North of England Ladies Road Relay

North of England ladies Road Relay
Saturday 21st Sept 2013
Stanley Park, Blackpool

A top ten finish in the Northern relay championships at Blackpool was a fitting result after a superb effort by the whole team at this prestigious event.

Leg 1 Rachel Jones 19.18 17th
Leg 2 Lyndsey Brindle 20.13 14th
Leg 3 Debbie Campbell 20.19 10th
Leg 4 Maria Lowe 19.50 8th

A warm sunny day, a great result, a happy team and lots of smiling faces, brilliant!

Pete Bland

First Red Rose Cross Country

First Red Rose Cross Country

If you are going to run at Leigh on Saturday 28th September please read the following as Pete Ramsdale, Cross Country Captain will not be there and these instructions will help your day go smoothly.

Please look on the Red Rose Cross Country site for directions and race routes. Print out maps if you want – it will help you on the day understand the geography of the park.

Sat Nat code for the Leigh Sports Village – WN7 4JY (it’s on Atherleigh Way just past Asda)

The race distances are U11 2000m (1.2 miles) , U13 2500m (1.5 miles) and U15 4000m (2.4 miles)

Race start times U11 Boys 12.30pm, U11 Girls 12.45pm, U13 (all) 1.00pm and U15 (all) 1.15pm.

Arrive about an hour before your race. Go to the registration area (it will be near or in the stadium). Tell them on the desk you want to enter for the race series and give them the details of your runner (Name, DOB and age on 1st September) and the club – Horwich RMI Harriers. They will then give you a number. If you can take safety pins, 4 of them, and pin your number on the front of your running top. YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED FOR ANY MONEY. IF YOU ARE, SAY THAT HORWICH WILL SETTLE THE BILL. I have organised this.

Find the start area and familiarise yourself with the start (loop of the field first before you exit the field) and if you have time, walk the course. It always helps.

There is always a 5 minute warning gun to invite runners to the start line. Be warmed up and ready to race. After the race, keep warm and don’t get any mud in the car on the way home.

Results will be on a web site by the end of the day.

Enjoy the experience, especially if this is your first cross country experience for Horwich RMI Harriers.

** Keep your number for the whole of the cross country league **

Peter Ramsdale



Sat 28th Sep 2013 – Thieveley Pike.

The final selection for the Men’s Senior A and B teams and Vet 40 teams for the FRA relays will be made following a trial race at Thieveley Pike.

The trial will be the main criteria used for team selections for those not already pre-selected due international representation or high placing in national events.

There’s everything to race for with places in all teams up for grabs, and lots of runners coming into form.

Please let us know if you intend to race. Also get in touch if you can’t race and still wish to be considered.

The Selection Committee.

Martyn Bell
Alastair Murray
Steve Pearson

AGM 2013


Wednesday 23rd Oct
Bolton Arena 8pm

Any items for the agenda please forward to before 10th October

Any proposals for life membership or amendments to the clubs constitution, please forward an email to before the 10th Oct with the proposer and a seconder.

Should anyone wish to stand for any positions on the committee, please let me know. Vacancies for Press and Publicity, Vice Chairman, Treasurer (filled I think).

We hope to see you then.

Agenda Items will be on the web site from 12th October.


Peter Ramsdale





1. Alex Fowler 18:33
2. Stephen Diaz 20:05
3. Albert Sunter 20:59
4. Lyndsey Brindle 21:43 (1st Lady)
5. Mick Green 22:04
6. Tim Roe 23:02
7. Paul Jackson 23:11
8. Gary Chadderton 23:13
9. Tom Howard 23:18
10. Jordan Sunter 23:49
11. Peter Ramsdale 25:16
12. Ian Charters 25:23
13. Andy Ford 25:39
14. Tony Hesketh 26:24
15. Mark Birbeck 26:33
16. Josh and Mark Sammon 33:42
17. Helen Hall 39:22 (Lady)
18. Steve Thomasson 39:56 (Did not visit Pike)

Hades Hill Mullti Terrain 5 Mile Race 5th Sept

Hades Hill Mullti Terrain 5 Mile Race

5th Sept

A field of just over 120 runners assembled in Whitworth for this popular race with conditions ideal for racing , The race was won by J Tighe after a superb descent first for Horwich was Graham Schofield 13th first O/55 in a time of 36.49 Tony Hesketh was next in 46th in 42.08 and was first O/65 finally Eddie Swift finished in 72.28 despite being ill.

YMCA 5 mile Trail Race.

With superb weather this race attracted 60 runners on a flat but scenic route Mark Russell of Salford won in 29.00, Paul Boardman had a great run for 7th in a fast 32.23 next home for us was Tony Hesketh 1st O/60 in 22nd recording 35.28, David Barnes in 33rd was next in 39.18 and the Horwich contingent was completed by Peter Scott 48th in 42.26. This is an excellent local race and very well organised.


Tony Hesketh

Road Relays

Road Relays

Hey up

We have 2 road running relays coming up shortly

The North west Counties at Lancaster on Sunday 15th September – Men 4 x 2.5mile – ladies 3 x 2.5mile

The mens 6 stage and ladies 4 stage north of England championships at Blackpool on Saturday 21st Sept – Men 6 x 3.5mile – Ladies 4 x 3.5mile

Please let Myself, Martyn Bell or Ali Murray know if you are interested in running in one or both of these relays. I will be entering a selection of names in the next few days and then teams will be picked from those names.


Pete Bland

Pennington Flash 5 Mile – CLGP

Pennington Flash 5 Mile – CLGP

198 runners completed what was a tough course with a number of undulations and a strong wind along the canal section.

Tom Carson won the race and took the accolade of beating the course record, held by Nick Leigh (Altrincham). On the team front both Bolton Harriers and Horwich RMI achieved the same points (first 3 to count) but Bolton took the win due to their 3rd placer being in front of our 3rd placer by 1 position !!

Coming into the race Bolton were 1 point in front of Horwich RMI in the overall mens team CLGP and unfortunately Bolton now extend their lead with only 3 CLGP races left for 2013, based on the provisional results below: –

Horwich – top 10 placings : – 3, 7, 13, 14, 40, 41, 53, 72, 88, 122

Bolton – top 10 placings : – 1, 10, 12, 18, 21, 24, 25, 35, 37, 38

– Just to show Bolton’s depth 13 additional positions came in front of our 10th placer – 39, 50, 51, 58, 60, 67, 79, 85, 99, 111, 116, 118, 119

So a big thank you to all those harriers that took time out this morning which is greatly appreciated – a great effort made by all.

The next CLGP event is on Sunday 29th September and is the Swinton 10. A perfect race for fell runners and road runners alike.

Downhill Race

Thursday 12th September – 7.00 p.m.

Starting from Scotsman’s Stump by the mast on Winter Hill mast road.
Runners set off at 30 second intervals, finishing at the RMI club, via
the Pike, and any route in between.
Start will be a 7.00 p.m. prompt due to the light.
Guests welcome.
Free entry and prizes.
Historic Downhill Trophy to the winner. (RMI only)