Up hills, down dales and round the streets

It’s nearly the Easter holidays but there is no let up to your racing action. The fell season is in full swing now with County Championship medals among the successes this week, as well as a batch of PBs for our road devotees reaping the rewards of their winter training in the warmer weather. With some mountain orienteering and aquathloning (is that a word?) thrown in for good measure, it’s the usual diverse roundup of racing, results and rumbustious fun that you lot always seem to have.

Tuesday

Pete Hartley Memorial fell race – Liver Hill

This popular mid week fell race escaped the wintry conditions of last year that saw marshalls struggling with hypothermia and was run off in reasonable, if boggy conditions this time.

Karl Steinegger of Ambleside AC was first home in 34:47 and first of the twelve Clayton runners back was Peter Coates.

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Peter Coates V40 36:38
14 Chris Snell SEN 38:47
20 Ryan Wilkinson Sen 41:04
21 Neil Hardiman V45 41:12
44 Ivan Whigham V55 44:15
47 Mark Nutter V55 45:13
60 Richard Briscoe SEN 49:12
67 Andrew Howarth V55 49:45
76 Darren Rushton V45 51:04
79 Colin Woolford V40 51:29
85 Barbara Savage LV50 52:20
110 Stephen Fish V60 58:39

Sole Clayton Junior in the Junior races was Ella Dorrington who was 1st U13G and 7th overall in the U13s race.

Full results

Wednesday

The Colin & Brenda Robinson Cowm 5k, Whitworth

The Club Road Championships continued midweek in Whitworth for the Cowm 5k in less than ideal conditions. A large contingent of Clayton runners braved the weather, with 15th placed James Boult leading them home.

Race report from James Boult:

A wet and blustery night set the scene for the second race in the 2017 Road Championships, with two laps of the scenic Cowm reservoir in Rochdale making it a fast, furious course. With a good Clayton turnout assembled on the start line and the absence of the big guns in play we quickly realised that 50 points were up for grabs and 5 of us stood a good chance of taking them home. Setting off bang on 7 a small incline leads onto the first of two laps, with me, Dan Plant and Recce Lawrence leading the way. Moving to the top of the pack I made sure I stuck at a comfortable pace for the first lap, keeping steady as not to blow up and ruin the race.

By the second lap it was a two horse race between me and Dan, and I could feel him on my heels the whole way. I upped the pace again while maintaining a comfortable speed and by the gate leading onto the reservoir I found myself to be a couple of places ahead. Putting in another kick I managed to put a few places between myself and Dan and kicked on. Keeping a comfortable pace I knew I could up the tempo if needed, but with Darwen half on Sunday I kept it easy and didnt push as not to risk injury. Feeling strong coming into the final half a KM I upped the pace again, taking four more places on my way to a 15th place finish and just 20 seconds shy of a PB set last July. Dan took 2nd Clayton counter with Mick Hughes in 3rd. Some fantastic results and PBs galore made for a successful championship race.

James Boult at the Cowm 5k. Photo: David Belshaw

James Boult at the Cowm 5k.
Photo: David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Time
15 J. Bould MS 19.12
20 D. Plant MS 19.36
25 M. Hughes MV40 20.05
26 L. Jackson MJ 20.09
27 J. Wilcock MV50 20.12
30 D. McMullan MV50 20.18
32 S. Green MV60 20.29
36 R. Morrison MV40 21.05
38 A. Quinn MV45 21.1
39 A. Airey MS 21.12
42 R. Lawrence MJ 21.25
44 Cassandra Smedley FV35 21.36
46 C. Lawrence MV50 21.44
52 Donna Airey FV35 21.58
53 M. Brady MV55 22.04
57 M. Kewin MJ 22.36
61 Michelle Abbott FV35 22.56
68 Nina Kewin FV35 23.5
71 W. McIntosh MS 24.18
72 Lisa Ellis FS 24.2
73 Lisa Johnson Fv45 24.48
74 Beth Quinn FJ 24.52
77 Heidi Kewin FJ 25.2
80 Julia Rushton FV50 25.4
82 I. Hargreaves MV50 25.48
87 B. Barnes MV65 26.34
88 Jane Hylands FV45 26.46
94 R. Lawson MV75 27.33
103 Karen Clarkin FV40 29.14
106 Marion Wilkinson FV75 30.16
107 R. Hirst MV65 30.22
108 Anita Jones FV60 30.46
109 Christine Leathley FV65 33.13
110 R. Chappell MV65 30.39

Full results

Saturday

Pendle Hill Fell Races

It’s been a few years since the Pendle Hill fell races had some nice Spring weather and the rain and clag was back again for this year’s edition, particularly for our hardy Juniors who raced before the adults. This year, extra spice was added to the races as they doubled up as the Lancashire Fell Championships in all age groups. Plenty of recent rain made the fellside fairly soggy, especially on the climb up from Buttock.

Senior Race

Chris Arthur of Bowland Fell Runners was a clear winner this year, with our own Chris Holdsworth leading the club charge in 5th place. Danny Collinge was 2nd U23 in 9th place, after setting off at a blistering pace.

Linda Lord at Pendle. Photo: David Belshaw

Linda Lord at Pendle.
Photo: David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
5 Chris. Holdsworth MS (004/042) 00:34:41
8 Matt Perry MS (005/042) 00:36:26
9 Danny Collinge M23 (002/005) 00:36:36
15 Peter Coates M40 (002/036) 00:38:39
37 Chris Snell MS (017/042) 00:40:50
48 Geoff Gough M50 (006/037) 00:42:52
60 Neil Hardiman M40 (011/036) 00:44:17
105 Craig Nicholls M40 (024/036) 00:49:52
112 Claire Vincent FS (006/016) 00:50:34
121 Teresa de Curtis F40 (006/010) 00:52:24
125 Mark Taylor MS (038/042) 00:52:38
130 Rick Moore M50 (026/037) 00:52:56
134 Barbara Savage F50 (003/007) 00:53:46
141 Andrew M Dugdale M50 (029/037) 00:55:16
150 Linda Lord F60 (001/003) 00:56:26
154 Wayne McIntosh MS (039/042) 00:57:02
155 Katy Thompson F60 (002/003) 00:57:03
182 Michelle Butschok F40 (010/010) 01:07:06
183 Karin Goss F60 (003/003) 01:07:57
Chris Holdsworth at Pendle. Photo: David Belshaw

Chris Holdsworth at Pendle.
Photo: David Belshaw

Senior Results

Junior Races

The rain came down and the clag came in shortly before the start of the Junior races, leading to some of the wettest and boggiest conditions seen in a long while over Barley Green and up to Buttock. This didn’t deter our Juniors, with Emily Nicholls putting in a spirited performance in the U11G for 9th girl, despite being a distinct height disadvantage over the stone stile in her race. Robbie Smedley chased the leaders hard up to the turn in the U13B race, and was rewarded for his efforts with a well deserved Bronze medal. He was followed up in that race by Luke Guest in 16th.

Jackson McKay finished well clear to take the Lancashire title in the U15B, with Adam Stevenson and Lennon Jackson not far behind in 6th and 7th with Will Nicholls in 11th and Jake O’Dowd in 13th. Ella Dorrington was closing in at the finish on the winner of the U15G but had to settle for Silver, 2 seconds down in her first year in this age group. Bethany Wheatcroft and Heidi Kewin also both stepped up to the U15 distance and climbing really well, finishing 9th and 11th.

Finally, Nick Hennessy away from his more familiar tarmac surfaces, put in a great performance to keep some experienced and older U17 boys in sight on the climb high onto the fell and secure 4th place.

U11s race

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
20 Emily Nicholls F11 (009/012) 08:33:00

U13s race

Robbie Smedley working hard before the turn on his way to 2nd place. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Robbie Smedley working hard before the turn on his way to 2nd place.
Photo: Alan Dorrington

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
3 Robbie Smedley M13 (003/021) 00:16:32
21 Luke Guest M13 (016/021) 00:20:11

U15s race

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
1 Jackson McKay M15 (001/016) 00:18:47
6 Adam Stevenson M15 (006/016) 00:22:21
7 Lennon Jackson M15 (007/016) 00:22:24
9 E Dorrington-Levy F15 (002/010) 00:22:42
11 William Nicholls M15 (009/016) 00:22:55
21 Bethany Wheatcroft F15 (008/010) 00:29:00
22 Jake O’Dowd M15 (014/016) 00:29:45
24 Heidi Kewin F15 (010/010) 00:30:05
 
Ella Dorrington descends to the finish. Photo: Deborah Stevenson

Ella Dorrington descends to the finish.
Photo: Deborah Stevenson

U17s race

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
4 Nicholas Hennessey M17 (003/005) 00:26:46
Happy muddy Juniors. Photo: Deborah Stevenson

Happy muddy Juniors.
Photo: Deborah Stevenson

Junior Results

Junior FRA Championship West Nab

Four of our Juniors, Helena White, Briony Holt, Christopher Brown and Jenson Bentham travelled over to Holmfirth for the 2nd round of the Junior FRA Championships and were rewarded with better weather than in Lancashire…

Briony Holt running in the U17G for her first year took an excellent 3rd place against older opposition. It’s shaping up to be a great year again on the fells for Briony. Helena White was 7th in U13G with Jenson Bentham 12th in U13B and Christopher Brown 20th.

Full results

Jenson Bentham pushing on up the first climb. Photo: Geoff Thompson

Jenson Bentham pushing on up the first climb.
Photo: Geoff Thompson

Helena White with her own distinctive style. Photo: Geoff Thompson

Helena White with her own distinctive style.
Photo: Geoff Thompson

Briony on her way to 3rd place U17G. Photo: Geoff Thompson

Briony on her way to 3rd place U17G.
Photo: Geoff Thompson

Calderdale Hike

This longstanding event offers both marathon distance and ultra distance (37.2miles) routes round the Calderdale hills, with checkpoints at great sounding places like Coolam, Slatepit Hill and Lumbutts. Andrew Armstrong and Nick Olszweski (among others) ran, preparing for the Fellsman Hike in late April. Nick ran round in 7:40 with full results to follow.

New Dungeon Ghyll fell race

Wendy Dodds was the Clayton representative here, coming in 1st WV60 in 42nd place and a time of 56:31.

Full results

 

Sunday

Lads Leap fell race

This AS race unsurprisingly packs in a fair bit of climb in it’s 5.9m route around the popular Crowdon area of the Peak District, steeped in rock climbing history, and randomly, populated by large white hares. Stephen Fish MV60 was the sole Clayton runner, finishing in 1.24.54

Report from Stephen Fish:

Always keen to try a race I’ve not previously done and being unavailable for Saturday’s Pendle race, I picked out the Lad’s Leap on the Sunday to do.

On a pleasant, early, spring morning I set off to the Crowden Campsite, situated on the Woodhead Pass in the Peak District National Park, for the start, only taking 50 minutes of travelling to reach.

124 runners lined up on the start line to tackle the demanding route that takes in Lad’s Leap twice. Once a short road section was out of the way, a long lung-busting climb ensued and lead onto Robinson’s Moss. This portion of the race was very boggy underfoot, with more than one competitor having to extract their shoes from said bogs.  After about a mile over the tops, through deep heather, the route then had a long descent into a disused stone quarry. All this lost height had to recouped, as we re-joined the outward route over Lad’s Leap again. The earlier lung-buster climb now became an exhilarating descent down the welcome finish line.

A pretty good race in my book, which had a bit of everything. One I would recommend, certainly justifying its category ‘A’ status.

Full results to follow

Baildon Boundary Way (Runners)

Martin Terry was running here, on a shorter race distance than of late…

Pos Name Cat Time
108 Martin TERRY M55 01:50:10

Full results

Kong Mini Mountain Marathon – Coniston

A beautiful Spring day in the Lakes saw Alan Dorrington teaming up with friend Greg May for this 4hr score event held around the Old Man of Coniston range. A strong collection of high scoring controls over the back half combined with a headlong descent off Wetherlam via Hen Tor to Tilberthwaite saw them pick up 4th Vet pair.

Goat's Water from Goat's Hause. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Goat’s Water from Goat’s Hause.
Photo: Alan Dorrington

 

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

A rare (and evidently painful) foray onto the roads for some, and a sharpner for London for others, Manchester’s rainy streets (bathed in sunshine) were the backdrop for this weekend’s 26.2 miles. ‘Team Sub 3’ were led in by a charging Lee Smith in 2:50:13, followed by Jon Cleaver in 2:56:17 and a presumably lost and disoriented Dave Motley in 2:56:58 wondering where the fells were. With John Hartley winning the V60 category in 3:06:38 and Danny Pilkington also running round in 6:34:53, that made for some solid Clayton miles over the weekend. A fantastic effort by all!

Report from Jon Cleaver:

I had booked this for training on my route to London for a PB, however after a couple of solid 20 mile races at Spen and Trimpell I felt ready to give a PB a go especially considering the forecast was as good as it was ever going to get. After meeting Dave & Lee at the Lowry we went over to the start on the Chester road near Old Trafford. The route takes you towards the city centre before turning back and heading out to Sale and Altrincham at the half way point then back to Emirates cricket ground for the finish.

I hatched a plan to run a moderate first half learning from my Trimpell experience and went through just under 88 minutes where I saw Gary Wilkinson filming the race. I was feeling confident at that point so pushed a bit harder and took my pace down 5/10 seconds a mile all the way to mile 23 where I caught up with Dave and then through to what feels like the longest finish in history. Really pleased with 02:56:17 finish and the other Clayton lads Lee Smith, Dave Motley and John Hartley did incredibly with Lee getting the bragging rights on the day running an incredible 02:50. 3 weeks to London!!

Jon Cleaver cruising to his sub 3hr marathon. Photo: Lynsey Birtwhistle

Jon Cleaver cruising to his sub 3hr marathon.
Photo: Lynsey Birtwhistle

Pos Name Time Cat Cat Pos
121 Lee SMITH 02:50:13 V35 32
249 Jon CLEAVER 02:56:17 V35 66
273 Dave MOTLEY 02:56:58 V35 69
583 John HARTLEY 03:06:38 V60 1
8652 Danny PILKINGTON 06:34:53 V40 1058

Full results

Darwen Heritage Half Marathon

Described as undulating, and definitely scenic and with great views, this Darwen Dashers organised half is in its second year now. Jacob Watson stormed round to 9th place overall in 1:20:01 with a solid group of Clayton Seniors, Vets and Ladies behind. The Ladies picked up the team prize with Cassie Smedley, Michelle Abbot and Vicky Heys all scoring.

Report from James Boult:

Having absolutely shattered my half marathon PB last year, taking 45 minutes off in total with 38 of them coming off at Darwen I returned this year excited for what is one of my favourite races of the year. Conditions were perfect as we set off and knowing a comfortable pace consistently would mean I’d break the 1.42 I ran here last year, I started with a good game plan. In what is one of the nicest and most scenic 10ks I’ve done the views alone make for a good distraction and it wasn’t long before I reached 6k. Telling Rob on the drive over that I felt good and was going to go for it I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist the allure of a good race.

