Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Horwich Harriers annual Halloween Party is to be held on Sat 28th October at Rivington Village Hall 6.45 – 10.00pm. Tickets are priced at £5.00 for Adults and £3.50 for children this includes a buffet. There will be a Disco lots of games and a prize for the best fancy dress costume. Please see any of the club junior coaches for tickets.

AGM 2017

The clubs AGM date has been set for Wed 25th Oct at 8pm at the RMI club in Horwich.

As we look to continue to move the club forward in a positive direction we have a number of committee positions new and existing which we are looking to fill. We have a Parent Rep position,a volunteer coordinator as well as 1 ordinary member position. The Volunteer position involves helping the committee recruit and organise volunteers within the club. The parent Rep is to bring Parents views and issues to the club and likewise pass on information from the club to parents involved. The 1 ordinary position is there to just help support and help out with tasks and help spread the load within the current committee.

If anyone is interested in becoming involved in anyway to help continue our progress and move the club in the right direction please get in touch with either myself or Pete Ramsdale via the e mail addresses below

Glynne. whitecroft1@hotmail.co.uk
Pete. P.ramsdale@ntlworld.com

FRA Relays Teams

UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championship 2017
Sunday 15th October 2017 – Llanberis

Leg descriptions
Leg 1 – Short (Solo)
Leg 2 – Long (Pairs)
Leg 3 – Navigation (Pairs)
Leg 4 – Long (Solo)

Team Categories
A – Male Open
B – Male Vet 40
C – Male Vet 50
D – Female Open
E – Female Vet 40
F – Mixed Any Age (3M/3F)
G – Mixed (any combination)

Last time in Llanberis we had 5 teams. Can we do it again? Let me know asap if you want to run (at what team you want to run in) so we can decide what teams to enter.

Many thanks.

Ali. (alastair.murray@gmail.com or 07769682439)



The magnificent 8

Post- race: Mike/Simon/David/Ali/Nick/Sam/Mike/Jonathan

Misty, squelchy, mild conditions greeted the 118 runners tasked with completing a 10k course consisting of 3 tough but runnable loops that took in a short but steep hill on each loop – it was interesting to note quite a few runners reduced to a walk even at the front end !

However, very quickly a group of 3 runners took charge consisting of defending county champion Carl Hardman (Salford), Joe Steward (East Cheshire Harriers) and Matt Bond (Sale) all working together and quickly separating from the isolated Mike Cayton who ran in effect a time trial in 4th position but clear of all other opposition and into the county team.

The top 4 automatically secured a county vest for the inter counties xc championships on Saturday 11th March in Loughborough.

Mike was backed up with the following individuals : – Nick Leigh 10th / Jonathan Bruton 18th / Sam Wardle (u20) 19th / Ali Murray 25th / Simon Pymm 26th / Mike Hallas 44th / Dave Milliken 46th

Horwich gained a bronze team medal with 4 counters being Mike Cayton, Nick Leigh, Jonathan Bruton and Sam Wardle.

1st Salford Harriers – 44 points
2nd Sale – 49 points
3rd Horwich RMI Harriers – 51 points (4 to count)
4th Bolton harriers – 88 Points


Junior Fell Championship 2017

Junior Fell Championship 2017

The 2017 championships are slightly different than in the past in as much as it is going to be 8 races from the list of 12 which incorporates the English Junior Fell Champs and the English Schools Fell Champs along with four other popular races. The scoring system is changing also as usual 10 points for first Horwich junior then 9 points for second and so forth, there will be 3 bonus points for each English Champs race ran and a bonus of 5 points for the English Schools Championships. You can do more than eight races and drop your worst scores.This means our championship will run for 10 months and will give a more accurate view of the championship over a longer period with a two month break for holidays etc.

Feb 26th Ilkley Moor Yorks
March 25th Cock Howe Cleveland English
April 1st West Nab Yorks English
April 15th Rivington Pike Horwich
April 22nd Anniversary Wa Cumbria English
May 1st Coiners Yorks English
May 14th Great Whernside Uphill only Yorks English
May 21st Saddleworth Greater Manchester Champs
June 10th Rossendale 50th Anniversary Lancs English
Sept 24th Sedbergh Cumbria English Schools
Oct 8th Withins Skyline Haworth Yorks
Nov 4th Shepherds Skyline Todmorden Yorks

Tony Hesketh 07973302432

Northern and National Cross Country Entries

Northern and National Cross Country Entries

Its time to consider whether you wish to run the Northern Cross Country Championship at Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday 28th January 2017 and the National Cross Country Championship at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 25th February 2017.

Both races are £7 to enter and the club, not individuals, make one entry for the club. So should you wish to run either or both, let me know before Wednesday 11th January 2017. The closing date is Friday 13th and no late entries will be allowed. Any one wishing to run the Nationals MUST register to run the Northerns (even if you can’t run it – this may seem strange but that’s how it works)

For information – Knowsley is a good course but always very muddy and Nottingham is a great course with little mud, just very fast grass.


Peter Ramsdale

Cross Country Captain

Mid Lancs XC Saturday 26th Nov start times.

Mid Lancs XC Saturday 26th Nov start times.

Please note the start times for this venue are different than usual. They are as follows.

U11Boys/Girls 11am
U13Girls 11.15
U13Boys 11.30
U15Boys 11.45
U15Girls 12 noon
Ladies 1.15pm
Men 2.05pm

Arrive in good time and allow time to find a parking space, walk to the venue, find the Horwich tent, get number and chip timer and warm up. If you’ve entered, see you Saturday.

Peter R

Downhill Race

Downhill Race

The annual Downhill Race took place in its usual location, on 15th September, this year a week after the Horwich beer feastival. This did unsure that all runners, marshals and supporters had no excuse after the race but to go home, as it is a school night!

As start time got nearer the merry band of runners reached a grand total of 11 participants with a wonderful spread of ages (junior men to vet 60) but all of the same gender, male.

First off was race organiser Ali closely followed, well 30 seconds later, by Andy F. “I’ll never catch him” said Andy as Ali disappeared into the distance on a quite misty evening – he did but then…… see later…….

Once all 11 had been set off successfully the time keepers, spare time keepers and supporter all jumped into and onto their mode of transport down to the RMI club. There were cars and bikes – no one sat on the roof…..

