Pilling 10k PB’s

The last of this years Pilling 10K was on the 17th Oct and I had decided to do it along with my wife Lisa and her friend Tanya, writes Paul Bryers. I had mentioned it to Barry a few week ago and on the Saturday morning we where heading north, passing Dave Collins on his morning sprint up Aspull.

Barry was in the middle of his marathon training so for our warm up it was a easy 3 miles. As we were chatting he said he was going to run it easy as he had had a big week and had already ran 70 mile.

As the race started I raced off not giving a thought to Baz as I wanted to get under 40 mins. After about 2 mile you do a U turn and head back passing all the other runnings. I was looking for Baz but he was nowhere to be seen.

Then as I slowed down I heard a voice as he passed me, “ come on Paul tuck in behind me” It was the machine who had been sat on my shoulder for the first few miles.

We where in a group of 4 by this point and continued to work together, pulling each other on taking it in turns to lead the group.

As we came around the final corner 40 mins had just gone but both of us got PB’s and really enjoyed the race.

Sorry Lisa and Tanja PB’d as well !!

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Prizes Prizes Prizes

The final summer mid week race is usually a sign of summer coming to an end. It seemed like summer never really got going this year and the end of August was really a precursor to a prolonged spell of settled weather.

The Harrock series had not been so well attended this summer, some of the 2014 Harriers entrants had suffered injuries or other commitments. Wigan had seen less boxes of fruit and veg heading it’s way and this was the last chance to correct this. On the morning of the race Mike’s Dad was rushed to hospital critically ill and this turn of events scuppered his chances of a 13th consecutive Harrock appearance.

It was left to a very select band of Harriers to maintain the excellent record of the club in this race.

Dave was running his 3rd race of the series so a good run would potentially give him a chance of a series prize. Other regular attendees Danielle and Shona had also given themselves a chance at series prizes with some great summer performances. Jayne hadn’t run so many so would have to be content with a shot at the race fruit & veg.

All the Harriers survived which was great news that the “Harrock Cows” bid for local domination had been scuppered for another year.

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Dave Collins 39:02 1st M50

Jayne Taylor 41:19 1st L50

Danielle Brearton 43:28

Shona Taylor 51:20

I’m not sure the boxes ever looked quite this good….

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After completion of the race prizes it was time for the series awards, vouchers from The Endurance Store were the lovely reward!

Expectations were low….

2nd M50 Dave Collins

2nd M40 Mike Harris

1st L50 Shona Taylor

3rd Lady Danielle Brearton

…but much to Dave’s surprise he picked up M50 prize and also a M40 prize for Mike in his absence, a great consolation prize for Mike considering his day. The ladies were also scooping the prizes – Shona and Danielle having an excellent series.

Mike had a decent summer gathering vouchers from every local race series held over the summer (Jayne Taylor style). Here’s what he spent those hard earned vouchers on.

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Thanks to the Endurance Store for their sponsorship of the summer races.

 

2015 Men’s Stats now updated!!

These are now updated to the 19th October for the men.

There have been some great performances over the last few months. All those who have raced should fell very proud of what they have achieved. The growth and development of the club and it’s members is quite phenomenal.

I’m not going to single any particular performances out at this time but enjoy perusing the sheer number of great times achieved so far this year by the men. I’ll add the Women’s update in a few days.

If you have a performance missing and you were a registered Harrier then please forward on the details.

https://wiganharriersendurance.wordpress.com/records/club-records-2015/

Well done Harrier men!

Wigan Marathon – Pies the Limit

Yes, you’re not imagining it. Wigan will host its very own marathon on Sunday 24th January 2016, and everyone is invited to help out or take part.

Earlier in the year, we were approached by Ben Smith to ask if we could come up with a marathon route in and around Wigan. Ben is attempting to run a marathon a day for 401 consecutive days, starting 1st September 2015. He will be running many of the big official marathons, but the bulk of his runs will be routes devised by running clubs like ourselves.

Ben suffered bullying for many years, and he is running to raise money for anti-bullying charities. His story and the background to the event can be read at http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/.

The Wigan marathon was dreamt up by Jayne Taylor, and is included on his website at the following link http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/marathons/marathon-146-wigan.

It proved surprisingly difficult to get the distance up to 26 miles – you seem to think that you have gone further than you actually have – but we eventually settled on the route below.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/925035754

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We are looking for people to run the course with Ben. You don’t need to run the whole route. You can choose the distance you are able to cover with him. He is currently running at around a 12 minute mile pace. By the time he gets to us it may be even slower, and so is within all of our capabilities. It will be very leisurely and social – he even does coffee stops!

We will be issuing further information closer to the day, but it would be good if we could provide support for Ben throughout his run, so please put the date in your diaries and let Jayne know if you are interested.

Obviously this provides a great opportunity to publicise the club, and any suggestions would be more than welcome. And no, we are not producing medals! Unless someone has a contact?

Macclesfield Half Marathon

Macclesfield Half Marathon by Colin Mcevoy

Macclesfield has been a regular fixture for me for the last 3 years and this is my fourth year of running it, this isn’t a flat or easy course with every type of hill that you can think of and a 2:35 (ish) time limit thrown in just to make it fun for any first timers.

