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Weekend Race Reports
At the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday 17th May, Tunde Buraimo finished in 3.54.30, Helen Boyer clocked 4.52.18 and Sue Wickham was not far behind her with a time of 5.05.22. William Johnstone took part in another tough event, the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon and finished in 3.05.06.
Calderdale Way Relay – Sunday 17th May 2015
88 teams took part last Sunday in the 31st running of the Calderdale Way Relay organised by Halifax Harriers. The event is run in pairs, over six legs, and covers a shade over 50 miles through some lovely scenery. The event starts and finishes at West Vale and is eagerly anticipated each year. Despite there being so many teams competing, it is vital that runners know their routes and individuals will usually reconnoitre the route in advance.
Last Updated (Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:49)
British Masters road relays, Sutton Park - Saturday 16th May 2015
Six Preston Harriers travelled to Birmingham to compete against the best in the country at the British National Masters Championships, run over the tough three mile Sutton Park course, including the renowned 'cardiac hill'. Gary Pennington started proceedings, running 15:41 for the first leg to leave the team handily placed in the top ten. Consistent performances from Jason Parker (16:21), Jon Green (16:20) and Andrew Newton (16:13) left the team in 5th place with two legs to go. At this stage the medal positions were comfortably occupied by Thames Hare & Hounds, Salford Harriers and Ron Hill Cambuslang. However the twin pronged attack of Gethin Butler (15:32) and Rob Affleck (15:23) had other ideas with the Harriers team taking third place and bronze in a thrilling finish, just pipped by the best that London and Scotland have to offer, a Proud Preston performance!
Calderdale Way Relay Results Link 2015
Thank you to everyone who ran and huge thanks to John Griffiths for organising the teams.
Last Updated (Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:41)
Blacksticks Blue 10K - Sunday 10th May 2015
The Blacksticks Blue 10K starts and ends in the Bowland village of Whitechapel and proved to be a real ripper of a race around the hard ascents of Beacon Fell. Preston Harrier Robert Affleck took the battle to the lead protagonists over the first mile and utilised his marathon strength as the race route climbed through the tree covered hillside to attain an unassailable lead resulting in a fine victory with 34.24. Neil Mc Donald made a tentative start but relished the tough undulations and was able to work himself into a creditable 6th overall, 1stMV45 with 38.33. Preston Harriers continued to stream through the line to collect their prized cheese whilst being cheered by a healthy crowd with Jake Meap in 12th place (40.08), Peter Cowling (42.16), Phil Lakeland (52.55), Kate Lakeland (56.32) and stalwart David Roberts who stormed through in 56.54 to complete the proud Harrier Team.
Six Summits Fell Race – Saturday 9th May 2015
The second of the six English Championship fell races took place on the Shropshire Hills on the 9th May. The small town of Church Stretton was the venue and the race was hosted by Mercia Fell Runners. The race covering 6.3 miles and 3,250 feet of ascent was a very hard one, as it was run across the grain of the land between deep and steep sided valleys. The ascents were steep, almost brutal in their severity and the descents will have seen many tired legs a few days after!
Lancashire Combined Events
There are loads of photographs from the Lancashire Combined Events meeting that feature quite a few Preston athletes on the Lancs AA website
Senior T&F League, Hull - Sunday 3rd May 2015
With a limited number of athletes available, Harriers travelled to Hull on Sunday to take part in the first match of the Senior League season.
Last Updated (Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:00)
Welcome Tavern 5K - Tuesday 28th April 2015
Last Wednesday night saw the premier race of the annual Welcome Tavern 5K series. Due to logistical issues the race venue was effectively switched to Vernon Carus Sports Club with a tweaked course, which received positive reviews. Preston Harriers’ dominance was evident over the opening stages of the race with Andrew Benson leading the rapid charge. As the leading pack ramped up their cadence the lead changed with Gary Pennington applying pressure throughout to attain 16.07 for a mighty 2nd place with Gethin Butler in close contention for 3rd in 16.17, ChrisTully 4th (16.24), Jason Parker 5th (16.33), and Andrew Benson 6th in 16.37. Richard Smith’s rich vein of strength continued with 17.37 and he was pushed all the way by Steve Hallas (17.44), Andrew Tranter (20.50), Russell Codd (20.56) and Michael Brown (22.34).
London Marathon – Sunday 26th April 2015
Amongst the record number of 37,536 runners who completed the 35th London Marathon last Sunday were 10 athletes from Preston Harriers. Race conditions were perfect for marathon distance running on the day with cool temperatures and light drizzle at the start.
Last Updated (Sunday, 03 May 2015 09:28)