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

Podium 5k

Podium 5k

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


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


Andy Townsend.

Lostock 6 Race Report

Lostock 6 Race Report
Sunday 28th February 2016

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

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

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

Men (3rd team)

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

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

Ladies (1st Team)

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

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

Yours in sport, Martyn

Club Road Champs 2016

Senior Club Road Champs 2016

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

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

All races are part of the 2016 Central Lancs Grand Prix


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


Fielden Cup 2015

Fielden Cup 2015

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

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


Pos Name Clock Time Handicap Real Time


1 Paul Lewis 16.25 0.44 15.41


2 Gordon Stone 16.30 0.00 16.30


3 Steve Thomasson 16.47 0.22 16.25


4 Geoff Leech 17.25 0.22 17.03



London Marathon

London Marathon

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

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Fleming Cup

Fleming Cup.

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

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

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

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Good turnout at Lostock 6

Good turnout at Lostock 6

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

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


Tom victorious at Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race

Tom victorious at Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race

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

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


Standish Hall Trail Race 10k 21st Feb 2015

Standish Hall Trail Race 10k 21st Feb 2015

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

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

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


Billy Knox New Year Awakening 5k 1st Jan 2015

Billy Knox New Year Awakening 5k 1st Jan 2015

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

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

Lancaster Festive 4k

Lancaster Festive 4k

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

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

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

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

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

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


Race to Remember

Race to Remember 5 Mile Trail Scorton 28th Sept

This race takes place in a very scenic area in the Trough of Bolland and comes with a real sting in its tail with a very steep climb at 4 miles and is not for the faint hearted. The race was won by SamHarrison of Bowland in 34.51 with our first counter Paul Muller in a brillliant 5th despite a toilet stop and won the O/55 award. I was next in 22nd a minute slower than last year but won the O/65. Brenda Hesketh was 24th lady and was well pleased to complete the race,Gill Smith despite a cold won the FO/60 award and enjoyed the race.

2k Junior Trail Race

We had four juniors competing in this race and all ran excellant races with 10 year old Nathan Lancaster winning outright in 8.57 leading from gun to tape with Cian Healy 23 seconds adrift in second place after a typical gutsy run.For the girls Freya Whittle had a fantstic race fourth overall and first girl despite stopping when a horse darted in front of her. Lydia Johnson had her best run in Horwich colours and was rewarded with a second place and seventh overall



The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 18th December 2014 and consist of the normal 10.5 mile route.

For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 5.9 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4.6 miles).

Again this year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.

Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.

Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.





Questions please email or telephone 01942706506 or 07747838772

Lancaster 5k series, Fast & Furious.

Lancaster 5k series, Fast & Furious.

On Saturday Evening in near perfect conditions up at Lancaster Nathan Townsend decides to go for a quick run out. Many Local runners know the Lancaster 5k is a very quick course. Nobody was prepared for how quick!

Having been injured with a serious sprain since January, Nathans Track season was well and truly trashed with only slow running all year. Under the supervision of Duncan Mason, physio to Mo Farah in major competitions, Duncans recommendations was to give up running any form of competition until Autumn, this was back in March. Depressed was not the word, more Furious and Fed up was the order. Spending time in the gym was the closest Nathan got to breaking out in a sweat. Working on legs and core, 8 min miling on the treadmill was just not productive, or so he thought.

The Last of the Lancaster 5k series was the benchmark of whether or not he was good enough to defend his XC titles over the Winter period. What Nathan needed was someone to take him on, thankfully Matthew Sheen of Vale Royal and James Bowness of Trafford a 1.48 / 800m runner was on hand to push Nathan. Last year Nathan enjoyed a 16:43 on this course and would have settled today for anything around 16:15, and that was very optimistic.

Leading the small field out of the track Nathan was motoring taking the lead with Matthew on his shoulder, Nathan recalls “maybe I’m going too quick”, the first mile cover in less than 5 minutes. It was then James and Matthew turned their experience and Summer training on. Not prepared to go down without a fight Nathan took them on and all 3 were flying. Nathan was now covering 2 miles in 10:12.

