Millbrook Monster 10k and Junior Monster 4k

Millbrook Monster 10k and Junior Monster 4k

A small group of athletes from Horwich RMI travelled to Stalybridge to take part in these two tough trail races with over 220 runners in the Senior race and were rewarded with some exceptional results.

Andy Ford finished in 14th place in 42.13 an improvement by almost two minutes from last year. A few runners went off course and where disqualified. In the veteran category Tony Hesketh won the O/65 category beating all the O/60 category too in 44th place in 49.19.

In the junior race again some juniors went off course but nevertheless Horwich still had some prize winners. 10 year old Cian Healy who is in good form at the moment finished second only 6 seconds behind the winner from East Cheshire Harriers and Nathan Lancaster and Toby Middleton finished 8th and 9th after going off course when lying 5th and 6th. In the Girls race Freya Whittle was third after a typical gutsy run and Molly Clarkson ran well for 6th place with Ellie Green having a good race in 8th place.

Xmas Do

Xmas Do

12th December 2015

Christmas Do at Rivington Barn 12th December 2015 7.30 until 12.30 Live Band, Disco and a superb Buffet Tickets £40.00 we only have 22 Tickets so a £10 Deposit secures your place.

Deposits to Brenda and Tony Hesketh.

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Sat 31st October 2015

Halloween Party at Rivington Village Hall 6.30 to 9.30 all Junior Horwich RMI Harriers and Parents Tickets £3.50 Adults ,Juniors £2.00 Games, Disco Fancy Dress and Brendas famous Buffet.

Contact Brenda Hesketh for Tickets.


!!!!! NEW RACE !!!!! Please try to support !!!!!

Murder Mile – 27th August 7.15

Start at the Bottom of the Ramp.
Entry Fee £2.
First three Men/Ladies prizes plus Vets.

Open to all ages Horwich RMI and Guests.
See how slow you can race a MILE uphill.

If you intend doing this race can you let Tony Hesketh know by phone, e-mail or any other means.
Just to make sure we have enough runners to make it a viable race.

Suitable for Juniors.

Radcliffe Three Day Event

Radcliffe Three Day Event

Bull Hill Fell Race 9th July

A large entry of over 230 runners for this popular mid week race saw fast times posted with conditions ideal for racing. Ashley Holt of Rossendale won a close battle with Carl Darcy of Bolton by just three seconds with our first counter being Andy Lloyd in 11th and second vet on the night in 38.57. Our next counters were the consistent Gary Chadderton in 31st with a time of 41.24, Nick Kelly warming up for Wasdale was 50th in 43.34, and John Monks ran well for 67th third O/60 in 45.22. Doug Fleming just got the better of Tony Hesketh second O/65 by three seconds in 80 and 81st. Sandra Kelly was our only lady running and she finished fourth Lady in 47.19 and 91st overall after a great run. Dave Barnes in 140th was our final counter in a time of 53.28.

Giants Seat X.C 5 miles 10th July

Over 60 runners started this very hilly cross country with good conditions underfoot. Tony Hesketh in 19th place with a time of 41.18 was first O/65 after an excellent race. The race-oholic Dave Barnes finished in 45th place in 51.00 with the Challenge race won by Ashley Holt of Rossendale for the second night in succession.

VLA Events Radcliffe 5 mile Trail Race 11th July

The final race in the 3 day Challenge saw 84 runners take to the trails around Radcliffe with Rob Jackson having a great run for second place only 35 seconds behind Swintons Mark Whittingham. This gave him first O/45 in 30.56. Tony Hesketh was 34th in 37.44 and was second O/65 and 17th overall in the Challenge and the same position as last year in a total time of 2.05.36. Dave Barnes was 54th in 41.17 and just held of Pete Henneghan who was first O/70 in 41.36. Dave Barnes finished 37th overall again the same as last year in 2.25.45 out of 55 finishers.

Harrock Hill 2

Harrock Hill.
Race No. 2.
24th June.

A fine evening for this popular Fell Race series attracted over 160 runners of which 6 where from Horwich. We were led home by Andy Lloyd in an excellent 5th place, losing one place in the last field but he had the consolation of being first Vet in 35.05. Close behind in 7th place was Paul Muller, first O/55 in 36.22. This after finishing first vet O/55 at the Freckleton Half Marathon only four days before. Paul Boardman ran well for 26th in 39.58. Our only lady runner was Debbie Campbell who knocked three minutes off last months time to win the Ladies race in 41.20, over one minute ahead of the second lady. Tony Hesketh knocked two minutes off last months time to win the O/65 award in 42.59 finishing in 56th. Our final runner was Ed Swift in 151st recording a time of 62.20.

Last Drop Loop

Last Drop Loop.
20th June.

A smaller field than usual due to fixture clashes started this Category B race at the Last Drop in good conditions.

Tim Ellis dominated from the gun to win in a new record time 35.55. Our own Nick Leigh ran well for 3rd in 38.11. Next, after a great run, was Gary Chadderton in 10th and first O/50 in 44.14. Only 16 seconds behind came Graham Schofield; 1st O/55 in 44.30. John Monks won the O/60 prize in 17th with a time of 45.37 and Tony Hesketh did the same in the O/65 in 24th in a time of 49.00, just ahead of Mark Seddon in 25th and 49.28.

