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Vacant Committee & Non Committee Positions

The following positions within the club are currently vacant and Committee members have to cover them as well performing their own duties, this is not fair and needs to be addressed by more members taking on a share of the work. The positions only need a small amount of work to be done during the year but at the same time will relieve a Committee member of the task.

Committee Position ……..General Secretary

Non Committee Positions:
……………………..Minutes Secretary ( approx 6 meetings a year )
……………………..Mens and Ladies Road Running Captains
……………………..Mens Vets captain
……………………..Ladies Cross Country Captain

If you feel you could help out in any of these positions please contact me

Pete Bland

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Weekend Snippets.

Belarus 10k Parbold

We had three runners inside the top ten, with Paul Muller (34.40) taking his customary club lead in 4th and the first 0/50. Glyn Kay made a return to some form finishing 6th in 37.43. Paul Boardman continues his relentless race program – seemingly impervious to injury – in a fine 7th place, and Derek Kay made it a family double running 44.43 in 36th place and first 0/65.

Results at:

Run Preston 10k

Stuart Edmundson made a welcome return to racing after a illness lay off and did exceptionally well finishing just outside the top ten in 11th running 36.10. Lets hope it is all plain sailing now as Stuart gets back to full fitness. We only had one other runner racing Gillian Burnell who finished a creditable 292nd from a field of 623.

Results at:

Run Preston 5k Road Race: Sun 28th Sept.

Emma Perrin donned her Horwich vest for the first time as a new member and had a terrific run when finishing 3rd lady and 17th overall in this town centre race. Her time of 19.32 is a credit to her, and is just reward for all the training she has been doing since joining the club. Simon Parkinson (17.45) again made the number five spot proving his first top ten place last week was no fluke!

Results at:

Northern Cross Country Venue and Date.

Well spotted to all the eagle eyed Harriers who spotted the deliberate mistake on the cross country form…. No the Northern is not in Leeds on Monday 26th January, but is in fact in St Helen’s on Saturday 24th January at Sherdley Park….
Thanks to Ali and Graham for the immediate response and everyone else who rang…
Thanks for the prompt response – lists of entrants to be publicised on the web shortly. See you all in Blackburn on the 11th Oct

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Swinton Half Marathon.

The 30th Annual RMCH Swinton Half Marathon took place over its established, undulating course at 8.30am on Sunday morning attracting 300 runners.
Rob Jackson had a great run to finish in 3rd place. This was Robs 22nd consecutive Swinton Half Marathon! This record includes a win in the race 20 years ago and several runners up places. Next in was the ever dependable Steve Nolan in 16th place. Mike Neary rolled back the years winning the over 55 category in 23rd place overall. Carl Balshaw in 60th place completed the Horwich team that finished in 4th place.

Rob Jackson


Whernside Fell Race: Saturday 27th September 12miles/2972′

Three Horwich members ventured to Dent to participate in Saturday’s Whernside race. This popular fell face has returned to the calendar after a few years absence and saw 180 runners participate. This runable race was made all the better by being graced with clear skies and sunshine. After a short section on the road, the route gradually wound its way up Whernside on a well defined path. After the descent of Whernside, another path took the runners up Great Coum, followed by a fantastic and fast descent into the finish. A very enjoyable race.

49th Doug Fleming 1:52 hrs
92nd Suzanne Budgett 2:04 hrs
116th Rachel Metcalfe 2:11 hrs


Northern 4 Stage Road Relays. Hartlepool Sat 27th Sept.

Katie Ingram made up for what she described as a disappointing run at the World Running Mountain Championship in Switzerland with a fantastic run on the first leg of this prestigious road relay, winning the leg in 12.26 with a clear margin of 15 seconds from Nicola Geddes of Scunthorpe. Her time was also second fastest of the day just 6 seconds behind Rebecca Robinson of Kendal who ran the fastest time with 12.20.

