Atrocious Weather couldn’t dampen Harriers Joy

Sat 28 July 2018, Barrow in Furness

Mid Lancs Track & Field League

High winds and driving rain greeted Preston Harriers for the last Mid Lancs fixture at Barrow in Furness. The weather was a contributory factor in reducing the number of athletes competing. Harriers secured the Male and Female Championships to retain the trophies they won last year. The awards are given for the best points aggregate scored from the team’s best 4 matches from 5. Harriers scored 724.5 points against second placed Blackburn’s 698.5 points in the Men’s Championship while Harriers women scored 770.5 point against runners up Liverpool Pembroke’s 724.5 points. This is Harriers’ fourth trophy this season.

Harrier athletes set 13 lifetime bests despite the weather. The under 15 boys javelin trio of George Lowe (winner), Harvey Jolliffe and Hayden Middleton all recorded new marks of 31.62m, 26.16m and 23.24m respectively. 15-year-old hammer thrower Alex Bernstein improved his personal best to 56.67m. 27.6 secs was Isaac Delaney’s new mark in the under 15 boys’ 200m. Corey Middleton set 2 new personal bests in the under 13 boys’ long jump and the 200m. William Moorhouse ran a lifetime best of 2.46.4 in the under 13 boys 800m. Kianna Proctor improved her 100m time by 0.2 secs, stopping the clock at 13.2secs. Ellie Sumner and Isabelle Buraimo both equalled their best time in the under 13 girls’ 100m running 13.7s and 15.1sec. Emma Harrison continues to make pleasing progress to set a new lifetime best of 29.15 metres, an improvement of more than 2 metres on her previous best mark in the under 15 girls hammer.

Preston Harriers’ Jamaine Coleman has been selected to compete for Great Britain in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the European Track and Field Championships in Germany later this month. He achieved the qualifying standard of 8:32.00 by just nine hundredths of a second, in a race at Liège in Belgium on the 18th July when he finished 8th just behind British champion Zak Seddon. Coleman was disappointed with his 3rd place at the British championships which included the European trials where he ran a time of 8:38.17 back in June, not a qualifying time, so he had to run a qualifying time by 21st July to be considered for selection.

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