Road Running

Good running, Great times


Preston Harriers have a strong road running group. We have members running in local and national races, from 5k to marathon distance. There are regular training groups with coaches who will help to improve your performance. Not all members want to race and there are training groups suitable to members who simply wish to keep fit.

We enter teams in all the major road running relay races including the NW Counties Road Relays, which are usually held at a reasonably local venue, and the Northern Road Relays which cover clubs in the North of England. There are also veterans road relays on a regional and national basis for both men and women. For relay races, the club enters a first team and then other teams for whoever wishes to run. Relays are fun races held with a traditional club spirit and are for all.

Each year we have a club championship. In 2016, this comprised of 16 races throughout the north west with 8 races to count for points, and prizes awarded to the winners in all the senior age groups. A Presentation Evening is held at the end of the year when all prizes are awarded.

This is an Inter club road races series between 7 local athletics clubs – Preston H, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, Chorley A & TC, Lytham St Annes RRC, Red Rose RR, Thornton Cleveleys RC & Wesham RR & AC. These races take place during the summer months and are between 4 and 5 miles in distance. They are free to enter for all club members.

Please contact the Road Running Coordinator if you wish to know anything further about road running at Preston Harriers.


There are road and track based interval sessions taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the year. A brief guide to interval training is available here

To use the track in the summer (1 April to 30 Sept) you will need to pay a Preston Harriers official at the gate or have a Summer Track Pass from the club.
Further information on the use of the track and Track Passes:
Track Passes

Tuesday Night Track Session
Training consists of interval sessions during summer and winter. All abilities are welcome, with different paced groups running the intervals. Track Schedules:

Winter 2017-18 Track Schedule
Summer 2017 Track Schedule

Tuesday Night Running Fitness Group
This is a free Ladies and Mens Running Starter Group. It is a road based session, led by club members who are qualified ‘Leaders in Running Fitness’ and is particularly suited to newcomers to running or Preston Harriers.
Venue at Avenham & Miller Parks in Summer (Apr – Sept) and Preston Docks in Winter (Oct – Mar). Start Time 6:30pm.

Venues and further information is available here

Wednesday Night Track Session
This is a road running and general running fitness session led by club coaches, Steve Jackson and Alan Appleby, who offer advice and assistance. Training is aimed at beginners, people aiming to improve running fitness and for those who are aiming to take part in future races.

Start Time
Summer (Apr – Sept) 7.00pm
Winter (Oct – Mar) 7.00pm

Non members are welcome to join the group of friendly, enthusiastic runners aiming to achieve their goals. We hope you have an enjoyable running experience and that you may wish to join us

Thursday Night Road Session
These sessions are open to all senior men and women.

Winter (Oct – Mar)
Venue: Preston Docks Halfords Car Park, 2 Maritime Way, PR2 2ZB
Time: 6:50pm for 7:00pm Start
This session, not coached, is around Preston Docks, comprising of a one lap warm up, a 2-3 laps tempo/threshold run, and a one lap cool down.

Summer (Apr – Sept)
Venue: The Continental, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP
Time: 6:50pm for 7:00pm Start
This session, not coached, is a progression run of either 6 or 8 miles.

There is a free Preston 5k parkrun every Saturday morning at 9.00am from Avenham Park. Preston Harriers do not organise it, although many of our runners do regularly use parkrun as a training session. In the winter months we have a cross country training session from the same venue shortly after parkrun finishes.
Further details here

Junior Parkrun
There is a free junior Preston 2k Parkrun every Sunday morning at 9.00am from Avenham Park.
Further details here

Club Championships

Preston Harriers Club Championship 2018

31/12/17Ribble Valley 10K
21/1/18Inskip Half Marathon
28/1/18St. Anne's 10M
4/2/18Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K
18/2/18Central Lancashire 5K
25/2/18Wrexham Village Bakery Half M.
30/3/18Calder Vale Country 10 Mile
4/4/18Blackpool Inter Club
27/4/18Mid Cheshire 5K
3/5/18 Lytham Inter Club
7/5/18Avenham Park 5K
24/6/18Penny Lane Striders 10k
26/6/18Thornton Cleveleys Inter-club
1/7/18Southport Half M.
23/7/18Wesham Inter-club
5/8/18Prudent Riverside 10M
8/8/18Chorley Inter-club
25/8/18315 5K
2/9/18Garstang Half Marathon
5/9/18Red Rose Inter Club
9/9/18UK Fast City of Salford 10K
7/10/18Kirkby Milers Safari 10M

