Harrock Hill 23rd July
A field of almost 200 ran this the third race in the series with seven from Horwich. In form Lindsey Brindle had the run of the night finishing 13th overall and first lady by a long way. Suzanne Budgett was second over fifty and Erica Booth completed the Ladies team in 16th place. This gave Horwich second team behind Parbold Panthers. The mens race was won by Joe Johnstone of Rosssendale with Andy Lloyd taking the first veteran award in a fine fourth place after a very good race. Andy Ford was 37th and ran a steady race. Tony Hesketh was first O/65 in 56th place and clinched the series with this his third win. The Horwich contingent was completed by Mark Swindell in 105th. With the conditions being almost tropical it was an achievement to finish.
English Junior Fell Championship Kettlewell – 13th July
The final race in this years championship saw large entries in all the races.
The U/8 race saw Theo Middleton finish 14th after a good race and Grace Pendlebury 24th also ran well.
In the U/10 race Cian Healy won the race and also the English Championship after a very tough race taking the lead with 400 metres to the finish and won by 7 seconds. Toby Middleton was fifth after easing off whilst in third place. For the girls Freya Whittle had a brilliant run on a tough course to finish 30th and Ella Pendlebury was 32nd. The Horwich team was completed by Lydia Johnson in 40th who was making her debut on the fells.
In the U/12 race Tom Massey sealed a top ten finish with a brave run closely followed in 12th place by Nathan Lancaster. Another runner getting better with each race.
Harriet Foley was our only runner in the U/14 race and finished 41st in the 4k race.
These results mean that Horwich finish 15th in the team placings and seeing that most of the children were running on the fells for the first time it is a excellent first season.
Bull Hill Fell Race – 10th July
This race was a Club Championship and also the first race in the Radcliffe 3 Day event. A large field of over 200 runners started the race on a very warm evening with a very classy front end. Chris Farrell who has just been selected to run for England won easily from new signing Nick Leigh who was a previous winner and set a new record time in the process. A good run from 7th placed Jonathan Bruton and Andy Lloyd 14th was good enough to take the team prize. In the ladies race Maria Lowe was our first finisher in fourth place despite having a nasty fall. She was backed up by Sandra Kelly and Abigail Sunter for third place in the Ladies Team race.
Radclife Summer XC Race – 11th July
The second race in the 3 day event was won by Matthew Clark of Swinton R.C in a very speedy 30.10. Our first finisher was Tony Hesketh in 19th and first O/65. Pete Heneghan was first O/70 in 34th despite cycling to the race. David Barnes had a good race in 39th place.
Radcliffe A.C 5 Mile Trail Race – 12th July
The last day in the challenge saw Matthew Clark take the honours both in this race and the 3 Day. Tony Hesketh in 23rd clinched the O/65 award and finished 17th overall improving on last years time by almost 7 minutes. David Barnes was 32nd and beat his time from last year by 36 seconds.
This 3 day event is certainly one to do as the organisation and courses are second to none.
It is with great sadness that I must announce the recent death of Rob Jackson’s mother.
Everyone at Horwich RMI Harriers & AC send their deepest condolences to the Jackson family at this time.
Astley Park Trail Race 2nd July
Ideal conditions saw a field of over 100 race this popular race which was won by Anthony Valentine of Bolton. Our first runner home was Gareth Booth in third and first veteran too after a very good race. Paul Boardman in 24th was next home; 3rd O/50 after a steady run. Ian Hamer, slowly getting back to form after recent injuries was 30th. The Horwich team was completed by Tony Hesketh 1st O/65 in 48th. Our only lady runner was Erica Booth in 65th place just getting the better of Mark Swindell in 67th.
Junior Astley Park
We had over 30 Juniors out in the 2nd Race at Chorley. Winning the race and in prime spot for the series win was Lewis Wilkes. Already having run in an Athletics meeting during the day took Horwich to a commanding victory for 1st team. Lewis was closely followed by Luke Brindle, Nathan Lancaster, Matthew Flatters and Cain Healy. First girl home was Harriet Foley knocking a massive 47 seconds off her previous time. Many age group wins but a special mention to Freya Whittle in the L10 group.