A big PB for Carol Reilly at this years Manchester Marathon and great reward for all of her hard work in the build up to the Race. When an athlete targets a particular Race with a view to running a PB and goes on to achieve that by a massive 6minutes, there is no better feeling. Carol spoke to the Club after the Race and told us “I finished in 3.32.20. Was looking for 3.30 ideally. Just started struggling at 22 miles, legs had gone. But I pb’d by 6.5 minutes so I’ll take that”.
Shaun Livesey was also targeting Manchester but it didn’t go exactly to plan when he finished 229th in a time of 2hr 56.17. Shaun commented after the Race that he was “Back at home now with my feet up. Well, what can I say about the race? For a start the weather was perfect you couldn’t have asked for better marathon weather. I set of well within myself with a plan of running 6:05 min/min pace, I got a little ahead of myself in the first few miles (as you do) running 8-10 sec quicker. My first check point was 6 mile with a goal to hit it at 36:35, I was 40 sec’s too fast but still comfortable. Next time check was 10 mile goal 61 mins, I hit it at 60:30. I was still moving well and breathing easy. Onto the next time check at halfway, goal pace 1:20, got there at 1:19:17. A big gap until my next time check at 20m, goal pace 2:01:45, I hit it at 2:00:45. By this time I new I was slowing down but kept on pushing, however it wasn’t to be. The last five miles were torture, I was cramping and having to stop to stretch, the finish line couldn’t come soon enough. The best stat of the day was when a marshal shouted to me that I was in 32nd position at mile 20, I went on to finish in 229 position, it still makes me laugh. I have to say the crowd around the whole course was fantastic. The course did have a few changes to it finishing near the cricket ground instead of Old Trafford. I managed to blag some nice clothing from one of the race sponsors, so the day wasn’t a complete waste. On to the next one where ever that my be”.
Claire Bridge, like Carol was hoping for a new PB in Manchester and she delivered in style running a time of 4hr 23.08 which was a huge seven minutes plus faster than she had run before. Absolutely delighted Clair told the Club “I really enjoyed my Manchester Marathon. Not only did I knock 7 minutes off my PB but I also set my fastest time for a Half marathon on the way!”
Pendle Cloughs Fell Race
This Category A Long (14 miles/4100ft) wasn’t a race for the faint hearted and was described on the Race website as ‘an A – LONG category fell race (minimum age 18yrs) and is not suitable for novices or road runners. Competitors must have experience of at least an ‘A Medium’ Fell Race and have the necessary Navigational Skills to cope with any navigational problems they may encounter, whatever the weather. Local knowledge is an advantage and entrants should have experience of Pendle Hill or very similar terrain’
Full Results HERE
There were four Harriers tackling this – Andy Heys – John Orrell – Ian Clarkson & Richard Taylor. Andy was the first Blue & White one home with a time of 3hr 17.01 followed by John who is training for the forthcoming Ben Nevis Race in 3.37.04, Ian (3hr 51.37) and Richard in a time of 3hr 57.04.
Park Runs Round Up
One hundred and one runners out at the latest Witton Park 5k Run on Saturday April 9th – RESULTS – – and among them 10 Blackburn Harriers. First home and first female in the Race was U15 Amy Davies in 12th overall (22.11) and followed by John Cookson13th in 22.25 – Hannah Cookson 20th with a time of 24.12 – Nick Collinson (21st) in 24.14 – Mike Blacklidge in 23rd (24.46) – U13 Eleanor Allsop taking 38th place in a time of 27.15 – David Billington 39th in 27.18 – 7yr old Hannah Davies (44th) in 27.54 – Michelle Teare 47th in 28.48 – Lindsay Davies (48th) in a time of 29.09 and Lorna Sharp coming in 57th in 30.05 and a new PB on that route.
A really big field of 314 runners at the Burnley Park Run on the same day – Results – and what a day for young Charlotte Corrigan (12yr old). Charlotte finished 33rd overall in a good time of 21.45 and was the first Female runner home too which made it two wins for the Harriers on the day at Witton and Burnley.
Ethan Barnarewicz and Freya Black had a run out at the Cuerden Valley Park run which featured 165 runners – RESULTS – 12 yr old Ethan crossed the finishing line in 15th place with a good time of 22.54 whilst 15yr old Freya finished 53rd in 26.34.
11yr old Kyle Taylor-Pomfret went over to the Preston Park run which also had a big field of 269 finishers. Kyle came in 23rd overall in an excellent time of 21.31 – RESULTS.
Jan Buckingham and daughter Katie Buckingham were down in Norfolk and decided to have a run out at the local Park Run in Thetford Park along with 133 other runners – RESULTS – Katie came home in 13th place and was the second woman in 21.39 whilst Jan was 33rd in 25.40 – a PB – and was also the first Vet 50.
And just a little further than Thanet came Mark Almond who is holidaying in Australia and found himself a little local Park Run – RESULTS – at Claisebrook Cove along with 278 other runners. The Race was won in a time of 16.37 and Mark placed 11th in 19.57.