Mid Lancs & Mc Cain X/C Challenge Sat 29th Nov.

The very best of the countries cross country runners assembled at Liverpool’s Sefton Park on Saturday for this joint promotion of the McCains UKA Cross Country Challenge –which incorporated the trial for the European X/C Championship – held this year in Brussels – and the Mid Lancs league race.

As you can see by the positions of our club runners the quality of the fields were truly international at the sharp end, with top club runners from all over the country giving the men’s field of 395 great strength in depth.

In the ladies race Katie Ingram (28.55) raced hard for her 23rd position – nine places higher than last year – so was pleased with her progression. We only had two ladies running with Suzanne Budgett running well and clocking 33.10 (75th) for our second counter. Again a super field of 144 runners

Our numbers were also down in the men’s race with just nine finishing. Gary Priestley started the race put had to pull out with an injury after just a few minutes, this left Gareth Booth (119th) to bring our team in, running 34.01 and showing he is now back to some form. Alastair Murray (34.51) ran well for 150th and was happy with his race, unlike Guy Heyes in 180th whose time of 36.07 did not truly reflect his current form. Good back up from Brendan Bolland (37.22) 203rd, Steve Nolan (37.10) in 197th place and Tony Hesketh (40.14) in 269th made up our team. The Mid Lancs results are not out yet so not sure of our team position. This just leaves our three stalwarts, of Pete Bland (44.34) in 339th place, Pete Ramsdale (45.27) in 349th and Barry Allman (46.56) in 363rd.

Thanks to Blandy for the tent and Pete R for the numbers, its appreciated.

McCain results: http://www.ukathletics.net/media/news/november-2008/29-11-08-mccain-liverpool/

S.E.L. X/C Race 1 – Sat 22nd Nov Clayton Vale

Even though Horwich are not targeting this league, 17 runners turned out on this cold but very pleasant afternoon. The league has struggled in the last couple of years to find 4 venues, but this quickly organised race, hosted by East Cheshire Harriers, was extremely well organised, marked and marshalled – thanks to the organisers for that.

Cameron Critchley and Tom Hughes were first off in the boys Under 11 race where they came 4th and 9th respectively in 8.43 and 9.55. Well done lads good start to the afternoon.

Sam Boardman was off next in the under 13’s and he had a great start, right up at the front of the lead pack. He worked hard for one big lap of the course and came in a very respectable 5th place in a time of 11.59 – a well deserved performance.

The next duo off in the under 17’s ladies race was Bethan Faulkner getting back to racing after a summer of exams and coming back from injury, and April Stevenson who has decided to put a couple of cross country races in to build her stamina for the track next summer. April ran really strongly and showed that she is a real talent on the grass as well as the track. She came back in 22.06 in a fantastic 2nd place. Bethan also worked hard and completed the route in 25.28 in 6th place. Another great performance from both ladies after the mud of Bolton last weekend. (With the winner being from Leigh, and Leigh not affiliating that puts April currently in 1st place, and with a Rossendale runner in 4th with Rossendale also not affiliated it makes Bethan’s position 4th in the overall standings – keep it up ladies!)

In the ladies race it was left to Lisa Heyes to fly the flag which she did with a great 3rd place in 30.45. The race was won by in Carly Needham in 28.39

Twelve seniors (some quite senior) completed in the men’s race over 4 laps of a very fast, not very hilly, course that actually resulted in my fell shoes being cleaner at the end of the race than they were at the start. Ten of the 12 runners were vets and two of the vets led the Horwich pack back. Steve Nolan 16th 3rd V40 (39.33) and Rob Haworth 22nd 3V50 (40.38) were just ahead of Simon Parkinson 23rd (40.23) and Chris Leigh 40th (42.55). This was Chris’s first race for quite a while and his first cross country for 2 years. The chasing pack of vets included Gary Chadderton 47th (43.36), Tony Hesketh 48th 1stV60 (43.47), Peter Kevan 62nd (44.45), Colin Wood 71st (45.38), Colin Waterworth 77th (46.58), Peter Ramsdale 85th (48.03), Barry Allman 89 (48.46) and Gordon Stone 100th in 51.22 The race was won by L Dunn from Manchester YMCA in 35.37.

Thanks for all the support at Clayton and if anyone has a spare half an hour, I am helping mark the Leigh course out next weekend (6th Dec) and a bit of help to mark out or marshal the first couple of junior races from 1pm would be excellent. Without a course and a couple of marshals we have no cross country?


Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Mid Lancs X/C league Sefton Park Liverpool Sat 29th Nov.

For all those who intend to run at Liverpool in the Mid Lancs league:

You do not use your current Mid Lancs number at Liverpool.
Another set of numbers will be collected on the day and distributed from the RMI tent – we anticipate the tent will be up for 11.00-11.30.

