35th Jubilee Horwich Series Race (2) – Wednesday June 20th
Race one in this Series held in May saw the Harriers provide the first five athletes home and in this latest race, the first three were once again from the Club. Ben Costello had won the first race and won again last night with a time of 27.09, a nine second improvement on his previous race. In 2nd spot came Chris Davies clocking 27.40 which also better by seventeen seconds and was followed in by Karl Billington, also running seven seconds faster in 3rd place with 27.47. Paul Guinan made it four Harriers in the first seven places and continued the run of improved times as he placed 7th overall (29.47) which was a six second improvement. Lindsay Davies came in 105th with 37.20 followed by Mick Nolan in 123rd with a time of 38.54 – on the night the Harriers added to providing the winner of the Race with the Team prize plus Chris taking 1st V40 and Paul 1st V45.
The Junior Race featuring youngsters from 7 through to 10yrs had fifty six running among which were five Blackburn Harriers. ‘Pocket Rocket’ Sam Aspey was first home for the Club in 5.53 with the winner from Leigh posting a time of 5.37. Just behind came Oliver Gill in 7th spot (6.09) and followed home by Findlay Carroll in 15th (6.34), Hannah Davies (18th) with a time of 6.38 and running for the first time for the Club – Isaac Smith and brother of Daniel – placing 31st in 7.33.
Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race – Wednesday June 20th
Two hundred and twenty four finishers in this race won by Luke Turner in a time of 37.01 which had three Blackburn Harriers competing. John Horrcoks had a very good run to come home in 3rd place clocking a time of 38.29 on what is not an esy course and told the Club afterwards that he was “Happy with that race tonight. Didn’t know how it would go due to having a few under performing races past few but set off steady as I knew it would be a quick start and managed to move up through the field on the climbs. Well done to all the Harriers who have been racing recently. Been some quality results!”
Also competing for the Harriers wre V50’s Mark and Clare Wilkin with Mark finishing in 123rd place in 54.10 and Clare 202nd with a time of 67.44.
Well over a hundred youngsters also ran in the Junior races featuring ages U7yrs through to U17’s. Charlotte Smith was the 2nd U9 girl posting a time of 3.55 whilst Imogen Dawson Robinson came 3rd in the U11 Girls race with a time of 9.50. In the U11 Boys Race Matthew Smith was the winner in 8.27 followed by Theo Dawson Robinson in 7th (9.20) and Felix Thompson 10th posting a finishing time of 9.34.The U13 Race saw Codie Dewhurst finish 2nd overall and 1st Boy in a time of 9.19 with Libby Kate Neal 8th Girl (10.44). Dexta Thompson took 3rd place in the U15 Boys (8.43) as Harry Wilkin finished 6th in the U17 Boys race in a time of 26.23.
Victoria Mousley was racing again just a couple of days after medaling at the BMAF 5k Road Championships at Horwich. This time it was at the Hunters 5k featuring seventy one finishers, held on Tuesday evening June 19th – a race won in a time of 18.40 by Robert Walsh. Victoria who ‘wasn’t pushing it after Sundays Championship Race’ was the first Woman home in a time of 19.30.
Aggie’s Staircase – Thursday June 21st
Over a hundred runners took on this popular local race – Category AS: 6.4km with 350m of climb – won comfortably by Chris Holdsworth in a time of 27.33. First athlete home for Blackburn Harriers was V45 Paul Brindle who came in 8th overall in a time of 32.54 with Joanne Nelson in 30th spot clocking 37.25, Paul Jeffries in 63rd position with a time 42.13, Allan Hartley (67th) in 43.14 and Ian Clarkson in 71st place (43.44).