MARSHALS REQUIRED – LOSTOCK 6

As part of our membership of the Central Lancs GP, Horwich RMI Harriers have agreed to help contribute marshals to the races in the series.

The Lostock 6, Sunday 28th February, still requires marshals. If you can help please contact Pete Bland on 07551404047 or peterbland@btinternet.com.

2010 HORWICH RMI OVERALL CHAMPS

The 2010 fixtures for the club overall champs are as follows.

Fell
Sat 3 Apr Rivington Pike
Thu 17 Jun Two Lads
Sun 4 Jul Skiddaw
Sat 7 Aug Borrowdale
Road
Wed 12 May Haigh Hall 4
Sun 30 May Smithills Serpant 5
Wed 14 July Jubilee 5
Wed 4 Aug Chorley 4.4 Trail
Cross Country
TBA Mid Lancs Race 1
TBA Mid Lancs Race 2
TBA Mid Lancs Race 3
TBA Mid Lancs Race 4

For all categories, men’s, ladies and vets, it is your best 10 races to count, and you must include at least one race from each of the three categories to complete the series.

More details can be found on the club website.

Female Greater Manchester Team for Inter County Fell Race in May

Hi all,

I am getting a female Greater Manchester team together for the Inter County Fell Running Championships 2010 and would appreciate it of you could circulate the enclosed information to your female members who might be interested in running.

The Championships will be held at the Lletty Fell Race (Llangynhafal, near Denbigh in North Wales) on Saturday 22 May 2010 (9 miles).

To be eligible to run for Greater Manchester, runners must either have been born in or lived in Greater Manchester for 9 months (i.e. Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Manchester or Salford). They must not have competed for a county other than GM or in another county’s champs in the last 12 months.

If any of your female members are interested, please respond directly to me. (Any men who are keen to run should contact the men’s team manager Andi Jones of Salford Harriers.)

Thanks very much,

Anna Lupton (Radcliffe AC)

anna_lupton@hotmail.com

Winter Warmer

14th February 2010.

The annual Blackburn Winter Warmer 10km Race took place over the usual challenging (hilly!) course, starting and finishing in Witton Park. Horwich Harriers had four runners in the event which attracted nearly 300 runners. Leading the way was Rob Jackson in 5th place (2nd vet 40) followed by Glyn Kay in 19th, Stuart Adamson 85th and Colin Wood 251st. This gave Horwich 7th place in the team race.

Full results.

20th Great North West Half Marathon, Blackpool.

21st February 2010.

Two harriers made the trip to Blackpool which went ahead despite the weather. Very cold and icy conditions meant race marshals had to make a decision.

Paul Muller finished first V50 and fifth overall, clocking a time of 1:15:59. Martyn Bell was pleased with his effort, finishing 7th in a time of 1:17:02, despite recovering from a heavy cold.

Full results.

Derian House Sponsorship Horwich RMI Harriers young athletes raise £ 1,255.00

From Christmas Heptathlon 2009

Today some of our young athletes presented a cheque to Derian House for £1,255.00 which has been raised by them in the Horwich Rotary Xmas Heptathlon that took place in December 2009.

This was a fun competition, supported by the local Horwich Rotary for our young athletes age 6 to 12, that took place at the Bolton Arena, where they had to complete 7 indoor sportshall athletic events in less than 2 hours.

There were 74 young Horwich RMI Harriers & AC athletes that entered the competition, with some 26 Volunteers (parents and family) who helped with officiating and judging the results. Followed by a little Christmas party and presentation to the various winners of the event.

In the above photograph the Horwich RMI Harriers are presenting a cheque to Roya Khadem from Derian House. The athletes pictured are as follows, from left to right…Ellie Dacre, Tiff Dacre (Coach), Kelly Wainwright, Adam Ault, Nathan Townsend and Trinity Halstead.

All the money was raised by the athletes and this has been gratefully received by Roya Khadem on behalf of Derian House, who was amazed at how much fun the athletes had taking part in the event and in raising this fantastic sponsorship.

Christmas Heptathlon 2009

MEMBERSHIP SUBS – VERY OVERDUE

Club membership subs have now been due since October for 2009/10 and there are still 61 senior members unpaid.

If you have not renewed but you intend to, please renew asap. The club will soon be paying England Athletics affiliation fees for all members, and if you have not renewed by then it will be assumed you are resigning.

If you do not intend to renew, please let me know so I can stop hassling you.

