This week has been another action-packed one. There was the Great North Run where Mo Farah decided to enter along with nine of our club members (I bet he’d look good in a Clayton vest!), there have been off road Marathons, mountainous fell races, a hat trick of wins for junior runner, Dexta Thompson, oh and just the small matter of team pride at the battle of the clubs Podium race.
There are a couple of results missing from last week’s roundup.
SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
CITY OF SALFORD 10K
A great run for Jacob Watson who finished in 18th place at the City of Salford 10K. He was joined in the race by veteran runners Kevin O’Brien and Ron Hill
BLACKO FELL RACE
Three Clayton Harriers took part in this short local fell race around Blacko Tower. Alan Life won the race with James Boult in 3rd and Richard Briscoe in 9th. There were 66 runners in the race.
As we are now all up to date it’s time to move onto to this week’s action!
WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
Peter Gilligan Reservoir 5K Trail Race
Jack McGuire and Ron Chappell took part in this midweek, 5K race in a field of 32 runners. Jack McGuire finished in 26th place with Ron Chappell following on his heels in 27th place.
SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
John Rusius was our sole representative in this 5 mile trail race that forms part of the FallFest festival in Glusburn. It is a 4.9 mile race with 597ft of climb. John finished in 21st place in a field of 43 runners.
GREAT LANGDALE HALF MARATHON
The Langdale Half Marathon races have the reputation as being amongst the toughest road events in the UK. Exceptionally hilly with some parts of the course climbs being 1:3 this challenging race attracts a both seasoned runners as well a large number of ordinary people looking to challenge themselves.
Hosted in the beautiful Langdale valleys the route takes the runners in an anti clockwise direction from Great Langdale to Little Langdale through to picturesque hamlets of Skelwith bridge, Chapel Style and Dungeon Ghyll
Graham Kissack was our sole representative in this race finishing in 217th place with time of 02:58:51
HODDER VALLEY SHOW FELL RACE
Nine club members took part in this 6.2 mile fell race with 1148ft of climb that is part of this year’s Club Fell Championship.
Carl Helliwell was our first finisher in 7th place overall with Dave Bagot also claiming a top 10 finish in 9th place.
Race Report from Carl Helliwell
It was a new route this year of 6.2 miles and 500m of climbing. We were all counted into the show ring before the race started out of the show ground, across the road and through a field before a sharp right turn onto the first climb. I started fast and got into a good rhythm over the first climb and descent, but Dave Bagot started even faster as I chased him across the fields to the second climb.
I knew I was feeling good and kept a good solid pace up onto Beatrix Fell and went past Dave. I kept pushing all the way to the check point, which was a hard slog right along the top of Beatrix before turning back. I had 3 runners in front of me who kept evading me, but didn’t seem to go any faster than me! I just wish I had tried harder to have stuck with them earlier in the race. I was happy with my descent as we headed back towards the show field, however there was a sting in the tail as we had to come back over the last climb/foothill down to the finish. It was a tough, hard muddy slog all the way round as the day got warmer and the sun came out.
Well done to all those who ran
JUNIOR GREAT NORTH RUN
Helana White took part in the Junior Great North Run with her brother Alfie racing against children from all over the UK. Helana finished in an impressive 3rd place in her age category with a time of 00:17:02. The waves were set off a few minutes apart from oldest to youngest and Helana had to battle past walkers and slower runners from older categories until she got a clear path. She caught the 4th place runner at the bridge and kept her position until the finish.
Helana and Alfie met Colin Jackson and watched a masterclass in long jump given by Olympian Greg Rutherford.
But that wasn’t the end of things, as Helana and Alfie had been chosen to “test” the elite tape on the following day as a crowd warm up whilst waiting for the wheelchair athletes to come in. They were introduced to the crowd and their achievements were read out to lots of applause. They then went to the 200m mark and raced to the finish line with plenty of high fiving and cheering from the cloud before hitting the winners tape together. They were allowed to stay in the finishing area and met lots of elite athletes, saw Mo Farah and got given some race mementos from the finishers.
What a weekend to remember!
