Flemming Cup Junior Handicap Race

Flemming Cup Junior Handicap Race

16th April 6.45p.m

Bolton Arena

£2 entry fee

This years race is the same route as last year starting from near to Bolton Arena. Younger slower runners go off at intervals over a 2 mile course. Please give name and fee along with race times in the last six months to Tony or Brenda Hesketh. This enables a suitable handicap time to be worked out. All runners will receive a medal and there are prizes to the fastest Boy and Girl along with prizes for the first three finishers.

Tony Hesketh 01204 668183 or 07552657789

Red Rose Presentation Night

Red Rose Country League 2013-2014

Horwich RMI Harriers Winners

U11 Girls

Penny Townsend – 1st Overall

U11 Boys

Thomas Massey – 4th Overall

U11 Boys

2nd Boys team


Luke Brindle
Matthew Flatters
Isaac Simmonite
Toby Middleton
Matthew Oldfield
Ben Scott
Thomas Massey
Lucas Milliken
Joe Jackson
Charlie Tyler
Isaac Keating
Joshua Houghton
Cian Healey
Nathan Lancaster

U17 Junior Men

Nathan Townsend – 1st Overall

Senior Ladies

Deborah Campbell – 4th Overall
Lindsey Brindle – 6th Overall

Senior Men

Dave Milliken – 4th Overall & 2nd Vet 45
Tony Hesketh – 1st Vet 65
Paul Murray – 2nd Vet 65 & 1st Vet 70
Pete Scott – 3rd Vet 65

Presentation Evening 28th February at 8pm at Horwich RMI Club – Tickets – Pete Ramsdale 07821 883610 £3 each

Terry Nortley 10

Terry Nortley 10 Trail Race

23rd Feb 2014

An overcast day saw over 150 runners start this popular race with a small number from Horwich. In form Rob Jackson lead us home in a fine fourth place after being with the leaders from the gun he was 1st O/45 in a splendid time 62.58. Paul Boardman finished in 26th in 70.08. Just over a minute behind was Rudolf Maciejkowicz 34th in 71.14 taking the 1st O/60 award by some margin after a superb race. Finally completing the Horwich team in 60th place and 2nd O/65 was Tony Hesketh in 76.49. The Horwich team finished 3rd team with an average age of 55 years!

Tony Hesketh

Windy Hill

Windy Hill Sunday.
16th February 2014.
14.5 km/390m.

This inaugural Fell Race at Hollingworth Lake saw over 240 runners toe the line, with conditions being very muddy towards the end. Mick Green had his best run to date in Horwich colours finishing in ninth and was 1st O/50 after a very good run. Gary Chadderton was another runner having a great run for 41st place in 70.11. Graham Schofield had a private battle with Doug Fleming and just edged it by 8 seconds in 45th and 49th. Nick Kelly was 84th and Tony Hesketh was 111th. The Horwich men were completed with chairman Pete Ramsdale in 136th just getting over an illness. Sandra Kelly was our only female running and ran well for 154th place.


Parbold Hill

Parbold Hill Race
Saturday 15th February 2014.

This popular race attracted a field of 448 runners with entry full, the conditions where the worse everyone could remember.

This did not daunt Chris Farrell who ran with Richard Burney of Liverpool until the stream where he made a break to win in a very good time of 40.47. Next, with a very good run, was Andy Lloyd – 16th in 47.40. Our very own Lindsey Brindle was 24th in 49.08 winning easily and also leading the Ladies to a team victory with good backing from Debbie Campbell 3rd lady in 51.47 and Nadine Merrick 17th lady 62.24.

Tony Hesketh with a good run won the O/65 in 55.58 and also beat all the O/60 too.

Results : http://ukresults.net/2014/parbold.html

CLGP Bolton 5k

CLGP Bolton 5k

285 runners turned out for the 1st in the Series of the CLGP. The Red Army was a little thin on the ground but runners who turned out where rewarded with reasonable results.

This race will always be remembered as “going the wrong way”. As soon as runners got out of the track a Bolton Marshall indicated the wrong way, albeit many runners have known this course for years. It genuinely looked funny from the spectators point of few, but lost time for the front runners did not go down too well.

For a short period of time Chris Ingham found himself out in front with new boy Tom Carson. Not knowing quite what to do with himself, Chris took the glory of being second in the race albeit for a short period of time. Needless to say Tom did what he usually does and lead all the way to a fast finish of 16 mins. Next for the Reds was Andy Townsend in 20th,
Sean McMyler in 33rd, Chris Ingham 47th, Karl Ward 64th, Rudolf Maciejkowicz 74th, Dave Unsworth 81st, Alan Ashley 90th & Lawrence Pinnell in 197th. In the teams this gave Horwich 6th on the day.

The ladies were lead in by the Marie Lowe in 59th making up over 30 secs on Last years time. Next in was Gemma Stokes in 145th. Newbie Chloe Townsend in her first competitive 5k cam in 150th. Christa Whatmough finished in 193rd. This gave the ladies a well earned 5th team placing.

A BIG well done to all who made the effort on behalf of the club and tuning out when required.

Results : http://ukresults.net/2014/clancs5k.html


Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer

9th February 2014


Over a 100 children ran in this race with 13 runners from Horwich and we were rewarded with 6 age group winners. Our first four runners were separated by only 10 seconds and they were all in the first six. First home was Lewis Wilkes third, and first U/12 after a brilliant run. Closely followed by Cian Healey fourth ,and first U/8 which was a remarkable run for an 8 year old. 1 second later was Tom Massey, first U/10. The team was completed by Luke Brindle, first U/11. All these lads beat last years winning time.

