The club boasts a proud history, dating back to May 1924 when it was founded by the British Rail staff association, known as the ‘Horwich Railway Mechanics Institute (or RMI for short) Harriers and Athletics Club. Members mostly participated in cross country and road racing until the 1970s. In the 80s there was a huge running boom and the number of club memberships grew rapidly, attracting members from both the local area and beyond. Over the subsequent decades there were many notable successes, both at county and national level. During this time the club expanded it’s repertoire and introduced Fell running, which is now one of the club’s strongest disciplines. We are a leading club nationally, providing English British and World Fell Champions. See the achievements of Horwich athletes on the Roll of Honour Boards in Bolton Arena. The opening of Bolton Arena in the year 2001 broadened the scope for the club which allowed them to include Track and Field Athletics. This provided the opportunity to develop the junior section further, strengthening the club’s positions as a club for all. Along with it’s rich running heritage, the club has always organised several events throughout the year, including a duathlon, road and fell races. Our flagship event is the well renown Rivington Pike Fell Race which is considered the second oldest fell race in the national calendar. Come and have a go on Easter Saturday. We are proud to currently have one of the strongest teams in the club’s history along with a large membership ranging from complete beginners and social runners through to national and international athletes. We offer a varied programme covering all disciplines within the sport and a wide-ranging race calendar that gives variety and interest all year round.
From our juniors section that holds training sessions most days of the week, to one of our 4 senior sessions that meet every Tuesday and Thursday.
The Club caters for all levels of runner and there are various sessions during the week that cater for runners of any ability. Tuesday Track sessions, Thursday Hill sessions and a more informal group that meets up at Horwich Leisure Centre.
The juniors section of the running club caters for children between the ages of 8 and 16, as well as regular evening sessions we attend and compete in a number of championships. The club has a number of dedicated coaches who lead the groups and provide a friendly and safe environment for your child to have fun and keep active.