The June Jubilee Race was a Central Lancashire Club Grand Prix event so high numbers were expected…a turn out of 291 which was pretty impressive.
For those unfamiliar with this race it’s a tough challenge around the rolling roads of Rivington. No mountainous climbs but 110 metres of ascent over 5 miles certainly gets the blood pumping and the lungs bursting.
Pleasant conditions of 16 degrees greeted the runners at the start and although the greater numbers caused some congestion at the start it soon thinned out.
Running for the Harriers were Karen Schofield, Warren Moorfield, Daniel Parkinson & Mike Harris. Not enough for a team but nonetheless they were all glad of some company.
After some recent fine performances Warren and Dan were hoping to chase Mike down whilst Karen was hoping to continue her improvement and build on May’s 37:44 run. Mike was hoping for another decent performance to consolidate his 1st V40 in the first race of the series.
It might not have seemed hot beforehand but once into the race it was surprisingly warm. Partway round the second loop the runners encountered a horse that was unfortunately spooked by a group of middle aged men in vests and shorts running the other way. It was a situation that called for the Wigan Harriers own “Horse Whisperer” Crazy Horse Burgess but unfortunately no Chris when you need him most. The horse stoppage probably cost Mike a season’s best but probably better to survive the race in one piece!
First in for the Harriers was Mike in 48th and 31:43, next was Warren in a fine 32:11, 19 secs faster than May. Making an excellent debut was Dan in 33:09 and Karen smashed out another PB taking 28 secs off with 37:16.
Well done to our fantastic four.
Next report has the special race insight of a “front runner”.