Horwich Festival of Racing

Welcome to the Horwich Festival of Racing, which over the past ten years has grown to become one of the most popular sporting events in the North West.

The event, formerly known as Horwich Carnival Races, has a new title to reflect that it embraces both sporting excellence and community participation across a range of events and activities.

Over the years, more than 7,500 people both young and old, from Olympic and World Championship medallists to those taking part for the very first time have taken to the streets of Horwich, whether to compete for championship medals or simply to enjoy the experience.

The British Cycling Elite Mens and Womens Circuit Championships, the AAA 5K Road Race Championships and in 2010 the British Para-cycling Circuit Championship have been amongst the highlights of past years, whilst the British Masters Federation have now firmly settled on staging their 5K road running and walking championships in Horwich. Alongside them, events for youth and 2nd to 4th category cyclists, a schools cycle challenge, street cycle race and fun run have given opportunities for everyone to take part.

Always looking to offer something different, penny farthing and railway sleeper events have featured been featured, whilst new for 2011 was the street orienteering challenge will test both physical and map reading skills in and around the town centre, with a round of the national para-cycling series one of the highlights on the circuit itself.

With sponsorship from many local companies and organisation including Emerson, Bluemantle, Craftprint, Provincial Insurance, and Bolton arena, along with continued support from both Horwich Town Council and Bolton Council, the Horwich Festival of Racing is set to go from stenght to strength.

A full programme of events and entry forms to submit, will be available nearer the time of the events...

Latest News for 2014

Planning is well underway for the event on June 15th, 2014. The Bourbon Street Roof Raisers have been booked to play at the Crown Roundabout during the day to give a festive atmosphere and the ever popular race-commentator, Geoff Bennette will be in attendance.

Generous grants have been promised by Bolton Council and Horwich Town Council and private sector sponsorship from Emersons, Bluemantle and Joseph Holt. Hopefully. further donations will be received before the event.

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The ever popular vets cycle race, for riders aged 40 and over is returning to the Festival and all the usual cycling , running and walking races will be held. We are hoping to see a repeat of the Fun Swim/Run, introduced the year before last and hope to involve some children with disabilities.

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We welcome back the National Unicycle Road Race. Some of the competitors for this will be travelling from Newcastle and rumour has it that visitors from Norway will again give the race an international flavour.

We have already sought help from “Wheels for All”, a Bolton Council initiative involving adapted cycles. This is part of a national initiative which embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs and enables them to engage in a quality cycling activity.

Along with many organisations in Horwich, we would like to recognise the centenary of the start of the Great War by inviting people to bring along veteran bikes of that era, in appreciation of the importance of cycling at that time. As yet we are seeking to make contact with anyone who has an old machine, and possible an outfit to wear with it. Any ideas will be gratefully received!

For further information on all the above, please contact Neil Brown 01204 693070 or Barbara Ronson 01204 695742

Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 08:00


Running information email John Smith Tel: 07757 115 359

Cycling information email Dave Leyland Tel: 07545 294 399

Sprint Orienteering email Kevan Latham Tel: 07806 746 947