WIGAN Harriers travelled up the M6 in force for the final fixture of the Mid Lancs cross country season in Kendal on Saturday – and came back with a sack full of silverware!
The Robin Park trophy cabinet will be groaning under the weight of new additions after a day that saw three Wigan teams promoted along with individual glory for a pair of stand out athletes.
The senior ladies went into the race with everything still to run for. Depending on their performance in this final fixture they could have finished with promotion, as champions or with nothing at all.
Gutsy runs from Jayne Taylor, Julie Plat, Caroline Rasburn, Sarah Morton and Natalie Thompson saw the ladies bag the first trophy of the day as they secured promotion to Division One as champions. Taylor won her third race of the year in her age group to claim the individual V45 title and double the trophy haul.
The senior men’s team started the day in a strong position to claim their third promotion in successive seasons. Andy Kaufman led the A-Team home to secure that promotion with the added bonus of topping the table and collecting the second Division Trophy.
Earlier, a strong contingent of juniors got the excitement underway with Harvey Scarborough setting the standard with a strong second place in the boys U11 event followed by Thomas Scarborough in sixth. Jack Dee Ingham led the charge in the U13 boys race along with George Scarborough and Matthew Lynch.
Ingham tore away from the field with a dominant run that saw him win comfortably with a 24 second lead, to finish the season in joint first place.
Thomas Mason finished 10th in the U15 boys race with Danielle Thompson taking fifth in the U17 women’s event.
Harriers’ most successful ever cross country season was completed by the surprise result of the day when the men’s B Team put in a stunning effort to snatch second place on the day, to pip Red Rose to the runners up spot in Division Four and become the third Harriers team to earn promotion.