South East Lancs Cross Country

The first race date of the 1st November at Heaton Park HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will now take place on 31st January 2009 at the same venue. The other dates are correct but with a change of venue with the 6th December.

The league has applied for a race permit and submitted a risk assessment for the first race which will now be hosted by East Cheshire Harriers at Clayton Vale on 22nd November. This venue will be confirmed by 8th November and race route details will be available then.

Please note these changes and inform all your fellow training partners of these changes so that no-one turns up at Heaton Park on Saturday.

I will continue to use the Blog and the Web Site as an information provider, please keep up-to-date.

Dates for the SEL are now
22nd Nov Clayton Vale, Manchester
6th Dec Lilford Park, Leigh
17th Jan 09 Boggart Hole, Salford
31st Jan 09 Heaton Park, Manchester

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

OMM/KIMM – Lake District

Here’s my account of what happened on Saturday:

Saturday arrived in a calm manner and myself and Kevin travelled up to Seathwaite early doors in order to get registered and then start at 8:22. The temperature was in the mid 50’s so quite mild in all respects, it was blustery on the tops. The organizers decided to continue with the event even though it was 50/50. The deep area of low pressure was going to bring high winds and rainfall, however i didn’t think they realised it would be a lot worse than forecasted. We started off OK pleasant running upto about 10 o’clock in the morning then came the rain. We were running for a control on Rosthwiate fell near Bessy Boot, and the weather deteriorated a little bit more, winds increasing rain that little bit more heavier. We then dropped off the fell (not literally that was to come later), into Stonethwaite to pick up a control near Yew Crag. Weather again deteriorating a bit more, difficult to walk into the wind. By this time we were out for 3.5 hours we were really slow primarily because of the weather, so that meant 1.5 hours to get to the overnight camp which was in Buttermere. (All courses had bad weather starts which means 1 hour off the time allowed out.) That meant going via Honister Pass, with Seatoller out of bounds we had to skirt on the footpath near Tongue Gill, we eventually got to Honister where all hell broke loose. I cannot describe how strong the wind was. I’m not sure if this particular area amplifies wind velocity off the fells and pushes it into the valley below but i would guess that there were gusts of say 90 -95 m.p.h. We started to run down Honister when one gust literally picked us up and blew us into the side of the road. This in turn sprained both of Kev’s ankles because of the way he landed. We both looked at each other and i said it was madness to carry on, we wouldn’t be able to put the tent up in Buttermere anyway because of the wind and I would have guessed the campsite would have been flooded.. The road had turned to cascading rivers and the force of this water was enough to carry small cobbles along with it. So up Honister we went again, by chance there were two other runners that came passed us and told us the event was cancelled, people were now turning back, mountain rescue were going down the road to Buttermere, it was pretty dire. The thing about it was there were people still going up the mountain to get controls. We dropped down into Seatoller and back to Seathwaite. What greeted us was a massive flood, the Derwent had burst its banks and the poor sods who parked their cars at the side of the road had their cars flooded. We were lucky in the fact that we parked in the main car park which wasn’t flooded (thank God). We handed our dibber in had a cup of soup and got changed in the car. We spent the rest of the night in the car and didn’t bother venturing out to get something hot to eat because it was chucking it down, the rain stopped at 3a.m. At 6 o clock Sunday morning after about 3 hours sleep (primarily due to Kev snoring, only joking), we managed to push the car out of the field and make our way back to Keswick and then home. I managed to get in touch with the Wife to tell her we were ok, she heard about the news on the radio but there was no signal in the valley anyway so it wasn’t until we reached Keswick when we got a signal. I know of only one other runner from Horwich that we saw and that was James Logue, not sure if anyone else did it.

Denis Mason

Weekend Snippets

Standish Hall Trail Race – 25/10/08

I love this race, partly because it’s like my local race but mainly because it was the first trail race I ever did when I started running last year, and I had been looking forward to it for about a month. This time though it was my first race in a Horwich vest.

Despite the weathermen telling us the rain would start before lunch and continue all day, the rain stopped and held off for the whole race. Plenty of mud and puddles welcomed the runners from the start of this two lap 10k race but it was definitely an enjoyable one for me.

