Northern Cross Country

Northern Cross Country – Knowsley 26-01-13

Trio brave the winter elements.

Three Horwich RMI Harriers braved the harsh weather conditions on Saturday to compete in the Northern Cross Country Championships at Knowsley Safari Park. The six inches of snow overnight on Friday slowly turned into a complete mud bath for the men’s race over the championship distance of 12km. First home for Horwich was Dave Milliken who completed the course in 98th position in 48.14 with Bobby Kasabov next home in 57.41 and Pete Ramsdale completing the team in 70.15. The race was won for the fifth year in a row by Stockport Harrier Steve Vernon on 40.01. Nearly 600 in the race.

PS – I’ve had enough of this mud now – its time for a change – when is the next road race/fell race.

Peter Ramsdale

Next Horwich RMI Harriers fight for survival in the next round of the Mid Lancs Cross Country at Lancaster. Hope people are going to Blackburn on Sunday next week……..

Leigh XC 19.1.13

Leigh XC 19.1.13

It was a hardy bunch of veterans that braved the snow in this, the penultimate race in the South East Lancs league. Sean McMyler was our first finisher, going out hard from the off he was home in 32nd place (3rd V50) with a time of 38.43. Mark Swindell was our next finisher in 45.07, closely followed by Michael Crook (3rd V60) in 46.11. Our other 2 runners Steve Jackson and John Parker battled each other for the final places, with each taking it in turn to get in front. Steve held on at the finish in 49.48 just ahead of John (1st V70) in 49.54.

Thanks to the organisers & marshalls for braving the cold and allowing the race to go ahead.

Horwich secure top division competition next year

Horwich secure top division competition next year

Horwich RMI Harriers ran in the fourth round of the very competitive Mid Lancs Cross Country League at Hyndburn at Saturday with their future in the top division reliant on a good solid performance from all the runners. On a very heavy muddy course the men had 1 medium and 2 large laps to contend with in this 10km race. This course has been used for the Red Rose meeting before Christmas and it was bad enough then. First home for Horwich was the ever reliable and England cross country representative Martyn Bell who was 9th overall and first Vet 40 in 38.55. This was another excellent personal performance and this was going to make a huge contribution to the team performance too. Bobby Kasabov making only his second outing on the cross country scene for Horwich pulled some places back on the third lap to finish in 75th in 46.30. Gary Chadderton and Doug Fleming once again battling every step of the way were the next two in for Horwich in 95th and 99th place in 47.55 and 48.09 respectively. Doug managed a ‘Pete R’ by falling over – but did better than Pete cos he promptly got up and finished. The next two counters were critical and the Pete’s of Ramsdale and Bland were the next two home to complete the team. After his fall last week Pete R was taking it steady until he saw Blandie behind with half a mile to go and this was the incentive to push on a little. Pete R finished in 184th in 57.56 with Pete B next in 58.10. The ever reliable John Parker, Vet 70, was next home in 209th place in 62.45 ensuring that Horwich completed that all important team. The team managed 5th on the day and with two fixtures left it is now looks very promising for another season in the top division next year. The race was won by James Douglas of Border Harriers in 36.18.

What we need now is a good Vet 40 team for Lancaster then we might push that team up a division, but we must finish a good team at Lancaster then our division one status is ensured. Come on boys.

In the ladies race Janet Rashleigh was first home for Horwich in 8th place overall and first vet 45 in 28.17. Suzanne Budgett was next home in 17th in 29.32 with Josie Greenhalgh in her first competitive cross country race for Horwich the third counter in 25th in 30.41. Christa Whatmough battled every step of the way to finish in 44.51.

These performances gave Horwich Ladies 3rd team on the day and 1st vet team. Again team performances in the last two races and we can move Horwich up a division with the ladies and lady vets teams.

See you all in Lancaster on the 9th Feb

Peter Ramsdale

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 9.5 k 250m 12th January 2013

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 9.5 k 250m 12th January 2013

A cold but dry day wellcomed over 150 runners for this local fell race with the course very muddy in places times were generally slower than in previous years. Tim Ellis of Calder Valley won easily by over a minute leading from gun to tape. First home for us in a fine 6th place with a good run after a long lay off was Alastair Murray. Glynn Kay was close behind in 8th and his brother Michael took a number of scalps in 27th with a well judged race. Paul Boardman was only 3 seconds behind Mick but was disappointed with his race. In the vets Tony Hesketh was second o/60 in 42nd place with Mike Crook going one better winning the o/65 category in 84th another runner returning after a long lay off.

Tony Hesketh

Mid Lancs – Hyndburn

Mid Lancs – Hyndburn

The mud today stuck to shoes like concrete making your legs heavier & heavier to lift. Nonetheless this didn’t stop Jan Rashleigh from having a good strong run to finish 8th overall. The rest of the ladies team was made up by Suzanne Budgett followed by first timer Josie Greenhalgh who had a brill run over her first xc in many years. Despite a fall near the start & jarring her back, Christa Whamough showed grit determination & had a fantastic run over a tough, heavy course. The ladies finished 3rd team & 1st vets team. The more ladies that turn out, the more achievements we can make in the various team categories, no matter what pace you run at. It’s turning out in numbers that counts.

