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Lancaster Cross Country – Saturday 7th March 2015

2015 Lydia Chapman (Preston) leads from Clare McKeown (Border) at Lancaster xc 7.3.152015 Marian Hesketh and Emma Essex-CrosbyThe final race of the Mid Lancs league cross country season was at Rylands Park in Lancaster. The venue had never been used before and was mostly dry grassland, with a rolling incline on one side of the park. It was a windy and overcast day despite a forecast of sunshine and warmer temperatures!
Lydia Chapman made her debut for Harriers and she ran an excellent, well paced race to finish first in the senior ladies race over 6k. Chapman got the measure of the course on her first lap, being in the first three and took the lead on the third and final lap to finish five seconds ahead of Clare McKeown (Border Harriers.)

Last Updated (Monday, 16 March 2015 20:51)

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Flower Scar Fell Race - Saturday 7th March 2015

Compared to the cross country, conditions were sunnier for the first English Championship fell race of the 2015 season at Todmorden. The Flower Scar race is 5 ½ miles and 1,400 feet of climb with some steep uphills and a long fast descent.
The ladies ran first and Nichola Jackson, an under 23, was a great 12th in 50.43. In the mens race, both Michael McLoughlin and George Arnold ran.

Last Updated (Monday, 16 March 2015 20:47)


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Last Updated (Monday, 09 March 2015 21:24)


Haweswater Half Marathon - Sunday 1st March 2015

2015 Haweswater Half 2015Last Sunday snow-capped scenery and a challenging course greeted all at the Haweswater Half Marathon. The half dozen contingent from Preston Harriers was led home by Neil Mc Donald who paced his race well over the tough inclines, to enable him to charge through the field over the closing miles of descent to claim a creditable 14th overall, 3rd MV45 in 1.22.25. Next proud Harrier through the line was Preston stalwart Alan Metcalf in 1.35.25 with Stephen Mort pushing him all the way in 1.36.13. The first of the Preston ladies was Vicki Sherrington who had a strong run with 1.54.16 and was pursued to the line by Sue Wickham in 2.17.56 and Helen Boyer in 2.18.52 to complete the Preston Harrier team.

Last Updated (Sunday, 08 March 2015 08:32)


Millennium Way 38 Mile Ultramarathon – Sunday 1st March 2015

2015 Catherine SlaterUltra endurance athlete Catherine Slater took on the mighty challenge of the Millennium Way 38 miler through the lanes of Staffordshire and Shropshire in an impressive 6 hours and 55 mins.

Last Updated (Sunday, 08 March 2015 08:32)


Podium 5K, Barrowford - Saturday 28th February 2015

2015 Chris Livesey at Podium 5kAt last weekend’s Podium 5K speed merchant Chris Livesey did Preston Harriers proud with an outright victory in a stunning 14.54. He was supported by David Rigby (15.42), Chris Tully (16.43), Steve Hallas (17.34) and Kevin Hunt in 17.52

Last Updated (Sunday, 08 March 2015 08:31)


Mid Lancs XC Update...

The last cross country league fixture is at RYELANDS PARK, LANCASTER on Sat 7th March. This is a brand new venue for the league. Please allow time for parking and walking to the venue. Parking is at Salt Ayre Sports Centre and the Park is reached by a short walk of under a kilometre along a cycle path. Estimated walk of 12 mins.
Directions - M6 to junction 34. Drive West on the A683. Take the one way system towards Lancaster centre then follow Morecambe signs. Turn left at the large roundabout onto the B5273. Pass the Asda entrance and turn next left into the sports centre by the waste tip. Please don't park at the front, drive on beyond the buildings.
To then walk to the Park→ take the steps up onto the cycle path heading towards Lancaster. When the path reaches the road leave the path and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing, following the path until you see the start area and club tents. A course map is on the Mid Lancs site. There will be catering services at the race as there was at Blackpool.

The Senior Ladies are in a strong position in Division One, with an excellent opportunity of winning the Overall Title. The B team head Division 3 comfortably. The Senior Men had a superb overall win at Blackpool to help safeguard Division One status, but a high senior turn out is needed!
Please make every attempt to run for your Club for what is a team event with a great atmosphere.

