CLGP Bispham / inc: NVAC 10k Road Championships

CLGP Bispham / inc: NVAC 10k Road Championships

Weather conditions were quite frankly tough with rain pouring down as runners warmed up then strong winds mid section of the race slowing times down to the tune of at least 45 seconds.

Team honours went to the Harriers with first 4 to count

Martyn Bell
Chris Farrell
Dave Jackson
Andy Townsend

The next 6 harriers to count for the CLGP included: –

Glynne Lever
Sean McMyler
Brendan Bolland
Nick Isherwood
David Unsworth
Colin wood

However, better packing by Bolton Harriers 10th placer, 67th position has blown away our slender lead with the harriers 10th placer coming in 90th position.

So overall, the Horwich Vets still dominate yet for the overall mens team the harriers first 10 placers on the day scored a total of 336 points Vs Bolton Harriers at 296 points.

The nett result going into Leigh shows a SCORE of 1421 (Horwich) and 1420 (Bolton).


NVAC 10 Champs – Category V40-44

Martyn Bell collected a victory in the vets 40-44 category, clocking 33m 43s – this result combines nicely with a recent championship title in the NVAC 5k at Leigh a month ago.

A good turnout at Leigh on Sunday 1st September is an absolute must requiring in particular runners that can get into the top 50 to really help the cause.


Juniors Clean Up at Astley & Rivington

Juniors Clean Up at Astley & Rivington

Horwich Juniors have made the Astley Park & Rivington Jubilee races a resounding success. In the Astley Park series Jonathan Birchall got 2nd overall in the boys series and Penny Townsend taking 3rd in the girls, both running against much older athletes. The club took the honours of taking the series win of 4 out of 4.

Same applied in the Jubilee races taking 4 out of 4 with series wins for Nathan Townsend and Jodie Greenhalgh.

In this series the boys took a series win as did the girls. Notable performances by the Junior Boys in many age grouping the races were; Jonathan Birchall, Lewis Wilkes, Thomas Massey, Luke Massey, Matthew Flatters, Lucas Milliken Isaac Simmonite, Daniel Rowe, Toby Middleton, Jacob Simmonite, Harry Thompson & Ben Faltters Stephen & Robert Brown, Nathan Lancaster, Jake Glendenning.

For the girls; Penny Townsend, Anna Walton, Chloe Russle, Suzanne Simmonite, Jodie Greenhalgh, Abigail Cox.


CLGP The Astley Park Trail Series

CLGP The Astley Park Trail Series
Wednesday 7th August 2013

This was a special race being the Mike Ogle Memorial race who was a blind runner and a real inspiration to many people.

This event saw 273 runners turn out for this grand prix fixture and 4/4 of the Astley Park Series. The normal 4.4 mile circuit was yet again affected for the second time and athletes were re-routed on what was still a demanding course with many undulations.

Despite a delayed start by nearly 20 minutes the runners quickly fragmented with Tom Carson leading the show and looked untroubled all the way winning in a classy time given the undulations.

Latest results and CLGP standings haven’t yet been published but provisional results for the harriers results are as follows :-

First 4 Placings (that took 2nd team)

Chris Farrell – 5th
Martyn Bell – 6th
Dave Jackson – 12th
Andy Townsend – 19th

Next 6 Placings (that contribute to the CLGP)

Glynne Lever – 29th
Sean McMyler – 34th
Graham Finch – 37th
Brendan Bolland – 51st
Doug Fleming – 61st
Nick Isherwood – 70th

Our other stars of Horwich RMI that provided great depth

David Unsworth – 81st
Tony Hesketh – 125th
Colin Wood – 132nd
Mark Swindell – 137th
Suzanne Budgett – 139th
Peter Ramsdale – 154th
Pete Bland – 162nd
David Barnes – 182nd
Gordon Stone – 196th
Christa Whatmough – 207th
Christina Wright – 223rd
Lawrence Pinnell – 227th
Julie Williamson – 247th

Team Results ( best 4 positions) – Bolton just pipped the harriers by 3 points on the night and the ladies team (best 3 finishers) finished 7th.

For the park series overall (best 3 races of 4 to count ) Gareth Booth and Dave Milliken finished 2nd and 3rd overall in the seniors but then going one better with a win for Gareth and 2nd for Dave in the overall vets category.

Well done guys !

Junior Astley Park Run

Junior Astley Park Run

The 3rd Race in the Astley Park Series allowed our Juniors to shine yet again. Our girls managed 1ST Team place with Penny Townsend 3rd girl, closely followed by Anna Walton 5th girl, and a fantastic run from Ella Pendlebury 8th girl. Each of the athletes showing their hard work on the track is paying off.

Not to be outdone the boys also managed with Nathan Townsend 1st, Jonathan Birchall 4th and a sprint finish of Lewis Wilkes got him 6th place, just beating Thomas Massey. The Run of the evening has to go to Toby Middleton who ran 22 secs faster than the last time he was here. Well done Toby.