It was a very apprehensive but excited Caroline Scholes who set off in the lead on the second leg, and ran exceptionally well bringing Horwich in for a fine 7th place running 14.52. Our third leg runner Sarah Norgate has been away from racing for some time with an Achilles injury, but she gave 100% and raced to a super time of 14.38, and 12th team place. Running the final leg was Christine Boardman who gave her all over the very fast 4k course, clocking 16.12, and bringing the Horwich ladies in for 18th team overall, an excellent result with 42 teams running. Very well done ladies.

Full Results:

Three Shires Race – 12m/4000ft 20th Sept

It was doubtful at one point if this years Three Shires 25th year anniversary race would go ahead, the persistent heavy rain in the lakes had made the usual parking fields unusable. The Juniors races were already cancelled but Selwyn (Organiser) managed to arrange for last minute parking at Hodge Close Quarry (20 min walk away) so that the seniors race could go ahead.

As the parking was so far away the start time was delayed to allow the competitors to get from the quarry to the start. Then it was delayed again because of the queue for registration. But finally with a field of around 330 entrants, just after 11:45, the race started.

This year we had 8 entrants, Darren Kay was well placed in second until he decided to go walkabouts, then – has the photo shows – saw the funny side of it.

35th Darren Kay 2:19:41
80th Brian Walton 2:31:10
115th Albert Sunter 2:38:14
165th Geraldine Walkington 2:48:26
175th Peter Walkington 2:49:31
255th Rachel Metcalfe 3:09:07
272nd Susan Budgett 3:17.20
311th Tony Varley 3:46:17

Well Done to all!

Mark Sammon (photos too)

Young Horwich RMI Harriers strike “Double Gold” at Wigan

Congratulations to Matthew Ault and James Lovell of Horwich RMI Harriers, who both won 2 Gold Medals each in the Arnold Seddon Memorial Track and Field Athletics Meeting on Sunday 21st September 2008 held at Wigan.

This was the penultimate outdoor meeting for the 2008 season for Under 15 athletes. Over 200 children from all over the country took part & we managed to turn out 21 athletes on the day. To win medals in a major event like this is a tremendous achievement. On the day we recorded many Personal Bests and won 12 Medals in total!

Well done to the following MEDAL winners :-

Laura Bannister (U/15 Girls) High Jump 3rd
Hannah Storey (U/15 Girls) 100m 3rd & 200m 3rd
Matthew Ault (U/15 Boys) 800m 1st, High Jump 1st & Shot Putt 3rd
Kelly Sivill (U/13 Girls) High Jump 3rd
James Lovell (U/11 Boys) 75m 1st & 150m 1st
Mackenzie Dacre (U/9 Boys) Cricket Ball Throw 2nd
Matthew Stocks (U/9 Boys) Cricket Ball Throw 3rd

From Arnold Seddon 2008
From Arnold Seddon 2008

Well done to our other Competitors who all performed magnificently.

Full Results

Arnold Seddon 2008

Weekend Snippets.

Pennington Flash 5 Mile Trail Race 20th Sept.

A return to the race scene for Mike Neary (17th) was a successful one when taking the 0/55 prize in 30.49. Steve Nolan (7th) collected the 0/45 award with 28.54, and Tony Hesketh (32.03) did likewise for the 0/60’s. We only had one lady running but Caroline Scholes was in fine form taking the first 0/35 prize with 33.56.

Paul Boardman was 19th in 31.06 and Barry Chapman ran 33.21 for 32nd place.

Results at:

Boggart Chase 10k – 21st Sept

Simon Parkinson continued his fine run of form being well placed in 5th with a time of 37.13.

Calling All Fell Vets!

We are struggling to get a team for the Ian Hodgson next weekend 5th Oct with
all the injuries and runners who are unable to run. If there are any vets out there who would like a nice day out on the fells then contact Rob.

If anyone wishes to run to contact me on 07714451560 or before weekend.

