Another Award Win

Following on from winning the North West award for Junior Club of the Year, the club has had more success with Mike Houghton, Rebecca Keating, Rachel Pearson, Jack Thomas and Tiffany Dacre winning the North West award for Young Volunteers (U 23) of the Year.

Mike, Rebecca, Rachel, Jack and Tiffany won for all their work in Coaching across a range of ages and events and in developing the Track and Field section.

Well done to them all


Young Horwich RMI Harriers strike “Gold” at Wigan

Congratulations to Gabrielle Whittle, Isobel Dean, Nathan Townsend, Jonah Saunders & Callum Gordon of Horwich RMI Harriers, who all won Gold Medals in the Arnold Seddon Memorial Track and Field Athletics Meeting which took place on 19th September 2009 held at Wigan.

This was the penultimate outdoor meeting for the 2009 season for Under 15 athletes. Over 200 children from all over the country took part & Horwich RMI Harriers turned out 26 athletes on the day. To win medals in a major event like this is a tremendous achievement. On the day we recorded many Personal Bests and won a record 22 Medals in total!

A fantastic achievement for all MEDAL WINNERS and well done to our other competitors, who all performed magnificently on the day.


England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards

Following on from winning the North West award for Junior Club of the Year, the club has had more success with Mike Houghton, Rebecca Keating, Rachel Pearson, Jack Thomas and Tiffany Dacre winning the North West award for Young Volunteers (U 23) of the Year.

Mike, Rebecca, Rachel, Jack and Tiffany won for all their work in Coaching across a range of ages and events and in developing the Track and Field section.

Well done to them all

Link below

Medicine & Chernobyl Belarus 10k Race. Parbold 27th September

Paul & Emma Make it a Double First.

Outright wins for Emma Perrin (42.41) and Paul Boardman (37.57) in this charity race, which I think is Paul’s first outright win – not sure about Emma, who is just coming back from a longish lay off and the win will certainly help training motivation, well done to you both. Plus as a bonus Paul’s son Sam also won the junior race outright!

Other good runs came from local duo Andy Gorman who ran 42.38 for 14th place and Pete Bland (44.42) who was looking for the first 0/60, unfortunately Pete Gibson from Red Rose was there who ran 43.20. Lawrence Pinnell was our only other runner who clocked 49.17 for 42nd place.

Ian Hodgson Teams

Senior men
Leg 1) Darren Kay & Peter Haworth
Leg 2) Stuart Edmundson & Karl Ward
Leg 3) Alastair Murray & James Kevan
Leg 4) Brendan Bolland & Mick Green

Mens Vets
Leg 1) Brent & Wilf Brindle
Leg 2) Neil Wrigley & James Simmonite
Leg 3) Albert Sunter & Colin Jones
Leg 4) Robert Green & Tony Hesketh

Colin Jones

Down Hill Race Monday 28th Sept

Bad visibility and a chilly breeze greeted the runners gathering at Scotsman’s Stump for this years downhill race. Setting off at 30 second intervals to allow everyone the freedom to choose their own route the competitors were soon under way. On the descent from the mast the clag lifted to reveal the pike silhouetted by the setting sun. Some were obviously paying too much attention to this picturesque vista as they fell into a bog or on the descent from the pike. However, everyone made it back to the RMI club in one piece, and in the dark.

Thanks to Diane for the timekeeping, Doug for keeping us all honest by
marshalling at the Pike, Anne for the lift, and everyone who supported
the event.

Results :-

(1) Alastair Murray – 19:43.
(2) Albert Sunter – 20:20.
(2) Mick Green – 20:20.
(4) Alex Fowler (guest) – 20:43.
(5) Rob Green – 21:44.
(6) Colin Jones – 23:27.
(7) Tony Varley – 25:03.
(8) Pete Ramsdale – 25:18.
(9) Paul Murray – 25:24.
(10) Mark Sammon – 27:11.
(11) Gordon Stone – 29:38.
(12) Michelle Sunter – 33:17.

