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Preston 10 mile road race - Sunday 15th November 2015

2015 Helen Clitheroe first lady at Preston 102015 Peter Cowling2015 David Watson and Chris Wales2015 Bill Topping2015 Stephen Bonsu2015 Rigby & Pennington at Preston 10Despite the poor weather conditions over the weekend, there was a bumper turnout for the 34th running of the popular Preston 10 mile road race, with nearly 500 runners lining up for the start. Preston Harriers David Rigby and Gary Pennington battled it out in the men’s race with Rigby taking the honours in 55:53, with Pennington close behind in 56:04. Matthew Thompson of Southport Waterloo rounded off the top three coming home in 56:13. In the ladies’ race Preston Harrier and Team GB Olympian Helen Clitheroe dominated proceedings and despite the high winds prevailing on the course finished first lady in a time of 58:18, just 13 seconds off the women's course record. Emma Crowe of Wrexham AC was second in 63:28 and Darwen Dasher Joanne Nelson was third in 63:53. At the presentation the winnners’ hampers provided by race sponsor Lawrence Hunt & Co Ltd proved very popular as well as the large selection of cakes for all the finishers to refuel with!

Last Updated (Sunday, 29 November 2015 07:26)


SPORTSHALL, BLACKPOOL - Sunday 8th November 2015

2015 Ethan HallasPreston Harriers’ 7 year dominance of the Lancashire Sportshall League continued with a clean sweep, Harriers winning all of the 6 age group categories at the first of this winter’s fixtures at Blackpool. The team of 55 athletes won 27 individual events and 5 of the 6 relays.
Ethan Hallas was Harriers’ highest point scorer with 25 out of a possible 28 in his 4 events. His  progress over the last 12 months has made him one of the club's fastest under 13 boys. He won the 2 lap, 4 lap and standing triple jump and was 3rd in the standing long jump. His performances won him the under 13 boys’ 'Athlete of the Match'.
Under 11 boys’ 'Athlete of the Match' was James Ince who he amassed a total point score of 23 by winning the 1 lap and standing long jump, followed by 2nd in the 3 lap and 3rd in the vertical jump. Ethan Tibbs scored 21.5 points to claim the under 15 boys’ 'Athlete of the Match'. A jump specialist, he recorded 2.50 and 7.65 metres for his standing long and standing triple jumps respectively.
Imogen Blackwell, under 11 girl, continues to show she has a bright future by winning the standing triple jump and seated chest pass that helped her points score to 17.4. Largest point scorers in the under 13 girls were Lela Bendris (14.5), Macy Noblett (13.5), Lauren Tunstall (12) and Evie Parkinson (10). Harriers totally dominated the under 15 girls’ age group with the team scoring 65 points with second place Blackburn on 20 points. Highest point scorers were Emma Fulton (18), Emma Vickers (17) and Daisy McDonald (16).
2 KENDAL      156.1
3 BLACKPOOL     103.5
4 BLACKBURN     103.1
6 CHORLEY      74.9
7 HYNDBURN     58.5

Last Updated (Saturday, 14 November 2015 09:00)


Derwentwater 10 mile race - Sunday 1st November 2015

2015 Preston Harriers at Derwentwater 10 - 1.11.15The Derwentwater 10 mile race was held for the fifty sixth time last Sunday, making it one of the longest continuous ten mile road races in the country. The race, organised very well by Keswick AC, starts in Keswick town centre. For this year, the course ending had been changed to keep it off a busy road into the town and the old finish outside Keswick school. The finish was in Portinscale and all competitors agreed that it felt, and was, much safer.
The weather was simply glorious; warm sunshine with temperatures nudging 16° C, and superb views across Derwentwater and to the mountain of Skiddaw beyond. The climbs were probably made that little bit harder because of the heat too…
A group of 13 Preston Harriers ran and first Harrier home was Richard Smith, 23rd, in 61.01; Richard was delighted to pick up a spot prize of a rucsac at the presentation afterwards. Andrew Grimshaw and Catherine Slater finished together in under 66 minutes, with Catherine being 4th lady. Alan Appleby was 2nd Vet 65 in 69.35 whilst Russell Codd posted 69.48. There were also good runs from Steve Mort, Charlotte Rawcliffe, Michael Brennand, Steve Needham, Steve Jackson, Sue Wickham, Helen Boyer & Kari Edwards.


Through The Villages road race - Sunday 1st November 2015

The roller coaster roads of Brinscall and White Coppice greeted the half dozen Preston Harriers to the annual 8.5 mile Through the Villages race. The steep ascent right at the start of the race challenged all the local athletes with just a small pack managing to stretch away. Fully recovered from his Berlin Marathon exploits Rob Affleck used the initial miles to settle into a steady pace and was joined at the sharp end of the race by the predacious Gary Pennington, who stayed in close contention throughout. Over the closing miles Affleck’s marathon strength was well utilised to attain a healthy lead which he did not relinquish to power through the line in 1st overall in 47.18. Pennington maintained his high cadence to fight off any late challenges to be rewarded with 2nd overall in a mighty 48.04. The Proud Harrier presence was further enhanced by Kevin Hunt (53.16 2nd MV45), David Watson (56.32) 5th MV45, Alan Martin (60.30 9th MV45) and the ever ebullient Billy Johnstone (60.47 8th MV50).