Thanks Rob Green

Summary of the British & English 0/50 Championships

Many of you will know that this years Champs consisted of nine races in total, three doubling as both British and English. My hope was to complete them all, which meant travelling distances which I hadn’t attempted before. In black and white nine races over six months doesn’t seem a big deal, until I tried it. We started off at Black Combe in the mist and wind, then off to the Mourne Mountains for the Irish. The tour operator (S.J) was superb, organising the flights, car hire, and accommodation overlooking the Mournes. We had home cooking; good weather on the day with mist and snow either side of it and a chance to share a bedroom with someone else after 40 years! All I had to do was run which was nearly impossible on that terrain.

The 3 Peaks was a full house with around 600 runners, many from overseas, perfect weather, goodie bag, four feeding stations evenly spaced and plenty of red vests. The Welsh (Moel Elio) and Scottish (Durisdeer) were set in lovely locations, the first descent at Durisdeer was tough (very steep) and took a lot of running out of your legs for the remainder of the race. The post race food and drink provided by the village and club ladies was very generous.

On to Blackstone Edge and Kentmere where we performed well as a team, 2nd and 3rd with Graham Schofield leading the way. This moved us into 3rd overall. I’ve nothing to say about Borrowdale except the best part was the finish.

Dufton Pike 5m/1500′ was the last of the championship races. Well worth the drive up, beautiful setting, looked good underfoot and just one scree free hill, plus the race was part of the Dufton Country Fair. The Vets 50 team were 3rd in the championship one point in front of Clayton , so a good incentive to do well. We had to beat Clayton as they had the better aggregate score. Unfortunately we didn’t, Brian Walton had another strong run finishing 8th 0/50, an improving Steve Jackson regained some ground on runners who have but would not normally beat him, and I tried my best. Good to see Tony Varley there and John Nixon, strong as ever on the ups, another brilliant day. Clayton beat us in the team race so we finished 4th Vet 50 team, I experienced enough adrenalin to last until the following Thursday. Thank you to the people that I travelled with, it made it that much easier to get to the outposts.

Mick Crook

World Mountain Running Trophy Race. Crans Montana Switzerland 14th Sept.

This was the last time that an England team will run in the World Trophy race, with the IAAF finally recognising the sport and giving it full world championship status from next year, which will mean that only a GB team will compete from the home countries.

Katie Ingram was again representing her country and was part of a very strong England team who had high hopes of a team medal position. On the day thick cloud and continuous rain did not make for the usual carnival atmosphere, even so the ladies finished an excellent 4th in the world from 42 countries competing. Katie finished strongly in 30th place from 95 runners, a great run considering the tummy upset she had prior to the race. In the men’s race England finished in 6th overall with Rob Hope in 45th place.

The junior women where the hero’s of the day with Laura Park taking the individual gold medal with a brilliant run for a girl who still has two years left to run as a junior.
Great back up from Heather Timmins in 7th meant the girls also won the team award from Turkey – who were just three places behind them.

In the open race – run over the senior men’s course – James Kevan found time out from his work duties at the Inovate shoe stand to finish a fine 11th overall, off very little training due to injury.

Full results at:

Supervet Does it Again.

Whenever you think you’ve heard the last of Paul Mullers great runs, he pops up again and produces another super run. This time it was at the Langdale Half marathon, where Paul as a 0/50 not only won the race outright but was over four minutes clear of the second man in a field of 446 runners. Paul won this race last year, but being a year older means nothing to Paul as he took over 5 minutes off last years time, winning in 1:17:50.

The day provided ideal racing conditions, dry but cloudy with a temperature of about 16C and just a gentle breeze. Paul Boardman was second harrier over the line in 1:32:24 for 26th place (and 6th V45) whilst Gordon Stone ran his first half marathon in over ten years to finish satisfied with a rare top half finish of 199th in 1:53:49 which was 20th V50.

