Lostock 6 – Sun 22nd Feb

Lisa Heyes continued on her winning ways completing the course in 36.42 – taking nearly a minute off last years time – and leading the ladies to first team. Lisa finished strongly after passing early leader Christine Howard just after half way. Suzanne Budgett (39.33) gave great support as second counter, and also collected the 0/45 prize. Very pleasing to see one of our junior ladies in the team prize as Bethan Faulkner (43.05) finished well to take the U/18 spot and our third counter. Christine Boardman continues to improve finishing in 43.54, faster than last year on a slower course this year, with a tough head wind hitting the runners along Chorley new Road. Gillian Burnell had super run taking the first 0/55 and finishing in 50.22.

In the men’s race just 5 places separated the first four teams – how close is that?
Unfortunately we were the fourth (35) with Blackburn taking the honours (30) Salford second (31) and Bolton third (32).

Colin Rigby (33.15) ran very well to lead the lads home in 8th with Guy Heyes (33.43) not feeling ace at the start – but showing that its how you feel at the finish that counts – running bril to take 10th, Steve Nolan (34.47) and Andy Neary ran stride for stride with Steve just pulling away on the run in to finish 17th & 18th respectively. Steve also collected the 0/45 prize.

We had a good turn out of 22 runners full results at :

More Photos.

Lostock 6 09


The club has received details of this years Northern Men’s 12 Stage
Road Relay Championships to be held at Woodbank Park, Stockport on
Sunday 5th April.

However, the club does not currently have a Men’s Road Captain, or
Vice Captain, to get a team together.

If you would like to organise a team for these relays, please contact
either myself (07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com)
or Pete Bland.(01704 822374 / peterbland@btinternet.com)

Many thanks,

Alastair Murray.


Lancashire Sportshall Meeting, Blackpool 15th Feb 2009

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC turned out 24 athletes at the final meeting. Our Athletes performed magnificently and overall, the Horwich RMI Harriers Team finished in 3rd place in this tough and competitive League, behind Athletics “Premiership” teams, Preston & Blackpool.

Well done to Sophie Williams for breaking the Lancashire Sportshall Under 11 Girls record for Soft Javelin with a breath-taking throw of 20.25m. Congratulations to Martha Gill, who won the under 11 girls athlete of the whole tournament.

There were also many brave performances from the under 11’s including Eleanor Aindow, Jodie McLaughlin, Jenny Maher, Luke Anderton, Mackenzie Dacre and Kai Brown.

Under 13’s were supported by Noah Saunders, Gabrielle Whittle, Katie Bridge and Natassia Dacre. Under 15’s were Hannah Storey and Tiffany Dacre.

The individual age group final positions are as follows:-

Under 11 Girls – 2nd place Under 11 Boys – 3rd place
Under 13 Girls – 4th place Under 13 Boys – 4th place
Under 15 Girls – 4th place Under 15 Boys – 4th place

CONGRATULATIONS to 4 members of our Under 13 & 15 teams for being chosen to represent Lancashire in the forthcoming North West Regional Finals:-

Matthew Gibson
Jack Shaw
Sam German
Beth Miller

Lancashire Sportshall Meeting, Blackpool 15th Feb 2009

Mark Dacre
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Report for National Indoor Championships 2009

April Stevenson continued her excellent indoor form winning the Silver Medal at the National Indoor Championships on Sunday.

April has already gained a silver in the North of England indoor championships and it was the same two girls, Leigh Lennon from Ribble Valley and April who battled it out again for the National title. Leigh once again went off fast and held the lead but April closed up on Leigh but just ran out of time to catch her, losing by just one second. With April having only just moved up into this age group it’s a successful start to 2009 for the 16 year old.

April’s next target will be an International Match to be held in Malta in 8 weeks time where both April and her club mate, Jamie Crompton (2000m Steeplechase) have been selected to represent the North of England team against teams from Malta, Egypt, Tunisa and Wales.

