Remember, remember, the Roundup in November

As we head through Autumn and toward Winter proper, the mud has been building and the cross-country races coming thick and fast. Two Red Rose fixtures and the expanded Mid Lancs fixture at the Liverpool National Cross Series have kept our runners and teams busy this month. There’s been a season’s swansong too for the fell runners at our very own classic, the Tour of Pendle.

11 November – Red Rose Cross Country League Round 2

Astley Park, Chorley was the venue for the 2nd round of this popular series with it’s course mix of fast flowing grassland, woodland trails and ankle eating bogs.


Amelia Halstead had a great run in U11G for her first top ten placing this season, and Helana White also produced a stormer for 4th in U13G in her first season in this age group. Robbie Smedley (also in his first year in the age group) continued his good run of form in U13B with a 3rd place and was backed up by Finlay Stubbs and William Nicholls with the boys taking 2nd in the team competition. Josh Hall took 5th in the U17B and Briony Holt 3rd in U17G.

Amelia Halstead on her way to 10th. Photo: David Belshaw.

Amelia Halstead on her way to 10th. Photo: David Belshaw.

Helana White on her way to 4th in U13G. Photo: David Belshaw

Helana White on her way to 4th in U13G. Photo: David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson getting stuck in. Photo: David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson getting stuck in. Photo: David Belshaw

Kaliska Clarke. Photo: David Belshaw.

Kaliska Clarke. Photo: David Belshaw.


Danny Collinge led the Senior men home for 10th place, with Tara Robb the first lady home in 20th. The Men’s team were 4th overall and the Ladies 6th with some great individual performances to secure those team positions.

Report from Ladies XC Team Manager, Donna Airey:

We had a fantastic 20 ladies take part in the 2nd Red Rose Fixture. Weather was great, a bit chilly but fine at least and there was plenty of mud for our ladies to enjoy.

Tara Robb was our first lady finisher in 20th Place

Team Results

6th Place, Tara Robb/Liz Mullan/Cassie Smedley

Ladies Vets

10th Place, Cassie Smedley/Michelle Abbot/Irene Roche

Cassie Smedley. Photo: David Belshaw.

Cassie Smedley. Photo: David Belshaw.

Chorley Bog. Photo: David Belshaw

Chorley Bog. Photo: David Belshaw

Julia Rushton. Photo: David Belshaw

Julia Rushton. Photo: David Belshaw

Full Results

18 November – Red Rose Cross Country League Round 3

Hot on the heels of Round 2, it was off to Leverhulme Park, Bolton and the familiar mixed grass and hills course for the 3rd round of the League.


In the Juniors, Robbie Smedley finally pulled off a fantastic win in the U13B, something he had been working hard toward for a while. A mixture of good racecraft and guts saw him beat perennial rival and friend Dexta Thompson, formerly of Clayton. The U13B team (with William Nicholls and Matthew Jackson) picked up a strong 2nd place as a result. Briony Holt also went one place better than in previous round for 2nd in the U17G.


In the Seniors, Tom Brewster led the men home in 27th, whilst the U20 men of Callum Holmes, Reece Lawrence and Simon Wilshaw were 1st team. Andrew Holt has continued to get faster and faster this season and took 16th in the Vets.

Report from Ladies XC Team Manager Donna Airey:

We had 12 ladies take part in the 3rd fixture in the Red Rose league

Our first lady finisher was Cassie Smedley in 21st place who described the course as wet, muddy, hills and grass but was a good race and enjoyed it.

Team Results

7th Place, Cassie Smedley/Michelle Abbot/Jean Knightley

Full Results

18 November – Tour of Pendle

Chris Holdsworth. Photo: David Belshaw

Chris Holdsworth on his way to victory. Photo: David Belshaw

At the same time as the Red Rose League was taking place in Bolton, the club’s keen fell runners were battling their way round the classic Tour of Pendle route. A clear and relatively benign day eased most of the navigational and weather challenges, but there was still plenty of water in the bogs to entertain and keep things appropriately ‘Pendle’. Our own Chris Holdsworth capped a fantastic season of fell and mountain running and proved his fell credentials yet again with a storming victory over the 17 mile course in 2:19:16. Hot on his heels, and in 3rd place (overall!) was Victoria Wilkinson who smashed Angela Mudge’s long standing womens record with a truly outstanding run for 2:23:25!

Dave Motley down Geronimo. Photo: David Belshaw

Dave Motley down Geronimo. Photo: David Belshaw

Matthew Duckworth gets it a bit sideways... Photo: David Belshaw

Matthew Duckworth gets it a bit sideways… Photo: David Belshaw

First timer Andrew Howarth reports:

This was my 1st time doing the Tour of Pendle after sort of being talked into it by Ste Ainsworth, Chris Funnell and Andy Foster on our Sunday runs and during Tuesday training. Ste and my main aim was to support Andy round so he could get his points for 3 Peaks as he had been injured for a short period and we were just going to have a go “for a laugh”.

We did a recce of the first half a few weeks before as foolishly I was most concerned about the CP4 cut off time – how daft that was!!! Race day was a bit cloudy to start but we knew it would soon clear and got registered numbers etc before a quick brew and double check of kit and maps then joined the throng for the start. Our intention was to start steady and hopefully finish steady having heard grim tales of grown men weeping on the Big End. We set off sort of mid pack-ish and followed the path of muddy prints up onto Buttock and the 1st bit of the climb before seeing David Belshaw. His shout of “glad I’m not running” had me thinking ‘how the hell did he get from Burnley Parkrun to his photo position so quick – I wish I could move that fast’.

It was great to get to the trig and see so many people about encouraging runners, and we fell into a nice comfy rhythm that carried us over the stile and through the mud. Before we knew it seemed we were descending Geronimo to CP4 with a good 25 minutes to spare. We stuck to our plan and stopped for 2 minutes to water and fuel up as we knew the worst was to come. We set off up the trail back over to the Nick and the climb to the memorial before the drop to Mearley which did surprise me and not in a good way!! I managed to only slip the once climbing into the Clough before the ascent and this was the toughest for me as my calves were on fire and I felt like I was literally crawling and getting nowhere. In fact half way up, I considered throwing myself down the hill to be carried back to Barley by Mountain Rescue or doing a Laurel and Hardy with some feathers and getting a St Bernard to rescue me with a barrel of brandy but Ste’s encouragement from behind pushed me on and we summited by the cairn. Andy was a short way behind having cramped a bit so we sorted ourselves out with some excellent peanut butter fudge and set off for the last challenge of the Big End.

I found this easier as I knew it was the last climb but Andy said he was hallucinating about a shimmering pint at the top that got no closer! After that it was good to not be on a 90 degree surface and we set a decent pace back off from the trig, down Ogden to the finish, managing a strong finish and passing a few more knackered people on the way in (hill reps pay it seems for a finish). After managing to get dressed without the aid of our fingers or hips it appeared, we retired to the Pendle Inn to discuss the event and had decided before any alcohol that we would do it again next year. This was one of the best organized and marshalled events I have done locally and would like to thank the organizers and volunteers for a grand day out.

Tour of Pendle outtakes…

Suboptimal for shorts longevity, Mr Motley... Photo: David Belshaw

Sub-optimal for shorts longevity, Mr Motley… Photo: David Belshaw

Definitely a 'special' line down Geronimo, Andy Bradley! Photo: David Belshaw

Definitely a ‘special’ line down Geronimo, Andy Bradley! Photo: David Belshaw

Full Results

25 November – Mid Lancs XC League Round 2

The Mid Lancs League incorporates itself once a year in the much bigger National Cross Challenge Series round held at Sefton Park. Whilst competing in the Mid Lancs League for points, this also gives athletes the chance to race in a large national standard field against some of the very best cross-country runners in the country.

On a cold but dry morning in Liverpool and in the midst of top-flyte national standard opposition for the National Cross Challenge race, our Clayton Juniors all acquitted themselves really well with a particular mention to Amelia Halstead coming 20th in the U11G, Robbie Smedley 27th in U13B,  and Ella Dorrington 28th in U13G.


Robbie Smedley. Photo: David Belshaw


Imogen Ferguson. Photo: David Belshaw


Will Nicholls. Photo: David Belshaw


Briony Holt. Photo: David Belshaw

Ladies XC Team Manager Donna Airey reports:

After traffic delays on nearly every motorway to Liverpool, 13 ladies managed to get there in time before the gun went off. Sefton Park was cold, wet, sunny and extremely muddy.
Our first lady finisher was Liz Mullan followed closely by Amanda Duffy who missed the start due to gassing!
Team Results
19th Place, Elizabeth Mullan/Amanda Duffy/Irene Roche
Over 35
11th Place, Amanda Duffy/Irene Roche/Julia Rushton
Over 45
6th Place, Irene Roche/Julia Rushton/Nerina Gill

Full Results for the National Cross Challenge

Full Results for Mid Lancs League


It’s Autumn, it’s October and the Roundup is back!

Robbie Smedley at Red Rose Round 1. Photo David Belshaw.

Robbie Smedley at Red Rose Round 1. Photo David Belshaw.

Welcome to the first of the new-look Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Roundups. As many of you will know, Adrienne Olszewska has stepped down as your Roundup editor having completed an incredible run of weekly Roundups over the past few years. Having deputised on occasion for Adrienne when she has been away ultra-running, I can confirm the huge commitment she made for each weekly Roundup and along, with many others, wish to thank her once again for all her witty, insightful and entertaining writing and reporting over that time.

In a shift away from the previous pattern of Roundups, your regular digest of all-things Clayton on the racing front will now come to you on a monthly basis, and will feature selected events off the Clayton calendar, including those where significant numbers of Clayton runners compete, team events and club championship races.

Races and events that will be featured in the monthly Roundup will be publicised in advance and this is where you all come in. To keep the Roundup fresh and topical, it needs your input and insight in the form of your race reports and pictures. To send your reports for inclusion, simply use the ‘Contact the Roundup Editor’ form on the website or message through the Team Clayton FB page.

This months Roundup is a little sparse as we transition to the new format but will hopefully build, with your input, into a bigger and more informative report on all things Clayton. Thank you in advance for your submissions.

1 October

Thieveley Pike Fell Races – 4.3m, 1310ft

A long standing fixture on the fell calendar which saw some epic battles in the 80s and 90s, this local AS category race is currently organised by Pete Booth and is still a stern test of climbing ability with a very steep pull out of the valley before a longer more gradual climb to the trig point. Though the route has changed over the years, there is a still an exhilarating blast back to the finish field and the welcome sight of the pub.

Junior Races
First Clayton boys and girls home were Charlie Barnes 1st in the U9 race and Ellisia Smedley 7th, Robbie Smedley 2nd in the U11 race and Helana White 8th, with William Nicholls 4th in the U13 race.  Josh Hall was 1st in the U15 race (13th overall) and Sophie Ashworth 7th, both running the full race distance. Special mention too to Peter Stevens who had a great race to take 2nd behind Josh, having only run a handful of fell races previously.

Helana White


William Nicholls


Peter Stevens


SPRINT! Lennon Jackson and Sophie Ashworth

All photos David Belshaw

Senior Race

The full distance senior race was won by Andrew Worster of Todmorden Harriers in 36:33 and George Pier found some form of old and had a cracking run to take 8th and the honour of first Clayton runner home.


George Pier looking determined. Photo David Belshaw.

Junior Results

Senior Results

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relays

The ‘Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay’ started life as the ‘Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay’ and takes place in the heart of the Lake District Fells. Usually around 70 teams from across the country compete in what is the longest-running mountain relay in the country.

The race is a tough one, with 4 legs each throwing up their separate challenges, including hard climbs and steep descents on difficult terrain. The route requires careful navigation, especially in bad weather. Which the 2017 edition had in abundance, with significant route changes at the last minute affecting all legs in order to minimise the risk from gales and heavy rain on the tops throughout the event.

Clayton sent 3 full teams, an Open team, a Vets and a Ladies team.The Senior Team were 23rd out of 69 teams, the Vets 25th and 6th Vet team, and the Ladies 64th and 7th Ladies team.

Sarah Helliwell reports here on how the Ladies team got on:

It was a wet windy day as the team made its way to Patterdale. The course had been shorten and changed due to the weather with all 4 routes staying on the east side of the valley. The main changes were that leg 2 was shorten with the major climb up to High Street taken out and leg 3 and 4 were 2 and 1 in reverse..
Leg 1 was led out by Wendy Dodds (9 weeks after breaking her ankle) & Anna Kelly as they left the field from Patterdale in the only bit of dry weather that day! This soon changed as they hit the fells and the heavens opened. Both ladies made good ground over the tops and gave the team a good start as they dropped down into Hartsop to pass the baton onto Alison Dugdale and Tara Robb for leg 2.
As Alison and Tara made their way up to Kirkstone Pass the visibility became poor as they carried on with a good pace. They made good choices to find the checkpoints before descending out of the mist to pass onto Jean Brown and Claire Vincent waiting in the pouring rain at Kirkstone.
Good route choices again by Jean and Claire as the found the reverse checkpoints in atrocious weather. Before the tricky decent back down to Hartsop and the cloud line before passing the baton onto Linda Bostock and Katy Thompson. Linda and Katy climbed back over Angle Tarn before retracing the route back to Patterdale.
All the ladies did really well in tough conditions, poor visibility and sudden alternative route changes. A big thank you to all who ran and well done. On an impressive note Wendy Dodds has completed a total of 30 Hodgson Relays and in the words of Anna Kelly “she is a machine”, hopefully there will be many more to come. A great achievement.

Full Results

14 October

Red Rose Cross Country League – Round 1

Photo David Belshaw

Photo David Belshaw

A clash of fixtures with the first Mid Lancs Series race saw the Clayton Juniors starting their cross-country season en masse at the first Red Rose race at Leigh Sports Village. A mixture of more experienced runners and some Juniors new to cross-country saw Clayton pack out the placings with great runs from all the Juniors in almost unseasonally warm conditions.

Charlie Barnes. Photo David Belshaw.

Charlie Barnes. Photo David Belshaw.

Harrison Codd. Photo David Belshaw.

Harrison Codd. Photo David Belshaw.

Millie Stubbs. Photo David Belshaw.

Millie Stubbs. Photo David Belshaw.

A handful of Seniors also ran at Leigh whilst the bulk of the Senior/Vets and Ladies were over at Cuerden for the Mid Lancs racing.

Full Results

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Round 1

The Clayton Senior cross country runners, supported by a few Juniors made their way over to Cuerden Country Park for Round 1, and in contrast to Leigh looked they instantly found some good mud.

Photo Tina Holt

Reece Lawrence, Curtis Holt and Simon Wilshaw. Photo Tina Holt

Performances of note included Briony Holt taking 2nd place in the U17G race, the Ladies teams taking 6th overall, 4th in the O45 and 2nd in the O55 team competitions. The Senior Mens team was 5th and the U20s were 2nd with the Vets O40 team 3rd and O50 team 2nd overall.

Full Results

15th October

British Fell Relay Championships

Chris Holdsworth. Photo Paul Shackleton

Chris Holdsworth. Photo Paul Shackleton

With somewhat kinder weather than for the Hodgson Relays a couple of weeks previous, Clayton sent 3 teams down to Llanberis for the British Relay Champs. The Relays were won by Dark Peak Fell Runners with 176 teams competing. Our A Team of Chris Holdsworth, Matt Perry, Andrew Laycock, Andrew Payne, Dave Walker, and Dave Motley as16th, the B Team of David Bagot, Carl Helliwell, Peter Coates, Russell Clarke, George Pier, and Chris Snell was 68th and the Ladies team of Claire Vincent, Tara Robb, Jean Brown, Wendy Dodds, Katy Thompson and Sarah Helliwell were 137th and 20th overall in their class.


Sarah Helliwell

Jean Brown and Tara Robb (SH)

Jean Brown and Tara Robb. Photo Sarah Helliwell.

Full Results


Time to say goodbye

Well dear readers, after three years of compiling the weekly roundup, the time has come to hang up my editorial hat and move on. Did you know that over 70 individuals have submitted race reports in that time which is a fantastic achievement and testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of so many of our members. Those words have really made this roundup write itself and come alive. Thank you.



A quartet of Clayton runners took part in this midweek race. Junior runner Matthew Jackson finished in 5th place overall and 2nd JM. Michelle Abbot was our only lady runner and she finished in 18th place and 1st LV35. Jack McGuire and Ron Chappell completed the Clayton team.

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Matthew Jackson JM 21.14
18 Michelle Abbott FV35 24.03
44 Jack McGuire V60 33.46
46 Ron Chappell V65 41.46

Full Results



Five ladies and half a dozen men competed in the Great Whernside Fell Race. Both ladies and men’s teams finished in 9th place

Ladies Results

Five Clayton ladies ran with supervet Wendy Dodds our first finisher and 1st LV65.

Linda Lord and Sarah Helliwell at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Linda Lord and Sarah Helliwell at the Great Whernside Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
64 Wendy Dodds LV65 00:49:30
67 Katy Thompson LV60 00:51:27
68 Linda Lord LV65 00:51:40
79 Sarah Helliwell L 00:57:37
86 Karin Goss LV65 01:05:18

Full Results

Men’s Results

Chris Holdsworth was our first finisher in the mens race, finishing in 5th place overall.

