‘Twas the week before christmas

You lot were definitely stirring in spite of yet more appalling weather in the parks, zoos and on the fells. It’s almost Christmas and the festive spirit is certainly in evidence both in donning fancy dress and giving generously to our Cumbrian Neighbours ( our donations are currently at £685 – you can donate here )

Saturday 19 December

Tour de Helvellyn – Report by Nicholas Olszewski

It all started at 05:30 Saturday morning when I picked up Martin Terry. As we drove towards the Lakes up the M6, the weather deteriorated with every mile with driving rain and horrendous winds. I think then we both knew we were in for a challenging day on the fells.

Devastation on the footpaths of the Lake District following the recent storms. Photo by Aleks Kashefi

Devastation on the footpaths of the Lake District following the recent storms. Photo by Aleks Kashefi

Having checked in and gone through a rigorous kit check I finally set off, leaving Martin to go through the kit check as I knew he would catch me up somewhere on route and hopefully we’d finish roughly the same time. Stepping outside it was still slightly dark and raining still. The route to Howtown was relatively easy going underfoot, just the high winds and rain to contend with. The first control point is at Martindale church, with then a small road section towards Boardale and over Boardale House heading towards control 2 at Side Farm. This was when it all started to turn into gill scrambling as the amount of water that was emanating from god knows where was unbelievable; that coupled with the gusty headwind made it a gruelling assent over to Patterdale.

At control 2 we had to be diverted slightly due to the flooding and route being too deep in water, so a slight deviation was taken and I soon found my way heading towards control 3, Swart Beck footbridge, which is on the way up to Sticks Pass on Helvellyn, in the middle of nowhere. As I dibbed in I thanked the marshals for being here in these horrendous conditions. All was going well, it was a slog but I felt fine and as I headed over Sticks Pass and down the other side the rain began to ease off and yes, the sun did come out for a while and control 4, Stannah Beck footpath was duly dibbed.

Nicholas Olszewski heading up Sticks Pass at the Tour de Helvellyn. Photo by Granddayout Photography

Nicholas Olszewski heading up Sticks Pass at the Tour de Helvellyn. Photo by Granddayout Photography

The next two controls, 5 and 6 were possibly the worst as we traversed the foot of Helvellyn. The flood damage was clearly visible, massive mud and rock slides had to be negotiated along with some hairy river crossings as all the foot bridges had been destroyed, lying in bits further down the fell side. I’m still amazed that no one was hurt or even washed away at some of these crossings as the ferocity was not to be taken lightly. Raise Beck was possibly the worst for me as I leaped in, throwing all caution to the wind and cracking my shin on an underwater rock. It was the only way I could get across to the other side and make the assent to Grisdale Tarn and back down to Patterdale, then follow the outward route back to Askham Community Centre.

Climbing out of Patterdale over to Boardale the wind began to pick up again, very nearly whipping my legs from beneath me, so strong and very slippy underfoot as I cautiously navigated my way down to lower ground. Arriving back at Askham in a time of 8:15 in 29th positon, well chuffed with that, and better than last year, although last year was a slightly different route, Martin had a great run, coming 10th in a time of 7:31, a great day, but both mentally and physically draining.

One more challenge left in the day, driving back down the M6 in this horrendous weather.

Full Results

Sunday 20 December

Rudolf Red Nose 5

Seven club members took part in this 5 mile multi-terrain race around  Blackpool. The event is run on property access roads and around a golf course on purpose built trail and includes section of caravan park perimeter road and short field section. The race HQ is a local fire station located 400 metres away from the course start and finish which are both on a closed car park used during the week for main hospital staff parking and at weekends as overspill for the Blackpool Zoo who do not require it on this date. The race also raises funds for the local Hospice by taking donations for the refreshments provided before and after the race

Report by Richard Lawson

If Wendy (Dodds) had hoped by coming south to avoid the Lakeland floods she failed as several sections of the course were awash at the back of the De Vere. A sea of green and red Santas and Elves made me think it was I who was in fancy dress in my club vest as we set off , observed by  noisy sea-lions, a conspicuous albino wallaby and a threatening pack of wolves. The ubiquitous Julie Toman and Martin Brady braved the course and we had four age group winners in Steve Biscomb M60, Wendy Dodds W65, Val Lawson W70 and Richard Lawson M75. Thanks go to Dave Waywell and his team

Pos Name Cat Time
28 Alan Life MV50 00:36:00
36 Stephen Biscomb MV60 00:36:47
54 Martin Brady MV50 00:38:31
75 Wendy Dodds FV65 00:40:19
94 Richard Lawson MV75 00:42:45
134 Julie Toman FV45 00:46:34
199 Val Lawson FV70 01:00:39

Results

The Stoop Fell Race

All competitors receive a free Santa hat that they must run in! There is also a “Festive Fancy Dress” competition with ‘Cadbury Xmas Choc stocking’ for the best 8 costumes. Fourteen club members donned the Santa hat to take part in this 5 mile race with 820ft of climb.

Dave Motley at the Stoop Fell Race. Photo by Scott Leach

Dave Motley at the Stoop Fell Race. Photo by Scott Leach

Clayton Ladies Alison Dugdale, Jean Brown and Katy Thompson at the Stoop Fell Race. Photo courtesy of Katy Thompson

Clayton Ladies Alison Dugdale, Jean Brown and Katy Thompson at the Stoop Fell Race. Photo courtesy of Katy Thompson

Pos Name Cat Time
44 David Bagot M 00:38:28
54 Dave Motley M 00:39:06
78 Colin Shuttleworth M50 00:40:38
83 Andrew Holt M40 00:40:49
85 Chris Snell M 00:40:52
117 Jonathan Cleaver M 00:43:12
192 Jean Brown F40 00:43:53
199 Jeffrey Pickup M60 00:48:39
222 Alison Dugdale F40 00:49:56
307 Katy Thompson L60 00:54:40
314 David Niels M50 00:55:10
401 Robert Hirst M60 01:02:53
411 Michael Frost M60 01:04:33
444 Jack Maguire M60 01:15:55

Results

Junior Stoops (Curly Wurly) Race

Report from Tina Hines Holt

Great morning out at Penistone hill for the stoop quarry runs. Brilliant fancy dress and even got some treats at the chocolate throw out at the end. Briony came 1st under 14s girl, but is still suffering from a sore foot injury from September.

Briony Holt slipping and sliding but still first girl. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt slipping and sliding but still first girl. Photo by Woodentops

Well done everyone who took part. It was a great race to watch, with a few slippery stumbles along the way.

A rather muddy Dexta Thompson and Chris Brown at the Junior Stoop Races. Photo by Woodentops

A rather muddy Dexta Thompson and Chris Brown at the Junior Stoop Races. Photo by Woodentops

Under 8s Race

Pos Name Cat Time
24 Kady Thompson GU8 3:55
26 Felix Thompson BU8 3:58

Under 10 / 14 / 16 Race

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Briony Holt GU14 7:13
20 Dexta Thompson BU10 7:50
24 Christopher Brown BU10 7:55
40 Jenson Bentham BU10 8:30
42 Liberty Thompson GU14 8:31
72 Helana White GU10 9:49

Parkrun roundup

Some great running in evidence at parkruns this weekend with first place finishes for Richard Stevenson and Christopher Holdsworth. A special mention for Sophie McIntosh who got a PB at the Southwark parkrun on day 19 of her Marcothon. Marcothon is a commitment to run every day in December for at least 5k or 25mins so very well done Sophie (and all our Marcothoners).

Burnley parkrun – A total of 180 runners took part.

James Boult and Andy Quinn at Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

James Boult and Andy Quinn at Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Jonathan PYE 19:08 SM25-29
6 Andrew ARMSTRONG 19:31 VM45-49
7 Kevin DAVIES 19:39 VM50-54
8 Chris SNELL 20:00 VM35-39
10 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:12 VM35-39
11 Dexta THOMPSON 20:29 JM10
16 Simon WILSHAW 21:16 JM15-17
17 Susan BURNS 21:19 VW55-59
28 James BOULT 22:58 SM20-24
29 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:59 JM15-17
37 Matthew JACKSON 23:18 JM10
39 Colin WHITE 23:26 VM40-44
41 Andrew WEBSTER 23:34 VM45-49
42 Martin BRADY 23:37 VM50-54
45 David Ian SCOTT 23:46 VM70-74
53 Adam STEVENSON 24:30 JM11-14
55 Julie DAWES 24:33 VW45-49
56 Helana WHITE 24:36 JW10
63 Beth QUINN 25:09 JW15-17
68 Liberty THOMPSON 25:27 JW11-14
69 Sophie ASHWORTH 25:33 JW11-14
73 Jenson BENTHAM 25:53 JM10
76 Lisa JOHNSON 26:04 VW40-44
79 Annabel WILCOCK 26:22 JW11-14
80 John WILCOCK 26:23 VM50-54
101 Ron CHAPPELL 27:50 VM65-69
104 Diane ORRELL 28:04 SW30-34
120 Toby BIRTWISTLE 30:00 JM10
121 Justin BIRTWISTLE 30:01 VM40-44
126 Aaron LUNDIE 30:53 JM11-14
128 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:01 VW65-69
139 Christine LEATHLEY 32:24 VW65-69

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 83 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
81 Robin PRICE 39:36 VM70-74

Heaton parkrun – A total of 354 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
323 Ron HILL 37:54 VM75-79

Pendle parkrun – A total of 79 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Richard STEVENSON 19:50 VM40-44 New PB!
3 John HARTLEY 21:01 VM55-59
30 Katy THOMPSON 26:42 VW60-64 First Timer!
34 George THOMPSON 27:10 VM65-69 First Timer!
57 Paul HESKETH 31:15 VM50-54
62 Molly HESKETH 33:43 JW11-14

Southwark parkrun – A total of 123 runners took part.

Sophie McIntosh on day 19 of her Marcothon at Southwark parkrun.

Sophie McIntosh (L) on day 19 of her Marcothon at Southwark parkrun.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Christopher HOLDSWORTH 16:04 SM20-24 First Timer!
94 Sophie MCINTOSH 29:17 SW20-24 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 96 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
11 Michael CLARKE 20:43 VM40-44
49 Julie TOMAN 28:02 VW45-49

 

 

All Dressed Up

After another week of appalling weather and floods, and quite a few race cancellations, it was a welcome relief for our club members to let off some steam in fancy dress at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. There has also been some road and fell running as well as some rather soggy parkrunning this week. Well done to everyone that braved the elements this weekend.

Club News and Announcements

Replacement for Guys 10 in 2015 Club Road Championship – details here.

2016 Club Championship races have been announced.  Choose from Road Championship , Fell Championship and, new for 2016, Trail Championship.

Sunday 13 December

Hurst Green Turkey Trot

Even more fancy dress than last year although rumour has it the mud wasn’t much worse! The Hurst Green Turkey Trot is a wonderfully silly affair that gets all competitors really in the festive party mood. 27 club members took part with some of them taking part for the first time and promising to return next year. It’s worth noting that there was someone dressed up as a famous Clayton-le-Moors Harrier too; imitation they say is the sincerest form of flattery.

Fell (or should that be Ellf) captain Dave Motley being chased down by a Ron Hill wannabe. Photo by David Belshaw

Fell (or should that be Ellf) captain Dave Motley being chased down by a Ron Hill wannabe. Photo by David Belshaw

Irene Roche reports:

Following the usual great build up and planning for this year’s Turkey Trot, the event certainly delivered lots of fun and laughs as well as a last minute appeal to raise funds for the Cumbrian flood damage. On day entrants paid £10 which went straight into the fund bucket! Excellent thinking on behalf of the race organiser.

Team Clayton getting into the party mood at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy of Donna Airey

Team Clayton getting into the party mood at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy of Donna Airey

Most of the competitors were in fancy dress ranging from nativity story, Santa Claus, cross dressing, babies and many more. The route was obviously wet and muddy due to all the rain but this only lent to more fun. Totally enjoyed by all.

Chris Funnell reports:

Another great day out at the TT on Sunday with Team Clayton leading the party charge. Too many great costumes to mention with some dressing for warmth (Andy Bradley in his dragon onesie), some dressing for a stellar performance (Irene, Angela, Vicky and Julia), some running incognito (in a red morph suit) and some looking like they’d just come straight from a night out (see pictures of Andy Braithwaite).

L-R Chris Funnell, Andy Bradley and Chris Snell. Photo courtesy of Chris Funnell

L-R Chris Funnell, Andy Bradley and Chris Snell. Photo courtesy of Chris Funnell

First prize went to Sean Clare and his co wise men (reference is to the costumes) complete with trio of camels and authentic looking beards). Skipper Motley being a true pro gave me a few tips on how best to run in a full face beard without ingesting it. An excellently organised race with a good amount of money raised in support of the Cumbria floods.

Nicola Thompson reports on the junior race

Dexta Thompson winner of the Junior Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

Dexta Thompson winner of the Junior Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

We took our 4 children to run the annual Turkey Trot junior race and it all started well. Dexta came in first with another boy behind him. There is quite often a gap between Dexta and the next group of runners but after a few minutes we all started to think something wasn’t quite right, no one else was returning. After 5 mins we realised the rest must have missed the turning point and carried on however what we didn’t expect was that they would run and run and run in total 5 miles!

It was over 50mins before they all came back and there were some very worried parents. I was even thinking I might need to ring mountain rescue up! Thankfully they all returned safe but I think the organisers might be in hiding from angry parents.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
12 Dave Motley M (005/054) 0:33:56
19 Garry Wilkinson M50 (002/024) 0:34:37
23 Stephen Hall M40 (004/018) 0:35:32
28 Chris Snell M (012/054) 0:36:16
37 Chris Funnell M45 (008/023) 0:37:36
41 Ivan Whicham M50 (005/024) 0:38:08
63 Andy Bradley M50 (007/024) 0:41:35
69 Peter Dugdale M55 (004/017) 0:42:24
80 Sean Clare M50 (009/024) 0:43:54
101 Darren Rushton M45 (017/023) 0:46:44
132 John Roche M50 (018/024) 0:50:58
136 Donna Airey F (009/025) 0:51:14
148 Robert Hirst M65 (001/004) 0:52:52
155 Carl Carey M40 (013/018) 0:53:53
157 Rachel Todd F40 (009/026) 0:54:19
158 Helen Burnett F40 (010/026) 0:54:19
159 Michelle Butschok F40 (011/026) 0:54:19
180 Nicola Kay F (014/025) 0:57:58
183 Andy Armstrong M45 (020/023) 0:58:27
189 Irene Roche F50 (010/018) 1:00:29
191 Angela Shian F (015/025) 1:00:29
192 Vicky Heyes F40 (015/026) 1:00:29
257 Karen Clarkin F40 (024/026) 1:14:14
259 Judith Carey F35 (017/019) 1:14:14
261 Anita Jones F55 (009/012) 1:14:21
262 Geraldine Varley F55 (010/012) 1:14:21
269 Sharon Wilson F40 (025/026) 1:14:33

Full Results

Longridge Xmas Pudding 7

Five club members chose to head over to Longridge for the seven mile race at Longridge. Richard Stevenson was our first finisher in 14th place with a time of 44:18.

Richard Stevenson Reports

After Guys 10 had been cancelled the week before, and on checking the weather forecast, I made a last minute decision to run the Longridge Xmas Pudding Race. It was a short drive over to registration where I met Martin and Jon on a brief warm up.

I did this race a couple of years ago and remember it being hilly but must have blanked out how long the climb up Jeffrey Hill was! It’s a good course of pretty much 4 miles up followed by a very quick 3 miles back down.

