The first of the midweek Summer races takes place on May 7th with the Astley Park Trail Races 2014. We are encouraging as many Harriers as possible to take part. All the details you need below:
Dates: First Wednesday evening of the month for – 7th May 2nd July and 6th August all starting at 7.30pm.
Further details: www.ukresults.net/forms/140806astleysen.pdf
Distance/Ascent: 4.6 miles 60 metres
Terrain: Park paths and trails – wooded sections can sometimes be slightly muddy – Road or Trail shoe
What you need to know: Good race for all abilities. Two lap course but three times up the hill including the finish in front of Astley Hall. Excellent venue for spectators as plenty of opportunities to watch. Junior race held earlier in the evening. Results and prizes are given out in the pub afterwards.
It was that that time of year again, whereby I travel down to the capital with my immediate family. I went to Wigan train station on Saturday morning with my 7 month pregnant wife and 2 kids. When we got there we were met with a sea (well river) of Wigan fans going to the semi-final v Arsenal. It was a really good atmosphere. We get to our reserved seats whereby I managed to get a table for the 4 of us so it was a nice comfortable journey. When we got to Euston I managed to bump into the Harriers quartet of Jayne, Jacqui, Julie & Darren. Continue reading
The London Marathon is addictive. It eats me up and spits me out every year and I always say never again at the finish………but just days later, I find myself planning for the next one. It was a beautiful sunny day in the capital that marked the 2014 event and my 5th London Marathon in a row.
This year I started on the blue start away from the masses on the red start, but also away from Neil Prescott who had been my training partner throughout the tough winter – today I would have to go solo. I was in pen no.2, which was set up just around the corner from where Mo Farah was limbering up. Just 5 minutes before the start, a temporary tape barrier was lifted and we shuffled in behind the elite men including Mo. I was standing on the start line just 30 yards behind a World & Olympic champion……….surely I was in the wrong place! Continue reading
The trip to the big City commenced early Friday morning. The better half and I were met at Wigan train station by Julie Platt, her better half and Bobby and Andy who were joining us a) to support and b) to celebrate or commiserate Bobby’s last weekend of FREEDOM. To say the journey to London was an experience is an understatement. Two carriages had been taken off, thus the train was packed! Thank goodness we’d got 1st Class (well Julie, Dave, Andrew & I) the other two were with the commoners, and Dave had been separated from us. Continue reading
Punks , Blisters and Naked Twister:
It was an early start in the RunningFolk house: managing to crawl out of bed at six and finish a pre Marathon breakfast for the first time ever was an achievement in itself and I started to wonder whether I had peaked a bit early (a condition that many males suffer from).
My first marathon was in Edinburgh 2010 in temperatures nudging 30 degrees and melting tarmac. I followed that with an appearance at the legendary storm lashed hurricane that was Manchester 2012, before heading off road for a run around the mountains of Coniston in skin crisping sunshine last year. Consequently I wasn’t at all surprised that in the days leading up to Manchester 2014, a large portion of the Sahara desert paid us a visit to add a bit of exotic pollution to the smog laden skies of the North West. Continue reading