A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall

Despite the devastating floods of the weekend and the cancellation of many events, there was still quite a lot of action to report on this week. Cross country has been the mainstay of the week, with record amounts of mud at Marl Pits to contend with. There’s also been some fast 5K racing at Todmorden and a few forays on the fells.

Club News and Announcements

English and British Fell Championships

Races are now confirmed and some are open for entries. Details can be found here.

Late Result

Apologies to club member Richard Lawson who I missed off the results for the Mid Lancs Sefton Park fixture. He was 2nd MV70 out of 7 fellow competitors and finished in a time of 44:45.

Thursday 3 December

Todmorden Park 5K race series

This was the fourth and final race of this fast, winter 5K series organised by Cannonball Events. Garry Wilkinson was running for charity team Running4CF and finished in 6th place with a time of 19:42

Pos Name Cat Time
26 Ian Hargreaves M50 24:18
34 Paul Laurence Walsh M60 26:37
37 Ron Chappell M65 26:38

Full Results

Pendle Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to Briony and Curtis Holt who represented their schools at this event. Curtis came second in his race and Briony was first in hers.

Briony Holt on the podium at the Pendle Schools Cross Country championship. Photo courtesy of 5 Little Boys Photography

Briony Holt on the podium at the Pendle Schools Cross Country championship. Photo courtesy of 5 Little Boys Photography

Saturday 5 December

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Cross Country

Natasha and Bronia Olszewska took part in this event at Witton Park. Bronia ran in the Year 7 girls race and finished 23rd. Natasha ran in the Year 8 and Year 9 girls race and finished in 8th place which qualified her to run for Blackburn with Darwen Schools in the district event in the New Year.

Team Olszewska at the Blackburn with Darwen Schools Cross Country Championships. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Red Rose Cross Country – Marl Pits

U11 Girls

Team Position 7th (E Dorrington | H White | S Hargreaves)

Ella Dorrington tackling the Marl Pits mud with ease. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington tackling the Marl Pits mud with ease. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
5 Ella Dorrington 7:24
40 Helana White 8:45
44 Summer Hargreaves 8:57
74 Millie Maccabe 11:28

 U11 Boys

Team Position 4th (D Thompson| F Stubbs | J Bentham)

U11 Boys team warming up at the Red Rose Cross Country fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

U11 Boys team warming up at the Red Rose Cross Country fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
2 Dexta Thompson 6:40
15 Finlay Stubbs 7:43
21 Jenson Bentham 7:53
27 Matthew Jackson 8:00
30 Christopher Brown 8:05
34 William Nicholls 8:11
51 Joshua McKay 9:02

 U13 Girls

Team Position 6th (L Thompson | C Bentham | S Ashworth)

Sophie Ashworth dancing down the muddy slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Sophie Ashworth dancing down the muddy slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
15 Liberty Thompson 11:29
17 Claudia Bentham 11:33
23 Sophie Ashworth 11:59

U13 Boys

Team Position 7th (J McKay | J Bowman | L Jackson )

Even muddier for the U13 boys. Jackson McKay tackling the slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Even muddier for the U13 boys. Jackson McKay tackling the slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
3 Jackson McKay 9:29
38 Jay Bowman 11:48
39 Lennon Jackson 11:51

 U15 Girls

Briony Holt in her second cross country race of the week. Making it look easy! Photo by David Belshaw

Briony Holt in her second cross country race of the week. Making it look easy! Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
2 Briony Holt 17:11

U15 Boys

Pos Name Time
16 Thomas Bradley 17:25
29 Adam Quinn 20:06

U17 Women

Pos Name Time
10 Alice Pier 25:26

U17 Men

Team Positon 2nd (S Wilshaw | R Clarke | R Lawrence)

Pos Name Time
12 Simon Wilshaw 22:42
14 Ryan Clarke 24:23
16 Reece Lawrence 24:43

U20 Women

Pos Name Time
4 Bethany Quinn 28:14

U20 Men

Pos Name Time
2 George Pier 33:49

Senior Women

Senior Ladies and Junior men race at the Red Rose Cross Country. Photo by David Belshaw

Senior Ladies and Junior men race at the Red Rose Cross Country. Photo by David Belshaw

Team Position 5th (H Leathley | J Brown | V Heys)

Vets Team 6th (J Brown | V Heys | A Shian)

Pos Name Cat Time
11 Helena Leathley L 23:28
27 Jean Brown LV45 24:58
30 Vicky Heys LV40 25:04
34 Angela Shian LV35 25:52
35 Otlaith O’Mahony L 25:55
56 Irene Roche LV55 27:23
64 Bethany Quinn LU20 28:14
68 Bianca Bennett L 28:42
69 Katherine Thompson LV60 29:00
74 Julia Rushton LV50 29:45
83 Sarah Helliwell L 31:51
91 Karin Goss LV65 33:19
96 Susan Allen LV55 35:43
104 Christine Leathley LV65 43:11

Senior Men

Team Position 3rd ( T Brewster | G Pier | C Helliwell | M Aspinall | A Armstrong | A Orr )

