Race to Remember 29th Sept

Race to Remember 29th Sept

This trail race held at Scorton was blessed with good weather and over 120 runners, the course was very scenic around the Trough of Bowland all proceeds went to the Alzimers charity and one of the organizers was our very own Brendon Bolland.

The course was quite undulating with a tough half mile hill at 4 miles. The race was won by Ste Swarbrick of Bowland Runners in 34.38 our first counter was Paul Muller in a fine third place in 35.44 despite having a bad back! Tony Hesketh ran well for 20th in 42.51 winning the 1st O/60 prize and the team was completed by Peter Ramsdale in 40th in 47.01 having just returned from holiday the night before.
Tony Hesketh

Veteran Men 50 Team British Fell Relay

Veteran Men 50 Team British Fell Relay

Llanberis 20th October

Unfortunately due to injuries and illness we have had to rearrange the Vet 50 Team and it is as follows

Leg 1 Phil Dewhurst
Leg 2 Doug Flemming & Gary Chadderton
Leg 3 Mark Seddon & Colin Jones
Leg 4 Tony Hesketh

Please iiase with your partner regarding transport, I think we have at least two more teams so sorting out lifts should not be a problem.

Tony Hesketh

Hades Hill Mullti Terrain 5 Mile Race 5th Sept

Hades Hill Mullti Terrain 5 Mile Race

5th Sept

A field of just over 120 runners assembled in Whitworth for this popular race with conditions ideal for racing , The race was won by J Tighe after a superb descent first for Horwich was Graham Schofield 13th first O/55 in a time of 36.49 Tony Hesketh was next in 46th in 42.08 and was first O/65 finally Eddie Swift finished in 72.28 despite being ill.

YMCA 5 mile Trail Race.

With superb weather this race attracted 60 runners on a flat but scenic route Mark Russell of Salford won in 29.00, Paul Boardman had a great run for 7th in a fast 32.23 next home for us was Tony Hesketh 1st O/60 in 22nd recording 35.28, David Barnes in 33rd was next in 39.18 and the Horwich contingent was completed by Peter Scott 48th in 42.26. This is an excellent local race and very well organised.


Tony Hesketh

Junior Fell Championships 2013

Junior Fell Championships 2013

Due to Darwen Gala dropping their junior races this Saturday it has been decided to put Thievley Pike in our junior fell championship. The race is at Cliviger near Burnley on 28th September starting at 11.00 a.m there are races for u/8 up u/16 and there is also a senior race at 11.00 a.m too.

Tony Hesketh

Radcliffe 3 Day Event 11/12/ 13 th July

Radcliffe 3 Day Event

11/12/ 13 th July

This event comprises of 3 races fell, x.c and Trail each race allows none eventers to run so in some cases you are competing against fresh legs if people just enter a single event. There were six of us representing Horwich on the hottest days of the year. Rob Jackson was runner up a remarkable run of results as he has won the event outright on two occasions and has been runner up twice Rob excelled in the 3 races to record a time of 1.46.47, Josie Greenhagh went one better winning the Ladies trophy finishing 14th overall again with some excellent performances.with a time of 2.04.59.

Bull Hill Fell 11th July

A large entry of almost 200 runners of which 16 came from Horwich and assembled for this race which Horwich dominated winning the Mens ,Womens and a number of Veterans awards. First for us behind winner Darren Kay was Chris Farrell after a strong race in second place leading us to a team victory ably backed up by newcomer Jonathan Brutton 7th, Rob Jackson 9th his first race of three and Andy Lloyd 12th. The Ladies saw a great run by Josie Greenhalgh being rewarded with victory and just behind in second was Suzanne Budgett a third lady was required to give us the chance of team victory and this came from Christa Whatmough after a superb run clinching the Ladies win by two points.Tony Hesketh was first O/65 and also beat all the O/60 with a good race.

Radcliffe A.C X.C 12th July

Another hot night greeted the runners for this tough X.C with hills aplenty at Giants Seat Radcliffe with the winner being an entry on the night R.Powell of Trafford, once again Rob Jackson ran a great race for fourth Josie Greenhalgh ran well bot again was beaten by a runner entering on the night but she had consolidated her lead in the Ladies race in 20th place, Tony Hesketh was 31st and first O/65 with Tony Varley second O/65 in 38th place David Barnes was 56th and Trevor Fishwick was 64th with both running well.

VLA Trail Race 13th July

Scorching sunshine made this race a survival test with everyone finishing drained at the end. Mark Russell Salford won and clinched the series with Rob Jackson doing what was required to secure runners up spot with a fine run in third place. Josie Greenhalgh hung on to her lead to finish 14th overall despite finishing 4th lady to win the series by over 3 minutes. Tony Hesketh was first O /65 and also clinched the O/65 series award in 17th place overall closely followed by Tony Varley in 25th place, David Barnes was 40th with Trevor Fishwick 41st with less the 3 minutes separating them at the finish.

All the races are very well organised with plenty of prizes and after the series everyone gets a technical Tee Shirt for finishing, definitely one to recommend for the future and only costs £12 for three races.
Tony Hesketh

British Fell Relay 20th October 2013

British Fell Relay 20th October 2013

Any vets over 50 and under 75 who would like to run and have not yet given there names in to Tony Hesketh please do so ASAP. If you do not let him know he will assume that you do not want to run.

