|Mid Lancs XC Update...|
The Mid Lancs Cross Country League has its` next fixture is Saturday 14th December at WILSON PLAYING FIELDS, Clayton Hall Drive, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5SF Directions are M65 to Junc 7 - (do not follow Accrington signs here!) - go down the slip road, to the LEFT at the roundabout (this is Dunkenhalgh Way.) You will come to a set of traffic lights opposite a huge works, and you`ll need to be in the correct lane to turn RIGHT at these lights. Turn right onto the A678 and after a short distance, you will start a short climb with the M65 visible for a spell on your right. At the traffic lights turn LEFT onto Whalley Rd, the A680. After almost a mile, Wilson Playing Field is on your right. It is unlikely that you will be able to park on the club car of Hyndburn AC as it will be for officials and helpers on the day, so please park carefully on the main road and please do not block any access points on any roads Race times are back to normal Mid-Lancs U11 Girls at 12.30pm U11 Boys at 12.45pm U13 Girls at 1.00pm U15 Girls and U13 Boys at 1.20pm U15 Boys and U17 Women at 1.40pm U17 men, Junior, Senior and Vet Women at 2.00pm Junior, Senior and Vet Men at 2.30pm
Leyland Inter-Club 4 mile road race - Wednesday 9th September 2009
The final road Inter-Club race of 2009, organised by the Red Rose club, took place on the paths, trails and roads around Worden Park, last Wednesday. A warm, late Summer evening set the tone for an enjoyable event, although recent rain had churned up some of the paths making them a bit muddy.
Club Track & Field Championships - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2009
Brilliant sunshine was just what the Doctor ordered for the two days of Preston Harriers track & field championships last weekend. The emphasis, as ever, is on enjoying the two days and just taking part, along with having a go at events some athletes may not be familiar with! This year was no different with some people discovering hidden talents, especially for getting wet in the steeple chase water!
A large number of under 11s thoroughly enjoyed a weekend of competition too and the kind weather was much appreciated by the volunteers, officials & parents who make the event run. There was also, the unusual sight of coach & Scotsman, Rob Gillies, throwing the hammer in his clan kilt. The results and awards are given out at Harriers Presentation Evening on Friday 13th November at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 September 2009 21:59)
National Young Athletes League Main Final, Birmingham - Sunday 6th September 2009
Preston Harriers Young Athletes team, made the journey down the M6 to the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham last Sunday to compete in the National Main Final. The competition was of a high standard and included the Champions & Runners up of each of the Northern, Southern & Midland Leagues – Preston had finished runners up in the Northern Premier to Sale and so were able to take part in the National Main Final for the first time in the clubs history; last year the Club had competed in the Auxiliary Final for the 3rd & 4th placed clubs.
Despite the undoubted ability and larger squads of the other competing clubs, the Preston Harrier athletes competed very well. In the U15s Emily Lupton won the A discus with a throw of 28.81m. Emily threw 26.56 for 3rd in the javelin and 9.72 for another 3rd in shot. Rachel Scott was third in the 800m with 2.25.96, whilst Jessica McDermott was third in the B event, with 2.31.15. Katy Alderson picked up 2nd place too, in the 200m B event, with 27.93.
For the U13 girls, Alex Walker obtained a height of 1.30 for 2nd in the B high jump. At U17 women, Sasha Byrom took 3rd in the 200m with 26.58, whilst Nichola Jackson was 3rd in the 1500m with 5.06.18. Emma Pinkowicz threw the hammer 34.77 for her 2nd place and Alix Morley in the B shot was 3rd with 7.62. Amy Lupton threw the javelin 36.68 for a Grade 1 and 2nd.
