Five Harriers were in attendance at the second counter in this years club fell championships. Conditions were clear, not too warm, and dry under foot, for this popular race from Hayfield in the Peak District taking in the ridge above Kinder Reservoir. The race was won by England International Lloyd Taggart in 1:07:11. First Horwich home was Alastair Murray, 7th in 1:12:06, enjoying the run on unfamiliar territory, and taking advantage of the long road section to pick up a couple of places at the end. Gary Chadderton and Doug Fleming came in together clocking 1:24:03 and 1:24:09 in 59th and 60th. Next in was Colin Wood in 1:33:41, followed by Colin Waterworth in 1:41:28. 279 runners finished. Full results and photos can be found at

Next club fell champs race is Belmont Winter Hill on 9th May.

London Marathon

Six harriers ran London with their times below and links for further info.

I don’t know what each runners expectations were apart from Rob who I think was hoping for around 2.32. Well run to them all for completing the course.

Rob Jackson JACKSON, ROBERT (GBR) 2.49.34
Nick White WHITE, NICK (GBR) 3.12.50
Dominic Gibbon GIBBON, DOMINIC (GBR) 4.08.16
Martin Banks BANKS, MARTIN P (GBR) 4.32.21
Chris Horridge HORRIDGE, CHRIS R (GBR) 4.47.37
James Allen ALLEN, JAMES A (GBR) 4.58.40

Three Peaks Takes Its Toll

Nine hardy Harriers set off on this gruelling 24m/4500ft race but only three made the finish. Once again this arduous race shows that it is not to be underestimated and runners have to be totally free of niggles and fully prepared to endure an effort in excess of a road marathon. The one advantage that a marathon has over the Peaks is that the regular drink stations can help considerably in reducing the effects of dehydration and glycogen depletion, not so in the Peaks with drink stations just in the valley bottoms. The day was warm at low level with a chilly wind on the tops but its easy to miss out on consuming enough on such a fine day, with cramps and depletion setting in as runners approached Ingleborough.

However, Lindsey Squires overcame all the obstacles and on her first 3 Peaks race did great completing the course in 4.23.53 for 277th overall and 19th lady. Good support from Dad, at Hill Inn with food and drink and lots of encouragement saw her finish tired but very happy. Ian Hepburn was our second counter running 4.33.03 for 343rd place, Ian also looked pretty tired at Hill Inn but got his head down and pushed on up Inglebourgh, well done. Our only other finisher was Tony Varley who stuck in there to the end clocking 5.41.45 for 611th place.

Full results and split times @

Chorley Park Series – Race 1. Friday 24th April

Time has flashed by once again as we start another Chorley Park series, this popular little race gives an opportunity for a blast round the park and to compare previous times to check on early season form. James Kevan (16.55) ran a second short of his PB – finishing second to Phil Leybourne of Salford – as our first counter, hopefully heading back to some form after a series of mini injuries. Brendan Bolland (18.05) ran this short course well for fourth place with Simon Parkinson (18.42) pleased with his eighth place. This would have been the first team, if there had been one! Paul Boardman added to his race list for this year with 14th place – (after his 12th place two days earlier at Rochdale in the Colin Robinson 5 mile trail race, with congratulations to his son Sam finishing 26th and first junior in the same race). Carl Balshaw was 39th in 21.40 with Pete Bland (22.02) taking our only age group prize in 44th – being the first 0/60. Barry Allman, after a tough hill session the night before – did well for 48th and 22.41 – 39 seconds Pete!

Result at:

Car Key Found

A car key was found on the shooting hut path very early morning of 22/04/09.

If it’s yours, or you know of anyone who has lost one let me know, could save them a few quid.

Norman 01204 468390

Hawkshead Trail Race 15k. 18th April

Russell Maddams did a super time of 62.17 to place 4th in this popular Lakes trail race. Russ is training hard for the Boddington 50k on May 17th and just has the Keswick Half on May 3rd to race before attempting this ultra distance race.

Tony Hesketh also made the trip to Hawkshead and was rewarded with the 1st 0/60 prize running 77.13.

Clean Sweep at Radcliffe 10k

Radcliffe 10k – Sunday 19th April.

