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


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

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


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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

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

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.

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.

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


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: –

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.


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.

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

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

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.


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.

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.

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;

Juniors Triumph at Bolton

Juniors Triumph at Bolton

The Quest continued on Saturday for the Horwich Juniors to continue their Dominance of the Red Rose XC Series.

In the U11 Boys Horwich had 5 in the top 10 finishers. First In was Matthew Flatters with yet another 3rd place, closely followed by Cian Healy in 6th. Nathan Lancaster, Toby Middleton and Matthew Mair 8, 9 &10. Finley Reid continuing his new season with 16th with Isaac Keating in 27th, Joe Jackson39th & Isaac Simmonite 39th & 40th. Callum Mosley came in 66th, Elliot Whittle 77th & Jake Mayor 88th. This gave the Boys 1st team with 17 pts their closest rival Leigh had 45!

Once again not to be outdone the U11 Girls also had just as good a day. Ella Pendlebury ran from the front and easily claimed her 3rd Victory. Again Freya Whittle having another ace run with 10th place with Lydia Johnson in 14th. Pip Nuttall a superb 29th closely followed by Jessica Glendenning and Olivia Baker 34th & 36th. Milly Lever, Ellie Green & Lucy Seddon 59th, 68th & 86th respectively. And again retaining their First Team Status with a total of only 25 pts, again Leigh having 41!

The U13 Boys was somewhat closer racing with some having forsaken football matches in the morning to run this for the team. Lewis Wilkes first home in 4th closely followed by Thomas Massey 5th & Luke Massey 9th. Robert Seddon was 15th with Kieran Kinealy and Jake Glendenning 18th & 21st. The Team Once again managed 1st with a total of 18 pts.

In the U13 girls Naimh Speakman came 23rd & Livia Sutcliffe 54th.

The U15 Girls Harriet Foley continues her improved running to claim 14th & Ellie Baler manages 19th

Robert Gibson continues his strong season with 4 mins improvements over last years course claiming 22nd.

In the U17 Boys Nathan Townsend continues his recovery in the season to claim a well earned 4th place.

Red Rose XC – Chorley

Red Rose XC – Chorley

8th November 2014 – a Saturday.

Having spent most of Thursday and Friday in intensive recovery mode, and having been offered a lift, I ended up doing the weekends cross country race. It must have been fate!

I’ve grown accustomed to a certain standard of vehicle when offered a lift by Jacko, so how could I refuse? Nicely upholstered electric seats, air conditioning, and a smooth ride were, however, not features of the two seater builders van. I shouldn’t complain – at least I got a seat. Mr Carson seemed at home, and quite comfortable lying down in the back.

We were welcomed at Astley Park by clearing skies, wet ground, and the welcome shelter of the club tent, manned as always by our very professional XC captain, Pete Ramsdale, who had lost my number. Catering was provided by Brenda Hesketh in the shape of some very popular cakes and toffee, and the Hesketh’s had even provided a smaller tent for the kids, to allow me to prepare for my race without annoyance.

So the scene is set. There were some kids races, and a ladies race apparently. I didn’t see them whilst relaxing in the tent, so hopefully someone else will write about them.

The gun fired.

Jacko had, it would seem, challenged Mr Carson to a race to the first tree. It appeared to be a well fought battle, which according to my sources (DJ), Jacko won narrowly. There was of course another 6 miles to go, and Jacko settled down to a more sensible pacing strategy. However, Mr Carson seemed to continue his fast start, gaining a 40 meter lead by the time he disappeared into the trees, never to be seen again by myself, and not to be passed by anyone until the finish. Jacko continued a well paced race to finish second for Horwich, but slightly disappointed to be out-sprinted by some old guy at the end. (no editorial required) Third for Horwich, and putting down a marker for next week at Barrow, was Dr Lloyd. Jacko will be looking over his shoulder. Probably not for me though. I can only imagine that my race looked like I’d never done a cross country before, and that I was afraid of mud. (I’ll be a V40 soon and it won’t look so bad) Next was Glyn Kay who presumably this time had not been up for 36 hours. Glynne Lever followed in his carefully selected fell shoes, and enjoying his first XC so much that he’s going to do another one! (Madness) Anthony Hesketh was next, narrowly missing out in the V65 classification, followed by Gordon Stone, who had remembered his spikes this time, (wise) and John Parker, who was first V70.

Needless to say, I had a bit of a grump on after the race, and considered spending the rest of the afternoon in quiet contemplation in the club tent, but Mr Ramsdale took it down.

So I went home.


Horwich Junior XC, Astley Park, Chorley

Horwich Junior XC, Astley Park, Chorley

Horwich Juniors continue their wining steak by taking 3 team First places in the Second round of the Red Rose XC series.

