Chorley Park Series – 26th June

James Kevan (16.46) again showed his potential by winning this race easily off very little training, starting a little more steadily than usual; he quickly pulled through to win by 35 seconds from Rick Hayman of Sale. Nigel Clementson (19.04) continues to improve, finishing 10th overall and collecting the first 0/45 prize. Paul Boardman (19.35) clocked another race for his diary this time finishing in 15th place. Carl Balshaw (21.28) also continued his busy race program finishing in 27th place. Barry Allman (22.48) came pretty close to his age category prize finishing second 0/50 in a line of four 0/50’s.



Conditions were clear, sunny, and possibly a little hot without the breeze, for the annual running of this low key fell race from just outside Blaenavon, South Wales. The route takes in a circuit of Coity Mountain on the edge of the Black Mountains.

The race was won by Welsh International Matt Collins, in a new course record with the course being run clockwise for the first time this year. Horwich RMI’s Alastair Murray, deciding to have a run out whilst visiting the in-laws, had to work hard for second place after sticking with the leader early doors, and suffering from the fast start later on. Ali’s Father in-law David Smout enjoyed his run out, placing second in his category after several V60s were found to still be in there 50s!

This is a fantastic, well organised race. Numbers written in black marker on the back of your hand, and a great friendly atmosphere. With the race starting and finishing at a popular country fair, and the presentation in a lovely pub with a beer garden, and steam train station, this is a race I would certainly recommend if your in the area next year.

Karl Taylor Cracks Bob Graham – Sat 27th June

Many congratulations to Karl Taylor on his successful Bob Graham round of 22 hours .48mins. Apart from a couple of navigational errors on leg two – which cost him an hour – and the very warm conditions in the afternoon, the round went according to plan. His even paced start and 22 hour schedule had spare capacity for the odd error so he was well pleased to come in well inside the time limit.

Karl would like to pass on a big thank to all those who helped him and made it such an enjoyable day to remember.

Aggies Staircase – 3.8m/1150ft. Thurs 25th June.

An excellent turnout of sixteen Harriers for this local fell race, with Karl Ward (31.28) again leading the field for us in 11th place. Graham Schofield (31.36) in 13th place continues to enjoy his new found freedom as a retiree racing on home ground, and I am sure disappointed to miss out on first 0/50 by just 6 seconds! Great to see Alex McVey back on the race scene for us, finishing 21st in 32.28. Denis Mason was our next counter in 26th, not sure if he would be happy with his time of 33.15, considering he ran 30.47 last year. Albert Sunter 37th next in, for time of 34.39, and first of the Sunter’s (it must be costing you a fortune in entry fee’s!) Suzanne Budgett (35.45) was our first lady home, and like Graham must have had a tough race losing out on first lady, and first vet by an even smaller margin of just 3 seconds. Nicole Kirkham (37.37) collected the first 0/50 prize in 69th place, but did admit that her race time seemed a little faster than on her watch! Barry Chapman clocked 37.49 for 74th place, just in front of Colin Waterworth (38.19) by four places. Tony Varley (40.20) in 97th slot also had a close race with fellow 0/60 John Taylor from Bowland, who finished just 4 seconds in front of him. Nice to see Paul Murray out and about racing the fells again, finishing in 109th place in 41.36. Ian Smith (42.50) had plenty of opposition for the 0/50’s in this race, with seemingly half the runners 0/50! Gordon Stone 139th and Mark Sammon 140th had their little race, with Gordon coming out on top on this occasion. This just left Abigail (157th) and Michele Sunter (158th) who seem to be taking to the fells like ‘Ducks to Water’, long may it continue.


Clougha Pike Fell Race

Last Saturday four Juniors represented Horwich in the Clougha Pike Fell Race and with some excellent performances where rewarded with both individual and Team success. Nathan Townsend had his best run on the fells to take a well deserved victory and was well backed up by Cameron Critchley in third. Will Townsend ran very well for sixth place and Jonathan Powis was a very clear seventh and enabled Horwich to take the team award. All are looking forward to this Sunday when the English Junior Uphill Championships take place in Patterdale.


1 N Townsend 11.48
3 C Critchley 12.11
6 W Townsend 13.26
7 J Powis 13.44

Cheers Tony Hesketh

Tintwistle Gala Race – Wednesday 24th June.

Karl Ward had possibly one of his highest placed race positions when finishing 5th overall in 30.43 in this Round the Resers race, with 141 in the field that was a good result for Karl. Suzanne Budgett continued her racing spree by taking in this local-ish race claiming the first 0/45 prize and second overall in 32.44, her overall position of 18th shows how well Suzanne is running at the moment.


Tebay Fell Race 8m/3000ft. Sat 20th June

British & English Championship Counter.

Gary Priestley made a rare appearance in a championship race and acquitted himself with flying colours finishing 24th and our first counter; his 1.16.3 48 time was a credit to him. James Logue (1.17.57) continued his excellent form of late just a minute behind Gary in 32nd place, with Dave Milliken close on his heels in 33rd (1.18.14).
James Kevan in 57th (1.22.50) did not have one of his better races, but had just returned back from Poland and had done little training whilst away!
Brian Walton (1.29.31) got a last minute entry and made good use of it finishing second 0/55 and a team counter. Suzanne Budget (1.32.39) continued her pursuit of the championship title with a solid second 0/45 finishing 140th overall and 11th lady. Mike Crook was next in, clocking 1.36.38 for his 172nd place. The strength on the 0/60 group is tremendous judging by Mick’s 6th place in it!
Lindsey Squires (1.37.33) showed Dad – Brent Brindle (1.38.35) – the way home – this time – pulling away to take a minute out of him. Steve Jackson (1.44.59) in 208th place was very pleased to get round the course and help out the vet team position. I have no doubt that Rachel Metcalfe (1.52.03) was even smiling after this race, supporting the ladies and making up the team. Pete Walkington (1.52.51) was not in ace shape – injury wise – but finished well in 255th. Ray Stafford (2.03 09) was well placed in his age group finishing 3rd 0/70. This just left the Geraldine Walkington who hobbled in after tweaking her back, which left her in walk mode, not a happy chappy!

