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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Rich warming up for his run.

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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.

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