Harrock Hill Race No 3 – 22nd July

A good turn out of fifteen runners from the club on the night, with Paul Muller (34.26) back on form to take his rightful 1st 0/50 prize and finish 5th overall. Nigel Clementson is making steady progress with his training showing in his 11th place and a good time of 36.12. Brendan Bolland next in 36.39 not quite on his usual form for this race, but doing well off the little training he is doing. Wilf Brindle took a massive three and a half minutes off his race time from last year running 37.49, motivated no doubt by the magic 0/40 tag. Albert Sunter now has another club vet to chase finishing just behind Wilf in 37.56. Lindsey Brindle’s form continues to improve as she took 3rd lady in 39.45, leaving Dad Brent (40.27) in her wake again, this time by over a minute. Mike Crook (40.09) had a cracker taking the 1st 0/60 and leading Brent in, not something you see every day! Pete Ramsdale (43.57) must have been pleased with his position even if his time was a little down from May. Nice to see Rachel Metcalfe (44.22) completing her third race in the series, and just holding off Tony Varley (44.42) who made 3rd vet 0/60. Bethan Faulkner was the 1st U/18 running 44.58. Ian Smith ran 48 dead, with Mark Sammon definitely on the up with a time of 49.26 for 97th from 124 running. Michele Sunter continues on her busy race program finishing 112th in 53.15.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/harrock3.html

Mid Lancs Meeting Report – Bolton 25.07.09

A record number of 30 athletes turned out for the 4th Mid Lancs Meeting at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park with the weather providing almost perfect conditions.

Regular competitors for this league were joined by 1st time attendees Helena Lawton, David Jack, Oliver Bretherton, Luke Murphy and Jonathan Powis.

4 new club records were set on the day with several other PBs being recorded as well.

New club records from:

David Jack, 100m Senior men 12.6s
Mike Houghton Triple Jump Senior men 10.90m
Laura Taylor Long Jump U13G 4.48m (G1)
Boys U13 4 x 100m relay 56.5s (Noah Saunders, James Lovell, Luke Murphy, Nathan Barlow)

PBs were recorded by Natassia Dacre, javelin, Laura Taylor, long jump, Noah Saunders, discus and javelin, Phoebe Howe, 1500m and Sophie Williams, 800m.

Natassia Dacre took 1st place in the U13G shot with a throw of 6.15m and Noah Saunders gained 1st place in the U13B discus with a throw of 10.80m.

Well done to everyone who competed on the day and a special thanks to all those parents who helped out with the official’s duties.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next Mid Lancs meeting at Litherland on the 8th August.

Suzanne Saunders,
Team Manager.


Trafford Grand Prix 21st July

3000m PB for Gary.

A high quality field contested the 3000m race as this popular track PB venue.

Gary Priestley went with the intention of a PB and was not disappointed when clocking 9.05.68, in fact his early pace had him on track for sub 9, but he faded just a little over the last couple of laps, but was very happy with his new time. Gary finished 11th from a field of 24.
The race was won by Gareth Raven in 8.23.06 (0/35 vet), proving that running the mountains -which Gareth did for GB in the European Mountain Championship in Austria just nine days before – did nothing to slow up his pace at the track.

Results: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=24915&event=3000&venue=Stretford&date=21-Jul-09

The South Lakes Half Marathon

Saturday 26th September 2009, 11.00am start

A free entry is available for this race given to the club by the organiser, so if you fancy a half marathon on a measured course then it’s the first club member to contact me who can save the £15 fee.

NOW TAKEN, by Karl Ward.


Manchester 5k Sizzler. 23rd July

Colin Rigby moved within a second of a sub 16 5k at this well attended race, with an entry of 417. Col went 12 seconds faster than Blackburn where he had a cracker, so he should be well pleased with his 16.00 time and 1st 0/40 in 7th place overall. Training partner Neil Pendlebury obviously helped to pull Col along as Neil ran a PB of 15.55 just in front for 5th place.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/salsiz3.htm

Cuerden Valley 10k Trail Race 16th July.

New member Richard Howarth sporting his club vest for the first time ran a super 36.36 to take second place on the night and a lead in this series of four races. Paul Muller came next for the club in 9th in 38.44, but nursing an injury that had him off his usual race pace. Paul Boardman still on his race average of two a week gave good back up in 14th place running 39.49.

Mid Lancs League

Meeting 4


All athletes U13s (year 6 & above) and older are invited to take part in the above competition on Saturday 25th July 2009.

This venue, as yet, has not been confirmed. Should it alter a notice will be posted on the website and also on the notice board at Bolton Arena.