Full results :-

Under 20

April Stevenson 800m 2.12.65 Silver Medalist

Anglezarke Amble

Our Long Range Group was active again at the weekend covering the miles, this time on the ever popular ‘Amble’ quite a contradiction in terms really, considering you only have choice of a short route 16 miles, or the longer route 24 miles. Albert Sunter led the way for everyone coming in first overall in a very creditable 3.54. Not far behind in second was our ultra specialist Ian Charters running a PB of 3.59, a testament to his hard training, well done Ian. Ian’s better half Pauline and Nicole Kirkham are making quite a team lately as they matched each other stride for stride to a super time of 4.58, nice sub 5.00 ladies. Not far behind and in great form at the moment was our 0/70 Ray Stafford clocking a great 5.06. Ed Swift and Richard Longlands made the trip Ok but I don’t have their times. Lola Smal arrived not knowing that you had to pre –enter but was allowed to start about ten minutes after the gun and completed the short leg in 4.48, not bad for 75!

Two who didn’t quite make it were Mary White and John Coope, Mary had not been ace earlier in the week and retired at Slipper Lowe, John Pulled out at White Coppice with cramps.

Radcliffe 12 Mile Trail Race – Sun 15th Feb.

Several runners used this trail race as a substitute for their Sunday run, but did so to good effect with our two lady representatives – having raced the day before – doing very well picking up category prizes. Lisa Heyes fresh from her Parbold win took a fine second place in a time of 1.27 31. and finished first 0/35, Suzanne Budgett having had a tough run in the mud at Hyndburn did exceptionally well finishing fifth overall and first 0/45, lets hope they both have an easy Mondays training!

In the men’s race Rob Jackson (1.15.22) ran very well as our first counter in fifth overall, missing out on first vet by a minute to Mark Russell of Bolton Tri Club. Guy Heyes had a super run in 7th clocking 1.19.25. Karl Ward was another double racer over the weekend but didn’t seem to show the effect of his effort at Hyndburn as he finished 20th in 1.24.18, giving Horwich the team prize – if there was one! Barry Chapman was our sixth counter running well for 105th and a time of 1.42 34. 211 ran.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/rad12.html

Parbold Hill Race Sat 14th Feb.

Lisa Back to Winning Ways.

Congratulations to Lisa Heyes (49.48) on winning her race, two minutes clear of the second lady. Lisa has been putting in the miles recently and working hard in the sessions and it showed as she powered round the course to a super win. Only Andy Neary (46.00) from the club managed to stay in front of her, running well in 14th place. Andy too is now training hard and getting back some of his old form. Next came our trio of 0/45’s with Paul Boardman (50.07) leading them in, in 49th place, closely followed by Doug Fleming (50.25) in 53rd, even more closely followed by
Gary Chadderton (50.29) in 56th. Andy Gorman (52.45) took in his local race finishing in 84th and Mark Sammon (70.48) tested out his knee niggle possibly a little earlier than he should, finishing in 322nd

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/parbold.html

Mid Lancs. X/C Hyndburn – Sat 14th Feb

Katie Ingram blasted round the course and was a clear winner in the ladies race, giving her a nice confidence boost after a period of reduced training through injury and illness. Katie is now looking to sharpen her form even more as she heads into the Inter Counties race on 7th March at Nottingham where she will run for Lancs County.
Suzanne Budgett was our only other lady running, finishing in 15th place, running well considering her long standing cough. Once again a very poor turn out by the ladies in this new league, which was all the more disappointing considering we won the first race in the series outright.

The men’s team just needed one more big effort to gain promotion for next year and after a concerted effort – telephone wise – we fielded a quality team that finished second overall in the league to Clayton and easily topped our division. Our first counter was Gary Priestley who came back after a three month injury lay off to finish a super 4th overall in a quality field, showing his underlying talent. Equally impressive was James Kevan’s 8th place just 13 seconds behind Gary. James too has been off the scene for a while but is now back living in Chorley, so watch this space.
Colin Rigby finished in a great 20th place as our third counter and enjoyed his run in the mud. A surprise appearance by Alastair Murray – who had been stricken by the proverbial bug for over a week – helped considerably to boost the teams chances by finishing in 28th place. Steve Nolan (32nd) can always be counted on in team races as he chased Ali all the way finishing just 10 seconds behind him. Karl Ward another great club supporter made up the six man team with a fine run in 53rd place.

