Going for gold

It may well have been super Saturday and Sunday at the Olympics but it was also a pretty awesome weekend for Clayton-le-Moor Harriers. Success galore for juniors and seniors and vets at a range of races this weekend. There have been wins, course records, PBs and age category triumphs all over the place.

WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST

Pilgrims Cross Fell Race

A magnificent troupe of 7 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in the Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race, a 6 mile fell race organised by Rossendale Harriers with 1102ft of ascent.

Six Clayton men and one lady runner took part. Peter Coates was our first finisher in 19th place with a time of 46:59 followed by Alan Life in 20th place. Peter Dugdale, Stephen Fish, Michael Frost and Ron Chappell completed the Clayton Men. Sarah Helliwell was our sole lady runner and is continuing a return to form after a maternity break to finish in 121st place

Race Report from Sarah Helliwell

I could have quite easily stayed at home as the rain was lashing down and the night looked dark and grim, however, Carl gave me a kick up the backside and I set off to Helmshore. Pilgrims Cross is a 6 mile 300m plus evening fell race which is part of the Rossendale Summer Series. We were advised to take waterproof jackets as it was wet and breezy up on the tops. Wet it definitely was…

As we set off the race went up a narrow cobbled path which was slippy going up, never mind having to come back down it. My game plan was to stick with Stephen Fish for as long as I could. As we got onto the moorland the rain came down harder as you could see the line of runners strung out. I kept with Stephen over the first climb and descent past Pilgrims Cross before hitting the tricky section. This was where I started to lose contact as Stephen managed to get round runners, where I got held up. It was then back up past the cross and over Bull Hill before a steep descent passing a few runners on the way down.

We then climbed back up onto the moorland before the final descent which was tricky as you had to take on the slippy cobbles. I gave it my all to try and catch the runner in front whose back I nearly jumped on as we crossed the finish line. He said he still knew how to attract the ladies in his 70’s (for some reason the results have put me 8 seconds behind him.)

There were a number of Clayton runners with Peter as our first counter with Alan hot on his heels. I was chuffed with my time and being 1 minute behind Stephen. It was muddy, wet, dirty, hilly and a great route. One I would do again. Well done to all who ran.

Pos Name Cat TIme
19 Peter Coates MV40 46:59
20 Alan Life MV50 47:06
92 Peter Dugdale MV60 57:44
112 Stephen Fish MV60 01:03:45
121 Sarah Helliwell L 01:04:49
137 Michael Frost MV60 01:16:13
140 Ron Chappell MV65 01:21:29

Full Results

Steel Fell Race

Wendy Dodds was our sole competitor in this short but very steep, lungbusting route up Steel Fell and back down the same way- just under 3 miles. She finished in 49th place overall and first F65. 76 runners took part.

Wendy Dodds at Steel Fell Race. Photo by Stephen WIlson of www.granddayoutphotography.com

Wendy Dodds at Steel Fell Race. Photo by Stephen Wilson of www.granddayoutphotography.com

Pos Name Cat TIme
49 Wendy Dodds W65 31:36

Full Results

FRIDAY 12 AUGUST

Shore 7K Road Race

Ian Hargreaves and Hayley Copeman took part in the 7K Shore Road Race. Ian finished in 22nd place with a time of 37:08 and Hayley was 24th overall and 1st W45.

Report from Ian Hargreaves

Hayley Copeman and I entered this race on the Friday 12th August. It is organised by Cannonball Events and is a lovely run over in Littleborough taking in the streets and small hills around the edge of the town. Only 28 managed to finish this race with my time a 37:08 for the 7K and an ever-improving, injury free run from Hayley, doing 43:29 despite managing to run the wrong way at one point! Hayley won best vet 45 which was handy as it was two large bottles of beer and we were camping over for the eventing. Whilst we did not enter the trail run Saturday or the fell run on Sunday, they were much better attended races and the people we met were as fabulous as ever.

Ian Hargreaves and Hayley Copeman at the Shore 7K road race.

Ian Hargreaves and Hayley Copeman at the Shore 7K road race.

Pos Name Cat TIme
22 Ian Hargreaves MV50 37:08
24 Hayley Copeman W45 43:29

Full Results

SATURDAY 13 AUGUST

Arncliffe Gala Fell Races & Littondale 4 Mile Road Race

There’s a choice of A BOFRA fell race or a 4 mile road race at this Yorkshire gala. In the senior fell race, Stephen Fish was our sole representative finishing in 78th place overall.