Having raced my last 2 half marathons with him we’ve become a great team and mange to bring out the best in each other, evidenced in our performance at Manchester in October. He joined me at 6km and we naturally took the pace up, reaching 10km in 45 minutes; bang on time and two minutes faster than last year. The race at Darwen doesn’t start until 9 miles in and as I drove on with water stations a good relief in the heat, the hills started. Steep and gradual and short and even steeper, they come thick and fast after mile 8. At 14km I was bang on track for a sub 1.40 but pain in my glutes restricted speed on the flats and I struggled to get momentum.

Forcing myself through i reached the final 2 and a half miles of pure downhill, finding myself another 3 minutes up on last year. Managing to pick up enough speed to get back to comfortable 6 minute miles I raced onto the finish to knock 5 minutes off last year’s time and to take 3rd Clayton counter in 55th place. Rob came in a couple of minites after to shatter his time from last year too, in what was a great turnout for team Clayton. Ben Fish took the overall win, crushing the course record on the way to a 69 minute finish. Roll on next year.

Team Clayton at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon Photo:

Team Clayton at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon
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Mich Hughes enjoying the sun at the Darwen Heritage Half. Photo:

Mick Hughes enjoying the sun at the Darwen Heritage Half.
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Pos Name Cat Cat Pos  Time
9 Jacob Watson M S (006/072) 01:20:01
35 Andrew Orr M45 (007/029) 01:30:51
55 James Boult M S (026/072) 01:37:29
57 David Moynihan M50 (004/029) 01:37:58
64 Robert Morrison M40 (017/039) 01:39:31
96 Mick Hughes M40 (022/039) 01:44:35
110 Christopher Lawrence M50 (012/029) 01:47:07
127 Cassandra Smedley F S (004/040) 01:49:22
128 Michelle Abbott F S (005/040) 01:49:22
144 Geoff Smith M40 (027/039) 01:53:10
146 Vicky Heys F45 (006/030) 01:53:28
147 Irene Roche F55 (002/006) 01:53:28
148 Nerina Gill F45 (007/030) 01:53:28
231 Angela Shian F S (022/040) 02:08:10
260 Andrew Webster M45 (027/029) 02:15:03

Full results

Padiham Aquathlon

Alfie and Helena White donned their swimming costumes and club vests for the Aquathlon this Sunday. Mum Rachael reports:

Flying the Clayton Flag at Padiham Aquathlon, Helana came 1st Girl and 3rd overall in her age cat and Alfie (age 14) had to do the adults distance 600m swim & 5k run. Very proud of them both

Alfie and Helena White at the Padiham Aquathlon. Photo: Rachael White

Alfie and Helena White at the Padiham Aquathlon.
Photo: Rachael White

Awaiting results

Garstang Gallop 7

Five Clayton Harriers took part in this 7 mile race that raises money for UK Prostate Cancer.  Stephen Biscomb was our first finisher and also 1st MV60.  Christine Egerton was our sole lady runner and also 1st LV65.

Pos Name Cat Time
33 Stephen Biscomb MV60 00:49:06
40 Richard Briscoe MV35 00:50:36
58 Brian Wildman MV50 00:55:16
117 Christine Egerton FV65 01:08:10
120 Ron Chappell MV65 01:09:45

Full results

Parkrun results

Burnley Junior Parkrun

A total of 58 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
3 Nathan KEWIN 08:16 JM11-14
9 Bethany WHEATCROFT 09:22 JW11-14
12 Heidi KEWIN 09:32 JW11-14
13 Brayden CLARKSON 09:37 JM10 New PB!
15 Kady THOMPSON 10:13 JW10
18 Darcey HIRST 10:22 JW10 New PB!
25 Charlie PLANT 10:51 JW10
40 Joni HIGGINS 12:19 JW10
53 Olly PLANT 14:57 JM10

Burnley Parkrun – a total of 210 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
5 Laura HESKETH 18:14 SW30-34
13 Terry O’LEARY 20:01 VM35-39
17 Sean CLARE 20:43 VM50-54
31 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:48 VM60-64
32 David MOYNIHAN 21:51 VM50-54
40 Donna RILEY 22:16 VW50-54
42 Gordon BARRETT 22:18 VM55-59
44 Kevin DAVIES 22:22 VM55-59
50 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:32 JM15-17
55 Charlie BARNES 22:46 JM10
60 Michelle ABBOTT 22:59 VW35-39
64 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:08 JM11-14
75 David Ian SCOTT 23:53 VM70-74
80 Nick ROSCOE 24:08:00 VM45-49
84 Aaron LUNDIE 24:14:00 JM15-17
85 Nina KEWIN 24:16:00 VW35-39
94 Jake ANFORTH 24:36:00 JM10
101 Julie DAWES 24:56:00 VW45-49
108 Keira STEVENSON 25:12:00 JW11-14 New PB!
109 Lisa JOHNSON 25:12:00 VW45-49
110 Donna SCOTT 25:13:00 VW50-54
111 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:16:00 JM10
116 Andrew TAYLOR 25:23:00 VM55-59
133 John WILCOCK 25:57:00 VM50-54
142 Annabel WILCOCK 26:05:00 JW15-17
157 Justin BIRTWISTLE 26:39:00 VM40-44
181 Carl CAREY 27:41:00 VM45-49
220 Helen HARRISON 29:53:00 VW45-49
230 Robert HIRST 30:23:00 VM65-69
249 Darcey HIRST 32:11:00 JW10
258 Judith CAREY 32:40:00 VW35-39
288 Ron CHAPPELL 34:09:00 VM65-69

Dewsbury parkrun

A total of 114 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
110 Robin PRICE 25:13 VM70-74

Southwark parkrun

A total of 292 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
208 Eileen JONES 29:03 VW60-64

Skipton parkrun

A total of 177 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
3 Tom BREWSTER 18:17 SM30-34

Pendle parkrun

A total of 76 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
12 Martin BRADY 24:11 VM55-59
35 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:48 VW50-54

Witton parkrun

A total of 64 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
25 Paul THOMPSON 26:58 VM45-49  New PB!
26 Katy THOMPSON 27:12 VW60-64

Blackpool parkrun

A total of 172 runners took part

Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Note
28 Alan LIFE 22:18 VM50-54
75 Carol LIFE 26:26 VW50-54

Fells, trails and promenades

Better weather this week as our members headed out onto the fells, trails and promenades to race. A trio of runners braved the dark for a night fell race and our ladies won a team prize at Bleasdale. The first race in the club trail championship was also popular. Conditions were much kinder this year for the half marathoners and there were PBs aplenty. There’s also been success in the junior Flower scar fell races, school cross country and a fabulous day on the beautiful trails around Silverdale.

Sunday 5 February – Late result

Grace Root represented her school in the Keighley and Craven Cross Country League (Race 3) on February 15th.  She ran in a mixed field of year 7 and 8’s and came 20th out of 37 runners. Well done Grace!

Grace Root in the pink socks representing her school in the Keighley and Craven Cross Country Champs.

Grace Root in the pink socks representing her school in the Keighley and Craven Cross Country Champs.

FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY

MR SPARKLE’S DARK ‘UN

This is a night time fell race organised by Darwen Dashers using head torches where runners can expect a couple of stiff climbs, open moorland, mud and a dash down to the finish. Three Clayton Harriers took part. Alan Dorrington was our first finisher in 18th place overall and Katy Thompson was our first lady in 40th place and 1st F60. Geoff Smith was 68th.

Pos Name Cat Time
18 Alan Dorrington M40 00:39:49
40 Katy Thompson F60 00:52:40
68 Geoff Smith M40 01:51:40

Full Results

SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY

BLEASDALE CIRCLE FELL RACE

Fifteen Clayton Harriers part in the Bleasdale Circle Fell Race; a 5 mile race with 1250ft of climbing. Peter Coates was our first finisher in 7th place overall. Kieran Carr was 1st V70.

Pete Browning with Mark Taylor following at the Bleasdale Circle Fell Race. Photo by Stephen Firth

Pete Browning with Mark Taylor following at the Bleasdale Circle Fell Race. Photo by Stephen Firth

Linda Lord was our first lady and together with Sarah Helliwell and Karin Goss came away with ladies team 1st place. The men’s team was 3rd.

Sarah Helliwell having fun at the Bleasdale Circle fell race. Photo by Stephen Fish

Sarah Helliwell having fun at the Bleasdale Circle fell race. Photo by Stephen Fish

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Peter Coates MV40 0:40:56
22 Andrew Priory MV45 0:44:54
24 Dominic Carr MV40 0:45:36
25 Ralph Baines MV45 0:45:47
46 Mark Nutter MV55 0:49:51
48 Ivan Whigham MV55 0:50:50
49 Kieran Carr MV70 0:50:58
59 Mark Taylor M 0:53:12
66 Peter Browning MV55 0:54:44
69 Richard Moore MV50 0:55:30
72 Simon Stansfield MV40 0:56:08
76 Peter Dugdale MV60 0:58:00
81 Linda Lord FV65 0:59:42
89 Sarah Helliwell F 1:05:38
92 Karin Goss FV65 1:14:37

Full Results

FLOWER SCAR FELL RACE

Described by organisers, Todmorden Harriers, as a gem of a race with steep climbs, rough moor and fast paths, typifying all that’s best about South Pennine fell running. The race starts close to Todmorden town centre and takes take runners to the parts of Tod that other races don’t reach.

Three Clayton men took part in the race. Andy Laycock was our first finisher in 14th place. Dave Edmonson followed in 22nd place with Richard Stevenson snapping at his heels in 23rd in a field of 176 runners.

Andrew Laycock at the Flower Scar fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Andrew Laycock at the Flower Scar fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Dave Edmondson

Although I’d originally planned to do Windy Hill, a niggle had kept me away and I’d figured the fast running there would test those problems too much. So I skipped to Flower Scar which, I now think, has even faster running. In fact, it’s got a bit of everything. Nice paths, rough tussocks, trail and fire roads as well as a dose of thick mud.

Dave Edmondson at the Flower Scar fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Dave Edmondson at the Flower Scar fell race. Photo by Woodentops

I last raced at Flower Scar in 2014 when it was a Clayton Fell Champs race, quite a few went astray near the top I seem to remember, and I luckily sneaked a few places then. It was just over 6 miles then and a bit less climb. Thinking about last time, I spent a bit of time looking at the race map and Google Earth and a bit of local knowledge had helped. Not too much to remember on the unflagged section.

I’ve been gradually cranking up the intensity of racing after a foot problem in the Autumn and wanted to test myself properly. Having said that I couldn’t live with the early pace, Andy Laycock moved away well with the lead group and I only ever caught occasional glimpses of him. I hung on to a group which included Richard Stevenson and just tried to keep contact on the climbs and across the moors. The nav section wasn’t a problem, the lads just ahead seemed to have it in hand and I was pretty confident about where we were. However, we got a quick look at a slightly lost Simon Bailey running back towards us before tearing off to get back in contention. I managed to work my way through maybe half a dozen places on the mainly trail descent working hard and ignoring my niggling calves. Once ahead of the group I hung on, eventually losing one place to a young lad with more hair than I’ve grown in my whole life.

Good banter afterwards with present and past club mates and very glad to be back in a tangerine hoop.

Race winner Andrew Worster – Todmorden

Report from Richard Stevenson

Todmorden Harriers describe this as a gem of a race and to expect steep climbs, fast but runnable descents and (probably) lots of mud! I can’t really disagree with any of these and can confirm there was lots of mud. This year the organises decided to also host a series of junior races which Team Thompson attend and picked up multiple awards, well done Felix, Kady and Dexta.

Richard Stevenson at the Flower Scar fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Richard Stevenson at the Flower Scar fell race. Photo by Woodentops

For the seniors there was just myself, Andy Laycock and newly returned member David Edmondson. Andy soon disappeared from my view not long after the start and went on to have a very good race finishing in 14th, David came past me about halfway around but I managed to stick close by and finished just a place behind him in 23rd.

Apart from a bit of mist on the tops, the conditions were good and with no navigational issues it was a good run out with a chance to get some fell running practice in.

Pos Name Cat Time
14 Andrew Laycock M 01:14:18
22 David Edmondson M45 01:17:42
23 Richard Stevenson M40 01:17:57

Full Results

FLOWER SCAR JUNIOR FELL RACES.

A trio of Thompsons took part in the Flower Scar Junior fell races with great success. Felix Thompson ran in the U9s race and finished in 1st place.

Felix Thompson in the U9s Race at the Flower Scar races. Photo by Woodentops

Felix Thompson in the U9s Race at the Flower Scar races. Photo by Woodentops

Kady Thompson ran in the U11s race coming 9th overall and 2nd girl.

Kady Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Kady Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Dexta Thompson ran in the U13s race and finished in 1st place.

Dexta Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Dexta Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Full Results

SILVERDALE CIRCUIT

This was the second event organised by Ascend Events who are striving to put on endurance events for runners and walkers on trails that are simply too good to fall into disuse.  The events are self-navigated and challenging but still accessible to participants at all levels with comprehensive route descriptions and well stocked checkpoints. They are a great starter for anyone looking to move away from marked trails and take on more of a challenge. The Silverdale Circuit is a stunning 21-mile route around the Silverdale and Arnside AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). While not as hilly and dramatic as the Lakeland routes on offer, it is a route packed full of fabulous scenery and is entirely runnable.

Report by Adrienne Olszewska

Very much in the style of a LDWA event there is a choice of start times on this event for walkers or runners. I was persuaded (bullied) into putting on my big girl pants and toeing the line with the runners instead of the walkers as I usually try to do. Sure enough within minutes we were trailing at the back, absolutely and completely last. My heart sank and I was beginning to regret not setting off an hour earlier with the walkers. However, I have entered a number of ultra-distance events this year so I decided to not get down hearted and concentrate on joggling along as much as I could and to try and avoid walking any sections.

The course turned out to be runnable throughout with only around 2500ft of climbing in the whole course. The route undulates through lovely countryside, past historic buildings, through nature reserves, along lakeside boardwalks, twists through magical woodland and follows the Morecambe Bay coastal path for a while as well. Simply gorgeous.

While I was steadily trotting along, we gradually began to catch up with some of the other runners who had set off too fast and now were flagging, or were struggling with navigation. Before too long we had caught and passed the walkers who had set off an hour earlier than we had and I was having a ball!

Adrienne, Nick and Bertie the dog at the Silverdale Circuit. Photo by SportSunday Photography

Adrienne, Nick and Bertie the dog at the Silverdale Circuit. Photo by SportSunday Photography

I did begin to flag a little in the last couple of miles but I am blaming a 20-mile run a couple of days prior to the event for that! We finished in 4 hours 38 minutes, which is a superb time for me! I don’t think I’ve ever completed an event like this in much under 6 hours before and it’s all down to the continual trotting throughout and the pacing from Nick and Bertie. We finished halfway down the field in 35th place.

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STANDISH HALL TRAIL RACE

10 Clayton Harriers hit the bridle paths and woodland trails for this race, organised by Wigan Phoenix. It is also the first race in this year’s club trail championship. There were 238 finishers.

Our first finisher was Chris Snell in 12th place overall with Dave Motley close on his heels in 15th place. Peter Butterworth was 1st V60.  Our Men’s ‘A’ team (C Snell | D Motley | J Wilcock) finished in first place.

