HarrockHill Race 3

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.

Although there had been some rain in July, the mud bath Dave was hoping for never materialised.
It was the smallest field of the year but there was still 147 runners. The reduced numbers would hopefully mean less congestion at stiles and gates. This summer’s warm weather was continuing which meant Harrock would be it’s usual tough test.
The race was quieter than previous editions, the local cows were chilled and indifferent to the passing sweaty runners.
First home for Wigan was Steve, who seemed to enjoy his run.
Stephen Nicholls 36.04
David Collins 37.17
Michael Harris 38.28
Jayne Taylor 39.40
Shona Taylor 51.01
Jayne managed to shave a second off July’s run but for the rest of us times were all down on previous attempts but I don’t think anyone had anything left in the tank, perhaps it was due to the hot weather.
Still there is an opportunity to do it one more time this year on August 28th 7.30 start. It would be great to see a massive turnout from Harriers for one of the last mid-week races this summer.
Come on you know you want to!

Rivington Ultra Trail

The Rivington Ultra Trail 26 race was originally scheduled to run earlier in the year but the heavy snow scuppered Kev Edwards from notching up yet another Marathon. It now takes place on 3rd November. It’s an exciting looking off road trail race taking in Rivington Pike, Winter Hill and Darwen Tower covering the magical 26.2 miles.
Dave Collins and Mike Harris have decided to give it a go and entries are open until just before the race if anyone else fancies the challenge?
We will do a number of training runs, all are welcome regardless of whether you are entering the race.
The route map is on the website.

Catforth 10k report

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.

Coniston Lakeland Trail Marathon Report 2013

Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

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

Chorley 4.4m final race 2013

A huge field of 273 runners lined up for the 4th & final Chorley 4.4 mile on Wednesday 7th August.  Six Harriers took on the challenging course which features a lovely steep incline that the runners are asked to tackle three times………to say the last climb up to the finish really hurts is quite an understatement!  Luckily Waddy & Kev were on the sidelines to offer appropriate encouragement as the going got tough. Continue reading

Lakeland 50 2013 – Race Report

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.
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