First back was Ali in 20.02 and even though he was first back, others could beat his time, so no time yet to celebrate. On the running clock Gary Chadderton was next back in 23.11, Doug Fleming 24.22, Andy Ford 26.27, Dan G 26.33, Albert Sunter 27.04, Tony Hesketh 28.13, Mark Swindell 29.01, Ian Charters 33.00 and then we had a gap. There were two runners still out, the weather was still ok but it was getting darker and our junior Sam W didn’t know the route!!!! Steve Botrill had done the race before. After a nervous wait by Sam’s mum, up he ran from Horwich town centre to finish with a time of 36.00 with Steve B completing the set in 39.55.

All back, no one lost or injured (Steve B did manage to get in a bog up to his shorts) but that just let the presentation. After some time subtractions (no possible on a calculator) Ali had the quickest tine of 20.02 with Gary C doing 21.41 and Albert S 22.04.

Thanks to all who made it possible.

Results below.

Starting order Start Time Finish time Name Cat Running Time
Ali 0.00 20.02 1 Ali 1st Vet 40 20.02
Andy 0.30 26.27 2 Gary 1st Vet 50 21.41
Doug 1.00 24.22 3 Albert 1st Vet 55 22.04
Gary 1.30 23.11 4 Doug 2nd Vet 55 23.22
Sam 2.00 36.00 5 Dan 2nd Vet 40 23.33
Tony 2.30 28.13 6 Mark 1st Vet 45 25.01
Dan 3.00 26.33 7 Tony 1st Vet 65 25.43
Ian 3.30 33.00 8 Andy 1st Sen 25.57
Mark 4.00 29.01 9 Ian 1st Vet 60 29.30
Steve 4.30 39.55 10 Sam 1st Jun 34.00
Albert 5.00 27.04 11 Steve 3rd Vet 55 35.05

I should add here that whilst Albert, Tony and Ali all had Garmin distances of 3.22m, Andy F did an incredible 4.03m so takes the ‘value for money’ prize.
Peter Ramsdale

XC Fixtures 2016/17

(Apologies for the lateness of posting – Ed)

Fixture List 2016/17

Manchester League

15th Oct – Wythenshawe Pk, Mcr

12th Nov – Boggart Hole Clough, Mcr

3rd Dec – Heaton Pk, Mcr

14th Jan – Uni Play Fld/Kenworthy Rd, Wythenshawe

11th Feb – Woodback Pk, Stockport

Mid Lancs

1st Oct – Astley Pk, Chorley

29th Oct – Cuerden Valley Park

26th Nov – Cross Challenge, Liverpool

14th Jan – Townley Pk, Burnley

11th Feb – Rossall School, Fleetwood

4th Mar – Leigh Sport Village

Red Rose

15th Oct – Leigh Sport Village

29th Oct – Witton Pk, Blackburn

12st Nov – Leverhulme Park, Bolton

3rd Dec – Marl Pits, Rossendale

South East Lancs

19th Nov – Heaton Pk, Mcr

12th Dec – Tandle Hill, Oldham

23rd Jan – Leigh Sport Village

20th Feb – Astley Pk, Chorley


28th Jan 2017 – Knowsley


25th Feb 2017 – Nottingham


Download Entry Form Here

AGM 2016

The Annual Horwich RMI Harriers and AC AGM will be held in the Horwich RMI Club, Ramsbottom Road on Wednesday 26th October at 8.15pm.

There is a bar and refreshments will be served at 9pm at the conclusion of the meeting.

Should you wish to have anything added to the agenda please notify Pete Ramsdale on p.ramsdale@ntlworld.com before the 20th October.

Horwich Beer Festival

It only seems 5 mins since we were last here. Calling all regular & not so regular helpers for the Annual Rotary Beer Festival.
For those who are not in the know Horwich Rotary is the main Sponsor for the Pike Race where they contribute manpower and much needed funds for our Running Club. I’ve been asked to start the ball rolling to gain names for dates.

Last Year we put up a strong team of bartenders virtually the whole of the 3 days including all Saturday Night. There are many spaces to be filled with time slots starting at 12 o’clock till 3, 3 to 5, 5 to 7, 7 to 9 and 9 to 11.
Our contribution is greatly appreciated hence we gain more support towards the pike Race again.
Please, Please do not leave it to the regular Club volunteers. It’s an easy task and a great laugh all weekend.

Fleming Trophy

Fleming Trophy 2016

Fleming Trophy Handicap Race 25th April 2016 at 7.00 p.m for U/8 up to U/16 from Bolton Arena.

This is a 2k race with runners setting off at intervals with the faster runners going last.

Entry fee is £2 and all finishers are awarded a Medal. There are prizes to the first three finishers and awards to the fastest Boy and Girl.

To enter contact Tony or Brenda Hesketh with recent time for a race and entry fee.

Entry Limit is 35 so enter early.

Presentation Evening

Presentation Evening, Friday 22 April

The annual presentation evening for both seniors and juniors will be held on Friday 22 April at the RMI club in Horwich. Tickets are available from coaches priced £3 and, as usual, include pasty and peas.

The winners of the 2015 senior club championships are as follows:

Men’s road champion
1 Lawrence Pinnell
2 David Jackson
3 Rudolf Maciejkowski

Ladies road champion
1 Sandra Kelly
2 –
3 –

Men’s fell champion
1 Gary Chadderton
2 Nick Kelly
3 Doug Fleming

Ladies fell champion
1 Sandra Kelly
2 –
3 –

Men’s overall cross country champion
1 David Jackson
2 Joe Mercer
3 David Barnes

Ladies overall cross country champion
1 –
2 –
3 –

Mens vets overall cross country champion
1 David Jackson
2 David Barnes
3 Martyn Bell

Ladies vets overall cross country champion
1 –
2 –
3 –

Men’s overall club champion
1 Lawrence Pinnell
2 Gary Chadderton
3 Gordon Stone

Ladies overall club champion
1 Sandra Kelly
2 –
3 –

Mens vets overall club champion
1 Lawrence Pinnell
2 Gary Chadderton
3 Gordon Stone

Men’s cross country club champion Nick Leigh

Ladies cross country club champion –

Men’s vets cross country club champion David Jackson

Ladies vets cross country club champion –

Highest British fell placing Joe Mercer

Highest SEL finisher Paul Massey

Pendle Fell Race

Pendle Fell Race.
2nd April 2016.
Barley, Lancs.