Colin Rigby (33.53) and Suzanne Budgett (39.18) both took top spot when winning this local 10k trail/road race. Colin went in determined mode to win the race and that’s what he did leading from the gun, and apart from being sent the wrong way at one stage, won the race impressively from a fast improving Alastair Murray (34.35) Rob Jackson (35.04) easing down for London was out third counter and with Steve Nolan (35.30) in fifth – as our final team member – there was little doubt who won the team award with a 1-2-3-5 finish.
The ladies also took first team, helped considerably with Suzanne’s win which was pretty emphatic, winning by over a minute from the second lady. Bethan Faulker (44.42) continues to impress in the senior ranks finishing ninth lady and first junior, plus of course our second lady team member. Sarah Norgate (45.01) was our final team member having a cracking run off virtually no training, but raced to back up the ladies.

Sixteen Harriers – from a field of 214 – enjoyed the glorious sunny conditions in this the second counter in the Club Road Championship, the full results can be found in the link with some excellent results from club members right through the field.




Ian Conquers Joss Challenge.

Joss Naylor Challenge -18th April

As a 55 year old with 15 hours to compete the 48 mile, 17000 feet traverse of the Lake District I left Pooley Bridge before first light in the company of Karl Taylor (HRMI) and Gary Murray (Helm Hill Runners) to meet Iain Kirk on Arthur’s Pike – the first of the 30 tops to be crossed before descending to Greendale Bridge, Wasdale. The night sky was so bright we discarded our torches before sunrise and began to enjoy the perfect conditions that lasted all day. Breathtaking views unfolded as we journeyed south over High Street to the Kirkstone Inn and the first road support point where Pauline and Keith Foster (Rucksack Club) we waiting to feed us. Ahead of an already tight schedule for this leg we arrived before the kettle had boiled. Karl and Iain stayed with me and Dave Bateson (Achilli Rati) and Phil Dewhurst (HRMI) joined for the crossing to Dunmail Raise. On Fairfield Iain turned for Patterdale and a bus home while the rest of us made our way to Seat Sandal enjoying the sunshine and the views west.

Monica Shone (JNC Recorder) was waiting at Dunmail to take some photographs and provide plenty of welcome encouragement. The road support team alert to the idea we might still be a up on the 14 hour schedule were ready for us and they had been strengthened by Ed Swift (HRMI) and John Swift (Chorley AC). Karl again stayed with me and we were joined by Rhiannon George (Eden Runners) and Duncan Richards for the third leg. The climb out of Dunmail was soon done and then the sunshine in a sheltered gully below High Raise began to take its toll on all of us and at one point here I was struggling to imagine being able to reach Sty Head with enough energy to tackle the last leg. Recovery happened, as it does, and although time was lost it was never enough to threaten the schedule.

Running into Sty Head knowing I had enough left for the last section provided a real lift. By the ambulance box I found John Coope (HRMI), Nicole Kirkham (HRMI) and Joss waiting to feed and encourage us. Bill Williamson, Keith Foster, John Fleetwood (Ambleside), Rachel Metcalfe (HRMI) were waiting to take me over Great Gable and all the rest to Middlefell for the final descent to Greendale Bridge. Rhiannon was enjoying the day so much she came over Great Gable and Kirk Fell before descending to Wasdale Head. On Pillar Pauline, Ed and John Swift were waiting to accompany us for the rest of the run. John Coope, Nicole and David Powell-Thomson were waiting on Seatallan while Julie Laverock (Salford) joined us on Middlefell after racing at Coledale Horseshoe. Joss met us at Greendale Bridge which I reached 14 hours and 14 minutes after leaving Pooley Bridge to complete a perfect day.

Ian Charters

Presentation Evening

The presentation evening at the Mumbia Restaurant went without a hitch with Pete Bland fulfilling his duties as master of ceremonies admirably, eighteen separate winners collected their awards, but it has be said that Suzanne Budgett and Steve Nolan bagged the majority of the trophies after they both had an excellent years racing, well done to them and to all the club members who collected awards on the night.


presentation 2009

Manx MM – Easter Saturday 11h April 2009

After a seven year absence I thought it was about time to pay another visit to the Isle of Man at Easter to do one of my favourite races, the Manx MM. A 31 mile route over all the summits along the spine of the island, from Ramsay to Port Erin.

