Aggies Staircase Fell Race 20th June

Aggies Staircase Fell Race

20th June 2013

A lovely evening for racing greeted over 130 runners for this popular race Chris Farrell was second to Danny Hope of Pudsey with Danny only dropping Chris on the final descent and considering this was his second race in as many days was a great performance Chris recorded
28.14 only 25 seconds behind Danny. Tony Hesketh ran 37.05 and was first o/60 in 52nd place, not to be outdone Paul Murray was first o/70 in 96th, David Barnes getting a few races under his belt was110th
43.33 and finally Mark Birbeck was 116th with a time of 45.47.

Tony Hesketh

Jubilee Junior STREET Race

Jubilee Junior STREET Race

More Horwich Juniors took to the 1 mile Street race and came out with PB’s. More or less all athletes knocking an average of 10 seconds or more off their previous time, showing their training is going well. Nathan Townsend Won the race and Jodie Greenhalgh was our first girl home only just holding off Olivia Lowe. Runs of the evening had to go to Lewis Wilkes 14 seconds faster, Robert Seddon 12 seconds quicker. Anna Walton a credible 15th in a time of 6:10, proving she is getting quicker each time she runs. Leaving Toby Middleton with a massive 34 seconds improvement over his last run, Well done to all, in this and the Astley Runs.

Next event ASTLEY Park 3rd July.

Junior Astley PARK run

Junior Astley PARK run

The 2ND Astley Park Junior Trial run was held on the 5th June. Results were delayed due to some errors in the timing and numbers in the funnel. 23 Juniors went out to see what they could do.

Highlights had to be Penny Townsend, Anna Walton & Olivia Lowe all running 10 seconds less, each to gain 2nd girls team place.

The Boys headed in by Jonathan Birchall also has good runs with Lewis Wilkes and Thomas Massey again many seconds quicker than their last race, helping again to claim 2nd team.

It had to be recognized Clayton brought over some Older runners to win both boys & girls, however, age against age, Horwich would win with some margin.

Dunham Massey 5k

Dunham Massey 5k (2nd race)

Only 2 runners ventured to this picturesque park last thursday with Gareth Booth starting to show more consistency running 16.11 along with Andy Townsend who ran 17.18 – 18secs quicker than the race in May despite doing the three sisters the previous day!



On a pretty humid morning, Horwich had three vets running on the local BMAF 5k race which turned out to be a pretty quick race for the old guys with the winner running 15.16 on a tough course.

Whilst Ali ran Gareth down, it was a pretty closely matched race with Ali started the race and was running super quick for the 1st mile. Gareth finally got into the race and at one stage, both were closing down local runner, Nick Leigh but with 0.5miles to go Ali pushed hard to gain the few secs before the final run for home.

On a tough course, both runners were happy with their performance as they both compared well against 2011 times and look forward to the continued rivalry over this distance in the next few months

2013 2011
10. A.Murray 16.03 16.03
13. G.Booth 16.07 16.18
46. D.Jackson 17.26

3 Sisters 5k

Central Lancs Grand Prix
3 Sisters 5k
Wednesday 12th June 2013

219 toed the line on what became quite a humid evening after some heavy rain before the start, but overall conditions around this part trail and road circuit were excellent.

The 5k race required two short and 1 long lap to be completed and it was super vet35 Alastair Murray that gave an early chase and hot on the heels of the eventual winner Antony Valentine from Bolton Harriers.

The chase was deliberate and Ali had planned ahead of the race to use the race to practice different speeds and get something out of the race but crucially get some valuable team points.

Horwich RMI took the mens first team honours and Martyn took the lion share of the team beers !

Horwich First Team – 4

Martyn Bell – 3rd
Alastair Murray – 4th
Dave Jackson – 10th
Andy Townsend – 14th

Next 6 runners contributing to the CLGP overall standings

Glynne Lever – 21st
Graham Finch – 25th
Chris Ingham – 34th
Nick Isherwood – 61st
David Unsworth – 76th
Colin Wood – 103rd

And just to add some real depth we had the following members who all ran fantastically well on the night.

