Laura and Natassia – County Champions 2011

Greater Manchester & Lancashire County Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Laura Taylor and Natassia Dacre who both became 2011 County Champions.

Lancashire County Athletics Championships

Laura Taylor of Horwich RMI Harriers had a successful weekend and became County Champion in the Under 15 Girls 75m Hurdles race at the Lancashire championships, Blackpool. Despite hitting three hurdles, Laura still powered through to win the event in strong winds with a time of 12.40s. Laura then backed this up with a third place in the 100m in a new personal best time.

Also in the medals was Sophie Williams who threw a 2nd place in the U15 girls Javelin whilst in the Senior Men, Gary Priestly had a solid run to finish 3rd in the 1500m.

Greater Manchester County Athletics Championships

Natassia Dacre of Horwich RMI Harriers became the County Champion in the Under 15 Girls Javelin at the Greater Manchester Athletic County Championships with a tremendous throw of 31.73m and gaining a Grade 1 ranking performance. In difficult blustery conditions, Natassia threw her lifetime’s best throw.

In the Under 13 boys Javelin event, Jonah Saunders also threw his personal best of 23.99m to break the Club Record and gain silver medal position. Jonah also came 3rd in Discus.

Ellie Dacre performed well by finishing 2nd in the Under 13 girls Javelin and 3rd in the Shot Putt.

There were also excellent performances from Amy Philpotts in the under 20 women securing 2nd place in the 200m and 400m races. Ola Abidogan, under 20 men, also gained 2nd place in his 100m race and 3rd in the 200m.

Mike Houghton came 2nd in the senior men’s long jump with a leap of 5.58m

Full results :-

Lancashire County Championships


Gary Priestly

1500m             4.20.20            3rd

U 20’s

Zac Howe

800m               2.09.5

1500m             4.21.7

U 17’s

Declan Snape

100m               12.0

200m               24.3

Jacob Thornton

1500m             4.31.2

Under 15’s

Laura Taylor

100m               13.2                 3rd

75 m Hurdles            12.4                 1st

Gabrielle Whittle

100m               13.8

300m               47.8

Long Jump             4.43m

Sophie Williams

100m               14.1

200m               28.8

300m               45.9

High Jump            1.25m

Javelin             20.44m            2nd

Phoebe Howe

800m               2.35.1

1500m             5.07.0

Nathan Townsend

800m               2.32.0

1500m             4.54.8

Long Jump            3.96m

Joseph Howe

800m               2.18.8

1500m             4.47.9

Greater Manchester County Championship


Mike Houghton

Long Jump            5.58m              2nd

Under 20’s

Ola Abidogun

100m               11.65               2nd

200m               23.67               3rd

Amy Philpotts

200m               27.84               2nd

400m               62.70               2nd

Under 17

Beth Miller

100m               13.30

Young Athletes League – Macclesfield 8 May 2011

Horwich RMI Harriers UK Young Athletes League

31 young stars FROM Horwich RMI Harriers & AC turned out at Macclesfield last weekend and performed magnificently at their first UK Young Athletes League meeting of the year in the regional “Premiership” division match.

After gaining promotion last year to the top flight, this was always going to be a tough match versus West Cheshire and Warrington. But our local athletes performed very well with many personal and season’s bests. There were also some great debut performances on hand too.

Declan Snape, under 17 men, won both the 100m and 200m in quick times of 12.10 and 25.20 respectively, whilst Beth Miller stormed to victory in her under 17 women 100m with 13.10. Laura Taylor flew majestically over the 75m Hurdles for under 15 girls with a great time of 11.90s, which is a Grade 1 performance.

Elsewhere in the Under 15 Girls, Martha Gill won the High Jump with 1.35m and Natassia Dacre won the Javelin with a throw of 24.95m and Grace Shelmerdine jumped 4.63m to win the long jump.

In the Under 15 boys, James Lovell won the long jump with a leap of 4.91m. For the under 13 boys, James Yearn won the shot putt and the Under 13 Boys won the 4 x 100m relay.

