Raise money for the club

Raise money for the club

The Ironman Tri which is being run on Sunday 31st July, a little over a week away, is offering to give a donation of £20 for each marshal that a club is able to provide to help with the event; there is a minimum requirement for 10 marshals before any donations are made, but if we are able to provide just 10 marshals, then we’ll get £200 towards the clubs funding.

If anyone is interested in marshalling at the Ironman tri please to contact Stephen Pearson (pearsonnotlob@hotmail.co.uk).

Horwich RMI Harriers Trail & Fell Relay

Horwich RMI Harriers Trail & Fell Relay

Sunday 23rd Oct Training with Attitude

This is to be a mixed team relay training event with prizes for the best teams

Mixed Teams of 6 over 4 legs

Leg 1 individual runner (aprox 8k) Start car park opp Rivi School 635 129 to Layby 616179  Runners must visit Castle and use trails

Leg 2 Pairs  (aprox 12k) from layby to White Coppice to Great Hill, Piccadilly return to Great Hill then to Horden Stoops 655158

Leg 3 Individual 9 (aprox 12k)  From Horden Stoops  to gate at top of ramp (memorial for plane crash 662147) return to layby 616179 via Horden Stoops, Great Hill & White Coppice.

Leg 4 Pairs (aprox 8k) Return to start by reversing leg 1 via castle to car park 635129

Runners may run more than 1 leg but can only be the nominated team runner for 1 leg and can accompany the team runner/s

Each team must provide a baton which is a bum bag with map plus 4 pins for your number.  There will be no computerised times so keep your own time.  Each team will be timed for an overall time.

Min age 14  and must be accompanied leg 1 and 4 only


1st team max 2 men         1st team max 2 women

1st Family (may be a combination of 2 families min 2 from each)

Highest combined age of all 6 team members

Youngest combined age of all team members (min age 16)

First ringers team (max 3 non RMI members)

This is to be a training event for RMI club members Presentation  tba

Start time  10.00    Presentation  from 13.00    Entry fee £1.00/person plus a give away prize/team

Coope’s Dozen

Coope’s Dozen

This is an 18 mile round of twelve local tops that has in the past been completed in 2 hours 35 minutes.  For many years (not 2010) it has been undertaken as a social run on the Saturday before the Borrowdale Race.  Saturday 30th July 2011 will see this informal event resurrected.  The usual format is that there is a fast group and a slow group, plus perhaps a few “racers” who hope to be back for an early lunch (not provided).
If you fancy turning out be at the Top Barn, ready to run for 9:00 a.m. and expect to be out for anything up to 5 hours.  If you want more details get in touch with me on 01257 480026 or edswift@btinternet.com.
The event is unsupported, so unless you stash refeshments on the route (Hordern Stoops is about half way) you’ll need to carry your own stuff.  I usually undertake the sweeper role to ensure no-one gets left behind.
Ed Swift

Radcliffe 3 Day Challenge 14th-16th July

Rob Jackson was the only Horwich Harrier to compete in all three races, but he successfully won the overall 3 Day Title with three super runs. Rob finished 3rd (1st vet) in the Bull Hill Fell Race at Hawkshaw and then followed this up with outright wins in the next two races the Giants Seat 5.5m Cross Country and the Radcliffe Woodcocks 5m Road and Trail Race.

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Sunday 2nd October 2011, Brotherswater, Lake District.

Its that time of year again when we start to put the teams together for the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay. The club has entered 2 teams, with an option for 2 more if there is demand. This means everyone who wants a run should get a run provided we can fill a team. So if you would like to run, please get in touch with one of the fell captains, and we will do our best to make sure you get to take part in this fantastic event.

For those who don’t know, this is a classic mountain relay for teams of 8 running in pairs. It’s a tough event and a great day out.

Further details – http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=1296

Entries are also open for the FRA relays, being run this year from Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday 15th October. We hope to field at least 1 Open and 1 Ladies teams, but will apply for more teams if there is demand. Please register your interest with your fell captains as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Further details – http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=912


Alastair Murray – alastair.murray@gmail.com / 07769 682439.
Suzanne Budgett – sbudgett@hotmail.com / 07976 312834.

