“Fellraisers” is the latest offering from our very own Fellephant aka Mark Birbeck.

An introduction from Mark :-


This is my latest fell running film called Fellraisers. Its been filmed in 1080 HD.

The inspiration for this film came directly from injury. My thought during injury was to make a film which represented the way I felt during that period. Notably the speed in which races come and go when I cant enter them.

The footage was filmed in 2012\2013 over the period of a year in Wales and England. I think I had two days where it didn’t rain during filming. It was a nightmare, but ultimately worth it because of the type of footage I acquired.

The race footage in the film comes from y Moelwyn, Ovenden, Barbondale, Great Lakes, Scafell Pike, Great Whernside, Foel Fras, Walsh Two Lads, Paddy’s Pole, Borrowdale, Crowhill Reverse, Blisco Dash and Belmont Winter Hill.

So here it is, an off the wall take on fell running accompanied by my own music.

I hope in some way you like the film.


Junior Pike Thanks

Junior Pike Thanks

Having sent the final award in the post this afternoon and completed a financial statement – what’s next? Oh yes my thanks to all the very capable team that helped Horwich RMI Harriers put on 5 individual English Championship fell races at Rivington on Saturday.

The day started early with Ali Murray and myself walking senior and junior routes clearing any hard ice on the route and erecting signage. Registration, for what was going to be a busy session, was manned by Trevor Williams and Alison Gordon. They were efficient from the gun with numbers, race fees, pins, routes and questions. To make sure the little runners went the right way and turned at the right places, a team of well drilled marshals managed the races. Andy Townsend, Christa Whatmough, Kath Swindell, Pete Gillham (Chorley), Gordon Stone and Christine Ramsdale performed their duties admirably.

Next we needed to make sure the results were right – so myself, Suzanne Budgett and Jim Goodwin (Rossendale) created finishing funnel and completed the job. Trevor and Alison worked out the names of the first three in each race and presentations were possible during the Under 16’s race. It all worked like a dream – a dream team – Thanks everyone. Nearly 300 juniors in 6 races.

A special thanks to Suzanne for taking over timing duties from me during the under 16’s race allowing me to change my shoes and enter and run my 20th pike race

Many thanks to the FRA for their support beforehand, Pete Bland Sports for their sponsorship and Sweatshop for their support too. Must mention the Bolton Mountain Rescue whose contribution is always welcome. Thanks to all the parents for their support in looking after their children.

Peter Ramsdale

Pike Race Thanks

Pike Race Thanks

Just a short note to say a big thank you to all those who helped make the Senior Pike Race happen this year (I’m sure Pete will be along in a minute to thank those involved in the mammoth effort required to organise 5 junior FRA champs races – well done Chairman)

Being dropped into the middle of it I have appreciated the amount of work put in by many people to ensure this appears (from the outside at least) to go smoothly on the day. That’s many hours work put in over the months before hand by Pete Bland, Pete Ramsdale and Colin Jones. Thanks guys.

The team on the day helped execute their plans. A combination of people who volunteered in advance, the night before, and crucially those that turned up on spec just in case I needed a hand.

Thanks to Sue Townsend (and mum) Anna Keightley, Julie Bower (fantastic registration team), Colin Waterworth (jack of all trades), Andy Townsend, Lawrence Pinnell, Liz Sykes, Trevor Fishwick, Paul Jackson (road closure team), Dave Jackson (road signs man), Steve Thomasson, Stephen Diaz, Nina ?(sorry!), Paul Edmondson, Stuart Edmondson, Andy Porter, Maria Lowe, Sean McMyler, Caroline Brown, Mark Gibson (marshals), Mark Swindell, Kath Swindell, Christa Whatmough, Stewart Westhead, Phil Fleming, Martyn Bell and Gemma Stokes (start / finish team).

Well done all!


Rivington Pike Race

Rivington Pike Race 30th March

Our annual Pike Race attracted a large field of over 300 runners and was very well organised by Pete Ramsdale and his team. With the added strain of our junior races being in the English Junior Fell Championship this year the races went like clock work. Tom Cornthwaite won for the second year in a row from Gary Priesley who used to run for us. First finisher for us in 18th place was Dave Milliken after a strong race backed up by Gareth Booth and Rob Jackson doing his 30 th pike race in succession was good enough to win the Team prize. Our first lady was Lindsey Brindle 6th and 80th overall after a good race making up places on the descent. Michael Crook and Paul Murray where first o/65 and o/70 respectively.

