Harrock Hill Race 1 May 2015

The temperatures might not show it but believe it or not we are now at the end of May and that meant it was time for the first of the Harrock Hill series.

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The weather forecast had resolutely stuck with a forecast of heavy rain for proceedings and sure enough it arrived on time at 4pm. This wasn’t enough to deter five brave souls from Wigan Harriers, keen to run around and go mad in the countryside!

Included in the ranks were two Harrock newbies. First up Chris Burton, one of of youngest and newest members. Chris had managed a very successful start to his Harriers running career, managing a speedy 18.54 at Dunham 5k and great runs at Chorley and Haigh earlier in the month. He was about to encounter something very different – a fresh challenge! April Morgan was our other Harrock newbie, having experienced Parbold Hill race, April felt confident she knew what she was letting herself in for!

Mike took responsibilty of showing Chris and April the finish and start positions during a warm up. I’m not sure whether it was pre race nerves but April witnessed the complete Amnesia from Chris within 5 minutes.

This was Mike Harris’s tenth consecutive Harrock Hill Race, the run ins with cattle had yet to put him off. Completing the Harriers line up was Gary “Ultra” Wane and Shona Taylor running on local turf.

For those not familiar with it, Harrock follows footpaths and bridleways over the fields and woods north of Parbold. Often a kind farmer lets his cows stay out late and play with us. Twenty cattle charging towards you often helps improve speed towards the next stile. Talking of stiles, there are plenty of those to get your leg over but much to April’s relief none like the one covered with carpet from the Parbold Hill race.

Not sure what type of inter club competition was going on but it boosted numbers to a very healthy 232, which was very surprising based on the weather. The swollen numbers made the first climb very congested with a few of the front runners very much at an aspirational pace.

Once we were out racing it was surprisingly warm and the course was in decent condition.

Apart from a brief bovine charge most of the high velocity action came from the athletes. All Harriers successfully navigated the course with all limbs intact in some very good times.

25th Mike Harris 38.11 – 25 seconds better than his best from 2014.

33rd Chris Burton 39.01 – A great first Harrock outing.

63rd Gary Wane 41.55 – Nearly two minutes faster than last year.

130th April Morgan 47.55 – Not sure whether April enjoyed it until it was over but the love for it soon flooded back afterwards.

148th Shona Taylor 49.46 – A brilliant two plus minutes better than last year.

A big thank you to the Kaufman and Wane families for their on course support. Three more races to come in the series at a bargain £4 each.

Back we go next week to Astley Park for the Chorley Trail Race series, don’t be shy!

 

Chester Half Marathon by Mark Glynn

Chester ½ Marathon 17th May 2015

I met up with Kelly Anne and Stuart Towns at a car park close to the Race Course in Chester that would host the start of the Chester ½ Marathon. The weather seemed perfect for running, but as we got closer to the start, we noticed that the wind was stronger than we first thought. We weren’t sure whether there were any other runners from Wigan taking part, but spotted Chris “Kentmere Round the day before a ½ marathon” Burgess and Anne Marie Craven just before the start. They both said that they were taking it easy and just out to enjoy it. Whereas the Towns’ and me were definitely on a PB hunt.

The race started and I was quickly into my running. As we set off I spotted another black and red vest in front of me as Andy Ratcliffe started his quest to beat the 78 minute mark. I didn’t even attempt to catch him up and thought that I’d see him after the race. The first mile was up hill and into the wind; a sentence that could be repeated plenty more times in this report. Coming off the back of a PB at the London Marathon, my fitness wasn’t in doubt, but I wasn’t quite sure whether my legs had fully recovered. As the miles ticked over there seemed to be at least 1 hill per mile. They weren’t big hills, but they seemed to go up higher than they ever came down and the wind was in my face all the way. I was struggling to hit my target pace of 6:05, so the thought of a turn round in the road spurred me on. I saw Andy as I was approaching the hairpin and we exchanged waves without too much fuss. He must have been at least a minute ahead of me and seemed to be running well; there was no chance of catching him.

As I turned, I was feeling good and not having the wind in your face was a big relief, although I can’t say that I could feel it on my back. My pace picked up a little and I started to subtract the seconds each mile as I managed to start running ahead of pace. I kept an eye out for Stu and I spotted him at about the same point that I’d seen Andy earlier; he was running well and we managed a few words of encouragement. The route then turned right and what do you know? The wind was in your face again. I was in a better position now though as I wasn’t as isolated and I managed to tuck in behind a small group of runners. The quiet country roads meandered round and slowly went uphill again until we came to a motorway flyover. Whoever though that this was a good idea in a so-called fast, flat course was having a laugh, because the steepness of the bridge had your legs screaming for mercy well before the road flattened out. Over on the other side the same slope down had your quads burning and your toes taking a battering as gravity brought you back down the other side at pace.

