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National Final Reward for Battling Preston Harriers

Harriers under 15 team secured a place in the National Final despite a close battle in the last league match at their home venue of UCLan Sports Arena last Saturday. Having to have their other league home matches, to be hosted away from the Arena due to the winter storm damage to the throwing cage. Completion of the new cage just 9 days before the fixture was a boost to the team's hope of reaching the final.

Last Updated (Monday, 21 July 2014 20:01)

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Fells Inter-club Update

Latest tables following the fell race at Warton Crag

Inter-club Update...

Wesham Race Results here

Wesham Inter-Club Road Race - Monday 14th July 2014

2014 Harriers at Wesham Inter ClubPreston Harrier honours were in contention right to the wire at last Monday’s Wesham Interclub race around the rolling lanes of Salwick. Five Harriers packed tightly into the top 10 positions  but it was David Rigby and Rob Affleck who surged ahead to battle for outright victory over the last 400 metres. Rigby’s final kick put Affleck’s determined efforts behind him to take 1st place in 23.05, with Affleck being rewarded with 1st MV40 and 2nd overall in 23.13. Underlining Preston’s dominance on the day, next in was Gethin Butler for 5th in 24.16, 6th went to Jason Parker (24.32) and 7th was Jon Green (24.46).
Fine performances were also seen from Neil Mc Donald with 26.36, David Watson (26.49), Billy Johnstone 1st MV50 in 26.58, Mark Lee (27.15), Chris Wales (27.26), Richard Smith (27.51), Chris Scott (27.58) and leading the MV60 catergory was Kevin Hesketh with 27.59. Preston Harriers continued to power through the line with Andy Grimshaw 28.10, Stephen Bonsu (29.00),  Peter Cowling (29.10), Stephen Needham (29.29), Andy Acklam (29.42),  Alan Appleby (30.29), Stephen Mort (30.31), George Green (30.33), Andrew Tranter (31.41), John Bradley (32.22), Phil Lakeland (34.25), Dave Wakefield (34.44), Michael McLoughlin (35.00) and Dave Roberts (37.53) to complete the Harriers Men’s Team.

Last Updated (Saturday, 19 July 2014 08:08)

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St. Annes Carnival 5K – Sunday 6th July 2014

Seaside views and a flat course were enjoyed by Preston Harriers’ first athlete Jake Lonsdale who had a cracking race to clock 17.19 for 5th overall with Kevin Hunt pushing hard for his second race of the weekend with a creditable 18.43.


Bentham Beagles Bash 10K - Sunday 6th July 2014

Just 2 Preston Harriers travelled to North Yorkshire for the Bentham Beagles Bash 10k. Phil Lakeland clocked 52.55 with Kate Lakeland next through in 57.17.


Catforth Canter – Saturday 5th July 2014

Last Saturday saw the second staging of the Catforth Canter 5K with 8 Preston Harriers toeing the line. Andrew Newton led the Harriers’ contingent over the line in a creditable 6th overall in 17.07 with Paul Lightfoot pressing him all the way for 7th in 17.31. Kevin Hunt’s return of form saw him storm the line in 18.10 with Billy Johnstone next through as 1st MV50 in a PB 18.24 and Chris Wales 18.37. A trio of the Duffy family acquitted themselves admirably with Joseph first over the line in 19.29, Annie in 23.42 and Andrew in 23.56 to complete the Harrier team.


SOTOS 10K, Fleetwood – Sunday 29th June 2014

2014 David Rigby at SOTOS 10k2014 Marian Hesketh at SOTOS 10kLast weekend’s Sotos 10K provided all the athletes with stunning views, perfect weather conditions and a superb welcome to what is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst local clubs. A dominant Preston Harrier performance saw the trio of David Rigby, Rob Affleck and Gethin Butler work as a combined unit to effectively decimate all challengers at the front of the pack. Victory, in majestic form, went to Rigby with 32.52 as Affleck fought off the ever persistent Butler for 2nd in 33.03 and 33.09 for third to seal the overall team award. The generosity of the Sotos 10k ensured that Jason Parker was justly rewarded for 5th in 35.11 and he was pushed hard all the way by Steve Hallas in 6th (35.18).  Next to storm the line was Neil Mc Donald with a season’s best 37.05, super vet Kevin Hesketh with 38.30 as 1st MV60 and an improving Kevin Hunt with SB 38.38. The flow of Harriers continued with Chris Wales (39.11), Peter Cowling (40.17), Alan Metcalf (40.45) and Preston’s first lady Marian Hesketh 1st FV60 in 43.28.  The Harrier prize haul continued with the ever smiling Victoria Cowling attaining 1st FJ in 47.18 and she was followed in by Vicki Sherrington (49.53), Adela Nuttall (57.39), Helen Boyer (59.58), Claire Forrest (62.10), Sue Wickham (64.58)  and the ever ebullient Diane Brown in 89.17 to complete the Proud Preston Harrier Team.

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 July 2014 21:30)


Witton Park Trail Relays – Thursday 26th June 2014

The Witton Park Trail Relays saw Preston Harriers field three teams for the gruelling 2 mile race. Team 911 was led by David Rigby (14.40) who passed on to Jon Green (15.31) with Chris Tully (16.03) comfortably holding an excellent 4th place. The all female Team Atomic Kitten was led by Cat Slater (16.54, second fastest in class) who passed to Ambi Tipping (20.26) and finally Jenny Parker (19.37) successfully bringing the ladies home 2nd in class (30th overall). Team Hanson set off with Daniel Whitlock (15.57) to Andrew Newton (15.46). With no time to rest, David Rigby changed his number and set off on the final leg posting a superb time (15.35) to come home 7th. Congratulations to all for enabling us to field three strong successful teams.


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Freckleton Half Marathon – Sunday 22nd June 2014

2014 Freckleton Flyers 2014The weather was not the only thing that sizzled at last weekend’s 50th anniversary of the Freckleton Half Marathon. Preston Harriers Robert Affleck and Gethin Butler put in a blistering performance with consistent pressure from other local athletes. Right at the start Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers blasted away from the  line to take the lead which he maintained to retain his dominant reign as champion. Affleck was in close contention throughout the race and was able to turn up the pressure to burn off his nearest protagonist,  John Mason, an ex-Freckleton man visiting from Canada, to record 73.04 and a superb 2nd overall. Butler raced within a chasing pack of 5 runners all vying for supremacy over each other and over the closing stages he turned up the heat to leave his nearest rivals in his wake and attain 4th overall in 75.03, 1st MV45. As the temperatures soared Neil McDonald’s reservoir of pace ran dry at mile 9 requiring him to dig deep to get himself over the line in 87.29 as 3rd counter and guarantee a Preston Harrier team victory. Next over the line was Kevin Curran who put in a creditable performance with 89.18 to complete the Harrier entry.

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 July 2014 21:09)

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