Full results as follows:-

Under 13 Girls

Emily Shelmerdine

70m Hurdles            13.90

1200m             4m35.50

Long Jump            3.80

Ellie Dacre

70m Hurdles            15.00

Long Jump            3.38

Shot                 6.40

Hannah Stephenson

800m               2m59.40

Rebecca Mullaney

75m                 10.70

150m               21.80

Caitlin Whitehead

75m                 11.2

150m               22.90

Shot                 5.47

Under 13 Boys

Harvey Haworth

75m Hurdles            14.90

800m               2m58.30

200m               30.10

William Hart

75 m Hurdles            18.20

800m               3m00.30

Long Jump            3.63

Matthew Smith

100m               14.10

200m               29.80

Long Jump            3.66

James Yearn

100m               14.10

Shot                 6.85

Harrison Barker-Smith

1500m             5m56.80

Jonah Saunders

1500m             7m01.10

Shot                 4.39

Under 15 Girls

Laura Taylor

75m Hurdles            11.90

100m               13.40

Long Jump            4.56

Sophie Williams

75m Hurdles            18.90

200m               28.30

Lucy Philpotts

800m               2m49.60

200m               30.40

Lucy Keating

800m               3m15.10

Grace Shelmerdine

100m               13.80

Long Jump            4.63

Phoebe Howe

1500m             5m15.00

Natassia Dacre

Discus             18.15

Shot                 6.98

Javelin             24.95

Katie Bridge

Discus             11.83

Shot                 5.21

Javelin             12.53

Martha Gill

High Jump            1.35

Under 15 Boys

Joseph Howe

800m               2m22.20

High Jump            1.45

Noah Saunders

100m               12.80

200m               26.50

James Lovell

100m               13.00

200m               27.20

Long Jump            4.91

Nathan Townsend

1500m             5m00.10

400m               69.50

Jonathan Powis

1500m             5m19.40

400m               68.00

Shot                 5.85

Adam Ault

Javelin             7.79

Discus             8.95

Under 17 men

Matthew Ault

800m               2m30.70

High Jump            1.55

Shot                 9.11

Declan Snape

100m               12.10

200m               25.20

400m               58.70

Jacob Thornton

1500m             4m36.00

1500m S/Chase 5m19.20

Long Jump            4.62

Under 17 women

Beth Miller

100m               13.10

Shot                 6.62

Ellen Warburton

100m               13.60

Long Jump            4.63


U15G 4 x 100m

Phoebe Howe/Grace Shelmerdine/Sophie Williams/Laura Taylor                       57.60

U15B 4 x 100m

Noah Saunders/Jonathan Powis/Nathan Townsend/Joseph Howe                    56.20

U13G 4x 100m

Ellia Dacre/Caitlin Whitehead/Emily Shelmerdine/Rebecca Mullaney            61.00

U13B 4x 100m

Jonah Saunders/James Yearn/William Hart/Matthew Smith                           61.20

Mark Dacre

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC

8 May 2011

Fell Inter-Counties

28th May 2011 – Broughton Heights Hill Race, near Moffatt, Scotland.

Three harriers were selected for the honour of county representation for this years Inter-Counties Fell Champs.

Gary Priestley lead home the Lancashire Men’s team, finishing 19th overall and in good company in a high class field. Lindsey Brindle finished 11th and second counter for the Lancs Ladies to help them to a team silver. Alastair Murray, running for Greater Manchester, finished 30th.


Horwich Duathlon

Horwich Duathlon 28th May 2011

The largest field for our Duathlon competed in ideal racing conditions on Saturday with Mark Tickle of Manchester Tri winning the event.We had 5 Harriers taking part and one Team first home for us was Karl Ward despite a 2 minute time penalty in 23rd place, Pete Bland and Keith Tyrer teamed up as the Grumpy Old Men and won the relay team in 26th.Kevin Newall did well with a finishing position of 28th and Paul Boardman won the Mountain Bike category in 34th place. Trevor Fishwick completed his first Duathlon in a well deserved54th place and Alan Blinkhorn was third over sixty in 64th position.A big thanks must go to all our Marshalls we could not put the event on without your help.


Hutton Roof Fell Race

Team prize for ladies at Hutton Roof Fell Race 28/05/11

Debbie Campbell, recent winner of Harrock Hill & Blackstone Edge fell races, had a storming run to finish 3rd lady at Hutton Roof. The team was made up with Suzanne Budgett finishing 4th and Fran Walker, also having a brill run, finishing well up in the ladies in 21st. Despite strong winds the day remained dry & the cakes as delicious as always!

Stanhill Fell Race

Stanhill Fell Race, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

17th May 2011

Two Harriers travelled to Oswaldtwistle for the 16th Stanhill Fell Race.  An out and back, muddy 5 mile course, with the 800 feet of climb all in the first half which leads to a fast descent.  Tony Hesketh finished 29th (1st Vet 60) in 35.06 and Mark Swindell was 36th finishing in 36.10.

A full list of results can be found here on the website.

Harrock Hill – Wed 25th May

Harrock Hill

5 Harriers were at the 1st of the 4 race Harrock Hill series.

Paul Muller had a great race finishing 6th (1st M50) in 33.59.  In 10th & 1st M40, was new member Andy Lloyd who ran a very impressive 36.36.  Paul Boardman also made it in the first 20 in 37.04.  Pete Ramsdale (69th) 41.17  and Mark Swindell (78th) 42.29 completed the line up.