With only two finishers for Horwich, Stuart Edmondson (40:03) was much higher up the field than I was, finishing in 14th place, well done Stuart. I finished 84th (54:41) out of the 115 finishers, managing to shave just over 5 mins off last years time so I was very happy with that.

Mark Sammon

Rivington Pike Race 2008

Saturday 11th April 2009

We urgently need volunteers to help organise this years Rivington Pike Race.

Please contact Pete Bland if you would like to help by joining the Pike Race Sub Committee.

Pike Race Sub Committee

Team Leader / Pete Bland
Entries Secretary / Carl Balshaw
Clerk of the Course / Vacant
Chief Marshall / Vacant

The Clerk of the Course will be responsible for liaising with the council / police with regard to the road closure, and United Utilities for permission to run on their land. Plus any other details concerning the route. Contact names and phone numbers are already to hand.

The Chief Marshall will be responsible for putting together a team of marshalls and co-ordinating them on the day.

Pete Bland – 01704 822374 / 07900 166732

Or e-mail –

Katie & Gary Shine Again.

Red Rose Bury Sat 25th Oct

Both Katie Ingram and Gary Priestley continued their winning ways at Bury, on a course much different from Blackburn. Heavy rain had made the course particularly heavy underfoot, and with rain and a cold wind, conditions were far from ideal.

The tent once again proved its value with a club turnout of forty athletes, including twelve juniors, who I hope were not put off by the conditions.
Our ladies again took the team award with Katie ( 21.38) having a flyer,taking over 90 seconds out of second place Carly Needham. Claire Burns (24.40) fresh from her marathon the previous weekend surprised everyone – and herself – with a super run and second counter to Katie. Suzanne Budgett (24.52 and 1st 0/45) ) equally ran bril, finishing with a rare sprint finish to edge past Lisa Heyes (24.57) who had give her usual 100% . This gave us four ladies in the top ten, and with Caroline Scholes (25.51) in 14th place we had super back up. It was nice to see Rebecca German (27.00) – a new club junior – in the ladies field running in the U/17’s and placing 6th in her age group. Christine Boardman (28.24) gets ever fitter and ran great for 34th place, with Chrissy Sweatman (32.11) in 58th completing our ladies entries.

In the men’s race Gary (35.59) again paced the race perfectly to come through strong at the end and secure a second super clear win. Our second counter and first league vet was Martin Jones (37.26) who is now starting to make serious inroads into the field, and he is still not doing sessions! Colin Rigby (37.45) cruised through the field to show his strength base and was very pleased with his 11th place. Gareth Booth (37.53) was also happy with his run in 13th and knows he is well on the way back to his old form. Guy Heyes (38.12) was our fifth counter running ace for 16th place with Alastair Murray (39.49) in 29th making up our six man winning team. Ali battled it out again with Steve Nolan over the last few hundred metres and still has the edge over the sprint outcome. Steve (39.51) had the mini consolation of first 0/45. We only had one other category winner in the evergreen Mick Crook (44.11) who took the first 0/60. We missed out marginally on the vets teams.

Full results at:
More Photos:

RR Bury 08

Calderdale Way Relay

The Calderdale Way Relay on Sunday 14th December is fast approaching.

We have entered 3 teams, so need a total of 36 runners to fill the available places. If you would like to take part, please contact your respective team captain to confirm your availability.

The general format is unchanged, the relay consists of the usual 6 legs run in pairs, over a circular course, with the end of leg 6 finishing where leg 1 started. Each leg starts and finishes in a different location, so competitors must work together to make transport arrangements. The route is not flagged, so a prior recce is a must, but all competitors will be issued with a map of their leg to help with this.

This start and finish location is now at West Vale, about a mile away from the Rugby Club at Copley which has been recently used. Race Headquarters is now away from the relay route, at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Lying in the centre of the relay route, this is a more accessible location relative to most of the relay legs.