1500m Elite Race Preston Town centre

James Kevan’s short distance form just gets better, this time scorching around the Preston Town centre in a small elite field of 800 & 1500m specialists, including Paul Bradshaw GB, Chris Bryant Wales. James was invited by Helen Clitheroe as the British and English U/23 Champion and there must have been some surprised expressions as he finished 5th in 4:11.04, (to be confirmed) very close to 2nd Paul Bradshaw and 3rd David Rigby of Preston.

This is the first 1500m James has raced since he was U15 so this is a PB as his last PB was 4:31

Quote: ‘After being persuaded by my brother to do the race with him, he unfortunately had to pull out a few days before with injury leaving me in an elite 1500m on my own and having not done one since high school I was a little nervous!
The race was almost three laps around the market in the centre of Preston. Lucky for me they started steady on the first lap and gradually picked up the pace. I just stuck with them and tried to get around the outside on the start of the final lap but didn’t get very far and ended up sitting near the back until the final corner and with just over 200m to go everyone kicked and I managed to pick off a couple of them and finish in 5th place in 4.11.09 (not official) which shaved a chunk of my previous PB of 4.31’.


Whernside Fell Race: Saturday 26th September 12miles/2972′ (Horwich fell championship race)

Nine Horwich members ventured to Dent to participate in Saturday’s Whernside race. This very runable race was made all the better by being graced with clear skies and fantastic sunshine. At the time of writing this report, full results were not available, so apologies for any errors. Graham Schofield was first home for Horwich in tenth position, collecting a Vet prize and maximum points in this Horwich fell championship counter. Just behind Graham was Mick Green in eleventh place, giving his new Horwich vest its first outing – and a very successful outing at that! Suzanne Budgett had a fantastic run, displaying her current fitness well, and taking the first female place (Her time being a full 12 minutes quicker than last year). The six other Horwich finishers, picking up useful championship points, were: Mark Leighton, Ian Hepburn, Doug Fleming, Rachel Metcalfe, Colin Waterworth and Mark Sammon.



Swinton Half Marathon – Sun 27th Sept

Nine Harriers were in attendance for the 31st Swinton Half Marathonn – this
year a counter in the club’s road and overall championships, as well as
the Central Lancs Grand Prix. From the start a lead group was quickly
established with a strong Horwich presence of four runners. First
Horwich home was new member Richard Howarth in a PB of 73:45 for 3rd
place. Next to finish were Colin Rigby, Alastair Murray, (completing the
winning team) and Rob Jackson, packing well in 5th, 6th and 7th places.
Alastair was especially pleased with a 6 minute PB of 74:53. Denis Mason
came close to his target time finishing in 21st with 81:15. The team for
the Central Lancs was completed by Gary Chadderton (1:37:51) Robert
Whitaker (very pleased with 1:45:49) Stuart Adamson (1:52:45) and David
Roberts (2:03:54).



North of England Road Running Relays Sat 27th September – Leeds University

Senior Men – Horwich RMI Harriers 13th Overall

Leg.. Runner.. Time.. Team Position

1 Garry Priestley.. 18.06….. 12
2 James Kevan…… 17.45….. 6
3 Russell Maddams.. 18.36….. 8
4 Gareth Booth…. 19.40….. 11
5 Alastair Murray. 19.17….. 11
6 Colin Rigby….. 19.36….. 13

A hot sunny day and a fantastic venue greeted what was our strongest team for some years in the 2009 Northern 6 Stage. The running order of the team was selected not by current fitness but by age so we were going to start with the young ones and finish with the old ones, but Russell had to get away early for Pips birthday bash so we ran 2 young ones then an oldie then 2 more young ones and then another older oldie. A good balance of youth and experience, and it worked, as the team finished in the highest place for some years. I couldn,t decide between James and Russ who had the best run of the day so I will let them share it, well done lads.
This was a great team performance and a very enjoyable day, I hope the lads decide to compete in the National and if they do I will willingly drive and provide the beer. Thanks to Norman for his support and thanks to Col for keeping us entertained on the journey.

Pete Bland


6 Stage

Red Rose Venue Change Sat 3rd Oct.

PLEASE NOTE: that next Saturdays Bury Cross Country is OFF and the venue has been moved to Witton park Blackburn. Same start details as normal. **Please note that all Red Rose meetings start at 12.30 with the U11’s. The Ladies at 1.20pm and Men at 2pm** Other age groups run between these times – don’t be late ** Pick numbers up on the day – that’s the first time they become available.

