Glorious Mud

It’s that time of year again and early December means only one thing; cross country at the notoriously and gloriously muddy Marl Pits. This fixture brought the Red Rose League to a close with some great results for the club. You’ve also been tearing up the tarmac at Guys 10 and Todmorden Park as well as additional cross country and the Shropshire Fells

A warm welcome to our newest members; James Dunderdale, Lucy Scott, Julie Newton, Michael Toms, Teresa de Curtis and Jessica McBride.

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER

TODMORDEN PARK 5K WINTER SERIES – RACE 4

Martin Brady and Ron Chappell took part in the fourth race of the Todmorden Park 5K Winter Series organised by Cannonball Events. Martin was 23rd in 23:25 and Ron was 37th and 1st MV65 in 29:22.

Pos Name Cat Time
23 Martin Brady MV50 23:25
37 Ron Chappell MV65 29:22

Full Results

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER

BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY

Natasha and Bronia Olszewska both ran in the Yr 8/9 girls race. Bronia finished 19th and Natasha was 5th and goes on to compete for Blackburn Schools at the Lancashire fixture.

CARDINGTON CRACKER FELL RACE

Andy Firth and Pete Browning travelled down to Shropshire to take part in the Cardington Cracker Fell Race organised by Telford AC. It a 9 mile race with 2602ft of ascent. 252 runners completed the race.

Report from Andrew Firth

This is the third year running that I’ve made the trip down to Shropshire for this festive race, having been told how good it was by Jon Sharples. It’s a fair trek, but a good excuse for a weekend away, but it could be done in a day trip with an early start from Lancashire.

Andrew Firth at the Cardinham Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

Andrew Firth at the Cardingham Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

For the first time I wasn’t the only Clayton Harrier in the race, Peter Browning also came down for a weekend away in his camper van. The race always attracts a good field, although the club vests in this part of the world are unfamiliar, although yellow vests appear to be prevalent (Shrewsbury, Mercia etc).

Peter Browning at the Cardington Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

Peter Browning at the Cardington Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

As the 250+ runners set off my objective was simply to try and keep Pete in sight. The run out to the first main hill, The Lawley, is over gently rising farmland. Although the stiff frost had firmed up the mud there is a section where we are routed up a very muddy and unpleasant bridle way to avoid a kissing gate at the top of the very nice path which runs parallel on the other side of the hedge!

After about 10 mins of gradual climbing we plunge down a steep descent which is quite treacherous since it is still in the shade and frozen. After a short marshy section I look ahead only to see The Lawley rearing up in front of us for a good 10 mins of hands on knees climbing, and the first of three tough climbs. I’m getting quite warm at this point, in the sun and sheltered from the wind – as expected Pete is pulling away and disappearing over the top.

As always I enjoyed the descent, but the run across to the next and biggest climb Caradoc is quite tough, muddy fields, a bit of uphill road and a bridle way. Once on the climb I look up to see Pete quite a way ahead. As he climbs out of bracken I time myself to the same point – approx 3 mins, I’ll do well to peg him to that. When we get to the top and start the ridge run he is nowhere in sight. It’s amazing how 3 mins looks like a small gap on a climb but on flatter ground he isn’t in sight!

Another steep and technical descent sees me reel in a few runners, but the link to the next hill is uphill reducing most people including me to a fast walk again.

After the checkpoint at Gaerstones farm we start the last steep climb (although there’s still more climbing to come) and I spot Pete up ahead – again on the climb it doesn’t look too far so I pick a spot and time myself to the same place. Only 2 mins, and whilst I’m thinking I have made up some time I’m not kidding myself that I can catch him. The remainder of the race is exactly the sort Pete thrives on – after the initial climb it eases off with a gradual climb to the final summit. Again on the ridge Pete almost out of sight and I don’t see him again till the finish.

Once at the final hill checkpoint a steep descent to the valley again in the shade is tricky on the frozen path, but I got good grip by tramping down on the dying bracken gaining a few more places. All that is left now is a gradual climb up to The Wilderness and a ridge run before the gradual descent to the finish through the fields we started on. It’s all I can do to keep the legs running, but now I’m aiming at a sub 2 hr finish it gives me the motivation to just about grind it out.

At the finish I just dip in under the 2 hrs with about 20 secs to spare – some 4 mins quicker than last year. Pete as expected picked up the pace and took a couple of mins out of me on the run in – finishing in about 1.56.

In summary this is an excellent race, made better by the perfect sunshine and finished off with Sunday lunch in the historic Royal Oak pub with Pete and Sandy. A grand day out.

