Fleetwood Half Marathon 24th August
I only decided to do this race the day before and in some respects I wish I had not. £20 entry fee and no Veteran O/65 award! Still, it is a good flat course ideal for fast times and well organised. With over 500 runners you were never short of company on the two lap course. The race was won by Matthew Lalor of Barlic in 1.11.19 in his first Half Marathon 5 minutes ahead of second. Our first counter was Paul Muller on home turf and just returning from honeymoon with a splendid run in 13th position. First O/55 in a time of 1.21.09. Second counter was yours truly in 1.36.53 and happy with the time and 100th place. Our final finisher was Geoff Leach 253rd in 1.52.50. All in all not a bad day for Horwich.
Horwich Ace Matthew Flatters takes Birchwood 2k title.
In a field of 44 junior runners on a very wet and miserable Sunday morning Matthew Flatters aged 10 of Horwich RMI Harriers took first place in the Birchwood 2K fun run, held just before the main 10K. With a demon start he was second place over the first 200 metres. Matthew felt comfortable to take control and run from the front thereafter. He managed to distance himself from second place some 12 seconds ahead. Matthews has shown his strength in this U11 – U 15 age race. He puts his speed & pace down to the 1 mile races he has done over the Summer Period with his club mates at Horwich where he won the U9’s category and finishing 4th in the Chorley Series and 5th in the Jubilee Series. “It was a great race, there were no hilly bits so it felt really easy. Mum Sue says he just loves all his sports and recommends any Parents who can see some potential in their children get the right coaching to bring them on.
Gargrave Show 16th August
This event was the final race in our Junior Fell Championships and with a river crossing for everyone it was certainly different.
We had seven runners in various age groups with the U/9 age group the first away. We had Theo Middleton finishing 11th after a slow start and a minute behind was Grace Pendlebury 6th girl in 18th after a typical gutsy race. There was no U/10 race so our youngsters had to run in the U/12 race and all did very well. Toby Middleton following his win at Trawden the week before was first back for us in a fine 5th place. Matthew Oldfield ran well for 10th just edging Ella Pendlebury to 11th but she was second girl. Isaac Simmonite was close behind in 13th four seconds adrift of Ella. Nine year old Freya Whittle ran well for 4th girl in 18th and the team was completed by Lydia Johnson in 28th place and seemed to enjoy the experience.
The adult race was 3.5miles with four large piles of straw to enable runners to clear barbwire fences along with a river crossing again this made for an interesting race. J Craig of Barlic won after leading from gun to tape. Our first runner home was James Simmonite 22nd despite losing six places on the descent. Next was Tony Hesketh first O/60 in 36th and the Horwich team was completed by Jason Middleton 71st after a steady race.
90 Year Celebration Meal
27th September 7.30
Cafe Italian Doffcocker Bolton.
A choice of starter ,main ,and dessert approx cost £17. Lets make this a success as we do not have many social events and this is our 90 year Birthday.
Please give names to Tony Hesketh Tel 01204 668183 ASAP due to the limit being 50.
There will be a Vegetarian option too.
Lowther Trail Race 13 miles 10th August
This race is connected to the Lowther Show near Penrith and is a tough trail race with rough terrain a river crossing and a alpine like climb, the race was won by Kieran Hodgson of Helm Hill 1.31.22 our first runner was Suzanne Budgett first lady in 1.46.13 in 20th after a brilliantly judged race and is certainly back in form,our only other runner was Tony Hesketh 38th in 1.55.19 and first O/60 also.
Astley Trail Race 6th August
With this race being a Grand Prix the entries were over 220 runners with ten wearing the famous red and black unfortunately most of our top lads were missing but those that ran did the club proud. Neil Pendlebury of Leigh won easily with our first runner home in 38th being Sean Mcmyler after a good race.Gary Chadderton was just behind in 47th, Paul Boardman getting over an injury was 55th and the team was completed by Rudolf Maciejkowicz 71st and a brilliant first over 60.
SELECTION FOR AUTUMN RELAYS
Selection Race : HEATON PARK RUN
Any Saturday between now and 13th Sept. Times to be submitted to me for consideration. Special consideration given to those on international duty, or living abroad.
Selection Race : HODDER VALLEY 13th Sept. ENG CHAMPS SHORT
Selection for senior and vets men’s team based on finishing position. Special consideration given to this on international duty, having achieved an international vest this year, or top 20 finish in championship race this year.
Turslack Fell Race 8 miles 26th July
On one of the hottest days of the year this race attracted a smaller entry than usual with the heat putting a lot of runners off racing. The race was won by John Green of Preston in 1.20.41 after a number of runners went wrong in the latter stages although there was no problem with visibilty. Tony Hesketh finished 12th in one of his favourite races in 1.29.55 remarkably second over sixty five. Michael Kay ran within himself and finished in 22nd in 1.35.45 and the final Horwich runner was David Barnes who recorded 2.15.21 for 56th place.
Horwich RMI Harriers Christmas Do 13th December
Saturday 13th December at Rivington Barn 7.30 until late
Top quality Buffet, Live Group, Disco, Rodeo Reindeer, Chocolate Fountain, Roulette Table and Blackjack Table.
Tickets £39.50 a deposit of £10 secures your place.
For Tickets or Information see Brenda Hesketh 01204 668183 or 07552657789