Field events commence 12 noon and track 1pm.
Registration from 11am onwards.

Please give your support to Horwich Harriers by participating.

This is a free to enter competition.

On the day parents MUST undertake a period of field or track judge duties or your child will not be able to compete. The club is obliged to provide officials on the day, the number of which is dependant on the number of Horwich athletes competing.

If you competed at a previous meeting and did not return your number you will need to bring it with you again to this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Suzanne Saunders

Fell Relays

As both the Ian Hodgson and FRA relays are not too far away, would runners who are genuinely interested in being part of the teams please make their interest known as soon as possible to Colin Jones (Captain)
Home: 01204 690013, Mobile 07773160675
colin@vapor-tek.co.uk or c.jones-horwich@hotmail.co.uk
It cannot be assumed that anyone has a right to a place in any of the teams; it is up to the individual to let their Captain know that they wish to be considered and given a place on the team. This also makes the Captains job considerably easier.

We have entered the following teams in the Ian Hodgson, Senior, Vet’s & ladies

In the FRA relay which is to be held near to Ennerdale we have entered a Senior, Vet’s, Vet’s 50 & a Ladies teams.

Ladies interested in being part of their respective teams should contact Suzanne Budgette.


Suzanne Turns On The Heat At Kentmere

Most of us packed the waterproofs and bad weather kit when setting off for Kentmere. Luckily Mr Sammon also included suntan lotion which was “spread” around.
After the storms of Saturday night and Sunday morning over 240 runners set off in bright sunshine on what is probably the longest medium in the calendar, just shy of 12 miles with 3300ft of ascent but much good ridge running as well. Won by Kendal’s Craig Roberts in 1:34:30, Ali Murray gained maximum points in this Horwich fell championship counter, finishing 9th in 1:41:04. Next Horwich vest to cross the finish line in 52nd pace was worn by the outright winner of the ladies’ race and consequently also FV40 winner, Suzanne Budgett, winning a close run battle with Albert Sunter (54th in 1:58:03), Ian Hepburn (55th in 1:58:16) and Doug Fleming (64th in 2:00:30) – all of whom were ineligible for Suzanne’s prizes!
Horwich runners were now crossing the finish line regularly with Gary Chadderton (91st in 2:05:23), Colin Wood (119th in 2:10:44), Tony Varley (136th in 2:13:30), Rachel Metcalfe (151st in 2:16:46) and Colin Waterworth (178th in 2:23:01). Towards the back of the field were Mark Sammon (230th in 2:54:39), running his longest fell race to date, often running with Gordon Stone (236th in 3:06:48) who would have won the prize for best pair of matching heel blisters (mudclaws are great once you’ve got through the first few painful races!) ahead of a couple to complete the 238 finishers.

Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results/race09/09_kentmere.html

Photos at http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/TommoPix/KentmereHorseshoeFR2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCOqfzbDElvjaXQ

Snowdon International Race 10m/3.300ft– Sat 18th July.

Katie Number One Again.

The forecast was for heavy rain, but the weather stayed dry with smiles all round as Katie Ingram for the second consecutive year won this tough International Mountain Race – again leading the England team to victory. Her margin of victory this year was amazing as she finished over seven minutes faster than second placed runner Philippa Jackson – also running for England, but in Pip’s defence she was feeling a little jaded from Wasdale!. In fact Katie took over 5 minutes off her PB from last year’s race which placed her 20th overall in the race – with an entry of 500. Her time to the top was 48.31, with a descent time 27.02 for a 1.15.32 total, getting ever closer to that super record set in 95 when Carol Greenwood ran 1.12 48. Emma Clayton finished third lady in 1.25.38, giving England a clean sweep of 1-2-3.

We had two other Harriers running in Lindsey Brindle and dad Brent, both got to the top in 61.30, but Brent’s descending is not what it used to be, as Lindsey pulled away to finish in 1.33.18 and finish a super second lady in the open race. Brent finished in 1.34 50 – not far behind! Which put him 5th 0/50, another great run considering the numbers and competition. A great day out!

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

Wasdale Fell Race.

Now I’ve heard the feedback from some of those that did Wasdale, and a few of the negative vibes about doing it again, I can only say that it was my favourite race that I looked forward to each year, however, it seems to be gaining a reputation as a Bogey race that you only do if you have to – championships etc. On its behalf I have put a link below to give you a flavour of this super race. Many congratulations to Andy Holden for a great video, which is now at the top of my favourites list. Sit back and enjoy.


Jubilee Series – Race No 3. Wed 15th July.

