FRA Relays Teams

UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championship 2017
Sunday 15th October 2017 – Llanberis

Leg descriptions
Leg 1 – Short (Solo)
Leg 2 – Long (Pairs)
Leg 3 – Navigation (Pairs)
Leg 4 – Long (Solo)

Team Categories
A – Male Open
B – Male Vet 40
C – Male Vet 50
D – Female Open
E – Female Vet 40
F – Mixed Any Age (3M/3F)
G – Mixed (any combination)

Last time in Llanberis we had 5 teams. Can we do it again? Let me know asap if you want to run (at what team you want to run in) so we can decide what teams to enter.

Many thanks.

Ali. ( or 07769682439)

Junior Fell Championship 2017

Junior Fell Championship 2017

The 2017 championships are slightly different than in the past in as much as it is going to be 8 races from the list of 12 which incorporates the English Junior Fell Champs and the English Schools Fell Champs along with four other popular races. The scoring system is changing also as usual 10 points for first Horwich junior then 9 points for second and so forth, there will be 3 bonus points for each English Champs race ran and a bonus of 5 points for the English Schools Championships. You can do more than eight races and drop your worst scores.This means our championship will run for 10 months and will give a more accurate view of the championship over a longer period with a two month break for holidays etc.

Feb 26th Ilkley Moor Yorks
March 25th Cock Howe Cleveland English
April 1st West Nab Yorks English
April 15th Rivington Pike Horwich
April 22nd Anniversary Wa Cumbria English
May 1st Coiners Yorks English
May 14th Great Whernside Uphill only Yorks English
May 21st Saddleworth Greater Manchester Champs
June 10th Rossendale 50th Anniversary Lancs English
Sept 24th Sedbergh Cumbria English Schools
Oct 8th Withins Skyline Haworth Yorks
Nov 4th Shepherds Skyline Todmorden Yorks

Tony Hesketh 07973302432

Downhill Race

Downhill Race

The annual Downhill Race took place in its usual location, on 15th September, this year a week after the Horwich beer feastival. This did unsure that all runners, marshals and supporters had no excuse after the race but to go home, as it is a school night!

As start time got nearer the merry band of runners reached a grand total of 11 participants with a wonderful spread of ages (junior men to vet 60) but all of the same gender, male.

First off was race organiser Ali closely followed, well 30 seconds later, by Andy F. “I’ll never catch him” said Andy as Ali disappeared into the distance on a quite misty evening – he did but then…… see later…….

Once all 11 had been set off successfully the time keepers, spare time keepers and supporter all jumped into and onto their mode of transport down to the RMI club. There were cars and bikes – no one sat on the roof…..

First back was Ali in 20.02 and even though he was first back, others could beat his time, so no time yet to celebrate. On the running clock Gary Chadderton was next back in 23.11, Doug Fleming 24.22, Andy Ford 26.27, Dan G 26.33, Albert Sunter 27.04, Tony Hesketh 28.13, Mark Swindell 29.01, Ian Charters 33.00 and then we had a gap. There were two runners still out, the weather was still ok but it was getting darker and our junior Sam W didn’t know the route!!!! Steve Botrill had done the race before. After a nervous wait by Sam’s mum, up he ran from Horwich town centre to finish with a time of 36.00 with Steve B completing the set in 39.55.

All back, no one lost or injured (Steve B did manage to get in a bog up to his shorts) but that just let the presentation. After some time subtractions (no possible on a calculator) Ali had the quickest tine of 20.02 with Gary C doing 21.41 and Albert S 22.04.

Thanks to all who made it possible.

Results below.

Starting order Start Time Finish time Name Cat Running Time
Ali 0.00 20.02 1 Ali 1st Vet 40 20.02
Andy 0.30 26.27 2 Gary 1st Vet 50 21.41
Doug 1.00 24.22 3 Albert 1st Vet 55 22.04
Gary 1.30 23.11 4 Doug 2nd Vet 55 23.22
Sam 2.00 36.00 5 Dan 2nd Vet 40 23.33
Tony 2.30 28.13 6 Mark 1st Vet 45 25.01
Dan 3.00 26.33 7 Tony 1st Vet 65 25.43
Ian 3.30 33.00 8 Andy 1st Sen 25.57
Mark 4.00 29.01 9 Ian 1st Vet 60 29.30
Steve 4.30 39.55 10 Sam 1st Jun 34.00
Albert 5.00 27.04 11 Steve 3rd Vet 55 35.05

I should add here that whilst Albert, Tony and Ali all had Garmin distances of 3.22m, Andy F did an incredible 4.03m so takes the ‘value for money’ prize.
Peter Ramsdale

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

Pendle Fell Race

Pendle Fell Race.
2nd April 2016.
Barley, Lancs.

The second race in Horwich RMI Junior Fell Championships took place at Barley with races up and down Pendle Hill, with very muddy conditions making the races tougher than usual.

