The Best 5K Moor Park - Sunday 27th November 2016
This year’s race was focused on raising funds for 5-year-old Rory Curzon Smith who was born at 24 weeks with Hypertonia, a muscle weakness condition. He was there to greet all the keen athletes last Sunday morning at Moor Park, to set them on their way. Preston Harriers’ domination of the race was established right at the start with Jason Parker steaming ahead to attain the lead which was never threatened for him to cross the line in a cracking 16.40. The Harrier contingent was then tightly packed with positions changing over the last km. Alex Waddelove was pursued by Neil Mc Donald, Jack Keighley and Lee Foley resulting in Alex 4th (18.36), Neil 5th overall, 1st MV45 (18.38), Jack 6th (18.41) and Lee 7th (18.43). The mighty Billy Johnstone maintained the Harrier presence to attain 1st MV50 in 19.11 and was pushed all the way by Stephen Needham with 19.56, 1st FV40 Victoria Duckett (21.40) and 1stFV45 Loy Kalasiram (22.17). It was also great to see the return of a Preston Harrier ambassador Graham Bailey, 2nd V60 in a respectable 22.54. Harrier prizes continued with Felicity Cross storming the line in 26.57 as 1st FV60 to complete the Proud Preston Harrier Team who are looking forward to the 2017 summer race for Rory Curzon Smith, organised by Steve Ashcroft and his superb marshalling team.
Last Updated (Friday, 02 December 2016 08:33)
LANCASHIRE SPORTSHALL LEAGUE, 1st Fixture, Blackpool - Sunday 27th November 2016
Preston Harriers Sportshall team totally dominated the first Lancashire Sportshall League fixture, convincingly beating their fellow Lancashire athletics clubs. Harriers scored 433 points while their closest rival Chorley managed 137.5 points. Winning all the 6 team age group competitions and collecting 5 of the 6 individual 'Athlete of the Match' age group awards, Harriers look set to retain their Lancashire title for the 9th consecutive season.
Last Updated (Friday, 02 December 2016 08:31)
Liverpool Cross Country - Saturday 26th November 2016
The stand-out performance for Preston Harriers came from Patrick Dever in the senior men’s race at the Liverpool XC. The race included the second counter in the British Athletics Cross Challenge series, as well as the Mid Lancs League and it was also the trial race for the GB team at the European Cross Country Championships.
Dever is the reigning Northern Athletics under 20 cross country champion and in the previews of the races, he wasn`t named, which was a surprise. He finished a wonderful 14th overall and 2nd under 23 over the 9.8k course at Sefton Park, in what was a quality field. Dever gained automatic selection for GB under 23s for the Europeans at Chia in Italy on the 11th December. The senior men’s race was won in fine style by Andy Butchart, who was 6th in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics in the summer.
Dever inevitably led home the Mid Lancs runners, and by almost a minute and the team counters for 5th overall included Daniel Bebington, Richard Smith, Gethin Butler, Andy Grimshaw and Alan Durney.
Last Updated (Friday, 02 December 2016 08:27)
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Run of the Month - October 2016 Winner
Vicky Duckett was October Run of the Month winner for her excellent performance at the Manchester half Marathon finishing in 1:39:21 and knocking over 3 minutes off her pb. She was also part of the Preston H. ladies team (with Helen Clitheroe and Emma Essex Crosby) who finished in second place, and went home with a very nice prize.
Liverpool XC Results
The Cross Challenge results from Liverpool can be seen by following this link, results are presently an excel sheet at the foot of the page .
Congratulations to Patrick Dever, who was 14th overall, and second U23 in the senior mens race and he has secured a place in the GB Under 23 team as an automatic selection for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on 11th December
Mid Lancs PROVISIONAL results also available here
35th Preston 10 mile race Hutton Grammar School – Sunday 20th November 2016
Preston Harriers organised the 35th Preston 10 mile race on Sunday 20th. November at Hutton Grammar School. The weather on the day, sandwiched between two very unpleasant days, turned out to be ideal, cool and dry, for comfortable running. The roads in the areas of Hutton, Longton, Walmer Bridge and the A59 were busy with Preston Harriers athletes & friends by early morning doing the preparations before the race began. The marshals, water station attendants and supporters were in place, as were Chorley’s Angels (first aid).
The race began, on the gun, at 10.00am with over 415 running. The lead car & bike headed the runners throughout the race & the marshals controlled the junctions together with a traffic management company. Three water stations were in place around the course.
The first runner was Rob Danson (52:34) Wesham ; Preston Harriers’ Rob Affleck v45 (53:35) was third, followed by Jason Parker v40 (56:14). Next Harrier was Kevin Hunt v45 (61:19),running in with ex-Harrier, Chris Tully, who was given the same time.
Kevin, through SPAR, has sponsored this event for the last few years and was generous, with his praise of the event, and with the various prizes for the category winners and numerous spot prizes.
Arnside Knott Fell Race - Sunday 20th November 2016
Whilst most of his Preston Harriers team mates were involved in some capacity with the Preston 10, Phil Lakeland ploughed a lone Harriers furrow at the Arnside Knott Fell Race.
This 2nd running of the race, with Hollins Farm as the venue, saw the course extended to 6 miles in length, with almost 1100 feet of climb, including tremendous views of Morecambe Bay towards Grange. Lakeland grittily posted a time of 62.58 for 119th place.
Last Updated (Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:30)
Wadsworth Half Trog Fell Race - Sunday 13th November 2016
The Wadsworth Half Trog fell race, the little brother of the full Trog which is in February, is organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners. The half Trog covers 9.3 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing. The race starts from the Hare & Hounds pub at Chiserley, above Hebden Bridge and gives excellent views of the surrounding moors and valleys.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 November 2016 08:41)
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