12 Stage Team as of 31-03-09

1.. Russell Maddams… long.. 11.30 …Start
2.. Brendan Bolland… short.. 11.50 …All other times approx
3.. David Milliken…. ..long.. 12.00
4.. Andrew Neary…… short.. 12.20
5.. Alastair Murray… long…12.30
6.. Guy Heyes……… ..short.. 12.50
7.. Gary Priestley……. .long.. 13.00
8.. Martin Jones…… short.. 13.20
9 ..Gareth Booth….. ..long…13.30
10. Denis Mason….. short.. 13.50
11. Colin Rigby…… …long.. 14.00
12. Karl Ward ………short.. 14.20


Rob Jackson
Simon Parkinson
Nick White
Philip Dewhurst
Stuart Edmonson

Ladies Six Stage Relay Team

Katie Ingram
Lisa Heyes
Suzanne Budgett
Angela Allen
Emma Perrin
Caroline Scholes

Tebay Entries

For all those who are contesting the Fell Championship this year, just a timely reminder that entries for Tebay need to be posted tonight urgently – if you want to get in – as its likely that the limit of entries will be reached within a couple of days.

Weekend Snippets.

Coniston 14 – 28th March

It was a real spread of club runners this weekend with Colin Rigby and Brendan Bolland opting for this undulating, but scenic road race round Coniston Water. Colin found the undulations a little hilly! Hence – with a little head wind – his time was a somewhat slower than he anticipated, although I find 1.22.27 for 7th overall (with hills) not bad at all, Col was also second 0/40. No complaints from Brendan who ran 1.26.27 for 18th place.

Arrant Haw Fell Race

Darren Kay was our sole representative in the Arrant Haw fell race on Sunday winning in style when taking two minutes off his time from last year. Darren was particularly pleased with his performance, especially now it’s a local race for him at Sedbergh and its a race he’s been trying to win for a couple years (to impress the locals) placing 2nd and 3rd previously, Darren clocked 38.8. Looking good for Slieve Bearnagh!

Grizedale 10 trail – 29th march

The first day of spring greeted us all with a beautiful, virtually cloud free, perfect for running spring day. Lovely bright sun, cool temperature and fantastic scenery. It seemed to make all that miserable winter training seem somehow worthwhile. The surface underfoot was perfect for road shoes with not an ounce of mud anywhere on the route. A bit of wrong start cost the leading field probably 30 seconds or so and caused a bit of mayhem when we all turned round to be greeted head on by the latter field. All good fun! Out of a field of 230 runners, five Horwicher’s participated. Denis Mason (60.32) finished in a fine 5th overall followed next by Karl Ward (62.01) in 12th. Both expressed being pleased with their runs & enjoying the route. In 25th place was Suzanne Budgett (65.05) and 50th place, Gaynor Higson (71.28). Fifth Harrier was Keith Makin, 123rd (83.07). Definitely worth a try this one. Comparable to a longer Roddlesworth Roller for those who’ve ever tried that one but with a far smoother surface, picturesque scenery and longer undulations.

Thanks to Debs Townsend for the photos. Love the cheeky comment! (Sorry Denis, Gaynor & Keith, missed you!)

Results at: http://www.grizedale10.co.uk/grizedale2009results.htm

Liverpool Half Marathon – 29th March

Just two Harriers made the trip to Liverpool with Simon Parkinson leading the way in a new PB of 1.21.25, clipping a full three minutes of his old time, and finishing 36th overall from 3,500 runners, well done. Chris Horridge ran well in this large field for 487th in a time of 1.36.49.
The race had an unexpected start – due to a lack of marshals – as the first 100 or so runners ran the wrong way, ended up at a dead end and had to turn back into the fun runners!

Wilmslow Half Marathon ~ 29th March 2009.

Weather conditions were fine, with a cold crisp spring morning for the Wilmslow half Marathon, which this year incorporated the England Half Marathon Championships. Club twosome Guy and Lisa Heyes took part in preparation for the Edinburgh Marathon in May; Guy ran a superb 74.14 smashing his personal best by over 15 mins!!! (Been a long time since his last half marathon!) Looking good for the Marathon.

