Berlin Marathon 26th September 2010

Well done to Simon Parkinson for his excellent result at the Berlin Marathon.

‘I finished the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 51 minutes and 33 seconds. Well under the 3 hours that I wanted to do so am absolutely over the moon. Ran really well and looking at my split times I was consistent from start to finish even though I did start to feel it in the legs about 38K. Fantastic event and would recommend to any Harrier wanting to do one of the marathon ‘majors’. It is a flat fast course and great atmosphere all the way around. Good organisation too(would we expect anything less from the Germans!). It rained all day with cool temperatures so felt just like home!

Having a well deserved rest for a few days but will be back for the Gin Pit.’

Scafell Pike Fell Race

(AS 4.5m/3000′)

25th Sep 2010

Paulo Campos reports….clear blue skies and sunshine greeted all the runners and one horwich harrier (moi!) for this year’s race. The route began at wasdale head with a flatish stretch before eventually leading to a steep climb up lingmell and a short traverse to the summit and the turnaround! An initial cautious descent off the top was followed by a quick run all the way back down to wasdale head. Looking back at previous results, there never seems to be a big turnout for what is a cracking race, just as well perhaps as Wasdale already sees far to many visitors already. As a first fell race I was happy with my result, however not so happy with two mammoth great blisters under both heels (new shoes!).
52 Paulo Campos Horwich RMI 1:24:21
Paulo Campos

Calderdale Way Relay 2010

Club Members,

I am about to send in the entry for this years Calderdale Way Relay
and need to know how many teams to enter.

If you want to run, or think you might want to run please let me know
asap, and preferably by Friday 1st October. This event fills up
quickly so I need to get the entries in soon.

This is a great event and an opportunity for all runners in the club
to take part.

More details can be found here

Please don’t wait to be asked to run, let me know now, or we won’t be
entering any teams.

Look forward to all your responses.

Alastair Murray

Swinton 10 Mile Road Race

26th September 2010

Nine Harriers turned out for the Swinton 10M race which has replaced the Swinton half marathon. This was also the 8th counter in the Central Lancs Grand Prix. Martyn Bell and Colin Rigby battled it out at the front and finished an excellent 1-2.


Horwich are just about leading the Central Lancashire Grand Prix but a good turn out at the Gin Pit 5 is needed.

Weekend Round up 25th/26th September

Great Langdale Half Marathon – 25th September 2010
Two club runners attended this tough but scenic race in Great Langdale. Paul Muller finished third overall and twenty minutes(!) clear of the next V50. Just a few minutes behind Paul was Brendan Bolland running well in 8th place.


Lancaster 5k Series (race 5)- 25th September 2010
Sean McMyler was our only representative at this race and finished in 9th position in 17.55.


Medicine & Chernobyl Belarus Aid 10k, Parbold – 26th September 2010
Glyn Kay ran well to finish third with Derek Kay finishing first V65.


Cross Country Entries Reminder

All entries for 2010/2011 cross country season need to be with Pete Ramsdale by this Friday (1st October). Please get your entries to him asap using the form which can be downloaded from the cross country section on our website.

Ladies, please, please try to do at least the Red Rose League. You are all needed. Whatever your current level of fitness you WILL make a difference by turning out for the Club. If you can also do the Mid-Lancs League then we can support the men & vice versa. It’s £6.00 for 10 races. Bargain! It’s great winter training & will give you a good base for next year. I’m entering both Leagues and will be happy to car share.

Many thanks for your support


Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Owing to access issues at Kirkstone the Ian Hodgson Mountain relay will now start at 9.30am PROMPT, half an hour earlier than usual and we cannot afford to wait for late teams.

We will also be introducing a parking permit system at Kirkstone with one permit per team (i.e. teams with three entries will only get 1 permit).

Any cars not displaying the permit will be turned away from the car park and the lay-by adjacent to the pub.