A little disappointed on the climbs where I seemed to struggle more than I should but overall happy with nearly 2 minutes knocked off my previous time and the little Xmas pudding given to you at the end.

Pos Name Cat Time
14 Richard Stevenson M40 44:18:00
48 Jonathan Cleaver M40 48:26:06
109 Martin Brady M50 56:04:08
129 Ted Orrell M75 58:51:00
208 Ron Chappell M65 69:50:00

Full Results

Mytholmroyd Fell Race

This 6.2 mile fell race with 1350 ft of ascent is mainly run over open moorland. Peter Browning and Linda Bostock were our sole representatives in this tough late season race ( most of you were bog snorkling in fancy dress around Hurst Green).

Report from Peter Browning

Peter Browning at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Peter Browning at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Under 90 runners set off on the 6.2 miles Mytholmroyd fell race, on a cold but mercifully dry December Sunday morning. Clayton were represented by Linda Bostock and Peter Browning. A steep climb up through the woods led to a long queue at an early kissing gate but a chance to get the breath back. Once up high on the moors, the route was fast and fairly level, though very wet in places. The second climb brought us back over the moors before the steep descent to the finish. Everyone seemed to get back safely, and for the record the men’s and women’s races were run by athletes from Pudsey &  Bradley and Calder Valley respectively.

Linda Bostock at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Linda Bostock at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
51 Peter Browning M55 70:03
59 Linda Bostock F55 72:47

Full Results

Peak Raid – Round 4 Crowden

Sunday saw the final event in the 2015 series of 3 hour mountain marathons. This is a score format event with competitors visiting as many check points as possible is the 3 hour time limit. Katy Thompson has been competing in this series of score events in the Peak District over the year and sends this short report.

Peak Raid is a series of four 3 hour score events in the Peak District, using maps specially produced for the event. Prizes for the series are based on the best score from 3 events. The final round on Sunday was from Crowden Outdoor Centre. Lots of bog and tussocks but also more paths than I had expected. With hindsight I could have got more points as I finished early, but there’s a big incentive not to go over time – 50 points a minute penalty! I’ve managed to be first in my category in each of the events I’ve done, but having to miss one round meant I had to include my points from the first round where my shoe fell apart, so I didn’t manage to win the series prize. Next year’s events are already in the fell calendar for October to December next year; it would be good to see a few more Clayton competing.

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

It was a grim morning but as always lots of our members made it to parkrun. It was the santa run at Burnley so lots of costumes and silliness took the edge of the miserable weather.

Soggy Santas at the Burnley parkrun.

Soggy Santas at the Burnley parkrun.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 191 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 Jacob WATSON 18:58 SM30-34
5 Andy LAYCOCK 19:00 SM20-24 First Timer!
7 Richard STEVENSON 19:31 VM40-44
8 Dave MOTLEY 19:47 SM30-34
9 Chris SNELL 19:53 VM35-39
10 Alan DORRINGTON 19:54 VM45-49
11 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:07 VM35-39
16 Susan BURNS 20:57 VW55-59
17 Simon WILSHAW 21:00 JM15-17
25 Helena LEATHLEY 21:39 SW20-24
26 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:50 JM15-17
27 Matthew DUCKWORTH 21:53 SM25-29
28 James BOULT 22:16 SM20-24
34 Donna RILEY 22:46 VW50-54
38 Lennon JACKSON 23:03 JM11-14
43 Adam QUINN 23:19 JM11-14
49 Carl CAREY 23:51 VM45-49
53 Andy QUINN 24:09 VM40-44
56 Matthew JACKSON 24:15 JM10
66 Sophie ASHWORTH 25:10 JW11-14
69 David Ian SCOTT 25:16 VM70-74
71 Julie DAWES 25:24 VW45-49
77 Lisa JOHNSON 25:40 VW40-44
82 Bianca BENNETT 26:12 SW25-29
90 Donna SCOTT 26:25 VW50-54
91 Annabel WILCOCK 26:26 JW11-14
92 John WILCOCK 26:27 VM50-54
99 Stuart BARKER 26:59 VM45-49
100 Diane ORRELL 27:01 SW30-34
106 Julie TOMAN 27:13 VW45-49
109 Beth QUINN 27:36 JW15-17
118 Adam STEVENSON 28:10 JM11-14
131 Robert HIRST 28:55 VM65-69
134 Ron CHAPPELL 29:10 VM65-69
144 Richard LAWSON 30:18 VM75-79
148 Lucy STEVENSON 30:39 JW11-14
161 Judith CAREY 32:06 VW35-39
163 Christine LEATHLEY 32:15 VW65-69

Oakwell Hall parkrun – A total of 107 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
99 Robin PRICE 40:49 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 30 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 John HARTLEY 21:20 VM55-59

Witton parkrun – A total of 106 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
7 Michael CLARKE 20:19 VM40-44 First Timer!
27 Martin BRADY 24:15 VM50-54 First Timer!
31 Katy THOMPSON 25:36 VW60-64
33 George THOMPSON 25:47 VM65-69

 

A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall

Despite the devastating floods of the weekend and the cancellation of many events, there was still quite a lot of action to report on this week. Cross country has been the mainstay of the week, with record amounts of mud at Marl Pits to contend with. There’s also been some fast 5K racing at Todmorden and a few forays on the fells.

Club News and Announcements

English and British Fell Championships

Races are now confirmed and some are open for entries. Details can be found here.

Late Result

Apologies to club member Richard Lawson who I missed off the results for the Mid Lancs Sefton Park fixture. He was 2nd MV70 out of 7 fellow competitors and finished in a time of 44:45.

Thursday 3 December

Todmorden Park 5K race series

This was the fourth and final race of this fast, winter 5K series organised by Cannonball Events. Garry Wilkinson was running for charity team Running4CF and finished in 6th place with a time of 19:42

Pos Name Cat Time
26 Ian Hargreaves M50 24:18
34 Paul Laurence Walsh M60 26:37
37 Ron Chappell M65 26:38

Full Results

Pendle Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to Briony and Curtis Holt who represented their schools at this event. Curtis came second in his race and Briony was first in hers.

Briony Holt on the podium at the Pendle Schools Cross Country championship. Photo courtesy of 5 Little Boys Photography

Briony Holt on the podium at the Pendle Schools Cross Country championship. Photo courtesy of 5 Little Boys Photography

Saturday 5 December

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Cross Country

Natasha and Bronia Olszewska took part in this event at Witton Park. Bronia ran in the Year 7 girls race and finished 23rd. Natasha ran in the Year 8 and Year 9 girls race and finished in 8th place which qualified her to run for Blackburn with Darwen Schools in the district event in the New Year.

Team Olszewska at the Blackburn with Darwen Schools Cross Country Championships. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Red Rose Cross Country – Marl Pits

U11 Girls

Team Position 7th (E Dorrington | H White | S Hargreaves)

Ella Dorrington tackling the Marl Pits mud with ease. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington tackling the Marl Pits mud with ease. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
5 Ella Dorrington 7:24
40 Helana White 8:45
44 Summer Hargreaves 8:57
74 Millie Maccabe 11:28

 U11 Boys

Team Position 4th (D Thompson| F Stubbs | J Bentham)

U11 Boys team warming up at the Red Rose Cross Country fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

U11 Boys team warming up at the Red Rose Cross Country fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
2 Dexta Thompson 6:40
15 Finlay Stubbs 7:43
21 Jenson Bentham 7:53
27 Matthew Jackson 8:00
30 Christopher Brown 8:05
34 William Nicholls 8:11
51 Joshua McKay 9:02

 U13 Girls

Team Position 6th (L Thompson | C Bentham | S Ashworth)

Sophie Ashworth dancing down the muddy slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Sophie Ashworth dancing down the muddy slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
15 Liberty Thompson 11:29
17 Claudia Bentham 11:33
23 Sophie Ashworth 11:59

U13 Boys

Team Position 7th (J McKay | J Bowman | L Jackson )

Even muddier for the U13 boys. Jackson McKay tackling the slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Even muddier for the U13 boys. Jackson McKay tackling the slope. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
3 Jackson McKay 9:29
38 Jay Bowman 11:48
39 Lennon Jackson 11:51

 U15 Girls

Briony Holt in her second cross country race of the week. Making it look easy! Photo by David Belshaw

Briony Holt in her second cross country race of the week. Making it look easy! Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
2 Briony Holt 17:11

U15 Boys

Pos Name Time
16 Thomas Bradley 17:25
29 Adam Quinn 20:06

U17 Women

Pos Name Time
10 Alice Pier 25:26

U17 Men

Team Positon 2nd (S Wilshaw | R Clarke | R Lawrence)

Pos Name Time
12 Simon Wilshaw 22:42
14 Ryan Clarke 24:23
16 Reece Lawrence 24:43

U20 Women

Pos Name Time
4 Bethany Quinn 28:14

U20 Men

Pos Name Time
2 George Pier 33:49

Senior Women

Senior Ladies and Junior men race at the Red Rose Cross Country. Photo by David Belshaw

Senior Ladies and Junior men race at the Red Rose Cross Country. Photo by David Belshaw

Team Position 5th (H Leathley | J Brown | V Heys)

Vets Team 6th (J Brown | V Heys | A Shian)

Pos Name Cat Time
11 Helena Leathley L 23:28
27 Jean Brown LV45 24:58
30 Vicky Heys LV40 25:04
34 Angela Shian LV35 25:52
35 Otlaith O’Mahony L 25:55
56 Irene Roche LV55 27:23
64 Bethany Quinn LU20 28:14
68 Bianca Bennett L 28:42
69 Katherine Thompson LV60 29:00
74 Julia Rushton LV50 29:45
83 Sarah Helliwell L 31:51
91 Karin Goss LV65 33:19
96 Susan Allen LV55 35:43
104 Christine Leathley LV65 43:11

Senior Men

Team Position 3rd ( T Brewster | G Pier | C Helliwell | M Aspinall | A Armstrong | A Orr )

Vets Team 3rd (C Helliwell | M Aspinall | A Armstrong | A Orr)

Pos Name Cat Time
21 Tom Brewster M 32:54
25 George Pier MU20 33:49
27 Carl Helliwell MV40 33:54
42 Mark Aspinall MV50 34:58
46 Andrew Armstrong MV45 35:42
47 Andrew Orr MV45 35:52
51 Matthew Duckworth M 36:19
76 Sean Clare MV50 38:12
87 Michael Clarke MV40 39:09
95 John Wilcock MV50 39:59
114 Chris Paul M 41:37
133 Andy Quinn MV40 43:05
140 Peter Browning MV55 43:52
165 Stephen Fish MV60 50:57
169 Douglas Munroe MV65 53:34

Full Results

Sunday 6 December

Cardington Christmas Cracker

According to race organisers Telford Athletic Club The Cardington Cracker is an institution. Over 200 runners turn out on a cold December day to pay homage to this annual fell race as part of the traditional runners build up to Christmas. It’s 9 miles and 2,600 feet of hell but well worth it for the carrot soup followed by a few pints of Shropshire Lad in the Royal Oak.

Andrew Firth at the Cardington Cracker.

Andrew Firth at the Cardington Christmas Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

Pos Name Cat Time
188 Andrew Firth MV55 2:04:54

Full Results

Gravy Pud Fell Race

124 runners took part in this race. The route follows a course up on to the moors and to Lees Hill before returning via Swallows Wood. Approx 5 miles with 1000′ of climb. Ivan Whigham was our sole club runner

Report from Ivan Whigham

I was number 26 in the Gravy pud on a day that was wild and windy day and very wet under foot. I was racing neck and neck with Mick Toman of Rossendale Harriers, just managing to beat him by a split second. After completing the race three times, it is definitely one of my favourites.

Pos Name Cat Time
26 Ivan Whigham MV50 00:45:32

Full Results

Pendle Forest Orienteers – Pendle Hill Event

The organisers had planned to put out controls on Saturday daytime for both the night and day events.  Storm Desmond put paid to that and the night event was cancelled. There was a Saturday inspection of the day area, especially the Ogden Clough river and stream crossings as the river level could not be predicted.  It depended on the forecast overnight rain.  On Inspection on the event morning, while putting out controls at 6:00AM, the organisers decided to run the courses unchanged as the crossings were tricky but not dangerous.

Pendle orienteering is more about route choice than fine navigation.  Some competitors got round cleanly, but there were tales of overshooting, undershooting, too high and too low on one or more controls.  Relocation can be very tricky in this apparently featureless expanse.  Control placement benefitted from the new georeferenced map and precise control placement confirmed by GPS.

The courses got the best out of the area and the Black course attracted some very competent and fast competitors.

Next time, the organisers promise to start higher, go higher and treat you to the intricacies of the peat hags!

A number of our club members took part in this event.

Ralph Baines, Mark Nutter and Colin Woolford all competed in the 8.7km Black Course. Mike Wallis won the Blue 4.7km course. Jean Brown and Katy Thompson took on the Greenb 3.7km course and Junior Christopher Brown took on the 2.3km Orange Course.

Colin Woolford reports

There were several courses on offer, with the Black course being a challenging tour of Pendles bogs and tussocky moor land from the Reservoirs, through fell wood to the Deerstones area, before returning via Ashendean Clough, Ogden Clough, Boar Clough and in, all off path of course. Cracking conditions in the end, and milder than you would think for December.

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Richard Lawson writes; “ It gave a new meaning to “Shoe Fly Pye” when Jonathan sped round a very wet Towneley parkrun. Numbers were down as members were saving themselves for the cross country in Rawtenstall at the aptly named “The Pits”

Ivan Whigham visited Lyme Park parkrun and writes; “Lyme park park run is the toughest park run in England it is like a short fell race. This was my second run here, on the winter course as it is 800 ft.high and is very exposed to the rain and wind”

Bolton parkrun – A total of 171 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
57 Katy THOMPSON 25:40 VW60-64
63 George THOMPSON 25:57 VM65-69

Burnley parkrun – A total of 115 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:58 SM25-29
2 Richard STEVENSON 19:44 VM40-44
5 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:16 VM35-39
9 Matthew DUCKWORTH 21:16 SM25-29
38 Ian HARGREAVES 25:15 VM50-54
39 Lisa JOHNSON 25:26 VW40-44
46 Annabel WILCOCK 26:41 JW11-14
47 John WILCOCK 26:42 VM50-54
58 Donna SCOTT 27:33 VW50-54
103 Chris SNELL 33:39 VM35-39
110 Diane ORRELL 37:40 SW30-34

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
58 Robin PRICE 36:45 VM70-74

Lyme Park parkrun – A total of 44 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Ivan WHIGHAM 23:32 VM50-54

Pendle parkrun – A total of 39 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 John HARTLEY 21:56 VM55-59
6 Paul HESKETH 23:01 VM50-54
14 Martin BRADY 26:06 VM50-54

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 266 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 David BAGOT 17:59 SM20-24

 

Liverpool, Lee Mills and living to tell the tale

It was wild, windy and very wet this weekend. Yet another storm put you through the mill whether it was on exposed moorland and fells, muddy quagmires that used to be parkland,or wading through puddles that turned into mini lakes. What a tough lot you are – some of you went out in it twice, on the same day in some cases!

Club News and Announcements

Subscription Renewals

Don’t forget! Your membership subscriptions are due on 1st January. Full details on how you can organise payment can be found here.

Festive Social Runs

The Xmas run / walk / bike ride this year will be on Monday 28th December. As usual it will be around 2 hours starting at 1pm from the bottom corner of the Memorial Park, Great Harwood. (Map ref: 736331)

After there will be food and drinks at The Pub Royale, Station Road, Great Harwood. (Map ref: 738333)

If people are going to come to the pub could they let me know, so that I can let the pub know how many to cater for. Also are they vegetarian?

I can be contacted on 07455990989 or 01254231650 or by email mickgreen906@btinternet.com

Christmas Eve Pendle Run

Meet on Barley Carpark for the traditional Christmas Eve run up Pendle Hill. It’s looking likely to be meet at 10:45 for an 11:00am start. Don’t forget your santa hat! Full details to follow.

Thursday 26 November

Todmorden Park 5K Race Series – Race 3

This was the third in a series of 4 fast paced 5k Runs in Todmorden Park organised by Cannonball Events. Clayton member Garry Wilkinson also ran under the charity team name Run4CF and finished in 5th place with a time of 18.59.

Pos Name Cat Time
36 Ian Hargreaves MV50 24:03
43 Paul Laurence Walsh MV60 25:24
48 Ron Chappell MV65 27:42,021

Saturday 28 November

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Liverpool

Team Clayton tent awaits runners. Early birds L-R George Pier, Alice Pier, Danny Collinge. Photo by Jason Pier.

Team Clayton tent awaits runners. Early birds L-R George Pier, Alice Pier, Danny Collinge. Photo by Jason Pier.

Great team spirit seemed very much in evidence as a good number of ladies, gents and junior runners made the trip to Liverpool for the British Cross Challenge event in Sefton Park in Liverpool. As always, this event attracts some top notch runners across all categories chasing national places so it was great to see all of our runners getting stuck in and holding their own.

Ella Dorrington and Dexta Thompson both put in superb runs finishing in 10th and 8th places respectively in the U11 races.

Coach Marion Wilkinson (far right) taking the U11 team to the start line. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Coach Marion Wilkinson (far right) taking the U11 team to the start line. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Report from Irene Roche

Well done to all Clayton-le-Moors Harriers today. Huge thanks and appreciation to Jason Pier for sorting out numbers, tents and refreshements for everyone. It was just a tad blustery on arrival and during the junior races. Things turned rather drizzle by the time we ladies set off. Not too bad for running through the mud that awaited us. Unfortunately, it was just a matter of time before heavier rain set in for the senior men’s race.

U11 Girls

Ella Dorrington after her finishing line body slide! Photo by Alan Dorrington

Ella Dorrington after her finishing line body slide! Photo by Alan Dorrington

Pos / Mid Lancs Name Time
10 Ella Dorrington 00:08:11
29 Helena White 00:08:44
58 Imogen Ferguson 00:09:30
68 Kady Thompson 00:10:15

U11 Boys

Team Position 7th

Pos Name Time
8 Dexta Thompson 00:07:21
50 Matthew Jackson 00:08:40
74 Finan Holdsworth 00:10:43

U13 Girls

Team Position 8th

Pos Name Time
69 Liberty Thompson 00:13:36
72 Claudia Bentham 00:13:39
74 Sophie Ashworth 00:13:40
93 Natasha Olszewska 00:14:30
101 Roanna Holdsworth 00:15:03
111 Bronia Olszewska 00:18:20

U13 Boys

Pos Name Time
38 Jackson McKay 00:11:29
98 Lennon Jackson 00:12:56

U15 Girls

Pos Name Time
63 Briony Holt 00:12:38
77 Eleanor Root 00:13:16

U17 Women

Pos Name Time
74 Alice Pier 00:20:38

U17 Men

Pos Name Time
110 Curtis Holt 00:21:20
127 Simon Wilshaw 00:24:14

Senior Women

Team Position 8th ( H Leathley | C Vincent | E Mullan)

Over 35 Team 7th ( I Roche | J Bennett | H Burnett)

Over 45 Team 4th (I Roche | J Bennett | J Rushton )

Over 55 Team 3rd ( I Roche | K Goss | C Leathley)

Pos Name Cat Time
112 Helena Leathley F 00:35:48
129 Claire Vincent F 00:37:20
153 Elizabeth Mullan F 00:38:44
160 Irene Roche FV55 00:39:20
166 Donna Airey F 00:40:27
170 Joanne Bennett FV45 00:40:48
173 Helen Burnett FV35 00:41:06
180 Rachel Todd FV35 00:42:08
183 Bethany Quinn FU20 00:42:23
192 Julia Rushton FV45 00:43:09
226 Michele Butschok FV35 00:46:40
263 Karin Goss FV65 00:50:56
278 Judith Carey FV35 00:54:57
280 Christine Leathley FV65 00:56:03

Senior Men

Team positon 9th ( J McDonald | B Holdsworth | G Pier | D Bagot | C Snell | A Holt)

Over 40 team 7th (B Holdsworth | A Holt | J Wilcock | A Quinn)

Over 50 Team 7th (J Wilcock | J Hickie | P Browning)

Pos Name Cat Time
168 Jordan McDonald M 00:36:11
176 Breton Holdsworth MV40 00:36:28
206 George Pier M 00:37:21
239 Dave Bagot M 00:38:47
286 Chris Snell M 00:40:16
301 Andrew Holt MV40 00:40:50
368 Gareth Berry M 00:42:44
418 John Wilcock MV50 00:45:04
427 Andy Quinn MV40 00:45:34
433 Chris Paul M 00:45:56
436 Richard Briscoe M 00:46:00
457 James Hickie MV50 00:47:03
499 Jason Pier MV40 00:49:21
503 Peter Browning MV50 00:49:30
533 Carl Carey MV40 00:51:45

British Cross Challenge Results

Mid Lancs Full Results

Wesham 10K

Congratulations to Laura Hesketh who was the second lady finisher in this 10K road race over a rural, undulating course. Ted Orrell was 1st V75.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
34 Laura Hesketh F (001/024) 00:38:42
35 Stephen Hall M40 (008/032) 00:38:48
46 Andrew Payne M (022/072) 00:39:36
142 Martin Brady M50 (013/041) 00:46:35
199 Ted Orrell M75 (001/003) 00:50:28
204 Ian Hargreaves M50 (020/041) 00:50:45
274 Julie Toman F45 (015/032) 00:56:19
371 Graham Kissack M65 (014/015) 01:08:06

Full Results

Sunday 29 November

David Staff Memorial Fell Race

The race is organised by Darwen Dashers run in memory of David Staff, who joined the Dashers as a 15 year old and competed in many fun runs as a junior. David turned 17 years of age on 5th December 1994 which then allowed him to compete as a senior for the Dashers. His first race (and last) as a senior was in the Clitheroe 10k on 27th December 1994. David collapsed and died by the road side at 5 miles from a condition called Hyperthropic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, which in laymans terms is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscles which interrupted the electrical pulses which keeps the heart working.

Mark Nutter at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

Mark Nutter at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

This condition takes the lives of approximately 8 so-called fit and healthy young people a week, most of them are actively engaged in sport, but it is not the sport that kills; it is the exertion that acts as a trigger.

Stephen Fish at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

Stephen Fish at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

This race raises funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, the charity that David’s father Granville actively supports. The funds raised are used to provide heart screening in the young; so far over 60 people have had heart defects identified as a result of Granville’s fund raising.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
17 Andrew Orr M40 00:33:38
66 Mark Nutter M50 00:39:58
74 Andrew Howarth M50 00:40:32
85 Peter Dugdale M50 00:41:43
98 Stephen Fish M60 00:45:36
121 Robert Hirst M60 00:51:27

Full Results

Lee Mills Fell Relays

28 brave (or, some might say crazy) runners represented Team Clayton in 7 teams at the Lee Mills Relays. 89 teams completed the gruelling event and 7 teams did not complete fully. . Conditions were awful but most of you seemed to have had a great time with a number of you having run in the British Cross Challenge at Liverpool as well. In dire weather, you are an impressive bunch; Jordan McDonald, George Pier, Dave Bagot and Danny Collinge. The future is definitely bright!

Well done in particular to the Mens A team who finished in 7th place overall with Danny Collinge and Jordan McDonald running our two fastest legs. Also Anna Kelly and Wendy Dodds who were 1st V50 and 1st V60 ladies respectively

Andy Bradley, all wrapped up and ready to take on the horrendous weather at the Lee Mills Fell Relays. Photo by Rachel Todd

Andy Bradley, all wrapped up and ready to take on the horrendous weather at the Lee Mills Fell Relays. Photo by Rachel Todd

Lee Mill Relay – Ladies Team Report by Kath Brady

We had two teams, ladies and lady vets running in wet and very windy conditions, which were forecast to get worse. Claire Vincent and Jean Brown set off on leg 1, Jean came back before Claire with tales of a well flagged route and deep bogs. Nat Walton and Anna Kelly ran leg two.

Nat Walton trying to keep warm and dry in the club tent. Photo by Rachel Todd

Nat Walton trying to keep warm and dry in the club tent. Photo by Rachel Todd

Flags were blowing away and bogs getting boggier! Vicky Heys and Alison Dugdale suffered the worst of the weather on leg 3. A mass start on leg 4 was planned for 2pm but due to deteriorating conditions we requested they brought this forward to 1.30 and missed Top of Leach trig. Angela Shian and Wendy Dodds setting off with slightly improving conditions.

On Monday at 10pm organisers are still working on results. Well done to all and thanks to Captain Dave, George and Jordan for bring the club tent and refreshments.

Mens Team A – 7th Place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Jordan McDonald 00:55:10 Dave Motley 01:01:05 David Bagot 01:03:44 Danny Collinge 00:55:03 03:55:02

Mens Team E – 13th Place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Neil Hardiman 01:02:40 Paul Shackleton 01:06:45 Carl Helliwell 01:00:13 Garry Wilkinson 01:05:25 04:15:03

Mens Team B – 17th place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Russel Clarke 01:06:25 George Pier 01:04:55 Matt Duckworth 01:04:19 Andy Armstrong 01:01:41 04:17:20

Mans Team C – 33rd Place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Kevin Davies 01:11:10 Chris Snell 01:06:51 Michael O’Donnell 01:10:08 Adam Shaw 01:08:40 04:36:49

Mens Team D – 47th place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Sean Clare 01:07:50 Andy Bradley 01:10:25 Paul Wale 01:17:22 Jon Cleaver 01:12:40 04:48:17

Ladies Vet Team – 57th place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Jean Brown 01:09:27 Anna Kelly 01:15:53 Alison Dugdale 01:19:01 Wendy Dodds 01:17:34 05:01:55

Ladies Team A – 61st place

Leg 1 Time Leg 2 Time Leg 3 Time Leg 4 Time Total
Claire Vincent 01:13:47 Nat Walton 01:17:39 Vicky Heys 01:24:02 Angela Shian 01:15:07 05:10:35

Full Results

Manchester Christmas Pudding 5 Mile Dash

Christmas Puds and other Festive goodies were on offer plus a medal and a mince pie at at the finish. The race is a fundraiser for the Greenmount Wild Bird Hospital in Bury and took place over a 2 lap off road course using footpaths, fields and trail in Wythenshaw Park

Christopher Holdsworth, Kevin O’Brien Sophie McIntosh took part with Chris more than earning his Christmas pudding by winning the race in a time of 28:18. Kevin O’Brien (MV70) finished in 67th place in a time of 52:29 and Sophie McIntosh was 69th with a time of 53:22. 119 runners took part.

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 187 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:19 SM25-29
3 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:27 SM25-29
6 Kevin DAVIES 19:59 VM50-54
7 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:37 VM55-59
9 James BOULT 20:51 SM20-24 New PB!
17 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:39 JM15-17 New PB!
24 Donna RILEY 22:32 VW50-54
47 Julie DAWES 24:09 VW45-49
51 David Ian SCOTT 24:30 VM70-74
61 Andrew TAYLOR 25:04 VM55-59
77 John WILCOCK 26:35 VM50-54
78 Annabel WILCOCK 26:36 JW11-14
96 Ron CHAPPELL 27:32 VM65-69
142 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:23 VW65-69
150 Robert HIRST 32:52 VM65-69
173 Diane ORRELL 37:27 SW30-34

Keswick parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
59 Eileen JONES 30:44 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 43 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 John HARTLEY 20:49 VM55-59
5 Paul HESKETH 22:01 VM50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 86 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Richard STEVENSON 18:48 VM40-44 First Timer!
11 Nick COLLINSON 22:14 JM15-17
52 Toby BIRTWISTLE 30:07 JM10 New PB!
53 Justin BIRTWISTLE 30:07 VM40-44 New PB!

 

Moustaches, medals and more mud!

Another mudbath this week. After a rainy and wintry week it was a decidedly chilly and mucky affair at the Red Rose fixture in Bolton. There have been top five placings at the Todmorden 5k, FRA medals for the ladies and a first place at the MoRun event in Liverpool for Chris Holdsworth. Not to mention the roads and fells you’ve been hitting this week.

Thursday 19 November

Todmorden Park Winter 5k Series – Race 2

This was the second race of the series organised by Cannonball Events. A fast paced, 3 lap course around Todmorden Park. Five club members took part.  Daniel Balshaw finished in third place with Jacob Watson following in fourth. Elouise Pemberton was our sole lady runner along with team mates Ian Hargreaves and Paul Walsh

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Daniel Balshaw M 17:23
4 Jacob Watson M 18:41
6 Garry Wilkinson MV50 19:09
36 Elouise Sylkie Pemberton F 24:24
37 Ian Hargreaves MV50 24:26
43 Paul Walsh MV60 26:00

Full Results

Saturday 21 November

FRA Presentation & Badge Bar Blast

Congratulations to our fell running ladies for taking Bronze in the British Team LV40 Championship. Team members included Jean Brown, Wendy Dodds, Linda Lord, Katy Thompson and Barbara Savage. Individual medals were also awarded to Linda Lord and Wendy Dodds.

Bronze Medallists LV40 Team. L-R Jean Brown, LInda Lord, Katy Thompson and Wendy Dodds. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

Bronze Medallists LV40 Team. L-R Jean Brown, LInda Lord, Katy Thompson and Wendy Dodds. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

There was also a one-off race on the afternoon of the FRA Do which is to be held at The Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere in 2015. 7 miles 2100ft (11km 700m) – The course runs up to Loughrigg summit then to Silver How summit and back the same way.

Harriers V Cyclists

A clear but cold day didn’t put people off and a record field of 280 runners and riders set off on the 5.5 mile circuit. Persistent rain for the past two weeks meant the ground was very wet and water-logged but overnight freezing temperatures and snow meant the ground was hard in certain summit locations so the debate raged as to whether the runners or the cyclists would win overall.

In the event with the first 9 to finish all being runners it became clear that the Harriers would win overall.

We had one Harrier, Jonny McKenna, and one cyclist, Paul Hesketh.  Jonny had a fantastic run finishing in 8th place ahead of the first of the cyclists.

Jonny McKenna at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Jonny McKenna at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Paul Hesketh was 91st place over and 17th cyclist. Well done to both of them in what looked like a tough event but great fun!

Paul Hesketh at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Paul Hesketh at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
8 Jonny McKenna M – Runner 00:33:17
91 Paul Hesketh MV50 – Cyclist 00:47:56

Full Results

MoRun – Liverpool

Well done Christopher Holdsworth who was first in this charity 10K in Liverpool. Representing the Clayton Ladies was Sophie McIntosh.

Movember Runners Sophie McIntosh and Christopher Holdsworth

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Christopher Holdsworth M 33:17
357 Sophie McIntosh F 1:05:06

Full Results

Red Rose Cross Country – Bolton

Another great turnout of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers on an extremely cold and chilly day at Leverhulme Park in Bolton.

Ryan Clarke warming up with the aid of Vimto

Ryan Clarke warming up with the aid of Vimto

Our junior members were out in force and put in some great performances despite the near freezing conditions.  There were top ten finishes for Dexta Thompson and Ella Dorrington in the U11 races, Jackson McKay in the U13s, Briony Holt in the U15s, Curtis Holt and Alice Pier in the U17s, and George Pier in the U20s.