Lancashire Cross Country Championships 5th Jan Witton Park

Lancashire Cross Country Championships 5th Jan Witton Park

Congratulations to all Horwich RMI runners at these championships, especially the Ladies who clearly excelled in the wet muddy conditions
The Ladies were led home by Rachel Jones winning the individual Ladies Gold Medal. This spearheaded the charge for an overall 2nd team place with:
1st Rachel Jones
7 Janet Rashleigh
10 Debby Campbell
14 Suzanne Budgett
The team was also successful with the 1st Ladies vets prize and an individual Gold for Rachel Jones
Not to be outdone the men also performed with
12th Martin Bell 1st Vet
24th Sean McMyler 3rd vet 50
67th Paul Murray 1st Vet 70

These runs will surely result in at least 2 county vests late this year. Well done to all

Central Lancs Grand Prix 2013

Central Lancs Grand Prix 2013

1 17/02 Bolton 5k 11am
2 03/03 trotters 5m 10am
3 14/04 Radcliffe 10k 11am
4 15/05 Jubilee 5m 07.30pm
5 12/06 3 Sisters 5k 07.30pm
6 07/08 Chorley 4.4m 07.30pm
7 11/08 NVAC 10k Bispham 11am
8 01/09 Leigh Pennington Flash 5m 11am
9 29/09 Swinton 10m 09.30am
10 06/10 Gin Pit 5m 11am

Rules

10 runners to count for A team – irrespective of gender (worst race can be discarded)
8 runners to count for B team – irrespective of gender
6 runners to count for vets team – irrespective of gender
4 runners to count for ladies team
Best 7 races to count for individual prizes – 1st 5 men and 1st 5 ladies
Vets categories for individual prizes will be in 5yr periods – prizes for 1st and 2nd in each category
Your Vet category will be your age on your first race

These races will also be the Horwich RMI Harriers Road Championships Races for 2013.

Hyndburn Cross Country

Hyndburn Cross Country

Hey up

This Saturday is the next

Mid Lancs Cross Country at Hyndburn-Ladies 2.00pm and Men 2.30pm.

We need another good turnout like we had at Kendal and hopefully we can get enough points to remain in the top division, please try and support the team, it does help if we get a good turnout, as you know the more the merrier. Hopefully Pete Ramsdale will be there with the tent although the forecast is for quite nice weather anyway.

If you are not quite firing on all cylinders ( like me ) just come and run round to support the team

Times and directions are on the Mid Lancs website

Please reply to let me know if you will be racing

Cheers

Pete Bland peterbland@btinternet.com

P.S.

Just to add to Pete’s reminder – the Hyndburn race is this year’s club championship race. Awards for 1st Senior Man and Woman and 1st Male and Female Vet. Be there

Extra info – they always have the canteen open and do a mean bowl of hot pot………..

Hopefully see you there

Pete Ramsdale

Great Manchester Cross Country

Great Manchester Cross Country

The annual GMXC took place in wonderful sunshine at Woodbank Park Stockport on Saturday 5th January 2013. Just four Horwich senior men made the journey more to get some new year racing in. First home in this 4 lap 11.6km race was Doug Fleming in 53rd position in 53.08. John Parker was next home in 90th place in a time of with 66.17 with Gordon Stone completing the trio of finishers in 94th place in 70.29. The winner was Carl Hardman of Salford in 40.02 with Joe Bailey also of Salford in second. With Salford Harriers also in positions 4th and 5th they easily won the team award. The fourth runner who started but didn’t finish was Pete Ramsdale who fell on lap 1, attended the first aid tent and later that day spent 3 hours in A&E having his wounds cleaned (Ouch!). Thanks guys.

Peter Ramsdale

Whinberry Naze Fell Race 26th December

Whinberry Naze Fell Race 26th December

Fine weather and a large field of over 200 runners mostly ran in fancy dress first home for us was Graham Schofield 10 and first veteran with a great run, Paul Boardman was 23rd just a minute behind Graham, Josie Greenhalgh ( Mother Xmas) was a fine 54th next was Tony (Father Xmas) Hesketh with Sam the dog.
Tony Varley easily won the o/65 cat dressed as an Elf. Gordon Stone ran well for144th just in front of Abigail Sunter (Elf) in 152nd. Albert and Michelle Sunter were brilliant as Mickey and Minnie Mouse 192 and 193 but deserved an award for just running the race.

Tony Hesketh

Cross Country Tables

Cross Country Tables

Mens Cross Country Overall Championship 2012-13

B

Lv

K

H

La

S

Total (Best 4)

Doug Fleming

19

20

17

56

Pete Ramsdale

18

17

13

48

Gordon Stone

17

15

10

42

Gary Chadderton

19

15

34

Mark Swindell

18

14

32

Pete Bland

16

12

28

John Parker

14

11

25

Sean McMyler

20

20

Martyn Bell

20

20

Gareth Booth

19

19

David Jackson

18

18

Paul Murray

16

16

William Martin

16

16

Mark Birbeck

9

9

 

Mens Cross Contry Vets Overall 2012-13

B

Lv

K

H

La

S

Total (Best 4)

Doug Fleming

19

20

17

56

Pete Ramsdale

18

17

13

48

Gordon Stone

17

15

10

42

Gary Chadderton

19

15

34

Mark Swindell

18

14

32

Pete Bland

16

12

28

John Parker

14

11

25

Sean McMyler

20

20

Martyn Bell

20

20

Gareth Booth

19

19

David Jackson

18

18

Paul Murray

16

16

William Martin

16

16

Mark Birbeck

9

9

 

Ladies Cross Country Overall Championship 2012-13

B

Lv

K

H

La

S

Total (Best 4)

Suzanne Budgett

19

20

39

Chrita Whatmough

18

18

36

Maria Lowe

20

20

Michelle Devine

19

19

 

Ladies Cross Country Vets  Overall Championship 2012-13
 

B

Lv

K

H

La

S

Total (Best 4)

Suzanne Budgett

19

20

39

Maria Lowe

20

20