Harriers Awards Night

The biggest night of the year quickly approaches in the form of the Wigan Harriers Christmas Party and Presentation evening. Ok, the tinsel is coming down and the last of the mince pies fed to the dog, but there is still time for us to celebrate a fabulous year of athletics in 2013 and recognise some of our stand out performers.

The Endurance Wing will be issuing awards to “Male Athlete of the Year”, “Female Athlete of the Year”, “Run of the Year under Half Marathon” and “Run of the Year for Half Marathon and Above”.

We usually have a good turnout of Endurance Runners for this event and at £3 a ticket we expect to see as many of our group there as possible. Anyone looking for an excuse not to travel to Barrow the next day for our Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture can take this as an ideal opportunity to obtain a hangover.

Full details below:

WIGAN HARRIERS

CHRISTMAS PARTY AND PRESENTATION

FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY 7pm

Pemberton Central Labour Club

Enfield St Pemberton

Tickets £3per person-£10 Family

Available in Harriers office

Food and Snack donations

Raffle donations

Please sign up in the office

Happy Christmas Harriers!

What a fantastic year it has been for Wigan Harriers. We have wintessed stunning successes on the track to some monumental achievements amongst us distance athletes on the Endurance wing. All this against the background of ever expanding numbers at our regular Tuesday and Thursday Training sessions with new faces every week. Even our coaching team has grown with more members achieving UKA qaulifications over the year.

The start of the year saw club success in the cross country with promotion in the Mid Lancs league for the second year in succession, and things looking promising in this years camapign also. Our now traditional jaunt to Wrexham for the Half Marathon in February saw a huge turnout and a glut of PB results despite some of us so busy chatting we missed the start! Its not too late to get an entry in for this years Wrexham Half for anyone who fancies a fast, flat PB course in the company of, at last count, about 20 fellow Harriers!

Spring Marathon season saw some incredible personal achievements from runners at Blackpool, Manchester and London with PBs tumbling and even the odd runner smashing that magic 3 hour barrier. 

May saw us sending two full strength teams to Sutton Park in Birmingham for the National Masters Relay Championships with some superb performances earning us respectability. Shortly afterwards we were hosting our very own Amberswood Trail 10k. Months of hard work and preparation paid off on a glorious June day as the vent entered its 3rd year. Clubs from across the North West came together with a healthy contingent of unnattached runners to create a cracking atmosphere around our popular off road course. 

The club turned out in force once again at Grasmere in June in what is quickly becoming a traditional day out. We had 10 runners in both the 10k and 15k events who endured scorching temperatures on the day. All our athletes earned the copious liquid refreshments which they enjoyed long into the evening!

A hard core of runners ran for the club throughout the summer series events from Astley Park to Choley to Harrock Hill. The club was well represented in all the highly competitive local series with some healthy rivalries pushing on the performances over the summer.

It was back to Cumbria in June and July with runners taking on the challenging Consiston Mararthon and two of our number taking full advntage of the medical facilities afterwards! Several of our number then took on the gruelling Lakeland 50 ultra marathon with 6 club members crossing the line at the end of an epic day out on the fells. Gary Wane, Tracey Dutton, Andy Kaufman and Graham Millington went on to stretch the endurance theme with further ultra runs later in the year.

As Autumn approached it was time for another crack at the magic 26.2 with Harriers racing at Chester and Abingdon marathons. Pat and Pauline did us proud in Chester whilst a large contingent headed south to break a few ducks, PBs and hearts at Abingdon.

Harriers runners represented the club at a multitude of events throughout the year from blistering 10k road runs, hard core fell races, speedy 5ks, ridiculous mud spattered obstacle races, off road trail runs, short sharp track races and preposterous ultra marathons. Wherever and when ever we competed we wore the vest with pride and represented our club with honour. A huge well done to everyone who pulled on club colours this year and put the name “Wigan Harriers” on the results sheets of races across he country.

The ever increasing numbers turning out to train are a huge encouragement to everyone who worked so hard to get the Endurance Group up and running. If anyone still hasnt completed their membership form and written out that cheque, make sure to add “Harriers Membership” to your late list for Santa and  get your applications in before January!

Happy Christmas Harriers and heres to another year of growth and success in 2014

Christmas Training Sessions

Our normal training times are suspended over the Christmas period with the Tuesday and Thursday sessions both cancelled. However, we have arranged a couple of one off session to satisfy those looking to redress the calorie balance with a run!

We will meet at the DW on Monday 23rd at 6.30pm and again on Monday December 30th same time, same place.

On Christmas day itself we will once again be holding our traditional Christmas morning run through the grounds of Haigh Hall. We meet at 9.30am at he Plantation Gates opposite the Infirmary for a gentle run of around 4 miles to the hall itself and back. Festive attire is preferable for the photo-shoot at the Hall!

Normal service will be resumed from January 7th when we re-start the VO2 max session at the DW from 6.30.

Happy Christmas Harriers!