2016 – What a Year!

So what did we do this year? Well…You have raced 2K, 5K, 10K, 4 milers, 5 milers, 7 milers, 10 milers, half marathons, 20 milers and full marathons. You’ve raced in ultras from a mere 32 miles up to 105 miles with thousands of feet of ascent thrown in just for fun. You’ve run in different continents; Australia, Africa and Europe. Fell races number in the hundreds for the year with too many to reel off but covering Lancashire, Pennines, Lake District, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Peak District and Yorkshire. You have got down and dirty in Cross Country Leagues and championships.  You have competed in team relay events on the roads, trails and fells. You’ve joined Ben Smith in his 401 marathons campaign when he was in the area. And top it off some of you have just completed a 31-day running streak in December.

We’ve welcomed 46 new members and had to say farewell to a handful as well this year. We were especially sad to hear of the passing of Tony Aspin, Mick Raine and Valerie Lawson.

When you are not running you are organising races, marshalling races, helping out at parkruns, helping out with training sessions and supporting your club mates in all kinds of ways. There have been 52 roundups this year with contributions and reports from 75 club members over the year.  That’s an amazing number and something to be really proud of as I don’t think many clubs can boast such a huge amount of participation from its members.  In the words of Ron Hill: “Clayton; what a club!”

MONDAY 26 DECEMBER

Whinberry Naze Fell Race

Report by Alan Dorrington

Cancelled last year during the horrendous Boxing Day floods, the Whinberry Naze Dash fell race was back this year with its usual eclectic mix of hangovers and fancy dress. Austerity seemed to have caught up with the dress code and there were no multi-occupant Chinese Dragons or Egyptian pyramids this year, but nonetheless the individual fancy dress on show wasn’t too shabby. A multitude of Elfs, some sexy, some not so, a couple of huntsman complete with dogs, Zorro, a bike carrying cyclist and Where’s Wally were among the outfits I caught sight of.fullsizerender

Whilst it was a crisp dry day and water engress would pose no threat to the many costumes, the vicious wind up on the tops would cause difficulties for some competitors with less than skin tight costumes (see Zorro’s cape for example).

A classic straight up and pretty much straight down route which makes up in climb what it lacks in imagination, the race starts up a very steep tarmac track and just keeps on going. Luckily they persuade Santa to do just one more gig before putting his feet up and he is always at the trig turn at the top with a tube of Smarties for each breathless runner. Those who are either less competitive or more foolhardy, attempt to eat them whilst breathing heavily and trying to descend a short greasy path to a long boggy run back for home. I’ve been running a charity challenge every day in December and had run 170 miles in the previous 2 weeks so was less than sprightly up the first steep climb, getting going up a bit more up to the trig at Cowpe Lowe before enjoying the scenic views (for once) over the Rossendale Valley on the way down.img_8878

Once finished down the steep and now slippery tarmac track, everybody was able to compare how well their outfits had fared up on the hill, and enjoy any wardrobe malfunctions as a consequence. A great way to run the Christmas fug off without getting too serious.

Awaiting results

Worden Park 10K

374 Runners ran off their Christmas dinners at the Worden Park Boxing Day 10K in Leyland, amongst them were four Clayton runners. First past the finish for the club was Mark Wightman in 48th place. 31523159240_02769ea2a2_hNext in was Stephen Biscombe in 68th. stephen-biscombBattling it out right to the end were Robert Morrison and Colin White in 78th and 79th respectively with Robert claiming a 3 second lead.

Pos Surname Category Time
48 Mark Wightman MV55 00:42:36
68 Stephen Biscomb MV60 00:44:10
78 Robert Morrison MV40 00:44:44
79 Colin White MV40 00:44:47

Full Results

TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER

Ribble Valley 10K

There was a whopping turnout of Clayton Harriers in the Ribble  Valley 10K with over 50 tangerine stripes on view. This popular road race attracts a quality field and the finish times are always fast.  Danny Collinge was our first man home in 33rd place overall with a time of 32:26.  Dave Bagot and Jacob Watson made the top 100 with sub 35 minute times. It seems that despite the excesses of Christmas, this race has brought out the best across the board with our runners as too many of them to mention ran a blinder and smashed their PBs.15774693_10207935064470512_7327752714116670218_o

Well done Team Clayton!

Race Report from Dave Motley

Fast and furious 10k and with another quality field, most of Clayton got new PBs including me. 2017 looks promising. Up the Clayton!15723622_10207935012509213_4643309125396976931_o

Race Report from Nerina Gill

My husband says every time you get a few runners together all they talk about is injuries. So I don’t want to make my report on the Ribble Valley 10k all about my dodgy ankle. But it was my first race in almost six months thanks to a nasty attack of tendinitis that put paid to my running for all of August and most of September. It’s been a long hard road back.15732272_1174960972572886_5557840999325405466_o

I got to the start expecting little. I felt flabby, a tad hungover, and full of Christmas stodge. But marathon training starts this week, so the hard work has to start somewhere, and racing is still the best way I know to get fit. I had several John Roche sessions under my belt, but nothing beats the pressure of a number on your chest.

I set off thinking I was taking it fairly easy, but within minutes I was out of breath. I tried to hang on to the people I knew, but even though the course was more undulating than hilly, I couldn’t keep up the pace. I dug in, and soon the 5k marker was in sight. Mr and Mrs Roche came up in my shoulder, and instructions were issued. I tried to relax, keep breathing etc, but tagging on just wasn’t an option. Within a few hundred yards they were gone.

Soon the road started heading downhill, and I picked up the pace, but I was frustrated. Downhills are usually my forte, but my legs were refusing to follow instructions. I hit the bridge, and remembered the outward section. Oh God, it was going to be uphill to the finish. Argh! No chance of a sprint for the line, my legs were dead. I clumped over the finish, vowing to stop eating and drinking instantly (yeah right) and looked at the time.

What seriously? A PB feeling like that? Not sure how, but I’d love to do that course properly fit. Plenty of hills await in January and February, but what a great race to do in that awkward period between Christmas and New Year. PBs were claimed by loads of people we passed, so it was a race very forgiving of Christmas excess. I usually work over Christmas, so it’s the first time I’ve been able to run it, and I can’t wait to give it another go. Next year, I’ll be fitter, lighter, and less hungover. No, really…

Race Report from Lisa Johnson

Having not run the Ribble Valley 10k (or any 10k) for some time it was with some trepidation that I lined up on the start line with my mum. It wasn’t helped by the fact that at this race, you are allowed to collect your t shirt before you race – temptation to grab it and go and sit in the car was quite strong! It was good to see so many familiar Clayton faces on the start line and on the course and the atmosphere was, as usual, very friendly and encouraging. I kept up with the legend that is Dave Scott for a while but then the inevitable happened and he overtook me.

15777081_1334487766618734_2429213692558840472_oSlight mishap at the water station where I chipped my tooth opening the water bottle but perhaps that took my mind off the running as I managed to beat my previous 10k pb set probably about 15 years ago. Seeing Mr Belshaw and his camera outside the pub was welcome and then it was just the small matter of slogging up the hill to the finish line to wait for my mum and cheer her in.

Race Report from Danny Pilkington

After a trial run (and swim) before the 2015 race got cancelled due to the horrific floods I was really eager to get going on the race this year.  Although cold and foggy, the weather in the morning was good.

I already had my race number through the post but no safety pins (I have made a note to start my own collection) so was ready to go early on.  There were plenty of Harriers around registration on  the morning which was good to see.15676468_10207935067310583_4146406599318769214_o

The race started on time and off we went, straight over Edisford bridge and up a hill.  I started off well but after 4k of an undulating (and picturesque) route, The food from Xmas day and boxing day forced me to slow down.

I finished 1:19 behind my PB (which was set at Lytham so I will take this) and despite my struggles half way round, I thoroughly enjoyed the route.  The stewards were spot on, encouraging people round and I don’t think I was the only one suffering from

Eating and drinking too much.  The online times came through quite quick and as ever, the friendly feel of the Clayton family was on show throughout.  There were lots of PB’s around too which, considering the undulating style of the course is a massive achievement.

Well done to all those hitting their PB’s.I can’t wait for next year’s race and will do my best not to overindulge over Christmas and boxing day.

Report from Judith Carey

We did a recce of the route a few weeks ago so that we felt prepared on race day and I was surprised at my pace, so I was gunning for a PB at this race. Although I was nervous because I’d run everyday in the Marcathon challenge and wasn’t sure how I would hold out.

Jane Hylands offered to run round with me and pace me and we were off! I really enjoyed the undulating route in the beautiful local scenery we live around and Jane kept me at a steady pace.15724656_10207935067390585_4307570689764222246_o

Around 6k I started to flag and then I heard the shouts and cheers from the Birtwistles which were gratefully received and lifted my pace! Then with 1k to go and an uphill finish I pulled out my fastest 1km split out of the 10! Knocking 6 minutes off my 10k time and coming in at 1:00:31. It was great to see so many Claytoners get PB’s too include Carl 😊

The marshals were great and the km markings were really helpful.Definitely a race to do again, help run off the turkey and mince pies!

Pos Name Category Time
33 DANNY COLLINGE M 00:32:26
70 DAVE BAGOT M 00:34:05
89 JACOB WATSON M 00:34:51
120 RICHARD STEVENSON MV40 00:36:25
126 MATTHEW DUCKWORTH M 00:36:42
134 DAVE MOTLEY M 00:37:03
135 LAURA HESKETH F 00:37:04
139 CHRIS SNELL M 00:37:07
144 JONATHAN CLEAVER M 00:37:16
219 MICHAEL TOMS MV50 00:39:19
220 JOHN HARTLEY MV60 00:39:23
253 JOHN WILCOCK MV50 00:40:39
260 MICHAEL HOGAN MV45 00:40:54
282 NICK ROSCOE MV45 00:41:38
301 DANIEL PLANT M 00:41:58
305 MICK HUGHES MV40 00:42:06
310 ANDY QUINN MV45 00:42:19
312 ALAN LIFE MV50 00:42:11
357 REECE LAWRENCE M JNR 00:43:39
447 CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE MV50 00:45:48
449 HELEN OROURKE F 00:45:40
452 DONA AIREY FV35 00:45:24
453 PAUL WALE MV45 00:45:45
466 MICHELLE ABBOTT FV35 00:46:14
468 BRIAN WILDMAN MV50 00:46:30
485 CASSANDRA SMEDLEY FV35 00:46:50
497 STUART PROCTOR M 00:47:24
499 CARL CAREY MV45 00:47:15
501 IRENE ROCHE FV55 00:47:05
503 JOHN ROCHE MV55 00:47:08
511 CRAIG NICHOLLS MV40 00:47:36
526 DAVID SCOTT MV70 00:48:00
535 JULIA RUSHTON FV50 00:48:01
549 LISA JOHNSON FV40 00:48:16
558 MARTIN BRADY MV50 00:48:55
561 IAN HARGREAVES MV50 00:48:44
562 TERESA DE CURTIS FV45 00:48:23
572 NERINA GILL FV45 00:48:52
589 JANINE POLLARD FV45 00:49:12
597 KATH BRADY FV50 00:49:20
628 JANE RYAN M 00:50:04
688 JO PERRY F 00:51:24
694 RACHEL TODD FV40 00:51:29
696 SUSAN CLARK FV45 00:51:34
697 LISA ELLIS F 00:51:35
749 DANIEL PILKINGTON MV40 00:53:55
821 MARK KNOWLES MV40 00:56:07
947 JANE HYLANDS FV45 01:00:22
950 JUDITH CAREY FV35 01:00:31
951 KARIN GOSS FV65 01:00:13
960 MARION WILKINSON FV75 01:00:48
1042 SHARON WILSON FV40 01:06:38

Full Results

Wansfell Pike

An out-and-back route, this race starts with an unforgiving short, sharp ascent of Stock Ghyll Lane to the fell gate/ stile. A runnable section to a 2nd gate leads on to a thigh burning section of steep stone steps which head directly upwards. A short section of open fell follows, over rough grass and onwards to the rocky summit. This is the only check point and although runners can take their own preferred route, most competitors ascend to the right of the summit, descending down the left or northern side, crossing back onto the main path near the bottom, creating a circular route.

Although short and sweet this race should not be underestimated. The route is very steep and extremely rough underfoot. Slippery, wet conditions can make the descent treacherous and if the mist is down the ability to navigate is essential.

Four Clayton Harriers took part with Mark Nutter finishing first for the club in 75th. He was joined by Andrew Firth and Simon Stansfield. Wendy Dodds was our sole lady competitor.

Pos Name Category Time
75 Mark Nutter MV50 30:01
81 Wendy Dodds FV60 30:51
101 Andrew Firth MV50 33:27
103 Simon Stansfield MV40 34:05

Full Results

SATURDAY 31 DECEMBER

256 Challenge

Report from Alan Dorrington

In a bid to ward off the long winter nights, the tendency to stay on the couch and avoid going out, let alone the Christmas excess, December is now the month for running challenges – Streaky December, Run Every Day, Marcothon and now the 256 Challenge.

The 256 is the idea of ultra writer and photographer Ian Corless and involves a pyramid of 256 miles for the month, running every day in December. You run 1 mile on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd up to 16 on the 16th and then, luckily, it goes back down to a final 1 mile on NYE. Not so bad you would think, until you look at the cumulative mileages – middle weeks of 56 miles followed by 99 miles followed by 70 miles. Nearly 10 marathons for the month, 4 in the hardest week and days and days where the previous 7 days mileage hovers close to 100. For some runners, big mileages like that are a regular feature but being fairly new to regular running, it was definitely a step in to the unknown for me.

Fortified by the knowledge that I never really run more than 20 – 25 miles a week, I decided I would run the challenge to raise money for M3 Project, the charity I manage that works with homeless young people. How hard could it be?

The answer was hard but not impossible. Worries over niggles and aches persisted in the first 7-10 days before my body simply accepted that it had no option but to run every day, for an ever increasing mileage. The aches went away, and whilst fatigue started setting in, it never really became desperate just hard mentally to go out day after day and run the required mileage. I was tired, spectacularly so, and with an appetite the likes of which I have never known. The Big Week of 100 miles (99 just wouldn’t do) came and went ok in a Groundhog Day of long runs, but it was the week after the Big Week that was the hardest – a bad day physically and mentally on the 19th when I had 13 miles to run was the lowest point. Christmas Eve Eve (9 miles) and Christmas Day and the 7 miler were turning points where I knew it was done, in the bag.

A final mile on NYE seemed almost an anti-climax but the knowledge that I had run through and well beyond what I ever imagined I could do will stay for a long, long time. For me personally, the biggest takeaway was the sense of surprise that if you ask your body to do something huge, look after it diligently and feed it, it can and will do it. With the support of 2 other friends who also completed the challenge at the same time, over £4000 has been raised to help homeless young people in East Lancashire. Who knows, I might even keep on running every day for a while longer yet…

If you would like to donate please follow this link

Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

A baker’s dozen of Clayton Harriers ran in this hugely popular festive fell race.  Christopher Holdsworth was celebrating his birthday in style by finishing in second place. Conditions were good if a bit “wuthering” (that’s a cold, biting wind if you are a southern softy). Louisa Powell-Smith was 2nd lady in the race.

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Coming on New Year’s Eve, fancy dress is very much a part of this race and Neil Hardiman and Barbara Savage certainly got into the swing of things in a most ecclesiastic fashion!

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Chris Holdsworth M 42:30
29 Louisa Powell-Smith F 48:47
62 Peter Coates MV40 52:52
70 Russell Clarke M 53:30
154 Nicholas Roscoe MV40 59:25
176 John Wilcock MV50 61:18
179 Dave Motley M 61:24
245 Sean Clare MV50 64:27
270 Vicky Heys FV40 66:13
310 Barbara Savage FV50 69:18
311 Neil Hardiman MV40 69:19
316 Colin Woolford MV40 69:40
398 Robert Hirst MV60 82:30

Full Results

Bowstones Fell Race

The Bowstones are a pair of ancient Anglian cross shafts situated beside the old ridgeway between Disley and Macclesfield overlooking the gorgeous Lyme Park, with extensive views across the Cheshire Plain, to the city of Manchester and the hills of the Peak District.

The run starts from the Boards Head Pub in Higher Poynton and winds its way uphill, crossing the Macclesfield Canal, into Lyme Park, joining the Gritstone Trail up to the Bowstones themselves, before passing Lyme Hall and the deer sanctuaries near Lyme Cage, eventually winding back down to Higher Poynton.

It’s a tough challenge, but the views (and the free bottle of beer to all finishers) make it more than worthwhile.

Chris Snell was our sole representative in this year’s race. He finished 16th in a field of 389 runners. A cracking finish to his running year.

Race report from Chris Snell

I booked on to Bowstones race due to Auld lang syne becoming full almost immediately and my Brother (Stockport Harriers) had booked to race and mentioned there were a few places available. Registration was between 8-930 in Cheshire so early start for myself and coach Gemma.

On the start line I didn’t recognise any faces but vests from Pennine, Dark Peak, Horwich, there was a decent turnout. I set off from the front and felt good for the first mile steady bridleway climb, I slipped behind from the leading group  but as usual thought head down run hard and see how it goes. The rest of the race after the first mile climb is forest track and grass paths within Lyme Park and has 3 bs climbs so not too bad and great practice for less experienced fell runners.

The route finishes with the same 1-mile bridleway so a fast finish.

I finished in 16th place and my brother 38th so I keep bragging rights for another race.

Pos Name Category Time
16 Chris Snell M 0:46:42

Full Results

FESTIVE PARKRUN ROUNDUP

It may have been Christmas but that hasn’t stopped you from running in multiple parkruns on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in locations as far flung as Penrith, Whitley Bay, Swansea and even South Africa.