Pos Name Cat Time
157 Peter Browning MV55 1:55:50
174 Andrew Firth MV55 1:59:40

Full Results

MANCHESTER AREA CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – HEATON PARK, MANCHESTER

The Manchester area cross country league was established following the merger of the Manchester & district, the Cheshire and the North West Women’s Cross Country leagues in 2006. The league provides competitive cross country running across all age groups.

Laura Hesketh was our sole competitor in this event and she finished 8th overall in and 4th senior woman.

Full Results

NWNL HAMELDON HILL

Jean Brown took part in the second event of the North West Night League orienteering event which took place on and around Hameldon Hill & Woods.

Blue Course

Pos Name Cat Time
15 Jean Brown W45 1:32:42

Full Results

RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – MARL PITS

This was the fourth and final fixture of the Red Rose series at the infamous Marl Pits site. Despite the driest conditions for many years, there was still plenty of mud on the course.

U11 Boys

Clayton Junior Boys

The U11 Boys are off! Photo by David Belshaw

Our U11 boys continued their winning streak with first and second places for Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley. Together with Jenson Bentham in 12th they took the lead in the team results finishing in 1st position.

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:27
2 Robbie Smedley 6:36
12 Jenson Bentham 7:05
16 Matthew Jackson 7:13
45 Joshua McKay 8:00
58 Toby Birtwistle 8:29

U11 Girls

Helana White was our first U11 girl finishing in 3rd place overall. The U11 Girls’ team finished in 6th place (H White | S Hargreaves | K Thompson).

Helena White leads out the U11 Girls. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
3 Helana White 7:23
23 Summer Hargreaves 8:05
37 Kady Thompson 8:24
55 Rachel Stevenson 9:23
56 Emily Nicholls 9:26
57 Ellisia Smedley 9:40

U13 Boys

The second win of the day came from Jackson McKay as he battled a group of fast Horwich Harriers to take first place. The U13 boys’ team finished in 4th place (J McKay | C Brown | L Jackson)

Chris Brown and Lennon Jackson in the U13 boys race. Photo by David Belshaw

Chris Brown and Lennon Jackson in the U13 boys race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 8:45
26 Christopher Brown 10:10
27 Lennon Jackson 10:14
34 William Nicholls 11:19

U13 Girls

Ella Dorrington was our first U13 girl in 11th place overall. Together with Keira Stevenson and Bronia Olszewska, the team finished in 9th place overall.

Keira Stevenson powering up the hill. Photo by David Belshaw

Keira Stevenson powering up the hill. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
11 Ella Dorrington-Levy 10:26
54 Keira Stevenson 12:26
59 Bronia Olszewska 13:21

U15 Boys

Stanley Grewal was our first U15 boy in 19th place. The U15 boys’ team finished in 5th place ( S Grewal | J Bowman | A Stevenson)

Pos Name Time
19 Stanley Grewal 16:08
26 Jay Bowman 17:52
28 Adam Stevenson 17:57
33 Aaron Lundie 20:06

U15 Girls

Second place for Briony Holt in this race. Millie Stubbs followed in 9th place with a battle for third Clayton finisher between Liberty Thompson and Natasha Olszewska. The U15 girls’ team finished in 2nd place.

Briony Holt in the U15 girls race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Briony Holt in the U15 girls race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
2 Briony Holt 16:13
9 Millie Stubbs 18:02
23 Liberty Thompson 19:37
24 Natasha Olszewska 19:42

U17 Men

Curtis Holt was our first U17 finisher in 7th place, followed by Simon Wilshaw in 8th. The team was completed by Reece Lawrence in 12th giving the U17 men’s team 2nd place.

Clayton U17 men on the start line. L-R Curtis Holt, Reece Lawrence,

Clayton U17 men on the start line. L-R Curtis Holt, Simon Wilshaw, Reece Lawrence. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
7 Curtis Holt 20:37
8 Simon Wilshaw 20:48
12 Reece Lawrence 22:55

U17 Women

Lucy Stevenson was our sole competitor in this age category. She finished in 10th place.

Lucy Stevenson in the U17 race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Lucy Stevenson in the U17 race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
10 Lucy Stevenson 33:28

Men U20

George Pier was our sole U20 representative and he finished in 7th place.

George Pier. Photo by Bryn Barnes

George Pier. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
7 George Pier 38:37

Ladies Race

Louisa Powell-Smith had a great run to finish in 2nd place and 1st L35. Katy Thompson was 1st L60. Our ladies team finished in 8th place (L Powell-Smith | M Abbot | C Darling-Smedley). The same ladies made up the ladies’ vets team and finished in 3rd place.