I sent off a last minute entry and hoped a “willpower will get me round” approach might make up for the complete lack of training for the gruelling route. As I did my last Manx MM in 2002 unsupported, memories of being handed cheese butties, crème eggs and bottles of Ribena from well-meaning spectators is probably not the best race fodder. Thus Chris Heys kindly agreed to come along this time as support.

With bikes we caught the fast ferry from Liverpool’s Pier Head and then the steam train to Port Erin. We had sea facing rooms in a “land that time forget” hotel called the Grosvenor – the shower was cold only – but it was very clean, pleasant enough and the bath at least was hot! The Port is a fishing village turned Victorian resort which now feels a little faded, but is quiet and its coup d’grace is of course the excellent Bay Hotel pub, which brews its own beer.

Friday was spent on a leisurely cycle ride around the South end of the island (the cafe at Cregneash, a traditional Manx village with thatched smallholdings, is highly recommended). I also recced part of the race route at Fleshwick Bay (in the race I went wrong here anyway – so much for the recce!). Spectated the Athletics Festival 10k which was held in the evening from Port Erin’s harbour.

It was an early start on Saturday morning as we had to catch the special race bus from Port Erin to Ramsay in time to register and start the race at 9am. The conditions on the day were fantastic, not ideal running conditions due to the very wet ground and quite a strong headwind for the entire route, but you can’t argue with blue sky and 360 degree sea views. The Mournes in particular were clearly visible.

At the half way point at St Johns I was lying 4th, but as usual my lazy body finally got going and I picked off 3rd and 2nd. Sudden bursts of cramp in hamstrings and later calfs meant I had to occasionally adjust running style, cursing my forgetfulness at the slow sodium tablets lying pointlessly on the mantelpiece at home on the mainland. At the last road crossing I daftly refused the last helping of power beans and water from Chris’s flawless road support, and this coupled with a bad line to Fleshwick bay and an unintended detour up and around some cliffs meant I really began to suffer for the last 5k over Bradda Hill to the tower and finish. It was another “Fiensdale moment” as I had to lie down in the heather and was passed by the guy I had overtaken half an hour earlier, resulting in a final position of 3rd. Needless to say I was the only Horwich member to compete, will the days of Wilf and Brent going over ever return?

Post race there was nothing to do but eat and drink until the prize giving at 8pm – pasta, crab baps, ice cream, plenty of Bushy’s ale, it all went down the hatch. On Sunday after a breakfast of kippers a 20mile scenic cycle along the cliff tops to Douglas, luncheon in the Sefton Hotel and the afternoon ferry back to Liverpool.

All in all a great weekend, the race being just part of the adventure.

BBs verdict – Recommended.

Horwich RMI 2008 Presentation Winners.

If you are on the list below can you make every effort to attend the presentaion evening to collect your award. 7.00pm Mumbai restaurant. Chorley New Road Horwich.

Overall Club Championship Men. Dave Vickers Cup.
Winner.. James Kevan
Second.. Steve Nolan
Third….. Doug Fleming

Overall Club Championship Ladies. J. Knight Cup…
Winner.. Suzanne Budgett
Second.. Katie Ingram
Third….. Rachel Metcalfe

Overall Club Championship Vets Men. Norman Matthews Trophy
Winner..Steve Nolan
Second.. Doug Fleming
Third….. Gary Chadderton

Road Championship Men. Tony Hesketh Shield .
Winner..Steve Nolan
Second.. Gareth Booth
Third…. Simon Parkinson

Road Championship Ladies. Mick McGovern Cup
Winner. Suzanne Budgett
Second.. Claire Burns
Third….. Christine Boardman

Cross Country Overall Champion Men. Mark Jackson Shield.
Winner.. Steve Nolan
Second.. Gary Priestley
Third….. Alastair Murray

Cross Country Overall Champion Ladies. Horwich Shield
Winner.. K.Ingram
Second.. Suzanne Budgett
Third….. Lisa Heyes

Cross Country Overall Champion Vets Men. Stanley Cup
Winner.. Steve Nolan
Second.. Colin Wood
Third….. Pete Bland

Cross Country Overall Champion Vets ladies. Horwich Cup
Winner.. Suzanne Budgett
Second.. Lisa Heyes
Third….. Caroline Scholes

