Leaping Forward

The clocks have changed, the lighter nights are here and midweek races are back. Still at the mercy of the weather at times, our hardy Harriers have been racing on with gusto. Starting the week with a win at Liver Hill and continuing to run well in all disciplines. We are springing forwards in leaps and bounds.

Happening this week

Reminder from the fell captains: entries are open for the next English Championships race, “Up the Nab” in the Peak District. Also entries are now open for the British Championships race, ‘Sedbergh Sports’ in July. Full details are available on the FRA Website

Tuesday 5th April first in the Summer Series – Coppice Trail Race – starts 6.30 pm from the Peel Park Hotel, Turkey Street, Accrington. Entry £4 which will be donated to East Lancs Hospice in memory of Tony Aspin. There will be free Potato Pie or Cheese and Onion Pie. There will also be a one hour walk for those interested and a number of helpers needed for the race.

Volunteers needed to help out at the Mearley Clough Race on Tuesday 10th May. Please contact Andy Firth (andrewfirth58@aol.com mob 07470368926) if you can help.

Tuesday 29 March

Bunny Run 1

Well done to Briony Holt who took part in the first Bunny Run in the current series organised by Woodentops. In a field of 275 senior and junior runners she was 39th overall and 1st U14 girl

Briony Holt at the first Bunny Run race. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt at the first Bunny Run race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos. Name Cat. Time
39 Briony Holt GU14 20:12

Full Results

Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Fell Race

The second race in the club fell championship competition took place in harsh conditions with 23 Clayton Harriers taking part. Danny Collinge continued his winning streak taking first place.

Danny Collinge leading the way at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Danny Collinge leading the way at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Our first female was Orlaith O’Mahony who was second lady overall to Preston Harrier’s Nicola Jackson.

Orlaith O'Mahony and Chris Paul at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Orlaith O’Mahony and Chris Paul at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos. Name Cat. Time
1 Danny Collinge MU23 00:34:51
15 Peter Coates MSEN 00:39:15
19 Carl Helliwell MV40 00:39:42
23 Ryan Wilkinson MSEN 00:40:13
24 Dave Motley MSEN 00:40:22
33 Mike Wallis MV55 00:41:27
40 Paul Hesketh MV50 00:42:19
48 Sean Clare MV50 00:42:56
49 Alan Dorrington MV45 00:43:02
64 Richard Briscoe MSEN 00:46:07
66 Mark Nutter MV50 00:46:23
69 Orlaith O’Mahony LSEN 00:46:56
70 Chris Paul MSEN 00:46:58
88 Angela Shian LSEN 00:49:29
92 Colin Woolford MV40 00:50:11
97 Wendy Dodds LV65 00:51:55
102 James Hickie MV55 00:53:32
104 Martin Brady MV50 00:54:17
108 David Nield MV55 00:54:32
109 David Naylor MV60 00:54:39
115 Stephen Fish MV60 00:55:58
139 Michelle Butschok LV40 01:05:54
140 Rachel Todd LV40 01:06:25

Full Results

Junior Liver Hill Races

Well done to the three intrepid juniors that took part in the junior races at the Pete Hartley Memorial Fell Race. In diabolical conditions Jenson Bentham finished 2nd in the U10 race with a time of 11:38, and Helana White was 5th place and first girl with a time of 12:39. Claudia Bentham ran in the U14 race and finished in 16th place with a time of 25:38.

Wednesday 30 March

Colin & Brenda Robinson 5K Cowm Race

206 runners took part in this midweek race of 2 laps of Cowm reservoir with proceeds going to Wythenshaw Hospital Sports transplants funds. Julie Toman was our sole representative in this race finishing in 156th place with a time of 26:34

Pos Name Cat  Time
156 Julie Toman F45 00:26:34

Full Results

Saturday 2 April

Eskdale Elevation

Edited version of Race OrganiserDave Jones’s report

After three days of awful weather the inaugural Eskdale Elevation took place in constant rain and mist and involved a relatively small but thoroughly competent field of 43 runners – I suspect that with better weather this might have been a somewhat larger field but the race proved to be very competitive and needed not just speed but sound route choice and navigational accuracy. There were plenty of alternative choices utilised, some better than others, but Rhys Findlay-Robinson, despite having a rapidly disintegrating map from Scafell onwards, clearly made some good decisions and came home a clear winner from Richard McGrath , with Muir Morton taking a very clever line off Scafell which gained him five places and put him in third place.

The Ladies’ race was very close indeed, with the Keswick pair of Catherine Evans and Jo Gillyon crossing the line together to claim joint first place a mere four seconds in front of Sue Richmond in third.

