Preston Harriers runners were out in force for the Inskip Half Marathon.
This year’s event was sold out weeks in advance, reflecting the high esteem with which it is regarded by local athletes.
Rural lanes, fantastic distant views of the Trough of Bowland and perfect conditions greeted the 430 athletes who toed the start line, all eager to cross the finish to claim their well-earned hot pot meal.
Gethin Butler led the Preston Harriers attack by setting off with a high pace to establish a strong position within the lead pack.
As the early miles ticked over the eventual winner, Tom Carson of Bolton Harriers, maintained a healthy lead with Butler applying pressure right to the end to storm the line in 71.38 for second overall.
Rob Affleck’s metronomic pacing was rewarded with fourth place overall and first MV40 with 75.11.
Steve Hallas’ build-up to the London Marathon continues to gain momentum and he was next to storm the line in 78.06. Neil McDonald was content to be the fourth team counter with a strong 82.05 to guarantee team victory on the day.
David Green pushed hard to the line to record a creditable 82.45 and he was followed in by Stephen Young in 87.28, Kevin Hunt (88.28), Richard Smith (88.31) and Alan Martin (92.04).
Harriers’ first lady home was Catherine Slater (92.34), tri-expert Richard Kings recorded 96.37 and Ambi Tipping (pictured right) 1.41.04 to complete the proud Preston Harriers team entry.