This still left five other club runners battling for places with Colin Wood running well in 147th, with the two Pete’s, Bland and Ramsdale working hard in the mud with Blandy just pulling away on the final lap for 158th with Pete R in 169th . Barry Allman is making steady progress with his training and was only five places behind Pete in 174th. Paul Murray was our final runner in 187th place and did well to run having injured his ribs weeks ago and was still not right.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/midlancs5.htm

Hynburn Mid Lancs

Juniors out in all weathers!

Martha Gill and Sophie Myers have been braving the weather – and just to make it harder they thought they’d do a swim first – 250m followed by a 2000m run.

The girls were competing in the Mersey tri club’s ‘aquathon’ on Sunday. The age group in which they race had to endure the worst of the weather and the girls were still smiling at the end of it!

They both did extremely well.

Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K

The annual Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K Race took place on Sunday (8th Feb) morning over the tough, established course from Witton Park. Over 400 runners were greeted with a cold but clear, sunny morning. Three Horwich Harriers produced good performances in a strong field. Leading the way for the Harriers was Rob Jackson in 10th place (3rd vet 40) and taking the 2nd vet 40 prize. He was followed by Glyn Kay in 22nd place, with prolific racer Paul Boardman in 34th (3rd vet 45). Paul’s son Sam Boardman had a great run to win the Junior 2K Race.

Results at: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/warmer.html

Club Man and Woman Of The Year.

Dear Members,

We are once again looking for nominations for Club Man and Woman Of The Year. These awards are presented each year to recognise members who have contributed something extra the the club in the last 12 months.

Please email your nominations to Club Secretary Emma Danton at emmakeating@hotmail.com by 1st March.The winners of the award will be decided by the committee from the list of nominations submitted.

Alastair Murray.
Horwich RMI Harriers.

P.S. If you have not received an email on this subject, please let me have your up to date email address, so we can better keep you informed of club events.”

Darren Just Misses Out

Winter Hill Fell Race Sun 8th Feb

Darren Kay made his intentions clear from the start when taking on the early pace and subsequently leading eventual winner Simon Bailey round the course, Rob Hope was also in close order and tried with Darren to shake off Simon, but as soon as the Mercia man knew the finish route he took off to win by just 17 seconds from Darren in second and Rob Hope third – the first four runners being inside the course record. This was an excellent run by Darren showing he is in fine form for the coming fell season.

Horwich had a good turn out of 22 runners with Dave Milliken – our second finisher – having a great run in 6th place and taking the first vet 0/40, and impressively knocking 15 mins off last years time. Denis Mason ran well and made up the team in 21st place which placed us second to Pudsey. This year we only managed to win one team award the vets category, thanks to Spike, Graham Schofield and Phil Dewhurst, relegating Pudsey vets into second. We did however collect the 0/55 prize with a good run from Ian Charters, and first 0/70 for Ray Stafford, Graham Schofield took 2nd 0/50, ditto with Mike Crook in the 0/60’s, well done chaps.

In the ladies race, Suzanne Budgett was our first counter in 7th place overall and picked up the first 0/45 prize taking 5 minutes off last years time, which considering the cough and cold situation over the last month or so was a super run. Our second counter Geraldine Walkington continued her impressive way on the fells finishing 9th overall and first 0/50 also taking a massive 10 mins off last years time. But our third counter Rachel Metcalfe went one better by running over 24 mins faster than year – and smiled all the way round – which placed us second to a strong Calder valley team.

Sorry if I didn’t catch you all on camera (Thanks Pauline).

I would like to thank all those who helped me with the Winter Hill fell race on Sunday. The conditions were certainly vastly different from last years almost summer conditions and it must have been cold for those of you who had to stand around for any length of time. I would also like to extend my thanks to Bolton Mountain Rescue for providing the usual safety cover, ETA/Walsh for sponsoring the race and Hilly Clothing for supplying the gloves for every runner at a discounted price.