Chris Holdsworth at the Great Whernside Fell Race

Chris Holdsworth at the Great Whernside Fell Race

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Chris Holdsworth M 00:30:02
63 Andrew Payne MV40 00:35:36
73 Carl Helliwell MV40 00:36:06
121 David Bagot M 00:39:35
169 Garry Wilkinson MV50 00:40:39

Full Results


Alan and Carol Life ran in this 6.2 mile race with 846ft of climbing. Alan finished in 15th place and was 1st V50. Carol was 52nd and 2nd V50 lady.

Pos Name Cat Time
15 Alan Life MV50 00:50:47
52 Carol Life FV50 01:07:11

Full Results


Report from Colin Woolford

Confidence was high approaching this Mountain Marathon. Following the (still) amazing result at the OMM Lite two weeks ago, I was well up for the ROC, formerly the RAB. What attracts me to this event is that you can compete as a solo. Most MM’s are aimed at teams of two, so this one is a real novelty.  This would be my 6th RAB/ROC.

Since the OMM Lite, I had kept my running to a minimum, wanting to be rested for the ROC and had decided that my regular Tuesday CleM runs (about 10-13km per evening) and one other 10km run the weekend between would be enough to ‘turn my legs over’. The Tuesday before the weekend I went off for the usual session (this month from Barrowford) BUT with new Mudclaws on.  Fresh out of the box, I wanted to bring these in to circulation as the RAB previously has finished shoes off – and I mean absolutely trashed them, so I thought I would be ahead of the curve and get some km’s on some new shoes, leaving my regular pair ready for the weekend.

So that was mistake number one!  I have worn classic Innov-8 Mudclaw 300’s for the past x many years, I have had well over ten pairs, same brand, model and for the last three pairs same colour and probably even the same batch as I bought a job lot from Pete Bland Sports in a sale.  This was the last pair from that batch – why would they be any different?  Clearly they were and for whatever reason, this pair gave me a hot spot on my left heel two km’s in to the run and by km three I knew I had a blister…  I stopped, had a look and thought with a bit of re lacing I could get back to the van/pub at a slow trot.  Wrong. Within 500m I had bent the back of the heel down and was running gingerly as I was now wearing the equivalent of fell running crocs…. (a gap in the market maybe?)  I left the group and made my way back to the pub.



I am pretty good at managing and treating blisters, learnt over many years walking, first aiding and reading many articles/books etc, particularly “Fixing Your Feet” by Jon Vonhof (well worth purchasing for any runner) so I was confident I could get to a point where I could trot round the ROC, I may not get the good result I was hoping for, but still, I would be there.

The ROC arrived, or rather I arrived in South West Cumbria, in the shadow of Black Combe, near Millom and I was ready to start and collect my map and control sheet. This is the premise behind a “score” event. you have a time (6 hours day one, 5 hours day two) to find as many controls as you can over a given area. You get the details at the start line and it is part of the challenge to formulate a plan/route that allows you to collect as many controls on your dibber as you can and get back to where you need to be – in this event an overnight camp- before the time runs out and you start to lose points by way of penalties.  I have lost all my day one points before on these events… gutting to say the least!

Mistake number 2 then was a real school boy error. Somehow in my haste I marked up the map incorrectly and gave a control a points value when it wasn’t in fact live that day – or indeed in use at any point over the weekend!  This tipped my route choice into a direction I otherwise wouldn’t have taken.  I realised my error as I was charging along to what I thought was the first control. I reached for the control description, expecting to see something like “stream source” or “spring” looking at how the map was marked but what I found was nothing. Control 210 wasn’t even on the live list, so why and how I had given it a value of 10 points was beyond me.  I quickly checked the others I had marked…. all fine. Phew!  Not for the mad house yet then… but that all took up more precious time. Oh well, I will carry on, I will lose even more time if I head back and take an alternative route from the start, the next control about a km away, was in my plan anyway.

It was at this point that the cloud came in.

Typical Lakeland View

Typical Lakeland View

The weather forecast for Saturday was clear, overcast, but not raining and clear visibility on the tops.  By 10.30 am the cloud base was down to about 400 m, it was very damp in the air and any chance at a view was lost.

Now I am a good navigator and back myself in poor conditions like this, but with a scrambled brain from trying to understand why I had made a control up, sore heel and still cursing myself for starting so poorly my relocation took longer than it should have, with the added pressure being against the clock brings I was getting decidedly cranky! Several expletives may well have passed my lips, much to the amusement of the ever present Herdwick Sheep on Black Combe. Rumours I asked ‘lost’ fell runners from the 2016 championships on this hill for directions are unfounded!

I got there in the end- the next control a 20 point one loomed out of the mist.  The game was on!  I tore off north east following a trod heading gently down I was certain about my location and where to head next and the terrain was very runnable.  This would still rank as my worst start ever – 2 hours in and only 20 points!  I then came across three other competitors, a solo male and a male pair, all studying their maps and with compass in hand. They didn’t know where they were with any great conviction, so I advised them accordingly. “We’re here mate”, much gratitude was expressed and the pair carried on their way, the solo – a chap named Dan on his first MM asked to team up for a while.  Sure, with no view, conversation would be good for the next few km’s!

“OS Trig Pillar” control description with control.

“OS Trig Pillar” control description with control.

Dan was clearly a better runner than I and as we got lower down and the visibility improved he sped off to follow his own plan.

From here on in I was navigating to my usual standard and hitting controls exactly where I expected them to be.  I still get a massive buzz from that, but essentially the damage was done.  The poor tactics, dodgy heel and slower going in the clagg meant I was in damage limitation mode and the main objective was to get back to camp without incurring penalties, which I was able to do and got back in with a meagre 200 points and four minutes to spare.  My plan had seen me get somewhere between 270 and 300 which would have left me comfortably mid table at half way, instead I was languishing in the bottom 20 or so 92nd from 113 ish.

But tomorrow was another day!

Day two and the weather was much improved.

Sunrise Day 2

Sunrise Day 2

Feeling good and less achy than I usually feel on day two of these things and with a heel blister that hadn’t got any worse I was raring to go and at 8.13 am I dibbed out of camp to head back via as many controls as I could in a bid to make amends for the previous days woes.

And oh what a day.  Stunning conditions, runnable, although wet ground and with clear visibility.  It was like running a different event, my route choice saw me tackle some controls I had visited the previous day (all correctly marked up this time!) and a whole heap of new ones.  The views were stunning, with Eskdale and the Scafell Massif to the north and the Irish Sea and coast to the south and west it was a vista to inspire whenever your head was up.

The going was good and I was pleased with my lines and nav to the controls.  By two hours in from the five I had I had about 120 points… a much better haul!

My Day two total was 300, which placed me 53rd on the day from the 113 that started  which is where I usually am, mid pack, but because of day one’s error and conditions I finished in a disappointing 75th. The heel is now healing nicely and although somewhere between uncomfortable and painful did not get any worse which was pleasing. I almost wish I was competing at this year’s OMM I’m gonna have to wait till 2018 for my next Mountain Marathon.



Report from Alan Dorrington

This was the Championships that nearly wasn’t. After the original hosting school pulled out, a fairly last minute but very welcome intervention by Giggleswick School meant the fell champs could go ahead and the junior fell racing scene made its way to Settle for a full programme of racing.

The courses were long, as per normal for the English Schools but didn’t contain as much climbing as usual. However with steep initial climbs followed by fast running over undulating tracks, they were still challenging courses and tested the runners considerably. Our Clayton Juniors were there to represent their respective schools and all had good runs on a lovely later summer day.

Robbie Smedley (no 8) at the English Schools Fell Running Championship. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Robbie Smedley (no 8) at the English Schools Fell Running Championship. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Robbie Smedley was pushing very hard from the off in the Year 7 race, and produced a great run for 7th despite falling hard AND losing a shoe. What might have been if he had had a clean run? Behind him, Helana White was battling hard to take a fantastic 5th place in the Girls race. Jenson Bentham was struggling with injury and didn’t quite manage to perform as he would have wanted to, with a still creditable 23rd.

In the combined Yr 8 and 9 race field of 178, Jackson McKay (Yr9) had his usual calm, collected performance for a great 5th place, and Ella Dorrington (Yr8) beat many older girls to take 10th in the Girls. She was backed up by a smiling and bouncy Sophie Ashworth (Yr9) in 29th.

Ella Dorrington at the English Schools Fell Running Championship. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Ella Dorrington at the English Schools Fell Running Championship. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Finally in the Yr 10 and 11 race Michael (Yr10) and Peter Stevens (Yr10) ran a tough 7km around the Settle Hills in another large and very experienced field containing international runners, to take 44th and 53rd respectively.

This event pretty much wrapped up the fell season for our Juniors, and they now turn their attention to the cross-country season where no doubt they will be to the fore again.


Paul Foster has kicked started a holiday around the west coast of Scotland by running in the Loch Ness Marathon. He finished in 671st place with u 3:55:13.

Report from Paul Foster

Paul Foster after his successful Loch Ness Marathon.

Paul Foster after his successful Loch Ness Marathon.

This is a brilliant event in a great location. My target for this, my 1st Marathon, was to go under 4 hours so really pleased with my time of 3:55:13. Followed a training plan and John’s Tuesday and Thursday sessions definitely helped me. I managed to stick to the pace I’d set myself and finished strongly over the last 6 miles. The route follows the south west shore of Loch Ness and finishes in Inverness

Full Results

ROSSENDALE 50TH MMM (Mini Mountain Marathon)

This combined event was staged by Rossendale Harriers for their 50th birthday, and was planned by PFO and SELOC members with orienteering controls and SI timing. It was a Mini Mountain Marathon score event run over 3 hours. The competition area was covering approximately 20 sq km, comprising Cowpe Moor, Lee Quarry and Stubbylee Parks.

Three club members took part

Pos Name Cat Score Time Points
14 Dave Motley M35 355 184:02 360
18 Ralph Baines M45 310 175:55 310
37 Katy Thompson W60 260 169:23 260

Full Results


Junior runners, Matthew and Lennon Jackson, ran in the Run Preston 5K race. Matthew was 7th and Lennon was 15th. Great results as usual for the Jackson boys.

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Matthew Jackson M 00:21:11
15 Lennon Jackson M 00:22:07


Eight seniors ran in the Run Preston 10K. Matthew Duckworth was our first finisher in 17th place and with a time of 36:46. Michelle Abbot was our first lady finisher in 170th with a time of 46:09Full Res

Pos Name Cat Time
17 Matthew Duckworth M 00:36:46
165 Robert Morrison V45 00:45:55
167 Colin White V40 00:45:57
170 Michelle Abbott V35 00:46:09
198 Christopher Lawrence V50 00:47:12
322 Angela Shian V40 00:50:57
405 Peter Costello V55 00:53:02
718 Mick Hughes V40 00:59:55

Full Results


This week’s parkrun results for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers

This week’s Burnley junior parkrun results














It’s a whopping double edition this week! You’d think there wouldn’t be much going on this time of year, but as usual our club members have been out there racing and competing all over the place.  You have been doing ultra-long distance events, representing the England Team, winning races, reaching important milestones, and raising money for charity. You’ve been out on the high fells, the boggy moorlands, the rugged coast, the parks, roads, tracks and trails.



5 Clayton Runners took part in this 5 mile race. This was a particularly significant race for Martin Brady

Report by Martin Brady

Last night I reached a personal milestone – I completed my 500th race since my mechanical aortic heart valve replacement (AVR) 7 years ago. The races ranged from 33 mile fell races down to 5K road races and open water swims (5K down to 1 mile). The first few months after my AVR I did not think I would get back to running again as I had several problems which made it difficult to run. I eventually overcame these problems and got back to racing – initially with open water swimming. Last nights race was a 5 mile fell race in very wet and windy conditions. It was very muddy but it was probably the most enjoyable race I have done recently. With the weather conditions last night I did not really fancy running but I am glad I did now.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
26 Scott Baistow MS (008/013) 00:44:41
60 Andrew Howarth M55 (009/015) 00:50:01
61 Martin Brady M55 (010/015) 00:50:07
72 Stephen Fish M60 (005/010) 00:52:22
108 Ron Chappell M65 (003/003) 01:28:34

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A dozen Clayton Harriers turned out for the latest race in the club fell championship. Ryan Wilkinson was our first finisher in 9th place. Jack Holt was 1st V60 and 13th overall.  Barbara Savage was our first lady finisher in 25th place and 1st LV50 and Linda Lord was 1st LV60.

Report from Sarah Helliwell

It was a sunny day as we lined up in the show ground. The ground was saturated from the weeks worth of rain. After a quick start the runners started to spread up the track and up the climb at Mellor Knoll. Unfortunately the ground was absolutely rutted from the cows between the climb and this is where I went over on my ankle….. 😞.
I carried on hobbling/running and started the climb up Totteridge and hung onto 3 runners as my ankle got its movement back. I cheered on the Clayton runners coming back down the climb. Think Ryan Wilkinson was the first of them followed by Mr Orr, Nutter & Wigham.

Once at the top it as tussocks and heather and around the trig. I started to ignore my ankle and thought right it’s time to pass the 3 runners in front of me as we started the long decent. I got the last one climbing back over Mellor Knoll before the big dipper field to the finish.

It is one of my favourite races, in a stunning area.

Barbara Savage had a great day with first Vet and 1st vet 50. Linda Lord was 1st Vet60 and then myself included we won the ladies team for Clayton. Well done all.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
9 Ryan Wilkinson M 00:52:45
11 Andrew Orr MV40 00:53:33
12 Mark Nutter MV50 00:54:38
13 Jack Holt MV60 00:55:05
20 Ivan Whigham MV50 00:59:15
24 James Hickie MV50 01:03:33
25 Barbara Savage LV50 01:05:14
27 Peter Dugdale MV60 01:06:39
28 David Naylor MV60 01:06:49
29 Andrew Dugdale MV50 01:07:36
31 Linda Lord LV60 01:07:59
32 Sarah Helliwell L 01:12:24

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Two Clayton Harriers ran in the Lothersdale Show fell race. Alan Life was our first finisher in 7th place and Scott Baistow was 12th.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
7 Alan Life MV50 13:90
12 Scott Baistow M 14:39

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Report By Ralph Baines

It’s never a large entry for this race, there is a Half Peris taking in Elidir Fawr, Y Garn and Glyder Fawr and finishing at the car park at Pen y Pass which is about two and a half hours with 4500ft of climbing. Altenatively the Full Peris does the same route at the beginning then continues on the Miner’s track before doing Lliwedd, Snowdon and Moel Cynghorion totalling 8500ft. Andrew Priory and I raced it for a second successive time, last year was glorious weather, this time not so, but we were familiar with the route and knew what was to come. The rocks were very slippery all the way round the course and also coming of the Glyders down to Pen Y Pass was particularly boggy, a good pair of shoes made quite a difference.

Ralph Baines at the Peris Horseshoe fell race.

Ralph Baines at the Peris Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Beau Dog Photography

We ran a chunk of the middle section with Tim Laney who was a member of Clayton many years ago and now lives in Bath. The Descent off Lliwedd was very technical and the climb up Snowdon by the Watkin Path was a long drag, never sure how far off the top we were. I knew it was about an hour from the top to Llanberis and wasn’t too tired this year so we had a good run off and finished in the sunshine in 5:08 hr. The day was completed with sausage, egg and chips at Pete’s Eats and a long drive home.It’s never a large entry for this race, there is a Half Peris taking in Elidir Fawr, Y Garn and Glyder Fawr and finishing at the car park at Pen y Pass which is about two and a half hours with 4500ft of climbing. Altenatively the Full Peris does the same route at the beginning then continues on the Miner’s track before doing Lliwedd, Snowdon and Moel Cynghorion totalling 8500ft.

Andrew Priory at the Peris Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Beau Dog Photography

Andrew Priory at the Peris Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Beau Dog Photography

Andrew Priory and I raced it for a second successive time, last year was glorious weather, this time not so, but we were familiar with the route and knew what was to come. The rocks were very slippery all the way round the course and also coming of the Glyders down to Pen Y Pass was particularly boggy, a good pair of shoes made quite a difference. We ran a chunk of the middle section with Tim Laney who was a member of Clayton many years ago and now lives in Bath. The Descent off Lliwedd was very technical and the climb up Snowdon by the Watkin Path was a long drag, never sure how far off the top we were. I knew it was about an hour from the top to Llanberis and wasn’t too tired this year so we had a good run off and finished in the sunshine in 5:08 hr. The day was completed with sausage, egg and chips at Pete’s Eats and a long drive home.


Report By Colin Woolford

The OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) is just that – originally launched as test of team work, mountain skill and running ability the The OMM has long been the bench mark of multi day navigation based events in the fell running/orienteering community.  The OMM Lite is a more recent idea, developed as an entry point to multi day running events, it is on trails and rights of way rather than open fell/mountain with the navigation being less daunting. The checkpoints are at path junctions or significant features rather than on some tiny contour feature in the middle of nowhere!

Colin Woolford and at the OMM lite

Colin Woolford and Paul at the OMM lite

The other key difference is that the the competitors in teams of two, don’t need to carry their overnight kit like on the full OMM, you return to a central point to refuel, recover and sleep.  The OMM also want to encourage families to attend so family tents, partners and children  are welcome to make use of the event cafe and bar!  This would be my second OMM Lite (and 10th Mountain Marathon) and the plan was that  last years team mate – Graeme from Scotland would run with me whilst our wives and children would amuse themselves around the Yorkshire Dales for the 7 hours on the Saturday and the 5 hours on the Sunday of the “Long Score” format.  We would be charging around the Hawes area finding red and whie flags and collecting points.

