Quadkids Competition – Greater Manchester Athletics Networks

Quadkids Competition
Greater Manchester Athletics Networks

On Sunday 25th September 2011, Horwich RMI Harriers & AC entered 2 teams, Horwich Lions (Under 11’s) and Horwich Tigers (Under 9’s) in the first ever GM Athletics Network Quadkids Competition.

Held at Winton, Eccles, Manchester, the event attracted 16 teams from the Greater Manchester area containing 160 young athletes. There were 10 members in each team, 5 girls and 5 boys. Each athlete had to complete a short sprint, a middle distance race, standing long jump and then throwing the “Howler”.

The Horwich Lions (U11’s) were led magnificently by their Team Leader, Zac Howe. The Lions finished as Runners-up in their age category, which was fantastic.

Not to be undone were the Horwich Tigers (U9’s), with their Team Leader, Tiffany Dacre helping them to finish in an excellent 3rd place overall. The Tigers also finished in 1st place in the Shuttle Relay in a very exciting race!

Individual honours went to Jack Shingler, who came in 3rd place overall for the Under 9 Boys and Ella Harper who came 3rd overall in the Under 11 Girls age category. Congratulations to both these young athletes and to all who took part. All the Coaches and parents were very proud of the athletes.

M Dacre

IHMR Details & Maps

This years Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay in a change from the last few years will be run clockwise starting and finishing in Patterdale.

Full details can be found in the following links.

Leg 1 Changes
Leg 2 Changes
Leg 3 Changes
Leg 4 Changes

Maps for each of the legs and the whole course can be found below.

Leg 1
Leg 2
Leg 3
Leg 4

Horwich have entered a mixed team and a vets team for this years event. At the moment both teams are a runner short. Please get in touch if you can help out.

Alastair Murray 07769682439
Colin Jones 07773 169675
Suzanne Budgett 07976 312834

Swinton 10mile road race

Congratulations to James Kevan who won the Swinton 10 mile road race over the weekend, establishing a new course record previously set last year by Martyn Bell, and making this the second year a Horwich RMI Harrier has won, and also to Kevan, Jackson and McMyler for earning Horwich RMI the 1st team prize.

The race is in its 2nd year after replacing the Annual Swinton Half Marathon. The race also incorporated the penultimate event in the Central Lancs Grand Prix and over 200 runners competed over the undulating 2 lap course.

Horwich Harrier James Kevan had a super run to win the race ahead of Bolton Harrier Tony Valentine. Next for Horwich was Rob Jackson in a fine 5th place and 1st vet over 45. This was also Rob’s 25th consecutive Swinton Half/10M Race! Sean McMyler aslo had a great run in 12th place and 2nd vet over 45.

1 James Kevan 54:02
5 Robert Jackson 58:12
12 Sean McMyler 1:01:00
130 Gordon Stone 1:24:02
160 Hazel Banks 1:32:34

Full results can be found here.

Downhill Race

Results from Monday night’s downhill race:

1. Mark Liptrot (Guest) 21:24
2. Albert Sunter 21:25
3. Robert Green 21:48
4. Tim Roe 22:09
5. Suzanne Budgett 24:53
6. Peter Ramsdale 24:57
7. Tony Varley 26:05
8. Mark Sammon 26:25
9. Pete Noble (Guest) 29:59
10. Ros Murray 31:13
11. Ed Swift 34:12

Thursday Training

From now on all Thursday Training Hill sessions will meet at the bottom of Foxholes Road 6.30. Everyone is welcome and the training will be appropriate to your ability and fitness level. The sessions will focus on improving your Strength and Speed endurance for the winter cross country programme but can also be the starting point for your winter training and conditioning.

Road Shoes and high vis tops are recommended. The session will end approximately 7.45. These is limited parking available on Mill Lane.

Steve Pearson.

Garstang Half Marathon

Three harriers competed in the Garstang Half Marathon on Sunday. Good conditions for the race albeit with one section of flooded road to traverse just before nine miles. The “undulating” course determined challenging times with Paul Muller first harrier, 4th overall and first vet (and so 1st V50) in 1:21:17 whilst Philip Eccleston finished an excellent 22nd in 1:28:54 and V55, Gordon Stone, 112th of the 189 finishers in 1:51:20. The race was won by Accrington’s Shaun Livesey in 1:17:41 and Southport’s Amanda Crook took the ladies’ honours in 1:26:19.


Ladies – Cross Country

Ladies – Cross Country
We need every lady we can out at the mid lancs xc, whatever your fitness level. It’s the numbers turning out that we desperately need. Please make an effort to support even if you can’t do them all. THey’re as cheap as chips to enter and great training too. Car sharing offered.

Entry form here.

Thanks in advance. Suzanne.

World Mountain running Championship

World Mountain running Championship

Tirana Albania

James Kevan competed in the World Mountain running Championship in Tirana Albania, The elite mountain runners from across the world were treated to an insight into the culture of Albania and the impressive landscapes it has to offer, which included having the highest average altitude in Europe- perhaps a perfect fitting for the sport of mountain running! Race day saw the full demands of Mountain Running on display as many struggled in the hot and humid conditions on a varied and technically demanding course.

