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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


Mid-Lancs Cross Country, Blackpool - Saturday 14th February 2015

2015 David Rigby at Blackpool 14.2.152015 Isabella Buraimo at Blackpool 14.2.152015 Jenny Parker at Blackpool 14.2.152015 Laura Sullivan at Blackpool 14.2.15Cross country debutant Isabella Buraimo was the first Preston Harrier to take on the challenge set out at last week’s Mid-Lancs. Cross Country match at Blackpool. As the lone Harrier in the girls U11 age category she stormed through in 10.31 setting herself a great benchmark for her future races. The U11 boys made their presence felt with Benjamin Withers leading the charge over the line in 7.39 for a creditable 5th overall and Ethan Warren pushing him all the way for 9th overall in 7.58. Etienne Jones and Hayden Middleton were the next 2 Harriers to steam through the line in close contention recording 8.52 & 8.53. Worthy performances were also seen from Simon Shilton (9.23), Jensen Warren (9.46), John Yelland (9.52), Harley Vickers (10.31) and Harvey Halliday (12.05).

Last Updated (Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:25)

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2015 Sportshall ChampionsPreston Harriers Sportshall Team claimed their 7th successive Lancashire Sportshall title with a crushing win. Harriers scored 435 points while second placed Blackburn Harriers scored 140 points. The outstanding performance from under 13 girl Emma Fulton who scored 21 points to win her age group athlete of the match award with Jordan Cooper taking the under 15 boys athlete of the match.
Harriers had 101 athletes competing in at least one event over the season - the best turnout in the history of the Sportshall League. 36 of the athletes competed in all three fixtures. The regional finals next month will have many Harriers competing for the county when the team is selected next week.
New athlete Ethan Tibbs is an outstanding prospect since he joined the club last September. His vertical jump of 70cm is only 8cm behind the English record and his distance of 2.34m in the standing long jump just 44cm short of the English record.
As the Summer season moves closer Harriers have never had such a talented bunch of athletes who should progress to the national final in September.

Last Updated (Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:13)


Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k - Sunday 8th February 2015

Several members of Preston Harriers tackled the tough course of the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k with its viciously steep climb of Buncer Lane soon after the start.  Philippa Walsh had a superb run to finish as first lady in 41.53. Michael Brennand clocked 45.11 and Alan Appleby was first MV65 in 46.39. Other Harriers finishers were Emma Essex-Crosby (48.10), Dorothy Parkes (53.23), Helen Boyer (56.08), Suzanne Bailey (59.15), Adela Nuttall (59.20), Sue Wickham (64.13) and Margaret Parkinson (71.56).

Last Updated (Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:30)


Brooks Alsager 5 mile road race - Sunday 1st February 2015

A high class field toed the line at last weekend’s Alsager 5 miler with 4 of Preston Harriers’ finest mixing it up at the sharp end of the action. Robert Affleck led the charge over the line in 26.29 with Matthew Livingstone pushing him all the way in 26.35. Helen Clitheroe enjoyed a clear victory of almost a minute in the women’s race to storm through the line in 27.15, which was also a new British W40 record, with Kevin Hunt completing the proud Harrier team with 30.48.


Northern Cross Country Championships, Pontefract – Saturday 24th January 2015

2015 Adam Roberts2015 Dean Tierney2015 Louis Barrow2015 Nathan DunnThe Northern Cross Country championships are one of the highlights of the cross country season and the year. The event returned to Pontefract racecourse, where it was previously held in 2012. Like the last occasion when Patrick Dever won the U15 boys race, the U15 boys once again had a great afternoon. The boys packed in to pick up a prestigious team bronze with City of York 1st and City of Sheffield 2nd.
Over the 4k course, Dean Tierney was 18th, Nathan Dunn 21st, Louis Barrow 32nd and Adam Roberts 59th. Although the other team members didn`t pick up a medal, the four medallists were well supported by Niall Higham, George Ashcroft, Shaun Beckett and Kieran Dunn.
A little earlier, Jake Lonsdale was 34th in the Under 17s mens race and Jasmine Jolly, also like Jake, a lone Harrier in her race had a great run to finish 7th in the U13 girls race. In the first race at 11am, which set the tone for a day of sunshine but with a cold wind, Meg Beckett was a fine 22nd in the Under 17 women’s race over 5k.

Last Updated (Thursday, 05 February 2015 21:13)

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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.

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