Many thanks for Marian Hesketh for the text, which also appears in this week's Lancashire Evening Post.
The Chorley round of the inter club series has a reputation for providing the toughest
course: a testing, undulating two laps based on Astley Park.
Preston Harriers’ teams were depleted by the absence of some of their key runners, but other members rallied to the cause and all fought hard for places and points in the series.
Harriers’ women’s team was leading the standings at the start of the race and hoping for another good display to keep the club on top. Charlotte Gregory led the team home with an excellent 3rd place, only losing out on second by a couple of seconds, and she was followed by Michelle Chadwick in 4th place.
Suzanne Walsh made a welcome return to the team after a few years out of the sport and
ran well to finish 9th. Liz Horne was not far behind in 11th and team captain Cathy Flitcroft was the 5 th counter in 13th. Preston finished as first team ahead of Chorley and go into the final fixture with a commanding lead in the season’s rankings.
The overall race was won once again by Wesham’s Rob Danson. Wes Wilkinson was
Preston’s leading runner, taking 3rd place.
Chris Williams and David Watson were closely matched and finished in 20th and 22nd places. Fell runner Andy Cottam made a rare excurson onto the road to make the scoring team in 36th , with Stuart Nixon just one place behind.
The other scoring members of the open team were Mark Lee (43rd ), Jonny Slater (45th ) and the two leading ladies, Charlotte Gregory (51st ) and Michelle Chadwick (54th ). Although Harriers were missing some runners who normally appear at the sharp end of the race and were only 4th team on the night, they still lie second to Blackpool over the season, with only one fixture remaining.