Steve Thomasson – 127th
Pete Bland – 130th
David Wagstaff – 140th
David Barnes – 150th
Christina Wright – 168th
Christa Whatmough – 170th
Julie Williamson – 203rd

Full results can be found via this link

Grand Prix overall standings – In the A team (first 10) Horwich RMI still lead the way after 5 CLGP races but only marginally over Bolton Harriers. In the Vets (Male & Female), we are still dominating but we certainly need to focus on the Ladies (only 4 required) and B teams – come on ladies lets support Christa and Julie !

Please Note: the next block of 3 CLGP races are within much tighter time frames, notably – 7th August – Chorley 4.4 / 11th August – NVAC 10k Bispham / 1st September – Pennington Flash 5

Yours in Sport, Martyn Bell

An Evening with An Olympic Sports Psychologist

An Evening with An Olympic Sports Psychologist
Venue TBC – Tuesday 9th July 8-9pm

The committee and coaching staff are delighted in announcing that Duncan Richards will be sharing his vast wisdom on how we can all prepare and focus for competition like a world class athlete – there will also be a Q & A session which will provide the means of implementing these high performance behaviours.

Duncan has a vast amount of International experience and was the Lead Psychologist for the GB Swimming Team, 2003 – 2009 ( Athens to Beijing Olympic Games) and in International Rugby for the British Lions Rugby squad, Scotland, Leicester.

Yours in sport

Martyn Bell / Steve Pearson

3 Sisters 5k

3 Sisters 5k

Last minute reminder that it’s the next CLGP race tomorrow at 3 Sisters Country Park 5k.

We need a strong turnout to maintain our lead in the Grand Prix.

Update from the organisers: For anyone travelling to 3 sisters on Wednesday be aware of the following notice from Wigan Council – Bryn Road, Ashton in Makerfield – As part of the ongoing North West Electrification project by Network Rail the railway bridge on Bryn Road is being reconstructed. To allow this work to be undertaken the road was closed on Monday 3rd June 2013 until Monday 9th September 2013 (14 weeks). Access will be available for pedestrians at all times via a temporary footbridge. The diversion route is via Wigan Road, Bolton Road and Bryn Road South

Link for directions.

Northern League Division 4WC Match 2

Northern League Division 4WC Match 2

Leeds Carnegie – Sunday 9th June 2013‏

Martyn and Alastair travelled over to Leeds for the 2nd match of the Northern league division competing in the 5000m.

A blue sky day with high temperatures making the distance race even more tougher – Alastair shoe lace unfortunately came open almost at the start of the race but despite this still achieved a great

Mens 5000m

1 4 MARTYN BELL Horwich RMI Harriers & AC 15:52.4
2 44 ALASTAIR MURRAY Horwich RMI Harriers & AC 16:18.9
3 6 KEVIN ODGEN Spenborough & District 16:30.9
4 1 NICK LEIGH Altrincham & District AC 16:58.6
5 3 CIARAN WILSON-BAIG Halifax Harriers & AC 17:49.5
6 2 ADRIAN ROYSTON Bradford Airedale AC 18:28.4
7 66 IAN ODGEN Spenborough & District 19:12.5
8 22 RORY CUNLIFFE Bradford Airedale AC 19:33.3
9 5 IAN MITCHELL Longwood Harriers & AC 20:21.7

Shortly after the 5k race both Alastair and myself competed in the 4 x 400m relay ! Alastair set off on the first leg complete with baton before handing over to myself – luckily we were supported by James and Joe to correct our poor sprinting speed yet still claiming overall a new club record !!

Mens 4x400m Relay

3 2 Bradford Airedale AC 03:50.8

This is a side of the club that other road / fell / XC specialists should consider competing in as it will undoubtedly will help sharpen and improve your performances.

Thank you Andrew, Trevor et al for the organisation and support on the day – very much enjoyed.

Martyn / Alastair

YDL Upper Age 2nd June Salford

YDL Upper Age 2nd June Salford

In the second YDL Upper age group meeting the team travelled to Salford, we had only 3 boys and 6 girl athletes competing. There were 3 U17’s boys, Noah Saunders, Nathan Walker, and James Lovell.

