Katie National Duathlon Champion. – 28th March

Katie Ingram showed her potential when winning the British Elite Duathlon Championship at Prestwold Airfield, Loughborough today in 1.03.19. – (Entered as Horwich!)

In her first full Duathlon – and still a complete novice in terms of race experience, Katie won by 49 seconds from second placed Emma Dews -1.04.08.

The course was held on a closed track circuit at Prestwold airfield which consisted of a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run to finish. Conditions were extremely windy, but Katie took charge from the first run and led onto the 8 lap bike course. She nearly held the lead but got closed down on the final bike lap by top cyclist Emma Dews but managed to take the lead on the final run.

Winning the British Championship will now give her a place on the GB Duathlon team to compete at the Europeans in France on 2nd May.

Katie is now only three weeks away from her first Triathlon at World level when she competes in the World Cup series in Mexico on the 18th April

Results: http://www.stuweb.co.uk/swp/default.asp?a=63&resultid=239221

NM.

Supertees Newsletter March 2010

With the light nights we are now meeting at Wilderswood Car park on Georges Lane Horwich at 6.30p.m on Wednesdays and are training on the Fells.

All abilities are welcome why not give it a try you may like it and want to race in a Fell Race. No pressure but we do like you to wear Fell or Trail shoes so that you dont fall too many times. For more information ring me.

Congratulations to Bethany, Athlete of the Month for March a good all rounder and has competed at Crystal Palace in the Junior Pentathlon Championships.

I have decided that this year we will center our efforts on the English Junior championships and these along with three other races will make up our Junior Fell Championship. Rules are as before 10 points for first Horwich 9 points for second Horwich down to 1 point for 10th Horwich. To qualify for an award runners must do a minimum of 3 races to be eligible for an award at the end of the season with each runners best six races counting overall. The races are as below any race with an E in front are Junior English Championships

April 3rd Rivington Pike Junior Races 1.00p.m Winners aplenty last year.
E April 24th Anniversary Waltz Cumbria 11.30 a.m Entry by 22nd by Web Site only
E May 3rd Coiners Yorkshire 10.15 a.m
May 8th Belmont 12.30 p.m Greater Manchester Championships. All ages from U/12 to U/16
E May 31st Shutlingsloe Cheshire 12.00 p.m
E June 19th Clougha Pike Lancashire 1.00 p.m We were the Boys Team Champions last year!
E June 27th Arnison ( uphill only ) Cumbria 1.00 p.m Two silver medals last year can we do better?
Aug 4th Whittle Pike Lancashire 6.45 p.m
E Aug 21st Darwen Gala Lancashire 12.45 p.m Medals to be won in the Lancs Championships

To enter the English races you have to be at least 10 years of age D.O.B. between 2/1/98 and 1/1/00. In the championships points are awarded as follows 1st =50 pts 2nd 48pts 3rd 47pts down to 49th = 1point this is for the first five races with the final race scoring 1st= 53pts 2nd= 50pts 3rd = 48pts 4th = 46 =pts down to 49th = 1pt. There are no championship medals but a Tee Shirt is awarded to all who complete 4 or more races and a memento is awarded to all who do six races.

Good running – Tony & Brenda Hesketh
Tel 01204 668183 or Mob 07973302432

April and Jamie land top honours

Two talented stars were named Horwich RMI Harriers & AC Athletes of the Year.

April Stevenson is an outstanding 400/800m runner. This year, despite suffering an early season injury she just missed out on making the English schools final however went on to set three club records and achieve two grade one performances. April receives Senior Athlete of the Year.

Jamie Crompton is one of this Countries finest distance runners. He achieved three grade one performances, is nationally ranked in the top 4 in four events and is this countries most promising steeplechaser for the past ten years topping the National rankings in both the 1500 and 2000m events. Jamie receives Junior Athlete of the Year.

How fitting that one of the Countries top middle distance athletes, Tom Lancashire from our home Town, Bolton, was on hand to present the trophies to April and Jamie. We were honoured to have Tom visit our Club and present Awards for all our age categories in front of over 220 athletes, parents and coaches. It was a fantastic evening, which was enjoyed by all.