Here is the membership form with all the details.

Many thanks,

Alastair Murray.
Membership Secretary.

alastair.murray@gmail.com

National Cross Country Championship

Leeds, Roundhay Park, Saturday 27th February 2010.

Important Information.

Athletes must wear club colours

Timing is done using ‘timing chips’. Chips and numbers collected from Pete Ramsdale on the day of the race. Chips returned after races. Failure to return chips will incur a £7 replacement cost.

There is NO parking at the park. Residential parking is only available in the surrounding streets so be prepared to park up away from the park and have a good walk. There is parking at Limewood Industrial Park. (Just off the A64 – I’m sorry I have no Sat Nav references I will try and find some). A shuttle bus service is available from 9am throughout the day from Limewood Park to Roundhay Park.

Race times

U15 Boys 11.00am
Junior Women 11.20am
Under 17 Women 11.45am
Under 13 Girls 12.10pm
Under 17 Men 12.25pm
Under 15 Girls 12.55pm
Junior Men 1.15pm
Under 13 Boys 2.00pm
Senior Women 2.15pm
Senior Men 3.00pm

Arrive in time to find Pete Ramsdale, get your number on your club vest and add you chip to your shoes, warm up and get to the start in good time

See you there

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

National Cross Country Championship

Leeds, Roundhay Park, Saturday 27th February 2010.

Important Information.

Athletes must wear club colours

Timing is done using ‘timing chips’. Chips and numbers collected from Pete Ramsdale on the day of the race. Chips returned after races. Failure to return chips will incur a £7 replacement cost.

There is NO parking at the park. Residential parking is only available in the surrounding streets so be prepared to park up away from the park and have a good walk. There is parking at Limewood Industrial Park. (Just off the A64 – I’m sorry I have no Sat Nav references I will try and find some). A shuttle bus service is available from 9am throughout the day from Limewood Park to Roundhay Park.

Race times

U15 Boys 11.00am
Junior Women 11.20am
Under 17 Women 11.45am
Under 13 Girls 12.10pm
Under 17 Men 12.25pm
Under 15 Girls 12.55pm
Junior Men 1.15pm
Under 13 Boys 2.00pm
Senior Women 2.15pm
Senior Men 3.00pm

Arrive in time to find Pete Ramsdale, get your number on your club vest and add you chip to your shoes, warm up and get to the start in good time

See you there

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

WINTER HILL FELL RACE 11m/2750ft – 14th February 2010 – UPDATED : More Photos

A dry and very cold morning greeted 233 runners at this years Winter Hill fell race. Good conditions for the time of year made for fast times with the first four running quicker than the previous record set last year. Darren Kay set out for the win and was rewarded with fourth place in a time of 1:29:22. Next harrier home was Mick Green, with a great run in 11th and 1st V45. Final member of the Horwich team was Alastair Murray taking 16 minutes off his previous best time and finishing in 15th, the team finishing second to Pudsey. Graham Schofield finished 1st V50 and 20th overall.

Two ladies ran, with Suzanne Budgett finishing second overall in an excellent time of 2:06:01. Emma Perrin ran the race for the first time and did great to finish 12th in 2:14:10.

17 Horwich finished.

Full results.

A selection of pictures courtesy of Brenda Matthews.

Winter Hill 2010 – Brenda Matthews

A selection of pictures courtesy of Pauline Charters.

Winter Hill 2010 – Pauline Charters

Karen Murray.

Winter training camp 2 – Spain Girona 1st-18th Feb

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update on how things are going in the triathlon world. Training has been going extremely well out here, with more focus on race type skills and linking the 3 disciplines together.

We have been doing lots of practice in chain gangs, cornering and desending ; apart from nearly taking the coach out at the start of the week I seem to be picking things up much better! The weather has been too cold to practice open water swimming but we have had all the lanes taken out of the pool to replicate mass group swimming and swimming around buoys-its a bit like cross country where its every man for themselves, elbows out and fight your way through!!

I have now experienced brick sessions where I have been doing run sessions straight of the bike and also got back into some decent track sessions- although I must admit I do miss running with the Horwich group on a wet and cold Tuesday night in a strange way!

Anyway hope everyone is training well and racing hard! My first race is this Saturday at Milton Keynes, a fairly low key duathlon to get the ball rolling!

Hope to see you all soon

Katie

Red Rose Cross Country Presentation Evening

Friday 12th February 2010 at Horwich RMI Club

The annual Red Rose Cross Country presentation evening was held in Horwich on Friday 12th Feb and the club was well quite well represented across the age groups.