This year this is a Medal Category and one we could win with the right team,up to now the following names have been submitted. Graham Schofield,Mark Seddon, Colin Jones, Rob Green, Gary Chadderton, Doug Flemming, Gordon Stone, Tony Hesketh

Tony Hesketh

Tockholes Fell Race 6th July 9.3 k/ 335m

Tockholes Fell Race

6th July 9.3 k/ 335m

Another race and another win for Chris Farrell in this low key fell race, with conditions being the hottest ever times were generally slower with runners making sure they finished, Chris won easily despite taking a wrong turn coming back into the village, Josie Greenhalgh ran superbly for third Lady after a strong run off the Tower,chasing hard but unable to catch her was Tony Hesketh in 24th place 40 seconds adrift but took the first o/60 Prize, Tony Varley was second O/60 in 37th and Gordon Stone made up the Horewich contingent in 55th place.

Tony Hesketh

Aggies Staircase Fell Race 20th June

Aggies Staircase Fell Race

20th June 2013

A lovely evening for racing greeted over 130 runners for this popular race Chris Farrell was second to Danny Hope of Pudsey with Danny only dropping Chris on the final descent and considering this was his second race in as many days was a great performance Chris recorded
28.14 only 25 seconds behind Danny. Tony Hesketh ran 37.05 and was first o/60 in 52nd place, not to be outdone Paul Murray was first o/70 in 96th, David Barnes getting a few races under his belt was110th
43.33 and finally Mark Birbeck was 116th with a time of 45.47.

Tony Hesketh

Swinton 10miles Road Race

 Swinton 10miles Road Race

The 3rd annual Swinton 10miles Road Race took place on a cloudy, breezy morning over the undulating course which replaced the original Swinton Half Marathon which was held for 30 years. The race incorporated the latest stage of the Central Lancs Grand Prix and attracted over 200 entries.

Horwich Harriers were lead home by Rob Jackson in 10th place overall and 2nd vet45. Amazingly this was Rob’s 26th consecutive Swinton Half/10m Race and he maintained his record of always finishing in the top 10. Strong runs from Dave Jackson in 15th place and 4th vet40 and Sean McMyler in 21st and a super 1st vet 50 gave Horwich 3rd team behinh Bolton Harriers and Leigh Harriers. Colin Wood 92nd and 5th vet55, Mark Swindell 111th and 20th vet40 and Dave Wagstaff 150th and 24th vet40 also competed.

2012 AGM – Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

2012 Horwich RMI Harriers & AC AGM

Wednesday 17th October

Bolton Arena

Any items for the agenda please forward to p.ramsdale@ntlworld.com before 6th October

Any proposals for life membership or amendments to the clubs constitution, please forward an email to p.ramsdale@ntlworld.com before the 6th Oct with the proposer and a seconder.

We hope to see you then.

Agenda Items will be on the web site from 8th October.



Cross Country Fixture List 2012/13

Cross Country Fixture List 2012/13

Download the entry for here – PDF.

Mid Lancs
6 October – Burnley, Towneley Park
24 November – Liverpool, Sefton Park
8 December – Kendal, Crooklands*
12 January – Hyndburn, Wilson Playing Fields
9 February – Lancaster University*
2 March – Skelmersdale, Beacon Park

Red Rose
29th September – Leigh, Sports Village
20th October – Blackburn
10th November – Hyndburn, Wilson Playing Fields
15th December – Bolton, Leverhulme Park

South East Lancs
13th October – Heaton Park, Manchester
17th November – Clayton Vale, Manchester
19th January – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
16th February – Boggart Hole, Salford

26th Jan 2012 – Knowsley

23rd Feb 2012 – Sunderland

* Note : Change of venue.

Pennington Flash 5 mile trail race

Pennington Flash 5 mile trail race

7 Harriers turned out for this Central Lancs Grand Prix race ran along dusty trails on a red hot afternoon. Gareth Booth was our first runner home finishing in 6th and it was great to see Alistair Murray coming back from injury just 2 places behind. Dave Jackson, Peter Rice & Andy Townsend (11th, 12th & 14th respectively) all finished strongly. In a field of 144 our final 2 runners home were Gary Chadderton (58th) and Mark Swindell (75th)

Results here http://www.ukresults.net/2012/flash5.html

Fleming Trophy 2012

Fleming Trophy 2012

31 youngsters took part in the 2012 Fleming Trophy Handicap Race on Wednesday 1st August. Tony and Brenda Hesketh took on the task of organising the annual event on a normal junior training night from the Arena.  This is an unprecedented number of juniors and with more notice and pre-entries I sure there will be more in this event next year.

The one and a half mile route, marshalled by senior members, parents and helpers was from the Arena around to the Royal Mail sorting office and back.  With the ‘speedy’ juniors setting off nearly 10 minutes after the first runners, everyone had a chance to compete for this historical trophy.  First home was Anna Walton in a time of 12.14 with Jasmine Gower second in 13.54 and first boy, third overall was Robert Seddon in 13.58.

Fastest male was Joseph Howe of Blackburn Harriers in 7.58 with sister Phoebe also of Blackburn in 8.48.

The trophies on the evening were presented by a previous Fleming Trophy winner and current Fielden Cup holder Steven Diaz.

Thanks to all coaches, parents and helpers who enabled the event to be enjoyed by so many youngsters.


