Ultra races, ultra shoes, ultra turnouts

Wow! You have been out in huge numbers at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays and the Trawden 7 Trail Race. We’ve had fastest legs, outright wins and championship successes this week. Chris Holdsworth and Louisa Powell-Smith continue to shine and our juniors have been showing us what they are made of. There’s also been road marathons, mountain marathon and Isoman triathlons as well. We have a couple of late ultra race results with some brilliant performances.Oh, and I have a nice new pair of ultra comfy shoes.

Late Results

Missed from last week’s roundup here are a couple of impressive late results from our ultra-runners!

Lavaredo Ultra Trail – Friday 24 June

The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail is a running race that takes place along paths in the Dolomite Mountains – a World Heritage site – for about 119 km (Approx. 74 miles) and with a variation in altitude of 5,850 metres (Approx. 19193 ft). The race is partly self-sufficient and it starts on Friday 24 June 2016 at 11.00 p.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo; maximum time: 30 hours.

Jean Brown at the finish of the North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail race.

Jean Brown took part in this event and finished in 216th place with a time of 20:00:45. 976 Runners took part.

Jean Reports

Massive thank you to Victoria Wilkinson and Denise Park! Two weeks ago my left calf / Achilles hurt walking, but after a concentrated effort from Vic; Denise working her magic; and me following their expert advice, I was on the start line of the Lavaredo Ultra Trail at 11pm on Friday! That was great, but for my leg to have stood up to the 119 km (5850m ascent) and finish the race 20 hours later was amazing!

Full Results

West Highland Way – Saturday 25 June

Congratulations to ultra-runner Martin Terry who took part in the West Highland Way Race and finished in 12th place overall and 1st V50 with a time of 19:05:36. The race follows a linear route from Milngavie Railway Station and follows the West Highland Way route to the leisure centre in Fort William a distance of just over 95 miles.

Full Results

Now onto this week’s action!

Wednesday 29 June

Cragg Vale Fell Race

104 Runners took part in this mid-week fell race run from the heart of the village. It’s a 4 mile race with 800ft of climb. Richard Briscoe and Stephen Fish took part.

Pos Name Time
46 Richard Briscoe 39:06
73 Stephen Fish 44:54

Full Results

Thursday 30 June

Witton Park Summer Trail Relays

We entered a whopping 26 teams with a total of 78 runners in this popular local trail relay held in Witton Park, Blackburn. In total there were 122 teams from 12 different clubs.

And they are off! Leg 1 runners at the WItton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

And they are off! Leg 1 runners at the WItton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

The event is 3 x 3.65km legs with 492ft of climbing starting in Witton Park and climbing to the top of Billinge Woods before heading back down to the park. It’s a deceptively stiff climb up and a rip roaring descent all the way to the finish.

Witton Relays

Team Clayton out in force at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

Our Men’s A team came 2nd in the competition with leg 1 runner Christopher Holdsworth having the fastest leg overall in the competition. There were top 10 finishes for the Men’s B team and the Men’s C team; 6th and 9th respectively. Men’s Team E made the top 20 finishing in 18th place. Men’s Team D were 21st and Men’s Team F were 45th.

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Andrew Laycock hands over to Dave Motley at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

The Vets C Team came 34th with Vets B snapping at their heels in 35th overall in the competition and 7th and 8th MVet teams respectively. The Vets A team were 67th and Vets D were 80th (15th and 19th MVet team).

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Jon Cleaver ready to run after a hand over from Michael Clarke. Photo by David Belshaw

The Junior Boys A team were 27th overall and 2nd junior boys’ team. Junior Boys B were 40th and Junior Boys C were 71st (3rd and 4th MJ teams respectively).

Aaron Lundie handing over to Adam Stevenson at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

Aaron Lundie handing over to Adam Stevenson at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

The Clayton Ladies’ A team finished in 31st place overall and were the 2nd Ladies team. Ladies’ B Team were 66th (7th Ladies’ team), Ladies’ Team C were 86th (11th Ladies’ team). Team D were 114th and Team E were 117th (21st and 22nd Ladies’ teams respectively).

