London Marathon - Sunday 13th April 2014
Whilst the world’s focus rested on the mighty Mo Farah and his marathon debut at London last weekend, 9 Proud Preston Harriers ventured to the capital with the same sense of determination and grit. Adopted northerner Rob Affleck returned to his old city stomping grounds and led the Harrier contingent through the streets of London. Affleck’s disciplined pacing was reflected with consistent mile splits throughout the race, enabling him to leave others in his wake and ascend into the top echelons with a course PB of 02.33.16, in 65th overall. World Masters medallist, Steve Hallas, acquitted himself admirably whilst suffering cramps in the latter part of the race to record a respectable 02.54 with Chris Wales powering over the line next, in 03.03. Kevin Curran put in a fine performance with a 03.11 time and Kevin “JIGGY” Hunt added to the challenge of the marathon by completing it in a logo outfit to highlight the great work of the Breast Cancer Awareness Charity and amazed his friends and colleagues by breaking the Guinness WORLD RECORD, in 03.37.
Last Updated (Friday, 18 April 2014 15:54)
Blackpool Interclub - Wednesday 9th April 2014
The start of the local road interclub season is always keenly anticipated and it`s now become traditional that the first race is Blackpool’s, in and around the scenic Stanley Park. The course is 4 miles with two loops and conditions were good, if a little too cold for the bystanders and marshals! The popularity of the series continues, with there being 228 finishers.
Last Updated (Friday, 18 April 2014 15:53)
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.
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
Held 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.
Last Updated (Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:46)
Coniston 14 - Saturday 29th March 2014
A 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.
Last Updated (Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:38)
Altitude Training (in Chorley!)
Discounted sessions available for members of Preston Harriers.
- St Annes 10 mile road race - Sunday 16th March 2014
- Trimpell 20 Mile road race - Sunday 16th March 2014
- Northern Athletics Road Relay Champs (Mens) - Heaton Park, Manchester - Saturday 15th March 2014
- Preston Harrier Trio Treble
- British Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th March 2014