Barrow XC

30th October 2010.

Six senior men made the trip to Barrow for the first in the mid lancs cross country series. A wet and muddy course greeted the runners.
Alastair Murray was first home in 12th pulling ahead of Gareth Booth in the last few hundred metres. Following Gareth was Simon Parkinson, Tim Roe, Andy Townsend and new member Tony McKenna. Well done to everyone and a huge thanks for making the effort to travel. The team were rewarded with a 6th place and most importantly they started the season with a division 2 win. Also, thanks to Chorley harriers for letting our runners use their tent.

Next race in the series is at Witton park in Blackburn on the 13th November. We need as many runners out as possible to gain promotion to division 1 for next year.


Junior report to follow.


National 6 Stage

Saturday 16th October 2010

For the first time in a few years the Harriers were able to send a men’s team to represent at the National Six Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park near Birmingham.

The team of Gareth Booth, James Kevan, Gary Priestley, Neil Pendlebury, Alastair Murray, and Steve Nolan did well in a quality field of teams from England, Scotland and Wales to finish 51st.

Full Results on Sport Soft.

Red Rose – Hyndburn Race 1

It was a typical Cross Country day as the ground was boggy and the air very cold to stand around in.  A well organised race day was put on by the host club and Horwich responded with teams of under 11 girls, under 13 boys, under 13 girls and senior and vet men and runners in all the other categories.

It was fabulous to see lots of youngsters in the earlier races and long may this continue.  At the time of writing this the results are not yet available so when they are I will give some additional specific details.  Well done everyone

Peter Ramsdale

Special Hill Reps Session

On Thursday 21st October the usual hill session had a special theme as athletes came to remember Norman Matthews.  The route of looping Fox Holes up then Factory Hill down plus a final effort to the Mast was one of Norman’s favourite sessions.  Some athletes managed 3 loops, other 2, whist some just ran to the Mast. A total of 31 people and 2 dogs gathered under the mast to spend 2 minutes remembering how Norman had influenced them in their running.  As the weather had been very wet for the first part of the week we all expected to get wet again but someone somewhere made sure the weather held, and whist it was cold and windy – no-one get rained on.  It was also very special to see Brenda on Factory Hill as we ran down – giving us something to think about as we ran up Fox Holes again.

Once everyone had completed the session and run back off the top of the hill, we moved into the Bridge for a well earned drink.  18 people, including Brenda, came in and had a drink and shared some time together.  Can I thank everyone who turned up at quite short notice – it was excellent to see so many people making the effort for this special hill session.

Peter Ramsdale

No Track on Wednesday/Thursday

As you may be aware the Track maintenance is currently ongoing & the next job has been lined up for this coming Wednesday & Thursday resulting in temporary Track closure. The work being undertaken involves cutting out parts of the Track & slotting in replacement pieces as there’s three key areas whereby the Track has cracked.

There will be no track training session on the Wednesday 17th and Thursday 28th October.

Training back to normal from the week Monday 1st November 2010.

Kind regards

Mark Dacre
Junior Coach
Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

AGM 2010

On Wednesday 13th October we had the 86th Horwich RMI Harriers AGM at the Arena and this note is just to keep you up to date with some of the business that took part at the meeting.

Pete Bland, after seven years in the position as Chairman, stood down to concentrate on being Road Captain and general organiser of you the athletes? I think your job has just got harder Pete?  His replacement Pete Ramsdale then had the honour of proposing Pete Bland as a Life Member of Horwich RMI in recognition of all the work he has done not just as Chairman but in all roles with the club over a very long period.  I am pleased to report that it was passed unanimously.

The only other proposal presented to the meeting was an increase of family membership fee from £40 to £50 for any number of members living at the same address.  It was explained that this is suggestion was to help out with the £5 per athlete that the club has to pay every year to England Athletics.  This too was passed.

It was a very pleasing turn out of over 25 senior members and with club funds still buoyant and the membership very steady, it just remains for me to remind all members that membership fees are now due for 2010-11 at the same level as last year, except for family membership, and for seniors a £2 reduction is still in place for payments made before 21st November.

A full list of the new committee members and positions can be found on the web site.

Enjoy your running

Peter Ramsdale

Norman Matthew’s Favourite Hill Session

Thursday 21st October

Come and join us.

The hill session on Thursday 21st Oct will be what Norman considered to be a proper hill session – several reps up Fox Holes and then once to the mast.  In our own way we are celebrating just one part of Norman’s fantastic contribution to the club by having a training run followed by a beer in the Bridge Hotel, Horwich.  