Report from Louisa Powell-Smith

Marl Pitts – I loved it! Great course, super atmosphere and great team support. Brilliant running from everyone on a testing course. Good battle between myself and Laura Riches of Leigh for first place. After gaining the lead and pulling away on the last lap I fell victim to the bog on the hill and as a result lost the lead. Despite fighting back, I had nothing left in the tank and had to settle for second place.

Louisa Powell Smith battling with Laura Riches. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Louisa Powell Smith battling with Laura Riches. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Despite it reportedly being the driest the course has been in recent years, the bogs were still there and still claiming shoes, feet and legs. Michelle Abbot had the misfortune to misjudge the mud and ended up waist deep and having to be rescued by another runner. Undeterred, she worked hard to catch up and pip team mate Cassandra Darling-Smedley to the finish.

Michelle Abbot before the bog. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Michelle Abbot before the bog. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Louisa Powell-Smith L35 19:51
46 Michelle Abbott L35 26:25
47 Cassandra Darling-Smedley L35 26:26
64 Joanne Perry L 27:52
66 Katy Thompson L60 28:44
69 Julia Rushton L50 29:05
73 Helen Burnett L45 29:41
81 Adrienne Olszewska L45 32:11
87 Susan Allen L55 33:19
90 Jane Hylands L45 33:42
94 Judith Carey L35 36:17
97 Christine Leathley L65 42:05

Men’s Race

Danny Collinge was the first Clayton man and finished in 5th place overall.

Danny Collinge in the men's race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Danny Collinge in the men’s race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Jeffrey Pickup was 1st V65. The Men’s team finished 6th (D Collinge | M Perry | M Duckworth | A Cran | G Pier | N Roscoe). The Vet men’s team (A Cran | N Roscoe | J Pickup | J Wilcock) finished in 10th place.

Jeff Pickup 1st MV65 in the men's race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Jeff Pickup 1st MV65 in the men’s race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Report from Matthew Duckworth

Marl Pitts, what can I say! One of my favourite fixtures. if you ever think its an easy XC fixture because it’s shorter than usual, think again! With the steep, muddy climbs and the bog you have to run through at the top, it becomes one of the toughest. The conditions this year were pretty good really but after most of the cross country so far being quite warm and good underfoot, it was a completely different race in Rossendale on Saturday.

Matthew Duckworth tackling Marl Pits. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Matthew Duckworth tackling Marl Pits. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Danny Collinge M 29:41
11 Matthew Perry M 30:47
50 Matthew Duckworth M 34:56
84 Alex Cran V45 37:33
99 George Pier U20 38:37
103 Nicholas Roscoe V45 38:50
106 Jeffrey Pickup V65 38:54
126 John Wilcock V50 40:04
137 Richard Briscoe M 41:05
140 Andy Quinn V45 41:23
142 Mick Hughes V40 41:40
155 Craig Nicholls V40 43:44
156 Christopher Lawrence V50 43:35
164 Carl Carey V45 44:59

Full Results

RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE SERIES RESULTS

This has been a great cross country season for our juniors in particular with some excellent performances and results from the U11 boys and U 17 men. Individual wins for Dexta Thompson and Jackson McKay and excellent results for many others. Our senior result reflect the fact that no seniors managed to compete in more than 3 of the fixtures due to a clash with Mid Lancs this year and most choosing the Mid Lancs Fixture.

U11 Boys – Our U11 boys have taken the team prize with Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley taking 1st and 2nd place in the individual rankings.

Pos Name Races Points
1 Dexta Thompson 4 3
2 Robbie Smedley 4 9
10 Finley Stubbs 3 25
14 Jenson Bentham 4 36
18= Matthew Jackson 4 57
50 Joshua McKay 4 159
62 Toby Birtwistle 3 198

U11 Girls – Our U11 girls’ team has finished in 5th place. Helana White finished in joint 4th place overall despite missing a fixture and a bout of appendicitis; a superb result for her.

Pos Name Races Points
4= Helana White 3 13
23 Summer Hargreaves 3 75
29= Kady Thompson 4 89
52 Emily Nicholls 4 182
53 Ellisia Smedley 4 188

U13 Boys – Our U13 Boys’ team finished in 5th place. Jackson McKay has finished in 1st place in the individual rankings.

Pos Name Races Points
1 Jackson McKay 4 4
24 Lennon Jackson 4 73
33 William Nicholls 4 103

U13 Girls – 9th place for the U13 girls.

