Trail, Triathlon & Other

Trail Running

Trail running seems to attract any runner who wishes to get off the roads, but it doesn’t seem to have a separate identity like the road, cross country and fell disciplines. So where does it fit in? Many senior runners come in to the sport through road running doing 5k and 10k races and perhaps onwards to half and full marathon distances. Some have a go at the winter cross country races, which are typically over marked courses in parks. Fewer still takes to the fells with its steep climbs and unmarked routes.

Trail running fits nicely in the middle. There is the advantage of a marked course, as on the roads, so there is no need to worry about navigation or getting lost. Each trail race is different depending on the terrain. You may find yourself on stony tracks, muddy fields, woodland trails or all the lot in one race. And, like fell running you see some great areas of the countryside.

In the dryer summer months you should be alright running in road shoes, but a pair of shoes designed for off road running, especially in winter, would be better. There is plenty of choice now, including Inov-8, who have a large range of trail and fell shoes.

Trail races are found all over the country with distances ranging from 4-5 miles upwards. Off road half and full marathon distances seem popular and ultra marathon distances of 50+ miles have a following.

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


Although the club does not cater for triathlons or have any triathlon coaches there is a small, growing group of enthusiastic club members who are actively involved in triathlon racing and training. Multi activity sports, like duathlon and triathlon, have a natural crossover link to road running and some of our runners regularly compete in this type of event.

Club Triathlon Championship

Introduced for 2017 is a club triathlon championship race.
2 July 2017
Windermere Triathlon
Swim 1.5k – Bike 43k – Run 10k
Full details at

Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 male & female club members.
Open awards. No age categories.
Trophies to be presented at the Annual Presentation Evening.


Vernon Vets Championship

The Vernon Vets Trophy, which had not been awarded at the club presentation night for 5 years, is open to all male vets. The trophy was donated to the club in the 1980’s by a runner following a pools win, hence the name Vernon. It has traditionally been awarded to the best veteran runner with races spread over each of the clubs major disciplines, road, cross country, track and fell (off road).

It has been re-introduced in 2016 and now includes the ladies with the addition of a new trophy, the Vernon Vets Ladies Trophy.

Races have been chosen to appeal to as wide a number of runners as possible. The off road races are trail races and easy fell races. For 2017 the choice of races has been expanded.

Vernon Vets Trophy Races 2017

11/2/17Mid Lancs Cross Country RossallCross Country
29/3/17Easter Guess Your Time RaceTrack
9/4/17Rivington 10 Mile Trail ChallengeTrail (Off Road)
7/5/17Yarrow River Bluebell 10k Trail RaceTrail (Off Road)
11/5/17Lytham Inter ClubRoad
8/6/17Two Lads Fell RaceFell (Off Road)
12/7/17Summer Guess Your Time RaceTrack
17/7/17Wesham Inter ClubRoad
9/8/17Chorley Inter ClubRoad
7/9/17Club Championship 3000m Track RaceTrack
14/10/17MLCC Cuerden Valley ParkCross Country
11/11/17RRCC ChorleyCross Country

The trophies will be awarded to the best Male and Female Veteran Over 40.

Best 5 races to count, but must include one of each cross country, road, track and off road races. Points awarded as follows:

1st 32 pts, 2nd 30 pts, 3rd 28 pts, 4th 27 pts etc to 30th & below 1 pt.
For the ‘Guess Your Time’ races points will be awarded on actual finish positions and not the ‘Guess Your Time’ positions.

Vernon Vets Trophy 2017 Results to Date
Vernon Vets Trophy Final Results

‘Guess Your Time’ Race Series

Venue:UCLAN Track
Start time:7:45pm
Entry fee:£2 (plus normal track fee) All entry fees used for prizes
Age:Over 16
14 Dec 2016Christmas Race
29 Mar 2017Easter Race
12 Jul 2017Summer Race

This is a series of 3 races for Preston H. senior members, which take place during the normal Wednesday evening track session.

How it Works
Enter the race and guess your finish time. This is a normal race with all runners starting at the same time. NO WATCHES ALLOWED.

Prizes will be awarded to the best 3 male and female runners who finish with the nearest time to their predicted time. Therefore, every runner has a chance to win. Better prizes than the 2016 series.

Full results, actual time and ‘guess your time’, will be published.
A trophy is awarded to the overall series winner.

Xmas 2015 | Easter 2016 | Summer 2016 | Series 2015-16
Xmas 2016 | Easter 2017 | Summer 2017 | Series 2016-17