The second race in Horwich RMI Junior Fell Championships took place at Barley with races up and down Pendle Hill, with very muddy conditions making the races tougher than usual.

First away was the U/8 and Grace Pendlebury set the standard with a third place finish after a typical gutsy race. In the U/10 Theo Middleton was 6th Boy and this was his first race in this new age group. Cian Healy in the U/12, another runner in a new age group, ran well leading for a time before settling for third just over half a minute behind the winner. Team mate Toby Middleton was a superb 5th after a very good race. The girls race saw Ella Pendlebury win a sprint finish to record a second place, Freya Whittle revelled in the conditions to finish 4th and finally Lydia Johnson also had a good race to finish 8th. Finally the U/14 Boys race saw two exceptional runs by Lucas Milliken finishing second by only ten seconds to A Thompson of Wharfdale and Robert Seddon third only 13 seconds behind. Both fantastic runs. The next Championship race is at Todd Cragg in Cumbria on the 16th April.


Hay Fever Season

Hay Fever Season
British Athletics Science and Medicine Update

Hay fever is more common in athletes and around 60% of our team suffer with some of the common symptoms of blocked or runny nose, sneezing, runny eyes or even just fatigue. It can be associated with worsening of asthma symptoms if you have asthma.

Symptoms are due to an allergy to pollen, and are therefore worse when the pollen count is high. Some people are allergic to grass pollen, some to tree pollen, so different people may suffer at different times of the season (grass in Spring, tree in deep Summer).

General measures such as checking the pollen count for the next day, reducing time outdoors when the pollen count is high, having regular showers, washing hair and changing clothes after being outdoors to remove pollen that may be on your clothes or in your hair, keeping windows closed at night may help considerably. Remember, if you have pets, they can bring pollen into the house on their fur too.

There are also some excellent medications and practices which can control hay fever symptoms, most of which can be bought over the counter at a local pharmacy or department store. We advise purchasing your own stock of medications if you suffer hay fever, and take them whenever you travel to Camps or Competitions as stocks might not always be available.

Always double-check that you do not purchase anything on the Prohibited List by checking on Global DRO.


The following recommendations have helped a number of athletes:


Antihistamine Tablets

There are a number of old antihistamines on the market (such as Piriton) which are sedative and not recommended for treating hay fever in athletes. Telfast however does not pass into the brain and therefore is not sedating in nature and is an ideal anti-histamine for athletes but requires a prescription from your doctor. Cetirizine and Loratidine are over the counter antihistamines that can be helpful and usually are not sedating. There are some reports to suggest that antihistamines can affect heat regulation and possibly reaction times and therefore unless you have tried them before and have had no problem, they are not ideal medications to be taking for the first time on race day.


Nasal Corticosteroid Spray

This is the gold standard first line medication. Newer products such as Mometasone (Nasonex) and Flixonase require a prescription but Beconase nasal spray is also effective and can be purchased over the counter. You do not need a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for these nasal sprays. One/two sprays in each nostril twice daily is a typical initial dose. These are most effective if used before the onset of symptoms, and can be continued throughout the hay fever season, or just on high pollen count days.

Sterimar (Salt Water spray)

Salt water sprays, such as Sterimar, can be particularly useful to rinse pollens and pollution from your nose. These can be used several times throughout the day, particularly if you have recently been training outdoors.

Decongestant Nasal Spray – Otrivine

Otrivine nasal spray contains xylometazoline. This is a decongestant and is not on the prohibited list. It works by constricting blood vessels in the nose and is a very effective decongestant. It can be helpful to enable nose breathing at night or before a race. It should not be used for longer than 3 days continuously as doing so can result in overall worsening of the congestion. We advise AGAINST purchasing this item abroad as we cannot guarantee that it does not have any Prohibited substances in.


Eye Drops

Sodium Cromoglycate eye drops (Opticrom) can be useful if you have itchy, watery eyes. 1-2 drops in each eye before the onset of symptoms can help prevent this being a problem. Dose can be repeated 2-3 times per day.


Those with hay fever should ensure they get tested for asthma as they commonly occur together and often asthma symptoms are not recognized but still may be negatively affecting performance. See your Doctor

Other Medications

There are some other medications, such as Montelukast (Singulair) which can be a useful addition for some athletes, particularly those with asthma in addition to hay fever. This is worth discussing with your doctor if you are still symptomatic following treatments above.


Skin prick allergy tests for pollens and pets can give good information regarding things to try to avoid. For example, those with duck feather allergy should ensure that their holding camp and championship accommodation has synthetic hypoallergenic pillows or bring their own pillow.

South East Lancs XC Presentation

South East Lancs XC Presentation

The annual SELCC presentation night is Friday 18th March at North Chadderton Bowling and Social Club OL9 0EL commencing at 8pm. Doors from 7.15pm. Tickets £3

Winners from Horwich include U13 Boys Champion – Luke Brindle and 4th Matthew Mair plus Winning U13 Boys Team. Luke Massey – Champion Under 17 Men and Lewis Wilkes 5th in the Under 15’s. Paul Massey 4th overall and 1st Vet 45 and John Parker 65th overall plus 2nd Vet 70.

Tickets contact Pete Ramsdale before 14th March please

Podium 5k

Podium 5k

Smashing 5k Pb’s at the Podium 5k Race at Barrowford. Lewis by 30 seconds, Toby by 50 seconds, this is where it’s at guys this is where we need to be for the future pb’s. Once again great effort from Parents to get
them there.



Not to be outdone, in the A race these 3 had a great nights running – Chris Farrell Mike Caton & Tim Ellis in the dark at the podium 5k, yet more pb’s.



Andy Townsend.

Junior Red Rose Winners

Junior Red Rose Winners


Congratulations to some Junior Red Rose trophy winners. Cian Healy for U11’s boys winner. U13 Boys team made up of Thomas Massey 3rd overall, Robert Seddon, Luke Brindle, Matthew Flatters, Matthew Mair & Toby Middleton for winning their age group once again. Not forgetting our Sole U17’s boy Luke Massey for 3rd overall. In the mention for positions were Lewis Wilkes 6th overall in the U15’s.

