Northern’s and National Cross Country Entries

Northern’s and National Cross Country Entries

If anyone wished to enter the Northern Cross Country Championship at Pontefract, West Yorkshire on Saturday 28th January 2012 and/or the National Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill, London on Saturday 25th February 2012 – please contact Pete Ramsdale and let him know as entries need to be in by mid-December.

Both races are £6 but remember you cannot do the Nationals if you haven’t entered the Northern’s. Remember in 2012, the year of the Olympics – you did competitive running in the capital city. Think about it.

Peter Ramsdale

Sunday Run – 15km Rivington Reservoirs

Sunday 6th November 2011

15km run around Rivington Reservoirs, Bolton

Sundays run is 15km flat around the reservoirs in Rivinton – Starting from Castle Car park opposite Rivington and Blackrod High School, up along past the barn and Go Ape, up the lane to Yarrow and then continuing all the way around Anglezark reservoir and back down The Street, to Rivington and returning to the Castle car park via the Castle.

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

http://maps.google.co.uk/?f=q&hl=en&sll=&sspn=&t=h&q=53.6106,-2.5535

Route Map

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/56708224/

Os Map

Route is mixed, but mostly trail and with the rain that has been put down tonight then trail shoes are recommended. Terrain is flat and the distance is just over 15km.

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

Harriers Road Group – Week 8 -31st October 2011

Harriers Road Group – Week 8 -31st October 2011

Week 8

Week 8, 2nd week of speed mesocycle and the track session is going to be a little different from what we have done before as the focus is going to be put onto sprinting and maximum velocity work, rather than the usual speedwork aimed at endurance that we have traditionally done, and as this will be quite explosive short distance sprinting, then there’ll be a more vigorous warm up beforehand – which really everyone should be doing all the time anyways 🙂

Tuesday 1stBolton Arena Track Session 7pm – Speed session

Thursday 3rd- Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Haloween Special

Sunday 6th- Horwich Lesiure Centre 9:30am – 14km Trail Run around Rivington

Mesocycle Week 2, so an Easy week, four running sessions, and you should have two rest days; Thursday is a rep session and not continual running, so add in at least one 10k distance style of run in addition to group sessions.

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 – 12km Rivington

Sunday 30th October 2011

12km run around Rivington, Bolton

Sundays run is 12km fairly flat around Rivington – Starting from Horwich sports centre up to the Pike then down to Pigeon Tower car park to Rivington Reservoir before heading back to the sports centreWith some of us away doing courses and other races this weekend then its just Paul leading, so this will be a single group running at fairly easy and steady pace.

Meet up is at Horwich Leisure Centre at 9:30am.

http://maps.google.co.uk/?f=q&hl=en&sll=&sspn=&t=h&q=53.5982+-2.54295

Route Map

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/55958610

Os Map

Route is mixed road/dry trail so road or trail shoes are fine, one Cat3 hill on the climb up to the Pike, so an easy start to adding in hill work as part of the sunday runs again 🙂

Anyone running then pls drop Paul a txt or mail to road.group@horwichrmiharriers.co.uk here so he knows who is coming (07525 731203)

FRA Navigation Course – 23 to 25 September 2011

FRA Navigation Course – 23 to 25 September 2011

I attended the FRA Navigation Course in Elterwater last week and can wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn or brush up on their navigation skills.

The weekend was extremely well organised and was great fun from start to finish.  I had no compass skills whatsoever at the beginning of the weekend but now feel more than competent to venture out on the trails and fells on my own. The weekend involved a theory session on the Friday night, followed by group navigation on the open fells on Saturday morning/afternoon.  You are then given a short course with ten checkpoints to try to find on your own but are never far away from instructors who will make sure you don’t veer too far off course.  There is night navigation on the Saturday night which is done in pairs and then on the Sunday is the main event which is a 10k 10 checkpoint course on the open fells.

The whole weekend costs £60 for FRA members (£85 for non-members) and for that you get two nights youth hostel accommodation, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday and an evening meal on Saturday night.  Bargain!  I couldn’t recommend it enough.  There are two courses held throughout the year, the one I attended in Elterwater in September and one in Kettlewell in spring.

For more information, send an e-mail to margaretbatley@rocketmail.com.

Review by Christa

Horwich RMI member

SEL – 30 Oct – Clayton Vale

South East Lancs Fixture List

The South East Lancs fixture for this coming weekend is at Clayton Vale, and there was an error on the Cross Country website page which stated the wrong venue for SE Lancs.  The entry from is correct and the following is the correct fixture list for SE Lancs

South East Lancs
30 Oct 2011 – Clayton Vale
19 Nov 2011 – Heaton Park
10 Dec 2012 – Boggart Hole
21 Jan 2012 – Leigh

Harriers Road Group – Week 7 -24th October 2011

Hi All,

Thanks and well done to everyone who ran in the relay earlier on Sunday, we got some good times in and there was a pretty good turn out with a dozen teams or so entered, mostly Harriers but some other local groups as well; I am waiting to get any details on the actual results, but there are some prizes knocking around that were picke dup from afterwards.