Pos Number Name Finishing Time
1 5 Anna Walton 12.14
2 7 Jasmine Gower 13.54
3 16 Robert Seddon 13.58
4 13 Lucas Milliken 14.23
5 18 Nathan Lancaster 14.25
6 2 Imogen Wrigley 14.41
7 12 Sebastian Schofield 15.06
8 8 Olivia Walmsley 15.16
9 4 Jacob Simmonite 15.38
10 15 Issac Simmonite 15.47
11 31 Niamh Holmes 16.04
12 19 Molly Clarkson 16.09
13 14 Daniel Herring 16.46
14 30 Sally Caldwell 16.48
15 22 Charlotte Fordham 17.07
16 21 Amber Gower 17.12
17 29 Joseph Howe 17.38
18 17 Katy Owens 17.42
19 23 Daniel Rowe 17.48
20 28 Phoebe Howe 17.48
21 25 Isobel Dean 17.58
22 26 Jonathan Powis 18.00
23 3 Suzanna Simmonite 18.12
24 11 Aaron Fairhurst 18.24
25 24 Sophie Hunt 18.35
26 10 Abigail Wrigley 18.38
27 20 Abigail Bates 18.52
28 6 Chloe Wiltshire 18.54
29 27 Jenny Unsworth 19.23
30 1 Daniel Carter 19.24
31 9 Lauren Fairhurst 22.49

Running Times

Pos Number Name Running Time
1 29 Joseph Howe B 7.58
2 28 Phoebe Howe G 8.48
3 16 Robert Seddon B 9.38
4 18 Nathan Lancaster B 9.55
5 26 Jonathan Powis B 10.00
6 25 Isobel Dean G 10.18
7 13 Lucas Milliken B 10.23
8 5 Anna Walton G 10.49
9 24 Sophie Hunt G 10.55
10 22 Charlotte Fordham G 11.07
11 23 Daniel Rowe B 11.08
12 12 Sebastian Schofield B 11.11
13 21 Amber Gower G 11.12
14 27 Jenny Unsworth G 11.23
15 31 Niamh Holmes G 11.34
16 15 Issac Simmonite B 11.37
17 19 Molly Clarkson G 11.39
18 7 Jasmine Gower G 11.49
19 30 Sally Caldwell G 12.18
20 9 Lauren Fairhurst G 12.21
21 14 Daniel Herring B 12.46
22 20 Abigail Bates G 12.52
23 8 Olivia Walmsley G 13.11
24 17 Katy Owens G 13.22
25 11 Aaron Fairhurst B 14.29
26 2 Imogen Wrigley G 14.41
27 4 Jacob Simmonite B 14.53
28 10 Abigail Wrigley G 15.43
29 3 Suzanna Simmonite G 17.27
30 6 Chloe Wiltshire G 17.29
31 1 Daniel Carter B 19.24

Fleming Cup – Juniors

Fleming Cup (Juniors 8 to 16years)

1st August 6.30 from Bolton Arena

This race is over 30 years old and is very much in Horwich RMI Harriers history and used to take place along Chorley New Road until Childrens safety meant us moving it to the Roads near the Bolton Arena we do need a couple of adult Marshalls so if you can help please let Brenda or Tony know on 01204 668183.

Brenda and Tony Hesketh are organising the Flemming Cup which is a Handicap Race of approx 1.5 miles with younger and slower runners going off at intervals. Entry Fee is £1 please give your names to Brenda or Tony with a time for a recent race or races for Handicaps to be worked out. All finishers will receive a medal and there will be prizes for fastest Boy and Girl and first three finishers.
Tony Hesketh

Rochdale 3 Day Event Race

Rochdale 3 Day Event Race

The 18th Annual Rochdale 3 Day Event Race took place at Norden from Fri 8th-Sun 10th June. The event involves three tough races on consecutive days-10km Road Race, 10km Multi-terrain Race and finally the demanding 10km Knowl Hill Fell Race involving 1400 feet of ascent. Conditions were not good for the first two races-wind, rain and mist-but the final race saw sun and clear skies. Horwich Harrier Rob Jackson produced consistently good performances in all three races to win the overall 3 Day Event title for the fifth time.

Paul Boardman also ran on the first day, finishing in a good time of 40:10 and first in his Vet category, 7th place for that day.

Full information for the event can be found at:


And links to complete results for each day:




Thursday Training Cancelled

Fielden Cup replaces Thursday Training Sessions

With the Fielden Cup taking place on Thursday this week, then the usual training sessions are not going to take place, and instead anyone who would normally train with Steve Pearson is asked to instead use the Fielden Cup as the training session.

The Fielden Cup is More information may be found on the webpage http://www.horwichrmiharriers.co.uk/fieldencup/

Many people put a great deal of time and effort into organising and running the club’s races, and we need your support to continue to do so – if you want the future of club races to continue then please support such races.

Steve Pearson – Gordon Stone – Carl Balshaw

Fielden Cup 2012

Horwich RMI Harriers – Fielden Cup

26th April 2012

This years Fielden Cup is being held over a different course and will run along Georges Lane towards Pike Cottage, starting near the Jolly Crofters.

Registration is £2 and is open to Horwich RMI members and guests, but only full members of the Horwich RMI are eligible to win the Fielden Cup trophey.