Pos Name Races Points
10 Ella Dorrington-Levy 4 29
54 Bethany Wheatcroft 3 164
57 Keira Stevenson 3 171

U15 Boys – 4th place for the U15 boys

Pos Name Races Points
22 Stanley Grewal 3 64
30 Adam Stevenson 3 95
34 Aaron Lundie 3 112

U15 Girls – 4th place for the U15 girls

Pos Name Races Points
4 Briony Holt 3 10
9= Millie Stubbs 3 27
22 Liberty Thompson 3 66
25 Natasha Olszewska 3 72

U17 Men – 2nd place for the U17 men’s team

Pos Name Races Points
7 Curtis Holt 4 20
10 Simon Wilshaw 3 33
12 Reece Lawrence 3 36

Ladies – with a clash of fixtures between the Red Rose and Mid Lancs cross country leagues none of our ladies ran all four fixtures as they opted for the Mid Lancs option. In fact, only Michelle Abbot and Christine Leathley qualified for the rankings having both competed in 3 fixtures. Michelle was 6th L35 overall and Christine was 2nd L65.

Our ladies team finished in 13th place. And our vet ladies were 8th.

Pos Name Cat Races Points
43 Michelle Abbot L35 3 162
77 Christine Leathley L65 3 341

Men – A similar story for the men. The men’s’ team finished in 6th place with the vet men in 8th place.

Pos Name Cat Races Points
36 Matthew Duckworth M 3 156
50 Andrew Orr V45 3 218
65 Alex Cran V45 3 296
81 John Wilcock V50 3 369
98 Andy Quinn V45 3 431
130= Craig Nicholls V40 3 551
141 Carl Carey V45 3 607

Full Series Results

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER

GUYS 10

332 runners finished the rescheduled Guys 10 road race. Jacob Watson was our first Clayton man in 10th place overall and with a time of 00:58:50. Richard Stevenson made the top 20 in 01:01:14. Super vet runners John Hartley and David Scott were 1st MV60 and 1st MV70.

Team Clayton at the Guys 10 Mile Race. L- R Andy Quinn, Vicky Heys, Irene Roche, Angela Shian and Michelle Butschok

Team Clayton at the Guys 10 Mile Race. L- R Andy Quinn, Vicky Heys, Irene Roche, Angela Shian and Michelle Butschok

Elizabeth Mullan was our first Clayton lady in 88th place and 01:12:46 and we saw the welcome return from injury of Donna Airey in 124th.

Report from Irene Roche

A lovely, bright December morning saw members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers running in the Guys 10 mile road race. Many of us had entries brought forward from last year’s cancellation due to flooding. What a contrast in weather! It was good to see runners return from injury – Michael Hogan and Donna Airey – with superb performances. Andy Quinn was spotted at the finish and pulled into the photo snap before he got away.

Michelle Butschok and Liz Mullan were extremely pleased with a PB each and Angela, Vicky and me came into the finish as one job lot. Our own club president David Scott and Ian Hargreaves kept with us for the first three miles, then both left us behind to gain around three minutes on us. Well done both of you – perhaps our conversation spurred you both on. Totally enjoyed the morning and I’m entering again next year.

Report from Donna Airey

Having only run twice in 5 weeks due to injury, the 9pm Saturday night decision to do the race was definitely a gamble. The ankle held up, unlike the rest of me. Struggling with the distance from mile 5, I was glad to see the finish line. Course, organisation and marshals and even the weather were all great! This race is definitely on my list next year. Ankle hasn’t doubled in size today and I managed to knock 5 minutes off my current 10 mile race time. Thankfully, the gamble paid off this time.

Report from Adam Stephenson

A good turnout of Clayton Harriers rolled up in Garstang on a lovely Winter’s morning for the Guys 10 miler. It was a mostly flat course, and it was a good job as well because I think a few found it tough. By the seventh or eighth mile I felt like I was running through treacle with boots on! It’s a nice and scenic route, and very well organised and marshalled throughout. I’d definitely recommend it to anybody wanting to have a go at that distance.

There were a few PBs from our group which is always great, and some cheese at the end! Oh…and a well-earned pint.

