About Wigan Harriers Endurance

We are a road running group based in Wigan, UK

So you want to join a running club?

Did you take part in last weekends Wigan Trail 10k?  Enjoy it?

Did it make you wonder about joining a local club and taking your running to the next level? Did you see the camaraderie and friendship amongst all those club members and thought,  ” I fancy some of that!”

Did it make you realise that running clubs are not all speedy super athletes but are made up of people just like you, United in a common love of getting out here and running?

In that case don’t hesitate… Take that momentum tum and make the best running move you will ever make and come on down to the DW stadium this Thursday at 7pm and shout “hey Harriers I’m here let’s get running!”. Alternatively  just quietly ask for one of the coaches and we can settle you in and you can see how un-scary a training session actually is with people of all running abilities out together under the expert tutelage of qualified UKA coaches.

 

How much?

 

As in, how much per session as compared to the local gym?

 

How does free sound?

 

That right ….We don’t charge for sessions and we don’t expect or pressurise anyone into signing up for full club membership. Come along and see if it’s for you without risk or commitment.  You don’t even have to tell us your real name or fill in a form or give us an email address or promise to come back or anything!

 

What have you got to lose? Right then – see you Thursday!

Here Comes the Summer!

wpid-050440_9fdebec3.jpgThe clocks going back bring with them lighter nights, but for Wigan Harriers Endurance the beginning of British Summer Teams means something far more important: it means that our Tuesday night V02 max session moves from the DW back to our Summer stomping ground up at Haigh Hall.

From this Tuesday, (31st March), we will meet at the end of Hall Lane which is off Leyland Mill Lane (See map below for details). Park up as close to the Lodge as possible. We meet up near the Lodge for a jog warm up before starting our session somewhere in the grounds of Haigh country park.

For those who haven’t trained with us at Haigh before you’re in for a treat. The tree line paths and rolling terrain of Haigh Hall make for ideal endurance training territory and many a summer PB has been forged along the Haigh trails! So say goodbye to the DW on Tuesdays and say hello to Summer!

Hall Lane Haigh hall map

Harriers Round Up

What an incredible weekend of competition from Wigan Harriers!

We kicked off with the final event of the cross country season on Saturday when 13 men and 5 women turned out to represent the club. A further 21 people raced on Sunday with Mike Harris and Shona running on both days. In total, over 37 members raced last weekend alone! 

That’s an awesome number of club members out there representing the town. If we needed any confirmation of the benefits of belonging to a running club, the long list of PB performances this weekend provides it. Continue reading

Mad Dog, Rhyll and St Helens!

try to find a pic of Paul where he isn't surrounded by lovely ladies....

try to find a pic of Paul where he isn’t surrounded by lovely ladies….

Paul Bryers brings us up to date with recent events and demonstrates how training with Harriers and benefitting from a plan provided by a qualified coach can have a serious impact on race times

Last year my 10K times varied between 42.45 – 44.55.
After marathon training from the end of December I entered Southport Mad Dog in the middle of Feb as part of my plan and part of a 18 mile Sunday run. It was cold and miserable but stood on the start line with Darren, Bobby and Gary Holland. My aim was to get under 42 mins but as the race went on I felt good and picked it up every mile and finished in  40.37.
Next was Rhyl 10 mile. I had done Guys 10 in Dec and already knocked of 7 mins of my PB finishing in 70.41. Again it was a cold windy day and I didn’t look forward to running along the sea front. I had the same plan as the Mad Dog in that I was going to go out at a good pace and pick it up each mile. I finished in 66.47
Last weekend I did StHelens 10k. I think that 6 days a week solid training had finally caught up with me and last Wednesday/Thursday I was feeling drained. On the day though I felt a lot better and stood on the start line with Nina and Gary Holland.
I had looked at the course and realised that there where 4 hill climbs in it so thought I would go out at a good pace and try my best to keep going on the hills. I did this and as the hills came I found myself taking people going up. I also knew that once the hills where out of the way we had 1.5 mile back to the finish, so I thought I could put in a big effort and make up any time I had lost. I did this but going back we ran through the centre of town, taking in sone tight corners and even a U turn  at one point. I finished in 41.04 and felt that I had ran a better race than the MadDog and was happy with it.
I’m really benefitting from the training plan that Waddy has done for me and to encourage anyone to stick with it as they will soon see the rewards