See the Fielden Cup page for more information

Rivington Pike Race – Junior 2012

Junior Pike Race 2012

A smaller than usual number of entrants ran the 2012 Junior pike race on Saturday 7th April. The competition was just as high as usual and Horwich made their contribution to the day’s racing.
In the under 12’s race Ben McLauglin from Leigh was first home in 11 minutes. Arron Kearney from Wirrall AC was second and Horwich’s Thomas MAssey was third. Lucas Millimen in his first race for Horwich was 5th and Daniel Rowe was 7th. Charlotte Rigby was first girl home in 23.30.
Ievan Keaney won the under 14’s boys race whilst his sister Aileen won the under 14’s girls race. Abbey Cox and Jenny Unsworth were third and fourth in the under 14’s race in 21.09 and 21.13 respectively.
Thanks to all who supported the race

Beginner Session – Sunday Run – 1st April 2012

Horiwch RMI Harriers Beginners Group Sunday Run

1st April  2012 – Lower Rivington 5k

Sunday runs are back to normal non-marathon and I am doing a 5k and a 10k one rolled into one run, and the starter is an easy and flat 5k run from Lower Barn around the trails leading to the Castle and then back again to Lower Barn – the 10k runners will do a couple of km before the 5k, and then after the 5k we’ll head up and weave through the Chinese Gardens, up to the Pike and then back to the Castle car park.

Map My Run route

Rivington 5k run #1 – meet at Lower Barn/Go Ape please for a 9:15 start.



Rivington 10k run #1 – meet at Castle Car Park for a 9:00 start.



OS Map Route

Two routes shown…

The green is 5k starting at Lower Barn, and runs around the reservoir trails, past the castle, and back.

The red is 10k and starts at the Caslte car park, picks up the 5k route and then carries on to head up to the Pike using what is probably the most scenic route through the Chinese Gardens.

Any questions then please feel free to ask, and please if you are going to come along then drop me either a txt (07530 758186) or email  (carl@balshaw.me) so that I know who is coming.



Sunday Run – 25th March 2012

Horiwch RMI Harriers Beginners Group Sunday Run

25th March 2012 – Dimple, Witton Weavers and Jumbles

Sunday’s run is a nice and easy relaxed saunter route around Wayoh, Jumbles, and Turton&Entwistle reservoirs – there are two meet up points, which will be the same ones for next Sunday as well – and the choice of doing 8miles, 10miles or 16miles – pace is going to be very steady and the shorter distances are around the reservoirs, which is both quite scenic and flat trail running. We’ve done a similar route last summer a couple of times, but am adding in a bit of new terrain, though with these reservoirs there is only one way to run around them.

Map My Run route


16 miler meet up is Dimpla at 8am, 8/10 milers meet up at Turton&Entwistle Reservoir for 9am, 10milers will run the whole route around all three reservoirs, 8 milers can shortcut back over the embankment and skip running the 2miles around Turton&Entwistle Reservoir.

OS Map Route

The route starts for the 16miler at Dimple, we park in a small sidestreet off the main road, and then head over towards Belmont Reservoir along Witton Weavers Way, turning off and cutting back on ourselves to Turton Reservoir, around the base of Turton Heights and then down to the car park to pick up any 10 miler runners; the rest of the run is around the three main reservoirs here, this is essentially a flat run, but the reservoirs are on different levels and so there are a couple of climbs, but is otherwise a nice easy and quite scenic route.

Meet up is 8am at Dimple for 16 miler


Alternative meet up point is 9am at the main car park for Turton&Entwistle Reservoir


16 miler need trail shoes please, 8/10 milers can use road or trail; everyone should have some kind of light weight waterproofing in case of poor weather, hi viz as a layer should be fine for this run as we are not going up on the fells, and water – 500ml for everyone – jelly babies are also good 🙂

Any questions then please feel free to ask, and please if you are going to come along then drop me either a txt (07530 758186) or email  (carl@balshaw.me) so that I know who is coming.



Horwich RMI 2011/12 Awards

Horwich RMI 2011/12 Awards

9th March 2012

Men’s overall club champion
1 D.Jackson £20 D.Vickers Cup
2 D.Fleming £10
3 G.Chadderton £10

Ladies overall club champion
1 S.Budgett £20 J.Knight Cup

Mens vets overall club champion
1 D.Jackson £20 N.Matthews Trophy
2 D.Fleming £10
3 G.Chadderton £10

Men’s road champion
1 D.Jackson £20 T.Hesketh Shield
2 S.McMyler £10
3 J.Kevan £10

Men’s fell champion
1 G.Chadderton £20 D.Hurst Shield

Men’s overall cross country champion
1 G.Booth £20 M.Jackson Shield
2 Z.Howe £10
3 D.Jackson £10

Ladies overall cross country champion
1 S.Budgett £20 Horwich Shield

Mens vets overall cross country champion
1 G.Booth £20 Stanley Cup
2 D.Jackson £10
3 D.Fleming / G.Chadderton £10

Ladies vets overall cross country champion
1 S.Budgett £20 Horwich Cup

Men’s cross country club champion G.Priestley W.Mangham Cup

Ladies cross country club champion S.Budgett NV Troup Trophy

Men’s vets cross country club champion G.Booth L.Pollard Trophy

Ladies vets cross country club champion S.Budgett Rivington Camping Cup
Highest British fell placing D.Milliken M.Short Cup

Highest SEL finisher D.Milliken J.Prescot Cup

Are you able to run on Saturday

A very busy weekend with intercounties cross country and trafford 10k etc etc means we didnt have a massive response for the relay so we have 2 teams at the moment but need to make up two members for the second team

A team. Glyn Kay – Garry Chadderton – Tony Hesketh – Carl Balshaw
B team. Gillian Smith- David Crawford –  ? – ?

If you are able to run then please drop a line to either Pete or Carl so that we can field the two teams and everyone who wants to run can get a run in.

