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Harriers round up 5th – 11th July

European U23 Track & Field Championships, Tallinn, Estonia

The big performance of the week came from Estonia, where Preston’s Tiarnan Crorken competed at the European U23 Championships on Thursday 8th July. Racing in heat 3 of the 1500m, Crorken ran a very respectable time of 3:46.31 to place 8th. Not to be outdone Mhairi MacLennan was in action at the England Athletics Fast Friday 10,000m event, where she won the women’s only race in a time of 33:09.62.

Road Races

On the roads Ross McKelvie was twice in action, first on the Wednesday where he took 3rd place at the Castle 5k in Carlisle in a very respectable time of 16:54. Next on the Sunday he raced at the Blackpool 10k were he ran 36:23 to take 5th place. Jacquie Bonworth also ran the Blackpool 10k, finishing just over the hour in 62:28. Elsewhere on Sunday Carla Davies and Steve Hallas lined up at the highly competitive Wilmslow Summer 10K. Davies was first to cross the line in the time of 38:12 to finish 16th woman on the day. Hallas was not far behind, finishing in 38:52, his fastest time for the distance since 2015.

Wasdale Fell Race

Alistair Palmer was at it yet again on the fells, racing in Saturday’s Wasdale Fell Race which featured almost 9,000ft of climb over 20 miles. Palmer crossed the line in 20th place, in a time of 4:52:43.

English Schools Track and Field Championships Sportcity, Manchester, 9th -11th July

Preston Harriers had 11 representatives competing for Lancashire at the English Schools Athletics Championship meeting at Sportcity on 9th – 11th July. Alex Bernstein won the Senior Boys Hammer Gold and Isaac Delaney won the Intermediate Boys Shot Gold. Jay Whiteside put in a personal best performance to take the bronze in Junior Boys High Jump. There were plenty of personal achievements around too, with Queenie Nguta (100m Junior Girls), Max Cunningham (1500m Senior Boys) and Scott Sinclair (Triple Jump, Senior Boys all putting in best performances. Evie Noblett (200m), Lucy Poole (300m), Libby Huxley (3000m), Macy Noblett (Shot) and Emma Harrison (Hammer) also won their county colours.

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