Down Hill Race 2014

Down Hill Race 2014

(Apologises for first names only – low key event!)

A very pleasant evening for the annual running of the Down Hill Race starting from Scots Man Stump, visiting the Pike and finally the RMI Club. This event, by the power of the Internet, even caused ‘others’ to enquire about it and turn up to run – fabulous.

Sixteen people selected computer plugs to determine their starting position and this was the first ‘blood pressure rising’ moment of the evening. Will I be off early? or late? Who’s behind me? Who’s just in front? Where is Albert? Ed Swift got the nod to be off first. Order selected and the start time rapidly approaching, shoes tied on safely, ‘others’ were discussing the route – “might take in the Pike cottage” – No reply from the stoney faced harrier! Thinking – if you go that way, you’ll be behind me……..

“Go”. Thirty seconds later,” go” again, as all 16 received their individual running start command. Albert and Tony were last to go.

The time keeper was aware that some of the early runners were a little ‘speedy’, so as the last ones went, we scurried down the mast road and back into Horwich.

Simon first back, Suzzie next – right then we’d better get organised. The rest of the runners arrived from a series of directions to complete the course. So the times and positions

1 Ali 19.07, 2 Simon 19.38, 3 Joe 20.01, 4 Albert 21.50, 5 Tony 21.59, 6 Suzzie 22.53, 7 Nic 23.54, 8 Gareth 24.59, 9 Gary 26.37, 10 Josh and Dad 27.31, 11 Gordon 28.30, 12 Tim 29.06, 13 Steve B 31.11, 14 John 35.21, 15 Dave 36.21 and 16 Ed 38.58

Thanks to the sweepers (you know who you are) the time keepers (all three) and the pike marshal (wonderful job). Thanks to race organiser for the prizes and generally everything else he did – cheers Ali. Thanks to the generous contribution to race funds from one of the ‘others’ (brilliant – thank you).

Finally – Horwich beer festival £2 entry and sample some of the fine ales. Good evening. Same routine again next year? Hope so.

Thanks everyone – Peter Ramsdale

Downhill Race 2014

Downhill Race 2014


Scotsman’s Stump by the mast on Winter Hill mast road.

Starting from Scotsman’s Stump by the mast on Winter Hill mast road.
Runners set off at 30 second intervals, finishing at the RMI club, via
the Pike, and any route in between.
Start will be a 7.15 p.m. prompt due to the light. (please arrive by 7)
Guests welcome.
Free entry and prizes.
Historic Downhill Trophy to the winner. (RMI only)

Beer Festival – £2 entry to Horwich Beer Festival at RMI club after for a few pints of good ale.

Gargrave Show

Gargrave Show 16th August

This event was the final race in our Junior Fell Championships and with a river crossing for everyone it was certainly different.

We had seven runners in various age groups with the U/9 age group the first away. We had Theo Middleton finishing 11th after a slow start and a minute behind was Grace Pendlebury 6th girl in 18th after a typical gutsy race. There was no U/10 race so our youngsters had to run in the U/12 race and all did very well. Toby Middleton following his win at Trawden the week before was first back for us in a fine 5th place. Matthew Oldfield ran well for 10th just edging Ella Pendlebury to 11th but she was second girl. Isaac Simmonite was close behind in 13th four seconds adrift of Ella. Nine year old Freya Whittle ran well for 4th girl in 18th and the team was completed by Lydia Johnson in 28th place and seemed to enjoy the experience.

The adult race was 3.5miles with four large piles of straw to enable runners to clear barbwire fences along with a river crossing again this made for an interesting race. J Craig of Barlic won after leading from gun to tape. Our first runner home was James Simmonite 22nd despite losing six places on the descent. Next was Tony Hesketh first O/60 in 36th and the Horwich team was completed by Jason Middleton 71st after a steady race.

Lowther Trail Race 13 miles 10th August

Lowther Trail Race 13 miles 10th August

This race is connected to the Lowther Show near Penrith and is a tough trail race with rough terrain a river crossing and a alpine like climb, the race was won by Kieran Hodgson of Helm Hill 1.31.22 our first runner was Suzanne Budgett first lady in 1.46.13 in 20th after a brilliantly judged race and is certainly back in form,our only other runner was Tony Hesketh 38th in 1.55.19 and first O/60 also.




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.


Turslack Fell Race 8 miles 26th July

On one of the hottest days of the year this race attracted a smaller entry than usual with the heat putting a lot of runners off racing. The race was won by John Green of Preston in 1.20.41 after a number of runners went wrong in the latter stages although there was no problem with visibilty. Tony Hesketh finished 12th in one of his favourite races in 1.29.55 remarkably second over sixty five. Michael Kay ran within himself and finished in 22nd in 1.35.45 and the final Horwich runner was David Barnes who recorded 2.15.21 for 56th place.

