Pendleton Fell Race – 5m/1500ft 30th Aug.

A much tougher course greeted the runners this year as the grass and reeds had flourished on this summers weather! Katie Ingram (41.58) used the race once more in her run up to the World Trophy race next month in Switzerland as a sharpener, winning her race in 24th place overall, but not liking the very tough conditions underfoot. Second home for Horwich was Claire Burns (47.13) running her third race of the week and doing well for fourth lady – just one second behind third!
Pete Kevan showed that his continued training is paying dividends with a fine run in 68th place – with 137 running. Next in was Barry Chapman (49.11) running well for 79th place, and finally Ian Smith (53.34) in 107th taking a day off from officiating and enjoying his day out.

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Claire’s First Win

Harrock Hill Race Series.

Claire Burns chalked up her first ever race win at this the final race in series. Spurred on by her third place at Dentdale – the previous weekend – Claire had the confidence to go early in the race and judged her pace well to finish 34th overall in 40.14, 30 seconds clear of a fast improving Jackie Redmayne from Chorley Harriers. Strongly supported in third place by Suzanne Budgett (41.28) who also took the first vets prize, and Rachel Metcalfe (45.53), Horwich collected the ladies team prize. Michele Sunter was our only other lady running, who clocked a fine 55.27 over two and a half minutes faster than race three.

In the men’s race Paul Muller (33.48) fresh from his half marathon at the weekend! did exceptionally well to finish third overall and first 0/50, Guy Heyes looked particularly easy with his time of 34.14 for 4th place, and with Brendan Bolland (34.57) in 7th, and taking the first 0/40 slot, the men’s team prize was also secured.
We also had the first 0/60 in, with Tony Hesketh running 38.51.

It was good turn out for this last race in the series with 17 harriers running. I will add the race results when they are posted.

Arena Parking

Just a reminder about the parking system at Bolton Arena. There has been a new system installed as a result of the large number of drivers using our car parks but not our facilities.

There is now a limit of 3 hours before a fine is incurred through Parking Eye. If coaches, athletes, or parents think they may stay longer than this, please ensure that they input their car registration number correctly at reception.

There are lots of notices around but not everyone reads them!

Sue Hayes
Programme Manager

Jubilee Race Wed 20th Aug

The final Jubilee race saw a much reduced field of 119 – mainly due to the weather. However this did not dampen the clubs enthusiasm with twenty Harriers running, who took all but the senior men’s team award, with Gareth and Gary on holiday and James away on business it was left to stalwart Paul Muller ( 27.29) to lead us in finishing in 11th place overall and first vet overall. Paul also finished second overall in the series and clearly won outright the series vet title. A strong Blackburn side took the senior men’s team with Horwich second, with Steve Nolan (28.10) Karl Ward (29.39) and Simon Parkinson (29.44) giving Paul good support.

The ladies again won the team title this time with Claire Burns (33.23) out front in 5th place, Claire also finished third overall in the series – not bad for her first full competitive years racing. Suzanne Budget (33.43) was not far behind in 6th place and with Christine Boardman (35.16) having a flyer (thanks Keith) taking 52 seconds off her previous best, the ladies were not challenged.

The men vets also had plain sailing in their team win with Paul Boardman and Doug Fleming helping Paul and Steve to a clear victory.

A mention for Chrissy Sweatman who took the 0/50 prize on the day and also won the 0/50 series title, well done. It was also great to see Horwich with two 0/70’s running, back on the scene was Dennis Weir running a sprightly 40.08 and John Coope, possibly not expecting opposition in this age group, running a fine 45.12. Well done chaps, keep it going

That’s another successful Jubilee series concluded with a special thanks to all those volunteers who helped to make it run so smoothly. Especially to those holding the reins for a poorly Gareth Hughes, who we all wish a speedy return to good health.

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Series results:

Dentdale Fell Race -2.9m/1385ft

This 2.9 mile race was part of the Dentdale show weekend. After a steady paced run of a few hundreds metres on tarmac the off road climb of almost 1400 feet started in earnest. it wasn’t long before the glutes and quads started to burn from the steep uphill and any attempt at acceleration was nigh on impossibility.
After what seemed like an age of climbing and two false summits I was finally at the top and onto some soft, wet, mossy ground for a run along the ridge and a chance to regain some composure. It was then over a fence and around the trig point and back the way we came. After the very steep ascent a lovely, steep, grassy, runnable descent back into the village. The terrain was excellent and my jelly legs only let me down briefly by sending me skidding head first down part of the hill – no limbs, or, more importantly positions were lost and I managed to finish a very proud and happy third.