The U11 Boys team managed another 1st Place in this competitive XC series. Leading the team in was Matthew Flatters in 3rd , closely followed by Fell Champion Cian Healy. Toby Middleton was the 3rd counter just in front of Matthew Mair making it 4 runners in the top 8. New member Finley Ried strong in 15th with Isaac Keating best run yet in 17th. Lucas Milliken took 21st and Joe Jacksons outstanding run making 23rd. Callum Mosley having a strong performance in 56th of the 10 runners who have certainly made this the best ever U11’s team. The teams points for the first 3 was 13, second place Leigh only managed 42!

Without being outdone the U11 Girls also showed the boys they could do just as good. Ella Pendlebury taking the lead from the front made the race look easy with her second win of the Series.

Strong finish from Chloe Russle in 8th and Freya Whittle in 17th gave the Girls 1st Team Place Again. Ever Improving Lydia Johnson in 25th, Pip Nuttall 37th, close finishing from Jess Glendenning 58th and Olivia Baker 59th. Milly Lever 66th, Caitlin Nuttall 79th, Ellie Green 83rd, Skye Nicholson 91st and Lucy Seddon 98th

Still not content with that the U13 Boys thought they would add another Team 1St with outstanding runs from Lewis Wilkes 4th and Thomas Massey in 5th. Next counter Luke Brindle managed 14th to seal the victory. Robert Seddon was in 16th closely followed by Kieran Kinealy in 20th. Jacob Glendenning with his best race of the season in 2nd place.

Our U13 Gils had Livia Sutcliffe who managed 51st in her race.

The U15 Boys solo runner Robert Gibson keeps improving and climbed up to 16th bettering his 30th position last time out.

In the U15 Girls Horwich had Harrier Foley again making great progress in 16th better her last time out and Ellie Baker in 22nd.

Solo U17 boys Nathan Townsend managing a testing 5th coming back from Injury.


Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn

Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn

Horwich RMI defended their current title with some vigour against some intense competition. Having 2 club runners on International duties in Italy in was down to some spirited performances to save the day.

From the line Tom Carson took the lead and remained there comfortably until accumulating a good distance and finishing as first counter. Next counter was Joe Mercer a great run in 6th. Dave Jackson was strong and managed 23rd just piping Alastair Murray still coming back from tonsillitis in 28th. New Member Ryan Stevenson put in a great run in 63rd, closely followed by Graham Schofield 65th. Impressive performances where still to come from Chris Essex Crosby just behind in 68th and a very tired Glyn Kay on only 4 hours sleep in 30 from a Holiday in Florida managing 72nd. Other runners who braved the mud also deserve a mention John Parker in 254, Gordon Stone 270 and Peter Scott 273, well done guys.

Horwich are the current Holders of this title and were happy to come away with 4th place in the First of 6 races.

Next Race Barrow In Furness On the 15th Nov is a must for the team to keep up the pressure on retaining the title.


Horwich Juniors take Victory

Horwich Juniors take Victory

The First of the Mid Lancs at Hyndburn was littered with brilliant results for the Horwich RMI Juniors.

In the U 11 Girls ever improving Freya Whittle achieved a brilliant 2nd place. Lydia Johnson made her debut finishing a magnificent 21st. A total of 19 clubs were represented and 70 runners making these young girls showing great form.

The U11 Boys team managed 2nd with brilliant runs from Mathew Flatters in 5th, Nathan Lancaster 10th and Toby Middleton 13th a brilliant performance from outstanding lads.

Not to be outdone the U13 Boys went one better and came 1st in their race. Thomas Massey back from injury showing a great start to the season finishing in 3rd. Next, Lewis Wilkes in 5th and a strong Robert Seddon in 14th. Another great run from Kieran Kinealy in 17th.

In the U15 Girls Harriet Foley had a strong race in 14th just beating Ellie Baker in 16th.

In the U15 Boys Robert Gibson had his strongest run to date finishing 25th.

RED ROSE XC summary

Junior Red Rose XC, 1ST, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, they just keep on coming!

The first round of the Red Rose XC took place at Leigh with some outstanding performances.

First race of the day U11 Boys where Horwich took 1st Team title. Nathan Lancaster having the race of his life to come in 1st place with a clear margin over the rest of the field. Matthew Flatters having to take 4th after officials allowing Matthew and a number of leaders to take the wrong way on the course. Matthew was narrowly in FRONT OF Toby Middleton and new member Finley Reid who ran in his first official Horwich Race. Another Star being Matthew Mair again his first official race for Horwich. A reliable Lucas Milliken gave Horwich 6 in the first 10 ten runners, outstanding. Great Runs by Isaac Simmonite, Isaac Keating, Joseph Jackson, Callum Mosley & Joshua Houghton gave Horwich a total of 11 boys running.

Not to be outdone the U11 girls also showed tremendous endurance. Ella Pendlebury taking 1st place is proving to be a rising star within the club. Most races Ella competes in she represents Horwich with great results. Next in for Horwich was Freya Whittle a fantastic 7th place. Chloe Russle having her best result coming in in 12th place giving the girls a fantastic 2nd place out of 13 teams!

