Some great racing at this years Cross Challenge fixture held at Sefton Park on Saturday with the predicted rain holding off as the days competition unfolded. It is a cracking day for racing as some of the best athletes in the country join forces with the local Merseyside and Lancashire Cross Country Leagues and run together, with local League Results extrapolated later on from the overall results. Senior Men & Women and Junior Men & Women also compete for qualification places for the European Cross Country Championships which this year are being held in Lisbon in December.

Blackburn Harriers Jess Judd had a fine race winning by ten seconds (28.22) from Charlotte Arter in 2nd (28.32) and Kate Avery in 3rd place (28.40). Jess will now take her place as part of the GB Team contesting the European Championships in Lisbon in a couople of weeks time. Commenting on the race afterwards Jess said I’m just so happy with the race, wasn’t expecting to run well but knew I’d done some good training! Just really happy! It was a great day as Rob ran really well so I’m really happy for him and my dad that all their hard work paid off!”

Jess Judd (1001)

Jess Judd Winning Video

Jess Judd post race interview

Three hundred and forty six athletes took part in the Senior Women’s Race which saw Annabel Ralph have an excellent run in 80th place clocking 33.35 followed home by Lindsay Davies in 138th (39.13), Michelle Teare (210th) with a time of 43.26, Nichola Hartley in 275th place with a time of 48.39 and Jan Buckingham after experiencing a nasty fall came home with a time of 49.10 (286th). In the Mid Lancs League the Senior Women’s team came 2nd with a total of 43 points with Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton taking the honours with 24 points.

Annabel Ralph (1761)

Lindsay Davies (1758)

Michelle Teare (1763)

Nichola Hartley (1760)

Jan Buckingham (1757)

L-R Nichola Hartley – Annabel Ralph – Lindsay Davies – Jan Buckingham – Michelle Teare

The Men’s Senior Race featured well over 600 athletes and was won by Ben Connor (30.22) breaking away from Mohanas Mohamad in the closing stages in 2nd (30.27) and Alex Yee in 3rd place (30.35).

Senior Men Video

Mid Lancs League RESULTS

Rob Warner continued with his rich vein of form as he secured a top 30 place at the Sefton Park Race, coming home in 29th place in a time of 32.21. After the Race Rob told the Club Really happy with the race today, wanted to get top 50 today so very happy to get top 30! Haven’t done any cross so far apart from Mansfield relays so found the mud quite hard today but really happy to take by far my best run at Liverpool!

In the Mid Lancs League, the Senior Men’s team came 2nd to Liverpool Harriers (92 points) to our 120 as Rob Warner won the Race followed by positions 7th, 14th, 27th, 34th, 37th with all our counters finishing in the first 37 places.

Next home in the overall race came Karl Billington with a very strong run in 99th clocking 35.03 and backed up by Chris Davies (116th) with a time of 35.44, Tom Blaney running 37.21 in 149th, Tom Marchant (166th) in a time of 38.10, Calum Holmes finishing in 175th spot (38.51), Mark Chippendale 180th running 38.59, Danny Teare in a time of 52.05 (539th) and Allan Hartley in 594th place (56.21).

Senior Men’s Race Start – Rob Warner (1236)

Karl Billington (1764)

Chris Davies (1769)

Tom Blaney (1765)

Tom Marchant (1773) – Chris Davies (1769)

Calum Holmes (1772)

Mark Chippendale (1767)

Danny Teare (1775)

Allan Hartley (1771)

In the U17 Men’s Race for the Mid Lancs League it was extremely close as the Harriers (23 points) won by just point from Lancaster who had 24. Matt Ramsden had a fine race as he placed 10th overall out of the 143 athletes and 2nd in the Mid Lancs League with his time of 18.48 as he led the Harriers to the team victory. Very good support came from the other athletes in the U17 Men’s team as Sam Hodkinson finished 43rd overall and 6th in Mid Lancs with 19.40 followed by Jamie Teare clocking 20.44 (91st & 16th in ML), Ethan Barbarewicz (120th & 33rd ML) in a time of 21.52, Harry Wood making his debut for the Harriers in 123rd & 34th ML (21.57), Harvey Ashworth (129th & 37th ML) running 22.20 and Harry Wilkin clocking 24.09 in 136th & 42nd ML.

