On Tuesday evening, Shona Taylor and Dave Collins represented the Harriers in the first of a series of three 5K races in aid of the Chernobyl charity. This year the event returned to its 2010 venue at Walton Park, Preston starting from the Welcome Inn.
This is not the fastest of courses, having a few sharp inclines and numerous gates to run through, and this was reflected in several runners posting relatively slow times.
The PB’s just keep coming for Shona who was making her first competitive appearance in a Wigan Harriers vest, as well as her debut over 5k. Having made huge inroads into her 10k times over recent months, Shona was looking to post a 26 minute finish in Preston. Those pre race hopes were exceeded with an excelent 25.52.
Dave was using the race as a final “blast” before the upcoming Manchester marathon at the end of April, and declared himself satisfied with an 18.35. Well he might be: this performance coming off the back of a heavy marathon training schedule was enough to secure 10th place overall and first V50 over the line.