Fell Championship Men . Dave Hurst Shield.
Winner.. James Kevan
Second.. Doug Fleming
Third….. Ian Hepburn

Fell Championship Ladies …Barry Horrobin Shield.
Winner.. Suzanne Budgett
Second… Rachel Metcalfe

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

X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Men……… W. Mangham Cup…….. .G.Priestley
X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Ladies…… Norman Troup Trophy…… .K.Ingram
X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Vets Men…. Leo Pollard Trophy….. .C.Rigby
X/C Club Champion ( 1 race ) Vets ladies. Rivington Camping Cup. S.Budgett
Highest Placed SEL Finisher Men/Lady …….Jack Prescot Cup……. S.Nolan
Highest Placed in any British Fell Champs Men/lady.. Mike Short Cup. D.Kay
Downhill Race Men/Lady.. Downhill Trophy A.Sunter
Fielden Cup – Fielden Cup… G.Stone
Cock up of the year on the fells Men/Lady…. TBA. on night – Cock Up Trophy.

Calder Vale 10 – Friday 10th April

Still overcast day for this hilly 10 mile road race which 5 Harriers started. Simon Parkinson led them home in 1:02:04 for 13th place. Ian Charters (79th & 4/7 M55) followed in 1:11:53 with Keith Makin (140th & 3/9 M60) in 1:19:35 and Pauline Charters (195th & 8/15 FV45) in 1:29:33. Unfortunately, Gaynor Higson aggravated a calf injury and retired rather than do further damage. Race was won by Mat Nuttal (V40) of Blackburn Harriers in 55:01 and first lady was Lynn Manir-Jolley (FV35) of Wigan Phoenix in 1:04:04 from a field just short of 250.


Pike Race Thank’s

I would like to thank all the people who helped with the organisation and marshalling at the pike race on Saturday. Thanks must also go out to all the outside bodies who co-operated with the club and race officials in making the event a success.

Colin Jones

Rivington Pike Fell Race 2009

Our thirty strength contingent gave us the men’s team and the men’s vets team awards, but the poor turn out of just four ladies could not do the same for them, breaking our winning streak of team victories from 2002.

Gary Priestley led the men home in 6th (19.03) with Alastair Murray (19.06) and Dave Milliken (19.07) close on his heels, fighting it out right to the line for 9th & 10th with Ali just pipping Spike by one second. It was impressive racing where the lads had no time to take in the view on such a glorious sunny day. Their efforts were enough to take the team prize. Rob Jackson (19.41) in 14th clocked up his 25th Pike race, a very impressive stat that I know he will continue to build on over the coming years. We didn’t score too well in vet categories this year with only Jeff Holloway collecting the 0/55 prize, the ladies did a little better with Christine Sweatman taking the first 0/50 and Lola Smal adding to her impressive record on the Pike collecting the 0/75 award and adding another age best for the club records. Our leading lady in the race was up and coming junior Bethan Faulkner, second U/18 on the day running 25.29, with fast improving Christine Boardman our second counter clocking a PB of 26.19. We did however take the men’s vet team prize with Spike, Rob and the ever present racer Steve Nolan being well clear of Chorley.

It was also a day for the golden oldies with Ron Hill continuing his long association with the Pike race running 30.40 a little short of his 19.26 he clocked on his first Pike race in 1958! Dennis Weir – currently free enough from injuries to take on the Pike did great, running 29.23 for second 0/70, and always nice to see Jeff Norman back on the Pike doing a super time for 1st 0/60 of 22.50, 42 years on from his first Pike race run in 17.01, a time that would have won him the race today.

Well done to all who raced on the day, the prize giving went exceptionally well with a mega prize list that was appreciated by the runners.

Results at :



Southport Good Friday 4.

Just a couple of Harriers ran this lapped course in Victoria Park Southport, Pete Bland was getting in his race quota for the weekend before his duties at the Pike race, and Karl Ward was just getting in another race and testing out his speed, after a couple of weeks of track work. Pete faired pretty well with 27.14 and second vet 0/60, with Karl taking over a minute of last year’s time, running 22.52.


Presentation Evening – Friday 17th April

Mumbai restaurant Chorley New Road Horwich

Don’t forget the presentation evening this coming Friday; just ring Pete or Norman to book your place. Tickets are only £10 – subsidized by the club.
We would like as many members as possible to attend and support the club and this years winners.