CHRISTMAS EVE PARKRUNS

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers love parkrun. So much in fact that rather a lot of you did the double on the Christmas weekend and ran on Christmas Day as well.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 271 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
11 Jonathan CLEAVER 19:29 VM35-39
12 Simon WILSHAW 19:37 JM15-17 New PB!
16 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:37 JM11-14
19 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:52 VM60-64
26 Daniel PLANT 21:19 SM30-34
36 Helana WHITE 22:46 JW10
37 Colin WHITE 22:50 VM40-44
44 Matthew JACKSON 23:21 JM10
48 Michelle ABBOTT 23:37 VW35-39
61 Aaron LUNDIE 24:23 JM11-14
68 Nina KEWIN 24:41 VW35-39
91 Dawn TERRY 25:51 VW50-54
115 Barry MITCHELL 27:00 VM70-74
120 Annabel WILCOCK 27:07 JW15-17
121 Bethany WHEATCROFT 27:09 JW11-14
122 John WILCOCK 27:16 VM50-54
123 Lisa ELLIS 27:22 SW30-34
131 Brian WILDMAN 27:47 VM50-54
134 Donna SCOTT 27:55 VW50-54
135 Bianca BENNETT 27:56 SW25-29
149 Carl CAREY 28:38 VM45-49
167 Stuart BARKER 29:39 VM50-54
181 Ron CHAPPELL 30:14 VM65-69
185 Helen HARRISON 30:18 VW45-49
203 Jack MCGUIRE 31:16 VM60-64
209 Sophie MCINTOSH 31:35 SW25-29
210 Robert HIRST 31:40 VM65-69
239 Judith CAREY 34:07 VW35-39
267 Martin TERRY 39:27 VM55-59 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
93 Robin PRICE 34:01 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 99 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 John HARTLEY 22:06 VM60-64
27 Martin BRADY 26:02 VM50-54
29 David Ian SCOTT 26:16 VM70-74
75 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 33:44 VW65-69
83 Christine LEATHLEY 36:48 VW65-69

Skipton parkrun – A total of 154 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
81 Jude ASHWORTH 27:18 VW55-59
125 Eileen JONES 30:48 VW60-64 First Timer!
127 Jon SHARPLES 31:09 VM60-64 First Timer!

St Albans parkrun – A total of 482 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
126 Katy THOMPSON 23:39 VW60-64

Whitley Bay parkrun – A total of 243 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
70 Wendy DODDS 25:04 VW65-69 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 88 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Louisa POWELL -SMITH 18:47 VW35-39 First Timer!
38 Nerina GILL 26:17 VW45-49
46 Julia RUSHTON 27:02 VW50-54

 CHRISTMAS DAY PARKRUNS

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 109 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
112 Robin PRICE 35:48 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 62 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan CLEAVER 20:04 VM35-39 First Timer!
3 Kevin DAVIES 20:40 VM55-59
6 Daniel PLANT 21:55 SM30-34 First Timer!
8 John HARTLEY 22:04 VM60-64
11 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:37 JM15-17 New PB!
19 Alan LIFE 24:38 VM50-54
23 Donna AIREY 25:21 VW35-39 First Timer!
24 Chris LAWRENCE 25:24 VM50-54 New PB!
32 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 28:05 JW11-14
33 Carl CAREY 28:15 VM45-49 First Timer!
37 Carol LIFE 29:38 VW50-54
38 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:35 VW50-54
45 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 32:21 VW45-49
49 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 33:41 VW65-69
51 Judith CAREY 34:01 VW35-39 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 82 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
40 Julia RUSHTON 30:01 VW50-54
41 Nerina GILL 30:01 VW45-49

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARKRUNS

Burnley parkrun – A total of 291 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Danny COLLINGE 17:13 SM20-24
8 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:22 JM15-17
9 Jackson MCKAY 19:30 JM11-14
12 Simon WILSHAW 19:57 JM15-17
14 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:01 JM15-17
16 Gareth BERRY 20:29 VM40-44
19 Adam QUINN 20:41 JM11-14 New PB!
23 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:03 VM60-64
25 Andy QUINN 21:27 VM45-49
27 Mick HUGHES 21:36 VM40-44 New PB!
47 Chris LAWRENCE 23:11 VM50-54
51 Aaron LUNDIE 23:19 JM11-14
53 David Ian SCOTT 23:23 VM70-74
57 Carl CAREY 23:33 VM45-49
58 Michelle ABBOTT 23:39 VW35-39
63 Alison DUGDALE 23:47 VW45-49 First Timer!
70 Ian HARGREAVES 24:00 VM50-54
73 Nina KEWIN 24:12 VW35-39
84 Nathan KEWIN 24:50 JM11-14
93 Brian WILDMAN 25:12 VM50-54
94 Donna SCOTT 25:17 VW50-54
98 Lisa JOHNSON 25:33 VW40-44
116 John WILCOCK 26:36 VM50-54
117 Annabel WILCOCK 26:38 JW15-17
119 Bethany WHEATCROFT 26:46 JW11-14
120 Beth QUINN 26:53 SW18-19
122 Heidi KEWIN 26:58 JW11-14
171 Ron CHAPPELL 29:27 VM65-69
173 Stuart BARKER 29:29 VM50-54
203 Jack MCGUIRE 30:51 VM60-64
211 Marion WILKINSON 31:00 VW75-79
219 Judith CAREY 31:37 VW35-39
269 Helen HARRISON 36:56 VW45-49

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
94 Robin PRICE 33:57 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 319 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
82 Wendy DODDS 24:34 VW65-69

Finsbury parkrun – A total of 224 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
183 Eileen JONES 31:03 VW60-64 First Timer!

Heaton parkrun – A total of 486 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
19 Michael TOMS 19:38 VM50-54

Knysna parkrun – A total of 352 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
173 Deborah GREENWOOD 33:00 VW45-49 First Timer!

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 280 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
136 Philip NAYLOR 28:14 VM35-39 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 90 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Paul HESKETH 21:02 VM50-54
5 Briony Josephine HOLT 21:25 JW11-14 New PB!
6 John HARTLEY 21:31 VM60-64
29 Martin BRADY 25:23 VM50-54
39 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 27:38 JW11-14
49 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 30:05 VW45-49
62 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 33:35 VW65-69
71 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 36:20 JW11-14

Penrith parkrun –  A total of 172 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Jonathan PYE 19:04 SM25-29

Swansea Bay parkrun – A total of 292 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
166 Yvonne WICKHAM 27:37 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 99 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
19 Helana WHITE 23:59 JW10
25 Colin WHITE 24:43 VM40-44
42 Nerina GILL 27:18 VW45-49
98 Julia RUSHTON 49:14 VW50-54

‘Tis the season to be jolly

There’s definitely a lot of Christmas spirit in the air. It’s been a week of challenge and festive fancy dress. Quite a few club members are taking part in run every day in December challenges; Alan Dorrington is running everyday for the M3 Project while others are taking part in the Marcothon or Run Every Day December challenges as a fitness boost over the winter.

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER

HURST GREEN TURKEY TROT

For those that don’t know, the Hurst Green Turkey Trot is a 5 mile trail race with a bit of everything. Fancy dress costumes are actively encouraged and the sight of a burly, tattooed male runner dressed as a fairy princess is nothing out of the ordinary!

42 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers threw themselves into the festive madness of this year’s Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Fast becoming an annual tradition with lots of our members, this race certainly brings out the sillier side in runners.

Team Clayton at the Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

Team Clayton at the Hurst GreenTurkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

Our first Clayton finisher was Louisa Powell-Smith who was 6th overall in the race and 2nd lady runner in the race as well as 1st F35.

Louisa Powell-Smith at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

Louisa Powell-Smith at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

Breton was the first Clayton man in 8th place overall and 2nd M40 dressed as the Tango Man. Geoffrey Gough was 1st M55, Ivan Whigham was 1st M50, Joanne Bennett was 1st F45, and Anita Jones was 1st F60.

A junior race took place as well but sadly there are no results for this event.

Report from Jonathan Cleaver

It was my first time doing the Turkey Trot and I was not disappointed.  So many people made a huge effort in fancy dress and there was a relaxed atmosphere. The run itself is a 2.5 mile ascent part Road and part mud through the infamous elephant trap which got you soaked to the waist! The 2.5 mile descent was brilliant fun through the forest and flying down the track through the mud to the finish.

Jonathan Cleaver flying down through the woods at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

Jonathan Cleaver flying down through the woods at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot. Photo by David Belshaw

A fun prize giving by Chris Barnes followed which was a good laugh as well. Great turn out from Team Clayton and top performance particularly from Louisa who showed the boys up on the day!

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
6 Louisa Powell-Smith F35 (001/018) 00:33:04
8 Breton Holdsworth M40 (002/020) 00:33:37
11 Dave Motley M (005/044) 00:33:20
15 Jonathan Cleaver M (006/044) 00:34:09
16 Matthew Duckworth M (007/044) 00:34:29
23 Geoffrey Gough M55 (001/013) 00:36:57
30 Lee Smith M (012/044) 00:37:49
31 Matt Perry M (013/044) 00:37:49
32 Ivan Whigham M50 (001/025) 00:37:58
36 Peter Coates M40 (004/020) 00:38:07
40 Ryan Wilkinson M (016/044) 00:38:24
41 Ryan Belshaw M (017/044) 00:38:24
61 Adam Shaw M (025/044) 00:40:37
64 Stephen Ainsworth M60 (002/006) 00:41:06
71 Paul Wale M45 (010/024) 00:42:10
78 Andrew Howarth M55 (007/013) 00:43:01
90 Chris Funnell M50 (011/025) 00:44:14
91 Andy Bradley M50 (012/025) 00:44:14
96 Donna Airey F35 (004/018) 00:45:24
100 Michelle Abbott F35 (005/018) 00:46:13
101 Cassandra Smedley F35 (006/018) 00:46:15
104 Jo Perry F (009/026) 00:47:13
123 John Roache M50 (015/025) 00:51:15
128 Mick Hughes M40 (012/020) 00:52:55
129 Carl Carey M45 (019/024) 00:52:56
131 Joanne Bennett F45 (001/019) 00:53:06
135 Janine Pollard F45 (002/019) 00:53:22
153 Mark Knowles M40 (014/020) 00:56:07
158 Angela Shian F40 (012/026) 00:56:33
159 Irene Roache F50 (002/015) 00:56:33
160 Vicky Heyes F40 (013/026) 00:56:33
161 Jean Knightley F55 (002/012) 00:56:33
176 Charles Clutterbuck M70 (005/006) 00:57:39
200 Helen Burnett F45 (008/019) 01:00:31
201 Michelle Butschok F40 (017/026) 01:00:32
202 Karen Clarkin F40 (018/026) 01:00:34
203 Judith Carey F35 (014/018) 01:00:35
216 Geraldine Varley F55 (005/012) 01:02:52
217 Julia Taylor F55 (006/012) 01:02:53
220 Anita Jones F60 (001/002) 01:03:26
239 Sean Clare M50 (024/025) 01:09:55
240 Paul Hesketh M50 (025/025) 01:09:58
244 Sharon Wilson F40 (026/026) 01:10:25

Full Results

TOUR DE HELVELLYN

Three club members took part this in this year’s Tour de Helvellyn, a 38 mile trail ultra in the Lake District; Martin Terry, Nicholas Olszewski and Andy Armstrong. Martin Terry finished in 20th place with a time of 7:00:50, Nicholas Olszewski was 66th in 8:04:46 and Andrew Armstrong was 69th in 8:06:05. There were 201 finishers this year.

Report from Andy Armstrong

The Tour de Hellvellyn is a 38 mile trail/fell race, traditionally run on the shortest Saturday of the year. This is the sixth year of this low key classic event which follows a circuit over and around Hellvellyn  starting and finishing in Askham on the edge of the Lake District. Support is minimal; checkpoints provide drinks and savoury nibbles but the competitors have to carry their own fuel around the unmarked course. Competitors choose their own start time; a reasonably competent runner can complete the circuit in the daylight however many start and finish the race in darkness.

This year’s weather was a huge improvement on previous years (the event’s brief history has seen snow, torrential rain, gale force winds and flood damaged trails) and a clear dry day promised some excellent times. Three Harriers made the trip up north and the best performance was by Martin Terry who achieved a personal best (but slightly frustrating!) result of 7 hours and forty seconds.

Andy Armstrong with Nick Olszewski at the Tour de Helvellyn. Photo by Stephen White of Granddayout Photography

Andy Armstrong with Nick Olszewski at the Tour de Helvellyn. Photo by Stephen White of Granddayout Photography

Nick Olszewski and I ran round together and it took us an hour longer to complete the course, largely due to my woeful lack of long race fitness; this was my longest event in well over a year. Despite that, we had a great day out and the weather made for great sightseeing on the way round!

Full Results

THE STOOP

306 runners took part in this year’s festive Stoop Fell Race. 11 Clayton Harriers donned their Santa Hats and huddled together with the other runners in the quarry to stave off the icy cross wind that was blowing on an otherwise fine and dry day. Danny Collinge was our first finisher in 9th place overall.

Danny Collinge at the Stoop Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Danny Collinge at the Stoop Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Cassandra Smedley was our first lady finisher in 210th place and dressed as a Christmas tree for the second time this weekend having run in the Turkey Trot the day before. Teresa de Curtis was making her fell racing debut and followed shortly afterwards in 215th place despite turning her ankle on the course.

Report from James Boult

A strong summer turned to an injury-ridden winter and problems with motivation and fitness were starting to take their toll. Managing to struggle through a couple of Parkruns and a return to training only to be struck with shin pain, another layoff seemed on the cards. After a week off followed by JR’s winter wonderland on Tuesday, which finished pain free, I decided to tackle one last challenge of the year before Christmas – Woodentops’ The Stoop fell race over the border.

The 8km, 250m’ BS race from Penistone Country Park starts in the Quarry next to what Dave Woodhead told us at the start was “the highest cricket pitch in England” and heads onto the Harbour Lodge track. With more bog and mud than you could handle, the route heads on a steady, scenic climb up onto the tops to Stoop Standing Stone. A fast, long descent loops the course back before a final climb back to the cricket pitch.

L-R James Boult, Beth Quinn and Orlaith O'Mahony at the Stoop Fell Race.

L-R James Boult, Beth Quinn and Orlaith O’Mahony at the Stoop Fell Race.

Orlaith, Beth and I made the trip over for the race where we joined a handful of other Clayton runners tackling the event. A large field braved the icy crosswinds beforehand, clad in free Santa hats (which were a must for the race – it was the number 1 rule!) and some in fancy dress and we were released from the quarry at just after 11:45. Quickly finding rhythm I managed to move through the pack, only to be slowed by the first of what seemed to be about 7k worth of mud, bog and water. Ending up waist deep at one point and going knee deep countless times, I remembered just how much fun a proper, wintery fell race could be. Descents are not my strong point and this was no different (what’s new?!). Losing just about every place I had gained, and then probably a handful more for good measure, I tackled the course’s descent. Not a tricky one but when your ankles are like champagne flutes you tend to take more care than is probably necessary. Being overtaken by a man quite literally falling through the air, only to be stopped by bog a few metres ahead was a high point of what was a poor and disappointing descent. (But, ankles are still intact so I guess it’s not all bad.)

A steady climb back up to the finish line saw a time of 44:23 and a midfield finish, somewhere abound 120th I think in what was a great, muddy, fun-filled morning across the border and a nice way to conclude racing for 2016 – with two of my favourite team mates for company.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
9 Danny Collinge M 35:13
37 Chris Snell M 39:02
120 James Boult M 44:26
201 Colin Woolford M40 50:15
210 Cassandra Smedley L 51:38
215 Teresa de Curtis L40 52:18
243 Orlaith O’Mahony L 55:59
282 Adrienne Olszewska L40 62:38
290 Robert Hirst M60 65:12
301 Beth Quinn L 74:15
302 Jack McGuire M60 77:04

Full Results

THE STOOP JUNIOR RACES

U8 Race

50 children took part in the U8s race with lots of them in fancy dress. This is a rip-roaring and fun race up, down and around the Penistone Hill Quarry. Organised and officiated by larger-than-life Dave Woodhead, this is a fun event for junior runners with a generous goody bag for all of the finishers. Felix Thompson was our first U8 boy with Ellisia Smedley the our first U8 girl and Emily Johnson completing the team.

Emily Johnson running in fancy dress at the Stoop U8 Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Emily Johnson running in fancy dress at the Stoop U8 Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
19 Felix Thompson BU8 3:45
32 Elisia Smedley GU8 4:12
47 Emily Johnson GU8 5:10

 U10/U12/U14 Race

84 children took part in the U10/U12/U14 race. Dexta Thompson was 3rd overall. Helana White had a great run dressed as Father Christmas to finish in 35th place and 1st U10 girls. This group also ran around the quarry but on a slightly extended route.

U10/U12/U14 Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

U10/U12/U14 Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
3 Dexta Thompson U12B 6:49
10 Robbie Smedley U12B 7:06
22 Christopher Brown U12B 7:44
35 Helana White U10G 8:11
49 Natasha Olszewska U14G 8:47
61 Alfie White U14B 9:35
66 Bronia Olszewska U12G 9:52

Full Results

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round route recce

As Race Organiser for the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round I am very keen to see this race full to bursting with orange hoops!  The date for the 2017 running is Saturday March 4th at 11.00am from Barley Village hall.

The crux of this message goes out to those thinking of stepping up in fell race distance. The SBPR is a 16km/10 mile category ‘B’ run (i.e. not as steep as it could be!) around the tracks and trods of Pendle Hill, it is advertised as not being suitable for novices, partly through that distance, but mostly because of the potential weather that occurs at that time of year, early March in recent years has very much been “still winter”.

