Hills, hills and more hills!

With a few notable exceptions who went looong, you’ve been hitting the hills this week. Welsh hills, Lakeland hills and our very own local hills. Those gruesome hill rep sessions seem to have been paying off as there have been outstanding individual performances, some great team camaraderie and a lot of miles covered by you all. Belt up for a roller coaster ride this week!

Tuesday

Ian Terry Memorial 5k

Jane Hylands FV45 was Clayton’s sole representative in this midweek 5k won by M. O’Malley in 16:20. Jane came in 38th in 25:46.

Full Results

Friday

Sedbergh Sports fell race

Short and steep, this AS race packs in 1300ft of climb in its short 3.5m length. Won by Josh Boyle MU23 in 25:37, Wendy Dodds FV60 was 31st in 38:49 and Stephen Fish MV60 36th in 43:00. Stephen sent this report in:

“Always keen to try a race I’ve not previously done I headed up the M6 for the Friday evening event held just outside Sedbergh, in a field next to Buckbank Lane, just off the A683.

Sedbergh Sports is a typical Cumbrian local show with plenty of novelty events for children and adults, comprising of 3 legged, sack, potato, tyre rolling, sprint, ½ mile handicap, 1 mile handicap races, plus the fell races for U7s upwards.

The senior route took us out, after a lap of the show field, along Buckbank Lane before the steep ascent of Knott. On the initial part of the climb I managed to eventually pass Wendy Dodds and was amazed to look up and see the eventual race winner, Josh Boyle, actually running the climb. Wendy and I were in walking mode at this point and it wasn’t long before she came past me again and it stayed that way for the remainder of the race. Once Knott was conquered the ascent up onto Sickers Fell ensued, followed by a fast, exhilarating, descent into the show field. Despite having what I thought was a decent run, I only finished 36 out of 38 runners.

A very good ‘BOFRA’ style race, which had a bit of everything. One I would recommend, certainly justifying its category ‘A’ status, despite the tarmac portion at the beginning.”

Full Results

Saturday

Snowdon Race

The big fixture of the weekend was the Snowdon Race. Held since 1976, its 10 miles up and down format on Wales’ highest mountain has led to its classic status on the mountain running calendar. Incidentally the male record for this race has stood since 1985, being one of Kenny Stuart’s enduring times from that golden era of fell/mountain running – an amazing 1:02:29.

A large contingent of Clayton runners made their way to the top bit of Snowdonia for the start in Llanberis. Quickest up and down in somewhat claggy conditions, and with the added cachet of wearing an England vest for the second time was Chris Holdsworth. He came a stunning 4th place in 1:09:17, 1 second off 3rd place and 3rd English counter behind the Italian winner Magnini in 1:06:42.

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Chris Holdsworth pushing hard on the descent. Photo: Deborah Stevenson

Behind a cast of, well maybe not thousands but 10s of Clayton vests supported him with special mention going to Richard Stevenson who managed to rip the skin off not one but both heels during the descent. Ouch.

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Dave Motley working on his way up the claggy climb.

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That’ll be Wayne McIntosh.

Look away now... Selfie: Richard Stevenson

Look away now… Selfie: Richard Stevenson

Full results to follow when available.

 

Pendle Running Festival half marathon and 10k

A few hardy (foolhardy?) souls decided they hadn’t had enough of hilly half marathons the week after Hendon Brook and so opted to run the half distance at the Pendle Running Festival, an event growing in popularity owing to its relaxed atmosphere, additional family activities and scenic location in Barley.

With over 2000ft of climb in the half, and over 800ft in the 10k the routes were accurately described as challenging.Tom Brewster SEN was first Clayton runner home in the 10k in 3rd place and 40:05 whilst James Boult MU23 led the way in the Half in 1:39:18.

A trio of Clayton runners still nursing Hendon Brook legs formed a pact before the half marathon to sing, cajole and support each other round the hilly course.

Here’s their tripartite perspective ‘The Team Works!’:

Report by Cassie Smedley

“Well, to say that I was nervous entering another HM 6 days after completing the tough Hendon Brook HM was an understatement, but to be told that the Pendle HM was as tough wasn’t making me feel any better. We were set off with the 10k race, and needed to make sure we didn’t get carried away and set off too fast. It was great to run with Michelle but we also had Mick Hughes for support and encouragement, and the odd sing song from him to keep us entertained. We had a great run, kept each other going at a good pace, and Mick went to stretch his legs out with about 3k to go. Me and Michelle found our legs again and kicked into the finish. Came in strong to the finish line, hand in hand as always. Great run, with great team mates and friends”

Report by Michelle Abbott

“Well after having a bit of a rollercoaster week and doing Hendon brook just 6 day before it was time for the the Barley hm, first time for me. I wasn’t out for any records, just an enjoyable run which it was, kept a good continuous pace. I enjoyed every bit with Cassie and Mick running along side, it was brill. As we were coming back into Barley after first lap the 10 k runners were heading into the finish and we had to go and tackle another big hill before doing another lap. It was tempting to join the 10 k runners at that point but we still managed to keep plodding with a smile and finished strong before heading straight to the cafe for a well earned bacon butt.”

Report by Mick Hughes

“Having done the 10k last year, I had vowed to take on the Pendle Festival half marathon this year. What I had forgotten was that it would come just 6 days after Hendon Brook! My largest goal this year is completing the whole 14 PBGP races so having managed 1hr 57 at Hendon, I had to be smart in tackling this and one of my smartest decisions was to pace along with Cassie & Michelle. Taking on another 2000ft of climb and the 2nd hilly half marathon within a week would take discipline. The one thing Cassie & Michelle have in abundance is determination and stamina! These girls have real good engines and we took turns at pushing forward and leading the group. Add into the mix good personality and sense of humour and we were good to go. Having done the 10k last year I advised the ladies to remain steady in pace as tackling Stang Top twice is a test!. We chatted and willed each other on throughout all the elevation and many laughs kept us going as we paced just right to manage a nice sub 2 hr finish and another good day for team Clayton. It was another one of those races that stay in the memory and a reminder of just how great our team mates are.”

Triple trouble at the Pendle Running Festival half - Cassie, Mick and Michelle. Photo: David Belshaw

Triple trouble at the Pendle Running Festival half – Cassie, Mick and Michelle. Photo: David Belshaw

Donna Airey finishing. Photo: David Belshaw

Donna Airey finishing with a double thunbs up. Photo: David Belshaw

Full results to follow

Interim Facebook results here

Race to the Stones

The Ridgeway is old. Really old, and steeped in Iron Age features and subsequent history along its 100 mile-odd route through the Chilterns to the North Wessex Downs. It makes for great open trail running too as the Clayton team of Chris Funnell, Stephen Ainsworth, Rob Morrison, Andy Webster, and Colin White found out when they entered the 100km Race to the Stones, the stones in question being the iconic stone circle at Avebury.

Here’s what happened:

Back in late 2016 during one of our Sunday morning long run and natters we decided to try something different and Stephen suggested we gave Race to the Stones a go in 2017. The appeal was that this would be a good challenging distance (100K ultra over 2 days) and was the equivalent of trail running glamping as everything was included.

The run itself is along The Ridgeway which is an ancient 5000 year old trail from the Chilterns to the North Wessex Downs. This is trail running at its most scenic with miles of rolling hills and spectacular views. The forecast for the first day was cloudy but dry with temperatures around 22 degrees. The reality was cool with regular showers which kept the running to a comfortable temperature. There were refuelling stations every 10-12K with every type of sports nutrition you’ve heard of and quite a few I’d never come across. We quickly realised that our loaded backpacks which carried enough provisions for a weeks wild camping were totally superfluous as we took refuelling to a whole new level and Andy commented that he’d eaten less on all inclusive holidays.

Our plan was to run the route together as Team Clayton and soak up the whole experience. The end time wasn’t important. We all expected to comfortably complete the first 50K but the big question mark was how we were going to feel trying to get going again the next morning. We arrived mid afternoon at the half way camp where virtually every whim was catered for including unlimited hot food, bar, hot showers, massage, medic tents, pamper tent, sports nutrition, yoga class, live music, stretch out area and rollers and chill out zone complete with bean bags. In true Northern style we made full use of all the facilities. The overnight stay was in one man tents and runners and walkers arrivals continued to be announced over the speakers late into the evening. Between the wind rattling the tents and Rob shouting in his sleep we didn’t get much shut eye (apart from Rob) and at 0500am we all popped out of the tents bleary eyed and wondering how the legs were going to hold up.

A hot shower, porridge and full English later we all felt refreshed and good to go again and we set off just after 0600am although this was considered a late start and a big contingent had already left earlier.With the second day promising to be a bit warmer we all donned our Clayton vests. The scenery the second day was even more spectacular than the first and the early morning was calm and cool and it felt great to get the legs moving again. The route contained roughly 6000 feet of climbing and we were getting lots of shouts of “good effort” as we overtook lines of people without breaking pace as although the climbs were long and these weren’t hills by Northern standards. At the refuelling points everyone remarked on how we had stuck together and ran the challenge as a team. Mostly it was just pairs or individuals. Although most didn’t know where Clayton le Moors was many made comments about its infamous running history including Ron Hill and other Clayton le Moors legends.

After we had been running for a couple of hours Colin started grimacing as an old hip injury resurfaced and the next 20K proved to be the biggest test for Team Clayton as we battled through each 1K using a combination of encouragement, painkillers and shear determination. Andy’s stock phrase of “it’s just around the next bend” was no longer having effect and we were trying to decide if we had enough provisions in our backpacks to knock up a quick field stretcher. After force feeding Colin a handful of Randoms and lying that it was only 5K ( or one Parkrun) to go we dug deep for the final push and the glory that awaited at the finish which was at the Bronze Age stone henge at Avebury. At the finish line we had mixed feelings of pride of starting and completing as a team but sorry that it had come to an end. Although it was never about a fast time ( as we stayed much longer than most at the refuelling stops), Steve came away with the Vet 60 1st place which was the icing on the cake. Over a few beers we celebrated and relived our whole experience and talk was already about ideas for the next trip.

Race to the Stones Team Clayton

Race to the Stones Team Clayton

Junior FRA ‘do’

Four Clayton Juniors (Briony Holt, Ella Dorrington, Jenson Bentham and Christopher Brown) attended the Junior FRA ‘do’ at Marl Pits Rossendale. Part social, part prizegiving, the event was hosted as in previous years by Rossendale Harriers and combined running and coaching sessions, planning for the future and a talk from fell legend Steve Birkinshaw.

Briony was there to pick up her 3rd place award, presented by Steve Birkinshaw, for the season long English Championships U17G competition, a fantastic achievement in only her first year in that age group.

English Junior Fell Championships medal for Briony Holt. Photo Alan Dorrington

English Junior Fell Championships medal for Briony Holt. Photo Alan Dorrington

Sunday

Kentmere Horseshoe fell race

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Horseshoe? Go up to the left, round the back and then down from the right. Simples. Photo: Alan Dorrington

This edition was won by Joshua Jardine MU23 in 1:32:55. Andy Armstrong MV40 was first Clayton finisher in 100th in 2:04:24, Jack Holt MV60 105th in 2:04:56, Alan Dorrington MV40 214th in 2:23:53 and Wendy Dodds FV60 241st in 2:30:48.

Clayton Juniors coach Andy Armstrong reports:

“The Kentmere Horeshoe is a 12 mile/3000ft fell race in the old school tradition. It starts on a narrow country lane (ensuring a mad scramble for positions as the race heads up out of the village) and it finishes in a farmer’s field where water is available out of the back of a car. The presence of Pete Bland’s iconic red van, coupled with tea and sandwiches in the village hall afterwards complete the picture. No medals, no Tshirt, no Tannoy!

Between the start and finish is one of the prettiest horseshoe courses in the lakes with views beyond Windermere to the west and Haweswater to the east. A dry sunny day guaranteed fast times and comedy vest tans all round. Four Clayton members made the trip to Kentmere; first home was Andy Armstrong in 100th place chased all the way off the fell gate by Jack Holt in 105th (3rd MV60). Alan Dorrington was next in at 214th then Wendy Dodds some time later in 241st position (1st FV60).
The race is not without its dark side – Judith Taylor of Clayton lost her life on this course in 1994, during what were described as truly horrendous blizzard conditions. However on a clear day this would make a great introduction to anyone seeking to do longer fell races in the Lake District.
Andy Armstrong descends off Kentmere Pike to the finish. Photo: Mick Dobson

Andy Armstrong descends off Kentmere Pike to the finish. Photo: Mick Dobson

Alan Dorrington heading to the finish in Kentmere village. Photo: Mick Dobson

Alan Dorrington heading to the finish in Kentmere village. Photo: Mick Dobson

Full Results

BOFRA Cracoe fell race

Briony Holt continued her super run of form with a solid 2nd place and 9th overall in the U17 race held on a fast and for BOFRA, relatively tame grassy course.

Briony olt scaling the Cracoe wall. Photo: Carolyn Brett Muir

Briony Holt scaling the Cracoe wall. Photo: Carolyn Brett Muir

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Pendle Running Festival trail race

Day two of the Festival saw the Trail race with a game amount of climb around Barley, Newchurch and Whitehough.

The race was won by Burnley and Pendle regular Nick Gaskell in 31:40 and first Clayton runner home with a fantastic performance was 15 yr old Junior Nick Henessey in 6th place and 37:32.

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Tall for his age? Junior Nick Hennessey was flying in the trail race. Photo: David Belshaw

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Gareth Berry, Andy Bradley and Reece Lawrence battling it out in the trail race. Photo: David Belshaw

Full Results to follow

Interim Facebook results here

Ironman UK Bolton

Last but certainly not least given his efforts, Jon Cleaver has been quietly doing the lengths, kms and miles in preparing for the classic Ironman UK grueller, and joined fellow multiple kit option devotees at the start line in Pennington Flash on Sunday. Here’s how he got on – wonder if he’s going to get the tattoo now?

“Starting with an eye watering 03:45 wake up call I got myself changed and headed over to Penington Flash for the first event of the day 4km swim which involved 2 laps of the flash mainly trying to avoid getting kicked and elbowed in the head. I was pleased to come out at 01:18 which was exactly what I paced for in training. Next onto the bike going through Leigh over to Westhoughton, then Rivington for the start of two 50 mile loops and 5200ft of climbing I felt pretty good on the bike keeping on top of my feed and hydration. I came into T2 after 07:07 of cycling, considering this was probably my weakest event I was happy enough with the time. Then onto the run my strongest discipline having not done a marathon since April I was a bit rusty and my legs were shot at from the bike I had to summon all the strength I could muster on a pretty hilly road course over 1200ft in elevation. I finished the run in 03:45 which is not too shabby considering and heard the immortal words “Jonathan you are an Iron Man” at 12:32. Overall I placed 507 out of over 2000 making up a lot of ground on the run.”

Full Results

Parkrun

Burnley Junior Parkrun – a total of 77 runners took part.

Pos Name Time Cat Note
2 Robbie SMEDLEY 07:21 JM11-14 New PB!
4 Matthew JACKSON 07:37 JM11-14
6 Charlie BARNES 08:36 JM10
8 Bethany WHEATCROFT 08:43 JW11-14
13 Imogen FERGUSON 09:06 JW11-14
14 Jake ANFORTH 09:10 JM11-14 First Timer!
27 Fraser ANFORTH 10:19 JM10 New PB!
30 Ellisia SMEDLEY 10:41 JW10 New PB!
33 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 10:42 JM11-14

Burnley parkrun – a total of 368 runners took part.

Pos Name Time Cat
Note
2 Jacob WATSON 17:36 SM30-34
4 Jonathan PYE 18:18 SM25-29
7 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:37 JM15-17
8 Mark ASPINALL 18:42 VM55-59
9 Josh HALL 18:46 JM15-17
12 Michael STEVENS 19:18 JM11-14
21 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:36 JM15-17
29 Peter STEVENS 21:13 JM11-14
47 Charlie BARNES 22:14 JM10 New PB!
65 Aaron LUNDIE 23:16 JM15-17
68 Chris LAWRENCE 23:22 VM50-54
74 David Ian SCOTT 23:36 VM70-74
81 Bethany WHEATCROFT 23:49 JW11-14
88 Sophie ASHWORTH 24:09:00 JW11-14
119 Richard LAWSON 25:34:00 VM75-79
123 Donna SCOTT 25:38:00 VW50-54
129 John WILCOCK 25:49:00 VM50-54
131 Annabel WILCOCK 25:53:00 JW15-17
148 Evan WELSH 26:40:00 JM11-14
172 Caitlin WELSH 27:43:00 JW15-17
184 Imogen FERGUSON 28:03:00 JW11-14
191 Darcey HIRST 28:12:00 JW10
240 Stuart BARKER 30:17:00 VM50-54
254 Robert HIRST 30:50:00 VM65-69
259 Marion WILKINSON 31:08:00 VW75-79
278 Ron CHAPPELL 32:11:00 VM65-69

Pendle parkrun – a total of 76 runners took part.

Pos Name Time Cat Note
4 Paul HESKETH 20:37 VM50-54
26 Eleanor Betty ROOT 25:43:00 JW15-17
32 Dawn TERRY 26:14:00 VW50-54
53 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:40:00 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – a total of 94 runners took part.

