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Vernon’s 4 Miler – Sunday 12th October 2014

2014 David WatsonLast Sunday 4 Preston Harriers ventured out onto the rolling footpaths of the Vernon’s 4 Miler. Super Vet David Watson gave a demonstration of pacing which saw him in 5th place over the initial stages. As the race developed Watson ramped up his cadence to enable him to force himself into the premier position and power through the line to a well-deserved victory in 23.35. A determined effort was also seen from Jenny Parker as 2nd Lady overall 25.59 as the Harrier haul of awards continued with the ever improving Helen Boyer 1st FV40 36.40 with Sue Wickham pushing hard in 39.19 to complete the team entry.

Last Updated (Monday, 20 October 2014 19:50)


Lea Town 10K – Saturday 11th October 2014

Jason Parker led the Preston Harrier charge at last weekend’s Lea Town 10K to record a superb 34.12 1st MV40, 3rd overall. Peter Cowling was next in 40.54 leading the way for his daughter Victoria Cowling in 49.00. This father daughter pattern was then repeated as Dave Lakeland was pursued all the way to the line by Kate Lakeland with Dave in 49.25 and Kate in 51.32.


Weekend round-up 11th & 12th October 2014

Lone Harriers did their club proud with Charlotte Rawcliffe completing the Wirral 10K in 45.25 and David Appleby who travelled to the Richmond Castle 10K to record 49.33.


Preston Harriers Presentation Evening

Come and join us for an evening of fun and celebration on Friday 14th November at 7pm at St Teresa's Social Club, Penwortham.
Trophy presentations, Disco, hot pot supper and raffle.
Tickets are £7 each and are available from coaches - Bob Welfare, Pete Hancock, Steve Jackson, Barbara Gillies or from Sally Kelly at the track on Thursday evenings, 5:45 to 7:15pm. 
Please can all of last years winners return their trophies to Barbara Gillies as soon as possible!


The Cross Country League season is almost here!

The first fixture is on Saturday 25th October 2014, at Wilson Playing Fields with Hyndburn AC as hosts - The postcode is BB5 5SB.
Directions - M65 to junction 7. After the slip-road, left onto Dunkenhalgh Way, then right at the lights onto Blackburn Rd (A678). After a short distance, turn left at the traffic lights onto the A680. Wilson Playing Fields is on your right (a wooded area) after about a mile. You will probably have to park on nearby streets.
Race Times:-
12.30 pm U11 Girls
12.45 pm U11 Boys
1.00 pm U13 Girls
1.20pm U15 Girls and U13 Boys
1.40 pm U15 Boys and U17 Women
2.00 pm U17 Men and Junior, Senior and Vet Women
2.30 pm - Junior, Senior and Vet Men
As this is the first race, numbers for the new season have to be issued
Please come to the Preston Harriers tent first where numbers will be available. If there isn`t one for you, then we will direct you to the Mid-Lancs HQ. Anyone who ran last year should have a number at the club tent. Please bring some safety pins!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 October 2014 21:23)


The Great Scottish Run - Sunday 5th October 2014

2014 Preston Harriers in GlasgowThe 35th running of the Great Scottish Run took place over the weekend of 4th & 5th October in and around Glasgow City Centre and is the biggest running event in Scotland.  30,000 people took part in the various races including Junior, Wheelchair, 10K and the Blue Riband event the Half Mara-thon (approx. 11,500 runners). 
The half marathon starts in George Square and finishes on Glasgow Green, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks along the way.  Weather conditions were near perfect for running with a cool start with a slight headwind for part of the undulating route that has a mostly flat run in to the finish.  It was mostly dry and overcast but this was interrupted by a significant cloudburst for the post 2 hour runners.

Last Updated (Saturday, 11 October 2014 07:28)

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Chester Marathon - Sunday 5th October 2014

The ancient Roman city of Chester played host to the annual Chester Marathon last weekend with 5 Preston Harriers gladiators marauding the city’s streets. At the head of the action were David Rigby and Robert Affleck who maintained a strong cadence over the first half to eliminate any challengers over the last 10K. Over the closing stages Rigby gradually pulled away from a persistent Affleck to record a fantastic PB 2.31.13 and 5th overall with Affleck powering through the line for 6th overall in 2.33.11. Empirical efforts were also seen from Kevin Curran (3.05), Steven Macurus (3.13) and the mighty Peter Cowling (3.16) to round off a day of PBs and personal triumph.


Cardiff Half Marathon - Sunday 5th October 2014

Lone Preston Harrier Dave Wakefield travelled to Cardiff and put in a cracking effort to record 1.51 over the challenging half marathon route.


National Road Relays, Sutton Park - Saturday 4th October 2014

A successful round in the qualifier for the National Road Relay Championships allowed Preston to take a men's and a women's team to compete among the finest athletes in the country at Sutton Park, Birmingham on 4th October. The women's race went first. Preston  was led by Philippa Walsh (17.24), Jenny Gornall (19.34), Victoria Cowling (18.55) and Catherine Slater (17.14) brought the team home in an excellent 49th. For the men, after a ferociously paced opening mile, things settled down for the 6km route. The team was led out by Chris Tully (19.29), David Rigby (18.47), Matthew Livingstone (19.35) with 3 debutants Jordan Donoghue (20.51), Daniel Whitlock (20.52) and Andrew Newton (21.04) bringing the team home in 60th place overall.


Run Preston 10k - Sunday 28th September 2014

The red, white and blue of the mighty Preston Harriers was very evident amongst the hordes of runners who massed at this year’s Run Preston. The 5K race was the first to kick off which saw the lead protagonists storm away from the city centre start. Patrick Dever stamped his authority on proceedings within the first kilometre but was put under constant pressure from a pursuing pack of fellow Harriers, led by a very determined Gary Pennington, as the race progressed through the beautiful Avenham Park. Victorious Dever smashed through the line in 16.18 with Pennington in close pursuit for 2nd overall in 16.29. Jason Parker who is now a super vet40 acquitted himself in style with a creditable time of 16.52 over the undulating course for 4th overall. Harrier debutant Joe Donoghue put in a sterling effort and made a positive impression for 5th overall in 17.50. Jenny Parker was 1st lady and 10th overall in 19.10 and the next Harrier through the line and 2nd lady overall was Stephanie Roe in 20.36. Young Harrier Annie Duffy was put through her paces by her father Joseph with a cracking time of 21.50 and they were followed in by Lucy Treaddell (23.26), Sophie Reid (23.38), Evie Parkinson (24.00) and Harry Noonan (24.55).

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Weekend roundup 20-21 September 2014

William Johnstone finished the Anglesey Sandman Triathlon on Sunday 21st September in 126th position in a time of 3hr 11min 16sec.

Nichola Jackson and Peter Carter took part in the Pendle Memorial fell race on Sunday 21st  September, Nichola was 1st lady in a time of  26:19 and Peter finished 41st in 33:02.

Daniel Whitlock won the Kirkham Klassic 10k on Sunday 21st  September in a time of 36:51.

Christopher Tully  won the Lancaster Castle 10k on Sunday  21st  September in a time of 35:05.

Jason Parker won the Pilling 10k on Saturday  20th  September in a time of 34:10.

Last Updated (Monday, 06 October 2014 20:51)

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