Not fazed by this the U13 boys went out for another great result. Lewis Wilkes having a brilliant race came a fantastic 2nd surprising himself as well as his competitors. Remarking afterwards he ran the race as fast as he could for as long as he could, his best result in a XC race. Luke Brindle came in 11th outsprinting much older athletes on the spring to the finish. Their 3rd counter Kieran Kineally in 19th and Robert Seddon 22nd , Jake Glendenning 30th , this gave the boys 3rd in the race. In the U13 Girls our Sole runner Livia Sutcliffe came a respectable 52nd with her return to the racing scene. Another Sole performance was Robert Seddon back to the XC season with a great 30th place.

Harriet Foley in the U15 girls ran extremely well in her first ever XC race with a respectable 19th place. Pleased with her first race of her running career, she promises better results to come. To finish off the juniors it was left to Nathan Townsend to see what he could do to defend his current title. Tactically is went all wrong Nathan said when he made a break for the lead and was obstructed by slower ladies still on their first lap on a single path. There Callum caught him back up, In the end Callum outsprinted Nathan over the last 100m taking 2nd Nathan is already setting his sights on winning the Next round held at Chorley on the 8th Oct. Extremely Pleased Coach Andy Townsend remarked all the hard Summer training has paid off with the Juniors putting in the Best Individual & Team results in the Red Rose from such a small squad of Runners.

Overall Championship



Listed below are the races for the 2014 overall club champs.

For all categories, men’s, ladies and vets, it is your best 10 races to count, and you must include at least one race from each of the three categories to complete the series. The cross country will be calculated using your best four scores from the six Mid Lancs fixtures.

The points system is as follows: 20 points for 1st down to 1 point for 20th.


14th May – Haigh Hall
18th June – Jubilee
6th August – Chorley 4.4M
31st August – Pennington 5M


1st June – Edenfield (BM)
10th July – Bull Hill (BS)
17th August – Sedbergh Hills (AL)
27th September – Thieveley Pike (AS)


Best 4 from 6 Mid Lancs XC League Races.

Mid Lancs Cross Country

Mid Lancs Cross Country

Just Champion

After running in local cross country leagues for many years, Horwich decided to challenge themselves by entering a higher standard of competition by entering the Mid Lancs XC league in 2008. The structure and rules state that new clubs enter the league in division 4. So over the next 3 years Horwich won successive promotions to division 1 in 2011. In their first year in the top division they achieved 3rd place and then last year following a real battle Horwich finished 5th and narrowly avoided relegation. This made the club even more determined to prove their credentials. After 5 of 6 races Horwich had it all to do, lying in 5th place but all places above were available. If Horwich can secure first place then they can win the championship. On Saturday in Kendal the red and black of Horwich turned out in force to complete a wonderful victory. They beat Southport Waterloo by three points on the day and so the league by 1 point. So in just 6 years they have achieved the ultimate accolade of Champions of the Mid Lancs XC league.

Chairman Pete Ramsdale said after Saturdays result, “This is the result of years of hard work in the planning, training and commitment to the club from some wonderful athletes and coaches. Every race stretched the club but that is why we joined the league. I am very proud of everyone who has contributed to this wonderful result.”

My Mid Lancs XC

Mid Lancs Seniors Men’s Team Champions 2013/14

There’ll be some proper reports along in a while, but I thought I should give my perspective.

Although the run up to Saturdays ultimately crucial race started earlier in the week trying to rustle up a squad, the day itself started at about 4:50 am. I don’t know what woke me but the first thought in my head was about that afternoon’s race. I was already buzzing. A mixture of excitement and dread. What a headcase.

Uncle M was my chauffeur for the trip up to Kendal, and we allowed DJ and Fazz to tag along. I was pretty calm.

We arrived, and I was pumped. I don’t know if anyone noticed, but looking back I think I was acting a little weird(er than normal). I’m pretty sure I gave a little pep talk to everyone. (I think the crux of it was to overtake as many people as possible) Al Pacino was still ringing in my ears. If nothing else I’m sure this was a welcome distraction for everyone from the race ahead.

It was time for the race. We took our places on the most obviously diagonal start line I have ever seen. Pre-race tortoise impression, and we were off. There were Southport Waterloo vests everywhere. Chris was surrounded by 4 of them. We needed to beat Southport. This was bad. So much for easing into it. This was going to hurt from beginning to end.

Details of the race will follow elsewhere. All I can remember is wanting to slow down just a little bit the whole time, whilst Blandy, keeping score, was telling us that we needed to do some overtaking if we were going to win. I kept pushing, telling myself one more lap, one more lap …

The finish line was not as good a place as it could have been. I hadn’t caught the Southport chap in front, even though Belly had, and Chris was convinced we had lost by about 20. As we cheered in the rest of the lads that appeared to be it. However, a glimmer of hope. Blandy totted up his scores and he had us winning by 3. He wasn’t sure. We weren’t convinced. Blandy is an Accountant, but is he any good? We talked about it a bit, and went for a warm down. Blandy went off to bother the results guy.

