Cross Country 2011

Cross Country 2011

Enter on the day! Don’t forget that ALL the leagues will take entrants on the day so check your diaries, find your muddy trainers and we’ll see you at a cross country course near you in the very near future.
Ask around and see if a car share is possible – it’s good for team spirit too.
Peter Ramsdale

Cross Country Season 2011 – 12

Horwich RMI Harriers

Cross Country Season 2011 – 12

This season, once again, we are making our main focus the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. Having gained promotion into the top division last season, we need to turn out to show our commitment to challenging with the best.

The club remains affiliated to the Red Rose and South East Lancs leagues so anyone who wishes to compete in any other league as well for £4 for the series and not £4 a race (these are guest running fees).

Click here to open up the Entry Form; to download this form, please right hand click and select “Save Link As…”

Please make cheques payable to: “Horwich RMI Harriers”
Numbers will be handed out at the first meeting of each league.

Fixture List 2011/12

Mid Lancs
29 Oct 2011 – Burnley
26 Nov 2011 – Liverpool
10 Dec 2011 – Chorley
14 Jan 2012 – Hyndburn
11 Feb 2012 – Barrow
3 Mar 2012 – Leyland

Red Rose
8 Oct 2011 – Leigh
22 Oct 2011 – Hyndburn
12 Nov 2011 – Bolton
3 Dec 2011 – Rossendale

South East Lancs
30 Oct 2011 – Heaton Park
19 Nov 2011 – Clayton Vale
10 Dec 2012 – Leigh
21 Jan 2012 – Boggart Hole

28 Jan 2012 – Pontefract, Wakefield

25 Feb 2012 – Parliament Hill, London

Senior Presentation of Awards Evening 2010/2011

Senior Presentation of Awards Evening 2010/2011

We are now in a position to host the 2010/2011 Awards Evening and would appreciate a quick email ( stating one of the following dates which is best for you

  1. Thursday 21st July
  2. Friday 22nd July
  3. Thursday 28th July
  4. Friday 29th July

This years winners are

Men’s overall club champion

  1. Simon Parkinson – D.Vickers Cup
  2. Doug Fleming
  3. Garry Chadderton

Men’s road champion

  1. Dave Jackson – T.Hesketh Shield
  2. Paul Boardman
  3. Simon Parkinson

Ladies road champion

  1. Kathryn Swindell – M.McGovern Cup
  2. Karen Murray
  3. Rachel Collington

Men’s fell champion

  1. Albert Sunter – D.Hurst Shield
  2. Tony Varley
  3. Mick Green

Men’s overall cross country champion

  1. Alastair Murray – M.Jackson Shield
  2. Tony McKenna
  3. Simon Parkinson

Mens vets overall club champion

  1. Doug Fleming – N.Matthews Trophy
  2. Garry Chadderton
  3. Colin Wood

Mens vets overall cross country champion

  1. Garry Chadderton – Stanley Cup
  2. Doug Fleming
  3. Gordon Stone

Men’s cross country club champion

  • Alastair Murray – W.Mangham Cup

Men’s vets cross country club champion

  • Doug Fleming – L.Pollard Trophy

Highest British fell placing

  • Mick Green – M.Short Cup

Highest SEL finisher

  • Pete Ramsdale – J.Prescot Cup

Weekend Roundup 12th/13th March 2011

Mid Lancs XC
Just four seniors ran in the final race of the cross country season at Beacon Park. Alastair Murray was first harrier home in 20th.


Roddlesworth Roller

Seven harriers ran this local, undulating trail race. First harrier home was Rob Jackson in 3rd position and 1st Vet 45. Good to see Lindsay Brindle back racing and running well in 5th position.


St Annes Half Marathon

Paul Muller was the outright winner with Mark Gibson finishing in 16th.


Haworth Hobble – 33 miles 4400ft

Three harriers completed the Haworth Hobble with Albert Sunter finishing in 57th.


English XC, Alton Towers – 19.02.11

Mud, mud and more mud! By the time our boys were ready to run the organizers had to abandon part of the 3k course on health and safety grounds and the race was changed to a 2k x 1.5k.