Well, that was the plan.

On Wednesday before the Friday night drive to Hawes Graeme rang to say his wife had been quite poorly and that the weekend was in doubt… They would know more after a Thursday morning doctors visit.  By 10.00 am Thursday morning, the weekend was off! With Jenny ordered to bed rest, Graeme clearly wasn’t going to abandon her with their 6 year old to come and charge around boggy bits of Yorkshire with me.  Gutted!  So a quick scan of the website and OMM rules and a brief exchange of emails and text messages with the organisers and it became clear I could turn up and run solo, but be ‘non competitive’ for the weekend having been judged to have had enough experience to do so -or find a partner and transfer the entry, which we could do right up till the start on Saturday morning.

By the time I was able to start reaching out to people I thought might be up for it it was Thursday evening!  No joy with the ‘usual suspects’ so I thought it was time for drastic measures and a post on the Team Clayton FB page – someone must be up for it and available!  But no… desperation kicked in, the idea of being non competitive just did not appeal – those that know me, know I am never going to win these things – but I am damn well going to put a shift in and the idea of getting a “good score” but it meaning nothing was too frustrating to consider.  Time for a post on the FRA FB page.  BINGO!  Within thirty minutes I had some potential partners, with one looking promising, he had done the OMM before, completed the Spine Challenger race (110 miles up the Pennine Way) and could get a pass for the weekend.

We arranged to speak Friday lunch time and by then the show was back on the road. so Paul, and I met at registration on Saturday morning in Hawes at 8.30 am and by 9.45 were running the OMM together.

And what a weekend it was! The weather was wet to say the least, torrential rain had caused many of the rivers to be in spate,  so several fords were now marked as out of bounds and a few checkpoints were dropped for competitor safety, but the two of us seemed to find an even stride. When you have 7 hours to fill on the hill with a complete stranger, you talk about a lot of stuff!  It turns out we were both “mid table” in our results. I’ve always said top 50% is a good result for me, top 75% is more common!  SO what happened that Saturday was just bizarre… We came in after 6 hours 45 minutes, 41 km and a score of 500 points to find ourselves in 9th!!!  9th!!! I’ve never been that high up a leader board in my life!  A celebratory beer was in order!  We were both gob smacked that we clicked the way we did and were keen to put in a good performance to see what we could do on the Sunday..could we improve our lot? would we slip down the field? – we had met the teams in 7th and 12th and seen several of the other teams around us earlier on the hill – competition was going to be strong.

Sunday came and the forecast was shocking – heavy rain due in from mid morning and a stronger wind for the rest of the day. We were going to have to dig deep to battle the elements and see if we would hold on. Neither Paul or I had ever finished in the top ten before… we kinda liked the view!

Sunday we set off at 8.40 at a gentle pace to allow ourselves a gradual warm up. It was a tough day and much more traditional OMM terrain, with greater distance between the check points to boot.  the high ground was particularly tough in the wind, but we both felt we had enough in the tank to push for the higher value checkpoints – the risk with these events is always that you can push too far and end up burnt out and miles away from the finish line which leads to penalty deductions if you are late back. I have on several occasions made this mistake and lost most of my points by being 30 minutes and later back to base!  We were both keen to avoid such a mistake today.

We nailed it. 4 hours 56 minutes and 30km on our feet we came back knowing we couldn’t have done any better or given anymore.  Cold, wet and keen to get the results we sat down to eat the finishers meal and waited for the course to close and results to come in….7th!!!  7th!!!  We’d gained places!  My highest finish ever in a race, never mind a mountain marathon – with a complete stranger by my side!  Astonished didn’t begin to describe the expression on our faces. We knew we had run well, but 7th!

Paul was every bit as amazed as I was, 7th was his best ever result also. To top it all we were 3rd in age category.  3rd!!!

All in all we had plucked triumph from the jaws of my despair – on Thursday evening I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be there at all. To then place in the top ten is still, a few days later… quite astonishing.  I am sure there is a message in there somewhere.  I am still to chuffed to work out what it is though.

Roll on the ROC Mountain Marathon in two weeks time.

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Report By Adrienne Olszewska

This is a low key challenge event organised by the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association). It’s a 23 mile route around Malhamdale along trails, paths and county lanes and is the perfect event for any runner wanting to try out longer distances. The route is very runnable with only one steep climb up the side of Gordale Scar.

This event was a bit of a confidence booster as I had entered a longer event the following week. I needed to make sure I could still do the time on my feet as I’ve been a bit scant on training over the last couple of months. I managed to joggle round merrily and had a good time as well. The weather was kind despite a wet start and the conditions underfoot weren’t too bad despite a week of continuous rain beforehand.

I finished in 26th place overall with a time of 5 hours and 33 minutes.

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Report From Katy Thompson

Wendy Dodds and I took part in the Lake District Mountain Trial from Gatescarth Farm, Buttermere last Sunday. I was doing the Medium course as usual but Wendy had dropped down to the short due to breaking her fibula a couple of months ago.

Runners set off at minute intervals and at my start time of 8.54 the rain was fairly light and in the valley bottom we were sheltered from the wind. However, conditions deteriorated and we were battling into the wind along Hindscarth Edge and down to Honister. Quite a lot of runners called it a day here and ran back down the road to Gatescarth.  After a slow start I was just getting going so carried on over the side of Grey Knotts to Checkpoint 4 on Seathwaite Fell above Sty Head tarn. Here we learnt that the Medium and Classic courses were being abandoned due to the deteriorating conditions and we were sent down to Seathwaite where we were ferried back to the finish. I think I felt disappointment and relief in equal measure. I had been out nearly 4 hours and would probably have been out another 3.

Of 58 starters, ten runners – either very fast or very early starters – did complete the Medium, with a further 15 reaching Checkpoint 4, and prizes were awarded accordingly. The Short course  was completed by 47 out of the 60 starters, including Wendy who had climbed well but found the descents more testing on her injured leg.

I think this is the first time the event has had to be abandoned mid-race, but the organisation was excellent and everybody was accounted for and ferried back to the event centre with little fuss.

Although the courses seemed rather longer than usual, and would have been testing even in good conditions, they offered lots of route choice and the Mountain Trial is a great navigation exercise. The short course can now be tackled in pairs – an ideal introduction to this event.

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Alison Smith was our only runner in this inaugural trail half marathon. The race takes place along the scenic banks of the River Ribble following the Ribble Way. Alison finished in 74th place coping admirably with mud, puddles, cows and soggy fields.

Alison Smith at the Ribble Way Half Marathon.

Alison Smith at the Ribble Way Half Marathon.

Pos Name Cat Time
74 Alison Smith FV45 02:14:56

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Report from Lynsey Birtwistle

Sunday 10th sept saw me take on my third great north run. The weather was a bit damp when we got to the start and quite chilly but perfect for running really. We met up with team Clayton Karen, Anita, helen and mark and then everyone went into their pens for warm up. This was my first race back since breaking my toe and I hadn’t run anywhere near half marathon distance since may so I was feeling the pressure. I set off too quick (which is quite normal for me!) but managed to find a comfortable pace around the 8 minute mile mark and stuck at it. The support of the crowds is amazing and really spurs you on. I began to struggle around 9 miles which I knew I would through lack of training and I had to really grit my teeth and dig in. When I came down onto the sea front in South Shields I knew I was in with a chance of sub 1:45 which I secretly wanted to get. I gave it everything down that final mile and crossed the line in 1:44:59!!! I don’t half make it difficult for myself sometimes. This is a 5 minute pb so definitely gave me a confidence boost and I got to meet the legend steve cram who asked me about my race!!! Well done team Clayton great day out

Team Clayton at the Great North Run

Team Clayton at the Great North Run

Report from Colin White

Despite protests of injury and not expecting a great time before the race he managed to come home in his fastest GNR time of 1:40:52 for his best position of 3069th.

Pos Name Finish Time
3069 Colin White 01:40:52
3656 Alun Hall 01:42:50
4466 Lynsey Birtwistle 01:44:59
11447 Mark Knowles 01:58:30
12729 Justin Birtwistle 02:00:20
20868 Helen Harrison 02:14:07
36660 Karen Clarkin 02:50:32
36661 Anita Jones 02:50:32

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There were Clayton runners in all three categories in this year’s Yorkshireman off road marathon. Congratulation to Christopher Holdsworth on his win in the half marathon despite a navigational error at the beginning of the race!

Marathon Solo Runners

Alex Cran was our first finisher in 39th place with a time of 4:28. Three Clayton ladies also ran finishing in 94th, 96th and 115th place.

L-R Vicky Heys, Angela Shian and Irene Roche. Photos by Woodentops

L-R Vicky Heys, Angela Shian and Irene Roche. Photos by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
39 Alex Cran MV40 4:28:57
94 Vicky Heys FV40 5:20:37
96 Angela Shian FV40 5:20:41
115 Irene Roche FV50 5:42:18

Marathon Pairs Runners

Dave Motley won the pairs even running with former Claytoner Ian Livesey. Martin Terry and Dawn Terry were 10th overall in the pairs race.

Martin and Dawn Terry at the Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Martin and Dawn Terry at the Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Dave Motley / Ian Livesey M 3:39:26
10 Martin Terry / Dawn Terry MIX 5:22:06

Half Marathon Runners

Christopher Holdsworth at the Yorkshireman Half Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Christopher Holdsworth at the Yorkshireman Half Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Christopher Holdsworth M 1:40:05
50 Jeffrey Pickup MV60 2:15:35

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The WRRS was held in Wythenshawe Park on 10 September for a second year. One of the most exciting and varied courses in the race series, the route takes place largely over trails, including grassy parkland and dirt paths and starts and finishes on a local athletics track, situated within the park.

Report from Michelle Abbott

The women’s Manchester 10 k was a 2 lap course starting then finishing with a full lap of the track. The course though was more of a xc and trail, with a bit of ducking through trees kind of run. I wasn’t on set for a race just a nice steady away run so was surprised I came in in 9th place overall.  It was well organised with lots of support on route

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The Hardmoors 60 route follows the Cleveland Way from Guisborough to Filey passing through coastal resorts and fishing villages such as Saltburn, Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and Filey while following cliff tops for the main duration of the race. Competitors will have 18 hours to complete the 62 miles.

Ultra-runner Martin Terry who was 1st V50 at the Hardmoors 60

Ultra-runner Martin Terry who was 1st V50 at the Hardmoors 60

Awaiting official results but congratulations to Clayton runner Martin Terry who was 1st V50 in this year’s event.


Congratuations to Briony Holt who after earning an England vest went on to finish in 4th place in this event and 3rd England counter.England won in both age categories U17s and U20s in boys and girls. A great debut performance for Briony.

Briony Holt running for England at the Junior Home International Mountain Running event. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt running for England at the Junior Home International Mountain Running event. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Briony Holt

After three weeks of waiting for the weekend of the Junior home international, it was finally here. We travelled up to Scotland on the Friday to be greeted with an outdoor adventure centre, where some of my England team mates were. The first part of the weekend was basically just a meet and greet session, putting bags in the dorms and getting ready to check out the course. It was also a chance to get some food before driving to Peebles as we were all starving!

When we first saw what we were running up, everyone was surprised by how flat it was, not the type of route I’m used to – these thoughts were soon changed on the day of the race! It started on a gradual uphill that lead to a funnel to get through a gate in the wall. Then the hill got a little steeper which followed by a gradual downhill section leading us to the next ‘climb’. We contoured around the hill for a little bit before being hit by the steepest section of the course about half way round. I’d say that this part was the only real hill in it! Then the undulating downhill started which lasted for basically the rest of the course. From the races I’d been used to running, it was a lot flatter and this added to the nerves that were already there. I knew I would find it hard! After an early start, it was race day. The face paint and glitter were ready to be applied and our England kits were all lined up along the dormitory floor. The atmosphere was surprisingly calm but I think everyone was quietly nervous!

Briony Holt (2nd from left) with her England Team Mates. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt (2nd from left) with her England Team Mates. Photo by Woodentops

We arrived at Peebles High School where Dave and Eileen Woodhead were ready for pre race photos with the England team. He had a stash of GB flags including a Yorkshire flag (his home ground)! Everyone was kept there for a good 10 minutes which helped calm the nerves as they took our minds off the actual race. Considering how small the pens were, I knew that I wouldn’t get a good start. However, I soon caught up with a good uphill to the first section of downhill. I was in 5th place for most of the race until the downhill section where I managed to make ground on the girl in front which secured me fourth position and third England counter. For my first international race, I was over the moon as I wasn’t expecting anything above 6th place! We won the team as well which is always a bonus! I loved the experience as it was a chance to race against some of the top athletes in Britain, but most importantly, it was an opportunity to get to know some of my fellow competitors better. Thankyou to all of the coaches and team mates who have helped me achieve my goal, and to my parents for being the weekend taxi!



The men ran six stages and the club entered 4 teams. Team A were 30th with a combined time of 2:13:21, Team C were 91st with a combined time of 2:39:15, Team D were 101st with a combined time of 2:56:25. Unfortunately, Team B were disqualified but ran an excellent combined time of 2:22:58.

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The ladies ran four stages and the club entered 2 teams. Team A finished in 18th place with Laura Hesketh winning the first leg. She ran the 3rd fastest leg in the ladies competition. Team B finished in 51st place with a combined time of 1:50:34

Clayton Ladies at the Northern Athletic Road Relay Championships

Clayton Ladies at the Northern Athletic Road Relay Championships

Report from Angela Shian

We went to Sports City on Saturday with 2 ladies teams: these types of events always get the butterflies going when you’re on start line, crowded in with top sprinters..!! In an overwhelming stadium, (loudest cheers of encouragement coming from team orange of course.!) team A was Laura Hesketh, Claire vincent, Amanda Duffy & Donna Airey. All 4 ran fantastic legs. Coming a very respectful 18th position overall. We nearly burst with excitement as Laura came sprinting into the Stadium in first position on leg 1, she had an outstanding run, and achieved 3rd over all on fastest leg. Team 2: Michelle abbot headed out in leg 1, Lyndsay Birtwistle (made her relay debut leg 2) Vicky heys was on leg 3 and myself on leg 4, our overall position was 51, out of 86 teams (quite a few dq) A big thank you to both teams to the ladies that ran, we to make sure we continue to compete in these prestigious events and of course, cheer the loudest..!!

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The club entered 8 junior teams.

Clayton Juniors at the Northern Counties Road Relays

Clayton Juniors at the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships

U13 Girls finished in 18th place. U13 Boys A Team finished in 12th place and U13 Boys B Team were 19th. U15 Girls A Team finished in 27th place and U15 Girls B Team were 36th. U15 Boys Team A Finished in 26th place and U15 Boys B Team were 41st. U17 Mens Team were 27th.

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Report from Adrienne Olszewska

Adrienne Olszewska and Nicholas Olszewski took part in the inaugural Red Rose 50, a 50 mile (well actually 52 mile) challenge event organised by the LDWA. The route starts and finishes at Jumbles Sailing Club taking competitors up and over Winter Hill, on to Rivington, Brinscall, Houghton, Mellor Brook, Witton Park, Tockholes, Darwen Tower, Entwistle Reservoir and Holcombe Tower.

In typical LDWA style entrants were provided a detailed route description and looked after superbly at 8 checkpoints groaning with goodies to keep you going. The recent rainy weather made the going especially boggy on the various moorland sections and I managed to fall over quite a lot almost from the start. So much so, that at the first checkpoint I was asked if I had enjoyed the spa treatments! The conditions underfoot made for slow going at times but that was countered by some nice, easy flattish bits where I was able to trot along and get in front of the speedy walkers that kept passing me on the climbs. Even as a veteran of LDWA events, I am still constantly amazed and impressed by the speed that some of those walkers can maintain.

I was hoping to finish at midnight and to get to the checkpoint at Entwistle reservoir before it got dark enough for a head torch. As I was running around the reservoir in almost total darkness, I missed the steps up to the top carpark and found myself at the damn. So I headed up the road to get to it the other way and saw car lights. With a cheery hello I appeared out of the darkness full of mud to see some people and some cars who were most definitely NOT an LDWA checkpoint. Awkward! I beat a hasty retreat and headed back, fortunately a couple of people were just heading up the steps and I finally found the checkpoint.

The final section in the dark was the tricky navigation around the back of Bull Hill skirting the MOD firing range. It’s boggy and tricky even in the daylight so it was a welcome relief to have teamed up with a speedy walker who knew the route and to find a set of red lights marking the route like a runway strip!

Didn’t quite hit the midnight target but only over by 25 minutes. I am happy with 16 hours 25 minutes and 47th place,considering my lack of serious training and the conditions underfoot. There were 166 starters and 25 retirements.

Nick has been plagued with injuries for much of the year so this event was ideal to tackle as a test of his recovery. He had a fantastic run with no navigational errors and was at the front of the event in a group of four or five runners from start to finish. He finished in 4th place with a time of 11 hours and 15 minutes. A great return to form.

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A baker’s dozen of Clayton Harriers were on the entry list for this race and several orange hoops have been spotted on the photos. Still awaiting results.

