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Lancashire Track & Field Championship

11 & 12 May 2019, Blackpool Preston Harriers won an unprecedented 48 gold medals (a club record) at the Lancashire County Track & Field Championships at Blackpool. Harriers final tally of medals was 127 with 46 silver and 33 bronze. The brilliant weather was matched by a feast of outstanding performances. Star of the day was 4 times gold medal winner 14-year-old George Lowe, who won the hammer (37.83m), high jump (1.60m), long jump (5.43m) and javelin (40.57m) to show his versatility and potential. Triple gold medallist Cerys Allen showed her talent in sprints and long jump by winning the 100m (13.4), 200m (27.5) and long jump (4.64).

Darcy Lonsdale had a brilliant run to set a qualifying standard for English Schools’ Track & Field Champs by running 2.13.6 to win the under 17 women’s 800m. English Schools’ standards were set by Macy Noblett (under 17 women) of 11.64m in winning the shot. Further standards were set by Harvey Noble in the under 20 men’s long jump with a winning leap of 6.79m and Alex Bernstein, who hurled the hammer 59.56m to win the under 17 age group. Ed Coles posted a winning time of 15.2s over the 10 hurdles in 110m hurdles under 20 men’s race and then set the standard in the 100m of 11.0s, and finally Emma Harrison threw the standard in the hammer 36.18m in the under 15 event.

Harriers showed their dominance in the under 13 Girls 100m when Cerys Allen (13.4), Molly Caffrey (14.0) and Evie Kitchen (14.1) finished 1, 2, 3. There was also a clean sweep in the under 15 Girls 75m Hurdles with Emily Rankin (1st -11.4), Eleanor Noblet (2nd – 11.8) and Isabel Caven (3rd – 12,1).Harriers filled the first four places in the senior men’s 5000m with Chris Durney, Chris Livsey (Veteran 35), Joe Monk and David Rigby recording 15.03.0, 15.08.7, 15.14.8 and 15.39.7 respectively.

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