Skylines, windmills and lots of mud

Mud, mud, mud and more mud. It’s been a bit of a dirty weekend for our hardy Harriers! A little bit of wind and rain doesn’t really get in the way of such a tough bunch. You’ve been ploughing through cross country, up and down fell and along blustery promenades with gusto this week. There’s even been a bit of cyclocross as well.

Club News and Announcements

Lee Mill Fell Relays – sign ups

This relay event, on Sunday 29th November, is set in the Lee Mill Quarry site. 10km / 6.2m & Climb: 340m / 1115ft. Teams of four runners. All four runners will run individual over a 10k flagged course.

The club is entering teams and are looking for names, please contact your captain ASAP if you would like to run.

Dave Motley 07810 895862

Kath Brady 07899722922, kabrady64@hotmail.com

This is a hard and demanding route, possibly run in wintery conditions. Full kit including full waterproof bodycover, hat, gloves, compass and whistle must be carried. Stringent kit check will be made to all competitors. A map of the course will be provided on registering.

Weekly Roundup – Assistant Editor required!

If you’re one of the around 400+ people who view our website news roundup each week and want to help ensure its continued publication then this is the job for you! Our Media Manager, Adrienne Olszewska, does a fantastic job producing the weekly roundups but is not able to produce the roundups all 52 weeks of the year ( because I do like to go on holiday occasionally !).So, the club is looking for a Website News Editor to produce the weekly roundup approximately once a month. Good writing and IT skills are needed for this important role. You’ll also need to be able to commit to finding around four hours to produce each roundup so that publication is normally on Monday.

We need more help to make our club even better. If you think you could be our Website News Editor then please get in touch with Jim Hickie or Adrienne Olszewska.

Saturday 7 November

Cheshire 10K

John Hartley was our sole competitor in this popular 10K race. He finished in 60th place with a time of 37:54 and was 2nd V55 finisher on a wet and windy race around the flat and rural roads of Antrobus. 1116 runners took part.

John Hartley at the Chester 10K

John Hartley at the Chester 10K

Pos Name Cat Time
60 John Hartley M55 37:54

Full Results

Podium 5K

Well done to Laura Hesketh who took part in this fast 5k organised by Chris Barnes. She was the first lady in the race with a time of 18:17 in what look like pretty grim conditions!

Laura Hesketh at the Podium 5k . Photo by David Belshaw

Laura Hesketh at the Podium 5k . Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
22 Laura Hesketh F 18:17

Full Results

Red Rose Cross Country League – Hyndburn

Mud, mud, glorious mud! After what seemed like a never-ending downpour the rain sort of stopped and one thing was for certain; there would be mud. Lots and lots of it! There’s a slightly evil start to the race that involves contouring round an incline and the U11 boys who started first ended up with half the field sliding down the hill! So depending on your attitude to the black stuff it was either a heavenly course or something not so nice.

U11 Boys

Team Position 1st ( D Thompson | J Bentham | F Stubbs )

Finlay Stubbs and Jenson Bentham. Photo by David Belshaw

Finlay Stubbs and Jenson Bentham. Photo by David Belshaw

A great run from Dexta Thompson who battled through to first place. Jenson Bentham also put in a strong performance to finish in fifth. Finlay Stubbs made up the final counter in the team and William Nicholls, Matthew Jackson and Joshua McKay all ran well on a tough course.

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 7:40
5 Jenson Bentham 8:31
13 Finlay Stubbs 8:54
33 William Nicholls 9:34
34 Matthew Jackson 9:38
45 Joshua McKay 10:10

U11 Girls

Team Position 8th ( E Dorrington | H White | I Ferguson )

U11 Girls team already a bit mucky at the start of the race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

U11 Girls team already a bit mucky at the start of the race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Ella Dorrington was our first U11 girl battling through the muddy course to finish in 4th place. Helana White and Imogen Ferguson were also team counters. All of our girls looked to be at ease on this quagmire of a course despite the loss of a shoe at times. Well done!

Pos Name Time
4 Ella Dorrington 8:39
22 Helana White 9:38
55 Imogen Ferguson 10:42
76 Kady Thompson 11:27
80 Rachel Stevenson 12:01
93 Tillie Ferguson 13:10
96 Millie Maccabe 14:15

U13 Boys

Team Position 7th ( J McKay | A Stevenson | L Jackson )

Jackson McKay in the U13 boys race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Jackson McKay in the U13 boys race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Jackson McKay was our first finisher in 5th place. Adam Stevenson and Lennon Jackson both performed strongly as the course started to become particularly boggy.

Pos Name Time
5 Jackson McKay 10:09
34 Adam Stevenson 11:44
35 Lennon Jackson 11:49

U13 Girls

Team Position 3rd ( M Stubbs | L Thompson | C Bentham )

U13 Girls ready to race at the Red Rose Hyndburn fixture. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

U13 Girls ready to race at the Red Rose Hyndburn fixture. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

A fine run from Millie Stubbs earned her a 4th place finish. Liberty Thompson also had a good run despite a dodgy knee to finish in 15th place. Claudia Bentham made up the team counters. Some determined performances followed from their team mates through mud that was now ankle deep in places.

