Horwich RMI Track and Field Records

Carl Foster is currently putting together the stats for track and field for those within the club designated ‘Masters’ if on looking at the records below you have a better performance please make contact with Carl.

Masters – Women

200m Audrey Foster (W 55) 33.3 Leverhulme 14/09/88
400m Julie Harold (W 35) 72.7 Preston 15/05/02
800m Julie Harold (W 35) 2:42.8 Lancaster 06/05/01
10000m Lola Smal (W 55) 42:22.0 Blackburn 10/88
Long Jump Hayley Peacock (W 40) 3.30 Blackburn 28/06/09
High Jump Jane Bland (W 35) 1.10 Leverhulme 28/07/96
Shot Karen Cottam (W 40) 7.29 Preston 05/05/02
Javelin Jane Bland (W 45) 18.76 Boggart Hole 21/04/02
Discus Jane Bland (W 35) 23.20 Leverhulme 28/07/96
Hammer Jane Bland (W 45) 19.95 Oldham 02/07/05

Masters – Men

100m Andrew Storey (M 45) 15.6 Blackburn 28/06/09
200m Steve Thomas (M40) 28.9 Macclesfield 13/06/04
800m Pete Bland (M 55) 2.43.4 Oldham 02/07/05
1500m Duncan Crompton (M 40) 4.58.1 Macclesfield 13/06/04
3000m Colin Rigby (M 35) 8.57.86 Trafford 16/08/05
5000m Gareth Booth (M 35) 15.47.5 Wigan 02/08/09
Long Jump Andrew Storey (M 45) 4.56 Hyndburn 30/05/09
High Jump Carl Foster (M 35) 1.40 Crewe 02/05/04
Triple Jump Andrew Storey (M 45) 8.70 Wigan 23/08/09
Hammer Trevor Pilkington (M 45) 18.54 Burnley 06/08/05
Shot Carl Foster (M 35) 8.83 Preston 18/06/05
Javelin Mark Dacre (M 40) 35.80 Wigan 21/08/05
Discus Carl Foster (M 35) 22.41 Sportcity 04/06/05

Carl Foster. carlfoster2009@live.co.uk

Dentdale Fell Race 2.9m/1385ft. Sun 29th Aug.

James Back on Form.

James Kevan (27.22) showed what a few weeks of continuous training can do for his form when finishing 13th in this English championship counter. James was out to impress the selectors and secure a place on the England team for the trip to Slovenia in Oct – hopefully he has done that. Darren Kay (27.56) was also making a return to championship racing with a creditable performance in 15th place, on reflection I am sure Darren will be pleased enough and will be hoping to build on this. James Logue in 20th ran well for his 28.46 time, and should be pleased with that. Graham Schofield had another cracking run in 35th with a time of 30.28 which gave him second 0/50, less than a minute behind first vet 0/50 Steve Oldfield. Alistair Murray in 52nd place I know was not too happy with his 32.01 time but his run helped the team into 3rd over all, which is a super position in a championship race. Steve Jackson in 82nd continued his race comeback with a time of 34.20, only a minute off 2nd 0/55, which should give Steve plenty of encouragement. Mike Crook (35.28) had another solid run in 95th , but possible vet run of the day was Pete Walkington’s first 0/65. Back from a spell of training at altitude (sounds good that) Pete ran 37.24, – 20 seconds in front of rival Geoff Fielding, who is currently in second place in the championship. With Langdale still to go there is a chance of a medal position. It was a similar picture in the 0/70 race as Ray Stafford was aiming for a bronze medal. After finishing 2nd 0/70 on the day in 44.39 and collecting 9 points I think he had done that, hope I have the calculations right Ray! Well done.

In the ladies race it was a close match between Suzanne Budgett and Lindsey Brindle as they swopped places throughout the race helping each other to 12th and 14th place respectively with just 14 seconds separating them at the finish – all gained with Suzanne’s new track pace as she cruised passed Lindsey on the finishing road section.
This gives Suzanne the 0/45 championship, excellent result! Suzanne was also topping the 0/40 table but places have started to move a little with the results at Dentdale so its all in the mixing pot again with Langdale likely to add a little more intrigue to the final top three places. Lindsey I know will be very pleased with her progress of late as she now places very well in championship races.
Geraldine Walkington’s run in 36th place put her back into contention for a medal in the championship, as she finished 3rd 0/50 on the day. Still suffering from a hip injury she did her chances of a podium finish a power of good, and it would only need a good run at Langdale to finish in the medals possibly a silver! Rachel Metcalfe ran well for 49th place in 41.23 with the ladies finishing in 5th team on the day.