Within the last mile James broke away and made some distance between Mathew and Nathan. However it was Nathans track training than came into the fore when finishing, the last 300m seemed to be just like a track session as he closed the gap on Matthew. Finishing 3rd & Recalling his time last year, Nathan could not believe finishing in 15:46, the 4th fastest U17 time in the UK this year.

Afterwards all 3 runner cooling down congratulated each other, as all 3 had knocked around 1 mins off their personal bests.

Nathan at 16 was too young to accept alcohol as a prize so claimed 2 free entries for next years series and a bag of Haribos.

The Moral of the Story! Never Give Up!

Fleetwood Half

Fleetwood Half Marathon 24th August

I only decided to do this race the day before and in some respects I wish I had not. £20 entry fee and no Veteran O/65 award! Still, it is a good flat course ideal for fast times and well organised. With over 500 runners you were never short of company on the two lap course. The race was won by Matthew Lalor of Barlic in 1.11.19 in his first Half Marathon 5 minutes ahead of second. Our first counter was Paul Muller on home turf and just returning from honeymoon with a splendid run in 13th position. First O/55 in a time of 1.21.09. Second counter was yours truly in 1.36.53 and happy with the time and 100th place. Our final finisher was Geoff Leach 253rd in 1.52.50. All in all not a bad day for Horwich.

Ace Matthew Flatters

Horwich Ace Matthew Flatters takes Birchwood 2k title.

In a field of 44 junior runners on a very wet and miserable Sunday morning Matthew Flatters aged 10 of Horwich RMI Harriers took first place in the Birchwood 2K fun run, held just before the main 10K. With a demon start he was second place over the first 200 metres. Matthew felt comfortable to take control and run from the front thereafter. He managed to distance himself from second place some 12 seconds ahead. Matthews has shown his strength in this U11 – U 15 age race. He puts his speed & pace down to the 1 mile races he has done over the Summer Period with his club mates at Horwich where he won the U9’s category and finishing 4th in the Chorley Series and 5th in the Jubilee Series. “It was a great race, there were no hilly bits so it felt really easy. Mum Sue says he just loves all his sports and recommends any Parents who can see some potential in their children get the right coaching to bring them on.

Astley Trail Race 6th August

Astley Trail Race 6th August

With this race being a Grand Prix the entries were over 220 runners with ten wearing the famous red and black unfortunately most of our top lads were missing but those that ran did the club proud. Neil Pendlebury of Leigh won easily with our first runner home in 38th being Sean Mcmyler after a good race.Gary Chadderton was just behind in 47th, Paul Boardman getting over an injury was 55th and the team was completed by Rudolf Maciejkowicz 71st and a brilliant first over 60.




Selection Race : HEATON PARK RUN

Any Saturday between now and 13th Sept. Times to be submitted to me for consideration. Special consideration given to those on international duty, or living abroad.


Selection Race : HODDER VALLEY 13th Sept. ENG CHAMPS SHORT

Selection for senior and vets men’s team based on finishing position. Special consideration given to this on international duty, having achieved an international vest this year, or top 20 finish in championship race this year.

Astley Park Trail Race

Astley Park Trail Race 2nd July

Ideal conditions saw a field of over 100 race this popular race which was won by Anthony Valentine of Bolton. Our first runner home was Gareth Booth in third and first veteran too after a very good race. Paul Boardman in 24th was next home; 3rd O/50 after a steady run. Ian Hamer, slowly getting back to form after recent injuries was 30th. The Horwich team was completed by Tony Hesketh 1st O/65 in 48th. Our only lady runner was Erica Booth in 65th place just getting the better of Mark Swindell in 67th.

Junior Astley Park

Junior Astley Park

We had over 30 Juniors out in the 2nd Race at Chorley. Winning the race and in prime spot for the series win was Lewis Wilkes. Already having run in an Athletics meeting during the day took Horwich to a commanding victory for 1st team. Lewis was closely followed by Luke Brindle, Nathan Lancaster, Matthew Flatters and Cain Healy. First girl home was Harriet Foley knocking a massive 47 seconds off her previous time. Many age group wins but a special mention to Freya Whittle in the L10 group.

Junior Jubilee 1m

Junior Jubilee 1m Race

The 1 Mile Street race is showing popularity at Chorley as well as our home Street Race with total of 44 Horwich juniors running
on Wednesday evening other local clubs made up the 66 strong race for what is becoming very competitive racing.

