Junior Pike Thanks

Junior Pike Thanks

Having sent the final award in the post this afternoon and completed a financial statement – what’s next? Oh yes my thanks to all the very capable team that helped Horwich RMI Harriers put on 5 individual English Championship fell races at Rivington on Saturday.

The day started early with Ali Murray and myself walking senior and junior routes clearing any hard ice on the route and erecting signage. Registration, for what was going to be a busy session, was manned by Trevor Williams and Alison Gordon. They were efficient from the gun with numbers, race fees, pins, routes and questions. To make sure the little runners went the right way and turned at the right places, a team of well drilled marshals managed the races. Andy Townsend, Christa Whatmough, Kath Swindell, Pete Gillham (Chorley), Gordon Stone and Christine Ramsdale performed their duties admirably.

Next we needed to make sure the results were right – so myself, Suzanne Budgett and Jim Goodwin (Rossendale) created finishing funnel and completed the job. Trevor and Alison worked out the names of the first three in each race and presentations were possible during the Under 16’s race. It all worked like a dream – a dream team – Thanks everyone. Nearly 300 juniors in 6 races.

A special thanks to Suzanne for taking over timing duties from me during the under 16’s race allowing me to change my shoes and enter and run my 20th pike race

Many thanks to the FRA for their support beforehand, Pete Bland Sports for their sponsorship and Sweatshop for their support too. Must mention the Bolton Mountain Rescue whose contribution is always welcome. Thanks to all the parents for their support in looking after their children.

Peter Ramsdale

Rivington Pike Race

Rivington Pike Race 30th March

Our annual Pike Race attracted a large field of over 300 runners and was very well organised by Pete Ramsdale and his team. With the added strain of our junior races being in the English Junior Fell Championship this year the races went like clock work. Tom Cornthwaite won for the second year in a row from Gary Priesley who used to run for us. First finisher for us in 18th place was Dave Milliken after a strong race backed up by Gareth Booth and Rob Jackson doing his 30 th pike race in succession was good enough to win the Team prize. Our first lady was Lindsey Brindle 6th and 80th overall after a good race making up places on the descent. Michael Crook and Paul Murray where first o/65 and o/70 respectively.

UPDATE: Pike Marshals

UPDATE: Pike Marshals

The following people have come forward to marshal at this Saturdays Pike race. However we still need more help to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. If you can help out for any time at all please contact Alastair Murray on 07769682439.

Registration: Sue Townsend, Julie Bower.
Horwich end of Lever Park Ave – road closure: Andy Townsend.
Finish Team: Stewart Westhead, Kath Swindell,Crista Whatmough.
Darley St Junction – road closure: Gemma Stokes.
Fearnhead Ave Junction – road closure: Liz Sykes.
Right turn up to Pike: Steve Thomasson.
Lever Park Ave / Dryfield Rd – road closure: Paul Jackson.
Gate at start of concrete road: Stephen Diaz.
New cattle grid on concrete road: Paul Edmondson.
Gate at top of concrete road: Stuart Edmondson.
Gates on either side of Georges Lane: Martyn Bell.
The Pike: Catherine Brown, Mark Gibson.

Thank you all very much.

URGENT: Pike Race Helpers

URGENT: Pike Race Helpers

We are in urgent need of more helpers for the pike race. We are looking for people for Marshals, Start and Finish Team, Entries and general help throughout the day.

If you can spare and hour or a few hours please get in touch ASAP. If you are not running, we need you to help.

Contact Alastair Murray to offer your services. 07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com

Rivington Pike Race – Junior 2012

Junior Pike Race 2012

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