Harrock Hill 23rd July

Harrock Hill 23rd July

A field of almost 200 ran this the third race in the series with seven from Horwich. In form Lindsey Brindle had the run of the night finishing 13th overall and first lady by a long way. Suzanne Budgett was second over fifty and Erica Booth completed the Ladies team in 16th place. This gave Horwich second team behind Parbold Panthers. The mens race was won by Joe Johnstone of Rosssendale with Andy Lloyd taking the first veteran award in a fine fourth place after a very good race. Andy Ford was 37th and ran a steady race. Tony Hesketh was first O/65 in 56th place and clinched the series with this his third win. The Horwich contingent was completed by Mark Swindell in 105th. With the conditions being almost tropical it was an achievement to finish.

Tony Hesketh

English Junior Fell Champs

English Junior Fell Championship Kettlewell – 13th July

The final race in this years championship saw large entries in all the races.

The U/8 race saw Theo Middleton finish 14th after a good race and Grace Pendlebury 24th also ran well.

In the U/10 race Cian Healy won the race and also the English Championship after a very tough race taking the lead with 400 metres to the finish and won by 7 seconds. Toby Middleton was fifth after easing off whilst in third place. For the girls Freya Whittle had a brilliant run on a tough course to finish 30th and Ella Pendlebury was 32nd. The Horwich team was completed by Lydia Johnson in 40th who was making her debut on the fells.

In the U/12 race Tom Massey sealed a top ten finish with a brave run closely followed in 12th place by Nathan Lancaster. Another runner getting better with each race.

Harriet Foley was our only runner in the U/14 race and finished 41st in the 4k race.

These results mean that Horwich finish 15th in the team placings and seeing that most of the children were running on the fells for the first time it is a excellent first season.

Bull Hill etc

Bull Hill Fell Race – 10th July

This race was a Club Championship and also the first race in the Radcliffe 3 Day event. A large field of over 200 runners started the race on a very warm evening with a very classy front end. Chris Farrell who has just been selected to run for England won easily from new signing Nick Leigh who was a previous winner and set a new record time in the process. A good run from 7th placed Jonathan Bruton and Andy Lloyd 14th was good enough to take the team prize. In the ladies race Maria Lowe was our first finisher in fourth place despite having a nasty fall. She was backed up by Sandra Kelly and Abigail Sunter for third place in the Ladies Team race.

Radclife Summer XC Race – 11th July

The second race in the 3 day event was won by Matthew Clark of Swinton R.C in a very speedy 30.10. Our first finisher was Tony Hesketh in 19th and first O/65. Pete Heneghan was first O/70 in 34th despite cycling to the race. David Barnes had a good race in 39th place.

Radcliffe A.C 5 Mile Trail Race – 12th July

The last day in the challenge saw Matthew Clark take the honours both in this race and the 3 Day. Tony Hesketh in 23rd clinched the O/65 award and finished 17th overall improving on last years time by almost 7 minutes. David Barnes was 32nd and beat his time from last year by 36 seconds.

This 3 day event is certainly one to do as the organisation and courses are second to none.

Challenge Results

Harrock Hill 2

Harrock Hill 25th June

A warm evening and dry underfoot made for fast times with over 170 runners competing. Former Horwich runner Darren Kay won easily. Our star on the night was Andy Lloyd who improved on last months race to finish 3rd and lead Horwich to a team victory. Paul Muller defied the years to win the O/55 award finishing in 7th place and with a very good run from Michael Kay in 20th, the team prize was ours. Sean Mcmyler was first O/50 in a fine 21st chasing Michael home. The O/65 prize once again went to Tony Hesketh in 56th place. The ladies race saw Lindsey Brindle dominate the race to win by over two minutes with a brilliant run finishing 12th overall.

Great Hill ‘Fell’ Race

Great Hill Fell Race – Saturday 23rd June 2014

One of the top races of the local fell calendar (*cough*) saw a display of shock and awe dominance with a stellar lineup of (some of) RMI’s finest.

Leading us home was local favourite (judging by the passionate speech given by the RO at the presentation) James Kevan in a record equaling time of 34:35. The record has stood for 18 years, so this was some performance. James – do some training!

In second place was Irish raider Ian Conroy. Ian was disappointed to let his compatriot get the better of him, but on little sleep and jet lag from the trip over, he was happy enough, and felt the can of Carlberg and a new pair of shorts was well worth the trip.

Letting the side down somewhat, but never the less completing the winning team, Alastair Murray came 4th, allowing some bloke from Swinton to beat him, and so missing out on a Horwich 1 2 3. Alastair will now have to stop taunting Ian about never having actually beaten him in a race, and how his Pike Race time is quite poor.

