What a scorcher! But as always you have been keeping your cool and making your presence felt. You’ve been out in huge numbers at lots of events, competing in championship races, winning medals and enduring the heat with a smile on your face.
WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE
BILLY KNOX 65TH BIRTHDAY 5K COWM RACE
Ron Chappell was our sole runner in this 5k race. He finished in 42nd place. A total of 48 runners took part.
BROWN WARDLE (AND A BIT MOOR)
Five Clayton runners took part in this short 3.3 mile fell race with 1181ft of ascent. Alan Life was our first finisher in 6th place overall. Wayne McIntosh was 26th with Stephen Fish in 28th and 1st V60. Carol Life was our sole lady runner and she finished in 34th place overall and 1st LV50
HOLCOMBE TWO TOWERS
In the first of three races this week Peter Coates joined Martin Brady for this mid week fell race.
Report from Peter Coates – Race 1
At the Holcombe Two Towers race there was just myself and Martin Brady in action for Team Clayton in this little gem of a midweek race organised by Holcombe Harriers. This is a short but surprisingly tough 4 mile fell race across and around Holcombe Moor with some steep climbs. I finished 7th overall out of a field of 109 and was first vet40 so a good evenings work which would hopefully sharpen me up for the big race at Tebay at the weekend.
FRIDAY 16 JUNE
BARROWFORD GP 5K ROAD RACE
This fast and flat 5k race is the latest race in the popular Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series and, as always, there was a bumper turnout of Clayton Harriers across the board.
Five fast lads took on the seriously speedy A Race with top ten finishes for Jacob Watson, Luke Turner and Matthew Duckworth. Jonathan Pye just outside in 22nd place and George Pier in 30th. All five with comfortably sub 20 times.Â The race was won in 14:27 by Jonny Mellor of Liverpool Harriers.
A huge turnout of 65 Clayton Harriers took part in the B race with an astounding range of ages from 15 to 75.Â Jon Cleaver was our first finisher in 3rd place overall and Amanda Duffy was our first lady finisher in 32nd place overall, 2nd lady and 1st F35. There were plenty of age category wins for our youngsters and vets as well. 1st M17 for Josh Hall, 1st F35 for Amanda Duffy, 1st F55 for Irene Roche, 1st M65 for Jeffrey Pickup, 1st F50 for Julia Rushton, 1st FJ for Beth Quinn, 1st M75 for Richard Lawson and 1st 7o for Marion Wilkinson.
|133||Mark. R. Knowles||M40||(020/021)||00:26:34|
U9 Race 1K Race
Charlie Plant was our first finisher in this race (she is wrongly listed as a boy!). She was 8th overall and in another show of sibling support, she went back after finishing her race to support her younger brother Olly. Ruby Cleaver had a great race to finish 12th overall and 1st girl in her age category. Emily Johnson continues to improve and raced to 17th place.
U13 Race 2K Race
Racing hard against his former clubmate Dexta Thompson, Robbie Smedley had to settle for 2nd place. Our U13 boys all ran strongly. Helana White was our first girl in the race in 11th place and 2nd girl overall in the race.
|3||Harry John Cole||M13||(003/010)||00:07:30|
U17 3K Race
Oue U15 and U17 runners dominated this race with strong performances all round. Nick Hennessey took the win with Michale Stevens snapping at his heels in 2nd. Millie Stubbs was our first girl and 2nd overall in the race. There were age category wins for Nick Hennessey, Michael Stevens and Millie Stubbs.
SATURDAY 17 JUNE
Clear blue skies greeted the runners at the start of the Buckden Pike Fell race. Numbers were a little down this year due to a clash with the Championship race taking place at Tebay.
Mark Nutter was our first finisher in the race in 26th place overall and took the 1st V50 win as well. Linda Lord was our only lady runner and finished in 62nd place and 1st WV65.
|26||Mark Nutter (1st)||M55||48:51|
|62||Linda Lord (1st)||W65||58:45|
MUCKLE TOON ADVENTURE FESTIVAL
Report from Dave Motley
Another annual pilgrimage to the Muckle Toon Adventure Festival for Team Perry, Team Motley & Team Clarke and this year we were joined by Team Helliwell. The festival based in Langholm in the Scottish borders is a mix of MTB, road sportive, trail running and on the event filed they have all sorts going on from trampolines to climbing walls and tent talks on various subjects. There is something for everybody from little kiddies right through to the most sporty of us, on top of this the weekend was topped off with camping, drinking and BBQ in the glorious Scottish Summer.