First up to receive her award was Phoebe Howe who was 5th U13 girl. Phoebe has been supported by lots of other U13 girls throughout the season and we look forward to next year when they all continue in the same age group. We are looking for great things.

Next up was Nathan Townsend who received his 4th U13 boy award followed by another award for being a member of Horwich team who finished 2nd Under 13 boy’s team. Nathan was supported during the season by Cameron Critchley, Will Townsend, Jonathan Powis and Joseph Howe. Others got their names on the score sheet during the season including Matthew Ball and Sam Dean

After collecting the Lady’s individual trophy from Katie Ingram, it was engraved and given back to another Horwich lady this year. Running really well again and showing real commitment and talent – Lyndsey Brindle got her just rewards. Good family support on the evening too. Another lady receiving her reward for her efforts for the season was Lesley Fisher who finished 1st Lady Vet 50. Well done.

Whilst the league wasn’t the main club priority this year we still managed three senior awards. Rob Haworth finished 3rd Vet 50 with Mick Crook and Pete Bland finishing 1st and 2nd Vet 60. Well done guys.

We hope that next year the juniors will target this league next year as they are all very local races, and we can then look forward to a bumper presentation evening in 2011.

Peter Ramsdale

Red Rose Cross Country Presentation Evening

Friday 12th February 2010 at Horwich RMI Club

The annual Red Rose Cross Country presentation evening was held in Horwich on Friday 12th Feb and the club was well quite well represented across the age groups.

First up to receive her award was Phoebe Howe who was 5th U13 girl. Phoebe has been supported by lots of other U13 girls throughout the season and we look forward to next year when they all continue in the same age group. We are looking for great things.

Next up was Nathan Townsend who received his 4th U13 boy award followed by another award for being a member of Horwich team who finished 2nd Under 13 boy’s team. Nathan was supported during the season by Cameron Critchley, Will Townsend, Jonathan Powis and Joseph Howe. Others got their names on the score sheet during the season including Matthew Ball and Sam Dean

After collecting the Lady’s individual trophy from Katie Ingram, it was engraved and given back to another Horwich lady this year. Running really well again and showing real commitment and talent – Lyndsey Brindle got her just rewards. Good family support on the evening too. Another lady receiving her reward for her efforts for the season was Lesley Fisher who finished 1st Lady Vet 50. Well done.

Whilst the league wasn’t the main club priority this year we still managed three senior awards. Rob Haworth finished 3rd Vet 50 with Mick Crook and Pete Bland finishing 1st and 2nd Vet 60. Well done guys.

We hope that next year the juniors will target this league next year as they are all very local races, and we can then look forward to a bumper presentation evening in 2011.

Peter Ramsdale

South East Lancs XC Leigh 13th February 2010

The final race in the SEL XC season took place at Lilford Park Leigh. With other commitments taking place over this busy weekend runners were making decisions about which of the races to take part in. Mid Lancs XC at Hyndburn, Parbold Hill race, Anglezarke Amble on Saturday and our own club promotion of the Winter Hill on Sunday. I attended the SEL XC as co-organiser for this final race in the 2009-10 season. With the help of Brian Schofield from Oldham and Royton and our own Neil Critchley (dad of Cameron, under 13 Horwich runner) from Burden RR, we set about early marking out the quite large loop.

There were only three Horwich runners deciding to run this race with Cameron trying to hold on to as high a position as possible in the under 13’s category. Even though the race fewer than usual numbers, the field was just as strong. Cameron battled hard and held off chasing runners to finish in 6th place. This gives him sixth overall – a very good performance, well done.

In the seniors, well vets, Rob Haworth and myself completed the three large laps. I cannot comment too much about Rob’s run as I didn’t see much of him and he might have even gone home by the time I’d finished but 14th in a time of 37.27 is very impressive. This also completes the necessary 3 races to qualify for the series. I worked hard and completed the 9km in 46.03 in 66th place. Ian Grime from Newham and Essex won in 33.04.

That completes the series in the South East Lancs, Cameron Critchley 6th U13, Rob Haworth 1st Vet 50, Tony Hesketh 1st Vet 60, Paul Murray 4th Vet 60 and me 14th Vet 50. The Horwich V40 team finished joint 5th whilst the V50 team came joint 2nd. To say that this wasn’t within the clubs targets and it clashed with at least 2 Mid Lancs races, that’s a good show. Thanks everyone.