In the Boys races we had winners in all age groups with Lewis Wilkes taking the race win closely followed by Luke Brindle.
Luke & Thomas Massey taking age group wins along with Daniel Rowe.

The Girls also put out a splendid result with Freya Whittle & Ella Pendlebury 2nd in their age groups. Ellie Baker getting her first
ever age group win.

The Series winners will be the best 3 of 4 races, that similar to the Red Rose XC. Many thanks to all who helped on the night and
a special mention to Christa without who we would have had no timing device.


Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon

Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon 24th May

A capacity entry of 83 athletes started our annual Duathlon in ideal conditions with the predicted rain keeping away until all had finished. Our own Tom Carson led from the off and was never headed to win in a new record of 1.13.28 with the fastest times on the two 5k runs and the second fastest cycle time. Suzanne Budgett was part of the winning relay team finishing in 12th place and is getting back to form. Paul Boardman taking a break from doing the event on his Mountainbike and finished 38th in 1.37.07 and new member Jason Middleton was 3 minutes adrift in 46th with a time of 1.40.12. Regular Duathlete Lawrence Pinnell was our final finisher in 54th place in a time of 1.43.14. A special thanks to all our Marshals who made the event such a success.

BUPA Manchester 10k

BUPA Manchester 10k 18th May 2014

We had at least three runners for this 10k. The biggest in Europe with over 27000 runners. All our runners did well in the heat and headwind. Tom Carson had a brilliant race finishing 26th in a superb time of 31.15 taking the scalp of Andi Jones too. Rob Jackson was third O/45 in a good time of 36.33 and the Horwich team was completed by Tony Hesketh in 43.50 winning the over sixty five category by over three minutes.

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.

Astley Park Junior Series

Astley Park Junior Series

The Junior section put out 28 athletes for the first Astley Park 1 mile race in Chorley. Having 8 juniors in the top 10 gave you some idea of how we performed. This middle distance squad is certainly taking shape with only 19 seconds between the top 8 runners. Several athletes came away with age group wins, Lewis Wilkes, Luke Brindle, Cain Healy, Penny Townsend, Ella Pendlebury all claiming victories.

Next outing is our own Junior Jubilee on the 21st May, yet another outing to show our strength & depth in the middle distance group.

CLGP – Radcliffe 10k

CLGP – Radcliffe 10k

Radcliffe 10k attracted a record 382 runners for the race. Several Horwich racers turned out with surprisingly good results.

Tom Carson did his usual stuff and blew away the field and rewarded with race win. Dave Jackson using the race as a training run was second counter in 10th, Andy Townsends first run for a while in 21st and Sean McMyler in 32nd rewarded the lads with 3rd team position. Graham Schofield coming back to form helped Rudolf Maciejkowicz, Tony Hesketh and Colin Wood get 16th team. Bearing in mind there was 42 teams finishing this was a respectable result.

A Big Up to Brenda Hesketh the only Horwich lady running today.

Fleming Trophy

Fleming Trophy 16th April 1.8k

We had 34 juniors running in this years race many doing it for the first time and they all put in a great deal of effort with the first six finishing within a minute. First to finish was Issac Keating finding a terrific sprint to overtake guest runner Tom Howe in the final 50 metres. Calum Moseley was third and Gemma Howe just held off a fast finishing Nathan Lancaster for fourth place. Lewis Wilkes justified his scratch start by running the fastest time in 8.42. For the girls Fraya Whittle surprised everyone apart from her coach Brenda with the fastest time recorded by a girl and she is only 9 years of age!!! All the runners received a medal, the winners got trophies and all seemed to enjoy the race.

