It’s best yet for Harriers aces

Jason Parker at the Blacksticks Blue 10K at Whitechapel
Jason Parker at the Blacksticks Blue 10K at Whitechapel
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Athletes faced atrocious weather at Hyndburn for the second Mid Lancs League fixture.

Despite the weather, 52 Preston Harriers set an unbelievable 53 personal bests in the 91 events they contested.

Team manager Gary Tunstall led by example by returning to competition after a break of 12 years and was making his Harriers debut.

Tunstall was a member of the now defunct Preston Athletic Club back in the 1990s.

His 7.87m in the shot was 3m short of his best, whilst his 23.48m javelin throw was 20m short of his personal best.

There was a triple win in the senior ladies events, with Abbie Unsworth taking the triple jump with a leap of 10.12m, while younger sister Chloe posted the fastest 100m time of 12.8sec.

And 400m specialist Sharon Greenwood recorded the winning time of 61.9 seconds for one lap.

Thrower Ed Jeans had a triple win (hammer, shot and discus) in the Under-17s men’s events (distances of 48.01, 10.36 & 33.54m respectively) and Jess Swannack was the best Under-17s women’s long jumper with 4.90m.

New thrower Lewis Ormerod has shown amazing progress after only taking up javelin throwing a month ago by winning the Under-15s boys javelin with a throw of 31.66m.

He also set a lifetime best for 100m in 12.7sec.

Fourteen-year-old pole vault specialist Ava-Louise McGuckian also set a lifetime best of 13.4sec. to set the fastest time of the day in the Under-15s girls’ 100m.

Jasmine Jolly confidently won the Under-13s 800m event in 2.28.5.

Under-13s boy Alex Bernstein set another personal best by putting the shot 8.10m for first place.

Lela Bendris set three personal bests (100m, high jump and javelin) and so did Lauren Tunstall (100m, high jump and javelin) and Lucy Treaddell (100m, 800m and long jump) in the Under-13s age group.

Under-15s boy Jamie Coleman set 3 personal bests in the 100m, 200m and shot.

The following athletes set double personal best:-

Under-13s girls: Hannah Barlow, Evie Parkinson, Leah Mackay and Kiki O’Donoghue.

Under-15s boys: Euan Hudson, Luke Parker.

Under-17s men: Joshua Hill.

Selection for the next Youth Development league match at Leeds later this month will be tougher as only two athletes per event are allowed.

l Two Preston Harriers teams took on the ups and downs of the Calderdale Way Relay race.

At the first leg mass start, Chris Tully and Derek Reilly steamed into the challenge with a few directional issues placing 26th in 1.32 and handing over to Dave Parkington and Tony Livesey, who powered through leg teo to gain 10 places with 1.05, 16th overall.

On leg three Neil McDonald and Daniel Whitlock’s mix of youth and power pushed them on to gain four places with 43.13 in 12th overall. They handed the baton to 
Jon Green and David Rigby who maintained the momentum to gain a further two places with 1.14, 10th overall.

The leg five pairing of Kevin Hesketh and John Rainford put in a gutsy performance to record 60.04 and hand over to John Griffiths and David Watson who brought the team home in 1.26 to finish a respectable 12th overall.

Preston Harriers B team was led by Alan Martin and Roy Parkinson (1.41), who handed over to leg two runners Jim Doherty and Clive Brown (1.29).

At leg three, Gordon Thompson and Steve Mort pushed on to gain six places overall with 48.03.

Leg four pair Mick Mcloughlin and Steve Taylor (1.42), leg five Lindsey Berends and Pete Carter (1.13) and leg six Michael Burnham and Alan Appleby (1.31) completed the team for a creditable 50th place overall out of 90 teams.

l Jason Parker led a Preston Harriers trio last weekend at the Blacksticks 10K race to attain a superb third place overall in 35.59 over the challenging hilly course.

Next in was Paul Lightfoot in 38.59, eighth overall, and he was pushed all the way to the line by Peter Cowling with 41.43 to complete the Harriers team.