What January blues?

No sign of the January blues here at Clayton-le-Moors Harriers! There’s been plenty of great results in cross country, fell racing and on the trails to well and truly blow away the cobwebs. We’ve had new members racing for the first time, returners racing for us again, not to mentions all the regulars and irregulars, out racing and reccying.

SATURDAY 14 JANUARY

ASHURST BEACON RACE

John Francis was our sole representative at this race finishing in 154th place

Full Results

MID LANCS XC LEAGUE – TOWNELEY

It was a bumper turnout for Team Clayton with well over 70 members of all ages racing on the familiar ground of Towneley Park. It was another great race for the U11 boys and U15 girls who had some great individual placings and 1st place teams. Our Vet 55 ladies are looking strong and there was a team win for them.

U11 Girls

Helana White was our first U11 girl and 7th overall in the U11 Girls’ race.

Helana White in the U11 girls' race. Photo by David Belshaw

Helana White in the U11 girls’ race. Photo by David Belshaw

Team position 9th (H White | K Thompson | R Stevenson)

Pos Name Time
7 Helana White 8:01
41 Kady Thompson 9:09
62 Rachel Stevenson 9:58
66 Emily Nicholls 10:18
73 Ellisia Smedley 11:03

U11 Boys

With 3 boys in the top five finishers, it was another great performance from our U11 boys. Dexta finished in 1st place with Robbie Smedley in 3rd and Finley Stubbs in 5th (4th in team placings when non-counters removed)

Robbie Smedley in the U11 Boys' race. Photo by David Belshaw

Robbie Smedley in the U11 Boys’ race. Photo by David Belshaw

Team position 1st ( D Thompson | R Smedley | F Stubbs)

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 7:12
3 Robbie Smedley 7:25
5 Finley Stubbs 7:57
17 Matthew Jackson 7:57
24 Jenson Bentham 8:06
55 Jake Anforth 9:03

U13 Girls            

Ella Dorrington was our first finisher in 28th place.

Heidi Kewin in the U13 girls' race. Photo by David Belshaw

Heidi Kewin in the U13 girls’ race. Photo by David Belshaw

Team position 8th (E Dorrington | H Kewin | B WHeatcroft)

Pos Name Time
28 Ella Dorrington-Levy 11:20
47 Heidi Kewin 12:17
53 Bethany Wheatcroft 12:44
60 Bronia Olszewska 14:02

U13 Boys

Jackson McKay was our first finisher in 4th place overall.

Team Position 5th ( J McKay | L Jackson | W Nicholls)

Pos Name Time
4 Jackson McKay 10:35
28 Lennon Jackson 11:59
44 William Nicholls 13:07

U15 Girls

A third place finish for Briony Holt with some strong performances from her team mates keeping the U15 Girls’ Team in 1st place.FB_IMG_1484571723745

Team Position 1st (B Holt | M Stubbs | N Olszewska)

Pos Name Time
3 Briony Holt 11:17
12 Millie Stubbs 12:22
18 Natasha Olszewska 13:22
21 Liberty Thompson 13:51

U15 Boys

Nick Hennessey had a strong run and finished in 4th place overall.

Team Position 5th ( N Hennessey | S Grewal | A Stevenson)

Pos Name Time
4 Nick Hennessey 14:11
21 Stanley Grewal 15:28
24 Adam Stevenson 16:34

U17 Men

Simon Wilshaw was our first finisher in 16th place closely followed by team mates Curtis Holt in 17th and Reece Lawrence in 19th.

Curtis Holt and Simon Wilshaw racing in the U17 men's race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Curtis Holt and Simon Wilshaw racing in the U17 men’s race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Team Position 5th (S Wilshaw | C Holt | R Lawrence)

Pos Name Time
16 Simon Wilshaw 21:54
17 Curtis Holt 21:58
19 Reece Lawrence 23:23

U20 Ladies

Bethany Quinn was our sole U20 lady and she finished in 4th place.

Pos Name Time
4 Bethany Quinn 29:10

Ladies Race

Report from Ladies’ Captain Irene Roche

It must have been close to a record turnout for the ladies at Towneley Park Cross Country this weekend. With lots of regulars, some returners and a few new ladies.

First timers, Karen Clarkin, Geraldine Varley and Julia Taylor had positive comments at the finish. I think they said they will do another. Very well done girls.

Clayton Ladies out in force at the Mid Lancs XC in Towneley Park. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Clayton Ladies out in force at the Mid Lancs XC in Towneley Park. Photo by Nick Olszewski

A special mention goes to Donna Airey who sacrificed her BFC season ticket for event. An excellent run from Donna too, so glad you joined us to help with team points.

Elizabeth Mullan chasing Donna Airey at the Mid Lancs XC. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Elizabeth Mullan chasing Donna Airey at the Mid Lancs XC. Photo by Nick Olszewski

The course itself offered some mud to tussle with but I have certainly seen it worse. With the temperature being quite mild also, I think we had the luck to have a good day to take part.

Many thanks to all who ran.

Team Positions:

‘A’ Team 9th (D Airey | E Mullan | C Darling-Smedley)

‘B’ Team 14th (M Abbott | I Roche | T DeCurtis)

Over 35 Team 5th (D Airey | C Darling-Smedley | M Abbott)

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

Over 55 Team 1st ( I Roche | J Knightley | J Taylor)

Pos Name Cat Time
33 Donna Airey L35 25:27
35 Elizabeth Mullan L35 25:30
37 Cassandra Darling-Smedley L35 25:33
43 Michelle Abbott L35 26:20
44 Irene Roche L55 26:20
56 Teresa de Curtis L45 27:08
60 Joanne Bennett L45 27:17
62 Jean Knightley L55 27:32
77 Bethany Quinn L20 29:10
83 Lucy Scott L 29:45
86 Janine Pollard L45 29:51
88 Helen Burnett L45 30:02
97 Sarah Helliwell L 30:54
101 Jane Hylands L45 31:13
113 Adrienne Olszewska L45 32:24
119 Deborah Greenwood L45 32:55
123 Julia Taylor L55 33:28
129 Judith Carey L35 34:11
130 Geraldine Varley L55 34:57
132 Karen Clarkin L45 35:13
137 Susan Allen L55 37:32
142 Christine Leathley L65 39:39
144 Sharon Wilson L35 40:21

 Vet 70 Men

Richard Lawson was our only runner in the Vet 70 race.

Pos Name Time
3 Richard Lawson 31:57

Senior Men’s Race

Another great turn out for the Clayton men at this local fixture. Despite losing fast lad Danny Collinge during the race our men pushed on to earn a fourth place finish for the team. Jacob Watson was our first man in 39th and 37:51.

Jacob Watson at the Mid Lancs XC, Photo by Nick Olszewski

Jacob Watson at the Mid Lancs XC, Photo by Nick Olszewski

Team Positions

‘A’ Team 4th ( J Watson | D Motley | P Coates | C Snell | C Helliwell | M Duckworth)

‘B’ Team 18th (A Holt | A Orr | A Cran | A Payne | J Wilcock | N Roscoe)

Over 40 Team 6th (P Coates | C Helliwell | A Holt | A Orr)

Over 50 team 6th (J Wilcock | A Life | A Howarth)

Pos Name Cat Time
39 Jacob Watson M 37:51
44 Dave Motley M 38:37
53 Peter Coates V40 39:05
55 Chris Snell M 39:07
59 Carl Helliwell V40 39:14
69 Matthew Duckworth M 39:46
95 Andrew Holt V40 41:15
105 Andrew Orr V40 41:40
114 Alex Cran V40 42:03
143 Andrew Payne M 43:38
147 John Wilcock V50 44:00
156 Nick Roscoe V40 44:23
164 Andy Quinn V40 44:52
174 Mick Hughes V40 45:26
183 Alan Life V50 46:22
194 Andrew Howarth V50 47:35
197 James Hickie V50 47:35
200 Sean Clare V50 47:43
203 Craig Nicholls V40 48:02
206 Colin White V40 48:43
209 Christopher Lawrence V50 48:56
210 Gary Moore V40 49:10
212 Carl Carey V40 49:16
213 David Scott V70 49:20
225 David Moynihan V40 51:14
230 Geoff Smith V40 52:03
232 Peter Browning V50 52:16
251 Stuart Barker V50 61:13

Full Results

PETZL NIGHTRUNNER – RIVINGTON

The snow passed over Rivington a couple of days before race day and left Rivington NightRunner with a lovely, clear night and a little bit of the white stuff on the moor for added grip. With a huge moon lighting the way, Saturday night saw an impressive turnout of crazy runners celebrating the last NightRunner of this series and amongst them two Clayton Ladies. Photos of the event were provided by Sport Sunday.

Report from Julia Rushton

The Petzl Rivington night runner was listed as a trail race; this gave the impression that we would be running on relatively tame footpaths. Wrong! I’ve done easier fell races.

We started the race with a steep mile and a half climb on a rocky cobbled path that was tough on the legs as well as the lungs. We continued on rocky paths that needed total concentration to avoid falls. Running in the dark with a couple of hundred people wearing head torches looked fantastic over the hills and against the rising moon. The downward route took in a boggy field, a marshal warned us to watch out for the big hole before the bridge. I didn’t see the bridge until I’d fallen thigh deep into the hole, a cheery chorus of “she’s found the hole” went up around me as I was pulled out.

Nerina Gill and Julia Rushton crossing the line at the Petzl Rivington Night Runner. Photo courtesy of SportSunday

Nerina Gill and Julia Rushton crossing the line at the Petzl Rivington Night Runner. Photo courtesy of SportSunday

Back on the rocky paths to the finish Neri and I had decided to be sensible and came down at what John Roche would describe as tea and biscuits pace. 1300 feet of climb over 6miles on rough ground, back on tarmac and I tripped over a speed hump on the finish straight. Lovely tee shirt though and I will be tempted to be back again next year.

