Debutant Anna first for Preston

Preston Harriers' Rob Affleck in Berlin

Preston Harriers' Rob Affleck in Berlin

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The first fixture of the new Mid Lancs Cross Country League season took place in warm sunshine in the spectacular surroundings of Astley Park, Chorley.

In the Under-11s girls’ race, Preston Harriers debutant Anna Thompson was first to finish in 35th place.

Isabella Buraimo was close behind her in 37th, Lily Hunt was 49th and Grace Halliday was 55th. They finished eighth team.

Harriers’ Under-11s boys were fourth team. Hayden Middleton had a great run for sixth place and the other team scorers were Simon Shilton (24th) and Thomas Chadwick (27th).

The Under-13s boys went one better to finish as third team, showing excellent packing, with Ethan Warren ninth, Liam Blackwell 13th and Thomas Durney 15th.

Preston Harriers’ Under-15s girls were the most successful.

They won their age group with excellent runs from Eleanor Ward in fourth place, Tegan Macuras (seventh) and Kate Danby (eighth).

Only Matthew Fazackerly (15th) and Euan Marsden (23rd) contested the Under-15s boys’ race.

A depleted senior women’s team came 11th, the scorers being Emma Essex-Crosby (18th), Loy Kalasiram (42nd) and Vicki Sherrington (81st).

Junior Chris Durney led home the senior men’s team with 32nd place in his first attempt at the senior distance.

He was followed in by Jon Green (36th) and Tony Livesey (42nd).

Michael O’Donnell made a succcessful return from injury in 64th place and the other scorers were Steve Hallas (87th) and Alan Durney (96th).

Preston Harriers finished seventh senior team, fourth MV40 team and second MV50 team.

Preston Harriers were successful in the popular RunPreston 10K and 5K annual road races.

David Rigby won the 10K in a good time of 31.58, Chris Livesey was third in 33.11 and Andrew Benson was fifth in 33.43.

Helen Clitheroe was first lady and eighth overall in 34.57.

In the 5K race, Kevin Hunt was second in 18.06 and Peter Cowling was sixth in 19.26.

After her outstanding run in Saturday’s cross country race, Eleanor Ward completed a successful weekend by finishing 11th overall and first lady in 20.17. Victoria Duckett was 23rd overall in 22.12 and Lucy Treaddell was 28th in 22.50.

Harriers’ Rob Affleck toed the line at the annual Berlin Marathon.

Months of training paid dividends as he maintained a consistent pace to record 3.30 average per kilometre throughout the whole marathon distance.

Affleck was rewarded with a personal best of 2.27, third UKMV40 and 111th overall against an international field.