First away was the U/8 and Grace Pendlebury set the standard with a third place finish after a typical gutsy race. In the U/10 Theo Middleton was 6th Boy and this was his first race in this new age group. Cian Healy in the U/12, another runner in a new age group, ran well leading for a time before settling for third just over half a minute behind the winner. Team mate Toby Middleton was a superb 5th after a very good race. The girls race saw Ella Pendlebury win a sprint finish to record a second place, Freya Whittle revelled in the conditions to finish 4th and finally Lydia Johnson also had a good race to finish 8th. Finally the U/14 Boys race saw two exceptional runs by Lucas Milliken finishing second by only ten seconds to A Thompson of Wharfdale and Robert Seddon third only 13 seconds behind. Both fantastic runs. The next Championship race is at Todd Cragg in Cumbria on the 16th April.


Club Fell Champs 2016

The 2016 Senior Fell Championships

The 2016 senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 7 from the follow 15 races, with at least one from each category. (Short, Medium and Long)

The points system is as follows: 15 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 15th.


Senior Fell Championships 2016
Date Category Race
05/03/16 BM Stan Bradshaw Pendle*
20/03/16 BL Heptonstall*
09/04/16 BM Wardle Skyline*
30/04/16 BM The Cake Race*
14/05/16 AM Fairfield
21/05/16 AM Buttermere*
09/06/16 BS 2 Lads*
22/06/16 BS Harrock Hill 2
29/06/16 AS Eddie’s Revenge*
05/07/16 BS Stoodley Pike*
24/07/16 AL Holme Moss
30/07/16 BS Beetham Sports*
03/08/16 AS Whittle Pike*
10/08/16 BM Pilgrim’s Cross
04/09/16 AL Castle Carr*


Horwich has been admitted to the Area Fell GP once again, and the races marked above by a * are the 11 races that make up the series. Full details can be found on the Area Fell GP website.

Don’t forget about the English and British Championships. As usual, the Mike Short Trophy will be awarded to the harrier achieving the highest position in the British Championships.


British Championships 2016
Date Category Race
09/04/16 M Donard – Commedagh Horseshoe
11/06/16 L Pedol Cwm Pennant
09/07/16 S Sedbergh Sports
17/09/16 M Merrick Hill



English Championships 2016
Date Category Race
02/03/16 M Black Combe
07/05/16 S Up The Nab
09/07/16 S Sedbergh Sports
06/08/16 L Borrowdale
20/08/16 M Pendle 3 Peaks
08/10/16 L Langdale Horseshoe


Ashurst Beacon

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 23rd Jan 2016

Horwich RMI Harriers where out in force at the Ashurst Beacon Fell Race last Saturday which was the final race in the 2015 Championship. The underfoot conditions were very treacherous with very deep mud in places. The downhill start gets the field strung out quickly and with a one mile climb to the finish runners have to be careful not to go off to fast.

Ben Johnson of Southport won with his time well outside the course record held by Horwich’s Nick Leigh. The first Horwich finisher was Andy Ford whose 42.24 was good enough for 12th place. Two minutes behind in 23rd place came the consistent Graham Schofield – first vet O/55 in 44.31. Ian Hepburn ran well for 27th place and Nick Kelly just held off Paul Boardman by 4 seconds finishing 30th and 31st. Suzanne Budgett won her O/50 catagory in 61st and fourth lady in 49.01 with Tony Hesketh who won the race in 1988 just behind in 64th in a time of 49.18 taking the first O/65 award easily. Sandra Kelly ran well after doing a Park Run in the morning timed at 52.31 second O/45 in 94th place. Gordon Stone ran 57.30 for 122nd with Lawrence Purnell a minute behind him 131st.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne Fell Race 31st December 7 miles

Over 400 runners gathered at the start for this popular fell race. The conditions were good for racing although very muddy. Chris Farrell had a brilliant race sitting on England International Tom Adams shoulder until the final mile he pulled away to record a famous victory in 41.19. Another great run came from Irish International Kilian Mooney with a third place finish in 42.55. Another low scoring counter was required for the team award and this came from Michael Cayton who recorded 42.55 in an excellant 9th place. This clinched the team prize by some way. Other good runs came from Paul Boardman 119th in 57.28 and Steve Jackson was third O/60 in 146th place in a time of 58.48. The final Horwich runners were Tony Hesketh in 206th and Jason Middleton 311th

Junior Fell Championships 2016

Junior Fell Championships 2016

This years Junior Fell Championships will be made up with the 6 English Championships races being joined by four other local races one of which is on 29th May and is the Greater Manchester Championships at Saddleworth and will be our main target in the early season.

We have put Wray Caton Fell Race in after an absence of three years on 2nd May as this has good junior races along with a senior race, a Scarecrow festival and a brilliant country fair.

As usual all age groups can gain points – 10 for first Horwich finisher down to 1 point for the tenth. A minimum of three races should be completed to be eligible for an award at the end of the season. If you are intent on doing the English you need to join the FRA which costs around £9 but you get 3 magazines and a fixture book. Additionally, if you finish 4 championship races you are awarded a Tee Shirt and for completing the 6 races you get a hoodie as well.

21st Feb Ilkley Yorks
2nd April Pendle Yorks
16th April Todd Crag Cumbria
2nd May Wray Caton
7th May Hawkswick Yorks
14th May Malham Yorks
29th May Saddleworth Greater Manchester Championships
11th June Turner Uphill Cumbria (Uphill only Championships)
18th June Clougha Pike Lancs
2nd July Stretton Shropshire

Any queries contact Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Prediction Race

Prediction Race 30th December 2015

Despite the bad weather 16 Horwich juniors braved the elements to run a 2k course just below the Pigeon Tower.

