The club has 3 teams entered for the rescheduled relay from last December. With just over a week to go we are struggling to fill the ladies team, and as yet we don’t have a complete mens team.

This is an urgent appeal to anyone free on Sunday 8th may to make themselves available to run, to enable the club to continue to support this event, and to enable those already committed to have a run.

The ladies team currently has 11 and need just 1 more to complete a team. The men currently dont have enough for a single team with two teams entered.

Please contact me as soon as possible.

Alastair Murray.

Rivington Pike Fell Race 23rd April 2011

Rivington Pike Fell Race 23rd April 2011

An impressive turnout of thirty harriers ran the Pike race in excellent conditions on Saturday. The race was won by GB international Andi Jones in 17:09, a minute clear of second position. Alastair Murray was first harrier home in 18:19 in an excellent 5th position, taking 40 seconds off last years time. The men finished second team with Gary Priestley finishing in 12th, Dave Milliken in 15th and Gareth Booth in 20th.

Age groups winners also include Dave Milliken and John Parker. The vets also won the team prize.

The Horwich ladies all had excellent performances. They dominated the team event and was led home by Rachael Thompson in 2nd place, Lindsay Brindle finished in 4th and Debbie Campbell was 8th.

Mary White was the first vet 60 and Lola Small was the first vet 75 with a new age group record.

Full results here.

Some photos can be found here.


London Marathon 2011

London Marathon 2011

Sunday 17th April 2011

The club had a total of six runners in this years London marathon who joined nearly 35,000 others who successfully completed the 26 miles (and 385 yards) around London.

Name Time Position
Gareth Booth 02:50:06 471st
Martyn Bell 02:55:49 734th
Ian Hamer 03:11:19 1893rd
Sean McMyler 03:13:24 2088th
Christine Boardman 04:40:30 18,911th
Julie Williamson 04:56:35 22,743rd

Ian Hamer

Third time having done pb there in 1993 2.28.42

Did it because was 50 last friday and set as a personal target 3 yrs ago to get fit enough again. Did Chester to get a good for age time last year achieved that just in 3.13.30.

This time was fit enough to get 3 hrs in my mind having done 1.23 in a half 3 weeks ago.

Disappointed that didnt do that I was comfortable to 21 miles going through in 2.26 but then hit a brick wall in what felt like punishing heat. A few 9.30 minute miles and then gradually pulled it back to 8 minutes a mile for last two finishing on my watch in 3.11.30. I remember wondering do I really want to this again next year as I finished -but that 3hr target is still there.

The crowds were fantastic as ever and I dont think I would have finished but for their cheering and support


London was my first ever marathon and i ran 2hrs 55mins 49 secs.

I am planning to run again but need to lose 20 lbs as far too heavy for this distance thus affecting my times. Overall a great atmosphere and the experince gained is invaluable.


Yes loved it! Really greatful to the club for one of the places. Thought it was well organised for such a big race. The numbers of people made the actual running difficult at times, but crowd support was excellent. Happy enough with my time considering the lack of training at times 4:56:35 so just got under 5hrs. 25 mins better than previous marathons.

Julie Williamson

Gareth Booth

Christine Boardman

Martyn Bell

2012 Entries

For anyone who is interested in running in the London marathon then the public ballot for 2012 opens on the Tuesday 26th April 2011, immediately after the Easter holidays.

See the Virgin London Marathon website for more details: http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/

Club places for next year will be allocated first to those who were rejected from the public ballot, and so its recommended that you enter via the public ballot even if it is just to get a rejection.

A Flying Visit To Madrid

Madrid Marathon

Sunday 17th April

At the same time as the London marathon is being run, there is also the Madrid marathon and here is a link to a report from Ed Swift who ran it.

Flew out to Madrid on Friday morning and was pleased when disembarking to find the weather not too hot. Registered for the Marathon without too much difficulty, although I did resort to pointing at my my map and pleading “por favor” more than once… [click here to read the full article]

Men – Calderdale Way Relay

Men – Calderdale Way Relay 8th May 2011

The relay was well supported last December and we need the same level of support again in order for the club to competitive. We are fielding a mens team and a vets team.

Please get in touch with Steve Pearson or Simon Parkinson asap

Steve Pearson
Email : pearsonnotlob@hotmail.co.uk
Tel : 07732 210013

Simon Parkinson
Email : simonparkinson@fsmail.net
Tel : 07775 903838


Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up 9th/10th April 2011

Gin Pit 5 Mile Trail Race
Rob Jackson was the only club member running finishing in 7th position.

Full results here

Wardle Skyline 7M 1250ft
Six harriers ran with Tim Roe the first home in 21st position, Suzanne Budgett was second lady overall.

Full results here

Mourne Peaks 12.5M 6200ft
Only one harrier made the trip over to Northern Ireland for the first British Fell Championship race of the year. Mick Green ran well to finish in 36th position.

Full results here

New Javelin record set!

Just two athletes turned out at Trafford for the Open meeting and suncream was the order of the day!

Noah Saunders completed his first 100m since September and recorded at time of 13.6s, just off a PB of 13.4s.