Pos Name Time Cat Note
31 Paul THOMPSON 26:31:00 VM45-49
57 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 33:26:00 VW65-69 First Timer!
69 Christine LEATHLEY 35:41:00 VW65-69

Eglinton parkrun – a total of 104 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time Note
62 Eileen JONES VW65-69 29:27

Ayr parkrun – a total of 47 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time Note
16 Katy THOMPSON VW60-64 26:33

Dewsbury parkrun – a total of 113 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time Note
103 Robin PRICE VM70-74 37:04

Bramhall parkrun – a total of 387 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time Note
54 Andy BRADLEY VM50-54 22:00

Summer runnin’, happened so fast

Summer runnin’, had me a blast! Yes dear readers, summer is here and you lot are busy racing here, there and everywhere. Even slipping in a sneaky race or parkrun whilst on holidays at times. It’s been yet another action-packed week with superb turnouts at local events and great performances on show across the board from juniors to supervets.

TUESDAY 30 MAY

OGDEN VALLEY ROUND

The Ogden Valley Round is the first race in our club summer series. The series is extended to members of Trawden AC and three of their runners also took part. There was a great turnout of 39 runners with plenty of first timers in the Club summer series.

Danny Collinge was the first man over the finish in under an hour. Cassandra Smedley was the first lady finisher. An additional element to racing is added as each runner predicts the time they think they will achieve in the race with a handicap position being given to the closest estimate. Andy Dugdale had the best estimated time with a difference of only 14 seconds.

Report from Teresa de Curtis

Tuesday night saw a group of Clayton members completing the 6 mile Ogden Round fell race organised by Paul Healey. No watches were allowed and the runners had to estimate their finishing times in order to be in for a chance to win a prize.

Teresa de Curtis at the Ogden Valley Round. Photo by David Belshaw

Teresa de Curtis at the Ogden Valley Round. Photo by David Belshaw

The race started from a rainy Barley Green and went across the fields past Buttock Farm up to the top of the cart track. Loved the descent down the cart track, wet, stony and steep before going up the steps. At the top of Pendle, visibility wasn’t great due to the mist. We then followed the wall, across boggy ground and narrow paths towards Ogden Clough and then back to the finish at the Pendle Inn.
Loved this race, the conditions and the terrain. I know that some runners were nervous in case they got lost but John Roche lead a group of runners round and Sarah Helliwell was a voice in the mist too. A great race enjoyed by all and a big thanks to Paul and the marshals.

Report from Cassie Smedley

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Cassie Smedley and Wayne McIntosh racing at the Ogden Valley Round race. Photo by David Belshaw

I decided to do the Ogden and Pendle summer series race on Tuesday night. Turning into Barley I started worrying about the cloud cover over Pendle, but whilst signing up was told I would be OK, and wouldn’t get lost and had lots of encouragement by others signing up. So glad that I did. The climbs were tough, the descents were so much fun, and I absolutely loved it. Thanks to all for all your positivity pre race, as I’m sure I would have backed out otherwise.

Report from Lucy Scott

Tuesday evening is usually JR’s summer training, me and James had missed the previous couple of weeks so we were looking forward to a social run out with the team.

We turned up to Barley Car Park in the drizzle and met with other team members for a quick chat about what was actually happening that evening… the next thing I remember is walking out of the pub with my bib number, it turns out we were running the Clayton Summer Series!

Lucy Scott and James Dunderdale at the Ogden Valley Round. Photo by David Belshaw

Lucy Scott and James Dunderdale at the Ogden Valley Round. Photo by David Belshaw

I had no idea about the course or where the start was so we followed the crowd and made our way to the start line. The race began and the weather was getting gradually worse as we made our way up Pendle Hill;  visibility wasn’t great either.
As a team we ran up the hills, down the hills, back and forth over a stream and thoroughly enjoyed it all! The sun even came out for the last mile!

The time that I had guessed to finish at was way off but I shall have a better idea next time I think. Me and James are looking forward to doing the next one at the end of June in Worsthorne. Highly recommended

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Danny Collinge M 56:20
2 Dave Motley M 58:11
6 Sean Clare V50 63:46
7 Mark Nutter V50 65:32
8 Paul Hesketh V50 67:22
9 Michael Hogan V40 68:00
10 David Moynihan V50 70:49
11 Martin Brady V50 70:51
12 Cassandra Smedley L 70:52
13 Wayne McIntosh M 70:54
14 James Boult MU23 72:00
15 Simon Stansfield V40 72:02
16 Rick Moore V50 73:09
17 Andy Dugdale V50 73:34
18 Teresa De Curtis L40 74:58
19 Steve Bury V50 75:10
20 Ian Connell V50 75:20
21 Andy Firth V50 75:58
22 Colin Woolford V40 76:18
23 Richard Briscoe M 77:04
24 Stephen Fish V60 78:11
25 Sarah Helliwell L 82:10
26 Irene Roche L50 82:20
27 Peter Dugdale V60 82:33
28 Lisa Ellis L 99:29
29 Donna Airey L 99:30
30 Lucy Scott L 99:56
31 James Dunderdale M 99:58
32 Leanne Cottam L 100:44
33 Rachel Todd L40 101:35
34 Michelle Butschok L40 101:38
35 Julia Rushton L50 101:46
36 Helen Burnett L40 102:43
37 Carl Carey V40 102:56
38 John Roche V50 103:16
39 Judith Carey L 108:18

Full Results

WEDNESDAY 31 MAY

BADGER STONES RELAY

Report from Racheal White

Clayton Juniors Helana White and Jenson Bentham wanted to take part in the Badger Stone Fell Relay Race so, with a last minute shout for a third junior, back came a familiar face, Dexta Thompson, to make the team up. It was lovely to hear the ribbing of the different teams whilst driving over and I am convinced that it took longer for them to come up with their team name “Jammy Dodgers” than it did to actually run the race.

L-R Dexta Thompson, Helana White and Jenson Bentham

L-R Dexta Thompson, Helana White and Jenson Bentham aka Team “Jammy Dodger”

Looking at last year’s results there were lots of teams taking part so we were really surprised to discover there were only 4 junior teams (2 Boys teams, 1 mixed and 1 female) and only a small number of adult teams for the fell relay race who turned up for this year. Jenson went first and put the team in a good position of 2nd place. He handed over to Helana who was slowly making ground up on 1st place until the 3rd place team runner turned wrongly before the second hill climb and took a big chunk off their run, by cutting their distance short – putting team Jammy Dodgers in 3rd.  Dexta went last and tried to close down the place, but the advantage the other team had was too much. However, as the only mixed Junior team they were 1st place in this class.

Helana was given the trophy for fastest female on the night after beating all the girls team. (The team that messed their route up were given sweets for the most “inventive route”, which was a nice way to handle it) A fun night out, with lots of laughing, giggling & running from the “old” team.  This would be even better with more teams and would make a great relay race for next year.

AWAITING RESULTS

OTLEY CHEVIN

Dave Bagot was our only runner in this 2.8 mile mid-week fell race. Organised by Skyrac AC the race has 689ft of ascent as runners head to the top of the Chevin and back.

Dave Bagot at the Otley Chevin fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Dave Bagot at the Otley Chevin fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
16 David Bagot M 00:20:52

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THURSDAY 1 JUNE

HEBDEN BRIDGE FELL RACE

James Williamson was our sole runner in this 6 mile fell race run over trail and open moorland from in Hebden Bridge, with a steep climb up to Stoodley Pike and back. He finished in 17th place with a time of 50:04 in a field of 85 runners.

Report from James Williamson

A last minute decision saw me making the short journey over the border to Hebden Bridge as the sole representative for Clayton in this low key fell race. After a disappointing outing at Weets English Champs race, I was hoping the legs had woken up after a few ‘easier’ days training….. Short fells aren’t my strong point, so I’ve planned to race a few more mid-weekers this summer to help me sharpen up.

The race is 6.2 miles, 1400ft ascent & sets off from the track adjacent to Calder Holmes Park, taking you on a steep ascent to Stoodley Pike monument before some fast running over open moorland as you descend back to the park via dense woodland. I set off nice & bonny to the Pike sitting towards the top 3rd of the field, once I’d touched the monument i knew i could make good ground on the group in front, i opened my stride and enjoyed a comfortable descent back to the finish taking several places on the way. 17th place in around 50 mins & a slightly better outing than Weets – a plus point was knocking 15 minutes off my previous time in this race from 2015!

Pos Name Cat Time
17 James Williamson M 50.04

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HENDERSON’S END

94 runners entered Hendersons End fell race to run a tough course that starts at the upper barn at Rivington and climbs to the Pigeon Tower, Pike, 2 Lads and the Trig Point before returning back almost the same way to finish back at the barn. This course is approx. 6.8 miles with 1200 ft. of ascent and is a good testing run.

Andrew Howarth was our sole runner finishing in 57th place.

Pos Name Time
57 Andrew Howarth 66:50

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INGLETON SCENERY

A trio of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took the trip across the border to Yorkshire for the Ingleton Scenery Race. This is a 4.7 mile route around the beautiful Ingleton Falls with 886ft of ascent. Richard Briscoe was our first finisher in 34th place with Andrew Dugdale in 47th and Peter Dugdale in 51st was also 1st V60. A total of 68 runners took part.

Report from Richard Briscoe

What a cracking race! A scenic trail race round the wonderful Ingleton Waterfalls. If you like running up steps and stone slabs this is for you. Last Thursday night there were three different races on but I wanted something different. For four pounds you get race entry and a bottle of beer, you can’t complain.

Pos Name Cat Time
34 Richard Briscoe M35 00:39:55
47 Andrew Dugdale M55 00:43:06
51 Peter Dugdale M60 00:45:38

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SATURDAY 3 JUNE

ABERSOCH 10K

Even a holiday is a reason to race. Jane Hylands took advantage of a local race while she was on holiday in Wales.

Report from Jane Hylands

A half term holiday in Abersoch meant I was missing the Kelbrook fell race. Luckily the Abersoch 10k and 3k beach race were on the same day, I entered the 10k and my son did the beach race. The 10k is a mix of road, trail and beach running. The village was full of life with a great atmosphere before and after the race with children offering water pistol cooling if required and many residents providing hose pipe showers which were very welcome on such a warm, sunny day especially after the aptly named Tolcyn Brutal climb along the coastline.
The race finishes along the beach with a choice of hurdling the many groynes or running through the water before climbing back up the beach to the soft sand leading to the finish. I managed 57:27 as 121 female out of 374. The race is part of the Abersoch triple crown series (10k, triathlon and half marathon) – I’m tempted by the triathlon next year too. A very well organized race in a beautiful setting – highly recommended.

DUDDON VALLEY

Andy Laycock and Dave Bagot took part in this classic Lakeland fell race covering 18 miles around the head of the Duddon Valley with 6000ft of climb over Harter, Hardknott, Little Stand, Swirl How, Dow Crag, White Pike and Caw.

Report from Andy Laycock

I’ve fancied doing one of the classic Lakeland fell races for a while so with a favorable weather forecast I thought I’d give Duddon a go. There was just Dave Bagot and me in Clayton vests in small but strong field of runners lined up in Seathwaite. With the majority of the climbing in the first half of the route, I tried to take it steady until Three Shires Stone and keep something in the tank for the long drag up to Swirl How.

Andy Laycock at the Duddon Valley race.

Andy Laycock at the Duddon Valley race. Photo by Granddayout Photography.

Thankfully conditions were pretty near perfect, clear skies made for easy navigating and a light breeze kept the heat in check. At the top of Swirl How I managed to get myself into a small group with some local runners, they knew the best lines and I was happy to follow for as long as I could keep up. After a tricky descent off White Pike there was just one small climb left, but what looks small and insignificant on the map feels very different 17 miles in. Relieved to see the flagged descent, I headed down off Caw and over the line in 3:12:20, utterly exhausted but a brilliant day on the fells.

AWAITING RESULTS

GRASMERE GALLOP

The Grasmere Gallop 17km Trail Race takes in some of the most beautiful and iconic landscape in the Lake District; Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg Fell and Loughrigg Tarn, then returning to the village via the jewels of Rydal Water and Grasmere lake.

Breton Holdsworth at the Grasmere Gallop

Breton Holdsworth at the Grasmere Gallop

Breton Holdsworth took part in the 17K Grasmere Gallop trail race. He finished in 2nd place with a time of 1:11:54. A total of 172 runners took part.

Full Results

KELBROOK

Over 50 Clayton Harriers ran in the latest race of the popular and local Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series. Jordan McDonald was the first Clayton finisher in 5th place overall with Tom Brester and Luke Turner hot on his heels in 6th and 7th. There were strong performances from our young runners Nick Hennessey and Michael Stevens who were 1st and 2nd MU18 respectively. Irene Roche was our first Clayton in 70th place and 3rd lady.  Jane Ryan was 1st W40, Nerina Gill was 1st W45 and Irene Roche was 1st W55.

Report from Irene Roche

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Jordan McDonald and Luke Turner at the Kelbrook race. Photo by David Belshaw

Another warm, sunny day once again for this short, yet challenging, Kellbrook fell race. Quite a good turnout for the 5th race of the Pendle and Burnley Grandprix, to say lots of other races choices were on offer for the weekend. The terrain was dry which helped with faster running this year.

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Clayton Ladies out in force at the Kelbrook race. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton ladies won the team prize with other Clem prizes awarded too. Have to say it was good to see so much tangerine about, including relative newcomers to the club giving the race a go.

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Irene Roche, with Carl Carey chasing, at the Kelbrook race. Photo by David Belshaw

Well done everyone, with the usual thanks to all who make it happen, including spectators.

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Jordan McDonald M 24:26
6 Tom Brewster M 24:36
7 Luke Turner M 24:50
9 Nicholas Hennessey MU18 25:21
14 George Pier M 25:48
15 Paul Hesketh M50 25:57
18 Michael O’Donnell M40 26:30
27 James Boult M 27:08
28 Gareth Berry M40 27:10
31 John Roche M55 27:24
36 John Wilcock M50 27:41
40 Sean Clare M50 28:03
41 David Moynihan M50 28:05
44 Richard Briscoe M 28:15
47 Michael Stevens MU18 28:23
48 Andy Bradley M50 28:25
50 Mick Hughes M40 28:42
55 Stephen Ainsworth M60 28:58
56 Michael Clarke M40 29:00
61 James Dunderdale M 29:44
63 Adam Stephenson M 30:19
70 Irene Roche W55 30:51
73 James Hickie M50 31:13
74 Stephen Breckell M65 31:17
75 Chris Lawrence M50 31:19
80 Andrew Webster M45 31:55
81 Stuart Proctor M 32:14
82 Rick Moore M50 31:19
88 Carl Carey M45 33:03
88 Nerina Gill W45 33:05
97 Jane Ryan W40 34:11
99 Andrew Taylor M55 35:00
100 Jean Knightley W55 35:05
101 Donna Scott W50 35:06
104 Julia Rushton W50 35:49
105 Stephen Fish M60 35:51
110 Lisa Ellis W35 36:50
112 Tony Pilling M50 37:12
113 Janine Pollard W45 37:15
116 Bianca Bennett W 37:58
119 Ian Hargreaves M50 38:15
122 Mark Knowles M40 38:23
123 Deborah Greenwood W45 38:35
131 Bethany Quinn W 40:29
133 Karin Goss W65 41:06
134 Julia Taylor W55 41:22
135 Christine Egerton W65 43:14
136 Judith Carey W 44:19
137 Geraldine Varley W55 45:08
138 Robert Hirst M65 45:34
139 Jack McGuire M60 46:08
140 Ron Chappell M65 47:04
141 Christine Leathley W65 47:24
142 Anita Jones W60 48:17
144 Sharon Wilson W40 49:21

Full Results

PENYGHENT

There were nine Clayton vests at the Penyghent fell race. Peter Coates was our first Clayton man in 15th place overall.  Jo Perry was our first Clayton Lady. Super vet Keiran Carr was 69th overall and 1st V70.

A weekend of 2 “Pen’s” – Part One (Sarah Helliwell)

With Kelbrook and Penyghent fell races clashing, Sarah decided to have a go at something new. She took me up on my recommendation and told me she was doing Penyghent . I was on kids duty at the “Gala” as Sarah & Jo Perry set of through Horton with the other 140-ish runners plus a decent turn out from Clayton.

Sarah Helliwell at the Penyghent fell race. Photo by James Williamson

Sarah Helliwell at the Penyghent fell race. Photo by James Williamson

Once of the road it was tough going up the climb with the sun shining as runners were grateful for the breeze near the top. Jo had the stronger legs early on, however it was after my usual 30 mins before I got going and started to slowly pick of runners on the steeper section near the top. On the way back down I had a good tussle with about 4 runners before the last climb back over to Horton and the show field. Peter Coates was the first Clayton runner back with his usual solid run. Legend Kieran Carr won Vet 70 and me and Jo were the lasses holding up the rear. This is a great race as it has got a bit of everything – road, track, good tough steep climb and good decent and lots of grassy stuff in between!

Race report from Peter Coates

Penyghent fell race on Saturday is a 5.5 mile fell race with 1650 foot of ascent that is part of the Horton in Ribblesdale gala. Good turnout from Clayton Harriers to enjoy a great race in a fantastic location. The race leaves the gala field and follows the road through the village towards Brackenbottom before beginning the climb up to Penyghent. The climb gets increasingly steep up to the final bit of the climb which is a bit of a scramble up the rocks to the summit.

