The much anticipated Manchester Marathon for some of the Blackburn Harriers athletes as well as a number from other local Clubs took place last Sunday – April 18th and saw 7842 runners complete the distance.

Full Results Here

Ben Fish finished 7th overall in a time of 2.23.05 and although a solid run time wise Ben told us afterwards that “a very different experience for me today. Right up with the front guys at 10 miles. Hit a really bad patch shortly after and had to really dig deep. Claimed back a couple of positions after 20 miles. The second half was agony. Happy to hold it together”.


Next in was Brian Fogarty who is in training for his forthcoming Ironman event in Lanzarote. Brian finished 174th overall in a time of 2.52.39 and he was delighted with the effort telling the Club that it was “Perfect and really pleased. 2:52. negative split and comfortable”.

A few weeks ago, Kaylie Panaro ran the Trimple 20 in a very solid time which indicated that she would break the four hour barrier and potentially by quite a margin – and that is exactly what she did. Placing 2742nd in a cracking time and new PB of 3.42.18 she was bubbling after the Race when she commented “I’m really pleased with what I’ve achieved today in Manchester, I set off with a goal of 3:45 so to come in at 3:42 is brilliant! Next stop Berlin Marathon!” Kaylie’s run shows what can be achieved with consistency and hard work.


There were some fine runs as well from athletes in other Local Clubs including Stuart Robinson 2.23.42 – Tom Cornthwaite (2.32.13) who runs for Blackburn on the Track – Nick Leigh (2.32.49) – Chris Singleton (2.33.15) – Gary Shaw (2.34.48) – Ian Livesey (2.37.21) – John Lloyd (2.37.52).