If you are free and able to come on Thursday then we have three meeting times and positions and we hope that you can make one of them.

Meet at the bottom of Fox Holes, with kit, at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. The session will include as many Fox Hole reps as you can manage so that you can run to the Scotsman’s Stump to be there for 7.45pm.  Some may manage 5(?) others just the run to the mast!.  People will then run off as they please (head torches if you want to include 2 lads, or the pike or what ever – please run with at least one other – it’s quite boggy on top these days) and finally 8.30pm in the Bridge for a raising of a glass to one very special person who will be missed by us all.

I hope you can make one of the meeting points – even if it’s only in the Bridge for an hour – we would like to see you.

Peter Ramsdale

Langdale Fell Race

AL 14m/4000′

Paulo Campos reports…Sat 9th October saw me set off for another outing to the Lake District, this time to Great Langdale, for the Langdale horseshoe fell race. Considered one of the classics, this Long ‘A’ race of 14 miles with 4000 feet of ascent is usually a very popular event and so it proved on this occasion with 357 runners including 5 harriers gathered at the start ready for the off. Glorious sunshine beamed down on us as we set off from the famous climbers’ pub The Old Dungeon Ghyll, and as we jostled for position we soon came upon the first serious climb of the day up to stickle Tarn. From this point it was upwards and onwards to Thunacar Knot, followed by a long boggy blast via Martcrag Moor where I tried desperately to avoid being swallowed whole by the bog (I survived!). Once past the bog we crossed the stream at the top of Stake gill, where we contoured up through Black Crags to Littlegill Head. This was followed by another boggy traverse to Angle Tarn before beginning the ascent up to Esk Hause. Prior to the race I’d planned to start off conservatively seeing as this was my first ‘Long’ fell race, and having stuck to my game plan thus far and deciding that I felt strong, I opted to increase my pace as I began the traverse below Esk Pike towards ‘that most magnificent and beautiful of mountains’ Bowfell. Although rocky underfoot, I made good steady progress and continued on my way picking off runners one by one before reaching Bowfell’s summit. However, as I began the descent low level cloud was beginning to engulf Bowfell and Crinkle Crags up ahead. Now, as a practitioner of the highest form of ‘self-preservation’ I was having doubts on whether to attempt to find what one of the local Ambleside AC runners would later inform me was ‘one of the classic racing lines in Lakeland’ bearing SW below the first of the Crinkles and which I’d only seen on a map, or whether to continue over the tops albeit losing me some time but ensuring I would at least have some inkling as to my whereabouts. Luckily as I reached the three tarns below and before beginning to ascend the first of the Crinkles, peering into the ‘clag’ I spotted a faint shadow of a runner taking what I assumed was the so called ‘classic racing line’. I subsequently made a dash to latch onto his tail not even giving a second thought that he might not be clear about the way either. I began to rue my decision however, when on catching him, I realised he wasn’t a native of Lakeland with ‘local’ knowledge and experience, but  a runner from Saddleworth, who like me was also making his first attempt on the race! I decided to continue on this course anyway hoping to see runners further ahead and luckily after 5 minutes, we were passed by the aforementioned Ambleside runner. I made a quick beeline for him and made sure I stuck to him not letting him loose until the infamous ‘bad step’ where he promptly shook me off and was never seen again. Having overcome this ‘minor’ obstacle I settled down for a fast decent towards Red Tarn and the final climb onto Pike o’ Blisco where I made good progress picking off more runners. The descent off the summit however was long and arduous and I took a couple of tumbles as my thighs began to suffer from my lack of appropriate training for the downhills. Nonetheless the end was now approaching and as I made my way through the campsite and onto Blea Tarn road, I made a final quick dash to the finish finishing 133rd in a time of 3.03.19h.
Overall, 5 Harriers took part in the race, with congratulations going to Mick Green as the first Harrier home.
37 2.31.52 175 Mick Green M MV45 Horwich
133 3.03.19 74 Paulo Campos M Sen Horwich
149 3.09.06 150 Doug Fleming M MV50 Horwich
215 3.23.15 205 Ian Hepburn M Sen Horwich
DNF 424 Ed Swift M MV60 Horwich


So far we only have three ladies who have sent in entries for this years cross country league.  This is disappointing given the amount of female runners we have.  We really need to have the support from as many ladies as possible – even if you can’t do them all, your support at any race WILL count.  To enter a series is far less expensive than entering races individually.  We need all our ladies out in numbers to have the desired impact.   Please do not think that you are ‘not fast enough’ or ‘run too slow’.  Please banish all these thoughts from your head.  The ladies section needs you.  Cross country’s are great for your training & are always good on the social front too.  Even if you’ve never done any races before, cross country’s are a great introduction without being intimidating.
It is not too late to get a last minute entry to Pete Ramsdale for the cross country leagues but please be quick in sending one to him.

