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A busy weekend for the senior Harriers

Thanks to Cathy Flitcroft for providing a run-down of this weekend's action. She has kindly written a report for both the XC fixture held in West Lancs and the second 10k event of our club championship which took place in New Longton.

Skelmersdale XC

11 hardy senior athletes turned out on Saturday 2nd March for the final event in the Mid Lancs Cross League fixture at Skelmersdale which welcomed them with sticky and slippy mud! Cross country at its finest indeed.

Olga Wiggins was first home for the ladies in 56th with Sue Wickham sprinting home in 68th just ahead of Julie Tyrer in 69th.

In the same race the men 70+ also competed with Alan Appleby finishing 1st and Michael McLoughlin 3rd in this age category with PH winning the team event.

In the men's race, 1st home was Martin Phillips (14th), followed by Jonathan Green (29th), David Lea (33rd overall and 1st in his age category), Tom Brown (38th), John Rainford (50th) and Billy Johnstone (86th).

With this being the final event the Mid Lancs League and individual positions have now been published:

1st Lady overall - Emma McColm

1st Lady over 55 - Cathy Flitcroft

=1st Man over 70 - Alan Appleby (2nd on head-to-head)

2nd Man over 60 - David Lea

Division 2 winners - Preston Harriers Ladies - gaining promotion to Div 1 💥💪😎

4th in Division 3 - Preston Harriers Ladies B team

4th in Vet 45 category - Preston Harriers Ladies

6th Division 1 - Preston Harriers Men who secure their place to remain in Div 1

3rd Vet 40 team - Preston Harriers Men

3rd Vet 50 team - Preston Harriers Men

3rd Vet 60 team - Preston Harriers Men

1st Vet 70 team - Preston Harriers Men

New Longton 10k

5 Harriers turned out for the 2nd 10k in this Years Club Championships at New Longton on a Sunny March morning.

First across the line for Preston was Andy Cottam finishing 11th overall (V40) in 37:01, followed by Stuart Nixon (V40) 13th in 38:25 and Peter Gibson 15th in 39:02 (a new PB) - resulting in Preston Harriers men taking first team prize.

Sandwiched between the men was the first lady home, Chloe Reid in her first 10k in 41:44  and not far behind was Katie Littlefair (2nd) in 42:23 with a huge PB  and Kim Jackson (4th) in her 1st 10k with 43:08 to take the female team prize.

Other individual plaudits went to Liz Horne (V45) - 1st in her age category with 44:22 (PB), Alan Appleby (V75) - 1st in his age category with 50:57.

This course obviously suited the majority of runners with new PBs/Age Category bests also being gained by:

40:01 Michael Croft (V40)

40:14 Darren McDermott (V50) 

41:05 Gareth Fairclough (V45)

41:07 Richard Southworth

42:43 Peter Cowling (V60)

44:56 Zach Holmes

45:02 Dave Flitcroft (V60)

45:04 Stephen Mort (V50)

45:34 Adam Austin

47:01 Mike Gelder (V55)  

50:56 Kim Slater (F50)

52:45 Bobby Small (V40) 

57:32 Dorothy Parkes (F40)

58:50 Carl Walsh (V50) 

With performances like this it looks like the hard winter training has paid off and Preston Harriers mean business.

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