Pos Name Time
4 Millie Stubbs 11:04
15 Liberty Thompson 11:56
30 Claudia Bentham 12:55
34 Natasha Olszewska 13:11
54 Heidi Kewin 14:42
64 Bronia Olszewska 16:32

U15 Boys

Thomas Bradley was our only competitor in this age category, finishing in 14th place.

Pos Name Time
14 Thomas Bradley 17:30

U15 Girls

Running solo today was no deterrent for Briony Holt who had a storming run finishing in 2nd place.

Pos Name Time
2 Briony Holt 17:33

U17 Men

Curtis Holt and Simon Wilshaw were running in this category. 5th place for Curtis and 10th for Simon.

Pos Name Time
5 Curtis Holt 20:25
10 Simon Wilshaw 22:10

 U17 Women

Another solo runner, Alice finished in 10th place.

Pos Name Time
10 Alice Pier 24:26

U20 Women

Bethany Quinn was our sole competitor in this age category and finished in 7th place.

Pos Name Time
7 Bethany Quinn 26:37

Ladies

Team Positions

Team 7th ( H Leathley | O O’Mahony | A Shian )

Vets Team 8th (A Shian | V Heys | I Roche )

Clayton Ladies, Donna Airey, Orlaith O'Mahony and Julia Rushton, all shiny and clean before the ladies race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Clayton Ladies, Donna Airey, Orlaith O’Mahony and Julia Rushton, all shiny and clean before the ladies race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Well done to our ladies for giving their all on very tough and muddy course. Helena Leathley was our first lady finisher and was 7th overall in a time of 21:59. Orlaith O’Mahony also finished strongly in 25:10. Third counter was Angela Shian. Some gutsy running from the Clayton Ladies on show today.

Helena Leathley, first Clayton finisher in the ladies race at the Red Rose Cross Country Hyndburn fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

Helena Leathley, first Clayton finisher in the ladies race at the Red Rose Cross Country Hyndburn fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Helena Leathley L 21:59
39 Orlaith O’Mahony L 25:10
42 Angela Shian L35 25:28
46 Vicky Heys L40 25:43
54 Irene Roche L55 26:12
60 Bethany Quinn U20 26:37
67 Donna Airey L 26:57
75 Julia Rushton L50 27:47
85 Julie Dawes L45 28:34
99 Joanne Motley L 30:13
122 Karin Goss L65 33:28
133 Elouise Pemberton L 37:17
135 Susan Allen L55 37:32
138 Christine Leathley L65 39:45

Men

Team Positions

Team 4th ( J McDonald | T Brewster | G Pier| R Stevenson | C Helliwell | D Motley )

Vets Tea 3rd (R Stevenson | C Helliwell | M Aspinall | A Orr)

Deep discussion at the cross country. Photo by Alan McDonald

Deep discussion at the cross country. Photo by Alan McDonald

Great finish for Jordan McDonald who was 6th overall in the mens race. Some great performances from our hardy male runners on an extremely churned up and muddy course.

Richard Stevenson with Carl Helliwell following. Photo by David Belshaw

Richard Stevenson with Carl Helliwell following. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Jordan McDonald U20 38:26
28 Tom Brewster M 40:50
32 George Pier U20 41:40
35 Richard Stevenson M40 42:02
36 Carl Helliwell M40 42:04
43 David Motley M 42:37
56 Mark Aspinal M55 43:42
62 Andrew Orr M45 44:20
63 Chris Snell M 44:21
75 Alan Dorrington M45 45:56
95 Gareth Berry M 47:42
105 Michael Clarke M40 48:22
137 John Wilcock M50 51:45
142 Andy Quinn M40 52:33
158 James Hickie M55 53:37
167 Stephen Green M60 54:09
168 David McMullan M45 54:09
199 Douglas Munroe M65 1:06:20
203 Philip Thornber M60 1:12:56

 Full Results

Shepherds Skyline

Described as a fast, muddy course – with a steep descent off Stoodley Pike for the kamikaze descenders, immediately followed by a stiff climb back up the hill for the stout-legged amongst you. 232 runners completed the course. Eighteen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this race which was also the final race of the current club fell championship.

Chris Holdsworth at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Holdsworth at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Christopher Holdsworth was our first Clayton runner finishing in 3rd place overall. Garry Wilkinson was 1st V50 finisher and Katy Thompson was 1st L60 finisher.

