Wigan Trail 10k

I’m sure we will remember some more later but here’s a few points for Sunday.

Race number pick up and registration opens at 9.00am.

Please walk, cycle or run to the event if you live locally. For our friends from further afield please car share wherever possible to ease parking.

Our marshals will indicate where the car park and roads are full and assist you. Please park carefully and respect people’s driveways and don’t block any roads. If someone asks you to move then please respond positively – thanks.

There will be plenty of marshals on the course in high visibility tops, they will indicate the course for you. Conditions underfoot will be great for running.

This year we have made a few changes as an area of woodland is out of bounds. This means the start is by the finish line in front of the clubhouse.

Mick Hall Photography will be out on the course so please smile sweetly! The photos will be available for free download. Please enjoy sharing them and tell your mates to come next time!

Start time will be 10.30am. There is a water station on the course which you will pass twice. If you are thirsty please reuse the cup on your visit. There will be water at the finish line too.

Today the meadow had a trim ready for race day! No one likes nettles!

Most importantly there will be a bar at the finish to help wash down your pie and peas! Please use your race number to collect your food. There will be a queue so we suggest early finishers get in there so we have a good steady flow of pie eaters!

Once everyone has finished running we will get stuck into prizes as quickly as possible. Please stay for these as you need to collect them in person. We have prizes for the first three ladies and gents, age category and club prizes. It’s a great way to run off the event. We will also have a few spot prizes to reward people for sticking around.

Finally when you leave please make sure you have all your belongings and put any waste in bins. If anyone complains about where you parked then just apologise and smile sweetly.

We hope you all have a fantastic day and enjoy the Wigan Trail 10k weather! ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ

Only 50 pies left!

It’s getting close now, the time I get to order the pies! We only have 50 places left now for the Wigan Trail 10k so if you have any friends who haven’t entered then let them know so they don’t miss out!

We will have the usual friendly bunch of marshals out on the course to cheer you all on. Then afterwards it’s a pie and a refreshing drink in the sunshine!

Wigan Trail 10k on Sunday 15th May, 10.30am is pie day!

Want to know more then check out the web page where you’ll find overhead drone footage of the race or have a look at the entry website.

https://bookitzone.com/mike_harris/0UjFFX

Don’t miss outโ€ฆ. there’s a pie at stake or should that say Steak pie? (Vegetarian options available!)

Putting pies to one side it’s a great place to run and we will have a professional photographer from Mick Hall Photography out on the course. Best of all the photos will be free to download. Just make sure you tell everyone where you were and bring a friend next year!

Cross Country what’s it all about?

Darker nights, morning frost, chilly days, falling leaves are all a sign of the changing seasons but also a clear sign that the best season of the year is rapidly approachingโ€ฆ.Cross Country Season

Cross Country is a fantastic opportunity for Endurance runners to work on core and leg strength, speed endurance as a building block for Spring Marathons or Road Running. A few renowned runners you might have heard of such as Paula Radcliffe, Mo Farah and of course John Heyes all developed their skills on the Cross Country circuit before going onto to be global stars.

We even manage a smile sometimesโ€ฆ.

Wigan Harriers compete in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. Six fixtures split by a Christmas break which take us all over the North West region.

How does it all work?

Well team work is the key. For the men the first 6 runners to finish count as the A team, next 6 the B team and so on. For the Ladies it’s the first 4 for the A team and so on. Come 10th 10 points, 50th 50 points, the team with the lowest points come first. Still with me? Goodโ€ฆHow you do as a team is compared to 7 other teams in your mini league. The Ladies are in Division 1 and the Men are in Division 2 so beat all the teams in your league and you get 7 points.

if you didn’t follow the previous paragraph don’t worry you simply run as hard as possible, time is irrelevant just beating as many people is the key!

There are Vet leagues too so there is an opportunity for everyone to chip in and contribute to the team effort.

Over the years dozens of people have run Cross Country for Wigan Harriers and we need you to follow in this great tradition. You’ll see some of the past members in these photos. Having incomplete teams gets you nil points so we need plenty of runners. Any registered Harrier can run, how fast or slow you think you are is irrelevant, we need and welcome everyone.

The fixture list looks like this at the moment.

2021/22 Fixtures
Sat 9th October 2021Towneley Park, Burnley
Sat 30th October 2021 (prov’l)Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn
Sat 27th November 2021Sefton Park, LiverpoolBA Cross Challenge
Sat 15th January 2022Lawson’s Ground, Blackpool
Sat 12th February 2022Leigh Sports Village
Sat 12th March 2022Burnley

Sometimes the course can have a few rain puddles but don’t worry we have never lost anyone in the swamp.

An afternoon of hard racing means a treat is often well deserved so coffee and cake is virtually obligatory! Cafe or our own supplies, we like to cover all the bases!

If 6 races aren’t enough for you? Don’t worry we can do the Northern or National Championships but we can save talk of that for another time! ๐Ÿ˜

Here’s a few more of the team photos from previous years, come and join us!

Lakeland Tales

Race reports, blogs, write ups. Call them what you want it’s been a very long time since I wrote one. Where do I start? Well let’s go way back, to the beginning of time. In other words 2010 when running was reborn for me after a lifetime intermission since School.๐Ÿ˜‚ And yes you’ll need a brew to get through it!

A chance conversation at work drew me into an event to raise funds for a local hospice in honour of a colleague who had passed away. Some of the guys instigating the event were runners of great pedigree. At the time I played some football and liked the outdoors. A trail race in the Lake District, sounded awesome. I liked mountain walking so it seemed like a good idea. (Not sure I agreed with that assessment the first time I took on the Coffin Trail up from Lake Windermere).

I started training. A couple of miles to start with – home to the bottom of Rectory Lane and back up. Hills were on the agenda from day one. Most days Archie our 4 year old Labrador joined me. Multi-tasking at it’s finest although I’m sure he rarely broke out from a fast walk. I still remember the first run – 2 miles 18 mins down and back up. Running kit was whatever I had from either walking or cycling. Running shoes, well I tried a fairly unknown brand called Inov-8.

Race time was May and 20 of us were doing the Lakeland Trails Hawkshead 15k. We all had matching vests with the company logo. What a fantastic introduction to running it was, I loved it and never stopped. Thank you to Peter Mitchinson and my work colleagues for that.

