HORWICH Harriers fell captain, Dan Gilbert, continues to lead by example after another good display in the latest round of the Run the Moors grand prix series.

Gilbert was second at Beater Clough, while Gary Chadderton was first M60.

And with Matt Fawthrop ninth overall, it meant Horwich lost only one point to Saddleworth in the men’s team competition and still hold a strong third place of eight clubs.

Alison Mort was second F40 for RTM qualifying runners and moved up to third in the ladies’ open class with Jodie Adamson retaining first place despite missing the race.

Then, at Lee Mill, the first in the Rossendale fell series of four races, Gilbert took fourth place in a close finish, with the top four separated by only 27 seconds.

Sam Fairhurst put himself in a very strong position to win the four-race Harrock Hill series by finishing second in the third race, building on his previous first and second places.

Four days later, he was also second in the UCLAN Central Lancs Duathlon, finishing with a strong second run after the intervening cycle ride.

On Saturday, Horwich took nine young athletes to the latest round of the Youth Development League at Cleavley Athletics Track in Eccles and the team finished third out of five teams.

On a humid day, there were several good multi-event results. At under-13s, Ethan Blyth won the shot and was second in the 1200m, gaining an AAA grade four.

Amelia Green also achieved AAA4 in winning the 75m and was third in the 150m. Holly Turner was third in both the 800m and long jump and Sophie McCaffery was second in the javelin and third in the shot.

Archie Parker was second in the 75m and third in the 150m.

At u15s, Courtney Iredale was second in both the 100m and 200m and third in the long jump, while Ryan McCaffery was first in the 80m hurdles with a AAA4 performance, also winning the 100m.

In the shot, he won with a new personal-best throw of 11.62m which gained an AAA3 grading putting him in the top 30 per cent in the country.

He is having a fine season and is excelling at multi-events. In June, competing for Lancashire, he was second in the regional English Schools Pentathlon, scoring 2,215 points.

With that performance, he qualified for the ESAA Combined Events Championships in Bedford in September, once more competing for Lancashire.

And the PB on Saturday shows he is making good progress and will be ready to do his best for the county team.