This Sunday – November 15th – saw the Annual Preston 10 Mile Road Race held at Hutton Grammar School on a reasonably good day for distance running and featuring four hundred and thirty one runners.

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The Club had five runners out in the Race, led home by V40 Shaun Livesey who commented that he Thought I would give it a go because I ran a pb there last year, I had a game plan of running 5:35 ,per mile I was on track as I started the second half picking of a few runners on the way. Unfortunately I fell of the pace on the last few miles along the dual carriageway section and had to stop when a Marshall allowed a car through has I was about to cross. But all said and done happy with my 12th place in a time of 56.17 and just 16 seconds off his PB of 56.01″.


Not far behind came Chris Davies with a new PB of 57.31 in 15th place was pleased with his Race  and told us “it’s a really good 10 mile race, defiantly a good race for getting a PB. I was pleased with my run knocking of 22 secs of my PB especially after running at Barrow the day before. Also great efforts from Shaun Livesey, Joe Monk who was running in his first 10 mile race also did well and Sam and Kaylie also had great runs as well. A good day for the Harriers overall”.

10689886_734079513344691_7421852662900073044_nU17 Joe Monk followed that up with a great first time run over this distance to finish 25th in a time of 60.32. Samantha McCreadie placed 63rd in 65.19 which was her first ever outing over the distance and was delighted with her Race saying “very pleased!A really good race – well attended and great atmosphere – i’m not usually a fan of 2 lap courses and it was a new distance for me but quite enjoyed it!! Plus the weather was lovely! Really pleased with my time as I was hoping for sub 70mins and getting 3rd lady was an added bonus! Great to see a few other Harriers there too and well done to Kaylie on her brilliant PB!”

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On the Roads starting with the Leeds Abbey Dash

Full Results HERE

Thousands lined up for this very popular and fast annual Race won by Andrew Butchart in 29.17 and evidenced by the fact that the first 103 runners all finished in under 32 minutes.

Ben Fish was the first of three Blackburn Harriers home and wasn’t entirely satisfied with his run telling the Club That “the Race started slow. The big guns really upped the pace halfway. I was falling behind after 15:20 split and finished with a disappointing 30.47”. Matt Lalor who runs for the Club on the Track placed 132nd in a time of 32.33 which was a new PB. V40 Andy Buttery whosaid he is starting to race a bit better now, ran a good even pace” finished in 224th place with a time of 33.57.

Meanwhile – Rachel Wood – who is hoping to run the London Marathon in 2015 took on the Gosport Half-Marathon which boasted a field of 1604 runners. Rachel finished in 181st place with a solid time of 87.11 and was 8th Woman finisher overall.

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Another Race on the same day saw V60 Evan Cook back out at the Sandgrounder 10k where he finished a very good 29th in 41.17  – (216 runners) –  to take the V60 First Prize.

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The second fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Barrow on Saturday which saw a reduced number of Harriers turning out given the other Races they were competing in over the weekend.

Full Results HERE

Eleesha Charnley, Leah Hoole and Kate Cookson competed in the U11’s Age Group which had 38 youngsters challenging one another. Eleesha was first home in 12th place with Leah finishing 15th in a good time of 7.43 and Kate came  27th in 8.21. Rory Teare placed 26th at the first Mid Lancs and 15th at Barrow in 7.30.

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In the U13’s the Race, as with others, had reduced numbers from the first fixture at Hyndburn. Amy Davies finished 4th at Hyndburn and went up a place to finish a really good 3rd in 11.18 with the second in 11.10 and winner in 11.05. Emily Warren – 14th at Hyndburn finished in 16th place here with a time of 12.36. Jamie Teare continued his good run of form with a 5th place in 13.26 and new member Anthony Beresford placed 21st in 16.05. Just one runner out in the U15 Girls – Hannah Cookson who in finishing 6th (14.48) improved by one position from her 7th place at Hyndburn.

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Senior athletes were few on the ground as many others were competing on the Road and Fells on the same weekend. In the Senior Women’s Race of 110 runners, Carol Cookson placed 69th (27.36) – Alison Armour 74th in 28.03 and Michelle Teare 81st (29.24). The Senior Men with a field of 192 runners had just two runners from the Club with Chris Davies in a very good 14th place ((31.56) and John Cookson in 113th spot (39.39).


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Karl Billington who is down at St Mary’s has been getting Cross Country Races under his belt recently. First up was the London Colleges League on October 22nd at Parliament Hill – Results – finishing 18th in the field of 114 runners. Next was the London Colleges fixture in Richmond Park where Karl improved to 9th position in the Race numbering 101 runners – Results – where he finished 9th in the 101 strong field. On the 8th November he raced in the Destination Basingstoke Hampshire League – Results –  finishing 44th of 242 runners and said which was an awful result”.  Karl got back on course though in London Colleges League at – ResultsWimbledon Common on the 12th November where he finished 7th and saying that a lot better then Saturdayand felt so much better yesterday. I’ve now done more xc races this season then last and it’s only November”.

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On to the Fells for the Harriers with the Half Trog where Chris Barnes and Matt Nuttall along with 105 other runners.  Chris had a pretty strong run finishing 8th in 77.45 with Matt in 16th (82.46).

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The Half Trog was what might be called a ‘warm up’ for the main event – The Tour of Pendle which took place on 15th November in not the best of conditions weatherwise for a Race which is 27k long and has nearly 5000ft of climbing. However, three hundred and seventy two runners completed the Course with the winner Karl Gray covering the distance in 2hr 21.31. The Women’s Race Winner was Caitlin Rice in 2hr 49.47.

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Competing this year for the Harriers were Sarah Toms; Mick Toms; Matt Nuttall; Jonathon Bridge; Gary Pearse; John Sutton, Chris Barnes and Ian Clarkson.

John Orrell who “took a year off this time and devised a 10 mile inner circuit to follow, photo and support our intrepid bunch. Conditions were testing as you can see from the photos at the top of Pendle. The clag didn’t clear and many sections of the race were run in ‘whiteout’ conditions.

 For me it was great to see the race from a different perspective, including rescuing a man on the final climb of The Big End. He was seriously delirious and in real trouble. We (me and a Wharfedale lady) dragged him over the top and off the fell to safety. He had a lucky escape and was most grateful at the end. Good deed done”.

Matt Nuttall led the Harriers home in 28th overall in a very good time of 2hr.45.19. Next came Chris Barnes in 47th (2hr 53.44) followed by John Sutton (56th) in 2hr 56.05 – Gary Pearse just over a minute behind John in 62nd (2hr 57.36) – Sarah Toms (6th Woman) in 111th (3hr 08.19) – Jonathon Bridge who is celebrating his birthday this week in 133rd (3hr 13.52)  and Ian Clarkson placing 268th in 3hr 43.52.

(Photos by John Orrell)







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