Jasmine puts in Jolly good run

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The stand-out run for Preston Harriers in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League fixture in Burnley was Jasmine Jolly’s win in the Under-13s girls’ race.

Jolly arrived at the venue with only a few minutes to spare, yet put that behind her to lead from the gun.

The Under-13s team placed second on the day, with support from Sophie Reid, Annie Duffy and Mia Culshaw and lead the table by five points from Southport Waterloo with two fixtures left.

Niall Higham placed fifth in the Under-15s boys’ race and Joshua McNamara was 18th.

There was an excellent run from Catherine Slater in the ladies’ race for a top-10 finish.

Slater had “enjoyed” a 4½-hour training run on the fells in deteriorating conditions the previous day and had felt some tiredness in her legs, yet she led a strong Harriers ladies team to second place on the day.

Jenny Parker and Suzanne Bailey were the other A team counters.

The B team counters were Laura Sulliven (20th), Ambi Tipping (29th) and Emma Essex-Crosby (40th).

The ladies currently sit top of Division One with the B team top of Division Three.

The men had a good turn-out but have lacked the higher quality at the sharp end to make an impression and are in danger of being relegated from Division One, where they finished third last season.

David Rigby, suffering from the effects of a heavy cold, was the club’s highest finisher in 20th.

l Last Sunday saw the first race in the Preston Harriers Road Race Championship for 2015, the Garstang 10k, with David Rigby, Rob Affleck and Jason Parker having a proper rip up of a race.

Rigby and Affleck pushed each other throughout the race.

But it was Rigby who had the final say over the closing stages with a blistering surge over the line in 33.06 for second place, with Affleck pressurising him all the way in 33.10 for third.

Next to storm through the line was Jason Parker with a cracking 34.33 for fifth overall which sealed a Preston Harriers’ team victory.

Creditable performances were also put in by Victoria Duckett (46.44), Dorothy Parkes (53.09), Ben Higginson (55.49), Felicity Cross (55.55) and Sue Wickham (57.11) to complete the Harriers entry.

l Preston Harriers excelled at the recent Lancashire Sportshall fixture, winning the match by more than 200 points – 406 to Kendal’s 178 points.

They won all the six age groups and also took four age group athletes of the match awards.

Age group athletes of the match were: Charlotte Daley (Under-15s girls), Ellie Lewis (Under-11s girls), Ethan Tibbs (Under-13s boys) and Ethan Warren (Under-11s soys).

Top points scorers were Ethan Tibbs and Under-11s Tom Durney with 25 points each.

Thirteen Under-11s Harriers have been selected to represent Lancashire County at the Sportshall North West Regional Final in Manchester this weekend.

If Lancashire win then a trip to the National Final in Birmingham beckons.