Clayton-le-Moors Harriers have not been battling for flat screen TVs in the local Tesco! Far from it; they have been much too busy battling for the finish in a wide variety of cross country, road and fell races.
Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Liverpool
Junior coach Jason Pier said, “Well done to the 12 juniors who competed in the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Liverpool. This fixture is a first class event attended by some of the very best junior runners in the country. You all showed great effort and determination to do well on a very fast course which showed in the great results. As always the togetherness of the juniors was evident as you all cheered each other on around the course. Well done to ALL of you.”
Girls and boys set off together in this event so it was a very large field of 164 runners at the start. This didn’t seem to bother our fabulous five and they all had a great time.
U-11 Boys (64 runners)
Finally caught a photo of our under-11 boys in action. As they are the first to race, it’s sometimes quite difficult to catch them as their races are fast, and over in the blink of an eye. It was a pair of solid performances from some of our youngest members. Well done Dexta and Finan
U-11 Girls (100 runners)
A trio of our youngest girls took part. Roanna Holdsworth was the first Clayton girl. Well done to Roanna, Kady and Milly.
U-13 Girls (98 runners)
Another trio of Clayton Junior girls ran in this race. Briony Holt had another great run finishing in 11th place amid some top level competition. Well done Briony. Well done to Liberty and Natasha as well.
U-15 Boys (116 runners)
Curtis and Simon put in good, solid performances in this group. Well done lads.
Alice was our sole representative in this extremely competitive and fast group. A great performance; well done Alice.
To finish off a great day’s racing a couple of our junior girls met Steve Cram; legendary middle distance runner.
Irene Roche, Ladies Cross Country Captain, said, “A great big thanks and well done to all Team Clayton who ran at Liverpool today. Possibly a record Clem Lady turnout at this venue! Decent weather and good fun all round.”
Ladies Race – 255 runners
Report by Chris Holdsworth
Of all the XC races of the previous season, Sefton Park was by far the fastest on the calender. Not only was this due to the flatness of the course, but because of the sheer amount of talented runners dragging you along the course. The same can be said for 2014’s XC fixture!
After the battle of Barlick that I endured at Hyndburn XC, where each member eventually passed me on a very muddy, leg sapping trail, I had hoped to bridge the gap a little more on a faster course. However, in the mass start I found myself unable to weave my way through the pack and was pushed back further than I’d hoped, leaving me with a lot of ground to cover. A new battle I had not considered emerged in it’s place, a battle with Ron Hill and his swanky silk orange short shorts.This lasted approximately one mile until I left him in my dust (joking aside, Breton had a great race and is coming back to form).
My main objective from this point on was to stay as close to the Barlick boys as much as possible. This was successful until around the 5km mark where Chris Singleton, Marc Hartley and Nick Treitl all pulled away, with the leader of the pack (Chris) ending up finishing around 30 seconds ahead. I ended up finishing around a minute ahead of my time from last year, in 34:21. I had thought that I might of produced a slightly faster time than that of last year, having a full year of running under the belt. Unfortunately I think Thursday’s speed session was still rattling around my legs, particularly feeling the effects in the first two miles.
Among the many talented runners on show, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers produced some excellent performances and had a great showing of numbers too. Bring on the next one!
Special mention for Martin Brady; this was his 100th race this year! An awesome achievement from Martin.
Mens Race – 520 runners
English Schools Cross Country Cup Finals
Ellie Root travelled with her team from Skipton Girls’ High School to Newquay to take part in the ESAA Cross Country Cup National Finals. Ellie came a fantastic 27th out of 131 runners and helped her team to become National Champions. Thanks must go to all the Junior coaches and volunteers that have helped Ellie along the way. We are all very proud.
Todmorden Park 5k Series – Race 2 – 27th November
70 runners took part in this evening event. A cohort of 5 Clayton Harriers took part.
Kirkby Moor Fell Race – 29th November
Kirkby Moor Fell Race is described as a fast race over rolling moorland: a mixture of heather, sheep tracks and sometimes the access tracks for the windmills. It’s not that high or steep, so a good race for beginners and road runners, but some parts are still quite hard going and navigation on the moor can be very interesting in the November fog.
Mike Wallis and Jean Brown headed up to the low-key Kirkby Moor fell race on Saturday. 11km over the moors north of Kirkby in Furness. A return to racing after a year out with injury for Mike was rewarded with a prize for 2nd MV50! Jean also left with a prize – for 2nd LV40.