Race times and approx distances:
12.30 - U11G - 2k
12.45 - U11B - 2k
1.00 - U13G - 2.4k
1.20 - U13B and U15G - 3.4k
1.40 - U15B and U17W - 4k
2.00 - U17M / U20W / Senior and Vet Women - 6k
2.30 - U20M / Senior and Veteran Men - 9.6k

Finally, the 2015 Presentation Night is on FRIDAY 17th April at the Bamber Bridge CCM club (Aspen St) and with the ladies having done so well, it would be wonderful to have some of the ladies there too. It's not far to travel!
Tickets are available at the Mid Lancs HQ at Lancaster from Dawn Lock. Seniors £6 and Juniors £4.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 March 2015 18:50)


Race round up - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February 2015

2015 Rob Affleck in Brighton half marathonAt last weekend’s Brighton Half Marathon Preston Harriers’ adopted northerner Rob Affleck ventured south to take on the very best of the southern club athletes. Undeterred by the high class field Affleck made his presence felt at the sharp end of the pack. As the miles passed the leading group diminished due to the higher cadence being applied. Affleck progressed through the field to record a mighty PB of 1.10.34, 11th overall and 2nd MV40.
Also venturing south, at the National Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill, London, Sue Wickham, Helen Boyer and Kari Edwards  did their club proud.  Nichola Jackson had another excellent run to take 84th place in the senior women’s race.
Locally just two Harriers took on the Great North West Half Marathon set on the coast of Blackpool in atrocious weather conditions. Powering through the line were Alan Martin (1.33.02) and David Green (01.38.55).

Last Updated (Saturday, 28 February 2015 10:53)


Preston Harriers at the Bleasdale fell race – Saturday 21st February 2015

2015 Joe Howard approaching Paddys Pole in Bleasdale Fell RacePreston Harriers athletes turned out at Bleasdale School for their first championship fell race of this season. The Bleasdale fell race (5 miles 1250 ft.), organised by Bowland Fell Runners, leaves the Bleasdale school and approaches the foot of Fairsnape across muddy fields and tracks. After the steep climb to Paddy’s Pole the race takes the ridge across to Parlick before a steep descent and back across even muddier fields to finish at the Bleasdale Parish Hall. Four times British Champion, Rob Hope, won the race in 36:29 just short of the record of Lloyd Taggart (35:22). Preston Harriers had 14 runners in the race. The first Harrier, Andrew Newton, came an excellent third in the race in 38:48. He was followed by Tony Livesey (41:57), then Dave Parkington (v50) (45:03), John Rainford (v50) (45:41), John Griffiths (v50) (47:54), Roy Parkinson (v50) (52:06), Mike Burnham (52:43), Dave Large (v40) (53:06), Mick McLoughlin (v60) (54:32), Peter Carter (v50) (55:22), Jim Doherty (v50) (61:09), Dave Roberts (v60) (1:11:21), George Arnold (v70) (1:19:20) and, bringing up the rear, Joe Howard (v70) (1:26:48).

Last Updated (Saturday, 28 February 2015 10:53)


Lancashire AA T&F Championships 2015

Saturday 23rd & Sunday

Entry form available here

Last Updated (Saturday, 28 February 2015 10:06)


Help needed!

The 2015 English Schools National Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Lancashire Schools AA on Saturday 14th March, at Witton Park, Blackburn.

The event was last staged in Lancashire over twenty years ago!
As you can imagine, this will be a huge event with teams of athletes travelling from all of the English counties.

Preston Harriers have been asked to assist with Traffic Management on the day.
The Traffic Management team will be led by Dave Tate, with assistance from Steve Jackson and Alan Appleby. We have support from a few Harriers so far, but we really need more help!

Please contact me via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you can help out on the day (lunch will be provided!)

Thanks to those Harriers who have already contacted me, I will be in touch soon with further information.

Many thanks
Steve Mort

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