Matt Ramsden (1749)

Sam Hodkinson (1748)

Jamie Teare (1750)

Ethan Barbarewicz (1747)

Harry Wood (1752)

Harvey Ashworth (1746)

Harry Wilkin (1751)

Joe Gebbie made the trip over from University to compete in the U20 Men’s race which had 129 athletes contesting and had a pretty solid run as he posted a time of 23.45 in 86th position.

Joe Gebbie (1755)

Just two Harriers in the U17 Women’s race with just short of 100 athletes running. Amy Davies and Eleesha Charnley ran for the Harriers with Amy coming home in 64th place overall and 14th in ML with a time of 18.44 and Eleesha (78th) clocking 19.20 & 17th in ML.

Amy Davies (1754)

Eleesha Charnley (1753)

The Harriers U15 Boys took 4th place in the Mid Lancs Series with Isaac Butler leading them home in 9th spot clocking 10.55 and backed up by David Holman in 22nd (11.27) and Jack Paget-Fowler in 33rd position with a time of 11.42. In the overall race Isaac placed 47th, David 76th and Jack 97th.

Isaac Butler (1729)

David Holman (1731)

Jack Paget-Fowler (1734)

Next home was Hayden Mercer running 11.53 in 39th followed by Jake O’Toole in his first competitive season for the Club and just his fourth ever race in 41st (11.59), Sebastian Burton with a time of 12.14 in 46th, Umair Rafiq who missed the start of the race 49th in a time of 12.30, Saul Sharp (51st) clocking 12.39, Thomas Brooks (54th) in a time of 12.46, Codie Dewhurst crossing the line in 57th spot (13.02) and Danny Woodcock 13.15 in 59th.

In the overall Race Hayden was 107th, Jake 115th, Sebastian 123rd, Saul 133rd, Thomas 137th, Codie 142nd and Danny 144th.

Hayden Mercer ((1716)

Jake O’Toole (1733)

Sebastian Burton (1728)

Umair Rafiq (1735)

Saul Sharp (1736)

Thomas Brooks (17 24)

Codie Dewhurst (1730)

Danny Woodcock (1739)

Six girls contested the U15 Race featuring 58 runners in the Mid Lancs League. Kate Cookson had a strong run to come 20th, leading the team to 6th place with a time of 12.50. Next home came Keira Haxton in 27th (13.14), followed by Kiera Booth clocking 13.33 in 32nd place, in 37th place came Molly Nicholls (13.47), then it was Caroline Woodworth finishing in 41st with a time of 14.04 with Bella Durkin in only her 4th race for the Club and her 4th cross country event coming home in 56th position in a time of 15.39.

In the overall Race Kate came in 75th, Keira Haxton 95th, Kiera Booth 106th, Molly Nicholls 114th, Caroline 123rd and Bella 148th.

Kate Cookson (1741)

Keira Haxton (1743)

Kiera Booth (1740) & Molly Nicholls (1744)

Caroline Woodworth (1745)

Bella Durkin (1742)

Seventy five lads took on the U13 Boys in the Mid Lancs with five of them from the Harriers. Daniel Smith had a cracking run to just miss a top ten place by one as he crossed the finishing line in 11th in a time of 11.55 behind the winner – Border’s Alfie Lamb (11.20). Just one second separated the next two Harriers as Ben Ham placed 23rd (12.22) in front of Jonathan Brindle (24th) in a time of 12.23 and they were followed home by George Ramsden in 52nd position (13.43) and Isaac Smith in 75th with a time of 18.48.

In the overall Race Daniel finished in 27th, Ben 52nd, Jonathan 54th, George 102nd and Isaac 133rd.

Daniel Smith (1719)

Ben Ham (1715)

Jonathan Brindle

George Ramsden (1717)

Our U13 Girls were led home to 10th place in the Mid Lancs team event by Faith Gillibrand who had another strong run, taking 16th place out of 76 runners with a time of 13.30. Amelia Burton was the next Harrier to finish in 40th spot (14.17), followed by Eve Coulson in 49th (14.39) and Isabelle Hartley (68th) running 15.32.