It’s likely that the 7th November will become the Bury fixture – a change back from Blackburn.

Pete Ramsdale

England Athletics Awards Sponsored by Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne

Horwich Junior Section Shortlisted.

Tremendous news for the Junior Section and all the coaches and volunteers who have helped to make it such a success. It would appear that our nomination to attend the National Awards was at the bequest of the North West Region who considered us to be the best candidate.

The 2009 England Athletics National Awards programme, will see volunteers from across the country recognized for their contributions in supporting the development of the sport. There will be twelve categories of award, these will recognise the work of clubs, volunteers, officials and coaches, as well as the areas of partnership and disability athletics. They will reward contributions and commitment to our sport over the past 12-month period, with a more limited number of lifetime service awards.

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CSSC Games

Last week (17th and 18th Sept) Angela Allen and Gordon Stone competed in the CSSC Games, representing HASSRA at Loughborough University. Angela performed brilliantly for an outright win in the Women’s 3000 metres in a time of 11:37.0 and was runner up and first W40 in the 1500 metres in a time of 5:31.1. Gordon followed up a day and a half in the table tennis competition by competing in the 10k road race in which he finished 25th of 37 finishers in 49:30 on a relatively hilly course in suddenly quite hot conditions on the Friday afternoon. The race was won in 33:43.

Cross Country Entries

Please check out to see if you are on the list, if not then contact Pete Ramsdale
(01204 468373)

Mid Lancs
Gary Priestley 02/09/1988 U23 yes
Neil Pendlebury 24/10/1986 SM yes
Gareth Booth 09/10/1971 SM yes
Richard Howarth 28/03/1974 SM yes
Karl Ward 26/07/1971 SM yes
Paul Hesketh 13/07/1974 SM yes
Carl Balshaw 30/06/1970 SM yes
Alastair Murray 19/02/1975 SM yes
Andy Porter 30/04/1970 SM yes
Denis Mason 15/07/1975 SM yes
Ian Hepburn 31/10/1976 SM yes
Colin Rigby 12/11/1968 V40 yes
Garry Chadderton 01/10/1961 V45 yes
Doug Fleming 01/09/1959 V50 yes
Colin Wood 26/03/1957 V50 yes
Graham Schofield 21/03/1956 V50 yes
Peter Ramsdale 08/06/1957 V50 yes
Barry Allman 31/03/1956 V50 yes
Steve Jackson 21/04/1954 V55 yes
Tony Hesketh 12/05/1948 V60 yes
Peter Bland 19/09/1947 V60 yes
Paul Murray 01/10/1941 V65 yes

Rachel Metcalfe 11/05/1975 SL yes
Christine Boardman 30/08/1983 SL yes
Karen Murray 03/12/1978 SL yes
Sarah Norgate 02/05/1970 LV35 yes
Suzanne Budgett 25/11/1962 LV45 yes

Will Townsend 04/05/1998 U13 yes
Nathan Townsend 22/05/1998 U13 yes
Joseph Howe 14/10/1996 U13 yes
Jonathan Powis 03/11/1997 U13 yes
Zac Howe 28/04/1994 U17 yes

Martha Gill 25/11/1997 U13 yes
Phoebe Howe 05/07/1998 U13 yes

10 October – Kendal
28 November – Liverpool
19 December – Burnley
16 January – Beacon Park
13 February – Hyndburn
6 March – Barrow
Best four races out of six to count.