TRACK & FIELD ATHLETIC WINNERS LIST

U9 Boys
Athlete of the Year Callum Gordon
Most improved Dominic Braund
U9 Girls
Athlete of the Year Isobel Dean
Most improved Ella Price
U11 Boys
Athlete of the Year Jonah Saunders
Most improved William Hart
U11 Girls
Athlete of the Year Maisie Vernon
Most improved Madeleine Littlewood
Sportshall Awards
Boys Matthew Stocks
Girls Ellie Dacre
U13 Boys
Track Nathan Townsend
Field Nathan Barlow
All rounder Noah Saunders
U13 Girls
Track Laura Taylor
Field Natassia Dacre and Sophie Williams
All rounder Gabrielle Whittle
U15 Boys
Track Jacob Thornton
Field Matthew Ault
All rounder Shaun Palmer
U15 Girls
Track Hannah Storey
Field Georgina Cornforth
All rounder Beth Miller
U17 Men
Track Jamie Crompton
Field Dylan Smith
All-Rounder Zac Howe
U17 Women
Track Rebekah Atkinson
Field Laura Bannister
All rounder Amy Philpotts
U20/Senior Men
Track Jack Thomas
Field Trevor Williams
U20/Senior Women
Track April Stevenson
Field Alison Storey
Mid Lancs Trophies
Men Noah Saunders
Women Natassia Dacre
The Les Myers Trophies for Track & Field
Men Dylan Smith
Girls Laura Taylor and Gabrielle Whittle
Athlete of the Year
Junior Jamie Crompton
Senior April Stevenson
Dylan Smith
Laura Taylor and Gabrielle Whittle

NORTH OF ENGLAND 12 STAGE ROAD RELAYS

Horwich RMI Harriers
North of England 12 stage Road Relays
6 x 4.9 miles and 6 x 3.03 miles ( according to Gareth )
Wythenshawe Park
Sunday 21st march 2010

The Result:

10th Overall

Leg Distance Runner Time/pos Captains comments
1 4.9miles Gary Priestley 23.52/18th Gave 100% on a tough leg
with a very fast start
2 3.03miles Gareth Booth 16.34/17th Injured for 7 days but limped
to a respectable time. Thanks.
3 4.9miles Richard Howarth 24.01/14th If this is what marathon
training does – bring it on.
4 3.03miles Neil Pendlebury 16.14/14th Injured for months, 2 track
Sessions and the boy is back.
5 4.9miles Rob Jackson 25.40/15th Not bad after an 80 mile
Week. Gave everything.
6 3.03miles Steve Nolan 16.30/16th Thanks to Steve after only
being called up this week.
7 4.9miles Russell Maddams 24.20/14th Drove 200 miles, ran with a
slight cold, did brilliantly.
8 3.03miles Paul Muller 16.23/12th Never fails to impress,
solid.
9 4.9miles Ali Murray 24.22/11th Improving every race, hard
training is the key.
10 3.03miles Martyn Bell 16.12/10th The big man is back, more
to come as well, quality.
11 4.9miles James Kevan 23.33/10th James put this one down to
overloads of cake on holiday!!
12 3.03miles Col Rigby 16.27/10th You never lose it.

A tremendous result considering the talent on display, 10th in the North of England will do. This was a team performance and was a great day out thoroughly enjoyed by all, especially me, thanks lads. We also ran a B team on the day who seemed to enjoy themselves just as much, It gives a few more runners the chance to perform on the big stage and for them to check their current fitness.

Lastly – Gareth rang me Sunday night to ask who had run the fastest short leg and I told him it was Belly Boy, he spent all day Monday thinking it was Col – nice one Gareth.

Pete Bland

Full results.

Greater Manchester County Championship Fell Race

This year Greater Manchester Athletics are pleased to announce a County Championship Fell Race which will be staged at the Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race on Saturday 8th May. Race starts at 1.15pm and covers 4.5 miles and 1000ft of climb. Start from GR673163. Entry to the race is £4.50 on the day.

Under 12s 1.5 mile/300ft

Under 14s 2 mile/400ft

Under 16s 2.5 miles/600ft

The junior races all start at 12.30pm.

Medals will be awarded to the first three athletes home and to the first team. (Three to score)

Further details regarding the race can be obtained from Dave Bateson- dave.bateson@talk21.com

Further details regarding the Greater Manchester Fell Championships can be obtained from Andi Jones- roadrunneraj@btinternet.com

Andi Jones.