The road finally started to head downhill and 8 miles were completed. In my head, I always like to get to the 10-mile mark still feeling ok to be confident of a good race. I was full of energy and my legs were feeling fine. This was not the time to get my first ever stitch in a race. The group that I had been running with started to move away from me as I tried to somehow ease the pain in my side and still keep in touch with them. However, slowing down was the only thing that was helping, so I had to let them go. I don’t know what causes a stitch, but it went almost as quickly as it had arrived and the gap to my running mates wasn’t that big. As we passed 10 miles we turned back on to the road we had ran out on and we were still heading slightly downhill, however the wind seemed to have done a complete 360 and was still in our face, if not quite as strong as earlier. The stitch had completely gone by now, I was running strong and I was trying to calculate if I was going to break the 80 minute target I had set myself. I was just about on track and then I saw something up ahead that caught my attention. I couldn’t quite work out what it was. Was it a bird was it a plane? No, it was a RAT. It was definitely the black and red vest of Andy Ratcliffe. Now Andy isn’t the biggest bloke I know, so I wasn’t quite sure how far away he was (joke), but how ever far it was I was going to try to catch him.

When you get a chase like that, it’s always easier chasing especially if the other person is completely unaware that he is being chased. That said it soon became obvious that Andy was struggling and this spurred me on all the more. With just over a mile to go the road headed uphill again and once again the race organiser’s promise of a pb friendly course seemed a little farfetched, but I was on a mission and I was reeling him in. The race finish was fantastic. The 13-mile marker was the start of the long finishing straight and the crowds were 5 or 6 deep all the way along. There was a race commentator shouting out names as he spotted you and I was just about to complete my mission; Andy was right in front of me. I didn’t have the heart to just run straight past him, although I did think about it, so I gave him a shout. With the noise of the crowd, he didn’t hear me, so I gave him a little pat on the back as I pulled up alongside him. “Dig deep Andy” as I eased past him. He didn’t pay me much attention at first. He looked at me as if to say, “go away” or something much less printable. Finally he realised it was me and he started to sprint. He quickly took the lead as it took me a second to register that he wasn’t completely beaten after all. I hit the gas and I ran flat out hoping that I hadn’t made a mistake in letting him know that I was there. It took me a few yards to get up to full speed, but I was soon running head to head or rather head (Andy’s) to shoulder (mine), (sorry Andy another height related joke) and winning was the only option for both of us.

The commentator noticed that we were teammates in a sprint finish and got the crowd screaming even louder. I was beginning to think he had me, but his pace in the early miles had taken their toll and he had nothing left. It was amazing really how he could even muster a sprint, but he’s a multiple Ironman that doesn’t like to lose and he made me earn the win.

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I’d managed to smash my pb and cross the line in 79:22. It’s a measure of the man (no pun intended this time), that Andy was not only gutted to lose, but was disappointed with his time of 79:25 a time that most would be ecstatic with. Andy was as always very sporting and he congratulated me after the race.

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We stayed at the finish to wait for the others and Stu crossed the line in a new pb of 1 hour 34 minutes, very happy to knock over 4 minutes off his previous best. Kelly Anne finished in 1 hour 43, missing out on a pb by a few seconds even though the conditions were definitely not pb friendly.
Chris Burgess and Anne Marie Craven crossed the line together in 1 hour 54 minutes.

It was a well-organised race and the course obviously suited me, so I’m thinking of going back in October to try the full marathon, if anyone wants to join me. How do you fancy round 2 Andy?

Improvements to Wigan Trail 10k race

We are excited to share that for the 5th year of this popular race organised by Wigan Harriers there will be a number of improvements to help the development of this successful event. This year’s race takes place on Sunday 28th June.

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We have retained everything you told us you liked….good paths, flat terrain, great scenery, enthusiastic marshals, changing facilities… but improved it further.

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The introduction of Pie ‘n’ Peas for pre-entries last year helped swell the field to a record of 237 so we really needed to see how we could cater for the growth of enthusiasm for running in the Wigan area. Don’t worry the changes aren’t affecting the pies, they are still on offer if you enter real fast!!