Footnote – packed up the course, packed all the markers in my car and then found myself locked in the park – 40minutes later having found someone with a key to let me out, I was driving home – just adds to the day!

Peter Ramsdale

South East Lancs XC Leigh 13th February 2010

The final race in the SEL XC season took place at Lilford Park Leigh. With other commitments taking place over this busy weekend runners were making decisions about which of the races to take part in. Mid Lancs XC at Hyndburn, Parbold Hill race, Anglezarke Amble on Saturday and our own club promotion of the Winter Hill on Sunday. I attended the SEL XC as co-organiser for this final race in the 2009-10 season. With the help of Brian Schofield from Oldham and Royton and our own Neil Critchley (dad of Cameron, under 13 Horwich runner) from Burden RR, we set about early marking out the quite large loop.

There were only three Horwich runners deciding to run this race with Cameron trying to hold on to as high a position as possible in the under 13’s category. Even though the race fewer than usual numbers, the field was just as strong. Cameron battled hard and held off chasing runners to finish in 6th place. This gives him sixth overall – a very good performance, well done.

In the seniors, well vets, Rob Haworth and myself completed the three large laps. I cannot comment too much about Rob’s run as I didn’t see much of him and he might have even gone home by the time I’d finished but 14th in a time of 37.27 is very impressive. This also completes the necessary 3 races to qualify for the series. I worked hard and completed the 9km in 46.03 in 66th place. Ian Grime from Newham and Essex won in 33.04.

That completes the series in the South East Lancs, Cameron Critchley 6th U13, Rob Haworth 1st Vet 50, Tony Hesketh 1st Vet 60, Paul Murray 4th Vet 60 and me 14th Vet 50. The Horwich V40 team finished joint 5th whilst the V50 team came joint 2nd. To say that this wasn’t within the clubs targets and it clashed with at least 2 Mid Lancs races, that’s a good show. Thanks everyone.

Footnote – packed up the course, packed all the markers in my car and then found myself locked in the park – 40minutes later having found someone with a key to let me out, I was driving home – just adds to the day!

Peter Ramsdale

Mid Lancs Cross Country at Hyndburn 13/02/2010

We needed to put out a full team for this fixture to secure promotion for the mens team to the second division of the league for next year, and appears it to have been a job well done. A big thank you to all the men who turned out on the day, and to Pete Bland for marshalling the troops.

A superb run from Gary Priestley saw him finishing second closely behind Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough. This puts Gary in the joint lead for the league overall with one fixture remaining. James Kevan appears to be back from a period of injury and hitting some good form, with a great run for 6th place. The team of 6 was completed by Steve Nolan in 38th, Denis Mason in 60th, Simon Parkinson in 61st (only a second between them) and Gary Chadderton in 87th. Doug Fleming ran well for 95th, but was dissappointed to miss out on the team. Pete Bland came out on top today of his battles with Barry Allman, with Pete in 148th and Barry in 172nd.

The team finished 5th overall on the day, and I make it first in our division.

Full Results.

Parbold Hill Race – 13.02.10

This years Parbold Hill Race, a popular multi-terrain race, saw 9 harriers in attendance behind local winner Nick Leigh. Lisa Heyes was first lady V35 and Tony Heskeh won the V60 classification.

7th S. Edmondson 45:05
31st P. Boardman 49:14
63rd L. Heyes 51:40
78th T. Hesketh 52:30
91st A. Gorman 53:36
140th L. Mercer 56:40
191st S. Gorman 59:30
255th M. Collier 01:03:44
302nd M. Sammon 01:06:27

Full Results.

2010 HORWICH RMI ROAD CHAMPS

The 2010 fixtures for the club road champs are as follows.

Sun 28 Feb Lostock 6
Sun 18 Apr Radcliffe 10km
Wed 12 May Haigh Hall 4
Sun 30 May Smithills Serpant 5
Wed 14 July Jubilee 5
Wed 04 Aug Chorley 4.4 Trail
Sun 26 Sep Swinton 10
Sun 10 Oct Gun Pit 5

It’s your best 6 from 8 to count.

More details can be found on the club website.

Ladies Northern 6 Stage Relays

The Northern Athletics 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays this year will be held at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester on Sunday 21st March.

