|NEWS - Cross Country Last Two League Fixtures.|
The next Mid Lancs XC is at Rossall School on Sat 13th Feb.
Northern Cross Country Championships - Saturday 30th January 2016
On a windy and wintry day at Blackburns` Witton Park for the Northern Cross Country Championships, with large entry fields through the day, Patrick Dever running in the under 20 mens race won a quite brilliant victory.
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Brass Monkey Half Marathon, York – Sunday 17th January 2016
Whilst most of Lancashire was covered in snow over the weekend, resulting in the Inskip Half Marathon being cancelled due to icy conditions, Preston Harrier Steve Mort had made the journey over to York to run the Brass Monkey Half Marathon which had avoided the bad weather. Race conditions were perfect with the temperature hovering just above freezing point and with no prevailing winds. The very popular half marathon had online entries which went on sale at the end of October last year, with 1750 places selling out within 70 minutes! The race is a favourite for runners of all abilities as the route is fast and flat, heading southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands. Steve finished in 376th position out of 1508 finishers, with a time of 1.34.30.
Hyndburn Cross Country - Saturday 16th January 2016
It was left to the seniors to carry the flag for Preston Harriers at the Hyndburn cross country league fixture, although a handful of juniors did attend. The ground was a mixture of frozen surfaces and mud, although in the latter stages of the last race, the senior mens, it snowed! In the ladies race, Nichola Jackson had an exciting tussle with Emily Japp (Blackpool) and took the win by getting ahead in the final wooded section. A team position of 4th was cemented by Ambi Tipping in 18th & Loy Kalasiram in 29th. Temperatures plunged and the skies darkened for the mens race, which was won by James Douglas (Border Harriers) – Gethin Butler was an excellent 9th and team counters were Richard Smith, Sam Swindells, Kevin Hunt, Chris Wales & John Wealthy.
Last Updated (Sunday, 24 January 2016 08:57)
NORTH WEST SPORTSHALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Sportcity Manchester - Saturday 16th January 2016
This annual fixture at Sportcity Manchester sees the best under 11 athletes in the North West compete for their county teams in these area championships. Lancashire has a great tradition with many past teams making the national finals. This year 14 Preston Harriers athletes were selected to be included in the 26 strong Lancashire team.
Last Updated (Sunday, 24 January 2016 08:55)
Lancashire Cross Country Championships - Saturday 16th January 2016
The Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park were run in very heavy conditions, with the descent of “the saucer” becoming increasingly muddy and energy sapping with each lap of each race. The races assist in the choosing of the Lancashire cross country team at the prestigious inter-counties championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham on the 12th March. For the u13/15/17s and seniors, the first six places are automatic selections and for the U20s, it is the first four.
Last Updated (Sunday, 24 January 2016 08:46)
If you haven't already got a plan, now's the time to get some races booked to give you a focus for 2016. If you like the sound of an international Preston Harriers race experience without having to go too far, here's some information gathered from the Internet regarding the Amsterdam Marathon and Half.
Race website: http://www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl/en/
Auld Lang Syne Fell Race - Thursday 31st December 2015
The 22nd running of the popular Auld Lang Syne fell race of 9.6k and 300m of climbing from Penistone Hill above Haworth attracted over 400 runners and it was full weeks in advance.
Last Updated (Sunday, 10 January 2016 13:53)
New Year....New Image!
Here's a sneak peek of our new logo as part of the website rebrand project.
Last Updated (Monday, 04 January 2016 21:50)
Round Up – Christmas races
There wasn`t much to cheer local runners over the Christmas period as events were postponed because of localised and, wider flooding. The Ribble Valley 10k, hosted by Blackburn Harriers which was the Northern Athletics 10k championship and a race normally attracting a huge field, and planned for Sunday 27th December was called off. The race route had considerable amounts of deep standing water at many places.
The area was also subject to wider flooding, making transport extremely difficult with strong advice not to travel issued by the Police. With people having to leave their homes, cancelling a race fades into insignificance when so many others have been affected adversely affected by the tumultuous flooding events.
The Lancaster Festive 4k did take place on the 27th and 230 ran, with Lee Foley 15th in 14.44. Over in Derbyshire, The Up The Nab fell race also on the 27th, started from Glossop Rugby Club, and it was a test running for the English Championship fell race in May. Covering 6.4k and 365m of climbing, Nichola Jackson was 1st lady in 29.44 (17th overall) and the race was won by the current English Champion, Simon Bailey of Mercia in 24.60.
PRESTON HARRIERS CHRISTMAS HANDICAP 2015
On Sunday 20th December we held the “not quite a handicap” event in Avenham Park on a morning that was mostly clear skies and a light breeze (a change from the daily rain and gales). Due to the organiser being taken ill on the morning the participants, who had come bearing gifts, were given the choice of running 1, 2, or 3 laps in Avenham park, approx. 500m per lap. With a good turnout of participants and family support there was enough help for marshalling and present awarding at the end. The 3 lap runners set of first followed by the 2 lappers and finally chased down by the 1 lappers. Without timing and no finishing positions the emphasis was on fun. With so many smiles on show it was good to see the “club photographer” there to record the event in pictures.