Results –

Coppice Fell Race

Coppice Fell Race 5 miles 600 ft

This race is unique as it is in the center of Accrington a three lap race with a steep climb on each lap – the juniors did the climb twice. For the juniors we only had Abigail Cox running and she finished a fine second as she had done the previous week at Stanhill Fell Race.

Junior 1.5 mls

1) G Toogoose Blackburn H 10.10
2) A Cox Horwich 10.16

The senior race was won by Tim Ellis in 33.23 despite a marshall sending the leaders off course early on. First for Horwich was Tony Hesketh in 17th 40.18 winning the over sixty category and Paul Murray was first over 65 in 54th position in 48.52.


Stanhill Junior Fell Race

17th May 2011.

Four juniors travelled to Oswaldtwistle for this 2 mile fell race. Pride of place went to Cameron Critchley always with the leaders he bided his time on the descent to win with perfectly judged run. We had three girls running. All did well with Abi Cox finishing second. This on her debut for Horwich was a great run. Jemimah Upton and Charlotte Fordham were 5th and 6th and seemed to enjoy the race.

1) C Critchley 10,59
1) G Toogoose Blackburn 12.49
2) A Cox 13.16
5) J Upton 14.44
5) C Fordham 14.44


Jubilee Road Race (1)

Jubilee Road Race (1) – 18th May 2011

Thirteen harriers ran the first of this years Wednesday night Jubilee race series. With Alastair Murray winning the race, Gareth Booth in 2nd, Martyn Bell in 6th and Andy Lloyd in 13th, the men easily won the team.

Martyn was the 1st Vet 40 and with Pete Bland the 1st Vet 60, Paul Murray the first Vet 65 and John Parker the first Vet 70, it was a successful night for the club.

Next race in the series is on the 15th June.

Full results here.


Mearly Clough 3.5M/1200ft

Mearly Clough 3.5M/1200ft – 14th May 2011

Five of our ladies turned out for this the second in the English Fell Championships. Lindsey Brindle had a storming run to finish a fantastic 5th overall. Great performance too by Debbie Campbell finishing well up the field in a very creditable 15th. Margaret Huyton, Mary White & Suzanne Budgett also had creditable runs making up the Horwcih ladies.

Ladies results here.


Eight men were also in attendance with James Kevan first home in 35th, closely followed by ALastair Murray in 49th. Mick Green, Ian Hepburn and Tim Roe made up the team. John Parker appears to the first Vet 70 (but is down as a V55 in the results).

Mens results here.

Great Manchester Run

Bupa Great Manchester Run 2011

We had nine runners take part in today’s Great Manchester Run.

Name Position Time
Gareth Booth 76 33:39
Martyn Bell 79 34:21
Robert Jackson 82 34:38
Albert Sunter 691 41:41
Paul Kaye 802 42:03
Alexandra Else 10965 55:20
Chris Horridge 13692 57:53
Julie Williamson 16853 01:01:00
Marion Tracey 16878 01:01:02

Not everyone is listed as being under Horwich RMI and so if there is anyone that I have missed then please let me know and I will add your to the list, email to

The online entries for 2012 open this Wednesday, and anyone wishing to enter and do the Great Manchester Run in 2012 will need to be quick to get their place as the race usually fills up within a few days.  See the Great Manchester Run website for more information.

Martyn Bell  at the start of the race passing near the GMEX.

Photo of Gareth Booth taken just outside the final 400m marker at the end of the race.

Chorley Harriers Trail Series

Chorley Harriers Trail Series 4th May 2011

Four Harriers took part in the first of this 4 race series.  Glyn Kay had a great outing grabbing 2nd place in 25.46  The team finished 5th overall with Paul Boardman in 13th position (28.17), Mark Swindell (31.59) & Carl Balshaw (32.19) finished 42 & 43rd respectively.

The complete list of results can be found on the Sportsoft website.

The next race is on Wednesday 1st June 2011.

Haigh Hall 4M

Haigh Hall 4M – 11th May 2011

Fourteen harriers ran in the fourth counter in the Central Lancs Grand Prix Championship. James Kevan won the race and with backup from Gareth Booth (4th), Billy Martin (14th) and Dave Jackson (20th), they finished third team behind the strongs teams of Bolton United and Wigan Phoenix.

1st James Kevan 20.57
4th Gareth Booth 21.36
14th William Martin 22.34
20th David Jackson 23.06
33rd Tim Roe 24.21
43rd Paul Boardman 24.54
44th Andy Townsend 24.55
50th Doug Fleming 25.22
99th Carl Balshaw 28.04
100th Mark Swindell 28.07
102nd Pete Ramsdale 28.10
107th Pete Bland 28.30
138th Gordon Stone 30.39
183rd Hazel Banks 35.47

Full results here.