2011 I was smitten so I entered the full series of events and was delighted to discover a trail race in Standish. Footpaths that were trod with the dog were now getting extended. Archie was rapidly developing into the fittest dog in town. I on the other hand developed an alarming tendency for chest infections. A few weeks off running and back it came as I started back up. Eventually after being ill enough to be sent to A&E, Pneumonia was diagnosed.

2012 a great sporting year of the Olympics, TDF and me going to Harriers. Big hand โœ‹ to Mark Rogers for that. One of my favourite early Harriers memories was The Masters Relays at Sutton Park, my parents got to see me in a race which was great, alongside some very fast veteran runners!

Watched over by Archie preparing for the relays

Into the home straight

2013 my 2nd attempt at the Lakeland Trails Marathon – very hot!

Fast forward to 2020. Tenth year of running, a chance to celebrate and enjoy a marathon and even a longer Ultra.

Quarter 1 2020 – great training, following Hansen Marathon Method. Manchester Marathon and LT UT100k booked. Mixed XC season but ended with decent runs at Lancaster and Nationals. Then COVID!!!!!!!

The next 14 months were not the best in oh so many ways. ๐Ÿ’”

One great upside was a big swing back to trail running for me. I found every footpath within a huge radius of Standish and have bored people with them ever since! Marathon and Ultra were both binned and replaced by a virtual LL100. I thought I might as well get used to doing loads of running!

Winter Hill from the fields north of Standish
Virtual Lakeland 100 finale – a tough week

A brief interlude to no racing was a rather soggy Lakeland Trails Derwentwater Trail Race done time trial fashion. This was all about suffering for 75 mins as there was no other yardstick.

Very wet!

The next crazy idea was to do the Lakeland Trails Marathon. Crazy because I had done it twice before and suffered tremendously! Illness in the run up meant it was all about completing but I managed it without suffering any bad cramp which was a decent breakthrough and a good sign for the future.

Slow and steady doesn’t always win but it got me round.

Anyone noticed a recurring mention yet? Yes Lakeland Trails, I’ve done a few of those events over the years. That was my original Ultra planned for 2020. Not sure when that blood rushed to my head. Must have been reading all about other people’s exploits finally got me. GB Sticks you get a mention now, bad idea of mine to get you down to Harriers.๐Ÿ˜ญYou keep writing fantastic blogs extolling the virtues of running a very long way!

It did seem apt though that 10 years after starting at LT, running had gone full circle. So where better to start racing again in 2021. Straight into the ๐Ÿ’ฏ km Ultra. Madness you fool!

I had done the 55k so had experienced half of the course so it seemed like a sensible progression. Any suggestions of madness fell on deaf ears.

Training was a natural progression of the trail running I was already doing. Unfortunately Covid hit again and curtailed any away day trips. I switched all my runs to go from the doorstep. It seemed like the right thing to do in the circumstances. I just hoped I could get to do a few recce runs in the Lakes with Mark Morgan-Hillam who had also signed up.

A lifting of restrictions coincided with a gradual deterioration of my physical state. The last 6 weeks were spent in an “extended taper”. My worst period for a couple of years. Regardless I was still looking forward to an adventure in the lakes.

Bloody hell! Tonsillitis a week before race day was not on my plan. I think I was definitely seen as completely mad now, although I’m pleased to say Katherine was fully supportive and I think I only got one raised eye brow in the run up.

I was most stressed about getting a camping pitch but an early arrival sorted that whilst also making sure Mark would get one too. The forecast was reasonable, my kit was ready and all tested. Hopefully I was all set (and my throat felt good too).

Pauline and Tony Foster had volunteered to marshal that weekend so it was a nice surprise to see them Friday afternoon. Indeed they turned up to see us start just after midnight. I must have looked a picture when I realised the gpx file had vanished off my watch! It was too late to retrieve the situation so I guessed I would have to rely on the course signage.

Mark had been a great help in the run up sharing course notes and kit lists. Unfortunately I never made it to the Lakes with my Ultra coach. I was just going to have to do the course as a newbie.

The race gantry looked good lit up at night.
Smiling before I realised I had lost the gpx file!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Always train for what you’ll race.

Check list

Night-time. x

Steep rocky descents. x

Course knowledge. x

Full confidence in your equipment. x

Ok I was ready, or maybe not!

Harriers ready to roll!

Just shy of a mile through Ambleside, a much quieter place at midnight. We then started climbing. Now my plan was to walk most of the climbs and I did but at the start you are the most enthusiastic and it’s hard to slow down and walk. 2k in and a big yelp as I rolled my dodgy ankle, a great confidence booster but I survived. It was wooded and seemed very dark. Occasionally I peeped right to see the view lit by the odd light but other than that there were no views to take your mind off it. Leg 1 was ok but not what I hankered for. I wanted to see the beauty of the Lakeland views!

It seemed too soon to eat or drink at the first check point, no one else seemed to have paused so on I rolled.

The next leg got interesting or should I say concerning. The field was spread out a little more now and at times seeing course marker signs was difficult. Indeed a few times wrong turns were corrected by a call back by a fellow runner or a someone’s watch beep signifying off course. Darkness doesn’t make course markers any easier to see so I was feeling a little stressed by this point.

Eventually we got on a decent track so for a few minutes all the effort went into the gradual climb. It then switched to being more grassy, the yellow flags again a little scarce. This lead to the Nan Bield climb. A switch back path which gave a chance to see the progression of head torches in front and behind. Suddenly reflections, what were they? Don’t worry John Heyes we think they were milkers! A herd of cows slightly perplexed by hundreds of runners trooping by, their eyes sparkling bright (Stu Towns can give expert bovine advice to runners.) The top of the pass eventually seemed to arrive quicker than expected. Fair play to the marshal positioned on the top! ๐Ÿ‘

The next 20 minutes (ok it’s a guess) were the hardest section for me in the event. A rocky steep poorly defined path was really tricky by headtorch. With hindsight I should have whacked it up to full beam and walked carefully down. I wasn’t sure how long I would get from each battery so was being cautious, it’s a shame I wasn’t more cautious with the pace! Not sure how but I stumbled and fell, falling down the slope but thankfully landing on grass. A few items in a pocket slide out but thankfully I spotted them. Embarrassed at my clumsiness I got up and carried on, banging my ankles on yet more rocks. Again I should have been backed off and perhaps realised my ankles were weaker from recent injury woes.

Eventually the slopes levelled out and I took this as a great opportunity to open my legs and run freely. F**k, I was down hard. Left hand breaking the fall. Not good, I was now down mentally too.

