John on Top of the World

John Parker of Horwich RMI Harriers finished first in his V70 category
to clinch the Gold medal in the English Fell Championship for 2011.
His run at the Loughrigg and Silverhowe Fell Race at Ambleside in the
Lake District on Sunday gives him two first places and one second in
the season and with just one race remaining so he cannot be beaten.
This is a great reward for his efforts since returning to competitive
running just over a year ago.

The race distance of 8.5 miles with over 2500 feet of climbing enabled
John to put his endurance training to good use and he steadily climbed
the two hills on this out and back course. He worked with other
athletes in his age group, and athletes younger than him, and as the
race progressed runners fell away as John continued to dominate on the
climbs. With good down hill skills John maintained his position in
the race and kept other vet 70 athletes behind him for him to take the
race category and be crowned V70 English Fell Champion.

This race was the fourth race in the English fell championship for
other age categories and Horwich RMI had runners out in many of the
other categories. First home was Dave Milliken in the V45 category in
17th overall and 5th in his category in 1.13.48. The next three
Horwich runners were separated by just 3 minutes with Alastair Murray
continuing good form on the road and fell in 52nd place in 1.20.21,
Mike Green was 59th in 1.22.02 and Dave Jackson 62nd in 1.22.33. Gary
Chadderton had a good descent to finish in 93rd in 1.34.19 with Tim
Roe 110th in 1.37.20. Ian Hepburn was 117th 1.39.42 with Pete Ramsdale
161st in 1.53.58 closely followed by John Parker in 169th overall in a
time of 1.57.22. Colin Waterworth returning to competitive training
and racing complete the Horwich turn out with 177th in 2.06.05.

In the Ladies race for Horwich, Suzanne Budgett was 27th in the race
and 8th in her V45 category whilst Mary White, having returned from a
Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle just two days prior, was third in
her V60 category and 58th overall in 1.59.27.

Results Men

Results Women

The next round of the English Championships is Whittle Pike on 30th July – entry on the day, followed by Sedbergh Hills on 21st August, entries open this Friday 1st July.


Clougha Pike

Clougha Pike 5 mls 1250 ft 18th June

Four Harriers travelled to the little village of Quenmore near Lancaster for this tough little fell race.The race which was a English Junior Championship race was won by U/18 Jack Ross of Staffs. First to finish for us was Brendan Bolland in 30th place in 45.37, next was Doug Fleming 37th 46.22 closely followed by Tony Hesketh 1st O/60 in 41st place in 46.48 and Chris Heys 42nd 47.29.


Northern 5K Champions

The Horwich Festival 5k – Sunday 19th June 2011

The Horwich RMI Harrier team of Alastair Murray, Gareth Booth and David Jack are the Northern 5K champions after a late decision was made to hold the championships at the Horwich Festival 5K.

Rachael Thompson continued her comeback with 5th position in the ladies race.

Full results here.

Northern Athletics report here.

Two Lads

Thursday 16th June 2011.

Once again fine conditions for the Two Lads Fell Race with only a light shower before the start.
Also an excellent result for Horwich with Gary Priestley taking 1st place overall in 31:06 and pushing record holder Robert Hope into 2nd place 31:16, 3rd place went to Danny Hope 31:38 with 1st V40 and former Harrier Darren Kay taking 4th place and making Pudsey & Bramley recipients for the team prize.

In the Ladies race Lindsey Brindle took 1st place for Horwich in a time of 38:12, with Lynne Clough LV40 39:21 (Chorley Harriers & Tri) taking 2nd place. Another notable 1st was Tony Hesketh who took 1st V60 41:30.

Horwich overall had an excellent turnout for this event;
Dave Jackson (M40) 34:47
Rob haworth (M40) 36:07
Paul Boardman (M45) 38:40
Robert Gregg (M45) 39:13
Doug Flemming (M50) 39:33
Chris Heyes 39:34
Tim Roe 40:06
John Robertson 40:07
Michael Kay 42:12
Pete Ramsdale (M50) 42:46
Michelle Devine 44:57
Pete Bland (M60) 45:56
Barry Chapman 48:30

Further results can be found on the UK Results website here.

Finally I would like to say a big thanks to the marshals/helpers who generously give their time, to Walsh Sports for their continued support, Christine at the Bridge Inn for allowing us to use their facilities, Bolton Mountain Rescue whose help was required this year in evacuating a competitor with a suspected broken leg. And also to the landowners for their unconditional support. THANK YOU!!!!!


Rochdale Harriers Three Day Even

The 17th Annual 2011 Rochdale Harriers Three Day Event took place between 10th-12th June at Norden.

The event involves three demanding races on consecutive days-10 KM Road Race, 10KM Multi-terrain Race and 10KM (1300ft ascent) knowl Hill Fell Race. Two Horwich Harriers completed the event producing excellent performances. Rob Jackson, a former winner of the event finished 3rd (1st vet45) in both the 10KM Road Race and 10KM Multi-terrain Race, and with another high placing in the Fell Race, Jackson took the 3rd place overall prize and 1st vet45. Prolific racer Paul Boardman ran consistently in all three races and was rewarded with a fine 10th place overall and 2nd vet45.

Two other Horwich Harriers competed in only the final race, the Knowl Hill Fell Race, Tony Hesketh having a super run to finish 1st vet60 and Paul Murray taking the 2nd vet65 prize.

