Smith the first Harrier home

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Persistent, mostly heavy rain made conditions hard going for Preston Harriers competitors in the Longridge 7-mile road race last Sunday.

The race is a tough one in any case, with several hills to climb over an undulating course.

The high points of the course were shrouded in mist too, which some runners remarked was just as well, as they were unable to see how much further they had to climb.

The race winner was Karl Darcy of Bolton in 41.21. Continuing to enjoy a rich vein of form was Richard Smith, who was top placed Preston Harriers athlete in a fine seventh, with 45.26.

Andy Grimshaw was 21st in 47.38 and Alan Appleby was second vet 65 (38th overall) in 50.44.

Marian Hesketh had an excellent run to finish first vet 60 and fifth lady in 52.44.

Finishing together in 53rd and 54th were William Johnstone and Andy Acklam.

Charlotte Rawcliffe was 83rd in 55.36 and taking in a road race, rather than his usual fell running events was Jim Doherty who finished in 59.48.