Donna Airey was our first lady finisher in 98th place overall with Julia Rushton in 166th place.

Report from Mick Hughes

This was my first attempt at this course & first competitive trail championship race for the club. Think I perhaps expected a steady, level, leafy bridle path around a scenic hall but the start & finish is more like a sleepy country lane on a back road. However, it was a cracking view with decent mild weather too. Good turnout for Clayton again. It was a figure of 8 course with a couple of steep climbs and long narrow punishing straights as the sun came out. The biggest surprise was the obstacles in the woods (several tree trunks and a couple of bogs!). The second lap took it out of the legs and made the final mile a pull to most. All in all a good testing and interesting trail loop course and I can understand just why it was chosen for a champ course. The tasty Wigan pie awaited us at the finish and the mood amongst Team Clayton seemed very good once again.

Mick Hughes' well deserved Wigan pie after the Standish Hall trail race.

Mick Hughes’ well deserved Wigan pie after the Standish Hall trail race.

Report from Stuart Barker

Ten Clayton Le Moors Harriers travelled to Wigan to complete in the Standish Hall Train Race which is part of the Club Road/Trail Championships. With a gorgeous reasonably warm day, standing at the start with Donna and Julia, chatting about our previous injuries, like you do…. Lots of other clubs in attendance and from conversations with them you get the impression that this is a well-respected race.

Race programme stipulates it as being just over 10k and is all trail, after a quick safety brief, we set of from a farm track, trying to avoid all of the pot holes, trying to settle down into the race (something which I struggle with) I followed Donna and Julia, Donna disappeared within a few minutes but I kept Julia in my sights for a few miles, than I lost her too.

About 2 miles in you tackle the first and only hill, straight up, similar to Widow Hill really, just a bit longer, no issues with that, more twisty left and rights to find yourself into a wood, this is where the sun was laughing at us, has it blinded you, as it filtered through the trees, with tree stumps to avoid and the occasion tree to jump over, it became more of a obstacle course, add muddy mud, twisty routes between trees and a couple of gates to negotiate, it was great fun, a couple of small, really small annoying hills and some steps, then back out into the sunlight, then back in again for more twisty curves. So glad it hadn’t rain leading up to the race, or else this write up would have been muddier.

Out of the wood for the last time, my legs were thinking, ‘we’ve had enough, time to go home now’ the mud was really sucking the energy from them. One last mile to the finish line, where you collect a pie, well actually I got two, that was my tea sorted, really nice too.

Chris Snell was the first Claytoner to finish, closely followed a few seconds later with Dave Motley, then John Wilcock, Peter Butterworth, Reece Lawrence, Mick Hughes, Chris Lawrence, Donna Airey, Julia Rushton, then myself.

Throughout the route, the race was well marshalled, well supported and well organised.

A really enjoyable race and I certainly will put it in my diary for another go in October, just hope it doesn’t rain beforehand.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
12 Chris Snell MS (007/047) 00:40:12
15 Dave Motley MS (010/047) 00:40:49
45 John Wilcock M50 (006/025) 00:45:12
50 Peter Butterworth M60 (001/013) 00:46:27
64 Reece Lawrence MJ (004/004) 00:47:33
70 Mick Hughes M40 (012/022) 00:47:53
91 Christopher Lawrence M50 (015/025) 00:50:04
98 Donna Airey F35 (004/011) 00:50:29
166 Julia Rushton F50 (007/018) 00:58:51
181 Stuart Barker M50 (023/025) 01:01:03

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SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY

CENTRAL LANCASHIRE 5K

Over 300 runners took part in this 5K race that takes part entirely within and around Leverhulme Park.  It is a fast paced route and is usually well attended. Aaron Hargreaves was our sole representative in the race and he finished in 75th place overall with a time of 20:51

Pos Name Cat Time
75 Aaron Hargreaves M 20:51

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GREAT NORTH WEST HALF MARATHON

A fast and flat course around the coastal front of Blackpool which race organisers, Fylde Coast Runners, describe as a great race for a PB and an ideal warm up race for the Blackpool Marathon or Virgin London Marathon.

The event is now in its 28th year, and grows in popularity every year. The event attracts over 1500 competitors of all ages and experience and is a great spectator course for the family as it is a two lap course. The weather in previous years has been somewhat unfavourable, however, this doesn’t stop plenty of runners braving the elements to finish this race!

Runners at the start of the Great North West Half Marathon. John Hartley and Dan Plant visible. Photo by David Wood

Runners at the start of the Great North West Half Marathon. John Hartley and Dan Plant visible. Photo by David Wood

We had 11 runners in this year’s event. Our first finisher was Daniel Plant who was 78th overall with a time of 1:28:18. Joining him in the top 100 was John Hartley in 95th and 2nd V60 with a time of 01:29:55.  Dynamic duo Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbott finished the course together and were our first lady finishers in 01:43:43.

Some great running and plenty of PBs for all of our runners in this event.

Report from the dynamic duo of Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbott

The dynamic duo. Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbot

Cassie: After doing this race last year in just over 2 hours, I was apprehensive as to what the weather conditions were going to be like. Thankfully, no gale force wind or getting covered in sea water! This was a great event and lovely people both racing and spectating. We had a nice chat with a few other runners on route, and found out that some are crazier than us Claytons! Coming up to the last mile Michelle was struggling with her injury, but we both said at the start we wanted 1.45 time, so I decided to offer a helping hand. The crowds were brilliant, and as we raised our arms coming over the finish line, they cheered even louder. This was a great run, with all Claytons getting great results

Michelle: What a brilliant way to do my first half marathon with my running partner, and having a chat on way round with some fellow running pairs. To top it off finishing in a better than expected time of sub 1.45. Cassie really gave me that last push running the last mile hand in hand to the finish after suffering really bad foot pain only 5 miles in. Will be back next year with comfy trainers and a sub 140 in our sight.

Report from Dan Plant

I have done this race twice before and the conditions ain’t been the best, but this year was slightly better and at least you could see the beach. As I was using this race as part of my marathon build up the plan was always to have a good go.  I ran really consistent until about 11 mile and I’m sure that wind picked up a notch. But I dug in and I got a full minute PB which I was over the moon with. Well done on the rest of the Clayton runners there were some massive PBs in there. Well done all!

Pos Name Cat Time
78 Daniel Plant M 1:28:18.9
95 John Hartley MV60 1:29:55.9
165 Robert Morrison MV40 1:36:06.8
176 Colin White MV40 1:37:00.2
279 Cassandra Smedley LV35 1:43:43.9
280 Michelle Abbott LV35 1:43:44.0
300 James Dunderdale M 1:45:08.6
523 Lucy Scott L 1:57:06.2
569 Alison Dugdale LV45 1:58:44.3
689 Philip Naylor M 2:06:23.8
952 Jane Ryan LV35 2:42:26.8

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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Just a reminder that our club championships for road, trail and fell are now underway.

The 2017 Club Fell Championship consists of five races, with a member’s best three races counting. The races are:

Sunday 7th May 12 noon – Great Hameldon (BS), Accrington Tuesday 6th June 7:15 pm – Paddy’s Pole (AS), Chipping Saturday 19th August 11 am – Pendle 3 Peaks (AM), Barley Saturday 26th August 2 pm – Pendleton (AS)  Saturday 9th September 1:30 pm – Hodder Valley Show (AS), Dunsop Bridge

The 2017 Club Road Championship consists of five races, with a member’s best three races counting. The races are:

Sunday 5th February 11 am – Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k Wednesday 29th March 7 pm – Colin & Brenda Robinson 5k, Whitworth Friday 16th June 7 pm – Barrowford Grand Prix 5k Saturday 15th July 9:30 am – Pendle Running Festival Half Marathon, Barley Sunday 13th August 10 am – City of Preston 10 miles

The 2017 Club Trail Championship consists of five races, with a member’s best three races counting. The first four races are:

Saturday 18th February 2:30 pm – Standish Hall 10k, Wigan Wednesday 17th May 7 pm – Wholan Nook 5 miles, Rossendale Saturday 3rd June 11 am – Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon, Grassington Wednesday 21st June 7 pm – Sabden Trail 5 miles

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 394 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Jacob WATSON 17:18 SM30-34 New PB!
12 Matthew DUCKWORTH 18:22 SM25-29
14 Jackson MCKAY 18:51 JM11-14 New PB!
22 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:55 JM15-17
26 Terry O’LEARY 20:39 VM35-39
32 Robbie SMEDLEY 21:08 JM11-14
42 Colin WHITE 21:30 VM40-44 New PB!
45 Kevin DAVIES 21:38 VM55-59
50 Helana WHITE 21:48 JW10
51 Adam STEPHENSON 21:54 SM30-34
54 David MOYNIHAN 22:01 VM50-54
58 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 22:18 VW35-39 New PB!
60 Sean CLARE 22:25 VM50-54
61 Gordon BARRETT 22:27 VM50-54
68 Matthew JACKSON 23:00 JM11-14
70 Michelle ABBOTT 23:05 VW35-39
76 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:22 JW11-14
77 Jonathan PYE 23:23 SM25-29
83 Wayne MCINTOSH 23:31 SM30-34
84 Carl CAREY 23:32 VM45-49
85 Nina KEWIN 23:34 VW35-39
93 Brian WILDMAN 23:53 VM50-54
99 Sarah ANGELONE 24:00 SW30-34
100 Martin BRADY 24:01 VM55-59
125 Liberty THOMPSON 24:53 JW11-14
127 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:56 JW11-14
139 Annabel WILCOCK 25:30 JW15-17
140 John WILCOCK 25:30 VM50-54
144 Lisa JOHNSON 25:42 VW40-44
149 Andrew TAYLOR 25:52 VM55-59
159 Jane HYLANDS 26:15 VW45-49
164 Richard LAWSON 26:30 VM75-79
192 Charlie PLANT 27:43 JW10 New PB!
197 Helen HARRISON 27:58 VW45-49
215 Ron CHAPPELL 28:52 VM65-69
222 Robert HIRST 29:10 VM65-69
226 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 29:37 VW65-69
227 Judith CAREY 29:38 VW35-39 New PB!
245 Marion WILKINSON 30:10 VW75-79
317 Christine LEATHLEY 33:54 VW65-69
333 Ellisia SMEDLEY 35:40 JW10
367 Olly PLANT 37:53 JM10

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 54 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Heidi KEWIN 9:13 JW11-14
7 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:32 JW11-14
31 Emily JOHNSON 12:27 JW10
38 Jessica MCBRIDE 13:10 JW10
52 Aaron LUNDIE 16:07 JM11-14

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 165 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
101 Eileen JONES 30:43 VW60-64

Heaton parkrun – A total of 695 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
8 Laura HESKETH 18:11 SW30-34 New PB!

Medina I.O.W. parkrun – A total of 312 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
20 Simon WILSHAW 21:36 JM15-17

Pendle parkrun – A total of 105 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 David WALKER 18:56 VM35-39 New PB!
7 Paul HESKETH 21:30 VM50-54
10 John HARTLEY 21:54 VM60-64
34 Barry MITCHELL 25:50 VM70-74
36 Dawn TERRY 26:10 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
31 Vicky HEYS 25:13 VW45-49 First Timer!

 

Run on for a long time

Yes dear readers, it’s an action packed roundup once again! We’ve had Fell championships, road championships, marathons, half marathons, 10k and 5k racing, ultra-distance events, mountain marathons and cyclocross. You’ve been busy on the fells, the trails, the roads and in the parks. Run on for a long time Harriers!

LATE RESULTS

Jim Smith Brownhouse 5K – Tuesday 13 September

Run during a huge thunderstorm, the results were unfortunately compromised by the weather conditions so there are quite a few gaps in the times for the runners. Three hardy Harriers were amongst 63 brave runners in this race. Robert Hirst was our first finisher in 45th place and around 27 minutes with Jack McGuire in 52nd and Ron Chappell in 53rd around the 31 minute mark. No times were available for our runners.

Pos    Name    Cat   
45 R. Hirst MV65
52 J. McGuire MV60
53 R. Chappell MV65

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Equinox 24 Hour Relay

Report from Paul Shackleton

I competed in the Equinox 24 hour relay at Belvoir Castle near Leicester last weekend 17th/18thwith a bunch of Birmingham lads from different clubs under the name Cannon Hill Crusaders. In the main team event (teams of 8) we finished 2nd, beaten by 4 minutes by Stilton Striders. Completing 34 x10km laps (210 miles/21000 feet ascent). I ran 4 x10km laps. Average 43 minutes. The accompanying photo was taken around 7am. I’d ran about 30k at this point off no sleep and I’m surprised I look ok because I’m shattered!

Paul Shackleton, still going after 30K and not much sleep!

Paul Shackleton, still going after 30K and not much sleep!

High Peak 40 – Saturday 17 Sept

Congratulations to Martin Terry who finished in 6th place overall and 1st Vet50 in this 40 mile ultra with a time of 06:32:11. The route is a loop around the Peak District among the beautiful scenery of the gritstone and limestone hills and dales. It’s also one of the counting races in the RunFurther championship.

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As we are all caught up it’s onto this week’s action…

THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

RON HILL 78th BIRTHDAY 5K

Report from Mick Hughes

A bright crisp Thursday evening in the pleasant foothills of the Pennines between Bacup and Rochdale played host to this special tribute to our very own Ron Hill MBE. Organised by Andems Runners & Rochdale Harriers this birthday race for Ron (a mere 78 years young) was also to celebrate Ron’s 1st victory in the national cross country championships of 1966, 50 years ago where he completed 9 miles in Sheffield in a time of 46:21!

Ian Hargreave, Ron Hill and Mick Hughes

Ian Hargreaves, Ron Hill and Mick Hughes

This 5k race started from the lane behind the Cock & Magpie pub. A hilly start heading up a stony trail to Cowm Resevoir followed by 2 laps of the reservoirs thin perimeter trail track (caution and good timing was needed when pushing forward and taking places here!), then a tight bend doubling back down the steep hill to the finish line. A good attendance and representative mixture of both young and mature runners from a number of clubs made the journey; Todmorden, Oldham & Royton, Halifax, Middleton, Bury, Gossopdale and Trawden as this was also part of their championship series.

Once up on the reservoir and flatter terrain, the pace settled at a fairly quick one in general and there was a good energy and enthusiasm about the short scenic route. Ron had been introduced before the start and received plenty of applause and the mood was set. Andrew Worster (Todmorden Harriers & AC) took first place with an impressive 16:54. 7 Clayton Harriers competed (including Ron) who still managed to run the race in 31:27; a true inspiration to us all. Ron was in demand post-race but me and fellow team mate Ian Hargreaves managed to grab a quick chat and picture with him. He thanked us for coming and said, “What a club Clayton is, eh”! To which I replied, we were honoured to be there. After all it’s not every night you get to race with and be in the company of a true running legend. Here are the times of our club runners;

Andrew Laycock 17:19 | Garry Wilkinson 19:17 | Mick Hughes 20:48

Stephen Biscomb 21:07 | Ian Hargreaves 23:21 | Robert Hirst 28:13 | Ron Hill 31:27

Awaiting Official Results

SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

ENGLISH SCHOOLS FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP

Three Clayton Juniors took part in the English Schools Fell Running Championships. Christopher Brown and Ella Dorrington ran in the Year 7 race with Christopher having an excellent run finishing in 8th place overall and 7th boy, and Ella in 30th place and 6th girl. There were 93 finishers in this race so well done Chris and Ella! Briony Holt ran in the Year10/11 race and finished in 27th place overall and 3rd Girl.

