Horwich Carnival 5k

Sunday 20th June 2010

Five club members were running this annual event around the closed streets in Horwich town centre.

Picking up where they left off at the Jubilee, it was Richard Howarth who this time managed to get the upper hand on Gareth Booth. Richard finished 7th in a time of 16:02, and Gareth was 8th in a time of 16:25. David Jackson was next in 17th with an 18:00 clocking. Haeden Turner was 25th in 19:15 and first U18 and Christine Boardman 10th lady in 23:24.


British Masters 5k Championship

Sunday 20th June 2010

Congratulations to the Vet 60 team of Mick Crook, Tony Hesketh and Pete Bland who took the bronze team medal in this years British 5k vets championships.

Oxford City took the gold in convincing style with a cumulative total time of 57.48 then Clydesdale who had won the event for the past few years took the silver medal in 61.05, and a delighted Horwich team who were just 4 seconds behind took Bronze.

It was a well organised event once again held on closed roads around Horwich town centre in near perfect conditions and attracted a big field of over 160 starters.

Steve Nolan was the only other competitor from Horwich who ran 16.55 and finished 6th Vet 50.


Great Hill Fell Race

Saturday 19th June 2010

Four club members ran this local fell race from Brinscall, with Ian Hamer being first home in 9th place. Not far behind was Paul Boardman in 10th, and with Gary Chadderton in 14th, we would have had a pretty good shout for the team prize (if there was one?). Are only lady running was Michelle Devine finishing 6th.


Jubilee – Race 2

Wednesday 17th June 2010

There was a surprisingly low turn out for the second race in this years three race series, but the harriers were still well represented.

The battle for the win was between Gareth Booth and Richard Howarth, with Gareth eventually having the edge in the sprint finish. Steve Nolan was first V50 in 7th overall, with Simon Parkinson in 9th. Ainsley Murphy was 22nd and Colin Wood was 38th. The ladies section was well represented with Sue Lever and Christine Boardman finishing 8th and 14th respectively in the ladies race. Ed Swift and Trevor Fishwick finished 71st and 72nd.


Two Lads Fell Race – 5.25M, 900ft

Thursday 17th June 2010

A sunny and very warm evening greeted 74 runners at this years Two Lads Fell Race with 16 Horwich Harriers making the start line. Albert Sunter used his local knowledge to his advantage to finish 3rd overall, and first Horwich for the BBBR trophy, with Andy Porter, Paul Boardman and Rob Green making up the winning team.

In the ladies race Michelle Devine took the lead from Karen Murray at Pike cottage and held on for the win.

Thanks to Colin for putting the race on and to all the helpers on the night.

3 Albert Sunter M50 (001/005) 00:37:46
5 Andy Porter M40 (001/010) 00:38:36
9 Paul Boardman (wrong route) M45 (001/013) 00:39:03
12 Robert Green M45 (002/013) 00:39:37
19 Chris Heys M (013/031) 00:42:00
22 Michelle Devine F (001/005) 00:42:15
24 Peter Ramsdale M50 (002/005) 00:42:37
29 Karen Murray F (002/005) 00:43:15
30 Tony Varley M60 (001/004) 00:43:18
34 Layne Mercer M40 (005/010) 00:44:13
44 Mark Swindell M40 (007/010) 00:46:27
54 Mark Collier M45 (009/013) 00:50:46
58 Mark Sammon M (026/031) 00:51:53
59 Ed Swift M60 (004/004) 00:52:05
69 Frank Wood M65 (003/003) 00:56:09
74 Alan Finch M45 (013/013) 01:04:04




Thursday 17th June 2010.

As is usual at this time of year, tonights hill session will be cancelled. Instead, you are encouraged to do the Two Lads Fell Race, starting from the nearby Bridge Inn at 7.30pm.

The Hill Session will continue as usual on the 24th June, meeting at the bottom of Foxholes from 6:30 – 6:45 pm.

Any enquiries, contact Alastair Murray on 07769682439.


ENNERDALE 23M / 7500′

Saturday 12th June 2010

Only the really tough fell runners in the club were up for this one, as six harriers finished one of the hardest races in the calendar.

