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Shaun Lee Johnstone Memorial 10 Mile Multi-Terrain, Boroughbridge, N. Yorks – Sunday 19th October

2014 Eddy Little and Steve Mort at BoroughbridgeThis poignant memorial race is in its 7th year and raises funds for the Brain Tumour Charity since the son of a Ripon Road Runner, Shaun, unfortunately succumbed to a tumour.  Preston Harriers has supported this event by its presence since its inaugural running in 2008.  This year Preston Harriers was represented by two athletes. Also, for the first time this year, the event was started by Olympic and Commonwealth Games Champion Jack Laugher.
The event starts at Brooms Farm, Boroughbridge and is a challenging, undulating, mostly off-road 10 mile course through farmland and the village of Minskip taking in the scenery of the Vale of York.  Conditions for the day were very good in terms of the ground underfoot and the weather, although there were very strong headwinds at times. First to finish was Steve Brown of Swaledale Runners in 01:03:56.  First lady to finish was Tori Green of Ripon Runners in 01:10:53 (16th overall).
First Preston Harrier to complete this challenging course was Stephen Mort (31st overall in 01:16:24) followed by Eddy Little (72nd in 01:27:06). They each received a ‘spot prize’ of a bottle of local beer as they crossed the finish line! 150 runners completed this tough but rewarding race.

Last Updated (Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:08)


Green Drive 5 – Sunday 19th October 2014

2014 David RigbyLast Sunday’s Green Drive 5 saw Preston Harrier David Rigby lead the Harrier charge right at the start of the race. Rigby’s pace was pressurized throughout the race by Rob Danson of Wesham RR but both were surprised by a strong victorious charge over the closing stages by R. Webb of Rossendale, with Rigby in close contention as 2nd overall in 26.24. Next over the line was Phil Lakeland 39.42, Judith Deakin 49.27 and Sue Wickham in 50.07.

Last Updated (Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:07)


Helwith Bridge Duathlon – Sunday 19th October 2014

Three Preston Harriers made the reasonably short trek up to Settle to compete in the 10th Helwith Bridge Duathlon, comprising a 4 mile run, 23 mile cycle ride and a repeat 4 mile run. Bright sunshine on the journey there unfortunately gave way to wet and windy conditions half an hour before the race, with the conditions deteriorating further during the 23 mile cycle element of the race, with strong winds hampering the riders’ progress.
Despite the testing conditions, Gethin Butler made his intentions known from the start, building a near 2 minute lead after completing the first run in 22:39, fellow Harriers Billy Johnstone and Michael Brennand arriving in transition 1 together in 29:12 and 29:23 respectively.

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Pilling 10K – Saturday 18th October 2014

2014 Jason ParkerLone Harrier Jason Parker made his presence felt at this year’s Pilling 10K with another fine victory in 34.56.

Last Updated (Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:06)


Vernon’s 4 Miler – Sunday 12th October 2014

2014 David WatsonLast Sunday 4 Preston Harriers ventured out onto the rolling footpaths of the Vernon’s 4 Miler. Super Vet David Watson gave a demonstration of pacing which saw him in 5th place over the initial stages. As the race developed Watson ramped up his cadence to enable him to force himself into the premier position and power through the line to a well-deserved victory in 23.35. A determined effort was also seen from Jenny Parker as 2nd Lady overall 25.59 as the Harrier haul of awards continued with the ever improving Helen Boyer 1st FV40 36.40 with Sue Wickham pushing hard in 39.19 to complete the team entry.

Last Updated (Monday, 20 October 2014 19:50)


Lea Town 10K – Saturday 11th October 2014

Jason Parker led the Preston Harrier charge at last weekend’s Lea Town 10K to record a superb 34.12 1st MV40, 3rd overall. Peter Cowling was next in 40.54 leading the way for his daughter Victoria Cowling in 49.00. This father daughter pattern was then repeated as Dave Lakeland was pursued all the way to the line by Kate Lakeland with Dave in 49.25 and Kate in 51.32.


Weekend round-up 11th & 12th October 2014

Lone Harriers did their club proud with Charlotte Rawcliffe completing the Wirral 10K in 45.25 and David Appleby who travelled to the Richmond Castle 10K to record 49.33.


Preston Harriers Presentation Evening

Come and join us for an evening of fun and celebration on Friday 14th November at 7pm at St Teresa's Social Club, Penwortham.
Trophy presentations, Disco, hot pot supper and raffle.
Tickets are £7 each and are available from coaches - Bob Welfare, Pete Hancock, Steve Jackson, Barbara Gillies or from Sally Kelly at the track on Thursday evenings, 5:45 to 7:15pm. 
Please can all of last years winners return their trophies to Barbara Gillies as soon as possible!


The Cross Country League season is almost here!

The first fixture is on Saturday 25th October 2014, at Wilson Playing Fields with Hyndburn AC as hosts - The postcode is BB5 5SB.
Directions - M65 to junction 7. After the slip-road, left onto Dunkenhalgh Way, then right at the lights onto Blackburn Rd (A678). After a short distance, turn left at the traffic lights onto the A680. Wilson Playing Fields is on your right (a wooded area) after about a mile. You will probably have to park on nearby streets.
Race Times:-
12.30 pm U11 Girls
12.45 pm U11 Boys
1.00 pm U13 Girls
1.20pm U15 Girls and U13 Boys
1.40 pm U15 Boys and U17 Women
2.00 pm U17 Men and Junior, Senior and Vet Women
2.30 pm - Junior, Senior and Vet Men
As this is the first race, numbers for the new season have to be issued
Please come to the Preston Harriers tent first where numbers will be available. If there isn`t one for you, then we will direct you to the Mid-Lancs HQ. Anyone who ran last year should have a number at the club tent. Please bring some safety pins!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 October 2014 21:23)


The Great Scottish Run - Sunday 5th October 2014

2014 Preston Harriers in GlasgowThe 35th running of the Great Scottish Run took place over the weekend of 4th & 5th October in and around Glasgow City Centre and is the biggest running event in Scotland.  30,000 people took part in the various races including Junior, Wheelchair, 10K and the Blue Riband event the Half Mara-thon (approx. 11,500 runners). 
The half marathon starts in George Square and finishes on Glasgow Green, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks along the way.  Weather conditions were near perfect for running with a cool start with a slight headwind for part of the undulating route that has a mostly flat run in to the finish.  It was mostly dry and overcast but this was interrupted by a significant cloudburst for the post 2 hour runners.

Last Updated (Saturday, 11 October 2014 07:28)

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Chester Marathon - Sunday 5th October 2014

The ancient Roman city of Chester played host to the annual Chester Marathon last weekend with 5 Preston Harriers gladiators marauding the city’s streets. At the head of the action were David Rigby and Robert Affleck who maintained a strong cadence over the first half to eliminate any challengers over the last 10K. Over the closing stages Rigby gradually pulled away from a persistent Affleck to record a fantastic PB 2.31.13 and 5th overall with Affleck powering through the line for 6th overall in 2.33.11. Empirical efforts were also seen from Kevin Curran (3.05), Steven Macurus (3.13) and the mighty Peter Cowling (3.16) to round off a day of PBs and personal triumph.

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