Weekend Snippets.

Accrington 10k Sunday 25th Oct.

Richard Howarth continued his good form with a fine second place on this undulating 10k course, his time of 34.59 was a minute behind winner Steve Littler of Wesham.
Glyn Kay was next in, running well for his 38.09 and 8th place. Lesley Fisher again took the ladies 0/50 prize finishing 11th overall in 45.27. Derek Kay made up our small continent to the race taking the first 0/65 spot in 47.17.

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

Standish 10k Trail Race – Sat 24th Oct.






Just half a dozen Harriers turned out for this by- annual race, with five vets in our line up. Paul Muller (28.09) was our first counter finishing 5th and of course first 0/50. Angela Allen ran well for her 43.38, and second lady, having had a tough week with the Tuesday and Thursday sessions and feeling a little heavy legged. Emma Perrin was our only non vet of the day finishing well in 35th overall and fourth lady, Emma too found the going tough with again no taper for the race. Pete Bland thought he would find it tough but had a cracker taking first 0/60 and running 47.14. Paul Murray continued with the age group wins running well for first 0/65 in 49.18, and Barry Allman (51.09) trying to get in some race time after his three month chest infection finished in 63rd. 109 ran.

If you think Paul Mullers time was a bit quick for the 10k course a mini mix up by a marshall on the course sent the first ten runners back before completing the full course. The race organiser handled the dilemma well giving out two lots of first five home prizes!

Weekends Snippets.

Half Marathon Palma de Mallorca –Sun 18th Oct.

Colin Rigby finished a superb 4th in this well attended half with over 1800 runners.

Colin took in one of the extended weekend deals that cater for running groups who like to travel to the sun for their races and was very happy with his performance, his time of 1.13.36 was over a minute quicker than his last two halfs at Swinton and Warrington.

Green Drive 5 – Sun 18th

Suzanne Budgett (30.26) Emma Perrin (31.34) and new member Michelle Devine (35.20) made up a team for this popular race with over 350 running. All three ran really well but unfortunately they were up against local team Blackpool Wyre & Fylde who fielded a super team to finish 1-4-6 to our 3-5-15. Also impressive that Blackpool fielded five ladies teams!

Results.: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/green5.html

UKA British Relay Championship. Sun 18th Oct.











The results link at the bottom are pretty comprehensive and will give you all the leg times and variations in team placings, I will leave that for you to study and just comment on the teams overall performance.

What promised to be a nice sunny day by the weather men turned into a pretty miserable drizzly one, with low cloud sending runners off in all directions.

The senior men’s team claimed the best performance of our four teams entered finishing a fantastic 7th overall, with Darren Kay on the first leg running well to bring us in 11th. Gary Priestley and James Kevan set off on the second leg in earnest and at one stage had managed to claw back four places for fifth, but a mini mistake on path choice let a couple more teams get back into contention and we finished the leg in 10th. Our super navigator James Logue was on the orienteering leg with his shadow Stuart Edmondson as partner – who kindly stepped in at the last minute – James found the leg pretty tough as there was little scope for clever map reading with the terrain being particularly devoid of good reference points. However they both ran great consolidating our position in 10th. This left Alastair Murray who disappeared into the mist hopefully to re-emerge not having got lost and maintain – or better still improve – our excellent position. Ali had a quality run – like all of our runners – against the best fell runners in the country to bring the team home in a fine 7th place – from 154 teams running – having found out that the first three teams to finish had failed to find one of the check points and were disqualified.

The ladies team were given a flying start by Lindsey Squires on the first leg who finished in a super 3rd place, looking particularly strong at the finish, Lindsey handed over to the mother and daughter team of Angela and Dionne Allen who although apprehensive of the course navigation gave 100% with a brilliant run finishing I made it in 5th place. By now the clag had come down and Rachel Metcalfe and partner Sue Hayes were not relishing the task of finding difficult check points in the mist. The rest of the squad waited patiently in the rain for a glimpse of a red vest and realising that the mist had indeed won the day – as it did with many of the pairings The girls finally came in pretty weary. By this time Geraldine Walkington’s many layers of clothes had proved insufficient in holding back the cold and rain as she finally shivered off in the mini mass start at 3pm. She did however team up with Mike crook from the 0/50 team on the leg to bring the ladies home in 15th position, well done Geraldine.