LA SPORTIVA LAKE DISTRICT MOUNTAIN TRIAL
The Mountain Trial is a severe test of fellrunners’ mountaineering ability and stamina. Competitors are required to traverse difficult and often dangerous terrain, rapidly but safely. Navigational skills and route choice have a direct bearing on each competitor’s safety. Evolving from a race organised by the YHA in 1952, it is run on orienteering principles and is the longest established event of its kind in Great Britain. There are three courses available to runners; the Classic, the Medium and the short.
Wendy Dodds took part in the Classic Trial and finished in 43rd place with a time of 07:30:07 and 1st FV60. The Classic Trial is around 18 miles and 7500ft climb (29 km and 2300m). Estimated winning time = 4.5hrs.
Katy Thompson took part in the Medium Trial finishing in 22nd place with a time of 05:36:47 and also 1st FV60. The Medium Trial is around 13 miles and 5000ft climb (21 km and 1500m). Estimated winning time = 3.5hrs.
We had no entries in the short trial which is a shame as fell legend Joss Naylor was taking part (maybe it’s time for a V80 category!). The Short Trial is around 9 miles and 3500ft climb (15 km and 1100m). Estimated winning time = 3hrs.
The distances shown above are as the crow flies. Actual distances covered may be up to 50% further.
Report from Katy Thompson
Wendy and I did the Lake District Mountain Trial from Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley. I did the Medium Class which was about 17 miles/5000′. The weather was fine with good visibility and for once I didn’t make any stupid route choices or navigation errors so was pleased to come 22nd of 49 runners, and first LV60.
Wendy has done 30 Mountain Trials and this year tackled the Classic Class which was a very testing course with the winner taking 5 hours. Only three women tackled this course and Wendy was 2nd. She was also second of the three over 60’s (male and female) running. An excellent achievement!
NANT PERIS FELL RACE
Report from Ralph Baines
Saturday promised to be another sunny day, even on top of Snowdon. Andrew Priory agreed to join me to do the Nant Peris Horseshoe in North Wales, a tough 18.5 mile 8500ft race. I had done it before 20 years ago or more but couldn’t remember too much about it.
At the start with only about 60 others they were nearly all Eryri runners as this is their local patch with other teams from Dark Peak, Mercia, Borrowdale, Rossendale and Barlick. There were 3 decent climbs on the first half including Glyder Fawr before descending down to half way at Pen Y Pass where we got drinks and a bite to eat and the runners doing the half Peris finished. Andrew was very strong on both the climbing and the descents on the longest race he had entered so far. It was off up the miners track and a big climb up Lliwedd, it was a very technical descent off there before picking up the long steep slog up the Watkin path to the top of Snowdon.
There had been quite a few people about all day which is not surprising for such a sunny in Snowdonia but as we dropped off Snowdon we were fighting through the hordes flocking around the cafe and railways summit. There was one more climb to go and the first grassy path we had been on virtually all day, we were both getting a tired on this one but Llanberis was in sight and a lovely run in to the finish with a nice deep ford which was too tempting as an alternative to the bridge.
All in all a superb low key race which we were made very welcome at.
NORTH WEST COUNTIES ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Report from Chris Thompson
We took two junior teams down to Delamere Forest in Cheshire for the North West Counties Road Relays, however, being set inside a forest, it was definitely more like trail than road which is no problem for our juniors. First up we had the U11 Boy’s team of Finley Stubbs, Robbie Smedley and Dexta Thompson who ran in that order.
The boys set off at a fantastic pace and Finley kept up towards the front as did Robbie who went second and came in strong leaving Dexta to finish off and get a brilliant finish with the fastest leg overall by 20 seconds. Not only were the boys the Lancashire team winners but were the overall winners as well.
U11 Boys Race
There was then a 2 hour wait for the U15 Girls team to run. This was an extremely tough category for the girls; not only were they up against high ranking competition, they also had to run with the U17 girls.
We had Millie Stubbs, Liberty Thompson and Briony Holt, running in that order. The girls put in a great run with Briony powering round at the end and picking off loads to make the girls finish 3rd for Lancashire.
U15 Girls Race
It was a great day and both teams made us proud and it was also a little taster of the cross country racing to come. Many thanks to Jason Pier for entering the teams.
PODIUM CLAYTON Vs TRAWDEN CHALLENGE
A race for the bragging rights. 3 races with JUST Clayton and Trawden members invited.