Claire Burns

Round Latrigg 5.5m/800ft Keswick 20th Aug

Russell Maddams continues to improve on the fells with a super second place in this short but particularly fast fell race. Russ finished within a minute of winner Ricky Lightfoot, but had to work hard on the run in to keep Phil Winskill and Brian Taylor behind him. What pleased Russ the most was posting a time that was 46 seconds quicker than Simon Booths time last year, not a bad marker!

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Denis Ties the Knot.

Many congratulations to Denis Mason and his new wife Alison who were married last Friday at the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere. Denis’s love of the fells even meant a wedding in the Lake District, I wonder if he went for a run after?

England Vest for Katie.

Katie Ingram continues her international duties this time winning an England vest to compete in the World Trophy Mountain race in Switzerland on the 14th Sept at the spa resort of Crans Montana. All the leading runners were assembled for the trial which constituted an uphill only race from the town centre of Llanberis to the top of Snowdon, a climb of 3300 ft over 5 miles. This was completed in 49.29 which gave her fifth place in the race but more importantly fourth counter for the trial which meant selection for the team. Katie now has three weeks of hard training to further prepare for this world class race.

In the men’s race James Kevan ran well for 20th place – against the best senior opposition in the country. James was trying for a place in the U/23 development team that will selected to run in Slovakia later in the year, but just missed out this year finishing fifth England U/23.

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AGM 8th Oct.

This year’s AGM of Horwich RMI Harriers & AC will be held on Wednesday 8th October, at the RMI Social Club, at 8pm.

Nominations will be accepted for the following committee positions.

Vice Chairman
General Secretary
Membership Secretary
Press & Publicity Officer
Head Senior Coach
Head Junior Coach
Track & Field Coordinator
Ladies Captain
Other committee member 1
Other committee member 2

If you have any matters that you wish to be on the agenda, please notify me in writing by the 14th September. You will require a seconder for any proposal.

Alastair Murray

Taking A Mini Break.

Further to our best wishes for Alistair Murray –see Haigh Hall report.

A word of encouragement for Stevie Barlow, who has had a few tough months with a chest illness/injury. Steve has been into hospital for various tests and procedures and is progressing nicely. All his friends and colleagues send their best wishes for a speedy recovery and a quick return to training – which I am sure he is missing.

Radcliffe AC 5 Mile Trail Race 14th Aug.

Susan Lever took another step up the comeback ladder when winning well at Radcliffe. Taking the first 0/45 spot and winning the race is not a usual formula but Susan has been training hard and it paid off with a 32.46 time.

In the men’s race we had another rather unusual grouping as our first three runners were also fighting for the first 0/40 spot, with Paul Freary (27.25) leading the way in fourth overall, Rob Jackson took sixth place in 27.55, and good to see Adrian Selby (29.03) back racing and taking the third 0/40. Simon Parkinson (30.26) was well placed in 11th , with John Foulds (33.59) in 25th. Frank Wood (41.40) made up our contingent in 52nd place finishing second 0/60.

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Keith Makin and Gaynor Higson travelled over to Switzerland for their fourth time to run in the 23rd Swiss Alpine festival of running. They ran the half marathon 21K which starts in the town of Buel just outside Klosters on the spectacular Sunniberg Bridge at an altitude of 1050m and finishes in Davos, Europes highest town, at an altitude of 1560m. Lots of climbing, running and walking in places but great scenery.
Excellently organised with typical Swiss clockwork like efficiency, even perfect running weather on the day following snow and cold rain earlier in the week. Other races included 78K, 42K x 2, 31K, 21K walk, 11K and mini races for children with over 5000 runners taking part. The race ends in Davos town centre with a run along cheering spectator lined roads to the sports stadium to be greeted with loads of food and free alchohol free beer.

Mens Results :-

1. Adrian Marriott (GB) 1:20:34
2. Marcel Tschopp (Winterthur) 1:24:16
3. Christian Puricelli (Porza) 1:24:49
456. Keith Makin (Horwich RMI) 2:28:25 (17th V60) 22nd British Man
617 Finishers

Womens Results:-
1. Seraina Boner (Klosters) 1:34:59
2. Seraina Mischol (Davos) 1:35:36
3. Annette Bendig (Chur) 1:38:57
4. Alison Docherty (Dunblane) 1:41:05
28. Gaynor Higson (Horwich RMI) 2:00:19 (3rd L40) 2nd British Lady

Next years races 25th July 2009 contact Keith or Gaynor for details or

Lisa Back On Form.