Runners had to predict what time they would record with the nearest winning a prize. Lewis Wilkes won the race in a brilliant time of 8.14 and was second in the predictions with Theo Middleton guessing to within 4 seconds taking the prize for nearest. U/11 star Cian Healy was second finisher in 8.38 after a typical gutsy run and was third in the predictions.

In the girls race Ella Pendlebury ran well to finish first girl holding off a fast finishing Niamh Speakman with U/11 Grace Pendlebury finishing third after a good race.

1 Lewis Wilkes 8.14
2 Cian Healy 8.38
3 Tom Masssey 8.47
4 Toby Middleton 9.10
5 Robert Seddon 9.38
6 Ella Pendlebury 9.45
7 Niamh Speakman 10.22
8 Finlay Hayes 10.24
9 Calum Moseley 11.30
10 Josh Houghton 11.52
11 Grace Pendlebury 12.00
12 Theo Middleton 12.04
13 Sam Speakman 12.07
14 Harry ? 12.15
15 Ellie Green 13.20
16 Lydia Johnson 14.00

The senior race of 4 miles had only 3 runners with runners running up to Rivingon Pike and back but predictions were remarkably accurate with Paul Lewis winning the race in 38.00 and predicting his time to the second. Mark Seddon was second in 38.30 with his prediction being 90 seconds out with O/65 Derek Kay finishing in 42.01 and only 4 seconds outside his predicted time.

Shepherds Skyline

Shepherds Skyline Fell Race Todmorden 7th Nov 6 mls

Despite the poor weather making conditions underfoot treacherous over 200 runners competed in this popular race on the moors above Todmorden in Yorkshire. England International Ben Mounsey easily won in a very fast time 41.20. Horwich RMIs first counter was Graham Schofield in 54th place in 54.57 closely followed four places by Gary Chadderton in 55.26. In the O/65 category Tony Hesketh was third in 63.39 with John Monks 5th in the O/60 just 14 seconds behind after he had his shoe fall apart. The final finisher for Horwich was Lawrence Pinnell in 192nd place.

Shepherds Skyline Junior Race

A tough two lap course greeted the Junior fell Runners form Horwich with just two making the trip over the Pennines to race. In the U/10 Race Ellie Green ran well for 5th place in 11.41. In the next race for the U/12 Freya Whittle had a super race leading all the way and winning it and also breaking the course record in 8.10. This was the second time she has won this race and a hat trick is on the cards for next year.


Withins Skyline

Withins Skyline Fell Race 6 miles 11th Oct

A small group of Harriers made the short trip to Howarth in Yorkshire for this popular fell race held in very good conditions. First to finish was in form Lyndsey Brindle in 27th place overall in 47.05 and also broke the Ladies record by over a minute that had stood since 2006. With Sandra Kelly 58.00 and Erica Booth 58.15 backing Lyndsey up, Horwich Ladies won the Team award. Gary Chadderton ran well for 69th in 52.02 with team mate Nick Kelly just behind 73rd in 52.14. Paul Boardman recorded 52.56 for 82nd place. John Monks was second O/60 in 99th with a time of 54.16. Doug Fleming 122nd in 56.08 just outran Tony Hesketh 56.26 for 126th and Brent Brindle finished in 187th in 62.26.

Withins Junior Races

Only three Horwich juniors ran and the best result was by Toby Middleton who was third in the U/13 Boys with brother Theo ninth in the U/10 race. Lydia Johnson was a excellant 11th in the U/13 Girls race on a tough course.

Fell Race Catchup

Fell Race Catchup

Thieveley Pike 26th Sept

A fine day with good conditions underfoot saw well over a hundred runners toe the line for this popular fell race just north of Burnley. Ian Conroy and his brother Patrick had flown in from Dublin to take part and Ian was rewarded with a fine win – his first in Horwich colours. Always in the leading group he made his break at the halfway point to win in 33.42. Next home was Graham Schofield 17th in 38.38 closely followed by Gary Chadderton two places behind in 39.18. Nick Kelly had a good race finishing in 26th with a time of 40.43. Tony Hesketh was 41st in 42.40 and Sandra Kelly took the L/O45 award in 47th with a time of 43.56. Doug Fleming was 71st in 46.42 and finally Patrick Conroy finished in 102nd in 54.27.

Thieveley Pike Junior Race

Four girls from Horwich ran this race and two where outright winners. Milly Bailey led all the way to win the U/12 race beating all the boys too. Lydia Johnson 4th finished despite losing her shoe early on. In the U/10 race Freya whittle showed everyone a clean pair of heels to win with Ellie Green third after a great run.

Till Hill Fell Race 17th Sept

This race was unique in as much that it was 3.5 Miles all up hill finishing on top Longridge Fell. Suzanne Budgett had a great run but was narrowly beaten into second place by Sarah Ridehalgh of Accrington finishing in 10th place with Tony Hesketh in 11th a minute behind and taking the 1st O/65 award.