Andy Townsend.

Lostock 6 Race Report

Lostock 6 Race Report
Sunday 28th February 2016

Chris Steele of Borders A C took the individual win in a “relatively modest” time of 29m 48 secs considering the revised course profile was fast and with ideal weather conditions.

Harriers top runner on the start line was Michael Cayton but unfortunately he had to drop out after only a few miles due to an ongoing stomach issue However, within the “MASSEY” talent pool, youngster (U17) Luke claimed first counter demonstrating all the ability of a future star. His dad Paul said afterwards “I have to accept that I will never beat Luke again as he’s growing stronger day by day”

Bolton won comfortably the team race and Horwich RMI harriers took 3rd place with contributions made by Luke, James and David

Men (3rd team)

9th Luke Massey – 33m 56s
14th James Jordan – 34m 35s
16th David Jackson – 34m 47

In the womens race Elizabeth Greenwood (Blackburn Harriers, U20) was first lady but it was Horwich RMI harriers close packing that ensured a comfortable win for the girls with great runs by Debbie, Maria and Suzanne.

Ladies (1st Team)

37th Debbie Campbell – 37m 43s
56th Maria Lowe – 39m 47s
58th Suzanne Budgett – 39m 57 s

244 runners completed the course and interestingly to note just how many vets were in the field (90% plus) !

Yours in sport, Martyn

Club Road Champs 2016

Senior Club Road Champs 2016

The 2016 senior road championships for both ladies and men will be your best 8 from the follow 10 races, with a minimum of 6 races to qualify for prizes.

The points system is as follows: 30 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 30th.

All races are part of the 2016 Central Lancs Grand Prix


Horwich RMI Road Championships 2016
21/02/16 Central Lancs 5k
06/03/16 Trotters 5M
17/04/16 Radcliffe 10k
11/05/16 Haigh Hall
15/06/16 Horwich 5
03/08/15 Chorley 4.6M
28/08/16 Pennington Flash 5M
11/09/16 Blackleach 5M
25/09/16 Swinton 10M
09/10/16 Gin Pit 5M


Club Fell Champs 2016

The 2016 Senior Fell Championships

The 2016 senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 7 from the follow 15 races, with at least one from each category. (Short, Medium and Long)

The points system is as follows: 15 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 15th.


Senior Fell Championships 2016
Date Category Race
05/03/16 BM Stan Bradshaw Pendle*
20/03/16 BL Heptonstall*
09/04/16 BM Wardle Skyline*
30/04/16 BM The Cake Race*
14/05/16 AM Fairfield
21/05/16 AM Buttermere*
09/06/16 BS 2 Lads*
22/06/16 BS Harrock Hill 2
29/06/16 AS Eddie’s Revenge*
05/07/16 BS Stoodley Pike*
24/07/16 AL Holme Moss
30/07/16 BS Beetham Sports*
03/08/16 AS Whittle Pike*
10/08/16 BM Pilgrim’s Cross
04/09/16 AL Castle Carr*


Horwich has been admitted to the Area Fell GP once again, and the races marked above by a * are the 11 races that make up the series. Full details can be found on the Area Fell GP website.

Don’t forget about the English and British Championships. As usual, the Mike Short Trophy will be awarded to the harrier achieving the highest position in the British Championships.


British Championships 2016
Date Category Race
09/04/16 M Donard – Commedagh Horseshoe
11/06/16 L Pedol Cwm Pennant
09/07/16 S Sedbergh Sports
17/09/16 M Merrick Hill



English Championships 2016
Date Category Race
02/03/16 M Black Combe
07/05/16 S Up The Nab
09/07/16 S Sedbergh Sports
06/08/16 L Borrowdale
20/08/16 M Pendle 3 Peaks
08/10/16 L Langdale Horseshoe


Club Cross Country Championships

Club Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to the Senior Men of the club who have battled this winter to get Horwich promoted from the newly introduced Manchester Area Cross Country League in our first season. With just one fixture left we cannot be overtaken but we have another Championship to battle over in this final fixture.

At the club presentation night (date of which will be confirmed very shortly) we reward overall champions from the road, fell and cross country disciplines. Annually we also have a one off race for the various Club Cross Country Champions. These four categories are the senior men, vet men, senior ladies and vet ladies. There are four club trophies up for grabs at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester on Saturday 13th Feb.

So spread the news and we’ll see you there Saturday to consolidate first men’s team and to battle for intra-club glory.

Peter Ramsdale

Northern XC Champs

Northern XC Champs – Witten Park, Blackburn
Saturday 30th January 2016


Witton Park once again proved its status as one of the best cross country venues in the country with an excellent and tough test for all the athletes. The race route was described by many as a true cross country course and the wintry conditions of mud, hail and rain gave the event some extra spice!

In the Men’s Senior Race 719+ runners (across 52 teams) toed the line and were tasked with 4 loops of 1.81 miles – each loop comprised of two steep hills known locally as the “Saucer” which was the steepest climb (136 feet of climb) and the “T-spoon” (80 feet of climb) (Source: – Dave Jacksons Garmin watch data)

GB international Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers) made his bid early and started to separate from an 8 man group at the end of lap 3 to finally cover the muddy, steep course in 43 mins 16 secs (5min 58 minute min / miling) – which on normal terrain would be worth at least “80 secs” per mile faster.

Our rising star Chris Farrell continues to shine and made a superb progression from 32nd position in last years race to 11th position this year. Only 3 seconds separated him from 10th position and 24 seconds from 6th position! This now provides a useful “performance and fitness indicator” and “confidence booster” as he starts to build now for a GB vest in the European and World Mountain Championships this summer. Chris remarked after the race “it was a brutal course, but brilliant”!!

Salford Harriers took the team honours, packing very tightly their 6 men, averaging out at only 20th position for each! This bodes well for their National XC championship campaign on the 27th February at Donnington Park, Leicestershire. Horwich RMI finished a credible 7th Team out of 52 but unfortunately we had some absences on the day which suggested we could have actually finished very close to a top 3 team finish with a full and healthy team! But well done to all the contributors to the team result and great to see two of our Vet 45s making up the numbers – brilliant!

