and had to hobble in. Lets hope its a quick recovery!”


Harrogate Town Centre 10K 2015

Claire Bridge ran at Harrogate today and finished in 382nd place out of a field of 622 runners. Here time of 53.42 was just a few seconds away from her PB.

Full Results HERE