Interclub Fell Series Update...
We had a great start to the Inter Club fell series at Hutton Roof fell race.
Paddys Pole Fell Race - Tuesday 7th June 2016
The Paddys Pole fell race is an annual mid-week fell race organised by Preston Harriers on the Bowland fells. It starts and finishes at Fell Foot, near Chipping.
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NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION 1 SENIOR MATCH, SHEFFIELD - Sunday 5th June 2016
Harriers’ Yorkshire Disappointment
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Southport Triathlon - Sunday 22nd May 2016
It was the Southport Triathlon on Sunday, which with being a qualifying event for the ITU Worlds, North West regional and British University Championships, guaranteed a bumper entry. Indeed, close on 1000 triathletes competed in the various categories, with four Preston Harriers competing in the Olympic distance race (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run). Nichola Jackson continued her rich vein of form, dominating proceedings throughout and storming to the finish in 2:18:09 to take the North West female title, finishing over 2 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor and qualifying for the World Championships in Mexico. Billy Johnstone came in with an impressive new PB of 2:35:29, with Michael Brennand (3:01:38) and Jo Grime who also competes for Tri Rivington (3:28:59) completing the Proud Harriers team at what was a very well organised event.
Lower Youth Development League, Preston - Saturday 21st May 2016
Preston Harriers recorded one of their finest team performances for many years against arguably the largest club in the North of England, Sale. Preston Harriers battled throughout the day with the lead swapping between the clubs. Both finished equal first (subject to scrutiny) on 556 points each. This maintains Harriers on target to qualify for the national final for the 8th time in 9 seasons.
16th European Masters Athletics Non Stadia Championships, Portugal, 20th - 22nd May 2016
Eight runners from three local clubs competed at these championships held in Monte Gordo on the Algarve coast of Portugal close to the Spanish border. The ‘Non Stadia’ cater for road runners as opposed to track and field athletes and consist of a 10k, a cross country relay and a half marathon. There are also 10k, 20k and 30k race walks. These championships are open to all runners aged 35 or over, no entry standards are necessary and any or all races can be taken part in.
The 10k was a two lap fast flat course along the road to Santo Antonio starting at 6pm on the Friday for the women and 7pm for the men although it got to 7.20 before the men’s race got underway. It was very hot for the women who ran in the sun all the time, a little cooler for the men as they had some shade on their return legs. Tanya Barlow (W40) of Wesham finished in 56.34 which she was content with as it was her first time in this event and she was a little apprehensive beforehand.
Calderdale Way Relay - Sunday 15th May 2016
This year’s running of the Calderdale Way Relay was the 32nd event to be hosted by Halifax Harriers. With over 100 teams taking part, and twelve runners to a team, it is the biggest fell and trail relay in the country.
British Masters Relay Championships, Sutton Park, Birmingham - Saturday 14th May 2016
A Preston Harriers quartet took on the best of the country at the annual Masters Relay Races set within the magnificent Sutton Park, Birmingham. Relays debutant Billy Johnstone led the charge and used his strong presence to ensure a healthy position with a creditable 18.17 to hand over to Neil Mc Donald who piled on the pressure to gain 8 places with 17.48. David Watson relished the challenge to power past a further 7 teams for 22nd place with a superb 17.18. Kevin Hunt took the final leg and fought off the pressure of the pursuing teams to maintain Harriers’ fantastic position with 18.14, for 22nd Overall in 71.37.
North of England track and Field League Division 1 match, Wakefield - Saturday 7th May 2016
This weekend saw the first of four matches for Preston Harriers senior league team, who made the trip across the Pennines to Wakefield, where the Yorkshire sunshine helped the team get off to a good start to the season. Preston Harriers finished the match in 1st place, 6 points ahead of host club Wakefield.
Preston were pleased to be able to field a strong team for the opening match, where in the past we have struggled, but this year we were supported by a large number of athletes including Olympic, European and Commonwealth middle distance runner Helen Clitheroe who dusted off her track spikes to help the team out, when she ran the 1500m, the 3000m and a leg of the 4 X 400m relay. She used her 3000m race for pacing practice in preparation for her duties on the 21st May at Highgate, by lapping almost every other competitor. What a great morale boost it was for the team to have her return to her club roots.
Blacksticks Blue 10k road race - Sunday 8th May 2016
This tough race on the demanding slopes around Beacon Fell was held in warm and windy weather. Rob Affleck was once more a convincing winner in a time of 35.28. Chris Wales was the next Harrier to finish, 32nd in 43.23, and he was closely followed by Peter Cowling (36th in 43.46). Stephen Mort was 65th in 46.48, Dorothy Parkes was the first Harrier lady in 54.37 and other Harriers to complete the course were Phil Lakeland (54.45), Melanie Haworth (62.45) and Angela Tranter (67.52).