Those who have entered the ‘UKA Cross Challenge’ direct – their numbers will be different again and need to be individually collected from the UKA C.C. registration.

If you want to see the timetable and a map of the course then go to:

Super PB for Katie

Abbey Dash 10k ~ Leeds Sunday 23rd Nov

Katie Ingram made the big jump down from 34.06 to her new sub 34 time of 33.42 at this super fast 10k course in Leeds.

Getting to race was initially in doubt as the M62 was closed for gritting after a multi car pile up. Our driver Gareth Booth hung on patiently for the motorway to open again giving us just an hour to get to Leeds and ready for the race. Helen Clitheroe won the ladies race in a new PB of 32.15 with Katie finishing a fine second, taking some quality scalps including Tracey Morris.

Gareth unfortunately, had to succumb to a mild asthma flair up as he raced in the cold air – race start time 9.30am – and was disappointed with his 35.25 and not being able to take advantage of the fast course. Simon Parkinson did however, running a new PB of 36.09 – and that was after his efforts at the SEL the day before.

Membership Renewal

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

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

Please submit to:

Alastair Murray
16 Snowdon Drive

Red Rose, Bolton – Saturday 15th November

Once again we had a really good turn out of 26 Senior runners at the 3rd Red Rose cross country race held at Boltons Leverhulme Park. Bolton Harriers had put together a really interesting course with a good mixture of surfaces including stream crossings, hills and some really good fast tarmac sections – a very enjoyable course.

Our two on form athletes at the moment Katie Ingram and Garry Priestly both once again performed brilliantly with Katie winning the ladies race by a good margin from Pauline Powell and Garry only just being beaten by British fell Running Champion Rob Hope by a few seconds.

Horwich once again won both the men’s and ladies teams and now look certain to win the overall league titles.
In the ladies race Katie (17.43) led the way with great support from Emma Perrin (19.52) in 6th place and Suzanne Budgett ( 20.06) in 9th. In the men’s race Garry (30.59) led the way well supported by Darren Kay (31.11) in 4th, James Kevan (31.38) in 9th, Martin Jones (33.06) in 18th, Alastair Murray (33.24) in 21st and Stevie Nolan (34.38) in 29th.

In the ladies race it was nice to see April Stevenson (20.14) back running the country, she was 3rd in the U17 and would have been just outside the top ten in the ladies race. The team was well supported by Lisa Heyes (20.23), Caroline Scholes (21.23), Christine Boardman (22.46), Rachel Metcalfe (22.50) and Christine Sweatman (25.58).

In the mens race it was good to see Rob Howarth (35.19) back racing who didn’t take long to get back into his stride and finished only a few seconds behind Graham Schofield (35.11), they were 2nd and 3rd 0/50. Prolific racer Karl Ward (35.28) had another good run in 37th. It was good to see track runner Danny Kevan (36.27) back in his Horwich vest building on his endurance training with a good run in 50th place. Good support then by Doug Fleming (36.57), Tony Hesketh (37.41) and first Vet60, Garry Chadderton (37.42), Peter Kevan (39.43), Colin Wood (40.07), Pete Bland (41.18), Colin Waterworth (41.47), Pete Ramsdale (43.04), Gordon Stone (44.23) and Barry Allman (44.32).

A very enjoyable race run in warm conditions on a superb course, thanks to everybody for racing and thanks to the lads who stayed behind to help me with the tent.

Hope to see you all at Sefton Park for the next Mid Lancs

Pete Bland

Double Champion

Congratulations to James Kevan on winning both the U/23 British and English Fell Running titles. James did not drop a point in his quest for the titles, something he wanted to do before moving on to the senior ranks.

James’s new position with Inovate has meant a major disruption to his training – now being based at Durham, but he hopes to settle into his new job soon and get back to quality training so he can pursue his fell running ambition to run as a senior for his country, we wish him ‘good luck’.

South East Lancs Cross Country on Saturday 22nd November 2008

Venue confirmed as Clayton Vale Country Park which is at the junction of River Park Road and Bank Bridge Road. Its post code for the area is M40 2PX.

Race start times
Under 11 boys and girls – 1pm
Under 13 boys and girls – 1.10pm
Under 15 boys and girls – 1.20pm
Under 17 men and ladies – 1.35pm
Senior Ladies – 2pm
Senior Men – 2.30pm

Manchester City football club are at home and this venue is less than 1 mile from the ground, so don’t leave your parking too late and don’t park in a silly place as the traffic wardens will be around too.

Collect numbers from Pete Ramsdale – I will be there from 12.30pm but there will be no tent. Please note that there are no toilet facilities or changing at this venue.

If you haven’t registered but you would like to run – its £4 for the under 15’s (for the series) and £5 for the over 15’s to the seniors.

