Bleasdale Circle Fell Race


After an abysmal start to the day, the weather at least stayed dry for the race, if not a little blustery to say the least!  The weather conditions didn’t seem to phase the race winner in the least and by 5 seconds our very own Alastair Murray notched another well deserved outright win.  A nice rustic trophy, bottle of Jura whisky & cash was bestowed upon a very pleased Ali.  A further eight more Harriers turned out for this race with Tony Hesketh picking up a prize for his category.  It was good to see Colin Jones giving his legs an airing on the fells again.  Lets hope he hasn’t scared off too many sheep and will play out again!  Debutant Fran Walker had a great run too in this her first run for the Club.  One more lady & we’d have had a team! I’m sure we’ll be seeing Fran in many more races to come.

1. Alastair Murray 38:54
11. Mick Green 42:05
35. Albert Sunter 47:18
36. Michael Kay 47:23
39. Tony Hesketh (1st V60) 47:45
54. Colin Jones 50:10
62. Suzanne Budgett 51:29
99. Mark Birbeck 57:11
106. Fran Walker 58:44

132 Finishers.

Sportshall – 27.02.11

Young Horwich RMI Harrier athlete, Declan Snape, helped the Lancashire Under 15 Boys Team to victory in the Sportshall Athletics North West Championships held at Wigan. Competing were teams full of talented athletes from Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria. Declan tied in 2nd place in the under 15 overall athlete of the competition. He will now represent Lancashire in the UK National Sportshall Finals to be held in April at the NEC Arena, Birmingham.

Horwich RMI Harriers also had 5 other young athletes representing Lancashire on the day. In the Under 13 Girls, Martha Gill performed well in the High Jump finishing 2nd, along with Ellie Dacre who also finished 2nd in the Speed Bounce. Lucy Keating ran fantastic in the relays. The Under 13 Girls from Lancashire finished in 3rd place

In the Under 13 Boys, James Lovell ran and jumped well to earn some hard fought medals on the day, whilst Jonathan Powis ran a great 6 Lap race and jumped well in the Standing Triple Jump.

English XC, Alton Towers – 19.02.11

Mud, mud and more mud! By the time our boys were ready to run the organizers had to abandon part of the 3k course on health and safety grounds and the race was changed to a 2k x 1.5k.

As it was, some of the marshals hadn’t been notified of the changes and this then resulted in the race being unintentionally raced too short…… some runners looking around bewildered as to why they had only done 1k and not 2k; others only too happy to have only run 1k under these extremely slippery conditions.

For Horwich RMI our well traveled U13 boys team was unfortunately unable to claim a team position due to Jonathan Powis having being sick just days before. Nevertheless on the hills of Staffordshire in cold conditions our lads went off. Nathan Townsend home in 135th, Cameron Critchley having the race of his season in 168th and Will Townsend home in 224th.

The race was well over 300 strong so well done to the lads.

A mention for Gary Priestley who seemed to be our only senior runner today. Gary did extremely well under the conditions and came home in a respectable 220th out of 1302 runners.

Northern 6 stage – Ladies

Hi Ladies

The Northern 6 stage relays are on Sunday 20th March in Catterick and we are hoping to get a team out. Details of the relays can be found here.

Please don’t be put off if you haven’t been racing or your not as fit as you would like to be. There are plenty of races over the next four weeks and the track sessions on a Tuesday night at Bolton arena are still very popular. If your looking for something low key (and free!) then there’s now a park run event in Leverhulme park every Saturday morning at 9.00am, you just need to register once and you can turn up at any of the venues on any Saturday morning. Details of the park run events can be found here.

Other races coming up are the Standish Hall trail race on the 19th February, the Central Lancashire 5K in Bolton on February 20th (which is also the first counter in the Central Lancs Grand Prix) and the Lostock 6M on the 27th February.

Please let me know if you are interested in the relays, even if it’s just a maybe.


Karen Murray
07879 443754

Park Run Bolton

Sat 12th Feb 2011

Horwich RMI Harriers’s William MARTIN was the first athlete across the finish line today. He completed the course in 17:33 and posted an age grade score of 75.12%. The first female athlete to cross the line was Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners’s Maria LOWE in a time of 19:12 posting an age grade score of 77.17%.
The following athletes from Horwich RMI Harriers took part in today’s Bolton parkrun.
.. Bolton Results by Club …
Position Athlete Sex Run Time Club Name Age Grading % Age Category Personal Best
1 William MARTIN M 17:33 Horwich RMI Harriers 75.12% SM35-39 1st run
2 Glyn KAY M 18:02 Horwich RMI Harriers 74.03% SM35-39 1st run
4 Sean MCMYLER M 18:17 Horwich RMI Harriers 79.40% VM45-49 1st run
7 Karl WARD M 19:35 Horwich RMI Harriers 69.19% SM35-39 1st run


This years race was an a real success, but was run in the most atrocious of conditions. Low cloud, rain, wind and low temperatures. In all there were 211 starters with 199 runners completing the course. A big thanks to all the people who help on the day, Marshals, Mountain rescue, Results service. Also the tenant farmers and United Utilities for their continued support and permission to use the land. A superb turnout by Horwich Harriers saw us take the Vet’s team prize and James Kevan was awarded the Norman Matthews Winter Hill Trophy for the first Harrier home.


Colin Jones.


Winter Hill 2011 – Mark Birbeck

Horwich RMI U13 Boys in Mid Lancs XC @ Blackpool

On the morning after the night before the Boys U13s team went up to Blackpool to see what they could achieve in the Mid Lancs series. The Flat course @ Lawsons Ground

was to be the 4th race in the series and the U13 Boys were the only junior Horwich runners out for a result.

