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…..



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.



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?