The third in the series of four Harrock Hill races took place on 24th July. Representing Harriers were Dave Collins, Jayne Taylor, Mike Harris, Shona Taylor and for the first time this year at Harrock – Steve Nicholls.
Tracey Dutton reports from the final race in the series for 2013.
I was not feeling at all well before the race. Fell asleep in the afternoon, which is not like me. Dragged myself into my car at 5pm and set off down the motorway in the pouring rain. Collected my race number and went off dressed in waterproofs to do a 2 mile warm up with a guy from Sale Harriers.
Saw Pete Mills and wish him good luck. As we lined up for the start of the race there was a guy just arrived on his motorbike and was quickly getting changed in the street whilst we were given our final race instructions. I was still not feeling too well, just wanted my bed. Thought to myself its the last race just get round.
I wished Pete Mills good luck and we set off at 6:30pm. I ran a steady race and again on that last mile the wind got us. I battled on and finished 3rd lady and 20th overall out of 69 runners in a time of 20:35. Pete Mills came in not far behind me in a time on 21:38 to finish 32nd overall.
I forced myself to eat the meat and potato pie and took a can of pear cider home. I won £5 for coming 3rd lady and I won 1st lady and 1st vet 40 for the series, which was free entry to next years series.
There are a few marathons that lay claim to being the most beautiful in the UK. There are also a couple of contenders for the title of the toughest; there are none that can compete on both fronts against the Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon.
Set amidst the splendour of the central Lake District, The Coniston Marathon takes in the wandering tracks out of the eponymous village, through pretty Yewdale and skirting Tilberthwaite on a rollercoaster route of mixed terrain before climbing steadily for a lap around the stunning Tarn Hows. From there it is another steady climb onto the heights above Lake Coniston and a hilltop path down to High Nibthwaite in the south, before turning north once more to climb behind Beacon Fell, and finishing along the rocky lakeside path back to the start/finish. Continue reading
The Badger 10k trail race series takes place in the 650 acres of Cuerden Valley Park. It is a park I have either cycled or driven past for the last five years going to work and finally my curiosity to see the park combined with the chance to try a new race got the better of me last week. Continue reading
It was back in September 2012 that 7 Wigan Harriers signed up for arguably the toughest 50 mile ultra-marathon in the UK in the form of the Lakeland 50. Dave Waddington and myself had regaled the club with tales of our successful 2012 adventure and somehow persuaded otherwise sensible runners that it would be a good idea to pit themselves against 10,000ft of ascent over the unforgiving Cumbrian terrain. Julie Platt, Kevin Edwards, Gary Wane, Tim Pilkington and Martin stood up for the challenge alongside myself and Dave.