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Northern XC Championships - Race Information

Details of the Northern XC Championships at Knowsley on the 28th January are here. Only runners who are pre entered can compete. Senior entries have now been completed and you should know you're running if you have spoken to Steve J or been asked!
You should collect your numbers etc at the Club tent.

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Auld Lang Syne Fell Race - Saturday 31st December 2016

2016 Dave Parkington at ALS  31.12.162016 Steve Bamber at ALS - 31.12.162016 Lindsey Berends at ALS -  31.12.16The 23rd Auld Lang Syne fell race from Penistone Country Park above Haworth saw 433 runners, many in fancy dress, complete the course of 9.6k and 300 metres of climbing. There was a strong headwind on the outward stretch and conditions underfoot were very soggy, leading to several tumbles on the steeper descents.
Nichola Jackson, winner of the Stoop and Withins Skyline races in 2016 from the same venue, was third lady and 39th overall in 50.20, behind Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth) and Luisa Powell-Smith (Clayton-le-Moors). Lindsey Berends in her bright red Santa top finished in 65.41.
The overall winner was Chris Farrell of Horwich in 41.37, and he was almost a minute clear. David Parkington had his usual strong run for 80th in 54.18 and Steve Bamber was 106th in 56.02. The prize giving was held at a packed Sun Inn in Haworth, with hot soup for all the runners.


Ribble Valley 10k road race - Tuesday 27th December 2016

2016 Alan Appleby2016 Emma Essex CrosbyAfter the cancellation of the 2015 event due to flooding on the course, race organisers and runners alike were hoping for a fine day for this year’s race, and they were rewarded with a cool and misty morning with little wind – perfect racing conditions. First Preston Harrier to finish was Chris Durney in a new PB of 31.59. He was the first junior man, and he was followed in by Tiarnan Crorken in 33.07 and Nathan Dunn in 33.25. These three combined to form the winning junior male team.
2016 Nathan Dunn at Ribble Valley 10k -  27.12.162016 Alan Durney2016 Tiarnan CrorkenOther Harriers to claim a share of the generous prize list were Alan Appleby, who was 2nd MV65 in 43.10 and Marian Hesketh, who won the FV60 category with a time of 43.19. 2016 Marian HeskethThere were also runs from Oliver Heaton (37.12), Alan Durney (37.21), Chris Mullen (40.21), Emma Essex Crosby (45.23), Vicki Sherrington (50.53), Felicity Cross (55.41), Sue Wickham (55.45), Amanda French (setting a massive new PB of 56.12), Olga Wiggins (57.08), Judith Deakin (1st FV70 in 60.03), Helen Boyer (60.29) and Lyndsey French and Kenny Gawne, who ran together to finish in 65.03.

Last Updated (Thursday, 29 December 2016 14:10)


The Stoop Fell Race - Sunday 18th December 2016

2016 Nichola Jackson at start of the  Stoop2016 George Arnold at The StoopNichola Jackson won the ladies Stoop fell race over the windswept Bronte moors from Penistone Country Park for the second successive year. She finished strongly, in 28th place overall with a time of 37.48 for the 5 mile and 800 feet of climb course.
George Arnold set a new vet 80 record in 77.31 whilst Steve Bamber finished in 43.54. Tom Adams of Ilkley won for the 4th time in 30.14, ahead of 8 times winner Rob Hope of Pudsey & Bramley. There were 306 finishers, many being very muddy by the end of the race!

Last Updated (Friday, 23 December 2016 19:34)


Hurst Green Turkey Trot - Saturday 17th December 2016

2016 Charlotte Rawcliffe at Turkey Trot2016 Preston Harriers at Turkey Trot
23 Preston Harriers, or an assortment of Santas, elves, reindeers, turkeys, penguins and even a smurf, were on parade for the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Most were in fancy dress for the 5 mile trail race with only the odd traditional blue, white and red Harriers vest on show.
The red and green Xmas colours were soon changed to a muddy brown once the race hit the bogs and deep water pools on Longridge Fell, where even the penguin (Charlotte Rawcliffe) managed to lose her flipper feet in the water.
First home in 5th place and 1st Vet 40 was Jon Green (or was it the smurf Jon Blue?), followed by Nichola Jackson (17th), John Griffiths (18th) with Alex Waddelove (24th) being chased home by a turkey Andy Grimshaw (25th).

Last Updated (Friday, 23 December 2016 19:31)

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Xmas Guess Your Time Results

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European Cross Country Championships, Chia, Italy - Sunday 11th December 2016

Patrick Dever made his under 23 Great Britain debut in last weeks European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. The conditions were warm and sunny and there was none of the usual mud that is often associated with winter cross country races in the UK.
The men’s U23 team claimed the bronze medal with last year’s winner Jonny Davies (of Reading AC) placing fifth this time around in an incredibly fast-paced race. He had led a group of seven heading into the final long lap but a fierce acceleration of pace had a significant impact on the medal positions. Patrick Dever had an accomplished race, never far off the pace and he finished 49th. The experience of the event will stand him in good stead.




Christmas Handicap

The Christmas Handicap takes place this Sunday 18th December. Click here for an entry form.

Guys 10 mile road race - Sunday 4th December 2016

Six Preston Harriers turned out on this brisk clear dry morning with little wind, so conditions for running were good. The race goes from Owd Nells past Myerscough College on the St Michaels road until the turn towards and through Inskip. Beyond Inskip it turns left up Woods Lane and then back onto the St Michaels road and back to Owd Nells.
Rob Affleck, Jason Parker, Kevin Hunt, Chris Wales, Alan Appleby and Sue Wickham were the participating Harriers looking forward to the challenge as the runners lined up for the 10am start. Rob was up at the front from the off in his new Adidas Adizero Adios shoes. They certainly lived up to the name as Rob said adios to the rest of the field, coming home first in 54.11; only a young Joe Monk challenged and he was kept at bay by Rob's experience.

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Red Rose Cross Country League Race, Rossendale - Saturday 3rd December 2016

2016 ApplebyRRCCRossendale17In the final race of the Red Rose Cross Country League at Marl Pitts, Rossendale, Preston Harriers’ Alan Appleby finished the senior men’s race in 145th place and 3rd Vet 65, which along with two earlier first places was enough to secure him the overall win in the series for the Vet 65 category.
The tough course around sports pitches has a series of terraces to climb before going through a deep muddy section of forestry, followed by some tricky descents back for the next lap. First Preston Harrier home was Simon Collins (33rd), followed by John Griffiths (61st) and Phil Lakeland (178th). In the ladies race Sue Wickham was 57th.


‘Guess Your Time’ Xmas Track Race

Venue:            UCLan Track
Date:              Wed 14 Dec
Start Time:      7.45pm
Distance:         5k
Entry fee:        £2 (Plus normal track fee)
All entry fees used for prizes
Age:                Over 16
This is the first in a series of 3 races for Preston H. senior members which take place during the normal Wednesday evening track session. The distance for each race may vary, but this one will be 5k. So come along and record an accurate 5k track time. Better prizes than last year.

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