Any ladies wanting to run, please contact Suzanne Budgett as soon as possible, so she can have an idea of numbers before entering a team. The deadline is 1st March.

suzanne.budgett@cds-wilman.com
01204 811547

Track & Field Athletics Awards

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC


Track & Field Athletics Awards

Presentation Night

held on

Friday 12th March 2010

Horwich RMI Club

7pm start

Pasty & Peas Supper on arrival.

Disco ’till 11.00pm

& the amazing RMI Tombola

Incorporating “Junior” Fell & Cross Country Awards

Tickets: £4.00 per person

available from Suzanne Saunders (Training Nights at Bolton Arena)

Pennine Bridleway Leg 1 – A Firsthand Report

Leg 1
The leg started really on Saturday night at 10.30pm when a text from my running partner Barry informed me of a road closure from Burnley on the road to the end of leg 1 – where I was heading early tomorrow to leave my car for the journey back home after the race.
Out came the maps, sat nav and other bits and pieces to see the best way. With that decided it off to bed ready for early start tomorrow.
Up at 10 to 6 and its been snowing! About 2 inches in Blackrod and its still falling. So packed the car and off I go. Texting Barry at points on my route, when stopped, I find out that Warrington had had, or was having up to 6 inches of snow. Anyway after a detour or two, much asking of early local dog walkers I got to the end of leg 1, parked up and picked Barry up by just before 8am. So its now back around the road works and down to the start for 8.30am. Well it took ages and as we parked up (8.24¬¬), ran to have our kit checked (8.27), toilet (8.28), ran across the car park (8.29) and joined the back of the runners to hear, “Right then off you go”. (Gordon Stone you would have been proud of the no time wasted standing around).
The first mile on the roads Barry and I spent overtaking groups to find our racing position. Then with climbs and climbs and no much down hill, we battled through a cold wind but it was a glorious morning. We both enjoyed the experience and thanks to Tony for the chance to run for Horwich in this prestigious event.
Our time of 1hour 20minutes and position 66th was disappointing as we had hoped for about 1.15 but it gave Doug and Gary something to chase over the next leg.
Well done to the A team for their efforts and a well deserved 1st place and to the ladies team, especially Emma and Geraldine who ran the end of their leg 1 with us as we slowed down. It was a pleasure.
Peter Ramsdale/Barry Allman
Leg 1 team

RADCLIFFE 10 MILE TRAIL RACE

There was a great turn out for Horwich for this years Radcliffe Trail Race run for the first time over a different course around the local trails, pathways and parks. It was a common excuse that this was a good alternative to the usual long sunday run.

First home for Horwich was Alastair Murray, 5th overall in 59:30, just managing to hold off Paul Muller, 6th in 59:57, and Stuart Edmundson, 7th in 60:27. Paul was also first V50. Completing the winning Horwich team, and packing well, was Rob Jackson in 8th. In 10th overall and 2nd V50 was Steve Nolan. Ian Hamer finished 18th, with Paul Boardman in 22nd, not having the easy run he was hoping for, and Doug Fleming in 28th. Winner of the V60 category was Tony Hesketh. (thanks for collecting my beer!) Our only lady was Lesley Fisher finishing 2nd in her category. Completing the Horwich representation was Mark Swindell in 151st.
247 Ran.

HORWICH VICTORY AT PENNINE BRIDLEWAY RELAY – Jan 31st 2010

Horwich were able to muster 3 teams to run in this year Pennine Bridleway Relay, a Fell Relay run in pairs over five legs around the Mary Townley Loop of the Pennine Bridleway.