Report from Andy Holt

The final race of Briony’s fell calendar was the English schools Fell race. Held at Sedbergh School this year following two years in the Calder Valley the route crosses the village to and runs up and around the Winder, a 450m peak that forms the entrance to the Howgills. Having run and walked these hills we knew the terrain would consist of steep, grassy tracks that make for fast fell running. The race is aimed at schools but unless your school has any interest in fell running, it’s up to the athlete/parents to enter.

We arrived in plenty of time only to find we’d left our running bag at home, so, following a mad dash back home driving like those people I dislike immensely Briony was prepared to race. The girls and boys run together, and there were approx 70 people in Briony’s race. Following a fall last year in this fixture Briony’s form has been slowly returning, but she was in the year group below her age, running against 4 out of the six England team qualifiers she would have been satisfied with a top five finish.

Briony Holt at the English Schools Fell Championships. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Briony Holt at the English Schools Fell Championships. Photo by Geoff Thompson

The route is essentially a mile up an inclined track, a mile along a track, another mile up a steep track to the summit then a hair-raising mile or so descent to the finish. Briony was second girl on passing me, looking comfortable and tucking behind the leader conserving her energy for the pull to the summit. The plan was stay in contention until the descent and hopefully Briony’s descending will see her to the finish. Unfortunately Briony blew up on the ascent, and dropped from 2nd to 4th. She easily made up the ground to secure third but had given the leader and girl in second too much distance. It was more satisfying hearing the lead girl smashed the record by 2 minutes, and despite Briony’s lack of form a third place finish was higher than she expected and she was pleased with how she ran today.

Ella Dorrington and Christopher Brown No 21) at the English Schools Fell Running Championships. Photo by Woodentops

Ella Dorrington and Christopher Brown (No 21) at the English Schools Fell Running Championships. Photo by Woodentops

Ella Dorrington was superb, we think finishing in 5th/6th in her respective race was very good for her first time, considering the competition and standard of running. Chris Brown was another good result finishing 7th in his group.

Year 7 Results |  Year 10/11 Results

RAB MOUNTAIN MARATHON

Report by Colin Woolford

The third and final Mountain Marathon of the year for me, and definitely my favourite – the Rab Mountain Marathon. The Rab being its tenth year and this my fifth time of starting off the back of last weekend’s OMM Lite I wanted to have a good one.

The Rab has changed owners recently and is slowly changing format to a more traditional ‘OMM’ style with multiple classes to enter across a spectrum of ‘linear’ courses where you follow a fixed route navigating point to point, fastest time wins through to the classic ‘score’ format where you have a set amount of time to find as many checkpoints as you can, highest score wins.  Traditionally the Rab has put on a Long Score and a Short Score.  The long being 7 hours on the Saturday, 6 hours on the Sunday the Short being 6 & 5 hours respectively.  This was my entry as a male solo in the Short Score.

The event moves around the North West usually held within a few hours of Manchester and this year was to be the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire Dales – the event centre being Outhgill. This suggested that the event would take place over some steep sided open moorland with Mallerstang Edge to the East and Great Boar Fell to the West, both areas I have not visited before.

Friday night at the Rab is a social affair where there is a meal for those who require one, a small bar and a showcase of “adventure” films, usually with a running theme.  I arrived a little late for all that so got my head down early for the Saturday start, which we were informed would be a 3km walk away! At least I wouldn’t need to warm up… A big part of the Mountain Marathon experience that I really enjoy is the anticipation of getting the map when you cross the start line and being handed a piece of paper which reveals which checkpoints (controls) are worth what value.  The clock has already started and you have to mark the map up and come up with a plan to best use the available time – six hours for me –  to collect as many points as you can.  My Saturday plan would take me down the western edge of the course looping further north before heading due south to the overnight camp at the bottom end of the valley – near the Moorcock pub, which we were reliably told had put on extra staff to cope with any Rab’ers requiring refreshment on Saturday night.

The weather was dry on Saturday, cloudy but bright and a constant wind made the course a pleasure.  Underfoot it was drying out, and the peat hag moorland was a doddle to run through. The final section from the route I had planned was tough going and took longer than anticipated it wasn’t tussocks, or bog but a very strange soft grass that seemed to swallow your feet as you tried to run through it leaving you taking exaggerated steps to cross it – all 3km’s of it!  I reined in my plan to get an extra 25 points from the east side of the course and focussed on heading for the more runnable (Pennine) bridleway to get off this terrain and get back in time. Which I managed with seven minutes to spare and a points total of 295.  I was very pleased! My overnight ranking was 70th from 150 starters, top 50% – a good result for me…Onto Day two.

Colin Woolford , exhausted at the end of day one at the midway camp

Colin Woolford , exhausted at the end of day one at the midway camp

Day two – I knew it would be wet.  All forecasts had heralded rain on Saturday night into Sunday and not really stopping until later that day.  Saturday night the rain came around 8pm so sadly the usually ‘social’ Rab overnight camp quietened down early and most were zipping up tents early.  I am afraid I was too knackered to seek shelter in the pub! The rain fortunately stopped around 6.00am and stayed off whilst the campsite packed itself away and competitors started their day two.  5 hours and the need to get back up the valley to the farm based event centre and finish line.  Not wanting to repeat the same route in reverse, I decided to explore the Eastern side of the valley and devised a plan I thought would net me around 180 points – with a few options depending on how I was going.  In short I started poorly and got worse!  The first control and 2km’s were fine, steady and stiff I know I take a while to warm up on day two of these things, but this time I was just pooped. Knackered. Achingly tired.  The first big climb of the day up Grisedale Pike to find a series of 10 point controls and a big 20 then 30 pointer left me feeling drained and no amount of energy drink or food seemed to be pepping me up. Even my trusty Haribo jelly babies weren’t giving me the lift they usually do, so despite my nav being spot on, and the weather not raining as much as it had threatened I knew my legs weren’t going to carry me where I wanted to go.  This was disappointing, but a certain sense of obviousness arose in my mind – back to back mountain marathons? Bloody idiot!  On the positive side – at least I found my limit!  Day two then became a battle of attrition as I struggled to collect what controls I could and find a route with the least climb and most direct way into finish. If you are late back on a ‘Score’ event, you begin to lose points for every minute you are late.  I wanted to hold what I had so had to dig deep to get myself to the finish line with a disappointing 140 points and 30 seconds to spare to end up in 94th from 148 finishersStill a cracking event and good weekend, just next year I won’t be OMM’ing the week before…

SKYRUNNER 3X3000 80K ULTRA TRAIL RACE

Congratulations to Jean Brown who finished 7th overall and 1st Lady in this unique ultra-running event linking the Lake District’s highest mountains-Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw. It is a circular route which starts and finishes at Keswick, incorporating a superb variety of terrain on some of the finest mountain trails in the Lake District. From the spectacular rock scenery of Scafell Pike to the rolling ridges of the Dodds, the route combines all the elements of a classic Lakeland run combined with aspects of European style ultra-running.

Following the huge success of the inaugural event in 2014 the Lake District 3 X 3000 80k Ultra Trail is set to be a classic ultra. The course has been designed by 2013 IAU World Trail Running Champion and Salomon International Mountain Runner Ricky Lightfoot.

Report from Jean Brown

People talk about a slump after a target race… after the exhilaration of the UTMB (which was fantastic) I certainly found I had itchy feet, was getting grumpy and had a strong desire to race again after 2/3 weeks. With everything else going on in family life, Saturday was the first opportunity I had so I scanned the possibilities. I was keen to go back to the Isle of Man for their ultra, but by the time I had decided my legs could run again I had missed the entry deadline so that was out… It was then that the ‘3 x 3000 80km ultra trail’ came forward as a contender for my first post-UTMB race. Entering a week before didn’t allow any time for recces, but I knew large sections of the race, if in the opposite direction.

Jean Brown in the 3x3000 Race. Photo by Granddayout photography

Jean Brown in the Skyrunner 3×3000 Race. Photo by Granddayout photography

5am saw me on the start line with around 80 other runners and off we went from Keswick along the shores of Derwent water. The short description of the route is Keswick, Watendlath, Scafell Pike, High Raise, Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Keswick – off road but on paths; not like a fell race where you are usually allowed to take the shortest route from A to B! It is a brilliant route, technical early on, a set of good climbs throughout the route and plenty that was runnable if you had the legs. The wind was a tad stronger than ideal – with wet rocks on the technical section over Scafell Pike I was getting blown across the rock at times, and running against it was only really possible on the flat or downhill. The cloud was also sitting at around 500m making the views less engaging. All good fun though, especially as I came in first lady and 7th overall. It was only a small field but you can only race those that turn up! The very nice Leki poles I won for being the first lady at each of the summits were an excellent bonus prize! A great long trail race for fell runners!

Full Results

SWINTON 10 MILE ROAD RACE

Daniel Isherwood and Kevin ‘Tiger’ Davies ran in this 10 mile road race organised by Swinton Running Club. Daniel was our first finisher in 23rd place with a time of 01:05:46 closely followed by ‘Tiger’ in 24th a few seconds later in 01:05:53. There were 158 runners in total.

Pos Name Cat Time
23 Daniel Isherwood M 01:05:46
24 Kevin ‘Tiger’ Davies M50 01:05:53

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THIEVELEY PIKE FELL RACE

Sixteen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this race organised by club member Pete Booth. It’s a tough but enjoyable 4.3 mile route with 1310ft of ascent. There are races for junior runners with the younger runners taking on a circuit of the boggy and rutty starting fields and the older juniors following the seniors until the turning point at the ruin.

Team Clayton at Thieveley Pike Fell Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Team Clayton at Thieveley Pike Fell Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

The main race sets the runners off from a boggy field beside the Ram Inn, Cliviger and race follows the Mary Towneley Loop to Scout Farm where a sharp left takes them up a mercifully short, ridiculously steep climb to the moor, which levels off towards a ruin at CP4. (U14 &U16 runners turn here down to CP10 and back to the finish.) After crossing a couple of fields it’s back onto rough moorland for the climb to the Pike, steep at first then it eases as you follow the fence to the trig point. A fast grassy descent precedes a shorter, technical drop to the fell gate. Then you battle through a young plantation before a steep ‘sting in the tail’ brings you back to the ruin. A second grassy descent leads to the bridleway for the last push to the finish in the field where you started.

Katy Thompson and Sarah Helliwell at Thieveley Pike fell race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Katy Thompson and Sarah Helliwell at Thieveley Pike fell race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Peter Coates was our first finisher in 6th place overall and 1st M40. Geoff Gough was next in 20th place and 1st M55. Ivan Whigham was 33rd and 1st M50. Katy Thompson was our first lady finisher and also 1st F60 hotly pursued to the finish by Sarah Helliwell. Michelle Butschok was our 3rd lady and the three of them took the ladies team prize.

Michael Frost and Michelle Butschok at Thieveley Pike Fell Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Michael Frost and Michelle Butschok at Thieveley Pike Fell Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Senior Results

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Peter Coates M40 37:05
20 Geoff Gough M55 40:18
33 Ivan Whigham M50 42:55
41 Mark Nutter M50 44:13
48 Richard Briscoe M 44:55
59 Peter Browning M55 48:32
62 James Hickie M55 48:46
65 Andrew Firth M55 49:36
66 Steven Breckell M65 49:40
68 Peter Dugdale M60 50:17
69 Stephen Bury M55 50:29
77 Andrew Dugdale M50 52:06
79 Katy Thompson F60 52:25
80 Sarah Helliwell F 52:40
92 Michael Frost M60 59:10
96 Michelle Butschok F40 65:03

Junior Results

A quintet of Clayton runners took part in the junior races. Jenson Bentham was 4th in the U12 race. The U16 and U14 runners ran with the seniors and Nick Hennessey was our first finisher taking the U16 race as well. Jackson McKay was the winner of the U14 race with Natasha and Bronia Olszewska taking 5th and 6th place and 1st and 2nd girl.

U16 Race

Nick Hennessey. U16 winner at Thieveley Pike Fell Race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Nick Hennessey. U16 winner at Thieveley Pike Fell Race. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
1 Nicholas Hennessey 18:08

U14 Race

Natasha Olszewska, 1st U14 girl at Thieveley. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Natasha Olszewska, 1st U14 girl at Thieveley. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Pos Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 15:26
5 Natasha Olszewska (1st Girl) 23:51
6 Bronia Olszewska 32:45

U12 Race

Pos Name Time
4 Jenson Bentham 7:23

Full Results

SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

3 Peaks Cyclocross

Report from Andy Armstrong

The 3 Peaks cyclocross race is a 38 mile cycle event that visits the same peaks as the fell race; Ingleborough, Whernside and PenyGhent. Now in it’s 54th year, it’s billed as “the toughest cyclocross event in the UK” which is undoubtedly true as it’s the only one of its kind. It’s probably the most unusually perverse event to visit the Yorkshire dales; the sight of over 500 competitors shouldering drop-bar rigid frame bikes up the forty degree slopes of Simon Fell, picking their way down the stone slabs off Whernside and hammering down the stony bridleways around Pen-y-Ghent is definitely worth the trip.

For my first attempt at this race I was determined to take it steady and get round in one piece. Cross bikes are tough but there’s a limit to what they’ll put up with and the route is littered with cyclists fixing punctures, broken chains, twisted gears or just nursing injuries born of over-enthusiasm. Being a fell runner, not a real cyclist meant having to make up time on the hill sections; either working hard carrying the bike on the climbs or pushing the limits on the off-road descents (did I say I was intending to take it steady?). A dented rim required a puncture stop near Ribblehead but otherwise the bike stood up to the course well and I finished the race in 4h40m

Also at the race; Andy Laycock had a storming race to finish under the magic four hour mark at 3h52m. Others were less fortunate; Alan Dorrington had a crash coming off Ingleborough, the bike was fine but a knee and hip injury forced his retirement. Paul Hesketh also had to retire due to (his words) “err, technical issues”.

In summary; a top days fun for both competitors and spectators, I’ll be back again next year, hopefully as the former.

Full Results

IKANO BANK ROBIN HOOD MARATHON

More than 1000 runners completed the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon. John Hartley was our sole representative, finishing in 36th place overall and 1st Vet55 in 03:06:19.

Report from John Hartley

I was hoping to run under three hours. I set off OK and was going well until mile sixteen. Then the last ten miles became a real struggle and I felt like I was treading water. Mental strength took over and got me to the finish where I was chuffed to find out I had won the Vet55 category and finished 36th out of 1192 runners.

Full Results

NORTHERN ATHLETICS ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Two teams of ladies took part in the Women’s Four Stage Road Relay Championships and one team of men took part in the Men’s Six Stage Road Relay Championships.