What we have done is to modify the course slightly so we can accommodate greater runners more easily. The registration is still at Spring View Sports and Community Club and the finish remains there too but we have moved the start just into the Amberswood nature reserve to improve the race. You can get a closer look at the route at the link below but don’t worry it will be well signed and marshaled to guide you smoothly round.

The new 10k course

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The course is measured by our course planner as 10k with only 25 metres of ascent – that’s flat and should give you a chance to fulfill your potential!!

Full race details webpage

Afterwards whilst you are munching your way through a pie in the bar our race statisticians will be rapidly collating the results and calculating which of you have won prizes – don’t forget there are age category prizes so stick around and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Don’t delay, sign up today!

Jubilee bonus time!

The third week of May saw the first of four Jubilee races held by Horwich RMI Harriers in Rivington. Jubilee is a well organised 5 mile race which although road based is generally car free and well marshaled.

It’s a challenging hilly course which the organisers thought would be a good idea to get accurately measured this year. This resulted in the start being moved back to lengthen the course to its true 5 miles. Great we thought more for our money – bargain bonus!

It was a select exclusive band of Harriers who were representing the club on a sunny but cool night, no obvious signs of summer appearing.

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It’s harder than it looks to run downhill fast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New to mid week proceedings was Simon Baines, so the warm up was an opportunity for Simon to suss out where the finish was whilst the rest of us pondered just how far the start had possibly moved back by!

Simon was joined by our recent triathletes Warren and Karen and serial racers Steve and Mike. In fact Steve has been training and racing so much recently that he is in danger of rewriting his reputation!

The rolling hills of Rivvy were their usual punishing self and the individual battles played out, highlighting strengths and weaknesses regarding climbing and descending. The run in to the finish is an excellent flat 200 metres with nowhere to hide!

The extra work from Steve is obviously paying off as first Harrier home was Steve Nicholls 16th place in 31.06. Next was Mike Harris in 31.37, 1st V40 and 23rd place.

There was very little between the Harriers men as Simon Baines came in 27th place, 31.52 and Warren Moorfield 33rd, 32.30. This meant we were 3rd placed Men’s team, an excellent result.

Karen Schofield finished in 37.44 in 82nd, Karen ran the shorter version of this course last August in 40.22 so it was a sign of her recent improvement that she wiped so much time off her PB, well done!

Not expecting any prizes Mike set off for home only to discover later that he managed his first Vet prize – hurrah! Thankfully the nice guys from Horwich keep the prizes safe for the next month.

Talking of next month it’s the Grand Prix version so expect a bigger field so turn up a little earlier for parking/entry.

Next week the fun moves onto Harrock Hill, based at the Farmer’s Arms. Come on everyone lets see whether we can manage a big Harriers entry!!

 

Wigan Harriers Marathon Blitz!

With May drawing to a close it’s time to take stock of how the Club has fared in the spring marathons. An incredible 23 runners competed in four different events – Paris, Manchester, Blackpool and of course London.

PB’s were blown to smithereens, 3 hour barriers broken, Good for age & Championship qualifications for London were all just part of the story.

 

Paris

First up was our solo warrior Paul Platt who flew with the family to Paris for the first marathon. Read Paul’s fantastic report here….Paul Platt

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Although not what he wanted Paul stuck with it and ground out a great 3:24, his first Marathon in a Harriers vest.

 

Manchester

Next up were an incredible 11 runners at Manchester with magnificent entourage of supporters!

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The ladies….

03:10:35 Jayne Taylor V50
03:15:33 April Morgan V45
03:44:00 Annemarie Craven V40

The men….

02:57:06 Howard John Morton Avery
02:58:41 Tony Morgan V45
03:03:18 David Collins V50
03:11:22 Tim Pilkington V40
03:14:45 Mike Harris V40
03:35:27 Stuart Hamilton
03:35:47 Chris Green
04:47:48 Stuart Gibson

I’ve added links below to the brilliant write ups some of the runners compiled.

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Mike Harris & Dave Collins

Howard Avery led the team home with a superlative 2:57:06, not bad considered he was pointing the wrong way at the start. He was chased home by Tony Morgan in an excellent 2:58:41.

There were sparkling PB’s for Howard, Mike Harris, Stuart Hamilton, Chris Green & Stuart Gibson. Tim managed a lie down in his race but still managed to get up again and run home in 3.11 – fantastic!

