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Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 24th April 2016

Seven members of Preston Harriers made the journey to the capital to run the Virgin Money London Marathon. First to finish was Gary Pennington in an outstanding time of 2:29:40 for 11th place in the V50-54 age category. Another superb performance came from Sue Wickham who ran at an even pace throughout to clock 4:29:54 and knock a massive 35 minutes off her previous best. Other Harriers finishers were Russell Codd (3:22:01), Kevin Curran (3:12:00), Brian Dewhurst (3:13:55), Kari Edwards (5:38:04) and Chris Wales (2:58:49).


National Duathlon Championships, Stockton-on-Tees - Sunday 24th April 2016

2016 harriers at Stockton2016 Nic Jackson at stockton finish2016 nic on podium at StocktonFour Harriers, Nichola Jackson, Kevin Hunt, Billy Johnstone & Michael Brennand and honorary Harrier for the day Barry Thomas, made the trip across to Teesside for this year’s National Duathlon Championships, held on closed roads in Stockton-on-Tees. All five were competing in the standard distance event comprising a 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run. Despite the cold and windy conditions, the event attracted a strong field of some of the country’s best triathletes across the various categories, but this didn't deter Preston's own Nichola Jackson, storming through in 2:08:44 to take the National Honours in her age group and finish 2nd Female overall. Strong performances from Kevin Hunt (2:08:51, 4th in category) Barry Thomas (2:22:47), Billy Johnstone (2:26:17, 12th in category) and Michael Brennand (2:35:50, 16th in category) rounded off a great showing from the Preston Harriers team.


Youth Development League Fixture at Spinkhill Sheffield - Saturday 23rd April 2016

Harriers start on their quest to reach another National Final  saw a weakened team cross the Pennines to Sheffield.  Enthusiasm and true grit helped Harriers  to secure second place behind Sale in the Northern Top League for under 15  and under 13 athletes. Harriers finished 34 points ahead of hosts Sheffield and will go to the National Final if they continue to hold onto second place throughout the season.

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Lancashire Combined Events Championships, Hyndburn - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April 2016

2016 Jasmine Long JumpAt the Combined Events Championships, Preston Harrier Jasmine Jolly had a convincing win in the under 15 girls Pentathlon, retaining the championship she won last year. The difference was that last year Jasmine only took the lead after the final event, and won by a mere 7 points. This time she took the lead in the first event and was never headed, winning the championship by a huge margin of 848 points and scoring an outdoor best of 3140 points.
In the under 15 Boys Pentathlon William Lancaster also performed well, starting with the second fastest hurdles time of the day and retaining that second place throughout the event to finish in the silver medal position.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 May 2016 18:14)


Lancs AA 5k CTC

Lancashire AA are staging a 5000m Club Team Challenge again in the Saturday programme at the Lancs T&F Champs on 14th May. Entry form for advance entries here. The closing date is 11th May. Please ensure that advance entries will arrive ON 11th May i.e. last posting day 10th May WITH FIRST CLASS STAMP.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 May 2016 18:02)


Vernon Vets Trophy

The Vernon Vets Trophy, which has not been awarded at the club presentation night for 5 years, is open to all male vets. The trophy was donated to the club in the 1980’s by a runner following a pools win, hence the name Vernon. It has traditionally been awarded to the best veteran runner with races spread over each of the clubs major disciplines, road, cross country, track and fell (off road).

Last Updated (Monday, 02 May 2016 17:52)

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Boston Marathon - Monday 18th April 2016

Simon Collins was proud to represent Preston Harriers at this year’s Boston Marathon in soaring temperatures.  Collins’s  determination whilst taking on the hills paid dividends to record a pb of 2.57.33 to round off a superb adventure.


Lancaster Three Bridges 10k road race - Sunday 17th April 2016

2016 Harriers at Three Bridges 10kThe Lancaster Three Bridges 10k drew a  bumper turnout of 16 Preston Harriers on what is acknowledged as a course with plenty of PB potential, and so it proved with five Harriers - Richard Smith (35:37), Lee Foley (38:54), Billy Johnstone (39:14), Karlyn Forrest (50:38) and Sue Wickham (54:10) - posting their fastest times to date. There were also season’s bests for Gary Pennington, finishing third in 33:16, Paul Lightfoot (39:40), Alan Appleby (43:09), Steve Mort (43:27), Andrew Tranter (44:45), Mel Howarth (56:28) and Judith Deakin (59:59). Rob Affleck continued his imperious form, finishing in a fine second place in 32:59, with Neil McDonald (39:09), Angela Tranter (61:04) and Kari Edwards (69:24) all competing well for the proud Harriers team. In a fast race with Harriers in second and third places, the win was taken by William Onek of Lancaster & Morecambe, with the top three taking advantage of the sunny but cool conditions to all finish inside the previous course record.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 May 2016 17:48)


Anniversary Waltz Fell Race - Saturday 16th April 2016

2016 Harriers at Anniversary Waltz Fell race - 16.4.16The Anniversary Waltz fell race is a classic Lakeland round from Little Town in the Newlands Valley. It has a tough steep ascent onto Robinson then goes over Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, the fringes of Maiden Moor and finally Catbells. It is 18 ½ k in distance with a hard 1,100 metres of climbing.
A small group of Preston Harriers took part in the race in glorious conditions last weekend, with blue skies and exceptional views in all directions. There is another race from the same venue which sets off an hour earlier, called Teenager with Altitude and that covers a distance of 24.7k and 2,300 metres of climb.
Despite the race results not being fully available, to date, Nichola Jackson was second lady in 1:51.10 to Heidi Dent of Howgill Harriers. Vicki Sherrington in her first longer fell race finished in 3:15. Michael McLoughlin was first vet 60 and also running were Jon Green and Roger Taylor.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 May 2016 17:47)


Preston Inteclub

Our road interclub is on Wed 11th May and HQ is the Vernon Carus Sports and Social Club, Factory Lane, Penwortham. Race start is 7.30pm.
Neil McDonald is Race Director and we need volunteers to marshal on the course; assist at the finish line area; help to coordinate car parking. We have a number of volunteers already but need more! Please let Neil know that you're able to help on 07443 468012.
We also need people to bring items for the post race buffet and Kari Edwards is leading on organising all of that. Kari will post further!

Course map here


40th Asics Greater Manchester Marathon - Sunday 10th April 2016

2016 Ambi Tipping at Manchester marathonTen Preston Harriers took part in the 40th running of the Manchester marathon, which having taken place in pretty miserable conditions of late, was for once blessed with near perfect conditions of blue skies without being too warm. First Harrier home was David Parkington with a chip time of 3:00:51, followed by Rob Walsh (3:03:02), John Bradley (3:20:44), Allan Sumner (3:23:55), Suzanne Walsh (nee McGarry)(3:36:49) Ambi Tipping (3:37:33),Dougie Potter (3:39:37), Alan Metcalf (3:47:31), Tom Robinson (3:51:11) and Helen Boyer (5:13:44). The race was won by Stephen Bayton of Hallamshire Harriers in 2:22:34.

Last Updated (Friday, 15 April 2016 07:32)

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