Juniors Triumph at Bolton

Juniors Triumph at Bolton

The Quest continued on Saturday for the Horwich Juniors to continue their Dominance of the Red Rose XC Series.

In the U11 Boys Horwich had 5 in the top 10 finishers. First In was Matthew Flatters with yet another 3rd place, closely followed by Cian Healy in 6th. Nathan Lancaster, Toby Middleton and Matthew Mair 8, 9 &10. Finley Reid continuing his new season with 16th with Isaac Keating in 27th, Joe Jackson39th & Isaac Simmonite 39th & 40th. Callum Mosley came in 66th, Elliot Whittle 77th & Jake Mayor 88th. This gave the Boys 1st team with 17 pts their closest rival Leigh had 45!

Once again not to be outdone the U11 Girls also had just as good a day. Ella Pendlebury ran from the front and easily claimed her 3rd Victory. Again Freya Whittle having another ace run with 10th place with Lydia Johnson in 14th. Pip Nuttall a superb 29th closely followed by Jessica Glendenning and Olivia Baker 34th & 36th. Milly Lever, Ellie Green & Lucy Seddon 59th, 68th & 86th respectively. And again retaining their First Team Status with a total of only 25 pts, again Leigh having 41!

The U13 Boys was somewhat closer racing with some having forsaken football matches in the morning to run this for the team. Lewis Wilkes first home in 4th closely followed by Thomas Massey 5th & Luke Massey 9th. Robert Seddon was 15th with Kieran Kinealy and Jake Glendenning 18th & 21st. The Team Once again managed 1st with a total of 18 pts.

In the U13 girls Naimh Speakman came 23rd & Livia Sutcliffe 54th.

The U15 Girls Harriet Foley continues her improved running to claim 14th & Ellie Baler manages 19th

Robert Gibson continues his strong season with 4 mins improvements over last years course claiming 22nd.

In the U17 Boys Nathan Townsend continues his recovery in the season to claim a well earned 4th place.

Dennis Weir’s dog

Dennis Weir’s dog

Received by Club Sec – Alison Gordon.

Dear Alison,

This morning on a short walk I met, separately, Christa Whatmough, Brent Brindle and Dave Massey. They all expressed pleasure that my dog had been found. Dave had just been looking for him on 2 Lads. He and Christa said they had learned he was missing through the Club,and Dave said lots of Members had searched for him.

Can I express gratitude to all these people?

The dog was missing for nearly 2 weeks, and was found at Delamere, in Cheshire(!) I was reunited with him yesterday.

If members see any posters that I have failed to recover, please would they remove them and dispose of them?

Many Thanks.

Best Wishes,


Red Rose XC – Chorley

Red Rose XC – Chorley

8th November 2014 – a Saturday.

Having spent most of Thursday and Friday in intensive recovery mode, and having been offered a lift, I ended up doing the weekends cross country race. It must have been fate!

I’ve grown accustomed to a certain standard of vehicle when offered a lift by Jacko, so how could I refuse? Nicely upholstered electric seats, air conditioning, and a smooth ride were, however, not features of the two seater builders van. I shouldn’t complain – at least I got a seat. Mr Carson seemed at home, and quite comfortable lying down in the back.

We were welcomed at Astley Park by clearing skies, wet ground, and the welcome shelter of the club tent, manned as always by our very professional XC captain, Pete Ramsdale, who had lost my number. Catering was provided by Brenda Hesketh in the shape of some very popular cakes and toffee, and the Hesketh’s had even provided a smaller tent for the kids, to allow me to prepare for my race without annoyance.

So the scene is set. There were some kids races, and a ladies race apparently. I didn’t see them whilst relaxing in the tent, so hopefully someone else will write about them.

The gun fired.

