Pete Bland will be taking the track session this Tuesday, 29th December, at the arena. Due to the current weather, please contact the arena directly (01204 488100) on Tuesday to see if the track is runnable, before turning up.

I will also post any info here as soon as i have it.


Ribble Valley 10k Road Race, Clitheroe 27th December 2009

After a week of snow and ice this popular race with a reputation for fast times and a quality field went ahead in good conditions. This year the race also incorparated the Northern 10k champs. GB olympian and local runner, Tom Lancashire pulled ahead in the latter stages to win in a super fast 29.21. Another seven runners broke the 30 minute barrier.

First harrier home was Russell Maddams in 56th place in a brilliant time of 33.09, and was chased the whole way around by Alastair Murray who just missed out on a new PB and finished in 33.17. Next harrier was Katie Ingram in a superb 33.51 picking up the Northern Champs Silver Medal finishing second lady to another GB Olympian, Helen Clitheroe. Final harrier home was Ed Swift who finished an excellent 612th out of 906 finishers.


Whinberry Naze Festive Fell Race & Fancy Dress Competition. 4 miles 750 ft. 26/12/09 .

Eskimos are said to have identified 57 varieties of snow. Or was that Heinz?

In any event, after recent heavy snowfalls, the underfoot conditions at the Whinberry Fell Race where challenging to say the least. Death wish hard packed ice and snow at the start, churning into deep slush and mud mulch by half way.
Spikes where the ideal footwear.

The race is actually a fancy dress competition disguised as a fell race. Or should that be a fell race disguised as a fancy dress competition?.
Over the years there have been some fantastic costumes. My favourites include, Todmorden Harriers ( i.e most of the club) as a Chinese Dragon, Rossendale Harriers dressed as Egyptian slaves, carrying a pyramid and, Ian Furgeson and Ian Holmes running with a canoe, which they paddled down the descents. This year, a surfer did a similar thing, surfing ( or should that be snow boarding) down to the finish.

Once the fancy dress judging is over, the race feels like a bit of an afterthought although, it is a little toughy in any conditions.

The race winner was 16 year old Sean Carey of Todmorden Harriers in a time of 27:55.

James Logue was first Horwich, 1st V40 and 2nd overall in 28:32, followed by:-

Graham Schofield 10th / 1st V50 29:26
Paul Boardman 28th 33:12
Ian Hepburn 40th 34:14
Pete Leighton 42nd 34:24
Sam Boardman 38:09
Michelle & Albert Sunter, resplendent as green elves! 110/111th 48:08 / 48:10
Gordon Stone 120th 51:29

140 fancy dressers and runners.

Worth mentioning:
– No Eskimos ran.
– Paul Boardman completed his 22nd Whinberry Naze.
– I once won the race dressed as a fairy, but that’s a story for another time.

Happy New Year.

Graham Schofield.

Malaga training camp December 2009

Hi, when I was asked to write a blog for the web I thought I would keep a daily diary of my training week but soon realised that this would become very repetitive of swim-bike-run with eating and sleeping mixed in! So I thought it would be best would be to summarise a few highlights of my first BTF training camp in Malaga 2009!

So here goes, having been on the TriGold programme for ten weeks in Loughborough I was really looking forward to the camp, change of location, meeting other athletes and some good training in warm weather…… all lived up to expectations except the weather part which by the end of the week started to feel like I hadn’t left home!

Hotel was fab; pool, gym, running tracks, restaurant all within 30secs walk from my room. I t was great being able to just literally roll out of bed and focus on training with no other distractions.

Training out here has been challenging but also really enjoyable; clocking up a total of 20k in the pool, 365k on the bike and 65miles running in 8 days (yes Im still working in miles for running must be a runners thing!) We had some quality sessions including my first team time trial which admittedly didn’t start to smooth, but once got the hang of it we worked well as a team and I really got into it with a definite improvement the 2nd time round.

One of the toughest sessions Iv ever done in my life involved cycling up a mountain, not once but twice in the same session. Think we rode about 70k in 3hours in hellish conditions of wind and rain, not to mention experiencing my first crash as I skidded round a corner! Definately won’t be forgetting this ride in a hurry! Negatives aside, I took a great deal of confidence from this, think my mountain running had prepared me well (except the crash part!)

We also had some good run sessions up in the hills which made me feel a little bit more in my comfort zone!

The swims were pretty tough, added by the extreme heat and salty tasting pool, nevertheless the work got done and was awesome being able to swim with the full squad-just trying to hang onto their feet for as long as I could most of the time! Towards the end of the week I was starting to notice how few of us were actually left in sessions as a stomach bug had wiped out a third of camp, but luckily I survived the mini epidemic and made it to all the sessions!