Turner Uphill Only

Turner Uphill Only.
Fell Championships.
20th June.

This the final race in this years English Championships attracted runners from all over England trying to gain points and some medals. The courses where tough and in the wet conditions very difficult but all the Horwich runners aquitted themselves well to the courses.

The first race the U/8 saw ever present Theo Middleton and Grace Pendlebury finish in 13th and 6th. Both these athletes have done all the Championships and qualified of a Championship hoodie. In the U/10 girls we only had one runner, Freya Whittle, and she had a superb race to finish 3rd. This was enough to give her the Bronze medal in the Championships. The U/12 race saw some brilliant performances highlighted by Tom Massey who was second; his highest position in the Champs and this consolidated the Bronze Medal in the series. The surprise run of the day was Lucas Miliken’s who finished in 11th place after a very strong run. Despite getting boxed in at the start Toby Middleton ran well for 17th and this clinched a top ten finish overall. In the girls race the best run to date since moving up a category saw Ella Pendlebury finish 7th which bares well for next year. This cemented her position in the top ten. Lydia Johnson ran strongly for 17th place despite just moving into a new age group and she is another runner who will only improve next year.

Malham Fell Races 30th May

Malham Fell Races 30th May

These races were the penultimate ones in this years English Junior Fell Championships in the Yorkshire Dales and were well attended with large fields in all the races.

In the U/8 race we had two runners and both did well with Theo Middleton 17th and Grace Pendlebury having her best race to date 5th girl only 16 secs behind Theo. Our only runner in the U/10 was Freya Whittle and she ran well for 5th place this after recovering from illness. The U/12 race saw our biggest turnout with Tom Massey finishing in 4th place and this result keeps him in 3rd place in the championships. Toby Middleton had his best race this year to finish 7th and this keeps him in the top ten in the championships. Our two female runners were Ella Pendlebury having her best run on the fells this season finishing in 9th place and Lydia Johnson ran well for 18th place.

Malham Senior Race

After supporting his young charges Junior Fell Coach Tony Hesketh decided to race the short but tough race of just over 4 miles and was 38th and first O/65 in 32.12. This was out of a field of 73.

Harrock Hill 27th May

Harrock Hill 27th May

Well over 200 runners started this popular Fell Race in Parbold. On a warm evening and with good conditions underfoot times where improved by the majority of runners.

The winner was Daniel Miller of Wigan in 34.04 well outside of Nick Leigh’s record. First finisher for us was 55 year old Paul Muller in 12th just two seconds ahead of Lindsey Brindle who won the ladies by a massive three minutes and she seems to be on top form at the moment. Steve Foley running on home soil was second vet 45 in 21st after a good race. Ever present Paul Boardman was next 39th just dipping under the 40 minute barrier. Our second lady Debra Campbell was 3rd Lady in 78th place slower than normal but after her injury it was a good run. Tony Hesketh was first O/65 in 98th despite having to wait at a number of stiles. Our final runners were David Barnes in 166th and Anna Keighley 207th and both seemed happy with their runs.

Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon 23rd May

Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon 23rd May

Excellent conditions greeted the the capacity field for this years Duathlon held in Rivington and which consists of two 5K runs either side of a 21K cycle section.

Last years winner and course record holder Tom Carson led from the gun with relay team runner Karl Dracy finishing the first run together. The cycle section saw Tom lose his lead to Mark Russell of Swinton by just six seconds. Mark had the third fastest bike split but on the final run was overtaken and was eleven seconds adrift at the finish. Dave Jackson of Horwich had a brilliant race never outside the top four. He ran strongly on the final leg to finish well clear in third place.

Other notable performances came from Paul Massey of Horwich with two top ten runs and this was enough for tenth place. Tom Lucas was fourteenth another athlete in fine form and the Horwich contingent was completed by Barry Allman in 82nd place.

The Ladies race was never in doubt with Bolton’s Catherine O’Dwyer winning by over eleven minutes and finishing 22nd place overall.

The 2015 Senior Fell Championships

The 2015 Senior Fell Championships

The 2015 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 2015
Date Category Race
24/05/15 AL Helvellyn & Dodds*
31/05/15 AS Coniston Gullies (BOFRA)
11/06/15 BS Two Lads
14/06/15 BS Knowl Hill*
20/06/15 AS Great Hill
09/07/15 BS Bull Hill
19/07/15 AM Kentmere
29/07/15 BM Lee Mill*
04/08/15 BS Crow Hill*
16/08/15 AL Sedbergh Hills
26/08/15 BS Harrock Hill
19/09/15 AL 3 Shires*
26/09/15 AS Thieveley Pike
11/10/15 BM Withins*
07/11/15 BS Shepherds Skyline*

Horwich has been admitted to the Area Fell GP 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.

