Club entries for Wigan Trail 10k

Entries are flowing in fast for the 2017 edition of the Wigan Trail 10k race. We are currently 50/50 Club and non-club runners which is great as we always like a good mix of runners taking part. As usual we have a fairly equal mix of the sexes which seem to show we appeal to all!

One addition we made this year was to add additional prizes available to clubs that had more than 12 entries. The purpose of this was to both reward the support of other local clubs and make our race an attractive proposition to a Club’s Championship schedule. We are pleased to say it’s been popular and that so far two clubs have already met this criteria. St Helens Striders are just a whisker away, so any Striders out there if you manage to cajole a fellow club member to enter there’s a Club prize available for you guys too! The only question now is which club will have the largest number of entries!

Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners 20
Wesham Road Runners 19
St Helens Striders 11
Wigan & District Harriers & Ac 8
Liverpool Running Club 6

Please note as we need to have time to sort PIE logistics that entries will close slightly earlier on 1st May so don’t delay.

2017 Race details

Wigan Run Festival 2017 photo call

Sunday 19th March sees the first Wigan Run Festival. Three distances, Half Marathon, 5k and Family mile. Harriers will be involved in all three events, both running and marshaling.

As is customary there will be the obligatory photo call.

2015 10k photo call.

2016 10k photo call

We will meet just by Starbucks and then move around the corner on the slope outside the Grand Arcade shopping centre.

Meet time for the photo is 8.45am which should mean we give everyone time to warm up and get changed. Please note Sam’s shop will be open for bag drops and comfort breaks.

Hopefully we can include as many people as possible from all events, both runners and marshals.

All the best to everyone, do yourselves proud. ☺️ ⚫️🔴⚫️

 

 

2016 Club Records

February now so 2016 records are well overdue for publishing.

Another fantastic year for Wigan Harriers.

Please either sign up up to Power of Ten or send us the race details if you are missing from these records.

Ladies

  • 72 Performances logged (Just best one logged per athlete)
  • 46 PB’s broken
  • Congratulations to Jenny Meadows on her 36.37 10k.
  • Congratulations to Kath Brougham on her 86.30 Half Marathon
  • Congratulations to Tracey Dutton on her 3.08.53 Marathon.
  • Well done to all the ladies who donned the Harriers vest in 2016.

Men

  • 111 Performances logged.
  • 78 PB’s broken.
  • Congratulations to Gary Fitzpatrick, top of the 10k and Half Marathon standings with 33.31 and 76.34 respectively.
  • Congratulations to Howard Avery on his 2.48.41 Marathon.
  • Well done to all the men who donned the Harriers vest in 2016.

 

The full 2016 honours board.

 

 

Back on the tour bus….

Four Mid Lancs fixtures complete, two to go, so where have been so far on the tour and how is the club getting on?

First up was Chorley, Astley Park. This venue was familiar ground for many Harriers. The course is devised to use as much of the natural terrain as possible. It features a stream crossing, muddy ditch, woodland, steep slopes and grassy parkland. Plenty of climbs to test early season form and much easier to smile before the first race! It was fantastic to see Tony Boyle, Kev Edwards and Barry Abram all back and doing great.

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After enjoying the slopes of Chorley, the next stop off was equally close to home and equally challenging (or maybe more?) Cuerden Valley Park. It was the first time any of us had Cross Country raced at that venue. An interesting mix of hills, firm paths, muddy fields and stream crossings meant it was another tough day out. Debutantes for the men were Kevin Rex and Simon Baines, both turned in brilliant performances. Different personnel for the ladies but equally impressive results to Chorley, establishing a presence near the top of all the league tables.

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Next up was the Daddy of the Mid Lancs fixtures – Sefton Park. A combination of multiple leagues plus the Euro champs qualifier makes it a big affair with plenty of elite runners. It’s a much flatter course than the previous two and often produces some lightening times. A muddier course than normal made it hard work but we were blessed with a decent turn out. This meant for the first time this season we got two men’s teams over the line. The ladies had another great showing taking another fantastic haul of league points. Tracey Dutton looking very sharp and carrying her 2016 form right through to the end of the year. We finally organised a ladies photo!

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Fixture four continued the theme of flatter courses with a trip to Towneley Park Burnley. It also chipped in with mud, lots of it! It was the hardest the conditions have been at Burnley and made the course far removed from it’s usual benign self. This made it the perfect place for a Harriers XC debut, step forward David Barton, who turned in a great performance. It was also another opportunity for Darren Jackson to continue his love affair with Cross Country. Darren’s preferred footing is on the track or road so thick heavy mud was not an ideal setting. Fair play to Darren, apart from a brief stand off when he and the course exchanged a few choice words, he stuck it out to help the team to another solid performance. The ladies turned out another strong team and with it a good points haul.

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We now have the pleasure of two fixtures to go, both on fairly tame courses. First up is at Hogwarts aka Cleveleys School, Rossall followed by a March date in Leigh.

Here’s a picture of the excellent men’s turnout at Rossall last year, a flat course by the seaside.

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This is the men going off to conquer Rossall 2016.

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League positions so far

Ladies: Division One: 2nd place,  V35: 1st place,  V45: 1st place,

Men: Division One: 5th place, “B” team Division Three: 7th place, V40: 4th place

Well done to everyone who has represented the club so far this season in particular the 100% attenders, great commitment. Everybody is welcome, just ask if you want anyone more information. There are no fees to pay!

Good luck everyone!

 

2017 important dates

As 2016 is drawing to a close it’s an ideal time to remind everyone of some important dates in 2017. All these events are open to all club members, no selection required! 🏃🏻

Don’t forget we also have the last three Mid Lancs Cross Country events to come.
https://wiganharriersendurance.wordpress.com/fixtures/cross-country-fixtures/

Saturday 28th January
Northern Cross Country Championships
Knowsley Safari Park.
£7 to enter.

Saturday 25th February
National Cross Country Championships
Nottingham Wollaton park
£7 to enter.

Contact Steve Nicholls to enter both of the above events.

Sunday 19th March
Wigan Half Marathon and 5k
If the buzz around town is half as good as the 10k then it will be another two cracking events. Sign up to be part of the Harriers massive!
http://www.wiganhalfmarathon.co.uk

Sunday 26th March
Northern Athletics 6 and 12 Stage Road Relays
Right on our doorstep…Haigh Hall.
http://www.northernathletics.org.uk/events/northern-athletics-12-6-stage-road-relays-championships/

Sunday 7th May
Wigan Trail 10k
Our very own race is back again, spread the word!
Marshal or race make sure you are there. 😊
https://wiganharriersendurance.wordpress.com/amberswood-trail-race-series/

 

Save a life!

A short message from the secretary of the Mid Lancs League that we as a club compete in both track & field and cross country events.

The second Mid Lancs League defibrillator Training Course is taking place 7pm – 9pm on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at St Saviour Church, Bamber Bridge, handily placed just five minutes from J29 of the M6. The same tutor, Dawn Taylor of Rossendale First Response, is taking the course and I can say from personal experience that she is an excellent instructor and the course is very worthwhile.  There are 20 places and the fee to cover room hire is £2.

A poster giving the full details is attached and I would be grateful if you can publicise the course to your members.

Defibrillator training

Thank you.
Dawn

Be bright and keep safe!

We often remind people of the importance of wearing a high visibilty top or bib for training and the reason for that is it’s not safe to run in poorly lit areas without one. Unfortunately there are too often media reports of runners or cyclists being injured or killed whilst out on the roads. Please take the issue seriously and get yourself a high vis bib (means you can wear it over anything) and stay safe on all your runs!

Many of you also have flashing lights and head torches, anything that helps you be seen will help keep you safe.

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As for Harriers sessions it’s mandatory to wear one so please make sure you always do. Please do not be disappointed to be asked to a leave a session if you don’t have one as it’s not fair to other runners, pedestrians, cyclists or motorists so be bright and stay safe.

Thank you for your support.

Cuerden Valley Cross Country

This Saturday sees the 2nd fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League take place at Cuerden Valley Park in nearby Bamber Bridge.

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Although the area for club tents is sloping (lol!) we aim to take the tent and flag to claim a small portion of Lancashire for the day.

Cuerden Valley course description

You will notice there is a choice of car parks, all around the perimeter of the park.  The nearest is the one off Berkeley Drive (this is the main car park for the park). If this is full you will be directed to one of the others.  If you are arriving late it may be better for them to head for one of the other car parks.  Clayton Green Asda on the east has a large car park and it’s now possible to use the car park of a closed down hotel; Pines Hotel 570 Preston Road PR6 7EB.

Not sure whether you are ready for this then take a look at this article for some encouragement.

What’s it all about?

We need at least 12 men and 6 ladies so everyone registered with the club is welcome to join us. Coffee and cake to follow!

If you want any further advice then ask the coaches at training.