Pre­ston first Har­rier in at Sky­line race

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

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.

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