Katie Misses Outright Win by Five Seconds.

European Duathlon Championships Nancy France 1st May.

In a fantastic race Katie Ingram just missed out by a sprint finish at the end of this Elite International race. Having led the first run – the eventual winner Ruth Van der Mejden and Katie – came into the bike change over together- Van der Mejden stayed right on the tail of Katie in the second run then made an all out sprint for the line to win by just five seconds. Although very disappointed to have missed out on the win, on reflection Katie is very pleased in only her second Duathlon to be the runner up in such a prodigious International race. Katie is now looking forward to a weeks well earned rest of easy training, after her efforts in Mexico and France.

FULL RESULTS.

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 5.9 mls 950 ft Ascent

A large field started this race that had been postponed from January with seven Harriers racing. First to finish after an excellent run was Simon Parkinson in fourth, Paul Boardman ran well for 12th and second o/45, Tony Hesketh was first O/60 in 28th closely followed by Lisa Heyes who was third Lady. Pete Bland was second O/60 well pleased with his run.

Results
1 R Burney (Liverpool Harriers) 35.42
4 S Parkinson 40.05
12 P Boardman o/45 42.19
18 I Hepburn 43.22
20 D Fleming o/50 43.37
28 T Hesketh o/60 45.10
33 L Heyes 45.39
53 P Bland o/60 49.27

122 Finishers.

Full Results.

TH

Hawkshead Trail Race

This race attracted a large entry with over 500 runners tackling the tough 10 miles with hills a plenty, the race was won by James Walsh of Leeds City in 60.48finishing well clear. Our first finisher was Gareth Booth with an excellant sixth place after a cracking run. Next was Tony Hesketh 38th and first O/60 well pleased with his run, Andy and Sarah Gorman both ran well finishing only ten minutes apart.

Results
1 J Walsh (Leeds City) 1.00.48
6 G Booth 1.12.26
38 T Hesketh O/60 1.23.45
101 A Gorman O/40 1.32.27
220 S Gorman O/35 142.03
286 P Heneghan O/60 1.46.56
403 A Blinkhorn O/50 1.56.57

537 Finishers

Full results.

TH.

Dionne wins Anniversary Waltz

Anniversay Waltz Fell Race, 24th April 2010.

11.5 M / 3600′

Dionne Allen continued here recent good racing form with a victory at this tough lakeland fell race, from Stair village in the Newlands Valley, placing 42nd overall in a time of 2:03:02.

Karl Ward was also running for the club finishing 40th in 2:02:10, with Geraldine Walkington clocking a time of 2:28:59.

For the first time this year there was an alternative to the traditional route for those who find 11.5 miles over the lakeland fells too easy. The “Teenage with Altitude” fell race added a few extra peaks to the start of the usual route to make it up to 15.4 miles and 7600 FOC. Only one club member, Ian Charters, was up to the task, and finished 39th in 4:02:26. Read about Ian’s experience of the race along with some stunning pictures on his blog.

Full results and details of both races can be found here.

Weekend Snippets – April 24th / 25th 2010.

Garstang Gallop 10k, 25th April 2010.

Three club members took part in the Garstang Gallop, with Paul Muller once again leading the way finishing 4th overall and 1st V50 in a time of 36:28. Doug Fleming came 14th in 41:02 and Malcolm Whitehead came 32nd and 2nd MV65+ in 44:30.

Full results here.

Bolton 10k, 25th April 2010.

Four club members took the local option in running the Bolton 10k this weekend. Steve Nolan finished 9th overall and first V50 in 34:58. Dave Jackson finished 20th in 37:27, Ian Hamer finished 25th in 38:28, and our only lady representative, Michelle Devine finished 6th in 43:14.

Full results here.

Three Peaks Fell Race, 24th April 2010.

Three club stalwarts took part in the 2010 running of this grueling fell race over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. Graham Schofield was first to finish in a time of 03:44:46, with Albert Sunter clocking 04:05:46, and Tony Varley on 05:13:25.

Full results here.

London Marathon

Sunday 25th April 2010.

Five (correction) Horwichians took part in this years London Marathon. First home was Richard Howarth finishing an impressive 88th overall in a new PB of 2:34:23. Next was Rob Jackson in a time of 2:54:28. New member Sean McMyler also finished inside three hours in 2:58:21. Luke Carter clocked 4:19:46 and Martin Banks finished in 4:56:03.

Full results can be found here.

ATHLETICS GALORE

The 2010 Track & Field season is now well under way for Horwich RMI Harriers, with 3 meetings held over the weekend at Wigan, Warrington and Trafford. There were plenty of Personal Bests, Club Records and Medals won!

Starting with the Primary League held at Wigan on Friday 16th April, Horwich Harriers turned out 20 young Athletes to take part in this annual event, supported by Chorley Harriers and against Wigan Harriers.

There were some fantastic races and performances on the night, including 2 new young high jumpers, Penny Townsend, on her debut, who won the Yr 2-4 Girls category with a new Club Record of 0.95m and Mackenzie Dacre winning the Yr 2-4 Boys event. Isobel Dean won the triple with Soft Javelin, 75m and 600m.