Many Thanks

Chris Speight

Blackpool Open Meeting 26th September

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Track and Field Athletics Open Meeting at Blackpoo

21 young Horwich RMI Harriers Athletes turned out to compete in the final outside Track and Field Athletics Meeting of 2010. On a sunny day, there were many “shining” performances from the Harriers, including some excellent debut performances.

One of the races of the day was  the 800m heat of the Under 11 Girls, in which Katie Shingler raced with Shannon McClarence and Helena Norris. A thrilling and tough finish occurred with Katie just pipping Shannon to first place. In the 80m Sprint, Shannon managed to get her revenge and beat Katie in a very hard fought sprint.

A great debut performance was made by Declan Snape in the under 15 boys 100m with a time of 12.5s, plus a good 200m run with 25.5s.

James Lovell in the Under 13 Boys won Gold in the Long Jump with a magnificent leap of 4.36m.

Full results

Under 9 Girls

Penny Townsend

80m       14.1

600m     2m23.8

Long Jump          2.70m

Under 11 Boys

Mackenzie Dacre

600m     2m17.8

Under 11 Girls

Madeleine Littlewood

80m       13.0

600m     2m07.4

Long jump           3.04m

Isobel Dean

80m       13.4

600m     2m15.8

Long jump           2.52m

Shannon McClarence

80m       13.0

600m     2m09.2

Long jump           3.06m

Katie Shingler

80m       13.1

600m     2m09.0

Long jump           2.77m

Helena Norris

80m       13.6

600m     2m27.2

Long jump           2.43m

Under 13 Boys

James Lovell

100m     13.8

200m     28.6

Long jump           4.36m

Under 13 Girls

Sophie Williams

100m     14.8

200m     31.9

Long Jump          4.20m

Grace Shelmerdine

100m     14.7

800m     2m44.2

Long jump           3.99m

Emily Shelmerdine

100m     16.4

800m     3m01.2

Long jump           3.33m

Alana McClarence

100m     15.9

High Jump           1.05m

Lauren Halsall

100m     16.1

200m     35.9

High jump           1.05m

Ellie Dacre

100m     16.4

200m     34.7

800m     3m28.9

Under 15 Boys

Declan Snape

100m     12.5

200m     25.5

Under 15 Girls

Bethany Miller

100m     13.5

200m     28.4

Laura Taylor

100m     14.4

Gabrielle Whittle

100m     14.4

Natassia Dacre

Discus   15.29m

Javelin  24.35m

Katie Bridge

Discus   11.52m

Senior Men

Mark Dacre

Javelin  32.93m

Mark Dacre

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC


Three Shires Fell Race

Saturday 18th September 2010

Visibilty was good and the ground was wet for the 25th running of the Three Shires Fell race. Starting and finishing at the Three Shires Inn 12 miles and 4000 feet of climb takes in the summits of Wetherlam, Swirl How, Pike of Blisco and Lingmoor.

1 Ricky Lightfoot 1.55.49
17 Brendan Bolland 2.08.06
38 Mick Green 2.15.29
84 Albert Sunter 2.30.09
100 Brian Walton 2.34.56
118 Robert Green 2.42.02
184 Ian Charters 2.51.59
208 Tony Varley 3.00.26
223 Geraldine Walkington 3.04.54

Full results.

Report and photos on Ian Chater’s blog.

Parc Bryn Bach Triathlon

19th September 2010

Katie Ingram just missed out on the medals after finishing 4th at the final race in the British Triathlon super series. Former world champion Helen Jenkins took the glory after making the break on the run from world class triathletes Jodie Stimpson and and Kerry Lang.

Katie had a strong swim despite the chilly conditions but unfortunately a received a 15 second penalty for not putting on her helmet quick enough. Katie then managed to pull back a few positions on the bike before storming through to 4th place on the second lap on the run. Da iawn Katie!

The race also incorporated the British Championships. We were visiting family in South Wales and it was a good race to watch just 5 minutes from my parents home. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay to watch the Brownlee brothers battle it due to the long trip home.