Horwich Junior Fell Championship

Listed below are the races chosen for our Junior Fell Championships.

Horwich Junior Fell Championship

30th March Rivington Pike 1.00p.m (E)
6th April Pendle nr Burnley 12.00p.m
6th May Wray Caton Moor nr Lancaster (Scarcrow Festival and Gala) 11.30 a.m. 11th May Cowpe Hill Rossendale 12.00 p.m. (E)
26th May Saddleworth 11.00 a.m. (Greater Manchester Championships)
8th June Sedbergh (Uphill only ) Cumbria 12.00 p.m. (E)
22nd June Midsummer Madness Hebdon Bridge 11.30 a.m.
7th July Langdale Cumbria 2.00 p.m. (E)
3rd Aug Hellfield Gala Yorkshire 2.15 p.m.
17th Aug Darwen Gala nr Blackburn TBC

(E) This is an English Championship counter

In all races points will be awarded from 10 points for first Horwich finisher down to 1 point for tenth in all age groups with a runners best six races from the ten listed. Runners have to do at least three races to be eligable for an award at the end of the championship.

When the lighter nights arrive we will begin Fell training again on Wednesday evenings with some Saturday mornings thrown in. Hopefully a few more Juniors will take part in these races.

Some juniors do not have a club vest -these are on sale at Tobutt Sports Astley Bridge Bolton so no excuses. I can get you one if you let me know size – they cost £15 approx.

Tony and Brenda Hesketh Tel No 01204 668183

URGENT: Pike Race Helpers

URGENT: Pike Race Helpers

We are in urgent need of more helpers for the pike race. We are looking for people for Marshals, Start and Finish Team, Entries and general help throughout the day.

If you can spare and hour or a few hours please get in touch ASAP. If you are not running, we need you to help.

Contact Alastair Murray to offer your services. 07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com

Witton Weekend

Witton Weekend

Horwich perform at the highest level

Horwich RMI Harriers turned out in quality and quantity for the first ever Blackburn Fell and Trail relay last Saturday. Each team of three had the same 5k leg with a climb of 300m on the hill of Witton Park.

Horwich turned out 12 teams in the main race with Alastair Murray, James Kevan and Martyn Bell completing the course to win the race by nearly three minutes from the host clubs A team. On leg one Alastair Murray came back in 4th place in 21.38 handing over for James Kevan to move the team through to first place with a run of 21.57 and Martyn Bell increased the lead on leg three with a run of 22.28. The total time was 1:06:01 with Blackburn Harriers in second place in 1:08:59 and Blackburn Vets in third in 1:09:03. In 8th place was the second Horwich team in 1:13:21 (individual results at the end of the report).

Third Horwich team in 12th place was called ‘The Young Ones’ and included 15 year old Nathan Townsend and Dad Andy with Sean McMyler completing the trio. Nathan had the fastest junior run of the day completing the course in a very good time of 25.18. ‘The Young Ones’ had a time of 1:13:56.

Horwich also had teams in 15th, 31st, 36th first Horwich ladies team in 1:20:59, 37th second Horwich ladies team just six seconds behind in 1:21:05 and 38th, 42nd, 60th, 71st – three junior girls and 80th.

The junior event run on a shorter course had three Horwich teams completing. First home and in 8th place overall and third under 12 boys team was the first of the Horwich teams with the second Horwich team in 17th and the first Horwich girls team was 20th overall.

With 15 teams from Horwich out for the day it really show the quality and commitment of the club as we move into the new year.

