Fielden Cup Sat 27th Dec.

A cold and frosty but beautiful morning greeted this years runners in this 2.2 mile handicap race for the oldest trophy in the clubs history. 15 runners ran this year’s race and first Horwich runner to finish and claim the Fielden Cup after 20 years of trying was Gordon Stone in a time of 15.28. One of our up and coming young stars of the future Jamie Crompton posted the fastest time of the day with 10.51.
My thanks to all the runners for supporting this event and to Norman Matthews, Pete Ramsdale, Chris Heyes and Jane Bland for marshalling

Name Estimated Time Actual Time
1 M.Collier 18.00 16.15
2 G.Stone 16.30 15.28
3 C.Collier 16.30 15.28
4 S.Jackson 14.30 13.45
5 Mary White 16.30 15.48
6 N.Critchley 15.15 14.47
7 B.Allman 16.30 16.06
8 S. Boardman 14.00 13.38
9 M. Green 12.30 14.00
10 G.Kay 12.30 14.06
10 J.Crompton 11.00 10.51
11 S.Parkinson 12.20 12.14
12 A.Neary 12.00 11.54
13 G.Chadderton 13.00 13.16
14 P.Boardman 12.40 13.18

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Fielden Cup

Rossendale X/C 20th Dec.08

It was a grim December day and the course was wet and muddy as only Rossendale can be, with maybe only a half mile of firm ground in the whole 5 mile main men’s race and a couple of memorable slippery muddy down slopes to test runners balance and bottle. Typically, being close to Christmas the turnout was down on the earlier Red Rose fixtures, although being a bigger league these days the senior Men’s race was up to just short of 140 which is big for this course which runs into narrow gaps soon after the start. My Plan ‘A’ for the day was to get quickly to the first constriction, then hang on; which I did going round the first corner in around 20th – then watching a stream of Horwich runners pass, including:

Darren Kay 6th
James Kevan 7th
Gareth Booth 24th
Alistair Murray 29th
Steve Nolan 34th
Tony Hesketh 37th making up the team, placed 2nd, plus

Doug Fleming 41st
Chris Leigh 51st
Gary Chadderton 56th, then a bunch of runners tip-toeing round after me before overtaking me on the last descent

Carl Bradshaw 92nd
Pete Bland 94th
Steve Jackson 95th
Pete Ramsdale 99th then

Myself 101
Barry Allman 130
Gordon Stone 137.
And then this happened –

Only Rachael Metcalf turned out for the senior ladies, which sadly means they have missed out on the team prizes they were ahead in after 3 races.

There was also turnout in the junior races, under 11,s / Sam Critchley 12th; Thomas Hughes 27th; Martha Gill 8th; Phoebe Howe 29th; Under 13s / Joseph Howe 35th; Under 15s / Matthew Ault 16th; Zac Howe 17th; Under 17 Ladies / April Stevenson 4th; Beth Faulkner 6th; Rebecca German 7th; also taking the team prize for this race. Well done.

Nobody knows whether they (or the seniors) enjoyed it; but they will certainly remember it as an a example of a different side of the sport . . . . .

Colin Waterworth

Race Results

Apologies for a lack of results and stories over the past few weeks, I have been otherwise engaged. I was hoping that during this lean spell budding race reporters would blossom! Would be nice to see a summing up report for the Red Rose series, I see we did very well again apart from a lack of lady power at Rossendale, which appears to have lost us that title.

There will be a track session Tuesday 23rd and Dec 30th as usual.




Amy Phillpotts, Rebekah Atkinson, Laura Bannister and Laura Tunstall, four girls who are members of Horwich RMI in the under 15 cross country team , represented their school (Canon Slade) at the Northern Schools Regional Final . On a very cold and windy day in Barrow, these girls unfortunately narrowly missed out in qualifying for the National Final by only a few points. Over 72 runners competed on that day with Becky finishing 14th, Amy 18th, Laura T came 39th and Laura B 40th.

The next day, Becky, Amy and Laura B went on to compete for their school at the Biathlon Northern Regional Final in Liverpool, putting their disappointment of the previous day behind them, these girls gave an excellent performance.

Amy got awarded the best run for the fastest time at 1000m with Becky coming 3rd and Laura 8th. In the 100m swim Becky, Amy and Laura recorded personal bests.

Overall Becky came a fantastic 2nd, Amy 12th and Laura 18th. Both Becky and Amy will now go on to compete in the National finals in Bath in March 2009.

Well done to all four and good luck to Becky and Amy in the finals.