For the last 2 years Emma has done the Macc 5k but this year took the plunge and entered the Half Marathon distance aiming to get round within the cutoff time. The weather was brilliant, not a cloud in the sky and almost no wind… it was going to be a warm one for a change.

About 10 minutes before the start the announcer began encouraging everyone to head onto the track for a few laps to warm up, we decided it was probably for the best and headed out for a lap or two with everyone else. As we formed up on the start line I headed to the front and the pacers (a new addition this year) joined us. I chatted to a friend of mine from the Army for a bit and, as he was the 1:30 pacer, I let him know how good it would be to beat him for a change as he always leaves me for dust whenever we race. My usual rival (my brother) wasn’t running this year so I’d have to just focus on beating 1:30.

After the usual safety briefs we were off, it’s a lap and ¾ of the track to spread the field a bit and then it heads out onto the roads of Macclesfield for the rest of the course, I passed Scotty with his 1:30 flag and hoped not to see him again until I’d crossed the finish line.

This year was the hottest yet I’d say, I only usually stop at one of the four water stops, but this time I hit 3 of them and made sure I walked to get some down me as its in plastic cups not bottles and I don’t have the skill required to not choke to death or throw it up my nose. As I was climbing the first long hill at about 5 miles in I decided it had grown since last year and backed off the pace a bit, a few went past but I caught them on the down hill again, it went on like that for most of the race with the race order staying fairly constant.

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It’s a long drag from the 10 – 11.5 mile point and as I came to the last mile and a half of slight down hill I heard one of the spectators “oh look, these ones have got flags as well”… I didn’t even look around, I knew exactly who it was and picked up my pace as much as I could for the last mile and a bit, I was blowing hard as he came past near the finish, pushed hard up the 20m hill to the edge of the track and then flew past him on the last few meters on the track… He’d paced it well, he’d hit the last bit on the track with 30 seconds to finish and it only took me 19 to cross the line for a time of 1:29:49 and 29th , happy with that. Banana, water, tea and cake, change t-shirt and I was off again to see how Emma was getting on…

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Like most people Emma has a special hatred for hills and she’d started the race with a target of finishing within the cutoff time of 2:35, with this in mind I was expecting to bump into her about 2-2.5 miles back and was very surprised to find her just past the top of the long hill only 1.5 miles from the finish. “I don’t like this course” I laughed and passed a bottle of water and was told “my legs hate me… are we nearly finished?” I stayed with her giving encouragement and as she dug in up the last hill to the track I left her to run the finishing straight on her own to cross the line in an impressive 2:26:48.

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I’m hoping to edge my way up towards the top 20 next year and I’m (fairly) sure Emma will be up for it again next year, despite her insistence that she’s never doing it again, she has a target time now

Late Summer action

Birchwood 10K

Six Harriers were at Birchwood 10k held on the first and only day of summer this year. A humid 25 degrees comes as a shock after the cooler temperatures of this summer. Howard, Chris Kinsella, Colin, Mike, Paul Mason (entered as Atherton) and Emma were the ones ready for a sauna.

The race starts at Birchwood shopping centre and is popular enough to warrant chip timing. A coffee shop in the centre was wise enough to open early and was doing a roaring trade serving runners and spectators. Remarkably all the Harriers found each other before the race amongst the crowds although there was a dodgy moment when Howard decide to investigate why Mike had ducked away (he was behind a bush watering the plants, company wasn’t necessary!).

The course is a mix of quiet roads, cycle ways and park paths although quite where you go is still a mystery as it’s all a little anonymous! The Harriers were all spread out and kept a distance for most of the race although Paul was stalking Mike near the end. With family watching Mike kicked hard in the finishing straight to finish just one second ahead not knowing Paul was just behind. Taking all the accolades however was Howard who despite tough conditions and what seemed a slightly long course managed to knock out a PB of 36:05. Well done Mr Avery!

11th Howard Avery 36:05

65th Mike Harris 40:33

70th Paul Mason 40:34

112th Colin McEvoy 42:25

192nd Chris Kinsella 45:30

801st Emma Souness 1:06:06

At the finish we staggered away to the drinks station dripping with sweat. No medals for this race but the perfect item to deal with the aftermath, a fluffy red towel to mop our brows!

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It wouldn’t be long before Paul Mason would be racing Mike Harris again……

 

Lake Vrnywy Half Marathon Wales

Lake Vrnywy seems to be a race that crops up regularly as the scene for people’s Half Marathon PB’s writes Mike Harris. It was this in mind that made me enter it when I was looking for an Autumn half. It was a few months later that I had a shock when the Sat Nav showed it to be a nearly two hour journey. Undaunted and determined not to let it bite into the weekend too much I drove down the morning of the race. Just as I drove into Wales I checked my watch to realise my Garmin was still at home charging. Too late to turn around! I knew Paul Mason was also running at a similar pace so I just needed to find him, impossible it turned out!

