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Vernons 5K - Tuesday 23rd August 2016

2016 vernons 5k 1232016 vernons 5kThis week saw the last in the Vernons 5K race series with the final positions relying on the last race results. Jason Parker led the Preston Harrier charge on the night and throughout the series with a 2nd place on the night in 16.52 to take the overall series victory. Next to power through the line was David Watson with 18.00 mins and he was followed in by Neil Mc Donald who through his consistent racing attained a superb 2nd place in the overall series and 18.33 on the night. Lee Foley’s dogged determination was justly rewarded with a 3rd place overall within the series and 19.12 on the night with Dougie Potter pushing all the way for 19.46 on the night and a creditable 4th overall in the series. Harrier stalwart Alan Appleby put in a fine performance with 21.42 and was pushed all the way by Jenny Wren and Vicky Duckett with 21.57 and 22.01. Sue Wickham was next to stream through the line in 28.47 and she was pursued all the way by Olga Wiggins in 30.52 to complete the Preston Harrier team.

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Fleetwood Half Marathon - Sunday 21st August 2016

This year’s event, along the scenic coast of Fleetwood, was made even more challenging due to high winds and a route anomaly which Preston Harriers’ Robert Affleck dealt with with great fortitude. Affleck  put his Berlin Marathon training to good use to attain a strong lead which he did not relinquish and storm the line in victory for the 3rd year in succession, in 1.16. Next through the line was Dougie Potter who is gaining strength through solid training to cross the line in 1.33.19 with Neil Mc Donald pushing him all the way with 1.33.35. Ian Palfrey breezed through the finish in 2.11 with Harriers’ lone lady Helen Boyer putting in a fine performance for 2.25 to complete the Preston Harrier team.

 

Pendle Three Peaks Fell Race - Saturday 20th August 2016

2016 Steve Bamber - Pendle 3 peaks 20.8.162016 Michael Mcloughlin - Pendle 3 peaks 20.8.162016 Nichola Jackson descending at PendleThe English Fell Championship fell running series had a local feel last Saturday, when as one of the two medium distance races, the relatively new Pendle Three Peaks fell race was picked as a counter.
It is a category A race, so with a distance of 10 miles and 2,920 feet of climb, it was always going to be a tough event, but it was more so, because of the strong wind and spells of driving rain. Fortunately, the earlier hill fog largely lifted as some of the terrain is quite featureless.
The ladies race started fifteen minutes before the men and the leaders were not caught until the final ascent up to Pendle Hill from checkpoint 6 beyond Downham Moor. Nichola Jackson had a wonderful race, finishing 2nd in 1:35.04, behind Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill Runners) but she`s now moved to the head of the English Championship table and it will be down to who needs to complete the last long race in October, at Langdale for the medals.
The men’s race was won by Sam Tosh of Rossendale Harriers in 1:15.41 whilst for Preston, Steve Bamber was 133rd in 1:45.46 & Michael McLoughlin finished in 1:57.05.

 

British Triathlon Championships, Liverpool - Sunday 14th August 2016

2016 Harriers at Liverpool Kevin Hunt, Steve Bamber, William Johnstone, Michael BrennandIt was the British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool last Sunday. In a top quality field , five Harriers competed in the Olympic distance of 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Despite the windy conditions all five did the club and the city proud, with new personal bests across the board. Nichola Jackson led the charge, finishing in a very fast 2: 14:42 and continuing her successes this season with a 3rd place finish in her age group and 14th overall.  Steve Bamber (2:14:42) led home the men with Kevin Hunt (2:19:50), Billy Johnstone (2:25:25) and Michael Brennand (2:47:20) completing a fine day’s performance from the Harriers triathletes.