The next race in the SEL is December 6th at Lilford Park in Leigh and help is required to mark the course out from 10am and a couple of marshals to help direct the younger runners is needed too. If you are attending and could give 20 – 30 minutes to marshal a spot, or walk the course early and take some tape with you…… Let me know
01204 468373

Peter Ramsdale

Tour of Pendle. Saturday 15th November -16.8 Miles and 4830ft.

The course seemed quite wet and muddy this year and we were diverted from checkpoint 1 by the wall rather than across the moor to minimise erosion. The course has 5 main climbs that ascend Pendle from different cloughs and the last three are really where you feel the burn, the last climb up the big end is a killer, but its all down hill from here. Brendan Bolland (2.33.45) ran great for 4th place and first 0/40, with Mick Crook ( 3.03.06) very well placed in 48th for 3rd 0/60. And a great first 0/70 spot for Ray Stafford in (4.16.37). Unfortunately I caught Ian Charters up jogging in, he had picked up a bit of an injury on the furthest point out on the course so was heading back in.

It was a good race, well organised by Clem, with a pretty big field of about 200. I was aiming to beat my time of 3hrs16 from last year and I came in at 3hrs10 in 68th place so pretty pleased with that. Just need to do more up hills ready for next year.

Karl Taylor

Results: http://www.clayton-le-moors-harriers.co.uk/uploads/Archives/Tour/TourRes2008.pdf

Long Jump Conference at Loughborough University 08/11/2008 – Mike Powell & Lynn Davies

Mark Dacre and Carl Foster (Track & Field Coaches) recently visited Loughborough University for a Coaches Long Jump Conference organised for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund and organised by England Athletics.

The whole weekend was dedicated to the Field Jumps, i.e. Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault. The conference was attended by many coaching staff from all over the UK. Also there were many of the GB Athletes, who were listening to the talks given by some famous athletes.

Certainly the highlight for myself was meeting Mike Powell from the USA who holds the World’s Long Jump record of 8.95m, set in Tokyo 1991 (in an epic Long Jump World Championships – beating Carl Lewis).

Try measuring this out and you will see how far it really is!

Lynn Davies of GB, who won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1964 at Tokyo, was also there!

The talks were fascinating, hosted by Stuart Storey from the BBC Commentary Box, they gave us an insight into how the famous athletes gained their success. Lynn Davies and Mike Powell spoke about their triumphs and their roads to success and we even had Long Jump demonstrations and techniques provided by the superman, Mike Powell.

It was a privilege to meet these fantasic people and very inspiring. Any long jump tips, then Carl and Mark are the “guys”! One thing for sure is that to be a good long jumper your need speed, you need to know how to run – so practise those drills! This was emphasised by the great man himself, Mike Powell.

Mark Dacre
Horwich RMI Harriers
Junior Coach

Shepherds Skyline (08/11/2008) – 6.25m/1150′

A record turnout for this years Shepherds Skyline Fell Race with 363 runners finishing the main race and 92 juniors in the various U8-U16 races. The damp ground and steady cold breeze made the going a little slow and one runner was taken to hospital after injuring himself coming down off Stoodley Pike.

Only two Horwich runners attended this race, Paul Boardman (56:35) came home in 96th place and Mark Sammon (1:12:03) finised in 310th.


Sunday Nov 9th ~ ROACHES ~ BL 15m 3700’

Not the nicest of weather for the six harriers that decided to give this race a whirl. Quite cold to start with, a bit of rain, strong winds and even sleet on the higher ground – what more could one wish for! A very well marked & marshalled route made this out & back course easy to navigate. James Kevan looked very strong when I saw him on his way back lying in a close second place. I subsequently learned he’d unfortunately suffered a major fuel deficiency a few miles from home which reduced him to a walk. Both Doug Flemming & Ian Hepburn looked very strong when I aw them on their way home but I suspect recent sleepless nights due to his new family addition took their toll on Ian (many congrats Ian). Both Rachel Metcalfe & Suzanne Budgett were pleased with their runs after the previous days’ cross country but both did experience fatigue slots during the run back. Only his second long race since Borrowdale with not too much running in between, Colin Waterworth ran very well and was also pleased with his run.

Results – http://www.mh.k313.com/mh/fell/Roaches%202008.xls

Doug Flemming (48th) 2.35.17
Ian Hepburn (71st) 2.46.03
James Kevan (86th) 2.52.42
Suzanne Budgett (106th) 2.59.59
Rachel Metcalfe (138th) 3.12.16
Colin Waterworth (181st) 3.27.05 227 starters

Young Horwich RMI Harriers Stars Sparkle at Blackpool

From Lancashire Sportshall 2008 Blackpool

The 1st Indoor Lancashire Sportshall Meeting for the 2008/2009 season was held on Sunday 2nd November 2008 for Under 11’s, Under 13’s & Under 15’s. Horwich RMI Harriers turned out a fantastic 24 athletes on the day!