Pete 01704 822374 mobile 07900 166732 / Norman 01204 468390

Caption Competition

Your chance to win a months free Tues track sessions, just put a suitable caption to the photo and e-mail it back to me at its as easy as that!

Winning caption will be posted on the Blog at the end of the month.

Inter Counties Fell Race

I’m getting a Greater Manchester women’s team together for the inter-counties fell championship at the Hutton Roof fell race in May and I’d really appreciate it if you could let the female members of Horwich know. They need to either have been born in or currently live within Greater Manchester to be eligible.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Anna Lupton
Radcliffe AC

If any ladies are interested please contact Anna direct at

Weekend Snippets.

Askham Fell Race – Cumbria – April 4th 2009 – 1800’ – 8.5 miles

A fresh and changeable fresh spring morning saw a little over sixty
runners tackle the first running of the Askham Fell Race in Cumbria.
With all the big names contesting the British Championships in Ireland,
it was up to a few keen glory hunters fight it out. The route was
largely runnable apart from a good climb up Arthur’s Pike. A group of
four took on the early pace including myself and Brendan Bolland. A
Helm Hill runner made a break for it following the big climb and I
managed to track and overtake him on the last ascent, to bag my first
win; ‘yipeee’ .


(Well done Stuart NM)

Paris Marathon.Latest news from Geraldine Walkington is that she completed the course in 3.23.40. I know Geraldine’s target was 3.15 but 3.23 is a great run and a credit to all the hard work she has put in for the race. the competition was awesome with over 800 other ladies in her age group alone!

Blackpool Half Marathon.
Congratulations on a super run from Christine Boardman who ran a PB of 1.39, Chris finished 11 lady overall from a field of 994, massive improvement.


Slieve Bearnagh 3.8m/2680ft. British Fell Champs, Ireland.As you can see from the profile it was a pretty tough little race, Darren Kay finished in 4th 42.10, just 1.35 from winner Rob Hope, with Brother Danny getting close just 12 seconds behind him. James Kevan achieved what he wanted from the race first U/23 in 49.08. Father Pete must have found the race really tough not having run such terrain before, he finished 179th in 65.22, well done Pete!

Northern 6 & 12 Stage Road Relays. Sun 5th April

This year the relays were held much closer to home than over the last few years with Stockport Harriers hosting the venue at Woodbank Park. The leg distances were much shorter than usual, allowing track based clubs to field stronger teams than usual with the ladies leg just 2.3 miles long. Even so our ladies team finished an excellent 8th place, possibly the highest placed we have been in the road relays.

In the ladies race Katie Ingram set the team off brilliantly by recording the fastest time on the first leg of 13.24, five seconds clear of Donna Riding of Sale, a 2.06 800m runner, handing over to Lisa Heyes, who recorded the second fastest time of the team with 14.21. Lisa had some fast ladies on her leg and brought us in to a fine 6th place, which we held for the next two legs, with Suzanne Budgett clocking a great 15.09, showing that her road times are improving with every race. Angela Allen kept the momentum going with a solid 15.14 and like Suzanne and Lisa ran inside the fastest top ten runners for their legs. Emma Perrin racing for the first time in months after an illness /niggle interlude! Did super well on leg five to record 15.37 coming home in 8th place which we held until the end, with Caroline Scholes losing no more places and running a much better paced run than at Haigh with a good 16.28 time. Katie missed out on the fastest time of the day by three seconds to Ellanor Baker of Stockport. Well done to the ladies great team effort.

Men’s race

The event was held at Woodbank Park Stockport, so with it being fairly local we thought we’d give it a go. The venue was ideal, the weather was superb and the course was HILLY (not what I do best) but thankfully others do well.
The team finished 18th overall, which I think was a great achievement considering a number of our club runners were battling it out in Ireland and one or two unavoidable withdrawals.
Thanks to all who ran, to Guy and Rob who are currently running on heavy legs due to their up and coming marathons (good luck lads). To Andrew and Spike for being good team players (private joke). To Gary – who ran the fastest long leg – and Gareth, both coming back from injury and showing no signs of any niggles. I’m sure they are now looking forward to gaining full fitness. To Bren and Martin who ran the whole course on grass, as they don’t do road and thought it was a bit flat. To Dennis for running our fastest short leg time, doing a late leg and all without a single word of complaint (cheers). To Karl who stepped in at the last moment, and to Steve who raced the Gin pit 5 in the morning then came to Stockport later on, just so that we finished a team.
Thanks to Norman and Pete for their support and to Jane (our girl guide) for putting the tents up and down. I even had to stop her from starting a fire with two sticks.
Finally congratulations to Karen and Alistair on the birth of their 9 lb baby son.

