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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

2015 Jon Green and David Rigby - Leg 2 CWR runners 17.5.1588 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.
Preston Harriers entered two teams and Cat Slater and John Bradley led off for the A team covering their ten miles uphill and down in 1:33.04. David Rigby and Jon Green had a fantastic run on leg 2 to Todmorden which resulted in the 2nd fastest leg time of the day of 61.34 for their 8 ½ miles. They gained 22 places. Nichola Jackson and Neil McDonald were also speedy on the short leg 3 of 4.8 miles to a windy Blackshaw Head, posting the ninth fastest time. Tony Livesey and Andrew Newton on leg 4 maintained the team position to Wainstalls and Kevin Hesketh & Chris Tully ran a confident leg 5 to hand over to John Rainford and Sam Swindells for the last leg from Shelf. The team finished in a very good 14th place.

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:49)

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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.
Results

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:41)

 

Northern U20/Senior T&F Champs.

Entry forms here
 

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!
Conditions and visibility were good, although with a fresh to strong wind across the tops. Nichola Jackson was the only Preston Harrier running but had an excellent race to finish 10th lady and first under 23 in 75.42. Five runners came home in under the hour, which was a magnificent effort considering the course was so tough and the expected best time was 63.00. The winner was Tom Addison of Helm Hill Runners and the first lady was Annie Conway of Ambleside AC in 66.55.

 

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

2015 Symon WoanWith a limited number of athletes available, Harriers travelled to Hull on Sunday to take part in the first match of the Senior League season.
Thomas Crowe got the competition underway with the men's hammer, quickly followed by the Lupton sisters Hannah and Amy in the women's long jump.  Great performances were abandoned before the competition got underway due to the cold, windy and very wet conditions, leading to a track which would give nothing back to the athletes in performance. Hannah and Amy battled the elements and Amy was awarded the win as the B string athlete with a jump of 5m13, but Hannah had to settle for second on count back with 5m38 as the A string.

Last Updated (Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:00)

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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).

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London Marathon – Sunday 26th April 2015

2015 London Marathon - Steve Needham, Steve Mort, Vicky Sherrington and Kevin CurranAmongst 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.
First Harrier home was Kevin Hunt in 2hrs 58min 12sec (1,545th overall) followed by Darren McDermott in 3:12:10 (3,216th), Russell Codd in 3:13:57 (3,508th), Kevin Curran in 3:16:21 (3,857th) and Brian Dewhurst in 3:18:40 (4,163rd).
The trio of Stephen Mort, Stephen Needham and John Bradley all set off together and paced each other through the first 11 miles to ensure they could conserve energy for the latter stages of the race. Stephen Mort and John Bradley maintained the pace from mile 12 to mile 21 to keep their target time in mind before John pushed onwards in the last 5 miles.
John Bradley finished the race in 3:27:44 (5,691st), followed by Stephen Mort in 3:28:37 (recording a new PB and taking over 10 minutes off his previous best time and 5,900th overall). Stephen Needham ran the last 10 miles with a sore hamstring but managed a fine finish with a time of 3:58:04.
Chris Wales was the last male Harrier to complete the race, recording a time of 4:08:22 and was closely followed by Harriers only female runner, and marathon debutant, Vicki Sherrington who recorded a fantastic time of 4:24:04.

Last Updated (Sunday, 03 May 2015 09:28)

 
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