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

The final race of the series saw a few runners caught out by the earlier start with Paul Muller almost missing the start. As it was he did not seem troubled and ran a superb race to finish 10th and first O/55 and third overall in the series. Lindsey Brindle had another good race to record her fourth win and the Ladies title too. She also finished fourth overall in the series. Paul Boardman had his best race for 27th place which enabled him to finish 13th in the series. Nick Kelly ran well for 36th and second O/45 with Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 62nd and he also was the series winner in that category. Suzanne Budgett and Erica Booth along with Linsey won the Ladies Team prize on the night. The final Horwich finisher was Dave Barnes in 95th place with his best time in the series.

ED: Sorry for the late publishing – lost in my inbox!

Murder Mile 27th August

Murder Mile 27th August

After an absence of some 8 years the Murder Mile has returned to Horwichs race programme with a different course to before, up to the top of Winter Hill from the bottom of the ramp. A total climb of 500 foot making it a tough race.

There where 23 starters with Juniors and Seniors racing together for the first time along with friends from Chorley, Bolton, and Lostock. As expected England International Chris Farrell won by 20 seconds from Nick Leigh with Chris Essex Crosby third 90 seconds adrift. An exceptional run by junior Cian Healy saw him finish fourth overall only one second behind third with Nathan Lancaster 7th 9 seconds behind and Toby Midddleton fresh from winning a 5K in Vancouver third one minute further behind. First Lady was England International Lindsey Brindle despite going over on her ankle with Erica Booth second just getting the better of first Lady Vet Sandra Kelly by six seconds. The first junior girl was Freya Whittle in 18th with Milly Lever runner up in that category after a hard fought race. A special mention to 8 year old Theo Middleton who completed the race in just over 16 minutes and his father Jason getting back in the racing mode after open heart surgery. Well done to the both of them.

1 C Farrell 7.31
2 N Leigh 7.51
3 C Essex- Crosby 9.14
4 C Healy 9.15 Junior
5 D Fishwick 9.16 V/40 Chorley
6 A Murray 9.23 V/40
7 N Lancaster 9.40 Junior
8 N Kelly 9.28 V/40
9 M Ellithorn 9.30 V/50 Chorley
10 L Brindle 9.34 Lady
11 P Boardman 10.00 V/50
12 P Turner 10.01 V/50 Bolton
13 T Middleton 10.31 Junior
14 B Beckett 10.52 V/50 Chorley
15 E Booth 10.56 Lady
16 S Kelly 11.02 LV/40
17 M Seddon 11.25 V/50
18 F Whittle 11.51 Junior Girl
19 M Lever 12.39 Junior Girl
20 L Leyand 13.20 LV/50
21 J Middleton 13.44 V/40
22 T Middleton 16.07 Junior Boy
23 E Swift 17.16 V/60

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

Race 4 Harrock Hill 26th August

The final race of the series saw a few runners caught out by the earlier start with Paul Muller almost missing the start. As it was he did not seem troubled and ran a superb race to finish 10th and first O/55 and third overall in the series. Lindsey Brindle had another good race to record her fourth win and the Ladies title too. She also finished fourth overall in the series. Paul Boardman had his best race for 27th place which enabled him to finish 13th in the series. Nick Kelly ran well for 36th and second O/45 with Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 62nd and he also was the series winner in that category. Suzanne Budgett and Erica Booth along with Lindsey won the Ladies Team prize on the night. The final Horwich finisher was Dave Barnes in 95th place with his best time in the series.

Darwen Gala Fell Race 15th August 7.5 k

Darwen Gala Fell Race 15th August 7.5 k

This race starts in the centre of Darwen and climbs to the Jubilee Tower and back and with good weather attracted a large entry of 142 runners. The race was won by Ross Campbell of Highland Hill Runners in 30.30 well clear of second place. Jonathan Bruton of Horwich had a great run to finish third in 32.37 only twelve seconds behind second place. Graham Schofield was 19th and third O/50 in a time of 36.55. After a steady race Tony Hesketh came home in 30th and second O/60 in 40.30 with the first four O/60s being separated by just 36 seconds. The Horwich squad was completed by David Barnes in 51st place in 41.48 after his best run of the year.

Worthsthorne Moor Fell Race

Worthsthorne Moor Fell Race

Horwich Junior Fell championships moved to Burnley and saw two excellent races. In the boys race Nathan Lancaster won the mile and a half race beating all the U/14s in the bargain despite having a sore ankle and was closely followed by Toby Middleton in third place. In the junior girls race Lydia Johnson had her best run in Horwich colours and recorded her first ever win.

In the 7 mile senior race which was won by M Hartley of Barlick there were five runners from Horwich with newcomer Aaron Hargreave leading the Horwich runners home in 31st place in 49.27. Next to finish was in form Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 52nd with a time of 52.15. Prolific racer David Barnes was next in 79th in 57.01 and Anna Keighley 132nd in 69.48. Finally making up the Horwich team came Colin Waterworth 139th in 72.06.

Millbrook Monster 10k and Junior Monster 4k

Millbrook Monster 10k and Junior Monster 4k

A small group of athletes from Horwich RMI travelled to Stalybridge to take part in these two tough trail races with over 220 runners in the Senior race and were rewarded with some exceptional results.

