Affleck storms it...at a canter

IN TOP FORM: Preston Harrriers' quartet Steve Hallas, Neil McDonald, Rob Affleck and Chris Tully

IN TOP FORM: Preston Harrriers' quartet Steve Hallas, Neil McDonald, Rob Affleck and Chris Tully

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Local club athletes made up the majority of a class field for the Catforth 5K Canter, the first in a series of races around a fast and flat route.

Preston Harriers’ Rob Affleck was put under pressure right from the start.

But he stormed to victory with an injection of pace over the last mile to leave his nearest rivals in his wake, beating the course record with a superb personal best of 15.40.

David Rigby continued the Harriers’ rich vein of form with third overall in 15.49.

And he was followed in by Jason Parker in fourth (16.27) to ensure a mighty men’s first team victory.

Steve Hallas maintained the flow of Harriers accolades as first MV40 in 16.39 as the wave of Harriers rolled over the line, with Christopher Tully finishing 10th (16.51), Paul Lightfoot 11th (17.09), and a fast-finishing David Watson a splendid 12th (17.14).

Next to storm the line was Neil McDonald, who was content with a season’s best of 17.47. He was followed in by Richard Smith and William Johnstone, who battled through the finish in 18.13 each, with just rewards going to Johnstone as first MV50.

Harriers continued to stream through with Chris Wales (18.49), Stephen Mort (20.48), and Harriers’ lone lady Diane Brown (40.34).

At the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, a quartet of Preston Harriers travelled to Keswick to take part in a challenging 22 km trail race on the paths and tracks around Latrigg.

The weather was almost perfect, with a light breeze and hazy cloud to temper the heat of the sun.

And the first Harriers’ runner to finish was Kevin Hesketh in 10th place overal,l with a time of 1hr, 46 mins, 51 secs.

Marian Hesketh was fifth woman and 63rd overall in 2.05.08 and Kari Edwards finished in 306th place in 3.07.33.

Still feeling the effects of the Windermere Marathon only two weeks previously, 
Helen Boyer stopped after 11km.

The girls from Kirkham Grammar School enjoyed a brilliant two days at the Lancashire Track and Field Championships at Stanley Park, collecting 17 medals overall.

Leading the way were the school’s four Lancashire champions. Kate Lawler achieved an outstanding double, winning both the Under-20s 200m and 400m.

Jess O’Neill took gold in the 100m and silver in the Under-17s 200m.

Taegan O’Hara won gold in the Under-20s 100m hurdles, whilst a junior girls’ title went to Rachel Greenwood in the Under-15s discus. And six silver medals were won, with Beth Everson collecting two of them for her performance in the Under-17s 300m and triple jump.

The triple jump also provided a silver medal for Nicole Wainwright in the Under-20s age group. O’Hara collected her second medal by finishing second in the Under-20s 100m, whilst Serena Hagel hurdled superbly to pick up silver in the Under-15 75m hurdles.

Triple Jump provided two more bronze medals for Under-17s’ Sophie Worden and O’Hara (Under-20s).