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Preston 10 - Sunday 20th November 2016
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2016 Lauryn Wood breaks club record in the javelinAnother outstanding result for Preston Harriers under 13 & under 15 team to qualify for the national final for the 8th year out of the last 9. Harriers finished second in the league behind Sale Harriers who are the reigning national champions. The final is at Bedford in September which will mean an overnight stay for the athletes.
Harriers have an outstanding bunch of young athletes with 2 club records being broken at the match. Emma Vickers continued her impressive progress to heave the hammer a massive 44.43 metres and improve her own under 15 club record by over 7 metres. 12-year-old Lauryn Wood launched the javelin to a club record of 26.19m to win the under 13 event and showed that she is a multi-talented athlete.
Harriers were not at full strength but battled with the hosts, Liverpool, for the second spot behind Sale throughout the match. Coming into the last event of the day, the under 15 boys 4 X 300 relay, Harriers were 6 points behind Liverpool. It seemed impossible for Harriers to make up that deficit but Liverpool were disqualified for an infringement and the 7 points that Harriers gained by finishing second were enough to secure second place by a single point.
English Schools silver medal winner Sam Gaskell threw the hammer 54.25 metres - his second best throw ever - to win the boys under 15 event. He followed that with a win in the shot, putting 12.36m. Liam Wilkes won the 'B' under 15 boys hammer with a personal best of 34.44m. Brandon Sharrock & Will Lancaster won the 'B' under 15 javelin and shot events respectively. Will also won the discus 'A' Event with his last round throw.

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Wesham Interclub

Message from Wesham Road Runners regarding the Inter Club Race on Monday 18th July 2016:

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the event organizers, signage was tampered with shortly before the race started. This naturally lead to confusion and as a result the first 110 runners unfortunately went the wrong way. This made it impossible to have a fair and honest result to all that took part whether they ran the correct route or short route.
We at Wesham have made the difficult decision to call the Wesham Interclub of 2016 null and void.
I hope you can understand  why we have made this  decision and we can move swiftly on and keep the good spirit of the Interclub going. Alan and Greg will  post last night's finishing times.
Many Thanks
Lee Barlow(Chairperson)
Steve Gore(Race Director)
Alan Hudson(Result Co-ordinator)

Finish Times

Last Updated (Sunday, 24 July 2016 08:42)


Sedbergh Sports Fell Race - Saturday 9th July 2016

2016 Nichola Jackson - Sedbergh Sports2016 Michael McLoughlin after Sedbergh Sports fell raceThe Sedbergh Sports fell race is a short, steep and fast fell race of just 5.6k and this year it was both an English and British counter in the fell running championships,
Conditions were dreadful, with early rain turning to gusty winds and thick hill fog enveloping the lesser heights of both hills on the course, Knott and Sickers Fell. The descent of Sickers Fell was so steep and slippery that many runners had to slow down. The ladies went first at 2.30pm and Nichola Jackson was an excellent 4th in 30.59. Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers won in 29.05. Despite the weather, the top eight were all inside the old record of 31.28.
There were 232 in the mens race and Michael McLoughlin finished in 38.57, with a rueful smile at the end because of the quad thumping descent.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:10)


English Schools T&F Championships, Gateshead - Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July 2016

2016 Sam Gaskell silver medal at English Schools championshipsThe ambition of many athletes is to be selected to represent Lancashire County at the English Schools Track & Field Championships, which this year were held at Gateshead's International Stadium. This feast of Athletics is unrivalled in the world with 2000 athletes gathering to battle for championship honours. 14 Preston Harriers athletes made the selection criteria to join the Lancashire County team. Sam Gaskell struck Silver with a throw of 53.18m in the junior boys’ hammer. Charlotte Crook ran a personal best of 2.12.61 to finish 5th in the final of the intermediate girls 800m. Michael Fisher set a new personal best to finish 8th in the junior boys 200m final with 23.64. Senior boy Alex Marsden’s mark of 11.27 was a p.b. in the semi final of the boys senior 100m.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:08)

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Senior League Match Division 1 North of England, Ellesmere Port - Sunday 3rd July 2016

2016 Peter Warden at Ellesmere Port2016 Amy Lupton in the triple jumpPreston Harriers Seniors had a great team result in winning the 3rd match at Ellesmere Port by just 13 points from Wakefield to move up to second position in the league. With the final match next month at Blackburn, Harriers can take the title if they manage to win that match and Wakefield come no higher than third.
Team spirit was high with all athletes willing to give their all. With Harriers’ second thrower caught in a traffic jam  OAP coach Peter Warden stepped up to throw the hammer in the first event. Peter, an international hurdler 40 odd years ago, made his throwing début which inspired his team mates to record some outstanding performances.