Report from Alan Dorrington

The shire counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire may have long changed themselves, but the Three Shires boundary stone still lies at the top of the Wrynose Pass road and forms the central point of the race which is named after it. Starting and finishing in Little Langdale, at the eponymously named pub, the Three Shires race is a classic AL Lakeland race, which whilst just scraping a “Long” classification, certainly deserves its A category. A nice easy start rolling along to Greenburn is abruptly replaced by a brutal and very long climb up Birk Fell and then up onto Wetherlam. It’s tough mentally as you can see exactly where you are headed as the race stretches out above you and tough physically as the route gains around 1700ft in1 mile of distance.

Clayton Runners at the Three Shires Fell Race. Photo by Steve Wilson

Clayton Runners at the Three Shires Fell Race. Photo by Steve Wilson

Thankfully once Wetherlam summit is reached it becomes much more runnable, down off the back of Black Sails with only the rocky path up Prison Band to Swirl How to break things up. Clear conditions on the day meant the runners had fantastic views all around the Coniston Fells and over to Bowfell and Scafell. The route then drops pretty much in a straight line down sometimes boggy slopes toward the Three Shires Stone on the Wrynose road. Just under half distance and so far so good. But the hardest part of the race is to come, up and over Pike ‘O’ Blisco before a long and at times taxing descent down Wrynose Fell to Blea Tarn.

The final part of the race up and over Lingmoor Fell is a real test of resolve. The climb is long, at times steep, often boggy and with a couple of false summits. If you had anything in reserve at that point, it’s soon used up and it’s a real battle to keep moving well, up and over Mart Crag and onto a long run into the finish back at the pub. I had my usual inability to move well downhill later on in the race, and so struggled in somewhat slower than I had hoped, but the tea and pasty at the finish soon took care of that and the satisfaction of completing one of the longstanding classic Lakeland races in great weather soon replaced any grumpiness about times and the like.

Report from Carl Helliwell

I headed up with the Z-team to do the 3 Shires at the Langdales on Saturday. After a couple of months of niggles I was hoping for a niggle free race and this is thankfully what I got. The weather was brilliant as I headed up the first climb with the usual faces from various clubs. I knew it would roughly be an hours-worth of climbing as my legs started to get their rhythm and felt stronger the further I climbed. This is also a good chunk of the race and I thought I needed to make the best of it. It is a stunning area for a race and was well organised by Ambleside. Every runner was given a pasty, brew and a commemorative 35 year mug for doing the race. Well done to all members for doing the race. Andy Laycock was the first one home in 9th position, plus a special mention to Mark Nutter who next year will complete his consecutive 30th 3 Shires fell race. Well done all who ran.




Top ten finishes for Danny Collinge and Calum Holmes at the Asda Foundation Bury 10K.

Team Clayton at the Asda Foundation Bury 10K

Team Clayton at the Asda Foundation Bury 10K

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Danny Collinge M 00:34:10
7 Calum Holmes M 00:37:11
96 Reece Lawrence M 00:42:39
244 Chris Lawrence M50 00:47:09
589 Alison Thorne F45 00:54:20

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Report from Luke Turner

I do the course a lot on training runs so despite doing the road relays yesterday I decided to still have a go at racing it. The conditions were good, dry and not too cold. I went out in the leading pack of 3 and sat on the shoulders of the other two comfortably for the first 4 miles. Unfortunately going into the 5th mile yesterday’s relays caught up with me and my legs started to tire and I fell off pace a little. I managed to come home in 3rd which I’m really happy with having ran the race on very fragile legs. It’s one of my favourite courses and I’ll definitely be back next year hopefully for the win

Happy Harriers at the Burnley Leisure 10K

Happy Harriers at the Burnley Leisure 10K

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
3 Luke Turner MS (003/019) 00:37:36
20 Robert Morrison M40 (004/016) 00:45:13
27 Cassandra Smedley F35 (002/013) 00:47:16
28 Colin White M40 (007/016) 00:47:41
35 Stuart Proctor M40 (008/016) 00:50:58
36 Brian Wildman M50 (006/020) 00:51:48
38 Nina Kewin F35 (004/013) 00:52:24
49 Ian Hargreaves M40 (011/016) 00:54:40
57 Melanie Hirst F40 (003/021) 00:56:21
79 Helen Harrison F50 (003/008) 01:00:31
85 Christine Egerton F60 (004/005) 01:01:51
103 Ron Chappell M60 (008/008) 01:08:48

Full Results


Richard Briscoe was our sole runner in Embsay Fell Race organised by BOFRA.

Pos Name Cat Time
37 Richard Briscoe M 26:20

Full Results


A scenic one lap race in and around woodland, following the River Yarrow, starting and finishing in the Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley. This course takes in the crossing of the River Yarrow. Deborah Greenwood and Bianca ran in the race.

Deborah Greenwood and Bianca Bennett after the Yarrow Splash

Deborah Greenwood and Bianca Bennett after the Yarrow Splash

Report from Bianca Bennett

Muddy fun with a scenic route. The course was well signposted and marshalled. I haven’t raced in a while and I was glad I picked this race. It has blown the cobwebs off and given me my mojo back. Great XC prep too!

Pos Name Cat Time
87 Bianca Bennett F 1:04:59
129 Deborah Greenwood FV45 1:14:10

Full Results


Latest parkrun results for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers

Latest Burnley junior parkrun results












Wake me up when September Ends

Hang on… there’s no time for lounging around. Oh no, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers have been out and at it with gusto. You’ve been fell running up the biggest mountains, at country fairs, up crags, down scree and all over the place. You have been grinding it out on longer events like the Garstang half, the Golden Ball 20 and the Gritstone Grind. And there’s also been some super fast road running at Salford and various parkruns. There’s even been a bit of hardcore triathlon this week.



Rick Moore was our sole runner in this Bank Holiday fell race. It’s a 5 mile route with 958ft of ascent.

Pos Name Cat Time
41 Rick Moore MV55 00:49:45

Full Results



Half a dozen Clayton vests were on show at this famous Yorkshire fell race. A short 1.2mile blast with 407ft of climbing make this event a fast and furious one.

Clayton runners at the Kilnsey Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Clayton runners at the Kilnsey Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Ralph Baines

Because this race is on a work day I have always ended up missing it, my only other go was in 2000. I met up with Andy Firth, Mark Nutter, Ivan, and Steve Fish (All retired gentlemen of leisure) at registration, had a look round the show and at 3pm watched Richard Briscoe running the Mile track race, the only member young enough and mad enough to do both.

As Andy pointed out there aren’t many races that you can do a full recce of the course 3/4 hour before the start but we went and had a look with Darren Fishwick. There is a rope in now down the ‘Chimney’, properly secured, so no longer just a bit of old wire fence to hang onto. The race itself is a mad blast, down the 100m field, out to cross the road and beck then up the steep banking, everyone sets off at a ridiculous pace and the lactic build up has you regretting it after only a couple of minutes.

There is a flat section out along the top to catch your breath a bit then down steep to the chimney which is over before you know it and across the screes and just try to hang on. There is always a large crowd watching and Roger Ingham with his words of Yorkshire wisdom so you burst a lung for a good finish and a couple of scalps. Mark, Richard, Ivan, Andy and Steve were in very soon after me. Great fun.

Pos Name Cat Time
45 Ralph Baines MV45 11:41
61 Mark Nutter MV50 12:26
63 Ivan Whigham MV55 12:44
67 Richard Briscoe M 12:59
95 Andrew Firth MV50 14:51
101 Stephen Fish MV60 15:11

Full Results



Twenty Clayton Harriers travelled up to Scotland to take part in the Ben Nevis race. A motley crew of first timers and more experienced runners. Danny Collinge was our first finisher in 38th place overall with Andy Laycock snapping at his heels in 41st and only 6 seconds behind with the 46K Matterhorn Ultraks still in his legs!

Some of the Clayton runners at the Ben Nevis Race.

Some of the Clayton runners at the Ben Nevis Race.

Two ladies ran this year. Barbara Savage was our first lady finisher in 417th place overall and Nicola Horsfall was 440th.

Pos Name Time
38 Danny Collinge 01:56:20
41 Andy Laycock 01:56:34
67 Dave Motley 02:01:15
92 Garry Wilkinson 02:06:22
103 Russell Clarke 02:08:11
114 James Williamson 02:09:32
119 Neil Hardiman 02:10:17
160 Lee Smith 02:17:03
177 Kieran Carr 02:19:02
247 Dominic Carr 02:29:23
277 Adam Shaw 02:34:26
293 Geoffrey Gough 02:35:49
333 Andrew Firth 02:42:23
353 David Nield 02:44:51
382 Chris Funnell 02:50:58
391 Simon Stansfield 02:52:56
417 Barbara Savage 02:58:23
457 Dugald McCallum 03:01:01
436 Andrew Dugdale 03:05:13
440 Nicola Horsfall 03:06:16

Full Results


There were four Clayton runners at this 5.5 mile fell race with 899 feet of ascent. Martin Brady was our first finisher in 44th place with Wayne McIntosh, Michael Frost and Robert Hirst making up the quartet of runners.

Pos Name Cat Time
44 Martin Brady MV50 54:04
55 Wayne McIntosh MSEN 57:57
68 Michael Frost MV60 1:05:28
80 Robert Hirst MV60 1:18:30

Full Results


Two Clayton vests were on show at the Grisedale Horseshoe a 10 mile fell race with around 5000 feet of climbing.

Start of the Grisedale Horseshoe. Tim Edwards raring to go.

Start of the Grisedale Horseshoe. Tim Edwards raring to go.

Report from Alan Dorrington

Huge Lakeland climbs up Birkhouse Moor, Catstycam, a scramble along Swirral Edge up to Helvellyn, tourist dodging around Nethermost and Dollywagon Pikes and a proper hard descent off St Sunday Crag. Not technical, just a quad masher. Oh and the final climb out of Grisedale Beck and over to the finish.

Alan Dorrington during the Grisedale Horseshoe race

Alan Dorrington during the Grisedale Horseshoe race

They saved the ‘best’ till last with that one. There were broken runners all over it – literally on all fours crawling. All for £5, with a blunt organisers prerace brief full of pre-emptive bollockings. Orange squash and cheese and pickle sandwiches after. Old school

Pos Name Category Time
16 Tim Edward M50 02:14:02
93 Alan Dorrington M40 03:05:54

Full Results



One junior runner and a couple of seniors took part in the latest BOFRA fell race.

Report from Rachael White

Helana White was the only Clayton Junior who travelled to Bradley for the Fell race.

A cloudy day which threatened but never delivered the rain. The U12 course was an up, along, up a bit more before a very fast descent, all on recent high cut grass, with lots of loose grass everywhere – (as well as cows in the next field that were running up and down alongside the runners) – Helana came 3rd  U12, which she was pleased with.

Helana White at the Bradley fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Helana White at the Bradley fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Two Clayton seniors made the trip – Martin Brady & Stephen Fish. The adult’s course started the same way as the juniors… and then carried on across the skyline to the next hill before the same fast descent.

Senior Results

Pos Name Category Time
47 Martin Brady MV50 36:22
53 Stephen Fish MV60 38:14

U12 Results

Pos Name Category Time
10 Helana White GU12 07:19

Full Results


Chris Holdsworth and Katy Thompson ran in the Castle Carr Fell Race a 15-mile with around 4000feet of ascent on a route in the private estate of Castle Carr and Midgley Moor.

Report From Katy Thompson

Castle Carr, 15miles and 4000ft over the moors above Hebden Bridge, was the second long race in the English Fell Champs.  The route was rather contrived, to get in the necessary climbing. (If you look at the map on the Calder Valley website you will see what I mean!)  Despite a couple of recces I wasn’t completely confident of finding the way, but quite a lot of the route was flagged, and I ran most of it with Lesley Malarkey from Keswick, one of my LV60 rivals, who had been over the bits I hadn’t. Between us we got round without any major errors and I managed to pull away from her back over the moor to the finish. This was the bit I was most worried about as there are so many trods over those moors, but I managed to go in the right direction without too much deep heather, and kept ahead of Lesley to finish 2nd LV60. The longest race I’ve done for a while, but I did enjoy it and the rain kept off until after the presentation!

Pos Name Category Time
28 Christopher Holdsworth MSEN 02:18:55
191 Katy Thompson W60 03:35:23

Full Results


Four Clayton men and one Clayton lady ran in the Garstang half marathon.

Report from Robert Morrison

The race was tougher than I thought it would be but it was a good race. I wanted 3 mins faster than last time. Came home 4 mins quicker – would have been faster but believe it or not, I got stuck behind a tractor for about a kilometer on country roads. There must have been a show on there was about 30 overall. A good race really enjoyed it –  we all did well. I will definitely pencil it in for next year.

Report from Nina Kewin

The Garstang Half was a gorgeous, scenic route which I would describe as hilly rather than ‘undulating’. We were even treated to a random and quite bizarre procession of around 25 tractors along the winding country roads. This was my first half marathon and it was lovely to see Robert Morrison and Colin White waiting for me at the end – although there was only a few of us, that summed up the Clayton Team Spirit for me. Same again next year!

Pos Name Cat Time
44 David Moynihan MV50 1:34:47
56 Robert Morrison MV45 1:40:04
76 Colin White MV40 1:45:27
78 Brian Wildman MV50 1:46:18
112 Nina Kewin FV35 1:57:59

Full Results


Daniel Plant was our sole representative in this 20-mile race organised by the Lancaster Race Series. It’s run on a network of paths and quiet roads.

Pos Name Cat Time
25 Daniel Plant M 2:24:35

Full Results


The Gritstone Grind is a low-key ultra marathon organised by Beyond Marathon. The race follows a 35 mile, picturesque and linear route between Kidsgrove and Disley along the Gritstone Trail. Andrew Webster and Stephen Ainsworth took part and finished in 76th and 77th place in a time of 7:48:25.

Stephen Ainsworth and Andrew Webster at the Gritstone Grind

Stephen Ainsworth and Andrew Webster at the Gritstone Grind

Pos Name Cat Time
76 Andrew Webster MV40 7:48:25
77 Stephen Ainsworth M50 7:48:25

Full Results


Report From Peter Coates

I completed the Helvellyn Triathlon on Sunday which is a tough event starting from Glenridding in the Lake District. The race began with a 1 mile swim in Ullswater followed by a 38 mile cycle with a number of challenging climbs including the 2.5 mile climb to the top of the Kirkstone Pass from Ambleside known as “The Struggle”. This was followed by a 9 mile run setting off from the transition area in Glenridding up to the summit of Helvellyn via Swirral Edge.

The weather took a turn for the worse during the race which ensured a tough race was even more challenging with strong winds making for a tough bike leg. A decision was made by the organisers during the race to run the shorter run route so we did not actually make it to the summit of Helvellyn but took the path down at Red Tarn and back down into the finish at Glenridding. I was disappointed that the run section was cut short as a technical hilly run plays to my strengths but it was the right decision made by the organisers. I had a good race without incident and I finished in 36th place overall out of a total of 395 finishers so was happy with this result.

This is a great well organised race in a fantastic location which I would recommend if anyone fancies a good challenge and something a little bit different. I will definitely be back to do next year were hopefully conditions will allow the run to go to the top of Helvellyn.


Jacob Watson and Amanda Duffy tested their legs at the Salford 10K race. This is a popular and fast 10K with full road closures so athletes are out for a PB. Jacob Watson had a great run to finish in 8th place overall with a time of 33:42. Amanda Duffy finished in 140th overall, 10th lady and 1st F35 with a time of 41:22

Report from Amanda Duffy

The City of Salford 10k takes place on the quays at Media City. It’s a relatively flat course with great PB potential.  It was an excellent atmosphere with great support around the course.

Amanda Duffy at the Salford 10K

Amanda Duffy at the Salford 10K

There was a 15 minute delay at the start but it didn’t seem to affect my performance.

