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Lancashire XC Championships 2015

The Lancashire XC Championships are on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at Witton Park, Blackburn. If you wish to run, then you must enter the event yourself and pay the appropriate entry fee.
You can enter on the day at a cost of £4 for Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 17s.
It`s £6 on the day for Juniors, Seniors and Vets. On the day entries close thirty minutes before each race.
Pre-entry before the 15th December is cheaper, however, and is £3 for Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 17s and is £4 for Juniors, Seniors and Vets.
Age groups as at 31st August 2014.
Race times are not the same as Mid-Lancs xc league races so please check and know your race time, especially if you are entering on the day.
The entry details are on the Sport-Soft website and the link is here

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Longridge 7 – Sunday 14th December 2014

2014 Richard Smith at Longridge 7Persistent, mostly heavy rain made conditions hard going for competitors in the Longridge 7 mile road race last Sunday. The race is a tough one in any case, with several hills to climb over an undulating course. The high points of the course were shrouded in mist too, which some runners remarked was just as well, as they were unable to see how much further they had to climb!
The race winner was Karl Darcy of Bolton in 41.21. Continuing to enjoy a rich vein of form was Richard Smith who was top placed Preston Harrier in a fine 7th, with 45.26. Andy Grimshaw was 21st in 47.38 and Alan Appleby was second vet 65 (38th overall) in 50.44. Marian Hesketh had an excellent run to finish 1st vet 60 and fifth lady in 52.44. Finishing together in 53rd and 54th were William Johnstone and Andy Acklam.
Charlotte Rawcliffe was 83rd in 55.36 and taking in a road race, rather than his usual fell running events was Jim Doherty who finished in 59.48.

Last Updated (Sunday, 21 December 2014 08:12)


Guy’s 10 mile road race - Sunday 7th December 2014

The always popular Guy’s 10M road race around the lanes of Myerscough, Inskip and back, took place on the 7th of December under threatening skies and a strong breeze. Fortunately the rain held off but the first three miles were into a headwind.
Before the off the race organiser apologised for the large puddle just beyond the start area; most runners thought they could detour this but alas almost everyone was shepherded through it with lots of curses and squeals and cold wet feet.
Just beyond the entrance to Myerscough College, near the first mile marker, a large horse had been spooked and the rider was trying to control the beast. Several runners went to help the lady but the horse was having none of it. The next thing a shout went up to watch out for the galloping horse which had broken free. More runners managed to catch it as it slowed but again it broke free. Fortunately it turned into a farmyard and no one was injured. It took a lot of runners minds off the wind for a while.

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3-1-5 Lancaster Half Marathon - Sunday 7th December 2014

2014 Lancaster Half 2014Seasonal temperatures and driving hailstones could not deter Preston Harriers’ Rob Affleck from putting in a dominant performance at this year’s 3-1-5 half marathon at Lancaster. The 5K race start was at the same time and ensured a blistering pace over the first mile with Affleck dictating the rapid cadence to take the lead which he never relinquished to steam through the line with victory attained in 1.13.41.
Neil Mc Donald made a tentative return to the half marathon distance but was able to work through the field over the closing stages, with a determined charge to the line for 10th overall in 1.24.17. Victoria Duckett was delighted with a PB for the distance and was justly rewarded as 1st FV35 with a creditable 1.45.11.

Last Updated (Sunday, 14 December 2014 08:12)


200 Club

The 200 Club is a monthly draw where you can win a cash prize and help support the club. If you'd like to join the 200 Club, please click here. (Existing members are asked to update their contact details)

Please can you help?

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.

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!)