U11 Boys

Team Position 4th (D Thompson | F Stubbs | J Bentham)

Pos Name Time
2 Dexta Thompson 6:55
15 Finlay Stubbs 7:51
24 Jenson Bentham 8:07
35 William Nicholls 8:21
39 Matthew Jackson 8:31
56 Joshua McKay 9:12

U11 Girls

Team Position 9th (E Dorrington | H White | M Maccabe)

Pos Name Time
3 Ella Dorrington 7:36
29 Helana White 8:32
89 Millie Maccabe 11:58

U13 Boys

Team Position 6th (J McKay | A Stevenson | L Jackson)

Pos Name Time
5 Jackson McKay 12:15
30 Adam Stevenson 13:45
32 Lennon Jackson 13:49

U13 Girls

Team Position 6th (L Thompson | M Stubbs | C Bentham)

Pos Name Time
13 Liberty Thompson 14:04
28 Millie Stubbs 15:08
49 Claudia Bentham 15:58
51 Natasha Olszewska 16:01
60 Keira Stevenson 17:39
63 Bronia Olszewska 20:07

U15 Girls

Pos Name Time
6 Briony Holt 17:40
32 Lucy Stevenson 23:43

U17 Men

Team Position 2nd (C Holt | S Wilshaw | R Clarke)

Pos Name Time
8 Curtis Holt 21:43
14 Simon Wilshaw 24:07
15 Ryan Clarke 24:16

U17 Women

Pos Name Time
11 Alice Pier 25:52

U20 Men

Pos Name Time
3 George Pier 40:00

U20 Women

Pos Name Time
8 Bethany Quinn 27:52

Senior Women

The muddy and wintry conditions did not deter our hardy ladies who put in a determined performance to finish 6th place for both the senior and vet teams. Helena Leathley was our first lady finisher with Orlaith O’Mahony  our second.  Irene Roche was our third lady and first vet lady finisher. Great to see Bianca Bennett getting stuck in after a recent trip to the warmer climes of Australia – bit of a shock to the system I should think!

Clayton Ladies unfazed by the freezing conditions and mud! Photo courtesy of Irene Roche

Clayton Ladies unfazed by the freezing conditions and mud! Photo courtesy of Irene Roche

Team Position 6th (H Leathley | Otlaithe O’Mahony| I Roche)

Vets Team 6th (I Roche | V Heys | A Shian )

Pos Name Cat Time
17 Helena Leathley L 24:17
33 Orlaith O’Mahony L 25:30
42 Irene Roche LV55 26:04
45 Vicky Heys LV40 26:20
52 Donna Airey L 26:47
54 Angela Shian LV35 26:57
65 Bethany Quinn LU20 27:52
73 Julia Rushton LV50 28:13
89 Kathryn Brady LV50 29:30
93 Bianca Bennett L 29:45
121 Karin Goss LV65 33:51
128 Susan Allen LV55 36:30
131 Christine Leathley LV65 37:52

Senior Men

George Pier was our first man over the finish. Richard Stevenson was our second man and first vet man over the line. Again some strong and competitive running despite the bitter temperatures on the day.

Team Position 7th (G Pier| R Stevenson| C Helliwell| M Duckworth| C Snell| A Orr)

Vets Team 6th (R Stevenson| C Helliwell| A Orr | M Clarke)

Pos Name Cat Time
34 George Pier MU20 40:00
48 Richard Stevenson MV40 41:29
57 Carl Helliwell MV40 42:00
60 Matthew Duckworth M 42:08
75 Chris Snell M 43:20
83 Andrew Orr MV45 43:45
100 Michael Clarke MV40 45:12
107 Jonathan Cleaver M 45:54
127 John Wilcock MV50 47:52
128 Andy Quinn MV40 48:01
133 Chris Paul M 48:18
148 James Hickie MV55 49:43
170 Peter Browning MV55 52:26
179 Craig Nicholls MV40 53:48

 Full Results

Sunday 22 November

Arnside Knott FR

Chris Snell and Wendy Dodds took part in this cenic course above Morecambe Bay and the Kent Estuary. Its a 5.5 mile race with 919ft of climb.

Report from Chris Snell

The race was held in Silverdale, North Lancashire. The weather was perfect and the countryside beautiful. I set off at a good pace and attempted to keep close to the front pack on the first climb out of Hollins Farm. I lost a couple of places as I turned my ankle on a rock but got going again. the terrain levelled out through the woodlands and  I soon whizzed past a couple of ‘Borrowdale’ runners on a slippery limestone descent in my new ‘sticky’ fell shoes. The track turned into a flat road so  I set a good pace (knowing I had a steep climb in front of me).

Chris Snell at the Arnside Knott Fell Race.

Chris Snell at the Arnside Knott Fell Race.

Through a couple of (annoying) swing gates and up the steep climb to the trig point at the top of Arnside Knott. Made slightly easier with lots of cheers from passing ramblers and my family up for the day to watch. Back down from the trig as fast as I could over loose rocks and limestone. The annoying swing gates worked in my favour as my running opponent ‘Helm Hill’ just in front of me got stuck! and I caught and passed him. I set a good pace again on the tarmac through New Barns Bay and back into the woods, I managed to catch a group of 3 lads and overtook them on the descent back into Hollins Farm, Silverdale. The cake and beer was well deserved for the 160 runners.

Position Name Category Time
20 Chris Snell MSEN 40.29
77 Wendy Dodds W60 50.26

Full Results

Chorley Fire 10K

Described by the organisers as a great country route around the local villages of Euxton and Astley Vilage. This is an undulating two lap course on very quiet roads.

Stephen Hall and Kevin O’Brien took part with Stephen finishing in 21st place overall with a time of 38:49 and Kevin O’ Brien was 349th with a time of 1:01:53. 409 runners took part.

Place Name Category Time
21 Stephen Hall M40 38:49.07
349 Kevin O’Brien M65 1:01:53.90

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Bolton parkrun – A total of 202 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
65 Nerina GILL 25:51 VW45-49
201 Julia RUSHTON 50:15 VW50-54

Burnley parkrun – A total of 192 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:27 SM25-29
5 Andrew PAYNE 19:39 VM35-39
15 James BOULT 21:19 SM20-24
22 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:50 JM15-17
23 Stuart PROCTOR 21:55 VM35-39
37 Elizabeth MULLAN 23:20 SW30-34
39 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:30 JW11-14
52 Julie DAWES 24:07 VW45-49
55 Ian HARGREAVES 24:09 VM50-54
68 Donna SCOTT 24:59 VW50-54
71 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:11 SW25-29
83 Lisa JOHNSON 26:14 VW40-44
89 Annabel WILCOCK 26:43 JW11-14
90 John WILCOCK 26:45 VM50-54
96 Diane ORRELL 27:16 SW30-34
108 Ron CHAPPELL 27:58 VM65-69
109 Aaron LUNDIE 288:04 JM11-14
117 Robert HIRST 28:46 VM65-69
120 Deborah GREENWOOD 29:01 VW45-49
149 Judith CAREY 32:02 VW35-39 New PB!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 91 runners took part.
(fault with timings – all runners listed as 59:59)

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
87 Robin PRICE 59:59 VM70-74

Heaton parkrun – A total of 433 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
203 Julie TOMAN 27:46 VW45-49
242 Eileen JONES 29:30 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 43 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 John HARTLEY 20:51 VM55-59
17 Martin BRADY 24:50 VM50-54

South Manchester Junior parkrun – A total of 48 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Dexta THOMPSON 07:40 JM10 New PB!
11 Kady THOMPSON 10:01 JW10 First Timer!

Western Springs parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part.

Inaugural run in Auckland

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
15 Alan LIFE 20:23 VM50-54 First Timer!
58 Carol LIFE 26:18 VW50-54 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Garry R WILKINSON 19:26 VM50-54
17 Nick COLLINSON 22:39 JM15-17
30 Katy THOMPSON 25:05 VW60-64
34 George THOMPSON 25:16 VM65-69 New PB!
66 Toby BIRTWISTLE 31:05 JM10 First Timer!
67 Justin BIRTWISTLE 31:05 VM40-44 First Timer!

 

 

Zoë

Raindrops keep falling

Storm Abigail did her best but it wasn’t enough to deter our hardy Harriers. You have been on the roads, fells and parks as always giving it your all. An international flavour again this week with Clayton Harriers popping up at parkrun in New Zealand and the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in Las Vegas.

Club News and Announcements

VLM London Marathon – the draw

The draw has been done (overseen by Clayton member Stuart Proctor). The successful applicants are Stephanie Hawke, Lynsey Birtwistle and Richard Briscoe. Congratulations to the three of you – let the training begin!

Lee Mill Fell Relays

There is a Lee Mill Relay recce run this Sunday at  9am from Stubbylee Hall, OL13 0DE
This is with Richard Stott organiser of the relay, open to all and suitable for all abilities.

Juniors at Large

Congratulations to Ellie Root in the ESAA Cross Country Cup regional finals in Stockton on Tees on Sat 7th November. She ran in the inter girls (year 9/10) and was 3rd counter in her team, in 20th place. The team have qualified for the finals in Bedford on 5th December.

Ellie Root (no 47) at the

Ellie Root (no 47) at the ESAA Cross Country Regional Finals

Well done also to Dexta and Liberty Thompson who ran in the U11 boys and U13 girls races of the West Yorkshire League in Keighley on Saturday 14th November. They both ran well but are listed as guest runners and not counted in the places. By my reckoning, Dexta was in equal 5th place and Liberty was in 36th. Well done both of you!

Dexta Thompson at the West Yorkshire Cross Country League fixture in Keighley. Photo by Woodentops

Dexta Thompson at the West Yorkshire Cross Country League fixture in Keighley. Photo by Woodentops

Thursday 12 November

Todmorden 5k

On a somewhat soggy night, 7 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers made the trip to Todmorden for the first of the winter 5k series. Dan Balshaw finished in 2nd place and together with Matthew Duckworth and Garry Wilkinson was part of the 1st place mens team running for the “Running4CF” charity.

Dan Balshaw at the Todmorden 5k Winter Series. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Dan Balshaw at the Todmorden 5k Winter Series. Photo by Bryn Barnes

There were some great runs in what Paul Walsh described as “biblical” weather conditions so well done to all.

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Daniel Balshaw M 17:43
5 Matthew Duckworth M 18:49
8 Garry Wilkinson MV50 19:33
13 Kevin Davies MV50 20:18
44 Ian Hargreaves MV50 25:04
45 Elouise Sylkie Pemberton W 25:05
48 Paul Laurence Walsh MV60 26:12

Full Results

Dunnerdale Fell Race

Dunnerdale is a classic short race round the tiny but rugged fells between the Lickle and the Duddon valleys. The scenery is superb, the course is tough and varied, you get a pie and there’s a very nice pub at the finish.

Wendy Dodds at the Dunnerdale Fell Race. Photo by Granddayout Photography

Wendy Dodds at the Dunnerdale Fell Race. Photo by Granddayout Photography

No results as yet but I have spotted Peter Browning and Wendy Dodds on the race photos.

Pete Browning descending at the Dunnerdale Fell Race. Photo by Granddayout Photography

Pete Browning descending at the Dunnerdale Fell Race. Photo by Granddayout Photography

Awaiting Results

RunFurther AGM & Presentation

The RunFurther AGM and presentation was held in the Pendle Inn at Barley after the Tour of Pendle. With a 4th overall and 1st Vet 50 for Martin plus a 6th place for our team (Martin Terry, Andy Armstrong and Nick Olszewski) we are definitely making our presence felt in the ultra scene.

Martin Terry, 1st V50 Male at the RunFurther Championships Presentation.

The Runfurther race series is an annual championship based round 12 off-road Ultra running races in the UK. They don’t organise the races, just the tournament scoring. You can join in for free (although you’ll have to pay to enter the races of course). The races change from year to year, but there are usually a number of old favourites in the series, and they try to stick to lower-cost races as far as is practical.

Nick Olszewski and yours truly happy winners of spot prizes at the RunFurther presentation night.

Nick Olszewski and yours truly, happy winners of spot prizes at the RunFurther presentation night.

The 2016 Runfurther Ultra Championship races are listed below.  Some of the races are already open for entries, so don’t wait until it’s too late!

Date Event Location Miles Cat
Sat 12 March Haworth Hobble W Yorkshire Pennines 32 S
Sat 9 April Calderdale Hike W Yorkshire Pennines 37 M
Sat 16 April The Fellsman Yorkshire Dales 62 L
Sun 15 May Marlborough Downs Challenge N Wiltshire 33 S
Sun 5 June Northants Ultra Northamptonshire 35 S
Sat 18 June Pennine 39 North Pennines 39 M
Sat 16 July St Cuthbert’s Way Ultra Northumberland/Borders 62 L
Sat 6 August Long Tour of Bradwell Peak District 33 S
Sat 10 September Clif Bar 10 Peaks Brecon Beacons South Wales 55 L
Sat 17 September High Peak 40 Peak District 40 M
Sat 15 October Round Rotherham 50 South Yorkshire 50 L
Sat 12 November Warrington Way Ultra Cheshire 40 M

The Tinto Hill Race (7Km, 460m)

Report By Robin Nicolson

It was a bit of a pilgrimage (of sorts). When I was at University (studying Statistics) I undertook a research project on fell running! The purpose was to use statistical techniques to create a formula to predict times for fell races. Well as part of my research I went, with the then chairman of the Scottish Hill Runners Association (SHRA) – Alan Farningham, to observe the race scene. The race I went to observe was the Tinto Hill Race. Alan actually finished 5th (32:26 – running for Gala).

Registration is at Symington Village Hall (a 10 min drive to the start) – so early registration is advised to get a “good parking” spot. The village itself is only 15 mins from M6 – which makes it relatively accessible for us “southern” runners! The SHRA hold their AGM in the village hall at the conclusion of the prize giving – that might be the reason for the fairly large field, 244 this year.

From my previous visit (11th November 1989) – I can only recall a line of pylons and a hill in the distance. This time, with the benefit of what such a race entails, I was able to recce the first part of the climb, before the start. I have run the whole route in the summer – different conditions from race day. The route is a straightforward “up and back” following the main walkers path to the summit. The path is fairly eroded, similar in many ways to the main path up Pendle from the nick, but climbing from the start. However after ½ mile there was a “kissing gate”, yes there was choice of routes (flagged) but Scottish racing rules must be different – everybody went over the barbed wire fence! The first climb (to just under Totherin Hill – 479m) was very reasonable, we contoured under the “top” and followed a routine of plateau, climb, plateau and a final push to the summit (707m). Anticlockwise around a boulder strewn peak before taking the fast descent to the finish, following the same route.

After a forecast of wind and rain it was a relief to arrive at the foot of Tinto hill to cold (6°C) but dry weather. The top of the hill was shrouded in cloud and when we reached the summit there was a wee bit of snow just to make things more interesting (a couple of inches)! Overall conditions were great. On a personal note, I did not climb well but was more than happy with my descent; nobody went past me (and no I was not last at the top)!

I would thoroughly recommend this race to those wanting a great short winter race with character. I had a good number of conversations with “friends not yet met” (WB Yeats) and I will be returning in the future.

Race description on Scottish Hill Racing Website “A social afternoon with tea, soup and beer afterwards at Symington Sports Club”.

P. S.I note here some observations for race organisers (that I have not come across before).

Full body cover was required, as well as map, compass etc. Rather than having to queue to have this checked 10 mins before the start (or at registration – when all your gear is still in your car!); you took your “kit” to the start line to confirm you “had everything” and your race number was signed! Allowing you to proceed with your warm-up. The allowed for a smoother start to some FRA races. However, there was no counting to the number at the start line – a whole debate in itself.