Lisa ran 80.50 an excellent time saying she was only going out to run the marathon qualifying time for the elite entry of sub 83mins! Lisa finished 10th lady overall in a quality elite field – finally back mixing it with the elite! (It’s about time, more to come!) Looks like the club duo had a good day all round, well run.

Carl Balshaw and Simon Kirby also managed to get a place in this very popular half, with Carl running 1.36.34 and Simon 1.44.16. Not sure if we had any more PB’s but I would guess that Carl’s good spell of training may have paid dividends.

Mid Lancs Presentation Evening 08-09 Season.

The above presentation evening is to be held at Bamber Bridge CCM Club on Friday 3rd April from 8pm – its just £4 for seniors. I will be in attendance to represent the club and collect any prizes, medals, trophies if individuals cannot attend.

We are the Senior Men Division 4 Champions and are promoted to Division 3 for next year. Vet 40 Division 3 Champions and are promoted to Division 2 for next year.

Individually Katie Ingram is the Mid Lancs Lady’s Champion and Pete Bland is 2nd Vet 60. Well Done you two.

Congratulations to all who ran and supported the club during this, our first season in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League.

Extra Gold Medals have been ordered for those who counted in the teams – on the day.

Senior Gold Medals…Vets Gold Medals
Colin Rigby………………… Steve Nolan
Steve Nolan………………… Colin Rigby
Alastair Murray…………… Tony Hesketh
Gary Priestley……………… Pete Ramsdale
James Kevan………………. Steve Jackson
Guy Heyes………………….. Martin Jones
Tony Hesketh………………. Brendan Bolland
Denis Mason……………….. Pete Bland
Gareth Booth………………. Colin Wood

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Nike Jacket Found.

I am holding a waterproof black Nike jacket, medium size, with inbuilt hood, that was left behind at the Haigh Hall relays. It was left drooped over the back of a chair at the back of the presentation hall. Get in touch if it’s yours!


Double Top at Haigh Relays. Sat 21st March

A successful days racing at Haigh Hall saw both the men and ladies teams winning in style. The ladies team was five minutes clear of second team Wigan with Katie Ingram (21.13) Lisa Heyes (23.00) Suzanne Budgett (24.23) and Angela Allen (24.24) taking the four fastest times of the day, and were never headed throughout the race – which bodes well for the Northern 6 Stage. To top it off Katie also broke the course record.

The men’s team had to work hard for their first place, but won comfortably in the end by over a minute. Gary Priestley (20.40) ran ace to bring us in third, handing over to Alastair Murray (20.28) who flew round to take us into a lead that we never relinquished, with Andy Neary (21.33) and Steve Nolan (21.47) giving us excellent back up we landed a super double.

Our ‘B’ Team finished in an excellent 9th overall – from 45 teams – with Glyn Kay running the fastest of the team in 21.27 with great support from Karl Ward (22.15) Simon Parkinson (22.43) and Nick White (23.51).

We also had a ‘C’ team with Nigel Clementson (22.56) back after a four year lay off! Running the fastest time – not a bad come back! With Keith Tyrer (24.52) sporting a Horwich vest (hint hint!) running well for 24.52. Pete Bland (26.54) managed an unexpectedly faster time than team mate Steve Jackson (27.21), who has been well clear of late, but sorry to say Pete, Steve’s hamstring pulled.

And just to show what we can do – team wise – when we try, we also managed a mixed team of Caroline Scholes (26.40) Christine Boardman (27.37) Gary Chadderton (23.42) and Carl Balshaw (25.31) who did great for a two and two mixed. As opposed to other mixed teams with three men and one woman, not what I usually associate with a mixed team formula.

A great days racing was had by all, even if it was Raynauds day!

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

Haigh relay

PB’s for Ali & Guy

Trafford 10k Sunday 15th March.