A couple of gouges in the hand but nothing that seemed too serious, although the bleeding lasted for some time. A sign then seemed to indicate a checkpoint with runners coming back towards me. A familiar face tried to run past me. Stick Man! Ok alright GB Sticks (but I  know a good children’s story about a Stick Man. ๐Ÿ˜Š) A man on a mission he was gone but after my travails I was pleased to know I wasn’t doing too bad if I was keeping up with a Lakeland Legend (No sarcasm there he actually has official legend status). At the checkpoint I realised I lost Shot Bloks and salts in my tumble. I then tried to put my water bottle in the wrong pocket. I was rattled but this was not the place to linger, a marshal wore a midge hair net, a clear sign that scarpering was the best plan. I longed for sun rise and a chance to enjoy the views! 21km done.

I tried to get back into running, the last hour hadn’t been fun. The path now was well defined with ferns in close attendance on either side. Eventually I saw a runner ahead, I had a trail of people behind me and it was only as I passed I realised it was Mark. A few shouted words and I had moved on. I carried on for a few more minutes but eventually decided it was time to chill a little and crack open the flapjacks! Just as I finished Mark appeared around the corner.

It transpired neither of us had experienced a great start to the race. I was struggling to come to terms with another 50 miles on tired legs. Mark was struggling to cope to terms with listening to me! ๐Ÿ˜‚ By this stage dawn was rapidly approaching, the terrain was improving and providing I kept up I had hopefully secured the services of Appley Bridge’s finest mountain guide!

Eventually after a new section of route we emerged on tarmac. Now that felt weird. We tried then to keep an easy steady pace that would whisk us onto that next checkpoint. We were fantasizing about Bacon butts, washed down with a brew. With that in mind we made good progress and relished the chance to refresh and regroup.

A lovely large village hall greeted us. After dibbing in it was time to stow head torches, grab some food and refill water flasks. I was trying to keep time in checkpoints to a minimum but we both thought getting sorted was worthwhile especially as the next leg was the longest at 17km.

Next came a mile along the River Lowther  which included a deer racing past us in the undergrowth. This was a rather more benign part of the lakes with rolling hills and farmland being the order of the day. After about 6 hours we clocked up marathon distance which came as we traveled through civilisation. I took this opportunity to send a couple of messages with the hope there was some signal. We then had a mix of good roads and paths that saw us climb up onto Askwith Moor. By this point we were moderating our effort and walking even some of the easier climbs but still making decent progress. We were starting to feel much better and starting to enjoy ourselves. An overgrown path led to the road to Askham. A strange switch back in the path would have given some a cheeky opportunity to shave a km off the route but we marched through the glorious nettles! It was somewhere on this leg that Pete from Essex joined us. A first time visitor to the Lakes, what an amazing introduction! Glorious views and race commentary from M & M! What’s not to love?

Skillfully taking photos whilst running fast!๐Ÿ˜‰

Spirits soared further as Ullswater shimmered into view. One of our planned summer campsites could be seen on the lake shore and the realisation was dawning that Howtown checkpoint was halfway. So Mark 30 miles in, how do people do this for 105 bloody miles? Pretty hard to comprehend anytime but it seemed hard to do that now. Still summer holiday chat soon made those thoughts evaporate and it wasn’t long until we reached the mill .

Thrilled to see me of course!
Steady climb up to Askham Moor

I found it slightly disappointing that there was no tracker option or even live updating on checkpoint progress. One of the great things about your mates doing an ultra is tracking the progress of their red dot. Indeed I followed Mark’s LL100 progress so well I felt like I was there. I mention this as at each checkpoint you dib in. Put your dibber in a perspex box to register your arrival. Howtown, we went straight for the food and forgot. Instant porridge made with lukewarm water is not a winner. It was grey and lumpy but I needed sustenance so eat it I did. ๐Ÿคข

Great views of Ullswater

Thankfully we remembered to dib before we left. Feeling a little yuck and with no breeze the next mile was tricky but the scenery soon improved spirits. We were tucked away on the southern shores of Ullswater. After a short up and down climb we were into the very quiet Boredale. The three of us probably outnumbered the inhabitants of this valley. There was not a soul in front or behind us, a lovely feeling of the great outdoors! The head of the valley was Boredale Hause. It was a short sharp rise to the pass but we knew that Grizedale would offer a much greater challenge in an hour’s time.

Still conditions meant the clouds weren’t for moving away
Mark’s moment of professional photography

At the top Mark took the opportunity to test his downhill legs with a quick descent. My trips and falls were still fresh in my memory and together with not wanting to avoid smashing my quads I was a little more circumspect. We were now joining the 55k route so I had a good idea of what was to come. We went past a few fellow competitors (we would pass each other many times) and suddenly everything was busier, more people and houses. I took advantage of a decent path to run harder and eventually Mark came into view and I just about managed to deprive him of the opportunity to drop me. The elastic had been stretched somewhat!

We knew the next checkpoint at Glenridding preceded what we had dubbed as the “Queen stage” the climb up to Grizedale Hause and descent to Grasmere – Gingerbread World. A long leg we would fill our boots with some brews and grub. It would be a long climb which we intended to take fairly easily as easier sections were still to come. Millionaires shortbread slid down quite easily along with a few sandwiches. For someone who loves food it’s actually blooming hard to eat during a race. You know you need to though!

It’s a great valley to run through and once we had done some initial climbing we ran a little to keep ticking over. The valley gradually narrows, becomes more rockier and gets steeper. We were passed by another race travelling in the opposite direction, it must have been much shorter as they looked far too spirightly! The Helvellyn Trail Race uses a section of the valley but my last time on that course was actually 9 years ago so not fresh memories! The clouds were starting to thicken up and the head of the valley was beginning to become obscured. We knew race photographer James Kirby was planning to be on the top so it didn’t bode well for a sunny picture. Although tired we all probably felt that things were progressing well and there were certainly no DNF thoughts!