Vets Team 3rd (C Helliwell | M Aspinall | A Armstrong | A Orr)

Pos Name Cat Time
21 Tom Brewster M 32:54
25 George Pier MU20 33:49
27 Carl Helliwell MV40 33:54
42 Mark Aspinall MV50 34:58
46 Andrew Armstrong MV45 35:42
47 Andrew Orr MV45 35:52
51 Matthew Duckworth M 36:19
76 Sean Clare MV50 38:12
87 Michael Clarke MV40 39:09
95 John Wilcock MV50 39:59
114 Chris Paul M 41:37
133 Andy Quinn MV40 43:05
140 Peter Browning MV55 43:52
165 Stephen Fish MV60 50:57
169 Douglas Munroe MV65 53:34

Full Results

Sunday 6 December

Cardington Christmas Cracker

According to race organisers Telford Athletic Club The Cardington Cracker is an institution. Over 200 runners turn out on a cold December day to pay homage to this annual fell race as part of the traditional runners build up to Christmas. It’s 9 miles and 2,600 feet of hell but well worth it for the carrot soup followed by a few pints of Shropshire Lad in the Royal Oak.

Andrew Firth at the Cardington Cracker.

Andrew Firth at the Cardington Christmas Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

Pos Name Cat Time
188 Andrew Firth MV55 2:04:54

Full Results

Gravy Pud Fell Race

124 runners took part in this race. The route follows a course up on to the moors and to Lees Hill before returning via Swallows Wood. Approx 5 miles with 1000′ of climb. Ivan Whigham was our sole club runner

Report from Ivan Whigham

I was number 26 in the Gravy pud on a day that was wild and windy day and very wet under foot. I was racing neck and neck with Mick Toman of Rossendale Harriers, just managing to beat him by a split second. After completing the race three times, it is definitely one of my favourites.

Pos Name Cat Time
26 Ivan Whigham MV50 00:45:32

Full Results

Pendle Forest Orienteers – Pendle Hill Event

The organisers had planned to put out controls on Saturday daytime for both the night and day events.  Storm Desmond put paid to that and the night event was cancelled. There was a Saturday inspection of the day area, especially the Ogden Clough river and stream crossings as the river level could not be predicted.  It depended on the forecast overnight rain.  On Inspection on the event morning, while putting out controls at 6:00AM, the organisers decided to run the courses unchanged as the crossings were tricky but not dangerous.

Pendle orienteering is more about route choice than fine navigation.  Some competitors got round cleanly, but there were tales of overshooting, undershooting, too high and too low on one or more controls.  Relocation can be very tricky in this apparently featureless expanse.  Control placement benefitted from the new georeferenced map and precise control placement confirmed by GPS.

The courses got the best out of the area and the Black course attracted some very competent and fast competitors.

Next time, the organisers promise to start higher, go higher and treat you to the intricacies of the peat hags!

A number of our club members took part in this event.

Ralph Baines, Mark Nutter and Colin Woolford all competed in the 8.7km Black Course. Mike Wallis won the Blue 4.7km course. Jean Brown and Katy Thompson took on the Greenb 3.7km course and Junior Christopher Brown took on the 2.3km Orange Course.

Colin Woolford reports

There were several courses on offer, with the Black course being a challenging tour of Pendles bogs and tussocky moor land from the Reservoirs, through fell wood to the Deerstones area, before returning via Ashendean Clough, Ogden Clough, Boar Clough and in, all off path of course. Cracking conditions in the end, and milder than you would think for December.

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Richard Lawson writes; “ It gave a new meaning to “Shoe Fly Pye” when Jonathan sped round a very wet Towneley parkrun. Numbers were down as members were saving themselves for the cross country in Rawtenstall at the aptly named “The Pits”

Ivan Whigham visited Lyme Park parkrun and writes; “Lyme park park run is the toughest park run in England it is like a short fell race. This was my second run here, on the winter course as it is 800 ft.high and is very exposed to the rain and wind”

Bolton parkrun – A total of 171 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
57 Katy THOMPSON 25:40 VW60-64
63 George THOMPSON 25:57 VM65-69

Burnley parkrun – A total of 115 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:58 SM25-29
2 Richard STEVENSON 19:44 VM40-44
5 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:16 VM35-39
9 Matthew DUCKWORTH 21:16 SM25-29
38 Ian HARGREAVES 25:15 VM50-54
39 Lisa JOHNSON 25:26 VW40-44
46 Annabel WILCOCK 26:41 JW11-14
47 John WILCOCK 26:42 VM50-54
58 Donna SCOTT 27:33 VW50-54
103 Chris SNELL 33:39 VM35-39
110 Diane ORRELL 37:40 SW30-34

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
58 Robin PRICE 36:45 VM70-74

Lyme Park parkrun – A total of 44 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Ivan WHIGHAM 23:32 VM50-54

Pendle parkrun – A total of 39 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 John HARTLEY 21:56 VM55-59
6 Paul HESKETH 23:01 VM50-54
14 Martin BRADY 26:06 VM50-54

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 266 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 David BAGOT 17:59 SM20-24

 

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