Harrock Hill – Part IV – Statto’s Revenge

It’s over a month since this race took place (24th August), but given the outcome and that I promised to put together a bit of a report, I’ll offer the “better late than never excuse”!

If you’re a regular reader of “Race Reports” you’ll be well familiar with what Harrock Hill involves, and some of the exciting incidents that have occurred over the last two seasons; most noticeably Andy Eccles leaving a large chunk of his arm on a barbed wire fence. This year has been much calmer. A lack of rain has meant that the course has been bone dry for every race, and a concerted effort by the marshals has largely kept the cows in check. Continue reading

Leigh Cross Country 2013

Leigh Sports Village was the venue for the opening cross country fixture of the season this weekend with a fine turn out from Harriers to get the campaign underway. 5 complete Wigan teams crossed the line from both the junior, seniors and veterans as 21 club members competed in the red and black.

Unseasonably glorious sunshine and blue skies greeted runners on the generally flat and fast course. a distinct lack of rain over recent weeks left the going firm throughout with very few competitors opting for a spike. The Under 11 Boys were the first to test their mettle in rising temperature with Mathew Baptista finishing a very creditable 14th from a field of 66 in 8:24. Max Lucas was next out in the U13 Boys category and put in a solid run in 12:36 for a good opening to his season. Continue reading

Training Changes

We will be changing around the venue for the Tuesday and Thursday sessions next week to take account of a Latics Euro fixture at the DW.

On Tuesday 1st October we will meet at the DW at 6.30pm for the usual interval sessions around the closed road route.

On Thursday3rd October we will switch over to the Coppull Lane venue for a 7pm start on the hill efforts, (see map below)

After that its back to normal!

Please make sure you come suitably attired in hi-viz or reflective gear for both sessions.

Lakeland Trails Derwentwater 15k 2013 Report

The Lakeland Trails Derwentwater Trail Race was the 2nd race I entered after starting running in 2010. That year I had the pleasure of Mark Rogers for company and although we joked at the time we looked the part i.e two skinny men in shorts it was only Mark who raced the part in an excellent run of 1.03. Since then this race had remained ever present on my calendar along with the Hawkshead Race and would be a good opportunity to measure my progress. In 2012 I had spent the summer doing the sessions with Harriers and saw a 3 minute improvement in my time so I wasn’t sure how much it would change this year. Continue reading

Horwich Race 4

Horwich Jubilee races are one of the Race Series that take place in vicinity of Wigan, (writes Mike Harris). I had partaken in the pleasures of the whole Chorley and Harrock Hill series but until now had not managed to squeeze Horwich in.

It’s a two lap course on the quiet roads and tracks around Rivington and manages to take in some of the local ups and downs. Nothing mountainous but enough to burn the legs and make it a challenging 5 miler. Continue reading

Wigan 10k a roaring success

The first Wigan 10k held in support of the Joining Jacks local charity was a roaring success with over 2200 runners crossing the line. Competitors were blessed with glorious sunshine for the 9.30am start of the biggest road running event the town has ever witnessed.

Harriers were out in force supporting the event both as runners and volunteers. The DW water station was enthusiastically manned by a posse of Wigan Harriers handing out refreshments and keeping the tempo up with some rousing beats from DJ Becki! Flying the flag for the competing Harriers was husband Andy Kaufman who ran a blistering 34:17 to take a podium spot in 3rd place. Superb running from Mr Kaufman who just keeps getting faster at every outing. Continue reading

Thursday Night Training Changes

The usual Thursday night session at the DW Stadium will now be taking place this week due to a home Rugby game at the ground. For one week only we will relocate to Coppull Lane at Swinley, (WN1 2LQ), near Swinley Labour Club. Google Map

We will meet at 6.50pm for a 7pm prompt start.

There is limited parking on Coppull Lane itself, with more spaces nearby at Leyland Mill Lane. Be careful parking on the main roads as traffic wardens have been known to patrol till late!