Harrock Hill 2

Harrock Hill 25th June

A warm evening and dry underfoot made for fast times with over 170 runners competing. Former Horwich runner Darren Kay won easily. Our star on the night was Andy Lloyd who improved on last months race to finish 3rd and lead Horwich to a team victory. Paul Muller defied the years to win the O/55 award finishing in 7th place and with a very good run from Michael Kay in 20th, the team prize was ours. Sean Mcmyler was first O/50 in a fine 21st chasing Michael home. The O/65 prize once again went to Tony Hesketh in 56th place. The ladies race saw Lindsey Brindle dominate the race to win by over two minutes with a brilliant run finishing 12th overall.

Great Hill ‘Fell’ Race

Great Hill Fell Race – Saturday 23rd June 2014

One of the top races of the local fell calendar (*cough*) saw a display of shock and awe dominance with a stellar lineup of (some of) RMI’s finest.

Leading us home was local favourite (judging by the passionate speech given by the RO at the presentation) James Kevan in a record equaling time of 34:35. The record has stood for 18 years, so this was some performance. James – do some training!

In second place was Irish raider Ian Conroy. Ian was disappointed to let his compatriot get the better of him, but on little sleep and jet lag from the trip over, he was happy enough, and felt the can of Carlberg and a new pair of shorts was well worth the trip.

Letting the side down somewhat, but never the less completing the winning team, Alastair Murray came 4th, allowing some bloke from Swinton to beat him, and so missing out on a Horwich 1 2 3. Alastair will now have to stop taunting Ian about never having actually beaten him in a race, and how his Pike Race time is quite poor.

Rounding out the top 5, David Jackson did well to finish having ridden the Tour De France only two days previously. Disappointed that Alastair had finally got the better of him on the fells this year, Dave was quick to remind Alastair of the 8 minute margin of victory at Coniston, rendering him silent once more.

Rounding out the top 10 was fast improving Andy Ford, edging out Graham Schofield, who had decided to make the race tougher by running in his Walshes. Paul Boardman was 15th, having an easier week after last weeks 5 races in five days. Mick Crook took first V65, and Chairman Pete Ramsdale rounded out the club representation, turning up to find out what all the fuss on Facebook was about.

There are some photos kicking about, but I’ll leave you to find them yourselves.

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

AM.

Clougha Pike

Clougha Pike Quernmore Nr Lancaster 21st June

The penultimate race in the Junior Fell Championships took place on Saturday with ten juniors from Horwich RMI taking part.

In the U/8 race Theo Middleton finished in 12th place and Josh Houghton 21st.

In the U/10 race Cian Healy ran a superb race taking the lead in the final half mile to record a famous victory and this consolidated his position as first in the overall championship with one race to go. The next runner for Horwich was Toby Middleton in third with another great run after working his way through the field. Matthew Oldfield had his best run to date finishing in ninth and this was enough to clinch the team award for Horwich.

In the U/10 girls race our only runner was Freya Whittle who had a very good run to finish 7th considering that she is only 8 years old. This was a tremendous result.

The U/12 race saw Nathan Lancaster lead the Horwich lads home in 11th place closely followed by Robert Seddon 14th and Lucas Miliken completed the team in 21st place giving Horwich third place.

Our only runner in the U/14 was Harriet Foley and with her best run on the fells she was rewarded wih 11th place again. An improvment on her last fell race.

In the senior race Horwich only had 3 runners with Tony Hesketh retaining his O/60 Trophy for the fourth year in a fine 27th place in 49.04, closely followed by Doug Flemming 29th in 50.32 and Pete Heneghan was third O/70 in 59.04.

West Nab English Junior

West Nab English Junior Fell Championships

31st May

Despite this race being in Meltham Yorkshire, we had an excellent turnout of eleven children racing and on a difficult and technical course. All performed well.

In the U/10 Girls race we had our first Gold Medalist in Ella Pendlebury with a breathtaking run she was only beaten by 8 boys to record a famous win and keep her on course for a podium place at the seasons end.

In the U/10 boys race Cian Healey again showed a clean pair of heels to most of the field to finish third despite a nasty fall when with the leaders. He is another runner with his eyes on a top three placing at the seasons end.

Other good runs came from Ellie Green in the U/8 race with a 7th place and Freya Whittle 10th in the U/10 race.

The U/12 boys was very competitive. Tom Massey lead home the Horwich team in 7th place with good backing from Nathan Lancaster and Robert Seddon.

Our only representative in the U/14 was Harriet Foley and with her highest placing this season of 12th after a good race.

TH.