Derby Half- Marathon June 8th 2014

Full Results HERE

Ben Fish had a busy two days at the weekend. On Saturday he ran the 1500m in 4.01.09 for 3rd place in the Northern League Division One fixture at Sportscity and then won the 5000m in 14.57.2. On to Sunday and Ben was down in Derby for the Half-Marathon in pretty unpleasant and hot conditions with only the first two finishing in a sub 70 minute time. Finishing 3rd (72.14) in the Race won by Luke Gunn (68.53) Ben commented on his weekend efforts saying that I was really pleased with my races on Saturday, but I have to rank Sundays run as my worst ever half marathon run, really struggling in heat”.

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Le Two-r Halves Ten – June 8th 2014

The ‘Two Halves Ten’ was a race hosted by Halifax Harriers during the 90’s that climbed 5 miles from Halifax Town Centre to Queensbury with a more welcoming 5 mile downhill run back to the finish.

To celebrate and support the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire we’re re-launching this event but running it along one of the more challenging parts of the actual Tour de France course – Cragg Road. This stretch takes in the longest continuous gradient in England and makes for a perfect Two Halves Ten with an equal 5 mile climb followed by a fast 5 mile descent. A unique race comprising a very run-able 5 mile uphill stretch along the actual Tour de France course followed by a fast 5 mile downhill finish.

Sixty eight athletes lined up for this one, but it was the Harriers Shaun Livesey who came out on top, winning the Race in (60.33) by nearly a minute and taking the V40 Prize for his first Race win of the Year. Well done Shaun.

Full Results HERE


Turner Junior Uphill Championships – June 7th 2014

Uphill Championship U16 Results HERE – U16 Championship Table HERE

Uphill Championships U14 Results HERE – Uphill Championships U10 Results HERE

The latest Race in the FRA Junior Championships for 2014 was held in the Lake District and a number of the Club’s young Fell Runners competed. Liz Greenwood continues to show her good form on the Fells with her third win (20.22) in four Races – the other being a second place – to put her at the top of the table and the winner of the Series after five Races. Brilliant performance from Liz and in her usual understated way she told the Club “it was a tough race as it was uphill only (no time for a rest) especially in the extremely wet conditions but I enjoyed the race and was extremely pleased with the result”. Kelsey Rutherford and Megan Clarkson have also had a good series of Races. On Saturday, Kelsey finished 24th overall and 9th U16G (23.11) and is placed 6th in the overall standings. Megan finished in 25th overall and 10th U16G (23.29) and is 7th in the overall standings. In the U14 Girls Race a welcome return to racing by Natalaya Irvine finishing 28th overall in the mixed boys and girls Race (12.31) and 10th Girl. Sister Alayna Irvine ran in the U10’s Race placing 31st (9.52).



Ennerdale Fell Race – June 7th 2014

No Results Available as of June 9th

It was the second round of this year’s British Championships at the weekend on the ‘slopes’ of Ennerdale. Helen Leigh as always, was there and here she is apparently making ‘light work’ of it and this is what she had to say following the Race “I was really disappointed that due to a forecast of lightening that the course was changed to avoid the ridge tops. This actually made the race just as challenging as we ran all the way over to Buttermere, up the valley and over to Blacksail Hut then up again to just under Green Gable, back to Black Sail Hut then a LONG slog back to Ennerdale Scout Hut. I pulled my calf after only half a mile then in my typical pig headed fashion I battled on for the next 20 odd miles. In the pouring down rain this made for a challenging day out to say the least, but I was pleased to finish (wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night otherwise) and still an amazing place to run in. I will of course be back to tackle the full horseshoe next year!”

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Weets Fell Race – June 7th 2014

Full Results HERE

In the latest Round of the Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series a number of the Harriers who have targeted the Series were out again at the Weets Fell Race. In this latest Race Andy Buttery again took the first V40 Prize in 5th place overall (42.40). V45 Gary Pearse and V50 Micheal Toms had a real battle in the Race with Gary just edging home in 15th place (44.50) and Michael in 15th (44.53). Sarah Toms was 53rd overall and third woman on the day.


Paddy’s Pole Fell Race – June 3rd 2014

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Recently married Chris Barnes, decided to run off some of the excesses of the celebrations and turned out at the Paddy’s Pole Fell Race finishing 25th (33.24) in a field of 108 and won by Danny Hope  in 28.21.



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Another great result for Brian Fogarty at the Bala Race at the weekend finishing in third place (4hr.10.20) in a field of 300 finishers. Blackburn Harrier Brian competed as a member of the newly formed FITT Team which includes a number of Blackburn Harriers, some of whom also competed really well in the Race. Vet Matt Nuttall finished in 10th spot (4.28.45) and was the first veteran athlete home which was another cracking performance. Not far behind came Mark Bleasdale in 14th position (4.31.47) and 4th veteran home.

After the Race Brian commented on his own race and those of Matt and Mark saying “The race on Sunday was in Bala, a half ironman. For me, Matt and Mark itwas a huge race to test our current fitness in a quality field. Also a great prep for our big Ironman races which are 3 weeks away. The day turned out great!! The swim was difficult for all, due to the winds the waves made the swim difficult. We all came through fine and had good solid bikesplits, I came in off the bike in 4th and knew I had a tough 1/2 marathon ahead to earn a podium finish. Mark came in with Matt only 2 minutes after. So the race was on with both fighting it out for the 1st vet prize. Both had great runs and Matt just managed to beat mark by a small margin. I had a good transition and started the run in 3rd being closely followed by 4th. Luckily my track sessions paid off and with 6 miles to go I managed to pull away and finish the race strong and very happy to finish 3rd. Matt finished
10th overall and 1st vet, mark was 14th and 4th vet. We were all happy with the results and it should prepare us well for in 3 weeks when along with Paul Guinan we head off to Austria Ironman”