Good turn out folks for a championship race, well done.


Report – Horwich RMI Harriers North of England Championships and Young Athletes League – Wigan – 21st June

Horwich RMI Harriers had a successful day at the North of England Championships picking up two silver medals.

April Stevenson continued her return to good form following injury. Having comfortably won her 800m heat she ran confidently in the final to record a seasons best of 2.11.41. Meanwhile Jamie Crompton stepped up an age group to take silver in the 1500m. Despite being only 16 Jamie took on the best 17 – 19 year olds in the North over 1500m winning silver in 3.57.96

Many of Horwich’s teenage Athletes competed in the Young Athletes League at Wigan on Sunday. It was a tough fixture with the top three clubs in the league competing however there were a number of great performances from the local team.

Leading the way were the U 13s who set three club records. Laura Taylor smashed the clubs High Jump record and achieved a grade 1 performance whilst Gabrielle Whittle was just outside a grade 1 with her hurdles time. For the boys Nathan Townsend broke one of the clubs longest standing records in the 1500m.

In the U 15 age group Ellen Warburton set a new club record in the Long Jump whilst Jacob Thornton achieved a double first over 400m and 1500m.

Dylan Smith and Benita Cornforth were the clubs most successful U 17s with Dylan gaining maximum points in the Long and Triple jump whilst Benita did the same in the Hammer and shot.


North of England Championships

April Stevenson 800m 2.11.41 2nd
Jamie Crompton 1500m 3.57.96 2nd
Matthew Storey 100m 11.90

Young Athletes League – Wigan

U17 Men A String: 100m 3rd Dylan Smith 11.6; 200m 4th Sam Higgins 25.0; 400m 4th Ola Abidojun 54.8; 800m 4th Zac Howe 2.14.7; 400m H 3rd Lewis Peacock 68.3; Hammer 2nd Callum Smyth 13.57; Shot 3rd Sam Higgins 8.69; Javelin 4th Callum Smyth 19.21; Long Jump 1st Dylan Smith 5.90; Triple Jump 1st Dylan Smith 10.72; 4 x 100m 1st Ola Abidojun, Sam Higgins, Callum Smyth, Dylan Smith 48.1

U17 Men B String: 100m 4th Ola Abidojun 12.0; 200m 3rd Callum Smyth 25.7; Hammer 2nd Zac Howe 12.18; Javelin 2nd Ola Abidojun 18.84; Long Jump 2nd Lewis Peacock 4.89; Triple Jump 1st Lewis Peacock 10.48

U15 Boys A String: 100m 4th Shaun Palmer 13.7; 200m 3rd Matthew Gibson 28.2; 400m 1st Sam Mercer 62.0; 800m 2nd Sam Mercer 2.25.1; 1500m 1st Jacob Thornton 4.53.6; 80m H 1st Shaun Palmer 14.6; Hammer 2nd Adam Taylor 7.64; Discus 4th Jacob Thornton 11.55; Shot 3rd Jack Shaw 6.43; Javelin 4th Sam Mercer 20.16; Long Jump 2nd Shaun Palmer 4.51; High Jump 4th Matthew Gibson 1.35; 4 x 100m 3rd Ryan Ashcroft, Shaun Palmer, Matthew Gibson, Jack Shaw 54.6; 4 x 400m 3rd Adam Taylor, Jacob Thornton, Jack Shaw, Sam Mercer 4.47.7.

U15 Boys B String: 100m 1st Jack Shaw 13.1; 200m 2nd Ryan Ashcroft 29.6; 400m 1st Jacob Thornton 66.1; 800m 4th Adam Taylor 2.45.7; 80m H 3rd Matthew Gibson 17.6; Discus 4th Adam Taylor 11.55; Shot 3rd Ryan Ashcroft 4.82; Long Jump 3rd Ryan Ashcroft 4.06;

U13 Boys A String: 100m 1st Noah Saunders 14.0; 200m Noah Saunders 29.0; 800m 1st Joseph Howe 2.33.0; 1500m 2nd Nathan Townsend 5.03.5 (CR); 75m H 2nd Izaak Dickinson 15.2; Shot 2nd Nathan Barlow 6.55; Long Jump 4th Anthony Hulton 3.55; High Jump 3rd Joseph Howe 1.25; 4 x 100m Noah Saunders, Nathan Barlow, Anthony Hulton, Izaak Dickinson 2nd 58.0

U13 Boys B String: 100m 1st Nathan Barlow 13.7; 200m 3rd Anthony Hulton 32.0; 800m 1st Will Townsend 2.51.7; 1500m 3rd Jonathon Powis 5.57.2; 75m H Thomas Gillett 16.1; Shot 4th Thomas Gillett 4.13; Long Jump 3rd Nathan Townsend 3.29; High Jump 2nd Nathan Barlow 1.15.

