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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Epic adventure…

Maybe, maybe not but at least I’ve grabbed your interest!

We are now half way through the Mid Lancs season with fixture number 4 this Saturday 16th January. It’s at a course renowned for being very dry, quick and easy – Wilson Playing Fields Hyndburn especially after all the dry weather.

Right I can’t lie…it’s a muddy tough challenge but a fantastic Cross Country course. Some of you will have had the pleasure already this season, taking part in the Red Rose fixture. People pay a small fortune to run challenge and obstacle races, why when you can do this with the Harriers!!

It might even trump Sefton’s mud…

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These are the timings for the different age groups, please cheer on the younger runners if you get chance.

Approx Distances
(12.30pm u11 girls) ~ 2K
(12.45pm u11 boys)~ 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; jnr, snr & vet women 6K
2.30pm jnr, snr and vet men 9-10K

If anyone requires a lift please ask at training. If in doubt just do it, we need everyone please, that includes you! Yes you reading this now!

 

Mid Lancs XC – Sefton Park

Sefton Park is the Blue Riband Cross Country fixture in the Mid Lancs calendar. Leagues from across the North West come together to form a bigger field than normal, in addition to this it is usually the qualifier for the European Championships so we get to share the mud with Elites too!

This year’s race is on the 28th November and it’s vital we field a large team and pick up the maximum possible points. We need all abilities as we need to get two mens and two ladies teams across the line. Any club member interested in taking part needs to send their details through to Jacqui Jones by tomorrow lunchtime Friday 20th November. £1 entry to Jacqui on the day. Sefton is chip timed with a new race number.

jacqui.jones64@yahoo.com

Chip timed, Run Britain handicap valid event, European XC Champs qualifier, Racing Elites, £1 entry…….. what an absolute belter of a bargain!

 

 

Harriers Endurance Late Christmas Do!

Just a quick update on the late Xmas/New year do!

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The venue is booked, the entertainment confirmed; I’m please to say the fabulous Andy Mack (Yes as heard on Wigan 10K route) is ours for the night! All that is left to do is confirm numbers for food. We’re planning on having a selection of hot and cold options and snacks too!

We are asking for deposits to be paid by 28th November (Sefton Park Cross Country is on that day so pack your spikes and your fivers please).

Your social events team is Nina / Becki / Mel.

 

Wigan Marathon – Pies the Limit

Yes, you’re not imagining it. Wigan will host its very own marathon on Sunday 24th January 2016, and everyone is invited to help out or take part.

Earlier in the year, we were approached by Ben Smith to ask if we could come up with a marathon route in and around Wigan. Ben is attempting to run a marathon a day for 401 consecutive days, starting 1st September 2015. He will be running many of the big official marathons, but the bulk of his runs will be routes devised by running clubs like ourselves.

Ben suffered bullying for many years, and he is running to raise money for anti-bullying charities. His story and the background to the event can be read at http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/.

The Wigan marathon was dreamt up by Jayne Taylor, and is included on his website at the following link http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/marathons/marathon-146-wigan.

It proved surprisingly difficult to get the distance up to 26 miles – you seem to think that you have gone further than you actually have – but we eventually settled on the route below.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/925035754

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We are looking for people to run the course with Ben. You don’t need to run the whole route. You can choose the distance you are able to cover with him. He is currently running at around a 12 minute mile pace. By the time he gets to us it may be even slower, and so is within all of our capabilities. It will be very leisurely and social – he even does coffee stops!

We will be issuing further information closer to the day, but it would be good if we could provide support for Ben throughout his run, so please put the date in your diaries and let Jayne know if you are interested.

Obviously this provides a great opportunity to publicise the club, and any suggestions would be more than welcome. And no, we are not producing medals! Unless someone has a contact?

Mid Lancs XC needs you!

And of course you need it!

