Bob hits the Mountains

In the King of the Hills Mountain Marathon Series in Hong Kong there were 276 finishers held on December 5th

Full Results HERE

Blackburn Harrier V50 Bob Shorrock tackled this and had a really good run to finish 5th overall in the Race and !st V50 with a time of 3hr 24.18. The winner took 3hr. 09. 27 and Bob was only 5 minutes off second place.

This Race Report – from the Race Director – highlights Bob’s run which was exceptional.

 Vlad Ixel has moved to Hong Kong for the season to take his training to a new level, inspired by all of our hills. Vlad’s been on top ofthe podium enough lately to confirm that his tactics are working. Today he added his first KOTH full marathon win to an impressive and growing list of HK off road victories. Vlad increased his lead throughout the race and ended up winning comfortably in 3:09:27. Nicol Boyd continued running as strongly as he did last seasonand was rewarded with a fine 3:19:08 and second place overall. Michael Skobierski was third, and Steve Cale 4th, completing a 1234-sweep for the male open runners.

Bob Shorrock disrupted this ordering, thundering home in 3:24:18 and setting a new M-50 age group course record and finishing 5th overall in the process. If this season is like last, Bob is just getting warmed up and we can expect him to get faster and faster. Previous M-50 record holder Hau Ping finished second in the age group, followed by Tiger Ho.

Bob told us that “Had the first of the hill races this past weekend. Had a quite good start to the season – finished 5th overall and first over 50”.


 The Annual Hurst Green Turkey Trot took place last Sunday – December 14th – with one hundred and ninety seven runners completing the event and amongst them sixteen Blackburn Harriers.

Some good results for the Harriers as well winning the V45 and V50 Male Vets Categories – The Male Team and Women’s Team Prizes and had first, second and third in the Junior Female Category.

 Full Results HERE

The Race which was won by David Rigby in 30.21 saw V45 Mat Nuttall take 2nd place with a time of 31.17 and winning the V45 Category. Close behind in 4th place came Chris Davies (33.06) and then an incredible run by Liz Greenwood who finished 5th overall in a time of 33.06 which gave her the Junior Female 1st Prize as well.


Next home were V50 Mick Toms in 12th place (35.44) winning the V50 Category and just one second in front of V40 Gary Pearse in 35.45 who was 2nd V40 overall.

Grace Handley finished 21st in 37.31 to take the 2nd place Junior Female Prize. Katie Buckingham placed 30th in 38.51 and mean that along with Liz and Grace they took first, second and third Junior Female prizes.

V40 Allan Hartley finished 39th and 8th in the Age Category with a time of 40.23 and fellow V40 John Cookson was just a few places further back in 43rd (40.37). Laura Hesketh finished second Woman in the Senior Age Group Category with a 52nd place in 41.34 and young Jack Wilkinson was 86th – 2nd Boy in the Junior Age Category with a time of 47.17. Another V40, Danny Teare, came in 93rd (49.10) and Jack’s dad V40 Paul Wilkinson was 100th in 49.53. Katie’s mum Jan Buckingham was 6th Senior Woman home in 130th (52.31) followed by V45 Lisa Nuttall (142nd) in 55.25 and V50 David Morris 155th (58.53).


The Longridge 7 Mile Road Race took place on the same day with 244 runners competing.


Full Results HERE

U17 Joe Monk had a terrific run to finish 3rd overall in the Race and 1st Junior male with a splendid time of 44.58 and commented following the Race that It was a good run today as it was my first experience at this type of course, miles 3-4 were extremely hilly but it was a good course nevertheless”.


Over at Telford again on the same day – Gary Priestley who competes for the Club on the Track, ran for Salford at the popular Telford 10k.

Full Results HERE

The Race won by Ribble Valley 10k Entry John Beattie in 29.55 had 879 finishers and witnessed another Ribble Valley 10k Entry – Rebecca Robinson win the Women’s Race in 33.27.

Gary set a new PB of 31.11 finishing 19th overall. Gary was pleased with the Race and told the Club after that “Pleased with a narrow PB today given a slippery trail section on both laps. Next up for me is the Lancs XC champs, to try and put 3 straight silvers behind me and aim for the win which won’t be easy given the strength we have in Lancashire”

Sounds like the Lancashire Cross Country Championships could be a tasty Race.