This club is on fire!

In case it escaped your notice, one of the local football teams has done rather well this season and it looks like some of that success is catching. We’ve had wins at Pinhaw Trail race and Malvern Hill Ultra and some great performances at the English and Junior fell running championships, Lakeland Trails and Astley Park series. As well as this weeks results, you will find an article from Club President David Scott as he marks the end of an era.

Tuesday 3 May

Lothersdale Fell Race

Five Clayton Harriers took part in this midweek fell race organised by Keighley and Craven AC. It is a 3.6m race with 591ft of ascent. The race was won by Jack Smith of Wharfedale. Our first finisher was Richard Briscoe.

Pos Name Cat Time
20 Richard Briscoe M 29:49:00
51 Rick Moore M50 34:27:00
65 Stephen Fish M60 37:49:00
67 Michael Frost M60 38:01:00
82 Robert Hirst M65 45:10:00

Full Results

Wednesday 4 May

Astley Park Trail Series 1

Senior Results

113 runners lined up for the first of the Astley Park Trail Series. This is a 7.4km / 4.5mile, undulating, two-lap course around the park.

Report from Jonathan Pye

The first of four trail runs around Astley Park took place on Wednesday. As ever there was a strong turnout from the juniors with wave upon wave of orange cascading through the finishing line. Strong runs from Dexta, Helena, Sophie, Adam and the Jackson duo with lots of others doing the club proud.

The senior route is 7km comprising of two laps on firm paths and tracks and three times up a hill that catches you out at the start, especially if you set off too fast (like me). I was delighted to knock 45 seconds off my time from last year but even more delighted to have Clayton company from Martin and Adrienne around the course. It’s a lovely run and I would encourage seniors to give it a whirl in the remaining three races.”

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Jonathan Pye M 26:09
73 Martin Brady MV50 34:06
104 Adrienne Olszewska LV45 41:28

Senior Results

Junior Results

Fifteen junior runners went to Chorley to take part in the Astley Park Summer Trail Series. It was a clean sweep for our speedy U11 boys who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their category. Helana White had a great run and was our first girl home and 3rd in her age category. Some great performances all round from our juniors with plenty of PBs.

Starting line at Astley Park Junior Trail Series. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Starting line at Astley Park Junior Trail Series. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Pos Name Cat Time
12 Dexta Thompson U11 5:28
23 Lennon Jackson U13 5:51
28 Jenson Bentham U11 5:57
30 Adam Stevenson U15 6:00
32 Matthew Jackson U11 6:02
35 Helana White L11 6:05
42 Sophie Ashworth L13 6:12
47 Liberty Thompson L15 6:17
63 Natasha Olszewska L15 6:43
80 Imogen Ferguson L11 7:08
95 Kady Thompson L11 7:29
101 Felix Thompson U7 7:37
108 Rachel Stevenson L11 7:53
141 Bronia Olszewska L13 8:01
142 Tillie Ferguson L11 8:02

Junior Results

Littleborough 5K

100 runners took part in the Littleborough 5k. The new route for this series utilises the cycle path that runs from near the start to Smithy Bridge Road taking out a busy main road and traffic at the initial part of the race making the route flatter and straighter, which means faster times. The race still retains the Hill on Smithy Bridge Road, but this is counteracted by the amazing downhill steady descent to the finish.

Paul Laurence Walsh was our sole representative on this event finishing in 70th place with a time of 25:37.9.

Pos Name Cat Time
70 Paul Laurence Walsh MV60 25:37.9

Full Results

Friday 6 May

Geoff Foggett Memorial 5K

Pinhaw Trail Race

Although this race is described as a fell race, it passes over some road sections and good paths and tracks to the summit of Pin Haw and then back again along the same route. It is the second race in the popular Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series so turnout was high with 201 runners. There was a whopping 57 Clayton Harriers in attendance from U18s right up to V75.

Danny Collinge was the race winner with a time of 31:57. Thomas Bradley was 1st U18 and 22nd overall in the race continuing his successful transition from junior to senior racing. Paul Hesketh was 1st V50 with a time of 35:43, Roger Brewster was 1st V60 with a time of 38:27, Doug Monroe was 1st V70 in 54:33, and Ted Orrell was 1st V75 in 54:23.

