Race Winners since 1956...

Below is the complete list of 'Rivington Pike Fell Race winners' since Horwich RMI's revival race first held in 1956. As you can see, it contains some of the sports most respected athletes. Paul Dugdale's remarkable winning streak of '6 straight wins' from '86-91' is the 'pike' races 'modern revival' record, although we must remember the races outright record of 9 wins achieved by the remarkabe Pat Cambell in the series of races held in the 1920's and 30's. Here we can see the 'Royal Doulton Limited edition plate' awarded to each of the previous 'open' race winners since the 1956 race, to comemorate the 50th Anniversary race in 2005.



1956:J.Haslam - 17:47

1957: H.Minshull - 17:58

1958: J. Haslam - 18:17

1959: G. North - 16:48

1960: H. Minshull - 17:06

1961: R. Hill - 17:22
1962: H.R.Fowler - 17:27
1963: P. Hall - 17:37.6

1964: F. Reeves - 17:59

1965: R. Hill - 17:08

1966: R. Hill - 17:56
1967: A. Blinston - 16:47.8

1968: A. Blinston - 16:48.2
1969: A. Blinston - 16:50
1970: R. McAndrew - 17:14.4
1971: R. McAndrew - 16:30
1972: R. McAndrew - 17:05
1973: J. Norman - 17:01
1974: J. Norman - 17:07
1975: H. Walker - 17:02
1976: M. Weeks - 16:38
1977: A. Blinston - 16:31
1978: J. Calvert -16:55
1979: P. Ravald - 17:03
1980: A. Taylor - 16:35





John Wild (centre) is still the 'Pike record holder' over thirty yearsafter winning the 1981 title

1981: J. Wild - 15:53
1982: P. Campbell - 16:35
1983: J. Broxap - 17:13

1984: S. Breckell - 17:08

1985: M. Aspinall - 17:05
* Please note: The results shown above were held before the changes to the course, when in 1986 a new fence was erected past 'Georges lane' which was estimated to add approximately 20 seconds to race times. Therefore, all times above require an additinal 20 seconds if they are to be compared to post 1986 results, as shown below the line.


1986: P. Dugdale - 17:12
1987: P. Dugdale - 16:41
1988: P. Dugdale - 17:05
1989: P. Dugdale - 16:44
1990: P.Dugdale - 16:18
1991: P. Dugdale - 16:39
1992: K. Anderson - 16:41
1993: C. Roberts - 16:37
1994: M. Croasdale - 17:12
1995: R. Hope - 17:45
1996: P. Freary - 17:28
1997: C. Roberts - 16:50
1998: C. Roberts - 17:39
1999: N. Wilkinson - 17:15
2000: M. Bouldstridge - 17:26
2001: Cancelled - outbreak of 'foot & mouth'.
2002: M. Bouldstridge - 16:54
2003: B. Burns - 17:12

2004: A. Jones - 17:02
2005: R. Hope - 17:46

2006: T. Cornthwaite - 17:39

2007: R. Hope - 17:07

2008: R. Hope - 17:40
2009: R. Hope - 17:25
2010: T. Cornthwaite - 17:31
2011: A. Jones - 17:08

2012: T. Cornthwaite - 17:17
2013: T. Cornthwaite - 18:04
2014: R. Hope - 17:18

2015: R. Hope - 17:40
2016: C. Farrell - 17:36

As you can see, John Wild's 1981 record (highlighted in red above) still remains well intact 30 years on, proving what a phenomenal run it was. Although on paper, Wild's record has not been approached, we have to consider Paul Dugdales 1990 run as 'within striking distance' taking into account the combined slowing effects of the 1986 changes. Runners have took a slightly longer route around and through the gate since 1986, and into 'oncoming runners' causing more weaving and caution to be taken. It is therefore acceptable to say Wild's record would have been around the 16:13 mark with the additional 20 seconds taken into account, making Dugdale's 16:18 a close 2nd on the 'all-time' list to go with his No.2 ranking of total 'pike wins'.