Leg runners waiting to go at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

Leg B runners waiting to go at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

The Lady Vets Team A were 59th overall and 1st Vet Ladies team in the competition. Lady Vets C were 98th overall (6th lady vets team), Lady Vets B were 105th (7th lady vets team), and Lady Vets D were 109th (9th lady vets team).

Anna Kelly coming into the finish at the Witton Park Summer Trail Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

The Junior girls race was all Clayton Harriers so we took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the competition. Junior Girls A were the first in 50th place, Junior Girls B were 77th and Junior Girls C were 102nd.

Briony Holt being set off by Ellie Root. Photo by David Belshaw

Briony Holt being set off by Ellie Root. Photo by David Belshaw

We entered one mixed junior team who were 107th overall and 6th mixed team.

Very well done to all runners!

Team    Leg1    Time1 Leg2    Time2 Leg3    Time3 Total
Men A C Holdsworth 14:38 M Perry 15:37 D Collinge 15:52 00:46:07
Men B J McDonald 16:01 A Laycock 16:27 D Motley 16:42 00:49:10
Men C P Coates 17:03 J Pye 16:43 R Belshaw 17:08 00:50:54
Men E J Boult 17:27 M Clarke 18:43 J Cleaver 17:12 00:53:22
Men D A Shaw 18:36 M Duckworth 16:31 G Pier 18:35 00:53:42
Jnr Boys A N Henessey 17:28 R Clarke 20:55 T Bradley 17:29 00:55:52
Ladies A O O’Mahoney 19:51 H Leathley 19:28 L Powell Smith 17:16 00:56:35
Vets C N Roscoe 19:19 S Clare 18:42 J Wilcock 18:44 00:56:45
Vets B A Holt 17:35 A Broulles 19:17 A Quinn 20:15 00:57:07
Jnr Boys B S Grewal 17:39 L Jackson 19:57 R Lawrence 20:13 00:57:49
Men F P Wale 20:48 G Berry 19:08 R Briscoe 18:38 00:58:34
Jnr Girls A M Stubbs 20:12 E Root 20:45 B Holt 18:12 00:59:09
Lady Vets A A Duckworth 19:34 T Mitchell 20:58 A Kelly 20:36 01:01:08
Ladies B H O’Rourke 21:01 E Mullen 20:58 A Shian 21:16 01:03:15
Vets A C Carey 21:50 R Morrison 19:58 C Nichols 21:36 01:03:24
Jnr Boys C Jay Bowman 19:21 A Lundie 24:28 A Stevenson 20:03 01:03:52
Jnr Girls B S Ashworth 22:24 C Bentham 21:16 L Thompson 21:17 01:04:57
Vets D P Walsh 26:12 J Hickie 21:39 P Brannon 18:11 01:06:02
Ladies C A Duffy 22:06 B Quinn 23:01 D Airey 21:58 01:07:05
Lady Vets C H Burnett 24:49 J Knightley 22:59 J Dawes 22:35 01:10:23
Jnr Girls C B Wheatcroft 25:28 A Pier 23:43 N Olszewska 22:35 01:11:46
Lady Vets B N Gill 22:32 D Greenwood 26:24 J Bennett 23:56 01:12:52
Jnrs Mixed H Kewin 24:58 H Mason 21:27 L Stevenson 27:41 01:14:06
Lady Vets D J Rushton 23:22 J Hylands 25:50 K Brady 25:40 01:14:52
Ladies D S Whittaker 24:10 S Hawke 25:07 C Wilson 28:13 01:17:30
Ladies E R Todd 24:46 N Kewin 23:10 J Carey 31:43 01:19:39

Individual Times

Christopher Holdsworth ran the fastest individual leg of the competition to finish in first place on the first leg in 14:38. Peter Coates was our fastest Male vet in 35th with a time of 17:03. Nick Hennessey was our fastest junior male runner in 52nd place overall with a time of 17:28.