Results Men: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/dentmen.pdf
Results Women: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/dentwom.pdf

Birchwood 10k Sun 23rd Aug.

Super runs by the Horwich squad saw Neil Pendlebury in first with a time of 33.14 placing 11th, Colin Rigby (17th) was very pleased with his time of 33.29 being his fastest for a couple of years – even if he did narrowly miss out on first vet. Richard Howarth is coming along very nicely at the moment equalling his PB with 34.22 in 24th. In an unaccustomed fourth team place was Gareth Booth (35.33) who I suppose after two weeks living it up on holiday was just pleased to be back racing. Karl Ward was 68th in 37.34 and Susan Flatters (46.43) in 371st. Which just left new member Keith Peacock running 47.30 for 385th.
It was an extra large field of nearly 900 runners.

Results: http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/races/10k/2009/10kresults2009.htm

Darwen Gala Fell Race – 22nd Aug 2009

Well done to James Kevan not only for winning the race but for setting a new course record of 22.56 – 22 seconds inside the old record. James is on a mission at the moment to be in top form for the next English Championship race at Dentdale next weekend, as a good performance there may convince the selectors that he should be part of the U/23 development team to race in Slovenia in Oct. There was also one of those OMG moments when James collected the winner’s trophy and saw that club mate Graham Schofield had been a previous winner of the trophy before James was born! – (and still going strong Graham!)

Closest to James on the day – clubwise – was junior Zach Howe (28.13) in 33rd place, Zach was running in the English Junior Championship which was incorporated in the race. Suzanne Budgett was hot on his heels in 37th – 28.32 and collected first 0/45 but had to settle for 4th lady on the day having three of the junior whipper snappers in front. Barry Chapman ran 29.28 for 46th place, with Tony Varley (32.56) in 80th taking home the 1st 0/60 prize. Towards the tail of the race there was the now frequent battle between Mark Sammon, Gordon Stone and Nicole Kirkham with them swapping positions throughout the climbs with Mark finally getting the better on the descent to finish 99th in 36:08, Gordon 102nd in 37:20 and Nicole 105th in 38:31. Gordon, Suzanne and Nicole completed the Darwen Summer Series, with Suzanne winning the Ladies and Nicole 3rd, with Gordon 8th of 11.

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

Ulverston Summer 10k – 19th Aug

Russell Maddams was back on the race scene after his recent wedding to Pippa with a fine 3rd place in this local race – for Russ, his time of 33.03 was his best for a couple of years and gives him a good marker as he begins his three month training block to compete for Great Britain in the IAU 50k World Trophy Final in Gibraltar on October 31st.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/ulverston10k.html

Jubilee Race Wed 19th Aug

Neil Takes Well Deserved Victory

The last race in the series was run on a muggy sort of night but it did not stop new recruit Neil Pendlebury from having his first outright win in the series with a 27.02. Neil was prominent in the lead group on the first lap but pulled away strongly on the second lap as they climbed the hill, and eased into a ten second lead over Andy Ward of Wigan by the finish. This win also gave Neil the overall series title.
Richard Howarth gave very strong support having a cracking race finishing in fourth place and running exactly the same time as in July 27.32. Steve Nolan finished tenth on the night in 29.02 and rapped up another race series with a fine performance of 3rd overall and 2nd vet. Other age group winners on the night were Steve Jackson having somewhat of a race revival at the moment taking the first 0/55 in 33.28, and Suzanne Budgett (32.34) having a mini break from the fells and taking the first 0/45 prize in a new course PB for her. Doug Fleming finished off the series in 5th overall and 4th vet, clocking 32.05 on the night for 24th place. Denis Mason was 13th on the night in 29.52, with Mick Crook having to settle for 2nd 0/60 in 34.08, which is not hanging about. Colin Wood ran 34.46 for 53rd and Mark Burns clocked 35.18 for 57th place, nice to see Mark now on the race scene after his regular attendances at the hill sessions. Paul Hesketh is now racing regularly and improving, running 36.13 for 66th, as is Gordon Stone (40.45) in 87th In he ladies race we took the team prize well done ladies, Christine Boardman and Gaynor Higson battled it out for a while before Chris opened a gap of nearly a minute by the end, not sure if the one second gap behind brother Keith was a genuine one or not! Kath Swindells finished off the series in 5th overall and 3rd vet running 42.45 on the night, with Cath Wrigley running 44.39.
We had sixteen runners on the night.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/jub094.htm


