Another cracking day for the Harriers at the 5k Sale Sizzler on August 15th, a Race which also included the Northern 5k Road Championships within it.

Full Results HERE

With thanks to Steve Bateson at for the photos.

Northern Athletics Report HERE

Among the 460 runners who turned up at the Race were fifteen Harriers led home by Ben Fish who finished 2nd overall (14.39) winning the Individual Gold Medal which was a great performance. The night before, Ben had raced at the Saddleworth 6 and won that in 29.58, showing he is in a rich vein of form as he approaches the Berlin Marathon.

Saddleworth Results HERE

The Men’s Team Gold Medal was also won by the Harriers with Ben Fish in 2nd, Karl Billington 16th (15.57) and Rob Warner 17th (16.00) ahead of Sale in Silver Medal position and Salford in Bronze Medal place. This Gold Medal was really well earned with Karl Billington finishing the Race with a pulled chest muscle hampering his breathing.

Speaking after the Race Ben told us that “I knew it would be a tough race with the quality of runners here, but I’ve been running well in training and won the Saddleworth 6 the day before. I didn’t run with a watch and just flogged it as hard as I could. Debele got away with a rapid turn of pace before 4km and I managed to get James Walsh on the line by half a second. Very happy with 14:39. A win for the Harriers team is a briliant result and another good result for the women with Bronze”.

Rob Warner chopped 14 seconds off his 5k PB said that he was “quite happy with it but felt I blew up a bit on the last km, wanted to go under 16 too………. happy with the time in less than ideal conditions and happy to come away with the team gold medal!’

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In another Medal winning performance our Woman athletes took the Team Bronze with Beckie Taylor 120th (19.11) and 2nd U20 Woman; Becky Shorrock 151st (19.51 and Sam McCreedie 186th (20.31) so congratulations to them.

There were some good runs from other Harriers on the night too. John Chaplin finished 2nd V55 and 84th overall (18.17) just one second away from the V55 winner Andrew Yates from Sale – must have been a battle that one. Ella Gregory was the 2nd U17 Woman finishing in 242nd place (21.49). Tom Blaney took 47th place (17.13); Danny Maynard 103rd (18.45) and U17 Joe Monk was 112th (18.58).


Allan Hartley took 148th place (19.44) which took a whopping big 28 seconds of his existing PB; Shelley Tattersall was 199th (20.57); Kaylie Panaro took 18 seconds off her PB (23.23) in 323rd place and David Billington finished in 378th (25.22).

Candice Heys (2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track) and running for Clayton Harriers was placed 101st (18.41).