Sam Evans leads the charge for Preston Harriers

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Preston Harriers runners were in action at the Green Drive Five road race.

This popular road race doubled as the Lancashire five-miles championship and attracted a large field from across the county and beyond.

On a damp Autumn day, the racing was top quality, and was won by Blackpool’s Luke Minns in 25 minutes 32 seconds.

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The first Harrier to cross the line was Sam Evans in third place (26:29), followed by Luke Suffolk in eighth (27:30) and Andy Whaley in 15th (29:05).

Harriers’ Priti and Siddhartha WuppalapatiHarriers’ Priti and Siddhartha Wuppalapati
Harriers’ Priti and Siddhartha Wuppalapati

These three combined to form the second-placed male team, not far behind local rivals Blackpool.

Carla Davies was the first female finisher in a time of 28:34.

New Harrier Eilidh Brown was next, clocking 33:57, but was listed as unattached on the results sheet, having entered the race before she joined the club.

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Victoria Osten was next Harriers’ lady in 34:20, followed by Cathy Flitcroft (36:06).

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Luke Suffolk n in action

Other Harriers to run were: David Watson (30:56), David Lea (32:22), Jonny Slater (33:10), Ian Bebbington (38:53), Alan Littler (43:59), Gill Rigby (45:57), Maureen Kirkby (47.00), Priti Wuppalapati (49:59), Siddhartha Wuppalapati (50:00), Keith Rigby (49:58) and Sarah Clubb (50:12).

There were 315finishers.

Wesham Road Runners were out in their numbers for the race too.

Steve Abbott was the first Wesham finisher in 31st place in a time of 30:56, with Steve Myerscough 15 seconds behind in 36th place with 31:11, with the pair sixth and seventh M45s.

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Victoria Osten at the Green Drive FiveVictoria Osten at the Green Drive Five
Victoria Osten at the Green Drive Five

Lee Barlow finished 42nd and fourh M50 in 31:47, with Lee Nixon 47th with 32:23 for 8th M40.

Carl Groome placed 5th M50 in 32:31, 49th overall, and Damian Ings was 69th in 34:08. The men’s team were eoghth overall.

Natalie Middlemas headed the Wesham ladies coming in 27th woman (126th overall) in 38:13 and placing fifth W40.

Tracey Fryman was 37th (158th overall) with 40:42, seventh W55, and Tanya Shaw back running was 59th and 200th overall in 44:11, ninth W45.

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David Watson at Green DriveDavid Watson at Green Drive
David Watson at Green Drive

Anne Berry finished 62nd and 205th in 44:37 taking fourth W60 placing; Sharlan Butcher 74th (222nd) in 46:10; Sally Deacon 75th and 223rd with 46:12; Louise Lord was 78th and 226th with 46:37; Dawn Biggs 84th and 235th in 47:40; Christine Fare 90th and 244th in 48:34; and Liz Sharrocks 103rd (264th) with 50:29. The Wesham women finished eighth team