Barriers, Pikes, Lenches and Championships

Well no one is having any time off at the moment.  You have been thumping the tarmac in a range of 5K, 10K and half marathon distances with plenty of PBs and successes. There’s also been the odd fell championship, Lakeland classics, and local midweek races. All this leaves me pondering one small thing; what exactly is a lench?

Tuesday 5 July

Rochdale 10K

Michael Hogan was our sole representative at this 10K road race. He finished in 41st place with a time of 41:34. There were 247 runners overall. The route starts and finishes at Rochdale Town Hall and takes the runners around the town centre and out before returning to the start.

Michael Hogan Reports

I was the only Clayton runner to participate in this lovely undulating 10k route. It’s a slow start race on a hilly narrow park path that soon gives way to wide open pavements where the pace can be set. The race was well represented by various north Manchester clubs for a mid week evening race. A cracking little race that should be on on your road race calender for next year.

Full Results

20 Barriers

The 20 Barriers Race follows a scenic route of just over 5 miles on the field paths, trails and canal towpath in the countryside to the south of Carnforth ‘Gateway to the Lake District’. The race gets its name from the number of stiles and other field boundaries crossed en-route but none of the ‘20 barriers’ should present any unusual hazards or difficulties.

Three club members took part in this race in a record turnout of 209 runners on a clear, sunny evening. Chris Arthur of Bowland Fell Runners won the race in 31:08 and Joanna Goorney of Lytham St Annes took the ladies win for the second year running. Alan Life was our first Clayton finisher in 29th place overall. Wendy Dodds was our first Clayton Lady in 88th place overall and 1st LV65. Carol Life completed the Clayton trio finishing in 123rd place overall.

Pos Name Category Time Number
29 Alan Life M50 38:38 144
88 Wendy Dodds W65 45:25 5
123 Carol Life W50 50:12 143

Full Results

Wednesday 6 July

Astley Park Junior Trail Series

Clayton Juniors at the start of the Astley Park Junior Trail Race. Photo by Michelle Abbott

Clayton Juniors at the start of the Astley Park Junior Trail Race. Photo by Michelle Abbott

We had a great turnout of 19 junior runners for the 3rd in this popular series of trail races organised by Chorley AC at Astley Park. Dexta Thompson was our first finisher in 10th place overall and first in his age category. Liberty Thompson was our first girl finisher in 34th place overall.

To date our boys team is in 4th position overall and our girls team is in 2nd place.

Pos Name Cat CatPos Time
10 Dexta Thompson M11 1 5:22
21 Lennon Jackson M13 9 5:51
23 Robbie Smedley M11 2 5:53
28 Adam Stevenson M15 7 5:58
34 Liberty Thompson L15 4 6:04
35 Matthew Jackson M11 5 6:06
36 Ella Dorrington L13 5 6:09
37 Helana White L11 6 6:10
44 Jenson Bentham M11 7 6:18
48 Sophie Ashworth L13 10 6:25
57 Natasha Olszewska L15 6 6:39
58 Summer Hargreaves L11 9 6:40
67 Keira Stevenson L13 15 6:51
78 Thomas Ashworth M11 16 7:03
86 Kady Thompson L11 17 7:21
89 Bronia Olszewska L13 18 7:26
94 Felix Thompson M7 2 7:46
95 Rachel Stevenson L11 19 7:49
96 Ellisia Smedley L9 5 7:58

Full Results

Stoodley Pike FR

Report from James Boult

The Stoodley Pike fell race is a quick 5k dash up to the Calderdale landmark of the same name and back, and stands as a typical midweek fell race. Chris Paul, Orlaith O’Mahony and I made the trip over to join Dominic Carr and Darren Rushton as the Clayton representatives. A large, but not too big, field with a strong atmosphere and sunny conditions saw 188 people lining up from the Top Brink Inn in Todmorden before setting off towards the course’s only climb.

James Boult at the Stoodley Pike Fell Race

James Boult at the Stoodley Pike Fell Race

Warnings beforehand from race regulars said to get to the front or overtake as soon as possible and they were right, as the only opportunity comes along a cobbled path at the climb’s base. Taking a few people there, I managed to get midfield before the most frustrating of climbs turned the race into a single file plod up a gradual, but runnable climb with little overtaking and no chance of getting any momentum or pace.

