2017 gets off to a champion start

What a great start to 2017! One thing is for sure; Clayton-le-Moors Harriers don’t wait to kick start the new year. With parkrun doubles and classic fell races on New Year’s Day you were out and about as you mean to go on. And then, on the first proper weekend, a superb showing at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships with medals and champions galore.

SUNDAY JANUARY 1

NINE STANDARDS FELL RACE

150 runners shook off the excesses of Christman and New Year to line up for the Nine Standards Fell Race over an 8 mile course with 1801ft of climb.

Wendy Dodds at the Nine Standards Fell Race. Photo by Andy Jackson

Wendy Dodds at the Nine Standards Fell Race. Photo by Andy Jackson

Wendy Dodds was our sole representative in this race and she finished in 109th place as 1st V60 lady.

Pos Name Category Time
109 Wendy Dodds FV60 01:21:19

Full Results

WHITWORTH NEW YEAR’S DAY AWAKENER 5K

A quartet of Clayton men took part in the popular Whitworth NYD Awakener 5K. Stephen Green was our first finisher in 37th place followed by David McMullan in 38th. Robert Hirst was 85th and Ron Chappell was 89th. There were 98 runners.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
37 Stephen Green M60 (002/005) 00:24:44
38 David McMullan M45 (008/014) 00:24:48
85 Robert Hirst M65 (004/005) 00:33:11
89 Ron Chappell M65 (005/005) 00:34:25

Full Results

SATURDAY 7 JANUARY

LANCASHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

U11 Boys

55 runners took part in the U11 boys event with Dexta Thompson running strongly to take the win. Robbie Smedley battled hard to earn a bronze medal and third place. Finley Stubbs in 9th place and Matthew Jackson in 16th ensured a first place finish for the team. The U11 squad was completed by Jenson Bentham and Joshua McKay

U11 Champion, Dexta Thompson. Photo by David Wood

U11 Champion, Dexta Thompson. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 1st (D Thompson | R Smedley | F Stubbs | M Jackson)

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:21
3 Robbie Smedley 6:37
9 Finley Stubbs 6:52
16 Matthew Jackson 7:08
22 Jenson Bentham 7:18
43 Joshua McKay 7:54

U11 Girls

Helana White was our first U11 girl in 8th place in a field of 55 runners. The team finished in 7th place overall.

Helana White running well in the U11 race. Photo by David Wood

Helana White running well in the U11 race. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 7th ( H White | K Thompson | R Stevenson | E Smedley)

Pos Name Time
8 Helana White 7:12
26 Kady Thompson 8:05
49 Rachel Stevenson 9:07
51 Ellisia Smedley 9:27

U13 Boys

Jackson McKay had a great fun and finished 3rd overall earning a bronze medal for himself. Lennon Jackson was 27th. Sadly not enough U13 boys for a team at this event.

Pos Name Time
3 Jackson McKay 11:27
27 Lennon Jackson 13:34

U13 Girls

Ella Dorrington was the first Clayton girl in 12th place.

Bethany Wheatcroft in the U13 race. Photo by David Wood

Bethany Wheatcroft in the U13 race. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 6th (E Dorrington | K Stevenson | B Wheatcroft | B Olszewska)

Pos Name Time
12 Ella Dorrington 13:32
48 Keira Stevenson 16:11
51 Bethany Wheatcroft 16:33
54 Bronia Olszewska 17:42

U15 Boys

Our U15 boys ran well in a small but very competitive field. Nicholas Hennessey was our first finisher in 13th place.

U15 Boys in action. L-R Stanley Grewal, Aaron Lundi and Adam Stevenson. Photo by David Wood

U15 Boys in action. L-R Stanley Grewal, Aaron Lundi and Adam Stevenson. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 4th (N Hennessey | S Grewal |A Stevenson | A Lundie)

Pos Name Time
13 Nicholas Hennessey 13:59
22 Stanley Grewal 14:48
29 Adam Stevenson 16:23
33 Aaron Lundie 19:19

U15 Girls

Our U15 girls put in a strong performance in a very competitive group with a 3rd place finish and bronze medal for Briony Holt. Some great running from her team mates secured a bronze medal for the team as well.

A rather packed podium. Bronze medal winning U15 Girls Briony Holt, Mille Stubbs, Natasha Olszewska and Liberty Thompson

A rather packed podium. Bronze medal winning U15 Girls Briony Holt, Mille Stubbs, Natasha Olszewska and Liberty Thompson

Team Position – 3rd ( B Holt | M Stubbs | N Olszewska | L Thompson)

Pos Name Time
3 Briony Holt 15:00
14 Millie Stubbs 16:22
23 Natasha Olszewska 17:49
30 Liberty Thompson 19:28

U17 Men

Curtis Holt was our first finisher in this group which was very fast and competitive.