Team Clayton at the Northern Road Relay Championships

Team Clayton at the Northern Road Relay Championships

Ladies Four Stage Championship

Report from Angela Shian

Clayton Ladies had 2 teams competing in this year’s Northern Road Relays. We all met up nervously at Sport City Stadium in Manchester. The class of opposing runners was a lot higher than last year’s event at Stanley Park. Louisa Powell-Smith on leg 1 on team A came in at a more than impressive 10th position at outstanding time of 17:43, then Danielle Walker running her first race for Clayton again got an amazing time of 18:43. Elizabeth Mullan stepped up to the mark in the first team getting 20:58 on leg 3. Leg 4 was Helena Leathley who despite carrying a nasty cough and cold ( well she couldn’t back out on her sister could she!!!!) still held her own to bring Team A in to 22nd position which more than qualifies them to compete in the Birmingham nationals in 2 weeks’ time for the second year on the trot!

Team B leg 1 was myself (regretted that one!). Fast and furious is all I can say! Leg 2 was again a debut appearance from Natalie Wright, who I’m glad to say totally loved the experience and gave it her all for 22.14. Leg 3 was our ever faithful runner Amanda Duffy who always give us 100% effort with 22:03. Finally we had Donna Airey who’s going from strength to strength and had a perfect sprint finish in front of a noisy Clayton crowd; her time 21:34. Overall team position 42, more than happy with that! Great day, great team spirit, thanks to Bianca Bennett for support. Good luck to team A at Nationals! We know you will do well.

Ladies A Team – The Ladies’ A team finished in 22nd place overall.

Name Pos Time
Louisa Powell-Smith 10 17:43
Danielle Walker 9 18:58
Elizabeth Mullan 18 20:58
Helena Leathley 24 21:27

Ladies B Team – The Ladies’ B Team finished in 42nd place overall

Name Pos Time
Angela Shian 63 22:18
Natalie Wright 59 22:13
Amanda Duffy 49 22:03
Donna Airey 46 21:34

 Men’s Six Stage Championship

Our men finished in 49th place overall in the competition in a field of 100 teams.

Report from Jacob Watson

Great atmosphere, fantastic support and (for the most part) decent weather made up for a somewhat fiddly and irritatingly short course (5600m instead of 6400m). I’d decided to forgo Captain Brewster’s advice of just setting off at 5k pace and planned on keeping enough energy to got round a 4 mile course. I had a bit of a shock when I’d realised I was about to get back into the stadium for a final lap round the track! I guess I should have made a mental note after the first lap, rookie error! Despite this I’m still pleased with my time and the twists and turns didn’t ruin my enjoyment of it out there. I’ll be looking forward to the next set of road relays in 2017

Name Pos Time
Daniel Collinge 34 17:42
Jacob Watson 46 19:15
Matthew Duckworth 55 20:22
Chris Snell 51 20:13
Tom Brewster 49 19:09
Jordan McDonald 49 19:52

Women’s Results  |  Men’s Results

ROCHDALE HALF MARATHON

Three Clayton Harriers took part in this half marathon race organised by Cannonball Events. The route offers exciting and varied scenery, with the course taking runners on a traffic-free tour of the town and Hollingworth Lake. Jon Cleaver was our first finisher in 13th place with a time of 01:25:59. Robert Morrison was 75th in 01:37:54 and Colin White was 157th in 01:47:30

Report from Jon Cleaver

There was a total of 437 runners for this race starting at Rochdale town hall. The race start time was set for 10:10 so I was busy chatting when the gun went at 10am and had to scramble to the start line setting off right at the back. This involved having to weave in and out of people for the first mile or so to get some breathing space.

The route climbed out of Rochdale and headed to Littleborough on the Canal bank. Coming off the canal we climbed up to Hollingworth Lake and looped round there for the half way point. The run in from there was really fast downhill and back along the canal. The slow start probably helped conserve some energy for the final push back into the town centre. Overall I came 13th in 01:25:59 chip time which was ideal prep for the Manchester half in a few weeks’ time.

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Jon Cleaver M 01:25:59
75 Robert Morrison M40 01:37:54
157 Colin White M40 01:47:30

Full Results

ROCHDALE 10K

Ian Hargreaves was our sole competitor in the 10K and finished in 59th place with a time of 50:56 taking 1st M50 position.

Pos Name Cat Time
59 Ian Hargreaves M50 00:50:56

Full Results

RUN PRESTON

Five seniors and two juniors took part in the Run Preston races.

L-R (Back) Michelle Abbott, Lisa Johnson, Marion Wilkinson, Mick Hughes. L-R (Front) Matthew Jackson, Emily Johnson, Lennon Jackson

L-R (Back) Michelle Abbott, Lisa Johnson, Marion Wilkinson, Mick Hughes.
L-R (Front) Matthew Jackson, Emily Johnson, Lennon Jackson

10K RACE

Three club members ran in the Run Preston 10K race. Mick Hughes was our first finisher in 71st place overall and with a time of 44:17. Stephen Biscomb was 93rd in 44:33. Michelle Abbott was our only lady runner finishing in 164th place overall with a time of 48:06. There were 998 runners in the 10K race.

Pos Name Cat Time
71 Mick Hughes Vet 40 00:44:17
93 Stephen Biscomb Vet 60 00:44:33
164 Michelle Abbott FVet35 00:48:06

 5K RACE

Great results for our two junior runners in this popular 5K. Lennon Jackson was our first finisher in 12th place overall with his younger brother, Matthew in 19th. Success also for our lady runners; Lisa Johnson was our first lady finisher in 47th place overall with a time of 25:03 and 1st LV40 and Marion Wilkinson was 167th and 1st LV70 in 32:07. There were 323 runners in the 5K race.

Matthew Jackson at the Run Preston 5K. Photo by Tim Waterworth Photography

Matthew Jackson at the Run Preston 5K. Photo by Tim Waterworth Photography

Pos Nsme Cat Time
12 Lennon Jackson M 00:21:00
19 Matthew Jackson M 00:21:47
47 Lisa Johnson Vet 40 00:25:03
167 Marion Wilkinson Vet 70 00:32:07

Full Results

STAINLAND 10K TRAIL RACE

This was 6th race in the club trail championship organised by the Stainland Lions Running club. The route goes through the stunning west Yorkshire countryside running through the woodland and rural roads and trails around Stainland Dean.

John Wilcock was our sole representative at this race. He finished in 27th place with abime of 55:57. There was a field of 128 runners.

Full Results

Trust 10K Trail Run

The Trust10 is a new, monthly 10k trail run, that gives you the opportunity to explore National Trust places for free. You can take part in a free 10K trail run on the fourth Sunday of every month. Registration is at 8.30am and the run starts at 9am. They are working on offering a timing system, but at the moment there isn’t one in place, if your time is important to you please remember to bring your own timing device for the time being.

Ivan Whigham took part in the Inaugural Trust 10 run at Lyme in Cheshire. He reports:

“I entered this event on Sunday, first one to be organised, and managed 14th place (I was 7th but lost 2 minutes following non racing runners!). In total 152 runner took part in this inaugural run. The event is free very much like parkrun so for a family a cheap day out for families. They are rolling them out all over the country.”

Provisional results and some photos can be found on the Lyme Runners Facebook page. More information about Trust 10 runs can be found on the National Trust website.

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 299 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Jonathan PYE 18:26 SM25-29
9 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 19:55 JM15-17 New PB!
12 Gareth BERRY 20:32 VM40-44
13 Daniel PLANT 20:43 SM30-34
14 Stanley GREWAL 20:47 JM11-14
15 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:52 VM55-59
19 Mark WIGHTMAN 21:13 VM55-59
26 Gordon BARRETT 22:06 VM50-54
28 Donna RILEY 22:12 VW50-54
43 Colin WHITE 23:07 VM40-44
49 Michelle ABBOTT 23:33 VW35-39
54 Alan DORRINGTON 23:44 VM45-49
55 David Ian SCOTT 23:46 VM70-74
59 Nina KEWIN 23:59 VW35-39
81 Lennon JACKSON 24:53 JM11-14
84 Chris LAWRENCE 25:01 VM50-54
87 Julie DAWES 25:10 VW45-49
99 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:54 JW11-14
100 Donna SCOTT 25:56 VW50-54
101 Andrew TAYLOR 25:57 VM55-59
102 Annabel WILCOCK 26:01 JW15-17
103 John WILCOCK 26:02 VM50-54
107 Carl CAREY 26:08 VM45-49
118 Aaron LUNDIE 27:04 JM11-14
134 Ron CHAPPELL 27:43 VM65-69
144 Jonathan CLEAVER 28:43 VM35-39
157 Helen HARRISON 29:15 VW45-49
168 Jane PIER 29:43 VW45-49 New PB!
229 Nicola KAY 32:05 VW35-39
236 Judith CAREY 32:22 VW35-39
248 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 33:41 VW65-69
249 Christine LEATHLEY 33:49 VW65-69

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 100 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
82 Robin PRICE 34:24 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 200 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
115 Eileen JONES 29:34 VW60-64

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 182 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
171 Philip NAYLOR 36:40 VM35-39

Marple parkrun – A total of 181 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
149 Ron HILL 31:33 VM75-79

Pendle parkrun – A total of 84 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
11 John HARTLEY 22:55 VM55-59
28 Dawn TERRY 26:14 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 93 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
31 Jude ASHWORTH 27:56 VW55-59

 

Everything is awesome…

…everything is cool when you’re part of a team! It’s been a week of making your presence felt in variety of events. You have been representing the county, competing in the FRA junior championships, running in teams at the Calderdale relay, and turning the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix tangerine.

Tuesday 10 May

Mearley Clough Fell Race

Inaugurated by Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ stalwart Geoff Newsham who has organised the race 18 times since. The first race was in 1998 and attracted a field of 34, with the men’s race won by Garry Wilkinson in 31.55, and the ladies’ race won by Carol Greenwood in 37.11. The attendance has since grown to an average of 130. This year the race organisation has been taken over by Andrew Firth.

With the promise of good racing conditions, 153 runners took part in this tough mid week fell race that takes in the famous ‘Big Dipper’ as used in the Tour of Pendle.

Peter Coates at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Peter Coates at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

The race was won by Josh Boyle and the Ladies race was won by Caitlin Rice. Our first Clayton runner was Peter Coates who finished in 19th place with a time of 36:58.

Briony Holt at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by Craig Alderman

Briony Holt at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by Craig Alderman

Briony Holt was our first lady and 3rd lady overall in the race finishing in 31st place with a time of 38:41; a superb run from one of the two youngest competitors in the race.

Linda lord at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Linda lord at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Richard Bellaries was 1st Vet 60 and Linda Lord was 1st LV60.

Richard Bellaries 1st M60 at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by Craig Alderman

Richard Bellaries 1st M60 at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by Craig Alderman

Position Name Cat Time
19 Peter Coates 00.36.58
25 Alan Life V50 00.37.58
31 (lady 3) Briony Holt L14* 00.38.41
33 Andy Armstrong V40 00.38.49
35 Andrew Priory V40 00.38.54
37 Andrew Holt V40 00.39.13
40 Andrew Orr V40 00.39.34
42 Richard Briscoe 00.39.45
43 Ralph Baines V40 00.39.48
44 Geoff Gough V50 00.39.53
46 Ivan Whigham V50 00.40.00
52 Chris Funnell V40 00.40.38
69 Mark Nutter V50 00.43.10
74 Mark Taylor 00.43.48
77 Peter Browning V50 00.43.58
84 Richard Bellaries V60* 00.45.26
86 Andrew Howarth V50 00.45.58
88 David Naylor V60 00.46.14
91 Peter Dugdale V50 00.45.26
92 Stephen Bury V50 00.46.27
93 James Hickie V50 00.46.37
95 Andrew Dugdale V50 00.46.44
100 Jack Dugdale 00.47.27
107 Geoff Smith V40 00.47.48
113 Andrew Walmsley V60 00.48.36
114 (lady 10) Linda Lord LV60* 00.48.52
121 Stephen Fish V60 00.50.07
136 Michael Frost V60 00.54.13
144 Geoff Laycock V60 00.56.25
152 Phil Thornber V60 00.64.22

Wednesday 11 May

Cautley Horseshoe

Wendy Dodds was the sole Clayton runner at the Cautley Horseshoe Fell Race. She finished in 46th place with a time of 01:07:33 and 1st F60.

Full Results

Wholan Nook Trail Race

There was a whopping turnout of 68 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers at the third race in the popular Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix.

Andrew Webster, Paul Wale and Helen O'Rourke. Photo by David Belshaw

Andrew Webster, Paul Wale and Helen O’Rourke. Photo by David Belshaw

Our first finisher was Jordan McDonald who was 5th overall and first MJ in the race with a time of 31:44. Carl Helliwell was 1st M40 and 13th overall in the race in 33:10, Paul Hesketh was 1st M50 and 22nd overall in 33:55, and Barry Mitchell was 1st M70 in 43:07. The mens’  ‘A’ team finished in 2nd place with Jordan McDonald, Jonathan Pye, Jonathan Cleaver and Carl Helliwell as counters.  We had an impressive 11 mens’ teams in total.

Jordan McDonald at the Wholan Nook Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Jordan McDonald at the Wholan Nook Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Our ladies were out in force with an impressive line-up of 24 female runners from the club. Our first lady in the race was Helen O’Rourke who was 6th lady overall with a time of 39:56.

Lynsey Birtwistle 1st F35 at the Wholan Nook Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lynsey Birtwistle 1st F35 at the Wholan Nook Trail Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lynsey Birtwistle was 1st F35, Irene Roche was 1st F55, and Anita Jones was 1st F60. Our ladies’ ‘A’ team finished in 3rd place with Helen O’Rourke, Elizabeth Mullan and Irene Roche as counters.

Janine Pollard followed by Justin Birtwistle being run in by his son Charlie. Photo by David Belshaw

Janine Pollard followed by Justin Birtwistle being run in by his son Charlie. Photo by David Belshaw

We had a fantastic showing of 8 ladies’ teams in total.