Pos Name Cat Time
249 Nerina Gill FV40 01:28:46.15
250 Julia Rushton FV50 01:28:58.05

Full Results

SUNDAY 15 JANUARY

EAST LANCS HOSPICE 10K

Sixteen club members tramped the trails around Great Harwood and Rishton in this popular, fund raiser for the East Lancs Hospice. Danny Collinge won the race with Jon Cleaver taking 1st M35, John Hartley 1st M60 and Reece Lawrence 1st MU18.

Team Clayton at the East Lancs Hospice. Back Row - Mick Hughes, Ian Hargreaves, Michelle Abbott, Donna Airey, Colin White. Front Row Reece Lawrence and Danny Collinge

Team Clayton at the East Lancs Hospice.
Back Row – Mick Hughes, Ian Hargreaves, Michelle Abbott, Donna Airey, Colin White. Front Row Reece Lawrence and Danny Collinge

The men also took 1st place in the team results with Danny Collinge, Jon Cleaver and John Hartley making up the team.

Five Clayton Ladies took part. Helen O’Rourke was our first finisher in 71st place.

Report from Jon Cleaver

Great turn out with over 400 runners on a wet and windy morning! This race is predominantly traffic free along the bridleways & canal with a bit of tarmac along the way.  It was never going to be a PB course with the conditions underfoot being more like an XC rather than road, but after a racing layoff due to injury after the Ribble Valley I wanted to give it a good go.

John Cleaver heading to the finish at the East Lancs Hospice 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

On the way out it was really boggy and full of puddles, but once your feet are soaked it doesn’t really matter anymore, about 2.5 miles in you have a slog up hill and around the recreation area before a fast descent back down and along the canal bank towards the finish. I had a couple of runners breathing down my neck for the last 2 miles and quite frustratingly got jumped 50 yards from the end which stopped me getting in the top 10.

Overall I ran a minute faster than last year and came 11th, considering the injury I have been carrying and lack of training in recent weeks I am pretty pleased with that. Well done Danny for taking the win!

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
1 Danny Collinge MU23 1 00:34:31
11 Jon Cleaver M35 1 00:37:58
27 John Hartley M60 1 00:41:03
36 Reece Lawrence MU18 1 00:42:41
71 Helen O’Rourke F 5 00:45:48
75 Robert Morrison M40 11 00:45:51
86 Paul Wale M45 17 00:47:01
87 Mick Hughes M40 15 00:46:55
100 Donna Airey W35 3 00:47:48
101 Colin White M40 17 00:47:52
104 Christopher Lawrence M50 9 00:48:13
120 Nina Kewin W35 4 00:49:32
130 David Moynihan M50 14 00:50:14
136 Ian Hargreaves M50 15 00:51:04
251 Helen Harrison W45 17 00:58:07
273 Clare Wilson W35 13 00:59:34

Full Results

EAST LANCS HOSPICE JUNIOR RACE

A dozen junior runners lined up in a field of 44 to race at Great Harwood. Dexta won the race in 7:35 and there were age category wins for Lennon Jackson (MU16), Helana White (FU12), Amelia Halstead (FU10) and Charlie Plant (FU8). The girls took 2nd place in the teams with the boys taking 1st and 3rd place in the teams.

Olly Plant. One of our youngest runners at the East Lancs 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Olly Plant. One of our youngest runners at the East Lancs 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
1 Dexta Thompson MU12 1 07:35.0
5 Lennon Jackson MU16 1 08:00.0
6 Matthew Jackson MU12 2 08:11.0
7 Jenson Bentham MU12 3 08:25.0
10 Aaron Lundie MU16 2 08:31.0
11 Helana White FU12 1 08:31.0
16 Liberty Thompson FU16 5 09:16.0
18 Amelia Halstead FU10 1 09:27.0
23 Claudia Bentham FU16 6 09:39.0
24 Felix Thompson MU8 2 10:34.0
25 Charlie Plant FU8 1 10:53.0
34 Olly Plant MU8 4 13:07.0

Full Results

LAMB’S LONGER LEG

Race Report from Andrew Firth

It’s a bit of a funny name, and I’m not sure why the Longer Leg, but since the race is based at the Lamb Inn, on the Chinley Road just out of Hayfield in the Peak District clearly that’s where the name comes from. It’s surprisingly quick to get to Hayfield from East Lancs, just under the hour on a Sunday morning when the notorious traffic through Mottram is quiet. It’s only a short race, just over 3 miles, but worth the effort with two climbs and two slippery descents, which in today’s weather was exceptionally wet and difficult underfoot.

It’s a low key race, doesn’t appear in FRA calendar and is also strictly pre entry so it’s tends to attract low numbers. If anyone fancies doing it in future years the entry details appear on Hayfield races website. The organiser only made an appearance at 10 o’clock, cutting it a bit fine for a 10.30 start. However the 70 or so runners lined up at the start only a few minutes late, most wearing waterproof tops.

I had a bit of a watch malfunction at the start, and by the time I sorted it out I was dead last as we trudged up the track. I buckled down to the task and slowly gained a few places, dodging really boggy patches as well as a surprising amount of remaining snowdrifts. At the top of the track you turn onto the track that eventually leads to Rushup Edge for a short period followed by a sharp left and quick slippery descent losing all the height we had gained. Traverse around the bottom of Dimpus Clough before a steep haul up to South Head, then the route virtually retraces the outward leg, except we go right to finish in the field next to the pub.

I was happy with performance having been last at the start. The only other Claytoner was Ivan Whigham who finished 32nd. After the race myself Dinah, Ivan and Kirsty retired to the pub for a well-earned Sunday roast – both myself and Ivan felt compelled to have the lamb, but I’m not sure who got the long leg!

Pos Name Cat Time
32 Ivan Whigham M55 38:40
50 Andrew Firth M55 42:28

Full Results

SOREEN STANBURY SPLASH

Seven Clayton Harriers splashed their way around this popular Woodentops’ fell race. Dave Bagot was our first finisher in 15th place, followed only seconds later by Louisa Powell-Smith who won the ladies race and was 16th overall.

Louisa Powell-Smith, winner of the ladies race at the Stanbury Splash. Photo by Woodentops

Louisa Powell-Smith, winner of the ladies race at the Stanbury Splash. Photo by Woodentops

It was also the first race for Wayne McIntosh since he returned to the club so a big welcome back to him.

The Mac is back! Welcome back Wayne McIntosh. Photo by Woodentops

The Mac is back! Welcome back Wayne McIntosh. Photo by Woodentops

Report from James Boult

From Penistone Hill Country Park, the start of many of Woodentops’ well-established fell races, began the 34th Soreen Stanbury Splash fell race in typical January conditions. With a quarry already made boggy by a Junior Race beforehand, a couple of hundred fell runners assembled for the usual pre-run briefing from Dave Woodhead. Rain and wind, two weather conditions that seem to permanently occupy the surrounding areas over Penistone Hill, came in force making an already boggy course saturated in mud.

With many of the Clayton contingent racing the East Lancs Hospice 10K over in Great Harwood, I elected for a trip over the boarder to kick start my racing schedule for 2017. After enduring a torrid winter plagued by injury, the Woodentops’ races have helped get my motivation back after a frustrating few months of inconsistency. From a 2016 which saw forty minutes knocked off my half marathon times to end up at 1:33, ten minutes knocked off my 10K time to go down to 41 minutes and five minutes knocked off my 5K time to see an 18 minute personal best, the only discipline I was yet to see improvement in was fell; and the last two Woodentops’ races have helped me get confidence on an area which had been my downfall.

James Boult at the start of the Stanbury Splash. Photo by Woodentops

James Boult at the start of the Stanbury Splash. Photo by Woodentops

Starting from the quarry the course heads off along a steady and muddy towpath to one of the courses many descents and climbs. Heading along the footpath towards Bronte Bridge the course heads down right through a soft and muddy descent which ends at the Sladen Beck, an ice cold river which is crossed before a hands and knees job on the other side. Hitting the bridleway you head on up to what becomes the Pennine Way. This gradual climb ends in another sharp descent into Ponden Beck, another water crossing with another even steeper climb at the end of it. Ascending gradually and with burning quads, the lead runners could be spotted through the rain and mist as they flew across the tops back towards the Quarry. The route then heads on what would be a scenic loop around Ponden Clough and Kirk had it not been for a thick mist which limited visibility.

The footpath around the Clough is sharp and small, and with rain and mud it made it quite treacherous. What was visible through the fog was the daunting drop that one wrong movement could see you falling straight down into the unknown. The course then heads back to the quarry across a fast, muddy footpath before re-joining the Pennine Way and taking the course in reverse.

This muddy, wet course is the perfect start to a 2017 fell running season and is one which comes highly recommended for next year. A clearly popular race, the Stanbury Splash is a must for seasoned fell runners and a must for fell runners just starting out or wanting to boost confidence. Tough climbs, fun descents and plenty of mud, it is the perfect fell race for a cold January morning.

Pos Name Cat Time
15 Dave Bagot M 52:32
16 Louisa Powell-Smith L 52:40
96 Alan Life V50 61:51
140 Jeffrey Pickup V60 65:42
183 Chris Whiteoak M 70:14
186 James Boult M 70:39
267 Wayne McIntosh M 81:01

SOREEN STANBURY JUNIORS

Christopher Brown was our sole junior runner in the junior races and he finished in 13th place. There were 104 runners in the main junior race so well done Christopher!

