Lostock 6 Race Report

Lostock 6 Race Report
Sunday 28th February 2016

Chris Steele of Borders A C took the individual win in a “relatively modest” time of 29m 48 secs considering the revised course profile was fast and with ideal weather conditions.

Harriers top runner on the start line was Michael Cayton but unfortunately he had to drop out after only a few miles due to an ongoing stomach issue However, within the “MASSEY” talent pool, youngster (U17) Luke claimed first counter demonstrating all the ability of a future star. His dad Paul said afterwards “I have to accept that I will never beat Luke again as he’s growing stronger day by day”

Bolton won comfortably the team race and Horwich RMI harriers took 3rd place with contributions made by Luke, James and David

Men (3rd team)

9th Luke Massey – 33m 56s
14th James Jordan – 34m 35s
16th David Jackson – 34m 47

In the womens race Elizabeth Greenwood (Blackburn Harriers, U20) was first lady but it was Horwich RMI harriers close packing that ensured a comfortable win for the girls with great runs by Debbie, Maria and Suzanne.

Ladies (1st Team)

37th Debbie Campbell – 37m 43s
56th Maria Lowe – 39m 47s
58th Suzanne Budgett – 39m 57 s

244 runners completed the course and interestingly to note just how many vets were in the field (90% plus) !

Yours in sport, Martyn

Club Road Champs 2016

Senior Club Road Champs 2016

The 2016 senior road championships for both ladies and men will be your best 8 from the follow 10 races, with a minimum of 6 races to qualify for prizes.

The points system is as follows: 30 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 30th.

All races are part of the 2016 Central Lancs Grand Prix


Horwich RMI Road Championships 2016
21/02/16 Central Lancs 5k
06/03/16 Trotters 5M
17/04/16 Radcliffe 10k
11/05/16 Haigh Hall
15/06/16 Horwich 5
03/08/15 Chorley 4.6M
28/08/16 Pennington Flash 5M
11/09/16 Blackleach 5M
25/09/16 Swinton 10M
09/10/16 Gin Pit 5M


Club Fell Champs 2016

The 2016 Senior Fell Championships

The 2016 senior fell championships for both ladies and men will be your best 7 from the follow 15 races, with at least one from each category. (Short, Medium and Long)

The points system is as follows: 15 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 15th.


Senior Fell Championships 2016
Date Category Race
05/03/16 BM Stan Bradshaw Pendle*
20/03/16 BL Heptonstall*
09/04/16 BM Wardle Skyline*
30/04/16 BM The Cake Race*
14/05/16 AM Fairfield
21/05/16 AM Buttermere*
09/06/16 BS 2 Lads*
22/06/16 BS Harrock Hill 2
29/06/16 AS Eddie’s Revenge*
05/07/16 BS Stoodley Pike*
24/07/16 AL Holme Moss
30/07/16 BS Beetham Sports*
03/08/16 AS Whittle Pike*
10/08/16 BM Pilgrim’s Cross
04/09/16 AL Castle Carr*


Horwich has been admitted to the Area Fell GP once again, and the races marked above by a * are the 11 races that make up the series. Full details can be found on the Area Fell GP website.

Don’t forget about the English and British Championships. As usual, the Mike Short Trophy will be awarded to the harrier achieving the highest position in the British Championships.


British Championships 2016
Date Category Race
09/04/16 M Donard – Commedagh Horseshoe
11/06/16 L Pedol Cwm Pennant
09/07/16 S Sedbergh Sports
17/09/16 M Merrick Hill



English Championships 2016
Date Category Race
02/03/16 M Black Combe
07/05/16 S Up The Nab
09/07/16 S Sedbergh Sports
06/08/16 L Borrowdale
20/08/16 M Pendle 3 Peaks
08/10/16 L Langdale Horseshoe


Club Cross Country Championships

Club Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to the Senior Men of the club who have battled this winter to get Horwich promoted from the newly introduced Manchester Area Cross Country League in our first season. With just one fixture left we cannot be overtaken but we have another Championship to battle over in this final fixture.

At the club presentation night (date of which will be confirmed very shortly) we reward overall champions from the road, fell and cross country disciplines. Annually we also have a one off race for the various Club Cross Country Champions. These four categories are the senior men, vet men, senior ladies and vet ladies. There are four club trophies up for grabs at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester on Saturday 13th Feb.

So spread the news and we’ll see you there Saturday to consolidate first men’s team and to battle for intra-club glory.

Peter Ramsdale

Northern XC Champs

Northern XC Champs – Witten Park, Blackburn
Saturday 30th January 2016


Witton Park once again proved its status as one of the best cross country venues in the country with an excellent and tough test for all the athletes. The race route was described by many as a true cross country course and the wintry conditions of mud, hail and rain gave the event some extra spice!

In the Men’s Senior Race 719+ runners (across 52 teams) toed the line and were tasked with 4 loops of 1.81 miles – each loop comprised of two steep hills known locally as the “Saucer” which was the steepest climb (136 feet of climb) and the “T-spoon” (80 feet of climb) (Source: – Dave Jacksons Garmin watch data)

GB international Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers) made his bid early and started to separate from an 8 man group at the end of lap 3 to finally cover the muddy, steep course in 43 mins 16 secs (5min 58 minute min / miling) – which on normal terrain would be worth at least “80 secs” per mile faster.

Our rising star Chris Farrell continues to shine and made a superb progression from 32nd position in last years race to 11th position this year. Only 3 seconds separated him from 10th position and 24 seconds from 6th position! This now provides a useful “performance and fitness indicator” and “confidence booster” as he starts to build now for a GB vest in the European and World Mountain Championships this summer. Chris remarked after the race “it was a brutal course, but brilliant”!!

Salford Harriers took the team honours, packing very tightly their 6 men, averaging out at only 20th position for each! This bodes well for their National XC championship campaign on the 27th February at Donnington Park, Leicestershire. Horwich RMI finished a credible 7th Team out of 52 but unfortunately we had some absences on the day which suggested we could have actually finished very close to a top 3 team finish with a full and healthy team! But well done to all the contributors to the team result and great to see two of our Vet 45s making up the numbers – brilliant!

Chris Farrell – 11th
Joe Mercer – 41st
James Kevan – 61st
Paul Massey -114th (Vet 45)
David Jackson – 117th (Vet 45)
Simon Pymm – 183rd

Under 17 Men

After a cautious start Luke Massey moved through the field using his natural hill strength to secure a credible 32nd position out of 105 finishers. He beat all his “local” opposition from the Greater Manchester squad and his next race will be the UK CAU Inter Counties XC Championship (Birmingham) on the 12th of March.

Finally, a mention must also go to the Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) who were kept busy on the day providing fantastic medical cover. This organisation delivers an enormously beneficial system of medical cover for events like this and deserves all the support that we can give from inside the sport.

Uncle M.