Jubilee Aug

Cross Bay Challenge – Sun 16th Aug.

Outright Win For Paul.

Paul Muller can still pull race victories out of the bag at the age of 50! As he did in this tough race over the sands in the Morecombe bay with a time of 1.18.25, well done Paul, maybe it’s the soft sand that’s easy on the joints! Also running and in a good position was Mark Gibson who ran 1.37.41 for 23rd and Clare Hughes (1.49.35) -who is beginning to benefit from her regular racing program – finishing 97th and 8th lady from a field of 237.

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

Katie Wins Commonwealth Trial – Sunday 16th Aug.

Katie Ingram had another superb performance on the fells when winning the Commonwealth Mountain Championship Trial at Keswick. This was also the selection race for the World Championships in Italy on the 6th Sept, so another GB vest in the bargain. Katie sat in on the first lap which circumvented the Latrigg summit, running just behind Kate Goodhead – who narrowly beat her in the European championships, but on the final 20 metres of the steep climb up Latrigg on the second lap Katie overtook Kate at pace and eventually pulled out a minutes lead by the finish.

Gary Priestley and James Kevan were also running the trial for a place in the U/23 England development team that will be racing in Slovenia in the Smarna Gora Mountain race, which will be held on 3rd Oct. James unfortunately got severe stomach cramp and had to pull out after completing two laps, but Gary had a truly outstanding race finishing in 14th place only 23 seconds behind training partner Rob Hope, and infront of England Internationals Ian Holmes and Danny Hope, and looks certain to be chosen for his first England vest. Very impressive for only Gary’s second ever fell race!

Suzanne Budgett also took in the trial for international selection experience, and I am sure that she learned a lot about the racing at elite level, the course of 9k /1800 ft over two laps of Latrigg were pretty tough on a not too hospitable day with very strong cold winds on the tops.

The Commonwealth Mountain Championship races will be held in Keswick on the 18th – 19th Sept.

If you would like further info: http://www.cumbriacommonwealthchampionships.org/

Cross Country News 2009-2010

Horwich RMI had an excellent season last year with the men and male vets both gaining promotion in our first season in the Mid Lancs Cross Country league. We also had male team success in the Red Rose and individual female success with Katie Ingram in the Mid Lancs.

Our decision to focus on the quality competition of the Mid Lancs league will need all our attention next year if we wish to continue our ascent of the divisions and show all the other clubs our desire to not just compete, but to excel.

The ladies teams last year were hit with injury and so we hope for a more than just individual success but team success too.

The club is once again making the Mid Lancs Cross Country league our primary objective this coming season. The dates are available now and are listed below – venues are not yet available, AGM and fixture meeting on 19th August, but get the dates in your diary now!

The Red Rose and South East Lancs leagues the dates and venues are also listed below for completeness and I am very happy to co-ordinate any runners who wish to enter these leagues – but I must stress that the Mid Lancs is Horwich’s primary goal.

**Please note that all Red Rose meeting start at 12.30 now with the U11 with Ladies at 1.20pm and Men at 2pm** Other age group run between these times – don’t be late **

To encourage as many runners as possible to participate in the Mid Lancs league, the club cross country championship will be calculated from the best 4 from all the 6 races.

The club championship race, which has usually been the last of the South East Lancs races, will this year be the Northern Cross Country Championship race which this year is just up the road at Blackburn. Date listed below.

The National Cross Country Championship is this year again up north at Leeds so I will be looking to see if we can turn out some quality at Blackburn and then mix it with the best of the country at Leeds in February. Date again listed below.

Many I wish everyone a good winter season in the circuits of mud, track, gravel and grass around the north this year.