The week ended with some fun and games of relays in the pool, my team consisted of Alistair Brownlee and Adam Bowden. We finished 3rd overall but note it is a good job Alistair can navigate in open water as he ended up in the wrong lane on one of the relays! On the last night we had some comedy awards and a brilliant video that Will Clarke had made of the week.

Last morning and myself and Holly Avil decided to get up for an early run – needless to say we will either be taking a phone/map/or someone else with us next time as we ended up totally lost at the opposite side of Anteguerra, using an abandoned hospital to phone for a taxi to take us to the hotel that we couldn’t remember the name of!! (bearing in mind we had only 40mins before we were leaving to the airport!!)

The end to a great week though and overall I have learnt so much from simple things like being able to pack a bike in a bag, to enduring torturous bike rides in the mountains. I have met some new friends and training partners and feel my confidence is growing in this new sport- a sport that I’m really enjoying with thanks to all the help of all the coaches and staff involved on the camp and back at home on my TriGold programme. So I’ll leave you with a quote that stuck with me at the start of this camp and that is; ‘making every day count, not counting the days’ and that’s what I intend to keep on doing.

So till next time,



Mid Lancs, Towneley Park, Burnley

Our junior XC teams had a challenging day at Towneley Park on Saturday. The grounds sprinkled with snow looked a pretty picture and a new task for the young ones. The first challenge was Spikes or Fell shoes, even the seniors were puzzled. The course was mostly flat with some super view points for spectators.

In the U13’s girls Phoebe Howe was first home in 12th position struggling with her spike choice. Next having her best race to date was Grace Shelmerdale in 16th position having moved up the field comfortably. Our final runner Martha Gill home in 37th had an exhausting run not helped by the temperature on the day of minus 2’ C.

The boys had just as difficult task. Nathan Townsend home in 15th only just in front of Joseph Howe in 17th both complaining of the cold. Possibly his best race of the year for Jonathan Powis gave him 28th and not to be outdone Will Townsend home in 35th. Their team finished 5th which was their first team finish in the series.

Finally Zac Howe had a cold run but managed a respectable 17th to add to yet another strong run for his series.


A big thanks to Rachel Metcalfe for stepping forward to organise the ladies team for the PB Relay this year. Now all she needs is a team. Please get in touch with Rachel if you want to run the relay.

email : rachelmetcalfe@btinternet.com
phone : 01204 811269

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Burnley 19th December

Our aim for this years cross country season was to gain promotion to the second division in the highly regarded Mid Lancs League, so yesterday we turned out 10 runners of which 8 were vets with an average age of about 60 and we were beaten, we were also beaten at Liverpool last month and now are only second in the third division, a division which we should be leading easily !! The next fixture is on the 16th January at Lawsons Ground Blackpool, we need to get the troops out and win this one, I will be chasing you all !!

Thanks to everybody who ran yesterday in cold but brilliant conditions for racing

5th Gary Priestley 33.58
22nd Alastair Murray 36.28
45th Steve Nolan 38.48
77th Doug Fleming 41.18
91st Garry Chadderton 41.49
152nd Pete Ramsdale 46.40
156th Pete Bland 47.15
169th Paul Murray 48.26
176th Gordon Stone 49.47
193rd Bazza Allman 53.36

A good performance from everybody who ran today and kept us in the hunt for promotion, especially good runs from Gary Priestley in 5th and Ali Murray in 22nd who also led us home in the Hospital run over 10.5 miles on Thursday, which incidently had another good turnout of about 10 runners.

Only 1 lady, Suzanne Budgett ran in the ladies race and had a stormer to finish in 9th place overall – well done Suzanne. Suzanne also ran the hospital run on Thursday and was first lady home.

Anyway enough grumping for today, you have three weeks to get ready for Blackpool and then the Pennine Bridleway Relay on the 31st January.

Pete Bland

Full results.

Current Divisional Standings.

Weekend Snippets

Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k, 12th December 2009.

Only one harrier made the trip to Great Langdale for this festive, and i assume hilly, 10k in the Lake District. Well done to Barry Allman, finishing 120th in 46:28.

I have had word that the conditions were both hilly, with over 1000 FOC over the distance, crisp and occasionally slippy. Barry went for the plan of a steady start, due to a recent virus, injuries, colds, and dental work, (cheers for the gory details Barry) but managed to put in the effort over the last couple of k for a good finish. A prize of a Christmas pudding was gratefully received.

Longridge 7, 13th December 2009.