Over 200 athletes from Lancashire competed in a very exciting competition.

Horwich RMI Under 11 Girls came 1st in their age group with a fantastic team effort from each athlete, lead admirably by “Athlete of the Match”, Martha Gill, who won 3 events and was runner-up in one other. There were also great debut performances from Lucy Keating, Alex Woods and Lauren Ryder.

Overall, Horwich RMI Harriers came in a splendid 3rd Place on the day after this first meeting, behind Blackpool and Preston. Full results.

Lancashire Sportshall 2008 Blackpool

In at Number One.

Mid Lancs X/C League – Burnley Sat 8th Nov

The club had a dream start to its inclusion in this years league, with both men and ladies teams taking top spot.

Katie Ingram (23.11) started the ball rolling – continuing where she left off in the Red Rose league – with a super win on a course that although flat, was tough going with heavy underfoot conditions. Lisa Heyes (26.49) in 13th had a better run than of late this time staying just in front of Suzanne Budgett (26.54) who had another fine run in 15th. With only three to count the ladies notched up their first win in this league.
Caroline Scholes (27.41) was going well in the group with Lisa and Suzanne until she had a bad nose bleed, and came off the pace. Two other ladies ran, with Rachel Metcalfe (30.18) doing her X/C stint for the club and running well for 55th, and with Chrissy Sweatman (34.10) battling it out with the 0/50’s it was a good turn out in this new league. (130 ladies ran !)

In the men’s race Gary Priestley (34.41) had possibly his best X/C race to date when finishing third – in very good company – with a sustained and well paced run from the gun – and more importantly for Gary finishing first junior man. Gareth Booth (36.30) in 23rd also paced his run well finishing strongly on the last lap. Our first vet in – Martin Jones (36.55) continues to impress with his running, finishing in 25th spot, with Guy Heyes (37.00) making good progress this year on the country just behind Martin. With six to count in this league excellent back up was given with Colin Rigby (37.15) in 33rd and Alastair Murray (37.47) in 39th. Colin, although not a lover of the country, got stuck in and with Ali pacing his run well they helped the team to a pretty impressive win – having been told that 34 clubs are represented in this league. 268 ran.

Other good runs came from: Steve Nolan in 43rd, Brendan Bolland 46th,Karl Ward 61st, Simon Parkinson 93rd, Tony Hesketh (111th) did bril for 1st 0/60.
Colin Wood 172nd and Pete Bland (198) and 4th 0/60 from a field of – twenty one 0/60’s running!

It’s a pretty impressive league and very well run. Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day and did the club proud.

Our best wishes to Jamie Crompton for a quick recovery from the injury he sustained when falling awkwardly in his race and injuring his neck and shoulder – when incidentally lying in second place.

Full results at: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2008/midlancs1.htm

More Photos:

Mid Lancs Burnley

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

London Marathon Entries

I have been sent 4 places for the Flora London Marathon which takes place on Sunday 26th April 2009. If you entered the ballot but were unsuccessful you may be eligible for one of the 4 places. If you are interested please let me know by email to emmakeating@hotmail.com or by post to Mrs.E.Danton, 281 Manchester Road, Blackrod, Bolton, BL65BD. I will need all interested parties to let me know by 7th December in order to get the entry forms in on time. If you know that someone is interested but does not usually read the blog, please let them know.


Emma Danton
Club Secretary

Weekend Snippets

Derwent Water 10 mile

Colin Rigby used his weekend break in the Lakes to take in this very well attended race (452 running) after being invited by Russell Maddams to make up a team. Brendan Bolland completed the team and they nearly pulled off the win finishing second to local club Border. Russ was first counter running 56.38 for 10th and Colin (56.52) just behind in 11th. Brendan (58.27) finished in a fine 17th place having raced the previous day at Dunnerdale where he finished 10th in 42.18 beating brother Sean into 11th. Nice to see Rosalind Murray carrying the flag for Horwich in the ladies race, Rosalind finished in 67.04.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2008/derwent10.html

In the Great Wernside race Mark Sammon ran well for 83rd place covering the 4m/1555ft course in 55.59

Through The Villages – Sun 2nd Nov

This 8.5 mile course with its rolling hills can be a little tougher than its eight mile tag, making pace judgment difficult, even so we had three in the first ten with Gareth Booth (48.26) our first counter, very happy with his time, but possibly a little disappointed he could not hold on to the pack of four chasing after Tony Valentine – who went for it from the gun. Rob Jackson (49.01) fought hard all the way round running well for eighth place and 2nd 0/40. Paul Muller (49.35) took his customary 0/50 prize in 11th place, and with Steve Nolan (49.55) running with Paul all the way round, they made up the winning vets team. Suzanne Budgett (58.02) was our only lady entered, and was happy with her run, and her 0/45 category prize.

We had eleven running, full results at: http://www.ukresults.net/2008/villages.html



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