The 0/40 team was rapidly put together in the week leading up to the race and I am grateful for all those in the team who willingly supported the club by answering such a late call. Steve Nolan epitomized this and with little compass knowledge stuck in on the first leg with a great run finishing (I made it) in 10th place. This then gave our second leg runners Ian Hamer and Phil Dewhurst an opportunity to match strides again having been old training partners in the past. I believe it was considered a draw as they both finished strongly. On the orienteering leg Brendan Bolland had Mick Green as his shadow and they had a brilliant run pulling back many teams (see results) I think it was 25. Steve Kenyon who had probably the longest warm up of his career, set off with a little trepidation into the mist and had a mixed time in the woods pulling himself out of a bog at one stage and finding the map reading pretty tough in the conditions, however Steve brought the team home in a fine top ten place.

The vet 0/50 team possibly had the most trouble of the day with the poor visibility with Brent Brindles position on the first leg looking pretty good initially, I made it 6th until Tony Hesketh and Colin Wood went on a tour of the woods, and Steve Jackson and Brian Walton deciding that a recce of the Ennerdale route was the best option after going off in the wrong valley!! Poor Mick Crook didn’t know when he went out in the mini mass start that the team had already been disqualified, but he partnered up with Geraldine and they enjoyed their afternoon amongst the mist and the hills.

Although a miserable day it did not dampen the spirits and the camaraderie of the squad who did a great job in representing their club at this, the premium fell event of the year.

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

FRA Relay

AGM – Date Change

Due to circumstances beyond our control – re venue.

The AGM will now be held on Wednesday 28th Oct at the Arena at 8pm.

Just ask at reception where the meeting room is located.

We are sorry if this has caused any inconvenience.

Pete Bland
Chairman

FRA English Fell Championship 2009

Vets Lead The Way.

Suzanne Budgett stole the show in this years championship with Gold in the 0/45 age group and a Bronze in the 0/40, it has been Suzanne’s best ever competitive year with a host of individual race wins and a mega amount of age group prizes. Geraldine Walkington also started the year on a high with good results and high expectations but through injury had to be content in the end with a Bronze in the 0/50 category, which is nothing to be sniffed at! Husband Pete doggedly stuck in there chasing Geoffrey Howard of Ilkley in the 0/65 group taking two wins at Dent and Langdale, and finally making it a super silver. Ray Stafford carried the clubs flag for the 0/70’s and did us proud with a Bronze medal. It’s a credit to win any medal in the championship but to be running and winning medals after 60 deserves a special acknowledgement, which most runners will not appreciate until it’s their turn to try!

Looking to the future the Gold for the U/23’s was taken by James Kevan – who also took the British title, a super effort, with Gary Priestley taking the Silver in the English U/23 Champs and getting his England vest in the U/23 development team as reported on the Blog.

In the men’s championship the ever consistent James Logue was in our highest position of 16th with Dave Milliken in 23rd, James Kevan was 29th, with Darren Kay in 32nd – who I know was very disappointed not to have been able to compete in all the races he wanted to. Gary Priestley took 77th place with just his one super run at Tebay. Russell Maddams 101st, got in the table with his run at Pendle, and Graham Schofield was placed 108th, same points as new recruit Mick Green.

In the men’s English 0/40 champs James Logue did great as he moved up into equal 4th place after his super 17th place at Langdale. Dave Milliken was 8th in the table – Dave has been plagued most of the season with niggles and had not been able to complete the champs as he had wanted to through injury. Even Colin Rigby got on the list this year in 59th place, with his run out at Pendle.

In the 0/45 age category Mick Green shared his 39th place with Mike Wallis of Clayton.

Graham Schofield led the way in the 0/50’s with 18th spot, with Brian Walton in 30th, and Steve Jackson in 51st, these were the lads that made up the 0/50 team with Mike Crook helping out from the 0/60 group.

In their own age 0/55 group, Brian finished 19th and Steve joint 20th with John Armstrong of Rochadle. Brent Brindle finished 40th.

Mick Crook after being in a medal position before Langdale had to concede to two of his rivals who ran brilliantly at Langdale putting Mike into 5th place in the end.

Team wise the Ladies took 6th overall in the English Champs, with the men very consistent throughout the age groups finishing 5th team overall, 5th team in the 0/40 and again 5th team for the 0/50’s.

Well done in particular to the vets this year who helped each other out from the various age groups to make our three top five team places.
Updated 16.10.09.

