You may have noticed that a twitter feed has been added to the front page of the website. The intention is to use twitter to briefly report on race results and pictures, and preview upcoming events.

The latest entries on the @horwichharriers twitter feed will always appear front page. If you already have a twitter account, you can follow @horwichharriers to get the latest posts in your timeline, and view older posts.

The most useful feature is the how easy it is to submit postings to appear in the @horwichharriers feed. Just include @horwichharriers in your tweet, and this will be picked up an re-tweeted to appear on the @horwichharriers feed. So if you’ve been out racing, let us know what you’ve been up to with a quick tweet.

The twitter feed will not replace the more detailed articles (so keep them coming) but will complement them with quicker and more immediate links and snippets on what been going on.

This is a bit of an experiment at the moment, and one that will work best with contribution from members, so sign up to twitter, follow @horwichharriers, and get tweeting.

Alastair Murray

Club Overall Champs 2011

Well done to Dave Jackson and Suzanne Budgett for winning the 2011 Club Overall Championships with one remaining fixture.

With the four best XC scores from six to count, the ‘race’ for the second and third positions for the men is still wide open. The final fixture is at Worden Park on the 3rd March.

Mens table here.

Ladies table here.

Thursday – Prediction Race

Prediction Race

Thursday 23rd Feb 2012 @ 6.30pm +

Low key prediction race starting at Cooke Street, Horwich. (nr Mill Lane/Church Street junction).

The Route will be as follows;

Cooke Street-Wallsuches-Georges Lane-Wilderswood-Mast-Two Lads (via wall)-Burnt Edge-

Georges Lane-Jolly Crofters-Wallsuches-Foxholes-Cooke Street. (approx 11km)

Headtorches and familiarity with the fells and Winter Hill is essential.

The runner to finish in the nearest time to their predicted time will win the coveted bottle of wine.

No fee for entry, runners set off at minute intervals from 6.30pm onward.

Colin Jones


Tenerife Apartment

We have a luxury appartment in Tenerife Los Claveles in Los Christianos that we wish to rent out for two weeks in August the 3rd. Cost is £500. Sleeps four superb private complex, swimming pool, restaurant etc. Contact Tony or Brenda for more information – / 01204 668183.

Greater Manchester 10k

If anyone wants to marshal the Manchester 10k on 20th May please contact Tony Hesketh. You get a Nike jacket a packed lunch and our club get a donation and usually a couple of club places free.We have marshalled on it for the past six years its very rewarding and you are putting something back.

Tony Hesketh – / 01204 668183

Senior Fell Championships 2012

Senior Fell Championships 2012.

This years senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 6 from the follow 11 races, with at least one from each category. (Short, Medium and Long)

The points system is as follows: 15 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 15th.

Senior Fell Championships 2012
Date Category Race
07/04/12 S Rivington Pike
05/05/12 L Pendle Cloughs
12/05/12 S Belmont Winter Hill
07/06/12 S Henderson’s End
14/06/12 S Two Lads
23/06/12 S Clougha Pike
21/07/12 M Turnslack
25/08/12 M Chipping Show
15/09/12 L Three Shires
11/11/12 M Wadsworth Half Trog
17/11/12 L Tour Of Pendle

For an additional challenge this year there will also be a new Long Distance award for the highest place man and woman in the Lakeland Classics Trophy. Details of this years LCT will appear here and can be found in the FRA Calendar.

If that’s not enough, don’t forget about the English and British Championships. As usual, the Mike Short Trophy will be awarded to the harrier achieving the highest position in a British champs race.

British Championships 2012
Date Category Race
14/04/12 M Coledale
12/05/12 S Slieve Bearnagh
07/07/12 L Arrochar Alps
08/09/12 S Moel Wnion

Engish Championships 2012
Date Category Race
17/03/12 S Lads Leap
14/04/12 M Coledale
16/06/12 L Great Lakes
04/08/12 L Borrowdale
18/08/12 M Weasdale
29/09/12 S Kielder Blast

Junior Fell Champs 2012

Junior Fell Championship 2012

This year as in previous years we have chosen ten races there is actually eleven with two on the same date Pendle and our own Pike race runners can go to either with points being awarded in both.It is a runners best six races to count 12 points for first down to 1 point for twelth place,you must do at least three races to qualify for an award at the end of the season.