All the information for this year’s event is now on our web site:
Team captains:
Open: Chris Heys,, 0161 973 7833
Ladies: Suzanne Budgett, 01204 811 547
Vets: Tony Hesketh,, 01204 668 183

Weekend Snippets

Grand Prix

Congratulation to Steve Nolan our only individual winner in the Grand Prix championship this year, Steve took the honours in the ‘Mens Individual’ class by a clear 10 points. Steve also took the 0/45 title.

Palma Half Marathon – 19th Oct

Mark Lysycia was off again on another of his weekend away races, this time in sunny Palma where he ran the half marathon in 1.35.59, which gave him 22md in his age group and 193rd from a field on 1158.

Claire runs 3.13.52 at Amsterdam

Claire Burns ran her first ever marathon off limited marathon training and finished 16th lady in her age group in a race of over 6000 runners. Claire’s target was 7.20 per mile and she averaged 7.23 with three enforced pit stops, so understandably she was over the moon with her time. The idea to run the marathon was just on a whim when Claire and husband Mark saw the trip advertised and thought it would make for a nice weekend in Amsterdam! Mark too, took a step in the dark but came out smiling having run 3.28, a super time for a first attempt. They both plan an easy couple of weeks before engrossing themselves in the cross country season.

UK Athletics Fell and Hill Relays

Well done to our men’s team for their efforts at this year’s UK Athletics Fell and Hill Relays, this year held at the Clwydian Hills, Denbighshire. A 5th place finish against very strong opposition was a fine result. We started as we meant to go on, Darren Kay on Leg 1 handing over in 5th place to Brendan Bolland and Russell Maddams for the long pairs leg 2, who returned home in 6th place. James Logue and James Kevan worked hard on the navigation leg, significantly reducing the time cushion built by the leading teams, to bring us back in 4th place. Gary Priestley on Leg 4, gave his all to scalp back one place on the final run in, a deserving consolation for his efforts after being overhauled by two of Mercia and Dark Peak’s finest. We didn’t quite muscle in on the medals this year, but remained “one to watch” throughout the event, and the results will show how close the finish times of the top teams were after over 3.5 hours of running. Well done lads.

Chris Heys

Ladies Race.
A flyer of a run on Leg 1 from Katie Ingram got the ladies team off to a cracking start. Even after her speedy performance the day before, Katie pulled yet another fine run out of the bag. Despite a bit of congestion and confusion at the changeover point, Katie handed over to Geradline Walkington & Suzanne Budgett for the second leg. The terrain was easy going and despite some strong winds was pretty much runnable all the way round and presented no problems for this pairing. The next leg was navigational. Mary White & Rachel Metcalfe navigated this very well with a super-fit Mary taking Rachel somewhat by surprise. The ‘glory’ leg was run superbly by Angela Allen (who was dug out of hiding especially for the occasion). Predominantly a road runner, Angela confessed to actually enjoying the run, so beware all you roadies, I’ll be after you to try the fells and follow in Angela’s studmarks.
A superb team effort by all and a well organised event in some lovely surroundings. Many thanks to all who participated and to those who either stepped in at the last minute or who were prepared to – you’re all very much appreciated. Unfortunately the results are not yet to hand, so final finishing position is not available.


Results at:

Green Drive 5 – St Annes Sunday 19th.

A very good turn out of 377 for this popular 5 miler. Gareth Booth (27.29) led the way for the club in 8th with a time of 27.29, not quite as fast as he would have liked, but picking up the bronze medal for the Lancs County 5 mile championship –which was run within the race – helped a little. Alastair Murray showed he is retuning to form pretty quick, as he clocked 27.44 for 9th – and he was happy with his performance. Making up the team was Steve Nolan (27.50) and first 0/45 – in 10th which you would have thought would give us the team prize, but Blackpool pipped us by one place. We had good back up with Simon Parkinson (28.58) finishing fast and just getting in front of Glyn Kay (29.02) who ran well for 19th. Emma Perrin (31.00) was our sole lady rep, who was delighted with her time (PB) and position of 5th lady. Carl Balshaw clocked 32.45, with Colin Wood (33.05) not too far behind in 87th Pete Bland and Keith Tyrer ran as though on a training run, Pete working hard and Keith chatting. (see photo) Pete was happy with his time of (34.01) as he continues his recovery from injury. Barry Allman (36.40) continues to threaten Pete with severe competition, but his verbal tactics are having no effect!! AS yet. Derek Kay pulled a calf on the way round and jogged in.