Tour Of Pendle

With a weather forecast full of doom, gloom and Storm Abigail set to batter us, the organisers took the difficult decision to switch to a bad weather route. The response was a mixture of relief from some and disappointment from others. In the event, the really foul weather waited until later in the day. A tough call but the right one by the organisers.

Race organisers and marshalls at the Tour of Pendle Race.

422 hardy fell runners lined up to tackle what is still a pretty tough 13/14 mile course albeit with a mere 3000ft of climb, the last couple of killer climbs being bypassed on the bad weather route. Still a hard challenge in anyone’s book. 409 crossed the finish line.

Chris Holdsworth at the Tour of Pendle. Photo by David Belshaw

Chris Holdsworth at the Tour of Pendle. Photo by David Belshaw

Chris Holdsworth had a phenomenal run in a brand spanking new pair of shoes and finished in 2nd place. After last year’s event he’d had a bone to pick with this race and has certainly put in the training to tackle it. A great result for Chris ( new shoes not quite so pretty at the end, however!)

Clayton Ladies, Vicky Heys, Angela Shian and Jean Brown with Angela Hartley at the Tour of Pendle

Clayton Ladies Angela Shian, Vicky Heys and Jean Brown with Julia Hartley at the Tour of Pendle

24 Clayton Harriers were registered to race and we are awaiting results.

Chris Funnell and Dominic Carr looking far to chipper after completing the Tour of Pendle.

Awaiting Full Results

Sunday 16 November

Abbey Dash 10K

David Bagot and Vicky Heys were among thousands of runners taking part in the Age UK Abbey Dash 10K race from the centre of Leeds to Kirstall Abbey and back.

Pos Name Category Time
334 David Bagot MSEN 00:35:44
2477 Vicky Heys F45 00:47:54

Full Results

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Las Vegas

Well done Nikky Kay who ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in Las Vegas over the weekend which she described as the best of times and the worst of times. The first half went well but the second half was a bit more troublesome as a result of a troublesome knee. Our Nikki, didn’t let that stop her though and finished in a time of 5:26:04

Nikki Kay with her finishers medal from the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Nikki Kay with her finishers medal from the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Great grit and determination!

Full Results

Preston 10 Mile Road Race

A quartet of Harriers took to the roads around Hutton for this 10 mile road race. Kevin Davies was the first Clayton male finisher in 52nd place overall and in a time of 01:05:25. Fabienne Richmond was our first lady in 117th place overall and with a time of 01:10:17. They were joined by fellow clubmates Ted Orrell and Clare Wilson who finished in 01:28:47 and 01:35:06 respectively.

Pos Name Category Time
52 Kevin Davies MV50 01:05:25
117 Fabienne Richmond F 01:10:17
300 Ted Orrell MV75 01:28:47
354 Clare Wilson FV35 01:35:06

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 185 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Richard STEVENSON 18:27 VM40-44
3 Jacob WATSON 18:33 SM30-34
6 Chris SNELL 19:31 VM35-39
10 Michael CLARKE 20:06 VM40-44
13 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:30 VM35-39
15 Simon WILSHAW 20:57 JM15-17
17 James BOULT 21:09 SM20-24 New PB!
19 Helena LEATHLEY 21:20 SW20-24
25 Adam STEVENSON 21:52 JM11-14
29 Andy QUINN 22:11 VM40-44
35 Amanda DUFFY 22:34 VW35-39 New PB!
37 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:43 JW11-14
43 Lennon JACKSON 23:27 JM11-14
55 Julie DAWES 24:10 VW45-49
56 Ian HARGREAVES 24:14 VM50-54
63 Katy THOMPSON 24:39 VW60-64
74 George THOMPSON 25:08 VM65-69
77 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:33 SW25-29
82 Beth QUINN 26:01 JW15-17
89 Annabel WILCOCK 26:26 JW11-14
90 John WILCOCK 26:27 VM50-54
102 Richard LAWSON 27:26 VM75-79
106 Aaron LUNDIE 27:46 JM11-14
111 Heidi KEWIN 28:23 JW11-14
140 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:17 VW65-69
148 Christine LEATHLEY 32:09 VW65-69
152 Judith CAREY 32:30 VW35-39
153 Carl CAREY 32:31 VM45-49
159 Rachel STEVENSON 34:28 JW10
169 Valerie LAWSON 35:51 VW70-74
176 Donna SCOTT 37:10 VW50-54
177 Diane ORRELL 39:03 SW30-34

Cheltenham parkrun – A total of 290 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
13 Alex CRAN 19:59 VM40-44 New PB!

Cornwall parkrun – A total of 212 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
32 Alan LIFE 21:23 VM50-54 First Timer!
106 Carol LIFE 27:22 VW50-54 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 71 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
64 Robin PRICE 34:34 VM70-74

Keswick parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
64 Eileen JONES 30:17 VW60-64

Marple parkrun – A total of 107 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
101 Ron HILL 34:47 VM75-79

Pendle parkrun – A total of 60 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 John HARTLEY 20:53 VM55-59

Preston parkrun – A total of 188 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
6 Matthew DUCKWORTH 18:31 SM25-29 First Timer!

Salisbury parkrun – A total of 172 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
5 Colin SHUTTLEWORTH 19:27 VM55-59 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 98 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Tom BREWSTER 17:28 SM25-29
12 Roger James BREWSTER 21:56 VM55-59
24 Barry MITCHELL 23:16 VM70-74

Witton parkrun – A total of 114 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Garry R WILKINSON 19:56 VM50-54
11 Nick COLLINSON 21:57 JM15-17

 

Skylines, windmills and lots of mud

Mud, mud, mud and more mud. It’s been a bit of a dirty weekend for our hardy Harriers! A little bit of wind and rain doesn’t really get in the way of such a tough bunch. You’ve been ploughing through cross country, up and down fell and along blustery promenades with gusto this week. There’s even been a bit of cyclocross as well.

Club News and Announcements

Lee Mill Fell Relays – sign ups

This relay event, on Sunday 29th November, is set in the Lee Mill Quarry site. 10km / 6.2m & Climb: 340m / 1115ft. Teams of four runners. All four runners will run individual over a 10k flagged course.

The club is entering teams and are looking for names, please contact your captain ASAP if you would like to run.

Dave Motley 07810 895862

Kath Brady 07899722922, kabrady64@hotmail.com

This is a hard and demanding route, possibly run in wintery conditions. Full kit including full waterproof bodycover, hat, gloves, compass and whistle must be carried. Stringent kit check will be made to all competitors. A map of the course will be provided on registering.

Weekly Roundup – Assistant Editor required!

If you’re one of the around 400+ people who view our website news roundup each week and want to help ensure its continued publication then this is the job for you! Our Media Manager, Adrienne Olszewska, does a fantastic job producing the weekly roundups but is not able to produce the roundups all 52 weeks of the year ( because I do like to go on holiday occasionally !).So, the club is looking for a Website News Editor to produce the weekly roundup approximately once a month. Good writing and IT skills are needed for this important role. You’ll also need to be able to commit to finding around four hours to produce each roundup so that publication is normally on Monday.

We need more help to make our club even better. If you think you could be our Website News Editor then please get in touch with Jim Hickie or Adrienne Olszewska.

Saturday 7 November

Cheshire 10K

John Hartley was our sole competitor in this popular 10K race. He finished in 60th place with a time of 37:54 and was 2nd V55 finisher on a wet and windy race around the flat and rural roads of Antrobus. 1116 runners took part.

John Hartley at the Chester 10K

John Hartley at the Chester 10K

Pos Name Cat Time
60 John Hartley M55 37:54

Full Results

Podium 5K

Well done to Laura Hesketh who took part in this fast 5k organised by Chris Barnes. She was the first lady in the race with a time of 18:17 in what look like pretty grim conditions!

Laura Hesketh at the Podium 5k . Photo by David Belshaw

Laura Hesketh at the Podium 5k . Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
22 Laura Hesketh F 18:17

Full Results

Red Rose Cross Country League – Hyndburn

Mud, mud, glorious mud! After what seemed like a never-ending downpour the rain sort of stopped and one thing was for certain; there would be mud. Lots and lots of it! There’s a slightly evil start to the race that involves contouring round an incline and the U11 boys who started first ended up with half the field sliding down the hill! So depending on your attitude to the black stuff it was either a heavenly course or something not so nice.

U11 Boys

Team Position 1st ( D Thompson | J Bentham | F Stubbs )

Finlay Stubbs and Jenson Bentham. Photo by David Belshaw

Finlay Stubbs and Jenson Bentham. Photo by David Belshaw

A great run from Dexta Thompson who battled through to first place. Jenson Bentham also put in a strong performance to finish in fifth. Finlay Stubbs made up the final counter in the team and William Nicholls, Matthew Jackson and Joshua McKay all ran well on a tough course.

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 7:40
5 Jenson Bentham 8:31
13 Finlay Stubbs 8:54
33 William Nicholls 9:34
34 Matthew Jackson 9:38
45 Joshua McKay 10:10

U11 Girls

Team Position 8th ( E Dorrington | H White | I Ferguson )

U11 Girls team already a bit mucky at the start of the race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

U11 Girls team already a bit mucky at the start of the race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Ella Dorrington was our first U11 girl battling through the muddy course to finish in 4th place. Helana White and Imogen Ferguson were also team counters. All of our girls looked to be at ease on this quagmire of a course despite the loss of a shoe at times. Well done!

Pos Name Time
4 Ella Dorrington 8:39
22 Helana White 9:38
55 Imogen Ferguson 10:42
76 Kady Thompson 11:27
80 Rachel Stevenson 12:01
93 Tillie Ferguson 13:10
96 Millie Maccabe 14:15

U13 Boys

Team Position 7th ( J McKay | A Stevenson | L Jackson )

Jackson McKay in the U13 boys race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Jackson McKay in the U13 boys race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Jackson McKay was our first finisher in 5th place. Adam Stevenson and Lennon Jackson both performed strongly as the course started to become particularly boggy.

Pos Name Time
5 Jackson McKay 10:09
34 Adam Stevenson 11:44
35 Lennon Jackson 11:49

U13 Girls

Team Position 3rd ( M Stubbs | L Thompson | C Bentham )

U13 Girls ready to race at the Red Rose Hyndburn fixture. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

U13 Girls ready to race at the Red Rose Hyndburn fixture. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

A fine run from Millie Stubbs earned her a 4th place finish. Liberty Thompson also had a good run despite a dodgy knee to finish in 15th place. Claudia Bentham made up the team counters. Some determined performances followed from their team mates through mud that was now ankle deep in places.

Pos Name Time
4 Millie Stubbs 11:04
15 Liberty Thompson 11:56
30 Claudia Bentham 12:55
34 Natasha Olszewska 13:11
54 Heidi Kewin 14:42
64 Bronia Olszewska 16:32

U15 Boys

Thomas Bradley was our only competitor in this age category, finishing in 14th place.

Pos Name Time
14 Thomas Bradley 17:30

U15 Girls

Running solo today was no deterrent for Briony Holt who had a storming run finishing in 2nd place.

Pos Name Time
2 Briony Holt 17:33

U17 Men

Curtis Holt and Simon Wilshaw were running in this category. 5th place for Curtis and 10th for Simon.

Pos Name Time
5 Curtis Holt 20:25
10 Simon Wilshaw 22:10

 U17 Women

Another solo runner, Alice finished in 10th place.

Pos Name Time
10 Alice Pier 24:26

U20 Women

Bethany Quinn was our sole competitor in this age category and finished in 7th place.

Pos Name Time
7 Bethany Quinn 26:37

Ladies

Team Positions

Team 7th ( H Leathley | O O’Mahony | A Shian )

Vets Team 8th (A Shian | V Heys | I Roche )

Clayton Ladies, Donna Airey, Orlaith O'Mahony and Julia Rushton, all shiny and clean before the ladies race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Clayton Ladies, Donna Airey, Orlaith O’Mahony and Julia Rushton, all shiny and clean before the ladies race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Well done to our ladies for giving their all on very tough and muddy course. Helena Leathley was our first lady finisher and was 7th overall in a time of 21:59. Orlaith O’Mahony also finished strongly in 25:10. Third counter was Angela Shian. Some gutsy running from the Clayton Ladies on show today.

Helena Leathley, first Clayton finisher in the ladies race at the Red Rose Cross Country Hyndburn fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

Helena Leathley, first Clayton finisher in the ladies race at the Red Rose Cross Country Hyndburn fixture. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Helena Leathley L 21:59
39 Orlaith O’Mahony L 25:10
42 Angela Shian L35 25:28
46 Vicky Heys L40 25:43
54 Irene Roche L55 26:12
60 Bethany Quinn U20 26:37
67 Donna Airey L 26:57
75 Julia Rushton L50 27:47
85 Julie Dawes L45 28:34
99 Joanne Motley L 30:13
122 Karin Goss L65 33:28
133 Elouise Pemberton L 37:17
135 Susan Allen L55 37:32
138 Christine Leathley L65 39:45

Men

Team Positions

Team 4th ( J McDonald | T Brewster | G Pier| R Stevenson | C Helliwell | D Motley )

Vets Tea 3rd (R Stevenson | C Helliwell | M Aspinall | A Orr)

Deep discussion at the cross country. Photo by Alan McDonald

Deep discussion at the cross country. Photo by Alan McDonald

Great finish for Jordan McDonald who was 6th overall in the mens race. Some great performances from our hardy male runners on an extremely churned up and muddy course.

Richard Stevenson with Carl Helliwell following. Photo by David Belshaw

Richard Stevenson with Carl Helliwell following. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Jordan McDonald U20 38:26
28 Tom Brewster M 40:50
32 George Pier U20 41:40
35 Richard Stevenson M40 42:02
36 Carl Helliwell M40 42:04
43 David Motley M 42:37
56 Mark Aspinal M55 43:42
62 Andrew Orr M45 44:20
63 Chris Snell M 44:21
75 Alan Dorrington M45 45:56
95 Gareth Berry M 47:42
105 Michael Clarke M40 48:22
137 John Wilcock M50 51:45
142 Andy Quinn M40 52:33
158 James Hickie M55 53:37
167 Stephen Green M60 54:09
168 David McMullan M45 54:09
199 Douglas Munroe M65 1:06:20
203 Philip Thornber M60 1:12:56

 Full Results

Shepherds Skyline

Described as a fast, muddy course – with a steep descent off Stoodley Pike for the kamikaze descenders, immediately followed by a stiff climb back up the hill for the stout-legged amongst you. 232 runners completed the course. Eighteen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this race which was also the final race of the current club fell championship.

Chris Holdsworth at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Holdsworth at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Christopher Holdsworth was our first Clayton runner finishing in 3rd place overall. Garry Wilkinson was 1st V50 finisher and Katy Thompson was 1st L60 finisher.

Rachel Todd and Stephen Fish at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Rachel Todd and Stephen Fish at the Shepherds Skyline race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Christopher Holdsworth M 43:18
16 Breton Holdsworth M40 48:53
35 Garry Wilkinson M50 52:05
64 Ivan Whigham M50 56:50
85 Sean Clare M50 58:52
99 Darren Rushton M45 60:44
105 Mark Nutter M50 61:17
125 Peter Browning M55 63:45
134 Alison Dugdale F45 65:07
138 Martin Brady M50 65:36
140 Peter Dugdale M55 65:51
143 Andrew Firth M55 66:19
181 Stephen Fish M60 72:11
182 Rachel Todd F40 72:23
191 Katy Thompson F60 73:41
198 Jude Ashworth F55 75:46
204 Richard Briscoe M 76:02
209 Martin O’Rourke M55 76:49

Full Results

Sunday 8 November

Ilkley Cyclocross

Report from Andrew Armstrong

The mud arrived.

