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.
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!!