U17 Men. L-R Reece Lawrence, Simon Wilshaw and Curtis Holt. Photo by Andrew Holt

U17 Men. L-R Reece Lawrence, Simon Wilshaw and Curtis Holt. Photo by Andrew Holt

Team Position – 5th ( C Holt | S Wilshaw | R Lawrence)

Pos Name Time
20 Curtis Holt 21:49
21 Simon Wilshaw 22:27
22 Reece Lawrence 23:04

U20 Men

Pos Name Time
13 George Pier 45:52

Ladies Race

What a champion bunch of ladies we have!

Clayton Ladies racing in the mist at the Lancashire XC Championship. Irene Roche leads with Teresa de Curtis not far behind. Photo by Steve Bateson

Clayton Ladies racing in the mist at the Lancashire XC Championship. Irene Roche leads with Teresa de Curtis not far behind. Photo by Steve Bateson

Eleven ladies turned up to race and left with a haul of medals to be proud of. We can boast the Lancashire ladies champion, the champion lady vets team and lots of age category medals as well.

Lancashire Cross Country Champion, Louisa Powell-Smith in action. Photo by David Wood

Lancashire Cross Country Champion, Louisa Powell-Smith in action. Photo by David Wood

A really great race for Louisa Powell-Smith who took the race win and the 1st L35 win as well the gold medal for the ladies vets team (on her birthday too!).

Lancashire Lady Vet Champions! L-R Cassie Smedley, Louisa Powell-Smith and Donna Airey.

Lancashire Lady Vet Champions! L-R Cassie Smedley, Louisa Powell-Smith and Donna Airey.

Julia Rushton was 3rd L50. Irene Roche was 1st L55 and Susan Allen was 2nd L55. Christine Leathley was 2nd L65.

Lady V55 Champions. Irene Roche (gold), Sue Allen (Bronze)

Lady V55 Champions. Irene Roche (gold), Sue Allen (Bronze)

Team Position – 5th (L Powell-Smith | L Hesketh | D Airey)

Vets Team – 1st ( L Powell-Smith | D Airey | C Smedley)

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Louisa Powell-Smith L35 24:25
14 Laura Hesketh L 27:02
37 Donna Airey L35 31:54
40 Cassandra Smedley L35 32:38
44 Irene Roche L55 33:44
45 Teresa de Curtis L45 34:00
48 Angela Shian L35 34:49
49 Julia Rushton L50 35:36
64 Judith Carey L35 44:13
66 Susan Allen L55 46:14
68 Christine Leathley L65 51:20

Mens Race

Danny Collinge was the first Clayton man in 14th place overall. The team finished in 7th place. Success was in the air for our vet men with a silver for the team. Mark Aspinall got a Gold medal for the V55 and James Hickie joined him on the podium with a bronze medal. Stephen Breckell got a silver medal for the V65 category and David Scott was 1st V70.

Danny Collinge at the Lancashire Cross Country Championship Photo by David Wood

Danny Collinge at the Lancashire Cross Country Championship Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 7th ( D Collinge | M Aspinall | R Stevenson | P Coates | M Duckworth | A Orr)

Vets Team – 2nd ( M Aspinall | R Stevenson | P Coates | A Orr)

Pos Name Cat Time
14 Danny Collinge M 34:00
50 Mark Aspinall V55 38:15
58 Richard Stevenson V40 39:10
60 Peter Coates V40 39:20
65 Matthew Duckworth M 39:50
85 Andrew Orr V45 42:32
90 Alan Life V50 43:18
97 John Wilcock V50 44:07
124 James Hickie V55 48:40
130 Christopher Lawrence V50 49:29
131 Stephen Breckell V65 50:03
133 David Scott V70 50:48
137 Carl Carey V45 54:49

Full Results

SUNDAY 8 JANUARY

CENTRAL LANCS HALF MARATHON

Dan Plant and Colin White took part in the Central Lancs New Year Half Marathon. Dan was our first finisher in 74th place overall and a time of 01:31:45. Colin White kick started his 2017 race diary with a brand spanking new PB of 1:38:56.6.

Pos Name Cat Time
74 Daniel Plant M 1:31:45.0
121 Colin White MV40 1:38:56.6

Full Results

FASTRAX JUNIOR 2K

We had a great turnout of juniors despite the Lancashire Cross Country Championships the day before. It was also a great opportunity for some of our youngest members to race.

Start of the Junior 2K Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Start of the Junior 2K Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lennon Jackson was 2nd overall and first boy in this 2K junior race. Helana White was our first girl and second girl overall.

Matthew Jackson with Helana White chasing at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson with Helana White chasing at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

A very successful event for our juniors who took first place in every age group we entered!