Races best six to count,

7th April Pendle Barley nr Burnley 11.45 a.m
7th April Rivington Pike Horwich 1.00p.m
21st April Anniversary Wa! Stair Cumbria 11.30 a.m
7th May Wray Caton (Scarecrow Festival and Gala) 11.30 a.m
12th May Belmont Winter Hill 12.30 p.m
26th May Cowpe Hill Rossendale 12.00 p.m
23rd June Cloughha Pike (Gala) 1.00p.m
1st July Hawkswick Yorkshire 12.00 p.m
14th July Sedbergh Cumbria ( Uphill only) 12.00 p.m
21st July Ingleborough Yorkshire (Gala) 3.15 p.m
18th August Darwen Gala Lancashire 12.45 p.m

Any queries contact Tony Hesketh tel 01204 668183 or 07973302432

Welsh Castles Relay

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June 2010.

Running the length of Wales – 200+ miles over 2 days, 20 stages, starting at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday morning, with an overnight halt at Newtown and finishing on Sunday afternoon at Cardiff Castle.

This year will see the 30th running of the Welsh Castles Relay. To mark this milestone we would like to take a team back to this race which was a popular annual outing for the harriers back in the 80s, where the club finished 2nd overall twice.

We wouldn’t be trying to win the overall race but aim to win some stages and possibly King of the Mountains. Cost £5.00 per runner. As well as runners we would need a small team of people to help with the organisation.

We need to know before this weekend if there is enough interest so we can enter a team.

If you are interested in running, or to be part of the organising team please contact Steve Pearson as soon as possible.

Steve Pearson.
mob: 07732 210013

Barrow In Furness XC

Last Saturday The Fifth round of the Mid Lancs XC races was contested.
First up was Nathan Townsend in the U15’s boys. Having a great race after initially leading for some time. Nathan earned himself a great 6th place.

The Senior Men lead the way with Gareth Booth home in 8th, pleased with that. An excellent 36th and 38th from Zac Howe & David Jackson gave the team a good start. Andy Townsend and Tim Roe both much quicker times than Last Year home in 38th & 57th. We needed a good performance from Doug Fleming who did not disappoint home in 79th. This gave the team a well deserved 5th place and more importantly still retaining 3rd in the league. It will all be hinged on the last race at Leyland to claim the bronze. Guys lets have as good a turnout as we did at Hynburn.

Parbold Hill

Parbold Hill Race 11th Feb

A field of over 500 assembled at the start for the 46th running of this race, with runners being turned away when the entry limit was reached.The cconditions were very icy underfoot with a few muddy fields to negotiate. The race was won by Adam Peers of Liverpool making a mockery of the conditions, Stuart Edmundson was first home for us racing his first race since New Years day finishing in a superb 13th place Debbie Campbell was first lady in a remarkable 39th place. Tony Hesketh was first O/60 in 97th with newcomer Layne Mercer 109th after a fine run our final runner was Alan Blinkhorn 389th well pleased with his run.

Normal Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

Normal Matthews Winter Hill Fell Race

30th Winter Hill Fell Race (Sunday 12th Feb 2012)

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make today’s event run smoothly. Without the marshals, time keepers and the Mountain Rescue the race could not go ahead. Given that conditions out on Winter Hill were amongst the worst that the race has been run in it is a thank you that is more than deserved by all who helped.

Colin Jones
Results from UKResults are here.

Photographs have been uploaded to the website here


STOP PRESS : Message from RO.

    Much of the race route is currently covered in potentially dangerous hard ice. The race will not go ahead with the route in its present condition ie it will be cancelled if the ice does not go by Sunday.

    We will be making an inspection of sections of the route early on Saturday morning and emailing out to team captains at 10.00 am to advise them of the outcome. We will also post our findings here on this site.

    If the event is cancelled it will not be rearranged at a later date and teams will have their entry fee refunded.

Details of the teams for this years Pennine Bridleway Relay are now in the Fell Section.

Team numbers have now been added. Please make a note of these for collecting your numbers on the day at the start of your leg.