Christopher Holdsworth who ran the fastest leg in the competition. Photo by David Belshaw

Christopher Holdsworth who ran the fastest leg in the competition. Photo by David Belshaw

Louisa Powell Smith was our fastest lady and second fastest lady in the competition in 47th place overall with a time of 17:16. Avril Duckworth was our fastest Vet Lady in 138th place with a time of 19:34. Briony Holt was our fastest junior girl, fastest junior girl in the race and also fourth fastest female in the overall competition with a time of 18:12

Louisa Powell-Smith. Faste

Louisa Powell-Smith our first Clayton Lady and 2nd fastest lady in the competition. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    RunnerA    Cat    Team name    Leg LegPos LegTime   
1 Christopher Holdsworth M Men A 1 1 00:14:38
8 Matt Perry M Men A 2 2 00:15:37
11 Danny Collinge M Men A 3 4 00:15:52
12 Jordan McDonald M Men B 1 5 00:16:01
21 Andrew Laycock M Men B 2 7 00:16:27
22 Matt Duckworth M Men D 2 8 00:16:31
30 Dave Motley M Men B 3 10 00:16:42
31 Jonathan Pye M Men C 2 9 00:16:43
35 Peter Coates MV Men C 1 14 00:17:03
40 Ryan Belshaw M Men C 3 13 00:17:08
44 Jon Cleaver M Men 3 14 00:17:12
47 Louisa Powell Smith F Ladies A 3 16 00:17:16
51 James Boult M Men E 1 19 00:17:27
52 Nick Henessey MJ Jnr Boys A 1 20 00:17:28
54 Tom Bradley MJ Jnr Boys A 3 17 00:17:29
61 Andy Holt MV Vets B 1 24 00:17:35
63 Stanley Grewal MJ Jnr Boys B 1 25 00:17:39
79 Paul Brannon MV Vets D 3 26 00:18:11
80 Briony Holt FJ Jnr Girls A 3 27 00:18:12
95 George Pier M Men D 3 33 00:18:35
96 Adam Shaw M Men D 1 34 00:18:36
98 Richard Briscoe M Men F 3 34 00:18:38
102 Sean Clare MV Vets C 2 31 00:18:42
103 Michael Clarke MV Men E 2 32 00:18:43
105 John Wilcock MV Vets C 3 36 00:18:44
115 Gareth Berry MV Men F 2 35 00:19:08
122 Andy Broulles MV Vets B 2 38 00:19:17
124 Nick Roscoe MV Vets C 1 45 00:19:19
127 Jay Bowman MJ Jnr Boys C 1 46 00:19:21
132 Helena Leathley F Ladies A 2 41 00:19:28
137 Avril Duckworth FV Lady Vets A 1 51 00:19:34
155 Orlaith O’Mahoney F Ladies A 1 57 00:19:51
160 Lennon Jackson MJ Jnr Boys B 2 50 00:19:57
163 Robert Morrison MV Vets A 2 51 00:19:58
166 Adam Stevenson MJ Jnr Boys C 3 55 00:20:03
170 Millie Stubbs FJ Jnr Girls A 1 61 00:20:12
171 Reece Lawrence MJ Jnr Boys B 3 57 00:20:13
172 Andy Quinn MV Vets B 3 58 00:20:15
190 Anna Kelly FV Lady Vets A 3 64 00:20:36
196 Eleanor Root FJ Jnr Girls A 2 62 00:20:45
198 Paul Wale MV Men F 1 69 00:20:48
202 Ryan Clarke MJ Jnr Boys A 2 64 00:20:55
206 Tracey Mitchell FV Lady Vets A 2 65 00:20:58
207 Elizabeth Mullen F Ladies B 2 66 00:20:58
213 Helen O’Rourke F Ladies B 1 75 00:21:01
219 Claudia Bentham FJ Jnr Girls B 2 70 00:21:16
220 Angela Shian F Ladies B 3 73 00:21:16
221 Liberty Thompson FJ Jnr Girls B 3 74 00:21:17
229 Harry Mason MJ Jnrs Mixed 2 74 00:21:27
236 Craig Nichols MV Vets A 3 78 00:21:36
238 Jim Hickie MV Vets D 2 77 00:21:39
242 Carl Carey MV Vets A 1 82 00:21:50
246 Donna Airey F Ladies C 3 81 00:21:58
250 Amanda Duffy F Ladies C 1 86 00:22:06
256 Sophie Ashworth FJ Jnr Girls B 1 90 00:22:24
262 Nerina Gill FV Lady Vets B 1 94 00:22:32
266 Julie Daws FV Lady Vets C 3 88 00:22:35
267 Natasha Olszewska FJ Jnr Girls C 3 89 00:22:35
279 Jean Knightley FV Lady Vets C 2 88 00:22:59
280 Beth Quinn F Ladies C 2 89 00:23:01
284 Nina Kewin F Ladies E 2 92 00:23:10
289 Julie Rushton FV Lady Vets D 1 98 00:23:22
295 Alice Pier FJ Jnr Girls C 2 97 00:23:43
302 Joanne Bennett FV Lady Vets B 3 102 00:23:56
304 Sarah Whittaker F Ladies D 1 104 00:24:10
308 Aaron Lundie MJ Jnr Boys C 2 102 00:24:28
318 Rachel Todd F Ladies E 1 110 00:24:46
320 Helen Burnett FV Lady Vets C 1 111 00:24:49
322 Heidi Kewin FJ Jnrs Mixed 1 112 00:24:58
324 Stef Hawke F Ladies D 2 107 00:25:07
327 Bethany Wheatcroft FJ Jnr Girls C 1 114 00:25:28
330 Kath Brady FV Lady Vets D 3 106 00:25:40
332 Jane Hylands FV Lady Vets D 2 111 00:25:50
334 Paul Walsh MV Vets D 1 115 00:26:12
339 Deborah Greenwood FV Lady Vets B 2 115 00:26:24
354 Lucy Stevenson FJ Jnrs Mixed 3 115 00:27:41
357 Claire Wilson F Ladies D 3 117 00:28:13
364 Judith Carey F Ladies E 3 122 00:31:43

