Nathan SMASHES record @ Heaton Park

Nathan SMASHES record @ Heaton Park

Junior Male 14, Nathan Townsend smashed yet another Park record this time at Heaton Park, Manchester. On his last Saturday before his 15th Birthday he decided he would attempt to claim the course record. In a field of 492 runners he was piped to 3rd yet managed to smash the record of 17.57 to 17.09 being recognized as the 13th fastest in the UK to date this year. His talent even got recognized by the Heaton team who put on their news feed the following;-

Heaton parkrun #181 18th-May-2013

Saddleworth Fell Race

Saddleworth Fell Race

Sunday 26th May


This race was described by the race organiser in the briefing as a ‘classic’ dating back 50 years or so. Makes the Pike race that little bit more special. Five harriers made the trip through Oldham, Lees to Greenfield. The sunshine on this bank holiday weekend made the setting even more attractive. This race was the next in the Local Fell Grand Prix so that always attracts one or two extra runners from the participating clubs.

The race has a steady road climb before turning left off the road and up the fell. The runners edge a golf course before the serious climb up a rocky steep slope. Once on the top there is a run across the fell before a steep drop back to the golf course, road and finish.

Gary Chadderton was first harrier home in 22nd place in a time of 26.27 and with Doug Fleming coming back from holiday, Gary was attempting to score as many additional club points as possible. The next three runners were always going to be around each other but after being beaten by Colin Wood in the last fell race, Pete Ramsdale was keen to get his own back and John Parker was back to racing after a two week layoff having recharged his batteries. Pete Ramsdale worked hard on the climb trying to get away from Colin, knowing that Colin usually descends better. The ascent was really dry whilst the descent found the only mud on the hill, so a little extra care was necessary. Pete managed to hold the others off to be second Horwich counter in 48th place in 30.05 with Colin 57th in 32.09 and John 65th in 33.11, completing the trio. New member to the club Dave Barnes completed the quintet with a solid run of 35.11 in 74th. Good race.

Winner was Phil Winskill of Kendal AC in 22.08, with Andy Swift of Penistone FR in 22.16 and Ben Rothery of team AM Mayhem in 22.41. 90 finishers

Results –

(I should mention that Colin did cycle there, race, have a spot of lunch and then cycle back – training for the next Iron Man competition later this year).


Bowley Hill Trail Race

Bowley Hill Trail Race – Great Harwood Show, Lancashire

Monday 4 June 2013

The Bowley Hill Trail Race is held in conjunction with the Great Harwood Agricultural Show. The race information describes the race as being 5.5 miles and 1000ft FOC (it was measured on my Garmin at 6.90 miles / 698 FOC ) but the reality was everyone took an early wrong turn after only 400 yards due to poor marshalling and a rather complex, bizarre course route out of the event show ground.

It was certainly very easy to go wrong many times if new to the course despite it being marked periodically with tape and marshalled. Local footpaths and bridleways in the vicinity of Great Harwood were used and some hill climbing involved to the top of Bowley Hill before retracing our steps back to the Show Ground.

Anthony Valentine (Bolton Harriers) and Chris Barnes (Blackburn) took the early pace closely followed by our fast improving Dave Jackson hot on their heels.

In the clubs quest to really dominate in all running disciplines this was a great message being sent out to the fell fraternity that the harriers mean business taking ALL honours on the day claiming 1st overall position and 1st team prize.

1st Martyn Bell – 39m 22s
3rd Dave Jackson – 40m 51s
8th Paul Muller – 43m 55s
17th Tony Hesketh – 49m 53s

Full Results –


Lancaster 5k

Lancaster 5k
Saturday 25th May

Alastair Murray’s campaign for England Masters selection moved 1 stage closer as he delivered this weekend a PB 5k time in what was the 1st of 5 summer 5k races at Salt Ayre track.

Three harriers made the journey north with 97 starting the race and local Bolton Harrier Tom Carson taking the honours on the night in 15m 28s.

3rd Ali Murray – 15m 49s
27th Billy Martin – 18m 15s
84th Julie Williamson – 25m 24s

This race is an out and back course, where momentum is lost slightly as you navigate the half way point around a 180 degree turn.

This performance bodes well for Ali who now fine tunes his training and bid for the forthcoming BMAF 5k championships in 3 weeks time.

For full results see


Worden Park 10k

Worden Park 10k 19th May

A field of over 180 runners gathered in Leyland for this race. Ideal conditions made for good racing.

