Preston first Harrier in at Skyline race
ATHLETICS STEVE DUXBURY ALL sections of Rossendale Harriers turned out over the weekend on the roads, trails and fells and there were some great performances by both junior and senior members.
Saturday’s action on the fells started with the Shepherds Skyline Fell race, a tough event where runners had to negotiate over 1000 feet of ascent in six miles, which included a muddy climb up to the Stoodley Pike monument before descending to the finish. Andy Preston was Harriers top performer, finishing in 13th position from over 300 runners.
Brothers Thornton and Ken Taylor, who continue to race impressively, won their veteran 60 and veteran 70 categories.
Joe Ormrod continued his fine run of form by taking fifth place in the U13 race, a performance that was matched in the U15 race by Daisy Young who crossed the finish line ahead of her team mate Nell Edmondson.
On the roads on Sunday almost 9,000 runners took part in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K, a race which is renowned for producing quick times on the out and back course on closed roads and it proved so this year as Wreake and Soar Valley’s Sam Stabler crossed the finish line after just 29mins 13secs, followed by 14 athletes who dipped under 30 minutes.
On a sunny but chilly morning Grant Cunliffe carved a substantial amount off his personal best, going under 32 minutes for the first time with 31 min 45secs for 59th place, despite a very conservative start to his race. Rob Webb finished in 88th position after 32mins 19secs, a creditable performance after missing several weeks training through injury.
Back in the Valley senior and junior Harriers took part in the Lynne Edmondson and Christine Navan Memorial trail race in Whitworth. No official results are available but young Joel Taylor was an impressive winner.