The Trafford 10k did not disappoint with its reputation of a PB course, with both Alastair Murray 48th in 33.14 and Guy Heyes 54th in 33.37 proving. Ali was getting the races in before the probable onset of a period of reduced leisure time, with wife Karen due their first child in a few weeks. Guy however is now well experienced at organising his leisure time with a baby sitter allowing both Lisa and himself to race, with Lisa very pleased with her 36.57 and the addition of more vouchers to her tally, this time as first 0/35. Racing up front was particularly fast with first lady Michelle Ross Cope clocking a fine 32.45. Katie Ingram was happy enough with her 34.07 even though missing out on a PB. Andy Neary and Karl Ward made up the Horwich contingent with Andy not particularly chuffed with his 35.47 for 49th and Karl satisfied with 36.24 for 90th.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/trafford309.htm

Trimpell 20 Road Race

Three Horwich runners ran the Trimpell 20 in glorious weather, on a flat and although it was described as a scenic course, I couldn’t see over the banking to the river. First Horwicher home Russell Maddams, was 4th in a super time of 1.54.44, Russ is preparing for his next 50k race and wanted to try out this under distance race for a form and pace guide. Nick White ran well and was our second runner in 68th with a time of 2.15.23, Geraldine Walkington continued her heavy race program of mixed terrain events, this time a marker of form before her marathon. Her time of 2.28.23 for 151st should give her a time of around 3.17, just a couple of minutes off her anticipated time. It was a really pleasant course, all on cycle tracks, so no steering around parked cars or tripping over prams. Road races don’t seem to provide the after race care that the fell races do, no mugs of tea or sticky gooey cakes.


Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/trimpell20.html

Pike Race Volunteers Urgently Required

“Urgently required volunteers to help with marshalling for the Pike Race Sat 11th April. Unless we get sufficient helpers the race WILL NOT GO AHEAD as Bolton Council will not sanction the road closures.

Contact either Colin Jones 07773160675 or 01204 690013 email colin@vapor-tek.co.uk. We need to have a list of volunteers by the 3rd April to show to both the police and Bolton Council.”

Colin Jones

Mid Lancs Cross Country Race – Witton Park Blakburn Sat 14th March.

The last of the Mid Lancs cross country races was held at Witton Park Blackburn on a slightly modified course from the usual saucer run, this time it included a mini hill before the saucer, which seemed to hold favour with the runners. Colin Rigby (38.08) was our first counter in 13th and found the undulating course to his liking, even overtaking runners on the downhill! Steve Nolan ran 40.14 for 30th place with Denis Mason (40.49) not far behind in 37th. Tony Hesketh (44.09) ran well taking the first 0/60 slot in 75th place overall. Steve Jackson clocked 45.33 for his 105th position, with Colin Wood (47.47) in 137th. Pete Bland and Barry Allman (50.17) had their usual inter club battle and exchanged places several times during the race, with Pete finally pulling away on the last lap for a time of 49.31. Gordon Stone (54.51) continues to make progress with his comeback, finishing in 182nd place. 209 ran.

Overall in league after six races I make it that only two club members have gained awards with Katie Ingram winning the ladies league outright and Pete Bland taking the third vet 60 award, well done to them. Inside the top ten was Colin Rigby, who has not been shown as a vet 0/40 in the results but if corrected would be 4th 0/40 and 10th senior overall. Steve Nolan made the top ten with a 9th place in the 0/40.

It looks as though he senior men’s team have been promoted to Division Three, and the vet’s 0/40 ‘s have also been promoted to Division Two, so a very well done to all those who have participated in the Mid Lancs this year. Lets hope that we can make a a concerted effort in the new season later this year with further progression up the divisions, and hopefully to encourage our ladies to participate fully in the X/C season.

On behalf on the club I would like to say well done to all the volunteers who run the league in such a professional manner, it is a credit to them, and is certainly the number one X/C league in the Northwest.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/midlancs6.htm

Presentation Evening Awards.

Below are the winners of the various club awards for 2008 who will be presented with their trophies at the Mumbai restaurant on Friday 17th April. The meal is subsidised by the club and we would like as many members as possible to attend to support the club and this years winners. Tickets at £10 are available by ringing 01204 468390 or text to 07900166732.