Rounding out the top 5, David Jackson did well to finish having ridden the Tour De France only two days previously. Disappointed that Alastair had finally got the better of him on the fells this year, Dave was quick to remind Alastair of the 8 minute margin of victory at Coniston, rendering him silent once more.

Rounding out the top 10 was fast improving Andy Ford, edging out Graham Schofield, who had decided to make the race tougher by running in his Walshes. Paul Boardman was 15th, having an easier week after last weeks 5 races in five days. Mick Crook took first V65, and Chairman Pete Ramsdale rounded out the club representation, turning up to find out what all the fuss on Facebook was about.

There are some photos kicking about, but I’ll leave you to find them yourselves.



Clougha Pike

Clougha Pike Quernmore Nr Lancaster 21st June

The penultimate race in the Junior Fell Championships took place on Saturday with ten juniors from Horwich RMI taking part.

In the U/8 race Theo Middleton finished in 12th place and Josh Houghton 21st.

In the U/10 race Cian Healy ran a superb race taking the lead in the final half mile to record a famous victory and this consolidated his position as first in the overall championship with one race to go. The next runner for Horwich was Toby Middleton in third with another great run after working his way through the field. Matthew Oldfield had his best run to date finishing in ninth and this was enough to clinch the team award for Horwich.

In the U/10 girls race our only runner was Freya Whittle who had a very good run to finish 7th considering that she is only 8 years old. This was a tremendous result.

The U/12 race saw Nathan Lancaster lead the Horwich lads home in 11th place closely followed by Robert Seddon 14th and Lucas Miliken completed the team in 21st place giving Horwich third place.

Our only runner in the U/14 was Harriet Foley and with her best run on the fells she was rewarded wih 11th place again. An improvment on her last fell race.

In the senior race Horwich only had 3 runners with Tony Hesketh retaining his O/60 Trophy for the fourth year in a fine 27th place in 49.04, closely followed by Doug Flemming 29th in 50.32 and Pete Heneghan was third O/70 in 59.04.

West Nab English Junior

West Nab English Junior Fell Championships

31st May

Despite this race being in Meltham Yorkshire, we had an excellent turnout of eleven children racing and on a difficult and technical course. All performed well.

In the U/10 Girls race we had our first Gold Medalist in Ella Pendlebury with a breathtaking run she was only beaten by 8 boys to record a famous win and keep her on course for a podium place at the seasons end.

In the U/10 boys race Cian Healey again showed a clean pair of heels to most of the field to finish third despite a nasty fall when with the leaders. He is another runner with his eyes on a top three placing at the seasons end.

Other good runs came from Ellie Green in the U/8 race with a 7th place and Freya Whittle 10th in the U/10 race.

The U/12 boys was very competitive. Tom Massey lead home the Horwich team in 7th place with good backing from Nathan Lancaster and Robert Seddon.

Our only representative in the U/14 was Harriet Foley and with her highest placing this season of 12th after a good race.


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.

Last Drop Loop

Last Drop Loop Fell Race – 10th May

This is a six mile fell race from the Last Drop Village and is run alongside the annual Village Fayre. This year it attracted over 120 runners in very muddy conditions with 5 from Horwich. Dave Jackson led most of the way before being overtaken in the final mile by M Thompson of Southport. He finished in third, only eight seconds behind the winner. Gary Chadderton ran very well for 15th place and second over fifty. Michael Kay was only 20 seconds behind in 19th. Tony Hesketh was first over sixty in 38th. This was Tony’s 76th race since turning 65. Suzanne Budgett, returning from injury, had an excellent race in 42nd and was rewarded with first O/50 lady and 4th place in the Ladies race.

Coiners Junior Fell Races

Coiners Junior Fell Races

An excellent turnout of 14 juniors traveled to Yorkshire to compete in the latest English Junior Championship Fell series and where rewarded with some brilliant performances.

In the U/8 a brilliant run by Calum Mosely brought him home in 6th place out of a large field of 90 runners.

In the U/10 Cian Healey had the run of the day finishing in 2nd place after leading up to the half way point. This was brilliant as it was only his second ever fell race. Toby Middleton in 6th had his best championship race and with a solid run from Matthew Oldfield in 10th we were first team. For the girls Ella Pendlebury and Freya Whittle were 7th and 8th with only 30 seconds separating them at the finish.

In the U/12 race Nathan Lancaster improved on his runs at Pendle and Rivington to lead the Horwich boys home with good backing from Robert Seddon, Lucas Miliken and Alfie Holmes.

Our only representative in the U/14 was Harriet Foley and she had her best run in Horwich colours finishing 16th girl. An improvement of 10 places on her Pendle race.