Horwich 1st & 2nd in Pier to Pier 10 mile. Sun 11th Oct


Richard Howarth ran a PB of 55.54 when winning the race from clubmate Paul Muller who ran 57.27. Richard is improving with every race and this outright win will boost his confidence even further, well done Richard. Paul Muller continues to run quality times, when you consider that he was 10 minutes faster than the second 0/50. Lesley Fisher also is getting back into some terrific form finishing third lady overall from 60 ladies and first lady 0/50 by 19 minutes! Well done Lesley.
Looks like Paul now has some competition on the time margins in the 0/50 groups.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/pier2pier.html

England Athletics 2009 Award Winners "Junior Club of the Year" – Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

YAHOOO!!!

Last night our Club received a highly prestigious award from England Athletics at the Hall of Fame Awards in Birmingham in front of many famous Athletes and Coaches.

We were awarded “Junior Club of the Year” for 2009 – putting this into context, as I am sure it was said last night, there are 1,300 athletic clubs in England! So this some achievement.

Photos for EA Awards Night 2009

Name Dropping!

Famous people present at the awards included : David Hemery, Steve Backley, Darren Campbell, Christian Malcolm, Jonathan Edwards, Noel Thatcher, George Bunner, Dorothy Tyler and even the daughter of the legendary Harold Abrahams! The chiefs of Engand Athletics and UKA Athletics were there too!

There were too many names to mention.

You can see a report on the website www.englandathletics.org

OUR THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS

We would not have received this prestigious award if it had not been for the fantastic support we receive from our “volunteers”, i.e. coaches, officials, administrators, helpers and even “butty-makers” and our own committee.

We must not forget the help and support that is provided by the Horwich and District Primary & Secondary Schools and Bolton Arena for their services. Also, Horwich Rotary, as we must not forget they donated £ 4,000 4 years ago to buy the indoor sportshall equipment (and continue to support us every year!).

If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me as I am still in shock at our Club receiving such an award.

One thing I must say is that we have the most fantastic young athletes, none better, who continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm for training and great spirit for the sport of athletics. We have great sportsmanship and a willingness to help others as has been shown recently by some of the athletes even becoming Coaches too. Everyone wants to do their best and also wants to help each other which is truly amazing.

On behalf of the Club, a BIG thank you once again and if anyone is interested in our club continuing to get better and better, please let me know. In particular, we are now getting to the stage, where we need more coaches to support our young athletes. So if anyone is interested please let me know or any of our coaches.

Please continue your support. Thanks and well done to the whole of the Club!

Kind regards

Mark Dacre
Junior Coach
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

PS Dont forget Indoor Sportshall starts next Sunday 18/10/2009 at Blackpool.

Horwich Juniors @ Mid Lancs

In near perfect conditions our junior team of only 3 found the pace of the U13’s race faster than last weeks Red Rose. The field was 50 boys strong and 35 girls strong in the same race of u15’s.

First home in 12th with 11:31 was Jo Howe who had a strong race beating some of last weeks competitors and satisfied he couldn’t have done more. Close on his heels and finishing 14th in 11:39 with 2 other runners across the line in same time was Nathan Townsend. After recognising he had beaten all his closest rivals was please with his performance. Another sterling run from Will Townsend brought him in at 32nd in 12:43 again beating some of last weeks runners from Witton Park.

The only cloud for the team is not having 4 runners meant they didn’t have a full team of four. After the team came 2nd Last week due to Jonathan or Cameron not being able to make it meant no results. A second would have been on the cards again if we have had a full squad.

Jo’s brother Zac Howe had a challenging day being our only U17’s runner. The race again was quick and Zac having had a good season on the Fells just couldn’t find the pace today. Nevertheless a respectable 22nd place wasn’t a true picture of what we are looking forward to from Zac this season.

Gin Pit 5. Sunday 11th Oct.

Neil Pendlebury (26.48) and Colin Rigby (26.52) led the way for Horwich – and the race – in this popular local race, and with Rob Jackson in 6th we easily collected first team. Colin also took the first 0/40 and was well pleased with his performance. Neil had done cross country duties the day before at Kendal, so very happy with his time and place.

Steve Nolan (29.05) is quickly returning to form after a mini absence of training and racing, finishing in 11th place and 2nd vet 0/45. Paul Boardman ran (30.18) for 18th place, with Stuart Adamson (36.52) back on the scene in 94th position, and Barry Allman just behind in 97th by 3 seconds. Dave Roberts made up our successful contingent in 158th place. A good turn out of over 200 runners.

Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2009/ginpit10.html

Mid Lancs X/C – Kendal Sat 10th Oct.

