Podium 5k – Saturday 20th December

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Watch Race Video HERE


Pretty decent conditions for a December Saturday evening greeted the fifty eight runners who competed in the last Podium 5k Race of 2015 at Barrowford. The Race run on a flat Cycle Track featuuring five laps in all is definitely one in which a 5k Road PB can be set evidenced by the fact that the first four athletes home all dipped under 15 minutes.

In the A Race – won by James McNally in a rapid time of 14.55 and Rachel Bamford in 16.11 – there were 37 runners and amongst them five Blackburn Harriers. First Harrier home was Karl Billington in his first Race in a month in 15.22 and 9th place overall. He was followed in by Mat Nuttall in 18th (16.06) – U15 Joshua Boyle (23rd) in a time of 16.31 – Shaun Livesey (24th) in 16.33 and Tim Raynes with a new PB of 16.37 in 25th.

Twenty one runners took part in the B Race which was won by Hannah Holroyd in 15.54. Four Blackburn Harriers in this Race with David Almond finishing 2nd overall with a new PB of 17.56. Sarah Toms was 6th overall and 2nd Woman in a time 18.49 which was a new PB on a Road 5k. Mark Almond followed closely behind in 8th place (19.01) with Laura Hesketh just three places further back in 11th with a time of 19.11 which wasn’t far outside her PB.



Full Results with a report on the day HERE


Four Hundred and twenty seven runners in the 26th running of the STOOP last weekend won by Tom Adams in a time of 31.44. and the Women’s Race won by Caitlin Rice in 39.20.

Helen Leigh for Blackburn Harriers had a cracking Race finishing 49th overall (39.32) and just two places and 12 seconds behind the winner. V50 Michael Toms took 106th place in 42.24 and daughter Sarah Toms in 133rd (44.10). John Orrell came in 236th with 50.36. Anna Leigh, Helen’s sister took 135th spot in 44.19 and Helen commented afterwards “2nd at The Stoop, hard work starting to pay off hooray. Well done Anna Leigh first fell race and smashed it. Need to register with Blackburn Harriers we would have had the team with Sarah Toms”.



In the U10, U12 & U14 Race sisters Natalya Irvine and Alanya Irvine had a run out. Natalya finished 3rd U14 Girl in a time of 8.32 and Alanya 9th in the U19 Race with a time of 11.17.



 Mental Elf 5K – Sunday 21st December

 Full Results HERE

About the Run
Lancashire Mind is the counties leading mental health charity. They enable people all over the county to achieve mental wellbeing as well as ensuring support is available to people experiencing a mental health condition.

 Two hundred and eighty runners turned out for this Race which helps to raise money for a very worthy cause. Blackburn Harrier and GB International – Alison Leonard – took the honours outkicking the Jonathan Undy to win the Race by one second in a time of 20.30. Alison’s dad Ian also ran finishing 13th in 24.33.

A fun day for a worthy cause and the costumes weren’t too bad either.