Jonah Saunders threw a massive 23.96m in the U13B javelin to set a new PB and a new Club Record, collecting the Gold Medal in the process.

Jonah then threw a new PB of 4.90m to take the Bronze Medal in the U13B Shot and also acheived a new PB of 1.15m in U13B High Jump.

Littleborough 5k

Littleborough 5k 6th April 2011
Despite the wonderful conditions, the 1st mile was considerably windy with Gareth and Billy Martin tucked in close contention behind the 2 leaders. At 2 miles, after a small hill and a train causing the lead runners to have to use the pedestrian tunnel, Gareth moved up to take the lead and storm to a surprised victory. Both himself and Martyn Bell hope to run well on the 17th April, 2011 at London Marathon. Belly boy has his final prep race at Gin Pit this weekend hoping to show his current form.

1st Gareth Booth 16.24
6th Billy Martin 17.22
30th Paul Boardman 19.25

Full results here


Fielden Cup 2011

Fielden Cup 7th April 2011

A good turnout at the Fielden Cup last night ensured a competitive race with Paul Boardman just managing to pip Brenda Hesketh to take the win whilst holding off a fast finishing Alastair Murray.

Position Name Race time Actual time Handicap
1 Paul Boardman 19:22 12:52 06:30
2 Brenda Hesketh 19:23 18:53 00:30
3 Ali Murray 19:25 10:50 08:35
4 Gareth Booth 19:33 11:13 08:20
5 Doug Fleming 19:36 13:06 06:30
6 Pete Bland 19:42 14:42 05:00
7 Billy Martin 20:15 11:55 08:20
8 Tim Roe 20:18 13:48 06:30
9 Andy Townsend 20:20 13:20 07:00
10 Mike Howe 21:13 16:13 05:00
11 Ed Swift 21:51 18:21 03:30

There were also a number of juniors running and competing for the Fleming trophy

Fleming Trophy (Juniors)

Position Name Race time Actual time Handicap
1 Charlotte Fordham 18:55 15:55 03:30
2 Zack Howe 19:45 11:45 08:00
3 Nathan Townsend 19:57 12:27 07:30
4 Joseph Howe 20:07 12:37 07:30
5 Pheobe Howe 20:45 13:45 07:00


Ladies – Calderdale Way Relay – 8th May 2011

Ladies – Calderdale Way Relay – 8th May 2011

It’s fantastic news that the following 12 ladies have confirmed that they can run & will be making up our ladies squad for this event. However, we do not at this stage have any reserves which doesn’t allow for injury etc, so if there is anyone out there who would consider being a reserve please let me know. It doesn’t matter what pace you run at, if we are one person short, we don’t have a team!

Running partners & Legs to be confirmed. Relay Leg details can be found here

Ladies Team

Mary White
Margaret Huyton
Debbie Campbell
Rachel Jones
Claire Burns
Suzanne Budgett
Julie Haworth
Fran Walker
Karen Murray
Michelle Devine
Grealdine Walkington
April Stephenson



During the past 15 years three points of access to the SSE aspect of Winter Hill have been lost to quarry expansion, this has pushed the sole point of access to a point in between Montcliffe quarry and Pilkington Delph quarry. Plans have been submitted to join these two quarries together by removing the narrow land bridge upon which the remaining path runs. In order to show its value as a point of access to Burnt edge and Winter Hill it is essential that it is used. With a further anticipated quarry extension the next point of access to the South would be off Matchmoor lane and beyond Burnt Edge.

Please consider using the path dividing the quarries at present when out training or just walking.


More details from Blackrod and Horwich Environmental Action Group

Club Championship Tables

The Club Road and Overall Championship tables are up to date. Please email me if you can see any mistakes.

Road Championship

Overall Championship

The next club championship race is the Haigh Hall 4M on the 11th May which is part of the Road and Overall Championship as well being the next race in the Central Lancs Grand Prix. Following this is the second Fell Championship race of the year at Mearley Clough, there are still a few entries available but will probably be full before the day. The first Fell Championship race is Pendle Cloughs on the 7th May.

Karen Murray – karenandali@gmail.com

Llanbedr to Blaenavon

Llanbedr to Blaenavon 15M 4500ft – 2nd April 2011

Martin Cox was in the UK this weekend to take the win at the the tough Llanbedr to Blaenavon race. The GB international mountain runner showed his class in perfect fell running conditions. Cox was a 2m 30s winner over top Mynydd Du man Mark Palmer with Alastair Murray of Horwich Harriers finishing third. The 15 mile event is notorious for its ascent of the Blorenge in its closing stages with many a grimace to be seen in these great shots by Al Tye at Fell Running Pictures.


Radcliffe 10K

Radcliffe 10K 3rd April 2011

There was a fantastic turnout of sixteen harriers for this local trail race with James Kevan taking the win and backed up for the team prize with Gareth Booth in 3rd, Rob Jackson in 7th and Martin Jones in 8th. Martin Jones would have been 4th, but was sent the wrong way by the marshall near the end.

Pete Bland’s hard work in getting the runners out paid off, when the club easily won the Central Lancs Grand Prix team event for this race. The next fixture is the Haigh Hall 4M on the 11th May.