South East Lancs X.C league Leigh 14th Nov
The first fixture in this years South East Lancs XC League took place at Leigh Sports Village and was a very muddy course.
Three runners from Horwich and the same family had a very successful afternoon with Tom Massey winning the U/13 Boys race, brother Luke winning the U/17 race and father Paul winning his category in the men’s race.
The first race of the afternoon saw Lydia Johnson fade after a bright start to finish 16th with team mate Skye Nicholson finishing in 33rd place.
In the U/13 Boys Tom Massey led from gun to tape with a very strong run. Ten seconds behind came Luke Brindle claiming second place with a superb sprint in the final 100 metres. With Matthew Mair finishing 6th the team award was never in doubt.
The U/13 girls race saw Amelia Bailey have her best run to date to place fourth with Milly Lever just over 30 seconds behind in 8th.
In the U/15 race Lewis Wilkes had great race finishing fourth but only 13 seconds behind the winner K Wade of Leigh Harriers.
Luke Massey had a tremendous race in the U/17 race getting away from a East Cheshire runner on the final lap to record a famous win.
In the senior men’s race Paul Massey carried on where his sons had left off to finish 7th place and first O/45 too with a fantastic race in 35.38. Newcomer Dave Purnell ran well for 47th in 42.31 and in 60th place was O/65 winner Tony Hesketh in 44.22. Dave Barnes had a great race despite doing a Park Run 5 hours before to finis 80th in 46.02 and it was left to O/70 winner John Parker to bring the team home in 50.56.
Shepherds Skyline Fell Race Todmorden 7th Nov 6 mls
Despite the poor weather making conditions underfoot treacherous over 200 runners competed in this popular race on the moors above Todmorden in Yorkshire. England International Ben Mounsey easily won in a very fast time 41.20. Horwich RMIs first counter was Graham Schofield in 54th place in 54.57 closely followed four places by Gary Chadderton in 55.26. In the O/65 category Tony Hesketh was third in 63.39 with John Monks 5th in the O/60 just 14 seconds behind after he had his shoe fall apart. The final finisher for Horwich was Lawrence Pinnell in 192nd place.
Shepherds Skyline Junior Race
A tough two lap course greeted the Junior fell Runners form Horwich with just two making the trip over the Pennines to race. In the U/10 Race Ellie Green ran well for 5th place in 11.41. In the next race for the U/12 Freya Whittle had a super race leading all the way and winning it and also breaking the course record in 8.10. This was the second time she has won this race and a hat trick is on the cards for next year.
Membership detail – Members please read
Following the AGM on 21st October, the club has amended the date from when annual subscriptions are due. The date has been changed to the 1st January 2106 (and the 1stJanuary every year after). Annual membership will now run from 1st January to 31stDecember every year.
The club will make its annual submission to England Athletics on 31st March so any member renewing his/her membership AFTER that date will incur an additional £5 charge as we will have to make a separate registration. Please spread the news that your current membership will have run for 14 months and everyone should be encouraged to make their payments on time asap after the 1st January. Please can all members complete a renewal form, legibly, and forward to membership secretary making payment by cheque, cash or on-line.
Long standing member of the club, Mary White, with so many local, regional and national awards and records was made a life member at the AGM. Congratulations to Mary.