Good turnout at Lostock 6
The 33rd running of the Lostock 6 mile Road Race was supported by ten Horwich Harriers who all finished in the top half of the 201 runners with U17 Nathan Townsend heading the club’s finishers with an impressive third place overall on a cold Sunday morning. There were category wins for Paul Massey, now a V45, in 7th place overall, Suzanne Budgett in the F50 category and John Parker who won the V70 category in a thrilling finish by only four seconds.
3 Nathan Townsend (U17) 33:37; 7 Paul Massey (V45) 35:02; 27 Kevin Newall (V40) 39:07; 35 Chris Maher (V45) 39:30; 42 Suzanne Budgett (F50) 39:56; 52 Nick Isherwood (V40) 41:33; 75 Gemma Stokes (F35) 44:05; 85 Gordon Stone (V55) 45:03; 99 John Parker (V70) 46:12.
Tom victorious at Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race
Tom Carson had a fine victory on Sunday at the Terry Nortley 10 mile trail race from Radcliffe, winning by over 3 minutes. Rob Jackson took the first V45 prize with Sean McMyler, second V50 and David Barnes also having a good run. The undulating course which attracted 185 runners was made even more challenging with cold weather quickly turning to sleet and then snow from the halfway point.
1 Tom Carson 58:08; 6 Robert Jackson (V45) 65:07; 13 Sean McMyler (V50) 68:22; 95 David Barnes (V55) 82:59.
Great performance at the Nationals.
It’s a long journey for a cross-country race but seven Horwich RMI Harriers made the long trip to Parliament Hill in London on Saturday for the National Cross Country Championship. Horwich were the only club from the Bolton area to field a team in the national championships and the proud red and black vests, despite lacking the club’s two most successful athletes of the season, finished an excellent 32nd of the 145 teams to complete teams of six. The race attracted over 2000 runners and was won by Charlie Hulson of Sale Harriers in 39:12.
Leading the way was Joe Mercer with a fine run in 67th place, closely followed by Greater Manchester silver medallist Nick Leigh in 79th. Making the trip over from his home in Dublin, Irish international fellrunner Ian Conroy was next home in 156th. Alastair Murray in 419th, Ryan Stevenson in 538th and Tom Cowling 643rd completed the team with Chris Essex-Crosby only a couple of minutes further back in 833rd.
67 Joe Mercer 42:37; 79 Nick Leigh 43:01; 156 Ian Conroy 44:32; 419 Alastair Murray 48:23; 537 Ryan Stevenson 49:47; 643 Tom Cowling 50:56; 833 Chris Essex-Crosby 52:52.
Standish Hall Trail Race 10k 21st Feb 2015
There where 239 brave finishers for this race held in the muddiest conditions in the history of the race.
The race was won by Ian Grime of Newham & Essex in 37.38 leading all the way. Our first finisher was new signing Steve Foley in 11th place in 42.11 and also winning the prize for 1st O/45 after running a strong race. The next Horwich finisher was race-oholic Paul Boardman in 29th in 44.43 with Tony Hesketh 57th winning the O/65 prize in 48.12. The final Horwich finisher was Gill Smith running well to win the LV/65 award in 69.26.
Even though the conditions were very bad everyone seemed to rise to the challenge and enjoy themselves.
2015 Junior Fell Championship
This years races in our Junior Championship are as follows and are slightly different from the last news letter. As you can see we have a clash of dates with our club race Rivington Pike being on the same day as the second English race Pendle. I have therefore decided that both races will score the same points so parents and children can decide which race to do. There are 10 races with runners best 6 to count and the scoring is the same as before with 10 points for first Horwich finisher down to 1 for the tenth finisher in all age groups. A junior should complete at least three races to be eligible for an award at the end of the season. As the season progresses I will let you know start times and locations for registration, starts etc. This year the FRA have decided that for a Junior to be eligible for an award they have to be members of the FRA for which the cost is £8. This will also allow them to run for England if selected. You do get a Handbook and a quarterly magazine so it is well worth the money. Join at the FRA Website. Age groups are as 1st January in the year of Competition and the U/11 are run as non competitive but juniors can still win a Tee Shirt for completing four races out of the 6 English scoring races and a Hoodie for completing all six races.
28th March Errwood Hall Nr Buxton Derbyshire. (E)
4th April Pendle Barley Lancs (E) or Rivington Pike Horwich
18th April West Nab Meltham Yorks (E)
4th May Coiners Mytholmroyd Yorks (E)
30th May Malham Nr Howarth Yorks (E)
20th June Turner Uphill Cumbria (E)
2nd Aug Worsthorne Moor Nr Burnley Lancs
26th Sept Thievley Pike Nr Burnley Lancs
11th Oct Withins Skyline nr Howarth Yorks
7th Nov Shepherds Skyline Nr Todmorden Yorks
All races marked with an (E) are English Championship Races. There will be other races to do and I will let you know about these nearer to the time.
Tony Hesketh 01204 668183
Horwich Cross Country Juniors Keep on Winning in the SELCC
More Juniors turned out at Heaton Park this weekend for more wins a series titles.
In the U11 Boys race held at Heaton Park in Manchester 3 athletes managed a good second place. Nathan Lancaster was first home in 3rd place only 12 secs behind the winner. Lucas Milliken having his strongest run in the Season. 3rd counter was Joshua Houghton again is best race to date in 17th place. This helped the boys achieve 2nd on the day.
The U11 Girls went one better and managed 3rd place with some outstanding team play. Ella Pendlebury lead once again and kept there for yet another win under her belt. Next for the team Freya Whittle in 4th with Lydia Johnson not too far behind in 8th. This puts the girls in a strong position for the series with the last race to take place at Boggart Hole on the 28th Feb.
So it was oft to the U13 boys to see what they could achieve. Lewis Wilkes having yet another strong run managed 1st place leading from the offset. The team won with thanks to Luke Brindle & Thomas Massey in 4th & 5th the team won with some ease. Kieran Kinealy also improving is running managed 13 with Robert Seddon managing 17th a great debut for Robert in this series.