As it was, some of the marshals hadn’t been notified of the changes and this then resulted in the race being unintentionally raced too short…… some runners looking around bewildered as to why they had only done 1k and not 2k; others only too happy to have only run 1k under these extremely slippery conditions.

For Horwich RMI our well traveled U13 boys team was unfortunately unable to claim a team position due to Jonathan Powis having being sick just days before. Nevertheless on the hills of Staffordshire in cold conditions our lads went off. Nathan Townsend home in 135th, Cameron Critchley having the race of his season in 168th and Will Townsend home in 224th.

The race was well over 300 strong so well done to the lads.

A mention for Gary Priestley who seemed to be our only senior runner today. Gary did extremely well under the conditions and came home in a respectable 220th out of 1302 runners.

Horwich RMI U13 Boys in Mid Lancs XC @ Blackpool

On the morning after the night before the Boys U13s team went up to Blackpool to see what they could achieve in the Mid Lancs series. The Flat course @ Lawsons Ground

was to be the 4th race in the series and the U13 Boys were the only junior Horwich runners out for a result.

First home was Nathan Townsend home in 10th, Jonathan Powis having another good outing home in 13th and the race of the day Will Townsend having a seasons best home in 17th. All 3 boys looking forward to the National XC race @ Alton Towers next weekend.

Horwich RMI Harriers U13 Boys RED ROSE presentation night.

Last  Friday night the U13 boys were presented with the Red Rose trophy for 2nd Team place for the 2nd year running. Last year was a delight, but to have done it again shows the teams determination to go out in all weathers and compete for the club at a competitive level.

It took 5 boys in total to achieve the shield as harsh snow conditions had prevented some races being run. Nevertheless the last in the series @ Blackburn was a do or die and praise goes to the parents of the lads to have got them there.

The team of Nathan Townsend, Callum Richardson Will Townsend, Jonathan Powis & Cameron Critchley were presented with their shields. As individuals Nathan managed 3rd and Jonathan in 4th overall.

U13 boys Northerns XC @ Sunderland

Saturday 29th January 2011.

Our U13 boys XC team were the only runners in the Northerns held @ Sunderland. The 2 lap race was a fast paced run with the Horwich RMI team holding their own in
against such a big field.

First for the team was Nathan Townsend in 38th, Jonathan Powis past the line in 68th, Cameron Critchley on his return from injury in 80th and Will Townsend having a strong finished in 101. The teams credibility did no harm with an 11th placing against some much bigger clubs.

A big congratulations to the lads representing the club.


Mission Accomplished

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Burnley – Sat 22nd January 2011

Mission Accomplished

On a perfect day for running in the best Cross Country league in the North West we accomplished our mission to win Division 2 and gain promotion to the Premier League ( Div 1 )for next season. We achieved this by winning all four races to date. Actually on the day it was a poor turnout of Harriers for one reason or another but the lads that did run performed well and this is the story.

First counter for the team was Ali Murray in 5th place who is still pondering how he managed to run so well, I suggested it may be the training. Next counter was Gary Priestley still feeling the effects of a long lay off with illness over the Xmas period, but still well up in 11th place. Our 3rd counter Martin Jones who came along to help the team ran really well off little training and managed a respectable 27th position. Next was the ever improving and Mr reliable Tim Roe in 45th followed very closely by another improving runner and now regular team member Andy Townsend in 57th. The last place in the team was a very close run affair by relay partners Gary Chadderton and Doug Fleming, only 20 secs separated the pair but once again it was the younger partner who took the honours although Doug was adamant that he let Gary have it – Yeh !

Now the team had been sorted it was left to the support team to take over and new member Tony Mckenna had a good run in 139th place, tony will get quicker as he develops so looks like Doug will be letting him pass as well shortly. The next three in the support team will not be getting quicker as their developing has come to an end and just finishing has become the priority, although to be fair Tony Hesketh was carrying a bad injury, anyway Tony was next in 178th with Gordon Stone and Pete Bland not far behind in 187th and 191st. I have to say that Heskey cant half shift on one leg.

Pete Bland


Division Standings.