I would put forward the case that if you have run some of the other, shorter Pendle fell races, the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix fell races, Woodentops events or have been Badgering from Barley over the winter on a Tuesday night, then you are not a novice and this is the ideal race to step up in Fell race distance terms!

To that end, if you are still not sure – come and try it out.  I am going to host two recce’s of the SBPR race route, one on January 15th and one on February 12th.  We will meet in Barley car park at 10.00am and run the route at a steady 1.45-2 hour pace (the winning time last year was 1 hour 12, slowest runner was 2 hours 10), covering the route, its terrain and what to aim for in poor visibility etc to hopefully inspire some new middle distance fell runners in the club.

Please bring your full running kit as per FRA rules (Waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, emergency food) as we will be on the hill in winter for a few hours.  If you are not sure if your kit would pass a race inspection, bring it and I will confirm that for you on the day.  (I will bring some spare maps left over from the Navigation course in the summer if you do not have one of those to hand).

I of course will be accepting race entry forms and money on these Sunday mornings (and Tuesday nights!)

Please drop me a message to stanbradshawrace@yahoo.com or through Facebook – the Team Clayton page, if you are interested in joining one or both runs.  I will post reminders on Facebook and the newsletter after Christmas and just before each run.  Clayton members only please!

If I don’t see you Tuesday night or on the Christmas Eve run – Have a good Christmas and Happy New Year!

Colin Woolford

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 235 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Danny COLLINGE 15:53 SM20-24 New PB!
6 Kevin DAVIES 18:44 VM55-59
7 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:03 JM11-14
8 Jackson MCKAY 19:08 JM11-14
10 Simon WILSHAW 19:39 JM15-17 New PB!
14 John HARTLEY 20:06 VM60-64
19 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:42 JM15-17
22 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:04 VM60-64
24 Colin WHITE 22:18 VM40-44
31 Chris LAWRENCE 22:40 VM50-54 New PB!
32 Andy QUINN 22:47 VM45-49
49 Michelle ABBOTT 23:45 VW35-39
66 Nina KEWIN 24:10 VW35-39
76 Jake ANFORTH 24:26 JM10
88 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:16 JW11-14
89 Annabel WILCOCK 25:22 JW15-17
90 John WILCOCK 25:24 VM50-54
94 Lisa JOHNSON 25:29 VW40-44
110 Lisa ELLIS 26:31 SW30-34
112 Donna SCOTT 26:33 VW50-54
119 Julie DAWES 26:56 VW45-49
126 Beth QUINN 27:14 SW18-19
127 James BOULT 27:15 SM20-24
142 Stuart BARKER 28:26 VM50-54
143 Ron CHAPPELL 28:32 VM65-69
146 Mick HUGHES 28:48 VM40-44
169 Robert HIRST 29:49 VM65-69
190 Marion WILKINSON 31:05 VW75-79

Delamere parkrun – A total of 210 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
136 Helen HARRISON 29:32 VW45-49 First Timer!

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 164 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
46 Wendy DODDS 24:19 VW65-69

Marple parkrun – A total of 127 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
125 Ron HILL 37:08 VM75-79

Pendle parkrun – A total of 54 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
7 Paul HESKETH 22:32 VM50-54
15 Martin BRADY 24:58 VM50-54
18 David Ian SCOTT 25:55 VM70-74
37 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 33:25 VW65-69
45 Christine LEATHLEY 35:41 VW65-69

Witton parkrun – A total of 60 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
20 Nerina GILL 26:00 VW45-49
60 Julia RUSHTON 48:09 VW50-54

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 250 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 David BAGOT 17:04 SM20-24 New PB!

 

The boys are back!

A quiet week for the ladies with just a couple of die-hard racers. This week we are mostly mad about the boys. Five Clayton men took to the hilly roads around Longridge and six men raced hard in the Mytholmroyd fell race. It was great to see Chris Holdsworth back on to his winning form backed up by some great perfomances from his team mates.

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER

LONGRIDGE 7 MILE CHRISTMAS PUDDING RUN

Five Clayton men took part in this tough, undulating seven mile road race over the Longridge fells .Richard Stevenson was our first finisher in 9th place overall. Just hitting the top 20 was Daniel Isherwood followed by Daniel Plant in 43rd, Stephen Biscomb in 66th and Martin Brady in 121st. There were 331 runners in the race.

L-R Richard Stevenson, Daniel Isherwood, Daniel Plant, Stephen Biscomb and Martin Brady

L-R Richard Stevenson, Daniel Isherwood, Daniel Plant, Stephen Biscomb and Martin Brady

Report from Richard Stevenson

A small gathering of Clayton men turned up for the Longridge Xmas Pudding event, which is a well organised race with a challenging (700 ft elevation) scenic route on country lanes around Longridge.

I’ve done it a few times now and really enjoy the atmosphere plus you get the added bonus of a Xmas Pudding for all finishers. Well done to Daniel, Dan, Steve & Martin, hopefully there might be a few more Clayton runners next year.

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Richard Stevenson MV40 00:44:15
20 Daniel Isherwood M 00:46:06
43 Daniel Plant M 00:49:09
66 Stephen Biscomb MV60 00:51:47
121 Martin Brady MV50 00:57:27

Full Results

MYTHOLMROYD FELL RACE

A fantastic run for Chris Holdsworth as he continues his return from injury with a hard fought win at this end of season fell race.

Chris Holdsworth, winner of the Mytholmroyd fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Holdsworth, winner of the Mytholmroyd fell race. Photo by Woodentops

A bit of a battle between Dave Bagot and Peter Coates earned them 8th and 12th place and gave our men’s team first place to boot. Carl Helliwell was snapping at their heels in 14th. Stephen Fish and Andrew Walmsley completed our contingent of men with Linda Lord our sole representative for the ladies.

Linda Lord at the Mytholmroyd fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Linda Lord at the Mytholmroyd fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Peter Coates

Mytholmroyd Fell race is a 6 mile fell race with 500 metres of climbing, organised this year by Calder Valley Fell Runners. It was also the 7th and final race of the Clayton Fell Championship. Myself and Dave Bagot were tied on points and it was basically going to come down to whoever finished ahead of the other in this final race.

David Bagot chased by Peter Coates at the Mytholmroyd fell race. Photo by Woodentops

David Bagot chased by Peter Coates at the Mytholmroyd fell race. Photo by Woodentops

I stuck with Dave for the first half of the race which started with a steep climb out of the valley but eventually the elastic snapped and Dave got a bit of a lead on a very runnable path section and then extended his lead on the final climb before the slippery descent to the finish in Mytholmroyd. Well done to Dave thoroughly deserved.

Chris Holdsworth was overall race winner and led from the start in front of a couple of class runners in Ilkley’s Jack Wood and Calder Valley’s Karl Gray. Well done Chris absolute superb performance. Clayton with Chris, Dave and myself won the first team prize.

Report from Dave Bagot

This was a race I wouldn’t have normally done had it not been a club championship race, but it was a cracker and would definitely recommend, with a record entry of 179 people completing the tough 7 mile course. The route set off straight into a steep climb, and with over 700ft of climbing in the first mille, the field really spread out. The route then undulated for the next mile or so before a really fast, yet slippery, descent.

Up until this point I had been closely tailed by Pete Coates (both tied in 1st place going into the final race of the club fell championships), but I manged to stretch a slight lead on the decent before edging away along the road section that followed. We were then sent up another steep climb which I managed to run a good amount of and so drawing in the 2 runners ahead of me. A very fast few miles followed, ending with a tricky descent into the finish. At the finish I was pleased to see that Chris Holdsworth had won his first fell race back after a few months out injured. The win was even more impressive given the strong front runners he was up against with Jack Wood and Karl Gray finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. I managed 8th place, followed by Pete Coates in 12th – which was enough to see us win the team prize. Carl Helliwell wasn’t far behind in 14th, followed by a group of Clayton runners with Stephen Fish in 139th, Linda Lord in 144th, Andrew Walmsley in 145th.

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Chris Holdsworth M 00:45:54
8 Dave Bagot M 00:52:27
12 Peter Coates MV40 00:53:36
14 Carl Helliwell MV40 00:53:40
139 Stephen Fish MV60 01:16:04
144 Linda Lord FV60 01:17:38
145 Andrew Walmsley MV60 01:17:41

Full Results

PEAK RAID 3 – CROWDEN

This was the final event in a series of 4 3-hour mountain marathon (long scoring orienteering event) that were staged in the Peak District.

Katy Thompson and Jean Brown took part as solo competitors. Katy finished in 72nd place with an overall time of 2:48:59 and 245 points. Jean finished in 76th place with a time of 02:47:36 and 235 poinjts

Full Results

SHITTERN SANTA SAUNTER

This 8km / 350m (4.97m / 1148ft) race takes place mainly over open moorland above Glossop with some tracks. The route takes in the summit of Glossop Low, shooters path junction, Dog Rock and Lightside top fence.

Report from Ivan Whigham

This race was run for the first time by the Glossop mountain rescue  and was 4.7 miles with 1000 ft of ascdnt. Climbing was well marshalled and flagged although it was very claggy on top. I was top twenty and I was the only Claytoner  about 70 ran.

Awaiting Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 249 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 Richard STEVENSON 18:48 VM40-44
5 Jonathan PYE 18:56 SM25-29
6 Dave MOTLEY 19:02 VM35-39
10 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:24 JM11-14
11 Kevin DAVIES 19:26 VM55-59
15 Simon WILSHAW 20:01 JM15-17
29 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:10 JM15-17
32 Lennon JACKSON 21:30 JM11-14
37 Matthew LAW 22:15 SM25-29
41 Adam STEVENSON 22:32 JM11-14
43 Andy QUINN 22:37 VM45-49
46 Chris LAWRENCE 22:43 VM50-54 New PB!
48 Aaron LUNDIE 22:43 JM11-14 New PB!
50 Matthew JACKSON 22:53 JM10
53 David Ian SCOTT 23:07 VM70-74
54 Michelle ABBOTT 23:14 VW35-39
56 Helana WHITE 23:15 JW10
69 Andrew WEBSTER 23:52 VM45-49
71 Nina KEWIN 24:09 VW35-39
93 Julie DAWES 24:58 VW45-49
95 Annabel WILCOCK 25:01 JW15-17
96 John WILCOCK 25:07 VM50-54
97 Donna SCOTT 25:09 VW50-54
98 Lisa JOHNSON 25:20 VW40-44
107 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:51 JW11-14
118 Liberty THOMPSON 26:28 JW11-14
124 Lisa ELLIS 26:48 SW30-34
127 Helen HARRISON 27:00 VW45-49 New PB!
143 Yvonne WICKHAM 28:16 VW50-54
170 Ron CHAPPELL 29:54 VM65-69
186 Richard LAWSON 30:48 VM75-79
198 Robert HIRST 31:16 VM65-69
202 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:32 VW65-69
216 Christine LEATHLEY 32:35 VW65-69

Coventry parkrun – A total of 485 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
303 Eileen JONES 29:24 VW60-64 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 120 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
107 Robin PRICE 34:07 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
25 Wendy DODDS 24:36 VW65-69

Pendle parkrun – A total of 57 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
21 Martin BRADY 25:23 VM50-54
26 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 26:39 JW11-14 New PB!
41 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 30:30 VW45-49

Witton parkrun – A total of 65 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
18 Nerina GILL 25:53 VW45-49
31 Julia RUSHTON 28:23 VW50-54

 

 

Glorious Mud

It’s that time of year again and early December means only one thing; cross country at the notoriously and gloriously muddy Marl Pits. This fixture brought the Red Rose League to a close with some great results for the club. You’ve also been tearing up the tarmac at Guys 10 and Todmorden Park as well as additional cross country and the Shropshire Fells

A warm welcome to our newest members; James Dunderdale, Lucy Scott, Julie Newton, Michael Toms, Teresa de Curtis and Jessica McBride.

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER

TODMORDEN PARK 5K WINTER SERIES – RACE 4

Martin Brady and Ron Chappell took part in the fourth race of the Todmorden Park 5K Winter Series organised by Cannonball Events. Martin was 23rd in 23:25 and Ron was 37th and 1st MV65 in 29:22.

Pos Name Cat Time
23 Martin Brady MV50 23:25
37 Ron Chappell MV65 29:22

Full Results

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER

BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY

Natasha and Bronia Olszewska both ran in the Yr 8/9 girls race. Bronia finished 19th and Natasha was 5th and goes on to compete for Blackburn Schools at the Lancashire fixture.

CARDINGTON CRACKER FELL RACE

Andy Firth and Pete Browning travelled down to Shropshire to take part in the Cardington Cracker Fell Race organised by Telford AC. It a 9 mile race with 2602ft of ascent. 252 runners completed the race.

Report from Andrew Firth

This is the third year running that I’ve made the trip down to Shropshire for this festive race, having been told how good it was by Jon Sharples. It’s a fair trek, but a good excuse for a weekend away, but it could be done in a day trip with an early start from Lancashire.

Andrew Firth at the Cardinham Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

Andrew Firth at the Cardingham Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

For the first time I wasn’t the only Clayton Harrier in the race, Peter Browning also came down for a weekend away in his camper van. The race always attracts a good field, although the club vests in this part of the world are unfamiliar, although yellow vests appear to be prevalent (Shrewsbury, Mercia etc).

Peter Browning at the Cardington Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

Peter Browning at the Cardington Cracker. Photo by Colin Williamson

As the 250+ runners set off my objective was simply to try and keep Pete in sight. The run out to the first main hill, The Lawley, is over gently rising farmland. Although the stiff frost had firmed up the mud there is a section where we are routed up a very muddy and unpleasant bridle way to avoid a kissing gate at the top of the very nice path which runs parallel on the other side of the hedge!

After about 10 mins of gradual climbing we plunge down a steep descent which is quite treacherous since it is still in the shade and frozen. After a short marshy section I look ahead only to see The Lawley rearing up in front of us for a good 10 mins of hands on knees climbing, and the first of three tough climbs. I’m getting quite warm at this point, in the sun and sheltered from the wind – as expected Pete is pulling away and disappearing over the top.

As always I enjoyed the descent, but the run across to the next and biggest climb Caradoc is quite tough, muddy fields, a bit of uphill road and a bridle way. Once on the climb I look up to see Pete quite a way ahead. As he climbs out of bracken I time myself to the same point – approx 3 mins, I’ll do well to peg him to that. When we get to the top and start the ridge run he is nowhere in sight. It’s amazing how 3 mins looks like a small gap on a climb but on flatter ground he isn’t in sight!

Another steep and technical descent sees me reel in a few runners, but the link to the next hill is uphill reducing most people including me to a fast walk again.

After the checkpoint at Gaerstones farm we start the last steep climb (although there’s still more climbing to come) and I spot Pete up ahead – again on the climb it doesn’t look too far so I pick a spot and time myself to the same place. Only 2 mins, and whilst I’m thinking I have made up some time I’m not kidding myself that I can catch him. The remainder of the race is exactly the sort Pete thrives on – after the initial climb it eases off with a gradual climb to the final summit. Again on the ridge Pete almost out of sight and I don’t see him again till the finish.

Once at the final hill checkpoint a steep descent to the valley again in the shade is tricky on the frozen path, but I got good grip by tramping down on the dying bracken gaining a few more places. All that is left now is a gradual climb up to The Wilderness and a ridge run before the gradual descent to the finish through the fields we started on. It’s all I can do to keep the legs running, but now I’m aiming at a sub 2 hr finish it gives me the motivation to just about grind it out.

At the finish I just dip in under the 2 hrs with about 20 secs to spare – some 4 mins quicker than last year. Pete as expected picked up the pace and took a couple of mins out of me on the run in – finishing in about 1.56.

In summary this is an excellent race, made better by the perfect sunshine and finished off with Sunday lunch in the historic Royal Oak pub with Pete and Sandy. A grand day out.

Pos Name Cat Time
157 Peter Browning MV55 1:55:50
174 Andrew Firth MV55 1:59:40

Full Results

MANCHESTER AREA CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – HEATON PARK, MANCHESTER

The Manchester area cross country league was established following the merger of the Manchester & district, the Cheshire and the North West Women’s Cross Country leagues in 2006. The league provides competitive cross country running across all age groups.

Laura Hesketh was our sole competitor in this event and she finished 8th overall in and 4th senior woman.

Full Results

NWNL HAMELDON HILL

Jean Brown took part in the second event of the North West Night League orienteering event which took place on and around Hameldon Hill & Woods.

Blue Course

Pos Name Cat Time
15 Jean Brown W45 1:32:42

Full Results

RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – MARL PITS

This was the fourth and final fixture of the Red Rose series at the infamous Marl Pits site. Despite the driest conditions for many years, there was still plenty of mud on the course.

U11 Boys

Clayton Junior Boys

The U11 Boys are off! Photo by David Belshaw

Our U11 boys continued their winning streak with first and second places for Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley. Together with Jenson Bentham in 12th they took the lead in the team results finishing in 1st position.

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:27
2 Robbie Smedley 6:36
12 Jenson Bentham 7:05
16 Matthew Jackson 7:13
45 Joshua McKay 8:00
58 Toby Birtwistle 8:29

U11 Girls

Helana White was our first U11 girl finishing in 3rd place overall. The U11 Girls’ team finished in 6th place (H White | S Hargreaves | K Thompson).

Helena White leads out the U11 Girls. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
3 Helana White 7:23
23 Summer Hargreaves 8:05
37 Kady Thompson 8:24
55 Rachel Stevenson 9:23
56 Emily Nicholls 9:26
57 Ellisia Smedley 9:40

U13 Boys

The second win of the day came from Jackson McKay as he battled a group of fast Horwich Harriers to take first place. The U13 boys’ team finished in 4th place (J McKay | C Brown | L Jackson)

Chris Brown and Lennon Jackson in the U13 boys race. Photo by David Belshaw

Chris Brown and Lennon Jackson in the U13 boys race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 8:45
26 Christopher Brown 10:10
27 Lennon Jackson 10:14
34 William Nicholls 11:19

U13 Girls

Ella Dorrington was our first U13 girl in 11th place overall. Together with Keira Stevenson and Bronia Olszewska, the team finished in 9th place overall.