A baker’s dozen of Horwich senior runners toed the start line on Saturday’s opening Mid Lancs fixture, overlooking the main Skipton to Windermere road at the Westmoreland Showground, a few miles south of Kendal. The weather was perfect and the course dry making it ideal for fast running with trail shoes probably the ideal choice of footwear.

Nine Horwich men competed with Gary Priestley and Neil Pendlebury battling it out for 5th and 6th place in 32:34 and 34:45, both less than a minute behind the winner, Blackburn’s Karl Billington. Denis Mason, as always, put in a solid performance for 59th in 37:38 before the more mature element came charging in, led by Doug Fleming (91st and 10th V50) in 39:44, Gary Chadderton, 105th (32nd V50) in 40:17, Tony Hesketh 146th (3rd V60) in 42:26, Paul Murray, just overhauling Pete Bland for 182nd and 183rd (6th and 7th V60) in 44:48 and 44:51 and Gordon Stone, 208th (45th V50) in 47:44. Team wise that gave us 8th overall, 13th V40, 6th V50 and the leading V60 team.

Looking at the team results and comparing them with the divisional structures, it appears that our men’s team gained maximum points in Div 3 following last year’s promotion. However, the V40 team were the lowest placed V40 Div 2 team (again after last year’s promotion). As V50 and V60 have no divisional structure we are 7th and top respectively. The ladies, by being the top placed club outside the top two divisions, top division 3. Unusually the ladies failed to complete any veteran teams so will have to wait until Liverpool to open their account in those categories.
Gordon

Four Horwich ladies turned out at Kendal to secure us 7th team out of 14 teams so far. At this opening fixture, Horwich is now only 3 points behind sixth placed Accrington Road Runners. As there are 48 days countdown until our next fixture in the Mid-Lancs league on Saturday 28th November , Sefton Park Liverpool – this allows enough time for recovery from the latest batch of ailments that hit the ladies this week – and also alerts any team-players who are lurking out there to come on board and make a difference!
The 6k course involved one small lap and two large laps of some fields in calm, dry conditions with over 100 athletes competing. Emma Perrin boldly took up the challenge at the front of the field and ran confidently to achieve a superb 9th position in 25.08. Lesley Fisher was awarded first V50, leading over the next V50 by over 3 minutes, securing us another top-of-the-field position (23rd). Rachel Metcalfe was originally due to compete in the Langdale fell race and zoomed in literally at the last minute to support us getting a top-third placing of 38th in 28.35. Sarah Norgate who had not yet clocked up 4miles in training and on final stages of recovery from Achilles injury did her first race since April and made a consistent pace and managed 75th place in 31.51 enabling Horwich to have the four required counters to make a team listing.

Results. http://race-results.co.uk/results/2009/midlancs1.pdf

English Schools Fell Champs

On the 27th September at Sedbergh in Cumbria a number of Horwich Juniors represented their schools and pride of place went to Phoebe Howe who won the U/11 Race which consisted of 2miles with 720 foot of ascent, after leading throughout she finished in a remarkable seventh place overall only beaten by six boys and broke the course record by 40 seconds. She was presented with her Gold Medal by Joss Naylor O.B.E. We had two other competitors in this race with Will Townsend 19th after taking a nasty fall and Johnathan Powis 10 seconds behind in 20th. In the U/13 race Joseph Howe ran well for 26th place and in the U/15 race a 3.5 mile race Zach Howe did well and finished 15th. All the children deserve credit for racing these tough courses considering this year is their first on the Fells.

Tony Hesketh

Mid Lancs Cross Country League

The first meeting takes place this Saturday at the showground Kendal. Anyone wanting to share a car can contact Pete Bland 07551404047 or Norman Matthews 01204 468390.

To gain team positions we require to field three runners for the women’s race.
This also goes for the lady vets team.

Six men to score for the senior men’s team, and four for the vets team. The 0/50 & 0/60 vets require three to score.

Once again we need your support in this league if we are to gain promotion over the season, don’t just think others will just turn up, we need a good turn out from the club to make any head way in this tough league.

2pm U/17 men, Junior, Senior & Vet Women
2.30pm Junior, Senior & Vet men

FRA Relay Sun 18th Oct.

The club has entered four teams in the relay with the senior men’s and ladies teams already selected, the Vets 0/50 team is well supported, but the vets 0/40 team has yet to be finalised.

Any 0/40 vet who would like to be considered should contact Colin Jones or Norman Matthews ASAP. As we need to sort the team before weekend.