Peter Coates at the Penyghent fell race. Photo by James Williamson

Peter Coates at the Penyghent fell race. Photo by James Williamson

There was a slight route change at the summit from previous years due to the path reconstruction which added a bit of extra distance. I managed to pass a couple of runners on the fast descent before the final sting in the tail with the climb up to Whitber Hill from which I managed to hold my position on the run back towards the cart track and back down into Horton. A great family day out was enjoyed and happy with a finish of 15th overall.

Pos Name Cat Time
15 Peter Coates M40 0:56:06
44 Mark Nutter M50 1:03:33
69 Kieran Carr M70 1:07:59
86 Wayne McIntosh M 1:12:25
97 Martin Brady M50 1:15:24
99 Andrew Dugdale M50 1:15:55
104 Peter Dugdale M60 1:17:12
116 Sarah Helliwell L 1:23:19
126 Joanne Perry  1:27:50

Full Results

WHARFEDALE TRAIL HALF MARATHON

This was the 15th year of the running of the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon and it was held in perfect conditions with runners greeted by warm sunshine, a slight breeze and very dry underfoot conditions with many runners opting to race in light weight road shoes. 418 runners took part on the day.

Chris Snell at the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Snell at the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Three Clayton Harriers took part with Chris Snell finishing first for the club in 38th place, Chris Funnell Was 88th and Jeffery Pickup was 140th.

Report from Chris Funnell

I really enjoyed Saturday’s trail race. Starting from Wharfedale Rugby Club in Grassington. Had a quick catch up with Chris Snell and Jeff Pickup before the off. It’s the first time I’d done the race and Jeff said the climb up to Mastile goes on (and on….).

Chris Funnell at the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Funnell at the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon. Photo by Woodentops

It was a beautiful clear day and the long climbs ahead were clearly visible. The route took in some spectacular scenery and craggy views and it felt really good to be racing back in this neck of the woods.

Jeff Pickup at the Wharfedale Half Marathon

Jeff Pickup at the Wharfedale Half Marathon

Pos Name Cat Time
38 Chris Snell MV35 01:45:13
88 Chris Funnell MV50 01:53:20
140 Jeffrey Pickup MV65 02:02:19

Full Results

SUNDAY 4 JUNE

BURNLEY 10K

Now in its fifth year, Burnley 10K runners took on the new course that was announced last year.

Like waiting for a bus - all of a sudden three arrive at once! Photo by David Belshaw

Like waiting for a bus – all of a sudden three arrive at once! Photo by David Belshaw

The new route begins and finishes in Towneley Park, in the shadow of the majestic Towneley Hall, the jewel in Burnley’s historic crown.

Helen Welsh and Melanie Hirst. Happy Burnley 10K finishers. Photo by Neil Welsh

Helen Welsh and Melanie Hirst. Happy Burnley 10K finishers. Photo by Neil Welsh

Runners have a flat and fast start and run along the bottom of the Park’s Events Triangle before heading along Hall Road and turning right after the Stables Café. They then follow the tree-lined causeway out of the park for a long downhill section along Todmorden Road.

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Junior runner Aaron Lundi at the Burnley 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

The route then levels out to cross Harry Potts Way at Turf Moor, and follows Belvedere Road to the fire station before turning left into Thompson Park. The course follows the picturesque paths taking in the beautiful Boating Lake and Italian Gardens.

Runners leave Thompson Park at Queen Victoria Road then head up Queens Park Road, taking in further parkland then down Ormerod Road to meet Belvedere Road again and the flat and triumphant return to Towneley Park.

Report from Amanda Duffy

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Amanda Duffy racing to the finish with club mate Paul Foster. Photo by David Belshaw

It was an early start for one of my favourite races of the year the Burnley 10k. The new route starts and finishes in Townley Park. After having a bad run last year I had a bone to pick with that course!

The support all around the course was amazing as always and it really does help.

The toughest part of the course for me was the quarry, but it was nice to see Richard Lawson at the top cheering us on! I felt good on the rest of the course and finished 7th female.

It was a great well organised event with lots of excellent performances from team Clayton.

Pos Name Cat. Time
3 Danny Collinge M 00:34:48
9 Andrew Stubbs M45 00:36:40
18 Matthew Duckworth M 00:38:10
31 Jonathan Pye M 00:39:18
32 Nicholas Hennessey M 00:39:34
34 Daniel Plant M35 00:39:44
38 John Hartley M60 00:40:28
64 Richard Briscoe M35 00:42:35
95 Amanda Duffy F35 00:43:52
97 Paul Foster M45 00:43:51
120 Reece Lawrence M 00:44:43
146 Andrew Webster M45 00:45:47
170 Cassandra Darling F35 00:46:56
171 Michelle Abbott F35 00:46:56
172 Chris Lawrence M50 00:46:54
178 Colin White M40 00:47:01
201 Wayne McIntosh M35 00:48:12
213 Brian Wildman M50 00:48:15
230 Stuart Proctor M35 00:48:32
244 Aaron Lundie M 00:48:52
284 Nina Kewin F35 00:49:58
301 Julie Dawes F45 00:50:26
344 Darren Rushton M45 00:51:52
407 Justin Birtwistle M40 00:53:26
452 Danny Pilkington M40 00:45:01
463 Melanie Hirst F40 00:54:34
464 Helen Welsh F45 00:54:37
514 Ian Hargreaves M50 00:55:33
814 Helen Harrison F45 01:01:45

Full Results

KETTLEWELL

Kettlewell fell race is the latest race in the BOFRA championship. A trio of Clayton Harriers took part.

Report from Andy Holt

This was my Second attempt at the BOFRA Kettlewell fell race; one and a half miles of lung busting ascents, scree runs and tussocks on a lovely summer’s afternoon.

Again I’d have my eyes on the clock trying to emulate my daughter, who runs the same route as an U17.

Andy Holt at the Kettlewell fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Andy Holt at the Kettlewell fell race. Photo by Woodentops

I remembered waiting at the bottleneck at the top of the first climb last so worked hard up the hill gaining a dozen or so places, and for the first time I could see the front of the race in front of me.

Trying to run again here was difficult but I managed to potter along, losing places on the runnable bits but catching up and overtaking the group around me on the inclines. The run down for me is pure survival, three ledges starting at a near vertical incline then bottoming  out for several hundred yards until the next one. The last ridge finishes in a scree run which is made worse by the speed you carry into it from the decent above.

I survived, tried and failed miserably overtaking the group of runners in front of me and finished with more cake a dip in the nearby stream.

The times aren’t out yet but some nifty stalking on Strava gives me a rough time of a minute quicker than last year and 10 places higher at 17th. Classic BOFRA fell race, well worth the drive and effort.

Richard Briscoe(67th), Briony(1st)and Jenson (15th)are the three other hoops on show representing clayton today.

Pos Name Cat. Time
18 Andrew Holt MV40 14:14
54 Richard Briscoe M 17:47

U17 Race

Briony Holt was our only runner in the U17 race. She finished 12th overall and 1st girl.

Briony Holt at the presentation for the Kettlewell U17 Race. Photo by Woodentops

Briony Holt at the presentation for the Kettlewell U17 Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Time
12 Briony Holt 14:56

U12 RACE

Jenson Bentham having put in a strong performance to finish in 18th place in the U12 race

Pos Name Time 
18 Jenson Bentham 8:04

Full Results

PENDLE CLOUGHS

Newly taken over by our club member, Mark Nutter, this is a low-key, cracker of a race. A perfect run for anyone put off by the inclement weather often faced at the Stan Bradshaw or Full Tour of Pendle. The route is open to interpretation as long as all checkpoints are visited and there’s plenty of climbing and good running to be had. A race that you should definitely have on your ‘to do’ list.

And they're off! Runners setting off on the Pendle Cloughs fell race. Photo by Andy Firth

And they’re off! Runners setting off on the Pendle Cloughs fell race. Photo by Andy Firth

A weekend of 2 “Pen’s” – Part 2 (Carl Helliwell)

With my 3 Peaks mileage in my legs I thought I should be doing myself justice and doing a few more longer races, plus with Ralph Baines BG next weekend I had to make sure I am fit enough to help on leg 3! So I decided to do “Pendle Cloughs”, which meant I would give Peter Coates a break at Penyghent (he told me he was bored and missed me), however it meant I had Dave Motley to put up with!

My aim was to turn up, have a go and have a nice day out on our local hill. The race starts at the picturesque village of Downham, as 30 runners mingled in the sunshine with maps in hand. It roughly took me 3 minutes before I forget my mantra and thought right “where’s Motley”? I realised this was a bad mistake as he told me he’d been out the night before, was struggling to keep upright and we both took a bad line to CP1. It was then evident to me that Motley wasn’t the challenge of the day. Que “Alan Life” who knew the route (unlike me – when I studied it for 10mins at midnight the night before).

Carl Helliwell at the Pendle Cloughs Fell Race. Photo by Andy Laycock

Carl Helliwell at the Pendle Cloughs Fell Race. Photo by Andy Laycock

This was my next error as CP2 was not on the wall as I thought and I saw quite a few runners out of the corner of my eye now running to CP3 and coming past me. It took me until the trig to regain my losses and I decided it was now “operation Alan” and I was going to use his knowledge and experience. I also felt that Alan help me enjoy the race and route at a more sensible pace and attitude than I had with my “headless chicken” moments for the first few miles. Alan was definitely the stronger of us 2, as he picked good route options and it was good see what he chose as I studied the map on the way round. He then started to pull away from me as we headed back towards the trig, CP8 and the decent back to Downham. As my guide had disappeared and left me! It was at CP8 I lost 4 places and had to retrace back up the well, which was “well annoying”. This was because I took the top path and not the lower path – idiot!

With tired legs and brain (plus the dreaded cramp looming in my calves) I decided to go back to my mantra and enjoy the last few miles of the race. I was glad to see the finish of what was an eventful day.

I would honestly say that this is a “belting race” and it is great hearing all the tales afterwards of who went where and how the positions where jostled from start to finish, this makes it an enjoyable and fun race. More so than in a normal fell race. This is a great race to take you to different areas of Pendle, to build confidence and gain navigational skills. Many people ran it in pairs, which was good to see. It’s a shame Alan didn’t let me – only joking!

Well done to all Clayton runners, marshals, and Mark Nutter for organising the event. I am sure it will grow in popularity. I will definitely be back as I have unfinished business with a few of them checkpoints…

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Alan Life M50 2:41:24
8 Carl Helliwell M40 2:49:56
10 Andrew Priory M40 2:53:46
14 David Naughton M50 2:58:08
17 Richard Bellaries M60 3:07:27
18 Dominic Carr M40 3:15:50
24 Colin Woolford M40 3:48:35
25 Claire Vincent L 3:48:36

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

As always our club members have been out and about at a range of parkruns in a range of locations. This week saw a visit to Bushy parkrun, the very first parkrun location, a 5th birthday celebration with fancy dress and cake at Towneley Park in Burnley and a new course record at Pendle parkrun for Chris Holdsworth.

Abingdon parkrun – A total of 382 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
16 Alan DORRINGTON 20:34 VM45-49
85 Ella DORRINGTON-LEVY 24:14 JW11-14

Blackpool parkrun – A total of 220 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
54 Philip NAYLOR 24:10 VM35-39 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 406 runners took part.

Happy 5th Birthday Burnley parkrun!

Clayton junior runners ready for the birthday parkrun at Towneley. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton junior runners ready for the birthday parkrun at Towneley. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Kevin DAVIES 18:55 VM55-59
7 Paul BRANNON 19:36 VM55-59
10 Matthew JACKSON 20:00 JM11-14
11 Richard STEVENSON 20:02 VM40-44
14 Adam STEVENSON 20:14 JM11-14 New PB!
22 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:29 JM15-17
35 Martin BRADY 22:22 VM55-59
40 Matthew DUCKWORTH 22:40 SM25-29
43 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:50 JW11-14
44 Jonathan PYE 22:50 SM25-29
48 Stuart PROCTOR 23:02 VM35-39
57 Robbie SMEDLEY 23:43 JM11-14
61 Bethany WHEATCROFT 23:56 JW11-14
65 Graham ROPER 24:08 VM55-59
69 Guy WHALLEY 24:18 JM10 First Timer!
70 Michelle ABBOTT 24:20 VW35-39
76 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 24:37 VW35-39
81 Caitlin WELSH 24:40 JW15-17 New PB!
85 Nick ROSCOE 24:46 VM45-49
91 Nina KEWIN 24:56 VW35-39
109 Richard LAWSON 25:56 VM75-79
110 Paul FOSTER 25:58 VM45-49
117 Andrew WEBSTER 26:07 VM45-49
120 Evan WELSH 26:16 JM11-14
123 Julie DAWES 26:28 VW45-49
124 John WILCOCK 26:31 VM50-54
125 Chris LAWRENCE 26:37 VM50-54
126 Annabel WILCOCK 26:38 JW15-17
181 Lennon JACKSON 28:43 JM11-14
184 Joanne MOTLEY 28:47 VW35-39
189 Donna SCOTT 28:57 VW50-54
191 Aaron LUNDIE 28:59 JM15-17
203 Darcey HIRST 29:42 JW10
205 Mick HUGHES 29:45 VM40-44
206 Ian HARGREAVES 29:45 VM50-54
251 James BOULT 30:49 SM20-24
283 Helen HARRISON 32:00 VW45-49
292 Emily JOHNSON 32:34 JW10 New PB!
293 Lisa JOHNSON 32:34 VW45-49
295 Ellisia SMEDLEY 32:41 JW10
296 Marion WILKINSON 32:41 VW75-79
378 Charlie PLANT 42:11 JW10
381 Olly PLANT 42:41 JM10

Bushy parkrun – A total of 1242 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
7 Jacob WATSON 17:22 SM30-34 First Timer!

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 179 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
67 Paul THOMPSON 27:19 VM45-49 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 114 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
97 Robin PRICE 35:08 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 80 runners took part.

Congratulations to Chris Holdsworth for his new course record at Pendle parkrun.

Chris Holdsworth taking the course record at Pendle parkrun

Chris Holdsworth taking the course record at Pendle parkrun

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Christopher HOLDSWORTH 16:22 SM25-29 New PB!
4 John HARTLEY 21:13 VM60-64
16 Millie STUBBS 23:56 JW11-14
24 Dawn TERRY 26:06 VW50-54
28 Eleanor Betty ROOT 27:03 JW15-17
54 Sophie MCINTOSH 32:15 SW25-29 First Timer!

 

The kids are all right

As we steam towards summer, there’s racing galore! As always our members have been racing hard but the glory goes to our younger runners this week.  As well as competing in the FRA championships, lots of our young runners have been stepping up to take part in tough senior races with great success. The future is definitely looking bright for this club if their achievements are anything to go by! Congratulations are in order for Chris Holdsworth, second counter in the victorious Lancashire team in this year’s Inter Counties Championship.

TUESDAY 9 MAY

MEARLEY CLOUGH FELL RACE

There was an excellent turnout of 194 runners for this tough 3.5 mile fell race with 1247ft of climb – a record for a non championship race. Was it the weather, free pasta supper or the prize draw for the rucksack? Maybe it was all of those factors. There was a fabulous range of ages in the race with the youngest runners aged 14 and the oldest vet in his 80s.

Young Clayton runners Curtis Holt, Briony Holt and James Boult at the Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

The race was won by Josh Boyle for the second year running. Matt Perry was our first finisher and 3rd overall in the race. Carl Helliwell and Dave Motley joined him in the top ten.

Matt Perry

Matt Perry on his way to 3rd place. Photo by David Belshaw

Five of our junior runners took part. Nick Hennessey was our first junior in a respectable 40th place overall. Curtis Holt was next chased to the finish by his sister Briony who was 45th overall and 2nd Lady in the race.

Harry Mason stepping up to senior racing at Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Harry Mason stepping up to senior racing at Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Harry Mason had a great run to finish 113th and Natasha Olszewska completed the junior cohort in 146th place.

Natasha Olszewska running her first senior fell race at Mearley Clough. Photo by David Belshaw

Natasha Olszewska running her first senior fell race at Mearley Clough. Photo by David Belshaw

Briony Holt was our first lady finisher and Linda Lord was 1st LV60

Position Name Time
3 Matt Perry * 0.32.52
11 Carl Helliwell V40 0.35.23
16 Dave Motley 0.36.13
29 Alan Life V50 0.38.12
31 Geoff Gough V50 0.38.16
35 Paul Hesketh V50 0.38.35
40 Nicholas Hennessey 15 0.40.08
42 James Boult MU23 0.40.14
43 Curtis Holt 17* 0.40.17
45 (lady 2) Briony Holt L15* 0.40.23
51 Chris Funnell V50 0.40.45
52 Ivan Whigham V50 0.40.47
69 Richard Briscoe 0.42.05
70 Mark Nutter V50 0.42.07
78 Craig Nicholls V40 0.43.05
83 David Moynihan V50 0.43.39
99 Mark Taylor 0.45.17
100 Robert Morrison V40 0.45.18
102 Martin Brady V50 0.45.33
111 Andrew Howarth V60 0.46.12
113 Harry Mason 14 0.46.28
114 (lady 9) Teresa De Curtis L40 0.46.36
118 David Naylor V60 0.46.57
122 Darren Rushton V40 0.47.09
124 James Hickie V50 0.47.13
129 Andrew Mark Dugdale V50 0.48.32
132 Peter Dugdale V60 0.49.19
137 Andrew Walmsley V60 0.50.06
138 Colin Woolford V40 0.50.16
144 (lady 14) Linda M Lord L60* 0.51.05
146 (lady 16) Natasha Olszewska L14* 0.51.17
153 (lady 20) Sarah Helliwell L 0.52.52
171 Geoff Laycock V60 0.56.55
180 Karin Goss L60 0.62.47
190 Ron Chappell V60 0.83.41

Full Results

THURSDAY 11 MAY

IAN CASEY MEMORIAL COWM 5K

Jonathan Pye and Ron Chappell took part in the Ian Casey Memorial 5K. Jonathan finished in 3rd place overall with atime of 17:47.  Ron Chappel was 121st with a time of 34:36.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
3 Jonathan Pye MS (002/021) 00:17:47
121 Ron Chappell M65 (003/003) 00:34:36

Full Results

FRIDAY 12 MAY

PINHAW TRAIL RACE

Another bumper turnout of Clayton Harriers for the second race of the increasingly popular Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix race series. Danny Collinge was our first Clayton finisher in 9th place overall with Jordan McDonald and Dave Motley following on in the top 20.