6th Calum Moseley 5.45
27th Theo Middleton 6.40
42nd Grace Pendlebury 7.22

2nd Cian Healey 5.45
6th Toby Middleton 10.13
10th Matthew Oldfield 10.16
16th Joe Mitchell 10.27
34th Ella Pendlebury 7th girl 11.26
40th Freya Whittle 8th girl 11.56

12th Nathan Lancaster 12.49
28th Robert Seddon 14.03
38th Lucas Miliken 15.00
40th Alfie Holmes 15.04

57th Harriet Foley 16th girl 24.47

Bunny Run Relay

Bunny Run Relay 22nd April

This three man relay attracted over 100 teams many in fancy dress. We fielded two over sixty five teams (how many clubs can say that). The course was just under 2 miles with two testing climbs and some good running just outside of Howarth. The baton was a fresh egg which had to be intact at the change overs and the race was started with a egg thrown by Dave Woodhead smashing to the ground setting off 106 teams. Our A team team of O.A.P.s finished in 61st with Tony Hesketh recording the fastest time 12.55, Jim Leyland ran 15.02 and Pete Bland ran well for 14.14. Our other team finished 101st with Alan Blinkhorn running the fastest leg on second 16.40 after Pete Scott handed over after running 18.21 on the first leg and the team was brought home by captain on the night Ed Swift with a time of 19.52.

Pendle Races

Pendle Hill 5th April

This race was the first in this years English Championship and saw a large entry form Horwich compete with the best in England and do very well. Lindsey Brindle in the Ladies race finished a brilliant 7th and also became Lancashire Champion showing that she will be force to be reckoned with this year. In the Men’s race we had 20 runners wearing the famous red and black and Joe Mercer led us home in a fantastic 11th place on a course that really suited him. Forty seconds behind came Chris Farrell 21st and James Kevan 23rd only 6 seconds behind, both having good races. Our final counter was Dave Jackson. In 59th, another very solid performance and completing the team that finished in 6th place. In the Veteran stakes, Pete Heneghan finished a superb second O/70 to last years champion Norman Bush and will be looking to maintain his challenge for honours as the season progresses.

Pendle Junior Races 6th April

After the exploits of the seniors the day before it was down to our talented juniors many running their first proper fell race to fly the Horwich flag.

U/8 Race

This was a tough little circuit with a steep climb and descent too. Theo Middleton was 17th reveling in the conditions. Grace Pendlebury 27th just outsprinted Ellie Green 28th at the finish

U/10 Race 1.2k 50 mts

A tough climb then a slog in the mud saw Toby Middleton fresh from being second at Liver Hill on the previous Tuesday take 8th place after a strong run. Matthew Oldfield had his best run to date in 11th. Ella Pendlebury was brilliant fourth girl with Joe Mitchell 35th boy depite not having any shoes with grip. Finally Freya Whittle 50th finished smiling at the finish with 30 runners behind. This race was the largest with 80 finishers.

U/12 Race 2.58 k 112mts

The same start saw 75 children exit the field with Tom Massey leading his troops in a fine 12th place. A great result seeing as he has just moved up an age group. Nathan Lancaster in 26th just held off a fast finishing Robert Seddon 28th by 3 seconds. Lucas Miliken 37th and Alfie Holmes 51st made up the team that where second on the day.

U/12 Race 3.98k 199mts

We only had one runner, Harriet Foley, making her debut for Horwich in this tough race with two hard climbs she ran well for 27th place and enjoyed the experience too.

The next championship race is Rivington Pike on Easter Saturday and again we hope for a good turn out.

Daffodil Doddle – Best Results ever!

Daffodil Doddle – Best Results ever!

Several Horwich juniors ventured out to run the Daffodil Doddle at Abbey Village. Many new names ran in the race which had a total of 203 runners. Horwich had the largest club attendance by far and winning the majority of the classes. Nathan Townsend, Luke Brindle, Thomas Massey, Matthew Flatters, Cian Healy, Penny Townsend, Ella Pendlebury and Freya Whittle all scoring 1st in their relevant categories. Winning 1st Team prize also showed good strength and depth in this junior team.

Roddlesworth Roller

Roddlesworth Roller 9th March

A lovely day for racing this popular race saw just four Harriers toe the line. Rob Jackson reveling in one of his favourite races finished 6th and first V45 in 34.53. Rob was over a minute ahead of the next 45, Sean McMyler was first V50 in 36.57 with Paul Boardman runner up in 38.55 also in the same category. This clinched the Veteran Team award and second open team behind Blackburn. The final RMI runner was Tony Hesketh. 45th with a time of 42.10 and first V65. Although because he had beaten all the V55, V60 and V65 he was given the first O/55 prize. We had one female runner 15 years old Abby Cox finished 43rd lady with a time of 54.30.

Middle Fell Race – HELP!

Middle Fell Race – HELP!

Adrian Hope (Lostock AC) has stepped forward at the last moment to ensure that this weekends Middle Fell Race goes ahead following the withdrawal of the previous organiser. Adrian has enlisted the help of our own Colin Jones.