H/Cap time Actual Time Time Position
1) Issac Keating 12.12 11.12 17
2) T Howe (Guest) 12.16 12.16 21
3) C Moseley 12.26 11.26 16
4) G Howe G 12.34 10.34 14
5) N Lancaster 12.58 8.53 5
6) A Holmes 13.02 9.22 10
7) C Healey 13.15 8.45 3
8) J Howe 13.20 10.20 12
9) I Keating 13.22 12.22 20
10) F Whittle 13.23 10.13 11
11) L Brindle 13.24 8.44 2
12) M Flatters 13.28 8.48 4
13) R Seddon 13.29 8.59 7
14) L Massey 13.36 9.06 8
15) C Squires G 13.37 11.37 18
16) L Wilkes 13.39 8.42 1
17) T Massey 13.48 8.58 6
18) K Kinealy 13.58 9.08 9
19) H Foley G 14.02 10.32 13
20) D Rowe 14.15 10.55 15=
21) I Simmonite 14.25 11.05 16
22) C Fordham G 14.35 10.55 15=
23) D Carter 14.48 14.48 31
24) I Wrigley G 14.51 12.51 23
25) E Green G 14.52 12.52 24
26) L Sutcliffe G 14.53 11.43 19
27) J Houghton 15.05 12.05 20
28) L Seddon (Guest) 15.09 12.39 22
29) S Platt 15.25 12.55 25
30) M Kay G 15.33 15.03 32
31) J Simmonite 15.40 12.30 21
32) A Wrigley G 15.43 15.13 33
33) L Gouge G 15.48 12.48 23
34) S Simmonite G 18.12 15.42 34

BMAF Relays

BMAF Relays – Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham – Sat 17th May

Calling all vets who are fit, healthy and reliable !!

Just a reminder that the British Masters 3 mile relay championships are coming up on Saturday 17th May. Entries need to be in by April 19th latest so please come back to me by email if interested as soon as possible.

Attached are last years results and also race details……interesting to note that for the vet 35+ category only 6 required in the team ( 8 was required in 2013) meaning that a fully fit Horwich team could take a national medal (if not win), so something to take seriously !!!!.

Women W35 + 4 11.00 am
Women W45 + 3 11.00 am
Women W55 + 3 11.00 am
Women W65 + 3 11.00 am

Men M65 + 3 11.00 am
Men M75 + 3 11.00 am
Men M35 + 6 1.00 pm
Men M45 + 4 1.00 pm
Men M55 + 3 1.00 pm

Cheers, Martyn

Details – Here

Results 2013 – Here

National Road Relays

National Road Relay Championships – Saturday 5th

Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. Birmingham

Horwich RMI Harriers have qualified for this years men’s championships after qualifying recently with a top 25 team result at the northern road relay championships, Heaton Park.

If you would like to compete in this years road relays (whatever standard you may be) please can you email me your interest and availability.

Race distances are approx 3 miles (short leg) and 5.6miles (long leg)

Start time 12pm – Leg 1 (long stage)


Northern relays

Saturday 15th March 2014 at Heaton Park Manchester

The qualification criteria for the “National” ERRA 12 Stage Championships requires a top 25 team placing at these northern road relays.

The Red Army went through a number of changes prior to race day but the squad on the day did the club proud, gaining a comfortable qualification.

The course was undulating and dealing with some stiff winds made the going quite tough at times – it was clear that the initial race distances published were slightly out particularly on the long leg : –

Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 were published as a distance of 4.9 miles (actual 5.63 miles) and likewise for Stages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 published as 2.8 miles (actual 3.01 miles)

Holders Leeds City AC retained their title once again by over 3 minutes over Stockport and Morpeth with Horwich finishing a very credible 16th team out of 64 “completed” teams.

1st. Leeds City Athletic Club 4:22:29 (total cumulative time for 12 stages)
2nd Stockport Harriers & AC 4:25:34
3rd Morpeth Harriers & AC 4:27:31
16th Horwich R M I Harriers 4:52:00

This 16th place was achieved in the following way: –

1 David Jackson (44) 32:00
2 Martyn Bell (33) 16:42
3 Michael Green (37) 33:54
4 James Kevan (27) 15:43
5 C Farrell (20) 28:50
6 Danny Kevan (17) 16:55
7 David Milliken (18) 31:35
8 Andy Townsend (18) 17:15
9 Rob Jackson (18) 32:27
10 Alex Fowler (17) 17:22
11 Jonathan Bruton (16) 31:50
12 Glynne Lever (16) 17:27

Full race details can be found at –

A massive well done to you all for your individual performances and support of your club.