Red Rose
Gary Priestley 02/09/1988 U23 yes
Gareth Booth 09/10/1971 SM yes
Karl Ward 26/07/1971 SM yes
Carl Balshaw 30/06/1970 SM yes
Alastair Murray 19/02/1975 SM yes
Andy Porter 30/04/1970 SM yes
Colin Rigby 12/11/1968 V40 yes
Doug Fleming 01/09/1959 V50 yes
Colin Wood 26/03/1957 V50 yes
Graham Schofield 21/03/1956 V50 yes
Peter Ramsdale 08/06/1957 V50 yes
Colin Waterworth 23/03/1956 V50 yes
Barry Allman 31/03/1956 V50 yes
Steve Jackson 21/04/1954 V55 yes
Peter Bland 19/09/1947 V60 yes
Paul Murray 01/10/1941 V65 yes

Rachel Metcalfe 11/05/1975 SL yes
Sarah Norgate 02/05/1970 LV35 yes
Suzanne Budgett 25/11/1962 LV45 yes

Will Townsend 04/05/1998 U13 yes
Nathan Townsend 22/05/1998 U13 yes
Joseph Howe 14/10/1996 U13 yes
Jonathan Powis 03/11/1997 U13 yes
Zac Howe 28/04/1994 U17 yes

Martha Gill 25/11/1997 U13 yes
Phoebe Howe 05/07/1998 U13 yes

3 October – Bury
7 November – Blackburn
21 November – Bolton
Sun 6 December – Rossendale

Three Shires Fell Race – 13m/4000ft

After the clear weather we’d had last week, a few clouds and a touch of rain decided to take part in this years race. The clagg lingering around on the peaks of Wetherlam and Swirl How and the rain joining in for the trek up to Blisco. There were also tales of navigation errors throughout the field being told at the finish too with one group of about 30 runners playing follow the leader, keeping too far left on the run down to the Three Shires Stone and only just making the 2 hour cut-off. Darren Kay (2:04.10) was our first runner home in 11th, quicker than last year but still not optimizing route choice! Albert Sunter finishing in 114th (2:42.56) followed just 5 mins later by Pete Walkington in 139th (2:48.00). Our 4th runner Rachel Metcalfe come home in 3:10.57 and finally, taking on this race for the first time, Mark Sammon was our final runner in 262nd (3:39.34).

Weekend Snippets.

Pennington Flash 5 Mile Trail Race 20th Sept

Neil Pendlebury (27.00) returned to his old stomping ground to race the local 5 mile trail race. Although he had not been well for a couple of days before the race it didn’t stop him from taking an early lead which he kept to the end winning by 23 seconds from training partner Tony Battersby (27.23) of Leigh. Colin Rigby (27.32) continued his short race program and was running with Tony for most of the race, but had to settle for third on the day, collecting the first 0/40 in the bargain. Karl Ward ran well for this 30.30 in 11th place and Barry Allman was back into race mode after a period off with a chest infection, placing 52nd in 36.48.


Katie Wins Commonwealth Title.

Katie Ingram went one better than the Silver medal she won on Friday- for the Up Hill only race – by winning outright the Up & Down race today which centered on the Latrigg Fell overlooking the town of Keswick. The 9k two lap course climbed twice to the 1200ft summit before descending back into Fitz Park for the finish. Her main rival in the race was England colleague Sarah Tunstall who was hot favourite to take the title after only choosing to race the Up & Down course, as opposed to Katie who elected to do the double, having raced to the top of Skiddaw on the Up Hill course two days previous. But Katie‘s strength and tactics paid off as she closed down the first lap lead of Sarah as they climbed for the final time to Latigg summit, overtaking her on the steepest part of the course and creating a winning margin on the descent back into the finish. Her winning time of 40.12 was a clear 48 seconds. Katie’s final medal tally for the two races was Three Gold and One Silver medal, having also collected two team Gold’s.

Katie will now take a week’s well earned holiday in Portugal before embarking on her new athletics career as a tri-athlete, having been accepted on the Tri-Gold programme which is fully sponsored by British Triathlon, the National Governing Body for the sport. The programme is intended to fast track those athletes of a proven running ability through a year’s intensive tri training at Loughborough University, with the intention of preparing them for the 2012 Olympics.


Open Race 12k Three Lap Course of Latrigg.

It was only a small contingent from the club who came all the way to Keswick to run the open race, but they made a big impression. Gary Priestley had a super race leading all the way round the course and looking set to win by a clear margin, but with blistering feet and a fast finishing Scottish International Prasad Prasad (yes that’s right!) on his heels, he just missed out on the run in, losing it by 5 secs, but it was a great performance. Equally impressive was Suzanne Budgett who finished fourth lady and first 0/45, Suzanne had the target of Steve Jackson just in front, which obviously worked as she went past Steve on the last lap, finishing very strongly. In Steve’s defence down hill running these days is no fun, but he ran well enough to take the first 0/55 category, well done Steve.