I finished 10th female and won the v35 cat with a PB 41.22

Another great performance from Jacob Watson finishing in 8th place and another PB 33.42

Pos Name Cat Time
8 Jacob Watson MSEN 33:42
140 Amanda Duffy F35 41:22

Full Results


Burnley parkrun – A total of 438 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 Josh HALL 17:53 JM15-17 New PB!
3 Jonathan CLEAVER 17:55 VM35-39 New PB!
4 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:14 JM15-17
5 Jonathan PYE 18:22 SM25-29
6 George PIER 18:28 SM20-24
7 Ryan BRADSHAW 18:34 SM20-24
8 Chris SNELL 18:37 VM35-39
9 Mark ASPINALL 18:41 VM55-59
11 Paul BRANNON 18:47 VM55-59
13 Michael STEVENS 19:06 JM11-14
14 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:08 SM25-29
26 Peter STEVENS 20:05 JM11-14 New PB!
33 Harrison CODD 20:39 JM11-14 New PB!
36 John WILCOCK 20:49 VM55-59
41 Matthew JACKSON 21:14 JM11-14
42 Simon WILSHAW 21:15 JM15-17
53 Jeremy BRADSHAW 21:47 VM45-49
55 Lennon JACKSON 21:59 JM11-14
56 Aaron LUNDIE 22:01 JM15-17 New PB!
65 Chris LAWRENCE 22:30 VM50-54
74 Ella DORRINGTON-LEVY 22:46 JW11-14
75 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:46 JW11-14
80 Charlie BARNES 22:57 JM10
82 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 23:01 JM15-17
85 Andy QUINN 23:05 VM45-49
97 David Ian SCOTT 23:39 VM70-74
102 Colin WHITE 23:49 VM40-44
104 Bethany WHEATCROFT 23:56 JW11-14
113 Nina KEWIN 24:08 VW35-39
127 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:48 JM10
132 Lisa JOHNSON 25:05 VW45-49
141 Andrew TAYLOR 25:21 VM55-59
142 Donna SCOTT 25:21 VW50-54
148 Beth QUINN 25:36 SW18-19
158 Helen WELSH 25:49 VW45-49
164 Katy THOMPSON 25:58 VW60-64
170 Carl CAREY 26:07 VM45-49
189 Melanie HIRST 26:49 VW40-44
195 Justin BIRTWISTLE 26:59 VM40-44
203 Caitlin WELSH 27:14 JW15-17
213 Evan WELSH 27:31 JM11-14
215 Darcey HIRST 27:42 JW10 New PB!
270 Judith CAREY 29:44 VW35-39
271 Helen HARRISON 29:45 VW50-54
287 Jack MCGUIRE 30:18 VM60-64
295 Ruby CLEAVER 30:40 JW10 New PB!
322 Ron CHAPPELL 31:55 VM65-69
334 Emily JOHNSON 32:29 JW10
336 Marion WILKINSON 32:31 VW75-79
367 Olly PLANT 33:59 JM10
368 Charlie PLANT 34:00 JW10

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 85 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 Matthew JACKSON 7:45 JM11-14
6 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 8:33 JM11-14
10 Toby BIRTWISTLE 9:11 JM10
11 Guy WHALLEY 9:29 JM10
14 Darcey HIRST 9:50 JW10 New PB!
31 Ruby CLEAVER 10:55 JW10

 Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
77 Robin PRICE 09:27 VM70-74

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 233 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
67 Philip NAYLOR 24:24 VM40-44

Lyme Park parkrun – A total of 103 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
13 Ivan WHIGHAM 22:47 VM55-59

Pendle parkrun – A total of 100 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
11 John HARTLEY 21:56 VM60-64
25 Martin BRADY 24:10 VM55-59
51 Richard LAWSON 28:38 VM75-79
61 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:14 VW50-54
65 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:53 VW65-69
76 Christine LEATHLEY 32:44 VW65-69

Witton parkrun – A total of 97 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
29 Vicky HEYS 02:12 VW45-49

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 511 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
4 David BAGOT 18:00 SM25-29


The times they are a changin’

There’s a change in the air and the leaves are beginning to fall. Summer is over and Autumn is moving in. The summer races are fast fading but there’s still plenty going on for Clayton Harriers. It’s been a great week for our senior and vet runners with some category wins at several fell races and a fantastic time and race win for Laura Hesketh. Our junior runners have also had a great week with a great performance at the junior mountain running trials for Briony Holt and some great times from the Jackson brothers.



Report from Mark Nutter

The Clayton car containing Pete Dugdale, Andy Firth, Ivan Whigham and me (Mark Nutter) set off from the “Triangle” for this superfast midweek race up Shipman Knotts in the Lake District. It’s organised by Helm Hill and starting at the Green Quarter in Kentmere it’sjust short of 4 miles with 1300ft of climbing, making it an ‘AS’.

At a humid 7pm just short of 50 runners set off up the steep climb at the start, which soon turns into a cattle / land rover track, gradually climbing and undulating for about a mile. A few lonesome cattle had made a mess on the track so it’s best to keep your mouth shut whilst trying to breathe ~ not easy when you’re already in oxygen debt! Once though the gate in the wall you turn on to the fell proper and here is where the fun begins. It’s a short run / scramble up a rocky outcrop which then turns to more undulating ground to the trig point of Shipman Knotts at 587m. At the turn it’s the same way back, but there are a few “best options” known to the locals. With that in mind I decided to follow a Helm Hill runner, but soon got cragbound as we took a bad route off the top. Helm Hill runner shouts “I’ve only been with the club for 3 weeks!” ~ just my luck! We soon got back on track but had lost about 4 places so the pressure was on to catch up. We were soon back on the land rover track with even more mess from the cattle, but I managed to regain my 4 places in a scrabble to the finish.  Following a quick wash down using the farm “tap” it was off to the Eagle & Child for a well-earned pint.

We should have gone to presentation as I managed 1st V50 and Pete won 1st V60. We only found out when another runner picked up our prizes and delivered them to us in the pub ~ he knew where we’d be!


18th Mark Nutter      1st V50     46.46

29th Ivan Whigham        V50     49.30

40th Andy Firth                V50     56.41

42nd Pete Dugdale   1st V60     59.24



Eight Clayton Harriers took part in the Stan Curran 70th Birthday reservoir race.  Lennon Jackson was our first finisher in 21st place and with a new PB time of 19:24. Michelle Abbot was our first lady finisher in 58th place overall also with a new PB time of 21:56.  Richard Lawson was 1st M75.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
21 Lennon Jackson MJ (002/005) 00:19:24
34 Stephen Green M60 (002/013) 00:20:21
54 Matthew Jackson MJ (003/005) 00:21:34
58 Michelle Abbott F35 (002/007) 00:21:56
67 Martin Brady M55 (007/010) 00:22:27
75 Sophie Ashworth FJ (002/006) 00:22:55
114 Richard Lawson M75 (001/002) 00:26:35
138 Christine Egerton F65 (002/002) 00:29:44
141 Jack McGuire M60 (013/013) 00:30:18

Full Results



Clayton Runners at the Blackpool Illuminations 5K and 10K races.

Clayton Runners at the Blackpool Illuminations 5K and 10K races.

5K Report from Michelle Abbot

Michelle Abbot and her sons Lennon and Matthew Jackson ran in the Blackpool Illuminations. Lennon had a steady run after injuring himself earlier in the week, and Matthew had a great run finishing in 12th place overall. Michelle was 24th overall and 1st LV35.

10K Report from Mick Hughes

I ran pacing my Mrs to a PB at Blackpool on the (10k) so not at my usual race pace. We came in at 55mins…The weather was ideal, bright and a cool breeze. There was a mix up with times as some people decided to unofficially take the 5K turn instead of completing the 1K! Despite that, the atmosphere was good. Only myself and Michelle and Lennon and Math from Clayton. All in all a good flat-ish fast course and a good night and party atmosphere


As expected, plenty of Clayton vests on show in this club organised race. Peter Coates was our first finisher in 5th place overall.

Clayton men at the Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton men at the Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Tim Edward was 1st V50 and Mike Wallis was 1st V60 and both of them were in the top 15. Claire Vincent was our first lady runner.

Pos Name Cat  Time
5 Peter Coates V40 0.40.58
7 Dave Walker V40 0.41.44
9 Tim Edward  (1st ) V50 0.42.04
11 Dave Motley M 0.43.07
13 Mike Wallis  (1st) V60 0.43.50
17 Neil Hardiman V40 0.44.24
19 Russ Clarke M 0.44.36
20 Geoff Gough V60 0.44.41
21 Chris Snell M 0.44.45
26 Andrew Priory V40 0.46.26
27 Ralph Baines V40 0.46.31
28 Ryan Wilkinson M 0.46.42
30 Jack Holt V60 0.46.57
33 Mark Nutter V50 0.47.37
44 David Moynihan V50 0.49.03
47 Claire Vincent L 0.49.16
54 Michael Clarke V40 0.41.24
57 Richard Briscoe M 0.51.59
71 Simon Stansfield V40 0.55.15
77 Mark Taylor M 0.56.22
78 Martin Brady V50 0.56.51
79 Barbara Savage LV50 0.56.59
80 Andrew Dugdale V50 0.57.09
81 Wayne McIntosh M 0.47.14
82 David Leslie Nield V60 0.57.20
83 Angela Shian LV40 0.57.37
88 Andrew Firth V50 0.58.28
89 Peter Dugdale V60 0.59.29
92 Joanne Motley L 1.02.33
95 Sarah Helliwell L 1.02.15
104 Michael Frost V60 1.10.34
107 Robert Hirst V60 1.21.21

Full Results


Another great result for Laura Hesketh who was first lady and second overall in this 10 race with a fantastic time of 35:04

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Laura Hesketh SENW 35:04:00

Full Results



This race was specifically designed as a trial race to help select the team to represent England at the Junior Home Country International Race in Peebles, Scotland on 16th September 2017.  The trials took place on the Southern Howgill Fells above Sedbergh, with the starts on the south flank of Winder, approximately 1km from registration. Briony Holt had an excellent run finishing 3rd and awaiting a decision from the selection team soon.

Report From Andrew Holt

We travelled with Briony to Sedbergh on Sunday for Brionys’ much anticipated England junior fell running trial. (Briony has been unable to attempt this race up until now despite being both capable and easily quick enough due to her being two months too young to run, and has resisted the urge to ask for special treatment allowing her to run.)

Having raced around Sedbergh several times now, and following a recce last week we knew the course was a runnable 2k up and 1.5 k down. The incline was approx 10% which is medium for fell running and the grassy paths are both grippy and cushioned making for a fast course.

Only a handful of runners (8) attended this age group, with the fastest U17 not running as she has already been selected for the team due to her amazing form and results through the season. The girls were informed on the start line and told that a further 7 places were up for grabs.

The start was very very fast, and quickly forced a lead group of two, with Briony and last years English schools fell champion 10seconds behind in 3rd and 4th. 5th and 6th were probably 10seconds behind again.

Both sets of girls battled hard up the hill changing places many times.

The lead swapped at the top of the hill with one of the leaders (a powerful cyclist) falling back into 5th place, and the now leader putting daylight between herself and the girls in 2nd and 3rd.

Briony Holt running strongly in the mountain running trials.

Briony Holt running strongly in the mountain running trials.

As usual Briony was strong descending but left herself too much of a gap to reel the girls in front of her in. There are no results up yet but we estimate only 20 or so seconds between the first three places.

A highly competitive race, (in Briony’s words “so so hard”) which demonstrates the quality in Briony’s age group this year and 3rd place is just reward for Briony’s hard work ,patience and commitment to hopefully achieving her goal of  obtaining an England vest.

Briony will be informed by the selectors this week whether she has made the team so a long week no doubt expecting this phone call, but as we emphasised at the start of the race to her the result today wasn’t important as she has already won in our eyes in the way she has trained and generally conducted herself this last couple of years.

She is a credit to herself, the coaching staff at Clayton, the junior team members and both Briony, Tina and myself are very thankful for the support she has always received.

Full Results


Two Clayton Harriers ran in this 7.4 mile race with around 800ft of climbing organised by Halifax Harriers. Richard Stevenson was first to finish in 16th place overall and Martin Brad was 75th.

Pos Name Cat  Time
16 Richard Stevenson M40 56.17
75 Martin Brady M55 70.13

Full Results


Burnley parkrun – A total of 379 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Jacob WATSON 16:50 SM30-34 New PB!
4 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:23 JM15-17
8 Mark ASPINALL 19:02 VM55-59
9 Paul BRANNON 19:06 VM55-59
23 David MOYNIHAN 20:08 VM50-54 New PB!
27 Peter STEVENS 20:27 JM11-14 New PB!
34 Richard STEVENSON 20:49 VM40-44
54 Chris LAWRENCE 22:27 VM50-54
56 Michelle ABBOTT 22:35 VW35-39
76 David Ian SCOTT 23:38 VM70-74
79 Nina KEWIN 23:46 VW35-39
91 Aaron LUNDIE 24:13 JM15-17
92 Luke GUEST 24:17 JM11-14
124 Lisa ELLIS 25:39 VW35-39
127 Richard LAWSON 25:47 VM75-79
129 Donna SCOTT 26:04 VW50-54
136 Rebecca BRADSHAW 26:24 SW25-29 New PB!
148 Andy QUINN 26:44 VM45-49
149 Beth QUINN 26:44 SW18-19
151 Jake O’DOWD 26:54 JM11-14
160 Jake ANFORTH 27:06 JM11-14
207 Stuart HARTLEY 29:28 VM60-64
258 Ron CHAPPELL 31:27 VM65-69
284 Lucy STEVENSON 32:49 JW15-17

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 Harrison CODD 07:50 JM11-14
6 Bethany WHEATCROFT 08:59 JW11-14
19 Imogen FERGUSON 10:44 JW11-14

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 143 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
38 Paul THOMPSON 26:41 VM45-49
50 Katy THOMPSON 27:26 VW60-64 New PB!

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 333 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
115 Guy WHALLEY 26:07 JM10 First Timer!
188 Eileen JONES 29:37 VW65-69

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 185 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
168 Philip NAYLOR 36:56 VM40-44

Pendle parkrun – A total of 72 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 Kevin DAVIES 20:28 VM55-59
7 John HARTLEY 21:43 VM60-64
39 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:21 VW65-69
43 Yvonne WICKHAM 31:50 VW50-54
52 Christine LEATHLEY 33:33 VW65-69

Skipton parkrun – A total of 180 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Tom BREWSTER 17:41 SM30-34

Witton parkrun – A total of 171 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
4 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:39 SM25-29
30 Robert MORRISON 23:05 VM45-49 First Timer!
42 Carl CAREY 25:00 VM45-49 New PB!
73 Nerina GILL 28:14 VW45-49
92 Julia RUSHTON 30:37 VW50-54
124 Judith CAREY 33:43 VW35-39


Summer lovin’ happened so fast…

but not nearly as fast as our runners! Even in the midst of the holiday season, plenty of you are out and about racing hard. There’s been a range of gala fell racing, half marathons, parkrun tourism and new course records. Summer holidays are just another reason to get out and run for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers!



A dozen Clayton Harriers took part in the Golf Ball fell race, the latest in the summer series of fell races organised by Rossendale Harriers. This race takes runners on a 5 mile route with 900ft of ascent passing the landmark golf ball (which I think is a weather station).

Peter Coates was our first finisher in 12th place overall. Carol Life was our sole lady runner and she finished in 123rd place.

Carol Life at the Golf Ball Fell Race. Photo by Mick Fryer

Carol Life at the Golf Ball Fell Race. Photo by Mick Fryer

Pos Name Cat Time
12 Peter Coates MV40 00:44:51
15 Jon Cleaver MSEN 00:45:07
39 Richard Briscoe MSEN 00:50:41
48 Alan Life MV50 00:51:07
66 Ivan Whigham MV55 00:54:18
71 Robert Morrison MV45 00:54:52
92 Rick Moore MV55 00:58:01
103 Alan Archer MV55 00:59:39
108 Andrew Howarth MV55 01:00:20
111 Peter Dugdale MV60 01:00:45
114 Wayne McIntosh MSEN 01:01:15
117 Andrew Firth MV55 01:02:27
123 Carol Life LV50 01:04:54

Full Results



Geoff Gough was our sole runner in this classic short fell race. He finished in 38th place overall and 1st V60.

Geoff Gough flying downhill at the Burnsall Classic. Photo by Woodentops

Geoff Gough flying downhill at the Burnsall Classic. Photo by Woodentops

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
38 Geoff Gough V60 00:20:44

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Stephen Fish and Julia Rushton took part in this race in memory of local runner Catherine Dowdell. Stephen Fish was 38th and Julia Rushton was 52nd and 1st F50.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
38 Stephen Fish M60 (004/006) 00:40:57
52 Julia Rushton F50 (001/002) 00:44:49

Full Results


Despite taking place in the midst of holiday season, there was a good turnout for this race which is part of this year’s Club Fell Championship. Dave Motley was our first finisher in 9th place overall. Jack Holt who finished 30th overall was 1st V65.

Dave Motley at the Pendle 3 Peaks fell race. Photo by David Belshaw

Dave Motley at the Pendle 3 Peaks fell race. Photo by David Belshaw

Claire Vincent was our first lady finisher and first lady in the race as well. Barbara Savage was our only other lady runner and she finished in 75th place overall.

Claire Vincent leading the ladies race at Pendle 3 Peaks. Photo by David Belshaw

Claire Vincent leading the ladies race at Pendle 3 Peaks. Photo by David BelshawFu

Pos Name Category Time
9 Dave Motley M 01:32:16
11 Peter Coates MV40 01:34:22
13 David Bagot M 01:34:48
15 Christopher Snell M 01:37:33
16 Ryan Belshaw M 01:37:45
22 Carl Helliwell MV40 01:41:22
28 Matthew Duckworth M 01:43:29
30 Jack Holt MV65 01:45:36
47 Ivan Whigham MV55 01:54:25
51 Richard Briscoe M 01:55:52
55 Claire Vincent F 01:56:46
75 Barbara Savage FV50 02:10:34
77 Wayne McIntosh M 02:11:50
80 Andrew Firth MV55 02:13:20
85 David Leslie Nield MV60 02:15:49
86 David Naylor MV60 02:16:00
100 Peter Dugdale MV60 02:28:28

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Five Clayton runners competed in the Fleetwood Half Marathon. James Dunderdale was our first finisher in 52nd place overall and with a time of 1:34:12. Sarah Angelone was our first lady finisher in 89th place and with a time of 1:39:29

Pos Name Cat Time
52 James Dunderdale M 1:34:12.7
89 Sarah Angelone L 1:39:29.1
258 Phil Naylor V40 1:57:42.5
295 Lucy Scott L 2:00:01.5
426 Tony Pilling MV50 2:17:52.7

Full Results


Plenty of parkrun tourism this week as we are in the height of the holiday season. Congratulations to Michael Stevens for setting a new course record at Burnley junior parkrun.

