Astley Park Success for Harriers

This years Astley Park trail race series proved hugely popular with Wigan Harriers with full mens and ladies teams turning out for every one of the 3 races this year. Strength in depth paid dividends as the club grabbed a bagful of prizes after the final race on August 6th.

Both the mens and ladies teams finished the season with outright victory in their respective categories for the first time in the clubs history. The garland of success was gilded with some standout individual performances. For the men, Andy Kaufman finished 4th overall despite the distraction of a heroic attempt at the Lakeland 100 ultra marathon part way through the season. Dave Collins rolled back the years to finish as first V50 in the series.

For the ladies, Jayne Taylor not only topped her age group but also saw off all-comers to finish as top lady overall. A stunning individual achievement that contributed in no small way to the team success. Jayne may have competition for that top age group place in the form of Caroline Rasburn who finished the season in a fantastic 3rd place in the Vets category. Kelly Anne Towns was ready to pounce on any slip up as she finished the series in 4th.

The series saw PB after PB for our runners as each Harrier gave everything they had for the common cause. All who took part can be proud to have worn the red and black vest.

Success breeds success they say and Daniel Gray seemed intent on proving the truth of that homily as he took on the Welcome Tavern 10k on August 10th. Dan put in a tremendous run to win the race in an eye watering 35:40. Congratulations to Dan and all our Harriers winners this month

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