Clayton runners at Pinhaw

Clayton runners at Pinhaw

Junior runner Nick Hennessey continues his great form to finish in 22nd place overall and 1st MU18. Geoff Gough was 1st M55, Jeff Pickup was 1st M65 and Barry Mitchell was 1st M70

Younger generation coming through at Pinhaw Trail Race.

Younger generation coming through at Pinhaw Trail Race.

Our first lady finisher was Donna Airey in 88th place and 5th lady in the race. Anita Jones was 1st W60.

Report from Craig Nicholls

Having completed the Hameldon Hill race in what I felt to be a timely fashion, I decided that maybe I should have a go at the entire Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix. As a cross country veteran (after two full seasons now – wow) I have become accustomed to donning the Harrier Vest for weekend races but a race on a Friday Night was a whole new experience for me. The decision, however, had been made so any plans for the usual food, alcohol and TV combos were scrapped and the vest was on.

I arrived half expecting to be greeted by about 20 to 30 hardcore running enthusiasts so it came as a great relief to see there were over 200 people from all walks of life and many of them were the   usual Clayton crowd there to support the club and each other.

The run itself was the usual run up hill, run down hill, collapse at the finish sort of affair I’ve come to expect from these events. The scenery (I imagine) was epic and the view of Earby (the one time I glanced up away from my feet) as I ran back down was lovely so I can see why people love them so much and my goal for this summer will be to get fit enough to actually enjoy one.

Craig Nicholls at the Pinhaw trail race. Photo by David Belshaw

Craig Nicholls at the Pinhaw trail race. Photo by David Belshaw

Probably the best thing about these races (for me at least) is seeing so many of our wonderful junior section at the finish line. These guys are a credit to the club and the coaches who give up their free time and are probably the biggest factor in my own development at the moment as you can’t help but be inspired by the progress they are all making.

See you all at Clowbridge Reservoir on Wednesday

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Danny Collinge MSEN 33:18:00
12 Jordan McDonald MSEN 33:45:00
19 Dave Motley MSEN 34:33:00
21 Chris Snell MSEN 34:54:00
22 Nicholas Hennessey MU18 35:04:00
28 Josh Hall MU18 35:43:00
34 Paul Hesketh M50 36:12:00
35 George Pier MSEN 36:14:00
40 James Boult MSEN 36:41:00
43 Geoff Gough M55 36:57:00
44 Michael O’Donnell M40 37:06:00
46 Daniel Plant MSEN 37:35:00
47 Gareth Berry M40 37:36:00
52 John Roche M55 37:52:00
59 Michael Clarke M40 38:31:00
61 Sean Clare M50 38:35:00
63 Reece Lawrence MU18 38:40:00
68 David Moynihan M50 39:02:00
70 Andy Bradley M50 39:08:00
71 Craig Nicholls M40 39:12:00
72 Richard Briscoe MSEN 39:13:00
74 John Wilcock M50 39:18:00
83 Mick Hughes M40 39:58:00
84 Robert Morrison M40 40:07:00
85 James Dunderdale MSEN 40:08:00
87 David Naughton M55 40:27:00
88 Donna Airey W35 40:30:00
89 Adam Stevenson MSEN 40:34:00
93 Stephen Ainsworth M60 40:51:00
94 Jeffrey Pickup M65 41:20:00
95 Elizabeth Mullan WSEN 41:24:00
98 Cassandra Smedley WSEN 41:43:00
99 Paul Foster M45 41:43:00
103 Andrew Webster M45 42:24:00
116 Irene Roche W55 43:11:00
122 Andy Quinn M45 43:30:00
124 Chris Lawrence M50 43:38:00
137 Barry Mitchell M70 45:01:00
143 Carl Carey M45 45:47:00
148 Nerina Gill W45 46:16:00
149 Donna Scott W50 46:36:00
152 Colin White M40 47:05:00
153 Jean Knightley W55 47:11:00
154 Julie Dawes W45 47:19:00
155 Andrew Taylor M55 47:26:00
156 Martin Griffin M55 47:27:00
158 Bianca Bennett WSEN 47:40:00
164 Julia Rushton W50 48:20:00
167 Jane Ryan W40 48:32:00
171 Lucy Scott WSEN 49:28:00
174 Eleanor Root WU18 49:43:00
180 Ian Hargreaves M50 50:24:00
191 Mark Knowles M40 52:20:00
193 Bethany Quinn WSEN 52:31:00
197 Deborah Greenwood W45 53:44:00
200 Jane Hylands W45 55:00:00
204 Danny Pilkington M40 56:25:00
207 Julia Taylor W55 58:23:00
208 Judith Carey WSEN 59:27:00
210 Christine Egerton W65 59:42:00
212 Geraldine Varley W55 01:01:10
213 Ron Chappell M65 01:02:40
214 Anita Jones W60 01:03:10
215 Jack McGuire M60 01:04:20
216 Sharon Wilson W40 01:04:30
217 Christine Leathley W65 01:05:41

Full Results

SATURDAY 13 MAY

BROUGHTON HEIGHTS (INTER COUNTIES)

Congratulations to Christopher Holdsworth whose great form continues as he represented Lancashire in this year’s UK Inter-Counties Fell/Hill Running Championship. In a very strong field he finished in 7th place overall with a time of 42:22 making him second counter in the winning Lancashire team.

Chris Holdsworth representing Lancashire at the UK Inter County Fell Running Championships. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Holdsworth representing Lancashire at the UK Inter County Fell Running Championships. Photo by Woodentops

In the ladies’ race, Louisa Powell-Smith finished in 19th place making her third counter in the Lancashire team who finished in fourth place.

Full Results

FAIRFIELD HORSESHOE

Four Clayton Harriers took part in this classic, Lakeland fell race. Starting and finishing at Rydal Hall the 9 mile route incorporates 2999ft of climbing. Andy Laycock had a great race to finish in 16th place. Wendy Dodds was our sole lady runner and finished in 195th place. Wayne McIntosh and James Williamson completed the Clayton cohort finishing the race together in 263rd an 264th place respectively.

Andy Laycock in the Fairfield Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Richard Gardiner

Andy Laycock in the Fairfield Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Richard Gardiner

 

Pos Name Time
16 Andy Laycock 1:33:46
195 Wendy Dodds 2:02:34
263 Wayne McIntosh 2:12:39
264 James Williamson 2:12:19

Full Results

SUNDAY 14 MAY

CHESTER DEVA AQUATHLON

Well done to Ellie Root who took part in the Chester Deva Aquathlon. After a good solid swim and a decent run on tired legs (having raced at Pinhaw), she finished in 9th place in the girls youth category.

GREAT WHERNSIDE JUNIOR UPHILL

Well done to Josh McKay, Helana White, Jenson Bentham, Christopher Brown, Ella Dorrington, Jackson McKay and Briony Holt who ran at the 5th round of the English Junior Championships at Kettlewell. The uphill only races up Great Whernside featured long steep, grassy climbs on the lower slopes for the younger age groups and rougher rockier terrain for the U15s and above.

This is the toughest level of competition in fell running and our Juniors have been doing the club proud with their efforts at this race(and during the series as a whole), competing on the hardest courses for Juniors in the country.

U13 Race

Pos Name Time
15 Jenson Bentham 10:11
19 Christopher Brown 10:24
28 Helana White 10:48

U15 Race

Jackson Mckay in the U15 Race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Jackson Mckay in the U15 Race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Pos Name Time
14 Jackson McKay 13:01
52 Ella Dorrington 16:03

U17 Race

Briony Holt in the U17 race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Briony Holt in the U17 race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Pos Name Time
28 Briony Holt 22:08

Full Results

PLUSNET LEEDS HALF MARATHON

Paul Foster was our sole runner in the popular PlusNet Leeds Half Marathon.  He finished in 713th place with a time of 01:38:45

Report from Paul Foster

My favourite event bar none. The city of Leeds really gets behind this event every year and the support around the entire 13 miles is incredible, from the thousands cheering you on in the city centre to the street party atmosphere in the surrounding districts. Every year there are bands, pipers on the route, and this year there was even a women’s choir. Yorkshire loves its sporting events.

Paul Foster at the PlusNet Leeds Half Marathon

Paul Foster at the PlusNet Leeds Half Marathon

The sun was beating down for the third year in a row, and although not as hot as last year, the many hosepipes spraying cold water courtesy of some residents were very welcome. There are quite a few longish hill sections on the run and I was happy with my time of 1:38:45 which was an improvement of 9 minutes over last year, placing 675 out of a field of nearly 6800.

Full Results

WORDEN PARK 10K

Another resounding win for fast lad Danny Collinge at the Worden Park 10K. Dawn Terry was our only lady runner and she finished in 158th place in 50:24.

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Danny Collinge M 0:33:20
50 George Pier M 0:42:42
52 Reece Lawrence M 0:43:00
83 Robert Morrison MV40 0:46:34
93 Christopher Lawrence MV50 0:46:58
100 Brian Wildman MV50 0:47:32
121 Colin White MV40 0:49:10
158 Dawn Terry FV50 0:50:24

 Jack Maguire took part in the fun run finishing in 39th place with a time of 09:29

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Abingdon parkrun – A total of 343 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
149 Samuel Spencer HARDISTY 27:06 SM20-24

Bournemouth parkrun – A total of 491 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
26 Michael STEVENS 20:09 JM11-14 First Timer!

 Burnley parkrun – A total of 351 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 Tom BREWSTER 17:49 SM30-34
14 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:01 JM15-17
15 Daniel PLANT 20:12 VM35-39
17 Lennon JACKSON 20:21 JM11-14
18 Simon WILSHAW 20:23 JM15-17
19 Kieron MITCHELL 20:27 VM40-44
23 Helana WHITE 20:45 JW10
24 Jonathan PYE 20:46 SM25-29
26 Gareth BERRY 20:52 VM40-44
32 David MOYNIHAN 21:44 VM50-54
40 Gordon BARRETT 22:16 VM55-59
41 Matthew JACKSON 22:16 JM11-14
58 Aaron LUNDIE 22:59 JM15-17
59 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 23:01 JW11-14 New PB!
61 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:04 JM11-14
70 Sarah ANGELONE 23:42 SW30-34
76 Charlie BARNES 24:12 JM10
83 Dawn TERRY 24:27 VW50-54
106 Lisa JOHNSON 25:34 VW45-49
125 Caitlin WELSH 26:03 JW15-17
126 Imogen FERGUSON 26:04 JW11-14
127 John WILCOCK 26:07 VM50-54
128 Annabel WILCOCK 26:08 JW15-17
134 Jake ANFORTH 26:21 JM10
147 Carl CAREY 26:58 VM45-49
151 Melanie HIRST 27:02 VW40-44
152 Helen WELSH 27:02 VW45-49
158 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 27:20 JW11-14 New PB!
165 Lynsey BIRTWISTLE 27:34 VW35-39
166 Charlie PLANT 27:35 JW10
167 Toby BIRTWISTLE 27:35 JM10
168 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 27:36 VW45-49
172 Andrew WEBSTER 27:43 VM45-49
194 Evan WELSH 28:24 JM11-14
195 Bethany WHEATCROFT 28:25 JW11-14
196 Darcey HIRST 28:26 JW10
204 Mark TAYLOR 28:49 VM35-39
222 Tony PILLING 29:34 VM50-54
228 Alan DORRINGTON 29:49 VM45-49
234 Richard LAWSON 30:00 VM75-79
280 Judith CAREY 32:03 VW35-39
287 Robert HIRST 32:41 VM65-69

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 129 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
113 Robin PRICE 35:42 VM70-74

Dolgellau parkrun – A total of 39 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
13 Katy THOMPSON 25:38 VW60-64 First Timer!

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 157 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
43 Philip NAYLOR 23:36 VM35-39 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 91 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 Kevin DAVIES 19:38 VM55-59
3 Jackson MCKAY 19:49 JM11-14 New PB!
7 Paul BRANNON 20:53 VM55-59
8 John HARTLEY 21:23 VM60-64

Rutland Water parkrun – A total of 246 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
111 Eileen JONES 28:08 VW65-69 First Timer!

South Manchester parkrun – A total of 577 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
356 Yvonne WICKHAM 28:13 VW50-54

 

Making our mark

Well you have certainly been making your mark this week from call ups to Team GB to mass attendance at races.  There have been Great Hill Races, trail races, road racing in parks and by the sea as well as competitive fell racing at Sedburgh.  Roll on long summer evenings and plenty of racing!

TEAM GB CALL UP FOR CHRIS HOLDSWORTH

Our Clayton colleague Christopher Holdsworth has been selected to run for the Great Britain senior men’s team at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, to be held at Premana, Italy in August. This is fantastic news, not just for Chris, but for the whole club, and should be a great inspiration to our junior athletes. International vests, particularly GB vests don’t come round every day, and this selection is just reward for a great winter’s training and some outstanding racing put in by Chris this year.

Chris Holdsworth at the 3 Peaks Race. Photo by Andy Jackson

Chris Holdsworth at the 3 Peaks Race. Photo by Andy Jackson

Well done Chris: the whole club is really proud of you, and we will be with you all the way to Italy.

TUESDAY 2 MAY

GEOFF DOGGATT MEMORIAL 5K

Julia Rushton and Ron Chappell took part in this midweek 5K race. Julia was 43rd with a time of 23:26 and Ron Chappell was 65th with a time of 29:28. A total of 66 runners took part.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
43 Julia Rushton FV50 23.26
65 R. Chappell MV65 29.28

Full Results

WEDNESDAY 3 MAY

ASTLEY PARK TRAIL SERIES

Jonathan Pye was our sole runner in the first race of this popular series organised by Chorley AC. He finished in 10th place with a time of 27:00

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
10 Jonathan Pye MS (006/027) 00:27:00

Full Results

ASTLEY PARK JUNIOR TRAIL SERIES

Fifteen juniors took part in the junior race which is also one of the summer series of races. Lennon Jackson was our first finisher storming into 17th place with a time of 05:33 with Robbie Smedley snapping at his heels in 18th. Ella Dorrington was our first girl in 40th and with a time of 6:07 with Sophie Ashworth chasing her tail in 41st. Some excellent midweek running from our juniors.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
17 Lennon Jackson M17 (014/042) 00:05:33
18 Robbie Smedley M17 (015/042) 00:05:34
27 Matthew Jackson M17 (020/042) 00:05:48
38 Jenson Bentham M11 (001/017) 00:06:03
40 Ella Dorrington F17 (014/050) 00:06:03
41 William Nicholls M17 (026/042) 00:06:04
44 Helana White F11 (001/016) 00:06:07
46 Sophie Ashworth F17 (017/050) 00:06:09
59 Luke Guest M17 (033/042) 00:06:21
79 Thomas Ashworth M11 (008/017) 00:06:55
82 Alfie White M17 (037/042) 00:07:08
89 Imogen Ferguson F17 (039/050) 00:07:36
100 Jake O’Dowd M17 (040/042) 00:07:52
117 Emily Nicholls F11 (011/016) 00:08:12
126 Ellisia Smedley F11 (013/016) 00:08:26

Full Results

SATURDAY 6 MAY

CHORLEY DUATHLON

Helana White took part in the Chorley duathlon (Run – Bike – Run) at Astley Park.  The weather was very different to the trail races earlier in the week with very blustery conditions. The wind was blowing against the competitors on the uphill bike section which did not bode well for Helana but she pulled it out of the bag and had a cracking race!

She came in 4th on the run and then only lost 2 places in the bike section; she was delighted with that as she had expected to lose a lot more places in this section. She ran hard to close the gaps and get 6th in the T2 class. She was not too long behind the winner which means lots of points as time from the winner is how points are worked out in this league.

SUNDAY 7 MAY

BEAVERBROOKS BLACKPOOL 10K

Fantastic running all round and a shout out for Team Stevenson over the tannoy at the 2017 Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10K race. There was a new PB for Adam, Keira ditched her pacemaker dad and nipped in under the hour in her first ever 10K race and Lucy, taking a break from GCSE studying, finished in a comfortable 67 minutes.

Team Stevenson in action at Beaverbrooks' Blackpool 10K. Photos by Deborah Stevenson

Team Stevenson in action at Beaverbrooks’ Blackpool 10K. Photos by Deborah Stevenson

Good enough to earn fish and chips and a trip to the arcades.

AWAITING RESULTS

BLACKSTICKS BLUE 10K

Jacob Watson and Stephen Biscomb travelled to … to take part in the Blacksticks Blue 10K race. Jacob was 5th in the race with a time of 37 minutes dead and Stephen was 33rd in 44:15. A total of 146 runners took part.

