UPDATE: Pike Marshals

UPDATE: Pike Marshals

The following people have come forward to marshal at this Saturdays Pike race. However we still need more help to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. If you can help out for any time at all please contact Alastair Murray on 07769682439.

Registration: Sue Townsend, Julie Bower.
Horwich end of Lever Park Ave – road closure: Andy Townsend.
Finish Team: Stewart Westhead, Kath Swindell,Crista Whatmough.
Darley St Junction – road closure: Gemma Stokes.
Fearnhead Ave Junction – road closure: Liz Sykes.
Right turn up to Pike: Steve Thomasson.
Lever Park Ave / Dryfield Rd – road closure: Paul Jackson.
Gate at start of concrete road: Stephen Diaz.
New cattle grid on concrete road: Paul Edmondson.
Gate at top of concrete road: Stuart Edmondson.
Gates on either side of Georges Lane: Martyn Bell.
The Pike: Catherine Brown, Mark Gibson.

Thank you all very much.

Horwich Junior Fell Championship

Listed below are the races chosen for our Junior Fell Championships.

Horwich Junior Fell Championship

30th March Rivington Pike 1.00p.m (E)
6th April Pendle nr Burnley 12.00p.m
6th May Wray Caton Moor nr Lancaster (Scarcrow Festival and Gala) 11.30 a.m. 11th May Cowpe Hill Rossendale 12.00 p.m. (E)
26th May Saddleworth 11.00 a.m. (Greater Manchester Championships)
8th June Sedbergh (Uphill only ) Cumbria 12.00 p.m. (E)
22nd June Midsummer Madness Hebdon Bridge 11.30 a.m.
7th July Langdale Cumbria 2.00 p.m. (E)
3rd Aug Hellfield Gala Yorkshire 2.15 p.m.
17th Aug Darwen Gala nr Blackburn TBC

(E) This is an English Championship counter

In all races points will be awarded from 10 points for first Horwich finisher down to 1 point for tenth in all age groups with a runners best six races from the ten listed. Runners have to do at least three races to be eligable for an award at the end of the championship.

When the lighter nights arrive we will begin Fell training again on Wednesday evenings with some Saturday mornings thrown in. Hopefully a few more Juniors will take part in these races.

Some juniors do not have a club vest -these are on sale at Tobutt Sports Astley Bridge Bolton so no excuses. I can get you one if you let me know size – they cost £15 approx.

Tony and Brenda Hesketh Tel No 01204 668183

UPDATED 12 Stage Selection

UPDATED 12 Stage Selection.

The teams for this Saturdays relays at Stanley Park Blackpool have been selected as follows.

A Team –

1. Martyn Bell (long) (11:30)
2. James Kevan (11:55)
3. Paul Muller (long) (12:10)
4. Alastair Murray (12:35)
5. Glyn Kay (long) (12:50)
6. Andy Townsend (13:15)
7. Richard Howarth (long) (13:30)
8. Stuart Edmondson (13:55)
9. Rob Jackson (long) (14:10)
10. Graham Finch (14:35)
11. Dave Jackson (long) (14:50)
12. Glynne Lever (15:15)

B Team –

1. Billy Martin (long) (11:30)
2. Trevor Fishwick (11:55)
3. Chris Ingham (long) (12:15)
4. Tony Hesketh (12:45)
5. Nick Isherwood (long) (13:05)
6. Steve Thomasson (13:35)
7. Rudolf Mac (long) (13:55)
8. Wayne Shingler (14:25)
9. Karl Ward (long) (14:45)
10. Gordon Stone (15:15)
11. Layne Mercer (long) (15:35)
12. Stephen Diaz (16:05)

The times indicate an estimated start time. Please arrive in plenty of time for your leg. Later legs may be earlier due to mass start.

As you can see, we currently have a couple of ringers, so if you are available please get in touch and have a run.

Alastair Murray : 07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com

Details :

Saturday 23rd March 2013 at Stanley Park, Blackpool

11.30 am start

For the Blackpool & Fylde Trophy – Holders: Liverpool Harriers

Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 are approximately 4.9 miles
Stages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 are approximately 2.8 miles

Directions to Stanley Park Arena

Follow the M55 motorway to Blackpool and exit at Junction 4 signposted BlackpoolA583.
Take 3rd Exit towards Blackpool A583 for 2 miles
Go through three sets of traffic lights, the third with McDonalds on the left-hand junction corner.
At the next set of lights turn right on to South Park Drive signposted Fleetwood A587.
Go through the first set of lights and bear left at the mini-roundabout.
You are now on West Park Drive with the park on your right. At the second mini-roundabout turn right into Blackpool Sports Centre.
The Athletic Arena is situated immediately behind the main Sports Centre building.

Course Map

5 Junior Boys Selected

5 Junior Boys Selected

Horwich RMI had 5 Junior boys selected to represent Bolton Town last weekend in the Primary Schools XC held at Gatley, Cheshire
We had two boys Lewis & Thomas who helped the Bolton team achieve Silver medals in a closely run race. Jack Morris, Sam Twist
and Jake Glendenning were the other Horwich runners fortunate to have been selected. Congratulations Lads !

Presentation Evening

Presentation Evening

The Annual Senior and Junior presentation evening is to be held this year on Friday 12th April at the Horwich RMI club. The evening starts at 7pm with pasty and peas on arrival.

Awards will be presented across all age groups for Track & Field, Fell, Road and Cross Country.

Tickets are priced £4 and are available from your coach.

BMAF Road Relays

BMAF Road Relays

Saturday, 18th May 2013 at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Please advise who would like to be involved in this championship?

