It’s a tad early but who could resist when there are so many stellar performances to report on this week! There’s been great results at the classic 3 Peaks Race, a massive turnout at the Great Hameldon Hill Race, race wins, PBs and tangerine stripes and tracksuits all over the place.
Tuesday 26 April
Orchan Rocks, Todmorden
First run in 2014, Orchan Rocks starts a couple of miles outside Todmorden. A short sharp blast of a race on some fast, grassy paths. Up the Knotts Cliffs, a quick loop around the Orchan Rocks and a swift descent back the way you came. Rick Moore and Robert Hirst took part in this local race.
Wednesday 27 April
Rochdale Heroes Cowm 5K
Ron Chappell was our sole representative at the Rochdale Harriers Heroes Cowm 5K. 78 runners took part.
Saturday 30 April
3 Peaks Race
Seventeen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers finished this year’s 3 Peaks Fell Race. Christopher Holdsworth was our first finisher and put in a tremendous run to cross the line in 17th place with a superb time of 03:13:26 earning an Elite class standard as well. David Bagot was next to finish in 53rd place gaining a 1st class standard and also 2nd MU25 in the race. Fell captain Dave Motley was our 3rd man home in 94th place. Brian Horrocks, Paul Shackleton and Nicholas Olszewski all had great runs earning the 2nd MV50 team place in the event.
Jean Brown was our first lady home in 254th= and a time of 4:11:37. Andy Bradley and Alan Dorrington were both running the event for the first time.
Report from Christopher Holdsworth
The 2016 Yorkshire Three Peaks threw every possible weather condition at us, but definitely wasn’t as grim as the previous year. The snow and the bogs made for very tricky, leg sapping conditions – particularly on the climb up to Whernside. With Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May on my mind, I approached the Three Peaks as a tough training run. I’d also been suffering with piriformis pain for the last 3 weeks and was keen to not aggravate it further. As such, a steady and sensible race left me with loads of energy left in the engine by the time I’d reached Ingleborough, allowing me to have a comfortable run in back to the finish – though I didn’t want to see any more hills!
Tips for anyone thinking of racing it next year:
- Don’t at any point feel like you’re over exerting yourself before you’ve reached Whernside summit. You’ll end up having cramp and no energy by the time you reach Hill Inn, making Ingleborough the single most soul-destroying climb of your life (as I found out last year!) Let everyone else race off and slowly reel them back in.
- Fuel up like you’re never going to eat again. I’d had 2 gels by the 10k mark, 4 by the summit of Whernside, then another and two full bottles of water before Ingleborough. Don’t let your energy levels drop (again, as I found out last year!)
- If its predicted bad weather, stick your jacket on from the start. You shouldn’t be going at a speed that overheats you on a race like this, and can make a massive difference by keeping you dry and giving you the option of putting your hood up when the snow/hail/sleet/rain comes down (which you’ll appreciate when you’re on top of Whernside)
Loved the race, will be back again next year to have a proper crack at getting close to the 3 hour mark.
Report from first timer Andy Bradley
So, my first 3 peaks. Apprehensive to say the least, feeling rather undercooked. I had never run further than 16 miles and the furthest race I had managed was the Heptonstall Fell Race about a month ago, as plans for anything further and a course recce were scuppered by work. What I did have was plenty of valuable advice from runners from inside and outside the club, who have done it all before. I arrived in plenty of time very impressed with the set up and scale of the event and managed to see a few friendly faces and pick up some last minute advice. Don’t those hills (!) look big, I decided to be impressed with how magnificent they looked covered in snow than to worry about running through it! I set off at a conservative pace (You can’t set off too slowly!) and off we went and up Pen Y Ghent. One of the benefits of being slow, was seeing the awesome sight of the leaders descending, blimey they were shifting!
Up and down Pen Y Ghent feeling fresh and on to the run over to Whernside, with advice ringing round my head, “Do not get carried away, its easy to race on this section and pay on the last 2 climbs”, so I ran steadily and chatted to anyone who would talk to me (and even those who wouldn’t!) to make sure I stayed steady, trying not worry about runners flying past me. Big queue at the bottom of Whernside so time for a natter and a flapjack before running (!) up the vertical bog to the next checkpoint, in the teeth of a hailstorm, I felt good as I set off at the top of Whernside and noticed I was beginning to pass other runners.
Loved the descent off Whernside, though the snow enema I gave myself sliding down was a bit of wake up call and I was feeling very pleased with myself until I asked a fellow runner, “Where do we go next?” and was pointed in the direction of the ascent of Ingleborough which looked erm… steep. Decided to take my mind of the climb by distracting myself by talking to a poor lady from Keighley who got her ear bent all the way up, she either did not mind or was polite enough not to tell me to shut it!
