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Blackpool Interclub Results

Click here for the results from the first roads interclub of 2014

Manchester Marathon - Sunday 6th April 2014

Gethin Butler’s return to the Manchester Marathon last weekend saw him up against a strong contingent of quality British athletes. As ever, Butler acquitted himself well, showing resilience whilst battling against the inclement weather and running for lengthy periods on his own to charge through the line 1st MV45 in 2.32. Richard Smith put in a superb performance with 3.14 with Harrier stalwart Roy Parkinson next in with a mighty fine 3.24 and Alan Martin completing the Proud Preston Harriers Team with a creditable 3.30 finishing time.


Lancaster Three Bridges 10k - Sunday 6th April 2014

Last Sunday saw three Preston Harriers take on the scenic Three Bridges 10k run along the banks of the River Lune. David Rigby led the pack out of the Salt Ayre Sports Arena with a strong pack of local athletes in pursuit. Over the first 2 miles Rigby’s strong pace enabled him to forge ahead and attain an unassailable lead to storm the line in 34.06. Adopting an alternative race strategy, Christopher Tully used the strong chasing pack to pace him around the twisting course and then built up his cadence to leave them in his wake over the closing miles to attain 2nd overall in a creditable 34.59 with Neil Mc Donald next over the line, 9th overall in 38.32, to guarantee a Preston Harrier team victory.


Pendle Fell Race - Saturday 5th April 2014

The English Championship short Pendle fell race, over 7.3k, saw runners from far and wide descend on the village of Barley last weekend.
On a full weekend of races, the seniors ran on the Saturday and juniors on the Sunday. The ladies were the first to run, ascending a very misty Pendle Hill. Just before their start, the rain had been very heavy and the ground for all was slippery and very boggy in places. In her first race since enduring a metatarsal stress fracture, and somewhat lacking fell fitness, Nichola Jackson was pleased to be 41st in 47.14. Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers won the race.
In the men’s race John Rainford was 152nd in 43.12 and Michael McLoughlin was 289th – 340 ran and there was a fantastic three-way fight for the finish, with all the top three being together until the final stages. Tom Addison of Helm Hill won in 32.55, 2nd was Rob Hope (Pudsey) in 33.05 and 3rd was Simon Bailey (Mercia Fell Runners) in 32.23.


Road Interclub Update...

The first road interclub of the 2014 season is at Blackpool on Wednesday 9th April. Venue is just inside Stanley Park, very near to Blackpool Cricket Club (parking at the cricket club).

Start time is 7pm. Please run and let's see a huge turnout of Proud Preston Harriers!

After the race, taking place in the cricket club, will be the presentation of last years' team and individual awards.


The 6th World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships

2014 400m Final World Masters Indoors2014 Steve and Anthony after 3000m finalHeld from the 25th to the 30th of March in Budapest, Hungary where 3821 athletes from 70 countries participated in 8066 events and Great Britain fielded the third largest number of entrants at 302 and came away with the second highest medal haul.
It was one of the biggest and most successful championships to date, held in a beautiful city and blessed with warm sunny weather.
The venue was next to the Puskas football stadium in the Syma complex which had two indoor tracks, one 6 lanes the other 4, with an outside area for some of the field and throws events and it was also used as a warm up area for the tracks. Close by was a large city park and this was used for the race walking events, cross country and half marathon.
Preston Harriers Steve Smith, Steve Hallas, Sharon Greenwood, Mark Davies and Alan Appleby were part of the GB contingent and their events ranged from 200,400,800,1500, 3000 and half marathon.

Last Updated (Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:46)

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Coniston 14 - Saturday 29th March 2014

2014 Peter Cowling near the finish of the Coniston 142014 Andrew Duffy at the start of the Coniston 14A bright day greeted runners for this year’s Coniston 14, which is one of the friendliest and most welcoming races on the calendar. The route though is a tough one, full of undulations, some longer and harder than others, as it wends its way around Coniston Lake and back into the village for the finish at John Ruskin School.
Ian Harding (Morpeth Harriers) took first place in 1:17.14, three minutes clear of the 2nd placed finisher and the ladies race was won by Kerry Marchant (Staffordshire Moorlands.) For Preston Harriers, Peter Cowling was 7th vet 50 in 1:37.22 and Andrew Duffy was 86th overall in 1:39.23

Last Updated (Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:38)


Altitude Training (in Chorley!)