Could anyone able to HELP out Adrian and Colin in the joint Lostock & Horwich Lakeland Fell Race please contact Colin ASAP.

Colin Jones :

Windy Hill

Windy Hill Sunday.
16th February 2014.
14.5 km/390m.

This inaugural Fell Race at Hollingworth Lake saw over 240 runners toe the line, with conditions being very muddy towards the end. Mick Green had his best run to date in Horwich colours finishing in ninth and was 1st O/50 after a very good run. Gary Chadderton was another runner having a great run for 41st place in 70.11. Graham Schofield had a private battle with Doug Fleming and just edged it by 8 seconds in 45th and 49th. Nick Kelly was 84th and Tony Hesketh was 111th. The Horwich men were completed with chairman Pete Ramsdale in 136th just getting over an illness. Sandra Kelly was our only female running and ran well for 154th place.


Parbold Hill

Parbold Hill Race
Saturday 15th February 2014.

This popular race attracted a field of 448 runners with entry full, the conditions where the worse everyone could remember.

This did not daunt Chris Farrell who ran with Richard Burney of Liverpool until the stream where he made a break to win in a very good time of 40.47. Next, with a very good run, was Andy Lloyd – 16th in 47.40. Our very own Lindsey Brindle was 24th in 49.08 winning easily and also leading the Ladies to a team victory with good backing from Debbie Campbell 3rd lady in 51.47 and Nadine Merrick 17th lady 62.24.

Tony Hesketh with a good run won the O/65 in 55.58 and also beat all the O/60 too.

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

Witton Park Relays

Witton Park Relays – Sunday 2nd Feb 2014, Witton Park, Blackburn.

Mud. I’m going to go on about mud again. After such a wet January it’s no surprise there was plenty of mud, but I am getting a little bored of it. Especially as I brought inappropriate shoes.

Seven teams lined up Horwich on a fine winters morning for the 3rd running of this great event. In a slight adjustment to the previous format, teams of 4 competed over a shorter 3.65k up and down Billinge Hill, across the varied (muddy) terrain around the park.

After only the first leg Horwich domination seemed probable. Running for the B team (“Nearly Horwich RMI aka Bob”) Tom Carson showed a dirty pair of heals to Martyn Bell running for the “A”s (“Horwich RMI Red Army”). The sniff of a giant killing did not last long. Tom handed the metaphorical baton to Alastair Murray (using marathon training as an excuse for being slow) who promptly lost the lead before exiting the start finish field to Chris Farrell. Chris extended the lead by a minute and a half (told you I was slow) to set the fastest time of the day, (for which he would receive the first of many trophies later)
and handed over to Joe Mercer. Joe would have had in his mind that Kevan the Elder was behind (Okay – quite far behind. Sorry) and could not let up for a minute. Joe handed over to Kevan the Younger who by now could all but jog around. But not James.
James set the second fastest leg of the day for an emphatic victory. For “aka Bob”, Dave “aka Bob’s son” Jackson had the bit between his teeth, and resisting the urge to cut too many corners, safely brought the team home for a Horwich one two.

To top this, the Ladies also had a well earned victory in a close run race. Lindsey Brindle lead from the front on leg 1, setting the fastest leg for the day. Handing over to Maria Lowe, then Debbie Campbell, and finished off by Nadine Merrick.

Other teams for Horwich finished 9th (Horwich RMI Hillbillies : Glynne Lever, Chris Heys, Stuart Edmondson, Andy Lloyd) 17th (The amusingly named “Horwich RMI Vets A” : Gary Chadderton, Tony Hesketh, Doug Fleming, Graham Schofield) 24th (Rivi Pikers : Mick Green, Alan Ashley, Martyn Bell, Stephen Pearson) and 47th (Horwich RMI Ladies B : Gemma Stokes, Clare McKenna, Christa Whatmough, Lindsey Brindle).

Martyn Bell completed the collection of awards with a trophy for fastest old guy to round off a fantastic day out.

(It was pointed out that with better organisation we could have had a shot at the vets too – sorry)

Results :


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.

Veteran Men 50 Team British Fell Relay

Veteran Men 50 Team British Fell Relay

Llanberis 20th October

Unfortunately due to injuries and illness we have had to rearrange the Vet 50 Team and it is as follows

Leg 1 Phil Dewhurst
Leg 2 Doug Flemming & Gary Chadderton
Leg 3 Mark Seddon & Colin Jones
Leg 4 Tony Hesketh

Please iiase with your partner regarding transport, I think we have at least two more teams so sorting out lifts should not be a problem.

Tony Hesketh



Sat 28th Sep 2013 – Thieveley Pike.

The final selection for the Men’s Senior A and B teams and Vet 40 teams for the FRA relays will be made following a trial race at Thieveley Pike.