Tony Morgan, Dave Collins, Tim Pilkington & Mike Harris from the Men all achieved GFA for London if they want it. Whilst with the women both April Morgan & Annemarie Craven managed superb GFA ‘s and Jayne Taylor managed an amazing Championship qualifying 3:10:35. Time will tell whether everyone who qualified for London chooses to take up the option.

 

Blackpool

Whilst his colleagues were in London, Andy crept off to breezy Blackpool and attempted to blast his way into the prizes. Unfortunately some poor marshaling and strong winds scuppered Andy’s chances but he still walked away with an impressive 3:11 & GFA.

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03:11:19 Andy Ratcliffe V45

 

London

Finally watched by many on the television and an impressive number out on the course, ten runners took on the challenge of the London Marathon.

The ladies…

03:14:00 Julie Platt V40
03:41:46 Nina Fisher V35

The men…

02:57:30 Mark Glynn V45
03:02:03 Chris Smullen V40
03:04:25 Chris Burgess
03:08:55 Barry Abram V50
03:17:21 Paul Bryers V35
03:36:22 Colin McEvoy V35
03:41:44 Jonathan Blackburn
04:06:26 Tony Foster V50

The reports….

Nina Fisher

Mark Glynn

Chris Burgess

Chris Smullen

Paul Bryers

All 10 runners acquitted themselves brilliantly. There were a healthy 5 PB’s for the men with a further PB for Nina. Julie Platt managed to achieve a superb championship entry time of 3.14. Nina, Mark, Chris S, Chris B & Barry all achieved GFA. Storming his way up the club records was Mark Glynn, now holding sub three hour marathon times in both the V40 & V45 categories.

It certainly looks likely that 2016 will see another bumper entry into both Manchester & London Marathons. They are both excellent events so whichever you are in you won’t be short of Harriers for company!

A few of my favourite marathon season pictures…

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So how does this leaves the club records for this year..

Club records 2015

 

And very importantly the all time records!

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Harriers take on the Masters Relays

A healthy number of the more senior members of Wigan Harriers (but very young looking!) signed up to run the British Masters Road Relays in Sutton Park Birmingham. We were able to field five teams in an event that attracts high calibre senior runners from all over the country, with first time appearances for a number of Harriers.

Sutton Park was the splendid setting for proceedings, a fantastic area of miles of woodland, grassland, lakes and trails all generally car free. Although the forecast was for a cool cloudy day, Sutton Coldfield delivered a pleasantly warm sunny day for the third year running.

The course is a single three mile loop over undulating roads with the majority of the climbing done in the first half mile. A brisk wind added to the challenge with the men adamant that this strengthened through the day!

The ladies teams had the honour of running first with their events starting at 10.30am with our Mens teams taking centre stage at 2pm.

Many of the club have recently done an endurance distance relay and some will have experienced two of the extremes of this type of racing – multiple overtaking or running in complete solitude! Usually the latter is as the event unfolds and it becomes a time trial battle. The multiple overtaking can come from faster runners starting after you, very disconcerning and mentally challenging when you are running flat out and people are flying past you!

We had two ladies teams in the over 35 category, 4 runners in each team and a team of three in the over 45 category.

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L35 Team A 12th from 35 teams

1. Jayne Taylor 19.35

2. Julie Platt 20.17

3. Nina Fisher 20.48

4. April Morgan 20.59

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L35 Team B 25th from 35 teams

1. Lindsay Freeman 24.00

2. Joanne Fairhurst 26.17

3. Jacqueline Jones 22.13

4. Shona Taylor 22.26

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L45 22nd from 24 teams

1. Pauline Foster 27.23

2. Pauline Taylor 29.04

3. Pat Cole 27.35

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After a coffee shop stop the ladies were back to support the men.

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M35 32nd from 50 teams

1. Gary Fitzpatrick 16.16

2. Mike Harris 18.27

3. Paul Mason 18.42

4. Neil Prescott 19.05

5. Richard Noone 19.50

6. Colin McEvoy 19.35

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The ladies out supporting the men.

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M45 38th from 43 teams

1. David Banks 19.45

2. David Waddington 20.25

3. Tony Foster 21.31

4.David Collins 19.15

Tony really needs to change his name to David!

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As ever another excellent day out for Wigan Harriers. Well done to everyone for some fantastic committed performances.