Wesham 10k – 29th November
Race report from Michael Hogan
I had picked this race to crack the elusive sub 40 run that I was desperate for. The race started in near perfect conditions, unnatural for the end of November really, but who are we to argue.
Terry O’Leary and Jordan Mcdonald shot off like whippets, I set my pace at 6:20 min miles and started getting my long lost race face on. With the last few races I have done, the 3-4 mile window seems to coincide with my brain going walkabout and pace being lost, not today, with Graham Cunliffe for company concentration was paramount.
The race flew past. It was predominantly flat with a few undulations to break the stride, and, as the last few corners loomed, it was all or nothing. Drop a gear and floor it time – hey presto 39:56! back in the sub 40club.
Well done to all the Clayton runners and a special mention for Jackie Kershaw who was the sole Clayton Lady in this race for achieving a new PB.
Wesham 10k – 408 runners
|261||Ted Orrell||MV75||00:52:29 (1st in class)|
The Best 5k – Preston – 30th November
Just one club member at this event run in and around Preston North End football ground. 139 runners took part. Well done Julie!
Movember 10k – 30th November
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their Mo’s, Bro’s and Sista’s raise vital funds and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
A couple of Clayton Harriers took part in this fundraising event among 305 starters. Bryan getting a new personal best taking him closer to a 50 minute target for the 10k (maybe a go faster moustache is needed for next year’s event!) Well done to the Brian and Bryan.
David Staff Memorial Fell Race – 30th November
The race is run in memory of David Staff who turned 17 years of age on 5th December 1994 which then allowed him to compete as a senior for the Darwen Dashers. His first race (and last) as a senior was in the Clitheroe 10k on 27th December 1994.
David collapsed and died by the road side at 5 miles from a condition called Hyperthropic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, which in laymans terms is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscles which interrupted the electrical pulses which keeps the heart working. This condition takes the lives of approximately 8 so-called fit and healthy young people a week, most of them are actively engaged in sport, but it is not the sport that kills; it is the exertion that acts as a trigger.
Darwen Dashers host this race to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, the charity that David’s father Granville actively supports. The funds raised are used to provide heart screening in the young.
18 Clayton Harriers took part in this race with Andrew Orr first Clayton man in for the club. Vet runners David Scott and Katy Thompson took first positions in their age categories. Katy was also first Clayton lady in for the club. Well done to all that took part in this commendable local race.
|85||Andrew M. Dugdale||M50||00:39:06||(021/032)|
|106||David I. Scott||M70||00:40:57||(001/006)|
|132||Julia A. Rushton||F50||00:43:57||(006/010)|
A few people visited new parkrun locations this week as well as the more local ones. Some great placings and a couple of personal bests for Jonathan Pye and Jackson McKay. Well done parkrunners
Burnley parkrun – a total of 141 runners took part.
|2||Jonathan PYE||00:18:02||New PB!|
|4||Andrew MCFARLANE||00:19:36||First timer!|
|7||Jackson MCKAY||00:20:16||New PB!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 35 runners took part.
|12||Barry MITCHELL||00:25:48||First timer!|
South Manchester parkrun – A total of 377 runners took part.
|2||Jacob BOYLE||00:16:38||First timer!|
Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham – A total of 437 runners took part.
Ormskirk parkrun – A total of 87 runners took part.
|4||Richard STEVENSON||00:18:40||First timer!|
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 141 runners took part.
Clayton Ladies turn 21
Clayton Ladies are 21 years old! Well actually I am far too polite to mention the combined ages of all 26 ladies that attended a celebration of 21 years of Ladies Thursday Night Training at the Agra restaurant on 7th November. A good old time was had by all. Here’s to the next 21 years.
Fell Runners Association Presentations
The FRA Annual Presentation Dinner and Dance was held in Telford this year. After a year when the first British championship race in Northern Ireland demanded good navigation skills, the first challenge of the evening was finding the venue, with a crucial 100m stretch of road being closed and no diversion signs. Eventually (up to an hour in at least one case!) everyone found the Hotel and the night began in earnest.
When the presentations began, Clayton’s star for 2014 was Linda Lord – picking up her trophy for first Lady Vet 65 in the English Championship – brilliant result Linda! Kieran Carr was second in the Male Vet 65 English Championship; Wendy Dodds second in the Lady Vet 55 and 60 English Championships. Wendy was also awarded a coveted Lakeland Classics Mug for being first Lady Vet 60 in the series. We then picked up our medals for the second Lady Vet 40 team in the British Champs (counters Wendy Dodds, Barbara Savage and Jean Brown with Katy Thompson competing in all of the races as a great insurance counter). Fantastic results.
