Harriers’ triple assault on relay

Harriers' Marian Hesketh
Harriers' Marian Hesketh
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The Witton Park Trail Relays saw Preston Harriers field three teams for the gruelling two-mile race.

‘Team 911’ was led by David Rigby (14.40), who passed on to Jon Green (15.31), with Chris Tully (16.03) comfortably holding an excellent fourth place.

The all-female ‘Team Atomic Kitten’ was led by Cat Slater (16.54, second fastest in class) who passed to Ambi Tipping (20.26) and finally Jenny Parker (19.37) successfully bringing the ladies home second in class (30th overall).

‘Team Hanson’ set off with Daniel Whitlock (15.57), to Andrew Newton (15.46).

With no time to rest, David Rigby changed his number and set off on the final leg posting a superb time (15.35) to come home seventh.

Last weekend’s Sotos 10K provided all the athletes with stunning views, perfect weather conditions and a superb welcome to what is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst local clubs.

A dominant Preston Harriers’ performance saw the trio of David Rigby, Rob Affleck and Gethin Butler work as a combined unit to effectively see off all challengers at the front of the pack.

Victory, in majestic form, went to Rigby with 32.52, as Affleck fought off the ever-persistent Butler for second in 33.03 and 33.09 for third to seal the overall team award.

The generosity of the Sotos 10K ensured that Jason Parker was justly rewarded for fifth in 35.11 and he was pushed hard all the way by Steve Hallas in sixth (35.18).

Next to storm the line was Neil McDonald with a season’s best 37.05, super vet Kevin Hesketh with 38.30 as 1st MV60 and an improving Kevin Hunt with season’s best 3

The flow of Harriers runners continued with Chris Wales (39.11), Peter Cowling (40.17), Alan Metcalf (40.45) and Preston’s first lady Marian Hesketh first FV60 in 43.28.

The Harriers’ prize haul continued with Victoria Cowling attaining first FJ in 47.18 and she was followed in by Vicki Sherrington (49.53), Adela Nuttall (57.39), Helen Boyer (59.58), Claire Forrest (62.10), Sue Wickham (64.58) and Diane Brown in 89.17 to complete the proud Harriers team.