Preston Harriers runners were in contention right to the wire at the Wesham Interclub race around the rolling lanes of Salwick.
Five Harriers packed tightly into the top 10 positions but it was David Rigby and Rob Affleck who surged ahead to battle for outright victory over the last 400 metres.
Rigby’s final kick put Affleck’s determined efforts behind him to take first place in 23.05, with Affleck being rewarded with first MV40 and second overall in 23.13.
Underlining Preston’s dominance on the day, next in was Gethin Butler for fifth in 24.16, sixth went to Jason Parker (24.32) and seventh was Jon Green (24.46).
Fine performances were also seen from Neil McDonald with 26.36, David Watson (26.49), Billy Johnstone (first MV50 in 26.58), Mark Lee (27.15), Chris Wales (27.26), Richard Smith (27.51), Chris Scott (27.58) and leading the MV60 catergory was Kevin Hesketh with 27.59.
Preston Harriers continued to power through the line with Andy Grimshaw (28.10), Stephen Bonsu (29.00), Peter Cowling (29.10), Stephen Needham (29.29), Andy Acklam (29.42), Alan Appleby (30.29), Stephen Mort (30.31), George Green (30.33), Andrew Tranter (31.41), John Bradley (32.22), Phil Lakeland (34.25), Dave Wakefield (34.44), Michael McLoughlin (35.00) and Dave Roberts (37.53) to complete the Harriers’ men’s team
The Harriers ladies certainly made their presence felt with a superb performance seen by all.
Leading the way was Becky Rigby, who just missed out on a clear victory by one second for second overall with a mighty 27.31.
Pushing hard, Catherine Slater powered through the line in 28.34 and she was followed in by Marian Hesketh in 31.58, a determined Jenny Gornall (33.24), Victoria Cowling (first JW in 33.34), Charlotte Rawcliffe (33.52), Kate Lakeland (35.29), Vicki Sherrington (35.30), Charlotte Bellamy (36.30), Elizabeth Cowling (37.11), Louise Gavell (38.03), Lucia Ramirez (38.25), Adela Nuttall (40.58), Jo Grime 41.14, Helen Boyer (41.28), Angela Tranter (43.43), Judith Deakin (45.18) and Dianne Brown (58.08) to complete the Proud Preston Harriers ladies’ team.
In the team stakes, Preston Harriers men took an overwhelming victory over second-placed Blackpool, while the women’s team placed third.
Preston’s dominance continued with victories in all the veteran team categories.