June saw a number of Wigan Harriers having a little dabble in local 10k road races. The area north of Preston is home to a number of different road races. June saw the first running of the Catforth 10k on a new course and the first in the regular series of Pilling 10k’s.
First up was the Catforth 10k on the 14th June. Representing the club were Gary Fitzpatrick and Mike Harris, both keen to chip a little off their PB’s after some decent early season form. Convinced it was a two lap course our chaps used their early arrival to recce a lap. It didn’t help too much as it was a longer one lap course. What it did illustrate was that although the course wasn’t hilly, a combination of a brisk wind and some undulations meant it wasn’t going to be easy.
An annoucement on the start line that entry included breakfast in the cafe afterwards was greeted with a warm cheer. Under threatening skies they were off on time. Gary established himself amongst the top 4 and Mike tried to settle himself a little further back.
Despite the tricky conditions and a slightly long course Gary still managed an excellent third place and knocked a second off his PB with a brilliant 34.24. A fantastic run so early in the season.
Fading towards the end Mike fell short of his PB coming home in 39.30 in 11th place and 2nd V40.
After a breakfast bap and coffee, the prizes were dished out. With non drinking Gary being particularly thrilled with winning a bottle of wine.
A week later was the first Pilling 10k of the year. Representing Harriers was Shona Taylor, Mark Glynn and Mel Wane. Pilling although a little further north is by all accounts a decent 10k course. Our runners didn’t let damp conditions hold them back.
Storming home in 3rd place and 1st V45 was Mark in 36.22.
There was more success to come for the mighty Harriers with Shona managing a great 49.28 and fantastic 1st L50.
Not one to be outdone Mel only went and smashed her PB, getting under the 60 minute barrier for the first time with an excellent 59.38.
Well done to all five, please make sure you pass on any photos, times or reports so we can keep everyone updated with your successes. With membership numbers approaching 100, it’s an excellent way for everyone to keep up to date with how their club mates are doing.