Jubilee Junior STREET Race

Jubilee Junior STREET Race

More Horwich Juniors took to the 1 mile Street race and came out with PB’s. More or less all athletes knocking an average of 10 seconds or more off their previous time, showing their training is going well. Nathan Townsend Won the race and Jodie Greenhalgh was our first girl home only just holding off Olivia Lowe. Runs of the evening had to go to Lewis Wilkes 14 seconds faster, Robert Seddon 12 seconds quicker. Anna Walton a credible 15th in a time of 6:10, proving she is getting quicker each time she runs. Leaving Toby Middleton with a massive 34 seconds improvement over his last run, Well done to all, in this and the Astley Runs.

Next event ASTLEY Park 3rd July.

Junior Astley PARK run

Junior Astley PARK run

The 2ND Astley Park Junior Trial run was held on the 5th June. Results were delayed due to some errors in the timing and numbers in the funnel. 23 Juniors went out to see what they could do.

Highlights had to be Penny Townsend, Anna Walton & Olivia Lowe all running 10 seconds less, each to gain 2nd girls team place.

The Boys headed in by Jonathan Birchall also has good runs with Lewis Wilkes and Thomas Massey again many seconds quicker than their last race, helping again to claim 2nd team.

It had to be recognized Clayton brought over some Older runners to win both boys & girls, however, age against age, Horwich would win with some margin.

Dunham Massey 5k

Dunham Massey 5k (2nd race)

Only 2 runners ventured to this picturesque park last thursday with Gareth Booth starting to show more consistency running 16.11 along with Andy Townsend who ran 17.18 – 18secs quicker than the race in May despite doing the three sisters the previous day!



On a pretty humid morning, Horwich had three vets running on the local BMAF 5k race which turned out to be a pretty quick race for the old guys with the winner running 15.16 on a tough course.

Whilst Ali ran Gareth down, it was a pretty closely matched race with Ali started the race and was running super quick for the 1st mile. Gareth finally got into the race and at one stage, both were closing down local runner, Nick Leigh but with 0.5miles to go Ali pushed hard to gain the few secs before the final run for home.

On a tough course, both runners were happy with their performance as they both compared well against 2011 times and look forward to the continued rivalry over this distance in the next few months

2013 2011
10. A.Murray 16.03 16.03
13. G.Booth 16.07 16.18
46. D.Jackson 17.26

3 Sisters 5k

Central Lancs Grand Prix
3 Sisters 5k
Wednesday 12th June 2013

219 toed the line on what became quite a humid evening after some heavy rain before the start, but overall conditions around this part trail and road circuit were excellent.

The 5k race required two short and 1 long lap to be completed and it was super vet35 Alastair Murray that gave an early chase and hot on the heels of the eventual winner Antony Valentine from Bolton Harriers.

The chase was deliberate and Ali had planned ahead of the race to use the race to practice different speeds and get something out of the race but crucially get some valuable team points.

Horwich RMI took the mens first team honours and Martyn took the lion share of the team beers !

Horwich First Team – 4

Martyn Bell – 3rd
Alastair Murray – 4th
Dave Jackson – 10th
Andy Townsend – 14th

Next 6 runners contributing to the CLGP overall standings

Glynne Lever – 21st
Graham Finch – 25th
Chris Ingham – 34th
Nick Isherwood – 61st
David Unsworth – 76th
Colin Wood – 103rd

And just to add some real depth we had the following members who all ran fantastically well on the night.

Steve Thomasson – 127th
Pete Bland – 130th
David Wagstaff – 140th
David Barnes – 150th
Christina Wright – 168th
Christa Whatmough – 170th
Julie Williamson – 203rd

Full results can be found via this link

Grand Prix overall standings – In the A team (first 10) Horwich RMI still lead the way after 5 CLGP races but only marginally over Bolton Harriers. In the Vets (Male & Female), we are still dominating but we certainly need to focus on the Ladies (only 4 required) and B teams – come on ladies lets support Christa and Julie !

Please Note: the next block of 3 CLGP races are within much tighter time frames, notably – 7th August – Chorley 4.4 / 11th August – NVAC 10k Bispham / 1st September – Pennington Flash 5

Yours in Sport, Martyn Bell

3 Sisters 5k

3 Sisters 5k

Last minute reminder that it’s the next CLGP race tomorrow at 3 Sisters Country Park 5k.

We need a strong turnout to maintain our lead in the Grand Prix.