In the overall Race Faith came in 56th, Amelia 95th, Eve 107th and Isabelle 131st

Faith Gillibrand (1724)

Amelia Burton (1722)

Eve Coulson (1723)

Isabelle Hartley (1725)

The U11 Boys Mid Lancs Race with a field of sixty one, saw Sam ‘pocket rocket’ Aspey clock up another win by seven seconds as he crossed the line with his winning time of 7.17 to lead the Harriers into 2nd place with 28 points in the team event behind winners Trawden who scored 21 points. Theo Robinson and Liam Bennison are performing really well as they placed 10th and 17th with respective times of 7.42 and 7.55. Then came Charlie Haworth in 22nd place having another strong run with his time of 8.07 and he was followed home by Harry Smith in his first competitive season for the Club in 26th spot (8.15), Alexander Brien who is getting stronger all the time in 31st (8.29) and George Holman clocking 9.04 in 46th.

In the overall Race Sam placed 6th, Theo 30th, Liam 45th, Charlie 55th, Harry  63rd, Alexander 78th and George 107th.

Sam Aspey (1702)

Theo Robinson (1707)

Liam Bennison (1703)

Charlie Haworth (1705)

Harry Smith (1708)

Alexander Brien (1704)

George Holman (1706)

Hannah Davies is having a very good cross country season to-date and showed it again in the U11 Girls race as she came home in a time of 9.09 in 4th place and the team 5th overall in the Mid Lancs. Next home for the Club came Emily Smith – who like brother Harry – is in her first competitive season for the Harriers as she placed 21st in a time of 9.07.  Lulu Sharp then finished in 41st spot running a time of 10.28.

In the overall Race Hannah placed 12th, Emily 56th and Lulu 102nd.

Hannah Davies (1709)

Emily Smith (1711)

Lulu Sharp (1710)

David Staff Memorial Race – Sunday November 24th

This annual race, held by Darwen Dashers in memory of David Staff, a member of Darwen Dashers who sadly passed away at the age of 17yrs due to a cardiomyopathy. Each year the Club and his father Granville stage this race to raise money for Caridac Risk in the Young, an organisation who campaigns all the year round to provide support and testing to young people all over the country.

On Sunday one hundred and twenty three runners lined up with seven Blackburn Harriers among them: And it was a good day for the Club as Ben Fish won the race by nearly a minute and half (26.50) from Wharfedale’s Sam Watson in 2nd (28.24). Victoria Mousley made it a double win for the Club as she won the Women’s Race with a new Course record of  33.41 in 19th position overall.

L-R Paul Brindle – 1st Woman Victoria Mousley – Race Winner Ben Fish – Johnnie Murphy

Ben Fish

Victoria Mousley

Next home for the blue and whites came John Horrocks in 6th place (29.23) with V40 Paul Brindle in 10th spot running a time of 31.38, Johnnie Murphy just behind in 12th (31.54), V40 Tom Cubbon (22nd) with a time of 35.20 and Calvin Ferguson working his way back from injury in 77th (43.58).

John Horrocks (56)

Paul Brindle

Johnnie Murphy

Calvin Ferguson

U15 Saul Sharp competed on Sunday in The British Modern Biathlon Championships in Nottingham at the Harvey Haddon Sports Centre. The first event of the day was the 1600m run in which he ran a time of 5:28:12, scoring 1210 points, leaving him in 8th place after the running heats.The second event of the afternoon was the 100m freestyle in the 50m pool. Saul came in at 1:06.40 which  scored him a further 1152 points making a combined total of 2362. That put him up 2 more places into 6th overall. He was a credit to the club and had a fantastic attitude and shown great sportsmanship throughout the event. It was fantastic to see so many youngsters enjoying the 2 disciplines today. Well done to all.

And finally on this weekend – one of the Club’s Senior Sprinters finally held good on his ‘threat’ and ‘promise’ to show that he has much more in his locker than just sprinting.

Guess who turned up at the Preston 5k on Sunday which had 114 runners taking part? None other than our very own Dominic Bretherton. And what a good race he had, finishing in 20th place overall clocking 21.20.51 you have to give him some credit, especially as it is rumoured that he doesn’t run much more than 500m in training!! Hats off to Dom.