Winter may have well and truly arrived but storm force winds and wet weekends haven’t slowed down the Endurance Group. The Thursday night session continues to grow with record numbers of runners turning up to train in the rain. It is hugely encouraging to see so many new runners joining us, and we hope you have all been made to feel welcome and are enjoying the sessions. It has also been an action packed month of cross country running, marathons (both on and off road), Ultra-marathons and the odd 10k thrown in.
Peter Mills, Bobbi Kasabov, Dave Waddington and Barry Abram travelled to Abingdon on October 20th for a date with the iconic 26.2 miles. Marathon specialist Barry Abram led the club home with a superb 3:12:15 for 17th in his category and 147th overall. For much of the race Barry faced stiff competition from Dave Waddington who finally finished just a minute behind in 3:13:15.
Making his debut over the distance was Bobbi Kasabov who lived up to the potential he had been clearly showing all year with a 3:31:51. Also finishing the day on a high was Peter Mills who knocked lumps off his Marathon PB with a 3:39:21.
Despite so many runners recovering from marathon efforts Harriers still fielded full Senior teams at Townley Park the following week for the Mid Lancs Cross country meet. Tracey Dutton, Nina Fisher, Rebecca Morton, and Sarah Morton, wore the red an black with the first 3 over the line bringing the team home in 16th place from 41 teams on the day. For the men it was Gary Fitzpatrick, Chris Burgess, that man Barry Abram again, Gary Wane, Richard Noone, Andy Eccles and Michal Dutton who turned out for the club. The chaps bagged 21st place from 34 with the vets Team 22nd. The over 50 squad came 14th on the day.
The weekend of 2nd and 3rd November saw winter bare its teeth for the first time this year with gale force winds and torrential downpours greeting our intrepid runners. Dave Collins and Mike Harris took on the re-arranged Ultra Trail 26.2 event at Rivington on the Sunday with Dave storming home in 3:54:16 to bag a superb 6th place overall. He was also first MV50 across the line. Mike Harris did battle with his old enemy ‘cramp’ and for the second time this year his performance was compromised by the onset on of his painful nemesis. Despite the pain he was able to tough it out to finish in 4:47 and a still respectable 55th from 288 finishers.
Taking it a little bit further was Gary “Insane” Wane who completed his second Ultra of the year in the form of the White Rose 30 miler. This extended gallop across the moors of Huddersfield took Gary 6 hours and 4 minutes as 22nd runner home.
Possibly the only sensible run this month was from Mark Rogers who eschewed off road insanity, ultra distances or cross country mud baths to take on a good old fashioned 10k road race. The Cannock Chase 10k was his chosen challenge and one which he took to with gusto, taking the lead at 70k and at one point building up a 30 metre gap on the chasing pack. That advantage was slowly worn down over this testing and hilly course, but Mark hung in to take an outright win. His time of 37;58 is impressive enough in itself, but perhaps more so given the near 500 foot of ascent involved. In Marks own words: “Wigan now hold the FA Cup, Challenge Cup, The Super League Grand Final ….. and now the Cannock Chase 10k Champion