Update from the organisers: For anyone travelling to 3 sisters on Wednesday be aware of the following notice from Wigan Council – Bryn Road, Ashton in Makerfield – As part of the ongoing North West Electrification project by Network Rail the railway bridge on Bryn Road is being reconstructed. To allow this work to be undertaken the road was closed on Monday 3rd June 2013 until Monday 9th September 2013 (14 weeks). Access will be available for pedestrians at all times via a temporary footbridge. The diversion route is via Wigan Road, Bolton Road and Bryn Road South

Link for directions.

Bowdon 5k

Bowdon 5k, Altrincham, Cheshire
6th June 2013

Four harriers travelled to leafy Cheshire taking part in the 3rd of 5 summer 5k races known locally as the North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix series.
Further details on the series can be found on the following link –

number Date Race
1 Fri 24-May-2013 Dunham Massey 5k #1

2 Sat 1-Jun-2013 Hollins Green 5k

3 Thu 6-Jun-2013 Bowdon 5k

4 Thu 13-Jun-2013 Dunham Massey 5k #2

5 Sat 22-Jun-2013 Lymm 5k

254 runners completed the 2 lap course which was run in very warm conditions – the route covered a mix of trail and road that was quite twisty in places and made even more difficult having to negotiate a closed stile twice that should have been opened on the night !

Matthew Shaw (Salford Harriers) took the honours on the night in 15m 35s closely followed by the boys in red.

Martyn Bell – 15m 48 (4th)
Alastair Murray – 16m 16 (8th)
Gareth Booth – 16m 48 (12th)
Andy Townsend – 17m 23 (24th)

Full results :

Martyn Bell

Nathan SMASHES record @ Heaton Park

Nathan SMASHES record @ Heaton Park

Junior Male 14, Nathan Townsend smashed yet another Park record this time at Heaton Park, Manchester. On his last Saturday before his 15th Birthday he decided he would attempt to claim the course record. In a field of 492 runners he was piped to 3rd yet managed to smash the record of 17.57 to 17.09 being recognized as the 13th fastest in the UK to date this year. His talent even got recognized by the Heaton team who put on their news feed the following;-

Heaton parkrun #181 18th-May-2013

Lancaster 5k

Lancaster 5k
Saturday 25th May

Alastair Murray’s campaign for England Masters selection moved 1 stage closer as he delivered this weekend a PB 5k time in what was the 1st of 5 summer 5k races at Salt Ayre track.

Three harriers made the journey north with 97 starting the race and local Bolton Harrier Tom Carson taking the honours on the night in 15m 28s.

3rd Ali Murray – 15m 49s
27th Billy Martin – 18m 15s
84th Julie Williamson – 25m 24s

This race is an out and back course, where momentum is lost slightly as you navigate the half way point around a 180 degree turn.

This performance bodes well for Ali who now fine tunes his training and bid for the forthcoming BMAF 5k championships in 3 weeks time.

For full results see


Worden Park 10k

Worden Park 10k 19th May

A field of over 180 runners gathered in Leyland for this race. Ideal conditions made for good racing.

Rob Affleck of Preston won easily. First home with an excellent race for Horwich was Dave Jackson; 7th place in a time of 33.34. Remarkably only 5th veteran this was despite cycling there and also running in Birmingham the day before. The only other runner was Tony Hesketh; first over sixty five in a new category in 36th place with a time of 42.54 and he also ran in Birmingham the day before.

Results :

BMAF Road Relays

BMAF Road Relays
Sutton Park, Birmingham
Saturday 18th May 2013

Well after what seems now along time in the planning the BMAF relays finally arrived and we
had 2 teams (M65 and M35) travelling south to Sutton Park, near Birmingham.

The course was 3.01 miles and can be described as very demanding with many undulations
throughout and from the off having to negotiate a long 1.2 mile climb and even 2 cheeky hills
in the last ½ mile !


The Vets M65 started at 11.00am and required a team of 3, so this comprised of Tony, Mick
and Pete who collectively battled through to finish 5th team overall out of 16 – Oxford City AC
took the team gold with a collective team time of 57m 52.

The following individual times were posted.

Tony Hesketh 20 mins 09 secs
Mick Crook 20 mins 50 secs
Pete Bland 21 mins 45m secs

Full Results:


The veteran “youngsters” competed at 1.00pm with 81 teams toeing the line in the highly
competitive M35-44 age group category, requiring now 8 individuals.

Overall, we finished 28th team and the following times were posted in leg order

Martyn Bell 15.18m
David Jackson 17.00m
Paul Muller 17.13m
William Martin 18.08m
Glynne Lever 17.27m
Nick Isherwood 18.27m
Peter Ramsdale 21.17m
Stu Edmondson – n/a

Full Results :

Post race thoughts / observations

As team captain, my vision 3-4 months ago was to deliver a medal as Horwich RMI
possesses the necessary depth and talent of vet age runners as evidenced in late 2012,
where we medalled at the UKA British Fell Relays. But over the last few months the large
pool of vets available slowly started to dwindle down – so whilst we didn’t fulfil out team
potential at a national level the team on the day did fantastically well and all worked hard.
It was a great honour to be team captain and this is a race I felt very motivated to perform well
and whilst I had a solid race I was inspired to see some standout “personality traits” !