Fielden Cup 2015

Fielden Cup 2015

The annual running of the Fielden Cup this year had one of its smallest fields which was, to say the least, a little disappointing. The race over a 2.2 mile course on George’s Lane is based on a handicap which this year was calculated by Pete Ramsdale. In the end the four runners had just 44 seconds between first to go and last to go and then battle it out over what was a windy Thursday night race. First off Gordon Stone, at 22 seconds Geoff Leech and last year’s winner Steve Thomasson and then at 44 seconds Paul Lewis. At the turn around point Steve had almost caught Gordon with Paul catching the field. As the race covered the final steps Paul edged in front of Gordon to hold on for a 5 second victory with Steve a further 17 seconds back in third and after a blistering start (which in hind sight was a bad idea) Geoff completed the course just 1 minute behind the winner.

Then back to the Jolly Crofters for presentation, photographs and refreshments. Thanks to Mark Burbeck for the marshalling, Christa and Duncan for support. Maybe next year for everyone else? See you then.


Pos Name Clock Time Handicap Real Time


1 Paul Lewis 16.25 0.44 15.41


2 Gordon Stone 16.30 0.00 16.30


3 Steve Thomasson 16.47 0.22 16.25


4 Geoff Leech 17.25 0.22 17.03





With both Jubilee and Two Lads races coming up, it’s time again for everyone to muck in and help out our fantastic club race organisers.

If the leafy environs of Rivington Village and the reservoirs are your thing, please contact Andy Townsend to help out at the Junior Street series starting on the 20th May. This is a 1 mile event for ages 7 to 16. So come and help out the next generation of local athletes.

If your preference is for hanging around the bogs and moorland of Winter Hill, please contact Colin Jones to help out at the Two Lads Fell race on 11th June at 7.30 pm.

If you’re an especially good egg, why not help out at both, and enjoy two lovely spring evenings in our local countryside, without all the effort and sweating of actually running.

Andy Townsend – 07980 302124.
Colin Jones – 07773 160675.

Stength & Conditioning Master Class

Stength & Conditioning Master Class

Venue: Horwich Leisure Center

27th May 7-9pm

Within this session you will have the benefit of learning what constitutes weight training for running and be able to practice some moves on the night! Correct technique will promote all the benefits and avoid injury! We can also arrange for a follow up session perhaps 6-8 weeks later to answer any specific questions that you may have experienced in your own sessions.

If this is of interest then please let me know on FB or by email your intentions…….this is not just for the elite but open to ALL interested parties……ie: the girls and in particular the vets who need to understand that S&C is a crucial part of your training program !

PS i would expect all our northern relay squad to be in attendance with the exception of Ian Conroy for obvious reasons.


!!!! UPDATE !!!!

only 14 places left guys and gals……going fast…book your place with me to avoid any disappointment !
Email / Whatsapp/ facebook..take your pick….

West Nab Fell Race Meltham Yorks 18th April

West Nab Fell Race Meltham Yorks 18th April

The third race in the Junior English Fell Championship took place in Meltham Yorkshire with large enties in all the races Freya Whittle was the best placed Horwich runner finishing third in the U/10 and means she is still leading the Championship, Tom Massey was the pick of the boys with a fourth place and he is lying third in the U/14 championship.In total. In total we had ten children competing and Horwich are lying in tenth position in the club fell championship.

Fleming Trophy 20th April 2015

Fleming Trophy 20th April 2015

This years annual handicap race just over 2 kilometres saw 38 children take part and saw some brilliant performances the winner was 7 year old Martha Kay who made the most of her handicap to win knocking two minutes off last years time, Laura Gouge ran well for second and a close fought battle saw Amelia Bailey take bronze by one second from Milly Lever. The fastest legs were run by Tom Massey for the boys in a time of 8.09 with Ella Pendlebury running 8.54 to take the fastest girl prize.

Result | H/Cap | Actual Time

1 M Kay 11.47 0.00 11.47
2 L Gouge 13.04 1.55 11.09
3 A Bailey 13.16 3.55 9.21
4 M Lever 13.17 2.40 10.47
5 D Porter 13.25 3.40 9.45
6 T Massey 13.49 5.40 8.09 (Fastest Boy )
7 G Pendlebury 13.51 2.10 11.41
8 N Speakman 13.52 4.40 9.12
9 I Simmonite 13.53 4.00 9.53
10 E Pendlebury 13.54 5.00 8.54 (Fastest Girl)
11 E Green 13.55 2.10 11.45
12 F Whittle 14.00 4.40 9.20
13 To Middleton 14.01 5.30 8.31
14 A Gouge 14.02 1.55 12.07
15 N Lancaster 14.03 5.50 8.13
16 G Porter 14.04 2.20 11.44
17 L Seddon 14.17 1.40 12.37
18 R Seddon 14.19 5.40 8.39
19 J Houghton 14.21 3.40 10.41
20 H Foley 14.22 4.50 9.32
21 C Healy 14.47 6.30 8.17
22 C Moseley 14.32 3.55 10.33
23 L Miliken 14.32 5.30 9.02
24 K Kinealy 14.37 5.50 8.47
25 L Wilkes 14.41 6.05 8.36
26 T Middleton 14.43 3.55 10.44
27 M Flatters 14.43 6.00 8.43
28 T Grundy 14.48 6.20 8.28
29 L Brindle 14.55 6.00 8.55
30 L Sutcliffe 14.58 3.40 11.18
31 S Speakman 14.59 3.40 11.19
32 O Lowe 15.00 5.50 9.10
33 J Jackson 15.12 5.40 9.32
34 S Nicholson 15.29 1.40 13.49
35 F Reid 15.32 6.00 9.32
36 J Hardman 15.34 1.40 13.54
37 M Hill 17.08 4.40 12.28
38 T Humphries 17.16 3.40 13.36

London Marathon

London Marathon

Brenda Hesketh is running the London Marathon in her sisters memory and is raising funds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Trust anyone wishing to sponsor her can do so on her Just Giving Page all donations will be gratefully received.

