An Evening With An Olympian

An Evening With An Olympian

Venue: Jolly Crofters Pub (Chorley old Road, Horwich)
Date: Thursday 30th January / 8pm start

The club committee are delighted to announce confirmation of its first 2014 production being: –

Olympic 3000m Steeplechaser – Stuart Stokes

This is an exceptionally rare insight into a world class athlete ! Stuart competed in the 3000m steeplechase as recent as the 2012 London Olympics as well as competing at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games !

It is anticipated that Stuart will talk for 45-60 minutes before doing a Q & A session. His championship / Olympic experience, racing and training methodology, nutrition and strengthening and conditioning will all be exposed.

The demand will be high for this event so to confirm a guaranteed seat please confirm your intent to : –

martyn.mercuryperformancecoaching@hotmail.co.uk

Yours in Sport

Horwich RMI Harriers

Harriers 9th @ Northern Cross

Saturday 25th January 2014
Knowsley Safari Park

Mud, gusting winds, and torrential downpours – and that was just around the tents before the race. (*must wear wellies next time) The race was certainly going to be a muddy affair on a good undulating course, and 12k to run, it was a day for the strong runners. The men’s race was 3 laps of every type of mud on the menu : sloppy mud, sticky mud, deep sucking mud, wet puddly mud, uphill mud and downhill mud. (The only good running was a couple of bits of woodchip)

As is usually the case the start was crazy. 600 plus runners toed the 100 meter wide line, among them a tremendous turnout of 10 Horwich RMI Harriers, waiting for the starters gun. On the gun began the mad dash for the 10 meter wide gap only a couple of hundred meters away up a bit of a (did I mention muddy) hill. Everybody goes off too fast, and only a few minutes into the race you are gasping for air and trying to settle down to a more realistic pace.

Chris Farrell and James Kevan made the strongest start for the harriers. Chris had a fantastic run to finish 34th in his first Northern Cross Country. James was next to finish for the harriers in 62nd. Anywhere in the top 100 is an excellent result at this level, so very well done to Chris and James.

In the team race it’s 6 to count for the senior men, and the next 4 for the harriers had a close race, pushing each other along, (not literally) and battling each other throughout. (Non contact) Next in was Alastair Murray, happy to turn the tables on some club mates from previous results (woohoo) and feeling strong. Dave Jackson finished a massive 40 seconds behind Alastair (big grin) adding another great run to recent form. Dave was closely followed by Jonathan Bruton, valiantly running despite a week off nursing a sore achilles, and putting in a fabulous effort for the team. (What a guy) Jonathan just got the better of Dave Milliken in the finally sprint for the line. This completed the 6 that would land Horwich 9th team in the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championship 2014, our best result for many years. (Yeah!)

The first 6 were ably supported by runs from Andy Townsend, Karl Ward, Danny Kevan and Pete Ramsdale, (Well done lads) and from the course side by Aga Kevan, Pete Keven and Pete Bland. (That I noticed)

In the ladies race we sadly only had one counter but non the less Debbie Campbell had a great run finishing 65th. (I’ve got your Helly and hat)

Earlier on in the day in the U17 boys, Nathan Townsend finished 39th in his first year at this age group. Watch this space.

What a great day out for the club (big thanks to Capt. Peter Ramsdale) and another great result in 2014. Next stop, the Witton Park Relays on Sunday 2nd February. See you there.

Ali

All results here : http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk/Pages/Article.aspx?id=169&articleid=555

Northern XC

Northern Cross Country 25th January
Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot, Knowsley,
Post Code L34 4AN for Sat Nav

Car Parking is £5 per car – please share the driving and the parking costs.
(There is nowhere near to park – its off a dual carriageway)

Race times and Distances
11.00 Under 17 Women’s Championship 5.3K
11.35 Junior Women’s Championship 5.8K
11.55 Under 13 Girls Championship 3K
12.10 Under 17 Men’s Championship 5.8K
12.40 Under 13 Boys Championship 3K
12.55 Under 15 Girls Championship 4K
1.20 Under 15 Boys Championship 4K
1.40 Junior Men’s Championship 8K
2.15 Senior Women’s Championship 8K
3.05 Senior Men’s Championship 12K

Full details : http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk/Pages/Event.aspx?id=160&EventID=385

See you there

Peter Ramsdale
Cross Country Captain

An Evening With An Olympic Sports Psychologist

An Evening With An Olympic Sports Psychologist

Venue: tbc (will be updated on the website and face book shortly)
Date: Tuesday 18th February ( 8pm start )- Session 90-120 mins

The club committee are delighted to announce confirmation of its second 2014 production being: –

Olympic Sports Psychologist – Duncan Richards

The club are once again delighted to have a 2nd visit from Duncan who has been working with individuals and teams for over fifteen years. Duncan is a Sports Psychologist, with an MSc in Applied Sports Psychology. He is a member of the British Olympic Association Psychology Advisory Group and is currently psychologist on the British Swimming World Class Performance Programme. As well as coaching elite performers from sport, he has worked at Board level in a variety of organisations, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Fujitsu, Coca Cola, the Rugby Football Union and UK Coal.

He is keen to ensure the transfer of leading edge thinking and practice in high performance between business and sport in order to maximise performance in both arenas.

It is anticipated that Duncan will talk about “MENTAL TOUGHNESS” for 45-60 minutes before doing some practical sessions and a Q & A session.

Once again, the demand will be high for this event so to confirm a guaranteed seat please confirm your intent to : –

martyn.mercuryperformancecoaching@hotmail.co.uk

Yours in Sport

Horwich RMI Harriers

Lancs XC Champs

Lancashire Cross Country Championships

Saturday 4th January 2014

Witton Park.

Nathan Townsend achieved his 3rd Lancashire call up for the Inter Counties at Witton Park on Saturday. Achieving a comfortable 5th in the U17 Boys Championships. His form comes to no surprise to his peers as his racing has shown great achievements of late.

In the senior race Paul Murray (V70) came a credible 115th.

Results : http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/lancs14.htm

Harriers Bronzed

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship 2014

Saturday 4th January 2014

Leigh Sport Village

The Harriers Senior Men had one of their strongest showings for years at this years GMXC Champs. A squad of nine turned up with expectations high that we could get in the medals, aided by an equally strong group of supporters spread around the course shouting encouragement.

The course was fast and flat with a good mixture of hard packed trails, mud baths and good running, and even though the ground was fairly saturated from the recent rains, the weather stayed fair and not too cold.

A top quality field made for a competitive race and Andi Jones came home first for Stockport AC. First home for Horwich was the ever improving Chris Farrell in 9th position. Chris will be hoping this will be enough to get him a Greater Manchester vest for the upcoming inter-counties. The rest of the Horwich team delivered what was hoped for. Joe Mercer in 15th, Martyn Bell in 24th and Dave Milliken in 28th made up the team of four that claimed the bronze medal behind Salford and Sale, but ahead of quality teams from Leigh, East Cheshire and Altrincham, to name a few. The medal winners were well supported by runs from Alastair Murray, Dave ‘wrong shoes’ Jackson, Pete Ramsdale, Gordon Stone, John Parker and Tony Hesketh.

In the under 13s race, showing that the future is bright for the club, Lewis Wilkes, Jake Glenndening and Kieron Kinealy ran well for a team position of 9th.

This was a great start to the year and hopefully bodes well for the rest of the cross country program, with squads attending both the Northern and National cross country in the coming weeks.

AM.