Calderdale Way relay 08.05.2011

“Calderdale Way relay 08.05.2011 – Open Team 115

At 5am in the morning the temperature was already into double figures and after a night of torrential downpours it was anyone’s guess as to whether it was going to be a warm & wet day or just warm. Fortunately it turned out to be the latter and a lovely warm, sunny day ensued – a very rare treat for this relay which is usually run in the freezing cold of winter.
I must firstly say a huge big special ‘Thank you’ to Mark Burns & Susan Flatters who both stepped in at the very last minute enabling a complete team to still compete.
The team was set off by Debbie Campbell & Suzanne Budgett. We had quite a bit of single file running but nonetheless the leg was a decent route encountering the usual slippery cobbled paths, fields, tracks & tarmac. Debbie needed a faster partner really as she has improved so much over the past few months but she got a good Sunday run out of it & relay experience & I had a good workout! We passed over to Claire & Mark Burns who both enjoyed their run despite Claire panicking that Hubby Mark would be waiting for her (wait til men have babies!!!). They both ran superbly well and hopefully we’ll see more of them on the circuit. Next leg was very new pairing Fran Walker & Susan Flatters who had both only met the previous day at Belmont Winter Hill race. Both were new to relays and both ran and handled the situation extremely well. An excerpt follows courtesy of Fran – ‘The weather gods smiled on leg 3 when the clouds cleared and the sun came out. The shortest leg has the penalty of being almost entirely uphill however good tracks and marvellous views helped the climbing. The leg was completed by Fran and Sue, 2 relay virgins who were both relieved to find the changeover at Blackshaw Head within the cut off time and without major navigational mishap. Special thanks are due to Sue who stood in literally at the 11th hour.’
Next off, experienced pair Mary White & Geraldine Walkington who again ran superbly and are both living proof that like a good wine, you can continue to improve with age!
Another new pairing on the next leg saw April Stevenson & Michelle Devine get off to a flying start. Unfortunately, just 3.5 miles in, Michelle fell and twisted her ankle but April helped her round and they bravely completed.
The team was brought home by Rachel Jones & Maria Lowe. The weather by now was pretty hot to say the least but they still had a great run even with the recent London marathon in Maria’s legs.
Thanks to all the team – it was a superb team effort all round & we all pulled it off!”


“The Men’s team was cobbled together at the last minute, and with everyone navigating by either memory or map a creditable 15th position was achieved.

Notable performances came from leg 2 pairing Mick Green and Stuart Edmondson making up 10 places to put the team into 6th, and from the leg 3 pairing of James Kevan and Zac Howe who moved the team into 4th.”

Alastair Murray

Full results here.

Ladies – Inter County Fell Championships

Hi all,

Please can you ask the female members of your athletic clubs to contact me if they are interested in racing for Greater Manchester at the Inter County Fell Championships in Southern Scotland on May 28th 2011. The race is fully marked so does not require navigation skills. The course is 10km with 700m of climb. The route mainly follows good hill paths and is generally good underfoot.

This late appeal is due to other female runners dropping out. Runners need to have either been born in, or currently live in, Greater Manchester (i.e. the boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Manchester or Salford) and not ran for another county in the past 12 months. They have to be 18 or over.

Thanks very much, I appreciate it.

Anna Lupton

Radcliffe AC
Mobile 07812 365 721

Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race

Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race – 7th May 2011

A strong turnout of fifteen harriers ran on Saturday in blustery and showery conditions. Mick Green was the first harrier home in 9th place and along with Rob Green in 22nd and Mark Seddon in 23rd, they won the team prize.

The ladies also won the team prize with an excellent third place by Susan Flatters, with Fran Walker in 7th and Mary White in 8th.

In the junior races, Jonathan Powis easily won the Under 14 category.

Full results here.

Weekend Roundup 29th April – 1st May 2011

Sweatshop Chorley Park Series – 1 29th April 2011
James Kevan was the clear winner with Dave Jackson in 5th and Andy Townsend in 12th.


Great Hameldon Hill Race, Accrington – 1st May
Karl Ward finished 25th and Colin Waterworth finished 112th.


Dallam Dash 10k, Milnthorpe, Cumbria – 1st May
Stuart Edmundson finished 5th and Mark Gibson finished 17th.


Keswick Half Marathon
Gareth Booth finished 12th.


Three Peaks Fell Race 2011

Three Peaks Fell Race 30th April 2011

Four harriers ran this year’s race in sunny and very windy conditions. With 999 entries and international selection up for grabs for the front runners, the quality of the field was high.

Alastair Murray was first harrier home in 25th position in 3 hours and 23 minutes, taking 20 minutes off his previous time. Brendan Bolland was next home in 3 hours and 45 minutes, followed by Gary Chadderton in 4 hours and 36 minutes. Both runners were pleased with their times and enjoyed the race.

Last but certainly not least was Tony Varley, finishing his 20th three peaks race in 5 hours and 1 minute.

Full results on