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Flemming Trophy

Flemming Trophy for Juniors under 16 years of age 20th April 6.30 start

This years race is again at Boton Arena numbers to be collected on the night, this is a Handicap race over 2k for our Junior members, NO entries on the night due to Handicapping, The entry fee is £2 with all finishers getting a medal, there is prizes for first three finishers and fastest Boy and Girl. Entries to Tony Hesketh or Brenda Hesketh name and a recent race please.Slower/younger runners set of at intervals over set course.


Pendle Senior

Pendle Senior Race 7.3k 470ft

Almost 300 runners toed the line for this popular A Category Short fell race in excellent conditions the winner English champion Tom Addison won easily in 32.40 with our first counter Dave Milliken despite having an injury finishing 21st in 38.24 Paul Massey ran well in Daves slipstream to finish 28th in 39.22,another of runners making a welcome return to racing was Rob Howarth finishing in 88th position in 44.24, Tony Hesketh recorded 47.03 for 124th place and there was a brilliant run by Pete Heneghan who was runner up in the O/70 category in 228th with a time of 54.31


Pendle Fell Races

Pendle Fell Races 4th April 2015

This was the second championship race in the English Junior Championship and seven juniors made the short trip to the village of Barley and where rewarded with some excellent results. In the U/8 race Theo Middleton worked through the field to finsh in 7th place. In the U/10 race English U/10 champion Cian Healy started as he finished last year leading from gun to tape to win on a tough course.The U/10 girls race saw in form Freya Whittle run a well judged race to finish 3rd and she is leading the girls U/10 Championship.The U/12 races saw our biggest turnout with Tom Massey running brilliantly to finish 3rd only 20 seconds behind the winner, good packing by Toby Middleton in 11th and Lucas Miliken 18th meant we finished third team. Lydia Johnson was our only girl in this category and paced herself well to finish 24th.This week end sees the next championship race at West Nab in Yorkshire and a good turnout is expected.


Liver Hill

Liver Hill Rossendale 31st March 2015

Fresh from racing in Buxton Toby Middleton made the short journey to Rossendale to race a tough two mile fell race and showed great recovery to finish in second place a great run in very muddy conditions.

Erwood Hall

Erwood Hall Derbyshire 28th March 2015

A small group of Horwich Juniors made the trip to Erwood Hall near Buxton to compete in the first English Junior Championship race of 2015 and were rewarded with some excellent results. In the first race of the day Theo Middleton had great run to finish fourth in the U/8s setting the bar for his club mates, One of the runs of the day came from Freya Whittle who won the U/10 race leading from gun to tape and register her first win in a championship race.The U/12 race saw a brilliant performance by Tom Massey locked in a hard to head with the eventual winner he was second by a mere two seconds, next was Toby Middleton in 10th running strongly at the end, Lucas Miliken in 19th place completed the boys team that finished third team, Our only girl running in this race was Lydia Johnson who has just moved up a category and a good run on the tough course saw her finish tenth. Our only runner in the U/14 saw Robert Seddon getting back to form finishing 24th and again this was after moving up a category this year.

vVo2max Training

vVo2max Training

Next week I want to do some testing at the track before the session. The testing is based around vVo2max efforts.

This is a strategy that I favour for distance runners as it trains the body to run as fast and as far as possible using the aerobic energy system. The advantage of this, is that there is no acidosis build up within the muscles until serious effort is required ie. Heart rate 80/85-95% of max.

Distance runners cannot run anaerobically for 5k, 10k etc so the faster they can cover the ground aerobically means they can sustain it for longer.

Once the vVo2max figure is calculated then athletes can do sessions to train this system to improve it. Usually 1 specific session/week. Not forgetting all the other training completed in a week.

I have attached some explanatory notes for anyone that will find it interesting.


Fleming Cup

Fleming Cup.

Fleming Cup 2.2 miles Junior Handicap race will take place 20th April.

Entry fee £2. All finishers get a Medal and there are prizes for First Three Finishers and fastest Boy and Girl. Open to all junior members under 15 years of age. Start is close to Bolton Arena. Give names and a recent time for a race this year and entry fee to Brenda or Tony Hesketh.

No entry on the day due to having to Handicap runners.

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

First Junior Fell Champs

First Junior Fell Champs

The 1st Junior Fell Championship race at Errwood Hall takes place on the 28th March starting at 11.00a.m.

The post code for the Reservoir is SK17 6GJ. Allow about one and half hours. It is just after Buxton.

Hope to see as many of our juniors there as possible.

Manchester 10k Marshals

Manchester 10k Marshals

We still require two Marshals for the Manchester 10 k in May. You get a packed lunch, a Training Jacket (last years was a Asics) and the club get a Donation. You also have the chance to run the event for free the following year.

