Garstang Gallop 7 Mile – Sunday March 20th

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Karl Billington turned out at this race along with 113 other runners, a race won by Rob Webb in 37.49. Karl had a pretty solid run coming in 3rd with a time of 40.35 and commented after the Race that he Went through 10k in 36 20. I went of way to hard in the first mile and paid for it in miles 2-4 but managed  to rally and finish strong catching 3 of them when they were 30 secs ahead at 4miles”. Karl’s dad, David Billington also ran the race finishing with a time of 59.52 in 72nd spot.

Trimple 20 – Sunday March 20th


A big turn out for this Race – 718 finishers – and in very good conditions for a 20 mile road race, a race which is used by a number of athletes as a trial run for the forthcoming Manchester and London Marathons. The Race was won by Iraitz Arrospide in a time of 1hr 52.36 and by  Joasia Zakrzewski in the Women’s Race (2hr 05.28).

V45 Paul Slone had a pretty good run placing 150th in a time of 2hr 31.05 and another V45 – Carol Reilly – similarly had a good run in 227th position in a time of 2hr 39.54 having run 2hr. 38.31 in 2015. Kaylie Panaro, like Carol, training for the Manchester Marathon, knocked nearly two minutes of her previous 20 mile best to run a new PB of 2hr 43.48 in 263rd place. V40 Joanne Nelson – (competing for the Harriers in the Northern League this year) and running for Darwen in this Race knocked over 5 minutes off her previous best time coming home in 38th place with a time of 2.13.05 and 3rd placed Woman overall. Supporters at the Race said she won a kettle and will ‘be making the brews from now on’.

Full Results HERE

Heptonstall Fell Race – Sunday March 20th


Shaun Livesey was out again this weekend just a week after wining the Dentdale 14.2 and all part of his preparation for the Manchester Marathon.


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Training and racing are going well for Shaun as can be seen in the results of his latest race and this time on the Fells where he finished 11th overall out of 247 finishers in a good time of 2hrs 07. 21 and commented to the Club after his race that “My last race before Manchester Marathon and I though I would take the short trip over to the happy valley of Heptonstall. I’d seen the route profile and previous results and thought if I run under 2 hr 10 min that would be a fair run. A fantastic spring day greeted the 250+ runners which was a record turn out for the event. I set off nice and steady chatting away to nick barber ( Todmorden) with whom I had many battles with during the red rose x/c, conscious that I wanted runners around me when it came to a small navigation section of the race. This wasn’t a problem due to the fantastic weather. I soon established my position in the race and tried to keep within myself and not push too hard too early. I was having a good battle with Dave Kirkham ( wharfedale ) he would drop me on the descent and I would catch him up on the climb, however at around 9.5m he fell hard! I stopped and asked if he was ok, he said yes and told me to push on. Subsequently I found out he had to retire shortly after that. I reached 13m I could feel the onset of fatigue coming on I knew I only had a couple of mile to push. After a welcome descent it was on to the sting in the tail, a brut of a climb trough some woods, the finish couldn’t come soon enough as I heard voices gaining behind me. I just managed to keep my place, eventually finishing 11th in 2hr 7min 01sec and totally spent. As for the race itself, it was fanatically organised with great support. Next stop Manchester”.

Andy Heys also joined Shaun for this race finishing in a time of 2hrs 48.33 placing him 130th out of the 247 finishers. He told the Club that “Whilst my performance was not the greatest, I used it as a training run in anticipation of the forthcoming 3-peaks race. The day was truly spectacular. We were graced with the perfect weather and the views and scenery were remarkable (must have definitely been the Lancashire side of the Pennines J) with the event being well attended and organised. The course was a real tough test with an added surprise of a long, steep, stepped climb about half a mile from the finish. Just what tired legs needed!”

Cumbrian Fell Race – Blackcombe

Blood, Sweat and Clag is how Ian Clarkson described his recent experience at Blackcombe in the race won by Ben Mounsey (2hrs 10.28) with just 19 seconds separating the first three finishers.


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Finishing 455th with a time of 3hrs 19.22 Ian said  that “I had a go at a Cumbrian Fell Race, Blackcombe. Full on with all characteristics of a proper fell race, calf screaming ascents, skin ripping heather and visibility down to a few metre’s and a great downhill section at the end.
Many thanks to John Orrell who came along with us and for the support on the hill, teamwork.
Blackcombe is definitely in the diary for next year”.


Causey Pike Fell Race

John Orrell has the Ben Nevis Race much in mind this year and entered the Causey Pike Fell Race as part of his preparation.

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John completed the Race which was 4.5 mile long and with 1781 feet of ascent in 1.02:56, finishing 57th. Well done and looking good on top of the mountain.


 Park Run 5k – Results Round Up

footerAt Witton Park on the 12th March it was a win for Blackburn Harriers Sean Proctor in a time of 19.55 followed by a fine run by U13 Jamie Teare in 2nd place with a time of 19.59. Rory Teare (U11) placed 26th in 25.36 and it was the first time that he had run at this venue. In 27th came Richard Taylor (25.51) followed by Danny Teare in 29th (26.03), David Billington 37th in 27.29, U11 Oliver Gill 39th in 27.57, George Woodburn 49th (28.38), Michelle Teare 53rd in 28.55 and another U11 – Emily Snape in 61st (32.04) – Emily also ran the Preston Park Run the week after where she ran a much improved time of 28.23. (Full Results HERE)

One week later it was a one, two three at Witton Park on March 19th with Sam Exton winning in 18.22 and a new PB, U13 Jamie Teare with another great run and a new PB in 2nd again two weeks running in 19.52 and U17 Liz Greenwood in her first appearance at the Witton Park Run 3rd in 19.54. In 6th place was new member and U17 Joe Gebbie in 20.52.

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(Full Results HERE)

Amongst the 81 finishers, the next Harrier in was John Cookson in 11th (21.48) with Bryan Searby two places further back in 13th (22.37) and Rory Teare with a really good run and a new PB in 15th spot with a time of 23.11. Dad Danny Teare placed 31st in 25.42, with Carol Cookson 42nd in 27.42 and just missing a PB by 5 seconds, Michelle Teare 46th in 28.20 followed by Hannah Davies (49th) in 29.01 and mum Lindsay (50th) in 29.09.

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