41 Mick Green 4:21:58
152 Michael Crook 5:19:38
186 Geraldene Walkington 5:33:32
207 Ian Charters 5:41:07
209 Paul Murray 5:41:37
246 Steve Jackson 5:59:11

A first hand account of the race from one of our hardy souls can be found on Ian Charters Blog.


Rochdale 3 Day Event

11th – 13th June 2010

Rob Jackson took the overall victory in this three race series over three days, comprising a road race, a multi terrain race, and a fell race to finish.

Rob set his stall out with a win in the first race, a hill road race of 6 miles. Day two was a 6 mile multi terrain course, in which Rob finished 4th. Day three was another 6 miler, this time on the fells, and despite finishing only 7th, Rob’s aggregate time was enough to hold on for the series win.

A few other Horwich runners joined in on day three, with Graham Schofield finishing 2nd overall, and first vet, Stuart Edmondson finishing 4th overall, Karl Ward 22nd, Peter Leighton 61st, and Frank Wood 125th.


3 GOLDS for Horwich Athletes at the Greater Manchester Championships 2010

Horwich RMI Harriers turned out 20 athletes for this annual event. Three GOLD medals were won and 3 athletes were crowned champions of Manchester:-

Michael Houghton – Triple Jump Snr

Matthew Storey – 100m U20

Natassia Dacre – Javelin U15

Silver positions were gained by Jack Thomas in the Senior Long Jump, Ian Saunders in the Senior Hammer, James Dunne in the U17 Long Jump, James Yearn in the U13 Boys Shot Putt and Madeleine Littlewood in the U11 Girls 600m.

Bronze places for Hannah Storey in the U17 100m, Mike Houghton in the Senior Long Jump and James Dunne in the U17 200m.

There were also other notable performances from Jack Shaw in the 100m, Amy Phillpotts in the 300m and Beth Miller in the 100m.

Full Horwich Results:-

Under 11 Girls

Madeleine Littlewood

600m                           2:19.0

Long Jump                  3.09m

Under 13 Girls

Eleanor Dacre

75m                             12.53

Long Jump                  2.92m

Sophie Williams

800m                           2:46.79

150m                           22.69

Shot putt                     6.26m

Lucy Phillpotts

800m                           2:42.18

150m                           22.70

Under 13 Boys

James Yearn

100m                           14.88

200m                           31.25

Shot putt                     6.54m

Under 15 Girls

Beth Miller

100m                           13.64

200m                           28.63

Gabrielle Whittle

75m Hurdles               13.67

200m                           29.57

Long Jump                  4.39m

Natassia Dacre

Javelin                         23.56m

Katie Bridge

100m                           16.08

Javelin                         13.13m

Under 15 Boys

Nathan Barlow

100m                           13.43

200m                           28.20

Shot putt                     6.96m

Noah Saunders

100m                           13.96

Hammer                      9.20m

Jack Shaw

100m                           12.85

Long Jump                  1.14m

Under 17 Women

Hannah Storey

100m                           12.90

200m                           27.73

Amy Phillpotts

800m                           2:27.34

300m                           43.90

Under 17 Men

James Dunne

100m                           12.02

200m                           24.28

Long Jump                  5.06m

Under 20 Men

Matthew Storey

100m                           11.54

Senior Women

Suzanne Saunders

Hammer                      11.65m

Senior Men

Ian Saunders

Hammer                      15.63m

Jack Thomas

Long Jump                  5.28m

Michael Houghton

Long Jump                  5.25m

Triple Jump                 11.10m

Mark Dacre

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC


Holcombe Two Towers

Wednesday 9th June 2010

This midweek fell race proved popular with club members this year, with a seven strong team of all ages turning out.

First home for Horwich with another good performance on the fells was Martyn Bell in second place, in a time of 33:41, and first V40. Albert Sunter was 9th and first V50, followed by Rob Green, Colin Jones, Tony Varley, Ed Swift and Frank Wood.


Haigh Hall Trail Race

Wednesday 9th June 2010

A good nights racing saw another 1, 2, 3 for the harriers, with James Kevan once again leading the way. Running over an alternative course for the second race of the Haigh Hall series, James was first in a time of 26:39. Finishing second, and first V40 was Colin Rigby in 28:20, and in third was Steve Nolan, also picking up the first V50 prize. Paul Boardman completed the winning mens team in 11th place, with Carl Balshaw completing the club representation in 42nd.