Ryan Belshaw closely followed by Thomas Bradley at the Pinhaw Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Ryan Belshaw closely followed by Thomas Bradley at the Pinhaw Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

The ladies race was won by Emma Taylor of Accrington Road Runners. The first Clayton Lady finisher was Helen O’Rourke who was 101st place overall and 10th lady runner with a time of 42:38. Bethany Quinn was 2nd WU18, continuing to run well on her step up to senior racing. Irene Roche was 1st W55 with a time of 43:28 and Anita Jones was 1st W60

Bethany Quinn battling to the finish at the Pinhaw Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Bethany Quinn battling to the finish at the Pinhaw Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Danny Collinge M 31:57
11 Matthew Duckworth M 35:05
12 Peter Coates M 35:20
16 Paul Hesketh M50 (1st) 35:43
19 Ryan Belshaw M 36:00
22 Thomas Bradley MU18 36:20
24 Andy Armstrong M45 36:29
32 Michael Clarke M40 37:09
36 Sean Clare M50 37:32
38 Richard Briscoe M 37:40
44 John Wilcock M55 38:20
45 James Boult M 38:21
46 Roger Brewster M60 (1st) 38:27
56 Stephen Ainsworth M55 39:01
57 Alan Life M50 39:04
58 Chris Paul M 39:05
59 Nick Roscoe M45 39:07
60 Andrew Bradley M50 39:12
61 Daniel Plant M 39:12
64 Neil Garnett M50 39:17
76 Robert Morrison M40 40:24
93 Andrew Webster M45 41:52
94 Carl Dale M 41:55
97 Stuart Proctor M 42:18
99 Darren Rushton M45 42:24
100 Andy Quinn M45 42:34
101 Helen O’ Rourke W 42:38
106 Angela Shian W35 43:19
108 Irene Roche W55 43:28
116 Elizabeth Mullen W 43:41
126 Nerina Gill W45 44:57
129 Barbara Savage W50 45:15
130 Linda Bostock W55 45:45
131 Jean Knightley W55 45:49
132 Cassandra Smedley W35 45:54
135 Carl Carey M45 46:12
137 Julie Dawes W45 46:15
142 Tony Pilling M50 47:12
154 Bianca Bennett W 48:42
161 Carol Life W50 50:09
162 Rachel Todd W40 50:19
163 Danny Pilkington M40 50:33
166 Paul Walsh M60 51:18
169 Bethany Quinn WU18 51:44
172 Michelle Butschok W40 52:41
176 Ted Orrell M75 54:23
177 Deborah Greenwood W45 54:31
178 Doug Monroe M70 54:33
179 Stuart Barker M45 54:37
180 Phil Naylor M 54:41
181 Julia Rushton W50 54:47
185 Mark Knowles M40 55:26
193 Ron Chappell M65 58:33
195 Karen Clarkin W40 1:00:57
197 Judith Carey W35 1:02:10
199 Sharon Wilson W40 1:02:51
201 Anita Jones W60 1:03:01

Full Results

Saturday 7 May

Hawkswick Juniors & Seniors

Junior Races

12 of our junior members took part across a range of age categories for this race which is the second race in the 2016 FRA Junior Championships.

L-R Liberty Thompson, Kady Thompson and Ella Dorrington at the Hawkswick Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

L-R Liberty Thompson, Kady Thompson and Ella Dorrington at the Hawkswick Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

U8 Race

46 runners took part in this race. Felix Thompson was our sole representative in this category and he finished in 23rd position with a time of 4:33.

Felix Thompson in the U8s race. Photo by Woodentops

Felix Thompson in the U8s race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
23 Felix Thompson BU8 04:33

U10 Race

69 runners took part in this race. Jenson Bentham had an excellent run finishing in 2nd place and there were strong runs from Joshua McKay and Kady Thompson.

Joshua McKay in the U10 race. photo by Woodentops

Joshua McKay in the U10 race. photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Jenson Bentham BU10 8:20
43 Joshua McKay BU10 10:08
59 Kady Thompson GU10 11:15

U12 Race

90 runners took part in the U12 race. Jackson McKay was our first finisher in 4th place overall and Ella Dorrington was our first girl home.

Summer Hargreaves in the U12 race. Photo by Woodentops

Summer Hargreaves in the U12 race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
4 Jackson McKay BU12 11:44
8 Dexta Thompson BU12 12:19
27 Christopher Brown BU12 13:13
36 Ella Dorrington GU12 13:40
73 Summer Hargreaves GU12 16:03

U14 Race

There were 60 runners in this age group. Briony Holt was our first finisher in 22nd place and 3rd girl overall. Claudia Bentham and Liberty Thompson completed the U14 team.

Claudia Bentham in the U14 race. Photo by Woodentops

Claudia Bentham in the U14 race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
22 Briony Holt GU14 21:02
53 Claudia Bentham GU14 25:14
58 Liberty Thompson GU14 26:28

Junior Results

Senior Race

Just two of our senior runners took part in the senior race. Jean Brown was our first finisher in 30th place and she was joined by Mark Taylor who finished in 45th place.