Bull Hill Fell Race

5.5mls 1200 ft ascent.

14th July 2011.

On a very warm evening a large field ran this popular race at Hawkshaw Rob Jackson finished in third behind Tim Ellis of Egerton and took the first Veteran prize, Albert Sunter had a good race in 20th with Mick Kay just behind in 28th, Tony Hesketh ran well for first over sixty in 35th, Tony Varley was third over sixty and Geraldine Walkington was second in her category in 88th finally Frank Wood was 155th and fourth over 65.


Arena Grass Pitch Closed

Arena Grass Pitch Closed

Bolton Arena have informed us that there is now maintenance works taking place on the grass pitch and as a result the pitch is now closed until 11th September to allow for re-seeding which took place this week.

Therefore, please be advised it’s not permitted for anyone to walk across the pitch or for any pitch activities to take place that could affect this eight week germination period.

If you have any questions or queries/issues that may arise for this then please do not hesitate to ask.

Mark Dacre
Horwich RMI Harriers

The Senior Presentation evening

The Senior Presentation evening

Hey up Folks

The Senior Presentation evening will be held at the Spice Valley Indian Restaurant (upstairs room) on Thursday the 21st July, meet at 7.15pm.

The cost will be £10.00 per head with the remainder of the cost being paid by the club.

I currently have 20 names but we could do with a few more so let me know if you are able to attend, the owner of the restaurant has promised me she will really look after us with some top food.


Pete Bland


Adrian Selby’s brothers charity Iron Man

Adrian Selby

Last month a very close friend of mine and long time member of Horwich RMI Harriers Adrian Selby sadly passed away after a long illness.

During his 16 years as a member of the Harriers I was team captain and Adrian ran for me in many of the relays and always seemed to get it just right on the day, he was always one of my first selections and from memory he never had a bad run, he was a class act and his style made it look so easy for him but I am sure it wasn’t.  He had a wicked sense of humour and would always be on top form at the relays keeping us entertained, my favourite races were always the 6 and 12 stage relays and it was lads like Adie that made it so worthwhile for me.

Adrians mum and dad Mike and Irene have written to me to say it was a great comfort to them to see so many Harriers attending the funeral service, they say that Adrian always spoke highly of the spirit and friendship of the Horwich RMI members.

Adrians brother Martin and Adrians brother in law Tony have both entered this months UK Ironman Triathlon which is on the 31st July in Bolton, they have entered the race to raise money for the 2 main charities that helped and supported Adrian and his family with support and care over the last few months of his life. Anybody wishing to make a donation to these charities should follow the link below


Pete Bland

Thurs 21st July Hill session

Change of training venue for the 21st July Thursday Hills session

Thursday 21st July This will now start from the rough car park on the Left hand side of the road coming out of Belmont towards Rivington just past the Blue Lagoon (Click here for a map).
I intend to train on the long hill on the back of Winter Hill not the ramp.  This is a better hill to train on as it offers a more varied terrain.

After the session why not meet up in the Black Dog in Belmont for a quick pint and a collective chat about our running.  All will be welcome


Steve Pearson

Senior Presentation of Awards Evening 2010/2011

Senior Presentation of Awards Evening 2010/2011

We are now in a position to host the 2010/2011 Awards Evening and would appreciate a quick email (peterbland@btinternet.com) stating one of the following dates which is best for you

