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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…
These are the timings for the different age groups, please cheer on the younger runners if you get chance.
(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!
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.
Chip timed, Run Britain handicap valid event, European XC Champs qualifier, Racing Elites, £1 entry…….. what an absolute belter of a bargain!
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!
up to 2K
up to 2K
||u15 girls and u13 boys
||u15 boys and u17 women
||u17 men, v70 men and jnr, snr & vet women
||jnr, snr and vet men
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!
Wigan Harriers took another muddy step closer to cross country glory at the weekend with both the Senior Mens and Ladies Teams going top of their respective Divisions after first class displays at Witton Park Blackburn. With just one race to go Harriers Teams can grab promotion for an incredible 3rd successive season putting both teams in the top flight of the Mid Lancs League for the first time. Under 13 star Jack Dee Ingham also set up a nail biting end of season showdown at Kendal after winning his event in style to take the U13 championship to the wire. Continue reading
Coming up next Saturday is the re-arranged cross country fixture at Witton Park in Blackburn. This is the penultimate event in our Mid Lancs campaign with both the Senior Ladies and Mens A Team in a good position to push for promotion. It is all the more important that the ladies get a full team across the line on Saturday to consolidate their 2nd place in their division and increase the chances of topping the table at the end of the season.
The Senior Mens A Team are just 2 points off top spot and a good performance at Blackburn should all but assure promotion to Division 1 next year. For the first time ever we have a Wigan Harriers B team scoring points in Division 4. If we can take two full teams to our remaining fixtures there is still an outside chance that we could see our B Team promoted to Division 3 next season. for that to happen we need to see the same kind of turn out that we mustered for Knowsley last week. For anyone who didn’t make it last week, now is the chance to redeem yourself Tim.
A number of our new members have expressed an interest in representing the club at cross country. There is no need to wait for an invite or selection to the team! Just let one of the coaches know you fancy running and we will sort out your paperwork and race number on the day.
Witton Park is a fine course with the famous twin climbs of the “Saucer” and the “Spoon” along with plenty of mud to keep us happy!. There is also a Café and playground on site making it an ideal event to bring along some family support provided the weather allows! See last years Witton Park Report for more info
Take a note of the start times which differ from last week with Senior Ladies running at 2pn with the Senior Men setting off at 2.30pm
Twelve months ago we were handing out plaudits to the brave band of Harriers who endured 5 inch deep frozen slush on their circumnavigation of Knowsley Safari Park. The 2013 Northern Cross Country Championships have gone down in folklore with tales of frost-bitten finishers and frozen runners. With a frost free Winter so far we were looking forward to more benign running conditions at this years event. A bit of rain was forecast for ther afternoon but this wasnt expected to trouble the hardened veterans of the 2013 campaign. How wrong were! Continue reading
Arguably the biggest fixture of our cross country season takes place this Saturday with the 2nd round of the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Sefton Park. Over 1500 runners will assemble at the Liverpool venue with clubs from all over the UK sending teams to compete. Some of the leading names in the UK will be lining up to take on this fast but challenging course with a place in the European Championships in Belgrade at stake for the elite. Continue reading
The next fixture in the Red Rose Cross Country campaign takes place at Leverhulme Park in Bolton this Saturday. Many of our cross country warriors are ruled out following various marathon campaigns and niggling injuries leaving just a hard core of runners left to represent the club.
Mike Harris is promising a relaxing and gentle afternoon of rehabilitation jogging round the rolling inclines of the park. Anyone who has been before may instead be expecting a tough and hilly course with all the traditional muddy thrills and spills of a proper cross country race!
If that hasn’t persuaded wavering competitors to take part then nothing will!
Harriers will assemble from 12.30ahead of the senior ladies race at 1:35, with the senior men heading off at 2:15pm. Point your Sat Navs at BL2 6EB. There is limited parking available around the sports centre, and ample on street parking around the park itself.
Anyone who doesn’t already have a number can register and collect on the day for £6, which entitles them to race at no extra cost for the rest of the campaign. Unbeatable value!
The 2nd fixture in the Red Rose League took place in the pleasant surroundings of Astley Park in Chorley.
There was a superb number of athletes representing Wigan Harriers across the whole range of age groups. Heavy overnight rain had muddied the course up but the going was still classed as ‘good’ after a pre-race meeting by the stewards aka Men’s Senior Team. So much so that there was debate initially about whether to wear spikes and then what length. As quick as an F1 team our boys changed down from 15’s and 12’s to whatever they could find lurking in the depths of their sportsbags. Continue reading
Leigh Sports Village was the venue for the opening cross country fixture of the season this weekend with a fine turn out from Harriers to get the campaign underway. 5 complete Wigan teams crossed the line from both the junior, seniors and veterans as 21 club members competed in the red and black.
Unseasonably glorious sunshine and blue skies greeted runners on the generally flat and fast course. a distinct lack of rain over recent weeks left the going firm throughout with very few competitors opting for a spike. The Under 11 Boys were the first to test their mettle in rising temperature with Mathew Baptista finishing a very creditable 14th from a field of 66 in 8:24. Max Lucas was next out in the U13 Boys category and put in a solid run in 12:36 for a good opening to his season. Continue reading