Haigh Hall 4

The second week of the traditional summertime mid-week racing saw the action move to the familiar surroundings of Haigh Hall. The Haigh Hall 4 was being run for the second time in it’s current format by Wigan Phoenix. It was also a Central Lancashire Grand Prix fixture so a combination of that and the sunny skies were likely to lead to a massive field.

Wigan Harriers were out in force – a very healthy 16 runners making the start line, (although it proved to be impossible to capture everyone in a photo). Unfortunately some of these runners were not quite so healthy by the end of proceedings!

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The 4 mile course starts right in front of the Hall, follows the main path downhill and then after 1/2 mile takes the track that is a sharp left. It then follows this up to the gates by the road, this is then followed round to the main entrance to the Park. Then a final run down Harriers training hill back to the start. That’s one lap, you do two with the finish about 100 metres away from the Hall’s front door. A nice level sprint (or maybe not) to the finish.

 

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With 16 runners taking part, I can only pick out the edited high/low lights.

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Tony Morgan was the first to suffer a problem, pulling up at the bottom of the hill with an ankle problem, hopefully it won’t be serious and Tony will be back in action soon. Chris Burgess fresh from his London Marathon experience went off well but stumbled on the rocky track on the second lap, hitting the ground. Fellow runners shot past him whilst checking that he was still breathing, thankfully Chris was able to finish out the race.

Caroline Rasburn raced again with a knee op looming, nothing like making sure you get your money’s worth out of those joints before they are fettled!

At the sharp end of things Andy Kaufman had no challenge from fellow Harriers and was a comfortable first finisher in 22.49. I have seen Andy after many races where he is already changed, sweat free and a cuppa in hand before most of his fellow club mates are finished. Last night there was a flushed face and sore calves, plenty of evidence of it being a hard race and of the Kaveman being human!

An usually familar face at training recently has been our tree swinging Steve Nicholls. Steve was disappointed with his run last week but right from the off he shot off like a scolded cat, racing home in 24.25.

Well done to Jayne Taylor in her first race back after marathon madness. Jayne was home in 25.50 and collected a £20 Endurance Store voucher for first L50, great stuff! Jayne managed to find some spare energy to spend a few minutes helping marshals with guiding runners down the funnel when the queue of runners was backing up.

13    Andrew Kaufman                    22:49

37    Stephen Nicholls                    24:25

45    Chris Burton                           24:38

49    Mike Harris          V40   9       24:55

69    Jayne Taylor         L50   1      25:50

81    Chris Burgess                        26:18

93    Gary Wane                             26:46

100   David Banks          V55   4     27:00

133   April Morgan         L45   3       28:14

160   T Foster             V50  20        29:10

172   Caroline Rasburn     L50   4   29:39

181   Annemarie Craven   L40   5   30:03

270   Pauline Foster       L50  11    37:01

277   Pauline Taylor       L55   4     39:10

278   Pat Cole             L55   5       39:10

Well done to the 16 Harriers who raced and contributed to another fantastic showing for the club in our backyard. The Mens team were 6th and the Ladies 5th so a respectable showing for all. A big thank you to the Harriers supporters who cheered on fantastically. Well done to the organisers and marshals who coped very well with the large turnout.

 

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The mid week bandwagon rumbles into Rivington next week at 7.30pm for the Jubilee 5 Miler run by Horwich RMI. A two lap undulating road course, another chance for the Harriers to shine?

 

Endurance Group Membership

Hello everyone,

Firstly many thanks to all of you who are regularly training with such great enthusiasm and ensuring that the sessions are done in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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It is also great to see so many of you out there racing in the club colours and smashing your pbs.

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From a fairly small start, less than 4 years ago, we have now grown from 15 members to over 80. It would be brilliant if we could hit the century this year.

If you haven’t yet joined, then don’t be shy. There are no minimum standards – everyone is welcome, irrespective of ability.

I’ve attached a membership form in case you can’t lay your hands on one!

Cost is a bargain £37 a year, which includes an England Athletics registration fee of £12. This entitles you to discount at any affiliated race.

All our sessions are free, but we do incur expenses, and without the membership fees we wouldn’t have a club.

As many of you have done, please continue to bring along friends, work colleagues and family.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about membership then just ask me or one of the coaches.

A final thanks for your support of the club and your fellow runners. The atmosphere at the moment is fantastic. And remember, it is YOUR club.