Up in the clouds

It’s a shame when the weather ruins a good photo opportunity. Ironically within 5 minutes of descent we were back out of the clouds. I had forgotten that some of this decent was quite tricky. Some rocky sections and then some stones laid to improve the path. Both quite hard to totally trust. After some steady descending we were on the roadside to Grasmere. An opportunity for some easy running before another food stop.๐Ÿฐ The volunteers do a fantastic job, nothing is too much trouble (apart from decent porridge perhaps!). There was a full array of snackpots, the savoury was tempting but I was worried by the time one would have taken to rehydrate, my legs would have settled down for the night! I was fantasying about an Ambleside chippy tea! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Cramp or should I say the cramp Sniper. That sneaky bugger that strikes you down when you least expect it. Most of my marathons the sniper has shot me down, bang bang I hit the ground! It was always in the back of my mind. Maybe even enough to hold me back at times but I thought that was preferable to the stiff legged walk of death, so far so good. A few twinges in the opening miles but once I started snorting the salt I was fine! I certainly had my hydration covered too judging by my constant trips to the checkpoint toilets! (Probably old age catching up with me.)

The climb up from Grasmere

After many miles of partial isolation it seemed odd to be travelling through the sprawling metropolis of Grasmere. A few well dones, smiles and nods of head, I’m not sure whether people knew we were 100k nutters or even what state we looked in but the encouragement was well received. A decent climb was to come, this was followed by a section of fern lined narrow path with some partially hidden rocks. Mark motored along this section, I had bad memories of this section on the 55k. I managed to catapult myself into the ferns putting my leg into cramp in the process. By the time we emerged on the road into Langdale Mark was a couple of hundred metres ahead. I had to decide whether to let him move away or pull my finger out and catch up.

Some decent flat path made the decision. Pete and myself put in a bit of an effort to close the gap up just as we reached the cross over point of the Langdale loop. You have to run away from the finish, always a tough thing to do. Thankfully I knew the delights of the loop included the upcoming checkpoint. Last time I missed the turn after this stop and added on a mile, today there would be no extras, for sure!

We got told off for being too close at this one so we stepped back only to be told we were close to each other. After 80km I have to admit that wasn’t at the top of my thoughts. On paper we only had 21 km to go but on tired legs, 13 miles is still some way to go. We were still trying to mix it up with run/walking, the sniper hadn’t got me in his sights.๐ŸคžKnowing the rest of the course we were relaxed by this point that we would finish ok, we just wanted to make sure we got to the chippy in good time – it’s good to have a target. My other target was sub 18 hours. I based this on 62 miles…it was looking like it would be more like 65! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The final part of the race is broken up by plenty of checkpoints. It was only 6.5k to the next one. Not memorable as I have no recollection of it! The one I was looking forward to reaching was Langdale Primary School. I knew there was a decent flat path on the run into. On the 55k I was shattered by this point and this time I was determined to have a run.

Apart from needing a number 1 (again!) the rest of the Langdale passed smoothly. Towards the end of the loop Mark’s headteacher Sue and her husband came to meet us. Walking alongside them for a short period took our minds off things.

Looking far too happy after 50+ miles ๐Ÿ˜Š

Just when you are tired weaving around a number of pubs is not the therapy you need. A rocky path led us to Sticklebarn and Dungeon Ghyll. We were well into the last noggins and very shortly would complete the loop and reach the crossover. It was here a few years ago that Mark and Leanne revived me with chocolate on the 55k. I certainly felt it better condition than that race. The dreaded sniper was being kept at bay! I was tired but not beaten.

55k flashback…being fed chocolate! ๐Ÿซ

Mark was setting a decent pace and it took a concerted effort to catch him up. Another section of fern clad path (Chris went past us there) took us to the flat track to the school. It was my turn then to drive us on a little. After all  I wanted my chippy tea! We picked out landmarks and ran to them, we probably could have run more but overall we still made decent progress especially as we were sixty miles in!

We were soon at the last check point. Essentially the job was done and we kept the stop to a minimum. It was no time to dwell and allow the body to stiffen up anymore than it was. The weather was still close but we had more in the way of sunshine which normally would have been welcome in the LD but not really today. There’s another decent section of running until you reach Elterwater past a few beer gardens,๐Ÿ˜‹ sunshine = ciders, maybe not today. A climb then upto Loughrigg Tarn, legs protesting at the further work. It was within minutes of sweltering on the climb that the first raindrops fell as per the forecast. What the forecast didn’t say was that we should expect to see Noah and his Ark come floating by any minute. It was biblical rain and did we stop to put jackets on? Hell no! The sun visor and sunglasses kept the rain out of my eyes!

It wasn’t long before any attempts to swerve the puddles were in vain. There were rivers flowing across the paths. It certainly made for a dramatic end to the race and there was certainly no point in dwelling. The charge to the finish line was on! A quad busting downhill took us to Rothay Park. Thankfully we could still run and despite the rain there were plenty of people in the park. Pauline and Tony were there, we were too quick for a photo! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 59th place and 17 hours and 40 minutes – I couldn’t be bothered to check exactly, it’s not really the point!

Biblical rain ๐ŸŒง๏ธ for the last two miles

Ten minutes later I was showering coffee everywhere, shaking with post race cold. Food and drink could wait (rather surprisingly for me!), a hot shower was a must! Post race photos? Not a chance!

Our campsite next to the finish was now a real boon. Later a chippy dinner was a struggle to eat. Sleep wouldn’t come easily for a couple of nights either. The post race recovery was almost as hard as the race! Thanks to Mark and Pete for their good company.

Reflections… fitness takes you so far. Mental fortitude, decent weather conditions and some good fortune bridge the gap. On another day my trips and falls could have easily turned into a DNF. I took plenty on board from Mark particularly his Lakeland 100 when not fully fit. We didn’t plan to run together but it worked out well and we dragged each other out of a dark patch. Hopefully we can both get race fit and chase each other around a cross country course in the autumn!

Not sure whether an Ultra is for you? Well think of it as an expedition, a challenge for yourself rather than a race and go enjoy the views!

Wigan Trail 10k 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions we have made the decision not to organise a Wigan Trail 10k race this year. When we cancelled the 2020 edition we never imagined 2021 would be affected too. Our booking agents BookitZone will be actioning the refunds of race entry fees for those that entered last year. We look forward to happier times when we can train and race again but for now stay safe. Thank you for your support.

Wigan Harriers online club shop

Just in time for you to do your Christmas shopping!

The Wigan Harriers online club shop is now open for a limited time and will close at midnight on the 8th November. Harriers Kit consists of t-shirts, hoodie, bobble hat etc but not the Harriers running vest (these are available from Pauline Foster). Orders are processed after the closing date and delivery of the items will be approximately 3 weeks from the closing date, and you will be contacted when your order is ready.