Colin Jones 01204 690013
Norman 01204 468390

New Balance English Half Marathon 2009 Victoria Park, Warrington – Sunday 4th October, 2009


Colin Collects First Vet.
A quality invited field up front led to some fast times on this new course with Julius Kimeu winning in 65.08 and with the first seven under 68.00 on a course I believe was not fast! So Colin Rigby’s run finishing 12th in 74.57 was a super run. Collecting the first vet’s prize nowadays in big races takes some doing! Colin, never really happy with his times had to be content with this race performance just 20 seconds down from his Swinton time seven days earlier – on a tougher course.

I believe this new venture by New Balance was a big success with great organisation.
There were 1500 runners in the field.

Results: http://www.english-half.co.uk/downloads/2009RaceResults.pdf

WMRA GRAND PRIX 2009, RACE 7 SMARNA GORA, SLOVENIA.

The final race in the WMRA GRAND PRIX series is one in which England enters an under 23 development team of 6 athletes to compete at Smarna Gora, Slovenia. This team was selected from the world trials in Keswick and this year consisted of myself, Tom Addison, Matt Clowes, Emma Clayton, Alison lavender and Zanthe Wray.

Having spent most of Friday travelling (to Stanstead airport and then flying to Slovenia) we were all rather tired but very excited about the following day’s race. That evening, we joined the rest of the invited overseas athletes such as mountain running legend John Wyatt, Anna frost, Andrea Mayr, Marco Degasperi etc. for an evening meal and welcome by the event organiser.
The morning of the race arrived quickly, and an early departure from the hotel of 8 am was necessary in order to arrive at the race venue in plenty of time for the 10 am race start. We were joined on the start line by fellow Englishmen Nick Swinburn, Brian Walton (also of Horwich) and Natalie White, who had all made their own way to Slovenia to compete.
The race started with approximately 1km on the road and provided a good opportunity for us English to establish decent positions before reaching the narrow tracks in the woods. All three of us held top 20 positions comfortably until the 1st climb became steep and very technical, with big rocks and narrow paths that seemed to get even more difficult to tread with each step. However, this type of terrain suited our central European counterparts to a tee as they started to pass us.
On reaching the summit of the 1st climb, the legs were just like jelly and I was a little disappointed to have been overtaken by both Tom and Austrian Andrea Mayr and was determined to make inroads on the descent. This was a fairly technical descent with tree roots, rock and narrow tracks to contend with, but it did not stop us English boys as we all gained places on this section of the course as the central Europeans seemed to be somewhat lacking in the descending department!
As we started the long last climb I spotted tom and Welshman Matthew Gilbert in the distance and worked hard to get back on terms with them. I was aided by the gradual nature of this climb for around 2km as my flat speed started to come into play. I duly caught Tom and Matthew with around 1km to go and hung on until the 500m mark, where the track ramped up viciously toward the finish. This proved to be a climb too far for my legs as the effort I put in to get back up with these lads took its toll and I lost ground on Tom and Matthew as well as a Croatian I had been battling with sine the GRMADA summit.
In the end I came 24th out of a men’s field of 122 in a time of 45:34 with the rest of team finishing as follows: Tom Addison 21st (45:10), Matt Clowes 28th (46:45), Emma Clayton 9th woman (54:06), Ali lavender 12th (55:49) and Zanthe Wray (carrying a leg injury) in 17th (59:06). Other Englishmen finished as follows: Nick Swinburn 19th (44:24), Brian Walton 69th (55:05).
Overall it was a great weekend and fantastic experience for the future! I met some great people, especially my team mates and was privileged to have conversations with athletes such as John Wyatt, Markus Kroell and Anna Frost, who were all very friendly and approachable. I now hope to use the experience gained here to target more international races over the coming years as I have now caught the bug for it!
Many thanks to Norman for all your hard work, encouragement, advice and bag hire it is very much appreciated!!! Gary

Results: http://www.wmra.ch/files/results/grand_prix/2009/7th_race.pdf

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay. Sun 4th Oct.



The weather managed to stay fine for the whole of the race, with just the odd shower up top. The race was run this year in an anti clockwise direction, with one or two tricky descents, that was possibly the reason for at least two dislocated fingers and a suspected broken arm, plus a plethora of leg and knee cuts. Tony Hesketh was one of the unlucky ones to have a bad fall and dislocate his finger with a bad knock to his leg, he went off to Kendal Hospital for treatment. The full results below along with the check point times gives you all the information you need to check out how our runners did. There were a couple of outstanding runs on the day with James Kevan and Ali Murray finishing 6th fastest on their leg for the men, and Suzanne Budgett and Lindsay Squires finishing 4th fastest on their leg. Everyone ran their socks off today with a few finding the down hill rocky sections challenging! It would have been an advantage if we had all managed to get out earlier on the course to do some serious reconnoitring, as knowing where you are going and what to expect are key in the mountain relays. But a good day was had by all with some now looking eagerly towards the FRA relays later in the month.