Pete Bland (peterbland@btinternet.com) 0755 404047
Carl Balshaw (carl@balshaw.me) 07530 758186

Do you want to be on telly


We are looking for fell runners, for a Seven Sea’s advert we are looking for people to come along on Monday in Prestwich between 12-2pm.Are you racing this weekend? Could we come along?MANCHESTER ¦ 0161 833 4263 ¦ info@emmastafford.tv
Willing to commit to the shoot dates!
Audition: Monday 12th March in Manchester
We have limited spaces available so please email a contact telephone number & and any video footage of you fell running (if you have it) to –

We are looking for

Male and Female. Age 18 up to 55

Is Fell Running your passion? Would you like to be on an advert?

Must be able and keen Fell Runner!

Filming: in North West, Lake District w/c 19th March



Thursday – Prediction Race

Prediction Race

Thursday 23rd Feb 2012 @ 6.30pm +

Low key prediction race starting at Cooke Street, Horwich. (nr Mill Lane/Church Street junction).

The Route will be as follows;

Cooke Street-Wallsuches-Georges Lane-Wilderswood-Mast-Two Lads (via wall)-Burnt Edge-

Georges Lane-Jolly Crofters-Wallsuches-Foxholes-Cooke Street. (approx 11km)

Headtorches and familiarity with the fells and Winter Hill is essential.

The runner to finish in the nearest time to their predicted time will win the coveted bottle of wine.

No fee for entry, runners set off at minute intervals from 6.30pm onward.

Colin Jones


Normal Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

Normal Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

30th Winter Hill Fell Race (Sunday 12th Feb 2012)

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make today’s event run smoothly. Without the marshals, time keepers and the Mountain Rescue the race could not go ahead. Given that conditions out on Winter Hill were amongst the worst that the race has been run in it is a thank you that is more than deserved by all who helped.

Colin Jones
Results from UKResults are here.

Photographs have been uploaded to the website here

Winter Hill – Marshals Needed

Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

10am Sunday 12th Feb 2012

Marshals Needed

This years Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race takes place
on the 12th February this year and the race depends upon
the support and good will of not just the local land owners
but of the club members in order to provide marshals and
support so that the race can be run safely and as a shared
responsibility within the club.

Please, if you have not marshalled before, then do so now.

Many people within the club put a great deal of effort into
organising and catering for not just the races, but relay teams,
coaching, events and presentation evenings – we need your
help and support to continue to do so.

Many thanks
Horwich RMI Harriers

CANCELLED – Noon Stone Fell Race 2012

To club representitives,
I am contacting you to let you know that the NOON STONE FELL RACE 2012 ( 25/02/2012) has been cancelled due to environmental reasons.
I hope it will be possible for you to let your members know of our decision as the event is in the FRA calendar as race details were submitted prior to cancellation.
I would appreciate it if you would pass on our apologies to any of your club members who were planning to run this year and thank them for their support over the years.

Colin Duffield
Todmorden Harriers

Darwen Tower Fell Race

Darwen Tower Fell Race

Sunday morning saw a good turn out for Horwich Harriers at the Darwen Tower Fell Race. New member Paul Jackson made a solid start to his Horwich career, finishing 38th in 41:49. Another Horwich first timer Maria Lowe was pleased with third place in 44;16 experiencing her first time on the fells. Another highlight of the day was a great run from team captain Suzzanne Budgett who was second in 44:01, Paul Murray went one better by winning his age category.

Other Horwich performances were:

Sean Mcmyler 40:20
Paul Boardmen 40:50
Brian Walton 41:19
Michael Kay 41:33
Paul Murray 1st vet70 50:54
Fran Walker 52:02
Colin Waterworth 53:19

London Marathon Numbers 2012

London Marathon Numbers 2012

We have five entries for 2012 London Marathon which the club would like to distribute to members who would like to run.

These entries will be allocated firstly to any club members who entered and were rejected from the London Marathon public ballot, with a draw being made if there are more than five claims made. If there are any remaining entries then these will be allocated to any club member who wishes to run, again with a draw being used if there are more claims that entries left available.

If you wish to claim a club place for the 2012 London Marathon then please email Alison Gordon (club.secretary@horwichrmiharriers.co.uk)

with your contact details and whether you have applied and been rejected or not; the closing date is 31th December 2011.

Please note that these club places are allocations of numbers and there is the standard entry fee payable for the London Marathon.

People will be notified in early January on the outcome as entries need to be submitted by mid January.

Peter Ramsdale



The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 22nd December 2011 and consist of the normal 10.5 mile route.

For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 5.9 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4.6 miles).

This year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.

Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.

Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.





Questions please email ste-jackson@supanet.com or telephone 01942706506 or 07747838772

Steve Jackson

Red Rose XC 2011-12

Red Rose XC 2011-12

The RR committee met on Wednesday 7th Dec to confirm positions and sort trophies for the current season.

Our winners are confirmed as Lyndsey Brindle 2nd lady overall, Suzanne Budgett first lady vet and Tony Hesketh first vet 60.

We had two nearly won’s with Isabel Dean finishing in 7th in the under 11’s having an excellent season in the mud and the ladies team finished third overall – medals for first two teams – after winning in the first two races they lost by just 2 points to Rossendale 96 to 98.

Whilst this league continues to be the club’s second XC priority, all the local clubs support this league and all the races are completed by Christmas!