The trial will be the main criteria used for team selections for those not already pre-selected due international representation or high placing in national events.

There’s everything to race for with places in all teams up for grabs, and lots of runners coming into form.

Please let us know if you intend to race. Also get in touch if you can’t race and still wish to be considered.

The Selection Committee.

Martyn Bell
Alastair Murray
Steve Pearson




1. Alex Fowler 18:33
2. Stephen Diaz 20:05
3. Albert Sunter 20:59
4. Lyndsey Brindle 21:43 (1st Lady)
5. Mick Green 22:04
6. Tim Roe 23:02
7. Paul Jackson 23:11
8. Gary Chadderton 23:13
9. Tom Howard 23:18
10. Jordan Sunter 23:49
11. Peter Ramsdale 25:16
12. Ian Charters 25:23
13. Andy Ford 25:39
14. Tony Hesketh 26:24
15. Mark Birbeck 26:33
16. Josh and Mark Sammon 33:42
17. Helen Hall 39:22 (Lady)
18. Steve Thomasson 39:56 (Did not visit Pike)

Downhill Race

Thursday 12th September – 7.00 p.m.

Starting from Scotsman’s Stump by the mast on Winter Hill mast road.
Runners set off at 30 second intervals, finishing at the RMI club, via
the Pike, and any route in between.
Start will be a 7.00 p.m. prompt due to the light.
Guests welcome.
Free entry and prizes.
Historic Downhill Trophy to the winner. (RMI only)

Junior Fell Championships 2013

Junior Fell Championships 2013

Due to Darwen Gala dropping their junior races this Saturday it has been decided to put Thievley Pike in our junior fell championship. The race is at Cliviger near Burnley on 28th September starting at 11.00 a.m there are races for u/8 up u/16 and there is also a senior race at 11.00 a.m too.

Tony Hesketh

FRA Relays V50 Team

FRA Relays V50 Team

The following team has been provisonally selected to run in the Vet 50 team in the British Fell Relay i n Llanberis on the 20 Oct if for any reason you cannot run let Tony Hesketh know ASAP on 01204668183 or 07552657789

Leg 1 Graham Schofield
Leg 2 Rob Green Doug Flemming
Leg 3 Mark Seddon Colin Jones
Leg 4 Graham Finch

Reserves Gary Chadderton, Phil Dewhurst, Tony Hesketh, Gordon Stone

Tony Hesketh

FRA Relays – Selection

UKA 2013 Fell Relay Championships –

Selection Criteria

In recent months the harriers have been fortunate enough to have acquired some talented

fell specialists who will swell our already talented pool all of whom are capable of making the squad

for this years relay championships.

The challenge is to deliver a team GOLD which will only be achieved if we can exploit this talent but

relies on us all starting the race healthy and hungry to perform well for your team.

The race really is OPEN to everyone ! Our selection criteria is straightforward.

1. make your self known to the section committee

2. show good, consistent race form throughout August, September

Pending – but expected to go ahead to help further with selection are

3. attendance at 1-2 club training sessions (Thursday / weekends) where we can assess you in

a training environment against your peers.

4. attend a club fell time trial / race – along the same lines of the Witten park fell relay but

within our Rivington Pike / Belmont training areas.

We hope and encourage that as many of you will get involved with the Thursday / Weekend club

sessions and where possible have the opportunity to train in the Llanberis race area on the 7/8th

September. I understand other dates are being proposed to visit the area which is fine

Please take the opportunity to recce these legs so you understand the demands of each leg and which

leg may be more appropriate to you.

Whilst our starting point for the teams will be the individuals that competed in last years event it

must be stressed that the team may / will look very different once we considered all the information

about you.


In an ideal world we hope to have 18 runners (3 teams of 6) but certainly require reserves to cover 1

x vets team and an A and B team.

We are proposing a selection race which would be two weeks prior to the October 20th – This is still

up for debate but has proved to be a successful method of selecting a team as we are comparing

“apples” with “apples”

We will also organise a club race / training session which will be held most likely on a Thursday

and or weekend where we can measure you against other contenders on a specific type of course or


Further details on this will follow in the next week so you have advanced warning.

Yours in sport

Selection Committee

Snowdonia Training Weekend

Snowdonia Training Weekend.

September 7th and 8th – Llanberis.

A training weekend is planned for the weekend of the 7th and 8th September.

The plan for the weekend is to do a bit of a recce for the UKA Fell Relays, and have a few beers / wine / mineral waters.

The bunkhouse at has been booked at 25 quid a person including linen and breakfast.

The bunkhouse sleeps 8, with additional space available at the adjacent campsite.

A great opportunity to have a look at the courses ahead of the relays, or just have a couple of days out in the hills. There’s even a race in the area on the Saturday.