Team results

1st Alastair Murray 21.38, James Kevan 21.57, Martyn Bell 22.26 = 1.06.01
8th Brendan Bolland 24.29, Stuart Edmundson 24.06, Mike Green 24.44 = 1.13.21
11th Andy Townsend 23.57, Nathan Townsend (U15) 25.16, Sean McMyler 24.43 = 1.13.56
15th Tim Roe 23.53, Glenn Lever 26.16, Carl Balshaw 25.38 = 1.15.47
33rd Billy Martin 26.01, Karl Ward 27.06, Alan Ashley 27.24 = 1.20.31
36th Suzanne Budgett 22.03, Josie Greenhalgh 28.07, April Stevenson 30.49 = 1.20.59
37thRachel Jones 24.48, Lindsey Brindle 25.53, Maria Lowe 30.44 = 1.21.05
38th Gary Chadderton 25.03, Doug Fleming 26.58, Pete Ramsdale 29.37 = 1.21.38
42nd Graham Finch 25.15, Keith Tyrer 29.30, Tony Hesketh 28.28 = 1.23.13
60th Jacqueline Purlan 39.10, Stephen Pearson 31.48, Doug Fleming 28.23 = 1.39.21
71st Jenny Unsworth 36.46, Abby Cox 36.16, Jenny Cox 42.54 = 1.55.54
80th Christian Upton No time recorded, Paul Wilcockson 54.43, Paul Skyes 30.07 NoTotal Time

Junior Results
8th Lewis Wilkes 14.20, Thomas Massey 15.10, Robert Seddon 14.36 = 44.06
17th Sam Twist Stephen Brown Jake Glendenning 15.56 = 47.35
20th Penny Townsend 16.00, Sally Caldwell 16.22, Anna Walton 18.16 = 50.38

Peter Ramsdale

Complete results on uk results site

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 9.5 k 250m 12th January 2013

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 9.5 k 250m 12th January 2013

A cold but dry day wellcomed over 150 runners for this local fell race with the course very muddy in places times were generally slower than in previous years. Tim Ellis of Calder Valley won easily by over a minute leading from gun to tape. First home for us in a fine 6th place with a good run after a long lay off was Alastair Murray. Glynn Kay was close behind in 8th and his brother Michael took a number of scalps in 27th with a well judged race. Paul Boardman was only 3 seconds behind Mick but was disappointed with his race. In the vets Tony Hesketh was second o/60 in 42nd place with Mike Crook going one better winning the o/65 category in 84th another runner returning after a long lay off.

Tony Hesketh

Whinberry Naze Fell Race 26th December

Whinberry Naze Fell Race 26th December

Fine weather and a large field of over 200 runners mostly ran in fancy dress first home for us was Graham Schofield 10 and first veteran with a great run, Paul Boardman was 23rd just a minute behind Graham, Josie Greenhalgh ( Mother Xmas) was a fine 54th next was Tony (Father Xmas) Hesketh with Sam the dog.
Tony Varley easily won the o/65 cat dressed as an Elf. Gordon Stone ran well for144th just in front of Abigail Sunter (Elf) in 152nd. Albert and Michelle Sunter were brilliant as Mickey and Minnie Mouse 192 and 193 but deserved an award for just running the race.

Tony Hesketh

Fell Running Coaching

The FRA are holding an introduction to Fell Running Coaching on Jan 16th at Giggleswick School Yorkshire (aprox 1 hr form horwich)
This is for all runners interested in coaching and they are trying to encourage more ladies into coaching.

Both the FRA and the club will support anyone interested for further details contact Steve Pearson 07732 210 013

This Weekend

Friday 23th Nov. 2012.

This Saturday is the next race in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League and counter in the club’s overall championship at Sefton Park, Liverpool. Details on Mid Lancs website : www.midlancs.org.uk

Sunday on the fells is the Darwen Dashers promotion the David Staff Memorial, from Sunnyhurst Woods in Darwen. Details on the Dashers website : www.dashers.org.uk

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.

Withins Skyline

Withins Skyline

Three HRMI Harriers ran this rather muddy & boggy fell race, but what fantastic weather graced us. Lindsey Brindle’s first race in months saw her fair quite well finishing pretty well up in the field. Great to see her back in the fold. Fingers crossed, no repercussions! Next was Brent Brindle trying not to let Suzanne take up the bet of ‘if I beat you, there’s a curry in it’ followed by loser of curry Suzanne. A great time in the pub after hosted by Dave & Eileen Woodhead with fab prizes all round.

Preliminary Results http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=withins

Bronze for Horwich

UKA British Fell & Hill Relay Championship – 14-Oct-2012.

Church Stretton.

A fantastic performance by the MV40 team saw them take bronze at this years FRA relays on the Long Mynd.