Stephen Fish at the Arncliffe Gala Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Paul Brannon took part in the Littondale 4 mile road race. He reports;

I’ve turned professional today! They slipped me an envelope and it contained money. That used to be a breach of your amateur status in the olden days but now, rather than dish out prizes, you can receive cash in an envelope! First 0-50 in a race I hadn’t done for thirteen years. It was a terrific day at the Arncliffe Gala though with loads of Clayton kids in the junior races. Dexta especially doing well winning his race outright.

Paul Brannon at the Littondale 4 Mile Road Race. Photo by Woodentops

Paul Brannon at the Littondale 4 Mile Road Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat TIme
78 Stephen Fish MV60 17:57

U9 Race

Felix Thompson was our sole runner in this race and he finished in 11th place.

Felix Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Felix Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name TIme
11 Felix Thompson 6:42

U12 Race

Dexta Thompson had a great run and won his first race of the weekend. Clubmate Jenson Bentham was 10th and Kady Thompson was 28th. Some confident running on a tricky and steep course.

Dexta Thompson flying to the finish at the Arncliffe Gala. Photo by Woodentops

Dexta Thompson flying to the finish at the Arncliffe Gala. Photo by Woodentops

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Jenson Bentham tackling the tricky descent at Arncliffe Gala Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

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Kady Thompson descending with confidence at the Arncliffe Gala fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name TIme
1 Dexta Thompson 7:09
10 Jenson Bentham 8:03
28 Kady Thompson 11:27

Full Results

Catforth Canter 5K

A quartet of our super vets took part in the Catforth 5k. Richard Lawson sent through the results with the resounding battle cry; “Up the wrinklies!”

Pos  Name  Cat Time 
54 David Scott 1st M70 23:22
91 Christine Egerton 3rd W65 30:34
94 Richard Lawson 2nd M75 31:29
100 Val Lawson 2nd W70 33:05

SUNDAY 14 AUGUST

Boulsworth Fell Race

Another good turnout of junior runners for the last set of junior races in this year’s Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix Series. This year has been the first time junior races have been included and have proved to be very popular with around 200 young runners taking part. Five of our junior runners took part in all 9 races; Emily Johnson (U8 Girls), Bronia Olszewska (U12 Girls), Natasha Olszewska (U14 Girls), Toby Birtwistle (U8 Boys), and Charlie Birtwistle (U12 Boys).

Medals galore for our awesome juniors at the close of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Photo by David Belshaw

Medals galore for our awesome juniors at the close of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Photo by David Belshaw

U8 Race

Another great run for Toby Birtwistle who finished in 2nd place with Felix Thompson hot on his heels in 3rd place. Ellisia Smedley was the first Clayton girl in 8th place with Emily Johnson in 14th place.

Emily Johnson in the U8 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Emily Johnson in the U8 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name TIme
2 Toby Birtwistle 4:11
3 Felix Thompson 4:18
8 Ellisia Smedley 4:44
14 Emily Johnson 5:47

U10/U12 Race

Making it look effortless after a win the day before at Arncliffe Gala, Dexta stormed into the finish well ahead. Robbie battled hard to the finishing line but had to settle for 4th place. Charlie Birtwistle soon followed in 17th place. Summer Hargreaves led the Clayton girls home in 18th place overall; Kady Thompson was 27th and Bronia Olszewska was 35th.

Summer Hargreaves in the U12 Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Summer Hargreaves in the U12 Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Pos Name Cat TIme
1 Dexta Thompson MU12 7:02
5 Robbie Smedley MU12 7:37
10 Matthew Jackson MU10 7:57
17 Charlie Birtwistle MU12 8:16
18 Summer Hargreaves FU12 8:25
27 Kady Thompson FU10 9:18
35 Bronia Olszewska FU12 10:38

U14/U16 Race

With just over half the field it was hardly surprising to see our runners perform well in this race. Nick Hennessey had a comfortable win ahead of the field to win the race and take 1st U16. Lennon Jackson followed in 2nd overall and 1st U14. Reece Laurence was next in 3rd. Our U14 girls were Liberty Thompson 8th and Natasha Olszewska 9th.

Natasha Olszewska in the U14/U16 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Natasha Olszewska in the U14/U16 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat TIme
1 Nick Hennessey MU16 16:55
2 Lennon Jackson MU14 17:42
3 Reece Lawrence MU16 18:13
8 Liberty Thompson FU14 21:39
9 Natasha Olszewska FU14 22:45

Boulsworth Fell Race – Senior Race

A turnout of 41 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers for this final race of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix.