Mid Lancs Dates – Venues TBC
10 Oct
28 Nov
19 Dec Burnley
16 Jan
13 Feb
6 March

Red Rose Fixtures
3 Oct 09 Bury
7 Nov 09 Blackburn
21 Nov 09 Bolton
Sun 6 Dec 09 Rossendale

South East Lancs Fixtures
26 Sept 09 Heaton Park, Manchester
31 Oct 09 Boggart Hole, Salford
28 Nov 09 Clayton Vale, Clayton
6 Feb 10 Lilford Park, Leigh

9th January is likely to be the Greater Manchester / Lancashire etc counties championships races – no details yet

23rd January Northern Championship – Blackburn

27th February National Championship – Leeds

Entry forms will be out as soon as possible – watch this space!!
Get the dates in the diary!!

Peter Ramsdale. Cross Country Captain.

Pilgrims Cross 6m/1100ft – Wed 12th Aug.

Pete Howarth followed up his outright win at Stanhill the night before with another super run to finish 5th overall in a time of 38.45. Obviously the break from Uni is giving Pete the time to get in some good training and show well in the results especially winning at Stanhill, well done Pete. Alastair Murray after a tough track session the night before took in the race to keep his points tally high on the club champs, which he did nicely finishing 11th in 40.29. Graham Schofield made up the three man team which finished third on the night. Graham is in fine form collecting another 0/50 prize in 14th overall, running 41.12. Denis Mason was well placed in 27th (43.11) with Albert Sunter (45.00) in 43rd, showing some improved form of late. Doug Fleming was not too far behind in 49th (45.45) with Gary Chadderton in 63rd (47.36).
Pete Leighton was only 20 seconds behind Doug in 69th. The first of the Colin’s (Wood) was 89th in 49.57, with Colin Waterworth 165th in 56.51. Mark Sammon is getting faster with each race, this time placing 174th (58.55). Michele Sunter (65.04) was our only lady at the race finishing 31st lady.

Results: http://www.rossendalejuniorharriers.co.uk/Pilgrims.xls

Sierra Zinal Race Switzerland – 9th Aug

From what I can see in the results it was just the threesome of Brent and Lindsey Brindle and Geraldine Walkington that again took on this classic Swiss mountain race. As I mentioned last year the race is 30k and starts at the town of Sierre at an altitude of 550m. The first 20k of the race climbs a total of 2000m on the mountain tracks through pine forests with the trees providing much needed cover from the invariably hot sunshine at this time of the year, in Switzerland the average temperature is around 28 degrees. On reaching Chandolin at 2000m the course opens up with fantastic views of snow capped mountains, but you do start to feel the heat a bit with very little shade from the trees. A further 8k and 500m ascent sees you arriving at the hotel Weisshorn 2500m a very welcome sight. 10k to go from here on flat mountain tracks for 5k with the last 5k descending 800m into the picturesque village of Zinal.

This year it was Lindsey who stole the limelight taking nearly 15 minutes of last years time running 3.47.57 for 22nd place. Brent – even running 6 minutes faster this year – could not stay with Lindsey as he finished 214th in 3.52.08. Geraldine I know will be a little disappointed to finish in 4.26 24, after her brilliant 4.05 last year, but considering she has been carrying an injury for most of the season, I think on reflection she will be happy to have finished 5th in her age group, with still a great time. Over 900 ran.

Results: http://services.datasport.com/2009/lauf/zinal/

1st August Thyon – Dixence
16.3km 700m ascent 400m descent

Lindsey Brindle and Dad Brent travelled over to Switzerland to compete in the above mentioned fell race. Arriving at Thyon the afternoon before the race, a little jog round the slopes gave your lungs a taste of what was to come the following day. The air is certainly a bit thinner at 6000 feet!

With bolts of lightening snapping at their heels, the morning of the race saw the runners jogging around a bit faster than the normal pre-race warm up. This prompted the organisers to delay the race by half an hour. Once underway the 500 runners started their journey for Europe’s largest dam at Dixence. Needless to say the storm had left the rock strewn narrow paths in very difficult condition. Lindsey got off to a good start but was finding it difficult to overtake with runners reluctant to step aside and let you past. This allowed her dad to catch up and create a way through for both of them, albeit with a few choice words from behind. On the final descent towards the dam Lindsey powered on past her dad to finish 7th in her category, just outside the prize money (1st 5). Brent got even closer to the dosh in his category, finishing 6th with the 1st 5 again in the money.

