Wednesday 8th June saw the latest round of the CLGP in the form of the Haigh Hall 4 Miler with a lower turnout than usual from Bolton United Harriers.
Eight Blue Vests made it to the start line in good conditions for an evening dash.
Callum Brooks made a blistering start on the tail of the eventual winner but settled for 4th place at the finish in an excellent time of 22 mins 25 secs. He said later “the race went well and was more hilly than I had envisaged never having raced there. Like other competitors I started a little too fast but then managed to settle into a rhythm after the first mile. I am still learning in these races and I will definitely take some pointers from this one. I will be back working hard in training next week to be ready for the next series race – the Horwich 5 Miler. I am really looking forward to that one”.
The ever improving Scott Sunderland was second Harrier back in another excellent time of 25 mins 13 secs. This young man very rarely misses training and is reaping the rewards with his race results this year.
Heather Tomlinson (nee Brown) is back in business after her wedding and honeymoon in America. Heather and husband Will went on several trail runs on their honeymoon and she showed she is still in great shape with a gender 2nd finish in a time of 25 mins 20 secs. She said “Haigh Hall was my first race as newly wed Mrs Tomlinson. Felt good to be back racing again after a few weeks off with my wedding and holidays. It was a tough course and pleased with a 2nd place finish. The race was part of my London Marathon training plan which is the next big race on my agenda, as well as the CLGP races”.
Gary Porteous has his sights on a series age category medal. He is another in great shape this year and a regular training attendee. He came back with another top 5 age category finish.
Still fighting his way back to his best after setbacks galore Dave Chrystal as 5th harrier back in a time of 27 mins 49 secs. Fingers crossed this well respected Harriers committee member can get back to full fitness.
Two young Harriers, who often go on training runs together, were next home in the form of Rachel Bailey and Thomas Gore, 28 mins 8 secs and 28 mins 13 secs respectively.
Most weeks involve a race of some description for Mark Garner and this week was no exception with a Haigh Hall time of 30mins 13 secs.