Pos Name Cat Time
30 Jean Brown LV40 42:19
45 Mark Taylor M 45:56

Senior Results

Katie Hewison Chorley Duathlon

Ellie Root took part in the Katie Hewison Chorley Duathlon. She had a steady run to start, followed by a tricky 6k on the bike on grass, and a short run to follow. This is the first time she had worn her cleats to race and transition was a challenge but hopefully will get easier. Overall she came 5th in the youth category

Lakeland Trails – Staveley

Starting and finishing at Staveley Recreation Ground, the 10km Kentmere Trail Run, and the 17km Kentmere Trail Race courses follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of most of the southern Lakeland fells. The trail climbs out from Staveley above the Kentmere valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns and through ancient woodland, climbing Reston Scar before the descent back into Staveley village. Underfoot conditions can be quite variable and there’s a bit of everything; short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways with some stiles to climb over near the end.

10km Trail Race

Andrew Taylor in the Lakeland Trails 10k race. Photo courtesy of Lakeland Trails

Andrew Taylor in the Lakeland Trails 10k race. Photo courtesy of Lakeland Trails

Pos Name Cat Time
92 Andrew Taylor M50 1:11:45

17km Trail Race

Report from Richard Stevenson

Another well organised event by Lakeland Trails in Staveley brings the Spring Series to a close. It’s a tough, rocky and hilly course made all the harder by the lovely warm sunshine we enjoyed on the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the race but I think my legs were disagreeing on Sunday morning. I’ll certainly look to so some of the other trail races they have later this year or perhaps come back again next year to see if I can improve.

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Christopher Holdsworth M 1:12:46
9 Richard Stevenson M40 1:22:22
59 Richard John M 1:37:03

Full Results

Malvern Hills Ultra

Congratulations to Martin Terry who was the winner of the Malvern Hills Ultra. He competed in the 52mile event which takes in over 6000ft of ascent. In a close finish he took the win with just a second to spare with 8hrs 45mins and 16.8secs.

Full Results

Up the Nab

This Derbyshire fell race is a counter in the English Fell Running Championships and 16 Clayton Harriers travelled to Glossop to take part. It is a 4 mile race with 1197ft of ascent. 267 runners took part in the mens’ race and our first finisher was Matt Perry who came 57th with a time of 38:59.

99 runners took part in the ladies race. Wendy Dodds was our first lady finisher, 61st place overall and 1st LV65.

Mens’ Results

Jon Cleaver in the Up the Nab fell race. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

Jon Cleaver in the Up the Nab fell race. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

Pos Name Cat Time
57 Matt Perry M 38:50
62 Daniel Collinge U23 39:20
87 Dave Motley M 41:20
106 Carl Helliwell V40 42:29
130 Ryan Wilkinson M 44:02
138 Chris Snell M 44:31
152 Geoffrey Gough M55 45:57
164 Jonathan Cleaver M 47:00
211 Kieran Carr V70 51:15
236 George Pier U23 54:27
246 Stephen Fish V60 58:16

Ladies’ Results

L-R Linda Lord, Karen Goss and Katy Thompson. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

L-R Linda Lord, Karen Goss and Katy Thompson. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

Pos Name Cat Time
61 Wendy Dodds V65 52:50
78 Linda Lord V65 56:58
87 Katy Thompson V60 58:57
99 Karen Goss V65 1:16:00

Full Results

Sunday 8 May

Blackpool Fun Run 10K

The course starts outside the Savoy Hotel and heads south along a traffic free Promenade passing Blackpool Tower, the Golden Mile and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. You then turn near the Big Blue Hotel and run back along the same route, carrying to the new shared Finish Line. A water station is located close to the turnaround mark.

Well done to the juniors who took part in this event which was a rare opportunity for them to test their legs on the 10K distance.

L-R Aaron Lundie, Adam Stevenson, Lennon Jackson and Matthew Jackson. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

L-R Aaron Lundie, Adam Stevenson, Lennon Jackson and Matthew Jackson. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Adam Stevenson finished in around 49 minutes on his first 10K attempt. Not bad! Especially when you factor in how hot it was on Sunday.

Adam was joined by teammates Aaron Lundie, and Lennon and Matthew Jackson.

Results available Tuesday

Blacksticks Blue 10K

252 Runners took part in this popular 10k race that rewards finishers with cheese! The race starts and finishes at Whitechapel Village Hall and offers stunning views en route as you overlook the Bowland Fells.