Swiss Alpine Races 25th July 2009

Gaynor and Keith journeyed across to Davos Switzerland for the fifth time to take part in two different races this year.

Keith ran the 21K (Half Marathon) +680m/-190m which started on the spectacular Sunniberg road bridge near to Klosters climbing for about 4 miles then descending through Laret and finishing in Davos on the running track. Unfortunately he failed to spot any of the Royal family on the way.
Gaynor ran the 31K +370m/-820m for the first time over a slightly altered course from last year and even managed to descend into Filisur without incident. This race starts in Davos and passes through Zugen Gorge, through Monstein and over the impressive Wiesen railway viaduct (1500m high)
The weather was excellent for running on race day but previously it had snowed quite hard and there was a thunder storm the night before the races in Davos.

Well organised again and well worth another visit next year when it will be the 25th anniversary of the races see www.swissalpine.ch

Results :-

1. Reichert Florian 01:19:22
2. Van Rie Koen (Belgium) 01:19:29
3. Livers Toni (Davos) 01:23:12
23. Andy Staveley (Burnden Road Runners) 01:33:55 (1st British Man)
323. Keith Makin (Horwich RMI Harriers & AC) 02:05:35 New PB by 00:22:50 over last years time, 259th Man, 10th V60, 8th British Man
752 Ran
Well chuffed

1. Stokseth Oyvind (Norway) 01:59:15
2. Hugenschmidt Stephan (Germany) 01:59:28
3. Sulzer Peter (Binningen) 02:02:16
74. Gaynor Higson (Horwich RMI Harriers & AC) 02:38:34 1st run over this course so a new PB! 16th Woman, 6th LV40, 2nd British Woman
375 Ran
Also well chuffed

AGM Time Again.

Just an early reminder that the AGM this year will be held on Wed 21st Oct provisionally booked at the Arena this year.

Anyone who wishes to raise an agenda item needs to submit it before the 14th Sept in writing with a named seconder to the secretary Emma Danton. E-mails will be accepted

First Outright Win for Ali.

Witton Park 5k – Sun 9th Aug.

Alastair Murray made a very late decision to run in the ‘Fighting for Cancer 5k’ held at Witton Park Blackburn and was rewarded with his first race win. Alastair went with the early pace set by Lee Pasco of Blackburn Harriers and eventually pulled away to win comfortably by 200 metres in a time of 16:44.

Results: http://www.ukroadraces.info/Csv_Files/2009/Witton.htm

Lowther Run fell race 13.5m/1500ft – Sun 9th Aug.

Suzanne Notches Up Another Win.

Suzanne Budgett was our sole representative in the Lowther Run this year – which was eventually tagged as a 12.5 miles 1,400′ ft race, but it was Garmin’d by a couple of people at 13.2miles. Route description was: weather hot and clammy – scenery was beautiful with little or no rough fell, with this year’s new route including quite a wide river crossing followed by a longish, stiff climb up to Knipe Scar. As always there’s a little sting in the tail by a nice uphill gradient at the finish. Suzanne started off slowly and was in second place for the first 35 minutes, but eventually pulled clear and never looked back, so was pleased with her performance finishing over three minutes clear by the finish.

Results: http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2009/lowther/

Russ & Pip Tie the Knot.

Many Congratulations to Philippa and Russell who were married on Saturday 8th Aug at the Rampsbeck Country House Hotel Ulleswater. The weather was glorious for the ceremony, and the back drop of the fells was perfect for a couple who’s running is a major part of their lives together, with Pip this year winning both Championships and Russell winning the 50k British title, 2009 will certainly be a year to remember.


Primary School League
Medal Meeting
17 July 2009

55 Trophies were won by the young Horwich RMI Harrier Superstars at the final meeting held at Robin Park Athletics Stadium, Wigan for the 2009 season for Year 3 to 6 Primary School ages. Horwich turned out a fantastic record of 34 athletes on the night.

