A trip to the seaside……honest

Saturday 13th October is the magic date! What for? A trip to the seaside for the Mid Lancs Cross Country season opener in Ulverston, Cumbria.

All paid up members are eligible to run, no selection criteria, all welcome. 6 events all part of your membership so don’t miss out!

Ulverston was a new venue last season, first used March earlier this year. It’s a great course to start the season. It’s held on the playing fields and surrounding land of Glaxo. Even after a long winter it was good underfoot, with a few sections of gravel/hardcore so most people wore trail shoes.

Hills? Nope! A few short inclines but we are on the sea side so nothing tough.

The course is quite short so the men ran 4 laps to rack up 5.7 miles.

There’s a decent sized car park a few hundred metres away so all quite convenient.

Refreshments? Yep! We will have it covered every way. Harriers Airpot or Booths coffee shop, either way we will get our treats!

Last March Men’s posse including Simmo without his wig! 😀

ORDER OF EVENTS

Approx Distances
12.30pm u11up to 2K
12.45pm u11 boys up to 2K
1.00pm u13 girls 2.5K
1.20pm u15 girls and u13 boys 3K
1.40pm u15 boys and u17 women 4K
2.00pm u17 men, v70 men and jnr, snr & vet women 6K
2.30pm jnr, snr and vet men 9-10K

Need a lift? Drop an email to wiganendurance@hotmail.com and we will get you sorted. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻

 

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Further Awards News

Volunteers are needed for the Awards Selection Committee. Last year an Awards Committee was set up to discuss your nominations and make fair and fitting decisions to choose the winners.

If you feel this is something you would like to be a part of, please email your interest to wiganendurance@hotmail.com and we will forward onto Lisa Heyes or let Lisa know at training.

Date for your diary.

Harriers Awards Evening Friday 23rd November 2018 at Standish Social Club.

Further details to follow nearer to date. Hope to see lots of you there celebrating our club and the many outstanding achievements.

Details of the Awards up for grabs!

 

 

2018 Awards

This is a copy of this evening’s email for the lazy people who don’t open mails!

That magical time of year is fast approaching, yes folks we are nearing the season of goodwill to fellow runners, that special event, Harriers Awards Evening. For those of you who are new to the club we ask all Harriers members to put forward nominations for the following categories. The categories are as follows (in no particular order):

Up to 10 mile race – Male and Female.

10 to 20 mile races – Male and Female.

20 to 26.2 mile races – Male and Female.

Ultra events – one award for either a Male or Female.

Most Improved Athlete – Male and Female.

Cross Country Athlete of the Year – Male and Female.

Athlete of the Year – Male and Female.

To decide who should receive them, the Selection Committee need YOUR help (especially as the club has over 100 members now). Can you please do this by making nominations for any or all of the categories. This could be by nominating another club member or yourself – please don’t be modest as some races (especially Ultra events) do not appear on Power of 10. In your nomination please add a sentence or two about why the athlete should be considered e.g. for the race distance awards, it could be “it’s a PB”, “it was done in horrendous weather”, “it was the first time at that distance”, etc. Adding the date of the event and the events name would be useful for the selection committee. Only races completed between 1st October 2017 and 1st October 2018 will be considered. Nominations will close on Monday 22nd October 2018. Any nominations after this won’t be accepted.

Rules

For the individual distance awards, the athlete must have been a paid up member at the time of the race. For the Athlete of the Year and Most Improved Athlete, they must have been a paid up member from January 2018. Please also note that your submission will be for consideration by the Selection Committee for an award, and not a vote towards it. Could you please make just one nomination per award but feel free to make nominations in as many categories as you wish. Could all nominations be sent to Wiganendurance@hotmail.com before the deadline.

 

Cross Country Chronicles

Darker nights, morning frost, chilly days, falling leaves are all a sign of the changing seasons but also a clear sign that the best season of the year is rapidly approaching….Cross Country Season!

Cross Country is a fantastic opportunity for Endurance runners to work on core and leg strength, speed endurance as a building block for Spring Marathons or Road Running. A few renowned runners you might have heard of such as Paula Radcliffe, Mo Farah and of course John Heyes all developed their skills on the Cross Country circuit before going onto to be global stars.

We even manage a smile sometimes….

Wigan Harriers compete in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. Six fixtures split by a Christmas break which take us all over the North West region.

How does it all work?

Well team work is the key. For the men the first 6 runners to finish count as the A team, next 6 the B team and so on. For the Ladies it’s the first 4 for the A team and so on. Come 10th 10 points, 50th 50 points, the team with the lowest points come first. Still with me? Good…How you do as a team is compared to 7 other teams in your mini league. The Ladies are in Division 1 and the Men are in Division 2 so beat all the teams in your league and you get 7 points.

if you didn’t follow the previous paragraph don’t worry you simply run as hard as possible, time is irrelevant just beating as many people is the key!

There are Vet leagues too so there is an opportunity for everyone to chip in and contribute to the team effort.

Over the years dozens of people have run Cross Country for Wigan Harriers and we need you to follow in this great tradition. Having incomplete teams gets you nil points so we need plenty of runners. Any registered Harrier can run, how fast or slow you think you are is irrelevant, we need and welcome everyone.

The fixture list has changed slightly from when it was first published.

2018/19 Fixtures

13th October 2018 GSK Sports Club, Ulverston

24th November 2018 Sefton Park, Liverpool

8th December 2018 Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn (changed date)

12th January 2019 Towneley Park, Burnley

9th February 2019 Leigh Sports Village

2nd March 2019 Cuerden Valley

Sometimes the course can have a few rain puddles but don’t worry we have never lost anyone in the swamp.

An afternoon of hard racing means a treat is often well deserved so coffee and cake is virtually obligatory! Cafe or our own supplies, we like to cover all the bases!

If 6 races aren’t enough for you? Don’t worry we can do the Northern or National Championships but we can save that for another edition of The Chronicles! 😁

Here’s a few more of the team photos from last year, come and join us!

Closing dates for upcoming events

It would be great to have a fantastic turnout for both of these events. Please take note of the closing dates and make sure you email wiganendurance@hotmail.com if you wish to run.

 

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

CLOSING DATE TO LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO RACE WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH

Test yourself against club mates and represent Wigan Harriers against clubs from all over the north of England.

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

CLOSING DATE TO LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO RACE THURSDAY 5th APRIL

Club outing to race teams from all over England in a beautiful setting.

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.

Many thanks for your support.

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!

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!

 

 

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.