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Brass Monkey Half Marathon, York – Sunday 18th January 2015

Lone Harrier Steve Mort made the trip over the Pennines to York last Sunday for the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. The race starts at York Racecourse and the course is one of the flattest half marathons in the country, making it a very popular race. In fact online entries opened at 6am one Saturday back in November and the race sold out within 90 minutes!
The course itself takes in the nearby villages of Bishopthorpe, Acaster Malbas and Appleton Roebuck before returning back to the racecourse. At the start of the race, the temperature was a very chilly -3 degrees Celsius, but at least the sun was shining to make it feel warm!
Steve used the race as part of his build-up training for the London Marathon at the end of April and felt strong in the first part of the race. At the half way stage he was on for a sub 1hr 30 finish time, which would have been a personal best.
However, in the second half of the race the course was very icy in parts, making the run back very difficult in places. He crossed the finish line in 1.33.12, just over a minute or so outside his best time for the distance and was a very creditable 350th overall out of 1,420 runners.


Young Harriers Shine for Lancashire

2015 Preston Harriers athletes compete for Lancashire at SportshallThirteen Preston Harriers represented Lancashire in the inter-counties U11's North West Regional Fun in Athletics Festival at Sports City on Sunday 18 January. The girls came first overall with a score of 482 points and the boys were third, only one point behind Greater Manchester in second, and twenty points behind the Cheshire team in top spot.
On the track the teams competed in a variety of relays. The girls’ team won four of their relays and were second in four. The lads came second in three of their relays.

Last Updated (Thursday, 22 January 2015 22:44)

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Inskip Derby Arms Half Marathon - Sunday 18th January 2015

Two members of Preston Harriers braved the sub-zero temperatures and icy lanes to run the popular Inskip Derby Arms half marathon on Sunday. Rob Affleck was 3rd overall and 1st MV40 in 73.44 and Catherine Slater was 4th woman in 87.16.


Lancashire Athletics Association 5k

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Last Updated (Thursday, 22 January 2015 22:40)


Garstang 10k - Sunday 11th January 2015

Last Sunday saw the first race in the Preston Harriers Road Race Championship for 2015 with David Rigby, Rob Affleck and Jason Parker having a proper rip up of a race. Rigby and Affleck pushed each other throughout the race over the undulating course but it was Rigby who had the final say over the closing stages with a blistering surge over the line in 33.06 for 2nd place with Affleck pressurizing him all the way in 33.10 for 3rd. Next to storm through the line was Jason Parker with a cracking 34.33 for 5th overall which sealed a Preston Harrier team victory. Creditable performances were also put in by Victoria Duckett (46.44), Dorothy Parkes (53.09), Ben Higginson (55.49), Felicity Cross (55.55) and Adela Nuttall (57.11) to complete the Harrier entry.

Last Updated (Monday, 19 January 2015 20:39)


Sportshall Report - Sunday 11th January 2015

2015 Ethan Warren at SportshallHarriers Stars Dominate at Lancashire Sportshall
Preston Harriers excelled at the last Lancashire Sportshall fixture, winning the match by more than 200 points - 406 to Kendal's 178 points. They won all the six age groups and also took 4 age group athletes of the match awards.
Age group athletes of the match were: Charlotte Daley (under 15 Girls), Ellie Lewis (under 11 Girls), Ethan Tibbs (under 13 Boys) and Ethan Warren (under 11 Boys). Top points scorers were Ethan Tibbs and under 11 Tom Durney with 25 points each.
73 athletes competed of which 12 athletes were making their débuts. Thirteen under 11 Harriers have been selected to represent Lancashire County at the Sportshall North West Regional Final in Manchester this weekend. If Lancashire win then a trip to the National final in Birmingham beckons.

Last Updated (Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:43)


Burnley Cross Country – Saturday 10th January 2015

2015 Catherine Slater at Burnley XC - 10.1.152015 Emma Essex-Crosby leading Tracey Peters (Southport) at Burnley XC - 10.1.15Heavy rain in the days leading up to the Mid-Lancs cross country league fixture at old favourite, Towneley Park, in Burnley had surprisingly only resulted in a few areas of boggy ground last Saturday. The finish area was however close by a heavily waterlogged area which allowed runners to clean their spikes and shoes after the races!
The stand-out run for Preston Harriers was Jasmine Jolly`s win in the U13 girls race. Jasmine arrived at the venue with only a few minutes to spare, yet put that behind her to lead from the gun. The U13 team placed second on the day, with support from Sophie Reid, Annie Duffy and Mia Culshaw and lead the table by five points from Southport Waterloo with two fixtures left.

Last Updated (Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:45)

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Lancashire Cross Country Championships 2015 - Saturday 3rd January 2015

In horrible conditions 40 U11 boys began these Championships at Witton Park on Saturday  3rd  January. Ben Withers of Preston Harriers came 3rd in the race taking bronze, followed in 9th by Tom Durney, 10th Ethan Warren, 26th Hayden Middleton, 33rd Jenson Warren, 39th Harvey Halliday and 40th Harley Vickers. The lads’ quite close order saw them take team silver and get Preston off to a good day’s racing.
In the U11 girls, 42 took part, all these youngsters deserved a medal in those conditions.
Preston had only one competitor, Grace Halliday, who put in a determined effort coming in 38th.

Last Updated (Sunday, 11 January 2015 08:27)

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Christmas Handicap Report

2014 Christmas HandicapPreston Harriers Annual Christmas Handicap around Avenham and Miller Parks saw 37 athletes from 8 to 55 years old cover a 1400 metres course. 8 to 11 year old ran 1 lap, while 12 to 15 years old ran 2 laps and the over 16's running 3.

The object was for all the athletes to crossing the finishing line together. An impossible task for 'The Handicapper' who calculated different start times for each athlete. The first three athletes crossed the line within 16 seconds of each other. Eva Sturaker was first followed by Annie Devereux with Kayleigh Welfare a close third.

Lauren Wood was the quickest 1 lap girl athlete with a time of 6.21secs with Benjamin Withers running 5.22 secs for the fastest 1 lap boy.  The fastest 2 lap athletes were Euan Marsden and Evie Parkinson with times of 11.43 and 14.50.  Adela Nuttall time of 24.38 and Steven Hallas of 16.16 were the quickest over the 3 laps.

Last Updated (Sunday, 04 January 2015 08:25)

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2015 Road Race Championships

The list of races has been released for 2015.

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Ribble Valley 10K, Clitheroe - Sunday 28th December 2014

This ever popular race attracted over 1,100 runners to the scenic country lanes around Clitheroe and took place in brilliant sunshine with no wind, although it was chilly and there were one or two slippery patches underfoot. First Harrier to finish was Chris Tully with a chip time of 33.31 in an excellent 43rd place in a very classy field. Next Harrier to cross the line was Darren McDermott in 38.17 and he was followed by Kevin Hesketh, who was 2nd V60. Philippa Walsh had a storming run to clock 39.54 for 2nd W50. Marian Hesketh was 1st W60 in 42.28 and Judith Deakin was 2nd W65 in 61.17. Other finishers from Preston Harriers were Paul Lightfoot (39.57),Chris Wales (41.31), Alan Appleby (41.57), Stephen Mort (43.10), Emma Essex-Crosby (45.43), Vicki Sherrington (48.53), Phil Lakeland (49.08) and Kate Lakeland (52.50).

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