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IMPORTANT NOTICE - Mid Lancs T&F at Wigan on Saturday 26th April

Please click here to read the entry procedure for the first Mid Lancs fixture at Wigan on Saturday.
 

London Marathon - Sunday 13th April 2014

2014 Preston Harriers London Marathon runnersWhilst 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)

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Blackpool Interclub - Wednesday 9th April 2014

2014 Catherine Slater - 1st lady for Preston H at Blackpool interclub 9.4.142014 Luke Minns 1st and David Rigby 2nd at Blackpool Interclub 9.4.14The 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.
Despite the concerns about several key runners missing because of holidays, those who had just completed the Manchester marathon and those about to run at London, Harriers triumphed with an open win. David Rigby had led the team home with a good battle all the way round with Blackpool’s Luke Minns, who was ahead of Rigby by ten seconds at the end, Minns finishing first in 20.45 and Rigby 2nd in 20.55. The ladies placed third, with strong runs from Catherine Slater (3rd) and Jenny Parker (9th). Harriers placed first in the vets, 2nd in vet 50 and 4th in the vet 60 category.

Last Updated (Friday, 18 April 2014 15:53)

 

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

 
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