Harrock Hill Race Report

There was another good turnout of Harriers at the 3 rd Harrock Hill race of the year. Everyone was keen for a good showing before the expected headline grabbing exploits of Millington and Waddington at the Lakeland 50! The course was firmer than the last race and this was reflected in improved times for all of our runners.

Andy Kaufman showed his fell running pedigree by holding 2 nd position for a large part of the race. He eventually succumbed to a chasing group to finish in 6 th place, but it was a sign of great things to come from the new recruit.

Shona Taylor has been training regularly on the course and the hard work paid off as she smashed her pre-race target of “under the hour” with a time of 53.32, to finish a highly satisfactory 125 th out of 148 finishers.

Jayne Taylor also had a great run. Despite losing a shoe in one of the boggy areas surrounding the stiles she still managed to take over two and a half minutes over her previous race time, to finish in 43.11; 55 th overall and 6 th lady. She was only 20 seconds away from the winning lady vet 50; a margin which was probably due to time lost having to go “up to the elbows” to rescue the shoe!

Dave Collins, Andy Eccles and Kev Edwards took chunks out of their race 2 times to record 37.04 (12 th ), 38.49 (22 nd ) and 39.54 (27 th ) respectively.

The barmy evening was just calling for a post race pint outside the Farmers Arms to watch the prize giving, with Jayne and Andy K each picking up a now iconic box of fruit and veg for their efforts.

Wigan Harriers Round Up

Its been a busy couple of weeks all round for Wigan Harriers Endurance Group as the Tuesday and Thursday night training groups grow ever larger, and the Wednesday night race series get into full swing.

We have been delighted to see so many new faces training with us over the past few weeks despite the best that the British summer has served up! The atmosphere on a Thursday night can be fairly said to be “buzzing” as runners of all levels mix it up around the JJB. With so many people now taking part in the sessions we have a great spread of speeds and abilities so that no-one is left out, be they brand new runners or outright speed merchants.

On the racing front we saw a great turn out at Haigh Hall last week, (11th July 2012), as 7 runners represented the lub at this local 4 miler. Tim Pilkington picked up his first legitimate Vet 40 victory as he came 7th overall in 23:15. Unlike his slightly premature prize in the Grasmere Gallop, Tim will be allowed to keep the win as this time he is now genuinely over 40! Andy Kaufman was hot on his heels in 8th place with a finish time of 23:41

Dave Collins was 3rd Vet 50 in 24:23 and 17th place overall, holding off “The Reaper” Darren Middleton who was feeling the after effects of a full turn on the day shift with his 25:22 in 24th place. Harriers were also delighted to see the continuing return to form of Jayne Tayor as first lady Vet 50 in 27:20. Martin Andrews was one place behind her in 28:01. Big congratulations also go to Gary Wane making his debut both in a Harriers vest and as a club runner as he smashed out a 28:10 in his maiden appearance over the distance. Yet another PB for Gary.

Haigh Hall 4 July 2012 Results

Kev taking it easy again

A week later and Harriers were back in action at Horwich Jubilee Road Race where Tim Pilkington again grabbed glory in the Vet 40 category whilst on his way to 5th place overall. Tims race ended with a bit of drama as a late challenge from James Hilton ended with a nasty tumble within sight of the line. Kevin Edwards patented reverse taper method appears to have cost him a few seconds over his previous outing over this course as he finished in 35:41 and 18th place overall. This is a vast improvement over the 60th place he was originally credited with in error. Arguably the hardest training runner at Harriers is threatening to “take it easy” ahead of the next race in the series but we’ll beleive that when it happens Kev!

Once again we celebrated a debut run from a another new Harriers runner in the form of Mike Worsley. Mike defied his own pessimitic predictions and a persistent shin splints issue to record a very creditable 50th place in 41:30. Welcome aboard and well done Mike.Horwich Jubilee Series Race 3 Results

With races at Harrock Hill and Chorley to come over the next few weeks expect to see a few more quality performances from Wigan Harriers comin gup.

Harriers place 2nd in Chorley 4.4m 04.07.12

The Harriers men turned out in numbers for the third of the Chorley 4.4 mile trail series. Debutants Chris Smullen and Barry Abram were joined by another six Harriers to boost the field to 82 runners.

The usual pre-race warm up was disrupted as the black clouds delivered what they had promised for most of the afternoon, and the gang of eight spent a good ten minutes sheltering under a tree in the car park. Eccy eventually decided that real men get wet and a reccie of the course began. Chris Smullen had already expressed his dislike of cross-country and so was less than impressed as he was led through several muddy wood sections, claiming to have been got there under false pretences!

The start of the race very soon hits a hill which is visited three times during the course, and 4.4 miles begins to feel a lot longer than it did on the jog round. The course itself is a cracker, with varied terrain and testing inclines. Several runners who had chosen lightweight racers nearly came croppers in the slippy mudded section which leads out of the park.