As far as the Vets’ categories were concerned all four of the male places were, to my intense delight, taken by Pennine runners, as was the Men’s Team, so unashamedly biased congratulations to Muir, Ian, Dave Bowen, Roger and Dave Ward.

For the Ladies, Jo Gillyon claimed the FV40 as well as joint first place; Kathleen Aubrey got the FV50 and the irrepressible Wendy Dodds got the FV60, while Helm Hill won the Ladies’ Team.

Full Report and Results

Pendle Fell Races

37 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers senior runners took part in this popular early season fell race organised by the club. A field of 172 runners took part overall. The race was won by Rossendale Harriers’ Sam Tosh in a time of 33:46. First Clayton runner home was Matt Perry who had a tremendous run and was 8th overall with a time of 37:45. Matthew Duckworth also had a good run, knocking nearly 6 minutes off last year’s time despite the boggy conditions.

First four Harrier. L-R  Carl Helliwell, Peter Coates, Matt Perry and Andrew Laycock. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

The ladies race was won by Georgia Tindley of Hunters Bog Trotters.First Clayton lady finisher was Louisa Powell-Smith who in her very first fell race was 3rd lady overall in the race with a time of 43:22. A fantastic run for Louisa who pulled off a great result despite having to stop at the trig point with severe cramp!

Louisa Powell-Smith at the Pendle Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Louisa Powell-Smith at the Pendle Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

There were top twenty finishes for Andrew Laycock and Peter Coates. Our senior vets also did well with Jack Holt 1st V60 male, Kieron Carr 1st V70 male, and Linda Lord 1st V60 lady.

Congratulations to Andy Bradley who as the new race organiser pulled off a cracking event for all, as did Colin Woolford at the Stan Bradshaw race in March.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
8 Matt Perry M 00:37:45
11 Andrew Laycock M 00:38:35
18 Peter Coates M 00:39:57
21 Carl Helliwell M40 00:40:23
32 Alan Life M 00:42:41
35 Matthew Duckworth M 00:43:06
38 Louisa Powell-Smith F 00:43:22
41 Sean Clare M50 00:43:42
43 Andrew Priory M40 00:44:13
47 Geoffrey Paul Gough M50 00:44:37
57 Richard Briscoe M 00:45:19
59 Brian Horrocks M50 00:45:40
63 Ivan Whigham M50 00:46:05
66 Jack Holt M60 00:46:20
74 Mark Nutter M50 00:47:32
82 Jeffrey Pickup M60 00:49:03
86 Kieran Carr M70 00:49:17
90 Mark Taylor M 00:50:26
91 Peter Dugdale M50 00:50:52
93 Martin Brady M50 00:51:15
94 Vicky Heys F40 00:51:21
96 Andrew Dugdale M50 00:51:24
100 Peter Browning M50 00:52:09
104 Angela Shion F 00:52:46
115 David Naylor M60 00:53:36
117 Colin Woolford M40 00:54:03
123 Andrew Firth M50 00:54:55
126 David M. Horrocks M50 00:55:15
131 Irene Roche F50 00:55:22
132 Andrew Walmsley M60 00:55:34
133 Linda Lord F60 00:55:40
153 Rachel Todd F40 01:01:25
155 Michael Frost M60 01:02:14
156 Bianca Bennett F 01:02:44
158 Helen Burnett F40 01:03:04
163 Doug Munroe M60 01:06:00
168 Karin Goss F60 01:09:00

Full Results

Pendle Junior Fell Races

Well done to our 24 juniors runners that took part in the Pendle Fell Races. In total, 124 junior runners took part in over the age groups this year.  Conditions were pretty grim as the races got under way with drizzle and a cold wind to contend with on an extremely slippery and muddy course. The U8 & U10 runners ran together as did the U16 & U18 but results are supplied separately.

U8 Race

Felix Thompson was our youngest runner of the day and took part in the U8 race in field of 20 runners. He was 9th overall and the 6th boy to finish. A good run in pretty unpleasant conditions.

Felix Thompson in the U8 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Felix Thompson in the U8 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
9 Felix Thompson M 00:03:59

U10 Race

There were 8 Clayton juniors in the U10 race. Finley Stubbs was our first finisher and was 4th overall in the race. Helana White was our second finisher in 12th place overall. Some gutsy running from our juniors in tough conditions.

Millie Macabe in the U10 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Millie MacCabe in the U10 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
4 Finley C Stubbs M (004/016) 00:05:13
12 Helena White F (004/011) 00:05:59
15 Matthew Jackson M (011/016) 00:06:04
16 Joshua McKay M (012/016) 00:06:10
20 Jake Anforth M (014/016) 00:06:29
22 Kady Thompson F (007/011) 00:06:33
27 Milly Su MacCabe F (011/011) 00:08:12

U12 Race

Again there were 8 Clayton juniors in the U12 Race. This was a longer course than the previous race with a route on the higher and more exposed fell side. Jackson McKay was our first finisher and second overall. Chasing down a couple of Horwich runners, and pulling off a dramatic last minute overtake, Dexta Thompson was 4th.