Andy Ford finished in 14th place in 42.13 an improvement by almost two minutes from last year. A few runners went off course and where disqualified. In the veteran category Tony Hesketh won the O/65 category beating all the O/60 category too in 44th place in 49.19.

In the junior race again some juniors went off course but nevertheless Horwich still had some prize winners. 10 year old Cian Healy who is in good form at the moment finished second only 6 seconds behind the winner from East Cheshire Harriers and Nathan Lancaster and Toby Middleton finished 8th and 9th after going off course when lying 5th and 6th. In the Girls race Freya Whittle was third after a typical gutsy run and Molly Clarkson ran well for 6th place with Ellie Green having a good race in 8th place.


!!!!! NEW RACE !!!!! Please try to support !!!!!

Murder Mile – 27th August 7.15

Start at the Bottom of the Ramp.
Entry Fee £2.
First three Men/Ladies prizes plus Vets.

Open to all ages Horwich RMI and Guests.
See how slow you can race a MILE uphill.

If you intend doing this race can you let Tony Hesketh know by phone, e-mail or any other means.
Just to make sure we have enough runners to make it a viable race.

Suitable for Juniors.

Radcliffe Three Day Event

Radcliffe Three Day Event

Bull Hill Fell Race 9th July

A large entry of over 230 runners for this popular mid week race saw fast times posted with conditions ideal for racing. Ashley Holt of Rossendale won a close battle with Carl Darcy of Bolton by just three seconds with our first counter being Andy Lloyd in 11th and second vet on the night in 38.57. Our next counters were the consistent Gary Chadderton in 31st with a time of 41.24, Nick Kelly warming up for Wasdale was 50th in 43.34, and John Monks ran well for 67th third O/60 in 45.22. Doug Fleming just got the better of Tony Hesketh second O/65 by three seconds in 80 and 81st. Sandra Kelly was our only lady running and she finished fourth Lady in 47.19 and 91st overall after a great run. Dave Barnes in 140th was our final counter in a time of 53.28.

Giants Seat X.C 5 miles 10th July

Over 60 runners started this very hilly cross country with good conditions underfoot. Tony Hesketh in 19th place with a time of 41.18 was first O/65 after an excellent race. The race-oholic Dave Barnes finished in 45th place in 51.00 with the Challenge race won by Ashley Holt of Rossendale for the second night in succession.

VLA Events Radcliffe 5 mile Trail Race 11th July

The final race in the 3 day Challenge saw 84 runners take to the trails around Radcliffe with Rob Jackson having a great run for second place only 35 seconds behind Swintons Mark Whittingham. This gave him first O/45 in 30.56. Tony Hesketh was 34th in 37.44 and was second O/65 and 17th overall in the Challenge and the same position as last year in a total time of 2.05.36. Dave Barnes was 54th in 41.17 and just held of Pete Henneghan who was first O/70 in 41.36. Dave Barnes finished 37th overall again the same as last year in 2.25.45 out of 55 finishers.

Harrock Hill 2

Harrock Hill.
Race No. 2.
24th June.

A fine evening for this popular Fell Race series attracted over 160 runners of which 6 where from Horwich. We were led home by Andy Lloyd in an excellent 5th place, losing one place in the last field but he had the consolation of being first Vet in 35.05. Close behind in 7th place was Paul Muller, first O/55 in 36.22. This after finishing first vet O/55 at the Freckleton Half Marathon only four days before. Paul Boardman ran well for 26th in 39.58. Our only lady runner was Debbie Campbell who knocked three minutes off last months time to win the Ladies race in 41.20, over one minute ahead of the second lady. Tony Hesketh knocked two minutes off last months time to win the O/65 award in 42.59 finishing in 56th. Our final runner was Ed Swift in 151st recording a time of 62.20.

Last Drop Loop

Last Drop Loop.
20th June.

A smaller field than usual due to fixture clashes started this Category B race at the Last Drop in good conditions.

Tim Ellis dominated from the gun to win in a new record time 35.55. Our own Nick Leigh ran well for 3rd in 38.11. Next, after a great run, was Gary Chadderton in 10th and first O/50 in 44.14. Only 16 seconds behind came Graham Schofield; 1st O/55 in 44.30. John Monks won the O/60 prize in 17th with a time of 45.37 and Tony Hesketh did the same in the O/65 in 24th in a time of 49.00, just ahead of Mark Seddon in 25th and 49.28.

Turner Uphill Only

Turner Uphill Only.
Fell Championships.
20th June.

This the final race in this years English Championships attracted runners from all over England trying to gain points and some medals. The courses where tough and in the wet conditions very difficult but all the Horwich runners aquitted themselves well to the courses.

The first race the U/8 saw ever present Theo Middleton and Grace Pendlebury finish in 13th and 6th. Both these athletes have done all the Championships and qualified of a Championship hoodie. In the U/10 girls we only had one runner, Freya Whittle, and she had a superb race to finish 3rd. This was enough to give her the Bronze medal in the Championships. The U/12 race saw some brilliant performances highlighted by Tom Massey who was second; his highest position in the Champs and this consolidated the Bronze Medal in the series. The surprise run of the day was Lucas Miliken’s who finished in 11th place after a very strong run. Despite getting boxed in at the start Toby Middleton ran well for 17th and this clinched a top ten finish overall. In the girls race the best run to date since moving up a category saw Ella Pendlebury finish 7th which bares well for next year. This cemented her position in the top ten. Lydia Johnson ran strongly for 17th place despite just moving into a new age group and she is another runner who will only improve next year.

