Charity Marathon

Charity Marathon

Marathon Relay 26th April 1.00 p.m Bolton Arena

The junior section have been asked to help raise funds for the Fortalice Charity which provides support services for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. We have decided to organise a Relay Marathon for the 8 to 16 year old with 26 children running a mile each on the Track in a relay, each child will be timed and all names will be put into a draw for a prize. The relay is free but each child will be expected to raise £5 through selling predictions to family and friends at a pound per go.The time nearest to the finish time will win a prize. If you can help or your child wishes to run then please let Tony or Brenda Hesketh know along with what time they prefer to run.

National Road Relays

National Road Relay Championships – Saturday 5th

Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. Birmingham

Horwich RMI Harriers have qualified for this years men’s championships after qualifying recently with a top 25 team result at the northern road relay championships, Heaton Park.

If you would like to compete in this years road relays (whatever standard you may be) please can you email me your interest and availability.

Martyn.mercuryperformancecoaching@hotmail.co.uk

Race distances are approx 3 miles (short leg) and 5.6miles (long leg)

Start time 12pm – Leg 1 (long stage)

Martyn.

Northern relays

MEN’S 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday 15th March 2014 at Heaton Park Manchester

The qualification criteria for the “National” ERRA 12 Stage Championships requires a top 25 team placing at these northern road relays.

The Red Army went through a number of changes prior to race day but the squad on the day did the club proud, gaining a comfortable qualification.

The course was undulating and dealing with some stiff winds made the going quite tough at times – it was clear that the initial race distances published were slightly out particularly on the long leg : –

Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 were published as a distance of 4.9 miles (actual 5.63 miles) and likewise for Stages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 published as 2.8 miles (actual 3.01 miles)

Holders Leeds City AC retained their title once again by over 3 minutes over Stockport and Morpeth with Horwich finishing a very credible 16th team out of 64 “completed” teams.

1st. Leeds City Athletic Club 4:22:29 (total cumulative time for 12 stages)
2nd Stockport Harriers & AC 4:25:34
3rd Morpeth Harriers & AC 4:27:31
16th Horwich R M I Harriers 4:52:00

This 16th place was achieved in the following way: –

1 David Jackson (44) 32:00
2 Martyn Bell (33) 16:42
3 Michael Green (37) 33:54
4 James Kevan (27) 15:43
5 C Farrell (20) 28:50
6 Danny Kevan (17) 16:55
7 David Milliken (18) 31:35
8 Andy Townsend (18) 17:15
9 Rob Jackson (18) 32:27
10 Alex Fowler (17) 17:22
11 Jonathan Bruton (16) 31:50
12 Glynne Lever (16) 17:27

Full race details can be found at – http://www.northernathletics.org.uk/

A massive well done to you all for your individual performances and support of your club.

Next Stop – National Championships to be held on Saturday 5th April at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Please contact martyn.mercuryperformancecoaching@hotmail.co.uk to express your interest.

Daffodil Doddle – Best Results ever!

Daffodil Doddle – Best Results ever!

Several Horwich juniors ventured out to run the Daffodil Doddle at Abbey Village. Many new names ran in the race which had a total of 203 runners. Horwich had the largest club attendance by far and winning the majority of the classes. Nathan Townsend, Luke Brindle, Thomas Massey, Matthew Flatters, Cian Healy, Penny Townsend, Ella Pendlebury and Freya Whittle all scoring 1st in their relevant categories. Winning 1st Team prize also showed good strength and depth in this junior team.

Roddlesworth Roller

Roddlesworth Roller 9th March

A lovely day for racing this popular race saw just four Harriers toe the line. Rob Jackson reveling in one of his favourite races finished 6th and first V45 in 34.53. Rob was over a minute ahead of the next 45, Sean McMyler was first V50 in 36.57 with Paul Boardman runner up in 38.55 also in the same category. This clinched the Veteran Team award and second open team behind Blackburn. The final RMI runner was Tony Hesketh. 45th with a time of 42.10 and first V65. Although because he had beaten all the V55, V60 and V65 he was given the first O/55 prize. We had one female runner 15 years old Abby Cox finished 43rd lady with a time of 54.30.