Report from Jacob Watson

I’m not sure why, but for some reason I favour a challenging, hilly road race over a flat course. My favourite event on the race calendar is definitely Hendon Brook and I’d have to say that, in terms of challenge, this race is its little brother. Much like Hendon Brook, this race takes you over picturesque and hilly country roads and also similarly, being mainly flat, Blacksticks’ first mile does a good job of filling you with a false sense of security.

Jacob Watson at the Blacksticks Blue race.

Jacob Watson at the Blacksticks Blue race.

The next 2 miles however proved very tough, taking any speed I may have otherwise had out of my legs for the sheer downhills in the latter stages. From the off, I decided to set off at what I believed to be a conservative pace in order to save my energy for the climbs to come. I started off in 6th place and things remained that way for the first 2 miles. During the main climb in mile 3 I managed to take 5th but couldn’t close the gap between me and Trawden’s Stephen Hall who was running well in 4th.

Stephen Biscomb at the Blacksticks Blue 10K

Stephen Biscomb at the Blacksticks Blue 10K

The last mile proved tough going with my energy reserves zapped from the previous miles. With Stephen still a good 40 seconds ahead of me I was happy to cross the line in 5th to claim my prizes of cheese and wine! A great race and definitely one for fans of a challenging course.
Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
5 Jacob Watson MS 0:37:00
33 Stephen Biscomb MV60 0:44:15

Full Results

GREAT HAMELDON HILL RACE

Senior Race

It was a beautiful day as huge turnout of 75 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers lined up for this year’s Great Hameldon Hill Race.

Most of the runners at the Great Hameldon Hill Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Most of the runners at the Great Hameldon Hill Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Always popular with our club members, this race is the first in the local Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series.

Carl Helliwell warming up before the Hameldon Hill Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Carl Helliwell warming up before the Hameldon Hill Race. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Danny Collinge was our first Clayton finisher and 2nd overall in the race. Jordan McDonald was 1st MU23, Carl Helliwell was 1st V40 and Geoff Gough was 1st V55. With 50 men running in the race we had 15 men’s team in with the ‘A’ team (D Collinge | A Laycock | D Motley) taking 3rd place.

Runners heading up the first climb. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Runners heading up the first climb. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

There was a great turnout of women in the race with 25 Clayton Ladies running. Clair Vincent was our first lady home and 5th lady finisher overall in the race. Jean Knightley was 1st L55, Anita Jones was 1st L60 and Karin Goss was 1st L65. With so many ladies in the race we dominated the team results taking 1st (C Vincent | D Airey | E Mullan) and 2nd (C Smedley | T DeCurtis | B Savage) and had 8 complete teams in the event.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Danny Collinge MS (002/057) 00:38:55
11 Andrew Laycock MS (009/057) 00:41:45
14 Dave Motley MS (012/057) 00:42:35
16 Carl Helliwell M40 (001/027) 00:43:15
18 Jordan McDonald M23 (001/002) 00:43:32
23 Chris Snell MS (014/057) 00:44:10
24 Andrew McFarlane M45 (004/024) 00:44:20
27 Luke Turner MS (016/057) 00:44:34
32 Michael Toms M50 (002/034) 00:45:36
33 Paul Hesketh M50 (003/034) 00:45:45
35 Geoff Gough M55 (001/021) 00:45:58
36 Michael O’Donnell M40 (005/027) 00:46:11
39 Jon Cleaver MS (022/057) 00:46:37
44 Jonathan Pye MS (024/057) 00:47:10
58 Chris Funnell M50 (007/034) 00:48:45
59 John Roche M55 (004/021) 00:48:56
66 Sean Clare M50 (010/034) 00:49:26
73 John Wilcock M50 (011/034) 00:50:02
75 Craig Nicholls M40 (013/027) 00:50:13
80 David Moynihan M50 (014/034) 00:50:25
90 Robert Morrison M40 (015/027) 00:51:28
92 Jeffrey Pickup M65 (002/010) 00:51:48
94 Andy Bradley M50 (016/034) 00:52:10
95 Reece Lawrence M23 (002/002) 00:52:21
97 Claire Vincent FS (002/010) 00:52:36
100 Richard Briscoe MS (037/057) 00:52:51
102 Donna Airey F35 (003/008) 00:53:05
104 James Dunderdale MS (039/057) 00:53:30
114 Mick Hughes M40 (016/027) 00:54:22
116 Paul Foster M45 (014/024) 00:54:27
117 Stephen Ainsworth M60 (002/008) 00:54:33
120 Mark Taylor MS (045/057) 00:54:39
121 Andrew Webster M45 (016/024) 00:54:41
122 Elizabeth Mullan FS (003/010) 00:54:42
126 Martin Brady M55 (010/021) 00:55:18
127 Cassandra Smedley F35 (004/008) 00:55:24
129 Chris Lawrence M50 (020/034) 00:55:44
133 Geoff Smith M40 (018/027) 00:55:58
144 Adam Stephenson MS (046/057) 00:57:14
152 Stuart Proctor MS (049/057) 00:57:41
153 Andrew M. Dugdale M55 (012/021) 00:57:58
154 Stephen Breckell M65 (004/010) 00:57:59
155 Teresa De Curtis F45 (003/016) 00:58:15
159 Barbara Savage F50 (006/014) 00:58:58
164 Nerina Gill F45 (004/016) 01:00:00
171 Carl Carey M45 (020/024) 01:00:34
174 Stephen Fish M60 (005/008) 01:01:39
175 Donna Scott F50 (007/014) 01:01:42
176 Julia Rushton F50 (008/014) 01:01:46
180 Angela Shian F40 (003/009) 01:02:14
181 Martin Griffin M55 (015/021) 01:02:21
184 Sarah Helliwell F35 (005/008) 01:02:41
187 Julie Dawes F45 (006/016) 01:02:52
191 Jean Knightley F55 (001/001) 01:04:13
192 Lucy Scott FS (007/010) 01:04:20
194 Joanne Bennett F45 (008/016) 01:05:18
195 Bryn Barnes M65 (006/010) 01:05:30
196 Jane Ryan F40 (004/009) 01:05:39
197 Michael Clarke M40 (024/027) 01:05:39
202 Geoff Laycock M60 (007/008) 01:06:21
205 Ian Hargreaves M50 (033/034) 01:06:35
211 Janine Pollard F45 (011/016) 01:07:49
213 Justin Birtwistle M40 (026/027) 01:08:33
221 Michelle Butschok F40 (008/009) 01:10:25
222 Mark R. Knowles M40 (027/027) 01:10:26
226 Bethany Quinn F23 (002/003) 01:11:30
236 Deborah Greenwood F45 (014/016) 01:15:25
237 Karin Goss F65 (001/001) 01:15:43
242 Robert Hirst M65 (009/010) 01:19:35
243 Judith Carey F35 (008/008) 01:19:38
244 Jane Hylands F45 (016/016) 01:19:42
245 Anita Jones F60 (001/001) 01:23:16
246 Ron Chappell M65 (010/010) 01:28:11
247 Jack McGuire M60 (008/008) 01:29:40
248 Sharon Wilson F40 (009/009) 01:33:14

Full Results

JUNIOR RACES

Over 30 juniors raced in the first race of this year’s Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix.

Juniors ready to race! Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Juniors ready to race! Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

U9 RACE

Four of our very youngest runners took part in the U9 race. Charlie Plant was our first finisher in 7th place overall and 1st F7 and there was some great running from Ruby Cleaver who was running in her vest for the first time, Emily Johnson and Olly Plant.

Ruby Cleaver

Ruby Cleaver delighted with her first official race for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers.

Pos Name Cat Cat/Pos Time
7 Charlie Plant F7 (1/3) 00:03:41
16 Ruby Cleaver F6 (2/8) 00:04:08
20 Emily Johnson F7 (3/3) 00:04:26
21 Olly Plant M6 (4/5) 00:04:32

U11 RACE

Hameldon - U11 Boy

Harry Cole in the U11 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Changes in the age category rules mean that some of our younger runners took part in the more challenging U11 race despite some of them only being 8 years old on race day. This race took the runners out of the playing field and up and around the Coppice; a big step up from the previous race for a lot of them. However, undaunted our plucky juniors rose to the challenge and put in plenty of gustsy performances. Harry Cole was our first finisher and also the overall winner.Emily Nicholls was our first girl finisher.

Pos Name Cat Cat/Pos Time
1 Harry John Cole M10 (1/3) 00:11:02
5 Harry Wharton M10 (2/3) 00:12:16
6 Charlie Barnes M8 (1/10) 00:12:38
11 Toby Birtwistle M8 (4/10) 00:13:21
15 Brayden Clarkson M9 (6/8) 00:13:41
18 Jake Anforth M10 (3/3) 00:13:52
29 Emily K. Nicholls F9 (4/10) 00:14:54
32 Darcey E. Hirst F9 (7/10) 00:15:02
36 Ellisia Smith F8 (5/6) 00:16:35
38 Joni Higgins F9 (10/10) 00:19:40

U13 RACE

Six juniors ran in the U13 race. Robbie Smedley was our first finisher and 2nd overall in the race. Helana White was first girl in the race and 6th place overall.

Imogen Ferguson powering to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Imogen Ferguson powering to the finish. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Cat/Pos Time
2 Robbie Smedley M11 (1/8) 00:10:51
3 Matthew Jackson M11 (2/8) 00:11:16
6 Helana White F10 (1/3) 00:11:34
9 Charlie Birtwistle M11 (6/8) 00:12:08
10 Luke Guest M12 (2/2) 00:12:10
18 Imogen Ferguson F11 (2/3) 00:13:51

U15 RACE

Eight juniors ran in the U15 Race. Michael Stevens was our first finisher and 2nd overall in the race. Ella Dorrrington was our first girl and 2nd girl overall in the race.

Michael Stevens in the U15 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Michael Stevens in the U15 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Cat/Pos Time
2 Michael Stevens M14 (1/1) 00:14:42
4 Lennon Jackson M13 (2/6) 00:15:38
7 Ella Dorrington-Levy F12 (1/4) 00:16:59
9 Sophie A. Ashworth F13 (2/3) 00:17:09
12 Natasha Olszewska F14 (1/1) 00:18:01
13 Bethany Wheatcroft F13 (3/3) 00:19:01
15 Jake O’Dowd M13 (6/6) 00:20:23
16 Bronia Olszewska F12 (4/4) 00:20:47

U17 RACE

Four of our older junior runners took part in the U17 Race. Nick Hennessey was our first finisher and 2nd overall in the race. Millie Stubbs was our first girl and also first girl in the race.

Joshua Hall in the U17 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Joshua Hall in the U17 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Cat Cat/Pos Time
2 Nicholas Hennessey M15 (2/4) 00:13:32
3 Joshua Hall M15 (3/4) 00:13:39
4 Jay Bowman M14 (1/1) 00:14:31
7 Millie Stubbs F14 (1/2) 00:15:43

Full Results

HEATON PARK 10K

Amanda Duffy was our sole runner in the Heaton Park 10K. She finished 33rd overall, 5th Lady and 2nd FV35 in a field of 291 runners.

Amanda Reports

What a fantastic day to be racing! The sun was out and I was running in the Heaton Park 10K. The course itself was scenic and hilly, a two-lap course mainly on tarmac with some gravel paths which took you round a lake and then a couple of good climbs up towards Heaton Hall. I managed to place 5th female so very happy with that.

Pos Name Cat Time
33 Amanda Duffy V35 00:45:51

Full Results

SEDBURGH (BOFRA)

Senior Race

Pos Name Cat Time
29 Andrew Holt MV40 24:53

U17 RACE

A strong run from Briony Holt gave her 9th place overall and 1st girl in the U17 race.

Briony Holt in the U17 race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Briony Holt in the U17 race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Pos Name Time
9 Briony Holt 23:45

U12 RACE

Jenson Bentham was our only runner in the U12 race where he finished 10th overall.

Jenson Bentham at the BOFRA Sedburgh race.

Jenson Bentham at the BOFRA Sedburgh race.

Pos Name Time
10 Jenson Bentham 8:42

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Blackpool parkrun – A total of 187 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
93 Helen HARRISON 29:02 VW45-49 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 420 runners took part

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
2 Jonathan PYE 18:19 SM25-29
4 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:51 JM15-17
11 Jackson MCKAY 19:24 JM11-14
15 Matthew JACKSON 19:34 JM11-14 New PB!
16 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:35 SM25-29
18 Alan DORRINGTON 19:48 VM45-49
21 James BOULT 19:58 SM20-24
31 Susan BURNS 20:48 VW55-59
33 Paul FOSTER 20:54 VM45-49
47 Donna RILEY 22:02 VW50-54
54 Alison DUGDALE 22:17 VW45-49
58 Gordon BARRETT 22:27 VM55-59
60 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:27 JM15-17
64 Chris LAWRENCE 22:34 VM50-54
77 Graham ROPER 22:55 VM55-59 New PB!
86 Bethany WHEATCROFT 23:28 JW11-14 New PB!
100 Lennon JACKSON 23:45 JM11-14
101 Michelle ABBOTT 23:45 VW35-39
102 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 23:47 VW35-39
105 Brian WILDMAN 23:50 VM50-54
108 Julie DAWES 23:57 VW45-49
133 Lisa JOHNSON 25:01 VW45-49
134 Imogen FERGUSON 25:04 JW11-14
135 Caitlin WELSH 25:05 JW15-17 New PB!
138 Bryn BARNES 25:07 VM65-69
146 Bianca BENNETT 25:27 SW25-29
147 Lynsey BIRTWISTLE 25:28 VW35-39
148 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:29 JM10
149 Charlie PLANT 25:29 JW10 New PB!
151 Evan WELSH 25:32 JM11-14 New PB!
152 Melanie HIRST 25:33 VW40-44 New PB!
155 Helen WELSH 25:36 VW45-49 New PB!
168 Annabel WILCOCK 26:01 JW15-17
169 John WILCOCK 26:02 VM50-54
178 Aaron LUNDIE 26:15 JM15-17
187 Donna SCOTT 26:36 VW50-54
199 Beth QUINN 26:50 SW18-19
224 Carl CAREY 27:36 VM45-49
237 Justin BIRTWISTLE 28:22 VM40-44
241 Stuart HARTLEY 28:42 VM60-64
242 Deborah GREENWOOD 28:51 VW45-49
252 Darcey HIRST 29:01 JW10
278 Ron CHAPPELL 29:53 VM65-69
298 Robert HIRST 30:26 VM65-69
306 Judith CAREY 30:47 VW35-39

Conwy parkrun – A total of 276 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
132 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 29:20 VW65-69 First Timer!
196 Christine LEATHLEY 33:07 VW65-69

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 180 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
35 Philip NAYLOR 23:37 VM35-39 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 98 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 David EDMONDSON 19:32 VM50-54 New PB!
5 John HARTLEY 21:14 VM60-64
6 Paul BRANNON 21:18 VM55-59
19 Simon WILSHAW 23:02 JM15-17
24 Martin BRADY 23:35 VM55-59
28 Finley STUBBS 24:31 JM10
31 Barry MITCHELL 24:56 VM70-74
46 Eleanor Betty ROOT 26:48 JW15-17
65 Yvonne WICKHAM 29:40 VW50-54

Wyre Forest parkrun – A total of 194 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
43 Dawn TERRY 25:11 VW50-54 First Timer!

York parkrun – A total of 692 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
393 Eileen JONES 27:46 VW65-69 First Timer!

 

Grinds, Bunnies and Horseshoes

The lighter nights are here and midweek evening races are coming back so lots of you are racing 2 or 3 times a week now. This week saw the first British Fell Championship race in Northern Ireland and some Lakeland fell running debuts. There’s also been some super fast racing at the Fastrax, Cowm and Littleborough 5K races. Plus trail running and some parkrun tourism.

TUESDAY 4 APRIL

BUNNY RUN 1

269 runners lined up on a sunny Tuesday evening on Penistone Hill near Haworth to take part in the first of the popular Bunny Run series organised by the irrepressible Woodentops. Three Clayton Ladies ran.

Christine Egerton at the Bunny Run Race. Photo by Woodentops

Christine Egerton at the Bunny Run Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos  Name Cat Time 
199 Dawn Terry FV50 26:40
266 Christine Leathley FV60 37:09
267 Christine Egerton FV60 37:29

Full Results

WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL

GRISEDALE GRIND

Andrew Firth was our sole representative in this 2.5 mile race with 1575ft of ascent organised by Keswick AC.

Pos  Name Cat Time 
97 Andrew Firth MV50 00:41:48

Full Results

JOE SALT MEMORIAL COWM 5K

A dozen Clayton Harriers took part in this midweek 5K race. Laura Hesketh was the first Clayton finisher and first Lady runner in the race, 4th place overall,  with a time of 17:48. Stephen Green was our next finisher in 19th place and 1st MV60. Cassie Smedley was 1st L35 and Irene Roche was 1st L55

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
4 Laura Hesketh FS 17.48
19 S. Green MV60 19.47
25 L. Jackson MJ 20.36
37 A. Lundie MJ 22.01
38 Cassie Smedley FV35 22.09
41 Michelle Abbott FV35 22.3
45 Irene Roche FV55 22.39
52 Nina Kewin FV35 23.15
55 Julia Rushton FV50 23.42
66 Heidi Kewin FJ 25.43
68 Jane Hylands FV45 25.57
77 Julie Taylor FV55 28.46

Full Results

LITTLEBOROUGH 5K

Julie Dawes was our sole runner in the first of the Littleborough 5K race series.  She finished in 79th place with a time of 0:25:16

Full Results

SATURDAY 8 APRIL

COLEDALE HORSESHOE

Another dozen Clayton runners took to the Lakeland fells for the Coledale Horseshoe fell race. Matt Perry had a fantastic run to be our first finisher in 14th place overall, confidently holding his own amongst some top level fell runners.