Clayton Ladies at the start of the Boulsworth Fell Race. Donna Airey leads the way. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Clayton Ladies at the start of the Boulsworth Fell Race. Donna Airey leads the way. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Carl Helliwell was our first finisher in 10th place with Kirt Livesey, Matthew Duckworth, Chris Snell, Paul Hesketh and Garry Wilkinson all earning top 20 places; Paul Hesketh pipping Garry Wilkinson to the 1st V50 title. Thomas Bradley continued his solid Grand Prix campaign to take 1st U18 and 33rd place overall. Stephen Ainsworth was 1st M55. Donna Airey was our first Clayton Lady over the finish line with Elizabeth Mullan following soon after. Christine Leathley was 1st L65.

Report from Deborah Greenwood

The last one of the series, and boy was that a though one! Having never competed in anything like these races before, I have now completed 11 and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Every time I have said, “that was the toughest!” Yesterday, Boulsworth lived up to that title. It was indeed steep, it was indeed muddy, and the first three miles seemed like ten.

Sean Clare running with sister Deborah Greenwood at the Boulsworth Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Sean Clare running with sister Deborah Greenwood at the Boulsworth Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Because of the steep incline at the beginning, I found myself suffering oxygen deprivation, however, I had a secret, end of season weapon – due to injury my big brother ran at my side pushing me along, literally pushing me along at some points, and what a difference it made! Although I wanted to walk all of the hill, I was not allowed. The downhills were great fun and I found my form on these. I only wish my little legs could keep the same momentum on the flat or the uphills. Finishing in the show ground was a real boost with lots of people (and dogs and cows and sheep!) to cheer you home.

Fabulous Clayton team made all us newbies feel very welcome in our first season and I for one will be back next year for more punishment.

Report from James Boult

This was one of the hardest races of the series so I am really happy to have finished in 37th position out of 135 and even prouder to have completed all 14 races in my first ever Grand Prix Series to finish in 18th place overall.

James Boult happily completed his 14th race in the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

James Boult happily completed his 14th race in the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

It’s amazing to see the progress I have made this season and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers family. I never in a million years thought I would make the top 20. Very proud of everyone who has taken part in this year’s Grand Prix, and to all the organisers and marshals for their hard work.

Pos Name Cat TIme
10 Carl Helliwell M40 47:03
11 Kirt Livesey M45 47:14
14 Matthew Duckworth M 47:48
16 Chris Snell M 48:36
17 Paul Hesketh M50 49:02
19 Garry Wilkinson M50 49:32
24 Neil Hardiman M45 50:17
25 Chris Funnell M50 50:26
33 Thomas Bradley MU18 53:09
36 Gareth Berry M40 53:48
37 James Boult M 53:54
39 John Wilcock M50 54:18
41 Chris Whiteoak M 54:31
50 Richard Briscoe M 55:36
51 Andy Bradley M50 55:37
52 Stephen Ainsworth M55 55:43
55 Andy Quinn M45 56:25
68 Stuart Procter M 57:54
74 Robert Morrison M40 60:03
75 Andrew Webster M45 60:21
77 David Moynihan M45 60:25
78 Donna Airey F 60:30
79 Elizabeth Mullan F 60:40
93 Barbara Savage F50 62:41
101 Jean Knightley F55 65:33
107 Julia Rushton F50 67:56
110 Carl Carey M45 69:23
113 Bianca Bennett F 71:28
121 Deborah Greenwood F45 76:11
122 Sean Clare M50 76:12
124 Mark Knowles M40 76:47
125 Bethany Quinn F 79:41
126 Robert Hirst M65 81:34
127 Rachel Todd F40 83:51
128 Ron Chappell M65 85:00
129 Karen Clarkin F45 85:45
130 Judith Carey F 86:10
131 Jack Maguire M60 88:19
132 Anita Jones F60 92:18
133 Christine Leathley F65 93:57
134 Sharon Wilson F40 109:26

Full Results

Lowther Trail Run

This scenic route takes the runner across Askham Fell and the Lowther Valley. It is a 13 mile route with about 1400ft of ascent. The route climbs through Askham village onto the fell to Heughscar Hill where the route turns south and descends to the Cockpit and onwards across the valley of Heltondale to Butterwick. After fording the River Lowther, a stiff climb follows onto Knipe Scar to the most southerly point on the course. From here the route turns north across the grassland of Lowther Park to Whale. A track above the River Lowther leads runners to the finish at Lowther Castle.

