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Nichola Jackson was back in action

Nichola Jackson was back in action

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Preston Harriers’ Nichola Jackson was delighted with her 41st place, in 47.14, at the Pendle Hill Fell Race.

It was Jackson’s first race since enduring a metatarsal stress fracture, and she was lacking fell fitness too.

Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers won the race.

In the men’s race, Preston’s John Rainford was 152nd in 43.12 and Michael McLoughlin was 289th.

Some 340 entrants ran and there was a fantastic three-way fight for the finish, with all the top three being together until the final stages.

Tom Addison of Helm Hill won in 32.55, second was Rob Hope (Pudsey) in 33.05 and third was Simon Bailey (Mercia Fell Runners) in 32.23.

At the Lancaster Three Bridges 10k, three Preston Harriers were in action along the banks of the River 
Lune.

David Rigby led the pack out of the Salt Ayre 
Sports Arena with a strong pack of local athletes in pursuit.

Over the first two miles, Rigby’s strong pace enabled him to forge ahead and attain an unassailable lead to storm the line in 34.06.

Adopting an alternative race strategy, Christopher Tully used the strong chasing pack to pace him around the twisting course and then left them in his wake over the closing miles to attain second overall in a creditable 34.59 with Neil McDonald next over the line, ninth overall in 38.32, to guarantee a Preston Harriers team victory.

Gethin Butler’s return to the Manchester Marathon last weekend saw him up against a strong contingent of quality British athletes.

As ever, Butler acquitted himself well, showing resilience whilst battling against the inclement weather and running for lengthy periods on his own to charge through the line first MV45 in 2hrs 32min.

Richard Smith put in a superb performance with 3hrs 14min, with Harriers stalwart Roy Parkinson next in with a mighty fine 3hrs 24min and Alan Martin completing the proud Preston Harriers team with a creditable 3rs 30min finishing time.