This event was the last in a series of meetings designed for Primary School children to try out and compete in a selection of different athletic disciplines under a League competition with Chorley and Wigan Harriers. The League was won by Wigan for the 3rd Year in a row, however, Horwich and Chorley are getting closer. Over the 3 League meetings Horwich RMI Harriers had 49 different athletes competing, which is also another record.

In the Medal Meeting, Horwich RMI Harriers won 14 Gold, 21 Silver and 20 Bronze Trophies. In addition 3 new club records were set by Nathan Townsend in the 600m, Holly Clark in the Soft Javelin and Isobel Dean in the Cricket Ball throw. There was a host of new personal bests!

Some other highlights included 1st places for the Girls from Phoebe Howe, Sophie Williams, Alex Woods, Ella Price, Holly Clark and Isobel Dean. For the Boys, 1st places came from Nathan Townsend, Jonah Saunders, Liam Wright, Callum Gordon and Matthew Stocks.

Trophies and Medals were presented by Don Moss from Wigan and a big thanks to Wigan Harriers for hosting such a super night. Also, thanks for the grateful support of the Parents and Volunteers on the night.


Primary League Medal Meeting July 09

Mid Lancs. Meeting – Litherland – 8th August 2009

The final league meeting at Litherland saw 22 Horwich athletes turn out to protect the 1st places already held by both the men’s and the women’s sections.

This meeting would decide the final league positions and see who would gain promotion.

The Horwich contingent, as always, stepped up to the mark and produced some fantastic results.

Notable results were seen by Natassia Dacre achieving 1st places in the shot, javelin and discus for the U13G, Noah Saunders achieving 1st places in the 100m and 200m for the U13B and a 2nd place in the javelin, Sophie Williams achieving 1st places in the 100m and the long jump for the U13G and another 2nd in the javelin.

Jack Shaw produced a 1st place performance in the U15B javelin and new comer Alex Todd came 2nd in both the U15B 100m and 200m.

Zac Howe was the sole U17M in the team this week and produced a 1st place performance in the 1500m.

The U17W secured a 1st place in the javelin for Laura Tunstall and a 3rd place for Rebekah Atkinson in the 3000m.

The senior section consisted of 8 athletes with Mike Houghton securing 1st place in the triple jump, 2nd in the long jump, with a new club record of 4.91m and equalled the existing Senior men’s club record of 12.6s in the 100m.

Andrew Storey came 2nd in the triple jump and 4th in the long jump to secure further vital points for the team.

Trevor Williams, the oldest member of the team, came 3rd in both the shot and discus and 2nd in the javelin.

A special mention to Mark Dacre who produced a heroic run in the 400m to secure yet more points for the final tally.

The senior women were represented by Alison Storey and Helena Lawton who produced yet more outstanding performances with a 1st place in the discus for Alison together with two 3rd places in the shot and the long jump and Helena gained a 2nd place in the senior women’s javelin and a 3rd place in the 100m.


Suzanne Saunders
Team Manager
Mid Lancs. League

Calling All Athletes

Mid Lancs League

Medal Meeting


All athletes U13s (year 6 & above) and older are invited to take part in the above competition on Saturday 22ND August 2009.

Field events commence 11 am and track 12 noon.
Registration from 10 am onwards.

Please give your support to Horwich Harriers by participating.

The cost to enter is £3 for 3 events if pre entered by 19th August 2009 and £5 for 3 events on the day.

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.

To qualify for a medal you must have competed in at least 2 of the previous Mid Lancs meetings this year. This competition is not run in divisions and only the top 3 athletes in all races and events will get a medal. If you have not competed at 2 previous meeting you can still enter but should you be placed in the top 3 you wouldn’t receive a medal.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Suzanne Saunders
Team Manager

Whittle Pike 4.5m/1400ft – 5th August

Seven Harriers made the short trip to Waterfoot for this tough ‘A’ category race, with the going soft underfoot but overall good conditions, with plenty of sunshine but cool enough for racing. Young Peter Howarth – on leave from Uni in Bangor – had an excellent race finishing in fifth place, just over a minute behind race winner Alex Whittam of CFR. Next for us was Graham Schofield first over fifty in a brilliant eighth position. Tony Hesketh in a fine 32nd place was first over sixty, with Mike Crook second over sixty in 47th, just ahead of Pete Leighton 48th -who does race a lot. Colin Waterworth cycled to and from the race and finished 94th and was pleased with his run. The final Harrier was Mark Sammon who seems to be racing everywhere; he finished in 135th out of 156 running.