Greater Manchester County Championship Fell Race

This year Greater Manchester Athletics are pleased to announce a County Championship Fell Race which will be staged at the Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race on Saturday 8th May. Race starts at 1.15pm and covers 4.5 miles and 1000ft of climb. Start from GR673163. Entry to the race is £4.50 on the day.

Under 12s 1.5 mile/300ft

Under 14s 2 mile/400ft

Under 16s 2.5 miles/600ft

The junior races all start at 12.30pm.

Medals will be awarded to the first three athletes home and to the first team. (Three to score)

Further details regarding the race can be obtained from Dave Bateson- dave.bateson@talk21.com

Further details regarding the Greater Manchester Fell Championships can be obtained from Andi Jones- roadrunneraj@btinternet.com

Andi Jones.

Number One in the Country.

Katie Ingram went to the top of the National 5k road table when placing 8th overall in the Derby 5k mid week races. Her time of 15.54 took 30 seconds off her PB. This tremendous time would have placed her third overall last year in front of runners the calibre of Helen Clitheroe. Her current form suggests that she could prove to be a revelation in her first World Cup Triathlon race in Mexico on the 18th April.

Results link.

NM.

HAWORTH HOBBLE

Saturday 13th March 2010.

On Saturday morning three Horwich Harriers set off before dawn for Haworth to compete in this year’s Haworth Hobble, also known as the Wuthering Hike. The three had varying experience of the 32 (or 33?) mile event : Ian Charters had run it numerous times, my debut was back in 1986 and guess at about 15 completions whilst this was Pauline Charters’ debut.

The bright sunshine encountered whilst driving over was replaced with a chilly mist on Haworth Moor soon after the 8am start. To overcome the numerous navigation teasers that the route poses, Pauline was running as a team pair with John Swift of Chorley AC and my plan was to accompany them until checkpoint three at Long Causeway, some 13 miles into the route, so that I didn’t blow up and suffer for the rest of the race which I did the last time I competed, two years ago. This I did before starting to work through the field, eventually finishing in 6:47:00 and very satisfied that I only took 2:42 for the 14 miles from the psychological half-way point at Mankinholes Youth Hostel, overtaking about 60 runners. Meanwhile Ian was well on his way to finishing in his usual excellent time (5:43:18). We then cheered Pauline and John in (7:39:19) – from the results I could see that they had also passed a few in the second half of the event.

A very well organised event and a glorious day out running in the Pennines, especially if you pace it right and can cope with the distance and climbs, reputed to be more like 5300ft rather than the advertised 4500ft.

I’ve written a slightly longer more personalised report on my Pyrenees training blog at http://gordonsgr10.blogspot.com/ for those who may be interested (also photos that Pauline took should hopefully appear soon)

Gordon Stone.

HAIGH HALL RELAYS

Saturday 13th March 2010.

After several last minute drop outs Horwich fielded just two teams for these low key friendly relays.

The Horwich team of Alastair Murray, Martyn Bell, Dave Jackson and Sean McMyler was very much in the running and finished a creditable 3rd. The vets team, with an eventual running order of Steve Jackson, Colin Wood, Carl Balshaw and Pete Bland finished 19th.

Alastair Murray also claimed fastest leg of the day.

A big thanks from all who ran to Pete Bland for organising the teams, and a last minute decision to run and complete the vets team.

Results.

RODDLESWORTH ROLLER

Sunday 14th March 2010.

Thirteen harriers ran this local undulating multi terrain race.

A strong turn out for the men saw the club take first mens team and first vets team, as well as second and third vets teams. Behind clear winner Alasdair Russell from Kendal, Horwich runners took the next four places with Paul Muller, also first V50, Rob Jackson, also first V40, Steve Nolan, and Graham Schofield. Next was Gareth Booty in 7th, with Ian Hamer in 8th, and first V45. Paul Boardman came 11th, Gary Chadderton came 15th and James Simmonite 18th. Tony Hesketh was 24th and first V60. Paul Hesketh was 64th, and Mark Collier 66th. Our only ladies representative was Karen Murray finishing 4th lady.

A few pictures – sorry if I missed you – some of you were just too fast.

