Upcoming club events

Cross Country – Saturday 3rd March Ulverston

The next Cross Country race takes place this Saturday 3rd March at GSK Sports Club, Ulverston. If you are a registered club member do please come along, join in and represent the club. There is no selection criteria, just a club vest is required. The course this weekend is either short spikes or trail shoes so a great opportunity for those people who have yet to try one, don’t be shy, give it a try! For details of location, course maps and timings please look at http://www.midlancs.org.uk/

Road Relay Championships – Sunday 25th March 2018 at Birkenhead Park Wirral

A belter of an event open to all registered Harriers. We compete against teams from all over the north and we try to enter as many teams as possible. It’s 6 legs for the ladies and 12 for the men and the distances are either 8.5 or 4.3km. It would be fantastic if we could have a big turnout for this event. Cost is £8 per runner. Please email wiganendurance@hotmail.com if you want to represent the club in this prestigious event. For more details please see https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/events/northern-athletics-12-6-stage-road-relays-championships/

Masters Road Relay Championships – Saturday 28th April Sutton Park Sutton Coldfield Birmingham

Another relay event but only open to the oldies! Anyone over 35 can compete, the number of legs depends on age category. It’s a great event in a fantastic parkland setting. Please email wiganendurance@hotmail.com if you are interested so we can see what sort of numbers we have.

Wigan Trail 10k – Sunday 13th May 10.30am

This is the club’s very own trail race which we hold every year in Amberswood Nature Reserve. Many of you have helped previously as course marshals, first aiders, car park attendants, course markers, registration desk and it’s important we have your help again please to ensure it’s another first class event. Please let us know on wiganendurance@hotmail.com if you can help with marshaling duties. Thank you!

Don’t forget you can follow us on twitter @wigan_runners or like the Endurance facebook page @wiganrunners. If neither of those float your boat then sign up to follow the website wiganharriersendurance.wordpress.com and you’ll get an email as soon as there are any updates. Three great ways to stay in touch! Often last minute details regarding training will be shared via facebook or twitter.

Please continue to send in your race times, photos or race reports so we can share your successes throughout the club. Every week Chris Green will be collating these results so it’s important you let him know!

Cheers, happy running!

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Northern nutters!

Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships over the years have delivered some very trying days out. Slushy icy snow, heavy mud, hail stones have been just a few of the interesting conditions “Mother Nature” has thrown at us!

Did this cause our four Harriers any delay in signing up? Hell no! They were on it “like a tramp on a kipper”!

The setting was in the parkland grounds of Harewood House just north of Leeds. A quick google on the morning of the race confirmed the venue as being rather posh with a very large open parkland estate.

After a decent journey the four Harriers managed a rendezvous in the car park. No mean feat as a thousand cars, trees and plenty of grass don’t lend themselves to be very good indicators of where you are! It was also useful that although we were in the middle of nowhere there was actually a mobile signal!

We then attempted to work out what the course was like. This proved to be a tough ask as the course for the men was two laps of 6k each, rather long for a warm up. We contented ourselves with just getting a flavour of it and figuring out the start and finish areas.

In essence the course was rough open grassland with a few swampy areas. As usual the more heavily trafficked areas had cut up a little. It twisted and turned over a vast area of the estate managing to take in plenty of climbs. It certainly seemed like it was going to be breezy in the exposed areas (the whole course!!)

We watched the start of the ladies race. The photos don’t do justice to either the spectacle of hundreds of ladies charging across a field or the toughness of an UPHILL start!

After not really enough time for a decent warm up it was game on for the Senior Men’s Race 12k, 2 laps. 😁

Newcomer to the fold was Rick Rose-Coulthard. Rather impressively wasting no time in getting involved and representing the club at Cross Country. Rick was joined by three Cross Country stalwarts…Mark Morgan-Hillam, Kevin Edwards and Mike Harris. It promised to be an interesting battle, Kev and Mike certainly felt like they were lacking a surname in the fight!

Mike nearly missed the start after undergoing an emergency last minute dash to the portaloos! At least a few fast strides were managed as warm up getting back to the start line!

The men do the full course which is the outer perimeter of these pretty coloured loops.

Rick shot off at the start and took an immediate lead among the Harriers. The  course was fantastic but tough going in places. There was some mud, spongy grass, breezy exposed areas and hard climbs. It was however constantly changing in character which kept things interesting. Rick maintained a decent lead throughout the first lap, hundreds of runners means it’s often hard to see your clubmates out on the course. Lap two really closed things up. Mark was creeping up on Mike with Mike in turn closing in on Rick. With a couple of miles to go it was really hard to call how the Harriers order would pan out. Meanwhile Kevin was having a fantastic run picking his way through the field.

With about a mile to go Mike got in front of Rick and by the time of the switchback hill climb it was easy for the three Harriers to see each other! Mike  was desperate to avoid any “sprint finish shenanigans” against younger legs ran hard downhill. Mark ” Week long taper” Hillam-Morgan finished strongly to bag third spot with Kevin nowhere near where he feared he might be – “The back” Those dozens of Haigh parkruns meant Kev was strong for those cheeky climbs!

Out of 761 finishers our guys were…

336rd Mike Harris 52:08

345th Rick Rose-Coulthard 52:25

362nd Mark Morgan-Hillam 52:44

660th Kevin Edwards 1:03:58

As you can tell from the after race photo we were well pleased with ourselves. A tough 12k but satisfying nevertheless. The event was a trial run for holding the National Cross Country Championships in 2019. It was definitely a thumbs up from Wigan Harriers and we should definitely make sure we enter teams next year! A great day out was then rounded off with the Harriers party night! Happy days! 🍺🍷🎟🎉