The annual Winter Warmer 10k attracted another sell out on Sunday with six hundred and thirty six runners completing the Race in really very good conditions for road racing.
(Cover Photo & this Photo courtesy of David Belshaw)
It turned out to be a very good day for the Harriers as Ben Fish won the Race in a very swift 31.58 with Tim Raynes in 2nd place clocking 32.30. Six, seven and eight were all Blackburn Harriers – Chris Davies coming home in a time of 34.48 to take the V40 1st Prize – Ian Dixon was next home in 7th place (34.58) – Mat Nuttall crossed the line in 8th spot (35.06) winning the V45 1st prize. The Harriers also took the 1st Team Prize which made it a pretty good day all round for the Club.
Afterwards, Race Winner Ben Fish and runner up Tim Raynes spoke to the Club – Ben commenting“Great results from all the Harriers, the club dominated the race. Terrific run by Tim who really took the race on, dropping Danny Collinge and I was struggling to hang on in the first half. Happy with my run and a fab day of racing for the club” with Tim echoing similar sentiments, telling us that “After a cold start to the morning, it ended up being great conditions by the time the race started. Hadn’t intended to take the lead early on but felt good on the early climbs. Ben really started to push the pace going downhill, and I just tried to stick in for as long as possible. The last couple of miles were a bit of a slog, but happy with my run overall. Well done to Ben for another great run and win, and great to see some real strength in depth from the Harriers. Looking forward to seeing what we can do at the 12 stage, particularly with some strong new additions!”
New member Joshua Holgate had a great run on his debut outing for the Harriers coming home in a time of 36.06 in 12th place and given the nature of this course, there is clearly a faster 10k time awaiting. Another new member – V45 Gary Vose – also had an excellent run coming home in 14th spot with a time of 36.35 and he was followed home by Ben Costello in 20th (37.51).
Paul Guinan took 26th position clocking 38.17 with Paulo Sousa in 30th (38.44). V40 Daniel Whittaker was the next Harrier to cross the line in 75th running a time of 42.21 and followed in by U17 Maddie Elliott (98th) clocking 44.06.
V60 Mike Blacklidge came home in 149th place in a time of 46.47 with Ian Clarkson (47.21) in 159th and Lindsay Davies running 47.26 for 163rd. Next Home for the Harriers came V50 Mark Wilkin (176th) in 48.17 with Jacob Watson 180th in a time of 48.38 having an easy run out. V45 Paul Wilkinson came 216th in a time of 50.02 and he was followed home in 246th place by Michael Nolan (V55) recording a time of 51.21, Charlotte Collin (352nd) in 55.57, Lorna Sharp (57.33) in 390th, V50 Clare Wilkin (453rd) in 61.09 and in 541st place – V60 Joyce Beck in a time of 67.12.
Loads of Blackburn Harriers youngsters also took part in the Junior 2k Run which saw Harry Wilkin and Eleesha Charnley make it a clean sweep with Harry winning the Race in a time of 7.22 and Eleesha 1st Girl clocking 7.55.
Junior Fun Run RESULTS
An impressive one hundred and eighty two youngsters ran in the 2k Race with sixteen of them belonging to Blackburn Harriers. With Harry Wilkin taking 1st place and Eleesha Charnley 4th overall, the next Harrier to come home was the very consistent Daniel Smith in 7th place (8.06), followed by Oliver Gill in 9th (8.20), 8yr old Charlie Haworth (15th) running a time of 8.45, 9yr old Hannah Davies (9.15) in 20th, new member Amelia Burton 21st with a time of 9.16, 9yr old Charlotte Sousa (9.23) in 25th spot, another 9yr old Ayesha Vose (26th) running 9.24, 8yr old Lulu Sharp 42nd in a time of 10.04, Holly Sousa 43rd in 10.08, 7yr old Harry Smith (45th) in 10.16, sister 9yr old Emily Smith in 58th spot (10.38), Ella Hardman with a time of 11.01 in 72nd, Emily Snape (73rd) posting a time of 11.03, 9yr old Tippi Francis (74th), and running 11.11 and Harry Wilkinson in 83rd place (11.54).
Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships – Saturday February 3rd
Another very good day for the Club at this years Lancashire Championships with the highlight being a win for Isaac Butler in the Yr 7 Race winning by 28 seconds in a time of 8.28 and running very strongly into the finish. Next home came Dexta Thompson in 5th place (9.01), with Saul Sharp in 14th (9.38) and Codie Dewhurst – 28th out of the seventy four runners in a time of 9.51.
Good running too from the Yr 7 Girls which saw Kate Cookson place 3rd in a time of 9.39 with Caroline Woodworth in 5th (9.56). Keira Haxton was 8th out of the sixty eight runners competing with a time of 10.13 followed home by Eva Knowles in 16th spot (10.46), Keira Booth in 26th (11.03) and Lucy Ramsden (44th) in a time of 11.21.
Forty seven runners in the Inter-Boys Race which saw Sam Hodkinson work his way through the field to finish 3rd in a time of 20.49 and first Yr 10 boy in the Yr10/11 Race. Matt Ramsden was next across the line in 6th clocking 20.54 with Leon Thomas in 23rd spot (23.21). Also having a very good run in the Inter-Girls race featuring forty eight runners was Amy Davies placing 2nd in a time of 17.36, beaten in by an U17 athlete in a very good race between the two of them with Charlotte Collin (21.39) in 30th position.
The Junior Boys race featured sixty runners which saw Harvey Ashworth place 7th in 16.06 after setting off in a very fast pace to be up[ at the front early on. Kyle Taylor-Pomfret was next in (12th) in 16.36 with Hayden Mercer in 16th place (16.51), Joseph Joyce in 22nd (17.10) and Ethan Barbarewicz 43rd clocking 18.11.
Sixty seven runners in the Junior Girls Race which had five Blackburn Harriers representing their different towns and the first one in was Eleesha Charnley in 13th (15.33) followed by Hollie Cubbon in 15th place (15.38) and Leah Hoole in 16th (15.57), Molly Nicholls running a time of 17.06 in 43rd, Maia Bowman in 49th (17.42) and Megan Jones (17.43) in 50th position.
The Senior Girls and Boys Races had just a handful of runners in them which was very disappointing – with just nine runners in each race. In the Girls three of them were Blackburn Harriers with Maddie Elliott 2nd in a time of 18.11, Hannah Cookson 4th in 19.02 and Freya Black 6th (20.29). Nick Smith placed 8th (29.55) in the Senior Boys Race which witnessed a runaway win for Nathan Dunn by nearly a minute and a half.
BUCS Cross Country Championships – Saturday January 3rd
This years Championships were held at Brunel University and by all accounts it was a complete and utter mudfest. Didn’t deter Katie Buckingham (Nottingham University) who is going very well at the moment and improving with each race. In the Race won by Harriet-Knowles Jones in a time of 22.39.6, Katie finished 138th out of over seven hundred athletes in a time of 27.07.6. Joseph Howe was also contesting the Long Course at the Championships for Manchester University, placing 188th in a time of 39.31.6 – the race being won by Alex Yee in 32.35.2.
After washing off the mud, Katie, who was elected as President of the Athletics Society at the University – spoke to the Club about her Race and the day telling us that she “Thought I’d give you the low down on bucs xc – hands down the best race I’ve done in a while! Absolutely great course with fields, hills, mud and a river crossing but still quite fast and a great atmosphere and team spirit to go with it! Laden with facepaint, glitter and ribbons and cheered on by our boys team, music and a megaphone the adrenaline and excitement of the whole event really did wonders! I set of steady(ish) considering the 704 people mass downhill start, and just worked my way through constantly to a solid 138th finish and a few places higher in the Nottingham rankings than I’d expected great experience presidenting our 65 strong team to some mighty results all round bring on nationals and bucs indoors in a few weeks”.