Summertime and the winning is easy

Wins all over the place this week! Fells, parks, promenades, greenways; nowhere is off limits for racing as far as the tangerine army is concerned. Many summer race series have come to a conclusion and it’s time to celebrate our successes and improvements.

Tuesday 4th August

Crow Hill Reverse Fell Race
Robert Hirst and Stephen Fish took part in this 5 mile fell race with 1000 ft of climb in Mytholmroyd.

Fell Running

Stephen Fish at the Crow Hill Reverse Fell Race. Photo by the Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
134 Stephen Fish M60 49:38
147 Robert Hirst M60 51:59

Full Results

Wednesday 5th August

Astley Park Trail Race
This was the fourth and final race in this popular series. There was a good turnout of juniors despite the event falling in the middle of the school holidays.

Running

Felix Thompson, one of our youngest members, at the Astley Park Trail Races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

As always, some top notch performances from our youngsters. 3rd place overall for Curtis Holt, 1st girl for Briony Hold and age category wins for Jenson Bentham (U9) and Felix Thompson (U7). Well done!

Clayton Harrier Juniors

Our junior runners at Astley Park Trail Races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Curtis Holt U17 5:07
10 Briony Holt L15 5:31   1st girl
17 Dexta Thompson U11 5:48
28 Lennon Jackson U13 6:08
29 Liberty Thompson L13 6:10
34 Jenson Bentham U9 6:20   1st U9
46 Natasha Olszewska L13 6:38
78 Kady Thompson L9 7:40
83 Felix Thompson U7 7:56   1st U9
93 Bronia Olszewska L13 8:35

In the senior race, Jonathan Pye was our sole representative. He finished in 22nd place with a time of 27:33.

Astley Park races

Jonathan Pye giving it his all at the Astley Park Trail Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Full Results

 Steel Fell Race

Some claggy conditions for the runners of this 3.1 mile Lakeland fell race from Steel End Farm in Thirlmere judging by the excellent photos from Granddayout Photography. No results as yet but I spotted Wendy Dodds in the photos.

Wendy Dodds

Wendy Dodds battling through the clag at the Steel Fell Race. Photo by Stephen Wilson of GrandDayOut Photography

Whittle Pike Fell Race
This race is described as rough and tough by organisers Rossendale Harriers. This didn’t prevent 108 runners from lining up at the start line, amongst them a hardy bunch of nine Clayton Harriers. There was an excellent run from Jacob Boyle who was second with a time of 41:42. Alan Life was the 1st V50, 13th place overall, in 49:39. Katy Thompson was 1st V60 lady and Linda Lord was 1st V65 lady

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Jacob Boyle MU23 41:52
13 Alan Life MV50 49:39
22 Richard Briscoe M 41:27
66 Linda Lord LV65 1:02:24
68 Peter Dugdale MV55 1:02:33
71 Colin Woolford M 1:03:37
72 Andrew Firth MV55 1:04:04
77 Katy Thompson LV60 1:05:04
86 George Thompson MV65 1:09:03

Full Results

Thursday 6th August

Badger 10K
This 10k trail race takes in the beautiful scenery of Cuerden Valley park and is the final of 3 summers runs. Four club members took part

Pos Name Cat Time
23 Nick Roscoe M45 43:10
36 John Wilcock M50 45:20
148 Ron Chappell M60 58:21
150 Julie Toman F45 58:41

Full Results

Todmorden 5K Summer Series
Another popular series, the Todmorden 5k Summer series came to a conclusion this week.

TOdmorden 5k

Jacob Boyle on the right and Dan Balshaw on the left at the Todmorden 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

17 Harriers, from junior members to Vet 60s, took part. Following on from a great result at Whittle Pike the day before, Jacob Boyle finished in first place with a time of 16:27. In 4th place overall Dan Balshaw was the first senior male finisher as the first three were all U23. Junior runners Jackson McKay and Lennon Jackson took the first and second junior positions. 