Fears that the relay would not go ahead due to heavy snow were not realised, but a very cold and still morning made the underfoot condition a bit tricky with widespread ice patches around the course.
Senior Men :
The Horwich Open Senior Men lead the way with the conditions obviously suiting the Leg 1 pairing of Darren Kay and Gary Priestley, putting the team in the lead at the first changeover and smashing the record time for the leg in the process. The Leg 2 pairing of Richard Haworth and Alastair Murray were thankful for the time in hand as they knew they were up against some class runners and would need every second to hold onto the lead. This they did, handing over to Stuart Edmundson and James Kevan, but only 45 seconds ahead of Salford. The battle with Salford would continue all the way to the finish, with Salford taking the lead by the start of Leg 4. It was left to the vets of the team to secure the victory. A fantastic run by Martin Jones and Martyn Bell put Horwich back into the lead, and extended the advantage over Salford, as well as setting the fastest time of the day for the leg. Brendan Bolland and Mick Green ran the glory leg, doing just enough no doubt, setting the 3rd fastest time of the day for the leg and bringing Horwich home to win with a full 59 seconds to spare after nearly 5 hours of running.
Senior Ladies :
Thanks must go to all the ladies who participated in the relay, despite many suffering from injuries, lack of sleep and illness. It was a fantastic team effort from all. The first leg runners, Geraldine Walkington and Emma Perrin started the team off well on this cold but lovely day and handed onto Suzanne Budgett and Angela Allen for leg 2, the longest leg. After such a good start, it was up to myself and Sue Hayes to cover the 9 miles of leg 3. Sue, who was in good running form, enjoyed a well deserved rest at the top of the hills while she waited for myself to catch up. We had an enjoyable run over leg 3 and handed on to a waiting Lesley Fisher and Karen Murray for leg 4, who obviously had a fantastic run and gained a 38th quickest leg time for their leg. They handed onto Margaret Huyton and Mary White for the final leg, who also had an excellent run bringing the team into the finish in 58th position (out 91 teams) and, if I’ve calculated it correctly, 5th Ladies Team out of 12. Well done all!
(report by team captain Rachel Metcalfe)
Vet Men :
The Horwich representation was completed by the men’s vets team. I don’t have many details or first hand accounts from the day, but with a few different faces stepping forward to represent the club, they put in a solid performance finishing 37th team overall, and 7th in the vets class. The team was as follows – Leg 1 : Pete Ramsdale and Barry Allman, Leg 2 : Doug Fleming and Gary Chadderton, Leg 3 : Steve Jackson and Graham Schofield, Leg 4 : Mark Collier and Gordon Stone, Leg 5 : Tony Hesketh and Neil Wrigley.

2010 HORWICH RMI FELL CHAMPS

The 2010 fixtures for the club fell champs are as follows.


Short:

Rivington Pike
Two Lads
Denis Stitt Memorial Race

Medium:

Winter Hill
Fairfield Horseshoe
Skiddaw

Long:

Chew Valley Skyline
Borrowdale
Tour of Pendle

It’s the usual format, with your best 6 from 9 to count, and at least one from each category.

Please note that Chew Valley and Borrowdale are pre-entry, and Borrowdale usually fills up quickly.

More details can be found on the main website.

Stanbury Splash Fell Race – 7 miles 1200 feet – 24 January 2010

Two senior Horwich runners crossed the Pennines to take part in their first fell race of the year, a category B medium fell race held in Bronte country. Suzanne Budget had another fine run, the day after competing in the Northern cross country championships, taking 3rd LV 40 prize. The route is over some fast tracks and paths, heather moorland, and competitors have three steep descents and climbs in order to cross streams by wading, hence the name ‘Splash’. This is a value for money race with a unique atmosphere, well organised by Dave Woodhead, with an extensive prize list; a Soreen Malt loaf for every entrant, free coffee and biscuits at the finish, and free soup and roll at the prize giving in a local pub.
Results
1. – Ian Holmes – 43:17 – Bingley
150. – Suzanne Budgett – 62:55 – Horwich
186. – Paul Murray – 65:56 – Horwich
298 finished

Supertees Newsletter January 2010

A Happy New Year to all endurance athletes. Despite all the Ice and Snow we have managed to train even on the dark nights. We even went up the Pike in deep snow on a Saturday afternoon and also we went up the Pike a couple of times in the dark when the snow was at its deepest wearing head torches. Hopefully we will still be attending the Cross Country races in readiness for the forth coming fell season.
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 eligable for an award at the end of the season, with each runners best six races counting overall. The races are as below.
  • April 3rd Rivington Pike Junior Races 1.00p.m Winners aplenty last year.
  • April 24th Anniversary Waltz Cumbria 11.30 a.m Entry by 22nd by Web Site only
  • May 3rd Coiners Yorkshire 10.15 a.m
  • May 8th Belmont 12.30 p.m Greater Manchester Championships.
  • May 31st Shutlingsloe Cheshire 12 .00 p.m
  • June 19th Clougha Pike Lancashire 1.00 p.m We were the Boys Team Champions last year!
  • 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
  • Aug 21st Darwen Gala Lancashire 12.45 p.m Medals to be won in the Lancs Championships
All of the above races make up our Junior Championships but another race worth thinking about doing is the Ilkley Moor races on 21st Feb with junior races for U/8 to U/16. Race distances are .5 mls U/8 up to U/16 1ml and over/16 they do 2 mls.Venue is Wells Road, Ilkley 10.30 a.m starts.
Most of the races have a senior race so everyone can compete if they want to. Also there is a Gala or Village Fete at most of these events, so its a good day out for all the family. Hopefully we can have a get together at Pizza Hut with Friday February 5th being sounded out. If you fancy it give your name to Tony.
Good running Tony & Brenda
Tel 01204 668183