Rachel Todd and Stephen Fish at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Rachel Todd and Stephen Fish at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Christopher Holdsworth M 43:18
16 Breton Holdsworth M40 48:53
35 Garry Wilkinson M50 52:05
64 Ivan Whigham M50 56:50
85 Sean Clare M50 58:52
99 Darren Rushton M45 60:44
105 Mark Nutter M50 61:17
125 Peter Browning M55 63:45
134 Alison Dugdale F45 65:07
138 Martin Brady M50 65:36
140 Peter Dugdale M55 65:51
143 Andrew Firth M55 66:19
181 Stephen Fish M60 72:11
182 Rachel Todd F40 72:23
191 Katy Thompson F60 73:41
198 Jude Ashworth F55 75:46
204 Richard Briscoe M 76:02
209 Martin O’Rourke M55 76:49

Full Results

Sunday 8 November

Ilkley Cyclocross

Report from Andrew Armstrong

The mud arrived.

The world of Cyclocross has been waiting for the mud ever since the season started and, finally, this weekend delivered it in lumps. Great big sticky lumps that bind together with grass and leaves, that render expensive bikes near useless and gets everywhere. The kind of mud that takes days to clean off the bike

Paul Hesketh, left, 3rd place in the Ilkley Cyclocross

Paul Hesketh, left, 3rd place in the Ilkley Cyclocross

Ilkley Cross is a low key club run event that combines most of the best bits of Cross in a compact course at the Ilkley Lido. It has fast sweeping sections, tight technical hairpins, treacherously boggy climbs and steep descents between the trees into gloop filled bomb holes. What’s not to like!

Two Harriers made the trip to Ilkley. Paul Hesketh had a score to settle; having failed to finish two races due to mechanical problems he openly admitted to having ‘spat the dummy’ at his last race and thrown his bike in the hedge. He had better luck this time and claimed a podium position with his third place Vet finish. I came significantly further down the field and looked a lot filthier, thanks to a ‘technical sit-down’ on one of the off camber hairpins. We also managed to dodge the rain, which started after the presentation had finished.

All in all; a successful weekend; with plenty more muddy fixtures to look forward to!

Paul Hesketh was third overall and third vet, Andrew Armstrong was 12th, field of 47.

Wadsworth Half Trog

A local classic taking in all the best terrain of the full Trog, without the full distance. Plenty of varied tough terrain. And perhaps a bit of mud! Jeffrey Pickup and Richard Bellaries took part in this 9.3 mile race with 1400ft of climb.

Richard Bellaries at the Wadsworth Half Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Richard Bellaries at the Wadsworth Half Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
30 Jeffrey Pickup M60 1:39:07
44 Richard Bellaries M60 1:46:04

Full Results

Windmill 10K

Amanda Duffy reports

Amanda Duffy at the Windmill 10k

Amanda Duffy at the Windmill 10k

We arrived at Lytham green on not the best of days to be racing. Still abit of wind and rain won’t put us runners off! As it was Remembrance Sunday we had a 2 minute silence and then the race was off. It was a slightly different route than last year which took us off the green and on the road down towards Fairhaven Lake, we ran a lap around the lake and back on to the sea front only to be hit by very strong winds! It was a battle back down towards the windmill to finish back on Lytham green. Overall an excellent race

Pos Name Cat Time
18 Alex Cran MV40 40:26.7
68 Stephen Biscomb MV60 46:06.0
74 Amanda Duffy LV35 46:39.6
117 Lee Moore M 49:11.2
189 Ian Hargreaves MV50 52:15.4

 Full Results

Parkrun roundup

The foul weather didn’t put too many of our hardy Harriers off on Saturday morning with a pretty good turnout all things considered. The exception being Bianca Bennett who continues her tour of Australian parkruns by taking part in the St Peters parkrun in Sydney where the weather was considerably better than here in blighty!

Bianca Bennett enjoying much nicer weather than Burnley at the St Peters, Sydney parkrun.

Bianca Bennett enjoying much nicer weather than Burnley at the St Peters, Sydney parkrun.

Bit of a contrast! Not such nice weather in Burnley. A rather soggy Martin Brady.

Bit of a contrast! Not such nice weather in Burnley. A rather soggy Martin Brady.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 214 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Jonathan PYE 18:57 SM25-29
4 Phil HALL 19:19 VM50-54 First Timer!
12 Paul WALE 21:43 VM45-49
18 Nick COLLINSON 22:03 JM15-17
30 Donna RILEY 22:57 VW50-54
35 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 23:11 JM15-17
36 Martin BRADY 23:16 VM50-54
60 Julie DAWES 24:49 VW45-49
74 Annabel WILCOCK 26:11 JW11-14
75 John WILCOCK 26:12 VM50-54
100 Donna SCOTT 27:26 VW50-54
103 Aaron LUNDIE 27:33 JM11-14
121 Robert HIRST 28:48 VM65-69
150 Sophie ASHWORTH 30:40 JW11-14
187 Valerie LAWSON 35:49 VW70-74

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 126 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
49 Katy THOMPSON 27:33 VW60-64 First Timer!
52 George THOMPSON 27:56 VM65-69 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 66 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
62 Robin PRICE 37:28 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 95 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
33 Wendy DODDS 23:59 VW60-64

Keswick parkrun – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
75 Eileen JONES 29:54 VW60-64 New PB!

St Peters parkrun – A total of 311 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
138 Bianca BENNETT 25:48 SW25-29 First Timer!

 

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