Presentation Saturday 4th Feb 2012 from 7.30pm in the Horwich RMI club – Tickets £4 and £3 available from Pete Ramsdale Peter, Ramsdale XC Captain

Sunday Run – 11th December 2011 – 14km Trail

Sunday Run – 11th December 2011

Rivington, Lead Mines and the Pike 14km Trail

Sundays run is going to start from the Lower Barn, the run follows the reservoir around and the back past the war memorial and the old lead mines, and then over Anglezark towards Holdens Stumps before climbing up towards the Pidgeon Tower, and a quick visit to the Pike and then dowqn and along behind the school towards the Barn and back to the cars

Two easy clims – trail shoes may be a good idea, but the route is ok for road shoes – future runs for a sunday are likely to be getting more offroad and so now would be a good time to get trail shoes for anyone who hasn’t got some already.

Meet up is Lower Rivington Barn for a 9am start.

Map My Run…
OS Map

Anyone running then pls drop me a txt so we know who is coming (07530 758186)

Harriers Road Group – Week 13 – 5th December 2011

Week 13 Training Plan

– W/c Mon 5th December 2011

This is the start of a new mesocycle of 6 weeks and we move onto strength work, so more hill work and fewer but longer rep work; Tuesday is the track and will be longer continual running session of 6mins, and thursday will be a straight steady run of around 10k.

Tuesday 6th Dec – Bolton Arena 6:45 for 7pm
– 7pm start – Track Session – 6min efforts

Thursday 1st Dec -Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Steady Run

– 7pm start – steady run over Chorley Old Rd
– or 6:30 at the foxholes for those doing Steve Pearson’s session instead

Saturday – Tempo 5k Park Run or 30mins

Sunday 4th Dec – 14km Trail Run

– Meet up Rivington Lower Barn for 9am start.

Week Date Tuesday Thursday Weekend
13 05-Dec Track – 1600s Steady – Old Road 14km Trail run
14 12-Dec Hills – Factory Hill Fartlek – Old St Pk/Ramsbtm 16km Trail run
15 19-Dec Track – 800s Special – Santa Run 18km Trail run
16 26-Dec Hills – Tanners Threshold – Adlington 20km Trail run
17 02-Jan Track – Pyramid Hills – Church St
18 09-Jan Special – Night Run Hills – Foxholes

Harriers Road Group – Week 12 -28th November 2011

Week 12 Training Plan – W/c Mon 28th November

Week 12, final week of the speed mesocycle and for anyone following the cycles then this is a medium week – again, 5 sessions per week with a couple of days recovery or easy cross training, and for this week the sunday run the the 4th will be the Santa Saunter!    Both sessions this week are more fun sessions marking the end of the six week cycle, and then from next week we start again with the Strength Endurance sessions – or in plain english ‘Hills’.

Tuesday 29th Nov – Horwich Lesisure Centre 6:45 for 7pm – Arcon village for relay
– 7pm start – if we have left then head out towards Arcon village up Chruch St.   Wednesday – Steady 10k or 60mins

Thursday 1st Dec -Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Hill session (tanners)
– 7pm start – if we have left then head towards Ridgeway Arms pub (Blackrod rail station)

Saturday – Tempo 5k Park Run or 30mins

Sunday 4th Dec – Santa Saunter for Fun!

Add in some core strength work (weights) and some flexibility (stretching) else you’ll end up on the injured list

Week Date Tuesday Thursday Weekend
7 24-Oct Speed – Arcon Steady – Middlebrook 12km Trail run
8 31-Oct Track – 200s Haloween Special 14km Trail run
9 07-Nov Speed – Blackrod Fartlek – Old Road 16km Trail run
10 14-Nov Track – 100s 200s Hills – Church Eaves Wood Silverdale
11 21-Nov Speed – Millstone Threshold – A6 Wesham 10km Road Race
12 28-Nov Arcon – Relay Hills – Fleet St Sweatshop Santa Saunter

Liverpool SEL Cross Country

Liverpool SEL Cross Country

Liverpool SEL Cross CountryCongrats to all the Harriers, young and old, who turned out a Liverpool on Saturday. They included Jonathan Birchall (U13), Joseph Howe, Phoebe Howe, Sophie Myers, Nathan Townsend and Cameron Critchley(U15) Zac Howe, Rachael Thompson, Gary Priestley, Gareth Booth, Dave Jackson, Tim Roe, Gary Chadderton, Colin Wood, Gordon Stone and John Parker.
Thanks to Pete and Jane Bland and Andrew Ramsdale for their support.Results to follow.
Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Windmill 10K on Sunday 13 November

Windmill 10K on Sunday 13 November

Six members of the Beginners Road Group  represented Horwich RMI Harriers, along with Paul Muller, at the Windmill 10K on Sunday 13 November at a very pleasant Lytham St Annes. A fast and flat course gave good opportunity for some PBs and we managed to achieve 4 between us, as well as firsts in the M V50, F V55 and F V60 categories, so a very successful outing! We went prepared for an icy blast off the Atlantic, but it was exceptionally mild and the layers were thrown off early along the course to our patient support driver. A very well organised, supported and attended event and one to look out for again next year to knock some more chunks off the PBs.