For the Yr 5&6 Girls, there were great runs from Emily Shelmerdine and Alana McClarence. Whilst for the Boys Yr 5& 6, there was a lightning run from Troy Cross, who won the 75m sprint at 10.90s and the Shot was won by James Yearn with a tremendous putt of 6.34m.

On Saturday 17th April, several Horwich Harriers turned out at “sunny” Warrington and won a few medals. Notable performances were made by Zac, Joseph and Phoebe Howe in the 1500m. All of them achieving personal bests and/or winning medals, with Phoebe breaking the club record with a time of 5m14.40s for the Under 13 girls.

Natassia Dacre won the Under 15’s Girls Javelin with a throw of 22.22m, whilst Mackenzie Dacre came 2nd in the Under 11 Boys Cricket Ball throw.

There were also great performances made by Ellie Twist and Shannon McClarence on the Track.

Finally, at Trafford, Manchester on the Sunday 18th April, an open meeting was held, where Nathan Townsend turned out with a fantastic run over 800m and a great Long Jump of 3.87m for the Under 13 Boys.

Full report and results.

James Wins in Astley Park

Chorley Park Series Race 1.

Friday 23rd April, 2010.

James Kevan stormed to victory in the first of this years friday night races around Astley Park in Chorley. James was pleased with his time of 16:22, a PB for the race. Martyn Bell continued his comeback, battling for second place throughout, and only narrowly missing out to take 3rd in a time of 17:03. Next for Horwich was James’ brother Danny, finishing 12th in 18:43. Paul Boardman, 18th in 19:25, and Andy Townsend, 22nd in 19:59, completed the Horwich representation.

Full results.

Race 2 is on 21 May.

Radcliffe 10k Trail Race : 18/04/2010

Central Lancs Grand Prix Race

Horwich RMI Road championship Race

Once again a good turnout of Horwich runners (18) especially at the front end. We had 2nd 3rd and 4th overall with Ali Murray 2nd, Martyn ( Belly Boy ) Bell 3rd and Col ( The Belly ) Rigby 4th. In the Grand Prix it is 10 to count and our leading 3 were well supported by Stevie Nolan 10th, Simon Parky 12th, Dave Jackson 21st, Dennis Mason 24th, Dionne Allen 27th and 2nd lady, Paul Boardman 26th and Garry Chadderton 39th. We easily took the honours in both the team prize for the race and best team on the day in the Grand Prix. Well done to everybody who ran and supported the race and hope you can all be at the Haigh Hall 4 miler in May which is the next round of the Championship.

Results link.

If anybody fancies a nice tough little fell race on Wed 28th April try the Ashurst Beacon Race, see you there.

Pete Bland

Katie 12th in World Cup Triathlon.

Sunday 18th April 2010.

Katie Ingram took on her first full triathlon in Mexico when competing in the second round of the World Cup series finishing a superb 12th. Looking at her times and the circumstances in the race it has given Katie plenty of confidence for her next race, when the experience of racing in Mexico can be put to good use.

NM.

Katie sent this report:

Being the lowest ranked athlete I had a disadvantage from the start as I ended up last on pontoon which meant I had the worst start position and got squashed to the back as it bottlenecked after 100m. So I got boxed in and then ended up in the wrong pack, so onto the bike I was in the 3rd group and they were all holding in line with no one keen to work hard, there was no organisation to the pack, nobody wanted to work to help pull the group back so I had to settle for being in the 3rd group as front pack had put about 3mins into us.

I had the 2nd fastest run of the day and felt great on the run (fastest was the girl who won by 3 secs) so all in all not a bad start to my triathlon career. I did the best I could with the situation and more experience of swim/where to be/how hard I need to start and possibly trying to break away on my own on the bike and I should definitely improve.

Results link.

Track Closure on Thursday 29th April 2010

Hi all,

I have been advised by Bolton Arena, that the Outside Track will shortly be closed for “cleaning and remarking”.

It starts on Monday 26th April for track cleaning only, which is fortunately still leaving us with the track free for use as normal on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights of that week!

However, on Thursday 29th April 2010, the remarking starts, so on this day there will be NO TRACK OR FIELD ACCESS.

Normal access will resume the following week. Obviously note that Monday 3rd May is actually a Bank Holiday, so there is NO training that day either!

Will all coaches please inform their athletes of this closure.

Kind regards
Mark Dacre
Junior Coach
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Weekend Snippets – April 10th / 11th 2010. PART 2.

ON THE TRAILS…

Gin Pit 5 Mile Trail Race – Sunday 11th April 2010.

Six Horwichians took part in this popular biannual trail race, with some excellent age group results. Steve Nolan took the honours in the V50 category, with Steve Jackson doing the same for the V55, and Paul Murray for the V65. Pete Bland missed out on the top spot finishing second in the V60 category.

