Vietnam Mountain Marathon

Blackburn Harrier Bob Shorrock who has had a successful season in winning the V50 Races in the Hong Kong Hill Race Series decided to tackle the Vietnam Mountain Marathon accompanied by his brother Ian – a race which is 70km long, nearly 45 miles. The Race website describes it thus : Welcome to the hardest run in Vietnam! VMM is Unique trail running of 10km, 21km, 42km or 70km in a spectacular mountain region of north Vietnam. The trails – with cumulative positive vertical meters ranging from around 1000m (21km) to round 3000 meters (70km).

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In the Race, won in a time of 8hrs 42.15.4 Bob came 3rd overall in a great time of 8hrs 58.05.6 and in doing so won the V50 Category. Brother Ian, also competing as a V50 finished in 6th place (10hrs. 45.7). It was tremendous performance by Bob and he was delighted with the run and told the Club after the Race “Last week was the Vietnam Mountain marathon ( – a 70K ultra trail race in north Vietnam. First ultra for me and really tough after 50K. However I finished 3rd in the race in 8.58 and 1st in the over 50s. My brother, Ian, also ran and was 6th overall (2nd V50) in 10.08.
The course was a great mix of very difficult and technical trails, made quite treacherous in places with heavy rain, and some great running sections, elevation gain at 2700m was not too bad for such a long race. The scenery was quite spectacular through rice fields and local villages in the Sapa valley. I think I will stick with 42K and below in future, but a great adventure and super weekend shared with my brother as well as both my sons (who came to support and drink beer)”.


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 Jack Hindle was selected to run for England in the Junior Home International held on September 19th at Betws-y-Coed. Jack had been working hard all year and deserved his selection for the England Team but unforunately, as sometimes happens, his final week of preparation didn’t go as well as it should. jack told the Club that Happy to be running for England again! The week leading up to the race I was really under the weather! I wanted to race, so tried to keep myself as fit as possible. But in the race I just couldn’t find any pace. It’s been a long season but I’ve had some great races and can’t complain. As I’ve said before next year’s the year!Great attitude by Jack and no doubt he will be giving it everything in 2016.

Jack Betws y Coed


Back in England it was the sunshine and good road running weather that greeted the one thousand and twenty eight athletes in this years Preston 10k which was also a part of the Club Championships for 2015.

Full Results HERE

Joe Monk led the Harriers home in a very fine 6th place overall with a time of 34.08. Mick Leigh a recent new member got a new PB when he came in 16th overall in a time of 37.59 and no doubt that this time will come down over the next few months. Next home in 64th was Evan Cook who continued his winning ways taking the 1st V60 prize in a time of 42.13 and 64th overall. Right behind him came John Cookson in 65th with 42.28 followed by Jan Buckingham (V50) in 291st and a time of 51.07 and commented it was a “beautiful day for being outside.  My time 51.08, not my quickest, but a great run and atmosphere. Might have sneaked a few more seconds if we hadn’t done an 8 mile walk on the Lake District fells yesterday!!”


U15 Hannah Cookson lined up in the Preston 5k Race – held on the same day – and had a cracking run, taking nearly a minute off her PB to set a new personal best of 20.48 finishing 16th of the 283 runners who completed the Race. Her fine running earned her the 2nd Woman’s Prize and was presented to her by International Helen Clitheroe.

Full Results HERE


Hannah’s mum – Carol Cookson – also ran the 5k finishing in 74th spot with a time of 26.29 and her first time over the distance on the Road; And to make it a full day turnout by the Cookson family, young Kate Cookson ran in the 2k Fun Run and won it in fine style. A proud dad told the Club “Now with regards to Kate, it was a fun run held in Avenham park, Kate ran in the 2k race, she led from the start all the way round with another runner snapping at her heals during the race, but credit to her she held on and won the race”.


Berlin Marathon

Kaylie Panaro ran this years Berlin Marathon and had a very good consistent run. Her first Marathon in 2013 was run in 4.07.01, she then took that down to 3.55 and earlier this yeat even further down to 3.42.18. In Berlin she ran 3.44.54 and came in 1248th in a field of over 27,000 runners. She told the Club that Berlin Marathon 2015 – I had a great day! It started off really congested and frustrating and it wasn’t until mile 6 that I managed to really get going. I enjoyed it once I got into a rhythm! Unfortunately I didn’t manage a PB but it measured slightly long. There’s always next time – London Marathon 2016!!

Full Results HERE


In other results recently V45 Andy Buttery won the Roy Lee Memorial Brownhouse Wham Race on the 16th of September, leading home the 64 strong field in 16.00mins, over two minutes clear of second place (Results).

Michael Sharp backed up his run in the Great North Half-Marathon  with a shot at the Aintree 10k on September 20th. (Results)

Michael commented that he ran the Aintree 10k week after GNR. I was still sweating that bug out of me. Not the best time achieved .Its a good race very well organised.”