Keira Stevenson powering up the hill. Photo by David Belshaw

Keira Stevenson powering up the hill. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
11 Ella Dorrington-Levy 10:26
54 Keira Stevenson 12:26
59 Bronia Olszewska 13:21

U15 Boys

Stanley Grewal was our first U15 boy in 19th place. The U15 boys’ team finished in 5th place ( S Grewal | J Bowman | A Stevenson)

Pos Name Time
19 Stanley Grewal 16:08
26 Jay Bowman 17:52
28 Adam Stevenson 17:57
33 Aaron Lundie 20:06

U15 Girls

Second place for Briony Holt in this race. Millie Stubbs followed in 9th place with a battle for third Clayton finisher between Liberty Thompson and Natasha Olszewska. The U15 girls’ team finished in 2nd place.

Briony Holt in the U15 girls race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Briony Holt in the U15 girls race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
2 Briony Holt 16:13
9 Millie Stubbs 18:02
23 Liberty Thompson 19:37
24 Natasha Olszewska 19:42

U17 Men

Curtis Holt was our first U17 finisher in 7th place, followed by Simon Wilshaw in 8th. The team was completed by Reece Lawrence in 12th giving the U17 men’s team 2nd place.

Clayton U17 men on the start line. L-R Curtis Holt, Reece Lawrence,

Clayton U17 men on the start line. L-R Curtis Holt, Simon Wilshaw, Reece Lawrence. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Time
7 Curtis Holt 20:37
8 Simon Wilshaw 20:48
12 Reece Lawrence 22:55

U17 Women

Lucy Stevenson was our sole competitor in this age category. She finished in 10th place.

Lucy Stevenson in the U17 race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Lucy Stevenson in the U17 race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
10 Lucy Stevenson 33:28

Men U20

George Pier was our sole U20 representative and he finished in 7th place.

George Pier. Photo by Bryn Barnes

George Pier. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
7 George Pier 38:37

Ladies Race

Louisa Powell-Smith had a great run to finish in 2nd place and 1st L35. Katy Thompson was 1st L60. Our ladies team finished in 8th place (L Powell-Smith | M Abbot | C Darling-Smedley). The same ladies made up the ladies’ vets team and finished in 3rd place.

Report from Louisa Powell-Smith

Marl Pitts – I loved it! Great course, super atmosphere and great team support. Brilliant running from everyone on a testing course. Good battle between myself and Laura Riches of Leigh for first place. After gaining the lead and pulling away on the last lap I fell victim to the bog on the hill and as a result lost the lead. Despite fighting back, I had nothing left in the tank and had to settle for second place.

Louisa Powell Smith battling with Laura Riches. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Louisa Powell Smith battling with Laura Riches. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Despite it reportedly being the driest the course has been in recent years, the bogs were still there and still claiming shoes, feet and legs. Michelle Abbot had the misfortune to misjudge the mud and ended up waist deep and having to be rescued by another runner. Undeterred, she worked hard to catch up and pip team mate Cassandra Darling-Smedley to the finish.

Michelle Abbot before the bog. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Michelle Abbot before the bog. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Louisa Powell-Smith L35 19:51
46 Michelle Abbott L35 26:25
47 Cassandra Darling-Smedley L35 26:26
64 Joanne Perry L 27:52
66 Katy Thompson L60 28:44
69 Julia Rushton L50 29:05
73 Helen Burnett L45 29:41
81 Adrienne Olszewska L45 32:11
87 Susan Allen L55 33:19
90 Jane Hylands L45 33:42
94 Judith Carey L35 36:17
97 Christine Leathley L65 42:05

Men’s Race

Danny Collinge was the first Clayton man and finished in 5th place overall.

Danny Collinge in the men's race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Danny Collinge in the men’s race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Jeffrey Pickup was 1st V65. The Men’s team finished 6th (D Collinge | M Perry | M Duckworth | A Cran | G Pier | N Roscoe). The Vet men’s team (A Cran | N Roscoe | J Pickup | J Wilcock) finished in 10th place.

Jeff Pickup 1st MV65 in the men's race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Jeff Pickup 1st MV65 in the men’s race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Report from Matthew Duckworth

Marl Pitts, what can I say! One of my favourite fixtures. if you ever think its an easy XC fixture because it’s shorter than usual, think again! With the steep, muddy climbs and the bog you have to run through at the top, it becomes one of the toughest. The conditions this year were pretty good really but after most of the cross country so far being quite warm and good underfoot, it was a completely different race in Rossendale on Saturday.

Matthew Duckworth tackling Marl Pits. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Matthew Duckworth tackling Marl Pits. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Danny Collinge M 29:41
11 Matthew Perry M 30:47
50 Matthew Duckworth M 34:56
84 Alex Cran V45 37:33
99 George Pier U20 38:37
103 Nicholas Roscoe V45 38:50
106 Jeffrey Pickup V65 38:54
126 John Wilcock V50 40:04
137 Richard Briscoe M 41:05
140 Andy Quinn V45 41:23
142 Mick Hughes V40 41:40
155 Craig Nicholls V40 43:44
156 Christopher Lawrence V50 43:35
164 Carl Carey V45 44:59

Full Results

RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE SERIES RESULTS

This has been a great cross country season for our juniors in particular with some excellent performances and results from the U11 boys and U 17 men. Individual wins for Dexta Thompson and Jackson McKay and excellent results for many others. Our senior result reflect the fact that no seniors managed to compete in more than 3 of the fixtures due to a clash with Mid Lancs this year and most choosing the Mid Lancs Fixture.

U11 Boys – Our U11 boys have taken the team prize with Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley taking 1st and 2nd place in the individual rankings.

Pos Name Races Points
1 Dexta Thompson 4 3
2 Robbie Smedley 4 9
10 Finley Stubbs 3 25
14 Jenson Bentham 4 36
18= Matthew Jackson 4 57
50 Joshua McKay 4 159
62 Toby Birtwistle 3 198

U11 Girls – Our U11 girls’ team has finished in 5th place. Helana White finished in joint 4th place overall despite missing a fixture and a bout of appendicitis; a superb result for her.

Pos Name Races Points
4= Helana White 3 13
23 Summer Hargreaves 3 75
29= Kady Thompson 4 89
52 Emily Nicholls 4 182
53 Ellisia Smedley 4 188

U13 Boys – Our U13 Boys’ team finished in 5th place. Jackson McKay has finished in 1st place in the individual rankings.

Pos Name Races Points
1 Jackson McKay 4 4
24 Lennon Jackson 4 73
33 William Nicholls 4 103

U13 Girls – 9th place for the U13 girls.

Pos Name Races Points
10 Ella Dorrington-Levy 4 29
54 Bethany Wheatcroft 3 164
57 Keira Stevenson 3 171

U15 Boys – 4th place for the U15 boys

Pos Name Races Points
22 Stanley Grewal 3 64
30 Adam Stevenson 3 95
34 Aaron Lundie 3 112

U15 Girls – 4th place for the U15 girls

Pos Name Races Points
4 Briony Holt 3 10
9= Millie Stubbs 3 27
22 Liberty Thompson 3 66
25 Natasha Olszewska 3 72

U17 Men – 2nd place for the U17 men’s team

Pos Name Races Points
7 Curtis Holt 4 20
10 Simon Wilshaw 3 33
12 Reece Lawrence 3 36

Ladies – with a clash of fixtures between the Red Rose and Mid Lancs cross country leagues none of our ladies ran all four fixtures as they opted for the Mid Lancs option. In fact, only Michelle Abbot and Christine Leathley qualified for the rankings having both competed in 3 fixtures. Michelle was 6th L35 overall and Christine was 2nd L65.

Our ladies team finished in 13th place. And our vet ladies were 8th.

Pos Name Cat Races Points
43 Michelle Abbot L35 3 162
77 Christine Leathley L65 3 341

Men – A similar story for the men. The men’s’ team finished in 6th place with the vet men in 8th place.

Pos Name Cat Races Points
36 Matthew Duckworth M 3 156
50 Andrew Orr V45 3 218
65 Alex Cran V45 3 296
81 John Wilcock V50 3 369
98 Andy Quinn V45 3 431
130= Craig Nicholls V40 3 551
141 Carl Carey V45 3 607

Full Series Results

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER

GUYS 10

332 runners finished the rescheduled Guys 10 road race. Jacob Watson was our first Clayton man in 10th place overall and with a time of 00:58:50. Richard Stevenson made the top 20 in 01:01:14. Super vet runners John Hartley and David Scott were 1st MV60 and 1st MV70.

Team Clayton at the Guys 10 Mile Race. L- R Andy Quinn, Vicky Heys, Irene Roche, Angela Shian and Michelle Butschok

Team Clayton at the Guys 10 Mile Race. L- R Andy Quinn, Vicky Heys, Irene Roche, Angela Shian and Michelle Butschok

Elizabeth Mullan was our first Clayton lady in 88th place and 01:12:46 and we saw the welcome return from injury of Donna Airey in 124th.

Report from Irene Roche

A lovely, bright December morning saw members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers running in the Guys 10 mile road race. Many of us had entries brought forward from last year’s cancellation due to flooding. What a contrast in weather! It was good to see runners return from injury – Michael Hogan and Donna Airey – with superb performances. Andy Quinn was spotted at the finish and pulled into the photo snap before he got away.

Michelle Butschok and Liz Mullan were extremely pleased with a PB each and Angela, Vicky and me came into the finish as one job lot. Our own club president David Scott and Ian Hargreaves kept with us for the first three miles, then both left us behind to gain around three minutes on us. Well done both of you – perhaps our conversation spurred you both on. Totally enjoyed the morning and I’m entering again next year.

Report from Donna Airey

Having only run twice in 5 weeks due to injury, the 9pm Saturday night decision to do the race was definitely a gamble. The ankle held up, unlike the rest of me. Struggling with the distance from mile 5, I was glad to see the finish line. Course, organisation and marshals and even the weather were all great! This race is definitely on my list next year. Ankle hasn’t doubled in size today and I managed to knock 5 minutes off my current 10 mile race time. Thankfully, the gamble paid off this time.

Report from Adam Stephenson

A good turnout of Clayton Harriers rolled up in Garstang on a lovely Winter’s morning for the Guys 10 miler. It was a mostly flat course, and it was a good job as well because I think a few found it tough. By the seventh or eighth mile I felt like I was running through treacle with boots on! It’s a nice and scenic route, and very well organised and marshalled throughout. I’d definitely recommend it to anybody wanting to have a go at that distance.

There were a few PBs from our group which is always great, and some cheese at the end! Oh…and a well-earned pint.

More Team Clayton runners at Guys 10. L-R Donna Airey, Elizabeth Mullan, Adam Stephenson, David Scott, Ian Hargreaves Front - Matthew Duckworth and Jacob Watson and Matthe

More Team Clayton runners at Guys 10. L-R Donna Airey, Elizabeth Mullan, Adam Stephenson, David Scott, Ian Hargreaves Front – Matthew Duckworth and Jacob Watson and Matthe

Pos Name Cat Time
10 Jacob Watson M 00:58:50
18 Richard Stevenson MV40 01:01:14
23 Jonathan Cleaver MV35 01:02:20
30 Matthew Duckworth M 01:03:40
32 Chris Snell MV35 01:04:09
41 John Hartley MV60 01:05:27
55 Dan Plant M 01:07:26
68 Michael Hogan MV45 01:10:41
88 Elizabeth Mullan F 01:12:46
92 Andy Quinn MV45 01:13:22
124 Donna Airey FV35 01:16:36
133 Adam Stephenson M 01:17:40
153 David Scott MV70 01:20:34
155 Ian Hargreaves MV50 01:20:48
169 Irene Roche FV55 01:23:51
170 Vicky Heys FV45 01:23:52
171 Angela Shian FV35 01:23:52
215 Michelle Butschok FV40 01:30:56

Full Results

PFO HAMELDON HILL

The competition area is Hameldon Hill, with its extensive quarries and crags on the northern flank, and below them areas of woodland and the remnants of a WWII firing range

Report from the PFO website (abridged)

93 competitors at a PFO Level C event was a good turnout for this time of year, competing, as it did, with Christmas shopping. Thanks to the weather gods who smiled on us this year, remembering that our Pendle Night event exactly a year ago was cancelled due to Storm Desmond and our Pendle Day event involved some deep wading through Ogden Clough flood water.

All went well on the day with many comments and curses about the tricky nature of the quarries. Reeds on the open moor are inevitable in this part of Lancashire, so we cannot in all conscience offer apologies for this. Often the longer path route choice is quicker.

As they say in these parts, it was a grand day out.

Brown Course

Pos Name Cat Time
19 Mark Nutter M55 2:27:29

Blue Course

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Mike Wallis M55 1:07:40
9 Jean Brown W45 01:21:29
17 Katy Thompson W60 2:09:38

Green Course

Pos Name Cat Time
19 Kath Wallis W60 1:25:54

Orange Course

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Christopher Brown M12 33:53

Full Results

parkrun Roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 218 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
5 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:05 JM11-14
6 Kevin DAVIES 19:08 VM55-59
8 Jonathan PYE 20:01 SM25-29
10 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:45 VM60-64
15 Paul WALE 21:43 VM45-49
26 James BOULT 22:37 SM20-24
39 Michelle ABBOTT 23:10 VW35-39
47 Nina KEWIN 23:42 VW35-39
61 Andrew WEBSTER 24:28 VM45-49
66 Andy QUINN 24:49 VM45-49
67 Adam QUINN 24:51 JM11-14
78 Donna SCOTT 25:29 VW50-54
83 Annabel WILCOCK 25:42 JW15-17
84 John WILCOCK 25:42 VM50-54
87 Lisa JOHNSON 25:53 VW40-44
96 Sophie ASHWORTH 26:23 JW11-14
133 Stuart BARKER 28:32 VM50-54
134 Ron CHAPPELL 28:41 VM65-69
154 Robert HIRST 29:56 VM65-69
158 Helen HARRISON 30:03 VW45-49
165 Marion WILKINSON 30:44 VW75-79
172 Alan DORRINGTON 31:17 VM45-49
183 Richard LAWSON 31:50 VM75-79

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 34 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 6:57 JM11-14 New PB!
2 Matthew JACKSON 8:07 JM10
3 Aaron LUNDIE 8:21 JM11-14
4 Nathan KEWIN 8:38 JM11-14
10 Heidi KEWIN 9:29 JW11-14
13 Felix THOMPSON 10:35 JM10
20 Charlie PLANT 11:52 JW10
22 Emily JOHNSON 12:18 JW10 New PB!
34 Liberty THOMPSON 15:17 JW11-14

Chester parkrun – A total of 170 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
77 Bethany WHEATCROFT 27:09 JW11-14 First Timer!

Concord parkrun, Sheffield – A total of 83 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
78 Robin PRICE 33:38 VM70-74 First Timer!

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 136 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
53 Martin BRADY 28:15 VM50-54

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

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
35 Wendy DODDS 24:45 VW65-69

 Pendle parkrun – A total of 61 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
5 John HARTLEY 20:34 VM60-64
26 Dawn TERRY 26:14 VW50-54

 Preston parkrun – A total of 275 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
84 Katy THOMPSON 24:46 VW60-64

 

A hazy shade of winter

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. You went for a run on a winter’s day! It’s been pretty chilly this week and getting colder. It’s a good job you are a hardy bunch. There’s been plenty of great racing on show including cross country, road racing and fell relays. There have been returns to racing, challenges undertaken, PBs, wins and plenty of smiling faces.

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER

Todmorden Park 5K Winter Series – Race 3

44 runners put on their head torches to race in the third race of this winter 5K series organised by Cannonball Events. Garry Wilkinson was 6th in 19:12 and Ron Chappell was 40th in 29:07.

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Garry Wilkinson V50 19:12
40 Ron Chappell M65 29:07

Full Results

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER

Kirkby Moor Fell Race

This 6.5 mile fell race with 1608ft of ascent is organised by Black Combe Runners and is a fast race over rolling moorland: a mixture of heather, sheep tracks and sometimes the access tracks for the windmills. It’s not that high or steep, so a good race for beginners and road runners, but some parts are still quite hard going and navigation on the moor can be very interesting in the November fog.

Wendy Dodds was our sole representative in a field of 58 runners. She was 46th and 1st FV60 in a time of 01:22:38

Full Results

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Sefton Park

It was a cold and misty morning as the Sefton Park fixture kicked off. Visibility was minimal giving an otherworldly feel to things as the juniors set off and disappeared from view. There were some great performances for all who ran.

Junior racing at the Mid Lancs' Sefton park fixture. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Junior racing at the Mid Lancs’ Sefton park fixture. Photo by Alan Dorrington

U11 Girls

Helana White was our first U11 girl in 11th place overall and completing the team were Summer Hargreaves in 35th place and Kady Thompson in 38th.

Team Position 6th (H White |S Hargreaves | K Thompson)

Pos Name Time
11 Helana White 8:11
35 Summer Hargreaves 9:03
38 Kady Thompson 9:09

U11 Boys

Our U11 boys continue to have a storming season with a win for Dexta Thompson and 7th place for Jenson Bentham. Matthew Jackson had a great run to complete the team and finish in 17th place.

Team Position 1st (D Thompson | J Bentham | M Jackson)

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 7:03
7 Jenson Bentham 7:47
17 Matthew Jackson 8:02

U13 Girls

Just a dynamic duo of girls in the U13 category at this race. Ella Dorrington was our first finisher in 25th place and Heidi Kewin was 75th.