7 Steve Nolan 28:26
35 Steve Jackson 33:28
55 Pete Bland 34:47
62 Paul Murray 35:44
69 Gordon Stone 36:10
78 Kelvin Fox 37:21
87 Mark Collier 39:00

Full results.

Weekend Snippets – April 10th / 11th 2010.

ON THE FELLS…

FRA British Championships 2010 – Round 1 :

Saturday 10th April 2010. Silent Valley. AM. 9.5m/4900′.

Two of our members made the trip to Northern Ireland for the opening race of this years British Fellruning Championship in the Mourne Mountains. Darren Kay finished 10th in 1:48:29 and Mick Green finished 64th in 2:13:56.

Full results can be found here.

Here is a link to a youtube video which gives you a taste of the event.

Wardle Skyline Fell Race. BM. 7m/1250′- Saturday 10th April 2010.

Six Horwich members ran this fell race over the pennine moors around Wardle near Rochdale.

1st Adam Osborne (Leeds City) 45:41
17th Rob Haworth 51:03
51st Doug Fleming 55:07
55th Tony Hesketh 56:00
68th Stephen Diaz 57:41
86th Peter Leighton 59:44
209th Colin Waterworth 1:17:10

Well done to Tony Hesketh who was first in the V60 category.

Full results.

Llanbedr To Blaenafon. AL. 15m/4500′. – Saturday 10th April 2010.

Whilst visiting family in South Wales this weekend I took in this classic point to point race between Llanbedr and Blaenafon, by way of the peaks of Crug Mawr, Sugar Loaf and Blorenge.

The warm and sunny conditions made it hard work, but i managed to stay in contention for the lead until half way up the notorious climb of Blorenge, which reduced me to scrambling on all fours, and allowed the eventually winner to get away.

I finished 2nd in a time of 2:14:48.

Full results and details of the race can be found here.

AM.

RIVINGTON PIKE FELL RACE 2010

Saturday 3rd April 2010.

After an uncertain week the weather held good for this years pike race. The underfoot conditions however were less than perfect for fast times, and left some who preferred to have a more cushioned road shoe for the gruelling finishing on the tarmac lacking traction on the top part of the course. Despite the mud the route was once again lined with many cheering spectators that contribute to the unique character of this historic race.

The race up front was a battle between Blackburn Harriers and Pudsey & Bramley. Thomas Cornthwaite was first to the pike and retained the lead on the descent to win from Ricky Lightfoot, Rob Hope and Danny Hope.

As usual Horwich RMI Harriers were very well represented with 27 runners out to tackle the race. First Horwich home, and winner of the Pike Race Challenge Cup, was Alastair Murray in a PB of 18:59, just holding off old Horwichian Paul Dugdale for 7th place. Graham Schofield took 15th overall and first V50. Third Horwich counter was Rob Jackson in 21st, completing his 26th consecutive pike race despite a cold, who along with Steve Nolan in 22nd completed the winning mens vets team. Tony Hesketh (correction) took the prize for first V60 in a time of 23:09, and John Coope was first V75 in a time of 32:52. Our only ladies representative was Nicole Kirkham finishing second LV50 in 29:18.

Men
1st Thomas Cornthwaite (Blackburn) 17:31
7th Alastair Murray 18:59
15th Graham Schofield 20:04
21st Robert Jackson 20:53
22nd Steve Nolan 21:11
26th Denis Mason 21:28
27th Simon Parkinson 21:29
31st Paul Boardman 21:49
36th Gary Chadderton 22:19
41st Ian Hepburn 22:32
44th Tim Roe 22:50
46th Doug Fleming 23:07
49th Tony Hesketh 23:09
50th Mick Crook 23:09
52st Stephen Diaz 23:12
56th Albert Sunter 23:33
62st Wilf Brindle 23:54
65th Peter Ramsdale 24:07
75th Colin Wood 24:42
84rd Brent Brindle 25:18
91th Paul Kaye 25:58
110th Robert Whitaker 27:19
131th Mark Collier 28:38
143nd Anthony Turner 29:44
145th Lawrence Pinnell 29:50
147th Mark Sammon 30:08
148th Ed Swift 30:11
165th John Coope 32:52
166th Allan Blinkhorn 33:05

Ladies
1st Laura Richers (Leigh) 21:46
14th Nicole Kirkham 29:18

A big thank you to the race organisers, marshals and helpers that make the race possible, especially Pete Bland, Rob Green and Colin Jones.

Full results at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2010/pike10.htm

A selection of photos here courtesy of Ian and Pauline Charters.

More photos here courtesy of Thomas Irwin.

Pike Race 2010 – Thomas Irwin

A few more photos here courtesy of Dave Pinnington.

WEEKEND SNIPPETS : 2nd – 4th April 2010

Salford 10k – Good Friday : 2nd April 2010.

James Kevan and Russell Maddams once again showed they are in excellent form by both running sub-33 on this 2 lap flat course, which can produce some fast times, wind permitting.