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Skiddaw Fell Race - Sunday 3rd July 2016

The Skiddaw fell race is a classic Lakeland up and down race, with both men’s and ladies’ records that have lasted over 25 years.
The climb is 2,700 feet to the top of Skiddaw at 3,054 feet and a distance of 9 miles. This year’s race included the uphill England trial for the Home International on the 30th July. Nichola Jackson was 6th lady to the top, and her fast descending speed won her the race in 1:24.56. Tony Livesey had a strong run, finishing in 1:28.48 and 55th position.


Windermere Triathlon - Sunday 3rd July 2016

2016 harriers at windermere 2016Six Preston Harriers made the trip up to Bowness on Sunday for the scenic  Windermere Triathlon. The race involves a 1.5k open water swim followed by a 43k undulating bike circuit of the lake and rounds off with a 10k run around the paths of Bowness. Kevin Hunt led the Harriers challenge home in a fine 2hrs 35 minutes for 27th place overall, next in was the ever improving Billy Johnstone in 2:37 with Steve Needham (2:44), Chris Wales (2:52), Steve Townhill (2:55) & Michael Brennand (3:14) all finishing well in the famous club colours.

Last Updated (Sunday, 17 July 2016 18:48)


Lostock Hall Carnival 5K - Saturday 2nd July 2016

2016 Vicki Duckett and Alan  Littler at Lostock Hall Carnival 5kIt was the annual Lostock Hall Carnival 5K last Saturday with the fast, flat closed road course proving popular with local runners chasing fast times. Despite the blustery conditions, Salford Harrier David Rigby  took the win in a fine 15:35 from Horwich RMI's Gareth Booth in 16:31 and Preston Harrier Gary Pennington rounding out the top three in a season’s best 16:35. There were further season’s bests from Preston Harriers’ Stephen Bonsu (19:45) and Victoria Duckett (21:37 & 2nd Lady). Dominic Moon was also on the pace finishing in 19:54, roared on by the ever enthusiastic Carnival crowd. Victoria Duckett's father Alan Littler  took the Vet 70 prize with an impressive 23:56.

Last Updated (Sunday, 17 July 2016 18:46)


New Running Fitness Group

New running fitness group, every Tuesday 6.30pm, Moor Park for adults. Free session all abilities. Click on the link to the flyer for full details.


Can you help with a research project?

We are looking to recruit runners who would be willing to take part in our study. The micro spring technology is developed by a Leeds based company that specialises in spring innovation.  The technology has been incorporated into a running shoe as part of a knowledge transfer partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 July 2016 17:13)

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Penny Lane 10k - Sunday 26th June 2016

2016 Preston Harriers at Penny Lane 10KThe Penny Lane 10k is hosted by the Liverpool club Penny Lane Striders and the course takes in the scenic River Mersey waterfront along Otterspool Promenade and Otterspool Park.  The course is mostly flat and run on traffic free surfaces, and is always well marshalled and managed by the host club.
A party of Preston Harriers returned to the race, and the stand-out performance was by Richard Smith who finished 5th in 36.23. The winner was Paul Sankey of Liverpool Harriers in 34.55. Lee Foley finished a fine 30th in 39.01. Andy Grimshaw & Chris Wales were 36th & 37th respectively. Peter Cowling was 70th in 42.11 and Dougie Potter was home in 42.20.
Andy Acklam crossed the line in 43.02 and Alan Appleby was second vet 65 in 44.25. Victoria Cowling was not far behind in 46.48. Running too were Vicki Sherrington, Steve Jackson, Sue Wickham and Kari Edwards. There were 398 finishers.

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