Its looking like we will be in for a fine spell of weather in time for the Amberswood trail events this weekend so now is the time to dig out those off-road shoes and cancel the DIY jobs this Sunday! What better way to spend the morning than taking in a lap or two of the lake and a freindly run through the picturesque greenery of this hidden Wigan gem.
We are hoping to have a couple of our race marshals out on the course with a camera in hand and will be uploading the results for you to browse and share free of charge. We cant promise to capture you at your best but we promise to try!
On-line entries have now closed for both the 10k and 2.5k events, but entry on the day is still available. Registration will open from 9.30am at the Spring View Sports Club, (Google Map of venue). There is limited parking on site so do get down early to avoid a last minute panic.
Those of you who have pre-entered will be able to collect your numbers on the day.
The race HQ offers a licensed bar and a very convivial atmosphere for the post race prize-giving. With special prizes for the first unnattached local runners as well as awards in the various age groups, there is every reason to stay around after your race and enjoy a reviving drink or two!
See you Sunday!
Saturday 18th May saw Harriers turn out in force at the National Masters Relay Championships in Birmingham. Full strength teams set off to represent the club in the vet 35 category for both the mens and ladies events at a picturesque Sutton Park. Our 4 stalwart ladies were joined by a collection of 8 old geezers, each ready to do battle over the 3 mile course. Continue reading
A report from Tracey Dutton of a fast 4 miler in Great Eccleston last Sunday:
Very good running conditions on this very fast flat course. I over took a couple of Wesham guys and then managed to keep with 2 Red Rose Runners the rest of the race, one of them pulled away 1/2 mile to the finish the other one was urging me to keep with him all the way to the finish.
We were presented with a medal and a bottle of water. I then went to cheer Michael on the course.
We then went into the scout hut for free bacon barmcake and a free cup of coffee or tea. (I always seem to do races where I get fed at the end). I came 2nd lady 25:33 not a pb but really pleased with my time and Michael did 33:18. I then ran from Great Eccleston to my mums in Preston.
Wednesday 22nd May saw the Harriers in action at Harrock Hill. The first of a series of 4 races on the hills to the east of Parbold.
The terrain is mixed; fields, footpaths, tracks even some tarmac but the two things Harrock always has in abundance are hills and stiles. It also usually has mud and cows, so there is plenty of variation and no time for boredom. Continue reading
Tracey Dutton gives us her report on the Fishwick Bottoms race:
This race was cancelled a couple of Sundays ago. After a stressful day at work, took 1hr 15mins to get to Preston due to bad accident on motorway, we ducked and dived around Wrightington and Chorley to get to M61.Arrived at Callan Estate at 6:30pm with less than 30 minutes to collect our numbers and do a short warm up. Continue reading
The first of the infamous Harrock Hill series takes place on Wednesday night with Harriers sending a hardy contingent of runners to test their mettle. With only 3 runners needed for a team we hope to field at least 2 squads on the night.
Race HQ is the farmers arms at Bispham Green, (point your Sat Navs at L40 3SL) with the race starting at 7.30pm. Entry fee is £3.50 or £10 for the full 4 race series. There will be a few Harriers taking part in the full series so it may be best value to get your £10 in early!
Anyone taking part is advised to take a little care and avoid the heroics of Andy Eccles at last years event: Harrock 2012
Wigan Harriers race organisers have been out on the Amberswood race route over the weekend and despite the recent rain the course is still looking quite firm underfoot. We generally recommend a trail shoe for the event, but if we get a little sunshine over the next few weeks even a road shoe may do! It really is a lovely place to run and hard to believe you are in the heart of Industrial Wigan when surrounded with such greenery. Continue reading
I’ve only run this race once before and I can’t say it was an enjoyable experience. What then possessed me to talk Gary Wane into doing it, thereby obliging me to join him? Probably the Kronenburg 1664 on Sunday night – lesson to be learned there. As “targeted” race day approached, there was an ever decreasing number of likely Harriers runners. Dave Waddy was obviously having similar misgivings to me as we emailed each other late race day afternoon. “I’ve been trying to think of excuses not to run, but ‘it’s going to hurt like hell’ is probably unacceptable” was Dave’s conceding agreement that we were going to have to run. A text to Kev confirmed that we would at least have a team of four, and there was even a hint that a certain PB expert might show up. Continue reading
The 2013 Horwich RMI Jubilee Road Race series kicks off this Wednesday, (15.03.2013) with Wigan Harriers hoping to send a large contingent of runners to compete.
Race HQ is at Rivington Parish Hall, (BL6 7SE) where registration will be open from 6pm. Entry is a bargain £5 per race, or £12 for the whole 4 race series. The races continue every 3rd Wednesday throughout June, July and August with Harriers expecting to have a presence at all the fixtures.
This series comes highly recommended and is well worth a go.
More details on the Jubille Series Website
I last did this road race in 2010 when it was still sponsored by the Muller dairy and the sun was shining but I ended up running a personal worst. Me and this 10km had unfinished business. However the course this time was slightly different. Opposite way round to what I run it last time and no running through the factory. £13 attached entry fee for runners who are lulled to the West Midlands with the promise of a bumper goody bag. Haven’t been doing much steady miles the last few weeks but thought I needed to take my running to the next level by starting the Harriers hills and speed efforts. My body isn’t used to it cause i ended up on the treatment table yet again yesterday with the muscles at the top of the left hip tightened up to an extent that my IT band is knocked out. Was told not a good idea to run today but if I had to then to run it steady so there was no thoughts of a PB in my mind today. Continue reading