All aboard for Mid Lancs Cross Country please!

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We are now four fixtures into another exciting Mid Lancs Cross Country season. With just two fixtures to go the future league status of both the Men’s and Women’s teams are undecided. A great turnout at the last two fixtures together with the usual impressive performances from Harriers athletes will see us home.

The best four results count to formulate the final league position so it’s important the Men finish off well at Blackpool and Lancaster.


The V40 Men’s team is in an interesting position. Thanks to some brilliant performances they really do have an excellent chance of First or Second place. A strong showing in Blackpool will put them in a great place for the Lancaster finale.



















The Ladies team position is very similar to the Men’s – all hands to the pump to secure a great finish to the season.


The last two fixtures for your diaries!!

14th February 2015 Lawsons Ground, Blackpool

7th March 2014 Rylands Park, Lancaster

First timer? No need to be scared just ask one of the coaches what it’s all about it. There’s a great atmosphere, it’s a good laugh and all part of being in a great running club. Car sharing adds to the banter!



Burnley XC

Thought your Cross Country run was tough? How about this mini report from Shona:

The course was nearly flat – just one drag up from the start but it was into a serious head wind straight off the arctic – with soggy grass and a bit of mud thrown in. My daughter Em ran a stormer in the under 11 girls with her best place to date and I was pretty pleased with my race too (considering the lack of training due to on-going knee niggles, Christmas etc) as I very nearly made my target of getting into the front half of the field.

In an attempt to get warm I queued up for a coffee then heard that someone was down – possibly having a heart attack. I went over and tried to help keep her warm for the eternity of the half hour or so it took for the ambulance to arrive. Mercifully by then she was breathing steadily and was conscious and no longer needing me to keep smacking her leg to keep her awake. Bit scary but the amazing thing was how quickly folk had come up and said they were a nurse, a doctor, “I’m trained to use a defibrillator – does anyone know where there is one on site?”, “we’ve got a doctor running in our men’s team – do you want me to pull him out of the race?” and so on. Then a lady who, like me, was capable of no more than physical / moral support came over in quite a state because she’d finished with the Hyndburn lady at the back of the field, given her a hug and then gone back to her club tent not realising she’d collapsed as she walked away. Just goes to show how runners pull together to support each other.

Northern Athletics Road Relays

The Northern Road Relays will be taking place at Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday 28th March. We are hoping to enter both mens and ladies teams for the event.

The ladies relay is 2 long legs and 4 shorter ones of about 5k.

The mens relay is made up of 4 long legs (about 8k to 9k) and 8 short legs (about 5k), alternating between long and short. Continue reading

Mid Winter Road Racing

December and January has seen super numbers of Harriers flinging off the winter layers (most of them) and donning their club vests.

Guys 10 mile

Guys 10 mile road race is a long standing event staged on the quiet country roads around the Lancashire town of Bilsborrow. Unfortunately the weather forecasters were correct and the runners were greeted by 30 mph winds which promised to make fast running very tough. Continue reading

Mid Lancs Cross Country Towneley Park

After a short mid season break from the rigours of Cross Country, Wigan Harriers were back in action – Mid Lancs League at Towneley Park.

Towneley Park is a regular on the circuit but not one I had raced before so I asked a few people what it was like, their non descriptive answers really were quite revealing, for there isn’t really anything too memorable! I don’t mean this is a negative way it’s just as Andy Kaufman described it “a traditional cross country course” Continue reading

Wigan Harriers Marathon Group

The Harriers Marathon training group are now in week 3 of their Sunday long run from the DW. We meet at 8am in the usual spot and head off up the canals of Wigan to get those all important marathon miles in.

We stick to an out and back route up to Top Lock and then out towards Adlington to ensure runners at all stages of their marathon plan, (or paces), can fit in somewhere. This Sunday we had runners covering 14 to 18 miles at paces varying from 7:30 to 9 minute mile pace.

Sunday 18.01.2015 – 14 to 18 mile groups:

Sunday 04.01.15 – 14 mile run

Mid Lancs Cross Country…the story so far!

Too much training and a plethora of festive activity has meant we haven’t reported the club’s recent performances in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. We have now reached the half way point so it’s a good time to catch up before battle recommences this Saturday in Burnley at Towneley Park. Continue reading

And we’re off!

Its time to put down the mince pies, pour the last of that egg nog down the drain and step away from the Quality Street. If you have managed to add a bit of ballast during the Christmas lay off there is only one way to get back to that pre-festivity aerodynamic shape: some tough training Harriers style.

The regular sessions begin again this Tuesday with a return to the DW at 6.30 pm for a bit of speed, (or a quick waddle for those of us who overdosed on Baileys and Gateaux). We will meet as usual in the corner of the Robin Park car park over near the football ground for a couple of laps of gentle jogging to break us in before re-grouping at the stadium for some dynamic warm ups. If you are late, just wait at the DW.

Thursday also sees us back at the DW for the tempo based efforts. On Saturday we return to the Cross Country campaign with a visit to Townley Park in Burnley for anyone who fancies torching some of those festive calories with a good romp through the mud!

Any new members thinking of joining us for the first time in the New Year don’t be shy – come on down on Tuesday or Thursday to introduce yourself. Its an ideal time to join us as we all fight our way back to fitness. You will have plenty of company whatever you goals this coming year.

Membership is also up for renewal for existing members – more details on that here: Membership Renewal