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NEWS - Cross Country Last Two League Fixtures.

The next Mid Lancs XC is at Rossall School on Sat 13th Feb.
Directions - M55 to junc 3, A585 to Fleetwood. Continue for 10miles and turn left onto the B5409 Rossall Lane. Main gate of the school is ahead but turn left and enter school campus by the southern entrance which will lead to the competition area. Rossall School will be providing catering. Portable toilets will be provided. Please don't take mud into the buildings or cut corners on the courses. Steve Jackson will not be at the fixture and Steve Mort will have the tent, he will either take it or ask someone else to help. The final fixture has been moved to Cuerden Valley Park from Worden Park. More details will be available shortly.

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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.
Through the 7.7k course, Patrick was always in the front group and, he showed great strength on the climbs of the Saucer, making sure his rivals knew that he was able to keep well in contention. On the last lap, he took control and went ahead. Approaching the finish he surged away to win in 27.09, ahead of Jonathan Shields (City of Sheffield) & Liam Burthem (Liverpool Harriers)
Devers` victory has given him a remarkable three age group wins in the Northern championships; he had previously won the U15 boys race in 2012 at Pontefract and the under 17 mens event in 2013 at Knowsley.

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Swim Coaching Sessions

Preston Harriers have organised some swim coaching sessions at Tarleton Acadamy, next session is 14th February at 2:45pm, cost is £6 including pool entry, contact Mick Brennand, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon, York – Sunday 17th January 2016

2016 Steve Mort finishing the Brass Monkey Half MarathonWhilst 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

2016 Ambi Tipping at Hyndburn 16.01.162016 Some of the Harriers at hyndburn XC - 16.1.16It 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

2016 Tamalyn Dickinson at SportshallThis 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.
Tamalyn Dickinson continues her development and showed her throwing ability by finishing second in the chest pass with 7.00m. Evie Noblett again showed her potential by finishing second in the standing triple jump with a jump of 5.78m. Another budding star, Isabella Buraimo, leaped 47cm in the vertical jump to finish third. 14m was thrown by Molly Parkinson for third place in the javelin.  James Ince showed his springiness by leaping 2.00m for 3rd in the standing long jump.

Last Updated (Sunday, 24 January 2016 08:55)

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Lancashire Cross Country Championships - Saturday 16th January 2016

2016 Benjamin Withers at Blackburn 9.1.162016 Blythe Fourie at Blackburn 9.1.162016 Jake Lonsdale at Blackburn 9.1.16 (1)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.
Preston Harriers’ juniors had some excellent races. In the U13 boys, Benjamin Withers was 4th over the 3.2k course, with Ethan Warren 5th and Tom Durney 9th. The U13 girls ran the same course & Darcey Lonsdale was 3rd and won a bronze medal.
The U15 boys and U15 girls took first team position in each race, with the boys sharing the same points with Lancaster but winning on the highest last counter. Over 3.8k Niall Higham was 4th in 13.55, with fellow counters Harry Curwood 9th, Thomas Roberts 12th & Matthew Fazackerley 13th. Showing good depth in the team, Isaac Sharples was 15th, Shaun Beckett 18th, and Kieran Dunn 23rd.

Last Updated (Sunday, 24 January 2016 08:46)

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Amsterdam 2016?

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.

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Auld Lang Syne Fell Race - Thursday 31st December 2015

2015 Dave Parkington at Auld Lang Syne 31.12.152015 Nichola Jackson at Auld Lang Syne 31.12.152015 Steve Bamber at Auld Lang Syne 31.12.15The 22nd running of the popular Auld Lang Syne fell race of 9.6k and 300m of climbing from Penistone Hill above Haworth attracted over 400 runners and it was full weeks in advance.
The much anticipated presence of GB triathletes Alastair and Jonny Brownlee didn`t happen, although they have competed in the race several times before, because of what they termed “common sense” with their pre-qualification for the Rio Olympics already obtained.
Conditions were blustery but clear although it was boggy out on the moor. Much of this race’s terrain is on faster trails which can suit some who prefer less rugged fell terrain.
Nichola Jackson was 4th lady in 51.31, just a few places ahead of Dave Parkington who finished in 52.18 and was 4th vet 50 and 59th overall. Returning from injury and pleased with his run was Steve Bamber who completed the route in 60.14
The overall winner was Chris Farrell of Horwich in 41.19 and the ladies winner was Northern cross country champion of 2014, Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth in 49.04.

Last Updated (Sunday, 10 January 2016 13:53)


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Last Updated (Monday, 04 January 2016 21:50)


Round Up – Christmas races

There wasn`t much to cheer local runners over the Christmas period as events were postponed because of localised and, wider flooding. The Ribble Valley 10k, hosted by Blackburn Harriers which was the Northern Athletics 10k championship and a race normally attracting a huge field, and planned for Sunday 27th December was called off. The race route had considerable amounts of deep standing water at many places.
The area was also subject to wider flooding, making transport extremely difficult with strong advice not to travel issued by the Police. With people having to leave their homes, cancelling a race fades into insignificance when so many others have been affected adversely affected by the tumultuous flooding events.
The Lancaster Festive 4k did take place on the 27th and 230 ran, with Lee Foley 15th in 14.44. Over in Derbyshire, The Up The Nab fell race also on the 27th, started from Glossop Rugby Club, and it was a test running for the English Championship fell race in May. Covering 6.4k and 365m of climbing, Nichola Jackson was 1st lady in 29.44 (17th overall) and the race was won by the current English Champion, Simon Bailey of Mercia in 24.60.


On Sunday 20th December we held the “not quite a handicap” event in Avenham Park on a morning that was mostly clear skies and a light breeze (a change from the daily rain and gales). Due to the organiser being taken ill on the morning the participants, who had come bearing gifts, were given the choice of running 1, 2, or 3 laps in Avenham park, approx. 500m per lap. With a good turnout of participants and family support there was enough help for marshalling and present awarding at the end. The 3 lap runners set of first followed by the 2 lappers and finally chased down by the 1 lappers. Without timing and no finishing positions the emphasis was on fun.  With so many smiles on show it was good to see the “club photographer” there to record the event in pictures.
Thanks to all of you who turned out for the event and were understanding about the format being changes. I’m looking forward to next year’s event and hope to see and many more club members come together to celebrate Christmas.
Best Wishes To You All
Philippa Walsh

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