Sunday 30th January 2011.
It was another cold day for this years Pennine Bridleway Relay, with near perfect conditions for running, as long as you could avoid the patches of ice. (Some of us didn’t)
Horwich had three strong teams in attendance, with high hopes for a good result. It was always going to be difficult to repeat last years win with so many strong teams out, but on the day all three teams ran well, and the fact that all finished in the top half of the field says a lot.
I’ll leave you to do your own analysis of the results (link below) but I was especially pleased with the B team finishing 24th overall, and 4th B team (I think) and the mixed team finishing 46th overall. The A team ran well for a 5th place that is equal to our history of performing well in this event.
As one of many people who put the teams together for this years relay I would like to thank those who have helped in this task. I’d also like to thank all the runners, some ran enthusiastically, and some ran despite carrying an injury or it not really being their thing, but from the feedback I have had so far, everyone had a great day out.
Saturday 29th January 2011.
Our U13 boys XC team were the only runners in the Northerns held @ Sunderland. The 2 lap race was a fast paced run with the Horwich RMI team holding their own in
against such a big field.
First for the team was Nathan Townsend in 38th, Jonathan Powis past the line in 68th, Cameron Critchley on his return from injury in 80th and Will Townsend having a strong finished in 101. The teams credibility did no harm with an 11th placing against some much bigger clubs.
A big congratulations to the lads representing the club.
Mid Lancs Cross Country – Burnley – Sat 22nd January 2011
On a perfect day for running in the best Cross Country league in the North West we accomplished our mission to win Division 2 and gain promotion to the Premier League ( Div 1 )for next season. We achieved this by winning all four races to date. Actually on the day it was a poor turnout of Harriers for one reason or another but the lads that did run performed well and this is the story.
First counter for the team was Ali Murray in 5th place who is still pondering how he managed to run so well, I suggested it may be the training. Next counter was Gary Priestley still feeling the effects of a long lay off with illness over the Xmas period, but still well up in 11th place. Our 3rd counter Martin Jones who came along to help the team ran really well off little training and managed a respectable 27th position. Next was the ever improving and Mr reliable Tim Roe in 45th followed very closely by another improving runner and now regular team member Andy Townsend in 57th. The last place in the team was a very close run affair by relay partners Gary Chadderton and Doug Fleming, only 20 secs separated the pair but once again it was the younger partner who took the honours although Doug was adamant that he let Gary have it – Yeh !
Now the team had been sorted it was left to the support team to take over and new member Tony Mckenna had a good run in 139th place, tony will get quicker as he develops so looks like Doug will be letting him pass as well shortly. The next three in the support team will not be getting quicker as their developing has come to an end and just finishing has become the priority, although to be fair Tony Hesketh was carrying a bad injury, anyway Tony was next in 178th with Gordon Stone and Pete Bland not far behind in 187th and 191st. I have to say that Heskey cant half shift on one leg.
Marshals are required for the Norman Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race on Sunday 13th February.
This is a call for all club members to make themselves available to help if they are not running. Without marshals the race will not go ahead.
Contact Colin Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01204 690013.
Ashurst Beacon Fell Race – Saturday 15th Jan
A great turnout for Horwich of about 15 Club members of which five were women – fantastic! Our first male counter was Dave Jackson finishing in 8th overall closely followed by Stuart Edmondson & Simon Parkinson, all three bunching pretty closely. A mixed succession of Horwichers followed on in what was very muddy conditions over this interesting route. Good chats & banter ensued in the pub afterwards over coffees & beer whilst waiting for the presentation & final results. Mary White collected first V60 prize & Suzanne Budgett 2nd Lady. A race worthy of a diary entry for next year.
Route maps, team selections and useful links for this years Pennine Bridleway Relay can now be found in the fell section – here.
Long Mynd Fell Race
Unfortunately my entry submission was too late & it looks like I have not made the final entry list. I will hopefully be put on a reserve list. However, they will allow entry substitutions within the same Club, so if anyone at any point between now & race day finds they are unable to participate, could you please let me know?
The new date for the re-arranged Calderdale Way Relay will be the 8th May 2011.
Please see Halifax Harriers web site for further details.
The fixtures have been announced for the 2011 Club Fell Championships.
Details can be found in the fell section of the club website, here.
Please note that some of the races are pre-entry only, and our likely to fill, so get your entries in early.
The fixtures have been announced for the 2011 Club Road Championships.
Details can be found in the road section of the club website, here.
Please try and run the first one at Bolton in February, a nice short blast to get the year underway.
Pennine Bridleway Relay – Sunday 30th Jan 2011.
Following on from the excellent response for last years cancelled Calderdale Way Relay, the club has entered 4 teams in this years Pennine Bridleway Relay.
If you would like to run please contact the appropriate team captains below ASAP. With 4 teams entered, hopefully everyone who wants a run should get a run.
Ladies : Suzanne Budgett – 01204 811547 / 07976 312834.
Men : Alastair Murray – 07769682439 / email@example.com.
Vets : Colin Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01204 690013.
Lancs County Cross Country Championship – Witton Park, Blackburn 30.01.11
A comparably small turnout from Horwich to this event saw a mere four representatives make the journey to this selection race for the prestigious inter-counties. Where have all the Lancashire lads & lasses gone within our Club? First home for the men was Gary Priestley who ran a hard, gutsy race finishing in a commendable 10th overall. Next home was Andy Townsend who self confessed as not having run at Witton Park for the last 16 years. Andy too ran a brill race to finish mid field. The final male counter was Club stalwart Paul Murray who showed his endurance experience on this challenging 10k course by picking off a few on the way and picking up a silver medal for 2nd V65 as just reward. The Clubs only female representative was Suzanne Budgett finishing 12th overall and also picking up a silver medal for 2nd V45.
Junior Horwich runners were only 3 strong on Saturday but did not disappoint. Phoebe Howe, ran an excellent race coming home in 4th and also qualifying to be selected for the
Lancashire squad running at the Nationals in March. Nathan Townsend came in a good 7th which we believe will also qualify him for a Lancashire vest. Zac Howe in the U17 came in a gallant 15th place.
Pennine Bridleway Relay – January 30th
Ten ladies are required to make up a team for this exciting relay. Non of the terrain is out of the capabilities of any of our ladies and most of you have participated before. The relay covers tracks/trails, fields & road. So far we have two ladies committed to running with a further eight more needed. Please contact Suzanne Budgett on 01204 811547 or 07976 312834 asap as team needs to be co-ordinated & legs recce’d.
Please see link below for full relay details.
Entries are open and filling up fast for the first English Fell Champs race of the year, the Longmynd Valleys.
Don’t miss out, get your entry in today.
Full details and entry form on the Mercia Fellrunners website.
Happy new year to everyone, and with the snow and ice of the past few weeks clearing up, the track session on tuesday will go ahead as normal.