Returning from our jog, we looked for the results guy’s van, and there was Blandy. Shouting. Arms in the air. Get in! (Blandy had been spot on)

This was a good day. There had been a lot of stress in the build up, but to be there on that day, with those guys, to celebrate the win, was one of the best days I’ve experienced with Horwich RMI Harriers.

Here’s to many more.


Red Rose Presentation Night

Red Rose Country League 2013-2014

Horwich RMI Harriers Winners

U11 Girls

Penny Townsend – 1st Overall

U11 Boys

Thomas Massey – 4th Overall

U11 Boys

2nd Boys team


Luke Brindle
Matthew Flatters
Isaac Simmonite
Toby Middleton
Matthew Oldfield
Ben Scott
Thomas Massey
Lucas Milliken
Joe Jackson
Charlie Tyler
Isaac Keating
Joshua Houghton
Cian Healey
Nathan Lancaster

U17 Junior Men

Nathan Townsend – 1st Overall

Senior Ladies

Deborah Campbell – 4th Overall
Lindsey Brindle – 6th Overall

Senior Men

Dave Milliken – 4th Overall & 2nd Vet 45
Tony Hesketh – 1st Vet 65
Paul Murray – 2nd Vet 65 & 1st Vet 70
Pete Scott – 3rd Vet 65

Presentation Evening 28th February at 8pm at Horwich RMI Club – Tickets – Pete Ramsdale 07821 883610 £3 each

Mid Lancs XC – Witton Park

Mid Lancs XC League Match 5
Witton Park
Saturday 8th February 2014

Going into this penultimate race of the Mid Lancs league the requirement for the men’s team was straight forward. WIN. Anything less and the possibility of Horwich taking the league title for the first time since joining the league would all but disappear.

The lads did not disappoint. A strong turnout meant that not only did we have a strong team, but also the internal competition was fierce.

Leading the way, and setting the foundations for the team were Chris Farrell and Joe Mercer with fantastic individual performances in 2nd and 3rd. Next, and turning out for the team despite many niggles was Martyn Bell in 8th. David Jackson and Alastair Murray fought all the way, with Ali just coming out on top for 19th and 20th. The final counter for the team was to be Dave Milliken in 27th but only after a sprint with Andy Lloyd.

These seven were ably support by Andy Townsend, Mick Green, Gary Chadderton, Doug Fleming and Tony Hesketh, all of whom took vital points away from the opposition.

This result meant that Horwich took first team on the day and maximum points for the match in the league, with the vets team equaling this feat. This, along with the results of other clubs means a win at the final match in three weeks time at Kendal will clinch the league title.

With other clubs still in the running, it’s sure to be quite a showdown requiring all of Horwich’s big guns to fire.

In the ladies race we were represented by Debbie Campbell in 7th and Christa Whatmough in 65th.

As usual, I should mention the mud. However, this will not be what I remember of this race. It will be the five climbs of The Saucer.

Results :

Tables :


Harriers 9th @ Northern Cross

Saturday 25th January 2014
Knowsley Safari Park

Mud, gusting winds, and torrential downpours – and that was just around the tents before the race. (*must wear wellies next time) The race was certainly going to be a muddy affair on a good undulating course, and 12k to run, it was a day for the strong runners. The men’s race was 3 laps of every type of mud on the menu : sloppy mud, sticky mud, deep sucking mud, wet puddly mud, uphill mud and downhill mud. (The only good running was a couple of bits of woodchip)

As is usually the case the start was crazy. 600 plus runners toed the 100 meter wide line, among them a tremendous turnout of 10 Horwich RMI Harriers, waiting for the starters gun. On the gun began the mad dash for the 10 meter wide gap only a couple of hundred meters away up a bit of a (did I mention muddy) hill. Everybody goes off too fast, and only a few minutes into the race you are gasping for air and trying to settle down to a more realistic pace.

Chris Farrell and James Kevan made the strongest start for the harriers. Chris had a fantastic run to finish 34th in his first Northern Cross Country. James was next to finish for the harriers in 62nd. Anywhere in the top 100 is an excellent result at this level, so very well done to Chris and James.

In the team race it’s 6 to count for the senior men, and the next 4 for the harriers had a close race, pushing each other along, (not literally) and battling each other throughout. (Non contact) Next in was Alastair Murray, happy to turn the tables on some club mates from previous results (woohoo) and feeling strong. Dave Jackson finished a massive 40 seconds behind Alastair (big grin) adding another great run to recent form. Dave was closely followed by Jonathan Bruton, valiantly running despite a week off nursing a sore achilles, and putting in a fabulous effort for the team. (What a guy) Jonathan just got the better of Dave Milliken in the finally sprint for the line. This completed the 6 that would land Horwich 9th team in the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championship 2014, our best result for many years. (Yeah!)