U17 Women A String: 100m 3rd Dione King 13.2; 200m 4th Rebecca Buchanan 28.7; 300m 4th Laura Tunstall 47.7; 800m 1st Amy Philpotts 2.28.7; 1500m 2nd Rebekah Atkinson 5.18.0; 3000m 1st Rebekah Atkinson 14.56.0; 80m H 4th Rachel Pearson 15.9; 300m H 2nd Rachel Pearson 55.3; Hammer 1st Benita Cornforth 16.49; Discus 3rd Benita Cornforth 14.36; Shot 1st Benita Cornforth 6.79; Javelin 3rd Laura Tunstall 17.51; Long Jump 4th Rebecca Buchanan 4.04; Triple Jump 4th Rebecca Buchanan 8.59; High Jump 3rd Dione King 1.30; 4 x 100m 3rd Katie Hamblett, Tiffany Dacre, Laura Tunstall, Dione King 55.3; 4 x 300m 1st Laura Tunstall, Rebecca Buchanan, Rachel Pearson, Katie Hamblett 3.19.7

U17 Women B String: 100m 3rd Tiffany Dacre 13.9; 3rd Katie Hamblett 29.6; 300m 1st Katie Hamblett 49.4; 800m 2nd Rachel Pearson 3.14.9; 1500m 2nd Naomi Sivill 6.02.6; 3000m 1st Naomi Sivill 14.56.2; Hammer 1st Vicky Bates 6.09; Discus 2nd Vicky Bates 10.15; Shot 2nd Vicky Bates 4.77; Long Jump 2nd Tiffany Dacre 3.50; Triple Jump 1st Tiffany Dacre 8.04;

U15 Girls A String: 100m 3rd Hannah Storey 13.2; 200m 3rd Hannah Storey 27.4; 800m 1st Kelly Sivill 2.35.6; 1500m 3rd Emma Hargreaves 6.30.0; 75m H 2nd Hannah Storey 13.3; Long Jump 1st Ellen Warburton 4.64 (CR); High Jump 3rd Kelly Sivill 1.30; Discus 4th Georgina Cornforth 12.43; Javelin 3rd Georgina Cornforth 15.61; Shot 4th Georgina Cornforth 6.07; 4 x 100m 2nd Anna Charnley, Ellen Warburton, Beth Miller, Hannah Storey 53.7

U15 Girls B String: 100m 2nd Beth Miller 13.5; 200m 1st Beth Miller 27.7; 800m 3rd Heather Harrison 2.56.2; 1500m 3rd Hannah Cafferkey 6.35.4; 75m H 2nd Ellen Warburton 14.1; Long Jump 2nd Anna Charnley 3.68; High Jump 3rd Beth Miller 1.30; Discus 4th Anna Charnley 10.75; Javelin 4th Anna Charnley 7.37; 4th Kelly Sivill 5.05

U13 Girls A String: 75m 4th Laura Taylor 11.1; 150m 2nd Gabrielle Whittle 21.4; 800m 2nd Pheobe Howe 2.46.9; 1200m 3rd Lucy Philpotts 4.48.5; 70m H 2nd Gabrielle Whittle 12.4 (CR); High Jump 1st Laura Taylor 1.38 (CR); Long Jump 4th Martha Gill 3.58; Shot 4th Natassia Dacre 6.59; 4 x 100m 3rd Sophie Myers, Gabrielle Whittle, Laura Taylor, Katy Bridge 61.0

U13 Girls B String: 75m 3rd Katy Bridge 12.1; 150m 2nd Sophie Williams 23.9; 800m Sophie Myers 2.53.2; 1200m 3rd Kai Fox 4.49.1; 70m H 1st Laura Taylor 13.1; High Jump 1st Martha Gill 1.25; Long Jump 2nd Gabrielle Whittle 3.23; Shot 4th Sophie Williams 5.71

Lakeside Gummers How, 20/06/09

Yesterday I went to return the Lakeside Gummers How trophy. I’d be sorry to see it go. This had been my last race before an enforced 12 month lay-off with pains down my back and left leg which had meant that walking could be difficult. Regular running was out of the question.

Three MRI scans revealed not a great deal, and much of my treatment was to no avail. Stretching techniques recommend for sciatic pains made no difference. The symptoms persisted, and just 3 weeks ago I still struggled to amble for 3 miles around Edale. The 21 mile Edale Skyline fell race two years ago seemed a lifetime ago.

There are many factors I’m sure, but for some reason about a week ago I was conscious of feeling a slight improvement when my only reaction to an attempted run was sore calves, the injury being a lot less painful than usual. I had planned to come and watch the Two Lads fell race last Thursday, but decided instead to have a go, and jog at the back of the field. Although I had lost considerable fitness I felt comfortable within my revised limits and managed to enjoy the ups, and more-so the downs to finished a surprising 18th. My legs were sore but in a good way, with no complaining from my back/leg. Something somewhere seemed to have shifted and loosened off at long last.

Two days later was Gummers How. We’d won the team event last year and I would go up to return the trophy. This event consists of a 3 mile / 900′ run up and down Gummers How with the small matter of a 400 metre row across Windermere before and after the run! Individuals compete first, followed an hour later by a team event over the same course, with 3 to a team sharing the same boat and running together. I had asked Brendan who was in our team this time, knowing he would be keen for Horwich to retain the title again. “We’ll see who turns up” he said, “but bring your kit just in case!”

And so I arrived at the event, but with only Brendan, Darren and myself in attendance, the team was chosen! “But I’m not fit” I protested, lacing up my fell shoes, “I’ve done nothing for a year”. “If you can wave your arms around at Two Lads, you can do this!” was his unsympathetic response. Hmmm, perhaps this was sweet revenge for being roped into all those fell relays regardless of illness and injury! My turn to suffer!

To my surprise I held it together. With a good first row we took the lead over the other 15 teams, which we retained to the finish, which for me could not come soon enough. Hot on our heels was a strong team from Helm Hill. For Darren this effort was on the back of the individual race in which he’d come second to none other than Ian Holmes, a regular winner at this event.

Thanks to Pete and Jane Bland who travelled up for support, they certainly seemed to enjoy it. We all got together for a hearty pub meal afterwards. I had pheasant for the first time which was very nice indeed, and fortunately managed to avoid breaking my teeth on some lead shot.

I was delighted to bring the trophy back home again and I look forward to continuing with a rather more sensible rehabilitation programme after the madness of the last couple of days.

Chris Heys

Horwich Town Centre 5k Race – Carnival Series.

