Bap Tap Fell Race – 25th Jan
The first Bap Tap race of the year saw 15 children tackle this tough race to the Two Lads and back. In the U/10 race Sam Speakman won 5 seconds ahead of Theo Middleton with Ellie Green winning the girls race by over a minute. The longer race saw an exciting finish with the first two separated by only 1 second. English Junior Champion Cian Healy won from a fast finishing Nathan Lancaster with Tom Massey in third. In the girls race Harriet Foley won ahead of Niamh Speakman in second and Freya Whittle only 3 seconds behind in third.
Results U/10 Race
1 S Speakman 4.41
2 T Middleton 4.46
3 E Green 4,50
4 J Simmonite 5.10
5 M Kay 6.10
Results U/15 Race
1 C Healy 7.18
2 N Lancaster 7.19
3 T Massey 7.33
4 T Middleton 7.41
5 L Miliken 8.10
6 R Seddon 8.25
7 I Simmonite 8.42
8 H Foley 8.58
9 N Speakman 9,19
10 Freya Whittle 9.22
24th Jan – Ashurst Beacon – 6 miles
Despite the muddy conditions over 180 runners toed the line for this popular fell race with seven red vests amongst them. Times were slower than usual due to the mud. The race was won by Simon O Mera of Man Uni cc in 38.02. For us Danny Hope ran well for third slowly getting back to form after injury. Graham Schofield came in 21st first O/55 in 44.38 chased home by Paul Boardmanin 30th in 45.24. In 43rd came Gary Chadderton with a time of 46.48. The run of the day came from Suzanne Budgett who was first lady O/50 and a superb second place in the ladies race. Tony Hesketh was 1st O/65 despite an injury in 67th and the Horwich squad was completed by Michael Kay in 92nd.
BAP TAP Junior Club Fell Race
This Sunday the 25th January we are holding a junior Fell Race for our Juniors plus guests.
It will go up to the Two Lads Cairn and back.
Under 8 up to U/16.
Registration is from 9.45 at Wilderswood car park. Start time is 10.30 no entry fee as it is Bring a Prize Take a Prize – value between £2 and £5.
The course will be marked and Marshalled.
For more info contact Tony or Brenda Hesketh 01204668183
Horwich Juniors Triumph again
The 4th Round of the Mid Lancs XC took place at Townley Park Burnley with several Juniors having their best races to date.
In the U11 Girls Ella Pendlebury had her best results yet with a 2nd. Freya Whittle finishing in 17th and Lydia Johnson in 27th place. New runner Lily Boon with her first XC experience a respectable 52nd place.
The U11 Boys also had a 2nd place in Matthew Flatters his best result yet in this series. Isaac Simmonite a strong showing in 17th place.
It was the U13 Boys who took the glory and finished 1st team. First in was Lewis Wilkes his best finish in this series. Next in was Tom Massey in 9th and Kieran Kinearly in 15th. This just gave them 1 point ahead of Blackpool and a good chance to go for Gold in the series.
Robert Gibson also had his best result to date in the series finishing in 20th position.
Billy Knox New Year Awakening 5k 1st Jan 2015
This tough annual multi terrain race saw 87 starters of which four were from Horwich. Dave March from Sale won in 17.50 indicating the climb at the start on the hill was difficult. Paul Boardman finished in 11th second over fifty and gained revenge over Tony Hesketh in 28th with him winning the O/65 award. Dave Barnes who seems to be racing a lot more theses days was 50th and Brenda Hesketh was 21st lady in 79th place.
This again was a well organised race by Andy O Sullivan.
Auld Lang Syne 31st December 2014
A large field of almost 400 started this fell race from Howarth with conditions far from ideal – very muddy and extremely cold. This also had two Olympians running; namely the Brownlee brothers swapping their Tri-Suits for fell shoes and between them they led the field around the snow and ice covered fells. Eventually Alistair won as he did last year with Jonny third. Just goes to show that they do not forget their roots.
Our first runner home was new signing Killian Mooney in 15th place and next was Ian Conroy 52nd flying in from Ireland to take part. Tony Hesketh in 147th won the O/60 award just over a minute ahead of Paul Boardman.
Everyone was awarded a bottle of beer and the prizes were the usual high standard.