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Same time and place next year? We hope so!

On Sunday 19th November Preston Harriers’ annual 10 mile and 5 mile events took place. Despite some challenging conditions for both runners and volunteers alike, a cracking morning was had by many: most took home not only their neck-buffs as a memento but also a good helping of mud on shoes, legs and shoulders.

Below we have the perspective of Race Director Ian Dandy who assures us ‘same time, same place next year!’

‘A bright and early start from the Organising Committee saw us arrive at the race headquarters at 7.00am. We soon set-to, sweeping up the leaves and mud leftover from the pleasant overnight weather and then heading out onto the course to check the conditions and put up the mile markers. At first it was a nice mild and dry morning, however, just before the start and for the rest of the day the rain set in with gusto. Although it poured down for the duration of the race our enthusiastic army of volunteers were not deterred and managed to keep smiling. In fact, despite the weather, we were lucky to have Neil McDonald giving us a perfect rendition of ‘Bring me Sunshine’ just outside the turn in to the finish! Where do this man’s talents end? Even more importantly, the weather didn’t put off our enthusiastic entrants. Both the 10 mile and 5mile races were oversubscribed and unfortunately we had to turn away some last minute entrants on the day even though we had a limited number reserved, so next year make sure you sign up quick! We had 350 participants in the 10 mile race, and 50 in the 5 mile event: the highest number of entrants since before the Covid break. The race was a fast one! We had a record time in the 10 mile event for the Longton Village/Gill Lane course - the winner was Brendan Quinton from Warrington AC in a superb time of 49.53. It was also successful day also for the Harriers who achieved first men’s team prize whilst the ladies were runners up in both the open and Lancashire Championship events. Sam Evans was first male Harrier home and he retains his shield from last year, with new member Emma Watson being first female Harrier to complete the race – congratulations to both. A 1 minute’s applause was held immediately before the start of the 10 mile event to celebrate the life and achievements of former Harrier John Nuttall, and this was also attended by former international athletes and members of John’s family. Thanks to all for observing this, it was a fitting tribute to a fine athlete who will always be remembered by Preston Harriers. As ever, thanks to our sponsors, Aegis, Pete Bland Sports and Tesco. We would also like to thank Lancashire AA and the National Fire Service for their continued support.

Above thank you so much to our small but enthusiastic and tireless organising committee and our fantastic army of volunteers. Sincerely, we couldn’t do it without you!'

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