Preston’s Rachel Jones, recovering from injury, went one better than her silver medal at the European Biathle Championships in Portugal by winning the National Championships at Salford Quays.
She completed the continuous format, comprising of a 1,500 metres run, 200 metres swim and another 1,500 metres swim – in a time of 14 minutes 33.7 seconds.
This qualifies her to represent Great Britain again at the World Championships to be held in Guatemala in October.
Jonesl has already represented her country at 13 World Championships, claiming the title three times and winning medals on another nine occasions.
A strong contingent from Preston Harriers turned up for the final race of the Welcome Tavern 5K Series.
A superb performance saw Chris Tully set the pace and he was narrowly beaten into second place, with a personal best of 16.32, just ahead of Jason Parker in third (in a time of 16.42).
Continuing the Harriers dominance was Andrew Newton in fifth, with a personal best of 16.58, with further strong performances by Neil McDonald in 12th (17.52), David Watson returning to form in 14th (18.03) and Kevin Hunt in 15th (18.15).
There was further celebration for Preston Harriers’ Jason Parker for retaining his series crown and Neil McDonald for winning the Vet45 category.
Sunday saw nine Preston Harriers runers take on the Wagon and Horses 10-mile race taking in the views across Lancaster’s River Lune.
The first to power through the torrential rain was Rob Affleck, last year’s winner, with a storming 56.40 in third overall.
Neil McDonald was next through in 63.35.
And he was pushed all the way by fireman Chris Wales in 63.41.
They were followed in by Peter Cowling (68.00) and super vet Alan Appleby (76.20).
Preston Harriers also made their presence felt with a strong performance to attain the first ladies team prize with Ambi Tipping, who had a cracking race, the first Harriers runner across the line in 76.17.
Victoria Cowling (82.58), Vicki Sherrington (84.50) and Claire Forrest, in 103.01, completes the proud Harriers team.