This week is the start of a new 6 week mesocycle with a focus on speed endurance work, this week is recovery week so only the three group sessions listed, and a steady run for the thrusday.  Over the next six weeks there are two track sessions, both with a focus on sprints and not endurance for a change, which means keeping the distances down to a maximum of 100s and 200s only; there are only two hill sessions planned for this mesocycle – Church St and Fleet St

Week 7

Tuesday – Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Speed session at Arcon village

Thursday -Horwich Lesiure Centre 7pm – Steady Run – 6miles/10k

Sunday – Rivington Castle Car Park – 9am – 12km Trail Run around Rivington

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

Beginner Sunday Runs

Sunday Runs
I am going to start with a new set of sundays with a focus on shorter ones that are around the 5/6mile distance, or 10k, the aim will be to split into two groups, one fast paced group with a focus on using shorter distance for speed and another who’ll take the route at a steadier pace and build up to around the 12 mile or half marathon distance running up to christmas.
Gin Pit 5 this sunday – good trail race and good for speed training!
2nd October – Gin Pit 5, Tyldesley – RACE
This is a 5 mile trail race, 2 lap course – £7 to enter on the day adn 11am start time.
9th October – Sunday run 10k around Rivington
Meet up at the Castle car park for 9am – will be a flat (honest!) trail route around castle and the barns
16th October –  Sunday run 12k around Anglezark
Meet up at Anglezark car park for 9am – will be a flatish trail route, steady paced.

22nd October – Standish Hall Trail Race, Wigan – RACE
This is a good 10k trail race, multiple laps, and always a good one to enter

23rd October – Horwich Harriers Training Relay run – CLUB TRAINING DAY
We are looking for as many to turn up to this as possible so that we can get a couple of teams entered, we need six per team, and the more the merrier.
30th October – 12k Trail run – to be organised
6th November – 14k Trail run – to be organised
13th November – 16k Trail run – to be organised
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.
26th November (Saturday) – Wesham 10k Road Race – Preston
4th December – Sweatshop Santa Saunter- RACE (saunter?)
Approx 4.5 miles multi-terrain, santa hat for entrants, coffee and mince pie to all finishers!

Beginners Road Group Track Sessions

Beginner Road Group

Track Sessions

Dates – 20th Sept, 4th and 18th Oct, 1st and 15th Nov, 6th and 20th Dec

For Bolton Arena you need to go to the athletics track at the back of the Arena; this is accessible through gates around the side of the Arena building and there is a pathway directly behind the Arena that leads down to the track; you should be able to follow the flood lights that are around the track.

There is a £2 charge per session that covers the cost of track hire; which you pay on the track itself and not at reception – there is a hut next to the track that has a signing in sheet and money box – please sign in as you arrive so that we do not have to chase for payment at the end of the session.

There are changing rooms available within the Arena if you wish to use them; enter through the main entrance, and go down the corridor to the left hand side and you will see Outdoor changing rooms along that corridor; continue down the corridor and there is an exit to the rear of the Arena to get to the track.

Car parking at the Arena is normally quite busy and you are probably best going to the right hand side of the Arena building where there is usually an overflow cark park opened on land between the Arena and the Police Station; the gate at the side of the Arena is normally unlocked, and you usually don’t have to walk around through the front of the Arena to get to the track.

Track Etiquate – this is common sense stuff, but there will be two or three other groups who use the track at the same time as we do, and so watch out for other runners if you cross the track, and only use the lanes that we have been assigned to.

Sunday Run – 12km run around Anglezark

Sunday 16th October 2011

12km run around Anglezark

Sundays run is 12km fairly flat around Anglezark – Easy pace group following on from last weeks 10km, this now adds another 2km to the distance, but will be done at a steady pace.

Next week is the training relay and the easy Sunday run will be replaced with the 8km leg of this relay… http://www.horwichrmiharriers.co.uk/training-with-attitude-trail-fell-relay

Starting from one of the upper Anglezark car parks, we run around Anglezark and Upper Rivington, then through the farmers field past Yarrow, down to the bridge and up towards the old Lead Mines, up past the Wellington War Memorial, and along the bridleway back to the car park

Meet up is at Anglezark car park at 9am

Sat Nav: PR6 9HA to Yew Tree Pub on Knowsley Lane, and then follow this road over the embankment, then sharp left, then keeping left onto Moor Rd, and then a sharp right up the big steep hill.

Route Map via Map My Run

OS Route Map

Route is mostly trail and some track, and trail shoes are the best, its likely to be a bit slippery for road shoes over alot of this route, especially with the rain we have been getting. Only two Cat5 hills, which are hardly hills at all when you really think about it, so pretty easy run 🙂

Anyone running then pls drop me a txt so I know who is coming (07530 758186) or email road.group@hotwichrmiharriers.co.uk

Carl.