Northern Cross Country Championship

Blackburn 23rd January 2010

Afternoon Tea in Blackburn.
This headline comes from a course in Blackburn where the large lap included the Saucer and the Teacup! The Saucer is the normal hill at Blackburn but to make he senior course more than 10km and nearer to the championship maximum distance of 12km and without adding another lap, they added another hill, called the Teacup, steeper than the Saucer but on the same hill. The lady’s race included the Teacup once on their final lap but the men had it to contend with it 4 times. The men’s race had 600 finishers and the lady’s race 222.
As you would expect the Northern Championship races are full of quality athletes and his year was no exception. The Horwich men only numbered 7 so all were going to count except 1. That one was Barry Allman having run 7 miles in the morning and he ran a steady race to be our 7th counter. Barry finished in 566th in 69.12.
Gary Priestley was our first counter back in 30th position in 42.49 with another very solid performance. Karl Ward who loves the big events was our second counter. He produced a gutsy performance to finish in position 184th in 50.07. Gary Chadderton was third counter and Tony Hesketh next. Their positions and times were 323rd in 54.46 and 385th in 57.14 respectively. The vet theme continued with Pete Ramsdale fifth counter in 469th 61.08 and Gordon Stone completed the team in 523rd in 64.59. The team finished 34th out of 49 completed teams.
Our only athlete in the lady’s race was Suzanne Budgett who was a little self critical of her performance afterwards – and I don’t know why. She attacked the 8km course and worked very hard every step of the way to finish in 46th position. Her time of 36.16 is impressive on this hilly course.
Some athletes before the race, from other clubs, where complaining about how difficult the course was… welcome to the North West. Well done and thanks to everyone, turning out on a cold afternoon to represent your club.
Peter Ramsdale
XC Captain

Northerns on Saturday 23rd January

The race times are very different to normal.

Race Times for the Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday 23rd January at Blackburn, Witton Park.

Under 17 Women 11.10am
Under 17 Men 11.40am
Under 13 Girls 12.05pm
Under 20 Women 12.20pm
Under 15 Boys 12.45pm
Under 15 Girls 1.05pm
Senior Women 1.40pm
Under 20 Men 2.30pm
Senior Men 3.05pm

Route to the park and routes for the day are on the North of England Web Site

http://www.northernathletics.org.uk/Pages/Event.aspx?id=160&EventID=385

See you there

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Northerns on Saturday 23rd January

Please note the race times are very different to normal.

Race Times for the Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday 23rd January at Blackburn, Witton Park.

Under 17 Women 11.10am
Under 17 Men 11.40am
Under 13 Girls 12.05pm
Under 20 Women 12.20pm
Under 15 Boys 12.45pm
Under 15 Girls 1.05pm
Senior Women 1.40pm
Under 20 Men 2.30pm
Senior Men 3.05pm

Route to the park and routes for the day are on the North of England Web Site

http://www.northernathletics.org.uk/Pages/Event.aspx?id=160&EventID=385

See you there

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Horwich RMI Harriers "flying" at Blackpool

The Horwich RMI Harriers U13’s boys and girls turned out once again after what seemed ages of not running together. In more respectable temperatures this week and in contrast to last weeks snow bound Witton Park, Blackburn.
Phoebe Howe was lead girl for Horwich RMI Harriers and came in 7th and Grace Shelmerdale in 22nd respectively in a field of over 50 Runners, a real good day for both girls.
In the boys Nathan Townsend finishing in 6th with Joseph Howe close in 8th. A fantastic sprint finish between Will Townsend and Jonathan Powis ended up with the same time, giving the boys their best team finish in second place to date.
Andy Townsend