Category Gender Trophy 2009 Winner

Overall Club Championship Men……. D.Vickers Cup.. J.Kevan
Overall Club Championship Ladies…. J.Knight Cup… S.Budgett
Overall Club Championship Vets Men.. N.Matthews Cup. S.Nolan

Road Championship Men… …T.Hesketh Shield ..S.Nolan
Road Championship Ladies… M.McGovern Cup ….S.Budgett

X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Men……… W.Mangham Cup…….. .G.Priestley
X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Ladies…… NV Troup Trophy…… .K.Ingram
X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Vets Men…. L.Pollard Trophy….. .C.Rigby
X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Vets ladies. Rivington Camping Cup. S.Budgett

Cross Country Overall Champion Men….. ….M.Jackson Shield ….S.Nolan
Cross Country Overall Champion Ladies….. Horwich Shield …….K.Ingram
Cross Country Overall Champion Vets Men …..Stanley Cup ……..S.Nolan
Cross Country Overall Champion Vets ladies. Horwich Cup ………S.Budgett

Highest Placed SEL Finisher Men/Lady …….J.Prescot Cup……. S.Nolan

Fell Championship Men ……D.Hurst Shield….. J.Kevan
Fell Championship Ladies …B.Horrobin Shield.. S.Budgett

Highest Placed in any British Fell Champs Men/lady.. M.ShortCup. D.Kay

Downhill Trophy Men/Lady.. A.Sunter

Cock up of the year on the fells Men/Lady…. TBA. On night

Fielden Cup Fielden Cup… G.Stone

Club person of the year Men …..Sweatshop Shield… .M.Dacre
Club person of the year Lady ….Sweatshop Shield…. S.Saunders

Presentation Evening

Horwich RMI Harriers Presentation Evening – 17th April

The Presentation Evening will be at Mumbai Indian Restaurant, Chorley New Road, Horwich on Friday 17th April.

Meet at 7.00 for 7.30 start, with the Awards presented at 08.30. Tickets are £10.00.

South East Lancs Presentation Evening

On Friday 13th March 2009 at the RMI club in Horwich, the South East Lancs Cross Country League hold their annual presentation night to reward all the prize winners for the 2008-09 season.

At Horwich we have three recipients of trophies, athletes who have performed extremely well during the long season and shown commitment and enthusiasm for the cross country races.

In the Under 11 category Cameron Critchley secured a wonderful 4th place overall and will receive his medal on the evening. Steve Nolan 3rd Vet 40 and Tony Hesketh 1st Vet 60 are also due to receive their awards. There will be a raffle on the evening with half the money raised going to Comic Relief.

Tickets are just £2 and are purchasable on the door from 7.30pm. The presentation starts at 8pm and there are pasties and peas and a disco. Are you free?

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Mid Lancs Cross Country League.

Just a reminder that the last race in the series is at Blackburn – Witton Park – on Saturday 14th.

Below is the link to the league standings so far, it would be great to see a good turn out for this final race, and if the vets in particular could make a concerted effort to attend – and perform – they could be promoted to a higher league for next year.

Haigh Hall Relays

Saturday 21st March 2009 at 2pm
Teams of 4 x 3.75 miles

Anyone wanting to run in these relays please contact me as soon as possible.
I will pre enter about 3 teams and if we require more we can enter more on the day.

We have been promised really good weather on the day and if we get enough interest I will take the Marquee.

We can enter Mens teams, Ladies teams, vets teams and mixed teams so let’s go for it and have a day out.

Pete Bland Home 01704 822374 – Work 01257 462986 – Mobile 07900 166732
E.Mail – peterbland@btinternet.com

Roddlesworth Roller Sun 8th March.

A pretty miserable day greeted the runners to this local race with cold drizzly conditions, but it did not dampen the spirit of the 282 runners, with Rob Jackson in particular having a super run finishing in second place in a time of 33.59, and taking first vet. Fortunately the lads got the formula right and plumped for the vet positions as Paul Boardman’s 16th place and Ian Hamer’s 18th was good enough for the first vets team. Suzanne Budgett fresh! from her trip round Pendle, seems intent on collected all her race 0/45 prizes, running a fine 40.02 for fourth lady overall, Rachel Metcalfe (44.01) gave good support in 13th place, and with Gaynor Higson (44.18) running well in 15th the ladies collected the team prize. Thirteen Harriers ran the race and full results can be seen on: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/roller.html

Inter Counties Cross Country Championship 7th March Nottingham.