Training with Attitude – Trail & Fell Relay

Horwich RMI Harriers Trail & Fell Relay

Sunday 23rd October – Training with Attitude

Start 10.00 at the Car Park opposite Rivington School (635129)
This is to be a mixed team relay training event with prizes for the best teams.
Mixed teams of 6 over 4 legs

Leg 1 – invididual runner (approx 8k) Start at the car park opposite Rivington School (635129) and run over to Layby (616179). Runners must run via the castle and use trails.
Leg 2 – Pairs (approx 12k) From laybe to White Coppice to Great Hill, Piccadilly and then return to Great Hill then to Horden Stoops (655158)
Leg 3 – Individual (approx 12k) From Holden Stoops to gate at top of ramp (memorial for plane crash 662147) return to layby (616179) via Holden Stoops, Great Hill and White Coppice.
Leg 4 – Pairs (approx 8k) Return to start by reversing leg 1 via castle to car park (635129)


Runners can only be nominated as a team runner for 1 leg, but may run more than 1 leg and can accompany the team runners(s).
Each team must provide a baton which is a bum bag with map plus 4 pins for your number. There will be no computerised times so keep your own time. Each team will be timed for an overall time.

Prizes

  • 1st team max 2 men
  • 1st team max 2 women
  • 1st family (may be a combination of 2 families with a minimum of two from each)
  • Highest combined age of all team members
  • Youngest combined age of all team members (min age 16)
  • First ringers team (max 3 non RMI runners)

This is to be a training even for the club members.
Start time is 10.00 and presentation at the Crown from 13:00
Entry fee is £1.00 per person plus a give away prize per team.

87th Annual Horwich AGM

87th Annual Horwich AGM

18th October 2011 Arena 8pm

Below is the agenda for the AGM but I would like to bring to you attention the positions of Vice Chairman, Treasurer and two ordinary committee members that are vacant on the 2011-12 committee.  To continue to allow the club to function as smoothly as possible we would like to fill the positions.  You need not have experience of anything special just an interest in helping your running club.  The treasurer’s position does not require a certified accountant, just someone who can add up and do the occasional subtraction – bit simplified but there are people who will help you get settled.  The two ordinary members do not need attend all committee meetings, but feel that they would like to help in some small way. Think about it.

Agenda for AGM

Welcome

Apologies

Matter Arising

Financial Statement

Committee Reports

Election of Officers

Life Membership Proposals

AOB – none submitted

Date of next AGM (Oct 2012)

Beginners 10k Trail Run

9th October 2011
Sunday run 10k around Rivington

Meet up at the Castle car park for 9am for a 10k trail run around lower Rivington – from Castle car park, down to castle, lower barn, Upper Rivington and Yarrow reservoir, then back via Great Barn and Rivington School

Meet Up point – http://maps.google.co.uk/?f=q&hl=en&sll=&sspn=&t=h&q=53.6106,-2.5535

Route Map – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/53452590

Gin Pit 5 – 2nd October 2011

Gin Pit 5

2nd October 2011

Gin Pit 5

Nine Harriers turned out for the Gin Pit 5, the last of the Central Lancs Grand Prix races, and despite a little drizzle earlier in the day, the weather held for the fun run, and then the main 5 mile race at 11am.

Congratulations to James Kevan led from the start to win for a convincing win in 25:56, a margin of over a minute and a half ahead of Lewis Eccleston in 2nd place; Gareth Booth finished in 27:38 to take third place.  This was Jame’s 6th outing in the Central Lancs Grand Prix and 6th outright win, which should therefore make him the overall winner, and today’s 3rd place should give Garth 2nd place overall in the Central Lancs Grand Prix, though we are waiting for the official final results to be produced.

David Jackson was our third finisher in 8th place to make up the team and take the team prize, narrowly beating the Astley and Tyldesley team by just 3 places. In the Clubs Road Championship, this will take David’s score to 190pts, retaking first place in the men’s overall positioning. Sean McMyler finished as the fourth Harrier and continues a busy race season, taking him to 188pts and 2nd place position in the club’s road championship for this year.

Danny Kevan, Carl Balshaw, Gordon Stone, Lawrence Pinnell, and Hazel Banks finished in good times, and well done to Hazel as this will leave her in first place for the clubs lady road championship this year.

Finally, thanks to Astley and Tyldesley for what was as always a well organised and enjoyable trail run.

The full line up for Harriers were as follows

1st James Kevan 25:56
3rd Gareth Booth 27:38
8th David Jackson 29:09
13th Sean McMyler 29:45
21st Danny Kevan 30:43
71st Carl Balshaw 35:55
98th Gordon Stone 38:38
101st Lawrence Pinnell 38:53
143rd (39th lady) Hazel Banks 43:53

Photographs from the day can be found here.

Full results can be found on UKResults website here.

Course informaion can be found on the Astley and Tyldesley website

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay 2nd Oct 2011

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay 2nd Oct 2011

We entered a Vets and Mixed team into the 24th running of the IHMR 2011. Thanks to all who shared lifts and running partners for another memorable event.

