12 & 13 May 2018, Blackburn
It was a record breaking weekend for Preston Harriers’ athletes at the Lancashire Track & Field Championships which took place over the weekend of the 12th & 13th May at Witton Park, Blackburn. Over the course of the weekend Preston Harriers scooped a record breaking 109 medals, of which 52 were gold, 32 silver and 25 bronze.

U13 girl Evie Noblett won 3 golds and a silver in the 100m, 200m, shot put and long jump, and set a new Preston Harriers record for the 100m. Emily Rankin had a fantastic day with a gold in the 70m hurdles and 2 ilvers (100m & 200m).

Scarlett Sutton won the U15 girls 3000m in a record breaking time of 10:30.5, beating the Harriers record that had stood for 18 years. Eleanor Noblet won gold & silver with PBs in the long jump & 100m. Kianna Proctor won a gold and a bronze in the 300m & 200m.

In the U17 women Jasmine Jolly stood out from the crowd with 2 new championship records & Harriers records in the 80m hurdles and the 300m hurdles, breaking her own records. Lauren Tunstall had a busy weekend, winning 6 medals (2 silver & 4 bronze) in the shot put, long jump, discus, javelin, triple jump and 80m hurdles. Evie Parkinson won gold in the triple jump with a PB of 10.37m and bronze in the high jump & long jump. Alissa Darbyshire won 2 golds with PBs in the 200m & 300m.

In the U20 women Eleanor Ward won 2 medals, gold in the 3000m and silver in the 1500m. Charlotte Crook won gold in the 800m, Blythe Fourie won gold in the 1500m with a PB of 4:47.6 and Emily Wiggins won gold in the 100m hurdles with a PB of 19.2s. Senior woman Sophie Warden had a triple win with 3 golds in the 200m, 400m & 400m hurdles, Miriam Luft won gold in the high jump and Rachel Leve won 2 silvers in the 200m & 400m.

U13 James Ince had a record breaking weekend with 5 golds, 3 Lancashire records and 3 Harriers records. He smashed Sam Miller’s 75m hurdles Lancashire & Preston Harriers records that have both stood for 12 years, with a time of 11.8s. Gold in the 100m; gold in the 200m with a new championship record of 26.5s; gold in the high jump with a new Preston Harriers record of 1.51m and gold in the long jump with a massive 5.14m beating Sam Miller’s Lancashire Champs record of 12 years and the Preston Harriers record that had stood for 26 years!

U13 boy Harry Kiley did the triple with 3 golds in the javelin, shot put & discus. Clearly a great thrower! George Denye smashed both his PBs, winning gold in the 800m & 1500m. Jay Whiteside won silver in the high jump with an impressive 1.45m and Seb Chiarella won bronze in the 75m hurdles.

U15 boy Taylor Jacob was so thrilled with his gold-winning long jump, just 6cm short of the championship record, that he celebrated with a somersault and backflip. He also won gold in the 80m hurdles with a new championship record and beat a 14-year-old Preston Harriers record by 4/10ths of a second – recording 11.5s. Having run his hurdles race he then ran over to the high jump competition and jumped 1.65m for a Bronze medal.

Isaac Delaney won gold, silver and bronze in the shot put, hammer and discus respectively. Harry Burrow had a great weekend. His 11.6s in the 80m hurdles would have equalled the championship best and been a new Preston Harriers record had Taylor Jacob not beaten him by 1/10th of a second in a dip finish. Harry also pole vaulted his way to gold with a PB of 3.05m. After winning bronze in the 100m on Day 1, Archie Dowds was wondering whether to come on Day 2, but he must be glad he did as he won gold in the 200m with a PB of 24.7s. Alex Kerfoot won gold in the 300m and silver in the 800m and Ethan Warren won silver & bronze in the 300m & 800m.

U17 Ethan Tibbs won 4 medals, a gold, 2 silvers and a bronze in the 200m, 400m, long jump and high jump respectively. Harvey Noble won gold in the long jump with a huge PB of 6.28m and silver in the javelin with another PB 47.73m; Liam Blackwell won gold in the 800m, whilst Euan Marsden won gold in the 1500m steeplechase.

In the U20s men the Preston athletes fought it out for medals. Joshua Leatherd won gold in the 200m with a PB of 22.0s and silver in the 100m with a PB of 10.9s. Alexander Marsden equalled the Lancashire and 14-year-old Harriers record in the 100m with a gold (10.8s) and won silver in the 200m. Leon Stubbs won gold in the 400m with a PB and new championship record of 49.0s; Edward Coles won gold in the 110m hurdles with a new championship record of 15.5s.

Joshua Ingham won gold & silver in the senior 400m & 200m, Symon Woan won gold in the 200m and Peter Durham won gold in the 400m hurdles.