A quality field up front set the scene for a fast 5k and a fitting end to the carnival races. As anticipated the first four runners ran sub 15 minutes which pulled the field to some fast times. Katie Ingram ran a super PB taking 32 seconds of her previous best which gave her second place and a move up the national rankings to fourth fastest in the country this year. Gareth Booth running 10th narrowly missed out on a PB by 9 seconds, and felt that with closer competition could have been up for it. Alastair Murray actually made it, with a new PB of 16.07 for 12th place, taking ten seconds off his old mark. Steve Nolan completed his final race of the series in 22nd place and just missed out on first vet by three seconds, but had the consolation of taking first vet in the series and second place overall, well done Steve. Glyn Kay came next in 25th place which moved him into 4th overall in the series. Paul Boardman finished the race in 45th place, which meant a fine series total of third overall in the vets and 8th overall. Ian Hamer finished the series strongly clocking 18.33 for 50th place on the day and 10th overall in the series, this also put Ian 5th vet overall in the series. Kevin Newhall was not far behind Ian in 53rd place running 18.42, which moved him up to 14th overall in the series. Tony Hesketh just missed out on first 0/60 on the day but had done enough to take the 0/60 series title. Albert Sunter ran 19.57 for the race in 78th place and finished inside the top ten vets for the series. Tony Varley was third vet 0/60 on the day and the same position in the series. Ian Smith finished a hard weeks racing very tired but also very pleased to have taken 1st vet 0/55 on the day and likewise in the series.

In the ladies race Katie was backed up with Christine Boardman in 19th spot with a time of 21.16 with young Bethan Faulkner not too far behind in 98th running 21.51, this trio gave the ladies second team on the day. To complete our lady contingent was Abigail and Michele Sunter who have done great his week completing the series, which was a credit to them. Michele much have been pleased to pick up the 0/45 series award for all her hard work.

Our only other ladies competing today were Suzanne Budget and Lola Smal – who ran in the British Masters 5k Championship, with I may added some success, Suzanne who ran the at Tebay the day before!! Ran brilliantly to a new PB – which at this stage in her career is quite something. Lola Smal not to be outdone, not only took the championship title of first 0/75 but also set a course record. Super effort ladies.

Finally in the open 5k race we also won the men’s team ward and the vet’s team prize, which rounded of the race nicely – and the tour.

Well done to everyone who represented the club this week in the tour and in the 5k races today.

Results. 5k Open Race.
Results. BMAF 5k Race.
Series Results:


Horwich 5k Race

Tour X/C Race – Friday 19th June. Overall Positions.

The number of runners was down to 65 in this the fourth race of the series, but competition was just as fierce as leaders in the all the age groups gave it their all to improve their positions in the series. Steve Nolan still leads the vets – and is second overall. Paul Boardman lies in third place in the vets, with Ian Hamer still going strong and staying clear of injury in fifth. Tony Hesketh has now taken a commanding lead in the 0/60 age group, with Ian Smith having no opposition in the 0/55 group. Albert Sunter stays inside the top ten vets, lying 9th in the toughest age group the 0/45’s, with Tony Varley in third place in the 0/60’s. This just leaves our other two non vets Glyn Kay, well placed in 5th overall, and Kevin Newhall sticking in there in 15th.

In the ladies race we still have mother and daughter Michele and Abigail Sunter going strong, with Michele now taking the lead as the first 0/45.

Keep it going folks just one more to go.

Loads of photo’s from Carl Balshaw at:

Two Lads – THANK YOU

A big thanks to all who helped in the smooth running of the“Two Lads Fell Race” To the marshals who endured the threatening rain and the midges, Bolton Mountain Rescue for emergency backup, The Bridge for the use of there facilities, Walsh Sports for their continued support and for anyone else that I have failed to mention. THANK YOU!!

A substantial donation from the proceeds of the race will be made to the Springhill Hospice, Rochdale. In memory of Stephen Barlow.

Two Lads Fell Race. – Thursday 18th June.

Twenty seven Harriers’ turned out for the race with our lead runners managing to hold off a strong Liverpool Harriers team by just six points. Alastair Murray (33.45) looked much more focused and relaxed from last night finishing as our first counter in 6th overall and winning the inaugural Steve Barlow Trophy as the first Horwich finisher. Steve Nolan ((34.38) was our second counter, back in his winning vet ways collecting the 0/45 award and first vet of the night, just a few seconds in front of Paul Dugdale, back on his old stomping ground. Our third man Glyn Kay also looked sharper than last night finishing a fine 11th place in 35.31. Denis Mason made up the team and finished well in 13th place for 35.41. Rob Howarth collected the first 0/50
in 15th place, and Tony Hesketh collected the first 0/60.

Really pleased to see Chris Heys racing again and you can tell by his photo that he was too!

Only Michele and Abigali Sunter ran for the ladies, which was a pity that they didn’t have a third lady to make up the team. The weather stayed kind for the field of 165.

Well done to Gordon Stone who collected a Bronze medal in the NW CSSC Championships which were incorporated into the race, he also collected a gold medal for the winning team.


In the Festival Race series after three races, Steve Nolan is winning the vets and lying second overall, keep it going Steve!

Results for this at:


2 Lads

Kinder Trog – 16m/3490ft Sun 14th June

Blue skies greeted me for the Kinder Trog last Sunday, so a good dollop of suncream was applied on arrival. At registration I noticed that two water stations had been placed on the course and that full waterproof body cover was required! which raised a few eyebrows. Once underway there was good support from the marshalls and mountain rescue teams. The water stations proved very popular as did the unofficial orange segment supplier in the latter stages. Despite turning my ankle on the smallest of stones, after traversing the Downfalls’ huge boulders without the slightest stumble, the finish field made for a much welcome sight. Therein lay a crowd of picnicers and runners having availed themselves of the refreshments on offer from the nearby scout hut. Managed to find another Harrier, after cooling off in a shaded stream (mainly the ankle), in Colin Waterworth. Who I spotted making use of some shaded grass after his exploits. And with that I headed for home, nursing an ever swelling ankle.