Matt Perry at the Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Matt Perry at the Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Next in was Andrew Laycock in 38th place. Dave Motley also put in a strong performance fresh from the Manchester marathon last Saturday.  Teresa de Curtis and Sarah Helliwell were representing the ladies and were both taking on a Lakeland fell race for the first time.

Sarah Helliwell loving her first Lakeland fell race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Sarah Helliwell loving her first Lakeland fell race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Report from Teresa de Curtis

This weekend saw a group of Clayton members running the high fells of the Lake District and some making great times.

The Coledale Horseshoe from Braithewaite near Keswick is an 8.5 mile route with 3300 feet of ascent or thereabouts.  This was mine and Sarah Helliwell’s first Lakeland race and both of us had plenty of pre-race nerves.  Unfortunately, for Sarah, she had succumbed to the end of term lurgy and had been struggling with a bad cold all week but being made of tough stuff she was determined to compete.

Teresa de Curtis in action at the Coledale Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Paul Dobson

Teresa de Curtis in action at the Coledale Horseshoe fell race. Photo by Paul DobsonFull

On the day, the conditions were good, clear skies and plenty of warm sunshine (not always a runner’s friend).  Sarah and I started off at a very comfortable pace but due to a major bottle neck at the beginning of the first ascent, we were at a standstill for 2 or 3 minutes according to Strava and  ‘Strava never lies!’ (Donna Airey, 2017)

The first daunting climb was 2000 feet and 2 miles long up to Grizedale Pike!  Part way up Sarah was struggling with her chest and told me to go on.  It felt like forever reaching the summit but the run off was worth it and once you commit yourself and as Andy Firth says – empty your mind, it’s surprising how many less confident descenders you end up passing.  There was a great rocky scramble through scree and crags up to Eel Crag and you had to be careful of the loose rock.

The final descent, approximately a mile long, was great fun if you love descending, and once again, I managed to sail pass quite a few runners.

I finished the race in 2hrs and 3mins, according to my watch, and waited for Sarah at the finish line. Unfortunately, John Sharples informed us that Dominic Carr had taken a tumble and had a suspected broken finger. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Dominic.

As always, the camaraderie and support from fellow Claytoners and runners from other clubs was fantastic.  A female runner came and shook my hands and congratulated me on my descending and nicknamed me the Demon Descender.  Pretty darn chuffed with that (she didn’t mention my ascending though – oh well never mind eh?)

As quoted by Sarah Helliwell, “Coledale Horseshoe – cracking race, weather and a beautiful part of the lakes!”  What more could you ask for?

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
14 Matt Perry MS 01:20:19
38 Andrew Laycock MS 01:27:29
46 Dave Motley MS 01:28:58
52 Kirt Livesey MV40 01:29:55
93 Dominic Carr MV40 01:37:54
133 Jon Sharples MV60 01:43:00
202 Chris Funnell MV50 01:53:44
219 Chris Whiteoak MS 01:58:24
238 Andrew Firth MV50 02:01:46
243 Teresa de Curtis LV40 02:03:05
267 David Nield MV50 02:06:11
310 Sarah Helliwell L 02:18:04

Full Results

DONARD CHALLENGE

The Donard Challenge is the first race of the British Fell Running Championships. There are four races in each participating nation and the Donard Challenge is in Northern Ireland. A quartet of Harriers travelled to take part.

Paul Hesketh at the Donard Challenge. Photo by Richard Cowan

Paul Hesketh at the Donard Challenge. Photo by Richard Cowan

Pos Name CaT Time
118 Neil Hardiman MV40 01:17:52
128 Paul Hesketh MV50 01:19:10
200 Wendy Dodds FV60 01:30:31
236 Barbara Savage FV50 01:44:19

Full Results

WARDLE SKYLINE

A few Clayton vests spotted on photos of this 7 mile fell race with 1250ft of ascent organised by Rochdale Harriers.

No results are available as yet but Andrew Walmsley, Robert Hirst, Stephen Fish, Chris Snell and Peter Coates are in some of the photos.

Awaiting Results

SUNDAY 9 APRIL

 3 VILLAGE 10

Report from Jonathan Pye

Starting in Wetherall in the sleepy Cumbrian countryside, the 3 villages 10 mile road race should probably be renamed 5×2 road race because it’s two five mile laps around (wait for it) 3 Cumbrian villages. The race seemed to attract quite a few keen runners from the border county clubs and I wouldn’t have found out about it had Jonathan Cox of Eden Valley runners fame not mentioned it to me the day before. I set off like a fool and did the first three miles at 5:55 pace before discovering that this road race involved those pesky things called hills. The climbs were hardly steep but more lengthy and persistent and I found myself needing a second wind (non existent in the sunshine) at the halfway stage. Despite my naive and naughty fast start I still hit my target of sub 70 minutes coming home around the 1:08 mark. An enjoyable outing for a man who regards anything further than 5k as the devil’s plaything.

Awaiting Results

FASTRAX 2K

Some excellent results for our junior runners in the Fastrax 2K race with Lennon Jackson taking the win and Helana White first girl and 4th overall.

Clayton Juniors at the Fastrax 2K race with coach Marion Wilkinson. Photo by Woodentops

Clayton Juniors at the Fastrax 2K race with coach Marion Wilkinson. Photo by Woodentops

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
1 Lennon Jackson M13 (001/001) 00:07:37
2 Matthew Jackson M11 (001/001) 00:07:54
4 Helana White F10 (001/002) 00:08:07
7 Charlie Barnes M8 (002/004) 00:09:10
12 Imogen Ferguson F11 (001/001) 00:09:43
14 Darcey Hurst F8 (001/003) 00:10:13
15 Ellisia Smedley F8 (002/003) 00:11:49

Full Results

FASTRAX 5K

A great run from Jacob Watson who battled Trawden’s Nick Gaskell to take the win at this flat and fast 5k race.

Jacob Watson powering to the finish. Photo by Woodentops

Jacob Watson powering to the finish. Photo by Woodentops

Our junior runners Nick Hennessey and Stanley Grewal put in strong performances amongst a competitive group of young runners.

Nick Hennessey doing it in style at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by Bryn Barnes

Nick Hennessey doing it in style at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by Bryn Barnes

John Hartley continues his great form to finish in 16th place and 1st Vet60.

Supervet John Hartley at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by Woodentops

Supervet John Hartley at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by Woodentops

Amanda Duffy was our first lady finisher in 29th overall and 2nd F35.

Amanda Duffy making it look effortless at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by Woodentops

Amanda Duffy making it look effortless at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by Woodentops

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
1 Jacob Watson MS (001/008) 00:16:49
12 Nicholas Hennessey MJ (004/007) 00:18:44
16 John Hartley M60 (001/003) 00:19:43
18 Stanley Grewal MJ (006/007) 00:19:52
25 Richard Briscoe MS (008/008) 00:21:04
29 Amanda Duffy F35 (002/003) 00:21:26
32 Michelle Abbott F35 (003/003) 00:22:04
42 Jack McGuire M60 (003/003) 00:29:49

Full Results

FLEETWOOD 10K

A trio of Clayton Harriers took part in the Fleetwood 10K. The race runs along Fleetwood’s Outer Promenade and Esplanade with great views over Morecambe Bay and is a flat and fast course. Dan Plant was our first finisher in 10th place with a time of 39:22 followed by James Dunderdale in 18th place and 43:02. Lucy Scott was our sole lady runner and she was 80th in 53:05. A total of 231 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time
10 Daniel Plant M 39:22.2
18 James Dunderdale M 43:02.6
80 Lucy Scott L 53:05.0

Full Results

RADCLIFFE 10K MULTI-TERRAIN RACE

Martin and Kath Brady took part in this 10K multi-terrain race.  Martin was 72nd in 49:18 and Kath was 141st in 56:25. A total of 254 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time
72 Martin Brady M55 49:18
141 Kath Brady F50 56:25

Full Results

RIVINGTON 10M TRAIL CHALLENGE

Organised by Mad Bull Events this race follows a beautiful and scenic route from the Bowling Green in Rivington village and heads out alongside Anglezarke Reservoir towards White Coppice. It then follows the path to Wheelton Plantation up through the woods and out at the top following a trail up and around back down to White Coppice and on to Rivington.

Three Harriers took part. Ludovic Salsmann was our first finisher in 118th place. Dawn Terry was our first lady finisher in 133rd place and Julia Rushton was 173rd. A total of 255 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time
118 Ludovic Salsmann V40 1:39:01
133 Dawn Terry F50 1:41:26
173 Julia Rushton F50 1:48:53

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Banstead Woods parkrun – A total of 186 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
85 Katy THOMPSON 25:27 VW60-64 First Timer!

Brueton parkrun – A total of 477 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
263 Helen HARRISON 27:55 VW45-49 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 391 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
4 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:59 JM15-17
7 Josh HALL 19:12 JM15-17
21 Lennon JACKSON 20:15 JM11-14 New PB!
28 Robbie SMEDLEY 20:31 JM11-14 New PB!
32 Adam STEVENSON 20:40 JM11-14 New PB!
38 Kevin DAVIES 20:59 VM55-59
46 Nick ROSCOE 21:30 VM45-49
52 Matthew JACKSON 21:47 JM11-14
55 Helana WHITE 22:02 JW10
64 Chris LAWRENCE 22:22 VM50-54 New PB!
67 Martin BRADY 22:29 VM55-59
69 Charlie BARNES 22:32 JM10 New PB!
78 Carl CAREY 23:02 VM45-49
86 Michelle ABBOTT 23:23 VW35-39
87 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 23:26 VW35-39
93 Nina KEWIN 23:42 VW35-39
95 David Ian SCOTT 23:44 VM70-74
111 Aaron LUNDIE 24:16 JM15-17
112 Jake ANFORTH 24:17 JM10
114 Julie DAWES 24:23 VW45-49
115 Sarah ANGELONE 24:27 SW30-34
125 Brian WILDMAN 24:46 VM50-54
142 Richard LAWSON 25:22 VM75-79
153 Beth QUINN 25:59 SW18-19
170 Annabel WILCOCK 26:29 JW15-17
198 Deborah GREENWOOD 27:43 VW45-49
208 Donna SCOTT 28:08 VW50-54
213 Charlie PLANT 28:17 JW10
214 Daniel PLANT 28:17 VM35-39
231 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 28:43 VW65-69
241 Darcey HIRST 29:11 JW10
242 Heidi KEWIN 29:12 JW11-14
244 Ron CHAPPELL 29:16 VM65-69
281 Judith CAREY 31:03 VW35-39
348 Ellisia SMEDLEY 35:45 JW10

Conwy parkrun – A total of 288 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
72 Sophie ASHWORTH 24:27 JW11-14 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 131 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
126 Robin PRICE 36:02 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 105 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 David WALKER 18:42 VM35-39 New PB!
9 John HARTLEY 21:27 VM60-64
33 Barry MITCHELL 24:51 VM70-74

Penrith parkrun – A total of 186 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
5 Jonathan PYE 18:40 SM25-29 New PB!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 187 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 Tom BREWSTER 17:53 SM30-34

South Manchester parkrun – A total of 339 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
225 Yvonne WICKHAM 27:32 VW50-54 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 80 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
10 David MOYNIHAN 22:23 VM50-54
24 Paul THOMPSON 26:28 VM45-49 New PB!
25 Nerina GILL 27:19 VW45-49

 

Muddy miles, pacy parks and fast fells

A real mixed bag this week as our members have been racing all over the place; at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham, on the fells of Yorkshire and Cumbria, the parks of Lancashire and Cheshire with some tricky trail running thrown in as well.

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY

BLACKPOOL STANLEY PARK 10K

Three Clayton men took part in the first of two 10 races organised by Fylde Coast Running in Stanley Park, Blackpool. Terry O’Leary was the first finisher in 26th place overall and with a time of 41:06. Stephen Biscomb was 36th overall and 2nd V60 in 42:45 and Craig Nicholls was 71st in 46:21. There were 312 runners.

Pos Name Category Time
26 Terry O’Leary M 41:06.5
36 Stephen Biscomb MV60 42:45.0
71 Craig Nicholls MV40 46:21.4

Full Results

MIDGLEY MOOR FELL RACE

Two club members took part in this challenging, moorland fell race. Ryan Wilkinson was our first finisher in 11th place overall and Katy Thompson was 55th.

Ryan Wilkinson at the Midgley Moor Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Ryan Wilkinson at the Midgley Moor Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Katy Thompson at the Midgley Moor Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Katy Thompson at the Midgley Moor Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Category Time
11 Ryan Wilkinson M 49:20
55 Katy Thompson W60 1:09:56

Full Results

SAUCONY NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Report from Pete Browning

The Big Weekender Away Day Racing Trip

Anyone who runs any cross country at all, must do the National at least once in their life. Not only is it the biggest and best XC event there is, it also gives a true picture of your ability. If you are used to a top 50 place in the Mid Lancs, prepare yourself for a massive wake up call. The standard is so high and the pace of the leading runners is so quick; small fish and big ponds come to mind! The 2017 race was held at Nottingham, not too far away really, so disappointing that only Danny Collinge and myself were on the start line for the Senior men’s race.

Pete Browning at the National Cross Country Championship

Pete Browning at the National Cross Country Championship

As I warmed up the under 13 boys race was taking place, and it was fantastic to see four Clayton youngsters competing so well, and Jackson, Robbie, Dexta and Lennon all got stuck in. The Senior ladies only had two Clayton runners also, Sue Allen and Christine Leathley flying the flag for us. The start of the Senior men’s race is something to behold with around 2000 runners charging uphill to the first corner, and after a quick thumbs up to Danny, off we went. The course and venue were really good with a challenging route and numerous mud baths available for the unwary. Just look at the photos of Danny on the internet to see how hard he was trying to get 468th position. For me, a lot slower and 1626th place, but still a lot behind me, and a really enjoyable day and a great sporting atmosphere.

Danny Collinge at the National Cross Country Championship

Danny Collinge at the National Cross Country Championship

After all that effort, a stop over in the East Midlands was in order for Sandi and me, so that’s what we did. Sunday morning saw us back on the road heading for home, via Dewsbury to do the Hoppits Hill Race, an old fashioned local fell race organised by long distance queen Nicki Spinks with a minimum of fuss. A lovely 5k course awaited us, well flagged throughout, with me the only Clayton runner in the senior race. Two good climbs and some testing muddy fields gave us plenty to go at, and a finish position of 58th. The biggest contrast between the two races : 2885 entries for the National, 94 for Hoppits Hill.

U13 BOYS

A full team of U13 boys took the trip down to Nottingham to test their mettle against the best in the country.  Some great running from our boys was on show on an extremely muddy and tough course with a much bigger field than they are used to.

Jackson McKay at the National Cross Country Championships

Jackson McKay was our first boy with a top 100 position; a really great performance from Jackson. Robbie Smedley managed to inch past Dexta Thompson to make second team counter after snapping at his heels all season – there’s sure to be an extra element of competition at the last Mid Lancs fixture in Leigh!

Robbie Smedley and Dexta Thompson at the National Cross Country Championships

Robbie Smedley and Dexta Thompson at the National Cross Country Championships

And Lennon Jackson completed the team.

Lennon Jackson at the National Cross Country Championships

An excellent 24th out of 48 complete teams.

Pos Name Time
69 Jackson McKay 0:13:27
150 Robbie Smedley 0:13:59
152 Dexta Thompson 0:14:00
354 Lennon Jackson 0:15:21

Senior Races

Four senior runners joined the junior boys.  Cross country stalwarts Sue Allen and Christine Leathley represented our ladies. Danny Collinge and Pete Browning represented the men.

Women’s Race

Sue Allen was our first lady in 777th place and Christine Leathley was 783rd.

Sue Allen at the National Cross Country Championships

Sue Allen at the National Cross Country Championships

Christine Leathley at the National Cross Country Championships

Christine Leathley at the National Cross Country ChampionshipsFull Res

Pos Name Time
777 Sue Allen 1:02:29
783 Christine Leathley 1:06:01

Men’s Race

Danny Collinge was our first Clayton man in 468th and 48:40.  Unfortunately, there appears to be an error on the results sheet and no positions are given for a number of athletes including Pete Browning who finished in 1:08:25.

Pos Name Time
468 Danny Collinge 0:48:40
1626 Pete Browning 1:08:25

Full Results

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY

BADGER BAR BLAST

James Williamson and Andrew Firth made the trip to the Lake District to take part in this 7.5 mile fell race with 2221ft of ascent

Report from James Williamson

Hosted by Ambleside AC, the Badger Bar Blast is a cracking little out & back lung buster, taking in the summits of Loughrigg Fell & Silver How. After a slow start to the year due to injury, it felt great to be finally donning the famous orange & white vest for the 1st time since my move from Trawden.