Race 1 – U10 1K, race 2 – U14 3K and Race 3 – Seniors 5K. Who would be victorious and walk away heads held high?
1K Race– (U8 & U10)
In both the 1K and 3K races there were points available for the first 35 male and 35 female runners. So, first male got 35 points, second male got 34 points, and so on. The same system applied for the female runners with first female getting 35 points, second female getting 34, and so on.
35 young runners took part in this race. With only 10 runners for Clayton the pressure was on and they needed to really pull the stops out to give the club a good start to the challenge. There were some outstanding runs from our youngest members, especially Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley who had already raced and won the North West Regional Road Relays earlier in the day! Dexta Thompson won the race, Robbie Smedley was 3rd, and there were some great performances all round earning us 178 points. A good start but Trawden AC took the lead due to much greater numbers in this race – 25 runners for them and only 10 for us.
Scores in this race: Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 178 – Trawden AC 452
3K RACE (U12 & U14)
Our older juniors really went for it with the top four slots going to Clayton runners including first male and female in the race. Briony Holt was our first girl; a great result as she had also raced earlier in the day at the Northern Counties Road Relay Championships. Yet again, we saw some great running from all of the juniors.
Scores in this race: Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 294 – Trawden AC 245
Total after 2 races Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 472 – Trawden AC 697
5K RACE – SENIORS
Finally, it was time for the seniors and with a 225 point advantage, it was looking like it might be in the bag for Trawden AC. The scores at this point were not yet known which was probably a good thing.
Scoring in this race was slightly different. The first twenty senior male and female runners got scores with first male and female earning 20 points, second male and female earning 19 points, and so on.For the Vets, the first 10 male and female runners got points for each age category.
With 40 Clayton runners vs 26 Trawden runners it looked like there might be an opportunity for us to claw back some much needed points.
With a greater proportion of women and our amazing super vets in the V65 and V70 categories who earned a massive 39 points between them, we scored well.
Trawden AC were dominant in the M40 & M45 age categories but with equal or greater numbers in all other categories the points were stacking up in our favour!
With top ten finishes for 7 of our male runners and first three female finishers we were running well. The M40 category was the only one to have more runners than available points but only two of our runners did not score whereas 4 Trawden runners missed out in this category. All other runners earned points for the club.
|24||Reece A. Lawrence||M||(9/15)||00:19:51||12|
Scores in this race: Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 437 – Trawden AC 186
Final Scores after 3 races Clayton-le-Moors Harriers 909 – Trawden AC 883
A victory for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers by a margin of 26 points. This was an excellent event, organised by Chris Barnes of Podium Races that really made the most of the friendly rivalry between the two clubs whilst managing to be one of the most inclusive events around. There was a role for ALL runners and it was wonderful to see such a great turnout of runners from 5 or 6 years old right through to runners in their 70s.
Roll on the next one!
SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
BURNSALL FELL RACE
Richard Briscoe and Stephen Fish ran in this BOFRA race in Burnsall Village in Wharfedale. Richard was the first Clayton finisher in 49th place and Stephen was 62nd. There were 74 finishers in the race.
Another win for Dexta giving him a hat trick of wins this weekend. Chris Brown was our next finisher in 8th place and Jenson Bentham was 15th. Ella Dorrington was our sole girl runner and finished in 22nd place.
Felix Thompson was our only runner in the U9 race finishing in 20th place in a field of 45 runners
GREAT NORTH RUN
Nine Clayton-le-Moors Harriers joined Mo Farah to run in this year’s Great North Run. Our first finisher was Colin Shuttleworth in 1042nd place and with a time of 01:32:42. Our two lady runners finished at the same time but Hayley Copeman was given the higher position at the finish line. Colin White was running the race for the 5th time and smashed his previous half marathon PB by over 3½ minutes. Mick Hughes was pleased with his sub 2 hour time even though he described his run as hot and hurting plenty.
Well done to our runners who raised lots of money for deserving causes.
Report from Hayley Copeman
Helen Harrison and I travelled up with Nick Roscoe to take part in the Great North Run. Helen and I started the race together and ended it together which wasn’t easy with the amount of people running. I was stronger earlier on and would lose Helen then struggle to find her. Helen was stronger in the second half, so sometimes struggled to find me. It was hot and the water stations were well needed. The whole atmosphere was fantastic and the organisation was second to none. The support was terrific – bands en-route, people offering oranges, jelly babies and ice pops, and high-fiving all the kids was real fun.