Contact Tony Hesketh Tel 01204 668183 for further details.

Horwich Juniors Mid Lancs Successful Series.

Horwich Juniors Mid Lancs Successful Series.

A squad of Juniors took the chance to take on the last race of the Mid Lancs XC at Lancaster. In the Lower age group Ella Pendlebury gave another outstanding performance to claim 3rd on the day and giving Ella a well deserved 2nd overall in the series. Not to far behind was Freya Whittle giving Freya a final placing of 5th overall in the series. Not to be outdone Olivia Baker a good run on the day in 32nd.

New to the series Matthew Mair gave a hearty run and managed 9th in the race, a great race from this 9yr Old in the U11’s. But not having to run today was Matthew Flatters who had already wrapped up his 2nd place in the series from this young man.

Our U15 boys sole representation was Robert Gibson managing 15th on the day but more impressively a well earned 12th in the overall series. This is a tremendous result from Robert having found out at the start of the season he needed the aid of his inhaler on several runs to keep his breathing capacity functioning.

The pressure was on the final race for the U13 boys squad, trailing Blackpool going into the race they had to win outright to claim the title. The team of Lewis Wilkes, Luke Brindle, Kieran Kinealy, Thomas Massey & Robert Seddon were well and truly focused. The team knew what had to be accomplished, beside there was also some individual positions to settle. From the Start Lewis took the lead and it looked good for the rest of the squad all up in the top half of the race. The race turned out to be the best race for each individual in the squad with everyone finishing in the top 10. Lewis finished with a good lead over the field but Thomas made sure he was in next with a fabulous run, Thomas not a favourite of the flat. Luke was the 3rd giving Horwich 1,2,3. Not to be outdone Robert Seddon claimed 7th his best of the year with Kieran in 10th again his best of the year. Overall this gave Lewis 2nd & Thomas 3rd overall, not to be outdone Kieran managing 8th in the series, congratulations lads.

So it is my great pleasure to do this write up and declare HORWICH RMI U13 boys Mid Lancs XC Series Champions, the first time in the clubs history. This is added to their South East Lancs XC Series win & Red Rose XC series Wins

So the the Final results are here

Roddlesworth Roller 2015

Roddlesworth Roller 2015 – Sun 8th Mar 2015

Seven Harriers ruled at this years running of the Roddlesworth Roller coming away with 4 individual and 1 team prizes. As the name suggests, this is a tough undulating trail race, with 600 feet of climb over 5.5 miles. Flat enough to be fast. Rolling enough for your quads to really hurt the next day.

Impressively doubling up after placing 6th at Saturday’s Flower Scar English Champs Fell Race, Lindsey Brindle had the run of the day to take the ladies race by an impressive margin. Erica Booth was another with a weekend double that would surely have helped win the ladies the team prize, but for another runner, in 9th.

Also doubling up, and taking his second victory of the weekend was Michael Cayton, who is starting to see all his effort since coming back to running begin to pay off. Running my first race as a Vet and the new experience of not knowing exactly who you are racing against, I was very happy to start with a win in the V40 category. Completing a winning team for the Men was Paul Boardman in 23rd. Rudolph Maciejkowicz was next, and picking up the prize for the V60 category. The last of the magnificent seven was every improving new member David Lee, placing 83rd of 177.


Results :

(thanks to Joe Mercer for the photo)

Good turnout at Lostock 6

Good turnout at Lostock 6

The 33rd running of the Lostock 6 mile Road Race was supported by ten Horwich Harriers who all finished in the top half of the 201 runners with U17 Nathan Townsend heading the club’s finishers with an impressive third place overall on a cold Sunday morning. There were category wins for Paul Massey, now a V45, in 7th place overall, Suzanne Budgett in the F50 category and John Parker who won the V70 category in a thrilling finish by only four seconds.

3 Nathan Townsend (U17) 33:37; 7 Paul Massey (V45) 35:02; 27 Kevin Newall (V40) 39:07; 35 Chris Maher (V45) 39:30; 42 Suzanne Budgett (F50) 39:56; 52 Nick Isherwood (V40) 41:33; 75 Gemma Stokes (F35) 44:05; 85 Gordon Stone (V55) 45:03; 99 John Parker (V70) 46:12.


Tom victorious at Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race

Tom victorious at Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race

Tom Carson had a fine victory on Sunday at the Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race from Radcliffe, winning by over 3 minutes. Rob Jackson took the first V45 prize with Sean McMyler, second V50 and David Barnes also having a good run. The undulating course which attracted 185 runners was made even more challenging with cold weather quickly turning to sleet and then snow from the halfway point.

1 Tom Carson 58:08; 6 Robert Jackson (V45) 65:07; 13 Sean McMyler (V50) 68:22; 95 David Barnes (V55) 82:59.


Great performance at the Nationals.

Great performance at the Nationals.

It’s a long journey for a cross-country race but seven Horwich RMI Harriers made the long trip to Parliament Hill in London on Saturday for the National Cross Country Championship. Horwich were the only club from the Bolton area to field a team in the national championships and the proud red and black vests, despite lacking the club’s two most successful athletes of the season, finished an excellent 32nd of the 145 teams to complete teams of six. The race attracted over 2000 runners and was won by Charlie Hulson of Sale Harriers in 39:12.