1st Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth) 29:59
11th James Kevan 32:41
15th Russell Maddams 32:53

Full Results at http://www.ukresults.net/2010/salf10k.html

Caldervale Country 10, Gartstang, Lancs – Good Friday : 2nd April 2010.

Paul Muller achieved his usual high standards when finishing first V50 and 9th overall in a competitive race over 10 miles.

1st Ian Grime (NEB) 54:09
9th Paul Muller 59:11

Full Results at http://www.ukresults.net/2010/caldervale10.html

South Port Good Friday Races – 2nd April 2010.

Two Horwich men made their way to Southport for these traditional races around Victoria Park. Brendan Bolland finished 18th in a time of 22:28, and Ian Hepburn finished 35th in a time of 24:21.

Full Results at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2010/sport.htm

Askham Fell Race – Saturday 3rd April 2010.

One Horwich lady made her way up to Cumbria for this race run from the village of Askham in the Lowther Valley, taking in the summit of Arthurs Pike. On a day when conditions appeared to be right for setting records, Suzanne Budgett finished second Lady, and first LV40, setting a new LV40 record in the process.

Full Results at http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results/race10/10_askham.htm

Katie National Duathlon Champion. – 28th March

Katie Ingram showed her potential when winning the British Elite Duathlon Championship at Prestwold Airfield, Loughborough today in 1.03.19. – (Entered as Horwich!)

In her first full Duathlon – and still a complete novice in terms of race experience, Katie won by 49 seconds from second placed Emma Dews -1.04.08.

The course was held on a closed track circuit at Prestwold airfield which consisted of a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run to finish. Conditions were extremely windy, but Katie took charge from the first run and led onto the 8 lap bike course. She nearly held the lead but got closed down on the final bike lap by top cyclist Emma Dews but managed to take the lead on the final run.

Winning the British Championship will now give her a place on the GB Duathlon team to compete at the Europeans in France on 2nd May.

Katie is now only three weeks away from her first Triathlon at World level when she competes in the World Cup series in Mexico on the 18th April

Results: http://www.stuweb.co.uk/swp/default.asp?a=63&resultid=239221

NM.

Supertees Newsletter March 2010

With the light nights we are now meeting at Wilderswood Car park on Georges Lane Horwich at 6.30p.m on Wednesdays and are training on the Fells.

All abilities are welcome why not give it a try you may like it and want to race in a Fell Race. No pressure but we do like you to wear Fell or Trail shoes so that you dont fall too many times. For more information ring me.

Congratulations to Bethany, Athlete of the Month for March a good all rounder and has competed at Crystal Palace in the Junior Pentathlon Championships.

I have decided that this year we will center our efforts on the English Junior championships and these along with three other races will make up our Junior Fell Championship. Rules are as before 10 points for first Horwich 9 points for second Horwich down to 1 point for 10th Horwich. To qualify for an award runners must do a minimum of 3 races to be eligible for an award at the end of the season with each runners best six races counting overall. The races are as below any race with an E in front are Junior English Championships

April 3rd Rivington Pike Junior Races 1.00p.m Winners aplenty last year.
E April 24th Anniversary Waltz Cumbria 11.30 a.m Entry by 22nd by Web Site only
E May 3rd Coiners Yorkshire 10.15 a.m
May 8th Belmont 12.30 p.m Greater Manchester Championships. All ages from U/12 to U/16
E May 31st Shutlingsloe Cheshire 12.00 p.m
E June 19th Clougha Pike Lancashire 1.00 p.m We were the Boys Team Champions last year!
E June 27th Arnison ( uphill only ) Cumbria 1.00 p.m Two silver medals last year can we do better?
Aug 4th Whittle Pike Lancashire 6.45 p.m
E Aug 21st Darwen Gala Lancashire 12.45 p.m Medals to be won in the Lancs Championships

To enter the English races you have to be at least 10 years of age D.O.B. between 2/1/98 and 1/1/00. In the championships points are awarded as follows 1st =50 pts 2nd 48pts 3rd 47pts down to 49th = 1point this is for the first five races with the final race scoring 1st= 53pts 2nd= 50pts 3rd = 48pts 4th = 46 =pts down to 49th = 1pt. There are no championship medals but a Tee Shirt is awarded to all who complete 4 or more races and a memento is awarded to all who do six races.

Good running – Tony & Brenda Hesketh
Tel 01204 668183 or Mob 07973302432

April and Jamie land top honours

Two talented stars were named Horwich RMI Harriers & AC Athletes of the Year.

April Stevenson is an outstanding 400/800m runner. This year, despite suffering an early season injury she just missed out on making the English schools final however went on to set three club records and achieve two grade one performances. April receives Senior Athlete of the Year.

Jamie Crompton is one of this Countries finest distance runners. He achieved three grade one performances, is nationally ranked in the top 4 in four events and is this countries most promising steeplechaser for the past ten years topping the National rankings in both the 1500 and 2000m events. Jamie receives Junior Athlete of the Year.

