Road Roundup (updated)

Sowerby Scorcher

Saturday 22nd May 2010

Stuart Edmundson added to his palmarès with victory in this multiterrain race from Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire.


Blue Light 5 Mile

Sunday 23rd May 2010

Super Vet Paul Muller took the overall victory at this 5 mile race from Bispham, Lancs.


Chorley Park 5k : Race 2

Friday 21st May 2010

James Kevan matched his victory in race 1 of this years series with a clear win in race 2, in a time of 16:28.

Gareth Booth made it a horwich one two in a time of 17:16, with Danny Kevan the third counter in 18:41. Paul Boardman was 15th in 19:33 and Andy Townsend 16th in 19:34.

Our only lady representative was Karen Murray, 5th lady in 22:02.


Inter-Counties Fell Champs

Letty Fell Race, incorporating British Intercounties Championship.

Saturday 22nd May 2010.

Two harriers were selected for this years intercounties fell champs, with Dionne Allen and Alastair Murray both running for Greater Manchester.

One of the hottest days of the year so far made for an interesting race, as many struggled around in the heat, and others didn’t quite make it to the finish.

Both club representative had successful races, with both Dionne and Alastair collecting team medals for their contributions to Greater Manchester taking second place in both the Ladies and Mens races. Dionne was second counter for the team, finishing 11th in a strong field, whilst Alastair was third counter, and 35th overall.

The only horwich vest on display was by Peter Leighton, competing in the open race, and finishing in 154th.

Full results.

A full race report and pictures can be found n the WFRA website.

Fell Champs : Race 4

Fairfield Horseshoe – AM 9m/3000′.

Saturday 15th May 2010.

Last weekend was the fourth race in this years club fell championships, and eleven harriers made the trip up to the district for this classic lakeland race.

15 Dave Milliken 1.27.42
31 Michael Green 1.32.09
101 Gary Chadderton 1.44.16
109 Doug Fleming 1.45.12
183 Peter Leighton 1.53.06
213 Tony Varley 1.56.18
243 Colin Wood 2.00.25
257 Rachel Metcalfe 2.02.03
263 Geraldine Walkington 2.02.32
264 Trevor Dibben 2.02.43
347 Ed Swift 2.19.22

Full results.

Jubilee 2010 : Race 1

19th May 2010.

Last Wednesday night saw the start of this years Jubilee race series with a good showing from the host club and local runners.

Continuing his excellent post marathon form our first counter, and second overall was Richard Howarth in 26:53. Gareth Booth, 4th in 27:40, Neil Pendlebury, 6th in 28:07, and Steve Nolan, 8th in 28:23, completed the winning mens team on the night.

Steve Nolan took the honours in the V50 classification, Mick Crook followed suit in the V60 category, and John Coope was first V75.

Full results.

Photos courtesy Gordon Stone.

Mid Lancs League – Hyndburn 22nd May

The sun shone bright for the second T&F fixture of the season at Hyndburn and the Horwich team were out in force with 35 athletes turning out across the U13 to Senior age groups.

The field events kicked off the meeting with the hammer throwers taking to the circle with two new entrants to the events, Ian and Noah Saunders, gaining the first points of the day…….Noah taking the maximum 7 points to win the U15B event.

Tiffany Dacre added to the tally with a further 3 points in the U17W Hammer event.

The track events commenced with the 800m in which Andy Townsend and Andrew Storey lined up for. In Andy T’s first race in the Mid Lancs T&F League gained 5 points and Andrew Storey picked up a further 3 points.

The points continued to come in thick and fast as the day progressed with Jack Thomas (Snr100m), Matthew Storey (SenJav), Mike Houghton (SenTJ), Jordan Murphy (U17LJ), Nathan Barlow (U15B Shot), Nathan Townsend (U13B1500m), James Yearn (U13BShot), Kelly Laughton (SenW TJ), Tiffany Dacre (U17W TJ) and Phoebe Howe (U13G 800m) all scoring maximum points.

The U13G 4x100m relay of Ellie Dacre, Sophie Williams, Emily Shelmerdine and Grace Shelmerdine took 1st place as did the Sen W 4 x 100m relay team of Fiona Myers, Kelly Laughton, Alison Storey and Hayley Peacock.