Rob Affleck of Preston won easily. First home with an excellent race for Horwich was Dave Jackson; 7th place in a time of 33.34. Remarkably only 5th veteran this was despite cycling there and also running in Birmingham the day before. The only other runner was Tony Hesketh; first over sixty five in a new category in 36th place with a time of 42.54 and he also ran in Birmingham the day before.

Results :

BMAF Road Relays

BMAF Road Relays
Sutton Park, Birmingham
Saturday 18th May 2013

Well after what seems now along time in the planning the BMAF relays finally arrived and we
had 2 teams (M65 and M35) travelling south to Sutton Park, near Birmingham.

The course was 3.01 miles and can be described as very demanding with many undulations
throughout and from the off having to negotiate a long 1.2 mile climb and even 2 cheeky hills
in the last ½ mile !


The Vets M65 started at 11.00am and required a team of 3, so this comprised of Tony, Mick
and Pete who collectively battled through to finish 5th team overall out of 16 – Oxford City AC
took the team gold with a collective team time of 57m 52.

The following individual times were posted.

Tony Hesketh 20 mins 09 secs
Mick Crook 20 mins 50 secs
Pete Bland 21 mins 45m secs

Full Results:


The veteran “youngsters” competed at 1.00pm with 81 teams toeing the line in the highly
competitive M35-44 age group category, requiring now 8 individuals.

Overall, we finished 28th team and the following times were posted in leg order

Martyn Bell 15.18m
David Jackson 17.00m
Paul Muller 17.13m
William Martin 18.08m
Glynne Lever 17.27m
Nick Isherwood 18.27m
Peter Ramsdale 21.17m
Stu Edmondson – n/a

Full Results :

Post race thoughts / observations

As team captain, my vision 3-4 months ago was to deliver a medal as Horwich RMI
possesses the necessary depth and talent of vet age runners as evidenced in late 2012,
where we medalled at the UKA British Fell Relays. But over the last few months the large
pool of vets available slowly started to dwindle down – so whilst we didn’t fulfil out team
potential at a national level the team on the day did fantastically well and all worked hard.
It was a great honour to be team captain and this is a race I felt very motivated to perform well
and whilst I had a solid race I was inspired to see some standout “personality traits” !

On leg 2, Dave Jackson gave his all and wanted to perform well at this event (got his eye on a
England masters selection) but just at this stage is still in a build phase on his fitness due to
having injuries late 2012 / early 2013 – we will see no doubt in the months to come massive
improvements in his race performances – it certainly didn’t help him having to do 7 hours of
“hod carrying” the day before !!

Paul Muller started leg 3 and he laughs when I say he is a big inspiration to me – this is a well
tuned running machine that’s seen it all and turns out week after week solid performances,
albeit is hampered with knee problems. We can all learn a trick or two from Paul – just look at
his longevity in the sport – whilst not churning out the speeds he used to do he is still ranking
with the UKs best for his age group.

I hadn’t met Nick Isherwood and Glynne Lever prior to this race but was great to see both in
person and in action and both were happy with their performances on the day. Watch this
space to see these guys progressing even more.

Pete Ramsdale started leg 7 and I know he was a little disappointed with his time on the day
but again was a solid run – the team would like to thank Pete who generously drove both
ways making life much easier for us.

And finally a very special mention goes to Stu Edmondson who demonstrated some
personality traits that kind of capture what I as a team captain look for in an individual –
despite being hampered with hamstring problems, he still made the commitment to travel and
compete as he had given his word and desperately didn’t want to let the team down.

We didn’t know just how bad his injury was but collectively we decided that it would be in
Stuarts interests if he didn’t compete and to think of the bigger picture. However, his
enthusiasm and commitment to the good of the team was a delight to witness and has
enormous credibility from my perspective.

So, another great day out and hopefully next year we can have another crack at this fantastic
race and hopefully have a larger pool of vets to tap into.


The Cake Race

The Cake Race Saturday 4th May 16km/10m, 518m1700ft

Eight harriers travelled to Diggle on the edge of the Peak District to compete in the third race of the Rossendale Area Fell Race Grand Prix.

This course, new to all of the Horwich boys, had some climbing but no serious climbs. A few days of dry weather had removed water from the potentially dangerous steps section of the course and it was all very runnable. The size of the field was bigger than usual, not just the Horwich boys, so a delayed start was necessary. The course turned out to be more of a trail race than fell race but it was very enjoyable. The last 2 miles into the wind was hard, but the gentle downhill helped.

