Wigan Harriers Endurance runners were in action at a variety of road race events up and down the country this weekend.
Chris Smullen and Barry Abrams tested themselves over the 13.1 miles of the English Half Marathon course over in Warrington on Sunday. Chris is on something of a roll at the moment having scored PB in his last 2 races. Warrington was to make it 3 in a row as he stormed home in 1:25:50. This was an immense 3 minutes and 25 seconds off his previous PB set at the same event last year. His efforts earned him 34th place overall out of 1122 starters. Barry Abrams grabbed 7th M50 with a 1:30:55 bagging 73rd overall.
Kevin Edwards made the long journey to Mid Wales where he took on the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Kevin stuck to his usual “go hard or go home” startegy”, going out at a pacey 6:30 mintue mile pace until around mile 10, when in Kevs words, “the wheels came off”!. He still managed a respectable 17th Male V45 to finish 133rd overall. Running the last 3 miles feeling decidely unwell dropped his average pace to 6:46mm and a time of 1:28:45
Gary Wane took on his long anticipated Paras 10 Challenge at Catterick barracks. The Challenge involves tackling the P Company 10 mile selection course wearing a 35lb Bergen and full pair of boots. Whilst most of the country welcomed the sudden arrival of summer temperatures this weekend, Gary could probably have done without 28 degree heat whilst carting a 35lb dead weight around North Yorkshire! Gary may have missed his sub 1h30 target time but finishing in 1:56:58 hours is no mean feat.
Closer to home Andy Kaufman and Graham Millington turned out in the red and black vests to represent the club at the Parbold, Farmers Arms 10k. This is an undulating course around the country lanes of Parbold and Hilldale organised to raise money for Belarus Aid. Andys relaxed approach saw him still chatting with Graham as the race started, leavng him with half the field to sprint through before reaching the sharp end of the race! Andy also admitted to issues assessing his pacing given the fact he wasnt too sure if it was a 10 mile or 10k event he’d entered! Opting for the 10k option Andy finished strongly in 5th place overall in 37:49
Graham had his hope of a 10k PB attempt dashed by a surprisingly hilly course. Billed as a fast event, the ups and down of the byways of Bispham actually bordered on the downright hilly! Even so, he was 40 seconds up on target time until the final slog from mile 5 to the end cost vital effort and seconds. His final time of 45:30 was over 30 seconds past the PB target, but represented a good 42nd place overall in a well organised and testing event.