Chorley Red Rose XC 19.10.13

The 2nd fixture in the Red Rose League took place in the pleasant surroundings of Astley Park in Chorley.

There was a superb number of athletes representing Wigan Harriers across the whole range of age groups. Heavy overnight rain had muddied the course up but the going was still classed as ‘good’ after a pre-race meeting by the stewards aka Men’s Senior Team. So much so that there was debate initially about whether to wear spikes and then what length. As quick as an F1 team our boys changed down from 15’s and 12’s to whatever they could find lurking in the depths of their sportsbags. Continue reading

Thursday Training Change

Due a Latics home game next Thursday, (24.10.13),we wont be able to hold the  session at the DW. We will relocate for one week only to Coppull Lane in Swinley.

There is plenty of street parking around but please  be considerate of the local residents, and take note of the parking restrictions on Wigan Lane.

We will back at the DW as usual the week after.

Chester Marathon Report 2013

Pauline Taylor & Pat Cole represented Wigan Harriers at the Chester Marathon this year:

Well, you may or may not have noticed that Pat and I have been decidedly absent from the Thursday night training for the last few months.  Most of you won’t have missed us due to you speedies being up at the front, whilst the two of us always bring up the rear!

I was reading the emails of last week about the choice of Spring 2014 Marathons and I was filled with fear and trepidation. I couldn’t quite fathom out why everyone seemed so enthusiastic and filled with such excitement! Continue reading

Harriers Membership

The new membership forms and price structure for 2014 have now been released meaning it is now time to think about getting your membership renewed for next year.

For exising members, Dave Collins and Jayne Howarth will be distributing a pre-completed form to each of us at the Thursday session for you to simply sign and attach your cheque. Alternatively you can download a 2014 Renewal Form and complete at your leisure. Completed foms to be returned to Dave or to the Harriers Office at the Stadium.

New members please complete the New Membership Application


Harriers membership for the Endurance Group, (Road, Fell, X-Country etc), costs £25 for 12 months with an additional £10 required for your UK Athletics affliliation and competitor license. Total payable: £35. Both existing and new members can apply now. New memberships are effective immediately and run until the end of December 2014 – so thats 14 months membership for the price of 12!

New members wishing to compete for the club before January 2014 may need to pay an additional £10 for the UK Athletics affiliation as unfortunately UKA do not pro rata the fee.

All memberships both new and renewals must be submitted before the end of Decemeber to avoid an additional £5 fee… get your forms filled today!

For anyone wishing to compete on track or field please the Complete Membership Price List

Tuesday Training Changes!

All please note the following change to our training schedule as from next Tuesday 8th October: We have now come to the end of our current period of hill rep sessions and will be relocating from Coppull Lane to the JJB on Tuesday nights.

We will retain the same 6.30pm start time as we embark on a period of shorter intervals around the roads near the stadium. Most of the circuit is free from traffic but runners must wear hi-viz clothing or a reflective safety bib now that the nights have drawn in. Headtorches are optional!

Monster UK Ultra Marathon Race Report

Tracey Dutton finished 1st lady in the recent 45 mile Monster UK Ultra Marathon in Ely near Cambridge. Here’s her epic account!
After only one week taper and eating for England, my first Ultra Race Day had arrived.  Woke up at 6:15am.  Hotel was not doing breakfast until 8am, so I had resorted to instant porridge and 10K fuel strawberry breakfast shake.  Poor hubby also missed his breakfast as he was suporting me on his bike and also had instant porridge and shared my shake.   Continue reading

Kendal Fell

Charlotte Newsham came an impressive 7th lady (out of a field of 65 ladies year 8/9) in her debut fell race in Kendal on Sunday at the English Schools Fell Running Championships.

It was a fairly brutal course but she managed well to negotiate the rocks, steep climbs and descents, highly uneven terrain and cow pats to finish the 3.68km (104m ascent) in 18 mins 54s.