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Interclub Fell Series Update...

We had a great start to the Inter Club fell series at Hutton Roof fell race.
1st Team
Richard Smith, Jon Green, Dave Parkington, John Griffiths, John Rainford
1st Vet 40 Team
Jon Green, Dave Parkington, John Griffiths, John Rainford
1st Vet 50 Team
Dave Parkington, John Griffiths, John Rainford
1st Vet 60 Team
Alan Appleby, Steve Taylor
1st Vet 70 Team
Ed Stewart, Joe Howard

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Paddys Pole Fell Race - Tuesday 7th June 2016

2016 Nichola Jackson at Paddys Pole (1)2016 Pete McDermott at Paddys Pole2016 Jon Green at Paddys PoleThe Paddys Pole fell race is an annual mid-week fell race organised by Preston Harriers on the Bowland fells. It starts and finishes at Fell Foot, near Chipping.
The race is a tough one although short, at 6k and 336metres of climbing. There are some steep climbs, especially at the start, but with some fast runnable sections, notably the downhill from Paddys Pole itself at the top of Fair Snape Fell.
There was an excellent turn out of helpers and marshals and 101 ran the race on the night. It was warm and humid with thunderstorms not that far away, but it stayed dry. Towards the end of the race, with the last runners still on the fell, huge banks of mist rolled across the hills turning the whole scene very eerie and quiet.

Last Updated (Sunday, 12 June 2016 07:33)

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Harriers’ Yorkshire Disappointment
2016 Symon Woan at 100m start in SheffieldPreston Harriers senior team ventured across the Pennines to compete in the season's second league fixture. The team was greeted by Olympic and World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. Jessica had just completed her training session when the team arrived. Jess was kind enough to pose with some of the team for 'selfies'.
Heroic performances from team manager Caroline Warden (Ladies) competing in 7 events and David Rigby who travelled 200 miles to Sheffield from a wedding in the Lakes the previous day to compete in the steeplechase, 5000m and the shot failed to lift the Harriers from last place. The team were without many of their athletes due to a number of reasons.
Harrier stalwart sprinter Symon Woan showed his value to the team with a win in the 200 'B' followed by third in 100m, 5th in 400m and finished by running a leg in both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m. Daniel Bebbington returned from injury to win the 'B' 800m in 1.55.64.
After a win in the first match, this result was a setback for the team's aspirations. An improvement in results will be needed in the next match.

Last Updated (Sunday, 12 June 2016 07:28)


Southport Triathlon - Sunday 22nd May 2016

2016 Michael Brennand at Southport2016 Nichola Jackson with Olympic swimmers Grant Turner and Cassie PattenIt was the Southport Triathlon on Sunday, which with being a qualifying event for the ITU Worlds, North West regional  and British University Championships, guaranteed a bumper entry. Indeed, close on 1000 triathletes competed in the various categories, with four Preston Harriers competing in the Olympic distance race (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run). Nichola Jackson continued her rich vein of form, dominating proceedings throughout and storming to the finish in 2:18:09 to take the North West female title, finishing over 2 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor and qualifying for the World Championships in Mexico. Billy Johnstone came in with an impressive new PB of 2:35:29, with  Michael Brennand (3:01:38) and Jo Grime who also competes for Tri Rivington (3:28:59) completing the Proud Harriers team at what was a very well organised event.


Lower Youth Development League, Preston - Saturday 21st May 2016

2016 Macy Noblett winner of under 13 shot putPreston Harriers recorded one of their finest team performances for many years against arguably the largest club in the North of England, Sale. Preston Harriers battled throughout the day with the lead swapping between the clubs. Both finished equal first (subject to scrutiny) on 556 points each. This maintains Harriers on target to qualify for the national final for the 8th time in 9 seasons.
A tremendous thunderstorm greeted the athletes in the first events of the day. The events continued in the torrential downpour but the athletes were focused on their performance. The weather slowly improved as the day went on. Despite the adverse conditions 18 personal bests were set by Harriers. Every point counted with Harrier athletes competing in events that were not their first choice for the sake of the team.
Harriers had 24 individual event winners. Athletes  are only allowed to compete in 3 events plus a relay. 14-year-old Sam Gaskell was the only Harrier to win his 3 events, hammer, discus and shot.  Jasmine Jolly (under 15) showed her outstanding talent with a double win in the 75m hurdles and high jump recording 11.4s and 1.50m respectively. Fast improving under 15 boy sprinter Michael Fisher won the 100m 'B' race and the 'B' 300m. Macy Noblett (under 13) won her 70m hurdles race at a canter and then put the shot 8.99m to easily win the event.