Results Open Race:

Commonwealth Mountain Running Championship Keswick Friday 18th Sept.

Katie’s Magnificent Second Place.

Katie Ingram (48.43) ran the race of her life when finishing second to Anna Frost (48.06) of New Zealand in the inaugural Uphill’ only race at the Commonwealth Mountain Running Championship held over the weekend at Keswick. Katie was in positive mode after her great run at the World Championships in Italy earlier in the month as she took the lead on the short downhill section after Latrigg summit, which she maintained over the next 2k before Anna – last years WMRA Grand Prix winner – very gradually edged past to create a 37sec gap by the finish. In third place for England was Rebecca Robinson (49.12) from Kendal who had a great race, and with Victoria Wilkinson (49.50) in fourth, England easily took the team Gold.

Katie now has 48 hours rest and recovery before taking on the ‘Up & Down’ course on Sunday – we wish her luck.

Report for Telford Games and Blackpool Open meetings

A number of Horwich RMI Harriers were out at the weekend making the most if the weather in some end of season competitions.

Natassia Dacre travelled down to the Midlands to compete in the prestigious Telford Games and was rewarded with a new club record in the Javelin. Natassia, competing in the U 13 age group came up against the Welsh number 1 yet threw further than she had done before to pick up the silver medal and move to 16th on the UK rankings. For good measure Natassia then also finished 3rd in the Discus.

A few Horwich RMI Harriers competed at the Blackpool Medal Meeting. Callum Gordon had a good day winning both the 80m and 600m races for the U 9 boys smashing the clubs records in the process. Laura Taylor picked a silver and bronze in the hurdles and Long Jump and Laura’s brother Adam earned a silver in the Hammer. Gabrielle Whittle completed the medal haul with a bronze in the Hurdles.

Full results.

Trafford 10k – Sunday 13th Sept.

First Team & Three PB’s

Trafford got an update with a new course and chip timing, which obviously suited Gary Priestley, Neil Pendlebury and Richard Howarth as they all claimed new PB’s.

Gary and Neil went off very fast, 4.40 I believe for the first mile! They powered round the course and only started to feel the effects of the early pace around the 8k mark but their fast start paid off as Gary ran 31.19 – 1.37 inside his old PB for 6th place. Neil’s previous PB of 33.16 was also shattered as he clocked 31.33 for 7th. Not to be outdone Richard also did a PB of 33.18 from his previous 34.22, giving them first team in a quality field. Alastair Murray unfortunately started with a cold the day before and thought he would give it a go – as you do, but his time of 34.23 indicated it had taken effect. Kevin Newhall also enjoyed his run on the new course with a time 38.47. In the ladies race Angela Allen had a rare race outing along with daughter Dionne, both had set a target time of 40 minutes which they duly made in 39.38 & 39.24 respectively, Dionne finishing 7th and Mum 9th, Angela also collected the 1st 0/40 prize, plus it was a PB for Dionne being her first 10k race.



The club has reserved 5 entries in this years Langdale Fell Race, the
last race in the English Champs. The rules (theirs not ours) indicate,
“entries may be allocated to runners in any team categories (English
Championship & Lakes Classics) where the club has the possibility of a
top 3 placing.”

By these criteria the entries can be allocated to runners in the Mens
V40 category. (I assume this includes any men over 40 – ie. over 50
etc.) Anyone wanting to take one of these places should contact me
asap. Deadline to inform the race organiser is Sat 26th Sept.

Alastair Murray.

Derwentwater Trail Race – Sun 6th Sept.

Russell Maddams continued his current busy race program with a fine 4th place in this very popular Lakes trail race. Starting and finishing in Keswick, the race is a 14km circuit along well marked footpaths and bridleways and takes in panoramic views of Lake Derwentwater the surrounding peaks of the Skiddaw and Blencathra range and the northern lakeland fells. Russell was pleased with this time of 54.35 which was over a minute faster than his time in 2007. Tony Hesketh was our only other runner to make the trip, Tony did well in 56th place – from 403 running – with a time of 69.27, which placed him second 0/60.