The first 6 were ably supported by runs from Andy Townsend, Karl Ward, Danny Kevan and Pete Ramsdale, (Well done lads) and from the course side by Aga Kevan, Pete Keven and Pete Bland. (That I noticed)

In the ladies race we sadly only had one counter but non the less Debbie Campbell had a great run finishing 65th. (I’ve got your Helly and hat)

Earlier on in the day in the U17 boys, Nathan Townsend finished 39th in his first year at this age group. Watch this space.

What a great day out for the club (big thanks to Capt. Peter Ramsdale) and another great result in 2014. Next stop, the Witton Park Relays on Sunday 2nd February. See you there.


All results here :

Northern XC

Northern Cross Country 25th January
Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot, Knowsley,
Post Code L34 4AN for Sat Nav

Car Parking is £5 per car – please share the driving and the parking costs.
(There is nowhere near to park – its off a dual carriageway)

Race times and Distances
11.00 Under 17 Women’s Championship 5.3K
11.35 Junior Women’s Championship 5.8K
11.55 Under 13 Girls Championship 3K
12.10 Under 17 Men’s Championship 5.8K
12.40 Under 13 Boys Championship 3K
12.55 Under 15 Girls Championship 4K
1.20 Under 15 Boys Championship 4K
1.40 Junior Men’s Championship 8K
2.15 Senior Women’s Championship 8K
3.05 Senior Men’s Championship 12K

Full details :

See you there

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Lancs XC Champs

Lancashire Cross Country Championships

Saturday 4th January 2014

Witton Park.

Nathan Townsend achieved his 3rd Lancashire call up for the Inter Counties at Witton Park on Saturday. Achieving a comfortable 5th in the U17 Boys Championships. His form comes to no surprise to his peers as his racing has shown great achievements of late.

In the senior race Paul Murray (V70) came a credible 115th.

Results :

Harriers Bronzed

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship 2014

Saturday 4th January 2014

Leigh Sport Village

The Harriers Senior Men had one of their strongest showings for years at this years GMXC Champs. A squad of nine turned up with expectations high that we could get in the medals, aided by an equally strong group of supporters spread around the course shouting encouragement.

The course was fast and flat with a good mixture of hard packed trails, mud baths and good running, and even though the ground was fairly saturated from the recent rains, the weather stayed fair and not too cold.

A top quality field made for a competitive race and Andi Jones came home first for Stockport AC. First home for Horwich was the ever improving Chris Farrell in 9th position. Chris will be hoping this will be enough to get him a Greater Manchester vest for the upcoming inter-counties. The rest of the Horwich team delivered what was hoped for. Joe Mercer in 15th, Martyn Bell in 24th and Dave Milliken in 28th made up the team of four that claimed the bronze medal behind Salford and Sale, but ahead of quality teams from Leigh, East Cheshire and Altrincham, to name a few. The medal winners were well supported by runs from Alastair Murray, Dave ‘wrong shoes’ Jackson, Pete Ramsdale, Gordon Stone, John Parker and Tony Hesketh.

In the under 13s race, showing that the future is bright for the club, Lewis Wilkes, Jake Glenndening and Kieron Kinealy ran well for a team position of 9th.

This was a great start to the year and hopefully bodes well for the rest of the cross country program, with squads attending both the Northern and National cross country in the coming weeks.


GMXC Champs 4th Jan

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship Leigh Sports Village 4th Jan

The following athletes have been entered for the GMCC Championship.

U13 Boys Jake Glenndening, Lewis Wilkes, Kieron Kinealy

Senior Men Chris Farrell, Dave Jackson, Alastair Murray, Martyn Bell, Joe Mercer, Pete Ramsdale, John Parker, Gordon Stone and I have one spare number if you qualify and you are interested.

U13 Boys race is at 10.45am (first race of the day) whilst the senior men race at 2.15pm (last race of the day).

Peter Ramsdale Cross Country Captain

Northern, National, County XC

Northern and National Cross Country

Should anyone wishing to enter either or both of these races please let Pete Ramsdale know before Christmas so that he can enter you. Should you wish to run just the Nationals (because of a prior engagement on the Northern day) I will still have to enter you for the Northern’s because that is one of the criteria of running the Nationals (entered the regional championship). The entry fee is £6 for either race and that can be paid at any time.

Current list of entrants are (in no particular order)

Northern’s – Knowsley Safari Park, 25th Jan 2014

Dave Milliken, Ali Murray, James Kevan, Danny Kevan, Ian Conroy, Chris Farrell, Martyn Bell, Jonathan Bruton, Dave Jackson, Andy Townsend, Joe Mercer, Gordon Stone and Pete Ramsdale and Nathan Townsend (U17). Debbie Campbell is also entered for the ladies.