Discounted sessions available for members of Preston Harriers.

Each session costs £10 (half price). Two altitude chambers available (sealed units - no masks required) One chamber has a treadmill and two bikes and the other chamber also has two bikes. Location is 2 min from M61 Jn8. Contact Mick Brennand to arrange:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


St Annes 10 mile road race - Sunday 16th March 2014

2014 Alan Appleby and Pete Lovick2014 Vicki SherringtonDespite a bright start to the day, conditions became overcast with drizzly rain at the St Annes 10 mile race last Sunday. From the half way point at the windmill at Lytham, runners returned along the front the way they had set out, but they all had to really work hard as the coastal wind was driving straight at them.
Chris Tully made light of the weather, finishing in an excellent 6th place in 58.44. He was 1st Lancastrian across the line to claim gold and the title of Lancashire Road Race Champion; he also took gold in the V35 category and was part of the gold medal winning Preston Harriers men’s team which included David Watson and Chris Wales.  Other medal winners on the day were David Watson who finished 18th in 1:02:21 to claim silver in the V45 category and Alan Appleby who finished 57th in 1:08:53 to claim gold in the V65 category. Pete Lovick completed in 70.39. In total 10 Preston Harriers started the race and peformance of the day must go to Kevin Hunt who ran as a large jigsaw piece in challenging conditions. Kevin is conditioning himself to run the London Marathon for charity so can be seen on the local race circuit over the next few weeks.
Vicki Sherrington was one of only two Harrier ladies running, finishing in 1:23.11 and Sue Wickham ran and completed in 1:54.54.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 25 March 2014 22:31)


Trimpell 20 Mile road race - Sunday 16th March 2014

The Trimpell 20 mile race is an annual event used by many athletes to gauge their fitness prior to forthcoming marathons. A quartet of Preston Harriers toed the line for the race which takes in the scenic views of the River Lune and the historic city of Lancaster. Previous winner of the race Gethin Butler led the Harrier charge to establish a strong position within the leading pack. Capitalising on his strength and metronomic pacing over the second half of the race he passed his rivals to post 1.59.11, 4th Overall, 1st MV45. Robert Affleck’s consistent cadence paid dividends as the race progressed to drop the chasing pack of protagonists and post 2.05.50, 2nd MV40 and 11th overall. Kevin Curran put in a fantastic effort forcing others to capitulate over the closing stages of the race to gain 12 places to post a creditable 2.18.49. The last of the Preston Harrier quartet was Neil Mc Donald who initially performed well over the first 10 miles, but his progress was curtailed due to an intestinal infection. A relieved Mc Donald crossed the line in 2.19.53 to ensure a 1st Men’s Team victory.


Northern Athletics Road Relay Champs (Mens) - Heaton Park, Manchester - Saturday 15th March 2014

2014 Chris Tully at Northern Road Relays12 Preston Harriers men made the journey to Manchester with the aim of qualifying for the National 12 stage relays which are to be held in Birmingham in April. The team needed a top 25 place to be invited to the national and they finished 21st overall after a long day on a challenging course.
The 12 legs are made up of 6 long legs and 6 short legs which are run alternately with the first leg starting at 11.30am. First to lead off the team was Tony Livesey in 32:41, second leg Dan Whitlock ran 18:13, third leg Steve Hallas ran 31:29, fourth leg Chris Livesey ran 15:14, fifth leg Matt Livingstone ran 30:39, sixth leg Peter Street ran 15:56, seventh leg David Rigby ran 30:32, eighth leg Stephen Bennett ran 16:54, ninth leg Christopher Tully ran 32:37, tenth leg Sam Williams ran 17:41, eleventh leg Kevin Hunt ran 36:37 and Paul Lightfoot brought the team home on leg 12 in a time of 18:10.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 25 March 2014 22:26)

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