Well, it may be a tad early for the tulips but this week you have been fell running at Flower Scar, touring Pendle on the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, Doddling with Daffodils, Rolling at Roddlesworth, finishing the cross country season in Lancaster, road racing in Trafford and PB-ing at parkrun.
Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Lancaster 7 March
Our U-11 girls put in some solid performances in the last race of the cross country season.
Our U-11 boys ran really well in their last fixture. Jackson McKay continues to shine and finished in 2nd place closely followed by his team mates Dexta Thompson and Finlay Stubbs. Well done for a trio of top twenty finishes!
Running without Briony Holt, the U13 girls were keen to perform well for a team medal. Excellent team spirit prevailed and all four girls ran their socks off with top ten finishes for Ellie Root and Millie Stubbs. Not too far behind them team-mates Liberty Thompson and Natasha Olszewska finished in the top 20. Their team finished in second place. Well done girls!
Girls Team Position – 2nd place E Root | M Stubbs | L Thompson
An excellent second place finish for Alice Pier and a steady run from Lucy Stevenson earned her seventh place.
Thomas Bradley was the sole representative for the club in this age group, as was Beth Quinn in the U-17 Women’s race.
A very close call for Jordan McDonald with eventual winner Thomas Marchant literally frothing at the mouth from the effort of keeping in front of Jordan at the finish line.
Senior Men U-20
George continues to put in great performances with the senior men and was the second counter in the ‘A’ team place.
With many of our usual runners taking on the Flower Scar Fell Race, 8 Clayton ladies took part in this final fixture. Our Vet 45 team were in second place and our Vet55 team were first place. Well done ladies!
Kath Brady missing from results
Ladies Team Positions
Team ‘A’ – 14th Place I Roche | J Knightley | D Richardson
Team ‘B’ – 23rd Place H Burnett | Y Wickham | C Leathley
Over 35 ‘A’ – 6th Place I Roche | J Knightley | D Richardson
Over 35 ‘B’ – 14th Place H Burnett | Y Wickham | C Leathley
Over 45 ‘A’– 2nd Place I Roche | J Knightley | D Richardson
Over 45 ‘B’- 8th Place Y Wickham | C Leathley | S Allen
Over 55 – 1st Place – I Roche | J Knightley | C Leathley
As with the ladies, numbers were a little down as some of our usual XC competitors were at the Flower Scar Fell Race or the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round. 14 Clayton men ran in the final fixture. Well done to Kevin Davies for his 1st Vet 50. Our Vet 50 A team finished in 3rd place and our Vet 60 team were first. Well Done!
|27||Kevin Davies||V50 (1St)||33:05|
Men’s Team Positions
Team ‘A’ – 9th Place KDavies | G Pier | R Stevenson | J Roche | M Hogan | J Wilcock
Team ‘B” – 14th Place J Pickup | P Booth | A Quinn | J Pier | D Scott | A Howarth Over 40 ‘A’ – 5th Place K Davies | J Roche | M Hogan | J Wilcock
Over 40 ‘B’ – 14th Place J Pickup | P Booth| A Quinn| J Pier
Over 50 ‘A’ – 3rd Place K Davies | J Roche | J Wilcock
Over 50 ‘B’ – 9th Place J Pickup | P Booth | D Scott
Over 60 – 1st Place J Pickup | P Booth | D Scott
Cross-Country Inter-Counties Championships – 7 March
Congratulations to Briony Holt who was selected for the Lancashire team that competed at the Inter-Counties Championships held in Birmingham. Running perfect weather conditions in the U13 girls team she came 50th out of 305 people and was the second Lancashire finisher. The Lancashire U13 girls team finished in 13th place (41 teams took part).
Well done Briony, a credit to the club!
Flower Scar Fell Race – 7 March
Men’s Race – 325 Runners
17 Clayton Harriers took part in the Flower Scar Fell Race, a counter for the FRA English Championships. It is described as a gem of a race with steep climbs, rough moor and fast paths, typifying all that’s best about South Pennine fell running. Starting close to Todmorden town centre, this race takes you to the parts of Todmorden that other races don’t reach, for this year the route will be partially flagged. Breton Holdsworth was the first (and most noticeable) Harrier home crossing the finish in 74th place with at time of 46:06.
A special mention for Kieran Carr who was the first Vet70 finisher at this event.
Fell Captain Dave Motley reported, “Well this was first English Championship Fell Race and what a cracking day for it. The course had been altered slightly to cope with the number of competitors but in essence it was very similar to the usual route. After a lung bursting start across the park and up through the woods the field was strung out and this continued as the route became steeper to Flower Scar summit. The descent back to the road was welcome as oxygen debt was on me before having to tackle a 2nd climb, then back through the farms and down the forestry path to the start.
We had a really good turn out from the lads and some great runs and the race was reflected afterwards with a pint or 2 in the Hare & Hounds. For me this race is what running is about, testing yourself against the elite in the sport, great banter and a pint to finish”
|247||Kieran Carr||MV70 1st||58:20|
Women’s Race – 148 Runners
Ladies Captain, Jean Brown, reported, “We had a recent record of nine ladies out racing at the Flower Scar race which is the first of the English Championship races for 2015. Although one of the short races, it was tough – a lot of runnable terrain with the odd steeper section, a wonderful descent off Flower Scar itself then a sting in the tail with a final climb before the run down to the finish. Very muddy in places but could have been worse. Next up is Club fell champs counter, Black Combe, next weekend – then the Welsh British Champs race on 18 April.”
Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round – 8 March
188 runners took part in this iconic local race.
Roddlesworth Roller – 8 March
Seven Clayton Harriers took part in this local fell race described by the organiser as “a well marshalled course, starting and finishing near the Hare and Hounds, Abbey Village, traversing the shale tracks of Roddlesworth, the roads of Tockholes, and the scenic delights of the area. Tough but enjoyable!”
Daffodil Doddle – 8 March
Junior race at the Roddlesworth Roller. Team Thompson were out in force for this event, taking their mum along with them! It is a 2.2km off-road trail run.
Trafford 10k – 8 March
Stephen Biscomb took part in this fast-paced 10K road race among over 800 runners.
|Pos.||Name||Chip Time||Cat.||Cat. Pos.|
Lots of PBs at Burnley this week and a bit of parkrun tourism as well.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 225 runners took part.
|3||Jacob WATSON||00:17:55 – New PB!|
|6||Matthew DUCKWORTH||00:18:25 – New PB!|
|20||Simon WILSHAW||00:21:30 – New PB!|
|48||Lennon JACKSON||00:23:41 – New PB!|
|89||Annabel WILCOCK||00:26:11 – New PB!|
|103||Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON||00:27:00|
Gorleston Cliffs parkrun – A total of 220 runners took part.
Heaton parkrun – A total of 546 runners took part.
|76||Bryan SEARBY||00:23:15 New PB!|
Preston parkrun – A total of 261 runners took part.
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 72 runners took part.
Pendle parkrun – A total of 53 runners took part.
Junior Cross County Presentations – 5 March
An informal presentation was held at junior training on Thursday to reward and encourage our junior members. All junior members that have taken part in cross country were given a certificate and a small prize for taking part. The winners of each age category also received a small trophy.
Club Fell Championship – Our first club fell championship race is the Black Combe fell race on Saturday 14 March at Silecroft Village Hall, LA18 5LP
Weekly Roundup – watch this space as there will be a guest editor of the roundup next week.