1 James Kevan 26:39
2 Colin Rigby 28:20
3 Steve Nolan 28:55
11 Paul Boardman 31:29
42 Carl Balshaw 36:55


Fell Summary 1

There have been quite a few fell races over the last week or so with some notable performances for the club. Here is a summary of some results.

Hutton Roof

Saturday 29th May 2010

Two Horwichians took part, with Peter Leighton finishing 101st and Geraldine Walkington finishing 3rd LV50.


Paddy’s Pole

Tuesday 1st June 2010

Two more horwichians made there way over to Chipping for this low key midweek race in the Forest of Bowland. Martyn Bell finished a creditable 3rd behind the Hope brothers, and first V40. New member Mark Birbeck finished 38th.


Henderson’s End

Thursday 3rd June 2010

In another local race dominated by the local P&B contingent, Horwich had 12 runners out. It was a beautiful summers evening for the race starting from Rivington Barn, and visiting the Mast, Two Lads, and the Pike.

First home for Horwich was Simon Parkinson in 6th place, followed by Karl Ward in 12th, and Albert Sunter in 13th, also picking up first V50.

1 Danny Hope Pudsey & Bramley 37:32
6 Simon Parkinson Horwich RMI Harriers 42:42
12 Karl Ward Horwich RMI Harriers 44:22
13 Albert Sunter Horwich RMI Harriers V50 44:42
21 Andy Porter Horwich RMI Harriers V40 46:06
30 Colin Jones Horwich RMI Harriers V40 49:55
34 Pete Ramsdale Horwich RMI Harriers V50 50:26
45 Tony Varley Horwich RMI Harriers V60 53:33
52 Paul Hesketh Horwich RMI Harriers 54:40
54 Gordon Stone Horwich RMI Harriers V50 56:10
69 Ed Swift Horwich RMI Harriers V60 66:25
73 David Roberts Horwich RMI Harriers 83:49

In the junior race, Jonathan Powis came second.


Duddon Valley

Saturday 5th June 2010

Only a week after running Jura, Mick Green was back in action again on the long course at Duddon Valley. Mick finished in a time of 3:39:33. Ed Swift was also out again (2 days after Henderson’s End) and completed the course in 5:53:37.

Gordon Stone opted to do the “short” course, completing in a time of 2:38:13. Presumably Gordon was taking it easy before starting his GR10 next weekend. Good luck Gordon!


PUMA Kentmere Trail

Saturday 5th June

Only one harrier made his way to Staveley for this trail race over the Garburn Pass. Tony Hesketh finished 35th overall and second V60, from 329 finishers.


Pen Y Ghent

Saturday 5th June 2010

Peter Leighton was out again at this race from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, finishing 58th of 131.



Sunday 6th June 2010

Michelle Devine took second place in the ladies race, and Colin Waterworth came 54th overall.


English Junior Fell series at Shuttlingsloe, Cheshire.

The Horwich Juniors took a journey south to Wildboarclough in Cheshire for the 3rd round of the Fell series.

Again blessed with magnificent weather our juniors put in more solid performances to cement their standings.

The U12’s had Cameron Critchley, Will & Nathan Townsend and Phoebe Howe. As the race developed it was clear our juniors were not hindered by the long hill climb to the finish.

In at 7th was Nathan closely followed by Phoebe in 11th. The much confident Cameron in at 13th and still improving each race Will in 17th.

The U14’s had Joseph Howe continues to improve his placing in the championship and coming home in 5th.

Not having his best day Jonathan Powis finished in 33rd after struggling with the move up from U12’s to 14’s.

Not to be outdone Zac Howe had a great finish in 10th and claimed this was easily the hardest race yet for this year. As if to prove it on hands and knees he stayed until LACTIC subsided.


Jura Fell Race – Sat May 29th

Jura Fell Race

Sat May 29th 2010 (16 miles 7500ft ascent)

Five Horwich athletes made the long trip up to Scotland for the annual Jura Fell Race this year. As usual Albert Sunter & Tony Varley took the long cycle trip there from Ardrossan Via Arran, Kintyre & Islay. Whilst Mick Green made full use of his camper van for the trip.