Middle Fell Race – HELP!

Middle Fell Race – HELP!

Adrian Hope (Lostock AC) has stepped forward at the last moment to ensure that this weekends Middle Fell Race goes ahead following the withdrawal of the previous organiser. Adrian has enlisted the help of our own Colin Jones.

Could anyone able to HELP out Adrian and Colin in the joint Lostock & Horwich Lakeland Fell Race please contact Colin ASAP.

Colin Jones : colin@vapor-tek.co.uk

Mid Lancs Cross Country

Mid Lancs Cross Country

Just Champion

After running in local cross country leagues for many years, Horwich decided to challenge themselves by entering a higher standard of competition by entering the Mid Lancs XC league in 2008. The structure and rules state that new clubs enter the league in division 4. So over the next 3 years Horwich won successive promotions to division 1 in 2011. In their first year in the top division they achieved 3rd place and then last year following a real battle Horwich finished 5th and narrowly avoided relegation. This made the club even more determined to prove their credentials. After 5 of 6 races Horwich had it all to do, lying in 5th place but all places above were available. If Horwich can secure first place then they can win the championship. On Saturday in Kendal the red and black of Horwich turned out in force to complete a wonderful victory. They beat Southport Waterloo by three points on the day and so the league by 1 point. So in just 6 years they have achieved the ultimate accolade of Champions of the Mid Lancs XC league.

Chairman Pete Ramsdale said after Saturdays result, “This is the result of years of hard work in the planning, training and commitment to the club from some wonderful athletes and coaches. Every race stretched the club but that is why we joined the league. I am very proud of everyone who has contributed to this wonderful result.”

My Mid Lancs XC

Mid Lancs Seniors Men’s Team Champions 2013/14

There’ll be some proper reports along in a while, but I thought I should give my perspective.

Although the run up to Saturdays ultimately crucial race started earlier in the week trying to rustle up a squad, the day itself started at about 4:50 am. I don’t know what woke me but the first thought in my head was about that afternoon’s race. I was already buzzing. A mixture of excitement and dread. What a headcase.

Uncle M was my chauffeur for the trip up to Kendal, and we allowed DJ and Fazz to tag along. I was pretty calm.

We arrived, and I was pumped. I don’t know if anyone noticed, but looking back I think I was acting a little weird(er than normal). I’m pretty sure I gave a little pep talk to everyone. (I think the crux of it was to overtake as many people as possible) Al Pacino was still ringing in my ears. If nothing else I’m sure this was a welcome distraction for everyone from the race ahead.

It was time for the race. We took our places on the most obviously diagonal start line I have ever seen. Pre-race tortoise impression, and we were off. There were Southport Waterloo vests everywhere. Chris was surrounded by 4 of them. We needed to beat Southport. This was bad. So much for easing into it. This was going to hurt from beginning to end.

Details of the race will follow elsewhere. All I can remember is wanting to slow down just a little bit the whole time, whilst Blandy, keeping score, was telling us that we needed to do some overtaking if we were going to win. I kept pushing, telling myself one more lap, one more lap …

The finish line was not as good a place as it could have been. I hadn’t caught the Southport chap in front, even though Belly had, and Chris was convinced we had lost by about 20. As we cheered in the rest of the lads that appeared to be it. However, a glimmer of hope. Blandy totted up his scores and he had us winning by 3. He wasn’t sure. We weren’t convinced. Blandy is an Accountant, but is he any good? We talked about it a bit, and went for a warm down. Blandy went off to bother the results guy.

Returning from our jog, we looked for the results guy’s van, and there was Blandy. Shouting. Arms in the air. Get in! (Blandy had been spot on)

This was a good day. There had been a lot of stress in the build up, but to be there on that day, with those guys, to celebrate the win, was one of the best days I’ve experienced with Horwich RMI Harriers.

Here’s to many more.

Ali.