Wigan Trail 10k Entry Lists

Pre-entry is now closed for the Wigan Trail 10k and its going to be a record year for the event with over 200 runners already confirmed. There will entry available on the day but we recommend turning up early to secure a race place.

The full Wigan-10k-2014-entry list can be downloaded here. If you have submitted a 10k pre-entry and don’t appear on the list please contact us immediately.

Wigan Trail 10k News

shonaWith less than a fortnight left until race day we have already broken all previous attendance records for the Trail 10k, with somewhere in the region of 200 runners expected. It ought to be a superb atmosphere on race day with so many people taking on the challenge. There is still a little bit of time left to  secure your pie and peas before we close pre-entries on the Sunday 25th but be quick! Entry on the day will be available but you will have to buy your own pie and peas, but be warned – this is Wigan and the pies will run out faster than our race leaders!

The bumper numbers this year do present one or two things to consider. All race numbers are to be collected on the day, so with such a big turn out it would be a good idea to turn up a little earlier than you may have planned to get your pre-race preparation complete – including queuing up for that race number!

Registration will open at the club house at 9:30am. The 2.5k fun run sets off at 10:30, with the 10k following at 11am. Do make sure you give yourself plenty of time to park up and get ready before the off. We would recommend at least 45 minutes before race time.

Parking: There is limited parking available at the cub house but that will fill quickly. Once its full we will have a marshal directing people away from the club to park in the surrounding streets. This is a residential area so please be considerate when parking: no blocking peoples drives etc! We do rely on the goodwill of the locals to run this event so we don’t want to inconvenience them more than necessary.

And finally – don’t forget to bring your best smile for our free on-course photographers to capture as you pass!

Haigh Hall 4 miler Report 2014

Over 250 runners from local clubs took on the Haigh Hall 4 miler on Wednesday night with 3 full teams of Harriers representing the club on this fast tour of our Tuesday night training ground. Dave Collins had been banging the drum and applying various bullying tactics to round up a few vests ahead of the race and managed to persuade 9 men and 4 ladies to turn out in the red and back on the night.

As the race began, Graham Millington was still telling anyone who would listen that he had completed the full hill session the night before and was only racing because Dave bullied into it. The downhill start from in front of the main Hall was blisteringly fast with many runners allowing the gradient to take them to inadvisable speeds over the first half mile. Runners then turned sharp left to begin the steady climb over rough trails to the thankfully smoother back road around to the hall and the start of another 2 mile lap.

Andy Kaufman would have preferred the hillier course from last year to suit his strengths on the uphill climbs, but still put in a sterling performance for 5th place overall to get himself amongst the prizes. He was chased home by Dan Gray in 16th place with Steve Nicholls and Chris Burgess completing the Team for  a fantastic 4th place finish on the night for Harriers.

Colin McEvoy was only narrowly edged out of a spot in the first 4 as he came home just 5 seconds behind Chris. Dave Collins worked hard for a 24:58 and to keep his pride intact by finishing just in front of the first Lady V50 in 25:34. That first lady was our very own Jayne Taylor who became the 2nd harrier of the night to collect a prize as she led home the ladies team to 7th overall.

Only 6 seconds separated Graham Millington and Gary Wane in 27 minutes and 27:06 respectively, with Graham still keen to make sure anyone with earshot knew he’d done the hill session the night before and Gary mumbling about his vest having got a bit tighter since the birth of his baby had inhibited his training time. Despite what the results say Graham hasn’t been poached by Phoenix and is still very much a Harrier much to everyones delight.

Caroline Rasburn was second lady Harrier home after perhaps her best run so far for the club. Caroline put in a top class performance to come home in 29:34 and 6th in her category. Tony Foster was next home after a strong run shortly followed by Sarah Morton who spent most of the race pondering the perennial runners dilemma of “just why am I doing this?” Because you love it Sarah! The final Harrier home was Pauline Foster who can be delighted with 37:15 over such a testing course and a good honest run.

As well as couple of prizes and a lot of pride, the final thing Wigan harriers took home with them was a new name for our star runner. Following a transcribing error on the official results Mr Kaufamn will be henceforth know to everyone as Andy “Captain” Kaveman….

Haigh 4 Miler results

The Accidental Harrier….

The Accidental Harrier

For anyone thinking of joining a running club the thing that seems to cause the most worries is “will I be quick enough to keep up” quickly followed by ,”they’ll all be fitter than me”. We aren’t all super fast, born-to-run, hyper competitive athletes at Wigan Harriers. In fact you may struggle to find anyone who fits that description in the Endurance Wing. We are wide mix of runners from vastly experienced to new, fast to slow and everything in between.  Don’t believe us?

Well have a read of Part One of Melanie Wanes story of how and why she ended up a Wigan Harrier: Continue reading

Harriers News Round Up

Its been a quite a while since we managed to round up all of the races our Harriers runners have been involved in. Apologies to those who have been out and about wearing the red and black vest since we last posted an update but there have been far too many events to catch up on over recent months.

Its a little unfair to pick out performances from amongst all the 10k PB, tumbling half marathon times and off road heroics, but one or two runs at the extreme ends of the spectrum do help to illustrate the incredible range of events that our members cover. Continue reading

Free Photos at Wigan Trail 10k

DSCF9760Wigan Harriers are delighted to confirm that we will have photographers out and about on the Wigan Trail 10k course this year, snapping away as our runners go by. We aim to capture an action image of every runner for free download after the race so make sure you have your best poses practised and be ready with a smile!

Entries keep rolling in for what looks set to be a record attendance. The irresistible offer of free pie and peas for all pre-entries may have something to do with it but a bumper turn out will make it another day to remember on the trails of Amberswood. Make sure you don’t miss out on your post race treat by entering on-line via at: http://www.race-results.co.uk   – http://www.ukresults.net – runners world

For postal entries download your form here:  wigantrail10kentry

The closing date for both on-line and postal entries in 25th May so don’t leave it to late to secure your place! Numbers to be collected on the day..




Free Pie and Peas!

With just one month left till the Wigan Trail 10k on June 1st there is still time to claim your free pie and peas by getting your entry in now!

The sunshine is on order and we are all set for another fabulous day around the paths and bridleways of Amberswood Greenheart park. The race is gaining a reputation as a friendly, fun event that is quick enough to offer a bit of competition for the speedier runner, whilst remaining an ideal opportunity for those having a go at their first off road or 10k event.

We may not be able to guarantee the weather but we can pretty certain of a good day out for all with a tasty treat for those canny enough to get their entries in early! download a postal wigantrail10kentry postal application here, or enter on-line at any of the sites below:

http://www.race-results.co.uk   – http://www.ukresults.net/14jun.html#wigan10k – runners world