Dexta Thompson literally leaping past his Horwich opponent. Photo by David Belshaw

Dexta Thompson literally leaping past his Horwich opponent. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington was our first girl battling all the way to the finish to be pipped at the post by Ella Pendlebury of Horwich RMI and settling for 3rd girl in the race.

Ella Dorrington battling to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington battling to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Special mention for Bronia for the most spectacular full body slide on the home straight; she got up and finished with a smile on her face.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Jackson McKay M (002/016) 00:14:42
4 Dexta Thompson M (004/016) 00:15:29
7 Robbie M Smedley M (006/016) 00:16:24
9 Ella Dorrington F (003/021) 00:16:29
16 William M Nicholls M (011/016) 00:19:08
19 Summer J Hargreaves F (007/021) 00:19:52
29 Grace Root F (016/021) 00:21:11
35 Bronia Olszewska F (019/021) 00:26:33

U14 Race

Briony Holt was our first finisher, 3rd overall and 1st girl in the U14 race.  Lennon Jackson was the first boy for the club in 19th place overall.

Briony Holt storming to the finish in the U14 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Briony Holt storming to the finish in the U14 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Once again our juniors ran their socks off despite the grim weather and tricky ground underfoot.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
3 Briony Holt F (001/012) 00:22:25
17 Millie Eve Stubbs F (007/012) 00:25:35
19 Lennon Jackson M (012/012) 00:26:57
20 Sophie Ashworth F (008/012) 00:28:17
23 Natasha Olszewska F (011/012) 00:30:26

U16 Race

Simon Wilshaw was our first finisher in the U16 race and 7th overall. Hot on his heels was Nicholas Hennessey in his debut for the club.

L-R Simon Wilshaw and Nick Hennessey in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

L-R Simon Wilshaw and Nick Hennessey in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Eleanor Root was our only girl in the race and 2nd girl overall.

Eleanor Root in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Eleanor Root in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
7 Simon Wilshaw M (007/009) 00:26:55
8 Nicholas Hennessey M (008/009) 00:26:57
11 Eleanor Root F (002/004) 00:32:41

Full Results

Sunday 3 April

Burnley Youth Theatre 5K & Fun Run

Julie Dawes was our sole senior runner in the 5K finishing in 13th place with a time of 24:29.

Julie Dawes at the Burnley Youth Theatre 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Julie Dawes at the Burnley Youth Theatre 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Junior Matthew Jackson and Helana White ran in the fun run taking 1st and 2nd places respectively.  Well done to all that took part to help fundraise for this fantastic local theatre group.

Matthew Jackson and Helana White winners of the Burnley Youth Theatre charity fun run. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson and Helana White winners of the Burnley Youth Theatre charity fun run. Photo by David Belshaw

Results

Darwen Heritage Half Marathon

17 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took to the roads of Darwen for the Heritage Half marathon organised by Darwen Dashers. The race is part of this year’s club road championship.

Team Clayton at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

Team Clayton at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

Report from Jacob Watson

Jacob Watson at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

Jacob Watson at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

As my first Half Marathon since I fractured my foot running Hendon Brook in Summer last year, I was a little apprehensive about this challenging, hilly half marathon. There is a reason it has been labelled ‘Darwen Rollercoaster Half Marathon’ which became apparent right from the start. The course itself contains 3 steep climbs, all of which are about 2 miles long, the first one being the longest drag. There certainly seemed to be more uphills than downhills, although the last 2 miles were brilliant fun, especially after I realised there was no more climbing!

Leaving the house, I wasn’t sure what to expect weather wise as it looked pretty miserable, however shortly after the race started the sun came out which really highlighted the scenery, not that there was much of an opportunity to take it in, mind! Most of the route takes place on country roads and through villages, another similarity it has with Hendon Brook (it’s bigger, scarier brother!)

I was fortunate enough to be running in a group of 4 for the first 6 miles, however after a bit of trouble taking on water and getting stitch I couldn’t help but watch as the 3 other runners went off into the distance. Once my stomach had sorted itself out I just focussed on keeping them in my sight and not dropping back any further. Crossing the line, I knew I’d given it my all and was very happy to get under 85 minutes (a faster time than I would have predicted given the hills). Happy days!

All in all, a great, challenging route and I’m very glad it was added to our road championship. I’m hoping it will be good training for Hendon Brook!