On leg 2, Dave Jackson gave his all and wanted to perform well at this event (got his eye on a
England masters selection) but just at this stage is still in a build phase on his fitness due to
having injuries late 2012 / early 2013 – we will see no doubt in the months to come massive
improvements in his race performances – it certainly didn’t help him having to do 7 hours of
“hod carrying” the day before !!

Paul Muller started leg 3 and he laughs when I say he is a big inspiration to me – this is a well
tuned running machine that’s seen it all and turns out week after week solid performances,
albeit is hampered with knee problems. We can all learn a trick or two from Paul – just look at
his longevity in the sport – whilst not churning out the speeds he used to do he is still ranking
with the UKs best for his age group.

I hadn’t met Nick Isherwood and Glynne Lever prior to this race but was great to see both in
person and in action and both were happy with their performances on the day. Watch this
space to see these guys progressing even more.

Pete Ramsdale started leg 7 and I know he was a little disappointed with his time on the day
but again was a solid run – the team would like to thank Pete who generously drove both
ways making life much easier for us.

And finally a very special mention goes to Stu Edmondson who demonstrated some
personality traits that kind of capture what I as a team captain look for in an individual –
despite being hampered with hamstring problems, he still made the commitment to travel and
compete as he had given his word and desperately didn’t want to let the team down.

We didn’t know just how bad his injury was but collectively we decided that it would be in
Stuarts interests if he didn’t compete and to think of the bigger picture. However, his
enthusiasm and commitment to the good of the team was a delight to witness and has
enormous credibility from my perspective.

So, another great day out and hopefully next year we can have another crack at this fantastic
race and hopefully have a larger pool of vets to tap into.


Juniors Street Race

Juniors Street Race

25 Horwich Athletes made the race on the night. A total of 41 runners, most entering the full series has given us the belief that this series could get more popular with local clubs.

Results can be found here albeit being provisional;-

Well done to all the youngsters who managed to get round. A big well done to the Penny Townsend 1ST girl & Nathan Townsend 1st boy past the line. Another mention has to go out to Jodie who fell at the start, however setting a good example by getting up and carrying on to the end albeit a bleeding elbow, well done.

The evening went rather well and other clubs thanked us for putting it on, particularly Leigh & Chorley. I hope all will support our next outing @ ASTLEY Park series 2 weeks from LAST NIGHT.

Andy T.

The Horwich Jubilee 5m Road Race – Wed 15th June

The Horwich Jubilee 5m Road Race – Wed 15th June

Central Lancs Grand Prix

Horwich RMI Road Championship

Horwich Overall Club Championship

Another high turnout of runners, 255 finishers, proved what a difference being part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix can make. We also had another good turnout especially at the front of the race which meant we beat Bolton by 4 points and remain leaders of the Grand Prix, our vets are also leading their part of the series. Thanks to Martyn Bell for his efforts to encourage our quicker runners to race and there is no doubt that their presence is motivating the group of runners just behind them and the rest of us further down the field.

Please put in your diary the next race in the series, it is – The Three Sisters 5k at Ashton in Makerfield nr Wigan.

Pete Bland.

Results –

Also great to see so many of our future stars running in The Junior Street Race.

Results –

Radcliffe 10k Trail Race

Radcliffe 10k Trail Race

Tremendous turnout of 31 Horwich Harriers today at the 3rd round of the Central Lancs Grand Prix. We had our first 10 counters in the first 34 of the overall race and have moved into first position in the series.

We also won

1st mens team of 3 on the day
1st Vets team of 6 in the series
1st vet 40 – Martyn Bell
2nd Vet 45 – Rob Jackson
2nd Vet 50 – Sean McMyler
2nd Vet 55 – Colin Wood
2nd Vet 65 – Pete Bland
1st Vet 50 Lady – Suzanne Budgett

I have to say I was chuffed at the turnout today, we had a better than usual group at the front mainly due to Ali and Martyn’s help and a very strong back up nowadays just behind the front group which seems to be getting stronger by the week, a lot of these guys are regulars at the track on Tuesdays in Steve Pearsons group and are as keen a group as I have seen in a while.

The ladies are struggling a little at the moment with injuries but I am sure once they are all fit again we will see a strong group running in these races. Well done to the ladies who raced today and maintained their position of 3rd in the series, and once again a strong run from our first lady home Suzanne.

It was good to see some old faces supporting the club again even though it was a struggle ( only Joking lads ) nice to see you – won,t mention your names, oh go on then, Steve Jackson, Allan Blinkhorn and Frank Wood.

There was a good atmosphere around the place today and I got the feeling that the club is heading in the right direction, nice to be a part of it.