Wrexham Half Marathon Report 2015

On Sunday 8th March, four Wigan Harriers plus a Wigan Harrier wannabe met up inside Wrexham’s Waterworld cafe for a vending machine coffee.  Officially, only me (Mark Glynn) and Chris Green were fully vested up members, but Gary Charlton and John Moran had trained regularly throughout the winter and were waiting for their paperwork to come through.  The wannabe harrier was Gary’s daughter Becky who came along to make sure that John didn’t get lazy.  After some introductions and a conversation on whether Chris’ newly done, pink Mohican hairstyle would last the race, we ventured outside to find our bearings. Continue reading

MID LANCS XC LANCASTER – SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015

DIRECTIONS TO SALT AYRE SPORTS CENTRE LA1 5JS

Leave the M6 at J34 and drive west on the A683.  Take the one way system left towards the centre of Lancaster keeping in the right hand lane and then follow signs to Morecambe.  Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead towards Morecambe.  Turn left at the first large roundabout onto the B5273.  Pass the Asda entrance and turn next left into the sports centre by the waste tip.

DIRECTIONS FOR PARKING

Leave the parking in front of the Centre for regular customers and drive on beyond the buildings to the normal parking for track & field. There’s a 12 minute walk from here to the start along the cycle path.  If you have mobility problems phone 01253 721514.

WALK TO RYELANDS PARK 12 minutes

Take the steps up onto the cycle path and head right towards Lancaster.  When the path reaches the road leave the path and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing into Ryelands Park.  See the yellow double arrows on the map for the route from the park gate to the start area.

CATERING FACILITIES & STALL

Appleby’s Catering Services and Tony Bolton’s Sports Equipment will be at Lancaster selling hot drinks and food to enhance everyone’s enjoyment of their day out.  Don’t forget to bring money with you to support our stalls.

TOILET FACILITIES

Toilet facilities are minimal at Ryelands Park so please make use of the facilities at the leisure centres before you arrive.

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Cross Country News

For those attending the final two Cross Country fixtures please note the following issued by the Mid Lancs League:

For BLACKPOOL
SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2015

Lawson’s Fields has on-site parking in the form of a surfaced track that could take hundreds of cars. For safety reasons the manned barrier will only be open for entry before the races start. Once parked inside, drivers will be able to leave when they wish. Do drive carefully and obey the 5mph speed limit. Entry times are:
from 9:30am to 11:45am.

Later arrivals will be able to find parking kerb-side on Lawson Road or in the estate. Anyone with mobility problems is advised to arrive early enough to park inside.

DIRECTIONS TO LAWSON’S FIELDS
Leave the M55 at J4 and drive west on the A583 for 2 miles. Turn right (signed to the Zoo) onto the A587. At a mini-roundabout the left fork leads to the Blackpool Sports Centre and toilet facilities and the right fork to Lawson’s Ground (right at the next traffic lights). A nearby postcode for Lawson’s Fields is FY3 8LL.

TOILET FACILITIES
At both venues toilet facilities are minimal so please make use of the facilities at the leisure centres before you arrive.
Blackpool Sports Centre, FY3 9HQ
Salt Ayre Sports Centre, LA1 5JS

LANCASTER
SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015

Parking for Ryelands is at Salt Ayre Sports Centre. Leave the parking in front of the Centre for regular customers and drive on beyond the buildings to the normal parking for track & field. There’s a 12 minute walk from here to the start along the cycle path. If you have mobility problems phone 01253 721514 after 1st February for advice on parking.

DIRECTIONS TO RYELANDS PARK
Leave the M6 at J34 and drive west on the A683. Take the one way system left towards the centre of Lancaster keeping right and then follow signs to Morecambe. Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead towards Morecambe. Turn left at a large roundabout onto the B5273. Pass the Asda entrance and turn next left into the sports centre by the waste tip.

WALK TO RYELANDS PARK 12 minutes
Take the steps up onto the cycle path and head towards Lancaster. When the path reaches the road leave the path and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing into Ryelands Park. Follow the
path left until you see the start area.

