Wigan Harriers April News Round Up

How satisfying to see the numbers booming at both the Tuesday and Thursday night sessions now that the clocks have finally gone back. The milder weather and lighter nights have enabled us to switch Tuesdays to the more picturesque surroundings of Haigh Country Park with a great turn out for those testing hill reps. We have been blessed with some fine weather so far whilst pounding up our own “Heartbreak Hill”

The Thursday session sees us moving from laps around the DW to a few weeks on intervals on grass to the rear of DW fitness. Not only does this provide great strength and speed training it also makes it easier for us to re-group and stick together throughout the session. We continue to attract new runners each week so it is more important than ever that we re-group between efforts and help each other along.

Preparations continue for the forthcoming Amberswood Trail races to be held near Hindley on June 2nd. We are ramping up the advertising and publicity campaign via Twitter and Facebook as well as the traditional methods of leaflets and posters distributed around town.

We will soon be sorting out Marshals for the day itself so anyone available please let Jayne Taylor know as soon as possible. Anyone not needed to help out on the day is strongly encouraged to get their race entry in and support the club and the event through taking part in the races themselves. If each of us manages to bring along just one friend or family member to run we will have a roaring success on our hands next month!

In response to the increasing numbers we are seeking to extend out coaching expertise by encouraging members to volunteer for various coaching qualifications. Mandy Borthwick has issued an email with all of the up-coming courses and will keep us all informed of further dates as they arise. Get in touch with Mandy by email if you are interested in taking it to the next level and becoming qualified as a running coach. The club are particularly interested in anyone able to become involved in the youth coaching certificates.


Our various racing exploits are generally documented on the blog as they happen and its been a busy period with Marathon season in full swing..

After the excitement of London and a clutch of great performances from our runners, it was back to Manchester where Kevin Edwards took on the magic 26.2. Kevin had his training seriously interrupted in the critical final weeks with hamstring trouble so he was all the more pleased with his fabulous 3:05 finish. More importantly, this race didn’t end with GI troubles or a visit to the medical tent. That’s a huge step forward as Kevin continues his quest for that elusive sub 3h.

On the same day as London, Gary Fitzpatrick took on the Bolton 10k at Levershulme Park which he describes as quite a tough and hilly course. His 39:38 still represents a PB so a satisfying day out with the promise of more to come from Gary.

Compulsive competitor Peter Mills shaved another few seconds off his PB with a 43:38 at the Ormskirk Bell View 10k. This bagged him an impressive 64th overall and 5th in Category.  Also running that day was Joanne Fairhurst crediting her own turn of form to the last few weeks training with Harriers on the Thursday evening sessions. Her 1:02:51 is another PB on the way to her sub 1 hour goal!

The first of the Wednesday Evening series of races kicked off at Chorley with Dave Collins, Jayne Howarth, Mike Harris and Bobby Kasabian flying the flag for Wigan. All 4 of our runners performed well with Jayne reporting her best run for some time on her road to full recovery, and Bobby smashing his time from last year by over a minute.

Dave Waddington and Graham Millington have regaled us with tales of heroics from the high Lakeland fells in the Anniversary Waltz, whilst Mike Harris and Graham continued their adventures on the trails at Hawkshead.

Andy Kaufman currently wears the off-road crown with an epic journey across the Yorkshire fells in the Hardmoors 55. As though this classic Ultra Marathon isn’t tough enough, this years’ event was blessed with mild blizzards and 6 foot snowdrifts. Andy took it all in his not inconsiderable stride to finish in11h 23m and 43rd place. Watch this space for his write up to come.

Also testing his mettle out on the hills was Steve Nichols at the 3 Peaks race. Steve has a bit of a history with this gruelling fell race and has experienced both ends of the scale with the joy of success and the pain of a DNF in the past. His early conclusions on his 4:30 performance are that a finish is always a good result. Steve will be sending us a more detailed report shortly.

A full report of the Blackpool Alan Seddon  10k but early reports are of a PB apiece for all 4 of our runners! There was no team competition but Gary Wane conducted an unofficial totalling of positions and reckons Harriers men earned a nominal 2nd place!

If I have missed out a performance then let me know via email! Just send me a few details of the where and the when, along with the how fast and I’ll do the rest, (although I’m always very glad to receive your fully completed reports!)

Coming Up:

We have a number of plans on to continue developing and improving the Training sessions as the club grows ever bigger. Watch this space for further news!

On the running front we have a list of “targeted races” on the website at which we intend to encourage maximum attendance from Harriers. First up is the Horwich 5 miler next Wednesday, (15th May). A number of our runners will be aiming to take part in the full series so anyone turning up on the night won’t be short of company. A few runners will be in attendance at the Haigh Hall race on the 8th also. We have a fabulous “away day” to Grasmere in June on the near horizon with most looking to compete the longer 17k race. Get your on-line entries in now!

We also have teams of veterans heading for Birmingham on the 18th to represent the club at the National Vets Relays.

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