Horwich RMI AGM 2010


Wednesday 13th October at 8pm

At Bolton Arena

Nominations are required for the following Committee positions
  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman
  • General Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Press & Publicity Officer
  • Head Seniors Coach
  • Head of Junior Coaching
  • Track & Field Coordinator
  • 4 x Elected Members
If you have any matters that you wish to be on the agenda please notify me in writing by the 15th September. You will require a seconder for any proposal.
It is not my intention to stand again this year for the position of Chairman although I will remain on the Committee as an elected member if accepted. I will also remain in the position of Mens Road Captain and a member of the Pike Race organising Committee also if accepted.
Brendan Bolland will also be standing down as Treasurer after 7 years in the position.
Emma Danton has already stood down as General Secretary due to work commitments so that position also stands vacant.
The following members have already agreed to stay on the Committee if proposed and elected.
  • Vice Chairman                    Pete Ramsdale
  • Membership Secretary        Andrew Storey
  • Press & Publicity                Alison Gordon
  • Head of Junior Coaching      Mark Dacre
  • Track & Field Coordinator    Ian Saunders
  • Elected Member 1              Colin Jones
  • Elected Member 2              Rob Green
  • Elected Member 3              Pete Bland
Pete Bland
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

World Mountain Running Champs 2010

James Kevan competed for Ireland in the World Mountain Running Championships on the 5th September 2010 in Kamnik, Slovenia. 
James qualified following the selection race in Djouce in the Wicklow Mountains Ireland in August when he finished 5th overall.

The World Championship race was held in the beautiful mountains of Slovenia, it was an uphill only race finishing at the top of Gradisce which is 1668m high on the Velika Planina. It was a very tough 12km climb. James enjoyed the experience and hopes to compete in the Worlds next year in Albania which will be an up and downhill race and also the European Championships in Turkey.  James finished 126th which is not bad in the world.

 I don’t think that many athletes can have competed for two countries.

I have attached a couple of pictures of James taken during and after the world championship race. 

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay – 3rd October

Race details

  • Date & time: Sun 3rd Oct 2010 at 09:30
  • Country: England
  • Category: Relay
  • Distance: 25m
  • Climb: 8500ft
  • Venue: Sykeside Camping Park, Brotherswater.
  • Skills & experience: ER, LK, NS
  • Age info: Leg 3 over 16 if partner over 18; other Legs over 18.

Teams are still required

Ladies are still required to make the final team up for this prestigious fell relay.  Please contact Suzanne.

We are still looking for runners to complete the Mens vets team for the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay on Sunday 3rd October. Anyone interested in running can contact Colin Jones on 07773 16067

Leg details

Leg 1 Sykeside Camping Park, Brotherswater 403118
1a     Large Pile of Stones 372109
1b     Red Scree, small tarn, N.E. side 396088
Finish: Kirkstone Car P~ark

Leg 2 Kirkstone Car Park 401082
2a     Cairn, South end, Ravens Edge 405082
2b    Caudale Moor, samll tarn south side 415101
2c    High Street, summit cairn (manned) 441111
2d    The Knott, Summit 437127
Finish: Sheep Pens, Hartsop 412129

Leg 3 Sheep Pens, Hartsop 412129
3a     Path / stream junction 422131
3b     Angle Tarn, E. Penninsular (manned)
Finish: Playing Fields, Patterdale 392161

Leg 4 Playing Fields, Patterdale 392161
4a     Stile over wall. Thornhow End 386154
4b     Summit, St. Sunday Crag 369134
4c     Hart Crag (manned)
Finish: Syke Side Camping Park, Brotherswater 403118

Cross Country Fixtures 2010/2011

This coming seasons’ cross country fixtures are now out.  Listed below are the fixtures for the Red Rose, Mid-Lancs & South East Lancs leagues.  These are & also listed under our cross country section.  The Club has in previous years aimed to target both the Mid-Lancs & Red Rose Leagues.  Whilst this is still very much encouraged it would be great if we could see all our ladies out in force targeting at least the Red Rose League.  The fixtures are all local and the ladies can dominate this league providing we all turn out.  However fit or unfit you feel you can still make a difference for the team by just by turning out.  Its the numbers that count!  Entires will still be co-ordinated through Pete Ramsdale.  In the meantime, if you have any queries contact Pete Ramsdale or myself.