First Horwich home was Alastair Murray in 5th in a time of 1.08.00. Alastair was a little disappointed as he ‘gave up’ third and fourth on the run-in. I’m sure he didn’t give them up. First home was Paul Green of Sale in 1.05.40 with Jason Williams of Calder Valley 2nd in 1.05.54 and Andy Fleet 3rd also of Calder Valley in 1.07.12.

Next Horwich home was Andy Lloyd in 20th in 1.14.48. This was a great performance from Andy, new to this race and selecting the right footwear. Having another good race Doug Fleming was next home in 32nd in 1.18.09 closely followed by Gary Chadderton in 42nd in 1.20.17. The next two Horwich guys battled nearly every step of the way. Pete Ramsdale having the best of the early exchanges and working hard up the last climb and across the top of the fell into the wind, but Colin Wood made the decent look easy as he overtook Pete and pulled away down the rocky decent road. Colin Wood who had completed the Manchester Marathon the week previous was 93rd in 1.30.22 with Peter Ramsdale 98th in 1.31.22. Next home was John Parker in 151st place and 1st Vet 70 in 1.42.37 with Gordon Stone in 165th in 1.45.01.

Now the serious part of the event – Its called the Cake Race because if you take a cake you get free entrance, otherwise its £4, and everyone who runs gets free coffee or tea and lots of cake whilst they work the results out – magic. Its true to say that we all had more than enough cake!

One for the calendar next year.

Mid Lancs 27th April Blackpool

Mid Lancs 27th April Blackpool

In the first Mid Lancs meeting this season a total of 21 athletes turned out for Horwich, 8 male competitors and 13 females. There were 4 senior men Mike Houghton, Wayne Shingler and Trevor Williams gained maximum points in 4 different events and also broke a couple of PB’s along the way, while William Martin came along and ran a respectable 2.31 in the 800m. Two U17’s boys James Lovell and Nathan Walker, one U15’s Jonah Saunders and U13’s Isaac Parker also had excellent performances, gaining maximum points in 5 events. Jonah won both the Javelin throwing 29.18 and the Hammer, while Isaac won both his heats and ran 2 PB’s in the 100m and 200m. Unfortunately Nathan ran a fantastic 100m in 12.4 but fell at the finish and ended up having first aid for his nasty injuries.

Meanwhile the girls did themselves proud, both the senior women Beth Miller and Kelly Laughton gained valuable points, with Kelly winning the High Jump. Sophie Williams was our only U17’s girl and gained the team 9 valuable points in her 3 events. Both our U15’s and U13’s girls had 5 competitors in their age groups, Ellie Dacre, Gabby Fitzgerald, Katy Marsh, Rebecca Mullaney and Caitlin Whitehead all ran the 100m and 200 metres.

Evie Barclay, Ella Harper and Helena Norris all did the 100m, 200m and Long Jump and had similar times in both the races. Anna Walton was competing in her first Mid Lancs and ran a fantastic 200m time and an even better 800m in 2.46.6. Katie Shingler was again the best U13’s performer and gained maximum points in the High Jump and Long Jump.

The best performance of the day though has to go to James Lovell, he won all 3 of his events, 100m, 200m and Long Jump, collecting 21 points for the team but more importantly and more impressively smashing his times with 2 PB’s, knocking off 0.5 seconds off his 100m running 11.8 and an unbelievable 2.4 seconds off his 200 metres running 23.7 seconds.

NORTHERN LEAGUE 5th May Trafford

NORTHERN LEAGUE 5th May Trafford

In the first Northern League meeting the team travelled to Trafford, we had a really strong team with 7 men and 8 women athletes competing. There were 4 U17’s boys, Noah Saunders, Nathan Walker, Nathan Townsend and James Lovell along with the senior athlete of the year Mike Houghton and 2 older guys Andy Storey and Trevor Williams.

The women also had a really strong team with Lucy Philpotts, Jodie Greenhalgh, Grace Shelmerdine, Tash Dacre, Lauren Banks and Sophie Williams, all U17’s Amy Philpotts, Beth Miller and Kelly Laughton.

Nathan Walker both ran the 100 and 200 metres, in 13.0 and 26.0 seconds, Noah came to run the 200 metres but didn’t manage to finish pulling up with an injury. Nathan Townsend doubled up again like the week before doing the 400 and 800 metres this time running 62.3 and knocking 9 seconds of his PB in the 800 with a great time of 2.08. James ran 12.3 in the 100 metres, 53.7 in the 400 metres and a good Long Jump.

