Open-age joy for Harriers!

Jenny Gornall, Victoria Cowling and Jenny Parker
Jenny Gornall, Victoria Cowling and Jenny Parker
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Preston Harriers triumphed again in the Open event –making it six wins from six in the series – at the Leyland Inter-Club, hosted by Red Rose Runners.

The course was in and around Worden Park, and was four miles in length.

Harriers’ Rob Affleck was beaten into second place by Rob Danson of Wesham – both having good runs and well clear of third place.

Preston posted six runners in the top 15 places.

The ladies were third on the night, and third overall for the season.

Harriers retained the veterans award too, with another six wins from six.

Preston Harriers’ Chris Wales and Alan Martin both put in a sterling performance at the Golden Ball 20-miler taking in a scenic route along the banks of the River Lune.

Wales stormed the line for sixth overall in 2.24 with Martin pushing all the way in 13th overall in 2.34.

Harriers’ 15-year-old hammer thrower Edward Jeans smashed his lifetime best by nearly three metres at the North West in the Sainsbury’s School Games.

Jeans recorded a distance of 61.62 metres and won the silver medal while representing the North West, catapulting him to fifth best in the country.

In his series of six throws, he threw three times over 61metres, this being the first time he has thrown over 60 metres in his life.

Harriers pole vaulter Jessica Swannack also had a brilliant day, and equalled her personal best to win a bronze medal with a height of 3.50 metres only failing to win the silver on countback.

Chris Durney, the third Harriers athlete in the North West team, just missed a medal, finishing a close fourth in the 1500 metres with a time of 4.08.35, his fourth quickest time for the distance.