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
10 Jacob Watson M 01:24:48
27 Dave Motley M 01:29:31
83 Richard Briscoe M 01:39:40
108 James Boult M 01:42:32
120 Andrew Webster M45 01:44:02
128 Robert Morrison M40 01:45:16
142 Elizabeth Mullan F 01:47:23
152 Amanda Duffy F 01:48:52
161 Martin Brady M50 01:50:16
191 Colin White M40 01:54:04
200 Angela Shian F 01:54:35
201 Vicky Heys F45 01:54:35
202 Nerina Gill F45 01:54:54
212 Geoff Smith M40 01:55:57
217 Julia Rushton F50 01:56:55
283 Lee Moore M 02:08:16
360 Mr Naylor M 02:24:47

Full Results

Padiham Aquathlon

Fresh from a storming run at the Pendle Fell Race, Matthew Duckworth took part in the Padiham Aquathlon finishing in 9th place with an overall time of 32:03. Natasha Newell and Tony Pilling competed as a relay and finished in 11th place with an overall time of  33:49.

It was a super Sunday for Team Stevenson! After lots of hard work in the pool over the last few months Keira blitzed her previous swim times at Padiham Aquathlon. Rachel was persuaded to have a go by Keira, worked her socks off and swam beautifully and confidently. Adam decided to throw everything at the run, a tactic that well paid off. Great results for all 3 of them!

Team Stevenson. L-R Adam, Keira and Rachel with their mum Deborah at the Padiham Aquathlon

Team Stevenson. L-R Adam, Keira and Rachel with their mum Deborah at the Padiham Aquathlon

Results not yet available

Wilmslow Half Marathon

Richard Stevenson ran in the Wilmslow Half Marathon finishing in 83rd place with a time of 1:20:28 smashing his PB. A result of lots of hard work put into training. Well done Richard

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

A busy week for our parkrunners with some parkrun tourism thrown into the mix. Clayton-le-Moors Harriers have been spotted in Scotland and Australia this week.

Imogen and Tillie Ferguson at the

Imogen and Tillie Ferguson at the Helix junior parkrun in Edinburgh.

Bolton parkrun – A total of 244 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
71 Katy THOMPSON 25:39 VW60-64

Burnley parkrun – A total of 246 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:23 SM25-29
2 Jordan MCDONALD 18:33 SM18-19
5 Chris SNELL 19:22 VM35-39
9 Adam SHAW 20:37 SM30-34
12 John WILCOCK 21:08 VM50-54
19 Richard STEVENSON 22:03 VM40-44
20 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:11 JM15-17
21 Donna RILEY 22:16 VW50-54
27 Martin BRADY 22:41 VM50-54
33 James HICKIE 23:26 VM55-59
43 Ian HARGREAVES 24:10 VM50-54
45 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 24:13 JM10
54 Julie DAWES 24:37 VW45-49
61 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:06 JM10
62 Justin BIRTWISTLE 25:07 VM40-44
65 Andrew TAYLOR 25:32 VM55-59
85 Aaron LUNDIE 26:35 JM11-14
102 Ron CHAPPELL 27:44 VM65-69
105 Julie TOMAN 27:57 VW45-49
129 Donna SCOTT 29:24 VW50-54
139 Carl CAREY 29:49 VM45-49
146 Robert HIRST 30:14 VM65-69
150 Jack MCGUIRE 30:30 VM60-64
151 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:39 VW65-69
164 Karen CLARKIN 31:22 VW40-44
181 Judith CAREY 32:17 VW35-39
227 Valerie LAWSON 36:45 VW70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 152 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
152 Eileen JONES 57:12 VW60-64

Helix Junior parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
15 Imogen FERGUSON 8:57 JW10 First Timer!
27 Tillie FERGUSON 10:32 JW10 First Timer!

Lincoln parkrun – A total of 331 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Breton HOLDSWORTH 17:22 VM40-44

Pendle parkrun – A total of 73 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Paul BRANNON 20:39 VM55-59
4 John HARTLEY 20:51 VM55-59
5 Paul HESKETH 21:03 VM50-54
6 Richard BRISCOE 21:22 VM35-39
12 Susan BURNS 22:27 VW55-59

Penrith Lakes parkrun- A total of 220 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
162 Robin PRICE 37:50 VM70-74 First Timer!

Queen’s Park junior parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Dexta THOMPSON 7:35 JM10 First Timer!
7 Liberty THOMPSON 9:23 JW11-14 First Timer!
11 Kady THOMPSON 10:15 JW10 First Timer!
12 Felix THOMPSON 10:18 JM10 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 171 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
151 Christine LEATHLEY 34:01 VW65-69 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
72 Julia RUSHTON 1:00 VW50-54

Woodbank parkrun – A total of 128 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
107 Ron HILL 32:59 VM75-79

 

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