Payment is made to ADM when you order on line, and delivery can be at your home address(pay extra) or pick up in person for free from ADM. The link to the shop is below.

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Cross Country part two…eyes on the prize!

The excitement of the Cross Country season continues….

We learn about the debutants, the speedy drivers, the prize winners and see the smiley happy faces of those representing the club. ๐Ÿ˜Š

At the halfway point of season 14 ladies and 16 men had represented the club with 2 ladies and 2 men with 100% participation records. There had been some excellent performances before Christmas that had laid sound foundations for the rest of the season. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Burnley – Fixture 4

After a extended break around the festive season it was time for the 4th Mid Lancs fixture held again at Towneley Park. A flat parkland course within earshot of Burnley’s Tuft Moor ground, on occasion we have run during a game and been cheered on by the crowds! Now I’ll be honest, the Burnley course is not anything too exciting and the last few years has often been a low point in terms of turnout but it’s important that points are scored at every fixture so kudos to everyone who competed.

A dull overcast day but thankfully no rain although the new tent was getting a little battered by the wind!

For the ladies we had the Three Amigos..Jayne, Marie and Lisa.

Leading the Ladies home was Marie in 22nd place and 24.02. Then we had Jayne in 68th (26.46) and Lisa 90th (27.51). Thankfully only 3 ladies are required for the Senior Women’s team so they were able to score vital team points. Well done ladies!

For the men it was the “Magnificent Seven” (Nothing like using a few film titles!), sounds better than Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White couldn’t make it!

The men ran to form and leading them home in 42nd was big Jon in 38.12, another great run, In 2nd place for the men only a few places and seconds further back was John in 52nd 38.36 which also made him 3rd V50. After 10 days of illness Cross Country was always going to be an interesting challenge but I was pleased with my 42.42 coming in 4th behind Stuart who took 3rd place for the men in 41.54. Mike Casey came next in 48.41, then Tony in 49.44 and then Jeff made up the 7 with 55.50. A decent turnout and performance by the men.

The best part of the day is always coffee and cake and after using the car park of the Garden Centre it seemed rude not too!

 

Northern Athletics Cross Country Champs – Camp Hill Estate Bedale, Yorkshire

Five Senior men were in action, John Heyes, Jeff Darbyshire, Stuart Towns, Mike “Debutant” Vose and my good self Mike Harris.

The course was an interesting mix of decent solid ground and some awful muddy sections that sapped your strength. I have to say though compared to the Northern Races in folklore this was relatively easy! (Memory jogger….Knowsley x 2, Witton Park were all stinkers!)

We were all under orders to run fast as the Harriers Do was on in the evening plus Driver Jeff needed to go out early, more of that later.

We first managed to watch Harriers speedster Tim Hartley run in the Junior Men’s race. Tim had a great race managing to come home in 34th place in 29:04. Well done Tim. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

The quick getaway planned meant no tent or flag just some alfresco changing into race gear outside the car. Numbers collected, warm up done and we were on!

A decent field meant there was the usual Zulu charge as 100’s of runners bounded off enthusiastically to the first bend.

The course had been really well thought through and was a decent mix. It was however one of the courses that you didn’t quite work out the laps from the map. Add in the fact it was long, very long and you get a tough race!

First back was John in 256th place in 54:37. Next was me in 57:46 350th place, then Stuart in 407th in 1:00:32, 4th was Mike Vose in 565th place in 1:15:58 with then Jeff in 574th place in 1:19:11.

Jeff very quickly realised he had about an hour to do a 2 hour journey so the Harriers were then plunged into the 2nd race of the day – Jeff going for it. Pleased to say we managed to get back in one piece and John and myself made it to the Harriers do in good time!

 

Vegas (Blackpool) – Fixture 5

Time to go exotic and take a trip to the Vegas of the North – Blackpool! Wind that was a common theme of post Christmas races and not the type caused by the Sprouts. Another tough outing for our tents resisting the blustery conditions. The wind had helped dry the course out and apart from a few sections conditions were decent underfoot. It was starting to hot up in the Ladies league with the Harriers in contention for the top spot. ๐Ÿ˜€

It had been a few years since we raced here (Dave Collins ran last time – that’s how long ago it was!) It’s a short course but the distance made up by doing more laps! It’s a pancake flat mixture of rough grass and playing fields, the wind turned up the difficulty up a notch but otherwise it was fairly benign.

Leading the ladies home in a fantastic 16th place (the track sessions obviously paying off!) was Marie Jarvis in 27:42. Next home and continuing what was turning into a fantastic season was Jacqui Jones in 29:23. 3rd lady was Jayne Salloum 29:58. Lisa Heyes 32:00, Carla Taylor 34:03, Dee Hughes 34:24, Rachel Lawton 36:08, Pauline Foster 36:55 and Michelle Jones 39:22. An absolutely brilliant nine turned out – well done all.

Nine was the magic number for the men. Leading the men over the finish line was Jonathan Kearsley in 39:11, well done Jon on another excellent showing of 46th place. Winning his battle with a Preston Harrier and taking 2nd place in the team was Mr Speedy aka John Heyes in 40:02. Not too far behind the younger Jon.

There was then quite a battle between myself and Steve Nicholls with Steve putting in a decent sprint finish to take 3rd place in 41:21 with myself Mike Harris in 41:24. The vets kept coming with Stuart Towns next in 41:56, Mark Morgan-Hillam 42:07, Mike Casey 49:23, Tony Foster 50:39 and Jeff Darbyshire in 55:00. It was a decent scoring performance for all the teams.

Here’s 5 of the men looking suitably pleased with their efforts.

 

Nottingham – The English National Cross Country Championships 22nd February

The Nationals returned to the fantastic Wollaton Park venue in Nottingham in February. The rolling grounds make a great course, made super challenging with the addition of loads of thick gloppy mud! Horrendous rain in the build up threatened the cancellation (seems a lifetime ago now!) and much of the normal grass field parking was closed. The surrounding streets were very popular but we managed to get the team bus ๐ŸšŒ close to the action!

The course hadn’t handled the rain too well!!

Steve Nicholls, Mark Morgan-Hillam and myself had raced here a few years earlier so were excited to be returning and had vowed to bring additional numbers. A keen fan of Cross Country over the last few years has been Jeff Darbyshire and he was straight on it when the club email went out. Stuart Towns joined the party along with the speed twins Kearsley & Heyes.