Chris Farrell – 11th
Joe Mercer – 41st
James Kevan – 61st
Paul Massey -114th (Vet 45)
David Jackson – 117th (Vet 45)
Simon Pymm – 183rd

Under 17 Men

After a cautious start Luke Massey moved through the field using his natural hill strength to secure a credible 32nd position out of 105 finishers. He beat all his “local” opposition from the Greater Manchester squad and his next race will be the UK CAU Inter Counties XC Championship (Birmingham) on the 12th of March.

Finally, a mention must also go to the Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) who were kept busy on the day providing fantastic medical cover. This organisation delivers an enormously beneficial system of medical cover for events like this and deserves all the support that we can give from inside the sport.

Uncle M.

Ashurst Beacon

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 23rd Jan 2016

Horwich RMI Harriers where out in force at the Ashurst Beacon Fell Race last Saturday which was the final race in the 2015 Championship. The underfoot conditions were very treacherous with very deep mud in places. The downhill start gets the field strung out quickly and with a one mile climb to the finish runners have to be careful not to go off to fast.

Ben Johnson of Southport won with his time well outside the course record held by Horwich’s Nick Leigh. The first Horwich finisher was Andy Ford whose 42.24 was good enough for 12th place. Two minutes behind in 23rd place came the consistent Graham Schofield – first vet O/55 in 44.31. Ian Hepburn ran well for 27th place and Nick Kelly just held off Paul Boardman by 4 seconds finishing 30th and 31st. Suzanne Budgett won her O/50 catagory in 61st and fourth lady in 49.01 with Tony Hesketh who won the race in 1988 just behind in 64th in a time of 49.18 taking the first O/65 award easily. Sandra Kelly ran well after doing a Park Run in the morning timed at 52.31 second O/45 in 94th place. Gordon Stone ran 57.30 for 122nd with Lawrence Purnell a minute behind him 131st.

Quality not Quantity

Tandle Hill XC Report from yesterday

Quality not Quantity

Horwich MRI Harriers had just 11 runners in the third South East Lancs Cross Country race at Tandle Hill Oldham on Saturday but with four 1st places and a 1st Team in the under 13 boys race, they certainly turned on the performances. In challenging muddy conditions over a quite hilly course it was always going to favour the stronger and fitter athletes.

The Under 13 boys race had Luke Brindle in 1st place in 14.51, on a course where he won last year, and with Robert Seddon 5th in 15.35, Matthew Mair 6th in 15.42 and Mathhew Flatters 9th in 16.06 the team prize was never in doubt. Ella Pendlebury came a very creditable 4th in 17.42 in the under 13’s girls race. In the first race of the day Lydia Johnson in the under 11’s came 14th in 11.18.

The under 15’s race saw Lewis Wilkes come 5th in 13.52. With just 14 seconds behind third place it was a close race and a good battle all the way round. The small but competitive under 17’s race saw Luke Massey turn on the style as he literally raced away with first place to finish in a time 20.22 nearly a minute ahead of second.

With the course now properly churned up with the other races, the senior men took to the course. After running the first mile with Tom McGuinness from East Cheshire Harriers, Chris Farrell pulled away in a dominant display of cross country running. Attacking every hill and making the mud seem almost non-existent Chris completed the 10km course in 36.21 over 2 minutes ahead of second place. Paul Massey had a really great performance in 5th place overall and finished first V45 in 41.59. Showing that age is no barriers John Parker was 2nd V70 in 62.44.

Attention now moves to Blackburn on Saturday for the annual Northern Cross Country Championship races. See you there.

Peter Ramsdale

Results http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2016/sel153.htm

Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn

Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn 17th Jan

A small group of Horwich RMI Harriers travelled to Accrington for the fourth race in the xc league and with the muddy conditions the races were tougher than normal.

The U/13 boys began were they left off last week with a strong team packing and winning on count back from Blackburn. Tom Massey had a superb race finishing 3rd. With Luke Brindle and Robert Seddon 8th and 9th the boys had done enough to take victory.

The U/17 boys saw Luke Massey run well for fourth place in the testing conditions.

The senior men were represented by two stalwarts of the club. Paul Massey had a great race recording 39.55 for 17th place and 6th Veteran whilst Tony Hesketh finished 3rd O/60 in 142nd place in 50.45.


Manchester Xc League / Race Report / Heaton park

Manchester Xc League / Race Report / Heaton park

Saturday 16th January 2016

Only 1 day before the race we still had a very limited squad, not even enough to form the necessary team of 6 senior men and 4 vets that would count towards our promotional prospects !

The course was a nice contrast to the mud bath of Boggart Hole Clough but equally challenging but highly runnable and each of the 3 laps (2 miles each) ending with a steep, challenging hill up into the finish area.

Interesting to note that there were no ladies competing from the club ? !

Whilst Joe and Gareth ran against the competition, 3 harriers “battled hard” against each other in a bid to claim bragging rights of the clubs “king of the Vet 45-49 age category” ! The trio ran within 5-10 seconds of each other for all 3 laps. David Jackson lived “in the shadows” for almost 38 minutes and only made his bid on the final 300m hill. Only 7 seconds in the end split Martyn Bell, Dave Jackson and Dave Milliken !!!

Final positions out of 329 finishers:

Joe Mercer – 11th
Gary Booth 20th (3rd Vets 40-44 cat)
Martyn Bell – 50th (5th vets 45-49 cat)
David Jackson – 52nd (6th vets 45-49 cat)
David Milliken – 53rd (7th vets 45-49 cat)
Andy Ford – 94th
Gary Chadderton – 170th (14th vets 50-55 cat)
Doug Fleming – 177th (7th vets 55-59 cat)
Mark Swindell – 252nd (39th vets 45-49 cat)
Eddie Simpson – 296th (45th vets 45-49 cat)
Lawrence Pinnell – 299th (47th vets 45-49 cat)
Gordon stone ? cant see name mentioned or position?

Team Position for this Match

1. Trafford
2. Salford A
3. Sale H
4. East Cheshire
5. Horwich RMI Harriers

Overall a great result for the club and even with a much weakened team we still finished 5th team in Division 1, never mind division 3 !