Other notable performance from Mike Houghton (SenM LJ), Mark Dacre (Sen M Jav), Zac Howe (U17M 400m & 800M), Jacob Thornton (U17M 1500m), Jordan Murphy (U17M Discus), Nathan Barlow (U15B 200m), Noah Saunders (U15B Jav), James Yearn (U13B 100m), Nathan Townsend (U13B LJ), Jonah Saunders (U13B Jav), Kelly Laughton (Sen W LJ), Hayley Peacock (Sen W LJ), Fiona Myers (Sen W Discus), Alison Storey (Sen W Discus), Hannah Storey (U17W 100m), Natassia Dacre (U15G Jav), Sophie Williams (U13G Jav) added further valuable points to the total.

Horwich finished off the day with a total of 109 points for the ladies (3rd on the day) and 171.5 points (2nd on the day).

The league positions are now such that the ladies retain their 2nd place in the table and the men rise from 6th to 4th.

Well done to everybody who took part and many thanks to all those who gave up some of their sunbathing time to assist with officials duties on the day.

Full results available on

Ian Saunders

T&F Co-ordinator

Weekend Road Roundup

Not a lot going on this weekend, but just a couple of results worth a mention.

Neil Pendlebury made an excellent return to form coming fourth in the Chester Half Marathon, clocking a time of 1:14:00. Full results can be found here.

The Great Manchester Run had three harriers (that i recognize) competing amongst the many thousands. Ian Hepburn finish 161st in 38:16, with Layne Mercer clocking 42:44, and Luke Carter 45:54. Full results can be found here.

If you spot any results that i’ve missed, drop me an email.


Gordon’s GR10

Gordon Stone is celebrating 20 years with the Harriers by getting away for seven weeks!
He is undertaking a complete solo traverse of the French Pyrenees footpath, the GR10, this Summer. Starting on June 13th from Hendaye on the Atlantic coast, Gordon is using Paul Lucia’s 50 day schedule to complete the 900km (550 mile) route which includes 50,000m (165,000ft) of ascent through the Pyrenees to Banyuls on the shores of the Mediterranean.
To give him extra incentive, Gordon is also aiming to raise funds for both Guide Dogs for the Blind and The British Heart Foundation in completing the challenge. If you would like to make a donation, however small, the easiest way is through one of the justgiving sites :

Although no running is planned (this may get altered by staying at Gary Devine’s guesthouse in the Ariege), hopefully the trek may improve his fitness in time for a few August races. Gordon’s blog can be found at

NYAL – 16th May, Witton Park, Blackburn

A total of 38 athletes turn out for the 2nd fixture in this season’s National Young Athletes League.

This fixture saw Horwich pitted against the teams from Ribble Valley and Border and coming into the meeting with their 1st win of the season already secured at Sheepmount on the 2nd May.

The Horwich contingent were quick out of the blocks , pardon the pun, to gain an early lead with wins in the U13G, U13B and U15B hurdles.

Further wins came thick and fast in the U13G and U13B 800m and the U13G 75m and U17G 100m events. Numerous wins later saw Horwich take victory in this 2nd fixture with a total of 561 points to Border on 403.5 points and Ribble Valley on 329.5 points.

Well done to all those who took part and a very big thank you to all those who gave their time to undertake official’s duties which in it’s self provided 60 valuable points.

Full results of the fixture will appear on the NYAL website very soon.

Ian Saunders

Track & Field Co-ordinator

Haigh Hall 4 : Race 1

Wednesday 12th May 2010.

Harriers were out in force at the first race of this years Haigh Hall 4 mile series, encouraged not doubt by being part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix, Club Road Champs, and a persuasive Chairman.

James Kevan was first Harrier home in second place, and always well clear of the chasing pack. Richard Howarth finished third, with a fast finishing Martyn Bell only a second behind in 4th, and first vet. Gareth Booth in sixth place completed the winning team.

Individual prizes also went to Steve Nolan for first V50 and Pete Bland for first V60.

With the tenth Harrier finishing in only 22nd place, this was another good race in this years grand prix for the harriers.

