Bailey’s double as Harriers Endurance Group heads out

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TRIO: Bolton Harriers at Knowl Hill
TRIO: Bolton Harriers at Knowl Hill

A membership at Bolton Harriers with regular attendance to training sessions can equip anyone with a good core fitness to then attempt all manner of events.

And that was proven last Sunday when Endurance Group members travelled up and down the country for a variety of events.

The ‘Pot Noodle Club’, in the form of Lee Petch. Scott Bracey and Mark Garner, took to the fells again in the Knowl Hill Fell Race and conquered six miles and 1,300 feet of ascent.

Elsewhere, after two years of postponement, Mary Cheung finally got to run the Edgworth 10K - a well-organised race with plenty of supporters and marshals around the beautiful Enwistle and Wayoh reservoirs was her description.

She said: “I had almost forgotten how tough the route was made even tougher by an uphill finish, but it was great to have finally got that race done.”

Rachel Bailey decided one race was not enough and travelled to The Wirral for the Port Sunlight 5k/10k and took to the starting line in both races.

In warm but windy conditions, she completed the one lap of the village 5k in 20mins 29secs for fourth female and managed a top-10 female spot in the two-lap 10k in a time of 40:20.

Then, the tri-athletes chipped in as Kirsty Taylor and Chris Byrne successfully completed the AJ Bell World Series Leeds Standard Tri.

Byrne described the swim as pleasant apart from the ‘washing machine’ start, the bike ride as ‘lumpy but no huge climbs’ and the run having ‘three brutal climbs’.

He completed it in a time of 2:46:00.

Taylor was not far behind in a time of 2:57:00 and she said: “This was my best time so far and I was only aiming for 3:15:00.

“I was really pleased with the sub three hours and with a lot of pros taking part, I found it a really exciting and enjoyable event.”

Not to be outdone, Endurance Group leader, Aidie Costello, navigated the Royal Windsor Tri.

It was described as a prestigious triathlon in a picturesque location with the backdrop of Windsor Castle and a great event village atmosphere.

He successfully completed a swim in the River Thames, a bike route through the streets of Windsor and surrounding countryside and a run through Windsor Great Park.

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