More comprehensive details can be found on the following website: – http://maccl.co.uk/

The “cumulative” match scores (4 completed so far) will be released by Wednesday 20th January – this information will then allow us to assess exactly what we need to do as a team to secure our promotion into Division 2 for next year. Results for Saturday’s race can be found on the link below.


The last match of the season will be held at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, M23 0PH on Saturday 13th February.


Greater Manchester XC

Greater Manchester XC Championships 9th Jan

A very muddy and testing course greeted the runners for the annual XC Championships at Leverhulme Park.

The Horwich U/13 boys began proceedings with a brilliant team performance with their three scorers finishing in the first ten. Tom Massey who is in fine form at the moment led them home in an excellent 4th place in 12.08 closely followed by Luke Brindle 6th in 12.45 with Robert Seddon finishing 10th in 13.01. The Silver Medals were won. The remaining Horwich runners who all ran well were Matthew Flatters 15th and Matthew Maer 16th, seperated by only three seconds, and Toby Middleton 24th in 13.38.

In the U/13 girls Ella Pendlebury finished 18th only a minute behind the winner and Milly Lever running in her first championships finished a well deserved 49th.

The only representative in the U/15 was Lewis Wilkes and he recorded 17.05 for the 4k course.

Luke Massey in the U/17 race finished just outside the County qualifying positions in sixth place and will have to wait and see if the selectors pick him for the Inter Counties.


Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne Fell Race 31st December 7 miles

Over 400 runners gathered at the start for this popular fell race. The conditions were good for racing although very muddy. Chris Farrell had a brilliant race sitting on England International Tom Adams shoulder until the final mile he pulled away to record a famous victory in 41.19. Another great run came from Irish International Kilian Mooney with a third place finish in 42.55. Another low scoring counter was required for the team award and this came from Michael Cayton who recorded 42.55 in an excellant 9th place. This clinched the team prize by some way. Other good runs came from Paul Boardman 119th in 57.28 and Steve Jackson was third O/60 in 146th place in a time of 58.48. The final Horwich runners were Tony Hesketh in 206th and Jason Middleton 311th

Junior Fell Championships 2016

Junior Fell Championships 2016

This years Junior Fell Championships will be made up with the 6 English Championships races being joined by four other local races one of which is on 29th May and is the Greater Manchester Championships at Saddleworth and will be our main target in the early season.

We have put Wray Caton Fell Race in after an absence of three years on 2nd May as this has good junior races along with a senior race, a Scarecrow festival and a brilliant country fair.

As usual all age groups can gain points – 10 for first Horwich finisher down to 1 point for the tenth. A minimum of three races should be completed to be eligible for an award at the end of the season. If you are intent on doing the English you need to join the FRA which costs around £9 but you get 3 magazines and a fixture book. Additionally, if you finish 4 championship races you are awarded a Tee Shirt and for completing the 6 races you get a hoodie as well.

21st Feb Ilkley Yorks
2nd April Pendle Yorks
16th April Todd Crag Cumbria
2nd May Wray Caton
7th May Hawkswick Yorks
14th May Malham Yorks
29th May Saddleworth Greater Manchester Championships
11th June Turner Uphill Cumbria (Uphill only Championships)
18th June Clougha Pike Lancs
2nd July Stretton Shropshire

Any queries contact Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Prediction Race

Prediction Race 30th December 2015

Despite the bad weather 16 Horwich juniors braved the elements to run a 2k course just below the Pigeon Tower.

Runners had to predict what time they would record with the nearest winning a prize. Lewis Wilkes won the race in a brilliant time of 8.14 and was second in the predictions with Theo Middleton guessing to within 4 seconds taking the prize for nearest. U/11 star Cian Healy was second finisher in 8.38 after a typical gutsy run and was third in the predictions.

In the girls race Ella Pendlebury ran well to finish first girl holding off a fast finishing Niamh Speakman with U/11 Grace Pendlebury finishing third after a good race.

1 Lewis Wilkes 8.14
2 Cian Healy 8.38
3 Tom Masssey 8.47
4 Toby Middleton 9.10
5 Robert Seddon 9.38
6 Ella Pendlebury 9.45
7 Niamh Speakman 10.22
8 Finlay Hayes 10.24
9 Calum Moseley 11.30
10 Josh Houghton 11.52
11 Grace Pendlebury 12.00
12 Theo Middleton 12.04
13 Sam Speakman 12.07
14 Harry ? 12.15
15 Ellie Green 13.20
16 Lydia Johnson 14.00

The senior race of 4 miles had only 3 runners with runners running up to Rivingon Pike and back but predictions were remarkably accurate with Paul Lewis winning the race in 38.00 and predicting his time to the second. Mark Seddon was second in 38.30 with his prediction being 90 seconds out with O/65 Derek Kay finishing in 42.01 and only 4 seconds outside his predicted time.

SELancs XC Leigh

South East Lancs X.C league Leigh 14th Nov

The first fixture in this years South East Lancs XC League took place at Leigh Sports Village and was a very muddy course.
Three runners from Horwich and the same family had a very successful afternoon with Tom Massey winning the U/13 Boys race, brother Luke winning the U/17 race and father Paul winning his category in the men’s race.
The first race of the afternoon saw Lydia Johnson fade after a bright start to finish 16th with team mate Skye Nicholson finishing in 33rd place.
In the U/13 Boys Tom Massey led from gun to tape with a very strong run. Ten seconds behind came Luke Brindle claiming second place with a superb sprint in the final 100 metres. With Matthew Mair finishing 6th the team award was never in doubt.
The U/13 girls race saw Amelia Bailey have her best run to date to place fourth with Milly Lever just over 30 seconds behind in 8th.
In the U/15 race Lewis Wilkes had great race finishing fourth but only 13 seconds behind the winner K Wade of Leigh Harriers.
Luke Massey had a tremendous race in the U/17 race getting away from a East Cheshire runner on the final lap to record a famous win.
In the senior men’s race Paul Massey carried on where his sons had left off to finish 7th place and first O/45 too with a fantastic race in 35.38. Newcomer Dave Purnell ran well for 47th in 42.31 and in 60th place was O/65 winner Tony Hesketh in 44.22. Dave Barnes had a great race despite doing a Park Run 5 hours before to finis 80th in 46.02 and it was left to O/70 winner John Parker to bring the team home in 50.56.

