Mid Lancs XC – Townley Park Burnley

Mid Lancs XC – Townley Park Burnley

The First round of the Mid Lancs XC series brought out large fields of 18 different clubs.

Sisters Olivia and Ellie ran there 2nd XC in a week. Olivia finishing a splendid 58th in the U11girls 2k race whilst sister Ellie managed 34th in her U13 girls 2.8k.

Our U15 boy Jonathan Birchall back from a Summer out came in a strong 21st up against far more experienced runners over 4k.

Nathan Townsends win last week gave him the confidence to press on with his XC campaign with an excellent 2nd place, again in his 1st year of U17s over 5.8k.

In the ladies race Debbie Campbell a great race with 13th with Janet Rashleigh not far behind in 20th. Christa Whatmough passing the line in 84th giving the ladies a well earned 10th place.

The Men also achieved 10TH Place with a host of Vets helping the young ones in the race. Chris Farrell home first for Horwich in 8th. Gareth Booth making it back from injury took 51st. Andy Townsend 72 closely followed by High Mileage Mick Green in 75th. Doug Flaming legs Flemming home in 120th and Garry Smiler Chadderton across the line in 146th. Colin Van Driver Wood in 183 being chased by Tony Hesketh in 190th. Gordon Stone back from Injury in 264 and a lively Steve Thomasson in 279.

A Respectable start to the series for the Ladies and Men next round 23rd Nov at Liverpool.

Results http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2013/ml131.htm

Red Rose – Chorley

The Second round of the Red Rose XC was held at Chorley.

RMI had 50% more turnout than at Leigh, showing some promising runs The U11 Boys team came 2nd with Thomas Massey, Luke Brindle, Lucas Milliken, Isaac Simmonite, Toby Middleton, Matthew Oldfield, Charlie Tyler, Isaac Keating, Joe Jackson and Joshua Houghton, all pleased to have finished and helped the team position.

Penny Townsend with her second win of the season along with Ella Pendlebury, Jessica Glendenning, Chloe Russle, Chloe Squires and Olivia Baker. Penny pleased with her second win was thankful to the other girls to help her get the team 3rd position. Penny is currently riding a wave of confidence currently achieving Bolton Town Junior XC Champion.

In the U13 Boys Lewis Wilkes, Jake Glendenning, Robert Seddon & brand new to the club Kieran Kinealy managed to claim 6th boys team. A special mention must go to Ellie Baker in the U13 girls our soul runner who held onto a credible 29th place. Meanwhile the U15 girls of Gemma Howe & Hannah Stephenson in 16th & 18th respectively ran another good XC race, albeit track ladies!

Luke Massey and Robert Gibson gave RMI a presence in the boys U15s. Surprise of the day was our only RMI runner Nathan Townsend Winning the U17 boys / Senior Ladies race. Not the favourite on the line as this is his 1st year in U17 XC he ran super tactical race overtaking Joseph Howe of Blackburn half way round. From there on in he increased his lead and held onto a great 18 sec lead past the line.

CLGP – Gin Pit

CLGP – Gin Pit

The last of the CLGP brought out only a few Horwich Runners flying the flag for Horwich. This did clash with the Ian Hodgson relays so the Fell guys could be excused.

Rob Jackson, Andy Lloyd & Andy Townsend came in 10th, 11th & 12th respectively Dave Jackson did extremely well to get 14th after the Rivington Half Marathon the day previous. Sean Mcmylers steady progress gave him 30th and Rudolf Maciejkowcz in 37th.

Christa Whatmough the only Horwich lady came a satisfied 19th in the ladies race.

Race to Remember 29th Sept

Race to Remember 29th Sept

This trail race held at Scorton was blessed with good weather and over 120 runners, the course was very scenic around the Trough of Bowland all proceeds went to the Alzimers charity and one of the organizers was our very own Brendon Bolland.

The course was quite undulating with a tough half mile hill at 4 miles. The race was won by Ste Swarbrick of Bowland Runners in 34.38 our first counter was Paul Muller in a fine third place in 35.44 despite having a bad back! Tony Hesketh ran well for 20th in 42.51 winning the 1st O/60 prize and the team was completed by Peter Ramsdale in 40th in 47.01 having just returned from holiday the night before.
Tony Hesketh

Veteran Men 50 Team British Fell Relay

Veteran Men 50 Team British Fell Relay

Llanberis 20th October

Unfortunately due to injuries and illness we have had to rearrange the Vet 50 Team and it is as follows

Leg 1 Phil Dewhurst
Leg 2 Doug Flemming & Gary Chadderton
Leg 3 Mark Seddon & Colin Jones
Leg 4 Tony Hesketh

Please iiase with your partner regarding transport, I think we have at least two more teams so sorting out lifts should not be a problem.

Tony Hesketh

Swinton 10

Swinton 10
Sunday 28th September 2013

The sun shone on the 188 runners as they started what is a surprisingly tough 2 lap course that consisted of long sustained inclines and a sting in the tail with a tough steep hill in the last 1/2 mile !

It was great to see some new members toeing the line with a number having only competed the day before on the fells at the clubs trial race at Thieveley Pike, near Burnley. Joe Mercer, our newest member taking the honours in this race !

Overall, we had 12 Horwich runners competing at Swinton and our other new club super star in the shape of Chris Farrell, battled it out towards the front end and was well supported by Martyn Bell and Joe Mercer to claim the team honours.

As always our first 10 runners will contribute towards the overall points in the CLGP but the calculations of where we currently place as a club are yet to be determined going into the final Grand Prix event at Gin Pit next Sunday.

Full results can be found on the following link: –


The final race at Gin Pit will be on Sunday 6th October at 10.00am and registration will be at the – Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW

Thank you for your continued support and best of luck in this race.