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.
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.