Emily Nichols with flying feet at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Emily Nichols with flying feet at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Lennon Jackson M13 (001/001) 00:08:00
3 Matthew Jackson M10 (001/001) 00:08:29
4 Helana White F10 (001/001) 00:08:35
8 Bethany Wheatcroft F13 (001/001) 00:09:38
10 Charlie Plant F7 (001/003) 00:11:12
11 Emily Nichols F8 (001/001) 00:11:21
14 Olly Plant M6 (001/001) 00:13:35

Full Results

FASTRAX 5K RACE

A baker’s dozen of Clayton Harriers took part in this super-fast 5K race. The top spot went to young runner, Max Wharton of Liverpool Harriers with Danny Collinge chasing him for second place and 1st senior male. Michelle Abbot was our first lady finisher and also 1st L35. Julia Rushton was 1st L50

Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Danny Collinge M (001/010) 00:16:03
10 Jonathan Pye M (003/010) 00:17:54
13 Jordan Mcdonald MJ (005/008) 00:18:09
16 Paul Hesketh M50 (002/008) 00:18:28
19 Nicholas Hennessey MJ (006/008) 00:18:42
23 George Pier MJ (007/008) 00:19:22
26 Reece Lawrence MJ (008/008) 00:19:45
32 Sean Clare M50 (005/008) 00:21:28
35 Richard Briscoe M (010/010) 00:22:12
36 Chris Lawrence M50 (007/008) 00:22:13
38 Michelle Abbott F35 (001/001) 00:22:38
40 Julia Rushton F50 (001/001) 00:23:40
42 Martin Griffin M55 (002/002) 00:24:08

Full Results

GARSTANG 10K

Report from John Hartley

On a misty, but very mild, Sunday morning I set off over to Garstang to do their annual 10K road race. This being quite a tough and undulating course, I was chuffed at the finish when I saw the results and I had won the V60 category. Two other Clayton runners took part; Stephen Biscomb and Martin Brady. There were 480 finishers

Pos    Name Cat    Cat/Pos    Time
40 John Hartley M60 (001/012) 00:39:53
87 Stephen Biscomb M60 (003/012) 00:42:45
159 Martin Brady M50 (019/043) 00:47:34

Full Results

SCOUT SCAR FELL RACE

The Scout Scar fell race marks the start of the Kendal Winter League race series organised by Helm Hill. It is a classic 5 mile blend of fast hilly cross-country on rough limestone tracks with stupendous views (weather permitting of course).

Report from Stephen Fish

SCOUT SCAR – 4.5 miles/800’ – 08/01/17

Three Clayton runners, Wendy Dodds, Katy Thompson and myself, made the trip up to Cumbria to compete in the ever popular Kendal Winter League, Scout Scar race. This is held in a beautiful area of carboniferous limestone, just outside Kendal and was the first event in the excellent series of races hosted by Helm Hill Runners. The weather was mild (for a change) and quite misty, although navigation wasn’t a problem with approximately 150+ runners competing and a well-marked course.

Stephen Fish at the Scout Scar Fell Race. Photo by Andy Holden

Stephen Fish at the Scout Scar Fell Race. He says this is his pain face – looks like he’s having a great time to me! Photo by Andy Holden

Once the multitude of juniors had finished their races, we finally got under way. Wendy quickly disappeared into the distance, as I got into my rhythm to try and keep Katy in sight. Around the half distance mark, on a long gradual descent, Katy came past me again and gained quite a bit of distance, at which point I gave up any chance of staying with her. With around 1 mile to the finish there is a gradual climb and I was surprised to catch and pass Katy and had to work really hard to keep it that way into the finish funnel. I never saw sight of Wendy anywhere around the route, she had a flyer!

I can thoroughly recommend this popular series of races, especially the Barbondale race on February 12th.

Clayton Results:

Wendy Dodds – FV60 – Well in front of me!

Stephen Fish – MV60 – 45.29

Katy Thompson – FV60 – Approximately 20 seconds behind myself.

New Year’s Day parkrun

Congratulations to Alan Life, Martin Brady, Chris Lawrence and Christine Egerton on completing the New Year double parkrun at Skipton and Pendle!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 128 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Matthew DUCKWORTH 18:45 SM25-29
4 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:56 JM15-17 New PB!
11 James BOULT 20:37 SM20-24
13 Gareth BERRY 20:39 VM40-44
15 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:07 VM60-64
19 Robbie SMEDLEY 22:17 JM11-14
25 Lennon JACKSON 22:55 JM11-14
26 Helana WHITE 22:58 JW10
27 Aaron LUNDIE 22:59 JM11-14
31 Colin WHITE 23:18 VM40-44
33 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 23:30 VW35-39
36 Michelle ABBOTT 23:51 VW35-39
37 Nina KEWIN 23:58 VW35-39
38 Alan CLARKSON 24:03 VM55-59
42 Ian HARGREAVES 24:20 VM50-54
48 Matthew JACKSON 24:59 JM10
58 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:58 JW11-14
74 Paul WALE 28:08 VM45-49
83 Stuart BARKER 29:17 VM50-54
87 Helen HARRISON 29:55 VW45-49
98 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 31:31 VW45-49
107 Ellisia SMEDLEY 33:31 JW10 New PB!
108 Anita JONES 33:32 VW60-64