Pos Name Cat Time
40 Richard Briscoe M 44:28
46 Stephen Biscomb M60 44:40
184 Julie Toman F45 1:02:14
216 Kevin O’Brien V70 1:08:00

Full Results

Leeds Half Marathon

Thousands of runners took to the roads of Leeds for this half marathon on the hottest day of the year so far. Our sole representative was Colin Shuttleworth who finished in 215th place with a time of 1:31:35

Pos Name Cat Time
215 Colin Shuttleworth M55 1:31:35

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 348 runners took part.

Rachel Stevenson (L) and Bronia Olszewska on the way to new PBs at Burnley parkrun

Rachel Stevenson (L) and Bronia Olszewska on the way to new PBs at Burnley parkrun

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Jacob WATSON 17:50 SM30-34
6 Alan DORRINGTON 19:08 VM45-49 New PB!
10 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:33 JM11-14
13 Richard BRISCOE 19:50 VM35-39 New PB!
14 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:02 VM35-39
16 Simon WILSHAW 20:23 JM15-17
23 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:55 JM15-17
24 Daniel PLANT 21:01 SM30-34
30 Jonathan PYE 21:40 SM25-29
31 Sophie ASHWORTH 21:41 JW11-14
36 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 22:01 JM10
51 Brian WILDMAN 23:17 VM50-54
72 David Ian SCOTT 24:06 VM70-74
77 Julie DAWES 24:17 VW45-49
87 Lee MOORE 24:38 VM35-39
94 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:53 JM10
95 Justin BIRTWISTLE 24:58 VM40-44
96 Lisa JOHNSON 24:59 VW40-44
101 Annabel WILCOCK 25:04 JW15-17 New PB!
102 John WILCOCK 25:05 VM50-54
117 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 25:45 JW11-14
174 Julie TOMAN 27:41 VW45-49
175 Philip NAYLOR 27:41 VM35-39
177 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 27:50 VW45-49
192 Robert HIRST 28:41 VM65-69
200 Rachel STEVENSON 29:07 JW10 New PB!
201 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 29:08 JW11-14 New PB!
211 Paul Laurence WALSH 29:45 VM60-64
214 Richard LAWSON 29:49 VM75-79
219 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 29:56 VW65-69
236 Jack MCGUIRE 30:37 VM60-64
296 Valerie LAWSON 35:27 VW70-74
307 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 36:45 VW35-39

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 90 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
77 Robin PRICE 34:33 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 193 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
193 Eileen JONES 54:02 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 96 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Andrew STUBBS 18:25 VM45-49
2 Paul BRANNON 20:18 VM55-59
3 John HARTLEY 20:32 VM55-59
12 Millie STUBBS 23:28 JW11-14 New PB!
15 Finley STUBBS 24:15 JM10
23 Andrew WEBSTER 25:21 VM45-49 First Timer!
64 Christine LEATHLEY 33:37 VW65-69

Witton parkrun – A total of 87 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
17 Nerina GILL 25:00 VW45-49 New PB!

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 450 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
4 David BAGOT 17:57 SM20-24

End of an Era

I’d like to extend warm thanks to all present and ex-members of Clayton who, over the years, have shouted words of encouragement to me during many 3 Peaks races. Sadly, the end of an era seems to have arrived.

Dave Scott descending Penyghent at the 3 Peaks Fell Race. Photo by SportSunday Photography

Dave Scott descending Penyghent at the 3 Peaks Fell Race. Photo by SportSunday Photography

An aim to complete one at age 70 (actually 70yrs 364 days) coincided with my 47th race and Neil Worswick and others said ‘Oh you’ve got to do 50, Dave!’

This year was to have been my 49th completion. Training had gone well and on a good weather day I felt I could have made the cut-off time at Hill Inn, albeit only just. However, age has obviously caught up with me, which, combined with the weather and atrocious underfoot conditions plus an unforeseen hold-up at the river certainly didn’t help my cause.

So apologies to Dave Motley, Gary Wilkinson and others who were going to join me on the 50th run in 2017. It is hard to express fully how much I appreciated their offer. Sadly, it’s not to be.

Jill has been every year apart from a couple, with food and drink, and a change of shoes/clothes if necessary. When daughter, Justine, went to Denver 10 years ago I missed her whoops and whistles in the lay-by near Ribblehead. For the last 5 years, son Alistair has met me at the foot of Whernside and accompanied me over Ingleborough, chatting all the way and making the time seem to pass very quickly.

For the record, my fastest time was on my 31st birthday in 1974 when I broke 3 hours. I have 1 elite certificate, 16 first class certs, 18 second class certs and the rest are merit/standard.

Many grateful thanks go to the 3 Peaks organisers and perhaps next year you’ll spot me shouting encouragement to other competitors.

David Scott

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