Series Rules
For Senior, V40 and V50 – Best 7 from 22 Races to count but must include:
5K – 1 Race
Inter Club – 3 Races
10K – 1 Race
10M – 1 Race
Half M – 1 Race
For V60 – Best 5 from 14 Races (no 10M or Half M races) to count but must include:
5K – 1 Race
Inter Club – 3 Races
10K – 1 Race

Point Scoring:
For each category
1st 52pts, 2nd 50pts, 3rd 48pts, 4th 47pts, to 50th & below 1pt

In the event of a tie the winner will be whoever has scored higher, head to head, in the Inter club races.
Should this still result in a tie, then the winner will be the runner with the lowest total time in the ‘head to head’ Inter club races.

Overall Male / Female
Male / Female V40 (age 40 – 49)
Male / Female V50 (age 50 – 59)
Male / Female V60 (age 60 & over)

Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd in each category, subject to the number of competitors.
The series organiser’s decision is final

Road Race Club Championship 2018 Results to Date

Road Championship Results
| 2017 |


Inter Club Road Series

The Inter club road races series is between 7 local athletics clubs – Preston H, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, Chorley A & TC, Lytham St Annes RRC, Red Rose RR, Thornton Cleveleys RC & Wesham RR & AC. Each club hosts a midweek race from April to September. The race distance is usually from 4 – 5 miles.

The races are for everyone, and guests are allowed. The races are run in a competitive but friendly spirit. They are free to enter for all club members. You just turn up and run with a club vest on.

You will need to collect a race number for the series. The same race number must be used for all the races in the current year. Numbers will be available from a club official before the start of the series. Numbers can also be collected from a club official on race days. Please allow plenty of time before the race starts.

There are five team categories. An Open with 10 to count; Women with 5 to count; Veterans with 6 to count; Vet 50 with 4 to count and Vet 60 with 3 to count. There are team and individual prizes, to be presented after the first race the following year.

Road Race Series 2018

Wed 4th AprilBlackpool
Thur 3rd MayLytham
Wed 13th JunePreston
Tue 26th JuneThornton
Mon 23rd JulyWesham
Wed 8th AugustChorley
Wed 5th SeptemberRed Rose

Venues & Start Time
Blackpool – 7.00pm: Blackpool Cricket Club, Stanley Park.
Start near Cricket Club inside Park.

Preston – 7.30pm: Penwortham Cricket Club, Greenbank Road, off Leyland Road, Penwortham, PR1 9QE.
Start on track leading to Old Tram Road

Lytham – 7.30pm:  Pleasure Island – car park at Swimming baths.
Start near pitch & putt

Thornton Cleveleys – 7.30pm: Anchorsholme Prom

Wesham – 7.30pm: BNFL Car Park, Lea Lane, Salwick. (Opp. Smiths Arms)
Start on road

Chorley – 7.30pm: Astley Park, Chorley
Start nr Astley Hall

Red Rose – 7.00pm: Worden Park, Leyland.
Start within the park

Inter Club Results

Blackpool | Lytham | Preston | Thornton Cleveleys | Wesham | Chorley | Red Rose
Blackpool | Preston | Lytham | Thornton Cleveleys | Wesham | Chorley | Red Rose

London Marathon

Each year over the winter period, you will find club runners ‘training for London’. Whether you are the club marathon record holder David Rigby (2:24:47, Chester 2015) or hoping for a time of 6+ hours, you will find another runner to share those long Sunday morning runs in January and February.
Club coaches are always willing to give you help on training schedules and advice on how to stay injury free in your build up to ‘London’. Preston Harriers is the place where you can achieve your London Marathon goal.

London Marathon club place
Each England Athletics club is guaranteed a number of places for the London Marathon. If you have already applied for and had your entry rejected (keep your rejection letter), club members can apply for a club place. Priority will be given to those runners who have actively contributed to the club within the current year. If there are more applications than available places then a draw will decide successful applicants.

If you wish to apply for a club place, please see the club road running coordinator

Club Records


MarathonDavid RigbyChester20152:24:47
10KAdam SuttonRibble Valley200429:25

MarathonPhilippa WalshLondon19872:56:54
10KHelen ClitheroeRibble Valley200532:20