Congratulations to Christopher Holdsworth who won this race as well as setting a new course record. 143 runners took part in the event.

Race Report from Chris Holdsworth

Having visited Lowther Park many times attending Kendal Calling each year, finding out that there was race there had me very keen to return and trade beer and music for running and trails!

Christopher Holdsworth setting a new course record at the Lowther trail race

Christopher Holdsworth setting a new course record at the Lowther trail race

I researched into the race and discovered the previous record was set on a 13 mile course over trails and fells, and knew on a good day that it was within my grasp to break it. However, the course was much tougher than expected! After the 6 mile mark, the course becomes a lot trickier as we traverse through tall grass, thistles, ferns and even rivers. At the last checkpoint before the finish, roughly 3 miles before the end, I knew I had to put a shift in if I were to break the current course record.

Thankfully, I managed to push on to break the record by 19 seconds in 1:19:26. It was a fantastic race with great organisation. Afterwards we ventured into the show itself, which was hugely popular and had a vast amount of stalls and attractions for the large crowds visiting. A great day out – I’ll hopefully be back next year to see if I can extend that record further.

Pos Name Cat TIme
1 Christopher Holdsworth M 01:19:26

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Plenty of parkrun action this week with a batch of new PBs and some parkrun tourism. Congratulations to Eileen Jones who completed her 100th parkun this weekend.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 337 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Danny COLLINGE 16:39 SM20-24
7 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:02 JM11-14 New PB!
11 Kevin DAVIES 19:30 VM50-54
19 Gareth BERRY 20:40 VM40-44
23 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:49 JM15-17
26 Lennon JACKSON 20:59 JM11-14
30 Helena LEATHLEY 21:10 SW20-24
35 Matthew JACKSON 21:46 JM10
36 James BOULT 21:51 SM20-24
39 Andy QUINN 21:56 VM45-49
43 Stuart PROCTOR 22:03 VM35-39
44 Helana WHITE 22:07 JW10
45 Donna RILEY 22:10 VW50-54
51 Andrew WEBSTER 22:19 VM45-49
52 Paul WALE 22:25 VM45-49
57 Daniel PLANT 22:52 SM30-34
68 Colin WHITE 23:31 VM40-44
70 Martin BRADY 23:36 VM50-54
72 Michelle ABBOTT 23:38 VW35-39 New PB!
83 Nina KEWIN 24:07 VW35-39
88 Nathan KEWIN 24:19 JM11-14
90 Jean KNIGHTLEY 24:22 VW55-59
93 Julie DAWES 24:24 VW45-49
97 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:39 JW11-14 New PB!
105 Lisa JOHNSON 25:07 VW40-44
108 Annabel WILCOCK 25:34 JW15-17
109 John WILCOCK 25:36 VM50-54
118 Jake ANFORTH 25:56 JM10
125 Donna SCOTT 26:06 VW50-54
186 Heidi KEWIN 28:41 JW11-14
219 Aaron LUNDIE 30:02 JM11-14
226 Robert HIRST 30:25 VM65-69
239 Helen HARRISON 31:05 VW45-49
246 Richard LAWSON 31:24 VM75-79

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 55 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 7:00 JM11-14 New PB!
2 Jackson MCKAY 7:11 JM11-14 First Timer!
3 Matthew JACKSON 7:59 JM10
4 Helana WHITE 8:20 JW10 New PB!
6 Nathan KEWIN 8:25 JM11-14 New PB!
9 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:01 JW11-14 New PB!
11 Heidi KEWIN 9:26 JW11-14

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 99 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
80 Robin PRICE 34:45 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 259 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
101 Jude ASHWORTH 26:15 VW55-59
156 Eileen JONES 29:37 VW60-64

Medina I.O.W. parkrun – A total of 238 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
43 Simon WILSHAW 23:33 JM15-17

Pendle parkrun – A total of 98 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
7 John HARTLEY 21:00 VM55-59
34 Dawn TERRY 26:17 VW50-54

Sheringham parkrun – A total of 216 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Richard STEVENSON 19:52 VM40-44 First Timer!
42 Adam STEVENSON 25:00 JM11-14 First Timer!
96 Keira STEVENSON 28:16 JW11-14 First Timer!
184 Rachel STEVENSON 37:28 JW10 First Timer!

Stretford parkrun – A total of 350 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
120 Katy THOMPSON 24:08 VW60-64 First Timer!

Woodbank parkrun – A total of 110 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
78 Ron HILL 32:50 VM75-79

 

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