Lancs County Cross UPDATED

Lancs County Cross Country Championship – Witton Park, Blackburn 30.01.11
A comparably small turnout from Horwich to this event saw a mere four representatives make the journey to this selection race for the prestigious inter-counties.  Where have all the Lancashire lads & lasses gone within our Club?  First home for the men was Gary Priestley who ran a hard, gutsy race finishing in a commendable 10th overall.  Next home was Andy Townsend who self confessed as not having run at Witton Park for the last 16 years.  Andy too ran a brill race to finish mid field.  The final male counter was Club stalwart Paul Murray who showed his endurance experience on this challenging 10k course by picking off a few on the way and picking up a silver medal for 2nd V65 as just reward.  The Clubs only female representative was Suzanne Budgett finishing 12th overall and also picking up a silver medal for 2nd V45.

Junior Horwich runners were only 3 strong on Saturday but did not disappoint. Phoebe Howe, ran an excellent race coming home in 4th and also qualifying to be selected for the
Lancashire squad running at the Nationals in March. Nathan Townsend came in a good 7th which we believe will also qualify him for a Lancashire vest. Zac Howe in the U17 came in a gallant 15th place.


Red Rose XC, Blackburn “White Out”

Saturday 18th Dec 2010

On Saturday it was only the U13 boys Nathan, Jonathan & Will who braved the elements to run in the last series of the Red Rose XC. This was the last but nevertheless most important race for the lads as they had to perform to clinch the title.

However, it was clear at the start something was wrong. Nathan Townsend the team’s front runner was well down the field
and struggled to make up places and finished a disappointing 8th. Had the title slipped away! A wrong footwear choice had hindered his run and therefore surely put him out of the individual position and team position.

Further down the field Will Townsend came in a strong 15th his best this year and continues to improve. It was on Jonathans shoulders as to where they were going to finish. Right from the start Jonathan took a good position and kept there. Coming home in his best result of the year finishing 5th could this be the result the team needed. Could this turn of events now keep the team in the points? Thankfully yes.

This was the first time the club has managed a medal position for the U13 boys coming home in 2nd position. In the series, Jonathans run managed to push him to joint 4th in the series with Nathan just managing to hold onto 3rd.



RR XC – Marl Pitts

Ladies Report – 20.11.10

True to its reputation, the venue at Marl Pits did not disappoint. It was full of the expected shin deep mud with many a folk taking a slip dip in it. The ladies turned out a trio making up a team consisting of April Stevenson, Michelle Devine & myself. Although her first xc in two years April showed her talent & worked her way through the mud & field finishing strongly passing a few more in the process, also elevating the team position. A mad dash for the start really threw Michelle in at the deep end. Despite carrying an ear infection, Michelle ran her socks off and she too finished very strongly after coping with what really is by comparison a challenging cross country course. Well done to the girls for turning out and making up our first team of the season. As of submitting this report, results were not published.

N.B. We still need more ladies turning out if we are going to elevate ourselves up the team position. I know there are more of you out there as twelve of you are in the team for the Calderdale Way relay! Next xc is Mid Lancs league, Sefton Park, 27th November. Let me know if you want to car share or need a lift.



Liverpool XC Start Times

The start times for the Liverpool cross country on Saturday 27th are different to normal Mid Lancs start times because of the UKA Cross Challenge.

Please note the times and pass the information on to everyone you train with or see this week.

11.00am Under 11 Boys and Girls

11.15am Under 13 Girls

11.30am Under 13 Boys

11.45am Under 15 Boys

12.00 Noon Under 15 Girls

12.15pm Under 17 Women and Under 20 Women

12.35pm Under 17 Men

12.55pm Under 20 Men

13.20pm Senior Women

14.00pm Senior Men

Mid Lancs XC Blackburn 13th November 2010

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Blackburn

A sunny but muddy day greeted our runners at Witton Park Blackburn for the 2nd race in this years Mid Lancs cross country series. We had made a brilliant start with a win in Division 2 at Barrow and  were hoping for a repeat performance at Blackburn, we were not to be disappointed and once again took the points easily.