The world of Cyclocross has been waiting for the mud ever since the season started and, finally, this weekend delivered it in lumps. Great big sticky lumps that bind together with grass and leaves, that render expensive bikes near useless and gets everywhere. The kind of mud that takes days to clean off the bike

Paul Hesketh, left, 3rd place in the Ilkley Cyclocross

Paul Hesketh, left, 3rd place in the Ilkley Cyclocross

Ilkley Cross is a low key club run event that combines most of the best bits of Cross in a compact course at the Ilkley Lido. It has fast sweeping sections, tight technical hairpins, treacherously boggy climbs and steep descents between the trees into gloop filled bomb holes. What’s not to like!

Two Harriers made the trip to Ilkley. Paul Hesketh had a score to settle; having failed to finish two races due to mechanical problems he openly admitted to having ‘spat the dummy’ at his last race and thrown his bike in the hedge. He had better luck this time and claimed a podium position with his third place Vet finish. I came significantly further down the field and looked a lot filthier, thanks to a ‘technical sit-down’ on one of the off camber hairpins. We also managed to dodge the rain, which started after the presentation had finished.

All in all; a successful weekend; with plenty more muddy fixtures to look forward to!

Paul Hesketh was third overall and third vet, Andrew Armstrong was 12th, field of 47.

Wadsworth Half Trog

A local classic taking in all the best terrain of the full Trog, without the full distance. Plenty of varied tough terrain. And perhaps a bit of mud! Jeffrey Pickup and Richard Bellaries took part in this 9.3 mile race with 1400ft of climb.

Richard Bellaries at the Wadsworth Half Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Richard Bellaries at the Wadsworth Half Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
30 Jeffrey Pickup M60 1:39:07
44 Richard Bellaries M60 1:46:04

Full Results

Windmill 10K

Amanda Duffy reports

Amanda Duffy at the Windmill 10k

Amanda Duffy at the Windmill 10k

We arrived at Lytham green on not the best of days to be racing. Still abit of wind and rain won’t put us runners off! As it was Remembrance Sunday we had a 2 minute silence and then the race was off. It was a slightly different route than last year which took us off the green and on the road down towards Fairhaven Lake, we ran a lap around the lake and back on to the sea front only to be hit by very strong winds! It was a battle back down towards the windmill to finish back on Lytham green. Overall an excellent race

Pos Name Cat Time
18 Alex Cran MV40 40:26.7
68 Stephen Biscomb MV60 46:06.0
74 Amanda Duffy LV35 46:39.6
117 Lee Moore M 49:11.2
189 Ian Hargreaves MV50 52:15.4

 Full Results

Parkrun roundup

The foul weather didn’t put too many of our hardy Harriers off on Saturday morning with a pretty good turnout all things considered. The exception being Bianca Bennett who continues her tour of Australian parkruns by taking part in the St Peters parkrun in Sydney where the weather was considerably better than here in blighty!

Bianca Bennett enjoying much nicer weather than Burnley at the St Peters, Sydney parkrun.

Bianca Bennett enjoying much nicer weather than Burnley at the St Peters, Sydney parkrun.

Bit of a contrast! Not such nice weather in Burnley. A rather soggy Martin Brady.

Bit of a contrast! Not such nice weather in Burnley. A rather soggy Martin Brady.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 214 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Jonathan PYE 18:57 SM25-29
4 Phil HALL 19:19 VM50-54 First Timer!
12 Paul WALE 21:43 VM45-49
18 Nick COLLINSON 22:03 JM15-17
30 Donna RILEY 22:57 VW50-54
35 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 23:11 JM15-17
36 Martin BRADY 23:16 VM50-54
60 Julie DAWES 24:49 VW45-49
74 Annabel WILCOCK 26:11 JW11-14
75 John WILCOCK 26:12 VM50-54
100 Donna SCOTT 27:26 VW50-54
103 Aaron LUNDIE 27:33 JM11-14
121 Robert HIRST 28:48 VM65-69
150 Sophie ASHWORTH 30:40 JW11-14
187 Valerie LAWSON 35:49 VW70-74

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 126 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
49 Katy THOMPSON 27:33 VW60-64 First Timer!
52 George THOMPSON 27:56 VM65-69 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 66 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
62 Robin PRICE 37:28 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 95 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
33 Wendy DODDS 23:59 VW60-64

Keswick parkrun – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
75 Eileen JONES 29:54 VW60-64 New PB!

St Peters parkrun – A total of 311 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
138 Bianca BENNETT 25:48 SW25-29 First Timer!

 

Spooky shenanigans, speakers and summits

What a spooktacular weekend it was! Lots of fun was had dressing up and racing at the Hurstwood relays helping to raise money for the victims of the Nepal Disaster earlier this year. As well as road racing, fell racing and some far-flung parkrun tourism as always you are a busy bunch.

Club News and Announcements

VLM Entries

London Marathon 2016 club places update – we have received confirmation that the club has been allocated 3 places for this year’s VLM. Club Secretary John Wilcock is planning on doing the draw on the 14th November so there is still time to apply for a place. If you’ve been rejected in the public ballot and wish to go into our draw, please send your rejection letter to John before the 14th.

Guest Speaker Evening

Social Secretary, Marie Greenwood

A big thank you to Denise Park for a wonderful evening. Informative, educational, entertaining (even a bit of Disney thrown in for good measure) what more could we ask for. Plenty of food for thought for our Clayton runners I think – there were quite a lot of ‘oops that’s me expression’ as you were being told what you shouldn’t be doing!

About 30 club members attended this interesting presentation at Padiham Football Club. Denise Parks gave a fascinating and useful talk about injuries and injury prevention for fell, trail and mountain runners drawing on an incredible wealth of experience in the field at the highest level.

Saturday 31 October

 Nepal Trail Relays

Held in the idyllic location of Hurstwood, Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix organisers put on a team relay event to raise money for Nepal. 33 teams took part. The official line was each team should have 1 cyclist, 1 senior runner, 1 vet runner and 1 lady runner. On the day, however, there were a few honorary vets and ladies on the course.

Sean Clare (or should that be Scare!) at the Hurstwood relay. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Sean Clare (or should that be Scare!) at the Hurstwood relay. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Fancy dress costumes were actively encouraged and both competitors and marshals threw themselves into it, thoroughly embracing the fact that the event was taking place on Halloween.

Helen Burn( in hell)ett at the Hurstwood Relays. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Helen Burn( in hell)ett at the Hurstwood Relays. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Some great team names were proffered, personal favourites were Motley Crew, Alice Nutters, Tutu Crew, Team Terrible, Devils and Barlick Bitches.

First leg was a mountain bike race. This was won by Paul Julian. Paul Hesketh finished in 3rd and Elouise Pemberton was one of the few lady riders on this leg.

John Wilcock being chased by a zombie Barlick lass at the Hurstwood Relays. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

John Wilcock being chased by a zombie Barlick lass at the Hurstwood Relays. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Second leg was the Vets which was won by our own Mr Tangerine, Breton Holdworth. There were a handful of lady vets also running. Dave Motley was an honorary vet for this leg.

Breton Holdsworth, winner of the leg 2 of the Hurstwood Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

Third leg was the ladies. Laura Hesketh winning easily. Second was honorary lady for the day, Jacob Watson; great to see him recovering from injury and regaining fitness.

Start of leg 3 (mostly) ladies. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Start of leg 3 (mostly) ladies. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Fourth and final leg was the senior runners. Chris Holdsworth held off Barlick’s Jimmy Craig for a fast and furious finish. Danny Collinge finished in 4th having already taken part in leg 1 for another team.

Start of leg 4, senior runners. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Start of leg 4, senior runners. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

All in all a very entertaining event for a worthy cause.

 Race you to the Summit

Report from Martin Brady

Martin Brady at the Race You to the Summit event. Photo by Woodentops

Martin Brady at the Race You to the Summit event. Photo by Woodentops

This was the 49th running of this race (used to be called the Gale Fell Race). The race started as a bet between two people in the Gale Pub near Littleborough after a long drinking session. One said it was impossible to run to the White House Inn on the road to Ripponden and back within 30 minutes the other said he could do it. The race was run and he broke the 30 minutes.

Next year is the 50th and last running of the race. It is mainly trail running with steeper fell section. Kath and myself decided to do the hilly Parkrun at Watergrove near Wardle and then do the Race You To The Summit which was close by.

I have not seen the results of this yet. but the Clayton runners as far as I remember are:-

Robert Hirst and Kath Brady at Race You to the Summit. Photo by Woodentops

Robert Hirst and Kath Brady at Race You to the Summit. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Time
63 Martin Brady 43:23
77 Stephen Fish 46:58
82 Robert Hirst 48:41
84 Kath Brady 48:58
101 John Francis 64:23

Full Results

Sunday 1 November

 NEWSAR Clwydian Hills Fell Race

 The NEWSAR Clwydian Hills Fell Race is held annually and is a 15km race with 3,000ft of ascent, over the Clwydian hills in North Wales, including the summit of Moel Famau.

Report from Peter Browning

The Clwyddian Hills is a hidden gem of a race held on the first Sunday in November from the hilltop village of Cilcain in north east Wales. We had a new course to tackle this year, but 159 runners still crossed some stunningly beautiful countryside made all the better by the unseasonably good weather. The warm sunshine blazing down from a pure blue sky actually left runners with running vest sunburn (yes in November!), on what was as good a running day as any experienced this summer. In the distance, the peaks of Snowdonia could clearly be seen, but Liverpool and Manchester were hidden under the blanket of fog that I am told enveloped East Lancashire for most of the day.

The magical sunshine brought out the full range of autumn colours, and for the record, the 9 mile race with almost 3000 feet of climb was won by Stephen Skates of Prestatyn in 82.58. As the only Clayton competitor, my time was a more modest 114.16 but my 75th place made the top half which is my target these days. It was good to see Clayton old boy Dave Nuttall winning the V50’s in 14th place overall. I reckon this was my 15th Clwyddian Hills race, and as it’s in my top 5 races anywhere, I will keep returning as long as I can.

Pos Name Cat Time
75 Peter Browning M50+ 01:54:16

Full Results

Peak Raid 2015, Round 2

Report by Katy Thompson

Having had a bit of a disaster at the first 2015 Peak Raid event, when my shoe fell to pieces, I was hoping for a better run in Round 2. Setting off from home in thick fog, it didn’t look very promising, but by the time I got to Glossop the sun was shining and it promised to be a lovely day. Unusually for me, I chose well, didn’t make any navigational errors, and managed to get back within the given time.

The Peak Raid events are ideal for anyone wanting to improve their navigation skills: 3 hour Score events – get to as many checkpoints as you can in the given time. There is a big incentive not to be out too long, as 50 points are lost for every minute over time! You can make it as hard or as easy as you want. It would be good to see more Clayton members at these events. Navigators are always in demand for fell relays. Details are on the Fixtures Calendar or the Fellrunner website.

Through the Villages Race

This is held over the unusually accurate distance of 8 miles 781 yards!

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
144 Martin Brady M50 (019/029) 01:07:11
187 Julia Rushton F50 (008/022) 01:11:50
189 Nerina Gill F45 (011/027) 01:12:41

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Some fantastic runs, some first time events and some far flung places this week. All over the UK and even as far away as Australia for Bianca Bennett.

Bianca said; “Clayton’s made it down under! Here’s to a 7am park run in the sunshine state in Australia!!! Clearly wearing the best vest out there today. Next stop… Sydney park run.”

Bianca ready for her Australian parkrun!

Bianca ready for her Australian parkrun!

Katy and George Thompson took part in the inaugural Haigh Woodlands parkrun near wigan.

Katy Thompson reports:

The inaugural Haigh Woodlands Parkrun attracted a field of 199 runners. We set off along a tarmac track, but soon veered off into the woods on muddy paths.   Downhill for nearly 3k then a slightly shorter route back up to the Hall – a fairly familiar route if you have done the Haigh Hall races. Well worth a visit – just a few miles off the M61.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 298 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
6 Jonathan PYE 18:39 SM25-29
7 Jacob WATSON 18:40 SM30-34
12 Chris SNELL 19:29 VM35-39
16 Gareth BERRY 19:39 VM35-39
17 Michael CLARKE 19:43 VM40-44
25 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:25 VM55-59
26 Helena LEATHLEY 20:31 SW20-24
29 Richard BRISCOE 20:49 VM35-39
35 Lennon JACKSON 21:27 JM11-14
38 Donna RILEY 21:45 VW50-54
39 Gordon BARRETT 21:50 VM50-54
63 Matthew JACKSON 23:19 JM10
77 Martin O’ROURKE 23:57 VM55-59 First Timer!
80 Jean KNIGHTLEY 24:05 VW55-59
86 Helana WHITE 24:20 JW10
87 Lee MOORE 24:20 VM35-39
91 Ian HARGREAVES 24:30 VM50-54
92 Donna AIREY 24:34 SW30-34
107 Donna SCOTT 25:32 VW50-54
114 Annabel WILCOCK 25:47 JW11-14
115 John WILCOCK 25:47 VM50-54
119 Stuart BARKER 25:57 VM45-49
122 Adam STEVENSON 26:24 JM11-14
128 Richard LAWSON 26:37 VM75-79
142 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 27:25 SW25-29
157 Kady THOMPSON 28:09 JW10
161 Felix THOMPSON 28:14 JM10
182 Ron CHAPPELL 29:17 VM65-69
210 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:56 VW65-69
229 Christine LEATHLEY 32:04 VW65-69
230 Aaron LUNDIE 32:22 JM11-14
248 Valerie LAWSON 34:47 VW70-74
293 Kathleen GARNETT 40:58 VW75-79

Chelmsford Central parkrun – A total of 506 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
5 Jacob BOYLE 18:11 SM18-19

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 99 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
95 Robin PRICE 36:09 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 177 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat  
40 Wendy DODDS 23:41 VW60-64
121 Eileen JONES 30:15 VW60-64

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun – A total of 182 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
7 John HARTLEY 19:48 VM55-59

Haigh Woodland parkrun – A total of 199 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
55 Katy THOMPSON 24:42 VW60-64 First Timer!
83 George THOMPSON 26:53 VM65-69 First Timer!

Heaton parkrun – A total of 575 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
266 Julie TOMAN 27:31 VW45-49
535 Ron HILL 38:21 VM75-79

Pendle parkrun – A total of 89 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
17 Stephen WHITE 23:40 VM60-64
24 Barry MITCHELL 25:40 VM70-74
32 Dawn TERRY 26:22 VW50-54
41 Molly HESKETH 28:08 JW11-14
66 Susan ALLEN 36:37 VW55-59

Sandgate parkrun – A total of 314 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
43 Bianca BENNETT 24:02 SW25-29 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 180 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Tom BREWSTER 17:39 SM25-29

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale – A total of 53 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
14 Martin BRADY 24:46 VM50-54 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 163 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
17 Nick COLLINSON 22:13 JM15-17

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 415 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Jonny MCKENNA 16:38 SM25-29
7 David BAGOT 17:44 SM20-24

 

Running further!

Another amazing, action-packed week on the roads, trails, parks, fells and mountains. We’ve been out in force at the Mid Lancs cross country at Towneley Park, Accrington 10K and Bronte Way fell race, with some great individual and team performances across all disciplines. Congratulations to Martin Terry for his MV50 win in the RunFurther Ultra race competition.