Full results.

Weekend Snippets : 6th – 7th March

A few results I have noticed from the weekend.

Haweswater Half Marathon.

Paul Boardman made his way up to the Lake District and finished 52nd from 517 finishers in a time of 1:27:35.
Results.

Stanley Park 10k, Blackpool.

James Kevan finished 3rd setting an impressive PB of 32:12, whilst Paul Muller was once again first V50 in tenth place overall.
Results.

Trafford 10k.

Gary Priestley followed up on his Mid Lancs XC League victory with 16th place at this fast 10k, which was won by Chris Thompson in 28:01.
Results.

HALF TOUR OF PENDLE – 9M / 2250′

Saturday, 6th March 2010.

Ten Harriers took part in this popular race from Barley village. It was a clear crisp dry day, with some areas of snow remaining on top just to make things interesting.

Performance of the day was from Dionne Allen, finishing second lady to Jo Waites from Calder Valley. In the mens race, behind an impressive win from Ian Holmes, Alastair Murray was pleased to finish 9th, with Mick Green not far behind in 11th.

9 Alastair Murray 1:11:48
11 Michael Green 1:12:43
64 Dionne Allen 1:21:36
79 Gary Chadderton 1:24:38
85 Ian Hepburn 1:26:02
96 Doug Fleming 1:26:37
102 Michael Crook 1:27:06
142 Paul Murray 1:32:58
149 Suzanne Budgett 1:34:04
214 Mark Sammon 1:50:13

243 finished.

Full results.

A few pics – thanks to “Mrs T”.

Gary completes Mid Lancs in Top Spot

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Barrow, 6th March.

Gary Priestley got his just rewards for an outstanding season cross country when he clinched 1st place in this years Mid Lancs Senior Men’s competition on a warm, sunny afternoon in Barrow.

Gary had already finished within the top four in all the other rounds and he knew that a top three finish today would guarantee first place overall – all he had to do was do it today! He had discussed tac-tics before the start but it basically was just – top 3.

Gary set off and with Peter Huck (Junior Man) and they pushed the pace for all of the race and they pulled further and further away from the chasing pack. As the race unfolded therefore it was turning out to be the best plan ever. A top two finish was working out.

With the individual champion plan on track, attention moves to the Senior Men’s team. We were in second place in division 3 having achieved promotion in our first season in the Mid Lancs last year. So could we again, not just get promotion but could we secure top spot. To do this we had to beat all the other senior men’s teams in our division. Chairman Pete Bland had been contacting runners all week making sure we turned out as many star’s as possible. Russell Maddams had a very solid performance in 4th place – so then we need 4 more runners. Steve Nolan, Simon Parkinson, Denis Mason and Tony Hesketh were going to be our 4 more counters.

Attention was also passing to the V40 team. They had been sat in joint second place and Wigan weren’t going to finish a team so if we could secure first place we might be able to get a joint second place.

As the race unfurled on this three large lap course the results for our runners were as follows – Gary 2nd in 29.05, Russell 4th in 29.58, Steve 25th in 32.36, Simon 31st in 33.30, Denis 39th in 34.28 and Tony, suffering with a sore calf and taking it easier than usual, was 89th in 38.11.

These results gave Gary the individual championship and Horwich A team 1st place in division 3 and so promotion to division 2 for next year. The A team were second team on the day, that’s beating all the teams except one from all the divisions – good effort lads.

Whilst all this was going on at the sharp end of the race Gordon Stone, Pete Bland and Pete Ramsdale and Barry Allman were battling in their own race. Gordon, now a stress free and full time athlete continues to improve and turned a 34second deficit behind Pete Ramsdale at the Nationals in Leeds last week into a winning margin of 15 seconds today at Barrow. Pete Bland, giving all these runners 10 years, ‘worked his socks off’ completed the course ahead of Barry. This quartet completes the 10 senior Horwich harriers running today. Good turn out lads.

For the record Gordon 108th in 39.35, Pete R 112th in 39.50, Pete B 121st in 41.08 and Barry 129th in 41.58.

The Vet 50 team didn’t manage promotion as local clubs turned out in force for their local race. We’ll do it next year guys.

Thanks to all runners who have competed in any cross country this season.
Enjoy the summer.

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

Full results see Race Results.