I must also thank Chris Heyes who not only marshalled for me, but who also baked a large quantity of flapjacks for the runners which were very much appreciated.

Thanks, Tony

Results at: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/winthill.html


Winter Hill 09

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC Raise £ 560.50 for Derian House

Fifty two young athletes from Horwich RMI Harriers & AC took part in the Horwich Rotary Xmas Heptathlon last December. All the young athletes ran, jumped and threw in 7 different indoor Sportshall athletic events in under 2 hours.

It was also a fund raising opportunity and these young athletes aged from 7 – 12 raised an amazing £ 560.50 towards a local children’s charity, Derian House.

A cheque was presented to Derian House by 4 of the young superstars on 7th February 2009.

(left to right, Henry Whitehead, Anthony Hulton, Martha Gill & Lucy Keating)

The athletes along with their parents, Athletic Coaches and Tom King from the Horwich Rotary visited Derian House and presented the cheque to Roya Khadem of Derian House.

M Dacre
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Red Rose Presentation ~ Friday 6th Feb. RMI Club

Once again we had a limited turn out on the presentation night – from the men, but the ladies made up for it collecting their awards and adding some glamour to the proceedings. Katie Ingram and Gary Priestley won their respective senior league titles, Gary also collected the U/20 title, unfortunately he couldn’t attend the presentation, being away in Scotland.

In the ladies section Suzanne Budgett collected two awards, 1st 0/45 and second lady vet overall. Lisa Heyes finished third in the vet 0/35 category, with Caroline Scholes the 5th vet overall.

The men won both the team awards – senior and vets – with Gary, James Kevan, Alastair Murray, Martin Jones, Steve Nolan, and Karl Ward counting as the first six for the senior men. In the vets team it was four to count, with Martin, Steve, Doug Fleming and Tony Hesketh, Tony was also the 1st 0/60 vet, with Chairman Pete Bland collecting the second 0/60. Steve Nolan won the 1st 0/45.

Andy O’Sullivan was the guest of honour on the night presenting the awards, which was very well attended by the participating clubs.

Col First Brit in Torremolinos Half.

Torremolinos Half Marathon 1st Feb 2009

I entered this race firstly for a bit of a short holiday and secondly as something to aim for now after turning 40. I later found out that a party of 16 other runners were going on the same flight, some from Lostock, Wesham, Accrington and various other clubs.

I was expecting some nice warm weather racing, how wrong I was. Saturday was fine with some nice sun to have (A) beer, in honesty Norm! Then a walk round and nice meal to finish the day off. However when we arose Sunday it was torrential rain and wind, just how I like it NOT. On top of that I nearly missed the start, got boxed in and to add insult to injury I forgot to start my watch. The course is twisty and hilly at first, then runs along the sea front for about 10k, then goes back up the hills into town.
Not my best race but finished 18th and 3rd vet in 1.16.58, which won me 50 euro a trophy. Not bad for an old man.

However the party that night was one not to be missed. We got home around 1am somehow with some great stories to tell but I’ve been sworn to secrecy, sorry folks.

I would like to thank everyone in the party for making my mother and me very welcome and involving us in all they did. Special thanks goes to Dave Pearson from Lostock for looking after us and taking a lot of pressure off my shoulders.


Results at: http://www.ideain.com/febrero2009/20090201torremolinos.htm

Kendal Winter League

Darren Kay has been quietly getting on with his racing and returning some good results of late. In the Kendal Winter League Darren has already run three races with two wins and a third, the last being the Fairmile race in the Howgills on Sunday the 1st Feb where he won in 25.15. His third place at the Stanbury Splash on the 25th was on a non taper week, and shows he is in form for a good run in the Winter Hill race this weekend, hopefully we can give Darren strong club support in the team event.

For those interesting in doing short low key races then the Kendal Winter League is very welcoming and I would recommend it to anyone starting out in fell running.