CATERING FACILITIES
Appleby’s Catering Services will be at Blackpool and Lancaster selling hot drinks and food to enhance everyone’s enjoyment of their day out. Don’t forget to bring money
with you.

 

Wigan Trail 10k 2015 – 28th June

IMG_1435Fancy a portion of pie and peas?  – Are you prepared to run 10k for it?

Well Wigan Harriers  are so keen for you to sample our local signature dish that we will pay for your dinner as long as you book your place for the 2014 Wigan Trail 10k in advance!

We are delighted to confirm that this increasingly popular off-road event, and accompanying 2.5k fun run will return once more, with Sunday 28th of June the all important date for your diaries. Held on the relatively flat, firm and fast paths and bridleways of Amberswood nature park near Springview the event caters to both the competitive runner looking for a speedy time, alongside those simply looking to try the trails in a friendly and supportive event.

With the 2.5k Fun Run taking place half an hour before the main race, this is an ideal event to involve all the family. Our fully licensed race HQ will also provide somewhere for race supporters to wait in comfort, with a small play area to entertain the very young.

Along with the free pie and peas we are also aiming to offer a free race photography service with downloads available within a week of the event.  With all this for less than £8 for non-affiliated runners its no wonder we expect to beat the bumper entry of over 250 runners from last year! To be sure of your race place make sure you enter advance either by downloading our postal entry form here:Trail10k_2015pdf

Or via the on-line booking services at Runners World or at BookitZone

More details of start times, the race route and age group prizes see our dedicated race page

 

Cumbria Way Ultra

10665916_1694924064065431_1835723928291524202_nCalling All Harriers : Keep your diaries free for Saturday 19th September when we intend to defend our title as Relay Champions at the Cumbria Way Ultra Marathon!

Last year we managed to send an incredible 3 teams of 5 runners a piece to Ulverston to run the 72 miles of this iconic route through the heart of the Lakes to the spectacular finish at Carlisle Castle. Our A Team fought a fierce battle with a strong team from TriKudo who began plotting their revenge even before the 2014 event had finished! We are going to need to be at our best if we are to bring the title back to Wigan for the 2nd year running!

However, its not just about the front runners going for glory. We can send as many teams of 5 as we cam muster and intend to do exactly that. Competitors of all levels can take part in individual legs of 15 to 17 miles of beautiful Cumbrian trails. Team Manager Graham Millington will arrange the running order so that each of our teams are paired up so that no-one runs alone, (apart from Howard when he gets lost again…).

The race itself was a fabulous day out last year, but the numerous trips to Lakeland for recce runs were an adventure in themselves! Don’t miss out!

We don’t need a firm commitment to run just yet but anyone interested let Graham know so we can begin to get an idea of just how many teams we can send this year.
More details of the event here: the Cumbria Way Ultra
Last years write ups here: Cumbria Way Race Reports 2014

 

Burnley XC

Thought your Cross Country run was tough? How about this mini report from Shona:

The course was nearly flat – just one drag up from the start but it was into a serious head wind straight off the arctic – with soggy grass and a bit of mud thrown in. My daughter Em ran a stormer in the under 11 girls with her best place to date and I was pretty pleased with my race too (considering the lack of training due to on-going knee niggles, Christmas etc) as I very nearly made my target of getting into the front half of the field.

In an attempt to get warm I queued up for a coffee then heard that someone was down – possibly having a heart attack. I went over and tried to help keep her warm for the eternity of the half hour or so it took for the ambulance to arrive. Mercifully by then she was breathing steadily and was conscious and no longer needing me to keep smacking her leg to keep her awake. Bit scary but the amazing thing was how quickly folk had come up and said they were a nurse, a doctor, “I’m trained to use a defibrillator – does anyone know where there is one on site?”, “we’ve got a doctor running in our men’s team – do you want me to pull him out of the race?” and so on. Then a lady who, like me, was capable of no more than physical / moral support came over in quite a state because she’d finished with the Hyndburn lady at the back of the field, given her a hug and then gone back to her club tent not realising she’d collapsed as she walked away. Just goes to show how runners pull together to support each other.