Full results at:

Horwich Harriers Ladies Nosh Night Out.

The Jolly Crofters, Chorley Old Road, Horwich.
Sat 27th Sept – 7.30pm.

An evening of food provided by the Jolly Crofters and fun provided by the Horwich Ladies section!!!

If you would like to join in, please contact me. I don’t have to book unless there are more than 10 people eating, but the pub would appreciate knowing if they’re going to get inundated with millions of hungry, fit, healthy, athletic women!!!

Geraldine Walkington
Tel. 01024 418928

Vitruvian Triathlon – Sat 6th Sept Rutland Water.

1900m Swim – 85k Bike – 21k Run.

Once again I stood at the side of a lake at 6:30am in a wet suit and questioned my sanity. I questioned it again a quarter of the way into the swim when my goggles got knocked off, even more so with a quarter of the swim to go they leaked to the extent that I swam the remainder with my eyes closed, this might explain why the swim took me 4-5 mins longer than I hoped for. 1900m swim done in 42 mins – 526th out of about 750 starters not a great start.
Out onto the bike for two loops of a hilly course, over a 1000m of climbing and windy to boot. Thankfully the rain stayed away. Quite pleased with the bike, about 20mph average 190th ranking for that aspect. Things were getting better.
Finally the run course, cramp and sore calf’s from the off, first mile in sub 7 mins probably didn’t help but I wanted to get it out of the way. Cramp in right leg eased up, as did the left, but for some reason I lost all feeling in my left foot. I worried about this for a while but then realised I probably wasn’t aware of how sore it was and it was a good thing – a predominantly flat run course but affected quite a lot by the wind. I’d fancied the idea of sub 5 hours and had to push for most of the run to achieve it, my usual tactic of walking through the aid stations to get a full drink of water in, was replaced with running thru and spilling most of it on my face and down my front!
However mission accomplished. 4:58.34 which I was very pleased with. 1/2 mara in 1:38 including transition. 108th rank on the run 169th position overall. Very pleased as it was the British National long course champs so many very serious athletes there.

Richard Baker.

Results at:

Blackpool 10k. Sat 6th Sept.

Paul Muller (35.54) continued his very busy race program with a 5th place and his customary first 0/50 position in this blustery 10k. The first half of the race was into a headwind that cut down the race times, even so sub 36 is not bad!

We also had a trio of ladies running, with Claire Burns (41.23) leading the way with a fine 3rd place – opinion was that without the wind factor she would have had a much better PB. In fourth place and delighted with her time of 41.45, was Emma Perrin who has applied for club membership, Emma has teamed up with Caroline Scholes and Sarah Norgate in Chorley and are all working well together in training. Caroline was our third lady running 43.00 and collecting the 2nd 0/35 prize.

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Ian Misses his 55 @ 55

After 23 hours, 60 miles and 25,000 feet of climbing a dash of common sense prevailed and rather than setting out for the final 5-6 hour last leg I retired at Threlkeld, utterly exhausted. Not enough daylight, too much bracken and some of the most greasy rock I have ever encountered did little to help. By breakfast at Wasdale I think I was about an hour behind the schedule and although the rock thereafter was never quite as bad as it had been on Great Gable conditions didn’t improve enough to allow the time to be recovered. It was, as Paul Murray suggested, probably just too late in the year.

Fantastic support from Pauline, Richard Baker, Albert Sunter, Karl Taylor, Philip Dewhurst, Suzanne Budgett, Ros & Paul Murray, Ed Swift from HRMI, Dave Bateson, Richard Scott, Bill Williamson, Julie Laverock and Rae Pritchard. Others, including Mary & Andy White, looked in on the mid-afternoon “party” at Dunmail, as did Billy Bland although he didn’t wait on me arriving.

Next June is only 9 months away so I’ll have to get a calendar out soon and I think I may already have identified the 56th Peak.

Thanks all, until next time.

Ian Charters