Nathan and James both ran the 100 and 200 metres, Nathan as the U20’s runner and James as the U17’s, Nathan ran 12.5 and then came 1st in the 200m with a time of 25.7, he then did the Shot Put throwing 6.41, while James got 2, 1st’s and a 2nd he came 1st with a PB time of 11.6 in the 100 metres, 24.0 in the 200 metres and another 1st in the 400 metres with another great time of 53.0 seconds. Noah decided he would like to throw and did the Hammer and Javelin getting himself PB’s in both throws, he threw 18.20 in the Hammer and 13.11 in the Javelin. Noah then decided to do the 800 metres, a race he had never done before, he managed to get round in a time of 3.21.8, well done Noah.

Meanwhile the girls also had a fantastic day doing themselves proud, we had 5 U17’s, Natassia Dacre, Grace Shelmerdine, Sophie Williams, Lucy Philpotts and Madeleine Hunt competing her first competition this season, while Amy Philpotts was the only U20’s. Grace ran the 100 metres for the U17’s in 13.6 and did both the Long and Triple Jump, jumping 4.43 and 9.23 respectively.

Tash threw the Hammer throwing 18.75 and in the Discus throwing 18.75 and she came 2nd as an U20’s in the Javelin with a throw of 31.32. Sophie started the day off once again running the 300 metre Hurdles, smashing 2.8 seconds off her PB by running 51.6, she also ran her first 80 metre Hurdles of the season and coming 3rd with a time of 14.8 and finished the day off by coming 1st in the Javelin with a throw of 26.37. Madeleine was competing in the Shot and Discus, she came joint 1st in the Shot with a throw of 7.76 and then came 1st in the Discus with a throw of 29.47 smashing the Club Record. Lucy had a good all round day running a time of 2.38.1 in the 800 metres, a new PB in the 200 metres if 28.7 and a Long Jump of 3.23.

Amy was our only U20’s and because of injury she also decided to just throw for team points, she threw 7.07 in the Hammer, came 2nd in the Javelin with 16.65 and 1st in the Discus with 16.41, getting valuable points for the team.

The U17’s ran the 4 x 300 metre relay, Tash ran the first leg, then Sophie and Lucy had good legs before Grace brought the team home in 2nd position in 3.21.6.

The team finished 5th overall with 253 points.


YDL Lower Age 1st June Ashton-Under-Lyne

YDL Lower Age 1st June Ashton-Under-Lyne

This was the second YDL Lower age group meeting and the team had travelled to Tameside stadium in Ashton-Under-Lyne, we had a total of 20 athletes competing on the day and 4 athletes competing for the first time. There were 6 U13’s boys, Cameron Austin, Danny Lavin, Callum Crosby, Callum Gordon, Isaac Parker and Harry Barclay one of the new athletes.

Callum Crosby started the day of in the Long Jump coming 2nd with a jump of 4.03, then both Callum and Cameron ran the 75metre Hurdles race, Callum came 1st in his race with a time of 14.8 and Cameron running 16.2. Callum finished his events with a good High Jump of 1.20 and Cameron went onto throw 14.79 in the Javelin and 5.56 in the Shot Putt. Danny ran both the 100 and 200 metres running PB’s in both with times of 13.7 in the 100m and 28.7 in the 200 metres.

Isaac ran both the 800 metres and the 100 metres getting himself 2 PB’s with times of 2.56 and 14.3 respectively. Callum Gordon came 2nd in his 200 metres with a good time of 30.8 and did really well running the 1500 metres in 6.06 getting valuable points for the team. This was Harry’s first meeting and he did 2 throws, Javelin and Shot Put throwing 21.10 in Javelin and coming 2nd with a throw of 5.95 in Shot and he finished his day off with a 1.10 High Jump.

The boys then teamed up for the 4 x 100 relay, Danny again ran first leg, then Isaac, Callum Crosby and Cameron brought the team home in 1st position, with a time of 61.4 well done boys.

This time we had 3 U15’s boys Jonah Saunders who threw 2 PB’s 16.64 in the Discus and 12.66 in the Hammer and a good throw of 24.01 in the Javelin. Luke Bowen ran 14.5 in the 100 metres and 29.9 in the 200 metres and 3.46 in the Long Jump, Matthew Smith was also competing in his first meeting ran a fast 13.2 in the 100 metres and jumped 3.59 in the Long Jump all the boys scored valuable points for the team.

Once again the girls had a fantastic day doing themselves proud, the U13’s had 5 athletes and U15’s had 6 girls in their team. The U13’s comprised of Evie Barclay, Ella Harper, Helena Norris, Katie Shingler and Anna Walton.