16th European Masters Athletics Non Stadia Championships, Portugal, 20th - 22nd May 2016

Eight runners from three local clubs competed at these championships held in Monte Gordo on the Algarve coast of Portugal close to the Spanish border. The ‘Non Stadia’ cater for road runners as opposed to track and field athletes and consist of a 10k, a cross country relay and a half marathon. There are also 10k, 20k and 30k race walks. These championships are open to all runners aged 35 or over, no entry standards are necessary and any or all races can be taken part in.
The 10k was a two lap fast flat course along the road to Santo Antonio starting at 6pm on the Friday for the women and 7pm for the men although it got to 7.20 before the men’s race got underway. It was very hot for the women who ran in the sun all the time, a little cooler for the men as they had some shade on their return legs. Tanya Barlow (W40) of Wesham finished in 56.34 which she was content with as it was her first time in this event and she was a little apprehensive beforehand.

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Calderdale Way Relay - Sunday 15th May 2016

2016 Harriers at the Start of Leg 3 - CWR 2016This year’s running of the Calderdale Way Relay was the 32nd event to be hosted by Halifax Harriers. With over 100 teams taking part, and twelve runners to a team, it is the biggest fell and trail relay in the country.
Conditions were excellent, with mostly bright sunshine and excellent visibility. Preston Harriers A team finished in 14th position for the 50 mile and 12,000 feet of ascent route.  The B team finished 55th too.
David Rigby & Jason Parker had got the A team off to a good start, whilst Roy Parkinson and Alan Martin took the leg for the B team. After Dave Parkington and Lee Foley had brought in the baton to Todmorden, Nichola Jackson and Richard Smith took the short leg 3 for the A team to Blackshaw Head. Dougie Potter and John Bradley ran leg 3 for the B team having taken over from Steves Mort & Needham.

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British Masters Relay Championships, Sutton Park, Birmingham - Saturday 14th May 2016

2016 Harriers team at Masters Relays Billy Johnstone, David Watson, Neil MacDonald, Kevin HuntA Preston Harriers quartet took on the best of the country at the annual  Masters Relay Races set within the magnificent Sutton Park, Birmingham. Relays debutant Billy Johnstone led the charge and used his strong presence to ensure a healthy position with a creditable 18.17 to hand over to Neil Mc Donald who piled on the pressure to gain 8 places with 17.48. David Watson relished the challenge to power past a further 7 teams for 22nd place with a superb 17.18. Kevin Hunt took the final leg and fought off the pressure of the pursuing teams to maintain  Harriers’ fantastic position with 18.14, for 22nd Overall in 71.37.


Interclub Update...

Results from the Preston Interclub on Wednesday 11th May 2016 are here

North of England track and Field League Division 1 match, Wakefield - Saturday 7th May 2016

2016 Preston Harriers womens 4x400m team at WakefieldThis weekend saw the first of four matches for Preston Harriers senior league team, who made the trip across the Pennines to Wakefield, where the Yorkshire sunshine helped the team get off to a good start to the season. Preston Harriers finished the match in 1st place,  6 points ahead of host club Wakefield.
Preston were pleased to be able to field a strong team for the opening match, where in the past we have struggled, but this year we were supported by a large number of athletes including  Olympic, European and Commonwealth middle distance runner Helen Clitheroe who dusted off her track spikes to help the team out, when she ran the 1500m, the 3000m and a leg of the 4 X 400m relay. She used her 3000m race for pacing practice in preparation for her duties on the 21st May at Highgate, by lapping almost every other competitor. What a great morale boost it was for the team to have her return to her club roots.

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Blacksticks Blue 10k road race - Sunday 8th May 2016

This tough race on the demanding slopes around Beacon Fell was held in warm and windy weather. Rob Affleck was once more a convincing winner in a time of 35.28. Chris Wales was the next Harrier to finish, 32nd in 43.23, and he was closely followed by Peter Cowling (36th in 43.46). Stephen Mort was 65th in 46.48, Dorothy Parkes was the first Harrier lady in 54.37 and other Harriers to complete the course were Phil Lakeland (54.45), Melanie Haworth (62.45) and Angela Tranter (67.52).

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200 Club Winners

1st - Philippa Walsh

2nd - Mark Davies

3rd - Walter Gray