See you all at the next CLGP – The Jubilee 5m in May

Pete Bland


Flemming Cup

Flemming Cup Junior Handicap Race 17th April 2013 at Bolton Arena

Starts at 6 30 p.m. Entry Fee £2. Race distance 2 miles approx. Please give a time for a recent race or time trial when entering to Brenda or Tony Hesketh. (tel 01204 668183) All finishers receive a medal and there are prizes for the fastest boy and girl and the overall winner. Race Limit 45 runners. Age limit 7 years parent to run with child maximum age 16 years. All ages are as 1/01/13.

UPDATED 12 Stage Selection

UPDATED 12 Stage Selection.

The teams for this Saturdays relays at Stanley Park Blackpool have been selected as follows.

A Team –

1. Martyn Bell (long) (11:30)
2. James Kevan (11:55)
3. Paul Muller (long) (12:10)
4. Alastair Murray (12:35)
5. Glyn Kay (long) (12:50)
6. Andy Townsend (13:15)
7. Richard Howarth (long) (13:30)
8. Stuart Edmondson (13:55)
9. Rob Jackson (long) (14:10)
10. Graham Finch (14:35)
11. Dave Jackson (long) (14:50)
12. Glynne Lever (15:15)

B Team –

1. Billy Martin (long) (11:30)
2. Trevor Fishwick (11:55)
3. Chris Ingham (long) (12:15)
4. Tony Hesketh (12:45)
5. Nick Isherwood (long) (13:05)
6. Steve Thomasson (13:35)
7. Rudolf Mac (long) (13:55)
8. Wayne Shingler (14:25)
9. Karl Ward (long) (14:45)
10. Gordon Stone (15:15)
11. Layne Mercer (long) (15:35)
12. Stephen Diaz (16:05)

The times indicate an estimated start time. Please arrive in plenty of time for your leg. Later legs may be earlier due to mass start.

As you can see, we currently have a couple of ringers, so if you are available please get in touch and have a run.

Alastair Murray : 07769682439 /

Details :

Saturday 23rd March 2013 at Stanley Park, Blackpool

11.30 am start

For the Blackpool & Fylde Trophy – Holders: Liverpool Harriers

Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 are approximately 4.9 miles
Stages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 are approximately 2.8 miles

Directions to Stanley Park Arena

Follow the M55 motorway to Blackpool and exit at Junction 4 signposted BlackpoolA583.
Take 3rd Exit towards Blackpool A583 for 2 miles
Go through three sets of traffic lights, the third with McDonalds on the left-hand junction corner.
At the next set of lights turn right on to South Park Drive signposted Fleetwood A587.
Go through the first set of lights and bear left at the mini-roundabout.
You are now on West Park Drive with the park on your right. At the second mini-roundabout turn right into Blackpool Sports Centre.
The Athletic Arena is situated immediately behind the main Sports Centre building.

Course Map

BMAF Road Relays

BMAF Road Relays

Saturday, 18th May 2013 at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Please advise who would like to be involved in this championship?

Contact: Martyn Bell

Please note – for all aspiring vets who want to be considered for the England Cross country team this relay race and our very own production in the BMAF 5k road championships will contribute heavily !

Championships will be held over a traffic free three mile course

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+ 8 1.00 pm
Men M45+ 6 1.00 pm
Men M55+ 4 1.00 pm

Medals to first three teams and three fastest individuals in each championship

Entries close midnight on 20th April 2013. Entries for ‘B’ Teams will not be accepted

Tom Morris, 391 Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, BIRMINGHAM B36 0JH (Please include sae size DL). Download Entry Forms from or or

Roddlesworth Roller

Roddlesworth Roller Multi Terrain Race 10th March

A very cold day greeted the large field of over 170 runners for this annual race from Abbey Village. First home for us with a great run was Rob Jackson. First o/45 in third place overall Rob always does well on this course. Our next runners where only separated by 22 seconds with Graham Finch 7th and first o/50 another great run then Billy Martin 8th and Paul Boardman 9th second O/50. This was enough to win the Open mens and Veteran Mens Team awards. First lady was Lindsey Brindle 11th overall after a brilliant race and Tony Hesketh was first O/60 in 40th place. Great to see so many of our juniors racing the Doddle afterwards and winning their categories.

Daffodil Doddle, Abbey Village

Daffodil Doddle, Abbey Village

16 Juniors braved the bitter cold weather @ Abbey Village to run the Annual Daffodil Doddle.

First home in 4th Nathan Townsend, Lewis Wilkes 14th and Robert Seddon in 17th. First Girl Olivia Lowe followed by Nathan Lancaster. The Massey brothers Thomas & Luke together in 37th & 38th. Others followed Matthew Flatters, Lucas Milliken, Jack Morris, Anna Walton, Matthew Oldfield, Stephen Brown, Daniel Rowe, Emily Lowe, Jake Glendenning and Harry Thompson.