Pos Name Time
13 Christopher Brown 7:49

STAN BRADSHAW PENDLE ROUND RECCE DAYS

As reported in last week’s roundup, Colin Woolford who is the race organiser of the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round is organising some recce days for club members and friends of the club. The first one was on Sunday so read on to find out what it entailed. If you are interested in the next recce it will take place on Sunday 12 February at 10:00am. Meet on Barley Car Park ( look for the Red VW Transporter) and bring running kit appropriate for the weather.

Recce Day Review by Ladies Fell Captain, Sarah Helliwell

After not running properly for over 6 weeks I decided that I needed a goal to get me back on track and miles back into my legs. I decided that the Stan Bradshaw would be the first aim of the year, so I decided to take up Colin’s kind offer of a recce. It was raining, the mist was down, you couldn’t see Pendle, however that didn’t stop 15 of us turning up at Barley. As we set off a number of us knew that the XC fixture the day before was going to make the run a little bit tougher for our legs.

Sarah Helliwell at the XC

Sarah Helliwell at the XC

The weather around the trig was blustery, very wet and visibility was poor. Perfect to practice the route in. As we made our way around the route, Colin pointed out bits of advice on how and where not to go wrong. He also gave us advice on how to use our map efficiently and what to do if we end up on our own and are unsure of where to go. If members are wanting a spring challenge of a slightly longer fell race in our local area then this is the one. It will certainly get you going for the summer fell season, where there are plenty of local races to take advantage of. You may even find yourself as a contender for the club championship, which are all local races this year using some classic courses.

Getting to grips with tricky conditons

Getting to grips with tricky conditons

Colin is doing another recce on the 12th February so look out for details on the Team Clayton Facebook page. Even if you are not planning on doing the Stan Bradshaw it is great experience with solid advice from a qualified mountain leader and fellow fell runner. A massive thank you to Colin for giving up his time and well done to all who ran; there was an excellent turn out on the female front. The encouragement to get people out on the fells this year is really apparent, with a good 20 plus regularly turning up at Barley Badgers on a Tuesday (6.30pm Pendle Inn, Barley).

Happy runners after an excellent recce of the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round.

Happy runners after an excellent recce of the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round.

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 305 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Jonathan PYE 18:31 SM25-29
10 Gareth BERRY 20:59 VM40-44
35 Daniel PLANT 23:09 SM30-34
45 Michelle ABBOTT 23:48 VW35-39
50 Robert MORRISON 24:05 VM40-44
52 Colin WHITE 24:09 VM40-44
64 Nina KEWIN 24:28 VW35-39
75 Julie DAWES 25:09 VW45-49
81 Wayne MCINTOSH 25:26 SM30-34
96 Lisa JOHNSON 26:08 VW40-44
98 Ian HARGREAVES 26:10 VM50-54
109 Annabel WILCOCK 26:39 JW15-17
110 John WILCOCK 26:43 VM50-54
123 Donna SCOTT 27:00 VW50-54

Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 31 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Nathan KEWIN 8:29 JM11-14
3 Heidi KEWIN 9:15 JW11-14
4 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:23 JW11-14
21 Emily JOHNSON 13:19 JW10

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 167 runners took part.

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

Highbury Fields parkrun – A total of 283 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
244 Eileen JONES 29:51 VW60-64 First Timer!

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 210 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
185 Philip NAYLOR 34:57 VM35-39

Pendle parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Paul HESKETH 21:33 VM50-54
17 Martin BRADY 25:21 VM50-54
26 Barry MITCHELL 26:12 VM70-74
31 Dawn TERRY 27:33 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
73 Julia RUSHTON 48:13 VW50-54

 

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

Spooky shenanigans, speakers and summits

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

Club News and Announcements

VLM Entries

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

Guest Speaker Evening

Social Secretary, Marie Greenwood

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

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

Saturday 31 October

 Nepal Trail Relays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Race you to the Summit

Report from Martin Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

Sunday 1 November

 NEWSAR Clwydian Hills Fell Race

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

Report from Peter Browning

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

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

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

Full Results

Peak Raid 2015, Round 2

Report by Katy Thompson

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

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

Through the Villages Race

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

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

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

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

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

Bianca ready for her Australian parkrun!

Bianca ready for her Australian parkrun!

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

Katy Thompson reports:

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

Burnley parkrun – A total of 298 runners took part.

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

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

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

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 99 runners took part.

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

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

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

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

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

Haigh Woodland parkrun – A total of 199 runners took part

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

Heaton parkrun – A total of 575 runners took part.

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

Pendle parkrun – A total of 89 runners took part.

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

Sandgate parkrun – A total of 314 runners took part.

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

Skipton parkrun – A total of 180 runners took part.

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

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

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

Witton parkrun – A total of 163 runners took part.

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

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

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

 

Running further!

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

Club Announcements

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

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

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

Saturday 24 October

Great Whernside Fell Race

Report from Andrew Walmsley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awaiting Official Results

Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra & RunFurther Update

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

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

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

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

Awaiting Jedburgh Results

RunFurther Final Results

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Towneley

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

U11 Girls

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

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

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

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

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

U11 Boys

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

U11 Boys getting ready to race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

U11 Boys getting ready to race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

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

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

U13 Girls

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

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

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

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

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

U13 Boys

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

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

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

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

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

U15 Girls

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

Eleanor Root in the U15 Girls' race.

Eleanor Root in the U15 Girls’ race.

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

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

U15 Boys

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

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

U17 Women

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

Pos Name Time
10 Alice Pier 18:25

U17 Men

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

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

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

U20 Ladies

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

Pos Name Time
4 Bethany Quinn 31:34

U 20 Men

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

Pos Name Time
11 George Pier 35:55

Senior Ladies

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

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

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

Ladies Team positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Senior Men

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

The unmissable Breton Holdsworth. Photo by Dave Belshaw

The unmissable Breton Holdsworth. Photo by Dave Belshaw

Men’s Team Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Full Results

 OMM – Original Mountain Marathon

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

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

Full Results

Accrington 10K

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Duckworth Reports

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

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

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

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

 Full Results

Bradford City 10K

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

Full Results

Bronte Way

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

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

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

Andy Bradley reports

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

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

 Full Results

Fairclough 5

Paul Walsh at the Fairclough 5 race.

Paul Walsh at the Fairclough 5 race.

Report from Paul Walsh

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

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

Full Results

Tandle Hill Trail Race

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

Pos Name Cat Time
30 Peter Butterworth MV60 45:26.2

Full Results 

Blackpool Illuminations

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

Clayton runners on the prom at Blackpool

Clayton runners on the prom at Blackpool

Parkrun roundup

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

Burnley parkrun – A total of 215 runners took part.

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

Pendle parkrun – A total of 59 runners took part.

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

Witton parkrun – A total of 163 runners took part.

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

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

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

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

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

Heaton parkrun – A total of 495 runners took part.

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

Inverness parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

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

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

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

 

October Newsletter 2015

WrinkliesatWrigleys

At last. It’s here – the latest Harrier. Sorry for the delay. I’ve been busy with Thieveley & the Fell Relays and was on holiday at the beginning of the month. To make up for the 2 months’ + wait it’s a bumper edition – 40 pages with 15 pages of results, plus all the usual features.

October Newsletter 2015

Relays, Road Races and Romance

Running relays on the roads and in the mountains, tearing up trail races, going long distance in ultra races, winning 10k races and fun runs. As always you are a busy bunch. Race wins, our best performance in the mountain relays for 10 years with a talented young team, and a strong presence at the National Road Relays. The future is most definitely bright!

Some Club Announcements

Junior Training – The juniors could do with some help this Thursday, we need 3-4 extra helpers if anyone’s free. It’s a 6pm start from Spirit of Sport, next to the fire station in Burnley. You won’t need to coach or do anything complicated, just run along with the group and be an extra pair of hands if needed. Contact Andy Armstrong if you can help.

Virgin London Marathon –  If any member out there has had their application for London rejected and wants to be entered into the ballot for a club place, please send your rejection letter to the club secretary, John Wilcock. If successful, you will still need to pay the normal entry fee to VLM.

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

The evening is aimed at all levels of runners – from beginners to experienced, from young to old. I’m sure all our running members – whether still competing or now just running socially / training could benefit from the pearls of wisdom that Denise can pass on, that maybe the difference between a good winter season of training and a miserable (and grumpy) winter season!

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

Saturday 3 October

Coniston Trail Races

Club member David Black was our sole representative at this 15km trail race in the Lake District. He finished in 91st place with a time of 1:19:33.

216 runners took part in this race which the organisers, Lakeland Trails, describe as following circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Lake Coniston and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. Underfoot conditions are generally good for those used to off road running, although there is one short 200m section after approx 4km on the 15km routes which only agile mountain goats will be able to run!

Full Results

ERRA National Women’s 4 Stage Relays

Our Ladies’ team placed 47th with an overall time of 1:10:44 in a field of 67 complete teams.