Full Results

Saturday 2 July

Catforth Canter

This was the 2nd race of the series with a couple of club members taking part. Daniel Isherwood was our first finisher and was 17th overall with a time of 19:39. Richard Lawson was 54th and 1st V75 with a time of 25:29

Pos NAME Cat TIME
17 Daniel Isherwood M 19:39
54 Richard Lawson MV75 25:29

Church Stretton FRA Junior Champs & Inter-Counties

Report from Tina Hines Holt

It was a great course at Church Stretton for the last FRA championship race. It was windy, undulation and single track part of the way but at least the weather stayed fine. Briony Holt came in with another girl in a sprint finish but was awarded 2nd place. Briony will end the series in 2nd place overall in the series. Well done to everyone that ran!

U8 Race

Felix Thompson in the U8 Race. Photo by Woodentops

Felix Thompson in the U8 Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Felix Thompson M8 00:05:33

U10 Race

Jenson Bentham in the U10 Race. Photo by Woodentops

Jenson Bentham in the U10 Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
17 Jenson Bentham M10 00:07:59
30 Joshua McKay M10 00:09:34
35 Kady Thompson F10 00:10:14

U12 Race

Pos NAME Cat TIME
43 Dexta Thompson M12 00:13:56
48 Jackson McKay M12 00:14:43
66 Christopher Brown M12 00:17:04

U14 Race

Briony Holt in the U14 race. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt in the U14 race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos NAME Cat TIME
94 Briony Holt F14 00:20:05
123 Liberty Thompson F14 00:26:40

Full Results

FRA Junior Championship – Final Standings

Under 12 Boys No Of Races Score Position
Jackson McKay 5 180 6
Dexta Thompson 6 179 7
Christopher Brown 4 114 20
Robbie Smedley 1 26 58

 

Under 12 Girls No of Races Score Position
Ella Dorrington 2 91 24
Summer Hargreaves 2 57 34

 

Name No of Races Score Position
Harry Mason 1 15 64

 

Under 14 Girls No Races Score Position
Briony Holt 5 193 2
Liberty Thompson 4 127 19
Claudia Bentham 3 102 20

 

Under 16 Boys No Races Score Position
Reece Lawrence 1 25 45

Full List of Standings

Heptonstall Festival Fell Race

After running the fastest leg of the Witton Park Relays, there was no stopping Christopher Holdsworth as he raced to the win at the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race. Dave Motley finished in 11th place with Carl Helliwell and Peter Coates in 13th and 16th. Fellow club members Chris Paul and Richard Briscoe completed the Clayton Contingent in 49th and 60th places respectively. 106 runners took part.