Club Announcements

Clayton Harriers Social Evening with Guest Speaker Denise Park
On Friday 30th October we are holding a social evening at Padiham Football Club, at which the highly respected physio Denise Park will be attending to give a talk / questions and answers session on the Recognition and Prevention of Running Injuries.

Val Lawson will also be there with club kit, so an ideal opportunity to kit yourself out.

The evening starts at 8.00pm with a small cost of £2.00 per person – payable on the night
Can you please let Marie Greenwood know if you plan to attend by emailing her at mgreenwood1969@outlook.com or  ringing  on 01254 237485 or by posting a message on the Clayton Facebook page – just so we have an idea of numbers.

Saturday 24 October

Great Whernside Fell Race

Report from Andrew Walmsley

Heavy rain was forecast for the morning of the race. Just before the start at 11:30 am it had stopped raining, though still looked threatening and promised a cold tailwind to the summit turnaround, so not all bad!

Andrew Walmsley at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Scott Leach

Before the start Andrew Jebb informed the assembled runners that after organising the race for 25 years Peter Jebb was standing down as race organiser. this being his last race in charge and asked for a round of applause in appreciation of his years of service. This was answered by warm applause from all present. Wharfdale Harriers have taken up the reins for future events.

Peter set us off straight into the steep climb which quickly strung the field out into a long line. I found myself 5th out of 5 clayton starters with Ivan [Whigham ] and Mark [Nutter] already out of sight! Peter [ Dugdale ] and Andy [Firth] were locked in battle 50M ahead, then 80M, steadily pulling away. Being passed by “Sumo”[ Andy Holden ] was a kick up the backside and I began to gain a few places. Through the broken crag above Hag Dyke and onto the marshy ground beyond I picked up a couple more before the leaders began to fly past in the opposite direction, heading for the finish, the first few very close together and pointing to a tight contest, amongst them Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers looking secure as first lady in this leading group.

Andrew Firth at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Scott Leach

Andrew Firth at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Scott Leach

By this time Ivan had a clear lead over Mark with Peter and Andy still having a battle that wasn`t resolved until the final steep descent where Andy used his trademark descending skills to open a gap to take 3rd Clayton.

Some way back up the course I was enjoying quite a good descent too picking up a few more places and chasing to the finish to complete the tough but enjoyable outing.

Unofficial times: Ivan Whigham 41.00, Mark Nutter 45.37, Andrew Firth 46.59 Peter Dugdale 47.09, Andrew Walmsley 52.02.

Awaiting Official Results

Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra & RunFurther Update

Congratulations to Martin Terry, this year’s Runfurther MV50 winner Martin Terry and 6th overall in the competition. Andy Armstrong was 44th and Nicholas Olszewski was 45th. The three of them as a team came 5th. Well done!

At Jedburgh, Martin came in 22nd in 5:58:54 in the Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra, and took the race MV50 trophy.

This was the 12th and last of the 2015 Runfurther Championship races, and it really was a belter.  The start location was in Jedburgh. There were marshals and supporters everywhere, and the reception at the finish was quite something, with everyone cheered in by name over the PA as they approached the finish, to a chorus of cheers, yelps and handclaps.

The route has great views, and is mainly very runnable.  It starts with an offroad half-marathon, predominantly on an old Roman road and then along the banks of the River Tweed.  That is followed by a stiff fell race over the Eildon hills, then another half-marathon back, mainly on the same route you came out on.  Conditions were good, despite the poor weather forecast: there was a spell of rain early on, but it soon cleared, and we even had a bit of sun later on.  It was a bit muddy in places, but we’re used to that aren’t we?

Awaiting Jedburgh Results

RunFurther Final Results

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Towneley

Another great turnout for the club at the Towneley Park fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League. There was a record number of younger runners, many of them running for us.

U11 Girls

A great run from Ella Dorrington in this race who finished in 6th place. Helped to a great team position by Helana White and Imogen Ferguson.

Imogen Ferguson in the U11 Girls' race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Imogen Ferguson in the U11 Girls’ race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Team position 5th (E Dorrington/H White/ I Ferguson)

Pos Name Time
6 Ella Dorrington 7:49
21 Helana White 8:16
33 Imogen Ferguson 8:38
58 Kady Thompson 9:17
71 Rachel Stevenson 10:10
72 Tillie Ferguson 10:17
83 Millie Maccabe 11:11

U11 Boys

A third place finish for Dexta Thompson and a first place team position along with Christopher Brown and Jenson Bentham. A great performance from our under 11 boys.

U11 Boys getting ready to race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

U11 Boys getting ready to race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Team position 1st (D Thompson/C Brown/J Bentham)

Pos Name Time
3 Dexta Thompson 6:58
10 Christopher Brown 7:28
16 Jenson Bentham 7:41
23 Finlay Stubbs 7:54
42 Joshua McKay 8:44
53 Charlie Birtwistle 8:57
62 Finan Holdsworth 9:36

U13 Girls

Despite some changes to last year’s lineup our under 13 girls continue to work extremely well together. Millie Stubbs was our first finisher in 7th place and the team counters alongside her were Liberty Thompson and Sophie Ashworth.

Sophie Ashworth in the U13 Girls' race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Sophie Ashworth in the U13 Girls’ race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Team position 2nd (M Stubbs/L Thompson/S Ashworth)

Pos Name Time
7 Millie Stubbs 11:57
13 Liberty Thompson 12:04
23 Sophie Ashworth 12:56
30 Claudia Bentham 13:25
35 Roanna Holdsworth 13:38
41 Natasha Olszewska 14:07
42 Heidi Kewin 14:11
51 Bronia Olszewska 18:27

U13 Boys

Jackson McKay was our first under 13 finisher in the boys race, finishing in 5th place. Good runs from his team mates Lennon Jackson and Jay Bowman place their team in 9th place.

Lennon Jackson and Jay Bowman in the U13 Boys' race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lennon Jackson and Jay Bowman in the U13 Boys’ race. Photo by David Belshaw

Team position 9th (J McKay/L Jackson/J Bowman)

Pos Name Time
5 Jackson McKay 11:33
41 Lennon Jackson 13:20
46 Jay Bowman 13:40

U15 Girls

As a couple of our girls have moved up the age groups we are able to field an U15 girls team. Briony, back from an injury at the English Schools Fell Running Championships had a great return and finished in 6th place.

Eleanor Root in the U15 Girls' race.

Eleanor Root in the U15 Girls’ race.

Team position – not listed but 4th by my reckoning! Well done girls.

Pos Name Time
6 Briony Holt 12:41
18 Eleanor Root 13:42
31 Lucy Stevenson 17:09

U15 Boys

Brothers Thomas and Daniel put in some solid runs in this race.

Pos Name Time
16 Thomas Bradley 16:41
25 Daniel Bradley 18:44

U17 Women

Alice Pier was our only U17 Lady and she finished in 10th place with a time of 18:25. 

Pos Name Time
10 Alice Pier 18:25

U17 Men

Solid performances from our under 17 men. Curtis Holt was our first finisher in 15th place overall backed up by Ryan Clarke and Simon Wilshaw to earn a third place team finish.

Team Position 3rd (C Holt/R Clarke/S Wilshaw)

Pos Name Time
15 Curtis Holt 24:01
20 Ryan Clarke 25:27
23 Simon Wilshaw 27:55

U20 Ladies

Beth Quinn was our sole representative in the U20 Ladies and finished in 4th place.

Pos Name Time
4 Bethany Quinn 31:34

U 20 Men

George Pier ran well finishing in 11th in the U20 race and 56th overall in the men’s race.

Pos Name Time
11 George Pier 35:55

Senior Ladies

 A great run from Laura Hesketh who was 6th in the Ladies Race. Irene Roche took the 1st LV55 category. Our Ladies team were 8th overall and we had some good placings in the Vets team categories winning first Vet 55 team.

First Clayton lady, Laura Hesketh. Ryan Clarke in the background in the U15 Boys' race. Photo by David Belshaw

First Clayton lady, Laura Hesketh. Ryan Clarke in the background in the U17 Boys’ race. Photo by David Belshaw

Ladies Team positions

Team A – 8th   (L Hesketh/H Leathley/ I Roche)

Team B – 17th (E Mullan/A Shian/V Heys)

Over 35 Team A – 10th (I Roche/A Shian/V Heys)

Over 35 Team B – 12th (J Dawes/J Bennett/J Knightley)

Over 45 Team A – 4th (I Roche/V Heys/J Dawes)

Over 45 Team B – 8th (J Bennett/J Knightley/J Rushton)

Over 55 Team – 1st (I Roche/J Knightley/K Thompson

Elizabeth Mullan chasing Angela Shian to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Elizabeth Mullan chasing Angela Shian to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Laura Hesketh L 24:21
32 Helena Leathley L 26:51
50 Irene Roche L55 28:08
67 Angela Shian L35 28:53
68 Elizabeth Mullan L 28:54
70 Vicky Heys L45 29:04
71 Julie Dawes L45 29:05
72 Joanne Bennett L45 29:13
75 Jean Knightley L55 29:22
89 Julia Rushton L45 30:05
90 Helen Burnett L35 30:06
96 Rachel Todd L35 30:22
101 Donna Airey L 30:44
102 Sarah Whittaker L35 30:45
111 Bethany Quinn L20 31:34
113 Katy Thompson L55 31:40
114 Joanne Perry L 31:41
116 Kath Brady L45 31:52
123 Elouise Pemberton L 32:56
132 Joanne Motley L 33:49
180 Christine Leathley L65 40:43
185 Susan Allen L55 42:47

 Senior Men

Cross country captain, Chris Holdsworth, had a fine race finishing in 9th place and helping push the men’s team into third place overall. As with the ladies, the men’s teams had some great placing particularly our Vet 40s who finished in 2nd place.

The unmissable Breton Holdsworth. Photo by Dave Belshaw

The unmissable Breton Holdsworth. Photo by Dave Belshaw

Men’s Team Positions

Team A – 3rd (C Holdsworth/A Stubbs/B Holdsworth/T Brewster/G Pier/M Perry)

Team B – 9th (L Smith/A Armstrong/D Bagot/C Helliwell/D Motley/M Duckworth)

Over 40 Team A – 2nd (A Stubbs/B Holdsworth/A Armstrong/C Helliwell)

Over 40 Team B – 10th (A Holt/A Dorrington/A Life/A Clarke)

Over 50 Team A – 7th (A Life/J Wilcock/S Ainsworth)

Over 50 Team B – 18th (S White/J Hickie/P Browning)

Battling for the finish at the Towneley Cross County. Photo by David Belshaw

Battling for the finish at the Towneley Cross County. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Christopher Holdsworth M 32:55
28 Andy Stubbs V40 34:55
34 Breton Holdsworth V40 35:32
38 Tom Brewster M 35:45
56 George Pier U20 36:55
57 Matt Perry M 37:04
60 Lee Smith M 37:10
71 Andrew Armstrong V40 37:50
79 Dave Bagot M 38:15
93 Carl Helliwell V40 38:49
96 Dave Motley M 38:57
100 Matthew Duckworth M 39:10
102 Andrew Holt V40 39:28
108 Alan Dorrington V40 39:51
111 Alan Life V50 40:00
120 Jonathan Pye M 40:21
127 Chris Snell M 40:27
134 Gareth Berry M 40:27
152 Adam Shaw M 41:49
161 Michael Clarke V40 42:08
167 Jonathan Cleaver M 42:25
184 John Wilcock V50 43:04
187 Stephen Ainsworth V50 43:23
211 Chris Paul M 44:31
221 Stephen White V60 45:06
222 Andy Quinn V40 45:08
225 Jason Pier V40 45:17
237 James Hickie V50 46:15
247 Peter Browning V50 46:51
252 David Scott V70 47:10
254 Martin Brady V50 47:42
298 Stuart Barker V40 54:59
302 Doug Monroe V60 59:48

 Full Results

 OMM – Original Mountain Marathon

OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) is a test of endurance, navigation and mountain survival. Held in some of most remote locations and at a time of year when conditions can be extremely challenging, an OMM is meant to be hard; it is hard!

Well done to Jean Brown (partnered with Nicky Spinks) in the Elite, and Wendy Dodds (partnered with Helene Whittaker) in the A class of the OMM

Full Results

Accrington 10K

Hundreds of runners took part in the Accrington 10k road race’s 30th anniversary event. Former Olympian Ron Hill also joined runners for the start of the race but nfortunately due to injury he was only able to do a couple of miles before he had to retire.

Starting out on Burnley Road by the Whitakers Arms pub, the race takes on a challenging 10-kilometre course, which winds through Huncoat and Clayton-le-Moors before finishing at Accrington Cricket Club on Thorneyholme Road.

18 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this popular local 10K road race. Matthew Duckworth was our first finisher taking 5th place overall in a time of 38:28. Phil Hall followed not long after in 8th place and with a time of 39:01. Stephen Hall was our third finisher in 15th place with a time of 40:10. These three made up the 1st place mens team so well done to all three!

Our first lady was Fabienne Richmond who was fourth lady finisher with a time of 43:47.

Fabienne Richmond. Our first lady finisher at the Accrington 10k. Photo by David Belshaw

Fabienne Richmond. Our first lady finisher at the Accrington 10k. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Duckworth Reports

For me it was a no brainier to run this as soon as l so the route, as it take us through our namesake. It was a fantastic race that was well marshalled and very well supported, which was a very big boost on the 2 mile long hill coming out of Altham. It was a good result for the club winning the male team prize and on a personal note a great achievement for me after running my first XC the day before, I wasn’t expecting such a good result!

Matthew Duckworth, first Clayton male finisher at the Accrington 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Duckworth, first Clayton male finisher at the Accrington 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Matthew Duckworth M 38:28
8 Phil Hall MV50 39:01
15 Stephen Hall MV40 40:10
22 Andrew Payne M 40:41
43 Michael Clarke MV40 43:31
45 Fabienne Richmond FV35 43:47
48 Stuart Proctor M 44:04
52 Stephen Biscomb MV60 44:30
79 Amanda Duffy FV35 46:04
103 Martin Brady MV50 47:43
110 Julie Dawes FV45 48:28
113 Elizabeth Mullan F 48:44
139 Lee Moore M 51:06
148 Leanne Cottam FV35 51:51
155 Elouise Sylkie Pemberton F 52:17
156 Ted Orrell MV75 52:18
157 Ian Hargreaves MV50 52:22
199 Julie Toman FV45 56:12

 Full Results

Bradford City 10K

Dan Balshaw was our sole representative in this 10 race in Bradford. He finished in fourth place with a time of 35:24

Full Results

Bronte Way

 Fifteen Clayton Harriers took part in this 8 mile fell race with 1150ft of ascent organised by Keighley and Craven AC. Neil Hardiman was our first finisher in 32nd place with a time of 01:03:45. Our first lady finisher was Vicky Heys who finished in 138th place with a time of 01:20:23. 210 runners took part.

Barbara Savage (on stile) and Linda Bostock at the Bronte Way Fell Race. Photo by Andrew Graham

Barbara Savage (on stile) and Linda Bostock at the Bronte Way Fell Race. Photo by Andrew Graham

Andy Bradley reports

Third year running for one of my favourite races the Bronte Way, perfect running weather and plenty of familiar faces at the Aisled Barn at Wycoller. An unusual one way race which needs a bit of organisation in order to get to the start at Wycoller and back from the finish at Howarth, (the coach has to be booked well in advance), the number of runners asking for lifts back suggests that not everyone had thought this through! Just short of 8 miles of fell and trail over the moor tops makes for a great run, especially when there is no rain and hail en route. A quick dash up the final cobbled street, hand over your beer token for a pint of Timothy Taylors and a post mortem on the race with fellow runners, what could be better? Oh yes a chip butty on the way home, love this race!!