 

North of England U13/U15/U17 T&F Champs, Middlesbrough - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August 2016

Young Harriers medal haul
2016 Ethan Tibbs double medallist at MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough hosted for the second year running the North of England under 13, under 15 &under 17 Track & Field Championships. A small team of 10 Preston Harriers won 4 silver medals and a bronze. These Championships come in the middle of the holiday season which was a factor for the disappointing turn out of Harrier athletes.
Ethan Tibbs won 2 medals, a silver in the under 15 boys’ long jump with a lifetime best of 5.7 metres and followed that with a bronze in the 300 metres running 38.22 seconds. Ben Preddy continues his development recording 9:21.62, a personal best in the under 15 boys 3000m to win a silver medal.Multi-talented Jasmine Jolly won a silver with a time of 11.85 in the 75m under 15 girls hurdles final. She also long jumped 4.78m. 14-year-old hammer thrower Sam Gaskell continues to win medals at championships with silver (52.15 metres) to add to his English Schools' silver. Sam was beaten on both occasions by Hull's Shaun Kerry.

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Preston Parkrun - Saturday 6th August 2016

2016 AndyBenson_CourseRecordTo celebrate the start of the Olympic Games on Saturday 6th August, Preston Harriers arranged a club takeover at Preston parkrun.  A club takeover is a day when a running club supports their local parkrun by supplying the volunteers for the day and organising the event.  Preston Harriers did their club and city proud by delivering a parkrun that will live long in the memories of those involved.

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North of England Premier Division Athletics match, Blackburn - Saturday 6th August 2016

PRESTON HARRIERS FINISH RUNNERS UP
2016 curtis mitchell at blackburnPreston Harriers last Senior League's match at Blackburn was keenly contested with Harriers in a mix to win the League with City of Sheffield and the last 3 years winners Wakefield. To be crowned as Champions Harriers had to win the match. It was clear after the first couple of events that the match was between Wakefield and Preston with Sheffield not in the picture. The lead changed hands throughout the day with Wakefield just winning by 23 points 412 to 389.
Curtis Mitchell ran a season best time of 15.65 seconds in winning the 110 metres Hurdles after returning from a recent hamstring injury. Tom Batty won the 'B' race to score maximum points for Harriers. Sophie Warden showed how valuable she is to the club by winning both  'B' 400m Hurdles and Triple Jump recording 72.09 and 10.62m. Fellow triple jumper Amy Lupton won the 'A' event with 11.11m. Amy had a busy afternoon also Long Jumped, threw the Javelin, Hurdled the 400m, put the shot and then ran a leg of the 4 x 100.

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Borrowdale Fell Race - Saturday 6th August 2016

The Borrowdale fell race, which is one of the long Lakeland classics and a renowned tough race was this year, an English Fell Championship counter. Nichola Jackson had a superb run finishing 2nd lady and 60th overall, over the 17 miles and 6,500 feet of climb route. Jackson posted 3 hrs 35.06 and despite a tumble coming off Scafell Pike, she was very pleased with her run.

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Prudent Riverside 10 mile road race, Lancaster - Sunday 7th August 2016

This scenic race alongside the River lune attracted several members of Preston Harriers. The race was won by Michael Kallenberg in 51.36. First Harrier was Rob Affleck, who was 3rd overall in a season’s best time of 55.36. Next Harrier to finish was Chris Wales in 65.49; he was followed by Lee Foley in 69.35, Alan Appleby (72.36) and Andrew Tranter (75.14). Angela Tranter set a new PB of 97.52, Sue Wickham was close behind her in 99.40 and Judith Deakin ran 1.46.56.

 

Blackpool Air Show 10k road race - Sunday 7th August 2016

Runners in the Blackpool Air Show 10k had to battle against very strong winds as they ran along the Lower Promenade with no shelter from the gale. The race was won by former GB marathoner Andi Jones in an excellent time for the conditions of 32.49. Jason Parker was the first Preston Harrier to finish; he was 5th and 1st MV40 in 36.13. There was close packing from Mark Lee in 34th (40.51), Dougie Potter in 39th (41.23) and Dominic Moon in 41st (41.27). Marian Hesketh was 1st FV60 in 47.09, Daniel Higgins was close behind her in 47.46 and Helen Boyer ran 63.39.

 
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