Blackpool parkrun – A total of 188 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
31 Philip NAYLOR 23:28 VM40-44 New PB!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 353 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Danny COLLINGE 16:29 SM20-24
3 Jacob WATSON 16:57 SM30-34 New PB!
5 Tom BREWSTER 17:06 SM30-34
7 Josh HALL 18:44 JM15-17
14 David MOYNIHAN 20:10 VM50-54 New PB!
20 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:42 JM15-17
22 Peter STEVENS 20:54 JM11-14
41 Helana WHITE 21:58 JW11-14
43 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:12 JW11-14
58 Matthew JACKSON 22:44 JM11-14
59 Chris LAWRENCE 22:44 VM50-54
61 Colin WHITE 22:47 VM40-44
62 Michelle ABBOTT 22:48 VW35-39
67 Simon WILSHAW 23:21 JM15-17
76 David Ian SCOTT 23:48 VM70-74
102 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:03 JW11-14
111 Aaron LUNDIE 25:26 JM15-17
115 Annabel WILCOCK 25:42 JW15-17
116 John WILCOCK 25:44 VM50-54
125 Helen WELSH 26:11 VW45-49
127 Joanne MOTLEY 26:12 VW35-39 New PB!
165 Thomas ASHWORTH 27:28 JM10
166 Richard LAWSON 27:30 VM75-79
210 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 29:18 VW65-69
233 Stuart BARKER 30:41 VM50-54
237 Marion WILKINSON 31:02 VW75-79
243 Christine LEATHLEY 31:09 VW65-69
268 Robert HIRST 32:14 VM65-69

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 65 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Michael STEVENS 6:56 JM11-14 New PB!
3 Peter STEVENS 7:17 JM11-14 New PB!
4 Matthew JACKSON 7:21 JM11-14 New PB!
9 Helana WHITE 7:59 JW11-14 New PB!
13 Brayden CLARKSON 8:50 JM10 New PB!
15 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:12 JW11-14
16 Alfie WHITE 9:25 JM11-14

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 118 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
103 Robin PRICE 33:27 VM70-74

Dulwich parkrun – A total of 270 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
137 Katy THOMPSON 25:20 VW60-64 First Timer!

Hove Promenade parkrun – A total of 311 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
11 Richard STEVENSON 19:45 VM40-44 First Timer!
22 Adam STEVENSON 20:43 JM11-14 First Timer!
142 Keira STEVENSON 26:46 JW11-14 First Timer!
247 Lucy STEVENSON 33:29 JW15-17 First Timer!
272 Rachel STEVENSON 36:10 JW11-14 First Timer!

Melton Mowbray parkrun – A total of 127 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
86 Eileen JONES 31:12 VW65-69 First Timer!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 84 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
4 Paul BRANNON 20:57 VM55-59
6 John HARTLEY 21:14 VM60-64
32 Andy QUINN 26:02 VM45-49
56 Yvonne WICKHAM 31:05 VW50-54


Chris Holdsworth interview

“Stay humble, don’t get an ego and let your racing do the talking. Work hard but buy regular Dominos pizzas to make up for it.”

James Boult interviews Chris Holdsworth on his return from his Team GB debut at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy.

World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships Italy 2017

World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships Italy 2017

Chris, so far 2017 has seen you reach some incredible achievements; your performances at the Howarth Hobble and the Yorkshire Three Peaks; Heptonstall Fell Race and Griezdale Trail Marathon course records and obviously your International call up. To what do you owe your success?

A lot of patience, consistent training and not expecting too much too soon, setting achievable goals and steadily working towards them – these then form the basis of working towards a big race or performance. I think it’s important to enjoy your training, if you do then the results will follow. For me it was all about seeing how fast I could run up hills (Strava CR addiction began here), or seeing how fast I could get round one of my favourite hilly routes. I wasn’t overly concerned with results or who I was or wasn’t beating at first, racing was just to enjoy the results of hard training. Enjoy the progress you can make on the things you do enjoy/are good at, and then focus on the things you think you’re not so good at later. Your training will then begin to show consistent progression and you’ll see rare plateaus and more success.

Taking it all back to the beginning then, what first made you start running and who, if any, was your inspiration?

Uncle Breton. I had just finished University and had been running more regularly (2 or 3 times a week) and had done my first parkrun in Leeds, finishing at about the 21 minute mark. He persuaded me to come out running with him and join him on a few of the Clayton fell sessions. The first one of which was up Boulsworth, where he, Neil Worswick and a few others well and truly beasted me! I was struggling to keep up and couldn’t run one step up Boulsworth, but enjoyed it nonetheless and knew fell running was for me!

Snowdon International Mountain Race 2017

Snowdon International Mountain Race 2017

At the beginning of this journey did you ever think you would be pulling on an England vest?

Not at all, I didn’t know it was even possible to run for your country. In fact, I didn’t really know much about anything up until a year or so ago! I try not to think about qualifying for England or GB vests, race wins or who I should or shouldn’t be beating as it can eat away at you and make you not even want to start the race due to nerves! I try to target things like getting certain times, or course records as it not too dissimilar to my training runs then. That way it’s just you racing against the clock and anything else you may achieve is a happy bonus at the end.

What does an average training week in the life of Chris Holdsworth look like?

When training for a big race, most of which are quite long distance these days, I aim to try get up to 70 miles for the week. If I’m struggling with niggles, ailments or fatigue I’ll drop it to 50-60. To break it down, my week would look like:

Monday: steady 8-10 hilly miles (1000ft or more) where I will be trying to push on up or down the hills if my body feels okay after the weekend.
Tuesday: ideally some sort of rep session. This will either be 0.5 or 1 mile sustained hard efforts.
Wednesday: midweek hilly miles – this will ideally be between 12-16 miles and 1200ft – 2000ft depending on the route. Effort will be steady – to hard
Thursday: tempo 8 mile run or hill rep session if I didn’t manage a session on Tuesday.
Friday: rest day – just as important as any other to let the week’s training settle in and muscles recover
Saturday: race day or tempo 13 miles, preferably quick hilly trails or roads.
Sunday: hilly steady long run between 15 – 24 miles depending on the distance I’m training for.

Do you have any rituals you go through before a big event?

Always two big bowls of Frosties cereal, but proper athletes usually go for porridge. Go for whatever suits you and makes you feel light and quick on the day.

Running wise I try to reduce the mileage and quicken my cadence and try to get my body race ready. I will often throw in a run over from Widdop res and push my legs round quickly back down to Gorple to get them firing.

How has your International call up affected your current training regime, and your life in general?

It’s been tough.. I’ve not eased off on my training since January. First I trained for the Hobble, next the Three Peaks, after that it was the call up for England with Sedbergh and Snowdon, and of course lastly Giir di Mont for Great Britain. It’s been a long hard slog to get here with constant training, and mostly it’s my friends or family that are most affected as I will ruin most occasions as I have to get a run in.

Going to a city for the weekend? I’ll have to get my run in first. Friends wanting to drink on Saturday? Sorry, I can’t.. Have to do a long run the next day or have a race.

My friends and family put up with my schedule all the time and I thank them a lot for it. Most of all my girlfriend Sophie, who has heard me moan about every niggle imaginable, put up with me being away for countless hours whilst I run, and me always telling her we can’t do something with friends or family because I have to stay fit and/or go for a long run. I couldn’t be the runner I am without someone supportive like her.

How has your coach, Chris Singleton, influenced your running?

He has helped push me out of my comfort zone and made sure I’ve kept on schedule to meet race goals. I pretty much used to just do tempo runs everyday, but he’s helped introduce a little structure that has benefited some of the aspects I was weaker at.

I have never been a descender, but at the recent Snowdon race I was one of the quickest back down. Evidence that the coaching is working and I’m moving in the right direction!

What is your biggest goal?

If I can compete regularly at the top end of the sport I’ll be very happy when I look back at what I have achieved. However, if I was to answer the question properly, I’d have to say a win at one of the UKs biggest mountain races would be up there. Another goal would be to finish in the top three of the English fell championships.

We all have favourite events, races we look forward to more than any each year; what is your favourite race and why?

Has to be the Three Peaks for me. There is no other race like it and the atmosphere is brilliant. It will be a race I will hopefully come back each year to and see if I can chip away at my personal best time.

Three Peaks 2017

Three Peaks 2017

What is your best race to date, and what is your best running achievement so far?

A running theme here, but possibly this year’s Three Peaks race! I wanted to break the sub 3 hour mark, so to finish sub 2:55 and in 3rd was very unexpected. I’m also pretty proud of breaking Morgan Donnelly’s record at Lowther Trail last year and Marcus Scottney’s CR at Greendale marathon this year.

I think a question we all want an answer to is; do you still get nervous when you line up waiting for the start?

Absolutely.. If you’re not nervous on the start line then I don’t think you’re taking the race seriously! Anyone and everyone can be beaten on the day, so you have to be focused and mentally prepared for the race ahead – the nerves are a by-product of this!

Is there any member, past or present, that you look up to in the club, and speaking of clubs, what made you pick Clayton-le-Moors Harriers as your club?

We are blessed with a lot of legends at our club thanks to its long and illustrious history. When I first joined the club it was clear we had a very successful period with a lot of these members now competing as successful veterans in their respective categories. The one most relevant in influencing myself and how I progress through attempting to try and seek similar success would be Garry Wilkinson. He has been there and done it all, competing in the same fell and mountain races as I’m currently doing, many for the first time. I’ve still a lot of work to do if I want to achieve the same level of success as he did!

As I mentioned above, there are so many club legends at Vet level in Clayton to look up to, from the likes of Garry, John Roche, Martin Brady, Dave Scott, Kieran Carr, Geoff Gough, Jean Brown, Wendy Dodds and many others, but I admire any of our current senior and junior members looking to push and better themselves.

In terms of why did I join the club? For me it was due to a family member running for the club, as well as another family member (my sister) previously running for the club, it meant it was the only club I’d heard of at the time! I think we all just fall into the clubs we are at, but the important part for me is why do we stay at the club. Personally, I am at Clayton-le-Moors due to our history of being a club that predominantly focuses on fell running competitions. Many of our members have won some of the biggest Fell and Mountain races in the country, but this hasn’t happened in some time. I would like to help put Clayton’s name back up there in the results and help Clayton compete regularly at the top end of these races again.

Inter Counties Fell Championships Moel Eilio 2016

Inter Counties Fell Championships Moel Eilio 2016

The right gear is essential; what is your choice of gear for the big race?

The right gear is very important. Wearing something that even slightly irritates you or feels wrong whilst racing can massively affect your result… I can think of manly occasions where I’ve worn the wrong shoes (or even the wrong shorts!) and felt it’s added minutes to my time at the end of the race. However, we are all different and one man’s holy grail pair of shoes are another man’s idea of hell.

Here’s my kit:
1× Salomon S-Labs 6 (for me they are the best all-rounders at taking on all conditions)
1× shortest of short shorts (let those thighs free!)
1× buff cut in half for head (keep my mane out my eyes and protect my ears from wind damage and tinnitus)
1× buff (when cold to protect wind pipe)
1× pair of long socks (I damaged my shin a few years ago and gave myself shin tendonitis and can no longer run without)
1x ladies small fit Clayton vest (I like it snug and close fit to avoid wind blowing it about)
1× Karrimor bum bag (they’re cheap and have a good fit – if I break them shoving too much in I can easily pick up another)
1× Mountain Fuel gel (for long distances, not available yet but are a brilliant product – look out for it soon!)
1x Mountain Fuel soft flask filled with Mountain Fuel Blackberry flavour (for long distances, easy to carry and can keep supping all the way round – easy to shove back in bum bag after)
1× OMM jacket. (Haven’t been able to try all brands as they can be quite expensive. This jacket is a great fit and works well.)
1× small ladies cheapest of cheap water proof pants. (It’s rare you’ll need to wear them, so as long as you can fit them on in case of emergencies, make sure you have a pair that fold away small so that they don’t take up too much space.)

What is your favourite discipline and distance and why?

My favourite distance is around 10-15 miles over undulating runnable trails between 1000-2000 ft of climb. This is due to what I have on my doorstep running around the likes of Boulsworth, Widdop and Hurstwood. I am now more interested in becoming adept at more technical longer distance mountain running, so I have to leave the comforts of gorple road and try push myself on harsher, steeper fells.

Hopefully if asked the same question is a year or so, I’ll be answering 20+ miles of nasty technical mountain running!

Do you have any regrets so far?

I often think ‘should I have tried getting into running sooner?’. If I had though, I don’t think I’d have achieved all that I did before I began running. I started at 22, I’m now at 26. I’ve had to work very hard to get where I am but I have plenty years left to achieve more yet too.

The one thing I do regret is not looking after myself properly. Battering myself everyday has led to many niggles over the years. Not wanting to see any decline in my progress, I often trained through these injuries, often making them worse and now I live with many long lasting issues.

The worst came last year when I first injured my hamstring. Firstly I gave myself hamstring tendonitis, which moved up into my hamstring, which then moved up into my glute/hip and injured my piriformis. This all happened whilst training for a marathon and the three peaks. Afterwards, it all calmed down, only to get redamaged two months later at the start if August. I carried on racing and training, but kept getting intense pain on certain terrains on my lower back/hip area.

One day after a speed session, I got up from my chair after sitting down for a couple of hours at work and I couldn’t walk or stand up straight. Nothing particularly went, my body just packed in and I had severe sciatic pain constantly. It turned out I had damaged my SI joint, which is the bit between your hip and spine. This is the joint that takes all your impact when running, so when this goes the impact now goes through your glute, piriformis, groin and hamstring. I had intense pain for months and had to take 3-4 months off racing whilst I healed.

I now live with chronic sciatic pain that I have to manage everyday through strengthening and conditioning it, as well as regularly self-massaging to relieve the pain and regular sessions with Garry.

I regret not putting in the time to strengthen my core and punishing my body each day without letting injuries heal up properly. It’s no excuse, but after running 15 miles in the dark and rain, the last thing you want to do is come home and do some stretches and strength moves for half an hour..

Nonetheless, it’s very important and should be apart of your training!

Do you have any advice or training tips for new runners or other members of the club?

For new members, don’t worry about PBs, speed work, hill climbs or anything like that. Just get out and enjoy your running for 20-30 miles a week. Learn what terrains you like running on, what times of day you like to run, what distances you like/don’t like and build yourself a solid base of fitness. After 6 months to a year, once the habit of running regularly has become your natural state, and then start to think about how you can begin to improve yourself. This way, your body will be conditioned to run regularly and can the manage increases of demand in your training.

For current members my advice is this. No one is naturally talented at running. Yes, some of us start at better levels of fitness. Some of us are just naturally better at hill climbs/descending on technical climbs – but when it comes to plain running, talent is not the reason someone can run a 16-17 minute 5k. It’s because they have put in the time and effort to be that fit and quick. If you’re in a 10k and someone wins it in 31.00 minutes, or 35.00 for ladies, just know that if they can do it, so can you. You just need to put in the right training and the same level of dedication as the winner of that race. Over time, you’ll be exactly where you never thought you could be. It’ll hurt the same, but you’ll be quicker!

How do you like to train?

During the week I try to train straight after work, especially in winter! Rather than come home and potentially talk myself out of going for a run, I’ll do it before I even get back in the comforts of my warm home.

I often train alone, but hopefully in the coming months I’ll be training with a few more of my Clayton teammates now that I’m able to change up my training a little with the summer of international racing coming to an end.

What do you do to relax / how do you spend your downtime?

Not a right lot! By the time I’ve worked, ran, come home and eaten, it’s usually around 8.30pm so there’s not a lot of time left to do anything. I’ll have to tidy the house, do the washing, prepare tomorrow’s dinner and by the time that’s done it’s time to go to bed! At the weekends I’ll have a few (many) beers if I’ve raced on the Saturday, ready to run hungover on the Sunday.

Outside of running, who is Chris Holdsworth?

In my day job I am a Graphic Designer for a Horticulture company based in Trawden. Before this I studied Fine Art at Leeds College of Art and gained a first class degree. I had a particular interest in sculpture – even winning a national award and prize money for one! Sadly I can only seem to focus on one thing at once – so art is out, running is in…

Harrier over Pendle 51kbTell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I designed the most recent incarnation of the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers badge and also designed the pattern on the orange buffs for the FRA Relays held at Pendle two years ago. For the newer members who possibly won’t remember, I was also the Weekly Round Up writer before Adrienne!

What are your lifetime PB’s?

Current PBs are:
5K: 16:24
10k: 32:31
10 Mile: N/A
Half Marathon: N/A
Marathon: 2:37:11

I haven’t raced a 5k since 2014 and a 10k since early 2016 as I have been focussing on fell and trails, but I will have to give a few road races ago to see how I fare!

Any comments / final thoughts?

The biggest tip I can give is to stay humble, don’t get an ego and let your racing do the talking. You’ll only have egg on your face if it all doesn’t go to plan.

On a similar note, don’t reveal your goals (unless asked nicely in an interview by James Boult). Things can go wrong and plans can change. Keep your cards close to your chest and the pressure is lessened.

If you begin to say I WILL achieve this or that, or I WILL do this or that time, then you are putting unnecessary pressure on yourself trying to meet everyone’s expectations.

Lastly, reward yourself and reward yourself often.. Don’t overdo it with a slab of cake every three mile dog jog you do, but if you restrict yourself too much with diet and social events, then it’ll just get on top of you and will become unenjoyable. It’s just a hobby for us all at the end of the day, so work hard but buy regular Dominos pizzas to make up for it.