Todmorden 5k

Alan Clarkson and Amanda Duffy at the Todmorden 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Jacob Boyle MU23 16:27
4 Dan Balshaw M 16:56
14 Terry O’Leary M 18:28
26 Jackson McKay MU12 19:14
29 Laura Hesketh F 19:28
43 Lennon Jackson MU12 20:44
51 Stephen Biscomb MV60 21:24
54 Alan Clarkson MV55 21:31
58 Amanda Duffy F35 22:00
61 Martin Brady M50 22:13
69 Donna Airey F 23:22
72 Tony Pilling MV50 23:45
79 Elouise Sylkie Pemberton F 24:05
87 Ian Hargreaves MV50 24:59
90 Paul Walsh MV60 25:26
101 Nicola Kay F 27:27

Full Results

Todmorden 5k Series – Final Standings
In the final standings Jacob Boyle, Dan Balshaw and Jacob Watson were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the series. Laura Hesketh and Amanda Duffy were 2nd and 4th ladies in the final standings.

Jackson McKay and Lennon Jackson were 1st and 2nd U12 males. Jacob Boyle was 1st U23. Dan Balshaw and Jacob Watson were 1st and 2nd Senior Men. Paul Walsh and Robert Hirst were 2nd and 3rd M60.

Sophie Ashworth was 1st U14 female, Laura Hesheth was 2nd Senior Woman. Amanda Duffy was 2nd W35.

Elouise Pemberton - top of the ladies improvers for the race series. Photo by David Belshaw

Elouise Pemberton – top of the ladies improvers for the race series. Photo by David Belshaw

Elouise Pemberton was the most improved female runner of the series. Sophie Ashworth was the 3rd most improved.

Full Results

 Friday 7th August

 Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race
A low key 5 mile off road race that takes in the Padiham Greenway,and a section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. 45 runners took part. 11 club members ran this event.

Padiham Greenway

Danny Collinge leading the way at the Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Race Report from Jonathan Pye

“A rather undiscovered gem of a race took place on Friday, starting in Padiham Memorial Park. The 50 or so runners that took part made their way up the Greenway (stoutly ignoring the 5k markings from the Grand Prix race a month or so ago). The leading duo of Danny Collinge and Nick Gaskell battled it out for most of the race that wound itself along the canal before the chance arose to power back down the Greenway. Energy had to be conserved for a final pull back the A6068 that concluded the race, luckily the juniors took to the sidelines to cheer on all the runners.

Danny eventually stretched out into the lead to claim an impressive win with Trawden AC’s Nick Gaskell claiming second and Dale Grimshaw claiming third. Jonathan Pye (myself) finished 4th, hunted down by Richard Stevenson who might have caught me were it not for the loss of a shoe on the final mile, meaning he had to settle for a nevertheless impressive 6th place. A really pleasant run ended with a generous award ceremony back at the Football Club with a lot of Clayton and Trawden AC runners (out in full force) enjoying the evening. Well done to everyone who took part.”

Sarah Whittaker was our first lady finisher with Avril Duckworth hot on her heels.

Clayton Ladies, Sarah Whittaker and Avril Duckworth at the Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Clayton Ladies, Sarah Whittaker and Avril Duckworth at the Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Ryan Clarke was the first junior finisher and 12th overall in the race.

Ryan Clarke, Junior winner and Danny Collinge overall winner at the Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Ryan Clarke, Junior winner and Danny Collinge overall winner at the Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Danny Collinge M 27:44
4 Jonathon Pye M 30:14
6 Richard Stevenson M 30:51
12 Ryan Clarke U16 34:10
14 Thomas Bradley U16 34:45
19 Alan Clarkson M55 35:55
29 Sarah Whittaker F35 39:51
30 Avril Duckworth F50 39:52
37 Robert Hirst M60 43:44
39 Ron Chappell M65 45:28
42 Adrienne Olszewska F45 46:45

Full Results ( hard copy given out at presentation)

 Saturday 8th August

Arncliffe Gala Fell Races
Tim Edward and Andrew Firth took part in this BOFRA race and a group of juniors competed in the junior races. Briony Holt’s championship campaign continues to flourish and she was first girl in the U14s. Jenson Bentham also continues to perform superbly and was the winner of the U9s race. Strong performances from all of our junior runners were in evidence and they continue to make us proud!

Senior Race

Tim Edward at the Arncliffe Gala fell race. Photo by Bruce Craig

Tim Edward at the Arncliffe Gala fell race. Photo by Bruce Craig

Pos Name Cat Time
10 Tim Edward MV40 12:19
72 Andrew Firth MV50 16:51

Junior Races
Briony Holt was 6th overall in the Under 14s race and 1st girl. She just needs one more win out of a possible 4 to retain the British championship. Jenson Bentham set a new course record also,and is over the moon.

