Darwen Gala Fell Race 15th August 7.5 k
This race starts in the centre of Darwen and climbs to the Jubilee Tower and back and with good weather attracted a large entry of 142 runners. The race was won by Ross Campbell of Highland Hill Runners in 30.30 well clear of second place. Jonathan Bruton of Horwich had a great run to finish third in 32.37 only twelve seconds behind second place. Graham Schofield was 19th and third O/50 in a time of 36.55. After a steady race Tony Hesketh came home in 30th and second O/60 in 40.30 with the first four O/60s being separated by just 36 seconds. The Horwich squad was completed by David Barnes in 51st place in 41.48 after his best run of the year.
Worthsthorne Moor Fell Race
Horwich Junior Fell championships moved to Burnley and saw two excellent races. In the boys race Nathan Lancaster won the mile and a half race beating all the U/14s in the bargain despite having a sore ankle and was closely followed by Toby Middleton in third place. In the junior girls race Lydia Johnson had her best run in Horwich colours and recorded her first ever win.
In the 7 mile senior race which was won by M Hartley of Barlick there were five runners from Horwich with newcomer Aaron Hargreave leading the Horwich runners home in 31st place in 49.27. Next to finish was in form Tony Hesketh first O/65 in 52nd with a time of 52.15. Prolific racer David Barnes was next in 79th in 57.01 and Anna Keighley 132nd in 69.48. Finally making up the Horwich team came Colin Waterworth 139th in 72.06.
Millbrook Monster 10k and Junior Monster 4k
A small group of athletes from Horwich RMI travelled to Stalybridge to take part in these two tough trail races with over 220 runners in the Senior race and were rewarded with some exceptional results.
Andy Ford finished in 14th place in 42.13 an improvement by almost two minutes from last year. A few runners went off course and where disqualified. In the veteran category Tony Hesketh won the O/65 category beating all the O/60 category too in 44th place in 49.19.
In the junior race again some juniors went off course but nevertheless Horwich still had some prize winners. 10 year old Cian Healy who is in good form at the moment finished second only 6 seconds behind the winner from East Cheshire Harriers and Nathan Lancaster and Toby Middleton finished 8th and 9th after going off course when lying 5th and 6th. In the Girls race Freya Whittle was third after a typical gutsy run and Molly Clarkson ran well for 6th place with Ellie Green having a good race in 8th place.