Mid Lancs Cross Country at Blackpool 16/01/2010

We needed a good turnout for this one and we got one, 13 senior men, some more senior than others ran this flat, muddy, boring course that was actually quite demanding considering how flat and short ( 5 miles ) it was.
Results
2 – Gary Priestley – 30.40
8 – Ali Murray – 32.09
32 – Graham Schofield – 33.58
38 – Martin Jones – 34.29
58 – Ian Hepburn – 36.03
67 – Dennis Mason – 36.37
79 – Gary Chadderton – 37.18
85 – Tim Roe – 37.42
98 – Doug Fleming – 38.34
112 – Tony Hesketh – 39.16
160 – Pete Ramsdale – 42.42
162 – Paul Murray – 42.55
180 – Gordon Stone – 45.20
Another superb run from Garry who worked hard for second place, his best to date in this league this season. Ali Murray also had his best run to date and finished a brilliant 8th overall, again his best this season. These two lads are both training hard at the moment and can both look forward to a good season ahead.
We still needed 4 more good runs to complete the team, and the next four to count did not let us down, Graham, Martin, Ian and Dennis who had all turned out to help the team ran really well to give us a win in section 3 and maintain our push for promotion. We also fished a creditable fourth team overall on the day.
Another runner having a good day was Garry Chadderton who is improving all the time and I am sure he will be pleased to have beaten Both Doug and Tony. Having his first run on the country for Horwich was new member Tim Roe who looked at home from the start and had a really good run to finish 85th.
Next in was Doug Fleming in 98th place who had to work hard to hold off our No 1 supervet Tony Hesketh who was looking resplendent in the latest fashion item of long black socks, Knowing Tony they are probably his old refereeing socks.
Our cross country captain Pete Ramsdale was next in, probably not realising that Paul Murray was steaming in just 13 seconds behind him, which was only about 5 metres in the clinging mud, maybe a touch more ! Anyway, well run lads. Our last counter Gordon Stone ran hard to support the section and finished very strongly, well done Gordon.
The next one is at Hyndburn on the 13th February – I will be chasing you all again by text and e.mail so be ready !!
Thanks for running
Pete Bland

KEYS FOUND

Set of keys found on Winter Hill whilst running from Trig point towards Noon hill, Keys have two key rings on them. One is a Mizuno Key ring and the other is a metal keyring with the Statue of Liberty on it.
Contact marksammon@peawet.com if they are yours

Lancashire Cross Country Championships, 9 January 2010, Witton Park, Blackburn.

Although many other races were postponed due to weather conditions, the Lancashire championships went ahead in sunshine and with mainly soft snow underfoot. Suzanne Budgett had a brilliant run, finishing third and first veteran overall to win bronze and gold medals and a place in the Lancashire team for the Inter-counties championships. In the men’s race Gary Priestley had a very good run to finish seventh and Paul Murray received a silver medal for second V65.
Results
Senior Women
1 – Sarah Ridhaigh – Accrington RR – 33:51
3 – Suzanne Budgett – Horwich – 35:23
13 – Emma Perrin – Horwich – 37:34
Senior Men
1 – Ben Fish – Blackburn – 36:40
7 – Gary Priestley – Horwich – 38:23
26 – James Kevan – Horwich – 42:19
39 – Karl Ward – Horwich – 44:58
82 – Paul Murray – Horwich – 56:08

Two Crosses Circuit – POSTPONED

I’ve just got back from the East Lancs LDWA meeting and the decision was to reluctantly postpone the 25th Two Crosses Circuit, due next Sunday. I have an entry list and recognise many Horwich members.

The first suitable date (subject to logistics of rebooking etc) is Sunday, March 21st. All entries will be valid for that date. Full information will be posted on the LDWA site in the next couple of days. Just wanted to get the info out quickly to reduce the number of phone calls to the organisers.

Nine of us did a marshals walk last Sunday. We only did the 18 mile route but that took us 7 hours despite a good speed where possible, 5 hours being the expected time in previous years. Speed certainly wasn’t possible on White Moss which although enjoyable in a perverse sort of way, would pose too great a risk (especially if the wind speed is anything like today on Winter Hill).

Gordon Stone

LAA XC @ Witton Pk in snow

In temperatures of Minus 4’C the beautiful setting of Witton Park attracted the Lancashire Athletic Association Championships. The usual hardy Lancashire association felt the course was safe enough and it didn’t prevent a good field turning out on the day.
Nathan Townsend was our only U13’s runner and was looking for a good finish against his arch rivals. In these conditions anything could happen, iced over rough terrain was being covered by the recent snow fall making the landscape stunning but unpredictable under foot. In recent Mid Lancs 14th has been his best so to come in 10th was very satisfactory for himself today. All runners found it difficult and some not finishing proving the course as difficult as was feared.