Representing the Ladies was Jacqui Jones who was having a great season in the Mid Lancs League. Jacqui is one of the founding members of the Endurance Group and it was fantastic to see her running so well and so strong. Well done on 460th place in 48:00.

Sandwiched between Jacqui’s race and the Senior Men’s race was the Junior Men’s race that featured Tim Hartley. On a 10k course it was tremendous opportunity for Tim to test himself against some of the nation’s finest XC runners. It was also his last chance to race the Nationals without having to swerve all us slow old men as he lapped us. Tim had a great run managing 84th place in 41:41.

Our warm up consisted of scouting out the course whilst trying to see Tim and Jacqui in action. What we didn’t do on the warm up was experience the full horrors of the mud, just viewing the drier sections of the course, by accident! (Later that evening I saw a Facebook video which made it look like a clip from Zombie Apocalypse!)

A carefully arranged tree provided an additional challenge. Hurdle it or step on it – that was the choice.

John goes for the “Camo” look in attempt to sneak up on big Jon.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Pink arm sleeves aren’t compulsory club kit but they get you noticed!

Attempting to hover over the water…no chance, it was deep!

Mark’s game face, I think he was enjoying it! Sharp eyed will spot Stu Towns attempting to find a drier line….there wasn’t one!

The finishing straight will be a little drier, err no I don’t think so!

The Nationals for the Senior Men are run over the 12k distance and are a tremendous test of fitness. Bringing the Harriers men home was Big Jon in 602nd place with 56:12. Next was John Heyes, 785th in 59:10.ย  I had my regular battle with Steve Nicholls, after Steve made his usual explosive start to the race acting as a target to keep me working hard on the 2nd lap. I finished 892nd in 1:00:36. Judging by the photos Mark and Stuart spent part of the race stalking each other. Stuart triumphed in 1:01:45 (967th) with Steve (1029th, 1:02:54) tucking in between them in. Mark finished in 1:03:03 in 1036th place. Meanwhile a little further back Jeff was getting into a real battle which even including runners being tripped up. Jeff stayed on his feet so I’ll leave the story at that! Jeff finished in 1673th place in 1:24:19.

I’m having you, Jeff on the charge!

Regrouping in the tent a quick squint on Strava told Mark and I that the course was longer and slower for us than three years earlier. On reflection no surprise bearing in mind the difficult conditions. There were 1716 finishers with plenty not able to hack the horrendous conditions. When the results came out it revealed the Men’s team were 81st.

If you ever get the chance, do the Nationals, there aren’t many sports where everyone has the chance to compete at a National level. Well done everyone!

 

Lancaster – Fixture 6

The last fixture in February – unheard of but with what was coming a few weeks later it was perhaps just as well the season was all wrapped up before March. By now most runners were deep into their marathon training and Cross Country was a tough distraction.

Seven ladies made the trip north with a very serious chance of claiming a league medal or even the title if results went their way.

A dry day but the wind! Both tents were flattened by the wind. In the end we persevered and pitched one behind a huge oak tree for protection. A few tweaks to the course to when I last ran there but enough in it to keep it reasonably interesting.

It was the return of the Magnificent Seven for the ladies. Vera Schleiffer joined the stalwarts with her Harriers XC debut!

Apart from the wind the conditions weren’t too bad for decent running with just a few patches of mud to dampen any over enthusiastic running! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Vera made an impressive start to her Harriers XC running coming in just under a minute behind super Jacqui Jones. Jacqui was 39th in 29:18, a great result to cap off a fantastic season, clinching the Silver medal with a 2nd ๐Ÿฅˆplace in the L55 category. Well done! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผโšซ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ดโšซ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Vera was 51st in 30:12, hope you enjoyed it! Next was Lisa Heyes in her 5th outing of the season coming in 68th place with 31:55. Dee Hughes was 90th in 33:38, Rachel Lawton was 10th in 35:29 and Pauline Foster was 109th in 36:08. Great running from our ladies team.

Leading lady for the season was Marie Jarvis who ended up overall in 17th place, well done! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

The performances from the ladies were very consistent over the entire season and they were well in contention for the prestigious Gold medal. In the end they were only denied that on countback of race times as their points tally matched eventual winners Blackburn Harriers. A big congratulations to the Ladies on winning the Silver medal.๐Ÿฅˆ

Representing the men in the final outing of the season were Paul Carter, John Heyes, Tony Foster, Mike Harris (scribe), Sanjay Bisnauthsing, Jonathan Kearsley, Steve Nicholls and Mike Vose.

The Ladies did a fantastic job of capturing the men in action.

There was some swapping of positions in the middle of team.

Mike Vose wasn’t put off by his Northern XC outing and was ready for more action.

As ever John kept his happy face on, he loves his XC that lad! Going into the last race John was well in the hunt for a medal in the V50 age category.

Amongst the men there was some trading of positions a few times between Sanjay, Steve and myself. Always good racing against team mates as well as other clubs, as it forces you to push on with some extra effort. XC is more about places than times so each athlete you pass boosts the team position.

Inevitably Jon Kearsley led the men home again in 29th place with 37:49. This gave Jon a great 22nd place in the season’s standings, a brilliant set of performances.

Next in was John Heyes, clinching a bronze medal ๐Ÿฅ‰with 50th place in 39:17. Next was myself in 40:40 in 70th place (Really enjoyed that season!), closely followed by Sanjay in 74th in 40:53 and Steve in 76th in 41:02. Nothing much between the three of us. In 186th place was Paul Carter with 49:07, Tony Foster in 192nd with 49:58 and finally new regular Mike Vose in 212nd place with 54:50.

For the season the men did enough to retain their position in Division two but with a strong showing from their old codgers managed an excellent bronze medal ๐Ÿฅ‰in the V40 league. Well done Gents! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

I would like to take this opportunity to do a shout out to Juniors and parents who turned out for the Harriers this season. I’ve not mentioned them in the reports but it was always great to see them amongst the results. Well done all.