Conditions on the day were pretty miserable with low cloud base at around 1000 ft and a stiff breeze increasing to strong gusting wind on the summits of the Paps. This obviously made navigation awkward and times in general were slow. Mick Green though had a storming run and finished a very credible 13th overall (3:54:50) in what was a competitive & talented field, for his pains he received one of the coveted whisky glasses.

For Albert Sunter, this was his 21st visit to the race and after running in to splendid a 60th (4:34:37) overall position.He received a framed picture of the Paps of Jura to mark this milestone of 21 races.

For me it was my first time to the race though not to the island, having been there only two weeks prior to the race. I traveled up there on the motorbike with my wife and made a mini break of the event. For years Stephen Barlow had badgered me to do the race so I finally had made the effort. I finished 106th (5:01:15) overall and was pleased with my time given my lack of fitness.

Paul Murray travelled up with his wife Margaret and camped. The day prior to the race both me & Paul went out to recce the route, and on the descent to Keils from the 2nd checkpoint I nearly trod on an Adder which made us a touch quicker after that. Paul finished in a very credible 148th (5:24:51) which for a Vet 60 on his first visit to the race is outstanding. Though I suspect the ulterior motive was to bag a corbet in the process.

For Tony Varley, he retired after descending the first Pap and then making a major navigational error which really gave no alternative but to retire.

A big thanks should go out to Mandy Goth & Phil Hodgson the organizers of this race who have done a very commendable job and at some distance (Todmorden) of putting this annual event on. After five years at the helm they are handing the reigns over to someone else.

Road Roundup 2

Dunham Massey Park 5k, Altrincham

Friday 28th May 2010

Gareth Booth continued his return to form with a 2nd place and sub 16 clocking in the popular 5k race.


Lancaster 5k Series (race 1), Lancashire

Saturday 29th May 2010

Sean McMyler made the trip to Lancaster for this fast 5k and was rewarded with a time of 17:05.


Bowley Hill Trail Race, Gt. Harwood

Monday 31st May 2010

Paul Muller finished an excellent 3rd place in this five and a half mile trail race near Blackburn.


Reebok Manchester Sale 5

Monday 31st May 2010

Dionne Allen continued her run of good results with a win in this flat and fast race in and around Wythenshawe Park, clocking 29:52.


Chorley Harriers 4.4M Trail Race Series : Race 2

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

Horwich RMI Harriers recent domination of local road races continued with another individual victory for Richard Howarth, and another victory for the mens team. Richard took first place with a time of 24:16. Giving support for the team prize were Gareth Booth, 4th in 25:37, Steve Nolan, 6th in 26:04 and first V50, and Dave Jackson, 10th in 26:45.

Paul Boardman was first V45 in 27:45, Pete Bland was first V60 in 32:32, and Derek Kay was first V65 in 33:08.


Levens 10k, Cumbria.

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

Elsewhere, Paul Muller was in action again, coming third overall, and once again first V50 in a time of 36:23.


Badger 10k Trail Run

Thursday 3rd June 2010

Two Harriers made it two nights in a row at the races running this trail race around Cuerden Valley in Bamber Bridge. Richard Howarth came 2nd in a time of 35:49 and Paul Boardman came 13th in 40:47.


Peter Lowe Memorial Hollins Green 5k, Warrington.

Saturday 5th June 2010.

Gareth Booth put in another good 5k performance coming second and clocking 15:54. In this current form a PB can’t be far away.


Cancercare Cross Bay Challenge.

Sunday 6th June 2010.

Paul Muller was once again in winning form for this race across Morecombe Bay from Flookburgh to Hest Bank, taking the overall victory for the second year running.

Also representing the club were Mark Gibson, 14th in 1:37:31 and Gillian Burnell, 39th Lady in 2:10:03.


Longridge Lions 7.

Sunday 6th June 2010.

Two Harriers took on this tough and hilly road race near Preston. Glyn Kay finished 4th in 43:16 and Paul Boardman, (how many races this week?) finished 9th in 45:11.


Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon

Saturday 29th May 2010

After the fine weather we had poor conditions for our annual Duathlon with the cycle section being very tricky resulting in two crashes thankfully with no serious injuries. We had 61 starters of which 4 were from the Harriers our first finisher was Ainsley Murphy in 19th 1.22.01 an excellent time, Kevin Newall finished well in 24th in 1.25.02 Pete Ramsdale seemed to enjoy himself finishing in 36th in a time of 1.33.59 and finally Mark Gibson doing his first Duathon completed the 5k run 22k cycle 5k run in 1.35.14 for 40th position. The winner was 50 year old Brian Field from Leeds & Bradford Tri club Thanks to all our Marshalls for supporting the event in the bad weather.

Full results.

Tony Hesketh

Smithills Serpent 5 mile Trail Race

Sunday 30th May 2010.

The Magnificent Seven.

For those that do not know this race is run on shredded tyres and sand which makes it all the more interesting and very kind on the legs. The weather was ideal for racing cool with a slight wind a pity only 87 competitors entered.

It was a case of the magnificent seven ride again when Horwich Harriers finished in the first seven places . Richard Howarth led from the gun to win easily from Colin Rigby who was first veteran, Martin Jones ran well for third and with Graham Schofield fourth and a remarkable first over fifty we easily won the team prize.One must feel sorry for Rob Jackson in fifth place and not counting in the team with four to count. The only other category winner was Tony Hesketh first over sixty.

       1  Richard Howarth            Horwich R M I Harriers            29:01
       2  Colin Rigby          V40   Horwich R M I Harriers            29:57
       3  Martin Jones         V40   Horwich R M I Harriers            30:29
       4  Graham Schofield     V50   Horwich R M I Harriers            31:02
       5  Rob Jackson          V40   Horwich R M I Harriers            31:12
       6  Steve Nolan          V50   Horwich R M I Harriers            31:14
       7  Simon Parkinson            Horwich R M I Harriers            31:19
       9  David Jackson        V40   Horwich R M I Harriers            31:47
      11  Glyn Kay                   Horwich R M I Harriers            31:57
      14  Denis Mason                Horwich R M I Harriers            32:34
      17  Paul Boardman              Horwich R M I Harriers            33:30
      21  Gary Chadderton      V45   Horwich R M I Harriers            34:45
      31  Tony Hesketh         V60   Horwich R M I Harriers            35:50
      53  Pete Bland           V60   Horwich R M I Harriers            39:33
      55  David Wagstaff       V40   Horwich R M I Harriers            40:05
      56  Gordon Stone         V50   Horwich R M I Harriers            40:20
      57  Mark Swindell        V40   Horwich R M I Harriers            40:33

Full results.

Tony Hesketh

Harrock Hill : Race 1

Wednesday 26th May 2010.


Fourteen harriers turned up for the first in this years fell race series run from the Farmers Arms in Bispham that always proves popular with the club. It must be the prospect of a big box of fruit and veg at the prize giving after.

A group of three harriers broke away early on to battle it out for the top spots, with James Kevan the eventual winner in an very fast time of 30:57. In second was the rapidly improving Martyn Bell 31:48, with Alastair Murray third in 32:24.

In fifth position, and first V50 was Paul Muller in 33:56. First V45 was Paul Boardman in 36:24.

There was also a club 1 2 3 in the V60 race, Tony Hesketh narrowly beating Mick Crook and Pete Bland.

Pos Num Name Cat Club Time
1 48 James Kevan M Horwich 30.57
2 17 Martyn Bell V40 Horwich 31.48
3 135 Alastair Murray M Horwich 32.24
5 159 Paul Muller V50 Horwich 33.56
14 21 Paul Boardman V45 Horwich 36.24
22 12 Doug Fleming V50 Horwich 37.11
49 153 Michael Kay M Horwich 39.55
52 127 Tony Hesketh V60 Horwich 40.00
58 77 Michael Crook V60 Horwich 40.17
78 106 Peter Ramsdale V50 Horwich 42.02
88 32 Brent Brindle V50 Horwich 42.54
89 49 Pete Bland V60 Horwich 42.56
118 63 Derek Kay V60 Horwich 45.46
139 150 Mark Sammon M Horwich 48.40

Full results.