Hendersons End 6M/800ft

Hendersons End 6M/800ft 2nd June 2011

Eleven harriers ran with Alastair Murray first harrier home in 3rd place. Tony Hesketh was 1st vet 60 and John Parker was the 1st Vet 70.

The club was well represented at this race, which was run in sweltering conditions.  Alastair Murray was the first Harrier home, finishing in 3rd overall and breaking the 40 minute barrier with a great time of 39.51.  Lindsey Brindle was first lady home, 14th overall and nearly 4 minutes ahead of the 2nd lady.

Horwich finishers were;

3 Alastair Murray M 39.51
13 Karl Ward M 45.38
14 Lindsey Brindle F 45.57
18 Rob Green M40 47.34
37 Tony Hesketh M60 50.36
38 Peter Ramsdale M50 50.50
44 Mark Swindell M40 53.09
59 Tony Varley M60 55.47
60 John Parker M70 55.48
71 Mark Birbeck M40 57.47
79 Barry Chapman M 60.48

Full results:

Lindsey Brindle was the clear winner of the ladies race and finished 14th overall.

YAL Blackburn 5 June 2011 T&F

Horwich RMI Harriers UK Young Athletes League

Blackburn 5th June 2011

Today saw 29 young athletes of Horwich RMI Harriers face their toughest match they have ever faced! They competed against the might of Sale Harriers Manchester & Blackburn Harriers.

The athletes performed heroically and produced many sparkling performances including a Record breaking 4 x 400m Under 15 Boys relay in 4m15.80s, smashing the previous record by 9 seconds. Well done to Sam Bromley, James Lovell, Nathan Townsend and Joseph Howe.

On the day, wins were hard to come by, however, in the U17 Men, Sam Mercer won his 400m in a time of 53.40s and Jacob Thornton stormed his 1500m Steeplechase in a time of 5m00.90s. In the U15 Girls Gabrielle Whittle also stormed to victory in the 100m race with a time of 13.50s and Natassia Dacre completed a throwing hat-trick, by winning the Javelin, Discus and Shot putt.

Full results as follows:-

Under 13 Girls

Lucy Hicklin

800m               2m58.60

150m               24.10

Long Jump            3.07

Ellie Dacre

70m Hurdles            15.90

Long Jump            3.35

Shot                 5.42

Hannah Stephenson

70m Hurdles            17.30

800m               2m51.50

High Jump            1.15

Rebecca Mullaney

75m                 10.90

150m               22.10

High Jump            1.15

Alex Woods

75m                 11.50

Bethany Atkinson

1200m             4m19.80

Shot                 5.45

Under 13 Boys

Harvey Haworth

75m Hurdles            15.40

Long Jump            3.76

200m               31.20

Joe Charnley

100m               15.20

Shot Putt            5.92

Matthew Smith

100m               14.40

200m               29.70

Jonah Saunders

800m               3m20.50

Long Jump            3.41

High Jump            1.10

Under 15 Girls

Laura Taylor

75m Hurdles            12.40

100m               13.80

Long Jump            4.48

Sophie Williams

200m               28.80

Lucy Philpotts

800m               2m48.10

Shot putt            3.99

Long jump            3.39

Rebecca Carter

200m               31.70

Phoebe Howe

800m               2m28.70

Discus              10.18

Natassia Dacre

Discus              16.90

Shot                   7.35

Javelin             26.39

Gabrielle Whittle

100m               13.50

High Jump            1.25

75m Hurdles            13.30

Victoria Thorp

High Jump            1.15

Isobel Faulkner

1500m             5m56.40

Under 15 Boys

Joseph Howe

800m               2m13.10

400m               61.90

High Jump            1.40

Noah Saunders

100m               13.20

200m               26.80

Discus              14.45

James Lovell

100m               13.30

200m               27.20

Long Jump            4.53

Nathan Townsend

1500m             4m56.20

Shot putt            4.70

Long jump            3.66

Sam Bromley

400m               57.60

Shot                 8.98

Under 17 men

Sam Mercer

400m               53.40

Declan Snape

100m               12.00

200m               25.00

Long jump            4.46

Jacob Thornton

1500m S/Chase 5m00.90

Long Jump            3.94

Jack Shaw

100m               12.80

200m               26.20

Under 17 women

Beth Miller

100m               13.40

200m               28.00

Shot                 6.62


U15G 4 x 100m

Rebecca Carter/Sophie Williams/Laura Taylor/Gabrielle Whittle              56.20

U15B 4 x 400m

Sam Bromley/James Lovell/Nathan Townsend/Joseph Howe                    4m15.80

U13G 4x 100m

Ellia Dacre/Rebecca Mullaney/Alex Woods/Bethany Atkinson                    59.80

U13B 4x 100m

Jonah Saunders/Harvey Haworth/Joe Charnley/Matthew Smith                      61.20

Mark Dacre

Horwich RMI Harriers & AC 05/06/2011

Curry Night

A few of us are meeting for a beer and a curry on Friday 10th June.

We will be meeting in the Crown in Horwich at 7 o’clock, and then moving on to Spice Valley.

If you’re thinking of coming please let Pete know so we can book a table.

All welcome – the more the merrier!

Pete Bland – 07551 404047 /