Chris Smullen converted his strong showing in training to race form as he passed Dave Collins on the first lap, and held the position throughout to finish first Harrier and 14th overall in 28.27; a fantastic debut run. Just behind Dave (16th in 28.40), Darren Middleton, Andy Eccles and Kev Edwards were having there own battle. Darren finished strongly, but couldn’t quite catch Dave and finished 17th in 28.51. Andy was just behind (19th in 28.58), with Kev running a solid 29.42 for 25th place. Next home was recent recruit Barry Abram (35th in 31.08); great to see him racing again.

Special mentions to Ray Smith (56th in 34.40) who won the Vet 65 prize; and should win the Vet 65 series, and Phil Derbyshire (59th in 35.04) who gave his all to bring the team home.

Blackburn were the clear winners of the men’s team prize, but Harriers just pipped Phoenix to claim second spot and a well received 16 cans of Fosters

Amberswood Trail Race 10k and 2.5k Results 2012

Follow the links below for the full 10k and 2.5k race results from the 2012 Amberswood Trail runs.


Amberswood 2.5k Fun Run Results

We are currently gathering together and uploading all the photographs from the day which you can find here: Amberswood 10k and 2.5k Photographs.

If anyone wants a full resolution copy of their pic just get in touch via the site. check back as we add more pics to the folder over the next week or so.

Amberswood Trail Races 2012

Amberswood 10k and 2.5k Trail Race Report 2012

The British Summer continued true to form at the Amberswood Trail races near Wigan this Sunday with a fine drizzle producing a muddier than expected experience. Over 130 entries for the 10k race along with around 40 runners in the 2.5k event gathered at Springview Sports Club for the only second running of this event. Some were perhaps more grateful than anticipated for the hot showers and changing available after the races, not to mention the pie and peas served up by organizing club Wigan Harriers.

The 2.5k was first off at 10.30am with a loop around the Amberswood lake to test the selection of new runners and youngsters who took on the challenge. The future of UK runing looks secure judging by the speedy efforts of the juniors who tore round the course to collect their commemorative medals back at the club house.

Next out were the 10k runners who took on a meandering off road course that took in lakeside paths, woodland trails, a jaunt across a soggy meadow and a few sections of proper mud. The event attracted a large number of unattached runners along with a healthy showing from the local running clubs. Astley and Tyldlsley had a good presence along with Horwich, Spectrum Striders, Phoenix and Wesham.

A magnficent contingent of runners from the Remember Lola charity (https://www.justgiving.com/RememberLola) also took part rasing money for Meningitus Research. The glowering skies were brightended by several Remember Lola runners taking part in fancy dress, leading to the fabulous sight of a crocodile and an elephant being tracked through the wild trails of Wigan by a pair of Tigers!

An impressive run by Glyn Kay of Horwich RMI saw him with a healthy lead by the second of the two laps, and he was never really under threat from there until a well deserved win in 37:04. Second place went to Martin Rutter of Stockport in 38:05, with the the third spot taken by Mark Glynn in 39:05. It was a similar story in the ladies race with Angela Allen of Leigh Harriers holding a commanding lead over the tight battle going on behind for 2 and 3rd places between Suzanne Gregory of Astley and Kelly Anne Towns. Angela won in 42:21 with Suzanne and Kelly coming home in 47:38 and 48:12 respectively. With experienced front runners reporting a tough and testing course the efforts of the rest of the field were yet more admirable as they were encouraged on their way by enthusiastic marshalls from Wigan Hariers.

Prize giving back at the race HQ was better attended than many such events thanks mainly to the pies and peas and cups of tea available. Those who stayed on were treated to a celebrity guest appearance from a genuine Olympic Torch baton kindly brought along by Sally Howarth of Telford AC. Many took the opportunity to have their photograph taken with this iconic piece of history.

First Wigan Harrier home was Shona Taylor with a magnificent run of 55:45. Her efforts also earned her a category prize as first lady V45. Special mention must also go to Gary Wane who has been training with Harriers of late and picked up a PB on a not very PB friendly course in 46:38 to come in 27th overall. With a performance like that there will be a full membership application on its way to you shortly Gary!

Host club Wigan Harriers were well pleased with the positive feedback from competitors this year. With one or two tweaks to fine tune the event for next time, the organizers were delighted that so many runners defied the weather and enjoyed the day to such a fine degree.

A big thanks is also due to Chorley Sweatshop who not only donated £5 discount vouchers for all race finishers, but also very kindly donated the race numbers for both events. Many local races owe a debt to Sweatshop and their admirable policy of grass roots support.

We hope to collate photographs from the event over the next few days and intend to offer some sort of free download service when its all sorted. In the mean time enjoy this video of the first lap of the 10k below: