2017 Wigan Harriers Endurance Awards

A team of ten people spent many hours analysing club records, race reports and nearly 30 sets of nominations from fellow members to come with the list of award winners for 2017.

Everyone involved in the process realised how difficult it was to split the performances apart, there were many excellent results and all the categories were highly competitive. All Harriers should feel proud of their 2017 race results regardless of whether they won a prize.

The awards will be presented at our party on the 27th January at the Bellingham Hotel.

Please make sure you support the winners and come enjoy a great party!



Up to 10 miles

Male – Chris Burton

Chris ran a superb PB at Southport Mad Dog 10k in February, knocking 1:28 off his best to register 37:12.

Mad Dog Burton


Female – Pauline Taylor

Pauline ran a brilliant time of 57:29 at the Cheshire 10k in March, taking 42 seconds off her previous best set in 2016. It was a great improvement.

Pauline 2nd from left.



10 – 20 miles

Male – John Heyes

John showed his improving form by improving his best set in May at Liverpool of 1:59.03 down to 1:44.13 at the English Half Marathon at Warrington in September.

John Heyes 2nd from left


Female – Katie Green

Although not an easy course the English Half was a happy hunting ground for many Harriers. Katie ran an excellent 1:48.21, taking her PB down from 2016 level of 1:55.54.

Katie first on the right.



20 miles – Marathon

Male – Chris Burton

Chris topped the 2017 Marathon rankings with his run at Liverpool Rock and Roll  Marathon in May. He took 10:17 off his 2016 performance to register a new PB of 3.09:44.

Chris PB hunting.


Female – Karen Moorfield

Manchester was where Karen took a mighty 16.33 off her 2016 run to gain a new PB of 3:27.58.

Karen leaving nothing on the course.



Ultra (Just one winner – male or female)

Julie Valentine

Julie dug very very deep and completed the 200 mile Southport to Hornsea Ultra Great Britain in August.

Julie at the end!


Cross Country (2017 calendar – split across two seasons)

Male – Mike Harris

Ever present throughout all Mid Lancs, Northern and National Races, Mike finished as highest placer Harrier in the Senior Men’s league & scored in every race for the A team continuing the form into the 2017-18 season.

Mike running hard at the National XC.


Female – Jayne Taylor

Jayne bounced back from illness to finish the 2016-17 season strongly before pushing on further in the 2017-18 season with two top ten finishes in the over 35’s category and a couple of 1st L55 finishes.

 

Artistic licence – used a non-XC shot!



Most improved Athlete of the year

Male – Chris Green

With significant PB’s at both 10k (1st sub 40 mins) and Marathon (a massive 10 mins off his PB) Chris had a pretty spectacular year!

Chris at Wigan 10k


Female – Rachel Simm

Rachel smashed new PB’s at both Half Marathon (massive 48 mins!) and 10k (13 mins) in a fantastic year of improvement.

Rachel Simm 1st left



Athlete of the year

Male – Chris Green

Not content with battering his PB’s at 10k and Marathon, Chris also managed to successfully complete IRONMAN. 2017 was a green year!

Chris Green you are an IRONMAN!


Female – Karen Moorfield

As well as obliterating her marathon PB, Karen utilised her endurance training to smash the Lakeland 50 in 11:43, a superb run.

Karen ran in a pair with Warren.

Karen in Wigan 10k action


Congratulations again to all our winners!

 

 

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Club records

The club records are overdue for a refresh. The 2017 records have been created for the year so far, if you are a member and have registered on “the power of ten” website then your best performance will be included. Please drop the club an email if your best is missing or someone else had run in your name!

Club records 2017

The overall records are ready for updating so as soon as this information is tidied up we will publish these too.

Happy reading stats fans!!

 

August beckons!

Tomorrow is August so this means the last round of mid-week races is fast approaching. For those of you who have done these before you will know what we are talking about but here’s a link to a news article that will give you all the essential information as to which ones suit you!

Information on mid-week race fixtures

They are all well organised, great value and highly recommended.

Sign up Now and Join the Harriers!

To those of you who have been training with us and thinking about joining the club, then now is the time.

From July 1st, the membership fee for the remainder of the year (end of 2017) will be reduced to just £26. This includes a £14 fee to register you as an official athlete with England Athletics. As an “attached” athlete, you are then entitled to claim the discount (usually £2), that many races offer.

The remaining £2 a month covers your twice weekly sessions, overseen by qualified coaches.

If it appeals to you, then you can run in two cross country leagues (starting in September) for no extra cost.

 

You would also be eligible to run for the club in the road relays which take place in September.

Don’t be put off by thinking that you aren’t good enough to join a club. All abilities are catered for and welcomed, and your support is vital in taking the club forward.

If you want more information then speak to one of the coaches at the sessions, or just reply to this email.

As I always say, you know that you want to wear that famous red striped black vest.

Please note that the discounted price is only available to new members. If you are a lapsed member who hasn’t trained with us this year due to injury, or other circumstances, then ask to see if you qualify.

Thanks.

Dave.

 

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/