25th World Mountain Running Championship Campodolcino Italy. Sunday 6th Sept

Katie 7th in the World Mountain Running Championship.

Katie Ingram moved up from last years 30th place to a fantastic 7th overall on this years up & down championship course in Italy at the weekend. Her time of 44.59 was equal to 6th placed Anna Pichrtrova of the Czech Republic, and only two seconds from Halya Bastug of Turkey in 5th. Team mate Sarah Tunstall was 4th in 44.48 and with Kate Goodhead in 11th running 45.24 the GB ladies collected the team silver medals. Only the home country team of Italy – who finished 1-2-3 kept them from the winner’s rostrum. Certainly being at altitude and on their own course the Italian squad made full use of their local advantage. There were 35 countries attending the Championship this year with over 330 athletes competing, and as can be seen in the results, the African athletes are beginning to make in roads into this endurance discipline as well!

Katie will now look forward to the Commonwealth races at Keswick on weekend of 19/20th Sept when she races both the uphill only race on the Friday and the up and down race on the Sunday.

Full results for the World Championship :

Rufford 10k – Sun 6th Sept

Colin Leads the Way.

Colin Rigby made it a course PB as he powered round in 33.03 – failing to check his watch on the run in! But he was very happy with his second place overall and in leading the Horwich team to victory, with good team back up from Stevie Nolan (35.55) in 9th Denis Mason (36.09) in 12th and Karl Ward (37.27) in 23rd.
Suzanne Budgett (38.57) was out next counter taking the second lady position and 39th overall. This was a super 10k run for Suzanne on a not too friendly course which I think is a PB. The ladies finished third team with Sarah Gorman (45.57) and team mate Christine Boardman battling it out to the finish, with just three seconds separating them. In the men’s vets ranks, Steve Jackson (41.11) was getting in more road time finishing 3rd 0/55 in 59th place. Pete Bland finished 2nd 0/60 in 44.33, fast enough – I believe – to clinch his age group in the Grand Prix. Barry Allman (45.52) had to be content to let his mate fade into the distant, and will have to get in some serious training if the X/C battles are to commence with any meaning! (Come on Barry) Gordon Stone continues to race himself to fitness running 47.32 for 126th on the day. Ed Swift clocked 49.43 in 148th and Gillian Burnell (50.40) had to settle this time for 2nd 0/60, as did Ray Stafford (53.26) in the 0/70 age group, just a minute behind Pete Edwards of Northern Vets. 186 ran.


Hades Hill Fell Race 5m/1200ft – Thursday 3rd Sept.

A very wet and windy night with lots of mud and boggy ground welcomed 86 runners at one of the last evening fell races of the year. 4 Harriers took the plunge with Peter Haworth having a good run to finish in 2nd place (33:51). Paul Boardman in 14th (38:53) and 2nd V45. Peter Leighton in 24th (41:28) and dragging his heels in 78th place was Mark Sammon (53:52).

Click here for some old fashioned fell race results:


Gary Gains First England Vest.

Many congratulations to Gary Priestley who has now been officially informed that he will be running for England in Slovenia on the 3rd Oct in the Smarna Gora race.

Gary will be a member of the U/23 England development team which was formed to help junior athletes stay motivated during their transition through to the senior ranks.

The race which is over 9k with 2329ft of ascent and 1148ft of descent attracts a top international field and will be a good test for Gary in his first international race.

Weekends Snippets.

Stretford 3000m – Tuesday 1st Sept.

Gary Priestley and Colin Rigby took in the 3000m at Stretford instead of the usual track session to see where they are in terms of current form. Gary was going with the intention of a new PB and getting below the 9 min barrier, which he did – just- with a new PB of 8.59 36 – five seconds off a PB at this distance is great, well done Gary. Colin with very happy with his 9.29, finding the track pace at this distance pretty tough. Results not out yet.

Carlisle 10k – 30th Aug.

Russell Maddams took in a couple of 10k races as part of his training over the weekend running the Carlisle 10k in the official time of 33.59 – and his time 33.48. This put him second overall from a field 382.