The Senior Men’s Race was ran over a distance 13.1km with 750m ascent/descent

James was representing Ireland for the second consecutive year. Temperatures on the course were in the mid-30s, much of the course was run through a building site covered in toxic cement dust, and there was a steep dangerous descent at the top of the course. These hazards led to a busy first aid tent.The large senior men field hurtled down the steep descent raising a dust storm. The Irish team finished in ninth which is the highest placing since the early 1990s. James was 57th out of 116 runners.

Photos of James in the world champ race last Sunday. James is number 56.


Cross Country Season 2011 – 12

Horwich RMI Harriers

Cross Country Season 2011 – 12

This season, once again, we are making our main focus the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. Having gained promotion into the top division last season, we need to turn out to show our commitment to challenging with the best.

The club remains affiliated to the Red Rose and South East Lancs leagues so anyone who wishes to compete in any other league as well for £4 for the series and not £4 a race (these are guest running fees).


Click here to open up the Entry Form; to download this form, please right hand click and select “Save Link As…”

Please make cheques payable to: “Horwich RMI Harriers”
Numbers will be handed out at the first meeting of each league.

Fixture List 2011/12

Mid Lancs
29 Oct 2011 – Burnley
26 Nov 2011 – Liverpool
10 Dec 2011 – Chorley
14 Jan 2012 – Hyndburn
11 Feb 2012 – Barrow
3 Mar 2012 – Leyland

Red Rose
8 Oct 2011 – Leigh
22 Oct 2011 – Hyndburn
12 Nov 2011 – Bolton
3 Dec 2011 – Rossendale

South East Lancs
30 Oct 2011 – Heaton Park
19 Nov 2011 – Clayton Vale
10 Dec 2012 – Leigh
21 Jan 2012 – Boggart Hole

28 Jan 2012 – Pontefract, Wakefield

25 Feb 2012 – Parliament Hill, London

Derwentwater Trail Race 3rd Sept

This trail race attracted a large field of over 300 runners on a very wet day with rain constant throughout the race. The race was won by ex Horwich runner Russell Madams of Keswick. First for us with a splendid run was Rachel Thompson in 22nd place and third lady and she felt that another mile would have caught the second lady. Our first male finisher was Phil Eccleston 46th a good run by a consistent runner, Tony Hesketh was less than a minute behind winning the first O/60 Category. More over sixties followed with Pete Heneghan 216th, Alan Blinkhorn 250th and Barry Tyson 272nd who all ran well in the conditions.

1 R Maddams Keswick 56.50
22 R Thompson Horwich 68.07
46 P Ecclelston 71.36
53 T Hesketh 72.32
216 P Heneghan 90.25
250 A Blinkhorn 98.29
272 B Tyson 100.09


Horwich RMI Harriers and AC AGM 2011

Horwich RMI Harriers and AC AGM 2011

8pm, Tuesday 18th October in the Arena

All members are invited to the 2011 Horwich RMI Harriers AGM that is to be held at Bolton Arena, Middlebrook, on the 18th October 2011 at 8pm.

At the meeting the committee for 2011-12 will be selected, so if anyone would like to stand for a position on the committe then they need a proposer and a seconder.  If anyone has a proposal to put forward at the AGM then it needs to be submitted in writing (by post or email) to the secretary by Friday 23rd September.  Any proposals must be signed by two members of the club.  This is so they can be added to the agenda.

Peter Ramsdale

Yorkshireman Off Road Half & Full Marathon

Two Horwich ladies participated in the off road half marathon (actually 14.8 miles); with Lindsey Brindle taking a clear overall win in 1:58:00 & Suzanne Budgett taking 4th position in 2:05:51. A great off road race for the non fell runners as it covers just tracks & trails & the odd small section of road.
Mark Gibson braved the full Yorkshireman in a grand time of 4:41:45 and two ladies (G. Smith & A. Keightley) entered the pairs category for the full marathon & completed in 6:12:34.


URGENT LADIES – Northern 4 Stage

Northern 4 Stage – Ladies 24th September 2011

Can any ladies who are interested in running in the Northern 4 Stage contact me ASAP. The event is on the 24th September in Birchwood. Full details here.

If we have enough ladies interested I will enter a team but we only have 5 days before the closing date for entries.


Karen Murray
07879 443754

Northern 6 Stage

The following Men’s teams have been selected for the Northern 6 Stage Road Relays to be held in Birchwood on 24th September.

A Team

James Kevan
Alastair Murray
Gareth Booth
Martyn Bell
William Martin
David Jackson

B Team

Andy Townsend
Sean McMyler
Karl Ward
Pete Ramsdale

At this point the B team is incomplete, so if you would like a run please contact Pete Bland : peterbland@btinternet.com

Downhill Race

Monday 19th September 6:30 pm.

Starting from Scotsman’s Stump by the mast on Winter Hill mast road.
Runners set off at 30 second intervals, finishing at the RMI club, via
the Pike, and any route in between.
Start will be a 6.30 p.m. prompt due to the light.
Guests welcome.
Free entry and prizes.
Historic Downhill Trophy to the winner. (RMI only)

Alastair Murray.