Leading the way was Joe Mercer with a fine run in 67th place, closely followed by Greater Manchester silver medallist Nick Leigh in 79th. Making the trip over from his home in Dublin, Irish international fellrunner Ian Conroy was next home in 156th. Alastair Murray in 419th, Ryan Stevenson in 538th and Tom Cowling 643rd completed the team with Chris Essex-Crosby only a couple of minutes further back in 833rd.

67 Joe Mercer 42:37; 79 Nick Leigh 43:01; 156 Ian Conroy 44:32; 419 Alastair Murray 48:23; 537 Ryan Stevenson 49:47; 643 Tom Cowling 50:56; 833 Chris Essex-Crosby 52:52.


Standish Hall Trail Race 10k 21st Feb 2015

Standish Hall Trail Race 10k 21st Feb 2015

There where 239 brave finishers for this race held in the muddiest conditions in the history of the race.

The race was won by Ian Grime of Newham & Essex in 37.38 leading all the way. Our first finisher was new signing Steve Foley in 11th place in 42.11 and also winning the prize for 1st O/45 after running a strong race. The next Horwich finisher was race-oholic Paul Boardman in 29th in 44.43 with Tony Hesketh 57th winning the O/65 prize in 48.12. The final Horwich finisher was Gill Smith running well to win the LV/65 award in 69.26.

Even though the conditions were very bad everyone seemed to rise to the challenge and enjoy themselves.


2015 Junior Fell Championship

2015 Junior Fell Championship

This years races in our Junior Championship are as follows and are slightly different from the last news letter. As you can see we have a clash of dates with our club race Rivington Pike being on the same day as the second English race Pendle. I have therefore decided that both races will score the same points so parents and children can decide which race to do. There are 10 races with runners best 6 to count and the scoring is the same as before with 10 points for first Horwich finisher down to 1 for the tenth finisher in all age groups. A junior should complete at least three races to be eligible for an award at the end of the season. As the season progresses I will let you know start times and locations for registration, starts etc. This year the FRA have decided that for a Junior to be eligible for an award they have to be members of the FRA for which the cost is £8. This will also allow them to run for England if selected. You do get a Handbook and a quarterly magazine so it is well worth the money. Join at the FRA Website. Age groups are as 1st January in the year of Competition and the U/11 are run as non competitive but juniors can still win a Tee Shirt for completing four races out of the 6 English scoring races and a Hoodie for completing all six races.

28th March Errwood Hall Nr Buxton Derbyshire. (E)
4th April Pendle Barley Lancs (E) or Rivington Pike Horwich
18th April West Nab Meltham Yorks (E)
4th May Coiners Mytholmroyd Yorks (E)
30th May Malham Nr Howarth Yorks (E)
20th June Turner Uphill Cumbria (E)
2nd Aug Worsthorne Moor Nr Burnley Lancs
26th Sept Thievley Pike Nr Burnley Lancs
11th Oct Withins Skyline nr Howarth Yorks
7th Nov Shepherds Skyline Nr Todmorden Yorks

All races marked with an (E) are English Championship Races. There will be other races to do and I will let you know about these nearer to the time.

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Horwich Cross Country Juniors Keep on Winning in the SELCC

Horwich Cross Country Juniors Keep on Winning in the SELCC

More Juniors turned out at Heaton Park this weekend for more wins a series titles.

In the U11 Boys race held at Heaton Park in Manchester 3 athletes managed a good second place. Nathan Lancaster was first home in 3rd place only 12 secs behind the winner. Lucas Milliken having his strongest run in the Season. 3rd counter was Joshua Houghton again is best race to date in 17th place. This helped the boys achieve 2nd on the day.

The U11 Girls went one better and managed 3rd place with some outstanding team play. Ella Pendlebury lead once again and kept there for yet another win under her belt. Next for the team Freya Whittle in 4th with Lydia Johnson not too far behind in 8th. This puts the girls in a strong position for the series with the last race to take place at Boggart Hole on the 28th Feb.

So it was oft to the U13 boys to see what they could achieve. Lewis Wilkes having yet another strong run managed 1st place leading from the offset. The team won with thanks to Luke Brindle & Thomas Massey in 4th & 5th the team won with some ease. Kieran Kinealy also improving is running managed 13 with Robert Seddon managing 17th a great debut for Robert in this series.

Bap Tap Fell Race – 25th Jan

Bap Tap Fell Race – 25th Jan

The first Bap Tap race of the year saw 15 children tackle this tough race to the Two Lads and back. In the U/10 race Sam Speakman won 5 seconds ahead of Theo Middleton with Ellie Green winning the girls race by over a minute. The longer race saw an exciting finish with the first two separated by only 1 second. English Junior Champion Cian Healy won from a fast finishing Nathan Lancaster with Tom Massey in third. In the girls race Harriet Foley won ahead of Niamh Speakman in second and Freya Whittle only 3 seconds behind in third.