Malham Fell Races 30th May

Malham Fell Races 30th May

These races were the penultimate ones in this years English Junior Fell Championships in the Yorkshire Dales and were well attended with large fields in all the races.

In the U/8 race we had two runners and both did well with Theo Middleton 17th and Grace Pendlebury having her best race to date 5th girl only 16 secs behind Theo. Our only runner in the U/10 was Freya Whittle and she ran well for 5th place this after recovering from illness. The U/12 race saw our biggest turnout with Tom Massey finishing in 4th place and this result keeps him in 3rd place in the championships. Toby Middleton had his best race this year to finish 7th and this keeps him in the top ten in the championships. Our two female runners were Ella Pendlebury having her best run on the fells this season finishing in 9th place and Lydia Johnson ran well for 18th place.

Malham Senior Race

After supporting his young charges Junior Fell Coach Tony Hesketh decided to race the short but tough race of just over 4 miles and was 38th and first O/65 in 32.12. This was out of a field of 73.

Harrock Hill 27th May

Harrock Hill 27th May

Well over 200 runners started this popular Fell Race in Parbold. On a warm evening and with good conditions underfoot times where improved by the majority of runners.

The winner was Daniel Miller of Wigan in 34.04 well outside of Nick Leigh’s record. First finisher for us was 55 year old Paul Muller in 12th just two seconds ahead of Lindsey Brindle who won the ladies by a massive three minutes and she seems to be on top form at the moment. Steve Foley running on home soil was second vet 45 in 21st after a good race. Ever present Paul Boardman was next 39th just dipping under the 40 minute barrier. Our second lady Debra Campbell was 3rd Lady in 78th place slower than normal but after her injury it was a good run. Tony Hesketh was first O/65 in 98th despite having to wait at a number of stiles. Our final runners were David Barnes in 166th and Anna Keighley 207th and both seemed happy with their runs.

The 2015 Senior Fell Championships

The 2015 Senior Fell Championships

The 2015 senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 7 from the follow 15 races, with at least one from each category. (Short, Medium and Long)

The points system is as follows: 15 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 15th.


Senior Fell Championships 2015
Date Category Race
24/05/15 AL Helvellyn & Dodds*
31/05/15 AS Coniston Gullies (BOFRA)
11/06/15 BS Two Lads
14/06/15 BS Knowl Hill*
20/06/15 AS Great Hill
09/07/15 BS Bull Hill
19/07/15 AM Kentmere
29/07/15 BM Lee Mill*
04/08/15 BS Crow Hill*
16/08/15 AL Sedbergh Hills
26/08/15 BS Harrock Hill
19/09/15 AL 3 Shires*
26/09/15 AS Thieveley Pike
11/10/15 BM Withins*
07/11/15 BS Shepherds Skyline*

Horwich has been admitted to the Area Fell GP and the races marked above by a * are the 11 races that make up the series. Full details can be found on the Area Fell GP website.

West Nab Fell Race Meltham Yorks 18th April

West Nab Fell Race Meltham Yorks 18th April

The third race in the Junior English Fell Championship took place in Meltham Yorkshire with large enties in all the races Freya Whittle was the best placed Horwich runner finishing third in the U/10 and means she is still leading the Championship, Tom Massey was the pick of the boys with a fourth place and he is lying third in the U/14 championship.In total. In total we had ten children competing and Horwich are lying in tenth position in the club fell championship.

Pendle Senior

Pendle Senior Race 7.3k 470ft

Almost 300 runners toed the line for this popular A Category Short fell race in excellent conditions the winner English champion Tom Addison won easily in 32.40 with our first counter Dave Milliken despite having an injury finishing 21st in 38.24 Paul Massey ran well in Daves slipstream to finish 28th in 39.22,another of runners making a welcome return to racing was Rob Howarth finishing in 88th position in 44.24, Tony Hesketh recorded 47.03 for 124th place and there was a brilliant run by Pete Heneghan who was runner up in the O/70 category in 228th with a time of 54.31


Pendle Fell Races

Pendle Fell Races 4th April 2015

This was the second championship race in the English Junior Championship and seven juniors made the short trip to the village of Barley and where rewarded with some excellent results. In the U/8 race Theo Middleton worked through the field to finsh in 7th place. In the U/10 race English U/10 champion Cian Healy started as he finished last year leading from gun to tape to win on a tough course.The U/10 girls race saw in form Freya Whittle run a well judged race to finish 3rd and she is leading the girls U/10 Championship.The U/12 races saw our biggest turnout with Tom Massey running brilliantly to finish 3rd only 20 seconds behind the winner, good packing by Toby Middleton in 11th and Lucas Miliken 18th meant we finished third team. Lydia Johnson was our only girl in this category and paced herself well to finish 24th.This week end sees the next championship race at West Nab in Yorkshire and a good turnout is expected.


Liver Hill

Liver Hill Rossendale 31st March 2015

Fresh from racing in Buxton Toby Middleton made the short journey to Rossendale to race a tough two mile fell race and showed great recovery to finish in second place a great run in very muddy conditions.

