Weekend round up post Relays!

Train hard…Race harder, sounds good? It was certainly the motto of a number of Harriers this weekend. Not content with running to exhaustion on Saturday, a number of runners also turned out at the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday.

Well we can say, we are becoming a very serious club when not one but two athletes are using pacemakers. First up was Annemarie Craven “fresh” her from Relay performance, Annemarie was using Chris “Crazy Horse” Burgess as a pacesetter, a brave move as Chris is known for liking to chat and for stopping mid-race to do some horse whispering. Regardless of this Chris was determined to ensure Annemarie left Liverpool with r
the desired PB.

Our other runner following another set of heels was Babyface Avery (He reckons he was challenged for ID this week, wishful thinking perhaps?) Howard was using his older brother to coax him round the course to a PB. Laurence is an excellent runner and for him it was “just marathon pace”.

Saturday shots of Annemarie and Howard












These guys were joined by Andy Ratcliffe, Chris Burton, Tony Foster and David Banks.

The pacemaking worked as there were two shiny PB’s created, in fact there were no fewer than 5 PB’s created and a season’s best too. Well done Harriers!

Andy confessed to not knowing Howard was on his tail, judging by this picture if he had looked round he might have sped up considerably!!

Please move back from your screen before clicking on this link, it is also not suitable for anyone of a nervous disposition.


22nd Andy Ratcliffe 1.18:16 3rd V45
33rd Howard Avery 1.18:56 PB
630th David Banks 1.36:15 PB
711th Chris Burton 1.37:45 PB
1125th Tony Foster 1.42:30 PB
1199th Annemarie Craven 1.43:16 PB
1206th Chris Burgess 1.43:17

Training with us recently has been Ian Stewart (Go on Ian, join up, sign the forms!!), who finished in 2.09:11, well done on the improvement.









Meanwhile further north in Accrington, Stuart Holding was taking on the Ron Hill Accy 10k . Stuart too had a great run managing a PB in 44:33, well done!

For those who have not read Andy’s race report…..




Liverpool Half Marathon 2013

Wigan Harriers were well represented at the recent Liverpool Half Marathon with Pate Cole, Pauline Taylor, Lisa Stevenson and David Newshan taking on the 13.1 miles of this iconic race.

Lisa put in a fantastic performance in her debut over the distance. she can be very proud with an extremely creditable 2:02:17. Serial Half Marathoners Pat and Pauline keep on turning out top times and came home together in 2:16:12 for yet another strong performance.

David Newsham provides us with the following insight into his day:

Three weeks after the Half Marathon in Blackpool, it was off to Merseyside to continue the quest (along with Pat Cole and Pauline Taylor) of completing any Half Marathon ending with the ‘Pool’ (so that just leaves Hartlepool, Pontypool, Ullapool and Welshpool)!

Considering I’m more of an owl than a lark, setting the alarm for 6.30 to ensure the porridge and blueberries had done their thing (if you know what I mean) for a 9.00am start seemed a bit excessive, but once I’d navigated safely to the Pier Head area I was raring to go.

This was the third time I’ve done the Liverpool Half, but it’s a much bigger
event now and has a different course with the start and finish in front of
the Liver Buildings. The start was a bit chaotic with people hurdling
barriers to try to get into cramped pens – it was certainly cosy but at
least it kept the wind off. Off we went in the usual mayhem of people trying to avoid each other and the bollards/traffic lights.

After the early steady climb after about a mile it’s reasonably flat, taking
in some pleasant sights such as Sefton Park which was nice and also an under pass/zig-zag barriers – not so nice. Was feeling OK as the race continued but not as strong as I’d hoped (excuses…. main goal is Manchester marathon in 6 weeks and still in early stages of metamorphosis from recreational to clubrunner!).

Past the 9 mile mark the course followed the Mersey all the way home which
felt like a long home straight, but a tad early to start pushing that bit extra for the finish. Other notable highlights included surviving the plonker who cut across from the extreme right of the field in his desperation to get a drink after 3 miles, someone who clipped my heels and nearly sent me nose-diving half-way through and those beautiful cobbles for the final mile were particularly a nice touch.

A time of 1.51.39 was a minute quicker than the last outing but a long way off my PB and where I want to get to – but still an enjoyable morning and after my mile cool down I felt satisfied with my efforts and returned to my car which still had 4 wheels.