Nationals – Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday 22nd February 2014 from 11.00 am

Chris Farrell, Pete Ramsdale, Ian Conroy, Jonathan Bruton, Dave Jackson, Ali Murray and Joe Mercer. Again Debbie Campbell has entered the ladies race

Greater Manchester and Lancashire Cross Country’s

On the 4th Jan you have the opportunity to run in your county cross country. Which race you are eligible for is determined by either your place of birth or your place of residence.

Greater Manchester’s at Leigh.
Lancashire’s at Blackburn.

If your interested in the GM then the 20th December is the closing date. Lancashire’s will take entries of the day.

Happy Christmas from the Chairman and Cross Country Captain

Horwich Junior XC – Marl Pits, Rossendale.

Horwich Junior XC – Marl Pits, Rossendale.

Marl Pitts Rossendale was the last in the Red Rose XC Series held on Saturday 7th Dec. Notorious for heavy mud and hard hills the Juniors put some inspiring runs in on this final race. The Series is of 4 races and it’s best of 3 that count.

The U11 Boys team managed 3rd place with Thomas Massey in first with a very strong 3rd place. Improving Thomas Flatters second
runner in 13th. Cian Healey 17th, Lucas Milliken 20th, Isaac Simmonite and Luke Brindle 22nd & 23rd respectively. Isaac Keating 32nd, Matthew Oldfield 36th, and Joshua Houghton in 53rd. This performance gave the lads a Series position of 2nd, the best the U11s have ever managed in this series.

The U11 girls performances were just as credible with a magnificent run by Ella Pendlebury in 7th one of her best positions of the year and Olivia Baker a brilliant 44th, again much improved since the beginning of the series. This gave the U11 girls a fabulous 3rd place in the series, again the best ever in the history of the club. Penny Townsend not running as she had already wrapped up the series win at Bolton.

Boys U13s consisted of Lewis Wilkes 12th and Kieran Kinealy 26th both having their best races of the series. Robert Seddon a strong 32nd and Daniel Rowe 41st again best of series.

Ellie Baker had the best sprint finish of the day giving her a great 26th place, giving her a series finish of 23rd. This is exceptional for a girl who has achieved massive gains up the field since the start of the series.

Our U15 Boys Adam Roper came in 19th and Robert Gibson came in at 28th both felt the hardship that goes with XC in competition.

Down to our Last Junior Nathan Townsend. Up to this point Nathan had a 0,1,2 in the series, today he had to win to claim the series in which this was his first year of U17’s. Up against strong Fell Runners Nathan just had to do his best and hope he could race his race. On the first lap spiked legs and tempers were flaring in order to gain positions. Finally just before the short steep hill climb on the second lap Nathan saw on opportunity on the 4.7km course to break free and take control. He emerged from muddy course with an emphatic win giving him the series Win. Reflecting on his race, his race demons were now behind him and is now looking forwards to challenging for the Mid Lancs series.

2014 Key Priority Races

2014 – Key Priority Races

We advertised this workshop on the club website and facebook so it was great to get a good cross section of harriers turnout on Thursday evening to put their pennies worth in – we “collectively” identified key 2014 races that lend themselves to the club doing well at an individual and team level.

The selection is broad, covering all disciplines of races from XC, road and the fells – the aim being to block these dates into the diary NOW and plan accordingly for success.

Now that we know the dates, we can start to plan our training more effectively for the demands of each race. Social events can also be planned around these dates. For the fell runner all these races should feature anyway in a balanced racing programme to build that critical “flat speed” !

We want to create a real frenzy and belief that these events are ours to dominate, really supporting each other and show other clubs that we have got our act together – Individual and team club honours are very real for the Red Army !

Also included in the race programme are “masters” races and again we have the depth of talent to do extremely well in these races.

Further communication on ALL other races will be announced in due course such as the Central Lancs GP etc and of course these will be well supported and encouraged but the “key races” are ones that you the member have voiced as important.

We have also pencilled in a training weekend and provided 2 provisional dates – please communicate with Steve Pearson, Ali Murray or Martyn Bell if you wish to attend and which proposed dates work for you.

Liverpool Cross Country Mid Lancs League

Liverpool Cross Country Mid Lancs League

If you’re running at Liverpool on Saturday you will get a NEW NUMBER when you turn up. I have registered some runners, but not everyone, so if you turn up and there is no number assigned to you for this race, go to the Mid Lancs tent and get one. It will cost you nothing but allow yourself an extra 10 minutes so it’s not a rush.

I am sorry I am not there for this one


SE Lancs XC

South East Lancs X.C Heaton Park 16th November

With ideal conditions for cross country cool and not too muddy a field of almost 200 runners started the mens race.

