London Marathon Club Places

London Marathon Numbers

We have four entries for 2011 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 four 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 2011 London Marathon then please email Alison Gordon ( with your contact details and whether you have applied and been rejected or not;  the closing date is 15th December 2010.

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 before Christmas on the outcome and entries will then need to be submitted by mid January.

Peter Ramsdale

Weekend Roundup 30th/31st October 2010

Standish Hall Trail Race
Four harriers ran with Suzanne Budgett a clear winner of the ladies race. Paul Muller was 4th overall and 1st Vet 50, Doug Fleming finished 20th and Mark Collier was 97th.


Snowdonia Marathon
Four harriers made the trip to North Wales for the tough Snowdonia marathon on a very wet day. First home was Albert Sunter in 3hrs 17minutes, followed by Tony Varley, Ed Swift and Gill Burnell. Gill was the first female Vet 60.

South East Lancs Cross Country, Heaton Park
Four harriers run the local cross country in Heaton Park. Leading the way was Pete Ramsdale and was closely followed by Tony Hesketh, Gordon Stone and Mark Swindell.


Rydal Round

Thursday 29th July 2010

Five Horwich runners took part in this race around the Fairfield Horseshoe held as part of the Ambleside Lakeland Sports Meeting.

26 Brian Walton 01:38:48
28 Albert Sunter 01:40:29
82 Tony Varley 02:00:31
83 Peter Leighton 02:01:10
114 Mark Sammon 02:26:31


The 2010 Fielden Cup

The 2010 Fielden Cup

2.2 miles  handicap race – Start from Rivington Bowling Club

Wednesday 18th August at 7.30pm

Entry Fee  £2.00

A 2.2mile handicap race with the slowest runner setting off first and the fastest runner last.  The aim of the race is that everybody should finish at the same time, the winner will be the first to cross the line.  Registration and prize presentation ( we usually have a good selection of prizes ) will be at the Rivington Bowling Club, please try and stay afterwards for a beer.

Please try and support this prestigious race which has been part of our history for many many years, and although everybody tries to run as fast as possible it is basically just for fun !!!  If you are a newcomer to the club and to racing this is a good event for you.  The record for this course is 10mins 13secs held by Tony Rowlands.

Pete Bland

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Holcombe Two Towers

Wednesday 9th June 2010

This midweek fell race proved popular with club members this year, with a seven strong team of all ages turning out.

First home for Horwich with another good performance on the fells was Martyn Bell in second place, in a time of 33:41, and first V40. Albert Sunter was 9th and first V50, followed by Rob Green, Colin Jones, Tony Varley, Ed Swift and Frank Wood.


Horwich Triathlon

Sunday 2nd May 2010.

A cool morning greeted almost 200 competitors for the Horwich Triathlon which consists of a 800mts swim in Horwich Pool then its a 42 k Cycle followed by an 11k run which includes running up to the Pike and down into Rivington. Horwich had four people doing it with Ian Hamer finishing 23rd in 2:28:42. Ainsley Murphy had a great Triathlon finishing 55th in 2.40.07 next was Tony Hesketh 117th in 2.55.43 and finally Ed Swift finished in 3.50.19 for 189th.

Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race 8th May

A large field of 118 started this race which was also the Greater Manchester Fell Championships. The weather was cool and dry with good conditions underfoot. Within half a mile of the start six had broken away with Alastair Murray just clear of a group contain Simon Parkinson and Dionne Allen. After the first tough climb Alastair had extended the lead which he held on to the finish and was well clear of second to achieve a well deserved victory, Simon Parkinson ran strongly for third place. Albert Sunter had a superb run just holding off Dionne for first over fifty with Dionne an excellent second lady. With Ian Hamer 10th we easily won the Team award. With the Ladies also winning with Michelle Devine and Rachel Metcalfe both well placed and backing up Dionne. Tony Hesketh was first o/60 with Tony Varley second. With 17 runners from Horwich we were the largest club represented a superb turnout.

1 A Murray 35.22
3 S Parkinson 37.58
8 A Sunter o/50 39.16
9 D Allen F/23 39.20
10 I Hamer o/40 39.29
14 A Porter o/40 40.38
15 D Fleming o/50 40.39
17 B Walton o/50 40.41
21 T Hesketh o/60 41.30
32 M Kay 42.57
37 M Devine F 43.11
38 P Ramsdale o/50 43.20
54 P Leighton o/40 45.42
64 T Varley o/60 47.03
77 M Birbeck o/40 48.31
78 R Metcalfe F 48.58
88 G Stone o/50 50.58

Horwich also won the Greater Manchester Champs Team Gold with the team of Alastair, Andy Porter and Doug Fleming. (Albert didn’t tick the box)

Link to results at ukresults.

Link to photos at SportSunday.


Chorley 4.4M Trail Race Series : Race 1

Wednesday 5th May 2010.

The local midweek race season kicked off this Wednesday with the first race of the Chorley 4.4 Mile Race Series and the Harriers were very well represented, picking up the Mens team prize. Individually, Richard Howarth came second overall, Steve Nolan was first V50, Pete Bland was first V60, Derek Kay was first V65 and Abigail Sunter was first junior lady.

