Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn

Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn

Horwich RMI defended their current title with some vigour against some intense competition. Having 2 club runners on International duties in Italy in was down to some spirited performances to save the day.

From the line Tom Carson took the lead and remained there comfortably until accumulating a good distance and finishing as first counter. Next counter was Joe Mercer a great run in 6th. Dave Jackson was strong and managed 23rd just piping Alastair Murray still coming back from tonsillitis in 28th. New Member Ryan Stevenson put in a great run in 63rd, closely followed by Graham Schofield 65th. Impressive performances where still to come from Chris Essex Crosby just behind in 68th and a very tired Glyn Kay on only 4 hours sleep in 30 from a Holiday in Florida managing 72nd. Other runners who braved the mud also deserve a mention John Parker in 254, Gordon Stone 270 and Peter Scott 273, well done guys.

Horwich are the current Holders of this title and were happy to come away with 4th place in the First of 6 races.

Next Race Barrow In Furness On the 15th Nov is a must for the team to keep up the pressure on retaining the title.


Horwich Juniors take Victory

Horwich Juniors take Victory

The First of the Mid Lancs at Hyndburn was littered with brilliant results for the Horwich RMI Juniors.

In the U 11 Girls ever improving Freya Whittle achieved a brilliant 2nd place. Lydia Johnson made her debut finishing a magnificent 21st. A total of 19 clubs were represented and 70 runners making these young girls showing great form.

The U11 Boys team managed 2nd with brilliant runs from Mathew Flatters in 5th, Nathan Lancaster 10th and Toby Middleton 13th a brilliant performance from outstanding lads.

Not to be outdone the U13 Boys went one better and came 1st in their race. Thomas Massey back from injury showing a great start to the season finishing in 3rd. Next, Lewis Wilkes in 5th and a strong Robert Seddon in 14th. Another great run from Kieran Kinealy in 17th.

In the U15 Girls Harriet Foley had a strong race in 14th just beating Ellie Baker in 16th.

In the U15 Boys Robert Gibson had his strongest run to date finishing 25th.

Ladies @ FRA Relays

Ladies @ FRA Relays

What a great day the British Fell Relays was. The camaraderie, team & Club spirit were just amazing. So proud of our ladies team. Superb effort all round & great runs by all. Great to have newcomer Erica Booth on board too boosting the team with her navigational skills along with Josie Greenhalgh. Everyone who represented the Club did it proud & should also be very proud of themselves too!

RED ROSE XC summary

Junior Red Rose XC, 1ST, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, they just keep on coming!

The first round of the Red Rose XC took place at Leigh with some outstanding performances.

First race of the day U11 Boys where Horwich took 1st Team title. Nathan Lancaster having the race of his life to come in 1st place with a clear margin over the rest of the field. Matthew Flatters having to take 4th after officials allowing Matthew and a number of leaders to take the wrong way on the course. Matthew was narrowly in FRONT OF Toby Middleton and new member Finley Reid who ran in his first official Horwich Race. Another Star being Matthew Mair again his first official race for Horwich. A reliable Lucas Milliken gave Horwich 6 in the first 10 ten runners, outstanding. Great Runs by Isaac Simmonite, Isaac Keating, Joseph Jackson, Callum Mosley & Joshua Houghton gave Horwich a total of 11 boys running.

Not to be outdone the U11 girls also showed tremendous endurance. Ella Pendlebury taking 1st place is proving to be a rising star within the club. Most races Ella competes in she represents Horwich with great results. Next in for Horwich was Freya Whittle a fantastic 7th place. Chloe Russle having her best result coming in in 12th place giving the girls a fantastic 2nd place out of 13 teams!

Not fazed by this the U13 boys went out for another great result. Lewis Wilkes having a brilliant race came a fantastic 2nd surprising himself as well as his competitors. Remarking afterwards he ran the race as fast as he could for as long as he could, his best result in a XC race. Luke Brindle came in 11th outsprinting much older athletes on the spring to the finish. Their 3rd counter Kieran Kineally in 19th and Robert Seddon 22nd , Jake Glendenning 30th , this gave the boys 3rd in the race. In the U13 Girls our Sole runner Livia Sutcliffe came a respectable 52nd with her return to the racing scene. Another Sole performance was Robert Seddon back to the XC season with a great 30th place.