Mike and Trevor both did the maximum 7 events, Mike coming 1st in the High Jump with a PB of 1.65, Trevor started the men’s day off with the Hammer and then the 400mHurdles, throwing a PB and club record in the Hammer with 19.11 and another PB and club record in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 83.1. He finished the day with another PB in the Javelin with 29.01 metres.

The men then teamed up for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays, Nathan Townsend, Andrew Storey, Trevor Williams and Mike Houghton ran with a time of 54.0 seconds. In the 400 Nathan Walker, Trevor Williams, Andrew Storey and James Lovell ran a decent time of 4.16.9.

Meanwhile the girls also had a fantastic day. Lauren and Beth both ran the 100 and 200 metres Lauren running 14.3 and 30.1 and Beth running 13.6 and 28.2. Grace did both the Long and Triple Jump, like the week before jumping 4.73 and getting another new PB of 10.10 respectively. She also got 1st in High Jump as the B athlete with 1.40cm.

Tash as she is known threw the Hammer Discus and Javelin with throws of 17.56, 17.72 and smashing her PB with a throw of 33.96 and coming 1st in the Javelin. Sophie started the day off running the 400 metre Hurdles, this was her first race at this distance she won the race in 88.6 even though she fell at the 8th hurdle. She also threw a PB in the Shot with 8.10cm and finished the day off like Tash by coming 1st as the B thrower in the Javelin with a throw of 27.46.

Amy and Lucy both ran the 400 metres, Amy ran a good 62.1 while Lucy was not far behind with 68.9, Lucy then ran the 800 metres in a time of 2.45. Jodie was down to run the 1500 andthrow the Shot and Discus, she ran an excellent 5.30 in the 1500 metres and threw 7.51 in Shot and a fantastic PB of 20.93 in the Discus.

The girls then had 2 teams in the relays like the men, Tash, Lauren, Kelly and Beth ran the 4 x 100 relay in a good time of 57.4 while Amy, Lucy, Jodie and Sophie ran a great 4 x 400 relay in 4.28.
The team finished a fantastic 2nd overall with 327 points.


YDL Lower Age 4th April Carlisle

YDL Lower Age 4th April Carlisle

In the first YDL Lower age group meeting the team had to travel up to Sheepmount stadium in Carlisle, 18 athletes, coaches and parents travelled by coach while a further 5 Athletes came by car. There were 4 U13’s boys, 3 boys Cameron Austen, Danny Lavin, Lewis Wilkes had never competed before while Isaac Parker had competed last year and at Mid Lancs the week before.

Cameron started the day off in his first ever 75metre Hurdles race, running a great 15.9 and coming 2nd and carried on in the Long Jump and Shot Put. Danny was extremely nervous in his first event the 200 metres but ran a superb 29.2 coming 2nd then going onto run 14.2 in the 100 metres.

Lewis and Isaac both ran the 800 metres in 2.41 and 3.01 respectively while Lewis also won his 100 metre heat in 14.5 while Isaac ran 29.7 a PB in the 200m and got valuable points in the Long jump. The boys then teamed up for the 4 x 100 relay, they had a 5 minute session on baton changing, Danny ran first leg, then Isaac, Lewis and Cameron brought the team home in 1st position, with a time of 59.5 well done boys.

We had only 2 U15’s boys Jonah Saunders who threw the Hammer and Javelin and Ben Cooper also in his first meeting running 14.3 in the 100 metres, 29.8 in the 200 metres and finishing the day off with a decent Long Jump.

Meanwhile the girls also had a fantastic day doing themselves proud, both the U13’s and U15’s had 6 girls in their teams. The U13’s comprised of Evie Barclay, Ella Harper, Helena Norris, Sophie Stewart, Katie Shingler and Anna Walton who was competing in her first YDL.