How fitting that one of the Countries top middle distance athletes, Tom Lancashire from our home Town, Bolton, was on hand to present the trophies to April and Jamie. We were honoured to have Tom visit our Club and present Awards for all our age categories in front of over 220 athletes, parents and coaches. It was a fantastic evening, which was enjoyed by all.

TRACK & FIELD ATHLETIC WINNERS LIST

U9 Boys
Athlete of the Year Callum Gordon
Most improved Dominic Braund
U9 Girls
Athlete of the Year Isobel Dean
Most improved Ella Price
U11 Boys
Athlete of the Year Jonah Saunders
Most improved William Hart
U11 Girls
Athlete of the Year Maisie Vernon
Most improved Madeleine Littlewood
Sportshall Awards
Boys Matthew Stocks
Girls Ellie Dacre
U13 Boys
Track Nathan Townsend
Field Nathan Barlow
All rounder Noah Saunders
U13 Girls
Track Laura Taylor
Field Natassia Dacre and Sophie Williams
All rounder Gabrielle Whittle
U15 Boys
Track Jacob Thornton
Field Matthew Ault
All rounder Shaun Palmer
U15 Girls
Track Hannah Storey
Field Georgina Cornforth
All rounder Beth Miller
U17 Men
Track Jamie Crompton
Field Dylan Smith
All-Rounder Zac Howe
U17 Women
Track Rebekah Atkinson
Field Laura Bannister
All rounder Amy Philpotts
U20/Senior Men
Track Jack Thomas
Field Trevor Williams
U20/Senior Women
Track April Stevenson
Field Alison Storey
Mid Lancs Trophies
Men Noah Saunders
Women Natassia Dacre
The Les Myers Trophies for Track & Field
Men Dylan Smith
Girls Laura Taylor and Gabrielle Whittle
Athlete of the Year
Junior Jamie Crompton
Senior April Stevenson
Dylan Smith
Laura Taylor and Gabrielle Whittle

NORTH OF ENGLAND 12 STAGE ROAD RELAYS

Horwich RMI Harriers
North of England 12 stage Road Relays
6 x 4.9 miles and 6 x 3.03 miles ( according to Gareth )
Wythenshawe Park
Sunday 21st march 2010

The Result:

10th Overall

Leg Distance Runner Time/pos Captains comments
1 4.9miles Gary Priestley 23.52/18th Gave 100% on a tough leg
with a very fast start
2 3.03miles Gareth Booth 16.34/17th Injured for 7 days but limped
to a respectable time. Thanks.
3 4.9miles Richard Howarth 24.01/14th If this is what marathon
training does – bring it on.
4 3.03miles Neil Pendlebury 16.14/14th Injured for months, 2 track
Sessions and the boy is back.
5 4.9miles Rob Jackson 25.40/15th Not bad after an 80 mile
Week. Gave everything.
6 3.03miles Steve Nolan 16.30/16th Thanks to Steve after only
being called up this week.
7 4.9miles Russell Maddams 24.20/14th Drove 200 miles, ran with a
slight cold, did brilliantly.
8 3.03miles Paul Muller 16.23/12th Never fails to impress,
solid.
9 4.9miles Ali Murray 24.22/11th Improving every race, hard
training is the key.
10 3.03miles Martyn Bell 16.12/10th The big man is back, more
to come as well, quality.
11 4.9miles James Kevan 23.33/10th James put this one down to
overloads of cake on holiday!!
12 3.03miles Col Rigby 16.27/10th You never lose it.

A tremendous result considering the talent on display, 10th in the North of England will do. This was a team performance and was a great day out thoroughly enjoyed by all, especially me, thanks lads. We also ran a B team on the day who seemed to enjoy themselves just as much, It gives a few more runners the chance to perform on the big stage and for them to check their current fitness.

Lastly – Gareth rang me Sunday night to ask who had run the fastest short leg and I told him it was Belly Boy, he spent all day Monday thinking it was Col – nice one Gareth.

Pete Bland

Full results.

Greater Manchester County Championship Fell Race

This year Greater Manchester Athletics are pleased to announce a County Championship Fell Race which will be staged at the Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race on Saturday 8th May. Race starts at 1.15pm and covers 4.5 miles and 1000ft of climb. Start from GR673163. Entry to the race is £4.50 on the day.

Under 12s 1.5 mile/300ft

Under 14s 2 mile/400ft

Under 16s 2.5 miles/600ft

The junior races all start at 12.30pm.

Medals will be awarded to the first three athletes home and to the first team. (Three to score)

Further details regarding the race can be obtained from Dave Bateson- dave.bateson@talk21.com

Further details regarding the Greater Manchester Fell Championships can be obtained from Andi Jones- roadrunneraj@btinternet.com

Andi Jones.

Greater Manchester County Championship Fell Race

This year Greater Manchester Athletics are pleased to announce a County Championship Fell Race which will be staged at the Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race on Saturday 8th May. Race starts at 1.15pm and covers 4.5 miles and 1000ft of climb. Start from GR673163. Entry to the race is £4.50 on the day.

