Coach notes

Harriers Coach Dave Waddington shares some Marathon training thoughts…

After having a marathon plan request for 20 to 25 miles a week it reminded me of that some people maybe need to get an appreciation of the commitment required to take on a marathon. The accompanying schedule is a recommendation from a well known training book on the number of weekly training miles that are suggested for race distances from 5k to marathon. It shows the number of miles per week that would generally be expected from beginners to elite runners.

If any members would like any guidance or race training plans please ask one of the coaches who will be glad to provide guidance.




Training venue change 29th September

Please note there is a venue change for Tuesday 29th Sept.

18.30 Coppull Lane. (Latics are playing a home game)

Meet at the top of Coppull lane next to Swinley Labour Club, which is between Tesco and Wigan Infirmary at the top of Central Park Way.

There is some parking around the club.
2 hours free parking on Tesco. The parking on Wigan lane is free after 18.00 (please check the meters before you leave your car).
Also, Darren Horrocks has advised of plenty parking off Standishgate, which is on the other side of the main road opposite The Swinley. There is a tunnel between 12 and 14 Lord street that leads to the
carpark around the back.

If the car park fills up, Lord Street itself has 2 hours free parking on the right hand side (one way street), and the next street over, Charles Street, has the same but on the left.

Training update w/c 23rd March 2015

This will be the last Tuesday session at the DW 18.30
We will move the session to Haigh Hall on 31st March for the summer. Full details will be given in next week’s update.

Thursday DW 19.00
A large number of us are racing at the road relays on Saturday who won’t be doing a full session. It would be really good if you would all still come along and support those who will still be training.

See you in the week


Training venue change Tuesday 17th March

Latics are playing a home game on Tuesday this week so training will move to Coppull Lane for the legendary HILL SESSIONS Come on, you know you want to!

Meet at Swinley Labour Club WN1 2LQ 18.30. There is some parking available around the club. You can also park on Wigan Lane and near the Monument after 17.00 (please check the restrictions before you leave your car) There is also 2 hours on Tesco. If you are late, we will have gone for a warm up to the Cherry Gardens and back.

Training week commencing 23rd February

Tuesday 18.30 Hill Session

Please note that Tuesday 24th Feb. Latics are playing a home game so we will move to Coppull Lane for the hill session.

We meet at The Swinley Club WN1 2LQ

There is some parking around the club and restrictions are lifted along Wigan Lane near the Infirmary and around the Monument area, but please check before you leave your car. We’ve also been offered additional parking off Lord St.,-2.628667,3a,75y,89.94h,62.09t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sJduWdI19wA3vKJa6j4K7Rg!2e0

This is behind the Sports Office WN1 2BN Lord St is a one way St. If you rotate the map, you will see a tunnel through the buildings before the shop. There is room for approx 10-12 cars. If you park up and walk up to the end of the Street, you will see The Swinley on the other side of the main road.

This is a really good hill session that everyone can get their teeth into. The efforts are only 35 seconds each. This is a great preparation for when we move the Tuesday sessions into Haigh Hall next month.

If you are late, wait near the Swinley as we will have gone for a warm up to the Cherry Gardens and back. If you know where that is, run towards us.

Thursday DW Stadium 19.00 as normal

See you in the week


Tuesday Nights at Haigh Hall

Its a sure sign that Spring is almost here when we are able to switch the Tuesday night session from the stadium up to the leafy environs of Haigh Hall. As from Tuesday 9th April we will be taking advantage of the lighter nights to resume training around the paths and tracks of Haigh Country Park.

The meeting point will be the Hall itself with the warm up starting at 6.15pm. We will then re-group outside the Hall before starting the session proper at 6.30pm.

Anyone who can make the session is encouraged to do so. The softer tracks around Haigh are an ideal surface for avoiding injury, and we couldnt have a more pictureque place to train. Depending on the weather over the next few weeks we may even begin some short intervals entirely on grass.

Parking: There is usually plenty of parking available on Hall Lane, or for those travelling from the M61, along Higher Lane up to the “2 tonne bridge” Those using the car park near the golf club be warned that parking charges still apply in the evening.

Wigan Harriers Round Up

Its been a busy couple of weeks all round for Wigan Harriers Endurance Group as the Tuesday and Thursday night training groups grow ever larger, and the Wednesday night race series get into full swing.

We have been delighted to see so many new faces training with us over the past few weeks despite the best that the British summer has served up! The atmosphere on a Thursday night can be fairly said to be “buzzing” as runners of all levels mix it up around the JJB. With so many people now taking part in the sessions we have a great spread of speeds and abilities so that no-one is left out, be they brand new runners or outright speed merchants.

On the racing front we saw a great turn out at Haigh Hall last week, (11th July 2012), as 7 runners represented the lub at this local 4 miler. Tim Pilkington picked up his first legitimate Vet 40 victory as he came 7th overall in 23:15. Unlike his slightly premature prize in the Grasmere Gallop, Tim will be allowed to keep the win as this time he is now genuinely over 40! Andy Kaufman was hot on his heels in 8th place with a finish time of 23:41

Dave Collins was 3rd Vet 50 in 24:23 and 17th place overall, holding off “The Reaper” Darren Middleton who was feeling the after effects of a full turn on the day shift with his 25:22 in 24th place. Harriers were also delighted to see the continuing return to form of Jayne Tayor as first lady Vet 50 in 27:20. Martin Andrews was one place behind her in 28:01. Big congratulations also go to Gary Wane making his debut both in a Harriers vest and as a club runner as he smashed out a 28:10 in his maiden appearance over the distance. Yet another PB for Gary.

Haigh Hall 4 July 2012 Results

Kev taking it easy again

A week later and Harriers were back in action at Horwich Jubilee Road Race where Tim Pilkington again grabbed glory in the Vet 40 category whilst on his way to 5th place overall. Tims race ended with a bit of drama as a late challenge from James Hilton ended with a nasty tumble within sight of the line. Kevin Edwards patented reverse taper method appears to have cost him a few seconds over his previous outing over this course as he finished in 35:41 and 18th place overall. This is a vast improvement over the 60th place he was originally credited with in error. Arguably the hardest training runner at Harriers is threatening to “take it easy” ahead of the next race in the series but we’ll beleive that when it happens Kev!

Once again we celebrated a debut run from a another new Harriers runner in the form of Mike Worsley. Mike defied his own pessimitic predictions and a persistent shin splints issue to record a very creditable 50th place in 41:30. Welcome aboard and well done Mike.Horwich Jubilee Series Race 3 Results

With races at Harrock Hill and Chorley to come over the next few weeks expect to see a few more quality performances from Wigan Harriers comin gup.