The race consisted of 4 large laps around Witton Park including 2 climbs up the spoon and then the saucer making it quite a tough challenge for even the quicker lads in the team. First home for the Harriers was Dave Milliken finishing in 9th place overall, a superb run considering this was his first race after a long lay off through injury, next counter in 13th place was Ali Murray again looking very strong in the muddy conditions. Neil Pendlebury and Gareth Booth in 16th and 19th were our next counters and both had to dig deep into their reserves as this was not the kind of surface that they would prefer, but both did us proud. Making up the 6 counters required for our team were Simon Parkinson in 76th and Garry Chadderton in 109th, both running above themselves for the team.

Next was Stevie Nolan in 125th running with a hamstring injury, Tony McKenna in 144th, Gordon Stone in 208th, and Colin Wood in 216th who had fallen off his bike on the way to the race and started the race with blood pouring from his arms and legs ( trickling ) what a man !

Thanks to all of you and lets make it three in a row at Liverpool, I will be e.mailing you all soon to get the team together.


Pete Bland

9 Dave Milliken 38:09
13 Alastair Murray 39:01
16 Neil Pendlebury 39:19
19 Gareth Booth 39:45
76 Simon Parkinson 44:09
109 Gary Chadderton 46:03
125 Steve Nolan 47:15
144 Anthony McKenna 48:05
208 Gordon Stone 52:52
216 Colin Wood 53:32


Barrow XC part 2

30th October 2010

The juniors were thin on the ground at the Mid Lancs in Barrow but still put in some sterling performances.

Phoebe Howe put in a great effort being our only U13 and came a valiant 4th.

In the boys Nathan Townsend 5th, Jonathan Powis 15th and Will Townsend 23rd, most unfortunate we couldn’t get a 4th runner as there was only 1 team scoring 4 runners!

Joseph Howe came in at 20th in the U15’s and brother Zac came in an exhausted 12th in what was a fast course for all.


Weekend Roundup 30th/31st October 2010

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


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

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


Barrow XC

30th October 2010.

Six senior men made the trip to Barrow for the first in the mid lancs cross country series. A wet and muddy course greeted the runners.
Alastair Murray was first home in 12th pulling ahead of Gareth Booth in the last few hundred metres. Following Gareth was Simon Parkinson, Tim Roe, Andy Townsend and new member Tony McKenna. Well done to everyone and a huge thanks for making the effort to travel. The team were rewarded with a 6th place and most importantly they started the season with a division 2 win. Also, thanks to Chorley harriers for letting our runners use their tent.

Next race in the series is at Witton park in Blackburn on the 13th November. We need as many runners out as possible to gain promotion to division 1 for next year.


Junior report to follow.


Red Rose – Hyndburn Race 1

It was a typical Cross Country day as the ground was boggy and the air very cold to stand around in.  A well organised race day was put on by the host club and Horwich responded with teams of under 11 girls, under 13 boys, under 13 girls and senior and vet men and runners in all the other categories.

It was fabulous to see lots of youngsters in the earlier races and long may this continue.  At the time of writing this the results are not yet available so when they are I will give some additional specific details.  Well done everyone

Peter Ramsdale


So far we only have three ladies who have sent in entries for this years cross country league.  This is disappointing given the amount of female runners we have.  We really need to have the support from as many ladies as possible – even if you can’t do them all, your support at any race WILL count.  To enter a series is far less expensive than entering races individually.  We need all our ladies out in numbers to have the desired impact.   Please do not think that you are ‘not fast enough’ or ‘run too slow’.  Please banish all these thoughts from your head.  The ladies section needs you.  Cross country’s are great for your training & are always good on the social front too.  Even if you’ve never done any races before, cross country’s are a great introduction without being intimidating.
It is not too late to get a last minute entry to Pete Ramsdale for the cross country leagues but please be quick in sending one to him.

Cross Country Entries Reminder

All entries for 2010/2011 cross country season need to be with Pete Ramsdale by this Friday (1st October). Please get your entries to him asap using the form which can be downloaded from the cross country section on our website.

Ladies, please, please try to do at least the Red Rose League. You are all needed. Whatever your current level of fitness you WILL make a difference by turning out for the Club. If you can also do the Mid-Lancs League then we can support the men & vice versa. It’s £6.00 for 10 races. Bargain! It’s great winter training & will give you a good base for next year. I’m entering both Leagues and will be happy to car share.