Harriet Foley in the U15 girls ran extremely well in her first ever XC race with a respectable 19th place. Pleased with her first race of her running career, she promises better results to come. To finish off the juniors it was left to Nathan Townsend to see what he could do to defend his current title. Tactically is went all wrong Nathan said when he made a break for the lead and was obstructed by slower ladies still on their first lap on a single path. There Callum caught him back up, In the end Callum outsprinted Nathan over the last 100m taking 2nd Nathan is already setting his sights on winning the Next round held at Chorley on the 8th Oct. Extremely Pleased Coach Andy Townsend remarked all the hard Summer training has paid off with the Juniors putting in the Best Individual & Team results in the Red Rose from such a small squad of Runners.

FRA Teams (so far)

FRA Teams (so far)

(1) Lindsey Brindle
(2) Suzanne Budgett + Clare McKenna
(3) Josie Greenhalgh + Erica Booth
(4) Debbie Campbell

Senior Men
(1) Alastair Murray
(2) Ian Conroy + Chris Farrell
(3) Joe Mercer + Nick Leigh
(4) James Kevan

V40 Men
(1) Gareth Booth
(2) Dave Milliken + David Jackson
(3) Brendan Bolland + Andy Lloyd
(4) Martyn Bell

V50 Men
(1) Mick Green
(2) Gary Chadderton + Brian Walton
(3) Mark Seddon + Steve Jackson
(4) Doug Fleming.

Details of a reserve team to follow shortly.

If you’re planning a recce, mention it to your counterpart in the other teams.

Event details, including maps here : http://www.britishfellrelay.org.uk/

Race to Remember

Race to Remember 5 Mile Trail Scorton 28th Sept

This race takes place in a very scenic area in the Trough of Bolland and comes with a real sting in its tail with a very steep climb at 4 miles and is not for the faint hearted. The race was won by SamHarrison of Bowland in 34.51 with our first counter Paul Muller in a brillliant 5th despite a toilet stop and won the O/55 award. I was next in 22nd a minute slower than last year but won the O/65. Brenda Hesketh was 24th lady and was well pleased to complete the race,Gill Smith despite a cold won the FO/60 award and enjoyed the race.

2k Junior Trail Race

We had four juniors competing in this race and all ran excellant races with 10 year old Nathan Lancaster winning outright in 8.57 leading from gun to tape with Cian Healy 23 seconds adrift in second place after a typical gutsy run.For the girls Freya Whittle had a fantstic race fourth overall and first girl despite stopping when a horse darted in front of her. Lydia Johnson had her best run in Horwich colours and was rewarded with a second place and seventh overall



The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 18th December 2014 and consist of the normal 10.5 mile route.

For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 5.9 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4.6 miles).

Again this year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.

Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.

Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.





Questions please email ste-jackson@supanet.com or telephone 01942706506 or 07747838772

Lancaster 5k series, Fast & Furious.

Lancaster 5k series, Fast & Furious.

On Saturday Evening in near perfect conditions up at Lancaster Nathan Townsend decides to go for a quick run out. Many Local runners know the Lancaster 5k is a very quick course. Nobody was prepared for how quick!

Having been injured with a serious sprain since January, Nathans Track season was well and truly trashed with only slow running all year. Under the supervision of Duncan Mason, physio to Mo Farah in major competitions, Duncans recommendations was to give up running any form of competition until Autumn, this was back in March. Depressed was not the word, more Furious and Fed up was the order. Spending time in the gym was the closest Nathan got to breaking out in a sweat. Working on legs and core, 8 min miling on the treadmill was just not productive, or so he thought.

The Last of the Lancaster 5k series was the benchmark of whether or not he was good enough to defend his XC titles over the Winter period. What Nathan needed was someone to take him on, thankfully Matthew Sheen of Vale Royal and James Bowness of Trafford a 1.48 / 800m runner was on hand to push Nathan. Last year Nathan enjoyed a 16:43 on this course and would have settled today for anything around 16:15, and that was very optimistic.

Leading the small field out of the track Nathan was motoring taking the lead with Matthew on his shoulder, Nathan recalls “maybe I’m going too quick”, the first mile cover in less than 5 minutes. It was then James and Matthew turned their experience and Summer training on. Not prepared to go down without a fight Nathan took them on and all 3 were flying. Nathan was now covering 2 miles in 10:12.

Within the last mile James broke away and made some distance between Mathew and Nathan. However it was Nathans track training than came into the fore when finishing, the last 300m seemed to be just like a track session as he closed the gap on Matthew. Finishing 3rd & Recalling his time last year, Nathan could not believe finishing in 15:46, the 4th fastest U17 time in the UK this year.

Afterwards all 3 runner cooling down congratulated each other, as all 3 had knocked around 1 mins off their personal bests.

Nathan at 16 was too young to accept alcohol as a prize so claimed 2 free entries for next years series and a bag of Haribos.

The Moral of the Story! Never Give Up!