Finally, Hendon Brook course record?

Haha, I don’t know about that. Tom Cornthwaite has set a phenomenal record on that course, and many other top runners have come and had a go and fallen very short. It’s one of my favourite races and a course I do regularly in training, so every year I can race it I’ll be racing my hardest. That being said, I’m still the fastest man ever up Lenches (Strava official, nothing else counts) and I’ll take pride in that!

Seasons in the sun

We had joy we had fun… as many of the summer race series come to a close, it’s been another successful season for the club. Congratulations to Danny Collinge on his overall win at the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Lots of age category wins to go with this. As the season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect and also time to look ahead to cross country and winter racing.

Club President, David Scott, with some reflections of 50 years of the 3 Peaks.

It’s been 3 months since 3 Peaks day and time to put some reflections on paper. It was the first time for 50 years that I hadn’t stood on the start line feeling nervous and apprehensive. However, it was really interesting to watch the race for a change, especially the section from the bottom of Pen-y-Gent to Ribblehead AND I actually saw the winner finish!  A first!!

When I first joined Clayton as a teenager, I looked in some awe at Alan Heaton, George Brass, Stan Bradshaw and Alistair Patten who had run the ‘Three Peaks’ and George had actually won it twice.  I thought when I was old enough (you had to be 21 then) that I’d like to have a go at the race.  I was away at college when I was 21 so had to wait until 1965 when I was 22.  What a baptism of fire that proved to be! No advice, no long training runs, no support, no food, no drink; it is little wonder that I lay down on Whernside for more than half an hour before I managed to continue to the top, with some nuts and raisins from the Mountain Rescue guys who had approached, asking if I had seen a body lying down nearby which they had been watching through their binoculars!  The following year I went on a Mountaineering Course in North Wales, little knowing what a huge influence the race would have on my life over the next 50 years, so it was 1967 before my next race; newly married to Jill (celebrated our Golden Wedding in April this year); and not surprisingly I knocked 58 mins off my time!!

The weather has varied from blizzards, hailstones, torrential rain, thick mist to blazing sun.  In 1978 in really bad weather, Ted Pepper died on Ingleborough getting lost in the mist and leaving the summit in the wrong direction.  This resulted in the tapes that now lie along the plateau to the checkpoint. In the bad weather I always used to run down the line of upcoming runners.  In 1981 the race was postponed as snow was up to the top of the dry stone walls and it was held in October.  In 1993 Carole Greenwood was swept off her feet just in front of me as we crossed the river at the foot of Whernside and was taken probably 30 yards or more downstream before she managed to reach the bank.  Then in 2001, Foot and Mouth caused the race to be cancelled altogether.

Over the years 4 Clayton men have won the race; George Brass 1955, 58; Peter Dugdale 1957; Dennis Hopkinson 1963 and David Walker 2003.  Two other men who had been in Clayton, won when representing Blackburn and then came back to Clayton, were John Calvert 1976, 77, and Harry Walker 1978, 79 and 81.  Four ladies have also won the race; the phenomenal Vanessa Peacock 1985, 87, 88, and 89, Ruth Pickvance 1990, Jean Rawlinson 1995 and Beverley Whitfield 2003.

Because of the weather, the underfoot conditions, changes to the course, new paths, boards and paving stones, it is difficult to compare times. There have been at least 7 course changes whilst I’ve been taking part. The route from Pen-y-Gent to Ribblehead is now defined, but originally there were numerous options (some better than others……..going for a recce was key!!!)  Men who have finished in under 3 hours are:   Andy Churchill 2hrs.50.02, Clifford Waddington 2hrs.56.02, Keith Windle 2hrs.59.14, David Scott 2hrs.59.48…and now after a gap of over 30 years, Chris Holdsworth  2hrs.54.49

We have won team prizes on many occasions but one of the best years was 1998 when we won the Mens, Ladies and Vets. There have also been lots of individual awards and record holders in the various age categories

Last winter was strange for me not doing over 20 training runs of 3 hours plus in preparation for the race. Increasing age made it necessary to do so much and although I missed the long runs on Pendle, looking back it was a relief not having the pressure of having to do them and it was lovely to be able to go on a lengthy holiday to South Africa! Finally I do have 1 Elite, 14 First Class certificates and 29 runs under 4 hours.

Hope this article may have been of some interest to our younger members and huge congratulations to Chris for a super run and all that it’s lead to.

David Scott.

And now onto this week’s action…


This was the fifth and final race in the Club’s Summer Series. 23 club members turned out.  The race was won by Luke Turner. Claire Vincent was the first lady. As with all the summer series races, runners had to estimate their race time. Andrew Howarth  was the most accurate estimator being only 5 seconds out.

Full Results



Three Clayton Harriers took part in the Pilgrims Cross Fell Race, a 6 mile race with 1102ft of ascent, organised by Rossendale Harriers. Alan Life was our first finisher in 28th. Andrew Firth was 99th and Stephen Fish was 110th.

Pos Name Cat Time
28 Alan Life MV50 00:48:56
99 Andrew Firth MV55 01:02:02
110 Stephen Fish MV60 01:04:36

Full Results



Stephen Biscomb was our sole representative in the Blackpool Air Show 10K. He finished in 67th place with a time of 44:16.

Pos Name Category Time
67 Stephen Biscomb V60 44:16

Full Results


Another big turnout for the club despite the clash with many summer holidays. There was a win for Danny Collinge with Luke Turner joining him in the top ten. Claire Vincent was our first lady runner in 72nd place overall and 5th lady in the race.

Happy Clayton Runners at the end of the Boulsworth Fell Race

Happy Clayton Runners at the end of the Boulsworth Fell Race

There were age category wins for Jeff Pickup (1st M65), Angela Shian (1st W40), and Anita Jones (1st W60).

Pos Name Category Time
1 Danny Collinge MU23 42:29
8 Luke Turner MSEN 46:25
13 Chris Snell MSEN 47:37
22 Garry Wilkinson M50 49:15
24 Paul Hesketh M50 49:41
30 Neil Hardiman M45 50:32
45 Chris Whiteoak MSEN 52:52
53 David Moynihan M50 54:22
54 Curtis Holt MU21 54:24
57 Sean Claire M50 54:31
62 Craig Nicholls M40 55:01
72 Claire Vincent WSEN 56:10
77 Jeffrey Pickup M65 57:34
78 Reece Lawrence MU21 57:43
82 Michael Clarke M40 57:56
89 James Dunderdale MSEN 58:24
103 Mick Hughes M40 1:00:01
110 Elizabeth Mullan WSEN 1:01:22
119 Stuart Proctor M40 1:02:23
122 Adam Stephenson MSEN 1:02:59
123 Jeremy Bradshaw M45 1:03:05
124 Chris Lawrence M50 1:03:09
129 Alan Archer M55 1:04:23
131 Angela Shian W40 1:04:30
133 Carl Carey M45 1:04:36
145 Barbara Savage W50 1:07:10
150 Donna Scott W50 1:07:57
154 Jane Ryan W40 1:09:23
157 Lucy Scott WSEN 1:10:33
158 Jean Rawlinson W65 1:10:51
162 Julia Rushton W50 1:11:39
174 Rebecca Bradshaw WSEN 1:14:02
175 Janine Pollard W45 1:15:05
177 Bethany Quinn WU21 1:15:15
178 Mark Robin Knowles M40 1:15:36
192 Christine Egerton W65 1:23:01
195 Judith Carey WSEN 1:25:00
196 Julia Taylor W55 1:25:25
201 Christine Leathley W65 1:29:50
206 Jack McGuire M60 1:33:21
207 Geraldine Varley W55 1:34:04
208 Anita Jones W60 1:34:04
209 Ron Chappell M65 1:35:40

Full Results



Ruby Cleaver and Emily Johnson ran in the U7/U9 race.

Emily Johnson in the U

Emily Johnson in the U9 Race – Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Category Time
15 Ruby Cleaver U9G 5:10
16 Emily Johnson U9G 5:21

Full Results

U11 / U13 RACE

Matthew Jackson and Helana White were our first finishers in the U13 category and Joshua McKay and Emily Nicholls were our first finisher in the U11s.

Guy Whittle in the U11/U13 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Guy Whittle in the U11/U13 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Category Time
5 Matthew Jackson U13B 7:20.8
12 Helena White U13G 8:08.7
16 Guy Whittle U13B 8:26.2
19 Joshua Mckay U11B 8:37.1
20 Brayden Clarkson U11B 8:40.2
23 Thomas Ashworth U11B 8:45.0
34 Emily Nicholls U11G 10:02.7

Full Results

U15/U17 RACE

There was a strong turnout for this race with Josh Hall taking the overall win, Jackson McKay 2nd and 1st in his age group. Ella Dorrington was 7th overall and 1st U15 girl.  There were no U17 girls in the race.

Ella Dorrington in the U15/U17 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington in the U15/U17 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Category Time
1 Josh Hall U17B 15:59
2 Jackson Mckay U15B 16:24
3 Michael Stevens U15B 17:14
5 Lennon Jackson U15B 18:13
6 William Nicholls U15B 18:36
7 Ella Dorrington U15G 19:18
8 Tom Holden U17B 19:45
9 Sophie Ashworth U15G 20:17

Full Results


A small group of strong runners gave the Grand Prix race a miss to head over to Preston and tackle the City of Preston 10 Mile race.

Report From Jon Cleaver

Setting off from the village hall in Walmer Bridge it was a 2 x 5 mile loop course on pretty flat terrain. Setting off with the front pack I went off a bit too hot and was clocking a good 5km pace at mile 2 – not a good strategy! Had to get things under control and slow down a touch to ensure a blow out didn’t happen. I ran under 30 minutes for my first five putting me within reach of my sub 60 goal but I started to fade a bit towards the end (unbeknownst to me the pack I was chasing was predominantly 5 mile runners!) Overall happy with 9th place and securing second place in the road championships. Good fast course which I would highly recommend for a 10 mile PB. In addition both men and women picked up best team prizes which was the cherry on the cake. Well done all that competed.

Pos Number Name Time
9 130 Jonathan Cleaver 01:00:57
20 242 Daniel Plant 01:05:33
40 395 James Boult 01:10:16
42 150 Amanda Duffy 01:10:31
53 343 Robert Morrison 01:13:08
56 304 Donna Airey 01:13:16
76 108 Sarah Angelone 01:16:45
78 365 Colin White 01:16:58
105 101 Michelle Abbott 01:22:00
195 241 Tracy Plant 01:41:18


Martin Brady was our sole representative in this 13 mile trail race with 1411ft of ascent. The race is part of the Lowther Show and the scenic route takes runners across Askham Fell and the Lowther Valley.

Pos Name Cat Time
83 Martin Brady MV50 02:07:41


Bedfont Lakes parkrun – A total of 201 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
14 Peter STEVENS 21:30 JM11-14 First Timer!

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun – A total of 315 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
19 Robbie SMEDLEY 20:25 JM11-14 First Timer!
34 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 22:13 VW35-39 First Timer!
235 Ellisia SMEDLEY 33:04 JW10 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 374 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Tom BREWSTER 17:28 SM30-34
3 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:18 JM15-17
4 Dave MOTLEY 18:27 VM35-39 New PB!
5 Josh HALL 18:37 JM15-17
6 Kevin DAVIES 18:40 VM55-59
8 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:09 SM25-29
9 Michael STEVENS 19:21 JM11-14
35 Lennon JACKSON 21:24 JM11-14
57 Michelle ABBOTT 22:37 VW35-39
59 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:40 JW11-14
72 Colin WHITE 23:13 VM40-44
77 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:30 JM11-14
93 Aaron LUNDIE 24:18 JM15-17
96 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:24 JM10
105 Lynsey BIRTWISTLE 24:41 VW35-39
109 Justin BIRTWISTLE 24:54 VM40-44
117 Brian WILDMAN 25:15 VM50-54
120 Lisa JOHNSON 25:26 VW45-49
121 Annabel WILCOCK 25:27 JW15-17
122 John WILCOCK 25:35 VM50-54
158 Donna SCOTT 27:13 VW50-54
175 Thomas ASHWORTH 27:40 JM10
216 Alan DORRINGTON 29:36 VM45-49
220 Stuart BARKER 29:43 VM50-54
250 Bethany WHEATCROFT 31:04 JW11-14
280 Emily JOHNSON 32:24 JW10 New PB!
283 Marion WILKINSON 32:28 VW75-79

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 100 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
84 Robin PRICE 33:47

Edinburgh parkrun – A total of 480 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
10 Jacob WATSON 16:51 SM30-34 First Timer!

Hull parkrun – A total of 446 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
197 Eileen JONES 27:19 VW65-69 First Timer!

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 161 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
39 Philip NAYLOR 23:11 VM40-44 New PB!
113 Helen HARRISON 28:38 VW45-49 First Timer!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
11 John HARTLEY 21:31 VM60-64
29 Katy THOMPSON 26:55 VW60-64
35 Paul THOMPSON 27:21 VM45-49 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 150 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
107 Yvonne WICKHAM 29:45 VW50-54


Climb Every Mountain

What an epic week! This week you’ve been representing Team GB, tackling classic Lakeland fell races, hitting new PBs and turning out en masse at the latest Grand Prix race. Huge congratulations to Christopher Holdsworth on his Team GB debut – he’s a credit to the club and an inspiration to all of us.



Five junior members took part in the final race of the popular Astley Park Junior Trail series. Lennon Jackson was our first finisher in 12th place and Imogen Ferguson was our first girl finisher in 67th place.

Pos Name Time
12 Lennon Jackson 05:36
15 Matthew Jackson 05:41
42 Luke Guest 06:23
67 Imogen Ferguson 07:01
83 Jake O’Dowd 07:54

Full Results


Alan Life and Stephen Fish ran in the Crow Hill Reverse fell race; a 5 mile route with 1001 feet of ascent. Alan Life was our first finisher in 22nd place overall and Stephen Fish was 63rd. A total of 78 runners took part.

Pos Name Category Time
22 Alan Life M50 00:40:09
63 Stephen Fish M60 00:51:44

Full Results



Jon Cleaver and Peter Dugdale ran in the Whittle Pike Fell Race organised by Rossendale Harriers. This is a rough and tough midweek fell race covering 4.5 miles and 1400 feet of ascent. Jon Cleaver was 17th and Peter Dugdale was 82nd.

Report from Jon Cleaver

This was a  tough race for a midweek evening. I clocked 1500ft over 4.5 miles. Setting off in Cowpe, it was a fast start on the tarmac for the first few hundred yards onto the Fell for the first climb which seemed to go on forever. There was in total 3 major climbs (2 drags and one on hands) and some fantastic fun descents through mud up to your waist around the moorland above Leigh Quarry. Ended up covered head to toe and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pleased with 17/99 for a chicken legged road runner (name courtesy of Snell).

Pos Name Category Time
17 Jon Cleaver M 00:50:38
82 Peter Dugdale MV60 01:09:37

Full Results



A mix of vets, senior and junior runners competed in the final race of the flat and fast Todmorden Park 5K series. First Clayton in was Jacob Watson who was third overall.  Matthew Jackson was 1st MJ U14 and Michelle Abbot was 1st F35 and our only lady in the race.

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Jacob Watson M 16:56
22 Matthew Jackson MJU14 19:48
36 Lennon Jackson MJU14 21:12
52 Michelle Abbott F35 22:36
54 Martin Brady M55 23:04
80 Paul Walsh M60 27:09

Full Results



Five Clayton Harriers ran in the Borrowdale Fell Race. This is a classic, Lakeland AL fell race that takes runners 17 miles with 6500 feet of ascent, including a climb up Scafell. James Williamson was our first finisher in 79th place and with a time of 3:56:09. Andy Firth was running the race for an impressive 21st time.

Report from Andrew Firth

1988 was the first time I attempted Borrowdale and although I’d completed the 3 Peaks and Langdale a couple of times I wanted to sample a classic Lakeland Super Long. I had a reasonable run and got round in 4hrs 19 mins, but didn’t return until 1992 after discovering the delights of the evening “knees up” in the marquee. After that it became an almost annual pilgrimage – mainly due to the pull of the drinking and merrymaking in the marquee which normally ended with top fell runners in various stages of undress and climbing up the poles and sliding down the outside of the tent. (Some of them were Clayton members).

Andrew Firth during his 21st completion of the classic Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Andrew Firth during his 21st completion of the classic Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

The marquee and evening festivities are no longer, but most years since 1992 has seen me camping or caravanning somewhere in the Lakes on the first weekend of August. Time seems to dull the pain of the Borrowdale, and lining up at the start of my 21st completion of the event saw me looking forward to the challenge rather than remembering the painful crawl up and descent of Dale Head on shredded legs. There were a few Claytoners lining up, James Williamson, Paul Shackleton, Mark Nutter, Ralph Baines and myself. The weather immediately before the start was terrible with heavy rain keeping the runners sheltering in their cars rather than warming up, however it eased up and shortly after the start the sun came out resulting in cags and thermal layers being discarded on the climb to Bessyboot.

Paul Shackleton at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Paul Shackleton at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

I had my normal sprint start to avoid the bottleneck shortly after the start then eased back to my normal shuffle with a constant stream of runners passing me all the way up Bessyboot. I started to play catch up on the long haul through the boggy ground to Esk Hause and made good progress over the rocky Boulder fields to Scafell Pike summit. The scree descent to the corridor route was in excellent condition despite the rainfall, however two enforced stops to remove the resultant stones in shoes negated any advantage gained.

