Nichola’s to the fore on the fells

Harriers athletes at the Three Bridges 10K
Harriers athletes at the Three Bridges 10K
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A small group of Preston Harriers athletes took part in the Anniversary Waltz fell race is a classic Lakeland round from Little Town in the Newlands Valley in glorious conditions last weekend.

There is another race from the same venue which sets off an hour earlier, called Teenager with Altitude and that covers a distance of 24.7k and 2,300 metres of climb.

Nichola Jackson was second lady in 1.51.10 to Heidi Dent of Howgill Harriers.

Vicki Sherrington in her first longer fell race finished in 3.15.

Michael McLoughlin was first vet 60, and also running were Jon Green and Roger Taylor.

The Lancaster Three Bridges 10K drew a  bumper turnout of 16 Preston Harriers on what is acknowledged as a course with plenty of personal best potential.

And so it proved with five Harriers – Richard Smith (35.37), Lee Foley (38.54), Billy Johnstone (39.14), Karlyn Forrest (50.38) and Sue Wickham (54.10) – posting their fastest times to 

There were also season’s bests for Gary Pennington, finishing third in 33.16, Paul Lightfoot (39.40), Alan Appleby (43.09), Steve Mort (43.27), Andrew Tranter (44.45), Mel Howarth (56.28) and Judith Deakin (59.59).

Rob Affleck continued his imperious form, finishing in a fine second place in 32.59, with Neil McDonald (39.09), Angela Tranter (61.04) and Kari Edwards (69.24) all competing well for the proud Harriers team.

In a fast race, with Harriers in second and third places, the win was taken by William Onek of Lancaster and Morecambe, with the top three taking advantage of the sunny but cool conditions to all finish inside the previous course record.

Simon Collins was proud to represent Preston Harriers at this year’s Boston Marathon in soaring temperatures.

Collins’ determination whilst taking on the hills paid dividends to record a personal best of 2.57.33 to round off a superb adventure.