Conditions were typical of the Lake District for this time of the year – cold, windy and very wet! This didn’t dampen the spirits of the 110 hardy runners and the numerous marshals and spectators who lined the route. The race started at 12.00 prompt and I set off around mid-pack with a view of just going with the flow given the rustiness, having not raced since the Tour of Pendle in November. Early doors I felt good so decided to push on a bit & found myself amongst a good group of 5 or 6 as we summited Loughrigg. A fast & slippy descent off the fell was a great relief to the quads for a short time before crossing the road & on to the ascent of Silver How. The trod leading towards the rocky outcrop of Silver How was saturated and it became a game of Russian roulette with foot placement!

The summit of Silver How was a welcome site as I was confident of gaining ground on those ahead with the fast descent back to the road crossing. The longer the race went on the better I felt, and I tagged on to a couple of Keswick vests, working well together to push up the final sting in the tail on the return to Loughrigg. A quick touch of the summit cairn & then it was pure joy as I let the legs loose on the rocky descent back to Rydal Water, thankfully taking a couple of places on the way. A final push over the finish line left me in 22nd  place in 1hr 11mins – a nice 8 minute improvement on the last outing on this race route in 2015.

A well organised, cheap & cheerful early season Lakeland lung buster was just what I needed to get the racing mojo back. Always helps when they chuck in soup, bread & cake at the finish. It’s time to knuckle down now & focus on the new fell season, one in which I’m Looking forward to being part of with Clayton.

Pos Name Cat Time
22 James Williamson M 1:11
91 Andrew Firth MV50 1:41

Full Results

BLACKPOOL STANLEY PARK 10K

Five Clayton Harriers took part in the second 10K of the weekend at Stanley Park in Blackpool.  Jacob Watson had a great run and finished in 2nd place with a time of 35:08. Mick Hughes continues to race well and was 29th with a time of 42:02.

Mick Hughes at the Blackpool Stanley Park 10K. Photo by Mick Hall

Mick Hughes at the Blackpool Stanley Park 10K. Photo by Mick Hall

Our first Clayton lady was Elizabeth Mullan who was 29th overall in the race and 5th lady.  Adam Stephenson was 48th with a time of 44:22.2 and our cohort was complete by Joanne Perry who was 145th with a time of 52:55.  There were 353 runners in total.

Adam Stephenson Reports

It was a gusty afternoon at the Stanley Park 10K but chuffed to have broken the 45 minute mark and got a PB; chip time was 44:22. Don’t know what I can do to run any faster so some hard work ahead! Well done Jacob who finished in 2nd, Mick who ran an absolute stormer, and proud of Elizabeth as always.

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Jacob Watson M 35:08.1
29 Mick Hughes MV40 42:02.0
38 Elizabeth Mullan L 43:22.8
48 Adam Stephenson M 44:22.2
145 Joanne Perry L 52:55.9

Full Results

HOPPITS HILL FELL RACE

Jenson Bentham and Ella Dorrington ran in the Blue (U13s) and Green (U15s) races respectively. Both of them took the win.  Jenson won his race outright and Ella was 2nd overall and 1st girl in her race. They were presented with their prizes by Nicky Spinks.

Jenson Bentham and Ella Dorrington at the Hoppit Hill Races

Jenson Bentham and Ella Dorrington at the Hoppit Hill Races

Enjoying a weekend of racing, Pete Browning was our sole runner in the senior race having taken part in the National XC Championship the day before. He finished in 58th place in a field of 94 runners.

Report from Alan Dorrington

Now in its 5th year, this lovely little race held in memory of David Bell is organised by amongst others, Nicky Spinks. Perhaps given her input, the various courses for Juniors and Senior 5km race make up what they lack in distance with some good climbing in an area near Dewsbury known for its rolling hills rather than outright fells.

Jenson Bentham and Ella Dorrington travelled over on the M62 to compete in the 2.3km U13 and 3.2km U15 races respectively (note the new FRA age categories). Jenson was the winner of the U13 race with a solid climb followed by some super-quick descending and Ella used her climbing ability to take a clear lead before the 2nd big climb on her course, taking first U15G and 2nd overall in the U15 race. Medals and chocolate prizes presented by fell running royalty in the form of Nicky Spinks made for a memorable day out for both of them.

Full Results

ILKLEY MOOR FELL RACE

Three Clayton men were spotted in the provisional results for the AS category Ilkley Moor Fell Race. The race is a 5 mile race with 1316ft of ascent.  Sadly, times are missing from some of the provisional results.

Chris Snell at the Ilkley Moor Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Snell at the Ilkley Moor Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Colin Woolford

The Ilkley Fell Race is a firm favourite of mine, which is odd as its short and fast  thus appealing to all my weaknesses as a runner!

That said I’d describe it as a good first fell race, it’s at a testing time of year, and the weather usually plays its part:  I’ve run this in horizontal sleet/snow before, but the course is marked and well marshalled.  The route is everything a fell race should have in my opinion, tough terrain – rocky, muddy etc,  steep climbs, runnable descents and good views. Ilkley has all that in squeezed into 5 miles that feels much longer!  It has some punishing climbs that really sap your energy – but are over quickly, it has some testing terrain – both mud and rocky/technical stretches, but again they don’t last so long and all these parts are linked by a network of trods and paths, which give the race its speed.  The mud made for some slippery descents and I nearly went over a couple of times and saw plenty that did!

I clocked three other orange hoops altogether on the start line, Snell, Hirst and Briscoe and two Clayton spectators – thank you your support was very much appreciated!

Not seen any results as I write this, but according to my Garmin I was faster than last year.

AWAITING RESULTS

OULTON PARK 10 K

Report from Amanda Duffy

It was one of those days where I felt like staying in bed! I had already pre entered for the Asics Oulton Park 10k so off we went! The conditions were very windy which made the race feel a lot tougher than last year. The course itself is on a race track which is undulating so not a PB course but great to run on. I finished 7th female and won the v35 category so it was worth getting up for!

Amanda Duffy in the 10K race at Oulton Park

Amanda Duffy in the 10K race at Oulton Park

OULTON PARK HALF MARATHON

Report from Jon Cleaver

There was a 10km and Half Marathon at the Oulton Park race track in Cheshire. I opted for the half as part of my London Marathon training preparation. The race was 6 laps round the track with quite a substantial head wind working against you for half the way. The first few laps flew past, but going round the same route over and over got a bit tiresome towards the end. It was really undulating, windy and over measured, so I was reasonably happy with just a shade over 01:27 & 33rd  place for my first HM of the year.

Jon Cleaver at the finish line of the Oulton Park Half Marathon

Jon Cleaver at the finish line of the Oulton Park Half Marathon

SEDBURGH SCHOOL FELL RACE

Katy Thompson was our sole runner in the Sedburgh School fell race, the latest race in the Kendal Winter League series.

Pos Name Cat Time
88 KatyThompson L60 46:28

Full Results

STOCKPORT TRAIL HALF MARATHON

Three Clayton Ladies took on the muddier than expected Stockport Trail Half Marathon. Donna Airey was our first lady in 112th place, Lisa Ellis was 250th and Jane Hylands was 317th.

L-R Donna Airey, Jane Hylands, Lisa Ellis

L-R Donna Airey, Jane Hylands, Lisa Ellis

Report from Donna Airey

Lisa and Jane having already signed up and me wanting to get more off road made the Stockport trail half marathon ideal for a longer distance training run. A bit of research showed more hard paths and canal than “trail”. Slightly disappointed, we turned up in road shoes just like the majority of other runners. How wrong we were! It seems storm Doris had other ideas. Recent weather made it a very wet and very muddy run. A poor guy who ran alongside me kept having to keep me upright until he eventually got fed up and pushed on. A well organised race with lots of goodies at the finish. Route was out along the Middlewood way and back along canal. Not the most thrilling route so personally I was glad to have the mud there to make it a more interesting race. Overall it was a good day made even more so by Lisa getting a PB on that course.

Report From Lisa Ellis

Donna Airey, Jane Hylands and I did the Stockport trail HM today. It was a promising start as it wasn’t raining so we all decided to wear road shoes rather than trail as we thought we were running on dry paths, but instead were met with the muddiest paths ever even on the canal.

However we did our best and I even found myself getting a new PB.  Donna did amazing and came in 13th  female and 6th in her category,  Jane 15th  in her category and myself 29th in my category. Altogether 413 runners took part with 409 finishing.

Pos Name Cat Time
112 Donna Airey F 01:44:24
250 Lisa Ellis F 01:59:09
317 Jane Hylands F45 02:09:50

Full ResultsF

TERRY NORTLEY 10 MILE TRAIL RACE

Jeffrey Pickup was our sole  runner in this challenging 10 mile race on the trails, roads and paths of Ringley. He was 74th overall and 1st V65 in a field of 244 runners.

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
74 Jeffrey Pickup M65 (001/004) 1:18:47

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 322 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Laura HESKETH 18:20 SW30-34
5 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:56 JM15-17
6 Jonathan PYE 19:15 SM25-29
8 Dave MOTLEY 19:37 VM35-39
10 Kevin DAVIES 19:41 VM55-59
13 Alex CRAN 19:57 VM45-49
14 Simon WILSHAW 20:01 JM15-17
15 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:06 JM15-17
17 Michael HOGAN 20:33 VM45-49
28 James BOULT 21:16 SM20-24
32 David MOYNIHAN 21:53 VM50-54
36 Matthew JACKSON 22:05 JM11-14
47 James HICKIE 22:37 VM55-59 New PB!
53 Chris LAWRENCE 22:52 VM50-54
58 Aaron LUNDIE 22:59 JM11-14
59 Stephen AINSWORTH 23:05 VM60-64
63 Martin BRADY 23:14 VM55-59
69 Michelle ABBOTT 23:33 VW35-39
85 Nina KEWIN 24:10 VW35-39
100 Jean KNIGHTLEY 25:08 VW55-59
110 Carl CAREY 25:22 VM45-49
121 Heidi KEWIN 25:56 JW11-14
122 Sarah ANGELONE 25:58 SW30-34
131 Annabel WILCOCK 26:38 JW15-17
132 John WILCOCK 26:38 VM50-54
148 Richard LAWSON 27:23 VM75-79
203 Nick ROSCOE 29:47 VM45-49
204 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 29:48 VW65-69
211 Judith CAREY 30:06 VW35-39
222 Ron CHAPPELL 30:30 VM65-69
226 Robert HIRST 30:34 VM65-69
235 Marion WILKINSON 31:10 VW75-79
256 Darcey HIRST 31:53 JW10
288 Wayne MCINTOSH 35:03 SM30-34
321 Julie DAWES 43:00 VW45-49

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 83 runners took part.

Our junior runners were out in force to support Burnley junior parkrun and showcase their running talent at the same time. 20 junior runners took part with the top ten dominated by our runners. Jackson McKay, fresh from a great run at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham the day before, came in first and Robbie Smedley who also had an outstanding run at Nottingham grabbed a PB and 2nd place. There were also new PBs for Alfie White, Charlie Plant and Darcey Hurst together with debuts from Adam Stevenson, Charlie Barnes, Keira Stevenson and Rachel Stevenson.

Clayton Juniors out in force with coach Marion Wilkinson

Clayton Juniors out in force with coach Marion Wilkinson

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jackson MCKAY 7:22 JM11-14
2 Robbie SMEDLEY 7:35 JM11-14 New PB!
4 Adam STEVENSON 7:58 JM11-14 First Timer!
6 Matthew JACKSON 8:05 JM11-14
8 Helana WHITE 8:18 JW10
9 Aaron LUNDIE 8:22 JM11-14
14 Alfie WHITE 9:11 JM11-14 New PB!
15 Heidi KEWIN 9:19 JW11-14
16 Charlie BARNES 9:26 JM10 First Timer!
18 Joshua MCKAY 9:39 JM10
19 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:45 JW11-14
20 Keira STEVENSON 9:46 JW11-14 First Timer!
21 Imogen FERGUSON 9:54 JW11-14
22 Rachel STEVENSON 10:06 JW10 First Timer!
23 Charlie PLANT 10:09 JW10 New PB!
29 Darcey HIRST 10:51 JW10 New PB!
56 Ellisia SMEDLEY 13:00 JW10
58 Emily JOHNSON 13:12 JW10
60 Olly PLANT 13:22 JM10
75 Jessica MCBRIDE 14:39 JW10

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 173 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
54 Philip NAYLOR 25:35 VM35-39 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 88 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 David WALKER 19:11 VM35-39
10 Susan BURNS 23:26 VW55-59
23 John HARTLEY 25:04 VM60-64
26 Barry MITCHELL 25:56 VM70-74
35 Dawn TERRY 27:08 VW50-54
62 Yvonne WICKHAM 31:34 VW50-54

Peter Pan parkrun – A total of 165 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
77 Eileen JONES 29:25 VW60-64 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 170 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
35 Roger James BREWSTER 23:42 VM60-64

Witton parkrun – A total of 97 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat    
20 Nerina GILL 25:52 VW45-49
24 Julia RUSHTON 26:13 VW50-54

 

Fells, trails and promenades

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

Sunday 5 February – Late result

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

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

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

FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY

MR SPARKLE’S DARK ‘UN

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

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

Full Results

SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY

BLEASDALE CIRCLE FELL RACE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

FLOWER SCAR FELL RACE

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

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

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

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

Report from Dave Edmondson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Race winner Andrew Worster – Todmorden

Report from Richard Stevenson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

FLOWER SCAR JUNIOR FELL RACES.

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

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

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

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

Kady Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Kady Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

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

Dexta Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Dexta Thompson. Photo by Woodentops

Full Results

SILVERDALE CIRCUIT

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

Report by Adrienne Olszewska

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

STANDISH HALL TRAIL RACE

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

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

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

Report from Mick Hughes

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

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

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

Report from Stuart Barker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY

CENTRAL LANCASHIRE 5K

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

Pos Name Cat Time
75 Aaron Hargreaves M 20:51

Full Results

GREAT NORTH WEST HALF MARATHON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report from the dynamic duo of Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbott

The dynamic duo. Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbot

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

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

Report from Dan Plant

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

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

Full Results

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 394 runners took part.

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

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

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

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

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

Heaton parkrun – A total of 695 runners took part.

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

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

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

Pendle parkrun – A total of 105 runners took part.

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

Witton parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.

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

 

Trogs, Trails and Winter Warmers

What a great week! A record breaking win at the Grizedale trail marathon for Chris Holdsworth, superb results at the Blackburn Winter Warmers, plenty of trogging at Wadsworth, orienteering at Spring Wood, and Clayton juniors all over the Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships. Read all about it! Plus information about the next recce day for the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round.

SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY

LANCASHIRE SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

An impressive fifteen of our junior members took part in the Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships at Witton Park in Blackburn and they were representing schools in 5 different areas; Burnley, Blackburn, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale. There were excellent performances from each and every one of our runners.

Report from Briony Holt

This year’s Lancashire Schools was held at the usual place, Witton Park. The weather was gorgeous ( lovely Winter sun ) and the course was relatively dry with a couple of bogs now and again. With all of the schools in Lancashire competing, I knew it would be busy so the “dry” course wouldn’t be so dry for long! We arrived well before my race just to find out that the race timetable had changed! Lennon Jackson hadn’t heard the news realising that he had turned up 2 hours early! Luckily, my race was the same as it was on the letter meaning I had plenty of time to warm up.

Briony Holt running for Pendle and qualifying to run for Lancashire

Briony Holt running for Pendle and qualifying to run for Lancashire

The course wasn’t the dreaded ‘saucer’ as everyone thought. They had changed it making some of the senior runners have to go 3 times around the initial field you see upon arriving! However, this wasn’t as bad as it sounds because the race went quickly.

As I watched other Clayton members race, the time passed and it was soon time for me to race. Coach Phil Hall was great at advising me where the driest parts of the course were and where to push on. I was over the moon to come 4th and consequently gained selection for the Lancashire squad in March!

We had several other juniors from Clayton running for different boroughs which made the start lines colourful as they were all wearing different race vests! Everyone ran really well in a highly competitive field showing great sportsmanship after the race. Well done everybody!

Year 7 Girls

A great run for Ella Dorrington earned her 6th place and first counter in the Rossendale team which finished in 5th place.

Pos Name Team Time
6 Ella Dorrington Rossendale 9:04
66 Imogen Ferguson Burnley 11:32

Junior Boys (Year 8 & 9)

Jackson McKay ran strongly in some stiff completion to finish in 12th place. Adam Stevenson and Jay Bowman joined him in representing Burnley schools but sadly were one man short of a team on the day. Lennon Jackson is missing from these results but he put in a great show of grit and determination after losing a shoe on the first lap and finishing his race regardless!

Pos Name Team Time
12 Jackson McKay Burnley 15:32
42 Adam Stevenson Burnley 17:34
47 Jay Bowman Burnley 17:51

Junior Girls (Year 8 & 9)

Our junior girls were representing 3 different teams with just Millie Stubbs with enough runners to make a team which finished in 5th place.

Pos Name Team Time
33 Millie Stubbs Hyndburn 16:05
44 Sophie Ashworth Burnley 16:45
45 Natasha Olszewska Blackburn 17:14
53 Liberty Thompson Burnley 17:44
60 Keira Stevenson Burnley 18:53

Inter Girls (Year 10 & 11)

A fantastic run from Briony with a great finish to grab 4th place in this competitive girl’s race. Briony was representing Pendle schools but there were not enough runners to make up a team. Lucy Stevenson was running for Burnley schools and her team finished in 7th place.

Pos Name Team Time
4 Briony Holt Pendle 16:48
56 Lucy Stevenson Burnley 24:36

Inter Boys (Year 10 & 11)

Nick Hennessey and Stanley Grewal were running for Burnley Schools and finished in 15th and 30th places respectively.

