Northern Indoor U13/U15 Championships, Sheffield - Sunday 7th February 2016
Highlight of the day for Preston Harriers was the series of performances by Jasmine Jolly in the U15 Girls 60m Hurdles, as she improved her personal best in each round, winning each round and finishing as Northern Champion with a time of 9.13 seconds, placing her second in the national rankings.
Last Updated (Saturday, 13 February 2016 10:35)
Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k (Road) - Sunday 7th February 2016
It was 'legs eleven' at the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k, as the team of 5 men and 6 ladies made the short trip to Witton Park to take part in the popular annual event, which includes the notorious Buncer Lane hill 1k in! This year’s race, slickly organised, as usual, by Blackburn Road Runners, was a sell out weeks ago. Richard Smith led the Harriers’ charge with a fine 38:10 on the hilly 10k circuit of Blackburn and Pleasington, with strong performances from Lee Foley (41:48), Alan Appleby (44:11), Michael Brennand (46:52), Andrew Tranter (47:43), Emma Essex-Crosby (51:33), Karlyn Forrest (53:52), Dorothy Parkes (54:33), Judith Deakin (63:39), Angela Tranter (63:44) and Helen Boyer (65:06) completing the Proud Preston team. The race was won by Wesham's Rob Danson in 33:45
Mickleden Straddle Fell Race - Sunday 7th February 2016
Over in the Peak District, on a very windy but clear day with sapping mud and thick exposed peat on the higher ground, Nichola Jackson was 1st lady in a time of 1hr 58.28 in the Mickleden Straddle fell race over 14 ½ miles and nearly 2500 feet of climbing. Nichola was 15th overall in a field of 164, many being coated in peat from getting through the peat groughs and channels on the open fell. The race was won by Tom Brunt of Dark Peak Fell Runners in 1:45.25
Last Updated (Saturday, 13 February 2016 10:32)
Wadsworth Trog Fell Race - Saturday 6th February 2016
The Wadsworth Trog is a tough 32.2km fell race with 1220m of climb, starting and finishing near Hebden Bridge. The race has thirteen checkpoints and covers some rough and isolated country to the north of Hebden Bridge.
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.
Last Updated (Saturday, 13 February 2016 10:25)
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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/