1 Matt Clowes (Staff Moorlands AC) 19:55
2 James Kevan 20:50
3 Richard Howarth 21:15
4 Martyn Bell 21:16
6 Gareth Booth 21:41
9 Colin Rigby 22:01
10 Steve Nolan 22:32
13 Simon Parkinson 22:59
14 Andy Neary 23:11
17 Sean McMyler 23:23
22 Denis Mason 23:34
24 David Jackson 23:39
33 Paul Boardman 24:26
39 Rob Inman 24:50
40 Doug Fleming 24:55
58 Steve Jackson 26:02
78 Robert Whittaker 27:10
80 Carl Balshaw 27:32
94 Pete Bland 28:15
150 Rachel Collington 37:20

Full results.

W/end Snippets 7-9 May ’10

Christleton 5k, Chester.

Friday 7th May 2010.

Gareth Booth showed a good return to fitness clocking 16:09 for 17th on this fast course. The winner was Gary Bristow of Trafford AC in 14:45.

Blacksticks Blue 10k, nr. Preston.

Sunday 9th May 2010.

Paul Muller took the overall victory in this challenging hilly 10k race. Paul Boardman,  maintaining a busy race schedule, was very pleased with 9th place, and would recommend this race to anyone who likes a hilly road course on country lanes.


French Anne Half Marathon, Lancaster.

Sunday 9th May 2010.

Ian Hamer also had a busy weekend finishing 18th in a time of 1:29:45.


Jubilee Help Needed and Information

This years Jubilee Race series is due to start next wednesday the 19th May and there have been a couple of changes made to the race series this year.

Marshal Request

The Jubilee Road Races needs the support of the clubs members in order that we can properly marshal and manage the series, and we sttill need the help from anyone who is able to support the club and the race series on one or more of the wednesday nights.

1. Registration staff are need prior to the race to man the registration desk to admin the race and hand out numbers.  If  you can spare just an hour from 6:3pm0 to 7:30pm then this would be a great help for us.

2. Marshals and finish funnel people are always needed to provide a safe race for all of the runners and spectators, if you can spare a couple of hours from around 7pm then please contact us to let us know you will be volunteering.

As well as our thanks and gratitude, all marshals and volunteers will also get free refreshments.

Please contact – Carl Balshaw on 07530 758186 – and also see the website at

New and Updated Race Information

Firstly the series is only three races long and the August race has been dropped – the races willbe run on the 19th May, 16th June and the 21st July.

Secondly the race HQ has been moved from the Bowling club to the Rivington Parish Hall, a hundred yards up the road on the other side; this is the same location as the Duathon is usually HQ’d from. 

Thirdly, the start and finish points have been moved to give improved space at the end.  The start is now further down closer to the embankment, and the finish is also further down the lane and ends at a small car park, which gives more room at the finish point for the finish funnel.  With the start and race HQ both moving, more time is needed to get from one to another, so any runners, please allow plenty of time to collect your number and get to the start line.

Finally, we have been kindly sponsored by both Sweatshop and Summit Physio, and both will be present at the race; Sweatshop will be setting up a stall, and Summit will have physio’s available at the Race HQ during the race.  There will also be refreshments available throughout.

The Jubilee Race Series has a dediated website that will hold all of this information, and more, and can be seen at

GM Junior Fell Champs

Saturday 8th May 2010.

The Greater Manchester Fell Championships where incorporated into the Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race, Horwich had five runners taking part in the various age groups and all won medals.

In the under 12 race Will Townsend had his best race to date winning his category and also winning the Championship with a very strong run, Matthew Brindle looks to be a star of the future winning the silver medal at 10 years of age. Lauren Fairhurst ran well to win silver in the U/12 girls. In the 2 mile race, pride of place went to new signing Sam Bromley finished second in the U/14 race but more importantly was first in the county champs. Not to be outdone Jonathan Powis had his best race to date finishing second in the Greater Man championships.

U/12 Boys 1.5 miles
1 W Townsend 13.40
6 M Brindle 14.57
U/12 Girls
14 L Fairhurst 25.42
U/14 Boys 2 miles
2 S Bromley 16.18
4 J Powis 18.23

Full Results.

Horwich Triathlon

Sunday 2nd May 2010.

A cool morning greeted almost 200 competitors for the Horwich Triathlon which consists of a 800mts swim in Horwich Pool then its a 42 k Cycle followed by an 11k run which includes running up to the Pike and down into Rivington. Horwich had four people doing it with Ian Hamer finishing 23rd in 2:28:42. Ainsley Murphy had a great Triathlon finishing 55th in 2.40.07 next was Tony Hesketh 117th in 2.55.43 and finally Ed Swift finished in 3.50.19 for 189th.

Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race 8th May

A large field of 118 started this race which was also the Greater Manchester Fell Championships. The weather was cool and dry with good conditions underfoot. Within half a mile of the start six had broken away with Alastair Murray just clear of a group contain Simon Parkinson and Dionne Allen. After the first tough climb Alastair had extended the lead which he held on to the finish and was well clear of second to achieve a well deserved victory, Simon Parkinson ran strongly for third place. Albert Sunter had a superb run just holding off Dionne for first over fifty with Dionne an excellent second lady. With Ian Hamer 10th we easily won the Team award. With the Ladies also winning with Michelle Devine and Rachel Metcalfe both well placed and backing up Dionne. Tony Hesketh was first o/60 with Tony Varley second. With 17 runners from Horwich we were the largest club represented a superb turnout.

1 A Murray 35.22
3 S Parkinson 37.58
8 A Sunter o/50 39.16
9 D Allen F/23 39.20
10 I Hamer o/40 39.29
14 A Porter o/40 40.38
15 D Fleming o/50 40.39
17 B Walton o/50 40.41
21 T Hesketh o/60 41.30
32 M Kay 42.57
37 M Devine F 43.11
38 P Ramsdale o/50 43.20
54 P Leighton o/40 45.42
64 T Varley o/60 47.03
77 M Birbeck o/40 48.31
78 R Metcalfe F 48.58
88 G Stone o/50 50.58

Horwich also won the Greater Manchester Champs Team Gold with the team of Alastair, Andy Porter and Doug Fleming. (Albert didn’t tick the box)

Link to results at ukresults.

Link to photos at SportSunday.


Chorley 4.4M Trail Race Series : Race 1

Wednesday 5th May 2010.

The local midweek race season kicked off this Wednesday with the first race of the Chorley 4.4 Mile Race Series and the Harriers were very well represented, picking up the Mens team prize. Individually, Richard Howarth came second overall, Steve Nolan was first V50, Pete Bland was first V60, Derek Kay was first V65 and Abigail Sunter was first junior lady.

1 Anthony Ford (Sale) 22:21
2 Richard Howarth 24:05
4 Alastair Murray 24:28
9 Steve Nolan 25:35
18 Paul Boardman 27:46
61 Pete Bland 32:07
63 Carl Balshaw 32:10
68 Mark Swindell 32:49
75 Derek Kay 34:07
96 Abigail Sunter 38:37
108 Michele Sunter 42:59

Full results.


Saturday 1st May 2010.

The weather stayed pretty good despite some forecasts for the second race of this years English Fell Champs. The route is a tough one, with a typically long lakeland climb for starters, it was hands on knees time for all but the elite. This is followed by some rough running between Wetherlam and Swirl How, and some good running from there to the Old Man, for those who have any good running left in them. To finish (you) off there is the classic descent off the Old Man, with a alot of route choice, and the potential to get lost in a quarry.

The race was won for the ninth time by Ian Holmes, taking full advantage of his descending skills, and route knowledge. The results for the harriers running was as follows.

34 01:17:48 JAMES KEVAN
71 01:22:25 DAVE MILLIKEN
142 01:29:41 KARL WARD
183 01:34:10 BRIAN WALTON
212 1:37:38 MICHAEL CROOK
249 01:40:58 STEVE JACKSON
269 01:43:42 PAUL MURRAY
347 01:54:06 RACHEL METCALFE

423 finished – results.

Here is a link to a video of the race.

Race 3 of the English Champs is Ennerdale. Entries are already open and details can be found here. Entries are also open for Race 4 : Sedbergh 3 Peaks (Limit 500 – see FRA Calendar for details) and Race 5 : Holme Moss (Limit 400).

Coiners Fell Race

The Second English Junior Championship race was held at Coiners Fell in Mytholmroyd.

New to the series Esme Critchley entered the U8’s this was her first Fell race and finished 4th girl, a future RMI champion in the making.

Next up Lauren Fairhurst in the U10’s and granddaughter of Tony Hesketh had a tough race but persevered and came home as 16th girl.