The Vets managed a very creditable 34th place (7th vet team overall) with partners Pete Ramsdale and Tony Varley (59th), Mike Green and Martyn Bell (14th – Horwich performance of the day), Mike Kay and Kev Gaskell (43rd) and Albert Sunter and Rob Green (46th). To finish in just over 5hrs was a very good performance by one and all.

The mixed team made an excellent start with Lyndsey Brindle and Doug Fleming finishing in 31st place after leg 1 and then they handed over to Suzanne Budgett and Chris Heys (54th)followed by Billy Martin and Tim Row (59th) and finally Julie Haworth and Rachel Metcalfe (66th).The team finished in 57th place in just over 6hrs.

This event a classic in the fell running calendar and with runners at Gin Pit 5 we did well to turn out two teams  – Thanks to all who made the effort – I enjoyed it  – I hope you all did too.

Full Results can be found here http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2011/IanHodgsonMountainRelay/IHMR2011OverallResults.pdf

Peter

P.S

I want to issue many ‘thank you’s’ to all who ran, making the teams complete, those who kindly stood in last minute without further ado, those who offered to race back to back (& those who did just that) & to Brent Brindle for kindly chauffeuring virtually half of each team up, looking after us all & delivering my Leg 3 numbers to them, easing my stress level.

Suzanne

A few photos care of Chris Heys.


Cross Country 2011

Cross Country 2011

Enter on the day! Don’t forget that ALL the leagues will take entrants on the day so check your diaries, find your muddy trainers and we’ll see you at a cross country course near you in the very near future.
Ask around and see if a car share is possible – it’s good for team spirit too.
Peter Ramsdale

Langdale Full/Half Marathon

Langdale Half and Full Marathon 2011

24th September 2011

Set in the heart of the lakes just north of Windermere the Langdale races are always picturesque, scenic and very hilly; and this year nearly four hundred runners turned up in fairly damp conditions to do either the single lap half or two laps for the full marathon.

257 took part in the half marathon, with Charlie Pass of Wesham Road Runners winning in a time of 1:19. Paul Muller finished 3rd overall with a time of 1:23:52, followed by Paul Boardman in 27th and Ed Swift finishing in 2:11:27, taking first V65 in his first outing as an OAP.

132 took part in the full marathon, with Steven Prentice of North East Marathon Club winning in a time of 3:04. Carl Balshaw completed the full marathon in a time of 4:12.

Half Marathon

Paul Muller – 1:23:52 – 3rd
Paul Boardman – 1:35:28 – 27th
Ed Swift – 2:11:27 – 193rd

Full Marathon

Carl Balshaw – 4:12:52 – 66th

The full results can be found here:

Half MarathonResults
Full Marathon Results

Great North Run 2011

Great North Run

18th Sept 2011

Well done to both of the Harriers who turned out in Newcastle for the 30th Great North Run, Trevor continuing with more half marathons following on from Freckleton, and Julie doing most of teh Great races, including the swimming ones!

Trevor Fishwick 2:14:16
Julie Williamson 2:20:21

More details available on the Great North Run event page here.

Quadkids Competition – Greater Manchester Athletics Networks

Quadkids Competition
Greater Manchester Athletics Networks

On Sunday 25th September 2011, Horwich RMI Harriers & AC entered 2 teams, Horwich Lions (Under 11’s) and Horwich Tigers (Under 9’s) in the first ever GM Athletics Network Quadkids Competition.

Held at Winton, Eccles, Manchester, the event attracted 16 teams from the Greater Manchester area containing 160 young athletes. There were 10 members in each team, 5 girls and 5 boys. Each athlete had to complete a short sprint, a middle distance race, standing long jump and then throwing the “Howler”.

The Horwich Lions (U11’s) were led magnificently by their Team Leader, Zac Howe. The Lions finished as Runners-up in their age category, which was fantastic.

Not to be undone were the Horwich Tigers (U9’s), with their Team Leader, Tiffany Dacre helping them to finish in an excellent 3rd place overall. The Tigers also finished in 1st place in the Shuttle Relay in a very exciting race!

Individual honours went to Jack Shingler, who came in 3rd place overall for the Under 9 Boys and Ella Harper who came 3rd overall in the Under 11 Girls age category. Congratulations to both these young athletes and to all who took part. All the Coaches and parents were very proud of the athletes.

M Dacre
26/09/2011

Swinton 10mile road race

Congratulations to James Kevan who won the Swinton 10 mile road race over the weekend, establishing a new course record previously set last year by Martyn Bell, and making this the second year a Horwich RMI Harrier has won, and also to Kevan, Jackson and McMyler for earning Horwich RMI the 1st team prize.

The race is in its 2nd year after replacing the Annual Swinton Half Marathon. The race also incorporated the penultimate event in the Central Lancs Grand Prix and over 200 runners competed over the undulating 2 lap course.