Five harriers completed the course of this challenging seven mile road race. In a welcome return to Horwich colours Martyn Bell finished in 10th pace overall. Paul Boardman was next in 28th. Next was our only lady, winning the LV50 category, Lesley Fisher. Raymond Stafford finished in 200th, with Ed Swift in 208th. 269 ran




The club has entered 3 teams in this popular fell relay in which we usually do very well. If you would like to run please contact your team captain to make your availability known, along with any preferences.

Men’s Open Team – Alastair Murray. alastair.murray@gmail.com. 07769 682439.

Men’s Vets Team – Tony Hesketh. anthony-hesketh@sky.com. 01204 668183

Ladies’ Open Team – No team captain as yet. Please contact Alastair to register your interest or if you would like to be team captain. Unfortunately if no captain comes forward there will be no team on the day.

Bolton by Bowland Fell Race. 8 miles 800ft. (Real Cross Country).

If you want mud, you’ve got it, at the Bolton by Bowland Fell race although, fell race is stretching the description a bit. It’s more like cross country, i.e. real cross country, for those who consider (normal) cross country to be a bit tame or sometimes, to be honest, just plain boring.
Most of the 800ft climb is completed within the first mile or so and thereafter, it’s pretty flat, with no fell race type climbs or descents. There are even a couple of long road sections to add variety but then, there is the mud. Not the namby pamby mud of Red Rose or Mid Lancs races but real mud. Mile after mile of glutinous scum and the devil’s own bottomless quagmire. It really is the stuff of nightmares, where you dream you are running harder and harder but going slower and slower as you sink deeper and deeper into a muddy hell, and I love it. Real cross country.

Given the conditions, Ian Holmes’ winning time 47:30 was very impressive.
Horwich mud larks flailing around behind him were :-

Graham Schofield 9th (2nd V50) 54:27, Karl Ward 19th 56:10, Paul Boardman 30th 58:21, Albert Sunter 47th 62:53, Pete Leighton 53rd 63:34 and Tony Varley 86th 68:43.

164 finishers.

Horwich RMI Harriers Hospital Run : REMINDER

The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 17th December 2009.

For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 6.4 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4 miles).

This year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.

Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.

Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.





Questions or queries please email ste-jackson@supanet.com or telephone 01942706506 or 07747838772

Weekend Snippets

Cumbria Cross Country League 2009/10 – Race 4 – Fitz Park, Keswick, Cumbria

Russell Maddams, continuing to fly the Horwich flag in Cumbria, finished a fine 3rd place in the 4th fixture of his local cross country league.

Full results, including an interesting handicap system, can be found here.

Xmas Heptathlon 2009 – Bolton Arena 7th December

Hi all,

Just thought we would send a short message to thank you all for a wonderful and tremendous night! It was a joy to see so many young athletes competing with such good spirit and great sportsmanship.

We had 74 young athletes take part tonight (THAT IS A RECORD!) – unbelievable. Awesome, they would say in the USA! We also had 26 Volunteers in total, which is superb.

Well done to all the Captains on the night. Thanks for looking after your teams so well. You all did a brilliant job!


Please let me have monies at your earliest convenience, but by the end of January 2010, if possible, as we would like to present a cheque to Derian House early Feb 2010. A big thank you to Roya Khadem from Derian House who came down tonight to visit us and watch you all perform. Thanks for your kind support.


Wednesday outdoors 6.30-8.00pm is 9th December
Monday indoors is on 14th December.

We will return on Monday 4th Jan and Wednesday 6th Jan 2010.

Well done to you all tonight from all the coaches. By the way, we now have all your results, so we know who can run, jump and throw!!! It will take sometime to look at, but we will give you all some feedback.

A full report and photos will follow.

Kind regards

Mark Dacre
Mike Houghton
Tiffany Dacre
Tony Hesketh
Brenda Hesketh
Karen Long
Kelly Laughton
Zac Howe
Junior Coaches
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC


It was no surprise that the renowned cross country course of Marl Pits was very muddy and slippery. Many runners losing their shoes in the deep mud in the final Red Rose League meeting for 2009 at Rossendale.
The course for the U11’s was a small lap which fielded a good number of runners. In the Boys Matthew Brindle continues his good performance being the first RMI home in 20th. Jacob Barlow ran a good race in 33rd and Max Dacre wondering what his dad had put him through coming home in 35th.
The Girls also had a slippery race however showed good spirit. Kelly Wainwright continued his impressive first year at cross country coming home in 30th, than came Isobel Dean in 31st closely followed by Emma Rayner in 33rd. Finally Olivia Bannister coming home bravely in 42nd, which made for a good team outing for the U11’s.
The U13’s Boys and Girls had yet another good day out. The Girls team made 2nd place with some fantastic performances from Phoebe Howe, certainly her best of the year in 4th place. Martha Gills best run of the season in 14th and following her in 15th place was Sophie Myers. Grace Shelmerdine having another solid performance in 22nd.
The boys race was slightly tainted with Joe Howe certainly having a storming start in second place when losing his shoe in knee deep mud made it impossible to get back in contention. That left it to Nathan Townsend being first home in 4th just behind his arch rivals from Blackburn. A solid performance from Cameron Critchley in 16th looked good for a team finish, that was down to Jonathan Powis finishing in a strong 23rd and gave the boys 3rd place in the team scorings only 2 points behind second place Rossendale.
In the Under 17 boys, Zac Howe is building on his last performance at Bolton finishing in 10th place gave him another steady result.
Andy Townsend
Horwich RMI Harriers
Red Rose XC Rossendale 2009

Guys 10, Sunday 6th December, 2009. UPDATED

Gary Priestley finished in a superb 3rd place behind Antony Ford and Ben Fish, in a time of 53:12 in his debut at the 10 mile distance. Richard Howarth was not far behind in 6th, setting yet another PB over the distance this year, of 54:24. Paul Muller took the honours in the over 50 category once again, in 58:17 and 16th overall.

Also running for Horwich were David Jackson in 1:04:24, some chap called Stuart in 1:08:28, and a lass by the name of Susan in 1:11:59.

UPDATE : The lady in 71.59 was Sue Flatters and this was 3 minutes and 45 seconds better than her previous best. Rewards for good training!


Red Rose XC Marl Pitts 6th December

Lindsey Brindle easily won the final fixture of this years Red Rose League at Marl Pitts by 1 minute and 27 seconds. Lesley Fisher was the only other Horwich lady and finished first vet 50.

1 Lindsey Brindle 22.09
18 Lesley Fisher 27.51

Rob Haworth was the first Horwich man home in 21st and was also the first vet 50. Mick Crook finished first vet 60 and Paul Murray was first vet 65. The mens team finished in 6th overall.

21 Rob Haworth 35:48
36 Doug Fleming 38:54
50 Mick Crook 40.45
66 Pete Ramsdale 42.35
90 Paul Murray 45.46
106 Barry Allman 54.31

Full results can be found here.



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Prediction Race 5th December

Only six competitors entered this race and it makes you wonder if it
is worth while taking the time and effort to organize an event with so
few entries, nevertheless the muddy five mile course was enjoyed by
the runners along with a Bacon Butty at the finish.The course wound
its way up to the Two Lads descended into Horwich at the Bridge Pub
then climbed out and up Gingham Brow finishing back at Curlies
Gary Chadderton got his first win despite going slightly off
course behind the Parish Church but relied on second placed Pete
Ramsdale to show him the way.Pete had a remarkable run finishing
second and only 10 seconds outside his predicted time. Second place in
the predictions was Paul Hesketh with 61seconds again a very good
estimate. Alan Jones the only non RMI Harrier decided to put the Pike
in hence his time.
Results Diff
1 G Chadderton 47.50 + 5.50
2 P Ramsdale 48.10 +10
3 M Swindell 51.58 -5.02
4 P Hesketh 53.01 +1.01
5 G Stone 59.30 +1.30
6 A Jones Lostock 72.18 +19.18

Tony Hesketh

SEL Cross Country – Clayton Vale Sat 28th Nov.

Vets Outing! A contingent of Masters – to give them their proper title – went after the age categories awards in the older age groups at Clayton.

The course was fast despite the heavy rain over the past few weeks with just the one short muddy climb on each of the four laps. Our first finisher was the baby of the team, barely over 50, Rob Howarth, in 16th overall and 1st V50 in 39:53. Keeping up the firsts, Tony Hesketh had an excellent run to finish first V60 and 38th overall in 43:35. Pete Ramsdale seems to be getting back to good form, 73rd in 47:55 just getting the better of Colin Waterworth, 79th in 49:28 followed by Paul Murray, 4th V60 and 85th overall in 50:36 whilst I managed to give Barry Allman the slip finishing 91st in 51:52 with Barry 100th in 54:07. Teamwise the results were good enough to finish as 6th V40 team and 3rd V50 team with only 6 points separating the first 4 V50 teams on the day.

A long gap now until the final SE Lancs fixture scheduled for February 6th at Lilford Park.

Gordon Stone

Results: http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2009/sel093.htm