Ladies’ Road Captain Angela Shian reports;

We were Birmingham bound, taking the long route to the start – it pays to recce the route first to find the start. Laura Hesketh had an amazing start on leg 1, getting us to 36th position. Claire Vincent leg 2 head it well for us. Leg 3 was myself; I pushed as hard as I could, out of my comfort zone! Then handed the last leg to my little sister, Helena to pull back any places I lost! Clayton ladies came 47th , very respectable place In the nationals, really looking forward to qualifying again for next year

Ladies Team. L-R Laura Hesketh, Angela Shian, Claire VIncent, Helena Leathley

Leg Name Pos Time
1 Laura Hesketh 39 16:04
2 Claire Vincent 50 17:48
3 Angela Shian 55 19:15
4 Helena Leathley 47 17:37

ERRA National Men’s 6 Stage Relay

Men’s team placed 53 with an overall time of 2:01:21 in a field of 68 complete teams

Leg Name Pos Time
1 Chris Holdsworth 40 18:37
2 Breton Holdsworth 58 19:49
3 David Bagot 57 20:38
4 Jordan McDonald 59 20:52
5 Danny Collinge 57 20:51
6 Jacob Boyle 54 20:25

Full Results

Isle of Man Ultra

Long distance adventures in the Isle of Man for Paul Thompson and Simon Halliday. This is the penultimate race in the Run Further Championships which classifies this ultra a ‘short’ race. Short it most certainly isn’t! It’s 31 miles with 8500feet of climbing. 73 runners completed this tough event.

Excellent results for both of our runners. Paul Thompson finished in 4th place, 1st V40, with a time of 5:32:23 and Simon Halliday was 9th with a time of 5:59:45.

Full Results

http://www.isleofmanmountainultra.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IOM-Mountain-Ultra-Results-2015.pdf

Rivington Trail Half Marathon

Six club members took part in this popular trail half marathon taking in Rivington, Yarrow and Anglezark reservoirs and White Coppice on a scenic route.

Our first finisher was Andy Bradly, who sends this report;

Perfect running conditions, if a little misty to enjoy the views on Saturday. I was joined at the start by 5 other Clayton members a quick chat and off! Nice undulating course no real killer hills and good underfoot. Managed to be about 30 secs slower than last year but it was my first race as a V50! Highlight of the event was seeing the Burnetts cross the line together it must be love if you can get a half marathon entry as an anniversary present and finish together smiling, surely there was a heated debate somewhere on the way round! Recommended event, hope to do it again next year with a bit more orange on display.

Team Clayton

L-R Rachel Todd, Michelle Butschok, Helen Burnett and Dave Burnett at the Rivington Trail Half Marathon.

Romance was in the air as Helen and Dave Burnett were running the event to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Ahh… this is what Helen had to say;

Following on from Hendon Brook and GNR training Michelle suggested that we do a half marathon off road and the Rivington Trail Half seemed a good choice. As it was mine and Dave’s wedding anniversary and his first half marathon we decided to run together.

The four of us travelled together cursing Michelle for what seemed like a bad idea at that point, after such an early foggy start. At the start we met up with fellow Claytoners Andy Bradley and Martin Griffin. Andy was returning for his second year and gave us some pointers about the route (where to expect the hills).

The route has a good 1 mile climb at the beginning and short climb just after mile 10 but apart from that was a lovely route meandering through woodland and trails and round the edges of the reservoirs.

Dave and I ran the route together managing not to bicker and the old romantic held my hand for the sprint finish across the line.

It was a well organised event and all finishers got a T shirt and goodie bag so it made the entry fee good value.We were all on a high at the end, pleased with our performances and now praising Michelle for her choice!

Pos Name Cat Time
79 Andy Bradley MV50 1:43:02
190 Martin Griffin MV50 1:56:08
237 Rachel Todd FV40 2:02:18
287 Helen Burnett FV40 2:07:27
288 Dave Burnett MV50 2:07:27
339 Michelle Butschok FV40 2:18:17

Full Results 

Saddleworth Edges Fell Race

Keith Butterworth was our sole representative in this 8.1 mile fell race with 1148 feet of ascent. He finished in 77th place in a time of 1:29:56. 108 runners took part.

Full Results

Burnley Fire Station 10K

There was an excellent turnout of 27 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers at this popular local 10k despite it’s proximity to the National Road Relays and the clash with the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay.  Our road runners were in fine form with a resounding win from Dan Balshaw.  Jonathan Pye, Matthew Duckworth and Paul Brannon all made top ten finishes.

Team Clayton

L-R Dan Balshaw, Jonathan Pye, Matthew Duckworth and Bianca Bennett

There were category wins for Paul Brannon (MV55), Stephen Biscomb (MV60), and Amanda Duffy (FV35). Tracy Michell was our first lady, third lady finisher overall, and took the first FV40 category as well.

Team Clayton

Team Clayton at the Burnley Fire 10K. Photo by Geraldine Varley

 

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Daniel Balshaw M 35:43
5 Jonathan Pye M 38:33
6 Matthew Duckworth M 38:35
9 Paul Brannon MV55 39:14
12 Stephen Hall MV40 40:19
15 Richard Briscoe MV35 41:19
29 John Wilcock MV50 43:12
33 Michael Clarke MV40 43:25
34 Stephen Biscomb MV60 43:30
35 Tracy Mitchell FV40 43:40
39 Stuart Proctor MV35 43:58
59 Chris Paul MV35 46:09
60 Lennon Jackson U17 46:11
64 Amanda Duffy FV35 46:39
78 Elizabeth Mullan F 47:49
80 Donna Airey F 48:05
83 Julie Dawes FV45 48:50
89 Bianca Bennett F 49:09
98 Andrew Taylor MV55 50:08
106 Ian Hargreaves MV50 41:31
108 Robert Hirst MV65 41:41
114 Dianne Orrell F 52:28
123 Elouise Pemberton F 53:14
129 Stuart Barker MV45 54:10
139 Ron Chappell MV65 55:38
152 Deborah Greenwood FV45 57:04
175 Nicola Kay F 60:35

Full Results

Burnley Fire Fun Run

A number of our junior runners took part in this race. Excellent run from Dexta Thompson who went on to win. No results to be found unfortunately!

Clayton Juniors

Clayton-le-Moors Juniors at the Burnley Fire 10K. Photo by Dave Belshaw

Chester Marathon

Two Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this popular marathon. John Hartley finished in 49th place overall and was 1st MV55 with a time of 2:55:55

Angela Shian at Chester Marathon

Angela Shian at Chester Marathon

Not content with taking part in the National Road Relays, Angela Shian also ran the Chester marathon finishing in 820th place with a time of 3:49:48

Full Results

There was also a mini marathon event which Team Stevenson (Lucy, Adam, Keira and Rachel) took part in, with Adam winning the event! Well done all of you.

Team Stevenson who took part in the Chester Mini Marathon. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Team Stevenson who took part in the Chester Mini Marathon. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

 

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay

The relay is in memory of Ian Hodgson, who at the aged 25 was tragically killed in a road accident whilst cycling the day after winning the score class at the Karrimor Mountain Marathon in 1985. Prior to the presentation Jon Broxap, from the organising team announced that Ian’s brother, Michael (57) had suffered a cardiac arrest whilst out cycling in August and never regain consciousness. The family and organised team had decided to rename the relay The Hodgson Brothers Relay.

Our A team finished in 18th position with an overall time of: 4:14:12. Our Vet team finished in 38th place with an overall time of 4:47:33. The Clayton ‘Z’ team were 55th with a time of 5:13:35. Our ladies team were 68th overall with a time of 5:27:33. Only 10 ladies teams took part and our ladies were 8th.

Ladies Fell Captain Kath Brady reports

We finished 8th out of 10 extremely competitive ladies teams, in a time of 5 hours 27 minutes, 19 minutes quicker than 2014

1 Linda Lord & Katy Thompson 56.05

2 Wendy Dodds & Avril Duckworth 1.36:56

3 Alison Dugdale & Anna Kelly 1.15:47

4 Jean Brown & Claire Vincent 1.38:45

Thanks must go to Jean Brown who did all the hard work in pulling the team together. I just collected and handed out numbers on the day. Thanks to all 8 ladies for racing hard. Special note must go to Claire Vincent running strong on the last leg with Jean in her first ever race in the lakes.

Clayton Lady Fell Runners

Claire Vincent and Jean Brown at the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relays. Photo by Andy Jackson

 

Men’s Fell Captain Dave Motley Reports

Alarms were off early for the drive to the Lakes, registration and at 9:15am its GO GO GO!. The lads had a really good start with Jordan Mcdonald and Jonny Mckenna bringing the team home in 7th. Next up Danny & Dave Bagot who completed the leg with no navigational issues but they did finish one buff down (I’ll let Danny tell that story ). Me & Lee Smith next and we had a solid run to pass the baton onto Chris & Jacob who brought the team home in 18th place. The vets finished in 38th (8th Vets) which was fantastic performance with the problems I had sorting the team.

David Motley and Lee Smith at the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay. Photo by Andy Jackson

David Motley and Lee Smith at the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay. Photo by Andy Jackson

Looking at the results I am reliable informed that the A team posted the quickest Clayton time for 10 years, which is a massive positive and the majority of the team were under 25! This really shows the progression of the club in the last couple of years.

I’d like to say a massive Thanks to all the lads but special Thanks goes to Sean Clare & Geoff Gough we were called up on 48hr notice due to injuries in the vets team. Cheers boys and here’s to an even quicker time in 2016!!!

Dominic Carr, Vets Team report

It was cool with a chill in the air before the start of leg 1 of the Ian Hogson mountain relay. Nerves were starting to jangle. We had a last minute drop out for the leg 1 vets team; Andy McFarlane, hamstring, and I was to run with club legend Geoff Gough. He’d been out injured for a while, but class is class so I was worried about keeping up. As usual the nerves went when we set off, and I managed to set the pace which was good. A fast first mile left me wishing for a steeper gradient and my wish soon came true, as me and Geoff traded places back and forth with Rossendales Mick Toman. The recce paid off as I was able to pick the better of the lines as the file of runners in front invariably split in places with route choice up to individual teams.