Gary Chadderton.

Jubilee Race No2. – Wed 17th June.

An impressive run by Gary Priestley saw him duck under 26 minutes for the first time clipping 31 seconds from his course PB, which earned him second place behind Mike Aspinall of Lancaster & Morecombe – not many Harriers have run that fast on this course, so well done Gary. Gareth Booth ran 20 seconds faster than last month but had to settle for 5th place on this occasion. Colin Rigby enjoyed his racing and pushed Gareth into a sprint finish to finish just 5 seconds behind him for 6th place. Alastair Murray although running a course PB felt a little below par for his 10th place, even so he made up the winning team by a large margin from Liverpool Harriers.

Colin Rigby collected the first 0/40 prize , and although we had twenty two Harriers running the other vets prizes eluded us on the night. The ladies again fielded a full team finishing third with Christine Boardman to the fore in 15th and Michele Sunter and daughter Abigail making up the team, keep it going ladies, it can be a long week if you are doing the tour.



Jubilee June

Wasdale Fell Race. 11th July – Help Wanted.

A general query in so much that we have a small contingent of club runners who will be doing Wasdale and would be grateful for someone to help with drinks en route.

If you intend to be there on the day or would like a lift up there for a great day out on the fells, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Contact me in the first instance. NM 01204 468390

Hebden Bridge Fell Race -14th June

With nearly 20 races over the course of a year (ranging from the bog trotting of Noonstone to the thrash up the cobbles to Stoodley Pike)the Calder Valley provides plenty of entertainment to keep fell runners out of trouble.

The latest race was Todmorden Harriers’ Hebden Bridge race which starts from the town’s park and visits the proud landmark that is Stoodley Pike (is this the most visited spot in the FRA calendar?) before turning for home again. With 1150ft of climb in 6 miles this is more of a rough trail race than an out and out fell race but has a very enjoyable and fast route.

Only 2 Harriers participated though they made up in performance for their lack of numbers. 1st home for the second year in a row was James Logue although he failed to beat his own record for the race and in 3rd place came Stuart Edmondson ahead of large bunch of local Calder Valley runners, unfortunately 2 isn’t enough for a team result.


Lever Park Run – Tuesday 16th June.

A super start to the festival races for the club, with Darren Kay the outright winner, and with excellent back up from Steve Nolan, Glyn Kay and Paul Boardman we also collected the men’s team award. We further took the vets team prize with Ian Hamer and Albert Sunter well placed to support Steve and Paul. Individually, Steve took the first 0/45, Ian Smith the 0/55, and Tony Hesketh the 0/60 prize.

Also well done to our lady trio of Michele Sunter, daughter Abigail, and Marie Holden for making up a team and finishing second.



Lever Park

Young Athletes of the Month May 2009

Congratulations guys and gals.

Sophie Williams Yr5&6 Girl

Ella Price Yr3&4 Girl

Izaak Dickinson Yr5&6 Boy

Jack Stobart Yr 3&4 Boy

Some great training from all of you and great teamwork in all the competitions you’ve entered. Well done. Keep it up.

Kind regards

Mark Dacre
Junior Coach
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Rochdale Three Day Event.

The Annual Rochdale 3 Day Event took place at Norden from Friday-Sunday (12-14th June). The gruelling event took place in warm and sunny conditions with two Horwich Harriers competing very successfully. Day one involved a tough 10km road race, Rob Jackson finished 2nd (1st vet 40) with Peter Howarth 3rd. Day two involved an equally demanding 10km multi-terrain race, with Howarth in 1st and Jackson 4th (1st vet). Finally, on day three it was the challenging Knowl Hill Fell race (6 miles & 1300feet). This race saw Howarth finish 2nd and Jackson 4th (1st vet) and with Graham Schofield doing just this final race of the event in 7th place, this gave Horwich the first team prize. The overall 3 Day Event final placings saw Howarth in 1st place and Jackson in 3rd (1st vet), this being Jacksons 10th consecutive 3 Day Event.


Greater Manchester Schools 2009

Horwich RMI athletes had a field day at the Greater Manchester Schools Championships picking up eight medals and a host of personal bests.

Leading the way was Jamie Crompton, the UK’s current no 1 U 17 middle distance runner. This time he chose to run the steeplechase and ran away from the field to smash the championship record and further cement his position at the top of the UK rankings.

April Stevenson had a good day too winning two titles and breaking her personal best and club record over 400m in the process, whilst Dylan Smith continues to show his potential in winning the Long Jump.

Full results

British Selection Again For Katie Ingram

European Mountain Running Championship Trial Snowdon 14th June

This year the European Championships are to be held in Telfes, Austria on 12th July, and the trial ‘Uphill Only’ was run up the main tourist path from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon. Katie, still suffering from a head cold, started the race relatively steady and was in 5th place as they cleared the tarmac section of the climb, but steadily lifted her pace to finish a brilliant second at the finish. The day was warm and sunny with literally hundreds of walkers to navigate past as they too climbed to the summit in aid of charity. But Katie’s experience on this course paid dividends as she timed her run to perfection to gain automatic selection. Third place was Rebecca Robinson of Kendal and fourth Clare McKittrick of Charnwood.

May Caption Ompetition

Thank you to everyone who submitted captions, the list below again gives credit to the diversity of interpretation of a caption photo. But for shear inventiveness on the theme, the winner this month is a junior, Martha Gill, who has to be given credit not only for her caption but also for her computer skills, well done Martha.

PS. Thanks also to Barry who has promised to take all caption comments in the spirit in which they were intended.


Guy Bending –Phew that guy must have had a curry last night.

Barry saying – – That will teach him to call my orange socks.

So No. 332 says to No. 105
“Call yourself a fell runner! You’ll have to toughen up. That Bazza’s like that with everybody”

Don’t try and pass him mate. He will kick you in the B…..k’s as well.

