Ashurst Beacon

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 23rd Jan 2016

Horwich RMI Harriers where out in force at the Ashurst Beacon Fell Race last Saturday which was the final race in the 2015 Championship. The underfoot conditions were very treacherous with very deep mud in places. The downhill start gets the field strung out quickly and with a one mile climb to the finish runners have to be careful not to go off to fast.

Ben Johnson of Southport won with his time well outside the course record held by Horwich’s Nick Leigh. The first Horwich finisher was Andy Ford whose 42.24 was good enough for 12th place. Two minutes behind in 23rd place came the consistent Graham Schofield – first vet O/55 in 44.31. Ian Hepburn ran well for 27th place and Nick Kelly just held off Paul Boardman by 4 seconds finishing 30th and 31st. Suzanne Budgett won her O/50 catagory in 61st and fourth lady in 49.01 with Tony Hesketh who won the race in 1988 just behind in 64th in a time of 49.18 taking the first O/65 award easily. Sandra Kelly ran well after doing a Park Run in the morning timed at 52.31 second O/45 in 94th place. Gordon Stone ran 57.30 for 122nd with Lawrence Purnell a minute behind him 131st.

Quality not Quantity

Tandle Hill XC Report from yesterday

Quality not Quantity

Horwich MRI Harriers had just 11 runners in the third South East Lancs Cross Country race at Tandle Hill Oldham on Saturday but with four 1st places and a 1st Team in the under 13 boys race, they certainly turned on the performances. In challenging muddy conditions over a quite hilly course it was always going to favour the stronger and fitter athletes.

The Under 13 boys race had Luke Brindle in 1st place in 14.51, on a course where he won last year, and with Robert Seddon 5th in 15.35, Matthew Mair 6th in 15.42 and Mathhew Flatters 9th in 16.06 the team prize was never in doubt. Ella Pendlebury came a very creditable 4th in 17.42 in the under 13’s girls race. In the first race of the day Lydia Johnson in the under 11’s came 14th in 11.18.

The under 15’s race saw Lewis Wilkes come 5th in 13.52. With just 14 seconds behind third place it was a close race and a good battle all the way round. The small but competitive under 17’s race saw Luke Massey turn on the style as he literally raced away with first place to finish in a time 20.22 nearly a minute ahead of second.

With the course now properly churned up with the other races, the senior men took to the course. After running the first mile with Tom McGuinness from East Cheshire Harriers, Chris Farrell pulled away in a dominant display of cross country running. Attacking every hill and making the mud seem almost non-existent Chris completed the 10km course in 36.21 over 2 minutes ahead of second place. Paul Massey had a really great performance in 5th place overall and finished first V45 in 41.59. Showing that age is no barriers John Parker was 2nd V70 in 62.44.

Attention now moves to Blackburn on Saturday for the annual Northern Cross Country Championship races. See you there.

Peter Ramsdale


Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn

Mid Lancs XC Hyndburn 17th Jan

A small group of Horwich RMI Harriers travelled to Accrington for the fourth race in the xc league and with the muddy conditions the races were tougher than normal.

The U/13 boys began were they left off last week with a strong team packing and winning on count back from Blackburn. Tom Massey had a superb race finishing 3rd. With Luke Brindle and Robert Seddon 8th and 9th the boys had done enough to take victory.

The U/17 boys saw Luke Massey run well for fourth place in the testing conditions.

The senior men were represented by two stalwarts of the club. Paul Massey had a great race recording 39.55 for 17th place and 6th Veteran whilst Tony Hesketh finished 3rd O/60 in 142nd place in 50.45.


Manchester Xc League / Race Report / Heaton park

Manchester Xc League / Race Report / Heaton park

Saturday 16th January 2016

Only 1 day before the race we still had a very limited squad, not even enough to form the necessary team of 6 senior men and 4 vets that would count towards our promotional prospects !

The course was a nice contrast to the mud bath of Boggart Hole Clough but equally challenging but highly runnable and each of the 3 laps (2 miles each) ending with a steep, challenging hill up into the finish area.

Interesting to note that there were no ladies competing from the club ? !

Whilst Joe and Gareth ran against the competition, 3 harriers “battled hard” against each other in a bid to claim bragging rights of the clubs “king of the Vet 45-49 age category” ! The trio ran within 5-10 seconds of each other for all 3 laps. David Jackson lived “in the shadows” for almost 38 minutes and only made his bid on the final 300m hill. Only 7 seconds in the end split Martyn Bell, Dave Jackson and Dave Milliken !!!

Final positions out of 329 finishers:

Joe Mercer – 11th
Gary Booth 20th (3rd Vets 40-44 cat)
Martyn Bell – 50th (5th vets 45-49 cat)
David Jackson – 52nd (6th vets 45-49 cat)
David Milliken – 53rd (7th vets 45-49 cat)
Andy Ford – 94th
Gary Chadderton – 170th (14th vets 50-55 cat)
Doug Fleming – 177th (7th vets 55-59 cat)
Mark Swindell – 252nd (39th vets 45-49 cat)
Eddie Simpson – 296th (45th vets 45-49 cat)
Lawrence Pinnell – 299th (47th vets 45-49 cat)
Gordon stone ? cant see name mentioned or position?

