Happy Helen is the first lady

Preston Harriers' Christopher Tully, Helen Clitheroe and Chris Livesey (left to right)

Preston Harriers' Christopher Tully, Helen Clitheroe and Chris Livesey (left to right)

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Three Preston Harriers made the journey to Stoke-On-Trent for the ‘Alsager 5’ road race.

The event has the reputation for being one of the fastest five-milers on the road running circuit and the quality of the field certainly justified that 
tag.

The race was a sell-out with 1,000 entrants gathering for the 11am start and conditions were perfect with bright blue skies and only a slight breeze.

The times reflected this with the winner, Thomas Farrell of Border Harriers, crossing the line in 24.06.

The first Harriers athlete home – on his return to road racing – in 15th position was Chris Livesey in a fantastic time of 25.43.

The second Preston Harriers runner – and taking the victory as first lady, 27th overall – 
was Helen Clitheroe in 
26.51.

Clitheroe was thrilled with victory as she finished 18 seconds in front of fellow GB athlete Katie Brough, who recorded 27.09 as second lady.

The third Harrier in 48th place, recording a PB of 27.46 was Christopher 
Tully.

Two Preston Harriers runners also took part in the Dewsbury 10k.

Alan Metcalfe placed 145th in 38.50, with Chris Wales not far behind running 39.26 to finish 167th out of more than 1,000 runners.