For the U17 men, Will Fielding was 2nd in the B 1500m with a time of 4.27.72. Richard Morrel was 3rd in the 3k with a time of 9.33.89, and Calum Rowett was 3rd in the B race with 10.17.70. Stephen Ormerod had a terrific 400m B hurdle run with first in 61.10 and he was 3rd in B shot with 10.33. Darren Evans threw the discus 32.87 for 2nd. Tom Dewhurst threw the javelin 43.28 for third. In the sprints, Andy Burrell placed 3rd in the 100m (12.19) and in the 200m, Tom Fuller, also was third, in 24.10.
At U15 boys, Will Goodier was second in shot with 11.02, and 3rd in B discus with 24.93. Like Penswick (U13) was 2nd in the 800m, with 2.19.47 but an agonising 0.01 of a second from first! In the 1500m, there was joy for Dougie Ashcroft, 3rd in 4.56.64 and in the B, Patrick Dever was also 3rd in 4.58.06. In the B event for 75m hurdles, Tom Booth was 2nd in 13.79 and 3rd placed Jonathon Murphy had a shot putt of 7.59. Everyone, who competed, contributed to Preston’s eighth place to end a fine season for the Club in Track & Field.
Last Updated (Friday, 11 September 2009 06:03)
Rufford 10k - Sunday 6th September 2009
Darren McDermott stormed to a new personal best in the Rufford 10 last week, with a time of 38.26. Andrew Stell finished in 42.25 and also running were Stephen Young (44.42) & Paula Stell (49.57)
National Junior League Promotion Play-Off, Wigan - Sunday 30th August 2009
After quite a few years of trying, Preston Harriers Junior athletes at u20's and u17's secured one of the two promotion places available to the Northern Premier League at Robin Park Wigan on Sunday.
It became evident very early into this promotion match, that it was going to be between three of the six teams to fight it out; Middlesbrough AC, Liverpool Harriers and Preston Harriers. Liverpool had finished second bottom of the Premier League and had an opportunity to maintain their top league placing if they were to finish in the top two in the promotion play-off match.
After a very long season Harrier athletes had to compete at their best to ward of the challenge from the other clubs and it is to their immense credit that they produced the performances that counted, as the whole team contributed and supported the team effort – everyone involved, from throwers to jumpers to track runners and officials all did their bit and more.
The lead throughout the day changed hands several times between Middlesbrough & Preston, as both slowly started to pull away from Liverpool. By mid afternoon, persistent rain had started to fall and the climax of the day was the relays, with the Preston teams splashing their way round the track, roared on by the supporters in the main stand.
The final points tally saw Preston on 541 and Middlesbrough finish with 552, an agonising gap of just 11 points but it didn`t matter as the Club had obtained that once elusive promotion.
Performance of the day, well, that`s easy… every single athlete that turned out for the club! The next season in the Premier League will be eagerly anticipated with the increased standard of competition that it will bring and, with what looks like a few trips across the border to Scotland!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 September 2009 19:22)
Mid Lancs Track & Field Medal Meeting; Wigan Saturday 22nd August 2009
Preston Harriers picked up a staggering number of medals in the medal meeting at Wigan. In the under 13 girls’ Beth Evans picked up two golds for her throwing, leading a Preston 1-2 both times. In the shot she threw 7.42 ahead of Mia Arguello who threw 7.32. In the discus her 21.12 throw took top spot ahead of Sarah Chadwick with 17.53. An off colour Ella Roberts, from her sick bed, jumped over 1.30 for a three way share of the gold medal in the High jump. Emma Hargreaves powered her way to gold in the 800m in a time of 2.34.8 before joining Mia, Sarah & Lydia Williams in the 4 x 100 relay taking Gold in 56.4. Lydia picked up two individual medals in her own right with bronze in the 100 in 14.0 before going one better in the 200 taking silver in 29.6.
Last Updated (Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:26)
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
- Cuerden Valley Badger 10k Trail race - Thursday 13th August 2009
- Chorley InterClub, 4.78 miles - Wednesday 12th August 2009
- National Junior Track & Field League Northern Promotion Final
- World Masters Athletics Championships, Lahti, Finland