Pos Name Time
25 Ella Dorrington-Levy 12:49
75 Heidi Kewin 14:53

U13 Boys

Jackson McKay was our first finisher in the U13 boys race. Team mates Lennon Jackson and William Nicholls were 28th and 37th respectively.

Team position 7th ( J McKay | L Jackson | W Nicholls)

Pos Name Time
5 Jackson McKay 10:59
28 Lennon Jackson 12:45
37 William Nicholls 14:08

U15 Girls

The U15 girls continue their good form with Briony Holt finishing in 5th place. Eleanor Root was 22nd with Liberty Thompson chasing her in 23rd place.

Team position 5th ( B Holt | E Root | L Thompson)

Briony Holt in the U15 Girls race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Briony Holt in the U15 Girls race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Pos Name Time
5 Briony Holt 11:45
22 Eleanor Root 13:51
23 Liberty Thompson 14:03

U17 Men

Curtis Holt and Simon Wilshaw ran in this competitive category with Curtis in 24th place and Simon in 30th.

Pos Name Time
24 Curtis Holt 20:29
30 Simon Wilshaw 22:03

Senior Ladies

Report from Irene Roche

Out of the sunshine and into the fog our cross-country runners turned up to run round the challenging course at Sefton Park.

Michelle Abbot and Irene Roche.

Michelle Abbot and Irene Roche.

The Mid Lancs fixture here at Liverpool is a much bigger event to experience compared to our usual cross-country venues in this League. More than the Mid Lancs takes place within the day which adds to the excitement over the PA system and what you see around you. Clayton Harriers ladies had two teams all together who ran … with lots of support around the course from the ladies who didn’t quite make the start. A good turnout also for the men. The results show some excellent runs achieved by all abilities from our members. Thank you to all who made it to Sefton on Saturday – runners and spectators. Well done to all who ran

Jean Knightley in the Ladies race. photo by David Wood

Jean Knightley in the Ladies race. photo by David Wood

Ladies team position 15th ( M Abbot | I Roche | J Knightley)

Ladies B Team 32nd ( H Burnett | J Carey | S Allen)

Ladies Over 35 7th (M Abbot | I Roche | J Knightley)

Ladies Over 45 5th (I Roche |J Knightley | H Burnett)

Ladies Over 55 1st ( I Roche | J Knightley| S Allen)

Pos Name Cat Time
50 Michelle Abbott L35 38:46
53 Irene Roche L55 38:51
76 Jean Knightley L55 41:28
100 Helen Burnett L45 44:18
133 Judith Carey L35 51:53
139 Susan Allen L55 54:51
140 Christine Leathley L65 54:58

Senior Men

Report from Christopher Holdsworth

After spending 80% of the year injured, in particular, the last three months suffering niggles the stuff nightmares are made of , it’s safe to say I’m chuffed to be back racing. I’ve genuinely hated every second of  not being able to compete and boy do my close family and friends know it!

Chris Holdsworth with a welcome return to racing at Sefton Park. Photo by David Wood

Chris Holdsworth with a welcome return to racing at Sefton Park. Photo by David Wood

A word of warning to all Clayton Harriers; look after your body and enjoy every second of running – you never know when a lengthy spell on the sidelines is on the cards.

As for the race, hamstrings screamed, lungs burned, but the hip held firm and I loved every second of it. Felt a little rusty but it’s great to be  back racing with Clayton again.

Robert Aspinall in the senior men's race. Photo by David Wood

Robert Aspinall in the senior men’s race. Photo by David Wood

Mens team position 13th ( C Holdsworth | R Aspinall | M Duckworth | A Holt | A Cran | K Davies)

Mens B Team 33rd (A Dorrington | B Horrocks | J Wilcock | J Hickie | C Lawrence | A Quinn)

Men Over 40 6th (R Aspinall | A Holt | A Cran | K Davies)

Men Over 50 3rd (R Aspinall | K Davies | B Horrocks)

Pos Name Cat Time
16 Christopher Holdsworth M 32:46
60 Robert Aspinall V50 (1st) 36:30
97 Matthew Duckworth M 38:47
123 Andrew Holt V40 40:18
126 Alex Cran V40 40:22
140 Kevin Davies V50 40:42
151 Alan Dorrington V40 41:18
166 Brian Horrocks V50 41:50
172 John Wilcock V50 41:58
236 James Hickie V50 44:56
261 Christopher Lawrence V50 47:36
272 Andy Quinn V40 48:47
273 Craig Nicholls M 48:55
277 Peter Browning V50 49:26
285 Carl Carey V40 50:11

Full Results 

WESHAM 10K

Report from John Hartley

On a very cold Saturday morning, several of us made the journey over to the Wesham 10K race. Conditions were tricky in places on the course after a very hard overnight frost. Danny Collinge pushed eventual winner Rob Danson to claim second place overall.

Danny Collinge (Lancashire Vest) at the Wesham 10K. Photo by David Wood

Danny Collinge (Lancashire Vest) at the Wesham 10K. Photo by David Wood

Laura Hesketh was our second finisher and claimed 1st lady position in the race. This was my first race in the V60 and I won my category; hope there is more to come

John Hartley at the Wesham 10K. Photo by David Wood

John Hartley at the Wesham 10K. Photo by David Wood

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Danny Collinge M (002/089) 00:32:50
18 Laura Hesketh F (001/039) 00:36:37
39 John Hartley M60 (001/017) 00:38:38
76 Michael Hogan M45 (009/048) 00:41:57
98 Stephen Biscomb M60 (004/017) 00:43:23
152 Martin Brady M50 (021/048) 00:47:24
192 Kath Brady F50 (003/025) 00:49:48
437 Graham Kissack M65 (011/012) 01:12:19

 Full Results

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER

DAVID STAFF MEMORIAL FELL RACE

101 runners took part in this fell race organised by Darwen Dashers. Richard Briscoe was the first Clayton finisher in 54th place and Julia Rushton was our first lady finisher.

Julia Rushton at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Julia Rushton at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
54 Richard Briscoe M (006/010) 00:38:05
64 Andrew Dugdale M50 (021/025) 00:40:31
76 Peter Dugdale M60 (005/016) 00:41:42
77 Stephen Fish M60 (006/016) 00:42:02
79 Andrew Walmsley M60 (008/016) 00:42:40
89 Michael Frost M60 (011/016) 00:46:18
92 Julia Rushton F50 (007/008) 00:47:27
98 Robert Hirst M60 (016/016) 00:53:33

Full Results

LEE MILL FELL RELAY

 Report from Angela Shian

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Paul Wale at the Lee Mills Fell Relay

Ladies Lee Mill fell relays – we had 2 teams competing in the 10k (survival fell race) the route never fails to have a terrain that assures you cross the finishing line covered, head to toe in some cases, in mud! Ladies A team finished 72nd , Ladies B finished 81st position. Laura Hesketh on leg 1 gave us a great start, Elizabeth Mullan had a fantastic first ever fell race (many more to come Liz!!!). Ever strong Alison Dugdale on third leg, then Barbara Savage braved the cold after waiting all day for leg 4. Team B was started off by myself, there wasn’t one bog that I didn’t get acquainted with….!! Vicky Heys was our second legger, she set off smiling and came back still smiling, just a bit muddier..! A special thanks goes to Linda Lord on stepping in only the day before to run leg 3, who ran in well before mass start, and finally Katy Thompson showed her true fell running experience to finish us on leg 4. We all had a great day, excellent event, and a lot of laughs…!! Mainly at Paul Wales expense!!

Final Position 5 12 34 72 81
Team Name Mens A Vet 50 Vet 40 Ladies A Ladies B
Runner A Carl Helliwell Paul Shackleton Richard Stevenson Laura Hesketh Angela Shian
Leg 1 00:53:32 00:58:58 00:56:47 01:00:35 01:15:01
Runner B Russell Clarke Phil Hall Neil Hardiman Elizabeth Mullen Vicky Heys
Leg 2 00:58:10 00:58:20 00:57:30 00:54:54 01:14:31
Runner C Chris Snell Alan Life Andy Orr Alison Dugdale Linda Lord
Leg 3 00:55:30 00:56:52 00:58:39 01:32:31 01:17:39
Runner D Danny Collinge Tim Edward Paul Wale Barbara Savage Katy Thompson
Leg 4 00:48:41 00:53:42 01:14:33 01:16:11 01:16:07
Total 03:35:53 03:47:52 04:07:29 04:44:11 05:03:18

Full Results

RAB mini Mountain Marathon, Peak District.

Report from Alan Dorrington

I hadn’t done a score type navigation event since the mid-1980s when I was a keen teenage orienteer in London, but when a friend suggested we enter the pairs for the last of the season long Rab Mini Mountain Marathon series, I jumped at the chance to get back to brushing up old nav skills. Surely, it’s like riding a bike – once you know how to do it, you never forget? Maybe.

Rab Mini Mountain Marathon. Photo by Greg May

Rab Mini Mountain Marathon. Photo by Greg May

With the previous 3 rounds of the Rab series taking place in the Peaks and then the Lakes, the final round saw a return to the Peaks, being held on Tintwistle Moor, not far from Glossop. The events have a lovely relaxed feel to them, though the late calendar date and exposed nature of the terrain meant that full FRA kit plus food and survival bag were mandatory to pass the kit check. The events are 4 hour score events with the usual variety of higher and lower value controls and penalties for being over the time limit.

Myself and running partner Greg formed a plan for our 4 hours to head north to some of the edges near Dovestones Reservoir and the highest value controls, before sweeping back through Laddow Rocks and Lads Leap to hoover up the final controls near the finish. We didn’t start well, drifting slightly to the west of where we should have been for the first control, running as we were on featureless ground and finding ourselves just off the edge of the map. We got back on track fairly quickly, noticing that a few others behind us had made the same mistake. It was then that we had to alter the plan to head north as the ground was extremely boggy, brutally tussocky in places and even the paths hard to run on in the wet conditions. We got back into a rhythm and picked off some high value controls before deciding to swing back over East to Laddow. Good route choice and trod finding from Greg saw us cover some really rough ground in quick time and we hit all the planned controls without difficulty to begin the homeward leg and pick off all available controls on the way in to the finish.

We finished with 6 mins to spare so no penalties and a score of 370 which was good enough to place us as 2nd MV40 pair. Courgette and coconut soup, unlimited coffee and great cake were the perfect end to an ace run out on the Peak District moors. As we didn’t fall out or get horribly lost, we’re now hatching plans for a proper attempt on the Saunders and other 2 day mountain marathons next year…

Full Results

parkrun roundup

Bolton parkrun – A total of 235 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
78 Katy THOMPSON 25:40 VW60-64

Burnley parkrun – A total of 244 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
4 Jonathan PYE 18:53 SM25-29
5 Jonathan CLEAVER 19:00 VM35-39
7 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:22 JM11-14
22 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:24 VM60-64
27 James BOULT 22:01 SM20-24
28 Robbie SMEDLEY 22:01 JM10
29 Mick HUGHES 22:08 VM40-44 New PB!
35 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 22:47 VW35-39 New PB!
39 Aaron LUNDIE 22:53 JM11-14 New PB!
55 Heidi KEWIN 23:22 JW11-14 New PB!
83 Donna SCOTT 24:49 VW50-54
87 Brian WILDMAN 24:57 VM50-54
99 Annabel WILCOCK 25:41 JW15-17
101 John WILCOCK 25:44 VM50-54
102 Jake ANFORTH 25:45 JM10
114 Lisa ELLIS 26:19 SW30-34
133 Helen HARRISON 27:29 VW45-49
144 Stuart BARKER 27:58 VM50-54
169 Ron CHAPPELL 29:45 VM65-69
191 Marion WILKINSON 30:59 VW75-79

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 46 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 7:20 JM11-14
2 Aaron LUNDIE 8:06 JM11-14 New PB!
4 Matthew JACKSON 8:20 JM10
10 Heidi KEWIN 9:06 JW11-14
15 Imogen FERGUSON 10:01 JW11-14
18 Charlie PLANT 10:53 JW10

 Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
97 Robin PRICE 34:11 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 156 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
93 Eileen JONES 28:51 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 55 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Richard STEVENSON 19:35 VM40-44 New PB!
4 Paul BRANNON 21:29 VM55-59

Witton parkrun – A total of 61 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
18 Nerina GILL 26:22 VW45-49

 

Baby it’s cold outside

Winter has come and it’s been a bit parky over the weekend. There were near Arctic conditions on Pendle for the Tour, and it was a bit nippy for runners at the Chorley 10k. Didn’t slow us down though. We’ve had race wins from Jacob Watson and Danny Collinge at 10K distance, age category wins for our vet men and ladies, and team wins at Pendle. Throw in a sack of PBs and it’s all looking rather hot.

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER

Manchester Run in the Dark 10k

Congratulations to Jacob Watson who won this night time 10k in a time of 35:12. The route follows a course around Salford Quays and BBC Media City.

Report from Jacob Watson

I missed out on this event last year due to injury and, as it’s one which my work colleagues do yearly (raising money for the Bolton Bulls wheelchair basketball team). I was looking forward to finally taking part this year! The race is a 2 lap event, with runners able to choose whether they would like to run 5k or the full distance. The race organisers had clearly put a lot of effort into the event as the atmosphere at Media City was fantastic.

Jacob Watson at the Manchester Run in the Dark 10k

Jacob Watson  ( 3rd from left on the front row) at the Manchester Run in the Dark 10k

The route takes part at night and is flat as a pancake, although it does feature a lot of switchback loops which nearly had the better of me! On the first lap I managed to fall while trying to turn back as quick as possible, however I managed to right myself in no time, after telling the marshal I was still fine to run. On the second lap the lead cyclist had left me and given me a few pointers on how to navigate the second lap. I wasn’t paying much attention on the first lap as I was just concentrating on following him round! Unfortunately I got a bit lost half way round the second lap on another switchback, but was shouted back by some of the lapped runners who kindly pointed me in the right direction! Only I could go the wrong way at a road race!

Great event and myself and all my work colleagues managed to grab personal bests. Same again next year then!

Full Results

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER

Conwy Half Marathon

Ian Hargreaves was our sole runner in this half marathon which starts on Conwy quayside next to the river Conwy and in front of the 700 year old castle. From here it proceeds along the road to Deganwy and on to the West Shore in the Victorian town of Llandudno then along Church Walks and past the pier. A tough bit follows as runner go around the Great Orme which is undulating with a couple of steep sections before a 2 mile downhill section returning to the West shore and retracing the route to the finish on Conwy quayside.

Ian finished in 1036th place with a chip time of 01:56:34 and bagged a new PB for the distance as well. There were 2408 finishers.

Ian Hargreaves at the Conwy Half Marathon

Ian Hargreaves at the Conwy Half Marathon

Pos Name Cat Time
1036 Ian Hargreaves M 50-54 01:56:34

Full Results

Kendal Mountain Festival – Trail 10K

Wendy Dodds was our sole runner in this 10K trail race around Kendal and part of the weekend mountain festival in the town. She was 62nd lady and 1st LV60.

Pos Name Cat Time
62 Wendy Dodds W60 01:01:28

Full Results

Tour of Pendle

The Tour of Pendle is a late season, category AL fell race over and around Pendle Hill and its adjoining moors. It is 16.8 miles with 4833ft of ascent. With the race taking place in November the weather is unpredictable and no two years are ever quite the same. This year despite harsh conditions and plenty of snow, hail, wind and rain there was no move to the bad weather course like last year.

Tour of Pendle CP9 or is it Base Camp Pendle? Photo by Jamie McIlvenny

Tour of Pendle CP9 or is it Base Camp Pendle? Photo by Jamie McIlvenny

23 Clayton Harriers finished the race with Peter Coates being the first Clayton man and Sarah Helliwell the first Clayton lady. There were lots of club members dotted around the course either marshalling or simply spectating.

A Day in the Snow – Report from Dave Motley

I woke up Saturday morning hoping for bad weather on Pendle, as knowing the hill really well I figured navigationally it could give me an advantage over some of the competitors, and when I arrived in Barley I wasn’t disappointed. The only problem was that I just wanted lots of low cloud and clag, not snow, hail and freezing cold temperatures! I set off without my jacket thinking, “How cold could it actually be, surely it’ll warm up when I get going?”. How wrong I was. I got to the summit of Pendle and instantly regretted my decision stopping for a minute to grab my jacket from my bumbag. How other competitors managed to run in just a vest I have no idea! (editor’s note: I’m told that John Thompson of Newburgh Nomads is a freak of nature according to one of his fellow clubmates!)

Dave Motley and Andy Laycock at the Tour of Pendle. Photo by Phil Donlan

Dave Motley and Andy Laycock at the Tour of Pendle. Photo by Phil Donlan

Although we had bad weather, I couldn’t get any advantage on the navigation as the leaders had effectively carved a path in the snow for the entire field to follow. I had a great tussle with fellow Clayton lads Andy Laycock, Dave Bagot and Pete Coates with the four of us coming together at the bottom of the big end for the final ascent; Mr Coates smashed the climb and left the 3 of us to fight it out on the tarmac to the finish. Luckily I managed to find some energy to take a little out of Dave and Andy and managed to come back second Clayton finishing in 20th place.

First finishers and winning mens team. L-R Andy Laycock, Dave Bagot, Dave Motley, Peter Coates. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

First finishers and winning mens team. L-R Andy Laycock, Dave Bagot, Dave Motley, Peter Coates. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

I think I’ve completed this race 5 or 6 times now and that was definitely the worst conditions I have raced in. The soup, the coffee and cake were certainly welcome in Barley Village Hall at the end and it was great to be part of the winning ream with Clayton taking first prize. In the battle to become fell champion the win puts Mr Coates in a very good position with Dave Bagot. I think me and Carl Helliwell are just behind with one race remaining in Mytholmroyd.