Dominic Carr and Geoff Gough (No. 19) at the Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay

We made the first Checkpoint in 27 mins, and had boxed off most of the climb, with a very steep grassy descent to come, which didn’t disappoint. Final Checkpoint at the bottom and a very fast run in on metalled cart track where me and Geoff really dropped the hammer and picked off a couple of teams. We finished fizzing with adrenaline and (for me) relief we acquitted ourselves okay. 3 year in the making running ambition ticked off; nothing else beats running in the lakes and I’ve always wanted to do the Ian Hogson. Hope I make next year’s squad now!! Placed 35th out of 70 teams and 46:35.

Full Results

Parkrun Roundup

Lots of you out and about at a range of parkruns despite the murky, misty morning

Plenty of Clayton runners at a very foggy Burnley parkrun. Photo by Dave Belshaw

Plenty of Clayton runners at a very foggy Burnley parkrun. Photo by Dave Belshaw

Burnley parkrun – A total of 309 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Jonathan PYE 17:54 SM25-29
3 Mark ASPINALL 18:39 VM55-59
8 Jackson MCKAY 19:20 JM11-14
9 Gareth BERRY 19:47 VM35-39
17 Simon WILSHAW 20:34 JM15-17
18 Matthew DUCKWORTH 20:35 SM25-29
22 Paul WALE 21:07 VM45-49
23 Donna RILEY 21:30 VW50-54
30 Andy QUINN 21:56 VM40-44
31 Gordon BARRETT 21:57 VM50-54
33 John WILCOCK 22:20 VM50-54
39 Martin BRADY 22:38 VM50-54
48 Julie DAWES 23:06 VW45-49 New PB!
49 Lee MOORE 23:08 VM35-39 New PB!
61 Julia RUSHTON 23:26 VW50-54 New PB!
80 Richard LAWSON 23:54 VM75-79 New PB!
91 Sophie ASHWORTH 24:24 JW11-14
92 Lennon JACKSON 24:25 JM11-14
94 Matthew JACKSON 24:26 JM10
95 Helana WHITE 24:30 JW10
100 Ella DORRINGTON-LEVY 24:55 JW10
103 Dawn TERRY 25:03 VW50-54
106 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:18 SW25-29
111 Jackie KERSHAW 25:31 VW45-49 New PB!
114 Heidi KEWIN 25:42 JW11-14 New PB!
130 Robert HIRST 26:11 VM65-69
132 Stuart BARKER 26:17 VM45-49 New PB!
228 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 32:28 VW65-69
230 Milly MACCABE 32:39 JW10
272 Valerie LAWSON 36:28 VW70-74

 

Pendle parkrun – A total of 55 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Paul BRANNON 19:48 VM55-59
16 John HARTLEY 23:33 VM55-59
19 Barry MITCHELL 23:57 VM70-74
36 Christine LEATHLEY 32:29 VW65-69

 

Bolton parkrun – A total of 275 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
77 Katy THOMPSON 24:58 VW60-64
89 George THOMPSON 25:35 VM65-69

 

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 88 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
76 Robin PRICE 35:26 VM70-74

 

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 125 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
29 Wendy DODDS 23:21 VW60-64 New PB!
96 Eileen JONES 30:10 VW60-64

 

Heaton parkrun – A total of 510 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
234 Julie TOMAN 26:37 VW45-49

 

Skipton parkrun – A total of 178 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
25 Stephen WHITE 21:52 VM60-64 New PB!
46 David Ian SCOTT 23:50 VM70-74 First Timer!

 

Rockingham parkrun – A total of 242 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
41 Ted ORRELL 25:21 VM75-79 First Timer!

 

Kings of the castle

Another week of success!  Kings of Lancaster Castle 10K and Half Marathon. Winner of the OMM Lite. Part of team GB at the World Mountain Running Championships. And not forgetting team competition at the Northern Road Relays, 10Ks galore, Lakeland & Yorkshire Fells and parkruns. There’s just no stopping us!

Tuesday 15 September

Club Handicap Race
The race was based on last week’s Coppice Race (the last of the Summer Series). In effect the last runner in the race sets off first on a zero time and then the rest of the field set off on the time difference achieved last week – in other words last week’s winner sets off last on a time difference equal to that achieved last week – so Alan Life won last week and was 24 minutes 20 seconds in front of Sue Allen. In theory all the runners should cross the finish line on the same time.

* Means Estimated Handicap Time

H’cap Pos. No. Name Cat. Start Time Finish Time Actual Time Speed Pos.
mins secs mins secs mins secs
1* 221 Dave Naughton V50 20 20 66 36 46 16 1
2 220 Andrew Howarth V50 18 50 66 55 48 5 2
3 225 Geoff Smith V40 10 42 67 5 56 23 6
4 226 Peter Dugdale V50 15 21 67 14 51 53 5
5 223 Peter Browning V50 16 13 67 43 51 30 4
6 219 Geoff Laycock V60 7 50 67 46 59 56 7
7 224 Sue Allen LV50 0 0 68 13 68 13 8
8 218 Alan Life V50 24 20 73 52 49 32 3

Wednesday 16 September

Roy Lee Memorial Brownhouse Wham – Awaiting Results

Saturday 19 September

Good Shepherd Fell Race

Described as a pleasant, but tough, end of season fell race over woodland paths, moors and rough fell this is a 15 mile race with 2000ft of ascent.

Alison Dugdale at the Good Shepherd Fell Race. Photo by Richard Sunderland

Alison Dugdale at the Good Shepherd Fell Race. Photo by Richard Sunderland

Alison Dugdale was our sole competitor finishing in 41st place with a time of 2:32:41

Full Results

Northern Road Relays

Ladies 4-Stage Races

Report from Ladies Captain, Angela Shian

Clayton had 12 lady runners compete at a sunny Stanley Park on Saturday. It was so hot we even had to take off our renowned orange hoodies…! We had a few nerves in the 3 teams, as most or our runners had not competed in relays of this kind before! A special well done to leg 1 ladies; Laura, Amanda & Elouise, as this is by far the most nerve racking stage.

Clayton Ladies at the Northern Road Relays

Clayton Ladies at the Northern Road Relays

We did have a marshal trip up one of our competitors – Bianca Bennett (I wont repeat her language at the end!!!). Unbelievably, we were also told off for the noise volume of “cheering” our ladies in (Rachel Todd).

There were 62 teams competing in total – Our first Team came 23rd which now qualifies us for the National road relays championships at Birmingham! Team 2 came 44th position, and Team 3 came 57th position. All in all cracking day and effort by the ladies, roll on next year!

Leg Name & Pos Time
Team A
1 Laura Hesketh (22) 19:20
2 Claire Vincent (26) 21:24
3 Angela Shian (25) 22:51
4 Helena Leathley (23) 22:10
Team B
1 Amanda Duffy (56) 23:23
2 Rachel Robinson (51) 23:56
3 Joanne Bennett (47) 23:58
4 Helen Burnett (45) 24:28
Team C
1 Elouise Pemberton (67) 26:39
2 Michelle Butschok (64) 28:29
3 Rachel Todd (58) 25:08
4 Bianca Bennett (58) 24:54

Mens 6-Stage Races

Report From Chris Holdsworth

The improvements made between 2014 and 2015 6-Stage Road Relays has been excellent. Having raced at both, it was great to be able to see our teams compete for places throughout the day.

I had a poor personal performance having been too eager to get us off to a good start, but the rest of the lads were able to keep our position with some solid performances throughout.

Chris Holdsworth at the Northern Road Relays. Photo by David Wood

Chris Holdsworth at the Northern Road Relays. Photo by David Wood

Finishing the day in 31st place, we narrowly missed out on qualifying for the National relays having fallen out of the top 25 requirement.

However, on another day I believe we’d have had enough quality to qualify which is very encouraging. With an improvement of over 50 places from 2014, I’m sure we’ll continue that trend in to 2016 and beyond!

Leg Name & Pos Time
Team A
1 Chris Holdsworth (30) 21:20
2 Jordan McDonald (43) 23:15
3 Danny Collinge (41) 22:32
4 Daniel Balshaw (35) 22:49
5 Breton Holdsworth (33) 22:49
6 Jonny McKenna (31) 22:29
Team B
1 George Pier (77) 23:59
2 Lee Smith (66) 23:24
3 Richard Stevenson (65) 23:59
4 Richard Briscoe (73) 25:53
5 Jonathan Pye (67) 24:14
6 David Motley (66) 25:56

Junior Races

We fielded an U13 girl’s team but due to a last minute change of lineup, they were omitted from the team results. They would have been in 21st place. Still a set of great runs from the girls!

U13 Girls Team at the Northern Road Relay. L-R Claudia Bentham, Liberty Thompson, Sophie Ashworth

U13 Girls Team at the Northern Road Relay. L-R Claudia Bentham, Liberty Thompson, Sophie Ashworth

Leg Name & Pos Time
1 Claudia Bentham (27) 13:18
2 Sophie Ashworth (24) 13:55
3 Liberty Thompson (21) 13:39

Full Results

OMM Lite

Congratulations to Ralph Baines on his win over the weekend at the OMM Lite Long Score event- Reeth, Swaledale

Report from Ralph Baines

Ralph Baines WInner of the OMM Lite Long Score event.

Ralph Baines at the OMM Lite.

Having done a few Orienteering score events this year and really enjoyed them I was asked by my brother-in-law Barry to partner him on this. It was a two-day score event, 7 hours on Saturday north of the river and 5 hours Sunday south, but without the usual OMM overnight camp and carrying your tent/food etc.