In the U12’s race a big field of over 40 runners were out to claim their points in this series. First to the summit for the team once again was Phoebe Howe just behind was Nathan Townsend closely followed by the reinvented Cameron Critchley who was being chased by Will Townsend. It appears size matters coming down as Nathan was once again first RMI down being 3rd boy closely followed by Phoebe again 3rd girl and Cameron down as 7th boy, even better Will Townsend came in12th, 5 places better than last week, well done Will.

The U14’s outing consisted of Joseph Howe and Jonathan Powis. Joseph going 2 better than last week and being very pleased with his own performance came in 10th boy. Jonathan having just moved up to this age group held on for a brilliant 19th place, his best Fell to date.

Last but not least could Zac Howe put in just as strong performance as last weeks. A strong finish earned him 9th boy home in what was extremely muddy under foot high up the Fell.


Coiners 2010


Anniversary Wa!

The First of the English Fell Championship races took place @ The Anniversary Waltz in Stair Cumbria.

In the U13’s race our team consisted of Phoebe Howe for the girls, Will Townsend, Nathan Townsend and Cameron Critchley. As the race set off at a fast pace is was Phoebe Howe that was the first club runner to the steep summit.

Just behind Phoebe @ the top was Cameron who has clearly found confidence and form for this race. Nathan was next just behind our 2 front runners. Will was not far down having run up parts others barely crawled. In the decent it was whoever could keep upright whilst literally bouncing down the Fell. And in the final race to the finish it was Nathan just getting 3rd placed boy. Cameron 7th boy in, Phoebe was 3rd girl and Will came in A gallant 17th.

In the U 14’s Race Joseph Howe and Jonathan Powis had their work certainly cut out with a higher Fell to claim. Joseph made a great start but found the hands and knees approach somewhat challenging and got to the summit in 12th. His decent proved just as positive and 12th was his final placing in a field of 45 runners Jonathan in the meantime found the move up to U14’s rather difficult after weeks of injury and felt he needed more time to have prepared.

Lastly it leaves our stalwart Zac Howe who was just out for a good run, That turned out to be the run of his career so far finishing a fantastic 8th Boy. Having a result as good as this puts Zac on a high for the rest of the season.


Anniversary Wa! 2010


Wray Caton Fell Race, May day Monday, 6.75m, 1100ft.

Five Harriers competed in a field of 139 finishers in this excellent fell race on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, part of the Wray Scarecrow Festival. Conditions were ideal leading to Borrowdale’s Chris Steele smashing Mark Croasdale’s 3 year old record by 50 seconds and Spectrum’s Liz Whitfield also lowering the ladies’ mark by 32 seconds.

Doug Fleming was first of the chevron vests, 26th in 50:52, closely followed by fellow V50 Neil Wrigley, 29th in 51:24. Peter Leighton (V40) was 58th in 56:20, followed by myself, very happy with a eight minute improvement over last year, 83rd in 59:30 and then Allan Blinkhorn (V60) now back racing on a regular basis after a long layoff, 128th in 70:40. Another name from the past, but not yet back in a club vest was Trevor Dibben, in his first race for a couple of years.

Full results at


Katie Misses Outright Win by Five Seconds.

European Duathlon Championships Nancy France 1st May.

In a fantastic race Katie Ingram just missed out by a sprint finish at the end of this Elite International race. Having led the first run – the eventual winner Ruth Van der Mejden and Katie – came into the bike change over together- Van der Mejden stayed right on the tail of Katie in the second run then made an all out sprint for the line to win by just five seconds. Although very disappointed to have missed out on the win, on reflection Katie is very pleased in only her second Duathlon to be the runner up in such a prodigious International race. Katie is now looking forward to a weeks well earned rest of easy training, after her efforts in Mexico and France.


Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 5.9 mls 950 ft Ascent

A large field started this race that had been postponed from January with seven Harriers racing. First to finish after an excellent run was Simon Parkinson in fourth, Paul Boardman ran well for 12th and second o/45, Tony Hesketh was first O/60 in 28th closely followed by Lisa Heyes who was third Lady. Pete Bland was second O/60 well pleased with his run.

1 R Burney (Liverpool Harriers) 35.42
4 S Parkinson 40.05
12 P Boardman o/45 42.19
18 I Hepburn 43.22
20 D Fleming o/50 43.37
28 T Hesketh o/60 45.10
33 L Heyes 45.39
53 P Bland o/60 49.27

122 Finishers.

Full Results.