Gareth Booth got the team off to a great start on the solo leg 1 of 6.7k 500m climb, handing over to Martyn Bell and Dave Milliken for the pairs leg over 13k and 900m of climb. Martyn and Dave took the team into third place in the MV40 category, and it was nip and tuck for the rest of the race. On the navigation leg it was down to Brendan Bolland and Mick Green to keep us in the running, which they did well, coming back just a few seconds down on third place. Dave Jackson had the glory leg, another solo leg of 7.1k and 500m ascent, conclusively restoring the team to 3rd place, and securing the bronze medal.

FRA Vets Bronze Team

We also had an open team running on the day. Tony Hesketh got us started, handing over to Gary Chadderton and Doug Fleming. Reluctantly Alastair Murray and Mark Fuller took over for the nav leg, with Stuart Edmondson returning to racing on leg 4. The team was very happy with 58th position.

Big thanks to all who helped put the teams together, and to Tony Hesketh, Mark Fuller and Stuart Edmondson for stepping in at the last minute to run.

Results : http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2012/BritishFellRelay/BritishFellRelay2012Results.pdf


A fantastic day in the Lakes was the reward for the eight Horwich Harriers who made up the team for this years running of the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay.

Kicking us off, in a hastily rearranged running order were the two Micks, Kay and Green, getting the team off to a fantastic start and handing over to Brendan Bolland and the ‘just in time arriving’ Alastair Murray for leg two. The unchanged pair of Chris Heys and Phil Dewhurst took over for the not so long, but tough leg three, passing the baton to Andy Porter and the ‘thought he was spending the day potholing at 8 o’clock that morning’ Colin Jones, to finish us off.

Despite all the moaning by the team captain, it was a grand day out. A big thanks to the whole team for pulling together when it seemed the team was in jeopardy, and in particular to Colin Jones for dropping everything as a last minute (well quite a bit after the last minute) replacement.

Results : http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2012/IHMR/IHMR-Results-2012.pdf

Downhill Race Results

Results :
1: Danny Hope (guest) 21:04
2: Albert Sunter (winner of downhill trophy again!) 21:27
3: Alastair Murray 22:03
4: Robert Green 22:21
5: Stephen Diaz 24:04
6: Josie Greenhalgh (first lady) 25:12
7: Tony Hesketh 25:57
8: Thomas Howard 28:24
9: Peter Ramsdale 29:00
10: Mark Swindell 29:25
11: Paul Murray 30:25
12: Paul Speed 31:23
13: Ros Murray (second lady) 32:28
14: Luke Howard 36:57
15: Ed Swift 46:06
16: Alfie Howard 49:33

Thanks to everyone who turned out, and to David Jackson and Steve Pearson for helping out with marshalling and timekeeping. The weather held off and everyone avoided the worst of the bogs, although it was fairly dark by the time I set off.

Some requests for drier conditions next year, some requests for it to be run entirely in the dark. It depends largely on whether I remember before the nights get too dark.


Downhill Race

Thursday, 20 September 2012, 7:00 pm.

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 7.00 p.m. prompt due to the light.
Guests welcome.
Free entry and prizes.
Historic Downhill Trophy to the winner. (RMI only)

Alastair Murray – alastair.murray@gmail.com

FRA Relays : Current Teams

The provisional selection for the FRA relay teams are as follows.


Leg 1 (solo AS) Gareth Booth.
Leg 2 (pairs AM) Dave Jackson & Martyn Bell.
Leg 3 (pairs nav) Brendan Bolland & Mick Green.
Leg 4 (solo AS) Dave Milliken.


Leg 1 (solo AS) Alastair Murray.
Leg 2 (pairs AM) Doug Fleming & Gary Chadderton.
Leg 3 (pairs nav) Tim Roe & Mark Seddon.
Leg 4 (solo AS) Mark Fuller.


Tony Hesketh.
Billy Martin.

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 : https://docs.google.com/open?id=11wgPuDY7F7GaGCEwhDS44_SNuuFdqjwkKwWLwjQkj_mucVmQxAb0xntiJj5h

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 : http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk/pages/Event.aspx?id=160&EventID=429

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 : http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2050

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 : http://merciarelays.org.uk/

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 / pearsonnotlob@hotmail.co.uk

Alastair Murray – 07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com

Pete Bland – 07551 404047 / peterbland@btinternet.com

Colin Jones – 07773 160675 / c.jones-horwich@hotmail.co.uk

FRA Relays

Sunday 14th October – Church Stretton


If you are interested in running at this years FRA relays, please contact either Steve Pearson or Alastair Murray.