Runner 332 looking back says to the runner with hands on knees
” come on son, don’t take it so bad he once beat me as well”

That’s it! I’m retiring now. I’ve had enough. I’ve just been passed by that Bazza fella

Barry says to himself: And if anyone else thinks they’re coming in first
I’ll have them too!!

“Barry found that his “If you can’t beat them, punch them in the guts” strategy was working quite well

Barrie saying I am going to have to stop eating the vindaloos the night before I race.

“Come on lads, you’ll be surprised where this comes out”

“Barry, not everyone can hack one of Norman’s sessions”

Little Girl:- “Don’t give up dad, mum’s watching”

“All these people behind me and no Pete Bland in sight, Norman will be impressed”

“I’m winning”

“Stop worrying about dropping 5p for goodness sake”

Now, if I can just catch Pete Bland and do the same to him

Don’t worry mate I’ll get the number of the guy with the red vest – I saw what he did and he won’t get away with it!

Barry’s cunning plan to lay pound coins along the course was working a treat.

Lever Park Trail Race

Marshals urgently required for Lever Park Trail Race on Tuesday 16th June.
Unless we have sufficient marshals in attendance the race could be in jeopardy!

The race starts at 7.30pm. If you think you can help, please contact Sue Hayes on 01204 409834.



Longridge Lions 7 Mile Road Race

Gaynor Higson, Keith Makin and Ed Swift went across to the village of Longridge Nr Preston on a bright but extremely windy day to run in this race which also runs as the Christmas Pudding race in December. Organised by Lions International these two races raise funds for local charities such as Mountain Rescue Service and the Air Ambulance Service.
Starting at the Civic Hall the race immediately climbs out of Longridge for about 3 miles then undulates around Longridge Fells with spectacular views across the Ribble Valley looping back round past the local golf course and Dilworth Reservoir. The final run in is downhill back into Longridge with an unexpected finishing funnel back at the Civic Hall.Gaynor had the best result, 2nd Lady overall and 1st Lady Vet 40. Keith was just glad to get under 60 mins in the wind and Ed running very well after his recent exertions on his Joss Naylor Challenge.

38. Gaynor Higson (2nd Lady, 1st LV40) 00:52:27
59. Keith Makin (3rd V60) 00:55:18
91. Ed Swift (7th V60) 01:01:42


Report – Horwich RMI Harriers, Young Athletes League

East Cheshire – 31st May and Bedford International

Horwich RMI Harriers continued their good form with a strong second to hosts East Cheshire Harriers in their latest fixture with Bolton United Harriers finishing 3rd and Holmforth 4th.

Most successful athlete of the day was Hannah Storey who won all three of her events, the U 15 girls 100m , 200m and 75m Hurdles with a club record performance over 200m.

Another triple winner was U 17 woman Benita Cornforth who won the Shot, Discus and Hammer, whilst in the same age group Laura Bannister won the 300m Hurdles and Triple Jump. In the B string Rebecca Buchanan and Tiffany Dacre both won two events each whilst Amy Philpotts won the Discus.

In the U 13 girls there were double wins for Laura Taylor (Long Jump and Hurdles), Gabrielle Whittle (High Jump and B Hurdles) and Martha Gill (B string High and Long Jump) with a double victory in the shot through Natassia Dacre and Sophie Williams.

In the U 17 men Dylan Smith had a double win in the 100m and Triple Jump whilst Lewis Peacock also had two wins in the B string Long and Triple jumps. Jamie Crompton had easy victories in the 3000m and 1500m steeplechase as did Matthew Ault in the U 15 800m.

At U 13 level there was a double win in the 1500m through Nathan Townsend and Joseph Howe whilst the 4 x 100m team of Anthony Hulton, James Lovell, Isaak Dickinson and Noah Saunders set a new club record.

Bedford Games

Meanwhile sprinter Ola Abidogun had been invited to compete at the Bedford Games international meeting.

Competing in the disabled 100m Ola stormed through to win by a huge margin in 11.51 seconds and earn qualification for an international match in Germany later this summer.


U17 Men A String: 100m 1st Dylan Smith 12.3; 200m 4th Callum Smyth 25.7; 800m 1st Zac Howe 2.16.2; 1500m 3rd Zac Howe 4.43.7; 3000m 1st Jamie Crompton 8.51.0; 400m H 2nd Lewis Peacock 71.7; 1500m S/C 1st Jamie Crompton 4.59.0; Long Jump 2nd Dylan Smith 5.53; Triple Jump 1st Dylan Smith 10.88; Shot 3rd Danny Fairclough 5.02; Discus 3rd Jamie Crompton 21.08; Javelin 3rd Callum Smyth 22.47; Hammer 1st Zac Howe 10.50; 4x100m 3rd Dylan Smith/Callum Smyth/Lewis Peacock/Jamie Crompton 48.6
U17 Men B String: 100m 1st Callum Smyth 12.9; 3000m 2nd Danny Fairclough 11.17.6; Long Jump 1st Lewis Peacock 4.98; Triple Jump 1st Lewis Peacock 9.85; Discus 3rd Danny Fairclough 9.24

U15 Boys A String: 100m 3rd Shaun Palmer 14.8; 200m 3rd Matthew Gibson 28.0 400m 2nd Sam German 70.8; 800m 1st Matthew Ault 2.14.7;1500m 3rd Sam German 5.39.1; 80m H 3rd Shaun Palmer 16.6; High Jump 3rd Matthew Ault 1.50; Long Jump 2nd Shaun Palmer 4.32; Shot 2nd Matthew Ault 9.14; Hammer 3rd Sam German 7.91; 3rd Discus Adam Taylor 10.51; Javelin 3rd Matthew Gibson 18.19; 4 x 100m 2nd Ryan Ashcroft, Shaun Palmer, Sam German, Matthew Gibson 57.3