Ivan Whigham having far too much of a good time at the Tour of Pendle. Photo by Nigel Hodgson

Ivan Whigham having far too much of a good time at the Tour of Pendle. Photo by Nigel Hodgson

Report from Sarah Helliwell

I had never intended to do the “Tour” until about 2 months ago. Firstly I had never run more than 11 miles and secondly not on that kind of terrain for so long! After Carl’s persuasive optimism and a few of his words of wisdom (not that he is an expert at this kind of race) what a treat I was in for! As everyone met before the race there was talk of thick snow on top, tough conditions and more snow to come in, also do not expect to do a fast time! Fast, me and fast are not in the same sentence! I had 2 goals. Get to the cut off before the 2 hours were up and then try to finish the race.

Sarah Helliwell at the start of the Tour of Pendle. Photo by Phil Donlan

Sarah Helliwell at the start of the Tour of Pendle. Photo by Phil Donlan

We were counted through before we set of past the reservoirs and out up onto Pendle for the first time as the runners made a pretty line through the snow. People were taking photos and admiring the view of the white landscape (remember I am at the back!) We got to the top and the first snow shower came in as visibility became poor as we made our over the tussocks towards the Nick. I ended up in a group of 5 runners as we encouraged each other back towards CP4. When we got to “Geronimo” I realised it was easier to slide downhill on my backside rather than run and was lucky to miss the rocks, it was good fun. As we passed CP4 I got a shout of encouragement from Kath Brady (thanks Kath) and was happy to get through the cut off with a good 12 minutes to spare.

Now the big climbs were to come as we headed over the backbone of Pendle again and another snow shower. It was here that the advice from the ‘mature experienced’ Clayton members paid off, as I slowly began to leave some of the runners I had been running with and started to catch runners who had gone too fast in the first half. I was so glad I had kept eating and drinking as I went up the climbs. I felt relatively good up Ashendean and the Big Dipper before the weather deteriorated again and I headed to the Big End. Thankfully I had caught up 2 girls and we ran as a 3. Just as we started to descend down to CP9 the clouds cleared as we slipped, skidded and sledge our way down, I have never laughed as much running in my life, and thankfully this was distracting me from having freezing feet. We were now down to a group of 2 as we grabbed handfuls of Jelly Babies and Jaffa cakes from Dave Tait before heading back up to see Andy Firth and Di at CP10. I had drunk and eaten everything by this time and was glad to see Andy with drinks, flapjacks and more jelly babies. A massive thank you to you both for hanging out in your tent in horrendous conditions up on Pendle for over 5 hours, a bet the pint tasted good when you got back to the Pendle Inn.

Andrew Firth and Dinah at checkpoint on the trig. Photo by Nigel Hodgson

Andrew Firth and Dinah at checkpoint on the trig. Photo by Nigel Hodgson

It was now time for the run back to Barley, I will never honestly say that I have ever experienced cramp in both of my inner thigh…this was literally in the last 10 meters of descending before hitting the flat stuff. My new Portuguese running friend offered my support as she cheered me on and it thankfully subsided and we made our way to the finish line. I was hoping for roughly 4 hours 15 minutes in my head; however I crossed the finish line in 4 hour 24 minutes. I was happy to finish in 1 piece as Carl, Andy Armstrong, the legend that is Pete Browning and Paul Healey were at the finish line. In the debriefing in the Pendle Inn from the “experienced” Clayton men I was told I could take a good 20-25 minutes of my time which would have put around 4 hours mark. I was well chuffed with that for my first ever long distance fell race. It is one I would recommend, especially with it being on our doorstep.

It would be great to see more Clayton ladies running it next year. The support, advice and fun I had on the day has been brilliant. A massive well done to everyone who ran, to Peter Coates with a cracking run and 1st Clayton home and the men for a great result with the men’s team. Well done.

Pos Name Cat Time
17 Peter Coates M40 02:59:42
20 Dave Motley M 03:01:02
22 David Bagot M 03:01:31
26 Andrew Laycock M 03:02:08
40 Andrew Orr M45 03:09:41
45 Carl Helliwell M40 03:10:15
52 Chris Snell M 03:11:46
61 Richard Stevenson M40 03:14:59
78 Dominic Carr M40 03:19:14
81 Martin Terry M55 03:20:46
91 Andrew Armstrong M45 03:22:53
92 Ralph Baines M45 03:22:53
97 Andrew Priory M45 03:23:19
127 Ivan Whigham M50 03:30:15
144 Chris Funnell M50 03:32:38
172 Jeffrey Pickup M65 03:40:38
178 Mark Nutter M55 03:42:03
187 Pete Booth M65 03:45:12
192 Kieran Carr M70 03:45:37
247 Geoff Smith M40 04:03:01
267 Colin Woolford M40 04:09:31
290 Martin Brady M50 04:22:25
294 Sarah Helliwell W 04:24:42

Full Results

SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER

10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso

Dave Burnett jetted off to Spain to take part in this popular 10K race. He was accompanied by club member Garry Wilkinson who was there in a coaching/support role for a group of Running CF competitors.

Ever the shrinking violet! Dave Burnett at the Valencia 10K. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

Ever the shrinking violet! Dave Burnett at the Valencia 10K. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

Pos Name Cat Time
346 David Burnett VETERANO MASC D 01:07:46

Full Results

Arnside Knott Fell Race

Stephen Fish and Wendy Dodds took part in this 6 mile race with 1083ft of ascent.

Report from Stephen Fish

Two Clayton runners, Wendy Dodds and myself, made the trip up to Cumbria to compete in the excellent Arnside Knott race. This race is held in an unspoilt, beautiful area of limestone crags and woods with stunning views across Morecambe Bay to Grange Over Sands, fully justifying the A.O.N.B. status. This was made all the better with the lovely sunny conditions. The route this year had an extra half mile loop added to the previous time I did it in 2014, this increase in distance now moves it up to a category BM. The only downside was I’d forgotten to pack my Clayton vest, which felt strange attaching my race number.

From the off, Wendy slowly disappeared into the distance, as I settled into my rhythm to enjoy the great route through the woods up the Arnside Knott trig point. The additional loop took us out towards the village of Arnside, where the views of the sun reflecting across the bay was breath-taking. I was quite pleased with my run, so treated myself to one of the excellent cakes on sale…..it would’ve been rude not to.

A good race, well worth the short trip up the M6. It’s ‘pre-entry’, so look out for the details around late summertime, if you look to do this one.

Clayton Results:

Wendy Dodds – FW60 57:21

Stephen Fish – M60 – 1.02.47

Full Results

Chorley Fire 10K

The race starts from the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Centre in Chorley and takes an undulating route around the local villages of Euxton and Astley Village on quiet roads.

L-R Michelle Abbott, Reece Lawrence, Chris lawrence, Helen Harrison and Danny Collinge

A half dozen Clayton Harriers braved the chill to take part in this local 10K. Danny Collinge in superb form took first place in a time of 32:57. Team mate Stephen Biscomb was our next finisher in 34th place and 1st MV60 in 43:06. Reece Lawrence was hot on Stephen’s heels in 35th place just 2 seconds behind and 1st junior male. Michelle Abbot was our first lady finisher in 64th place overall and 1st LV35 in 46:42. Christopher Lawrence and Helen Harrison completed the Clayton team finishing in 71st and 156th place respectively and with new 10K PBs

Chris Lawrence reports

Well done Team Clayton today at Chorley, especially with the icy conditions. A PB for Helen Harrison and Michelle Abbot who was also a winner in her age category. Well done ladies! Steve Biscombe was a winner in his age category, Reece was 1st junior male and Danny Collinge was the overall winner of the race. I bagged a PB for myself for 10k which just goes to show that winter training is paying off.

Pos Name Category Time
1 Danny Collinge M 32:57.8
34 Stephen Biscomb MV60 43:06.2
35 Reece Lawrence Junior Men 43:08.7
64 Michelle Abbott LV35 46:42.2
71 Christopher Lawrence MV50 47:31.4
156 Helen Harrison LV45 54:51.4

Full Results

Peak Raid 3 – Grindleford

This was the 3rd in a series of 3 hour mountain marathon events and this event took place in Derbyshire. They take a score format so competitors can set their own pace and do as much as they like as a solo competitor or as part of a pair.

Jean Brown was our only competitor and she finished in 37th place overall with a score of 285 and a time of 2:55:58. A total of 117 competitors finished the event.

Full Results

Preston 10 Mile Road Race

Two Clayton Harriers took part in this 10 Mile road race organised by Preston Harriers with a route that starts at Hutton Grammar School.

Report from John Hartley

Just Kevin Davies and I made the short trip for this two lap, flat 10 mile course. I finished in 45th place and 2nd Vet55 in 1:02:53 and Kevin was 77th and 6th Vet55 in 01:06:13. There were 413 finishers.

John Hartley at the Preston 10 Mile Road Race. Photo by David Wood

John Hartley at the Preston 10 Mile Road Race. Photo by David Wood

Pos Name Category Time
45 John Hartley V55 1:02:53
77 Kevin Davies V55 1:06:13

 Full Results

parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 212 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Danny COLLINGE 17:15 SM20-24
2 Jonathan PYE 18:36 SM25-29
3 Jordan MCDONALD 18:37 SM18-19
12 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:25 JM11-14
14 Daniel PLANT 20:37 SM30-34
16 Simon WILSHAW 20:44 JM15-17
17 Stanley GREWAL 20:46 JM15-17
26 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:44 JM15-17
27 Lennon JACKSON 21:48 JM11-14
31 Stephen AINSWORTH 22:12 VM60-64
33 Mick HUGHES 22:14 VM40-44 First Timer!
34 Gordon BARRETT 22:17 VM50-54
41 Colin WHITE 22:51 VM40-44
47 George PIER 23:33 SM18-19
50 Michelle ABBOTT 23:37 VW35-39
51 Matthew JACKSON 23:41 JM10
56 Aaron LUNDIE 23:53 JM11-14
60 Chris LAWRENCE 24:11 VM50-54
63 Nina KEWIN 24:28 VW35-39
64 Irene ROCHE 24:35 VW55-59
70 David Ian SCOTT 25:00 VM70-74
81 Carl CAREY 25:41 VM45-49
84 Annabel WILCOCK 25:49 JW15-17
85 John WILCOCK 25:49 VM50-54
86 Lisa JOHNSON 25:52 VW40-44
95 Richard LAWSON 26:48 VM75-79
96 Bethany WHEATCROFT 27:01 JW11-14
105 Donna SCOTT 27:36 VW50-54
106 Julie DAWES 27:50 VW45-49
123 Stuart BARKER 29:07 VM50-54
149 Judith CAREY 31:32 VW35-39

Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 43 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 7:24 JM11-14
2 Dexta THOMPSON 7:38 JM11-14
3 Aaron LUNDIE 8:19 JM11-14 First Timer!
9 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:13 JW11-14
12 Kady THOMPSON 9:21 JW10
19 Imogen FERGUSON 10:36 JW11-14
25 Charlie PLANT 11:45 JW10
32 Emily JOHNSON 13:32 JW10

Cheltenham parkrun – A total of 379 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
15 Alex CRAN 20:06 VM45-49

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 146 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
127 Robin PRICE 34:25 VM70-74

Keswick parkrun – A total of 114 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
77 Eileen JONES 29:24 VW60-64 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 64 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
4 Paul BRANNON 21:25 VM55-59
19 Dawn TERRY 27:33 VW50-54
53 Christine LEATHLEY 36:44 VW65-69

Stretford parkrun – A total of 369 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
188 Jane HYLANDS 25:50 VW45-49

Witton parkrun – A total of 60 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
59 Julia RUSHTON 51:35 VW50-54

 

Mud’s up!

From stately homes to legs in a state, on road, trail, fell and the country, you’ve kept it going this week and heading toward… well that big event at the end of the year. Not too early to mention it, is it? Either way, some PBs from hard working seniors and some really good performances by Juniors who have also stepped up after putting the work in, all rounded off a sobering week.

Saturday 12 November

Cheshire 10k

Danny Collinge and John Hartley packed their flatland legs and made the trip to the stunning Elizabethan hall at Arley to run this very fast 10k. Undeterred by the rain, both of them posted very fast times in a quality field. Danny set a new PB in 7th place and is edging ever closer to that 32 min mark whilst John blazed round to finish first V60 and 83rd.

Pos Name Cat CatPos Time
8 Danny COLLINGE SEN 7 32:14
83 John HARTLEY V60 1 38:16

Full results

Harriers vs Cyclists

Louisa Powell-Smith spurned two wheels and opted for Harrier mode in this longstanding and unusual race over at Bingley. Probably a wise move as it looked pretty boggy and hard going, even more so on a bike. The Harriers won again, Tom Adams from Ilkley coming in first with Rob Jebb leading the cyclists home. Anna Lupton and Viccy Wilkinson were first runner and rider home respectively, for the women and Louisa was 5th and only 20 seconds of 2nd in a strong international ladies field, the first 4 having been top fell runners with GB vests.

37th Louisa Powell-Smith 42:15s

44th Gary Wilkinson 43:59 (2nd Vet 50)

111th (cycling) Paul Hesketh 48:15.

Full results

Louisa Powell in Harrier mode at Harriers vs Cyclists. Photo: Woodentops

Louisa Powell-Smith in Harrier mode at Harriers vs Cyclists. Photo: Woodentops

Dunnerdale Fell Race

Peter Browning sent this report about this tough late season fell race:

Just two Clayton Harriers made the journey up to south west Lakeland for the mini classic that is the Dunnerdale Fell Race.

After a wild, wet and windy Friday night, race day dawned dry but breezy and surprisingly mild. Conditions on the 8km course were very wet underfoot, with the descents requiring proper respect, but no navigation problems were encountered.
186 runners completed the course, and safely in midfield were our two runners

111. Peter Browning.   60.15
116. Wendy Dodds.     61.18. (1st LV60)

On collecting her race prize, Wendy jumped into the car and headed off to Yorkshire for that evenings FRA Presentation do, to collect her latest national trophy. Clayton’s most competitive runner ever? No question.

Warrington Way

Martin Terry continued his quest to retain his RunFurther V50 title from last year, with a strong finish at this 40 miles trail ultra base around the eponymous route of the same name and starting and finishing in Lymm, Cheshire. Martin was a fantastic 6th overall out of 123 competitors, completing the route in 5 hours 59 minutes. The RunFurther leader board hasn’t been updated yet but hopefully this was enough for Martin to retain his title this year.

Full results

Schools Cross Country Cup, Middlesborough

Ellie Root put her cross -country skills to good use when she competed in this event – Mum Sam reports back:

Ellie has run this week in the regional finals of the Schools Cross Country Cup. She ran in the inter-girls team. Ellie had a decent run and was 32nd. Although she wasn’t a counter her team won their event and have managed to secure a place in the final in December in Formby.

Red Rose Cross Country Round 3 – Leverhulme Park

Leverhulme Park. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Leverhulme Park. Photo: Alan Dorrington

It’s been a little reticent in coming but the mud is now finally here. Leverhulme delivered its usual wet conditions and the ever hardworking Jason Pier tried valiantly to find a dri(er) patch to pitch the Orange Tent of Comfort(TM) but it still ended up being at the centre of a squelchy bog. All of which is grist to the mill for the Junior and Senior cross-country teams who lapped it all up, as usual. Not literally.

Juniors

U11 Boys

Robbie Smedley on his way to 2nd. Phot: Alan Dorrington

Robbie Smedley on his way to 2nd. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Once again the U11 Boys produced strength in depth to cover many of the top placings, and take the team prize with ease. Dexta Thompson took his usual place at the head of affairs but a stand out performance from Robbie Smedley saw him take second not far behind with Finley Stubbs coming in as third counter. They were backed up by Jenson Bentham, Matthew Jackson, Joshua McKay and Toby Birtwhistle.

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:52
2 Robbie Smedley 7:05
10 Finley Stubbs 7:20
12 Jenson Bentham 7:22
26 Matthew Jackson 7:44
57 Joshua Mckay 8:40
75 Toby Birtwhistle 9:07
Dexta THompson on his way to 1st U11 B. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Dexta Thompson on his way to 1st U11 B. Photo: Alan Dorrington

U11 Girls

Helena White in 5th led the U11 Girls team home to a 6th place overall backed up by Kady Thompson who is improving with every race at the moment, and Summer Hargreaves. The girls were supported by Emily Nichols, Holly Reilly and Ellisia Smedley.

Pos Name Time
5 Helena White 7:50
33 Kady Thompson 8:44
37 Summer Hargreaves 8:52
65 Emily Nichols 10:03
66 Holly Reilly 10:05
72 Ellisia Smedley 10:49

U13 Boys

Jackson McKay pushed hard for an excellent 2nd place, along with Christopher Brown, Lennon Jackson and William Nicholls and the boys took 4th place overall in the team event.

Pos Name Time
2 Jackson McKay 11:55
22 Christopher Brown 13:32
23 Lennon Jackson 13:33
34 William Nichols 14:37

U13 Girls

Ella Dorrington led Bethany Wheatcroft  and Keira Stevenson to 10th place in the team results.

Pos Name Time
12 Ella Dorrington 13:40
50 Bethany Wheatcroft 16:10
56 Keira Stevenson 16:36

U15 Boys

Just 3 U15 Boys ran – Stanley Grewel, Adam Stevenson and Aaron Lundie taking the club to 5th place in the team event.

Pos Name Time
26 Stanley Grewel 17:31
35 Adam Stevenson 19:30
40 Aaron Lundie 22:23

U15 Girls

The U15 Girls narrowly missed out on 2nd team after great runs from Briony Holt and Millie Stubbs, with Natasha Olzsweska continuing to improve in her races after some hard work in training, with 21st place. Liberty Thompson supported the girls in 26th.