Suzanne Budgett


Saturday 23rd October – Hyndburn
Saturday 20th November – Rossendale (Marl Pits)
Saturday 4th December – Bolton (Leverhulme Park)
Saturday 18th December – Blackburn (Witton Park)


Saturday 30th October – College Grounds, Barrow
Saturday 13th November – Witton Park, Blackburn
Saturday 27th November – Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 22nd January – Townley Park, Burnley
12th February – Lawsons Ground, Blackpool
12th March – Beacon Park, Skelmersdale


Saturday 30th October – Heaton Park, Manchester
Saturday 13th November – Clayton Vale, Manchester
Saturday 15th January – Lilford Park, Leigh
Saturday 5th February – Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester

Downhill Race

Thursday 9th September 2010

It was a beautiful evening to be on Winter Hill for this years running of the Horwich RMI Harriers Downhill Race. A collection of 15 runners gathered by Scotsmans Stump for the start, as runners set off at 30 second intervals to ensure route choice was a factor.

Results :-

1. Alastair Murray 18:30
2. Albert Sunter 19:02
3. Steve Nichols 20:02
4. Tony McKenna 22:27
5. Pete Ramsdale 22:46
6. Tony Varley 23:26
7. Mick Crook 23:45
8. Tony McVey 24:41
9. Ian Charters 24:53
10. Paul Murray 25:41
11. John Parker 26:30
12. Mark Sammon 27:14
13. Ed Swift 29:42
14. Michelle Sunter (1st Lady) 31:49
15. Chris Beazley 38:40

Its was good to have so much support for this long standing traditional club event.

Many thanks to Colin Jones for all his help and the marshal at the pike. (sorry i didn’t catch your name)


Suzanne & I will be doing a reccy of the 2nd half of the Tour of Pendle this Sunday morning 12th September. If anyone wants to join us, meet us at Barley car park at 9am.
We plan to be out for about 2 hours. The pace will be steady.

All welcome.
Dont forget a cag.

If anyone has any questions, you can ring me on 01254 776263.

Graham Schofield.

English Fell Champs Race 6

Shelf Moor

Sunday 5th September 2010

Four horwichians turned up for the final race in this years English Fell Champs and a chance to run against some of best fellrunners in the country.

The race was won by Rob Hope, clinching the championship in the process. Down the field Alastair Murray was pleased to finish in the points of 36th place. Brian Walton finished 66th. Gary Chadderton finished 127th. Karl Ward ran well, but did not finish after feeling unwell.


This Weeks Hill Session

No decision on what session we are doing this week but we will be going off road whatever the weather to make the most of the last few light evenings. Off-road shoes recommended.

Meet as usual at the bottom of Foxholes and Factory Hill from 6:30 on Thursday evening.

REMINDER : There will be no Hill Session on Thursday 9th September, so why not come and do the Downhill Race instead.

Alastair Murray
07769 682439

Birchwood 10k

Sunday 22nd August 2010

Seven club members ran in this competitive and popular 10k, with the men’s team doing really well to finish second to Hallamshire.

Paul Muller was, as usual, first V50.

10 Russell Maddams 33:20
11 Neil Pendlebury 33:36
16 Alastair Murray 33:57
28 Paul Muller 34:59
64 David Jackson 38:09
92 Paulo Campos 39:24
462 Malcolm Whitehead 52:59


Lancaster 5km

Saturday 28th August 2010

A gem of a race, extremely flat and fast and an opportunity for all harriers to consider this race next month – Saturday saw only three harriers heading up to Lancaster for this penultimate 5km, with Russell Maddams continuing his fine form, clocking 15mins 34 secs, running for his other club, Keswick AC.

1st Russell Maddams – 15:34
14th Sean Mcmyler – 17:49
18th Billy Martin – 18:11

Martyn Bell