Erwood Hall

Erwood Hall Derbyshire 28th March 2015

A small group of Horwich Juniors made the trip to Erwood Hall near Buxton to compete in the first English Junior Championship race of 2015 and were rewarded with some excellent results. In the first race of the day Theo Middleton had great run to finish fourth in the U/8s setting the bar for his club mates, One of the runs of the day came from Freya Whittle who won the U/10 race leading from gun to tape and register her first win in a championship race.The U/12 race saw a brilliant performance by Tom Massey locked in a hard to head with the eventual winner he was second by a mere two seconds, next was Toby Middleton in 10th running strongly at the end, Lucas Miliken in 19th place completed the boys team that finished third team, Our only girl running in this race was Lydia Johnson who has just moved up a category and a good run on the tough course saw her finish tenth. Our only runner in the U/14 saw Robert Seddon getting back to form finishing 24th and again this was after moving up a category this year.

First Junior Fell Champs

First Junior Fell Champs

The 1st Junior Fell Championship race at Errwood Hall takes place on the 28th March starting at 11.00a.m.

The post code for the Reservoir is SK17 6GJ. Allow about one and half hours. It is just after Buxton.

Hope to see as many of our juniors there as possible.

Roddlesworth Roller 2015

Roddlesworth Roller 2015 – Sun 8th Mar 2015

Seven Harriers ruled at this years running of the Roddlesworth Roller coming away with 4 individual and 1 team prizes. As the name suggests, this is a tough undulating trail race, with 600 feet of climb over 5.5 miles. Flat enough to be fast. Rolling enough for your quads to really hurt the next day.

Impressively doubling up after placing 6th at Saturday’s Flower Scar English Champs Fell Race, Lindsey Brindle had the run of the day to take the ladies race by an impressive margin. Erica Booth was another with a weekend double that would surely have helped win the ladies the team prize, but for another runner, in 9th.

Also doubling up, and taking his second victory of the weekend was Michael Cayton, who is starting to see all his effort since coming back to running begin to pay off. Running my first race as a Vet and the new experience of not knowing exactly who you are racing against, I was very happy to start with a win in the V40 category. Completing a winning team for the Men was Paul Boardman in 23rd. Rudolph Maciejkowicz was next, and picking up the prize for the V60 category. The last of the magnificent seven was every improving new member David Lee, placing 83rd of 177.


Results :

(thanks to Joe Mercer for the photo)

2015 Junior Fell Championship

2015 Junior Fell Championship

This years races in our Junior Championship are as follows and are slightly different from the last news letter. As you can see we have a clash of dates with our club race Rivington Pike being on the same day as the second English race Pendle. I have therefore decided that both races will score the same points so parents and children can decide which race to do. There are 10 races with runners best 6 to count and the scoring is the same as before with 10 points for first Horwich finisher down to 1 for the tenth finisher in all age groups. A junior should complete at least three races to be eligible for an award at the end of the season. As the season progresses I will let you know start times and locations for registration, starts etc. This year the FRA have decided that for a Junior to be eligible for an award they have to be members of the FRA for which the cost is £8. This will also allow them to run for England if selected. You do get a Handbook and a quarterly magazine so it is well worth the money. Join at the FRA Website. Age groups are as 1st January in the year of Competition and the U/11 are run as non competitive but juniors can still win a Tee Shirt for completing four races out of the 6 English scoring races and a Hoodie for completing all six races.

28th March Errwood Hall Nr Buxton Derbyshire. (E)
4th April Pendle Barley Lancs (E) or Rivington Pike Horwich
18th April West Nab Meltham Yorks (E)
4th May Coiners Mytholmroyd Yorks (E)
30th May Malham Nr Howarth Yorks (E)
20th June Turner Uphill Cumbria (E)
2nd Aug Worsthorne Moor Nr Burnley Lancs
26th Sept Thievley Pike Nr Burnley Lancs
11th Oct Withins Skyline nr Howarth Yorks
7th Nov Shepherds Skyline Nr Todmorden Yorks

All races marked with an (E) are English Championship Races. There will be other races to do and I will let you know about these nearer to the time.

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Bap Tap Fell Race – 25th Jan

Bap Tap Fell Race – 25th Jan

The first Bap Tap race of the year saw 15 children tackle this tough race to the Two Lads and back. In the U/10 race Sam Speakman won 5 seconds ahead of Theo Middleton with Ellie Green winning the girls race by over a minute. The longer race saw an exciting finish with the first two separated by only 1 second. English Junior Champion Cian Healy won from a fast finishing Nathan Lancaster with Tom Massey in third. In the girls race Harriet Foley won ahead of Niamh Speakman in second and Freya Whittle only 3 seconds behind in third.