Evie ran the 800 metres, came 1st in her 75 metre Hurdles heat in 12.4 and 2nd in Javelin throwing 22.21. Ella threw 4.63 in the Shot Put and came 2nd in the 150 metres with a good run of 21.1. Helena was also in Shot, ran 10.9 in the 75 metres and finished 1st in Long Jump. Sophie also ran in the 150 metres finishing 1st in her heat and third overall with 21.3 and running the 1500 metres in 4.54 with a fantastic 80 metre sprint finish to get valuable points for the team. Anna was competing in her first meeting doing the Long Jump and running the 800 metres in 2.84 with a sore leg, which forced her out of the relay. Performance of the day was Katie Shingler with 3, 1st positions and 3 PB’s in High Jump 1.41 cm, running 75 metres in 10.4 and 75 metre Hurdles in 12.2. Helena, Katie, Sophie and Ella then ran the 4 x 100 relay, storming home 50 metres in front with a time of 57.2.

The U15’s Rebecca Mullaney ran 13.4 and 27.8 in the 100 metres and 200 metres respectively and threw 10.96 in the discus, Katy Marsh was the other 100 metre runner, running 13.9 and jumping 3.66 in the Long Jump. Hannah Stephenson ran 200 metre in a PB time of 28.0, finished 2nd in the 800 metres in 2.33 and jumped 1.35 in High Jump. Ellie Dacre threw 18.18 in the Javelin and 18.13 in the Discus finishing a good 3rd Emily Shelmerdine couldn’t run as she had broken her toe a few weeks before but threw the Javelin and managed to High Jump 1.25 to help get valuable points. Lucy Worthington was the only U15’s girl not to have competed before and was nervous before her 800 metre race but did really well finishing in 2.50 secs and managing 4.93 in Shot Put.

Ellie, Katy, Lucy and Rebecca then lined up for the 4 x 100 metre relay and having seen both the U13’s boys and girls winning, they had a lot to live up to and did extremely well finishing 4th in 55.5.
The team finished 5th overall with 379 points.


YDL Upper Age 28th April Stockport

YDL Upper Age 28th April Stockport

In the first YDL Upper age group meeting the team travelled to Stockport, we had 4 boy and 5 girl athletes competing. There were 4 U17’s boys, Noah Saunders, Nathan walker, Nathan Townsend and James Lovell.

Noah and Nathan Walker both ran the 100 and 200 metres, Noah ran 12.5 and 26.2 as the U17’s, while Nathan ran 12.8 and 27.1 as an U20’s both gaining valuable points and both of the boys competed in a field event, Noah throwing 11.25 in the Discus while Nathan threw 6.89 in the Shot Put.

Nathan Townsend kindly ran the 400 metres as an U20 and ran a very respectable 60.7 as he was running the 1500 metres later which is his preferred event. Nathan finished 1st in a good time of 4.35.1 and completed the day with a 2nd place in the U20’s Long Jump.

The performance off the day has to go to James Lovell, he jumped 5.16 in the Long Jump finishing 2nd he also ran the 200 metres in 24.9 and then smashed 2.6 seconds of the 400 metres with a time of 52.9 which puts him 7th in the North West.

The boys then teamed up for the 4 x 100 relay, Noah ran the first leg, then Nathan W, Nathan T and James brought the team home in 2nd position, with a time of 49.9 well done boys.

Meanwhile the girls also had a fantastic day doing themselves proud, we had 4 U17’s Lauren Banks, Natassia Dacre, Grace Shelmerdine and Sophie Williams, while Beth Miller was the only U20’s. Lauren ran the 100 metres for the U17’s in 14.2 and the 200 metres in 29.6 as an U20’s and jumped 3.68 in the Long Jump. Grace did both the Long and Triple Jump, jumping 4.86 and getting a new PB and 9.42 respectively. She also ran a good 44.3 in the 300 metres.

Tash as she is known threw the Hammer smashing her PB by 3.67 metres with a throw of 19.72 and in the Discus throwing 17.04 and she came 1st as an U20’s in the Javelin with a throw of 31.40. Sophie started the day off running the 300 metre Hurdles, this was her first race at this distance, she won the race in 54.4. She also ran the 200 metres in 28.9 and finished the day off like Tash by coming 1st in the Javelin with a throw of 25.85.

Beth was our only U20’s running both the 100 and 200 metres in 13.4 and 27.9 respectively and did the Shot Put throwing 7.11.

Tash then very kindly withdrew from the relay team so the other 3 girls could move up and run with Beth as an U20’s team, Lauren ran the first leg, then Sophie, Grace had the 3rd leg and Beth brought the team home in 1st position in 55.7.

The team finished 3rd overall with 289 points.


Fell Championships 2013

The 2013 senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 7 from the follow 15 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.