This coming weekend is the second fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League on Saturday 24th October. It takes place at Towneley Park in tropical Burnley. After a very successful opening fixture at Chorley it’s a great opportunity for the Mens and Ladies teams to build on those results.

Please do your best to run if possible, it’s great for strength, stamina and it really does help promote the club. We need plenty of runners as we would like to score A & B teams. It will be marvelous fun and there are plenty of team mates on hand with shouts of encouragement. Afterwards there is usually time for a quick pit stop in the cafe next door!

Race times

12.30pm u11 girls
up 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

 

Venue map

Course map

If anyone needs a lift please ask as I’m sure it can be sorted.

A few pictures from the Towneley Park fixture in January this year. I don’t think it will be quite so muddy this time or cold!

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Training this week

The dark nights are creeping back so don’t forget training this Tuesday is at the DW Stadium. You will be very lonely if you go to Haigh Hall in error!

https://wiganharriersendurance.wordpress.com/training/

Both sessions this week are at the DW and there is Mid Lancs Cross Country this Saturday at Astley Park Chorley.

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Amberswood Family Fun Day

For those of you who enjoyed the splendid environment of the Amberswood Nature Reserve we bring you news of another super event held there this coming weekend by the friends of Amberswood.

Saturday 11th July

11am till 4pm

For more details please this link F o A FUN DAY 2015

Friends of Amberswood do an excellent job of helping maintain this wonderful Greenheart park in the middle of the Wigan borough. They also provide tremendous support to the Wigan Harriers 10k Trail race.

Improvements to Wigan Trail 10k race

We are excited to share that for the 5th year of this popular race organised by Wigan Harriers there will be a number of improvements to help the development of this successful event. This year’s race takes place on Sunday 28th June.

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We have retained everything you told us you liked….good paths, flat terrain, great scenery, enthusiastic marshals, changing facilities… but improved it further.

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The introduction of Pie ‘n’ Peas for pre-entries last year helped swell the field to a record of 237 so we really needed to see how we could cater for the growth of enthusiasm for running in the Wigan area. Don’t worry the changes aren’t affecting the pies, they are still on offer if you enter real fast!!

What we have done is to modify the course slightly so we can accommodate greater runners more easily. The registration is still at Spring View Sports and Community Club and the finish remains there too but we have moved the start just into the Amberswood nature reserve to improve the race. You can get a closer look at the route at the link below but don’t worry it will be well signed and marshaled to guide you smoothly round.

The new 10k course

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The course is measured by our course planner as 10k with only 25 metres of ascent – that’s flat and should give you a chance to fulfill your potential!!

Full race details webpage

Afterwards whilst you are munching your way through a pie in the bar our race statisticians will be rapidly collating the results and calculating which of you have won prizes – don’t forget there are age category prizes so stick around and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Don’t delay, sign up today!

Harriers massive descend on Sefton Park!

A record breaking 54 Wigan Harriers plus supporters descended on Sefton Park for the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships, this was fabulous and a greater turnout than any other club!!

This was a tremendous reflection of the growth we have seen in the club over the last couple of years. We are currently on target to welcome our 100th member to the endurance group this year (Sorry no prizes available for this feat!)

Just as a reminder last year we entered two Men’s teams finishing in 45th and 62nd places. The Ladies had one team coming home in 40th place. This meant regardless of how well we ran we had already boosted participation by a whopping 80% (YES EIGHTY PERCENT)

Congratulations to the coaching team and team managers Jacqui Jones and Andy Eccles who spent months speaking to people and forming these excellent teams.

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Morning rains cleared away to leave a mild sunny afternoon for the endless streams of runners around the park. We moved up to being a two tent club but even then it was a full house, the men being slightly concerned by the news that DC had been on the beans again.

Long legs were two laps and short legs (2.4 miles) were a single lap around the paths and pavements of Sefton Park. It was a normal Saturday so there was the normal array of dog walkers, push chairs and children to dodge!