Evie ran the 800 metres in 2.38, came 1st in her 75 metre Hurdles heat in 12.4 and 1st in Javelin throwing 25.06. Ella ran the 75 metres and 150 metres even though she had a sore shoulder, running 11.3 and 21.9 respectively. Helena threw 4.13 in Shot, ran 11.2 in the 75 metres and finished with 3.90 in Long Jump gaining valuable points for the team. Anna enjoyed her second YDL meeting running both the 150 and the 800 metres in 23.0 secs and 2.49 respectively coming 2nd in her B race, Anna also did the Long Jump jumping 2.93. Katie competed in the 70mHurdles, Javelin and High Jump, coming 1st in all 3 events, running 12.1 in the Hurdles, throwing 15.56 in Javelin and jumping 1.36 in the High Jump.

This time Anna, Evie, Helena and Katie, ran the 4 x 100 relay and they were storming home 40 metres in the lead when Katie fell, she got up and still managed to finish 4th with a time of 61.4.

In the U15’s Rebecca Mullaney ran a PB of 13.2 in the 100 metres and 27.8 in the 200 metres and threw a PB of 11.03 in the Discus, Hannah Stephenson also got herself 2 PB’s running the 200 metres in a time of 27.8, and the 800 metres in 2.32.2. Ellie Dacre once again threw the Javelin and the Discus throwing 20.11 and 13.73 respectively and also at this meeting she threw her first Hammer recording a throw of 7.92. Emily Shelmerdine returned to running this time after her injury and ran a PB in the 75 metre hurdles running 12.9 secs, she also threw the Javelin and did the High Jump to help get valuable points. We had 2 new athletes competing Ellie Charnock and Jess Taylor and they fitted into the team and both did extremely well, Ellie ran 14.4 in the 100 metres, 5.57 in the 1500 metres and a great jump of 4.35 in the Long jump, while Jess finished 3rd in her first ever 75 metre Hurdles race and a fantastic 1.35 High jump.

Ellie, Hannah, Emily and Rebecca then lined up for the 4 x 100 metre relay and they did extremely well finishing 4th in 55.6.

The team finished 5th overall with 434 points.


Lancashire Championships 25th and 26th May Blackpool

Lancashire Championships 25th and 26th May Blackpool

The Lancashire Championships were held on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th of May in glorious sunshine at Blackpool, the club had only 4 representatives competing U13’s girls Evie Barclay and Katie Shingler, U15’s Hannah Stephenson and U17’s Sophie Williams. It turned out to be an unbelievable 2 days for our girls, each of them performing superbly in all their events and winning many.

Hannah competed only on Saturday in the 300 metres where she ran a superb 43.9 winning the race and becoming Lancashire champion. Sophie competed on both days on Saturday she ran the 100 metres running 13.6 but not managing to get into the final. She did manage to get into the final of the Long Jump with a jump of 4.33 and finished 4th in Javelin and 4th in Shot Putt on Sunday, having decent performances in all events.

Evie and Katie had 2 fantastic days, between them they had 4 firsts, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, 2 fourth’s and a 6th position. Both the girls had 2 firsts, Katie winning the Long Jump and High Jump with jumps of 4.44 and 1.37 respectively, while Evie had a 1st in Javelin throwing 25.17 and won the 70mHurdles final in an exciting race. Both Evie and Katie ran identical times of 12.1 but Evie was given the winner and so broke the Lancashire record.

Katie had 2nd’s in the 70mHurdles and Shot Put and 2 thirds in the 100 metres and 200 metres running 13.5 and 28.7 in the final. Meanwhile Evie came 2nd to Katie in the High Jump with 1.25cm, 4th in Shot Putt and 4th in the 800 metres final with a good 2.35. She was also in the 100 metre final with Katie and finished a good 6th position with 14.8 although she ran 14.4 in the heat.

So between the girls they had 5 first podium places and Katie managed podium places in all 6 events.