Haigh Hall 4 – Wednesday Aug 13th.

Lisa Heyes (25.37) had to pull out all the stops to win this local four miler after being chased hard all the way by Jayne Taylor of Wigan. Lisa judged her finishing pace well to win by just two seconds. This was a super run by Lisa which will give her plenty of confidence for future races. Claire Burns (26.52) was our only other lady running finishing 6th lady and who had to contend with husband Mark coming past her on the finishing mile – who obviously was now condemned to sink duties for a week!

The men collected the team award with Steve Nolan (22.33) & first 0/45 – doing great for 6th with Guy Heyes (22.50) coming through – as usual – very strong at the end to take 7th, ably backed up by Karl Ward (23.45) in 11th and back racing again Glyn Kay (24.21) in 16th, this gave us victory over a strong Bolton team who were just two points behind. Paul Boardman (24.27) continued his very heavy race program finishing in 18th place, with Carl Balshaw (26.40) running well for 41st. Alistair Murray had to pull out of the race not feeling too well and had to spend the night in hospital for observation. We all send our best wishes to Ali for a speedy return to training and racing.

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Sierre Zinal Mountain Race Switzerland 3rd Aug.

Five Horwich runners travelled over to Switzerland last weekend for what is probably Europe’s most prestigious mountain race, the ‘Sierre Zinal’.

The race is 30k and starts at the town of Sierre at an altitude of 550m. The first 20k of the race climbs a total of 2000m on the mountain tracks through pine forests with the trees providing much needed cover from the invariably hot sunshine at this time of the year, in Switzerland the average temperature is around 28 degrees.

On reaching Chandolin at 2000m the course opens up with fantastic views of snow capped mountains, but you do start to feel the heat a bit with very little shade from the trees. A further 8k and 500m ascent sees you arriving at the hotel Weisshorn 2500m a very welcome sight. 10k to go from here on flat mountain tracks for 5k with the last 5k descending 800m into the picturesque village of Zinal. A very well organised event with plenty of food and drink en route.

Geraldine Walkington performed best of the Horwich quintet setting her stall out to break the course record of 4.10.00 in her age category. She paced the race to perfection and clipped 5 minutes of this time. Incredibly that was not enough to win, but still a fantastic run to pick up 3rd prize in her category. Albert Sunter was the fastest of our group running 3.49.21 – 44th in category, Brent Brindle was next in 3.58.24 – 22nd in category, with daughter Lindsey Squires clocking 4.02.09 – 26th lady. Tony Varley was our final counter finishing in 5.02.33 – 9th in his age group.

Anyone interested in next years race, it is on 9th Aug – check it out on or contact Brent Brindle.


Two notable Dates for your Diary

Sunday October 5th – Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay (Brotherswater)

Sunday October 19th – UKA British Relay Championships (Clwydian Hills, Denbighshire)

Please make room in your diary for these prestigious annual events as they will soon be upon us. Horwich have always turned out teams for both these events and are a force to contend with. This year will hopefully be no exception and both men’s & ladies teams will be entered for both relays. Please make your interest known to your respective fell Captains before they come and root you out from under your umbrella!


Big PB for James

James Kevan gave his 5k PB a big boost when clocking 15.26 at the Sale Sizzler last night. Running in good company James finished 4th in a quality field just 10 seconds behind Dave Norman in 3rd. This puts James 26th nationally in the U/23 category.
Gareth Booth ran his second race in two days finishing 13th in 16.19, and feeling a little jaded, but he was off on his holiday today so he can now chill out for a week in the sun. Karl Ward ran 17.37 for 37th place and Simon Parkinson – our only other member – running well for 50th and 18.09.

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Katie & Gareth Seal Series Wins.

Chorley 4 mile – Wed 6th Aug.

Katie Ingram’s (21.50) 11th place overall and first lady meant a clean sweep in the race series. Gareth Booth (20.57) had to settle for fourth on the night but took the series without problem. Run of the night was from Gary Priestley (20.51) who finished a fine third, first junior and was the only one of the trio to run faster than last month. Guy Heyes (22.30) paced the race well to finish strongly in 16th place and with Tony Rowlands (23.12) in 21st we just managed to win the team prize by one point from Blackburn. Not to be out done by the men the ladies also collected the team award with Lisa Heyes (25.30) – improving with every race – finishing 6th lady, and with Christine Sweatman (32.01) & first 0/50, Horwich made it a double – double on the night. Paul Boardman (24.07) took second 0/45 in 31st place and Gordon Stone (29.33) in 95th.

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