Gin Pit 5

Sunday 10/10/10

Horwich RMI Harriers were out in both force and quality at the concluding race in this years Central Lancs Grand Prix. The club required a good turn out to secure the team trophy for the grand prix and thirteen harriers responded to the call from the Chairman. It will take a few days for the final tables to be calculated but with all thirteen finishing in the top 25% of the field, its looking good.

First home for Horwich in third position and in a time of 27:13 was Alastair Murray. Col Rigby and Martyn Bell completed the winning team in 4th and 6th positions respectively. Picking up the prize for first V50 was Steve Nolan in 10th position overall, and Suzanne Budgett, our only lady, took home the prize for 2nd LV45.

1 Shaun Dimelow (Barnsley Harriers) 26:39
3 Alastair Murray 27:13
4 Colin Rigby 27:26
6 Martyn Bell 28:04
7 Gareth Booth 28:21
8 Rob Jackson 28:30
10 Steve Nolan 28:46
17 Simon Parkinson 29:40
19 David Jackson 29:55
22 Sean McMyler 30:42
23 Tim Roe 30:42
31 Paul Boardman 31:14
43 Gary Chadderton 32:45
48 Suzanne Budgett 32:56
Gin pit 5 101010


Northern 6 Stage

Here are a few pictures from last weekends Northern 6 Stage Road Relays where the club had 2 men’s teams competing.

The A team of Richard Howarth, Neil Pendlebury, Martyn Bell, Gareth Booth, Alastair Murray and Colin Rigby finished 13th, and qualified for the Nationals on the 16th of this month.

The B team was unfortunately incomplete on the day following a last minute injury, but the 5 of Brendan Bolland, Sean McMyler, Dave Jackson, Gary Chadderton and Tim Roe were 73rd of 110 teams that started at the end of leg five.


Books and mountaineering gear to sell


I’m moving house and have a load of books and mountaineering gear to sell.  If anyone is interested in purchasing any of these please do not hesitate to contact me on 07828 545 856.

Denis Mason

Hb = Hardback £5.00, Sb = Soft Back £2.50

Sports Books, Climbing, cycling and running.

Lancashire Rock (hb) climbing guide book

Blazing Saddles; Matt Rendell (sb)

Paula Radcliffe My Story So Far (hb)

Rock climbing in Britain: David Jones (hb)

The Death of Marco Pantani: Matt Rendell (sb)

Rock Climbing in Britain: David Jones (hb)

Holding the Heights a rock climbing diary: Jon Bassindale (hb)

Shisha Pangma: Doug Scott (sb)

Sea Ice and Rock: Chris Bonnington and Robin Knox Johnston (hb)

Everest Writing and Pictures from seventy years of human endeavour: Peter Gillman (hb)

On top of the world climbing the worlds 14 highest mountains: Richard Sale (hb)

The Complete Rock Climber: Malcolm Creasey (hb)

A Hard Days Summer: Alison Hargreaves (sb)

Winning: Clive Woodward (hb)

Ninety Degrees North The Quest for the North Pole: Fergus Fleming (sb)

Killing Dragons The conquest of the Alps: Fergus Fleming (sb)

Everest The mammoth book of how it happened: Doug Scott (sb)

Into thin Air: John Krakauer (sb)

Hemmingway Adventure: Michael Palin (sb)

The Sound of laughter: Peter Kay (hb)

Sports Nutrition, Physiology and Training Manuals:

The complete Guide to Sports Nutrition: Anita Bean (sb) £5.00

The Complete Guide to Stretching: Christopher Norris (sb) £5.00

Sports Injuries: Christopher Norris (sb) £15.00

Clinical Sports Medicine: Brukner and kahn (hb) £15.00

Everyone’s Guide to Distance Running: Norrie Williamson (sb) £5.00

Off Road Running: Sarah Rowell (sb) £5.00

The Concise Book of Muscles: Chris jarmey (sb) £5.00

Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy: Mel Cash (sb ) £5.00

The Muscle Book: Paul Blakey (sb)  £5.00

Body Worlds: Gunther Von Hagens (sb) £5.00

Encyclopedia of the Human Body: (sb) £5.00

Dorlands Pocket Medical Dictionary: (sb) £5.00

Anatomy Physiology and Pathology for the Massage Therapist: Su Fox (sb) £5.00

Mountaineering Equipment

Pod Sac Black Ice Rucksac Ideal for Winter/Alpine Mountaineering:  £30.00

Mountain Technology Ice Axe (60cm): £20.00

Berghaus Rock Star Rucksac: £10.00

MSR Whisperlite Stove and Fuel Bottle: £40.00

Tefal Non Stick Camping Pots (as new) £10.00

Austria Alpine B2 Crampons: £20.00

Numerous Karabiners: £1.00 each

Cycling Group set

Shimano Triple Groupset 52/42 s9 £25.00

Pair AlexRims Wheels (shimano fitting) 622 x 14 £25.00

Terry Pratchett Discworld Series:

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The Last Hero illustrated Novel: £5.00

The Wee Free Men (hard back) £5.00

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Comes with towelling covers for the couch and pillows. £150.00 ono.

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Sunday 3rd October 2010.

The club managed to get three teams out for this years Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay, which was in no small part due to the efforts of Suzanne Budgett, Colin Jones, Martyn Bell and Alastair Murray.

The weather forecast for reasonable weather turned out to be completely wrong and it was clear as runners set off for the Lake District that it was going to be a wet day with good navigation being an essential skill.

Leg 1 runners seemed to have the best deal, as they were able to get the running out of the way and not resort to squeezing into phone boxes and any other shelter available trying to figure out when their team mates would arrive, and how brief a warm up they could get away with.

The lucky ones for the Open Men’s Team were Brendan Bolland and Mick Green, who emerged from the clag after descending Read Screes to Kirkstone in 17th position to hand the baton to Stuart Edmundson and Alastair Murray from leg 2 over High Street to Hartsop. Some good navigation to the second checkpoint on Caudale Moor was soon forgotten when leaving the checkpoint in the wrong direction resulted in minutes lost. Luckily some of the following teams made the same mistake. The hand over to Martyn Bell and Paul Muller put them in 13th position for leg 3. After the short fast leg via Angle Tarn the baton passed to James Kevan and Dave Milliken at Patterdale for the final Leg. Once again the conditions played a part making navigation very difficult. James and Dave completed the circuit for the team, returning to Sykeside Campsite in 18th position, the race taking a total of 4:31:46.

The Vets Team started off with Pete Ramsdale and Colin Jones who handed over to Paul Murray and Mick Crook for Leg 2. Arriving at the changeover at Hartsop in 60th position, Ian Charters and Tony Varley maintained position to hand over to Albert Sunter and Rob Haworth for the final leg. Albert and Rob brought the team home in 54th position, and 11th in category.

A few words from Suzanne about the ladies team:-

“Big thanks to all the ladies who turned out on this very wet, cloudy day. The weather made navigating even trickier, not just for the ladies but apparently wasn’t without its problems for the men too. It was great to once again see the ladies out sporting their usual good spirits, enthusiasm and camaraderie. I know contrary to whatever fitness levels our ladies are currently at, they always give it their best shot on the day and you can’t ask for any more than that. The team was set off by Geraldine Walkington & Suzanne and although Geraldine’s currently struggling with injury she threw herself down Red Scree with admirable bravery & skill whilst I wimped behind. We handed over to Emma Perrin & Ros Murray (who’s also carrying a knee injury. The girls’ are such troopers!). Under the expertise navigation of Ros, Emma made her second trip, different leg, to the Ian Hodgson. This was the first meeting for this pair and they can be highly commended for a great team effort on such a rotten day. Leg 3 saw another new pairing with a debut outing for Claire Burns after the birth of her son & Margaret Huyton. Both can be applauded just for being so full of enthusiasm after the race let alone their great effort for our team. The glory leg was down to the effervescent Julie Haworth & Rachel Metcalfe who managed to have the only dry leg of the day. Well done to them both for another great run.

It was great to see a ladies team out again after what seems to have been a bit of a ‘lull’ within the ladies section. I would like to thank all for being so helpful whilst putting a team together. I’m very hopeful that we can get 12 ladies out for the Calderdale Way Relay on the 12th December. I know Alastair has already received several volunteers in response to his request but we do still need more ladies, so please don’t be shy in coming forward.”

On behalf of all the team captains a big thanks to all who ran, especially those who were carrying injuries or illness, or who ran despite not being entirely convinced this was their thing. Some good club spirit!

Last but not least we should say a big thank you to Jon Broxap, Andrew Schofield and everyone involved in ensuring that this premier event continues.

Full results and splits.