Gareth Booth got his pace judgement right and cruised to victory with a very well timed surge on the last lap. His time of 26.33 was just 5 seconds off his PB for the course, which he ran just a year ago when winning the series outright. Colin Rigby ran a very strong race for a well deserved third place in 26.50, and again leading in the vet field, taking first 0/40 and showing that his current short race program is working fine. Alastair Murray gave excellent team back up with a super run in 5th clocking 27.22, which just left Steve Nolan to make up the winning team in 7th and a time of 27.51. Steve also collected the first 0/45. Well done lads. We also collected the first 0/60 prize with Pete Bland, even though he was taking the race easy carrying a niggle. But we can’t deny Barry Allman (chief rival ) his one second victory over Blandy. Well done Barry.

The ladies fielded seven runners on the night, well done ladies, with a fourth team place as reward, Chris Boardman being the first counter in 35.56. Next was a lady I don’t know, Rita Chesters 36.02 and I didn’t catch her on camera? Clare Hughes ran well for 39.40 to make up the team.

We had 19 runners on the night, full results below


Jubilee July

Bolton News – Sports Info Submissions.

The Bolton News sports desk has asked that we coordinate any athletic stories or results through the clubs official channels. The committee decided Carl Foster will submit all track and field story/results, and Norman Matthews will submit the road/fell info on a temporary basis until a volunteer steps forward to do this PR aspect. Please send any story/results to them and not direct to the Sports Desk. We would appreciate your help on this matter.

European Mountain Running Championship – Telfes Austria Sun 12th July

Katie Makes Top Ten- With Team Bronze

Many congratulation to Katie Ingram for her superb run in Telfes, finishing in 9th place overall. The course of 9.5 k with 3116 ft of climbing is typical of the European mountain races, with most of the running on stone shale trails. This course was typical, but it did have a sting in the tail, as the last kilometre of running climbed a massive 1200ft making the burn pretty intense. Running for GB, Katie ran 58.37 and was second counter in the team just three seconds behind Kate Goodhead’s 58.34. Rebecca Robinson (60.46) made up the team finishing in 17th place. The course was very narrow at one stage with little chance of passing and Rebecca was held up initially and back in the 40’s until her strong finish on the steep climb pulled back the deficit to 17th. Claire McKittrick (62.40) the fourth GB team member completed the course in 28th place, 64 ladies ran from 16 countries. Italy was first team with Switzerland second.

Results: http://www.emrc2009telfes.org/resultate.html

Northern 5k Road Championship – Blackburn Sun 12th July

Bronze Medals for ‘Team Horwich’.

The format of having the 5k championship race incorporated within the open race was continued at Blackburn with the men’s team packing well and taking the bronze medals. James Kevan – who has been progressing well over the last couple of weeks – turned on the burner on the last lap of the three lap course for a super run, finishing 12th overall and 9th in the championship, running 15.40. Gary Priestley also broke the 16 min barrier with 15.47 for a huge PB in 14th overall and 11th in the championship; Gary paced the race well and remained strong throughout the race. Gareth Booth our third team counter started with real pace shadowing Matt Barnes from Altrincham – a sub 4 miler – Gareth ran his current PB on this course last year and was out to trim it back a little, but the early pace caught up with him a little later in the race and he had to settle for 16.05. Colin Rigby got a last minute entry and ran to support the team and do a little race speed work, his 21st overall and 16th in the championship was a credit to him and he got the 1st 0/40 time for his efforts. Alastair Murray was next in 25th overall and 19th in the championship; Ali worked hard throughout the race and was just 20 seconds short of his PB, running 16.27 – but he was hoping for a faster time. Karl Ward made up the club entry, Karl did not run in the championship race but finished well in the open race with a time of 17.45 for 46th place.
As you can see in the results we were just three places down on silver, from Salford, so well run everyone today, good result.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/bb5k.html


Blackburn 5k

Wasdale Fell Race – 21m /9000ft Sat 11th July

I have only limited info on the race as yet, but once again this super long ‘A’ fell race took it’s toll of runners with only three from the club finishing from the eight who started. Dave Milliken was our first in, finishing in 21st place running a time of 4.31. I am sure that Spike will have a few tales to tell being his first Wasdale! Mick Crook must have been very pleased to beat the cut off times this year running 5.39.51 for 105th place, but more importantly second 0/60, well done Mick. Another taking on the Wasdale challenge was Suzanne Budget, very nicely placed at the top of both the 0/40 and 0/45 age groups in the English Championship, which to some extent committed her into doing this race, and although slightly apprehensive took on the challenge and did great, getting round the course in one piece in a time just over six hours. It will be interesting to see the full results when they come out.

Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results/race09/09_wasdale.htm

June Caption Winner. No.5

Well done to Gaynor Higson & Co for submitting the winning caption for June. Free track for a month Gaynor, but you will have to get rid of that injury to take advantage of it! Sods law.

I will try to find a less taxing caption for the next one to create a little more banter.

Thanks to my adjudicator’s for the selection

1. Which part of “Let’s Go” didn’t you understand?

2. I told you to go to the loo before we set off!

3. Come on soft lad, you youngsters have no stamina!

4. Which way did you say to the Calderdale Way?

5. We could be on for the cock up of the year award if we don’t see the Pike soon!

6. Chase me – Chase me!

7. James Kevan ” Sh-t, we’ve been rumbled, leg it”.

8. James Logue – Did you see the size of that dog?
James Kevan – What do you mean see it, he’s still after us!!

9. “New directory enquiries service for fellrunners falls a couple of digits short!”

10. James Kevan says – ” Did you know that James the 1st of England was born in 1566 on the 19th June and became King of Scotland when he was just 13 months old succeeding his mother Mary Queen of Scots”
James Logue says – ” What “

11. For god sake James K, I’ve told you this is my bum bag!”

12. James Logue is saying ‘Look lively James, Norm and his camera are here.
Fancy not parking in his usual spot, sneaky devil.’

Viga Thirsty Three Multi Terrain Race – 5th July

Emma Perrin made a winning return to racing after a long time absence through injury/illness. Being her local race Emma thought the 3 mile course was a good test of her current fitness and set off cautiously, but soon found herself leading the ladies race and won comfortably in 21.18. Paul Boardman was our only other runner finishing in an excellent 7th place.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/thirsty3.html

Tockholes Fell Race – Saturday 4th July 2009 – 5.8m/1100’

Nine Harriers turned out for this local event. A rather clammy day with a hint of a breeze every now & then greeted the 130 runners. Our very own Super Vet, Graham Schofield was first home for Horwich. Graham collected a prize for first Vet (V50) home in the race & finished in a very fine fifth position overall. Our other V50 male competitor was the ever supportive Gordon Stone. Looking at some of the times, it looks like different batches of runners from the race went on a ‘Tour of Tockholes’. This was partly due to another event taking place in the woods, causing marker confusion & also some flags being ‘mischievously’ moved! That was their excuse anyway!!!! Wilf Brindle had dusted off his shoes for this event making a rare appearance – good to see him out on the race circuit again. Tony Hesketh, another one of our talented Vets, picked up first V60 prize showing son Paul a clean pair of heels. Great to see Frank Wood, another inspirational V60, enjoying the race. Mick Kay & Suzanne Budgett did some tussling throughout the race and on this rare occasion Suzanne managed to cross the line first also taking first female home. Nicole Kirkham, our only other female, had a great run picking up a very well deserved first V50 prize.



Skiddaw Fell Race. Sunday, July 5th 2009 ~ 9m/2700’

At first it looked like there were only three old men (Colin Jones, Albert, & Mr V) & one old bird (Suzanne) turning out for this Lakeland jaunt. Then gradually other Horwichers appeared – Brent Brindle & daughter Lindsey, Peter Leighton, & Mark Sammon. Hats off to Mark Sammon who never seems to pitch up at the easier races but rather seems to dive straight in at the steepest end and just gets on with the race in hand, always completing them admirably. Well done to Mark. Lindsey Brindle once again showing Brent the way home picking up a well earned prize for third lady with Suzanne picking up first V40 prize. Peter Leighton was next home having a fine run behind Brent & surviving the descent blister free. Colin Jones, last seen on the race scene in 1808, prepared well for this event with zero training. Donned in his odd socks & Horwich vest he called upon his natural talent to make the 2700’ of climb, 9 miles & steep descent. He even managed to talk ‘race’ afterwards over cake & coffee – amazing!! Tony Varley just missed out on a prize coming second V60.


Results: http://www.keswick-ac.org.uk/club%20race%20results%202009/Skiddaw%205.7.09.doc

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM)

Weekend: 4th/5th July

The SLMM is a two-day mountain navigation event. Teams are given grid references and have to navigate between set checkpoints.
The 31st Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon started from Coniston and headed over the fells to a mid-camp in the Duddon Valley. Despite a few showers, the weather was generally dry with the cloud clear of the tops. There were fantastic views from many of the Lakeland Mountains, if you managed to look around instead of at the map or your feet. Several members of Horwich participated in the event. Mark Seddon gained an excellent result, finishing 3rd overall and first vet in the Klets class (the longest and only solo class of the event). I partnered my sister (Ruth Metcalfe) in the Bowfell class, a class higher than we usually do, and successfully finished 20th team overall and took the first ladies’ team prize. Margaret Huyton and Alan Huyton, gained a very respectable position of 52nd out of 103 finishers in the Carrock Fell class. I know other Horwich members took part, and I can only apologise for not managing to locate your names on the results.
It was a very tiring but enjoyable weekend.