Whilst warming up I met another Wigan runner Vicky Bryant from Phoenix who also had Garmin issues so both of us mithered about running watch less!

Within moments of the start I caught up with Paul and jumped on the 6:30 pace train. After a climb up from the village to the dam there is 11 miles of total flatness. Forest on one side and water the other. It was a sunny day but not too warm, thankfully the trees offered some shade as I forgot sun block.

For 3 miles the three Wigan runners ran together until Vicky moved ahead. I kept with Paul, occasionally asking our pace which was usually followed by Paul saying it was too quick for him to sustain which then prompted him to accelerate. During this section I didn’t really know how the race would pan out. I had raced plenty over the summer but all shorter races so it was all a little unknown whether I could sustain things. At 6 miles Paul decided to back off, although he did appear on my shoulder one more time half mile later. I decided to race the last half of the race and use the runners ahead as targets to compensate for having no idea of my pace.

I could see Vicky in the distance and as we approached the 9 mile marker I moved past. My running was still fairly relaxed at this point although I don’t think I was quite matching the pace of the first 6 miles. I slowly picked off a few more runners and ended up with a small group of 4 following me. I used the downhill section back to the village to try and shake them off which was partially successful. I did however not realise how much further there was and suffered lactic hell for the last third of a mile. Only after I had staggered over the line was I able to check my time with a fellow runner to ascertain that the Inkskip PB was beaten. A new PB of 1:25:44 was the reward. I didn’t have to wait long for Vicky and Paul to appear, Paul with a PB of 1:27:20. After a quick chat I hit the long road home. Well done to Paul for his new PB!

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A great course in beautiful surroundings but check where it is before you enter!

 

Wigan Harriers Endurance 2014 – in pictures

Cross Country, Marathons, Ultras, Ironman, Relays, Road Races…we saw plenty of action everywhere!

What a surprise – a muddy start to the year at Knowsley!

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Noone v Bryers v Wane

Noone v Bryers v Wane

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Julie looks for her fishing rod

Julie looks for her fishing rod

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That’s me in the black wetsuit with a white swim hat on.2nd time up Sheep House LaneThe loneliness of the long distance runner

 

 

 

IRON MAN!

IRON MAN!

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That’s all until the end of 2015!

Wigan Harriers Endurance – 2013 in pictures

2013 sees a few new faces…and a few old ones too

The year started with a snowy Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships at Knowsley (I still chuckle about missing that one!)

Senior Ladies Start

Senior Ladies Start

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Kev enjoying Knowsley!

Kev enjoying Knowsley!

Eccy with frostbite

Eccy with frostbite

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Captain Awesome

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Formation Harriers

Formation Harriers

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5 Harriers at Ambleside

5 Harriers at Ambleside

Once in front of Harris, Collins abandons his bike and runs...

Once in front of Harris, Collins abandons his bike and runs…

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Class photos – Happy Days!!

Mid Lancs XC needs you!

And of course you need it!

This coming weekend is the second fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League on Saturday 24th October. It takes place at Towneley Park in tropical Burnley. After a very successful opening fixture at Chorley it’s a great opportunity for the Mens and Ladies teams to build on those results.

Please do your best to run if possible, it’s great for strength, stamina and it really does help promote the club. We need plenty of runners as we would like to score A & B teams. It will be marvelous fun and there are plenty of team mates on hand with shouts of encouragement. Afterwards there is usually time for a quick pit stop in the cafe next door!

Race times

12.30pm u11 girls
up to 2K
12.45pm u11 boys
up to 2K
1.00pm u13 girls
2.5K
1.20pm u15 girls and u13 boys
3K
1.40pm u15 boys and u17 women
4K
2.00pm u17 men, v70 men and jnr, snr & vet women
6K
2.30pm jnr, snr and vet men
9-10K

 

Venue map

Course map

If anyone needs a lift please ask as I’m sure it can be sorted.

A few pictures from the Towneley Park fixture in January this year. I don’t think it will be quite so muddy this time or cold!

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Wigan Harriers Endurance – 2012 in pictures

Year one of the website…who can you see?

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Wigan Harriers Cross Country Team at Barrow 2012

Tim Pilkington

Tim Pilkington

Julie and Darren

Julie and Darren

Andy and Tracey

Andy and Tracey

 

 

Graham in the home straight

Graham in the home straight

Dave Collins

Dave Collins

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Wigan Harriers Cross Country celebrations

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Ladies XC Team

Shona

Shona

Kev taking it easy again

Kev taking it easy again

Chris Smullen leads the way for Harriers.

Chris Smullen leads the way for Harriers.

Team Wigan Harriers - Blackburn 2012

Team Wigan Harriers – Blackburn 2012

Mark

Mark

Andy

Andy

Spring Lamb

Spring Lamb

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Wigan Harriers

Statto debut

Statto debut

Turbo vet Mark

Turbo vet Mark

Richie

Richie

Harriers Mens Team: currently taking bookings for hen nights

Harriers Mens Team: currently taking bookings for hen nights

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

80's heart throbs Bros ageing badly

80’s heart throbs Bros ageing badly