Steph Twell running in her first senior race at the Inter Counties collected the first prize of £2000 with a winning margin of twenty four seconds, showing her current dominance of the ladies endurance scene. Katie Ingram was our only club member this year to be selected for the championship representing Lancashire and finishing in second place for her county, just two seconds behind first counter Vicky Gill. Katies time of 30.06 was a little slower than last year when she finished in the same position of 21st. However, she was pleased with her performance when considering that her training has been interrupted for the last couple of weeks with the current bug that’s doing the rounds. Katie is now looking forward to the Trafford 10k on the 14th to see if she can improve on her 10k PB.

Results bottom of page: http://www.uka.org.uk/media/news/march-2009/07-03-09-mccain-xc/

High Peak Marathon – 6th March -40m/7500ft

On Friday Albert Sunter joined a Rucksack Club vets team comprising of Andy Howie, Rob Pettengell and Ian Charters for the 2009 High Peak Marathon. Not 26.2 miles but a 40 mile 7500 foot bog-trot; the idea is to take the Peaks’ longest, toughest route and see who can complete it at night, in winter. With an 11:32 start the first six or seven hours were in the dark and after dawn the visibility on Bleaklow was little better than it had been on the dark. The last three hours before dawn were on difficult ground – trackless, pathless, flooded peat bogs that were ankle deep in very cold water, where they weren’t knee deep. Then we found out why teams of four are required – Andy went in thigh deep and it took the three of us to pull him out! A couple of route finding errors and with Andy Howie suffering from cramp we were a little slower than we could have been but we finished in 12:39:23. The winning team finished in under 9 hours and the first vets team were 5th overall, about two hours ahead of us. Provisional results place us 26th from 50 starting teams.

Half Tour of Pendle 9m/2250ft

The FRA Championship season got off to a flying start at Pendle with seventeen Harriers making an excellent show for the club.

Darren Kay (65.44) led the way in 9th place after an uncertain week as to whether he would actually run after a sore throat and cold, but his performance helped the team to some good points, finishing as we did in 4th. James Logue (69.40) started the season well in 26th place, James was also our first vet. Dave Milliken (70.05) ran well, and was not too far behind in 30th and our second vet counter. Russsell Maddams was just 5 seconds behind Spike in 33rd, but whatever Russ did on the day would have been upstaged by wife to be Phillipa, who won the ladies race outright, and our congratulations go to her on a super run. James Kevan (70.16) was our 5th team counter in 34th and another team member who had not been well for over a week but was determined to run, as his target this year is to win the U/23 championship for the second year running. Colin Rigby (73.23) made up the senior team as our sixth counter in 56th place, and ran specifically to help the vets with their team position which he did brilliantly, with our 0/40 team finishing an excellent third – thanks to fourth team counter Graham.. Alastair Murray (73.35) chased Colin in, just a couple of places behind, and I am sure would be happy with his performance. Karl Ward (76.39) got a late entry place and finished well in 84th spot. Then came our three over 50s in the men’s race with Graham Schofield (77.01) in 88th – Steve Jackson (84.40) in 175th and Brent Brindle (90.45) in 234th which gave us 6th 0/50 team place on the day, with not too big a margin to the 3rd team. Peter Kevan took on his first real fell challenge doing great with a time of 1.32.10 in 249th . Our two more senior runners Mick Crook (1.45.37) had tough opposition in the 0/60 age group finishing 13th, with Ray Stafford (1.56.52) in fine form at the moment, finishing 3rd (0/70).

In the ladies race Suzanne Budget did bril to take the first 0/45, running 1.27.16, with Geraldine Walkington (1.31.48) doing the same for the 0/50 group, an excellent start in the championships tables. Splitting the ladies with a time of 1.29.37 was our third counter Lindsey Brindle who finished 18th lady and must be happy to be back racing again after an injury lay off.

Well done to everyone for a super turnout, lets hope we have a similar turn out at Stretton Hills on the 6th June – watch out for the entry dates!!