Calderdale Relay

As defending titleholders I felt we owed it both to ourselves and to the event to field a complete team! This proved more challenging than ever this year. Unlike cricket a “12th man” is no option – without one there is no result. So my sincere thanks to Steve Jackson for stepping in at the 11th hour. And so it is, we have our place in the results of this year’s relay with a better than expected and very respectable 7th place from the 117 teams that set out in near darkness on leg 1.

My thanks to all who took part. Everyone enjoyed it, and that’s what it’s all about, so I keep telling myself. No official results yet, but our position was fairly consistent throughout the day.

The final relay of this season is the Pennine Bridleway Relay on Sunday 1st February, and I am sure we can do this event justice too.

A big thank you to everyone who made up the team for this years event. To those who were debutants, I hope you enjoyed the team spirit, the event but most of all, yourselves! After some swapping & changing, the team seemed to be sorted by Friday but then Saturday a call from my partner who had been struck down by flu. After frantically trying to find a female replacement, without success, it was either let an incomplete team run (not really wanting to waste the recce’ing efforts & arrangements made), cancel the whole thing or go for a male partner & change the team to a mixed squad. All that was needed was a male to run the last leg with me. I knew that both the men’s senior & vets team had been a hard task for the Captains’ to keep together so wasn’t too confident of what my success would be of finding an available runner. I also realised that it was a ‘big ask’ to ask someone at the drop of a hat to drive over to Halifax for a run out. Another alternative was to ask one of the runners from one of our male teams to do an extra 10 miles with me on top of whatever they’d already done. I asked Russ Maddams and without hesitation he said he’d do it, ‘no problem’. So, after his 9+ mile leg he by the skin of his teeth managed to get to Leg 6 to set us off just after the mass start. What an absolute star. He was a pleasure to run with, very encouraging and we all owe him a huge ‘thank you’ for saving the day. At the time of submitting this report, the results weren’t out, so I can’t say how we faired overall but the most important thing is that we all enjoyed ourselves.


Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon

Plenty of Christmas Smiles at Bolton Arena on Monday 8/12/2008. With 52 superb Competitors from our own club competing! What a fantastic night, packed with fun for all those that took part. All the young athletes ran, jumped and threw in 7 different indoor Sportshall athletic events in under 2 hours.

From Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon

This was predominantly a competition for our Under 12 years of age. Athletes were put into 7 different teams, all of which were Captained by the older Athletes i.e. from Under 13’s, & 15’s.

The 2008 winners were the “Rudolph Team”, captained by Katie Bridge, with the rest of the team being, Sophie Myers, Lucy Keating, Kate Stephenson, Henry Whitehead, James Lovell & Joe Roberts.

From Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon

It was also a fund raising opportunity and to date we estimate we may collect in the region of £200 towards a local charity, Derian House.

There was fantastic help from the parents and other volunteers.

From Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon
From Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon

Finally, a big thank you to the Rotary Club of Horwich for supporting this year’s event. Rotarian, Brian Gittins was on hand lending support on this wonderful night. It was a fantastic night for all the young athletes and the community of Horwich and Districts.

From Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon

All our Athletes had a great night and they all competed with good spirit, great behaviour and gave their best for each event. Congratulations to everyone, they made their Coaches very proud!

Mark, Mike, Erika & Tony – Coaches
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC
Happy Christmas & New Year

Horwich Rotary 2008 Christmas Heptathlon

Gravy Pud 5

I wasn’t sure if I would be attending this race, then somebody on the forum mentioned FREE cake in the pub afterwards and suddenly there was no decision to be made. 113 runners arrived to (eat cake) take part in this years NBLG (Northern Boys Love Gravy)- Gravy Pud 5. This 5 mile course offers a mix of fell running and trail running.

With the cold temperatures recently the ground was quite hard underfoot and a little icy in places. The race breaks you in gently with a nice steady incline before a short but good descent to the bridge crossing and the start of two climbs towards the races peak point, the later of which presents you with a good steep scramble to the top. From here it’s mainly flat or downhill on tracks and trails and through the woods towards the finish back along the cobbled road where you started.

Finishing in 87th position with a time of 55:50 I was the only Horwich runner taking part. This was an enjoyable race with a good mix of scenery (and cake).

Mark Sammon

Committee News.

There are still three places available for club members who wants to run the London Marathon, but you will have to be quick and contact Emma Danton @

Don’t forget that the Lancashire and the Greater Manchester Cross Country County Championships will be held on the 10th Jan 2009. Get your entries in soonest.