Unstoppable Clayton-le-Moors Harrier Juniors at the Arncliffe Gala Fell Races. Photo by Nicola Thompson

Unstoppable Clayton-le-Moors Harrier Juniors at the Arncliffe Gala Fell Races. Photo by Nicola Thompson

U9s Race

Jenson Bentham in the U9s race at Arncliffe Gala. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Jenson Bentham in the U9s race at Arncliffe Gala. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
1 Jenson Bentham 5:36
21 Kady Thompson 7:02
23 Felix Thompson 7:15

U12s Race

Pos Name Time
4 Jackson McKay 7:00
5 Dexta Thompson 7:19

 U14s Race

Pos Name Time
6 Briony Holt   1st Girl 9:90
18 Liberty Thompson 13:48

 Full Results

Sunday 9th August

Blackpool Air Show 10K
Ten Clayton Harriers took to the promenade to race the Blackpool Air Show 10K. Some great runs from all of them 1st Vet 75 for Ted Orrell and 2nd place age category finishes for Fabienne Richmond, Ryan Clarke and David Scott.

Ryan Clarke after the Blackpool Airshow 10K. Photo by Jacci Clarke Mellor

Ryan Clarke after the Blackpool Airshow 10K. Photo by Jacci Clarke Mellor

Pos Name Cat Time
29 Stephen Hall M40 41:12
48 Fabienne Richmond F35 43:52
55 Stephen Biscomb M60 44:35
67 Ryan Clarke MJ 45:41
84 David Scott M70 47:22
95 Brian Wildman M45 48:27
119 Ted Orrell M75 50:54
121 Peter Costello M55 51:05
166 Julie Toman F45 56:17
201 Kevin O’Brien M70 01:02:41

Full Results

Boulsworth Fell Race

Senior Race Report from Andy Armstrong

“Boulsworth Fell race is the final fixture in the very popular Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series and is always well supported. Previous years have been wet but today was mild & breezy; perfect running weather. The course is not one for the pure (i.e slow) fell runner as it has a long fast track & tarmac section at the beginning and end, rather it flatters the faster runners who can cope with the relatively short climb and descent on Boulsworth.

Paul Hesketh and Andy Armstrong at the Boulsworth Hill Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Paul Hesketh and Andy Armstrong at the Boulsworth Hill Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

I got a fast start, knowing that I’d need the time in hand when we approached the foot of the hill. Passing Jordan McDonald halfway up the hill gave me a moment of panic that I’d overcooked it but all he could say was “I don’t feel well” so that was reassuring (sorry Jordan!). Carl Helliwell chased me off Boulsworth and as we came back onto the return leg a group of runners ahead (including Clayton’s Neil Hardiman) went wrong allowing Carl and I to leapfrog several places. The final run down the farm track and into the showground was eyeballs out, desperately fighting the urge to look back!

A big thank you to Trawden AC and all their marshalls for putting on a great race.”

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Danny Collinge M 43:39
9 Andrew Stubbs M45 47:37
11 Andrew Armstrong M45 48:00
15 Carl Helliwell M40 48:26
20 Neil Hardiman M45 49:02
23 Paul Hesketh M50 49:23
24 Jordon McDonald MJ 49:35
28 Michael O Donnell M40 49:46
32 Chris Funnell M45 50:29
40 Matthew Duckworth M 51:56
41 Richard Briscoe M 51:59
42 David Naughton M55 52:18
43 Sean Clare M50 52:20
44 Chris Whitedall M 52:38
48 Jeffery Pickup M60 53:00
52 Claire Vincent F 53:28
54 Andy Bradley M45 53:47
77 Stuart Proctor M 56:48
91 Stephen Bury M55 60:10
98 Irene Roach F55 61:21
99 Dawn Terry F50 61:46
102 Barbara Savage F50 63:00
105 Helen Burnett F40 63:54
107 Robert Hirst M60 64:38
111 Jean Knightly F55 65:34
116 Rachel Todd F40 66:40
124 Karin Goss F65 73:26
125 Ron Chappell M65 73:33
130 Philip Naylor M 78:41
134 Stuart Barker M45 86:06