First home was Nathan Townsend home in 10th, Jonathan Powis having another good outing home in 13th and the race of the day Will Townsend having a seasons best home in 17th. All 3 boys looking forward to the National XC race @ Alton Towers next weekend.

Horwich RMI Harriers U13 Boys RED ROSE presentation night.

Last  Friday night the U13 boys were presented with the Red Rose trophy for 2nd Team place for the 2nd year running. Last year was a delight, but to have done it again shows the teams determination to go out in all weathers and compete for the club at a competitive level.

It took 5 boys in total to achieve the shield as harsh snow conditions had prevented some races being run. Nevertheless the last in the series @ Blackburn was a do or die and praise goes to the parents of the lads to have got them there.

The team of Nathan Townsend, Callum Richardson Will Townsend, Jonathan Powis & Cameron Critchley were presented with their shields. As individuals Nathan managed 3rd and Jonathan in 4th overall.

Sportshall Champions from Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

Congratulations to the Under 11 Boys from Horwich RMI Harriers who finished as Lancashire Sportshall Champions for the first time ever. Sunday 13th February at Blackpool Sports Centre saw the final league meeting of the season and Horwich were led magnificently by both William Hart and Matthew Stocks, who scored 16.5 and 18.5 points respectively. William excelled in the 3 lap race and Matthew won the sitting ball throw. Other great performances came from Callum Gordon who scored 10.5 points and came second in the standing long jump. James Keating threw well in the soft javelin and Mackenzie Dacre continues to improve in the 3 lap race. Sam Hart and Stephen Brown also performed well on the day. In the Under 11 Girls section Isobel Dean threw well to win the Soft Javelin, whilst Madeleine Littlewood, Katie Shingler and Helena Norris all ran well to score some valuable points for the team. Lauren Dixon and Eleanor Hall continue to improve, whilst there was a great debut for Esmee Critchley. Performance of the day and probably of the season came in the Under 13 boys. This was the amazing new Lancashire Record in the 6 lap time trial from Horwich’s James Lovell, who ran in a time of 1m18.40s (smashing the previous record of 1m 20.0s). In the Under 13 Girls, Ellie Dacre won the speed bounce with 81 in 30 seconds and Lucy Keating ran well on the day and led the relay team to a fine 2nd place. Overall in the 2010/2011 season, Horwich RMI Harriers came 3rd in the Lancashire Sportshall League. Thanks to all that took part and helped out on the meetings.

Radcliffe 10 Trail Race

Sunday 6th February 2011.

This course is a testing trail race with plenty of small hills and very muddy conditions underfoot but still attracted a field of 230 runners. There where only six Horwich runners at this popular trail race but all did well and we had 4 prize winners. Rob Jackson had a great run 1st/45 in a fine fourth place 4 minutes behind the winner J Morrisey of Wigan Phoenix. Paul Boardman was 15th and 2nd o/45 despite running with an injury. Our only lady runner (how often are we saying that at the moment) was Suzanne Budgett, 33rd over all and second lady only 13seconds behind the winner A Steadman. Tony Hesketh was first O/60 despite being 3 minutes slower than last year. Mark Swindell and Alan Blinkhorn were the other Horwich runners


Tony Hesketh.

MTW Report – Team 48 – mixed

Firstly, on behalf of the Club, welcome to debutants Debbie Campbell & Rachel Jones. I know they’ll both be a welcome asset to both the ladies section & the Club.

Team 48 was started by Paul Murray & Geraldine Walkington who both put in a sterling performance after what I know was a very, very early get up! Thanks folks. A later text sounding pleased with the days performance simply stating ‘all done & dusted’, indicative of satisfaction. A further text received from Paul also expressing his days’ enjoyment – a pleasure to have you in the team Paul. They handed over to Sean McMyler & Rachel Jones who both having done this route in a previous life, kicked themselves for missing a turn which took the wrong route up a hill putting a further half mile on their run – easily done folks! They both still managed to pass teams that they had previously passed so it just shows the pace they were going at. Leg 3 saw Tony Hesketh & Pete Ramsdale pass a further six pairs running a well judged leg, appreciative of their recce the previous week. They handed over to Pete Bland & Rachel Metcalfe. Their report read as follows –

“I don’t think either of us were sure how we’d fare on this leg as Pete is in full training for his Berlin Marathon and I don’t do anything involving speed – if I can help it! As it happened, I don’t think we could’ve been better paired, with me being at little stonger at the start while Pete warmed up. He finally turned from a freezing blue to a normal colour after about 2 miles. With me then chasing him down for the final few miles, Pete said he knew I was working hard as I was unable to chatter along in my usual style. We overtook eight pairs along the way and both felt pleased with our time of 47:18 mins and a leg position of 41.”

The final leg was run by Suzanne Budgett & Debbie Campbell. A new pairing and a first fell relay for Debbie saw Suzanne drifting off Debbie’s tail over the long drag over Rooley Moor but making ground up on the rugged descents. Debbie was a pleasure to run with, staying so intensely focused she couldn’t quite believe it when I informed her we were only about 15 minutes off the finish.

A great team effort by all saw mixed team 48 finish 46th overall out of 101 teams and 7th mixed team out of 20. All pairs gained places with each stage ran. Thanks to all for getting on with the task in hand and making organinsing so painless. Next relay date 10th May, Calderdale Way.