Orlaith O' Mahoney at the Stoodley Pike Fell Race

Orlaith O’ Mahoney at the Stoodley Pike Fell Race

At the summit the course opens out and I managed to stretch my legs and take some places before reaching Stoodley Pike and the fast, harsh descent. It started well, but after twisting my right ankle, I took it easy and let people go past knowing my strength would come on the mile long flat trail to the finish.

Putting in a six minute final mile, I took back everyone who went past me on the descent and then picked off others in my way (about 15 people in total) as I headed to the finish. I noticed Dominic Carr ahead, I found another gear and pushed on to take first Clayton counter in a 200m final field dash.

Finisher's beer

Finisher’s beer

The £4 entry fee got you a great 5k race with stunning views and a free beer at the end, to make it unbelievable value for money. Definitely a race to do again and a note for next time; start at the front to avoid a frustratingly slow climb.

Pos Name Cat Time
46 James Boult MU23 00:25:38
48 Dominic Carr M40 00:25:43
83 Chris Paul M 00:27:29
95 Orlaith O’Mahony F 00:28:08
99 Darren Rushton M40 00:28:26

Full Results

Thursday 7 July

Cuerden Valley Badger 10K

John Wilcock and Stephen Biscomb took part in the second race of this trail 10K series run in conjunction with Wesham Road Runners in the beautiful scenery of Cuerden Valley Country Park. John Wilcock finished in 25th place and 1st M50 with a time of 44:31. Stephen Biscomb was 43rd with a time of 46:59

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
25 John Wilcock M50 (001/021) 00:44:31
43 Stephen Biscomb M60 (002/004) 00:46:59

Full Results

Todmorden Park 5K series

Fourteen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in the second race of this popular summer 5k series organised by Cannonball Events in a field of 116 runners.

Jonathan Pye and Jacob Watson racing at the Todmorden 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Jonathan Pye and Jacob Watson racing at the Todmorden 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Jacob Watson was our first finisher in 6th place overall and with a time of 17:28. Jonathan Pye and David McMullan made up the first of our men’s teams coming 3rd overall.

Lennon Jackson at the Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Lennon Jackson at the Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Lennon Jackson had a great run finishing in 43rd place with a time of 21:28 and 1st MU14. He was also a counter in our second men’s team (7th team) with Ian Hargreaves and Stephen Green.

Amanda Duffy at the Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Amanda Duffy at the Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Amanda was our first lady finisher in 48th place overall and 1st W35. Our ladies took the first team postion.

Sophie Ashworth at the Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Sophie Ashworth at the Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name AG Time
6 Jacob Watson M 17:28.149
7 Jonathan Pye M 17:34.995
38 David McMullan M45 21:03.171
39 Stephen Green M60 21:04.285
43 Lennon Jackson MU14 21:28.995
48 Amanda Duffy W35 22:02.434
53 Donna Airey W35 22:28.199
59 Ian Hargreaves M50 23:33.170
64 Sophie Ashworth WU14 23:58.546
69 Tony Pilling M50 24:40.056
70 Brian Wildman M50 24:51.369
85 Richard Lawson M75 26:42.222
96 Helen Harrison W45 28:37.372
99 Hayley Copeman W45 29:22.188

Full Results

Tockholes Evening FR

Three Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this 5.8 mile fell race with 1099ft of climb. 62 Runners took part with Nick Leigh of Horwich RMI winning the race and Nicola McLoughlin U/A winning the ladies race. Ivan Whigham was our first Clayton finisher in 23rd place and Mark Nutter was 38th. Katy Thompson was 51st and 1st LV60.

Pos Name Cat Time
23 Ivan Whigham M50 00:46:15
38 Mark Nutter M50 00:50:46
51 Katy Thompson F60 00:57:39

Full Results

Saturday 9 July

Alva Games Fell Race

Well done to Jenson Bentham who ran in the U12 race and finished in 5th place. This race was a counter in the BOFRA British Championship

Jenson Bentham at the Alva Games Fell Race. Photo collage from Lee Bentham

Jenson Bentham at the Alva Games Fell Race. Photo collage from Lee Bentham

Full Results

Pilling 10K series

A quartet of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in the second race of this 10K series run on the flat and quiet roads of the pretty village of Pilling.

