North of England track and Field League Division 1 match, Wakefield - Saturday 7th May 2016
This weekend saw the first of four matches for Preston Harriers senior league team, who made the trip across the Pennines to Wakefield, where the Yorkshire sunshine helped the team get off to a good start to the season. Preston Harriers finished the match in 1st place, 6 points ahead of host club Wakefield.
Preston were pleased to be able to field a strong team for the opening match, where in the past we have struggled, but this year we were supported by a large number of athletes including Olympic, European and Commonwealth middle distance runner Helen Clitheroe who dusted off her track spikes to help the team out, when she ran the 1500m, the 3000m and a leg of the 4 X 400m relay. She used her 3000m race for pacing practice in preparation for her duties on the 21st May at Highgate, by lapping almost every other competitor. What a great morale boost it was for the team to have her return to her club roots.
Blacksticks Blue 10k road race - Sunday 8th May 2016
This tough race on the demanding slopes around Beacon Fell was held in warm and windy weather. Rob Affleck was once more a convincing winner in a time of 35.28. Chris Wales was the next Harrier to finish, 32nd in 43.23, and he was closely followed by Peter Cowling (36th in 43.46). Stephen Mort was 65th in 46.48, Dorothy Parkes was the first Harrier lady in 54.37 and other Harriers to complete the course were Phil Lakeland (54.45), Melanie Haworth (62.45) and Angela Tranter (67.52).
“Up The Nab” Fell Race - Saturday 7th May 2016
One of the two of this season’s “short” English Championship fell races took place last weekend from Glossop Rugby Club, in Charlesworth in the Peak District. The race was 6.4k and 365m of climb with the ladies race taking place an hour before the men to help reduce congestion on the route. Conditions were good, although it was warm and there was a strong wind blowing on the higher open fell.
Avenham 5k road race - Monday 2nd May 2016
Preston Harriers were well represented at this popular Bank Holiday race, held in wet and windy conditions. The race was won by former Harrier David Rigby, now running for Salford, in 16.03. Rob Affleck was 2nd in 16.35 and Harriers then packed in well with Kevin Hunt 8th in 18.12, David Watson 9th in 18.16 and Steve Hallas 10th in 18.23 to claim the team prize from Salford by a single point. Other Harriers finishers were Paul Lightfoot (12th in 18.34), Dominic Moon (18th in 19.11), Dougie Potter (28th in 20.30), Andrew Tranter (38th in 21.33), Victoria Duckett (49th in 22.07), Emily Reynolds (25.41), Angela Tranter (28.18), Judith Deakin (28.52) and Kirsty Williams (29.22).
Trafford AC Open Medal Meeting – Sunday 17th April 2016
Lovely weather for the 2nd Trafford open medal meeting of the season and some outstanding performances from the Preston Harriers athletes. 12 year old Will Whiteside got 3 personal bests and 3 Golds in 100M, Long Jump and High Jump (1.37M). 10 year old James Ince did the triple and got Gold in 600m, 150m and Long jump with a PB of 4.05M in the LJ and 1.49.7 in the 600M. Jay Whiteside & Sebastian Chiarella both got PBs in the U11s 75M. Eleanor Noblet did well in the U13s 75M and got a PB and Bronze, whilst Faye Houghton got a PB and Silver in the 1200M. Ethan Warren and Ton Durney both got PBs and won Silver and Bronze respectively in the U13s 1500M, whilst Tomas Roberts won Silver in the U15s 800M and an outstanding Gold for Harvey Noble in the Javelin. In the U15 girls Drew Illingworth-Turner got Bronze in the 200M . Well done to everyone who performed.
Youth Development League Upper Match, Blackburn - Sunday 1st May 2016
Battling Harriers excelled to finish 3rd against their big city rivals Sale and Liverpool Harriers in their first Youth Development League Premier 1 West Match at Blackburn. Despite Harriers being unable to field a full team, those competing produced some outstanding performances with 15 personal bests being set. The wet and windy weather caused the cancellation of the ladies pole vault on safety grounds. The weather improved, allowing the male pole vaulters to compete, which saw a double success in the under 17s, with Joe Duffy (3.40m) and David Jeans (2.50m) securing maximum points for Harriers.
A further 18 harriers won individual events and the day was rounded off with 2 relay wins. The under 17 men 4x100m recorded 45.8 sec. and the under 17 women’s 4x300m team ran 2.55.2. Nadia Patel and Chloe Unsworth won both 'A' & 'B' under 20 women's long jump, with Nadia winning the 'B' triple Jump. Sophie Warden exemplified the team spirit by unselfishly filling events she doesn't normal compete in, when she recorded her fastest 100m time for 4 years to win the 'B' under 20 women's race in 13.1. Sophie then came second in the 400m hurdles, third in the triple jump and 4th in the javelin and finished the day by running the anchor leg of the 4x100m.
Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 24th April 2016
Seven members of Preston Harriers made the journey to the capital to run the Virgin Money London Marathon. First to finish was Gary Pennington in an outstanding time of 2:29:40 for 11th place in the V50-54 age category. Another superb performance came from Sue Wickham who ran at an even pace throughout to clock 4:29:54 and knock a massive 35 minutes off her previous best. Other Harriers finishers were Russell Codd (3:22:01), Kevin Curran (3:12:00), Brian Dewhurst (3:13:55), Kari Edwards (5:38:04) and Chris Wales (2:58:49).
National Duathlon Championships, Stockton-on-Tees - Sunday 24th April 2016
Four Harriers, Nichola Jackson, Kevin Hunt, Billy Johnstone & Michael Brennand and honorary Harrier for the day Barry Thomas, made the trip across to Teesside for this year’s National Duathlon Championships, held on closed roads in Stockton-on-Tees. All five were competing in the standard distance event comprising a 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run. Despite the cold and windy conditions, the event attracted a strong field of some of the country’s best triathletes across the various categories, but this didn't deter Preston's own Nichola Jackson, storming through in 2:08:44 to take the National Honours in her age group and finish 2nd Female overall. Strong performances from Kevin Hunt (2:08:51, 4th in category) Barry Thomas (2:22:47), Billy Johnstone (2:26:17, 12th in category) and Michael Brennand (2:35:50, 16th in category) rounded off a great showing from the Preston Harriers team.
Youth Development League Fixture at Spinkhill Sheffield - Saturday 23rd April 2016
Harriers start on their quest to reach another National Final saw a weakened team cross the Pennines to Sheffield. Enthusiasm and true grit helped Harriers to secure second place behind Sale in the Northern Top League for under 15 and under 13 athletes. Harriers finished 34 points ahead of hosts Sheffield and will go to the National Final if they continue to hold onto second place throughout the season.
Lancashire Combined Events Championships, Hyndburn - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April 2016
At the Combined Events Championships, Preston Harrier Jasmine Jolly had a convincing win in the under 15 girls Pentathlon, retaining the championship she won last year. The difference was that last year Jasmine only took the lead after the final event, and won by a mere 7 points. This time she took the lead in the first event and was never headed, winning the championship by a huge margin of 848 points and scoring an outdoor best of 3140 points.
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