Finally with a word count approaching 2,500 I would like to thank all the senior athletes who turned out this season. We wouldn’t be a team without you. โšซ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ดโšซ๏ธ

Ladies roll of honour in no particular order (numbers are XC appearances)

Vera Schleiffer 1
Rachel Lawton 4
Katrina Hamilton 1
Jacqui Jones 6
Kelly Anne Towns 3
Lisa Heyes 5
Laura Dootson 1
Marie Jarvis 4
Pauline Foster 4
Danielle Brearton 2
Sarah Coates 1
Jayne Salloum 3
Davina Hughes 3
Carla Taylor 2
Michelle Jones 3

Men’s roll of honour in no particular order (numbers are XC appearances)

Steve Pendergrast 1
John Heyes 7
Mike Harris 8
Steve Nicholls 6
Jon Kearsley 6
Stuart Towns 6
Paul Fitzsimmons 1
Tony Foster 4
Mike Vose 2
Sanjay Bisnauthsing 2
Stuart Fairclough 2
Jeff Darbyshire 6
Mark Morgan-Hillam 4
Chris Simpson 1
Mike Casey 3
Darren Jackson 1
Paul Carter 2

 

Cross Country – The first half!

I was always determined to write the end of season Cross Country report before the end of March. Why? Well if it was anything like my recent attempts to blog it wouldn’t happen otherwise. I also associate March with being the last month of the season so it was rather surprising we were all done by the end of February. One month on it was just as well we had finished as March turned into the most bizarre month (with more of course to come!)

Added note – it of course took me ages to complete this blog!

A very wet and muddy and muddy Cross Country season, that is probably the biggest understatement ever! It was just as well we started the season with a couple of brand new tents. Thankfully they survived the season and were reasonably clean when we put them away but more of the last fixture later!

Ulverston – Fixture 1

We started the season with a September away day to Ulverston. We ended the previous season there so it seemed strange to be back there so soon. Now my memory is getting poor with old age but I do recall the savage weather forecast being incorrect and we were treated to some decent sun. A course shoehorned into the space available at Glaxo sports ground, it was the 3rd time we had competed there and it was a decent benign opener to the season. With it being further afield it’s always a good place to earn good team points if you can get a team out. The ladies got their season off to a great start with a brilliant 3rd place overall and 3rd within Division one. Blackburn Harriers taking the win.

Ladies team – Laura Dootson, Kelly Anne Towns, Jacqui Jones, Lisa Heyes, Rachel Lawton and Katrina Hamilton.

The men were able to watch as the course got slowly churned up. There are a few sections of hard ground so it’s one of those courses where the jury is out on which shoes are best.

The men were starting to sweat on whether for the second year running we would only have 5 and not the 6 required for a team score but thankfully 6 rolled up! Steve Nicholls running with a cough, any thoughts of suggesting he sat it out being put on the back burner!

Jonathan Kearsley got his season off to a flyer with a great run although he was aided by some pacemaking for the first 200 metres from Steve “Go out real hard” Nicholls.

Bringing the men home then was the Harriers blond bomber Jon Kearsley (big Jon) in 35th place. His love of the mud only rivalled by his love of his dry robe. Of subtly different dimensions but not lacking any speed was the other John – of the Heyes variety. Apart from a small scare at the end of the first lap John had 2nd place covered off for the team. After briefly surprising John I held onto 3rd place. Although I was reasonably fit from Autumn marathon I have no recollection of actually feeling it as I made my way around multiple laps. A good reminder of how good Cross Country running is for your fitness! 4th for the team was Steve, then Stuart Towns and Steve Pendergrast. I may have remembered this incorrectly but I think it was Stephen and Katrina’s first XC race and it was great to have them there as without them we wouldn’t have managed complete teams. Well done, a great effort as it’s a decent drive for your first outing.

Men’s team – Jonathan Kearsley, John Heyes, Mike Harris, Steve Nicholls, Stuart Towns & Stephen Pendergrast.

It’s at this point I cheat slightly as I wrote a report for the second race, although John Heyes and Stuart Towns said I only wrote one to illustrate they weren’t there! (They were off trying to win the Warrington Way pairs relay)

Hyndburn – Fixture 2

First up were the Ladies team. Represented by Marie Jarvis, Danielle Brearton KellyAnne Towns, Jacqui Jones and Pauline Foster.

Hyndburn is one of peopleโ€™s favourite courses. It has most natural obstacles you can imagine, not out and out hilly but plenty of undulations. The only thing missing is a stream or river but it trades water for mud and plenty of it. Not the severity of Knowsley or Witton Park (runners of the Northern XC Champs at those venues will be having palpitations at those mentions!!) but enough to make it very very tough.

The ladies had a brilliant day, they might have been light in numbers (come on we need more of you!) but they made up for it in an excellent performance. Leading the ladies home in a brilliant 7th place was Danielle in 27:19. A fantastic result that really got the team off to a great start. Next was Marie (battling a cold as well as the mud) in 32nd and 30:13. Making it home as 3rd counter was KellyAnne 41st place in 30:43. Jacqui was 56th in 31:45 and Pauline was 107th in 37:28, coming home completely covered in mud following a serious case of face planting.

This meant the Ladies were 5th team and 3rd V35 team. A great return on their efforts!

Ladies team – Danielle Brearton, Marie Jarvis, KellyAnne Towns, Jacqui Jones and Pauline Foster.

Next were the men with a turnout of 10 and a serious loading of handsome V40 runners! Hell! Who says the editor canโ€™t show some artistic licence! By now the course was at itโ€™s “churned up finest”. Please donโ€™t be fooled by the excessive clothing in the photo, come race time it was strictly vest and shorts only for these tough guys!

Mike Harris, Steve Nicholls, Paul Fitzsimmons, Tony Foster, Chris Simpson (unusually camera shy?), Sanjay Bisnauthsing, Stuart Fairclough, Jeff Derbyshire and Mark Morgan-Hillam were the male line up.

It’s fair to say that the going was heavy and after a series of races to churn it up downright horrible in parts. There were a few runners who examined the mud in closer detail, Simmo not wanting to be outdone by Pauline doing a bit of a face plant too! Apparently the mud is good for your complexion!

Absolutely blasting round the course for the men was Jonathan, finishing 33rd in an impressive 40:41. Then the pop sensation Stevie Nicks bounced back to form in 72nd place in 43:37. An excellent debut from Sanjay in 81st and 44:13. Next was a steady procession of V40 Harriers. Mike in 85th with 44:30, Mark 91st with 44:41, Chris Simpson (who had adopted camo face paint by this stage) in 100th in 45:12 chased in by Stuart in 101st in 45:14. Then we had Paul Fitzsimmons in 108th in 45:36. Tony was 206th in 53:03 and Jeff was 259th in 1:04:06.10th place team and 6th V40 team.

