A Barrow-load of Preston joy

Some of the Preston Harriers ladies at the finish of their cross country race in Barrow
Some of the Preston Harriers ladies at the finish of their cross country race in Barrow
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The second Mid Lancs League cross country fixture was at Thorncliffe in Barrow and under overcast skies, there was cheer throughout the day for Preston Harriers.

In the Under-11s boys’ race, Gregor Anderson was fifth and Thomas Durney sixth.

The Under-13s girls were second team on the day, led home by Jasmine Jolly who was second – Sophie Reid was 17th and Kate Danby 18th.

In the Under-13s boys’ race, Isaac Sharples was third.

The Under-15s girls were led to first place by Tegan Macuras, who finished fourth.

Nathan Dunn in second led the Under-15s boys’ team to second place on the day, with Nial Higham eighth and Shaun Beckett 12th.

The ladies had an excellent turnout, with several running their very first cross country race for the club.

Jenny Parker, who is the ladies’ cross country champion, having been awarded her prize at last week’s club presentation night, maintained her consistency with eighth overall.

Catherine Slater was 12th and Philippa Walsh 21st.

In the men’s race, Daniel Bebbington was in the leading group and finished eighth, and the team counters were Richard Smith, Steve Smith, Neil McDonald, Kevin Hunt and Chris Wales.

The 33rd running of the Preston 10-mile road race took place in perfect conditions for the runners, the marshalls, water station attendants and supporters. This is a two-lap race over a flat course around Hutton, Longton and Walmer Bridge. It has become a favourite race with many runners because it is so much more easy gain a personal best than on some of the other hilly 10-mile races.

The winner of the race was from Trafford AC. Tom Charles (52.14) ran away from the chasing pack of Harriers runners and won by almost one-and-a-half minutes. David Rigby was pressurised throughout the race by a persistent Robert Affleck but found another gear to hold him off and retain the Harriers Trophy as first Preston athlete over the line in 53.43.

Affleck was in close contention for first MV40 with 53.45.

Matthew Livingstone capitalised on his recent form to record a creditable 54.49, third senior male, and he was closely pursued by an in-form Christopher Tully with a cracking personal best 55.46 and Jason Parker with a storming 57.11.

The Preston Harriers wave of success continued with yet another personal best recorded by Richard Smith with 60.50 and a very welcome return by Darren McDermott in 62.47.

Fellsman John Rainford enjoyed an outing on the roads with 67.05.

And he was followed in by triathlete Lee Kings in 69.20, John Bradley (70.50), Allen Sumner (71.14), Andrew Tranter (72.52) and Mick Brennand in 73.52.

First Harriers lady was Ambi Tipping (1.15.03).

Tiring towards the end after having run the Barrow cross country the day before, she was presented with the annual ladies’ Harriers Trophy to join many other regular club runners already engraved 
on it.

Bill Topping (1.22.54) paid a visit to join in, Dorothy Parkes (1.26.06) and the ever present Helen Boyer (1.42.23) brought in the Harriers runners.