Natasha Olszweska working hard. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Natasha Olszweska working hard. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Pos Name Time
5 Briony Holt 17:53
9 Millie Stubbs 18:55
21 Natasha Olszweska 20:57
26 Liberty Thompson 22:09

 

Under 17 Boys and Girls

Curtis Holt was 7th and Simon Wilshaw 10th in the Boys race with Lucy Stevenson flying the flag as sole Clayton Girl in 20th in the Girls race.

 

Senior Ladies

Pos Name Cat Time
54 Michelle Abbot L35 27:16
57 Irene Roche L55 27:31
58 Cassie Darling-Smedley L35 27:37
80 Julia Rushton L50 29:52
87 Rachel Todd L40 31:19
90 Helen Burnett L45 45:24
92 Adrienne Olszweska L45 32:35
109 Susan Allen L55 36:38
110 Judith Carey L35 36:49
114 Christine Leathley L65 40:23

Irene Roche reports:

There was a good turn out on Saturday for the third meeting of this league. We had plenty of senior ladies and men to make up teams for the club. With the tent ready nice and early (as always) by Jason Pier and helpers, the experience of cross country always has a comfortable and well organised start for us. The course naturally offered plenty of mud and on this particular event much of it vertical as we scrambled out of the woods. However, a rest from the mud was offered from the winding trails through the woods where a bit more speed could be had – if space allowed for passing the runner in front. A challenging course! Well done all who ran.

Senior Men

Pos Name Cat Time
32 Robert Aspinall V55 40:49
37 Peter Coates V40 41:09
39 Jonathan Cleaver Sen 41:29
44 Dave Motley Sen 41:58
46 Andrew Laycock Sen 42:06
50 Chris Snell Sen 42:23
51 Richard Stevenson V40 42:24
56 Matthew Duckworth Sen 42:42
66 Andrew Orr V45 43:43
80 Andrew Holt V40 44:30
97 Kevin Davies V50 46:01
98 Gareth Berry V40 46:02
102 Alex Cran V45 46:19
116 John Wilcock V50 47:42
138 Andy Quinn V45 49:09
166 James Hickie V55 51:02
184 Andrew Howarth V55 52:49
194 Craig Nicholls V40 53:41
215 Carl Carey V45 56:36

The Senior team was 5th overall and the Vets team 3rd. Well done to all that braved the mud.

Full Results

BOFRA Presentation evening

A rather glamorous location at the Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn saw the BOFRA fraternity reunited for one last time this season with 3 young (and one not so young) Clayton athletes all there to enjoy the final prize presentation.

Briony Holt (1st U17 Girl overall, Ella Dorrington (2nd U12 Girl overall) and Dexta Thompson (1st U12 Boy overall) all picked up their trophies whilst the ever enthusiastic Richard Briscoe picked up his series t shirt for completing the required 8 championship races. Richard was camera shy so here are Briony, Dexta and Ella instead.

U17 G winner Briony, 2nd U12B Dexta and 2nd U12G Ella get their trophies.

U17 G winner Briony, 2nd U12B Dexta and 2nd U12G Ella get their trophies.

 

Sunday 13 November

Windmill 10k

Clayton at the Windmill 10k

Clayton at the Windmill 10k

The big race of Sunday, from a Clayton point of view was the Windmill 10k, at Lytham. With a fast and flat course along the coastal fron past Lytham and Fairhaven Lake, the event first ran in 2011 and is growing in popularity. Among the athletes to get a PB was Mick Hughes…15078904_10211573321035462_2209104053296040252_n

 

Pos Name Category Time
18 Daniel Plant Men 40:20
26 James Boult Men 41:38
28 Stephen Ainsworth Male Vet Over 60 41:42
46 Stephen Biscomb Male Vet Over 60 43:19
53 Elizabeth Mullan Ladies 43:49
55 Mick Hughes Male Vet Over 40 44:02
67 Colin White Male Vet Over 40 44:52
88 Robert Morrison Male Vet Over 40 45:56
101 Adam Stephenson Men 46:36
104 Michelle Abbott Lady Vet Over 35 46:43
162 Ian Hargreaves Male Vet Over 50 49:17
220 Julie Dawes Lady Vet Over 45 51:00
285 Danny Pilkington Male Vet Over 40 52:56
292 Tony Pilling Male Vet Over 50 53:05
308 Jane Hylands Lady Vet Over 45 53:27
363 Helen Harrison Lady Vet Over 45 55:05
484 Deborah Greenwood Lady Vet Over 45 58:29
552 Karen Clarkin Lady Vet Over 40 1:00:22
601 Anita Jones Lady Vet Over 60 1:01:45

Full Results

Wadsworth Half Trog

Even Half a Trog is enough bog to strike fear into a fell runners heart but Jeffrey Pickup braved the diluvian conditions of the moors around Wadsworth for this semi-classic race, taking in the ‘best’ bits of the full Bog, sorry Trog race in February. No results yet, but hopefully he has dried out by now.

Parkrun

Burnley Parkrun – a total of 210 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Jonathan PYE 18:58 SM25-29
8 Daniel PLANT 20:52 SM30-34
10 Nicholas HENNESSEY 21:18 JM11-14
30 Colin WHITE 23:24 VM40-44
36 Michelle ABBOTT 23:53 VW35-39
44 Nina KEWIN 24:27:00 VW35-39
54 Andy QUINN 25:16:00 VM45-49
55 Sophie ASHWORTH 25:17:00 JW11-14
65 Julie DAWES 25:52:00 VW45-49
72 Donna SCOTT 26:24:00 VW50-54
74 Annabel WILCOCK 26:33:00 JW15-17
75 John WILCOCK 26:34:00 VM50-54
80 Jake ANFORTH 26:53:00 JM10
109 Richard LAWSON 28:35:00 VM75-79
113 Helen HARRISON 28:54:00 VW45-49
122 Stuart BARKER 29:47:00 VM50-54

Bolton parkrun

A total of 191 runners took part.

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
54 Katy THOMPSON 27:45 VW60-64

Dewsbury parkrun

A total of 109 runners took part.

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
99 Robin PRICE 35:41 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun

A total of 51 runners took part.

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Christopher HOLDSWORTH 17:34 SM25-29
17 Martin BRADY 25:49 VM50-54

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge

A total of 137 runners took part.

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
74 Eileen JONES 29:14 VW60-64

Witton parkrun

A total of 54 runners took part.

Pos Parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
53 Julie RUSHTON 47:08 VW50-54

 

Winter is coming

The summer is well and truly behind us and the temperatures are beginning to plummet. There was even the first flurries of snow on the top of Pendle this weekend. That means nothing and there’s still racing to be had. This week you have been out on the fells, the roads and even racing on foreign shores.

SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER

SHEPHERD’S SKYLINE FELL RACE

The Shepherds Skyline Fell Race is a popular event organised by Todmorden Harriers with junior races as well. It’s an ideal warm up for bonfire night along 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. Juniors can expect to get tired and muddy, but that’s half the fun!

U8s Race

Felix Thompson at the Shepherd's Skyline races. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Felix Thompson at the Shepherd’s Skyline races. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
10 Felix Thompson 4:56
12 Ellisia Smedley 5:10

U10s Race

Ellisia Smedley with Kady Thompson just behind at the Shepherd's Skyline races. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Ellisia Smedley with Kady Thompson just behind at the Shepherd’s Skyline races. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
19 Kady Thompson 9:57

U12s Race

Pos Name Time
2 Dexta Thompson 6:27
7 Christopher Brown 7:04
9 Robbie Smedley 7:13

Senior Race

Fourteen seniors took part in the senior races. Peter Coates was our first Clayton man in 10th place overall and 1st Vet 40. Rachel Todd was our first Clayton lady in 239th place.

Report from Peter Coates

The Shepherd’s Skyline fell race sets off from the Shepherd’s Rest Inn in Todmorden and is an approximately 10KM race that takes runners up Stoodley Pike. This is followed by a fast, technical descent off the Pike before a final climb back up the hill and then a muddy downhill to the finish. I’ve learned from previous years that a good start is essential in this race as there can be around 280 runners and only a narrow single track where passing is difficult. I think I set off a little too quick as I found myself towards the front of the pack just behind the fast lads. I managed to finish 10th overall and was first vet40 although I didn’t realise that until the following day. It is a really good, well-organised race and well worth doing.

Peter Coates at the Shepherd's Skyline Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Peter Coates at the Shepherd’s Skyline Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Michelle Butschok

This was my first time racing the Shepherd’s Skyline and I was really glad I gave it a whirl. It was bitterly cold and windy when myself and Rachel Todd arrived but there was a great turnout and a really friendly reception from our fellow Clayton runners. A lovely scenic route up to the Pike and then a fast descent before another climb and back to the finish. Special thanks to Robert Hirst for his encouragement towards the end of my race. Will definitely look to do this one again next year!

Michelle Butschok at the Shepherd's Skyline fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Michelle Butschok at the Shepherd’s Skyline fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
10 Peter Coates M40 48:10
17 Carl Helliwell M40 49:24
47 Andrew Armstrong M45 54:12
74 Ivan Wigham M50 57:14
105 Mark Nutter M55 60:40
153 Peter Browning M55 65:43
158 Peter Dugdale M60 66:13
161 Colin Woolford M40 66:53
165 Andrew Dugdale M50 67:36
183 Andrew Firth M55 69:47
199 Stephen Fish M60 72:35
239 Rachel Todd F40 79:01
262 Michelle Butschck F40 85:45
263 Robert Hirst M65 85:47

Full Results

SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER

AGE UK LEEDS ABBEY DASH

Laura Hesketh was our sole runner in this very fast, popular 10K. She finished in 380th place overall with a time of 00:37:34

Full Results

DERWENTWATER 10

Mark Wightman was our sole runner in this 10 mile road race organised by Keswick Athletic Club. The route loops for 10 miles on an undulating course around Derwentwater in a clockwise direction.

Mark finished in 109th place overall with a time of 01:12:56 in a field of 476 runners.

Full Results

GUY FAWKES 10

Roger Brewster was our only runner in this 10 mile race in Ripley, N Yorks. He finished in 111th place overall with a time of 01:12:54 in a field of 816 runners.

Full Results

Maraton Internacional de S.C de Tenerife – 8KM

Well done to Hayley Copeman who took time out while on holiday to run in the 8KM race in Santa Cruz. She finished in 692nd place in a field of 1067 runners with a time of 00:43:22.

Hayley Copeman at the Santa Cruz 8KM

Hayley Copeman at the Santa Cruz 8KM

THROUGH THE VILLAGES RACE

Fifteen club members took part in this 8.45 mile, undulating road race taking in the scenic West Pennine Moors and local villages of Wheelton, Brinscall, Abbey Village and Withnell. Matthew Duckworth was the first Clayton finisher in 21st place with a time of 00:53:23 and together with Jon Cleave in 28th and Chris Snell in 32nd took first place in the senior men’s team as well. David Scott was 1st V70 and 181st overall in the race. Julia Rushton was our only lady runner and she finished in 221st place with a time of 01:16:15.

L-R Ian Hargreaves, Brian Wildman, Stephen Biscomb, Martin Brady and David Scott.

Some of the Team Clayton runners. L-R Ian Hargreaves, Brian Wildman, Stephen Biscomb, Martin Brady and David Scott.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
21 Matthew Duckworth M (009/062) 00:53:23
28 Jonathan Cleaver M (011/062) 00:54:22
32 Chris Snell M (013/062) 00:54:53
59 Daniel Plant M (022/062) 00:58:53
76 John Wilcock M50 (013/037) 01:01:02
84 Stephen Biscomb M60 (002/006) 01:01:57
100 Richard Briscoe M (033/062) 01:03:21
105 Andy Quinn M45 (015/033) 01:03:37
108 Robert Morrison M40 (019/034) 01:03:49
158 Geoff Smith M40 (025/034) 01:09:14
160 Martin Brady M50 (023/037) 01:09:20
170 Brian Wildman M50 (024/037) 01:10:00
181 David Scott M70 (001/002) 01:10:53
195 Ian Hargreaves M50 (027/037) 01:12:29
221 Julia Rushton F50 (004/010) 01:16:15

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 342 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Danny COLLINGE 18:52 SM20-24
6 Jonathan CLEAVER 19:41 VM35-39
8 Simon WILSHAW 19:54 JM15-17 New PB!
12 Alex CRAN 20:13 VM45-49
14 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:29 JM15-17
28 Nick ROSCOE 21:40 VM45-49
35 Terry O’LEARY 22:02 VM35-39
38 Colin WHITE 22:06 VM40-44
42 Donna RILEY 22:21 VW50-54
52 Lennon JACKSON 23:05 JM11-14
54 Michelle ABBOTT 23:09 VW35-39
56 Andy QUINN 23:11 VM45-49
63 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:28 JW11-14
64 Jonathan PYE 23:29 SM25-29
68 Matthew JACKSON 23:42 JM10
69 Chris LAWRENCE 23:43 VM50-54
70 Nina KEWIN 23:46 VW35-39
94 Matthew DUCKWORTH 24:50 SM25-29
96 Dawn TERRY 24:57 VW50-54
104 Andrew WEBSTER 25:07 VM45-49
106 Julie DAWES 25:09 VW45-49
112 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:21 JW11-14
115 Annabel WILCOCK 25:29 JW15-17
116 Donna SCOTT 25:29 VW50-54
117 John WILCOCK 25:31 VM50-54
122 Andrew TAYLOR 25:37 VM55-59
129 Jane HYLANDS 25:51 VW45-49 New PB!
147 Heidi KEWIN 27:04 JW11-14
148 Aaron LUNDIE 27:10 JM11-14
167 Carl CAREY 27:56 VM45-49
171 Jack MCGUIRE 28:10 VM60-64 New PB!
182 Ron CHAPPELL 28:35 VM65-69
186 Richard LAWSON 28:43 VM75-79
187 Charlie PLANT 28:47 JW10
188 Daniel PLANT 28:48 SM30-34
201 Stuart BARKER 29:09 VM50-54
223 Karen CLARKIN 29:53 VW40-44
230 Judith CAREY 30:02 VW35-39 New PB!
239 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:12 VW65-69
256 Marion WILKINSON 31:17 VW70-74
287 Christine LEATHLEY 33:05 VW65-69

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 45 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Dexta THOMPSON 7:25 JM11-14
4 Matthew JACKSON 8:15 JM10
9 Liberty THOMPSON 8:58 JW11-14
11 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:15 JW11-14
12 Kady THOMPSON 9:16 JW10
17 Felix THOMPSON 9:51 JM10
18 Heidi KEWIN 9:52 JW11-14
21 Imogen FERGUSON 10:16 JW11-14
23 Charlie PLANT 10:36 JW10

Heaton parkrun – A total of 606 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
357 Eileen JONES 29:11 VW60-64

Inverness parkrun – A total of 165 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Colin SHUTTLEWORTH 19:32 VM55-59

Oakwell Hall parkrun – A total of 230 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
157 Robin PRICE 34:51 VM70-74 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 86 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Dave MOTLEY 20:16 VM35-39 First Timer!
4 Paul BRANNON 20:31 VM55-59
12 John HARTLEY 21:03 VM55-59
13 Paul HESKETH 21:06 VM50-54
25 Finley STUBBS 24:10 JM10
28 Martin BRADY 24:46 VM50-54

Rutland Water parkrun – A total of 134 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
27 Katy THOMPSON 24:33 VW60-64 First Timer!

Woodbank parkrun – A total of 192 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
145 Ron HILL 35:31 VM75-79

 

No tricks, just treats!

As we draw near the scary and spooky shenanigans associated with Halloween, one thing is clear; this has been a week of treats with no tricks in sight. You’ve been parkrunning in fancy dress, cross country running at a couple of venues, and storming along in 10Ks with wins, category triumphs and PBs galore.

SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER

RACE YOU TO THE SUMMIT

No results as yet but Robert Hirst, Jack Maguire and John Francis spotted on the photos by Woodentops.

John Francis who ran this race for the first time in 1967. Photo by Woodentops

John Francis who ran this race for the first time in 1967. Photo by Woodentops

In fact, John Francis ran the 1st Gale Fell Race in 1967 to the White House and back, which has been reinvented as Final Race You to the Summit Race where he is pictured racing. Amazing stuff!

MID LANCS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – CUERDEN VALLEY

This was the second fixture of the Mid Lancs League cross country. It’s the first time a fixture has been held at Cuerden Valley, as the proposed event last year was cancelled in the aftermath of the terrible winter floods. Cuerden Valley Country Park had a whole lot of terrain to offer the cross country runners with a mix of flat muddy sections, woodland paths and a tussocky hill.

Danny Collinge at the Cuerden fixture. Photo by David Wood

Danny Collinge at the Cuerden fixture. Photo by David Wood

Unfortunately, there was a clash with the Red Rose League event at Witton Park but with the Mid Lancs taking precedence for the club just a group of junior runners and a couple of seniors took part in the Red Rose event with the rest of the juniors and the senior runners taking on the challenge of a new course at Cuerden.

U11 Girls

Helana White and Rachel Stevenson ran in this race and tackled this tough and hilly course with gusto. Helana had a great run earing a top ten finish. She was 8th overall with an excellent time of 7:04 in a field of 58 runners. Rachel was 52nd and despite the course being blocked by absent-minded spectators managed an excellent final spring to hold off a Barlick rival.

Pos Name Time
8 Helana White 7:04
52 Rachel Stevenson 9:22

U13 Girls

We had a full team of U13 girls comprising Keira Stevenson, Roanna Holdsworth and Bronia Olszewska. They finished 9th in the team competition. With a couple of climbs this was a challenging course for the team who put in a sterling effort to gain team points in the competition.