Starting in the hilltop village of Heptonstall, the route plunges deep into a neighbouring valley before finding its way to the top of a nearby peak. It then returns in similar fashion. So that means the runners finish with an almighty uphill struggle. There’s a mix of terrain. Cobbles to start with then some grassy fields, muddy slopes, rocky bridleway and open moorland, some of it pathless. Look up occasionally and there are some great views to be seen. This race is 5.9 miles with 1509ft of ascent.

Pos Name Cat time
1 Christopher Holdsworth M 00:50:08
11 Dave Motley M 00:55:24
13 Carl Helliwell V40 00:55:38
16 Peter Coates V40 00:56:36
49 Chris Paul M 01:06:40
60 Richard Briscoe M 01:07:48

Full Results

ISOMAN

Congratulations to Vicky Heys who came 19th overall and second lady in the half Isoman event on Saturday 2nd July. She completed a 3.5 mile swim, a 30.7 mile bike ride and a half marathon to finish with an impressive total time of 5:55:38.

Most triathlon events are biased mainly towards the cycling and to a slightly lesser extent towards the running. Iron distance pros for example will spend only 10% of the total time swimming, 54% of the time cycling and 36% of the time running.

The aim of Isoman is to address this imbalance and create a triathlon for which all disciplines demand an equal level of excellence. To excel at Iron distance triathlon you must be an excellent cyclist/runner. To excel in Isoman you need to be an excellent triathlete!

Full Results

Oakworth Haul

Stephen Fish was our sole representative at this traditional gala fell race; 5.6 miles and 820ft of ascent.

Report from Stephen Fish

I finished 11th out of only 16 runners, in a time of 51.39. I was the only Clayton member there. Great little route, just a shame the numbers were so low. I would recommend it as a worthwhile trip over to do it, the excellent Oakworth Gala is worth it alone.

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon (SLMM) is a two-day mountain navigation event open to teams of two. Teams navigate between checkpoints, visiting them in the order given. The first day finishes at a mid-way campsite. Competitors must carry the lightweight camping and safety equipment listed in the rules. Competitors need to be competent in the use of map and compass in the mountains. Many checkpoints require accurate navigation, especially in misty conditions.

Katy Thompson and Kath Wallis finished in 29th place and 1st FV team in the Kirkfell Class team event with a total time of 12:28:10.

Report from Katy Thompson

Kath Wallis and I did the Kirkfell Class in the Saunders. I think it was my 21st Kirkfell, with a variety of partners. Saturday was very wet and windy; but at least the visibility was quite good. The Mountain Rescue were called out to two casualties on the final steep and wet grassy descent, one of whom was helicoptered off the fell with a broken arm. Sunday was much better weather wise and we finished in sunshine, thoroughly exhausted after 7 hours out on Saturday and 5 1/2 hours on Sunday. We were 29th overall in our class and as we were the oldest pair in the class we did quite well in the Vets Handicap, coming 3rd. The older you are the more time is deducted from your overall time.

With classes to cater for every ability the Saunders is an ideal introduction to mountain marathons and it would be good to see more Clayton runners taking part.

Full Results

Sunday 3 July

Bentham Beagles Bash

The Bentham Beagles Bash 10k is a rural race held on 1 lap of country roads with spectacular views of Ingleborough and the Yorkshire 3 peaks. The course is undulating so runners can expect to be challenged. Martin and Kath Brady took part in a field of 82 runners.

Pos NAME Cat TIME
28 Martin Brady MV50 49:43
46 Kath Brady FV50 54:09

Bampton Sports Day

Alan Life and Wendy Dodds ran in this 5.5 mile fell race with 801ft of climb which forms part of the Bampton Sports Day event. Alan Life was 13th overall with a time of 46:53 and Wendy Dodds was 35th with a time of 54:37.

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Alan Life V50 46:53:00
35 Wendy Dodds V60 54:37:00

Full Results

Oxenhope Straw Race

Described in the event rules as as strenuous activity that involves alcohol consumption, the race involves the consumption of beer at each of 5 venues on the route. Competitors are required to run approximately 2½ miles – with a bale of straw (20Kg) being carried for 1½ miles up hill.