Results So Far Men Ladies

Senior Fell Championships 2013
Date Category Race
23/02/13 M Flower Scar*
17/03/13 S Wolf’s Pit*
04/05/13 M The Cake Race*
26/05/13 S Saddleworth*
01/06/13 L Duddon
09/06/13 S Knowl Hill*
26/06/13 S Eddies Revenge*
11/07/13 S Bull Hill*
21/07/13 M Kentmere Horseshoe*
27/07/13 S Blisco Dash
03/08/13 L Borrowdale*
10/08/13 M Turner Landscape
21/09/13 L Good Shepherd*
05/10/13 M Saddleworth Edges*
12/10/13 L Langdale Horseshoe

Horwich has been admitted to the Area Fell GP and the races marked above by a * are the 11 races that make up the series. Full details can be found on the Area Fell GP website.

Juniors Street Race

Juniors Street Race

25 Horwich Athletes made the race on the night. A total of 41 runners, most entering the full series has given us the belief that this series could get more popular with local clubs.

Results can be found here albeit being provisional;-

Well done to all the youngsters who managed to get round. A big well done to the Penny Townsend 1ST girl & Nathan Townsend 1st boy past the line. Another mention has to go out to Jodie who fell at the start, however setting a good example by getting up and carrying on to the end albeit a bleeding elbow, well done.

The evening went rather well and other clubs thanked us for putting it on, particularly Leigh & Chorley. I hope all will support our next outing @ ASTLEY Park series 2 weeks from LAST NIGHT.

Andy T.

The Horwich Jubilee 5m Road Race – Wed 15th June

The Horwich Jubilee 5m Road Race – Wed 15th June

Central Lancs Grand Prix

Horwich RMI Road Championship

Horwich Overall Club Championship

Another high turnout of runners, 255 finishers, proved what a difference being part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix can make. We also had another good turnout especially at the front of the race which meant we beat Bolton by 4 points and remain leaders of the Grand Prix, our vets are also leading their part of the series. Thanks to Martyn Bell for his efforts to encourage our quicker runners to race and there is no doubt that their presence is motivating the group of runners just behind them and the rest of us further down the field.

Please put in your diary the next race in the series, it is – The Three Sisters 5k at Ashton in Makerfield nr Wigan.

Pete Bland.

Results –

Also great to see so many of our future stars running in The Junior Street Race.

Results –

Christleton 5k – Friday 17th May 7.15pm

Christleton 5k – Friday 17th May 7.15pm

Due to being a little ambitious in my racing plans (ie: I also have a BMAF race next day) I therefore have a spare entry for anyone wishing to compete in this Fridays Christleton 5k.

Its classed as the fastest 5k in the north west !

Just wanted to give that individual a chance to prepare now as only 2 days away ! Its already pre paid so perhaps who ever takes this can repay me for a future race (value £6.50 or buy me a pint)

Location: Christleton High School, Village Road, Chester. Cheshire. CH3 7AD

Cheers, Martyn

Belmont Winter Hill

The Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race takes place this Saturday with races for juniors starting at 11.30, although there is the Junior Cowpe Hill race on on the same date we have decided that both races will be counters in our Junior Fell Championship as Belmont is a local race and we always support it. So Juniors can choose which race to do any queries contact Tony Hesketh 668183

UPDATE: An Evening with Martin Jones

An Evening with Martin Jones – World Mountain Running Champion / GB International (5k / 10k / XC)

Thursday 23rd May 2013

*** UPDATE : Venue & Time ***
Jolly Crofters Pub – meet from 7.45pm for an 8.15pm prompt start

Horwich RMI Harriers are fully committed to provide the best coaching advice to ALL members in order to improve an individuals knowledge and hopefully performance. Throughout 2013 we are trying to develop opportunities to meet up and conduct a series of workshops / seminars that allow some in depth discussion / presentations on key subject areas.

The aim is to really understand and distinguish facts from the fiction and for the member to gain some practical steps to implement – much of the training literature found in magazines are really out of touch with current thinking so tapping into more advanced coaching / training methods could be highly beneficial to many members.

To compliment this we are hoping to tap into some “very special athletes” and none more so than our very own club superstar Martin Jones who ran at GB International level and won a number of world mountain running championships throughout the 1990s!

This is a rare insight into how an ex world class distance runner set his stall out and I’m sure all of us are keen to hear what choices Martin made that propelled him from club standard to world champion. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and Martin has even offered some “coaching” and support in your quest to become a better athlete.

Yours in sport, Martyn Bell