I struggled at mile 11 but got a second wind on the last mile along the front. I’ve never been so happy to see a finish line! Unfortunately, it was so congested by the time we got there it was impossible to do a fast finish. Helen and I crossed the line together. We loved it, raised lots of money for Pendleside Hospice and ticked off another of our 50 2 50 challenges.
THE YORKSHIREMAN MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
Jonny McKenna ran as half of a pair with Chris Williams and finished first in the pairs race with a time of 03:48:41
Six Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in the off-road half marathon. Richard Stevenson was our first male finisher in 7th place with a time of 01:59:01. Jeffrey Pickup was our second finisher in 32nd and 02:15:29. Vicky Heys was our first lady finisher in 88th overall with atime of 02:31:29. Angela Shian and Barbara Savage were 106th and 107th. Dawn Terry is missing from the results. There were 203 finishers.
Report from Richard Stevenson
Sunday saw me tackle the Yorkshireman off road half marathon in Haworth organised by Keighley & Craven AC. From the few people I’d asked they said it was a tough course that could be tricky to navigate and with me being unable to reccy any part of it I was a little apprehensive about the race.
After waving off the full marathon runners and then then getting some advice and tips from the Clayton runners Angela, Vicky, Dawn and Jeffrey who were also do the half we were ready to go. With my concerns on the route and with the 5K from the night before in my legs my head told me to take it slowly and see how it went but that was not really going to happen. The first 4 miles were steady away with a lot climbing and we soon started to spread out and found myself running pretty much on my own, after a couple of more miles I started to catch up with the marathon runners who has started earlier and eased any fears as I knew I was on the right track.
Through checkpoint 1 and onto the road, this was where the full and half routes split and once again I found myself all alone. Luckily the route was fairly easy to follow and I was soon heading down to Oxenhope but by now I’d been caught by a runner from Stainland. This did lead to some confusion as we came to one junction and the official YORM sign said to go right but he’d been on one of the reccy runs and it is was left, we ended up going with the sign and went wrong thankfully it took onto the road and down the wrong side of reservoir and we were soon back on track.
We hit checkpoint 2 and I was beginning to tire and knew that I wouldn’t be able to keep with the Stainland runner; I pushed on for last couple of miles back into Howarth and then had the ridiculous climb up the cobbled street to the finish at the school.
On finishing I was informed of my official time and position and was very chuffed to see that I’d finished 7th overall, I’d thought I was possibly around the top ten but wasn’t sure.
Really enjoyed the race, great route and I didn’t need to worry about the route as apart from my one error it was easy to navigate. There was plenty of homemade food and cakes at the finish and I even picked up a bottle of wine as a prize.
Well done to all the Clayton runners who took part, especially Jeffrey for his V60 prize and Jonny McKenna who did the full marathon and was one half of the first pair home.
Report from Angela Shian
Myself, Vicky Heys, Barbara Savage and Dawn Terry ran in the Yorkshireman Half (15 miles not 13!!!!).
We had lovely weather, it’s a great trail route through parts of the bBonte way and the hills of Haworth. The race organisers always put on a well organised event! Best bit is broth, bread, cakes and biscuits after! Richard Stevenson was our prize winner.
Bedford parkrun – A total of 302 runners took part.
|170||Eileen JONES||28:35||VW60-64||First Timer!|
Burnley parkrun – A total of 341 runners took part.
|57||Reece Adam LAWRENCE||23:45||JM15-17|
|216||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||30:08||VW65-69|
Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part
|5||Natasha OLSZEWSKA||8:45||JW11-14||New PB!|
|13||Joshua MCKAY||9:16||JM10||First Timer!|
|28||Bronia OLSZEWSKA||11:00||JW11-14||New PB!|
|41||Jessica MCBRIDE||12:01||JW10||New PB!|
Delamere parkrun – A total of 248 runners took part.
|13||Ivan WHIGHAM||20:49||VM50-54||First Timer!|
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 96 runners took part.
Marple parkrun – A total of 182 runners took part.
Pendle parkrun – A total of 82 runners took part.