Pos    Num    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
5 168 Jordan McDonald MJ (001/004) 00:31:44
10 37 Jonathan Pye M (008/046) 00:32:51
11 141 Jonathan Cleaver M (009/046) 00:33:01
13 165 Carl Helliwell M40 (001/020) 00:33:10
18 31 Matthew Duckworth M (013/046) 00:33:18
22 166 Paul Hesketh M50 (001/017) 00:33:55
23 143 Chris Snell M (016/046) 00:34:02
28 66 Tom Bradley MJ (002/004) 00:34:36
29 33 James Boult MJ (003/004) 00:34:37
32 125 Michael Clarke M40 (005/020) 00:34:59
35 142 Sean Clare M50 (002/017) 00:35:43
36 117 Richard Briscoe M (022/046) 00:35:45
37 167 John Wilcock M50 (003/017) 00:35:46
39 5 Chris Funnell M45 (003/024) 00:36:01
42 181 Nick Roscoe M45 (004/024) 00:36:10
47 16 Stephen Ainsworth M55 (003/011) 00:36:44
48 134 Daniel Plant M (026/046) 00:36:55
50 34 Chris Paul M (028/046) 00:37:02
51 67 Andy Bradley M50 (004/017) 00:37:05
53 91 Michael Hogan M45 (005/024) 00:37:10
58 140 Reece Lawrence MJ (004/004) 00:37:35
72 85 Stephen Biscomb M60 (002/005) 00:38:12
74 32 Robert Morrison M40 (013/020) 00:38:20
76 36 Andrew James Webster M45 (010/024) 00:38:28
81 172 Andy Quinn M45 (011/024) 00:38:50
85 17 Stuart Proctor M (037/046) 00:39:23
86 78 Paul Wale M45 (013/024) 00:39:24
87 156 Carl Dale M (038/046) 00:39:28
91 109 Helen O’Rourke F (003/014) 00:39:59
92 25 Darren Rushton M45 (015/024) 00:40:02
93 177 Elizabeth Mullan F (004/014) 00:40:02
98 29 Irene Roche F55 (001/002) 00:40:54
102 65 Rick Moore M50 (008/017) 00:41:36
108 176 Joanne Bennett F45 (003/011) 00:42:07
109 50 Carl Carey M45 (018/024) 00:42:16
111 75 Lynsey Birtwistle F35 (001/007) 00:42:18
115 74 Jean Knightley F55 (002/002) 00:42:26
117 90 Brian Wildman M50 (010/017) 00:42:32
119 185 Julie Dawes F45 (004/011) 00:42:40
123 23 Cassandra Smedley F35 (002/007) 00:43:01
124 111 Jane Ryan F35 (003/007) 00:43:02
126 39 Barry Mitchell M70 (001/002) 00:43:07
127 164 Nerina Gill F45 (005/011) 00:43:10
128 79 Andrew Taylor M55 (006/011) 00:43:41
133 171 Beth Quinn FJ (003/003) 00:44:09
137 43 Tony Pilling M50 (012/017) 00:44:30
138 30 Bianca Bennet F (006/014) 00:44:36
139 131 Helen Burnett F45 (006/011) 00:44:37
142 163 Juli Anne Rrushton F50 (003/007) 00:45:02
143 108 Claire Vincent F (008/014) 00:45:13
145 128 Ian John Hargreaves M50 (013/017) 00:45:19
146 175 Janine Pollard F45 (007/011) 00:45:37
147 122 Danny Pilkington M40 (016/020) 00:45:39
149 76 Justin Birtwistle M40 (017/020) 00:45:47
151 133 Leanne Cottam F35 (005/007) 00:45:57
162 77 Deborah Greenwood F45 (009/011) 00:48:32
163 132 Michelle Butschok F40 (009/011) 00:48:52
166 55 Lisa Ellis F (010/014) 00:49:39
167 14 Stuart Barker M45 (024/024) 00:49:53
169 123 Phil Naylor M (046/046) 00:50:04
174 107 Martin O’Rourke M55 (011/011) 00:50:50
177 1 Doug Munroe M70 (002/002) 00:51:13
178 159 Ron Chappell M65 (004/004) 00:51:14
180 130 Mark Knowles M40 (020/020) 00:52:19
184 53 Karen Clarkin F40 (010/011) 00:57:13
185 49 Judith Carey F35 (007/007) 00:57:46
186 52 Sharon Wilson F40 (011/011) 00:58:27
187 54 Anita Jones F60 (001/001) 00:59:09

Full Results

Saturday 14 May

 Fairfield Horseshoe

Couple of Clayton runners spotted on the photos for this classic 9 mile Lakeland Fell Race with 2999ft of ascent taking in the summits of Stile Nab Scar, Great Rigg, Fairfield, and Dove Crag.

Paul Hesketh at the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race. Photo by Alex Hinchcliffe

Paul Hesketh at the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race. Photo by Alex Hinchcliffe

Katy Thompson at the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race. Photo by Alex Hinchcliffe

Katy Thompson at the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race. Photo by Alex Hinchcliffe

Paul Hesketh and Katy Thompson took part. Katy Thompson reports’

Despite Inter-counties on the same day and Calderdale Relay the following day, there were over 300 runners at the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race. A lovely day with a welcome breeze on the top. Great views the few times I looked up. We had to run down the east of the wall from Dove Crag, which was a bit trickier than the west side. I was the only LV60 which meant I could save a bit for running in Calderdale the following day having been called in as a last minute replacement on Leg 3. At least I gave Barbara an easy run!

AWAITING RESULTS

Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship 2016

Congratulations to Christopher Holdsworth and Danny Collinge who were selected to represent Lancashire in this year’s Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships. This year the event chosen was the Ras Moel Eilio, 14th May 2016 (12.8km distance and 915m of climb), starting and finishing at Llanberis.

Christopher Holdsworth at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships. Photo by Woodentops

Christopher Holdsworth at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Holdsworth had an outstanding run finishing in 14th place overall with a time of 64:36 and first Lancashire runner. Danny Collinge was 120th with a time of 81:10.

Danny Collinge at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship. Photo by Woodentops

Danny Collinge at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship. Photo by Woodentops

Lancashire finished 6th overall in the team competition. Well done to both of them who did themselves, the County Team and our club proud!

Team Results | Individual Results

Malham Kirkby Junior Fell Races

The third race in the FRA Junior Championships attracted 12 of our junior runners. Felix Thompson was our sole representative in the U8s race finishing in 16th place. Jenson Bentham was 2nd in the U10s race and Helana White was 3rd girl. Jackson McKay was 4th in the U12 race. Briony Holt was 2nd girl in the U14 race and Reece Lawrence was our sole representative in the U16 race finishing in 30th place.

U8 Race

Pos Name Time
16 Felix Thompson 5:28

U10 Race

Helana White at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Helana White at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
2 Jenson Bentham 7:52
22 Helana White 8:38
54 Joshua McKay 9:44
63 Kady Thompson 10:12
75 Tillie Ferguson 11:15

U12 Race

Jackson McKay at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Jackson McKay at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
4 Jackson McKay 10:30
7 Dexta Thompson 10:58
61 Summer Hargreaves 13:34

U14 Race

Harry Mason at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Harry Mason at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
21 Briony Holt 14:04
46 Harry Mason 16:49
47 Claudia Bentham 17:06

U16 Race

Reece Lawrence at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Reece Lawrence at the Kirkby Malham Fell Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
30 Reece Lawrence 23:36

Sunday 15 May

Calderdale Way Relay

 Report from Ladies Captain, Kath Brady

L-R Tracy Mitchell, Julia Rushton, Elizabeth Mullan and Julie Dawes at the Calderdale Relay

L-R Tracy Mitchell, Julia Rushton, Elizabeth Mullan and Julie Dawes at the Calderdale Relay

We had 18 ladies running in the ladies and mixed teams, including 6 first timers in a fell relay. Big thank you to our club stalwart Katy Thompson, who stepped in after juggling around on various legs (following Louisa Powell-Smith withdrawal through a foot injury). Helena Leathley and Irene Roche were also last minute changes on their legs. Everyone seemed to be smiling after they finished and enjoyed the experience.

Irene Roche and Orlaith O'Mahony at the Calderdale Way Relay. Photo by Kath Brady

Irene Roche and Orlaith O’Mahony at the Calderdale Way Relay. Photo by Kath Brady

Ladies were led off at 8am by Irene Roche and Orlaith O’Mahony, who handed over to Vicky Heys and Angela Shian at Crag Vale. Barbara Savage and Katy (with tired legs from Fairfield the previous day) followed on the short steep climb from Todmorden to Blackshaw Head. Ever consistent pair of Anna Kelly and Alison Dugdale ran the 4 th and most testing leg. Elizabeth Mullan, our newbie in the ladies team ran well on leg 5 with Tracy Mitchell, who getting back into racing following her two daughters. Helena (not used to this distance or had a chance to recce) was paired with strong and speedy Laura Hesketh on the final leg skirting Halifax.
Laura Hesketh & Helena Leathley at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Laura Hesketh & Helena Leathley at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Our Mixed team were led off by Club Secretary John Wilcock and Nick Roscoe (who struggled with injury) to hand on to Sean Clare and Alan Dorrington.
Bianca Bennett and Helen Burnett at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Bianca Bennett and Helen Burnett at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Novice fell relay ladies, Helen Burnett and Bianca Bennett worked hard on leg 3 climb to Blackshaw Head.

Chris Paul and Paul Wale at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Chris Paul and Paul Wale at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Paul Wale & Chris Paul ran leg 4 to the outlying Wainstalls change over. Julia Rushton & Julie Dawes ran leg 5. Joanne Bennett and Rachel Todd missed the mass team start at 2pm but still managed to pull back a few places before the finish.

The mens’ A team finished in 5th place overall having made a steady improvement from 15th place at the end of leg 1.
Richard Stevenson and Jacob Watson at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Richard Stevenson and Jacob Watson( Team A)  at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Breton Holdsworth and Andrew Stubbs at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Breton Holdsworth and Andrew Stubbs (Team A)  at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

George Pier and Adam Shaw at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Jason Pier

George Pier and Adam Shaw (Team B) at the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Jason Pier

Michael O'Donnell and Keiron Mitchell at the Calderdale Relays. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

Michael J O’Donnell and Keiron Mitchell (Team B) at the Calderdale Relays. Photo by Louisa Powell-Smith

No results or times available at the moment.

Essar Chester Half Marathon

Over 5000 runners took part in the Essar Chester Half Marathon which starts in the city centre at Chester race course. Well done Matthew Duckworth who was our only runner; he finished in 168th place in a time of 1:28:25.

Matthew Duckworth after the Essar Chester Half Marathon. Photo – own

Full Results

Worden Park Fun Run

There’s just no stopping Helana at the moment. Fresh from racing on the fells on Saturday she also took part in the Worden Park fun run and finished in 2nd place overall and 1st girl. Senior runner Jack McGuire was 10th in 6:53.

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Helana White FU10 5:33
10 Jack McGuire MV60 6:53

Fun Run Results

Worden Park 10K

303 Runners took part in the Worden Park 10K race in Leyland. Three Clayton men took part. Rober Morrison was our first runner over the line in 61st place and with a time of 45:02. Colin White was 88th with a time of 47:15 and Geoff Smith was 131st with a time of 50:43

Pos Name Cat Time
61 Robert Morrison MV40 45:02
88 Colin White MV40 47:15
131 Geoff Smith MV40 50:43

Full Results

Parkrun Roundup

Even with all the racing that’s been going on there has still been plenty of parkrun action this week. A large turnout, as always, at Burnley parkrun with the top four spots going to our runners. Well done to new member, Danielle Walker who ran up a storm finishing in 9th place, 1st lady runner, and gaining a new PB at the same time. I look forward to reporting on plenty of future success for her. Lots of PBs for our junior runners and seniors too.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 353 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Jonathan PYE 18:08 SM25-29
2 Jonathan CLEAVER 18:27 VM35-39
3 Mark ASPINALL 18:29 VM55-59
4 Dave MOTLEY 18:42 SM30-34 New PB!
9 Danielle WALKER 19:34 SW25-29 New PB!
11 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:00 JM11-14
13 Simon WILSHAW 20:12 JM15-17
17 Lennon JACKSON 20:33 JM11-14 New PB!
19 Gareth BERRY 20:49 VM35-39
22 Nick ROSCOE 20:57 VM45-49
24 Adam QUINN 20:59 JM11-14 New PB!
30 James BOULT 21:20 SM20-24
32 Matthew JACKSON 21:31 JM10
33 Andy QUINN 21:31 VM45-49
37 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 21:57 JM10 New PB!
38 Gordon BARRETT 22:00 VM50-54
49 Andrew WEBSTER 22:42 VM45-49
50 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:43 JW11-14
59 Julie DAWES 23:08 VW45-49
69 David Ian SCOTT 23:33 VM70-74
75 Robert MORRISON 23:46 VM40-44
76 Stephen AINSWORTH 23:47 VM55-59
85 Tony PILLING 24:15 VM50-54
91 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:30 JM10 New PB!
92 Annabel WILCOCK 24:31 JW15-17 New PB!
93 John WILCOCK 24:32 VM50-54
94 Justin BIRTWISTLE 24:32 VM40-44 New PB!
101 Ian HARGREAVES 24:49 VM50-54
113 Danny PILKINGTON 25:14 VM40-44 New PB!
127 Beth QUINN 25:45 JW15-17
134 Donna SCOTT 26:09 VW50-54
143 Aaron LUNDIE 26:25 JM11-14
155 Philip NAYLOR 26:37 VM35-39
172 Yvonne WICKHAM 27:27 VW50-54
176 Jane HYLANDS 27:39 VW40-44
182 Robert HIRST 27:47 VM65-69
193 Ron CHAPPELL 28:12 VM65-69
196 Stuart BARKER 28:18 VM45-49
334 Kathleen GARNETT 41:20 VW75-79

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
86 Robin PRICE 34:18 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 108 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 John HARTLEY 20:11 VM55-59
3 Paul BRANNON 20:17 VM55-59
88 Christine LEATHLEY 33:51 VW65-69

Penrith parkrun – A total of 153 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
108 Eileen JONES 30:27 VW60-64 First Timer!

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 492 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
13 David BAGOT 18:18 SM20-24

 

 

Go steep, go long, go orange

There might have been unseasonal snow this weekend, but that wasn’t enough to stop our hardy Clayton runners getting out and about to dust off their racing shoes over the weekend as well as during the week. With top level fell performances from the Juniors, gritty ultra efforts, classic road racing, Parkruns all over the country as well as the Annual Club Awards, there has been plenty to celebrate this weekend.

Wednesday 13th April

Mike McGee Memorial Cowm Reservoir 5k

Mid-week action from this 5K race around the scenic Cowm Reservoir, in memory of Mike McGee who passed away in 2012. A fast, flat course (and sweets at the finish) attracted two Clayton runners to test their legs.

Pos Name   Cat CatPos Time
40 Stephen Green M60  002/007 21:23

92

Julie Toman F45  006/006 27:29

Full results

Saturday 16th April

Anniversary Waltz Fell Race

Representing the third counter in the Club 2016 Fell Championships, this tough Lakeland AM race of 11.5m covers the Newlands Valley Horseshoe and can be prone to bad weather. No such issues this year, with a dry and sunny, if cool day.

Results were not out at the time of writing but David Bagot was first of the Clayton runners home followed by Dave Motley, Andy Orr, Neil Hardiman, Ryan Wilkinson, Paul Wale and Richard Briscoe. By all accounts it was a hard route but an ‘absolute belter’ as described by Fell Captain, Dave Motley.

Partial results

English Junior Fell Championship Series – Todd Crag races

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Briony Holt, full gas down to the finish during a dominant performance in the U14 Girls. Pic Alan Dorrington

A strong contingent of Clayton Juniors were in action at the first round of the FRA English Fell Championship Series at Todd Crag, Ambleside. Unfazed by an initial and brutal tarmac climb onto an equally steep and rocky fell section onto Loughrigg Fell, all our Juniors gave it everything with great performances from the U8s through to the U14s.

Jenson Bentham was flying in the U10 Boys, leading for much of the race eventually coming in 2nd, with Jackson McKay and Ella Dorrington both 4th in the U12 Boys and Girls races respectively, and a flawless race from Briony Holt to dominate the U14 Girls race.

