Pendle Hill 5th April
This race was the first in this years English Championship and saw a large entry form Horwich compete with the best in England and do very well. Lindsey Brindle in the Ladies race finished a brilliant 7th and also became Lancashire Champion showing that she will be force to be reckoned with this year. In the Men’s race we had 20 runners wearing the famous red and black and Joe Mercer led us home in a fantastic 11th place on a course that really suited him. Forty seconds behind came Chris Farrell 21st and James Kevan 23rd only 6 seconds behind, both having good races. Our final counter was Dave Jackson. In 59th, another very solid performance and completing the team that finished in 6th place. In the Veteran stakes, Pete Heneghan finished a superb second O/70 to last years champion Norman Bush and will be looking to maintain his challenge for honours as the season progresses.
Pendle Junior Races 6th April
After the exploits of the seniors the day before it was down to our talented juniors many running their first proper fell race to fly the Horwich flag.
This was a tough little circuit with a steep climb and descent too. Theo Middleton was 17th reveling in the conditions. Grace Pendlebury 27th just outsprinted Ellie Green 28th at the finish
U/10 Race 1.2k 50 mts
A tough climb then a slog in the mud saw Toby Middleton fresh from being second at Liver Hill on the previous Tuesday take 8th place after a strong run. Matthew Oldfield had his best run to date in 11th. Ella Pendlebury was brilliant fourth girl with Joe Mitchell 35th boy depite not having any shoes with grip. Finally Freya Whittle 50th finished smiling at the finish with 30 runners behind. This race was the largest with 80 finishers.
U/12 Race 2.58 k 112mts
The same start saw 75 children exit the field with Tom Massey leading his troops in a fine 12th place. A great result seeing as he has just moved up an age group. Nathan Lancaster in 26th just held off a fast finishing Robert Seddon 28th by 3 seconds. Lucas Miliken 37th and Alfie Holmes 51st made up the team that where second on the day.
U/12 Race 3.98k 199mts
We only had one runner, Harriet Foley, making her debut for Horwich in this tough race with two hard climbs she ran well for 27th place and enjoyed the experience too.
The next championship race is Rivington Pike on Easter Saturday and again we hope for a good turn out.