Club came in 2nd by ONE point! A big thanks to Parents and kids, this is turning out to be a great junior squad, with lots of very young runners.


Trotters 5m

The Trotters 5m
Sunday 3rd March 2013
Central Lancashire Grand Prix

Another very good turnout, 25 Horwich RMI Harriers toeing the line.

Too many to mention everybody again
In the ladies congrats to Rachel Jones winning the ladies race again and now leading the series, also the ladies taking 3rd team with Rachel, Maria and Christina.

In the mens congrats to Andy T 2nd V45, Sean M 2nd V50, Rudolf Mac 1st V60, Pete B 1st V65, and a mention must go to the resurgent Dave Jackson delighted to be the first Horwich Harrier home.

A good day at the office for the main series as we maintained 2nd place overall only a few points behind the leaders Bolton.

Well done to everybody and hopefully we can put out a strong squad again at the Radcliffe 10k in about 6 weeks time

Pete Bland

Horwich Team for 12/6 Stage


Saturday 23rd March 2013 at Stanley Park, Blackpool

11.30 am start

Men’s Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 are approximately 4.9 miles
Men’s Stages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 are approximately 2.8 miles

Ladies’ 6 Stages of approximately 2.8 miles

Could all members interested in running please contact Alastair Murray asap.

Text or Email is best.

07769682439 /

Next Grand Prix race & 1st relay of the year

Next Grand Prix race & 1st relay of the year

We had a great start to the Central Lancs Grand Prix last Sunday with 26 RMI members toeing the line, In the Grand Prix series we finished 2nd in the overall race only 4 points behind Bolton, 1st in the vets and 3rd in the ladies.

The next race in the series is on Sunday 3rd March

The Burnden Road Runners 5m trail race at the Smithills Sports Centre, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, start time 10am. 50% of the race is on tarmac and road shoes are probably best.

We then have a break of 6 weeks to the next Grand Prix Race at Radcliffe

Pete Bland

Central Lancashire 5k

Central Lancashire 5k

Sunday 17th February 2013

1st race in Central Lancs Grand Prix

Well done folks! 26 runners from Horwich RMI Harriers raced this first race of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix and made sure we are in contention from the start. The results for the Grand Prix have not been published yet but we will be in contention in all categories. I will put them up on the site when they are available.
I cannot mention everybody individually but must congratulate Rachel for winning the ladies race and Maria and Sue for backing her up to win the ladies team. Also well done to the men who raced and were not at their best, but did it for the club.
Once again a great turnout, lets follow it up with another at the Burnden 5m trail race on the 3rd March

Pete Bland

Bolton 5k

1st race in the CLGP Series

Bolton 5k – Sunday 17th – Start 10.30am – Leverhulme Park – Sign on at the running track

Could anybody intending to run this race please e.mail me back so that I can make sure we have a team, dont forget that its our first 10 runners to count ( Ladies or Men ) for the Central Lancs Grand Prix series.

Cheers and thanks

Pete Bland

Witton Winter Warmer 10k

Witton Winter Warmer 10k

Horwich RMI Seniors 2nd Place at Witton 10k

After a juniors result of 4 out of 4 could the seniors go one better, well almost. In cold weather sleet and rain the seniors put up a good race. And for a consecutive year came in as second team, after Blackburn.

Regular Witton runners Richard Howarth & Rob Jackson managed 8th & 9th respectfully Rob also managing to claim 1st V45. Andy Townsend in at 16th with 3rd V45 and completing the team Sean McMcmyler in at 24th and 2nd V50. Not to be outdone Paul Boardman a fantastic 49th. Maria Lowe now getting back to fitness managing a brilliant 2nd female finisher in at 63rd. The size of the race one of the biggest for a while 299 finishers making the RMI results very respectable indeed.

All in all a good days results for Juniors and Seniors alike.

Horwich Juniors Win 4 out of 4

Horwich Juniors Win 4 out of 4

Cold Sunday Mornings are for creating History, particularly for the Juniors of Horwich RMI.

A fast 2.5k race saw Nathan Townsend who lead the field most of the way come home to win the race and take 1st M14 medal and a new course record.

Next In we had Lewis Wilkes his first road run came in 11th place with 1st M11. Not to be outdone Olivia Lowe her first road race for the club in, in 14th the 1st F13. Outstanding performance from Thomas Massey brought him in, in 16th the 1ST m9 Runner.

So to recap the club had 4 runners with 4 winners, all receiving prizes on the day. A very proud coach Andy Townsend was so pleased for the athletes and the parents who had made the effort.

Upcoming Races

Upcoming Races

Hey up Racers

Next Mid Lancs cross country is this Saturday at Lancaster on Saturday 9th Feb, details on the Mid Lancs website, once again we need a team of at least 6 senior men to gain points.