Capt’s report: What a great team event the IHMR is, emphasised by the amount of teams that participate. As always, a superbly well organised event and a huge ‘thanks’ goes from the Club to the organisers. A big ‘well done & thank you’ to all the ladies that ran the relay thus making the team possible. ‘Thanks’ also to Norman & Colin for ferrying & supporting us all too. Each and everyone of our team gave a superb performance, some half crocked, some under the weather and some just plain & simply up for trying something new! Lindsey Squires was my partner this year and her superb climbing & descending on this steep Leg just shows how much of her fitness has come back. The steep descent down to Kirkstone Pass left us a bit indecisive at the top but one way or another we both got down (me somewhat more tentatively) which does really highlight Normans’ note on the benefits of recce’ing! (I know, I should know better!!!). We handed over to Rachel & Angela who experienced a bit of sleet on the top yet finished in sunshine. I’m sure I heard Angela thank me at the end of the leg because she’d enjoyed it so much! They had a really great run with their individual strengths balancing them out over the course of the leg. I must add that predominantly a road runner, Angela has supported the ladies in various fell relays now and on a serious note, it’s very much appreciated. The third Leg saw the welcome return of Julie Haworth to relays paired with Nicole Kirkham. They had a superb run on this short steep leg, both girls giving it their all, making up a couple of places for the team and doing so in a fine time too. The glory leg was run by Geraldine Walkington & Emma Perrin. This was Emma’s very first mountain relay and she handled it superbly well, taking it all in her stride. Maybe it was the ‘not knowing quite what to expect’ element that kept her so laid back and chilled. Thanks to Geraldine who even though semi-crocked paved the way for Emma’s first taste of real mountain running and ensuring her safe return. We had superb team effort by each and a every lady who all gave it 100% where it matters – on the day! Thanks to you all girls – you’re all stars and very much appreciated. Suzanne

Good weather and excellent conditions were a sharp contrast to the cancelled event of last year. Although injuries and other commitments prevented some of our runners from taking part in this years event we did manage to field both a Senior open team and a male Vets team. In both cases all athletes gave their all and did not let their teams down.

The Open team finishing a very credible 13th overall and the Vets team 45th overall & 10th in the Vets category. A big thanks to all the runners who took part and to the support and enthusiasm of everyone who stayed to cheer on competitors in the latter leg’s. Colin

Overall Results: http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2009/IHMR/IHMRresults2009.pdf

Check Point Times: http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2009/IHMR/checkpoint_times.html

Photos:

Ian Hodgson

Red Rose X/C Blackburn Sat 3rd Oct








It was a good turn out in this the first of the Red Rose fixtures, especially with it being re-routed from Bury. Not a big turn out from the club, but a good chance to try out the spikes for the first time and reacquaint with a course that will be well visited before the cross country season has finished.

Graham Schofield (40.53) marches on with his super performances being out first counter and first 0/50 in 18th place overall. Rob Haworth (42.22) continued our dominance of the 0/50’s taking second in this age category in 30th overall. Doug Fleming (7th 0/50) was next in, clocking 44.13 for 47th. Even our next runner was a 0/50, Colin Waterworth in 50.00 dead. But a great run from Chairman Pete Bland moved us up a category as Pete took the first 0/60 in 50.12, well chuffed with that.
Pete Ramsdale added another to the 0/50 team finishing well in 51.58.

Just two ladies turned out on the day, both taking first in their category, Julie Haworth
claimed the first 0/40 by a clear 50 seconds in a fast time of 24.05 putting her 11th on the day. New member Lesley Fisher showed her potential for the club – even if not 100% fit yet – by taking the first 0/50 in 12th overall and her time of 24.37 was nearly a minute faster than the next lady in her age group, well done ladies super runs.

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/rr091.htm

Brinscall Triathlon Sun 27th September

Ian Hamer had one of his best results for a long time when finishing first vet and third overall in the Brinscall Triathlon. What was particularly satisfying for Ian was his run time of 21.11 – for the 3 mile course – which was the fastest of the day. His current training is based on cycling miles so his run time came as a bit of a surprise. Perhaps a little more time in the saddle and a few more early morning swims would move Ian up the triathlon rankings rather rapidly.

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