Rigby red hot in Reading run

Preston Harriers' Dave Rigby at the Reading Half Marathon

Preston Harriers' Dave Rigby at the Reading Half Marathon

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At the Reading Half Marathon, which incorporated the English Championship, Preston Harriers’ David Rigby and Helen Clitheroe did their club and city proud.

Rigby’s ascension continued with him smashing his personal best with a fine 68.24 and super vet Clitheroe was well rewarded for a creditable 73.01.

Elsewhere, a trio of Preston Harriers toed the line at the annual Wilmslow Half Marathon, with Robert Affleck leading the charge over the line with a mighty PB of 70.05.

Another fine PB was grabbed with a superb 75 minutes flat by the ever improving Christopher Tully ,who was pushed all the way with a solid performance from Stephen Mort with 91.58.

The Trimpell 20 miler is an ideal preparation race for marathon athletes who are competing at the annual Manchester and London events.

Ten proud Preston Harriers took to the scenic route which follows the banks of the River Lune with Neil McDonald at the head of the Harrier charge with a fine 2.12.55.

Pushing all the way and next through the line was Kevin Curran in 2.18.48 and he was pursued to the line by Alan Martin (2.31.33) and Russell Codd in (2.36.21).

Ultra distance athlete Catherine Slater was the first Harriers lady, with 2.36.42, and was followed in by John Bradley in 2.38.25, back to back 20-miler Stephen Needham in 2.39.21, Vicki Sherrington in 3.17.49, Helen Boyer in a time of 3.30.33 and a buoyant Sue Wickham with 3.37.23

Speed demon Gary Pennington had a storming race to claim outright victory at last weekend’s Jacob’s Leg-it 10K road race with 33.45.

And he was pushed hard to the line by fellow Harriers runner Daniel Bebbington in 34.24 for second overall.

Adela Nuttall also put in a strong performance with a fine 57.25.

l The tough Coniston 14 mile route welcomed a trio of Preston Harriers last weekend with Tunde Buraimo recording a superb 1.35.12 setting him up well for his forthcoming challenge at the Manchester Marathon.

Pushing him all the way was Peter Cowling in 1.39.57 and Paul Lightfoot in 1.45.50.

Road ace Jason Parker claimed a superb third overall with 40.56 over the tough seven-mile Garstang Gallop, and was pushed hard by Jenny Wren (55.25), Richard Fenton (55.26), Kate Lakeland (56.08) and Phil Lakeland (64.44).

Six runners from Riversway Roadrunners took part in the Trimpell 20-mile race in Lancaster.

Pete Manning, Alison Thompson, Laura Kirkham, Sam Lawrence, Tom Jordan and Laura Wiggans all completed the race as part of one of their final long training runs before they take part in the Manchester and London marathons in April.

It was a long, tough run but made easier by good weather and a course that took in beautiful views along the Lancashire Lune valley.

A total of 530 runners took part in the race designed for those training hard for spring marathon races.

The race finished at the Salt Ayre sports centre in Lancaster, where runners were rewarded with hard earned medals, doughnuts and sandwiches.

On the same day, another three runners from Riversway – Nikki Nally, Charlotte Davis and Andrea Carter – completed the Jacobs Leg-it 10Km race.

The race, held at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, attracted 379 runners in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS) and last year raised over £7,000 for the great cause.