We have not forgot the Fielden Cup this year, it will be held – hopefully – just after Xmas, watch this space.

In an effort to spread the load of the fell Captains it was proposed that we try to find volunteers who would take on the responsibility of organising just one relay ie, FRA Relay, with someone else taking responsibility for the say the Ian Hodgson. The Calderdale relay and Mary Townley would take on the same format, with the fell captain liaising with each relay organiser. Putting together one team is not a major task as is the current load of organising all of them. Anyone interested in helping out in this way please e-mail Pete Bland @

Mid Lancs X/C Blackpool Sat 13th Nov.

Message from the organisers re-parking

There is car parking available at a charge in the conveniently placed Model Village car park across the road from the xc area (pay inside the Village) which will include use of their toilets and cafe.
Free parking is available:-
along Lawson Road and the surrounding streets, around the circumference of the park, in the Sports’ Centre and in the cul-de-sac at the southern end of Stanley Park and, for the later races (opens at 11:30am), in the nature reserve car park (the entrance is reached from Lawson Road)


Report for Sportcity 7th December 2008

A small number of Horwich RMI Athletes contested the first Indoor meeting of the season at Sportcity on Sunday.

Leading the way was U 20 Charlotte Gaffney who equalled the clubs 60m record and Shaun Palmer who set new figures in U 15 Boys Hurdles.

Full results :-

Under 20

Charlotte Gaffney
60m 8.53 (Club Record)
Long Jump 4.41

April Stevenson
600m 1.36.74

Under 17

Jamie Crompton
600m 1.34.88

Laura Bannister
200m 30.55
High Jump 1.35

Tiffany Dacre
60m 8.84
200m 29.68

Under 15

Shaun Palmer
60m 8.80
60m H 11.64 (Club Record)

Beth Miller
60m 8.60
200m 29.01

Hannah Storey
60m 8.66
200m 29.59

Bolton By Bowland Fell Race – Sunday December 7th 2008

One by one the Horwich faces appeared out of the woodwork (or warmth) on this somewhat icy cold, dodgy underfoot day. The men consisted of Colin Waterworth, Tony Varley, a hung-over Albert Sunter, Ian Hepburn, Paul Boardman, Doug Flemming & James Kevan. James came third, Albert was praying the finish would come sooner rather than later, Doug managed to hold off Paul, Ian put far too much distance between Suzanne & him and looking at the times, a mini battle maybe ensued between Colin & Mr V. For the ladies it was Kath Swindell, Michele Sunter, Rachel Metcalfe & Suzanne Budgett. Unfortunately, the icy cold day brought on an asthma attack for Kath & she had to pull out pretty early on. I have had word that Kath is now ok. A good solid run from Michele showing that her Snowdon marathon endurance is still in her legs. Both Rachel & Suzanne enjoyed their runs, and as a bonus both finished relatively clean compared to a previous outing on this course. This course is really pleasant and is easily comparable to any cross country course, so anyone who thinks they ‘can’t do fell’ should give this one a whirl – at least just once!

Modesty did not allow Suzanne to say that she won the race outright, well done Suzanne. NM


Northern X/C Entries.

Are You Entered for the Northerns?
Here is the list of names of all the people who were organised in September and paid up front for their entry to the Northerns. Are you on the list? Do you want to go on the list. No entries on the day! All entrants must be on our submission by Wednesday 10th December!! Ring Pete Ramsdale on 01204 468373 and leave a message if no-one answers.

U15 Boys
Zac Howe

U17 Boys
Jamie Crompton

U15 Girls
Rebekah Atkinson

Senior Ladies
Katie Ingram
Emma Perrin
Claire Burns

Lady Vet 40
Angela Allen

Lady Vet 45
Suzanne Budgett

Lady Vet 50
Christine Sweatman

U20 Men
Gary Priestley

Senior Men
Colin Rigby
Gareth Booth
Karl Ward
Alastair Murray
James Kevan
Stephen Diaz

Vet 40
Martin Jones

Vet 50
Gordon Stone
Peter Ramsdale

Vet 60
Pete Bland

Pete Ramsdale


The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 18th December 2008.
For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 6.4 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4 miles).
This year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.
Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.
Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.




Steve Jackson

Eleven Horwich RMI Athletes represent Lancashire

North West Regional Under 11’s Sportshall Athletics Final 2008

Sport City 23/11/08

This Final was held at Sportcity, Manchester on 23rd November 2008. 8 Teams from the North West of England i.e. Cheshire, Manchester, Cumbria and Liverpool etc, competed in the County Finals. Horwich RMI Harriers had 11 representatives in this spectacular Competition.