Contact: Martyn Bell

Please note – for all aspiring vets who want to be considered for the England Cross country team this relay race and our very own production in the BMAF 5k road championships will contribute heavily !

Championships will be held over a traffic free three mile course

Women W35+ 4 11.00 am
Women W45+ 3 11.00 am
Women W55+ 3 11.00 am
Women W65+ 3 11.00 am
Men M65+ 3 11.00 am
Men M75+ 3 11.00 am
Men M35+ 8 1.00 pm
Men M45+ 6 1.00 pm
Men M55+ 4 1.00 pm

Medals to first three teams and three fastest individuals in each championship

Entries close midnight on 20th April 2013. Entries for ‘B’ Teams will not be accepted

Tom Morris, 391 Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, BIRMINGHAM B36 0JH (Please include sae size DL). Download Entry Forms from www.bmaf.org.uk or www.midlandmasters.com or http://britishmastersaf.wordpress.com

Roddlesworth Roller

Roddlesworth Roller Multi Terrain Race 10th March

A very cold day greeted the large field of over 170 runners for this annual race from Abbey Village. First home for us with a great run was Rob Jackson. First o/45 in third place overall Rob always does well on this course. Our next runners where only separated by 22 seconds with Graham Finch 7th and first o/50 another great run then Billy Martin 8th and Paul Boardman 9th second O/50. This was enough to win the Open mens and Veteran Mens Team awards. First lady was Lindsey Brindle 11th overall after a brilliant race and Tony Hesketh was first O/60 in 40th place. Great to see so many of our juniors racing the Doddle afterwards and winning their categories.

UPDATE: McCains Inter Counties XC Championships

UPDATE: McCains Inter Counties XC Championships – Cofton Park, Birmingham

On January 5th, Janet Rashleigh, Nathan Townsend and Martyn Bell were selected for the Lancashire XC team and on March 9th competed at Cofton Park (Longbridge, SW Birmingham) at the Inter Counties XC Championships. This championship also incorporated the final McCain UK Cross Challenge which consists of five cross country fixtures across the UK throughout the autumn/winter season – they are of the highest calibre XC races in the UK and certainly worth our aspiring youngsters and seniors to have the confidence and motivation to compete in. They attract the very best in each age category.

This is an event that our very own Paul Dugdale won in 1991 and just shows the calibre of Paul in his heyday. Further information on the winners in each age category can be found on the link below.


Well its not often a near 45 and a 52 year old gets selected for the Lancashire cross country team – Janet Rashleigh who will be 52 on the 14th March, competed in style showing the youngsters how to do it and finishing the 8km course in 157th position. Martyn finished a credible 128th position for the 12km but caused some confusion as the course was actually 6.59 miles so nearly 1 mile short !

These races can always be slightly frustrating as your “pen position” plays an important role in how the first 3-4 miles go with lots of energy and time lost working through a significant amount of runners. The course was extremely undulating and muddy (the Mid lancs XC league has certainly provided some useful exposure to muddy conditions).

The mens team had quite a number of changes last minute, most noteably Keith Gerrard (the winner at the National several weeks ago) who pulled out 4 days before to concentrate on a 10k race. That said, the Lancashire mens team still went on to retain a “gold” medal as the strongest 9 man county team, demonstrating the depth and quality that exists in the county.

Picture: Lancashire won gold as the fastest “9 man” county team in the UK.

Nathan Townsend had his call up for Lancashire Counties. The second vest for NATHAN in as many years. Pleased with his result he said the course was tough, muddy and fast, however pleased to be representing the club at county level.

Picture: Nathan and the team.

URGENT: Pike Race Helpers

URGENT: Pike Race Helpers

We are in urgent need of more helpers for the pike race. We are looking for people for Marshals, Start and Finish Team, Entries and general help throughout the day.

If you can spare and hour or a few hours please get in touch ASAP. If you are not running, we need you to help.

Contact Alastair Murray to offer your services. 07769682439 / alastair.murray@gmail.com

Daffodil Doddle, Abbey Village

Daffodil Doddle, Abbey Village

16 Juniors braved the bitter cold weather @ Abbey Village to run the Annual Daffodil Doddle.

First home in 4th Nathan Townsend, Lewis Wilkes 14th and Robert Seddon in 17th. First Girl Olivia Lowe followed by Nathan Lancaster. The Massey brothers Thomas & Luke together in 37th & 38th. Others followed Matthew Flatters, Lucas Milliken, Jack Morris, Anna Walton, Matthew Oldfield, Stephen Brown, Daniel Rowe, Emily Lowe, Jake Glendenning and Harry Thompson.

Club came in 2nd by ONE point! A big thanks to Parents and kids, this is turning out to be a great junior squad, with lots of very young runners.


Trotters 5m

The Trotters 5m
Sunday 3rd March 2013
Central Lancashire Grand Prix

Another very good turnout, 25 Horwich RMI Harriers toeing the line.

Too many to mention everybody again
In the ladies congrats to Rachel Jones winning the ladies race again and now leading the series, also the ladies taking 3rd team with Rachel, Maria and Christina.

In the mens congrats to Andy T 2nd V45, Sean M 2nd V50, Rudolf Mac 1st V60, Pete B 1st V65, and a mention must go to the resurgent Dave Jackson delighted to be the first Horwich Harrier home.

A good day at the office for the main series as we maintained 2nd place overall only a few points behind the leaders Bolton.

Well done to everybody and hopefully we can put out a strong squad again at the Radcliffe 10k in about 6 weeks time

Pete Bland