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New Club Record in the Marathon!

Well done to David Rigby who not only won the Chester Marathon today (Sunday 4th October) but also smashed the 18 year old club record held by Steve Smith by almost 2 minutes!

David finished the race in 2 hours 24 minutes 47 seconds!

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2015 InterClub Series

Individual InterClub Placings now online (2015 Prize Winners)

Can You Help With A Research Study?

I am currently conducting a study investigating a novel nutritional intervention on endurance performance at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham. I am recruiting participants and are specifically looking for runners who are experienced (have been running for at least 2 years) and are reasonably fast (< 1h 45m half marathon in last 2 years).
Participation will involve completing two endurance runs over a distance of 15miles. The runs will require you to run 15 laps of a 1 mile course so that I can time you. These runs would be at least one week apart. On one of these runs I will provide you with a placebo drink to consume, while on the other I will provide the novel nutritional ingredient.
Testing dates are flexible and can be arranged around your training and race schedule. Sundays will probably suit most participants as this can be used as a Sunday run!
If you would be interested in taking part in this study or have any further questions please contact me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you,

Jessica McDermott

Last Updated (Monday, 05 October 2015 19:30)


Affleck’s Berlin Blitz – Berlin Marathon – Sunday 27th September 2015

2015 Rob Affleck with Berlin Marathon medalLast weekend proud Preston Harrier Rob Affleck toed the line at the annual Berlin Marathon. Months of training paid dividends as he maintained a consistent cadence to record 3.30 average per km throughout the whole marathon distance. Affleck’s metronomic pacing was rewarded with a massive pb of 2.27, 3rd UKMV40 and 111th overall against an international field.

Last Updated (Sunday, 04 October 2015 10:41)


RunPreston 10k and 5k road races – Sunday 27th September 2015

Preston Harriers were successful in these popular annual road races in Preston city centre. David Rigby won the 10k race in a good time of 31.58, Chris Livesey was 3rd in 33.11 and Andrew Benson was 5th in 33.43. Helen Clitheroe was 1st lady and 8th overall in 34.57. In the 5k race, Kevin Hunt was 2nd in 18.06 and Peter Cowling was 6th in 19.26. After her outstanding run in Saturday’s cross country race, Eleanor Ward completed a successful weekend by finishing 11th overall and 1st lady in 20.17. Victoria Duckett was 23rd overall in 22.12 and Lucy Treaddell was 28th in 22.50.


Mid Lancs Cross Country League, Astley Park, Chorley - Saturday 26th September 2015

The first fixture of the new cross country season took place in warm sunshine in the spectacular surroundings of Astley Park, Chorley, on Saturday 26th September.  In the under 11 girls’ race, Preston Harriers debutante Anna Thompson was first to finish in 35th place. Isabella Buraimo was close behind her in 37th, Lily Hunt was 49th and Grace Halliday was 55th. They finished 8th team. Harriers’ under 11 boys were 4th team. Hayden Middleton had a great run for 6th place and the other team scorers were Simon Shilton (24th) and Thomas Chadwick (27th). The under 13 boys went one better to finish 3rd team, showing excellent packing, with Ethan Warren 9th, Liam Blackwell 13th and Thomas Durney 15th. Preston Harriers’ under 15 girls were the most successful; they won their age group with excellent runs from Eleanor Ward in 4th place, Tegan Macuras (7th) and Kate Danby (8th).  Only Matthew Fazackerly (15th) and Euan Marsden (23rd) contested the under 15 boys’ race.  A depleted senior women’s team came 11th, the scorers being Emma Essex-Crosby (18th), Loy Kalasiram (42nd) and Vicki Sherrington (81st). Junior Chris Durney led home the senior men’s team with 32nd place in his first attempt at the senior distance. He was followed in by Jon Green (36th) and Tony Livesey (42nd). Michael O’Donnell made a succcessful return from injury in 64th place and the other scorers were Steve Hallas (87th) and Alan Durney (96th). Preston Harriers finished 7th senior team, 4th MV40 team and 2nd MV50 team.


Updated Preston Harriers Road Race Championships Tables

These have now been updated to include race 22 (Leyland Interclub) and race 23 (Garstang Half Marathon).
Only 2 races to go now.. take a look and see how you are doing...
It is each athletes responsibility to check their own results. A Word document is also attached which explains the tables.
If you think your results need amending please contact Kari Edwards ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by Monday 12th October!

Last Updated (Sunday, 04 October 2015 11:14)


ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, Chicago

2015 nichola jackson chicago (1)2015 nichola jackson chicago 2Following her qualification at the English Triathlon championships at Chester in June, Preston Harriers’ Nichola Jackson travelled to Chicago USA to compete in ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. Racing in the standard (Olympic) distance, female 20 -24 age group category, Nichola put in a stunning performance finishing 20th overall and third  British competitor in a time of 2:21:10, a great conclusion to her first season of Triathlon and in amazingly only her fourth standard distance event. A strong season in 2016 surely beckons.

Last Updated (Thursday, 01 October 2015 20:20)


Winter Track Times

Track is booked from the 1st October by Preston Harriers for our sole and exclusive use.
The days and times are:
Tues and Thurs from 6pm to 8pm. Wed 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
There is a session fee of £2 which is payable by all athletes using the track.
The money is to be collected by volunteers at the gate on a Tues and Thurs. Wed session fees will be collected by coaches taking the Wed group session.

***NOTICE*** The trackside car park at Uclan sports arena is going to be closed for the next few weeks due to a new pitch being laid & contractors plant being parked there. It is already heavily congested on Wednesday nights in particular so please aim to arrive a few minutes earlier for training than usual, as you will likely be parked on the coach park at the far end of the arena.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 September 2015 21:22)


Cross Country Training

Cross Country training for Seniors starts Saturday 3rd October at 9.45am prompt, behind the pavilion for Seniors and anyone else interested. Junior endurance squad will have their own session and coaches will advise.


Garstang Half Marathon - Sunday 13th September 2015

David Rigby won the Garstang half marathon by almost 6 minutes with an excellent time of 73 minutes 22 seconds for the tough course. Other members of Preston Harriers to take part in this race were Simon Collins, who was 8th in 1.24.55, Chris Wales (1.31.47), Peter Cowling (1.32.15), Alan Metcalf (1.33.43), Russell Codd (1.36.00), Dave Wakefield (1.57.31) and Sue Wickham (2.17.41).

Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:59)


NW Counties Road Relays, Edge Hill, Ormskirk - Saturday 12th September 2015

2015 Start of U17 NW Relays Race2015 Andy Benson NW Relays2015 Daniel Bebbington at the NW RelaysEdge Hill University at Ormskirk was the venue for this year’s NW Counties Road Relays. Blustery but dry conditions prevailed, although there had been early morning rain. The various age group courses started and finished on the new athletics track, and they all followed a perimeter route around the campus sports facilities.
Harriers U17 women ran 3 x 2.9k legs finishing fourth overall, and first Lancashire team. The team was Meg Beckett, Charlotte Crook and Blyth Fourie. The U17 men had a terrific day too; the A team of George Warburton, Jake Lonsdale & Nathan Dunn were 2nd overall with each runner completing 5k.  Harriers finished in 54.51, behind Vale Royal’s winning time of 51.31. The B team of Louis Barrow, Adam Roberts and Dean Tierney was 4th. Nathan Dunn recorded the equal 4th fastest time on the day of 16.59

Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:58)

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