Pos Name Time
39 Keira Stevenson 14:19
40 Roanna Holdsworth 14:31
43 Bronia Olszewska 15:10

U15 Girls

After success in the last Mid Lancs fixture our U15 girls were out for a good result at this race. Briony Holt was our first finisher in 1st place, Millie Stubbs was 6th and Natasha Olszewska was 15th. These excellent performances gave them the win they were looking for and for the second time they took the 1st team position.

Pos Name Time
1 Briony Holt 13:41
6 Millie Stubbs 14:36
15 Natasha Olszewska 15:53

U15 Boys

It was great to see a full team in this age category. Stanley Grewel was our first finisher in 10th place, Adam Stevenson was 23rd and Jay Bowman was 25th. They were 4th team overall.

Pos Name Time
10 Stanley Grewel 14:17
23 Adam Stevenson 15:36
25 Jay Bowman 16:07

Ladies’ Race

A dozen ladies turned out to tackle this tough course. Elizabeth Mullan was our first finisher in 30th place with Donna Airey following in 45th despite carrying an injury. Michelle Abbott made a mad dash over from the Witton Park fixture to get there just in time to count in the A team.

Michelle Abbot racing hard at Cuerden after racing over from Witton. Photo by David Wood

Michelle Abbot racing hard at Cuerden after racing over from Witton. Photo by David Wood

Ladies A (E Mullan | D Airey | M Abbott) finished in 13th place.

Ladies B (J Bennett | S Helliwell | J Knightley ) were 21st.

Ladies Over 35 (D Airey | M Abbot | J Bennett) were 8th.

Ladies Over 45 (J Bennett | J Knightley | J Pollard) were 7th.

Ladies Over 55 (J Knightley | S Allen | C Leathley) were 5th.

Pos Name Cat Time
30 Elizabeth Mullan L 24:04
45 Donna Airey L35 25:01
54 Michelle Abbott L35 25:24
70 Joanne Bennett L45 26:30
84 Sarah Helliwell L35 27:36
87 Jean Knightley L55 27:58
99 Janine Pollard L45 29:02
102 Jane Hylands L45 29:17
117 Adrienne Olszewska L45 30:31
147 Susan Allen L55 34:43
151 Judith Carey L35 35:04
159 Christine Leathley L65 38:26

Men’s Race

29 men ran in the race. Danny Collinge was our first Clayton Man in 9th place overall. Our senior men finished strongly in 3rd place overall and our vet men were first in both the Over 40 and Over 50 teams. An excellent result for the men.

Kevin aka Tiger Davies at Cuerden. Photo by David Wood

Kevin aka Tiger Davies at Cuerden. Photo by David Wood

Our senior men’s team (D Collinge | M Perry| J Watson | P Coates | C Helliwell | R Stevenson) finished in 3rd place.

Men’s Team B (R Aspinall | D Motley | C Snell | A Laycock | G Wilkinson | M Duckworth) finished 9th

Men Over 40 (P Coates | C Helliwell | R Stevenson | R Aspinall) were 1st.

Men Over 50 (R Aspinall | G Wilkinson | K Davies) were 1st.

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Danny Collinge M 34:05
16 Matt Perry M 35:23
37 Jacob Watson M 37:33
41 Peter Coates V40 37:46
46 Carl Helliwell V40 38:09
47 Richard Stevenson V40 38:10
48 Robert Aspinall V50 38:14
53 Dave Motley M 38:44
54 Chris Snell M 38:47
63 Andrew Laycock M 39:16
66 Garry Wilkinson V50 39:21
84 Matthew Duckworth M 40:51
107 Kevin Davies V50 41:56
113 Brian Horrocks V50 42:08
114 Alan Life V50 42:14
129 Alex Cran V40 43:31
132 John Wilcock V50 43:40
154 Nick Roscoe V40 44:18
155 Mark Wightman V50 44:19
163 Andrew Payne M 44:51
185 Andy Quinn V40 46:22
202 James Hickie V50 47:12
217 Jason Pier V40 48:21
218 Mick Hughes V40 48:39
223 Andrew Howarth V50 48:55
240 Peter Browning V50 50:27
242 David Scott V70 50:50
254 Christopher Lawrence V50 51:46
264 Carl Carey V40 53:21

Full Results

OMM – Original Mountain Marathon

Congratulations to Jean Brown who  was running with double Bob Graham record holder, Nicky Spinks, in the OMM Elite race. They finished in 16th place overall, 2nd ladies team and 1st Vet ladies team.

Full Results

RED ROSE CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – WITTON PARK

An unfortunate clash of fixtures left numbers somewhat depleted in this race with the club prioritising the Mid Lancs League

U17 Men. L-R Reece Lawrence, Curtis Holt, Thomas Bradley.

U17 Men. L-R Reece Lawrence, Curtis Holt, Thomas Bradley.

U11 Boys

With our first three finishers in the top ten it was no surprise to see the U11 Boy’s team take 1st place.

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:32
5 Robbie Smedley 6:57
7 Finlay Stubbs 7:02
12 Jenson Bentham 7:07
27 Matthew Jackson 7:21
44 Thomas Ashworth 7:44
57 Joshua McKay 8:07
65 Toby Birtwistle 8:22

U11 Girls

Four U11 girls took part in the race and their team finished in 11th place.

Pos Name Time
19 Kady Thompson 8:07
56 Tillie Ferguson 9:38
57 Ellisia Smedley 9:48
61 Emily Nicholls 10:11

U13 Boys

Three boys took part in the 13 race. Jackson McKay’s first place chopped the points and took them to 6th place overall.

Pos Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 10:17
26 Lennon Jackson 11:50
39 William Nicholls 13:00

U13 Girls

Some stiff competition in the U13 girls’ team who finished in 9th place.

Pos Name Time
8 Ella Dorrington-Levy 11:39
27 Sophie Ashworth 12:36
49 Bethany Wheatcroft 13:58
60 Imogen Ferguson 14:32

U15 Girls

We had two girls in this race.

Pos Name Time
17 Liberty Thompson 18:53
23 Claudia Bentham 20:20

U17 Men

It was great to see the club fielding a team in this age category. Our U17 men’s team were 3rd.

Pos Name Time
6 Curtis Holt 19:41
8 Thomas Bradley 21:04
11 Reece Lawrence 21:32

Senior Men

Just two senior runners at Witton Park.

Pos Name Cat Time
80 Andrew Orr V45 39:33
149 Stephen Breckell V65 45:43

Full Results

SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

ACCRINGTON 10K

Sixteen Clayton Harriers took part in the Accrington 10K race. Matthew Duckworth was our first Clayton man and 9th overall in the race. Elizabeth Mullan was our first lady finisher.

Report from Matthew Duckworth

After running a difficult and hilly cross country race on Saturday,  I was not expecting a great race. As I was warming up I was determined as usual but expecting a slower time than last year so I was pleasantly surprised when I achieved a new PB! When running to the finish line I saw the clock ’37:29′ and thought holy ****! How? A great overall race with an out of the ordinary participant leading us through Huncoat on his horse and trap. It was a fantastic road race; a great course with a few difficult and steep end miles. There was an excellent atmosphere, fantastic and motivating marshals and the race was well managed as usual. An overall great race and a brilliant result!

Matthew Duckworth running well at the Accrington 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Duckworth running well at the Accrington 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Matthew Duckworth M 00:37:35
42 Stephen Biscomb V60 00:43:29
53 Stephen Green V60 00:44:33
54 Robert Morrison V40 00:44:40
56 Elizabeth Mullan F 00:44:47
64 Colin White V40 00:45:18
69 Adam Stephenson M 00:45:43
85 Helen O’Rourke F 00:47:34
97 Ian Hargreaves V50 00:48:50
104 Rebecca Crawshaw F35 00:49:19
110 Brian Wildman V50 00:49:52
124 Julie Dawes F45 00:51:06
137 Julia Rushton F50 00:52:06
196 Robert Hirst V65 00:59:41
213 Ron Chappell V65 01:01:38
268 Kathleen Garnett L75 01:31:14

BRONTE WAY FELL RACE

Half a dozen Clayton Harriers took part in this 7.5 mile fell race with 1152ft of ascent.

Paul Hesketh at the Bronte Way Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Paul Hesketh at the Bronte Way Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Paul Hesketh was our first man in 24th place overall. Sarah Helliwell was our sole lady runner.

Sarah Helliwell at the Bronte Way Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Sarah Helliwell at the Bronte Way Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
24 Paul Hesketh M50 01:04:01
69 Jeffrey Pickup M65 01:11:59
76 Andy Bradley M50 01:13:02
104 Geoff Smith M40 01:18:50
119 Simon Stansfield M40 01:22:15
143 Sarah Helliwell F35 01:27:34

Full Results

SHEFFIELD 10K

Over 3000 runners took on a city centre route, starting in Arundel Gate, and on a journey along Charter Row and along Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of pretty Endcliffe Park. The route then continues along Riverdale Road, along Endcliffe Vale Road, close to the Botanical Gardens, then travels down Brocco Bank and back to an exhilarating city centre finish.

L-R Reece Lawrence, Danny Collinge and Chris Lawrence

L-R Reece Lawrence, Danny Collinge and Chris Lawrence

Danny Collinge had a great run and won the race with a time of 32:38. He was very happy with the result having battled hard with two other runners in the final 2K to take the victory. David Bagot was our next finisher who also had an excellent run to finish in 6th place with a time of 35:20. They were joined by clubmates Reece and Chris Lawrence who finished in 154th and 716th place respectively.

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Danny Collinge U23 32:38
6 David Bagot M 35:20
154 Reece Lawrence M 42:37
716 Chris Lawrence V50 50:23

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 267 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:07 SM25-29
2 Laura HESKETH 18:12 SW30-34
14 Gareth BERRY 20:30 VM40-44
28 Gordon BARRETT 21:55 VM50-54
32 Donna RILEY 22:00 VW50-54
48 Michelle ABBOTT 23:03 VW35-39
57 Colin WHITE 23:36 VM40-44
60 Nina KEWIN 23:46 VW35-39
63 Julie DAWES 24:10 VW45-49
79 Aaron LUNDIE 25:20 JM11-14
81 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 25:23 VW35-39
90 Annabel WILCOCK 25:43 JW15-17
93 John WILCOCK 25:46 VM50-54
94 Donna SCOTT 25:47 VW50-54
99 Chris LAWRENCE 26:00 VM50-54
171 Stuart BARKER 29:48 VM50-54
193 Alan DORRINGTON 30:32 VM45-49
199 Marion WILKINSON 31:15 VW70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 189 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
87 Charlie PLANT 28:05 JW10 First Timer!
88 Daniel PLANT 28:05 SM30-34

Fulham Palace parkrun – A total of 378 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
281 Eileen JONES 28:35 VW60-64 First Timer!

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun – A total of 250 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
8 John HARTLEY 19:27 VM55-59

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 203 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
165 Philip NAYLOR 32:27 VM35-39

Medina I.O.W. parkrun – A total of 289 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
26 Simon WILSHAW 21:07 JM15-17 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
8 Richard BRISCOE 21:56 VM35-39
18 Martin BRADY 25:02 VM50-54

Sewerby parkrun – A total of 175 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 Jonathan CLEAVER 19:13 VM35-39 First Timer!

Stamford Park parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
52 Ron HILL 35:05 VM75-79 First Timer!

Warrington parkrun –  total of 316 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
77 Katy THOMPSON 24:17 VW60-64 First Timer!

 

A quiet week

It’s been a fairly quiet week. With autumn well and truly upon us, the nights are beginning to draw in and the temperatures are dropping so there’s not a great deal of racing to be had. However, as always you have been out and about nonetheless. There’s been cross country for schools and at the Northerns for our junior runners, and there’s been ultra running success, road marathons and fell races for our seniors.

Runfurther Championship 2016

Congratulations to ultra runner Martin Terry who finished 7th overall in this year’s RunFurther championship and as a club we finished 4th team (Martin Terry, Nicholas Olszewski and Simon Halliday) from 31 teams in total.

Next Year’s races will be announced at the prizegiving on 13 November.

Final Standings

Wednesday 19 October

Burnley Secondary Schools Cross Country

Well done to all of our junior runners that took part in this event.

Saturday 22 October

Great Whernside

Fifteen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this 4 mile fell race with 1558ft of ascent organised by Wharfedale Harriers. The race starts at the bottom of the fell and the initial ascent is on grass following track and path through the fields uphill to a cottage at Hag Dyke. After passing through a gate the terrain changes dramatically. First a rocky scramble over rough ground followed by a short stretch of peat and bog and then a final steep descent over rocky ground. At the cairn it’s then about turn and anyway back to the start; either across the heather or back down the path.

Matt Perry at the Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Matt Perry at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Matt Perry was our first finisher in 14th place. Wendy Dodds was our first lady runner and also 1st V60 lady.

Wendy Dodds at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Wendy Dodds at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
14 Matt Perry M 34:42
26 Dave Motley M 37:53
71 Mark Nutter MV50 44:14
79 Jon Sharples MV60 45:02
108 Darren Rushton MV40 48:18
112 Andrew Firth MV50 48:57
115 Andrew Dugdale MV50 49:12
120 Rick Moore MV50 50:18
121 Mark Taylor M 50:50
125 Peter Dugdale MV60 51:10
127 Wendy Dodds LV60 51:29
130 Simon Stansfield M 51:48
136 Colin Woolford MV40 52:50
138 Linda Lord LV60 53:50
162 Doug Monroe MV70 1:03:07

Full Results

Northern Athletics Cross Country Relays

Report from Chris Thompson

A team of under 13 boys travelled down to Sheffield to compete in the Northern cross country relays. There were three boys in the team, Jackson McKay,  Lennon Jackson and Dexta Thompson. The event took place at Graves Park in Sheffield which is a great course for cross country with some good hills although not too steep and with a  very open area that was great for spectators.

L-R Dexta Thompson, Lennon Jackson and Jackson McKay. Photo by Nicola Thompson

L-R Dexta Thompson, Lennon Jackson and Jackson McKay. Photo by Nicola Thompson

First off was Jackson in leg one; he put in a great race up against some strong competition and finished back in 10th position. He was followed by Lennon who gave it his all and finished back in 22nd. Dexta took the last leg and gave it his all up against not only some tough competition,  but against boys a few years older to finish in 18th. The boys’ team finished in 18th position from 39 teams so not a bad run.

Full Results

Standish Hall Trail Race

Well done to Lee Smith who was our sole representative at this trail race. He finished in 5th place overall and got a free pie and a £20 prize voucher which was not a bad day’s running!

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
5 Lee Smith M (002/027) 00:38:36

Full Results

Sunday 23 October

Abingdon Marathon

Stephen Hartley Reports

I finished 87th out of 800 starters with a time of 3 hours and 1 minute! I did this marathon 15 years ago and as I am on holiday this week, I thought I could stop off and run this on our way to our holiday destination. It’s a lovely flat marathon round the Oxfordshire countryside. I just missed getting under three hours but pleased with my run. Felt strong all the way round.

Pos. Name Cat Time
87 HARTLEY, John V50 03:01:01

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Bolton parkrun – A total of 265 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
128 Bianca BENNETT 27:40 SW25-29 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 360 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Danny COLLINGE 15:58 SM20-24
3 Jacob WATSON 17:39 SM30-34 New PB!
5 Richard STEVENSON 18:20 VM40-44
6 Jonathan PYE 18:39 SM25-29
9 Curtis Robert HOLT 19:17 JM15-17
13 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:34 JM11-14
17 Gareth BERRY 19:52 VM40-44
19 Kevin DAVIES 19:58 VM50-54
27 Simon WILSHAW 20:22 JM15-17
28 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:26 JM15-17
30 Alex CRAN 20:38 VM45-49
42 Andy QUINN 21:31 VM45-49
44 Millie STUBBS 21:38 JW11-14
49 Helana WHITE 21:50 JW10
52 Donna RILEY 22:02 VW50-54
55 Matthew JACKSON 22:06 JM10
56 Colin WHITE 22:09 VM40-44
61 Michelle ABBOTT 22:33 VW35-39 New PB!
72 Ian HARGREAVES 23:11 VM50-54 New PB!
76 David Ian SCOTT 23:14 VM70-74
81 Chris LAWRENCE 23:18 VM50-54 New PB!
85 Nina KEWIN 23:31 VW35-39
97 Aaron LUNDIE 24:17 JM11-14
99 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:24 JW11-14
100 Julie DAWES 24:29 VW45-49
104 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:39 JM10
115 Annabel WILCOCK 25:10 JW15-17
116 John WILCOCK 25:10 VM50-54
132 Heidi KEWIN 25:59 JW11-14
149 Sophie ASHWORTH 26:47 JW11-14
159 Helen HARRISON 27:15 VW45-49
170 Robert HIRST 27:55 VM65-69
180 Charlie PLANT 28:17 JW10 New PB!
194 Ron CHAPPELL 29:02 VM65-69
224 Stuart BARKER 30:09 VM50-54
226 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:15 VW65-69
246 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 30:57 VW45-49
267 Christine LEATHLEY 32:22 VW65-69

Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 54 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 7:23 JM11-14
2 Matthew JACKSON 8:09 JM10
5 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 8:46 JW11-14
10 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:21 JW11-14
13 Kady THOMPSON 9:56 JW10
17 Charlie PLANT 10:22 JW10 New PB!
20 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 10:58 JW11-14 New PB!
31 Jessica MCBRIDE 12:27 JW10
32 Emily JOHNSON 12:36 JW10

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 106 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
85 Robin PRICE 35:12 VM70-74

Heaton parkrun – A total of 580 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
104 Martin BRADY 22:55 VM50-54

Pendle parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 John HARTLEY 20:42 VM55-59
9 Mark WIGHTMAN 21:46 VM55-59 First Timer!
21 Dawn TERRY 25:57 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 106 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Garry R WILKINSON 19:37 VM50-54
29 Katy THOMPSON 26:25 VW60-64