Eggstra Good!

It’s been an ‘eggs’cellent week of racing over the Easter Break. You have been out racing and indulging in a lot of parkrun tourism to burn off all those Easter Eggs no doubt. There’s been some particularly good performances from our junior runners this week making the future look very bright for this club. The club is also delighted to hear that super vet John Harley has been asked to represent England in the Master’s Marathon in October.

MARATHON MAN JOHN HARTLEY CALLED UP FOR ENGLAND TEAM

The club are immensely proud of the news that John Hartley has qualified to represent England in the Master’s Marathon in October. John reports, “44 years I have been running and this is the icing on the cake. All the hard work this winter running 10 miles a day before work in the dark and cold has all been worthwhile. Massive thanks to my family who have been so supportive without that this would not be possible. I just need to keep training hard now and do myself proud in October”.

John Hartley - marathon man

John Hartley – marathon man

TUESDAY 11 APRIL

BUNNY RUN 2

Half a dozen Clayton Harriers took a trip across the border into Yorkshire for this fast and furious mid-week fell race; the second in the popular Bunny Run series organised by the Woodentops.

Team Clayton at the Bunny Run. Photo by Woodentops

Team Clayton at the Bunny Run. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
81 James Boult M 20:13
120 Richard Briscoe M 21:45
188 Wayne McIntosh M 24:14
216 Bianca Bennett F 25:57
266 Beth Quinn F 26:44
234 Stephen Fish MV60 27:11

Full Results

WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL

MIKE MCGEE MEMORIAL COWM 5K

Four Clayton Harriers ran in this midweek 5K race. John Roche was our first finisher in 16th place overall, a welcome return to injury free racing for him. Julia Rushton was our sole lady runner and she finish in 44th place. Bryn Barnes was back in the vest and finished in 58th place and the team was completed by Ron Chappell in 78th place.  A total of 87 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time
16 John Roche MV55 20:18
44 Julia Rushton FV50 23:47
58 Bryn Barnes MV65 25:40
78 Ron Chappell MV65 30:16

Full Results

FRIDAY 14 APRIL

CALDER

VALE COUNTRY 10 MILER

Two Clayton men took part in the Calder Vale 10 mile race. Richard Stevenson was our first finisher in 5th place overall and with a time of 01:02:06, and Brian Wildman was 74th in 01:22:53. The organisers describe the race as one undulating lap with some challenging hills using quiet country roads.

Richard Stevenson and Brian Wildman at the Calder Vale Country 10 Miler. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Richard Stevenson and Brian Wildman at the Calder Vale Country 10 Miler. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Richard Stevenson MV40 01:02:06
74 Brian Wildman MV50 01:22:53

Full Results

CALDER VALE FUN RUN

Adam and Lucy Stevenson, and Helana and Alfie White took part in this 4-mile race. Adam was 4th   overall and 1st junior, with Helana not far behind as 1st girl. There were great runs from Alfie and Lucy on a hilly course. Most importantly, according to a reliable source, there was a rather excellent selection of homemade cakes. The four junior runners were joined by vet legend Jack McGuire.

L-R Lucy Stevenson, Helana White, Alfie White and Adam Stevenson at the Calder Vale fun run. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

L-R Lucy Stevenson, Helana White, Alfie White and Adam Stevenson at the Calder Vale fun run. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Pos Name Cat Time
4 Adam Stevenson M 26:23
6 Helana White F 26:43
8 Colin White M 27:57
26 Alfie White M 31:58
43 Lucy Stevenson F 37:35
50 Jack McGuire M 39:05

Full Results

SALFORD 10K ROAD RACE

A trio of Clayton Harriers headed over to Salford for this fast 10K race. Laura Hesketh was our first finisher in 98th place with a time of 37:17. Stephen Biscomb was 205th in 42:16 and Donna Airey was 256th in 44:07. There were 600 runners in this race.