To book your place please contact Steve Pearson, Alastair Murray or Martyn Bell.

UKA Fell Relays – Training

UKA Fell Relays – Training

Please find below a list of bespoke fell sessions for the UKA Fell Champs. The sessions will include both uphill and downhill reps and will be more successful if we can get a few of the guys/girls out. So lets make an effort where we can.

Start time: 9.30am

July 28th (Sunday) – Pike Race route

Aug 10th (Saturday) – Car park Belmont (Blue Lagoon) or Race: Turner Landscape (AM Cat)

Aug 24th (Saturday) – Pike Race route

Sept 7th (Saturday) – Belmont Ramp or away day: Llanberis Recce + Moel Wnion (AS Cat)

Sept 21st (Saturday) – Uphill road running Speed work Foxholes/Mast road or Race: Good Shepherd

Oct 5th (Saturday) – Pike Race route or Race: Saddleworth Edges (BL Cat)

Oct 20th (Sunday) – Llanberis Race Day – GOLD ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!

The specific dates are scheduled every other weekend with a proposed 5k park run in between. If folk are interested we can easily change or add dates. Most of these are Saturdays but can easily be changed to Sun. People could do the session for 45/50 minutes then do a long slow recovery run.

Any questions contact Steve Pearson, Alastair Murray or Martyn Bell.

UPDATE : The first session this last Sunday was very well attended with most of our top lads present. Looks like competition for the teams this year will be fierce. AM.

British Fell Relay 20th October 2013

British Fell Relay 20th October 2013

Any vets over 50 and under 75 who would like to run and have not yet given there names in to Tony Hesketh please do so ASAP. If you do not let him know he will assume that you do not want to run.

This year this is a Medal Category and one we could win with the right team,up to now the following names have been submitted. Graham Schofield,Mark Seddon, Colin Jones, Rob Green, Gary Chadderton, Doug Flemming, Gordon Stone, Tony Hesketh

Tony Hesketh

Tockholes Fell Race 6th July 9.3 k/ 335m

Tockholes Fell Race

6th July 9.3 k/ 335m

Another race and another win for Chris Farrell in this low key fell race, with conditions being the hottest ever times were generally slower with runners making sure they finished, Chris won easily despite taking a wrong turn coming back into the village, Josie Greenhalgh ran superbly for third Lady after a strong run off the Tower,chasing hard but unable to catch her was Tony Hesketh in 24th place 40 seconds adrift but took the first o/60 Prize, Tony Varley was second O/60 in 37th and Gordon Stone made up the Horewich contingent in 55th place.

Tony Hesketh

Witton Park Trail Relays

Witton Park Trail Relays
Thursday 27th June 2013

55 Teams competed in last weeks trail relay requiring teams of 3 to complete a 2.4 mile circuit (150m climb). This race was slightly shorter than Februarys event by around 6-7 minutes “racing” time but in my opinion the course was better having been made more simplified and very limited opportunity to go the wrong way !

The harriers dominated the event back in February and this trend continued with our trio winning by a margin of 1m 25 seconds over Barlick Fell Runners. Chris Farrell took the overall fastest leg on the night.

1st Horwich “A” – Dave Jackson 15m 38 / Chris Farrell 14m 44 / Martyn Bell 15m 24

31st Horwich “B” – Tim Roe 20m 59 / Steve Pearson 18m 41 / Paul Jackson 18m 18

39th They Shoot Horses Don’t They – Tony Hesketh 20m 11 / Pete Bland 21m 30 / Stuart Furness 22m 06

Surprisingly we had no ladies teams entered ?

Full results can be found on the following link: –

Aggies Staircase Fell Race 20th June

Aggies Staircase Fell Race

20th June 2013

A lovely evening for racing greeted over 130 runners for this popular race Chris Farrell was second to Danny Hope of Pudsey with Danny only dropping Chris on the final descent and considering this was his second race in as many days was a great performance Chris recorded
28.14 only 25 seconds behind Danny. Tony Hesketh ran 37.05 and was first o/60 in 52nd place, not to be outdone Paul Murray was first o/70 in 96th, David Barnes getting a few races under his belt was110th
43.33 and finally Mark Birbeck was 116th with a time of 45.47.

Tony Hesketh

Saddleworth Fell Race

Saddleworth Fell Race

Sunday 26th May


This race was described by the race organiser in the briefing as a ‘classic’ dating back 50 years or so. Makes the Pike race that little bit more special. Five harriers made the trip through Oldham, Lees to Greenfield. The sunshine on this bank holiday weekend made the setting even more attractive. This race was the next in the Local Fell Grand Prix so that always attracts one or two extra runners from the participating clubs.

The race has a steady road climb before turning left off the road and up the fell. The runners edge a golf course before the serious climb up a rocky steep slope. Once on the top there is a run across the fell before a steep drop back to the golf course, road and finish.