Team Position for this Match

1. Trafford
2. Salford A
3. Sale H
4. East Cheshire
5. Horwich RMI Harriers

Overall a great result for the club and even with a much weakened team we still finished 5th team in Division 1, never mind division 3 !

More comprehensive details can be found on the following website: –

The “cumulative” match scores (4 completed so far) will be released by Wednesday 20th January – this information will then allow us to assess exactly what we need to do as a team to secure our promotion into Division 2 for next year. Results for Saturday’s race can be found on the link below.

The last match of the season will be held at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, M23 0PH on Saturday 13th February.


Greater Manchester XC

Greater Manchester XC Championships 9th Jan

A very muddy and testing course greeted the runners for the annual XC Championships at Leverhulme Park.

The Horwich U/13 boys began proceedings with a brilliant team performance with their three scorers finishing in the first ten. Tom Massey who is in fine form at the moment led them home in an excellent 4th place in 12.08 closely followed by Luke Brindle 6th in 12.45 with Robert Seddon finishing 10th in 13.01. The Silver Medals were won. The remaining Horwich runners who all ran well were Matthew Flatters 15th and Matthew Maer 16th, seperated by only three seconds, and Toby Middleton 24th in 13.38.

In the U/13 girls Ella Pendlebury finished 18th only a minute behind the winner and Milly Lever running in her first championships finished a well deserved 49th.

The only representative in the U/15 was Lewis Wilkes and he recorded 17.05 for the 4k course.

Luke Massey in the U/17 race finished just outside the County qualifying positions in sixth place and will have to wait and see if the selectors pick him for the Inter Counties.


Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne Fell Race 31st December 7 miles

Over 400 runners gathered at the start for this popular fell race. The conditions were good for racing although very muddy. Chris Farrell had a brilliant race sitting on England International Tom Adams shoulder until the final mile he pulled away to record a famous victory in 41.19. Another great run came from Irish International Kilian Mooney with a third place finish in 42.55. Another low scoring counter was required for the team award and this came from Michael Cayton who recorded 42.55 in an excellant 9th place. This clinched the team prize by some way. Other good runs came from Paul Boardman 119th in 57.28 and Steve Jackson was third O/60 in 146th place in a time of 58.48. The final Horwich runners were Tony Hesketh in 206th and Jason Middleton 311th

Junior Fell Championships 2016

Junior Fell Championships 2016

This years Junior Fell Championships will be made up with the 6 English Championships races being joined by four other local races one of which is on 29th May and is the Greater Manchester Championships at Saddleworth and will be our main target in the early season.

We have put Wray Caton Fell Race in after an absence of three years on 2nd May as this has good junior races along with a senior race, a Scarecrow festival and a brilliant country fair.

As usual all age groups can gain points – 10 for first Horwich finisher down to 1 point for the tenth. A minimum of three races should be completed to be eligible for an award at the end of the season. If you are intent on doing the English you need to join the FRA which costs around £9 but you get 3 magazines and a fixture book. Additionally, if you finish 4 championship races you are awarded a Tee Shirt and for completing the 6 races you get a hoodie as well.

21st Feb Ilkley Yorks
2nd April Pendle Yorks
16th April Todd Crag Cumbria
2nd May Wray Caton
7th May Hawkswick Yorks
14th May Malham Yorks
29th May Saddleworth Greater Manchester Championships
11th June Turner Uphill Cumbria (Uphill only Championships)
18th June Clougha Pike Lancs
2nd July Stretton Shropshire

Any queries contact Tony Hesketh 01204 668183

Prediction Race

Prediction Race 30th December 2015

Despite the bad weather 16 Horwich juniors braved the elements to run a 2k course just below the Pigeon Tower.

Runners had to predict what time they would record with the nearest winning a prize. Lewis Wilkes won the race in a brilliant time of 8.14 and was second in the predictions with Theo Middleton guessing to within 4 seconds taking the prize for nearest. U/11 star Cian Healy was second finisher in 8.38 after a typical gutsy run and was third in the predictions.

In the girls race Ella Pendlebury ran well to finish first girl holding off a fast finishing Niamh Speakman with U/11 Grace Pendlebury finishing third after a good race.

1 Lewis Wilkes 8.14
2 Cian Healy 8.38
3 Tom Masssey 8.47
4 Toby Middleton 9.10
5 Robert Seddon 9.38
6 Ella Pendlebury 9.45
7 Niamh Speakman 10.22
8 Finlay Hayes 10.24
9 Calum Moseley 11.30
10 Josh Houghton 11.52
11 Grace Pendlebury 12.00
12 Theo Middleton 12.04
13 Sam Speakman 12.07
14 Harry ? 12.15
15 Ellie Green 13.20
16 Lydia Johnson 14.00

The senior race of 4 miles had only 3 runners with runners running up to Rivingon Pike and back but predictions were remarkably accurate with Paul Lewis winning the race in 38.00 and predicting his time to the second. Mark Seddon was second in 38.30 with his prediction being 90 seconds out with O/65 Derek Kay finishing in 42.01 and only 4 seconds outside his predicted time.