Anna Walton led our girls home winning the U/11 in 5th place after a well paced run. Freya Whittle won her age group U/8 after her first run for Horwich. Other good runs came from Nathan Lancaster, Stephen Brown and Josh Houghton in the boys and in the girls a special mention to Alice and Lara Gouge making their debut for Horwich and both ran well.

The next race in the championship is the Daffodil Doddle on 9th March. Enter soon as it usually fills up.


A large field of 380 runners started this popular race in cold , wet conditions with Tom Blaney for Blackburn winning easily in 35.47. Our first counter was Rob Jackson 4th and first O/45 after a very steady race. Next came Sean McMyler 26th place after a gutsy run and was second O/50 in a time of 40.17. Finally Rudolf Maciejkowicz was second O/60 in 47th place in a time of 42.31.

Tony Hesketh

Mid Lancs XC – Witton Park

Mid Lancs XC League Match 5
Witton Park
Saturday 8th February 2014

Going into this penultimate race of the Mid Lancs league the requirement for the men’s team was straight forward. WIN. Anything less and the possibility of Horwich taking the league title for the first time since joining the league would all but disappear.

The lads did not disappoint. A strong turnout meant that not only did we have a strong team, but also the internal competition was fierce.

Leading the way, and setting the foundations for the team were Chris Farrell and Joe Mercer with fantastic individual performances in 2nd and 3rd. Next, and turning out for the team despite many niggles was Martyn Bell in 8th. David Jackson and Alastair Murray fought all the way, with Ali just coming out on top for 19th and 20th. The final counter for the team was to be Dave Milliken in 27th but only after a sprint with Andy Lloyd.

These seven were ably support by Andy Townsend, Mick Green, Gary Chadderton, Doug Fleming and Tony Hesketh, all of whom took vital points away from the opposition.

This result meant that Horwich took first team on the day and maximum points for the match in the league, with the vets team equaling this feat. This, along with the results of other clubs means a win at the final match in three weeks time at Kendal will clinch the league title.

With other clubs still in the running, it’s sure to be quite a showdown requiring all of Horwich’s big guns to fire.

In the ladies race we were represented by Debbie Campbell in 7th and Christa Whatmough in 65th.

As usual, I should mention the mud. However, this will not be what I remember of this race. It will be the five climbs of The Saucer.

Results : http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/ml135.htm

Tables : http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/mldivisions135.pdf


Witton Park Relays

Witton Park Relays – Sunday 2nd Feb 2014, Witton Park, Blackburn.

Mud. I’m going to go on about mud again. After such a wet January it’s no surprise there was plenty of mud, but I am getting a little bored of it. Especially as I brought inappropriate shoes.

Seven teams lined up Horwich on a fine winters morning for the 3rd running of this great event. In a slight adjustment to the previous format, teams of 4 competed over a shorter 3.65k up and down Billinge Hill, across the varied (muddy) terrain around the park.

After only the first leg Horwich domination seemed probable. Running for the B team (“Nearly Horwich RMI aka Bob”) Tom Carson showed a dirty pair of heals to Martyn Bell running for the “A”s (“Horwich RMI Red Army”). The sniff of a giant killing did not last long. Tom handed the metaphorical baton to Alastair Murray (using marathon training as an excuse for being slow) who promptly lost the lead before exiting the start finish field to Chris Farrell. Chris extended the lead by a minute and a half (told you I was slow) to set the fastest time of the day, (for which he would receive the first of many trophies later)
and handed over to Joe Mercer. Joe would have had in his mind that Kevan the Elder was behind (Okay – quite far behind. Sorry) and could not let up for a minute. Joe handed over to Kevan the Younger who by now could all but jog around. But not James.
James set the second fastest leg of the day for an emphatic victory. For “aka Bob”, Dave “aka Bob’s son” Jackson had the bit between his teeth, and resisting the urge to cut too many corners, safely brought the team home for a Horwich one two.

To top this, the Ladies also had a well earned victory in a close run race. Lindsey Brindle lead from the front on leg 1, setting the fastest leg for the day. Handing over to Maria Lowe, then Debbie Campbell, and finished off by Nadine Merrick.

Other teams for Horwich finished 9th (Horwich RMI Hillbillies : Glynne Lever, Chris Heys, Stuart Edmondson, Andy Lloyd) 17th (The amusingly named “Horwich RMI Vets A” : Gary Chadderton, Tony Hesketh, Doug Fleming, Graham Schofield) 24th (Rivi Pikers : Mick Green, Alan Ashley, Martyn Bell, Stephen Pearson) and 47th (Horwich RMI Ladies B : Gemma Stokes, Clare McKenna, Christa Whatmough, Lindsey Brindle).

Martyn Bell completed the collection of awards with a trophy for fastest old guy to round off a fantastic day out.

(It was pointed out that with better organisation we could have had a shot at the vets too – sorry)

Results : http://ukresults.net/2014/wittrelayfeb.html


BUPA London 10k

BUPA London 10k

We have been allocated 12 FREE entries (6 men, 6 ladies) for this years 10k race to be held on Sunday 25th May. If you would like to compete please let me know ASAP so I can gather specific entry information on you onto my entry list (ie: full postal address, DOB, Predicted race Time, PB 10k Time, emergency contact / tel number)


This is open to all levels and abilities – the key thing is to enjoy the experience !

Yours in Sport
Road Captain
Horwich RMI Harriers

Helpers Wanted

Wanted – helpers for the Manchester 10k on 18 May! Each year the club are asked to provide helpers for this event. We are always positioned after the finish line and are responsible for keeping the flow of finishers moving towards the chip collection points. Having done this the past few years I can honestly say that it’s a really enjoyable day and last year I even got to meet Haile Gebrselassie! For your troubles you get a waterproof jacket and your lunch and refreshments are provided. The club also gets £5 per volunteer so it’s really worth doing. If you would like to help out, or require any further information, please contact Tony Hesketh. Thanks.