Many thanks
Steve Mort

(Secretary - Lancashire Schools AA)


Preston Harriers Christmas Handicap

REGISTRATION 10am at Riverside Cafe, Avenham Park
Open to ALL Harrier members
Information:- The Handicap is a run for all Preston Harriers members over the same course but with differing distances depending on your age, around the pathways of Miller and Avenham Parks.  Complete and return entry form by Friday 19th December to Bob Welfare 01772 6523926


2015 National XC

Entries are being requested now for the ENGLISH NATIONAL XC Championships at Parliament Fields, London on Saturday 21st February 2015
Junior entries are being co-ordinated by Andy Bibby and if you wish to run please see Andy at the track or contact him
Seniors are being co-ordinated by Steve Jackson and you can email on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or send him a text on 07811 351843 with your first name and surname.
Only fully paid up Harriers members will be entered.
Names are needed no later than 31st December 2014 to comply with the entry procedures and cut off date – if you enter, it is expected that you will run or you may be asked for the entry fee
More information is on the English Cross Country Association website http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/

Last Updated (Monday, 08 December 2014 22:58)


Best 5K road race - Sunday 30th November 2014

Last Sunday saw Jason Parker lead the Preston Harrier contingent at the annual Best 5k staged in the shadows of the mighty PNE football stadium around Moor Park. Parker contested the premier position throughout the race and was very satisfied with a fine 1st MV40 in 16.30 for 3rd overall. Next through was David Riley in 19 minutes with William Johnston storming through to claim 1st MV50 in 20.54. He was followed in by Victoria Duckett (22.55), Felicity Cross (26.48) and Hannah Beattie (30.26).
Earlier in the day the Buraimo family completed the Best Fun Run with a delighted Isabella leading the way in 6.07, chased all the way by Elizabeth in 7.36 with both Proud Preston Harriers being supported by Mum and Dad.


Liverpool Cross Country – Saturday 29th November 2014

2014 Fabrice Kisela at Sefton Park2014 Catherine Slater at Sefton Park2014 IMG_4872The Mid-Lancs cross country last weekend was included within the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Sefton Park in Liverpool, and there were large fields in every one of the ten races. Fabrice Kisela took 1st place in the Under 17 men’s Mid Lancs  race, finishing an excellent 17th place in the UK Cross in a very strong field consisting of athletes from all over the UK. Jake Lonsdale was 6th in the Mid Lancs, Paul Blezard 13th & Rob Bryning 16th to ensure a team victory for the Harriers.
Jasmine Jolly was another Mid Lancs victor in the under 13 girls race, finishing 7th in the UK Cross. A great run from Annie Duffy in 11th & support from Darcey Lonsdale (30th) & Drew Turner (38th) ensured a 2nd place finish behind Liverpool.  Annwen Butler-Chattell & Lorna McDonald battled bravely in a large field.

Last Updated (Sunday, 07 December 2014 17:04)

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Wesham 10K road race - Saturday 29th November 2014

Preston Harriers put in a cracking performance at the annual Wesham 10K around the undulating country lanes of Salwick.  Rob Affleck was pressurised throughout the race by Rob Danson from Wesham Road Runners, but was able to put in a storming sprint finish to record a fine victory in 32.47 1st MV40. Dan Whitlock was justly rewarded as 1st MJ on the day with a respectable 36.15 with Kevin Hunt in close order to claim another accolade as 1st MV45 in 37.39.  The Harriers continued to storm the line with Stephen Needham (42.37), John Bradley (44.48), Phil Lakeland (47.57), Kate Lakeland (48.28), Ben Higginson (55.30), David Roberts (55.34) and Louise Gavell (57.00) to complete the Preston team.


British & Irish Masters Cross Country International, Nottingham - Saturday 22nd November 2014

2014 Marian HeskethThe British and Irish Masters Cross Country International is an annual event which pits against each other the best over-35 athletes from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Competition for places on the teams is intense, but two members of Preston Harriers were successful in gaining selection to run for their home countries. This year’s event took place in the very scenic surroundings of Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Kevin Hesketh’s pre-race build up was hampered by injury and work-related travel, but he had a solid run in the colours of his native Wales and was 13th M60 and 3rd counter in the Welsh M60 team. Marian Hesketh, running for England, had a storming run, moving through the field to win the gold medal in the W60 age group and lead the English team to a clean sweep of the medals and a resounding team victory.

Last Updated (Sunday, 30 November 2014 09:45)

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