2015 Presentation Night

Presentation Night - Friday 13th November. St Theresas Social Club, Queensway, Penwortham from 7pm. Tickets costing £7 are available from any Committee Member and at club coaching sessions. Ticket price includes a hot pot supper. Please come along.


Harriers Tri Suit!

2015 harriers tri suit in bluePreston Harrier Symon Woan, who has his own sportswear company Black Mamba Elite Training Apparel, has very kindly designed a bespoke Harriers tri suit for our burgeoning Triathlon group. The suit utilises the latest moisture wicking fabrics and is of the highest quality. There will be one order going in for the 2016 season and they will not be stocked with the vests, etc. The price is £45, which is a bargain for a premium tri suit and if the order is big enough the price will be a bit less! Sizing, etc, will be available prior to the final order being placed. For more information please contact Harriers Tri Rep Mick Brennand at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated (Saturday, 14 November 2015 08:53)


Training Update...

Continues on Wed 18th November.


Mid Lancs XC Towneley Park, Burnley – Saturday 24th October 2015

2015 Under 11 Girls prepare for the start of their race -  Burnley xc 24.10.152015 Daniel Bebington - No 86 - Preston HarriersIn a very well represented U11 girls’ field, Preston Harriers had Ellie Snape Travis, Anna Thompson, Isabella Buraimo, Mary Tranter and Grace Halliday all working hard over a good X-C surface in relatively mild weather. Harriers’ U11 boys contingent was led by Hayden Middleton followed by Jensen Warren, Simon Shilton, John Yelland, Thomas Haworth, Joseph Thompson and Harvey Vickers who gamely ploughed on to the finish although detached from the other runners.
2015 Philippa Walsh2015 Preston Harriers ladies at Burnley cross countryThe U13 girls saw good running from Annie Duffy and Lucy Treadell, well up the field but unfortunately lacking the support of another for a good team placing.
Liam Blackwell led a strong field of Harriers home in the U13 boys. Behind him was a posse of Benjamin Withers, Thomas Durney and Ethan Warren ensuring a 3rd team placing. Thomas Barnes, Jacob Shilton, Aaron Halliday and Harvey Halliday completed the hard working team.

Last Updated (Saturday, 31 October 2015 09:53)

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2015 Road Race Champs Tables with all races now completed!

It is each athlete’s responsibilities to check their results. If you want to advise of any inaccuracies for races 24 and 25 you need to contact Kari Edwards by Monday 26th October at 8pm at the latest.

Sorry for the short timescale but the deadline to take the trophies to the engravers is Tuesday AM!

Warning! when you try to open the file you may get an error about it being in the wrong format, ignore it and click yes to open.

Or you can go to the Harriers Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/prestonharriers and it opens fine as it is in the.xlsx format.

Last Updated (Saturday, 24 October 2015 09:24)


Green Drive 5 mile road race - Sunday 18th October 2015

Last weekend’s Green Drive 5 was keenly contested with county and club honours at stake. Preston Harrier David Rigby had a battle royal with local athlete Karl Billington to be just pipped at the post for 2nd overall in 25.10. Harrier dominance on the day resulted in an avalanche of red,white and blue with Rob Affleck pushing hard for 3rdin 26.21, Gethin Butler 5th (26.43) and Andrew Benson  6th in 26.54. Next to blast through the line was the ever improving Peter Cowling in 31.14 and he was followed in by Dominic Moon (32.19), Andrew Tranter (34.47), Phil Lakeland (38.11) and Chris Clark (52.06).
The  Harrier ladies were headed by Karen Clark in 43.58 who was pressed to the line by Sue Wickham (45.11), Adela Nuttall (45.48), Judith Deakin (46.170, Angela Tranter (46.23) and Helen Boyer (46.26).


Shaun Lee Johnstone Memorial 10 mile Multi-Terrain - Sunday 18th October 2015

Lone Harrier Steve Mort made the journey accross the Pennines to Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire to compete in the 8th annual running of this race, which raises money for Brain Tumour Research. Weather conditions were favourable with very light winds and rain which eased off just before the race started. The race is mainly run on farm tracks and fields with only a short road section in the village of Minskip. Steve is only one of two runners who have ran this race every year since the inaugural event back in 2008! Feeling strong throughout the race, he finished in a very creditable 37th place with a time of 74min 44 sec. 178 completed the race, with the winner being Tristan Learoyd of New Marske Harriers.

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