HORWICH RMI Harriers had a good set of results from the short trip to the Roddlesworth Roller 9km trail race organised by Mad Bull Events.

The Harriers vets were out in strength and there were age-category wins for Tony Hesketh (M70), Graham Schofield (M65) and Paul Boardman (M60). Alastair Murray was sixth overall and the second M45.

The event also has the ‘Daffodil Doddle’ for the younger runners so it gives a chance for families to have a race day out together.

Gracie Sherbourne showed she is following in her mother, Lindsey Brindle’s, footsteps by finishing as the third girl in the Doddle. Lindsey, a previous winner at the Roller and an England international, was a spectator as she prepares for a return to racing this year.

Rob Jackson first ran the Roller race 30 years ago with his dad and won it then as an 18-year-old. This week he gave it a miss in favour of taking on the 10k race at Tatton Park where he was 14th of 520 runners, maintaining an impressive record.

Ryan McCaffery also had an impressive result at the England Athletics Combined Events meeting, taking place indoors at the Sheffield Arena.

This pentathlon event involves 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and 800m.

He finished ninth at under-15 and had his best result in the shot put with a 9.69m throw, capping a fine all-round performance.

The City of Manchester Open meeting indoors at SportCity was also witness to another chapter in Joel Ige’s impressive record.

As an u13, and following a triple gold outing recently in Sportshall events, Joel now was competing against older boys and won the 60m in a new personal-best time of 7.69.

Sophie Walton is having a great 2022, too, and was also taking on the 60m, setting a season best of 7.62 in the heat and winning the final.

At the same event, Alistair Sharrock and Joe Beckett had their first competitive outings of the year, with performances that set them up well for a busy 2022 season outdoors.

There were representative honours for four young men from the Harriers at the Inter-Counties cross-country championships in Loughborough.

Toby Middleton, Isaac Battye, Benjamin Hall and Harrison Stokes were all the proud runners in Greater Manchester county vests and will now join Charlotte Wilkinson in representing their counties at the English Schools cross-country championships this weekend at Hop Farm in Kent.

In Yorkshire, two more Harriers vets were running the Haworth Hobble - a 31-mile fell race.

Horwich were represented by Lawrence Pinnell and Gordon Stone, finishing in 346th and 350th places, on a course across the Brontë country with an ascent of 4,400 feet.

In the Yorkshire Dales, on the scenic undulating course at Dentdale, James Kevan and Nick Leigh rounded off another great weekend for the Harriers in multiple events as they were double winners in the red vests.

Kevan won the 7.9-mile road race in 44mins 7secs, with a winning margin of more than four minutes, and Leigh won the 14.2-mile road race in 1:23:27.