Another busy week for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers. There has been plenty of action across the board, with a select group travelling to Knowsley for the Northern Cross Country Championships, fell running, and road racing at both 10 mile and 10K distances where a helping hand was extended by our chivalrous chaps to a fellow runner when she needed a boost. All very focussed this week and not a great deal of coddiwompling going on unless you take into account some of the recce runs that have been going on over the weekend!
SATURDAY 28 JANUARY
HOOFSTONES FELL RACE
This race is a navigational challenge which takes runners to the highest point around Todmorden – Hoofstones Heights Trig Point – The Trig is situated on the East/West Watershed. There is route choice from checkpoint 1 – 4, as long as no fences or walls are climbed.
51 runners took part this year and there were two Clayton Harriers amongst them both finishing in the top ten. Dave Edmondson was our first man in 3rd place and Andy Laycock was 8th.
Race Report from Andy Laycock
Typical cold and wet Pennine weather greeted us for the start of the race at the Staff of Life in Todmorden. Worryingly billed as a ‘navigational challenge’ it began with a flagged climb up to checkpoint 1, where the flags finished and open moor began. Then we were faced with a choice; the direct line across Stansfield moor or a short detour to pickup a fast and runnable track leading to the second checkpoint. Navigating to Hoofstones – checkpoint 3 and the highest point of the route – was straightforward, but icy and boggy ground made progress slow. The descent down past Wolf Stones and back across the moor caught me out as I dropped too far west, having to climb back up and along to the last checkpoint cost me five places – 3rd to 8th. Then from here it was a quick sprint back down the flagged path to the finish line. All in all a great race, very well organised and an early reminder to brush up on my navigation.
NORTHERN ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Six junior members made the trip to Knowsley to compete in this year’s Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships
Report from Karen Clarkin
This was my second attempt at cross country, trying to get my head around racing and overcoming my nerves. What a venue to pick!! It was ankle deep in mud for 2 x 4km laps with inclines. Thankfully the rain had stopped just in time for the ladies race. Tough run, but I really enjoyed the day. Special thanks to Louisa and girls for cheering us on in the tough conditions.
Team position 40th (D Airey | E Mullan | J Rushton | K Clarkin )
Report from Carl Carey
Initially I wasn’t going to do this. Driving for an hour, doing the race, driving back, later starting time and a longer distance (12km) than I’d ever done before on cross country. I was eventually coerced by the female contingent of Clayton so I signed up. Weather was awful in Burnley and on the journey to Knowsley which didn’t encourage me much but hey, I needed the training so off we set.
The ladies did their race first, and after finishing, reported to me that it was all relentless mud. Donna, Liz and Judith had some good battles although Judith decided to take a dive in the mud in the beginning! Karin Clarkin was a counter in the ladies team on only her second cross country.
Then it was my turn. Off we set, me, Pete and Jim. There was a good number of runners there, and the races which had gone before us had churned it up nicely! Literally on the first mud we hit, there were men dropping out everywhere, having lost their shoes in the death grip mud. Having been shown by Coach Roche how to tie my shoes, I had no such problems. The mud, as correctly reported, was relentless. There was no respite at all, with a few sneaky rocks hidden in which I found, and a few hills too. 15mm spikes were no use whatsoever but I managed to stay on my feet. First lap was a bit of a tester to see how it was, then the next two I was able to push a bit, but the mud soon wore you down. At the end, having passed lots who were walking at different points, I managed a quick finish on the straight, grateful to see the finish. One of my worst performances, but I was determined to enjoy this one and use it for good experience.
An enjoyable day with the Clayton crew, and actually not feeling the effects too much. Thanks to Chris Thompson for holding our numbers for us, and Jason Pier for organising it.
SUNDAY 29 JANUARY
Just over 300 runners took part in this 10K race formerly known as the Vernon’s 10K. Two Clayton men took part. Robert Morrison was the first Clayton finisher in 76th place and with a time of 44:16. Colin White was hot on his heels 4 seconds later in 77th.
Report from Colin White
Only two Clayton Harriers ran this local(ish) event in Preston. Over 300 people arrived at the cold start line for this event. It was well marshalled, well organised and clearly signposted. Both Rob and I set off at a fairly slow pace, choosing to move through the field when we found our pace. The course is undulating, once over the icy bridge at Avenham Park, we really found our pace and picked up speed a little. Rob, was slightly ahead and helped a fellow runner who was struggling for approximately 1 mile, before picking up the pace even more when he saw me breathing down his neck. We both finished the course with PB’s , and another 10k under the belt.
KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE – WHITESTONE FELL RACE
149 runners took part in this popular winter race series organised by Helm Hill. Wayne McIntosh was our sole runner in the senior race, finishing in 118th place.
Christopher Brown was our sole junior runner finishing in 8th place overall and 6th boy in the U13 race in a field of 66 runners.
ST ANNES 10 MILER
Report from Stephen Biscomb
Not my usual distance of 10K, but this 10 mile race was well organised and luckily the conditions were very mild for the Fylde coast. We started from St Annes pier up to Lytham Green and back. Managed to get below my target time of 73 minutes. (71.30) my position in the M60 category was 4th. It was amazing to see four more M60s in the top 51. Just goes to show that us old men are getting fitter.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 298 runners took part.
|11||Reece Adam LAWRENCE||19:54||JM15-17||New PB!|
|24||Finley STUBBS||21:39||JM10||New PB!|
|54||David Ian SCOTT||23:43||VM70-74|
Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 67 runners took part.
Chester parkrun – A total of 188 runners took part.
|47||Nerina GILL||24:43||VW45-49||First Timer!|
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 107 runners took part.
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 173 runners took part.
Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 202 runners took part.
|75||Philip NAYLOR||25:38||VM35-39||New PB!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 74 runners took part
Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 436 runners took part.
|210||Beth QUINN||27:12||SW18-19||First Timer!|