The ever pleasant surroundings of Astley Park were the setting for the first mid-week race of August. This was a Central Lancashire Grand Prix fixture so a bumper crop of runners was guaranteed and so it turned out.
The cool conditions epitomised the type of summer we had experienced, good running weather maybe but not so good for a chilling with a pint afterwards. After a summer of dodging any race with Mike, Dave Collins finally made an appearance at Chorley. There had been a stream of reasonably (just about) legitimate reasons but it was good to see him back, likewise Jayne was running too. Making a debut at Chorley was everyone’s favoutite beard propagator Howard Avery. Making up the posse was Paul Walker making his Harriers debut.
A series of consistent performances at Chorley (V40 2nd, 3rd, 2nd) had left Mike in the pole position as leading V40 for the series so a solid run would see the job done and maybe a prize as just three races counted.
After giving Howard a quick course tutorial it was time to get racing. Howard showed just how far he has progressed this year with a superb 8th place in 26.05, the results rather annoyingly showed him later as unattached (not very useful for team counting). 8th in a Grand Prix is a great effort.
Mike spurred by the thought of both vouchers and Dave beating him, came home 41st in 28:44. Swiftly followed by Dave in 45th with 28:50. Jayne has raced more sparingly this year but has made it count, this night was no exception with a great 29.08, 50th place & 1st L50. Making a great racing debut was Paul Walker in 31:49. Unfortunately Howard’s unattached status was to rob of us of a team result.
So with near certain hope of some prizes, the Harriers gathered in the Baron’s Rest afterwards for a congratulatory pint of Guiness whilst the results were compiled.
I won’t dwell too long on what happened next as a PC crash can happen to anyone. It unfortunately trashed the results making the wait lengthy and the prize giving flawed. Nevertheless Jayne eventually claimed her prize for the race as 1st L50 and Mike after asking got his series prize for 1st V40. Who said old age is bad for you!
Well done to all the runners who represented the club at Chorley this summer, some fantastic performances.