The races themselves are tough and testing trail routes with lots of climbing and the 25 degree heat certainly didn’t help. The 10k & half marathon were on the Saturday and set off at the same time with a route split after about a mile. I found the initial climb tough after last week’s 22 for 22 on Pendle and the 85 miles in my legs was really showing. After the first few miles I found myself in about 7th or 8th but with a big descent to come I found my legs and seemed to carry the momentum through the field for the next 10 miles feeling stronger and stronger. I eventually finished the race in 3rd place managing to gain that position after about 12 mile. Matt Perry runner up at the race last year had to settle for another 2nd with Russ Clarke in 5th and Carl Helliwell in 12th.
Whilst us blokes were out doing the half, the wives were tearing up the 10k with Mrs Perry finishing the tough 10k course in 41st position in a time of 62:16 and Mrs Helliwell 51st in 65:46. Mrs Motley was chief babysitter on Saturday so I think she had the harder job looking after 6 kids whilst we got to run, however she did get her break and ran the 5k on the Sunday in a time of about 27mins. A belting weekend and Team Motley will be back for more in 2018
Muckletoon 10K Trail Race
Muckletoon Trail Half Marathon
PILLING 10K SERIES – RACE 2
Laura Hesketh was our sole representative in this 10K road race. She finished in 8th place overall and the first lady runner with a time of 37 minutes dead
Peter Coates joined nine other Clayton Harriers to compete in the third race of the FRA British Championships at Tebay. Super vets Kieran Carr and Wendy Dodds took first place in their respective age categories with Jack Holt taking 2nd in his.
Report from Peter Coates Race No.2
Over 450 runners with a good turnout from Clayton lined up for this championship race in gloriously hot sunshine. The heat was going to make this 8.1 mile race with 3000Ft of ascent an absolute beast particularly with what was warned as being a extremely tough final climb up Blease Fell.
I soon settled into the race after what was quite a chaotic start to the race with runners choosing different lines up the rough track. I spotted Dave Bagot up ahead just before we began the climb to Rispa Pike and set my sights on reeling him in and managed to pass him on the boggy path just after the summit. The next few miles were a mix of killer climbs and fast descents. I still felt strong as I reached the summit of Linghaw and began an exhilarating descent off the fell towards the stream crossing before the final killer climb up Blease Fell which looked massive. This was a real tough climb in very hot weather but I managed a good climb and still felt strong when I finally reached the summit. It was then a case of running the final 2 miles on a long gradual descent back to the finish in Tebay.
What a fantastic race in stunning scenery in glorious sunshine and one which I thoroughly enjoyed running against the UK’s top fell racers. I finished just ahead of Dave Bagot who had a great race considering his heroics of the previous weekend on Pendle so massive respect to Dave!
|211||Jack Holt (2nd)||MV65||01:38:23|
|315||Kieran Carr (1st)||MV70||01:48:08|
|382||Wendy Dodds (1st)||FV65||01:58:08|
SUNDAY 18 JUNE
FATHER’S DAY 10K
James Dunderdale was our only runner in the Father’s Day 10K race organised by Lancaster Race Series. He finished in 7th place overall with a time of 41:57.
FRECKLETON HALF MARATHON
A quartet of Clayton Harriers took to the scorching roads of Freckleton for this half marathon race. David Moynihan was our first finisher in 69th place. Sarah Angelone was our first lady finisher in 125th place.
Report from Sarah Angelone
Well what can I say about the freckleton half? It was the hardest race I’ve ever done!!! In scorching heat with no wind the hardest battle was not the physical pain but the mental battle to keep going. Luckily the water stations, armed with sponges and showers were a god send and something I eagerly kept a look out for throughout the route and after each one looked like I’d been for a swim never mind out for a run!!! Glad I got round the gruelling 13.2 miles but I wouldn’t want to do it again.
|125||Sarah Angelone||F S||01:48:38|
HELM HILL RACES
Report from Peter Coates – Race No. 3
BOFRA race at Helm Hill Kendal. I decided to do this race after we stopped up in the Lakes following the previous day’s race at Tebay. This was my first BOFRA race and I enjoyed the low-key feel although with runners of the calibre of Ben Mounsey and Simon Bailey competing the quality of the field was definitely not low key. This was a relatively short 3.3 mile race and I was not sure how the legs were going to feel following the previous days tough racing. The race starts with the climb up Helm Hill and my legs felt dead going up the short climb but once at the top my race head took over and I tried to pick runners off were I could along the twisty paths and sharp climbs and descents. I was pretty shattered at the finish but I did enjoy the race and didn’t do too bad considering.