Horwich Harrier James Kevan had a super run to win the race ahead of Bolton Harrier Tony Valentine. Next for Horwich was Rob Jackson in a fine 5th place and 1st vet over 45. This was also Rob’s 25th consecutive Swinton Half/10M Race! Sean McMyler aslo had a great run in 12th place and 2nd vet over 45.

1 James Kevan 54:02
5 Robert Jackson 58:12
12 Sean McMyler 1:01:00
130 Gordon Stone 1:24:02
160 Hazel Banks 1:32:34

Full results can be found here.

World Mountain running Championship

World Mountain running Championship

Tirana Albania

James Kevan competed in the World Mountain running Championship in Tirana Albania, The elite mountain runners from across the world were treated to an insight into the culture of Albania and the impressive landscapes it has to offer, which included having the highest average altitude in Europe- perhaps a perfect fitting for the sport of mountain running! Race day saw the full demands of Mountain Running on display as many struggled in the hot and humid conditions on a varied and technically demanding course.

The Senior Men’s Race was ran over a distance 13.1km with 750m ascent/descent

James was representing Ireland for the second consecutive year. Temperatures on the course were in the mid-30s, much of the course was run through a building site covered in toxic cement dust, and there was a steep dangerous descent at the top of the course. These hazards led to a busy first aid tent.The large senior men field hurtled down the steep descent raising a dust storm. The Irish team finished in ninth which is the highest placing since the early 1990s. James was 57th out of 116 runners.

Photos of James in the world champ race last Sunday. James is number 56.

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Cross Country Season 2011 – 12

Horwich RMI Harriers

Cross Country Season 2011 – 12

This season, once again, we are making our main focus the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. Having gained promotion into the top division last season, we need to turn out to show our commitment to challenging with the best.

The club remains affiliated to the Red Rose and South East Lancs leagues so anyone who wishes to compete in any other league as well for £4 for the series and not £4 a race (these are guest running fees).

http://www.redrosecrosscountry.co.uk
http://www.midlancs.org.uk
http://www.selcc.co.uk

Click here to open up the Entry Form; to download this form, please right hand click and select “Save Link As…”

Please make cheques payable to: “Horwich RMI Harriers”
Numbers will be handed out at the first meeting of each league.

Fixture List 2011/12

Mid Lancs
29 Oct 2011 – Burnley
26 Nov 2011 – Liverpool
10 Dec 2011 – Chorley
14 Jan 2012 – Hyndburn
11 Feb 2012 – Barrow
3 Mar 2012 – Leyland

Red Rose
8 Oct 2011 – Leigh
22 Oct 2011 – Hyndburn
12 Nov 2011 – Bolton
3 Dec 2011 – Rossendale

South East Lancs
30 Oct 2011 – Heaton Park
19 Nov 2011 – Clayton Vale
10 Dec 2012 – Leigh
21 Jan 2012 – Boggart Hole

Northerns
28 Jan 2012 – Pontefract, Wakefield

Nationals
25 Feb 2012 – Parliament Hill, London

Horwich RMI Harriers and AC AGM 2011

Horwich RMI Harriers and AC AGM 2011

8pm, Tuesday 18th October in the Arena

All members are invited to the 2011 Horwich RMI Harriers AGM that is to be held at Bolton Arena, Middlebrook, on the 18th October 2011 at 8pm.

At the meeting the committee for 2011-12 will be selected, so if anyone would like to stand for a position on the committe then they need a proposer and a seconder.  If anyone has a proposal to put forward at the AGM then it needs to be submitted in writing (by post or email) to the secretary by Friday 23rd September.  Any proposals must be signed by two members of the club.  This is so they can be added to the agenda.

Peter Ramsdale
Chairman

Mike Ogle

Sad news to hear of the death of Mike Ogle, a blind runner who was a well known and regular competitor on the racing circuit representing Chorley Harriers.

Mike , 62, had been taking part in the Burnsall Feast Sports race in Yorkshire when he collapsed on Saturday and later died of a suspected heart attack.

read more at…
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/9209479.Tributes_to_Chorley_fell_runner/

Raise money for the club

Raise money for the club

The Ironman Tri which is being run on Sunday 31st July, a little over a week away, is offering to give a donation of £20 for each marshal that a club is able to provide to help with the event; there is a minimum requirement for 10 marshals before any donations are made, but if we are able to provide just 10 marshals, then we’ll get £200 towards the clubs funding.

If anyone is interested in marshalling at the Ironman tri please to contact Stephen Pearson (pearsonnotlob@hotmail.co.uk).

Horwich RMI Harriers Trail & Fell Relay

Horwich RMI Harriers Trail & Fell Relay

Sunday 23rd Oct Training with Attitude

This is to be a mixed team relay training event with prizes for the best teams

Mixed Teams of 6 over 4 legs

Leg 1 individual runner (aprox 8k) Start car park opp Rivi School 635 129 to Layby 616179  Runners must visit Castle and use trails

Leg 2 Pairs  (aprox 12k) from layby to White Coppice to Great Hill, Piccadilly return to Great Hill then to Horden Stoops 655158

Leg 3 Individual 9 (aprox 12k)  From Horden Stoops  to gate at top of ramp (memorial for plane crash 662147) return to layby 616179 via Horden Stoops, Great Hill & White Coppice.

