England U23 Track & Field Championships Last week’s stand out performance came from Tiarnan Crorken, who earlier this month became the fastest male Harrier ever over 1500m, as he was crowned English U23 1500m champion after snatching the win on the line, in a time of 3:40.56 and qualifying for the European U23 championships in Estonia. A fantastic achievement for the young Harrier, who no doubt has a bright future ahead of him.
Trafford Grand Prix Track & Field meeting Earlier in the week a large contingent of Harriers competed at the Trafford Grand Prix. The highlights of the day included a first place finish in the 5kg shot put for Isaac Delaney, top three finishes in the 800m for Ethan Chadwick, Matthew Clark (heat 1 both new PBs), Thomas Chadwick (heat 5), Millie Walton (heat 10 – new PB), Grace Rayner (heat 11, new PB), and a second place finish for Joe Monk in heat 1 of the 3000m in a new PB time of 8:30.55 which is the leading time for a Harrier over the distance this year. There were also new 1500m PBs for Jenson Warren and Charlie Haigh and Libby Huxley recorded a new 3000m PB.
Sale Sizzler 5km road race Thursday 17th June Three Harriers made the trip over to Sale on Thursday to compete in the Sale Sizzler 5k, with Mark Lee first home in a season’s best time of 17:53 to finish 3 rd in the vet 55 age category. Ian Patterson (24:11) and Julie Tyrer (27:37) also recorded season’s bests to ensure everyone went home happy.
North of England Track & Field League Blackburn Saturday 19 th June 2021 After the disappointment of last month’s senior league athletics meet being cancelled, the Preston Harriers track and field team put in some strong performances at Blackburn. With many athletes having not competed since 2019, there was tangible excitement to get back to the sport. For the women’s team, notable performances came from Miri Luft and Macy Noblett (high jump) taking positions 1 and 2, Sophie Warden (400m hurdles), the 4x400m relay team (Sophie Warden, Megan Hennessey, Sharon Wilkinson, Katie Littlefair) and the 4x100m relay team (Macy Noblett, Carol Holt, Hollie Suffolk, Evie Noblett). For the men, notable performances came from Dan Bebbington and Andy Benson (1500m) taking positions 1 and 2 and the men’s 4x400m relay team (Josh Ingham, Andrew Benson, Daniel Bebbington, Harry Potter). There were plenty of PBs around too, and these went to George Lowe (High Jump), Jack McLoughlin (100m, 200m), Luke Sufffolk (Discus), Carol Holt (100m), Miri Luft (400m Hurdles), Tam Dickinson (Discus) and Molly Parkinson (Javelin). Elsewhere, Alex Bernstein took 2nd at the England Under 20 Championships in Bedford. Hawkswick Dash fell races Sunday 20th June On Sunday the fell runners were in action at the Hawkswick Dash which featured both adult and junior races. Olga Wiggins went in the senior race finishing just outside of the top 100. Elsewhere in the U12 event Lucas Cook was 36 th in the boys race, whilst Olivia Wood finished 23 rd in the girls race. In the U14 races, Adam Link took 16 th in the boys event and Natasha Cooke was 20 th in the girls race.