 

Those familiar with Sefton Park will know it’s not hilly but it’s sort of on a slope. The clockwise circuit took you down past the lake and back up past the cafe with it’s smells of coffee and food. Cafe goers gazing on as an endless stream of runners powered (or tried to) back up to the end point. With six Harriers teams in action it wasn’t long before you saw another black and red vest come by!

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With 54 runners I’m not going to try and pick out any individual performances as this wouldn’t be fair, there were so many people pushing themselves, stretching their limits.

 

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Men’s results

28th Wigan & District H & AC ‘A’ 3:40:11

Andrew Kaufman (52) 27:20 H Avery (46) 13:17 Abraham Afeworki (37) 26:14 Stephen Sheldon (38) 14:20 Daniel Gray (42) 28:09 Mark Glynn (38) 13:23 Gary Fitzpatrick (33) 26:26 C Smullen (31) 13:32 Stephen Nicholls (30) 14:07 Darren Jackson (31) 14:54 Mike Harris (30) 14:52 Andy Ratcliffe (28) 13:37

 

 

The Men’s A team picked up 17 places on last year’s performance, just missing out on Nationals Qualification. It was a great all round performance with plenty of new faces who will only improve.

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image55th Wigan & District H& AC ‘B’ 4:04:37

Paul Bryers (70) 31:07 Neil Prescott (67) 15:47 Paul Mason (66) 29:39 Andy Eccles (63) 15:26 Paul Platt (63) 30:34 Chris Burgess (62) 14:41 Simon Baines (62) 29:43 Kevin Edwards (62) 16:10 Colin McEvoy (62) 15:24 Richard Noone (61) 15:17 David Waddington (61) 16:14 David Collins (56) 14:35

The B team certainly didn’t perform like a B team! Their were some fantastic performances from old and new faces. They moved up 7 places from 2014.

 

62nd Wigan & District H & AC ‘C’ 4:29:14

Barry Abram (72) 31:55 Graham Millington (72) 16:29 Gary Wane (68) 31:54 Dean Atherton (65) 15:41 Tony Foster (68) 35:41 Stuart Towns (67) 15:14 Christopher Gree (68) 32:51 Chris Kinsella (69) 17:19 Michael Dutton (69) 20:02 Darren Horrocks (68) 18:13 Keith West (68) 18:02 David Banks (63) 15:53

Three teams! The C team matched the performance of last year’s B team. We had a third more men running and a tremendous improvement in performances. Big tick in the box Coach!!

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Ladies results

The ladies section has really grown well in the last twelve months. This could be seen in both the Summer race series and Cross Country season. It was now time to see if they could reproduce this form at the Relays.

20th Wigan & District H & AC ‘A’ 2:08:09

Julie Platt (24) 31:02 Nina Fisher (23) 15:58 Sarah Morton (23) 17:02 Jayne Taylor (18) 30:07 Danielle Thompso (18) 16:55 KellyAnne Towns (20) 17:05

Of course they could! The Ladies team blasted home to 20th place, an improvement of 20 places. Fantastic running from this six. That wasn’t all, we had three times the number of Ladies running this year!

The B and C teams, many of whom were first timers on this types of event turned in excellent performances. It’s so unlike any other race, you run in isolation for long periods, it was testament to their stamina and fitness that they all performed so well.

50th Wigan & District H & AC ‘B’ 2:33:31

Lindsay Freeman (59) 40:22 Robyn Fawcett (58) 19:26 Sarah Coates (57) 20:41 Shona Taylor (55) 37:06 Annemarie Craven (52) 17:50 Caroline Rasburn (50) 18:06

54th Wigan & District H & AC ‘C’ 3:01:06

Joanne Fairhurst (60) 42:09 Adele Lowe (60) 23:58 Amanda Borthwick (58) 24:56 Melanie Wane (58) 45:17 Pauline Taylor (56) 22:15 Pat Cole (54) 22:31

Congratulations again to all athletes, coaches and supporters. The next Club Relays are in September!

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