Two hundred and eleven teams took part this year and with competitive athletes to some more leisurely competitors who took full advantage of the great weather to have a stroll around the village. The fancy dress, which never fails to impress, was amazing and it is great to see everyone staying in character along the whole course.

Laura Hesketh at the Oxenhope Straw Race. Photo by Woodentops

Laura Hesketh at the Oxenhope Straw Race. Photo by Woodentops

After enjoying success last year Laura Hesketh returned with her team mate Chris Barnes to finish in 4th place overall and take the prize for the Mixed Athletes category.

Full Results

Potteries Marathon

Daniel Plant took part in the Potteries marathon in Stoke finishing in 43rd place with a time of 03:27:58. This is his 3rd marathon in as many months. Well done Dan!

Full Results

Trawden 7 Trail Race

Another bumper turn out of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers for this 7 mile trail race, the latest in the popular Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix Series. The race is organised by Trawden AC and starts and finishes on the Recreation Ground in Trawden. 258 runners took part in the senior race and 54 of them were Clayton-le-Moors Harriers.

Team Clayton out in force at the Trawden 7 Trail Race. Photo by Ann Osborne

Team Clayton out in force at the Trawden 7 Trail Race. Photo by Ann Osborne

Dave Walker was our first finisher in 9th place overall with a time of 44:34 battling to the finish with team mate Andrew Laycock who was only a second behind him in 10th place.

Dave Walker, first Clayton finisher, followed by Andrew Laycock. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Dave Walker, first Clayton finisher, followed by Andrew Laycock. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Richard Stevenson and Matthew Duckworth had a similar tussle for 17th and 18th place not long afterwards.

Matthew Duckworth and Richard Stevenson battling to the finish. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Matthew Duckworth and Richard Stevenson battling to the finish. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Thomas Bradley had a good run and was the first MU18 in the race in 43rd place with a time of 50:38.

Thomas Bradley at the Trawden 7 Trail Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Thomas Bradley at the Trawden 7 Trail Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Stephen Ainsworth was 1st M55 in 52nd place with a time of 51:51 and David Scott was 1st MV70 in 138th place overall and a time of 59:49.

Louisa Powell- Smith was our first Clayton lady, first F35 and the winner of the ladies race in 29th overall in 47:41.

Louisa Powell Smith. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Louisa Powell Smith. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Linda Bostock was 1st LV60 and 142nd overall with a time of 60:15, and Christine Leathley was 1st LV65 in 253rd place and with a time of 88:11.

 

Clayton ladies Cassie Smedley and Julia Rushton racing to the finish. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Clayton ladies Cassie Smedley and Julia Rushton racing to the finish. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Report from Adrienne Olszewska

As most of you know, I am no speed queen! I’m much happier joggling along in ridiculously long distance events enjoying the scenery, the adventure and the food. However, I had some new shoes to try out and, due to unforeseen circumstances, find myself a bit time-poor at the moment. With a big race looming I thought the terrain on this race would be ideal testing ground. So I paid my entrance fee and lined up with the fast lads and lasses.

Adrienne in her clodhoppery Hokas at the Trawden 7 Trail Race. Photo by Ste Whip

Adrienne in her clodhoppery Hokas at the Trawden 7 Trail Race. Photo by Ste Whip

After a circuit around the recreation ground we headed out along the road and continued through Higher Stunstead, Near Wanless and Far Wanless before dropping steeply down to the road at Hollin Hall. A left here follows the road as it gains height past Lodge Hill and Mean Moss farms to meet the Pendle Way at the foot of Boulsworth Hill. As expected, people passed me as I soldiered on up the hill in my new Hokas. I expected them to be a little on the clodhoppery side and had chosen to ignore the offer of a wig and a red nose to go with them from certain individuals. (There is a school of thought that compares these shoes to clown shoes as they are super cushioned and can look outrageously massive!) However, they are surprisingly light and extremely comfy!