Mid Lancs Presentation.

A token mini group from the club attended the presentation night of the Mid Lancs cross country league at Bamber Bridge on Friday evening, to collect the awards from our first season in the league. Pete Bland and Pete Ramsden collected all the medals and shields on behalf of the seniors men’s team – winners in Division 4 – and the Vets, winners in Division 3. Both of these teams have now moved up a division for the new season. Katie Ingram collected the overall senior lady trophy as overall winner of the league, and Pete Bland collected an individual silver medal for his second place in the 0/60 category. Well done to all those who played their part in us achieving such a good result in our first year in the league.

As one would expect from the Mid Lancs organisers the presentation went like clock work with the venue packed with enthusiastic award winners.

Commonwealth Up Hill Only Race – Sept 18th

For those at the sharp end the info is, that there will not be a separate uphill trial, as it is – too complicated and too many races! It would appear that the selectors will go on form, with athletes wanting to be considered to send details of their performances to Alan Barlow by the date of the up and down trial – form could be shown from a European race, or the European trial earlier in the year plus more recent flat races.

Ideally six per event will be selected – some runners may ask to be considered for both the Up & Down race as well as the Uphill only race, which is possible, but only runners who the selectors feel are of the right standard will be invited to compete.

Liver Hill Race – Tues 31st March

Rather a unique race in so much that the entry was free and everyone got a prize – free cream egg – at the finish, as the world gone mad!
Four Harriers took advantage of the deal, Paul Boardman 26th (39:04:00), Me 34th (40:36:00) Mark Collier 118th (51.39) and Ed Swift 121st (52:26, 3rd V60) also noticed Peter Haworth running for Bangor Uni was he a harrier at some point ? (still is!) 7th in 35:46.
The race was, organised by Rossendale Harriers from Marl Pitts.
It was great conditions and a nice start to the summer evening races after the clocks changed. The moor on the top was pretty muddy and boggy in places and I sunk up to my knee a couple of times but apart from this it was okay. It was my first race of the year due to my training schedule for my BG but thoroughly enjoyed it, probably went out a bit quick but did alright.

Karl Taylor

PS. Well done to Graham Wright who organised the race!

Results at:

Ready, Steady Go! Horwich RMI Harriers & AC for 2009

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC Juniors get set for the 2009 season, which started with a warm up for some of the Juniors at the recent indoor Open meeting at Sportcity, Manchester. 25 young athletes competed on the day, with many personal bests and at least 3 new club records.

Fine debut performances for the Girls came from Jodie McLaughlin, Jessica Clarke, Grace and Emily Shelmerdine. For the Boys, great debuts from Izaak Dickinson, Anthony Hulton, Keegan Edwards, Liam Wright and Thomas Gillett.

3 New club records came from Alex Woods in the under 11 Girls 200m with a fantastic time of 34.20s and Kai Brown in the Under 11 Boys 200m with a time of 33.90s.

Not to be left out was Jonah Saunders with a sizzling time of 10.10s, breaking the Club Record in the 60m sprint, finishing 3rd overall.

Callum Gordon won the Under 9 Boys 60m sprint in a blistering time of 10.30s, whilst Jennie Maher won the Standing Long Jump for the Under 11 Girls with a leap of 1.58m. Well done to Luke Anderton who won the Under 11 Boys standing long jump with 1.76m and Ellie Dacre who was 2nd in the Girls Soft Javelin.

Sophie Williams won the Soft Javelin in the Under 13 girls category, whilst Lauren Ryder & Gabrielle Whittle ran well in the 60m sprint. Amelia Atherton produced her best in the standing triple jump, whilst Natassia Dacre threw well in the Soft Javelin.

Full Article.