LAST WEEKENDS SNIPPETS

Bleasdale Circle Fell Race – 5M / 1250′

Well done to Michelle Devine who finished second lady in wintry conditions.

(anyone have anymore details or results, please let me know)

High Cup Nick Fell Race – 9M / 1500′

Russell Maddams finished 3rd in this race from Dufton in Cumbria, with wife Pippa winning the ladies race, and setting a new record in the process. Peter Leighton also made the trip and finished 65th.

Full results.

Let Me Know!

If anyone has anymore details of Horwich members racing at the weekend, please let me know.

Alastair Murray.
alastair.murray@gmail.com

National XC Leeds 2010.

On Saturday saw the National XC races @ Round hay Park in Leeds. This annual event attracted 151 clubs from every corner of the UK and the size of field mirrored that. Our Stalwart U13’s Boys represented the club without any honours to claim or loose, which made the day stress free from a results prospective.

In a field of over 400 our boys held up well. Bearing in mind these guys have another year in U13’s XC the day was a success. In 74th came Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley in a satisfying 250 and a big finish from Will Townsend in 314th. Maybe next year we can get a team placing.

Andy Townsend

Red Vests in Leeds

National Cross Country Roundhay Park, Leeds
Saturday 27th February 2010

As the cross country season comes nearer and nearer the end, just 5 runners from our club put on their red vests with the distinctive black chevrons to tackle the grass, mud and hills of Roundhay Park.

The under 13 boys of Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley and Will Townsend ran in possibly the largest field of runners that they have ever run with before and they all enjoyed the ‘big’ experience. They had an ‘arena lap’ to do first and supporters ran across the muddy fields to see them and as they ran up, down and up again. They then ran down and up quite a steep hill. This proved a real discriminator with good hill runners pulling away from the others. The lads of Nathan, Cameron and Will should be really proud of their efforts as they finished in 74th in 12.45 and 260th in 14.03 and 314th in 14.40 respectively and all these runners are still under 13 next year.. The winner’s time was 11.29 and there were 374 runners in the race.

The other two Horwich representatives were Pete Ramsdale and Gordon Stone in the senior men’s race over 12km. With nearly 1500 runners on the start line – the buzz started early. The course had three big laps of climbs, gentle descent’s and mud. Being lapped after nearly two laps when the winners have to just complete their third lap and then the finishing straight, really humbles you but shows the outstanding quality of these front runners. It’s a fantastic experience and I enjoyed it very much. Times and positions are a bit irrelevant but 1225th in 60.57 for Pete and 1248th in 61.34 for Gordon for the record.

Alton Towers on 19th February 2011 – National Cross Country next year – Date for your diary.

Peter Ramsdale

Red Vests in Leeds

National Cross Country Roundhay Park, Leeds
Saturday 27th February 2010

As the cross country season comes nearer and nearer the end, just 5 runners from our club put on their red vests with the distinctive black chevrons to tackle the grass, mud and hills of Roundhay Park.

The under 13 boys of Nathan Townsend, Cameron Critchley and Will Townsend ran in possibly the largest field of runners that they have ever run with before and they all enjoyed the ‘big’ experience. They had an ‘arena lap’ to do first and supporters ran across the muddy fields to see them and as they ran up, down and up again. They then ran down and up quite a steep hill. This proved a real discriminator with good hill runners pulling away from the others. The lads of Nathan, Cameron and Will should be really proud of their efforts as they finished in 74th in 12.45 and 260th in 14.03 and 314th in 14.40 respectively and all these runners are still under 13 next year.. The winner’s time was 11.29 and there were 374 runners in the race.

The other two Horwich representatives were Pete Ramsdale and Gordon Stone in the senior men’s race over 12km. With nearly 1500 runners on the start line – the buzz started early. The course had three big laps of climbs, gentle descent’s and mud. Being lapped after nearly two laps when the winners have to just complete their third lap and then the finishing straight, really humbles you but shows the outstanding quality of these front runners. It’s a fantastic experience and I enjoyed it very much. Times and positions are a bit irrelevant but 1225th in 60.57 for Pete and 1248th in 61.34 for Gordon for the record.

Alton Towers on 19th February 2011 – National Cross Country next year – Date for your diary.

Peter Ramsdale