There were great runs too from Felix Thompson in the U8 Boys (9th), Helena White (4th) and Kady Thompson (19th) in the U10 Girls, and Josh McKay (32nd) in the U10 Boys.

Also in the U12 Boys, Dexta Thompson (8th), Christopher Brown (17th) and Robbie Smedley (24th) all ran strongly, whilst Liberty Thompson was 23rd in the U14 Girls. Special mention to Claudia Bentham, 18th in U14 Girls and running in her first fell race – a tough introduction to fell racing but with more to come from her in the future no doubt.

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Jenson Bentham concentrating hard on the descent. Pic Alan Dorrington

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Dexta Thompson climbing well on his way to 8th U12 Boy. Pic Alan Dorrington

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Jackson McKay with the Fairfield Horsehoe as backdrop, on his way to 4th U12 Boy. Pic Alan Dorrington

With these results, the Juniors have got Clayton off to a strong start in the FRA Junior Club Championships too, sitting in equal 4th place, only a point or two behind the leading Lakeland fell running clubs. Well done to all of them for a collection of stellar performances on the fell this weekend.

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Ella Dorrington holding off the chasers on her way to 4th U12 Girl. Pic Alan Dorrington

Full results here

Fellsman Hike

The iconic Fellsman Hike covers over 60 miles of very rugged Dales moorland, climbing over 11,000 feet along its route from Ingleton to Threshfield. Despite (or perhaps because of!) this, it attracts a large field of regulars and newcomers keen to test themselves to the limit, complete with their mandatory kit issue mug.

Martin Terry, Simon Halliday, Ralph Baines, Nick Olszewski and Adrienne Olszewska all toed the line in Ingleton to begin their long efforts through into the night and the following day. Finishing this gruelling event is a huge achievement, and definitely one for an ultra runner’s ticklist. All made it round in very boggy conditions and deserve huge congratulations on their achievements.

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Nick Olszewski heading out of the Stone House checkpoint. Photo by Jane Woodburn.

Adrienne Olszewska sends us this report:

The Fellsman is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales. Most of the route is over privately owned land, the use of which is secured by the organisers for the weekend only. This being the case, the route does not follow well defined footpaths, so the entrants’ navigational skills with a map and compass are tested as well as their physical fitness. Because of this, only fit and experienced walkers or runners should enter.

The organisers’ pre-race briefing warned entrants of cold temperatures and the importance of sufficiently warm kit since blizzard conditions had been seen on some of the hill tops on the course. Fortunately this calmed down and there was only the odd flurry of snow from time to time. We were off on the long slog up Ingleborough, visible this year and snowy on top. Going the opposite way to the classic 3 Peaks Race, it was a slippery descent down towards the Hill Inn and plenty of people came a cropper on the way down, me included. Then the slog up Whernside follows before you turn and head back the way you came. A drop down into Kingsdale and the almost vertical clamber up Gragareth.

At this point I had pretty much dropped behind most of the runners so was on my own until grouping time. It’s a bit of a mental challenge when you are a back of the pack slowie. You can’t rely on following the people in front because they have all disappeared over the horizon and the next person is still quite a long way behind. You have to push yourself to keep going and have confidence in your ability to find your way. A lot of the time you seriously question your sanity and wonder why you are putting yourself through such misery; particularly when you are dragging yourself out of yet another bog and it’s cold, wet and there’s something sludgy and deeply unpleasant swishing around in your shoes. But, you carry on. Maybe because you don’t have a choice since you can only retire at a roadside checkpoint and so you have to at least make it to the next one. Also you don’t want to voluntarily retire without a good enough reason so you think all kinds of daft nonsense such as; “maybe a mild concussion would do it”.

Then you arrive at one of the hill top checkpoints. These are usually a couple of people in a tiny tent wearing so many layers of clothing that they can barely move. They cheerfully clip your tally card and ensure that you are crossed off their checklist. They are often there overnight in harsh conditions, probably feeling the cold much more than you because at least you are moving. It’s a good kick up the bum and their unrelenting cheerfulness is infectious so you head off to the next checkpoint with a much more positive mindset. In this event you have to be grouped at the overnight section. Competitors have to be in groups of at least 4 for safety reasons. It always amuses me when I speak to Nick, who is much faster than me, that I’m so far behind him that he gets grouped at the checkpoint that I get disbanded at the following day! If you are running with other people then you get to stay with them when you are grouped.

On your own though it’s a bit more of a lucky dip. I got grouped with 3 chaps who were fast hiking; Mick, Dick and Cliff (sounded like a sixties pop combo – should have changed my name to Sandy or Cilla to fit in really!). We made good progress through the night despite losing Cliff for a while on the moors heading to Hell Gap. Fortunately, we found him before we got to the next checkpoint otherwise we would have been disqualified. Strangely, a prospect that now horrified me despite kind of hoping for it when I’d been on my own earlier on! We were disbanded at dawn and Mick and I ran down from the top of Great Whernside. He took a better line than me towards the bottom where I got stranded in the peat hags and was floundering around hopelessly for a while until a kind fellow competitor dragged me out and kept me company until the end.

So two finishes on the Fellsman under my belt. I will be back next year and fingers crossed just maybe I will make it under 24 hours. This is a fantastic event organised and run by an amazing army of volunteers that make it a very addictive experience proved year in and year out by the number of people that just keep coming back.

Adrienne Olszewska descending to the Hill Inn from Ingleborough.

Adrienne Olszewska descending to the Hill Inn from Ingleborough.

Results to follow

Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k Take 2

A seasonal hangover from last Christmas, this beautiful, undulating run along England’s most beautiful valley replaced the abandoned Christmas Pud 10k from a flood affected December 2015. Martin Brady and Graham Kissack made the trip to the Lakes to sample its delights.

Pos Name   Cat CatPos Time
81 Martin Brady M50 46:56

270

Graham Kissack M65 1:08:58

Full Results

Club Awards Evening – Turf Moor

There was a big turnout of Juniors and Seniors alike for the club’s Annual Presentation of Awards. The event was held at the 1882 Lounge at Burnley Football Club, and those present enjoyed a great evening celebrating the achievement and effort of members and coaches, combined with a little bit of partying. Trophies for Club competitions, as well as for wider series were awarded along with some special awards for individual achievement and support for club activities. Many thanks to all those who helped organise and facilitate this celebration of all things Clayton.

Photo David Belshaw

Photo David Belshaw

 

Sunday 17 April

Radcliffe 10k

Radcliffe’s popular, scenic 10K race, covering parts of the trail, roads and paths of Ringley, with a sting in the tail, takes you through some of the route of the Manchester, Bury and Rossendale Railway line as well as the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. Peter Butterworth and Kevin O’Brien ran whilst Julie Toman fitted in her second race of the week.

Pos Name   Cat CatPos Time
79 Peter Butterworth M60 (0032/014) 00:44:29
255 Julie Toman F45 (015/024) 00:57:43
326 Kevin O’Brien M70 (003/003) 01:06:20

3 Bridges 10k, Lancaster

This scenic route is almost entirely traffic free, and crosses three bridges spanning the historic River Lune. The course is mainly flat and fast, giving rise to fast times. Martin Brady (V50) completed the race in 46:08 and Daniel Isherwood also ran, completing around the 40 minute mark.

Results to follow

Arant Haw fell race

Taking competitors right into the wilds of the Howgills, this short but steep race has been a popular fixture and represents the final of this years Kendal Winter League. Wendy Dodds was there to represent Clayton.

Results to follow

Parkrun Roundup

Woodbank Parkrun – A total of 182 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
140 Ron HILL 31:52 VM75-79

Bolton Parkrun – A total of 353 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
75 Katy THOMPSON 25:39 VW60-64

Burnley Parkrun – A total of 289 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Jonathan PYE 18:00 SM25-29
4 Jacob WATSON 18:06 SM30-34
5 Richard STEVENSON 18:36 VM40-44
11 James BOULT 19:50 SM20-24 New PB!
12 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:07 JM11-14
33 Donna RILEY 21:58 VW50-54
37 Lennon JACKSON 22:24 JM11-14
45 Robert MORRISON 22:51 VM40-44
50 Colin WHITE 23:13 VM40-44
51 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:14 JM10
58 Matthew JACKSON 23:29 JM10
66 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 23:48 JM15-17
69 Nathan KEWIN 24:04 JM11-14
75 Ian HARGREAVES 24:20 VM50-54
78 Julie DAWES 24:32 VW45-49
91 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 25:01 VW35-39
99 John WILCOCK 25:14 VM50-54
100 Annabel WILCOCK 25:18 JW15-17 New PB!
107 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:33 JM10
109 Justin BIRTWISTLE 25:38 VM40-44
117 Jake ANFORTH 25:58 JM10
121 Lisa JOHNSON 26:13 VW40-44
145 Lisa ELLIS 27:52 SW30-34
182 Robert HIRST 29:08 VM65-69
186 Donna SCOTT 29:16 VW50-54
192 Aaron LUNDIE 29:41 JM11-14
220 Nicola KAY 31:33 SW30-34
234 Philip NAYLOR 32:18 VM35-39
242 Christine LEATHLEY 33:02 VW65-69

Penrith Lakes Parkrun – A total of 185 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
113 Robin PRICE
36:41 VM70-74  New PB!

Pendle Parkrun – A total of 83 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Paul BROWN 20:26 VM55-59
2 John HARTLEY 20:43 VM55-59

Fell Foot Parkrun – A total of 121 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
19 Martin BRADY
23:34 VM50-54

Tooting Common Parkrun – A total of 413 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
318 Eileen JONES
29:52 VW60-64  New PB!

 

Leaping Forward

The clocks have changed, the lighter nights are here and midweek races are back. Still at the mercy of the weather at times, our hardy Harriers have been racing on with gusto. Starting the week with a win at Liver Hill and continuing to run well in all disciplines. We are springing forwards in leaps and bounds.

Happening this week

Reminder from the fell captains: entries are open for the next English Championships race, “Up the Nab” in the Peak District. Also entries are now open for the British Championships race, ‘Sedbergh Sports’ in July. Full details are available on the FRA Website

Tuesday 5th April first in the Summer Series – Coppice Trail Race – starts 6.30 pm from the Peel Park Hotel, Turkey Street, Accrington. Entry £4 which will be donated to East Lancs Hospice in memory of Tony Aspin. There will be free Potato Pie or Cheese and Onion Pie. There will also be a one hour walk for those interested and a number of helpers needed for the race.

Volunteers needed to help out at the Mearley Clough Race on Tuesday 10th May. Please contact Andy Firth (andrewfirth58@aol.com mob 07470368926) if you can help.

Tuesday 29 March

Bunny Run 1

Well done to Briony Holt who took part in the first Bunny Run in the current series organised by Woodentops. In a field of 275 senior and junior runners she was 39th overall and 1st U14 girl

Briony Holt at the first Bunny Run race. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt at the first Bunny Run race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos. Name Cat. Time
39 Briony Holt GU14 20:12

Full Results

Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Fell Race

The second race in the club fell championship competition took place in harsh conditions with 23 Clayton Harriers taking part. Danny Collinge continued his winning streak taking first place.

Danny Collinge leading the way at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Danny Collinge leading the way at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Our first female was Orlaith O’Mahony who was second lady overall to Preston Harrier’s Nicola Jackson.

Orlaith O'Mahony and Chris Paul at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Orlaith O’Mahony and Chris Paul at the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos. Name Cat. Time
1 Danny Collinge MU23 00:34:51
15 Peter Coates MSEN 00:39:15
19 Carl Helliwell MV40 00:39:42
23 Ryan Wilkinson MSEN 00:40:13
24 Dave Motley MSEN 00:40:22
33 Mike Wallis MV55 00:41:27
40 Paul Hesketh MV50 00:42:19
48 Sean Clare MV50 00:42:56
49 Alan Dorrington MV45 00:43:02
64 Richard Briscoe MSEN 00:46:07
66 Mark Nutter MV50 00:46:23
69 Orlaith O’Mahony LSEN 00:46:56
70 Chris Paul MSEN 00:46:58
88 Angela Shian LSEN 00:49:29
92 Colin Woolford MV40 00:50:11
97 Wendy Dodds LV65 00:51:55
102 James Hickie MV55 00:53:32
104 Martin Brady MV50 00:54:17
108 David Nield MV55 00:54:32
109 David Naylor MV60 00:54:39
115 Stephen Fish MV60 00:55:58
139 Michelle Butschok LV40 01:05:54
140 Rachel Todd LV40 01:06:25

Full Results

Junior Liver Hill Races

Well done to the three intrepid juniors that took part in the junior races at the Pete Hartley Memorial Fell Race. In diabolical conditions Jenson Bentham finished 2nd in the U10 race with a time of 11:38, and Helana White was 5th place and first girl with a time of 12:39. Claudia Bentham ran in the U14 race and finished in 16th place with a time of 25:38.

Wednesday 30 March

Colin & Brenda Robinson 5K Cowm Race

206 runners took part in this midweek race of 2 laps of Cowm reservoir with proceeds going to Wythenshaw Hospital Sports transplants funds. Julie Toman was our sole representative in this race finishing in 156th place with a time of 26:34

Pos Name Cat  Time
156 Julie Toman F45 00:26:34

Full Results

Saturday 2 April

Eskdale Elevation

Edited version of Race OrganiserDave Jones’s report

After three days of awful weather the inaugural Eskdale Elevation took place in constant rain and mist and involved a relatively small but thoroughly competent field of 43 runners – I suspect that with better weather this might have been a somewhat larger field but the race proved to be very competitive and needed not just speed but sound route choice and navigational accuracy. There were plenty of alternative choices utilised, some better than others, but Rhys Findlay-Robinson, despite having a rapidly disintegrating map from Scafell onwards, clearly made some good decisions and came home a clear winner from Richard McGrath , with Muir Morton taking a very clever line off Scafell which gained him five places and put him in third place.

The Ladies’ race was very close indeed, with the Keswick pair of Catherine Evans and Jo Gillyon crossing the line together to claim joint first place a mere four seconds in front of Sue Richmond in third.

As far as the Vets’ categories were concerned all four of the male places were, to my intense delight, taken by Pennine runners, as was the Men’s Team, so unashamedly biased congratulations to Muir, Ian, Dave Bowen, Roger and Dave Ward.

For the Ladies, Jo Gillyon claimed the FV40 as well as joint first place; Kathleen Aubrey got the FV50 and the irrepressible Wendy Dodds got the FV60, while Helm Hill won the Ladies’ Team.

Full Report and Results

Pendle Fell Races

37 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers senior runners took part in this popular early season fell race organised by the club. A field of 172 runners took part overall. The race was won by Rossendale Harriers’ Sam Tosh in a time of 33:46. First Clayton runner home was Matt Perry who had a tremendous run and was 8th overall with a time of 37:45. Matthew Duckworth also had a good run, knocking nearly 6 minutes off last year’s time despite the boggy conditions.

First four Harrier. L-R  Carl Helliwell, Peter Coates, Matt Perry and Andrew Laycock. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

The ladies race was won by Georgia Tindley of Hunters Bog Trotters.First Clayton lady finisher was Louisa Powell-Smith who in her very first fell race was 3rd lady overall in the race with a time of 43:22. A fantastic run for Louisa who pulled off a great result despite having to stop at the trig point with severe cramp!