5th, Paul Muller, 36:06 – 1st V50

178th, Gill Smith, 51:26 – 1st FV60

198th, Alexandra Else, 52:18 – 10k PB

233rd, Anna Keightley, 54:12 – 10k PB

273rd, Julie Williamson, 56:31 – 10k PB

324th, Marion Tracey, 59:54 – 1st FV55- 10k PB

347th, Joanne Bulloch, 1:02:19

Full results can be found here http://www.ukroadraces.info/results/2011/win1.htm

Xmas Heptathlon Mon 5th Dec 2011

Xmas Heptathlon Mon 5th Dec 2011

(6-8pm followed by Presentation in Cafe)

Our 6th Annual Sponsored Xmas Heptathlon takes place – indoors on Monday 5th December 2011. It takes place from 6.00pm sharp! It’s a team event and a great evening. All that take part will receive something on the night!

All members are welcome to take part – it’s a great FUN event, where all the athletes have to complete 7 events in 2 hours!

The event is FREE and we just ask that if you can, please raise some money for a very special charity, which this year would be raising money for “Donna and Bolton Hospice”.

Donna, age 43, (who used to be one of the Harriers in her younger days) is also the mum of one of our young athletes, but very sadly, Donna has a terminal illness. There was an article in the Bolton News on Wed 16/11 about Donna and her family and her wishes. We feel it would be great to support Donna and her family this year.

In the past 4 years our young athletes have raised over £ 2,000 for local charities in this event, which is fantastic.

This event is open to the younger athletes from school years of 3 to 10 – we will select the Captains for the night. There will be seven teams with Reindeer names on the night and again we will select who goes in which team etc! Last year we had over 60 enter, so please let me know by e-mail preferably, if you are able to make it? It will be like a little Xmas party!

After the competition, we will go to the Arena Cafe for light refreshments mainly for the kids (all FREE), there may be the bar open too for us older ones!! (This is not free!). There will be a small presentation to the team winners and Captain of the team etc.

Once again, special thanks goes to the HORWICH ROTARY who have very generously provided the trophies, prizes and the food and drink for our young athletes on this night.

If anyone has any younger brothers/sisters who are not yet members, but are old enough to take part, just let me know and we will see what we can do?

HELPERS for the event – please let me know if any of you are able to help out on the night to judge, officiate and mark the scores etc. We will show everyone what to do, so don’t worry!

Hope to see you all there! Don’t forget your Xmas hats!

Kind regards

Mark Dacre
Junior Coach
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Xmas Track and Field Details

Important Notice for Winter Dec 2011/Jan 2012

XMAS HOLIDAYS (Mike’s, Trevor’s, Kelly’s & Tiff’s Groups)

SO NO TRAINING WED 21st DEC, 28th DEC 2011 & 4th JAN 2012.
Parents, please expect early finishes in Winter training periods due to cold weather.


Due to the cold/wet nights there will be NO TRAINING for any of the groups for
MARK & WAYNE & BRENDA for the whole of DECEMBER 2011 & JANUARY 2012.
(For any Yr 6 in these groups, training will continue but start from 6.30pm)
Training for Yr 5 & below will resume on 1st February 2012.


Takes place on Monday 5th December 2011 – 6pm sharp – 8.00pm (followed by food and presentations).


Don’t forget the Sportshall Athletics Round 2 is on Sunday 15th January 2012 at Blackpool Sports Centre. For those that get selected to represent the County of Lancashire, the Inter County Finals will be held at Sportcity, Manchester on Sunday 22nd January 2012.

Hope this makes sense, but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email me.

Kind regards

Mark Dacre
Junior Coach
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Rd race

Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Rd race

James Kevan competed in the sixtieth running of the of the oldest 10 mile road race on Saturday 19th November.

The race stared in Brampton and finished at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. The weather was mild for the time and year. James had a good race finishing in 8th place from a field of 332 runners in a time of 53:27.

Harriers Road Group – Week 11 -21st November 2011

Harriers Road Group – Week 11 -21st November 2011

Week 11 Training Plan

Week 11, 5th week of the speed mesocycle and for anyone following the cycles then this is the second hard week – again, 6 sessions per week with just one days recovery and a race day at the end of the week.

Both sessions this week are quite high intensity ones with Tuesday going to be speed endurance work along the embankment near the Millstone, and Thursday is the threshold session for this cycle – we are going to be doing the same route along Chorley New Road, most people have done this before, so this week the aim is to run out a bit further than last time, and make it back on the 40min marker.

Monday – Steady 10k or 60mins

Tuesday – Horwich Lesisure Centre 6:45 for 7pm – Millstone 800s
– 7pm start – if we have left then head out towards the Crown and down towards the Millstone

Wednesday – Steady 10k or 60mins

Thursday -Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Threshold run
– 7pm start – if we have left then head down through Old Station park towards the bottom of Ramsbottom Rd

Saturday – Tempo 5k Park Run or 30mins

Sunday – Rivington Castle Car Park – 9am – 16km Trail Run around Rivington

Please if you follow this, then add in some core strength work (weights) and some flexibility (stretching) else you’ll end up on the injured list

Week Date Tuesday Thursday Weekend
7 24-Oct Speed – Arcon Steady – Middlebrook 12km Trail run
8 31-Oct Track – 200s Haloween Special 14km Trail run
9 07-Nov Speed – Blackrod Fartlek – Old Road 16km Trail run
10 14-Nov Track – 100s 200s Hills – Church Eaves Wood Silverdale
11 21-Nov Speed – Millstone Threshold – A6 Wesham 10km Road Race
12 28-Nov Arcon – Relay Hills – Fleet St Sweatshop Santa Saunter

The Santa Saunter

4th December – Sweatshop Santa Saunter- RACE (saunter?)