Shepherds Skyline

Shepherds Skyline Fell Race Todmorden 7th Nov 6 mls

Despite the poor weather making conditions underfoot treacherous over 200 runners competed in this popular race on the moors above Todmorden in Yorkshire. England International Ben Mounsey easily won in a very fast time 41.20. Horwich RMIs first counter was Graham Schofield in 54th place in 54.57 closely followed four places by Gary Chadderton in 55.26. In the O/65 category Tony Hesketh was third in 63.39 with John Monks 5th in the O/60 just 14 seconds behind after he had his shoe fall apart. The final finisher for Horwich was Lawrence Pinnell in 192nd place.

Shepherds Skyline Junior Race

A tough two lap course greeted the Junior fell Runners form Horwich with just two making the trip over the Pennines to race. In the U/10 Race Ellie Green ran well for 5th place in 11.41. In the next race for the U/12 Freya Whittle had a super race leading all the way and winning it and also breaking the course record in 8.10. This was the second time she has won this race and a hat trick is on the cards for next year.

Results http://www.todharriers.co.uk/shepherds-skyline-fell-race/



Membership detail – Members please read

Following the AGM on 21st October, the club has amended the date from when annual subscriptions are due. The date has been changed to the 1st January 2106 (and the 1stJanuary every year after). Annual membership will now run from 1st January to 31stDecember every year.

The club will make its annual submission to England Athletics on 31st March so any member renewing his/her membership AFTER that date will incur an additional £5 charge as we will have to make a separate registration. Please spread the news that your current membership will have run for 14 months and everyone should be encouraged to make their payments on time asap after the 1st January. Please can all members complete a renewal form, legibly, and forward to membership secretary making payment by cheque, cash or on-line.

Life Membership

Long standing member of the club, Mary White, with so many local, regional and national awards and records was made a life member at the AGM. Congratulations to Mary.

Peter Ramsdale


Withins Skyline

Withins Skyline Fell Race 6 miles 11th Oct

A small group of Harriers made the short trip to Howarth in Yorkshire for this popular fell race held in very good conditions. First to finish was in form Lyndsey Brindle in 27th place overall in 47.05 and also broke the Ladies record by over a minute that had stood since 2006. With Sandra Kelly 58.00 and Erica Booth 58.15 backing Lyndsey up, Horwich Ladies won the Team award. Gary Chadderton ran well for 69th in 52.02 with team mate Nick Kelly just behind 73rd in 52.14. Paul Boardman recorded 52.56 for 82nd place. John Monks was second O/60 in 99th with a time of 54.16. Doug Fleming 122nd in 56.08 just outran Tony Hesketh 56.26 for 126th and Brent Brindle finished in 187th in 62.26.

Withins Junior Races

Only three Horwich juniors ran and the best result was by Toby Middleton who was third in the U/13 Boys with brother Theo ninth in the U/10 race. Lydia Johnson was a excellant 11th in the U/13 Girls race on a tough course.

Fell Race Catchup

Fell Race Catchup

Thieveley Pike 26th Sept

A fine day with good conditions underfoot saw well over a hundred runners toe the line for this popular fell race just north of Burnley. Ian Conroy and his brother Patrick had flown in from Dublin to take part and Ian was rewarded with a fine win – his first in Horwich colours. Always in the leading group he made his break at the halfway point to win in 33.42. Next home was Graham Schofield 17th in 38.38 closely followed by Gary Chadderton two places behind in 39.18. Nick Kelly had a good race finishing in 26th with a time of 40.43. Tony Hesketh was 41st in 42.40 and Sandra Kelly took the L/O45 award in 47th with a time of 43.56. Doug Fleming was 71st in 46.42 and finally Patrick Conroy finished in 102nd in 54.27.

Thieveley Pike Junior Race

Four girls from Horwich ran this race and two where outright winners. Milly Bailey led all the way to win the U/12 race beating all the boys too. Lydia Johnson 4th finished despite losing her shoe early on. In the U/10 race Freya whittle showed everyone a clean pair of heels to win with Ellie Green third after a great run.

Till Hill Fell Race 17th Sept

This race was unique in as much that it was 3.5 Miles all up hill finishing on top Longridge Fell. Suzanne Budgett had a great run but was narrowly beaten into second place by Sarah Ridehalgh of Accrington finishing in 10th place with Tony Hesketh in 11th a minute behind and taking the 1st O/65 award.

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

The final race of the series saw a few runners caught out by the earlier start with Paul Muller almost missing the start. As it was he did not seem troubled and ran a superb race to finish 10th and first O/55 and third overall in the series. Lindsey Brindle had another good race to record her fourth win and the Ladies title too. She also finished fourth overall in the series. Paul Boardman had his best race for 27th place which enabled him to finish 13th in the series. Nick Kelly ran well for 36th and second O/45 with Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 62nd and he also was the series winner in that category. Suzanne Budgett and Erica Booth along with Linsey won the Ladies Team prize on the night. The final Horwich finisher was Dave Barnes in 95th place with his best time in the series.

ED: Sorry for the late publishing – lost in my inbox!

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC AGM

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC AGM

Date – October 21st at 8pm
Venue – Horwich RMI Club Ramsbottom Road

Refreshments 9pm

Notice is hereby given of the 91st Annual AGM of Horwich RMI Harriers and AC

As the constitution states all proposals for changes to the constitution should be submitted before the AGM. So should any paid up member have any proposals (inc life membership) then should be proposed and seconded in writing (via email is acceptable) to either the secretary or chairman before the end of September 2015.

The committee have one proposal to submit and that is below

To change the date of membership renewal/registration

Proposed P Ramsdale Seconded A Storey

The date of membership should run from 1st January to 31st December (and not

as it currently is from the AGM to AGM which is approximately 20th October

every year).

Dated 13th July 2015

First Horwich Cross Country a Massey Success

First Horwich Cross Country a Massey Success

The first cross country of the new season for Horwich RMI took place on a very pleasant sunny Astley park course on Saturday and was dominated by the Massey family. Dad Paul was first in his age category with son’s Thomas in the under 13’s and Luke in the under 17’s both finishing second. A truly exceptional afternoons racing. The Mid Lancs six race series started with some excellent individual performances and some great team results too.