Results U/10 Race

1 S Speakman 4.41
2 T Middleton 4.46
3 E Green 4,50
4 J Simmonite 5.10
5 M Kay 6.10

Results U/15 Race

1 C Healy 7.18
2 N Lancaster 7.19
3 T Massey 7.33
4 T Middleton 7.41
5 L Miliken 8.10
6 R Seddon 8.25
7 I Simmonite 8.42
8 H Foley 8.58
9 N Speakman 9,19
10 Freya Whittle 9.22

24th Jan – Ashurst Beacon – 6 miles

24th Jan – Ashurst Beacon – 6 miles

Despite the muddy conditions over 180 runners toed the line for this popular fell race with seven red vests amongst them. Times were slower than usual due to the mud. The race was won by Simon O Mera of Man Uni cc in 38.02. For us Danny Hope ran well for third slowly getting back to form after injury. Graham Schofield came in 21st first O/55 in 44.38 chased home by Paul Boardmanin 30th in 45.24. In 43rd came Gary Chadderton with a time of 46.48. The run of the day came from Suzanne Budgett who was first lady O/50 and a superb second place in the ladies race. Tony Hesketh was 1st O/65 despite an injury in 67th and the Horwich squad was completed by Michael Kay in 92nd.

BAP TAP Junior Club Fell Race

BAP TAP Junior Club Fell Race

This Sunday the 25th January we are holding a junior Fell Race for our Juniors plus guests.

It will go up to the Two Lads Cairn and back.

Under 8 up to U/16.

Registration is from 9.45 at Wilderswood car park. Start time is 10.30 no entry fee as it is Bring a Prize Take a Prize – value between £2 and £5.

The course will be marked and Marshalled.

For more info contact Tony or Brenda Hesketh 01204668183

Auld Lang Syne 31st December 2014

Auld Lang Syne 31st December 2014

A large field of almost 400 started this fell race from Howarth with conditions far from ideal – very muddy and extremely cold. This also had two Olympians running; namely the Brownlee brothers swapping their Tri-Suits for fell shoes and between them they led the field around the snow and ice covered fells. Eventually Alistair won as he did last year with Jonny third. Just goes to show that they do not forget their roots.

Our first runner home was new signing Killian Mooney in 15th place and next was Ian Conroy 52nd flying in from Ireland to take part. Tony Hesketh in 147th won the O/60 award just over a minute ahead of Paul Boardman.

Everyone was awarded a bottle of beer and the prizes were the usual high standard.


Race to replace the Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

Race to replace the Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

On Monday 8th December at 8.30pm in the Harvester Public House opposite the Arena, anyone interested in joining a group of likeminded individuals, to discuss routes around the West Pennine Moors, so that a replacement race for the iconic Winter Hill race can be considered. This is the first of a possible few meetings to discuss this new venture.

The meeting could also be a social gathering for an hour at this festive time.

If you are free – please join us, if you are not free but would like to be involved let Pete Ramsdale know – thanks.

Shepherds Skyline

Shepherds Skyline Fell Races 1st November 2014

Six junior fell runners from Horwich RMI Harriers travelled to Yorkshire to compete in the races in Todmorden. The courses had some tough climbs but remarkably everyone gained a podium position.

In the U/10 race Cian Healy English Fell Champion won after being boxed in at the start but worked his way through the field and with a sprint finish won by 2 seconds from a Clayton runner.

The U/10 girls race saw in form Freya Whittle lead from gun to tape to take a superb victory. Our second counter was the ever improving Lydia Johnson in second place, despite taking a nasty fall on the descent.

In the boys U/8 race Theo Middleton had a good race working his way through the field to finish second.

I the boys U/12 race we had two boys who are on top form at the moment. The brilliant Tom Massey won after leading for most of the race and broke the course record too with team mate Toby Middleton only three seconds behind. He had broken the previous record also.

These were tremendous results by the young Fell Runners of Horwich and bears well for the future.


Ladies @ FRA Relays

Ladies @ FRA Relays

What a great day the British Fell Relays was. The camaraderie, team & Club spirit were just amazing. So proud of our ladies team. Superb effort all round & great runs by all. Great to have newcomer Erica Booth on board too boosting the team with her navigational skills along with Josie Greenhalgh. Everyone who represented the Club did it proud & should also be very proud of themselves too!

FRA Teams (so far)

FRA Teams (so far)

(1) Lindsey Brindle
(2) Suzanne Budgett + Clare McKenna
(3) Josie Greenhalgh + Erica Booth
(4) Debbie Campbell

Senior Men
(1) Alastair Murray
(2) Ian Conroy + Chris Farrell
(3) Joe Mercer + Nick Leigh
(4) James Kevan

V40 Men
(1) Gareth Booth
(2) Dave Milliken + David Jackson
(3) Brendan Bolland + Andy Lloyd
(4) Martyn Bell

V50 Men
(1) Mick Green
(2) Gary Chadderton + Brian Walton
(3) Mark Seddon + Steve Jackson
(4) Doug Fleming.

Details of a reserve team to follow shortly.

If you’re planning a recce, mention it to your counterpart in the other teams.

Event details, including maps here :

FRAs V50 Team

British Fell Relay Sunday 19th October

The following O/50 team as been selected to represent Horwich RMI Harriers

Leg 1 Mick Green
Leg 2 Gary Chadderton & Brian Walton
Leg 3 Mark Seddon & Steve Jackson
Leg 4 Doug Flemming

Please confirm by tel or email that you are accepting your selection
Reserves in no particular order

Colin Wood
Peter Ramsdale
Tony Hesketh
Mike Crook
Colin Jones
Gordon Stone

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183 or 07552657789