Results U/10 Race

1 S Speakman 4.41
2 T Middleton 4.46
3 E Green 4,50
4 J Simmonite 5.10
5 M Kay 6.10

Results U/15 Race

1 C Healy 7.18
2 N Lancaster 7.19
3 T Massey 7.33
4 T Middleton 7.41
5 L Miliken 8.10
6 R Seddon 8.25
7 I Simmonite 8.42
8 H Foley 8.58
9 N Speakman 9,19
10 Freya Whittle 9.22

24th Jan – Ashurst Beacon – 6 miles

24th Jan – Ashurst Beacon – 6 miles

Despite the muddy conditions over 180 runners toed the line for this popular fell race with seven red vests amongst them. Times were slower than usual due to the mud. The race was won by Simon O Mera of Man Uni cc in 38.02. For us Danny Hope ran well for third slowly getting back to form after injury. Graham Schofield came in 21st first O/55 in 44.38 chased home by Paul Boardmanin 30th in 45.24. In 43rd came Gary Chadderton with a time of 46.48. The run of the day came from Suzanne Budgett who was first lady O/50 and a superb second place in the ladies race. Tony Hesketh was 1st O/65 despite an injury in 67th and the Horwich squad was completed by Michael Kay in 92nd.

BAP TAP Junior Club Fell Race

BAP TAP Junior Club Fell Race

This Sunday the 25th January we are holding a junior Fell Race for our Juniors plus guests.

It will go up to the Two Lads Cairn and back.

Under 8 up to U/16.

Registration is from 9.45 at Wilderswood car park. Start time is 10.30 no entry fee as it is Bring a Prize Take a Prize – value between £2 and £5.

The course will be marked and Marshalled.

For more info contact Tony or Brenda Hesketh 01204668183

Horwich Juniors Triumph again

Horwich Juniors Triumph again

The 4th Round of the Mid Lancs XC took place at Townley Park Burnley with several Juniors having their best races to date.

In the U11 Girls Ella Pendlebury had her best results yet with a 2nd. Freya Whittle finishing in 17th and Lydia Johnson in 27th place. New runner Lily Boon with her first XC experience a respectable 52nd place.

The U11 Boys also had a 2nd place in Matthew Flatters his best result yet in this series. Isaac Simmonite a strong showing in 17th place.

It was the U13 Boys who took the glory and finished 1st team. First in was Lewis Wilkes his best finish in this series. Next in was Tom Massey in 9th and Kieran Kinearly in 15th. This just gave them 1 point ahead of Blackpool and a good chance to go for Gold in the series.

Robert Gibson also had his best result to date in the series finishing in 20th position.

Billy Knox New Year Awakening 5k 1st Jan 2015

Billy Knox New Year Awakening 5k 1st Jan 2015

This tough annual multi terrain race saw 87 starters of which four were from Horwich. Dave March from Sale won in 17.50 indicating the climb at the start on the hill was difficult. Paul Boardman finished in 11th second over fifty and gained revenge over Tony Hesketh in 28th with him winning the O/65 award. Dave Barnes who seems to be racing a lot more theses days was 50th and Brenda Hesketh was 21st lady in 79th place.

This again was a well organised race by Andy O Sullivan.

Auld Lang Syne 31st December 2014

Auld Lang Syne 31st December 2014

A large field of almost 400 started this fell race from Howarth with conditions far from ideal – very muddy and extremely cold. This also had two Olympians running; namely the Brownlee brothers swapping their Tri-Suits for fell shoes and between them they led the field around the snow and ice covered fells. Eventually Alistair won as he did last year with Jonny third. Just goes to show that they do not forget their roots.

Our first runner home was new signing Killian Mooney in 15th place and next was Ian Conroy 52nd flying in from Ireland to take part. Tony Hesketh in 147th won the O/60 award just over a minute ahead of Paul Boardman.

Everyone was awarded a bottle of beer and the prizes were the usual high standard.


Lancaster Festive 4k

Lancaster Festive 4k

A few Juniors went up to Lancaster to run the annual Festive 4k. Weather having a bearing on the race with temperatures at 2’C for this quick race. With a few Christmas presents trying to locate their latest Cristmas presents in the form of Garmins. This race being a good fast race prior to the Cross Country Qualifiers on the 3rd January.

With a great start from all the Juniors a once round the Lancaster running track all 6 athletes were well placed in a race containing 214 runners. Out the the circuit first was Nathan Townsend closely followed by Senior runner Jason Parker from Preston Harriers.

The pace settled down and all boys settled into their training race. Lewis Wilkes heading up the youngsters charge through what was mostly a senior race. Next Matthew Flatters toiling with Much larger runners at this pace must have felt daunting. Matthew was being shadowed by Luke Brindle whilst Kieron Kinearly was also tussling with Finley Reid. This Gem of a race is similar to the Lancaster race series were runners take in the footpaths of the Lune and take a turn just before the Bridge.

On the turn Nathan now had Jason on his shoulder so both pressed each other for the lead, Lewis was having his own race but on his own as he had turned in 12th position with clear space behind himself. Matthew had company with seniors from Ilkley & Rossendale. Matthew the same tucking in behind larger men with Luke close behind. Keiron having Luke only meters away this was proving hard and fast for Kieron to keep in touch, meanwhile Finley was closing the gap on his team mates with each passing minute.