We are initially trying to gauge interest to see if we should enter teams.

Championship categories are Open, Women, V40, with a separately recognised V50 category.

Please get in touch asap as the event is filling up.

Steve Pearson – 07732 210013 / pearsonnotlob@hotmail.co.uk

Alastair Murray – 07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com

Turnslack Fell Race

Turnslack Fell Race 8 mls 2000 ft 21st July

Great conditions greeted the runners for this race although the underfoot conditions where very wet in places.Tim Ellis of Calder Valley won easily after following his team mate round the course. First for us was Graham Schofield first o/55 despite one of his shoes coming apart at the sole and upper a quick repair enabled him to finish in 8th overtaking Andy Lloyd on the final descent who finished well in 9th. Mick Kay with a solid run was 16th with Gary Chadderton second o/50and Tony Hesketh first o/60 in 24th and 25th respectively.Suzanne had a good run third lady and first o/45 in 37th and Mark Swindell running a longer distasnce than he normally does in 50th. There were 85 finishers.

Tony Hesketh

Clougha Pike

Clougha Pike 7.9k /400m 23rd June

Despite the torrential rain previously the Fell Races went ahead in very muddy conditions and a new course record was run by winner Tom Addison just two seconds in front of Rob Jebb.First for us after a brill run was Dave Miliken in 6th and first veteran too. Mick Green ran well for 34th Tony Hesketh retained his O/60 Trophy in 56th and Suzanne Budgett was 2nd o/40 Lady in 8th place and Christa Whatmough enjoyed her first A category fell race . There where 125 finishers with 11 runners from Horwich a superb turnout in the conditions.
In the junior races Lucas Miliken finished 9th in the U/10 and Daniel Rowe was 25th in the U/12 Race.

Tony Hesketh

Belmont Winter Hill

Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race 12th May

A superb turnout of 18 Harriers took part in this local fell race organised superbly by Dave Bateson in excellant conditions although it was very muddy after noon hill, Nick Leigh of Pudsey won the race. First home for us was Rob Howarth with a brilliant run in 9th and first O/50 closely followed by Mick Green 12th and Andy Lloyd 15th and these three made up the winning team. Not to be outdone the Ladies won also with Suzanne Budgett 1st o/40 and 3rd place, together with Susan Flatters 4th and Kate Porter 10th making a clean sweep for Horwch. Another category winner Tony Hesketh was 1st o/60 in 28th place. There where 113 finishers.

Belmont Junior Races

In the Under 12 junior race young 9 year old Tom Massey had a brilliant run finishing 4th, Daniel Rowe was 8th and Livia Carwright was 3rd girl after a great run.

Tony Hesketh

Results http://www.ukresults.net/2012/belmont.html

UPDATED CW Relay Teams

Teams currently as follows.

A Team:

1. (9.8m) Phil Dewhurst + Chris Heys
2. (8.46) Billy Martin + Andy Porter
3. (4.8) Martin Jones + Pete Haworth
4. (9.36) Mick Green + Chris Ingham
5. (7.55) Sean McMyler + Karl Ward
6. (10.0) Gary Chaddeton + Doug Fleming

Mixed Team:

1 Rachael Thompson + Debbie Campbell
2 Paul Boardman + ?????
3 Kate Porter + Christina Wright
4 Michelle Devine + Suzanne Budgett
5 Pete Bland + Pete Ramsdale
6 ????? + ?????

As you can see we are short of 3 runners so please contact Steve Pearson if you can run on 07732 210013

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

Cartmel Trail

Cartmel Trail 10k
We had two runners competing in this very muddy race which was won by Blackburns Chris Barnes in 39.35 first for us in 151st place was Christa Whatmough after a strong run Brenda Hesketh was 187th both excellant runs out of 408 finishers.

Cartmel 18k Trail Race
There where 250 runners in this race with England International Moutain runner Orlando Edwards of Shaftsbury winning easily , Gareth Booth was a superb third overall only four minutes behind after a great race, Tony Hesketh was first O/60 in 93rd and the only other runner from Horwich was another O/60 in Pete Henegan in 183rd place everyone who finished got a Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Tee Shirt.