The evening ended with a Ceilidh… we all got away with our feet intact. A great evening. What will the club be picking up at the presentations this time next year…?
The FRA has also decided to take a leap into the 21st century and collect subscriptions online, using the membership system offered by SiEntries. This will accept payment by direct debit, debit or credit cards. We will NOT be accepting any payments by Standing Order from now on.
All members including those who previously paid by standing order, Life and Honorary Members need to complete the renewal process by Wednesday 10th December otherwise you will not receive the FRA Handbook & Fixtures Calendar in time for Christmas. Those who renew late will receive the handbook in late January.
To renew, please visit http://www.sientries.co.uk/fra.
English / British Fell Championships 2015
For those interested in taking part in some of the English / British Championship races in 2015 they were published on the FRA presentation programme as:
Short – Flower Scar 7 March
Medium – Stretton Six Summits 9 May
Long – Duddon Valley 30 May
Long – Bradda, Isle of Man 11 July
Short – Lingmell Dash 25 July
Medium – Guisborough 3 Tops 6 Sept
Medium – Moelwyn Peaks (Wales) 18 April
Medium – Durisdeer (Scotland) 13 June
Short – Lingmell Dash (England) 25 July
Long – Seven Sevens (Northern Ireland) 15 August
If you are interested in running any of the races have a look at the details on the races pages of the FRA website – some have on-line pre-entry opening on 1 December.
Club Fell Championship
Provisional Final Standings in Club Fell Championship are now available. The 2014 Club Fell Championship consists of five races, with a member’s best three races counting. The qualifying races were:
- Saturday 8th March 11:00 am – Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round (BM), Barley.
- Saturday 12th April 11:00am – Coledale Horseshoe (AM), Braithwaite.
- Thursday 19th June 7:15 pm – Aggie’s Staircase (AS), Darwen.
- Sunday 10th August 10:30 am – Boulsworth Fell (BM), Trawden.
- Saturday 15th November 10:30am – Tour of Pendle (AL), Barley.
Jean Brown tops the ladies results and Matthew Perry tops the mens.
Pendle Aggregate Trophy Competition
Final standings for the 2014 Pendle Aggregate Trophy are now available. This competition consists of five qualifying races, with a member’s best four races counting. The qualifying races were:
- Saturday 8th March 11:00 am – Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round (BM), Barley.
- Saturday 5th April Ladies 12:30 pm, Men 2:00 pm – Pendle Fell Races (AS), Barley.
- Tuesday 13th May 7:15 pm Mearley Clough Fell Race (AS), Worston.
- Saturday 23rd August 2:00 pm Pendleton Fell Race (AS), Pendleton.
- Saturday 15th November 10:30 am Tour of Pendle (AL), Barley.
Joint top places are Christopher Holdsworth and Jean Brown
Club Road Palladium
In the Road Palladium Competition members receive points for competing in any road race. There are separate competitions for Ladies and Men. Leaders are currently Jackie Kershaw and Chris Holdsworth.
Junior Helpers Still Needed
A big thank you to Nat Harrison, Joanne Bennett, Richard Briscoe, Richard Stevenson, Vicky McKay and Steph Jackson for all your help at the junior training session. Your help is greatly appreciated
If any other seniors would like to give us a hand, even on a one off basis then please get in touch. Most weeks are interval session based so you can either join in (risking getting spanked by a 12yr old!) or just help marshal the session. Everybody is welcome. I’ll be starting a rota on the website in the coming days.
Contact Andrew Armstrong for further information
Winter Training News
Winter Training at Barden Athletics Track. Starts this Thursday 4th Dec. 6.30pm. The sessions from Network 65 have now finished until further notice.
Unofficial Christmas Do
This Saturday 6th December.
Order of the day….Run @ Marl Pits XC (Rawtenstall). Home for food, water and glad rags then a night in the metropolis of Burnley, meeting in Weatherspoons @ 7:30pm. After which it’s a free for all!
Don’t forget to have a great week running and racing. If you are out and about please get in touch and tell us all about it, with lots of photos as well if you can. There is still lots going on. Coming up this week;
- Todmordon Park 5k Night series
- Red Rose XC – Marl Pitts, Rossendale
- Guys 10, Garstang
- Ulverston or Great Langdale Chrismas Pudding races
- 3-1-4 Lancaster half marathon
- And of course parkrun