Gosforth 10k – 1st Sept.

Just to vindicate his current 10k race time, Russell raced again the following Monday to help out a running partner pace the race for a PB, this time Russ ran 33.06 for third place, just taking the race as a training session, not a bad time though just a few seconds from his seasons best!

Pilgrims Way 7

A long weekend away with friends allowed me to take in the 2nd running of the Pilgrims Way 7+ race held in Kent. The 7+ is supposed to be in keeping with the Rugby theme (i.e Rugby 7’s) but it sounded like it just served to confuse a few runners that didn’t realise it was actually an 8.5 mile race. Starting at the Rugby Club in Vigo (just off the M20) this, mainly, trail race follows the Pilgrims Way going out and part of the North Downs Way on the way back. After reading the race report on Runners world
I was expecting a couple of good ups/downs but they weren’t really as severe as they had been described.

I’m not the fastest of runners but running on the flat is my least favourite, however with the locals tip toeing on the couple of short downhills and struggling with the final long steady uphill it allowed me to pick up a few places during the race. A pleasant, scenic run apart from a little too much “Blessed Tarmac” on the final run in. Finishing in a time of 1:19:14 in 87th place from 182 finishers (plus apparently 25 DNF’s) this race will be pencilled in again for next year if I am
this way visiting friends again!

Mark Sammon

English Junior Fell race Darwen Gala.

Tony Hesketh has some junior fell runners under him as a coach and at weekend his team did rather well.

In a field of 33 finishers we had 4 runners. In a 2 mile race the pace at the front was fast and hard and the top 9 places were all from different clubs.

Conditions were great and support for the runners was clear as many voices shouted for Horwich all the way around.

First Horwich runner home AND first Lancashire person was Nathan Townsend in 6th place having a storming finish beating 2 of his local rivals on his way down. This gave Nathan the Lancs Gold medal for the boys. His time of 16.33 was a respectable time as he and the RMI junior team never had run this course before.

Next was Phoebe Howe in 10th with a time of 16.57 giving her the silver after just being beat by her local rival.

Will Townsend and Jonathan Powis came home 15th & 16th respectfully excellent runs from both boys who stuck and encouraged each other all the way around.

Albeit these are very respectable time this team will still qualify next year for U12 category as they have all only just turned 11.

There was no team prize but if there had been Horwich would have won first 3 and first 4 home, all in all a great day for the juniors.

Not to be outdone, Jo Howe had a super run in the U14s come in a respectable 15th being our only representative and being the 4th Lancs runner home, marginally missed out on a bronze medal.

This is a show of fine work Tony is doing with the Junior team .

Andy Townsend.

Mid Lancs Medal Meeting

Match report – Mid Lancs League Medal Meeting, Robin Park, Wigan, 22nd Aug

The final meeting of the Mid Lancs League was the Medal Meeting, this year held at Robin Park, Wigan.

21 Horwich athletes turned out to compete for the coveted medals with some great performances being seen in all the age groups.

Helena Lawton kicked off the medal haul for Horwich with a bronze in the Senior Women’s 100m and she was later to collect a further bronze in the javelin event.

The U13 age group collected 5 medals with silvers for Gabrielle Whittle in both the 100m and the high jump, Nathan Barlow won silver in the 200m and Natassia Dacre won silver in the javelin.

The U15s saw Beth Miller win bronze medal in the 100m and for the U17s Rebekah Atkinson gained a silver in the 3000m and Laura Tunstall another silver in the javelin.

The biggest medal haul for Horwich came from the Seniors section with 8 medals being won with Alison Storey taking 2 silvers in the discus and long jump and a bronze in the shot, Lawton’s 2 bronze for the 100m and the javelin, Matthew Storey taking gold in the javelin and Jack Thomas winning the bronze in the same event.

A special mention to the Senior Men’s 4 X 100m relay team of Andrew Storey, Mike Houghton, Matthew Storey and Jack Thomas who took the medal in a new club record time of 48.6s.

At the end of the meeting Horwich Team Manager, Suzanne Saunders, collected the Division Two trophies for both the Horwich Men’s and Women’s sections who both finished 1st in their respective leagues and are now promoted to the Division 1.