Pos Name Team Time
15 Nicholas Hennessey Burnley 21:43
30 Stanley Grewal Burnley 23:16

Full Results

PFO – SPRING WOOD

Mark Nutter, Jean Brown and Christopher Brown all took part in the Pendle Forest Orienteers event at Spring Wood in Whalley. This was the third event in a series of four offering a range of competitive levels.

Mark Nutter and Jean Brown took on the Green course which was the most technically challenging course consisting of a minimum distance of 3.1km and 140m of ascent.  Mark Nutter was second overall with a time of 38:04 and Jean Brown was 4th and first lady with 61:31.

Junior member Christopher Brown took on the Orange course consisting of a minimum 1.9km and 95m of ascent. He was second with a time of 33:16

Full Results

WADSWORTH TROG

Nine hardy club members took to the bogs and trogs of Wadsworth for this early season, long fell race organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners. It’s 19 miles over rough, moorland terrain with 3650ft of ascent thrown in and is affectionately referred to as ‘the beast’.

Report from Alan Dorrington

Forewarned is forearmed, or so they say. I had run the Wadsworth Trog for the first time last year, surviving and even enjoying the bogs and the rough single track paths on the moors north of Hebden Bridge. This year, armed with knowledge of the route, a good forecast as well as coming off the back of a streaky December spent running 256 miles for charity, I had reasonably high hopes of running hard over the 19 miles of what is known locally as ‘The Beast’.

Alan Dorrington channelling his inner Mark Knopfler at the Wadsworth Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Alan Dorrington channelling his inner Mark Knopfler at the Wadsworth Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Heading up onto High Brown Knoll for the first time, I felt pretty good and kept the Clayton vests of Martin Terry, Andy Armstrong and Neil Hardiman in sight up to the first checkpoint. This was the pattern for the first half of the race, Neil catching me when the terrain went downhill and me slowly reeling in him on the climbs with Martin and Andy around 100 yards ahead. Over the  bogs to Checkpoint 4 at Cock Hill I had the privilege of running with Nicky Spinks, marvelling at her ability to just glide across the difficult terrain whilst I lurched and stumbled my way behind.

Climbing on the road then bridleway to Stairs Edge I reeled in Martin and Andy just as we dropped down to Harbour Lodge and Checkpoint 6. Me being a less than average descender, Neil caught me again here and he, Martin and Andy pushed on up Harbour Hill and over to Top Withins. I however suddenly went in to reverse – maybe as I had been pushing too hard at first, maybe because I hadn’t eaten enough, who knows? Either way I was going backwards fast, runner after runner coming past and my mediocre descending got even worse on the rough single track paths. It wasn’t pretty and I had a real funk on, proper bottom lip quivering stuff. Seeing as we were at the furthest point from the finish, there was no option but to soldier on, though I am ashamed to admit I was going through bail out options in my head for later on the route as we climbed over to the Withins ruins and dropped down the flagged (as in stone) descent to the reservoirs. There wasn’t anything to do other than keep going but to my surprise, with some food and a bit of a self-imposed talking to, I began to pick off runners on the climbs and get going again. As the weather was sunny (as opposed to the rain of last years Trog) the return toward Hebden rewarded runners with great views over Calderdale and beyond, helping lift my spirits.

Barbara Savage and Vicky Heys at the Wadsworth Trog. Photo by Woodentops

Barbara Savage and Vicky Heys at the Wadsworth Trog. Photo by Woodentops

By Checkpoint 10 and the second climb of High Brown Knoll from the West, I was going well again on the climbs and finished strongly, save for an emergency pit stop and a slight going off route incident. Even the final death-march up the fields to the finish was completed at a run and after the final gratuitous lap of the cricket pitch I finished in pretty good shape. To my surprise I was 3 minutes quicker than last year and had ‘only’ lost around 8/9 minutes on Neil and Andy, despite the major mid-race wobble. The Trog was the 3rd fell race of around 20 miles or more that I’ve done (all the others being fairly short races) and I’ve still a lot to learn about pacing, and simply toughing it out. To that end, this years Trog was a great learning curve but more importantly was a fantastic, if rather squelchy day out over some fabulous moorland scenery.

Pos name category time
50 Martin Terry MV50 03:22:04
54 Neil Hardiman MV40 03:25:45
56 Andrew Armstrong MV40 03:26:44
74 Alan Dorrington MV40 03:34:29
97 Nicholas Olszewski MV50 03:47:35
127 Simon Stansfield MV40 04:06:17
168 Vicky Heys FV40 04:52:11
169 Barbara Savage FV50 04:52:11
171 Angela Shian F 04:53:47

Full Results

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY

BLACKBURN WINTER WARMER 10K

535 runners completed this year’s Winter Warmer 10K race organised by Blackburn Road Runners. As the first race in the 2017 Club Road Race championship the turnout was good with 26 club members lining up at the start with a particularly high turnout of lady runners.

Clayton ladies at the Blackburn Winter Warmer. L-R Sharon Wilson, Karen Clarkin, Lisa Ellis, Jane Rylands, Deborah Greenwood, Geraldine Varley and Anita Jones.

Clayton ladies at the Blackburn Winter Warmer. L-R Sharon Wilson, Karen Clarkin, Lisa Ellis, Jane Rylands, Deborah Greenwood, Geraldine Varley and Anita Jones.

Danny Collinge was our first Clayton finisher in 3rd place overall with Jacob Watson joining him in the top 10 with an 8th place finish.  Reece Lawrence was 2nd junior male.

Amanda Duffy at the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Amanda Duffy followed by James Dunderdale at the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Amanda Duffy was our first lady finisher in 126th place overall, Beth Quinn was 2nd junior female and Marion Wilkinson was 1st F75.

Training partners Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbot crossing the finish line together at the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K. Photo by David Belshaw

Race Report from Marion Wilkinson

Standing on the start line on a perfect winter morning after watching our wonderful juniors do their race, the same old questions come into my head. Why I am doing this and the reasons for it, are what drives me on. I can’t stop the advancing years but I can stop becoming unfit. That means I can continue to be involved with the juniors and understand and experience their feelings when they race.

We’re off! Only taken 20 steps and already Danny is leaving the track and on his way to a 3rd place finish. I can see a never ending line of runners heading out of the park and up Buncer Lane, this is the tough bit of the race where you have to focus.

Then it’s the part of the course that I love – DOWNHILL! I manage to pass a few runners thank goodness for my weight training classes as my legs feel strong. Andy’s voice on his loud hailer can be heard and I’m almost home. I know there are 4 Clayton ladies behind me and I intend to keep them there; after all it’s a club champs race and age does not diminish my competitive streak.

Team Positions

Ladies A Team – 2nd place (A Duffy | C Smedley | M Abbott | C Vincent)

Ladies B Team – 7th place (N Gill | L Scott | B Quinn | L Ellis)

Ladies C Team – 16th place (J Hylands | D Greenwood | M Wilkinson | G Varley)

Mens A Team – 4th place (D Collinge | J Watson | J Cleaver |R Lawrence)

Mens B Team – 13th place (M Hughes | R Morrison | A Quinn | J Dunderdale)

Pos    Name Cat    Cat/Pos    Time
3 Danny Collinge M S (003/128) 00:34:37
8 Jake Watson M S (007/128) 00:36:06
27 Jonathan Cleaver M S (017/128) 00:38:31
68 Reece Lawrence M J (002/004) 00:42:36
98 Mick Hughes M40 (020/063) 00:44:29
111 Robert Morrison M40 (023/063) 00:45:15
113 Andy Quinn M45 (020/050) 00:45:24
126 Amanda Duffy F35 (003/031) 00:46:08
127 James Dunderdale M S (051/128) 00:46:11
152 Cassandra Smedley F35 (004/031) 00:47:41
153 Michelle Abbott F35 (005/031) 00:47:41
154 David Moynihan M50 (012/036) 00:47:44
167 Claire Vincent F S (006/046) 00:48:12
198 Nerina Gill F45 (004/039) 00:50:08
236 Lucy Scott F S (008/046) 00:52:41
241 Ian Hargreaves M50 (020/036) 00:52:54
256 Beth Quinn F J (002/004) 00:53:43
263 Lisa Ellis F S (010/046) 00:54:19
332 Jane Hylands F45 (018/039) 00:57:36
361 Stuart Barker M50 (032/036) 00:58:31
386 Deborah Greenwood F45 (027/039) 00:59:25
438 Marion Wilkinson F75+ (001/002) 01:04:10
447 Geraldine Varley F55 (010/019) 01:04:08
451 Karen Clarkin F40 (034/044) 01:04:43
482 Anita Jones F60 (004/005) 01:07:37
496 Sharon Wilson F40 (040/044) 01:09:07

Full Results

BLACKBURN WINTER WARMER JUNIOR 2K

218 runners lined up to take part in the Blackburn Winter Warmer 2K race. Dexta Thompson was 2nd overall and 1st M 11-13 with Robbie Smedley hot on his heels in 3rd.

Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley leading off at the Winter Warmer 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Dexta Thompson and Robbie Smedley leading off at the Winter Warmer 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Helana White was our first girl finisher in 12th place overall, 3rd girl and 1st F8-10. Siblings Kady Thompson and Felix Thompson battled each other to the finish with Kady just pipping her little brother over the finish line.

Sibling rivalry between Felix and Kady Thompson at the finish of the Winter Warmer 2K. Photo by David Belshaw

Sibling rivalry between Felix and Kady Thompson at the finish of the Winter Warmer 2K. Jake Anford is hot on their heels. Photo by David Belshaw

It’s a great race for younger runners as the course is completely within the grounds of the park and athletics track.

Emily Johnson enjoying the Winter Warmer 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Emily Johnson enjoying the Winter Warmer 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name Cat    Cat/Pos    Time
2 Dexta Thompson M 11-13 (001/015) 00:07:30
3 Robbie Smedley M 11-13 (002/015) 00:07:32
10 Lennon Jackson M 11-13 (005/015) 00:07:57
11 Mattew Jackson M 8-10 (003/047) 00:08:10
12 Helana White F 8-10 (001/060) 00:08:13
23 Liberty Thompson F 14-17 (002/004) 00:08:58
36 Jake Anforth M 8-10 (013/047) 00:09:24
37 Kady Thompson F 8-10 (007/060) 00:09:26
38 Felix Thompson M 5-7 (003/040) 00:09:26
75 Charlie Plant F 5-7 (002/029) 00:10:42
134 Ellisia Smedley F 8-10 (044/060) 00:12:37
139 Emily Johnson F 5-7 (011/029) 00:12:46

Full Results

LONG MYND VALLEYS

Wendy Dodds was our sole runner in this 18.5km fell race with 1370m of ascent organised by Mercia Fell Runners. She was 132nd overall and 1st W65. There were 199 finishers.

Pos    Name Cat    Cat/Pos    Time
132 Wendy Dodds W65 (001/002) 2:31:46

Full Results

MONTANE® TRAIL 26 – GRIZEDALE

There were168 finishers in the Grizedale trail marathon organised by Epic Events. The course is a figure of eight taking in a loop of Grizedale Forest before the second loop which takes runners over to Lake Windermere and back. Christopher Holdsworth was our sole runner and,  not only did he win the race, he smashed the course record set by Marcus Scotney by 13 minutes.

Report from Chris Holdsworth

A 5.30am start, a sore foot that hadn’t eased with rest and a grim, drizzly, foggy morning was not how I’d hoped the day would begin when I booked on to Grizedale 26. Nevertheless, it certainly didn’t put a dampener on the day in the end!

Chris Holdsworth breaking the course record at the Grizedale Trail Marathon. Photo courtesy of Sport Sunday

Chris Holdsworth breaking the course record at the Grizedale Trail Marathon. Photo courtesy of Sport Sunday

The marathon began at 9.40am, shortly followed by the half marathon at 10am. The marathoners (and half marathoners) would complete a 1500ft loop to the west of Grizedale forest, which was mostly on undulating, very runnable tracks. At the half way point we made our way back to the visitors centre and headed out for another loop, making our way over to Windermere. This half was much trickier underfoot and included much sharper climbs – the one at mile 24 being a particularly “memorable” one…

I’d known about Marcus Scottney’s course record (3:10) beforehand, and knew on a good day I could break it, and possibly even dip under the sub 3 hour mark. I set off feeling quite sluggish, but soon eased into the race recording the first half in 1.20ish. Going out for the second loop strangely gave me a second wind and quite comfortably made it to the 22 mile mark feeling strong. The last couple of miles were a case of “mind over matter” and knew I was on for a good time and to break the 3 hour mark if I could just hold on. I ended up finishing in 2:57:34, recording 26.7 miles and 3,600ft climbed, breaking the record by 13 minutes.

The course was great and the atmosphere even better. If you like your hills, trails and long distances I definitely recommend giving Grizedale 26 a try!

Pos    Name Cat    Time
1 Christopher Holdsworth M 02:57:34.2

Full Results

SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Recce

Its 4 weeks away! For those thinking about stepping up in distance and doing a longer fell run (Stan Bradshaw is 16km/ 10 miles and this year is on Saturday March 4th) and are unsure if this race is for them, come try it out and run the route with the Race Organiser.

From Barley Car park (look for the Red VW Transporter).  Please bring running kit appropriate for the weather, if you have never been kit checked before under FRA rules, I am happy to advise if yours passes the standard.  Whatever you eat/drink on a longer run may be worth considering as this will not be run at race pace  – we were two and half hours last time, in the 2016 race the last placed person was about 2 hours 15 mins. Please bring map of the race and compass also – I will have a few spare maps to share out if need be. The race map is also available from Pete Bland Sports.

Remember the aim of a recce is to gain some familiarity with a race route so on the day you can keep your head down and run, rather than wonder which way to turn next!

Either email me at stanbradshawrace@yahoo.com or comment on the Facebook post I will put on to Team Clayton later this week to let me know you are coming.

I will be accepting race entry forms and cash/cheque.  The entry form with route grid references (for the route) can be found here.

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 336 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Jonathan PYE 18:42 SM25-29
26 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:07 JM15-17
32 Daniel PLANT 22:37 VM35-39
34 Gordon BARRETT 22:44 VM50-54
35 Sean CLARE 22:47 VM50-54
37 David MOYNIHAN 22:56 VM50-54
38 Michelle ABBOTT 22:59 VW35-39
39 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 23:01 VW35-39
70 Stephen AINSWORTH 24:32 VM60-64
74 Chris LAWRENCE 24:46 VM50-54
78 Nina KEWIN 24:57 VW35-39
81 Dawn TERRY 25:06 VW50-54
86 Wayne MCINTOSH 25:15 SM30-34
94 Heidi KEWIN 25:38 JW11-14 New PB!
95 Aaron LUNDIE 25:38 JM11-14
96 Andy QUINN 25:39 VM45-49
102 Annabel WILCOCK 25:50 JW15-17
104 John WILCOCK 25:53 VM50-54
116 Lisa JOHNSON 26:23 VW40-44
125 Donna SCOTT 26:53 VW50-54
138 Andrew WEBSTER 27:23 VM45-49
211 Robert HIRST 29:57 VM65-69
218 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:23 VW65-69
225 Stuart BARKER 30:36 VM50-54
226 Ron CHAPPELL 30:39 VM65-69
273 Christine LEATHLEY 33:28 VW65-69

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 36 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Nathan KEWIN 8:39 JM11-14
7 Heidi KEWIN 9:14 JW11-14
9 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:45 JW11-14
10 Imogen FERGUSON 10:12 JW11-14

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 144 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
124 Robin PRICE 34:13 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun- A total of 86 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 David WALKER 19:13 VM35-39
5 John HARTLEY 22:02 VM60-64
23 David Ian SCOTT 26:40 VM70-74
36 Martin BRADY 29:38 VM50-54
45 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:52 VW50-54

Westerfolds parkrun – A total of 214 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
67 Paul Laurence WALSH 27:17 VM60-64 First Timer!

 

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

 

Mud’s up!

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

Saturday 12 November

Cheshire 10k

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

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

Full results

Harriers vs Cyclists

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

37th Louisa Powell-Smith 42:15s

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

111th (cycling) Paul Hesketh 48:15.

Full results

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

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

Dunnerdale Fell Race

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

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

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

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

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

Warrington Way

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

Full results

Schools Cross Country Cup, Middlesborough

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

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

Red Rose Cross Country Round 3 – Leverhulme Park

Leverhulme Park. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Leverhulme Park. Photo: Alan Dorrington

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

Juniors

U11 Boys

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

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

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

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

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

U11 Girls

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

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

U13 Boys

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

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

U13 Girls

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

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

U15 Boys

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

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

U15 Girls

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

Natasha Olszweska working hard. Photo: Alan Dorrington

Natasha Olszweska working hard. Photo: Alan Dorrington

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

 

Under 17 Boys and Girls

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

 

Senior Ladies

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

Irene Roche reports:

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

Senior Men

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

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

Full Results

BOFRA Presentation evening

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday 13 November

Windmill 10k

Clayton at the Windmill 10k

Clayton at the Windmill 10k

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

 

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

Full Results

Wadsworth Half Trog

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

Parkrun

Burnley Parkrun – a total of 210 runners took part

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

Bolton parkrun

A total of 191 runners took part.

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

Dewsbury parkrun

A total of 109 runners took part.

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

Pendle parkrun

A total of 51 runners took part.

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

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge

A total of 137 runners took part.

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

Witton parkrun

A total of 54 runners took part.

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