1 Anthony Ford (Sale) 22:21
2 Richard Howarth 24:05
4 Alastair Murray 24:28
9 Steve Nolan 25:35
18 Paul Boardman 27:46
61 Pete Bland 32:07
63 Carl Balshaw 32:10
68 Mark Swindell 32:49
75 Derek Kay 34:07
96 Abigail Sunter 38:37
108 Michele Sunter 42:59

Full results.


Saturday 1st May 2010.

The weather stayed pretty good despite some forecasts for the second race of this years English Fell Champs. The route is a tough one, with a typically long lakeland climb for starters, it was hands on knees time for all but the elite. This is followed by some rough running between Wetherlam and Swirl How, and some good running from there to the Old Man, for those who have any good running left in them. To finish (you) off there is the classic descent off the Old Man, with a alot of route choice, and the potential to get lost in a quarry.

The race was won for the ninth time by Ian Holmes, taking full advantage of his descending skills, and route knowledge. The results for the harriers running was as follows.

34 01:17:48 JAMES KEVAN
71 01:22:25 DAVE MILLIKEN
142 01:29:41 KARL WARD
183 01:34:10 BRIAN WALTON
212 1:37:38 MICHAEL CROOK
249 01:40:58 STEVE JACKSON
269 01:43:42 PAUL MURRAY
347 01:54:06 RACHEL METCALFE

423 finished – results.

Here is a link to a video of the race.

Race 3 of the English Champs is Ennerdale. Entries are already open and details can be found here. Entries are also open for Race 4 : Sedbergh 3 Peaks (Limit 500 – see FRA Calendar for details) and Race 5 : Holme Moss (Limit 400).

Coiners Fell Race

The Second English Junior Championship race was held at Coiners Fell in Mytholmroyd.

New to the series Esme Critchley entered the U8’s this was her first Fell race and finished 4th girl, a future RMI champion in the making.

Next up Lauren Fairhurst in the U10’s and granddaughter of Tony Hesketh had a tough race but persevered and came home as 16th girl.

In the U12’s race a big field of over 40 runners were out to claim their points in this series. First to the summit for the team once again was Phoebe Howe just behind was Nathan Townsend closely followed by the reinvented Cameron Critchley who was being chased by Will Townsend. It appears size matters coming down as Nathan was once again first RMI down being 3rd boy closely followed by Phoebe again 3rd girl and Cameron down as 7th boy, even better Will Townsend came in12th, 5 places better than last week, well done Will.

The U14’s outing consisted of Joseph Howe and Jonathan Powis. Joseph going 2 better than last week and being very pleased with his own performance came in 10th boy. Jonathan having just moved up to this age group held on for a brilliant 19th place, his best Fell to date.

Last but not least could Zac Howe put in just as strong performance as last weeks. A strong finish earned him 9th boy home in what was extremely muddy under foot high up the Fell.


Coiners 2010


Anniversary Wa!

The First of the English Fell Championship races took place @ The Anniversary Waltz in Stair Cumbria.

In the U13’s race our team consisted of Phoebe Howe for the girls, Will Townsend, Nathan Townsend and Cameron Critchley. As the race set off at a fast pace is was Phoebe Howe that was the first club runner to the steep summit.

Just behind Phoebe @ the top was Cameron who has clearly found confidence and form for this race. Nathan was next just behind our 2 front runners. Will was not far down having run up parts others barely crawled. In the decent it was whoever could keep upright whilst literally bouncing down the Fell. And in the final race to the finish it was Nathan just getting 3rd placed boy. Cameron 7th boy in, Phoebe was 3rd girl and Will came in A gallant 17th.

In the U 14’s Race Joseph Howe and Jonathan Powis had their work certainly cut out with a higher Fell to claim. Joseph made a great start but found the hands and knees approach somewhat challenging and got to the summit in 12th. His decent proved just as positive and 12th was his final placing in a field of 45 runners Jonathan in the meantime found the move up to U14’s rather difficult after weeks of injury and felt he needed more time to have prepared.

Lastly it leaves our stalwart Zac Howe who was just out for a good run, That turned out to be the run of his career so far finishing a fantastic 8th Boy. Having a result as good as this puts Zac on a high for the rest of the season.


Anniversary Wa! 2010


Wray Caton Fell Race, May day Monday, 6.75m, 1100ft.

Five Harriers competed in a field of 139 finishers in this excellent fell race on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, part of the Wray Scarecrow Festival. Conditions were ideal leading to Borrowdale’s Chris Steele smashing Mark Croasdale’s 3 year old record by 50 seconds and Spectrum’s Liz Whitfield also lowering the ladies’ mark by 32 seconds.

Doug Fleming was first of the chevron vests, 26th in 50:52, closely followed by fellow V50 Neil Wrigley, 29th in 51:24. Peter Leighton (V40) was 58th in 56:20, followed by myself, very happy with a eight minute improvement over last year, 83rd in 59:30 and then Allan Blinkhorn (V60) now back racing on a regular basis after a long layoff, 128th in 70:40. Another name from the past, but not yet back in a club vest was Trevor Dibben, in his first race for a couple of years.

Full results at