RR XC – Marl Pitts

Ladies Report – 20.11.10

True to its reputation, the venue at Marl Pits did not disappoint. It was full of the expected shin deep mud with many a folk taking a slip dip in it. The ladies turned out a trio making up a team consisting of April Stevenson, Michelle Devine & myself. Although her first xc in two years April showed her talent & worked her way through the mud & field finishing strongly passing a few more in the process, also elevating the team position. A mad dash for the start really threw Michelle in at the deep end. Despite carrying an ear infection, Michelle ran her socks off and she too finished very strongly after coping with what really is by comparison a challenging cross country course. Well done to the girls for turning out and making up our first team of the season. As of submitting this report, results were not published.

N.B. We still need more ladies turning out if we are going to elevate ourselves up the team position. I know there are more of you out there as twelve of you are in the team for the Calderdale Way relay! Next xc is Mid Lancs league, Sefton Park, 27th November. Let me know if you want to car share or need a lift.



Liverpool XC Start Times

The start times for the Liverpool cross country on Saturday 27th are different to normal Mid Lancs start times because of the UKA Cross Challenge.

Please note the times and pass the information on to everyone you train with or see this week.

11.00am Under 11 Boys and Girls

11.15am Under 13 Girls

11.30am Under 13 Boys

11.45am Under 15 Boys

12.00 Noon Under 15 Girls

12.15pm Under 17 Women and Under 20 Women

12.35pm Under 17 Men

12.55pm Under 20 Men

13.20pm Senior Women

14.00pm Senior Men

Mid Lancs XC Blackburn 13th November 2010

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Blackburn

A sunny but muddy day greeted our runners at Witton Park Blackburn for the 2nd race in this years Mid Lancs cross country series. We had made a brilliant start with a win in Division 2 at Barrow and  were hoping for a repeat performance at Blackburn, we were not to be disappointed and once again took the points easily.

The race consisted of 4 large laps around Witton Park including 2 climbs up the spoon and then the saucer making it quite a tough challenge for even the quicker lads in the team. First home for the Harriers was Dave Milliken finishing in 9th place overall, a superb run considering this was his first race after a long lay off through injury, next counter in 13th place was Ali Murray again looking very strong in the muddy conditions. Neil Pendlebury and Gareth Booth in 16th and 19th were our next counters and both had to dig deep into their reserves as this was not the kind of surface that they would prefer, but both did us proud. Making up the 6 counters required for our team were Simon Parkinson in 76th and Garry Chadderton in 109th, both running above themselves for the team.

Next was Stevie Nolan in 125th running with a hamstring injury, Tony McKenna in 144th, Gordon Stone in 208th, and Colin Wood in 216th who had fallen off his bike on the way to the race and started the race with blood pouring from his arms and legs ( trickling ) what a man !

Thanks to all of you and lets make it three in a row at Liverpool, I will be e.mailing you all soon to get the team together.


Pete Bland

9 Dave Milliken 38:09
13 Alastair Murray 39:01
16 Neil Pendlebury 39:19
19 Gareth Booth 39:45
76 Simon Parkinson 44:09
109 Gary Chadderton 46:03
125 Steve Nolan 47:15
144 Anthony McKenna 48:05
208 Gordon Stone 52:52
216 Colin Wood 53:32


CLGP Presentation

The presentation evening for this year’s Central Lancs Grand Prix will be held at Gin Pit Village on Friday 19th November, from 7:30 pm.

Tickets (and a lift if required) are available from Pete Bland (07551 404047) on the night for 2 pounds.

Horwich RMI Harriers will be collecting the following prizes on the night.

  • First A Team.
  • First Vets Team.
  • First Overall – Colin Rigby.
  • Second Overall – Steve Nolan.
  • First V40 – Dave Jackson.

Lets have a good turn out from the Harriers to celebrate these great performances.


Weekend Roundup 6th/7th November 2010

Through the Villages Race 7th November 2010
Eight harriers ran with Paul Muller finished an excellent second in this popular local race.


Lancaster Half Marathon 7th November 2010
Susan Flatters ran very well to finish 135th out of 661 runners in a great time of 1hr 34mins and 33 seconds.


Christine Navan Cowm Reservoir Race, Whitworth 7th November 2010
Rob Jackson finished second and first Vet 45.


Barrow XC part 2

30th October 2010

The juniors were thin on the ground at the Mid Lancs in Barrow but still put in some sterling performances.

Phoebe Howe put in a great effort being our only U13 and came a valiant 4th.

In the boys Nathan Townsend 5th, Jonathan Powis 15th and Will Townsend 23rd, most unfortunate we couldn’t get a 4th runner as there was only 1 team scoring 4 runners!

Joseph Howe came in at 20th in the U15’s and brother Zac came in an exhausted 12th in what was a fast course for all.


Weekend Roundup 30th/31st October 2010

Standish Hall Trail Race
Four harriers ran with Suzanne Budgett a clear winner of the ladies race. Paul Muller was 4th overall and 1st Vet 50, Doug Fleming finished 20th and Mark Collier was 97th.


Snowdonia Marathon
Four harriers made the trip to North Wales for the tough Snowdonia marathon on a very wet day. First home was Albert Sunter in 3hrs 17minutes, followed by Tony Varley, Ed Swift and Gill Burnell. Gill was the first female Vet 60.

South East Lancs Cross Country, Heaton Park
Four harriers run the local cross country in Heaton Park. Leading the way was Pete Ramsdale and was closely followed by Tony Hesketh, Gordon Stone and Mark Swindell.