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Harriers Round Up

TCS London Marathon Sunday 2nd October 2022



The autumn marathon season is in full swing, and seven Harriers lined up to take on Britain’s flagship event, the London Marathon. First home was Chloe Lam-Moores who produced a stunning marathon debut to cross the line in 2:57:23, finishing within the top 100 of the women’s category and placing herself second in the Preston Harriers women’s all-time records. Next over the line was Alex Venables who, despite suffering from cramp issues managed to record a highly respectable time of 03:02:32. Next in was Alan Metcalf (03:55:44), Julie Tyrer (04:59:46), Zawar Khan (05:17:18) followed by marathon debuts from Jessica Lane (05:46:12) and Sarah Copestake (06:31:06).


MBNA Chester Marathon Sunday 2nd October 2022


Closer to home Andy Eaves, Stuart Nixon and Sue Wickham were in action at the Chester marathon with Eaves running a superb race to narrowly miss out on joining the sub-3 club, recording a time of 03:00:57. Given he was running this distance in 3hr30 mins last year, this performance shows excellent development in the space of just 12 months. Nixon will be very pleased to break the 4-hour mark on his distance debut, whilst veteran Wickham will be very happy to have run one of her fastest marathon times to date (04:52:38).


Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay, Patterdale, Sunday 2nd Oct 2022


This popular and hotly contested fell relay is centred on Patterdale and covers 23 miles of tough Lake District terrain, split into 4 legs, with runners tackling each leg in pairs. This year’s race was run in good, clear weather, although the underfoot conditions were wetter than they had been for some time. Keswick AC were the overall winners in a time of 3 hours 34 minutes 23 seconds. For Preston Harriers, veteran Dave Parkington teamed up with junior Vladimir Wiggins on the first leg to bring the team home in a solid 38th place. Jon Green and Darren McDermott took the 2nd leg and on the 3rd leg, supervet John Rainford was partnered by newcomer Tom Brown. Alistair Palmer and Ben Naylor on the 4th leg brought the team home in 43rd place out of 67 complete teams.

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