Leg 4 Pairs (aprox 8k) Return to start by reversing leg 1 via castle to car park 635129

Runners may run more than 1 leg but can only be the nominated team runner for 1 leg and can accompany the team runner/s

Each team must provide a baton which is a bum bag with map plus 4 pins for your number.  There will be no computerised times so keep your own time.  Each team will be timed for an overall time.

Min age 14  and must be accompanied leg 1 and 4 only

Prizes

1st team max 2 men         1st team max 2 women

1st Family (may be a combination of 2 families min 2 from each)

Highest combined age of all 6 team members

Youngest combined age of all team members (min age 16)

First ringers team (max 3 non RMI members)

This is to be a training event for RMI club members Presentation  tba

Start time  10.00    Presentation  from 13.00    Entry fee £1.00/person plus a give away prize/team

Coope’s Dozen

Coope’s Dozen

This is an 18 mile round of twelve local tops that has in the past been completed in 2 hours 35 minutes.  For many years (not 2010) it has been undertaken as a social run on the Saturday before the Borrowdale Race.  Saturday 30th July 2011 will see this informal event resurrected.  The usual format is that there is a fast group and a slow group, plus perhaps a few “racers” who hope to be back for an early lunch (not provided).
If you fancy turning out be at the Top Barn, ready to run for 9:00 a.m. and expect to be out for anything up to 5 hours.  If you want more details get in touch with me on 01257 480026 or edswift@btinternet.com.
The event is unsupported, so unless you stash refeshments on the route (Hordern Stoops is about half way) you’ll need to carry your own stuff.  I usually undertake the sweeper role to ensure no-one gets left behind.
Ed Swift

Radcliffe 3 Day Challenge 14th-16th July

Rob Jackson was the only Horwich Harrier to compete in all three races, but he successfully won the overall 3 Day Title with three super runs. Rob finished 3rd (1st vet) in the Bull Hill Fell Race at Hawkshaw and then followed this up with outright wins in the next two races the Giants Seat 5.5m Cross Country and the Radcliffe Woodcocks 5m Road and Trail Race.

Arena Grass Pitch Closed

Arena Grass Pitch Closed

Bolton Arena have informed us that there is now maintenance works taking place on the grass pitch and as a result the pitch is now closed until 11th September to allow for re-seeding which took place this week.

Therefore, please be advised it’s not permitted for anyone to walk across the pitch or for any pitch activities to take place that could affect this eight week germination period.

If you have any questions or queries/issues that may arise for this then please do not hesitate to ask.

Mark Dacre
Horwich RMI Harriers
markdacre@yahoo.co.uk

The Senior Presentation evening

The Senior Presentation evening

Hey up Folks

The Senior Presentation evening will be held at the Spice Valley Indian Restaurant (upstairs room) on Thursday the 21st July, meet at 7.15pm.

The cost will be £10.00 per head with the remainder of the cost being paid by the club.

I currently have 20 names but we could do with a few more so let me know if you are able to attend, the owner of the restaurant has promised me she will really look after us with some top food.

Cheers

Pete Bland

peterbland@btinternet.com

Adrian Selby’s brothers charity Iron Man

Adrian Selby

Last month a very close friend of mine and long time member of Horwich RMI Harriers Adrian Selby sadly passed away after a long illness.

During his 16 years as a member of the Harriers I was team captain and Adrian ran for me in many of the relays and always seemed to get it just right on the day, he was always one of my first selections and from memory he never had a bad run, he was a class act and his style made it look so easy for him but I am sure it wasn’t.  He had a wicked sense of humour and would always be on top form at the relays keeping us entertained, my favourite races were always the 6 and 12 stage relays and it was lads like Adie that made it so worthwhile for me.

Adrians mum and dad Mike and Irene have written to me to say it was a great comfort to them to see so many Harriers attending the funeral service, they say that Adrian always spoke highly of the spirit and friendship of the Horwich RMI members.

Adrians brother Martin and Adrians brother in law Tony have both entered this months UK Ironman Triathlon which is on the 31st July in Bolton, they have entered the race to raise money for the 2 main charities that helped and supported Adrian and his family with support and care over the last few months of his life. Anybody wishing to make a donation to these charities should follow the link below

www.justgiving.com/teams/thetwoironmen2011/

Pete Bland

Thurs 21st July Hill session

Change of training venue for the 21st July Thursday Hills session

Thursday 21st July This will now start from the rough car park on the Left hand side of the road coming out of Belmont towards Rivington just past the Blue Lagoon (Click here for a map).
I intend to train on the long hill on the back of Winter Hill not the ramp.  This is a better hill to train on as it offers a more varied terrain.

