Mid Lancs Cross Country Report

Saturday 9th November saw Harriers take part in the second Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture of the 2019/20 season. Just in time for the big day the temperatures took a tumble and one point sleet was on the weather forecast! Our teams were not worried however as they had their new tent making it’s second outing as ever complete with with tea and coffee facilities. We have certainly moved with the times!

First up were the Ladies team. Represented by Marie Jarvis, Danielle Brearton KellyAnne Towns, Jacqui Jones and Pauline Foster.

Hyndburn is one of people’s favourite courses. It has most natural obstacles you can imagine, not out and out hilly but plenty of undulations. The only thing missing is a stream or river but it trades water for mud and plenty of it. Not the severity of Knowsley or Witton Park (runners of the Northern XC Champs at those venues will be having palpitations at those mentions!!) but enough to make it very very tough.

The ladies had a brilliant day, they might have been light in numbers (come on we need more of you!) but they made up for it in an excellent performance. Leading the ladies home in a brilliant 7th place was Danielle in 27:19. A fantastic result that really got the team off to a great start. Next was Marie (battling a cold as well as the mud) in 32nd and 30:13. Making it home as 3rd counter was KellyAnne 41st place in 30:43. Jacqui was 56th in 31:45 and Pauline was 107th in 37:28, coming home completely covered in mud following a serious case of face planting.

This meant the Ladies were 5th team and 3rd V35 team. A great return on their efforts!

Next were the men with a turnout of 10 and a serious loading of handsome V40 runners! Hell! Who says the editor can’t show some artistic licence! By now the course was at it’s churned up finest. Please don’t be fooled by the excessive clothing in the photo, come race time it was strictly vest and shorts only for these tough guys!

Mike Harris, Steve Nicholls, Paul Fitzsimmons, Tony Foster, Chris Simpson (unusually camera shy?), Sanjay Bisnauthsing, Stuart Fairclough, Jeff Darbyshire and Mark Morgan-Hillam were the male line up.

Absolutely blasting round the course for the men was Jonathan, finishing 33rd in an impressive 40:41. Then the pop sensation Stevie Nicks bounced back to form in 72nd place in 43:37. An excellent debut from Sanjay in 81st and 44:13. Next was a steady procession of V40 Harriers. Mike in 85th with 44:30, Mark 91st with 44:41, Chris Simpson (who had adopted camo face paint by this stage) in 100th in 45:12 chased in by Stuart in 101st in 45:14. Then we had Paul Fitzsimmons in 108th in 45:36. Tony was 206th in 53:03 and Jeff was 259th in 1:04:06.10th place team and 6th V40 team.

A tough but very enjoyable day. An honourable mention to the younger athletes who also made the journey to represent Harriers, well done!

All our teams are in Divisions, based on season performance there is promotion and relegation. The ladies are in Division One and the men Division Two. In addition there are leagues for the age categories with the men’s V40 team in Division One.

Well I’m pleased to say that the Ladies are TOP of Division One! This means it’s really important we get as many of you running as possible for the rest of the season to maintain this position. The Ladies V35 are in 2nd place which again is fantastic, well done Ladies!

The Men are going steady in Division Two, currently in 4th place – the top two are promoted and bottom two relegated. For the V40 men it was their first points as they didn’t have a full complete of old boys at Ulverston. It was 2nd place team at Hyndburn so a great points return. Again it’s now vital we continue to turn out in big numbers!

Remaining fixtures

Sefton Park, Liverpool 23rd November

Towneley Park, Burnley 11th January

Lawson’s Ground, Blackpool 8th February

Ryelands Park, Lancaster 29th February

In addition there are the Northern XC Championships 25th January and National XC Championships 22nd February.

Cross Country news!