Pos Name Cat Time
98 Laura Hesketh FS 37:17
205 Stephen Biscomb M60 42:16
256 Donna Airey F35 44:07

Full Results

SATURDAY 15 APRIL

HELM HILL FELL RACE

Andrew McFarlane took part in this 14.3 mile race with 6791ft of ascent organised by Helm Hill.  He finished in 03:25:18.

Andrew McFarlane at the Howgills Fell Race

Andrew McFarlane at the Howgills Fell Race

AWAITING OFFICIAL RESULTS

LANCASHIRE COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to all of our junior runners who took part in the events held over 2 days at Wilsons Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors.  Robbie and  Ellisia Smedley came 2nd and 3rd in their respective events and Helana White also earned a bronze medal.

RIVINGTON PIKE FELL RACE

Great to see a real spread of ages in this race with three of our MU18 runners chasing down the more experienced vet runners. Danny Collinge was our first finisher in 24th place overall with Nick Hennessey our first U18 runner in 54th place.  Our men took 3rd place in the team results as well as 3rd place in the Vets.

Nick Hennessey at the Rivington Pike Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Nick Hennessey at the Rivington Pike Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Mark Nutter

Rivington Pike Fell Race BS 3.25m / 700ft

On Saturday I had the choice of some LSD training (Long Slow Distance – not the drug!) with the Clayton X-Team at Clough Head or F&F (Fast & Furious) at Rivington Pike Fell Race. Well, I decided on the latter option as I last ran at Rivington in 1999 so thought I’d see how my fitness level compared to 18 years ago when I finished in 20.55.

After registering at the Crown Pub in the centre of town I pinned my number to my chest and set off for a warm up. I soon realised why I hadn’t done this race more often. Tarmac! I’m not a big fan of the black stuff and would much prefer the steep craggy fells. Anyway, here I was so thought I’d make the best of it. I was soon spotted by clubmates Andy Dugdale and Steve Fish, who were surprised to see me. ‘Did you know this is a road race, Mark?’  Enough said ~ my initial realisation was confirmed!

Still warming up I bumped into club mate John Francis who I haven’t seen for ages. I’m sure he told me this was his 38th Rivington Pike race. That’s an amazing accomplishment.

So, at 3pm the race started and all 371 runners sprinted off on the flat tarmac section for half a mile before starting the gradual climb to the tower. After leaving the road there was an option of ‘right of the tree’ or ‘left of the tree’. I took the slightly shorter but muddier option to the right because a) I gained a few places and b) I got my mudclaws dirty which made me feel in ‘race mode’.

Mark Nutter getting the mudclaws dirty on the Rivington Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Mark Nutter getting the mudclaws dirty on the Rivington Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Already ahead of me were Clayton’s Danny Collinge, Nicholas Hennessy, Alan Life, Geoff Gough, Stan Grewal and Reece Lawrence. I knew the climb, which is about a mile long, was going to hurt so it was a case of head down and dig in. The entire route was lined with spectators and it felt like a stage in le Tour de France with spectators cheering and giving mild ‘encouragement’. ‘Come on Mark’ I heard. It was Clayton stalwart Harry Walker who won the race in 1972 in 17.02. That spurred me on further so I dug in a bit deeper and soon reached the tower. Now it was all down hill for the return, so it was time for brain off / brakes off as I hurtled passed many runners including a couple of Clayton scalps before taking the muddy section by the tree. The final half mile was torture, my calves screaming and my quads burning on that flat tarmac, but I kept the pressure on and passed about another dozen runners before crossing the line with a lung bursting finish.

So, how did my fitness level compare to 18 years ago? Well, my time of 24.28 was just a minute per mile slower than 18 years ago, so pretty happy with that. Maybe I should have tried some of that LSD stuff before the race ~ it might have helped me get a bit closer………..!!

The race was won by Chris Farrell of Horwich RMI in 17:27 which is still not as quick as Harry Walkers time of 17:02 back in 1972!