Chorley Park Series Friday 3rd July. Race No4.

The last of the races saw another clear win for James Kevan (16.49) giving him the series win – James even managed a pit stop on this last one!

I am not too sure what the other results are from the series, but certainly Paul Boardman (19.31) was up there, finishing 12th on the night. Carl Balshaw also completed the series and made excellent progression in the four races, with 21.40 on the first race and 21.07 last night. Barry Allman (23.35) was our only other runner on the night and Barry also completed the series.

Results. http://www.ukresults.net/2009/park04.html

Social Night Tuesday 7th July. Harvester Inn

The second of our social gatherings comes round this coming Tuesday after the track session. It would be great to have a few more socialable souls to add to the nine who enjoyed the evening last time. You don’t have to eat, just sit and chat with a drink, it’s all very relaxing. The Harvester is the pub just across the road from the Arena, wander in anytime after 7.45pm.


The annual running of this course will take place on Saturday the 25th July, starting at the Top Barn (GR 638149) at 9.00am and finishing at the same point. It is a social run and not a race.

There will be a support car at the start carrying drinks and other refreshments to Hordern Stoops (GR 655159 – about half distance) and at the top end of Anglezarke reservoir (GR 616179). Anyone wishing to have their particular concoctions or kit transported to the support points can hand them over before the start.

The summits to be visited are:

Noon Hill GR 647150
Pike GR 643138
Two Lads GR 655134
Whimberry Hill GR 686139
Egg Hillock GR 684142
Counting Hill GR 672142
Winter Hill GR 660149
Old Adam’s Hill GR 661174
Spittlers’ Edge GR 654174
Great Hill GR 646191
Round Loaf GR 638182
Healey Nab GR 607180

The distance is about 18 miles but, of course, it is reasonably convenient to do the first or second half only.

People usually split into fast and slow groups with the slow group taking at least four and a half hours, but at the discretion of the slowest member of the group. There is absolutely no pressure on anyone so why not give it a go?

Chorley 4 Mile Trail Race No 3 – Wed 1st July

Katie Ingram stole the show with a course record of 25.36 and a 7th place overall.

Although the race series is no where near as well attended as the old road course races, the scenery on this undulating course and its spectator viewing in the park is much more friendly, and I am sure that with time the series will develop its popularity.

On a particularly hot humid evening Gareth Booth (24.52) was our lead runner in 3rd place taking 50 seconds off his first race in the series. Katie came next in 7th and first lady by over 3 minutes from second placed Mary Aquera of Tyldesley. Paul Boardman (27.55) continues to churn out the races, this time well placed in 12th. Albert Sunter seemed to enjoy his race in 30th place clocking 29.51. Gordon Stone (35.42) ran well for 73rd and Mark Sammon continues to race himself into fitness finishing in 85th for 37.35. Which left the three running partners, Michele and Abigail Sunter and Kath Swindell to further fly the flag for the ladies, and this time with Katie’s help they took second team. Abigail also collected the first Junior lady.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/chorley3.htm

English Junior Uphill Championships (Patterdale)

We had eight runners in this major junior championship and all performed excellently. We returned with Two Bronze Medals on a course that our juniors had never before experienced (a tough lakeland climb with no easy bits) Zac Howe got us underway with a fine fifth place in the u/16 U/18 race but more importantly third in the U/16 this was a very good performance with climbing for one mile.

Next came our u/12 u/14 juniors in the u/14 Joesph Howe ran well for eigth but was dissapointed but shouldnt be as he has another year in that category.

In the U/12 girls Phobe Howe gave her all and despite a nose bleed stopping her taking the silver medal ran well and clinched third and another Bronze Medal. Nathan Townsend was first u/12 for us in a fine 7th place closeley followed by Cameron Crichley in 8th. Johnathan Powis kept going to finish in 12th just ahead of Martha Gill by 8 seconds.Thomas Hughes was our final counter the smallest boy in the field with the biggest heart and finished 15th.

As junior fell captain I was very proud of the way the children ran and conducted themseves and they where all a credit to Horwich RMI Harriers. I hoped they would return with one medal due to the terrain and competition and they excelled with two.

Tony Hesketh