Under 12s 1.5 mile/300ft

Under 14s 2 mile/400ft

Under 16s 2.5 miles/600ft

The junior races all start at 12.30pm.

Medals will be awarded to the first three athletes home and to the first team. (Three to score)

Further details regarding the race can be obtained from Dave Bateson- dave.bateson@talk21.com

Further details regarding the Greater Manchester Fell Championships can be obtained from Andi Jones- roadrunneraj@btinternet.com

Andi Jones.

Number One in the Country.

Katie Ingram went to the top of the National 5k road table when placing 8th overall in the Derby 5k mid week races. Her time of 15.54 took 30 seconds off her PB. This tremendous time would have placed her third overall last year in front of runners the calibre of Helen Clitheroe. Her current form suggests that she could prove to be a revelation in her first World Cup Triathlon race in Mexico on the 18th April.

Results link.

NM.

HAWORTH HOBBLE

Saturday 13th March 2010.

On Saturday morning three Horwich Harriers set off before dawn for Haworth to compete in this year’s Haworth Hobble, also known as the Wuthering Hike. The three had varying experience of the 32 (or 33?) mile event : Ian Charters had run it numerous times, my debut was back in 1986 and guess at about 15 completions whilst this was Pauline Charters’ debut.

The bright sunshine encountered whilst driving over was replaced with a chilly mist on Haworth Moor soon after the 8am start. To overcome the numerous navigation teasers that the route poses, Pauline was running as a team pair with John Swift of Chorley AC and my plan was to accompany them until checkpoint three at Long Causeway, some 13 miles into the route, so that I didn’t blow up and suffer for the rest of the race which I did the last time I competed, two years ago. This I did before starting to work through the field, eventually finishing in 6:47:00 and very satisfied that I only took 2:42 for the 14 miles from the psychological half-way point at Mankinholes Youth Hostel, overtaking about 60 runners. Meanwhile Ian was well on his way to finishing in his usual excellent time (5:43:18). We then cheered Pauline and John in (7:39:19) – from the results I could see that they had also passed a few in the second half of the event.

A very well organised event and a glorious day out running in the Pennines, especially if you pace it right and can cope with the distance and climbs, reputed to be more like 5300ft rather than the advertised 4500ft.

I’ve written a slightly longer more personalised report on my Pyrenees training blog at http://gordonsgr10.blogspot.com/ for those who may be interested (also photos that Pauline took should hopefully appear soon)

Gordon Stone.

HAIGH HALL RELAYS

Saturday 13th March 2010.

After several last minute drop outs Horwich fielded just two teams for these low key friendly relays.

The Horwich team of Alastair Murray, Martyn Bell, Dave Jackson and Sean McMyler was very much in the running and finished a creditable 3rd. The vets team, with an eventual running order of Steve Jackson, Colin Wood, Carl Balshaw and Pete Bland finished 19th.

Alastair Murray also claimed fastest leg of the day.

A big thanks from all who ran to Pete Bland for organising the teams, and a last minute decision to run and complete the vets team.

Results.

RODDLESWORTH ROLLER

Sunday 14th March 2010.

Thirteen harriers ran this local undulating multi terrain race.

A strong turn out for the men saw the club take first mens team and first vets team, as well as second and third vets teams. Behind clear winner Alasdair Russell from Kendal, Horwich runners took the next four places with Paul Muller, also first V50, Rob Jackson, also first V40, Steve Nolan, and Graham Schofield. Next was Gareth Booty in 7th, with Ian Hamer in 8th, and first V45. Paul Boardman came 11th, Gary Chadderton came 15th and James Simmonite 18th. Tony Hesketh was 24th and first V60. Paul Hesketh was 64th, and Mark Collier 66th. Our only ladies representative was Karen Murray finishing 4th lady.

A few pictures – sorry if I missed you – some of you were just too fast.

Full results.

Weekend Snippets : 6th – 7th March

A few results I have noticed from the weekend.

Haweswater Half Marathon.

Paul Boardman made his way up to the Lake District and finished 52nd from 517 finishers in a time of 1:27:35.
Results.

Stanley Park 10k, Blackpool.

James Kevan finished 3rd setting an impressive PB of 32:12, whilst Paul Muller was once again first V50 in tenth place overall.
Results.

Trafford 10k.

Gary Priestley followed up on his Mid Lancs XC League victory with 16th place at this fast 10k, which was won by Chris Thompson in 28:01.
Results.

HALF TOUR OF PENDLE – 9M / 2250′

Saturday, 6th March 2010.

Ten Harriers took part in this popular race from Barley village. It was a clear crisp dry day, with some areas of snow remaining on top just to make things interesting.

Performance of the day was from Dionne Allen, finishing second lady to Jo Waites from Calder Valley. In the mens race, behind an impressive win from Ian Holmes, Alastair Murray was pleased to finish 9th, with Mick Green not far behind in 11th.

