Aggies Staircase – Thursday June 19th

Full Results HERE

There were 145 runners out at this popular local Race measuring 6.4Km with 350m climb on a very warm night with Joe Mercer from Horwich a clear winner in 28.17.

Among the competitors were eleven members of Blackburn Harriers led home by V40 John Sutton in 11th spot (31.52). Sixteen yr old Joe Campbell had a really good run to place 16th (32.32) followed very closely by V50 Michael Toms in 17th (32.38). In 21st place came Chris Davies (33.11) and Allan Hartley took 25th (33.44). Finishing 30th was Gary Pearse (34.47) and probably with Hendon Brook still in his legs followed by Danny Maynard one of the Clubs leading youth Coaches – in 46th (36.48). John Cookson (39.39) finished in 69th place and had Ian Clarkson close behind in 73rd (39.55). Daughter Megan Clarkson came in 79th (40.44) and Paul Wilkinson 87th (41.45).

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Elletson Arms 10km Series – Saturday June 21st

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Shaun Livesey clocked up his second Race win of the year at the Pilling 10k which is part of the Elletson Arms 10k Series. In very hot conditions Shaun won the race in 35.12 from David Brown (Lancaster) in second place with 36.11.


Scafell Pike Trail Marathon

(Thanks to Mick Kenyon of RacingSnakes and Grand Day Out Photography for
the photos)

John Orrell thought he would make his debut at the Marathon distance by doing something a little different with 1800m of ascent and 26 miles finishing  in a time of 6 hours 44 minutes and 45 seconds. He finished 123rd out of 216.

Understandably he was really pleased with his Race and told the Club “This was no ordinary marathon though, as the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon covered a variety of terrain, traversed across some of Lakeland’s most glorious mountain scenery to reach the top of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. That was only half way though and with a 1000ft climb around 20 miles in it wasn’t downhill all the way back.

It was a hot day, although the mountain section cooled a little as we disappeared into the mist at Sty Head and that made for some interesting navigation. (just ask Ricky Lightfoot).At 42k and 1800m of ascent or just over 26 miles and almost 6000ft in old money it was an epic day out. I finished 123rd out of the 220 starters and 38th in my age category in a time of 6.44.45. To give you an indication of its difficulty, in case you are comparing times to those achieved in ‘ordinary’ marathons, only 13 people finished under 5 hours and only 3 of those under 4 hours, which included Ricky Lightfoot, the 2013 World Trail Running Champion.

For those who are interested, links to Ricky’s report (and how he lost
the race) and full results can be found here  –

As an aside I ran this race all natural. No, I was wearing my kit, I mean, no gels, no powders and no artificial gubbins. Just 100% coconut water, a jam currant teacake and a sausage pinched from the hotels breakfast table. Real wool from real sheep was shoved down my socks to prevent blisters on the toes. It works. Try it. Chasing those sheep up Ingleborough to get that wool made for some interesting hill reps too and was all part of my preparation!”

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Great Hill Fell Race – Saturday June 21st

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In pretty hot conditions, Mark Almond lined up alongside 76 other runners at this years Great Hill Race finishing ninth overall, 2nd V45 and in a time of 41.47. The Race was won by James Kevan of Horwich in 34.35.