So the runners have to run 300m on the track before they get to the finish line, and here’s where the race picked up, with several shouting for Jason and just the same for Nathan it made a nail biting finish along the home straight with Jason just out pacing Nathan to pip him to the post. Not really disappointed Nathans time of 12:24 was exactly a minute faster than last year. Next in Horwich had Lewis Wilkes in 12th place with an outstanding 14:30, a significant improvement in his fast pace racing. Matthew Flatters cheered on by all the family including Grandmother showed his proud parents what he is capable of coming a fabulous 22nd in 15:02, with Luke Brindles family shouting him into 29th with a time of 15:47. Kieron Kinearly in 15:50 also running his fastest road race this year taking 32nd. Having the strongest sprint was Finley Reid taking 3 runners and finishing in 33rd in a time of 15:57.

Without doubt all agreed this was hard and very fast. Hence the pleased Parents and Athletes returned back to Horwich to rejoin the Festive partying and download their latest Christmas gift results on their to much amusement of their coach, who each reminded them, back to training on Mondays lads.


Final Red Rose XC Series, Rossendale

Final Red Rose XC Series, Rossendale

Parents & young Athletes came wrapped up & ready for the final round of the Red Rose XC Series at Marl Pitts Rossendale. Could this race define the Horwich Juniors as series winners of 3 age group categories. The Course has a reputation of being Hard up the Hills with Mud as deep as your ankles, shins if you are on the larger laps, but a well prepared squad made sure they were to show strength in all the age groups. Weather was bitterly cold and wet which made choice of Long Sleeved Tops & Gloves a sensible choice.

The Day started with the U11 Boys race. From the numbers of Horwich runners on the start line of things were looking good. A constant turnout throughout the season has been the teams strength. A race having 75 runners was going to be busy, however the Boys were not fazed and all had great starts. Matthew Flatters had another outstanding race in 3rd Place and also finishing 3rd overall closely followed by Cian Healy in 4th and 4th in series. Nathan Lancaster making the team up in 7th. Matthew Mair was next in 11th Just ahead of Toby Middleton& Finley Reid in 14th. Not to be outdone Isaac Simmonite claimed 19th with Isaac Keating in 13th, Joe Jackson 28th, Elliot Whittle 72nd and finally Jake Mayor in 73rd. Matthew, Cian & Nathan totaled only 14 pts to be clear winners with Leigh in second having 51. This gave the team the Series win having a total of 39 pts over 4 races against Leigh Harriers having 115, absolutely outstanding.

In the U11 Girls containing 85 runners Ella Pendlebury took the race on and lead from the front. Liking the terrain Ella felt confident coming into the race with 3 out of 3. Ella didn’t have it all her own way as Olivia Leigh from Chorley gave good chase. Eventually Ella held onto the front to give herself the final win she needed claiming 4 out of 4. Chloe Russle back from her County swimming managed 4th with Lydia Johnson in 15th. Olivia Bakers best run of the year got her 33rd and Freya Whittle running unwell holding onto 45th place. Milly Lever strong in 49th, Ellie Green 71st and Skye Nicholson 80th. Ella, Chloe & Lydia totaled 20 points which was enough to win the race and also clean up in the U11 girls series. With a 4 race total of 65 pts against Leigh having 83 pts yet again proof Horwich are at their top of their game in this age group.

So what could the U13 Boys achieve? The pressure was on with one or two runners having colds coming into this last race. In the race it was the strong legs of Thomas Massey managing 1ST Horwich in 5th, closely followed by Lewis Wilkes in 7th. This was now very close on the points as Bury also had 2 runners in front of Lewis. It was where Luke Brindle could finish which would determine the teams success. Luke having fallen badly managed to scrape an 11th place which gave Horwich 23 pts and the race win. Next in was Robert Seddon in 15th and Kieran Kinealy in 19th. So this eventually gave Horwich a total of 63pts in the overall series ahead of Bury on 69pts, again another first in recent History for the Club.

Other Individual runs also took pride in finishing really well in the Series. In the Under 15 girls Ellie Baker wrapped up her series with her best performance of the series in taking 17th and giving her 18th overall in the Series.

Under 15 boys had Robert Gibson continued his strong performances of claiming higher places each times and having his strongest race yet in 17th and also giving him 17th in the series.

Overall the Club has seen enormous efforts from Parents, Grandparents, and of course the young athletes of Horwich to make this the Best Red Rose Season for the Horwich Club in it’s History. Club Chairman Pete Ramsdale has not seen such a constant success of results from the younger age group in XC for many a year. Horwich is indeed one of the smaller clubs in this League up against bigger clubs such as Blackburn, Bolton & Leigh. The efforts had been noted by other clubs coaches congratulating Tony & Brenda Hesketh for their successful series of races.

Rossendale Results;

Overall Series Results;

Race to replace the Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

Race to replace the Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

On Monday 8th December at 8.30pm in the Harvester Public House opposite the Arena, anyone interested in joining a group of likeminded individuals, to discuss routes around the West Pennine Moors, so that a replacement race for the iconic Winter Hill race can be considered. This is the first of a possible few meetings to discuss this new venture.

The meeting could also be a social gathering for an hour at this festive time.

If you are free – please join us, if you are not free but would like to be involved let Pete Ramsdale know – thanks.