Tony Hesketh

Grizedale Adventure Challenge

I’m racing with a team from work doing the Grizedale Adventure Challenge in Cumbria, this Saturday, 24th, it’s a 2km trail run/25ish km MTB around the North Face trail (red) followed by 4km fell run, an incidental kayak, another 4km fell run followed by an assault course. Last year we came 3rd without trying to hard and one of the team members got cramp. One the team members, the who got cramp, has pulled put has damaged wrist and will struggle on bike section. Does anyone fancy doing it to make a team of 3? We can give a lift up to Grizedale if needed.


All the best

Andy Porter
07971 400356

Do you want to be on telly


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Willing to commit to the shoot dates!
Audition: Monday 12th March in Manchester
We have limited spaces available so please email a contact telephone number & and any video footage of you fell running (if you have it) to –

We are looking for

Male and Female. Age 18 up to 55

Is Fell Running your passion? Would you like to be on an advert?

Must be able and keen Fell Runner!

Filming: in North West, Lake District w/c 19th March



Club Overall Champs 2011

Well done to Dave Jackson and Suzanne Budgett for winning the 2011 Club Overall Championships with one remaining fixture.

With the four best XC scores from six to count, the ‘race’ for the second and third positions for the men is still wide open. The final fixture is at Worden Park on the 3rd March.

Mens table here.

Ladies table here.

Thursday – Prediction Race

Prediction Race

Thursday 23rd Feb 2012 @ 6.30pm +

Low key prediction race starting at Cooke Street, Horwich. (nr Mill Lane/Church Street junction).

The Route will be as follows;

Cooke Street-Wallsuches-Georges Lane-Wilderswood-Mast-Two Lads (via wall)-Burnt Edge-

Georges Lane-Jolly Crofters-Wallsuches-Foxholes-Cooke Street. (approx 11km)

Headtorches and familiarity with the fells and Winter Hill is essential.

The runner to finish in the nearest time to their predicted time will win the coveted bottle of wine.

No fee for entry, runners set off at minute intervals from 6.30pm onward.

Colin Jones


Senior Fell Championships 2012

Senior Fell Championships 2012.

This years senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 6 from the follow 11 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 2012
Date Category Race
07/04/12 S Rivington Pike
05/05/12 L Pendle Cloughs
12/05/12 S Belmont Winter Hill
07/06/12 S Henderson’s End
14/06/12 S Two Lads
23/06/12 S Clougha Pike
21/07/12 M Turnslack
25/08/12 M Chipping Show
15/09/12 L Three Shires
11/11/12 M Wadsworth Half Trog
17/11/12 L Tour Of Pendle

For an additional challenge this year there will also be a new Long Distance award for the highest place man and woman in the Lakeland Classics Trophy. Details of this years LCT will appear here http://www.lakelandclassicstrophy.org.uk/ and can be found in the FRA Calendar.

If that’s not enough, 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 a British champs race.

British Championships 2012
Date Category Race
14/04/12 M Coledale
12/05/12 S Slieve Bearnagh
07/07/12 L Arrochar Alps
08/09/12 S Moel Wnion

Engish Championships 2012
Date Category Race
17/03/12 S Lads Leap
14/04/12 M Coledale
16/06/12 L Great Lakes
04/08/12 L Borrowdale
18/08/12 M Weasdale
29/09/12 S Kielder Blast

Junior Fell Champs 2012

Junior Fell Championship 2012

This year as in previous years we have chosen ten races there is actually eleven with two on the same date Pendle and our own Pike race runners can go to either with points being awarded in both.It is a runners best six races to count 12 points for first down to 1 point for twelth place,you must do at least three races to qualify for an award at the end of the season.

Races best six to count,

7th April Pendle Barley nr Burnley 11.45 a.m
7th April Rivington Pike Horwich 1.00p.m
21st April Anniversary Wa! Stair Cumbria 11.30 a.m
7th May Wray Caton (Scarecrow Festival and Gala) 11.30 a.m
12th May Belmont Winter Hill 12.30 p.m
26th May Cowpe Hill Rossendale 12.00 p.m
23rd June Cloughha Pike (Gala) 1.00p.m
1st July Hawkswick Yorkshire 12.00 p.m
14th July Sedbergh Cumbria ( Uphill only) 12.00 p.m
21st July Ingleborough Yorkshire (Gala) 3.15 p.m
18th August Darwen Gala Lancashire 12.45 p.m

Any queries contact Tony Hesketh tel 01204 668183 or 07973302432