U15 Boys B String: 100m 2nd Ryan Ashcroft 14.5; 400m 3rd Adam Taylor 76.7; Long Jump 2nd Ryan Ashcroft 4.06; High Jump 2nd Matthew Gibson 1.40; Shot 3rd Ryan Ashcroft 5.49; Hammer Adam Taylor 5.93

U13 Boys A String: 100m 3rd Noah Saunders15.1; 200m 3rd Noah Saunders 30.1; 800m 3rd Anthony Hulton 2.55.4; 1500m 1st Nathan Townsend 5.15.3; 75m H 2nd Izaak Dickinson 15.6; Long Jump 2nd James Lovell 3.85; High Jump 2nd Joseph Howe 1.20; Shot 3rd James Lovell 5.37; 4 x 100m 2nd Anthony Hulton, James Lovell, Isaak Dickinson, Noah Saunders 57.4 (CR)

U13 Boys B String: 100m 4th Isaak Dickinson15.8; 200m 4th James Lovell 31.6; 800m 3rd Jonathan Powis 2.56.0;1500m 1st Joseph Howe 5.16.5 75m Hurdles 3rd Anthony Hulton 18.2; Long Jump 4th Nathan Townsend 3.09; Shot 2nd Isaak Dickinson 4.93;

U17 Women A String: 100m 3rd Rachel Pearson 14.7; 200m 2nd Rachel Pearson 29.4; 300m 2nd Amy Philpotts 46.1; 800m 2nd Amy Philpotts 2.32.4; 1500m 2nd Rebekah Atkinson 5.45.2; 3000m 2nd Rebekah Atkinson 12.28.7; High Jump 2nd Laura Bannister 1.36; Long Jump 2nd Rebecca Buchanan 4.19; Triple Jump 1st Laura Bannister 9.00; Shot 1st Benita Cornforth 7.09; Discus 1st Benita Cornforth 17.94; Javelin 1st Laura Tunstall 20.19; Hammer 1st Benita Carnforth 17.68; 4 x 100m 1st Benita Cornforth, Rachel Pearson, Rebecca Buchanan, Tiffany Dacre 55.2; 4 x 300m 2nd Rebekah Atkinson, Laura Bannister, Laura Tunstall, Amy Philpotts 3.20.9

U17 Women B String: 100m 2nd Tiff Dacre 14.9; 200m 1st Rebecca Buchanan 29.3; 300m 2nd Naomi Sivill 55.0; 800m 2nd Laura Tunstall 2.52.8; 1500m 2nd Laura Tunstall 6.07.4; Long Jump 1st Tiffany Dacre 3.72; Triple Jump 1st Rebecca Buchanan 8.37; Shot 2nd Naomi Sivill 5.66; Discus 1st Amy Philpotts 15.59; Javelin 1st Tiff Dacre 9.40

U15 Girls A String: 100m 1st Hannah Storey 13.6; 200m 1st Hannah Storey 27.7 (CR); 800m 3rd Kelly Sivill 2.35.4; 1500m 4th Emma Hargreaves 5.53.5; 75m H 1st Hannah Storey 13.8; Long Jump 3rd Anna Charnley 4.11; High Jump 2nd Beth Miller 1.33; Shot 3rd Georgina Carnforth 5.97; Discus 4th Anna Charnley 12.55; Javelin 3rd Georgina Cornforth 12.07; 4 x 100m 3rd Georgina Cornforth, Hannah Storey, Anna Charnley, Beth Miller 55.0

U15 Girls B String: 100m 3rd Beth Miller 14.7; 200m 2nd Beth Miller 29.6; 800m 3rd Katy Voce 3.01.5; 75m H 2nd Katy Voce 16.2; Shot 3rd Kellie Sivill 5.20; Discus 2nd Georgina Cornforth 11.43; Long Jump 2nd Katy Voce 3.92. Javelin 2nd Anna Charnley 7.92

U13 Girls A String: 75m 3rd Laura Taylor 11.6; 150m 2nd Gabrielle Whittle 21.9; 800m 2nd Sophie Myers 2.52.8; 1200m 2nd Phoebe Howe 4.18.5; 70m H 1st Laura Taylor 13.0; Long Jump 1st Laura Taylor 3.92; High Jump 1st Gabrielle Whittle 1.30; Shot 1st Natassia Dacre 6.95; 4 x 100m Relay 1st Sophie Myers, Gabrielle Whittle, Laura Taylor, Martha Gill 60.6

U13 Girls B String: 75m 3rd Martha Gill 12.2; 150m 3rd Sophie Williams 24.4; 800m 1st Lucy Philpotts 2.57.5; 1200m 2nd Sophie Williams 4.57.4; 70m H 1st Gabrielle Whittle 14.3; Long Jump 1st Martha Gill 3.76; High Jump 1st Martha Gill 1.26; Shot 1st Sophie Williams 5.94

Mid Lancs League Meeting 2 – Hyndburn 30th May

With the sun beating down and the smell of sun cream filling the air 13 competitors turned out for an excellent days competition in Hyndburn.

Some familiar faces from the Horwich squad were joined by 3 debuting senior competitors, Alison Storey, Andrew Storey and Trevor Williams.

Alison jumped an excellent PB in the long jump with 3.12m with Andrew reaching 4.56m and Trevor 4.09m.

Trevor also produced a great throw of 7.69m in the shot with Jack Thomas achieving 7.46m here also.

Andrew and Jack later teamed up with Matt Storey and Carl Foster, to cover an age range of some 30 years, and produced a fantastic performance in the 4 X 100m relay event.

A big thank you to all those who gave their time as officials throughout the day, especially Andy Townsend, Pauline and Trevor Williams, Mike Howe, Fiona Myers, Steve Thomas and Noah Saunders.

Full results to follow.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting at Bolton, 27th June.

