Sun 30 Sept 2018 Sunday 30th September saw the inaugural City of Preston 10K which has replaced the popular Run Preston 10K. The 10K race started and finished in the Flag Market and with over 1400 runners and spectators it was a wonderful sight to see so many people enjoying sport in the city. There was also a 1.5K fun run later in the morning. The race took part in perfect cool conditions with the route taking runners from the start along to Fishergate and then down to Avenham Park and along the river on both sides before returning to Miller and Avenham Parks with a tough last mile including steep climbs out of Avenham Park and back up into Fishergate via more hills and a sprint across Fishergate down to the finish line.
Over 20 members of Preston Harriers took part and the race was won by Chris Livesey of Salford Harriers in 33:38. Harriers’ Rob Affleck was 2nd in 34:06, Steve Smith was 12th in 38:06 and also 1st MV55, Dougie Potter was 41st (40:29) and Ken Beazley was 61st and also 1st MV65 in 41:58. Harriers’ men also won the team prize and Harriers’ ladies were 2nd with a team of Laura Conn, Jade Bebbington and Linda Roberts. Maureen Kirkby in a chip time of 59:42 was 1st FV65. The other Harriers runners were James Kay, Darren Kinder, Ashraf Kazee, Andrew Lea, Stephen Mort, Neil Walker, Ian Bebbington, Nick Eastham, Becky Yardley, Sue Wickham, Charlotte Daley, Sarah Clubb, Alex Proffitt (PB of chip time 1:07:04), Kari Edwards and Tracey Young.