After the session why not meet up in the Black Dog in Belmont for a quick pint and a collective chat about our running.  All will be welcome

Thanks

Steve Pearson

Senior Presentation of Awards Evening 2010/2011

Senior Presentation of Awards Evening 2010/2011

We are now in a position to host the 2010/2011 Awards Evening and would appreciate a quick email (peterbland@btinternet.com) stating one of the following dates which is best for you

  1. Thursday 21st July
  2. Friday 22nd July
  3. Thursday 28th July
  4. Friday 29th July

This years winners are

Men’s overall club champion

  1. Simon Parkinson – D.Vickers Cup
  2. Doug Fleming
  3. Garry Chadderton

Men’s road champion

  1. Dave Jackson – T.Hesketh Shield
  2. Paul Boardman
  3. Simon Parkinson

Ladies road champion

  1. Kathryn Swindell – M.McGovern Cup
  2. Karen Murray
  3. Rachel Collington

Men’s fell champion

  1. Albert Sunter – D.Hurst Shield
  2. Tony Varley
  3. Mick Green

Men’s overall cross country champion

  1. Alastair Murray – M.Jackson Shield
  2. Tony McKenna
  3. Simon Parkinson

Mens vets overall club champion

  1. Doug Fleming – N.Matthews Trophy
  2. Garry Chadderton
  3. Colin Wood

Mens vets overall cross country champion

  1. Garry Chadderton – Stanley Cup
  2. Doug Fleming
  3. Gordon Stone

Men’s cross country club champion

  • Alastair Murray – W.Mangham Cup

Men’s vets cross country club champion

  • Doug Fleming – L.Pollard Trophy

Highest British fell placing

  • Mick Green – M.Short Cup

Highest SEL finisher

  • Pete Ramsdale – J.Prescot Cup

Sweatshop Chorley Park 4.4 Trail Race

Sweatshop Chorley Park 4.4 Trail Race

Wednesday 6th July 2011

Three harriers turned out for the third in this years Chorley Park 4.4 Trail series, with the weather barely holding off and a light but warm drizzle towards the end, a respectable 95 runners turned out for the race.

Our first counter, Katie Ingram had a strong run, winning 1st lady and coming 2nd overall with an impressive time of 24:53; which I believe is the fastest ladies time for the new Chorley 4.4 course, a record which I also believe was set when Katie last ran the course.

Paul Boardman came in 14th place with a time of 28:13 despite struggling with an injury right now, and Carl Balshaw followed up in 28th place, and also a picking up a PB.

2 Katie Ingram 24:53
14 Paul Boardman 28:13
28 Carl Balshaw 30:17

Full results can be found here on the Sportsoft website.

The next and final race of this series is on Wednesday August 3rd, 7:30 from Baron’s Rest, Astley Village, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1XA. [Click here for an Entry Form]

Sweatshop Chorley Park 5k Series

Sweatshop Chorley Park 5k Series

Friday 29th April

Four Harriers turned out for the fourth and final race of the 17th Friday Night Chorley Park 5k series, with bright sunny conditions and a good turnout of 53 runners, the series continues to be a nice fast and pleasant 5k run through Astley Park in Chorley.

James Kevan finished first in 16:32, winning with  a comfortable lead, and his best time of the series, with Gareth Booth following in 2nd place in 17:10, and Glyn Kay (18:23) coming in 5th place, with Carl Balshaw (21:40) finishing in 24th.

Other runners who have done early races in the seriers are: David Jackson (18:18), Andy Townsend (18:55), Paul Boardman (20:27), Emma Perrin (22:14), Zachery Howe (18:05), and Paul Murrey (24:47).

29 April

1st James Kevan 00:16:35
5th David Jackson 00:18:18
12th Andy Townsend 00:18:55

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

13 May

20 Paul Boardman 00:20:27
28 Emma Perrin 00:22:14

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

24 June

1st James Kevan 00:16:37
4th Zachary Howe 00:18:05
28th Paul Murray 00:24:47

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

1st July

1st James Kevan 00:16:32
2nd Gareth Booth 00:17:10
5th Glyn Kay 00:18:23
24th Carl Balshaw 00:21:40

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

Rochdale Harriers Three Day Even

The 17th Annual 2011 Rochdale Harriers Three Day Event took place between 10th-12th June at Norden.

The event involves three demanding races on consecutive days-10 KM Road Race, 10KM Multi-terrain Race and 10KM (1300ft ascent) knowl Hill Fell Race. Two Horwich Harriers completed the event producing excellent performances. Rob Jackson, a former winner of the event finished 3rd (1st vet45) in both the 10KM Road Race and 10KM Multi-terrain Race, and with another high placing in the Fell Race, Jackson took the 3rd place overall prize and 1st vet45. Prolific racer Paul Boardman ran consistently in all three races and was rewarded with a fine 10th place overall and 2nd vet45.

Two other Horwich Harriers competed in only the final race, the Knowl Hill Fell Race, Tony Hesketh having a super run to finish 1st vet60 and Paul Murray taking the 2nd vet65 prize.