Chorley 4 Mile Trail Race. Wed 5th Aug.

This, the fourth and last race in the series was the fastest for Gareth Booth who took 39 seconds off last months time, running 24.13 for second place on the night. Gareth’s form has improved greatly with some hard training over the last month and he now goes on holiday for a well earned mini rest. Paul Boardman targeted the series from the first race and was rewarded with third overall in the series and also second vet overall. On the night Paul was 17th in 27.26. Well done Paul good series.
Albert Sunter was 22nd in 28.01 and probably enjoyed his run round the park after his epic at Borrowdale, interesting to see that he was 1 minute 50 seconds faster than his time last month! Nice to see Steve Jackson racing hard again and doing well in 43rd, clocking 30.20. Also good to see Gaynor Higson back on the race scene after her long rehab of an old injury, Gaynor was 65th in 33.12 and second 0/40. Keith Makin also ran and must have been very pleased with a race time of 33.28 only 16 seconds behind Gaynor in 69th. Kath Swindell (39.00) was on much better form than the July race running 3.46 faster and in 91st place turning the tables on Michele Sunter (40.15) – from July – in 95th place, who also went over two minutes faster.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/chorley4.htm

How NOT to holiday

(Otherwise known as the “Coast to Coast Bike Ride Challenge 2009”)
So our task was to bike coast to coast across England from Whitehaven to Whitley bay on the Coast to Coast bike route (C2C). Each summer, 15,000 bikers achieve the distance. What’s to go wrong?
Challenge no. 1 was to achieve the 2 hour car journey to the start of the course, first B&B’s close of business at midnight. The holiday started off on the right foot. Approaching set off time got a call from Caroline dropping the bombshell ….”Bike’s not going in car…” .
The quick release on front wheel turned out to be not quite so quick release. Not even trusty old WD40 would do the trick. Instead, every passerby having the misfortune to walk within a radius mile of Caroline’s parked car was offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to remove the wheel, with the rather lucrative reward of getting oily hands for the privilege. Finally, the back wheel was removed. Eventually we set off. The journey was further halted by my insistence at doing a quick stop off at Forton services to collect shoe overlays from a fellow biker. With 10 mins to spare, all five bikers were installed in the B&B.
Day 1- 46 miles. I fell over the handle bars and got intimate with a roadside bank. For a short while, the group also got split three ways, and I got lost in a pine forest with friend Ali pursued by a digger resembling an inhabitant from Jurassic park. The jagged rocks set up my hybrid tyres perfectly for days 2 and 3. With our first day tiredness set in, some unusual road signage initially baffled us. Ever seen one of those red triangular red warning signs danger “squirrel ahead “? Anyway, we were relieved to see no signs of any threatening 6 ft tall squirrels.
Day 2 – 40 miles. Met office severe weather warnings. Serial climbs up to 2000 feet. Yikes. The highlight was shivering to bone at 1903 feet in wet weather gear amongst 40 other push bikers trying to dry gloves over a log burning stove. Two of us were in need of knee replacement and popping painkillers. My back tyre gave up, fortunately help was on hand with Cherry’s boyfriend Mick having a spare 26inch tyre in his supplies. Whilst the rest of the group were mountain goats on wheels they nearly got pneumonia waiting for Sarah on bleak moors.
Day 3 – 60 miles. My tyre got slow puncture! Ran out of supply of my favourite kiddie sweets – Tutti Fruttis – I got snappy one low sugar moment! By the evening we were all celebrating our finish on the beach with an Italian meal contemplating the next alternative holiday……
Fancy cross-training, see C2C website: http://www.c2c-guide.co.uk/
Sarah Norgate


Mid Lancs League

Meeting 5

L21 7LA

All athletes U13s (year 6 & above) and older are invited to take part in the above competition on Saturday 8th August 2009.

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.

To gain promotion we really need a good turn out for this meeting. We are currently in 1st place in both the mens and womens league but only just!