Men’s team – Jonathan Kearsley, Steve Nicholls, Sanjay Bisnauthsing, Mike Harris, Mark Morgan-Hillam, Chris Simpson, Stuart Fairclough, Paul Fitzsimmons, Tony Foster and Jeff Derbyshire.

A tough but very enjoyable day. An honourable mention to the younger athletes who also made the journey to represent Harriers, well done!

Sefton Park – 3rd fixture

Sefton Park, one of the bigger fixtures on the calendar. A combination of leagues, a National series of events and a European Championships qualifier draws the athletes and spectators in decent numbers.

A fairly flat parkland course that drains well resulting in only a few patches of mud after poor weather. NOT THIS YEAR! After the wet weather we had in the autumn it was muddy on all of the course and very very heavy in parts. It certainly changed it from a course where it’s possible to run at your “road race pace”. It was only looking at the photos that reminded me how bloody awful the mud was!

Danielle had another great run coming home first place for the team and 10th in the ML race. Recovered from her cold was Marie Jarvis in 2nd place (21st) and final place on the ladies A team was Jacqui Jones who was having an excellent season. Overall we had 12 female athletes competing which was a fantastic turnout with a great 6th place.

Ladies team – Danielle Brearton, Marie Jarvis, Jacqui Jones, KellyAnne Towns, Jayne Salloum, Lisa Heyes, Davina Hughes, Carla Taylor, Pauline Foster, Rachel Lawton, Michelle Jones and Sarah Coates.

Now the men got to enjoy the course after everyone else had given it a right good chewing over. One time we should get to go first!

Check out the orange shoes and white socks sported by Jeff “Keen as mustard” Derbyshire. New on for Sefton, it’s fair to say they lost their glow after a battle in the trenches!

It was a tough day at the office but leading the men home was Tim Hartley with a fantastic 33rd place. Next home and 1st Vet Harrier was John Heyes with a super 52nd, this helped the Men’s Vet team to a great 3rd place, We had a strong team out but there was some serious switching around of finish positions from previous races!

Full Men’s team was Tim Hartley, John Heyes, Stuart Fairclough, Mark Morgan-Hillam, Steve Nicholls, Mike Harris, Chris Simpson, Darren Jackson, Paul Carter, Mike Casey and Jeff Derbyshire.

Next was a long break until the January races and a chance for Mother Nature to rustle up some extra mud!

To be continued……

Wigan Trail 10k postponement

Due to the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic we have taken the decision to postpone the Wigan Trail 10k to next year โ€“ Sunday 9th May 2021. Any existing entries will be carried over to 2021 and anyone who can not make the new date will be able to transfer their place. We have suspended new race entries and will reopen later in the year. Like all event organisers (and we are runners too) we have made this decision with heavy hearts but have no choice and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Mid Lancs Cross Country Report

Saturday 9th November saw Harriers take part in the second Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture of the 2019/20 season. Just in time for the big day the temperatures took a tumble and one point sleet was on the weather forecast! Our teams were not worried however as they had their new tent making it’s second outing as ever complete with with tea and coffee facilities. We have certainly moved with the times!

First up were the Ladies team. Represented by Marie Jarvis, Danielle Brearton KellyAnne Towns, Jacqui Jones and Pauline Foster.

Hyndburn is one of people’s favourite courses. It has most natural obstacles you can imagine, not out and out hilly but plenty of undulations. The only thing missing is a stream or river but it trades water for mud and plenty of it. Not the severity of Knowsley or Witton Park (runners of the Northern XC Champs at those venues will be having palpitations at those mentions!!) but enough to make it very very tough.

The ladies had a brilliant day, they might have been light in numbers (come on we need more of you!) but they made up for it in an excellent performance. Leading the ladies home in a brilliant 7th place was Danielle in 27:19. A fantastic result that really got the team off to a great start. Next was Marie (battling a cold as well as the mud) in 32nd and 30:13. Making it home as 3rd counter was KellyAnne 41st place in 30:43. Jacqui was 56th in 31:45 and Pauline was 107th in 37:28, coming home completely covered in mud following a serious case of face planting.

This meant the Ladies were 5th team and 3rd V35 team. A great return on their efforts!

Next were the men with a turnout of 10 and a serious loading of handsome V40 runners! Hell! Who says the editor can’t show some artistic licence! By now the course was at it’s churned up finest. Please don’t be fooled by the excessive clothing in the photo, come race time it was strictly vest and shorts only for these tough guys!

Mike Harris, Steve Nicholls, Paul Fitzsimmons, Tony Foster, Chris Simpson (unusually camera shy?), Sanjay Bisnauthsing, Stuart Fairclough, Jeff Darbyshire and Mark Morgan-Hillam were the male line up.

Absolutely blasting round the course for the men was Jonathan, finishing 33rd in an impressive 40:41. Then the pop sensation Stevie Nicks bounced back to form in 72nd place in 43:37. An excellent debut from Sanjay in 81st and 44:13. Next was a steady procession of V40 Harriers. Mike in 85th with 44:30, Mark 91st with 44:41, Chris Simpson (who had adopted camo face paint by this stage) in 100th in 45:12 chased in by Stuart in 101st in 45:14. Then we had Paul Fitzsimmons in 108th in 45:36. Tony was 206th in 53:03 and Jeff was 259th in 1:04:06.10th place team and 6th V40 team.

A tough but very enjoyable day. An honourable mention to the younger athletes who also made the journey to represent Harriers, well done!

All our teams are in Divisions, based on season performance there is promotion and relegation. The ladies are in Division One and the men Division Two. In addition there are leagues for the age categories with the men’s V40 team in Division One.

Well I’m pleased to say that the Ladies are TOP of Division One! This means it’s really important we get as many of you running as possible for the rest of the season to maintain this position. The Ladies V35 are in 2nd place which again is fantastic, well done Ladies!

The Men are going steady in Division Two, currently in 4th place – the top two are promoted and bottom two relegated. For the V40 men it was their first points as they didn’t have a full complete of old boys at Ulverston. It was 2nd place team at Hyndburn so a great points return. Again it’s now vital we continue to turn out in big numbers!

Remaining fixtures

Sefton Park, Liverpool 23rd November

Towneley Park, Burnley 11th January

Lawson’s Ground, Blackpool 8th February

Ryelands Park, Lancaster 29th February

In addition there are the Northern XC Championships 25th January and National XC Championships 22nd February.