It was beautiful weather and a good selection of people doing both the mountain biking and orienteering. We spent a good 5 minutes marking the scores on the map and deciding which route to set off on, this turned out to be time well spent since through the weekend we managed to get lots of the high value checkpoints. After about 5 hours I was, as usual, starting to get really tired and the cramp kicked in but plenty of determination and encouragement from Barry got us to the finish where I could have a sit down and be served tea and cake in the sunshine, and be unable to get out of the chair for 20 minutes! The pain was eased by the fact we were winning, if only by 10 points. I texted my wife Naomi to tell here the good news but with the caveat that there wasn’t a hope in Christmas of us holding the place for the following day.

Day 2 and a large bacon sandwich, to replace some lost salt, and lots of tea just before being first to set off worked a treat and didn’t feel too bad after we had done the climb up to Grinton Lodge YHA and got onto the beatiful grouse moors up there. Lots more points came and the time seemed to pass much quicker albeit I did feel slower still. Anyway we got 22 miles in which I was more than impressed with and we had to sit and wait for an hour to see who beat us. Nobody did, we were second on the day and extended our lead so got to go and receive the prizes, one for overall winners and one for the vets. So after 25 years running it has taken until now for my first win. Thanks to Barry for encouraging me round.

Full Results

PFO Orienteering – Marl Pits

Team Motley (Dave and Joanne) took part in this orienteering event organised by Pendle Forest Orienteers.

Full Results

Scafell Pike – AWAITING RESULTS

Three Shires –

Clayton shirt spotted in the photos I’ve seen but can’t quite identify the runner.

AWAITING RESULTS

World Mountain Running Championships

Well done to Jacob Boyle who competed in the Bronze medal winning, junior GB men’s team at this prestigious event. He reports;

Wow what a hectic couple of days. Down at the World Mountain Running Championships and met all the squad getting to know them before the event. Met some amazing people and made some great friends. The race didn’t go how I wanted to but I can now go away and train even harder. Was really proud to represent Great Britain. My team mates did absolutely amazing helping us become the bronze medalists for the worlds. So inspiring to see some of the team getting individual medals and great news at the fact we all came away with a World Championship medal. Well done team GB. Hope to see you all soon

Jacob Boyle (Red Shirt) with Team GB at the World Mountain Running Championships. Photo by MacVicker

Jacob Boyle (Red Shirt) with Team GB at the World Mountain Running Championships. Photo by Helen MacVicker

Still awaiting full results.

Sunday 20 September

Aintree 10K

Running legend, Ron Hill took part in this popular 10K race from the Grand National race course at Aintree in Liverpool. He finished in 476th place with a time of 59:48

Full Results

Burnley Leisure 10K

Fourteen Clayton-le-Moors Harriers toed the start line in this inaugural Burnley Leisure 10K race in Padiham. The route is almost entirely off road and starts and finishes at the Padiham Leisure centre, taking in the Padiham Greenway, Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath and some single track riverside footpath.

Amanda Duffy at the Burnley Leisure 10k in Padiham. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Amanda Duffy at the Burnley Leisure 10k in Padiham. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

First Clayton man was Jonathan Pye who finished in 7th place in a time of 39:36 and our first lady finisher was Amanda Duffy who was 2nd lady (1st F35) with a time of 48:40. Stephen Biscomb was the 1st V60 and Julie Dawes was 1st F45.

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Jonathan Pye M 39:36
9 Stephen Hall M40 40:41
16 Keiron Mitchell M40 42:26
21 Andrew Webster M45 43:51
24 Stephen Biscomb M60 45:43
26 Ryan Clark M 46:39
35 Amanda Duffy F35 48:40
43 Julie Dawes F45 51:01
53 Ian Hargreaves M50 53:19
58 Clare Wilson F35 54:16
66 Philip Naylor M 55:44
67 Ron Chappell M60 56:00
72 Elouise Pemberton F 57:06
74 Stuart Barker M45 57:24

Full Results – not yet published but emailed to participants

 

Dale Head

Carl Helliwell tackled this 4.5 mile Lakeland fell race with 2215ft of climbing organised by Keswick AC.

Carl Helliwell at the Dalehead Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Carl Helliwell at the Dalehead Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Report from Sarah Helliwell

Carl was either 15th or 16th out of 51 runners. He went hard and managed to keep up with the front runners on the way up, however the Lakeland lads showed their skill on the way back down, as he lost roughly 4 or 5 places. This was his first Lakeland fell race and it was a steep sharp nasty one of just under 700m of climbing, then descending in 4.5miles. He said the brief 5 seconds he had to admire the view was pretty impressive. He thoroughly enjoyed it and is hoping to do some more Lakeland fell races.

AWAITING OFFICIAL RESULTS

Embsay (BOFRA)

Danny Collinge, Tim Edward and Richard Briscoe took part in the senior BOFRA race. 83 runners took part. Danny had a great run finishing in 3rd place in a time of 19:51 and 1st MU23. Tim Edward was 12th and Richard Briscoe 29th.

Tim Edwards at the Embsay Fell Race. Photo by Estelle Willis/Geoff Thompson

Tim Edwards at the Embsay Fell Race. Photo by Estelle Willis/Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Danny Collinge MU23 19:51
12 Tim Edward MV45 22:03
29 Richard Briscoe M 24:45

U14 Race

Liberty Thompson was our only competitor in the U14 race finishing in 17th place overall, 3rd girl.

Liberty Thompson in the U14s Race at Embsay. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Liberty Thompson in the U14s Race at Embsay. Photo by Geoff Thompson

U12 Race

Jackson McKay was 2nd in the U12 race with a time of 9:01 and Dexta Thompson was 4th in 9:11.

Jackson McKay chased by Dexta Thompson at the Embsay Races. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Jackson McKay chased by Dexta Thompson at the Embsay Races. Photo by Geoff Thompson

U9 Race

There was a win for Jenson Betham in the U9 race in a time of 4:33. Kady Thompson was 29th and Felix Thompson was 32nd.

Jenson Bentham at the Embsay U9s Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Jenson Bentham at the Embsay U9s Race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Full Results

English Half Marathon

5,000 runners took to the streets of Warrington for the new look English Half Marathon and 10k. It started and finished at the Town Hall. The Golden Gates marked the finish line for the first time

Bryan Searby was our sole representative at this event and finished in a respectable 476th place with a time of 1:41:35

Full Results

Lancaster Castle 10k

Report from Dan Balshaw

After the 6 Leg relays, and a moment of madness, I turned up for the Lancaster Castle 10k; an out and back course finishing with a nasty little hill, before the finish line in the castle grounds. When I went to pay my fees and get my number I was directed into the old prison which has got to be the strangest place I’ve ever seen a race registration.

Dan Balshaw at the Castle 10K. Photo by Sprint Finish Race Photography

Dan Balshaw at the Castle 10K. Photo by Sprint Finish Race Photography

When the race started along with the Half Marathon, I somehow managed to create a lead from the off and after hitting 5k in 17m20 I was a bit surprised that no one had come with me. At the turning point I had a good 30 seconds over 2nd place (who’d also done the relays), and tried to make more of this only to literally run into someone coming the other way. Despite my efforts of shouting and letting people know I was coming, one headphone-wearing runner got in the way. I managed to get going again and claim the win finishing 50 seconds ahead of 2nd and was one slow cooker better off. It was a good day for Clayton, with Richard Stevenson winning the Half Marathon and a Microwave.

Full Results

Lancaster Castle Half Marathon

Report from Richard Stevenson

It was a bit confusing at the start of the race, as we started alongside the 10k runners so didn’t have a clue who was running what until the 10k turned around to head back.

Richard Stevenson at the Castle Half Marathon. Photo by Sprint Finish Race Photography

Richard Stevenson at the Castle Half Marathon. Photo by Sprint Finish Race Photography

At that point I found myself at the front with another runner so took it steady and stuck with the planned pace and soon found myself pulling away.Tried to keep it steady and not panic and the plan worked perfectly all the way back to the finish.

First ever race win and a new PB to boot. Roll on Yorkshire Marathon in 3 weeks!

Full Results

Utterly Butterly Fell Race

This race is described as a nice introduction to fell running. A third of the route is on tracks, a third on paved footpaths and a third on grassy / gravelly footpaths. It is a scenic run passing 5 reservoirs in under 5 miles. The route goes over the moors above Marsden keeping on good footpaths all the way.

Julie Toman was our sole runner finishing in 68th place with a time of 53:05

Full Results

Yarrow River Trail 10K

Sharon Wilson was flying the tangerine flag in this 10k multi-terrain event in and around the woodland and river of the Yarrow Valley Country Park in Chorley. She had a great time taking part in this event which she found tough but great fun, especially running through the river!