Dave

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Welcome Tavern 5k by Shona Taylor

The (un)Welcome(ing) 5k

Tuesday 28th saw the first of the Welcome 5k series. I turned up in the usual place but its now “the Hunters”, three cars in the car park and a distinct lack of runners. “Hmm, I know I’m old and senile but I think its the right night…” Got out and a Wesham guy appeared who said “oh its been changed. Now its been done up they don’t want sweaty runners in anymore. You have to go back to the main road, over the roundabout turn right and follow the lane down to the end to the Vernon social club.” The right turn was down the descent to the first mile point of the old route. “Not sure its drivable – I’ll run.” Down to the end – which was quite a way. River. Pedestrian bridge ahead, footpath to the right, no sign of a social club. Hm. Ran along to left left and met a dog walker who directed me “along here, turn right and you’ll see the cricket pitch…” Think I took the wrong right. Hacked up onto the old railway line and in the distance, hurray, a cricket club. Finally arrived at the sign in after about a two and a half mile warm up, signed in, met Caroline and off to the start just in time… Where we waited for about half an hour for all the other lost bods to be rounded up. For future races the details are

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The route now starts most of the way down the hill (~2/3 of a mile along the old route?), follows the usual route up the embankment onto the old railway line and round onto the old tram way as before. Now you miss out the loop through the housing estate but carry on back down past the start, veer left towards the railway line but this time you run under it to the finish. The day was cool and breezy but the only place you really caught the wind was that flat stretch from the tramway towards the railway line which was OK the first time round but harder work pushing for the finish. I used Caroline as a pacer from the start keeping just a few yards behind her to begin with. “Oh she’ll tire”, I thought / wished, “I’ll get her later”. The gap got bigger as time went on but I held on as best I could. She got within 13 seconds of her pb despite being in the running for a knee op – I trashed mine with 22:59 – 45 seconds better – thanks Caroline! For me the new course was faster – you get the hill over with earlier and having a down hill on the third mile when you’re tiring is just fine in my book.

See you there next month – if we can find it…

 

Great Manchester 10k by Pat Cole and Pauline Taylor

This year we decided to run the Manchester 10k to raise money for Ormskirk Hospital Neonatal Unit where our little Granddaughter Amelie was born on 5th November 2014 over 10 weeks prematurely weighing a tiny 2lbs 7 ozs. She was transferred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital and finally back to Ormskirk. We lost her twice and she endured several blood transfusions a lumbar puncture and numerous other tests etc. The care she received from Ormskirk was brilliant. We are extremely grateful to them and very lucky to have her!!

My husband Alan, Pat and myself set off to Manchester on the train from Appley Bridge. All the way there Pat and I were telling ourself we were just going on one of our long runs to Carr Mill and that we had to take it steady as we have a terrible habit of going off too fast and blowing it! We didn’t want to arrive too early and be waiting around as we just end up queuing up for the loo more and more times. Well that’s me, not Pat. She has an acute phobia of Portaloos after a very unpleasant experience at a marathon – not something that she would ever like to repeat. I also hasten to add she is like a Camel and manages to store water very well!

We queued for the loos inside at Grand Central and then set off to find the orange wave baggage bus. We then made our way to the orange zone for the warm up only to find ourselves in the middle of a huge crowd of runners all wearing white race numbers. Panic set in as we realised we were in the wrong zone which was only due to start 25 mins after our orange wave. We spied two young men wearing orange numbers who also realised they were in the wrong place so we followed them as they dismantled the fence and pushed through.

We managed to rush to the Orange zone dodging spectators and pedestrians and finally got through another metal rail and into the back of the orange zone, literally as it was starting. Before we knew it we were off. Straight away in typical style, panic set in with the traumatic start and we ran the first kilometre in 5 mins 49 secs. We called to each other to slow it down (and yes I know most of you are probably thinking we couldn’t actually go much slower, but it is fast for us!!). We managed to maintain a reasonably steady pace and I couldn’t believe it as we hit each kilometre marker just over the 6 min kilometre times up to 54 mins 47 secs at 9K. We were hoping that by not going off as quickly as we usually do that we would have something in the bag to push on at the end instead of ending up walking. We pushed on over the last kilometre completing it in 5 mins 57 secs to finish the run in 1hour 44 seconds just outside the under 1 hour we really wanted. Although this was slightly disappointing we actually did a much better controlled run and actually did PB’s for this course taking 1 min 25 seconds off last years time, so not too bad really. My husband Alan did a respectable time of 55 mins 25 secs without any training and I’m still trying to persuade him to come to club nights!

Thanks to some familiar faces that were there to cheer us and help us along!!

Pauline & Pat.

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