More Team Clayton runners at Guys 10. L-R Donna Airey, Elizabeth Mullan, Adam Stephenson, David Scott, Ian Hargreaves Front - Matthew Duckworth and Jacob Watson and Matthe

More Team Clayton runners at Guys 10. L-R Donna Airey, Elizabeth Mullan, Adam Stephenson, David Scott, Ian Hargreaves Front – Matthew Duckworth and Jacob Watson and Matthe

Pos Name Cat Time
10 Jacob Watson M 00:58:50
18 Richard Stevenson MV40 01:01:14
23 Jonathan Cleaver MV35 01:02:20
30 Matthew Duckworth M 01:03:40
32 Chris Snell MV35 01:04:09
41 John Hartley MV60 01:05:27
55 Dan Plant M 01:07:26
68 Michael Hogan MV45 01:10:41
88 Elizabeth Mullan F 01:12:46
92 Andy Quinn MV45 01:13:22
124 Donna Airey FV35 01:16:36
133 Adam Stephenson M 01:17:40
153 David Scott MV70 01:20:34
155 Ian Hargreaves MV50 01:20:48
169 Irene Roche FV55 01:23:51
170 Vicky Heys FV45 01:23:52
171 Angela Shian FV35 01:23:52
215 Michelle Butschok FV40 01:30:56

Full Results

PFO HAMELDON HILL

The competition area is Hameldon Hill, with its extensive quarries and crags on the northern flank, and below them areas of woodland and the remnants of a WWII firing range

Report from the PFO website (abridged)

93 competitors at a PFO Level C event was a good turnout for this time of year, competing, as it did, with Christmas shopping. Thanks to the weather gods who smiled on us this year, remembering that our Pendle Night event exactly a year ago was cancelled due to Storm Desmond and our Pendle Day event involved some deep wading through Ogden Clough flood water.

All went well on the day with many comments and curses about the tricky nature of the quarries. Reeds on the open moor are inevitable in this part of Lancashire, so we cannot in all conscience offer apologies for this. Often the longer path route choice is quicker.

As they say in these parts, it was a grand day out.

Brown Course

Pos Name Cat Time
19 Mark Nutter M55 2:27:29

Blue Course

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Mike Wallis M55 1:07:40
9 Jean Brown W45 01:21:29
17 Katy Thompson W60 2:09:38

Green Course

Pos Name Cat Time
19 Kath Wallis W60 1:25:54

Orange Course

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Christopher Brown M12 33:53

Full Results

parkrun Roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 218 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
5 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:05 JM11-14
6 Kevin DAVIES 19:08 VM55-59
8 Jonathan PYE 20:01 SM25-29
10 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:45 VM60-64
15 Paul WALE 21:43 VM45-49
26 James BOULT 22:37 SM20-24
39 Michelle ABBOTT 23:10 VW35-39
47 Nina KEWIN 23:42 VW35-39
61 Andrew WEBSTER 24:28 VM45-49
66 Andy QUINN 24:49 VM45-49
67 Adam QUINN 24:51 JM11-14
78 Donna SCOTT 25:29 VW50-54
83 Annabel WILCOCK 25:42 JW15-17
84 John WILCOCK 25:42 VM50-54
87 Lisa JOHNSON 25:53 VW40-44
96 Sophie ASHWORTH 26:23 JW11-14
133 Stuart BARKER 28:32 VM50-54
134 Ron CHAPPELL 28:41 VM65-69
154 Robert HIRST 29:56 VM65-69
158 Helen HARRISON 30:03 VW45-49
165 Marion WILKINSON 30:44 VW75-79
172 Alan DORRINGTON 31:17 VM45-49
183 Richard LAWSON 31:50 VM75-79

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 34 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 6:57 JM11-14 New PB!
2 Matthew JACKSON 8:07 JM10
3 Aaron LUNDIE 8:21 JM11-14
4 Nathan KEWIN 8:38 JM11-14
10 Heidi KEWIN 9:29 JW11-14
13 Felix THOMPSON 10:35 JM10
20 Charlie PLANT 11:52 JW10
22 Emily JOHNSON 12:18 JW10 New PB!
34 Liberty THOMPSON 15:17 JW11-14

Chester parkrun – A total of 170 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
77 Bethany WHEATCROFT 27:09 JW11-14 First Timer!

Concord parkrun, Sheffield – A total of 83 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
78 Robin PRICE 33:38 VM70-74 First Timer!

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 136 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
53 Martin BRADY 28:15 VM50-54

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 123 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
35 Wendy DODDS 24:45 VW65-69

 Pendle parkrun – A total of 61 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
5 John HARTLEY 20:34 VM60-64
26 Dawn TERRY 26:14 VW50-54

 Preston parkrun – A total of 275 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
84 Katy THOMPSON 24:46 VW60-64

 

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