Daniel Isherwood was our first finisher in 12th place with a time of 39:41. Stephen Biscomb followed in 26th place with a time of 43:35. Natasha Newell was our sole lady runner and she was 42nd overall, 5th lady and 1st LV40 with a time of 51:12. Tony Pilling completed the quarted in 44th with a time of 52:00. There were 69 runners in total.

Pos Name Cat Time
12 Daniel Isherwood M 00:39:41
26 Stephen Biscomb MV60 00:43:35
42 Natasha Newell FV40 00:51:12
44 Tony Pilling MV50 00:52:00

Full Results

Sedburgh Sports

Ladies Race

98 Runners took part in this English Championship race. First lady was Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers. Four Clayton Ladies took part. First finisher was Wendy Dodds in 59th place with Linda Lord, Katy Thompson and Kath Brady making up the team.

Pos Name Cat Time
59 Wendy Dodds FV60 37:55
87 Linda Lord FV60 42:20
91 Katy Thompson FV60 45:10
95 Kath Brady FV50 49:01

Ladies Results

Mens Race

A baker’s dozen of Clayton Harriers ran in the Mens Race at Sedburgh Sports which is the third race in the English Championships. 232 runners took part with Simon Bailey of Mercia Fell Runners taking the win. Danny Collinge was our first finisher in 87th place with a time of 30:08 with Andrew Laycock hot on his heels in 88th and just a second later.

Andrew Laycock, George Pier, Garry Wilkinson, Dave Motley and Danny Collinge at the English Fell Running Championships

Andrew Laycock, George Pier, Garry Wilkinson, Dave Motley and Danny Collinge at the English Fell Running Championships

Pos Name Cat Time
87 Danny Collinge MU23 30:06
88 Andrew Laycock M 30:07
111 Carl Helliwell MV40 31:04
134 Dave Motley M 32:18
143 Alan Life MV50 32:35
146 Garry R Wilkinson MV50 32:41
165 Geoffrey Gough MV50 33:58
170 Brian Horrocks MV50 34:33
196 Jon Sharples MV60 37:11
207 George Pier MU23 38:07
208 Kieran Carr MV70 38:27
217 Richard Bellaries MV60 39:21
224 David Horrocks MV50 42:39

Mens Results

Wasdale ‘Horseshoe’ Fell Race

This fell race is a tough, classic Lakeland fell race of 21 miles and 9000ft of ascent organised by the Cumberland Fellrunners Association. This year’s event was beset by gruelling wet and windy conditions making for plenty of comment on the FRA Forum>

Report from Jean Brown

133 runners started the Wasdale Horseshoe race and I think 96 finished. I was there along with Martin Terry, Andy MacFarlane and Paul Wale. It was an interesting race! Very wet and windy, someone compared it with running in a car wash, although I think the wind was stronger than that at times. The cloud was down to the valley and the rock more slippery than I have known it. Most people did more than the advertised mileage/ascent, I certainly did – a PW for me, but really pleased to finish in one piece!

Awaiting Official Results

Sunday 10 July

Asda Foundation Leeds 10K

Dave Bagot and Colin Shuttleworth took part in this popular city 10K.

Report from Dave Bagot

I made a midweek decision to run the race, filling in for the work team. Despite trying to pace myself at the start, I really struggled from mile 3 onwards and slipped back through the field to finish 35th in a chip time of 36:29. It was a really well organised race, attracting a field of around 6500 runners. There were lots of spectators and musicians around the course, creating a good atmosphere. The race followed a similar route to the Abbey Dash but included a loop around the city centre at the start. As an added bonus, I was stood near the rugby league legend, Kevin Sinfield, at the start who completed his first 10K in around 44mins, although he did say he was going to take it easy but I was happy to claim the scalp!

Full Results

Hendon Brook

There was an impressive turnout of 49 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers for this infamous, tough half marathon.

Clayton Men raring to go at the Hendon Brook Half Marathon. Photo by Michelle Searby

Clayton Men raring to go at the Hendon Brook Half Marathon. Photo by Michelle Searby

Salford Harrier, David Rigby, took the win in 1:18:18. First Clayton runner and 2nd overall was Chris Holdsworth who finished in 1:19:05. There were also top ten finishes for Danny Collinge, Jacob Watson and Matthew Duckworth. John Hartley was 1st M55 and Paul Hesketh was 1st MV50.