A left turn now followed onto an undulating section until the path descended to a wide concrete bridge. Across this and on to the Pendle Way, then a sharp left onto the Bronte Way and gradual decline through a very scenic stretch by the river into Wycoller. This was where the shoes really came into their own since you barely notice the stony lumps and bumps underfoot. Sadly, they didn’t make me much faster at all but it was certainly quite pleasant underfoot! Having said that, I did have a fun descent and even managed to pass a few people on the way down.

Over the ancient stone bridge in Wycoller then it’s the last mile and a section of road beyond Wycoller and back to the finish. With a bit of headwind I had a bit of a Marcel Marceau feeling of making lots of effort and not really moving forward at all and then before I knew it I was back. Not last!

So in conclusion, the Trawden 7 Trail Race is a great race to do. It’s got a bit of everything; climbing, good trails, a bit of gooey stuff and is a nice distance. I wasn’t keen on the final road section but plenty of other runners really enjoyed that last fast section so it’s no real deal breaker.

Senior Race Results

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Dave Walker MSEN 44.34
10 Andrew Laycock MSEN 44.35
17 Richard Stevenson M40 46.00
18 Matthew Duckworth MSEN 46.01
21 Stuart Procter MSEN 46.51
28 Chris Snell MSEN 47.41
29 Louisa Powell-Smith F35 47.41
34 Paul Hesketh M50 48.56
35 Dave Motley MSEN 49.01
36 Chris Funnell M50 49.05
43 Thomas Bradley MU18 50.38
47 Michael Clarke M40 50.54
48 John Wilcock M50 51.27
51 James Boult MSEN 51.47
52 Stephen Ainsworth M55 51.51
55 Richard Briscoe MSEN 52.05
58 Neil Garnett M55 52.25
60 Damien Thornton MSEN 52.38
75 Andy Bradley M50 53.34
84 Robert Morrison M40 54.45
85 Andy Quinn M45 54.49
114 Stuart Procter MSEN 56.58
119 Elizabeth Mullan FSEN 57.54
125 Donna Airey F35 58.16
126 Andrew Webster M45 58.25
127 Paul Wale M40 58.31
133 Nerina Gill F45 59.20
137 Angela Shian FSEN 59.45
138 David Ian Scott M70 59.49
142 Linda Bostock F60 60.15
147 Geoff Smith M40 60.56
159 Julie Dawes F45 61.27
160 Jean Knightley F55 61.29
164 Brian Wildman M50 61.46
168 Julia Rushton F50 62.25
169 Cassandra Smedley FSEN 62.28
172 Bianca Bennett FSEN 62.40
181 Helen Burnett F45 64.11
186 Bethany Quinn FSEN 65.22
190 Tony Pilling M50 65.51
191 Sarah Helliwell F35 65.52
195 Rachel Todd F40 66.32
199 Justin Birtwistle M40 66.59
204 Lisa Ellis FSEN 67.39
217 Michelle Butschok F40 69.54
221 Robert Hirst M65 70.57
226 Deborah Greenwood F45 71.58
228 Paul Walsh M60 72.11
230 Adrienne Olszewska F45 72.58
238 Mark Knowles M40 74.22
243 Karen Clarkin F45 76.05
249 Anita Jones F60 83.41
253 Christine Leathley F65 88.11
254 Sharon Wilson F40 92.28

Trawden Junior Trail Race Results

A great set of performances for all of our juniors at the Trawden Trail races. The U8s ran 2 laps of the recreation ground. The U10s added a descent and a climb in their race with the U12 & U16s running this course twice.

U8 Race

Toby Birtwisle running in with his older brother Charlie in the junior races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Toby Birtwisle running in with his older brother Charlie in the junior races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

29 runners took part in the U8 race. Toby Birtwistle raced hard and was 3rd in the race. Felix followed a few seconds later to take 6th place. Ellisia Smedley continues to show lots of promise with a strong run to finish in 7th overall and 2nd girl and team mate Emily Johnson was 20th.

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Toby Birtwistle MU8 2:47
6 Felix Thompson MU8 3:01
7 Ellisia Smedley FU8 3:10
20 Emily Johnson FU8 3:41

U10 Race

Matthew Jackson was our first finisher in the U10 race in 4th place overall. Thomas Ashworth was 11th and Kady Thompson battled hard in a sprint finish in 13th overall and 3rd girl in the race.

