HORWICH'S juniors stole the limelight with terrific performances in the mud at Marl Pits in Rossendale – venue for the final round of the Red Rose Cross Country League.

The under-11 and u13 girls achieved solo and team successes with Emma Bradley and Lucy Dixon securing the individual series titles.

There were high series placings for Imogen Andreassen, Charlotte Wilkinson and Pip Nuttall at u11, while at u13 Eva Baldwin gained third place in the series.

The u15 boys were second in the series and Thomas Massey, Robert Seddon and Matthew Mair were all top-10 finishers. On the day, Ella Pendlebury took second place in the u15 girls’ race.

The seniors then took the stage at Marl Pits and Lindsey Brindle was third in the women's race and there were vet category wins for Tony Hesketh at V65 and John Parker at V75.

With these wins, Hesketh gained the series' first place and Parker series second place in their age categories.

Also in the series, David Milliken (V50) and Steve Williams (V60) both gained second places.

The Harriers also turned out in the Manchester Cross Country League.

Janet Rashleigh was the only female representative but a great run got her the L55 first place.

The men maintained a push to keep top-flight status by finishing 13th of 52 teams.

Nick Leigh, in 15th, led the team home followed by Andy Lloyd and Andy Ford, who turned out again on Sunday in the Wadsworth half trog where the latter survived a nasty fall to take 13th place.

Also, for fell achievements, Freya Whittle was awarded a £100 prize by Horwich Rotary Club.

Ford was not the only Harrier to double up this week as Aleks Clayden achieved a personal best at Bolton parkrun as the first u15 home and then turned out at the Marl Pits cross country.

Not satisfied with that, on Sunday, he took second place in the junior parkrun at Queens Park.

Meanwhile, Rob Jackson hit the Northern Masters Christmas Trail at Leigh for the 10k in which he achieved joint first place.

He also sealed second place in the predicted time event, finishing just nine seconds off his predicted time.

Harriers members have been fundraising again for a great cause and last week Alastair Murray ran from the Great Barn up Rivington Pike and down again 15 times to achieve a distance of 29.4 miles and a total ascent of 9,183 feet – a great piece of endurance running raising so far more than £650 for the Bolton Sunday Street Kitchen to help keep homeless people safe and warm over the cold winter months.

If anyone wishes to donate more to this cause go to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sunday-street-kitchen-bolton-helping-the-homeless.

His wife, Karen, provided nutritional support at the base camp and Murray was joined on his run by other club members on some of the climbs.

Horwich RMI Harriers results: Kirkby Moor fell race (nr Barrow in Furness) – 7th Dan Gilbert 57:05.

MACCL XC (university playing fields) – (women) – 37th Janet Rashleigh 29:46; (men) – 15th Nick Leigh 34:56, 49th Andy Lloyd 37:06, 53rd Andy Ford 37:22, 127th Michael Chadderton 40:22, 220th Gary Chadderton 43:35, 244th Doug Fleming 44:08, 391st Lawrence Pinnell 52:42.

Red Rose XC (Marl Pits, Rawtenstall) – (women) – 3rd Lindsey Brindle 21:56, 52nd Oriel Hardman 29:14, 81st Emma Collings 34:38; (men) – 9th Scott Farrington 33:14, 87th Ian Collings 40:47, 119th Tony Hesketh 44:20, 166th John Parker 55:12.

Wadsworth Half Trog fell race (nr Hebden Bridge) – 13th Andy Ford 1:23:03.

Cardington Cracker fell race (Church Stretton) – 189th David Barnes 2:00:45.

Myerscough 10k road race (nr Preston) – 14th Neil Holding 1:02:25.

Northern Masters Xmas 10k trail race (Leigh) – 1st Rob Jackson 38:39.