9 Alastair Murray 1:11:48
11 Michael Green 1:12:43
64 Dionne Allen 1:21:36
79 Gary Chadderton 1:24:38
85 Ian Hepburn 1:26:02
96 Doug Fleming 1:26:37
102 Michael Crook 1:27:06
142 Paul Murray 1:32:58
149 Suzanne Budgett 1:34:04
214 Mark Sammon 1:50:13

243 finished.

Full results.

A few pics – thanks to “Mrs T”.

Gary completes Mid Lancs in Top Spot

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Barrow, 6th March.

Gary Priestley got his just rewards for an outstanding season cross country when he clinched 1st place in this years Mid Lancs Senior Men’s competition on a warm, sunny afternoon in Barrow.

Gary had already finished within the top four in all the other rounds and he knew that a top three finish today would guarantee first place overall – all he had to do was do it today! He had discussed tac-tics before the start but it basically was just – top 3.

Gary set off and with Peter Huck (Junior Man) and they pushed the pace for all of the race and they pulled further and further away from the chasing pack. As the race unfolded therefore it was turning out to be the best plan ever. A top two finish was working out.

With the individual champion plan on track, attention moves to the Senior Men’s team. We were in second place in division 3 having achieved promotion in our first season in the Mid Lancs last year. So could we again, not just get promotion but could we secure top spot. To do this we had to beat all the other senior men’s teams in our division. Chairman Pete Bland had been contacting runners all week making sure we turned out as many star’s as possible. Russell Maddams had a very solid performance in 4th place – so then we need 4 more runners. Steve Nolan, Simon Parkinson, Denis Mason and Tony Hesketh were going to be our 4 more counters.

Attention was also passing to the V40 team. They had been sat in joint second place and Wigan weren’t going to finish a team so if we could secure first place we might be able to get a joint second place.

As the race unfurled on this three large lap course the results for our runners were as follows – Gary 2nd in 29.05, Russell 4th in 29.58, Steve 25th in 32.36, Simon 31st in 33.30, Denis 39th in 34.28 and Tony, suffering with a sore calf and taking it easier than usual, was 89th in 38.11.

These results gave Gary the individual championship and Horwich A team 1st place in division 3 and so promotion to division 2 for next year. The A team were second team on the day, that’s beating all the teams except one from all the divisions – good effort lads.

Whilst all this was going on at the sharp end of the race Gordon Stone, Pete Bland and Pete Ramsdale and Barry Allman were battling in their own race. Gordon, now a stress free and full time athlete continues to improve and turned a 34second deficit behind Pete Ramsdale at the Nationals in Leeds last week into a winning margin of 15 seconds today at Barrow. Pete Bland, giving all these runners 10 years, ‘worked his socks off’ completed the course ahead of Barry. This quartet completes the 10 senior Horwich harriers running today. Good turn out lads.

For the record Gordon 108th in 39.35, Pete R 112th in 39.50, Pete B 121st in 41.08 and Barry 129th in 41.58.

The Vet 50 team didn’t manage promotion as local clubs turned out in force for their local race. We’ll do it next year guys.

Thanks to all runners who have competed in any cross country this season.
Enjoy the summer.

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Full results see Race Results.

LAST WEEKENDS SNIPPETS

Bleasdale Circle Fell Race – 5M / 1250′

Well done to Michelle Devine who finished second lady in wintry conditions.

(anyone have anymore details or results, please let me know)

High Cup Nick Fell Race – 9M / 1500′

Russell Maddams finished 3rd in this race from Dufton in Cumbria, with wife Pippa winning the ladies race, and setting a new record in the process. Peter Leighton also made the trip and finished 65th.

Full results.

Let Me Know!

If anyone has anymore details of Horwich members racing at the weekend, please let me know.

Alastair Murray.
alastair.murray@gmail.com

National XC Leeds 2010.

On Saturday saw the National XC races @ Round hay Park in Leeds. This annual event attracted 151 clubs from every corner of the UK and the size of field mirrored that. Our Stalwart U13’s Boys represented the club without any honours to claim or loose, which made the day stress free from a results prospective.

In a field of over 400 our boys held up well. Bearing in mind these guys have another year in U13’s XC the day was a success. In 74th came Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley in a satisfying 250 and a big finish from Will Townsend in 314th. Maybe next year we can get a team placing.

Andy Townsend

Red Vests in Leeds

National Cross Country Roundhay Park, Leeds
Saturday 27th February 2010

As the cross country season comes nearer and nearer the end, just 5 runners from our club put on their red vests with the distinctive black chevrons to tackle the grass, mud and hills of Roundhay Park.

The under 13 boys of Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley and Will Townsend ran in possibly the largest field of runners that they have ever run with before and they all enjoyed the ‘big’ experience. They had an ‘arena lap’ to do first and supporters ran across the muddy fields to see them and as they ran up, down and up again. They then ran down and up quite a steep hill. This proved a real discriminator with good hill runners pulling away from the others. The lads of Nathan, Cameron and Will should be really proud of their efforts as they finished in 74th in 12.45 and 260th in 14.03 and 314th in 14.40 respectively and all these runners are still under 13 next year.. The winner’s time was 11.29 and there were 374 runners in the race.

