Radcliffe 3 Day Event
11/12/ 13 th July
This event comprises of 3 races fell, x.c and Trail each race allows none eventers to run so in some cases you are competing against fresh legs if people just enter a single event. There were six of us representing Horwich on the hottest days of the year. Rob Jackson was runner up a remarkable run of results as he has won the event outright on two occasions and has been runner up twice Rob excelled in the 3 races to record a time of 1.46.47, Josie Greenhagh went one better winning the Ladies trophy finishing 14th overall again with some excellent performances.with a time of 2.04.59.
Bull Hill Fell 11th July
A large entry of almost 200 runners of which 16 came from Horwich and assembled for this race which Horwich dominated winning the Mens ,Womens and a number of Veterans awards. First for us behind winner Darren Kay was Chris Farrell after a strong race in second place leading us to a team victory ably backed up by newcomer Jonathan Brutton 7th, Rob Jackson 9th his first race of three and Andy Lloyd 12th. The Ladies saw a great run by Josie Greenhalgh being rewarded with victory and just behind in second was Suzanne Budgett a third lady was required to give us the chance of team victory and this came from Christa Whatmough after a superb run clinching the Ladies win by two points.Tony Hesketh was first O/65 and also beat all the O/60 with a good race.
Radcliffe A.C X.C 12th July
Another hot night greeted the runners for this tough X.C with hills aplenty at Giants Seat Radcliffe with the winner being an entry on the night R.Powell of Trafford, once again Rob Jackson ran a great race for fourth Josie Greenhalgh ran well bot again was beaten by a runner entering on the night but she had consolidated her lead in the Ladies race in 20th place, Tony Hesketh was 31st and first O/65 with Tony Varley second O/65 in 38th place David Barnes was 56th and Trevor Fishwick was 64th with both running well.
VLA Trail Race 13th July
Scorching sunshine made this race a survival test with everyone finishing drained at the end. Mark Russell Salford won and clinched the series with Rob Jackson doing what was required to secure runners up spot with a fine run in third place. Josie Greenhalgh hung on to her lead to finish 14th overall despite finishing 4th lady to win the series by over 3 minutes. Tony Hesketh was first O /65 and also clinched the O/65 series award in 17th place overall closely followed by Tony Varley in 25th place, David Barnes was 40th with Trevor Fishwick 41st with less the 3 minutes separating them at the finish.
All the races are very well organised with plenty of prizes and after the series everyone gets a technical Tee Shirt for finishing, definitely one to recommend for the future and only costs £12 for three races.