Pos Name Cat Time
24 Danny Collinge M 20:35
54 Nicholas Hennessey MU18 22:25
62 Alan Life MV50 22:54
81 Geoff Gough MV55 23:23
116 Mark Nutter MV55 24:28
117 Stanley Grewal MU18 24:30
169 David Moynihan MV50 25:20
174 Reece Lawrence MU18 26:26
224 Christopher Lawrence MV50 28:27
230 Andrew Dugdale MV55 28:46
271 Stephen Fish MV60 30:48
371 John Francis MV70 51:47

Full Results

RIVINGTON PIKE JUNIOR FELL RACES

Unfortunately, there are no results as yet for the junior races but there was a great turnout of junior runners despite the race falling in the middle of the school holidays.

Clayton Juniors at the Rivington Pike Fell Races. Photo by Rachael White

Clayton Juniors at the Rivington Pike Fell Races. Photo by Rachael White

Helana White and Sophie Ashworth both had great runs in the U13/U15 race and Helana was 1st U13 girl and Sophie was 3rd U15 girls. Our U13 boys were out in force and all did very well. Lennon Jackson was injured on the course earning himself a free lift from the Mountain Rescue but thankfully no serious damage done.

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Bolton parkrun – A total of 377 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
19 David MOYNIHAN 21:35 VM50-54

Burnley parkrun – a total of 396 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Jacob WATSON 17:36 SM30-34
3 Chris SNELL 18:30 VM35-39
4 Josh HALL 18:51 JM15-17
8 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:33 JM15-17
13 James BOULT 19:50 SM20-24
19 Mick HUGHES 20:36 VM40-44 New PB!
28 Daniel PLANT 21:22 VM35-39
32 Sean CLARE 21:44 VM50-54
34 Donna RILEY 21:56 VW50-54
48 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 22:48 VW35-39
55 Carl CAREY 23:03 VM45-49
58 Colin WHITE 23:04 VM40-44
63 Michelle ABBOTT 23:22 VW35-39
68 Nina KEWIN 23:43 VW35-39
74 David Ian SCOTT 24:01 VM70-74
77 Lynsey BIRTWISTLE 24:11 VW35-39 First Timer!
86 Dawn TERRY 24:39 VW50-54
87 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 24:46 JM11-14
91 Lisa ELLIS 24:57 SW30-34 New PB!
93 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:59 JM10
117 Beth QUINN 25:55 SW18-19
118 Justin BIRTWISTLE 25:58 VM40-44
123 Donna SCOTT 26:01 VW50-54
136 Annabel WILCOCK 26:26 JW15-17
138 John WILCOCK 26:26 VM50-54
151 Melanie HIRST 26:50 VW40-44
200 Darcey HIRST 28:32 JW10
208 Bethany WHEATCROFT 28:49 JW11-14
272 Judith CAREY 31:07 VW35-39
281 Robert HIRST 31:30 VM65-69
283 Ron CHAPPELL 31:37 VM65-69

Cleethorpes parkrun – A total of 259 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
3 Jackson MCKAY 18:39 JM11-14 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 142 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
127 Robin PRICE 33:24 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 398 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
256 Eileen JONES 30:13 VW65-69

Fountains Abbey parkrun – A total of 514 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
221 Keira STEVENSON 26:34 JW11-14 First Timer!
349 Rachel STEVENSON 30:34 JW10 First Timer!

Keswick parkrun – A total of 280 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
62 Martin BRADY 23:01 VM55-59 New PB!
109 Andrew TAYLOR 26:01 VM55-59 First Timer!

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 259 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
69 Philip NAYLOR 24:21 VM35-39 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 96 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
3 Paul HESKETH 20:45 VM50-54
8 John HARTLEY 21:12 VM60-64
57 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:38 VW50-54
61 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:28 VW65-69
84 Christine LEATHLEY 37:22 VW65-69

Penrith parkrun – A total of 235 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
5 Jonathan PYE 18:55 SM25-29

Wimpole Estate parkrun – A total of 447 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
246 Helen HARRISON 28:57 VW45-49 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 66 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
23 Paul THOMPSON 27:02 VM45-49

 

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