The first race in the League was greeted with ideal conditions and there where some outstanding performances in the U/11 boys where we had first team with Tom Massey a fine 3rd with a great run and was backed up by newcomer Alfie Holmes 4th and Nathan Lancaster 5th both had brilliant races. We had seven boys in this race almost half the field and all ran well. A special mention to Cian Healey who despite losing a shoe finished 9th after a gutsy run.

In the U/11 girls our only finisher was Elle Pendlebury who was 4th only one second behind third after another solid race.

Almost 200 runners started the senior men’s race with lots of clubs fielding double figures we finished with six runners so at least we had a team. Dave Norman won the race with the consistent Chris Farrell 4th only 14 seconds adrift, Joe Mercer was 6th a minute behind after a good run. Tony Hesketh was next and 1st O/65 and close behind was Colin Wood. Paul Murray ran well for 1st O/70 with Gordon Stone just dipping under 56 minutes.

Red Rose XC, Leverhulme Park

Red Rose XC, Leverhulme Park

Horwich Juniors Shine @ Red Rose XC, Leverhulme Park, Bolton

The 3rd race of the Red Rose XC brought out only the brave souls for the club. With the temperature of only 4 degrees a driving rain and hailstones it was proving hard to keep a positive focus, however not to be out done the club Juniors went on with several successes. The mud and cold was certainly taking its toll on these athletes with rain proving to much for some. There was no playing it cool as temperatures were doing that for everyone even spectators.

Penny Townsend taking the lead from the gun lead a chasing pack. As the race settled down and Penny took a commanding lead others could only look on. Her convincing win also gave her the series as her 3 wins now means she cannot be beaten. Penny helped Ella Pendlebury, Jessica Glendenning & Chloe Squires to claim 3rd place team.

The U11 Boys also achieved 3rd place team with Thomas Massey a splendid 4th, Matthew Flatters, Luke Brindle, Lucas Milliken, Issac Simmonite, Nathan Lancaster, Toby Middleton, Joe Jackson, Issac Keating & Joshua Houghton.

In the U13 Girls Ellie Baker had her best run of the series with a splendid 25th and Hannah Platt in 47th. The Boys Team managed 6th with Lewis Wilkes, Kieran Kinealy, Robert Seddon, Jake Glendenning and Daniel Rowe.

Luke Massey , Adam Roper & Robert Gibson managed a 7th team spot for the U15s and Gemma Howe making her 3rd appearance with a strong 18th placing. Abigail Cox had a deserved 21st place for her hard slog.

It was left to our last Junior Nathan Townsend to bring a result home. His 2nd Place has kept him in title contention going into the last race at Marl Pitts. An excellent result after a grueling 5k of mud, blood, seat and tears.

Mid Lancs XC – Townley Park Burnley

Mid Lancs XC – Townley Park Burnley

The First round of the Mid Lancs XC series brought out large fields of 18 different clubs.

Sisters Olivia and Ellie ran there 2nd XC in a week. Olivia finishing a splendid 58th in the U11girls 2k race whilst sister Ellie managed 34th in her U13 girls 2.8k.

Our U15 boy Jonathan Birchall back from a Summer out came in a strong 21st up against far more experienced runners over 4k.

Nathan Townsends win last week gave him the confidence to press on with his XC campaign with an excellent 2nd place, again in his 1st year of U17s over 5.8k.

In the ladies race Debbie Campbell a great race with 13th with Janet Rashleigh not far behind in 20th. Christa Whatmough passing the line in 84th giving the ladies a well earned 10th place.

The Men also achieved 10TH Place with a host of Vets helping the young ones in the race. Chris Farrell home first for Horwich in 8th. Gareth Booth making it back from injury took 51st. Andy Townsend 72 closely followed by High Mileage Mick Green in 75th. Doug Flaming legs Flemming home in 120th and Garry Smiler Chadderton across the line in 146th. Colin Van Driver Wood in 183 being chased by Tony Hesketh in 190th. Gordon Stone back from Injury in 264 and a lively Steve Thomasson in 279.

A Respectable start to the series for the Ladies and Men next round 23rd Nov at Liverpool.


Red Rose – Chorley

The Second round of the Red Rose XC was held at Chorley.

RMI had 50% more turnout than at Leigh, showing some promising runs The U11 Boys team came 2nd with Thomas Massey, Luke Brindle, Lucas Milliken, Isaac Simmonite, Toby Middleton, Matthew Oldfield, Charlie Tyler, Isaac Keating, Joe Jackson and Joshua Houghton, all pleased to have finished and helped the team position.

Penny Townsend with her second win of the season along with Ella Pendlebury, Jessica Glendenning, Chloe Russle, Chloe Squires and Olivia Baker. Penny pleased with her second win was thankful to the other girls to help her get the team 3rd position. Penny is currently riding a wave of confidence currently achieving Bolton Town Junior XC Champion.