Jacko had, it would seem, challenged Mr Carson to a race to the first tree. It appeared to be a well fought battle, which according to my sources (DJ), Jacko won narrowly. There was of course another 6 miles to go, and Jacko settled down to a more sensible pacing strategy. However, Mr Carson seemed to continue his fast start, gaining a 40 meter lead by the time he disappeared into the trees, never to be seen again by myself, and not to be passed by anyone until the finish. Jacko continued a well paced race to finish second for Horwich, but slightly disappointed to be out-sprinted by some old guy at the end. (no editorial required) Third for Horwich, and putting down a marker for next week at Barrow, was Dr Lloyd. Jacko will be looking over his shoulder. Probably not for me though. I can only imagine that my race looked like I’d never done a cross country before, and that I was afraid of mud. (I’ll be a V40 soon and it won’t look so bad) Next was Glyn Kay who presumably this time had not been up for 36 hours. Glynne Lever followed in his carefully selected fell shoes, and enjoying his first XC so much that he’s going to do another one! (Madness) Anthony Hesketh was next, narrowly missing out in the V65 classification, followed by Gordon Stone, who had remembered his spikes this time, (wise) and John Parker, who was first V70.

Needless to say, I had a bit of a grump on after the race, and considered spending the rest of the afternoon in quiet contemplation in the club tent, but Mr Ramsdale took it down.

So I went home.


Horwich Junior XC, Astley Park, Chorley

Horwich Junior XC, Astley Park, Chorley

Horwich Juniors continue their wining steak by taking 3 team First places in the Second round of the Red Rose XC series.

The U11 Boys team managed another 1st Place in this competitive XC series. Leading the team in was Matthew Flatters in 3rd , closely followed by Fell Champion Cian Healy. Toby Middleton was the 3rd counter just in front of Matthew Mair making it 4 runners in the top 8. New member Finley Ried strong in 15th with Isaac Keating best run yet in 17th. Lucas Milliken took 21st and Joe Jacksons outstanding run making 23rd. Callum Mosley having a strong performance in 56th of the 10 runners who have certainly made this the best ever U11’s team. The teams points for the first 3 was 13, second place Leigh only managed 42!

Without being outdone the U11 Girls also showed the boys they could do just as good. Ella Pendlebury taking the lead from the front made the race look easy with her second win of the Series.

Strong finish from Chloe Russle in 8th and Freya Whittle in 17th gave the Girls 1st Team Place Again. Ever Improving Lydia Johnson in 25th, Pip Nuttall 37th, close finishing from Jess Glendenning 58th and Olivia Baker 59th. Milly Lever 66th, Caitlin Nuttall 79th, Ellie Green 83rd, Skye Nicholson 91st and Lucy Seddon 98th

Still not content with that the U13 Boys thought they would add another Team 1St with outstanding runs from Lewis Wilkes 4th and Thomas Massey in 5th. Next counter Luke Brindle managed 14th to seal the victory. Robert Seddon was in 16th closely followed by Kieran Kinealy in 20th. Jacob Glendenning with his best race of the season in 2nd place.

Our U13 Gils had Livia Sutcliffe who managed 51st in her race.

The U15 Boys solo runner Robert Gibson keeps improving and climbed up to 16th bettering his 30th position last time out.

In the U15 Girls Horwich had Harrier Foley again making great progress in 16th better her last time out and Ellie Baker in 22nd.

Solo U17 boys Nathan Townsend managing a testing 5th coming back from Injury.


Shepherds Skyline

Shepherds Skyline Fell Races 1st November 2014

Six junior fell runners from Horwich RMI Harriers travelled to Yorkshire to compete in the races in Todmorden. The courses had some tough climbs but remarkably everyone gained a podium position.

In the U/10 race Cian Healy English Fell Champion won after being boxed in at the start but worked his way through the field and with a sprint finish won by 2 seconds from a Clayton runner.

The U/10 girls race saw in form Freya Whittle lead from gun to tape to take a superb victory. Our second counter was the ever improving Lydia Johnson in second place, despite taking a nasty fall on the descent.

In the boys U/8 race Theo Middleton had a good race working his way through the field to finish second.

I the boys U/12 race we had two boys who are on top form at the moment. The brilliant Tom Massey won after leading for most of the race and broke the course record too with team mate Toby Middleton only three seconds behind. He had broken the previous record also.

These were tremendous results by the young Fell Runners of Horwich and bears well for the future.