Mark Nutter and Ralph Baines just behind at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Mark Nutter and Ralph Baines just behind at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

I felt OK on the run to Sty Head, but the minute I dibbed and started the Gable climb I started to remember last years pain and entertained thoughts of retiring and taking the easy descent to Seatoller. It took a great deal of fortitude to find the resolve to carry on, but with it being my 21st, and not ever failing in a Borrowdale previously I found the motivation to complete, promising myself this would be my last Super Long.

The traverse to Honister went well, finding some good lines and reasonable running (for me) and gaining a few places. However the climb up Dale Head was excruciating losing all the places gained, I arrived at the top a broken man and it was all I could do to shuffle down the steep rocky descent, taking care not to trip. The final run up the lane was a slow walk/run crossing the line in 5hrs 11 mins, but it was over. I remain very proud of my record on this tough Lakeland classic with a best time of 3hrs 54mins in 2000, but I think these super longs are taking too much out of my body so that’s it for me! I’m certainly not retiring from running, and I’ll be giving Langdale a shot in October – it’s shorter by at least an hour. I’ll be back at Borrowdale next year, but cheering runners on at key spots like Esk Hause and Sty Head, and I hope to see more Clayton runners entered to this classic.

Report From James Williamson

Borrowdale is an absolute classic Lakeland AL race, 16.7 miles and 7000ft ascent over some of the roughest & most technical terrain the Lake District has to offer.

The route took us from Rosthwaite village and summits including Bessyboot, Scafell Pike, Great Gable & Dale Head before returning back to the village. I settled nicely in to the race and climbed well ensuring I ate & drank regular to prevent a recurrence of last year when I bonked on Great Gable. The conditions underfoot were far from ideal due to heavy rainfall in the lead up to the race, the ground was wet & boggy and the rocks over the corridor route between Scafell Pike & Great Gable were testing and incredibly slippery as a result I found my descending was poor at times and I became a touch frustrated.

James Williamson at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

James Williamson at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

I was glad to reach the Honister Hause check point for a much needed swig of orange which helped me kick on up the final, relentless climb to Dale Head. The long run off through the quarry back to Rosthwaite felt never ending but I finally dibbed in to finish in 3.56.5  – mixed feelings about my performance – disappointed as I descended badly & I know I can go quicker in better conditions but also pleasing as I knocked 14 minutes off my time from the 2016 English champs race.

The crowning glory of this race is undoubtedly the cheese & Jam sandwiches served up in the village hall at the end of the race – pure magic

Pos Name Category Time
79 James Williamson MSEN 03:56:09
124 Paul Shackleton M50 04:19:24
155 Mark Nutter M55 04:35:12
161 Ralph Baines M45 04:36:50
217 Andrew Firth M55 05:11:10

Full Results


Having missed Whittle Pike fell race due to work commitments I was keen to squeeze a race in this week and Hellifield Gala ticked all the boxes. With plenty of stalls and attractions for the family this tough little 5.6km race should take me sub 40 minutes to blast round before the boy (James ,4) got too bored! The record is an astonishing 23 minutes, set by a certain Mr A. Brownlee, apparently quite well known round Yorkshire way! With the weather promising to be kind off we went.

Colin Woolford at the Hellifield Gala Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Colin Woolford at the Hellifield Gala Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

As BS races go this is as runnable and fast as you would expect, broadly up and down three small hills (climbing ladders over dry stone walls and hay bales over barbed wire fences as you go) round a marshal and trig point at the top of the last hill then run back the way you came, starting and finishing in the centre of the gala field with a commentary from t’Yorkshire MC and much applause from the spectators.

Stephen Fish with Martin Brady chasing at the Hellifield Gala Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Stephen Fish with Martin Brady chasing at the Hellifield Gala Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Three Clayton made the start line, Steve Fish having completed the race before and myself and Martin Brady taking mental notes as to the route, the three of us raced each other well, changing positions a few times as we went, but ultimately finishing Brady, Woolford, Fish.  One for the diary next year!



Farleton Knott is a challenging 4.5 mile race with around 1500 feet of climb and is a counter in the BOFRA Championship.

Two senior runners took part, Andrew Holt and Richard Briscoe, and Briony Holt ran in the U17 race in which she was 1st girl.

Report from Andrew Holt

Fifth BOFRA race of the season for me today at Farlton knott (big hill on the left as you pass the m6 on the settle to Kendal road). Unusually for a BOFRA race it’s not a straight up/down but more of a gradual up, stupid down, even more stupid up and gradual back down to the finish.

Weather was cloudy, warm, breezy, bit greasy underfoot but good running conditions.
Having walked the route first with Briony I knew it was going to be tough, but have done well this season with uphills of this type and true to form overtook several people on the way up to the trig.

Andrew Holt at the Farleton Knott fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Andrew Holt at the Farleton Knott fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

The scree run down I can only describe as hilarious, my usual tip tapping down quickly deteriorated into a sort of waterskiing affair on stones, bringing out laughter from the runners around me!More by luck than judgment I survived and crawled, hands and feet back up to the trig for the run along the top. I was slower than I would have liked on the descent to the finish, and I was overtaken several times. The heavy rain shower was a welcome addition however.

Richard Briscoe at the Farleton Knott fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Richard Briscoe at the Farleton Knott fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

4.5 miles,750ft of elevation, top twenty finish and a huge smile on my face at the end of it; another quality fell race and the longest one I’ve managed yet so no complaints.

Two other hoops were visible, Briony and Richard Briscoe.

Pos Name Cat Time
17 Andrew Holt MV40 43:53
42 Richard Briscoe Man 49:11


Briony Holt was our sole junior runner and she raced in the U17 category finishing in 11th place overall and 1st girl.

Report from Briony Holt

After walking the course with my dad, I knew the race would be very much suited to my style of running; long single track paths with rocky descents and gradual inclines on top. There were hardly any bogs, despite the weeks worth of rain, which is always a bonus.

The time quickly passed and soon it was time for my race to start. Surprisingly I wasn’t my usual ‘nervous wreck’ (maybe it was the patterned shorts?) so my warm up went pretty smoothly and I was ready to race.

Briony Holt in the U17 race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Briony Holt in the U17 race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

I set off in first but quickly got caught up on the gradual uphill. However, due to knowing where the best parts to overtake on the course were, I managed to take the lead again around half way through and keep it until the end. Well done to Richard Briscoe and my dad as well who ran the senior course.
Pos Name Time
11 Briony Holt (1st Girl) 23:46

Full Results


Congratulations to our runner, Christopher Holdsworth, who took part in the 2017 World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships in Italy. He put in an impressive performance for his debut in Team GB to finish in 36th place overall and 3rd British male in 03:47:30 in a field of 443 international runners. Well done Chris you’ve done us proud!

Report from Chris Holdsworth

Chris Holdsworth

Chris Holdsworth ready to represent Team GB at the World Mountain Running Long Distance Championship

Well what can I say? The course literally beat me up, battered me, chewed me up and spat me out – the hardest, most physical race I have ever endured… But what an atmosphere! It was supported fantastically and had Tour de France level of support going up some hills. Amazing.

As for the race itself, do I think I could have placed higher? Absolutely. Had it been on a course more suited to my style of running I think I could have been well up there. However, this was without a doubt the most technical, brutal and toughest route I’ve ever endured. Every step down a descent felt like a punch to your body, which by the end had me falling constantly on the wet rocks, bloodied, battered and in a world of pain for the last few miles, but very proud to finish 3rd GB runner and 34th in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.

So… On my first GB outing I managed to run a respectable time on one of the toughest races out there, running over 19 miles and 8000ft of harsh Italian Alps. I am happy with that – but mostly I’m really proud of simply being here and the level of support so many have given me, and I’m really thankful for that. I hope I can keep it up for a good while yet and return on the amazing amount of support shown in me so far. This is just the beginning and I hope you will continue to follow my progress as it really does spur me on.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my amazing friends Adam Hamer and Caroline Lane and girlfriend Sophie McIntosh for travelling over to watch me race. I can’t thank them enough, especially Sophie who has put up with so much moaning and complaints from me over the years, she’s practically my complaints department at this point!

Thanks again for all the support, I’m now going to enjoy several beers over the next week and immense as I travel back through Europe and no doubt an immense amount of DOMS…

Full Results


Another big turnout for the penultimate race of this year’s  Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Danny Collinge was our first finisher in 2nd place.

Worsthorne Moor race. Photo by David Belshaw

Worsthorne Moor race. Photo by David Belshaw

There were age category wins for Paul Hesketh, James Boult, Jeff Pickup, John Roche and David Scott for the men. There were age category wins for Alison Dugdale, Irene Roche, Linda Bostock and Beth Quinn for the ladies.

Junior Aaron Lundie helping to organise Worsthorne Moor Trail Race. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Junior Aaron Lundie helping to organise Worsthorne Moor Trail Race. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Pos Name Category Time
2 Danny Collinge M 00:41:50
8 Tom Brewster M 00:43:30
9 Luke Turner M 00:43:44
12 Chris Snell M 00:46:07
14 Matthew Duckworth M 00:46:44
17 Paul Hesketh M50 (1st) 00:47:31
31 James Boult MJ (1st) 00:50:42
32 Gareth Betty M40 00:50:45
34 David Moynihan M50 00:50:58
35 John Roche M55 (1st) 00:51:01
40 Michael O’Donnell M40 00:52:08
41 Craig Nicholls M40 00:52:14
42 James Dunderdale M 00:52:23
45 Andy Bradley M50 00:52:45
46 Michael Clarke M40 00:52:51
52 Sean Clare M50 00:53:26
55 Jeffrey Pickup M65 (1st) 00:54:24
56 Paul Foster M45 00:54:53
57 Robert Morrison M45 00:54:56
59 Cassandra Smedley F35 00:55:02
64 Adam Stephenson M 56:16
65 Donna Airey F 00:56:31
66 Michael Hughes M40 00:56:31
67 Alison Dugdale F45 (1st) 00:56:40
72 Reece Lawrence MJ 00:58:41
75 Alan Archer M55 00:59:13
80 Chris Lawrence M50 01:01:38
81 Elizabeth Mullan F 01:01:38
82 Jeremy Bradshaw M45 01:01:52
88 Carl Carey M45 01:02:40
90 Irene Roche F55 (1st ) 01:03:00
93 Jane Ryan F40 01:03:29
94 Donna Scott F50 01:03:36
98 Nina Kewin F35 01:04:34
99 Julia Rushton F50 01:04:40
100 Andrew Taylor M55 01:04:55
101 Linda Bostock F60 (1st) 01:05:01
104 Lucy Scott F 01:06:16
107 Janine Pollard F45 01:07:03
108 Lisa Ellis F 01:07:10
109 Jean Knightley F55 01:07:34
112 Ian Hargreaves M50 01:07:54
113 David Scott M70 (1st) 01:08:08
114 Bianca Bennett F 01:08:22
147 Rebecca Bradshaw F 01:09:11
122 Mark Knowles M40 01:11:28
123 Bethany Quinn FJ (1st) 01:12:09
125 Jane Hylands F45 01:14:17
131 Deborah Greenwood F45 01:15:52
133 Christine Egerton F65 01:17:38
135 Julia Taylor F55 01:18:48
137 Helen Harrison F45 01:20:40
138 Judith Carey F 01:21:00
140 Christine Leathley F65 01:24:55
141 Ron Chappell M65 01:25:54
142 Jack McGuire M60 01:26:36
146 Anita Jones F65 01:29:43
147 Karen Clarkin F40 01:29:44

Full Results


We had a good turnout of junior runners at the Worsthorne race despite being the height of the school holidays. There were some great performances and plenty of success, especially for our older juniors.

Nick Hennessey in the U17 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Nick Hennessey in the U17 Race. Photo by David Belshaw


Freya Birtwistle was our only runner in the U7 race and she finished in 6th place overall and 1st girl

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Freya Birtwistle U7G 1st girl 5:41


There were 3 juniors in the U9 Race.

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Charlie Plant U9G 5:02
8 Emily Johnson U9G 5:42
9 Olly Plant U9B 5:41


Joshua McKay and Toby  Birtwistle ran in the U11 boys race.

Pos Name Tim
9 Joshua McKay 7:53
10 Toby Birtwhistle 8:02


Three junior girls ran in the U11 race.

Pos Name Time
5 Darcy Hirst 8:10
6 Emily Nicholls 8:31
7 Ellisia Smedley 8:37


Robbie Smedley won the U13 boys race.

Pos Name Time
1 Robbie Smedley 14:03
2 Matthew Jackson 14:15
6 Jenson Bentham 15:42
7 Jake North 15:57
8 Charlie Birtwistle 16:33


Imogen Ferguson was our only runner in the U13 girls race and she finished first.

Pos Name Time
1 Imogen Ferguson 11:57


Another win for our juniors as Jackson McKay took first place in the U15 Boys race.

Pos Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 13:19
3 Michael Stevens 13:49
5 Adam Stevenson 14:33
6 Harrison Lewis Codd 14:34
7 Lennon Jackson 14:46
8 William Nicholls 14:54


Ella Dorrington was first in the U15 Girls race.

Pos Name Time
1 Ella Dorrington 15:40
3 Bethany Wheatcroft 18:09
4 Natasha Olszewska 18:16
5 Heidi Kewin 18:36


And yet another win for us as Nick Hennessey took first place in the U17 Race.

Pos Name Time
1 Nicholas Hennessey 12:52
2 Joshua Hall 12:56
3 Tom Holden 15:14


Amanda Duffy and Breton Holdsworth ran in the York 10K. Amanda Duffy had a great run, earning herself a new PB. Breton was modelling his suggestion for the Team Clayton Away Kit and pacing his wife Paula round the course.

Breton Holdsworth in his 'Away' kit!

Breton Holdsworth in his ‘Away’ kit!

Report from Amanda Duffy

I decided to check out the York 10k at the weekend. We set off early the day before and spent the afternoon sightseeing around York.Race morning arrived and I was hoping that zero sleep the night before wasn’t going to affect my run!

Amanda Duffy looking ready for action at the York 10K

Amanda Duffy looking ready for action at the York 10K

The course itself was slightly undulating which set off from York race course and went through the streets of York, past York Minster and along the riverbank to finish back at the race course.

After getting bad stitch at 5k I had to drop my pace abit but was more than happy to finish with a PB in 41.51

Pos Name Category Time
227 Amanda Duffy F35 00:41:51
1468 Breton Holdsworth M40 00:55:51

Full Results


Well done to Jacob Watson for his parkrun win at Carlisle parkrun. Well done also to everyone who got a PB this week.

Bramhall parkrun – A total of 339 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
35 Andy BRADLEY 21:14 VM50-54 New PB!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 418 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:25 JM15-17
5 Josh HALL 18:49 JM15-17
9 Kevin DAVIES 19:41 VM55-59
11 Matthew JACKSON 20:00 JM11-14
12 Matthew DUCKWORTH 20:01 SM25-29
21 David MOYNIHAN 21:02 VM50-54
30 Peter STEVENS 21:32 JM11-14
36 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 21:50 VW35-39 New PB!
44 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:10 JM15-17
51 Chris LAWRENCE 22:24 VM50-54
56 Michelle ABBOTT 22:36 VW35-39
59 Sarah ANGELONE 22:40 SW30-34 New PB!
63 Lennon JACKSON 22:47 JM11-14
64 Robbie SMEDLEY 22:47 JM11-14
78 Toby BIRTWISTLE 23:46 JM10
79 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:53 JM11-14
84 Dawn TERRY 24:25 VW50-54
88 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:31 JW11-14
89 Bryn BARNES 24:40 VM65-69 New PB!
90 Nina KEWIN 24:41 VW35-39
94 Sophie ASHWORTH 25:02 JW11-14
95 Katy THOMPSON 25:06 VW60-64
130 Annabel WILCOCK 26:13 JW15-17
131 John WILCOCK 26:14 VM50-54
140 Melanie HIRST 26:30 VW40-44
155 Joanne MOTLEY 26:59 VW35-39
159 Donna SCOTT 27:04 VW50-54
168 Andy QUINN 27:15 VM45-49
180 Richard LAWSON 27:35 VM75-79
185 Carl CAREY 27:42 VM45-49
192 Darcey HIRST 28:03 JW10
195 Heidi KEWIN 28:08 JW11-14
235 Stuart BARKER 29:35 VM50-54
251 Helen HARRISON 29:53 VW45-49
258 Robert HIRST 30:22 VM65-69
324 Ellisia SMEDLEY 34:10 JW10
330 Emily JOHNSON 34:25 JW10
331 Marion WILKINSON 34:28 VW75-79

Carlisle parkrun – A total of 215 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Jacob WATSON 18:01 SM30-34 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – a total of 92 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
84 Robin PRICE 34:54 VM70-74

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 153 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
40 Philip NAYLOR 23:33 VM40-44

Malahide parkrun – A total of 254 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
148 Eileen JONES 27:57 VW65-69 First Timer!

Medina I.O.W. parkrun – A total of 285 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
31 Simon WILSHAW 22:23 JM15-17

Pendle parkrun – A total of 76 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 Paul BRANNON 20:54 VM55-59
7 John HARTLEY 21:34 VM60-64
29 Eleanor Betty ROOT 26:24 JW15-17