Downhill Race

Downhill Race

The annual Downhill Race took place in its usual location, on 15th September, this year a week after the Horwich beer feastival. This did unsure that all runners, marshals and supporters had no excuse after the race but to go home, as it is a school night!

As start time got nearer the merry band of runners reached a grand total of 11 participants with a wonderful spread of ages (junior men to vet 60) but all of the same gender, male.

First off was race organiser Ali closely followed, well 30 seconds later, by Andy F. “I’ll never catch him” said Andy as Ali disappeared into the distance on a quite misty evening – he did but then…… see later…….

Once all 11 had been set off successfully the time keepers, spare time keepers and supporter all jumped into and onto their mode of transport down to the RMI club. There were cars and bikes – no one sat on the roof…..

First back was Ali in 20.02 and even though he was first back, others could beat his time, so no time yet to celebrate. On the running clock Gary Chadderton was next back in 23.11, Doug Fleming 24.22, Andy Ford 26.27, Dan G 26.33, Albert Sunter 27.04, Tony Hesketh 28.13, Mark Swindell 29.01, Ian Charters 33.00 and then we had a gap. There were two runners still out, the weather was still ok but it was getting darker and our junior Sam W didn’t know the route!!!! Steve Botrill had done the race before. After a nervous wait by Sam’s mum, up he ran from Horwich town centre to finish with a time of 36.00 with Steve B completing the set in 39.55.

All back, no one lost or injured (Steve B did manage to get in a bog up to his shorts) but that just let the presentation. After some time subtractions (no possible on a calculator) Ali had the quickest tine of 20.02 with Gary C doing 21.41 and Albert S 22.04.

Thanks to all who made it possible.

Results below.

Starting order Start Time Finish time Name Cat Running Time
Ali 0.00 20.02 1 Ali 1st Vet 40 20.02
Andy 0.30 26.27 2 Gary 1st Vet 50 21.41
Doug 1.00 24.22 3 Albert 1st Vet 55 22.04
Gary 1.30 23.11 4 Doug 2nd Vet 55 23.22
Sam 2.00 36.00 5 Dan 2nd Vet 40 23.33
Tony 2.30 28.13 6 Mark 1st Vet 45 25.01
Dan 3.00 26.33 7 Tony 1st Vet 65 25.43
Ian 3.30 33.00 8 Andy 1st Sen 25.57
Mark 4.00 29.01 9 Ian 1st Vet 60 29.30
Steve 4.30 39.55 10 Sam 1st Jun 34.00
Albert 5.00 27.04 11 Steve 3rd Vet 55 35.05

I should add here that whilst Albert, Tony and Ali all had Garmin distances of 3.22m, Andy F did an incredible 4.03m so takes the ‘value for money’ prize.
Peter Ramsdale

XC Fixtures 2016/17

(Apologies for the lateness of posting – Ed)

Fixture List 2016/17

Manchester League

15th Oct – Wythenshawe Pk, Mcr

12th Nov – Boggart Hole Clough, Mcr

3rd Dec – Heaton Pk, Mcr

14th Jan – Uni Play Fld/Kenworthy Rd, Wythenshawe

11th Feb – Woodback Pk, Stockport

Mid Lancs

1st Oct – Astley Pk, Chorley

29th Oct – Cuerden Valley Park

26th Nov – Cross Challenge, Liverpool

14th Jan – Townley Pk, Burnley

11th Feb – Rossall School, Fleetwood

4th Mar – Leigh Sport Village

Red Rose

15th Oct – Leigh Sport Village

29th Oct – Witton Pk, Blackburn

12st Nov – Leverhulme Park, Bolton

3rd Dec – Marl Pits, Rossendale

South East Lancs

19th Nov – Heaton Pk, Mcr

12th Dec – Tandle Hill, Oldham

23rd Jan – Leigh Sport Village

20th Feb – Astley Pk, Chorley


28th Jan 2017 – Knowsley


25th Feb 2017 – Nottingham


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AGM 2016

The Annual Horwich RMI Harriers and AC AGM will be held in the Horwich RMI Club, Ramsbottom Road on Wednesday 26th October at 8.15pm.

There is a bar and refreshments will be served at 9pm at the conclusion of the meeting.

Should you wish to have anything added to the agenda please notify Pete Ramsdale on before the 20th October.