Next Stop – National Championships to be held on Saturday 5th April at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Please contact to express your interest.

Flemming Cup Junior Handicap Race

Flemming Cup Junior Handicap Race

16th April 6.45p.m

Bolton Arena

£2 entry fee

This years race is the same route as last year starting from near to Bolton Arena. Younger slower runners go off at intervals over a 2 mile course. Please give name and fee along with race times in the last six months to Tony or Brenda Hesketh. This enables a suitable handicap time to be worked out. All runners will receive a medal and there are prizes to the fastest Boy and Girl along with prizes for the first three finishers.

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183 or 07552657789

Terry Nortley 10

Terry Nortley 10 Trail Race

23rd Feb 2014

An overcast day saw over 150 runners start this popular race with a small number from Horwich. In form Rob Jackson lead us home in a fine fourth place after being with the leaders from the gun he was 1st O/45 in a splendid time 62.58. Paul Boardman finished in 26th in 70.08. Just over a minute behind was Rudolf Maciejkowicz 34th in 71.14 taking the 1st O/60 award by some margin after a superb race. Finally completing the Horwich team in 60th place and 2nd O/65 was Tony Hesketh in 76.49. The Horwich team finished 3rd team with an average age of 55 years!

Tony Hesketh

CLGP Bolton 5k

CLGP Bolton 5k

285 runners turned out for the 1st in the Series of the CLGP. The Red Army was a little thin on the ground but runners who turned out where rewarded with reasonable results.

This race will always be remembered as “going the wrong way”. As soon as runners got out of the track a Bolton Marshall indicated the wrong way, albeit many runners have known this course for years. It genuinely looked funny from the spectators point of few, but lost time for the front runners did not go down too well.

For a short period of time Chris Ingham found himself out in front with new boy Tom Carson. Not knowing quite what to do with himself, Chris took the glory of being second in the race albeit for a short period of time. Needless to say Tom did what he usually does and lead all the way to a fast finish of 16 mins. Next for the Reds was Andy Townsend in 20th,
Sean McMyler in 33rd, Chris Ingham 47th, Karl Ward 64th, Rudolf Maciejkowicz 74th, Dave Unsworth 81st, Alan Ashley 90th & Lawrence Pinnell in 197th. In the teams this gave Horwich 6th on the day.

The ladies were lead in by the Marie Lowe in 59th making up over 30 secs on Last years time. Next in was Gemma Stokes in 145th. Newbie Chloe Townsend in her first competitive 5k cam in 150th. Christa Whatmough finished in 193rd. This gave the ladies a well earned 5th team placing.

A BIG well done to all who made the effort on behalf of the club and tuning out when required.

Results :


Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer

9th February 2014


Over a 100 children ran in this race with 13 runners from Horwich and we were rewarded with 6 age group winners. Our first four runners were separated by only 10 seconds and they were all in the first six. First home was Lewis Wilkes third, and first U/12 after a brilliant run. Closely followed by Cian Healey fourth ,and first U/8 which was a remarkable run for an 8 year old. 1 second later was Tom Massey, first U/10. The team was completed by Luke Brindle, first U/11. All these lads beat last years winning time.

Anna Walton led our girls home winning the U/11 in 5th place after a well paced run. Freya Whittle won her age group U/8 after her first run for Horwich. Other good runs came from Nathan Lancaster, Stephen Brown and Josh Houghton in the boys and in the girls a special mention to Alice and Lara Gouge making their debut for Horwich and both ran well.

The next race in the championship is the Daffodil Doddle on 9th March. Enter soon as it usually fills up.


A large field of 380 runners started this popular race in cold , wet conditions with Tom Blaney for Blackburn winning easily in 35.47. Our first counter was Rob Jackson 4th and first O/45 after a very steady race. Next came Sean McMyler 26th place after a gutsy run and was second O/50 in a time of 40.17. Finally Rudolf Maciejkowicz was second O/60 in 47th place in a time of 42.31.

Tony Hesketh

BUPA London 10k

BUPA London 10k

We have been allocated 12 FREE entries (6 men, 6 ladies) for this years 10k race to be held on Sunday 25th May. If you would like to compete please let me know ASAP so I can gather specific entry information on you onto my entry list (ie: full postal address, DOB, Predicted race Time, PB 10k Time, emergency contact / tel number)

This is open to all levels and abilities – the key thing is to enjoy the experience !