The first Central Lancs Grand Prix of 2013 is the Bolton 5k starting and finishing on the track at Leverhulme Park Bolton on Sunday 17th Feb at 11am

I realise that this weekend we have a clash with the Winter Hill Fell Race but hopefully we can get at least 6 men out which will mean enough points to secure our place in the top division.

But – next week the Bolton 5k does not clash with any other races ( including Fell ) so we should be able to put together a strong team to kick start the season, have a look on the website to find the details about the Grand Prix. The main competition is first 10 to count from each club, ladies or men.

See you soon

Pete Bland

Central Lancs Grand Prix 2013

Central Lancs Grand Prix 2013

1 17/02 Bolton 5k 11am
2 03/03 trotters 5m 10am
3 14/04 Radcliffe 10k 11am
4 15/05 Jubilee 5m 07.30pm
5 12/06 3 Sisters 5k 07.30pm
6 07/08 Chorley 4.4m 07.30pm
7 11/08 NVAC 10k Bispham 11am
8 01/09 Leigh Pennington Flash 5m 11am
9 29/09 Swinton 10m 09.30am
10 06/10 Gin Pit 5m 11am


10 runners to count for A team – irrespective of gender (worst race can be discarded)
8 runners to count for B team – irrespective of gender
6 runners to count for vets team – irrespective of gender
4 runners to count for ladies team
Best 7 races to count for individual prizes – 1st 5 men and 1st 5 ladies
Vets categories for individual prizes will be in 5yr periods – prizes for 1st and 2nd in each category
Your Vet category will be your age on your first race

These races will also be the Horwich RMI Harriers Road Championships Races for 2013.

Ribble Valley 10k

Ribble Valley 10k – 30th Dec ‘12

This race always attracts the best from near and far for this ‘closed road and undulating’ 10k race. It is always great to see Katie Hewison back in the North West in the red of Horwich and an excellent run in just over 34 minutes to give her second place just 13 seconds behind the winner Alyson Dixon of Chester le Street AC. Our other lady in the race was Debbie Campbell who was 23rd in the lady’s race and 276th overall in 40.33.

The men’s race had 21 runners under 31 minutes, that’s quality, with first home was David Bishop of Bristol & West AC in 30.02, Matthew Bowser from Lincoln Wellington AC was second in 30.06 and Andrew Wiles from New Marske Harriers third in 30.10. Horwich runners completing the course were Richard Howarth 102nd in 35.23, Ian Hamer 261st in 39.45 with Bobby Kasabov 265th in 40.13.

With 1078 runners in the race battling for some excellent prize money rewards it’s easy to see why runners come from far and wide for this race. Thanks Blackburn Harriers.

Peter Ramsdale

CLGP Awards Presentation

Central Lancs Grand Prix Awards Presentation

Central Lancs Grand Prix Prize Presentation 2012 will be held at the Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club on Friday 16th November 8pm – £3.00 on the door.

Horwich prize winners are

5th Overall – Dave Jackson
2nd Vet 40 – Dave Jackson
1st Vet 45 – Andy Townsend
1st Vet 60 – Pete Bland

Please try and support the event and let Pete Bland know if you will be attending 07551404047 /

Overall Tables

Overall Tables

The Overall Club Champs Tables are now up to date.

Apologies for the delay this year in the updating of all the tables. It appears there was some confusion over who was maintaining them this year.

Many thanks for the hard work of Karen Murray over the last few days in bringing all the tables up to date.

Swinton 10miles Road Race

 Swinton 10miles Road Race

The 3rd annual Swinton 10miles Road Race took place on a cloudy, breezy morning over the undulating course which replaced the original Swinton Half Marathon which was held for 30 years. The race incorporated the latest stage of the Central Lancs Grand Prix and attracted over 200 entries.

Horwich Harriers were lead home by Rob Jackson in 10th place overall and 2nd vet45. Amazingly this was Rob’s 26th consecutive Swinton Half/10m Race and he maintained his record of always finishing in the top 10. Strong runs from Dave Jackson in 15th place and 4th vet40 and Sean McMyler in 21st and a super 1st vet 50 gave Horwich 3rd team behinh Bolton Harriers and Leigh Harriers. Colin Wood 92nd and 5th vet55, Mark Swindell 111th and 20th vet40 and Dave Wagstaff 150th and 24th vet40 also competed.

Relay Season : UPDATED

Its that time of year again when every weekend seems to have a different relay on it.

North West Counties Road Relays

Saturday 15th September 2012, Marbury Park, near Northwich.

Full details and entry form :

We are not formally organising any teams for this relay unless someone comes forward to organise a team or there is enough interest.

Note : To be eligible for competition teams must consist of runners with the same county affiliation.

Northern Athletics 6 & 4 Stage Road Relay

Saturday 22nd September 2012, Leigh Sports Village.