Mid Lancs 18th May Preston

Mid Lancs 18th May Preston

In the second Mid Lancs meeting this season a total of 24 athletes turned out for Horwich, 7 male competitors and 17 females. There were 2 senior men Mike Houghton and Trevor Williams gaining 12 points between them and Trevor gaining maximum points in the Hammer and a setting a new Club Record. We had 4 U17’s boys James Lovell, Nathan Walker Joe Partington and Jack Close, the boys won 5 events between them, James won the 100 in 11.8 and the 400 metres, Joe won the Javelin and Discus with throws of 31.09 and 20.79 respectively. Meanwhile Jack came to his 1st meeting and won the High Jump with a 1.55 jump. Nathan gained a valuable 12 points in his events the 100 and 200 metres and Discus.

We had one U15’s boy Jonathan Birchall who ran the 1500 metres in 5.13.7 and jumping 3.51 in the Long Jump.

Meanwhile the girls did also gave excellent performances , with both the senior women Beth Miller and Kelly Laughton gaining valuable points, Beth winning the 100 metres in13.0 and Kelly winning the High Jump with a 1.40 jump and an extra 8 points in the Long and Triple Jumps. We had 2 U17’s girls Sophie Williams and Lauren Banks both girls gave good performances in the 100, 200 and 300 metres and the High Jump and gaining the team 12 valuable points. The U15’s had the most competitors with 7 girls, Ellie Dacre, Emily Shelmerdine, Katy Marsh, Rebecca Mullaney and Emma Partington ran the 100m in 14.6, 14.2, 14.4, 13.8 and 14.9 respectively. Hannah Stephenson ran and came 1st in the 300 metres with a great time of 44.6 while Olivia Lowe ran the 1500 metres in 5.46 in her first Mid Lancs meeting.

In the U13’s all 6 girls ran the 100 metres Katie Shingler 14.0 secs, Evie Barclay 15.2, Ella Harper 14.5, Helena Norris 15.1, Sophie Stewart 14.5 and Emily Lowe 17.7. In the 200 metres Sophie won the race in 29.3 and gained maximum points, while Ella came second with a time of 29.4. Both Helena and Emily also ran the 200 metres in 31.2 and 38.1. Evie won the Javelin with a throw of 19.78 and also did the Long Jump, while Katie Shingler, once again won and gained maximum points in the High Jump and Long Jump.

Now after 2 meetings the girls are in 4th position in Division 1 with 169 points and the men are in 3rd position in Division 2 with 152.5 points.


Bowdon 5k

Bowdon 5k, Altrincham, Cheshire
6th June 2013

Four harriers travelled to leafy Cheshire taking part in the 3rd of 5 summer 5k races known locally as the North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix series.
Further details on the series can be found on the following link –

number Date Race
1 Fri 24-May-2013 Dunham Massey 5k #1

2 Sat 1-Jun-2013 Hollins Green 5k

3 Thu 6-Jun-2013 Bowdon 5k

4 Thu 13-Jun-2013 Dunham Massey 5k #2

5 Sat 22-Jun-2013 Lymm 5k

254 runners completed the 2 lap course which was run in very warm conditions – the route covered a mix of trail and road that was quite twisty in places and made even more difficult having to negotiate a closed stile twice that should have been opened on the night !

Matthew Shaw (Salford Harriers) took the honours on the night in 15m 35s closely followed by the boys in red.

Martyn Bell – 15m 48 (4th)
Alastair Murray – 16m 16 (8th)
Gareth Booth – 16m 48 (12th)
Andy Townsend – 17m 23 (24th)

Full results :

Martyn Bell

Gordon Pearcy

Gordon Pearcy

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Pearcy.

Gordon served on the committee whilst I was Chairman, he was Captain of the Veterans section, and always gave the job his best shot, he was dependable, always helping out at the clubs races and socials.

He would probably agree that he was not the most gifted athlete at the club, but made up for his lack of speed with one hundred percent commitment to the cause.

His friendly personality epitomised the spirit that was prevalent within the club during the 1980’s. He was never happier than when he competed for the club and wore the red and black with pride.

He was a popular figure in the town of Horwich, it was always a pleasure to bump into Gordon to chat about the good times we all enjoyed at that time, I particularly remember his energy at such events as the Welsh Castles Relay , The Pennine Way record attempt, and the Coast to Coast relay.

I know I speak for all who knew Gordon to say he will be sadly missed, a real character and a key member of the happy harriers.

Stewart Westhead
Club President