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Skem Harriers members take part in challenges despite lockdown

Skem Harriers members take part in challenges despite lockdown

by Henry James (January 2021)

2020 has been a difficult year and as with most other sports and activities, members of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers haven’t been able to meet as a club since early March.

However, they haven’t let this deter them, and many of the runners have taken part in various challenges throughout lockdown, both informal ones set up by the Club, as well as proper ‘Virtual’ events.

Most recently, around 20 members of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers took part in the ‘Lakeland Lapland Virtual Festive Ultra 2020’, which was organised by Epic Events, a Wrightington based company that organises the Ultra Tour of the Lake District ‘Lakeland 100’ and ‘Lakeland 50’ every year.

The aim was for runners to get to Lapland (virtually of course) to save Christmas and enable Santa to deliver all the presents.

To do this, they had to cover either 89 or 145 miles in 12 days, depending on whether they were doing the Full or Half Trek.

Epic Events promised to donate £500 to the charity of choice for the top seven running clubs who covered the most miles in the 12 days.

Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers are a relatively small club, but their runners are a determined bunch, and they were delighted to come third in the competition, ahead of some much bigger clubs!

Members of the club voted that their £500 should be donated to Digmoor Food Bank, an independent foodbank that provides food, cleaning products and clothes to families within the community. A spokesman for the Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers said: “We hope that this money will make a real difference to local people at the end of this difficult year.”

If you are interested in joining Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers visit www.skelmersdaleboundaryharriers.com where people will find information about the club, as well as contact details.

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