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
Team Manager

Borrowdale Fell Race.17m/6.500ft. Sat 1st Aug.

This race used to be very popular with Horwich runners many moons ago, but only a few intrepid folk make the trip now outside of it being a championship race, which is a pity as being one of the shorter ’Longs’ it is a great race to practise racing on the big fells without being out too long. Unless of course the weather is down or you bonk!

Ian Charters was out first counter – being just a stroll in the park for him – Ian ran 4.29.21 for 171st place. Rachel Metcalfe is really putting in the races at the moment, surprised to see her doing Borrowdale without her running partner Suzanne. Rachel was 253rd in 5.04.40. Our only other finisher was Tony Varley, still taking on these big challenges and running 5.42.35 for 297th. I believe he found the race this year a bit tough. 301 finished the course.

Results: http://www.borrowdale-fell-runners.org.uk/Documents/Borrowdale%202009%20results.pdf

Wagon & Horses 10 – Lancaster Sun 2nd Aug.

As one group of Harriers were racing over 10 mile at Sale another group made the trip to Lancaster to compete in the Wagon & Horses 10, run I believe on a scenic route alongside the river. The runners here had equal success with Russell Maddams running 55.42 for third pace, and getting in a last minute race before his wedding to Phillippa Jackson next Saturday. On behalf of the club Russ we wish you and Pip all the best for a super day next week. Richard Howarth had a excellent run in fourth with a time of 56.26 not too far away from his PB. Glyn Kay was just outside the hour with 60.22 and very well placed in 8th. Simon Parkinson also ran well for 11th place in 61.32, with Mark Gibson clocking 67.53 for 39th.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/wagon10.html

Wigan Track – Northern League Sun 2nd Aug.

Gareth Booth and Gary Priestley opted for a Sunday 5k session at the track helping the Horwich/Wigan combined team with their points tally.

Lap times were sorted at 74-5 and lead positions were to change every 400m – to help with even pace running. Both lads hit the lap times with meticulous regularity up to the seventh lap when Gary was prompted to go on from Gareth and head for a PB, which he duly did running 15.29.6. Gareth finished strongly claiming a track PB for 5000m of 15.46. Gary and Gareth were first and second respectively and managed to lap all the other runners. Gary was then nicely roped into the 400m relay and ran a PB of 57.09 (provisional) on the anchor leg to bring the combined team into second place. Both enjoyed the day, so did Pete and I, its something other club runners should try, I am sure they would enjoy it.

Other photos of April Stephenson in the 4000m relay.

Wigan Track 5K

Sale 10 – Sunday 2nd Aug.

It was a very successful outing for the small Horwich contingent who took to the roads around Wythenshawe Park. Katie Ingram was racing her first ten miler and was a little apprehensive of the distance but her time of 55.38 gave a clear indication that she was well able to race hard at this distance as she went second on the 10 mile national rankings for this year. It would have been first but Gemma Miles also took the opportunity to race at this distance for the first time and clocked 54.52 to win the race. In the men’s race new member Neil Pendlebury was home in a new PB of 53.03 for 10th place, and was happy with his time, he did comment that he would have been happier four seconds faster! Colin Rigby had set himself a target pace of 5.30, but found on the day that he was much fitter than he thought, running 53.42 (5.22) to take the first 0/40 prize and put a smile on his face, especially when he found out he is now second fastest 0/40 in the country over 10 mile this year. Alastair Murray was also in PB form running 55.31 for 18th place and was satisfied with his time considering he was not feeling 100%. This would easily have given us first team if Neil had been able to count. Karl Ward also ran well for 53rd place and a time of 61.22 which was fine considering that he had not tapered for the race and done ten mile in training the day before.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/sale10.htm

Sale 10

Tough Guy Event 22nd July

Congratulations to young Andrew Kirkham who at the tender age of just 17 took on this very tough challenge and came through it with only an occasional shiver. An appreciation of the course can be gleaned from the pictures, but these only tell part of the tale with 8 miles of obstacles to overcome which would do an army assault course proud.

Andrew finished 427 out of 2343 finishers, with time of 4hr 48mins. That’s the longest you will be running for a very long time Andrew! Well done.

Results: http://www.toughguy.co.uk/?q=node/2055&page=19