Looking to get us out for this one with santa outfits on – there’s this one and there will be another run later in December that will be organised by the club that have a focus on fun and we’re looking for good fancy dress or santa outfits rather than running it at pace; whilst this is technically kinda like a race, we’ll run this as a single group for those who turn up – santa suit needed !

Approx 4.5 miles multi-terrain, santa hat for entrants, coffee and mince pie to all finishers!
Entry Form – http://www.ukresults.net/forms/111204chorley.pdf

Sunday Run – 16km Rivington Reservoirs

Sunday Run – 20th November 2011

Rivington Reservoirs, The Pike, Bolton

Sundays run is 16km starting at the Castle car park, following the trails along upper reservoir, around Anglezarke Reservoir and then climbing up past the Wellington memorial, down to the old lead mines, along the road towards the Pidgeon Tower car park, and then a final climb up towards the Pidgeon Tower, the Pike and a quick last mile down to the end.

Meet up is at Rivington Castle Car Park at 9:30am.


Route Map


OS Map

Route is mostly trail with some muddy parts, trail shoes recommended, we have two Cat3 hills, one short one in the middle and a longer one towards the end 🙂

Anyone running then pls drop Paul a txt so he knows who is coming (07525 731203)

Harriers Road Group – Week 10 -14th November 2011

Harriers Road Group – Week 10 -14th November 2011

Week 10

Week 10, 4th week of the speed mesocycle and for anyone following the cycles then this is the first hard week – so 6 sessions per week with just one days recovery and a race day at the end of the week – next week is also the same, but with 10k race at the end of the week as the climax of the hard fortnight.

After the last track session that left many people feeling the effects of the speed session, then we are going back to a more usual speed session based on 100s and 200s – again we are going to be focusing on outright speed, but over a slightly longer distance.

This weeks sessions will start at 7pm prompt – so 6:45 for a 7pm start please.

Monday – Steady 10k or 60mins

Tuesday – Bolton Arena Track 7pm – 100s 200s

Wednesday – Steady 10k or 60mins

Thursday –Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Hills on Church Street

Saturday – Tempo 5k Park Run or 30mins

Sunday – RACE – Eaveswood

Mesocycle Week 4, so a Hard week with six running/training sessions, and you should have just one rest day.  Note that Hard weeks are implemented by use of Races and reducing rest days rather than increasing session intensity, though this weeks sessions are likely to be hard anyways 🙂

Week Date Tuesday Thursday Weekend
7 24-Oct Speed – Arcon Steady – Middlebrook 12km Trail run
8 31-Oct Track – 200s Haloween Special 14km Trail run
9 07-Nov Speed – Blackrod Fartlek – Old Road 16km Trail run
10 14-Nov Track – 100s 200s Hills – Church Eaves Wood Silverdale
11 21-Nov Speed – Millstone Threshold – A6 Wesham 10km Road Race
12 28-Nov Arcon – Relay Hills – Fleet St Sweatshop Santa Saunter

Forthcoming races

20th November – Eaves Wood Trail race – Silverdale – RACE

This is a nice trail race just north of Morcombe and is 5.25 miles long; must enter beforehand as it always sells out before deadline. Info –http://eaveswoodtrail.blogspot.com/

26th November (Saturday) – Wesham 10k Road Race – Preston – RACE

The focus on this is for anyone doing 10k training to get a measure of their current pace on a road race; most of the training is done on trails and eventually up on the hills, and so a straight road race is good to fit in; there’s a few of them up to then end of the year, but this one was the first of those close by to us.   Entry Form –http://www.ukresults.net/forms/111126wesham.pdf

4th December – Sweatshop Santa Saunter- RACE (saunter?)

Looking to get us out for this one with santa outfits on – there’s this one and there will be another run later in December that will be organised by the club that have a focus on fun and we’re looking for good fancy dress or santa outfits rather than running it at pace; whilst this is technically kinda like a race, we’ll run this as a single group for those who turn up – santa suit needed !   Approx 4.5 miles multi-terrain, santa hat for entrants, coffee and mince pie to all finishers! Entry Form –http://www.ukresults.net/forms/111204chorley.pdf

Sunday Run – 15km Winter Hill

Sunday Run – 13th November 2011

Rivington, Winter Hill, Bolton

Sundays run is 15km starting at the Castle car park, running up towards and through Wilderswood and past Two Lads, down towards Smithills and then climbing up towards the mast, past and down on the cobbled road, and then back past the Pigeon ower, a final climb up to the Pike and then all downhill back to the car park

Meet up is at Rivington Castle Car Park, 9:00am.


Route Map


OS Route Map

Route is mostly trail with some muddy parts, trail shoes recommended, we have two Cat3 hills, one right at the start and then one as we climb towards the mast 🙂

If anyone running could pls drop me a txt or reply here so I know who is coming (07530 758186)

Carl Balshaw
07530 758186

Help at Bolton, Leverhulme Park Cross Country 12th Nov

Help at Bolton, Leverhulme Park Cross Country 12th Nov

On Saturday Bolton Harriers host the third round of the Red Rose Cross Country races for the 2011-2012 season. I am looking for some help/support with marshalling the early races for the boys and girls.

Any seniors able to arrive for the early races – 12.30pm to 1.15pm would be most appreciated. Any parents of the little runners who can stay for 20mins after their race could also marshal for 15mins – that would be excellent.

This is our commitment to the league as we cannot host our own cross country. Thanks.

Peter Ramsdale