She finished in 164th place with a time of 1:21:06

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Looks like we stayed pretty local this week as far as parkruns go; perhaps because of all the other events many of you took part in over the weekend. A big turn out as usual at Burnley with plenty of PBs and top ten finishes. Well done to Dexta who continues to improve and push for faster times – and he’s only 9! Lots of good runs from the juniors who are getting ready for the cross country season that kicks off next week. There was a trio of first time visits to the Witton parkrun and a trio of returners producing more PBs and great placings.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 271 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
3 Terry O’LEARY 18:48 VM35-39
4 Chris SNELL 19:06 VM35-39 New PB!
9 Dexta THOMPSON 19:43 JM10 New PB!
10 Kevin DAVIES 19:49 VM50-54
11 Sean CLARE 19:54 VM50-54
12 Nick ROSCOE 20:03 VM45-49
17 Mark WIGHTMAN 20:27 VM55-59 New PB!
20 Michael CLARKE 20:50 VM40-44 New PB!
21 Lennon JACKSON 20:51 JM11-14 New PB!
22 Stephen AINSWORTH 20:52 VM55-59
34 Matthew JACKSON 21:29 JM10 New PB!
36 Donna RILEY 21:31 VW50-54
39 Simon WILSHAW 21:42 JM15-17
52 Helana WHITE 22:55 JW10 New PB!
62 Julie DAWES 23:16 VW45-49 New PB!
86 Donna SCOTT 24:30 VW50-54
91 Ted ORRELL 24:42 VM75-79 First Timer!
111 Richard LAWSON 25:57 VM75-79
117 Lisa JOHNSON 26:07 VW40-44
122 Robert HIRST 26:12 VM65-69
127 Heidi KEWIN 26:17 JW11-14
129 Stuart BARKER 26:32 VM45-49 New PB!
133 Annabel WILCOCK 26:41 JW11-14
134 John WILCOCK 26:42 VM50-54
139 Aaron LUNDIE 26:50 JM11-14 New PB!
146 Imogen FERGUSON 27:25 JW10
170 Adam STEVENSON 28:45 JM11-14
180 Marion WILKINSON 29:49 VW70-74
197 Christine LEATHLEY 31:12 VW65-69
240 Isaac SMITH 34:45 JM10
246 Valerie LAWSON 35:14 VW70-74
267 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 42:33 VW65-69

Pendle parkrun – A total of 66 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 John HARTLEY 19:44 VM55-59
6 Paul HESKETH 21:04 VM50-54
17 Barry MITCHELL 24:05 VM70-74 New PB!
57 Molly HESKETH 34:37 JW11-14

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 126 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
35 Wendy DODDS 23:32 VW60-64
96 Eileen JONES 30:14 VW60-64

Witton parkrun – A total of 193 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
5 Garry R WILKINSON 19:17 VM50-54 First Timer!
14 Adam SHAW 20:26 SM30-34 First Timer!
21 Nick COLLINSON 21:54 JM11-14 New PB!
42 Julia RUSHTON 24:35 VW50-54 New PB!
63 Yvonne WICKHAM 26:37 VW50-54 New PB!
73 Julie TOMAN 27:18 VW45-49 First Timer!

AGM – Reminder!

Don’t forget that this Thursday, 24th September, at 8.00pm, it will be the club Annual General Meeting. The AGM receives the Secretary’s Report, the Treasurer’s Report and Financial Statements, and elects the committee for the forthcoming year. The committee is responsible for running the club and appoints members to roles to assist with this responsibility.

If you want to change things, or get involved, then this is your opportunity. Come along and make yourself heard.

In addition to the business side of things, there are also some races to take part in beforehand.

6:15 2K Junior Track Race

6:25 5K Track Race B – Juniors and Seniors (time 21 mins or over)

6:55 5K Track Race A – Juniors and Seniors (time sub-21 mins)

The race venue is Seedhill Track in Nelson and the AGM will be in the Cricket Club behind the track.

See you there!

Sad News – Michael Wrigley 1944 – 2015

Martin Brady writes;

I was sorry to hear the sad news about the death of Michael Wrigley. He was a true member of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers and always wanted the best for the club. I remember racing with him in the early 80’s when he regularly would do sub 60 minutes for 10 miles. He was easy to identify then with his green and white celtic style top under his Clayton vest. When he became unable to run he could be seen at many local races supporing the club e.g. Hendon Brook, Three Peaks etc. When my brother died in 1986 aged 23 he was one of the people who carried his coffin. Rest in peace Mick.

His funeral will take place on Friday, 25th September, at 2:20pm at Burnley Crematorium and after at the Rosegrove Club. No flowers and donations to Friends of Marsden Park.

Championships, Grand Prix and Steam Trains

Yet more successes to celebrate. Bronze medals for our Vet40 Ladies team in the British Fell Championships and an individual Bronze LV50 medal for Wendy Dodds. Plenty of trophies at the Pendle and Burnley Grandprix and the Tywyn Steam Train finally tamed.

Wednesday 12 August

Haigh Hall 4 Mile Road Race
Julie Toman was our sole representative a this midweek event. She finished in 93rd place with a time of 36:15.

Full Results

Pilgrims Cross
There was a decent turnout of 18 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers to this mid week fell race of 6 miles and 1100 ft of climbing. It is the third race in a series of four organised by Rossendale Harriers

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Jacob Boyle MU23 00:41:30
26 Alan Life MV50 00:46:57
43 Ivan Whigham MV50 00:48:51
51 Laura Hesketh F 00:49:22
72 Chris Snell M 00:51:52
81 Claire Vincent F 00:52:28
88 Darren Rushton MV45 00:53:30
101 Martin Brady MV50 00:56:20
112 Andrew Howarth MV55 00:57:24
139 Katy Thompson FVF60 01:01:52
148 Carol Life FV50 01:02:55
161 Robert Hirst MV60 01:04:21
165 Stephen Fish MV60 01:04:46
167 Susan Clarke FV45 01:04:54
172 Kath Brady FV50 01:05:50
173 George Thompson MV65 01:06:01
179 Martin O’Rourke MV55 01:08:44
189 Ron Chappell MV65 01:13:03

Full Results

Friday 14 August

Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix
151 of our club members took part in at least one race in this local series of 13 races including 5 & 10K road races, a half marathon, trail and fell races; there is something for everyone. There were some great results for our members and prizes galore. You have to complete 9 races of the 13 on offer to qualify for prizes. With a healthy number of competitors we had 10 of the top 20 men and 10 of the top 20 women.

Jordan McDonald, junior winner and third overall, with Tom Cornthwaite. Photo by Barry Brock

Jordan McDonald, junior winner and third overall, with Tom Cornthwaite. Photo by Barry Brock

A special mention for Stuart Barker who was one of only 3 people to compete in all 13 races. Quite an achievement, well done Stuart! He received a special award to recognise his achievement along with newcomers to running Michelle Butschok and Leanne Cottam. Matthew Duckworth Received the Everest Trophy for most improved male.

Prize winners. L-R Michelle Butschok, Leanne Cottam, Rachel Todd, Helen Burnett, Joanne Bennett and Stuart Barker

Prize winners. L-R Michelle Butschok, Leanne Cottam, Rachel Todd, Helen Burnett, Joanne Bennett and Stuart Barker

Grand Prix Awards

Female Awards Male Awards
Vet 65 Gold Karin Goss Vet 70 Gold David Scott
Vet 65 Bronze Christine Leathley Vet 65 Gold Ron Chappell
Vet 55 Gold Irene Roche Vet 60 Bronze Steven White
Vet 55 Silver Jean Knightley Vet 60 Gold Jeff Pickup
Vet 50 Gold Dawn Terry Vet 55 Silver Steven Ainsworth
Vet 45 Silver Joanne Bennett Vet 50 Bronze Sean Clare
Vet 40 Bronze Rachel Todd Vet 50 Silver Paul Hesketh
Vet 40 Silver Helen Burnett Vet 45 Bronze Andy Bradley
Vet 35 Silver Leanne Cottam Vet 45 Silver Chris Funnell
Female Gold Claire Vincent Vet 45 Gold Andrew Stubbs
Female 6th Irene Roche Vet 40 Gold Michael O’ Donnell
Male Junior Jordan McDonald
Male Bronze Jordan McDonald
Male 5th Andrew Stubbs

Special Awards

Completed all 13 GP races Stuart Barker
Newcomers Recognition Michelle Butschok & Leanne Cottam
Everest Trophy – Most improved male Matthew Duckworth

Shore Road Race
Two club members took part in this 7km (4.35 miles) road race  with 98 metres (322 ft) climbing.

Pos Name Cat Time
25 Stephen Biscomb M60 31:36.3
45 Paul Walsh M60 38:24.5

Full Results 

Saturday 15 August

Catforth Canter
A quartet of our members took part in this race around the quiet lanes of Catforth. Our senior vets cleaned up the 70 plus placings with all three of them claiming first age category positions.

Pos Name Cat Time
78 Lee Moore MV35 22:37
79 David Scott MV70 22:49
90 Richard Lawson MV75 23:51
126 Val Lawson FV70 32:01

 Full Results

Podium Races

This blisteringly fast local 5K race series has expanded and added some junior races to its portfolio. Thirteen juniors took part, six of our youngest members in the 3k and seven in the 5k.

The start of the Podium B Race. Photo by David Belshaw

The start of the Podium B Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Helena White had a storming run and finished as first girl in the 3k with a time of 14:08. In the 5k race Briony Holt finished in second place, first girl, with a time of 19:48 demonstrating that she doesn’t need the hills to be fast! Dexta Thompson was hot on her heels in third place. Sophie Ashworth and Liberty Thompson were second and third girls making a clean sweep for the Clayton girls!

In the “A” Race, Jacob Boyle and Dan Balshaw were taking part in this elite and super fast 5k. Jacob Boyle finishing in 8th position with a time of 15:46 and Dan Balshaw in 18th place with a time of 16:43.

In the “B” Race , six club members, including four of our junior members, took part. First finisher for the club was junior Jackson McKay, who finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:28. Laura Hesketh was our first lady, second lady overall, with a time of 18:41. Juniors Ryan Clarke, Tom Bradley and Curtis Holt put in some strong performances – look out senior runners! Andy Bradley completed the Clayton team in this event.

