On a wet day and not always in the best of conditions, the annual Darwen Gala Race, organised by Darwen Dashers, attracted 63 hardy runners who didn’t let the weather put them off.

Full Results HERE

First Harrier home was Jack Hindle in 6th place (26.17) which was a minute and a half quicker than he ran the Race in 2012. Jack was also the first Junior Male. Next Harrier home was Chris Davies 9th (27.17) followed by Helen Leigh first Senior Woman in 13th (28.48) and Grace Handley 2nd Junior Woman in 19th (29.24).

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in 27th place (30.59) was Allan Hartley who took 42 seconds off the time he ran the Race in 2012. Ben Armstrong one of the Club’s Sportshall Coaches placed 36th (33.43) and Jackie Taylor (44th) ran 35.06.


Stuart Furness was amongst the V60’s competing on the day and came in 49th (37.35).



No Rest For The Wicked Isle Of Man Series

This series of Races took place between August 11th – 16th and consisted of a Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday; Hill Run on Monday; Northern 10k on Tuesday; Colden Killer Mile on Wednesday, the Foxdale 6 on Thursday and rounded off on Friday with the Peel Heritage Trail Race.

Our own intrepid Chris Barnes happened to be in the locality during this week and decided to do races on the days he was there. On Tuesday he tackled the Colden Killer Mile ( Results HERE ) and had a cracking run to finish in 3rd place just 16 seconds behind top class Fell Runner Lloyd Taggart. Encouraged by his success on Wednesday he took to the Start Line on Thursday for the hilly Anna Maria Cutillo Foxdale 6 and did even better, finishing 2nd in 34.40, just ten seconds behind the winner, Stephen Garrett from Manx Harriers ( Results HERE )

Could this be a club trip in 2014?


Birchwood 10k

764 Runners lined up at the ever popular Brichwood 10k last week which was won by Tarus Ely of Salford in 31.02. Stephen Chew took 6th place (32.49) in the race and cut one minute and 45 seconds off his PB set in 2012. V35 Shaun Livesey took 26th position in 36.02. V60 Graham Pomfret, back racing after some horrific injury problems over the last couple of years had a fine run in 179th (44.09) and took the 3rd V60 place overall. Graham’s wife Mary, also a V60, finished 757th in 76.31.

Full Results HERE