Good race, nice atmosphere.

Results at:

PS. Looking at the results we are down as winning the team (4 to count) thats not what happened at the presentation!

Horwich Ladies Impress at National 4 Stage

Horwich ladies finished a super 28th place from over 80 teams at the National 4 Stage Road relays at Sutton Park today.

Katie Ingram keen to impress the selectors for a place on the Ekiden Relay in Japan in November, took over a minute off her course PB to record 14.26 for fourth place on leg one. This put her 11th fastest overall just 6 seconds away from 6th place – such was the standard on the day. Running second for the team was Lisa Heyes who returned to her old stamping ground were in 2002 she took 2nd place with a time of 14.22, which earned her a GB vest and a trip to Japan. Not quite as fast at the moment but running back into some good form Lisa ran 16.15 and brought the team home in 16th. Suzanne Budgett – like Katie – already committed to running the FRA relays the following day had agreed at the last minute to help the team out by running the third leg, which she did very well in 17.05 only 16 seconds slower than her race time in 2005. This left relative newcomer to the relay scene Caroline Scholes to run the last leg which she did giving 100% and doing great with a time of 17.24. Its quite an intimidating experience standing in the holding pen of a national relay waiting for your runner to come in – especially when the team is well placed, but Caroline handled it fine and enjoyed the race and gained valuable experience from her day out.

Well done ladies.

Results at:

Membership Renewal

The subs for the year 2008/2009 are now due!

The fees are as follows:
Standard Senior – £27 (£25 if paid by 5th November)
Seniors non-competitor – £10
Seniors unwaged/overseas – £15
Junior (8-18) – £15
Family (living at same address) – £40

Veterans 10 Mile Road Race – St Annes Sun 12h Oct

What is normally a tough ten course with brisk sea winds in your face, was today a tranquil Autumnal day with bright sunshine and perfect running conditions.

The course – which mostly hugs the coast line in St Anne’s – runs along the seafront for an out and back course which was busy with people enjoying the sunshine but they did not distract the runners from some good times. Russell Maddams was our first counter in third clocking a fine 55.23, just a few seconds faster that last year. Colin Rigby nearly back to his old form was grouped with Russell for most of the race but just couldn’t hold on to Russ over the finishing few miles, but was very satisfied with his 55.57 and fourth place. Mark Lysycia was testing himself out before his half marathon next weekend and ran 70.49 for 47th, with John Foulds (72.20) not too far behind in 54th. We also had a lady running in the 0/75 age group, Lola Smal recorded 2.01.11 to win her category and looked pretty good at the finish, just a Sunday run for her!

Results at:

Red Rose X/C Witton Park Sat 11th Oct

The cross country season started in earnest with a well packed program and good turn out at Witton Park for this the first race of the Red Rose league. The club had a super turnout with the club tent the centre of activity, creating the commenardarie which gives the club a buzz. The ladies race came first with Katie Ingram (21.21) having to use her now acquired track speed to overtake Carly Needham in the run in to win the race. Katie had problems with her knee in the early part of the week, but finished pleased with her run and no re-occurrence of her injury. A keen tussle for the next club place was finally won again in the finishing straight as Emma Perrin (24.01) just edged past Lisa Heyes (24.05) both ladies were very happy with their performance. Packing right behind Lisa was Suzanne Budgett (24.12 & 1st 0/45) having a super run, and showing some of her old form again. Caroline Scholes (24.44) was next just 32 seconds behind Suzanne, and pleasantly surprised with her run, after being a little apprehensive about the course. Sarah Norgate (24.49) still not back to her old form – as she gets over her Achilles injury – but good enough to chase Caroline hard, and was only 5 seconds behind at the finish. Really nice to See Linda Webb (28.40) back racing after a long lay off and finishing strongly in 39th, and with Nicole Kirkham in 53rd running a super 30.41 and Chrissy Sweatman (31.20) running well in 58th, it was a super turn out of the ladies who took both the ladies and vets team awards.

