Sefton Park Cross Country

This Saturday sees arguably the biggest cross country fixture of the season as the British Athletics Cross Challenge visits Sefton Park in Liverpool. Some of the leading names in Cross Country will be battling it out with qualification for the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria up for grabs. Andy Vernon , 10,000 metre silver medallist at the European Championships behind Mo Farah, starts as favourite after winning here last year and going on to grab Bronze in the final in Belgrade. In the Womens race is a Bronze medallist from the European final in the form of Gemma Steel.

For Harriers, the event also acts as round 3 in the Mid Lancs series and competition will be no less fierce amongst local clubs chasing championship points at this flagship event. We are expecting a full turn out from all our teams from the Juniors through to the Seniors to build on our great start to the 2014/15 campaign. If you are unsure if you have a number or an entry sorted and want to run speak to Jacqui Jones on Thursday evening. Spare vests are available!

The Senior Womens race stars at 1:20pm with the massed start of the mens race going off at 2pm. This is a not to be missed event for runners of all abilities.!

Take a quick look at the video below for a taste of whats to come!

Presentation Evening

This year’s Wigan Harriers Annual Awards night is at the Robin Park Arena (across from the track) this Friday at 28/11/14 at 7:30PM. It’s £3 (or £10 for families) buffet included. The night will mainly be taken up by well earned awards to the various age group young athletes, but also included will be the Harriers Endurance Group Awards for 2014. It will be great if we can have a good representation there showing our support to Wigan Harriers.
The winners of the Endurance Group Awards are judged based on representing the club over the year and their achievements against personal goals not necessarily overall time and race performances.
This year’s Endurance Group Awards are:
Female Athlete of the year: Jayne Taylor
Jayne has had a great year, getting very close to her best times and almost without exception is the first in her age category, and more often than not the first lady. She has raced for the Harriers at least 30 times this year, competing in several team events for road relays and cross country and virtually every distance from 5k to an excellent Marathon at Snowdonia. This of course coupled with her heavy involvement of actually coaching the Endurance Group.
Male Athlete of the Year: Gary Fitzpatrick
Gary has made great improvements again this year and is one of the top runners in the Endurance Group. He has also represented the club in several team events and has achieved PB’s in 5k, 10k, 10 miles and Half Marathon. Another prolific racer he has represented the club well over 20 times this year.
Run of the Year Half Marathon and above: Jayne Taylor (Snowdonia Marathon 3 hours 22 min & 7 sec)
Snowdonia Marathon is rightly considered one of the toughest marathons in the UK, to run 3:22 is a fantastic achievement and compares well with Jayne’s best marathon time of 3:10. Jayne was actually 6th of 412 woman.
Run of the Year up to Half Marathon distance: Mark Glynn (St Helens 10k – 35:48)
A 10k PB for Mark and 9th in his local race, plus coming in a year where he actually prioritised his Ironman Triathlon Training.
Most Improved Athlete of the Year: Pauline Foster
Pauline joined Wigan Harriers last year, with her set goal to get under 1 hour for 10k. She committed to that goal by attending training wherever possible, training with regular partners “Pat and Pauline”, (the other Pauline), she smashed her goal PB with 56:23 at Wigan 10k and goes from strength to strength, also tackling the cross country season.

Well done all

Ribble Valley 10k – Harriers Day Out!

Just in time to re-focus on running after the over-indulgence of Christmas is the Ribble Valley 10k shceduled for Sunday 28th December 2014. The race has caught the eye of a few Harriers with around 15 club members already signed up to run so far. Given popularity of the race amongst the Endurance Wing, we have decided to declare it a Wigan Harriers Big Day Out and target the event for a grand turn out of red and black vests.

The race starts at 10:30am in Clitheroe so its just a short journey up the M65 to blow away those post Christmas cobwebs and get us back in the mood for running! It should make a nice change from slogging around muddy cross country courses to get a few miles covered on nice clean and flat tarmac! It is also an ideal course for anyone looking to finish the year with one last go at their 10k PB.

There is some talk of re-grouping back in Wigan after the event to squeeze the last drops of festive spirirt out of a hostelry or two but this is far from compulsory! Once we have an idea who has entered we can sort out a convoy of car sharing vehicels to take us all there and back again. We are hpoing as many Endurance runners as possible will take part so that we have the company of fellow Harriers throughout the field.

Full details and on-line race registration is avilable here:
Get yor entries in soon though as this race does sell out.

Harriers Membership

Although the membership year doesn’t finish till the end of December, renewal membership and new applications are now being accepted. Membership entitles runners to a discount at most race events in the UK, along with discounted entry to the Robin Park track, 10% off at Sweatshop, free entry to selected club events and a host of other benefits.

For new members we also have a bargain 14 months for the price of 12 meaning you can join now and get till the end of the year free!

The membership fee includes £12 towards your affiliation to England Athletics for which you will eventually receive your official competition license. Total amount payable is £37 although the EA license wont begin until January unfortunately.

You my notice that membership form includes the agreement that all members will represent the club is selected and anyone missing a few weeks training will have membership terminated. This shouldn’t cause any concern! We may exert plenty of persuasion to get you out racing in the club vest but it certainly isn’t mandatory, and no-one is penalised for missing training apart from some general teasing!

New Members download a form from here: NEW-Membership-Form-2015

Renewal membership available here: Existing-members-form-2015

Return your completed forms with cheques to either Dave Collins on a training night or hand them in at the office.



Through the Villages Race

Shared by Dan Atkinson

It was a fresh Sunday morning in the sleepy village of Wheelton. Although Mark and a few others from the club had pre-warned me that the Through the Villages was a tough undulating course, I felt prepared and excited for the test that lay ahead.

We made our way to registration in the village hall to collect our numbers and to assess the competition. We spotted the prize list on the wall and Mark joked about what he would spend his voucher when he won, I say he joked, I think he had a pretty good feeling about the race. I mentioned that there must be another prize list somewhere as I couldn’t see a prize for 186th. Continue reading

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

I’m not sure exactly when the idea of doing the Snowdonia marathon nudged its way into my sub-conscious, writes Dave Collins. I have vague memories of someone running it when I first joined Phoenix, but it seemed to be whispered in hushed tones for fear of being found doing something different. The seed of an idea lay dormant for several years as I chased pb’s on fast flat courses, but with age proving to be a major factor in improving further, the notion started to germinate. A chat with Chris Wilson over too many drinks at the back end of last year, made us both realise that this was something that we needed to do. Entries went live on 1st January 2014, and within a few days we had both independently entered. For good measure, I “persuaded” Jayne to sign up, whilst Chris Burgess and Colin McEvoy also took the bait. For the record, Chris W didn’t make the start line, having been saved by an invitation to a wedding on the day of the race! Continue reading

A dazzling summer showing by Wigan Harriers

Stupendous Summer Race Results!

Cross Country season 2013-14 was an excellent one for Wigan Harriers so it would be interesting to see how the improvement in both strength and numbers would translate into the Summer Series of races.

When May arrives there is usually a mid-week race somewhere in the North West, giving Athletes a chance to sharpen their racing skills and go up against competitive club runners. Continue reading