Clayton Men relaxing after Hendon Brook. Photo by Michelle Searby

Clayton Men relaxing after Hendon Brook. Photo by Michelle Searby

The Ladies race was won by Darwen Dasher, Joanne Nelson. First Clayton Lady was Donna Airey in 73rd place overall and 1st F35 in the race.

Donna Airey at the Hendon Brook Half Marathon. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Donna Airey at the Hendon Brook Half Marathon. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Irene Roche was 1st F55 and Julia Rushton was 1st F50.

Julia Rushton at the Hendon Brook Half. Photo by David Belshaw

Julia Rushton at the Hendon Brook Half. Photo by David Belshaw

Anita Jones pushed herself well out of her comfort zone and battled round the course to finish just ahead of the cutoff time and to earn herself 1St F60 as well.

Report from Irene Roche

With better than expected weather, there was an excellent turn out for the Hendon Brook HM today. No less than 149 runners in all. John Roche, race organiser, was also more than pleased with the amount of help and support from marshals, cyclists and spectators – drinks and jelly babies offered all round the course. Whilst lots of PBs were achieved for our Clayton runners, it has to be said that all who completed this hilly and undulating course today have excelled themselves (with warm, humid temperatures added to it all!). Well done everyone.

Clayton Ladies Steph Hawke and Clare Wilson at the finish line. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton Ladies Steph Hawke and Clare Wilson at the finish line. Photo by David Belshaw

Report from Lynsey Birtwistle

I was a spectator due to injury and I am in awe of everyone who ran! I saw some very pained faces going up lenches. My boys loved running up and down encouraging people and they said on the way home they can’t wait to do that race when they are old enough; an inspiring day all round. Anita jones just amazing! We were willing her to get in under the 3 hours cut off and I got goosebumps when I saw her finish with 17 seconds to spareas her teammates ran her in. Awesome!

Anita Jones makes the finish accompanied by her team mates. Photo by David Belshaw

Anita Jones makes the finish accompanied by her team mates. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos   
2 Chris Holdsworth M (002/039)
7 Daniel Collinge M (004/039)
8 Jacob Watson M (005/039)
10 Matthew Duckworth M (007/039)
16 Richard Stevenson M40 (003/028)
17 Jonathan Cleaver M (013/039)
22 Jordan McDonald M (017/039)
24 Carl Helliwell M40 (005/028)
25 John Hartley M55 (001/012)
31 Paul Hesketh M50 (001/013)
33 Chris Funnell M50 (002/013)
35 Mark Aspinall M55 (002/012)
46 John Wilcock M50 (003/013)
56 Stephen Ainsworth M55 (006/012)
57 Robert Morrison M40 (013/028)
59 Andy Quinn M45 (004/011)
60 Paul Shackleton M50 (007/013)
61 John Roche M55 (007/012)
62 Michael Clarke M40 (014/028)
65 Andy Bradley M50 (008/013)
67 James Boult M (027/039)
69 Andrew Payne M (029/039)
73 Donna Airey F35 (001/008)
75 Gary Moore M40 (016/028)
83 Angela Shia F35 (002/008)
84 Nerina Gill F45 (002/006)
87 Amanda Duffy F35 (003/008)
92 Vicky Heys F45 (003/006)
95 Stuart Proctor M (035/039)
96 Geoff Smith M40 (021/028)
97 Irene Roche F55 (001/002)
100 Alan Clarkson M55 (009/012)
102 Colin White M40 (022/028)
104 Elizabeth Mullan F (005/010)
105 Jean Knightley F55 (002/002)
107 Bianca Bennett F (006/010)
109 Andrew Webster M45 (009/011)
112 Julia Rushton F50 (001/001)
115 Peter Browning M55 (011/012)
117 Cassandra Smedley F35 (004/008)
127 Rachel Todd F40 (006/008)
132 Ian J. Hargreaves M50 (013/013)
133 Michelle Butschok F40 (007/008)
137 Justin Birtwistle M40 (025/028)
139 Stephanie K. Hawke F35 (007/008)
140 Clare Wilson F35 (008/008)
141 Mark Knowles M40 (027/028)
142 Karen Clarkin F40 (008/008)
145 Anita Jones F60 (001/001)

Full Results

St Annes Carnival 5K

The St Anne’s Carnival 5K race is a  flat, accurately measured 5k course marked with kilometre signs that takes competitors from the wide walkway adjacent to the pitch and putt course to the western end of the attractive Fairhaven Lake and back to finish close to the pier.