Full details :

We are looking to enter at least one men’s team & 1 ladies’ team, and more if there is enough interest. Please get in touch asap if you would like to run.

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Sunday 7th October 2012, Patterdale.

Details :

We have entered 2 teams for the IMHR. Please get in touch with Colin Jones ASAP if you are interested.

FRA Relays

Sunday 14th October 2012, Church Stretton.

Details :

As previously published we have entered an open team and a men’s vets team for this event, and already have provisional teams in place. If you are still interested get in touch – we always need reserves!

Greater Manchester XC Relays

Saturday 5th January 2013, Northwich.

Just an early heads up for this one. If you are interested get in touch.


Steve Pearson – 07732 210013 /

Alastair Murray – 07769682439 /

Pete Bland – 07551 404047 /

Colin Jones – 07773 160675 /

Club Overall Champs 2012

The 2012 senior overall championships for both ladies and men will be your best 10 from the follow 12 races, with a minimum of 8 races to qualify for prizes.

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

Results So Far Men Ladies

Horwich RMI Overall Championships 2012
16/05/12 Jubilee 5M
13/06/12 Three Sisters 5k
01/08/12 Chorley 4.4M
07/10/12 Gin Pit 5M
07/06/12 Henderson’s End
23/06/12 Clougha Pike
21/07/12 Turnslack
15/09/12 Three Shires
Cross Country (Best 4 from 6)
tba Mid Lancs Race 1
tba Mid Lancs Race 2
tba Mid Lancs Race 3
tba Mid Lancs Race 4
tba Mid Lancs Race 5
tba Mid Lancs Race 6

Northern Road Relays

Northern ladies 6 and mens 12 stage road relays
Saturday 31st March 2012

Ladies​6 x 2.41miles per leg

1 ​Rachel Thompson ​13.33 ​Team Position​ 5th
2​ Lindsay Brindle ​​13.56​​​ 7th
3 ​Michelle Devine​​ 16.11 ​​​10th
4​ Suzanne Budget ​14.54 ​​​10th
5​ April Stephenson​ 15.49 ​​​10th
6​ Maria Lowe​​ 14.24​​​ 10th

An all round strong performance from the ladies and a top result on the day. It was nice to see the team enjoy themselves so much on the day.

Men 6 x 2.41miles and 6 x 4.8miles per leg (odd number legs 4.8m and evens 2.41)

1​ Andy Townsend​​ 26.56 ​Team Position ​44th​
2 ​Tim Roe​​ 13.58 ​​​39th
3​ Martyn Bell​​ 25.42 ​​​38th
4​ Billy Martin​​ 14.39 ​​​38th
5​ Karl Ward ​​28.52 ​​​40th
6 ​Carl Balshaw ​​14.15 ​​​40th
7 ​Alastair Murray ​​26.01 ​​​38th
8​ Tony Hesketh ​​16.05 ​​​38th
9 ​Stuart Edmundson ​​26.58 ​​​38th
10​ Colin Wood​​ 15.50​​​ 38th
11​ Rob Whitaker ​​32.08 ​​​41st
12​ Pete Bland ​​16.44 ​​​40th

A massive thank you to everybody who ran, but a bigger thank you to all the lads who ran at such short notice, like Rob who rushed over from Wetherby at the last minute to run on Leg 11. Thanks also to Pete Ramsdale for bringing the tent and to my missus Jane for helping out on the day with numbers , and babysitting duties etc.
Once again it was a very stressful week for me and Ali as we tried to coax and cajole people to run for the club, we have 200 members but you wouldnt think so when you try and put a team together. The race was advertised on the website front page for at least 6 weeks and I personally e.mailed at least 40 people 6 times but still we were runners short on the Friday. It seems strange that me and Tony are in our 65th years of age and still are running for Horwich in the A Team ( Yes the A Team )
On the plus side we had a great day out, we met runners we hadn’t seen for ages, we chatted to other team members, it was like a festival of running and very enjoyable.

Pete Pland.

Northern Road Relays

Details of this Saturdays Northern Road Relays can be found on the Northern Athletics site by following this link

The ladies’ and men’s teams will be announced, as soon as they are finalised.

(we are still looking for men for the team – if you are available contact Pete Bland –

Watch this space.

Northern 12 and 6 stage

We are less than three weeks away from the mens 12 and ladies 6 stage road running relays. The mens race is 6 x 4.9 miles and 6 x 2.8 miles and the ladies race is 6 x 2.8 miles.

Please let me know by e.mail if you wish to be in the squad for these relays, I can then pick the teams from the squad. I need to send on line in the next few days our squad, that can be as many as 36 men and 18 ladies. Please also let me know if you would sooner run in the morning cos you are doing something in the afternoon or the other way round if you like a lie in.


Pete Bland (