Junior Races

Alan Dorrington Reports on the Junior races:

A select group of 3 Clayton Juniors were at the Boulsworth Junior races, held in conjunction with the annual Trawden Show. With great views across to both Pendle and Boulsworth Hills,  a simple but quite taxing course of grassy field with draggy climbs greeted the U8,U10 and U12s with Ella Dorrington fighting off a host of Trawden juniors to win the Girls race and take 4th overall in the U12s. The contents of her finish line goody bag disappeared even quicker than her finish to the line…

Ella Dorrington at the Boulsworth Hill Fell Races. Photo by Woodentops

Ella Dorrington at the Boulsworth Hill Fell Races. Photo by Woodentops

 The U14s took off to run further up the hillside on a longer course but with a smaller field. Briony Holt came in 1st Girl and Millie Stubbs in 3rd

Millie Stubbs and Briony Holt at the Boulsworth Hill Fell races. Photo by Woodentops

Millie Stubbs and Briony Holt at the Boulsworth Hill Fell races. Photo by Woodentops

Parkrun roundup
Another set of PBs for lots of our parkrunners this weekend and some great finishes at Burnley and Pendle parkruns to boot. Club member, Bryan Searby, is organising a new parkrun event at Witton Park in Blackburn.  Inaugural run set for Saturday 29th August.

Burnley parkrun, club members chilling out and catching up after the running. Photo by David Belshaw

Burnley parkrun, club members chilling out and catching up after the running. Photo by David Belshaw

Burnley parkrun – A total of 281 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
1 Jonathan PYE 18:45 SM25-29
5 Chris SNELL 19:14 VM35-39 New PB!
11 Laura HESKETH 19:55 SW30-34
14 Matthew DUCKWORTH 20:03 SM25-29
26 Richard JOHN 21:16 VM35-39 New PB!
35 Lennon JACKSON 21:59 JM11-14
36 Bryan SEARBY 22:02 VM40-44 New PB!
40 Martin BRADY 22:20 VM50-54
41 Donna RILEY 22:22 VW50-54
47 Adam STEVENSON 22:44 JM11-14
49 Simon WILSHAW 22:59 JM15-17
51 Carl CAREY 23:07 VM45-49 New PB!
61 Lee MOORE 23:35 VM35-39
62 Julie DAWES 23:38 VW45-49
65 James HICKIE 23:41 VM55-59 New PB!
73 Donna AIREY 24:19 SW30-34 New PB!
74 Stephen GREEN 24:20 VM60-64
79 John WILCOCK 24:28 VM50-54
84 Ian HARGREAVES 24:48 VM50-54 New PB!
92 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 25:17 JW11-14
97 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:24 SW25-29 New PB!
105 Richard LAWSON 25:41 VM75-79
113 Daniel BRADLEY 26:03 JM11-14
114 Robert HIRST 26:18 VM60-64
122 Simon CLARKE 26:36 VM55-59 First Timer!
130 Heidi KEWIN 26:53 JW11-14
137 Donna SCOTT 27:16 VW50-54
140 Keira STEVENSON 27:26 JW10
143 Richard STEVENSON 27:29 VM35-39
147 Julie TOMAN 27:36 VW45-49
164 Annabel WILCOCK 28:47 JW11-14
172 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 29:05 VW45-49
173 Nicola KAY 29:08 SW30-34
178 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 29:23 JW11-14 New PB!
203 Lucy STEVENSON 31:11 JW11-14
205 Christine LEATHLEY 31:18 VW65-69
238 Valerie LAWSON 35:01 VW70-74
275 Judith CAREY 46:56 VW35-39

Pendle parkrun – A total of 53 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
3 John HARTLEY 20:04 VM55-59
25 Molly HESKETH 27:05 JW11-14 New PB!

Bolton parkrun – A total of 320 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
119 Julia RUSHTON 26:04 VW50-54

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 76 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
72 Robin PRICE 35:35 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 131 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
91 Eileen JONES 30:12 VW60-64

Keswick parkrun – A total of 126 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
46 Lisa JOHNSON 25:46 VW40-44 First Timer!
121 Emily JOHNSON 44:51 JW10 First Timer!

Marple parkrun – A total of 173 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
152 Ron HILL 32:42 VM75-79

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