In the men’s race Gary Priestley showed that he has moved up a notch since last year as he raced to a well earned victory in 37.51. Last years league winner James Kovaks of Salford was second in (38.19). James Kevan (38.55) worked hard for his third place having had a lean training spell of late, but hung on well to his position. Dave Milliken (39.29) ran well and just missed out on first vet by a few seconds. Our fourth counter and showing some good form was Martin Jones (41.03), nice to have Martin back and supporting the team. Second to Gary’s run must be Graham Schofields 19th place in 42.06 and first vet 0/50, Graham seems to go from strength to strength, great run. Making up the five man team was the ever present Steve Nolan (42.42) who also took the first O/45 award. We had twenty one runners in the race and again took both the team and vet team awards, not a bad start to the cross country season !

Full results for all our athletes can be found on :

More Photos

RR Blackburn

Gin Pit 5. Sunday 12th Oct

The popular Gin Pit 5 Miles Race at Tyldesley was held in perfect conditions on Sunday morning and the challenging course attracted over 200 runners.
Rob Jackson had a great run to finish in 2nd place and 1st over 40 and also leading Horwich Harriers to 1st team prize. Completing the team were the ever consistent Sreve Nolan in 8th (3rd 0ver 45) and Karl Ward in 14th. Carl Bradshaw followed these in 56th place.

Rob Jackson

Membership Renewal

The subs for the year 2008/2009 are now due.
(You can download a membership form from the club website)

The fees are as follows:

Standard Senior – £27 (£25 if paid by 5th November)

Seniors non-competitor – £10

Seniors unwaged/overseas – £15

Junior (8-18) – £15

Family (living at same address) – £40

Thank You

Alastair Murray

Ian Hodgson

Thank you to all the ladies who were prepared to run the Ian Hodgson Relay as part of the Ladies’ team. Thanks to each and every one of you, including those who were prepared to stand in at such short notice. It was greatly appreciated and it’s just a shame it had to be cancelled. However, I was not surprised at the news having made a last minute recce of Red screes on the Saturday. My car had to struggle through several floods on the way home.

Rachel (and Suzanne)

Cross Country Recce

It’s time to get muddy – don’t forget the first fixture in the Red Rose cross country league on Sat 11th Oct! Anyone interested in doing a recce of the course at Witton Park (Blackburn)? Contact Sarah on 07890 887512 – meet at Witton Park car park 10am this Sat 4th Oct.


Horwich RMI Harriers Cross Country Entrants

This is the list of entrants for the 2008-09 season of cross country. Are you on the list? Entries are still being taken, but you will have to pay on the day now. Thanks to all who have entered. See you on the 11th in Blackburn.
Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

U13 Boys
Sam Boardman
Joseph Howe
Sam German

U15 Boys
Matthew Ault
Zac Howe

U17 Boys
Daniel Fairclough
Andrew Kirkham
Jamie Crompton

U11 Girls
Phoebe Howe
Martha Gill

U13 Girls
Sophie Myers

U15 Girls
Laura Tunstall
Rebekah Atkinson

U17 Lady
Rebecca German

Senior Ladies
Katie Ingram
Emma Perrin
Claire Burns
Christine Boardman
Rachel Metcalfe

Lady Vet 35
Sarah Norgate

Lady Vet 40
Angela Allen

Lady Vet 45
Linda Webb
Suzanne Budgett

Lady Vet 50
Christine Sweatman
Geraldine Walkington
Nicole Kirkham

U20 Men
Gary Priestley

Senior Men
Paul Massey
Darren Kay
Colin Rigby
Gareth Booth
Karl Ward
Ian Hepburn
Alastair Murray
Christopher Leigh
Carl Bradshaw
Simon Parkinson
James Kevan
Russell Maddams
Stephen Diaz

Vet 40
Brendan Bolland
Martin Jones

Vet 45
Doug Fleming
Gary Chadderton
David Kirkham
Peter Kevan
Steve Nolan

Vet 50
Colin Waterworth
Colin Wood
Barry Allman
Graham Schofield
Gordon Stone
Peter Ramsdale
Steve Jackson

Vet 60
Tony Hesketh
Pete Bland

Vet 65
Paul Murray