Yours in Sport
Road Captain
Horwich RMI Harriers

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.

CLGP – Gin Pit

CLGP – Gin Pit

The last of the CLGP brought out only a few Horwich Runners flying the flag for Horwich. This did clash with the Ian Hodgson relays so the Fell guys could be excused.

Rob Jackson, Andy Lloyd & Andy Townsend came in 10th, 11th & 12th respectively Dave Jackson did extremely well to get 14th after the Rivington Half Marathon the day previous. Sean Mcmylers steady progress gave him 30th and Rudolf Maciejkowcz in 37th.

Christa Whatmough the only Horwich lady came a satisfied 19th in the ladies race.

Swinton 10

Swinton 10
Sunday 28th September 2013

The sun shone on the 188 runners as they started what is a surprisingly tough 2 lap course that consisted of long sustained inclines and a sting in the tail with a tough steep hill in the last 1/2 mile !

It was great to see some new members toeing the line with a number having only competed the day before on the fells at the clubs trial race at Thieveley Pike, near Burnley. Joe Mercer, our newest member taking the honours in this race !

Overall, we had 12 Horwich runners competing at Swinton and our other new club super star in the shape of Chris Farrell, battled it out towards the front end and was well supported by Martyn Bell and Joe Mercer to claim the team honours.

As always our first 10 runners will contribute towards the overall points in the CLGP but the calculations of where we currently place as a club are yet to be determined going into the final Grand Prix event at Gin Pit next Sunday.

Full results can be found on the following link: –

The final race at Gin Pit will be on Sunday 6th October at 10.00am and registration will be at the – Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW

Thank you for your continued support and best of luck in this race.

North of England Ladies Road Relay

North of England ladies Road Relay
Saturday 21st Sept 2013
Stanley Park, Blackpool

A top ten finish in the Northern relay championships at Blackpool was a fitting result after a superb effort by the whole team at this prestigious event.

Leg 1 Rachel Jones 19.18 17th
Leg 2 Lyndsey Brindle 20.13 14th
Leg 3 Debbie Campbell 20.19 10th
Leg 4 Maria Lowe 19.50 8th

A warm sunny day, a great result, a happy team and lots of smiling faces, brilliant!

Pete Bland

Road Relays

Road Relays

Hey up

We have 2 road running relays coming up shortly

The North west Counties at Lancaster on Sunday 15th September – Men 4 x 2.5mile – ladies 3 x 2.5mile

The mens 6 stage and ladies 4 stage north of England championships at Blackpool on Saturday 21st Sept – Men 6 x 3.5mile – Ladies 4 x 3.5mile

Please let Myself, Martyn Bell or Ali Murray know if you are interested in running in one or both of these relays. I will be entering a selection of names in the next few days and then teams will be picked from those names.


Pete Bland

Pennington Flash 5 Mile – CLGP

Pennington Flash 5 Mile – CLGP

198 runners completed what was a tough course with a number of undulations and a strong wind along the canal section.

Tom Carson won the race and took the accolade of beating the course record, held by Nick Leigh (Altrincham). On the team front both Bolton Harriers and Horwich RMI achieved the same points (first 3 to count) but Bolton took the win due to their 3rd placer being in front of our 3rd placer by 1 position !!

Coming into the race Bolton were 1 point in front of Horwich RMI in the overall mens team CLGP and unfortunately Bolton now extend their lead with only 3 CLGP races left for 2013, based on the provisional results below: –

Horwich – top 10 placings : – 3, 7, 13, 14, 40, 41, 53, 72, 88, 122

Bolton – top 10 placings : – 1, 10, 12, 18, 21, 24, 25, 35, 37, 38

– Just to show Bolton’s depth 13 additional positions came in front of our 10th placer – 39, 50, 51, 58, 60, 67, 79, 85, 99, 111, 116, 118, 119

So a big thank you to all those harriers that took time out this morning which is greatly appreciated – a great effort made by all.

The next CLGP event is on Sunday 29th September and is the Swinton 10. A perfect race for fell runners and road runners alike.