Pos Name Cat Time
32 Neil Hardiman MV45 01:03:45
42 Chris Funnell MV45 01:04:54
62 Andy Bradley MV50 01:08:54
71 Sean Clare MV50 01:09:37
75 Richard Briscoe M35 01:10:14
87 Jeffrey Pickup MV60 01:11:55
91 Gary Balmer MV45 01:12:58
108 Stephen White MV60 01:14:53
138 Vicky Heys FV45 01:20:23
140 Angela Shian FV35 01:21:30
150 Barbara Savage FV50 01:21:46
153 Linda Bostock FV55 01:23:13
165 Katy Thompson FV50 01:26:21
169 Kath Brady FV50 01:27:51
176 Robert Hirst MV65 01:29:35

 Full Results

Fairclough 5

Paul Walsh at the Fairclough 5 race.

Paul Walsh at the Fairclough 5 race.

Report from Paul Walsh

This was a friendly well organised, well marshalled event, with plenty of encouragement from them. It was a cold day and the course is a mostly rural figure of 8 with a few shallow climbs. Goody bag at finish included a banana, apple, kit-kat, bottle of water & a red Thornton-in-Cleveleys running drinks bottle (can’t take that to Training nights!!..ha-ha) In summary, a very friendly well organised race, made better by me getting my V60 5k PB down to 25:03 

Pos Name Cat Time
64 Paul Walsh MV60 40:39
87 Kevin O’Brien MV70 45:51
105 Valerie Lawson FV70 55:52 

Full Results

Tandle Hill Trail Race

Peter Butterworth was our only runner in this trail race organised by Cannonball Events.

Pos Name Cat Time
30 Peter Butterworth MV60 45:26.2

Full Results 

Blackpool Illuminations

Not a race at all but a social event. A 9.4 mile up and down the prom run with a chippy treat at the end. Sounds like great fun and maybe something we can all join in with next year? Ian Hargreaves and junior runners Aaron Lundie and Adam Stevenson all went along with a number of fellow runners from Burnley parkrun. It was the furthest Adam has ever run so very well done! (amazing what the promise of chips will do!)

Clayton runners on the prom at Blackpool

Clayton runners on the prom at Blackpool

Parkrun roundup

Some great runs in some far flung places this week. Well done to Colin Shuttleworth on his first place in Inverness and Jacob Boyle for his 4th in Chelmsford. Closer to home there were top ten finishes at Burnley, Pendle and Witton parkruns and a couple of PBs as well.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 215 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 Richard STEVENSON 18:37 VM40-44
11 Paul WALE 20:51 VM45-49 New PB!
13 Donna RILEY 21:24 VW50-54
18 Stuart PROCTOR 21:51 VM35-39
40 Martin BRADY 23:25 VM50-54
66 Andrew TAYLOR 25:13 VM55-59
72 Donna SCOTT 25:24 VW50-54
93 Annabel WILCOCK 26:33 JW11-14
94 John WILCOCK 26:34 VM50-54
143 Marion WILKINSON 30:24 VW70-74
154 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:18 VW65-69

Pendle parkrun – A total of 59 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 John HARTLEY 20:08 VM55-59
4 Richard BRISCOE 20:52 VM35-39

Witton parkrun – A total of 163 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
6 Garry R WILKINSON 19:40 VM50-54
13 Nick COLLINSON 22:12 JM15-17
35 Katy THOMPSON 25:09 VW60-64
45 Jude ASHWORTH 26:16 VW55-59 New PB!

Chelmsford Central parkrun – A total of 487 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
4 Jacob BOYLE 17:44 SM18-19 First Timer!

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

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
88 Eileen JONES 30:25 VW60-64

Heaton parkrun – A total of 495 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
239 Julie TOMAN 27:34 VW45-49

Inverness parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Colin SHUTTLEWORTH 18:39 VM55-59 First Timer!

South Manchester parkrun – A total of 356 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
332 Ron HILL 34:07 VM75-79

 

A Bit Of A Do

Huge thanks to all of the organisers, volunteers and supporters who helped make this year’s British Athletics Hill & Fell Running Relay Championships go so smoothly on Pendle. As well as organising we put three teams into the event so read on to find out how they went on. Don’t forget the Mid Lancs cross country fixture is at Towneley Park this Saturday so come on down and take part for the club. Let’s have a good turnout on familiar ground.

Saturday 17 October

British Athletics Hill & Fell Running Relay Championships

74 clubs entered 147 teams in this prestigious event organised by us and run on and around Pendle Hill. Calder Valley Fell runners were the overall winners of the event in 3:29:19, with some stiff competition from Pudsey & Bramley AC 3:29:55 and Dark Peak 3:30:10. Borrowdale Fell Runners were the first vet team, finishing in 3:42:43, 13th place overall.

The British Relay Championships. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

The British Relay Championships. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

We entered two men’s teams; an open team and a Vet 40 team. The open men finished in 25th place with a time of 3:57:06 and the Vets in 34th with a time of 04:02:36.

First Ladies’ team was Ambleside who were 48th place with a time of 4:11:06. First Vet Ladies team was Dark Peak in 65th place with a time of 4:27:14.

We entered a Vet 40 Ladies team who were the 5th Vets team and 120th place overall with a time of 5:25:43.

Report from Ladies’ Fell Captain Kath Brady

We entered our only ladies team in the LV40 Championship to support the first year of this new championship category. We finished 5th out of 11 teams in a time of 5.25.43. 4th team were just 12 seconds in front of us and 6th team were just 4 seconds behind us so every second counted.

Irene Roche, a very last minute call up late on Thursday, lead us off up past Black Moss Reservoir and up the Big end of Pendle (7K approx with 450m of ascent) coming home in 8th in a time of 55.54.

Alison Dugdale & Vicky Heys ran 2nd leg (15K approx with 630m of ascent) pulled back one place to finish 7th in 1.41.10.

Vicky Heys at the British Relay Championships on Pendle. Photo by Woodentops

Vicky Heys at the British Relay Championships on Pendle. Photo by Woodentops

Top navigators Jean Brown & Wendy Dodds on leg 3 picked up their maps half a mile after their start and had a storming run with the 3rd fastest time in 1.42.53. Both enjoyed the challenge of navigating the optimal route.

Our last leg runner Barbara Savage, set off in the ‘staggered’ mass start finishing in 1.05.46, 9th fastest on the leg.

There was great club and team spirit throughout the day, Jean was on car parking at 7am, Barbara had been on the start/finish field all day and at 9.45 was digging a trench to lay electric cables! Irene, Alison, Vicky & Wendy were around encouraging all our teams.

We can build on this result at Loch Lomond in 2016, so keep a weekend free for a recce trip to Scotland!

Irene Roche – Leg 1 Runner – Reports

On arrival at Barley, ready for leg 1, I found there was a great buzz about the place. After collecting a map, dinner voucher, dibber and complimentary head buff from Captain Kath Brady, I was ready for Kit check and dibber activator. Off we then all set for the big hill in view! A brilliant atmosphere amongst fellow runners was followed by the lung busting, energy sapping race up the “big end” of Pendle.

Irene Roche at the British Relay Championships on Pendle Hill. Photo by Woodentops

Irene Roche at the British Relay Championships on Pendle Hill. Photo by Woodentops

The descent by the steps followed by the immediate climb back up the cart track gave no rest to any of us. I must say my favourite part of the course was running down the steady descent towards Buttock Farm and finally the finish. I loved every minute of it. An excellent team effort from all the Clayton Lady runners in an extremely prestigious event!

Report from Christopher Holdsworth

A lot of people seemed eager to see Clayton fail in their efforts to host this year’s British Relay Championships, so it goes to show just how well the members involved managed to pull it off with all the praise and compliments they have received.

Jonny McKenna (L) and Chris Holdsworth at the British Relay Championships. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

Jonny McKenna (L) and Chris Holdsworth at the British Relay Championships. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

The senior men, although having a few dropouts through injury, fielded a very strong and young team. We started our day with Jordan McDonald eager to induce stress in us all by forgetting his dibber (literally 5 minutes after I gave it him). Jordan had a storming run bringing us back in 30th position in a very strong opening leg. Jonny and I managed to reduce the places by 12 coming in at 18th. Dave Bagot and Paul Thompson took over and put in a solid navigational effort, taking some big scalps along the way. Lee Smith rounded off the day with a good performance, finishing 25th overall.

Jordan McDonald (Front) and Andrew Stubbs at the British Relay Championships. Photo by Woodentops

Jordan McDonald (Front) and Andrew Stubbs at the British Relay Championships. Photo by Woodentops

The vets, who posed a threat throughout the day, finished not far behind in 34th – showing just how even our two teams were at times.

A really great day was topped off by attending Marie Flood and Thomas Brewster’s wedding do in the evening. Congratulations to them both!

Pos Time Team Competitors
25th 03:57:06 MOpen J McDonald/J McKenna/C Holdsworth/P Thompson/D Bagot/LSmith
34th 04:02:36 MV40 A Stubbs/G Wilkinson/C Helliwell/M Wallis/N Hardiman/B Holdsworth
120th 05:25:43 FV40 I Roche/V Heyes/A Dugdale/J Brown/WDodds/B Savage

Full Results

Pilling 10k

Run on a flat & quiet roads in the pretty village of Pilling. This 10km race series aims to be a friendly series organised by runners who are dedicated to delivering a well-supported series of 10km’s for every type of runner. This is flat, fast and has some excellent opportunities to stretch your legs!

Pos Name Cat Time
28 Amanda Duffy FV35 00:44:46
41 Lee Moore M 00:48:01
47 Tony Pilling MV50 00:49:01

Full Results

 

Sunday 18 October

Green Drive 5 Road Race – Lytham (incorporating Lancashire 5 Mile Road Championships)

Congratulations to Dave Scott who is the 1st V70 and to Kath Brady who is 2nd V50 Lady 5 mile road champions.

Kath Brady sends this report

Having set off from a gloomy East Lancashire heading for better weather in the West of the county, we arrived in plenty of time to check out the first part of the course and to see and encourage the four Thompson Clayton juniors flying by in the 1 mile race

The course starts on a tarmac pedestrian, tree-lined avenue for the first km then onto the pavements of the flat road between Lytham and Warton. Shortly after 2 miles on the main road a left turn on to a country lane, this doubled back and brought us on to the main road back into Lytham. An ideal race for a 5 mile PB.

This would make a great Club Road Championship race. It is a well organised, friendly race. £11 to enter (going back into Lytham club funds) with a nice technical tshirt along with physio students doing free massages at the finish I’d recommend this race.

I tried to set off steady and get into a rhythm to see how my legs would work after a long day helping at the relay. After 2 miles, started to pick a few off with the focus of a couple club of Trawden vests to chase, the remaining 3 miles seem to pass fairly quickly.

Paul Walsh looking resplendent at the Lytham Green 5 Mile Race.

Paul Walsh looking resplendent at the Lytham Green 5 Mile Race.

5 Mile Race Results

Pos Name Cat CatPos Time
50 Kevin Davies M50 (005/032) 00:31:17
96 Stephen Biscomb M60 (006/018) 00:34:46
112 Martin Brady M50 (014/032) 00:36:17
127 David Scott M70 (001/006) 00:37:04
129 Brian Wildman M45 (017/029) 00:37:08
169 Kathryn Brady F50 (002/018) 00:39:23
198 Paul L.Walsh M60 (14/018) 00:41:21
262 Kevin O’Brien M70 (005/006) 00:46:52

1 Mile Race Results

Another sterling performance from Team Thompson at this event. There’s just no stopping them!

Pos Name Cat CatPos Time
6 Dexta Thompson M10 (001/014) 00:05:50
16 Liberty Thompson F12 (002/003) 00:06:14
48 Kady Thompson F8 (001/006) 00:07:41
56 Felix Thompson M6 (001/001) 00:07:59

Full Results

Jimmy Cricket’s 70th Birthday Cowm 5K

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
42 Robert Hirst MV65 24:33
54 Julie Toman FV45 26:17
68 Jack McGuire MV60 28:28

http://www.ukresults.net/2015/cricket.html 

Parkrun roundup

Plenty of PBs and top ten performances from our club members at Burnley and Pendle parkruns this week.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 312 runners took part.

Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 George PIER 17:40 SM18-19 New PB!
4 Jonathan PYE 17:51 SM25-29
6 Richard STEVENSON 17:57 VM40-44 New PB!
7 Matthew DUCKWORTH 18:25 SM25-29
10 Dexta THOMPSON 18:54 JM10 New PB!
14 Chris SNELL 19:32 VM35-39
16 Gareth BERRY 19:43 VM35-39
18 Nick ROSCOE 19:59 VM45-49
28 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:36 VM35-39
31 Simon WILSHAW 21:08 JM15-17
33 Adam QUINN 21:17 JM11-14 New PB!
34 Donna RILEY 21:18 VW50-54
43 Lennon JACKSON 21:49 JM11-14
44 Andy QUINN 21:51 VM40-44
57 Darren RUSHTON 22:24 VM45-49 First Timer!
59 Ella DORRINGTON-LEVY 22:29 JW10 New PB!
60 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:30 JW11-14
63 Julie DAWES 22:38 VW45-49 New PB!
65 Helana WHITE 22:51 JW10 New PB!
68 Elizabeth MULLAN 22:57 SW30-34 New PB!
75 Jean KNIGHTLEY 23:22 VW55-59 New PB!
79 Liberty THOMPSON 23:42 JW11-14
84 Dawn TERRY 23:56 VW50-54
87 Ian HARGREAVES 24:08 VM50-54 New PB!
100 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:03 SW25-29
102 Matthew JACKSON 25:05 JM10
103 Donna SCOTT 25:07 VW50-54
105 Beth QUINN 25:08 JW15-17
121 Imogen FERGUSON 25:55 JW10
124 Stuart BARKER 25:58 VM45-49
125 Donna AIREY 26:00 SW30-34
129 Philip NAYLOR 26:10 VM35-39 New PB!
131 Annabel WILCOCK 26:11 JW11-14
135 Stuart HARTLEY 26:17 VM55-59
137 John WILCOCK 26:25 VM50-54
149 Adam STEVENSON 27:11 JM11-14
157 Julie TOMAN 27:43 VW45-49
178 Toby BIRTWISTLE 28:23 JM10 New PB!
179 Justin BIRTWISTLE 28:30 VM40-44 New PB!
188 Aaron LUNDIE 28:53 JM11-14
200 Kady THOMPSON 29:32 JW10
210 Marion WILKINSON 30:01 VW70-74
222 Christine LEATHLEY 30:47 VW65-69
229 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:16 VW65-69
282 Valerie LAWSON 35:27 VW70-74
292 Milly MACCABE 36:32 JW10

Pendle parkrun – A total of 61 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 John HARTLEY 20:13 VM55-59
4 Paul BRANNON 21:02 VM55-59
20 Barry MITCHELL 24:16 VM70-74
29 Molly HESKETH 26:48 JW11-14 New PB!

Witton parkrun – A total of 173 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
19 Nick COLLINSON 21:30 JM15-17 New PB!

Bolton parkrun – A total of 267 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
265 Julia RUSHTON 44:40 VW50-54

 

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 223 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
141 Eileen JONES 29:40 VW60-64

 Oakwell Hall parkrun – A total of 149 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
125 Robin PRICE 35:50 VM70-74 First Timer!

Preston parkrun – A total of 261 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Colin SHUTTLEWORTH 19:00 VM55-59

Woodbank parkrun – A total of 138 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
114 Ron HILL 32:37 VM75-79