Many thanks for your support


Cross Country Fixtures 2010/2011

This coming seasons’ cross country fixtures are now out.  Listed below are the fixtures for the Red Rose, Mid-Lancs & South East Lancs leagues.  These are & also listed under our cross country section.  The Club has in previous years aimed to target both the Mid-Lancs & Red Rose Leagues.  Whilst this is still very much encouraged it would be great if we could see all our ladies out in force targeting at least the Red Rose League.  The fixtures are all local and the ladies can dominate this league providing we all turn out.  However fit or unfit you feel you can still make a difference for the team by just by turning out.  Its the numbers that count!  Entires will still be co-ordinated through Pete Ramsdale.  In the meantime, if you have any queries contact Pete Ramsdale or myself.

Suzanne Budgett


Saturday 23rd October – Hyndburn
Saturday 20th November – Rossendale (Marl Pits)
Saturday 4th December – Bolton (Leverhulme Park)
Saturday 18th December – Blackburn (Witton Park)


Saturday 30th October – College Grounds, Barrow
Saturday 13th November – Witton Park, Blackburn
Saturday 27th November – Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 22nd January – Townley Park, Burnley
12th February – Lawsons Ground, Blackpool
12th March – Beacon Park, Skelmersdale


Saturday 30th October – Heaton Park, Manchester
Saturday 13th November – Clayton Vale, Manchester
Saturday 15th January – Lilford Park, Leigh
Saturday 5th February – Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester

National XC Leeds 2010.

On Saturday saw the National XC races @ Round hay Park in Leeds. This annual event attracted 151 clubs from every corner of the UK and the size of field mirrored that. Our Stalwart U13’s Boys represented the club without any honours to claim or loose, which made the day stress free from a results prospective.

In a field of over 400 our boys held up well. Bearing in mind these guys have another year in U13’s XC the day was a success. In 74th came Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley in a satisfying 250 and a big finish from Will Townsend in 314th. Maybe next year we can get a team placing.

Andy Townsend

Red Vests in Leeds

National Cross Country Roundhay Park, Leeds
Saturday 27th February 2010

As the cross country season comes nearer and nearer the end, just 5 runners from our club put on their red vests with the distinctive black chevrons to tackle the grass, mud and hills of Roundhay Park.

The under 13 boys of Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley and Will Townsend ran in possibly the largest field of runners that they have ever run with before and they all enjoyed the ‘big’ experience. They had an ‘arena lap’ to do first and supporters ran across the muddy fields to see them and as they ran up, down and up again. They then ran down and up quite a steep hill. This proved a real discriminator with good hill runners pulling away from the others. The lads of Nathan, Cameron and Will should be really proud of their efforts as they finished in 74th in 12.45 and 260th in 14.03 and 314th in 14.40 respectively and all these runners are still under 13 next year.. The winner’s time was 11.29 and there were 374 runners in the race.

The other two Horwich representatives were Pete Ramsdale and Gordon Stone in the senior men’s race over 12km. With nearly 1500 runners on the start line – the buzz started early. The course had three big laps of climbs, gentle descent’s and mud. Being lapped after nearly two laps when the winners have to just complete their third lap and then the finishing straight, really humbles you but shows the outstanding quality of these front runners. It’s a fantastic experience and I enjoyed it very much. Times and positions are a bit irrelevant but 1225th in 60.57 for Pete and 1248th in 61.34 for Gordon for the record.

Alton Towers on 19th February 2011 – National Cross Country next year – Date for your diary.

Peter Ramsdale


Saturday 27th February 2010.

Two senior men competed at this year’s English Cross Country Championships at Roundhay Park in Leeds. The three lap 12k course was particularly muddy in places, in others provided good running and benefited the good climbers and descenders, in particular on “hill 60”. The weather stayed dry (just)and just warm enough for shorts. In the end the two Horwich Harriers in the field of 1428 finishers were separated by 23 places and 37 seconds with Pete Ramsdale 1225th in 60:57 and Gordon Stone, 1248th in 61:34. The race was won by Aldershot’s Andy Vernon in 38:01.

Full results.