2017 Results can be found on John Schofield’s website.
I have also done my own version from John’s spreadsheet which show full results with splits and also position of each team after each leg. I’ve also done top 10 fastest legs by race category.
Rossendale Harriers attended the event for the first time (I think) and Rossendale A went away with the Mens Team win. Robb Webb added to their haul with the fastest leg on leg 1 and their Leg 3 runner Chris Fell also took the fastest Male VET award with the fastest Leg 3 time overall. In between Grant Cunliffe was fastest on Leg 2. Barlick who are now regulars at the event, pushed them hard all the way with the Barlick Bad Boys and finished in a good second with Clayton A coming in 3rd.
The ladies award went to Barlicks Buns on the Run with Sarah Tipler running the fastest Senior ladies time on Leg 1 and Lorraine Slater the fastest VET lady on Leg 2. Rachel Villiers brought them home for the win with all 3 ladies running under 19 minutes. Chorley Ladies A were the 2nd ladies team home follow by the Atomic Kittens from Blackburn.
In the Junior Boys category the Upstarts from Blackburn took the award with leg 3 runner Matt Ramsden also taking the fastest leg award after Jamie Teare and Leon Thomas on the first two legs. They finished just 13 seconds ahead of their club mates New Kids on the Block. The Junior Girls team award was won by Clayton Junior Girls A with Briony Holt running the fastest leg. Briony’s leg was the fastest of all the female athletes and she made up a staggering 20 places on leg 3 to help Clayton to the category win and build on the good work of Ella Dorrington-Levy and Millie Stubbs. They were followed home by Blackburn Harriers trio Triple Danger.
The Mens VET team award went to Blackburn Harriers Fortyish & Fit team ahead of Clayton VETs A. Chris Davies, Matt Nuttall and Shaun Livesey made up the BBH team. Wesham Ladies A took the Ladies VET team award. The trio of Helen Lawrenson, Sue Coulthurst and Carmel Sullivan finished just ahead of Trawden Walsh.
I’d like to thank everyone for the incredible support for the event which just keeps growing in popularity. 142 teams pre-entered and 141 raced on the day. Next year I think the event will be pre-entry only and I’ll consider if we can nudge the limit up to 150. The main concerns are the narrow descent where Leg 3 runners are lapping leg 2 runners and also the pressure on the finish team, handling 20 odd runners a minute at peak flow is a lot for a small event.
£1000 is going to Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team who do a great job for us at Blackburn supporting several events a year for us, as well as many of the clubs that took part. I expect a further £100 ish to be heading for Bolton MRT.
Pete Bland Sports helped yet again with our race numbers so a big thank you to Matt and Jon. I also have to express my gratitude to the Blackburn Harriers officials and volunteers. Some of them are in attendance in support of over 25 events a year as well as fulling other roles around the club and county.
Hopefully we will be on again next year, last Thursday of June.
There are plenty of photos out there on the internet.
If you have any more links out there just let me know and I’ll add them to the page.