The firt race of the day was the under 11 girls race and Chloe Fitzgerald was 56th in 8.52 and Skye Nicholson was 59th in 9.04.

Cian Healy set off very quickly at the start of the under 11 boy’s race and stormed around the course with some other very quick athletes. As they approached the final 100m, Cian had a little too much to do and finished just one second behind the winner Dexta Thompson of Clayton. Cian’s time was 5.55 for this 2km course.

After winning the Under 13 team award last year the Horwich juniors were keen to retain their trophy and with Thomas Massey second in 12.37, Matthew Flatters 6th in 12.54, Luke Brindle 7th in 13.08 and Lucas Milliken 18th in 13.49 it was going to be close. Blackburn finished with 12 points and Horwich 15, so second place today but lots to chase during the season.

In the under 15’s race Lewis Wilkes and Kieran Kinealy have moved up from under 13’s last year but both performed well with a 4th place and 19th place respectively. Lewis moved up to second during the race only to finish 8 second behind the winner.

In the under 17 race Luke Massey put his recent speed work sessions to test against a very strong field of young men from clubs around the area. He ran a very controlled race always looking in contention for a podium position and battled well to finish in second place on the 6km course in 22.39.
Debbie Campbell was the only Horwich lady in the women’s race and she ran strongly in a very competitive race to finish 7th in 27.07.

In the Men’s race Paul Massey completed the family outing with a strong performance completing the three lap course in 38.18 in 26th position. He was also 1st vet 40. With the other vets of Andy Lloyd, Alastair Murray and Dave Milliken and finishing in 37th, 46th and 51st the Vet 40 team was always going to be a strong contender for a podium finish. This they achieved and took first place. A great team effort. The senior team of six was completed with Chris Essex-Crosby in 72nd and David Barnes in 196th position. Mark Swindell, birthday boy Gordon Stone just moving into the V60 category along with John Parker completing the Horwich turn out.

Peter Ramsdale

Murder Mile 27th August

Murder Mile 27th August

After an absence of some 8 years the Murder Mile has returned to Horwichs race programme with a different course to before, up to the top of Winter Hill from the bottom of the ramp. A total climb of 500 foot making it a tough race.

There where 23 starters with Juniors and Seniors racing together for the first time along with friends from Chorley, Bolton, and Lostock. As expected England International Chris Farrell won by 20 seconds from Nick Leigh with Chris Essex Crosby third 90 seconds adrift. An exceptional run by junior Cian Healy saw him finish fourth overall only one second behind third with Nathan Lancaster 7th 9 seconds behind and Toby Midddleton fresh from winning a 5K in Vancouver third one minute further behind. First Lady was England International Lindsey Brindle despite going over on her ankle with Erica Booth second just getting the better of first Lady Vet Sandra Kelly by six seconds. The first junior girl was Freya Whittle in 18th with Milly Lever runner up in that category after a hard fought race. A special mention to 8 year old Theo Middleton who completed the race in just over 16 minutes and his father Jason getting back in the racing mode after open heart surgery. Well done to the both of them.

1 C Farrell 7.31
2 N Leigh 7.51
3 C Essex- Crosby 9.14
4 C Healy 9.15 Junior
5 D Fishwick 9.16 V/40 Chorley
6 A Murray 9.23 V/40
7 N Lancaster 9.40 Junior
8 N Kelly 9.28 V/40
9 M Ellithorn 9.30 V/50 Chorley
10 L Brindle 9.34 Lady
11 P Boardman 10.00 V/50
12 P Turner 10.01 V/50 Bolton
13 T Middleton 10.31 Junior
14 B Beckett 10.52 V/50 Chorley
15 E Booth 10.56 Lady
16 S Kelly 11.02 LV/40
17 M Seddon 11.25 V/50
18 F Whittle 11.51 Junior Girl
19 M Lever 12.39 Junior Girl
20 L Leyand 13.20 LV/50
21 J Middleton 13.44 V/40
22 T Middleton 16.07 Junior Boy
23 E Swift 17.16 V/60

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

The final race of the series saw a few runners caught out by the earlier start with Paul Muller almost missing the start. As it was he did not seem troubled and ran a superb race to finish 10th and first O/55 and third overall in the series. Lindsey Brindle had another good race to record her fourth win and the Ladies title too. She also finished fourth overall in the series. Paul Boardman had his best race for 27th place which enabled him to finish 13th in the series. Nick Kelly ran well for 36th and second O/45 with Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 62nd and he also was the series winner in that category. Suzanne Budgett and Erica Booth along with Lindsey won the Ladies Team prize on the night. The final Horwich finisher was Dave Barnes in 95th place with his best time in the series.

Darwen Gala Fell Race 15th August 7.5 k

Darwen Gala Fell Race 15th August 7.5 k

This race starts in the centre of Darwen and climbs to the Jubilee Tower and back and with good weather attracted a large entry of 142 runners. The race was won by Ross Campbell of Highland Hill Runners in 30.30 well clear of second place. Jonathan Bruton of Horwich had a great run to finish third in 32.37 only twelve seconds behind second place. Graham Schofield was 19th and third O/50 in a time of 36.55. After a steady race Tony Hesketh came home in 30th and second O/60 in 40.30 with the first four O/60s being separated by just 36 seconds. The Horwich squad was completed by David Barnes in 51st place in 41.48 after his best run of the year.

Worthsthorne Moor Fell Race

Worthsthorne Moor Fell Race

Horwich Junior Fell championships moved to Burnley and saw two excellent races. In the boys race Nathan Lancaster won the mile and a half race beating all the U/14s in the bargain despite having a sore ankle and was closely followed by Toby Middleton in third place. In the junior girls race Lydia Johnson had her best run in Horwich colours and recorded her first ever win.

In the 7 mile senior race which was won by M Hartley of Barlick there were five runners from Horwich with newcomer Aaron Hargreave leading the Horwich runners home in 31st place in 49.27. Next to finish was in form Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 52nd with a time of 52.15. Prolific racer David Barnes was next in 79th in 57.01 and Anna Keighley 132nd in 69.48. Finally making up the Horwich team came Colin Waterworth 139th in 72.06.