Gary Chadderton was first harrier home in 22nd place in a time of 26.27 and with Doug Fleming coming back from holiday, Gary was attempting to score as many additional club points as possible. The next three runners were always going to be around each other but after being beaten by Colin Wood in the last fell race, Pete Ramsdale was keen to get his own back and John Parker was back to racing after a two week layoff having recharged his batteries. Pete Ramsdale worked hard on the climb trying to get away from Colin, knowing that Colin usually descends better. The ascent was really dry whilst the descent found the only mud on the hill, so a little extra care was necessary. Pete managed to hold the others off to be second Horwich counter in 48th place in 30.05 with Colin 57th in 32.09 and John 65th in 33.11, completing the trio. New member to the club Dave Barnes completed the quintet with a solid run of 35.11 in 74th. Good race.

Winner was Phil Winskill of Kendal AC in 22.08, with Andy Swift of Penistone FR in 22.16 and Ben Rothery of team AM Mayhem in 22.41. 90 finishers

Results –

(I should mention that Colin did cycle there, race, have a spot of lunch and then cycle back – training for the next Iron Man competition later this year).


Bowley Hill Trail Race

Bowley Hill Trail Race – Great Harwood Show, Lancashire

Monday 4 June 2013

The Bowley Hill Trail Race is held in conjunction with the Great Harwood Agricultural Show. The race information describes the race as being 5.5 miles and 1000ft FOC (it was measured on my Garmin at 6.90 miles / 698 FOC ) but the reality was everyone took an early wrong turn after only 400 yards due to poor marshalling and a rather complex, bizarre course route out of the event show ground.

It was certainly very easy to go wrong many times if new to the course despite it being marked periodically with tape and marshalled. Local footpaths and bridleways in the vicinity of Great Harwood were used and some hill climbing involved to the top of Bowley Hill before retracing our steps back to the Show Ground.

Anthony Valentine (Bolton Harriers) and Chris Barnes (Blackburn) took the early pace closely followed by our fast improving Dave Jackson hot on their heels.

In the clubs quest to really dominate in all running disciplines this was a great message being sent out to the fell fraternity that the harriers mean business taking ALL honours on the day claiming 1st overall position and 1st team prize.

1st Martyn Bell – 39m 22s
3rd Dave Jackson – 40m 51s
8th Paul Muller – 43m 55s
17th Tony Hesketh – 49m 53s

Full Results –


The Cake Race

The Cake Race Saturday 4th May 16km/10m, 518m1700ft

Eight harriers travelled to Diggle on the edge of the Peak District to compete in the third race of the Rossendale Area Fell Race Grand Prix.

This course, new to all of the Horwich boys, had some climbing but no serious climbs. A few days of dry weather had removed water from the potentially dangerous steps section of the course and it was all very runnable. The size of the field was bigger than usual, not just the Horwich boys, so a delayed start was necessary. The course turned out to be more of a trail race than fell race but it was very enjoyable. The last 2 miles into the wind was hard, but the gentle downhill helped.

First Horwich home was Alastair Murray in 5th in a time of 1.08.00. Alastair was a little disappointed as he ‘gave up’ third and fourth on the run-in. I’m sure he didn’t give them up. First home was Paul Green of Sale in 1.05.40 with Jason Williams of Calder Valley 2nd in 1.05.54 and Andy Fleet 3rd also of Calder Valley in 1.07.12.

Next Horwich home was Andy Lloyd in 20th in 1.14.48. This was a great performance from Andy, new to this race and selecting the right footwear. Having another good race Doug Fleming was next home in 32nd in 1.18.09 closely followed by Gary Chadderton in 42nd in 1.20.17. The next two Horwich guys battled nearly every step of the way. Pete Ramsdale having the best of the early exchanges and working hard up the last climb and across the top of the fell into the wind, but Colin Wood made the decent look easy as he overtook Pete and pulled away down the rocky decent road. Colin Wood who had completed the Manchester Marathon the week previous was 93rd in 1.30.22 with Peter Ramsdale 98th in 1.31.22. Next home was John Parker in 151st place and 1st Vet 70 in 1.42.37 with Gordon Stone in 165th in 1.45.01.

Now the serious part of the event – Its called the Cake Race because if you take a cake you get free entrance, otherwise its £4, and everyone who runs gets free coffee or tea and lots of cake whilst they work the results out – magic. Its true to say that we all had more than enough cake!

One for the calendar next year.

Belmont Winter Hill

The Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race takes place this Saturday with races for juniors starting at 11.30, although there is the Junior Cowpe Hill race on on the same date we have decided that both races will be counters in our Junior Fell Championship as Belmont is a local race and we always support it. So Juniors can choose which race to do any queries contact Tony Hesketh 668183