118 runners took part in this year’s event. Richard and Val Lawson were our dynamic vet duo taking 1st M75 and 1st W70.

Richard Lawson Reports

It was the antidote to a McAndrew race. There were  prizes for all categories, spot prizes, food and drinks at the finish, eg oranges, bananas, sweets biscuits, free toilets by arrangement with the council, and full buffet at the presentation, a mug for finishing and a set of results immediately. Bottles of water too. and it was only 5K. and photos with the  carnival queen for the winners

Pos Name Cat Time
58 Richard Lawson M75 25:56
110 Val Lawson W70 36:57

Awaiting Publication of Results

Trawlerman Triathlon

Helana White took part in the Trawlerman Triathlon in Blackpool and finished in 3rd place. She is on target to finish 3rd overall in the North West England triathlon league in her age category. Well done Helana!

Wigan Trail 10K

The race takes place through the trails of Wigan’s Greenheart Amberswood park, situated between Spring View & Hindley. The former mining area has been transformed into a 160 hectare nature reserve of woodlands to wildflowers meadows, grasslands to wetlands.

The 10k Trail Race takes in many of the scenic bridleways of Amberswood, following a mixture of terrain from woodland trails to wide open gravel paths. The route is flat and open giving competitors the opportunity to challenge and beat personal bests.

Kevin O’Brien was our sole representative at this event. He finished in 117th place with a time of 1:03:44 and was 1st V70 in a field of 140 runners

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Our parkrunners have been out and about as always, many of them warming up for other races over the weekend. It’s been a good week for our junior parkrunners with PBs for Charlie Birtwistle and Nathan Kewin as well as a blistering run at Witton for Helana White taking 3 minutes off the JW10 record.

Helana White on her record breaking Witton parkrun.

Helana White on her record breaking Witton parkrun.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 319 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 Jonathan PYE 18:38 SM25-29
7 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:24 JM11-14
12 Kevin DAVIES 20:22 VM50-54
13 Danielle WALKER 20:25 SW25-29
17 Michael HOGAN 20:49 VM45-49
18 Matthew JACKSON 20:55 JM10
21 Richard STEVENSON 21:11 VM40-44
26 Adam STEVENSON 21:30 JM11-14
30 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 21:41 JM10 New PB!
44 Nathan KEWIN 22:42 JM11-14 New PB!
67 Julie DAWES 23:41 VW45-49
74 Jake ANFORTH 23:53 JM10
76 Sophie ASHWORTH 24:08 JW11-14
78 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:12 JM10
95 Annabel WILCOCK 25:11 JW15-17
96 John WILCOCK 25:16 VM50-54
101 Aaron LUNDIE 25:20 JM11-14
104 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:27 JW11-14
106 Beth QUINN 25:30 SW18-19
107 James BOULT 25:33 SM20-24
110 Donna SCOTT 25:44 VW50-54
114 Jane HYLANDS 26:05 VW45-49
123 Richard LAWSON 26:32 VM75-79
125 Heidi KEWIN 26:34 JW11-14
183 Philip NAYLOR 29:20 VM35-39
218 Robert HIRST 30:56 VM65-69
307 Valerie LAWSON 38:25 VW70-74


Lancaster parkrun – A total of 177 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
66 Martin BRADY 25:44 VM50-54 First Timer!
104 Doug MUNROE 29:36 VM70-74 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 111 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
14 Helena LEATHLEY 23:15 SW20-24 First Timer!
34 Dawn TERRY 26:30 VW50-54
44 Paul HESKETH 28:01 VM50-54
45 John HARTLEY 28:01 VM55-59
82 Christine LEATHLEY 34:51 VW65-69

Witton parkrun – A total of 62 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
6 Helana WHITE 23:03 JW10 First Timer!
13 Colin WHITE 24:35 VM40-44 First Timer!
17 Simon STANSFIELD 25:28 VM40-44

 

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