Podium Junior 3k Race – 17 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
5 1 Helena White F (001/008) 00:14:08
8 6 Joshua McKay M (006/009) 00:14:44
9 3 Kady Thompson F (003/008) 00:14:46
11 8 Felix Thompson M (008/009) 00:15:34
13 4 Tillie Ferguson F (004/008) 00:17:02
14 5 Millie Hesketh F (005/008) 00:18:00
Clayton Junior boys at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton Junior boys at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

Podium Junior 5k – 15 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
2 1 Briony Holt F (001/008) 00:19:48
3 2 Dexta Thompson M (002/007) 00:20:13
5 2 Sophie Ashworth F (002/008) 00:22:00
6 4 Jenson Bentham M (004/007) 00:22:11
7 3 Liberty Thompson F (003/008) 00:22:53
10 6 Daniel Bradley M (006/007) 00:24:02
11 5 Imogen Ferguson F (005/008) 00:25:38
The unstoppable and stylish Clayton Girls at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

The unstoppable and stylish Clayton Girls at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

Podium 5k “A” Race – 21 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
8 8 Jacob Boyle M (008/018) 00:15:46
18 17 Dan Balshaw M (016/018) 00:16:43
Podium 5k “B” Race – 35 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
8 8 Jackson McKay MJ (002/004) 00:18:28
12 2 Laura Hesketh F (002/002) 00:18:41
14 12 Ryan Clarke MJ (003/004) 00:19:24
20 17 Andy Bradley M (009/014) 00:19:52
23 20 Tom Bradley M (011/014) 00:20:07
27 23 Curtis Holt MJ (004/004) 00:20:45

Full Results

Race the Train

Richard Stevenson and Julia Rushton took part in this 14-mile, train-racing even; Richard returning with a score to settle! Lucy, Adam, Keira and Rachel Stevenson all ran brilliantly in the 3 mile event.

Richard Stevenson who beat the train this time. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Richard Stevenson who beat the train this time. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Report from Richard Stevenson

We pitched up at the campsite in Tywyn, North Wales, on the Friday evening ready for the 32nd annual Race the Train event on the Saturday where you race the steam train of the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back. The event is described as multi-terrain where the course uses a mixture of public roads, lanes, unmettalled roads, track and agricultural land which run alongside the track .

There are 4 different races throughout the day of varying distances from 3 miles to the main Rotary Challenge of 14 miles where runners have 1hr and 48 mins to beat the train back to town centre.

We awoke on Saturday to lovely sunshine so we set off into town for the shorter distance races with Clayton junior members Lucy, Adam, Keira and Rachel taking part in the 3 mile Tynllwynhen race. They all put in a great effort across a very tough hilly course with a knee deep stream crossing. The kids loved it and were very impressed with the contents of their goody bags!

Team Stevenson at the Race the Train Races. Photo by Richard Stevenson

Team Stevenson at the Race the Train Races. Photo by Richard Stevenson

After a little rest it was time to take my place at the start line on the railway bridge above the station. I took part in the Rotary Challenge in 2013 and missed out on beating the train by 50 seconds so this was a revenge mission and the pressure was on!

The race takes you out of the town over fields, rough pasture, and farm tracks all the way to the turn point 7 miles in at Abergoynolwyn station. This I knew had been the easy part of the course and, on checking my watch, I knew I was doing well.

After turning around the station you now climbed very steeply to run across the face of the hillside on narrow sheep tracks for over a mile. Once past the summit the course levels off for a short way before leaving the road and plunging down a very narrow path.You then have to negotiate footbridges, steep steps, bogs and small streams before reaching open fields with about 3 miles to go. I was still feeling strong and knew that barring disasters I was going to beat the train.

With 1 mile to go you join the public road heading for the finish in Tywyn. By now I was well ahead of the train and could soak up the great atmosphere in the town for the finish.

Finished; and one train well and truly beaten! Time 1:39:59. 14 minutes ahead of the train in a position of 39th.

I cannot recommend this race highly enough, a great weekend away with the family at an event where the whole town get involved and cheer on the runners.

Julia Rushton at the Race the Train event. Photo by Richard Slater

Julia Rushton at the Race the Train event. Photo by Richard Slater

Race the Train 3.5

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Adam Stevenson MU13 20:46
57 Keira Stevenson FU13 24:43
97 Lucy Stevenson FU15 27:06
105 Rachel Stevenson FU11 27:46

Race the Train 14

Pos Name Cat Time
39 Richard Stevenson MV35 01:33:55
758 Julia Rushton FV50 02:26:28

Full Results

Watergrove Trail Race

Philip Naylor was our sole representative in this 4.55 mile race on the trails around Watergrove Reservoir.

Pos Name Cat Time
47 Philip Naylor SENM 49:37.6

Full Results

Sunday 16 August

Lakeland Country Fair

Report by Colin Woolford

Colin Woolcroft at the Lakeland County Fair fell race. Photo by the Woodentops

Colin Woolcroft at the Lakeland County Fair fell race. Photo by the Woodentops

As I can’t afford a bike for the proper mid life crisis (road or motor), I decided to indulge my love of running and the outdoors by completing my 43rd race since my 39th birthday, thus completing my ’40 before I’m 40’ in style up the Old Man of Coniston fell race from Torver. 1 hr 32, 33rd from 43.

Well done Colin!

Prudent Riverside Half Marathon

A flat fast course using the network of paths up following the Lune. The race starts outside the George & Dragon Pub before looping around underneath the impressive Lancaster Castle. The route heads to Caton before looping back towards Lancaster.

Brian Wildman was flying the tangerine flag in this Lancaster Race Series half marathon. He finished in 52nd place in a field of 129 runners with a time of 01:44:17.

Full Results

Sedburgh Hills Fell Race

Report from Peter Browning

A bright, clear and mostly still day for the 14 miles Sedburgh Hills race saw three Clayton members take on the challenge of over 6000 feet of grassy climbing through the quiet Howgill Fells. Richard Briscoe, Jean Brown and Peter Browning were among the 125 runners who set off on the long first climb up Arant Haw to be met there by fellow Claytonner, Graham Eccles, who was the summit checkpoint marshal. Richard and Jean soon pulled away from me as I struggled to get going properly, but I always felt that if I kept at it, I would start to peg them back. Andy Firth’s Borrowdale report, where he mentioned that if he just kept going he would catch Richard came to mind. Poor Richard, Andy’s words might haunt him for many years to come!

As it turned out, I didn’t see Jean again until I crossed the finish line eleven minutes behind her! She had a superb run, finishing second lady, just two minutes behind long distance record breaker, Nicky Spinks of Dark Peak. Jean was a little disappointed however: 10 seconds faster and she would have beaten the three hour mark!

Once into the race proper, I managed to grind out the miles in my usual style and sure enough caught and passed Richard at the top of the climb that leads to the Calf checkpoint. He professed to be knackered at that point but was well on course to beat his target of three and a half hours.

The steep descent from the last checkpoint on the top of the summit of Winder that overlooks the town of Sedburgh followed by a short road run back to the finish saw all three of us finished in very respectable times and places as follows:

  1. Joe Symonds 2:13:40
    36. Nicky Spinks                2:56:29
    40. Jean Brown                  3:00:09
    55. Peter Browning        3:11:44
    63. Richard Briscoe        3:17:14

Sheep Fell Over Fell Race

A trio of our club members took part in this 3 mile fell race. Alan Life had a great run finishing in 9th postion overall and 1st vet 50. Congratulations to Robert Hirst who has recently turned 65 and this was his 65th race in his 65th year!

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Alan Life M50 21:41.9
12 Chris Snell MSEN 22:35.4
47 Robert Hirst M65 31:48.3

 Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Another great week for our parkrunners with plenty of PBs and first place positions for John Hartley at Pendle and Tom Brewster at Skipton. Also after a successful practice run at Witton Park, the new Blackburn parkrun is all set to hold its inaugural run on Saturday 29th August all down to the hard work of our club member Bryan Searby and his wife and running friends.  Get yourselves down there!

Club Chairman James Hickie trying out the new parkrun at Witton Park with organiser Bryan Searby. Photo by Stacy Lloyd Ayriss

Burnley parkrun – A total of 268 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
4 Chris SNELL 19:24 VM35-39
9 Adam SHAW 20:00 SM30-34 New PB!
14 Nick ROSCOE 20:22 VM45-49
21 Gordon BARRETT 21:28 VM50-54
24 Andrew WEBSTER 21:46 VM45-49
34 Martin BRADY 22:34 VM50-54
56 Lee MOORE 23:45 VM35-39
75 Carl CAREY 24:42 VM45-49
76 Andrew TAYLOR 24:44 VM55-59
79 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 24:49 SW25-29 New PB!
108 Sophie ASHWORTH 26:05 JW11-14
109 Heidi KEWIN 26:06 JW11-14
146 Robert HIRST 28:02 VM65-69
157 Nicola KAY 28:30 SW30-34 New PB!
167 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 29:06 VW45-49
246 Judith CAREY 38:33 VW35-39

Pendle parkrun – A total of 56 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
1 John HARTLEY 19:54 VM55-59 New PB!
4 Martin TERRY 21:22 VM55-59 First Timer!
14 Eleanor Betty ROOT 23:28 JW11-14 New PB!
21 Dawn TERRY 25:20 VW50-54
49 Christine LEATHLEY 33:27 VW65-69

Bolton parkrun – A total of 251 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
55 Nerina GILL 24:45 VW45-49
65 Katy THOMPSON 25:28 VW60-64

Marple parkrun – A total of 176 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
152 Ron HILL 31:18 VM75-79

Sewerby parkrun – A total of 146 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note
91 Eileen JONES 30:12 VW60-64 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 149 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
1 Tom BREWSTER 17:31 SM25-29 New PB!

August Newsletter

Welcome to August’s slim-line edition of Harrier News with important information about the club’s Annual General Meeting on 24th September and personal reactions to last week’s Hendon Book Half Marathon.

IreneStar of the race was Irene Roche who broke the course F55 record. Richard Lawson remembers long-standing member, Jim Dawson, who passed away recently and Paul Healey covers old ground. To make up for a reduced results service, there is a bumper fixtures list that takes you to the end of October! Enjoy!

August Newsletter 2015