Kady Thompson, in the pink top, sprinting to the finish. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Kady Thompson, in the pink top, sprinting to the finish. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Pos Name Cat Time
4 Matthew Jackson MU10 9:03
11 Thomas Ashworth MU10 10:21
13 Kady Thompson FU10 10:41

U12 & U16 Race

All the remaining junior runners the same route as the U10s two times. Dexta Thompson won the race outright with a lead of almost a minute over 2nd place Barlick runner Elliott Phillips.

Dexta Thompson well in front at the Trawden races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Dexta Thompson well in front at the Trawden races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Reece Lawrence was 3rd and first in his age category with Robbie Smedley chasing him for the position but having to settle for 4th overall and 3rd MU12.

Robbie Smedley chasing Reece Lawrence in the Trawden Junior races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Robbie Smedley chasing Reece Lawrence in the Trawden Junior races. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Lennon Jackson was 8th overall and 3rd MU16 and Charlie Birtwistle was 14th and 8th MU12. Our U16 girls had a clean sweep in the category. Liberty Thompson led in 11th place with Sophie Ashworth following on her heels Natasha was the 3rd U16 girl and 21st overall with younger sister Bronia finishing in 28th place and 4th U16 girl.

A clean sweep for the U16 girls. L-R Sophie Ashworth, Liberty Thompson and Natasha Olszewska. Photo by Nick Olszewski

A clean sweep for the U16 girls. L-R Sophie Ashworth, Liberty Thompson and Natasha Olszewska. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
1 Dexta Thompson MU12 1 13:06
3 Reece Lawrence MU16 1 14:13
4 Robbie Smedley MU12 3 14:14
8 Lennon Jackson MU16 3 14:57
11 Liberty Thompson FU16 1 15:11
12 Sophie Ashworth FU16 2 15:18
14 Charlie Birtwistle MU12 8 15:23
21 Natasha Olszewska FU16 3 16:46
28 Bronia Olszewska FU16 4 20:21

Parkrun roundup

Arrow Valley parkrun – A total of 303 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Richard STEVENSON 18:42 VM40-44 First Timer!

Bolton parkrun – A total of 312 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
76 Martin BRADY 24:45 VM50-54 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 301 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jacob WATSON 18:04 SM30-34
6 Paul BRANNON 19:05 VM55-59
7 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:41 SM25-29
8 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:07 JM11-14
11 Gareth BERRY 20:36 VM40-44
18 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:04 JM15-17
19 Helana WHITE 21:07 JW10
26 Kevin DAVIES 21:54 VM50-54
35 Stuart PROCTOR 22:44 VM35-39
39 Colin WHITE 22:51 VM40-44
52 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:37 JW11-14
54 Julie DAWES 23:45 VW45-49
56 Ian HARGREAVES 23:56 VM50-54
77 Annabel WILCOCK 24:43 JW15-17
83 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:52 JW11-14 New PB!
87 Matthew JACKSON 24:57 JM10
88 Jake ANFORTH 25:00 JM10
103 Carl CAREY 25:49 VM45-49
104 John WILCOCK 25:50 VM50-54
116 David Ian SCOTT 26:43 VM70-74
123 Bianca BENNETT 27:03 SW25-29
145 Philip NAYLOR 28:05 VM35-39
151 Aaron LUNDIE 28:29 JM11-14
155 Robert HIRST 28:37 VM65-69
158 Hayley COPEMAN 28:43 VW45-49
175 Jack MCGUIRE 29:32 VM60-64
242 Judith CAREY 33:56 VW35-39
291 Valerie LAWSON 39:01 VW70-74

Durham parkrun – A total of 260 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
186 Eileen JONES 30:33 VW60-64 First Timer!

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

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
46 Wendy DODDS 23:45 VW65-69

Lancaster parkrun – A total of 173 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
105 Doug MUNROE 30:15 VM70-74 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 78 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 John HARTLEY 20:32 VM55-59
27 Dawn TERRY 27:02 VW50-54

Wetherby parkrun – A total of 52 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
50 Robin PRICE 35:38 VM70-74 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 55 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
16 Julia RUSHTON 25:51 VW50-54

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 428 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 David BAGOT 17:58 SM20-24

 

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