And so to the final descent, I had plenty left and only faded in the last half a mile, as I finally began to overheat in the sun, but by then I had cracked it and could see the finishing tent. No one had passed me after Whernside and I had caught everyone who had passed me between Pen Y Ghent and Whernside. I got round which was all I wanted to do. I don’t really know if it is a good time or not, maybe I will find out next year! What I did learn is that there is a wealth of experience within the club (and some outside), who are only too willing to help and give advice if you ask, (And boy did I do a lot of asking!) it is thanks to them, (I hope they know who they are!) that I got round and enjoyed it so much.
|53rd||David Bagot||MU25||03:33:29||1st Class|
|94th||Dave Motley||M||03:43:24||2nd Class|
|148th||Ryan Belshaw||M||03:55:31||2nd Class|
|245th=||Jean Brown||FV40||04:11:37||2nd Class|
|293rd||Brian Horrocks||MV50||04:17:26||2nd Class|
|299th=||Paul Shackleton||MV50||04:18:14||2nd Class|
|320th||Nicholas Olszewski||MV50||04:21:34||2nd Class|
|371st||Ivan Whigham||MV50||04:29:38||2nd Class|
Coniston Fell Race
Report from Katy Thompson
The sun was shining as I arrived in Coniston but the hills were covered in snow, so it was disappointing, but not surprising, that the organisers had decided to shorten the course to avoid the treacherous descent off Coniston. I think everyone realised what a sensible decision this was as we descended from Wetherlam.
With the Three Peaks on the same day instead of the week before, numbers were slightly down, but 180+ runners still set off up Mouldry Bank. After about half a mile the gradient eases, but it’s still up and up the seemingly never-ending climb to Wetherlam. I was working hard to keep up with Richard Bellaries but he gradually pulled away on the more runnable parts. As we neared the summit the snow became deeper and we had to be careful not to go through between the rocks.
Eventually we reached the summit and it was down through the snow round Black Crags to Swirl Hawse. Instead of climbing up Prison Band we headed left down towards Levers Water. Here the snow was deeper and softer which made the running quite difficult and dangerous. I was glad I had footprints through the snow to follow. Passing a runner who had broken her wrist was a big incentive to be careful. After the rocky path round Levers Water there was a short pull up to the path down Boulder Valley. Then we joined the Coniston tourist path down to Miners Bridge and the road to the finish.
There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the Clayton runners – Pete Browning, Richard Bellaries, Steve Bury, Pete and Andy Dugdale, Andy Firth, Andrew Walmesley and me – and I’m not sure of the finish order.
I had managed to overtake and keep ahead of my only rival for 1st LV60, and Andy Firth was awarded a spot prize for 27 consecutive Coniston races – it’s just a shame he was in the pub and not able to collect it!
Luckily the weather had stayed dry throughout the race – a very different day from Sunday, marshalling halfway up Gt Hameldon in the wind and rain.
Sunday 1 May
Edge Hill Aquathlon
Helana White came 3rd in Edge Hill aquathlon. This was race 4 of the Triathlon England North West Series – but she is more proud that she smashed her Burnley park run PB by 1 1/2 mins on Saturday and now has the JW10 record for Burnley, taking 55 seconds off the last record. She said “I had the best start and just kept running”
Well done Helana!
Great Hameldon Hill Race
There was a whopping turnout of 57 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers for the senior race, and. as it is the first in the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series there was an equally great turn out from lots of other local clubs as well.
Danny Collinge was the winner in a time of 39:04. Jordan McDonald was 10th and 1st M23, Paul Hesketh was 1st MV50. Louisa Powell-Smith was 3rd lady and 1st F35, Jean Knightley was 1st FV55, Anita Jones was 1st FV60 and Karin Goss was 1st FV65.
In the teams table we fielded 12 men’s team with the highest position being 2nd place. We also fielded an impressive 6 women’s teams with the highest position being 4th. A fantastic turnout for the Clayton Ladies!
Senior Race report by Louisa Powell-Smith
What can I say it was a race against the elements. Cold, wet, very windy, and very boggy! I spent more time lying on the floor in bogs than running!! Lol
Despite being the leading lady and in the top ten overall for the first half of the race after falling 5 times and hurting my knee I end up 3rd lady and 21st overall. Danny Collinge had a great race leading from the start and finishing first. Jordan McDonald came 10th and was the 2nd Clayton counter and first U20 despite hurting his Achilles.
