By the end of Hyndburn Cross Country that’s what we had. The weather forecasters were spot on and at about 3pm the snow started. Thankfully the Harriers men being a speedy bunch we were away from Hyndburn before all sight of the paths was lost!
Another decent turnout of Harriers, 23 across all teams meant yet again the sporting metropolis of Wigan was well represented. It was expected that the course would be a mud fest after the recent record rainfall but in reality it wasn’t too bad and made it a tough runnable challenge. Although with tree stumps, branches and mud there was plenty to watch out for and overtaking was sometimes tricky, but necessary to ensure you could see ahead properly.
The U11 girls team bagged a credible 6th place and this was backed up by the U13 girls taking 3rd in their competition, a great performance yet again by the juniors.
The Senior Ladies had been in dominant form this season and even with a few notable absentees they were in no mood to relinquish their grip on the vet leagues. 6th in the Senior Ladies team standings and a very impressive first place in both the V35 and V45. Awesome stuff from the Harrier ladies. 😀
With the skies darkening it was time for the men. Racing last the men always have the benefit of maximum mud! Appearing from nowhere was debutant Paul Walker. It’s always fantastic when somebody gives Cross Country a first try as you know they will be buzzing afterwards (unless it’s Rossendale and the reaction may be of shock!). With a couple of Half Marathons scheduled over the weekend the Men were unfortunately short again of two full teams making the last two fixtures even more vital that we get monster turnouts.
The men battled their way to a credible 11th place and 8th in the Vets, the true value of these performances would be seen later in the context of how we compared to other teams in our division. It wasn’t simple though, at least two men threw themselves over the line to secure a place. It worked as we beat division rivals by just a single point! 😃
By the time we were all finished the snow ❄️ was falling heavily so we set off for home slightly worried about the roads but thankfully it eased as we headed west. An obligatory coffee stop was made together with cake sampling! A great reward for some super efforts 🍰.
The U11 girls are 4th overall for the season and U13 girls 6th, well done to all who have represented the club.
The Senior Women’s team are now 4th in the first division, looking good for another season in the top flight. The V35 and V45 are steamrolling their way to success. Two more good turnouts will hopefully yield shiny gold medals! 🏅🏅
The Senior Men are consolidating 2nd behind Barlick and giving themselves a great chance of bouncing straight back to Division one. We managed to beat Red Rose by just one point who sit below us in the table. The V40 team are comfortably maintaining a mid table position in Division one.
Once again well done to everyone, some fantastic performances in tricky conditions.
Thanks to first timer Paul for sharing his experience.