Sunday 16th December witnessed the latest annual staging of the Turkey Trot which had 236 finishers organised as in previous years by an effervescent Blackburn Harrier – Chris Barnes. By popular consensus the Race was a hit with everyone and many promise to come back next year….and why not when one prize winner, our very own Grace Handley won enough chocolate to upstage Willy Wonka and here is the proof – and not a Turkey in sight!!!
Even though a number of the Harriers had competed at Hyndburn the previous day in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League, eighteen from the Club couldn’t turn down the lure of the chocolate and the chance to dress up.
Full Results HERE
Shaun Livesey 8th (31.21) and Jack Hindle 9th (31.31) had a battle all the way with Shaun just edging out U17 Jack. V45 Matt Nuttall, who like Jack competed at Hyndburn the day before was in close attendance (12th) in 31.51. Chris Davies took 20th in 33.40 who was followed by V45 Gary Pearse in 25th (34.04).
Then the girls took over!! Grace Handley, Helen Leigh and Liz Greenwood combined to take the Women’s Team prize, Grace took the first Junior woman 26th (34.21), Liz took the 2nd Junior Woman (31st) 35.05 and Katie Buckingham finished in 3rd place 105th overall (44.04) giving the Harriers first, second and third in that category. and Helen Leigh was 3rd Woman overall (27th) 34.38 and 2nd Senior Woman.
V45 Jonathan Bridge resumed the Men’s interest in the race with 33rd in 35.11; Allan Hartley came 54th in 37.57; V40 John Cookson 69th (39.26); V45 Richard Taylor 79th (40.50); V40 Paul Wilkinson 87th (41.30); Kaylie Panaro 112th (45.35); V50 Jan Buckingham 152nd (47.47); V40 Lisa Nuttall 179th (53.51) and V50 David Morris 212th (63.02).