Beth Quinn was 124th overall and 2nd in her category
|118||C. Darling Smedley||F35||(007/011)||01:01:09|
|138||Julia Anne Rushton||F50||(005/007)||01:03:47|
|149||Ian J. Hargreaves||M50||(017/017)||01:07:42|
|168||Mark. R. Knowles||M40||(028/028)||01:16:02|
Race organiser, Paul Healey reports that this year was the highest turnout for juniors since 1991 and really made it a special day. The fantastic job our junior coaches and helpers do is brilliant and although a number of clubs had children at the race our turnout was great.
Junior coach, Marion Wilkinson reports
Our wonderful juniors put on a show of strength on Sunday with some great performances from them all, but what impressed me the most was their strong team spirit, when one of their buddies fell and didn’t want to continue they came to his rescue and gave him strength to carry on.
29 runners took part in the U8s race.
Report from Toby Birtwistle who came 3rd in the U8s Race
I really enjoyed my first fell race! I was in the lead until the hill. I tried hard but ended up 3rd. I really loved getting wet and muddy.
Under 10s Race
25 runners took part in the U10s race. Jenson Bentham was our first finisher and 3rd overall and Kady Thompson was our 1st girl and 1st girl in the race as well.
21 runners took part in the U12s race. Dexta Thompson was the winner with Jackson McKay in 2nd. Ella Dorrington was the first girl. Dome great running from our U12s some of whom were stepping up the distance for the first time at this event.
Report from Charlie Birtwistle
I haven’t really done fell running before. It was a hard race but I was very proud to come 5th and really enjoyed trying a new type of running.
Briony Holt was on fine form, dominating the U14s category. Lennon Jackson put in a strong performance to finish in 2nd. Solid performances from our U14s.
|7||Millie Eve Stubbs||F||(4/9)||0:14:52|
Top 3 for our U16s who look to be promising great things when they join the seniors before too long.
Yarrow River Bluebell 10k trail run
Steven Blake and Kevin O’Brien took part in this beautiful woodland race held in May so that runners can see the transformation when the bluebells are in full bloom.
The course is a one lap out and back looped course.
Monday 2 May 2016
306 runners took part in this 5K race in Preston. Another great performance from young Helana White who is definitely shaping up to be one to watch.
Martin Brady Reports
I had a go at the Avenham 5K to test the legs out after Saturdays run, (Martin had raced in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race on the Saturday!) and was surprised that they felt OK.
There were two other Clayton Members running in the 5K – Helena White and her dad Colin White and Jack McGuire run in the shorter sprint race.
Helena set off like an express train and achieved a fantastic time of 20.46. Well done!
Coiners Junior Races
Christopher Brown took part in the junior races organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners. No results available yet but he looked strong on the photos by Woodentops.
Wray Scarecrow Fell Race
Report from Doug Monroe
This race is part of the village gala day and at just over 6 miles 1100ft could be good introduction to fell running for anyone wishing to give it a try. There are races for the juniors who set of on the same course as the seniors soon after seniors have started and have different turn round points dependent on age Quite alarming to be passed by a flying 8 year old!
The race was well organised, the course was well flagged with plenty of marshals. The race starts on the main street and after about half a mile up the road race turns left onto the fell then it is up hill to the turning point. Fast descent over muddy ground to the sting in the tail, a muddy slippery path and a short up hill to the finish. Thought I saw John Francis but did not see his name in the results
Awaiting Official Results
Burnley parkrun – A total of 355 runners took part.
Burnley parkrun celebrated it’s 200th event this weekend and there was a large contingent of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers running and joining in the celebrations with top ten finishes and PBs galore.
|22||Helana WHITE||20:51||JW10||New PB!|
|26||Matthew JACKSON||21:09||JM10||New PB!|
|28||Reece Adam LAWRENCE||21:23||JM15-17|
|46||Charlie BIRTWISTLE||22:20||JM10||New PB!|
|57||Brian WILDMAN||22:58||VM50-54||New PB!|
|61||Nathan KEWIN||23:07||JM11-14||New PB!|
|71||Donna AIREY||23:33||VW35-39||New PB!|
|135||Aaron LUNDIE||25:29||JM11-14||New PB!|
|244||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||30:22||VW65-69|
Chadderton Hall parkrun – A total of 136 runners took part.
|81||Eileen JONES||32:50||VW60-64||First Timer!|
Penrith Lakes. Australia parkrun – A total of 174 runners took part.
Pendle parkrun – A total of 74 runners took part.
Witton parkrun – A total of 103 runners took part.
|22||Nerina GILL||25:28||VW45-49||First Timer!|
And finally, the club is supporting the campaign to bring Martholme Viaduct into use for walkers and cyclists. There will be an open day on 14th May and the group are looking for volunteers to act as stewards. Why not pop down to lend and get the chance to explore this local landmark.