BRITISH ATHLETICS EUROPEAN MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS
Report from Chris Holdsworth
Three Peaks Fell Race 2015 – Constant hail, sleet, snow and wind leading to mild hypothermia.
Tour of Pendle 2015 – Cramp so bad that I almost had to get evicted off the Big End for squatting so long… AND almost being beaten by Dave Motley *Shudder*
Edinburgh Marathon 2016 – re-aggravation of a hip injury from mile 15 and pushing through to the end (Possibly not so clever in hindsight).
Howarth Hobble 2017 – Blowing up with 6 miles to go after 26 miles of tough, boggy, brutal running and looking as well as Jonathon Brownlee did after THAT infamous moment.
Home International Race, Sedbergh 2017 – now joins the list of toughest races I’ve endured!
Making my England debut, I’d hoped to have kinder conditions, but the forecast (unsurprisingly for the middle of June) provided intense, windless heat on the Sedbergh Hills.
The race began shortly after 1pm and despite the weather, I quickly found myself in 2nd place on the tail of leading England runner Chris Smith. Having reduced my miles for the race, my legs were feeling very good. However, the warmth soon sapped and drained everything I had and I found myself in massive oxygen depletion earlier than usual. Summiting and returning down the way we came, I felt my dry and dehydrated hamstrings both begin to strain and pull… A painful run back down on tender legs, the next loop back round will be one I won’t forget in a while.
I’d never felt sick whilst running before, I’m usually quite adept at keeping myself composed and well, but the next slog up the climb brought on involuntary retching, blurred and diminishing vision, and the tightening of lungs, throat and every muscle in my legs.
I was running for England though, there wasn’t any chance I was going to let my pace drop any further – so I clawed and battled my way back to the summit, and endured the pain all the way back down.
Finishing 6th in the World Mountain Trials race and 3rd in the Home Internationals, I was able to help England secure victory and a gold medal – as well as a bronze medal, two shredded hamstrings and one hell of an Englishman’s sunburn for myself… well worth the pain!!
AWAITING FULL RESULTS
A men’s team, a ladies’ team and a number of juniors gave the club a real presence at this year’s Trailblaster endurance event featuring laps in and around Towneley Park.
Report from Michelle Abbott
The event and support was amazing with loads of people coming down to give their support and run laps with us (too many to mention but you were all brilliant) which was amazing. It was definitely a bit too hot to be out for 12hrs, but with team and family support and pure grit we got through every lap together which paid off in the end. At 7.30pm already tired and ready for a lie down ,I was anxiously waiting for Nina to come in so I could get out and equal the record of 25 laps I knew I had to be back before 8 so that Cassie could get out and complete the 26th lap – so no pressure!
After a hot 5 laps I was off with a little help from one of our juniors,Sophie, who ran the full lap with me and the support coming into the last 1.7 was amazing with George Pier running along with me for the last push. I got in with 3 mins to spare. we got the ladies 12hr team win and record! We will be back again. Such an amazing team effort – male and female.
Everyone worked really hard with well deserved wins all round even for our juniors who took on a full lap in the miniblaster. Matthew Jackson leading all the way with Lennon on his tail until the last K when Lennon pulled in front and won by 6 secs leaving Matthew in second – sibling rivalry keeps them pushing.
Report from Lynsey Birtwistle
I can honestly say that this is one of the best days running I have ever had. Both teams performed so well in the heat and the team spirit was amazing. It was so hot out there and each lap got harder and harder.
Lots of friendly Clayton faces came down to cheer us on and join in with our massive spread of food in the party tent!!! The last couple of hours were brilliant and both teams worked well together to win both men’s and women’s team prizes. Cannot wait for next year!
Abingdon parkrun – A total of 347 runners took part
|10||Alan DORRINGTON||19:16||VM45-49||New PB!|
Burnley parkrun – A total of 340 runners took part.
|62||Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY||23:36||VW35-39|
|63||Philip NAYLOR||23:39||VM35-39||New PB!|
|197||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||29:21||VW65-69|
Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 120 runners took part
|6||Bethany WHEATCROFT||08:43||JW11-14||New PB!|
|7||Joshua MCKAY||08:49||JM10||New PB!|
|9||Guy WHALLEY||08:59||JM10||New PB!|
Concord parkrun, Sheffield – A total of 88 runners took part.
|15||Martin BRADY||23:17||VM55-59||First Timer!|
Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 209 runners took part.
Mile End parkrun – A total of 278 runners took part.
|212||Eileen JONES||30:16||VW65-69||First Timer!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.
|33||Eleanor Betty ROOT||27:32||JW15-17|
Witton parkrun – A total of 116 runners took part.