  1. Thursday 21st July
  2. Friday 22nd July
  3. Thursday 28th July
  4. Friday 29th July

This years winners are

Men’s overall club champion

  1. Simon Parkinson – D.Vickers Cup
  2. Doug Fleming
  3. Garry Chadderton

Men’s road champion

  1. Dave Jackson – T.Hesketh Shield
  2. Paul Boardman
  3. Simon Parkinson

Ladies road champion

  1. Kathryn Swindell – M.McGovern Cup
  2. Karen Murray
  3. Rachel Collington

Men’s fell champion

  1. Albert Sunter – D.Hurst Shield
  2. Tony Varley
  3. Mick Green

Men’s overall cross country champion

  1. Alastair Murray – M.Jackson Shield
  2. Tony McKenna
  3. Simon Parkinson

Mens vets overall club champion

  1. Doug Fleming – N.Matthews Trophy
  2. Garry Chadderton
  3. Colin Wood

Mens vets overall cross country champion

  1. Garry Chadderton – Stanley Cup
  2. Doug Fleming
  3. Gordon Stone

Men’s cross country club champion

  • Alastair Murray – W.Mangham Cup

Men’s vets cross country club champion

  • Doug Fleming – L.Pollard Trophy

Highest British fell placing

  • Mick Green – M.Short Cup

Highest SEL finisher

  • Pete Ramsdale – J.Prescot Cup

Sweatshop Chorley Park 4.4 Trail Race

Sweatshop Chorley Park 4.4 Trail Race

Wednesday 6th July 2011

Three harriers turned out for the third in this years Chorley Park 4.4 Trail series, with the weather barely holding off and a light but warm drizzle towards the end, a respectable 95 runners turned out for the race.

Our first counter, Katie Ingram had a strong run, winning 1st lady and coming 2nd overall with an impressive time of 24:53; which I believe is the fastest ladies time for the new Chorley 4.4 course, a record which I also believe was set when Katie last ran the course.

Paul Boardman came in 14th place with a time of 28:13 despite struggling with an injury right now, and Carl Balshaw followed up in 28th place, and also a picking up a PB.

2 Katie Ingram 24:53
14 Paul Boardman 28:13
28 Carl Balshaw 30:17

Full results can be found here on the Sportsoft website.

The next and final race of this series is on Wednesday August 3rd, 7:30 from Baron’s Rest, Astley Village, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1XA. [Click here for an Entry Form]

Tocholes Fell Race 6 miles 2nd July 2011

Due to not being in the Fell handbook a smaller field only 38 runners ran this popular race in very hot conditions. The winner was James Titmuss of Pudsey and Bramley in 40.10. First for Horwich was Tony Hesketh first O/60 in 12th 47.27 closely followed by Michael Kay 13th in 48.28 our only other runner was Graham Schofield good to see him getting a few races under his belt  after a serious illness finishing 18th in 50.55.


Lindsey picks up a double win at Skiddaw

A superb run by Lindsey Brindle brought her home first female & 16th overall at Skiddaw Fell race.  Her time of 1.26.31? was excellent under extremely hot weather conditions.  Geraldine Walkington & Suzanne Budgett were the other two ladies representing Horwich both having good solid runs finishing well up in their respective categories.  The only other Horwich runners were Albert Sunter & Tony Varley making their annual pilgrimage to this race.  The ladies took first team prize & V40 & V60 prizes were picked up by Suzanne & Tony respectively.
No results to hand but I believe they are to appear on Keswick AC’s website.


Sweatshop Chorley Park 5k Series

Sweatshop Chorley Park 5k Series

Friday 29th April

Four Harriers turned out for the fourth and final race of the 17th Friday Night Chorley Park 5k series, with bright sunny conditions and a good turnout of 53 runners, the series continues to be a nice fast and pleasant 5k run through Astley Park in Chorley.

James Kevan finished first in 16:32, winning with  a comfortable lead, and his best time of the series, with Gareth Booth following in 2nd place in 17:10, and Glyn Kay (18:23) coming in 5th place, with Carl Balshaw (21:40) finishing in 24th.

Other runners who have done early races in the seriers are: David Jackson (18:18), Andy Townsend (18:55), Paul Boardman (20:27), Emma Perrin (22:14), Zachery Howe (18:05), and Paul Murrey (24:47).

29 April

1st James Kevan 00:16:35
5th David Jackson 00:18:18
12th Andy Townsend 00:18:55

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

13 May

20 Paul Boardman 00:20:27
28 Emma Perrin 00:22:14

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

24 June

1st James Kevan 00:16:37
4th Zachary Howe 00:18:05
28th Paul Murray 00:24:47

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.

1st July

1st James Kevan 00:16:32
2nd Gareth Booth 00:17:10
5th Glyn Kay 00:18:23
24th Carl Balshaw 00:21:40

Click here to see the full results from UKResults.