The other two Horwich representatives were Pete Ramsdale and Gordon Stone in the senior men’s race over 12km. With nearly 1500 runners on the start line – the buzz started early. The course had three big laps of climbs, gentle descent’s and mud. Being lapped after nearly two laps when the winners have to just complete their third lap and then the finishing straight, really humbles you but shows the outstanding quality of these front runners. It’s a fantastic experience and I enjoyed it very much. Times and positions are a bit irrelevant but 1225th in 60.57 for Pete and 1248th in 61.34 for Gordon for the record.

Alton Towers on 19th February 2011 – National Cross Country next year – Date for your diary.

Peter Ramsdale

Red Vests in Leeds

National Cross Country Roundhay Park, Leeds
Saturday 27th February 2010

As the cross country season comes nearer and nearer the end, just 5 runners from our club put on their red vests with the distinctive black chevrons to tackle the grass, mud and hills of Roundhay Park.

The under 13 boys of Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley and Will Townsend ran in possibly the largest field of runners that they have ever run with before and they all enjoyed the ‘big’ experience. They had an ‘arena lap’ to do first and supporters ran across the muddy fields to see them and as they ran up, down and up again. They then ran down and up quite a steep hill. This proved a real discriminator with good hill runners pulling away from the others. The lads of Nathan, Cameron and Will should be really proud of their efforts as they finished in 74th in 12.45 and 260th in 14.03 and 314th in 14.40 respectively and all these runners are still under 13 next year.. The winner’s time was 11.29 and there were 374 runners in the race.

The other two Horwich representatives were Pete Ramsdale and Gordon Stone in the senior men’s race over 12km. With nearly 1500 runners on the start line – the buzz started early. The course had three big laps of climbs, gentle descent’s and mud. Being lapped after nearly two laps when the winners have to just complete their third lap and then the finishing straight, really humbles you but shows the outstanding quality of these front runners. It’s a fantastic experience and I enjoyed it very much. Times and positions are a bit irrelevant but 1225th in 60.57 for Pete and 1248th in 61.34 for Gordon for the record.

Alton Towers on 19th February 2011 – National Cross Country next year – Date for your diary.

Peter Ramsdale

NATIONAL XC

Saturday 27th February 2010.

Two senior men competed at this year’s English Cross Country Championships at Roundhay Park in Leeds. The three lap 12k course was particularly muddy in places, in others provided good running and benefited the good climbers and descenders, in particular on “hill 60”. The weather stayed dry (just)and just warm enough for shorts. In the end the two Horwich Harriers in the field of 1428 finishers were separated by 23 places and 37 seconds with Pete Ramsdale 1225th in 60:57 and Gordon Stone, 1248th in 61:34. The race was won by Aldershot’s Andy Vernon in 38:01.

Full results.

LOSTOCK 6

Sunday 28th February 2010.

A cold but dry morning greeted 329 runners at the Lostock 6M race, the first counter for this years Central Lancs Grand Prix and the RMI Road Championships. Gareth Booth led the way for the men in 5th place. The rest of the mens team, placing third, was made up from Steve Nolan, David Jackson and Paul Boardman. Just two ladies were running with Karen Murray on the comeback trail in 5th relieved to get round in one piece and Kathryn Swindell.

13 Harriers ran.

5th Gareth Booth 33:08
11th Steve Nolan 34:48
24th David Jackson 36:29
33rd Paul Boardman 37:26
56th Kevin Newall 39:21
78th Colin Wood 40:32
101st Karen Murray 41:58
107th Stuart Adamson 42:28
122nd David Wagstaff 43:09
124th Barry Allman 43:15
149th Mark Swindell 44:35
179th Gordon Stone 46:06
240th Kathryn Swindell 51:34

Full results.

ENGLISH FELL CHAMPS 2010 RACE 1 – NOONSTONE 9M / 2300′

Saturday 27th February 2010.

All week it didn’t look like conditions were going to be good for the seasons opener, and so it proved. The temperature was barely above freezing, the ground was saturated, and it looked like the clag was going to be down on top. This race has a reputation as a bog trot, and it is well earned.

First home for Horwich was Darren Kay in 9th place, with a return to form, and looking to improve over the season. Second and Third counters battled it out all the way around, and it took a sprint finish to separate Alastair Murray in 42nd and Mick Green in 43rd. The senior team was completed with Dave Milliken in 59th, still not fully recovered from injury, and James Kevan in 67th also not yet 100%.

Karl Ward was next for Horwich in 153rd followed by Brian Walton in 190th and 4th M55, Steve Jackson in 211th, and Gary Chadderton in 214th. Mick Crook followed in 230th and 6th M60, with Paul Murray in 326th and 6th M65.

Our only ladies representative was Suzanne Budgett, finishing 66th in the ladies race.

423 finished – results.

Race 2 of the English Champs is Coniston, on May 1st. Entries open on Monday (1st March) and forms will be available from here. With a limit of 400 entries, get your entries in quickly!