All our young stars performed magnificently on the day in front of a crowd of 1,000 spectators, competing against top athletes from the North West. It was an unforgettable day and the Horwich RMI Coaches are extremely proud of all their efforts.

Congratulations to the following athletes that took part,


Martha Gill, Ellie Dacre, Maisie Vernon, Lauren Ryder, Amelia Atherton, Lucy Keating & Alexandra Woods.


Nathan Townsend (Captain of the Boys), Anthony Hulton, William Hart & James Lovell

The Lancashire Under 11 Girls Team finished in a fantastic 3rd Place, with the Boys finishing in 4th place overall.

Mark Dacre
Horwich RMI Harriers
Junior Coach

A Tribute to Jimmy Niblett.

Jimmy Niblett passed away on 25th Nov after a long illness, the tribute below was written by Bill Smith and gives just a glimpse into the very full and colourful life that Jimmy had.

The craggy features and muscular frame of Jimmy Niblett will have been familiar to many fell race competitors throughout the Northwest over the past few decades. He had been battling prostate cancer in recent years but up to last Autumn was still able to take his long Sunday walk from his home on the northern outskirts of Bolton to Winter Hill summit and back. I last saw him just before Christmas when he was planning to spend the holiday period at Dubai, where his son is based, and then to visit friends in the South of France early in the New Year.
At the age of 15, Jimmy had worked at a coal pit near Montcliffe Stone Quarry above Horwich and then worked in the quarry itself, breaking stone with a 141b hammer on piece work. In 1942, aged 20, he volunteered for the Royal Marines:” l did my training at Lympstone in Devon and afterwards commanded a landing craft at Normandy on D-Day. It was child’s play to me in the Marines as I was so strong and fit and it was here that I first began running.
After the War, he went back down the mines and took up both football and wrestling, joining Bolton Wrestling Club, where he was coached by a retired wrestler, Johnny Nelson: “We used do all our training on local fields but then Billy Riley opened a gym in Wigan and I started going there. I won the Northern and Lancashire welterweight titles and also the Northwest Olympics trial. I was due to travel down to London for the final selection on a Wednesday but injured my ankle playing football on the Monday, which put paid to my Olympic hopes. In 1952, Jimmy married Ruth, a Swiss girl (she died in 1985) and was advised to turn professional, which he did. He continued to enjoy the same success as an all-in wrestler, touring such countries as Sweden, Finland, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, competing under the name of ”Killer James:’ He had also built up a successful scrap business over these years and wrestled at many charity shows throughout Lancashire. Along about 1948, Jimmy had begun running regularly on a non-competitive basis and liked nothing better than to get out on his local moors. In 1979, he joined Horwich RMI Harriers and began to enter races, competing all over the Northwest and at Ben Nevis and Snowdon, and even in Continental races, including Sierre-Zinal. His living room, whose widow looked north easterly to the Holcombe moors, was adorned with trophies, certificates and photographs from both his running and wrestling careers.
Jimmy certainly lived a very full and rewarding sporting life and will be remembered for both his hardy competitiveness and for his down-to-earth character and sense of humour.

Jimmy’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 3rd December in The Old Parsonage, 20 Park St, Bolton BL1 4BD at 12 noon, followed by internment in St Mary’s, Deane at 12:45pm. No flowers please by request. Cheque donations in memory if desired may be sent payable to Royal Marines Association.
All enquiries and cheque donations to Shaw & Son, Funeral Directors, The Old Parsonage, 20 Park Park St, Bolton BL1 4BD ~ 01204 526218.

Salford Ladies 5 (accurately measured 5.25 miles) 30th Nov. 08

For me, this is one of those nostalgic races that I’ve done over far too many years to reveal. It’s one of the few ladies only races that seems to have survived the years of new rules & regulations – health & safety etc.. Well organised, excellent prizes and a good chance to catch up with some of my old cronies from my early running days.
A freezing day in the minus temperature, possibly even colder than yesterdays cross country. A little icy underfoot in places made for some cautious footsteps. It was good to see Sue Lever, the only other Horwicher – back out racing again. Between the two of us we faired pretty well and both finished well inside the top 10. We were both pleased with our runs and picked up prizes for our efforts. In fact the top 10 finishers contained 6 vets of which 5 were 40+! Although not a P.B. course, it’s certainly one I would recommend our ladies try next year.