REMINDER: Prediction Race

27th Dec Prediction Race from Curlies Fisheries, Horwich near The Jolly Crofters start 10.30 am.

No entry fee but please bring a prize value between £4 and £8. All runners predict their time to run a set course between 4/6 miles which is kept secret until the day. Nearest to predicted time wins then next nearest and so on. No watches to be worn.

There will also be a shorter junior race with the same rules.

Tony Hesketh

Track Closed this week

With the recent bought of snow and icy weather conditions the track has been closed for all evening sessions this week.

On Tuesday Steve Pearson will do a strength and conditioning session, the same as  last time it was closed.  Meet at the arena as usual and we will run out for aprox 10 mins as a warm up then do the session on the Middlebrook ring road.

Sports City Manchester 19th December

A small number of athletes ventured out in the snow to compete at the indoor open meeting in Manchester. Andrew Storey, Jack Thomas, Hannah Storey and Noah Saunders managed to cover all the age groups; each performing well.

A first taste of indoor competition saw Andrew give a very creditable performance of 64.91s in the 400m and a realisation of how hard the indoor track is.

Jack powered through his 60m race with a new PB of 7.20 seconds; also setting a new Club Record in the process!

Hannah produced a good performance in her 60m event setting a time of 8.38s, just outside her PB of 8.27s.

Noah’s return to the track after a year beset by injuries saw him bring his PB down to 8.54s from his previous 8.75s.

Well done to all and great to see Horwich represented at these fixtures as always.

More indoor events are scheduled at Sports City before the end of February 2011 so check out the fixture list for when to attend.

Ian Saunders

Red Rose XC, Blackburn “White Out”

Saturday 18th Dec 2010

On Saturday it was only the U13 boys Nathan, Jonathan & Will who braved the elements to run in the last series of the Red Rose XC. This was the last but nevertheless most important race for the lads as they had to perform to clinch the title.

However, it was clear at the start something was wrong. Nathan Townsend the team’s front runner was well down the field
and struggled to make up places and finished a disappointing 8th. Had the title slipped away! A wrong footwear choice had hindered his run and therefore surely put him out of the individual position and team position.

Further down the field Will Townsend came in a strong 15th his best this year and continues to improve. It was on Jonathans shoulders as to where they were going to finish. Right from the start Jonathan took a good position and kept there. Coming home in his best result of the year finishing 5th could this be the result the team needed. Could this turn of events now keep the team in the points? Thankfully yes.

This was the first time the club has managed a medal position for the U13 boys coming home in 2nd position. In the series, Jonathans run managed to push him to joint 4th in the series with Nathan just managing to hold onto 3rd.



Thursday Hills – CANCELLED

The club hill sessions on Thursday evenings will be cancelled from this week until further notice, due to lack of interest.

If there is enough interest, I will look into restarting the sessions in the new year.

For anyone looking for a run a week on Thursday, may I suggest the annual Hospital Run, details of which can be found elsewhere on the website.

Alastair Murray.

2011 Fell Champs Fixtures

For those who haven’t seen them yet, here are next years fell championship fixtures.

Short: Devils Beeftub (Sat. 10th Sept)
Medium: Y Aran (Sat. 9th July)
Long: Mourne Peaks (Sat. 9th April) Sedbergh (Sun.21st Aug.)

Short: Mearley Clough (Sat. 14th May) Whittle Pike (Sat. 30th July)
Medium: Long Mynd (Sun. 6th March) Loughrigg & Silverhowe (Sun. 26th June)
Long: Duddon (Sat. 4th June) Sedbergh (Sun.21st Aug.)

Details of all races can be found on the FRA website.


English/British Fell Championships 2011

I fully support Ali’s Email regarding the major fell running events.  Over the years we have been one of the most dominant clubs on the fells, challenging the likes of Keswick, Borrowdale et al. for all the top honours.

If you wish to support this challenge check out the important dates for your availability, ring your friends and check their availability and see if we can put teams together that will challenge the other clubs.  Not just the senior teams but age category and mixed teams.  The response for the Calderdale Way was fantastic.  Let’s take this forward to the Pennine Bridleway relay.

If you need any help with your training come down to the Tues track sessions.  Look on the website (training ) to see the sessions that are on.  Also check out your time trial results.  If you cannot make the Tuesday sessions and still need help with your training drop me an Email and I will put something together that matches your requirements.
This team strategy has proved very successful in the cross country leagues and the track and field leagues for Horwich over the last few years.

Let ‘s see if we can make 2011 a succesful year for Horwich on the fells.

Steve Pearson,
Horwich Head Coach.

English Fell Champs 2011

The club has a fantastic history in fellrunning, but in 2010, despite some excellent personal performances, we struggled to field teams in the championship races. Lets try and get the numbers out for 2011. We could have reasonable teams in all categories, as we have done in the past, if we twist a few arms.

Entries for first race are already open, and will probably fill up –

Alastair Murray
Not Fell Captain


The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 23rd December 2010 and consist of the normal 10.5 mile and a new 4 mile route.

For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 5.9 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4.6 miles).

This year there will also be a shorter route of approx. 4 miles aimed at newcomers following a request by Martin Banks. This group will set off at 7:00 p.m.

This year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.

Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.

Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.





Questions long route please email or telephone 01942706506 or 07747838772

Questions or queries short route please email or telephone 07958717075

Steve Jackson

Calderdale Way Relay


Firstly i’d like to say a big thank you for the tremendous response the team captains have had from members wanting to run. We started this process thinking we would struggle to get one team out and in the end we have three at the moment, and could have easily filled another team with the reserve list. This also means I have to apologize to all those who, at the moment, are not getting a run. I have entered a 4th team in the Pennine Bridleway Relay in January, so hopefully everyone who wants a run will get a run in that.

The selected teams as they stand are listed below. Click on the ‘Leg’ to download the map and route details, and click here for an overview map.

Horwich Open A Horwich Open B Horwich Mixed
Leg 1 James Kevan
Gary Priestley
Doug Fleming
Gary Chadderton
Suzanne Budgett
Dionne Allen
Leg 2 Colin Rigby
Brendan Bolland
Mark Seddon
Phil Dewhurst
April Stevenson
Chris Heys
Leg 3 Martin Jones
Paul Muller
Pete Bland
Pete Ramsdale
Mary White
Margaret Huyton
Leg 4 Dave Milliken
Alastair Murray
Brian Walton
Rob Haworth
Julie Haworth
Michelle Devine
Leg 5 Mick Green
Stuart Edmondson
Karl Ward
Antony McKenna
Rachel Metcalfe
Geraldine Walkington
Leg 6 Martyn Bell
Gareth Booth
Billy Martin
Simon Parkinson
Angela Allen
Danielle Allen
Reserves Mark Burns

If you are down as a reserve but would prefer not to be, please let me know.

London Marathon Club Places

London Marathon Numbers

We have four entries for 2011 London Marathon which the club would like to distribute to members who would like to run.

These entries will be allocated firstly to any club members who entered and were rejected from the London Marathon public ballot, with a draw being made if there are more than four claims made.  If there are any remaining entries then these will be allocated to any club member who wishes to run, again with a draw being used if there are more claims that entries left available.

If you wish to claim a club place for the 2011 London Marathon then please email Alison Gordon ( with your contact details and whether you have applied and been rejected or not;  the closing date is 15th December 2010.

Please note that these club places are allocations of numbers and there is the standard entry fee payable for the London Marathon.

People will be notified before Christmas on the outcome and entries will then need to be submitted by mid January.

Peter Ramsdale