Hendon Brook – July 10th
The Hendon Brook Race is a very well established Race and is always a part of the Annual Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series. The Race is reputed to be one of the toughest Half-Marathons in the country, and the distance actually longer than the standard 13.1 miles of Half-Marathon. This years Race was won by the in form David Rigby in a time of 78.18.
Shaun Livesey was the first of the four Blackburn Harriers home in 4th place and 1st V40 in a time of 85.20 and said after the Race that he “Ran well today feeling good towards the end but didn’t have a climb at the end to get back to Julian hood who pipped me to 3rd by 11 secs. Some fantastic support around the course, great race. Ran around a minute and a half faster than 5 years ago, so quite happy”.
Just 19 seconds behind Shaun came Chris Davies running the Race for the first time in 5th place and 2nd V40 with a time of 85.39 and he commented to the Club that he was “Really pleased with my run today. All the training seems to be paying off at the moment. If I keep working hard I feel after that I can go to the Great North Run in September and look to get a new PB. Well done to everyone else from the Harriers, it was a great effort from all”.
Carly Edwards had a great run. She was going into this ‘beast’ of a race with a personal best of 1.40.42 over the distance and came home in 70th position with a time of 1hr 55.30 which was excellent given the number of pretty big hills she had to negotiate. One spectatator said about one hill ‘i have never seen a hill like that before in a Race’. Carly was pleased with her day and told the Club “I felt really strong on today’s race. I paced it well and finished strong. It was by far the hardest road race I have ever done. Well done to everyone who took part”.
Bryan Searby was just behind Carly and he too had a really good run posting a time of 1hr 57.48 in 76th place and knocking chunks off the time he did last year. Bryan commented that “Hendon was my very first half last year. Really pleased with knocking almost 17 mins off my time.Hard work pays off. So much support from everyone. Proud to be a Harrier”.
Congratulations to Joanne Nelson who loves nothing better than taking on the longer races and ones with Hills seems to suit here fine. Joanne who competes for the Harriers on the Track repeated her win of 2015 by taking 1st place in the Women’s Race again with a time of 1.38.22 for 27th place overall.
Borrowdale Trail Run
Victoria Mousley had a great race at the Borrowdale 21k Trail Race held on Saturday July 9th an event described on the Race Website as
‘From the marina the first section follows the woodland trails alongside Lingholm to Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater. The route then joins the scenic lakeshore trail through mixed woodland to the picturesque village of Grange, before winding its way past Castle Crag and on to the typical stone built Lakeland village of Rosthwaite. A steady climb out of Rosthwaite leads to a welcome descent into the hamlet of Watendlath. A spectacular trail follows the beautiful Watendlath valley before descending to Ashness Bridge via a short road section. Here the panorama opens out with views down to the lake and fells beyond. A singletrack traverse passes the aptly named Falcon Crags which loom up on your right, followed by a gradual descent into Great Wood. Cross the Borrowdale road back to the lakeshore past Friars Crag, a rocky promontory, and follow the path skirting the shore of the bay back into the finish at Crow Park, Keswick’
Victoria finished 5th overall and 2nd Woman (1hr.49.28) on the day behind Anna Lupton (1hr.44.18) and speaking to the Club after the event said that it was a “Very tough and technical trail race today…as all of High Terrain Events are! Long steep climbs…very slippy and tricky descents… A course with everything. Great to be getting back to slighter longer distances still a way to go but happy with second place given the field today.”
Tim Raynes who is in very good form and setting new PB’s on the Track and Road was out at the Burnley Park Run on Saturday – RESULTS – which featured 319 runners. Tim won the Race in a new PB time of 15.55 on that Course.
There was another win for the Harriers at Cuerden Valley – RESULTS – which saw Joe Monk coming home in 1st place with a new PB on that Course of 17.52. In the same Race Ethan Barbarewicz finished in 12th place with a new PB of 21.13 and was the 1st in the J11 – 14 Age Category.
Over at the Preston Park Run – RESULTS – featuring 280 runners, V40 John Cookson ran a time of 20.48 finishing 18th overall on the day. Daughter Hannah Cookson ran a time of 22.33 (32nd) and was 1st JW15-17. In running a time of 27.38 Emily Snape (JW11-14) set a new PB of 27.50 and finished in 137th spot.
Hallam Park Run in Sheffield was the preferred choice of the Teare family at the weekend with mum (Michelle), dad (Danny) and the two boys (Jamie & Rory) all having a run – RESULTS
All four members of the family ran PB’s on that Course which had an unbelievably large field of 586 runners. Jamie was the first boy home in the J11 -14 Age Group Category with a time of 18.00 and a very impressive finishing position of 12th overall. Younger brother Rory came home in 79th place with a time of 21.45 with V40 Danny in 157th (24.17) and V40 Michelle (249th) in a time of 26.32.
At the Witton Park Run this week there was another amazing effort by 8yr old Oliver Gill. Just sixty two runners on the day with Oliver finishing 9th in a new PB time of 23.30 – WITTON RESULTS – V50 Jan Buckingham was the second Harrier out on the day coming home in 29th spot (27.48).