Its was gold and silver all round for Wigan Harriers this weekend at the Mid Lancs Cross country awards night. The Harriers
turned out in force at the Bamber Bridge venue to collect their hoard of trophies after a highly successful season for the Senior Mens and Ladies teams. The event was well attended by a collection of Mid Lancs clubs all looking a little more presentable than when we usually see them spattered in mud and sweat! It is hoped that’s what Dave Waddington meant when he commented on how different the lady runners of Preston looked with their clothes on.
First up were the men who were presented with individual gold medals along with a handsome trophy for their table topping performance in Division 3. As by far the largest contingent present it was tricky to fit all of the Harriers in the one photo. It was even more difficult to contain Chris Burgess’ delight at hosting aloft the Championship plaque to a room full of bemused runners. Visions of Wembley were clearly going through his mind at the time.
The Veteran Ladies teams were next with a clutch of sliver medals for their valiant performance in the Vet 35 league where they were pipped for top spot by a single point from a strong Wesham team. Tracey Dutton did try to sneak back up to swipe an individual trophy, “on behalf of a friend” but was beaten to it by an even faster glory hunter!
Rounding off the evening was the presentation of the Veteran 40 Mens League award. Harriers once again took gold and the coveted Division 2 Trophy as reward for a series of dominant performances this year. With club membership increasing year on year Harriers are already looking forward to the challenge of next years cross country and the chance to add a few more trophies to the bulging cabinet at Robin Park