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

Club Calendar

Last year the ladies section put together a calendar of photos taken from races and it looked excellent, the cover is shown.

I thought it would be a good idea to do another calendar for next year this time from nominated photos – selected by you – from the Blog.

Each month just send me an email indicating which photo you would like to see for that month on the calendar. The photo that gets the most votes becomes that month’s picture. I would love to think that I had so much response that we may have a tie situation to sort out, I will wait and see!

Due to a computer gremlin the January Blog has disappeared so we need two nominations from February. I will advise each month on the result

If all goes well the club will have the calendar printed in time for Christmas.


Weekend Snippets

Alexandra Park 5k – Sunday 1st March

Caroline Scholes and Sarah Norgate gave the 5k a twirl for their Sunday run with Caroline taking 3rd lady in 20.15 – and getting a medal!- Sarah finished 6th lady (21.27) which was great considering her last weeks training total of three mile. Both enjoyed the race and had a gay day!

Haweswater Half Marathon – Sun 1st March

Geraldine Walkington was the only Harrier to make the trip and ran well clocking 1.35.20 for 126th place overall (511 ran). Geraldine just missed out on her customary 0/50 prize by fifteen seconds to Liz Tomes of Keighley & Craven.

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

Standish Hall Trail Race – Sat 28th Feb

A rather deceptively tough 10k trail race which was made all the more difficult if the wrong shoes were worn! The terrain was very mixed with a section of open field quickly followed by a long climb which had to be run twice, this seemed to sap the strength of most of the field, with the possible exception of the first lady Lauren Howarth, who at just 18 years old finished 7th overall, which I suppose could be expected from someone who finished 2nd in the National the week previous, just 13 seconds behind Steph Twell!
Our first counter Colin Rigby found the race hard but enjoyed the variety of the course and was pleased with 5th place in 36.45 – and to take the first 0/40. Denis Mason (40.01) was next in 27th place and looked a little tired from all the hard training he has been doing of late, but it will pay dividends soon. Doug Fleming (41.37) and Paul Boardman (41.39) worked hard pushing each other to finish 40th & 41st respectively. Steve Jackson had a super run, coming back into a little form and finishing in 44.57. Pete Bland found his road shoes a handicap – as many others did – but ran strongly for 47.12 finishing well up in his age group. Keith Tyrer gave Pete his usual support, finishing just a second behind him (but we must get him a club vest Pete!) Our only lady entry was Bethan Faulkner who is taking a liking to these longer races, Bethan ran great for 88th overall and a time of 47.19. Barry Allman’s time of 50.39 did not reflect his current form, with Barry having to take a mid race pit stop.

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

Noonstone Fell Race – Sat 28th Feb

A rare relaxing day out in this Central Pennine race – similar to the winter Hill race in distance, climb and terrain at 9 miles / 2300ft. After a series of climbs over the first half of the race around Stoodley Pike the course sets off on its defining feature – a 2 mile slog across a soft wet slightly uphill plateau – before a final climb and very satisfying swoop off the edge of the moor to the finish. Interestingly, given my usual borderline fitness and ability, I lost ground everywhere except the plateau where I seemed more mentally tuned in to what was required and steadily drew past a score of runners obviously appalled and exasperated at what they were trying to run on.

Faring much better than me was Stuart Edmundson who finished in 8th place in 1.16.49, Rob Howarth 31st and 3rd MV50 in 1.23.28, with his better half Julie running 1.50.11 /3rd LV40. I managed 1.44.02 in 165th , there were 248 finishers, the winning time was 1.11.15)

Colin Waterworth

Darren Takes Course Record at High Cup Nick. 9m/1500ft

A rare win over Rob Jebb gives a good pointer to Darren Kay’s current form. Second last year to Jim Davies, Darren went specifically to win the race and did so in 61.47 with Jim Davies just behind in 61.56, Rob Jebb came third in 62.54. Darren took over three minutes off last years time and in doing so broke the course record of 61.55. Darren is now looking forward to the Half Tour of Pendle next weekend which starts off the FRA Fell Running Championship races.