Louisa Powell-Smith at the Pendle Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Louisa Powell-Smith at the Pendle Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

There were top twenty finishes for Andrew Laycock and Peter Coates. Our senior vets also did well with Jack Holt 1st V60 male, Kieron Carr 1st V70 male, and Linda Lord 1st V60 lady.

Congratulations to Andy Bradley who as the new race organiser pulled off a cracking event for all, as did Colin Woolford at the Stan Bradshaw race in March.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
8 Matt Perry M 00:37:45
11 Andrew Laycock M 00:38:35
18 Peter Coates M 00:39:57
21 Carl Helliwell M40 00:40:23
32 Alan Life M 00:42:41
35 Matthew Duckworth M 00:43:06
38 Louisa Powell-Smith F 00:43:22
41 Sean Clare M50 00:43:42
43 Andrew Priory M40 00:44:13
47 Geoffrey Paul Gough M50 00:44:37
57 Richard Briscoe M 00:45:19
59 Brian Horrocks M50 00:45:40
63 Ivan Whigham M50 00:46:05
66 Jack Holt M60 00:46:20
74 Mark Nutter M50 00:47:32
82 Jeffrey Pickup M60 00:49:03
86 Kieran Carr M70 00:49:17
90 Mark Taylor M 00:50:26
91 Peter Dugdale M50 00:50:52
93 Martin Brady M50 00:51:15
94 Vicky Heys F40 00:51:21
96 Andrew Dugdale M50 00:51:24
100 Peter Browning M50 00:52:09
104 Angela Shion F 00:52:46
115 David Naylor M60 00:53:36
117 Colin Woolford M40 00:54:03
123 Andrew Firth M50 00:54:55
126 David M. Horrocks M50 00:55:15
131 Irene Roche F50 00:55:22
132 Andrew Walmsley M60 00:55:34
133 Linda Lord F60 00:55:40
153 Rachel Todd F40 01:01:25
155 Michael Frost M60 01:02:14
156 Bianca Bennett F 01:02:44
158 Helen Burnett F40 01:03:04
163 Doug Munroe M60 01:06:00
168 Karin Goss F60 01:09:00

Full Results

Pendle Junior Fell Races

Well done to our 24 juniors runners that took part in the Pendle Fell Races. In total, 124 junior runners took part in over the age groups this year.  Conditions were pretty grim as the races got under way with drizzle and a cold wind to contend with on an extremely slippery and muddy course. The U8 & U10 runners ran together as did the U16 & U18 but results are supplied separately.

U8 Race

Felix Thompson was our youngest runner of the day and took part in the U8 race in field of 20 runners. He was 9th overall and the 6th boy to finish. A good run in pretty unpleasant conditions.

Felix Thompson in the U8 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Felix Thompson in the U8 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
9 Felix Thompson M 00:03:59

U10 Race

There were 8 Clayton juniors in the U10 race. Finley Stubbs was our first finisher and was 4th overall in the race. Helana White was our second finisher in 12th place overall. Some gutsy running from our juniors in tough conditions.

Millie Macabe in the U10 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Millie MacCabe in the U10 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
4 Finley C Stubbs M (004/016) 00:05:13
12 Helena White F (004/011) 00:05:59
15 Matthew Jackson M (011/016) 00:06:04
16 Joshua McKay M (012/016) 00:06:10
20 Jake Anforth M (014/016) 00:06:29
22 Kady Thompson F (007/011) 00:06:33
27 Milly Su MacCabe F (011/011) 00:08:12

U12 Race

Again there were 8 Clayton juniors in the U12 Race. This was a longer course than the previous race with a route on the higher and more exposed fell side. Jackson McKay was our first finisher and second overall. Chasing down a couple of Horwich runners, and pulling off a dramatic last minute overtake, Dexta Thompson was 4th.

Dexta Thompson literally leaping past his Horwich opponent. Photo by David Belshaw

Dexta Thompson literally leaping past his Horwich opponent. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington was our first girl battling all the way to the finish to be pipped at the post by Ella Pendlebury of Horwich RMI and settling for 3rd girl in the race.

Ella Dorrington battling to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington battling to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Special mention for Bronia for the most spectacular full body slide on the home straight; she got up and finished with a smile on her face.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Jackson McKay M (002/016) 00:14:42
4 Dexta Thompson M (004/016) 00:15:29
7 Robbie M Smedley M (006/016) 00:16:24
9 Ella Dorrington F (003/021) 00:16:29
16 William M Nicholls M (011/016) 00:19:08
19 Summer J Hargreaves F (007/021) 00:19:52
29 Grace Root F (016/021) 00:21:11
35 Bronia Olszewska F (019/021) 00:26:33

U14 Race

Briony Holt was our first finisher, 3rd overall and 1st girl in the U14 race.  Lennon Jackson was the first boy for the club in 19th place overall.

Briony Holt storming to the finish in the U14 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Briony Holt storming to the finish in the U14 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Once again our juniors ran their socks off despite the grim weather and tricky ground underfoot.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
3 Briony Holt F (001/012) 00:22:25
17 Millie Eve Stubbs F (007/012) 00:25:35
19 Lennon Jackson M (012/012) 00:26:57
20 Sophie Ashworth F (008/012) 00:28:17
23 Natasha Olszewska F (011/012) 00:30:26

U16 Race

Simon Wilshaw was our first finisher in the U16 race and 7th overall. Hot on his heels was Nicholas Hennessey in his debut for the club.

L-R Simon Wilshaw and Nick Hennessey in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

L-R Simon Wilshaw and Nick Hennessey in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Eleanor Root was our only girl in the race and 2nd girl overall.

Eleanor Root in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Eleanor Root in the U16 race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
7 Simon Wilshaw M (007/009) 00:26:55
8 Nicholas Hennessey M (008/009) 00:26:57
11 Eleanor Root F (002/004) 00:32:41

Full Results

Sunday 3 April

Burnley Youth Theatre 5K & Fun Run

Julie Dawes was our sole senior runner in the 5K finishing in 13th place with a time of 24:29.

Julie Dawes at the Burnley Youth Theatre 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Julie Dawes at the Burnley Youth Theatre 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Junior Matthew Jackson and Helana White ran in the fun run taking 1st and 2nd places respectively.  Well done to all that took part to help fundraise for this fantastic local theatre group.

Matthew Jackson and Helana White winners of the Burnley Youth Theatre charity fun run. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson and Helana White winners of the Burnley Youth Theatre charity fun run. Photo by David Belshaw

Results

Darwen Heritage Half Marathon

17 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took to the roads of Darwen for the Heritage Half marathon organised by Darwen Dashers. The race is part of this year’s club road championship.

Team Clayton at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

Team Clayton at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

Report from Jacob Watson

Jacob Watson at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

Jacob Watson at the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. Photo by George S Davies

As my first Half Marathon since I fractured my foot running Hendon Brook in Summer last year, I was a little apprehensive about this challenging, hilly half marathon. There is a reason it has been labelled ‘Darwen Rollercoaster Half Marathon’ which became apparent right from the start. The course itself contains 3 steep climbs, all of which are about 2 miles long, the first one being the longest drag. There certainly seemed to be more uphills than downhills, although the last 2 miles were brilliant fun, especially after I realised there was no more climbing!

Leaving the house, I wasn’t sure what to expect weather wise as it looked pretty miserable, however shortly after the race started the sun came out which really highlighted the scenery, not that there was much of an opportunity to take it in, mind! Most of the route takes place on country roads and through villages, another similarity it has with Hendon Brook (it’s bigger, scarier brother!)

I was fortunate enough to be running in a group of 4 for the first 6 miles, however after a bit of trouble taking on water and getting stitch I couldn’t help but watch as the 3 other runners went off into the distance. Once my stomach had sorted itself out I just focussed on keeping them in my sight and not dropping back any further. Crossing the line, I knew I’d given it my all and was very happy to get under 85 minutes (a faster time than I would have predicted given the hills). Happy days!

All in all, a great, challenging route and I’m very glad it was added to our road championship. I’m hoping it will be good training for Hendon Brook!

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
10 Jacob Watson M 01:24:48
27 Dave Motley M 01:29:31
83 Richard Briscoe M 01:39:40
108 James Boult M 01:42:32
120 Andrew Webster M45 01:44:02
128 Robert Morrison M40 01:45:16
142 Elizabeth Mullan F 01:47:23
152 Amanda Duffy F 01:48:52
161 Martin Brady M50 01:50:16
191 Colin White M40 01:54:04
200 Angela Shian F 01:54:35
201 Vicky Heys F45 01:54:35
202 Nerina Gill F45 01:54:54
212 Geoff Smith M40 01:55:57
217 Julia Rushton F50 01:56:55
283 Lee Moore M 02:08:16
360 Mr Naylor M 02:24:47

Full Results

Padiham Aquathlon

Fresh from a storming run at the Pendle Fell Race, Matthew Duckworth took part in the Padiham Aquathlon finishing in 9th place with an overall time of 32:03. Natasha Newell and Tony Pilling competed as a relay and finished in 11th place with an overall time of  33:49.

It was a super Sunday for Team Stevenson! After lots of hard work in the pool over the last few months Keira blitzed her previous swim times at Padiham Aquathlon. Rachel was persuaded to have a go by Keira, worked her socks off and swam beautifully and confidently. Adam decided to throw everything at the run, a tactic that well paid off. Great results for all 3 of them!

Team Stevenson. L-R Adam, Keira and Rachel with their mum Deborah at the Padiham Aquathlon

Team Stevenson. L-R Adam, Keira and Rachel with their mum Deborah at the Padiham Aquathlon

Results not yet available

Wilmslow Half Marathon

Richard Stevenson ran in the Wilmslow Half Marathon finishing in 83rd place with a time of 1:20:28 smashing his PB. A result of lots of hard work put into training. Well done Richard

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

A busy week for our parkrunners with some parkrun tourism thrown into the mix. Clayton-le-Moors Harriers have been spotted in Scotland and Australia this week.

Imogen and Tillie Ferguson at the

Imogen and Tillie Ferguson at the Helix junior parkrun in Edinburgh.

Bolton parkrun – A total of 244 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
71 Katy THOMPSON 25:39 VW60-64

Burnley parkrun – A total of 246 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:23 SM25-29
2 Jordan MCDONALD 18:33 SM18-19
5 Chris SNELL 19:22 VM35-39
9 Adam SHAW 20:37 SM30-34
12 John WILCOCK 21:08 VM50-54
19 Richard STEVENSON 22:03 VM40-44
20 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:11 JM15-17
21 Donna RILEY 22:16 VW50-54
27 Martin BRADY 22:41 VM50-54
33 James HICKIE 23:26 VM55-59
43 Ian HARGREAVES 24:10 VM50-54
45 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 24:13 JM10
54 Julie DAWES 24:37 VW45-49
61 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:06 JM10
62 Justin BIRTWISTLE 25:07 VM40-44
65 Andrew TAYLOR 25:32 VM55-59
85 Aaron LUNDIE 26:35 JM11-14
102 Ron CHAPPELL 27:44 VM65-69
105 Julie TOMAN 27:57 VW45-49
129 Donna SCOTT 29:24 VW50-54
139 Carl CAREY 29:49 VM45-49
146 Robert HIRST 30:14 VM65-69
150 Jack MCGUIRE 30:30 VM60-64
151 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:39 VW65-69
164 Karen CLARKIN 31:22 VW40-44
181 Judith CAREY 32:17 VW35-39
227 Valerie LAWSON 36:45 VW70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 152 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
152 Eileen JONES 57:12 VW60-64

Helix Junior parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
15 Imogen FERGUSON 8:57 JW10 First Timer!
27 Tillie FERGUSON 10:32 JW10 First Timer!

Lincoln parkrun – A total of 331 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Breton HOLDSWORTH 17:22 VM40-44

Pendle parkrun – A total of 73 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Paul BRANNON 20:39 VM55-59
4 John HARTLEY 20:51 VM55-59
5 Paul HESKETH 21:03 VM50-54
6 Richard BRISCOE 21:22 VM35-39
12 Susan BURNS 22:27 VW55-59

Penrith Lakes parkrun- A total of 220 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
162 Robin PRICE 37:50 VM70-74 First Timer!

Queen’s Park junior parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Dexta THOMPSON 7:35 JM10 First Timer!
7 Liberty THOMPSON 9:23 JW11-14 First Timer!
11 Kady THOMPSON 10:15 JW10 First Timer!
12 Felix THOMPSON 10:18 JM10 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 171 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
151 Christine LEATHLEY 34:01 VW65-69 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
72 Julia RUSHTON 1:00 VW50-54

Woodbank parkrun – A total of 128 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
107 Ron HILL 32:59 VM75-79

 

Senior Club Competitions 2016

Now 2016 is here why not look at the Club Championships when planning your races? The first Club Road Championship race is the East Lancs Hospice 10k on Sunday 24th January, the first Club Trail Championship race is the Standish Hall 10k on Saturday 20th February, and the first Club Fell Championship race is Heptonstall (BL) on Sunday 20th March. These three club championships all follow a best four out of seven races format.

The Winter Warmer 10k on Sunday 7th February is the final race in the 2015 Club Road Championship to replace the cancelled Guys 10.

As well as our Club Championships we also have two more fell competitions – the Pendle Aggregate Trophy and the John North Trophy. Follow the link for a complete list of all our Senior Club Competitions and Awards.

I wish all members a happy and successful 2016!

December Newsletter

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Here is the link to the final Harrier edited by me. It’s missing Runner of the Month because the award is under review. However, Harry Manning has provided a list of ‘fast runners’ from the last two months. Paul Healey covers more Old Ground and there are reports on the wet and windy Tour of Pendle and Lee Mill Relays in addition to results and fixtures, as usual. Enjoy! December Newsletter 2015

November Newsletter

Jordan & Andy Leg 1

This month’s Harrier is a relay, relay, relay good edition. It has reports on the Northern and National Road Relays, the Hodgson Brothers Fell Relay and the British Athletics Hill & Fell Running Relay, organised by Clayton at Barley last month. It also contains all the usual features, results & fixtures for the next 2 months. November Newsletter 2015

A Bit Of A Do

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

Saturday 17 October

British Athletics Hill & Fell Running Relay Championships

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

The British Relay Championships. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

The British Relay Championships. Photo by Sarah Helliwell

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

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

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

Report from Ladies’ Fell Captain Kath Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irene Roche – Leg 1 Runner – Reports

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

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

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

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

Report from Christopher Holdsworth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

Pilling 10k

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

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

Full Results

 

Sunday 18 October

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

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

Kath Brady sends this report

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Mile Race Results

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

1 Mile Race Results

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

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

Full Results

Jimmy Cricket’s 70th Birthday Cowm 5K

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

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

Parkrun roundup

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

Burnley parkrun – A total of 312 runners took part.

Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

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

Pendle parkrun – A total of 61 runners took part

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

Witton parkrun – A total of 173 runners took part.

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

Bolton parkrun – A total of 267 runners took part

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

 

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

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

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

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

Preston parkrun – A total of 261 runners took part.

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

Woodbank parkrun – A total of 138 runners took part.

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