Suzanne Saunders

Mid Lancs League Co-ordinator

Horwich RMI Harriers and AC

Smithills Serpent 5 Mile Trail Race – Sun 7th June.

Fifth Grand Prix Race.

The verdict on the new course was very favourable, with the three laps well marshalled and offering a nice variety of flat, and up and down running, with the added novelty in one place of small pieces of rubber mixed with the sand to ease the pounding – put there for the horses not the runners!

Colin Rigby enjoyed himself on this short course and looked impressive as he finished second in 29.03 and first vet. Alaistair Murray (29.47) and 3rd place was not quite as fast as he would have liked, but his recent training and racing exertions just taking the edge off him. Steve Nolan took the first 0/45 in a good time of 30.02 on his way to 4th gained with a super sprint finish! Denis Mason made up the winning team running strongly for 8th and looking good for his 31.08. Pete Bland (37.37) collected another 0/60 award, after having a better than average run, but he did enjoy the course! Gill Burnell took another 0/55 award in her stride, running well for 45.13.
We also had two new members racing, Claire Hughes ran 43.46, and Alan Finch clocked 51.32, welcome to the club. …… 15 club members ran.

All the results at:



Stretton Hills – 5.75/2500ft Sat 6th June.

English Championship Counter.

Not the sort of day that you would put the cat out, it poured down from start to finish, which was a pity, as the location and the race route were super. Run of the day was undoubtedly Suzanne Budgett’s, (61.21) who having had a bad cold for several days ran just to make up the team and finished a very impressive first 0/45 and 12th overall on a pretty tough course – brilliant effort. I don’t think Geraldine Walkington (68.09) – our second counter – was feeling much better, even so once again pulled out all the stops to finish 2nd 0/50 in 32nd. Making up the team – and feeling fine at the start! was Rachel Metcalfe, who still had a smile on her race at the end, finishing in 55th in a time of 75.22. The ladies race was won by Philippa Jackson in 54.12.

In the men’s race James Logue (50.31) had a flyer as our first counter, finishing in 19th place. Our other James (Kevan) did what he came for and finished first U/23 clocking 51.25 for 27th overall. I didn’t have a chance to talk to our third counter Dave Milliken who finished in 41st place in 54.14, so not sure how he went on, but he was not in his usual pecking order. Brian Walton came next for us taking the third 0/55 in 60.09 for 96th overall, so he must be pleased with that. Steve Jackson I am sure was just pleased to be running – with his current injury problems, his 5th counter for us was invaluable, so well done Steve, who finished in 126th place for 64.22. This just left our two 0/60’s, with the effervescent Mick Crook running 67.05 for 145th and Pete Walkington braving the elements and taking third 0/65 in 67.39.

Well done to everyone today for supporting the club on this long trip down to Church Stretton in such bad weather conditions.


Chorley Harriers 4 Mile Trail Race – Wed 3rd June.

A good turn out of nineteen Harriers for this the second race in the series. Good packing at the front meant another men’s team victory, with a super run from Alastair Murray (24.57) in 4th who was well in contention at the front. Steve Nolan (25.32) – ever present in these local races – can always be relied on to be there or there abouts, finishing a fine 7th and first 0/45. Glyn Kay (26.21) is rounding into some good form of late finishing well in 12th and third counter for us, and a much better run from Karl Ward (26.33) in 15th clinched the team award. Pete Bland – after some initial hiccup in the results – was first 0/60 – much to his delight.

In the ladies race Christine Boardman (32.06) was our first counter, Gill Burnell (38.28) picked up her customary 0/55 prize, with young Abigail Sunter (41.36) collecting the first lady junior.


Paddy’s Pole fell Race – 4.5m/1100ft

Tuesday night saw this years running of the Paddy’s Pole fell race
organised by Preston Harriers. It was a lovely clear evening, quite warm
with not too much wind to cool you down. Natural England put a limit of
100 runners on this race, so the race was pre-entry, but after checking
the website on the day a note suggested that runners should just come
along and enter on the day as it was only just over 1/2 full.

This was the first time I had been up Parlick and the run back down to
the finish was fun. There were two Horwich runners, Graham Schofield had
a good run finishing 11th & 1st V50 (34:50) and I straggled along much
further down the field coming home in 79th place (51:17).

Mark Sammon

North West Civil Service Fell Championship Again At Two Lads.

For the third consecutive year, the Two Lads Fell Race has been chosen as the North West Civil Service Fell Championship. To be eligible you don’t need to be a civil servant but you do need to be a member of the Civil Service Sports Club – this is open to both Government Employees and those who work for companies that used to be the part of the Civil Service such as British Telecom and The Post Office and anyone who works on a Government account for a private company. Over the past few years, two club members have regularly competed in NWSC championships – Gordon Stone and Angela Allen but Gordon is sure there must be more who may be eligible.

After registering for the race in The Bridge, there will be a separate registration table for NWCS Champs entrants manned by John Kewley. For any further info in advance, go to the Civil Service Athletics website at or contact Gordon who will assist you.

Gordon Stone

Partner Required – Saunders Mountain Marathon July 4/5th

If you are either a seasoned Mountain Marathoner, or just someone who would like to try out this discipline for the first time, then e-mail Jude Stansfield for a chat. Jude is looking for a partner in the Harter Fell Class, which is a nice introductory class to try for the first time. I believe Jude is a good runner and competent navigator. I can recommend the Saunders for a great weekends running on the fells and a chance to brush up on your navigating.
Go for it!! And send me a report.

Edinburgh Marathon.

Lisa and Guy Heyes picked one of the hottest days of the year so far, to take on the Edinburgh Marathon. Although they were both disappointed with their times, I am sure on reflection they will see that they both had fine runs considering the temperature on the day.

Guy came 72nd in 2.54.36 and Lisa 13th lady overall in 3.10.44, and not forgetting Carl Balshaw – our only other runner – who ran 3.52.31 for 2010th