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 172 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
167 Robin PRICE 37:18 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 138 runners took part

os   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
12 John HARTLEY 21:51 VM60-64
19 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:41 JM15-17
22 Alan LIFE 23:09 VM50-54 New PB!
46 Chris LAWRENCE 25:06 VM50-54 New PB!
50 Martin BRADY 25:21 VM50-54
61 David Ian SCOTT 26:16 VM70-74
67 Dawn TERRY 27:01 VW50-54
120 Christine LEATHLEY 36:56 VW65-69
132 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 41:22 VW65-69

Skipton parkrun – A total of 175 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
48 Alan LIFE 23:28 VM50-54
53 Martin BRADY 23:45 VM50-54 New PB!
55 Chris LAWRENCE 23:49 VM50-54 New PB!
93 Carol LIFE 26:29 VW50-54 New PB!
146 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:30 VW65-69 First Timer!

Parkrun roundup Saturday 7 January

Burnley parkrun – A total of 308 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Chris SNELL 18:47 VM35-39
7 Dave MOTLEY 19:45 VM35-39
15 Nick ROSCOE 20:53 VM45-49
43 Michelle ABBOTT 23:13 VW35-39
44 Martin BRADY 23:14 VM50-54
53 Robert MORRISON 23:30 VM40-44
58 Daniel PLANT 23:53 SM30-34
64 Colin WHITE 24:08 VM40-44
65 Ian HARGREAVES 24:08 VM50-54
67 Nina KEWIN 24:15 VW35-39
80 Andy QUINN 24:46 VM45-49
86 Julie DAWES 24:57 VW45-49
98 Donna SCOTT 25:40 VW50-54
101 Andrew TAYLOR 25:51 VM55-59
103 Lisa ELLIS 26:02 SW30-34 New PB!
104 Annabel WILCOCK 26:13 JW15-17
146 Carl CAREY 28:02 VM45-49
151 Stuart BARKER 28:15 VM50-54
181 Robert HIRST 29:44 VM65-69
185 Helen HARRISON 29:52 VW45-49

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 145 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
134 Robin PRICE 37:13 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 181 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
42 Wendy DODDS 24:52 VW65-69
57 Nerina GILL 26:16 VW45-49 First Timer!
101 Eileen JONES 30:08 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 72 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 John HARTLEY 21:35 VM60-64
27 Barry MITCHELL 26:29 VM70-74

Penrith parkrun – A total of 196 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Jonathan PYE 19:25 SM25-29

Puarenga parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
11 Roger James BREWSTER 21:45 VM60-64 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 230 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
112 Yvonne WICKHAM 27:55 VW50-54

UPCOMING CLUB EVENT

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Recce Sunday 15th January

For those thinking about stepping up in distance and doing a longer fell run (Stan Bradshaw is 16km/ 10 miles and this year is on Saturday March 4th) and are unsure if this race is for them, come try it out and run the route with the Race Organiser!

From Barley Car park (look for the Red VW Transporter).  Please bring running kit appropriate for the weather, if you have never been kit checked before under FRA rules, I am happy to advise if yours passes the standard.  Whatever you eat/drink on a longer run may be worth considering as this will not be run at race pace (it will be a gentle trot out!) and I believe we will be on the hill for two hours.  Please bring map of the race and compass also – I will have a few spare maps to share out if need be. The race map is also available from Pete Bland Sports.

Remember the aim of a recce is to gain some familiarity with a race route so on the day you can keep your head down and run, rather than wonder which way to turn next!

Meeting time.  My original plan was to run in the morning, however, I have been asked by several members if we can run this in the afternoon as there are other races/events happening that Sunday morning.  I am happy to do this so will start at a time the majority of you want to run at. Either 10.00 am or 1.30 pm.

Either email me at stanbradshawrace@yahoo.com and state the time (10 or 1.30), call me or better still, comment on the Facebook post I will put on to Team Clayton later this week. The time will be confirmed on Friday.

I will be accepting race entry forms and cash/cheque on this recce and the one on February 12th.  The entry form with route grid references (for the route) can be found here http://www.claytonlemoors.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Stan-Bradshaw-Entry-Form-2017.pdf

Clayton members only please for the recces

 

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