In the U13 Boys Lewis Wilkes, Jake Glendenning, Robert Seddon & brand new to the club Kieran Kinealy managed to claim 6th boys team. A special mention must go to Ellie Baker in the U13 girls our soul runner who held onto a credible 29th place. Meanwhile the U15 girls of Gemma Howe & Hannah Stephenson in 16th & 18th respectively ran another good XC race, albeit track ladies!

Luke Massey and Robert Gibson gave RMI a presence in the boys U15s. Surprise of the day was our only RMI runner Nathan Townsend Winning the U17 boys / Senior Ladies race. Not the favourite on the line as this is his 1st year in U17 XC he ran super tactical race overtaking Joseph Howe of Blackburn half way round. From there on in he increased his lead and held onto a great 18 sec lead past the line.

First Red Rose Cross Country

First Red Rose Cross Country

If you are going to run at Leigh on Saturday 28th September please read the following as Pete Ramsdale, Cross Country Captain will not be there and these instructions will help your day go smoothly.

Please look on the Red Rose Cross Country site for directions and race routes. Print out maps if you want – it will help you on the day understand the geography of the park.

Sat Nat code for the Leigh Sports Village – WN7 4JY (it’s on Atherleigh Way just past Asda)

The race distances are U11 2000m (1.2 miles) , U13 2500m (1.5 miles) and U15 4000m (2.4 miles)

Race start times U11 Boys 12.30pm, U11 Girls 12.45pm, U13 (all) 1.00pm and U15 (all) 1.15pm.

Arrive about an hour before your race. Go to the registration area (it will be near or in the stadium). Tell them on the desk you want to enter for the race series and give them the details of your runner (Name, DOB and age on 1st September) and the club – Horwich RMI Harriers. They will then give you a number. If you can take safety pins, 4 of them, and pin your number on the front of your running top. YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED FOR ANY MONEY. IF YOU ARE, SAY THAT HORWICH WILL SETTLE THE BILL. I have organised this.

Find the start area and familiarise yourself with the start (loop of the field first before you exit the field) and if you have time, walk the course. It always helps.

There is always a 5 minute warning gun to invite runners to the start line. Be warmed up and ready to race. After the race, keep warm and don’t get any mud in the car on the way home.

Results will be on a web site by the end of the day.

Enjoy the experience, especially if this is your first cross country experience for Horwich RMI Harriers.

** Keep your number for the whole of the cross country league **

Peter Ramsdale

Radcliffe 3 Day Event 11/12/ 13 th July

Radcliffe 3 Day Event

11/12/ 13 th July

This event comprises of 3 races fell, x.c and Trail each race allows none eventers to run so in some cases you are competing against fresh legs if people just enter a single event. There were six of us representing Horwich on the hottest days of the year. Rob Jackson was runner up a remarkable run of results as he has won the event outright on two occasions and has been runner up twice Rob excelled in the 3 races to record a time of 1.46.47, Josie Greenhagh went one better winning the Ladies trophy finishing 14th overall again with some excellent performances.with a time of 2.04.59.

Bull Hill Fell 11th July

A large entry of almost 200 runners of which 16 came from Horwich and assembled for this race which Horwich dominated winning the Mens ,Womens and a number of Veterans awards. First for us behind winner Darren Kay was Chris Farrell after a strong race in second place leading us to a team victory ably backed up by newcomer Jonathan Brutton 7th, Rob Jackson 9th his first race of three and Andy Lloyd 12th. The Ladies saw a great run by Josie Greenhalgh being rewarded with victory and just behind in second was Suzanne Budgett a third lady was required to give us the chance of team victory and this came from Christa Whatmough after a superb run clinching the Ladies win by two points.Tony Hesketh was first O/65 and also beat all the O/60 with a good race.

Radcliffe A.C X.C 12th July

Another hot night greeted the runners for this tough X.C with hills aplenty at Giants Seat Radcliffe with the winner being an entry on the night R.Powell of Trafford, once again Rob Jackson ran a great race for fourth Josie Greenhalgh ran well bot again was beaten by a runner entering on the night but she had consolidated her lead in the Ladies race in 20th place, Tony Hesketh was 31st and first O/65 with Tony Varley second O/65 in 38th place David Barnes was 56th and Trevor Fishwick was 64th with both running well.

VLA Trail Race 13th July

Scorching sunshine made this race a survival test with everyone finishing drained at the end. Mark Russell Salford won and clinched the series with Rob Jackson doing what was required to secure runners up spot with a fine run in third place. Josie Greenhalgh hung on to her lead to finish 14th overall despite finishing 4th lady to win the series by over 3 minutes. Tony Hesketh was first O /65 and also clinched the O/65 series award in 17th place overall closely followed by Tony Varley in 25th place, David Barnes was 40th with Trevor Fishwick 41st with less the 3 minutes separating them at the finish.

All the races are very well organised with plenty of prizes and after the series everyone gets a technical Tee Shirt for finishing, definitely one to recommend for the future and only costs £12 for three races.
Tony Hesketh