Stanhill Fell Race

Stanhill Fell Race, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

17th May 2011

Two Harriers travelled to Oswaldtwistle for the 16th Stanhill Fell Race.  An out and back, muddy 5 mile course, with the 800 feet of climb all in the first half which leads to a fast descent.  Tony Hesketh finished 29th (1st Vet 60) in 35.06 and Mark Swindell was 36th finishing in 36.10.

A full list of results can be found here on the UKResults.net website.

Harrock Hill – Wed 25th May

Harrock Hill

5 Harriers were at the 1st of the 4 race Harrock Hill series.

Paul Muller had a great race finishing 6th (1st M50) in 33.59.  In 10th & 1st M40, was new member Andy Lloyd who ran a very impressive 36.36.  Paul Boardman also made it in the first 20 in 37.04.  Pete Ramsdale (69th) 41.17  and Mark Swindell (78th) 42.29 completed the line up.

Results – http://www.ukresults.net/2011/harrock1.html

Great Manchester Run

Bupa Great Manchester Run 2011

We had nine runners take part in today’s Great Manchester Run.

Name Position Time
Gareth Booth 76 33:39
Martyn Bell 79 34:21
Robert Jackson 82 34:38
Albert Sunter 691 41:41
Paul Kaye 802 42:03
Alexandra Else 10965 55:20
Chris Horridge 13692 57:53
Julie Williamson 16853 01:01:00
Marion Tracey 16878 01:01:02

Not everyone is listed as being under Horwich RMI and so if there is anyone that I have missed then please let me know and I will add your to the list, email to submissions@horwichrmiharriers.co.uk

The online entries for 2012 open this Wednesday, and anyone wishing to enter and do the Great Manchester Run in 2012 will need to be quick to get their place as the race usually fills up within a few days.  See the Great Manchester Run website for more information.

Martyn Bell  at the start of the race passing near the GMEX.

Photo of Gareth Booth taken just outside the final 400m marker at the end of the race.

Chorley Harriers Trail Series

Chorley Harriers Trail Series 4th May 2011

Four Harriers took part in the first of this 4 race series.  Glyn Kay had a great outing grabbing 2nd place in 25.46  The team finished 5th overall with Paul Boardman in 13th position (28.17), Mark Swindell (31.59) & Carl Balshaw (32.19) finished 42 & 43rd respectively.

The complete list of results can be found on the Sportsoft website.

The next race is on Wednesday 1st June 2011.

London Marathon 2011

London Marathon 2011

Sunday 17th April 2011

The club had a total of six runners in this years London marathon who joined nearly 35,000 others who successfully completed the 26 miles (and 385 yards) around London.

Name Time Position
Gareth Booth 02:50:06 471st
Martyn Bell 02:55:49 734th
Ian Hamer 03:11:19 1893rd
Sean McMyler 03:13:24 2088th
Christine Boardman 04:40:30 18,911th
Julie Williamson 04:56:35 22,743rd

Ian Hamer

Third time having done pb there in 1993 2.28.42

Did it because was 50 last friday and set as a personal target 3 yrs ago to get fit enough again. Did Chester to get a good for age time last year achieved that just in 3.13.30.

This time was fit enough to get 3 hrs in my mind having done 1.23 in a half 3 weeks ago.

Disappointed that didnt do that I was comfortable to 21 miles going through in 2.26 but then hit a brick wall in what felt like punishing heat. A few 9.30 minute miles and then gradually pulled it back to 8 minutes a mile for last two finishing on my watch in 3.11.30. I remember wondering do I really want to this again next year as I finished -but that 3hr target is still there.

The crowds were fantastic as ever and I dont think I would have finished but for their cheering and support

Martyn

London was my first ever marathon and i ran 2hrs 55mins 49 secs.

I am planning to run again but need to lose 20 lbs as far too heavy for this distance thus affecting my times. Overall a great atmosphere and the experince gained is invaluable.

Julie

Yes loved it! Really greatful to the club for one of the places. Thought it was well organised for such a big race. The numbers of people made the actual running difficult at times, but crowd support was excellent. Happy enough with my time considering the lack of training at times 4:56:35 so just got under 5hrs. 25 mins better than previous marathons.

Julie Williamson

Gareth Booth

Christine Boardman

Martyn Bell

2012 Entries

For anyone who is interested in running in the London marathon then the public ballot for 2012 opens on the Tuesday 26th April 2011, immediately after the Easter holidays.

See the Virgin London Marathon website for more details: http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/

Club places for next year will be allocated first to those who were rejected from the public ballot, and so its recommended that you enter via the public ballot even if it is just to get a rejection.

A Flying Visit To Madrid

Madrid Marathon

Sunday 17th April

At the same time as the London marathon is being run, there is also the Madrid marathon and here is a link to a report from Ed Swift who ran it.

Flew out to Madrid on Friday morning and was pleased when disembarking to find the weather not too hot. Registered for the Marathon without too much difficulty, although I did resort to pointing at my my map and pleading “por favor” more than once… [click here to read the full article]