Important – registering to run Cross Country at Sefton Park Liverpool

Cross Country – Saturday 23rd November Liverpool

This isn’t the next race but it’s different in that you need to let us know before this weekend if you want to do it! The club will pay for the entries but we need to know so we can sort numbers and timing chips. There will be no on the day entries. It’s a fantastic event that attracts additional runners from across the country. Please only advise if you can definitely run. Thank you.

Cross Country – Saturday 9th November Wilson Playing Fields, Hynburn

The next Cross Country race takes place Saturday 9th November at Hynburn. 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 is either spikes or trail shoes and is sure to have a little mud so likely to be good fun! For details of location, course maps and timings please look at http://www.midlancs.org.uk/

Other Mid Lancs League dates

11th January Burnley Mid Lancs XC
8th February Blackpool Mid Lancs XC
29th February Lancaster Mid Lancs XC

Other Cross Country events

25th January Northern Athletics XC Champs,
Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS – look up Camp Hill – looks a good venue.

Saturday 22nd February English National XC Champs
Wollaton Park, Nottingham – a fantastic venue for a great event

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Christmas all finished, one week into the new year, what’s next for Wigan Harriers Endurance?

Quite a lot actually!

Next up is the 4th fixture in the important Mid Lancs Cross Country League –  16th January at Hyndburn. Yes this is the same venue as used earlier in the season for Red Rose. It’s a particular favourite of many from the club as it always presents a varied and tough challenge. Anyone training for a marathon will find the strength and stamina gained from Cross Country running very beneficial.


On 24th January the 401 Challenge rocks up into town. Ben Smith is attempting to run 401 consecutive marathons (what a hero!) for charity. He has chosen Wigan Harriers to guide him through 26.2 miles of Wigan territory. Please let Jayne Taylor know if you want to get involved and run some of the route with Ben.


The second club event of the year is the “New Year Do” at Wigan Cricket Club. Anyone who moves fast might still manage to sneak tickets for our first January party, they are £12 each. It promises to be a fantastic evening. Please contact Nina, Mel or Becki.


The following day are the Northern Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn, on 30th January, 2016. This is one of the biggest Cross Country races of the season and it would be great if we could enter Men and Ladies teams in this event and keep Wigan Harriers in the limelight. Teams need to be entered soon so please contact Steve Nicholls without delay!!


For anyone still wanting a further challenge then there is the ‘big daddy’ of all XC’s – the Nationals!  The National Cross Country Championships will be held at Donington Park, on 27th February 2016. A chance to mingle with elites and club runners from all over the country. Again please let Steve Nicholls know if you want to enter, once we know numbers we can plan any car sharing and the neccessary coffee shop stops en route!

Cross Country dates and venues

That’s just the first few weeks of this year, 2016 promises to be full on…..



Leigh Red Rose Cross Country

The first cross country fixture of the season will take place this Saturday with the Red Rose series opener at Leigh Sports Village.

Wigan Harriers hope to field as many runners as possible on this flat and fast course. There is no maximum number of runners per club with the first 3 ladies, and first 6 men over the line scoring for the A’ Team. However, if we are just one runner short the team doesn’t score at all which is why we are encouraging everyone to get along and take part!

Everyone resgistered as a member of Wigan Harriers will count for the club and Jaqui Jones has e-mailed everyone with the full list of those pre-entered. Non-affiliated competitors can register to run on the day for a small fee and their results will be counted towards the individual standings.

Race numbers will be available for collection from our Race Day Pavillion, (its a blue gazebo!), where Andy Eccles or Jayne Taylor will hand them out. We aim to meet up from around 12:45 to help Richie get the Gazebo set up, giving us enough time to sort out numbers and go for a warm up/recce. The Senior Ladies race start at 1.35pm with the Mens event beginning at 2.15pm.

For anyone who hasn’t run cross country before this venue is a great introduction with a mixture of hard path, tracks, grass and mud to tackle on a relatively level course. With the weather forecast looking reasonable, a good fell / trail shoe would probably suffice if you haven’t yet got hold of a pair of cross country spikes.