Chipping Show Fell Race, 8miles & 2000` ascent - Saturday 22nd August 2009
The Preston Harriers’ organised & marshalled fell race in conjunction with Chipping Show was blessed with very good weather, too hot for some. The club was represented by Alan Metcalf (first local runner) in 1:21.30 and Lindsey Berends in 1:36.10 with almost seven minutes knocked off her personal best. There was almost a record turnout of 93 runners, the race being won by Mike Whyatt (Bowland) in 1:10.47.
Last Updated (Sunday, 30 August 2009 15:40)
Darwen Tower Fell Race - Saturday 22nd August 2009
There was a congested start for the Darwen Tower fell race over 3.7m and 930` of climb, from Bold Venture Park, Darwen last Saturday. Conditions were excellent, with stunning views in all directions. James Kevan (Horwich) won by some distance in 22.56 but there was a strong run from Alex Fowler who was 10th in 25.12. Darren McDermott was a very good 29th in 27.19. The race was also the 5th in the 2009 series of the National Junior Fell Running Championships with U16/18s also having to run in the main senior race; Nichola Jackson (U18) finished in 33.26. Claire McDermott completed in 34.52 and George Arnold was home in 41.03.
Last Updated (Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:08)
Ulverston 10k - Wednesday 19th August 2009
In very humid conditions with the course quite slippy underfoot, Steve Hallas and Anne Sweeney, Preston’s only representatives at the Ulverston 10k, were both disappointed with their efforts over the 10k course. Both finished 4th in their respective events, in 34.00 and 42.19 respectively, with Anne also taking the 1st v50 award.
Last Updated (Thursday, 27 August 2009 08:43)
Mid Lancs Track & Field League, Litherland Saturday 8th August 2009
U 17 training partners took each other on at the final Mid Lancs League meeting. First up were throwers Darren Evans v Sam Johnson. Darren opened by winning the hammer with his 43.04 throw with Sam in second 32.04. Sam soon equalised by winning the discus 35.07 with Darren in second 34.77. Jumpers Matt Harper & Adam Bell were 1 & 2 in the long and triple jumps. Adam taking the long – 5.47 ahead of Matt with 5.29. Matt then took revenge in the triple 11.50 against Adam’s 11.13. The four then filled the first four places in the javelin throw. Bragging rights went to Matt 39.58 ahead of Adam 35.14, Sam 33.99, & Darren 30.94. On the track Tom Bradbury stormed to victory in the 100m in 11.6.
Great Warford 10 mile road race - Sunday 16th August 2009
Liz Abbott continued her rich vein of good form, winning the ladies race in Great Warford (Cheshire) over 10 miles on the road in 1:02.11, and was a fine 28th overall. Liz went into the lead at about 7½ miles and stayed ahead of a strong challenge from second lady, Nicola Bird, of Ellesmore Port RC
Grannys Bay 10 mile road race, Lytham - Sunday 16th August 2009
There was no respite from the strong winds which buffeted the Fylde Coast at the Granny’s Bay 10 mile road race on Sunday 16th August. In this veteran’s only race the four Preston Harriers who competed all struggled in the extreme conditions.
Battling all the way after the 5 mile turn into a very strong headwind, Anne Sweeney finished 4th lady and 1st vet 50 in a creditable time for the day in 71.04. John Langhan was next finisher in 1.17.09, 14th V40. Running together all the way and finishing well were Tania Hillis and Michael Dunn in 1.49.01 and 1.49.03 respectively.
Cuerden Valley Badger 10k Trail race - Thursday 13th August 2009
Gary Pennington took 1st place in the latest Badger 10k trail race from Cuerden Valley. Gary won in 35.34 and there were runs from Charlotte Rawcliffe (52.48) & Stephen Young (1:07.08)
Last Updated (Sunday, 23 August 2009 20:54)
Chorley InterClub, 4.78 miles - Wednesday 12th August 2009
Although competing numbers were down for last weeks Chorley AC hosted Interclub from the towns Astley Park, Harriers were able to turn out a magnificent 50 runners over the undulating 4.78 mile run. The course is renowned for its tough two loops and with it, two long climbs out of the park and along Southport Road. On a warm evening, the second lap saw many runners having to dig deep & maintain focus to keep pushing up the hill.
Harriers triumphed again in the open race, with Matt Livingstone 2nd, to Blackpools Stuart Robinson, in 25.50. Of the first twelve runners home in the race, Preston packed in eight counters with Steve Hallas (3rd – 26.14), Gary Pennington (4th – 26.28), Jason Parker (5th – 27.12), Gethin Butler (8th – 27.43), Rob Affleck (9th – 28.01), Jon Green (11th – 28.12) & Mark Lee (12th – 28.15.) Again, there was great support with David Watson 15th in 28.37, Dave Parkington 16th in 28.40, Kevin Hesketh 26th in 29.25 and first lady, Liz Abbott home in 29.55.
Last Updated (Saturday, 22 August 2009 11:31)
National Junior Track & Field League Northern Promotion Final
Harriers juniors are anticipating next weeks (Sunday 30th Aug) National Junior Track & Field League Northern Promotion Final at Wigan and it is hoped that promotion can be gained to the Northern Premier League for 2010 after last seasons final disappointment. Harriers will be competing against teams from Doncaster AC, Liverpool Harriers, Middlesbrough AC, Rotherham Harriers & Wakefield Harriers.
World Masters Athletics Championships, Lahti, Finland
Steve Smith won an impressive two medals at the World Masters Championship in Lahti, Finland. Racing in the M50 age group Steve got a bronze medal in the 800m in a season's best of 2min04secs. He bettered that in the 1500m by talking the silver in another season's best of 4min14
Last Updated (Thursday, 13 August 2009 10:27)
U15 / U17 England Athletics Championships, Bedford - Sat 8th & Sun 9th August 2009
Six Preston Harriers athletes travelled down to Bedford last weekend for the annual u15 & u17 England Athletics championships. Formerly known as the ‘AAA’ championships the event draws the best athletes from the whole of the UK and this year was no exception with some outstanding young athletes displaying their potential.
Last Updated (Thursday, 13 August 2009 21:03)